Category Archives: Collecting News

June 2004 Archive

New Paperback
June 30, 2004 | 6:02 PM EST | Mark B

 


In case you missed it, the new Clone Wars paperback was released yesterday. I haven’t picked it up yet, but the review I have read said to expect 3/4 ER, and 1/4 X-Wing Series. Battle Surgeons is the first of 2 books in the new Medstar series.

 


 

“He’s All Yours Bounty Hunter.”
June 30, 2004 | 4:48 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates announcing the new OTC Slave I with Boba Fett. It’s an updated version of the EII Slave I and includes the Special Edition “300th” Boba Fett figure. Available exclusively at Target stores this fall!

 


 

More Info on MR Blasters
June 30, 2004 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark B

As I announced below, Master Replicas will start taking orders tomorrow for 3 new blaster replicas. Here’s more info: (with expected pricing)
Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition (2500 Pieces – $399) and Signature Edition (750 Pieces): The DDC Defender sporting blaster that Princess Leia used to protect herself in Star Wars: A New Hope. The Signature Edition is signed by Princess Leia herself–actress Carrie Fisher.
Rebel Trooper Blaster: (2500 Pieces) $449
The very first space weapon ever seen on-screen in the Star Wars Trilogy, used by the Rebel Alliance to defend Princess Leia’s starship against the Stormtroopers.
Stormtrooper Blaster: (2500 Pieces) $499
The blaster rifles used throughout the Star Wars Trilogy by the
Imperial enemy Stormtroopers.

More info to come when the post the items in the morning!

 


 

Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club Summer Social
June 30, 2004 | 10:07 AM EST | Mark B

My friend Jim writes in to announce the first annual Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club (KSWCC) summer social. Sounds like its going to be a great time – Food will be served beginning at 3 pm — burgers and hot dogs are provided, please bring a dish to share — sign-ups are being taken in the forums. We’ll have goodies and prizes for our paid memebership and there will be a Star Wars swap meet, so bring anything you’d like to trade or sell. There will be games and activities for the kids. Its being held July 10th in Louisville, Kentucky at 1pm. Sign up in the Forums Section of the KSWCC Website. Hope to see you there!

 


 

New Master Replicas Blasters This Week!
June 30, 2004 | 1:11 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is releasing 3 new blaster replicas this week. Available on Thursday to collectors society members (and Friday to everyone else), will be the Rebel Blaster, Princess Leia Blaster and Stormtrooper. These are going to be VERY limited edition so you’ll want to act quick. Again, you can start ordering Thursday at Master Replicas.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 29, 2004 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill


No, these are not Galactic Heroes, these are all-new Playskool “Jedi
Force” Star Wars items. It’s nice that us hard working droids at
Entertainment Earth get to break a news story every once in a while!

Check these out!
Playskool Jedi Force Luke Skywalker with Speeder Bike (Item# HS07144,$18.99)
Playskool Jedi Force X-Wing Fighter (Item# HS07152, $28.99)
Playskool Jedi Force Figure Assortment (Item# HS07145A, $64.99)

 


 

Unleashed Wave 11 Revealed
June 29, 2004 | 9:34 PM EST | Bill


News has finally surfaced on the 3 figures for the 11th wave of Unleashed figures. We’ve known for a while that wave 10 will have Aayla, Bossk, and a Tusken. Well wave 11 will have IG-88; Aura Sing; and a Stormtrooper. Hats off to Action Figure Express for breaking the news!

 


 

“He’s a scoundrel, you’d like him”
June 29, 2004 | 6:55 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates with new Vintage loose and carded photos of the Colt 45 spokesperson himself… Lando Calrissian.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Weekends Yoda Pin
June 29, 2004 | 5:08 PM EST | Keri

After my wonderful honeymoon in Vegas, it’s nice to return with a new edition of Bounty Hunting, this time featuring a Limited Edition Yoda Pin.

If you don’t live in Florida, or don’t plan on visiting the happiest place on earth, otherwise known as Disney World then Ebay is the place for you to shop for these exclusive Star Wars Weekends items. Today’s featured auction is for none other than our favorite dimunitive green Jedi Master Yoda. The pin is limited to a run of 1,000 so it is not the most overproduced Disney item out there. In amongst the massive amounts of limited/exclusive items flowing out of Disney’s doors, I find these small enameled pins to be the most interesting and unobtrusive items to collect. The image is nicely done, and captures the scene of Yoda’s duel with Dooku in a small space very well.

Click on through below to add this limited edition pin to your collection today for a reasonable price.

Limited Edition Weekends Yoda Pin

 


 

New Blasters From Master Replicas
June 29, 2004 | 2:25 PM EST | Bill

Blast out of the darkness with the new Star Wars Collection–the
Princess Leia Blaster, Rebel Trooper Blaster and Stormtrooper Blaster.

Now you can purchase these authentic Star Wars weapon replicas.

ON SALE TO COLLECTORS SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY:
July 1

Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition–only 2,500 worldwide

Princess Leia Blaster, Signature Edition
(signed by actress Carrie Fisher!)–only 750 worldwide

Rebel Trooper Blaster–only 2,500 worldwide

Stormtrooper Blaster–only 2,500 worldwide

These well-crafted and authentically created collectibles are so unique that you’ll want to own all of them!

Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition and Signature Edition: The DDC
Defender sporting blaster that Princess Leia used to protect herself in Star Wars: A New Hope. The Signature Edition is signed by Princess Leia herself–actress Carrie Fisher.

Rebel Trooper Blaster: The very first space weapon ever seen on-screen in the Star Wars Trilogy, used by the Rebel Alliance to defend Princess Leia’s starship against the Stormtroopers.

Stormtrooper Blaster: The blaster rifles used throughout the Star Wars
Trilogy by the Imperial enemy Stormtroopers.

The Star Wars Collection–weaponry tough enough for the galactic battle of the century! Add one, or all three, to your collection.

Your Source for Quality Collectibles,
Master Replicas

 


 

$10.00 Off At TRU Now Through July 17, 2004
June 29, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

Toys R Us has a promotion on their website (not amazon.com) with a coupon you can print good for $10.00 off a $50.00 purchase. Click here for the details and to print the coupon

 


 

There Is Another… Figure Line
June 28, 2004 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has broken the news on a new line of figures from Hasbro. The new line is called Jedi Force. It can best be described as Star Wars meets the Fischer-Price Rescue Heroes. Check out all the photos here.

 


 

Store Reports Galore!
June 28, 2004 | 6:40 PM EST | Keri

This latest store report just in from YakReader Mourning7:

“the new vader tie w/ figure is starting to hit here in nor-ca found two cases at toys r us.”

YakReader Matthew also reports in with this information:

“Just wanted to let you know that the Ultra Ewok with Glider is at
walmart.com for $9.96 for those who are still looking for it.”

I myself have not seen any of the new OTC vehicles at any of my local TRU’s in the North Texas area. In fact, on a routine figure run today, I finally saw the TRU Red Leader and X-Wing on the shelves.

Target seems to be the place to pick up the repacked OTC Lightsabers, although none of the Targets that I frequent have recieved any of the newer waves of the repack figures with exclusive glass. I did however pick up a deluxe General Riekkan on Clearance at Target for $4.98, along with the Wampa and C-3PO at the 50% off discount as well. So be sure check your local Target’s back endcaps for some possible savings.

Of course, as always each region has different prices and assortments all arriving across the country at different times. Patience is the ulitmate key as we all await the latest and greatest offerings Hasbro. I urge everyone to use the Force and resist inflated prices perpetuated by the evil scapling community.

 


 

OT Falcon and Jedi Council Now In Stock At Action-HQ
June 28, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill


This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Jedi Council
Scene Pack 1, Trilogy Millenium Falcon & more!

Available Now:
-Jedi Council Scene Pack 1 now at $26.95!
-Trilogy Millenium Falcon for $74.95!

On Special:
-Trilogy Tie Fighter & X-Wing only $22.95!
-Trilogy Darth’s Tie Fighter only $27.95!
-ONLY $3.00 each for 2004 figures: Dengar, Bossk, Ozzel, Lando as
Skiff Guard, Luke Hoth and General Jan Dodonna!

Get yours at Action-HQ.com!

 


 

DVD Poll
June 27, 2004 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark

Please check out the new Poll on the right side bar. With the new set of DVD’s coming out, I thought it might be nice if we sounded off to Lucasfilm. Which would you prefer? The original trilogy, the special editions, or these new modified special editions? take a second and vote.

 


 

The Original Trilogy Collection– At TRU NOW
June 26, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill


Yak Reader Vaderquest send in this report from Fayetville NC:

Hey guys,just wanted to let all you know that the OTC x-wing,tie and falcon are starting to hit toys r us.i found the x wing and tie tonight!! i missed the falcon by about 10 minuts.one guy bought both falcons(unnngh)all is good.the employee said they had more stuff in back but was unsure of the location.i will try and send a pix as soon as i get my camera working and keep up the good work.

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Troy wrote in reminding collectors about helping others:
“I just wanted to say that I love the site and I wanted to respond to the posting of someone taking both falcons. I was wondering if you could remind people who come to this site that star wars are just toys and that they should only take what they need, not be a hog . it’s not like it’s hard enough already to find stuff as it is. just a reminder to think about the other fan who collects as well. thanks , keep up the good work!”

UPDATE #2– Another viewpoint from Yak Reader Philip:

While I have no love for collectors who horde and/or scalp, if I see two of a particular toy in a store, I will often buy both–one for me, and one for my brother who is also a collector–because stuff has been so hard to find. So maybe the guy Vaderquest saw buying both Falcons was actually thinking of other collectors by picking one up for a friend. Call me naive, but it could happen.

 


 

Milennium Falcon In Stock At EE
June 26, 2004 | 11:29 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

In Stock Now! Starts shipping on Monday.Original Trilogy Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85234, $59.99)

Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection Millennium Falcon.
Includes vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of
Kenner Star Wars products. This all-new electronic version features
attitude sensitive thrusters and firing blasters. Stunning blue
hyperdrive lights and sounds that react to your movements are among the great new features in this classic item! Open cargo bay fits tons of figures. New cockpit fits the new line of Original Trilogy 3 3/4 inch action figures. Requires 3 “C” alkaline batteries, not included.

Personal Note from Jason Labowitz, President, Entertainment Earth:
This is a MUST ORDER item from the new collection. Your jaw will drop when you see this in person! I nearly fell off of my chair with
excitement when I first saw this piece. You have to see it to believe it! Order now!Click here to order.

 


 

New Bottle Caps And OT Falcon At Action-Hq
June 25, 2004 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill

 

  

 


This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Japanese Pepsi Cola Botte Cap Figures
STAR WARS & SPIDERMAN 2

This month, more limited edition Pepsi bottle caps coming your way
straight from Japan. These bottle cap figures have been a strange
phenomenom and we can only imagine that soda bottle collectors use
these to cover over the normal bottle cap for display purposes as
these caps are bigger and do not have any threads on the inner side.

Nevertheless if you are a collector of Star Wars or Spiderman and
want something cool and unique which aren’t readilly available in
outside of Japan, then you just gotta have these. They vary in size but
are around 2.25″ tall and comes packaged randomly and attached to 1
litre size Pepsi bottles.

For Star Wars, there will be 35 random characters available in the
assormtent and for Spiderman 2 movie, there will be 15.

They are currently on PreOrder now at Action-HQ.com
scheduled to be delivered early July!

Also the newly revised and improved OT version of the Millennium Falcon will be in stock next week. Be the first kid on your block to have a falcon which can hold Han and Chewie in the cockpit as well as having lighting engines! Click here to order.

 


 

DVD Bonus Disk Cover Art
June 25, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates with new photos of the individual cover art for the DVD set. Here is the AWESOME bonus disk art, check out starwars.com for the rest!

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 25, 2004 | 8:22 AM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “A helpful alien” which shows (highlight to read) Tion Medon (Bruce Spence) as administrator of a remote sanctuary 

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 25, 2004 | 8:00 AM EST | Bill


This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Original Trilogy Darth & Luke Electronic Lightsaber
This set contains 2 individually packaged lightsabers: 1x Darth Vader and 1x Luke Skywalker in vintage style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars products! Each lightsaber features a glowing arc-wave energy blade and battle-clash sounds that activate upon contact!
In Stock!
Item Number: HS84886EE
Price: $55.99
Click here to order.

 


 

KB Toy’s 12″
June 25, 2004 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com they have an interesting find….
Each of these 12″ figures are now in stock…

So if you are looking for some older 12″ figs, now is a good time to get them..

 


 

EIII Preview Wave
June 24, 2004 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill


Some more details have surfaced about the Episode III Preview Wave– Rebelscum is reporting that this November’s preview wave will have 4 figures, like E2, but also a vehicle!

 


 

EIII Casting News
June 24, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill


While we generally don’t post spoilers, given the fact that this concerns a character from the Clone Wars Animated Series we decided to go ahead and post it. Thanks to Yak Reader William for the tip from the IMDB’s archive:

British actor Gary Oldman will play the “deadliest”
Star Wars villain ever in the franchise’s final
prequel Episode Three. The “Harry Potter And The
Prisoner Of Azkaban” star will voice character General
Grievous, who is a part-alien/part-robot. And insiders
say Oldman – who is considered to be one of the finest actors
of his generation – was handpicked for the part
by series creator George Lucas, who is a big fan of
his work. A source says, “George thought Gary was the
ideal choice.” According to reports, Oldman’s
character will try and hunt down Jedi knights Anakin
Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi in the film, which is due
to hit cinemas next summer. 

Highlight the above to read. (You didn’t think we’d totally spoil it did you?)

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 24, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store.com:

NEW PRE-ORDERS:

–STAR WARS: Vintage figures Wave 2 and Wave 3 have now been listed.
Wave 2 is the full of the first 8 figures released: Luke, Han, Obi-Wan,Leia, Darth, Yoda, Lando, C3P0. We are offering Wave 3 as a set of 6 including: Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Lando & Darth Vader. Unleashed Wave 11 has been announced and updated to include these figures: Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Darth Vader. Don’t miss out on the other SW pre-orders we have listed including the Sandcrawler! Click here to order.

 


 

Deja Vu?
June 24, 2004 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

The French Site Mint In Box is reporting that much like we saw with Episode I’s European exclusives, Hasbro will be releasing an OTC 2 packs based on Rebellion vs. Empire (Joe vs. Cobra anyone?). It will be a Costco exclusive with a Rebel Pilot and a TIE Fighter Pilot. Read the full story here.

 


 

Master Replicas FX Now Available for Everyone
June 24, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark B

Everyone can now order the new Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker ESB FX lightsabers from Master Replicas. Go Get ‘Em….

 


 

Star Wars Encuentros Exclusive
June 24, 2004 | 8:20 AM EST | Bill


The exclusive is finally revealed and it is certainly one of the best we’ve seen yet. For Mexico City’s convention Hasbro has really outdone themselves– continuing their trend of 2 packs for the international cons this year, we have Yoda and Dagobah Luke, with an outstanding background from a certain slimy mud hole. Check it out here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 23, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

NOW IN STOCK

We’re off to a great week with the arrival of the all-new Original
Trilogy Ask Yoda (Item# HS72410, $25.99)

 


 

New OTC Packs Confirmed
June 23, 2004 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

 


The Official Star Wars Website has a new story with photos of several new OTC packs that will be coming out this year. Included with these is the Cantina 3-Pack pictured above. This pack is going to be a K-Mart (are they still in business?) exclusive. You’ll also see the Walmart Exclusive Trilogy 3-Packs, and the Toys R Us – Endor Ambush pack. Some cool stuff coming out!!! Thanks to Brent for sending in the news!

 


 

New FX Ready for Order 
June 23, 2004 | 11:34 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has posted the new Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers on their website and can now be ordered by Collectors Society members (the rest of us have to wait until tomorrow). After seeing the photos, I cannot wait to get my Mace Windu saber!! Head on over to Master Replicas today!

 


 

Universe Artists In The Spotlight
June 23, 2004 | 8:27 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted a new article highlighting some outstanding artwork based on the Star Wars Universe, and Vader’s influences. Check it out here.

 


 

Your Questions – My Answers
June 23, 2004 | 12:22 AM EST | Muse

The next (and LONG overdue) Q&A is nearly complete. If you have any questions/observations/peeves, I want to know. Send them here!

 


 

Hasbro Updates with New Vintage Images
June 22, 2004 | 3:52 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates with new photos of the Vintage Vader and Yoda due later this year. I can’t wait for these bad boys!

 
 


 

Master Replicas Announces New FX
June 22, 2004 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas will start taking preorders for their 2 newest FX Lightsabers this Thursday (June 24). You’ll be able to get both the Blue Bladed Luke Skywalker from The Empire Strikes Back and the Purple Bladed Mace Windu from Attack of the Clones then. Both are going to be selling for only $119 each. Head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday to get yours ordered!

 


 

Boba Fett Book Series Wraps Up In December
June 22, 2004 | 8:09 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that Pursuit (the 6th book in the young Boba Fett series) will be the final installment in the series. Having read all of the books released so far, I have to say that this is a series Mandalorian fans will love if you haven’t checked it out yet. The 6th book takes place on Corcucant, with young Boba seeking revenge against a certain Jedi… Read the full story here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 21, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Pre-order the hard-to-find Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection
Buddies now!

Star Wars Original Trilogy Buddies Ast. 1 (Item# HS00640A, $69.99) Includes twelve characters: 3x Yoda, 3x R2-D2, 2x C-3P0, 2x Chewbacca, 2x Wicket (subject to change).

Clone Wars Arc Trooper Captain Maquette (Item# GE6062, $79.99)

Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue (Item# GE5867, $179.99)

In Stock Now!

Original Trilogy X-Wing Fighter & TIE Fighter Set (Item# HS85245AA,
$49.99)

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3.5 (Item# HS84716CA, $74.99)
3x Ewok with Attack Glider, 2x Jabba the Hutt, 1x Flying Jango Fett-
Kamino Showdown (subject to change).

 


 

Stay on Target!
June 21, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Jayson

If you have a Target store in your area, pay them a visit because OTC merchandise is starting to show up. I found the Vader and Jedi Luke Light-Up Sabers this weekend. And don’t forget to check the clearance aisle too, I picked up all the Ultra figures there for $6.98 each. Not bad if you want to expand your Wampa herd or bolster the ranks of flying Ewoks.

 


 

Vader TIE Fighter BACK In Stock
June 21, 2004 | 2:43 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, you can now pick up the Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as it is now in stock.

 


 

Sandcrawler Pre-Orders At New Force for $49.99
June 20, 2004 | 11:48 AM EST | Bill

This just in from New Force Comics:

This October, the preferred mode of transportation for the junk-peddling Jawas will once again roll its way into retailers’ stores with the release of Hasbro’s Star Wars: Sandcrawler Previews Exclusive Vehicle, which will be solicited in the July Previews and will be available exclusively from Diamond for a full year!
Not offered in the 3 ¾” scale since the radio control (R/C) version of 1979/’80, the Jawas’ Sandcrawler returns in all its glory, just as it appeared in the original Star Wars film! Measuring over 16″ long, the Sandcrawler features an all-new, weathered paint scheme; a cockpit with opening roof hatch; a side panel with a ramp; and a moveable droid pick-up tube; and it includes two Jawas and a Death Star Droid repaint figure. The Sandcrawler is yours for $49.99.
Quantity Discounts are available, email for details. UPS ground shipping will run $7.95-$8.95 (depends on final weight, not yet available). Release is scheduled for Oct 2004, but all info is subject to change. Click here to order.

 


 

There Will Be Another
June 19, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

We’ve all seen the reports that the 5 initial glass/figure sets have appeared at Target, now the team over atThe Private Universe is reporting that late this year (October/November) there will be a 6th glass/figure for Episode III– it will have a glass (of course) with a new Darth Vader sculpt! Read the full story here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 19, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue
Gentle Giant continues their line of incredibly popular statues and busts with this Limited Edition Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue that stands over 12-inches tall and is a full representation of this classic Star Wars character. This product is an authentic, licensed collectible designed and developed by Gentle Giant Studios. These limited edition collectibles often sell out before they ever come into stock. Order yours today or risk missing out!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5867
Price: $179.99
See Star Wars Statues

Clone Wars Arc Trooper Captain Maquette
Gentle Giant has done it again! This Limited Edition ARC Trooper Captain maquette stands approximately 7-inches tall and is made of a porcelain/resin blend. Order yours today before they’re all gone!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6062
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Statues

Click here to order.

 


 

Federation Toys Newsfeed
June 19, 2004 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

“Just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a LOT OF new items in stock. (see below for the list). We are taking PRE-ORDERS ON NEW master replica’s items coming soon. We are also clearing out some other master replicas items check site for details. We have a limited number of the star wars celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, THE OTC (VINTAGE BOX packaging) WAVES SHOULD BE SHIPPING TO US SOON. We have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, also master replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. We will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. We hope you have a great day and WEEKEND.

May the force be with you!

SINCERELY Jim NIECIECKI

Now In Stock:

Hoth Trooper
R-3P0 Hoth Droid
Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack
Dutch Vander (Gold Leader)
General Jan Dodonna
TIE Fighter Pilot
R1-G4 Droid
Captain Antilles
Holographic Luke Skywalker
Jabba’s Palace Rappertunie
Jabba’s Sail Barge J’Quille
Jabba’s Sail Barge Lando Calrissian
Jabba’s Sail Barge Tanus Spijek
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Ewok&Combat Glider —–DELUXE—–
Jabba the Hutt —-DELUXE—-
Bossk
Admiral Ozzel (Executor Assault)
Dengar

12 inch figures
JAWAS (Tatooine Scavengers)
OBI-WAN KENOBI (Tatooine Encounter)
GARINDAN (MOS Eisley Cantina)

Click here to place your order.

 


 

New Trilogy DVD Covers
June 19, 2004 | 3:33 AM EST | Keri

Looks like these are pretty much the final designs for the Trilogy Extra Special Editions coming to DVD September 21st, courtesy of digitalbits.com. The cover art is in line with the designs we have for Episodes I & II with a nice clean logo, Episode number and bold art with a single Jedi and his Lightsaber blade glowing. You may read more information about the cover art as well as view the Lucasfilm marketing tearsheet here. Thanks to YakReader Danny for the heads up.

 


 

Too little too late perhaps?
June 18, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Ben

Dear Star Wars Hyperspace customer:

We would like to extend our deepest apology for the inconvenience we have caused you regarding your subscription to Hyperspace. The transition from one publisher to the next has been a challenging one, but nonetheless, we are continuing to strive to provide you with the best customer service possible.

We recognize that you have supported Star Wars throughout the years, and we consider you to be one of our most valued customers.

Your patience is very much appreciated. If you have not received your Hyperspace access code via email by 6/18, please let us know via email.

Sincerely,

Star Wars Insider/Hyperspace

 


 

Comicon Star Wars Program
June 17, 2004 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the program of events for Star Wars presentations at Comicon. Read the full story here. Oh and they say Hasbro may have a few surprises for us too.

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 17, 2004 | 9:06 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Bridging the Saga” which shows (highlight to read) A bridge set from a possible Prequel Star Destroyer 

 


 

Obi Wan EPII Mini Lightsabers Now Shipping
June 17, 2004 | 5:30 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has started shipping the second in their line of .45 scale lightsabers. The Episode II Obi Wan Kenobi lightsaber is also showing “In Stock” at Master Replicas. These are pretty cool little replicas. Head on over and pick one up if you haven’t already. Buying one will also give you a membership in the MR Collectors Society. There are going to be some member exclusives this year including another Mini-Lightsaber that won’t be available to anyone else. Check it out over at Master Replicas.

***Update – sorry for the mistake. You actually don’t get a membership to the collectors society with a purchase of the mini lightsabers, only with limited edition items. Thanks to Jack for correcting me.

 


 

Sam’s Club Falcon
June 17, 2004 | 2:15 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Star Wars will be returning to Sam’s Club this year with the Original Trilogy Collection– Sam’s will have a specially bundled Millennium Falcon with pack-in figures. The team at POTF2.com have just posted pictures of the pack-in Han and Chewie. Check them out here.

 


 

New Q&A From Hasbro
June 16, 2004 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has just been updated with a quick Q&A. Here’s the info:

Star Wars Q & A for the week of June 14, 2004

Q: I haven’t seen many 12” figures at retail. Were they cancelled?

A: No! As a matter of fact, as part of our Original Trilogy Collection, three 12″ figures will be available at most fine retailers this fall in vintage style packaging: Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper. Check out the Republic News postings from Feb 13 and May 12, 2004 for more details.

Q: What are the names of the figures included in sets 3 and 4 of the Jedi Council Scene Packs?

A: Set 3 will include Stass Allie, Agen Kolar, and Shaak Ti. Set 4 will include Saesee Tiin, Adi Gallia, and Anakin Skywalker. Both scenes will be available this fall exclusively at Toys R Us.

You can also read it here.

 


 

Scouting An Exclusive
June 16, 2004 | 7:35 PM EST | Bill


Lucasarts has posted a high resolution carded images of the Scout Trooper exclusive which will be available with Star Wars Battlefront. The good news is while it is an exclusive carded figure– the figure and weapon are not band new. It is a dirty scout trooper with a large blaster rifle. Also if you are not a gamer, there have been some reports on-line that the “exclusive” carded figure may be available from the Fan Club.Click here to see the image at Lucasarts site.

 


 

Secret Shopper info
June 16, 2004 | 4:16 PM EST | Ben

Great info from a source in the retail industry who attended an official briefing on Episode III merchandising.

First, we received a brief presentation of the 4,5,6 DVD set. Still nothing any of us hasn’t heard before. They played the trailer currently running on Hyperspace.

As far as the Episode III movie overview, this one was not nearly as spoiler laden as the one for Ep II was but I did see some rough footage from a couple key scenes, along with some storyboards and sketches.

To put it in perspective, after the Episode II presentation, the only thing about Episode II that remained a complete surprise to me was the whole Death Star thing. That was it. Anyway…

Vader / Lava themed product packaging (saw a sample, SWEET!!!!)

HEAVY Vader presence in all marketing (saw some samples – again, SWEET!!!)

(NOTE: On more than one instance, some of the artwork incorporated the lone word “REVENGE” (Revenge of the Sith perhaps?)

(Secondly, during the commentary, the phrase “closing the circle” or the “circle being complete” was also used more than once in a very “wink-wink” kind of way. (Tagline?)

First Ep III teaser trailer debuts in Nov. 04

First full trailer, April 05

Ep III Product release first week of April 05 (start saving!)

A mention of an increased focus on high-end collectables (master replicas? gentle giant?)

Eps 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 to air on FOX throughout the month of April 05

Clone Wars Series 1 & 2 DVD coming in Q1 of 05

Clone Wars Series 3 to air April 05 (Ten 12 minute chapters)

Licenses renewed with BK & Pepsi / Frito-Lay

License with as-yet undisclosed wireless service.

LIVE ACTION TV series to premire in 2006!!!

Wow, that’s a lot of tidbits to chew on!

 


 

R2, hyperdrive transfer circuits aren’t working!
June 16, 2004 | 4:00 PM EST | Ben

Many people are complaining about the Hyperspace renewal debacle.

If you signed up for Hyperspace on day one, your subscription has lapsed by now. If you renewed in early June (when you got the renewal email) your credit card has likely been charged and yet you STILL might not have access. The renewal “warnings” indicate that personalized email addresses are up for grabs if your account lapses so this may be an even bigger issue for many people once they DO receive their codes.

Tons of people are complaining that the renewal process is simply NOT working. The common theme is the frustration that customer service is simply not happening.

I personally tend to be rather harsh when it comes to things like this. Live by the sword, die by the sword. They always try to increase the number of subscribers; they need to be prepared to service them. Customer SERVICE personnel need to treat the “fans” as respected customers. In my opinion, the proper way to deal with this is to extend access to everyone whose account has lapsed until they get caught up.

 


 

Photo of Upcoming ARC Trooper Maquette
June 16, 2004 | 3:47 PM EST | Mark B

 


I came across this photo today which is the first I have seen of the upcoming Gentle Giant ARC Trooper Maquette. This will be the 5th of 5 statues that are coming from Gentle Giant that feature characters from the Clone Wars cartoon series. Your local comic book stores should start taking preorders for these starting the middle of next week.

 


 

Big bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 15, 2004 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

10% OFF SALE & 15% OFF ORDERS OVER $200 – We are preparing for the
onslaught of new product coming out in the 2nd half of 2004 by offering up a 10% Off ALL ‘In Stock’ Items in our current inventory (No pre-orders are on sale) As an added incentive, we will boost your bonus to 15% off the entire order if you order more than $200.00 of ‘In-Stock’ items at our current list prices! *Please read the sale info for details on how this sale works – link available on our main page. This sale is good for ALL items on the vintage menu as well as our normal In-Stock items. The sale ends Thursday morning at 10:00 AM Central Time.

Click here to shop with the Big Bad Toy Store.

 


 

Padme’s New Digs
June 15, 2004 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new feature for Hyperspace members– a tour of Padme’s new apartment on Coruscant. Check it out here.

 


 

THX1138 Now Available for Preorder
June 15, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

 


Amazon.com is now taking preorders for George Lucas’ first feature length movie on DVD. The two disk collectors edition will set you back $18.89 (or buy it together with the Star Wars Trilogy and save a few bucks more). The DVD will be released on September 14 (a great month for Lucas fans!!!)

 


 

Some Tentative Shipping Dates
June 15, 2004 | 3:36 PM EST | Mark B

The new Diamond Comics Previews is now available for retailers, and there are some tentative ship dates for some great new Star Wars Collectibles.

As you now know, the Hasbro Sandcrawler will be a Diamond Exclusive. It is set to ship to retailers on Sept 1.

Mid September the KOTOBUKIYA Boba Fett kit will ship.

In December we will get the last of the Clone Wars Maquettes – The Clone Trooper along with the first of Gentle Giant’s Star Wars Statues – Chewbacca. Wave 2 of the Bust Up figures will hit the same time. All are scheduled for December 8.

 


 

Lucas Teases Episode III Title
June 15, 2004 | 3:30 PM EST | Ben

USA Today reports that George Lucas conceeds that fans have already correctly guessed the upcoming prequel’s title- but added that he won’t announce it until November, when the first trailer hits theaters. The guesses include Rise of the Empire, but Lucas told USA Today: “No, that’s not it.”

Is it Revenge of the Sith? Lucas smiled knowingly, backed away and teased the newspaper: “That’s a possibility. Lots of titles out there.”

 


 

Hi Res Vintage Photos
June 15, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you high resolution front and back images of the upcoming carded Vintage figures. Click here to check them out

Thanks to Action-HQ.com! for the images.

 


 

Vintage Figures and Tomy Dioramas Now At Action-HQ
June 15, 2004 | 8:10 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Vintage Figures &
Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3!

Available NOW:
-Vintage Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Princess Leia for just $15.95
each!
-Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3 Set of 5 only $29.95!

Also available:
-OTC Dagobah & Bespin figures starting at $9.95 up!
-OTC Darth Vader Tie Fighter, X-Wing & Tie Fighter at $25.95 up!
-Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack at a Special price of $21.95!

Get yours at

 


 

Your ATTE And Drop Ship Is HERE… Sort Of
June 14, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill


Fans of Tomy’s mini-dioramas, and those who have yet to embrace these far east exclusives will be thrilled with wave 3 of the mini-dios. This one features, Yoda, Slave I, the Jedi Starfighter, Anakin on speeder, and an ATTE with Dropship! Check the pics out here.

 


 

NEW Star Wars Miniature Game from WOTC
June 14, 2004 | 9:05 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated with announcement of The Star Wars Collectable Miniature Game. Available from Wizards of the Coast in September, the entire Rebel Storm set is composed of 60 pre-painted, fully-assembled, plastic miniatures and 2 exclusives available only with the Starter Set. The Starter Set includes 10 figures (8 random, 2 exclusive) and booster packs that include 7 random figures, some of which are not available in the Starter Set. Head on over to the Official Site for complete information.

 


 

Wave 2 and 3 Galactic Heroes 
June 14, 2004 | 1:54 PM EST | Keri

 
YakReader Chris sends in this heads-up on the availability of the newest waves of Playskool Galactic Heroes from Action Figure Xpress.
Wave 2 contains Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, Yoda & Clonetrooper, and Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett. Wave 3 contains our favorite Bounty Hunters IG-88 & Zuckuss, Dengar & Boba Fett, and Bossk & 4-LOM. The estimated ship date is in August, and if you wish to order these you may find more information here.

 


 

Hope You Have Your Credit Cards Paid Up!
June 14, 2004 | 10:00 AM EST | Mark B

Well, if you are like me, you have anxiously been awaiting new Star Wars items to be released from Master Replicas. Well, over the next couple of weeks they are going to announce a bunch of new preorders for some exciting new replicas! There are going to be 2 new FX Lightsabers – Luke from ESB (with a blue blade), and MACE WINDU!!! with a Purple Blade (oh, I MUST HAVE one of these!!!). There will also be 3 new blaster replicas – Rebel Trooper (from the opening of “A New Hope”), Princess Leia (also from the beginning of “A New Hope”) and one a lot of people have been waiting for – A Stormtrooper Blaster. And finally to top it all off – the first vehicle replica – The AT-AT. Watch here for announcements of when these items will be available for sale on the Master Replicas website.

 


 

OT Cut Scene Photo
June 14, 2004 | 8:15 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new image for Hyperspace members. This time it’s a photo of Camie, as “The Girl Next Door” for the cut scene in Star Wars: A New Hope.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Data East Trilogy Pinball
June 13, 2004 | 1:57 PM EST | Keri

Although Pinball machines seem “old” to most young kids in arcades who do not have clue one as to how to play them, those of us who saw Star Wars when it came out in 1977 know what Pinball is all about. The pinnacle of Pinball has long since passed, but updated machines with interactive graphics and multiballs have been made recently, most being movie themed.

The auction featured today is for the best of the three Star Wars pinball machines made in my opinion, which is the 1992 Data East Trilogy Pinball. The Sega Special Edition Trilogy Pinball has great artwork on the sides and on the board itself, the Episode I Williams machine has the best graphics, but neither machine has the charm and all out play-ability of the Data East machine.

The Data East Pinball has a lever which shoots the ball, and allows the player to attempt a skill shot on the screen graphic. The board has lots of colorful graphics, a rotating Death Star and a 3-D R2-D2 who moves up and down and beeps when the ball goes under him. The Death Star door opens and if the ball goes inside it blows up on screen and you get MultiBall insanity! The voices are from the films and if you can’t already tell I have personally played this game many times over the years.

If you have the room and the available funds to purchase this particular Pinball machine, I highly recommend it. The machine in this auction is complete with the plastic Vader head topper and has been thoroughly cleaned, with all burnt bulbs and rubber bumpers replaced. Click on through to own your very own Star Wars Pinball machine today!

1992 Data East Trilogy Pinball Machine

 


 

Some Off Topic Alien vs. Predator News
June 12, 2004 | 4:13 PM EST | Keri

As many of you know I am a very big Alien fan, and I could not resist posting this link to a brand new trailer for the upcoming Alien vs. Predator movie coming to a mulit-plex near you this summer! The story appears to be well, a tad bit on the weak side, but all the Aliens and Predators fighting amongst the silly humans is absolutely irrestible from my standpoint. While we all wait for Episode III, here is a link to another highly anticipated Fox franchise film we will pack the theaters to see on August 13th.

Alien vs. Predator Trailer

Now back to our regularly scheduled Star Wars news and updates…

 


 

Exclusive Framed Manga Lithos
June 12, 2004 | 4:04 PM EST | Keri


From none other than The Official Site comes news of yet another nice shop.starwars.com Exclusive item which happens to be a limited edition of signed, framed Manga lithos. The Manga art is that from the covers of the Original Trilogy Manga comics released a few years ago. Available June 11, 2004 through June 18th, shop.starwars.com is offering the exclusive sale of the 500 framed lithos to Hyperspace Members only at first, then after June 18th they will be available to everyone.

If you are a fan of Star Wars and like Anime as well, these would look great on any wall in your house!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Plush Jedi Mickey Mouse
June 12, 2004 | 12:34 AM EST | Keri

The large bulk of items available for those who are lucky enough to attend the Star Wars Weekends Events in Orlando at Disneyworld seem to be pins and the occasional T-shirt and poster.

Today’s featured auction breaks that mold as it is for a Mickey Mouse as a Jedi Knight plush doll. The familiar mascot of all things Disney has adopted many guises throughout his lengthy career including a wizard, a tailor and now the formidable mouse dons a Jedi Robe and carries a blue bladed Lightsaber. The plush of course is a Disneyworld exclusive and has Star Wars Weekends 2004 embroidered on his foot. If you collect Star Wars plush dolls or Disney exclusives then this very well done Jedi Mickey will be a welcomed new addition!

Disneyworld Exclusive Jedi Mickey Plush

 


 

A New Hope Slot Machine!
June 11, 2004 | 12:35 AM EST | Keri

Straight from The Official Site comes news of a brand new Slot Machine made by IGT based on A New Hope coming to casinos at the end of 2004.

Players may find it more than irrestible to play these new one-armed bandits due to the multiple bells and whistles that sets this slot apart from the rows upon rows of other slots. Joe Kaminkow, IGT Vice President of Product Design shares details of this new slot: “Real 3D motion-captured artwork is also evident in the game and takes slot machines to a new level achieved by very few games or even motion pictures. The game also has a unique mechanical representation of the Death Star that hovers high above the game, rotates and stops on winning values — sort of an orb-shaped wheel. To play it all you do is select the maximum lines available as well as maximum bet and you are qualified for an opportunity to win a multimillion-dollar jackpot. In the bonus you try to advance through the Death Star to escape and eventually help Luke and Han blow it up at the end of the bonus round.”

Although I cannot locate any pictures as of yet, it sounds like a very interesting and very colorful slot machine. I myself will be leaving shortly to have my honeymoon in Las Vegas and wish these new Star Wars slots were there already to be played. You may read the entire article here.

 


 

New Customs At Star Construx
June 10, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

The german Star Construx has updated the page today with the “Return of the Jedi” wave which includes 8 custom-figures build by Harald Flügge.

There are Shasa Teil “female Ishi Tib” (Jabba’s Palace), Leia Slave (Jabba’s Palace), Gammorean Guard, Yarna d’ al’ Gargan (Jabba’s Palace), Doalyn (Jabba’s Skiff), Attark “male Hoover” (Jabba’s Palace), Ak – Rev ( Drummer in Jabba’s Palace) and an imp. Bikerscout!

They’ve also changed the design of the page, to bring a new look and easier navigation to StarconstruX. Stop at Star Construx and check it all out!

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 10, 2004 | 5:02 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Captive Audience” which shows (highlight to read)Palpatine restrained in what will be General Grevious’ quarters 

 


 

Check Your Inboxes!
June 10, 2004 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

The latest Star Wars Homing Beacon #112 arrived today, giving a great description of the opening space battle, complete with ship movement descriptions. Hyperspace members can view anamatic stills in the latest Episode III Post Notes, too!

 


 

Hasbro Updates…
June 10, 2004 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark

Here is a nice look of the Jedi Council together…

NEW Jedi Council Scene Packs! Available Exclusively at Toys R Us!
Make sure to visit your local Toys R Us this summer to get the two new additions to the Jedi Council Scenes collection, both from The Phantom Menace. Scene 1 includes Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Scene 2 includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, and Eeth Koth.

More pictures at Hasbro’s site

Also…

More information on the new Falcon…

The Original Trilogy Collection brings back the ultimate Star Wars vehicle! The OTC Millennium Falcon has all of its original great features with some exciting new additions. This version of the legendary spaceship includes:

-New light-up back engine thrusters
-Firing missile
-Make the jump to hyperspace with lights and sounds
-Flying and blaster sounds
-Redesigned cockpit to fit the 3 ¾” figures more easily
-And the black and silver Original Trilogy Collection package – reminiscent of the 1970’s, but with new, updated graphics.

More news and images at the site…

 


 

More Bantha Tracks 
June 10, 2004 | 8:04 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that we will soon be seeing even more issues of Bantha Tracks. In addition to now having Bantha Tracks in EVERY issue of the Star Wars Insider, there will be Biweekly electronic issues on The Official Site. Read the full article here.

 


 

Clone Wars Wave 3 Details
June 9, 2004 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted the 411 on the 4 figures for Wave 3 of the Animated Clone Wars Figures— Grevious, C3PO, R2-D2, and PADME (here’s hoping it’s her snow outfit!).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Master Replicas Artist Proofs
June 9, 2004 | 7:44 PM EST | Keri

We are all familiar with the prop replicas avaialble to the general public for purchase, built in exacting standards to their movie counterparts by Master Replicas. However, today’s auction provides some artist proofs which are not necessarily made easily available to the general collector.

The artist proofs are used to mass produce the specific prop, and are used for publicity shots or used at trade shows to promote “the next big thing” soon to be available for purchase. Artist proofs are very limited and for the collector looking for something outstanding to add to a prop collection, this is one of the pinnacles, outside of owning a movie-used prop.

The auction featured below is for an artist proof Yoda Lightsaber, with a reasonable Buy-it-now price if you wish to end the auction and add it to your collection. Always remember to check any sellers other auctions for any other related items they may have for sale. Such as today’s seller who has more artist proof and prototype prop items including a piece from the 1979 film Alien.

Master Replicas Artist Proof Yoda Lightsaber

 


 

Galaxies For Free?
June 9, 2004 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Lucasgames is now offering a 14 day free trial for Star Wars Galaxies. If you’re an RPGer, check out all the details here.

 


 

Vader’s TIE Fighter In Stock
June 9, 2004 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, you can now pick up the Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as it is now in stock.

Also there are a few of the Basic Figure: Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot in stock.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 8, 2004 | 11:11 PM EST | Bill


Order your own Star Wars sidekick now straight form Entertainment Earth.

Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection (OTC) 3 3/4 inch Basic
Action Figure Assortment Sidekick / Floor Display. Display is
decorated in the all-new Original Trilogy theme. Measures 57.75″ H x
14″ W x 18″ D. Master Carton dimensions: 20.875″ H x 14.375″ W x 12.5″
D. This item also contains 24 individually packaged Original Trilogy
Collection action figures including 4x Biker Scout (OTC #11), 2x
Chewbacca (OTC #8), 2x Princess Leia (OTC #9), 2x Luke Skywalker –
Dagobah (OTC #1), 2x Yoda – Dagobah (OTC #2), 2x Hologram / Spirit of
Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #3), 2x R2-D2 Dagobah Swamp (OTC #4), 2x Luke
Skywalker – X-Wing (OTC #5), 2x Luke Skywalker – Jedi (OTC #6), 2x Han Solo (OTC #7), 2x Darth Vader (OTC #10) (subject to change). Click here to order.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 8, 2004 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some great new arrivals!
STAR WARS: The Trilogy X-Wing and TIE Fighter have just arrived and are available for $22.99 each. More Unleashed wave 9 figures have arrived – Leia and Obi-Wan – both available separately. We’ve also restocked some of the soldout Saga figures including Holographic Luke, Rappertunie, Tanus Spijek, and Sail Barge Lando. We’ve also cut prices on some other recent releases including Bossk, Dengar, Admiral Ozzel and others! Check it out here.

 


 

Continue The Clone Wars Will
June 8, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, The Official Site has just announced that the Animated Clone Wars Series will continue. There will be 5 more installments– each of which will be 4 times longer than the 20 chapers we’ve already seen (12 minutes instead of 3!) Read the full story here. The Wars continue in March 2005!

 


 

Drum Roll… The Surprise Figure Is:…
June 8, 2004 | 8:40 PM EST | Bill

It looks like some astute work by Kevin over at The Trade Federation may have uncovered the “secret” Star Wars Shop.com figure. He noticed that R2DToys is listing an OTC Emperor – Starwars shop special figure with this description: “This is an exclusive figure from the official Star Wars website ! ” More as it develops.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Vintage Vinyl Figure Cases
June 8, 2004 | 1:49 PM EST | Keri

While doing the time-honored tradition of surfing Ebay, looking for those bargain priced “hidden” auctions, I ran across a very nice lot of 4 Vintage vinyl action figure carrying cases. The auction includes the Star Wars design case, 2 different Empire Strikes back designs and a peach of a hard to find Return of the Jedi case. If you are looking for a near complete set of these vinyl figure cases, (the only one missing is the Star Wars design with ESB logo) this auction is a no reserve with a nice low opening bid. Remember that searching Ebay high and low for bargains can pay off in the long run for a collection on a budget.

4 Vintage Vinyl Action Figure Cases

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ESB Laserdisc Proof Sheet
June 8, 2004 | 1:17 PM EST | Keri

While today’s item is interesting and something that I have not seen before, it may not be for everyone’s collection and/or tastes. However, for those collectors looking for anything unusual that is vintage Star Wars this is something not found everyday.

Today’s auction is for a printer’s proof for the cover art for the Empire Strikes Back RCA CED Laserdisc. In the early days of home video, the CED Laserdiscs preceded the Laserdiscs that were like 12″ LP sized DVD’s and CD’s. The CED Laserdiscs were thin “sheets” that contained the movie which were incased in a hard plastic cover that was then inserted into the player. They were big and bulky and weren’t around for too long, but some of the top sellers were Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.

The proof sheet has the beautiful ESB Style A poster art on the front with various stock photos on the back as well as a description of the film. Again, for collectors looking for every bit of Star Wars they can get their hands on, this is certainly something not easily found.

Empire Strikes Back Laserdisc Cover Art Proof Sheet

 


 

Silver Sandtrooper At Starwarsshop.com Confirmed
June 8, 2004 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site is confirming that the summer convention exclusive Silver Sandtrooper will be available at Starwarsshop.com, and Hyperspace members will have an early ordering opportunity. Also there will be an exclusive figure available this fall (other than the Silver trooper) from Starwarsshop.com. Read the full story here.

 


 

Amazon Sale
June 8, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Mark

Here are a few items on sale over at Amazon….
X-Wing Fighter Red Leader $19.98 (33% off)
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba the Hutt $9.99 (17% off)
12″ Bounty Hunter Zam Wessel $6.98 (65% off)

And here are three new pre-orders….
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Stormtrooper
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Luke Skywalker
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Boba Fett

 


 

More New Figures On Tap?
June 8, 2004 | 8:15 AM EST | Bill

The scavenger team over at The Jawa has updated with a new list of rumored figures from Hasbro– just to mention a few highlights:

BASIC FIGURES
A certain long awaited (and often seen on Ebay in prototype form) Darth Vader

4 cantina figures– Hem Dazon is one of them

The rest of the Empire Bounty Hunters yet to be redone

Also Deluxe figures and a couple of large beasts.

Oh and a little piece of news we brought you a while back– the Twin Pod Cloud Car!

Read the full list here!

 


 

Hyperspace Discounts
June 7, 2004 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced discounts at the starwarsshop.com for Hyperspace members– 10% on select items. Check it out here.

 


 

Got Your Jedi Tennis
June 7, 2004 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill


This just in from Yak Reader Tyler sent in this report:

Here’s a link to some Nike Jedi shoes from a friend of mine in Japan. Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom General Grievous
June 6, 2004 | 11:07 AM EST | Keri

I always appreciate the countless hours and effort that go into making completely custom figures, and the auction spotlighted today is no exception.

Today’s auction is for a fully custom General Grievous, the mysterious new character introduced to us in the Clone Wars cartoons, and will also appear in Episode III. Each piece of this figure was constructed by the seller, and the figure includes many nice features such as magnetic points on the hands, feet and belt which can hold lightsabers, a magnetically attached cloth cape and a base which he can stand upon when not slaughtering Jedi.

The detail, paint and likeness on this figure are astounding making this a stunning addition to any collection.

Custom 3 3/4″ General Grievous

 


 

Original Trilogy DVD Trailer On-Line
June 5, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the official trailer for the Original Trilogy on DVD. Not only does it have some very nice footage from the original trilogy but also a few clips from the bonus features as well. If you’re a Hyperspace member, click here to check it out.

 


 

New Ultimate Trilogy and Clone Wars Sticker Books
June 5, 2004 | 2:22 PM EST | Keri


As reported on the official Star Wars Kids site, this Fall, look for the new Ultimate Sticker Books featuring images from the Classic Trilogy as well as the Clone Wars cartoon saga by DK Publishing at your local bookstore. Each book has 60 full-color stickers of characters, droids, vehicles and more that are reusable, which means hours of play for any Youngling or Padawan. Also, there are sevreal pages of full-color backgrounds of locations from the Star Wars Universe for you to recreate your favorite scenes from the films. You can read more about the books here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Kites
June 5, 2004 | 1:54 PM EST | Keri

Although the weather is starting to get warmer as summer is upon most of us in the world, hot windy afternoons are perfect for the time-honored tradition of flying a kite. The only kite to fly of course is one with some sort of Star Wars design emblazened on it!

