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 Wars Jabba The Hutt Battle Packs. Head over for a look-see.

 


 

BMF Clearance
January 15, 2009 | 10:11 AM EST | Jayson

 


Reports are circulating that the Legacy “BMF” Millennium Falcon has been found on clearance for a mere $35.00 at Target locations. If you’ve been holding out on this now’s the time.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Ibtisam
January 14, 2009 | 11:47 PM EST | Justin2

 


More Rebel Pilots are on the way courtesy of some great Wal-Mart exclusive Comic Packs coming out soon – including the Rogue Squadron Pilot, Ibtisam. Head to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Lt. Sunber and Amanin Comic Pack Images
January 14, 2009 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends at Jedi Insider have just posted some nice packaged images of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Lt. Sunber and Amanin comic 2 pack. To saw the least it looks like this one was VERY well done. Check it out here.

 


 

Clone Wars Episodes 1-4 Coming to DVD
January 14, 2009 | 4:04 PM EST | Jayson

 


In case you can’t wait for the full first season of The Clone Wars to come to DVD and Blu-Ray in late 2009, StarWars.com reveals today that the first 4 episodes dubbed “A Galaxy Divided” are due to hit shelves in March. Head to the official site for full details…

 


 

Star Wars Insider #107 Peek
January 13, 2009 | 11:34 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Official Site updates tonight with details on the next issue of The Star Wars Insider. This issue features variant covers depicting C-3PO (newsstand) and R2-D2 (subscribers, comic shop and throughTitan). Be sure to pick up this issue as it will offer a behind the scenes look at the development process of an action figure and a first look at a few upcoming Expanded Universe figures!

Head to StarWars.com for further details.

 


 

A New Look for Yakface in the New Year
January 13, 2009 | 11:10 PM EST | Jayson

Since Star Wars merchandise will be receiving a revamped look in 2009, what better time to refresh our own site by pulling design cues from the new packaging revealed yesterday. And the changes don’t stop there. I’ve also added a convenient RSS feed to the site that can be easily subscribed to in order to receive instant notifications when new articles are posted.

 


 

There Is Another…
January 13, 2009 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

 


And yet another NEW LEGO set has shown up at Toys R Us. This time it is the LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku’s Solar Sailor (7752). Looks to be 385 pieces.

 


 

Acme Archives Adds William Silvers Artwork
January 13, 2009 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

 

 

Acme Archives Direct has just announced that they will be handling William Silvers Star Wars artwork, and to say the least it looks outstanding. If you’ve still got some wallspace for Star Wars artcheck it out here.

 


 

Episode 177: View from the Insider
January 12, 2009 | 10:46 PM EST | Jayson

 


Month after month they come into the mailbox, the Star Wars Insider. It has had almost as many publishers as Murphy Brown had secretaries, but now it is being run by international fanzine company Titan Magazines. Is it worth the cover price? Arnie and Marjorie dissect the latest issue on this week’s podcast of Star Wars Action News.

Also on this episode, Star Wars comic author Nathan P Butler (Star Wars Tales: Equals & Opposites) gives us a look at Dark Horse’s 2008 Star Wars crossover event–Vector. Last weekend the final issue of this 12 part saga was released. Was it worth all the hype and mystery, and does it live up to Dark Horse’s promise of being important? Nathan reveals all in this spoiler-filled review.

With a final look at the Diamond Darth Maul, a first look at Legacy Wave 6, and a brief bit of advice from Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), 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

 


 

Attention Aayla Fans
January 12, 2009 | 8:05 PM EST | Bill

 


The Official Site has updated to announce that this week’s episode of the Clone Wars will feature the debut of fans’ favorite Twi’lek Jedi– Aayla Secura. Unless you want to stay spoiler free check out the screen captures and preview here.

 


 

Red, White and Cool
January 12, 2009 | 3:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


Fans and collectors will soon see a new packaging design across all Star Wars merchandise, courtesy of design agency Pilot as well as Lucasfilm’s own Licensing team.

Head to the official site for the details, then discuss your thoughts on it here.

 


 

Another Price Hike?
January 12, 2009 | 2:27 PM EST | Justin2

You may have noticed that most e-tailers have raised the price on 2009 cases of figures. Well today I saw two different Wal-Marts that have raised their basic figures prices to $7.46 (up from $6.96) on both Clone Wars and Legacy figures.

The last thing the hobby needs is another price increase, so hopefully this is just a couple of isolated incidents. But if you’re seeing the same thing, let us know.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 29 Clone Trooper (327th Star Corps)
January 11, 2009 | 10:13 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume tonight with the 327th Star Corps Clone Trooper.

Originally released in the Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack (which was a clean redeco of Evolutions Clone Trooper), this particular Clone Trooper can currently be found including one of two colored pauldrons. The original being the mustard yellow and the new version having a reddish-orange pauldron. But the variants don’t stop there – each one includes a different Build-A-Droid piece as well. The first one includes MB-RA-7’s silver torso, while the new version includes MB-RA-7’s right leg.

Head to the toyguide to see if either one (or both) of these are worth adding to your collection.

 


 

2009 New Prototype Images
January 11, 2009 | 4:35 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

Big thanks to Yakface forum member Rune Haako for spotting some more images of the upcoming ESB wave – check several new prototype images of these figures after the jump!

Also, don’t forget to take a first peek at a pair of new Youngling figures that should be coming out later this year via a Battle Pack here… and even a few adult Jedi.

 


 

Disney’s Star Wars Weekends Confirmed for 2009
January 11, 2009 | 12:26 PM EST | Bill

Disney has just announced the dates for their annual Star Wars Weekends– and raid on our bank accounts for the latest collectibles. For this year they will run from May 22 to June 14 2009. In addition, it looks like the weekends are a permanet addition as Disney is now including a clip about them on their free vacation planning videos. If you’d like to get a copy of the free DVD, you can order one at Disney World.com.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 10, 2009 | 2:27 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals, more new preorders, and a big new sale with prices cut on over 2000 items!

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WINTER CLEARANCE SALE:
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Prices have been slashed on over 2000 items! Many items have been discounted 50% to 70% or more! Hundreds of different lines are on sale including Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and much ,more. Take a look at the sale menu below for great savings on many items:

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE DARTH MAUL
This Ultimate Quarter Scale is even more impressive “in person” than its description. Measuring 19″ tall, this recreation is swaddled in black robesthat cover his 23 points of articulation, and includes his double-bladed lightsaber (magnetic), electronic binoculars, an alternate wrist-link hand, and a display stand. The figure also speaks phrases and other sound effects when you press a button on his front. This great new figure is priced at $64.99, $15 below MSRP.

STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE CRUCIBLE BOX SET
This new Previews Exclusive boxed set from “Crimson Empire” will allow you to set up a display of the Crucible, where Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard receive their final training. This set includes the Emperor and Darth Vader, along with Carnor Jax, Kir Kanos, Alum Frost and Lemmet Tauk in their Imperial Guard Academy training uniforms. This set is priced at $36.99.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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LIFE-SIZED CLONE WARS CAPTAIN REX MONUMENT STATUE
This new piece from Gentle Giant measures almost six feet tall, and portrays the Clone Captain as he appears in his blue-accented armor as commander of the 501st Clone Trooper Battalion. His armor is slightly
tarnished and scratched, as you would expect from a veteran of his caliber. This fantastic statue is priced at $1399.99

STAR WARS COLLECTOR MARBS
Jakks Pacific has announced their new line of collectible marbles. Each marble contains the image of a hero, villain, robot, or (oversized marble of a) ship, with each wave containing two each of 12 different marbles. We’ve got these listed by the case of 24 for $94.99, or by the set of 12 for $49.99Check it all out here.

 


 

New Mini Figures At Disney
January 10, 2009 | 12:05 PM EST | Bill

Our friends at Endor Express.net have found the details and images of new mini figures– think the micromachines line size– coming to Disney’s Star Trader Stores. Among them are Darth Goofy, Teek from the Ewok Movies (for the first time in plastic), and also for the first time a Star Tours Cast Member! Check it out here.

 


 

Andrews Toyz Newsfeed
January 10, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

Andrew’s Toyz has several NEW ARRIVALS:
– Darth Maul 1/4 Scale Ultimate Action Figure IN STOCK now for only $67.00
– New Evolutions figures including the Force Unleashed Vader’s Secret Apprentice and more!
– All Force FX Lightsabers $99.00 each!
– Clone Wars Figures Waves 1 – 3 are in hand and ready to ship!

Visit AndrewsToyz.com for the above and much more! Have a great weekend!

 


 

Empire Strikes Back Wave Revealed
January 10, 2009 | 7:25 AM EST | Jayson

 


Yakface Sponsor Entertainment Earth has posted images and ordering info for The Legacy Collection’s upcoming ESB themed wave (wave 6). It features Captain Needa, Luke Skywalker (Medical Frigate), Princess Leia (Medical Frigate), an awesome Hoth Rebel Trooper, a pair of Ugnaughts and Emperor Palpatine who is sporting the “Monkey Faced” head sculpt representing his look before those pesky Special Editions were released.

Head over to Entertainment Earth.com to take a look and then head back to the the forums to discuss your thoughts on this wave.

 


 

$45 AT-TEs at Sam’s Club
January 9, 2009 | 9:59 AM EST | Jayson

Yak Reader Chris D. sends in a report on the AT-TE being marked down 50% to $45.00 at his local Westland, Michigan Sam’s Club. This is the standard version that includes the single AT-TE Clone Trooper.

 


 

Sideshow Sandtrooper
January 9, 2009 | 7:51 AM EST | Mark

Today is the day for the pre-order of this very nice Sandtrooper

And if you haven’t done so already… The Admiral is available NOW for pre-order…

 


 

Shadows of the Empire Strikes Back!
January 9, 2009 | 12:09 AM EST | Justin2

 


Back in 1996, Shadows of the Empire helped introduce many fans to the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. This multi-media event became an inspiration for many collectors to explore the world of customizing as well.

Shadows of the Empire also introduced a new element to the Star Wars saga; the crime syndicate known as Black Sun.

So roll up your sleeves and join in the newest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge as customizers crack out their own versions of Black Sun criminals after the jump!

 


 

ToyMan Collector Show Returns
January 8, 2009 | 11:51 PM EST | Justin2

For those of you in the St. Louis area, ToyMan is back in 2009 with the first show this Sunday. More details at Toymanshow.com

 


 

Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
January 8, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


The next chapter in the extraordinary history of the Star Wars galaxy begins in Outcast, the first book of the new series, Fate of the Jedi. This hardcover release by Del Rey Books from author Aaron Allston is due out on March 24, 2009.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details.

