Category Archives: Collecting News

October 2009 Archive

Sideshow Collectibles: Surprise! Darth Talon Premium Format Pre-Order
October 30, 2009 | 1:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Coming completely out of left field, Sideshow has updated today and is now taking pre-orders for the Darth Talon Premium Format figure. Hurry as a this item is limited to 400 pieces.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 30 – ELIMINATION
October 30, 2009 | 11:30 AM EST | Justin2

 


The long awaited 30th installment in The Enloe Chronicles is finally here.

In this chapter, Rykrof Enloe has landed on Dantooine in an effort to save a dear friend from certain death while at the same time attacking the Badoo Corba; a terrorist organization that has set out to destroy the Republic.

Meanwhile, two Jedi Knights have tracked down Kala Mly Shundi, a rogue Jedi who believes the Jedi Order has been corrupted by the Dark Side of the Force. All the while, the master plan of the Sith has begun to unfold, and the galaxy will never again be the same.

Be sure to check out Chapter 30 – ELIMINATION after the jump!

 


 

Target Exclusive Imperial TIE Fighter In Stock
October 30, 2009 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark

 


Over at Target.com they have the new exclusive Imperial TIE Fighter in stock to order.

 


 

TRU In Stock
October 30, 2009 | 9:45 AM EST | Mark

Over at TRU.com they have the following items now in stock…

The Clone Wars Deluxe Figure & Vehicle – Obi-Wan and Freeco Bike
The Clone Wars Deluxe Figure & Vehicle – Count Dooku with Speeder Bike
Star Wars McQuarre Figures – Pack 1
Star Wars McQuarre Figures – Pack 2
Star Wars TIE Interceptor with figure
Star Wars The Legacy Collection Battle Packs – Geonosis Assault
The Clone Wars Clone Trooper Armada Bust-Ups 3-Pack both packs… on sale for $4.98
The Clone Wars AT-TE (All Terrain Tactical Enforcer) Vehicle on sale for $49.99
Star Wars The Legacy Collection – Millennium Falcon on sale for $111.98

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Gammorean Guard 1:1 Scale Bust Is Up for Preorder
October 30, 2009 | 9:31 AM EST | Mark

Sideshow is proud to announce the latest addition to the STAR WARS Life-Size Bust series.

 


 

New Battle Packs at Toys”R”Us
October 30, 2009 | 7:13 AM EST | Jayson

 


While you are taking advantages of the sales at Toys”R”Us this weekend, be on the look out for the new battle packs as Yakreader Chad R. passed along info of his recent findings.

    “Yesterday I went to TRU to see what they had and low and behold I spotted the Rishi Outpost, Battle or Endor, the Gelagrub Patrol as well as the Geonosis Assault Battle Packs. All are in the red and white packaging.”


Thanks for the report Chad!

 


 

PRICE DROP on The Force Among Us!
October 30, 2009 | 7:06 AM EST | Jayson

The Force Among Us has just returned from Star Wars Fan Days 3 were they officially wrapped up their 3 year long promotional tour – Very Limited Copies of the dvd are still available only at the film’s web site (www.theforceamongus.com). The Original Price was $19.77 – get it now for just $12.77.

 


 

This Will Be A Day Long Remembered….
October 29, 2009 | 11:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


After seven years of petitioning and persistent inquiries, Willrow Hood (aka ICMG or the “Ice Cream Maker Guy”) has finally come home to his rightful owner, the man who started it all, Scott Pearson. Sufficed to say that if there was any one figure deserving of the “Fan’s Choice” moniker it would be Mr. Hood. Congratulations Scott on the realization of your dream and for more background on what lead to this figure’s creation head on over to JediDefender.com for Scott’s special feature.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Dewback Found
October 29, 2009 | 11:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have just reported the first known retail sighting of the new Dewback. Head on over and get the full scoop here.

 


 

Toys”R”Us Two-Day Monster Sale
October 29, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


Tomorrow and Saturday Toys”R”Us is having their Two-Day Monster Sale and they are offering the AT-TE for 50% off bringing it down to a desirable $49.99! Sale runs from 3pm-11pm Fri and 8am-1pm Sat). Hurry, quantities are limited and don’t forget that starting on Nov. 1st, you’ll also be able to score the Exclusive Republic Gunship or the Turbo Tank for $20.00 off.

 


 

New Figures In Stock at HasbroToyShop
October 29, 2009 | 4:49 PM EST | Justin2

 


Lately Hasbrotoyshop.com has been coming through by making many of the latest B.A.D. figures available. If you’re experiencing frustration with the retail situation these days, you might find some of those elusive figures online… not to mention some that you might not even seen being shipped in your area for a while, like the Imperial Scanning Crew or the Cantina Saurin.

If you spend $75.00 or more, you’ll receive a $10.00 Coupon that you can use toward your next purchase. Be sure to try and use a promo code as well for a discount too – SW2009 or SW2010.

UPDATE – Better act quick, the Scanning Crew is already sold out!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
October 27, 2009 | 11:15 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from big badtoystore.com—–

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NEW PREORDERS
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HASBRO REVEALS NEW MARVEL, TRANSFORMERS & STAR WARS We’ve just received images of all the initial 2010 waves of the lines mentioned above. Marvel Secret Wars, Transformers Movie Deluxe, Special NEST 2-pack, Voyager, Star Wars Cinema Scenes and more have all been revealed.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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SIDESHOW SANDTROOPER 1/6
Falling in line to join Sideshows Imperial Ranks is the Sandtrooper 12-inch Figure! This highly detailed figure is completely equipped with modified armor and gear specialized to withstand harsh desert climates and extreme temperatures.

SW CW TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 9 – CASE, SINGLES
We’ve just received a shipment of Star Wars Titanium vehicles, including the new 2009 Wave 9 case. This case includes ships like the Malevolence, the new Clone Wars Y-Wing, the Outrider and more, and is priced at $84.99 for the case of 12. We’ve also stocked a good number of Titanium singles, and they are priced from $5.59 to $10.99 each – mix and match your favorites. check it all out here.

 


 

Kubrick Star Wars Deluxe Series 1
October 27, 2009 | 5:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Han’s Hideout have posted details regarding Medicom’s recently announced Kubrick Star Wars Deluxe Series 1. The new deluxe series borrows the “build-a-figure” concept from the Hasbro’s Legacy Collection but here you get to build an ultra cool Jabba the Hutt with Dais! Head over to Han’s Hideout for the complete details and some great images of the ‘bricks in this series.

 


 

A New Hope Legacy Wave Now Hitting Retail
October 27, 2009 | 4:11 PM EST | Jayson

When it rains, it pours. Reports are coming in from around the web that the A New Hope wave (wave 10) has started showing up in stores on the west coast (California). So, if you thought you were all caught up from the recent barrage of Clone Wars and Legacy merchandise, prepare to open and empty thy wallets. Yay! Just in time for Christmas.

 


 

TRU Ralph McQuarrie Signature Set Details
October 27, 2009 | 2:55 PM EST | Jayson

For collectors anticipating the arrival of this set, Adam Pawlus (of Entertainment Earth / GalacticHunter) revealed on his Twitter page that these do not include all of the accessories that the carded releases had. Namely lightsaber hilts, blasters, the alternate heads for Vader and Fett and Fett’s flamethrower effect. Buyer beware.

 


 

Toyguide Update: LC BD22 Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
October 27, 2009 | 9:49 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Malakili (Rancor Keeper) – the newest figure from the Legacy Collection’s Return of the Jedi wave.

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to read the“Yak Facts” to get the full skinny on this figure as well.

 


 

Mailaway Nahdar Vebb Image Surfaces
October 27, 2009 | 8:33 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Jedi Defender have acquired a new image of the upcoming Clone Wars Nahdar Vebb Mailaway figure. The head-strong Mon Calamari Jedi looks to be well articulated with shoulder, elbow and knee ball-joints, swivel waist, hips and wrists and a ball-socket neck. Look for “The Mark of Nahdar Vebb” bubble stickers and redemption certificates to start showing up on Clone Wars figures in December.

 


 

Episode 218: Death Troopers, Smell Like Death, Talk Like Troopers
October 27, 2009 | 2:47 AM EST | Jayson

 


It’s the biggest Star Wars novel to be released this year, with the biggest promotional push behind it–Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber featuring the first hard core horror Star Wars novel ever, with violence and gore that would earn any film an R rating. This week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie sits down with Joe to discuss the creation of this book, talk about the challenge that is doing Star Wars horror the right way, and finds out the troopth about the Deathtroopers promotional CD that was rumored to have been handed out at New York ComicCon last February.

Also this week, Star Wars Action News correspondent Scott from Tulsa has attended the Star Wars in Concert, and he gives us his review of that show as well as some of the latest comic packs hitting stores. And speaking of comic packs, Star Wars Tales author Nathan P. Butler let’s listeners know his behind the scenes take of the release of the Hasbro comic figure 2-pack based on his comic book Equals and Opposites.

With a UK report, a Hasbro Q&A, and a contest where you can win a copy of Chronicle’s The Art of Clone Wars book, it’s all this week on the Star Wars Action News podcast!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images Courtesy of Hasbro
October 26, 2009 | 9:47 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Although we’ve seen the leaked images two weeks ago, Hasbro was kind enough to “officially” release a few of them to fan sites today. Click the images above for a closer look and the Clone Wars versions of Darth Sidious, Commander Stone, Droid Commander TX-20 and the Talz Chieftain, Thi-Sen.

 


 

ROTJ Wave Hitting Target
October 26, 2009 | 2:39 PM EST | Justin2

For all you OT fans, it might be worth your while to check out your local Target stores this week as this wave has been hitting in decent numbers in the Midwest over the past few days. You might also score the variant Ugnaught as well, which is currently shipping in the assortment Target has received.

 


 

Toyguide Update: LC BD21 Giran (Nikto Guard)
October 25, 2009 | 9:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Giran (Nikto Guard) – the newest figure from the Legacy Collection’s Return of the Jedi wave.

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to read the“Yak Facts” to get the full skinny on this figure as well.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: 20% Off SALE!
October 25, 2009 | 5:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is having a SALE starting today Sunday October 25th, 2009 through Thursday October 29th, 2009. Order $35.00 or more and receive 20% off your entire order. Use discount codeOCT2009 during the check out process. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order.

In-Stock – Legacy Collection – Build-a-Droid Action Figures:
Biker Scout – BD12
Clegg Holdfast – BD11
Darth Sidious Hologram – BD10
Rum Sleg – BD09
Queen Amidala – BD08
Gungan Warrior – BD07
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode I – BD06
Darth Maul – BD05
Jawa & WED Treadwell Droid – BD04
Spacetrooper – BD03
Han Solo (Stormtrooper) – BD02
Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper)- BD01

NEW – Titanium:
Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring
Anakin’s Y-Wing
Mist Hunter

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures: 
Luminara Unduli #30
Captain Argyus #31
Clone Trooper Thire #32
AAT Driver Battle Droid #33

In-Stock – Clone Wars (2-Pack) Action Figures:
Lieutenant Thire and Clone Trooper Rys #1 of 2
Yoda and Clone Trooper Jek #2 of 2

 


 

ToyMan Collectible Toy Show – November 1
October 25, 2009 | 1:39 AM EST | Justin2

 


Members of the 501st Legion will be on patrol for the next ToyMan Collectible Toy Show in St. Louis on Sunday, November 1.

These shows have a great variety of dealers and there’s always tons of Star Wars items ranging from vintage to the latest Legacy figures for sale at these.

For more information head on over to Toymanshow.com

 


 

Wooof Pre-production Preview at Galactic Hunter
October 24, 2009 | 8:26 AM EST | Jayson

Hasbro dished out a lot of valuable intel on the various sites participating in the tri-weekly QnA session yesterday but one of the “bounties” came from the team at GalacticHunter. They managed to acquire an awesome pre-production draft of the Wooof figure that includes a full artist rendering, complete with descriptors, and reference material. Head on over for a glimpse of what to expect for 2010.

 


 

Grievous (BD24) Dropped from Legacy Collection
October 23, 2009 | 7:55 PM EST | Jayson

Our pals at Han’s Hideout have received confirmation that the General Grievous (BD24) been dropped from the new 2009 Legacy Collection leaving a hole in the numbering system. He was originally thought to ship as a repack in the Return of the Jedi wave case revision alongside the Saleucami Trooper (BD25), ARC Trooper (BD26), Clone SCUBA Trooper (BD27) and the Ugnaught variant (BD28). For those of you with OCD, I feel your pain.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 74th Edition
October 23, 2009 | 3:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on October 2nd. Topics this round cover pegwarming Comic Packs, Clone Wars bounty hunters and a eta on Cad Bane’s Xanadu’s Blood fighter and finally a Death Star II Luke accessory oversight and a “shocking” suggestion. Head to our forum to find out what they had to say.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
October 23, 2009 | 7:48 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from big badtoystore.com

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NEW PREORDERS
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STAR WARS 12″ SANDTROOPER SQUAD LEADER
Sideshow’s next 12″ Star Wars figure is the Sandtrooper Squad Leader. Ready to command his troops, this figure comes dressed in full armor with pouches, weaponry and more, and is listed at $102.99, $7 below MSRP.

STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED 2010 WAVE 2 REVISION 1 – CASE, SET
This wave includes new figures Anakin in Cold Weather Gear, Commander Stone, Thi-Sen, a X-20 Tactical Droid and Darth Sidious, and you can pre-order the set of five new figures for $69.99. If you’d prefer, you can opt for the case assortment – for $99.99, you can pick up all five new figures plus Anakin, Obi-Wan, Commander Cody, Kit Fisto, Cad Bane, Count Dooku, and Commander Thire’s Trooper.

DARTH VADER HELMET CLOCK RADIO
The Dark Lord of the Sith’s head is now available to tell you the time. Featuring LEDs in the eyes, this clock includes an AM/FM radio, sound clips from the movies and even a jack for your MP3 player. This new piece is listed at $46.99, a $ 3 savings off the MSRP.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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STAR WARS 1/72 SCALE COMPLETED MILLENNIUM FALCON MODEL
This limited edition has been released for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in Japan. Fully completed, this model has been carefully painted and weathered for a battle-damaged look, and is limited to 500 units. Priced at $799.99, this piece comes with its own wooden base with numbered nameplate and removable acrylic case. check it all out here.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 30 – Almost Here
October 23, 2009 | 12:23 AM EST | Justin2

 


After working on this series for years, the biggest chapter in the The Enloe Chronicles is about to unfold.

For those that have been following it all this time and supporting my efforts along with my customs, thank you – Chapter 30 is one of the stories I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time and am finally almost there.

This chapter will be posted within days, and some final sneak previews are just a click away.

 


 

Toyguide Update: LC BD20 Major Panno (Dressellian Tactician)
October 22, 2009 | 11:53 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Major Panno (Dressellian Tactician) – the newest figure from the Legacy Collection’s Return of the Jedi wave.

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection and be sure to read the“Yak Facts” to get the full skinny on this figure as well.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Dewback with Imperial Sandtrooper
October 21, 2009 | 4:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Walmart Exclusive Dewback with Imperial Sandtrooper from the Legacy Collection.

Head to the toyguide to see if this set will be worth adding to your collection when it’s released next month and be sure to read the “Yak Facts” to get the full skinny on this set as well.

 


 

R2-D2 Cameo In Transformers 2
October 21, 2009 | 2:14 PM EST | Jayson

Gizmodo posts today that our favorite little R2 unit has another summer blockbuster cameo as he has now turned up in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Wow, that Artoo sure does get around!

 


 

$20 Off Turbo Tank and Crumb Bomber at TRU on Nov. 1
October 21, 2009 | 12:09 AM EST | Jayson

 


Tonight we’ve received word that on November 1 through November 26, Toys”R”Us will be offering $20 off the Clone Wars Turbo Tank and new Republic “Crumb Bomber” Gunship putting the price for these vehicles at $79.99 and $49.00 respectively. Our covert reporter also managed to send along an image of the promo from Toys”R”Us “Big Book” that will also be out Nov. 1. Click the image above for a closer look.

 


 

Episode 217: Hasbro Fan’s Choice Figure Finalists
October 20, 2009 | 7:20 PM EST | Jayson

 


Since San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Action News and other Star Wars collecting sites polled you Star Wars fans to determine which Star Wars figures you want made most. Hasbro has compiled all the results into a final list, and voting is open now. Who are these 30 characters fans cannot live without? Find out on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Also on this week’s show, Owen Cheddar gives us a kid’s viewpoint of Clone Wars: Republic Heroes for Wii, Brock updates you on what’s hot and new at Brian’s Toys, and Reverend Strone joins us with a review of the new Art of the Clone Wars book. And after his review listen to find out how YOU can win a copy of this new book.

With your voice mails, a store report, and more, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Review: Death Troopers
October 20, 2009 | 5:07 PM EST | Freebird

 


My latest review. Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber Click here to read it.

 


 

New Star Wars Watches from Ecko
October 20, 2009 | 10:39 AM EST | Jayson

 


Gadget site Gizmodo has updated today with news of a new series of Star Wars themed watches from fashion designer Marc Ecko. No word yet on pricing but look for watches with styling cues from Boba Fett, R2-D2, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Buy 3, get the 4th FREE
October 19, 2009 | 4:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has over 100 different basic figures available for purchase! And, for one week only, when you buy 3 individual basic figures, you receive the 4th for FREE!

1. Find 4 action figures you love and add them to your cart.
2. Complete your order in checkout (in the final step (step 4) of the checkout process, you will see a credit for one figure in the order overview). That’s a $14.00 value!
3. Await the arrival of your new action figures in the mail.

It’s as simple as that! And, every individual basic figure comes in a protective plastic case to help ensure your figures arrive and stay in pristine condition. Act fast – this special promotion lasts only one week, ending at 11:59pm PST on Friday, October 23, 2009.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
October 18, 2009 | 11:23 AM EST | Justin2

 


The current Customizing Challenge has less than two weeks left – so if you’re wanting to get your own entry in, roll up your sleeves and get to work on a Star Wars lady and enter it in the current Yakfinities here.

We’ve also started voting for the next theme, which will take place in November and December. If you’d like to have a say in the vote, all you have to do is be registered in the forums and you canmake your selection.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Senate Spy
October 16, 2009 | 10:16 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars returns tonight with the fourth episode in the exciting second series with “Senate Spy”. Tasked by the Jedi Council to rekindle an old flame in order to solicit crucial — and dangerous — information from a suspected traitor, Senator Padmé Amidala finds herself torn between love and duty.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Darkchild Series
October 15, 2009 | 10:26 PM EST | Justin2

 


Few photonovels have captured the attention of so many collectors like the Darkchild series by forumite julienmaurice, also known as Hangarbay94. This series begins at a turning point in the Star Wars saga and is worth checking out even if you’ve never read a photonovel before. If you like this hobby, chances are you’re going to find this enjoyable.

Kick back and check out each of the following chapters in the Yakface forums:

Act I: The Darkest Hour

Act II: Bessie

Act III: Underworld

Act IV: Escape From Coruscant

 


 

Pre-Order Sideshow Sandtrooper later today
October 15, 2009 | 8:02 AM EST | Mark

When the newsletter comes out today from Sideshow, the Sandtrooper 12″ figure will be available to pre-order…

In the mean time.. The 12″ stormtrooper is available as a second chance opportunity right now. In stock..

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
October 14, 2009 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from big badtoystore.com

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15% OFF SALE
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Its time for one last fling before holiday shopping kicks into high gear, from now until Friday, October 16 at 12:00 Central time – you can save 15% on all instock items. ‘New’ and ‘Preorder’ items are excluded, but there are still thousands of items to choose from including vintage department items. Browse through any of your favorite menus and take advantage of the savings. check it all out here.

 


 

Toyfare/Hasbro STAR WARS Top 30 Fans Choice Poll Returns!
October 14, 2009 | 4:44 PM EST | Jayson

ToyFare and Hasbro team up to give you your choice of 30 Star Wars figures to get made!

Ready to once again affect the future of history¹s arguably greatest toyline? Following a successful 2006 ToyFare Fan Choice poll which has seen 20 out of 25 nominated characters made into figures to date, Hasbro once again asked its fans to nominate any character from any movie or Expanded Universe book, comic or video game. Now, armed with the top 30 vote-getters, ToyFare is asking you to do your democratic duty! Just Click on this link and cast your vote or visitwizarduniverse.com! Who knows how many of the 30 we’ll eventually see, but only one winner will be declared the Fans’ Choice!

 


 

First Look: Fate of the Jedi Allies
October 13, 2009 | 8:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site has updated tonight with a first look at the fifth book in the Fate of the Jedi series. Allies authored by Christie Golden.

 


 

In Stores Today: Star Wars Deathtroopers
October 13, 2009 | 5:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just in time for Halloween, Star Wars’ first horror novel Deathtroopers, by Joe Schreiber, hit store shelves today. Once you read it, feel free to weigh in with your impressions of this new genre of Star Wars novel in our forums. You can also catch detailed review of Deathtroopers during Star Wars Action News latest podcast.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: VCD Yoda Orders Processing
October 13, 2009 | 4:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has begun processing order for the VCD (Vinyl Collectible Dolls) Yoda from Medicom Toy. Expect your checking/credit card accounts to be charged within the next 15 days.

 


 

Episode 216: A Lego A Day For Those In UK
October 13, 2009 | 3:52 PM EST | Jayson

 


It seems like it’s been years while we awaited the new Star Wars novel coming out this week–Deathtroopers, and while the book jacket certainly looked grusome enough, evoking images of Hellraiser’s Pinhead going to town on the Emperor’s troops, and the thought was so exciting to some costumers that zombie stormtroopers could be seen walking the floor at San Diego Comic Con. But for all the hype, including exclusive “letters from the Imperial Prison Barge Purge” published on our own site, there has been some nervousness in the fan community about this title. A Sci-Fi horror mashup? Those sometimes work (Pitch Black) but often don’t (Leprechan in Space), and for Star Wars fans the question has been–is this book the dawning of a new type of Star Wars fiction, or doomed to be a failed experiment? With the book in stores this week, Star Wars Action News brings you their in depth spoiler free review of this novel, so you can listen and find out if this is the perfect way to Star Wars up your Halloween horror reading.

Also in new releases, there is a new Star Wars video game out, Clone Wars: Republic Heroes. While there seems to be a lot of hype coming from official sources surrounding this game, many people felt the downloadable demo was less than spectacular. With the final game released, Star Wars Action News gives the PS3 version of the game a full review.

With talk of the latest, best, and most exclusive Star WArs Halloween costumes, a day by day run down of the free UK Lego sets, and a look at the vintage remote control R2-D2, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

And if you enjoy Star Wars Action News, please support the show by nominating them for a Podcast Award! You can go to podcastawards.com and nominate the Star Wars Action News family of podcasts, which includes the Star Wars Action News Book Club and Republic Forces Radio Network, for Listener’s Choice and Movies / Films. The URL to enter is www.swactionnews.com so hurry over and vote today!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Sponsor News: Clear Action Figure Stands Coming to Entertainment Earth
October 13, 2009 | 3:45 PM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth updates today with word that they are going to produce clear action figures stands that are compatible with today’s modern Star Wars, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, Marvel, and Star Trek figure lines. Look packs of 25 to be made available in February 2010!

 


 

Sponsor News: 15% Off Sale at BigBadToyStore
October 13, 2009 | 2:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at BigBadToyStore.com have updated today announcing a 15% off sale on all older* in-stock items. This promtion lasts until October 15th at Noon so hurry!

*New and pre-order items excluded.

 


 

Clone Wars Wave 8 Revealed!
October 13, 2009 | 11:48 AM EST | Justin2

Rebelscum.com has posted first images of Wave 8 for next year in the Clone Wars line – there’s some pleasant surprises included. Head on over and check out what looks to be some of the most impressive offerings out of the animated line here.

 


 

Now Price Cuts for Clone Wars Exclusive Two-Packs at Wal-Mart?
October 13, 2009 | 9:49 AM EST | Jayson

Last week we reported that Wal-Mart has raised the prices of the Clone Wars “Under the Helmet” 2 packs featuring Clone Commander Cody with Clone Trooper Echo and Captain Rex with Clone Trooper Fives from $12.97 to $16.97. Now, after that brief sock to the wallet, the prices in stores and online have lowered back down to the origianl $12.97 pricepoint. Weird.

 


 

Topps Announces The Clone Wars Widevision Series
October 12, 2009 | 10:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


Experience The Clone Wars as you’ve never seen it before! Topps announces The Clone Wars Series of Widevision Collectible Cards. 80 Cards show you every incredible episode of Season 1 in its full, original Widescreen aspect ratio. Each cards back contains trivia, quotes, episode guides and info to give you a closer look at the top-rated Cartoon Network series.

Also look for Sequentially Numbered Silver foil Stamped Parallels and Gold Foil Stamped Parallels.

Hobby Exclusive Inserts include:
– Sketch Cards (1/1 Original hand drawing by today’s top sketch cards)
– Widevision Sketches (for the first time ever in the larger, widescreen format)
– Animator Sketch Cards (from the actual animator of the series)
– Autographs (Signaturessfrom the show’s voice actors)

Additional Inserts include:
– Foil Cards (featuring profiles of main characters)
– Flix Pix (Motion cards that contain all the action of the TV show)
– Animation Clear Cels (Transparent, premium-quality plastic cards)
– Season 2 Sneak Preview Cards

Look for The Clone Wars Widevision Cards from Topps in stores this month.

 


 

The Old Republic – Developer Dispatch: The Making of Coruscant
October 12, 2009 | 9:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


From the majestic skyline to the dark and seedy underground levels, a large team of The Old Republic developers worked together to construct the dynamic city-world of Coruscant. Watch LucasArts latest Developer Dispatch, The Making of Coruscant , to hear developers discuss the creation of the Republic’s capital from the deepest basement to the tallest skyscraper.

Also, as a reminder, sign ups to test Star Wars: The Old Republic are now open!

 


 

Children of the Force Now Streaming on StarWars.com
October 12, 2009 | 9:21 PM EST | Jayson

Last Friday’s episode of The Clone Wars, “Children of the Force”, is now available for viewing atStarWars.com. After watching it, be sure to read up on behind the scenes info and view high quality screen shots and concept artwork with the Episode Guide. And finally, you can also get director Dave Filoni’s insight on the latest installment by watching the exclusive Episode Commentary.

 


 

Target Geonosis Arena Exclusives Now Available
October 11, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson

If you haven’t already, Target might be your next stop today as the Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena Two-Pack are officially available in stores. At $12.99 each, these exclusives are a decent value and you get some great new Jedi and droids as well.

ps: thanks to all that e-mailed in with your warm wishes regarding the new addition to my family. Your kind words mean the world to my wife and me. : )

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars and Legacy Collection Action Figures
October 10, 2009 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new Clone Wars and Legacy Collection action figures, New Titanium ships and October Pre-Order items have also been added to our site.

NEW – Titanium:
Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring
Anakin’s Y-Wing
Mist Hunter

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures: 
Luminara Unduli #30
Captain Argyus #31
Clone Trooper Thire #32
AAT Driver Battle Droid #33

NEW – Legacy Collection – Build-a-Droid Action Figures:
Biker Scout – BD12
Clegg Holdfast – BD11
Darth Sidious Hologram – BD10
Rum Sleg – BD09
Queen Amidala – BD08
Gungan Warrior – BD07
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Episode I – BD06
Darth Maul – BD05
Jawa & WED Treadwell Droid – BD04
Spacetrooper – BD03
Han Solo – BD02
Luke Skywalker – BD01

Special Buy:
E3 Clone Troopers DVD Collection $9.99
Celebration III – Darth Vader – $19.99
Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi Lava Reflection $29.99

In-Stock – Clone Wars (2-Pack) Action Figures:
Lieutenant Thire and Clone Trooper Rys #1 of 2
Yoda and Clone Trooper Jek #2 of 2

Pre-Order – October 25th, 2009:
Star Wars Insider #114 – Preview Exclusive Cover
Tatooine Luke Skywalker
Yoda Bronze Statue
Star Wars Collector Tins – Darth Vader – Boba Fett and R2-D2
Darth Vader Holiday Bobble Head
Yoda Holiday Bobble Head
C-3PO Holiday Bobble Head
Jawa Holiday Bobble Head
AT-AT easykit model kit
Anakin Jedi Starfighter easykit model kit
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter easykit model kit

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 30: Final Previews
October 10, 2009 | 1:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


The last round of sneak peek photos is up for the next installment in The Enloe Chronicles. Head on over to the forums for a final preview before the next chapter is released here.

 


 

Preview the New Sideshow Sandtrooper
October 9, 2009 | 3:17 PM EST | Mark

Here is a nice preview of the upcoming Sandtrooper from Sideshow..

 


 

Indy Vs Mola Ram
October 9, 2009 | 3:15 PM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow, they have up for pre-order the newest Indy statue..
Head on over to pick yours up.

 


 

Congrats To Jayson and Anne
October 9, 2009 | 3:13 PM EST | Mark

 


Our main news guy here at Yakface, just celebrated with his wife, their first child, a baby girl. Please help us here at Yakface give congrats to them and wish them a very healthy child hood.

 


 

CONTINUUM by Tim Dry
October 9, 2009 | 8:20 AM EST | Jayson

 


Have you ever wondered what it was really like to be a featured artiste in ‘Star Wars’ Episode VI – ‘Return Of The Jedi’, one of the biggest grossing movies of all time? Or to be an autograph guest at worldwide fan Conventions? Well, now you can discover it all! This is a ‘Star Wars’ actor’s memoirs.Think Bill Bryson meets ‘Galaxy Quest’ and you’re on the right track. This is a must – read for all fans of The Saga. It’s honest, funny and surreal. You won’t be able to put it down!

“CONTINUUM -The ‘Star Wars’ phenomenon as experienced from the inside” has a foreword written by ROBERT WATTS (Producer of ‘Star Wars’ Episodes IV -VI and the ‘Indiana Jones’ trilogy) and contains 12 pages of colour photographs.

CONTINUUM was authored by Tim Dry – ‘J’Quille Whiphid’ and ‘Mon Cal Officer’ in Episode VI.

For more info or to order the eBook, visit starwarscontinuum.com

 


 

The Clone Wars: Children of the Force
October 9, 2009 | 6:50 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars returns tonight with the third episode in the exciting second series with “Children of the Force:”. The Jedi Order is in danger as Darth Sidious plots to kidnap Force-sensitive children from all over the galaxy and bring them to Mustafar. Tune in tonight for this week’s action-packed installment!

 


 

FREE Shipping at Entertainment Earth
October 9, 2009 | 6:42 AM EST | Jayson

 


For the remainder of the month Entertainment Earth is offering Free Shipping on orders of in-stock merchandise totaling $99 or more. Just add the in-stock items to your cart, check out, and enjoy the savings!

 


 

The Kurtz Sisters & Convention Guests at Wattographs!
October 7, 2009 | 10:27 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce another RARE autograph opportunity with private signings with Tiffany & Melissa Kurtz!

The Kurtz sisters are the daughters of famed Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz. Both Tiffany and Melissa played the roles of Jawas in “A New Hope.” It has been about 10 years since the Kurtz sisters have done a signing, but will be sitting down with Wattographs to sign official photographs provided by OfficialPix and fans’ personal items!

Wattographs will also be attending various conventions this year such as Fan Days III and Collectormania! Names available for autographs include ESB Director Irvin Kershner, Alan Harris, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Tayor and MORE!

Please visit Wattographs for full signing details on Convention guests and the Kurtz sisters will be available to order until November 1st

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Episode 215: Two Clones One Ball
October 7, 2009 | 10:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


While the new red packaged toys continue to show up in ever-larger numbers, perhaps one of the hottest items is still in blue–the Clone Turret Battle Pack. With Hasbro having said that this item is not planned on being rereleased, perhaps ever, due to the new smaller battle pack size, this is one item collectors can’t miss out on. The hosts of Star Wars Action News finally got their hands on some of these balls, but are they worth the hunt? Listen to find out

Also this week, the latest prop replica from eFX Collectibles, the Ahsoka Tano Lightsaber, has been shipping. It’s sold out from eFX Directly but still available at Brian’s Toys. Should you rush to get your hands on this first high-end Clone Wars prop? Arnie and Marjorie review it and let you know!

With a news round-up, your voice mails, listener questions, and a Hasbro Q&A, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News Podcast!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

AOTC Wave at Kohl’s
October 7, 2009 | 10:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


If you’re still looking for the AOTC wave with the elusive concept Anakin or needing a figure to finish off your HK Build-A-Droid, you might want to swing by a Kohl’s store.

Although the price of basic figures there is pricey, they do have a sale going on right now for $9.49. Not the best deal, but perhaps worth it if you’ve exhausted other resources looking for this wave.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the tip.

 


 

Target Exclusive Geonosis 2-pks
October 6, 2009 | 1:42 PM EST | Justin2

 


Just a heads up that these are starting to show up at a few Target stores throughout the country. Officially these are not supposed to be on the shelves until the week of October 11, but if you try DPCI # 087-06-0634 with Customer Service, you might be able to score them a little early. Price is $12.99 each.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 73rd Edition
October 2, 2009 | 2:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on September 11th. Topics this round cover the Darth Sidious w/Mechno Chair details, Anakin w/Desert Skiff details, and clarification about the balance between features (articulation) and costing . Head to our forum to find out what they had to say.

 


 

Price Hikes for Clone Wars Exclusive Two-Packs at Wal-Mart?
October 2, 2009 | 12:06 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting that the the Clone Wars “Under the Helmet” 2 packs featuring Clone Commander Cody with Clone Trooper Echo and Captain Rex with Clone Trooper Fives have apparently risen in price from $12.97 to $16.97. This new pricepoint has been applied to WalMart.com as well, so if you were able to snag them at the lower price congratulations.

 


 

SWAN Helping Out a Great Cause
October 2, 2009 | 9:13 AM EST | Jayson

 


Twelve months out of the year Star Wars Action News works to help Star Wars collectors. But one month out of the year they also take a step back and try to help a great cause–the search for a cure for Breast Cancer.

Both Marjorie and Arnie have lost immediate family members to breast cancer, and just now the fact that men, as well as women, can be afflicted with this deadly disease is getting the spotlight.

To help raise funds, they are participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. Marjorie’s team is the “Second Base All Stars”. We would love it if you would become a sponsor of this team. Even if it’s just the cost of a single action figure, every little bit helps. All donations are handled right at the American Cancer Society site.

And also in the next week, Arnie will be selling an item from his collection on eBay to raise funds for the walk as well. You can find out all the details about the auction on next Monday’s episode ofStar Wars Action News.

Even if you can’t donate, please, during October, do something to help this cause. Join in the walk yourself, or even just wear pink (men, pink shirts and ties ARE acceptable).

 


 

Diorama Spotlight – “Caught in the Middle – Order 66”
October 2, 2009 | 12:03 AM EST | Justin2

 


A group of collectors in the Chicago area worked together recently to create a diorama for the Hasbro Diorama Contest and did a fantastic job in coming together with this, and we wish them the best of luck in the results.

The diorama focuses on the infamous moment when the Republic’s clone troopers turn on their Jedi Generals – check out a variety of pics of this impressive collaboration here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
October 1, 2009 | 8:04 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from big badtoystore.com

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15% OFF SALE
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We’ve just put up a new sale and you can save 15% on all older toys and figures. Everything except items marked as ‘new’ or ‘preorder / backorder’ is on sale. We’ve also just removed the ‘new’ designation on nearly 1000 items, so there is a lot more product now inclucded on the sale. We’ve also added a 20% discount on all Graphic Novels, so be sure to check out our selection there, over 1000 novels are currently listed. You can also save 20% on GI Joe 25th Anniversary. Just pick your favorite menu to start saving:

This sale is scheduled to end on Monday, October 5th.
check it all out here.

 

August 2009 Archive

StarWarsShop: 3-Day Video Game Blowout Sale
August 26, 2009 | 2:02 PM EST | Jayson

From now until Friday Aug. 28th, StarWarsShop is holding a Video Game Blowout! Head over a pick up a few titles for as low as $14.99 each!

 


 

Toys”R”Us Clone Wars Marketing Reset
August 26, 2009 | 1:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


My local Toys”R”Us revamped the front section of the the store today switching out the G.I. Joe marketing and replaced it with the new look for the Clone Wars merchandise. Click the image above to view what your local Toys”R”Us will look like on your next visit.

 


 

Dewback with Imperial Sandtrooper In Depth
August 26, 2009 | 12:06 PM EST | Jayson

Our friend Dennis at Star Wars I Like Blog has posted a fantastic preview/review of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Dewback with Imperial Sandtrooper. Head over for the full run down of features for this guaranteed best selling set.

 


 

Episode 209: A Major Loose Vintage Haul
August 25, 2009 | 9:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Vintage collecting is a niche that is often overlooked. With Hasbro bringing out well over 100 figures each year between carded, battle packs, and Clone Wars, it is all too easy to forget about the toys of yesteryear, that so many of us Star Wars fans played with growing up. But for Star Wars Action News, the time for vintage was now as a seemingly once in a lifetime vintage buy was had. What did they get? How much did they pay? Listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News to find out!

Also this week, they review the recently revealed Gentle Giant Star Wars Dartboard, discuss the new circulating rumors of the Star Wars live action series, and have a Hasbro Q&A answering questions about the Asajj Ventress F/X saber and how Hasbro has determined Ahsoka Tano to be “the bestselling female Star Wars figure of all time”.

Listen to all this and more on this week’s podcast of Star Wars Action News!
You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Disney/Star Tours Jedi Training Academy
August 24, 2009 | 10:45 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Exclusive Disney/Star ToursJedi Training Academy Boxed Set.

Available only at Star Wars Weekends through Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this set consists of 4 kitbashed/repainted Jedi (3 padawans and 1 Jedi Master) along with a repack of Hasbro’s go-to VOTC Vader.

Head to the toyguide to view the complete photo gallery and be sure to read the “Yak Facts” regarding this set.

Thanks to fellow MN collector “Admiral Ackbar” for the hook up with this set.

 


 

Death Troopers Signing Tour
August 24, 2009 | 6:24 PM EST | Bill

Are you looking forward to getting your copy of the first Star Wars horror novel autographed? Our friends over at The Force.net have come up with the latest entries on Joe Schreiber’s signing tour and updated their books page with a comprehensive tour list.

 


 

Clone Wars Season 2 Coming October 2!
August 24, 2009 | 12:47 PM EST | Jayson

Coming off of the record-setting first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network announced today it will premiere a full slate of 22 all-new episodes for season two of the critically acclaimed and top-rated CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. The special one-hour season two premiere event of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs Friday, October 2, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Head to BUSINESS WIRE for the full press release.

 


 

TFU Shaak Ti Prototype Images 
August 24, 2009 | 12:42 AM EST | Justin2

The upcoming TFU version of the lovely Shaak Ti appears to be shaping up nicely. Head on over and check out some great pics showing off her sculpt and articulation at Jedinews.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro Top 30 Fans’ Choice – The Results!
August 24, 2009 | 12:12 AM EST | Jayson

The results are in! Head into the forums to view our list of “Top 30” requested figures for the Hasbro Fans’ Choice Poll! And thanks to all that participated.

 


 

Huge Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 23, 2009 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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NEW PREORDERS:
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MUSEUM REPLICAS STAR WARS COSTUMES, ACCESSORIES, LIGHTSABERS
We’ve just listed a number of new Star Wars costume items. We’ve got lightsaber (hilts) for Anakin, Obi-Wan and Luke, along with full costume ensembles for those three and Imperial Death Star and Fleet Officers. We’ve also got accessories like belts and caps if you prefer to mix and match, and we’ve got Anakin, Obi-Wan and Imperial boots in sizes 8-13. Check out the complete selection in the new costume section.

STAR WARS PRINCESS LEIA IN SLAVE OUTFIT MINI BUST
Gentle Giant’s latest star wars bust shows Leia in her memorable outfit from the beginning of “Return of the Jedi”, wielding a vibro-ax and ready to take on your slug problem. Leia in Slave Outfit is priced at $49.99, and will be arriving this February.

STAR WARS DART BOARD & CASE SET
THis stylish dartboard and case set features the artwork of Adam Hughes, showing the Princess (yet again) in her slave outfit. Priced at $139.99 ($25 off the MSRP), this set also comes with Rebellion and Empire flights – darts not included.

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BBTS SALES CONTINUE
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Our 25% Off GI Joe 25th Anniversary Sale will continue a bit longer, the response has been fantastic (some sale orders may take a bit longer to ship due to backups in the warehouse) Take a look at the GI Joe menus for great deals on all our remaining 25th Anniversary Stock. Also be sure to check out our other sale that features a variety of BBTS Exclusives, Transformers, Star Wars and many other items.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE COMMANDERS ARTFX SET
This set of statues from Kotobukiya includes Captain Rex, Commander Cody and Commander Gree, each done in a 7″ scale. Each figure also comes with a piece to assemble the build-a-figure for this wave, a Clone Trooper. We’ve got the whole set priced at $149.99, a $30 savings off the MSRP.