Today’s auction features two vintage ROTJ kites made by Spectra Star back in 1983. Spectra Star made many different Star Wars as well as Indiana Jones themed kites in the 1980s which included a Wicket design, Speeder Bike Dragon tail, a multi-character box kite (the coolest in my opinion) and a Vader Streamer Kite. The Luke and Vader kites, like Wicket up for bids in today’s auction are more of a classic kite shape. The kites are mint in their original sealed plastic packaging and retain their bright colors.

Although not for every collector, these kites are a great addition to those who enjoy every aspect the Star Wars licensing machine has to offer.

Vintage ROTJ Luke & Vader Kites MISP

 


 

Star Wars Millenium Falcon Spaceship
June 5, 2004 | 10:39 AM EST | Mark

Now ready for Pre-Order is the Millenium Falcon Spaceship. This is a TRU Exclusive.
The best known, most heroic ship from the original trilogy, “brought to life” with lights and authentic movie sounds! Features electronic lights and sounds, New light-up engine thrusters, firing missiles, and hyperspace mode. Opening cockpit. Interior fits lots of figures!

 


 

Vintage Yoda And Lando Photos
June 4, 2004 | 2:35 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Egates just sent in this report:

If you click on this shopstarwars.com link, there are small preview images of the new VOTC Yoda and Lando… to my knowledge, these haven’t been featured on any sites yet…

Thanks for the report! Click here to check them out.

 


 

Vintage Style Darth Vader Detailed Photos
June 4, 2004 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page is treating us to a lot of updates this week– this time it’s the vintage style Darth Vader– more articulation, new sculpt, and even a well done cloak “chain” check it out here.

 


 

At Last It’s Official
June 4, 2004 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

We heard a few days ago, however Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has just confirmed that the Sandcrawler is coming this fall as an exclusive to Diamond Comics. In addition to one of the most wanted vehicles itself, it will come with the “death star droid” and 2 Jawas. Read the full story here.

 


 

The Exclusives Are Falling Into Place
June 4, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

While Hasbro hasn’t issued any confirmation, it looks like the full story has been revealed about the DVD Special Edition figure packs. The Official Site’s Cargo Bay section has been updated ot include the DVD Special Edition Figure sets— it shows them to be Wal-Mart Exclusives. Check it out here.

 


 

Darth Vader’s Tie Boxed Pictures
June 4, 2004 | 8:25 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated again to bring you boxed photos of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter. Check them out here. Thanks to Action HQ for the photos

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Jawa Sandcrawler
June 3, 2004 | 9:38 PM EST | Keri

As many of you know, I was away for quite some time as I was preparing for and did get married. I now happily return to my posting duties and bring you a brand new edition of Bounty Hunting Today.

As many fans rejoiced, the new Sandcrawler was brought out of the shadows of near destruction to once again lope across the tractless voids of own Tattoine dioramas in the very near future. Also, the countless pictures of the new OTC line harkened me back to the simpler times where it all began in the toy universe with the original Kenner remote control Sandcrawler.

The Kenner Sandcrawler was large and bulky, all molded in one color burnt-orange plastic with the obligatory decals to be stuck on, only to fall off after some spirited play. The Sandcrawler was oh so cool, and well to me still is today. They are rather hard to find boxed and complete, as well as expensive to say the least. However, just as Ebay can be a blessing as well as a curse (due to the scalping), it can also bring about less than perfect but still presentable subjects for very reasonable prices. Today’s Sandcrawler is a perfect example of just that: something incomplete and not perfect, but nonetheless at a price most anyone at any level of collecting can afford: $2.95 as an opening bid price. This Sandcrawler is missing its elevator, as most loose specimens do, but it still works which is a big plus. After a nice cleaning, and some traveling around the house, this Sandcrawler would be a great companion to the updated version arriving soon.

Vintage Loose Jawa Sandcrawler

 


 

Scalping @ A New High??
June 3, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Mark

Now, we are all well aware of the scalpers on the web. However in browsing Ebay today, I WAS STUNNED to see these two auctions.

Brought to you by Cloud City Collectibles, I will not even post a link to their site at this point. They have two R2-D2 OTC (YES THE BRAND NEW FIGURES) listed at a WHOPPING $34.99 each. They are AFA Rated at 8.5. These are not a 10, which in either case you could probably pick them up at the store in the same or better condition for the Retail price of $5.99. I find this very offensive as a collector. I could care less if it is AFA rated. A $30 markup on these new figures to me, brings in a new all time high to scalping.

You can view one of these outrageous auctions here…
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2476&item=5902168829&rd=1

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 3, 2004 | 8:30 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Hayden Hangs Around” which shows (highlight to read)a behind the scenes look at Anakin in stunt rigging to recreate some special “Force-aided” acrobatics. 

 


 

For the Over 21 Crowd
June 3, 2004 | 6:06 PM EST | Mark B

Ready for the latest collaboration between George Lucas and Francis Coppola? How about a 2002 Lucas Skywalker Ranch Chardonnay? This has been a hugely popular wine from the Niebaum-Coppola Winery. At $30 a bottle, it is pretty expensive compared to action figures, but pretty inexpensive as far as wine is concerned. I have personally had some of the Coppola Merlot and I’ll tell you, it was incredible. If you are of legal age, pick up a bottle – hey, you can pop it open to celebrate the release of Star Wars on DVD later this year!

 


 

New Master Replicas Releases Today
June 3, 2004 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark B

If you happen to be a fan of that OTHER Star Thing show as well as Star Wars,Master Replicas has released a couple of really cool Star Trek replicas today. I believe both are from the original TV series. They have a new Klingon Disruptor (Pistol), and a Tricorder. The one thing that always impressed me about Star Trek was how items from that show ended up being developed in real life. If you think about it, that Tricorder is kind of the grandfather of today’s PDAs….now if we could just develop a Transporter….

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

 


 

Boxed Original Trilogy X-Wing And Tie Fighter Images
June 3, 2004 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you detailed boxed images of the Original Trilogy X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Check out all the pics here.

Thanks to Action-HQ for these new images!

 


 

Action-HQ Newsfeed– OT X-Wing; Tie Fighter; Bespin Wave NOW IN STOCK
June 3, 2004 | 8:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ

STAR WARS NEW Bespin & Trilogy Figures!
AHQ is bringing it to you FIRST once again & this week with Bespin & OTC figures! Available are newly molded figures Bespin Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Lobot and re-carded OTC R2D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper & Wicket. Price starts from just $9.95.

STAR WARS 3 NEW Vehicles Available NOW!
Why go anywhere else when you know AHQ will bring it to you FIRST & at some of the best price possible for a collectibles store! Get your Star Wars OTC vehicles weeks & months ahead of everyone else. Now shipping are Vader’s Tie Fighter, X-Wing & Tie Fighter at just $29.95up!

Click here to check them out!

 


 

ILM Models on Display in Chicago
June 2, 2004 | 11:44 PM EST | Keri


If you live in the Chicago area and would like to see the ILM Models of the AT-AT, a full size Speeder Bike, (wow!) the Coruscant Skyline from Episode 2 and a full size Sebulba you are in luck!

As reported on the official site, on May 28, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago unveils the exhibit entitled Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking. The exhibit also features models from the Indiana Jones Trilogy, E.T. The Mummy and Hunt For Red October.

For more information on the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and on the exhibit itself you may visit their official website here. They also have some pretty cool wallpaper you can download to your own screen.

 


 

Channeling The Force
June 2, 2004 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Always in motion the future is… however the Yak’s sources are very attuned to messages about future goodies. We’ve just seen the reports of the Sandcrawlers eventual release which have been around for some time proven true. Now the force brings word that one of the last Vintage vehicles to be released is high on Hasbro’s plans for a future release. While a release time is unclear, our sources say the Cloud Car will see a modern release— just what we need now that the Cloud Car Pilot has joined the modern line. The ghost of yakface past is usually quite on point… but you don’t have to take our word for it.

 


 

The Sandcrawler Is Coming This Fall
June 2, 2004 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

The early reports were correct– the Sandcrawler is back on its track. Diamond Comics has picked it up as a exclusive. Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for ithere.

 


 

Gentle Giant Green Clone Trooper Sargeant Arrives!
June 2, 2004 | 11:55 AM EST | Keri


I was awoken this morning with the ring of my doorbell, only to find a large box from FedEx containing my Gentle Giant Exclusive Green Sargeant Clone Trooper mini-bust ordered from shop.starwars.com.

The packing was very good, with the Clone Trooper’s box wrapped in bubble wrap, surrounded by big wads of packing paper to insure no harm to the Clone Trooper’s Gentle Giant box. All in all, I am very pleased with the Star Wars Shop. It seems after the initial glitch in the ordering system, things have defintely improved all the way around.

 


 

The Latest E3 Video Is Now Up On Hyperspace
June 2, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new video for Hyperspace members– this one deals with the part of the interior of a ship which appears in E3. Check it out here.

 


 

Disney Weekends Photo
June 1, 2004 | 11:05 PM EST | Keri


YakReader Dennis was kind enough to share this photo he took of our favorite droid actor Anthony Daniels with his C-3PO counterpart on hand.

 


 

Talking Yoda Seek You?
June 1, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill


The Original Trilogy series Ask Yoda has just appeared on Ebay. Click here to check out detailed front and back images.

 


 

KnollVision #1
June 1, 2004 | 9:45 PM EST | Jayson

Visit the The Official Site for a new weekly 3-D feature callled “KnollVision” that lets you explore a Episode III set via “Virtual Reality.” Hyperspace members only need apply.

 


 

Tsuneo Sanda’s Website
June 1, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark B

Tsuneo Sanda writes in to let us know his website SANDAWORLD.COM is now up and fully operational. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, head on over and check out his Star Wars artwork – you’ll probably recognize the artwork before the name! Tsuneo has done some of the best Star Wars artwork I have ever seen. Enjoy.

 


 

12″ Vintage Luke Loose Photos
June 1, 2004 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you the latest loose detailed photos of the upcoming 12″ vintage style Luke Skywalker. Check them out here. Oh and did we mention Luke finally gets the Kung Fu grip?

 


 

The Empire Strikes Back DVD Special Edition Figures
June 1, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill


That was fast, yesterday these DVD special edition figures surfaced on Ebay, now the Empire set has surfaced. Check out the photos of the DVD special edition figureshere.

May 2004 Archive

The DVD Edition Figures
May 31, 2004 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill


While all of the figures in the package are reissues, this new series, samples of which have just appeared on Ebay, has some of the most striking packaging we’ve seen in a long time. Oh, and it looks like there will be a set for Return of the Jedi and Empire as well. Check out the photos of the DVD special edition figures here.

 


 

Bespin Wave Carded Photos
May 31, 2004 | 11:17 AM EST | Bill


We’ve updated to bring you carded photos (front and back) of the Bespin wave.Click here to check them out.

Thanks to Action-HQ for the photos.

 


 

OTC Bespin Wave In Stock Now
May 31, 2004 | 10:35 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST with OTC Bespin
figures & lots more!

Available FIRST are:
-OTC Bespin Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Lobot for $13.95 each!
-OTC R2D2, C-3PO, boba Fett, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper & Wicket only
$9.95 each!

Also availabe are:
-OTC Dagobah Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan & R2D2 for $13.95!
-OTC Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Jedi & Luke X-Wing
Pilot only $9.95 each!

And another assortment also coming this week. VINTAGE? Check
back with us daily as lots of new Star Wars are just showing up on our doorsteps!

Click HERE to get yours FIRST!

 


 

TRU Endor Ambush Photos
May 30, 2004 | 5:43 PM EST | Bill


We’ve updated to bring you boxed photos of TRU’s upcoming Endor Ambush Exclusive here. Thanks to Ebay seller Hotreals for the images.

 


 

Seinar Fleet Systems Interceptor Prototype
May 30, 2004 | 5:23 PM EST | Bill

Otherwise known as Vader’s Tie Figher. 

At last we know what TRU’s exclusive Vader’s Tie Fighter looks like– the POTF2 version with revised paint ops, and a vader figure. These images just appeared at 4 inches.de check out their report here.

 


 

The Circle is Now TOTALLY Complete
May 30, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Bill


We’ve heard that we would have the center section of for the Jedi Council by the time TRU finished their exclusives and it was partially confirmed with photos appeared on Ebay a few weeks ago of the first 2 TRU sets. Now we can say it is confirmed by this image which just surfaced at 4 inches.de check out their report here.

 


 

The Cestus Deception Comes Out Tuesday
May 30, 2004 | 10:24 AM EST | Mark B

 


The new Clone Wars Novel: The Cestus Deception comes out this Tuesday in bookstores everywhere (or click the link above to order from Amazon.com). The story seems to revolve around Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto as they go to Ord Cestus to investigate new “Bio-Droids” (sound familiar?). Sounds like a great read – and a little more to get you excited (like you needed more) for Episode III!

 


 

Fan Club Breakfasts For 2004 Begin In San Diego
May 29, 2004 | 5:38 PM EST | Bill

While the Fan Club has passed back to Lucasfilm, the Fan Club Breakfasts which started last summer will continue. The first will be in San Diego on July 24th, of course there will be the usual goodie bags– Silver Sandtroopers… and more. The Official Site has all the details here.

 


 

Anthony Daniels, Andy Secombe… Star Wars Weekends #3
May 29, 2004 | 5:34 PM EST | Bill

As we pause to remember all of those who have served this Memorial Day, Star Wars Weekends #5 is taking place at Disney World in Orlando. Check out all the coverage on the Official Site right here.

 


 

Fan Club Revisions 
May 28, 2004 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Iceburgh sent in this report:

“I was trying to find out from the fanclub since I had a few issues to go when I would get the Hyperspace part since I subscribed to the magazine for years. This was the reply I got: Our records show that you have 6 issues left. Your subscription will expire with the June/July 2005 issue. In order to have your Star Wars Insider and your Hyperspace expire together, you will need to renew your Star Wars Insider subscription closer to its expiration date.

We apologize for this inconvenience. If you should need further assistance, please be sure to include all previous e-mail correspondence.

Star Wars Insider
Victoria
So in other words I would always have more issues of the magazine then access to Hyperspace. Talk about being complicated for record keeping and a way for the Fan Club to make more money. So maybe others may want to wait before renewing the subscriptions.”

 


 

Star Wars Sale
May 28, 2004 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

The Big Bad Toy Store is running sale on in stock products– 10% off for Memorial Day. Check out their new Star Wars products in stock here.

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Image
May 27, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “I’m On The Leader” which shows (highlight to read) A very determined Anakin chasing down a enemy combatant in his New Jedi Starfighter.

 


 

Boba Fett? Where? …..Ummm, NASA??
May 27, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, talk about life imitating art. Check out THIS ARTICLE that talks about the new “Robonaut” that NASA is developing to take over some of the more dangerous spacewalking activities that astronauts currently do. Let’s just say he passes more than a slight resemblance to a certain clone in Mandalorian Armor.

 


 

Vintage Tatooine Luke Carded And Loose
May 27, 2004 | 8:22 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro has just updated their Star Wars website with carded and loose photos of the upcoming vintage style Tatooine Luke. Check it out here.

 


 

The Cestus Deception Interview
May 27, 2004 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

If you can’t wait for the June 1 release date for the next hardcover Star Wars Novel, The Cestus Deception, The Official Site has updated with an interview with Steve Barnes, the novel’s author, to tide you over the next few days.Check it out here.

 


 

Stormtroopers And Ewoks… Part 2…
May 27, 2004 | 7:12 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, the Death Star Chase Stormtrooper is now listed in stock. Good way to build up an army.

Also in stock..
Assault on Endor Ewok with Attack Glider $9.99

 


 

OTC Tie Fighter
May 26, 2004 | 8:47 PM EST | Mark

For your viewing pleasure here are some first looks at the boxed image of theOTC Tie Fighter. Click on over to see several high quality images.

 


 

QNA Time
May 26, 2004 | 7:21 AM EST | Mark

John has provided new answers to your new questions. Grab something to drink and Click on over. When you have finished reading, send in your own questions.

 


 

Pre-Orders @ Entertainment Earth
May 26, 2004 | 7:15 AM EST | Mark

THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION:
Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8.75
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715L75
2x Tusken Raider (OTC #24), 2x Jawa (OTC #23), 2x Snowtrooper (OTC
#25), 1x Luke Skywalker Jedi (OTC #6), 1x Han Solo (OTC #7), 1x
Princess Leia (OTC #9), 1x Boba Fett (OTC #14), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #15), 1x TIE Fighter Pilot (OTC #21) (subject to change).

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8.25
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715L25
2x Luke Skywalker Dagobah (OTC #1), 1x Yoda Dagobah (OTC #2), 1x
Holographic Obi-Wan Kebnobi (OTC #3), 1x Dagobah R2-D2 (OTC #4), 2x
Cloud Car Pilot (OTC #19), 2x Lobot (OTC #20), 1x Princess Leia (OTC
#9), 1x Darth Vader (OTC #10), 1x TIE Fighter Pilot (OTC #21) (subject to change).

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8 & 9 Alt.
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715P
1x Luke Skywalker Dagobah (OTC #1), 1x Yoda Dagobah (OTC #2), 1x
Holographic / Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #3), 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah
Swamp (OTC #4), 1x Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot (OTC #5), 1x Luke
Skywalker – Jedi (OTC #6), 1x Han Solo (OTC #7), 1x Darth Vader (OTC
#10), 1x C-3PO (OTC #13), 1x Boba Fett (OTC #14), 1x Stormtrooper (OTC #16), 1x Greedo (OTC #22) (subject to change).

VINTAGE:
Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 2
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85213B
2x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 2x Yoda – Empire Strikes
Back (NEW), 2x Lando Calrissian – Empire Strikes Back (NEW) 1x Han
Solo, 1x Luke Skywalker (subject to change)

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 2.5
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85213B2
2x C-3P0 – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Yoda – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Han Solo – A New Hope, 1x Luke Skywalker – A New Hope, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – A New Hope, 1x Princess Leia – A New Hope (subject to change)

 


 

Rocky Roads For Amazon & TRU
May 26, 2004 | 7:07 AM EST | Mark

Reuters has posted an article about a newly filed lawsuit. The Online Division of Toy-R-Us has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com.

“According to Toys R Us, its contract with the Web retailer states that Toysrus.com is the only authorised seller of toy and game and baby products on the Amazon.com platform through 2010. When the deal was signed in August 2000, Toysrus.com stopped selling products through its own site to move to Amazon.com.”

It would appear that Amazon is not holding up it’s end of the contract. Check out the link above for the full article.

 


 

OTC Ships In Stock
May 25, 2004 | 7:37 AM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth they currently have in stock the new OTC X-Wing and TIE Fighter. Head on over and pick them up.

 


 

New OTC Images
May 25, 2004 | 7:26 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice shots of the Cloud Car Pilot and the Lobot carded figs. They are up for auction by gtr430s. Click on each image to see the full size shot.

 


 

Boba Fett? Boba Fett, Where???
May 25, 2004 | 7:18 AM EST | Mark

If you are a Boba Fett, you will be interested in the newest Medicom version. If you can read Japanese and can translate this page, please send us a note. Until then, here are some nice shots.

 
 


 

Attention Stackpole Fans
May 24, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a Michael Stackpole story centered on everyone’s favorite Jedi in green— Corran Horn titled Missed Chance. Check it out in their Hyperspace section here.

 


 

Episode III Image
May 24, 2004 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark B

IC2V.com (a website for comic book retailers), has posted a couple of images from the new “Heritage” line of trading cards from Topps. Included in these is a card from the Episode III cards showing Anakin and Senator Palpatine. Click the link above to read the story and see the card (as always, if you are trying to avoid info about Episode III – don’t click through!)

 


 

Star Wars Weekends Part 2
May 24, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the second of their Star Wars weekends features. Once again in addition to copy describing the highlights for this weekend, they also have their photo viewer with the sights of the second Star Wars Weekend. Check it out here.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Jedi Council Screen Scene Boxed Photos
May 22, 2004 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Earlier in the week, loose photos of the first two TRU Exclusive Jedi Council Screen Scenes surfaced on Ebay. Now the variation hunters over atPOTF2.com have posted pics of the upcoming Jedi Council I Screen Scene in OTC packaging. As you will see in the photo, the “center” floor section is clearly visible “under” the floor section holding the 3 figures and the 2 Council Member chairs. Check it out here.

 


 

Need Stormtroopers??? Ewoks??
May 22, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, the Death Star Chase Stormtrooper is now listed in stock. Good way to build up an army.

Also in stock..
Assault on Endor Ewok with Attack Glider $9.99

 


 

THX1138 Coming to DVD
May 21, 2004 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

Well, September gets even better for fans of George Lucas movies! George’s first feature length movie THX1138 is being released on DVD on September 14th. And it is coming out as THX1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut. Just before the release, starting September 10th, 20 cities across the US will have the movie in theaters. A partial list of cities is here. Look for preorders to start soon!

 


 

Silver Sandtrooper Carded
May 21, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you the latest images to appear of the upcoming Silver Sandtrooper slated for release at the summer conventions and also through Starwarsshop.com. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Want An Extra Hand, How About Two?
May 21, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you detailed loose images of the Original Trilogy Luke Dagobah. Click here to check them out. Thanks to Action-HQ for the images.

 


 

TRU Jabba’s 4 -Pack In Stock
May 21, 2004 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

The Star Wars 3.75″ Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures is now in stock and shipping within 24 hours. Head on over and pick one up.

 


 

Target Cups Fan Review
May 20, 2004 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Machofrijol:

I just came from Target and I picked up the Character cups. Anakin (yawn) was no surprise but looking at the Luke I was a little taken back. I expected that this was going to be the only new (reconstructed) figure of the series but looking at the figure what I expected was all wrong. I expected the Power of the Force Luke body with the Power of the Jedi Head. What I found was different. The only way you can really tell is by looking at the breathing devise on his chest. The tubes are different from the Luke POTF version. The torso is actually from Wedge Antilles from the old Power of the Force Cinema Scene. The arms and legs appear to be the same as the Power of the Force Carded Version, along with his head! Even though that back of the box shows the POTJ Version it’s the old POTF carded version. The only other thing that I could find different is his collar. It’s one solid circle around his neck. No other X-wing Pilot figure has that. (My collection is loose, as they all should be, so that makes comparing easier.) If I am wrong I would appreciate someone letting me know. I hope this info helps collectors out there.

Update:
Thanks for all of the responses we’ve received. Here’s a few of them: Yak Reader Rich wrote in “The above figure is from the Wal-Mart POTJ snowpeeder, that’s why it is odd.” Yak Reader Psnitkin3 wrote in “This Luke is very similar to the one that came packed-in with the POTJ Snowspeeder that came out 2 years ago.”

 


 

Big Bad Toys Newsfeed
May 20, 2004 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in frmoBig Bad Toy Store.com:
STAR WARS UNLEASHED: Unleashed Wave 10 and 11 are now available for
pre-ordering for $49.99 per set – Figures in these waves include: Aayla Secura, Bossk, Tusken Raider in Wave 10 and IG-88, Stormtrooper, Aurra Sing in Wave 11. Unleashed Waves 8 and 9 have just arrived as well (pre-orders will be processed Friday or Monday) We have limited supply of Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia.

STAR WARS SAGA BASICS: The lastest wave of Saga figures has arrived. New figures including Executor Meeting: Dengar and Bossk, Admiral Ozzel, and R2-D2 – Jabba’s Sail Barge. Back in stock are other recent Saga figures: Fan’s #5: Captain Antilles, Dutch Vander – Gold Leader, General Jan Dodonna, Yavin TIE Fighter Pilot, Hoth Attack – Luke Skywalker. All of these figures are price at $7.49 or less. Don’t miss out on the Ewok with Battle Glider – available for $11.99.

 


 

NEW from Topps – Star Wars Heritage Cards
May 20, 2004 | 8:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site has a preview of the upcoming Topps Star Wars Heritage Trading Cards. Designed in the same style as the cards from the 70’s & 80’s, these cards cover all 5 current films and have sneak peek cards showing scenes from Episode III. Special insert cards containing original sketch art and actor signatures will also be included in the series.

 


 

Hasbro Kicks It Vintage Style 
May 20, 2004 | 5:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has a preview of the upcoming Princess Leia and Ben (Obi-Wan) KenobiVintage Style Figures so if you missed them in 1977 these figures are the next best thing. Watch for Han Solo tomorrow.

 


 

TRU Jedi Council Screen Scene New Images
May 20, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill


The first image has surfaced of TRU’s upcoming exclusive screen scenes based on the Jedi Council which shows the “center” floor section. Click here to check out the above image which just appeared on Ebay.

 


 

Aye, Amy!
May 19, 2004 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced an on-line chat this Friday with everyone’s favorite blue skinned Twi’lek Ayala Secura– AKA Amy Allen. Check out the details here.

 


 

Gentle Giant Clone Wars Obi Wan Maquette Update
May 19, 2004 | 11:42 PM EST | Bill


We’ve updated to bring up the latest image of the upcoming Gentle Giants animated Clone Wars Obi Wan in Clone armor maquette. Check it out here.

 


 

Dagobah Wave Carded Photos
May 19, 2004 | 10:51 PM EST | Bill

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Just in from Action-HQ.com. We have updated with detailed front and back carded photos of all the figures in the Dagobah wave– even the recarded figures look nice. Check them out here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth In Stock
May 19, 2004 | 7:27 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth has the Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 3 in stock now. Head on over if you would like to pick up a case…
Loosely based on the Jabba’s Palace theme. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise (NEW), 2x J’ Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Holographic Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Dutch Vander – Gold Leader, 2x General Jan Dodonna – Battle of Yavin (subject to change).

Also available for pre-order is…
Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 10
Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection 3 3/4 inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Wave 10. Includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures. Contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 2x Greedo (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Outfit (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp, 1x Wicket

 


 

Toy Reviews Section Update
May 19, 2004 | 7:00 PM EST | Jayson

After a long pause the Toy Reviews section has been updated with the skinny on the Clone Trooper Unleashed figure. Check it out.

p.s. expect some news on the Saga Poster later this week.

 


 

LucasFilm’s Customer Relations
May 19, 2004 | 10:46 AM EST | Ben

I’ve gone and dug up the address for LucasFilm’s Customer Relations Department.

Lucasfilm
P.O. Box 10228
San Rafael, CA 94912

As most stores don’t permit the return of DVDs, I’m predicting a fair number of people are going to need to know where to send back their DVDs when they watch them and realize that they didn’t get the product they thought they were buying.

I wonder how many pre sales of the “Star Wars Trilogy” have been made under false expectations. I’m not sure anyone even knows what constitutes the “Star Wars Trilogy” at this point.

 


 

SE SE Version on DVD?
May 19, 2004 | 9:56 AM EST | Mark B

You know, some of the additions to the Star Wars Special Editions were just great. I loved the new versions of the Death Star Battle with the new digital ships, the new shots of Bespin, and just the overall touchups to the special effects. Somethings I absolutely hated – Greedo shoots first (we could spend days on that!), Jabba in “A New Hope”, and a couple other items. But, I’ve learned to live with the fact that this is the version we will have forever on DVD. But, along comes today a news story over at the Digital Bits (linked from the original at Ain’t it Cool News – but I couldn’t get the original to load). It appears that there are several further changes being made to the original trilogy for the DVD release. While the photo they show is still only a “rumor” – it actually appears to be a pretty accurate one. Due to the nature of the photo, I won’t discuss it too much here – but this is another one I DON’T LIKE! – click the link above if you want to spoil the surprise…..

 


 

Action HQ Newsfeed
May 19, 2004 | 8:17 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ:

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST with Trilogy Dagobah
figures & More!

You just gotta have it FIRST:
-Trilogy Dagobah: Luke, Yoda & R2-D2 only $13.95 each! And R2-D2
is electronic w/light-up eye & sound effects! Spirit of Obi-Wan at $14.95!
-Trilogy: Luke X-Wing Pilot, Luke Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca & Darth
Vader. Only $9.95 each.
-Back in Stock are Star Wars Japan Box of 8 Character Magnets for
$54.95! Made by ArtBox and quality crafted by Kotobukia.

PreOrder JUNE:
JUNE
-Trilogy Vintage: Obi-Wan, Han Solo & Princess Leia. Just $15.95!
-Trilogy Bespin: Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Bespin Lobot. $13.95
each !
-Trilogy: R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, Wickett.
Just $9.95 each!
-Trilogy: Darth Vader Tie Fighter. Just $34.95!
NEWS RELEASE:
-Episode 2 Junior Figure 2-Pack: Darth Vader & Obi Wan, Luke & Rs-
D2, Chewbacca & C-3PO and Han Solo & Princess Leia. Only $14.95
each! Our sources say that these will be smaller size figures. Scheduled
for June!

More to come so check back daily!


Click to Enter

 


 

New Poll
May 19, 2004 | 7:39 AM EST | Mark

I hae changed the poll question, please take a second to place your vote. The poll is on the right side bar. It only takes a second… if that.. Please remember, that if the poll is not showing, make sure your URL to our site is www.yakface.com

 


 

Amazon LEGO Sale again…
May 19, 2004 | 7:29 AM EST | Mark

Are you into LEGO’s? Star Wars LEGO’s??? There are some awesome buys at Amazon…
UCS Naboo Fighter $18.73
UCS Darth Maul $56.23
All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer $52.49
X-Wing Fighter (Dagobah) $37.49
Jango Fett’s Slave I $24.98
Mos Eisley Cantina $22.49
Tie Bomber $22.49

Keep in mind, if you are a LEGO fan, ALL of the LEGO’s are a minimum of 25% off, just do a search on LEGO. All of the new Harry Potter set’s are included in this sale. Many sets are up to 63% off.

 


 

The Expanded Universe Will Continue Until At Least 2008
May 18, 2004 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that Del Rey will keep the license for Star Wars Books and Novels through the end of calendar 2008 (their current license would have expired in late 2005). What does that mean for you? 18 new novels between 2006 and 2008, 3 new hardcovers and 3 new soft cover novels a year plus 2 oversized non-fiction paperbacks a year. Read the whole article here.

 


 

T Minus 1 Year And Counting…
May 18, 2004 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

It seems hard to believe that as of today, there are only 365 days remaining until the release of Episode 3, and the Star Wars Saga, not to mention Star Wars Collecting, entering into another unknown period. Will the Expanded Universe keep fandom going? While those questions are still clouded by the Dark Side, The Official Site has posted a nice feature on Lucasfilm’s work on E3, including thousands of special effects shots, and more of their outstanding scale models! You can read the full story here. .. Oh and there a few tidbits about the Original Trilogy DVD release’s contents too.

 


 

Loose Figures Contest Seek You
May 18, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The green team over at Yoda’s News is having a new contest! Here’s the details from them:
“This one should be a lot of fun and here is what you have to do! Get your loose figures and pose them in a interesting, funny, or eye catching way! Click here for all the details.

 


 

Red Unleashed Clone Update
May 18, 2004 | 7:54 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rosemaster wrote in to add TRU to the list of stores receiving the Red Unleashed Clone. Here’s the report:

“I found one last week at a TRU in the St. Louis area. They are nice and I was happy to see it.”

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store News
May 17, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We’ve received lots of new product including Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe and More.

STAR WARS: More Saga Deluxe figures have arrived including the new Ewok with Attack Glider figure for $11.99 – all the other figures are in stock for $9.99 including Jabba, Jabba’s Denizens, Obi-wan and Jango. Check it all out here.

 


 

Star Wars Weekends Coverage And Photos
May 17, 2004 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an article on Star Wars Weekends, including a nice on-line photo album– one of the pics even has a very young padawan!Check it out here.

 


 

Red Unleashed Clone Trooper Sightings
May 17, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

In addition to the early reports of the Red Unleashed Clone Trooper appearing at Wal-mart a few weeks ago, we’ve been getting some more reports for aid in your hunt. Suncoast and Sam Goody stores have been receiving this running change at their stores across the country. If you’re still looking for more details about the red clone trooper– there’s a nice picture of one on this Ebay auction.

 


 

Gentle Giant’s Convention Plans
May 17, 2004 | 10:00 PM EST | Bill

Gentle Giant will be joining the large force presence at Comic Con in San Diego this year. Once again, they are making their presence felt in a big way. For starters their convention contest to have yourself “scanned” with a chance to be selected to receive a free bust of your self will continue. This time the lucky winners (yes there will be 2) will become either a Stormtrooper or X-Wing Pilot. The convention exclusives will offer two choices– either Luke in Stormtrooper disguise mini busts, or the “clear” spirit of the rebellion bust-ups set!

 


 

Brians Toys Free Shipping
May 17, 2004 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Brians is offering free shipping promotion going on now for orders over $50!* — See their website for all the details here.

Just arrived, the re-release of Unleashed Leia and Obi-Wan!

Lots of 3 3/4″ Saga back in this week, many at newly reduced prices
including some of the most recent releases like Han AT-ST Driver and
Lando General. All 12 of the Hall of Fame figures are also back in
stock and now available as a set. Don’t miss out on other new
wholesale assortments just added to the Saga section.

Episode 1 in stock Life-Size items are featured this week! Get your
set of Expanded Universe figures, all in stock now including the
tough-to-find Darktrooper and Spacetrooper!

Great Vintage items new in this week, a 12-Back Leia, 20-Back Han,
Boxed 12″ Leia, Han and Stormtrooper. Newly reduced prices on
select coins now in stock. Reproduction Telescoping sabers are now
back in stock as well as the repro Amanaman Staff!

Reduced prices throughout the Vintage ROTJ AFA graded figures! Over
30 great figures in stock and in exceptional condition including AFA
80 Yoda Brown Snake, a AFA 85 Princess Leia, a Luke Jedi Green Saber
AFA 85 and so many more I just can’t list them all. Don’t miss this
great selection!

Great Prototypes and Artist’s Proofs are on this weeks Master
Replica featured selection. Also in stock, the hard-to-get AOTC Obi-
Wan Lightsaber! Click here for their webpage.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
May 17, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to get you up-to-date on some of the newest Star Wars items
available at Entertainment Earth:

SW Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85240, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85240

Original Trilogy Vintage 12-inch Set
(Item# HS85230AA, $89.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85230AA
Luke Skywalker, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett

NEW UNLEASHED:

IN STOCK:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst 7 Set
(Item# HS85002BB, $56.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002BB
Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker from Hoth with in his Snowspeeder scout
outfit, Clone Trooper

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 8 Set
(Item# HS85002CC, $37.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002CC
Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious

PRE-ORDER:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Set
(Item# HS85002DD, $37.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002DD
Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 10 Set
(Item# HS85002EE, $56.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002EE
Bossk, Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider

 


 

Star Wars in the Comics
May 16, 2004 | 1:03 PM EST | Mark B

A great one today…. Check it out here! ‘nuf said.

 


 

Calling all questions!
May 15, 2004 | 11:26 AM EST | Muse

I am working on the next Q&A. If answers you seek, send me the questions and I’ll see if I can help! Send them here

 


 

Master Replicas Summer Convention Exclusive
May 14, 2004 | 12:11 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has this morning announced that they are going to be having an exclusive Mini-Lightsaber this summer at some of the conventions. What they will be offering is a .45 scale Obi-Wan Kenobi “As First Built By” Lightsaber. As of right now, this will be available at the following conventions: Comic-Con International, Wizard World, Gen-Con, and Dragon-Con. Now, the good part Master Replicas is also going to be offering this exciting replica in a gold plated version to all of its collectors society members this summer! (So, to answer the question before I get a bunch of emails about it….to become a collectors society member, all you have to do is purchase a replica direct fromMaster Replicas).

Also, as an FYI – there are currently less than 50 left of the Darth Vader LE and Luke Skywalker LE Lightsabers. If you want one of these don’t wait too much longer!

And finally something I cannot wait for! Master Replicas is about to launch another line of collectibles based on weapons and props from the Aliens and Predator movies (along with the New Aliens vs. Predator movie). These will be available on their website soon. (Stay tuned for more info)

 


 

Adventure Con 3.0
May 14, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Bill

This just in:

The Tennessee Star Wars Collectors Group is sponsoring a contest with Adventure Con 3.0!

Adventure Con is a comics, collectibles, toy and celebrity show that is held annualy in Knoxville, TN. In it’s 3rd year it keeps growing as evident by the long list of celebrities that will be present this summer. Check out the Adventure Con site for the complete list.

This year we will also have one of the hottest toy companies present, Palisades. They will be bringing the Adventure Kermit exclusive action figure for their summer conventions.

For all us Star Wars fan there will be 2 celebrities of particular interest, David Prowse and Anthony Daniels. For the grand prize winner he will receive a Hall of Fame C-3PO autographed by Anthony Daniels and a Hall of Fame Darth Vader autographed by David Prowse.

You can enter here Adventure Con 3.0 Contest

 


 

New Pre-Orders At Action HQ
May 14, 2004 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -PreOrder now on the newest Star War Trilogy
Figures & Starships!

PreOrder yours Now!:
MAY
-Trilogy Dagobah: Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan & R2-D2. Only
$13.95 each!
-Trilogy: Luke X-Wing Pilot, Luke Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca & Darth
Vader. Only $9.95 each.
-Trilogy: Tie Fighter & X-Wing. $29.95 each! (around May 19)
JUNE
-Trilogy Vintage: Obi-Wan, Han Solo & Princess Leia. Just $15.95!
-Trilogy Bespin: Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Bespin Lobot. $13.95
each !
-Trilogy: R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, Wickett.
Just $9.95 each!
-Trilogy: Darth Vader Tie Fighter. Just $34.95!
TO BE CONFIRMED:
-Episode 2 Junior Figure 2-Pack: Darth Vader & Obi Wan, Luke & Rs-
D2, Chewbacca & C-3PO and Han Solo & Princess Leia.

More to come so check back daily!

Click here to order.

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet at starwars.com
May 13, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Force Feedback” which shows (highlight to read)Mace Windu having the smack laid on him by an unknown force user.

 


 

Still Need Ephant Mon?
May 13, 2004 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stoopjohn just sent in this report:

The chain discount retailer Family Dollar has just received Saga figures, including the Ehant Mon wave, for just $2. I found Ephant at 2 of my local locations (Rockford, IL.)

 


 

Yakface Reader Feedback Request
May 13, 2004 | 6:10 PM EST | Jayson

Aside from posting news here at Yakface.com, I am a full-time graphic designer and I would like some reader feedback on a personal project that I would like to offer you Star Wars/Yakface fans. I have created a 41″ x 27″ (movie-size) poster showing the 2002-2004 Saga Collection. It is full-color, printed on a matte (non-gloss) poster paper suitable for framing. The poster shows the carded figure, number in the assortment and has a checklist at the bottom. The tricky part is I can’t print it for free.

My question to you is, “If it was priced around $20.00 would you buy one if they became available?”

Please feel free to send me feedback and any questions you might have. Here’s a sample of the layout.

 


 

Original Trilogy Boba Fett Boxed
May 13, 2004 | 2:19 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated Star Wars page with photos of the upcoming 12″ OT Boba Fett and his packaging, which is very vintage in appearance. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Sale
May 12, 2004 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toy Store:

10% OFF SALE! We are offering 10% off every item in-stock on our site! (Sale does not include pre-order items) Here is a chance to pick up anyitem we have on our normal menus and our vintage menus for 10% off. Please read the sale details for more info – http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/10.asp – Sale ends Thursday Night.

ITEMS ARRIVING SOON: Star Wars Unleashed wave 8 and 9 are in transit to us along with Transformers Alternators Silverstreak. A variety of other cool items from Hasbro are also on the way and we’ll update you on those when they arrive.

Thanks for your interest in www.bigbadtoystore.com and be sure to take
advantage of our 10% off everything sale!

 


 

Original Trilogy Figures Listed
May 12, 2004 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a list of the entire Original Trilogy 3 3/4 figures– in a checklist format. You can check it all out here.

 


 

Trouble finding the Red Unleashed Clone Trooper?
May 12, 2004 | 4:46 PM EST | Jayson

After visiting my local Minnesota Suncoast Video store, I discovered that they too are carrying the Red Clone Trooper for all you variant hunters out there, but it is priced a little steeper at $19.99. And on a related note, my local TRU has the repacks of the Darth Sidious and Jedi Luke Unleashed on the pegs today.

 


 

Sandcrawlers Anyone?
May 12, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The team over at POTF2.com has scored prototype images of the upcoming Sandcrawler. Needless to say the fact that these images are surfacing increases the changes that previous reports that the Sandcrawler will be released through at least some outlet are more than likely correct! Check them out here.

 


 

Amazon Has The HOF Figures
May 12, 2004 | 7:13 AM EST | Mark

The Hall Of Fame figures are in stock if you are still looking for them, or just certain individuals…
Star Wars A New Hope: Tatooine Mission R2-D2
Star Wars A New Hope: Death Star Rescue C-3PO

 


 

KB Toys Spring Sale
May 11, 2004 | 7:36 PM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com you can check out some great deals…
Star Wars Imperial Shuttle $59.99
LEGO Star Wars Episode II: Hailfire Droid $29.99
LEGO Star Wars: T-16 Skyhopper $9.99
LEGO Star Wars Episode 1: Darth Maul Sculpture $49.99
Plus many other deals…

 


 

Vader’s TIE Fighter ships this week
May 11, 2004 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark B

If you haven’t ordered one of the new Darth Vader’s TIE fighters yet, pop on over to Toys R Us . They are listing it as being released on May 15, 2004 (which is kind of odd since that is Saturday!). This is a new exclusive to Toys R Us. They don’t have a photo of it on the website yet, but you can preorder it today. Again, Click Here To Order.

They are also showing the new Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack shipping on the 15th of May. Here’s a great chance to pick up these 2 new collectibles and have them ship at the same time!

***UPDATE – Thanks to those who wrote in to say that the Darth Vader TIE fighter release date has been moved to June 1.

 


 

New Unleashed Photos
May 11, 2004 | 9:05 AM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated with photos of the new Bossk, Aayla Secura and Tusken Raider Unleashed figures, plus teaser info about the next batch of Unleashed to be produced. Check it out here.

 


 

New Preorders At EE
May 11, 2004 | 8:14 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the third maquette based upon the animated series “Star Wars: Clone Wars” on the Cartoon Network. This Obi-Wan Kenobi maquette stands approximately 9-inches tall and holds his lightsaber in an action pose!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6060
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Busts

Gamorrean Guard Mini Bust
The Gamorrean Guard Collectible Mini Bust stands 6-inches tall and is a 3/4 representation of this classic Star Wars character. Features real metal shoulder pads and axe blade!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE4738
Price: $44.99
See Star Wars Busts

 


 

E3 Update
May 10, 2004 | 8:36 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with another Hyperspace feature on Episode 3. This one focuses on an “expanded role” which a certain blue skinned expanded universe character will have in the next installment of the Star Wars Movies.Check it out here.

 


 

Brians Toys
May 10, 2004 | 7:01 AM EST | Mark

Dear Customers,

We have posted our latest Newsletter #254. Visit our
Newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/NL/

For the week of May 9 – May 16.

Lots of Saga back in stock this week, just a few of the hot item you won’t want to miss out on: Unleashed Yoda, Darth Vader Death Star Clash, C-3PO Tatooine Ambush, Tanus Spijek, McQuarrie Stormtrooper and a combo with General Madine, Han AT-ST Driver and Lando General! Exclusives combo also now available with a Silver Clone Trooper, Silver Boba Fett and Jorg Sacul. The re-release on Unleashed Luke Jedi and Darth Sidious are also now in stock.

Great reduced prices on POTJ prototypes, get yours today. Don’t forget to check out the new low prices on EP1 12″ dolls too!

New low prices on POTF2 multi-figure packs including the Hong Kong Heroes C-7/8, Hong Kong Villains C-7/8 and the Mos Eisley Cantina 10-Pack. Just in a superb MISB C8.5/9 Super Star Destroyer!

New low prices on lot so ESB AFA graded figures, check out our selection of rare Blue Snaggletooths, almost every condition, one for every collector’s budget.

Master Replica’s Battle of Yavin medal is now in stock and shipping immediately.

 


 

New OTC 12″ Pic
May 9, 2004 | 9:01 PM EST | Mark

Over at EntertainmentEarth you can now pre-order the new 12″ OTC wave that includes Luke, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett.

 


 

Only 374 Days, 16 Hours, 56 Min To Go!
May 9, 2004 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark B

Want to have a great little countdown clock for Episode III? Head over toClockDown.com for a cool application for your computer desktop that will display a countdown clock for the release of Episode III! Thanks to Rebelscum.com for the link!

 


 

Hall Of Fame, Slightly Revised
May 7, 2004 | 11:22 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the Hall of Fame needed some face lifts from Hasbro’s point of view. The team over at POTF2.com has updated with lots of photos of the variations– among others the stands are now black-gray instead of clear and interlock smoothly. Check it all out here.

 


 

We’re Back
May 7, 2004 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

We are sorry that we have been down for the last 24 hours, however we were experiencing some issues with our servers. Thank you to all of our fans who Emailed in to check on us! The Yak is back, and bringing you the latest news.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
May 7, 2004 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

Looking for the new goodies from Master Replicas? Entertainment Earth has just posted MR’s Princess Leia Organa Blaster Replica recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the prop seen on-screen! Coming Soon! Order here.

 


 

New At Action HQ
May 6, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ:

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you First w/Japanese Star Wars,
restock JQuille & others, PreOrder Boba Fett Kotobukiya & lots more!

– Set of 8 Star Wars Figure Magnets from Japan! Highly detailed and
2″ tall; includes all your old favorites from Ep 3. Just $54.95!
– Restock Rappertunie, Hologram Luke, JQuille & more!
– PreOrder your 1/7 scale pre-painted vinyl Boba Fett from Kotobukiya
for $89.95!
– Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack on Special for $24.95!

Click HERE: to enter!

 


 

Sandcrawler May Have A New Home
May 5, 2004 | 11:27 PM EST | Bill

It looks like those scavengers of Tatooine’s rusting transport we’ve all been hoping to see plastic as part of the modern line may have found another home. The green ones over at Yoda’s News.com are reporting that it appears Diamond Comics may become the exclusive distributor of the Sandcrawler. Here’s hoping…

 


 

New LucasArts Games Coming
May 5, 2004 | 10:48 AM EST | Mark B

 


LucasArts has made their announcements for this years E3 and it includes 4 new Star Wars themed games. Probably the most exciting is Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. You’ll take on the role of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy to fight against the Sith. It won’t be available until Feb ’05, and only on the X-Box and PC, but hey…some things are worth the wait!
We’ll also see Star Wars Battlefronts this year on the same date the Classic DVDs are released. In this one you get to fight in the battles from the Classic Movies. Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed. This is an add-on for Star Wars Galaxies that adds what sounds like a ton of new scenarios to the online game. And finally, the one I’m looking forward to – Republic Commando. This will be out this fall, is a first person shooter where you command a squad of Clone Commandos in various missions.
Sounds like some great upcoming titles for Star Wars gamers!

 


 

Sansweet Speaks
May 4, 2004 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Steve Sansweet spoke at Wondercon recently and gave some updates on E3 and also some insights on the Original Trilogy DVD and Star Wars beyond E3.Check it all out on the official site here.

 


 

Federation Toys Newsfeed
May 3, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

We wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a few new items in stock. Clone Wars ships back in stock. We are also clearing out some other Master Replicas items check site for details. We have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones. We have the Hall of Fame line on the way, and the Saga 12 inch line also. We are still working on the infamous 12 inch PLO koon, we will send out the details as soon as we get more information on this bad boy. May the force be with you!

 


 

New Yoda Bust
May 2, 2004 | 8:14 PM EST | Mark B

I had heard about these a while back but had yet to see a photo of one. Rubies is about to start producing a line of resin busts similar to the ones offered by Gentle Giant. StarWarsShop.com has the first of these available and it is Yoda. Expected to ship in July of ’04, this new bust retails for $229.95. Very Cool! Click on the link above to check it out.

 


 

Naboo 4 Pack At Amazon
May 2, 2004 | 6:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Lamoniz sent in this report:

“Just found this. Toys-R-us.com has the naboo final conflict for -pre-order for $19.99 which will come out in November! Comes with a Catain Tarpals on Kaadu (I guess), Naboo Royal Guard, Gungan Warrior, and a battle Droid. I for one hope this is true because I would love to have a Captian Tarpals riding on a kaadu!”

Very interesting, it looks like Hasbro is continuing their pattern of having one kitbashed, or slightly reworked figure in each 4 pack– this time if it’s like the Jar Jar which shipped with a Kaadu, Tarpals would have articulated knees. While there’s no picture yet,
click here to check it out.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 2, 2004 | 12:14 AM EST | Bill

Big Bad Toy Store.com now has the STAR WARS: Episode 2 TIE Bombers back in stock – $59.99. Check it out here.

