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Hasbro Announces Fans’ Choice Poll

Hasbro is pleased to once again invite you to help determine its next STAR WARS Fans’ Choice figure! The winner will be included in Hasbro’s STAR WARS action figure line in 2013, in time for the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI.

We will be polling our readers to again compile a top 10 list for submission on Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011. All polling result lists will be combined together (each outlet getting an equal voice) with the #1 character on each list worth 10 points, the #2 character worth 9 points, the #3 worth 8 points, etc. The resultant point values will be used to generate the final ballot of 20 choices, which will be announced in October by STAR WARS Insider

Fans will then be able to vote on STAR WARS Insider’s site for their favorite character out of the Top 20, and the character with the most votes as of December 1 will be the new STAR WARS Fans’ Choice figure! The winning character will be announced at Hasbro’s 2012 Collector-Fan Media Day event at Toy Fair in New York in February 2012.

Please note: any characters selected from the current STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated series would be done in a realistic style.

Sponsor News: Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant Ltd. is now taking pre-orders for their Clone Wars AT-RT web exclusive maquette and the Premier Guild Exclusive Bespin Han Solo Mini Bust.

Customizer Mega Spotlight

Tonight we bring to the forefront some more fantastic custom work being shown off in the Yakface forums!

First up, we take a peek at the latest creations by DanOfTheDead – there’s some amazing stuff here – be sure to check it out here.

Sculpting master Sithfire30 blows us away with even more jaw dropping “in-progress” customs which can be seen by checking out his customs thread.

Next, take a minute and click here for a great gallery of some awesome custom Jedi and several Sith Lords by tokiravensky.

Last but certainly not least, sillof continues to amaze his fans with his alternative takes on classic characters from the original trilogy – check those out here!

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store

The Inventory Clearance Sale continues with more items added and pricing further reduced. Take a look at the link for a variety of featured items as well as the huge sales menus that contain thousands of items priced 20% to 90% off list price.

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Hi-Res Tauntaun and Landspeeder Images

For your review, here are 2 upcoming Target Exclusives from the Vintage Collection: Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun and the Landspeeder. Click through for the high resolution images. (more…)

New Complete Saga Blu-ray Changes Leaked

There are rumors swirling about that rips of the Blu-rays have leaked on to the internet and with that, comes word of new CGI and audio/SFX alterations made to the Original Trilogy (for the better or worse depending on your point of view). None so far seem to be as controversial as swapping Sebastian Shaw’s head for Hayden Christensen’s in Return of the Jedi, or Greedo shooting first in A New Hope, but the changes are changes none the less.

Time to break out those VHS tapes I guess.

Episode 310: The Good, the Bad, and the Hairy

Saesee Tiin, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Eeth Koth, Savage Opress, and Chewbacca–all figures in the recent waves of the Star Wars Clone Wars figures! Arnie and Marjorie got these figures from Brian’s Toys One of Every Figure Club, and on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast they review these figures! Are they some you should add to your hunt, or an easy pass on the pegs? Listen to find out!

Also on this week’s show, your hosts run down the latest in Star Wars video game and Blu-ray news, and Nathan P. Butler joins them once again continuing his look back at the line of Hasbro Comic Figure 2-Packs.

With a talking Ewok and much more, it’s all on this week’s podcast!

Regular Version:
http://www.swactionnews.com/Podcasts/SWAN310.MP3

Enhanced Version
http://www.swactionnews.com/Podcasts/Enhanced/SWAN310.M4A

Sponsor News: K&C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has received the new Y-Wing Scout Bomber with Clone Trooper Warthog this week.

New: Clone Wars Figure with Vehicle:
Y-Wing Scout Bomber

New: Battle Packs:
Republic Commando
The Force Unleashed

In Stock: Vintage Vehicle Collection:
Y-Wing Fighter
B-Wing Fighter

In Stock: Clone Wars Battle Packs:
Defend Kamino
Assault on Geonosis
Stop the Zillo Beast
The Hunt for Grievous
Can Bane’s Escape

In Stock: Vintage Collection Action Figures:
VC09 – Boba Fett
VC55 – Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)
VC54 – ARC Trooper Commander
VC53 – Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron)
VC52 – Rebel Fleet Trooper
VC51 – Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan)
VC50 – Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)

In Stock: Collectibles you may have over looked:
Ask the Force Electronic 8 Ball
Taco Bell Toys – Defeat the Dark Side
Episode 1 – Program Guide – This is the exclusive Episode 1 Theater program guide
Revenge of the Sith Souvenir Movie Guide
Set of 6 TV Guide Episode 3 Covers

Become a fan of K & C Collectibles on Facebook.

Toyguide Update: CW64 R7-D4

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of R7-D4 (CW64) from The Clone Wars Collection.

PROS: This all-new astromech incorporates the successful Build-A-Droid concept from the 2008-2010 Legacy Collection for added playability. Great sculpt and deco and the blue “inards” under the dome is a nice touch. Compatible with the most recent Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter.

CONS: Since this design utilizes a new removable dome, the pop-up periscope feature from prior astromechs has been omitted.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

Toyguide Update: CW65 Jar Jar Binks

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Jar Jar Binks (CW65) from The Clone Wars Collection.

PROS: For those that missed him before, it’s a great opportunity for another shot at the accident-prone Gungan. Great detailing in terms of deco and the likeness is spot on to the character’s 3D model. Nicely articulated. It’s virtually an exact repaint (save for a little difference on the head) so folks can pass on it unless you really need the Galactic Battle game card.

CONS: Paint job is a little sloppy on the eyes which gives him a cross-eyed look on my sample.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

You can also weigh in with your impressions on the figures we add to our toyguide on facebook and in our forums.

Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Character Previews

Following The Enloe Chronicles photonovel series that concluded in late 2010, pre-work continues for the next series that launches in the OT era, The Enloe Trials.

While official previews are still several months out, we do have several more new custom characters to introduce, as well some new versions of established characters from the series.

Check them out by clicking on the above image!

Sponsor News: Gentle Giant Ltd.

We’ve covered their product for years at the annual conventions and now Yakface.com is proud to welcome Gentle Giant as our newest site sponsor! From mini busts and statues to their newest Star Wars 12″ Jumbo Kenner figures, Gentle Giant is known for their craftsmanship through the use of advanced laser-scanning techniques and a team of incredibly talented artisans.

Anytime you are looking for anything from Gentle Giant, be sure to support our site, and our sponsor, by using the affiliate links.

CGI Yoda in Episode I Footage

/Film.com has posted an article and video showing off Yoda’s new CGI look for The Phantom Menace Blu-ray release. I must say it’s a great improvement over the awful puppet used in Episode I.

Yakfinities # 41 Continues

The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge continues, but only has about one month left! 

If you’re new to customizing or an aging veteran like myself, we invite you to hop on into the forums and join in by submitting your own custom smuggler!

New Clone Wars Found at Walmart

Upon my travels this morning, I managed to scored some of the figures from the newest Clone Wars wave at Walmart. I missed out on Savage Opress but did pick up Chewbacca, Even Piell, Jar Jar Binks, R7-D4 and the new, and much-improved, Captain Rex.

Celebration VI VIP Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

It’s hard to believe we are only one year away from Celebration VI! With that milestone, VIP tickets go on sale tomorrow (August 24) at 3:00 EST. The Jedi Master VIP Package is $850 and limited to the first 50 people and the Jedi Knight VIP Package will be $400 and limited to the first 250 people. If you’ve already purchased your ticket and would like to upgrade, you may do so. For the complete details, head to starwarscelebration.com

SDCC Indiana Jones Set Giveaway

Our friends at JediDefender are giving away this year’s SDCC Exclusive Indiana Jones 30th Anniversary “Lost Wave” Figure Set. Head on over for the complete details and GOOD LUCK!

Episode 309: Bust-y

Marjorie & Arnie are back from Chicago Wizard World and are here this week to review a handful of new purchases, all of which happen to be Gentle Giant mini-busts: The Entertainment Earth exclusive Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi, the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper, the Expanded Universe based Twi’lek Darth Talon, and another Twi’lek–Oola from Jabba’s palace. They discuss the details of these busts, and address the recent price increases among these and other high-end collectibles.

Also this week, Steve reports in from post-riot UK with what toys he’s finding on shelves, and Marjorie and Arnie run down the latest online finds, including some very cool new items from Kotobukiya that are not yet available in the states.

With TWO contests, one where you can win a custom Han in Carbonite Mighty Mugg and one from Backstage Toys where you can win the Toys R Us exclusive Battle of Geonosis figure set, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News podcast!

Regular Version:
http://www.swactionnews.com/Podcasts/SWAN309.MP3

Enhanced Version
http://www.swactionnews.com/Podcasts/Enhanced/SWAN309.M4A

NEW Clone Wars Figures Hitting Retail

It seems that the new assortment of Clone Wars figures (Chewbacca, Jet Pack Rex, Even Piell, Savage Opress etc.) is hitting retail across the country. For an advanced look at these new releases, head on over to our friends at Jedi Temple Archives!

Amazing Custom Head Sculpts – Part 2

As much as we love Hasbro’s sculpts, there are times when a talented customizer comes along and creates a mold that blows us away… fans will recall that back in February, we spotlighted some amazing custom head sculpts by customizer Evergray.

Now, he’s done it once again with some more amazing sculpts that we only wish we could get our hands on!  See the Stormtrooper comparison above – how cool would it be nice for them to adopt something more like the above helmet on the right as a standard moving forward?

Check out more of Evergray’s work, and share your thoughts after the jump!

Blu-ray Deleted/Extended Scene Rumor List

The blog Star Wars Aficionado Magazine has posted a list of rumored deleted scenes that will be included in the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set next month. Head on over for the unconfirmed list.

UPDATE: Our friends at Rebelscum have posted a nice disc by disc breakdown as well.

Sponsor News: Big Bad Toy Store


Hi – Here is a quick update from bigbadtoystore.com about a bunch of great new arrivals and many more cool new pre-orders:

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Republic AV-7s Start to Shell Toys R Us

Yakface forum member “combatJedi” reports that he found the Republic AV-7 at his local Toys”R”Us.  Nice find!

Mos Eisley – Chalmun’s Cantina Now Available

Sideshow’s Mos Eisley – Chalmun’s Cantina 12″ Figure Environment is now available for pre-order for $249.99

UPDATE: New Target DPCIs Revealed

The crew over at BanthaSkull.com have posted a new list of Target DPCIs taking us from now through the first part of 2012. Head on over for the breakdown.

UPDATE: I hit up my local Target today to check out the new DPCIs and grab their corresponding prices:

087-06-0269 Vintage Vehicles – $24.99
087-06-1732 Vintage Vehicle (Landspeeder & Tauntaun) – $24.99
087-06-1736 CW Figure Collection – $19.99
087-06-1749 Vehicle Figure Scene Pack (Search for Luke Skywalker)  – $24.99
087-06-0320 Darth Maul double Lightsaber – $20.00
087-06-0765 Battlefields of Naboo – $29.99
087-06-0780 Attack Vehicles – $24.99
087-06-0920 Villains and Sith- $14.99

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