 


 

StarWarsShop: Exclusive 12″ RAH Clone Commander
January 8, 2009 | 2:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com is now making available the Exclusive Clone Commander 12″ Real Action Hero Figure at a deep discounted price of $79.99 (orig. $149.99).

The figure is limited to 1,000 units worldwide and debuted at Celebration Japan, with 750 pieces exclusive to StarWarsShop.

 


 

The Force Will Be With You…. This Fall
January 7, 2009 | 3:04 PM EST | Jayson

USA Today has posted an interesting story about a new “Force” interactive toy due this fall. The Force Trainer comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker’s abilities in the Star Wars films.

Head on over to read the full article.

 


 

Mini Deformed Figures at ToyTokyo
January 6, 2009 | 11:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


Speciality toy store ToyTokyo has added the Mini Super Deformed figures from Tomy to their online store. Each blind box gives you a chance at one legendary figure from the Star Wars Trilogy. Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2, Yoda or Darth Vader. Collect them all!

 


 

StarWarsShop: Airborne Trooper Bust Back in Stock
January 6, 2009 | 11:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has restocked and has a few more of the Exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Busts from Gentle Giant. This must have bust is in stock and ready to ship and if you’re a Hyperspace member you’ll receive and additional 10% off!

 


 

Star Wars: The Old Republic Revealed
January 6, 2009 | 11:35 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts and BioWare are teaming up to form a brand new massively multiplayer online roleplaying game set in the era of the Old Republic. Discover how story will change the way you think of MMOs, how companion characters will offer unique ways to adventure, and how the look and the feel of the game will be unique.

Head to the Official Site to watch the 5-minute featurette.

 


 

Wattographs January Autograph Signings:
Carrie Fisher, Richard LeParmentier and Goran Kleut!

January 6, 2009 | 10:54 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs kicks off 2009 with prequel and original trilogy autograph signers: Carrie Fisher, Richard LeParmentier and Goran Kleut!

The Princess really needs no introduction other than Carrie Fisher. The actress born of a Hollwood couple played Princess Leia in the orginal Star Wars Trilogy. The screen icon is also a notable screenwriter, author, script doctor, and star of her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking.” Fisher will be signing convention provided photos and fans’ personal send-in collectibles.

His lack of faith may be disturbing, but Richard LeParmentier’s is not! LeParmentier played Admiral Motti in “Episode IV: A New Hope.” He is also famous for his other big screen credits which include Superman II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Rollerball among many others. He will be signing convention provided photos and fans’ personal send-in collectibles.

Goran Kleut played Utapau’s chief aide, Lampay Fay in “Revenge of the Sith.” Fay and Tion Medon greet Obi-Wan Kenobi upon his landing on Utapau and secretly refuel his ship while he searches for General Grievous! Kleut will be signing an official photograph and fan’s personal send-in items.

Signing ends 1/31/2009 at 11:59:59 EST. Personal items need to be sent to Wattographs by that date. Please contact Wattographs with any questions. Be sure to signup for the newsletter for updates, interviews, and specials

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Back To The Future
January 5, 2009 | 7:36 PM EST | Bill

 


Since The Clone Wars have become one of the best known central events in the history of the Star Wars universe, our friends over at Jedi News have highlighted an article by Gus Lopez looking at one of Kenner’s second generation EU creations– a modified version of the vintage line’s imperial troop transport. Check out all the goodies here.

 


 

Episode 176: Crap Tax
January 5, 2009 | 4:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


It’s a new year, and as with every new year comes some new lines of Star Wars collectibles. This year, one of the new lines is Diamond Select’s Ultimate Quarter Scale line of figures, the first of which, Darth Maul, has been spotted on Toys R Us shelves. Arnie and Marjorie provide a hands-on review of the first entry in this new line.

Also this week, we play your voicemails, discussing the new wave of titaniums, the value of the Ewok live action movies, and a forum listener offers up a copy of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor as a prize! And if you want to be on the show, call our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI to let us know your thoughts on what you’re collecting.

With an update on the next Sideshow 1/6 scale figure going on sale THIS FRIDAY, all that 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

And also, Arnie, Jerry, Brock, and Marjorie got together to discuss the first Clone Wars episode of 2009: Dooku Captured. You can download it now here

 


 

Captain Rex Exclusive Figure Redemption Extended!
January 5, 2009 | 2:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has updated today sending word that the Captain Rex Mailaway offer has been extended until March 31, 2009. If you still need yours, head to Hasbro.com for ordering details.

 


 

Customizing Group Project Roundup
January 3, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Force Unleashed Shaak Ti Group Project has wrapped up with some great entries. Head on over to the forums to see all the different renditions of this Order 66 survivor submitted by customizershere.

 


 

Clone Wars Update: Dooku Captured and Episode 12 Preview
January 3, 2009 | 12:01 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated with a new commentary on last night’s new episode of the Clone Wars “Dooku Captured”. Director Dave Filoni speculates on what it takes to capture a Lord of the Sith.

Also a preview of next week’s episode “The Gungan General”has been posted and again it looks like Jar Jar to the rescue.

 


 

New Saga Legends Wave Appearing
January 3, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Jayson

Upon my morning trip to my local Target store, I ran across the newest wave of Saga Legends figures which includes the Black Pauldron Sandtrooper, X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker, Tri-Droid, Snowtrooper, Saesee Tiin, Red ARC Trooper Commander and the ROTS Clone Trooper. So if you’re looking to keep current on this line or add some army builders to your ranks, best head out to your local retailer.

 


 

Yakfinities #26 Roundup Report
January 2, 2009 | 9:26 PM EST | Justin2

 


The final Yakfinities of 2008 has wrapped up, and the winner declared. See who won and check out all the different customs submitted by Yakface forum members after the jump!

 


 

ATTE For $64.00???!!!!
January 2, 2009 | 8:05 PM EST | Bill

Our Friends over at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting that some Wal-Mart Stores are taking a lightsaber to the price on their remaining ATTEs– from $99 all the way down to $64.00. If you still need one, or are looking ato add a second, err third, one, be sure to check your local Wal-Mart.

 


 

The Clone Wars Returns with “Dooku Captured”
January 2, 2009 | 9:27 AM EST | Jayson

After a brief holiday break, the Clone Wars series resumes tonight at 9pm EST with a new episode entitled “Dooku Captured”. During their own attempt to kidnap Count Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan discover that the Sith Lord has already been captured by pirates.

For a preview of this episode head to StarWars.com.

And in case you need more of a Clone Wars fix, there are also 2 additional repeat episodes, Bombad Jedi and Cloak of Darkness, airing tonight starting at 7pm and 7:30 pm respectively.

 


 

A New Hope… RiffTrax Style
January 1, 2009 | 6:39 PM EST | Jayson

For those of you unfamiliar with RiffTrax, it’s a hilarious running commentary on our favorite (or not so favorite) films brought to you by the same crew and voice over talent that were featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K). Now they’ve added Star Wars: A New Hope to their RiffTrax catalog of movie spoofs joining the Prequel Trilogy and the infamous Holiday Special.

From RiffTrax:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Marin County, to be exact) George Lucas sparked up his favorite bong, kicked back in a bean bag chair and several gurgles later came up with the idea that would become the greatest movie of all time.* The story should be familiar to everyone: a moisture farmer leaves his beloved moisture farm (after a terrible moisture stampede), flies to the planet of Mos Def and eventually rescues a princess from the clutches of the evil Moff and destroys the horribly named Death Star. Who knew that the humble moisture farmer’s name would soon be on the lips of kids the world over: yes, Biggs Darklighter, hero of the rebellion. (Or was it Jek Porkins—we forget?)

This is, to be precise, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the Special Edition “improved” by George Lucas for the DVD release (including a long and frankly shocking nude scene with Jabba the Hutt).

*Don’t storm our offices, Dark Knight fans, we acknowledge that it used to be the greatest movie of all time.

 


 

Something A Little Different
January 1, 2009 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill

 


At the mall yesterday, I noticed that Star Wars has invaded the clothing department of Macy’s. To say the least this looks like abit of a new look for Yoda, and it’s a bit different for Vader too!

 


 

Happy 2009
January 1, 2009 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

In this holiday season, all of us at Yakface.com would like to take a few minutes to wish all of our readers and the fan community a wonderful 2009!

 

November 2008 Archive

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

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

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

For more details jump on over!

 


 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW PREORDERS:

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

Toht 12-inch Figure

The Toht 12 inch Figure features:

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

 


 

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

Over at Entertainment Earth they are have their sale tomorrow…

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

Black Friday Sale!

Highlights from this sale include…

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

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

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

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

Head on over for the sale….

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN STOCK – Knights of the Old Republic:
Miniatures

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

This just in from Yak Reader “JediJones”

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

Thanks for your report JediJones and congrats on your find.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

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

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

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

NEW PREORDERS:

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

NEW ARRIVALS:

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

Release from Wattographs.com:

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

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

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

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

Thanks to forumer Rune Haaku for the tip.

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

Over at TRU online


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

Costumes in the pack include:

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

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

 


 

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

Pre-Orders are available now…

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

Coming Soon…

Still Available to order….

Great Christmas gifts to yourself… 🙂

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

Head over to Yodasnews.com for the interview.

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


We’ve also just cut pricing on 200 items.

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

Head to StarWars.com to view all 11 cards.

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

NEW ARRIVALS:

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

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

October 2008 Archive

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


This just in from Yak Reader Marc C.

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

Thanks for the report Marc!

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

And many more!

Head on over and see what deals you may find!

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


Just in from Kotobukiya:

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

Head over to StarWarsShop.com and check them out!

 


 

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

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

Sunday, October 26 4:30pm

SAN DIEGO CA

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

Monday, October 27 7:00pm

PORTLAND, OR

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

Tuesday, October 28 7:00pm

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Barnes & Noble,
14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel

Wednesday, October 29 7:00pm

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Borders
866 Rosedale Center, Roseville MN

Saturday, November 1 4:00pm

ANNAPOLIS, MD

Borders
1115 Annapolis Mall

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Head to StarWars.com for the full details….

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

Discuss your thoughts on these revelations in our forums.

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

Hot New Arrivals:

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

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

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

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

Great New Preorders:

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

For more information, head to AkronSymphony.org

 


 

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

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

Now available for Pre-Order…

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


 

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

 

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

Head to StarWars.com for a brief synopsis.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

 


 

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

This just in from Andrews Toyz.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

New Pre-Order coming…

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


 

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

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

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

Read more at Star Wars.com

 


 

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

 


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

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

Exclusive Legacy Vol 1 Broken

Clone Trooper Bobble Head

Clone Wars C-3PO Character Key

CIV Logo Checkbook Cover

Samuel L. Jackson Signed 8×10

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

September 2008 Archive

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

Click here for a larger view.

Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the initial tip.

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

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

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

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

You can download this week’s show here.

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

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

For more details jump on over!

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

Head to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

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

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

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

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

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

The Clone Wars Digital Kids Watch $5.99

LEGO Rebel Scout Speeder $11.99

Exclusive Senate Guard ARTFX Statue $75.00

The Clone Wars Totem Theatrical Standee $69.99

Celebration IV Silk Scarf $8.99

Han Solo and Tauntaun Statue $99.99

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

Jawa VCD

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

Darth Vader Lightsaber Flashlight Keychain

Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter Webcam

R2-D2 Projection Alarm Clock

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

NEW – Gentle Giant Collection:
Tusken Raider – Deluxe Bust

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

LEGO Trade Federation MTT $82.99

LEGO Rebel Scout Speeder $9.99

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

The Clone Wars 8×5 Foot Theatrical Banner $64.99

Star Wars Expanded Universe Comic Figure Assortment $34.99

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

The first 25 orders today September 14th and first 25 tomorrow Sempteber 15th gets 10% OFF your order. This discount applies to in-stock merchandise. A discount code must be keyed during the check out process to receive the 10% off. The discount code is “UNLEASHED”. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order.

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

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

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

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

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

IN STOCK –Tin Box:
Star Wars Workmans Tin Box Set of 3 – Carry-all Size: 6-7/8 x 3-1/2 x 5-3/8″H 6 tins

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

This just in from Hasbro:

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

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

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

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

We hope that helps fans find it!

May the Force be with you,

Joe Moscone on behalf of Hasbro, Inc.

 


 

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

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

Head to the official site for more details.

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click the image above to embiggen!

 


 

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

 

 

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

 


 

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

 


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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) Chubby Doll $9.99

Clone Wars MP3 Player Alarm Clock $9.99

LEGO The Twilight $74.99

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

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

Anakin Skywalker Chrome Black Mini Saber $19.99

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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

 


 

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

 

  

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 

 

With Star Wars: The Clone Wars just around the corner, Star Wars Insider #104 catches up with supervising director Dave Filoni on all the latest about the new animated series. Sharing the spotlight is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; Insider visits the Lucasfilm headquarters at Skywalker Ranch and the Presidio to uncover the secrets of this highly anticipated new video game. Star Wars Insider #104 hits newsstands on September 16th. Check Titan Magazine’s official website for more information.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Wave 2 BADs: R4-J1 and R7-T1
September 10, 2008 | 4:08 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue and now that we’ve added images for wave 2, be sure take a gander at the completed galleries for Build-A-Droids R4-J1 and R7-T1

 


 

Toyguide Update: Wave 1 BADs: R4-D6 and R7-Z0
September 10, 2008 | 4:05 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue and now that we’ve added images for wave 1, be sure take a gander at the completed galleries for Build-A-Droids R4-D6 and R7-Z0

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 16 Clone Trooper with Cip-Quad 
September 10, 2008 | 3:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue, wrapping up Clone Wars-themed wave with the Clone Trooper with Cip-Quad Cannon. These heavy artillery troopers have specialized weaponry in the form of a pack mounted, four barreled reciprocating cannon and their duty is to take out enemy tanks or other slow movings hostiles. The figure itself is what we’ve come to expect for a clone trooper in terms of articulation and also features a removable helmet and non-removable kama. The clone trooper is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the Build-A-Droid R4-J1.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 15 Quarren Soldier
September 10, 2008 | 3:25 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of another aquatic warrior in Clone Wars-themed wave: the Quarren Soldier. Muscle bound and armed with a trident, the Quarren Soldier is a solid figure in most respects, the sculpt is fabulous (I believe that the head on this figure is also being utilized for the upcoming Sith Lord Maleval) and the articulation is above par except for the glaring omission of knee joints. Have you ever tried swimming without bending your knees? The Quarren Soldier also features a knife with working sheath and a soft goods skirt. This figure is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Demo Shatters Download Record
September 10, 2008 | 12:31 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts announced today that the demo for its highly anticipated title Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has crushed download records since its release on Aug. 21. on the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Eager to experience over-the-top Force powers and a brand-new Star Wars storyline that bridges the events between the two movie trilogies, fans downloaded the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo more than 1 million times in just eight days, topping the previous record by an entire day.

In addition to the record-breaking downloads on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo is also available on the PLAYSTATION® Network, and between them has been downloaded more than 2.3 million times worldwide to date.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed debuts in North America Sept. 16 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™ home videogame system from Nintendo, and Nintendo DS™. In addition Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be available Sept. 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and Sept. 19 in Europe

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 14 Mon Calamari Warrior 
September 10, 2008 | 11:11 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue this morning with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: the Mon Calamari Warrior. This figure again is based on their appearance in the first Animated Clone Wars cartoon and is a fairly faithful representation of those characters. The Mon Calamari Warrior or “Knight” features a decent sculpt with a soft goods lower skirt and is well articulated with elbow, shoulder and ankle ball joints and has the standard swivel waist, wrists and hips but sadly lacks any joints at all in the knee area. As for accessories, the Mon Cal includes a cowill-shell shield, energy lance and a shell used as a clarion to call the other Knights into battle. This figure is also packed with the body of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Group Project – Shaak Ti
September 10, 2008 | 10:38 AM EST | Justin2

 


Unfortunatetly, Hasbro didn’t release a version of Shaak Ti from the upcoming The Force Unleashed game – so what to do? Easy – join in the Yakface Customizing Fall Group Project and make your own!

Check out all the details on how you can participate after the jump!

 


 

The Force Unleashed Commemorative Sets Found
September 10, 2008 | 10:31 AM EST | Justin2

 


By a stroke of luck, I came across some of Wal-Mart exclusive The Force Unleashed Commemorative Sets last evening. Reports have indicated that these won’t be out until the game is released September 16, but it never hurts to look around the toy section for this sort of thing a few days early.

The price on these was $14.84. Check out a few more pics of the new Incinerator StormtroopersHERE.

 


 

Wal-Mart Price Drop
September 10, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


Most collectors of the Indiana Jones line are worried about what the future holds with these figures. It seems that a combination of factors has kept this line from being the success that many hoped it would be… but, reports are coming in that Wal-Mart stores have lowered the prices on the basic figures – down from $6.94 to a much more reasonable $5.44 per figure.

Can this help save the line? Share your thoughts in the Yakface Indy Forum!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 13 IG Lancer Droid
September 9, 2008 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates roll on with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave with the IG Lancer Droid. This figure is a refit of the IG-88 figure from the VTSC line. They differ in a few key areas as this new figure doesn’t include the holster/bandolier, mines or ax accessories and it’s molded in a darker gray plastic. What this figure does have is a newly tooled head, shoulders and also includes a new lance that is different than the one included with the Obi-Wan from this wave. The lance itself can be attached to the Droid’s arm and, if needed, to its back leaving the arms free to brandish both the blaster and blaster rifle. This figure is also packed with the body of the Build-A-Droid R4-J1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 12 Padme Amidala
September 9, 2008 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: Padmé Amidala. We were first treated to the “Snow Bunny” outfit Padmé in theAmbush on Ilum battle pack in the 30th Anniversary line, but that one missed the mark on several accounts due to the limiting, pre-posed sculpt. This one makes up for it big time. This version is beautifully sculpted with a very good likeness to Natalie Portman and plenty of articulation. She also features a removable hood, soft goods cape, blaster pistol and functional holster. This figure is also packed with the left leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 11 Saesee Tiin
September 9, 2008 | 10:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: Saesee Tiin. Here we are treated to Master Tiin as he appeared while leading a contingent of clones through the vacuum of space to board an enemy vessel in the animated Clone Wars series. Saesee Tiin sports a special space suit with removable helmet and control panel and wields his trusted lightsaber. He features the full complement of articulation points with ball jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles along with swivel wrist, waist and hip joints. This figure is also packed with the right leg of the Build-A-Droid R7-T1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 10 Clone SCUBA Trooper
September 9, 2008 | 7:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the next figure in this Clone Wars-themed wave: the Clone SCUBA Trooper. These specialized clones debuted in the first animated Clone Wars cartoon series and were outfitted for underwater combat, complete with flippers, specialized blaster rifle and an aquatic propulsion pack. This figure doesn’t skimp in the articulation area either as it has the full array of points with ball jointed head, torso, elbows, knees and ankles and the standard swivel wrists and hips. This figure is also packed with the dome and middle leg of the build-a-droid R4-J1.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

New Lego Death Star Set Available Now
September 9, 2008 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Lego.com has added the huge Death Star™ set to their online store and it is currently available for order. For a mere $399.99 you’ll get a 3803 piece set with 24 mini figures, droids and Dianoga monster, 6 new and exclusive minifigures plus vehicles and more and the Death Star itself measures 16.5″ wide! Head to Lego.com for all the details!

 


 

Disturbance at Lars Homestead at TRU.com
September 9, 2008 | 5:04 PM EST | Mark

Over at Toysrus.com they now have the Lars Homestead in stock and ready to ship. Head on over and get yours today…

 


 

eFX Collectibles Clone Trooper Helmet Coming Soon
September 9, 2008 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


The eFX Collectibles newsletter has hit inboxes and they’ve revealed that that their EII Clone Trooper Helmet will be available for sale on Tuesday, October 14 with a limited edition size of 1000 pieces and an SRP of $429.00

Other features include:
• Fiberglass construction
• See through lens/visor
• Fully Padded interior
• Lit reflector on back of the fin/mohawk
• Number plaque
• eFX display stand
• Certificate of Authenticity

 


 

Episode 158: Melancholy Meal
September 9, 2008 | 4:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


The McDonald’s Star Wars promotion is quickly coming to an end. Happy Meal boxes are running out, and kids are forced to eat food….OUT OF BAGS!!!! But one Happy Meal box seems harder to find than the others–Darth Vader. This week, the hosts at Star Wars Action News seek out this elusive box…

Also this week, Scott reviews the latest offerings from Sideshow, as well as StarWarsShop.com’s “Weakly 6” [sic], and Kevin says Nub Nub to the latest Vintage figure he is reviewing for the show.