April 2004 Archive

The Making of Episode 3 — Part 6
April 30, 2004 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The newest feature on Hyperspace at the The Official Site is the 6th installment of Lucasfilm’s making of Episode 3 series. Check it out here.

 


 

Christmas Ornaments? Already?
April 30, 2004 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark B

Here it is the end of April and we’re talking about Hallmark Christmas ornaments for 2004. Actually, Hallmark has had some brief information about these for a while, but Star Wars.com has all the info on the upcoming 2004 ornaments. We’ll be getting a Star Destroyer (with Blockade Runner), Chewbacca with C3PO from Empire, “A New Hope” One Sheet (poster), and Anakin from AOTC.

 


 

LEGO Sale!
April 30, 2004 | 7:18 AM EST | Mark

All the Star Wars LEGO’s are at least 25% off at Amazon.com, plus here are a couple that are marked down quite a bit.
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul $56.23 (63% off)
UCS Star Wars Naboo Fighter $18.73 (53% off)
And here are some NEW announcements!
Star Wars Naboo Final Conflict 4-Pack
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: Tie Fighter
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: X-Wing Starfighter
Star Wars Trilogy Vintage Series: Ask Yoda

 


 

Star Wars Weekends Merchandise Preview
April 29, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with all the 411 on Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, including a list of all the exclusive merchandise. Get your wallet, or at least your plastic ready before clicking on over. There’s lots of great stuff. Check it out here.

 


 

Attakus Darth Vader 2 and Chewbacca Images
April 29, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill


We’ve just updated to bring you images of the upcoming Attakus Darth Vader 2 and Chewbacca straight from Attakus America.Check them out here.

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet Photo
April 29, 2004 | 7:18 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Jedi Dispenser” which shows (highlight to read)Master and Apprentice working their way through the rusty innards of a Trade Federation Cruiser.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Chromed Gentle Giants Bust
April 29, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Keri

Today’s featured auction was sent in by YakReader Luke, and though the item is not a liscened incarnation, it still offers an interesting discussion here.

Gentle Giant mini busts are popular with collectors due to their small size, wonderful details, and affordable retail pricing. If that weren’t enough, there have been convention, website and MBNA Mastercard exclusive busts for collectors to attempt to acquire.

This particular auction pertains directly towards the chromed MBNA Exclusive busts of Vader and Jango Fett. The seller of this auction has bought this Boba Fett bust chromed by artisans in Japan, to be exact 50 of these busts have been custom chromed. The bust does look very cool in chrome, but please be aware that this chromed version is not liscened and is not a super rare exclusive. As with all autions on Ebay it is always a good rule of thumb to carefully read the entire description before bidding to avoid any confusion or disappointment.

Custom Chromed Boba Fett Gentle Giants Mini-Bust

 


 

Star Wars Ultra Figures
April 29, 2004 | 9:50 AM EST | Mark

Entertainmentearth.com now has the new SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3 cases in stock. Stop over if you are looking for these.

Star Wars Ultra Figure Assortment 3 Case. Includes six individually packaged ultra figures: 2x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 1x Obi Wan Kenobi With Force Power- Kamino Showdown, 1x General Rieekan with War Room Map, 1x C-3P0 with Escape Pod, 1x Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (subject to change).

 


 

Master Replicas Has Another Hit On Their Hands!
April 29, 2004 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has today launched their Lord of the Rings Line. While we wouldn’t normally talk about that “other” trilogy, they have really outdone themselves on some of these items. Most incredible is the new Sting FX sword. Those of you that have seen Fellowship of the Ring (and who hasn’t now?), Frodo’s sword Sting glows Blue whenever Orcs are around. Master Replicas has a reproduction of the sword that actually glows blue. I personally can’t wait to get one! There are 3 other collectibles from LOTR available as well – Gandalf’s Staff, The Light of Eärendil and the One Ring. Collectors Society Members can order today at Master Replicas, everyone else can order starting tomorrow.

 


 

Hasbro’s QNA Posted
April 29, 2004 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark

Here is what is the new Hasbro QNA:

Star Wars Q & A for the week of April 26th

After Toy Fair this year, we posted answers to many popular questions on our website. Because we received positive feedback, we will be complementing our regular updates with Q&A.

Q: Hasbro announced in Star Wars Insider that they are releasing the Sandcrawler this year at Target (in the US). However, an International retailer has announced that the item is cancelled. What is the story with this item?

A: Since the article for the Insider went to press a couple of months ago, Target has decided not to carry the item. We have been discussing the item with other retailers and are hopeful that we will still be able to find a home for the Sandcrawler in 2004.

If it is placed in the US, then we anticipate that it will also be sold in other countries as well. However, if it is not sold in the US, then it is unlikely to be sold anywhere. We will announce new plans on our website as soon as they are confirmed.

Q: What is the plan for the “vintage” 3-¾ inch line of figures?

A: First, we’d like clarify what we mean when we say “vintage figures.” The line consists of 12 entirely new 3-¾ inch figures, with enhanced deco and/or articulation. The “vintage” refers to the packaging artwork. These figures will feature reproductions of the original packaging from the 70’s and 80’s. These are part of our Original Trilogy Collection to commemorate the release of the classic trilogy on DVD this September.

In terms of distribution, we expect the line to be carried by all major toy retailers. While we do not disclose production quantities, we caution fans against Internet rumors. We will ship these figures in multiple ratios to try and ensure that the most popular figures are available throughout the Fall.

 


 

Action-HQ New Figure Specials
April 29, 2004 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ.com:

STAR WARS New 2004 Figures ON SALE!
Price drop on 6 recently released figures! Choose from Dengar, Bossk, Dutch Vander Gold Leader, R2D2 Sail Barge and Battle of Yavin TIE Fighter Pilot for just $8.95! Check them out here!

 


 

New DK “Inside the Worlds” Book
April 28, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Mark B

 


I just noticed today in my new issue of Previews magazine from Diamond Comics a new book coming out in August from DK Publishing. The title is Inside the Worlds of Star Wars. It is very similar to their other “Inside the Worlds…” books, where there are cutaway drawings of all of the environments from the Star Wars Movies. This one focuses on the Classic Trilogy. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars is currently available for preorder from most comic book stores, or click the link above to order from Amazon and save yourself $6 off the list price of $19.99!

 


 

A Very Special Falcon Favorite 
April 28, 2004 | 5:20 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite is a very special one, as it is the last favorite item sent in by you the readers, to be featured here each and every week.

As the date for my own impending nuptials arrives quickly, YakReader Joe from Buffalo, NY shares his own wedding story with a Star Wars twist:

“My favorite piece in my collection is the lifesize R2D2 Pepsi cooler. I had to stop for gas on my way to my own wedding rehersal dinner and the gas station was auctioning off their cooler for a local charity. I placed my bid and the following morining I was informed that I won. I picked up my new R2D2 cooler the morning of my wedding and have used him for all summer BBQ’s since.”

A great story and a great droid that is useful for keeping everything nice and cool at a hot summer BBQ, thanks Joe! I have really enjoyed this feature and I also want to thank everyone who sent in photos of their favorite items and for all the great stories that were shared.

 


 

Playskool Sets
April 28, 2004 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark B

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty stoked about the new Playskool sets coming out. My 2 year old, Ben, loves his Millennium Falcon and playing with “Chewiebacca”. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the Bounty Hunter set. But, if you have kids (or are an adult one yourself like me!), and can’t wait for the new Playskool items to come out. Right now EToys, has the 
Star Wars: X-Wing Adventure – Large Adventure Set

 for only $14.99. Its a great set to get the kids started into these Playskool sets. They also have the Naboo Fighter ($14.99), the Millennium Falcon ($29.99), and “Rampaging Reek” ($7.99) available as well.

 


 

Lucasfilms Gets Fan Club Back!
April 28, 2004 | 3:12 PM EST | Mark B

In a great announcement today, Star Wars.com has reported that the Star Wars Fan Club (which in my opinion has been HORRIBLY mismanaged the last few years), is returning to Lucasfilm’s control. The “new” fan club will be combined with the Hyperspace membership on the Star Wars website, plus will have plenty of other benefits! Check out the entire story over at Star Wars.com.

 


 

Sandcrawler In Holding Pattern
April 28, 2004 | 2:14 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page just updated with a brief Q & A, focused on the Sandcrawler and the “Vintage” figure line. First, the info everyone is waiting for, Target had committed to take the Sandcrawler, but has since backed out. Hasbro is looking for other partners to market it as an exclusive in the US. Unless there is a US retailer found, it will not be released overseas either. The vintage line is also clarified as new figures with added articulation/decoration on retro cards. Read it all here.

 


 

Clone Wars Animated on DVD?
April 28, 2004 | 10:19 AM EST | Jayson

Amazon has recently posted info regarding a possible release of the Cartoon Network Animated Series. Although not much in the way of specs are given, hopefully they will treat the set similarly to the Samurai Jack set due next week.

Star Wars – Clone Wars (Animated Series) (2003)

 


 

Oldies Back In Stock
April 28, 2004 | 6:26 AM EST | Mark

If you are looking for any of these, they are back in stock…
Unleashed Figure: Luke Skywalker X-Wing
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
And here are a couple of interesting items….
Return of the Jedi 3.75″ Red Y-Wing Gold Leader $29.99 (ship????)
Episode III: Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet

 


 

QA Questions
April 28, 2004 | 6:17 AM EST | Mark

We apologize as we have had some E-Mail difficulties. If you have sent in a new QNA this week, please resend it to us. The E-Mail is qa@yakface.com

 


 

Pink Is Definitely Their Color
April 27, 2004 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill


We’ve seen the painted prototype photos that have been floating around for a while, however some very colorful protos the upcoming Original Trilogy Cloud Car Pilot and Yoda have surfaced on Ebay. You can see Yoda here and the Cloud Car Pilot here.

 


 

Galactic Heros Pre-Order
April 27, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Mark

Hasbro just announced these, and now you can pre-order them at
Entertainment Earth!

Check out our complete selection here:

SW Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85208A, $39.99)
Features opening entry ramp and cockpit, pivoting radar dish, repair station and authentically styled interior, laser cannons that fire as they move back and forth and a flip-down panel with flashing lights! All figures store inside the playset! Includes Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, C-3PO, and Chewbacca. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 (Item# HS85208A, $82.99)
3x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 3x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 3x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 3x Chewbacca & C-3PO (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 Set (Item# HS85208AA, $29.99)
1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Chewbacca & C-3PO (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 (Item# HS85208A2, $82.99)
4x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 4x Princess Leia & Han Solo and 4x Darth
Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 Set (Item# HS85208AA2, $22.99)
1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo and 1x Darth
Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 2 (Item# HS85208B, $82.99)
4x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 4x Yoda & Clone Trooper, 4x
Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 2 Set (Item# HS85208BB, $22.99)
1x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 1x Yoda & Clone Trooper, 1x
Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 3 (Item# HS85208C, $82.99)
1x Boba Fett & Dengar, 1x IG-88 & Zuckuss, 1x Bossk & 4-LOM, 3x
Galactic Hero 2-Pack 01 names to be determined, 3x Galactic Hero 2-Pack 02 names to be determined, 3x Galactic Hero 2-Pack 03 names to be determined (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Multi-Wave Set (Item# HS85208D, $82.99)
1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett, 1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Chewbacca & C-3PO, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 2x Boba Fett & Dengar, 2x IG-88 & Zuckuss, 2x 4-LOM & Bossk (Subject to change).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Presto Magix Set
April 27, 2004 | 5:26 PM EST | Keri

A large section of the universe of vintage Star Wars collecting is craft/activity items, which I have found to be a rather difficult area to complete ( for example Lee Wards ESB Suncatchers and ESB Latch Hook Rugs ). However, the items that can be collected have a great deal of variety and fun in my opinion.

Today’s featured auction is for a boxed ROTJ Jabba the Hutt activity set of Presto Magix rub down transfers. What exactly are Presto Magix you ask? They are rub-down transfers that can be used over and over again to recreate all the scenes from the movie. I can remember playing with these until the little transfers tore and wouldn’t stick anymore, they were great fun. The Presto Magix are relatively easy to find today, with some of the ESB sets being a little harder to find. The prices are very reasonable and I think the artwork on the box, though cheesey as can be, is still a nice item to add to a collection.

ROTJ Presto Magix Sealed Jabba’s Palace

 


 

Topps Clone Wars Sketch Checklist
April 27, 2004 | 4:54 PM EST | Keri

With the Topps Clone Wars trading cards arriving in stores this week,www.starwarscards.net and YakReader Keith are trying to put together a comprehensive checklist of all the known variations of Topps Clone Wars sketch cards. The checklist can be viewed here:

Clone Wars Sketch Card Checklist

They are asking that collectors submit scans of their sketch cards so they can be added to the site and would like to make this the most comprehensive Clone Wars Sketch Card checklist, so any help you can give would be appreciated.

 


 

Galactic Heroes Coming Soon
April 27, 2004 | 2:40 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Republic News has just updated with all the 411 on the Playskool figures line, and there are some very nice surprises. BOUNTY HUNTERS and more, check it all out here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 26, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Clone Trooper Cold Cast Statue
The Attakus Collection has always provided the highest quality Star Wars statues with the greatest detail. This Clone Trooper statue stands approximately 15 inches tall and is in scale to all of the other Attakus Star Wars statues. Limited to 1500 pieces worldwide!
In Stock!
Item Number: AC131
Price: $399.99
Check out more here.

 


 

Enter The Hive This May
April 26, 2004 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site just announced the title of the next Ebook coming this May. The Hive will be released in the next few weeks and ties into June’s upcoming Hardcover Clone Wars Novel The Cestus Deception. If you’re a Clone Wars or EU fan, check out all the details here.

 


 

New TRU Exclusvie Y-Wing Photo
April 26, 2004 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at The Private Universe have scored an image of the upcoming TRU exclusive Y-Wing Fighter. Here’ it is for your viewing pleasure:

 


 

Jedi John & His QNA
April 26, 2004 | 8:19 PM EST | Mark

Jedi John has dropped off another QNA for your reading pleasure. Please grab a drink, click over, sit back and relax. When you are done reading, please send in your own questions and John will be happy to answer them.

 


 

12″ @ Walmart.com
April 26, 2004 | 2:57 PM EST | Mark

You can now pick up the newest 12″ wave at Walmart.com:

  

Also in stock are:
Star Wars: 3.75-inch Ultra Figure General Reiken With War Room Map
Star Wars: 3.75-inchUltra Figure C-3PO with Escape Pod

 


 

Action Figure Scale Star Destroyer
April 24, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen on Ebay. Anyone for a 6 Foot Long Star Destroyer? Scaled to fit Hasbro’s Action Figure line. The person selling it is in the UK, so you have to be there to bid (he won’t ship it). But, it is still too cool not to HAVE A LOOK!

 


 

Artists Concepts For E3
April 24, 2004 | 12:56 PM EST | Bill

The new insider will be shipping in a few days and The Official Site has posted a preview. Just from the images on the cover it looks very interesting, and definitely contains spoilers. Check it out here.

 


 

Empire Wave In Stock
April 24, 2004 | 10:59 AM EST | Mark

The Empire wave is now in stock at Amazon.com:
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Bossk
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Dengar
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Admiral Ozzel

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Vinyl Figure Case
April 23, 2004 | 5:51 PM EST | Keri

Vinyl cases with two sets of plastic trays in them were made by Kenner for the Vintage line, spanning across each film of the Original Trilogy.

Of course collectors are familiar with the vinyl carrying cases from Star Wars, and the two different designs that were made for Empire Strikes Back. However, some collectors may not know of the much more difficult to find Return of the Jedi vinyl carrying case.

The Return of the Jedi case has great artwork on it, just as the other cases before it, and is something that not every Kenner collector may own. Although today’s auction is not a complete case ( missing the insert ) and the stickers have been stuck to the trays, it is nonetheless a nice display item at a very reasonable no reserve opening bid price.

ROTJ Vinyl Figure Carrying Case

 


 

NEW Before the Helmet at starwars.com
April 22, 2004 | 8:55 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Gold in the Face” which shows a certain protocol droid getting some finishing touches to his melon.

 


 

Got Jedi?
April 22, 2004 | 1:10 PM EST | Jayson

Check your local Toys R Us stores for markdowns on the Jedi Warrior Multi-packs. My local TRU has them for the low Republic Credit price of $7.98! Great for customizers, army building or just to get that missing Arena Playset Containment Field!

 


 

Big Bad Toys Newsfeed
April 21, 2004 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toys :

We have some great new arrivals and a nice sale we will be running until this weekend.

400+ ITEM SALE! – We’ve analyized our inventory levels and decided to have a sale. Prices have been reduced on hundreds of items ranging from recent transformer releases to Lord of the Rings figures from several years ago and everything in between. Be sure to check out the entire list since there is a lot of stuff including: GI Joe, Gundam, Star Wars, Transformers, Chogokin, Halo, Macross, McFarlane, DBZ, DC, Bandai & More!

Also be sure to check out our sale menu!

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
April 21, 2004 | 5:08 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite showcases an original item, something no other person has anywhere in the world. YakReader Joel from Grand Prairie, TX shares with us his unique creation and great memories.

“This item reminds me of high school and the friendships I made there. This a clay Jabba the Hutt that I made in art class. I never thought school was all that great but senior year my friend James and I went to art class everyday after school until sometimes 8:00, and this is one of my greatest works of ART!!, if you can call it that. It just goes to show that star wars can bring friends together that last a lifetime.”

 


 

Original Trilogy Novelization Returns to Bookshelves
April 21, 2004 | 3:13 PM EST | Keri

 


As reported on the Official Site Del Rey will release the novels of the Original Trilogy in one paperback book this fall to coincide with the Original Trilogy “Blitz” of the DVD Release and Hasbro OTC campaign. The cover features the same art as the DVD packaging which is a nice change to the same old Vader images we have seen for years.

 


 

Jedi Council Scene II Pre-Order
April 21, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Mark

The now confirmed with image…3.75 Jedi Council Scene II is available for pre-order. This is due July 20th.

 


 

Endor Ambush!
April 20, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order the Endor Ambush 4-Pack at Amazon.com.

The Star Wars Endor Ambush 4-Pack includes a Star Wars Speeder Bike, Biker Scout Trooper, Han Solo in Endor Trenchcoat, Endor Rebel Soldier, Wicket the Ewok, Logray the Ewok and assorted accessories (blaster, endor soldier rifle, endor soldier backpack, endor soldier helmet, staff, medicine pouch, spear and 4 display stands).

 


 

Unified Site Contest Winners
April 20, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

We’re pleased to announce that we have winners in our Unified Site Contest part III. Out of 28 correct entries, random draw produced:

1st Prize: Jeremiah Zohner
2nd Prize: Justin Nackley
3rd Prize: Dan Hartman

We need you guys to claim your prizes within 7 days at either here or here

We wish to express our thanks for everyone that played, appreciation to the generous sponsors and hope you’ll join us again on the next round – whenever that may be. We hope, in the process, that you also found something interesting that you didn’t know about one of our participating Unified Sites!

For those of you who wanted to get some “completion” and see where all the pieces lie, use the links below:

FFURG:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
The Custom Alliance:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Rebelscum:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Alltroops:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Yakface:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
TBS:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
JediTempleArchives:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Snowtroopers”Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Sigma C-3PO Picture Frame
April 20, 2004 | 5:37 PM EST | Keri

In my opinion, Sigma Porcelains made some of the most unique and fun to collect items for the vintage line and today’s auction is no exception.

The worrisome droid C-3PO known as Goldenrod, created and built by Anakin provides not only odds of navigating an asteroid field, but also is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, including Huttese. 3PO is always getting into trouble, and subsequently gets dismantled one way or another.

Today’s featured auction for a vintage Sigma picture frame pays tribute to 3PO’s predicament and attitude all in one! The frame, made of porcelain has pieces of 3PO’s body scattered about, all painted a nice bright yellow, with the word HELP! displayed at the top. The frame will hold a 3″ x 5″ photo perfectly and looks great in any collection!

Sigma C-3PO Picture Frame

 


 

Bust-Up Pre-Orders At Entertaiment Earth
April 20, 2004 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just posted the following:

Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 1 Single
Gentle Giant introduces Star Wars Bust-Ups — mini bust model kits in scale to the Star Wars 3 3/4-inch action figure line. In “blind” packaging, Bust-Ups are available as a Single, a 6-Pack, a 12-Pack, or a Display Case of 24! There are six different Star Wars characters in Series 1 to collect: Ceremonial Luke, Ceremonial Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Yoda. Only by purchasing the display case of 24 mystery Bust-Ups, are you guaranteed to have all six Series 1 Bust-Ups.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5699
Price: $4.99
See Star Wars Busts

 


 

Star Wars Trilogy DVD Details
April 20, 2004 | 8:36 AM EST | Jayson

Mark your calendars and reserve your copy today! The Official Site updates with news on the 10+ hours of Bonus Materials included with the Star Wars Trilogy DVD, most notably the Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview featuring The Man in Black – Darth Vader! Head over to starwars.com to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: AOTC Topps Movie Card Box
April 19, 2004 | 5:11 PM EST | Keri

Topps has been producing Star Wars trading cards since A New Hope was released in 1977, and has continued a tradition of nice quality cards with some interesting chase cards to keep collectors trading and scrambling to get a truly complete set.

Of course, the newest set of Clone Wars cards are about to be released and with that I digress to the Attack of the Clones Movie Card set. The AOTC movie card set were normal sized cards featuring memorable scenes from the film, all with a beautiful high gloss finish. The chase cards in that set included prismatic cards, silver foil cards and panoramic fold-out cards.

This featured charity auction is for one sealed box of 24 packs (7 cards to each pack) for the mere opening price of about 3 packs in any store. If you missed out on the set, or are just beginning to collect Star Wars trading cards today’s auction is a great place to start and help out a good cause at the same time.

Attack of the Clones Topps Movie Box

 


 

Endor Wave Reviewed
April 18, 2004 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with detailed photos and reviews of the upcoming Endor Figure Wave. All the details and info is right here for you:
Han Solo-AT-ST Disguise
Lando Calrissian (General)
General Crix Madine

 


 

Replace that cardboard droid!
April 18, 2004 | 4:43 PM EST | Jayson

After purchasing the Red Leader X-wing, I was unsatisfied with the look of a cardboard R2-unit disgracing the socket of my new ship… so I decided to build my own. I just repainted the good ol’ 1995 Missle-Firing R5-D4 and hacked off it’s leg cannons and middle leg and presto!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: German Commtech Sidious
April 17, 2004 | 12:47 PM EST | Keri

Along with the arrival of Episode I into theaters, Hasbro launched a new set of action figures which had the ability to “speak” through a Commtech chip. While the idea seemed good, the quality of the dialogue reproduction was not the greatest thing ever to hit the toy market.

The Commtech figures were produced for foreign markets and were called Commtalk overseas. The figures did “speak” a foreign language, such as German like today’s featured auction. If you would like to have your favorite Sith Lord give you orders in German, then click on the link below.

Episode I German Commtech Darth Sidious

 


 

Red Leader Gun Mounts Pt. 2
April 17, 2004 | 12:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dan was kind enough to send in this very nice photo of his Red Leader to show that the gun mounts are indeed correct (not backwards) and the wings when put on in order fit just fine.

 


 

A Little News From Brian’s Toys
April 16, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Mark

Dear Customers,

We have posted our latest Newsletter #251. Visit our
Newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/NL/

For the week of Apr. 18 – Apr. 24.

Just arrived, the exclusive 4-pack Skirmish at Carkoon! The new
Ultra assortment also just in including the Ewok with Glider, Jango
and more Jabbas in stock now.

Also available the super RARE Saga Exclusive Cantina Scenes Wave 2!*
*This is the extremely rare set of Dr. Evazan, Kitik Keed’kak, and
Wuher each on individual cards. Hasbro has canceled or delayed the
shipment of these items, and only an extremely low quantity are
known to exist. It is believed that these 3 figures will be
available at some future point in a 3-pack set.
Any customer that has pre-ordered these items at standard pricing
($14.99-$21.99 each) will be contacted when he 3-pack set is
available.

 


 

NEW Hyperspace Before the Helmet Image
April 15, 2004 | 10:32 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo titled “Sleepless Knight” is of our favorite star-crossed lovers. Hyperspace members can view it at the The Official Site.

 


 

Want More Collectibles From The Animated Clone Wars?
April 15, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site‘s latest post will whet your appetite. This time it’s Gentle Giant’s newest line– maquettes based on the Animated Clone Wars– Yoda, Obi Wan in Clone armor, Padme’s snow suit, and more. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store News Feed
April 15, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
bunch of great new pre-orders and some new arrivals as well.
NEW PRE-ORDERS:
TAKARA JAPANESE TRANSFORMERS: The next figure in the white book style
packaging is a G1 Re-Issue Hound (at last!) Pre-Orders are available for $33.99. The #13 Targetmaster Hot Rods arrive in about 2 weeks –
pre-orders available. Takara has decided to produce more BT-03 and BT-04 figures for a June delivery. We have listed a new pre-order for the BT-03 Streak which recently has proven fairly hard to find in any quantity.

TAKARA SUPERLINK & FIGURES: Now on the pre-order menu are 11 new
Superlink pre-orders for the figures coming out in the next 3 months.
Highlights include a Black Unicron limited to 3000 pieces, SD-14 Laser
Wave, and SD-15 Dark Fleet. Also available are the KT Collection figures – miniature PVC plastic ‘statues’ available in a box of 12 and also Transformers History PVC collection figures.

NECA – MOVIE & TV FIGURES: NECA creates some great licensed items at very reasonable prices, new pre-orders include: The Crow 18″ Figure and ‘Reflections’ Mirror boxed set with 2 Brandon Lee figures. 18″ Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees figures. 20″ Aragorn and Legolas figures. Ghostbusters figures and Marshmello Man, Hellraiser Series 3 and Dr. Channard Boxed Set. MOTU Evil Lyn and Ram Man busts are also available for pre-order.

TOYNAMI PRE-ORDERS: A variety of new items available from Toynami.
InuYasha action figures series 1 and 2, Chobits action figures series 1, Macross Poseable figures series 1 – limited to 2000 sets so don’t miss out on these. Two new sets of I-Men available including Futurama and Voltron.

MICROMAN: We’ve listed 2 great looking Batman Microman figures, one is the comic version and another is a newer flight suit version each $13.99 and arriving around the end of April. The Microman ‘Lady’ set of 4 will also be arriving at the end of April – we have a limited number of pre-orders remaining on those.

DREAMS & VISIONS GI JOE: More great nostalgic releases from Dreams and Visions including 4 different ‘High and Tight Crewcut’ Joes: Marine Raider, Tanker Sargent, Navy Ordinance, Air Police. Also available is a new accessory pack for Sgt Rock and also the Unknown Soldier and an accessory pack for him.

NEW ITEMS IN STOCK:

MUPPETS: 5 new exclusive muppet items have arrived bringing the total to 7 exclusives in stock. We have Invisible Spray Fozzie, 2003 Tour Edition Animal, 2 versions of Holiday Rizzo, Bunsen & Beaker Step Out, Advernture Kermit and Ghost of Samuel Arrow. A variety of normal Muppet items are also in stock.

Various other items in stock and ready to ship now:

GI JOE BUSTS: More of the very cool Stormshadow Busts are back in stock.
SIDESHOW FREDDY vs. JASON: 12″ renditions of your favorite slashers
CIVIL WAR – DRAGON: The new Robert E. Lee 12″ Figure is available
ROBOTECH: Masterpiece #4 Max, #5 Miria, #6 Jack and Armor
STIKFAS: Beta Dragon, Omega Military, Beta Female & Cat
HERCULOIDS & DYNOMUTT: All 3 Herculoids sets are back in stock.
UNICRON.COM ACCESSORY PACK: 6 accessories for various Transformers

These items will be arriving by the end of the month:

#13 Re-Issue Target Master Hot Rod
Microman ‘Lady’ Set
Microman Batman figures
Yamato Macross – 1/60 VF-1J with Armor and separate Armor Box
Yamato Macross – 1/48 Super Max & Millia
Yamato Macross – Queadluun Rau figure
Bandai Godzilla – restock of many sold out soft plastic Godzilla items as well as some new figures we’ve not had before.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: 2003 Disney Weekends LE Pin Set
April 15, 2004 | 5:27 PM EST | Keri

I myself have never been to DisneyWorld or DisneyLand for that matter, but a trip may be in the works soon so that I may be present for one of the Star Wars Weekends held in Orlando, Florida’s own DisneyWorld.

Of the many promotional items produced for the Star Wars Weekends, the pins are among the smallest and most detailed. Collected not only by Star Wars fans but also by Disney fans, there are many varities of pins available at a variety of limited editions and therefore prices.

Today’s auction is for a set of 5 pins in a special box adorned with the Death Star on the top. The character pins are all Empire related and include Vader, The Emperor, Boba Fett, Dooku and Maul. The pin set was limited to only 500 sets and is quite difficult to find. Click on through below to add this set to your collection today!

2003 Limited Edition Disney Weekends Pin Set

 


 

Want One Of The Jedi Con Exclusive 2 Packs?
April 14, 2004 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

Mint In Box has a contest to win one. Their site is in French, however it is user friendly. Click here to enter.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
April 14, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader Scott conveys a timeless message, one that we have all grown up with throughout the years.

“Thought you guys at Yakface would enjoy this: It’s a photo of one of the best items in my collection – a button I bought in 1978 at the Astor Plaza Theater in New York, during the opening run of the first Star Wars movie. Don’t ask how old I am!”

Don’t worry Scott, age matters not with a cool button and memories like that!

 


 

Red Leader Gun Mounts Backwards?
April 14, 2004 | 4:52 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jon points out Hasbro’s backward engineering on Red Leader’s X-Wing:

“I just took a gander at the loose pics of Red Leader at SSG and confirmed a problem with this. I assembled mine last night and it appears that the wing gun mounts were engineered backwards! The wings in the photo’s (SSG) show that they are on backwards, as this is the only way that you can assemble the fighter in order to get the guns to point forward. These were correct back on my loose Dagobah X-Wing, but are wrong on the Red Leader version.

Just thought that I’d point this out as I’ve already sent an e-mail to Hasbro to see about getting corrected versions! The Luke version wings would work but they have a totally different deco and stickers.”

Only time will tell whether or not Hasbro will correct this, but until then Red Leader will be standing by.

 


 

There May Be Another
April 14, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa discovered that we may be seeing 4 12″ figures in the Original Trilogy line instead of 3. Check out the Official Site’s Cargo Bay Section here. In addition to the Luke, Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett, we knew about, a 12″ Chewbacca has been added. Interesting…

 


 

Deluxe Ewok amd Carkoon 4 pack now in stock at Action-HQ
April 14, 2004 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon!

Get Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack available now starting at $20.95!

Also still available are 2004:
Lando as Skiff Guard, Admiral Ozzel, Bossk, Captain Antilles, Dengar, Dutch Vander Gold Leader, General Dodonna, Tie Fighter Pilot, Ultra Jabba, Ultra Jango Fett & lots more starting at just $9.95!

Click HERE to get yours!

 


 

12 NOON! (EST) Be There!
April 14, 2004 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Today at Noon EST, 11am CST, 9am PST, the doors to The Star Wars Shopwill RE-Open. If you have time, stop in. There may be some good exclusive stuff up for grabs.

Also to customers that placed their order during the initial launch should have recieved a letter like the one that follows: (Thanks to Mike for the email)

Dear March 10 Customers:

StarWarsShop.com will re-launch on April 14th at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time

If you placed a valid order at StarWarsShop.com on March 10 and received an order confirmation email, we are reserving inventory of limited quantity products for you. We will recreate your shopping cart with the items in your March 10 order. Just visit www.starwarsshop.com beginning April 14 at 9:00 a.m. and click on the home page Clone Trooper banner that says “click here if you placed an order on March 10th”. You will be taken to a web page where you will enter your original Order Number from your order confirmation email. Your Order Number is the 10-digit number at the bottom of your order confirmation email. When you hit the submit button you will be transferred to your shopping cart where you can add or delete items, then proceed to check out. You will not be able to add more limited edition items than were in your original order.

The Revenge / Return of the Jedi patch set and Topps promotion card sets will not be added to your cart, as they have already been sent to you. If you have a gift certificate from StarWarsShop.com, it may be used on this order.

This service is available only for the first 48 hours of the shop re-opening. It will no longer be available after 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 16. After this time, any unclaimed inventory on limited edition items will open up to the public.

Each Order Number can be used only once.

Please send an email to customerservice@starwarsshop.com with any questions.

Thank you,

The Star Wars Shop Team
www.starwarsshop.com

 


 

X-Wing Fighter Red Leader In Stock
April 14, 2004 | 7:15 AM EST | Mark

The X-Wing Fighter Red Leader is in stock at amazon and ready to ship.

 


 

Q&A in the pipeline
April 14, 2004 | 1:40 AM EST | Muse

The next Q&A is on-deck and there are still some open spots. If you have a question, donations are being accepted here! Please give.

 


 

Jedi Con Exclusive 2 Pack Photos
April 13, 2004 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill


The team over at Mint in Box.net has posted some nice photos of the upcoming Jedi Con exclusive 2 pack with the red clone and super battle droid. Check them out here.

 


 

LEGO Falcon #4504
April 13, 2004 | 10:35 PM EST | Mark

Now available for pre-order from shop.lego.com is the LEGO Falcon #4504 for $99.99, with a ship date of April 30th. Click on over to pre-order this one….

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 13, 2004 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Check Out Our 8th Anniversary Sale!

Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 1 Display Case
Gentle Giant introduces Star Wars Bust-Ups — mini bust model kits in scale to the Star Wars 3/34-inch action figure line. This display case includes 24 individually packaged Bust-Ups in “blind” packaging. There are six different Star Wars characters in Series 1 to collect: Ceremonial Luke, Ceremonial Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Yoda. This display case of 24 guarantees that you have all six Series 1 Bust-Ups.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5699A
Price: $99.99
See Star Wars Busts

Deluxe Stormtrooper Mini Bust
The Deluxe Stormtrooper Collectible Mini Bust stands 6-inches tall and features a 3/4 representation of the Imperial soldiers of the Star Wars saga. This mini bust offers the same customizable features as the Clone Trooper mini bust, allowing you to change the arms, weapons and pose.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5433
Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Busts

Clone Wars Asajj Ventress Maquette
Star Wars: Clone Wars has been a huge sensation on Cartoon Network, and Star Wars collectors will get to enjoy a series of maquettes (statues) based upon the animated versions of Star Wars Clone Wars characters! The second maquette will be Asajj Ventress! This Asajj Ventress maquette stands 9-inches tall. Limited Edition!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6059
Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Busts

 


 

Join the Celebration!
April 13, 2004 | 5:47 PM EST | Keri

Tattoos and Toys is celebrating it’s 2nd Anniversay today, April 13th. The site is the Web’s only and definitive home for Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformer, Super Hero and other misc. “geek” tattoos. To celebrate the anniversary, there are a number of new images to virtually every section of the site. Stop on by and view some very unique and personal skin art today!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Lot of Vintage Plush Ewoks
April 13, 2004 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Cliff sends in this Ebay auction for a lot of vintage Kenner plush Ewoks, along with some bonus plush Episode I Applause Jar Jar and Watto. Don’t let the Jar Jars scare you away, the Ewoks are in very nice unplayed with condition, most are complete with their original paper Kenner hangtags. If you are looking for some nice furry Ewoks for your collection click on through to the auction below!

Lot of Ewoks and Applause Plush Figures

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage German LP Soundtrack
April 13, 2004 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

If you enjoy collecting all kinds of Star Wars items including vintage foreign oddities, (like I do!) then today’s featured auction is for you!

Today’s featured auction is for a vintage LP Soundtrack of A New Hope released in Germany. The cover art is not only different than US Cover with the Classic Style A Hildebrandt poster art, but has the main title in both German and English.

This is a very reasonably priced item in excellent condition and something that I personally have not seen before. The auction ends in just a few hours so if you wish to add this LP to your collection today start your bidding now!

Vintage Star Wars German Soundtrack LP

 


 

A New Poll
April 13, 2004 | 12:05 PM EST | Mark

We would appreciate it if you would take a second and cast your vote. What we are looking for, is to find out what you collect. Just figures? Figures and ships? Rare things (posters, ceramics, statues), or EVERYTHING! Let us know.

 


 

Luke Skywalker By Gentle Giants
April 13, 2004 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

You can Pre-Order yours today at Entertainment Earth. Gentle Giant Studios estimates this item will be released in November 2004.

 


 

Star Wars Shop Reopening
April 12, 2004 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Don sent in this news on the Star Wars Store:

StarWarsShop.com — the official online store from Lucasfilm — will open its virtual doors on April 14 at 9:00a.m. Pacific Time. The online store will feature an extensive selection of Star Wars collectibles and memorabilia, including a record number of exclusive treasures that only Lucasfilm can offer.

Also the first 500 orders will receive the Revenge/Return patches. You can visit the shop here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Slurpee Cups
April 12, 2004 | 5:00 PM EST | Keri

There were so many varied promotional items available in the late 70’s, when Star Wars was so new and different. Among the tie-in items were plastic cups available at 7-11, filled to the brim with frozen Coke or Cherry flavored syrup-y Slurpee goodness.

Throughout the release and re-releases of Star Wars from 1977-79, three sets of Slurpee cups were produced. Today, the sets are not the easiest nor the most inexpensive things to complete, with the most difficult and most expensive being the original numbered set of 20 which had no logos, only basic character designs and memorable scenes. The subsequent sets of 8, then a set from 1979 of 10 are somewhat easier to find and generally less expensive.

Today’s featured auction is for the 1979 cups of which 7 different designs are available with some duplicates, as well as the coolest cup from the set: our favorite Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. The cups offer bold colors and eye-catching graphics which really add to any display. Click on through below to get your vintage Slurpee cup collection started today with this affordably priced auction!

Lot of 10 1979 Star Wars Slurpee Cups

 


 

Unified Site Contest III Held Over One More Week
April 12, 2004 | 4:30 PM EST | Keri

Due to popular demand and a genuine need for collectors and Star Wars fans to solve this mystery, the Unified Site Contest III is being extended for one more week! Entries MUST be in by 8.00 pm CST April 18th. Within the pages of the unified sites you will find clues to solving the greatest mystery of the Star Wars Universe: the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a Star Wars “Infinities” murder mystery where you assist Ephant Mon (Jabba’s trusted confidant) in determining the guilty party among a long list of underworld cutthroats, criminals and hooligans. Find the game pieces that will lead you to the suspects, then make your determination and incriminate the culprit!

And what Unified Site Contest would be complete without a large cache of bounty to be won! Our newest contest has THREE prizes levels culminated from the generous sites and sponsors of AllTroops.com, The Bothan Spy, Snowtroopers.ca, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface’s Realm, The Custom Alliance, FFURG and Rebelscum.com! For more information on rules, game play, prizes and more, visit the Unified Site Contest III gamesite.

 


 

News From Brian’s Toys
April 12, 2004 | 7:57 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro’s Latest figures are now in stock!
General Madine Imperial Shuttle Capture, Han Endor Strike (AT-ST Driver Outfit)and Lando Death Star Attack (General) are all in stock.

New reduced prices on some of the latest saga figures like Admiral Ozzel, Captain Antilles, Luke Hoth Attack, Lando Skiff and more. Jedi Council #1 now back in stock. Don’t miss out of getting your saga action fleet, Slave 1, Republic Assault Ship and Republic Gunship are still available.

Don’t miss out on this week’s POTJ and EP1 featured items including variations, vehicles and anniversary figures.

Now in stock the Superlive Jedi Lightsaber with Gold Handle! Lots of POTF2 Beast Assortments in stock now including Han and Taun Taun. Just in and added to the site, a set of Suncoast Pictures Statues including all your favorite Star Wars characters.

A nice selection of vintage loose figure now in stock, be sure and check out the POTF section. Don’t miss the rare 3-packs we just got in stock in the foreign and rare carded section as well. There is nothing better than drinking that morning cup of java out of your favorite star wars character, check out the great Sigma mugs in stock now!

Check out more in the Online News Letter

 


 

Yakface Welcomes Ruf To The Diorama Section
April 11, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our Diorama Section with Ruf Terrain’s outstanding Dagobah Diorama. Check it out here. Please join us in congratulating Ruf on his outstanding work!

 


 

Federation Toys Newsfeed
April 11, 2004 | 11:34 AM EST | Bill

Federation Toys now has the Hall of Fame wave as well as a number of hard to find Clone Wars items, including Durge on Speeder and Clone Trooper on Speeder in Stock. Click on over and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.

 


 

Complete Clone Wars Series On Cartoon Network Tonight
April 10, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

Warm up those VCRs, TIVOs, or whatever other recorder your prefer, tonight starting at midnight eastern, the Cartoon Newtork will be showing both seasons of the Clone Wars microseries! It’s all there.

 


 

Jedi Warrior 3-Pack
April 10, 2004 | 1:20 AM EST | Mark

Army Builders take notice…
The Multi Pack: Jedi 3-Pack is in stock at Amazon and on sale for $7.95

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: 25th Anniversary Cap
April 9, 2004 | 6:12 PM EST | Keri

You already have all of the Silver 25th Anniversary figures and to add to that you can accessorize yourself with your very own 25th Anniversary Star Wars Logo baseball cap!

The hat has a nice large embriodered 25th Anniversary Star Wars logo that will definetly set you apart in the crowd while waiting in line for Episode III in 2005!

Star Wars 25th Anniversary Baseball Cap

 


 

Red Leader Found!
April 9, 2004 | 4:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Lynn reports on this latest find:

“This morning I found the Red Leader X-Wing in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, TRU. They had two on the shelf and I bought one.”

Stay on Target…rather your local TRU as Red Leader lands in stores and on doorsteps!

 


 

Clone Wars Marathon Tonight
April 9, 2004 | 10:38 AM EST | Mark B

Don’t forget to set your VCR or TIVO to record the Cartoon Network tonight! They will be showing all 20 episodes of The Clone Wars Cartoon tonight (starting around midnight eastern time – check your local listings for exact time!).

In case you missed it, the final chapter is now available for download fromstarwars.com and all I can say is – I CANNOT WAIT FOR EPISODE III!!!!

 


 

Is That a Star Wars Special Edition, Special Edition?
April 9, 2004 | 9:06 AM EST | Mark B

Well, it has been rumored that there will be additional changes to the Original Trilogy when it is released on DVD this fall. This could be the first of many reports that show what has changed! The Digital Bits has a supposed photo of the Emperor from The Empire Strikes Back. In the changed version, we actually have Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine. Head on over to check it out! Thanks Brad for pointing it out.

 


 

New TRU 4-Packs Confirmed!
April 9, 2004 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

Now available for pre-order are the following new TRU 4-Packs. These are scheduled for Fall of this year.
Star Wars 3.75″ Jedi Council Scene III
Star Wars 3.75″ Jedi Council Scene IV

The Clone Trooper 3-pack is back in stock.

 


 

Now Appearing…
April 8, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just updated with the first pics we’ve seen of the convention Silver Sandtrooper! Unfortunately it looks like this is another sprayed figure instead of the chrome we saw on Vader and R2. Check out the pics here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ESB Kenner Prize Patch
April 8, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Vintage patches are very interesting, with well-done graphics and bright colors that look great on a wall with vintage figures. They are small, easy to display and can be rather hard to come by in unused condition without paying a premium price today.

The auction spotlighted today is for a Kenner ESB embroidered patch, featuring our favorite Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader himself. While most patches produced in the vintage era were distributed either through the Fan Club with membership packs, or were made by Factors Inc. and could be bought at stores, the Kenner patches are not as common. Kenner gave them away as prizes in a sweepstakes, and this awesome Vader Patch was the Third place prize.

The patch in the auction today is unused, sealed in the original bag with a very reasonable Buy-it-now price. If you collect Kenner items, this is a must have!

Kenner ESB Third Prize Patch

 


 

A Look at New Star Wars Weekends Poster
April 8, 2004 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark B

Thanks to Dan for the heads up on this one. He ran across THIS ITEM on Ebay that is for the 2004 Disney Star Wars Weekends poster. Very nice! The poster is just like the original Star Wars Poster that had Luke with his lightsaber held high and Princess Leia at his feet. Except, this time substitute Mickey and Minnie for Luke and Leia.

 


 

C3 Logo Unveiled
April 7, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill


The Official Site has just unveiled the official logo for Celebration 3– Vader in flames! Check it out here. Oh and they also confirm we’ll have an exclusive figure at C3 too!

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
April 7, 2004 | 5:06 PM EST | Keri

In this week’s Falcon Favorite, YakReader Joe J. from Lake Orion, MI sends in a small, early obscure little paper magazine called Read from 1977. Though the magazine may not have been totally accurate in its descriptions of the vehicles and droids, the early images were so fantastic everyone only wanted to see the film itself.




“I still have the very first Star Wars item I ever laid eyes on. I was in 5th grade. The school year had come to an end and my brother and I went off to summer camp for a week. While there, a small magazine was handed out called Read. On the cover were these weird and wonderful creatures that caught my eye. I read the article inside. It told about an upcoming movie that featured space battles and colorful characters. I tried to imagine the story from the photos in the magazine. “Was that golden robot trying to keep them from getting on that big spaceship?” I couldn’t wait to get more information! First I bought the Star Wars Marvel Comics. I still remember pulling into the movie theater’s parking lot and seeing Star Wars on the marquee. I was so excited! Of course, the movie floored me and I saw it many, many times as a kid.
To this day I still have that little magazine. It’s my first Star Wars collectible. It’s interesting to read it now and see the mistakes the writer made. The article mentions how the two “robots” are inhaled into the belly of a giant spider-legged sandcrawler. In one photo, a short concrete post is identified as R2-D2. A photo of an X-Wing is identified as the Millennium Falcon. But the magazine is still a sentimental favorite.”

Thanks for the great images and story, Joe. I know I wish I still had my very first Star Wars item, which was a Read Along Record and Storybook, but sadly it was sold by my mother at a garage sale.(gasp!) I was able to get another one, but there’s nothing quite like having that first Star Wars item from when you were young and couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Luke, Han and Leia.

 


 

2004 Fan Club Kits Arriving
April 7, 2004 | 4:48 PM EST | Mark B

CelticsFan writes in to tell us to keep an eye on our mailboxes for the new 2004 Fan Club Kits which are starting to arrive.

Inside you’ll find:
-A 2004 membership card featuring Darth Vader
-A one-of-a-kind animation cel from the “Ewoks” animated series (straight from the Lucasfilm archives)
-A Code 3 Collectibles Star Wars calendar
-A huge Star Wars Lego poster depicting the space battle from ANH
-An even larger poster for the Star Wars: TESB Trading Card Game
-A cool double-sided diorama background from Hasbro (RotJ: Jabba’s palace & AotC: Battle of Geonosis)
-The annual letter from George Lucas himself commenting on Episode III
-A letter from Fan-Club president Lisa Stevens

 


 

More Great Custom Reference At The Official Site
April 7, 2004 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Customizers will enjoy a couple of photos posted in The Official Site’s Hyperspace Section the first is a conference room from E3, the second is two Imperial Officers from the bridge of a Star Destroyer.

 


 

Red Leader Out Now!
April 7, 2004 | 7:52 AM EST | Mark

There have been reported sitings of the Red Leader X-Wing (Pre-Order at Amazon, released date April 15th) being spotted in the US and Canada.Rebelscum has received confirmation that it is out in Canada, and GalacticHunter has word of the US release.

Also the Clone Trooper 3-pack is back in stock.

 


 

Red Unleashed Clone Trooper?
April 7, 2004 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Rebelscum has reported that the Official Site’s Cargo Bay has listed a variation of the Unleashed Clone Trooper, with Red markings. If you have seen this in stores or you have one, let us know.

 


 

Deluxe Jango & Obi-Wan
April 6, 2004 | 10:42 PM EST | Mark

If you are having problems finding the Deluxe Kamino Confrontation Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Deluxe Kamino Confrontation Jango Fett figures. Amazon.com has them in stock and on sale for $9.99 each.

 


 

Gentle Giant Stormtrooper and Luke X-Wing Release Dates
April 6, 2004 | 1:14 PM EST | Keri


As announced on the official site, Gentle Giant will be releasing two new mini busts, one of a highly poseable Stormtrooper and a Luke X-Wing oufit.

The Stormtrooper will be released on August 25, while Luke will be released on September 22. The edition size has not yet been determined, but these busts keep getting even better and with all the different arm/hand options even more collectible. You may read all the details here.

 


 

More Silver Clone Trooper Reports – Update
April 6, 2004 | 12:55 PM EST | Keri

Update from YakReader James:
“i live in tallahassee fl and just wanted to drop a line about the silver clone troopers here. unlike in other places in our store the figures were both on the shelf and in a little bin on the floor….and also unlike other places the ones i picked up were in very very good condition, i was actually afraid of what i would find on my way there but luckily the people at this store take care of their product.”