STAR WARS CLONE WARS DELUXE VEHICLE WAVE 2 CASE, SINGLES
This new case includes the popular ARC-170 in the new delxue style, as well as the brand new Clone Wars Era Y-Wing Starfighter. We’ve got the ARC-170 priced at $74.99 and the Y_Wing at $84.99, or you can save about $20 and pick them up as a case of two, priced at $139.99.

STAR WARS VEHICLE FIGURE PACKS SERIES 2 CASE, SINGLES
We’ve also received the second wave of the Figure & Vehicle collection, and we’ve got the case of 4 priced at $69.99; if you’d prefer to mix and match, we’ve got singles of Anakin on Can-Cell and the Clone Trooper on BARC Speeder, each priced at $18.99.
check it all out here.

 


 

Party With the Ladies
August 23, 2009 | 6:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


When you have a friend turning 40, the gags are on but for a Star Wars collector this one takes the cake. Joerhyno shares with us a great solution to all those dust collecting Fans Choice figures at your local retailer – check out what happens when great customizing skills and a bit of humor meet after the jump!

 


 

Detailed AT-ST Images at Rebelscum
August 21, 2009 | 11:57 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Rebelscum has posted an excellent Photo Archive update showcasing the AT-ST. Head over for a look and prepare for your legs to get all wobbly!

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz Newsfeed
August 20, 2009 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

 

New Gentle Giant Pre-Orders at Andrew’s Toyz!

– Princess Leia Jabba’s Slave Mini Bust ….. $49.95
– Peter Pettigrew Wormtail Mini Bust ….. $49.95
– Halo Brute Mini Bust ….. $57.95
– Star Wars Dart Board ….. $131.95

Visit Andrew’s Toyz for the above new items and much more!

 


 

Official Word On Star Tours 2.0?
August 20, 2009 | 7:38 PM EST | Bill

It seems that we may be hearing very soon. Screamscape is pointing out that The website promoting Disney’s D23 Expo (D23 is an official club for Disney fans) is announcing that some “Imperial Dignitaries” will be at the upcoming expo in Anaheim. More info as soon as we get it. In the meantime, check out their info here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 71st Edition
August 20, 2009 | 5:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted may back on August 3rd. Head to our forum to find out what they had to say. Topics this round cover those pesky running change figures like the Hoth Trooper, Imperial Scanning Crew and the Utai, new products in stores beating SDCC announcements and Leesub’s lack of accessories.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 18, 2009 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

NEW SALES:
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60+ ITEM CLEARANCE SALE – MANY EXCLUSIVES
We’ve cut prices deeply on quite a few of our older BBTS exclusives. Many other items including Transformers, Star Wars, Marvel, Medicom Real Action Heroes, Indiana Jones, and more are on sale – take a look at the full list

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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We’ve just received another shipment of SDCC Exclusives. With five different minimates packs, a couple of Transformers G1 busts, some sketch variant cover comics, and even an angry marshmallow man, there’s something here for everyone

MEDICOM REAL ACTION HERO ANAKIN SKYWALKER
The figure is highly authentic and film accurate, and ready to take life on your shelf in any dynamic pose that you desire. Medicom Toy’s RAH body is one of the most articulated 12-inch figure bodies available, capable of nearly any pose that the human (or superhero) body can achieve. In stock now at $164.99
check it all out here.

 


 

Yakfinities Continues…
August 18, 2009 | 9:36 PM EST | Justin2

 


The 30th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge ends this month so all you customizers be sure to getyour entries submitted!

We’ve also started category voting for the next challenge, which if you’re registered in the Yakface forums you can make your voice heard here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Summer Blowout Sale Extended
August 18, 2009 | 8:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth has announced that they’re extending their annual Summer Blowout Sale until the end of the month! To show their appreciation, they’ve been marking down items up to 80% off! Buy action figures, games, and collectible statues and busts at the lowest prices ever! Star Wars, Star Trek, Spider-Man, and more are on sale. But hurry… their limited stock won’t last long at these prices!

 


 

Episode 208: Collecting Bytes
August 18, 2009 | 3:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


We’ve talked about collecting figures, busts, statues, bookmarks, candy, and Band-Aids. But this week on Star Wars Action News, we begin a look at a new type of collecting–the collecting of digital fan audio. Do you download all the episodes of Star Wars Action News and keep them on your hard drive? Have you sought out the exclusive movie commentaries they have released, or the special music CD they gave out at Celebration 4? If so, then you are already a digital collector. This week, Nathan P. Butler talks about collecting another type of fan audio–the fan audio drama, which is where Star Wars fan fiction meets old timey radio productions.

Also this week on Star Wars Action News: scantily clad ladies! Where? Well, they’re at the Lucasfilm Chicago ComicCon presentation, in the prize-winning Saber fan video, and even on StarWars.com! Listen to find out more.

With details on all the exclusives still available online (*cough* Gentle Giant *cough*) and the sightings of the newest figures, and a review of the Uncle Milton Dagobah Frog Habitat, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

Be sure to head over to Star Wars Action News and check out their new website design as well!

 


 

Attakus Probe Droid Official Details
August 17, 2009 | 9:29 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The masterful sculptors at Attakus have passed on to us the official details surrounding the Imperial Probe Droid statue. Read on for the full information.

You have been waiting for a long time on this one… The PROBE DROID is about to enter earth’s atmosphere!

Attakus is proud to announce the release of this long awaited statue. The Probe Droid never done before, by any other company in a full size resin statue. The technical achievement is quite impressive. The Probe Droid is specially designed for deep space exploration and reconnaissance. They are employed in science and military applications. They gather information and transmit it to their masters over vast distances. Tenacious hunters and searchers, probe droids have a variety of sensors.

   

Production Run: Limited to 750 copies worldwide
SRP: $775 US
Size: Stands 17″ / 42 cm + 4″/ 10 cm for the antennas
Availability: North America Mid- November 2009
Pre-orders: Available until September 1st

For a closer look at the Attakus Probe Droid, click any of the images above.

 


 

Legacy Collection TPM Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD06)
August 17, 2009 | 9:20 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

Forumite Eopie Herder treats us all with some great Hasbro eye candy as he’s gotten his hands on the upcoming Obi Wan figure from the much anticipated TPM wave due out this Fall – head on over to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Rise Trailer and J-E-D-I Song at Cartoon Network
August 17, 2009 | 9:04 AM EST | Jayson

Cartoon Network has updated their Clone Wars mini site with an expanded teaser trailer for season two of The Clone Wars and they’ve also added a fun sing-along Jedi Song as well. Visit Cartoon Network to watch them both.

Thanks to Yakreader Luke B for the tip.

 


 

Customizer Mega Spotlight
August 16, 2009 | 10:24 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

It’s back to the grind with another week of work, but during some free time you can kick back and enjoy some more great custom figures from Yakface forum members.

We lead things off with some jaw-dropping customs from a new member of the forum community here, Stocos28. Check out his great variety of figures here.

Also, Hasbro may not be focused on Indiana Jones this summer, but there’s still interest in the community and forumite Luke Sprywalker has been hard at work adding to his impressive collectionof characters that the Big H has neglected.

Last but not least, you won’t want to miss the latest from our Sandtrooper ally jokabofe who has created one of the hottest Mara Jade customs you’ll ever see.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 15, 2009 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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SDCC 2009 EXCLUSIVES
There was a veritable army of exclusives available at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and we’ve managed to pick up a number of them for our customers. From Hasbro, we’ve got the 25th Anniversary Soundwave box set, Smiling Luke Skywalker with ladder accessory, the 12″ Baroness from the GI Joe movie, the Marvel Universe Invaders box set and more. From Mattel we have the new 3.75″ Buzz Lightyear, the Rescue Mater box set from the upcoming Cars Toon, the Green Lantern Origin JLU Three-Pack, the Wonder Twins box set, Egon from the Ghostbusters and others – take a look at the list and links below, and pick your favorites before they’re gone.
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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS LIGHTSABER CHOPSTICKS
These new Star Wars collectibles are a great way to cross your hobby over
into other areas of life. These sets of chopsticks each include a stick
rest, are listed at $12.99 per pair, and come in Darth Vader Red, Luke
Skywalker Blue, and Yoda (training size) Green, or you can pick up a set
of all three for $25.99.
check it all out here.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – The Guardians of Peace and Justice
August 15, 2009 | 12:50 AM EST | Justin2

 

   

Yakface forumite Darth Kikinou has completed all four acts in the second installment of his prequel based photonovel series.

Act One introduces us to Iktotch, where two brave Jedi Knights are sent on a mission to protect the planet from Mandalorian raids.

The two Jedi soon find themselves in peril and struggle for survival in the Second Act, and receive aid from an unlikely source.

But the tables are quickly turned and a young Padawan must come of age in Act Three as he must use every trick the Jedi Order has taught him in order to survive.

You’ll have to hang on tight during Final Act, which brings to light the revelation of the rise of the Sith that will one day bring down the Jedi Order.

So find some time this weekend to kick back and read through all four chapters as one of your fellow Yakkers takes you through an exciting fan fic journey that any fan of Star Wars can appreciate!

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW20 Clone Trooper Denal
August 14, 2009 | 7:39 AM EST | Jayson

 

    

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Clone Trooper Denal, the next entry to the rapidly expanding Clone Wars section.

Making his debut in the popular episode “Duel of the Droids”, Denal and a squad of clones join Captain Rex, Ahsoka and Anakin in an assault on the separatist listening post “Skytop Station”.

Hasbro again offers up another unique trooper with Clone Trooper Denal. He shares the the standard super articulated clone trooper body which has been slightly modified to accept the post from the new missile-firing JT-12 jetpack and also shares the head sculpt from Commander Cody (without the facial scars) and Echo. He features the new style removable clone trooper helmet (first used onCommander Gree) but this displays the distinctive blue color of the 501st Legion and has a custom design with “tears” on each cheek. For accessories, he includes the standard issue DC-15A blaster and 2 missiles; the longer missile launches from the backpack and the other serves as a plug to finish off the design of the jetpack when not in firing mode.

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

 


 

New Assault on Ryloth Battle Pack Image
August 13, 2009 | 11:46 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have posted a new image of the Clone Wars Assault on Ryloth Battle Pack that contains Mace Windu, Commander Cody and new clone troopers Waxer and Boil. Head over for a closer look.

 


 

New Arrivals at StarWarsShop.com
August 13, 2009 | 11:13 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated with the addition of several Star Wars and Indiana Jones Lego Sets to its New Arrivals section. Head over to order the following as they’re in stock and ready to ship:

Star Wars
Motorized Walking AT-AT
Mid-scale Millennium Falcon
Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser 
Echo Base 
The Battle of Endor 
Anakin’s Y-Wing Starfighter
Venator-class Republic Cruiser
Separatists Shuttle
Pirate Tank
Corporate Alliance Tank

Indiana Jones
Venice Canal Chase
The Temple of Doom
Fighter Plane Attack
Chauchilla Cemetery Battle
Ambush in Cairo

 


 

What’s New For Star Wars At Disney?
August 12, 2009 | 9:50 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Endor Express.net have scored all of the details, including photos! There’s lots and lots of Star Wars exclusive goodness coming to the Mouse’s parks including more spuds— Yam Solo’s partner finally sees tater, err plastic among others. Check it all out here

 


 

New Comic Packs Appearing
August 12, 2009 | 11:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


Yakreader Chad R. picked up the new Vong/Katarn and Lumiya/Luke Comic Packs from his Decatur, Alabama Target. Click the image above for a closer look. Nice find Chad!

 


 

Toys”R”Us Hasbro Summer Event Sale
August 12, 2009 | 6:28 AM EST | Jayson

Toys”R”Us has launched a “Hasbro Summer Event” Sale where shoppers can save $10 on purchases over $30, save $20 on purchases over $60 and save $30 on purchases over $90! Plus, if your make your Hasbro purchase online, you’ll get free shipping! So visit ToysRUs.com for great savings!

 


 

New Rise of the Bounty Hunters TV Spot
August 11, 2009 | 4:16 PM EST | Jayson

Cartoon Newtork has been airing a new 15 second spot for the upcoming second season of The Clone Wars. Head to YouTube to take a gander at the bounty hunter badness!

Thanks to Georgia Jedi for the link.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW17 Clone Trooper Echo 
August 11, 2009 | 9:46 AM EST | Jayson

 

    

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Clone Trooper Echo, the next entry to the rapidly expanding Clone Wars section.

Making his debut in the popular episode “Rookies”, Echo and contingent of clones are stationed at the listening post on the Rishi Moon tasked with warning Kamino of potential Separatist attacks. Soon the output is infiltrated by the Commando Droids and Commander Cody, Captain Rex, Echo and the other “shinies” devise a plan to retake the station.

The Clone Wars is populated with nameless and faceless soldiers, but here, Hasbro offers up another unique trooper in Clone Trooper Echo. Although he shares the SA clone trooper body and the head sculpt from Commander Cody (without the facial scars), he does have a few distinguishing characteristics. He features a removable helmet with adjustable binocular visor and his armor displays a blue bloody hand print as shown in the aforementioned “Rookies” episode. For accessories, Clone Trooper Echo includes the standard DC-15A blaster and a missile-firing Z-6 rotary blaster cannon. If there was any one change I’d like for this figure (other than a more battle worn deco of course) would be for his armor to have included the small medal on his chest plate as seen at the end of the episode.

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

 


 

New Star Wars Collection from Marc Ecko
August 11, 2009 | 8:35 AM EST | Jayson

The new Star Wars collection by Marc Ecko has arrived with new Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and X Wing Pilot hoodies. Also be sure to check out the reversible Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Chewbacca bubble jackets. Head to ShopEcko.com to pre-order them today!

 


 

Episode 207: It Works Every Time
August 11, 2009 | 12:58 AM EST | Jayson

 


This past weekend Chicago Comic Con (the convention formerly known as Wizard World Chicago) took place and if you were a Star Wars fan you should have been there. From a plethora of Star Wars action figures to the programming to the autograph opportunities, it was the best showing for Star Wars in some time. Star Wars Action News was there covering the event, and on this week’s show you can listen as they recount meeting Clone Wars voice actor Tom Kane, asking questions to Billy Dee Williams in his panel, and kicking back at the Star Wars Action News dinner…

Also over the weekend came the shocking announcement that Karen Traviss, author of the much beloved Republic Commando series, will no longer be writing for Star Wars. That announcement is analyzed this week.

With discussions of online exclusive orders from Acme, Sideshow, and Gentle Giant, it’s all this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

Be sure to head over to Star Wars Action News and check out their new website design as well!

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW09 Commander Gree 
August 10, 2009 | 10:33 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Commander Gree, the next entry to the rapidly expanding Clone Wars section.

Sporting his Phase I style armor, Commander Gree is the latest figure to be released in the popular Clone Wars line joining the ranks of the other clone officers like Rex, Cody, Fox and Ponds. As with all clones in this series, Gree is loaded with 14 points of articulation, plus he also features a removable helmet revealing a distinctive double mohawk head sculpt, a removable bandolier, working holster, a DC-17 hand blaster, DC-15A blaster rifle and a firing missile launcher*.

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

*The back of the packaging shows Gree carrying a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, while the final figure actually includes the firing missile launcher.

 


 

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
August 10, 2009 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site updates today with an announcement of a follow-up to the popular The Making of Star Wars book by Lucasfilm’s J.W. Rinzler

The Making of the Empire Strikes Back is brimming with never-before-published photos and will be available in 2010 and published by Del Rey Books. Head to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 70th Edition
August 10, 2009 | 4:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted may back on 7/02. Head to our forum to find out what they had to say. Topics this round cover the possibility of future alternate torso figures, wishful thinking on a Blurrg Battlepack and hopes for a future Carbonite Han pack-in.

 


 

Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
August 10, 2009 | 3:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


Coming this February is the first installment of a two-book Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker adventure, set against the backdrop of the Clone Wars! Written by Karen Miller, here’s a first look at its cover art by Craig Howell and a synopsis of this trade paperback release from Del Rey Books.

Visit the official site for more….

 


 

Star Wars Content Blasts onto Wii Console
August 10, 2009 | 11:28 AM EST | Jayson

From LucasArts:

Fans of Star Wars® and classic Nintendo games will want to keep an eye on their Wii™ Shop Channelfor the next month. Nintendo will be releasing multiple LucasArts favorites for Virtual Console™, starting today with Super Star Wars®. In the coming weeks, both Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back® and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi® will be added to the Virtual Console lineup. All three Super Star Wars games were originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ and will be available at 800 Wii Points™ each.

To view complete press release, visit BusinessWire.com.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Clone Wars and Deluxe Action Figures with Vehicle
August 9, 2009 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the Wal-Mart Build-a-Droid action figures set. Build the Dark Trooper Phase III droid by collecting all 5. Also this week we have added the Luke Comic Con 2009 Exclusive action figures and 2 new Deluxe (Action Figure with Vehicle).

New – Wal-Mart Build a Droid Action Figures:
#1 of 5 General Grievous and CB-3D
#2 of 5 Anakin Skywalker and Cortosis Battle Droid
#3 of 5 Boba Fett and BL-17
#4 of 5 Darth Maul and I-5YQ
#5 of 5 Corran Horn and R2 Whistler

New – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Commander Ponds
Obi-Wan Kenobi – CW19
Anakin Skywalker – CW18
Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid – CW11
ARF Trooper – CW10
Jawa – CW08
Mace Windu – CW06
Kit Fisto – CW05
Rocket Battle Droid – CW03
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – CW02
General Grievous – CW01
Commemorative Tin Collection – Clone Wars

New –Clone Wars Deluxe Action Figure with Vehicle:
Clone Trooper and BARC Speeder Bike
Anakin Skywalker and Can-Cell
212th Battalion Clone Trooper and Jet backbacks
Turbo Tank Support Squad
Crab Droid – NEW
Battle Droid and Armored Scout Tank – NEW

New – Legacy Collection: 
Luke Skywalker – Comic Con 2009 – New
Obi-Wan Kenobi – #44
Beru Whitesun – # 45
Owen Lars – # 46
Captain Typho – #47
Anakin Skywalker – Episode III Concept Art – # 48
Tarados Gon – #49
Clone Pilot – # 52

Pre-Order – August 25th, 2009:
Princess Leia Mynock Hunt – Exclusive
Clone Wars Widevision Trading Card Box
Battle Droid Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Commander Gree Maquette – SAVE $10.00
Ralph McQuarrie Concept Action Figures Sets – SAVE $15.00
Galaxy at War – Booster Packs

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 8, 2009 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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BBTS SUMMER SALE:
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Our Summer sale continues to run with over 2500 items for sale at 20% to 90% off our list prices. There are many items from main brands such as Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Marvel, DC, Movies, Robots & More – take a look through some of the menus here, or simply browse your favorite menus and all the clearance pricing will be displayed there

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE – MYNOCK HUNT LEIA

STAR WARS KUBRICKS – R2-D2 & C-3P0 TWO-PACK
check it all out here.

 


 

Yak Tube – Darth Vader Cell Phone Ad
August 8, 2009 | 2:01 AM EST | Niktom

I know exactly how Vader feels….

Darth Vader Cell Phone Ad


Thumbs up, thumbs down? Talk about it in the forums…. but please be sure to silence your cell phone first.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW06 Mace Windu
August 7, 2009 | 3:16 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Mace Windu, the next addition to the rapidly expanding Clone Wars section.

In the Clone Wars series story arc “The Ryloth Trilogy”, Mace Windu and the ARF Troopers of Lightning Squadron, led a force to liberate the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth from Wat Tambor’s and the CIS forces.

Master Windu is the latest Jedi to be released in the popular Clone Wars line, and like others in this style, he’s a fairly good figure but sadly lacks the necessary articulation to be truly great as he too is devoid of knee and ankles joints. Also, Mace has another strike against him in some respect as he is designed with a “Swinging Lightsaber Action”. A feature that, for me, is ultimately unnecessary and I’d rather have seen those tooling dollars devoted to a couple of knee joints. As for accessories, he includes his signature purple-bladed lightsaber, 3 pieces of snap-on armor and a helmet all of which are oddly cast in a light gray/off-white plastic that clashes with the bright white armor on his forearms.

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

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Continues
August 6, 2009 | 9:39 PM EST | Justin2

 


Production work for Chapter 30 in The Enloe Chronicles has begun.

We’ll have some Yakface exclusive previews for the next installment in the coming days, but until then you can still catch up on Chapter 29: THE FALLEN ONES.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com New Legacy and Clone Wars Figure Preorders
August 6, 2009 | 3:01 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated with the addition of several new Legacy and Clone Wars figures to their New Arrivals section. Head over to pre-order the following:

The Clone Wars Collection:
IG-86 (Ziro’s Assassin Droid)
Clone Tank Gunner
Padmé Amidala in Adventure Gear
Clone Pilot “Matchstick”
Battle Droid AAT Driver
Commander Thire
Captain Argyus
Luminara Unduli

Legacy Collection (Return of the Jedi Wave):
Nikto Skiff Guard
Malakili
Giran
Major Panno
Ewoks 2-Pack
Princess Leia (Jabba’s Prisoner)
Luke Skywalker (Death Star II Duel)
Nien Nunb (B-Wing Pilot)

All of these are available for pre-order now for an Aug. release and ship with an official Hasbro Protective case.

 


 

Toyguide Update: 212th Battalion Clone Troopers and Backpacks
August 6, 2009 | 10:31 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today featuring the first addition in the new Figure & Vehicle Assortment with the 212th Battalion Clone Troopers and Backpacks.

Led, by Clone Commander Cody, these clone troopers of the 212th Attack Battalion are specially equipped with a pair of missile firing, jet-propelled backpacks which are used for aerial assaults or to circumvent difficult terrain.

The clone figures included in this set may appear the same as previous 212th Battalion clones as they share the same armor deco and articulation, but there are a few key differences. Their armor has been modified to receive the post from the removable jetpack and most noticeable change though is that both of these clones have been molded in a light gray plastic. It is quite possible that this was done to further designate these clones as their own unit or it was done in lieu of adding a secondary weathering/battle damage paint operation. Whatever the reasoning, these figure do stand apart from the basic figure release. In terms of accessories, this set includes: 2 missile firing jet/backpacks with deployable wings (repurposed from the ROTS line), 2 standard issue clone blasters, a blaster rifle and a battle droid blaster. The weapons from this set are molded in a silvery blue plastic that further enhances this sets uniqueness.

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

 


 

The Circle Is Now Complete
August 6, 2009 | 8:50 AM EST | Mark

You will be able to pre-order the exclusive version with the background today at 10am PST.

 


 

Toyguide Update: 2009 Wal-Mart Droid Factory Two-Pack 5 of 5
August 5, 2009 | 5:10 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the fifth anf final Wal-mart Exclusive Droid Factory Set featuring Corran Horn and R2 Whistler.

This set is based on the novel I, Jedi where Corran Horn, a force-sensitive X-wing pilot from Rogue Squadron, who attempts to find his missing wife who disappeared while tracking down pirates. He turns to Luke Skywalker in hopes to be trained in the ways of the Force.

Corran Horn is a kitbash creation based off the ever popular VOTC/VTSC Luke Skywalker X Wing Pilot figure and he includes an AOTC Anakin Skywalker-style lightsaber and hilt (with the addition of the black paint on the activation band and emitter shroud) and a unique deco X-Wing Pilot Helmet. The R2-unit “Whistler”, like CB-3D from the set #1, is a repaint/kitbash of the VOTC R2-D2 mold and again the utility arm panel is glued down. This set also includes the torso/body for thePhase III Dark Trooper Build-A-Droid.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: 2009 Wal-Mart Droid Factory Two-Pack 4 of 5
August 5, 2009 | 3:56 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Wal-mart Exclusive Droid Factory Set #4 featuring Darth Maul & I-5YQ.

This set is based on Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, a novel that takes place shortly before Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Darth Maul is a repack of the figure from the TAC and TLC The Sith Legacy Evolution Set but he is further accessorized here with a soft goods Sith robe. I-5YQ is a partial kitbash construct, using repainted TAC 4-LOM arms and legs and features new sculpts for the head and torso/hip section. I-5YQ features a “hidden” compartment in his chest that opens to reveal a removable holocron. This set also includes the left and right legs for the Phase III Dark Trooper Build-A-Droid.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: 2009 Wal-Mart Droid Factory Two-Pack 3 of 5
August 5, 2009 | 2:41 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Wal-mart Exclusive Droid Factory Set #3 featuring Boba Fett and BL-17.

This set is based on an episode of Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO animated series entitled “A Race to the Finish”, where Boba Fett utilized the Battle Legionnaire droid BL-17 to infiltrate a group of speeder racers that were responsible for the destruction of the gangster Sise Fromm’s weapons satellite.

Boba Fett is virtually a repack of the TAC Animated Debut Boba Fett, with some slight differences in deco most notably on the helmet. Fett’s weapons in this set are also different from the TAC figure as it includes both the rifle and blaster pistol from the Fett Evoution Set. Since the pistol is of a different design, it doesn’t fit nearly as well in the included holster. BL-17 is a partial kitbash construct, using repainted TAC 4-LOM arms and legs and features new sculpts for the head and single piece torso/hip section. This set also includes the rocket pack for the Phase III Dark TrooperBuild-A-Droid.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: 2009 Wal-Mart Droid Factory Two-Pack 2 of 5
August 5, 2009 | 12:21 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Wal-mart Exclusive Droid Factory Set #2 featuring Anakin Skywalker and Cortosis Battle Droid.

This set is based on The New Droid Army video game where Anakin is tasked with stopping the creation of a new battle droid army following the Battle of Geonosis. These new battle droids are constructed using cortosis, a material capable of blocking lightsaber attacks, adding to their effectiveness.

Anakin is virtually the same figure that is included in the TAC Republic #57 Comic Pack, the difference being there is no “battle damage” painted on his face. The C-B3 Cortosis Battle Droid is a kitbash/repaint of the TAC Super Battle Droid and features a new head/torso and both forearms/grasping hands have been replaced with double-barreled laser cannons. This set also includes the left and right arms for the Phase III Dark Trooper Build-A-Droid.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: 2009 Wal-Mart Droid Factory Two-Pack 1 of 5
August 5, 2009 | 10:43 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of the Wal-mart Exclusive Droid Factory Set #1 featuring General Grievous and CB-3D.

This set is based on the four-part comic series General Grievous, in which a group of Jedi attempt to assassinate the droid general before his diabolical plans can be carried out.

General Grievous is a repack of the ROTS #09 figure and includes a new removable cloth cape (which works fairly well in this application) and the astromech, CB-3D, is a repaint/kitbash of the VOTC R2-D2 mold featuring the glued down utility arm panel. This set also includes the head and blaster rifle for the Phase III Dark Trooper Build-A-Droid.

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

 


 

Sponsor Alert: Entertainment Earth Summer Blowout Sale
August 4, 2009 | 8:25 PM EST | Jayson

Entertainment Earth is having their annual Summer Blowout Sale! To show their appreciation, they’ve been marking down items up to 80% off! Buy action figures, games, and collectible statues and busts at the lowest prices ever! Star Wars, Star Trek, Spider-Man, and more are on sale. But hurry… their limited stock won’t last long at these prices!

 


 

Episode 206: SDCC 09 Reveals
August 3, 2009 | 2:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


2009’s San Diego Comic Con is behind us but with so much product revealed from Museum Replicas, eFX, Sideshow, Hasbro, Gentle giant, Diamond, and others, it sometimes takes a while for it all to sink in.

On this week’s Star Wars Action News, we take your voicemails to talk about what YOU thought of all the new Star Wars items coming down the pike, including Sideshow 1/2 scale busts (with the missing half being a shoulder?), Gentle Giant’s Force Unleasehed mini-busts, and Hasbro’s new Wal Mart Exclusive Droid Factory figures ($17 a pair? Ouch!)

Also on this week’s show, we talk about the new Hasbro Fan’s Choice figure vote, where you can help determine a new Star Wars figure to be made by Hasbro. Star Wars Action News is one of the contributing sites, so listen to the show, then come to our forums at http://www.swactionnews.comand tell us which figures you think should be made.

It’s all this and more on this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News!

You can download part one of week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW16 Commando Droid
August 3, 2009 | 12:36 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Commando Droid, the next addition to the exploding Clone Wars section.

Making their debut in the popular Clone Wars episode “Rookies”, the Commando Droids proved that they were far more advanced in both combat and intelligence than their inferior Battle Droid counterparts.

The “Rookies” episode all but guaranteed that this figure was going to make it into our collections and Hasbro did a fine job in granting our wishes. The Commando Droid features a ton of articulation with ball jointed shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, plus ball socket hips and head and a swivel torso. This range joints allow for some pretty dynamic posing possibilities, far more than most of the Jedi characters have been graced with – which is sad frankly. We not given much in the was of accessories but we do get a unique battle droid blaster that is capable of being attached via a post to the Commando Droid’s back. Sadly, the vibroblade that some of these droids wielded in the episode isn’t included but look for it to be packed in an upcoming battle pack later this year featuring a Clone Trooper, 2 Commando Droids and unique deco Commando Droid Unit Leader.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: CW15 Whorm Loathsom
August 3, 2009 | 12:12 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of Whorm Loathsom, the next addition to the exploding Clone Wars section.

Making his debut in The Clone Wars movie, Whorm Loathsom served as a general of the CIS forces responsible for the invasion and capture of the planet Christophsis. He was ultimately defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Army of the Republic.

This figure is a faithful attempt in recreating General Loathsom’s appearance in the film, complete with exaggerated proportions and several underbite. Interestingly, this character’s design is based off an unused concept created by Doug Chaing for the Neimoidians in Episode I. It features moderate articulation with ball-joint shoulders and elbows, a ball socket head and swivel hip, waist and wrist joints. For accessories, Whorm includes removeable “shoulder pads”, small blaster pistol and a firing missile launcher designed similarly to a standard battle droid blaster rifle.

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

 


 

Group Project – The Cauldron
August 3, 2009 | 12:10 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Cauldron was a large gladiatorial arena on the planet Rattatak and is where Asajj Ventress first impressed Count Dooku by easily slaughtering the contestants. She faced various creatures from throughout the galaxy, from Gamorreans to giant Wampa ice creatures.

Hasbro has largely neglected this scene from the Clone Wars, but customizers are rolling up their sleeves and are creating their own versions of the gladiators seen in The Cauldron in the currentGroup Project. Head on over to the forums and join in the fun, or just check out the entries so far after the jump!

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz Update
August 3, 2009 | 8:23 AM EST | Bill

 


Andrew’s Toyz has lots of new pre-orders for the great stuff shown at Comic Con!

New Pre-Orders
– Exclusive McQuarrie Concept Art Set of 13 Action Figures
– Princess Leia Hoth Mynock Hunt Exclusive Mini Bust

Clone Wars Wave 9
– #030 Luminara Unduli
– #031 Captain Argus Senate Guard Commando
– #032 Clone Commander Thire
– #033 Battle Droid AAT Driver
– Set of 4 New Figures
– Case of 12 Figures

Clone Wars Wave 10
– #034 Matchstick (Clone Trooper Y-Wing Pilot)
– #035 Padme Amidala
– #036 Clone Tank Gunner
– #037 IG-86 (Ziro’s Assassin Droid)
– Set of 4 New Figures
– Case of 12 Figures

Legacy Build-A-Droid Wave 9
– #016 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
– #017 Princess Leia (Jabba’s Prisoner)
– #018 Ewoks 2-Pack Paploo and NoAhpakk
– #019 Nien Nunb (B-Wing Pilot)
– #020 Major Panno (Prune Face)
– #021 Giran (Rancor Keeper)
– #022 Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
– #023 Nikto Skiff Guard Gunner (with Sail Barge Cannon)
– Set of 9 New Figures
– Case of 12 Figures

Clone Wars Figure Vehicle Packs
– Count Dooku with Speeder Bike
– Obi-Wan Kenobi with Freeco Speeder
Check it all out at Andrews Toyz here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Clone Wars and Deluxe Action Figures with Vehicle
August 2, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the latest Clone Wars Action Figures, Deluxe (Action Figure with Vehicle) and new Pre-Order for August. Did you miss out on the Ralph McQuarrie signature series of action figures during the 30th Anniversary collection release? Here is your chance to get the entire collection. See our Pre-Order section of our web site for more detail.

New – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Commander Pond
Obi-Wan Kenobi – CW19
Anakin Skywalker – CW18
Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid – CW11
ARF Trooper – CW10
Commander Gree – CW09
Jawa – CW08
Admiral Yularen – CW07
Mace Windu – CW06
Kit Fisto – CW05
Clone Trooper 41st Elite Corps – CW04
Rocket Battle Droid – CW03
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – CW02
General Grievous – CW01
Commemorative Tin Collection – Clone Wars

New –Clone Wars Deluxe Action Figure with Vehicle:
Clone Trooper and BARC Speeder Bike
Anakin Skywalker and Can-Cell
212th Battalion Clone Trooper and Jet backbacks
Turbo Tank Support Squad

New – Legacy Collection: 
Stormtrooper Commander – Comic Con 2009 – New
Obi-Wan Kenobi – #44
Beru Whitesun – # 45
Owen Lars – # 46
Captain Typho – #47
Anakin Skywalker – Episode III Concept Art – # 48
Tarados Gon – #49
Clone Pilot – # 52

Pre-Order – August 25th, 2009:
Princess Leia Mynock Hunt – Exclusive
Clone Wars Widevision Trading Card Box
Battle Droid Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Commander Gree Maquette – SAVE $10.00
Ralph McQuarrie Concept Action Figures Sets – SAVE $15.00
Galaxy at War – Booster Packs

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro Top 30 Fans’ Choice Poll
August 1, 2009 | 12:46 PM EST | Jayson

 


During SDCC, Hasbro announced the return of the Fan’s Choice poll giving you, the collector, a chance to once again voice your opinion on what you’d like to see next in the action figure aisle! Head into the forum for full details on our poll and submit your list today.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 1, 2009 | 10:36 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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BBTS SUMMER SALE:
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Over 2500 items are currently on sale at BBTS at 20% to 90% off! We’ve cut prices on tons of items – many of them to our lowest prices ever. Its time to clear out some older inventory to make way for all the
exciting new items arriving this fall. Take a spin through the sales menus, there is a huge selection of items from all our main lines as well as many more obscure lines

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS FALL OFFERINGS
Hasbro released info on a ton of new Star Wars items yesterday, take a
look through this list:
–BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 9 – parts to build two more droids
–CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 9 – case is $99.99, set of 4 new also available
–CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 10 – new packaging style on all figures
–NEW VEHICLE WAVE – 2009 WAVE 4 – includes the cool Snail Tank
–FIGURE & VEHICLE WAVE 4 – Dooku, Obi-Wan, droids & their rides
–BATTLE PACKS WAVE 4 – New Lava Duel & Camino Conflict

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE PREORDERS
We have over 30 different SDCC 2009 figures in stock and up for preorder with more on the way soon. Check out the list below for great items from Toynami, Hasbro, NECA, Underground Toys, Diamond and more.

STAR WARS – MCQUARRIE CONCEPT SET
Hasbro is bringing back 13 of the most popular McQuarrie concept figures in two exclusive boxed sets. We’ve just listed this cool set at $20 under MSRP at $84.99

SIDESHOW TOYS COMIC-CON LINEUP
Sideshow has released info on what is truly an impressive amount of new product for 2009 and into 2010. They continue to do a masterful job with the sculpts and licensing – here are the highlights – I apologize for the long list, but its worth reading through:
–PREMIUM FORMAT YODA & CLONETROOPER – Yoda runs him through
–CIRCLE IS NOW COMPLETE VADER VS KENOBI – the classic confrontation
–12″ STAR WARS GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN – looking good in blue
–COMMANDER CODY – LEGENDARY SCALE BUST – with holograph in palm
–INDIANA JONES – FERTILITY IDOL – full sized & high end – very nice
check it all out here.

July 2009 Archive

Big Bad Toy Store Update
July 16, 2009 | 8:36 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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NEW PREORDERS:
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CLONE WARS ANIMATED YODA USB DESK PROTECTOR
This new Star Wars collectible will be a great asset towards the security of your computer. This Yoda, done in the animated style, can detect motion and respond with lights and six different phrases to stop the intruder in their tracks. Priced at $26.99, this Jedi Master will be protection you can count on.

DARTH VADER & STORMTROOPER MEDICOM BE@RBRICK TWO-PACK

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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SIDESHOW 12″ STORMTROOPER COMMANDER
The Stormtrooper Commander is a capable and fearless leader of the Empires legions of Stormtroopers, Priced at $94.99, $5 off MSRP, this figure has over 30 points of articulation and comes with a Blaster Rifle and display base, and is ready to lead your Stormtroopers into battle for the Emperor.

check it all out here.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Clone Wars Commemorative Tin
July 16, 2009 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


As a follow up to Sandtroopers.com’s news post back in June, JediNews has posted final packaging shots of the Clone Wars Commemorative Tin which also reveals that this will be a Toys”R”Us Exclusive. Head over for a closer look.

 


 

Target Geonosis Arena Image Gallery
July 16, 2009 | 6:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have posted a high-res gallery of images showing off nearly all of the figures in the Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena two-packs. Head on over for a closer look and prepare to drool over what is sure to be a real home run by Hasbro.

 


 

Official Clone Wars Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Specs
July 16, 2009 | 12:51 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site has updated tonight with complete details regarding The Clone Wars Season 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Look for the four disc set containing all 22 episides in stores November 3. Head toStarWars.com for the full details.

 


 

StarWarsShop: SDCC TFU Stormtrooper Commander Pre-Order
July 16, 2009 | 12:24 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight and is now taking pre-orders for the SDCC TFU Stormtrooper Commander. If you missed this figure before, now’s the time. Also check out their new Comic-Con Store section, perfect for those who can’t physically attend the show. It’s the next best thing! Pre-orders ship July 22.

 


 

New Galactic Heroes TRU Exclusive Sets
July 15, 2009 | 11:48 PM EST | Jayson

Galactic Hunter has updated tonight with news and photos of two previously unheard of Galactic Heroes boxed sets that have been spotted at Toys”R”Us. Head on over to view the Yavin IV Medal Ceremony with exclusive Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han and Jabba’s Sail Barge with exclusive Max Rebo with red ball organ and Droopy McCool.

 


 

New Wedge X-Wing Images
July 15, 2009 | 6:01 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication today, this time giving you a sneak peek at a couple clear shots of the rumored Target Exclusive Wedge Antillies’ “Red Two” X-Wing Starfighter. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Republic Commando Update
July 15, 2009 | 1:38 PM EST | Justin2

 


A nice new image surfaced today of the Republic Commando from the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Evolution set. Click here for a full body shot of this retooled soldier.

 


 

SDCC Exclusive “Smiley” Luke and TFU Stormtrooper Commander
July 15, 2009 | 10:52 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

Hasbro as passed along to us official release photos for the SDCC Exclusive Smiley Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot and the re-released The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander. These will be available for purchase at SDCC next week for $9.99 and $12.99 respectively and look for them to pop up for sale online through StarWarsShop.com and HasbroToyShop shortly thereafter.

 


 

New Cortosis Super Battle Droid Image
July 14, 2009 | 2:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a new image of a reworked TAC Super Battle Droid that sports a gray and red paint job and features a retooled blaster cannon left arm and and claw right arm/hand. The Cortosis SBD will be packed along side Anakin Skywalker in the DroidFactory 2.0 Sets due at Wal-Mart in August.

Head over to Sandtroopers.com for a closer look.

 


 

Rebel Pilot Legacy “Jake Farrell” Images
July 14, 2009 | 1:54 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

My fellow partner in crime, Justin “Chewie”, has found himself a couple new images of Jake Farrell, the A-Wing Pilot included in the last of the Evolutions sets “Rebel Pilot Legacy – Series III” due later this year exclusively at Wal-Mart. Head to the forums for a couple glamour shots.

 


 

Episode 203: Box-a’ Boba
July 14, 2009 | 1:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


Kubrick collectors have a new reason to rejoice as the Kubrick Boba Fett set, containing 8 variations* of Star Wars’ most famous bounty hunter, has shipped. With six regular versions, and two ultra-rare chase versions, more people are owning more Kubrick Bobas now than ever before. This week Star Wars Action News opens their own case of Boba.

We also this week have Bill Cable, president of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society, with us talking about the medallions they are selling as a charity fundraiser for Operation Ward 57. Then we look at some of the new red packaged vehicles and Galactic Heroes, discuss the “corrected” Target exclusive Rancor variant, discuss the sell-through of the Hallmark Greedo Christmas Ornament, take your voice mails about where to find new Deluxe figures and red cards, and get plans in place for San Diego Comic Con!