Finally, what is up with the Stormtrooper Commander figure supposedly being released at GameStop with The Force Unleashed? Like Geraldo at Al Capone’s vaults, we open the doors and see what we find…

All this and more is in this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News, so listen now!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link:
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I Double Dog Dare You To Buy This…
September 9, 2008 | 4:39 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

It seems that StarWarsShop.com is not only catering to the everyday collector/fan, but to those who may have a few more discretionary dollars to spend as well as they’ve added a new item with a near 20K price tag. The Limited Edition Darth Vader Bronze Statue by Lawrence Noble stands nearly four feet tall and weighs a whopping 150 pounds, and was forged and assembled at a foundry close to Lucasfilm’s Presidio campus, the same foundry responsible for producing several of the other bronzes adorning the parkland property the company occupies. Each bronze also received an individualized patina, making each piece a unique work of art unlike any other.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 9 Obi-Wan Kenobi
September 9, 2008 | 4:14 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the first figure of wave 2: Obi-Wan Kenobi. Based on a brief appearance in the first Clone Wars Animated Series, General Kenobi here is outfitted with Clone Trooper armor, includes a removable clone trooper helmet, his signature lightsaber and sports a battle lance which he uses to dispatch Durge’s IG Lancer Droid Battalion. This figure is also packed with left leg of the build-a-droid R4-J1 or the torso of 5D6-RA-7, so check those card backs if you’re looking to complete or collect the parts from either droid.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 8 Darth Vader
September 9, 2008 | 3:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Darth Vader. Many Vaders have come down the pike in recent years and this one improves, but doesn’t perfect, one of the better molds (Evolutions Vader) in Hasbro’s arsenal. This figure features a new take on the removable helmet as it is now able to be detached or assembled in stages much like in the brief head reveal scene in Empire Strikes Back or Vader’s final scenes of Return of the Jedi. Vader is also packed with dome and middle leg of the build-a-droid R7-Z0.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 7 Bane Malar
September 9, 2008 | 3:28 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates return today with several additions to the Legacy section. To kick things off, we start with Bane Malar: one of many of goons that populated Jabba’s inner sanctum and also one of those obscure background characters that Hasbro likes to treat us to every so often, aimed squarely at the older collectors of the Star Wars brand. The character was made famous by being the one that was knocked down the stairs while trying to prevent Boushh’s entrance into Jabba’s throne room.

The figure itself is expertly detailed and accessorized and is modestly articulated having ball jointed neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles and includes the standard swivel waist, hips and forearms. Bane Malar is also packed with main body of the build-a-droid R7-Z0.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Find Fox For a Full Fifty Percent Off!
September 8, 2008 | 10:11 PM EST | Jayson

Reports are circulating that the Target Exclusive Commander Fox is starting to hit clearance. Deep discounts are to be had as much as 50% off, putting it just shy off Walmart’s current exclusive figure price. Go figure! Might be a good idea to hit those bullseye stores to see if you can grab one for yourself.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25 – IMMOLATION
September 6, 2008 | 10:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


The Clone Wars are about to get even darker for Republic Commander Rykrof Enloe.

Not only has his Jedi friend, Kala Mly Shundi turned on the Jedi Order, but Rykrof learns a shocking revelation just before deploying for an assault on a Separatist stronghold.

Read on for the latest installment in the Rykrof Enloe Chronicles, IMMOLATION.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
September 6, 2008 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com
New Preorders:

STAR WARS – LEGENDS OF THE SAGA
Hasbro is packing five fan-favorites into a new inexpensive gift box. This set includes one each of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Boba Fett and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, and is up for preorder at just $21.99

STAR WARS “DIPLOMATIC MISSION” DIORAMA
This wonderful new Diorama from Sideshow portrays the classic moment as Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers first board the Tantive IV in search of the Princess and the Death Star Plans. Darth Vader is trying to get info out of one of the rebel troopers, whose boots no longer touch the ground. This great diorama is on pre-order at only $209.99, $15 off the MSRP. Take a look!Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Lars Homestead Playset – Inside and Out
September 6, 2008 | 1:54 AM EST | Justin2

 


On the fence about the new Lars Homestead playset? Heard some negative reports on it?

Sure, it’s got some downside to it. But you might find a few positives in this set after reading this diorama fan’s personal review after the jump!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #56th Edition
September 5, 2008 | 5:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


After a brief delay, the QnA session with Hasbro resumes today! Topics cover: Will there be reissue of the Dwarf Spider Droid? Is there an end in site for the Legends subline? Is a yet to be produced Jedi Council member in the cards?

Head to our forum to find out the answers, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

The Force Unleashed Launch Party
September 5, 2008 | 2:00 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Best Buy Invite San Francisco to Celebrate the Launch of Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™

Party on Sept. 15 Kicks off New Chapter in the Star Wars Saga

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2008 — LucasArts, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Best Buy will commemorate the release of the upcoming videogame Star Wars: The Force Unleashed with an exclusive launch party, offering eager gamers a chance to celebrate the Saga and get their hands on the first copies of the game. The party, which will be held at the Best Buy store at 1717 Harrison St. in San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 15, will run from 7pm until midnight and will feature appearances by several very special guests, including:

• Sam Witwer, who plays Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice in the game and who also joined the cast of The CW’s “Smallville” this season; Adrienne Wilkinson, who plays Maris Brood, a dark and mysterious Jedi and Cully Fredrickson, who plays Jedi Master Rahm Kota, a militant General who is the target of one of the Secret Apprentice’s early missions

• Executive Producer Haden Blackman, Art Director Matt Omernick, Lead Engineer Cedrick Collomb, Lead Content Designer John Stafford, Lead Systems Designer Rich Davis, and dozens of other members of The Force Unleashed development team at LucasArts

In addition, attendees will get a chance to play the full version of the game in advance and be able to get their photo taken with some of their favorite Star Wars characters.

Source: LucasArts

 


 

Medicom Toy Site Redesign
September 5, 2008 | 12:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

Medicom Toy has revamped their website today with an all new user interface. Head on over and explore it for yourself.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com “Weekly 6”
September 5, 2008 | 8:36 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 9/5-9/12:

Playing Cards Set $6.99

Ahsoka Tee $12.99

God Save Queen Tee $11.99

Sith Circus Poster Bundle $19.99

Comic Pack Figures #2 $11.99

Legacy Hardcover $11.99

 


 

Your On A Diplomatic Mission
September 5, 2008 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

Head over to Sideshow to pre-order yours today…

Diplomatic Mission Diorama
 


 

Serving Up Laughs For Two Years
September 5, 2008 | 7:22 AM EST | Niktom

 

Today marks the two year anniversary of the Yak’s Pub web strip.

Yak’s Pub started in the Photo Novel section of our forums and thanks to the continued support and encouragement of readers has produced over 500 strips with no end in sight.

 


 

Yakfinities #24 – Assassins
September 5, 2008 | 2:04 AM EST | Justin2

 


Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has started up and the theme is ASSASSINS… whether it be rogue Jedi looking for vengeance after Order 66, bounty hunters on a mission by Darth Vader, KOTOR era assassin droids, or some entirely new concept – customizers as usual have the freedom to go about their custom as they choose.

If you’re new at customizing or an old veteran, we welcome you to participate in this month’sCustomizing Challenge!

 


 

Legacy Wave 2 Comic Packs
September 5, 2008 | 1:58 AM EST | Justin2

 


A few reports have come in that the new Comic Packs are already finding their way to retail, and by chance I stumbled upon a few of them tonight at an area St. Louis Wal-Mart. For a few loose pics of these new figures head on over to the forums.

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 6 of 6
September 4, 2008 | 8:55 PM EST | Justin2

 

Tonight we wrap up the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the sixth installment of this new series in our forums.

Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas wraps up his mission as a threat that could bring down the Jedi Order relishes in discovering an ancient Sith Holocron…

Check out the final installment of this first series by Darth Kikinou after the jump!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 Literally Being Tested?
September 4, 2008 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Kevin Yee’s latest report over at Mice Age is reporting just that. Apparently the now closed Body Wars simulators (which are identical to the Star Tors simulators are being used to test a new version of Star Tours. Check it out here.

 


 

OT – Stand Up To Cancer
September 3, 2008 | 11:57 PM EST | Justin2

 


Most of us out there have been affected by cancer, whether it be personally, through a family member or a friend. On Friday, September 5, the official Stand Up To Cancer One Hour Telethon will be taking place at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

The event will be airing simultaneously on CBS, ABC, and NBC, and is a chance for everyone do their part at finding a cure to all types of cancer.

Special thanks to our friend MistaBinks for helping spread the word in the Star Wars community.

 


 

UPDATE: New Hasbro QnA Schedule: 
September 3, 2008 | 1:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


Due to a scheduling snafu, yesterday’s QnA responses will be delivered this friday (9/5). Hasbro passes on their apologies for any inconvenience.

 


 

Lars Homestead Playset Spotted!
September 3, 2008 | 2:13 AM EST | Justin2

 


Reports are starting to trickle in that Luke’s home in the desert has been found in California – so keep those macrobinoculars on during those toy runs to Toys R Us over the next couple weeks.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25 – Coming Soon
September 3, 2008 | 1:40 AM EST | Justin2

 

 

The 25th Chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Chronicles is just around the corner… for a preview of what to expect, click here!

 


 

Yakfinities # 23 – Wrap Up!
September 1, 2008 | 11:03 PM EST | Justin2

 


Another fine month of customs has concluded as Yakface forum members created their own fan fiction Amphibious Aliens in the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

We saw some of the finest customs to date in this challenge – check out all the entries and see who won in the Wrap Up!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 5 of 6
September 1, 2008 | 10:59 PM EST | Justin2

 


We continue the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the fifth installment of this new series in our forums.

Pursuing a deadly terrorist, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas finds himself face to face with the biggest threat he has ever encountered…

Check out the fifth installment after the jump!

 


 

Episode 158: The Goings On of Star Wars
September 1, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


While we’ve all been looking at the biggest Star Wars news to hit in a long time, The Clone Wars theatrical release, a lot has been going on with less fanfare in Star Wars. New books have been released, new toys are hitting shelves, Stormtroopers’ eyes are changing color, and Gentle Giant is slashing prices like a cheap furniture store.

This week on Star Wars Action News we bring you up to speed on all those events, and weight the benefits of the new Star Wars DVD releases coming this November. We also update you on the latest online offerings, including the Sideshow R2-D2 VCD and the “Diplomatic Mission” Polystone Diorama, and also give a collecting update from the other side of the pond.

Holding you over for 15 more days until The Force is Unleashed, listen to this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link:
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Enhanced Version

August 2008 Archive

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 31, 2008 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new preorders, more new arrivals and an expansion of our recent
clearance sale.