As the Silver Clones have arrived, so have the reports of damaged bubbles and cards, in some cases from Amazon, but in most cases from Toys R Us stores themselves, which seems to be hit or miss.

YakReader Michael in Austin, Tx reports in with his experiences:

“I ordered from Amazon as well since the closest of the TRU stores to me doesn’t have anything worth buying to get one free. I ordered six and an ultra Jabba the other day, and they arrived today. I ordered that many as a gamble hoping that I’d get two in good shape for my collection. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. Only one out of the six was in nice shape; the other five had varying degrees of bubble damage. I was especially appreciative that they put big old Jabba on top of the clones when shipping…Way to go morons!

The two TRU on the north side of Austin were selling the clones outright and putting them on the shelf; however, the south store is running it just like the R2 promotion. They are only being given out as freebies and are being held up front at the service desk with a limit of one per customer per day. The stock of R2s lasted about two weeks last time; so I’m guessing that because of the way the promotion is being handled and because there’s absolutely nothing new worth buying, these clones are gonna last a while as well.”

YakReader Chris confirms the damaged conditions he found at his local TRU:

“Just confirming what has been said. I live in NW suburbs of Chicago, IL. The figures at the Arlington Heights were also all damaged, even the clerk working the return counter stated that. Luckily she let me pick out one that I wanted. Too bad I couldn’t take the perfect bubble off one and put in on the Nearmint card that I took… The bubble was a little banged up but doable. Disappointed in the figure also. Out of all the Silver figures released, this has got to be the only one that looks like someone has some Silver spray-paint and found a use for it.”

I received the 2 Clone Troopers I ordered from Amazon in the mail yesterday, and I found them to be packed very well with airbags on top so the cards wouldn’t be damaged. Perhaps I was one of the lucky ones to get nice mint cards and bubbles, but overall I am pleased with the figure and even more pleased I could buy them outright for $4.99 each.

 


 

Cartoon Network Clone Wars Marathon
April 5, 2004 | 10:02 PM EST | Bill

Looking for a chance to see the all 20 episodes of the Clone Wars microseries together, well the Cartoon Network will come very close this Saturday April, 10th. Starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, every half hour, 5 episodes of the micro series will be shown — that’s the whole sries by 12:30 a.m.!

 


 

E3 Release Date
April 5, 2004 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

It’s over a year away, however we now know when the final installment of the Star Wars Prequels will open in US and Canadian theaters. The Offical Siteannounced that May 19, 2005 is the date. Read the full story here.

 


 

Attention Washington, DC Area Droid Builders
April 5, 2004 | 12:50 PM EST | Keri

Interested in buliding your very own R2 unit and live in the Washington, DC area?
You’re invited to the upcoming R2DC event on Sunday, April 25th.

There should be many builders there with tips and hints about building
Astromechs. We will have discussions, demonstrations, displays of parts and systems, as well as, completed droids. In addition, members of the 501st and the DC Star Wars Collectors Club will attend. It should be a great time for anyone interested in building R2.

Please check out the website at www.r2dc.com for more information about the event.

 


 

Silver Clone Trooper Arrival
April 5, 2004 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris in Knoxville, TN shares his detailed report regarding the arrival of his Silver Clone Trooper ordered from Amazon, as well as physical store reports from Toys R Us:

“I ordered them Wednesday night, and by Saturday morning there was a nice big Amazon box on my front porch. They had only charged me the $4.99 each, as it was listed on their website. The figures were well-packed and in mint condition. I assumed that they would be held there until after the promo date of April 4.”

“Today I was in a TRU and looked at how many were left in the case. Sadly, out of the case of 32, all of them had crushed bubbles–the side of the case was crushed. Another TRU had received them, but they had mysteriously disappeared from the stockroom and no one could find them. I have been hearing reports from other cities of damaged cards and bubbles, so it was a surprise to me that, for once, an Amazon.com order arrived in mint condition. Tell your readers that if they have found only damaged ones to try ordering from the website when more arrive.”

Ordering from the website, in my opinion, is the easiest way to obtain this figure and also the most cost effective considering there is free shipping.

 


 

Silver Clone Trooper Free
April 4, 2004 | 9:38 AM EST | Mark B

You can now get the silver clone trooper free with any purchase of Star Wars Toys of $14.99 or more at your local Toys R Us store – or you can purchase online from Toys R Us.com. At Checkout, you just need to enter the promotional code PSTRWRCLNTRP to get the free figure.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 3, 2004 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon at Entertainment Earth!

Darth Vader 2 Cold Cast Statue
The long awaited second Vader statue is coming soon! The Attakus Collection has always provided the highest quality Star Wars statues with the greatest detail. Their second Darth Vader features this Dark Lord of The Sith holding his lightsaber and stands approximately 17-inches tall, is in scale to all of the other Attakus Star Wars statues. Limited to 1500 pieces worldwide! Coming Soon!
Item Number: AC214
Price: $599.99
See Star Wars Statues

Die Cast Boba Fett’s Slave 1
The Slave 1’s cockpit rotates as it goes from flight mode, in a vertical attitude, to a landing position with its engines down. You can also rotate Slave I’s wings and short range twin blaster cannons. With your model of the deadly Slave 1, you also receive a customized display stand and base, Boba Fett’s bounty hunter patch, a specialized magnetic tool, limited edition certificate and Han Solo encased in carbonite.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: CD15005
Price: $294.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas

 


 

Dagobah Diorama Build You Can…
April 3, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri


YakReader Ruf shares with us his well-built custom diorama of Yoda’s slimy mudhole on Dagobah. You too may build this diorama by following Ruf’s step by step instructions by going to his website here.

 


 

Yavin Figs Back In Stock
April 2, 2004 | 10:49 PM EST | Mark

All these are back in stock and all have free shipping…
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna
Battle of Yavin – Dutch Vander Gold Leader
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Ewoks Wallpaper
April 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

Back in 1985, the final chapter in the Trilogy had been released 2 years ago, Kenner was near the end of producing toys from the Trilogy and we were swept up by Ewoks marketing at its best. The cute shrunken little teddy bear furballs not only had their own cartoon, but 2 TV Movies as well. Today’s featured Ebay auction is an unusual item, a relic of Ewok-Mania: A Roll of Ewoks Wallpaper.

I am always very careful in using the term “rare”, as its overuse everywhere, including Ebay can be tiresome and in some cases not truly applicable to the item up for sale. Today’s wallpaper is an exception to that rule, not simply because it is an item I have never seen or heard of, but is not pictured in any of the books that I have in my possession. Not only is this wallpaper a rarity, but also an oddity, something not likely to be found in many collections.

Click on through to see this roll of sealed vintage Ewoks Wallpaper and add it to your collection today!

Vintage Ewoks Wallpaper Roll Sealed

 


 

Series 2 Cantina Sets Rumor Control
April 2, 2004 | 4:40 PM EST | Keri

It seems that there are more questions, rather than definitive answers on the Series 2 Cantina Sets issued by Hasbro to be Wal-Mart Exclusives. After searching and reading upon the topic from various sources, I hope to have come up with some answers to help myself and our readers clear up this muddled mess.

As we know, the First Cantina Sets were Wal-Mart exclusives, and in most cases were pretty much deluxe peg-warmers. In fact at some out of the way Wal-Marts in my area they can still be bought, although not of course not on mint cards.

The Second Cantina Sets slated to be released at Wal-Mart were Dr. Evazan, Kitik Keed’Ka, and Wuher. However, Wal-Mart declined the exclusive items, which were in turn picked up by the struggling K-Mart. When K-Mart declared bankruptcy and started closing stores, Hasbro stopped production on these figure sets.

How many cases exactly did Hasbro produce? According to Cloud City Collectibles, the only US Retailer to actually get cases of these figures, the number of cases believed to be produced is somewhere around 250, which translates into about 1,000 Kitik’s and 500 each of Wuher and Dr. Evazan. Therefore, the prices for these figures on the blue Saga cards are not in the low end of the spectrum.

Where exactly does that leave us now, those who do not wish to pay a small fortune just to own the figures? As we have seen, the figures are still a K-Mart exlusive, this time appearing as a 3-Pack in the new OTC Packaging design. The point being, unless you absolutely must have every single packaging variant produced, I would say be patient and wait for the K-Mart 3-Pack.

You may view the figures with their Blue Saga cards up for auction on Ebayhere.

 


 

Brand New Case Assortments Announced
April 2, 2004 | 1:38 PM EST | Mark

From EE:
In the midst of our 8th Anniversary Great Deals sale, Hasbro sprung a few new Star Wars items on us, including these two new waves:

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 10 (Item# HS84715N, $64.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715N
Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection 3 3/4 inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Wave 10. Includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars Action figures. Contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 2x Greedo (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Outfit (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp, 1x Wicket (subject to change). All information and descriptions are subject to change. More details coming soon!

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 9 (Item# HS84715M, $64.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715M
Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection 3 3/4 inch Basic Action
Figure Assortment Wave 9. Includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures.
Contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 2x Biker Scout (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp, 1x Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Han Solo, 1x Chewbacca, 1x Darth Vader (subject to change). All information and descriptions are subject to change. More details coming soon!

 


 

Action-HQ Newsfeed
April 2, 2004 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with the
newest 2004 figures!

Available now are:
– Han Solo as AT-ST Driver
– General Lando Calrissian-Death Star Attack
– General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture
Each at just $12.95!

Also still available are 2004 figures:
– Admiral Ozzel
– Bossk
– Captial Antilles
– Dengar
– Dutch Vander Gold Leader
– General Dodonna
– Tie Fighter Pilot
Each at just $9.95 and up!

Others recently released items:
Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, Ultra B’omar Monk, Ultra Jabba the
Hut, Ultra Jango Fett (New Card) and Ultra Obi-Wan (New Card).

And in the next week or two Ultra Ewok.

Click HERE to Enter!

 


 

Attention San Jose Fans
April 1, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club:

There is a new collectibles show, the San Jose Collector Show, opening this Sunday April 4th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown San Jose, CA from 10am to 4pm. In addition to the usual comics,
toys, anime & other collectibles the show will also be featuring artist Ron Lim, a video game tournament, a charity auction, & many other events. For more information on the show check out at the web site here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Anniversary Sale
April 1, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

As of right now there are 67 Star Wars items listed in our Great Deals section:here Everything there has already been marked down…. But guess what? Customers can take an ADDITIONAL 30-40% off items on the list with their anniversary sale! Check it out!

 


 

$4.99 or $5.99????
April 1, 2004 | 6:13 PM EST | Mark

After seeing the price drop on the Silver Clone Trooper, I emailed amazon.com and asked them about this, as I myself, ordered it at the $5.99 price. This is their response….

Thank you for writing to Amazon.com.

The discounts we offer for items on our web site do vary from time to
time. I’ve checked your order, and found that we now offer a
greater discount on “Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure” than at the
time you placed your order.

Since this item was shipped so recently, I have requested a refund of
$2.12 to your credit card. This amount reflects the difference
between the price you were charged and the discounted price,
including associated sales tax. The refund should appear as a
credit on your next billing statement.

You may view returns and refunds by clicking the “Your Account” link
at the top of our web site, then clicking “Go!” next to “open and
recently shipped orders.” Completed refunds will appear at the
bottom of an individual order’s summary page.

I hope this solution is satisfactory. Thank you for shopping at
Amazon.com–we hope you will visit us again soon.

Please let us know if this e-mail resolved your question

So if ordered this fig at $5.99, make sure you email them now.

Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $4.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!

 


 

New at Master Replicas
April 1, 2004 | 5:54 PM EST | Mark B

While this isn’t a new Star Wars item, Master Replicas has once again produced a hit with their new “Shrek” line of limited edition busts. Those of you that are collecting the Gentle Giant line of Star Wars busts may want to check these out from Master Replicas.

 


 

The What????
April 1, 2004 | 5:50 PM EST | Mark B

Its been a rumor floating around for a couple of weeks now. But, its either an April Fool’s Day joke or the real thing. Head on over to StarWars.com and move your mouse over the menu on the left. Check out what is listed for Episode III……if it is true, looks like George is keeping with his “Saturday Morning Serials” titles. Thanks to Scott E for noticing this.

 


 

Wanna Hear George Talk About ANH?
April 1, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Mark B

A New Hope is coming to DVD this fall, but you can listen to part of the Audio Commentary from George Lucas RIGHT NOW!!! Visit this website to listen!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Shampoo
April 1, 2004 | 4:27 PM EST | Keri

Back in 1981, when your Mom forced you to wash your hair, the only shampoo you could have ever wanted near your hair had to be the Star Wars characters produced by Omni Cosmetics.

Not only was the shampoo fragrant, but the bottle designs resembled the most memorable characters from the Trilogy. You could be as clean as Princess Leia, Luke, Yoda, Chewie, R2-D2, and Wicket. Even the Dark Side has to stay clean so for your Sith Shampooing needs there was Vader. Last but not least, even slimy gangsters have to look their best, so you could even shampoo with Jabba the Hutt. The shampoo bottles came with paper hangtags which gave fun little bios, urging kids to “shampoo with Princess Leia and feel like royalty yourself!”

Today’s featured auction is for a nice mint sealed example of an R2-D2 Shampoo bottle complete with original tag. If you are looking to start the bath section of your collection, this is a great way to get it underway today!

Vintage R2-D2 Shampoo Sealed

 


 

It’s Back!!!
April 1, 2004 | 1:28 PM EST | Mark

Now you can get it… It’s back in stock….
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $4.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!

 


 

Star Destroyer Wave Card Error
April 1, 2004 | 8:16 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Danielhubby wrote in to give everyone a heads-up on an editing error on the back of one of the figures in the Star Destroyer wave. On the back of Bossk’s card the “name” under J’Quille’s photo is Tanus Spijek! Interestingly Admiral Ozzel’s card doesn’t seem to have the error.

UPDATE:
Check out the image here

March 2004 Archive

Episode 3 Web Documentary Part 5
March 31, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated their Hyperspace section with the 5th installment of their web documentary on the making of Episode 3. This feature focuses on weaponry, and from the teaser image on looks very interesting.

 


 

Chapter 14 Is Online Now
March 31, 2004 | 9:01 PM EST | Mark

Are you a hyperspace member yet? Click on over to Starwars.com and watch Episode 14.

On the icy planet of Ilum, chameleon droids are planting explosives in the sacred Jedi caverns, the source of the crystals that power every Jedi’s lightsaber. Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee engage in a ferocious battle to protect this most important site.

Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.

 


 

Star Wars: Silver Clone Trooper Figure
March 31, 2004 | 8:00 PM EST | Mark

Now you can get it…
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $5.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 31, 2004 | 5:21 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite is simple and special, bringing a smile and warm feelings to your heart. YakReader Mark D. shares this photo and memories with us:

“These items are as modest as can be, but they hold a lot of happy
memories. These are proofs-of-purchase from the vintage figure
cardbacks, cut out by me and/or my brother when we were very young. I remember us frequently mailing these to Kenner’s mail-in promotions (for Ackbar, Emperor, Anakin, etc.) so I was very surprised a few years ago when my mother told me she found these POPs sitting around forgotten in a cabinet. A nice little reminder of simpler times and safety scissors.”

Just a nice reminder that the best items in a collection do not have to be the rarest, nor the most expensive to be Falcon Favorites.

 


 

12″ Luke Jedi
March 31, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark

The figures just keep on coming….
Over at Walmart.com you can now get (in stock) the 12″ Luke with Jedi Attire.

 


 

Gamorrean Guard Sale
March 31, 2004 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBKids.com they have the Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”: Gamorrean Guard 12″ Deluxe Action Figure on sale for $14.99 if you still are looking for one.

 


 

More New Stuff…
March 31, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark

Jabba the Hutt wave is in stock at Amazon….
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba the Hutt
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Tanus Spijek
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker

 


 

Musing With John
March 30, 2004 | 7:44 PM EST | Mark

The latest QNA with John is now online, grab your favorite drink, click over and take a seat. Once you are done reading, please drop John your own question(s) and he will get you the answers….

 


 

XBox Console Price Drop
March 30, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

If you were holding out to get a brand new Xbox console at a lower price, look no further than all major retailers reflecting Microsoft’s price drop to $149.99. There are some great Star Wars titles available for Xbox including Knights of the Old Republic, (and its forthcoming sequel now in production) as well as Clone Wars with the Xbox Live capability to play others from around the world.

You may find the console online at Toys R Us here.
If you would like to purchase the special bundle with Project Gotham Racing 2 (one of the best racing games next to Gran Turismo 3) for only $179.99 visit a local TRU near you, as this is not available online.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Target Glass Error
March 30, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Keri

Errors in packaging or slip-ups in quality control have been with Kenner since the original line of figures introduced in 1978. Either the wrong figure is put with another characters card, a weapon is missing or even the wrong weapon is included. While these are overlooked mistakes, with the consumer recieving an incomplete item, some collectors crave these sometimes goofy errors.

Today’s featured auction is for a Target exclusive Darth Maul figure packaged with an Obi-Wan Kenobi glass. As the seller describes and shows well with photos, the package was not tampered with to create an error, it was done at the factory.

As with all packaging errors, prices can be all over the place. Some items are more popular than others and some errors fetch less than the retail value. I myself am not an error collector, though I do have an 00M-9 which I bought off the shelves with the head unattached. I felt it was a nice touch being “all brokey” in the bubble. As to the worth of an error item, I have found that like so many other things it is worth whatever price someone is willing to pay. The main point is do not buy an error with the sole idea that it is worth a fortune and that you will be able to sell it in 10 years and send your kids to college. Prices and markets for collectible items are always in constant flux, with the bottom line being buy what you like for a price you are comfortable in paying.

Click on the link below to see an unusual error item to add to your collection today!

Target Error Darth Maul figure with Obi-Wan Glass

 


 

Star Wars Shop Packs
March 30, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark B

For those of you, like me, who had their orders cancelled on the opening day of the StarWarsShop.com, be watching your mailbox for the promised pack that was an apology for having to have all of our orders cancelled. Mine showed up today. Inside was a gift certificate for $50, 3 Topps Clone Wars Cards, and 2 Revenge of the Jedi Patches. While I appreciate the Star Wars Shop giving these out for our inconvenience, I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed with having my order cancelled, or having to pay the $3.70 POSTAGE DUE on this package!!!!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 30, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Jabba Cold Cast Statue
From the Attakus Collection. This Jabba the Hutt stands approximately 18-inches tall and 26-inches long. Made of cold cast porcelain. Limited edition of 750 pieces! This Jabba the Hutt statue is in scale to the Attakus Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner statue, so that she can be placed in front of him to recreate the opening scene from Return of the Jedi. In Stock!
Item Number: AC122
Price: $1,199.99
See Star Wars Statues

 


 

New Figs Back In Stock
March 30, 2004 | 7:19 AM EST | Mark

The Yavin wave is back in stock, and all have free shipping….
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Battle of Yavin – Dutch Vander Gold Leader
Tantive IV – Captain Antilles
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna

You can also pre-Order the Star Wars Trilogy DVD..
Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) $41.99 (40% off w/ free shipping)
Star Wars Trilogy (Full Screen Edition) $41.99 (40% off w/ free shipping)

 


 

Star Wars Miniatures Pre-Order
March 29, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order two of the Star Wars Miniatures from Amazon.com and they are 30% off.

Star Wars Miniatures Entry Pack
Star Wars Miniatures Expansion Pack

 


 

That’s No Moon, It’s a Space Station!
March 29, 2004 | 10:01 PM EST | Keri

Would You like to own a piece of the Death Star? Well, you can, for a price of course through a Profiles in History Hollywood Memorabilia Live Auction on where else but Ebay!

The small surface piece of the Death Star measuring 21″ x 19″ shows all of the tiny details that made the ultimate weapon in the universe look so intimidating. The bidding starts at $400 and can be viewed here.

Another one of a kind item that may be purchased is an original Ralph McQuarrie artwork featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Mother Ship from Close Encounters, Hal and the Obelisk from 2001 made for the John Williams “Sounds of Space” benefit concert in 1978. This is an actual painting done by this talented and well-known artist up for auction at the opening price of $4000.00. You may view this beautiful item here.

The auctions all end on March 31st and you must be specially registered and verified by Ebay Live to bid on them.

 


 

Australian Toy Fair 2004
March 29, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark

The best coverage on the net. Check out Mousedroid.com for some awesome coverage.

Items include:
Hasbro: Playskool 2-packs (Luke, R2)(Han, Leia)(vader, ben)(Chewy, 3po)(Padme, Anakin)(Yoda, clone trooper)(obi-wan, clone trooper – blue)
Sample OTC cards, sample retro cards, new Unleashed Repacks, plus more.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Sleeping Bags
March 29, 2004 | 9:48 PM EST | Keri

If you were watching Clone Wars Chapters 1 – 10 on Friday night, and in between the chapters closely perusing the collection of Steven Sansweet, you probably remember seeing his large rack of vintage sleeping bags looking oh so very cool.

Today’s featured auction is of course for a vintage sleeping bag. The pattern is from Empire Strikes Back (my personal favorite) and has great designs of Luke, Leia, Han and the Droids all set in a Hoth motif. Although this particular sleeping bag is not sealed in its original package like the ones found in Mr. Sansweet’s collection, it is nonetheless a nice addition at a very affordable price. Sleeping bags, as with just about all bedding items and curtains are extremely difficult to find sealed in original packaging, and when found, the prices can be on the high end of the spectrum.

If you are looking for a nice sleeping bag to decorate your collection room with, then click on through to the auction below!

Empire Strikes Back Sleeping Bag

 


 

Sandcrawler Confirmed
March 29, 2004 | 9:43 PM EST | Mark

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting the mailboxes across the USA.

Here are some of the highlights:
Target will get the Sandcrawler and Slave 1 with ESB redeco. The Sandcrawler will come with three figs: Two Jawas and a Gold Finish RA Droid. These will come in the OTC packaging.
TRU will get the Vader’s Tie Fighter and Y-Wing in Quarter 3 of this year, these will also be in the OTC package. They will also get another 4-pack (Endor Ambush).

In the issue there are pics of the Slave 1 and Sandcrawler.

 


 

Chapter 12 Online Now
March 29, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark

If you are a Hyperspace member, hop on over to StarWars.com and check out the latest episode, and you can also view the episode with commentary.

Episode 12:
Jedi Mace Windu leads his troops in an intense battle on the plains of Dantooine. The Separatist forces counter the offensive with an enormous seismic tank, devastating the clone troops. Mace Windu finds himself alone and surrounded by the massive Droid Army — without his lightsaber.

 


 

E3 Preview Figures
March 28, 2004 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting that we will see 5 preview figures for E3. The first will ship to Target as part of Target’s line of figures with a glass. Then when the DVDs of the Original Trilogy hits stores, there will be 4 more previews figures. Read the full story here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 28, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

This Just in From Big Bad Toy Store:

STAR WARS: The Deluxe wave including Jabba the Hut, Jabba’s Court
Denizens, Kamino Confrontation Jango & Obi-Wan has arrived. Also in stock in limited quantities is a new Saga wave with Dutch Vander, Captain Antilles, Tanus Spijek, Holographic Luke, Rappertunie and more! Clone ware multipacks are also in stock – Clone Army, Jedi Army, Droid Army and more!

MUPPETS: Two great exclusive items are available for $28.99 – Adventure Kermit – dressed just like Indian Jones complete with hat and whip and The Ghost of Samuel Arrow Wizard World Exclusive. Series 7 Muppets figures have also arrived, we offer 3 different sets of 4 that each include a different variant version of Johnny – Gray, Pinstripe, and Purple Jackets.

VINTAGE STAR WARS: The vintage department has just listed a variety of carded vintage SW items and has listed the first 200 items from a large loose vintage SW collection. Tons of figures, many with weapons are currently listed and many vehicles and other items will be listed Monday.

 


 

Prizes Seek You?
March 28, 2004 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The Unified Site Contest has returned and all of us at Yakface are proud to be a part of it. A tradition continues! The third installment of the Unified Site Contest begins now and it’s the biggest ever! Join us in a two-week competition that will test your investigative skills. Within the pages of the unified sites you will find clues to solving the greatest mystery of the Star Wars Universe: the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a Star Wars “Infinities” murder mystery where you assist Ephant Mon (Jabba’s trusted confidant) in determining the guilty party among a long list of underworld cutthroats, criminals and hooligans. Find the gamepieces that will lead you to the suspects, then make your determination and incriminate the culprit!

And what Unified Site Contest would be complete without a large cache
of bounty to be won! Our newest contest has THREE prizes levels
culminated from the generous sites and sponsors of AllTroops.com, The
Bothan Spy, Snowtroopers.ca, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface, The
Custom Alliance, FFURG and Rebelscum.com!

For more information on rules, gameplay, prizes and more, visit the
Unified Site Contest III gamesite
here.

Good Luck

 


 

Amazon.com Toys
March 28, 2004 | 10:18 AM EST | Mark

Here are some new things….
LEGO UCS Naboo Fighter $24.97 38% off
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Jabba the Hutt Free shipping
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Loose Figures for $1
March 27, 2004 | 1:05 PM EST | Keri

If you are a collector of loose figures, or are simply searching for some army builders, something to customize, or something to finish out a diorama then $1 loose figure auctions are for you!

Ebay is an interesting place, a virtual cornucopia of items from all across the world. Some items trash, some treasure, some the rarest of the rare, some as common as dirt. No matter what the item, there is almost always a buyer, especially if the price is right!

While today’s auctions are not necessarily rare, they represent a nice grouping of well cared for loose complete action figures from the recent POTJ and Saga lines. Another nice perk is the low US shipping cost of $1 per loose figure, with combined shipping for multiple purchases.

Click on through to view over 90 loose figures auctioned off individually below and complete your loose collection today!

Over 90 Auctions for Individual Loose Figures

 


 

“I Have You Now!”
March 27, 2004 | 12:50 PM EST | Keri

If you for some reason missed last night’s brand new episode of the Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, it is now available in a small streaming format for you to watch here.

Also for all you Hyperspace Members, from the Official Site, there are brand new Clone Wars Avatars for you to use on the Message Boards. Those may be found here. Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti are among the very cool new Avatar images available, as well as some new Spoiler characters – beware spoiler sensitive!

 


 

Canadian Toys R Us News
March 27, 2004 | 12:38 PM EST | Keri

A Canadian Toys R Us Insider alerts all of our readers North of the border to some upcoming toys and prices:

SW Trilogy Vehicle w/ figure
Skn 103039 $29.99
Estimated arrival August

SW 12” Vintage Figure
Skn 103217 $39.99
August

Falcon w/ figure
103179 $79.99
July

Vintage figure
104221 $14.99
July

Remember all prices are in Canadian funds, and the month given is simply an estimated time of arrival and also this gives everyone an idea on pricing points for new items arriving this summer. Looks to be an exciting summer and fall already!

 


 

Insider #75 Arriving in a Mailbox Near You…
March 27, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dewayne writes in to let us know of this latest Insider arrival:

“I received issue no. 75 of the Star Wars Insider today with General
Grievous on the cover. There is a cool feature with a look behind the
scenes at Gentle Giant.”

With all the great new items coming in the near future from Gentle Giant, I would imagine this would be a very nice article.

 


 

Clone Wars Episode 11
March 26, 2004 | 11:17 PM EST | Mark

Head over to Star Wars.com if you are a hyperspace member and want to check out the episode and the quicktime with commentary.

Anakin continues his pursuit of Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, disobeying Obi-Wan’s strenuous orders not to do so. During an intense dogfight, he tracks her through hyperspace to Yavin 4. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is acting as a General of the Army of the Republic, dispatches a platoon of ARC troopers to support his Padawan.

Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.

 


 

Dodonna And Antilles Poll…..
March 26, 2004 | 6:53 PM EST | Mark

Please take a moment to answer the question about the news below on the Dodonna And Antilles figures with the removable arms feature. Thanks

 


 

Looking For The OTHER Dodonna And Antilles?
March 26, 2004 | 2:13 PM EST | Bill


It seems Hasbro has a surprise in store for fans– the Yavin wave contains a major easter egg– Dodonna and Antilles have interchangable arms and coats! Yak Reader Scott sent in a great how-to guide for customizing them. Check it out here.

 


 

Cartoon Network Tonight @ 9:30 EST
March 26, 2004 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark

Just a reminder.. Tonight is the night, at 9:30EST, The second season of the Clone Wars will begin….

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Star Wars Original Trilogy Monopoly (Item# HG42352, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HG42352
All-new VERY limited edition Star Wars – The Original Trilogy
Collection Monopoly. Includes all-new “never before seen” tokens.
Each game is individually numbered! Reserve yours today!

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Set (Item# HS85002DD, $37.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002DD
1x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Case (Item# HS85002D, $110.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002D
3x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 3x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).

 


 

Star Wars FX Jacket Now Available!
March 25, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas has the new Star Wars FX Jacket for sale on their website (Only Collectors Society Members can order on March 25 – Everyone else can order Friday March 26th). This is a really nice looking jacket – and if it is as cool as it is described, it will be a MUST HAVE for the serious Star Wars collector. Head on over to Master Replicas to have a look!

 


 

Action HQ Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill

Action HQ just wrote to let us know that they have new Star Wars Preorders up now:

STAR WARS Ultra Ewok & More 2004 Figures!
PreOrder NOW the newest release including Han AT-ST Driver, General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture, General Calrissian-Death Star Attack & Ultra Ewok! Available next week in limited quantities!

 


 

LEGO Maul @ Amazon.com
March 25, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

While this guy has been around for quite sometime. He has never been cheaper than this….
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul List $149.99, now $74.97 (50%) off.

Also back in stock is the Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper for $14.99 with free shipping.

 


 

Federation Toys Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

“I just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a few new items in stock. Anakin Skywalkers Master Replica limited edition saber from AOTC. we are also clearing out some other Master Replicas items check site for details. we have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, also Master Replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. We are still working on the infamous 12 inch PLO koon, we will email as soon as we get more details on this bad boy. we hope you have a great day and any questions or requests please let us know. May the force be with you!”

 


 

KBToys has AOTC 3-Packs for $7.99 each
March 25, 2004 | 12:18 AM EST | Jason

KBToys in the Chicago Western Suburbs received a large shipment of
the Attack of the Clones Jedi Council and Geonosis War Room 3-packs. The case had all 4 in them and for the low price of $7.99. I wish my Jedi powers could have foreseen the future as I remember shelling out $19.99 a pop and I bought 2 of each long ago.

 


 

E3 Title???
March 24, 2004 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

Yep you read the subject line correctly! It seems that there is another rumor out there — no this one is not “Rise of the Empire” that we’ve seen on the web for a while now. The latest report comes from Ain’t It Cool News (which managed to see some E2 footage very early….). Ok you know we stay spoiler free, so we’ll link you to the title here.

 


 

Great Tatooine Padme Photo
March 24, 2004 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with a very nice photo of Padme in her traveling Robe on Tatooine. It’s a very nice still in and of itself, however if you are a customizer who likes to improve on Hasbro’s product reference material doesn’t get any better than this.

 


 

Want An X-Wing Jacket?
March 24, 2004 | 6:43 PM EST | Mark

Over at The Sharper Image.com, they have this awesome jacket for the low low price of $49.95, hurry while they last.

 


 

Red Leader X-Wing Has New Date
March 24, 2004 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark

Though Amazon has sent out information on the Red Leader X-Wing stating that they will not be getting them… low and behold, it has shown up on the site again, with a different release date.
As I said before, what typically happens, is that they sit in the system and after X many days, the system will send out that generic email stating that they will not be getting them. Then they relist the item.
Also, the Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures has also resurfaced as a pre-order.
Both are available right now for a pre-order and both have FREE shipping.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 24, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Keri

This newest addition to the Falcon Favorite feature is not only interesting but also a tough find. Jeremy shared his story of how he obtained these items. Yakface.com has taken the liberty to edit it as we do not want to offend any readers, however, the image of the items is definately worth seeing.


“I have so many Star Wars items that it’s hard to pick out my one
favorite. Toys make up a huge part of my collection but due to my working in advertising, I think my favorite pieces are store promotional items, such as the cardboard DVD displays, Pepsi character standees, vinyl banners hanging on fast food restaurants, Lego shelf-talkers, etc. I love the fact that most of these are unusual in its content and are discarded after it serves its purpose, so to get a hold of these particular items is almost a great accomplishment in itself.

With the hype of the new episodes of Clone Wars, I thought I’d share with you my latest additions to my collection. We know that there’s almost no CW collectibles other than the action figures, but I’ve managed to acquire an amazing advertising campaign for the first 10 episodes. With a few well-placed phone calls and other means, an unused self-adhesive vinyl taxi topper (my extra one of these was a Bounty Hunter feature a few months back), an unused self-adhesive vinyl bus panel (which comes in two parts and still has registration marks on it), and my favorite of the bunch: a backlit-ready mall kiosk.

I’ve included photos of myself with my prizes so that you can see how
big they really are…in fact, the only way I could photograph them
together was to hang them on a freight elevator at work. Now I just need to find some really big frames and a tremendous house to hang them in!”

Space is always an issue when collecting Star Wars displays, as so many of them are large and impressive in size. Thanks Jeremy for the great story and even nicer picture of your Clone Wars display colleciton! If you would like to see your favorite item from your collection featured here next, all you have to do is email me here.

 


 

Slightly Off Topic Master Replicas News…
March 24, 2004 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

Going on sale April 9th will be some very nice Aliens, Predator and Alien vs. Predator Prop Replicas from Master Replicas. The list of items is not only very cool sounding but also super exciting, since the last liscened prop replica of the Aliens Marine Pulse Rifle came out many years ago from Icons. It seems MR has ended the Alien prop replica drought in a big way with some items I am really looking forward to in this list below:

Predator 2:
Predator Spear: $349
Predator Helmet: $299

Aliens:
Alien Motion Tracker: $399

Alien vs. Predator:
Ceremonial Dagger: $199
Alien Grid Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Predator Scar Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Alien Grid Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)
Predator Scar Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)

I have yet to see any pictures, so if you have any images of these upcoming props email me here

 


 

On Hypersapce The Clone Wars Will Be
March 23, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

The second season of the Animated Clone Wars will be available to Hyperspace members as soon as each Episode has debuted on the Cartoon Network. You can read all about it at Starwars.com.

Also don’t forget that the epsidoes will be starting up again, this Friday.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ILM Invitation
March 23, 2004 | 5:54 PM EST | Keri

Not available to the general public at large, internal items from Lucas’ own special effects company Industrial Light & Magic can be most interesting as well as unusual.

Today’s featured auction is for an ILM 2003 Halloween Party Invitation with Vader and Yoda on the front with Trick or Treat pumpkins in hand. The back is printed in a Planet of the Apes font and encourages those invited to dress in costumes.

This is a really neat item and one that I would think would not be very easy to come across, especially at such an inexpensive price. This is why I always encourage searching Ebay high and low for great bargains that come up on a regular basis. Click on through below to add to your ILM items today!

ILM 2003 Halloween Party Invitation

 


 

Another Contest to Enter You Have…
March 23, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Over at yodasnews.com there is a new contest in their forums starting today.

Once every week or two (it will be done at random), they will look at all the topics that have been started (starting today) and the author of the one that our administrator (Yoda027) thinks is the most unique will be the winner and get to pick from “Yoda027’s prize bucket”. It’s that easy and all threads are open to this!

This week in the bucket there are some Target Clone Wars figures, Obi-
Wan Target Collector Glass and Figure, Mini-Lego Sets, and even some
Muppets and Simpsons figures for those that collect other lines. New
stuff is added each day (All brand new in package/box!). The winner will get a list of what is in the bucket that week and get to pick the prize they want!

Sound like fun? It can’t be any easier. So jump in the forums and have fun. If you are not registered yet, then it’s easy and free to sign up and get instant access!

 


 

Win an Artist Proof Yoda Statue
March 23, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Mark B

Gentle Giant is releasing their new line of Clone Wars Statues over the next few months, and to celebrate, they have teamed up with Diamond Comics to sponsor a contest to win an Artist Proof of the first of these statues – Yoda. And it gets better! The Grand Prize winner will actually get a set of ALL FIVE ARTIST PROOFS of the Clone Wars Maquettes that are being released during 2004! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form located in the front of Diamond Comics “Previews” magazine (in comic book stores tomorrow), or you can get the entry form From Diamond’s Website (note, this is an Adobe PDF file, you’ll need Acrobat installed to view it).

***Note, if you are entering from this form, and don’t have a comic shop you normally get Previews from – Please, email me for information to put in here. I still have a Diamond Comics account and if you use my store information and we win, we’ll do some kind of contest here to give away the Yoda Artist Proof here on Yakface!***

 


 

High Tech Star Wars Jacket
March 23, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Mark B

Well, if you have always wanted the ultimate in Star Wars Clothing, Master Replicas is going to be your source later this week. On Thursday, March 25 they will be launching (for Collectors Society Members – and then for everyone on Friday), their brand new limited edition letterman style Star Wars Jacket that incorporates some REALLY COOL features. You’re wearing a conventional black letterman’s jacket and then imagine pushing a button and having 2100 fiber optics points recreate a 25 second animated dogfight scene from “A New Hope” across your back. Its pretty pricy at $349, but they will only be making 750 of these babies. They’ll start taking orders at Master Replicas on Thursday morning – so make sure you get your order in early!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store News Feed
March 22, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

NEW MICROMAN PRE-ORDERS: We have listed 3 different sets of 4 Microman items. The first 2 sets are Diamond Comic exclusives – Master Force Set of 4 and Acroyear Force Set of 4. Both sets are $27.99 each and arrive in May / June. Also available is the ‘Lady’ Microman set of 4 – which we will import from Japan. This set is $54.99 – nice pictures of all on the site.

NEW HALO PRE-ORDERS: Series 4, 5, and 6 have been announced and we are now accepting pre-orders for each set. Some figures will be from HALO, and some will likely be from HALO 2. Some of the figures mentioned will be further versions of Master Chief and Elite, and also Warthog, Grunt, Brute, Flood Carrier. No Pictures available on these yet.

20% OFF ALL VINTAGE MENU ITEMS: Sale Ends Wednesday at 8:00 PM Central Time. A great opportunity to receive 20% off all items on the Vintage Menu – http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/vintage/ (please read details of sale on that page) The vintage department has recently listed mint complete GI Joe 3 3/4″ Figures, Beast Wars, and MOTU items.

FREDDY VS. JASON: The new boxed set from NECA has arrived and is
available for $25.99. Figures stand roughly 6+” tall and comes with a
flaming plastic base. Freddy comes with 2 other nicely detached heads.

STAR WARS: We have received 2 recent Clone Wars Deluxe case assortments. Figures included in these cases are: Spider Droid, Droid Army, Jedi Knight Army, Clone Trooper Army (Blue & Yellow), Durge with Swoop Bike, and Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike. The Unleashed 7 figures are now available individually for $15.99 each, or as a set of 3 for $44.99 each.

CLEARANCE & SALE PRICES: We have over 200 items with reduced or clearance prices on the clearance menu:- Transformers, Gundam, GI Joe, Saint Seiya, McFarlane and much much more – check out the full list here:http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/clearance.asp

FINAL FANTASY X-2: ArtFX continues to release very nice FF figures. The 2 latest releases are Heretic Yojimbo and Bahamut. The Bahamut figure is very large – the box is nearly 2 feet across!

BEAST WARS: We’ve unearthed a stash of BW items from our storage
building. Transmetal 2 Cybershark, Scourge, Jawbreaker, and Iguanus are all back in stock on the RID/BM/BW Menu.

LORD OF THE RINGS: More Return of the King Wave 4 Sets of 4 have arrived – this set include Legolas, Haradhrim Archer, Aragorn – King of Gondor and Pippin in Armor. More RotK Sting Swords are back in stock as well and we have a variety of LotR items in stock – some of them with reduced pricing.

ANIME-X: On the ‘Other’ Menu – Anime-X Statue is available for $34.99

 


 

Star Destroyer and Yavin Wave News
March 22, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Bruce:

I’ve noted people panicing over not being able to find these…just wanted to pass along that I found HUGE quantities of this wave at TWO Target stores in Bel Air and Abingdon in Maryland this morning.

And Yak Reader Baghutch reports that:

Wal-marts in northern IL had the Star Destroyer Wave today.  No scan, but there were a metric ton where I shop.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Pajamas
March 22, 2004 | 4:55 PM EST | Keri

Today’s featured auction is not only something very cool, but something that is quite hard to find and acquire: a set of unopened vintage pajamas!

Produced by Wilker Bros. for the Original Trilogy, sets of pajamas had many different themes, with nice bold artwork that had such a great 70s flair. Not only were the designs pleasing to children, but the pajamas were safety concious as well, being flame retardant.

Today’s auction is for a set of Darth Vader pajamas mint in the sealed bag. Pajamas are very hard to come by as they were often worn out, possibly used for rags or just plain thrown away after the child was too big to wear them. Pajamas often sell for a premium price in mint sealed conditions and are far and few between. Start your pajama collection today with these primo Vader sleeping duds by clicking on the link below!

Vader Pajamas Mint in Sealed Bag

 


 

New Ultra Jango Fett Found!
March 22, 2004 | 3:29 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Lester reports in with his latest find:

“I reside in North Charleston, SC and just wanted to pass on that I was able to pick-up the Ultra Series Jango Fett Kamino Confrontation figure this morning at my local Wal-mart.
Didn’t find the Obi-Wan Kenobi one. Apparently someone beat me to the peg aisle. But at least I was able to pick up something that’s new.”

I have yet to see the Ultra Jabba at any of my local stores, but I may have simply missed out. Looks like its time for another figure run everybody, Good Luck Hunting!

 


 

$6000 12-inch Figure
March 21, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Jason

I kid you not, I just wanted to give you an example of people who
live in Fantasy Land when it comes to figuring out the value of figures in todays market. A person has listed a 12-inch variation of a Han Solo, packaged in a Lando Calrissian box… Buy it now at the cheap price of $6,000… Here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2233628306&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1

I don’t know if this is a joke or not, but if it is a legitamate auction, I’m speechless. People… Most of the figure errors out
there are worth jack-squat. I think this all started with the original Boba Fett craze that a dot missing from a hand increased the value of the figure 100 fold.

I think it is about time that seasoned collectors set the record straight… if you have an error figure, it is actually worth LESS money. You got screwed over by Hasbro as the figure is incomplete because it is missing paint, missing weapons, or carded on an incorrect card… Period.

UPDATE:
Apparently, this person must be an avid reader of yakface.com, or he received many e-mails from our readers… since his counter jumped from 10 to 160… I’m betting on our smart readers. He has removed the buy it now of the ludicrous price of $6,000 and is now just a $9.99 auction with no bids. Shipping is now the cheap price of $16 for domestic shipping… Huh?

 


 

Animated Clone Wars Wave 3 and 4?
March 20, 2004 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

One of our Yakface Alumni just dropped the word that he’s heard we may see two more waves in Target’s line of exclusive animated Clone Wars figures. At this point there is no word on which figures are under consideration, or even when these might hit, and of course remember, rumors are just that until confirmed by Hasbro. It sure sounds interesting though.

 


 

Another Gentle Giant Sellout
March 20, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Mark

At the Wizard World Los Angeles there was an exclusive Clone Pilot Bust that had sold out by 10:30am this morning. This was limited to 2500 pieces and sold for $50.00, so if you are a collector of these, it looks like the only way to get one now is on the secondary market.

 


 

New DVD Packages
March 19, 2004 | 11:24 PM EST | Mark

If you are a Hyperspace member, you can now login and check out some very nice images and information about the DVD Packages.

 


 

Items Back In Stock
March 19, 2004 | 6:08 PM EST | Mark

Here are some items that came back in stock at Amazon.com. Most are with free shipping.
Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens
Hailfire Droid

 


 

New Footage On Original Trilogy DVD?
March 19, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Yep you read it right, despite the repeated statements we’ve all seen from Lucasfilm that the DVD will contain the Special Editiion version of the Original Trilogy films, it looks like the DVD may become by collectors as the Extra Special Edition after all. The Digital Bits is reporting that they have confirmed from 3 reliable sources that new footage is being added to the movies on the Original Trilogy DVD release, as well as deleted scenes silimar to the E1 and E2 DVD releases. Check out their full report here.

 


 

Want Your Opinion To Be Heard?
March 19, 2004 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark

That is what LEGO is asking.

Hop on over to their site and post your opinion on what the next Star Wars set should be.

Here is the list
Death star
Sand Crawler with Jawas and droids
Trade Federation Droid Control Ship
Ulitmate Collector Series Super Star destroyer
Stormtrooper/clonetrooper 5 packs
Expanded Universe
Clone trooper mini figures set
Naboo Royal Starship
Imperial Troopers Army (ten or more)
The Jango Fett Sculpture (35cm height) as seen in German department stores

 


 

Starwarsshop.com Update
March 19, 2004 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

The StarWarsShop.com updated their site yesterday. Here is the update posted.

Updated: March 18, 2004

Ensuring the security of our customers is our top priority, and the StarWarsShop.com team is hard at work making sure everything will be ready for the re-opening. At this time, we do not have a set date for the launch, but stay tuned to this space and starwars.com. We will announce our plans in advance, and provide you as much notice as possible.

The StarWarsShop.com team is trying to put plans in place to allow customers placing orders during our initial launch to be first in line for limited-quantity exclusives like the Green Clone Trooper Bust, Darth Vader Cinemacast, Adventure Kermit and others. Details will follow here and on starwars.com.

Thank you to all of our fans for their patience, encouragement, support and enthusiasm.

 


 

Galactic Rewards Chrome Fett
March 19, 2004 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

 

In 2003, Gentle Giant Ltd. teamed up with MBNA’s Galactic Rewards program to bring you an exclusive chrome version of the Darth Vader mini bust. Response was so tremendous that we’ve teamed up again to create this exclusive chrome version of another Star Wars icon – Jango Fett.

Click on the image for more information.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pepsi Bottle Caps from Japan
March 18, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Keri

From the Land of the Rising Sun, also known as Japan, collectors have been treated to many wonderful and unusual Star Wars items of which there is really no counterpart found in the US, which leads me to today’s auction for Episode II Pepsi Bottle Caps.

The Japanese bottle caps were first produced for Episode I with a large set for collectors to attempt to complete, including full figured characters, heads, as well as special mail-away prizes where the character had moveable arms. The set included many cool characters and even Original Trilogy favorites. The follow-up of Episode II Bottle Caps does not disappoint at all in its offerings of characters from the most recent film released.

Today’s featured auction is for a near complete set of Episode II Bottle Caps with some extras to get your Japanese Bottle Cap collection underway today!

Japanese Pepsi Bottle Caps Episode II

 


 

Upcoming Master Replicas Rebel Blaster
March 18, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Mark B

 


Well, this new item from Master Replicas won’t be available to order for just over another month, but we wanted to bring you a photo (found by Bothan Spies!), of the new Master Replicas Rebel Blaster – used to hold off Stormtroopers at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. It is going to be a limited edition of 2500 pieces and will retail for $449. This was an interesting find because Master Replicas announced they would be offering a Stormtrooper Blaster and Princess Leia blaster at Toy Fair, but they made no mention of this item. More details as they emerge!

 


 

Name for New Yoda Novel You Seek…
March 18, 2004 | 5:13 PM EST | Keri

 

As reorted by the official site and due for a scheduled release in December 2004, the newest paperback novel featuring our favorite green Jedi Master Yoda will be entitled Dark Rendezvous. This EU novel of Yoda’s mission to discover the truth behind a surprising peace offer from the Separatists is written by author Sean Stewart and looks to be another great novel to look forward to as we wait for Episode 3 to grace the silver screen.

 


 

Admiral Ozzel Coming to Memphis, TN
March 18, 2004 | 5:03 PM EST | Keri

For all our Tennesee readers, YakReader Tim writes in with this reminder:

“Michael Sheard who played Admiral Ozzel will be at MidsouthCon againt this year. March 26-28 in Memphis, TN. This is his 3rd straight year at this convention, he loves coming here and he is an incredible man to meet and very personable and easy to talk to.”

Check out the website www.midsouthcon.org for all the info about the show.

 


 

Tanus Spijek Findings
March 18, 2004 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri

A YakReader from Chicago writes in with this report regarding the elusive Elom:

“I ran across 4 of these today (all at Walmarts in the suburbs of Chicago), so people shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them at retail in the next few days/weeks.
Yes, I left 3 of them on the pegs for others to find.”

I myself was lucky enough to find one Tanus at my local scalper-infested Wal-Mart yesterday as well. Patience and perserverance will always pay off when hunting the latest and greatest figure.

 


 

Free Shipping @ Amazon.com
March 18, 2004 | 9:34 AM EST | Mark

Here are some items with FREE shipping, that are on sale. There are more deals there as well.
Multi Pack: Spider Droid $7.95
Unleashed Figure: Chewbacca $14.99
LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader (8010) $19.99
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike $7.95
Multi Pack: Droid 3-Pack $7.95
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Durge with Swoop Bike $7.95
Geonosian Star Fighter $21.99
Plus many many more items with free shipping.