If you’re going to San Diego for Comic Con, you can join us for several events. First, we will be doing a LIVE show from the Kotobukiya booth in the exhibit hall on Thursday, July 24th at 4 p.m. Come out, there will be prizes, trivia, and tell us what you think of the show. Then on Friday, Star Wars day, we will be having our annual Star Wars Action News dinner at the San Diego Burger Company in the Seaport Villiage (on the Pink Bus route). Finally Saturday we are planning a TATTOO-ine party, where you can join us and get inked, the ultimate convention exclusive! Come to any or all of these events, and let us know if you’re joining us on the forums at swactionnews.com.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Video Versions.

*Note: there are actually nine different Boba Fett Collection Kubricks

 


 

50% off AT-TE with Christmas In July at Toys”R”Us
July 14, 2009 | 12:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


Toys”R”Us through its affiliate Toys.com announces Christmas In July where from Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25 you get a HUGE 50% off discount on the Clone Wars AT-TE making it the ultra attractive price of only $49.99. Head over to Toys.com for the entire list of deals.

*Thanks for Yak Reader Eric for the photo.

 


 

Update: Lego Tantive IV Blockade Runner Images
July 14, 2009 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson

The Eurobricks Forum has revealed a new image today showing what looks to be the instruction booklet for the upcoming 10198 Rebel Blockade Runner. Watch for its release later this year in October and head on over to the Eurobricks for a closer look.

Thanks for PaulSkywalker for the report.

Update: 7/15 Image removed upon request.

 


 

Imperial V-Wing Fighter Update
July 14, 2009 | 6:53 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hot on the heels of our post yesterday revealing the Imperial V-Wing, an eBay auction has turned up confirming that this will be part of the Clone Wars line and a Toys”R”Us Exclusive.

 


 

Indiana Jones and Han Solo – Yupon Style
July 13, 2009 | 11:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Here is a look at the Indiana Jones line of Yupons from Kotobukiya. These figures, much like Kubricks, are only available in Japan, and thus will not be sold in the US. They are plastic, measure an inch and a half tall and the base is a little bigger than a quarter. Each figure is sold separately in vending machines as blind boxes figures. As a bonus, this set also has one “chase” figure which is Han Solo. Head into the forums to check out the entire set which includes ROTLA Indy, TOD Indy, Marion, Mola Ram, Henry Jones Sr., Mutt, Irina Spalko and Han.

 


 

Yakfinities #30 – The Old Republic
July 13, 2009 | 10:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


It’s hard to believe, but we are already up to our 30th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge!

If you’re a customizer, this is one you won’t want to miss out on, and we’ve got a few nice prizes to boot. Head on over to the forums for all the details after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars on Food Network?
July 13, 2009 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Fans of the Wookiee Cookbook and recipes like “Darth Malt” won’t be surprised to know that Star Wars appears to be one of the featured subjects on an upcoming Episode of Ace of Cakes on the Food Network, when show starts its new season on July 19th, at 9:00 Central.

 


 

Dewback with Sandtrooper at Sandtroopers
July 13, 2009 | 9:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a rather fitting new battle pack considering their namesake. Head over for a closer look at a new Dewback with Sandtrooper that will be exclusive to Wal-Mart later this year.

 


 

FIRST LOOK: Imperial V-Wing Fighter
July 13, 2009 | 5:05 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication today, this time giving you a sneak peek at the Imperial V-Wing Fighter. While it doesn’t look quite like the all gray version at the end of ROTS, this version does sport a more dark, Imperial look complete with Imperial insignia. Click the images above for a closer view and look for more details regarding availability at SDCC.

 


 

Qui-Gon Jinn and Eopie Mail Away Form
July 13, 2009 | 5:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Since Hasbro posted the announcement of the Qui-Gon Jinn and Eopie Mail Away Promotion, users have been unsuccessful in downloading the pdf from their pages. Fear not, Hasbro has passed along the pdf file for download.

So if you want to get the jump on the promotion, you can download the form here.

Thanks to the Hasbro Customer Service Dept. for their assistance.

 


 

AT-TE Shipping Again
July 13, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Justin2

In case you missed out on Hasbro’s AT-TE last year, TRU stores have been receiving new shipments of them again for the past couple weeks. With so much coming out soon, if you’re wanting one it might be a better idea to do it now than wait a few more weeks when there’s so many other things on the shelves too. Retail price – $99.99.

 


 

New Clone Wars Hitting Shelves
July 13, 2009 | 11:37 AM EST | Jayson

Reports are coming in that the many of the new Clone Wars figures in the new packaging are being found on retailers shelves, namely Target stores in California. So if you’re collecting this line, look for you wallets to start taking a wallop just in time for SDCC!

 


 

Anakin Skywalker ArtFX+ Prototype Giveaway
July 13, 2009 | 7:09 AM EST | Jayson

Kotobukiya teams up KotoCollectors.com to help them launch a new collector fan based site and message board dedicated 100% to Kotobukiya products. They are starting by giving away a one-of-a kind Star Wars prototype, used in the creation of the Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars ArtFX+. This very unique prize was never made available to the public, never sold, is truly a one of a kind collectible and would be a great addition to any collection. There are two ways you can earn free entries to win this: the first way is sign up for KotoCollectors Message Boards and help to get them going, the second way is visit the Kotobukiya booth at Comic-Con.

Once you have 10 posts there (before 7/31/2009 at 11:59pm EST), you will be automatically entered to win. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries to win the Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars ArtFX+ Prototype (which will be shipped free of charge Worldwide). You can also earn a second bonus entry by checking out the Kotobukiya Booth #2601 during Comic-Con July 25th at Noon, where information on how to obtain a bonus entry will be given out. We may even have more surprises and bonus entry info as the week goes on, so stay tuned. Check outKotoCollectors.com and enter today!

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Octuptarra Droid Boxed Shots
July 12, 2009 | 7:56 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning revealing packaging for the upcoming Octuptarra Droid. This version is substantially larger than the Tri-Droid from TAC line and features firing missiles and a cockpit for a droid pilot similar to how the Homing Spider Droid was designed. Look for the Octuptarra Droid to be exclusively sold at Wal-Mart sporting the pull-out diorama style packaging.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

New Agen Kolar and Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi Prototypes
July 12, 2009 | 7:39 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning revealing prototypes for the New Agen Kolar figure, slated for release in the new Revenge of the Sith wave (wave 11), and a Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi based on Derek Thompson’s unused design from ROTS. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Geonosis Arena Battle Droid Prototypes
July 12, 2009 | 7:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning clarifying details and revealing images regarding the Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena Two Packs.

Here’s now the two-packs breakdown:
Kit Fisto & Geonosian Warrior
Coleman Trebor & Jango Fett
Yoda & Droidekka
Roth-Del Masona & Super Battle Droid
Joclad Danva & NEW SA Battle Droid
Mace Windu & NEW SA Battle Droid Commander

Click the image above for a closer look at the prototypes for NEW Battle Droid and Battle Droid Commander.

 


 

Shadows of the Empire TIE Fighter Identified
July 10, 2009 | 11:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


A couple months back, our friends at JediDefender uncovered a photo (shown above) of a new TIE Fighter with retooled cockpit. At the time it was thought that the mold of this TIE might be a mockup due to red viewport and top hatch. Well after our post yesterday about a rumored “Shadows of the Empire” TIE Fighter, I dug out my issues of the SOTE comics and sure enough the image above closely matches the TIE illustrations. Have a look:

Again, I expect that this theory will be officially confirmed at San Diego Comic Con. Weigh in with your opinion of this potential discovery in our forum.

 


 

Hallmark Ornament Premiere Reminder
July 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


Don’t forget! This weekend (July 11 & 12) is the Ornament Premiere Weekend at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores where you’ll be able to pick up this year’s Star Wars Ornaments, and if you’re lucky you can score the Limited Edition Greedo as well.

 


 

Sponsor News: Wave 7 Revision 1 In Stock at Entertainment Earth
July 10, 2009 | 9:37 AM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth has restocked and are currently filling orders for the Attack of the Clones Wave(Wave 7 Revision 1) of Legacy Collection figures. Don’t forget, they are also offering free shipping on orders over $99.00. Head over and get yours as they’re going fast!

 


 

New Items on the Horizon?
July 9, 2009 | 11:17 PM EST | Jayson

We received a bit of intel “confirming” a few rumored vehicles and battle packs coming to stores near you. Remember, nothing is official until Hasbro says it is but maybe we’ll see some or all of these at SDCC in a couple weeks. From the translated text:

Vehicles Star Wars – AT-ST Walker The AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport)
The AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker was a biped walking, which the Republic towards the end of the Clones has been used. Later he found it increasingly being used in the Empire Galactic Civil War. Two medium-heavy anti-tank cannon blaster for the missile and a further Blaster and a grenade launcher for defense against close that was the relatively AT-ST heavily armed. His armor was protection against Infantriewaffen. The AT-ST was as fast surcharge by mobile scout vehicle designed. On level ground he was able to speeds of up to 90 km / h reached. Unfortunately, its construction uneven terrain is not particularly effective

EUR 55, — Available by the end of August 2009

Star Wars vehicles – Tie Interceptor
The TIE Interceptor was in his establishment of the normal TIE Fighter are very similar. Instead of normal hexagonal wing but he had more arrow-shaped inlet end to the front wing. The Interceptor was one of the fastest-hunter of the galaxy. The new form gave the wing TIE Interceptor is not only a menacing appearance, but reduced its silhouette and made him so difficult to meet. As the name states, the TIE Interceptor as a fast, agile and heavily armed Interceptor designed. The Interceptor had no hyper-drive, however, and was thus a Large battle ships as operational base dependent.
EUR 55, –Available from early September 2009

Vehicles Star Wars – Tie Fighter ‘Shadows Of The Empire’
The TIE Fighter formed the backbone of the Imperial forces hunters. The TIE Fighter was characterized from extreme maneuverability and high speed. That was on life support, shields and a hyper drive waived. This exclusive TIE Fighter is a model from the era of ‘Shadows of the Empire’, the time between Episode V and VI is located

EUR 55,– Available from mid-September 2009

Star Wars – Clone Wars Battle Pack Assortment
Assault on Grievious Lair
Mace Windu & Clone Troopers
EUR 29, — Available from early September 2009


Thanks to “danny” for the info!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 On Track
July 9, 2009 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

It seems that we will definitely be seeing Star Tours 2.0, both in Disneyland and Disneyland Tokyo, however it’s been delayed until the Spring of 2011 instead of Spring 2010. Check out full story on Miceage here.

 


 

New Yuuzhan Vong Image at JediDefender
July 9, 2009 | 4:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have scored a new image showing off the huge Yuuzhan Vong figure from the upcoming “Equals and Opposites” Comic Pack. Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

Hasbro, Inc. to Host Charity Premiere
July 9, 2009 | 3:27 PM EST | Jayson

While not Star Wars news per se, this is well worthy of covering here since it is for a worthy cause.

Hasbro, Inc. to Host Charity Premiere of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra 
Benefit supports Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (July 9, 2009) – On August 3, fans of the G.I. JOE brand will have an early opportunity to see their favorite action heroes come to life at a special charity premiere of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, hosted by Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). Hasbro is underwriting the entire evening’s festivities, with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Tickets are on sale now.


You can read the full press release here in our forums .

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 9, 2009 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com – the GI Joe news below is huge.

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GI JOE: COBRA ISLAND 7-PACK EXCLUSIVES
Hasbro has just given us the okay to list this year’s awesome shared exclusive set. The Attack on & Defense Of Cobra Island features 14 figures and is up for preorder at $69.99 for the full set. Many of these figures were not been released singly or with vehicles during the 25th Anniversary line, so this is the only way to get them. The Joe team includes one each of: Outback, Recondo, Zap, Chuckles, Hit & Run, Wetsuit, and Freefall. The Cobra set includes one each of Dr. Mindbender, Range Viper, Alley Viper, Lampreys, B.A.T., Night Creeper, and Strato Viper. We also have these available singly, by the case, and for a $30 savings, you can get both the Cobra Island sets and both the Extreme Conditions sets for $109.99.

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SIDESHOW DARTH VADER – A NEW HOPE
These will be arriving later today, we have limited stock remaining at $114.99. This great figure captures the essence of Vader as he first appeared in Star Wars . check it all out here.

 


 

New Commander Thire Images at Sandtroopers
July 8, 2009 | 10:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have scored a couple new images showing off the Clone Wars Commander Thire featuring his removable helmet with posable macrobinocs and trusty blaster.Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

StarWarsShop: Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina Souvenir Tee
July 8, 2009 | 3:58 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated with the addition of their Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina Souvenir Tee. These fitted black tees feature the stylized Cantina graphic with signature Tatooine dome, twin suns, silhouettes of Momaw Nadon and Kabe (that’s Hammerhead and “the mouse alien” to you old-skoolers), and Mos Eisley street address. The backside includes the bar’s slogan “This place can get a little rough”.

 


 

Episode 202: My Thumb Drive is Better Than Yours
July 8, 2009 | 3:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


Thumb drives are great items. Tiny, handy, and universal. As long as you don’t lose one out of your pocket in a sofa cushion with several weeks worth of work, they are items becoming as ubiquitous today as a floppy disc or CD was years ago. Perhaps that is why we Star Wars fans now have not one but TWO companies producing USB Thumb Drives for our data storage needs. For the past several years Mimobot has produced some of the cutest thumb drives this side of Endor, and now Funko, makers of the popular Star Wars bobbleheads, gets in on the action. Find out about these new entries on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Also this week, we have first-time Star Wars author Christie Golden, author of the new Fate of the Jedi novel Omen, with us. She discusses what it is like being a first-time author writing in the EU, and hints at some things we can expect to see coming up in the series!

With a Hasbro Q&A, a lament of bent red cards, and a discussion why the Acme Leia is hot! hot! hot! It’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

And stay tuned for more Star Wars Action News content from San Diego ComicCon, including a live show at the Kotobukiya stage! Come to swactionnews.com for more details!
You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Video Versions.

 


 

StarWarsShop: New Arrivals
July 7, 2009 | 9:34 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a couple new pre-orders. First up, they’re now taking pre-orders for an StarWarsShop Exclusive version of Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles that includes a Steve Sansweet and Anne Newmann autographed bookplate label.

Also available for pre-order is the Henry Jones, Sr. 12-inch figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Pre-order now and save $10.00

 


 

Mailaway Qui-Gon/Eopie Promotion Details
July 7, 2009 | 9:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has updated today revealing details of the Mailaway Qui-Gon Jinn w/Eopie Promotion. It looks as though collectors get off relatively light as it’ll only cost you $6.99/$8.99 CDN and 5 UPCs from the TLC, SL or CW lines*. Look for the redemption form to start appearing soon with the new packaging switch over.

*To save yourself some dollars, you can use the UPCs from the Blue/White packaging as they share the Assortment numbers with the new red/white packaging, meaning you’ll only need to score yourself an official redemption form.

 


 

Wattographs July Autograph Signings: Femi Taylor & Jerome Blake!
July 7, 2009 | 1:59 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce its July autograph signings with Femi Taylor who played Jabba’s defiant dancer Oola in “Return of the Jedi” and Jerome Blake who took on multiple roles in “The Phantom Menace” playing Mas Amedda, Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis, Rune Haako, and Orn Free Taa among others.

For those unfamiliar, Wattographs hosts private autograph signings every month with the various talents who worked on our favorite Trilogies. We take YOUR personal items (action figures, posters, etc) to get signed in person!

Femi Taylor and Jerome Blake will also be signing official photographs provided by OfficialPix.

Signing ends June 31st at 11:59:59pm. Personal items need to arrive to Scott by July 31st. Please visit Wattographs for address and full signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

New Ewoks Previewed at Yoda’s News
July 7, 2009 | 11:43 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Our friends at Yoda’s News have been given a great preview of the Paploo and NoApaak Ewok two pack due out later this year in the Return of the Jedi wave. Head on over for the sneak peek and look for more of these two furballs at SDCC in a couple weeks.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – DARKCHILD Act 1 
July 7, 2009 | 10:43 AM EST | Justin2

 


Forumite julianmaurice has posted the first chapter in an all new photonovel series that looks very promising. His photoshop and diorama techniques are amazingly done and should be an inspiration for anyone wanting to start working with their own photonovel series – check on out the first installment he has shared with us after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 6, 2009 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS RESTOCK
We’ve received more stock on a variety of sold out items including: Clone Turbo Tank, New Millenium Falcon, FX Lightsabers, Galactic Heroes, Titanium, Vehicle Figure Packs, Build-A-Droid, Mighty Muggs and more.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS USB DRIVES
Funko brings us a variety of fun new USB drives in the form of all the favorite characters from Star Wars. Choose from Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Yoda and more. Each drive is $24.99 and holds 2GB.

STAR WARS INDOOR FLYING R/C STARSHIPS
A new line from Hasbro was just announced today. We don’t have any images yet, but these ultra light flying starships will have full radio control features. The Jedi Starfighter and Republic Gunship are $47.99 each or $89.99 for the pair. check it all out here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 69th Edition
July 6, 2009 | 9:50 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the “answers” to questions submitted back on 6/12.Head to our forum to find out what they had to say.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Legacy Collection Figures and Titaniums
July 6, 2009 | 6:07 AM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the latest Star Wars Legacy Collection Action Figures and new Titanium ships.

New – Titanium:
Anakin’s Podracer
Hyena Bomber
Xanadu Blood
Davish Krail’s Gold 5 Y-Wing
Hound Tooth
Sebulba’s Podracer
Y-Wing (Clone Wars)
John Branon’s Red Four X-Wing
plus older ships in-stock

New – Legacy Collection: 
Obi-Wan Kenobi – #44
Beru Whitesun – # 45
Owen Lars – # 46
Captain Typho – #47
Anakin Skywalker – Episode III Concept Art – # 48
Tarados Gon – #49
Anakin Skywalker – Attack of the Clones – # 50
Jango Fett – # 51
Clone Pilot – # 52
ARC Trooper – # 53

In-Stock – Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)

 


 

Yakfinities #29 Roundup Report
July 4, 2009 | 1:46 AM EST | Justin2

 


Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just wrapped up and there is little doubt that this past one was the best one yet, with our highest participation total to date.

If you like seeing great customs, then you’ll love seeing the work submitted by Yakface forum members in this Roundup Report! Checking out all the entries and seeing who won some prizes for their participation is just one click away!

 


 

Get To Know Your Bounty Hunters Better
July 3, 2009 | 1:06 AM EST | Justin2

 


We’ve got a handful of new images of the upcoming Cad Bane for your viewing pleasure… some of these pics may influence your opinion on whether or not this is a figure worth picking up. Decide for yourself if Hasbro delivers a winner or comes up lame by checking out all the new images here!

 


 

Galactic Heroes Slave I
July 3, 2009 | 12:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


Our friends at echobaseforums.com are reporting that Hasbro will be releasing Boba Fett’s infamous ship in the Galactic Heroes line – check out the image of this upcoming toy for the little ones afterthe jump!

 


 

FREE Shipping at StarWarsShop.com
July 2, 2009 | 3:42 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is offering FREE Shipping on orders over $20 for two weeks only (July 1 through July 14).

 


 

Star Wars TV Series Rumors
July 2, 2009 | 12:23 PM EST | Jayson

Sci Fi TV out of Australia is reporting confirmations of pre-production being started for the as yet to be named series in the land down under.

Rumours about the pre-production of Star Wars, the live action series, to be shot in Australia, have been confirmed by several inside sources.

The quality and style of writing that will be used will be of the highest quality, and local, and writers will be sourced from outside traditional Science Fiction shows. Several big names within the Australian industry (including writers from the Award-winning Love My Way and the Award-winning Secret Life of Us) have been approached by Star Wars uber-producer, Rick McCallum.

Love My Way and Secret Life of Us can be characterised by the focus on relationships and emotional landscapes (traditional ‘chick shows’, if you will). Bringing this element into the world of Star Wars sees a marked departure of the final three films and animated Clone Wars, where the primary audience was children.

This throws the new series into a whole new spotlight, and should excite fans of the Star Wars universe looking towards more adult fare


More solidification of rumour into fact will come as soon as possible.

 


 

Interview with a Sith Lord
July 2, 2009 | 11:11 AM EST | Jayson

Sci Fi UK has posted a exclusive interview with Dave Prowse, the man behind Darth Vader. Head on over for the interesting piece with some great insights into Prowse’s Star Wars experiences.

 


 

Mousedroid.com Turns Six
July 2, 2009 | 7:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


CRICKEY!!!! Mousedroid.com, the Only Australian Star Wars News Site, celebrates 6 years online and they continue their focus purely on Star Wars collecting the land down under, supporting a small but loyal collecting community by presenting a unique Aussie view of the Star Wars Universe.

Congratulations guys!

 


 

Episode 201: Thank You Arnie and Marjorie
July 2, 2009 | 6:57 AM EST | Jayson

 


On this special secret commemorative episode of Star Wars Action News, the Star Wars Action News community tell Arnie and Marjorie congratulations and thank you for everything they have done for the past 200 episodes of the best Star Wars collecting podcast on the web.

Tune in as we share the emails and voicemails of fellow listeners in addition to some favorite Star Wars Action News memories as well as a whole host of pictures, fan art, and tributes.

And listen in to find out what collectibles the community hand-picked and hunted down to add to The Sithsonian.

Its all here this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals
July 1, 2009 | 10:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWarsShop.com updates tonight with a couple new additions to their online store. If you picked up their Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set a couple weeks ago, what better way to add to your barware with their Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina 2-Piece Pint Glass Set. Also available for pre-order is the Death Star Cookie Jar, the perfect place to keep your Wookiee Cookies.

 


 

A Peek Inside the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary
July 1, 2009 | 8:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Ten years ago in a galaxy not far away LEGO and Star Wars came together! To celebrate this decade, DK Publishing is releasing the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary, a guide to the ingenious designs that translate Star Wars characters, vehicles and environments into LEGO creations. DK has offered up an exclusive peek at one of the page spreads. Head to the Official Site for more.

 


 

The 2009 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge Finalists
July 1, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

Atom.com and Lucasfilm Ltd. have once again joined forces for the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge, a contest honoring the best Star Wars-related short digital videos, and announced today the 22 finalists for the 2009 edition of the challenge. Atom.com and Lucasfilm Ltd. have partnered on the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge since 2000; past honorees include such hits as Chad Vader, Star Wars Gangsta Rap,Star Wars Revelations, and Pink Five.

Head to the official site for more details and then cast your vote at StarWars.Atom.com.

 


 

Yakface Forum Anniversary
July 1, 2009 | 1:49 PM EST | Brandon

 

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

It is with huge excitement and pleasure that the Yakface.com Staff is pleased to celebrate its THIRD year of serving collectors worldwide through the addition of the Yakface.com Forums! It is hard to believe that three years has already come and gone! We’ve had some troublesome times, many ups and downs, but more importantly we continue to have many new members join our fanbase daily. We couldn’t have done any of this without all of our fans’ support and participation.

Jump over to the forums now to read more of the announcement and to read about all the great additions and changes we’ve made to celebrate!

 


 

SDCC Exclusive Luke Dagobah Variant Mimobot
July 1, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


Introducing the Luke Dagobah Variant of Darth Vader Unmasked MIMOBOT revealing Luke as he imagined himself in the famous Dagobah scene of Empire Strikes Back. As a San Diego Comic Con exclusive, only 500 Luke Dagobah Variants will be produced. Available at the MIMOBOT booths #2913 and #4938 at Comic Con, July 22 – 26.

Head to Mimobot.com for more details.

June 2009 Archive

Fate of the Jedi: Omen
June 30, 2009 | 8:36 PM EST | freebird

Here you go Ladies and Gentlemen. My latest review Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen Click hereto read it.

 


 

Star Wars Comic-Con Panel on G4
June 30, 2009 | 1:01 PM EST | Justin2

For those craving as much Star Wars information as possible at Comic Con this year, Entertainment Weekly has reported the following:

Variety reports that “The Star Wars Spectacular” will become the first televised panel in the history of Comic-Con when it airs July 25 on cable channel G4 (the panel takes place the previous day). Fronted by Attack of the Show! co-hosts Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira, the two-hour presentation will deliver unseen footage along with a reading of a new script in the Clone Wars series. Panel members will include Lucasfilm exec Steve Sansweet and Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni.

Thanks to Yakface Newsie darth_sidious for the heads up.

 


 

Yakface Arcade is Live!
June 30, 2009 | 2:13 AM EST | Justin2

 


For the past couple weeks, a new feature at Yakface has taken the forums by storm – the YAKFACE ARCADE!

Inside the Arcade you will find a ton of addicting games that you can access, from old school favorites like Tetris and Pac Man to newer Star Wars themed ones (and you can even beat the crap out of some penguins while you’re at it if you’re feeling a little punchy).

Once you’ve entered the Arcade, you’ll have the opportunity to knock off a few of the current champions too – right now we’re all gunning for Yakkers Delaton and JediJman – if you’d like to take a crack at dethroning these two, then enter the Yakface Arcade HERE!

Note – You’ll need to be a registered Yakface forum member to join in the fun – so if you haven’t teamed up with us in the forums yet, now’s the perfect time!

 


 

Wedge “Red Two” Antilles Loose Images
June 30, 2009 | 12:51 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at JediDefender has acquired a couple loose shots of the upcoming Target Exclusive Wedge Antilles figure that is packed along with his trusty X-Wing Fighter. Look for him and his fighter at Target later this year, but until then head over to JediDefender for a sneak peek.

 


 

Sponsor Update: Big Bad Toy Store
June 28, 2009 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store about more new arrivals and a variety of new preorders!

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS – OFFICIAL STARSHIPS & VEHICLES COLLECTION
This cool series features miniature metal models of all the greatest ships from Star Wars. Each set also features a magazine with background info and specs on the ship. All the sets are priced at $16.99 each. check it all out here.

 


 

Just in Time for Summer: Slave Leia Image Surfaces
June 28, 2009 | 12:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


The imperial spies over in the Sandtroopers forum have turned up an all new figure this morning showing off the Princess Leia in Slave Outfit. Although it is missing the soft goods portion of the costume to cover her naughty bits, the image does show the alternate lower body accessory that allows her to be displayed in a lounging pose. Head on over for the shot and then let your opinions of the figure be heard in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: 14% Off All In-Stock Items
June 27, 2009 | 6:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is celebrating it’s 14th anniversary this July 1st, 2009. To commemorate this millstone, we are offering customers 14% discount on all in-stock merchandise. A discount code will need to be keyed into the order form to receive the discount. The discount code is Annv14 and expires on July 6th, 2009. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order or check/money order payments.

In Stock – Miscellaneous Items: 
Type “MISC” in the search box to view

In-Stock – Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)

In-Stock – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

 


 

Judge Me By My Size Do You?
June 26, 2009 | 11:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

For those who are curious as to the difference in sizes between previous modern era cards versus the new more eco-friendly design, I snapped a few pics showing how much smaller they really are. Click the images above for the comparison.

 


 

Dagger Squadron B-Wing and Lars Homestead Markdown
June 26, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

For those looking to complete there B-Wing Dagger Squadron or have been holding out on that Lars Homestead, Toys R US is currently offering an addition 20% discount on these two exclusive bring the prices to $23.98 and $31.98 respectively. This sale lasts until 7/19 and until supplies last.

 


 

Clone Wars Previews Continue
June 26, 2009 | 1:53 PM EST | Justin2

 


We’ve got a few new pics of more Clone Wars figures for your viewing pleasure again today – head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

More Saga Legends Found
June 26, 2009 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

 


It looks like the new Saga Legends packaging is really starting to ship in quantity as I saw these at a couple of my local Target stores here in Minnesota this morning. Above is a quick snapshot of what one particular store had available: Yoda, 501st Clone Trooper, Saesee Tiin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Super Battle Droid, Clone Trooper (EII) and Clone Trooper (EIII). The packaging design is quite striking in person as is the new smaller form factor.

 


 

Ever Wanted a TFU Shaak Ti?
June 25, 2009 | 11:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakface forum member Incom recently made an amazing version of Shaak Ti in a customizing Group Project here in the forums – and now he’s offering it up for fellow Yakkers to bid on with Yak Points, which are earned through forum participation!

Pretty hard to pass up an opportunity to own such a great custom figure – if you’re interested in owning it, and of course you are – then click here!

 


 

Episode 200: Putting You in the Spotlight
June 25, 2009 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


For almost four years Star Wars Action News has been the only podcast bringing you weekly updates with the latest in Star Wars collecting news, product reviews, collecting tips, and commentary. With 199 episodes behind us, why stop now? We continue to bring you the best in Star Wars Collecting with updates on the latest from Gentle Giant, Acme Archives, but to celebrate 200 episodes we have done this show in full video! Darth Bounty and Darth Rockstar take YOU along on a Cincinnati store toy run, and our UK Reporter Steve, the GingerPrince, takes you to the largest Toys R Us in Manchester.

But the focus of this week’s show is to celebrate you, the listeners of Star Wars Action News for 200 episodes. With the video submissions of several listeners, you can take a video tour of the theater room and collection of Jedi Larry B, and get display tips from Scott, Jerry, and Kevin. And you can relive your youth as we have several young Star Wars fans sharing their favorite collectibles with us.

Then we have some in-depth looks at collectibles as Kevin provides a special vintage review and Jerry shares with us his love of Star Wars lenticulars, an item that demands video to be appreciated.

With a disturbing look at what collectors do when (they think) no one’s looking to an inside look at the creative process behind Star Wars comic books, an obligatory 80s reference, and much, much more, it’s all on this celebratory episode of Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Video Versions.

 


 

New USB Flash Drives from Funko
June 25, 2009 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Entertainment Earth has updated today adding a few new items to their store for pre-order. Funku has gotten into the thumb drive game with their first series of Star Wars themed USB 2GB Flash Drives. Place your pre-order now for YodaBoba FettStormtrooper and Darth Vader

 


 

New Legacy and Clone Wars Battle Pack Images
June 25, 2009 | 2:54 PM EST | Jayson

Sir Steve’s Guide has posted new hi-res shots of a few upcoming Legacy and Clone Wars Battle Packs. Head on over for the Gelagrub Patrol, Rishi Moon Outpost Attack, Battle for Endor and Geonosis Assault sets.

 


 

More on Wal-Mart Commando Evolutions
June 24, 2009 | 4:10 PM EST | Justin2

As a follow up to the great pics that our friends over at Jediinsider.com revealed recently of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolution Sets, a little investigative work has uncovered another preview of a few of these clones. Head on over to the forums and check them out here.

 


 

R2-D2 Gets Another Summer Blockbuster Cameo
June 24, 2009 | 2:07 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com is reporting that R2-D2 is getting another cameo* in the next big summer blockbuster. Be on the lookout for him as an “easter egg” in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen during a desert scene.

*R2-D2 was also given a cameo in the new Star Trek.

 


 

Hello Wars?
June 24, 2009 | 12:28 AM EST | Jayson

 


Ever wonder what a mash up between Star Wars and Hello Kitty would look like? Me neither, but it’s cute as hell. Head over to HelloWars.com and check out their site and order a sticker or two.*

*Sorry folks, store’s now closed due to copyright infringement.

 


 

New Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions Packaging
June 23, 2009 | 9:07 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The team over at JediInsider have acquired packaging images of the last of the Evolutions Sets that are slated for release as a Wal-Mart Exclusive. Head over for a glimpse of the Imperial Pilots II, Evolution of the Commandos and Rebel Pilots III.

 


 

More New Clone Wars and Legacy Figures 
June 23, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Jayson

 

    

The spies over at Sandtroopers have reloaded yet again with a few more carded images from the Clone Wars and Legacy Collections. Head on over for shots of Clegg Holdfast, Queen Amidala in Travel Gown, Clone Tank Gunner, Clone Pilot “Matchstick” and Darth Sidious – Hologram with Mechano Chair*.

*Anyone else find it odd that Hasbro’s packaging designers chose an image of the ROTJ era Palpatine instead of an Episode I image on which this figure is based? Yeah, me too,

 


 

Lightsabers and Blasters for Wii Coming Soon
June 23, 2009 | 8:20 PM EST | Jayson

Coming this fall, you’ll be able to play your favorite Star Wars Wii games like a true Jedi Master or Clone Trooper with Lucasfilm licensed Lightsabers and Blasters!

Head to the official site for more info details.

 


 

Another Look at Upcoming Clone Wars Figures
June 22, 2009 | 3:22 PM EST | Justin2

 


A few more loose images of some upcoming Clone Wars figures surfaced today, head on into the forums and check out Cad Bane, Whorm Loathsome and a couple Commando Droids.

UPDATE – New pics of Clone Trooper Denal have been added!

 


 

The Return of the Rocket Firing Boba Fett – Only Smaller
June 21, 2009 | 7:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


A listing over on the Yahoo Japan auction site confirms a much speculated (and hoped for) chase figure for the upcoming Boba Fett Collection in the Medicom/Tomy Kubrick line: The Rocket Firing Boba Fett! This Kubrick is a homage to the highly coveted Vintage piece and, if you’re lucky, will be the next best thing to adding that bit of nostalgia to your colllection.

Thanks to “icruise” over in the JediDefender Forums for the tip off.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
June 21, 2009 | 6:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have acquired new Clone Wars figure images courtesy of their super-intel scavenger Gorkoracing. Head on over to their forums to view some great close-ups of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi in Space Suit, 4A-7 and my favorite, Yoda.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – The Fallen Ones
June 21, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Justin2

 


Just in time for Father’s Day, a new installment in the Rykrof Enloe series has been released! This is one chapter you certainly don’t want to miss as chaos in the galaxy ensues following the death of Count Dooku – head on over to the forums and check it out after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars Nostalgia in Southern Tunisia
June 21, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Justin2

In what could contain a hint of things come in the live TV series, an article at The National talks about the experiences that some vacationers have had when visiting Tunisia, the famous location for many scenes on Tatooine in our beloved films.

In particular, one local worker in the area mentions the following about areas used in the films:“He gives us money, and we fix it. He said there is another part of Star Wars filming here. In the summer, maybe.” 

It’s an interesting read – check it out here, and thanks to darth sidious for the heads up!

 


 

Kubrick Deluxe Series 1 and 2 Revealed
June 19, 2009 | 11:46 PM EST | Jayson

JediDefender has revealed that during this weekend’s Medicom Toy Exhibiton, a new line of Kubricks was announced that borrows a bit from Hasbro’s Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept. Each six figure set includes an extra piece to build a larger seventh item.

Deluxe Series 1: Jabba’s Palace
Includes Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker (with bone), Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty, C-3PO w/Salacious Crumb, R2-D2 (w/Sail Barge Serving Tray), Bib Fortuna and Amanaman!

Collect all six figures and build a Kubrick scale Jabba the Hutt and Dais!

Deluxe Series 2: Hoth (Echo Base)
Includes Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, Han Solo in Hoth Gear (now with goggles), Princess Leia Organa in Hoth Gear, Chewbacca (Millennium Falcon Mechanic), R-3PO and a Snowtrooper Commander!

Collect all six figures and build a Kubrick scale AT-ST Walker!

Head on over for the images.

 


 

Gentle Giant: The Republic Commando Invasion Begins!
June 19, 2009 | 10:59 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Over the years Gentle Giant has received many requests for the Delta Squad Clone Troopers from the Lucasarts video game Republic Commando. So it comes with great pleasure that we can grant the wishes of our dedicated Star Wars collectors world wide!

As the invasion begins, The Republic Commandos (shipping 4th quarter) will be offered to 4 locations across the globe, as well as directly to Gentle Giant’s Premier Guild Members. There will also be a strictly limited edition box set of all 4 busts made available exclusively at Gentle Giant Ltd

Boss – The Netherlands – Total 1,300 Edition size
Fixer – Japan – 1,300 Edition Size
Sev – UK – Total 1,300 Edition size
Scorch – USA – Total 1,300 Edition size

Head to Gentle Giant Collectors for a complete distribution breakdown

 


 

New Products from Gentle Giant
June 19, 2009 | 10:35 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant updated with a several product reveals this week featuring mini busts and a set of Trash Compactor themed book ends.


Princess Leia in Hoth Fatigues Avail. April 2010

From Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and the Icy Battle of Hoth Comes Princess Leia Organa. This 6.5 inch mini-bust has been finely sculpted and accurately detailed. Leia is depicted here in a practical insulated snowsuit and vest in traditional Alderaanian white in memory of her home world.


Star Wars Trash Compactor Bookends Avail. April 2010

Cast in high quality Poly stone then hand painted to exacting standards. Each is then numbered and comes complete with matching certificate of authenticity and is a limited edition.

Measuring 6″ deep, 12″ Wide and 7.5″ high, these bookends are well suited for DVD’s, Books and Graphic Novels. The modular aspect allows the consumer to display them in a number of ways.

Both of these are available for pre-order now through various online stores and of course Gentle Giant Ltd.

 


 

Disney Exclusive Star Wars Potato Heads
June 19, 2009 | 8:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


This October, guests of Walt Disney World, Florida and Disneyland Resort, California will find three new characters from the popular Star Wars Potato Head series available for purchase exclusively from the two parks.

Chipbacca, Mashter Yoda, and C-3PotatO will each retail for about $12.95. Get ’em while they’re…well, you know!

Head to the official site for a closer look.

 


 

First Look: The Complete Vader
June 19, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates tonight with a peek inside the new The Complete Vader book due for release this October. It explores Vader’s creation, evolution, merchandising, and impact on pop culture, with hundreds of photos and a handful of removable “interactive inserts” scattered throughout.

Head to the official site and view a slideshow showcasing a few of the page spreads in this highly anticipated, behind-the-scenes look at the Dark Lord of the Sith.

 


 

New Legends Packaging at Wal-Mart
June 19, 2009 | 1:36 PM EST | Justin2

While at a Wal-Mart outside of the St. Louis area today, I noticed that the Star Wars section was fully restocked – not with the new AOTC B.A.D. wave, or even newer Clone Wars figures – but more Legends figures. But this time, they were the new packaging… and sitting right next to them on the pegs were a lot of the blue and white packaging – of the same figures no less.

It was rather easy passing on figures that have been repacked several times now and most of these were just $4.99 during their initial release, but if you’re a variation collector you might want to check out your local Wal-Marts to see if these have hit your store yet.

Of note, all of these had bent cards and dinged corners – could be a sign that the new packaging design is going to be tougher to find MOMC.

Click here to discuss in the forums.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Bombad Decoded
June 19, 2009 | 1:21 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Bombad Jedi” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It airs tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Medicom Parco Toy Exhibition ’09 Carded “Toy Fair” Vader
June 19, 2009 | 12:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


The annual Medicom Toy Parco Exhibition kicked off last night and preview attendees were treated to a new carded Darth Vader that pays homage to the chrome Vader from 2002’s Toy Fair, complete with lightsaber that penetrates through the top of bubble. And like previous Parco exclusives, it’s already commanding quite a premium on eBay.

Thanks to the order at JediDefender for the heads up.

 


 

Pre-Orders and Available Items… Check it out…
June 19, 2009 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

Over at SideShow, they have the following avail;able for Pre-Order and Also Second Chance in stock…

In Stock NOW…
212th Attack Battalion - Utapau Clone Trooper 12-inch Figure

 


 

Customizer Mega-Spotlight
June 18, 2009 | 10:52 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

There’s been so many great customs posted in our forums lately that the only thing that seemed fair was to do a spotlight of several members at once!

So without further delay we are happy to show off the works of Jedistyle who in addition to a Duros Jedi, has finished up another batch of his classic work we have all come to know and love.

A newer forum member to Yakface, CUYVALDAR has already made a splash with his Artic Gear Captain Rex, along with several other impressive customs.

Last but not least, jlw515 brings forward an amazing custom of Chewbacca as Snoova, followed up by several more original works of his own.

 


 

“Crumb Bomber” Gunship Revealed
June 18, 2009 | 9:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at JediNews have acquired image of the new/retrofitted Republic Gunship dubbed the “Crumb Bomber”. This version includes deployable boarding ramps, full-length blast doors, more hidden weaponry than you can shake a stick at and of course the unique Kowakian monkey-lizard deco. Head to jedinews.co.uk for a closer look.

Thanks to Yak Forum Mod Paul Skywalker for the tip.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
June 18, 2009 | 4:23 PM EST | Jayson

The crew at Sandtroopers has acquired a couple new images today showcasing the upcoming Clone Wars Padmé Amidala and a prototype of a reworked Clone Wars Magnaguard featuring a soft good cape and interchangeable heads. Head on over for a sneak peek!

Also, the guys at JediDefender have picked up a couple more Cad Bane images showing off more of his detail and articulation. Give them a gander as well.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 18, 2009 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

BBTS ON TWITTER

We’ll be posting information on select new preorders and new arrivals moments after they go up on the site. We’ll also have some general toy news and special sale items from time to time.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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NEW FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – COUNT DOOKU, OBI-WAN KENOBI NEW VERSION
Hasbro has announced two new lightsabers in their Force FX line. Count Dooku get’s his first Force FX lightsaber, while Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting a new second version. Each of these collectibles is priced at $99.99, and they are expected to arrive this September.