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550 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE:
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We are continuing to reduce pricing on a variety of older and overstocked inventory. In addition to the 100 items put on sale last week, we’ve added 450 more items from a wide variety of properties. There are three lists of 150 items in addition to the original 100 sale items. Please take a spin through the sale menus and help us clear room in our warehouse. We appreciate any help you can provide in clearing space in our warehouse!

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Clone Wars TV Series Promo Tonight
August 31, 2008 | 3:01 PM EST | Jayson

Be on the lookout on Cartoon Network tonight after 8pm EST/7pm CST for a exclusive preview of the Clone Wars series airing this October. The promo will air sometime during Ben 10 Alien Force: Alien X Revealed.

Update: Head to Cartoon Network for an amazing looking series preview!

 


 

The Force Unleashed Develop Q & A: Answers Revealed!
August 31, 2008 | 12:33 PM EST | Brandon

 

The Force Has Finally Been Revealed! LucasArts Developers Haden Blackman & Adam Kahn have sent us our YAKExclusive The Force Unleashed Q & A Answers!

Jump over to the official post now! There some interesting details about the upcoming game revealed!

*NOTE: Our Forums have also received an intense TFU skin in celebration of the Q & A and the games release this month. Check it out!

 


 

Gentle Giant Labor Day Weekend Sale
August 30, 2008 | 5:39 PM EST | Jayson

To help you celebrate your Labor Day Weekend Gentle Giant Ltd is offering a 50% OFF Sale on selected items. If you’ve been waiting to add these particular items to your collection now is the perfect time! Take advantage of these special savings through midnight on Tuesday, September 2nd.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Titanium and Tin Boxes
August 30, 2008 | 4:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new Titanium and Lunch Box collectibles this week.

NEW – Tin Box:
Star Wars Workmans Tin Box Set of 3 – Carry-all Size: 6-7/8 x 3-1/2 x 5-3/8″H 6 tins

NEW – Titanium:
TIE Defender
Sandspeeder
Rebel Transport
Trade Federation MTT
Imperial Landing Craft
Wedge Antilles Red Two X-Wing
ARC-170 Starfighter
Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Ring – Green
Vulture Droid – New Paint
AT-TE – New paint
Cloud Car – New
Republic Gunship – New Paint
XP-34 Landspeeder – Green
Trade Federation AAT – New Paint

IN STOCK –Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version
Holographic General Grievous – Toy’s R Us Exclusive
Clone Trooper – Senate Security – ComicCon Exclusive
Commander Fox – Target Exclusive
501st Legion Clone Trooper – WAL-MART Exclusive

 


 

New Literature Reviewer
August 30, 2008 | 2:42 PM EST | Captain_Charisma

Hi, my name is Aaron, but many forum members here know me from the customizing forums as either Darth Delicious or Captain Charisma. I’m excited to be joining Yakface as the new literature reviewer, and will soon be posting my reviews of Coruscant Nights Vol. 1: Jedi Twilight, as well as the new Force Unleashed novelization. I look forward to being a part of the team here at Yakface, and contributing positively to our little corner of the Star Wars fan community!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 4 of 6
August 29, 2008 | 11:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


We continue the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the fourth installment of this new series in our forums.

Chosen by the Jedi Council to investigate the roots of a terrorist attack, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas finds himself facing overwhelming odds when he squares off against Kaleesh mercenary Qymaen Jai Sheelal and his deadly droid warriors…

Check out the fourth installment after the jump!

 


 

Surprise Is Imminent!
August 29, 2008 | 10:01 PM EST | Brandon

 

Hello Yakface Fans! It would be wise for all readers to stay tuned for a few surprises to debut in the forum this Sunday, August 31st, 2008! We can’t really say what but the above image provides just a tiny clue of what the forum staff have in store for you! Stay tuned!

 


 

Coruscant Nights 2
August 29, 2008 | 8:53 PM EST | Freebird

Well Ladies, Gentlemen, and Wookiees of All ages. I was just in the middle of beginning to read the second book of the coruscant night series. I got to page 52, and guess what happened. The next page was 21. It continued like this all the way to page 52 again. Then page 85 picked up the story. It’ll be hard to review a book when there are 33 missing pages, so I’m going to have to hold off on a review for it, until I get my copy exchanged. But make sure all of you who were going to purchase it, before reading my insightful thoughts, check your books before purchase. It stinks when you start getting into a story, and hit a brick wall. 🙂

 


 

Pick Your Party… Light side or Dark side
August 29, 2008 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Lucasfilm has decided to enter campaign ’08 in earnest. Pick your Party, and then pick your characters, err candidates. It’s all here. If you this year’s terresterial politics aren’t to your liking, then you might way to try our favorite galaxy far, far away…

 


 

But We’re On a…..
August 29, 2008 | 9:19 AM EST | Mark

Diplomatic Mission….

Diplomatic Mission Diorama
 


 

YakTube -STAR WARS EPISODE III ANIMATED!!
August 28, 2008 | 10:55 PM EST | Niktom

 

All I really have to say about this one can be summed up in the following quotes: “What’s up baby?” and “Chirp Chirp Chirp”.

Warning: There is a bit of minor foul language in one part. I apologize for that, but think the humor more than makes up for it.

STAR WARS EPISODE III ANIMATED!!

Discuss here in the forums.

 


 

StarWarsShop: The Return of the “The Weekly 6” 
August 28, 2008 | 5:39 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 8/29-9/5:

The Clone Wars Standee $69.99

LEGO Rogue Shadow $39.99

The Star Wars Vault $49.99

12-inch Boba Bobble Bank $29.99

Holiday Fett Key $19.99

Basic Case Pack Wave 6 $65.00

 


 

Star Wars Saga Repacked in Trilogy Sets on DVD
August 28, 2008 | 1:39 PM EST | Jayson

From StarWars.com


Returning to store shelves on November 4th are the six episodes of the Star Wars saga on DVD bundled in convenient trilogy sets. Perfect for gift-giving as the holidays approach, the Prequel Trilogy set includes Episodes I-III, while the Star Wars Trilogy includes Episodes IV-VI.

Fans who already own the prequel trilogy double-disc releases (released from 2001-2005) and the Star Wars trilogy double-disc releases (released in 2006) already have all the content that’s available in this set. There’s nothing new in this set you don’t already have. But for friends and family still looking to fill in these gaps in their DVD collections, these sets make it easy and affordable to complete the saga.

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 and More BAD Legacy Variants
August 27, 2008 | 10:49 PM EST | Jayson

While hitting my local Target tonight, I literally stumbled across Legacy Wave 3 and while that was a nice surprise, I came across a not so pleasant one as well as I found repacks from waves 1, 2 and the Greatest Hits “GH” line that also include the same new Wave 3 B.A.D. parts for the Black RA-7 Droid (5D6-RA-7).

Here is a breakdown of the repacks I saw:
Wave 1 BD8: Darth Vader (with 2-piece Helmet) with RA-7 Right Leg
Wave 2 BD9: Obi-Wan Kenobi with RA-7 torso
Wave 2 BD16: Clone Trooper w/Quad Cannon with RA-7 head
GH1: Commander Gree with RA-7 Left Leg
GH2: Kashyyyk Trooper with RA-7 Right Arm
GH4: Imperial Evo Trooper with RA-7 Left Arm

What does this mean? Not sure, but one could theorize that if you held out on picking these figures up when they were initially released, you might miss out on the B.A.D. parts they were packed with as well. So, you might want to check those card backs more frequently to see if it holds the part you need.

And as for you diehard card/figure variant hunters out there… best of luck to you.

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals
August 27, 2008 | 10:08 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a slew of new items in their new arrivals section, items include:

Mimobots Series 3 including Palpatine, Royal Guard, C-3PO and Wicket available in 1, 2, 4 & 8G capacities. (All ship on Sept. 29)

Clone Wars Wacky Wobblers including Ahsoka, Captain Rex, Anakin, Asajj Ventress and General Grievous. (All ship Oct. 2008)

Star Wars Framed Metal Badge Set including Darth Vader, Yoda, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, General Grievous, Clone Trooper & Stormtrooper (Now in-stock)

New Mighty Muggs including: Plo Koon, Hoth Han Solo, Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader 2.0, Darth Revan and Darth Maul 2.0

New Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter

Millennium Falcon Passengers Battle Pack including Luke, Obi-Wan, 3PO and R2-D2

New Comic Packs including: Commander Faie & Quinlan Vos and Dark Empire II with Clone Emperor & Luke

All this and more at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

2009 Legacy Rumor List
August 27, 2008 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

That’s right the 2009 Rumor lists are surfacing– this time over at Rebelscum.com. This list includes both basic figures, battle packs, and even evolutions! Check it out here.

 


 

R2 Pre-Order
August 26, 2008 | 4:59 PM EST | Mark

Hey all you R2-D2 lovers.. over at Sideshow they have the VCD R2D2 up for pre-order..

R2 VCD
 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Costumes
August 26, 2008 | 4:39 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with addition of a few costumes in prepartation for Halloween (which is only 2 months away). Check out these latest items from Rubie!

Secret Wishes Padmé Amidala Costume $54.99

Secret Wishes Princess Leia Slave Costume $54.99

Supreme Edition Stormtrooper Costume $999.99

Super Deluxe Jedi Robe (Child) $49.99

Super Deluxe Jedi Robe (Adult) $99.99

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 3 of 6
August 25, 2008 | 10:39 PM EST | Justin2

 


We continue the spotlight of forum member Darth Kikinou’s photonovel premier, Guardians of Peace and Justice – with the third installment of this new series in our forums.

As Jedi Masters Dooku and Sifo-Dyas attempt to settle a dispute on Dac following a terrorist attack, two professors with questionable intentions have discovered an ancient Sith holocron…

Check out Part Three of this new series after the jump!

 


 

USB Lightsaber For Your Desk?
August 25, 2008 | 9:58 PM EST | Jayson

Gizmodo has posted an interesting item that is sure to be a big hit around your office cubical or maybe the home office.

According to the manufacturer, the $45 Star Wars USB Lightsaber, which connects to the USB port to charge up its battery and glows in the dark with a blue light, is “a lamp”. Sure. Whatever. We see it and the only thing we can imagine is a mini-Jedi mini-duel to mini-death, doing mouth sound effects. And actually, it’s not that mini, as the image of people battling with two of these shows.

It is current available for pre-order at Iwantoneofthose.com. Currently, this item isn’t available in the U.S., but hopefully a e-tailer will surface to supply fans this side of the Atlantic.

 


 

Wattographs VERY Rare Autograph Signing:
Ahmed Best!!!