 


 

Droids Fans, A Lost Grail Has Been Found
March 17, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has found something many dedicated droids fans never knew existed, and those who did have long wanted to read– the Script to the White Witch Droids episode. Check it out here.

 


 

Attention Boston Area Collectors
March 17, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just gotten word of a show in your area:

Sunday, March 21st, Harry’s Collectable Show will be held in South Attleboro, Mass.

Star Wars collectors would be thrilled with the large selection of both vintage and modern available. If you need it, you just might find it here. This show also features comic books, action figures (of all kinds), vintage toys, videos, promos, posters, die cast, model kits, and plenty of other “goodies” that you just might not find any place else.

Admission is only $3, or $2 with a flyer. Kids under 16 are free with paid adult admission. Show hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Sun. March 21st at the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Hall. 304 Highland Ave. (Rt. 123 ) South Attleboro, MA.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 17, 2004 | 5:47 PM EST | Keri

With all the excitement of the release of the Original Trilogy version 1.3 to DVD, (finally!) today’s Falcon Favorite recalls the same excitement fans all over the world felt when the Special Editions of the Trilogy were released into theaters once again. YakReader Mark D. shares his large display and the journey he took to make it whole once again.

“As a collector of SW displays I was very excited to finally aquire a special edition floor standee. When it arrived all the way from the other side of the U.S. I found that it was missing the “ARS” block letters and the guy I bought it from didn’t have them. He refunded my money and let me keep the display but what good was an incomplete display? For 3 years it sat in the box, unassembled, and I exhausted all my resourses to find the letters. Then one day, out of the blue, a buddy e-mailed me from another state and told me that his basement had flooded and that all of his displays were ruined. I asked him if he had this display, which he did, and asked him if he would sell me the missing letters. He shipped them to me free of charge and I now have a complete display. It is, by far, my favorite piece in my Star Wars collection.”

Friends are such an integral part of life, and even more so when in the most unexpected times we are rewarded with gifts of all kinds! Remember to send in your Falcon Favorite from your collection here and have it featured for collectors around the world to enjoy!

 


 

Are You A Completist That Collects MIB or MOC?
March 17, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark

If you would, I am looking for some specific things. If your collection is MIB and or MOC, please email me and I will let you know what is going on. Thank you.

 


 

URL Change
March 17, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Mark

Too all readers. I apologize for any troubles this may cause you. If you would, please reset your favorites and links to our site to www.yakface.com instead of collectibles.echostation.com. While the site still works with that URL, there are features of the site such as the poll that will not work, and as we move forward with our site and bring new features on board for you, we will need you to be at the correct URL.

Thank you and again we are sorry for the troubles.

 


 

Deluxe Ewok Glider
March 17, 2004 | 10:23 AM EST | Mark

Here we are with another awesome image for you. This one is provided by littleinthedoor, thank you for the image. He mentions that we should be seeing this in late April. We hope you like. To all, littleinthedoor, has asked that this image not be used elsewhere. Click on link to see full size.

 


 

Star Wars Miniatures….
March 17, 2004 | 8:23 AM EST | Mark

Over at Gamingreport.com, they have posted images of the new RPG Star Wars miniatures game from Wizards Of The Coast. Hop on over and check them out.

The games are:
Rebel Storm: Release Sep 2004, 60 figure set, From the Original trilogy.

Clone Strike: Nov 2004, 60 figure set, From the new movies.

There will also be a Starter Set, $19.99, 10 figs and Booster packs, $12.99, 7 figs.

Interesting bit: Putting miniatures in the hands of Star Wars fans:
Promo minis in Hasbro Action Figures, Lucas Arts releases, Official Star Wars Fan Club mailings… hmmm….

 


 

D&S Newsfeed
March 16, 2004 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

Clearance Price List UPDATED!

Star Trek Classic Set Wave 2
Star Trek Classic Enterprise 1701-A – Back in Stock

Unleashed Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca & Clone Trooper
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Sandtrooper Army 4-Pack- Back in Stock
Christmas Yoda – Back in Stock
Desert Skiff – Back in Stock

20th Anniversary Prime
Transformers Alternators Subaru & Many Energon Toys

Space 1999 Die-Cast Eagle One
Dr. Who 8″ 4th Doctor & K-9
Dr. Who 8″ Cyberman

G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Video
Micronauts Series 1- Back in.

Many older POTJ/POTF figures back in, Ishi Tibb, Pote, Ree-Yees, Mas
Ameda, Zuckess, etc
Pre-Orders for Star Destroyer Wave & Other SW Figures….

 


 

Clone Wars Coming to FCBD!
March 16, 2004 | 8:04 PM EST | Mark B

Over the past couple of years Diamond Comics has sponsored a day each year that is called “Free Comic Book Day” (FCBD). On this day, all participating Comic Book stores offer an assortment of comic books that are (you guessed it) FREE! Since Dark Horse comics is one of the sponsors, this year we will be seeing a Clone Wars comic on FCBD. More details are to come, but be on the lookout for your local stores advertising this over the next couple of months. This year FCBD is on Saturday, July 3. (Make nice to one of your local comic book guys and they might just save you one of these!).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage TI Watch
March 16, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri

You may find yourself asking what is a vintage TI watch? Well, TI is the abbreviation of Texas Instruments, and the watches they made for the original trilogy are some of my personal favorites.

Today’s auction is for a complete mint watch produced in 1977 shortly after the film’s release. It includes not only a super cool LED digital watch, but a sheet of stickers that could be used to change the look of the face, which are usually missing from most watches.

Click on through to the link below to start your watch collection today with this nice minty example and tell time 70s style!

1977 Star Wars Texas Instruments Digital Watch

 


 

Tanus Spijek Missing at Amazon
March 16, 2004 | 12:17 PM EST | Keri

EDITORS NOTE**: I have noticed before that when you select the option to be notified by email as to when the item will be in-stock, they will send these emails out after your email has been in the database for a while and they have not received. I have received these emails before only to have them show up in stock within two weeks.

YakReader JediCougar writes in with this latest report from Amazon:

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about,
Star Wars 3.75″ Basic Figure: Jabba’s Sail Barge –
Tanus Spijek, 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.”

At only 1 per case, looks like Tanus may be a tough find at stores, hopefully there will be other options at online stores, rather than having to deal with slimy scalpers elsewhere. Good Luck Hunting everyone!

 


 

Red Leader X-Wing In The Hanger
March 15, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott just wrote in to let us know that:

“Just noticed Amazon has listed the Red Leader X-Wing as “usually ships in two to three days”. I find that their exclusives typically become available at retail the same week as they become available online.” Good Hunting!

 


 

Martha Stewart, Bankruptcy.. It Doesn’t Matter…
March 15, 2004 | 7:04 PM EST | Mark

Amid all the problems that the K-Mart Corporation has having, our sources inside Hasbro have confirmed that the Cantina 3-pack featured in our QNA will be a K-Mart Exclusive this summer with another to follow in Fall or Winter.

 


 

Shuttle On Sale Today Only
March 15, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to Val Da Car for this tip. Over at KBToys.com the sale of the day is the Imperial Shuttle marked down to $59.99.

 


 

New Poll, Please Take Note
March 14, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark

Please take a moment to use the new poll in the right hand column. We want to know what you think of the new Cantina 3-pack w/ Kitik that is pictured in ourQNA. You will need Flash 5.0 installed to use it. Please let me know if you have any problems. Thank you for your time.

 


 

The Archives Are Open
March 14, 2004 | 11:40 AM EST | Bill

Fan’s of Artoosnews visual guides will be thrilled to learn that they were not lost when the droids went off-line. There’s a new visual guides site named The Jedi Temple Archives which has transported over all of Artoos guides. Check them out here.

 


 

Shop Star Wars.Com Update
March 14, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the new official Star Wars Shop is working hard to keep customers happy. Yak Reader PCS send us this:

“I was one of the people who got an early order in on Wednesday morning to StarWarsShop.com. I ordered the Exclusive Clone Trooper bust and was quite disappointed to hear from the folks that my order was cancelled… considering I got up at 5:00 a.m. to begin checking to see if the site was live. I e-mailed their customer service department about the situation, asking them if people who had ordered exclusives would get any priority when it came time to re-order. Here is what I received back via e-mail:

“Dear Customer,
We understand your concern regarding priority on orders of limited
quantity items such as the green trooper bust, vader cinemacast, etc. We
are attempting to come up with a solution that will allow those who
purchased such items on March 10 to retain their priority. We will update
you on our progress shortly.”

Sincerely,
Customer Service
StarWarsShop.com

I hope everyone who got up very early in the morning like I did to get an order in will be persistent in demanding priority in the re-order process.”

 


 

There’s Silver In Them There TRU Stores
March 14, 2004 | 11:35 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve sent in this report:

“Just a quick note, I stop’d by my local TRU and found not 1 but 4 silver clone troopers on the pegs, they rang up $4.99 each. Found em at Joliet TRU.”

Judging from how many Ebay sellers claim to have the Silver Clones in hand, it looks like a number of stores may have gotten them in. Have patience if they aren’t at your store yet, they will be.

 


 

QNA Time And Boy Do We Have Something For YOU!
March 14, 2004 | 12:53 AM EST | Mark

Well John has stopped in and dropped off another QNA for your reading pleasure. Even if you have never stopped in to read the QNA, you will WANT TO this time. I will give you a hint. The Visual QNA is back… hint… Kitik…. hmmm…..

 


 

Off Topic: Pre-Order Return Of The King!
March 12, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order the Return of the King DVD for $17.97, this is 40% off and is eligible for FREE shipping. This is due out May 25th.

 


 

Sale @ Amazon
March 12, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Mark

The Deluxe figs are on sale right now over at amazon.. 34% off. They are now.. $7.95 each.
Spider Droid
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Durge with Swoop Bike
Multi Pack: Droid 3-Pack

Unleashed back in stock…
Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper
Unleashed Figure: Luke Skywalker X-Wing
Unleashed Figure: Chewbacca

 


 

Q&A in progress – Q’s needed
March 11, 2004 | 11:57 PM EST | Muse

I am currently working on the next Q&A and hope to have it up over the weekend. If you have a question, please send it in here .

It’s shaping up to be a good read so please contribute!

 


 

Star Wars Shop.com Update
March 11, 2004 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Everyone who placed orders with Star Wars Shop.com is receiving a call to confirm the information we posted from their webpage this morning. In addition we were able to get a little more information from the caller. They expect the site to be back up in as short a time as two days, or as long as a week, depending on how long it takes to resovle the issue. Also they are aware of the confusion surrounding the initial opening date/time with the lack of an announced time for the virtual doors to open. When we get emails about the reopening, a time should be included.

 


 

Possible Episode 3 Title? 
March 11, 2004 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri

No Not Really! This is just some fun with Photoshop sent in by YakReader Abel for a quick smile and chuckle! Enjoy!

 


 

Star Wars Shop.Com Update
March 11, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Most fans now know that the Star Wars Shop was open for a few hours before closing because of technical issues. The following was posted on their page this morning. In short, the good news is if you ordered before they went down, you’ll get the Jedi patches and a free $50.00 gift certificate, the bad news it anything you ordered was canceled and you will have to reorder when they reopen:

Message to Star Wars Fans and StarWarsShop.Com Customers
Shortly after our new StarWarsShop.com opened Wednesday morning March 10, we received emails from several customers indicating that some transactional information on individuals’ orders had been transmitted to others. We immediately shut down the shop, because security of information on orders sent by our fans is our top priority.

Our eCommerce partner, Analysts International, has assured us that no one’s personal credit card information was compromised.

We are very sorry–and surprised–that this problem occurred. We are working closely with Analysts International, which is responsible for handling the transactions on the site, to find out how this could have happened. We won’t reopen StarWarsShop.com until we are certain that this issue has been resolved.

As a result of the situation, we will not be processing any of the transactions placed Wednesday morning. You will need to place your order again when the shop reopens. All customers who placed an order before the site was taken down will be mailed a free set of Jedi movie patches and a $50 gift certificate to use for Star Wars merchandise on the site. We will give the entire Star Wars community sufficient notice before we relaunch the site.

Again, we apologize for the current situation and promise to keep you updated. We know that Star Wars fans want–and deserve–the very best, and we will continue to strive to ensure that our high standards are met

 


 

Endor Wave!!! 
March 10, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Joseph

Ebay seller mimidog4428 has posted some carded shots of the Endor Wave up on Ebay. General Han Solo in AT-ST disguise, General Crix Madine and General Lando Calrissian make up this wave of 3 figures. These figures should hit the pegs in the next several weeks.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 10, 2004 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite from YakReader Steve is not only a great item, but has a wonderfully written story to go along with it, making it a very special submission.

“Most would consider the story to go with my favorite item as “EU,” but I’m hopeful that Mr. Lucas will soon be adding it to the official canon…

As we all know, Luke & the rebels blew up the first Death Star and sent Vader spinning off into space. What most people haven’t heard is that the Emperor was extremely ticked off at the loss of DS-1 and vented his anger by making an example out of everyone’s favorite Sith Lord.

The Empire had a huge deficit (Palpatine being a “tax and spend” liberal), so Darth Vader was forced to go out and raise funds for the second Death Star by traveling around the universe to shakedown the local populations. Adding insult to injury, Vader was stuck with a couple of smelly jawas (accountants, apparently) for company.

One of their stops was Bonanza Motors in Burley, Idaho! The upcoming visit was frequently advertised on the radio, so with a little begging and whining, my parents consented to take me. I would’ve been about four years old, and seeing Darth Vader “live and in person” made a lasting impression. I left the car dealership the proud owner of the picture that has been a treasured possession ever since.”

Thanks for sharing the great picture and story with us Steve, evoking all of those good warm and fuzzy childhood memories we all have.
Remember to send in your favorite item from your collection here to share with fans around the world!

 


 

Bossk Bust Coming
March 10, 2004 | 4:54 PM EST | Mark B

 


While this new bust from Gentle Giant was shown at Toy Fair in NY earlier, it has now been “officially” announced on the Star Wars website. Bossk is set to come out July 28 and will be a limited edition of 5000 pieces.

 


 

StarWarsShop.Com Opens Today
March 10, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

Although we don’t know what time, we do know that the new “Official” on-line Star Wars Store will open its virtual doors sometime today. Check it out here.

UPDATE** – The Shop has closed down temporarily until some technical issues have been worked out. They hope to be back up soon.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Ephant Mon
March 9, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

I know I have been featuring a lot of custom items for auction on Ebay, but I am continually blown away by the workmanship on these great fan-made creations!

Today’s auction is truly exceptional if you are looking to put together a 12″ Jabba’s Palace diorama, or are a big fan of the background alien creatures in general. This Ephant Mon is a direct counterpart to the 3 3/4″ Hasbro fan-choice figure. I cannot begin to describe the exacting details and the incredible amount of time and effort that were obviously put in on this 12″ scale custom. I will let the pictures in the auction describe what my words fail to capture.

Star Wars Custom 12″ Ephant Mon

 


 

There Is Another Silver Figure
March 9, 2004 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Even before most fans get their Silver Clone Troopers, it looks like we have another Silver Figure to look forward to this summer, with convention season. This time, a silver Sandtrooper. Mint In Box.net has posted an image of a photomontage creating a Silver Sandtrooper card. Check it out here.

 


 

Looking To Add Some Prints Or Lithograph To Your Collection?
March 9, 2004 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

One of The Official Site’s latest updates centers on more of the product we can look for at the new on-line store. Ralph McQuarrie Lithos, Theater Promotion packs from Empire,and even original Jedi posters are among the goodies we can look forward to at The Star Wars Shop.com.

 


 

Attention San Jose CA Readers
March 8, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mikk sent in this report from the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club:

“I thought that your San Jose area readers might be interested in knowing that after a long absence the San Jose Super Toy Show is returning to the South Bay. Totally revamped with a new location & new vendors it should be better than ever.

The San Jose Super Toy Show will be held in Gateway Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this Saturday, March 13th from 11am – 4pm for general admission & 9am – 11am for early birds. Admission will be $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12, & $15 for early birds. For more information on the show people should check out here.”

 


 

X-Wing Red Leader Photos
March 8, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

We have updated our 2004 Product Guide with lots of photos of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Red Leader X-Wing. You can check out all the new pics here.These photos are Miatoys auction on Ebay.

 


 

Pre-Order Wave 8
March 8, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order the Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8 from Entertainment Earth for $64.99 for the case.

 


 

Are You A Fan? Are You A Member?? Changes Coming
March 8, 2004 | 9:18 PM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Star Wars Fan Club! there is a posting up about changes…

Dear Star Wars Fan Club Member:

There are some exciting changes in the works for the Official Star Wars Fan Club! We’re not quite ready to reveal all of the details just yet, but keep an eye on www.starwars.com in the coming weeks for the full details.

In the meantime, we’ve put a temporary hold on accepting new memberships or subscriptions. All renewals and new subscriptions received before March 8, 2004 will be processed as usual. Orders received by mail after March 8 will be held until the changes are announced.

Star Wars Insider will continue to be published – we recently shipped Insider 75 (May) to the printer, and we’re hard at work on Insider 76 (June/July). Current Fan Club members will continue to receive their subscriptions. Also, we’re pleased to announce that the new 2004 membership kit will be shipped to all current members in March.

We think that you will be excited about the new direction for the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to answer any queries about this until announcements are made on starwars.com.

Thank you for your continued support!

Lisa Stevens
President, The Official Star Wars Fan Club

 


 

Rappertunie
March 8, 2004 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock…
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Parts and Pieces
March 8, 2004 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

I really enjoy viewing custom works that other fans have created and I myself have dabbled in very small custom projects. If you have read about customizing and are full of ideas, a little low on cash and short on spare parts then today’s auction on Ebay is made for you!

Today’s featured auction has a large variety of many different figure parts as well as supplies to get your own custom projects well under way. The auction includes heads, arms and legs already popped off the figures, sculpey clay to mold your own accents, and even paint to finish off your creations to perfection! Click on through below to pick up this great deal and get to work making all the figures not yet produced!

Huge Lot of Parts and Supplies for Custom Figures

 


 

Target Glasses Update
March 8, 2004 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting lots of questions about the Target Exclusive Star Wars Glasses, and I’ve witnessed the confusion from Target staffers regarding this exclusive first hand. Since the most common questions will help many of our readers, we’re posting the answers here.

First, according to Target, the glass/figure sets are supposed to be on the toy aisle (not in housewares as some employees believe before they look up the DPCI)

Second, the DPCI number is 087-06-0937, with a price of $9.99.

The current wave which is out in stores has two different items, the Obi Wan/A New Hope figure and glass, and the Darth Maul/Episode 1 set. We have 3 more (Luke Snow Speeder/Empire; Slave Leia/Jedi; and Hanger Anakin/Clones) which have been confirmed as “wave 1” which certainly makes it sound like more may be on the way.

Good Hunting.

 


 

Bespin Figure Wave Surprises
March 8, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the 3 new figures for the Bespin wave— Leia in Bespin Gown, Lobot (thankfully non-buff), and Cloud Car Pilot are even better sculpted than they initially appeared. The team over at Galactic Hunter has posted detailed images of the wave, and here’s the surprise— the Cloud Car pilot appears to be coming with a removable helmet. Check them out here.

 


 

Sorry For The Delay In News
March 8, 2004 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

We Have been going through some upgrades on the servers. Everything should be back to normal. Please send in your questions for the next QNA…

 


 

New Items At Amazon.com
March 5, 2004 | 10:53 PM EST | Mark

Here are some new things that have shown up in the search…
Anakin’s Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Action Fleet: Solar Sailer

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Lifesize C-3PO Prop 
March 5, 2004 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

Continuing the theme of life-size props, I bring to you an auction today for a fully liscened C-3PO Prop made by Don Post.

This Replica is amazing in person and has such wonderful details that really make you feel as if old Goldenrod is standing right next to you, with his eyes lit.

Again, if you have the money and space in your collection for this item, I would highly recommend it!

Star Wars Don Post C-3PO Lifesize Statue Prop Replica

 


 

Vote Now, Time Is Short
March 5, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s current figure re-release poll ends at noon today. If you haven’t cast your vote go to Hasbro’s webpage and vote now. Currently it looks like the buff Scanning Trooper is in the lead.

 


 

New Photos of Clone Wars Yoda
March 4, 2004 | 8:29 PM EST | Mark B

 


I found this “official” photo today of the upcoming Clone Wars Yoda Maquette that is coming from Gentle Giant. Larger versions are available from Marz Distribution (a wholesaler to retailers – consumers cannot order from their site). This item is due to be released in the August timeframe (look for comic book shops to start taking preorders for these in the next couple of months).

 


 

Target Star Wars Glass Exclusive Update
March 4, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this report:

“I found them today at a Super Target in TN. I’d like to add:
1. 4 per case; 2 Obis, 2 Mauls. 2. No space on the shelves for them yet, not even a sticker. I had the stocker scan the stock # for it, and he said they had a location for them in the stockroom. So they brought them on out to me.”

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Life Size Speeder Bike Prop
March 4, 2004 | 12:02 PM EST | Keri

If you ever wanted your own life-sized Speeder Bike, here is your chance to get one today! The auction featured is for a very well-built and highly detailed Speeder Bike Prop Replica that will seat one adult ( hopefully one dressed as a Biker Scout!)

This is a truly amazing item constructed out of fiberglass by fans, with a great weathered paint job. The bike is huge and I’m sure needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. If you have the room in your collection, this is definetly a one of a kind prop that will make heads turn.

Click on the link below to take a look at this masterpiece!

Speeder Bike Life Size Prop Replica

 


 

Desperate For A Taste Of E3
March 3, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

The new Boba Fett young reader book published by Scholastic, titled A New Threat, might help to fill your Star Wars needs, at least for a short while. The new Boba Fett book introduces the new villan (sorry no spoilers) from Episode 3, which we’ve been reading about on the The Official Site for quite some time.Check out the full story here.

 


 

Back In Stock
March 3, 2004 | 5:55 PM EST | Mark

These are back in stock if you need them.
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 3, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader Charlie is a nice prop from Episode I which holds special meaning and looks great framed on the wall too!


“Q-Tip: this isn’t just any ordinary Q-tip, this is an actual prop from a Star Wars movie! More precisely, from the pod race scene in The Phantom Menace. When the pod racers are zipping around the stadium, all of those little specks that make up the spectators are actually different colored Q-tips. Why they didn’t use computer animation, I couldn’t tell you. Maybe some interns needed something to do. Lorne Peterson (ILM Special Effects) was giving a talk at the Field Museum in Chicago back when the Magic of Myth exhibit was touring the country. I got to go with my Dad as part of a special invite only night. I was fascinated to hear Lorne talk about the various special effects he has worked on, and afterwards, I went to ask him a question and get his autograph. As I was talking to him, an assistant came up and handed him a little baggie with these Q-tips in it. He said, “oh yeah, here’s an actual prop from The Phantom Menace.” He told me I could have one if I wanted one. Of course I did! It also had that white label on it. On the other side of the label is Lorne’s autograph. While it may not be the coolest prop out there, and I know others have some pretty incredible props, it’s the only Star Wars prop I’ll ever own so I think it’s pretty cool.”

I want to thank everyone for all their unique submissions and for the success of this weekly feature. I have many wonderful items to showcase in the upcoming weeks and will post every picture and story that I receive in email here.

 


 

Clearance at TRU
March 3, 2004 | 4:02 PM EST | Mark B

Still looking for the Toys R Us Exclusive 12″ Luke Skywalker with Taun Taun or12″ Leia as Boushh and Carbonite Block? Both are on clearance over at Toys R Us online.

There are some pretty good deals on other 12″ Star Wars as well as Harry Potter and Hulk action figures as well.

 


 

Mini Lightsabers Starting to Arrive
March 3, 2004 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark B

 


I’ve heard from a few friends that are starting to receive their Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi Mini Lightsabers from Master Replicas. Turns out these are about the length of an adult hand and seem tiny compared to the full size sabers, but still an INCREDIBLE piece for only $35! Head on over to Master Replicas and pick up one of these (or the set of 3 – Luke, Obi, and Mace) today, you won’t be sorry you added these to your collection.

 


 

Cheers…The Glasses Are Out
March 2, 2004 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Star Wars glasses are available again in the style of those at Burger King when the Original Trilogy was released. This time they are at Target, the price is around $10.00. Thanks to all the Yak Readers who’ve written in. Good Hunting.

 


 

Closer to Geonosis or Kamino?
March 2, 2004 | 6:45 PM EST | Mark B

Slightly off topic here, but definitely newsworthy. NASA announced today that the Opportunity Mars Rover has found VERY strong evidence of the Martian surface having been covered with water at some time in the past. Using the same methods geologists would have used on Earth, the scientists has concluded that Mars once had flowing water, which would be the first indication that Mars could have supported life at some time in the past. A very exciting day for those of us interested in space! Findings like this bring us one step closer to the worlds envisioned by George Lucas in the Star Wars movies.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Taco Bell Store Display
March 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

After seeing the different DVD packaging designs for the upcoming release of versions 1.3 of the Trilogy, I found this nice Special Edition display item on Ebay from good old Taco Bell!

Back in 1997, the Special Editions of the Trilogy were “Back on the Big Screen” allowing some for the first time to see the films on a format other than VHS on TV at home. Although for purists, the films were not we had hoped for, it was still nice to see them in theaters again. Along with the films came a marketing blitz, including fast food resteraunts, one of which was Taco Bell. The stores were adorned with large vinyl signs as well as nice hanging displays for contests and of course for the Kid’s Meals with great decorative boxes and an awesome toy inside.

At one time, these store display items were fetching prices that were to say the least not cheap. However, these colorful displays can be found on Ebay with regularity for very reasonable prices, like the auction featured today. Click on through below to start decorating your house with this great store display!

Star Wars Taco Bell R2-D2 Hanging Store Display

 


 

Star Wars Items from New Zealand
March 1, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri

As many of the LOTR Oscar Winners last night hailed from New Zealand, there is a wonderful website www.Star-Wars.co.nz featuring news as well as great photos and descriptions of Star Wars items only offered in New Zealand. There are some interesting ROTJ Corn Flakes stickers and trading cards from Episodes I & II, and some great obscure miscellanious items which you can check out here.

 


 

Congrats Peter Jackson!
March 1, 2004 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B

While our focus here is on the Star Wars series, I cannot help but send out congratulations to Peter Jackson and everyone that was involved in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Last night they won a very well deserved 11 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. The Best Picture award was the first time a fantasy film has ever won in that category. The 11 awards tied both Ben Hur and Titanic for the most wins. LOTR won in all 11 categories it was nominated. My hat’s off to Peter Jackson and crew for taking a huge chance in bringing one of the most beloved series of books to life and doing so in a way that won these well deserved Oscars. For more on their wins and the “official-unofficial” party, be sure to check out The One Ring.net

February 2004 Archive

KBToys Sale
February 25, 2004 | 12:58 PM EST | Mark

Here are some cool items on sale over at KBtoys.com

Lego Hailfire Droid $29.99
LEGO T-16 Skyhopper $7.99
Plus more….

 


 

New Brian’s Toys @ Amazon
February 25, 2004 | 12:53 PM EST | Mark

Here are some new (OLD) items he is selling at Amazon.com
Star Wars Mail-In Figures Set of 3 (Han Stormtrooper, Mace Windu, and Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Vintage Romba (the Ewok) Mint in Original Package
4 Sealed Kenner Baggie Items from 1982-1983 – 4-LOM includes his white mailer box, B-Wing Pilot, Salacious Crumb, and Pipe and Bowl Accessory Set from Jabba’s playset 1983 sealed
Sy Snootles and Max Rebo Band from 1983

Also if you feel lucky, there are one each of these…
Wat Tambor
Han Solo – A New Hope

 


 

Fan’s Choice Figure Poll #6 Update
February 24, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

It seems Hasbro has heard that fans weren’t overjoyed with the original choices for fan’s choice poll 6, they have added a figure that many fans will be happy to see as an option– the Imperial Scanning Trooper from the Milennium Falcon figure case from very early in the POTF2 line which many fans still need in their collections. Click here for the revised poll.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2004 
February 24, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Keri

The Official site has posted dates starting May 14th and events planned for the 2004 Star Wars Weekends held at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. Looks like to be some fun activities for the entire family, and while you are there you can visit the Tattooine Trader gift shop and pick up some toys, pics etc. You can read the entire story and find all the necessary info here.

 


 

Master Replicas Pricing News
February 24, 2004 | 4:50 PM EST | Keri

This latest news regarding Master Replicas and their wish to install a new discount pricing policy was sent in by YakReader Tom:

“Well, I just got an E-Mail from someone I am dealing with on Ebay for Master Replicas items. It seems as though MR is trying to put a stop to discount selling of their items by merchants who have deals to purchase and sell MR merchandise. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

Master Replicas has informed all authorized retailers that they are doing a price demand on it’s retailers. In other words if Authorized Retailers want to continue selling master replicas products we will no longer be able to advertise large discounts on line.

I’ve read a lot of things that are not so complimetary about MR recently, and I think this can probably be added to the list. Honestly, although I think this is bad news and very unfortunate, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve got a lot of MR items in my collection, but I’ve yet to buy from them directly. Now my concern is that the prices are really going to go up from MR. If the items can no longer be sold at a discount, what’s really to stop them (aside from common sense). Let’s hope common sense prevails.”

Indeed, it is also my hope common sense will prevail. I personally have bought everyone of my MR items from the secondary market, through a third party source, namely Amazon.com or KBtoys.com at a marked down price. Hopefully, MR will not take away the ability to buy their props at discounted, more reasonable prices through other retailers. We will continue to follow this story with great interest.

 


 

Newest Wave of Unleashed at Toymaniacs.com
February 24, 2004 | 11:54 AM EST | Jason

Currently in stock, Chewbacca, Clontrooper, and Luke X-wing
for $15.99 at toymaniacs.com

I also wanted to comment on Hasbro’s newest poll, it BLOWS.
You can pretty much get any of the figures on the poll off of
Ebay for Retail/on-line prices still. Ephant mon which everyone
has been asking for is for some reason unavailable.

I hope with the absence of a lot of new product at Toy Fair,
and lame repacks lately, that this does not mean 2004 will be
a disappointing year. Come on Hasbro, you can do better than
this.

 


 

ArtoosNews Rolls Into The Sunset
February 24, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

The Team At Artoosnews has decided to end their 5 year run tonight at midnight. It has been great to have Artoo and his team as part of the Star Wars Universe. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Pre-Orders
February 23, 2004 | 11:13 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of upcoming TRU Exclusives that you can pre-order now…

Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures
Jedi Council Scene I
Darth Vaders Tie Fighter

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage ESB Carded Figures
February 23, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Keri

Following up the last edition of Bounty Hunting, today I have chosen some of the most famous and endearing characters that were brought to us by the greatest film ( in My opinion ) of the entire 5 Star Wars films.

ESB provided not only a shocking revelation about the Skywalker family, but introduced our much beloved Jedi Master Yoda and of course the Bounty Hunters, including the baddest of all Boba Fett. The Kenner figures were also exceptional, capturing the likenesses of all the new creatures very well at that time.

Like the auctions before, these are all non-graded figures, yet are still entirely presentable and make a super eye-catching display. These auctions feature figures that are somewhat affordable, and reasonably priced especially when compared to the AFA graded figures inflated prices on today’s market. As with the other carded figures before, the backs and fronts changed with different offers and more characters added. Later cards displayed a Revenge of the Jedi sticker promoting the new secret Admiral Ackbar figure. While these are not rare, they do make an interesting addition to a carded collection. Click on through to the links below to start or add to your carded ESB collection today!

ESB Carded Yoda Orange Snake

ESB Carded Bossk

ESB Carded IG-88 with Revenge Sticker

 


 

Fan’s Choice Poll For Fall Reissue
February 23, 2004 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

The latest fan’s choice poll is up at Hasbro, and while many would like to have seen a poll with a choice among figures that didn’t make it on previous polls, this one asks fans to choose a previously released figure for recarding. The contenders are R2 with holographic Leia; Admiral Motti; Ree-Yees; Death Star Trooper; Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise (from 2001 Trash Compactor Scene Pack).

 


 

Another Rumor Proves True
February 22, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

Yep, spoiler mongers this one has been officially confirmed to be in E3. TheOfficial Site’s Hyperspace section has just confirmed that… Well we do remain spoiler free here on Yakface.com, so you’ll have to check out the Freedom’s Architect article in the Hyperspace section. Although we’ll give you a hint– she has bright red hair and it isn’t Mara Jade. Check it out here.

 


 

Clone Wars Postcards Announced
February 22, 2004 | 2:55 PM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Star Wars site, they have news of the new set of postcards from the Clone Wars Animated series, there will be six total. Click on over to read it and see the other images.

 


 

Clones Wars Dates And Times Announced
February 22, 2004 | 2:51 PM EST | Mark

Here is the official EST dates and times for the US.

Friday, March 26, at 8:00pm: Chapters 1-5
Friday, March 26, at 9:00pm: Chapters 6-10
Friday, March 26, at 9:30pm: Chapter 11
Monday, March 29, at 8:00pm: Chapter 12
Tuesday, March 30, at 8:00pm: Chapter 13
Wednesday, March 31, at 8:00pm: Chapter 14
Thursday, April 1, at 8:00pm: Chapter 15
Friday. April 2, at 8 8:00pm: Chapter 16
Monday, April 5, at 8:00pm: Chapter 17
Tuesday, April 6, at 8:00pm: Chapter 18
Wednesday, April 7, at 8:00pm: Chapter 19
Thursday, April 8, at 8:00pm: Chapter 20
Friday, April 9, at 8:00pm: Chapters 11-15
Friday, April 9, at 9:00pm: Chapters 16-20
Saturday, April 10 at 9:00pm: Chapters 1-5
Saturday, April 10 at 10:00pm: Chapters 6-10
Saturday, April 10 at 11:00pm: Chapters 11-15
Saturday, April 10 at 12:00am: Chapters 16-20

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage 12 Back Carded Figures
February 20, 2004 | 5:56 PM EST | Keri

I am intrigued to say the least with the “retro” packaging and styling that Hasbro will be offering collectors in the upcoming year to coincide with the release of the Original Trilogy Version 1.3 on DVD this fall. This led me to where it all started back in 1978 with Kenner and the Original 12 Back Carded action figures.

I’m not going to rehash ancient history regarding the Kenner figures or go into the different variations of the 12 backs themselves, as there are various websites and books with enough information to fill a room. However, I will feature some reasonably priced auctions for some carded 12 back figures for you to view today. If you are looking for a somewhat affordable way to add one of these carded figures to your collection then the auctions spotlighted today will help you to do just that!

The auctions I have chosen are for non-graded figures that are not in mint condition, yet are still very presentable for display purposes. Vintage carded figures really are gaining even more popularity, therefore the prices have continued to soar, especially for AFA Graded figures which fetch prices in the outer stratosphere. The 12 back auctions below are the original companions to the new figures unveiled at Toy Fair this week.

Vintage 12 Back Luke Skywalker

Vintage 12 Back Han Solo

Vintage 12 Back Leia Organa

 


 

Falcon Favorite Follow-Up
February 20, 2004 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

If you remember the Falcon Favorite from a few weeks ago sent in by YakReader Jordan of his styrofoam stump from ROTJ’s Ewok Forest found in a dumpster, Jordan sent in a picture of it for everyone to enjoy. This is a really cool prop item and the stuffed Kenner Wicket on top is a nice touch!

 


 

Go Get ‘Em!
February 20, 2004 | 9:50 AM EST | Mark B

The .45 scale lightsabers are now available for everyone to order over at Master Replicas. At only $35 each, these are sure to be gone quickly!! (Order the set of 3 for $105 and get the free tiered display case for a limited time!).

 


 

New Episode III Villain
February 20, 2004 | 9:46 AM EST | Mark B

SPOILER WARNING!!! – While I won’t post the spoiler here, Star Wars.com has an article (along with picture) of the new villain from Star Wars Episode III. This new enemy will actually make his debut (in the same way Boba Fett did), in the finale of the Clone Wars cartoon series which is set to air on April 8. Head on over to Star Wars.com for the full story.

 


 

You Like To Trade Cards???
February 20, 2004 | 7:46 AM EST | Mark

Well Topps is the king of Trading Cards and they have just announced that a new series is due in April 2004. Stop in and check it out.

The Clone Wars…

 


 

Code 3 X-Wing
February 20, 2004 | 7:41 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Entertainment Earth is the Code 3 X-Wing fighter.

This 1:38 scale replica of Luke Skywalker’s X-wing Starfighter is a precision piece of die cast metal. Each detail was hand sculpted to capture each feature of this unique vessel. Measures 13 inches x 11.5 inches. Limited Edition to only 10,000 pieces worldwide!

 


 

New Wave Back In Stock
February 20, 2004 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

New wave of figures back in stock if you still need them… New price point as well.

Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Simpsons Homer Fett
February 19, 2004 | 5:38 PM EST | Keri

I personally enjoy looking at one of a kind custom creations made by some very talented fans, and from time to time there is always one creation which leaps out at me, which is the auction featured today.

The Simpsons has a large fan following, with many episodes that have connections to Star Wars – such as the familiar phrase “You bent my Wookie!” So it is no surprise that Simpsons fans began making their favorite characters like Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Marge to resemble Star Wars characters.

Today’s example is a nicely detailed, painted and sculpted Homer as Boba Fett, or Homer Fett if you like, complete with Duff Beer Can accessory. The quality and workmanship is very nice on this particular custom, and if you are a huge Boba Fett fan, no collection would be complete without this great custom Homer Fett with firing rocket pack!

Star Wars Simpsons Custom Boba Homer Fett

 


 

.45 Scale Replicas Now Available
February 19, 2004 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas now has the .45 Scale Lightsaber Replicas to order (if you are collectors society member). Order all three and get this cool 3 tiered display stand to go with them for free. Each one is only $35, so this is a great way to get started collecting Master Replicas items! Quantities are limited on each (although the website does not say HOW limited).

Again, Collectors Society Members can order today (Thursday Feb 19), everyone else can order starting tomorrow (Friday, Feb 20).

 


 

Insider News
February 19, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark

Sent in from Yak Reader Tom:

“Just got the new Insider, in the ToyBox article they mention a cool feature; The Captain Antilles head can be lifted (stretched) as if he was being choked by Vader. Cool feature!

Also mentioned was the next wave of unleashed that we have read about.. Bossk, Tusken Raider, and A Secura”

Thanks Tom.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
February 18, 2004 | 8:55 PM EST | Keri

As we all enjoy the latest pictures and news rolling in from Toy Fair in New York, picking and choosing what we will eagerly await and purchase, such as the Gentle Giant Armory mini helmet collection, providing a continuation of the short Riddell line. Thanks to YakReader Philip from Seattle, WA this week’s Falcon Favorite is a C-3PO Riddell mini helmet with a surprising twist!

“My Favorite piece in my entire collection is my autographed Riddell
Mini C-3PO Head, mostly because it’s not autographed by Anthony Daniels.
It was a gift from a friend who was working at a radio station in
Chicago when the original trilogy was re-released in the mid-90s. Peter Mayhew came into the station to talk about the films and he brought a big box of Star Wars swag to hand out. My friend grabbed the C-3PO head and asked Peter Mayhew to sign it. Mayhew reminded him that he played Chewbacca but my friend, not a Star Wars fanatic, said it didn’t matter.
And it doesn’t, at least not to me. In fact, I like it even more
because it has Mayhew’s signature. It even makes sense in an Empire Strikes Back context . . . sort of . . . maybe.”

Of course it makes sense, and it makes it a truly special and unique item that I am always looking to feature here every week. If you would like to see your item in an upcoming Falcon Favorite, shoot an email in my direction here.

 


 

Free Figure From Amazon /TRU Update
February 18, 2004 | 11:10 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Amazon.com and check out the offer.

For a limited time, when you spend $14.99 or more on Star Wars 12-inch figures, basic figures, or vehicles, you can get one of the 3.75-inch action figures listed below for free. Add $14.99 or more of qualifying Star Wars toys and one of the action figures listed below to your Shopping Cart and then enter promotional code STRWAR375AFG at checkout. (The price of the free action figure does not count toward the $14.99 purchase total.) While supplies last. Offer expires on February 29, 2004.

Free figures now include…
Hoth Evacuation R-3PO
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq
UPDATE ** Added the Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper as well

 


 

Medal of Yavin Available Again
February 18, 2004 | 10:10 AM EST | Mark B

This item looked like it had sold out in just about 1 week. However, Master Replicas must have miscounted their orders. Yesterday this item was listed as “SOLD OUT” on their website, it is now showing again as available for order. Hurry on over if you want to pick one of these up, I would imagine that they really only have a few of this limited item available. At under $100, this is a great way to start a prop collection! Check out Master Replicas today!

 


 

The Sandcrawler… Finally?
February 18, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

Pete’s team over at The Private Universe is reporting that the Sandcrawler is being offered to English retailers for pre-order. Hopefully this means that a US retailer has picked it up and Hasbro is looking to get more sales internationally.

 


 

Winter Hits Amazon….
February 18, 2004 | 6:52 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking…
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
Hoth Evacuation R-3PO
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker

 


 

Master Replicas Launches Smaller Scale
February 17, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has now “officially” announced the new line of .45 scale lightsabers. These new items will be available for order on Friday, Feb 20th (more than likely if you are a collectors society member, you’ll be able to order on Thursday the 19th – stay tuned for details!). The first in this series will be 3 Jedi Knight sabers – Obi Wan, Mace Windu, and Luke Skywalker. All will come with Display Stand. The best part about these collectibles is the price – they will sell for $35 each. If you order the entire set, you also get a custom display for all three for free (the set runs $105). These will be a limited edition, and given how fast the recent Medal of Yavin sold out, make sure you get these ordered early!

Also – according to Master Replicas, the Luke Skywalker will start shipping immediately, Obi Wan in May, and Mace Windu in June.

 


 

Yakface Brings You Toy Fair
February 17, 2004 | 12:24 AM EST | Bill

As promised, our Toy Fair Coverage is now live here. We’ve got lots of detailed photos of both all the new toys and the packaging. Carded and boxed collectors will be very happy with the vintage look coming to stores near you this summer.Check it all out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: From Star Wars to Jedi VHS
February 16, 2004 | 8:38 PM EST | Keri

Continuing on the theme of “making of” documentaries on VHS, I will follow up with the 1989 release of “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga.”

This behind the scenes spectacular gives fans a glimpse into the making of all 3 films in the holy trilogy. While more of a whirlwind with no particular focus, there is plenty of eye candy to go around with vintage interviews and the inner workings of Jabba the Hutt ( puppet style, no cgi here ) including how the movement in his tail is performed. While this VHS is not particularly rare, it provides some nice footage of the original trilogy versions 1.0 as we remember it so well. Click on through below to add another reasonably priced Star Wars item to your movie collection today!

From Star Wars To Jedi The Making Of A Saga VHS

 


 

Possible Yavin Wave Variations?
February 16, 2004 | 1:14 PM EST | Keri

YakReader JediSeely writes in with some speculations regarding the possiblilties of some variations in the newest wave of figures from A New Hope:

“Just to let you know, I picked up the new Yavin wave yesterday in Fremont, NE (about 20 miles west of Omaha) and I found 2 possible errors on Hasbro’s part.

1.Captain Antilles – on the side, Hasbro proves why their quality control never won the National Spelling Bee. They spelled helmet as helment

2.General Dodonna – it does NOT list a blaster as an accessory.

Also, the Yavin wave, as well as the previous ROTJ wave (holo Luke, Rappertunie, J’Quille, Tanus Spijek, and Lando Sail Barge) have been showing up at several locations in the past week.”

Keep your eyes peeled for any corrections and/or mispellings on your next figure run!

 


 

Yakface Brings Toyfair To You
February 16, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

Check back later today for the latest from Hasbro, Lego, and Master Replicas at Toy Fair. Collectors will be thrilled with the quality of both the figures and packaging planned for the Trilogy line by Hasbro, and we’ll have a few other goodies too.

 


 

Ultra Figs In Stock
February 14, 2004 | 12:18 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Amazon and pick these up….
Ultra Figure: Wampa
Ultra Figure: Jabba the Hutt

 


 

2004 Product Guide Updates
February 13, 2004 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with all the latest from Hasbro. Including the latest waves of figures and the Trilogy figures. Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Making of Star Wars VHS
February 13, 2004 | 5:59 PM EST | Keri

Nothing says love more than cozying up to that special someone and popping in a not often seen copy of The Making of Star Wars hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2!

Originally aired on TV back in ’77 shortly after A New Hope was released in theaters this Making of Special allowed fans to see an inside view of the film as told by our two favorite droids. Today, the special is great fun and allows us to see all of the actors and even George Lucas himself, young and baffled by the film’s huge success. One major treat near the end of the special is seeing 3PO, R2 and Vader immortalizing their “footprints” in cement in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater as the iron-on t-shirt and button wearing fans cheer from the sidelines!

This particular VHS was a mailaway item offered through Corn Pops around the time of the Special Edition and is a liscened copy, not a bootleg. Click on the auction below to add this reasonably priced VHS to your movie collection today!

The Making of Star Wars Mail Away VHS

 


 

Luke Jedi Variation
February 13, 2004 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

YakReader moonbase7 sends in this photo and information of his recent findings regarding the newest incarnation of Luke in his Jedi outfit:

“this luke was found awhile back with hood down ds#33501(rare)
as most of the figures have the hood up ds#33181 that i have seen.
also found the yavin wave yesterday at wal-mart in CA.”

 


 

Last Chance Medal and Anakin Signature!
February 13, 2004 | 5:11 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has added both the Anakin Skywalker Signature Edition Lightsaber and the Medal of Yavin to their “Last Call” list. This means that less than 10% of the total run of these items are left for sale (less than 150 of the Medal of Yavin and 75 of the Signature Lightsaber). In fact, the Anakin was actually listed as “Sold Out” a few days ago, and has since been put back up for order, more than likely there are just a few of these left. Get them ordered from Master Replicas before they are gone!

 


 

The Original Trilogy. That Is The New Package!
February 13, 2004 | 9:02 AM EST | Mark

Check all this out at the Official Hasbro Site

As most of you know by now, earlier this week Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that they will be releasing the original three Star Wars movies (Episodes IV-VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) on DVD in September. In celebration of this significant event, Hasbro has created the Original Trilogy Collection product line (OTC for short). This collection will be unveiled for the first time at the American International TOY FAIR in New York.


        

Plus there are a lot more images, including an all new set:
3 ¾” Vintage Figures – These figures will be ultra-modern sculpts with incredible articulation and decoration of twelve core characters from the classic trilogy, with four representing each movie. The vintage aspect is that they will be placed in reproductions of the card fronts from the original packaging of the 70’s or 80’s. That means they will have the same “coffin” blister and even the Kenner logo! For those that want to keep the product in the package, the figures will come with a Star Wars embossed outer clamshell.

 


 

Skywalker Ranch Featured in Architectural Digest
February 12, 2004 | 9:21 PM EST | Keri

Loyal Yakreader K Knight reports in with this interesting find in the popular magazine Architectural Digest:

“I’m sure someone out there will be interested in this. Architectural
Digest has an article on George Lucas and Skywalker Ranch. There are
several interior pictures including one that prominently displays some
original maquettes of the “chessboard” aliens that Chewbacca and R2-D2 are playing with in A New Hope. (It’s on p.132) There are a few other Star Wars items visible as well.”

 


 

Target Pricing Pt. 3 
February 12, 2004 | 9:17 PM EST | Keri

Following up on the continuing story regarding Target pricing of Basic Figures comes this report from YakReader Vader4Life:

“So, I have seen all the reports of Target bumping their prices of the basic lines from $4.99 to $5.99. The Target in Framingham, MA had tags for $4.99 but they were ringing up at $5.99.
Well, went there this morning and they had the first Jabba’s Wave there, and scanned the barcode to see if they had more out back (not like they would go get them, but that is a another story )
Well they scan now for $4.99 and I checked every figure, for ’03 and ’04 and they all scan now for $4.99
Maybe Target realized their mistake and corrected, since Walmart is $4.77 and TRU is $4.99.”

I took a trip to my local Target here in North Texas at lunchtime today and saw that the tags were still $4.99 and all the figures they had rang up the same price. There were no Jabba’s Palace wave, only a few Ach-Med’s, Imperial Dignataries and R-3PO on the pegs. Perhaps the price will remain at $4.99, but only time will tell.

 


 

Newest Yavin Wave Found!
February 12, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ghost from Kansas City found the latest Yavin wave at several Wal-Marts tonight. Keep your eyes peeled and Happy Hunting everyone!