NEW DIAMOND JULY OFFERINGS
Diamond has a large amount of new items this month. There are Darth maul and Bumblebee Rotocast Bust Banks, an Ultimate Quarter Scale Han Solo from “A New Hope,” new Battlestar Galactica figure large and small, a new Marvel Select Spider-Man, a Beverly Hills Cop Minimates set and more.

STAR WARS DARTH MAUL ROTO CAST BUST BANK

STAR WARS UQS MOS EISLEY HAN SOLO ACTION FIGURE

SIDESHOW 12″ IMPERIAL SHOCK TROOPER – MILITARIES OF STAR WARS
The Imperial Shock Troopers, red and white armored precursors to the Stormtrooper, were the protective force for Senators and other government details on Coruscant. This 12″ figure comes with a Carbine Blaster and a Long Rifle, and has over 30 points of articulation, for tons of display options. The Shock Trooper is priced at $84.99, $5 below MSRP, and will be ready to join your army later this year.check it all out here.

 


 

Acme Archives SDCC Exclusive ANH Princess Leia Character Key
June 17, 2009 | 9:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives has officially announced their SDCC Exclusive Character Key: Princess Leia from A New Hope. Limited to an edition size of 750, this character key will be available for pre-order for Comic-Con attendees only July 1st 12pm PST through July 15th 12am PST and will be ready to pick July 22-26th at the con.

 


 

Adidas Originals Launches Star Wars Line
June 17, 2009 | 4:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Global streetwear icon, adidas Originals is proud to announce a unique collaboration with one of the world’s best known and loved brand marks: Star Wars. This stellar Spring/Summer 2010 collection fuses iconic Star Wars characters and scenes with classic adidas Originals footwear and apparel silhouettes.

Head to the official site for more.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe as an Old Man!
June 17, 2009 | 1:42 AM EST | Justin2

 


Anyone who knows me in this hobby is aware that my favorite two things about it are customizing and photonovels. And nothing is more fun that seeing other people show off their creative side in their love for Star Wars.

But this custom, to me, is already an all time favorite… an amazing custom of none other than Rykrof Enloe, as an older man during the Rebellion Era, courtesy of forum member DanOfTheDead. As part of the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, he made this to be the leader of a group of amazing fan fiction Rebels he has been working on the past two months. Just look at the amazing detail in the face!

Check out the latest group of entries in the current Customizing Challenge HERE, and remember submissions are accepted throughout this month – so there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in too.

 


 

Yakfinities #30 – Vote Now
June 16, 2009 | 6:08 PM EST | Justin2

The next Yakfinities Customizing Challenge is right around the corner, but first we need to decide what the theme will be! Head on over to the forums and cast your vote!

 


 

StarWarsShop Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set
June 16, 2009 | 5:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com is now taking pre-orders for the Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set. Each glass features a cute cantina patron drawing and cantina logo – Perfect for anyone looking to stock their own bar at home. Just remember, Han shot first!

 


 

Sandtroopers Covers George Lucas Award Ceremony
June 16, 2009 | 2:17 PM EST | Jayson

Chris “Darth” Spice over at Sandtroopers.com has posted his summary of events from attending the George Lucas Award Ceremony at the Gene Siskel Film Center this past Saturday. Head over for the read and to view his interview with “The Maker”.

 


 

StarWarsShop Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Mini Bust
June 16, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has now taking pre-orders for the Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Mini Bust from Gentle Giant. This StarWarsShop Exclusive limited to 2500 pieces and ships this October. The perfect gift for any The Force Unleashed, Mini Bust or Stormtrooper fan!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Gets a Facelift
June 16, 2009 | 1:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


After a being offline yesterday, StarWarsShop.com has relaunched today with a brand new look! Head over and explore all their deals at the new online store.

 


 

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
June 16, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | freebird

Here’s my latest review. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast Click here to read it. Next up. Fate of the Jedi: Omen

 


 

Episode 199: The Ultimate Autograph–George Lucas!
June 16, 2009 | 8:52 AM EST | Jayson

 


For anyone who collects autographs there are some rare, hard to get autographs that would be the one they want above all others. The rarity of these autographs is what makes Master Replicas able to charge $800 more for a Millennium Falcon WITH Harrison Ford’s autograph versus one without. For Arnie, that ultimate autograph has always been George Lucas, and this past weekend at the Siskel Film Center Arnie was able to get that autograph and meet “the maker”. This week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie report on the George Lucas tribute at the Siskel Center and discuss finally getting that picture and autograph.

Also this week, we have a vintage review of not one but two vintage Death Star playsets, one you probably know very well and the other you might not have heard of.

With a review of the new Clone Wars novel No Prisoners and a Hasbro Q&A, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Clone Wars Tin Sets
June 15, 2009 | 7:51 PM EST | Justin2

Remember the Commemorative Tin Sets that hit clearance everywhere a couple years back? Well apparently someone at Hasbro thinks these are worth bringing back… this time animated style.

For a few pics head on over to Sandtroopers.com

 


 

Four New Clone Wars Clone Two Packs Revealed
June 15, 2009 | 4:45 PM EST | Jayson

There has been a flurry of new Clone Wars Two-Packs popping up today across the fan sites. Rebelscum has posted two featuring Lt. Thire and Clone Trooper Rys and Yoda & Clone Trooper Jekand JediDefender’s spies have snapped up a different set featuring Captain Rex & Fives whose packaging also reveals a Clone Commander Cody and Echo as well. Head on over to check’em out.

 


 

New Clone Wars Items Leaked
June 15, 2009 | 2:48 PM EST | Justin2

Nick over at jeditemplearchives.com was able to find some new Clone Wars items at a local shop in his area recently, including the Republic Turbo Tank that we are all looking forward to.

Quite a score! Check out all the details after the jump!

 


 

Forum Update
June 15, 2009 | 2:37 PM EST | Justin2

For the next week we’ll be implementing some updates to the Yakface forums. As a result you might experience some downtime. We appreciate everyone’s patience.

 


 

Congratulations Bill & Takami
June 15, 2009 | 11:42 AM EST | Jayson

A warm congratulations goes out to our very own Bill Cox as he and his new bride, Takami, tied the knot this past weekend in Texas. We truly wish the best for you both!

 


 

OT – More Star Trek Figures from Playmates
June 15, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Justin2

 


Whether or not you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s always fun to see another line of figures in the 3-3/4″ scale that we all know and love. Head on over to Trekmovie.com for some great previews of the second wave of figures from the new flick.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: June Pre-Order – Lovely Leia Signed Giclee & More
June 14, 2009 | 3:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has added new June 2009 pre-order items this week.

New Pre-Order – June 25th, 2009:
Obi-Wan Kenobi EP III – UQS – SAVE $10
Interactive 15-inch R2-D2
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues Statue – SAVE $10
Oola – Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Lovely Leia – Signed Fine Art Giclee
Clone Wars Map Pack #3 – The Crystal Caves of Ilum

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1
Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
AT-AT Driver
Figrin D’an (Bith)
Zuckuss
IG-88
Nein Nunb
Admiral Ackbar

NEW –Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)

In Stock – NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Hoth Recon Patrol

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

 


 

Clones… and more Clones!
June 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM EST | Justin2

 


For all you Clone Wars fans we’ve got some more images for you today of more army builders due out later this year – head on over to the forums and check them out!

 


 

Sir Count Dooku for Actor Christopher Lee
June 12, 2009 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Famed Christopher Lee, Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus in Episode II and III has been chosen to receive knighthood courtesy of her Majesty the Queen of England. Head to Yahoo for more details.

Thanks to forumite darth sidious for the heads up!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 68th Edition
June 12, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 5/22. Answers this week cover: U-3PO’s color shift, the Magnaguard Fighter’s non-advertised feature and Willrow Hood’s progress*.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

*My poorly worded question might have caused us not to get a teaser shot of this figure this round. : (

 


 

New Rykrof Enloe Previews
June 12, 2009 | 11:02 AM EST | Justin2

As the Clone Wars draw to a close, Commander Rykrof Enloe will soon find himself facing perilous decisions as the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire.

We’ve got several new previews of what’s just around the corner for Rykrof and his allies in the next chapter – head on over to the forums for a sneak peek!

 


 

The Clone Wars: Duel of the Droids Decoded
June 12, 2009 | 10:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Duel of the Droids” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It airs tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Joker Squad Makes Wired’s Father’s Day Gift Guide
June 11, 2009 | 1:58 PM EST | Jayson

Wired Magazine has released their yearly “Father’s Day Gift Guide” and making the list is theEntertainment Earth Exclusive Joker Squad Multipack . You can get yours or your dad’s set today in time for Father’s Day next weekend.

 


 

Imperial Shock Trooper 12-inch Figure
June 11, 2009 | 9:08 AM EST | Mark

SideShow Toy Pre-Orders start today…

 


 

R2’s Cameo Has Been Found
June 11, 2009 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson

Looks like the R2-D2 easter egg in the new Star Trek has been found! The official Facebook pageupdated this week revealing the answer and announced the winner of the contest.

Here is the answer (highlight the spoiler text):

“During the Drill Machine sequence as the Enterprise comes out of its barrel role amidst destruction of the other Federation ships above Vulcan, we cut to an interior Enterprise bridge over the shoulder of Kirk that is looking out through the front viewscreen. In space, R2-D2 is floating in the debris from about the top middle of the screen to the bottom right.”


For an image of the above scene, visit the gadget site Gizmodo.com

 


 

Star Wars Series IV Mimobots Revealed 
June 10, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Mimoco, makers of the MIMOBOT collection of designer USB flash drives, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Phantom Menace with an all-new series of themed MIMOBOT characters, beginning with the iconic, tattooed face of the deadly Sith apprentice, Darth Maul. Darth Maul will be the thirteenth character in the Star Wars MIMOBOT collection of flash drives, and is joined by Clone Wars’ Captain Rex and…TWO Darth Vaders – one sporting the younger charred Anakin from EIII and a chase/shortpacked version showing the older, pale Anakin from ROTJ.

Head to Mimoco’s official site for their press release and then head to StarWarsShop.com to preorder yours.

 


 

New Comic Pack Imagery
June 10, 2009 | 1:24 PM EST | Justin2

Our pals over at Rebelscum.com have gotten their hands on some new pics of both new and repackaged Comic Packs due out in the red and white Legacy Packaging. Check them out HERE.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 9, 2009 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

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NEW PREORDERS:
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SIDESHOW 12″ HENRY JONES, SR. FIGURE
Sideshow’s new 12″ figure of the father of Indiana Jones is on its way. Henry Jones, Sr. comes with accessories like his hat, briefcase, umbrella, most of his wardrobe, the Holy Grail and more, and is priced at $86.99.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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REAL ACTION HEROES YOUNG INDIANA JONES
This flashback figure shows Indiana Jones as he appears in his teens. The sculpt is a great likeness of River Phoenix, the actor who played young Indy, and he comes with a variety of items, including the Cross of Coronado. This figure is a great piece for River Phoenix fans as well as Indy fans of all ages, and he’s priced at $139.99, $10 below MSRP. check it all out here.

 


 

LEGO® Star Wars Days this Weekend at Legoland California
June 9, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

Dress up as your favorite STAR WARS character and join the 501st Legion of stormtroopers as they roam the Park in full garb this weekend (June 13-14)! Participate in the costume contest, building activities and product viewings. Also, join other STAR WARS fans for their LEGO® Fan Club STAR WARS™ Gallery and giveaways!

Click here for more details.

Thanks to Keven for the tip.

 


 

Kilometers 4 Katie
June 9, 2009 | 10:24 AM EST | Jayson

 


A new website has launched for Kilometers 4 Katie aimed at raising money for the Make A Wishfoundation in memory of Katie Johnson. Head over to find out how you can contribute to a very worthy cause.

 


 

Episode 198: Joke’s On Us
June 8, 2009 | 11:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


Ever since 1977 Star Wars fans have loved Stormtroopers. But the problem is, they’re all mostly the same. Sure, there are Sandtroopers with their colored shoulders, and Snowtroopers with their erie hoods and half-capes, but really there is just one Stormtrooper. Leave it to Hasbro to find a way to give us a multi-pack full of unique, helmet-removable stormtroopers by making the Joker’s Squad of Stormtroopers from the Legacy comic books. We review these figures this week.

Also this week we look at other offerings from Hasbro including some new Titaniums, the Target exclusive remote controlled Astromech droids, the Target exclusive Jabba’s Rancor, and the TIE Fighter Bust from Gentle Giant.

And remember the Star Wars Action News video idol contest where you can win great prizes and prize packs from sponsors Most Wanted Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.

To enter just contribute a video for Star Wars Action News’ 200th episode and turn it in by 6/17/2009. All the details about the contest can be found on the show or at our web site. We look forward to seeing your videos!

And thank you for listening to this week’s Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

New Clone Wars Deluxe Images
June 8, 2009 | 10:38 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Our friends at JediDefender have acquired a few new packaged shots of the upcoming Clone Wars Deluxe Assortment. Head on over for a gallery of the 212th Attack Battalion Troopers and the Turbo Tank Support Squad.

 


 

Coming Soon: Clone Wars “Decide Your Destiny”
June 8, 2009 | 9:59 PM EST | Jayson

Some of you older reader may remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from your childhood and now the younger reader of today will get to experience something similar with a Star Wars twist.

You can now battle against the forces of evil or join them should you so wish, in an incredible new novel format being published by Penguin in the UK this summer! (North American readers will have to wait a little bit longer, but Decide Your Destiny will be available here as well.)

The series will launch in the UK in July with The Way of the Jedi and Tethan Battle Adventure. Both stories will have over 50 choices to make and can be read over and over again as they won’t necessarily end the same way each time!

Head to StarWars.com for the more.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Deal of the Day: Crimson Empire Crucible Set
June 8, 2009 | 9:30 PM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth is offering a special Twitter “Deal of the Day” on the Exclusive Crimson Empire Crucible Set. Today and today only you can pick up this multipack set for the low price of $25.90 – saving you $9.00! Head over and pick yours up today!

 


 

Customizing Challenge Updates
June 8, 2009 | 8:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, TEAMS continues through the month of June – be sure to check out the latest entries or submit your own creation here.

Want to help decide what your fellow Yakkers will customize next? Open discussion is taking place before we vote on the 30th Yakfinities – so head on over and offer a suggestion!

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Darth Kikinou
June 8, 2009 | 8:13 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Darth Kikinou has updated his photonovel series, The Guardians of Peace and Justice, with an all new exciting installment.

In this latest chapter you’ll see plenty of action as Master Sifo-Dyas squares off against several Mandalorian raiders, and the evolution of evil itself as Darth Plagueis begins to discover the secrets of the Dark Side.

All that aside, when Iktotchi Monks begin serving roasted Toydarian to the noble Jedi, you knowthings are about to get nasty… check out this very enjoyable new installment after the jump!

 


 

Worth 1000 Celebrity Star Wars 5 Photoshop Contest
June 8, 2009 | 3:27 PM EST | Jayson

Worth 1000 held a Photoshop contest challenging digital artists to create unique works combining celebrities and Star Wars characters. Head to Worth 1000 to view the entries. Thanks to forumiteIncom for the tip.

 


 

Steel CIty Con: Celebrity Guest List Continues to Build
June 7, 2009 | 7:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Promoters of the Steel City Con have just announced several major celebrities that will be doing a signing appearance at the upcoming show December 4-6, 2009. Apart from professional wrestlers in attendance, Star Wars fans will be treated to special signing appearance by Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca” from Star Wars). Attendees will also see a large number of Comic Book Artists and Illustrators. Of course, a big reason that most enjoy going to the Steel City Con is to see the massive selection of vendors selling new and vintage toys and comic books. Head to steelcitycon.com for more details.

 


 

Wattographs Autograph Signings: Phil Tippett & Colin Ware!
June 7, 2009 | 12:00 PM EST | Brandon

In 1984 Phil Tippett along with John Berg headed the ILM animation department in The “Empire Strikes Back.” Tippett & Berg’s innovative stop-motion technique brought life to the rebellion’s Tauntauns and menacing AT-AT Walkers. Afterwards, Tippett led the creature shop in 1983 for “Return of the Jedi” supervising all the aliens of Jabba’s Palace and the rebellion which won him the Oscar that year. He was personally selected by Stephen Spielberg to supervise the animation of dinosaurs for “Jurassic Park”. His other films include “Virus” and “Starship Troopers” among others. Mr. Tippett will be signing official photographs and fans’ personal items!

Colin Ware played cowardly neimoidians, Lushros Dofine and Viceroy Nute Gunray in “Revenge of the Sith.” Gunray continuously avoided capture and trial during the Clone Wars until Darth Vader brought him to justice -from a certain point of view. Mr. Ware will be signing official photos and fan’s personal items!

Signing ends June 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items need to be in Scott’s possession by June 30th. Visit Wattographs for complete signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Want an Autographed Copy of Fanboys? Follow us on Twitter!
June 6, 2009 | 8:43 AM EST | Jayson

 


Fanboys director Kyle Newman was kind enough to send us a couple autographed copies of the Fanboys DVD, so I figured what better way to kick off our official Twitter launch than to give them away to our followers. From now until the end of next Saturday (June 13) I’ll be picking two followers at random and if selected, you’ll receive your very own signed copy! Joining Twitter is easy, so sign up and start following us and many other Star Wars fans today!

 


 

Lars Homestead on Sale (finally) at TRU
June 5, 2009 | 5:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


Those that have been holding out for the Lars Homestead until the price was a little more palatable can start searching your Toys R Us aisle as it appears to have been marked down $39.98 (orig. $49.99). If you don’t have a store in your area, this price is also being honored online.

 


 

B.A.D. Phase II Darktrooper – It’s HUGE!
June 5, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have acquired a new image of the Phase II Darktrooper and if you thought the first version was beefy, this new B.A.D. is massive.

 


 

NEW Carded and Loose Clone Wars and Legacy Images
June 5, 2009 | 1:55 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at YodasNews have posted a slew of new carded and loose images covering the Clone Wars, Legacy, Titanium and Galactic Heroes assortments. Head over for the high-res goodness.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Downfall of a Droid Decoded
June 5, 2009 | 1:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Downfall of a Droid” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Kubrick Series 10 Chases Revealed!
June 5, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Jayson

 


Images have surfaced at Instinc Toy’s Blog for the chase figures in Medicom’s soon-to-be-released Kubrick Series 10. Be on the hunt for Commander Gree, Tion Medon and a four-armed version of General Grievous! These chases join the common figures in this Revenge of the Sith themed series: Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader (with removable helmet), Clone Trooper, Tarfful, Darth Sidious and General Grievous.

 


 

The Force Among Us Hits the Big Screen – One Night Only!
June 5, 2009 | 10:14 AM EST | Jayson

The Force Among Us makes its official big screen debut Friday June 12th 2009 – for one night only the documentary will be shown at the Gene Siskle Film Center at 8pm. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at siskelfilmcenter.org limited copies of the film are also still available on dvd at the film’s website. Cris and Cort will also be on WGN morning news the day of the event as well.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles Announces 12″ Imperial Shock Trooper
June 5, 2009 | 9:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles updates revealing the next offering in their Militaries of Star Wars line – the Imperial Shock Trooper 12-inch figure! Pre-orders start next thursday.

 


 

Sideshow Toy Pre-Order
June 5, 2009 | 7:59 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice pre-orders from Sideshow…

R2 VCD
There is also a Yoda VCD.. Very Cute.. Darth Maul looks awesome!

Also In Stock…
Tusken Raider Premium Format Figure - Sideshow Exclusive
Plus many others… Check it out!!!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 4, 2009 | 11:39 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store We’ve just added lots of new preorders for all of your favorite lines. In addition, be sure to check out the SDCC 2009 DIAMOND EXCLUSIVES
We’ve listed a number of Diamond’s SDCC 2009 exclusives. A couple have already sold out, but we’ve still got pre-orders available for the new G1 Megatron Bust, the Angry Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Bank, and the Dawn in Red Schoolgirl Skirt Statue, at $69.99, $19.99 and $39.99, respectively check it all out here.

 


 

YakTube – The Emperor’s Royal Guard
June 4, 2009 | 10:44 PM EST | Niktom

 

What not to do when approaching any member of the Emperor’s Royal Guard.

The Emperor’s Royal Guard


Thanks to my favorite Royal Guard, Lucious Talvloinne (TR 4126), for pointing me to this video. Thumbs up, thumbs down? Talk about it in the forums.

 


 

SWAN 200th Episode Video Contest
June 4, 2009 | 5:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News is about to reach its 200th episode, and to celebrate they are holding a video creation contest! You can win a 1/6 Scale Ki-Adi Mundi, a set of Clone Wars Jedi Art-FX Statues, a Vintage Carded Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper figure, Gentle Giant products, and more! All you have to do to enter is make an original, short video about Star Wars or Star Wars Collecting.

You have until 6/17/09 to enter (extended from the original 6/10 date). All the details can be found at swactionnews.com. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your videos!

 


 

Carded Figures Galore at Sandtroopers
June 4, 2009 | 4:50 PM EST | Jayson

The reporting legion in white at Sandtroopers have assembled a new gallery of 20 Clone Wars carded figures due later this year. Even though there are some repacks in the refreshed line, you’ve got to admit they look pretty sharp in the new packaging. Head over for all the shots.

 


 

Summer Group Project is Here!
June 4, 2009 | 12:34 AM EST | Justin2

 


For all you customizers out there itching for a fun project to work on this summer, the GLADIATORS GROUP PROJECT is for you!

Group Projects are similar to the Yakfinities Customizing Challenges, but these are a bit more character specific. However, this time the topic is a little more theme based than usual which gives us all some more variety to work with.

For the full scoop and how you can participate, one click gets you all the details.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Legacy Collection Action Figures
June 3, 2009 | 8:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles received these new items this week.

NEW –Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)

NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

Pre-Order – June 25th, 2009
Obi-Wan Kenobi EP III – UQS – SAVE $10
Interactive 15-inch R2-D2
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues Statue – SAVE $10
Oola – Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Lovely Leia – Signed Fine Art Giclee
Clone Wars Map Pack #3 – The Crystal Caves of Ilum

 


 

New Republic Gunship Prototype Images
June 3, 2009 | 11:03 AM EST | Justin2

 


Your clone ranks can ride more safely soon as the folks over at jedinews.co.uk have gotten their hands on several prototype images of a retrofitted Republic Gunship featuring full-length blast doors, drop down boarding hatches and modified rocket launchers. Head on over and check out all the great pics after the jump!

Also thanks for forum moderator Paulskywalker for the heads up.

 


 

Red/White Packaging Appearing
June 3, 2009 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


It looks like the new red and white packaging is starting to trickle out at retail. Yakreader Dave J sends in this pic from the aisles of his local Target showing off the role playing lightsabers new look. It’ll just be a matter of time before the seas of blue and white are replaced by this new unified design.

 


 

UPDATE: New Clone Trooper Squad Exclusive at K-Mart
June 2, 2009 | 5:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


UPDATE: Volkerc over at POTF2.com has confirmed that the Clone Trooper Squad 4-Pack reported on last month will in fact be a K-Mart Exclusive. Head on over for new boxed photos.

Posted on May 15, 2009 | 8:44 PM EST by Jayson.
Forum Moderator “Paul Skywalker” posted a tip in the forums with word* of a new Legacy Clone Trooper set entitled Clone Trooper Squad that includes a red ARC Trooper Commander, Clone Scuba Trooper, Clone Trooper w/CIP Quad Cannon and General Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Armor. All these figures are repacks of previous releases and there’s no word yet as to where the sets will be available.

 


 

Episode 197: We Get Mugg-ed
June 2, 2009 | 8:51 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Mighty Muggs are an interesting line. While so many of the Muggs warm shelves across the nation, others go for top dollar on eBay. With shoddy distribution and a number of exclusives, the only true reliable way to get the newest Muggs at near-retail prices is ordering by the case. This week on Star Wars Action News, we open cases of Wave 8 and 9 Mighty Muggs and see if they are worth the trouble, and also review the exclusive Admiral Ackbar and Shadow Stormtrooper Muggs.

Also this week we have a very special Hasbro Q&A. Recently Hasbro announced that the collector market is waning and as such actions have been taken, such as removing the upcoming Force Unleashed wave from the regular lineup, instead making those figures exclusives, and that there will be a reduction in future collector-specific figures in the line. On this week’s Q&A we drill for details on what this means for the Legacy collection, for comic packs, for the upcoming Expanded Universe wave of figures, and for collectors in general. Hasbro was very generous in giving us in-depth, detailed answers and it is one of our most thought-provoking Q&As yet.

And more this week, Star Wars Action News along with sponsors Brian’s Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and Kotobukiya are holding a contest in celebration of Star Wars Action News’ 200th episode. Details are revealed in this episode on how you can win a 1/6 Scale Ki-Adi Mundi, a set of Clone Wars Jedi Art-FX Statues, or a Vintage Carded Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper figure! Listen to find out how to enter and win STAR WARS ACTION NEWS VIDEO IDOL!

With voice mails from Disney World and more, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Star Wars: The Old Republic “Deceived” Trailer
June 1, 2009 | 11:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


Run! Don’t walk to view the trailer for the new Star Wars: The Old Republic online game. If you thought the The Force Unleashed looked intense, wait ’till you see this! I wouldn’t mind seeing this as a feature length film.

 


 

Steve Sansweet to Appear at Star Wars Weekends June 5-7
June 1, 2009 | 11:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars author, collector, and Lucasfilm’s head of Fan Relations, Steve Sansweet is making a guest appearance at Star Wars Weekends this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Steve will be at Wicket’s Warehouse, the special store chock full of Star Wars Weekends exclusive merchandise, where he’ll also be signing copies of his last two books, The Star Wars Vault and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and he’ll be bringing along some cool give-aways as well.

Steve’s schedule is:
Friday, June 5: 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Saturday, June 6: 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Sunday, June 7: 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Head over to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

Yoda Speaks in Star Wars Insider #110
June 1, 2009 | 10:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


The voice behind The Clone Wars’ Yoda, Tom Kane, sounds off in an exclusive interview for Insider 110, revealing the many roles he has voiced for countless Star Wars game titles — Threepio, Fett, Tarkin, Ackbar and others have all been benefactors of Kane’s vocal talents!

For more details on what’s in store for Star Wars Insider #110, head over to the official site and look for this issue on newsstands soon.

 


 

Legacy Wave 7 Loose Images
June 1, 2009 | 9:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our intrepid staffer Justin just acquired his set of wave 7 from BigBadToyStore and managed to snap a few quick shots of all the figures in this wave. Head to the forums to view the images of the latest to be released from Hasbro.

 


 

Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force
June 1, 2009 | 5:06 PM EST | freebird

Here’s my latest review. Star Wars: Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force. Click here to read it. Stay tuned next week for Fate of the Jedi.

 


 

Clone Turbo Tank Available NOW!!
June 1, 2009 | 10:30 AM EST | Mark

 

Over a TRU online you can order the Turbo Tank as it is in stock now.

UPDATE – TRU must have made a mistake or already ran through stock as the item is listed now as unavailable. Thanks to Yakface reader darth stringfield for the heads up.

 


 

SDCC 2009 GGC and GGLTD GIVEAWAY!
June 1, 2009 | 9:23 AM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant LTD has teamed up with GentleGiantCollectors.com to bring you another great giveaway as they gear up for San Diego Comic Con 2009! As most of you know, Gentle Giant Ltd will have several great exclusives from all of your favorite lines, and now is your chance to win them for FREE!

Starting on June 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2009 you will have a shot at winning a SDCC Exclusive BlackHole Stormtrooper Statue, a SDCC Exclusive Concept Boba Fett Mini Bust and a SDCC Harry Potter Dumbledore Mini Bust! Each item will have it’s own giveaway criteria and while you are welcome to enter all three, you can only WIN in one category.

Head over for the full details.

 


 

eFX Collectibles News: Lower Prices, New Helmet and X-wing Display Case
June 1, 2009 | 7:05 AM EST | Jayson

The eFX Collectibles newsletters are hitting inboxes and they have a three great product announcements.

Effective today (June 1), the Clone Trooper Helmet is now being offered at a new lower price of$279.00, plus their offering a layaway plan with 2 easy payments of $139.50. (Shipping and handling will be added to the last payment.)

eFX also announces the development of the perfect complement to the X-wing FX model, Luke Skywalker’s X-wing Starfighter Helmet. eFX’s modelers were permitted access to the Lucasfilm Archives and were able to scan the actually prop used for A New Hope ensuring the the most accurate replica possible.

Finally, after many requests, eFX is offering an Acrylic Display Case for the X-wing Starfighter FX model. The case includes a Star Wars logo etched into the aluminum base plate and is pre-wired to work with the X-wing’s existing electronics.

For the complete detail on these items and more, head to eFX Collectibles.

May 2009 Archive

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R2-Q5
May 31, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of last of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R2-Q5.

For those who have the previous releases, R2-Q5 is on the same frequency/band as R5-X2 (Band 2) so you could theoretically control both droids at the same time with one remote. Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background in the packaging is scene specific to each character.

Variation hunters/completists take note. This is NOT a straight repack of the previous release. This version has different copyright info on the bottom of the feet and the battery access door for the droid and remote is embossed with a unique part number that was not present on the previous release.

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

 


 

Clone Wars Season One DVD
May 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yakface Forum Newsie “Darth_Sidious” sends word that while looking for more details regarding the Clone Wars Season 1 release, he stumbled upon an image of the keepcase/packaging for this set onstoreofeast.com. Although what is shown here is the overseas boxed art/language packaging, I imagine the domestic release with follow in the same style. Look for the 8 disc set at your favorite retailer later this year.

 


 

New Saga Legends Mockups
May 31, 2009 | 2:17 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Looks like a couple new Saga Legends Mockups have turned up via auctions on eBay. Take the links for view of Bespin Han Solo (minus his Jacket) and Chewbacca which looks to be the Legacy version with a breathing mask.

As with all things that show up before they’re “officially” confirmed, the final products may vary (hopefully).

Thanks to Yakface Forum Newsie “Eopie Herder” for the tipage.

 


 

That’s No Moon… 
May 30, 2009 | 10:09 PM EST | Niktom

It’s just a super laser!

While it’s not the Death Star… it sure shares some similarities.

“Equipment connected to a house-sized sphere can focus 192 laser beams on a small point, generating temperatures and pressures that exist at cores of stars or giant planets. ”

News site Breietbart.com reporting on the latest developments at a US weapons lab. Click through to read more and discuss in the forums.

 


 

Star Wars Tattoo T-shirts a StarWarsShop Exclusive
May 29, 2009 | 10:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop launches the first in a new series of t-shirts today based on the designs of well-known tattoo artists featured in the recent The Force in the Flesh book by Shane Turgeon!

Head on over to StarWarsShop now to grab this first in a series of what is sure to be one very cool set of exclusive tees!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – juank
May 29, 2009 | 6:19 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakface forum member juank has updated with another masterpiece – this time a five foot long Imperial Super Star Destroyer that looks like it jumped right out of the Lucasfilm archives! This is one amazing custom that you don’t want to miss – check out all the pics he has to share after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R5-D4
May 29, 2009 | 2:43 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R5-D4.

For those who have the previous releases, R5-D4 is on the same frequency/band as R4-P17 (Band 3) so you could theoretically control 2 droids at the same time with one remote. Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background in the packaging is scene specific to each character.

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

EDIT: Big thanks to Yakreader Eddie for informing me that there was in fact a R5-D4 released in the TAC packaging as a Japanese exclusive through StarWarsShop.com. I guess I missed picking up that one. ; P

 


 

Sideshow 12-inch Figure Environments
May 29, 2009 | 9:29 AM EST | Jayson

Looks like there’s a whole new way to accessorize our 12″/1:6 scale figures now as Sideshow Collectibles is prepping the launch of Figure Environments. Head to their site for a preview of sets for Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

 


 

Star Wars Custom Ships
May 29, 2009 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Hello all, this is a little off topic so to speak, however, last year a good friend of mine past away. He was one of the best Star Wars collectors I knew. He had sold most of his items to Brians Toys, however his wife still has all the custom ships. She is looking to sell these. To be honest, I do not know what these will go for, so please take a look at the pictures and let me know if you are interested in any of them. They are all very nice with awesome paint jobs.

You can email me if you are interested and let me know what you would be willing to pay. Thank you for taking the time to read this…

 


 

The Clone Wars: Rookies Decoded
May 29, 2009 | 7:09 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the fan favorite episode “Rookies” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles Coming in October
May 29, 2009 | 7:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


Uber collector Steve Sansweet has a new collectible book heading for shelves later this year. Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles Memorabilia and Stories from A Galaxy Far, Far Away takes the reader on a journey through cool and kitsch, from toys and costumes to life-size statues made of LEGO bricks to consumer goods such as candy, clothing, toothpaste — and much more.

Head to the official site from more details.

 


 

Download The Lost Tribe of the Sith
May 28, 2009 | 7:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hidden away from the rest of the galaxy is an isolated tribe of Sith descendents from ancient times. As Luke Skywalker follows the distant path of Jacen Solo — blazed when Solo sought out obscure and arcane Force knowledge — his travels stir these Sith into action. Who are they? What do they want?

Uncover hidden Sith lore today by downloading Precipice in PDF format by heading to the official site.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R2-D2
May 28, 2009 | 4:41 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R2-D2. Previously only available throughStarWarsShop.com as an imported item, this droid is controlled by a mini 2-button lightsaber remote that will move him forward or turn him on command while his dome rotates as he rolls, beeps and whistles. These droids are scaled comparably to the Hasbro’s standard astromech figures so he’ll fit right it with your collection. When the droid is not in use, you can store all four batteries in a handycompartment inside the remote.

Variation hunters/completists take note. This is NOT a straight repack of the ROTS release. This version has different copyright info on the bottom of the feet and the battery access door for R2 and his remote is embossed with a unique part number that was not present on the previous release.

Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background of the packaging is scene specific to each character.

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

 


 

Toys R Us acquires FAO Schwarz
May 28, 2009 | 9:15 AM EST | Jayson

USA Today is reporting that Toys R Us has purchases the high-end retailer FAO Schwarz. Read on for more info…

Discuss your thoughts on this recent development in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: R2 Units Remote Control and Rancor with Luke
May 27, 2009 | 8:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles received these new items this week.

NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card set

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick Jango Fett & Boba Fett Two Pack
May 27, 2009 | 1:44 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives from Medicom’s Kubrick line the Jango Fett & Boba Fett Two Pack.

Available exclusively to Medicom Collector Club members in Japan, this features two unique figures not found anywhere else in the Kubrick line. The Jango Fett wears the alternate AOTC rocket pack, pilot head gear and his jumpsuit is a more screen accurate lilac color versus the series 9 Jango’s bluer hue. At his side, the set also includes a young Boba Fett ready to assume his father’s mantle as the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.

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

 


 

Cad Bane’s Ship – Titanium Style?
May 26, 2009 | 7:44 PM EST | Justin2

 


For all you Cad Bane fans out there, forumite darth_sidious writes in with the following news:

I was searching Bigbadtoystore.com, and came across a listing for 3″ CW Titanium 2009 Wave 06 (which is actually wave 5), and saw a ship listed only as ‘Xanadu Blood’, after some searching online, I was able to find out that this is actually the name of Cad Bane’s fighter, and it will appear in the next season of the Clone Wars cartoon. While Bigbadtoystore.com didnt have any images, I did some digging on Ebay and found a dealer in Asia that had prototypes! 

Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

LEGO Yaffle Underway!!!
May 26, 2009 | 6:45 PM EST | Brandon

 

Just a quick reminder that we have a special LEGO Yaffle underway in the forums right now! Any forum member can purchase a yaffle ticket for just 100 points each for a chance to win the Yaffle prize!!!

Jump over now to participate!!!

 


 

$5.00 Off Star Wars Miniatures at Target
May 26, 2009 | 5:11 PM EST | Jayson

Wizards of the Coast and StarWars.com are making available a great discount at Target® stores. Simply print out the PDF coupon from the above link, and take it to Target® to get $5 off the purchase of an Imperial Entanglements Star Wars Miniatures booster pack!

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
May 26, 2009 | 5:08 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender come through yet again today with great loose shots of Admiral Yularen, General Mace Windu and the Super Battle Droid Sergeant figures.

 


 

Retooled TIE Fighter – A Target Exclusive?
May 26, 2009 | 1:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have uncovered new info regarding those retooled TIE Fighter cockpit photos and it looks like this might be another Target exclusive priced at $39.99. (I guess that explains the red/white deco : P ) Head on over for the details and a potential DCPI code.

 


 

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
May 26, 2009 | 1:30 PM EST | Jayson

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron presents an expanded new take on the classic Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, resulting in new levels of interaction and excitement in handheld gaming. The massive, galactic campaign will ship this Fall for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system and Nintendo DS.

Head to the Official Site for more….

 


 

Episode 196: Requiem for a X-Wing
May 26, 2009 | 12:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


May 25th, is a special day for two reasons. First it is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we remember those who died protecting our country in war. Second, it is the 32nd anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope being released in theaters. Bringing these two things together, on this week’s Star Wars Action News we look back at the figures memorializing those brave X-Wing pilots lost in battle above Yavin.

Also this week, Star Wars Tales comic author Nathan P. Butler returns with his Expanding the Universe report answering one of life’s biggest questions: Why should a Star Wars fan care about the EU?

With an update on the latest Gentle Giant items available for pre-order, a UK Collecting report, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Should Hasbro Construct the Death Star?
May 26, 2009 | 10:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


For the past week there has been a flurry of discussion and speculation among fans on whether or not Hasbro has plans to release a Death Star playset.

In light of this we are conducting an informal poll in the forums to get a better idea of what youreally want – including the format you would like to see Hasbro pursue. So head on over to the forums and cast your vote!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store MEMORIAL DAY SALE
May 25, 2009 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new arrivals and many more exciting new preorders – check it all out here.

 


 

ShopEcko.com 40% Off Sale Ends Tonight!!!
May 25, 2009 | 1:29 PM EST | Brandon

 

Limited Edition Star Wars Merchandise now available

SHOP ECKO.COM HAS A 40% OFF ALL CLOTHING SALE TODAY ONLY!!!!
Click the link below to check out the deals!
This is the best day to get those awesome Star Wars T-Shirts at 40% off!!!

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Vader’s Quest 
May 25, 2009 | 10:34 AM EST | Justin2

 


Today we spotlight the third chapter in forum member jlw515‘s new action-packed photonovel series, Vader’s Quest.

Sit back, kick your feet up, and read on!

 


 

More Clone Wars Figures Revealed
May 24, 2009 | 12:43 PM EST | Justin2

If you’re a fan of the Animated Clone Wars line, you’ll be pleased to know another wave of figures is on tap that includes several more clones, a battle droid and a new Padme figure. Head on over toPOTF2.com for a first look at these figures.

 


 

Stay on Target 
May 24, 2009 | 1:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


Reports continue to slowly trickle in from around the U.S. that the Legacy Rancor and Remote Control Astromechs are showing up in Target stores.

Among the lucky collectors so far to pick these up is forum member JediJman, who writes in with the following news:

“I managed to track down all four of the RC Droids at Target this morning. R5-X2, R2-D2, R2-Q5, and R5-D4. Very cool, but a little tough to stomach at $16.99 each. I did not see pegs for them on the shelf, but you can use DPCI 087-06-0106 if they are in the back room. I also snagged a Rancor with Luke while I was there (087-06-2066).”

Head on over to the forums for a closer look of his find.

 


 

NEWS For The Fans…. By The Fans!!!
May 22, 2009 | 8:58 PM EST | Brandon

 


It is with great excitement and anticipation that YAKFACE.com is pleased to announce a new program to its forum community… News By The Fans… For The Fans! The new NEWS program is a way to entice our forum members to submit news, images, product, and content to our front page / website and have a chance become an exclusive YAKFACE.com Newsie and win exclusive prizes, gear, and more. We hope all our viewers will take an extensive look at what we have to offer and support collectors worldwide!

For more details jump on over to the forums now!!!

 


 

Rancors Are In The House
May 22, 2009 | 8:17 PM EST | Jayson

 


For those who were worried that the Jabba’s Palace Rancor would never hit shelves fear not! It appears that they are shipping to stores now and look for them to start appearing on Target end caps in the next week or so. Click here for a quick photo of one of my local Target’s scanners confirming they’re “in store”.

You can check your store using the DCPI code 087-06-2066.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 67th Edition
May 22, 2009 | 8:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 5/1. Answers this week cover: NIkto Gunner and the possibility of a sail barge, the status of new Concept figures and what’s up with that accessory included with the Medical Frigate Luke?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Magnaguard Fighter
May 22, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today highlighting the latest release in the Clone Wars mid-sized vehicle assortment with the Magnaguard Fighter.