August 25, 2008 | 8:47 PM EST | Brandon

Love him or hate him, Ahmed Best *is* Jar Jar Binks, the bumbling Gungan who ends up saving the day in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Aside from his Gungan alter-ego, Best is also a known musician and dancer from the theatre troupe ‘Stomp.’

He’s only ever done a few rare appearances, including appearing (and signing in very limited numbers) at Celebration I in 1999 and doing an in-store signing relating to his appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine as Jar Jar. Ahmed has also signed a limited number of trading cards for Topps’ Attack of the Clones card set. Ahmed will be signing official photos and/or YOUR personal items.

Wattographs has arranged a VERY rare signing with Ahmed, which will take place in early October. This signing is scheduled a bit differently than our regular monthly signings. It will begin IMMEDIATELY and all items and orders must be in to us by September 20th.

Please email us with any questions. Visit the site for complete details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Picture Binder Now At Galactic Binder.com
August 25, 2008 | 7:37 AM EST | Bill

ACME ARCHIVES TO PREMIER A NEW ITEM WITH GALACTICBINDER.COM’S “PICTUREBINDER”

Today, GalacticBinder.com is launching a new site feature called “Picturebinder”. This new feature will debut by allowing users to watch a never before seen Star Wars product “Fade In” pixel-by-pixel before their very eyes. The debut item will be from ACME Archives and is seriously too cool for words. Whoever guesses what the picture is first will win some fine swag from ACME Archives! Stop by Monday morning to check it out.

“SOMETHING, SOMETHING, SOMETHING DARKSIDE”
INTERVIEW AT GALACTICBINDER.COM

GalacticBinder.com has just posted a brand new interview with Family Guy writer Kirker Butler. Kirker wrote the upcoming “Empire Strikes Back” spoof episode titled, “Something, Something, Something Darkside”. Make sure to check it out to figure out how Magic Johnson and Carrie Fisher factor into the episode and, more importantly, why Slave 1 will have chicken wings!

 


 

SWAN 3rd Anniversary Show
August 24, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


This tonight, August 24th, Star Wars Action News (SWAN) will be celebrating their 3-year anniversary with a live show! The shows starts at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST! In addition to live call-ins and a chat room, SWAN will be giving away prizes donated from Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, DK Books, and more!

Go to the SWAN home page Sunday night for the Now Live URL.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 6 Yarna da’l’ Gargan (FDOI)
August 24, 2008 | 8:39 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the sixth figure in the Legacy Assortment: Yarna da’l’ Gargan. This is one of those perennial figures that comes along that fans have wanted for a long time, plus this has a history sorts as originally being worked up as a prototype figure during the Vintage era.

Yarna herself is a pretty decent figure from a detail and articulation aspect. She has ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles along with a swivel waist, hips and wrists. As for accessories, she includes a drinking glass, for her drink of choice and for those times when Jabba’s denizens try to get a little “too friendly”, she packs a dagger that is within easy reach stowed in a functional sheath. And for those so inclined or curious, the body is able to separated with some effort to remove the dress portion of her costume in case any customizer wanted to give her an upgraded cloth skirt.

Yarna also includes a leg with booster rocket for the next Build-A-Droid in the series: R7-Z0

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 3 Chewbacca (FDOI)
August 23, 2008 | 11:46 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue tonight with the addition of the third figure in the Legacy Assortment: Chewbacca. This figure is based on a cut scene from Return of the Jedi in which our heroes are caught in a sandstorm after their escape from the almighty Sarlacc.

If you watch closely, frame by frame during the battle over the Sarlacc – right before Han hits Boba Fett with the staff – you’ll see that Chewie has been shot and definitely has a leg wound, hence the need for the leg wrap and the subject for this figure. This figure also completes the toyguide gallery for the first Build-A-Droid figure in TLC Wave 1: R4-D6

There currently 3 different carded versions of this figure available: FDOI, non-FDOI and Blue -Eyed non-FDOI card.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 2 Luke Skywalker (FDOI)
August 23, 2008 | 11:18 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the second figure in the Legacy Assortment: Luke Skywalker. This figure is based on a cut scene from Return of the Jedi in which our heroes are caught in a sandstorm after their escape from the almighty Sarlacc. There have been a few people that have wondered why does this figure have the gloved hand – didn’t he put that onafter he left Tatooine? That’s true in the film but in some of the cut scene footage you’ll see that he is clearly wearing the glove before leaving.

There are currently 2 different versions of the Luke figure due to an error during production. Initially, Luke was assembled with the belt on upside down with the silver clip on the figure’s right hip, then it was corrected during production and flipped the right way. The trouble is, with the belt position “corrected” it moved the hole intended to receive the lightsaber hilt to the wrong side of his body, as Luke always wears his saber on his left hip.

Speaking of lightsabers, this figure also has errors in this department as well as we are given an Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber molded in green for his lit version and the standard Obi-Wan hilt for the accessory that attaches to the belt. A passable shortcut by the factory but errors none the less.

The madness continues with the card to which the figure is mounted. There are, as of this posting, at least 3 different card backs this figure is available on, the First Day of Issue (FDOI), the standard (non-FDOI) card and the new blue-eyed standard card. With all that said here is a list of the variants for this single figure:

FDOI (belt error)
FDOI (belt corrected)*
Non-FDOI (belt error)
Non-FDOI (belt corrected)
Non-FDOI (belt corrected) blue-eyed card

Which ever version you grab though is the closest yet to receiving a Death Star II Duel Luke, so head to the toyguide to see if this is a figure you think is worth adding to your collection.

*Version photographed for the toyguide.

 


 

Begun The Christmas Price Wars Have
August 23, 2008 | 5:07 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with photographic evidence of the 2008 Christmas price wars starting early– Wal-Mart has dropped their BMF Falcons to $125.00. Check out the image here.

UPDATE – Apparently a Wal-Mart in the St. Louis area has done the same thing, and also lowered the price on the AT-TE to $75.00.

 


 

Reminder: Wattographs Autograph Signings:
Frank Henson & Matt Sloan!

August 23, 2008 | 12:50 PM EST | Brandon

Just a reminder, the Wattographs August private autograph signings with Matt Sloan, Jedi Master Plo Koon in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” and actor/stuntman legend Frank Henson, Biker Scout and Stormtrooper in “Return of the Jedi.”

Signing ends August 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT. Be sure to signup for the free newsletter for updates on signings and special offers! BIG autograph signers to be announced soon!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

10 Things to Spot in The Clone Wars
August 22, 2008 | 11:01 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates tonight with an interesting feature entitled “10 Things to Spot in The Clone Wars”. They explore a handful of those fun easter eggs we like so much and it’s a safe bet some of them will be on shelves soon enough. Head over and then head back to the theatre to see if you can spot them!

 


 

StarWarsShop: The Return of the “The Weekly 6” 
August 22, 2008 | 2:41 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated “The Weekly 6” section in the Bargain Bay. Here are the specials for this week – 8/22-8/29:

The Clone Wars Theatrical Poster $9.99

Medicom Super Deformed VCD Boba Fett (ESB Deco) $24.99

R4-P17 Trash Can $84.99

8″ Real Action Darth Vader Metal Figure $64.99

Micro Droid Remote Control R5-X2 Figure $16.99

Exclusive Sam Jackson as Mace Windu 8×10 Photo $99.99

The prices from last week’s 6 have readjusted to their previous prices, except for the Lucas Family Pack which remains at $5. How many of these are they sitting on anyway?

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 Working Its Way East
August 22, 2008 | 1:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Reader Chad has sent word that he has found cases of Legacy Wave 3 at his local Target in Alabama. Click here for a shot of his purchase….

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 22, 2008 | 7:28 AM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com

Our warehouse is getting full so its time to clear out some overstocked and older items. We have a wide variety of Transformers, GI Joe, Indy, Comic, Sci-Fi and other items on sale, many with significant price cuts. We appreciate any help you can give us in clearing space in our warehouse.

Now in stock: PEPSI STAR WARS BEARBRICKS
This set of 16 Star Wars characters in Bearbrick form is from a Pepsi Nex promotion in Japan, but we’ll save you the trouble of going over and collecting all 16! Including characters like Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Darth Maul, these great little collectibles are space-saving and interesting all at once! Check out the assortment here, available for only $59.99!

Be Sure to Check our NEW Star Wars Preorders:
DARTH VADER ROTOCAST BANK
This new bank is a bust of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Brandishing his red Lightsaber, this Sith will be able to protect your money like no one else! This new bank is only $12.99, and makes a great gift for any fan!

CLONE WARS MAQUETTES
Two new maquettes from Gentle Giant are up for pre-order – Ahsoka and a Clone Trooper. The Clone Trooper is in a pure whtie outfit, while Ahsoka is in her padawan outfit from the new Clone Wars movie. Each of these maquettes is listed at $79.99 9$10 off MSRP) and both should be here this November – take a look!

NEW MIMOBOT FLASH DRIVES – STAR WARS, HALO, HAPPY TREE FRIENDS
A whole bunch of new MimoBot Flash Drives have been announced, in a few different lines, but all with 2 GB of storage and exclusive brand media. For new Star Wars MimiBots we’ve got C-3P0, Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine), a Royal Guard and Wicket W. Warrick the Ewok. The new Halo line includes Master Chief as well as Red and Blue Spartans, and the Happy Tree Friends line includes regular and Gory versions of each Flippy, Giggles and Mole.

Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
August 21, 2008 | 10:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


With over a week left, there’s still plenty of time to join in the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

We invite all customizers, new and experienced to join in the fun after the jump!

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice… Part 2 of 6
August 21, 2008 | 9:35 PM EST | Justin2

 


Tonight we spotlight the second part of forum member Darth Kikinou‘s photonovel premier,Guardians of Peace and Justice.

Loaded with custom figures, dioramas and an intriguing storyline, the plot thickens…

 


 

The Force Unleashed Demo Unleashed
August 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

Today, The Official Site took the wraps off demos for several gaming platforms for the Force Unleashed. Check it all out here.

 


 

New Hasbro QnA Schedule
August 21, 2008 | 12:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Due to the sheer volume of questions submitted by the participating sites, the powers that be at Hasbro have tweaked the QnA format, switching to a new 3-week schedule. Question submissions will be due to them tomorrow and responses will then be returned/posted a week and a half later.