 


 

Production Line Toys Used In Making Star Wars Films
February 12, 2004 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

There is a very interesting new update on The Official Site’s Hyperspace section. This one titled “Xixor’s Cameo” explores the use of mircomachines production figures on a set for The Phantom Menace. Very interesting readingclick here to check it out.

 


 

New Bounty Hunter from Gentle Giant
February 12, 2004 | 9:58 AM EST | Mark B

Given the fact that I mainly collect the Bounty Hunters from the Star Wars series, I’m pretty excited about this one! Gentle Giant will be unveiling at Toy Fair this year their new Bust featuring one of the most popular Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back – Bossk! This will be a great one to go along with Zam Wessel, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, and Greedo (Greedo has just arrived in their warehouses and will be shipping to retailers this month). Look for Gentle Giant to announce several other mini-busts (and hopefully the Star Wars statue line!) at Toy Fair in NY this weekend.

 


 

Master Replicas unveils 2004 Items to Collectors Society
February 12, 2004 | 7:55 AM EST | Jason

Of note where the following items in the newsletter I received this
morning:

STORMTROOPER BLASTER – Summer/Fall
Princess Leia blaster – Spring
Rebel Blaster – Summer/Fall

Two other items are interesting but are not the usual replicas
they produce:

At-At Vehicle – Spring/Summer
Star Wars FX Jacket – Spring

 


 

Padme Wedding Dress
February 11, 2004 | 7:30 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock if you still need her…
Attack of the Clones Figure: Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress

 


 

Falcon Favorite
February 11, 2004 | 5:17 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader rosemaster is not only a great looking vehicle, but one made of Legos including a story that can be appreciated by everyone:

“The Star Wars item that means the most to me is this Lego version of Tantive IV, which my wife put together. I remember back in 1977 we didn’t know what to expect when we went to see the new Star Wars movie. The first thing to hit the screen was the Tantive IV, closely followed by the Imperial ship. That scene just blew me away and I was hooked from then on. Every time I see this model it takes me back to that magic day when I first became a Star Wars fan.”

Ahh, Great memories and an even greater way to recall them with an awesome representation of Leia’s Corellian Corvette. If you would like to share your favorite item, along with the story behind it, send it in here to be spotlighted in this weekly feature.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 11, 2004 | 7:56 AM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Entertainment Earth:

New Lower Priced Shipping Starts at $2.95!

See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6
Loosely based on the Battle of Endor, Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6 includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Han Solo AT-ST Driver – Endor Strike (NEW), 2x General Madine – Imperial Shuttle Capture (NEW), 2x General Lando Calrissian – Death Star Attack (NEW), 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x Admiral Ozzel, 1x Dengar, 1x Bossk. Pre-order today to make sure you don’t miss out on these figures!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84715J
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Action Figures

Spider-man 2 Movie Series 1 Set
Toy Biz introduces action figures for the upcoming 2004 movie, Spider-Man II. Spider-man is back, and now faces a new threat on New York city, Dr. Octopus, who was a friend of Peter Parker’s old science teacher and inspiration, Dr. Connors! This set of 4 individually packaged action figures includes: 1x Twist & Shoot Spider-man with street fighting and web slinging action, 1x Magnetic Spider-man with spiral spinning action, 1x Web Climbing Spider-man with bendy web traps, 1x Web Trap Spider-man with villain trapping action.
In Stock!
Item Number: TB43800AA
Price: $45.99
See Spider-man Action Figures

Harry Potter Azkaban Figure Asst. A
Highly articulated and poseable figures from the new movie, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” featuring transformation, creatures spell casting and flying! Each figure is approximately 8 inches tall and carefully sculpted with the main character’s signature features from the movie. This case of 6 individually packaged action figures includes: 3x Extreme Quidditch Harry, 1x Expecto Patronum Harry, 1x Professor Remus J. Lupin/Werewolf, 1x Azkaban Dementor.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MTC3143A
Price: $79.99
See Harry Potter Action Figures

 


 

Star Destroyer Wave Carded
February 10, 2004 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill


We’ve updated the 2004 Product Guide with carded images of the Star Destroyer wave for your viewing pleasure. These are currently up on Ebay fromOverlord.

We have also updated the product guide with the latest items hitting stores to help with your toy hunt. Interestingly, we are within 2 waves of the figures (the Star Destroyer wave and Endor wave) which Hasbro has announced so far, but have yet to hit retail. With that in mind, it should be interesting to see how much Toy Fair reveals!

 


 

Isn’t it GREAT… they love us!
February 10, 2004 | 8:04 PM EST | Ben

Jim Ward (Lucasfilm Director of Marketing), according to an article in the New York Post in reference to the special edition DVDs:

“We realize there’s a lot of debate out there, but this is not a democracy. We love our fans, but this is about art and filmmaking. (George) has decided that the sole version he wants available is this one.

Personal commentary: This IS a democracy (democratic republic to be precise) and the copyright protections that protect his “art” exist at the pleasure of “We the People.” Given Napster and other recent challenges to the archaic system of copyright perhaps this is yet another reason things should change.

 


 

Target Pricing Increases and More 
February 10, 2004 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

Many emails have poured in from readers regarding the latest price increase that has been seen at Targets all over the US from coast to coast. According to latest reports, its not only Target that has begun raising prices as YakReader Sean also points out that
“a Meijer here in Loveland, OH (Cincinnati) also has raised their prices to $5.99.”

YakReader Damian V sheds some light on the Target price increase disparities:

“The recent price increase has to do with old stock (Hoth Han (Brown
Coat), SnowTrooper, Boba Fett POC, Anakin Skywalker (Secret Cememony),Luke & Vader arriving to stores with an old sku (ending in
326) from last year that was discontinued (since it was tied to ALL
Collection 2 based figures ) to a new sku (1014) with the higher price.

The current toy department sku ending in 758 has the $4.99 price tags
for the R3p0, Bar2-D2, Hoth Luke & Hoth Trooper, R1-G4.”

These are interesting developments, and certainly not the first time we have seen a price increase for the basic figures.

 


 

Official Release Date For The DVD Trilogy!
February 10, 2004 | 7:29 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to N.Razzak for the heads up.

It’s the big DVD announcement you’ve all been waiting for: Lucasfilm
and Twentieth Century Fox have announced the DVD Release for Star Wars Trilogy DVD on September 21st. This special 4 disc box set will include the three ‘original’ Star Wars movies (Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi) presented in THX Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital-EX. Each film will be released in the ‘Special Edition’ version (including the changes made to the films for their theatrical re-release in 1997) and feature audio commentary by George Lucas and select members of the cast and crew. In addition to the three features the box set will also feature a fourth disc including making-of documentaries and features for the 3 films as well as a 2 hour documentary including never-before-seen footage. There will NOT be an option to view the films in their original theatrical version and the films will not be sold individually. Exact pricing for the set, specific disc extras and an official pre-order date to be announced in the weeks ahead.

 


 

Unleashed Bossk Revealed!!!
February 10, 2004 | 12:50 AM EST | Joseph

Artoosnews.com has a pic of the upcoming Unleashed Bossk from the Star Wars Insider #74 that is already on its way to your doorstep. You get check it out by clicking here

 


 

Here’s One For EU Fans
February 9, 2004 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

If there’s a Star Wars story that you read a while back and can’t find it, then The Official Site has added a new feature which may be just what you are looking for. The new feature focuses on rare and out of print EU stores– the first one is a short story from Timothy Zahn.

 


 

And You Thought the Attakus Statues Were Nice…..
February 9, 2004 | 5:56 PM EST | Mark B

 

  

Star Wars.com has just announced that soon US collectors will be able to purchase (through a “top secret” online store) the limited edition Pewter statues from Compulsion Galleries in the UK. These things are HUGE. The R2D2 is the shortest at 19″, the Vader the tallest at 32″. All will be limited editions of 2500 pieces per character. The new “secret” supplier will be the only place in the US to purchase one of these statues. The site says stay tuned for details….

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Towels
February 9, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

If you’re like me, sitting here wishing winter was over, the weather was warm and being on vacation lying on a beautiful sandy beach near the ocean, then you can understand why the auction featured today is for a large colorful vintage beach towel!

Vintage Beach towels are one of my favorite items to collect for many reasons, but the first and foremost being the bright stylish 70s graphics that provide the perfect accent to a prominent display. The vintage towels are very large and very soft and feature all the beloved classic characters and droids. They are getting a little harder to find in unused condition these days, but can still be found in varying conditions for reasonable prices. Click on through to the auction below to get your towel collection started today!

Vintage 1977 Heroes Beach Towel

 


 

Exclusive Clone Wars Pin Set!!!
February 8, 2004 | 11:56 PM EST | Joseph

The Official Star Wars Site
has announced that a new Boxed Pin Set from Pin USA will be an online exclusive through an as-of-yet unnamed retailer… The set includes 6 pins: Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Asajj Ventress, Durge, and the Clone Wars Cartoon Logo. To see the pins and read the full story, click here

 


 

Rappertunie review!
February 8, 2004 | 8:46 PM EST | Michael

Tonight’s review covers the Waylon Jennings of the Star Wars Universe – Rappertunie! He survived Jabba’s Barge by being absent, but is his figure worth the green? Check it out here!

 


 

Target Raising Basic Figure Prices?
February 8, 2004 | 5:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Shawn sent in this report:

“hey i dont know if this is every target now but the target in the woodlands texas is now selling there star wars figures at $5.99. what happened to $4.99???????”

Email us here with an update on what your Target is doing.

 


 

D&D In A Universe Far Far Away
February 8, 2004 | 5:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Private Universe:

“Presumably based on the D&D version and the popular SW-RPG, Star Wars Miniatures is a skirmish battle game making use of 25mm pre-painted miniatures. According to the folks at the Esdevium stand, it will appear in the third quarter of this year. The boxes on display, while just mock-ups, tell us that the release will be focusing on the Classic Trilogy.”

 


 

Clone Wars Arc In Stock
February 7, 2004 | 12:16 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the:
Clone Wars Arc Trooper
and the
Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker
back in stock if you need them.

 


 

Medal of Yavin Almost in the Red
February 7, 2004 | 11:28 AM EST | Mark B

 


The new Medal of Yavin replica from Master Replicas has been selling like CRAZY. At only $99, I can understand why! This is an incredible piece at a great price. I thought you all might like to see the display that it comes with. FYI – this piece has been on the market only 2 days and is down to about 1/3 of the edition left. Don’t wait on ordering this piece from Master Replicas, you can get it now for only $99 (or pay more for it on Ebay later when it is sold out!).

 


 

Unleashed Back In Stock
February 6, 2004 | 8:06 PM EST | Mark

Here are the links…
Luke Skywalker X-Wing Unleashed
Clone Trooper Unleashed

The Chewbacca link is down below.

 


 

Pre-Order at Entertainment Earth
February 6, 2004 | 8:05 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars season is clearly kicking in again. We just added the latest cases available for pre-order now…

Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6 (Item# HS84715J, $64.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715J
2x Han Solo AT-ST Driver – Endor Strike (NEW), 2x General Madine –
Imperial Shuttle Capture (NEW), 2x General Lando Calrissian – Death
Star Attack (NEW), 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x Admiral Ozzel, 1x Dengar, 1x Bossk (subject to change).

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3 (Item# HS84716C, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716C
2x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 1x Obi Wan Kenobi With Force Power-Kamino Showdown, 1x General Reiken with War Room Map, 1x C-3P0 with
Escape Pod, 1x Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (subject to change).

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3.5 (Item# HS84716CA, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716CA
3x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 2x Jabba the Hutt, 1x Flying Jango Fett- Kamino Showdown (subject to change).

 


 

501st at Timothy Zahn Book Signing
February 6, 2004 | 7:03 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Eric TK334 shares this great photo with us along with this info:
“The 501st, Ohio Garrison was out in force February 5 for the Timothy
Zahn Book signing. The signing was held at Books and Company, in Dayton Ohio. Many members showed for the event. Stormtroopers, Bikers Scouts and Royal Guards were there to help with the Event.
The Ohio Garrison will also be in at the Cleveland, Ohio Book signing also.”

 


 

Toy Clearance at Fred Meyer
February 6, 2004 | 12:51 PM EST | Mark B

I was in my local Fred Meyer store this morning buying groceries and decided to wander through the toy aisles, when I discovered they were having sales of 50% off the lowest clearance prices. I found the pegs full of Star Wars figures for only $2 after the 50% off (mainly army builders and older figures), but the best clearance was over in the Lego aisle. Nearly all of the Star Wars (and some Harry Potter) sets were on clearance. I hooked myself up with a brand new AT-TE from Attack of the Clones for under $30.00

 


 

Jedi Master Points Auctions – Part 2
February 6, 2004 | 10:43 AM EST | Jason

People amaze me these days. When you can justify the Jedi Master Points Auction on the fact that you had a successful auction win, then the auction as a whole was a good thing is an over-simplification of the auction Hasbro designed. The auction as a whole was a FAILURE. The biggest reason was ACCOUNTABILITY. How many people bid on items, only to be outbid by someone who probably did not have the points they said they had? You either moved on and settled for an item that was your second choice or gave up entirely because of no ACCOUNTABILITY. Accountability leads to fairness.

With that being said, I think Hasbro could have avoided this problem if they had gone through with the idea they tossed around back at San Diego Con 2003 of a council or committee of fan collectors of Star Wars to work with them. I guess corporations will never open their eyes and see there are people outside of their companies that know their products passionately, probably more so than some Harvard Business Analyst that came up with this adept Auction Idea. You can use these people to your advantage and the best part is, most will volunteer ideas for FREE. It does not take a scholar to realize that times are changing, the market is changing, and businesses need to rise above old business models and forge new frontiers.

 


 

New Jabba Found
February 6, 2004 | 10:38 AM EST | Mark B

David writes in to tell us he found the new Jabba’s Palace Figure assortment along with the new Jabba the Hutt today at the Walmart in Waco, Texas. Happy Hunting folks!

 


 

Medal of Yavin for Everyone
February 6, 2004 | 8:40 AM EST | Mark B

Just a reminder that everyone can now order the Medal of Yavin replica fromMaster Replicas. If you are interested in this item, order it TODAY. They sold through half of the edition yesterday, and the other half is sure to go VERY quickly. Head on over to Master Replicas to order.

 


 

Chewbacca Unleashed
February 6, 2004 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

After doing a lot of digging around and since this does not show up on any search. I looked yesterday when I posted the other two and could not find it. Today I poked around somemore and was able to find the third piece to the Unleashed set.
The Chewbacca Unleashed is in stock.

More…
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Chewbacca (Munock Hunt)
Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)

 


 

Skywalker Chat
February 5, 2004 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace chat has just announced another chat– this one for next week– February 10th at 1:00 Pacific (4:00 Eastern) with Mark Hamill.

 


 

New Hasbro Survey and New ROTJ Jabba
February 5, 2004 | 9:35 PM EST | Jason

Today I received a new Hasbro Survey. Most of the questions revolved around the Jedi Points Auctions, the worst redemption program EVER! They did ask at one point however to rank the #1 and #2 programs they could offer in the future. Among the choices I would consider worthy were Exclusives and a Rewards Program. The other options really offer no one any value. They even had the audacity to include the option “Auctions where I can bid points I earn by purchasing STAR WARS figures and accessories”.

On another note, picked up the new Jabba. On comparison between him and Jabba Glob, it appears to be the same mold with slight modifications… mostly to the head, making his eyes bigger and mouth larger for the obvious tongue affect. I like him, but I think he could have been better if they started from scratch. I’ll take him for now.

 


 

Contest for Australian and New Zealand Readers
February 5, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

Attention Australian and New Zealand readers:
There is a new contest to win a Gentle Giants Tarkin Bust!

The contest is run on Mousedroid.com and entry is extremely easy.
Just send an email to contest@mousedroid.com with your name and
address. That is all that is needed to be in the running for this
great prize.

Just head over to http://www.mousedroid.com for more information
and contest rules.

 


 

New Pics of the Code 3 Slave I
February 5, 2004 | 5:01 PM EST | Keri


Code 3 has posted some very nice detailed images of their upcoming Slave I on their website which you can see here
This would look super cool with the Marmit Fett…looks like I may have to save up for this one!

 


 

Even More New Figures Found!
February 5, 2004 | 4:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader moonbase7 reports in with 2 great finds at his local Wal-Mart in California:

“I found the Hall of Fame wave,a newly carded stormtrooper plus eleven more re-issued figures and this morning both new deluxe sets jabba and pipe and the new beast set w/ new monk figure which where $9.96 each.”

Looks like all sorts of new items are hitting stores with some regularity in certain areas. I must say that my luck in finding new items has been much better than average, so perhaps it is time for a figure run everybody!

 


 

Is This The Best Boba Fett?
February 5, 2004 | 10:36 AM EST | Mark

I think it is the best Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) that has been made. It is back in stock if you are still looking for it.

 


 

Attention Droid Builders
February 4, 2004 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated its database, this time focused on what is popularly known as the rickshaw droid from Episode II. Officially the droid is called RIC-920. For all the facts, figures, and some nice pics click here.

 


 

Falcon Favorite
February 4, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite comes from YakReader Dave with a wonderful photo of his item and story:

I have been blessed to have my own cargo hold of cool “STAR WARS” stuff that I have accumulated since the summer of ’77. There have been many incredible items over the years- the Kenner/Hasbro line, Icons and Masters Replicas lightsabers, the Attakus Darth Vader, and of course, Kelloggs “C-3PO’s” cereal. My sentimental favorite might have to be the very first “STAR WARS” collectible I ever bought–and it was a measley fifty cents! It was the “STAR WARS” movie program that I purchased at the legendary Glenwood Theater in Overland Park, Kansas in May 1977. The Glenwood was showing “STAR WARS” in glorious 70mm Dolby Stereo and I had never seen anything like it. I was twelve at the time, and couldn’t resist taking home a souvenir of the greatest movie I had ever seen (or would ever see).
It was full of cool photos and the amazing Tom Jung cover artwork. It’s still one of my most prized collectibles–and my oldest.


Thank you to everyone who has written in to keep this feature a permananent fixture. I will add a new Falcon Favorite every week on Wednesdays so please stay tuned for next week’s addition! Email me here to see your item featured next!

 


 

Unleashed Luke X-Wing
February 4, 2004 | 11:57 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon…

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Unleashed
Clone Trooper Unleashed

 


 

Master Replicas Medal of Yavin
February 4, 2004 | 10:05 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas today has FINALLY officially announced the Medal of Yavin replica. We reported on this back in November, but Master Replicas has now made it official. This new replica will be available for order from the Master Replicas website tomorrow (Feb 5)for Collectors Society Members, and on Friday (Feb 6) for everyone else.

Some details on this item – This is a replica of the medal awarded to Han and Luke after destroying the first Death Star. It is manufactured of Die Cast metal and plated with 18K gold, and given a matte finish. It will be suspended from an olive green ceremonial ribbon. The display is a black jewelry style box with a velvet cushion and the rebel insignia on the top. The inner panel of the box will prop up to make an A-Frame display. This item is going to be a limited edition of only 1500 pieces and will sell out VERY Quickly! – The best part? Retail price is going to be right around $100, making this the lowest priced authentic replica offered to date from Master Replicas. Head on over there the next couple of days and get yours ordered!

Master Replicas has now added this item to their website for order by Collectors Society members. Everyone else can order it tomorrow. (They have also posted photos of the display case and it is WAY cooler than I thought it would be!)

 


 

Survivor’s Quest In Stores Today
February 3, 2004 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

Timothy Zahn, the master of the Star Wars novel’s, newest hardcover — Survivor’s Quest is out today. If you’re ready for a novel post Return of the Jedi, and before the New Jedi Order, this is for you.

 


 

Free Achk Med-Beq or Imperial Dignitary
February 3, 2004 | 2:51 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can find the following offer.

For a limited time, when you spend $14.99 or more on Star Wars 12-inch figures, basic figures, or vehicles, you can get one of the 3.75-inch action figures listed below for free. Add $14.99 or more of qualifying Star Wars toys and one of the action figures listed below to your Shopping Cart and then enter promotional code STRWAR375AFG at checkout. (The price of the free action figure does not count toward the $14.99 purchase total.) While supplies last. Offer expires on February 29, 2004.

The two figures are:
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq

 


 

More New Figures Found!
February 3, 2004 | 12:53 PM EST | Keri

This newest store report comes from YakReader Bob O’Fett :

“Found the new Rappertunie/ J’Quille/ Lando Sail Barge wave today in Sacramento, CA at Target. Also found were the new deluxe Jabba/ Bo’Marr figures as well.”

In a stroke of luck, I myself was able to pick up the New Luke Jedi, R2 Sail Barge, Rappertunie, J’Quille and Lando Skiff (no deluxe Jabba) at a heavily scalped Wal-Mart here in North Texas this morning. I also just picked up the 12″ Lando Skiff Doll recently after months of searching. (yes my area is that far behind on 12″ waves)

I realize not everyone is seeing these newest figures, and with some areas it is hit and miss, with miss being the norm. The only advice I can give is try to remain positive and patient and do not give into frustration and rumors. Good Luck and Happy Hunting everyone!

 


 

Code 3 Signature Series
February 3, 2004 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark B

 


Code 3 has just added to their website for order a new Die Cast Red-5 X-Wing, that is a Signature Series item. The new item is a limited edition of 1000 pieces and is personally autographed by Luke Skywalker himself – Mark Hamill. The item is pretty pricy at $495, but it also includes the clear display case which is a $50 add-on to the standard Red-5 model.

 


 

Want To Talk To Timothy Zahn?
February 2, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a Hyperspace member you can! The Official Site has just announced an on-line chat with Timothy Zahn TOMORROW (February 3, 2004). The Chat will be at 5:30 Eastern, 4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, or 2:30 Pacific.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Band Aids!
February 2, 2004 | 5:34 PM EST | Keri

Pop Quiz Hot Shot: You just got a paper cut, it stings its bleeding you’re in pain…What do you do?

Reach into the medicine cabinet and grab a Curad Star Wars adhesive bandage and wha-bam! that ouchie is automatically all better now thanks to Yoda, Clonetrooper and Dooku designs!

Curad produced a set of 4 different AOTC themed bandage boxes with lenitcular cards affixed to the front. Not only were they very inexpensive with cool cards and art, but the bandages are also useful to have around the house.

Check out the auction below for these colorful bandage boxes to complete your collection today!

Ep2 Curad Set of 4 Boxes

 


 

Amazon Search
February 2, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark

Now showing up in the Star Wars search, these are available….
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)
Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Light)
Jango Fett (Kamino Escape)
C-3PO (Tatooine)

 


 

New Star Tours Proto Picture
February 1, 2004 | 6:35 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to our friends at Galaxy Collectibles for this image of the third wave of Star Tours figures. As you can see there are two droids in this image. Will there be another 2 droids as we saw in the first 2 waves? Only time will tell.

 


 

Attention UK Collectors
February 1, 2004 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is putting together a list of what Star Wars toys UK collectors still need to let Hasbro UK know what Star Wars toys UK collectors want. This should help Hasbro UK see what items should be made available in the UK. TPU has been in contact with Hasbro UK and they are willing to look at the results of all your wish lists. So it is important for all UK collectors to send in a wish list as the more results the better. The closing date for your wish lists is 31st January. To fill out your wish list click here.

January 2004 Archive

Making of Episode III Webcam Update
January 31, 2004 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated its Hyperspace section with the next chapter of the Episode III webcam feature. If you’re a Hyperspace member, Click here to check it out.

 


 

Code 3 Making Slave 1!
January 31, 2004 | 9:03 PM EST | Mark B

I read through a wholesaler website tonight about the next collectible coming from Code 3 and as a Boba Fett Collecter, I am totally stoked! Shipping sometime in April, and retailing for around $295 will be the Slave 1 Starship. Edition size has not yet been determined. For those unfamiliar with Code 3, click on the link above to check out their Die Cast Millennium Falcon and X-Wing.

***UPDATE*** Code 3 has recently updated their website with preproduction photos of this new model. Follow the link above and click on the “Docking Bay” section.

 


 

New Clone Wars Cartoon Wave Found – UPDATE!
January 31, 2004 | 12:05 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE:
YakReader Vader4Life adds this report from his Target- Framingham, MA:

“Had 6 compete sets of Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Wave 2. Very cool figures as well. $6.99 a piece as well. (Yoda, Dooku, Durge, Clone Trooper)”

Looks as though these figures are hitting nationwide…while you make a run to Target for some chips for the Super Bowl tonite, stop on by the toys, you could be pleasantly suprised by what you find!

This great find of the second wave of the new Clone Wars Figures is being reported by Yakreader moonbase7:

“Wave 2 is hitting all over California of the animated figures Durge/Clonetrooper/Dooku and a very cool Yoda $6.99 each pricey but worth it, this is a nice set”

Looks like it may be time to hit a Target near you to pick up these latest figures. If your Target is anything like mine with empty pegs, this is a sure sign of great new waves to fill them back up again!

 


 

Pics of the Stolen Yoda
January 31, 2004 | 12:01 PM EST | Keri

Thanks to Robert, here is a picture of the stolen bronze Yoda as well as an in depth story with more photos here at www.iesb.net

Lately it seems like a growing trend to have statues stolen around Oscar time, first it was the Oscars themselves, now the wise Jedi Master Yoda. Hopefully, Yoda will soon be returned to his rightful place.

 


 

Need Army Builders?
January 30, 2004 | 9:06 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock at Amazon…


Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: You Sunk my Battleship!
January 30, 2004 | 6:40 PM EST | Keri

Battleship is a classic game of strategy and lucky guessing, of victory and defeat which has recently been adapted and slightly altered to be sold with Star Wars starships we know and love so well.

The Star Wars game of Battleship is also electronic providing sound effects which were only made by the game players with non-electronic versions. If you’re looking for something fun to play with or without the kids, this game is just the ticket!

Today’s auction also serves as a reminder to be patient and look to the secondary market for deals that are often times well below retail prices, but in first class unopened condition.

Star Wars Electronic Battleship

 


 

The Ultimate Tie Fighter Resource Page
January 29, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just updated the databank with images of almost every kind of TIE fighter imaginable– even the TIE crawler. It’s definitely worth a look, and customizers will be getting lots of idea. Click here to see it!

 


 

TRU Red Leader X-Wing
January 29, 2004 | 9:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a very nice shot of the new TRU Exclusive. You can check out more images HERE, you can also pre-order this now, it is scheduled for March 1, 2004

 


 

Return Me You Will
January 29, 2004 | 5:28 PM EST | Mark B

The AP is reporting that some has Stolen a Bronze Statue of Yoda off a flatbed truck last weekend in Southern California. This 170lb statue is valued at around $20,000. The owner is offering a $1000 reward for its return. Click the link above to read the entire story.

 


 

Anakin Signature Almost Sold Out
January 29, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark B

Don’t wait too much longer to head on over to Master Replicas and get your Episode II Anakin Skywalker Signature Edition Lightsaber before it is sold out. Look for it to hit “Last Call” stage over the next couple of days.

If you have been holding out for a Master Replicas Signature Thermal Detonator or Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber – Sorry, they are now sold out. In fact, if you have been waiting to order any of the Limited Edition lightsabers, you’ll want to get one ordered soon – the Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, and Weathered Obi-Wan sabers are nearly gone!

 


 

Silver Clone Trooper Official 
January 29, 2004 | 4:08 PM EST | Mark B

Hasbro’s Website has posted information today making the Silver Clone Trooper Figure official. Starting April 4, 2004, you get a Silver Clone Trooper with purchase of $19.99 or more of Star Wars Toys. The offer will also be valid atToys R Us Online. Offer good while supplies last – mark your calendars!

 


 

New Action Fleet? Well Sort Of…….
January 28, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Mark

I know these were hard to find. So if you are looking for them, head over and get them before they sell out.

Action Fleet: AT-TE
Action Fleet: Naboo N-1 Starfighter
Action Fleet: AT-AT
Action Fleet: Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder
Action Fleet: Republic Gunship
Action Fleet: Republic Assault Ship
Action Fleet: Slave 1

 


 

Clone Trooper Evolution Part 2
January 28, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Dark Horse comics will be revealing a little more of the Clone Trooper evolution in one of their upcoming comics. An interview with a Dark Horse exec posted over at The Force.net has the details– the big part is that the “goggles” on the Clone on the cover of Insider #74 are just some some Clones. Check it out here.

 


 

Falcon Favorite
January 28, 2004 | 9:39 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite comes from YakReader Marc who shares a character which is instantly identifiable though he had only a few lines in two films of the original trilogy:

My most precious collectible is the Marmit Boba Fett I purchased a few years ago that has since then undergone some thorough customizing (after all, it is a model kit). Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to have a movie accurate 12″ version of the infamous bounty hunter from his Empire Strikes Back appearance. When it was first announced as being in production, I scoured every known corner of the internet and extending galaxy to uncover prototype photos and such. I was able to pre-order from an on-line company and to my luck, it arrived in stock a few weeks before Christmas. I did not hesitate to tear him open when it arrived on my doorstep. Although he was not easily assembled, I persevered and when finished, gazed in amazement at his incredible sculpt, detail, and accessories. I have been a collector for over 25 years strong and a customizer for about ten. When my (then) future wife learned I was a collector, she was not completely enthused, but to my surprise and delight she purchased a gorgeous collectible dome for Boba on my following birthday. He sits atop of my bureau with gun poised to deter
anyone (especially my toddler) from disturbing any piece in my expanding collection.


As it stands this is currently the last Falcon Favorite I have recieved…so unless I get emails about Your favorite item, this feature will cease to exist. Email mehere if you would like an item from your collection showcased for everyone to enjoy.

 


 

New Luke Holo Wave Found
January 28, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ghost reports in from K.C. with this:

“Quick note, Jangofly and I both found the Holographic Luke wave( Luke, Lando, J’Quille, and Rappertunie) wave at several Wal-Mart’s in the Kansas City area tonight.”

Looks like it might be time for a figure run everyone! I know that a few of my local Targets have just started recieving the Luke Hoth wave and that some stores have cleared their pegs empty, perhaps awaiting new waves ( I hope! ) Just like any store report, it depends on your stores and locations as to whether or not you’re in luck to find the latest and greatest figures.

 


 

Attention Timothy Zahn Fans
January 27, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Timothy Zahn fans will be thrilled to learn that in addition to his upcoming novel Survivor’s Quest, his new E book, Fool’s Bargain, will be out soon as well. Fool’s Bargain will be released February 3rd with Survivor’s Quest. Click here to check out the details on the Official Site.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album
January 27, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

I really enjoy collecting items from overseas, especially vintage items which are very different in art or content from domestic release items available here. Fortunately for collectors of overseas material, Ebay has opened up the market to a large audience which constantly provides interesting and unusual finds.

Today’s Bounty Hunting find on Ebay is for a nice vintage Japanese released Vinyl Album of the soundtrack from A New Hope. The cover art is breathtaking, featuring the classic Hildebrandt art of Luke, Leia and Vader, different from the plain black and white logo cover here in the US. The album is a really neat addition, something inexpensive, different and pleasing to look at on a bookshelf display.

Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album

 


 

New Figs Back In Stock
January 26, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark

Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2

Also in stock
Spider Droid

 


 

Clone Trooper Evolution… The Missing Link
January 26, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a spoiler fan, or just can’t wait to see what the drones in white will look like in E3, you’re in luck. The Official Site has added a photo of the cover of the next insider which has, you guessed it, a large photo of the new Clone Trooper.Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Padme
January 26, 2004 | 8:23 PM EST | Keri

Today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings with it a nicely made custom 12″ Padme in a non-Hasbro version of her white Geonosian Arena outfit, after the Nexu gave her a little scratch.

Custom figures, especially the large 12″ dolls make great displays on bookshelves and although Hasbro has extended the 12″ line much further than Kenner ever did back in the vintage days, there are still a virtual universe of characters and multiple outfits which have yet to be produced for retail sale. This is where custom 12″ dolls made by fans offer collectors unique often one of a kind items to add to their collection.

Click on the link below to see Padme in her torn white outfit and add her to your collection today!

Custom 12″ Padme

 


 

Mark Hamill on DVD Tomorrow
January 26, 2004 | 4:52 PM EST | Mark B

Comic Book: The Movie is released on DVD tomorrow. This is a great new “documentary” about making a famous comic book into a movie. Its also loaded with guest stars like Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Peter David, Matt Groening and more.

 


 

Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 25, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a unique item, but one that was also used on the set of ROTJ. As we all know, movie used props are difficult to find and more often than not quite pricey as well. Jordan Hofer shares the prize of his collection:

When I was nine years old (in 1982) “Return of the Jedi” had just been filmed in Crescent City, California. When Lucasfilm was finished filming all the Endor scenes they left a huge foam redwood tree at the Crescent City dump. I remember my grandma taking me out there and hacking off a three-foot-high chunk of Lucas’s junk. At the time it was like a sliver of the holy cross to me. Today I still have it, a piece of Lucas trash, and the old foam thing reminds me of my grandma and when I was a happy little boy who could like Ewoks.


It’s still ok to like Ewoks, and we have Jar Jar to thank for making Ewok-liking more popular than ever! If you would like the prize of your collection featured here on the world wide web for everyone to see, you know what to do…send it right here.

 


 

Carded Ultra And Unleashed Figures
January 25, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with carded images of the upcoming Ultra Jabba the Hutt and Jabba’s Court Denizens packs, as well as the upcoming Unleashed Chewbacca and Clone Trooper. Check them out here.

These images came from desktopcharger’s auctions on Ebay which you can find here

 


 

The Winner Is…
January 25, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. The newest winner is Brent McCracken. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama by sending us your name and address to winners@yakface.com here.

 


 

Star Wars Musical
January 24, 2004 | 11:12 PM EST | Keri

This shining and entertaining example of a Broadway style Star Wars Musical was sent in by YakReader glim999. If you have the time to check it out in its MP3 form and could use a good laugh for the day, click on the link below for a nice chuckle.

Star Wars Musical

 


 

Celebration III Back in Indy
January 24, 2004 | 9:08 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has the official announcement about Celebration III! So, we can all start making our plans now! Clear off your calendars for April 21 to April 24, 2005. More info as it becomes available….

 


 

Ewok Air Is Official
January 23, 2004 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro ‘s webpage was updated today confirming the ewok glider for the Ultra assortment this year (due late spring)! Also they announced that we’ll see a Bossk unleashed in Insider #74. Read the full story here.

 


 

Disturbance in the force at MasterReplicas.com
January 23, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Jason

The last time I spoke with Scott Vogel, CEO and President of Masterreplicas, I voiced my concern about the Anakin FX Lightsabers because of the e-mails I received from many readers. One of my close friends returned his Anakin FX Lightsaber twice. His response was that he was unaware of any issues related to the FX Lightsabers and the sound mechanism and that those cases were probably isolated.

A month goes by and we have posted more stories regarding quality and issues surrounding Masterreplicas and we have yet again, received even more e-mails from people who have the same or similiar issues, but one e-mail message stands out…

Marc Draven wrote to me to let me know about the Ebay auction seller
or rock_bottom_auctions You will notice that if you go to this link, they have current auctions and past auctions for the past 30 days for 62 Anakin FX Lightsabers. If you look at their feedback, they have been listing even more than that for the previous months. Marc bought one from this buyer and guess whose name was listed as the seller when he paid via paypal… MASTERREPLICAS.

It appears they are selling off all the defective Anakin Lightsabers as is. Take a look for yourself using the above link. I don’t know how I feel at this point or what to make of this. I will probably post a follow up after I have time to formulate some questions for Scott Vogel and see if he will respond to my questions.

 


 

Air Wicket Prototype Pics
January 22, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Well OK it’s not Wicket, but it is photos of the upcoming Ultra Ewok glider with figure. The team over at POTF2.com has scored some really nice images. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Master Replicas Quality – Different perspective
January 22, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to follow up the Keri’s story regarding other people who
have purchased the Darth Vader FX Lightsaber. A good friend of mine
order 2 Anakin FX Lightsabers from Masterreplicas.com and returned both.
On both occasions, the sound stopped working shortly after they were
turned on. He was not even swinging it like others claim to have, just on display.

I think there is a trend here, and every time we post a story about
Masterreplicas, we get a few e-mails from readers. I tried to address
this with the CEO when I was going through my order problems, if you read my posting regarding my issues with their customer service. The CEO was un-aware of issues with the sound of their FX Lightsabers. Perhaps he is also unaware of the other issues we have been posting.

So, if you still have issues that you would like to express, I suggest contacting me as I have the CEO’s Phone number and you can personally call him to talk about it. I would post it here for everyone, but I don’t want just anyone calling him. Please only inquire if you plan to act professionally.

On the topic of the Thermal Detonator made by Master Replicas, I finally got it… and it is VERY Nice… Just one problem. You would think for $200 that they would have included the special size
batteries with the detonator… NOPE. I had to run to Radio Shack
to get the right size batteries before I could turn on the bad boy 🙁

 


 

MR Vader Saber Quality Pt. 2
January 22, 2004 | 2:18 PM EST | Keri

As one collector found his MR Vader F/X Lightsaber coming apart, others who have picked up the item at reduced prices share their thoughts on the quality of this particular MR Product.

YakReader Jason writes in with this comment on his experience:
“I received my Master Replicas Darth Vader Light Saber today. I purchased it off that FAO sale they had the other day. I put the batteries into the lightsaber and it works great. I swung it around a few times and examined it for about an hour. So far nothing has fallen apart and it seems to be a real quality product. For the few people who have had them fall apart, it may just be they got a faulty one or were a bit too aggressive with their new Sith powers.”

YakReader douglasmcc notes also that:
“This item seems very nicely made– sturdy metal, etc. My black plastic handle grips are on tight. I took it outside tonight for a little mild play in the open air. I wasn’t that impressed this morning when it arrived, but its a completely different effect in the dark of night.. all I can say is Wow! But I had no problems what so ever.”

I personally have not had any problems with the MR Items I have purchased, yet I try my best to report all sides to a news story. I personally always wait for discount prices from either altenate websites or the secondary market on Ebay as I am a ruthless bargain/bounty hunter looking for the best deal possible.

 


 

Master Replicas Anakin Now Available
January 22, 2004 | 9:35 AM EST | Mark B

Collectors Society Members of Master Replicas can now order the Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber. Everyone else can order from Master Replicastomorrow. The Limited Edition version is limited to 1500 pieces and sells for $349 (and includes display case). The Signature Edition is limited to only 750 pieces and sells for $499. One thing to note, the LE version ships in February, the Signature Edition doesn’t ship until May (You too busy working on “outer space” films to sign some lightsabers Hayden?!?!?!) 🙂

***Update – Lightsaber is now available for everyone to order at Master Replicas.***

 


 

New Amazon Figures
January 21, 2004 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Multi Pack: Clone Trooper 3-Pack BACK IN STOCK
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Jedi Warrior 4-pack

 


 

Holograms Old and New, or is it New and Old
January 21, 2004 | 11:02 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted a new article on the development of Episode III for Hyperspace members. This one focuses on holograms. It not only talks about how elements of the movies tie the prequel trilogy into the original trilogy but also the similarities and differences of holograms in the two. Check it out here.

 


 

Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite!
January 21, 2004 | 9:13 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a super cool item, but also has a great story behind it, courtesy of the owner YakReader decadentdave:

I am submitting what I feel is without a doubt the “Prize” of my collection: Life-Size Han Solo in Carbonite by Illusive Originals. My friends have asked me “If your place was on fire and you could only save one item from your collection, what would it be?” The answer of course, is Han. Yes, I would carry this relatively lightweight fiberglass piece in my arms through a burning door (assuming he doesn’t melt first). He currently stands on display in the corner of my living room and I “like Captain Solo where he is,” as Jabba would say.
When I was 11 years old and my friend Jason and I were eating at Burger King after seeing The Empire Strikes Back one Saturday afternoon and we talked about how cool it would be to have Han Solo in Carbonite… well 20 years later, that childhood dream has become a reality!


Remember to submit that one favorite item of your collection with the story behind it and be featured here on Yakface…think of all the fortune and glory you will attain! Well, maybe not exactly, but come on and submit, show off your very own Falcon Favorite by emailing me here.

 


 

Attention Autograph Collectors…
January 21, 2004 | 4:44 PM EST | Jair

Personally I’ve always liked getting my Star Wars Autographs in person. First of all YOU KNOW that the autograph is an original and second you get to meet in person a SW Celebrity.

If you are into Collecting SW Autographs, a must have on your list has to be Mr. Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bulloch at the Celebration II, and a couple of months later he accepted an invitation we made from the Guatemalan SW Fan Club and came down here for about a week for the first ever Central American SW Convention. I’ll tell you something, he has to be one of the most likable persons on the Planet. Today I got an e-mail from Mr. Bulloch, where he tells that although he’ll still be going to Conventions, he will reduce the number of events because he plans to spend much more time in England.

So, if you still don’t have his autograph and he is attending a Convention in your area, don’t let the opportunity pass you. You might not have another chance any time soon.

 


 

MR Vader Saber Coming Apart?
January 21, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri

This latest report about the MR Vader F/X lightsaber purchased at the FAO Bargain Price comes from YakReader Michael regarding the quality (or lack there of) of the Saber itself:

Package arrived yesterday afternoon, opened the puppy up last night, threw in some batteries and started swinging the saber around.

Two of the plastic grips on the bottom came off in my hand. Nice. Had the thing 2 minutes and it’s falling apart. On a similar note, I purchased the Han Solo Blaster a couple of years ago, the plastic handle piece broke and fell off on that to.

So long story short, MR stuff is great to look at on a shelf, but don’t expect to handle it to long with out it falling apart. Hope that helps some of your readers if they are having similar problems or questions.

 


 

Darth Vader’s TIE Coming to TRU
January 21, 2004 | 11:11 AM EST | Mark B

While no image is yet available, and you can’t place an order for it yet, Amazon (and Toys R Us) has a page up for Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter from Hasbro. This is believe to be a new TRU exclusive ship that will retail for $29.99. While you can’t order this yet, you can sign up for emails from Amazon when the item becomes available (and you can add it to your wish list so you don’t have to go find it again when it becomes available!)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Topps Evolution Signed Cards
January 20, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

With the advent of the new Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards, with all of the subset, promo and chase cards, I serached Ebay and present to you the autographed chase cards from the 2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Trading Card set.

The Evolution set was a way to bridge Episode I and the classic trilogy, with photos of original characters and the new characters. The cards themselves are foil, with nice large photos and cool info on the back. Along with 2 character subsets, there were autographed cards, which 1 could be found in every 37 packs. The autograph cards are really great looking and some are very very rare and expensive. I have included a few auctions featuring some of the cooler autograph cards as well as a large lot of cards to get your Evolution collection started today!

Lot of Evolution Cards with Greedo Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Chewbacca Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Vader Autograph Card

 


 

EPII Anakin Lightsaber Update
January 20, 2004 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark B

A small update on the new Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Lightsaber replica. The ordering date of the 22nd is only for Master Replicas Collectors Society Members, it will be available for everyone to order on Friday the 23rd. And, in the email I received this morning announcing the product, there is also going to be a signature edition of the Anakin Lightsaber available that will be autographed by Hayden Christensen. It was my understanding that the entire run would be only 1500 pieces, so I don’t know how many will be signature. More details on Thursday!

 


 

More Great Customs Reference At The Official Site
January 20, 2004 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

The Hyperspace section of The Official Site has added another great reference photo for customizers. This time it’s of a H’nemthe (alien from the Cantina). This particular shot comes from the Holiday Special, however this alien was in the ANH Cantina scene as well.
Click here to check it out.

 


 

Clone Wars Topps Trading Cards
January 19, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Keri

As reported by the official site, Topps will be releasing a set of Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards to include some pretty secret and crazy chase cards. The chase cards include 10 stickers, reminiscent of the vintage sets, 10 battle motion cards, and 2 widevision autograph cards that didn’t make it into the AOTC set: Jack Thompson (Cliegg Lars) and Anthony Phelan (Lama Su). That’s not counting the character cards nor the 3 Promo cards, one will be available at the retail level, one at hobby shops and one at a uber-secret online location.

You may read more about the story and see the pictures of cards P1 and P2here.

 


 

Now Arriving FAO MR Lightsabers
January 19, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers who were ordered early enough to have their MR Vader’s saber order fulfilled. These readers wanted to let us know that their sabers were sitting on their doorsteps today. Thanks to everyone who wronte in.

 


 

Jabba’s Palace Wave Carded Photos
January 19, 2004 | 3:22 PM EST | Bill

Carded photos of the Jabba’s Palace wave have surfaced on Ebay.

We’ve updated the 2004 Product Guide with all the new images, even card backs, here. If you want to browse the seller Mimidog4428’s auctions Click here.

 


 

Official Release of MR EII Anakin
January 19, 2004 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark B

 

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Well, now that you spent your hard earned dollars over the weekend at theMaster Replicas Winter Clearance Sale, Master Replicas is announcing an all new Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber Replica! The Official Star Wars Website has some new details on this amazing replica. Its my understanding that this saber is going to be quite a bit heavier than previous replicas due to it being made out of machined brass rather than aluminum. And although it looks very similar to the Darth Vader lightsaber in its style, the Anakin Lightsaber is actually quite a bit smaller than the Vader replicas.

The Anakin EPII Lightsaber goes on sale on Thursday the 22nd of January for $349.99. Its a limited edition of only 1500 pieces, so it is sure to sell out quickly! Make sure you head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday of this week to get one of these ordered for February delivery.

 


 

Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 18, 2004 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is a custom masterpiece courtesy of loyal YakReader Luann, as she describes her creation:

My favorite is my maul, I did him myself and he is the best fully articulated piece around. He been my favorite first time I saw him on Episode1, everything about him just makes your heart thump. So I decided to make a full scale maul, he can do everything but talk,but hopefully one day have that fixed too.


Remember to email your Falcon Favorite item from your collection to mehere.

 


 

How Did The Mon Calamari Cruiser Get Its Look?
January 18, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new feature for members of the Hyperspace section of The Official Site. The newest story there has a series of conceptual designs for the republic’s ship in Return of the Jedi which would eventually become known to fans as the organic looking Mon Calamari Cruiser. Check it out here.

 


 

Wal-Mart The Finale!
January 18, 2004 | 12:42 AM EST | Keri

The Final word on the Wal-Mart set-ups or lack there of from an anonymous employee of the store itself:

as far as the star wars section, each wal-mart in differnet regions will get different sections based on the star wars product sold. so if the store in your area did not do so well selling star wars product then there section got smaller to only 3 pegs of figures and a section for the lightsabers. now on the other side of the fence if your store in your area did well then your star wars section would have 6 to 8 pegs for figures ,section for unleased, section for sabers and a section for the ultra wave. I have one more thing for you guys to if your store did not get the new sections you will still get the unleased and ultra waves but only a few cases to those stores, so meaning once they sell they sell and they wont get it back in till a new wave comes out….these would not be regular items. i hope this helps you guys out!

 


 

Master Replicas Winter Sale Update
January 17, 2004 | 3:05 PM EST | Mark B

The “Cursed One” tells me that there is some additional savings to be had on the Master Replicas Winter Clearance Sale. The FX Luke and FX Vader sabers are currently on sale for $97.30….BUT, at the final checkout point on your order, if you choose to pay in full (rather than their payment plan), they take an additional $25 off your order, bringing the total to $72.30 (and shipping is free!). This is also the model WITH display stand!

 


 

FAO Update Part 2
January 17, 2004 | 11:53 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers on the FAO MR Vader’s light saber issue. It seems that some people’s orders have already shipped, due for delivery in the next few days, so there was apparently some stock at FAO after all. It sounds like the issue was their webpage failing to immediately update when they sold out.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!

 


 

Wal-Mart Finds Pt. 2
January 17, 2004 | 1:45 AM EST | Keri

As many readers have written in to me, not every Wal-Mart is resetting their shelves to include the Star Wars goodness that some readers’ stores have been lucky enough to acquire.

I would like to add that none of my local Wal-Marts are even getting in new figs, much less adding any extra space for Unleashed etc. The best suggestion I can offer is talking to your Wal-Mart manager, or avoid the process altogether and shop at a friendly online store as I personally have no control over the stocking or arrival of new figs at any store anywhere.

 


 

FAO MR Vader Sabers Update
January 16, 2004 | 9:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Randy wrote in with this update:

“Just an FYI that I don’t think anyone will be getting this.

I just got of the phone with their Customer Service Dept. (had to resolve a billing address problem) and I was told that they didn’t have the lightsaber (I had also ordered the SW Chess set). In fact, they never had them and they are “trying to get them off the website”. I asked if they would be able to get them and she said no.

Another bad sign was that my MC had a temp charge of only $17.73 (the chess set + s/h) not the $52.73 of my order.

Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along.”