Originally developed for use on Utapau in Revenge of the Sith, these sleek and yet aggressive fighters were ultimately relegated to the cutting room floor only to be recycled years later for the new Clone Wars Animated Series. Hasbro again delivers here in terms of design and scale and overall playability. They went that extra mile and designed this fighter to work with both the animated and “realistic” sculpt Magnaguards with the added benefit of incorporating handy electrostaff storage compartments in each wing. The Magnaguard Fighter features adjustable thrusters, 3 retractable landing gears, 2 firing missiles and opening cockpit. If you’re a fan of the live action films and/or the animated series, I highly recommend picking this up and if it hasn’t, it should start hitting your local shelves any day now.

Head to the toyguide to see if this vehicle is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Star Wars: The Complete Vader Coming in October
May 21, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 


Coming this October from Del Rey, fans will get a chance to peer into the soul of the Star Wars saga’s darkest Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader!

This 192-page tome devoted to all-things-Vader will explore the history, costume, merchandise and cultural impact of cinema’s most iconic villain, and that’s just for starters.

Head to the official site for more details…

 


 

Target Exclusive Remote Control Droids Hitting Stores
May 21, 2009 | 9:28 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

One of my local Target stores had the new Remote Control Droids on pegs this morning. Available are R2-D2, R5-X2, R2-Q5 and the new R5-D4 and are priced at $16.99. Might be worth checking your stores now if you’re interested in these.

 


 

Comic Con Mount Doom Pre-Order
May 21, 2009 | 8:05 AM EST | Mark

Today, over at Sideshow, they will have the latest pre-orders up for sale including LOTR…


Today at 10PST

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Vulture Droid
May 21, 2009 | 1:55 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today highlighting the latest release in the Clone Wars mid-sized vehicle assortment with the Vulture Droid.

After being “treated” to several repaints thus far in the Clone Wars vehicle line, we finally get an all new item to add to our collections. Done up in the ROTS/CW blue deco, all previous versions are now officially obsolete as they pale in comparison to this beast. Not only is it twice the size of the Episode I and ROTS versions, the new “Super” Vulture Droid is capable of being transformed into its walking mode. When converted, it features four independently posable legs and a pop up head which is activated by the push of a button on the bottom. In fighter mode, it features two launching missiles and the wings can be positioned into an attack configuration as shown in Revenge of the Sith. It also has four additional missiles that are stowed conveniently in the tip of each wing. This awesome fighter is sure to see several more releases in the coming years in various paint schemes and packaging changes and each one will be well worth picking up.

Head to the toyguide to see if this vehicle is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

New SDCC X-Wing “Smiley” Luke Images
May 20, 2009 | 11:51 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have posted a new round of carded SDCC exclusive Luke Skywalker photos. Head over for a peek.

 


 

Clone Wars Vulture Droid and Magnaguard Fighters Found
May 20, 2009 | 7:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


On my way home form work tonight I stopped at my local Target store and while the action figure pegs were devoid of anything new, the starfighter section was stocked nicely and I managed to score the Vulture Droid and Magnaguard Fighters . Look for a toyguide update for these latest offerings from Hasbro soon!

 


 

Pod Racers 2-Pack?
May 20, 2009 | 6:16 PM EST | Justin2

Are the upcoming Clegg Holdfast and Ratts Tyerell figures coming in a 2-pk rather than single carded figures? It appears this may be the case – thanks for the heads up from Echobaseforums!

 


 

UPDATE 2: That’s No Moon! It’s a Space Station
May 20, 2009 | 3:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


For those clinging to hope that a Death Star playset may someday come to fruition, yesterday forumite Delaton shared with us an image that appears to be a mockup.

Also, props to our friends at Jedidefender who had apparently been waiting for the ‘right moment’ to leak this, what better timing with Comic Con right around the corner?

Please keep in mind though that this could very well be something that never got past the drawing board and will never make it to production.

UPDATE: Adam May over at Galactic Hunter as contributed to this mystery as well and has postedthat this Death Star “Playset” might actually be for the Galactic Heroes line as an exclusive through Target for the holiday season.

UPDATE 2: Always in motion is the future. The debate is still open as to the destiny of this mockup as the team at JediDefender have posted that the box next to the Death Star is for Transformers and not Galactic Heroes. So, the jury is still out on this one folks.

 


 

More Upcoming Clone Images
May 20, 2009 | 1:31 PM EST | Justin2

 

 

Soon you’ll be able to add more troops to your Grand Army of the Republic with these two upcoming clones. Click on through for full full size images.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – julianmaurice
May 20, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Justin2

 


While collectors continue to wish for Hasbro to make grand playsets, forum member julianmauricerolls up his sleeves and does something about it with his rendition of the Imperial Landing Platform seen on Endor in ROTJ.

Work like this takes a high degree of planning, talent, time and commitment – be sure to pop in the forums for a ton of great images of this custom built playset.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R5-X2
May 20, 2009 | 9:34 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives heading soon (hopefully) to Target’s shelves – the Remote Control R5-X2. Previously only available throughStarWarsShop.com as an imported item, this droid is controlled by a mini 2-button lightsaber remote that will move him forward or turn him on command while his dome rotates as he rolls, beeps and whistles. These droids are scaled comparably to the Hasbro’s standard astromech figures so he’ll fit right it with your collection. For those who have the previous releases, R5-X2 is on the same frequency/band as R2-Q5 (Band 2) so you could theoretically control 2 droids at the same time with one remote. Each droid includes the required batteries but you’ll need to reinstall them properly to activate them. When the droid is not in use, you can store all four batteries in a handy compartmentinside the remote.

Look for the others in this series (R2-D2, R2-Q5 and R5-D4) to start hitting shelves soon for $14.99

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

 


 

Has R2 Been Found?
May 20, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | Jayson

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the contest involving finding R2-D2’s cameo appearance in the new Star Trek movie, well gadget blog site Gizmodo has posted a couple screen shots showing where they think he might be. Head over to see for yourself.

 


 

Star Wars for Star Trek Substitute at Target
May 19, 2009 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Here was an interesting find today at my local Target. It seems that they have temporarily run out of the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise vehicle so instead they’re offering as a substitute any Star Wars Battle Pack for the reduced price of $20.23 (down from $23.99). If you’ve been holding for a sale on the Battle Packs, you might want to check your Target store for a similar “Instant Substitution”. You can check out a larger view of the shelf tag here.

 


 

Group Project Customs – Voting Open
May 19, 2009 | 12:04 PM EST | Justin2

 

    

Yakface forum customizers will soon be joining forces in another Group Project. Five themes have been selected as finalists.

Voting will take place until 11:59 Eastern Time on Sunday, May 31. At that point the customizing madness will begin and entries will be accepted through the end of September.

Head on over to the forums and cast your vote after the jump!

 


 

Massive Lego Tantive IV on Gizmodo
May 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM EST | Jayson

 


Gadget blog site Gizmodo has posted a extremely cool article featuring a 12 foot long scratch built Tantive IV made entirely out of Legos! Head over for all the images!

 


 

Fanboys DVD Now Available PLUS a Special Yakface Giveaway
May 19, 2009 | 8:48 AM EST | Jayson

 


With today being the 10th Anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace in theaters, what better time to hit your local retailers and pick up Fanboys on DVD.

As a special bonus to our readers, I’ve been in contact with the film’s director, Kyle Newman, and he has made available a few autographed copies of the DVD that we will be giving away as soon as we receive them.

Watch for more details of this giveaway soon.

 


 

Episode 195: The Phantom Memories
May 19, 2009 | 1:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


On May 19th 1999 a new era of Star Wars movies dawned as The Phantom Menace opened in theaters, the first new Star Wars movie in 16 years. Understandably, anticipation was high, and it went on to become one of the top grossing films of all time.

Now we look back at the milestones of Star Wars 10 years ago, including the toys, the lines for tickets, Star Wars Celebration I, the midnight movie showings, the costuming, and the people who made Episode I the memorable experience it is today.

Listen to this extra-long episode of Star Wars Action News, packed with your stories and ours, about what makes The Phantom Menace special to us, 10 years on.

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

 


 

TPM 10th Anniversary Mail Away Qui-Gon Jinn
May 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM EST | Justin2

 


This morning Yakface forum member Eopie Herder has shared several loose images of what appears to be the upcoming Qui-Gon Jinn from the TPM 10th Anniversary Mail Away set.

It looks like Hasbro has made some subtle changes to this figure (for the better). Decide for yourself after the jump!

 


 

Vader Balloon Taking Flight at BalloonFest09
May 15, 2009 | 10:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Those living in the El Paso, Texas area are undoubtedly aware of the annual Memorial Weekend event known as BalloonFest. In attendance this year will be a very special hot air balloon in the form of the helmet of Darth Vader!!! For more info about the festivities, head to the KLAQ websiteand to learn more about the history of the Vader Balloon.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends
May 15, 2009 | 10:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


The tradition of Star Wars Weekends continues, starting next weekend, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Each weekend between May 22 through June 14, fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga alongside special Star Wars celebrity guests.

Head over to the official site for more info and to download a schedule and map of activities.

 


 

New Clone Trooper Squad 4-pack Revealed
May 15, 2009 | 8:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum Moderator “Paul Skywalker” posted a tip in the forums with word* of a new Legacy Clone Trooper set entitled Clone Trooper Squad that includes a red ARC Trooper Commander, Clone Scuba Trooper, Clone Trooper w/CIP Quad Cannon and General Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Armor. All these figures are repacks of previous releases and there’s no word yet as to where the sets will be available.

*Thanks to action-figure.com for the posting of the news and link to the eBay auction.

 


 

Sideshow Luke and Han: SDCC Non-Attendee Edition SOLD OUT
May 15, 2009 | 1:34 PM EST | Jayson

Well that was fast. Seems like Sideshow’s allotment of the SDCC Han & Luke Stormtrooper Non-Attendee Edition 12″ figures sold out in very short order. So, if you’re still wanting this set, it’d be wise to get your names on wait list right away.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Clone Commander Revealed
May 15, 2009 | 10:38 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at JediDefender have acquired a couple carded images revealing a yet to be “officially announced” TRU exclusive Clone Wars Commander Ponds. Head over there for the info…. and discuss your impressions of this figure in our forums.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded – Shadow of Malevolence
May 15, 2009 | 9:36 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the “Shadow of Malevolence” episode from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Long Lost Indy Figure?
May 14, 2009 | 6:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


With the demise of Hasbro’s Indiana Jones line, we were teased with images of several figures that never made it into production.

Forumite Lance Quazar has posted several pics of a possible prototype for an unproduced ROTLA figure, the German officer who Indy beats the snot out of on the Cargo Truck. Head on over the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Sideshow Luke and Han: SDCC Attendee Edition Priority Pre-order
May 14, 2009 | 12:58 PM EST | Mark

Order now!!!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Update
May 13, 2009 | 10:12 PM EST | Justin2

 


Early production work for Chapter 29 in The Enloe Chronicles has begun, right in time for the end of the Clone Wars.

Previews for the next installment will be ready soon… until then you can still catch up on Chapter 28 or even cast a vote as to what you think will happen when Rykrof learns that the Jedi are to be eliminated.

 


 

Yakface Forums: Collection Galleries
May 13, 2009 | 7:59 PM EST | Niktom

The only thing as fun as playing with your collection… is showing it off! We’ve had several forum members post some great looking pictures of their collections lately. Here are just a few to kick things off…


  
  

Want to see more or show off your collection? Do so in the forums Collection Gallery.

 


 

Watch for Enemy Fighters! Retooled TIE Fighter on the Way
May 13, 2009 | 3:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have posted a couple prototype images of a new large solar panel TIE Fighter featuring a retooled and highly detailed cockpit. Head over for the images…

 


 

Yakface Spotlight: SSC General Obi-Wan Kenobi 1:6 Scale Figure
May 13, 2009 | 1:00 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Spotlight returns today taking an up close and personal look at another fabulous product from Sideshow Collectibles: The General Obi-Wan Kenobi 1:6 Scale Figure. Take a few minutes and give it a read.

 


 

iPhone-controlled Life-Size R2-D2
May 12, 2009 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Official StarWars Blog has posted a very cool link to a custom built R2-D2 that can be controlled with an iPhone! And be sure to check out Glenn’s blog showing the progress of this awesome R2!

 


 

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Christmas
May 12, 2009 | 12:35 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Official Site updates tonight with the announcement of several new Christmas/Holiday themed Kurt Adler decorations that Star Wars fans will enjoy. Deck the halls with 10-Lamp R2-D2 and Yoda light strings, a Boba Fett Snowglobe, 3 new stockings (Yoda, Captain Rex and Vader) with Sound chips and my favorite, the Yoda tree toppers with illuminated lightsaber!!! Looks like the end of the year is shaping up to give us another great season of cool Star Wars decorations and collectibles — check out the images at StarWars.com

 


 

FANBOYS DVD Release Party
May 11, 2009 | 10:54 PM EST | Jayson

Kyle Newman, director of Fanboys, has passed on word to us that there is a Fanboys DVD Release Party with the cast and crew of the film next week at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles on May 19 at 8:00 pm. Visit Golden Apple Comics for more details and look for special Yakface announcement regarding this DVD release soon….

 


 

SWAN Episode 194: Pawns of the Darkside
May 11, 2009 | 10:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


You see that Star Trek movie yet? Despite being a Star Wars podcast and having a Star Wars web site, it seems that Star TREK is the sci-fi franchise in the spotlight especially this weekend with the new movie out. Remarks have been made such as “This is the Star Trek movie made for Star Wars fans” and Star Wars fans who follow swactionnews on Twitter have said “The new Star Trek is better than the entire prequel trilogy”. With such statements being made, it’s impossible for this to not have an impact on Star Wars collecting, and as such we discuss the state of the two sci-fi franchises and how Star Wars collectors may be impacted on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

And speaking of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars Action News continues its Episode I 10th Anniversary coverage this month as we look back a the Star Wars Episode I Chess Set by Tiger Electronics. how is the detail, how is the game play? Find out on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Also this week Kevin brings us another vintage review of a figure or two that are getting a little long in the “tooth”, and Kevin sits down with Hasbro employee and copy writer “Dee” discussing the unproduced concept for “The Definitive Star Wars Presentation Chamber”, an item pitched to help new collectors embrace vintage designs.

With Scott From Tulsa’s geek fashion report, discussion of the new Acme character key, and yet another mention of Star Wars Marbs, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Exclusive Lego Posters Hitting Mailboxes
May 11, 2009 | 10:07 PM EST | Jayson

Those who placed orders on May 3th and 4th through Legoshop.com should start see their orders hitting mailboxes this week. Packed inside, you’ll also find the one of 15,000 exclusive Lego posters showing some of the Lego mini figures that have been released over the past 10 years. I received mine today (#2501) and noticed that with some mini-figures they showed all of their various releases but others they only show one particular version. It’d be interesting so see how many actual mini figures there are when you include those omitted versions.

 


 

Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key
May 11, 2009 | 9:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of the Star Wars Original Trilogy Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key. This Limited Edition Character Key is limited to an restricted to a run of only 750 pieces worldwide. Get yours today.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Figures and Battle Packs
May 11, 2009 | 7:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has add the May 2009 PRE-ORDER items. New Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by May 8th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half when processing your order.

NEW
Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

NEW – Battle Packs:
Scramble on Yavin
Jabba’s Palace

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card set

 


 

Froobi Deal of the Day: Wii Lighsaber 2 Pack
May 11, 2009 | 10:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Have fun while sword fighting on Wii!

This Dual Pack Light Saber is the perfect addition to your Wii gaming system. Experience realistic dueling and play in the dark with the saber’s red and blue bright light effects.

The Dual Pack Light Saber are powered by the Wii remote* so there are no additional batteries required. Safety is important to this saber design so there is a featured easy secure lock mechanism, perfect for that person who swings their remote harder than others.

The Dual Pack Light Saber will let you have more fun while playing your Wii!

*Wii controllers not included.

Only $9.99
reg. $19.99

 


 

New Separatist Vehicles
May 11, 2009 | 9:18 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at Rebelscum have acquired new images this weekend revealing 2 new Clone Wars separatist vehicles: The Octuptarra Droid and the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid! No word yet as to when they be available but will surely get more info at Comic-Con (if not before).

Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Comes To The Rescue This September
May 11, 2009 | 7:40 AM EST | Jayson

 


Fans of the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ TV series can continue the battle for galactic peace this September in an all-new videogame from LucasArts and Krome Studios. Based on the Cartoon Network series and collaborating directly with Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes allows players to take up arms on behalf of the noble Galactic Republic , while pursuing the mysterious bounty hunter Cad Bane and combating the all-new Skakoan super villain Kul Teska.

For more info head into the forums or lucasarts.com

The Official Site has updated today with game play screen shots.

 


 

Yavin Hangar Diorama
May 9, 2009 | 8:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


The image above is not a scene from A New Hope, it is in fact a masterful diorama set up byStephen Hayford. Do yourself a favor and head to the forums for more images and a closer look at this amazing set up.

 


 

Gaming Update: The Old Republic 
May 9, 2009 | 12:31 PM EST | Justin2

 


Fans of the ever popular KOTOR games can look forward to an all new troop design in the upcoming game from Lucasarts, The Old Republic.

Looks like the game is coming together smoothly and will offer something for all fans of Star Wars games. After all, not all heroes carry lightsabers… some just have the will to fight.

 


 

New Clone Wars Commanders Surface
May 8, 2009 | 9:23 PM EST | Jayson

The big daddies over at Rebelscum have acquired a nice selection of images showing 3 new Clone Wars style clone commanders: Thire, Gree and Bly. Each one features a removable helmet with unique head sculpts. Have a look…

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded – Rising Malevolence 
May 8, 2009 | 2:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the “Rising Malevolence” episode from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Acme Archives: Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key
May 8, 2009 | 2:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives Limited is proud to unveil this long awaited installment in their Star Wars Original Trilogy Character Key™ line: LUKE SKYWALKER. This Limited Edition Character Key will be comprised of an edition of only 750 pieces, making this a truly collectible item.

Pre-orders will begin Monday, May 11th at 11am PST with an expected ship date of 6/23/09

 


 

New Saga Legends Images
May 8, 2009 | 2:15 PM EST | Jayson

The white armored ranks at Sandtroopers.com have posted a couple carded image of the Saga Legends Ewok Diety C-3PO and Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot* in the new packaging. Take note that both of these figure feature the Eopie/Qui-Gon Jinn mailaway promo stickers Head over for a look see…

*Is it just me or is the X-Wing Pilot Luke the new Cantina Han in 2008-2009?

 


 

New Clone Wars Vehicle Images
May 8, 2009 | 11:36 AM EST | Jayson

The crew at JediInsider comes through again today with new packaging photos of the upcoming Republic Fighter Tank and Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter. Check them out!

 


 

Yakfinities #29 – TEAMS
May 8, 2009 | 12:01 AM EST | Justin2

 


The latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun, with a theme unlike any in the past – TEAMS. Each entry to be submitted must consist of two or more characters that make up a unit – whether it be rebel freedom fighters, droids, smugglers, or whatever – the entries this time around are sure to be as original as ever.

Whether you’re just now exploring the world of customizing or are a crafty veteran, there’s no reason not to roll up your sleeves and join in the latest customizing challenge after the jump!

 


 

Attention Southwestern Vader Fans
May 7, 2009 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

The Darth Vader Balloon– which is nearly 90 feet tall– and that’s just the “helmet” will be appearing at the 2009 Balloonfest in El Paso, Texas. Check out the full story here. Ads for the local balloon festival are featuring a lot of original trilogy style Vader breathing, and the classic helmet logo.

 


 

U-3PO Color Change???
May 7, 2009 | 10:56 AM EST | Jayson

I’m not sure how widespread this is yet, but it sure looks like there is variant color regarding the parts for the B-A-D U-3PO in the latest Legacy wave. This link here in the Rebelscum forum shows that U-3PO’s parts may have shifted from a bright silver color to a more muted champagne tone. The figures with this new color were found at Wal-Mart. Maybe keep an eye out to see if parts at your respective stores are making the shift as well if you’re looking to build the droid and have all the parts match. In my opinion, the new color better represents U-3PO’s color in A New Hope.

If you find these new color parts in your hunt for new figures, be sure to send in a report.

 


 

Fan Poll So To Speak…
May 7, 2009 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

So this is the question I have for you fellow collectors. It has been a long road since Hasbro / Kenner has restarted the Star Wars action figure line, with many other companies joining in. So the question…

Are you still into the hobby? If so, are you still collecting full force or is the collection more selective now?

Please, take a few moments and send me an email. I will be compiling a page with the answers so that we can all share our thoughts about how we feel about the hobby today.

Email me at hfsolo@yahoo.com

 


 

Target To Price Match Competitors
May 6, 2009 | 10:59 PM EST | Jayson

For those Star Wars collectors out there that are always on the hunt for the best deals (and who isn’t these days), soon we’ll have a new way to get the best prices we can. On May 1st, various Target stores in the Minneapolis/St Paul market started to price match competitors ads/sales. If all goes well, Target plans on taking this plan nationwide in time for the holidays.

Let us know what you think in our forums.

 


 

YakTube – Star Wars Vacation
May 6, 2009 | 9:59 PM EST | Niktom

I don’t know… maybe I’m just really looking forward to school being out and summer getting here. For your enjoyment…

Star Wars Vacation



Discuss here in the forums.

 


 

Christmas in July err…. MAY with Hallmark!
May 6, 2009 | 2:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Hallmark.com has updated their Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments section and has revealed the new Star Wars themed offerings for 2009. This year look for Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise*Luke Skywalker’s LandspeederA Deadly Duel with lights and sound featuring (Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul) and the first Clone Wars set featuring Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.

 


 

Appearing In Star Tours 2.0 Yoda May Be
May 5, 2009 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Star Tours 2.0 has some contact with Oz, Frank Oz that is. According to ScreamscapeFrank Oz has mentioned appearing at Lucas’ studios and doing some voice work for Star Tours 2.0.Check out the full story here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 5, 2009 | 7:49 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

We are having a 15% Off sale from now until Thursday May 7th at Big Bad Toy Store: – The sale will end around 3:00 Central Time on Thursday

Every item except ‘New’ and ‘Pre-order / Backorder’ is on sale at 15% off our current pricing. We’ve just removed the ‘New’ designation from over 1000 products, including many GI Joe, Transformers, Anime and other lines.

To take advantage of the sale pricing, just browse through any of your favorite menus and the sale icon will be displayed. It’s been over 6 months since we’ve had an across the board sale like this, so be sure to take advantage of the extra savings on thousands of in-stock items as well as items in the Vintage Department. Check it all out here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Fanboys on DVD w/Exclusive Prequel Comic
May 5, 2009 | 4:11 PM EST | Jayson

Driven by passion, friendship and the power of the Force, four buddies hit the road in search of a galaxy far, far away in Fanboys — A raucous road trip comedy fueled by heart and an untainted love of the greatest movie saga of all time, Fanboys follows a group of Star Wars fans as they hilariously attempt the impossible. Their mad plan: to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to see The Phantom Menace a full six months before its worldwide release.

The Fanboys DVD comes loaded with special features including:

– Deleted Scenes
– Commentary with the Cast and Crew
– The Truth about Fanboys
– Star Wars Parallel
– Four Fanboys and One Fangirl
– The Choreography
– Disturbances in the Force: A Series of Webisodes

Also included with your purchase is a Fanboys prequel comic book that’s only available at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

SWAN Episode 193: Blow-Up Amidala
May 5, 2009 | 1:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


In May 1999, Star Wars returned to theaters triumphantly with The Phantom Menace. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of that movie, Star Wars Action News is reviewing merchandise from that very hyped film. This week, we look at the blow-up Queen Amidala chair, one in a series of five inflatable chairs made for the movie.

And remember, you have until May 11th to get us YOUR Phantom Memories. Tell us about your first time seeing the movie, your experience buying tickets, your toy buying, your favorite memory or your favorite toy for that time. We will be playing the best stories on our 10th Anniversary show later this month. Send an MP3 to show@swactionnews.com or leave a message on our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI.

Also on this week’s show, we talk about Wave 2 of Marbs, review the Jabba’s Palace and Scramble on Yavin Battle Packs, and TheGingerPrince updates us on collecting in the UK.

With a Hasbro Star Wars Toy Q&A and more, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Group Project – Summer 2009
May 5, 2009 | 11:32 AM EST | Justin2

Over the years, customizers in the Star Wars community have come together for a total of 15 Group Projects and even put together one gigantic Ultimate Group Project that was on display at Celebration IV.

These projects are always done in the spirit of bringing the customizing community together. Through these customizers share techniques, promote friendships and help improve our customizing skills.

This summer, Yakface forum customizers will be joining forces once again in another Group Project, and the theme will be up to YOU to decide. So head on over to the forums and help us choose afterthe jump!

 


 

New Clone Wars & Legacy Vehicles Images
May 5, 2009 | 6:50 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a few new images showing off the latest vehicles in the Clone Wars and Legacy lines. Head on over for images of Wedge Antilles X-Wing Fighter and Astromech, Anakin’s Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter, and the ultra cool Vulture Droid!

The folks at JediDefender received some of these images as well plus a closer look at the MagnaGuard Starfighter.

 


 

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
May 4, 2009 | 9:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Chronicle Books will showcase the incredible art and creativity generated for the smash hit television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a new 288-page hardcover. Featuring more than 400 pieces of concept art and exclusive interviews — including a sneak peek at Season II — The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars presents the story’s development through the eyes of the animators, sketch artists, writers, designers, producers, and directors.

The book is slated for general release this fall, but fans will have a chance to get a copy this summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

Head to StarWars.com for more!

 


 

2009 Star Wars Weekends Merchandise Images
May 4, 2009 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

The Offical Site has updated with a feature on this year’s 2009 Star Wars Weekends Merchandise along with lots of images, including some very nice T-shirts. Check it out here.

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz: Happy Star Wars Day
May 4, 2009 | 11:08 AM EST | Jayson

To celebrate Star Wars Day, Andrew’s Toyz will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all IN STOCK purchases from today through May 9th. Just order $100 or more of in stock items and wish us a Happy Star Wars Day in the comments field during checkout. Once we process your order, we will deduct the shipping and handling from your order. You will not see the promotional offer applied to your order during checkout. Offer only valid on new purchases shipped via FedEx Ground within the lower 48 USA. Offer excludes FX Lightsabers and pre-order items.

Hurry and order soon….offer ends Friday! Check out the full newsletter here.

 


 

New Items at TRU.com
May 4, 2009 | 8:31 AM EST | Mark

Now available over at TRU online you can pick up the following…


Legacy Collection Previews Exclusive Droid Series Pirate TIE Fighter
 
Diamond Select Ultimate 1:4 Scale Action Figures – Obi Wan Kenobi & Hoth Han Solo
 
The Clone Wars Hailfire Droid w/General Griveous and V-Wing Fighter w/Clone Pilot

Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Pack
 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Vader’s Quest
May 4, 2009 | 1:20 AM EST | Justin2

 


Back in February Yakface reader jlw515 introduced a new photonovel to the forums with the first chapter in his Vader’s Quest series, and now comes charging through the gate again with his second installment, Executor.

If you’re a fan of the OT, this series is for you – so pull up a chair, kick back and check out his latest chapter!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Half Price Hook Up This Week
May 3, 2009 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has add the May 2009 PRE-ORDER items. New Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by May 8th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half when processing your order.

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card Set

IN STOCK – Half Off Hook Up:
Jabba´s Dancers – Item code TP5325 – Your price $7.50
Purchase of the Droids – Item code TP5323 – Your price $7.50
Cantina Showdown – Item code TP5213 – Your price $4.99
Cantina Aliens – Item code TP5433 – Your price $7.50
Jabba’s Skiff Guards – Item code TP5433 – Your price $4.99
C-3PO with Coin – Item code TP5289 – Your price $6.00
Princess Leia in Endor Gear – Coin – Item code TP5288 – Your price $6.00

 


 

Yakfinities Roundup Report
May 3, 2009 | 9:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


The 28th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has concluded, and the winner declared! Yakface forum members contributed a whopping 26 customs for the latest challenge – Organic Separatists.

Head on over to the forums and check out the wide range of entries and see who the ultimate winner was after the jump!

 


 

Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ On Sale
May 3, 2009 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

The Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ is now on sale for a limited time. 25% off. Now $375…

Also starting today…

Place an order through LEGOshop.com on May 3rd or May 4th and you will receive an exclusive LEGO® Star Wars™ poster, each individually numbered up to 15,000, celebrating the LEGO Star Wars 10th Anniversary and featuring over 160 minifigures that have appeared in a LEGO Star Wars set in the last 10 years. You will also automatically be entered to win a first-edition LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ – number 5, 6 or 7.*!

 


 

Building U-3PO Through Repacks
May 2, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Jayson

 


In case some of you weren’t too thrilled with some of the figures in the latest TLC “Empire” wave, here is a quick guide to picking up the B.A.D. parts you might need for U-3PO through the purchase of repack (carry-forward) figures.

GH1 Battle Damaged Darth Vader (TFU): Head
GH2 Kashyyyk Trooper: Torso
BD17 Clone Trooper (Coruscant Landing Platform): Left Leg
BD22 Imperial Engineer: Right Leg
BD33 Jawa/WED Treadwell: Left Arm
BD34 Obi-Wan Kenobi: Right Arm

 


 

The Story of NoApaak
May 2, 2009 | 7:58 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Han’s Hideout have received a heartwarming story via their QnA this week regarding the name of a previously unheard of Ewok named “NoApaak” due later this year. Give it a read.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 1, 2009 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW PREORDERS
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STAR WARS 1/4 SCALE PREMIUM FORMAT COUNT DOOKU
The Count Dooku Premium Format figure captures every detail of the corrupted former Jedi, standing confidently with his uniquely curved lightsaber drawn. Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Figure.

STAR WARS EXCLUSIVE DISTURBANCE AT LARS HOMESTEAD BOX SET
This cool playset features the Moisture Farm and 4 characters. Check it all out here.

 


 

Star Wars NOW SHOOTING
May 1, 2009 | 8:09 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, it looks like Lucas has begun filming, in relative secret but it’s not for the TV show, it’s for Star Tours 2.0 at Disney… and the digital film is rolling in California! Check out the details here. Thanks to Blueharvest for the heads-up!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 66th Edition
May 1, 2009 | 6:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 4/10. Answers this week cover: old figure and vehicle molds, new Build-A-Droids and what’s with the orange flightsuit Corran Horn figure?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

‘Excessive Force’ Art Exhibit Opens Today
May 1, 2009 | 1:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


This exhibit features a series of acrylic paintings by artist Gary Peters Jr. depicting Star Wars characters in a new way. There’s a story behind each image. People are familiar with the characters in each portrait, but the way in which the image is presented is fun and different.

“Excessive Force,” paintings by Gary Peters Jr., opens today and runs through Friday, June 26. A public reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is on display in the Wright Gallery at 116 E. Third St., Jamestown, NY.

Visit The Post-Journal website for more. And if anyone lives in the area and attends the showing, feel free to email in your impressions of them.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded Premieres Tonight
May 1, 2009 | 1:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded kicks off tonight featuring the first of 22 enhanced episodes from season one. Using text windows to provide in-the-moment insights into all aspects of the sweeping galactic conflict — from trivia to background on characters and storylines —Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It starts tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Spanish Clone Wars
May 1, 2009 | 1:22 PM EST | Jayson

 


Timed to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, StarWars.com is now featuring — for a limited time — streaming Spanish-language episodes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The hit weekly series has previously been unavailable online in alternate languages. Five episodes — Ambush, Trespass, Dooku Captured, The Gungan General and Hostage Crisis — will be available online from May 1 through May 7.

Also to commemorate the holiday — which celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 defeat of invading French forces — StarWars.com will feature an assortment of related content highlighting the Mexican Star Wars fan experience, as well as kid-friendly cultural activities, crafts, Spanish-language multimedia and more.

“We thought it would be a fun experiment to bring the Spanish-language version of The Clone Wars to our online audience in celebration of Cinco de Mayo,” said Bill Gannon, Director of Online Operations for Lucasfilm. “To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, we are taking our first step into a larger world.”

 


 

Celebrate 10 LEGO Star Wars Years
May 1, 2009 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at LEGO.com they have posted a teaser for what appears to be a special announcement coming May 3rd at 12:01 AM. although it doesn’t say which time zone. Stay tuned.

 


 

JediCon WV 2009
May 1, 2009 | 7:00 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just Announced!! Back for a sixth year!:

We would like to invite any “local” collectors ( WV, OH, PA ) and even those not so local to attend JEDICON WV, a Star Wars convention located in a small rural town here in the Mountain state.

We have continued to have this show over the past few years and have grown to where we have to seek a larger venue. We have participation from local groups and some from as far away as VA and DC (the DCSWCC to be precise).

We are pleased to announce that the show will be on October 10th, 2009 and will be held at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum (toyandtrain.com) in Wheeling WV! So,with that in mind if anyone here would like to attend, set-up a table or anything else for this year’s show please let me know.

All proceeds from the silent auction, food sales and a portion of the admission costs will benefit Childrens Miracle Network.

Head to Jediconwv.net and our forums for more details and if you have any questions feel free to send a PM to forum member “Big Mac”.

April 2009 Archive

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 39 Emperor Palpatine
April 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of next figure in the second Legacy Collection wave for 2009: Emperor Palpatine.

As a nod to the monkey-face Emperor from the original theatrical release, this latest version is a slight modification of the super articulated Evolution figure featuring ghoulish facial deco, modified Sith robe and a new plastic hood that really makes this figure shine Also included are his signature gnarled cane and lightsaber. The Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept continues on with this figure as it includes the torso of protocol droid U-3PO from A New Hope.

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

 


 

Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack Found
April 22, 2009 | 11:23 AM EST | Justin2

The hunt continues for new figures as Yakface forum memberTradeFederationSympathy
just scored the latest Legacy Battle Pack at his local Target. Be on the lookout for this great looking set and check out his find after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 38 Luke Skywalker
April 22, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of first figure in the second Legacy Collection wave for 2009: Luke Skywalker.

After his fateful duel with Darth Vader and his rescue from Bespin, Luke Skywalker recovers on board the Rebel Alliance’s medical frigate where he receives his new cybernetic hand. This figure is a kit bashed creation that utilizes most of the parts from the VOTC Luke, the new parts consisting of new shins and feet, a new head sculpt* and the cybernetic right forearm. The flesh portions of this figure are molded in a tan plastic versus the pinkish color as the VOTC figure had which greatly improves the overall look of this sculpt. He features a removable medical gown, lightsaber and communicator. The Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept continues on with this figure as it includes the head of protocol droid U-3PO from A New Hope.

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

*Note to customizers: The head on this Luke swaps effortlessly with the current VOTC/Droidfactory/Legends X-Wing Pilot Luke if the existing head doesn’t “do it” for you. The helmet fits over this new head as well.

 


 

Gentle Giant QnA with Gentle Giant Collectors
April 22, 2009 | 6:45 AM EST | Jayson

The team from Gentle Giant Ltd. was kind enough to answer a ton of questions Gentle Giant Collectors had about a broad spectrum of products and also let us know a few tidbits that have not been announced beforehand as well as a sneak peek at the Hoth Leia Mini Bust. Head over for details. (Forum log in required.)

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 27 Kit Fisto
April 22, 2009 | 12:08 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of last figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting Kit Fisto.

Kit Fisto, the Nautolan Jedi we were first introduced to during the Battle of Geonosis, returns in the Clone Wars series in the “Lair of General Grievous” episode. When I saw this episode I was hoping for a great action figure version, but he fails on a few important areas. First off, on my figure, one leg is longer than the other which makes for a heck of a time getting him to stand especially when the jet pack is attached. Secondly the lack of leg articulation really hampers any type of dynamic action posing making for a rather statuesque pose, when you can get him to stand of course. On the flipside, he does have decent arm articulation and the head sculpt is very well done and captures his wry smile nicely. Surprisingly, he fits in both the Delta 7 and Delta 7B “Clone Wars” style Jedi Starfighters pretty well.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 26 Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps)
April 21, 2009 | 11:28 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of next figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper as they appeared in the episodes “Bombad Jedi” and “Cloak of Darkness”.

Members of the 41st Elite Corps are led by Clone Commander Gree and Jedi General Luminara Unduli and are specially equipped for jungle warfare on worlds like Rodia and Kashyyyk. This figure is a repaint of the 212th Attack Battalion Clone Trooper and features a green deco. He includes the standard DC-17 blaster and a very cool firing missile launcher/gatling gun. I’ll definitely be adding a few more of these to the collection – the forthcoming Gree figure will need troops to lead after all.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 25 Rocket Battle Droid
April 21, 2009 | 11:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of next figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting the Rocket Battle Droid as they appeared in the episode “Rising Malevolence”.

These special battle droids specialize in working in the vacuum of space and are equipped with a maneuvering jet pack, a external lamp mounted on the droid’s head as well as having a special cutting torch outfitted to their arms for boarding captured ships and escape pods. The figure itself is a retooled version of the standard battle droid this time featuring a removable rocket pack and unique arm and head sculpts. He includes the standard issue battle droid blaster and a firing “boarding claw” weapon taking design cues from the pod hunters from the aforementioned episode. A decent figure overall but you’ll want to get him out of the package right away to curb any further warping the legs tend to have from being packed in the bubble too long.

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

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 21, 2009 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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NEW HASBRO STAR WARS LISTINGS – We’ve listed a variety of new figures, battle packs, vehicels, and toys, take a look at these:
–DELUXE SIZE Y-WING & ARC-170
–CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 7
–STAR WARS COMIC TWO-PACKS 2009 WAVE 2 CASE
–STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS 2009 WAVE 3
–JEDI & SITH LIGHTSABERS
–VEHICLE FIGURE PACKS SERIES 2 SET, SINGLES

OFFICIAL STAR WARS CARDED FIGURE PROTECTIVE CASES & FIGURE STANDS
These stands and bases come directly from Hasbro, they will protect and display many different types of Star Wars figures

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVES 1 & 2
These waves of Mighty Muggs will not be available at mass market stores, Hasbro has made them ‘direct mareket’ exclusives. We’ve stocked up on wave 1 and 2 – each new assortment contains 4 brand new figures and is available at $49.99

PREMIUM FORMAT 1/4 SCALE SLAVE LEIA
This beautiful piece stands around 17″ tall and features Leia in the sexiest costume of the original trilogy – in stock now at $234.99

Check it all out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 24 Jar Jar Binks
April 21, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of first figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting Jar Jar Binks as he appeared in the episode “Bombad Jedi”.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a Jar Jar figure at retail, which is a good thing to some collectors, but this all new version is the best thus far. Jar Jar, while limited in leg articulation, has a lot of poseability elsewhere with ball joint shoulders, elbows, torso and neck. He also has a ball socket head and ankles (note the removable feet) and swivel forearms. The only included accessory (aside from the removable neck scarf) is the Jedi robe which features a wire rimmed neck. The only real issue with the figure is that due to his large ears, posing of the hood over the head can be a little awkward, but overall another excellent release for this popular line.

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

 


 

New Disney/Star Wars Merchandise for Star Wars Weekends 2009 and Beyond
April 20, 2009 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

At this past weekend’s FX! International Show, a Disney products panel was held, hosted by Disney product developer Brad Schoeneberg, in which new merchandise was revealed for the upcoming Star Wars Weekends event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Highlights include: Spinner pins, Exclusive Potato Heads, the Jedi Training Academy Set, Disney Racers with Vintage Style Darth Vader Carry Case and more!

Head over to the Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog for the full details.

 


 

Walmart Exclusive LEGO® Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon
April 20, 2009 | 4:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


Fans of the galaxy’s fastest “hunk of junk” can look forward to an all-new Midi-scale edition of Han Solo’s legendary Millennium Falcon from The LEGO Group this summer, and only Walmart’s getting them!

The 356-piece set includes rotating guns both top and bottom, and rotating radar dish. Of course, savvy LEGO builders can add their own “special modifications” to the hull — this is LEGO building after all!

Head to StarWars.com for the full details.

 


 

Episode 191: The Mother of All Shopping Lists
April 20, 2009 | 3:04 PM EST | Jayson

 


Many collectors know Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins. From their collecting panels at Star Wars Fan Days and at Star Wars Celebration to the website The Star Wars Collector’s Archive, these two supercollectors are experts in Star Wars collecting. And now they have released a definitive Star Wars price guide and collectibles’ list, Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles. On this week’s Star Wars Action News, we sit down with Gus and Duncan to talk about their collecting hobbies and this new book.

Also this week we talk about the 3-D Star Wars Kites from Go Fly A Kite and play a listener’s rebuttal, claiming the Star Wars Expanded Universe IS accessible to new readers.

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

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

 


 

SDCC “Smiley” Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot
April 20, 2009 | 11:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at SirStevesGuide have turned up a nice shot of the upcoming SDCC Exclusive X-wing Pilot Luke Skywalker over in their forums. Head on over for a peek, then discuss your thoughts on “smiley” in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Half Price Hook Up This Week
April 19, 2009 | 8:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by April 25th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed

IN STOCK – Half Off Hook Up:
Boba Fett Electronic – item code TY0112
Princess Leia Hoth Gear – item code TY0103
C-3PO w/Removable Limbs – item code TY0137
Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece figure – item code TY0114
Cantina Showdown – item code TP5213
3D Jabbas Palace w/Han Carbonite – item code TV0083
Admiral Motti – item code TR1213
Classic Edition 4-Pack – item code TP5043
Oola & Salacious Crumb – item code TP5253
Imperial Speeder Bike w/Biker Scout – item code TV0011

Pre-Order – April 24th, 2009
Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Chubby Figure
Ewok Chubby Figures
Luke Skywalker Chubby Figures
Pilots Chubby Figures
Princess Leia Chubby Figures
Snowtrooper Mini-Bust
Support our Troops Messenger Bag
CMG Jedi Academy Booster Pack

 


 

ESB Wave Spreading
April 18, 2009 | 7:42 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Yakreader Michael chimes back in with another great find. Not only did he snag that cheap Sarlacc BP for $11.01, yesterday he found the TLC Empire Strikes Back wave at his Albany, Oregon Target store. Check out his finds by clicking the images above.

Nice score Mike!

 


 

Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker™
April 17, 2009 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark

 

Now available to order over at Lego:

Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
Flying through the skies of hostile planets, the Republic LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier) Dropship swoops down and deploys the AT-OT (All Terrain Open Transport) troop carrier for attacks on Separatist strongholds. Dropship features an opening cockpit, rotating front and rear cannons, auto-firing missiles and armament bay, and a fold-away handle on top. AT-OT features poseable legs, rotating cannons, crew compartment with weapon racks, and folding cockpit and boarding ramp. Drop ship automatically locks onto walker, then releases it with the push of a switch! Also works with #7675 AT-TE Walker.

 


 

Pre-Order LOTR today
April 17, 2009 | 9:00 AM EST | Mark

Over at they have the new diorama of the Ringwraiths attacking Frodo. It is available for priority pre-order today at 10am PST.

Also available in stock now is the 12″ Stormtrooper and many other items.

 


 

Ultimate Battle Packs for $11.00
April 16, 2009 | 8:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yakreader Michael ran across a heck of a deal today on the Ultimate Battle Packs. He managed to pick up one for a mere $11.01 at his Albany, Oregon Target. Take a closer look…

 


 

1001… and Counting!
April 16, 2009 | 5:54 PM EST | Justin2

Each day you check, the number continues to climb… and now Adam Pawlus atGalactichunter.com has reviewed over one thousand Star Wars figures. Hats off to Adam for the insightful reviews and “grand” dedication!

 


 

OT – Star Trek and Terminator 3-3/4″ Figures Hitting Retail
April 16, 2009 | 5:41 PM EST | Justin2

If you’re a Star Trek or Terminator fan, you may be interested in the new line of figures for each upcoming film that Playmates has just released at retail.

Both feature a 3-3/4″ line in scale with Hasbro’s Star Wars figures – so even if neither line really interests you, you might still find some good parts for custom fodder out of these for your Star Wars collections.

Head on over to the forums for some more information on these new lineshere.

 


 

Clone Wars Tri-Lingual Figures Now at TRU
April 16, 2009 | 1:27 PM EST | Jayson

Looks like K-Mart isn’t the only retailer receiving the first 8 Clone Wars tri-lingual figures as I found several cases of these figure hanging from the pegs at my local Toys R Us.

Again, the figures themselves are the same as their English only counterparts*, but these all share an identical multi-language (English, French and Spanish) card back and unique bubble insert. Within the packaging, you’ll find a tri-lingual text insert containing the figure’s character description and a foldout 30th Anniversary product guide.

*To clarify, the Rex and Clone Trooper are of the battle-damaged/dirty deco variety and Rex has the dark blue flashes on his armor versus the newer light blue coloration.

 


 

RiffTrax presents: The Empire Strikes Back
April 15, 2009 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson

 


Your favorite sand-phobic, midichlorian-rich super villain is back! And this time his capes are even more fabulous, his thigh-high Uggs resplendent like never before, and his burnt chicken head cloaked in the shiniest plastic helmet yet! And if that wasn’t enough, Mike, Kevin and Bill are pleased to be joined by Darth Vader’s bellicose but lovable brother Chad! Yes, the movie that gave us one of cinema’s most startling revelations, and perhaps the most memorable silver screen quote ever (“I thought that hairy beast would be the end of me”) gets the RiffTrax treatment.

Lots of laughs. Lots of Chad Vader. And no pod racing.

This RiffTrax uses the Special Edition version of the film. If you have it on DVD, you have the right version.

Brought to you by the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000

 


 

Episode 190: Ha$$$$$bro
April 14, 2009 | 1:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


Perhaps we are getting old when we have to be told by Hasbro employees that “the value of a dollar isn’t what it used to be” but that doesn’t make the increasing cost of Hasbro Star Wars toys any easier for collectors’ pocket books. With 3.75″ figures ranging from $8 to $13 at retail, Ugnaughts downsized from two per pack to one per pack, and vehicle rereleases costing nearly double what they used to, collectors dollars are getting stretched thinner and thinner, and in this economy it is not what collectors need. We tackle this hard issue this week on Star Wars Action News, looking at some new Toys R Us exclusive repacks that aren’t the value of the original packs, and with a Hasbro Q&A asking about cost, quality of figures, and quantity of figures.

We also look at some other sites’ Hasbro Q&As where information is revealed about Hasbro’s collector market, and the fact that the new packaging will see the first change in 3.75″ figure card sizes in Star Wars’ 32 year history.

With a look at the latest Star Wars Minis expansion, Imperial Entanglements, and a vintage review of 4-LOM (Or is it Zuckuss?) it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

UPDATE: “Torrent Company” Jet Pack Troopers
April 14, 2009 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


As rumored by Rebelscum a couple weeks ago, EntertainmentEarth has listed a new multi-pack called “Clone Wars Clone Troopers with Jet Packs”. The description reads:

“Clone Troopers are armed to the teeth, and now they can fly too! This set of Clone Trooper action figures includes jet packs which make your battles all the more fun!”

– Fly big with jetpacks!
– Fly Clones into battle!
– Just like in The Clone Wars.
– Anakin figure included.

My guess is this will be a “Torrent Company” themed pack pulled from the Clone Wars movie’s Battle of Christophsis with jetpack versions of Captain Rex, a clone trooper or two and obviously Anakin Skywalker.

Stay tuned for more details as they’re made available.

UPDATE: Looks like I way over judged the coolness of this set as it looks to resemble nothing from from the film or the series thus far. JediInsider has posted a preview of a lone clone trooper with a winged jetpack.

 


 

April Frenzy Contests!!!
April 13, 2009 | 9:15 PM EST | Brandon

 

READERS, DON’T FORGET!!!


There’s still one week left to enter our Star Wars Egg Decorating Contest! The rules are quite simple! Take any egg (play-doh, plastic, etc.) and decorate it up all Star Wars! We have many awesome eggs already in! And remember one lucky winner will win….

A TARGET OR WAL-MART $20.00 GIFT CARD!!! You can’t get an awesome prize like that anywhere else!!! Just think of the figures you could get and not have to pay for them! Plus two lucky runner-ups will receive a free figure from Wal-Mart.com!!! So don’t waste! Get over to our forums now to enter!!!


Captain Pierce is also hosting an awesome Ultimate Jedi Customizing Contest right now! The winner will receive 30,000 YAKPoints to use in our next month’s (May) auctions!!! Jump over the the contest now!!!

 


 

New Star Wars Disney Goodies
April 13, 2009 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have updated with a story on the latest Disney licensed Star Wars merchandise. If you’re a fan of SW bobbleheads or stormtroopers wearing, erm, mouse ears, check it out here.

 


 

Froobi Deal of the Day: Clone Trooper Collector’s Edition Cookie Jar
April 13, 2009 | 3:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


Based on Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, these high quality Clone Trooper Cookie Jars will look great anywhere.

Made of tempered ceramic, they are hand painted, then covered in a high gloss clear coat finish. By removing the helmet you open the jar for storage.

Orig. $49.99
Today Only $19.99

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 65th Edition
April 10, 2009 | 6:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 3/20. Answers this week cover: repacks in the TLC line, trooper helmet issues and is there an MTT on the horizon?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

TRU: Buy One, Get One Half Off Lego Sale
April 10, 2009 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

If you’re looking to increase your Star Wars Lego collection, Toys R Us is currently having a Buy One, Get One Half Off Sale. This sale is good in-store only and lasts through tomorrow (4/11). Free or discounted item must be equal or lesser value. No rain checks.

 


 

New OLD Indy For Pre-Order
April 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM EST | Mark

Up now for pre-order… the older Indy Premium Figure. Man did they NAIL this likeness…

 


 

Beyond Droids…
April 9, 2009 | 12:02 AM EST | Justin2

 


With a few weeks left in April, there’s still plenty of time to add a submission to the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. Head on over to the forums and submit your own creation, or just check out some of the great Organic Separatists that have been entered so far after the jump!

 


 

Limited Edition Marc Ecko Star Wars Gear
April 8, 2009 | 5:05 PM EST | Jayson

Looking to improve your ‘Wars wear? ShopEcko.com has several fashionable Star Wars hoodies and t-shirts available and as a bonus you get free shipping on orders over $100.00.

 


 

It’s Survey Time Again
April 7, 2009 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

As we’ve seen several times before over the years, the Official Site wants your feedback on what Star Wars.com provides to fans, the future of it’s subscriber only content, Hyperspace and more. If you want to complete the quick survey,Check it out here.

 


 

Fanboys on DVD May 19
April 7, 2009 | 9:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


Driven by passion, friendship and the power of the Force, four buddies hit the road in search of a galaxy far, far away in FANBOYS … A raucous road trip comedy fueled by heart and an untainted love of the greatest movie saga of all time, FANBOYS follows a group of Star Wars fans as they hilariously attempt the impossible. Their mad plan: to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to see Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace a full six months before its worldwide release.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details…

 


 

Clone Wars DVD Retailer Exclusive Bonuses
April 7, 2009 | 9:00 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates today with info regarding special retailer exclusive “bonus” items included with the new Clone Wars “A Galaxy Divided” DVDs. Walmart versions include an extra episode: “Downfall of a Droid”, Best Buys versions include embroidered Yoda patch and Toys R Us versions include a full-color poster.

 


 

Episode 189: Ultimate Star Wars Easter Basket
April 7, 2009 | 6:38 AM EST | Jayson

 


For many years it seems that Star Wars licensed Easter items had been lacking, but this year Target and Toys R Us have combined to rectify that. More than just the usual dye kit, this year we get two egg dye kits, one with a kit to make a giant TIE Fighter egg! Plus easter baskets, easter buckets, Easer Eggs filled with candy and Jake character art, special Legos, and more. This week on Star Wars Action News we build the ultimate Star Wars Easter Basket for a 3 year old and give tips how you could modify this for kids of all ages.

Also this week, we discuss the Star Wars items you can buy from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson (Jesus Juice not included) and we listen to your voicemails on new Force Unleashed figures found at Toys R Us, misprints on Topps Galaxy 4 Series cards, and one listener’s recent purchase of a life sized Star Wars item!

Also, we are still gathering voicemails and recordings of your Episode I memories. We want to know your favorite memory, funniest story, or just your experience of buying toys for Episode I or seeing the movie. You can send MP3s to show@reviewstarwars.com or call our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI. Your story may be played on our 10th anniversary Phantom Menace show.

Finally, on a serious note, on this show we send good thoughts to our friend and Star Wars author Aaron Allston who had quadruple bypass surgery last week. You can send well-wishes to Aaron at:

Aaron Allston
c/o Del Rey Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Updates on Aaron’s status and information on how you can help donate blood can be found at http://www.aaronallston.info.

We at Star Wars Action News wish Aaron the very best. Get well soon!

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

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

 


 

Fan Boys On A Small Screen Near You
April 6, 2009 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Have you been to check out Fan Boys yet, well if you’re planning to add this spoof on our favorite hobby to your video library, or just waiting for the DVD to see it, our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with a list of all the goodies slated for the home edition– including deleted scenes. Check it all out here.

 


 

April Wattographs Autograph Signings:
Anthony Daniels & Zuraya Hamilton!

April 5, 2009 | 4:05 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is please to announce our private autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actors, Anthony Daniels and Zuraya Hamilton!

Anthony Daniels is the man behind the golden droid C-3PO! Daniels has been involved with his character since the beginning including all 6 films and adding his voice to the hit series ‘Clone Wars’ on Cartoon Network! He will be signing fans’ personal items and a standard photo of Threepio from “A New Hope”.

Zuraya Hamilton portrayed jedi knight, Khaat Qyin in “Attack of the Clones.” Hamilton worked behind the camera during filming and stepped in as the jedi in the Geonosis Arena and a Rodian Senator. She will be signing photos provided by OfficialPix.com and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends April 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items for Anthony Daniels need to arrive with Scott by April 21 st. Items for Zuraya Hamilton need to arrive with Scott by May 1st. Please contact Wattographs with any questions, photo selection and full signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Yakface.com Forums Frenzy Continues!
April 5, 2009 | 4:03 PM EST | Brandon

 

Don’t Forget!!!

All month long YAKFACE.com is celebrating Spring! You can join in on the frenzy by visiting our forums and registering to participate in discussions, events, and more!

We have some great auctions going on this month where we will be giving away some awesome prizes! We also have a great Egg Decorating Contest going on until April 20th!!! We urge all our readers to join in on the frenzy today! It’s never too late!!!

Jump over to the forums for more info on the frenzy!

 


 

Star Wars Legos on Sale this Week at Target
April 5, 2009 | 9:39 AM EST | Jayson

Target looks like the place to be this week if your looking for a few bargains on the latest Lego sets. Look for markdowns on the Darth Vader TIE Fighter, The Rogue Shadow, Hyena Sroid Bomber, Republic Attack Shuttle, AT-TE, Trade Federation AAT and more.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Various Clone Wars Tri-Lingual Figures
April 2, 2009 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with four* tri-lingual carded figures in theClone Wars line.

While the figures themselves are the same as their English only counterparts,AnakinObi-WanGeneral Grievous and the Battle Droid here all share an identical multi-language (English, French and Spanish) card back and unique bubble insert. Within the packaging, you’ll find a tri-lingual text insert containing the figure’s character description and a foldout 30th Anniversary product guide.

Head to the toyguide to see if these figures are worth adding to your collection.

*The first eight Clone Wars figures have been found recently in the U.S. at K-Mart stores.

 


 

Star Wars Insider # 108
April 2, 2009 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Titan Publishing is sending out Email with teasers on Insider # 108. If you haven’t gotten one in your in your in box, here’s the rundown:

The man behind one of movie history’s most iconic characters speaks in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider. David Prowse revisits his Darth Vader memories.

Insider’s unrivalled coverage of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues with interviews with stars Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein (Anakin and Ahsoka), while editor Jason Tucker talks about keeping the pace on the show!

Plus, Star Wars skin art, 1997 revisited, and an interview with Femi Taylor, the actress who played Jabba’s favorite dancer, Oola.

 


 

TFU 3 Packs Resurface at TRU
April 2, 2009 | 3:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection 3 Packs (Darth Vader w/2 Incinerator Troopers and Emperor Palpatine w/2 Shadow Stormtroopers) that were previously released as Wal-Mart exclusives have resurfaced today this time at Toys R Us for $19.99.

Update: Thanks to Justin for the quick camera phone shot of the set at his store.

 


 

Creature Cantina: 8 Years and Still Sucking
April 1, 2009 | 11:22 PM EST | Jayson

Eight years ago today, CreatureCantina.com was launched and the suck that is the internet has never been the same. If you haven’t yet, head on over to get details on their celebratory contest with prizes from übercollector Gus Lopez, Brian’s Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and if you’re lucky… an original Bill Cable drawing.

 


 

New Star Wars Pieces from Acme Archives
April 1, 2009 | 9:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives updates today with the announcement of the next gorgeous piece from acclaimed artist Tsuneo Sanda entitled “Lovely Leia”. This newest work will be available for order Tuesday, April 7th printed on velvet paper and hand signed by the artist.

Be on the lookout for the next piece from artist Christian Waggoner coming later this month!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 1, 2009 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 5
A nice looking wave that includes Padme, Space Clone Trooper,Magna Guard Droid, Jar Jar (Jedi Robe), Battle Droid (Jet Pack), Clone Trooper (New Deco – Green), Kit Fisto. Sets, Singles & Cases are available

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 5 INTERNET EXCLUSIVE CASE
This case gives you one 2x Space Trooper and one each of 10 other figures from wave 5. Parts to build extra droids are included and the case is in stock now at $99.99

FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – OBI-WAN, DARTH VADER, LUKE (BLUE)
We’ve restocked all the Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers, Luke is available at $109.99 and all the rest are $99.99

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS FIGURES WAVE 6
We don’t have any images of the new figures yet – but take a look at the case listing here for info on the latest wave of Animated figures. Check it all out here.

 


 

Clone Wars AT-CT (All-Terrain Clone Turret) Revealed
April 1, 2009 | 7:43 AM EST | Jayson

 


It looks there will be one more vehicle on the horizon before the packaging switch over. The Clone Wars AT-CT (All-Terrain Clone Turret) is slated to fit in the mid-size vehicle assortment and will be a Target Exclusive for a late spring/early summer release.Click here for a closer look.

 


 

Yakface Forums Announces April Frenzy!
April 1, 2009 | 12:02 AM EST | Brandon

 

Incoming Transmission…..
News is spreading throughout the galaxy that the bounty hunter, Yakface, has gotten loose and is causing chaos throughout the Yakface.com forums. Throughout the whole month of April registered members are asked to keep an eye out for diabolical Yakface activity in the forums. Rumor has it numerous events ranging from auctions, contests, and more will be unleashed upon the forum community.

We ask that you take cover and watch out as the frenzy begins!

Jump over to the forums for more info on the frenzy!

March 2009 Archive

Yakface Forums Announces April Frenzy!
March 31, 2009 | 11:02 PM CST | Brandon

 

Incoming Transmission…..
News is spreading throughout the galaxy that the bounty hunter, Yakface, has gotten loose and is causing chaos throughout the Yakface.com forums. Throughout the whole month of April registered members are asked to keep an eye out for diabolical Yakface activity in the forums. Rumor has it numerous events ranging from auctions, contests, and more will be unleashed upon the forum community.

We ask that you take cover and watch out as the frenzy begins!

Jump over to the forums for more info on the frenzy!

 


 

Need Your Animated Clone Wars Fix?
March 31, 2009 | 8:31 PM CST | Bill

An Extra $40 bux have you? Then download the full season on Itunes you can! Check out all the info in the Official Site here.

 


 

Basic Figures On Sale at K-Mart 
March 31, 2009 | 7:45 PM CST | Jayson

If you’re lucky enough to have a K-Mart in your area you might want to make a trip over there as they have their basic Legacy and Clone Wars figures on sale for $4.99. Now that’s a price I’ve not heard in a long time… a long time.

 


 

Episode 188: Aaron Allston: Outcast
March 31, 2009 | 3:12 PM CST | Jayson

 


The latest Star Wars book arc from Del Rey, Fate of the Jedi, launched last week with the book Outcast by Aaron Allston and in the galaxy far, far away things are changing quite a bit from the days of the movies. This week on Star Wars Action News Aaron Allston is here to talk to us about this new series, and to look back on the Legacy of the Force series.

Also this week we look at Star Wars tattoos in eggs, review some recent comic pack finds, and review some select questions from other sites’ Hasbro Q&As.

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

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

 


 

New AT-ST Coming in October?
March 31, 2009 | 11:08 AM CST | Justin2

Our allies at Rebelscum.com are reporting that a new AT-ST might be headed our way this Fall.

However, you may be a disappointed with some of the details… head on over to the forums and share your thoughts on this rumor here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #7 
March 30, 2009 | 10:25 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for our week long Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to Alex C. on being the first to correctly identify“Admiral Ackbar” as the answer to the final question.

 


 

My Little Vader????
March 30, 2009 | 9:36 PM CST | Bill

What’s the latest custom crossover product? My Little Pony meets Star Wars, specifically with Darth Pony, and Jabba’s Slave Leia, err Pony. Check out all the images at Jedi News.UK here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #7
March 30, 2009 | 8:36 AM CST | Jayson

Here is the seventh and final question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

When the Empire enslaved his planet, which character became Moff Wilhuff Tarkin’s translator?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: FREE Shipping!
March 30, 2009 | 5:40 AM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering FREE Shipping via UPS ground Starting Sunday March 29th until Saturday April 4th to all customers who order $70.00 or more. Your shipping address must be within the continental USA and use a credit card for payment. Exceptions do apply on some collectibles due to size of the items. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed.

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt – Mini Bust – Gentle Giant
Tusken Raider – Deluxe Bust – Gentle Giant
Princess Leia – Mini Bust – Gental Giant
Death Star Briefing – Hasbro
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes Commemorative Tin collection
Holographic Princess Leia
Shock Trooper Unleashed
Concept Darth Vader
Captain Tarpals & Kaadu

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Wedge Antilles and Borsk Fey’lya
Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan
Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – Vehicles:
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter

In-Stock
Joker Squad – New
AT-TE Assault Squad
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Hoth Recon Patrol
B’Omarr Monastery Assault

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #6 
March 30, 2009 | 4:55 AM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “jeditaz27” on being the first to correctly identify “Count Dooku” as the answer to question 6.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Target Sale Kicks Off on Sunday
March 29, 2009 | 9:20 AM CST | Jayson

Target looks like the place to be this week as most of their Star Wars items are on sale as of this morning. You’ll find attractive markdowns on Figures ($6.99), Comic Pack ($9.99), Evolutions Sets ($16.99), Battle Packs ($19.99) Role Play Lightsabers ($6.99 & $15.00) as well as Vehicles ($17.99). I also saw the two Ultimate Battle Packs (Battle at the Sarlacc Pit and Battle of Christophsis) finallymarked down to a much more palatable $38.48 each.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #6
March 28, 2009 | 9:28 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the sixth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

As his secret apprentice, this character fanatically served Darth Sidious but ultimately became nothing more than a pawn in his Master’s bid for power over the galaxy?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #5 
March 28, 2009 | 8:25 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “David A.” on being the first to correctly identify “Lando Calrissian” as the answer to question #5.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Jedistyle
March 28, 2009 | 7:34 PM CST | Justin2

 


This weekend we spotlight some new work from an old forum favorite, Jedistyle. Head on over to the forums and check out his latest additions after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #5
March 27, 2009 | 9:47 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the fifth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Due to his valor for helping the Rebels, which character was awarded the rank of General in the Alliance forces?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 27, 2009 | 8:53 PM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW SALE – LOWER PRICING:
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We’ve added hundreds of items to our sale menus, cleared off hundreds more that have sold out, and further reduced pricing on around 1000 items. There are over 2200 items currently priced 20% to 90% off, with about 800 different items with discounts of 50% or more! Its looking to be a busy spring with a lot of important new items on the way, help us clear some room and take advantage of our lowest prices ever on a variety of items

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS SNOWTROOPER MINI BUST
Another cool driver gets the bust treatment from Gentle Giant. Reserve your Snowtrooper now at $49.99.Check it all out here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #4 
March 27, 2009 | 6:59 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “Terry L.” on being the first to correctly identify the“Kaminoans” as the answer to question #4.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Target UBP’s Hitting Clearance
March 27, 2009 | 1:22 PM CST | Justin2

Reports are beginning to trickle in that the Sarlacc Pit and Battle of Christophsis Ultimate Battle Packs are being marked down to $39.00 at some stores. So if you’ve been holding off on these sets, your window of opportunity may be closing.

 


 

Off Topic…
March 27, 2009 | 2:41 AM CST | Mark

A new Priority Pre-Order at Sideshow today is one you may be interested in…

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The Legolas Premium format figure will be available today for pre-order at 1pm EST.

 


 

Woot Special: Star Wars Bobble Heads
March 26, 2009 | 9:59 PM CST | Jayson

The Star Wars Bobble heads have returned to internet special site Woot.com. This deal includes six bobble heads and in the box you’ll find: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jawa, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Maul and Jango Fett all for $29.99.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Comic Pack #16 Ki-Adi-Mundi & Sharad Hett 
March 26, 2009 | 8:39 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the recently released Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett Comic Pack.

Based upon their appearance in Dark Horse’s Star Wars Republic: “Outlander” comic, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett (who looks a lot like Michael Ironside) feature new sculpts (for the most part) with the all the necessary articulation – aside from Sharad’s slash cut elbow joints and the absence of ankle joints on both figures. Ki-Adi-Mundi features a removable breathing mask* and hat, where as Sharad Hett** includes a removable Tusken Raider head covering, a gaderffi stick and red version of Kit Fisto’s green lightsaber.

*For ease of assembly, it’s best to remove Ki-Adi’s head and attach the breathing mask from the bottom of the head. It will help to prevent the possibility of damaging the mask’s strap. Also, there is a small tab on the strap of the mask that fits into a small hole/depression on the back of Ki-Adi’s neck to aide in alignment.

**Sharad Hett reuses the arms, legs, lower tabard and Tusken hood from the A’Sharad Hett figure from the TAC Comic Pack.

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

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #4
March 26, 2009 | 7:39 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the fourth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

After their planet’s continents were submerged beneath a global ocean, this species was forced to rely on cloning technologies to keep their race alive.

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #3 
March 26, 2009 | 7:17 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the third question in the Star Wars Fandexgiveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “Dan S.” in being the first to correctly identify “Qui-Gon Jinn” as the answer to question #3.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

The Enloe Chronicles Continue…
March 26, 2009 | 10:12 AM CST | Justin2

 


The Dark Lord of the Sith has set into motion events that will lead to the fall of the Jedi Order.

As the Confederacy of Independent Systems prepares for a strike on the Republic capital of Coruscant, Commander Rykrof Enloe struggles for survival on the war ravaged planet Tanis.

Meanwhile, a pair of Jedi race against time to find a traitorous member of their order before a garrison of clone troopers gets to their friend first.

Check out the events of Chapter 28 after the jump!

 


 

Japanese Kubrick Fett Sextet
March 26, 2009 | 4:58 AM CST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with a feature detailing the six different costume variations included in the upcoming Japanese Exclusive Kubrick Boba Fett boxed set. The outfits range from early McQuarrie concept art to animated depictions and even a very cool re-creation of the Kenner design right down to the helmet-molded rangefinder.

Head to StarWars.com for the full story.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #3
March 26, 2009 | 4:11 AM CST | Jayson

Here is the third question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Who’s lightsaber was given to Anakin until he could build his own from the crystals at Ilum?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #2 
March 25, 2009 | 6:58 PM CST | Jayson

First off, thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the second question in the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “rtoofan” in being the first to correctly identify “Jawas” as the answer to yesterday’s question.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Disney’s 2009 Star Wars Pins Images
March 25, 2009 | 6:39 PM CST | Bill

 


Disney’s Pin site has updated with images of some of the limited edition Star Wars pins that we’ll be seeing for Star Wars Weekends this year. Click here to check them out.Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest for the Heads-up.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #2
March 24, 2009 | 8:00 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the second question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Which small, bipedal, foul-smelling creatures, evolved from rodents and communicate in a high-pitched chatter?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #1 
March 24, 2009 | 7:37 PM CST | Jayson

First off, thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the first question in the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to Michael H. from Statesville, NC in being the first to correctly identify “Nute Gunray” as the answer to yesterday’s question.

 


 

These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Marbles
March 24, 2009 | 6:44 PM CST | Bill

 


The latest print ads for Star Wars goodness have broken the news on a new set of collectibles– Marbs with 12 new ones every other month– the first focuses on the Clone Wars and is a TRU exclusive, due out this month. May’s wave will focus on A New Hope and hit all retailers.

 


 

The Force Among Us Economical Recession Tax Refund Sale
March 24, 2009 | 11:14 AM CST | Jayson

Get the Documentary on DVD that Fanboys’s Kyle Newman calls “Fun, Entertaining, and Eclectic! – Everyone Should See the Force Among Us!”

USA customers that spend their tax refund money and purchase The Force Among Us on DVD from now until tax day (April 15th) will receive a free XL TFAU T Shirt! (while supplies last).

The Force Among Us DVD was limited to a release of only 1,977 and very extremely limited copies are still available.

The DVD is only available at films official website theforceamongus.com and you can also see clips of the film at YouTube (search “the force among us”).

 


 

Episode 187: Expanded Universe Outcast
March 24, 2009 | 8:00 AM CST | Jayson

 


For the past three weeks Star Wars Action News has been continuing their March into the EU, celebrating the release of Aaron Allston’s novel Outcast this Tuesday, beginning the new Fate of the Jedi book series. But one question that keeps coming up is: can a newcomer to Star Wars books read Outcast? Taking place 43 years after the original Star Wars movie, so much has happened between the movies and this book (the New Jedi Order, the Legacy of the Force series, and more) can someone jump into the EU with this new book series? That is discussed on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Also this week we have a spoiler-free review of the new book to see if it’s worth jumping onto.

And finally rounding out this week, we go on a hunt for Wal Mart and Target exclusives, a review of eFX Collectibles’ Studio Scale X-Wing, a UK Collecting report, and a Hasbro Q&A, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

MOUSEDROID.com Covers Australian Toy Fair
March 24, 2009 | 7:59 AM CST | Jayson

Mousedroid returns with news from the Australian Toy, Hobby, & Nursery Fair…also known as Aussie Toy Fair 2009. Whilst Star Wars was not as well represented as in past years there are still some great images and video diary entries for readers to flick thru. Our favourites were the videos of the Clone Tank in action (with speeder bike launcher) and the Star Wars Sounds in your pocket.

Head on over for their complete report.

 


 

Toys R Us 40% Off Sale
March 24, 2009 | 7:53 AM CST | Jayson

Toys R Us is current running and in-store and online promotion this week offering 40% off their Starfighter vehicles and Battle Pack assortments bringing the cost of these down to an attractive price of $14.99. Might be a great time to stock up!

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week
March 23, 2009 | 7:00 PM CST | Jayson

 


Today we are happy to announce our latest giveaway promotion. Every day this week we’ll be giving away a Star Wars Fandex Family Field Guide courtesy of our friends at Workman Publishing.

Each day we’ll be asking a question pulled from the multitude of facts from within the Star Wars Fandex and the first correct response WINS! The next day, the correct answer will be revealed along with that day’s winner and a new question will be asked.

Entering the contest is easy, simply submit your answer to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

Terms & Conditions: Contest is limited to US residents only and only one winner is allowed per household throughout its duration (March 23-29). Previous contest winners (in 2009) are excluded from winning in this contest.

With that said, let’s kick things off with the first question:

Which wealthy character did Darth Sidious make a deal with for increased power and finances by removing his affiliation’s Directorate resulting in the droid army’s control of Naboo?

 


 

Lego Giveaway Winners
March 22, 2009 | 9:08 PM CST | Jayson

 

     

Here are the winners from last week’s Mini Lego V-19 and Grievous’ Starfighter Giveaway.

Pat B.
Lou G.
Melissa H.
Dan S.
Jim H.
Mark B.

Thanks to all those who entered and look for a new contest soon.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Expanded Universe, Titaniums, Battle Pack & Vehicle
March 22, 2009 | 7:47 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Vehicles, Titanium, Expanded Universe Comic Packs and Battle Packs this week.

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Wedge Antilles and Borsk Fey’lya
Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan
Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – TITANIUM:
Barc Speeder
IG-2000
Z-95 Headhunter
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

NEW – Vehicles:
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter

NEW – Battle Pack:
AT-TE Assault Squad – Only 1 left

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

Pre-Order – March 28th, 2009
Emperor Palpatine – Diamond Select Action Figure
Darth Vader Unmasked Bust Bank
Joker Squad Action Figure Pack
Stormtrooper Deluxe Statue
Hoth Han Solo mini-bust
Snowspeeder Easykit Model Kit
Luke Skywalker Bobble Head
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bobble Head
Tusken Raider Bobble Head

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 64th Edition
March 22, 2009 | 7:11 PM CST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 2/20. Answers (or non-answers) this week cover: rising toy prices, the Octuptarra and details regarding the upcoming EII Obi-Wan.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

The Next Chapter In The Star Wars Saga Begins… Tuesday
March 20, 2009 | 7:14 PM CST | Bill

This coming Tuesday, March 24th, marks the release of Outcast, the first novel in the series Fate of the Jedi, which takes place 40 years after return of the Jedi. The Official Site has posted an article on the series as well as an overview of the Expanded Literary Universe to date, however beware, potential spoilers. Check it out here.

 


 

Want Some Free Legos?
March 19, 2009 | 8:04 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Since the Mini sets from Target were so fun to assemble the other day, I picked up a few extra sets and will be giving them away to the first 6 responders to send us photos of their Lego collections.

Here’s the catch (you knew there’d be one), since these Mini sets are geared towards the kiddies to put in their Easter baskets, they must include a young collector/child in the photograph. Once received, we’ll post the photos here and in our forums for all to see!

Up for grabs will be 3 of the V-19 Torrent Starfighter and 3 of the General Grievous’ Starfighter mini sets.

The contest will run until they’re gone and is open to US and Canada residents only.

You can send your submissions to yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Lego Giveaway” in the subject line.

Look for an all new contest coming next week. ; )

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC Lt. Jundland and Deena Shan Comic Pack Variant
March 18, 2009 | 8:47 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates tonight revisitng the 2007 Lt. Jundland and Deena Shan Comic Pack.

As I mentioned earlier this week, the Deena Shan in this set has a completely different head sculpt and larger removable hat than the initial release.

Head to the toyguide to see if this alteration is “worth” tracking down.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
March 18, 2009 | 8:22 PM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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ADMIRAL ACKBAR LIFE-SIZED BUST
This is going to be one large bust – Ackbar always had a fairly beefy
head, and Sideshow is sure to do it justice with their new 1:1 scale bust.
Preorders are listed $30 below MSRP at $469.99

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 3 CASE, SINGLES
Another new assortment of Titanium figures from Hasbro has just arrived.

ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE HAN SOLO IN HOTH GEAR
Diamond Selects popular 1/4 scale series continues with the arrival of Han
Hoth. Han comes complete with fuzzy parka and all the other gear you’ll
need to barely survive a night away from base.Check it all out here.

 


 

Actress Natasha Richardson Passes Away
March 18, 2009 | 7:30 PM CST | Justin2

The wife of well know actor Liam Neeson, a favorite of Star Wars fans everywhere for his role as Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn, has passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones going through this difficult time.

 


 

First Look: Imperial Commando: 501st
March 18, 2009 | 2:15 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com has updated today with the first look at the next book by prolific author Karen Traviss and the sequel to Order 66Imperial Commando: 501st.

The Clone Wars are over, but for those with reason to run from the new galactic Empire, the battle to survive has only just begun….

Head over to the Official Site for the synopsis.

 


 

Prowse Battles Prostate Cancer
March 18, 2009 | 1:02 PM CST | Jayson

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” films, has revealed he is suffering from prostate cancer but is still feeling “fantastic.”

Prowse, who wore the black suit and helmet to play the Dark Lord of the Sith, told a British radio station he had been undergoing radiotherapy at a hospital in south London and was helping its fundraising appeal.

For the full story head to CNN.com

Thanks to Ryan L. for the heads up.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego #8033 General Grievous’ Starfighter
March 18, 2009 | 8:20 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the MINI Lego General Grievous’ Starfighter. This 44-pc. set is currently available at most Target stores in the Easter section for a value price of $3.99.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego #8031 V-19 Torrent
March 18, 2009 | 8:17 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the MINI Lego V-19 Torrent Starfighter. This 66-pc. set is currently available at most Target stores in the Easter section for a value price of $3.99.

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

 


 

The Clone Wars Exhibition Opens at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
March 17, 2009 | 8:42 PM CST | Jayson

This spring, a galaxy far, far away comes to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as Star Wars: The Clone Wars Exhibition opens March 23. This visual exhibition, from Lucasfilm Ltd., features artwork, costumes and other pieces used in the concept and filming for the first-ever animated feature and television series from Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the motion picture, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Head to StarWars.com for more details….

 


 

Clone Wars Visual Guide Sequel
March 17, 2009 | 8:38 PM CST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates tonight with news that the Clone Wars Visual Guide is getting a sequel! See the brave Jedi and fearless clone troopers fight the evil Sith and their Separatist army! DK Books showcases all the action and adventure as the forces of the Republic battle the Separatist threat in an all new book that serves as a sequel to Star Wars: The Clone Wars Visual Guide.

Look for it to be released in September, but until then, head to StarWars.com to view the cover a few sample pages.

 


 

Another Repaint/Repack Wave?
March 17, 2009 | 8:25 PM CST | Jayson

JediInsider has posted a few new carded shots of what they’re calling a Saga Legends wave, but it looks like they’re actually part of the TLC/BAD assortment.

Figures in this wave include:
BD #32 Spacetrooper
BD #42 Hoth Trooper (w/Beard)
BD #50 EII Anakin Skywalker (Evo Repack)
BD #51 Jango Fett (Evo Repack)
BD #52 Clone Pilot (Evo Repack)
BD #53 ARC Trooper (Target Order 66 series 2 repack)

Each of these figures include the HK-47 BAD parts and I’m guessing that these must serve as a buffer between the AOTC and TPM where the transition between the current and upcoming Red/White packaging must take place.

Head on over a take a look…

 


 

Republic Commando – Evolutions Style
March 17, 2009 | 6:49 PM CST | Justin2

The scavengers at thejawa.com have uncovered several images of the upcoming Republic Commando figure that will be released later this year in an Evolutions set. As expected this trooper finally receives some additional articulation (though the legs might be a bit too thin) – check out several loose prototype pics after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Entertainment Earth Joker Squad
March 17, 2009 | 5:54 AM CST | Jayson

 

     

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the recently released Exclusive Joker Squad fromEntertainment Earth. Pulled from the comic pages of Star Wars Legacy 4: Noob, this squad of stormtroopers was commanded by Lord Maleval nearly 140 years after the Battle of Yavin.

We were first teased by these figures nearly a year ago in May 2008, and I think it’s a pretty good set overall. Lord Maleval is an all new figure that reuses the head developed for the Quarren Warrior in the Legacy Collection. He features a removable cloak containing a wire around the neck and bottom hems to assist posing. He also features a full complement of articulation and includes a lightsaber and shock whip*. The male stormtroopers in this set are all basically the same as the VOTC version, apart from their unique head sculpts and white holsters. Sadly, due to the varying sizes and shapes of the heads, some of the removable helmets fit better on some than on others. Sergeant Harkas is the worst offender in that regard. We’re also treated to the first female stormtrooper with Jes Ginstang, and she doesn’t disappoint.

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

* The shock whip differs slightly from the solicitation photos as the production piece is a black string while the original photos show a blue strand.

 


 

Episode 186: Star Wars Radio Dramas — Lost Scenes Revealed
March 17, 2009 | 5:54 AM CST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Radio Dramas are held in high regard by a large number of Star Wars fans. Once considered by Lucas himself part of the Star Wars canon, these Brian Daley penned audio dramas greatly expanded upon the original two Star Wars movies in the 80’s. Released on CD in regular and Special Edition format in the 90’s, the original broadcast of Star Wars was broadcast in 1981, and then again in 1983 when The Empire Strikes Back was released on National Public Radio. However, in the 1983 rebroadcast many scenes and character moments were cut from the Star Wars radio drama, and when the radio drama CDs were released in the 90’s not all of the cuts were reinstated.

This week on Star Wars Action News, we have producer David C. Fein who brings to us from the original 1981 airing of the radio drama the two dialogue scenes cut from Star Wars and not included in the CD releases. Unless you recorded the Star Wars Radio Drama off the radio in 1981, Star Wars Action News is the only place to hear these two scenes, including Luke and Cammie talking about their dreams in anchorhead, and an extended version of Obi-Wan and Luke talking after the Tusken Raider attack.

Also this week, we review the Clone Wars novel Wild Space, and discuss the latest store finds. All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Woot Special: Star Wars Bobble Heads
March 17, 2009 | 12:17 AM CST | Jayson

Internet deal site Woot! is currently running a special on Star Wars themed bobble head where you get six series 1 or six series 2 bobble head for $29.99.

Series 1 includes Vader, Boba Fett, C-3PO, Tusken Raider, Greedo and Stormtrooper
Series 2 includes Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jawa, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Darth Maul

As will all woot specials, this deal lasts for one day only.

 


 

Free Miniatures Boosters
March 16, 2009 | 7:19 PM CST | Bill

 


Wizards of the Coast wants your opinion, and in exchange they’re willing to send you a free booster pack! The hitch is that they have to send you an Email inviting you to do the survey and you have to be one of the first 1000 responses to the survey. If you’re interested, keep an eye on your inbox.

 


 

TAC Deena Shan Head Variant Found
March 16, 2009 | 12:48 PM CST | Jayson

 

 

During the TAC line, there were a few rumors floating about that there was an alternate head sculpt available for the Deena Shan figure from the TAC Lt. Jundland & Deena Shan Comic Pack. I was able to find said variant and my local Wal-Mart this weekend. The head sculpt differs greatly from the original, though most obvious is the inclusion of the hair “bun” on the back of her head. The overall shape of the head/face is larger necessitating a larger removable hat as well. Head toour forums for a few quick shots of this and look for its addition to the Toyguide soon.

 


 

Jedi Temple Archives Celebrates 5 Years
March 16, 2009 | 8:52 AM CST | Jayson

 


Hats off to our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives. Over the weekend they celebrated their 5 year anniversary in spreading the word of Star Wars collecting. Congrats Chuck, Nick, Bryan, Paul and Joris and the entire JTA community.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 28 – First Previews
March 16, 2009 | 2:17 AM CST | Justin2

 


Production on the next installment in The Enloe Chronicles has begun! Head on over to the forums for an early peek at Chapter 28, or to catch up on Chapter 27.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego Section Update
March 14, 2009 | 9:34 PM CST | Jayson

 


In case you hadn’t noticed, the Yakface Toyguide pages have been going through a series of format upgrades over the last few months. The upgrades are being done to make them more esthetically pleasing in terms of overall layout and cut down on the need for excess vertical scrolling. TheLegacy and Clone Wars sections were the first sections to kick off this format, and now the Lego section gets a reformat as well. While all the images for that section have yet to be added, you’ll find many of the sets available for viewing (complete with part counts) thanks to Mark’s extensive personal collection. Look for many more Lego set additions soon.

Also, keep your eyes open for a few new Toyguide features coming in the not-too-distant future.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Instant Savings
March 13, 2009 | 9:10 PM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is running a special for one week offering $10.00 off orders over $60.00 and $25.00 off orders over $120.00. The discount will be applied to your order instantly – no codes to enter or special log-in procedures. Head on over and save!

 


 

Still In Stock or Available for Pre-order
March 13, 2009 | 7:43 AM CST | Mark

These ones are still available to buy now or available for pre-order….

Second Chance… low stock…

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Pre-Order Life Size bust

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Premium Format Scout Trooper Pre-Order

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Premium Format In Stock Low Quantities…

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Going… Going… Almost Gone
March 12, 2009 | 8:21 PM CST | Bill

Comicon San Diego’s Official Site is reporting that 4 day passes for this year’s Comicon (July 23=26, and preview night on July 22) are almost GONE. The 4 day pass is the only way to get in for preview night on the 22nd. If you’re interested in snagging one, check it out here.

 


 

Koto Questions…
March 11, 2009 | 1:50 PM CST | Mark

Don’t forget to send in your questions for Koto. We are looking for a couple more to send in. These can be general questions, or questions for the designers.. send them in. The link is above..

 


 

Begun Casting For The Star Wars TV Series Has
March 10, 2009 | 8:34 PM CST | Bill

Always in motion the future is, a certain Grand Master of the Jedi Order was known to say. In this case, the motion in the future is the selection of actors to appear in the live action Star Wars TV series. Check out the full story on MTV’s blog here.

 


 

Brian’s Toys: St. Patrick’s Day $15 Off Coupon
March 10, 2009 | 7:26 PM CST | Jayson

Brian’s Toys is offering newsletter subscribers an exclusive $15 coupon towards your next website order of $75 or more. Hurry because this offer only lasts 7 days! Your website order must be placed by 11:59PM CST, Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in order to qualify for this promotion. To use the coupon, simply enter the coupon code “STPATTY15” when checking out from Brian’s Toys and your shopping cart will automatically discount $15 from your order total!

 


 

Episode 185: Karen Miller’s “Wild” Side
March 10, 2009 | 7:22 PM CST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News continues its March Into The Expanded Universe.

On this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News, we talk to Karen Miller, author of the Clone Wars novel Wild Space. Wild Space is the first original fiction book tying into the cartoon Clone Wars series, telling us what happens to Obi-Wan during the Downfall of a Droid duology of episodes. Karen talks to us about how she became a Star Wars author, her views on the dogma of the Jedi order, and why she loves a certain Sith lord.

Also this week, we look at the new Star Wars Marbs from Jakks Pacific, and we have the latest Hasbro Q&A.

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

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

 


 

The Star Wars EU/Watchmen Connection
March 9, 2009 | 7:34 PM CST | Jayson

 


With this past weekend’s release of the Watchmen movie, attention has once again focused on the landmark graphic novel published by DC Comics from 1986 through 1987. The book — originally presented as 12-issue limited series — is heralded as one of the greatest works of graphic fiction, and is the sole graphic novel to rank in TIME magazine’s 100 best English language novels from 1923 to the present.

The visionary work of scribe Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons is a must-read for any enthusiast of sequential art. What Star Wars fans may not realize is that both Moore and Gibbons have dabbled in the expanded universe of Star Wars publishing, each contributing to Star Wars storytelling. So, in a fairly transparent bid to draft off some of the chatter Watchmen is getting these days, we present a look back at these works by Moore and Gibbons

Head to StarWars.com for the complete story…

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Expanded Universe Comic Packs
March 9, 2009 | 7:10 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Expanded Universe Comic Packs this week.

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
General Grievous & Battle Droid – 2 Pack
Anakin Skywalker & R2-D2 – 2 Pack

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32 (NEW PRICE)
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – TITANIUM:
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

Pre-Order – March 28th, 2009
Emperor Palpatine – Diamond Select Action Figure
Darth Vader Unmasked Bust Bank
Joker Squad Action Figure Pack
Stormtrooper Deluxe Statue
Hoth Han Solo Mini-Bust
Snowspeeder Easykit Model Kit
Luke Skywalker Bobble Head
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bobble Head
Tusken Raider Bobble Head

 


 

Yakfinities #28
March 8, 2009 | 2:32 PM CST | Justin2

 


Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and dust off some alien custom fodder as the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Organic Separatists, has begun! Head on over to the forums and join in after the jump!

 


 

Wattographs Autograph Signings: Tom Sylla & Hassani Shapi!
March 8, 2009 | 10:56 AM CST | Brandon

Wattographs is please to announce our private autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actors, Tom Sylla and Hassani Shapi.

Tom Sylla did voice work in Star Wars: A New Hope, where he provided the line ‘All pilots to your stations, all pilots to your stations’ as the rebels get ready to attack the Death Star. Tom also provided the Battle Droid’s famous line “Roger, Roger” in The Phantom Menace. Tom will be signing fans personal items and official photos by OfficialPix.com for a very special price!

Hassani Shapi portrayed Jedi Master Eeth Koth in “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” He will be signing photos provided by OfficialPix.com and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends March 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT.. Personal items need to arrive with Scott by April 1st. Please contact Wattographs with any questions and full signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 7, 2009 | 10:44 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store including a variety of new preorders, and more new arrivals.

BBTS NOW OFFERS GRAPHIC NOVELS!
We’ve just started listed a variety of Graphic Novels that were announced last month from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Devils Due and others. Next week we’ll be listing a comprehensive selection of books from all the publishers above as well as all the titles from Image, Tokyopop, Viz, and much more. We plan to list each of the 250 to 300 books announced each month, and most of them are priced at 20% to 25% off cover price! Be sure to stop by the new section of the website and you’ll be able to rely on us for consistent supply of new books in the future.

UPS AIR SHIPPING TO CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, UK
We have just added UPS Air shipping as an option to the four countries mentioned above. We’ll be adding a variety of other countries in the near future. UPS Air service delivers in 3 – 5 days and is a fantastic shipping choice for those of you shipping somewhat larger orders. As the size of your order grows, UPS will become cheaper and cheaper vs the USPS Express rates, so we definitely recommend that you use the Pile of Loot and take advantage of the shipping savings.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS JOKER SQUAD
This cool new exclusive is now up for preorder at $38.99. The 6-figure set includes five different Stormtroopers and Lord Maleval – a Quarren Sith Lord.

PREMIUM FORMAT SCOUT TROOPER
Sideshow has planned another beefy large scale figure and we now have it listed at $259.99. This one stands at about 18” tall and come with a cool base composed of Endor grass & rocks.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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12″ MEDICOM HAN SOLO
Medicom’s latest entry in their 1/6 Star Wars series is in stock now at $169.99
Check it all out here.

 


 

New Limited Edition Artwork from Acme Archives
March 6, 2009 | 6:25 PM CST | Jayson

Acme Archives Newsletter is hitting in boxes and it reveals 2 new spectacular pieces from artist William Silvers. “Anticipation of Hope” depicting Luke’s arrival on Dagobah and features a prominent portrait of Yoda. “Hunter Prevails” illustrates Boba Fett’s dramatic escape from Bespin on board Slave I. Both pieces are available as a giclee print with a edition size of 200 pieces or a canvas print limited to an run of 95.

 


 

Scout Tooper Premium Format Figure 
March 6, 2009 | 3:59 PM CST | Mark

Now up for pre-order…

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New Disney Star Wars Crossover Figs
March 5, 2009 | 7:56 PM CST | Bill

The Official Site has just released an image of the third wave of Disney/Cross over figs. Most of these are based on the new big figs that we reported on last week, however one very new concept is Chip and Dale as Ewoks! Check it all out here.

 


 

EE.com Exclusvie Joker Squad In Stock
March 5, 2009 | 6:16 PM CST | Jayson

 

Entertainment Earth has updated tonight and “Hot of the Truck” as they say is their exclusive Legacy Joker Squad Set.

Pulled from the pages of the Legacy comic series, this specially packaged, limited edition set of six 3 3/4-inch action figures features 5 unique Stormtroopers and a Sith Lord to command them. Buy this set and you’ll get: Lord Maleval, Sergeant Harkas, Anson Trask, Jes Gistang, Hondo Karr and Vax Potorr.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Turbo Tank Up Pre-Order
March 5, 2009 | 6:02 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of the Clone Wars Turbo Tank.

Hasbro has pulled out all the stops for their action figure scaled version of the Republic behemoth, with firing missiles, light and sound features, a crow’s nest, ample storage for scores of clones, and even a hidden spring-loaded speederbike that jettisons out the front!

It is available for pre-order now for $119.99 and ships next month!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 Debuts 2011… Maybe
March 4, 2009 | 7:03 PM CST | Bill

The team over age Miceage has updated with a new collumn on the happenings at Disney’s parks, including the much anticipated and discussed second verion of Star Tours. Assuming the latest rumors pan out, it looks like we might see the new version in 2 years. Check out their full story here.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Virunga
March 3, 2009 | 8:33 PM CST | Justin2

 


Tonight we spotlight the work of a forum member taking the customizing world by storm with a ton of great new customs for your viewing enjoyment!

The amount of work we have to spotlight here is a little pic heavy but well worth the time to check out each and every custom – see this amazing work for yourself after the jump!

 


 

Yakfinities #27 Roundup Report
March 3, 2009 | 7:54 PM CST | Justin2

 


Tonight we wrap up the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Black Sun.

Check out over 30 customs submitted this round, and see who the winner is after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars Jabba Battle Pack Redux
March 3, 2009 | 7:35 PM CST | Jayson

 


Despite Hasbro showing us the Clone Wars Jabba Battle Pack with Nikto Guard, they’ve officially confirmed that it will only include Jabba and the protocol droid TC-70. Fear not, the Nikto will undoubtedly turn up elsewhere soon. But until then, click through to see the revamped contents of this battle pack.

 


 

Anakin’s Delta 2 Starfighter Revealed
March 3, 2009 | 11:45 AM CST | Jayson

Our fine sponsor Entertainment Earth has revealed the newest repaint to the Jedi’s stable of starfighters with the yellow Anakin Skywalker Delta 2 Starfighter from the Clone Wars. Like the Obi-Wan version before it, this fighter features firing missles, retractable landing gear and holds 2 action figures and has the added bonus of being able to split into 2 separate crafts! Anakin’s fighter is scheduled for a summer release and is available for pre-order now.

Could an Ahsoka Tano version be not to far behind???

 


 

SWS.com Pre-Orders New Saga Legends and TLC Waves
March 3, 2009 | 12:19 AM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today, adding a new Saga Legends Assortment to their online store. By the looks of it, half of this wave in new while the others are carried forward from previous Legends waves. The new offerings are:

Clone Troopers (with Quad-Cip Cannon)
Chewbacca (with Mynock Hunt Oxygen Mask)
Han Solo (with Mynock Hunt Oxygen Mask)
Darth Vader (Mustafar Duel)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mustafar Duel)
Super Battle Droid

This assortment is availlable now for pre-order and ships in June.

Also available for pre-order is the AOTC Wave of Legacy figures. This case contains:

Hoth Rebel Trooper
Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi
Beru Lars
Owen Lars
Captian Typho
Tarados Gon
Anakin Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker (EpII Evolution figure)
Jango Fett (Evolution figure)
Clone Pilot (Evolution figure)
ARC Trooper (blue, from Order 66)

This assortment is availlable now for pre-order and ships in May..

 


 

Episode 184: Matt Stover and the Shadows of the Force
March 2, 2009 | 9:42 PM CST | Jayson

 


Late this month, Aaron Allston’s new novel “Outcast”, the first book in the Fate of the Jedi series, will be released. To celebrate the start of the new series, Star Wars Action News celebrates the Star Wars Expanded Universe with our March into the EU series. This month on the Star Wars Action News podcast you will see interviews with authors, including the Clone Wars: Wild Space author Karen Miller. The shows will also have reviews of books, segments on EU, and more including the return of the much-requested Star Wars Action News Book Club Podcasts!

To kick off this celebration of the Expanded Universe, Arnie sits down with Star Wars author Matthew Stover to go in-depth on the new novel Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Matt talks to us about what inspired him to detail the events at the Battle of Mindor, a reference with a long history in the EU. He also tells us his view of the Force and why, in the words of his latest novel, “rewrites suck.”

Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie take another look at the Star Wars Insider by Titan Magazines. With a recent article on how Hasbro makes action figures, has this raised their opinion of the magazine? Listen this week to find out!

With Scott From Tulsa’s recap of Toy Fair, a rundown of the lastest Star Wars News, and a new Poll of the Week, it’s all right here on Star Wars Action News!

And be sure to check back this Thursday as the Star Wars Action News Book Club Podcast returns with a reedited and enhanced version of the Star Wars by George Lucas podcast. New Book Club podcasts will be coming out biweekly at www.swactionnews.com, or subscribe on iTunes!

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

 


 

New Disney Exclusive Battle Pack
March 2, 2009 | 7:06 PM CST | Bill

Just in time for this year’s installment of Disney’s Star Wars weekends, our friends over at Endor Express.net have scored boxed and loose images of Hasbro’s latest battle pack, which will be a Disney Exclusive titled Jedi Academy, featuring a jedi, a certain sith, what appears to be an pre to early teen padawan and two younglings. Check it out here.

 


 

eFx Is Now At Andrews Toyz
March 2, 2009 | 9:39 AM CST | Bill

Andrew’s Toyz proudly announces today that is an Authorized eFX Collectibles Retailer! We are now accepting orders for the Ahsoka Tano Lightsaber as well as for the Clone Trooper EpII Helmet. Order these items with us and receive free shipping within the USA. Get yours at Andrews Toyz now!

 


 

Book Review(s)
March 1, 2009 | 6:42 PM CST | Freebird

Yes Ladies, Gentlemen, and Kids of all ages, this time around I present you not one, but two book reviews. Both have been out for a while, but unfortunately I had technical problems that prevented me from writing these reviews earlier. So to read a review of Order 66, click here and for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, click here.

 


 

Collection of the Month at GentleGiantCollectors.com
March 1, 2009 | 6:31 PM CST | Jayson

GentleGiantCollectors.com is very happy to announce in collaboration with Gentle Giant Ltd., The Gentle Giant Collection of the Month. Read on…

Entering is very simple. All you need to do is post your collection at GGC. Look for the pinned topic at the top of the board if you need us to host your images and we will be happy to do so. Free forum registration will be required to post. At the end of the month we will lock up that section and Gentle Giant Ltd will pick the Collection of The Month and award a prize to the winner.

Gentle Giant Ltd will try to fill a void in the winning collection by sending the winner an item they don’t have (if possible). Or another new or archived Gentle Giant LTD product for Free to the winner! Every month, a new collection will be chosen. You will be able to enter each and every month, but only one win ONCE per 12 month cycle.

Please note this is a Gentle Giant Collection of Month, so while images will be accepted of mixed collection rooms, please only include images that are predominately Gentle Giant Ltd items (Mini Busts, Statues, Bust Ups, Maquettes, Figures, etc).

There is no specific criteria for the Gentle Giant Collection of the Month. All Collections, big and small, are welcome. Gentle Giant LTD will be mixing up how they pick the collection from month to month to make sure all collectors have a chance at winning.

So dust off your Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Corpse Bride, Matrix, Terminator and many other great Gentle Giant Collectibles and post your pictures! There is a limit of four (4) pictures per collection, per month. 

More Info at GentleGiantCollectors.com

 


 

K & C Collectibles:Titanium Ships (ALL NEW)
March 1, 2009 | 1:56 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new STAR WARS TITANIUMS this week.

NEW – TITANIUM:
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

In-Stock – Clone Wars Action Figures
Clone Trooper 212 Attack Battalion – #19
Padme Amidala – #20
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – #21
Magnaguard – #22
R3-S6 “Goldie” – #23

IN STOCK – Saga Legends – Action Figures
Snowtrooper – #25

Pre-Order – February 28th, 2009
Luke Skywalker (Jedi) – Diamond Select – SAVE 10.00
Mighty Mugg Set – SAVE $12.00
Deluxe ARC-170
Count Dooku Maquette
Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust
Flashdrive – Boba Fett
Flashdrive – Han Solo
Flashdrive – Luke Skywalker
Flashdrive – Princess Leia
Stormtrooper Fine Art on Paper

February 2009 Archive

World War II Film Coming From George Lucas
February 28, 2009 | 4:49 PM EST | Justin2

The Maker himself is about to produce his first post Star Wars film, based on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. For more details, click here.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Premium Format Scout Trooper
February 27, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has posted an update revealing the next character in their high-end Premium Format line – the Scout Trooper. This figure dovetails nicely with Sideshow’s previous Scout Trooper and Speeeder Bike Premium Format set. Head to Sideshow for a sneak peek.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 63rd Edition
February 27, 2009 | 3:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 1/16. Topics this week cover: Ugnaught accessory details, possibly a new movie Jabba for 2010, and clarification on the new packaging design for Fall 09.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 26, 2009 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store: We have a variety of cool new preorders and more new arrivals. There is a ton of cool Hasbro stuff mentioned below – take a look:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS TURBO TANK
This new Turbo Tank is expected to be a huge playset-type vehicle like other recent releases, in scale with the size of the figures. It is designed to carry up to 20 figures, and includes lights, phrases and sounds, along with a launchable Speeder Bike and removable command center. We’ve got this great new vehicle priced at $119.99, and we’re expecting it this April.

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVE 2 CASE, SINGLES
The second wave of 2009 Mighty Muggs includes Obi-Wan Kenobi from ‘A New Hope,’ as well as Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, a Gammorrean Guard and a Scout Trooper. This wave should be pretty popular, and we’ve got the case of four listed at $49.99, and individuals (sorry, Scout Trooper is already sold out) at $12.99 each.

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 7 – CASES, SETS, SINGLES
This new wave of build-a-droid figures includes figures old and new. Included are Owen and Beru Lars, Captain Typho, Tarados Gon, Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, an Order 66 blue ARC Trooper and more. There are a couple of case assortments listed at $99.99, the set of 10 at $89.99, a set of 6 at $53.99 and singles of everything at $9.99, except previous releases, that will be priced as listed.

STAR WARS R/C R2-D2
This new remote-control R2-D2 features sounds and lights and a simple remote control unit that responds to the press of a button. This figure is priced at $35.99, and is expected to arrive this June.

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS 2009 WAVE 2, 3 CASES, SINGLES
More of these fantastic license-blending figures are on the way. Waves 2 and 3 of the 2009 releases include figure such as Obi-Wan, Clone Troopers, Kit Fisto, a Battle Droid, Anakin, Luke and more, each transforming into one of their ships. We’ve got the new cases of 6 priced at $104.99 each, and singles priced from $19.99 to $24.99 each.

STAR WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 5 CASE, SINGLES
The fifth wave of 2009 Star Wars Titanium includes some old friends as well as new ones. Prince Xizor’s Virago, Bossk’s Hound’s Tooth, Red 4 X-Wing, Baron Fel’s TIE Interceptor, Sebulba’s Pod Racer, Kit Fisto’s Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring and more fill this case, and it’s priced at $79.99 for the twelve ships. You can also take a look at the singles, priced from $7.99 to $9.99 each.

SIDESHOW 12″ LANDO CALRISSIAN
Sideshow’s latest announcement offers up this new 12″ Lando Calrissian figure from “The Empire Strikes Back.” He comes dressed in his standard outfit, with long blue cloak and a blaster or two, among other
accessories. Lando is priced at $77.99, and should arrive later this year.

STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 2009 WAVE 3 REVISION 1
This line is a great way to get caught up on previously-released figures. Characters like Obi-an Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Yoda, Plo Koon and an assortment of Clone Troopers make appearances here, and the case of 12 is priced at $104.99.

GALACTIC HEROES 2009 WAVE 1 REVISION 2, REVISION 3 CASES
These assortments are also good for catching up on missed figures. Each of these cases includes a different mix of heroes and villains, priced at $84.99 for the case of twelve two-packs. Pick up Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, Count Dooku and more and enjoy.

STAR WARS VEHICLE COLLECTION 2009 WAVE 2 CASE
This new case of Star Wars Vehicles includes something generically named Tank, along with Anakin and Obi-Wans’ Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter, a Super Vulture Droid and a V-19 Clone Shuttle. The case of 5 is priced at $134.99, and we’re expecting them this June.

STAR WARS VEHICLE FIGURE PACKS SERIES 1
It looks like Hasbro is pairing up figures and vehicles for this new assortment. We’ve got Anakin on a Can-Cell, a Clone Trooper with BARC Speeder, a Crab Droid and a Battle Droid with Episode I Mini Tank listed,
each singly for $18.99, or by the case of one each of the four, priced at $69.99.

STAR WARS BOBA FETT COLLECTION KUBRICKS
The hottest bounty hunter in the galaxy is getting his own assortment of Kubricks. This line includes 1 McQuarrie Boba Fett, 1 McQuarrie and Johnston Boba Fett, 1 Holiday Special Boba Fett, a black and white
prototype version, a Droids version and a vintage toy version. We’ve got the box of twelve blind-boxed Bobas listed at $194.99, with the full Master Case of 48 priced at $749.99.

Check it all out here.

 


 

Legacy Collection Wave 7 Preorders
February 25, 2009 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

Andrews Toyz has just added pre-orders for Wave 7 of the Star Wars Legacy Collection which includes Anakin Skywalker, Tarados Gon, Obi-Wan Kenobi from Attach of the Clones, prequuel Owen and Beru Lard and Captain Typho for preorders. Check it out here.

 


 

Kotobukiya QnA
February 25, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | Mark

Hello all collectors out there. On the heals of Toyfair this year, our meeting with Koto was very informative and they have offered to have you the collectors ask questions and they will provide the answers. These question can be directed at product, product availability, concerns, and also towards the designers about the products. Please send them in. As I get the questions, I will compile the list as we get sets of 10 questions, I will send them to KOTO. Please send the questions to me.

 


 

Yakface on Facebook
February 24, 2009 | 11:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


In order to branch out further and take advantage of its vast social network, Yakface has opened a group on Facebook. There you can meet other collectors, learn more about the Yakface staff and make new friends along the way.

If you’re a Facebook member, be sure to join our group and if you’re not yet on Facebook, what better time to join?

 


 

Star Tours 2.0… Past Present and FUTURE
February 24, 2009 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

Fans of the Disney Star Wars ride called Star Tours have been wondering since the debut of the prequel trilogy when Lucas and the Mouse would team up to update the ride. We’ve posted a lot of the updates here over the years, however Disney fan site Disneyland and More has updated with a very nice article on the “history” (or rumors thereof) of Star Tours 2.0 along with current best guesses on when we may see an update get installed along with some great artwork as well. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 183: Toy Fair Redux
February 24, 2009 | 6:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


However it may seem to us collectors and web site staff, Toy Fair doesn’t exist to excite collectors about toys, it’s there for toy manufacturers to hook up with toy distributors to get shelf space for toys each year. But not all manufacturers rely on distributors for sales, such as eFX and Sideshow Collectibles, and in this economy where every dollar counts some companies choose to excite collectors by making announcements during Toy Fair without actually taking the trip to New York. Sideshow Collectibles and Gentle Giant released a lot of information on new products this past week, and Star Wars Action News previews these items for you.

Also this week, we discuss the dearth of Yarnas that seem to be clogging many pegs, none more so than in Times Square in New York. Plus new Toys R Us and Target exclusives are showing up. We run these down.

With a UK Collecting Report, a Vintage Figure review, and your voicemails, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Minnie In A Certain Bikini???
February 23, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with images of this year’s Disney Star Wars Big Fig crossovers. This year there’s a goofy Chewie, or should I say Goofy as Chewie, Mickey with Yoda (Dagobah Training), Duck in a Slab (Donald as Han Solo in Carbonite), and Slave Minnie (wearing Leia’s ROTJ slave outfit).Check out all the images here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Saga Legends Snowtrooper and TLC Wave 5
February 22, 2009 | 4:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new SAGA Legends figure – SNOWTROOPER this week.

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper – #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
Tri-Droid – #24
Snowtrooper – #25
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

NEW – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Legacy Battle Packs:
Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Shield Generator Assault
Hoth Recon Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212 Attack Battalion

In-Stock – Clone Wars Action Figures
Clone Trooper 212 Attack Battalion – #19
Padme Amidala – #20
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – #21
Magnaguard – #22
R3-S6 “Goldie” – #23

Pre-Order – February 28th, 2009
Luke Skywalker (Jedi) – Diamond Select – SAVE 10.00
Mighty Mugg Set – SAVE $12.00
Deluxe ARC-170
Count Dooku Maquette
Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust
Flashdrive – Boba Fett
Flashdrive – Han Solo
Flashdrive – Luke Skywalker
Flashdrive – Princess Leia
Stormtrooper Fine Art on Paper

 


 

Lando 12″ Pre-Order…
February 20, 2009 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark

He’s a card player, a gambler. A scoundrel, you’d like him… Head over today to Pre-Order him at 10 AM (Pacific Time)

Star Wars Premium Collectibles
 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 19, 2009 | 7:15 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com with 80+ new preorders from Toy Fair and a few new arrivals. There are an impressive selection of new items listed below – take a look:

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NEW TOY FAIR PREORDERS
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE EMPEROR PALPATINE
The Ultimate Quarter Scale line’s next release adds to the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Emperor Palpatine is here in his dark robes from “Return of the Jedi” and comes with his cane and alternate Force-using hands. Set to arrive in July, you can pre-order your Emperor Palpatine for $69.99, $10 below MSRP.

STORMTROOPER 12″ DELUXE STATUE
This new Gentle Giant release will be great for Star Wars collectors who need different options. This 12″ polystone statue is done in a modular style, enabling a variety of poses and including interchangeable arms and weapons. This fantastic new piece is priced at $154.99, a savings of $40 off the MSRP.

OBI-WAN KENOBI ‘SABOTAGE’ DIORAMA
This new diorama from Sideshow shows Obi-Wan as he goes to sabotage the Death Star tractor beam, allowing the Millennium Falcon to escape. Not only is it a fantastic collectible for Star Wars fans, but the machine lights up with the flick of a switch, filling the area with blue light. This piece is to ship in the 3rd quarter, and is priced at $149.99. Check it all out here.

 


 

Darth Vader’s Getting Married
February 19, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

MSNBC is reporting that Hayden Christensen and longtime girlfriend, Rachel Bilson, are getting married. The two of them recently starred together in the sci-fi actioner “Jumper”. Will it be a Star Wars themed wedding? I doubt it. : P

 


 

Vote for the Next Yakfinities Theme
February 18, 2009 | 12:46 PM EST | Justin2

The polls are open for Yakfinities #28 – join in and help decide what the next customizing challenge category will be after the jump!

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Gentle Giant
February 17, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage wraps up for the most part today and even though they didn’t have a presence at the show, Gentle Giant has passed on several images of new and upcoming general and exclusive release products. Head to the Gentle Giant Gallery for all the details.

 


 

Nikto Guard Released From Jabba’s Service
February 17, 2009 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Galactic Hunter are reporting that the Nikto guard who was shown to be coming with the Jabba Battle pack has, been given his pink slip by the Hutt, err rather cut from the battle pack. Check out all the info here.

 


 

Obi-Wan Sabotage
February 17, 2009 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark

You can go over and order this awesome dual display piece now..

Obi-Wan Sabotage Dual Display Diorama
 


 

Episode 182: Toy Fair Day 2 – Lego and MUCH More
February 16, 2009 | 8:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues looking at the latest OTC and Clone Wars offerings from Lego, the iPod, iPhone and tech gadgets brought to us by Underground Toys, the keychains, backpack buddies, and washcloths (???) from Basic Fun, and we learn to use the Force with funjicational toys from good ol’ Uncle Milton. Plus a Hasbro Toy Fair announcement redux, all on our conclusion episode of Toy Fair Star Wars Coverage 2009!

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

 


 

Episode 182: Toy Fair Day 1 – Hasbro, Diamond, Kotobukiya
February 16, 2009 | 9:27 AM EST | Jayson

 


It is Toy Fair time again, and here to round up and review all the newly announced products from Star Wars licensees is Star Wars Action News. On this first day of coverage, Valentine’s Day, we heart Hasbro, Diamond Select, and Kotobukiya.

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

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Uncle Milton
February 16, 2009 | 9:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues today with the addition of several items that are not only fun, they’re educational too! Uncle Milton, makers of the Force Trainer, have created a line of products entitled Star Wars Science that teach youth in a fun new way. Highlights include The Force Trainer, Jedi Projector, Mustafar Lava Kit, Dagobah Frog Habitat, and a build-your-own Darth Vader Robotic Arm Kit.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Miscellaneous Gallery Update
February 16, 2009 | 12:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition Star Wars items to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Highlights include electronic accessories such as USB hubs and iPhone covers, 1/144 scale vehicle model kits, plush items, keychains and more.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Kotobukiya
February 15, 2009 | 11:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition Kotobukiya Gallery. Highlights include Series 1 & 2 of their masterful ARTFX collection including a prototype for Commander Fox and several Marvel Fine Art statues and busts.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Attakus and Funco
February 15, 2009 | 11:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition of the two more galleries: one from bobblehead producer Funco and one from Attakus creators of the detailed metal figure collection and the enormous Millennium Falcon/Death Star diorama.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Diamond Select
February 15, 2009 | 11:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition of the Diamond Select Gallery. Highlights of this update include the awesome Ultimate Quarter Scale Star Wars figures, bust banks from Star Wars and Indiana Jones along with a excellent showing of Star Trek, BSG, Stargate merchandise, Mini Mates and More!

 


 

LEGO Announces the Fan Choice “Home One” Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
February 15, 2009 | 1:24 PM EST | Jayson

New York, American International Toy Fair (February 15, 2009). – Kicking off the 10th Anniversary of its LEGO™ Star Wars® line, LEGO group announce the launch of an exclusive, fan-selected collector product, The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser. The unveiling took place at an exclusive gathering of collector press and fan bloggers the company hosted to open its booth this morning at the American International Toy Fair held a the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

LEGO Group and Toys “R” Us hosted a one-week online voting opportunity, inviting LEGO and STAR WARS fans around the world to choose their favorite of three exclusive, never-before-rendered-in-LEGO- form iconic scenes from the film franchise to be created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LEGO STAR WARS. Scene choices included: The Arrest of Palpatine, Slave I and Cloud City Landing Platform, and the winner, The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, which receive more than 50 percent of the 10,000 votes cast.

“LEGO STAR WARS face have, over the year, proven to be very passionate about the brand”, said Mike Moynihan, vice president marketing LEGO Systems, Inc. “The 10th anniversary provides a natural opportunity to involve fans in helping to create the LEGO set they they want to see on shelves.”

Designed by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, the lead model designer for the LEGO STAR WARS franchise, the set contains a Command Center, Repair Hangar with A-wing Fighter and six mini-figures, including Admiral Ackbar, Mon Calamari Officer, Mon Mothma, Lando Calrissian, A-wing Pilot and Gernal Madine.

“Any of those three scenes would have made for a truly remarkable set to mark the 10th anniversary of LEGO STAR WARS, ” Frederiksen said. “What I loved most about the winning set were the subtle details and authentic funtionality we were able to build into the LEGO replica. I know that fans will love it.”

The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, recommended for builders 9 and up, has a suggested retail price of $109.99 and will be available in August at Toys “R” us stores nationwide, via www.toysrus.com, at 23 LEGO stores across the country and via the company’s online store www.shop.LEGO.com.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Lego
February 15, 2009 | 12:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage resumes and the Lego Gallery has been freshly stocked with a couple pages worth of images. Highlights include the massive Republic Attack Cruiser, the Republic Drop Ship with AT-OT, Endor Bunker and a new multi piece set featuring a the Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Bridge with A-wing and Hangar.

 


 

Toy Fair 09 LEGO Vader
February 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM EST | Mark

LEGO was nice enough to pass on to us one very nice collectible this year from Toyfair…

 

Head to the Lego Gallery Page for a closer look and check back later for the more from Lego!

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: G.I. Joe, Transformers and Wolverine
February 15, 2009 | 12:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


While Star Wars collecting is our main focus here, that doesn’t mean we don’t love other lines too, We’ve added a Miscellaneous Gallery to contain all our shots from upcoming lines for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and a few glimpses of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine merchandising. Spoiler warnings apply.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Press Kit Images
February 14, 2009 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has passed on a press kit of images showcasing product that’ll take us well into 2010. Check out a preview of the Hasbro Press Kit Gallery. Highlights include the Y-Wing Fighter and the next 3 wave of Clone Wars figures. More images coming soon….

UPDATE: Second page of images is available for viewing. Highlights: Turbo Tank, Wal-Mart Exclusive Droid Factory Sets, Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions Sets and the Deluxe Figure with Vehicle Asst.

UPDATE 2: Third page of images is available for viewing. Highlights: Galactic Heroes, Transformers and Role Playing items

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Gallery 2
February 14, 2009 | 7:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair Coverage continues with another Hasbro Gallery page. Highlights include the Clone Turbo Tank and the Republic Fighter Tank.

Also some quick notes relayed from Mark at the show:

– Most of the new items here will be out after August, but Hasbro is apparently holding back some product from this show to break at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) in July.

-In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of The Phantom Menace, there will be a mail-away promotion for the hard to find Eopie beast and includes the Evolution version of Qui-Gon Jinn. There will be stickers included with the TPM wave (wave 10) of figures to send off for it. (The Eopie itself is a repaint of the previous mold)

– The Hoth Rebel Soldier has until now been missing the soft goods skirt portion of the figure and apparently some leaked out of the factories without it. Fear not, the production error was caught and both version of the figures will include it.

– Packaging: Yes, all lines (Legends, Clone Wars and Legacy share the new card back design, and to differentiate between the 3, the bubble inserts will be different colors: Red for Clone Wars, Orange for Saga Legends and Blue-Gray for Legacy.

More as it becomes available….

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 14, 2009 | 7:07 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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2500 ITEMS ON SALE
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We’ve added many new items to our sale menus, and discounted many existing sale items even further. There are now over 1000 items with discounts between 50% and 90% off our original list pricing! Many mainstream and obscure lines are represented.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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eFX – AHSOKA TANO LIGHTSABER REPLICA
The new padawan from the Clone Wars cartoon is getting her own lightsaber replica. This lightsaber hilt replica duplicates the one used by Anakin’s padawan on the show, and is a Signed Director’s edition, signed by the director of the cartoon. We’ve got it priced at $348.99.

eFX – EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER HELMET REPLICA
Another new replica, this one is a wearable version of the one worn by Clone Troopers in “Attack of the Clones.” It is fully padded, has LED lights, and comes with a display stand and numbered plaque. We’ve got this one priced at $349.99 and we expect it this March.

e-FX – LUKE SKYWALKER X-WING FIGHTER REPLICA
One of the most recognizable ships in all of Sci-Fi, this X-Wing is a detailed replica of the one that Luke flew in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” With an opening cockpit, detailed and illuminated cockpit interior and engines, figures of Luke and R2-D2, and more, this is an ideal collectible for true Star Wars fans. We’ve got this super piece priced at $1199.99, and it’s to arrive soon.

RAH TIE FIGHTER PILOT
Medicom is releasing a 1/6 scale Real Action Heroes TIE Fighter Pilot to add to your collection. This figure will be about 12″ tall, and come with a blaster and other accessories. This new figure is priced at $169.99
($10 below MSRP) and is expected this fall.
Check it all out here.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Gallery 1
February 14, 2009 | 6:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair Coverage kicks off tonight with a down and dirty upload to the first Hasbro Gallery page . Highlights include Darth Krayt, Lumiya, Young Owen and Beru Lars, the Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack and at glimpse at the new packaging!

Come back soon for more updates.

 


 

Wedge’s X-Wing a Target Exclusive?
February 14, 2009 | 7:36 AM EST | Jayson

Our scoundrel friends at Han’s Hideout has received new info that the Wedge X-wing Fighter may in fact be a store exclusive as there seems to be a new DPCI in the system over at Target. Head over for the info and stay tuned as more info on this and many other items are revealed at Toy Fair!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – E. Borgnine
February 14, 2009 | 1:10 AM EST | Justin2

 


This weekend we spotlight some outstanding work from one of the newest members of the Yakface forums. You won’t want to miss out on these, so head on over to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Pre-Order Up Now
February 13, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow you can pre-order the RAH Tie Fighter Pilot..

TIE Pilot RAH 12-inch Figure

Also in stock is the Premium Format Tusken Raider…

Tusken Raider Premium Format Figure - Sideshow Exclusive
 


 

Listen All Of Y’all It’s A Sabotage
February 13, 2009 | 8:21 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Sideshow Collectibles has announced their new Dual Display Diorama line. Each one comes with a base to sit atop a shelf, desk or table, but if these space becomes and issue, they can be removed from the base and hung on a wall.

Sideshow’s first product in this new line is entitled Obi-Wan – Sabotage! It recreates the A New Hope scene where Obi-Wan infiltrates the inner workings of the Death Star in order to deactivate the tractor beam preventing their escape.

Head on over to Sideshow Collectibles for a closer look and stay tuned for pre-order info as it becomes available.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Ewoks Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 10:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


As long as we’re talking Comic Packs, our friends at Han’s Hideout have gotten their smuggler hands on an image of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Ewoks Comic Pack. This set includes 3 Ewoks; Keoulkeech, Machook, and Kettch, complete with gear pulled from fallen Stormtroopers. Look for this along with the X-Wing Rogue Squadron and Empire #16 sets in March.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Empire Betrayal Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 9:44 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the recent series of Comic Packs.

Based on the Dark Horse comic Empire: Betrayal, this set features the often repacked Darth Vader complete with those horrible hand sculpts making it next to impossible for him to hold a lightsaber and the new Grand Moff Trachta who looks to be a cross between a Borg and Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Heir To The Empire Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 9:06 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the recent series of Comic Packs.

Based on the popular Expanded Universe Heir To The Empire. storyline, this set features a new take on the Grand Admiral Thrawn which was first available back in the POTF2 days and figure first timer Talon Karrde.

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

 


 

Friday Night Clone Wars Double Feature
February 11, 2009 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Valentine’s Eve, will feature two new episodes of the animated Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, these two look very interesting, titled “The Blue Shadow Virus” and “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”. Check out the previews from our friends over at Jedi Insider here.

 


 

Star Wars:Top Toy License for 2008; Clone Wars is #1
February 11, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Jayson

Driven by the popularity of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, the Force remained strong in 2008 as Star Wars catapulted to the Number 1 spot of all traditional toy licenses, according to The NPD Group, Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today. U.S. toy retail sales for the brand in 2008 exceeded $450M.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was the single most popular licensed toy property in 2008 according to data released by the NPD Group. It was also, as a result, the top boys’ toy license of the year.

During the 2008 holiday season, U.S. retailers reported the strongest sales for Star Wars toys and products in the 31 years since the first Star Wars movie was released theatrically, even as the overall retail economy faced significant challenges.

Head to StarWars.com for the full report.

 


 

Octuptarra Droid
February 10, 2009 | 11:45 PM EST | Justin2

Jedinews.co.uk is reporting news of a larger version of the Octuptarra Droid being on tap from Hasbro this year. No images have surfaced yet, but it sounds like this will be in the mid sized vehicle assortment and be a larger version of the TAC version.

 


 

Galactic Heroes Singles?
February 10, 2009 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

It seems that we’re about to see another round of single Galactic Heroes. While a number of them appear to be re-releases, it looks like some may be figures which haven’t been released in mass quantities. Our friends over at Rebelscum have the 411 on the next round of single heroes. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 181: State of Collecting Address 2009
February 10, 2009 | 11:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


The stores are full of stale Organas and Yarnas (congrats to all those who prognosticated Yarna’s future peg warming status). Manufacturers have been tight-lipped about new product, in some cases awaiting the glut of news that is Toy Fair and in other cases simply because there is no news. And figure prices are above the $7 mark everywhere, and some places over the $8 mark. There’s a lot of grimness out there, but there’s a bright future ahead for the hard core Star Wars collector. Here to analyze all the news or lack thereof, Star Wars Action News brings you the first State of Collecting Address.

Also this week, Fanboys opened in theaters telling the tale of four Star Wars fans trying to break on to Lucasfilm Ranch and see The Phantom Menace early. Reviewing this much-delayed film for Star Wars Action News are Brock and Elisha, hosts of the movie review podcast Now Playing.

With a bit of talk of Clone Wars Wave 4 and Build-A-Droid Wave 5, all this and more is on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

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

Also available, the newest episode of Republic Forces Radio Network is online now discussing — The Hidden Enemy, featuring clone intrigue and pointless lightsaber battles. Download it now.

 


 

The Clone Wars: The Ryloth Trilogy Trailer
February 9, 2009 | 9:06 PM EST | Jayson

Debuting at New York Comic-Con was this first look at the Ryloth Trilogy, a three-part story arc in The Clone Wars series that airs February 27 – March 13. Head to StarWars.com for a sneak peek.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Limited Edition Autographed Mark Hamill Photo
February 9, 2009 | 4:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Attention autograph collectors! StarWarsShop has updated today with the addition of an Autographed Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker 1976 Publicity Photo. This rare item is limited to 40 pieces and starts shipping this Friday.

 


 

Cartoon Network Picks Up Second Season of The Clone Wars
February 9, 2009 | 12:50 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site reports today that Cartoon Network has picked-up a second season of the hit CG-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Head to StarWars.com for the full story.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Wave 5 – Action Figures
February 8, 2009 | 5:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new LEGACY action figures wave 5 this week.

NEW – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Legacy Battle Packs:
Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Shield Generator Assault
Hoth Recon Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212 Attack Battalion

In-Stock – Clone Wars Action Figures
Clone Trooper 212 Attack Battalion – #19
Padme Amidala – #20
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – #21
Magnaguard – #22
R3-S6 “Goldie” – #23

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike
TIE Defender
Hailfire Droid
Dagger Squadron B-Wing
Jedi Starfighter – with Hyperdrive Ring

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper – #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

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

Pre-Order – February 28th, 2009
Luke Skywalker (Jedi) – Diamond Select – SAVE 10.00
Mighty Mugg Set – SAVE $12.00
Deluxe ARC-170
Count Dooku Maquette
Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust
Flashdrive – Boba Fett
Flashdrive – Han Solo
Flashdrive – Luke Skywalker
Flashdrive – Princess Leia
Stormtrooper Fine Art on Paper

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW AT-TE Assault Squad 
February 8, 2009 | 3:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Pack.

This battle pack is based on the events of the Clone Wars movie where Anakin, Ahsoka and must attack the B’moarr Monastery in order rescue Rotta the Huttlet from Asajj Ventress and features 3 Recon Clone Troopers and the new AT-TE Gunner figure. The Recon clones are repaints of the standard white clone trooper with distinctive gray and red marking first utilized on the clones from Speeder Bike Recon Battle Pack. The clones from this set do not have the wide stance legs as the Recon Battle Pack clones had and most notably, one of them has what appears to be a different rank marking on the chest plate. (Two clones have 2 dots while the third has 3 dots). The highlight of this set is the AT-TE Gunner which feature new arms, torso and distinctive gunner helmet. And, if that wasn’t enough, this set includes more weapons (13 total) than any previous battle pack which is perfect for arming your collection of clone troopers or stocking the weapons hold of your AT-TE walker.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Yoda & Coruscant Guard Clone Troopers
February 8, 2009 | 2:48 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the Target Exclusive Clone Wars Yoda & Coruscant Guard Clone Troopers Battle Pack.

As another “pre-downsize” battle pack, this army builder set features a repack of the articulation deficient Clone Wars Yoda figure and four clone troopers adorned with the distinctive markings of the elite Coruscant Guard. These particular troopers serve and protect many important leaders and dignitaries on Coruscant and serve under the leadership of Commander Fox.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212th Attack Battalion
February 8, 2009 | 2:20 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Target Exclusive Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212th Attack Battalion Battle Pack.

Developed before the dark times of the smaller 4 figure battle packs, this instant army builder set includes a repack of the Clone Wars Obi-Wan figure (minus the interchangeable helmet) and four clone troopers* adorned with their distinctive orange 212th Battalion coloration.

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

*These clone troopers utilize slightly different deco on their helmets and different helmet sculpt than the recently released 212th Attack Battalion Clone Trooper.

 


 

Revenge of the Photonovels!
February 7, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

Tonight we play a little catch up on the photonovel front as we spotlight the latest work of three of our forum members.

First, jlw515 leads things off with the first chapter in his impressive new series, Vader’s Quest.

Photonovel guru Darth Depressis introduces readers to an adventure all its own in the first installment of Memoirs of a War Profiteer.

Last but not least, Commander Gray brings out an interesting new series, titled Band of Brothers.

Thanks as always to Yakface readers for your continued support of the customizers and photonovelists in the hobby.

 


 

So What Does It Cost To Build A Death Star
February 7, 2009 | 6:09 PM EST | Bill

Let’s just say a lot more the US Budget, or even the National Debt! Our friends over at Yodas Newshave come across an interesting piece on the internet exploring just what it would cost in terms of raw materials– steel, oxygen, nitrogen, etc. (for get the cost of the electronics, architectural plans etc) to build just 1 death star. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
February 7, 2009 | 11:22 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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1/72 SCALE COMPLETED MILLENNIUM FALCON WITH DISPLAY CASE
This Fine Molds product is done in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, and is a fully assembled, painted and weathered 1/72 scale model of the Millennium Falcon. It is limited to 500 pieces, and is mounted on a serially-numbered base and enclosed in a removable acrylic display case. Measuring just over 32″ long, this piece needs to be seen to be believed, and we’ve got it listed at $1799.99.

STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 2009 WAVE 2 REVISION 1 CASE
This new case assortment includes a wide variety of figures to fill in your collection. We’ve got the case of 12 listed $99.99, and it contains the following figures: R2-D2, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Trooper, Super Battle Droid, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, 501st Trooper, Sandtrooper, Saesee Tiin and Episode III white Clone Trooper.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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GALACTIC HEROES CINEMA SCENES 2009 WAVE 01 CASE
This new case includes two sets – the Escape from the Death Star set with General Dodonna, Jek Porkins, an R4 unit and an X-Wing Fighter, and the Snowspeeder set with a snowspeeder, Luke skywalker and his co-pilot, along with a probe droid. This case is priced at $49.99. Check it all out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Wave 5 Build-A-Droids R5-A2 & R2-L3
February 7, 2009 | 12:31 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates conclude tonight with the addition of the two Build-A-Droids from the fifth wave in the Legacy Collection: R5-A2, and R2-L3.

Seen as a background character on Tatooine in Episode IV, R5-A2 can be assembled by collecting the droid components* from the new Luke, Han, Spacetrooper and the Jawa figures. R2-L3 can be seen during Episode II in the streets of Mos Espa moments before Anakin’s discussion with Watto and he can be assembled by collecting the droid components* from the new Obi-Wan, Pons Limbic, Wioslea and Trinto Duaba figures.

*Repacks from previous TLC waves also include new the B.A.D. components.

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals: Legacy Comic Packs 
February 6, 2009 | 11:20 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated today with a couple new additions to their online store. The Ki-Adi Mundi and Sharad Hett and Stealth Armor Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan Comic Packs are in stock and ready to ship.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 37 Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon
February 6, 2009 | 10:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon , the last figure in the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Rounding out this wave, we are treated to two more cantina patrons who’ve also been on many fan wishlists. Hasbro pulled out the stops and has given us a couple highly detailed and articulated figures. Trinto Duaba, also known as “Terminal Man”, has the standard fare of articulation with swivel hips, wrists and waist and features ball jointed shoulders, knees and ankles. Sadly, he has the angle cut elbows that keep this from being a truly great figure on his own. Making up for it though, Trinto is packed with Dice Ibegon which is surprisingly large and well articulated, being able to position each arm independently and swiveling through the main body. Together, these figure bring the famous cantina scenes that much closer to completion.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 36 Wioslea
February 6, 2009 | 8:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Wioslea from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Although dressed similarly to a member of the Jedi Order, Wioslea is the gal to see if you’re in the market or are looking to sell a landspeeder at the Mos Eisley Spaceport. This figure is one my favorites from this wave mostly because she is just so weird looking. Wioslea’s head is covered with eyeballs, adorned with antennae and has a mouth only a mother could love. The figure is an excellent representation of the movie’s depiction but also takes some artistic license in the leg and arm sculpt areas. The figure itself features a soft goods skirt and robe (complete with antennae holes) and has insert-moided (ball) joints in the shoulders, elbows and ankles. She also includes a blaster pistol (repacked from the McQuarrie Chewbacca) for when those speeder deals don’t go as planned.

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

 


 

Wedge w/ X-Wing Revealed
February 6, 2009 | 5:27 PM EST | Justin2

Forbidden Planet has revealed a repainted version of the X-Wing, this time with Wedge Antilles, and what looks to be a removable astromech droid, and even a pair of ladders (finally). For more details head on over to Forbidden Planet.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 35 Pons Limbic
February 6, 2009 | 4:13 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of Pons Limbic from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Hasbro goes back to what seems like a never ending well of characters from the A New Hope’s cantina scene and they do not disappoint. Pons Limbic*, or “Brainiac” to most Star Wars purists, has been on fan wishlists for years and what we end up with is everything you need in action figure – a full complement of articulation, a fantastic sculpt and a great paint job.

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

*The name “Pons Limbic” is actual derived from medical terminology describing the system involving the brain and its components.

 


 

Wattographs Private Signing: Liz “Friday” Wilson & Dalyn Chew!
February 6, 2009 | 12:43 AM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce our February autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actresses Dalyn Chew and Liz “Friday” Wilson!

Chew played Jabba’s dancer Lyn Me in the “Return of the Jedi: Special Edition.” Wilson played Queen Amidala’s handmaiden, Eirtaé in “The Phantom Menace.” Both women will be signing official photographs and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends February 28th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items need to be sent to Wattographs before ending date. Please contact Wattographs with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Yakfinities Update
February 5, 2009 | 2:19 PM EST | Justin2

 


The current Customizing Challenge, Black Sun, continues as customizers work on upgrades to existing Hasbro characters, make the figures Hasbro hasn’t gotten to yet and also introduce fan fiction criminals working for the syndicate.

Check out all the entries so far or add your own after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Jabba’s Rancor & Luke Skywalker Battle Pack
February 5, 2009 | 8:03 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Target Exclusive Jabba’s Rancor & Luke Skywalker Battle Pack from the Legacy Collection.

Oh Yes, the Rancor! What a difference a paint job makes! After what I think was an unsuccessful attempt at bringing the TFU Rancor to market last year (judging by the numbers that hit clearance), Hasbro/Target goes on the hook again this time for a much more accurate Return of the Jedi version. Gone are the harness and saddle, this time the Rancor is fitted with a removable wrist shackle and a fashionable metal earring. Also, this one features “Rancor Grip” – a substantial upgrade over the previous version in the form of a new right hand/claw that is now fully posable as opposed the pre-posed shape of the left hand. This Battle Pack also includes the Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight figure as previously released in the TAC line, complete with lightsaber, lightsaber hilt and bone accessories.

Overall, I think this set is well worth the $40 retail price and is sure to be in much higher demand than the TFU version so I wouldn’t necessarily expect it to make it to the clearance aisle.

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

Big thanks to my friend Ryan L. for donating his set for picture day.

 


 

Yak’s Pub Continues
February 4, 2009 | 10:14 PM EST | Justin2

 


With what seems like an never ending barrage of price hikes in the basic line, at least Niktom can help us all find a bit of humor in it as he continues with more jokes for his readers. For all the latest comic strips head on over to Yak’s Pub.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 27 – SHADOW RISING
February 3, 2009 | 1:38 PM EST | Justin2

 


The shadows of the dark side have risen to new heights as The Enloe Chronicles continues with an all new chapter.

Swing by the forums and check out the latest installment as an end to the Clone Wars draws closer.

 


 

Episode 180: Fandex
February 3, 2009 | 5:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


eFX Collectibles gave us little advance notice before the Ahsoka Tano lightsaber, with a plaque signed by Dave Filoni, went on sale Feb 1st. This first saber replica from the new prop replica company is based on the design for Anakin Skywaker’s new Togruta padawan from the animated series, and to talk about the new product we interview Barry from eFX Collectibles. Barry describes what went into the Ahsoka lightsaber, the new Director’s Edition signature edition, and what the future holds for high end collectible offerings.

Then Brock, Star Wars Action News’ Book Club Liason, catches us up on Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. This spoiler-free review will tell you if this is a book you should shine a light on, or leave in the shadows.

Finally this week, Marjorie and Arnie catch you up on the latest in Star Wars collecting with the newest waves of figures and Muggs hitting shelves, Wal Mart clearance items, and a review of some odd item called the Star Wars Fandex.

All this, and a Hasbro Q&A too, on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Jabba’s Pet Reviewed
February 3, 2009 | 2:18 AM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Sandtroopers.com have posted some great photos of the upcoming Target Exclusive ROTJ Rancor. Click on over and check out their early review.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 27 – Coming Soon
February 2, 2009 | 1:03 PM EST | Justin2

The next installment in The Enloe Chronicles will be released soon… very soon. Check out a few sneak previews of Chapter 27 after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 23 R3-S6 “Goldie”
February 1, 2009 | 4:44 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the final figure in the Clone Warscollection’s fourth wave: R3-S6 aka “Goldie”.

After losing R2-D2 in a space battle during the episode “Downfall of a Droid”, Anakin begrudgingly takes on a new astromech, R3-S6 or “Goldie” as affectionally named by Padawan Ahsoka Tano. What little do they know it that this droid might not be playing for the same team. In the next episode “Duel of the Droids” R3’s motivations are discovered and the rescued R2-D2 puts him in his place – the scrap heap. As for the figure, at first glance he looks just be a repaint of the original Clone WarsR2-D2 mold, but that’s not entirely accurately. Goldie has new legs that forego the snap-on rocket booster accessories. All of the other features hold true though as he has the removable middle leg, opening manipulator arm panels, the retractable tow line and extendable sensorscope in the dome.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 22 Magnaguard
February 1, 2009 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’sMagnaguard.

Developed for General Grievous’s need to have a more deadly and competent battle droid, the IG-100 Magnaguards serve as the droid commander’s personal bodyguards. This figure’s design is pulled right from the frames of the Clone Wars movie and TV series and, aside from their oversized feet, blend quite well with the realistically styled figures. As for articulation, the legs are lacking but the arms and torso are quite posable. For accessories, the Magnaguard includes the signature electrostaff and a rather large firing rocket launcher. Despite initial Hasbro SDCC presentation photos showing an alternate head sculpt available with this figures, no such piece was included. So, you can bet another version of this figure will be released in the not-to-distant future. In the meantime, the cloak from the ROTS era Magnaguards can be used and it works quite well.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 21 Clone Trooper with Space Gear
February 1, 2009 | 2:42 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’s Clone Trooper with Space Gear.

Clones, Clones, Clones. The Clone Wars are full of them and the current TV series seems to crank out new designs (much to Hasbro’s delight I’m sure) in nearly every episode. This particular design made its debut in the first episode of the Malevolence story arc “Rising Malevolence” and these unique clones serve under the command of Jedi Master Plo Koon. The figure itself features a removable, firing rocket pack (first available with the Obi-Wan figure) and includes space gear that incorporates a cool working holster for the small blaster.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 20 Padmé Amidala
February 1, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’sPadmé Amidala.

This figure revisits an Attack of the Clones costume design that was prominent in the Geonosis arena, while utilizing a portion of the outfit that was only shown during AOTC’s deleted scenes. The Clone Wars TV series has provided the opportunity to explore this design again and debut in the “Bombad Jedi” episode. While not the most articulated figure in the Clone Wars line up, it does feature a removable cowl and cape with working holster. She includes her signature blaster along with a battle droid blaster as well.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 19 Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion)
February 1, 2009 | 1:21 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’s Clone Trooperfrom the 212th Attack Battalion.

At first glance, this figure looked to just be a repack of the 212th clones included with the Target Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi and 212th Attack Battalion Battle Pack, but there are several differences ranging from deco application to a completely different sculpt for the helmet. This clone includes the standard issue DC-15A Blaster Rifle and large rocket launcher with firing projectile.

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

 


 

Yodasnews Turns 5!
February 1, 2009 | 12:49 PM EST | Jayson

Starting today and for the entire month of February, Yodasnews is celebrating its fifth anniversary. As with previous anniversaries, they will give away TONS of amazing prizes for both casual readers and forum members, and there will be special events that will test your creativity, competitive trivia nights (in their new chat room), and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include a Sideshow Exclusive Edition Dagobah Luke Skywalker Premium Format Statue, Attakus Sandtrooper Sergeant Exclusive Statue, Various Gentle Giant mini-busts and maquettes, sets of Hasbro figures, books, cookie jars, over a half-dozen Kotobukiya vinyl model kits and more!

You can see these as well as other prizes at the Yodasnews Prize Page, they kick off the festivities with a particularly spectacular prize, an eFX Phase 1 Clonetrooper helmet from Attack of the Clones! Check out Yodasnews for all the info!

 


 

Willrow Hood Design Sketches Revealed
February 1, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at JediDefender, in their latest QnA, have received preliminary design sketches for Willrow Hood aka “the Ice Cream Maker Guy”. Head over for a look at the proposed design including the infamous Ice Cream Maker accessory!

Congrats to my fellow MN collector Scott Pearson for having is dream figure getting that much closer to reality.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 1, 2009 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS ARC-170 STARFIGHTER
This brand-new starfighter is sized to work with the 3-3/4″ figures, and is the first version of what would later become Incom’s X-Wing Fighter. One of the main ships of the Republic’s forces, the ARC-170 was used in battle against the Separatist forces. We’ve got it listed at $74.99.

SPECIALTY EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVE 1
The latest wave of Star Wars Mighty Muggs that Hasbro has announced is the new specialty-exclusive 2009 Wave 1. This assortment includes Qui-Gon Jinn, the Wampa, an Imperial Guard and Wicket the Ewok. Pick up the set of 4 at $47.99, or mix and match your favorites at $12.99 each.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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PREMIUM FORMAT TUSKEN RAIDER
Sideshow delivers another cool 1/4 scale statue – the Tusken Raider ismade of polystone and measures around 24″ tall. In stock now at $279.99 – $20 under MSRP. Check it all out here.

January 2009 Archive

Customizer Spotlight – jlw515
January 31, 2009 | 8:52 PM EST | Justin2

 


This Super Bowl Weekend we spotlight the work of forum member jlw515, who has updated with several new custom dioramas including a cool Imperial Garrison. Be sure to stop by the forums and check out his latest efforts after the jump!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Wave 4 and Mighty Muggs
January 31, 2009 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new CLONE WARS wave 4 this week. New Pre-Order for February (see list below).

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures
Clone Trooper 212 Attack Battalion – #19
Padme Amidala – #20
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – #21
Magnaguard – #22
R3-S6 “Goldie” – #23

NEW – Mighty Muggs
Darth Revan
Darth Maul

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Republic Fighter Tank
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper – #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

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

Pre-Order – February 28th, 2009
Luke Skywalker (Jedi) – Diamond Select – SAVE 10.00
Mighty Mugg Set – SAVE $12.00
Deluxe ARC-170
Count Dooku Maquette
Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust
Flashdrive – Boba Fett
Flashdrive – Han Solo
Flashdrive – Luke Skywalker
Flashdrive – Princess Leia
Stormtrooper Fine Art on Paper

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #62nd Edition
January 30, 2009 | 6:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 12/30. Topics this week cover: a CW Grievous update, a new CW Super Battle Droid variant, and more Super Vulture Droid details.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

Steel City Con on the Horizon
January 30, 2009 | 1:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Dominic from Steel City Con sends word that this year’s show is fast approaching, Head over to their site for the guest lineup and full show details.

 


 

Price Hikes Part 2
January 30, 2009 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

 


It’s no secret economic times are tough and if you thought the Wal-Mart’s $7.49 and Target’s $7.99 pricepoints were bad, one of my local Minnesota Target stores is starting to charge $8.79! And with our sales tax, that amounts to an astronomical $9.40 for a single basic figure!

Sound off in the forums with your thoughts here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 32 Spacetrooper
January 30, 2009 | 3:07 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Spacetrooper from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

A long time fan request finally gets its day. The Spacetrooper makes a brief (and tiny) appearance in A New Hope as the Millennium Falcon is drawn into the Death Star by its powerful tractor beam. Spacetroopers feature specialized gear that allows for working in the vacuum of space, complete with rocket pack and BMF blaster. The photographic source that serves as the basis for this figure was printed in the large Star Wars Chronicles book and can be seen in our forums here.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 31 Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
January 30, 2009 | 2:35 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Han Solo (in Stormtrooper Disguise)from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

*See post below for summary, as these figure share the same body*

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

Edit: On second look, the Han appears to be taller than the Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise, but the difference is negligible.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 30 Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)
January 30, 2009 | 2:22 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of Luke Skywalker (in Stormtrooper Disguise)from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Here we’re treated (again) to our hero, this time donning the gear of a freshly killed stormtrooper in order to rescue Leia from the detention area of the Death Star. Although we had just received comic pack versions of the figure in TAC line, this one is different in that it as an “updated” holster to better hold the blaster. Aside from it being a little longer it doesn’t really improve the esthetics when utilized. Also different from the previous release is that the grenade/canister on the belt is removable*. Overall not a lot new here but it is in non-comic deco and, if you leave his bucket on here’s another opportunity to bolster your Stormtrooper ranks.

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

*Note: the belt that is on Luke is different from the Han Solo figure in this wave in how the grenade/canister attaches to the belt. Luke’s belt has 2 posts to plug into the canister, while Han’s belt has a slot to receive a tab on the canister. Also, they each have unique helmet sculpts.

 


 

Price Hikes Continue?
January 30, 2009 | 12:20 AM EST | Justin2

If you thought the new $7.49 price at Wal-Mart was getting too steep for your Star Wars figures, it appears that Target has raised their basic figure prices even higher.

$7.99 seems to be Target’s new price point as figures are scanning this high in the St. Louis area, and reports of this increase are starting to come in from other regions as well.

 


 

Jabba’s Rancor In Stock at Target.com
January 29, 2009 | 10:22 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Target.com currently has the exclusive Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker Battle Pack in-stock and ready to ship. Compared to last year’s war-paint The Force Unleashed version , this one probably won’t see the same type of deep discounts.

Save yourself a trip to the store and order yours today.

 


 

eFX Ahsoka Tano Signature Edition Lightsaber
January 28, 2009 | 10:28 PM EST | Jayson

 


eFX Inc., the premier manufacturer of authentic, screen accurate prop replicas is proud to announce our very first , officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber – the Ahsoka Tano lightsaber from the new animated series: Star Wars:The Clone Wars. And, to commemorate our very first replica from The Clone Wars, we have made this a very special Director’s Signature Edition. Dave Filoni, the Director of The Clone Wars, has signed each and every plaque.

• MSRP: US $349
• Worldwide Edition to be determined by the pre-orders, (Not to exceed 1000 pieces)
• Dave Filoni Director’s Signature Edition
• Machined and die cast metal components
• Injection molded ABS details
• eFX custom display base, plaque and lightsaber stand
For more information and for ordering details, please visit www.efxcollectibles.com

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – A Jawa Journey
January 28, 2009 | 7:20 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Yakface photonovel section has been buzzing lately with several new stories created by forum members, including A Jawa Journey by forumite TradeFederationSympathy.

Kick back, pour a cup of Jawa Juice and check out the first installment in this entertaining new series here.

 


 

It’s Not a Two-Pack
January 27, 2009 | 10:43 PM EST | Jayson

Looks like or hopes have been officially dashed upon the rocks as carded imagery has surfaced at Jedi Insider showing the Ugnaught packed out as a single figure. That means we can look for a running change of this figure appearing alongside the Hoth Rebel Soldier variant this spring.

 


 

Sponsor News: Andrew’s Toyz
January 27, 2009 | 3:18 PM EST | Jayson

This just in from Andrew’s Toyz:

Andrew’s Toyz has several PRE-ORDERS the week:
– Boba Fett and Carbonite Maquette ONLY $99.00
– Gentle Giant Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust ONLY $47.00
– Gentle Giant Garindan Mini Bust ONLY $45.00
– Gentle Giant Wampa Statue ONLY $179.00
– Count Dooku Animated Maquette ONLY $74.99

Visit AndrewsToyz.com for the above and much more!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 34 Obi-Wan Kenobi
January 27, 2009 | 12:40 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave of figures.

After over a decade of sub-par modern era figure releases, Ol’ Ben Kenobi finally gets the full super-articulated treatment. This figure features ball joint shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles with swivel wrists, hips and waist. He also flaunts some of the standard soft goods flare with a removable cloth Jedi robe that is far more esthetically pleasing than the VOTC version. As for the accessories, not only does he include his signature lightsaber, but you’ll also find the small table (complete with sculpted tea pot and cups) from his Tatooine hovel and a holographic projection Princesss Leia figure that attaches to it.

If there is any one issue with this figure it would be how the neck and head joints are designed. To get the most mileage from this mold, the torso, neck and head are actually three separate pieces. As you’ll see in the photos, the neck piece has a ball on either end that plugs into sockets on the torso and the base of the head. The result, on my figure at least, is a very wobbly head/neck joint where Ol’ Ben looks as if he’s dozing off half the time due to the loose joints. Maybe these tolerances will tighten later in production but for now you might have to do some jury-rigging to make it look right.

Head to the toyguide to see if this latest version of the strange old hermit is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Episode 179: Rogue Leaders
January 26, 2009 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


On this week’s Star Wars Action News, we talk to Rob Smith, editor of the Official Playstation Magazine and author of Rogue Leaders: The History of LucasArts about videogames past, present, and future as we look at his new book, covering such classics as Star Wars: X-Wing and Rebel Assault, to the current The Force Unleashed. Rob gives us his prognosis on the future of the embattled Battlefront 3 game, and answers the age-old questions: is PC gaming dead? And, what is more important in a game–story or gameplay.

Also this week, we discuss the new Ashoka Tano lightsaber replica going on pre-order from eFX Collectibles on February 1st, and preview the Gentle Giant Han Solo in Carbonite and Boba Fett animated maquette.

All this and lenticular Valentines too on this episode of Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Clone Wars Turbo Tank Boxed Image
January 26, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Justin2

 


If you had any doubts that a Turbo Tank would be coming, you can put that behind you folks – check out Hasbro’s compliment to the AT-TE after the jump!

Edit: Thanks to ActionFigureNews.ca for getting the scoop on these images.

 


 

Stay on Target
January 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM EST | Justin2

Looks like the hunt is back on as forum member Darth Kikinou spotted Legacy Wave 5 figures and Clone Wars Wave 4 at his local Target over the weekend, and this morning I found the new Clone Wars wave at a St. Louis area Target as well.

Good luck and happy hunting Yakkers!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Titaniums and Diamond Select Anakin Skywalker 
January 24, 2009 | 8:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Titanium ships this week. Pre-Order Anakin Skywalker -Diamond Select 19 inch tall Action Figure and get $10.00 off the suggested retail price. Pre-Order deadline is Monday January 26th, 2009.

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Republic Fighter Tank
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

Pre-Order – January 26th, 2009
Anakin Skywalker – Diamond Select
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter – Exclusive
Garindan Mini Bust
K-3PO Bobble Head – Exclusive
Modal Node Band Member – Bobble Head
Slave Leia – Bobble Head
Wicket – Bobble Head
Clone Wars PEZ
Boba Fett Fine Art Print
Legacy Fine Art Print

 


 

Shadow ARC-170 Fighter?
January 23, 2009 | 5:31 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at JediInsider have acquired a new image today of another redeco of the ARC-170 fighter now sporting a dark or “shadow” color scheme. Also of interest this looks to have Imperial logos emblazoned on the sides. No word yet as to when or where this will be available but Hasbro sure is getting all the mileage they can out of this mold.

 


 

Star Wars Lightsaber USB Glow Lamp
January 23, 2009 | 5:16 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of a few new items but this one takes the spotlight. The Star Wars Lightsaber USB Glow Lamp doubles as a desk light and glowing mini lightsaber. It comes complete with a base that holds the lightsaber, and recharges it by plugging directly into your computer’s USB port. Glows blue.

 


 

Medicom: New Star Wars Product Announcements
January 23, 2009 | 4:35 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Medicom has updated their site today with a couple new Star Wars announcements: The Kubrick 2009 Collector 5-pc Set which includes the Y-Wing Pilot, Hoth Chewbacca, Holographic Darth Vader, R2-B1 and Mace Windu. Also revealed is the RAH (Real Action Heroes) 12″ TIE Fighter Pilot.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Drewton
January 22, 2009 | 10:04 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Drewton has released the first chapter in an all new photonovel series that explains a fan fiction perspective on the fall of Count Dooku and the ordering of the Clone Army.

Be sure to check out what looks like another promising series after the jump!

 


 

OT – Star Trek: The Next Toy Generation
January 22, 2009 | 12:05 PM EST | Justin2

With new toys joining a new Star Trek movie this spring, USA Today breaks news with the first images of Playmates new 3-3/4″ line. Check out what looks like some very detailed playsets here, and thanks for forumite Eopie Herder for the heads up!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Schedule Update
January 22, 2009 | 9:20 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has sent word that they have retooled the schedule for all participating sites in the QnA, so questions that were submitted back on Dec. 30 will be returned Jan. 30.

Deadline for submission for the next round is Jan. 30 with answers being returned on Feb 27.

So, with all the recent revelations, now’s the time to start asking your questions. And remember, with Toyfair just around the corner, certain questions will undoubtedly be answered coyly as to save details/surprises for the show.

 


 

Cleaning The Vault
January 21, 2009 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault has been doing some checking, and they’ve found a few of some of Master Replicas’ Star Wars props which they’ve made available at unheard of prices– as always, including shipping in the US. Among the finds are Yoda FX sabers, Yoda Artist Proof Revenge of the Sith Sabers, Qui-Gon LE Sabers, scaled helmets including Luke X-wing and Stormtrooper, the mini Stormtrooper and Fett blasters, and a few of the mini sabers. There’s just a few of each, and in some cases just 1 of each, so grab yours now before they’re gone. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 21, 2009 | 7:54 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new preorders and more new arrivals. Our Winter Clearance Sale is still running

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NEW PREORDERS:
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OBI-WAN KENOBI BRONZE BUST
This solid bronze bust of Obi-Wan Kenobi is sculpted in the likeness of Sir Alec Guinness, and is limited to 77 pieces worldwide, in honor of the year that Star Wars was released, 1977. This ultra-limited piece from Gentle Giant is priced at $1449.99

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 5 CASE
The newest assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars Titanium ships includes two Republic Interceptor Tanks, two V-19s, two Lambda Class Shuttles, a Shadow Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike, a V-Wing, two Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark IIs, a Cloud Car and an AT-te. This case of twelve is listed at $79.99; you can instead opt for the set of six, one each of Republic Interceptor Tank, V-19, Lambda Class Shuttle, Shadow Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike, V-Wing and BSG Viper Mark II, priced at $44.99. Check it all out here.

 


 

New Target DPCIs Surface
January 20, 2009 | 9:53 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have acquired a new DPCI list that confirms a few new items that have been the subject of rumors over the past few days. Head on over for all the details.

 


 

Episode 178: Star Wars Economics
January 20, 2009 | 4:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


While we’re still a month away from the toy reveal explosion that is Toy Fair it seems like it’s been a high-energy week for Star Wars. From Battlefront 3 leaked alpha footage to new DVDs, Hasbro toys, Acme art, Gentle Giant maquettes, and Art Asylum figures, not a day has passed over the last week where there didn’t seem to be some major news for Star Wars collectors.

On this week’s Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie do a news round-up, summarizing the most important news of the week, and opining on the revelations.

Also this week, Kevin looks at one of the safest investments you can make in this economy–vintage figures. Think we’re kidding? Listen to find out. And I promise you, it’s not as boring as your economics professor.

All this and Rotta the Hutt too on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

Be On The Hunt for Black Chrome Lego Vader
January 20, 2009 | 9:16 AM EST | Jayson

 


In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Lego / Star Wars license, collectors will be on the hunt this year for a special Black Chrome Vader Lego Mini Figure placed randomly in all new 2009 Lego sets with the exception of the two battle packs.

Thanks to Julie at Lego for the info.

 


 

A Special Congratulations….
January 19, 2009 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


With the recent revealing of the Kyle Katarn and Yuuzhan Vong figures in the Star Wars Insider, a special congratulations goes out to Star Wars Fanworks / Star Wars Timeline Gold creator (and Star Wars Action News special contributor) Nathan P. Butler.

Set in the New Jedi Order era, his Star Wars Tales #21 story, Equals and Opposites, serves as the backdrop for this comic pack and it is sure to have a special place in his collection.

 


 

High-Res ESB Wave Images
January 19, 2009 | 9:28 PM EST | Jayson

SirStevesGuide.com has posted ultra large high-res loose and carded images of the recently revealed 2009 ESB Wave. It looks as though we can expect 2 carded versions of the Hoth Rebel Soldier, but no indication yet on how the Ugnaughts will be packed. Also, these shots confirmed that the Build-A-Droid is in fact U-3PO and not HK-47 as previously stated by Hasbro. Head on over to view the images then discuss your thoughts on them in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Saga Legends
January 19, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Saga Legends action figures and New Clone Wars PEZ for Pre-Order.

IN STOCK – Saga Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

Pre-Order – January 25th, 2009
Anakin Skywalker – Diamond Select
Exclusive – Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter
Garindan Mini Bust
K-3PO Bobble Head – Exclusive
Modal Node Band Member – Bobble Head
Slave Leia – Bobble Head
Wicket – Bobble Head
Clone Wars PEZ
Boba Fett Fine Art Print
Legacy Fine Art Print

 


 

Clone Wars Figure 2 Packs Due Soon
January 19, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

While visiting my local Toys R Us store today, I noticed a few shelf tags for the Clone Wars Figure/Droid 2 Packs that were revealed back in November. Two sets have been revealed thus far, Anakin Skywalker with R2-D2 and General Grievous with Battle Droid and are priced at $14.99 (that’s $2 cheaper than buying them as individual carded releases.) They look to be unchanged from their initial releases and there is no word yet if there will be more in this series. If you’re looking for them they should start appearing at your TRU store very soon.

Head on over to our friends at Han’s Hideout for a closer look.

 


 

New Figures Revealed in Star Wars Insider
January 19, 2009 | 8:59 AM EST | Jayson

Scans from the new Star Wars Insider are circulating the internets revealing rumored figures from several upcoming waves. RS forum member MomawNadon has posted figures shots and concept sketches of AOTC Obi-Wan, Nikto Sail Barge Gunner, Slave Leia (with alternate legs), TFU Shaak Ti, Kyle Katarn, Yuuzhan Vong, Cyborg Darth Maul (Visionaries), Deliah Blue (Legacy), ROTS Concept Anakin and a Space “Purge” Trooper. Head to the forums for all the images.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 18, 2009 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new arrivals, and many more new preorders. Our Winter Clearance Sale is still running, so be sure to check out some of the thousands of good deals.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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CLONE WARS COUNT DOOKU MAQUETTE
Darth Sidious’ servant is getting his own maquette, based on his look in the current Clone Wars animated series. He stands 10.5″ tall, and wields his light saber with a look of disdain on his face. He’s priced at $79.99, a savings of $15 off the MSRP.

SIDESHOW 12″ ADMIRAL PIETT
Firmus Piett had a long and interesting life, rising in his career from Captain, to Captain of the Executor at after Yavin IV, to becoming Admiral during the Battle of Hoth, to commanding the Imperial Fleet at the Battle of Endor. His new 12″ action figure from Sideshow is in his Admiral days, with interchangeable caps, a blaster and a blaster pistol, a display base, more than 30 points of articulation, and much more. Admiral Piett is priced at $67.99.

SIDESHOW 12″ SANDTROOPER
Sideshow has also announced their new 12″ Sandtrooper figure. This set includes a fully detailed Sandtrooper armor set, including new helmet and armor pieces, an MG-15 rifle, backpack and pouches, a body with over 30 points of articulation, and more. This new figure is priced at $104.99

STAR WARS LEGACY BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 6
This newest wave of Legacy figures takes its cues from “The Empire Strikes Back” and includes Luke with new prosthetic hand, Princess Leia as she appeared on the medical frigate, the Emperor, Captain Needa, a Hoth Rebel Trooper and an Ugnaught. We’re not sure if this new wave will contain one or two Build-a-Droids, but we do know that U-3P0 will be among them. We’ve got this wave listed as a set of six for $52.99, a case of 12 (two of each figure) for $99.99, or as single figures, priced at $9.99 – $13.99 each. Check it all out here.

 


 

Make It Better 2009
January 18, 2009 | 7:57 PM EST | Jayson

Sandtroopers.com updates tonight with announcement of this year’s Make It Better Charity Campaign and this year has a new twist. Head on over for the full details.

 


 

High-Res ESB Wave Images
January 18, 2009 | 5:40 PM EST | Jayson

JediInsider has come through again with some high-quality images of the recently revealed Empire Strikes Back wave. These image confirm in a sense the speculation of 2 different Hoth Rebel Soldiers. A welcome revelation to army builders and strict Original Trilogy collectors alike. Head on over to view these for yourself.

 


 

GRECO ANTILLES and the TEMPLE OF THE LOST HOLOCRON Part 2
January 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM EST | Justin2

 


This weekend we spotlight the second installment in the new photonovel series by forum memberRobo-Quack. Check out this impressive chapter after the jump!

 


 

2009 Lego Sets Revealed
January 17, 2009 | 10:50 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

Lego site Brickshelf has come across imagery of some new sets due this year covering the Original Trilogy and Clone Wars eras.

7748 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
7749 Echo Base
8036 Separatist Shuttle
8037 Anakin’s Y-Wing Starfighter
8038 The Batttle of Endor
8039 Republic Cruiser Venator
Darth Vader 10th Anniversary

The Prequel sets sport the red and white theme to coincide with the new packaging due later this year while the Original Trilogy sets return to the black and gold packaging and have a special banner calling out the 10th Anniversary (1999-2009) of the Star Wars/Lego license.

Discuss your thoughts on these new sets in our forums.

 


 

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it)
January 16, 2009 | 5:36 PM EST | Niktom

 


Not sure how long this has been out there but a friend of mine forwarded it to me today. Sounds a lot like me trying to describe Gone With the Wind.

Discuss here in the forums.

 


 

New Gentle Giant Items at StarWarsShop.com
January 15, 2009 | 10:06 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a few new items from Gentle Giant. First, the Clone Wars Count Dooku Maquette (avail. Aug 09). Standing at over 10″ tall, this maquette looks as if it was pulled right from the film/series. Next, the Hoth Luke Skywalker Mini Bust (avail. Aug 09). Finally, for those with a few extra “credits” to spread around, the Bronze Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust is limited to only 77 pieces worldwide.

 


 

Something Massive This Way Comes
January 15, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

It seems that on the heels of the BMF Falcon and ATTE, that Hasbro has another massive vehicle in store for collectors and fans– the Clone Turbo Tank. Our friends at Jedi News UK have unearthed the details on this and more in a print Toy Fair Preview article. Read the full story here.

 


 

New Battle Pack Images at JediInsider
January 15, 2009 | 5:27 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The fine crew at JediInsider has acquired high-quality images of the The Legacy Collection Battle of Yavin and The Clone