Here is a breakdown for the rest of the year based on the new deadlines:

Questions Due / Answers Returned
August 22 / September 2
September 12 / September 23
Ocotber 3 / October 14
October 24 / November 4
November 14 / November 25
December 5 / December 16

 


 

SLJ and Lucas to Re-Team?
August 20, 2008 | 10:36 PM EST | Jayson

IGN is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson has been in contact with George Lucas in regards to the latter’s World War II project entitled “Red Tails”, which chronicles the exploits of the African-American war heroes known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Head to IGN for the preliminary details…

 


 

Legacy Wave 3 Found 
August 19, 2008 | 11:49 PM EST | Justin2

 


Thought you were caught up on figures? Well our friends over at Rebelscum.com are reporting that Wave 3 of the the BAD Legacy Collection has been found at Target in Manhattan Beach, CA. Good luck tracking down this latest wave!

 


 

Force Unleashed Novelization Finally Unleashed
August 19, 2008 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

The often delayed novelization of the Force Unleashed videogame(s) has finally been released, hitting newstands today. If you’re an EU fan, or just wanting more material from the post Revenge of the Stih era, this is one you’ll probably want to check out.

 


 

Episode 156: Attack of the Clone Wars Reviews
August 19, 2008 | 3:39 PM EST | Jayson

 


With a new Star Wars movie in theaters, there is a lot to talk about in this week’s super-sized episode of Star Wars Action News. First we discuss the McDonalds bobblehead toys and the new Star Wars collectibles available at your local Barnes & Noble stores.

Then we get to the meat of the episode–YOUR thoughts on Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie. Does it live up to the hype? Does it make you more excited for the series? Is it all it can be? First we took phone calls from listeners to get their opinions on the movie, and then the Star Wars Action News staff gather for a roundtable discussion on the movie.

It’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

And mark your calendar for Sunday, Sunday, Sunday August 24th as it is Star Wars Action News’ 3rd Anniversary and at 7 p.m. CST we’re having a live celebration with a live show. In addition to live callins and a chat room, we will be giving away prizes donated from sponsors Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, DK Books, and more! The only way to win is to be at swactionnews.com this Sunday at 7 p.m .CST. We’ll talk to you then!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link:
Regular Version

 


 

Clone Wars Week One
August 18, 2008 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

So how well did the Animated Clone Wars do in their first weekend in release in theaters? Well if it was an olympic sprint it would be a bronze– 3rd place. Not bad for a sprint, but if we’re talking about an installment in the Star Wars franchise, it would seem that extremely disappointing comes to mind– it grossed only 14.5 million in its first week in release. By way of comparison– the latest installment in the Batman franchise made over 16 million in its 4th or 5th week in release. Check all the numbers out at Box Office Mojo.

 


 

Diamond 1/4 Scale Darth Maul Now Available for $59.99
August 17, 2008 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

 


The 18″ really 19″ super-articulated Darth Maul is now up for pre-order at New Force Comics– this just in:

Collecting your favorite Star Wars characters just got easier! Launching an all-new line of Star Wars collectibles, Diamond Select Toys is pleased to unveil details surrounding their new Star Wars Ultimate Quarter Scale line of 19-inch dolls – beginning with the nefarious Sith Apprentice, Darth Maul! The first-ever Star Wars quarter-scale line, each release will not only feature fully-layered cloth costumes, but will also include key accessories, a display stand, over 25 points of articulation, and sound effects from the legendary Star Wars films. Maul lists at $79.99 get yours for just $59.99Check it out here.

 


 

Guardians of Peace and Justice – Part 1 of 6
August 17, 2008 | 3:16 PM EST | Justin2

 


Itching for more Star Wars after viewing the new animated movie?

Then check out the first installment in an all new photonovel series by Yakfaceforum member Darth Kikinou, titled Guardians of Peace and Justice!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars and B.A.D. First Day Figures
August 17, 2008 | 11:41 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars collectibles have arrived at K & C Collectibles this week.

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version
Holographic General Grievous – Toy’s R Us Exclusive
Clone Trooper – Senate Security – ComicCon Exclusive
Commander Fox – Target Exclusive
501st Legion Clone Trooper – WAL-MART Exclusive

NEW – Saga Special – Action Figures:
Disturbance in the Force – Plays the entire dialogue between Vader and Emperor from Empire. (ComicCon Exclusive)

Clone Wars Collection – Regular and First Day Versions:
Anakin Skywalker #1 – First Day
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 – First Day
Yoda #3 – First Day
Captain Rex #4 – First Day
Clone Trooper #5 – First Day
General Grievous #6 – First Day
Battle Droid #7 – First Day
R2-D2 #8 – First Day

Pre-Order – August 27th, 2008
Star Wars Encyclopedia – Hardcover – SAVE $15.01
Darth Maul Ultimate 1/4-scale Action Figure – SAVE $10.00
Republic Star Destroyer Model Kit
The Clone Wars ARTFX+ KOTOBUKIYA Statues Series one: THE JEDI
Emperor – Bobble Head
Darth Maul – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Asajj Ventress – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Ashoka Tano – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Battle Droid – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Tactics Pocketmodel TCG – Box – SAVE $43.77

 


 

TRU’s Sunday Star Wars Sales Continue
August 17, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Bill

 


This week TRU has a free Clone Wars backpack with any purchase of $30 or more. And the seesaw pricing structure continues as the basic figure price has dropped back down to $6.99. Check out the full size ad here.

 


 

Sandblast 2008
August 16, 2008 | 9:42 PM EST | Justin2

Our allies over at Sandtroopers.com are wrapping up the final week of their eighth anniversary of their fan website. They have lots of cool prizes being given out to the fans – head on over after the jump!

 


 

YakTube – Death Star over San Francisco
August 16, 2008 | 10:11 AM EST | Niktom

Big thanks to forum member Theo Zissou for finding this one.

Death Star over San Francisco

Be sure to insert your favorite Death Star movie line here in the forums.

 


 

SWAN Call-In and Live Show!
August 15, 2008 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Have you just finished seeing Star Wars: The Clone Wars, or had you seen it previously? If so, Marjorie and Arnie want to talk to you! Our usual voicemail line, 415-508-JEDI, is now open and we will be taking your calls to talk to you about your thoughts on this newest Star Wars theatrical release! Your call may be played on our next show, so call now, 415-508-JEDI!

 


 

Andrewstoyz Newsfeed
August 15, 2008 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

 


Andrew’s Toyz is celebrating the opening of The Clone Wars in theaters today! There are lots of Clone Wars figures, exclusives, lightsabers, trading cards, vehicles and more available!

Clone Wars Figures Wave 1 ….. $78.00
Set of 8 (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Rex, Clone Trooper, Grievous, Battle Droid, and R2-D2)

Clone Wars Figures Wave 2 ….. $35.00
Set of 4 (Ahsoka, Cody, Oddball, and Super Battle Droid)

Clone Wars Figures Wave 3 …. $51.00
Set of 6 (Dooku, Plo Koon, Asajj, C-3PO, Destroyer Droid, and IG-86)

Clone Wars Wave 1 (2009) …. $35.00
Set of 4 (Padme, Magnaguard, Space Trooper, and R3-S6)

Holographic General Grievous ….. $19.99
Senate Security Clone Trooper ….. $22.99
Commander Fox ….. $24.99
Captain Rex Mail-Away ….. $39.00

Clone Wars Pocket Model TCG Expansion Booster ….. $4.75 (starting at)
Clone Wars Pocket Model TCG Expansion Display of 36 Packs ….. $155.00
Topps Clone Wars Hoby Booster Pack ….. $1.99
Topps Clone Wars Hobby Box of 24 Packs ….. $48.00

SAVE $15.00 OFF ANY IN STOCK PURCHASE OF $75.00 OR MORE!! Check out the details in our newsletter here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #55th Edition
August 15, 2008 | 6:45 PM EST | Jayson

 


A new movie in theatres and a new QnA? You bet! Hasbro has again provided some insight on our submitted questions for this week. Topics covered include Mailaway Captain Rex details, Lars Homestead features and the story on those 2009 Legacy Cantina accessories.

Head to our forum to find out the answers, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Clone Wars Maquettes and more!
August 15, 2008 | 2:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just in time for the official movie’s launch, StarWarsShop has updated their site today with the addition of 2 Clone Wars items from Gentle Giant: the Ahsoka Tano and the Clone TrooperMaquettes. These two pieces are available for pre-order now at $79.99 each and ship October 2009

They’ve also added several child and adult Clone Wars costumes to the New Arrivals section, so gear up now for Halloween!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
August 14, 2008 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the newest highlights from The Big Bad Toy Store.com
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20% OFF SALE:
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From now until 12:00 Noon Central time on Monday August 18th – save 20% on all instock items except for those marked as ‘new’. We’ve removed the ‘new’ designation from a few hundred more products, and most vintage department products are also included – so there are thousands of items on sale. Choose your favorite menu to start saving.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS VEHICLES
We’ve also got a shipment of Clone Wars vehicles. From the Spider Droid to Anakin’s new Modified Starfighter, the V-19 Clone Shuttle to the V-Wing fighter – check out the singles and case assortments here

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PREORDERS:
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SDCC 2008 CAMOUFLAGE SPEEDERBIKE KUSTOMZ
One of Gentle Giant’s SDCC 2008 exclusives, this Kustoms repaint gives green gloves to the Biker scout, and adds fighter plane nose art to his bike, as well as a yellow peace symbol flag. These Kustomz are limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

StarWarsShop Launches Big Savings With “Weekly 6”
August 14, 2008 | 7:56 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has launched The Weekly 6, an all new section in the Bargain Bay. Appropriate to its name, the new section features 6 products with a deep discount for one week, and one week only. Once the week has passed, so has the discount. So, you’ll want to act fast if you want to snatch up some of the best deals in StarWarsShop history.

This week’s Weekly 6:

Medicom RAH Shock Trooper $74.99

Ultimate Lucas Collection $5.00

Jedi-Con Shadow Trooper 2-pack $8.50

McQuarrie Concept Grievous $9.99

2007 Vintage Ultimate Galactic Hunt Case $84.99

Lego Luke Skywalker Maquette $34.99

 


 

“Blue Lens” Card Variant Hitting Retail
August 14, 2008 | 7:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum Member “Diddly” has sent in a pic he snapped at his local Walmart and it appears Legacy Wave One is already starting to show up on the updated card back. These new back feature Stormtrooper artwork that has been modified to incorporate Blue Lens. Head to our fourms for a closer look.

 


 

Review: Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
August 14, 2008 | 2:34 PM EST | Freebird

Here it is Ladies and Gents, the moment you’ve been anticipating since you’ve first heard it was coming, my review of Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight. Read all about it here. Be sure and tell me what you think.