We also got a report from Yak Reader Keith:

“All 3 of your sites reported on this deal so I figured I’d drop you all a line. I went to fao.com today to track my FX Saber order and was shocked to see that they had increased my order total to $139.95. I called their 800 number asking about the increase. I was told that I didn’t need to worry about it because my order was cancelled because the FX Sabers were never available in the first place. I smell something fishy here. I bet they realized their error on the pricing in the checkout process and are now cancelling all orders. If this shows up on their website again, they’re gonna have some explaining to do.”

Let us know if you hear different from FAO.

 


 

Huge Winter Sale at Master Replicas
January 16, 2004 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is having a huge “private” (available to everyone!) winter sale on Star Wars Prop Replicas. All are discounted 30%, and quantities are limited.

Thermal Detonator Signature Ed: $209.30
Thermal Detonator As First Built: $174.30
Thermal Detonator Limited Ed: $139.30
Jango Fett Blaster Set: $314.30
Luke or Darth Vader FX Lightsaber: $97.30

And if you have any interest in Star Trek replicas:
First Contact Phaser: $209.30
First Contact Phaser Signature Edition: $279.30

These are some great deals, so head on over today! Offer is good only through Monday at 9am EST or while supplies last.

 


 

New Wal-Mart Discoveries
January 16, 2004 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Damon writes in to share his latest findings at his local Wal-Mart in VA:

just thought I’d let you know that my local Wal-Mart here in VA has just about finished its post-Christmas reset – and dear sweet mother it’s great news! They have added 2 pegs for basic figures (total of 8), there are now 3 pegs for ultra figures, and….THREE PEGS FOR UNLEASHED!!! But that’s not all! On the bottom shelf, below the pegs, there is space for 12″ figures! Last night I found the new Unleashed wave (Han, Yoda, Boba) and the new 12″ wave (Garindan, Obi-Wan, and Jawas). The Unleashed figs sell for $14.96 and the 12″ for $24.96. They’ve also kept space for the lightsabers, though now the electronic ones are lying down again (no vertical packaging) and the basic ones are all in a pile on the bottom shelf next to the 12″ guys. In addition to the expanded shelf space, they are also really stocking up – 2 cases of the Hoth wave and another case of the first Ultra wave.


Damon also notes extra space for LOTR figs, new Spawn Series 24 assortment, Second Matrix assortment and some Spiderman 2 figs as well. Get thee to a local Wal-Mart pronto for a figure run this weekend!

 


 

New Koto Kits
January 16, 2004 | 11:16 AM EST | Mark B

 

 

While not really new news – Star Wars.com has a new story this morning about the next two Koto Vinyl Figure kits coming to the US from Dark Horse Comics. The two new ones will feature Anakin from EPII sporting 2 lightsabers, and Darth Maul. Both are scheduled to ship in May and will retail for just under $100. Check with your local comic book store to order.

 


 

E3 Ship Photo On Line
January 16, 2004 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Members of the Official Site’s hyperspace section have a new spoiler image– this time it’s a ship from a certain planet in E3. Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Theatrical Standees
January 15, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Going to the movies is a great experience, and the theater lobbies are no exception to that. The lobbies are filled with eye candy from floor to ceiling promoting all of the films soon to be released.

Besides posters, there are many different types of advertising from theaters that can be collected today. Although most items are supposed to be sent back to the company from which the theater “rents” the material, often items slip through the cracks and make it out onto the secondary market.

Today’s featured auction is for a standee, made of heavy cardboard, large and colorful displaying the artwork for Empire Strikes Back. These standees are difficult to come by, due to their imposing size, as well as the fact that not all theaters had them, unlike posters. Standees look great in any room and complement a collection very well.

ESB Theater Standee

 


 

New Star Wars SEQUEL Rumor
January 15, 2004 | 5:40 PM EST | Mark B

While this subject has been denied by Lucas MANY times, occassionally a rumor hits the internet about a Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. As most of you know, George Lucas originally intended Star Wars to be a Trilogy of Trilogies (that’s right, 9 movies). But as he has gotten up in years, and realized how much of his life has been spent on these 6 movies, he supposedly has scrapped movies 7, 8 and 9. However, as reported on TheForce.net a British Magazine, Hotdog, has information that Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) contract not only includes Episode III, but that he is also required to be in 7, 8, and 9. Take it with a grain of salt, but we can always hope!

 


 

E3 Taking Shape
January 15, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated on the status of E3. The opening scene (no we won’t tell you here as some people may see it as a spoiler) has had enough of the wizards at ILM’s work that weekly status meetings are now held in a theater to review the footage! If you’re a Hyperspace member, check it here.

 


 

Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
January 15, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

If you did not pre-order the Jedi Warrior 4-pack from Amazon, you can click over and order them. They are in stock and shipping.

 


 

Detailed New LEGO Falcon Photos
January 14, 2004 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated the Toyguide with detailed photos of the new LEGO Falcon.Check them out here Thanks to LEGO for the outstanding pics!

 


 

What’s Next From Hasbro
January 14, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The latest things to surface on potential Hasbro products for this year come to us from Jimmy over at The Trade Federation. We already know that TRU will have a series of exclusive Screen Scenes based on the Jedi Council, however the buzz is that Target may be getting an exclusive scene as well (no word yet on which scene or figures). He also reports that the next figures up for the Unleashed line may include Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider, and Bossk, with Aayla’s name surfacing very frequently.

It looks like a great year.

 


 

Vader FX Saber CHEAP
January 14, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote in with what may well be the buy of the year– the Master Replicas Vaders FX Saber at the unbelieveable price of $35.00. It seems FAO’s web page has decided to mark it way way way down! Although when you pull up the saber on the webpage it shows $139.99, after you put in your card, complete the info and get to payment method, the total drops to under 60 bux (shipping is stiff at $18.95 but hey with this big a discount…) To order click here.

UPDATE: Sold out.

 


 

Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite 
January 14, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Keri

The very First Falcon Favorite comes courtesy of YakReader Adam Garrett, and provides a story many of us can relate to.

My favorite item in my entire collection is my Emperor’s Royal Guard (or the Red Guard as we called it) from the vintage ROTJ line. Here’s the story as to why I love this figure so much:

When I was 3, growing up in Toronto, Canada, we went to see the original showing of ROTJ in the theatre. This was a big deal for me, going downtown and riding on the subway. We got to the movie, me with my red guard clenched in my hand, and sat down to see the show. During the climactic Death Star father/son duel, my dad got paged and we had to leave the theatre – I watched the end of the film peeking through the crack in the theatre door while my dad was on the phone. On the ride home, disappointed from missing the end, I loosened my grip on my toy and at a busy stop exchange got bumped and dropped my figure to his horrible demise on the subway tracks. My parents never replaced him. As soon as I took up collecting again, he was the first thing I bought – to remind me of my earliest childhood memory and a simpler time.


I want to thank everyone for their responses so far, and I ask everyone to be patient as I WILL post each story one at a time on Wednesday and Sunday every week.

 


 

A New Feature – Falcon Favorite!
January 14, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Keri

It’s a brand new year, time for a brand new feature here at Yakface called Falcon Favorite!

Han Solo happens to be my favorite character in the Holy Trilogy, and of course as we all know, Han’s favorite item was the Falcon herself, which is what this new feature is based upon.

In every collection, there is ONE favorite item, whether based on rarity, childhood memories, or straight out one of a kind coolness…everyone has ONE favorite that shines above all other items in their collection. This whole feature is about ONE Item, not the amount of items that make up your collection, not a wall of figures, not shelves of toys…ONE ITEM!

So Here are the Rules:
1. If you would like your favorite item from your collection featured here with a brief description of why it is your favorite then please email me here. You may send a photo, but are not obligated to send one if you don’t have a camera.
2. The picture Must be of the ONE Favorite Item BY ITSELF! If you send me a picture of your entire collection, I will NOT Post It…This is strictly about ONE Item and ITS Relevance to You!
3. If you wish to send a photo – Please send one that is a reasonable size, not the size of a postage stamp, and not Giant Sized 10 megs either, which causes my mailbox to explode upon impact!
4. Please also send a brief explanation, NOT NOVEL length description of Why this particular item is YOUR Favorite.
5. Any Item may be sent in as long as it is Star Wars related…Vintage, Modern, Custom, Bootleg, Common, Rare, ANYTHING STAR WARS!

Twice a week, on Wednesday and on Sunday I will post a Falcon Favorite. Again, send your Falcon Favorite in here to share with everyone!

 


 

Figures Go Even Lower at Target
January 14, 2004 | 2:26 PM EST | Mark B

Looks like Target is dropping their clearance prices even further. In the North Dallas area Targets, prices have been reduced to $1.18! Clone Troopers with Speeder Bikes were also found for $2.50. Thanks to Jeremy for the info! (This price may not be nationwide, check with your local Target for additional info).

 


 

Master Replicas EII Anakin Saber
January 14, 2004 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark B

 


Today I found a new photo of the upcoming Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber. Look for this item to be announced “officially” on Master Replicas website soon. It is scheduled to ship sometime in April. Master Replicas currently has quite a few items on “Last Call” (less than 10% of edition remaining) – including the brand new Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber, the Signature Edition Thermal Detonator, and the Ultra Cool Mace Windu Lightsaber. So, if you’ve been waiting to get these (or any other MR Replica) head on over there today!

 


 

KB Toys Files for Bankrupcy
January 14, 2004 | 10:44 AM EST | Jair

Following FAO Schwartz, another mayor toy retailer files for Bankrupcy. This time is KB Toys. Click here to read the article.

 


 

How Do Figures Evolve?
January 13, 2004 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation gives us a little insight into the process with an early prototype Arena Mace Windu. Check out the pics here.

 


 

Star Wars: Battlefront
January 13, 2004 | 7:15 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has some great new info on the upcoming online multiplayer game called Star Wars: Battlefront. The game will be available for PC, X-Box, and Playstation 2. Unlike the current online Star Wars game, this one will also have single player modes (but will be coolest when you are playing with a group of your friends – or enemies!). You’ll get to visit 10 different planets and use 15 different vehicles. Follow the link above for more details.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder
January 13, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

As many collectors know, the Kenner division in the UK was known as Palitoy. For the completist searching for every Palitoy vehicle, or those simply wishing for an interesting variaiton on a classic vehicle need not look any further than the auction featured today.

The Landspeeder was among the first Kenner vehicles introduced in 1978 after the popularity of the original movie. The Landspeeder offered a simplistic design, molded in orange plastic with stickers to apply inside the cockpit and under the hood. Luke and Obi-Wan could sit in front, with the droids in the rear. The Landspeeder could appear to hover as in the film, courtesy of 3 wheels which would also allow it to “float” over the desert to the Mos Eisley Cantina playset across the room. The interesting thing about the Palitoy version is the vehicle itself, and the photo on the box being different from the US Version. Click on through below to compare to the US Version box photo and begin your vintage foreign collection today!

UPDATE: YakReader Todd points out also that the Palitoy Landspeeder has no button on the front to open the hood, therefore the hood does not open at all, as the US Version has the opening hood. So, the Palitoy version is a true variant.

Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder

Vintage US Kenner Landspeeder

 


 

LEGO Falcon
January 13, 2004 | 12:08 PM EST | Mark

The new falcon is on show at the French Toy-Fair. You can read the whole article at Action-Figures.com. Stop by and check out the article and the images. Many loose shots of the ship and figures. The site is running a little slow. Thanks to Matt Booker for the info.

 


 

Pre-Order New Figure Sets…
January 13, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth you can pre-order 3 new case assortments coming this year…

The Hall Of Fame Assortment
Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Hall of Fame (HOF) action figure assortment Wave 3. This assortment features previously released figures with all-new packaging. Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca Mechanic (NEW), 1x HOF R2-D2 (NEW), 1x HOF C-3P0 (NEW), 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant (NEW), 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x HOF Yoda (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive (NEW), 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan (NEW), 1x HOF Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room (NEW)

Basic Figures Wave 4
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 4, loosely based on the Jabba’s Palace theme. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise (NEW), 2x J’ Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Holographic Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 1x R1-G4, 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Luke Skywalker – Return of the Jedi

Basic Figures Wave 5
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 5. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 1x Elom (Tanus Spijek) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Dutch Vander – Gold Leader (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x General Jan Dodonna – Battle of Yavin (NEW), 2x Captain Antilles – Fans Choice #5 (NEW), 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x J Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien, 1x Hologram Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight

 


 

You Had Questions… John Has Answers…
January 13, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

John has updated with his 1st QNA of the year. CLICK on over to read it. Then send in your own questions and he will get you those answers….

 


 

The End Is Not Near…
January 13, 2004 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

After reading all the info about LEGO and the troubles they had, Jacob McKee from LEGO has answered the bell on FBTB.net, click here to read his entire posting and his explaination of what LEGO intends to do with the Star Wars and Harry Potter lines. Good news for both.

 


 

Do Ya Feel Lucky?
January 13, 2004 | 6:55 AM EST | Mark

There is only one Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (58% off) left at the low price of $124.98. Click on over if you would like to pick one up.

 


 

Attention UK Fans
January 12, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is reporting that the Official UK Star Wars Fan Club (UKSWFC) is planning to revamp itself. This is where you UK and Eire TPU’ers come in. The UKSWFC has asked TPU to provide some feedback, which could help them to improve the FC. So TPU has put together two surveys for you all to fill in. So if you have never joined, please fill out the Non Members survey. If you were once a member or are currently a member, then fill out the Members survey. This is your chance to give some positive feedback, ideas, suggestions and to tell them what they are doing wrong and what they should do to make it right.

However, it doesn’t stop there! Do you have some questions you would like passed on to the UKSWFC? If so you can now send them in via TPU’s Ask the UK Star Wars Fan Club section. Just fill Email Pete at TPU.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Commerative Jackets
January 12, 2004 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

The two jackets featured in Ebay auctions that I have chosen today are not only very warm but also very stylish and collectible.

The jackets both commemerate milestones in the history of the Star Wars Films, one the 20th Anniversary of A New Hope, the other The Release of the Special Edition. One of the things common to both jackets is the year commemerated is the same: 1997. Both jackets are made in the High School/Letterman style, in other words, the body of the jacket is wool with embroidery on the front and rear, while the sleeves are made of leather and both are bargain priced. The Special Edition Jacket has a large Vader Helmet on the back, which is very cool. The 20th Anniversary jacket has the simple Logo in gold with the large Rebel symbol behind it.

These jackets will definetely keep out the cold air of the winter while keeping you in Star Wars style!

20th Anniversary Jacket

Special Edition Vader Jacket

 


 

ROTJ Generals in Plastic
January 12, 2004 | 3:45 PM EST | Mark B

 

 


Hasbro and StarWars.com have just released new photos of some upcoming figures from Return of the Jedi featuring 3 of the Generals from that movie. We’ve got Han Solo as AT-ST Commander, New Lando General, and (one of the few vintage figures that hadn’t been redone in the current line) General Madine. Follow the link above for more details.

 


 

What’s Out? What Is Still Coming?
January 12, 2004 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

If you’re trying to figure out which toys are in stores now, and what is still on the way check out our 2004 Product List. We’ve updated to let you know which items are in stores now to aide you in your hunt for new toys. We’ll continue to update it as new items are announced, rumored, and surface at retail.

 


 

Brians Toys @ Amazon?
January 11, 2004 | 7:01 PM EST | Mark

This is interesting. While searching for new toys… You can now buy OLD toys at Amazon.com from Brians Toys….

These are the offerings that he has at this point.

Star Wars Saga Beast Acklay
Luke Skywalker in Jedi Knight Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983)
Tri-Pod Laser Cannon Mint in Sealed Original Package (1983)
Power of the Force: Darth Vader (Removable Helmet) with Freeze Frame Action Slide
Power of the Force 12″” Han Solo Endor with Magnetic Detonators
Darth Vader Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983

 


 

Target Exclusive Glasses Packaged Photos
January 11, 2004 | 6:01 PM EST | Bill

You know product will be hitting the shelves before long when packaged samples start to surface. This time Boba_JP has come through with packed photos of the Obi Wan and Darth Maul Target Exclusive figure/glass sets.

Check them out in our 2004 Product Guide here.

 


 

Hall Of Fame Photos Revealed
January 11, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill

The Hall Of Fame Assortment was originally announced as a reissue wave, of figures which have seen the pegs before on new cards. While long time collectors may not be thrilled with this wave, newer collectors may be happy to see some old figures re-released again. Check out the pics in our 2004 product guide here. Thanks to Boba_JPBoba_JP for the pics!

 


 

Continues The Clone Wars Will
January 10, 2004 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

The second half of the very popular Cartoon Network Clone Wars Animates Series will appear in March! Check out the full story at The Force.net

 


 

The End of Star Wars Legos?
January 10, 2004 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B

This Article at Yahoo! News talks about the HORRIBLE year Lego had in 2003. Two of their top executives were fired over the results – and one of them was responsible for the movie tie-in lines (Harry Potter and Star Wars). The article also mentions that while these lines have increased sales, they have not earned that high of a margin for Lego due to the increased cost of manufacturing. The story eludes seems to say that these tie-in lines will be coming to an end while Lego will be focusing on its core business of making regular building blocks.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Spoons!
January 9, 2004 | 6:27 PM EST | Keri

You probably would not use these spoons to eat with, but they sure look great with any vintage display of oddities!

Produced around the time of A New Hope’s Original release back in ’77 these unliscened spoons provide a unique conversation piece to a collection. The spoons are patterned after the small souvenir spoons of the 1940s-60s that were popular tourist items to buy at such places as Niagra Falls, etc. The Star Wars spoons have small laminated pictures, taken from the Topps trading card stickers and are colorful and cool as all get out!

Click on through below to get the utensil section of your Star Wars collection complete today for a bargain price!

Vintage Set of 7 Star Wars Photo Spoons

 


 

Amazon Rings In The Cold Weather…….
January 9, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

New in stock are these figs:
***UPDATED 1PM**
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
ACH-MED BEK

Also in stock:
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon)
Unleashed Han Solo
Unleashed Yoda
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Droid 3-Pack
Durge with Swoop Bike

If you have some cash, the following Sabers are still on sale…

Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) (40% off) $299.99
Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99

 


 

Attention Customizers, Senatorial Aide Photo
January 9, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site‘s Hyperspace section has updated its Beneath The Helment feature with a photo of photo of one of Bail Organa’s Aides. If you’re into customizing senators and their staffs, this is for you. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Hidden Treasures
January 8, 2004 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay on a daily basis, sometimes we are lucky enough to run across an elusive item that a seller may not realize as something hard to find. Other times, items may be listed incorrectly. The happy result is a bargain find delighting any collector.

Today’s feature is not really a rarity, but if it is a piece you have been searching for to complete a display then it is a real find indeed! The featured auction below is for the simple, yet wonderful cardboard backdrop from the 1980 Kenner ESB Sears Cloud City Playset. Though not as detailed as any backdrop produced today, it still looks great in its familiar vintage surroundings.

ESB Cloud City Playset Backdrop

 


 

Target Clearances Pt. 2
January 8, 2004 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

I went to my local Super Target here in Dallas, TX and was able to pick up a 12″ Leia Speederbike for $12.48 as well. Also on clearances were some selected AOTC figures for $2.38, Lego Hailfire Droid for $24.44, Lego AT-AT for $49.99, 1st Series Lego Mini Ships for $1.48, and Lego Jabba’s Prize for $3.42. This was all found down multiple clearance aisles at the beginning of the toy aisles. Please keep in mind not all Targets are clearancing this low, my fiance went to a Target located in Carrollton this morning where the 12″ Leia was still ringing up $49.99. However, with some persistence I am sure the clearance bargains will be found throughout the US.

UPDATE: More Reports are coming in from Chino Hills, San Bernadino and Sacramento, CA of the $12.84 12″ Leia Speederbike Clearance Madness! I would suggest making a toy run to your local Target ASAP…these Leia’s are flying out the doors quick!

 


 

The Art Of Star Wars Continues… In Japan
January 8, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Lucasfilm has assembled a second traveling exhibit focused on the Art of Star Wars. This show focuses on the prequels and is opening in Kyoto, Japan, and will tour the country over 2004. Check out the full story on The Official Site here

 


 

More Target Clearances
January 7, 2004 | 6:39 PM EST | Mark B

We are getting quite a few emails about Target clearances and the great finds people are getting – from Hasbro Figures to Legos. Keep checking your Target stores for some great after-holiday sales! Our latest report comes from NY where 12″ Leia with Speederbikes have been found for $12.48!

**Update** I am hearing that quite a few people are snagging the $12.48 Leia with Speederbike including the Plano, TX Target (thanks Jeremy), and I picked one up this morning at the Eagle, ID store where they probably had a dozen of them left. The clearances are not the same at every store – the store I went to had 8 of the Lego AT-AT and they were still coming up at $99.99 (not the $49.99 that we have been hearing people get them at).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Thimble!?
January 7, 2004 | 4:38 PM EST | Keri

As a collector, you thought you had it all…the lunchboxes, the prop replicas, the statues, the coins, the steins, the underoos, and the suncatchers, just to name a few items. The focus of today’s article proves just how far reaching the Star Wars films have gone in terms of items produced.

Today’s auction brings a liscened Bone China thimble (yes like the ones used for sewing) with the Episode I Logo handpainted on it. This is more of a collectible thimble, and one you would not want to use while sewing your Jedi Robes. The thimble was made in England, specifically in Stoke-On-Trent. I know there were many more designs available of characters, but I am unsure of how many were exactly produced.

This is a great piece for the collector who seemingly has everything and a great way to kick off the Star Wars thimble portion of your collection!

Episode I Logo Bone China Thimble

 


 

Clearance Clones
January 7, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Paul wrote in to let us know that his Wal-Mart in Wisconsin had marked their remining Clone Wars figures (mostly Anakin), down to just a buck. Wal-marts clearances are frequently left up to individual store managers, but it still might be worth checking your local store. Good hunting!

 


 

LEGO Hailfire Droid
January 7, 2004 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

 

Do you still need this? Check out your local Target stores. They have almost all the LEGO’s on sale. I picked one up yesterday for just over $24.00

 


 

Want To Be The First To Read Survivor’s Quest
January 6, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has a drawing for expanded universe fans. If you want to be one of the first 14 to read Survivor’s Quest, be sure to go over to The Official Site and sign up for the drawing. Good luck!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Lot of Ep. I Figures MOC
January 6, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave sends in this auction for 54 Episode I Commtech figures all MOC, along with a few POTJ included. This is a nice lot at a reasonable price, especially considering how difficult some of the Ep. I were to find, like Swimming Jar-Jar, TC-14, Sio Bibble and Hologram Sidious. Click on through to the link below to check out this great auction!

Lot of 54 Episode I Figures MOC

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Premiums Pt. 2 
January 6, 2004 | 5:02 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of yesterday’s auctions, I focus again on Burger King sponsored premiums. Today’s focus will be on one of my personal favorite items, the ESB Super Scene Collection Book.

I can remember going down the street to Burger King, begging for an ESB Luke glass, (which my father kindly bought for me!) and getting as a bonus the Super Scene Collection Book and one set of stickers. I was thrilled beyond belief and I remember looking at that album while listening to my ESB Story LP Record, thinking of all the cool scenes in the movie. I never completed the album, and eventually through moves it was thrown away. I was able to purchase the entire set of stickers and the album shortly after I began collecting over 15 years ago and it was really great to see an old friend again and relive those memories.

This is a really cool item to add to your food premiums collection that won’t break the bank either!

ESB Super Scene Book & Complete Set of Stickers

 


 

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Meet
January 6, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Keri

If you are in the DC Area and would like to find out more about the Star Wars Collecting Club, you may attend their Monthly Meeting Saturday January 10th, 2004 from 1pm-5pm for more information on the group and the meeting location please check www.dcswcc.com

 


 

Target Glasses
January 6, 2004 | 3:43 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has a new story about the collectors glasses/figures coming to Target this spring. The photo shown has been seen before, but not quite as clear as the one at the official site. Click the link above to see all 5 of the Target exclusive glasses.

 


 

Clone Wars Animated Figures
January 6, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

Just a heads up to those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the new Clone Wars Animated Figures that are a Target Stores exclusive. These are now starting to hit retail. I found the first wave today (along with the new deluxe figures – Riekkan, Wampa and C3PO) at one of my local Targets. Happy Hunting!

 


 

New Star Wars Hardback by Timothy Zahn
January 6, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Keri

Survivor’s Quest ($18.17) a new Expanded Universe Novel by Timothy Zahn is due to hit bookstores as well as online stores in Hardback on February 3rd. The story looks to be an interesting one, following the further adventures of married Jedi couple Luke and Mara Skywalker. You may read a brief synopsis of the story from the inside cover and preorder the book from Amazon.com here.

Other Pre-Orders:
Star Wars: Medstar 1: Battle Surgeons June 29th (PB)
Star Wars Galaxies: Space Expansion : Prima’s Official Strategy Guide June 3rd (PB)
Star Wars Boba Fett : A New Threat April 2004 (PB)
Star Wars Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds March 2004 (HC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabim March 2004 (PB)

 


 

Classic Trilolgy on DVD will be Extra Special Editions
January 6, 2004 | 8:41 AM EST | Bill

Someone has finally found Lucas describing this fall’s release of the Classic Trilogy on DVD. The Force.net has posted a report that Lucas says he will finally be able to release the Classic Trilogy as he wanted released originally when they come out on DVD. So it looks like the DVD release will be versions 1.3 for A New Home, Empire, and Jedi. Click here for their full report.

 


 

Natalie Portman Talks E3 Details
January 5, 2004 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

A few more details are slipping out on E3, This time The Force.net found an interview with Natalie Portman on MTV with a few tidbits. If you’re a spoiler fan,Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Glasses
January 5, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Keri

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! I return to my Bounty Hunting series today with not only great looking, but functional vintage glasses brought to you by Burger King.

Back before endless refills were free and a large drink was the size today’s medium, Burger King offered a set of 4 vintage glasses for each film in the original Trilogy. For only 25 cents you could purchase a Star Wars glass featured that week and relive the film through your own hero or villian glass. The glasses have great bold artwork, done in the unmistakable 70s & 80s style. If you are looking for complete sets to go with the upcoming Target glasses and figures, search no further than the auctions below for some great deals!

Set of 4 A New Hope Glasses

Set of 4 ESB Glasses

Set of 4 ROTJ Glasses

 


 

Looks Like Geonosis to Me!
January 5, 2004 | 11:52 AM EST | Mark B

 


I know with the holidays some people may have been too busy to catch up on some real world news stories. One in particular that I’m sure is of interest to our readers is the successful landing of the new Mars Rover by NASA over the weekend. Color Photos are due from NASA today. Given what they have released so far in black and white, we are due for some impressive new views of the Red Planet. Additional information about the mission and the best site for new photos that are released is Mars Rover NASA website.

 


 

E3 Character News Update
January 4, 2004 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill

Because it’s a potential spoiler, we won’t go into it here, however The Force.netis reporting an interesting tidbit from the Jedi Council Forums regarding Wayne Pygram playing a chracter in Epside III. Click here for the spoiler and speculation.

 


 

Target Exclusive Glass and Skirmish At Carkoon Pictures
January 3, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

We now know a lot more about some upcoming exclusives. First the Target glasses, so far the only figure/glass whose image has surfaced is Obi-Wan from A New Hope. Now, more images have surfaced, Luke in his snowspeeder flight suit with what appears to be a removable helmet for Empire, and slave Leia for Jedi. Darth Maul Tatooine, and Anakin hanger duel for The Phantom Menace and Clones respectively. On the Carkoon 4 pack, we get a reissue of the sail barge canon from the Deluxe Leia; Klaatu, Barada, and Nitko from the Skiff Guards Cinema Scene, and a revised Han Solo. Kudos to the scavengers atThe Jawa who scored the pix. Check them out here.

 


 

New 12″ At Meijers
January 3, 2004 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yodatmaster wrote in to let us know that he found the new 12″ Garindan/Obi-Wan/Jawa wave at his local Meijers store this morning. Good hunting everyone!

 


 

2004 Product List Updated
January 3, 2004 | 7:49 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our comprehensive list of confirmed and rumored 2004 product.Click here to check out the revised list. 2004 is certainly looking like a great year with lots of figures which have never seen plastic before as well as producing even more of the characters from the vintage line in the modern POTF2/Saga packaging.

 


 

Wanna Buy An All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) ???
January 3, 2004 | 12:55 AM EST | Joseph

While doing my daily surfing on the internet I came across a very unusual Ebay auction for an All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) that is over 4 meters tall!!! You’ve got to see it to believe it. Click here to see it.

 


 

Gotten Your Dose Of E3 Spoilers Lately?
January 2, 2004 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

The crew over at The Private Universe has come up with some minor, but very interesting spoilers from E3 which supposedly came from George Lucas himself while looking at lightsaber hilt props. Click here to check it out.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Mike wrote in to point out that these spoilers are direct quotes from the second Episode III web documentary that is available to download for Hyperspace members.

 


 

Q’s needed for A’s
January 2, 2004 | 3:04 AM EST | Muse

First, let me wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year.

After a long delay due to some crazy work deadlines, I am putting together the first Q&A of the New Year.

If you have any questions you need answers for, I am anxious to hear them. I plan to be more regular with the columns in the new year and to do that, I will need your help. It’s the whole symbiotic circle blah blah thing…

Send in your questions here .

 


 

Kotobukiya Darth Maul !!! 
January 1, 2004 | 1:15 PM EST | Joseph

For fans that have been eagerly awaiting the Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Maul model kit, several have started showing up on Ebay. You can get there by clicking here

 


 

12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set 
January 1, 2004 | 12:51 PM EST | Joseph

For those of you who are looking for the new 12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set dnstoys.com has them in stock right now for $73.99.

 


 

Amazon Unleashed
January 1, 2004 | 11:48 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick up the…
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) and the Unleashed Han Solo if you still need them.

 


 

2004 Star Wars Wishlist
January 1, 2004 | 9:41 AM EST | Jason

Happy New Year to everyone. I was thinking this morning of what
I would like to see in 2004 and came up with a top 10 list. You
can check it out Here. Let me know if you agree
or not.

December 2003 Archive

Luke FX Master Replicas
December 22, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick this bad boy up for the LOW LOW price of $77.99 over atSears.com

 


 

2004 Product List Updated
December 22, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Once again, we’ve compiled all the latest news, rumors, and confirmed reports to provide you the most comprehensive 2004 product list possible. We’ve updated the 2004 product guide here.

 


 

Kubrick Fan?? Have They Got A Secret For You!
December 22, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

Medicom seems very happy to push out surprises as they release cases of figures. From the Star Wars case for series #2 they had the White Shoulder Sandtrooper, the different instruments for the Cantina Band Member, and the Ultimate Indiana Jones. Now comes the rarest.
From the Be@rbrick series 7 assortment, one of the hidden characters is Wicket. Thanks to Boba_jp, we get some awesome shots of it.


 


 

Got The Latest E3 Rumors/Spoilers?
December 22, 2003 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net has updated their Episode 3 coverage with more news rumors and speculation, including the 411 on a new character. Click here to check it out.

 


 

LEGO Mini’s In Stock & Unleashed Yoda
December 20, 2003 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for these….

Unleashed Yoda
Mini Vehicle: The Imperial Shuttle
Mini Vehicle: Star Destroyer
Mini Vehicle: Sith Infiltrator
Mini Vehicle: All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer

Only One left of these…
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) $174.98 (50% off)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pop-Up Comic Book
December 18, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Keri

The mating of a pop-up book and a comic seems like a match made in Heaven to me, especially since I love both forms of books. Today’s auction is also a big plus since the book is about my all time favorites, the Bounty Hunters.

Released by Dark Horse in 1996, titled Star Wars Battle of the Bounty Hunters, this is a hardcover book with comic artwork, including 3-D pop-ups to illustrate the story further. This book is long out of print and tells the story of Boba Fett after ESB on his perilous trek to Jabba’s Palace with the precious cargo of Solo in Carbonite on Slave I.

If you are looking for a great book to add to your collection, or a super last minute gift, click on through below.

Battle of the Bounty Hunters Pop-Up Book

 


 

Headless Asajj Ventress?!
December 18, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris sends along this, to say the least interesting example of Asajj Ventress he picked up in a Knoxville, TN TRU. As he puts it “Hasbro kwality kontrol at its best”. Enjoy!

 


 

Lars Homestead Padme Cloak Variation
December 18, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

YakReader scoobacca reports in with this interesting variation on a new Padme:

I stumbled across an interesting variant of the Padme Amidala Lars Homestead action figure. Her outer cloak is all BLACK with some minor silver accents. There’s no hint of blue to be seen anywhere. I’m attaching some pics so you can see for yourself which shows a comparison with my loose Padme figure I personally own.


 


 

Master Replicas Customer Service is BomBad!
December 18, 2003 | 12:39 PM EST | Jason

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of Master Replicas Items.
I consider the Han Blaster one of my favorite items in my collection,
but I wanted to share my experience with Master Replicas Customer
Service.

After 5 Customer Service Tickets, 8 phone calls, and 4 e-mails, I still do not have my Thermal Detonator which I ordered almost 3 weeks ago. I have found customer service really is nothing more than an answering service. They have absolutely no control over decisions that need to be made regarding resolving issues related to updating your order with certificates issued after you place the order, cancelling an order, or processing your card again if it is declined for some reason. All issues are forwarded to the corporate office.

I was even given a personal call from someone named Amy from the corporate office after writing a lengthy e-mail explaining my frustration to purchase a Thermal Detonator. I asked her to simply cancel my order since my current order can’t be processed for some reason. She said she would do this and it is now Thursday and the order is still open. It has been almost 3 weeks since I place my order and I told them I would write a story of my experience with them… and they really did a bang up job of showing how good their customer service is if you have problems with your order.

Great items, but HORRIBLE customer service. This is what you get when you have no competition.

 


 

Amazon Items
December 18, 2003 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

New in stock and coming soon….
Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Saesee Tiin
Durge (Clone Wars)
Star Wars 3 3/4″ Jedi Warriors 4-Pack Release date Dec 26th.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Skateboard 
December 17, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay for a bargain basement price on a nice item, to be given as a Christmas gift, I found many surpises, along with today’s featured auction.

If you are one of the famous last-minute shoppers, or if you may be on a continual hunt for deals to add to your own collection today’s auction is a great example. Most of the Star Wars themed Skateboards are modern designs, of both the original trilogy as well as the prequels. While Skateboards are usually a seasonal item and only available at most toy stores/dept. stores during the spring/summer months Ebay is a store with virtually no seasons.

Click on through below to view a great deal on an unused Skateboard to give as a gift anytime of the year!

Ep. II Heroes Unused Skateboard

 


 

Off Topic – Return Of The King
December 17, 2003 | 9:12 PM EST | Mark

Well, yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Trilogy Tuesday at our local theater. After taking the time to look back at the very long day yesterday, we arrived at 7am to get in line and got home at 2:00am, is WOW! While I do like the original movie Fellowship, the extended version of Two Towers will just blow your mind away. After viewing it on screen, it makes me wonder why they didnt just release this version first. It was in a word AWESOME. If you have not seen the extended version, do so. You will be awed! Today is the official opening of Return of the King. In comparison to the first two, it is just as striking, ringing in at just over 3:20 minutes running time (the extended is supposed to be over 4 hours), it was extremely well done! I have read these books over and over since my teenage years. I have waited twenty years for these movies, and all I can say is, ONLY IF LUCAS could have made his movies after twenty years be a third of what these are…..

Please send in your comments on this third installment and if you attended the Trilogy Tuesday and have images or stories, I will put together a page for this. I know it is not Star Wars, however, I know there are a lot of us fans that loved these movies as well. Send them in to me at hfsolo@yakface.com.

 


 

Newest 12″ Wave Found
December 17, 2003 | 4:52 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Sergio has this promising new report of his latest findings:

Today at a TRU in El Paso, TX, I found the new 12″ Yoda with Council chair and the new 12″ Luke Skywalker. According to the employee I talked to the box comes with 2 Yodas, 2 Lukes, 1 Ewoks, and 1 Scout Trooper. I had given up any hope of finding these figures at stores, but they are out there.

 

 


 

Possible Target Clearance?
December 17, 2003 | 4:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mike writes in with his latest clearance finds at his local Target:

I was just at my local Target store in Downtown Minneapolis, and they had all of their Star Wars figures on clearance for about $2.83. This included newer waves such as the Super Articulated Clone Trooper and Shirtless Kit Fisto. I do not know if this is at all Targets or not.


This may be a hit or miss clearance, as not all stores in all regions clearance out exactly the same. It is worth going on a figure run to check it out if you have the time.

 


 

McQuarrie Stormtrooper Tray Variation
December 17, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

Remember all the variation fun we all had with the whole long saber/long tray or short saber/long tray etc. etc. with the Red Card POTF2 figs? Well, it appears that some of that variation fun and goodness has made a comeback with the new McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper. Check out the images below provided by boba_jp and let the hunt begin!

 


 

New Figures @ Amazon.com
December 17, 2003 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark

New instock if you are looking, You can also still use standard shipping today to get these before X-mas.

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper (super articulated)

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 16, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for the Jabba’s Palace and Yavin figure waves due to ship in March and February ’04. These have been designated waves 4 and 5 respectively by EE.

Darth Vader Lightsaber FX
This FX lightsaber features a permanently attached polypropylene blade which encases an electro-luminescent (EL) core. Once activated, the blade glows brightly and the replica plays back digitally recorded sound effects take directly form the film including power-up, idle-hum, swing, clash and power-down. Integrated sensor switches control the pitch and playback of the lightsaber sounds, including an impact sound when the blade encounters an obstacle.Click here for more.

UPDATE:
In Stock!
Item Number: MRSW202
Price: $138.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas

 


 

Don’t Have Room for the Replica Sabers?
December 16, 2003 | 9:53 PM EST | Mark B

An interesting item that I ran across today as well. Based on the part number of this item, I am going to assume it is from Master Replicas since it matches their product numbering scheme. How about a 1/2 scale Lightsaber Replica??? How about for $37!!!

Here’s the Details:
First in the Series! This 1:2 scaled Lightsaber replica is composed of the same premium material as the full-sized replicas, including machined aircraft-grade aluminum, brass, steel, and durable die-cast metals. Some tiny details are reproduced in injection-molded plastic to ensure razor-sharp reproduction. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom stand with nameplate. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.

****Please note, that this item has not “officially” been announced. I hope to have a photo of it for you the middle of next week.

 


 

Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber
December 16, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Mark B

Look for Master Replicas to announce a new replica lightsaber in their lineup over the next few weeks. They’ll be announcing the Anakin Skywalker Limited Edition Lightsaber (and probably a signature edition as well) – Studio-authorized, the hilt of the lightsaber is constructed from durable die-cast metal components and is an exacting replica of the lightsaber used by Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars Saga (the same blade eventually given to his son by Obi-Wan in Episode IV). Measures approximately 11″ in length. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.

 


 

Would You Like Batteries With Your Jacket Sir?
December 16, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, this definitely falls under “what do I get for the Star Wars Fan who has everything?” – The new Diamond Comics Previews Magazine will be shipped to Retailers next week – but our Bothan Spies have given us a “Preview” of our own. This is probably the most notable item: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE FIBER OPTICS JACKET:
Truly a Star Wars collector’s dream — an actual scene from the movie recreated on a luxurious wool letterman’s jacket! The first in a series, this jacket of surprisingly soft Melton wool, contains tiny fiber optic cables that illuminate a fighter sequence taken directly from Star War Episode IV: A New Hope. Beads of light re-create a space battle between a Tie Fighter and an X-Wing, as the Death Star looms ominously in the background. Along with the fighter sequence, the Star Wars logo is revealed in a lighting sequence that can be seen in the darkest of spaces. Inside, the label verifies this is a “Master Replicas” collectible jacket, approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. The jacket itself is made of the finest quality wool and leather, perfectly weighted for cool weather. A battery pack is concealed in the jacket pocket, and is easily removable. – The downside? $399
Watch for Photos here next week when Previews is shipped.

 


 

Do It Yourself… On The Official Site
December 16, 2003 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with do it yourself instructions for making a TIE fighter to go on your Imperial, err Christmas Tree. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Bicycle
December 15, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Keri

As a 7 year old kid, I remember wanting a bicycle more than anything, it was at the very top of my Christmas list. I will never forget seeing it in the morning when I woke up and then riding it all around the neighborhood that afternoon.

It wasn’t a Star Wars bike that I got that year, but it was a beauty of a blue Schwinn with banana seat ( yes I was born in the 70s! )
With all this said, today’s auction featured is for a Star Wars themed bicycle, specifically one of Darth Maul. Although Huffy produced 2 vintage bikes for ROTJ, one of the Driods for the boys and Ewoks for the girls, they are very difficult to find now in just about any condition and are more for a collector rather than a child to use. Which brings me to the modern bikes produced for Episode I which are very attainable, even if somewhat used.

Today’s auction for a wonderfully inexpensive lightly used Darth Maul bike is great for that special little Sith child in your life, or even the older Sith among us. Click on through below to make someone’s Christmas memories that will last a lifetime!

Darth Maul Boys Bicycle

 


 

Red ARC Troopers at Suncoast & Media Play
December 15, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave writes in to report that Red Arc Troopers galore are hitting Suncoast Video and Media Play in Denver, Colorado.

I went to my local Suncoast at the mall and found Durge w/Speeder Bike, as well as Jedi 3 packs and the Red ARC Trooper here in Dallas, TX. Suncoast is a good place to check for Star Wars figures, the prices are slightly more than Wal-Mart, Target or TRU, but if you are really searching for a specific figure, try a store near you.

 


 

TRU Battle of Hoth Tauntaun Head Correction
December 15, 2003 | 5:05 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tim sends in this latest finding regarding the TRU Battle of Hoth set:

I was at the TRU in Westland, MI yesterday and I saw
the Tauntaun in the Battle of Hoth set had the head
with the full horns not the partially broken one like
before, wich is makes sense since Han’s Tauntaun’s
horns were not broken at all, glad I waited to buy it
till now! Oh btw, the new hoth Han fits perfectly on
that Tauntaun.

 


 

Amazon Vintage Bespin Collectors Set Update
December 15, 2003 | 5:00 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tony sends in this email from Amazon regarding his preorder:

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set, 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.

 


 

Last Day for Christmas Delivery
December 15, 2003 | 8:52 AM EST | Mark B

Just a reminder, if you are a last minute gift shopper. Today is the last day to order from Master Replicas and get your order delivered by Christmas. Head on over today and pick up one of the great new Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker FX lightsabers for only $99!

 


 

Star Construx Updates
December 14, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Today, StarconstruX had the last update for this year.

There are 20 new figures made by Lars Intemann and Harald Flügge, for example Klatuu, Fozek and Danz Borin.
StarconstruX wishes to all our fans “Merry Christmas and a happy new year!Check them out here.

 


 

Master Replica Lightsabers…
December 14, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Mark

Do you have a few extra bucks for the holiday shopping lists? The Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) is at Amazon for $299.99, which is 40% off. Also this has free shipping.

And the Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber is on sale for $99.99, which is 23% off with free shipping.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Neck Ties
December 13, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Keri

Long a staple of traditional Christmas gift-giving, the neck tie remains a classic item to wrap up and give to Dad. However, with a Star Wars neck tie you can make Dad the most stylish and best dressed at work this upcoming New Year.

Most of the Star Wars neck ties produced were made by Ralph Marlin in the early to mid 1990s when the trilogy saw a resurgance in popularity. The ties feature classic artwork we have all come to love, and also immediately recognize. Star Wars themed neck ties were also made with Episode I characters, but the classic images are among the most colorful and beautiful.

Click on through below to get some ties that Dad will thank you for!

McQuarrie Bounty Hunters Neck Tie

McQuarrie Classic Star Wars Art Neck Tie

Ep I Darth Maul Neck Tie

 


 

Durge Back In Stock
December 13, 2003 | 10:43 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock if you are still looking for him, is Durge at Amazon.

Also in stock is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Star Wars Muppet Figure 
December 12, 2003 | 5:30 PM EST | Keri

When thinking of custom made items, whether 12″ dolls or smaller action figures, the possibilites are limited only to one’s imagination. The proof of this is today’s feautured auction for a custom Star Wars themed figure of Miss Piggy.

If you remember the original Muppet Show from the 80’s, you will most likely recall the Pigs In Space skit where Mark Hamill in full Luke ESB attire is desired by Miss Piggy as Princess Leia. Today’s auction is for a custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia on the card, complete with blonde buns and white gown with hood. This is truly a wonderful and unique item for any Star Wars collector!

Custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia

 


 

Real Stands Holiday Half Price Sale And Giveaway
December 12, 2003 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Now through December 24, 2003, Real Stands is running their Holiday half price sale – save 50% on all orders. In addition, they have a contest going for a Silver Boba Fett – 2003 Star Wars Convention Figure! Click here to check them out!

 


 

Red ARC Trooper Variation 
December 11, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

Variation hunters to your local stores! YakReader Damon reports and shares a photo of this variation amongst the Red ARC Troopers:

I just wanted to share what I believe to be ANOTHER new variation for the ARC Trooper. I went to Wal-Mart as usual looking for new figures and was pleased to find 3 new cases. After having an employee open them, I was disappointed to see that they were all wave 1 Clone Wars figures, but was pleased to see the new red ARC Trooper. As I was looking through the red ARC’s trying to find the best paint job, I noticed a difference in the figures from one of the cases. Two of the cases had what I think is the regular version of the figure with a dark grey/black skirt and dark grey pouches. The skirt and pouches are also shiny. However, the third case had a light blue/grey skirt and lighter grey front pouches – the same coloring as the first version ARC Trooper with blue armor. These guys have a matte skirt and pouches, again like the orginal blue ARC. What I was most surprised by is that all of the figures, no matter the variation, have the same date stamp: 32651. Weird stuff, huh?

These pictures show the color differences much better than I thought they would. They’re not true side-by-side shots, each was photographed separately, but I think you can see pretty clearly the differences.


 


 

TRU 12″ Luke Tauntaun Markdown
December 11, 2003 | 9:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Don in Killeen, TX reports in with his savings on the 12″ TRU Luke on Tauntaun:

I went into my local TRU and saw the large pile of Luke with Taun Taun and thought I should scan one since I hadn’t in a while. The tag on the shelf still said $59.99. When I went to the scanner I found that it came up $30.98! Plus, they are having the 20% off any one item sale, so I got it, well actually 5 of them for $24.78 + Tax each! You have to have them ring the figures up individually to take advantage of this!


This offer is also good at toysrus.com where the Luke on Tauntaun is showing a markdown there of $39.98. Use promotional code RK3SAVEGRUPG when checking out to recieve the 20% discount. Please note the 20% coupons are only good in stores through this Saturday 12/13, I am unsure how long the offer is good in the online store.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Christopher Radko Glass Ornaments
December 11, 2003 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices as far as the different Star Wars ormanents produced, ranging from the Hallmark ornaments to today’s feature the hand blown glass ornaments designed by Christopher Radko.

Blown glass ornaments have been made in one form or another primarily in Germany and eastern Europe since the 1800s. Christopher Radko sells ornaments made from “Old World” designs and original molds to be bought at the retail level in today’s marketplace. Radko has also produced a rather impressive line of Star Wars ornaments, including Yoda, Chewie, Vader, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Ewoks, Vader and Luke dueling.

The ornaments were not cheap when they originally sold, but thanks to the secondary market of Ebay, the ornaments can be found at bargain prices. Click on through to the links below to add to your Star Wars tree decorations!

Yoda Ornament

Vader Ornament

Ewoks Ornament

 


 

Gentle Giant News
December 11, 2003 | 3:50 PM EST | Mark B

Gentle Giant, the maker of these really cool RealScan busts, has some announcements that have come up the past couple of days. You can read all about the details over at their website. But, to give you a brief rundown – new busts are officially announced: Clone Trooper Sergeant which will be an online exclusive in the US through a yet to be named retailer, Clone Trooper Pilotwhich will be a Wizard World LA exclusive. The coolest part of their news is the new line of Star Wars Statues! The first is going to be a 15″ Chewbacca which will be an exclusive to Gentle Giant’s Collectors Club (which I have not yet figured out how to join! I’ve checked a couple of the boxes from previous busts and there is no information about this club, and I can’t find any info on their website – more details as I find out!).

***Update – I have received more details from Gentle Giant on the “Collectors Club”. In order to join, all you have to do is join their mailing list. And, the 12″ Statues WILL NOT be exclusive to members. (My guess is that they will be available through Dark Horse Comics like the other Gentle Giant Busts – again, more info when available).

 


 

X-Wing Red Leader Pre-Order
December 11, 2003 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

You can now head over to Amazon.com and Pre-Order the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Red Leader This TRU Exclusive is $29.99

 


 

There May Be Another… Chance For FAO
December 10, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

A number of news outlets are reporting that Ken Hakuta, who brought the Wacky WallWalker to the United States, has expressed an interest is buying FAO Schwartz, he specifically wanted to save FAO before Christmas. Sounds interesting.

 


 

SA Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 3 
December 10, 2003 | 9:01 PM EST | Keri

In the ongoing discussion regarding the new SA (Super Articulated) Clonetrooper, YakReader Oliver writes in with a new discovery as well as a picture:

I just wanted to point out that the new shirtless Kit Fisto has the
EXACT same ankle articulation as the Clone Trooper.


The new Kit Fisto has footpegs, so for whatever reason Hasbro has simply not put them on the new SA Clonetrooper. Perhaps, they may change this in the future, but at this time, all SA Clonetroopers have no foot pegs.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Chess Sets
December 10, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars board games have been produced since the initial film’s release in 1977 and are continually being made for the new prequels today. Of the many board games with characters from the films, I am spotlighting auctions for Star Wars Chess Sets today.

Chess is a game of strategy and thought, one that a person may play for a lifetime. Though some people do not know how to play chess, they may be inspired to learn quickly if the pieces are familiar Star Wars creatures, Jedi and villians. The auctions featured today include Chess encompassing the original trilogy as well as Ep. I and II. Though the original trilogy is a virtual game of Chess that may be played on your PC and not a physical board game, you may play the computer and watch the battles between the pieces take place. The other sets are physical board games from Ep. I and II, with molded PVC pieces to resemble pewter.

The prices are all very reasonable to get you started playing chess, or to give as a gift to that special someone.

Trilogy PC Chess Software

Ep. I Chess Set

Ep. II Chess Set

 


 

Last Call Already!!
December 10, 2003 | 10:24 AM EST | Mark B

I just received an email from Master Replicas announcing that the Darth Maul Battle Damaged Lightsaber is now on LAST CALL (this means that less than 75 of them are left). This is sure to be one of the sabers that will go up in value (take a look at what the “As Built By” Obi Wan sabers are currently selling for!).

If the replica sabers are out of your price range, you can still pick up the FX Vader or Skywalker for a nice holiday gift for yourself or someone you love (Email me here for my shipping address) for $99 delivered! You can also get them with display stand for $139. Order direct from Master Replicas by December 15th and they will get an FX Lightsaber to you before Christmas.

 


 

Minor E3 Spoilers
December 10, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

A couple of actors from E3 appeared at the Cold Mountain premier recently and discussed some of E3. While these aren’t major spoilers by any means, we do learn the name of another E3 character. Check out the full story over at The Private Universe.

 


 

Star Wars: Jedi Warriors 4-Pack!!! 
December 10, 2003 | 1:48 AM EST | Joseph

Action-Hq.com has the new upcoming Jedi Warriors 4-pack in stock for $29.95. To get there you can click here

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Droids Animation Cel
December 9, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

With the latest release of the Cartoon Network animated series of the Clone Wars, I was reminded of the first animated Star Wars series called Droids. First premeired in 1985, the series told of the adventures of 3PO and R2 before they came into Master Luke’s service. Of course, this was all before the backstory that is being told in the prequels.

The Droids cartoon series spawned quite a bit of merchandising material, especially a large amount overseas. Here in the US, Kenner produced a small line of figures with an animation style 3PO and R2, as well as new characters and old ones such as Boba Fett and A-Wing Pilot. Also produced were some vehicles and a lightsaber that resembled Luke’s from ROTJ.

If you wish to own however a piece of the series itself, you may do so with an animation cel, captured as one frame in an episode. The cels are no more than acetate which are painted on from behind with a background placed behind them. Most cels were thrown away or destroyed, but some survived or were sold by the studio itself. Actual production cels are difficult to find, not the mass produced limited seri-cels which are less expensive.

Today’s auction features a production cel of the main characters, the droids themselves, framed with COA and original background. This would be a wonderful gift for the holidays for the Star Wars collector in your life.

Droids Animation Cel

 


 

Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:42 PM EST | Keri

There have been many developments in the unfolding information regarding the new Super Articulated Clonetrooper. There are indeed two packaging poses to choose from, if you wish to keep your figure sealed in his plastic grave.

Regarding the lack of foot pegs, YakReader Adam offers this insight:

If you look on the back of the heel of the new clone trooper figure, you’ll see that the ankle has a large round joint inside of the foot. There aren’t peg holes on the feet because there isn’t room. The peg hole couldn’t possibly be deep enough as the tolerances allow.
The engineering on the jointed ankles actually works really well. They have a good range of motion and are stiff enough to hold their
position. Not having peg holes is a worthy sacrifice. You can
position the foot and stand the figure any way you like, so the peg holes aren’t necessary anyway.

 


 

Clone Wars Figs Wave 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:05 PM EST | Mark B

 


Hasbro has posted images of the second wave of animated Clone Wars figureshere. Included in the second wave are Yoda, Clonetrooper, Durge, and Dooku. These are slated to be a Target exclusive and will be available in the Spring of 2004.

 


 

Customized Stuff Now With Santa Yoda
December 9, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’re a fan of the Official Site’s customized merchandise (mouse pads, mugs, etc.), or you’re just the ultimate completist, there’s some new items you may want to check out. Now you can get the Ralph McQuarrie Santa Yoda image on their products. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Clearance
December 9, 2003 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Check out the list of toys that they have up on clearance. Quite a large list, just scroll down to the Star Wars sections.

 


 

Super Posable Clonetrooper Bubble Variation
December 9, 2003 | 1:36 AM EST | Jason

Here you go, I found both versions at Wal-mart and Target:


And Yes, both do NOT have foot holes… which is really the only
bad thing about this figure. How could hasbro miss this?

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 8, 2003 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Dear Friends,

The holidays are upon us and it seems like everyone is out there shopping! If you are getting tired of fighting the mall crowds, sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and browse www.entertainmentearth.com for your holiday gifts.

Place your order for any IN-STOCK item by December 10, 2003 (using standard shipping) and your packages will arrive in time for Christmas. Last minute shoppers can take advantage of 2nd Day Air delivery and order IN-STOCK items as late as December 19, 2003!

Our domestic shipping rates start at a super-affordable $3.95, and we’ve added a great new FREE shopping feature for your convenience–Gift Messages! You can save time by including a personalized message with your gifts, and prices will never be displayed on the special gift packing slip.

You can order online, or call toll-free 1-800-370-2320. Our extended Customer Service Holiday Hours are: Monday though Friday 7am – 7 pm Pacific Time.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

 


 

On a Quick Side Note…
December 8, 2003 | 5:49 PM EST | Keri

Although not exactly Star Wars related, the new Battlestar Galactica Mini-Series premieres tonight on the Sci-Fi channel at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time. Looks to be pretty cool, especially if you loved the original series with its dazzling special effects designed by John Dykstra who worked on A New Hope.
You can visit the Sci-Fi Channel’s website here for all the Battlestar Galactica program info on both the new and old series.

 


 

Super Articulated Clonetrooper Error?
December 8, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: YakReader Chad reports in with yet another variation, this time having to do with the poses in packaging :

I just found the Super articulated Clone Trooper.The thing I noticed is that Target(which is where I found them).I bought 3 of the clones and noticed that there is one packaged in a crouched position and one standing.


YakReader moonbase7 writes in with a possible error/variation on the brand new super posable Clonetrooper ( which I have yet to see in stores ) Time will tell whether this is a variation/error or something that will be changed quickly by Hasbro.

well, it looks as though we have yet another error on the clone troopers the new super posable clones have no peg holes on the feet i found five today like that.
you would think they need the pegs as all the figures do

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Clone Wars Banner
December 8, 2003 | 3:18 PM EST | Keri

Although the Clone Wars Micro-series is not airing any new episodes on Cartoon Network, the well-animated and well-written cartoon has so far spawned very few promotional items. The action figures and vehicles are trickling out to retail stores, but other items are practically non existent at this time.

Having said that, if you are looking for something Clone Wars that is not a figure or ship, then the auction featured today is right up your alley so to speak.

Banners always look great hanging in any Star Wars room and this Clone Wars banner is no exception. It was originally intended to be placed on top of a taxi cab as an advertisement for the series, but this one was never used. The art looks great on it and the colors are very vibrant. The price is also very reasonable if you wish to pick this up as a Holiday gift. Click on through to the link below to add this unusual banner to your collection today!

Clone Wars Banner

 


 

Deep Discount At TRU
December 8, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’ve been waiting to pick up that new Republic Gunship or something else at TRU, now may be the time. The Sunday paper has a coupon for 20% off of any one item — there is no limit on whether it is a full price or sale item. Happy shopping!

 


 

Shuttle Now Even Lower
December 7, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark

Correct me if I am wrong, but soon this awesome toy will actually be down to an almost realistic retail price. You can now pick up the shuttle over atKBToys.com for the lower price of $59.99 now 40% off.
**UPDATE**
Here are some codes to make it even better…
$10 off a $49 purchase! Use coupon code SEARSKBTOY
$5 off a $40 purchase! Use coupon code KBSUBSCRIBE
$5 off your first purchase of $40 or more! Use coupon code DISCOKIDS
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDECTEN
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDEC10
UPDATE #2
The sales have increased, here are more items:
12″ Gamorrean Guard $9.99
LEGO Blockade Runner $134.99
Master Replicas Vader Lightsaber $199.99 (43% off)
Action Figures $1.99

 


 

2004 Hasbro Star Wars List 
December 6, 2003 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you a list of both the confirmed and rumored figures, ships, and exclusives for 2004. This time around the list includes all of the images we’ve been able to find of upcoming items, and links to the original reports of rumored additions. Click here to check it out. There’s also a link on in our features section on the right side of the page.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Cereal Cards
December 6, 2003 | 12:20 PM EST | Keri

If you enjoy collecting Star Wars trading cards, you know that there are many different cards that came from almost everything around the world.

Today’s feature will focus on vintage cereal cards from Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and Franken Berry. The cards were found inside the boxes as a free premium, with the hope of completing the 18 card set. However, you could also mail away with a little money for the infamous shipping and handling fees, and receive all the cards in a fold out brown vinyl wallet with the Star Wars logo embossed in gold on the front.

The cards look really cool and unmistakeably show their age from their release in 1978. Click on through below to start your cereal card collection now!

Complete Set of 18 Cereal Cards

 


 

Durge In Stock
December 6, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can now pick up Durge

Also on sale is the Star Wars: Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition)$174.98 (50% off) Normally $349.99 only one left.

 


 

How to Build Your Own Bot
December 5, 2003 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

At the official site, there is a very interesting article regarding a new book that happens to be written by an ILM Model Maker named Grant Imahara. It is called Kickin’ ‘Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots from Wiley Publishing and is now for sale on book shelves as well as websites everywhere.

The book provides advice and instruction on how to build your very own bot, whether a battle bot, or a less agressive droid.
You may read the rest of the article here

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Kenner Shelf Talkers
December 5, 2003 | 5:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a small finishing touch to your display of vintage Kenner figures and playsets a shelf talker is just the thing!

Made of a thin plastic, with strong adhesive on the back, shelf talkers were glued to the edge of a shelf where the advertised toys were sold. Included in store display packages, most of these were simply thrown away after the promotion was over. These vintage shelf talkers, although plain with only the logo of the specific film of the trilogy look amazing to complete a vintage collection.

There are 3 different shelf talkers up for auction that I am featuring today. They are all reasonably priced with Buy-it-now’s and will no doubt go quickly. Click on through below for some affordable vintage store display items.

ESB Kenner Shelf Talker

Micro Collection Kenner Shelf Talker

ROTJ Kenner Shelf Talker

 


 

Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave
December 5, 2003 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

In stock now at EntertainmentEarth is the Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave, this wave includes the following:
12 individually packaged figures: 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x R-3P0 with display stand, 2x Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack with part of the Wampa’s cave, 2x Aayla Secura, 2x Barriss Offee, 2x Yoda and Chian, 2x Ashla and Jempa.

 


 

Master Replica Sabers On Sale
December 5, 2003 | 7:08 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can pick up the following two Lightsabers on sale. They are $99 each on sale with free shipping. If you can afford one of these, I would pick up the Darth Vader as it is by far superior to the Luke. But they are both very nice additions to any collection.

Star Wars FX Luke Skywalker Green Lightsaber (23% off)

Star Wars FX Darth Vader Red Lightsaber (23% off)

 


 

Morphing The Clones
December 4, 2003 | 7:12 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has a very intersting story about post production work on the Clones in Episode III. Without mentioning spoilers, this promises some very intersting aspects for E3 which continue some of E2’s diversions from the Original Trilogy. Check it out here.

 


 


December 4, 2003 | 6:03 PM EST | Mark B

 

Master Replicas has the new Battle Damaged Darth Maul lightsaber available for order now! It is limited to only 750 pieces, and sells for $299. This one is sure to sell out FAST!!!

 


 

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Winter Social 2003
December 4, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

The DCSWCC will be hosting their Winter Social on Satruday December 6th, 2003 from 1pm – 5pm at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA. Any Star Wars collectors in the DC Metro Area that arent already members are welcome to stop by. Please check out www.dcswcc.com for more information or emailJediNerdz@dcswcc.com for more information.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Mock-up Card
December 4, 2003 | 5:19 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of prototypes for the week, I have found yet another vintage treasure while surfing good ol’ Ebay.

For all of you that love the vintage Kenner line, today’s auction is something that doesn’t come up for sale too often. Like all other toy companies, past and present, Kenner prepared figures onto proof cards with hand cut bubbles to display new packaging at shows like Toy Fair, or at internal meetings. The cards have sqaured edges, the holes are usually unpunched and the figure is held onto the card by a hand cut and hand glued plastic bubble. The finished product is then called a Mock-Up. Mock-ups are rather difficult to come by as most were either thrown away (GASP!) or were kept by Kenner employees.

If you are looking for something to add to your Kenner figure collection, then this ROTJ mock-up of a Hoth Rebel Commander is just what you have been searching for!

ROTJ Hoth Rebel Commander Mock-up

 


 

Jedi Knights 3 Pack Variation
December 3, 2003 | 10:49 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: The 3 Pack that YakReader Charlie found was the variation with no Clonetrooper side art. However, these additional pictures illustrate the other differences besides the addition of side art found on later packaging.

I found a Clone Wars Jedi Knight 3 pack today and was happy to find it in good shape so I could replace the one that I currently have, and when I was comparing the two of them, I started to notice differences. I have included 3 pictures of the differences. The first is that they removed the small parts warning in the upper right corner. The small print on the back is different as well, and is completely rearranged. Last, and in this case probably least, the distribution info and ink color on the bottom of the bubble are different as well. The one starts out “Distributed in the United Kingdom. . .” and the other starts out “Please keep company details. . .” I just thought I would share this variation.



 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Han 12″ Prototype
December 3, 2003 | 10:11 PM EST | Keri

Following yesterday’s feature of Hardcopy Prototype POTF Coins, comes today’s auction of a modern Hasbro 12″ Han Solo.

Easily one of the favorite human characters in the trilogy, the Corellian smuggler, gambler, and scoundrel who captured a Princess’ heart has been immortalized into small and large plastic action figures since the 1978. When Kenner reintroduced a line of Star Wars toys in 1995, they again produced 12″ figures that were more movie realistic, posable and looked pretty cool as well.

Today’s auction brings a hardcopy proof sculpted by an artist that would be mass produced as Han’s head. The sculpt is very interesting to see, the details are crisp and it certainly provides a unique addition to any collection. Click on through to add this prototype to your 12″ collection today!

Hardcopy Han 12″ Prototype

 


 

TFN Discount on Thermal Detonator
December 3, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Mark B

Thanks to the fine group over at The Force.net for setting up a discount withMaster Replicas on their very cool Thermal Detonator replica. By using the code “TFN-4532” during checkout, you can get $44.95 off the normally $199 Thermal Detonator Replica!

 


 

Yoda Santa Figure.
December 3, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. Are you still waiting for your Yoda Santa figure? Well, you shouldn’t wait that much longer, I got mine this week.

If you still want to order the figure head on to the fanclub’s website. I keep getting e-mails from them telling me that they still have plenty available.

Good luck!!!

 


 

12″ Wave 6 In Stock
December 3, 2003 | 7:47 AM EST | Mark

The 12″ Wave 6 is now in stock at Entertainment Earth. Head on over and pick yours up.

 


 

LEGO Shop@home Sale
December 3, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Here are some Star Wars items on sale:
Final Duel 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 2 $3.50
Jedi Starfighter $9.99
Darth Vader $20.00
There are many other LEGO’s on sale, these are just the Star Wars ones.

 


 

More New Figures May Be On The Way
December 2, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation has come through with a list of more upcoming figures for ’04. His sources have been very accurrate in the past, so here’s the list:

Luke Endor
E3-P0
Cloud Car pilot
Bespin Leia
Ewok (we assume Chief Chirpa as mentioned before)
Death Star Trooper (although listed as “officer”)
C3-P0 with knee articulation
Luke in robes from medical frigate

 


 

Ultra Figure Assortment Starting To Appear At Retail
December 2, 2003 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

The new Ultra figure assortment (which is the current incarnation of the Deluxe line) is starting to appear at TRU and Walmart stores- this wave includes C-3PO with the Escape Pod. Good luck.

 


 

Clone Wars Posters And More On Points Auctions– For 24 HOURS
December 2, 2003 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has been sending out this notice to registered members of their auction site:

December 2, 2003

Dear,

Including 200 Cartoon Network Clone Wars Posters only
available for twenty-four hours, and a Boba Fett Bust, this
week the Star Wars Jedi Master Points Auction adds new
auction items each day–for Bounty Hunters like you.

To get more information on this week’s new auction items and
to log-in to the auction, please click here.

To participate in the auction all you need are your Jedi
Master Points from Hasbro Star Wars products. Participation
is open only to registered users of starwars.hasbro.com
(and other Hasbro U.S. Web sites).

Interesting to say the least. Click here to check out their page.

 


 

Star Wars Gamer?
December 2, 2003 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark

Are you a Star Wars gamer (PC, XBOX, PS2, Game Cube)? Play all the games? Want to do a Star Wars section? Email me.

 


 

Silver Clone Dec 26th???
December 2, 2003 | 6:30 PM EST | Mark

Over at POTF2.com, Aaron has learned that the Japan TRU’s will be getting mister Silver Clone on December 26th. Could it be then for the US also???

 


 

Slightly Off Topic…
December 2, 2003 | 5:33 PM EST | Keri

Going slightly off topic here, but being the huge Alien fan that I am I had to share this new release DVD Box set with everyone! Released today was the Alien Quadrilogy to DVD, with a Director’s Cut of each film, yes that includes both Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, as well as a bonus disc, bringing the total set of discs to 9. This is the real definitive Alien boxed set I know I have been waiting for!

You may purchase the set at Amazon here with free shipping for $69.99, retail is around $74.99-79.99 depending on where you go to buy it. Now that’s something that I will give to myself as a present this holiday!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: 113 12″ Figures 
December 2, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking to give someone an instant 12″ Collection for a gift this Holiday, then this is the auction for you! Click on through below to pick up a huge chunk of modern Star Wars collecting!

113 12″ Figures

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: POTF Coin Prototypes
December 2, 2003 | 5:20 PM EST | Keri

In 1984, interest in the line of Star Wars toys was beginning to go downhill. Kenner was still producing figures and playsets and came up with new packaging as well as new figures from the entire trilogy which was called The Power of the Force. Each figure came with a coin and proofs-of-purchase could be sent away to receive special mail-away coins. At the time, the figures didn’t sell that well, and the coin promotion left many consumers frustrated that were trying to get a complete set of coins, unless they contacted Kenner directly and were one of the lucky few able to purchase an entire set of coins.

The POTF coins are widely collected today and the art looks great next to the figure itself. The coins are split into Catagories, as to the level of difficulty obtaining them from Cat I (easiest) to Cat V (most difficult & expensive). The auctions I have featured today are prototypes of the POTF Coins. If you have ever spent anytime at all drooling over the rarities pictured atwww.toysrugus.com then you know exactly what i am talking about – Hardcopy coins. Hardcopy coins were made of each coin, with the art of the character sculpted into a resin material to be duplicated onto the small aluminum coins. These are extremely hard to find, and it is a real treat to see one offered for sale on Ebay at this time. The other prototype coin featured today is a coin with art only on the front, with nothing on the back. I personally have never seen a prototype like this before, but it appears to be genuine.

Click on the links below to view some rare and exciting POTF Coin Prototypes!

POTF Logray Hardcopy Prototype Coin

POTF Hoth Snowtrooper Prototype Coin

 


 

KBToys.com LEGO Sale
December 2, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has a LEGO sale right now. Check it out as they have many sets on sale. Including the UCS Rebel Blockade Runner for $143.00.

 


 

Gamers Spotlight: Star Wars: Battlefront
December 2, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Confirmed – Gamespot.com has news on the new Star Wars game titled “Battlefront”.

“A LucasArts representative confirmed today that the studio is working on a new Star Wars title which it will unveil early next year. Currently called Star Wars: Battlefront, the game will feature online multiplayer war action a la Battlefield 1942 set in the Star Wars universe.” Gamespot.com

Click the link above to read the rest of the article.

 


 

Target Glasses & Figures
December 2, 2003 | 11:33 AM EST | Mark

 


Check out POTF2.com for the full size picture and log in to the forums and talk about it. These are going to be a series of glasses retro style to the Burger King glasses offered in the ’80s. These are the firt two.

Thanks to POTF2 and Robochris for the image.

 


 

New Master Replica Announcement
December 2, 2003 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has just officially announced a new collectible lightsaber that we reported on a few weeks ago. The new Darth Maul “Battle Damaged” Lightsaber! Modeled after the lightsaber used in The Phantom Menace that was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. This replica is half of Maul’s saber with a scorched end, and ruby red crystals and wiring that we imagine could be inside a “real” lightsaber. Comes with display case and numbered plaque. While the release doesn’t mention the edition number, we initially reported that there are only going to be 750 of these made. The item will be available to order fromMaster Replicas on Friday December 5.

 


 

LEGO Sale
December 2, 2003 | 8:20 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon.com is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97 (44% off)

 


 

Germany Jedi-Con 2004
December 1, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Mark

The Germany Jedi-Con website is now up and running. The show runs from April 9 – April 11, 2004. Guests stars are:
Rick McCallum, Billy Dee Williams, and Amy Allen as well as others.

To read the news in English CLICK HERE

Rebelscum.com is also reporting that there will also be a special two-pack of figures (names not announced yet) that will be exclusive to this show.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Original Art
December 1, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

After a nice holiday, I have returned to give all you readers some one of a kind gifts in the form of auctions on Ebay.

All of the Star Wars films have inspired many artists to create beautiful works depicting characters, vehicles and pivotal scenes as posters, plates, and paintings. Orignal artwork is something that is not mass produced – it is one person’s efforts to capture emotions and images from the mind’s eye onto a piece of canvas or paper. Therefore, the works are not the cheapest items to collect, but they are among the most unique and certainly eye-catching.

Today’s auctions feature the original artowrk that was used to create the plates from the Hamilton Collection, by the artist Keith Birdsong. The art is not only colorful, but really captures the action and adventure in the films.

Yoda Art

Han Solo Art

Luke Skywalker Art

 


 

Clone Wars Quality Control 
December 1, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jedii2 in Chicago sends in this interesting packaging error he found in a Clone Wars case ordered from Kebco. The picture says it all, check out this oddity of Obi-Wan in Durge packaging below.

November 2003 Archive

Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
November 30, 2003 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark

 


Now on sale at 
Amazon.com for $124.98, normally $299..99 (58% off)

Also on sale:
Imperial 4-pack $16.98
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite $19.98
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Advanced Mission Battleship $19.97 (56% off)

 


 

Medicom Series Two
November 29, 2003 | 11:19 PM EST | Mark

Now we have all seen what the set will include:
Han Solo, Cantina Band Member, Sandtrooper, Ben, Greedo, Tusken Raider. There are TWO secret figures in this set. Now look closely at the set. That’s right – There is a Indiana Jones hidden figure in the Han Solo box. Now THAT is a secret figure!!! Thanks to Boba JP for the images and the news!!!!




 


 

Ultarama Newsfeed
November 29, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama Celebrates The Holidays With Free Shipping From Thanksgiving Through Christmas!

EDISON, NJ–Nov. 27, 2003—Collectible Display Systems, Inc. today announced it is celebrating the holidays by offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. on all www.ultarama.com purchases from November 27th through December 25th. Simply enter your order and, when it is processed, your free shipping will be applied!

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

The Ultarama is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com or by calling 1-212-634-3660.

Collectible Display Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary display systems that provide visually enhancing environments for displaying collectible action figures. Both internationally and in the U.S., its fully patented and modularly designed Ultarama action figure display system provides the highest quality display experience in the world. For additional information, please visit the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com.

 


 

Anthony Daniels In Person
November 28, 2003 | 6:41 PM EST | Mark

Jose Cabello writes in that you can catch Anthony Daniels at eworld today through Sunday in Mexico City at the Centro Banamex Convention Center. There are some more details at Endorsystem.com.

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2003 | 10:07 PM EST | Keri

I will be leaving to be with my family this long Thanksgiving weekend and will be resume my posting and email correspondence on Monday December 1st.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Stamps!
November 26, 2003 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Stamps have been collected for most of the 20th century, by people of all ages who dreamed about other countries in the world they would like to visit, or they just liked the artowrk on the tiny little pieces of paper. Some stamps are exceedingly rare and expensive, due to many factors such as age, rarity, etc. while some stamps are made to collect and never use, like the Star Wars stamps featured in today’s auction.

Made by H.E. Harris after A New Hope was released in 1977, the Stamp Collecting Kit included an album, 24 Star Wars stamps, space stamps, hinges to keep the stamps in place and a magnifying glass. The set provided stamps with characters from the film and the booklet illustrated space exploration. Extra Star Wars stamp envelopes could also be bought.

These albums were mass produced and purchased, therefore it is very easy to find sealed stamp kits and stamp envelopes in unused mint condition for very reasonable prices. The auctions below will get you started with your very own vintage Star Wars stamps!

Star Wars Sealed Stamp Kit in Box

Death Star Stamp Envelope

 


 

McQuarrie Stormtrooper Variation
November 26, 2003 | 9:45 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Grayhank writes in with this news regarding the newest Fan Choice Figure:

I picked up two McQuarrie Stormies today and noticed that they were packaged differently. One is holding the lightsaber up which is taped into a notch in the upper tray (date stamped 32451). The other has the saber pointing down and is held in place through a hole in the notch (date stamped 32681).


Variation Hunters now you have something to look forward to while shopping amongst the masses on Friday!

 


 

Rebelscum Hits The Exclusive JackPot!
November 26, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Mark

Head on over to Rebelscum.com to check out the images (Mock-up) of the newest exclusives for 2004:
Exclusive Jedi Council Scene
Exclusive Darth Vader Tie Fighter
Exclusive Jabba’s Palace 4pack
Exclusive C-Wing fighter Red Leader

While these are not confirmed, sounds interesting….

 


 

Are You A Galaxy Gamer?
November 26, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Mark

Over at IGN.com you can check out the new article about Lucas Arts adding Vehicles…

Although LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment have done a great job of capturing the Star Wars license in their recent MMO, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, having a Star Wars game without any landspeeders or speeder bikes is kind of like a Mother Goose game without any tuffets.

All that’s going to change this December when player-driven vehicles are added to the game. Accordingly, we hit up LucasArts’ producer Haden Blackman for some more information on the vehicles. He provided a nice overview of the vehicles that will be added and, nice guy that he is, also provided us with a snazzy new video clip of the vehicles in action.

 


 

Additional Holiday Offers from Master Replicas
November 26, 2003 | 10:55 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is now offering FREE SHIPPING on select Star Wars and Star Trek items in addition to the $99 special on Vader and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers. Order from Master Replicas before December 15 and you can get free shipping on – Mace Windu, Darth Maul or Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsabers, and Jango Fett Blaster Set.

 


 

Two Versions Of The Sleaze Bag
November 25, 2003 | 7:06 PM EST | Mark

There are two versions of Elan Sleazebaggano, check out POTF2.com for an image. One has ears and one does not.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Varsity Jacket
November 25, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a cool as well as fashionable way to keep warm in the upcoming winter months, there is a Star Wars jacket made just for you!

There have been only a handful of liscened Star Wars themed jackets available throughout the years since 1977, with most of those in child’s sizes that sadly most of us cannot wear today ( even though the 70s designs rock & roll all nite long!!! )
Anyway, there are a few modern designs in adult sizes with styles reflecting vintage designs that are still popular and look good today.
This modern varsity jacket featured today is made of a combination of wool and leather, with a nice large embriodered logo and X-Wing on the back, as well as a small Rebel symbol on the front chest.
Click on through below to look cool but keep warm while supporting the Rebels!

Star Wars Rebel Varsity Jacket

 


 

New Carded Images!
November 25, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

Boba_jp was kind enough to send in these brand new carded images of Luke Jedi Knight, R1-G4, and R2-D2 with drink tray from Jabba’s Sail Barge. Actually, the Luke Jedi looks pretty cool, with cloth robe and the droids look fantastic, especially the brand new R1.



 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Profiles in History Auction
November 24, 2003 | 10:06 PM EST | Keri

The items for sale through Ebay Live Auctions, namely the Profiles in History Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia are one of a kind, rarest of the rare movie prop and behind the scenes material. Not for the faint of pocket book or credit card mind you, but some of the coolest Star Wars stuff you could ever own is just a click away below!

Star Wars Ebay Live Auctions

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Test Shot Bib Fortuna
November 24, 2003 | 9:57 PM EST | Keri

Just about everyone is aware of the vintage vinyl cape/cloth cape Jawa vintage figure variation, and likewise many collectors are aware of the red caped Bib Fortuna. Today’s featured auction is something more unusual and less seen, a black caped Bib Fortuna test shot figure.

Kenner, like any other toy company when developing a toy went through a series of test shots for one character design. Everything from plastic coloring to fabric color was tested, and even got so far as to be pictured on cardbacks and in catalogs. While many test shots were either lost or destroyed, the ones that remain today are eagerly bought by collectors as interesting additions in the development of the Star Wars line of toys.

Test Shot Black Robe Bib Fortuna

 


 

Ozzel in Chicago
November 24, 2003 | 11:31 AM EST | Mark B

Michael Sheard, the actor that played Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back will be appearing this weekend at Chicago TARDIS Dr. Who convention. The convention is being held at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights. Additional information can be found at the Chicago TARDIS website.

 


 

New Sale at Master Replicas
November 24, 2003 | 10:45 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has announced this morning a sale for the holiday season on 2 of their most popular lightsabers – The Darth Vader FX Saber and the Luke Skywalker FX Saber – Only $99 each. This is a savings of $40 off the normal price. This offer is good atMaster Replicas only through December 15th. Also, you must order by December 15th for guaranteed Christmas delivery (USA only!).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Arcade Games!
November 24, 2003 | 12:09 AM EST | Keri

Before the advent of home video game consoles, like the popular hit Atari 2600, there were the beautiful arcades I dearly loved as a child. In those arcades were all the classic games that can never be replicated, unless one is fortunate enough to own their own arcade video game at home!

Made by Atari in 1982, Star Wars was released as both a stand-up version and in a sit down cockpit style video game. The gameplay was in the vector style and featured vocals from Luke, Obi-Wan, Vader and R2. The game was a blast and is still the greatest to play to this day (in my opinion)!

Here are 2 rare cockpit versions of these beloved arcade classics, both Star Wars and the very hard to find Empire Strikes Back. Though the pictures provided in the auctions are dark, they can easily be lightened in any photo editing software.

Star Wars Arcade Cockpit

Empire Strikes Back Cockpit Game

 


 

Mid-Ohio-Con Coming Soon!
November 23, 2003 | 11:56 PM EST | Keri

The Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (www.oswcc.com) is proud to sponsor Amy Allen and Michonne Bourriague at this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con.
The Comic Book and Pop Culture event takes place on November 29-30 in Columbus, Ohio.
The actresses who portrayed Aayla Secura and Aurra Sing in the Star
Wars films will be signing autographs all weekend long at the convention courtesy of OSWCC. Here’s your chance to meet the lovely ladies of Star Wars in person, and take home an autograph to commemorate the occasion.
While you are at the convention, don’t forget to stop by the OSWCC
booth at the show to see lots of different Star Wars collectibles and learn about all the exciting events the club is involved in.

For more information on the show visit www.midohiocon.com

 


 

Interesting Auctions
November 23, 2003 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Although not Ebay related auctions, YakReader Tom sends in this interesting info fromautographs.com

I thought I would let you know that actress Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother) is auctioning off a large number of pieces from her collection through autographs.com and among the offerings are several Star Wars related auctions. There are several auctions for Star Wars posters that Carrie will sign, an auction to receive a phone call from Carrie, and several auctions to attend screenings of The Empire Strikes Back with Carrie Fisher. The starting bids for everything is rather reasonable and the proceeds go to Debbie Reynolds’ museum. There are many other great classic movie costumes and props for auction too.

You can bid to see ESB with Leia herself or even talk to the Princess on the telephone…sounds pretty cool to me! Click the link above to see the many lots of items up for grabs.

 


 

Outland Bar Obi-wan and Elan review!
November 23, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Michael

You never know what sleaze bag you’ll run into at the bar – for Obi-wan, it was Elan Sleazebaggano! Check out the review of both figures tonight by clicking here.

 


 

LEGO Mini’s
November 22, 2003 | 10:38 PM EST | Mark

The new wave of LEGO Mini’s are online at Shop.lego.com, so if you want to pick them up, head on over.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Kenner Laser Rifle Display
November 21, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

While not among the most inexpensive things to collect, original vintage Kenner displays certainly are some of the best looking and coolest items to own in a collection.

Today’s feature is for a 1978 Kenner Laser Rifle display header card, which is in virtually mint condition. Store displays were more often that not thrown away after use, or were continued to be used well after they were torn up by eager little kids wanting to play with the toys displayed. Kenner displays are coveted by many collectors and competition can be fierce when searching for them, as they are not offered in great regularity.

Don’t let the price scare you away, just because you may not be able to afford a certain item, its always nice (in my opinion) to see it for educational purposes. It can give you a point of reference if you happen to run across the item at a show or for sale on a website. Although the word rare is overused heavily on Ebay, some items deserve the description, especially in regards to condition in this case. Click on through to the link below to enjoy this great vintage find today!

Kenner Laser Rifle Store Display

 


 

Kotobukiya Luke Stormtrooper 
November 21, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Edward sends in this link to a hobby shop in Japan, where you may purchase the Kotobukiya Luke in Stormtrooper disguise. These models are very high quality, are very realistic and are well worth the money. If you would like to get this model before Dark Horse releases it for sale here in the US, follow this link to grab your own Luke now.

 


 

Last Chance for Mace Windu Lightsaber
November 21, 2003 | 4:30 PM EST | Mark B

 

As a followup to Mark’s posting a couple days ago about the great deals on Dooku and Vader’s lightsabers over at Amazon, be sure to check out Master Replicas as well, they have placed 3 lightsabers on “Last Call”, which means they have less than 10% of them left. In the case of the Mace Windu (which is by far the coolest looking lightsaber in the Star Wars universe), that is less than 175 of them left. The Darth Vader (ESB) and Luke Skywalker (ANH) sabers are also included in “Last Call”. All of the above mentioned sabers include the lucite display cases. The Vader and Skywalker are both also on sale for $199.96 each. And if you need my address to send me my Christmas present, simply email me HERE.

 


 

Fossil Stormtrooper Watch
November 21, 2003 | 3:36 PM EST | Mark B

 


I have been watching Fossil’s website waiting for the new Stormtrooper watch that was supposed to be coming out for the holidays, but have been disappointed that it had not been released. Well, I happened to run across the
Fossil Stormtrooper Watch today while searching Google. If you want a really cool timepiece, jump on this one today! I have the Boba Fett watch that has almost the exact same band to it, and I have to say that it is the most comfortable, best looking watch I own (and I actually have all of the Fossil Star Wars watches that have been made!)

UPDATE: The link above should have taken you directly to the Stormtrooper watch, but does not so –
Click here for updated link.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Hallmark Ornaments
November 20, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Keri

If you are already getting into the holiday spirit and have started to think about trimming the Christmas tree in a Star Wars theme, Hallmark ornaments are just the ticket for you!

Hallmark started producing Star Wars ornaments in 1997, beginning with small miniature vehicles as well as a numbered set of classic characters. The line has since expanded to include ornaments that have sound effects as well as light and motion. There are different classic characters and vehicles still being made each year, in addition to those from Episode I and II.

Hallmark ornaments are very collectible, not only by Star Wars fans but by Hallmark collectors themselves. Each design produced in a specific year is not repeated, and is only available for a short amount of time. These ornaments not only look great on a tree, but make for an interesting collection in themselves. The auctions featured today are large lots of ornaments to get your collection started in a big way!

Lot of 11 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 6 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 13 Ornaments in boxes

 


 

TRU Jedi 4-Pack
November 20, 2003 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Over at Rebelscum, you can check out pictures of the latest TRU Exclusive Jedi 4-Pack, so check out the pic and head on over to Amazon.com and pre-order it now for $19.99.

 


 

OT DVD News
November 20, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

The Droids over at Artoosnews found a very interesting bit of news on The Digital Bitsabout next years DVD release of the original trilogy. If true, simply put the “Special Editions” are NOT the FINAL editions. Check it out here.

 


 

More Enhancements & Changes to the Original Trilogy?
November 20, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Keri

Courtesy of theforce.net, comes this report on added footage and more digital enhancements to the Original Trilogy coming soon to DVD from The Digital Bits rumor mill.

We’ve heard from a number of interesting (and we believe reliable) inside sources that Lucasfilm is currently making major new changes to the original Star Wars films – the kind of changes he began a few years ago with the theatrical “Special Edition” releases. These changes include new special effects, revised and updated shots and scenes, and new footage shot with actors Hayden Christensen (Anakin) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would flesh out moments with their characters in the original films. For example, an aged and scarred Hayden now appears as Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke removes Vader’s helmet. Among the other changes reportedly being made are the restoration of the original “Han shoots first” moment from Star Wars and a revamped lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader.

We did already hear reports of the Obi-Wan/Vader lightsaber duel being digitally cleaned up from those who were saw the film at the LA showing a few months back, so it seems these rumors may have some credibilty to them. Perhaps Mr. Lucas has seen the error of his ways and will reinstate the Han shoots first moment, and keep the integrity of the film in place while adding and enhancing, making the entire 6 films one continuous story.

You can read more on this story here at The Digital Bits site.

 


 

On Line Chapter 10 Is
November 20, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Tonight we see Anakin’s Starfighter in action on the Official Site. If you’re a Hyperspace member tune into check out Chapter 10!

 


 

Clone Wars Ep. 1 -10 Marathon Reminder Update
November 20, 2003 | 11:52 AM EST | Keri

If you have missed any episodes of the most excellent Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, watch Friday, November 21 to see all ten episodes beginning at 7:30 p.m. (e/p)!

UPDATE: The 10 episodes will not be shown back to back. They
are airing Ep. 1 – 5 at 7:30pm and Ep. 6 – 10 at
9:30pm (e/p) with 2 short breaks in each half. Thanks to YakReader Rod for the Update!

We just have to wait until the spring to see the remaining 10 episodes, but with such high quality storytelling told in a very compressed time of 3 minutes, these episodes are definetly worth the wait! Now, if only Episode III will be half as good as the micro series…then we have something to really look forward to!

 


 

Star Destroyer Assortment?
November 20, 2003 | 11:45 AM EST | Keri

YakReader Derek points out that in the last paragraph after the preview of the new article on Dodonna, Gold Leader, Tie Pilot, and
Antilles it says:

“Come back soon for previews of a Star Destroyer assortment including
Admiral Ozzel, Dengar and Bossk.”

Perhaps these are more new figures slated for us to feast upon very soon…I would venture to guess that Dengar and Bossk are newly resculpted, but at least Ozzel is a character we have yet to see.

 


 

Obi Wan v. Durge Round II
November 19, 2003 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section now has Chapter 9 up for viewing. If you thought the fight between Obi Wan and Durge was good in Chapter 8, well, round 2 is twice as good.

 


 

LEGO 2004
November 19, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark

 


LEGO set 4500: Although this is a remake, this is definately worth the $19.99.
The set includes one Snowspeeder, one Laser Canon, and three figures. The snowspeeder is modeled in white this time, compared to the original gray. Also included on this model is the tow rope. The wings also have more definition.

LEGO set 4501: This set is not what I expected. First we have the remake of the landspeeder. While this is a very nice remake, I would guess if sold alone it would be a $10 set. Next is the Cantina, in a word NEAT! Nice setting, table and side bar, with an entrance door. Without the Dewback, I would venture by the pieces, probably a $7 set, add the Dewback, make it $10. The set does include five figures: Luke, Sandtrooper, Greedo, Ben, and Han Solo. I do not agree with the $30 price tag, LEGO overpriced this set.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: UK Playmat Rug
November 19, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

In my quest for the unusual Star Wars items for auction on Ebay everyday, I ran across this vintage UK Playmat Rug to be featured for those who may have never seen it or knew of its existence.

Produced in 1983 by Recticel Sutfield Ltd., just at the time of ROTJ’s release exclusively in the UK, this Playmat Rug is a colorful rendition of the many exciting adventures experienced in the trilogy. This is a hard to find item, the price is almost a giveaway, not only that, it would be a great floor decoration in any collection room!
Click on through to bid on this great Playmat Rug and treat yourself to some truly inspired and unique Star Wars graphics and color!

Star Wars UK Playmat Rug

 


 

New New Hope Figures
November 19, 2003 | 11:02 AM EST | Mark B

 

Four new images of Hasbro Star Wars figures have appeared this morning at Star Wars.com. These are all new figures from Star Wars: A New Hope. Included are General Jan Dodonna, Gold Leader, New Tie Pilot, and Captain Antilles. Follow this linkfor more information!

 


 

KBToys.com Sale
November 19, 2003 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

Here are a list of items on sale at KBToys.com

**UPDATED
*12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troppers $9.99
*12″ Electronic Talking Obi-Wan $9.99
*Gamorrean Guard 12″ $14.99
LEGO AT-AT $79.99
LEGO Hailfire Droid $39.99
LEGO AT-TE $59.99
Hasbro Imperial Shuttle $69.99
Tie Fighter with Tie Pilot $14.99
Playskol Millennium Falcon $19.99
Playskol X-Wing $9.99
Playskol Duel with Darth Maul $9.99
Interactive R2-D2 $49.99

WOW, what a list!!!!

UPDATE: Thanks to Crazy4Toys for the tip.

You can also save $10 with code SEARSKBTOY plus free shipping for over $99 is still in effect.

 


 

12″ Leia Bounty Hunter
November 19, 2003 | 6:56 AM EST | Mark

The TRU Exclusive 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite is now on sale at 50% off for $19.98

Also on sale:
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber @ $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) @ $174.98 (58% off)

 


 

With Chapter 8, Continues The Clone Wars Does
November 18, 2003 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Yet again the Official Site has updated with the latest installment of the animated Clone Wars Sage. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: 12″ Collection on Ebay
November 18, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

A YakReader sent in this auction currently on Ebay for every 12″ doll Mint in Sealed Boxes from the Modern Kenner/Hasbro Line, which totals up to 137 items! If you want an instant 12″ Collection complete with brand new additions click on through below and get busy bidding!

Entire 12″ Collection

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars 10 Years Items
November 18, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

In 1987, to commemerate the 10 year anniversary of A New Hope, a select few items were produced bearing a unique logo decalring the First Ten Years of Star Wars.

At that time, collecting Star Wars toys and other items was not the hobby it is today, with many rare items up for grabs at prices we all wish and dream about now. However, fans continued to collect what was available, no matter how small that selection seemed to be. Among the “new” items were 10 year hats, t-shirts, mugs, pennants, patches and notepads.

Today, the 10 Year items are becoming increasingly hard to find, and thus more expensive. Items can still be found at decent prices, but with more anniversaries of the film to come, bargains may be few and far between in years ahead. The auctions below feature some of the most memorable and interesting merchandise, including a really cool Vader Felt Pennant that is quite hard to find.

1st 10 Years Vader Pennant

1st Ten Years Logo Patch

1st 10 Years Black & Gold Mug

 


 

Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars On-Line
November 18, 2003 | 4:38 PM EST | Mark B

Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars Cartoon is now on-line for your viewing pleasure over atStar Wars.com. Today we get some Sith Action with Count Dooku against Asajj Ventress. And she is given a new assignment….

 


 

Bounty Hunting Emails
November 17, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

Unfortunately, all of my emails got deleted today and I did not have a chance to read a message someone sent me regarding Bounty Hunting. If you could please email me the message again here I would really appreciate it.

Also, if any readers would like to see a certain item featured in one of my Bounty Hunting articles, please email me here as well.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Worldwide Stickers 
November 17, 2003 | 4:54 PM EST | Keri

Collecting Stickers was at its absolute height of popularity in the 80s, when stores had nothing but rolls upon rolls of stickers in absoultely every shape, size, color, smell, glitter and gel.

Star Wars stickers are still being made today in likenesses of our favorite characters and vehicles in holographic, transparent and glitter forms. Today I have chosen to spotlight stickers that were sold worldwide, namely 2 auctions including modern Panini transparent stickers from Italy and vintage Topps stickers from the UK. Of course, this is only a tiny sampling of the variety and scope of stickers from around the world, as virtually every country sold some sort of sticker, or had a promo tie-in for a sticker.

Click on the links below to start your Star Wars sticker search!

1996 Italian Panini Sticker Set

Vintage ESB Topps UK Sticker Set

 


 

Grand Moff Tarkin Bust Delayed
November 17, 2003 | 4:18 PM EST | Mark B

Those of you hoping for one of the Grand Moff Tarkin Busts from Gentle Giant under your Christmas tree will be disappointed! The Tarkin bust which was originally scheduled for release the second week of November has now been moved to December 31st. This shouldn’t come as too big of surprise given Gentle Giant’s release history, but a disappointment nonetheless for those like me who were excited to get this newest mini-bust.

 


 

KOTOR for PC in Stores Tomorrow!
November 17, 2003 | 4:11 PM EST | Mark B

Knights of the Old Republic for Windows PCs will be in stores tomorrow. X-Box owners have been able to get this game that takes place 4000 years before the Galactic Empire for some time now. Your mission is to lead a band of Jedi against the ruthless Sith and through the mission you can either save the Republic or fall to the Dark Side. Buy it here and get a free Knights of the Old Republic Pewter Lightsaber as a bonus!

 


 

Playskool Sets
November 17, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Mark B

 

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I’ve had several people ask me where to find the Star Wars Playskool sets for their kids and if any of my old contacts were still able to get them. Well, I found a bunch of them today over at KBtoys.com.
Browse on over there and look for Star Wars items. Under the Best Sellers you will find all 6 of the Star Wars Playskool sets. These are a great holiday gift for the younger Star Wars fans who aren’t quite ready for the regular size action figures and ships.

 


 

Super Articulated Clone Trooper
November 17, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark

Here are some sweet images, thanks to Amidala Anakin for the images and POTF2 for the heads-up. These will be shipping together in the same case, even assortment.

 


 

Announced The Winners Of The Clone Wars Contest Have!
November 16, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Brandon

Without Further Ado (And A Little Delay! Sorry About That!) The Winners Of The Yakface.com Store Reports Contest Have Been Announced! Go To The Store ReportsPage Now To Check Them Out! Congrats Again To The Lucky Winners!

 


 

The Winner Is…
November 16, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Jose Ybarra, winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for the next drawing to us here. Remember, your entry must include your name as well address. Good luck!

 


 

Holiday Yoda Arrives!
November 16, 2003 | 7:51 PM EST | Steve

Delivered by UPS on Friday, the second Star Wars Holiday Edition features Yoda as Santa. The figure was well-packed and arrived in excellent condition. The edges of the card back were flat (no bends) and the bubble was perfect, no dents.

The reproduction card is inserted between two pieces of the backer card, and is easily removed (if you wish to do so) by slitting the tape on either side.

I was surprised by the detail the figure holds to the original art, right down to the ball and block in the snow and the toys in Yoda’s sack.

An excellent addition to any Star Wars collection and a great companion piece to last year’s edition with C-3PO and R2-D2.

 


 

What’s The Best Toy Line Of 2003?
November 16, 2003 | 1:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod let us know that Wizard is running a poll for the best toy line of 2003. With Hasbro’s outstanding efforts on Star Wars, let’s support our favorite toy line!

 


 

New Insider Insights
November 16, 2003 | 1:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bryan sent in this quick overview of the new Insider he received yesterday:

“I got the new SW Insider #72 in the mail today. At first glance there isn’t much that earth shattering but there is a cool Landspeeder bed toward the back.”

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Paper Dolls!
November 15, 2003 | 6:49 PM EST | Keri