 


 

Clone Wars Happy Meals Tomorrow
August 14, 2008 | 1:04 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with the official announcement of the Clone Wars Happy Meal promotion at McDonalds. The promotion starts tomorrow and runs through September 11. Head on over to see detailed images of each toy.

 


 

Call-In and Live Show!
August 14, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


Have you seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters? Are you planning on going to one of the midnight showings across the country tonight, or seeing it tomorrow evening for the first time? If so, Marjorie and Arnie want to talk to you! Our usual phone line, 415-508-JEDI, will be answered by Marjorie and Arnie the evening of Friday, August 15th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Call in and let us know what you thought of the movie, and we may play your call on our next show!

Also, mark your calendars as Star Wars Action News’ 3rd Anniversary is fast approaching. To celebrate this we will be having our second live show the evening of Sunday, August 24th at 7 p.m. CST. Thanks to sponsors such as DK Books, Razor’s Edge Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, Del Rey Books,and others we will be having live giveaways including:

• Asajj Ventress character keys (exclusive to Razor’s Edge Collectibles)
• A full set of Wave 2 Legacy figures from the original Clone Wars cartoon (courtesy of Brian’s Toys)
• Several copies of the new Clone Wars Visual Guide (courtesy of DK Books)
• Copies of the new Clone Wars novelization by Karen Traviss (courtesy of Del Rey Books)
• Copies of the new Clone Wars Sticker Books (courtesy of DK Books)
• Hasbro’s exclusive San Diego Comic Con clone action figure
• Plo Koon Gentle Giant Mini-Bust
• And more…

So come to swactionnews.com on August 24th to listen, join in the chat room, and win! So we will talk to you tomorrow night, and see you in the chat room on Sunday, August 24th.

And as always, may the Force be with you!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Owen D.
August 13, 2008 | 11:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


With all the playset speculation in the forums lately, the latest Customizer Spotlight goes to diorama master Owen D. for his oustanding scratch built Palpatine’s Office playset.

Check out many more pics of this masterpiece after the jump!

 


 

New Book Reviewer Introduction
August 13, 2008 | 9:24 PM EST | Freebird

My name is Rick, and I’ll be going by the Forum Name Freebird. I’m going to be stepping in to try and fill Nick’s shoes in the book review department. My first review should be up soon, and will be covering Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight. Until then, glad to be here at Yakface, and look forward to talking with all of you in the forums.

 


 

Exclusive ARC 170; Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes Images
August 13, 2008 | 7:47 AM EST | Bill

Our friends over at JediDefender have updated with a boxed image of the upcoming TRU exclusive ARC 170. Check them out here.

In addition our friends at Galactic Hunter have posted boxed and loose images of the upcoming Dagobah and Carkoon Galactic Heroes cinema scenes. Check them out here.

 


 

SWshop.com: Celebration Japan Artwork
August 12, 2008 | 8:10 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a section dedicated to Exclusive Celebration Japan artwork. Head over to see these amazing pieces and maybe add a few to your own gallery.

 


 

TRU Clone Wars Sweepstakes
August 11, 2008 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

 


TRU has lauched their Clone Wars Sweepstakes– the grand prizes– that’s right PRIZES are LIFESIZE Clone Wars Statues. Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Anakin Skywalker & Durge Comic Pack
August 11, 2008 | 9:01 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the first 2008 comic pack shot for the Legacy section: the Anakin Skywalker & Durge Set from Star Wars: Obsession #3.

This set features an all-new Durge figure, complete with removable helmet and much improved articulation from the previous basic carded release from 2003, although knee articulation is still absent. As for the Anakin, he is a repaint of the Evolutions ROTS Anakin with more of a subdued gray paint scheme. He also features a new tattered Jedi robe and a new head sculpt, but to me, is seems a tad too big for the body as compared to the original sculpt.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your ever expanding collection.

 


 

New Legacy Items Have Been Foreseen
August 11, 2008 | 10:50 AM EST | Jayson

The precog droid, 42N-TLR, at Galactic Hunter has had a vision of a plethora of green lit items for the Legacy Collection of figures, vehicles, bigger vehicles and playsets. Head on over for a glimpse at the future!?

 


 

Toys ‘R’ Us Midnight Madness at Times Square
August 11, 2008 | 10:32 AM EST | Jayson

Toys R Us has updated their blog with the addtion of a You Tube video showing the festivities of Midnight Madness at their flagship Times Square location. Head to toysrus.com to vicariously experience “the Madness” for yourself.

 


 

Episode 155: The Clone Wars–Spoiler Free Review!
August 11, 2008 | 10:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


Can you feel the electricity in the air? It’s the feeling of knowing a new Star Wars movie is only 4 days away from being released. It’s The Clone Wars, and for Star Wars fans this is THE summer movie we’ve been waiting for, not some movie about a guy with pointy ears, a rich man in an iron suit, or an aging man who still cracks a mean bullwhip. No, we want to see lightsabers, droids, clones, Sith, and more…and The Clone Wars has all of that and more! But being animated there’s a lot of questions about this movie…primarily “is it any good?” Star Wars Action News attended a preview screening in Chicago and give you the straight, unbiased, spoiler free review of the movie.

Also this week, a few other reviews. Scott from Tulsa has packed up his BMF and returned it to the store. Why? He tells us. Also, Mister Gosh reviews Sideshow Collectibles’ lifesized Salacious Crumb, available on “Second Chance” from Sideshow Collectibles.

With voice mails, a review of the Wal Mart exclusive 501st Clonetrooper, and more, it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And if you’re seeing The Clone Wars this Friday, the Star Wars Action News hosts will be answering calls and getting your opinion on the movie from 7 p.m . to 10 p.m. CST. Just call 415-508-JEDI to chat with us and let us know what you thought of the movie!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct links:
Regular Version or Enhanced Version

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chronicles Update
August 10, 2008 | 11:33 PM EST | Justin2

 


Pre-production work for the next chapter in The Rykrof Enloe Chronicles has begun, and previews will be available here at Yakface later this month.
Until then, the Grand Army of the Republic has all but taken control of the Kobridor system from the droid armies of the Confederacy. But their victory is short lived as they soon discover that a powerful member of the Jedi Order has turned on his former masters…

Check out the most recent chapter in its entirety after the jump!

 


 

YakTube – Star Wars Duel
August 10, 2008 | 8:41 PM EST | Niktom

 

Nothing better than two kids, two lightsabers and a soundtrack!

Star Wars Duel

Discuss or post your own lightsaber duels here in the forums.

 


 

Clone Wars Reviewed
August 10, 2008 | 5:59 PM EST | Bill

 


The Clone Wars Movie Reviewed by a fan– our friend Pete over at The Private Universe was lucky enough to be included in one of the early screenings of the Animated Clone Wars movie– check out his review here.

 


 

TRU Star Wars Sale
August 10, 2008 | 11:15 AM EST | Jayson

 


TRU this week is running a “Buy one, get one half off” on select Star Wars toys, like Comic Packs, Transformers and Galactic Heroes. They are also having a special on roleplay items offering $5.00 off Electronic Lightsabers and $6.00 off the Clone Wars Clone Trooper Helmet.

Sale Dates: Aug. 10th through Aug. 16th

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Hoth Recon Patrol
August 10, 2008 | 8:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets an update tonight with the addition of the second battle pack added to the Legacy section: the Hoth Recon Patrol. Hoth gets more love in the battle pack segment here with this set. The highlights in this multipack are the Echo Base astromech, R5-M2, and a nice repaint of the Imperial Probe Droid “Probot” from the POTF2 era of deluxe figures. Other notable mentions are K-3PO in terms of articulation as it uses the C-3PO body from the TSC line, the Chewbacca, which brings the Early Bird head sculpt back to the market and finally, a redecoed Han Solo in Hoth Gear from the Walmart Droid Factory set where the coat is a more browish/blue-gray in this offering. Also take note that the goggles on this Han are glued in place.

For the $20 pricepoint of the current battle packs, this one stacks up fairly well in terms of “new” items and value so if you’ve been holding out, head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
August 10, 2008 | 8:02 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide gets an update today with the addition of the first battle pack added to theLegacy section: the Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol. This “just offscreen” EU set includes a pair of kitbashed Scout Troopers formed from the legs and arms of the VTSC Imperial Snowtrooper, the rest from the VTSC Scout Trooper with repainted portions of the body suit. We’re also given a set of Hoth redecoed, non-exploding Speeder Bikes (which are in dire need of a resculpt to bring them into the 21st century). Both troopers also include the standard issue blaster and biker scout pistol.

The set itself is not bad, but it would have been nice if they more closely matched the Snow Speeder Bike artwork from the DK’s Star Wars Cross Sections Book, where the Scouts had a temperature regulating hose attached to them from the Speeder. Also, for variant hunters out there, word is that there are 2 versions of the pack; one set with the Galactic Republic insignia on the speeders and other set with Imperial insignias.

If you’ve been holding out, head to the toyguide to see if this is a set you think is worth adding to your collection.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: 501st Clone Trooper Action Figure
August 10, 2008 | 8:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Clone Wars collectibles have arrived at K & C Collectibles this week.

NEW – Clone Wars – Action Figures:
501st Legion Clone Trooper – Join the Clone Troopers!
Clone Trooper – Senate Security
Captain Rex – Mail-A-Way version

NEW – Saga Special – Action Figures:
Disturbance in the Force

New Pre-Order – August 27th, 2008
Star Wars Encyclopedia – Hardcover – SAVE $15.01
Darth Maul Ultimate 1/4-scale Action Figure – SAVE $10.00
Republic Star Destroyer Model Kit
The Clone Wars ARTFX+ KOTOBUKIYA Statues Series one: THE JEDI
Emperor – Bobble Head
Darth Maul – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Asajj Ventress – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Ashoka Tano – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Battle Droid – Bobble Head
Clone Wars Tactics Pocketmodel TCG – Box – SAVE $43.77

NEW – Legacy Collection – First Day Of Issue Figures:
Han Solo #1
Luke Skywalker #2
Chewbacca #3
Ewok – Leektar & Nippet #4
Ak-Rev #5
Yarna Dal Gargan #6
Bane Malor #7
ith Quad Cannon #16
Evo Trooper #4
Darth Vader – Battle Damaged #3
Kashyyk Scout Trooper #2
Commander Gree #1

NEW – Battle Packs:
Battle on Mygeeto
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Hoth Recon Patrol

NEW – Evolutions Sets::
Rebel Pilot Legacy – Series II
Imperial Pilot Legacy
Padme Amidala Legacy
Rebel Pilot Legacy

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 1 Han Solo (FDOI)
August 8, 2008 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson