Thanks to Torrynn for the following news.
“TRU Canada will be getting the exclusive TIE Interceptor for $39.99! Expect to see this item in August in Canada.
Also, the Palm Talkers will be $14.99 and are due in July.”
I just added a glimpse of the unproduced 12 inch Ody Mandrell into the prototypes section under the 12″ Figures section. Even though it’s only the head, it gives collectors of the 12 inch figures a chance to see what might have been, had the figure actually gotten the green light to be put into production.
Help is on the way so updates should start to happen regularly soon. A lot has to be added so hopefully the site will get caught up very quickly.
Not according to Robert W. who did a little research on his own about this. He writes;
“I talked to 2 store directors in 2 states, Louisiana and Texas, and
here’s the lowdown. Only count on 1% or less of TRU ahving these kinds of super sales. They aren’t a nationwide sale and are instead a sale that is initiated by a particular store director who is willing to take a loss on inventory in order to make room from new stuff. Very few directors are willing to do this, particularly on Star Wars items, which, while they warm the pegs, do have daily sales at almost every store. As a result, both directors said to expect maybe 1 in 100 stores to do this kind of sale.”
So, I guess that myself and the few others that wrote me were the lucky ones. Thanks again to “Robert W.” for this information!
Today, the Star Wars Fan Club, run by WotC writes;
“Carbon-Freezing Chamber Action Playset: Get at Least One Before It’s Gone!
The Carbon-Freezing Chamber Action Playset is available NOW . . . and it is selling out fast! Exclusively available at the Official Star Wars Fan Club, the Carbon-Freezing Chamber is the most sought-after collectible of the year. And, contrary to unofficial reports, we actually do have all remaining units of this never to be produced again product (only a couple thousand units were originally sold in Europe/Asia.)
The Carbon-Freezing Chamber features realistic movie styling, including anexclusive Bespin security guard, a block of carbonite that actually opens, a detention chamber, and more.
Hurry, they won’t last much longer! Get Yours NOW!
Sounds pretty finite. If you have been putting off ordering this thing, it’s either WotC now, or scalpers later. Jump on over and grab this thing. It’s a nicely constructed playset, and the figure I’ll give a 6 out of 10.
AmericanDreamComics is reporting that the B-Wing won’t be due out until at least July and will have a price of $39.99.
I’m not going to make a huge deal out of this, but Yakface reader “AZincJr” writes to remind me of what I will call, for now, a rumor that was circulating a couple months back when the movie “Planet Of The Apes” was in post-production. I had heard, in more than one place, that the Episode II trailer “A” may be attached to this film. Now, it would be about the correct time frame, taking into consideration that Episode I’s trailer “A” fell around this period in 1998, they are both 20th Century Fox films, and they are both in basically the same film genre. This is not definite in any way, but it seems like a good bet. The “Planet Of The Apes” release date is July 27th, 2001, so I guess we’ll all have to wait, (and hope) until then.
UPDATE – I stand corrected. For some reason I was thinking that the Episode I trailer “A” came out in August 1998, but, it was in fact late October/early November. So, like I said, no big deal on this. We’re just going to have to wait and see. Thanks to “LkEriMnstr” for the correction.
It seems that TRU is following the recent ways of Kay-Bee, but instead of 2 for 1, the prices are just dropping rediculously low. I’ve had several reports of certain figures (especially the soft-goods wave) being a mere 50 cents, the FX figures going for 90 cents, the 2 Pod Racers being $3.90, and the Royal Starship dropping to a mere $29.90. Doing my typical research, I stopped at the TRU in Phillipsburg, NJ, and low and behold some of the above-mentioned figures were in fact marked with that huge red-tag mark-down sticker. So folks, check around. These are some good prices surfacing, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Then, if you missed them, it’s e-Bay time. Thanks to “Capt Dude” and the others for the tip-off!
Phillip N. writes to let me know that he has found the Sandtrooper wave at an Electronics Boutique in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and at a Walmart in Philadelphia. That’s not the reason for this post, however. He informed me that the EB was selling the figures for $12.99 each! Geez, isn’t that on the fringe of scalper prices? I know when you order less cases the price is going to be a little higher, but I’d just as soon see them not carry POTJ’s than sell them for that! Just my editorialized opinion.
Finally, something official for Episode II from StarWars.com that’s actually downloadable and fun, (besides cryptic pictures and behind the scenes stuff). They have six really nicely done wallpapers, in a variety of screen sizes, that associate Episode II with the original trilogy. Here’s the direct link to the wallpaper page. Have fun!
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SWkids.com has posted yet another new Palm Talker picture this one is the Stormtrooper.
Sithkiss writes in with this odd find at Wal-Mart over the weekend.
A case of the Sandtrooer wave but the assortment was as following: ususal- 2 Aurra Sing, 2 Chewie- mech, 2 Leia (B E), 2 Qui-Gon -training, 4 Sandtroopers and no Obi-Wan Cold Weather Gear.
This is the first I have heard of a case with no Obi-Wan. It could just be a packaging mistake or a new assortment. Has anyone else found a case with this lineup?
UPDATE: I’ve gotten several other reports of people finding this case as well. It looks like it is out there but not in large numbers.
Thanks to Stacy for the following news.
The new POTJ Palm Talkers have been found at TRU in Tokyo. The following parts of the Palm Talkers light up: Boba Fett – blaster, Chewie – bowcaster, Stormtrooper – blaster, Darth Vader – lightsaber and C-3PO – eyes.
Also, the Darth Vader doesn’t have any speaking lines – it’s just his breathing and what sounds like grunting noises during a lightsaber duel.
Absolutely NOT! I’ve been getting a few e-mails saying that the official trailer has been released, which would be a “Trailer A”, before the movie Pearl Harbor. Just to snuff this rumor now, this is just not true. When an official trailer is released, it will be reported on StarWars.com and loads of other internet Star Wars sites, like ours. I dug into this rumor because I want to see this as bad as anyone else, even if it was just a teaser trailer. One reader who claimed they had actually seen this alleged trailer pointed me towards a program called Morpheus, which is run by Music City, and what I came up with was the old fan-made trailer available in the fan-films section of TheForce.net, being listed as “the real thing”. This is how misinformation starts! So, no, there is no official Episode II trailer yet. Maybe towards the last 1/4 of the year, but it’s still too early. So, if you write to me to tell me I’m wrong, please send proof. (I.E. Video).
Yes, folks. Quality control? Makes you wonder. This scan was sent in by our Yakface reader “Hamlet M.”, and, yes, it’s another Sandtrooper error. This figure has his backpack, but it appears to be unpainted, or moreover, missing all detailing. Anyone else find this one out in the stores? Click here to view this error. Thanks again to “Hamlet M.” for the scan!
UPDATE – Odd, but I keep getting strange e-mails from all over the country about all kinds of paint errors on this whole wave of figures. Most of them don’t have included scans, which in the case of our page constitutes proof. So, if you have an error concerning this wave, send a scan with your e-mail. Now, my point being here’s another missing paint job. In this case, however, it’s Qui-Gon Jedi Training. It appears that they never painted the details on his left boot. Click here to see the pic. Thanks to “Shayster420” for the scan! I just can’t believe how Hasbro is paying so little attention to such a big license! Or are us fans screaming so loud for more figures that Hasbro is just push-producing these things to the point of errors of this sort?
“gigacrumb” sends me the information that, at their local TRU, the Sith Lords 12″ 2-pack, which includes the 12″ scale break apart Darth Maul, and the Darth Vader with Removable Helmet, are scanning for $19.96. I’ve checked at my local TRU, and this has yet to happen there. Also, along with that news, Sidster, from TheJawa.com also reports an e-mail to him stating the same, as well as the 12″ scale Dewback and Sandtrooper being marked down to $50. Is this going to be imminent at all TRU’s, or just a few? I wonder. If you’ve seen these discounts as well, send me an e-mail and let me know how much, and what state/area you hail from. Thanks!
Yakface.com would like to wish everyone out there a safe and happy Memorial Day! It’s a day when we must remember all of our family members and true-life heroes that died to keep America free so we can have all the freedom to enjoy what we want to enjoy, Star Wars included. So, drive carefully and sober, eat loads of burgers and weenies, and watch that arm hair over the charcoal brickettes…
Fao Schwarz.com still has the online discounts happening for all of us who needs the stuff! The Biggs/Wedge 12″ 2-pack is at a standstill at $17.49, the Fambaa is back in stock at 1/2 price, being $37.50, and if you really want them, the set of 6 Episode I Beanie Buddies are on closeout for $15 for the entire set. If you need the Fambaa or 12″ Biggs/Wedge, head on over. They’ve been holding out, but not forever! Thanks to Aaron B. for the reminder.
Gamespot.com has an interview with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, two of the game producers/designers over at Bioware for the Star Wars RPG game slated for 2002. Quite an informative interview with lots of information about the game itself. Check it out here.
Hasbro seems to have done it again! I received 2 e-mails, one from from “dewback41”, and one from “ChuckMc”, (who kindly sent us this scan, thanks!), of an alleged error. If it was just from one area, I would have thought no more about it, but with 2 reports, I’m curious if anyone else has seen it or picked one up. It’s the new POTJ Sandtrooper missing his backpack! Click here to see this crazy trooper.
Monday night on Access Hollywood there will be a preview of Episode II. Not toy news, but I’m sure everyone would want to know about this, and I figured since I’ve been tossing in various non-spoiler news, why not? According to “Jon” who wrote me about this, the commercial showed a shot of Obi-Wan piloting a ship against a bluescreen, and they promise an interview with Ewan McGregor about the upcoming prequel sequel. Check your local listings for air-times! Thanks to “Jon” for the tip!
Sidster over at The Jawa has posted some pics of yet another of the two packs which were supposed to follow the Sith Masters 2 pack. Many of you have seen the photos of the Qui Gon and Battle Droid 2 pack with special effects (which Sidster has also posted) on the net before, but he has added pics of a Jar Jar versus Destroyer 2 pack which is nothing short of incredible.
There are also photos of the original carbon freeze block which was supposed to come with the carbon freeze playet. Instead of the silver spandex we all got from the Fan Club, this one is black latex.
Check it out here
Thanks goes to “Bobbotheclown” who writes to me this morning informing me that the new training Qui-Gon has an error on the Force File insert. The card, instead of reading “sparring”, reads “sparing” in the sentance, “Qui-Gon often wears his training gear for protection when sparing with his trainee.” Quality and editorial control anyone?
UPDATE – More than one person caught this! Yes, I spelled sentence wrong on purpose. A little dry humor. I figured, hey, if Hasbro can do it, so can I, right? I won’t do it again, I promiss.
I’m looking for Star Wars LEGO promotional materials – anything really, and I have a whole slew of Hasbro products that I’d be willing to discuss trading for it. So if you have a ‘Guess the Bricks’ R2, the ’99 LEGO Toy Fair invite, posters, shelf tags, the UCS X-Wing promo or anything else, let me know.
This email was received by ‘Dex1138′:
Dear KBkids.com Customer,
Because you’re a loyal KBkids.com customer, we wanted to let you know about some exciting news right away. KB Toys and KBkids.com recently purchased most of eToys’ inventory, its proprietary software, its name and trademarks, and its Web site address. We will continue to do business as KBkids.com.
We’re excited about acquiring the proprietary software that created the award-winning eToys shopping experience. Expect to find the best of eToys and KBkids.com right here. Over the next few months, look for more specialty and educational toys as well as special features like Birthday Reminders, a gift registry feature called Wish List, and Gift Wrap.
You’ll continue to find Surprise of the Day, Deal of the Week, plus the great toys, hard-to-find collectibles, outlet items and newly released video games you love at KBkids.com.
We’re excited about this new venture – we hope you are, too!
What does this mean? The overpriced KBKids.com now has a bigger inventory! Yippee!
SWKids.com has a new image of the Chewie Palm Talker and confirms its bowcaster will light up as well. I guess this means they all will all light up in some manner.
Wal-mart.com currently has the 12″ Bounty Hunters, 300th Fett and several other 12″ POTJ figures in stock.
Entertainment Earth has the Sandtrooper Wave and 12″ Wedge/Biggs 2 pack in stock.
Daniel wrote in to ask if the snowspeerder was going to have Dack built into the cockpit or be a standalone figure. I emailed Andy as he has confirmed that the figure will be a stand alone figure. Thanks for the question and thanks to Andy for the fast turn around.
I’ve been getting intermitent reports for the last week that the Sandtrooper wave is showing up in more abundance across the nation. Though I haven’t found them yet, I’ve been hearing that they’ve been showing up in more remote area that usually complain that they’re last to see anything, and sadly, they’re usually right. It all depends on distribution, and per chance as to where the new cases ship first. So, young Jedi, keep your sensorscopes on, keep checking, and don’t pay scalper prices! Patience pays.
It’s hard to beleive that it’s been that long since I first sat in a theater as a child, and was mezmerized by this incredible film. Since then the world has changed a lot, but one thing remains; Our love of the original trilogy. We’ve been through 6 US presidents, 4 decades, and loads of merchandising, and we still hold dear to us that “Galaxy Far Away”. Thanks to Shaun S. for the reminder. So, happy birthday Star Wars, and thanks to George for building the “playground”.
With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the weekend, so read and enjoy!
Reader Eric sent us a note today explaining that the B-Wing Fighter Pilot coming with the new vehicle and the Ten Nunb figure available for $10 at toy clearance centers everywhere. Unfortunately, it’s a minor change– the gloves are going from a matte off-white to a glossy black. Other than that, both versions look similar if not identical.
I was written by a couple people telling me that the 12″ Darth Maul with his trusty Sith Speeder has been rearing his black and red head at Wal-Mart again. If you still need this guy, keep an eye out, as I have seen them as well, (about 20 of them), at my local Wal-Mart. Being an exclusive, however, I wouldn’t wait if you see him and want him. This may be the last shot of these for good.
Here are a couple of Sci-Fi/Toy shows coming up. If they’re in your area, check ’em out;
Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
June 15-16, Grapevine Convention Center: Grapevine Tx
Special Star Wars guests:
Shannon Baksa – Mara Jade
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Mike Quinn – Nien Numb
Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
June 30-01, Shreveport Expo Hall Shreveport, La
Special Star Wars guests:
Michonne Bourriague – Aurra Sing
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Alan Ruscoe (1st US appearance) Episode 1 & 2 Plo Koon, Bib Fortuna plus even more characters!
Mike Quinn – Nien Numb, and also appearing
The official Back to the Future website presenting in his first convention appearance, Back To The Future Trilogy villian… Tom Wilson (Bif, Griff, and Mad Dog Tannen).
For more information, check out SciFiExpo.com. Thanks to Ben S. for the information.
UPDATE-The Louisiana show is being reported by TheForce.net as being sponsored by Hasbro, and supposedly there will be new toys showcased there that have never been seen before. Anyone going that can grab some pics if this is, in fact, the case?
The Official Site has just posted that we can look forward to both a TIE BOMBER and a crashed snowspeeder. The Tie Bomber will have a new pilot with articulated knees and it appears that the snow speeder will come with both a new luke pilot and DACK. Read the full article here.
Thanks to Brian for the headsup.
Ask Models a British online store currently has a Resin statue of Yoda frozen in a carbonite block for £ 26. A very interesting piece to add to your collection. Thanks to Jonathan Pagaduan for the news.
Why don’t you build it yourself? FBTB is very proud to bring you the latest LEGO creation from Robert Martin – a five level Death Star playset, complete with working trash compactor and working turbolift!
Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show June 30-01, Shreveport Expo Hall Shreveport, LA Hasbro will be displaying upcoming never shown Star Wars toys, and they promise that their convention give-away will be even cooler than last years 6′ autographed Naboo Fighter. Thanks to Ben for the news. If anyone is going and would like to snap a few pictures of what Hasbro has for me it would be greatly appreciated.
On Ebay there is an auction of B-Wing Sample which features a lot of new images of the B-Wing loose. (Item 1600598734)
I have been reading up on the posts about the shuttle from various sites and would like to comment about this, as I have been in talks with Hasbro about this very vehicle. As many of you remember Yakface.com originated the petitions for vintage vehilces. At that time Yakface.com petitioned for the Skiff and thanks to many thousands of readers (well over 18,000 names) we were ALL able to convince Hasbro to make the skiff and have since seen many new ones. However, I spoke to Hasbro two weeks ago and asked about running another petition for the shuttle. I was told then that the design teams are looking into making one, although nothing has been confirmed. Then I saw these posts, so I once again asked Hasbro about the validity of these posts.
Here is the reply from Hasbro.
Hasbro has NOT confirmed any such vehicle, and in no way is this vehicle a done deal. Our exclusives group has discussed this along with a thousand other ideas, and that’s it. If it ever did come out, it would almost have to be an exclsuive at that price point.
It’s disappointing to see information like this get out there since it may only get fans’ hopes up for something that may not be feasible or possible at this point. To be clear, in no way is this vehicle
I am very thankful for Hasbro to step up to the plate and squash this rumor before it has gotten out of hand. I also agree with the statement that it is unfair to the fans to hear these rumors and get our hopes up (although I know that while each site tries to scoop the other these things happen). Yakface.com will continue with Hasbro until we can get this ship confirmed. Yakface.com is sure that with the help of all the fans and the other websites we can get it made. As soon as we have a confirmed answer on this as to whether they are going to make it or not. We will post it ASAP.
Jediknight.net has posted five different clips from the new “Jedi Knight II” game from E3. Drop on over and check them out, they look pretty sweet! Thanks to Franktrooper for the heads-up.
Charles N. writes in to tell us that these are showing up again in Southern California, and for a small price of $1.97 each. How many cases of this type of short-production-figures can show up from these warehouses? Or maybe it was just a case anomoly. Either way, keep your eyes peeled ladies and gents.
Well, not really invade, but Robert G. found them in his local Target in Bountiful, Utah today. It seems these are finally starting to make their way around. Now, someone tell these little guys to catch a bus to Pennsylvania…
Thanks to Robert for the following news.
“I received a email from the Fan Club regarding the damaged Freeze-Chambers I received. Also, they allowed me to reorder the items with no additional shipping charges and return the others for full credit when I receive the new ones.”
I know a lot of people have been receiving damaged playsets so I would imagine anyone can do the same.
HLJ has an interesting article with pictures on a new X-Wing model that will be coming out of Japan. It is made by Fine Molds and is very detailed. Also, a new TIE Fighter model will be coming out as well. Thanks to Edward for the news.
UPDATE:The cost in Japan will be 3000 yen which converts to $25 US. Thanks to Cliff for the news.
Many of you may know that Hayden Christensen was on the half-hour entertainment news show “Extra” Monday night talking a little about Episode II. Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that TheForce.net now has the interview available for download. It’s about 10 megs and in quicktime format. If you missed it on TV, here’s your chance to see it.
Ok, most of us know about the vintage series variations in the U.S.A., but did you ever wonder about other parts of the world? I recently ran across this excellent, very comprehensive site called Palitoy.com that highlights the vintage figures in a light that most of us westerners have never had the opportunity to see. Like I said, it’s got a very comprehensive listing of the European/UK Star Wars toys created in the vintage era, variations, card backs, catalogs, and so much more. Check them out!
If old Georgie sticks to his previous itinerary, Episode II should be hitting theaters on May 22, 2002. (Ironic with it being Episode 2, that it’s May 22, 2002, huh?) That would make the next Toy Blitz probably fall around May 5th, 2002. If there are any Toy Store managers out there that are “in the know”, or even for a good speculation, e-mail me just for fun. We’re down to months, folks, not years!
I’ve been getting alot of reports that people that tried to purchase the POTJ figures under KayBee’s buy-one-get-one-free sale were successful. So, go get those collection fillers!
Stan sent us the following note:
“This is the mock up from the CD ROM series that was planned (shown a while back standing on top of Blue a CD) . Gives you an idea of what Hasbro had/has in store.”
Thanks much, Stan!
UPDATE: This figure is most likely a custom. Sorry for the confusion.
With Every Question For Justice has been updated with questions and answers, as per usual. It tastes great with a donut.
Congratulations go out to TheFly of Redmond/Bellvue, Washington. Our first ever winner of our first ever Store Reports Contest. If TheFly could please e-mail me with your address so our Contest Sponsor, KebCoToys can get that nice 300th Boba Fett (First Version) out to you A.S.A.P.! Please look for information this weekend on our next 2-Week Store Reports Contest! Have A Great Star-Wars Filled Weekend. And keep sending in those reports as it seems the hunts are on again for those new figures!
Two prototypes of new POTJ figures have shown up on Ebay. Item #1600132903- Cold Weather Obi Wan and Item #1600136923- Tessek
Entertainment Earth is expecting the Sandtrooper Wave Case (Item# 84445G, $89.99) to arrive and begin shipping on Wednesday, May 23, 2001. All backorders placed as of May 21, 2001 will be filled.
CollectStarWars has posted boxed images of the upcoming TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor.
Well, many of you may have noticed that this URL has not been working lately. I did not renew the URL subscription price. I originally opened that URL because of the troubles we were having with yakface.com when we moved servers. The yakfacesrealm.com has been taken over by a NOT SO FRIENDLY site and I would not suggest that you use it anymore if you are under the age of 18. It was brought to my attention today, so I thought I would let you know that it has nothing to do with our site anymore.
Congrats to this weeks winner Kris Maxx who is the lucky winner of this weeks Ultarama Display. And a special thanks once again to Mort for giving away these displays to readers of yakface.com. If you have entered, your name is already in the list (no need to enter again, once is all that it takes), if you have not, then send in your name.
Real-Stands is still holding a free stand bonus. If you place an order for 1 to 4 sets (each set contains 5 action figure stands) and receive 1 additional set as a free bonus; order from 5 to 9 sets, and get 2 sets free; order 10 to 19 sets, get 3 sets free; order 20 or more sets, get 4 sets free.
Just a reminder that the Carbon Freeze Chamber is now available to everyone, not just Fan Club members, as of this morning. To order call 1-800-TRUE-FAN, or visit their website, swfan.wizards.com. Thanks to Robert L. for the reminder!
I know we usually report Star Wars collecting news, heavy on the Hasbro, but this was too good to pass up. Yes, it’s true! A full-on 1 minute and 20 second helping of Episode II over at TheForce.net. It is a scene during the actual filming of the movie with our favorite Master and Padawan against a blue screen, and it is AWESOME. So, if you’re not allergic to “spoilers”, go there now! The download is just over 3 megs, and is a Quicktime file. This will really whet your appetite for what is to come!
UPDATE – Like I figured, not unlike the storyboards, the footage has been removed. If you got it, consider yourself amongst one of the lucky ones.
UPDATE II – Seems this little trick even made the news. Check out the article here.
Just a little reminder of what was reported here earlier last week. For all of us out there that have been putting off getting that certain older Star Wars item waiting for it to come down in price, this week is the week to fill those collection holes. Kay-Bee and Toy Works starts that “buy-one-get-one-free” deal today, May 21st, on all their older Star Wars merchandise. I would imagine they’ll be excluding POTJ figures, but you never know. So get out there and buy some army builders, some common-as-mud cinema scenes, custom figure fodder, line them up under your coffee table and make your house pet nervous… I don’t care what it is! Just empty those shelves off, boys and girls! Then maybe we’ll see a wave at Kay-Bee and Toy Works newer than the 8D8 Freeze Frame case assortment!
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The upcoming Palm Talker Boba Fett will also have a light-up blaster along with being able to talk. If Fett can light up it is possible the others will have similar features. Also, if you want to see another loose picture of the Fett Palm Talker head over to SW Kids.
Reports are starting to come in about the Sandtrooper wave being found at Wal-mart. Reports are from various states and not limited to one section of the country. Thanks to everyone that wrote in.
I’ve had a couple people write to me in the past couple days (knowing that I’m an open-figure variation freak) about the new Sandtrooper – Tatooine Patrol, and a potential error. The first one I dismissed as an paint screw up, but now 3 people have written, and this could be an honest to goodness variation/error to hunt for. It seem that, right above the Sandtrooper’s eyes in the helmet, there should be a black band around the whole head. On some of these figures, it’s being found that this black band is missing. Interesting. If you have the actual error figure, toss a scan my way via e-mail and I’ll post it. Anyone else find this?
With the mention of the new Philadelphia Collectors’ Club, Bill of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society wanted me to remind you they are still around, and going strong with a member count of over 100 now! PSWCS is dedicated to enhancing the collecting experiences of Pennsylvania Star Wars collectors and have created this network to facilitate collecting needs, share information, and socialize. They’re open to all collectors who currently live in Pennsylvania or have significant ties to Pennsylvania. So if you’re in PA, or just curious, check out their website!
Figuresandtoys.com Have received over 100 cases of the Boba Fett 300th’s. Most of them are version ..0200 and they are just $14.99
Mention Yakface.com when you order and receive free shipping on orders over $50.00 (US AND CANADA ONLY). International Customers will get 10% off your entire order!
Dark Side Collector a Canadian SW collecting site is back up and running. If you live in Canada and need more collecting news you may want to check it out.
Chuck from Philadelphia, PA writes today asking that I send an alert out to all Philadelphia area Star Wars collectors that he and a friend are starting a Philadelphia area Star Wars Collector’s Club. It’s just in it’s preliminary stages right now, but if you’re in that area, and interested, (which one of us wouldn’t be, right?), make sure to contact him email@example.com. Good luck fellas!
Man, I just got a letter from Chris Doyle over at Bootlegtoys.com to let me know that the site has been updated and revamped. If you haven’t visited this site yet, DO IT! This guy has a complete comprehensive, exhaustive review of all toys that are Star Wars, (including loads of pictures), but not licensed. I can’t say enough about his work, it’s terrific. There are also loads of other toys highlighted, so head on over by clicking here. If you visit one site today, make it this one! Good job, Chris!
I’ve gotten a load of feedback on the post we did here earlier today on The Phantom Edit, that crazy tape that’s been making its’ way around Hollywood, that allegedly fleshes out the movie better. I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail, but the ones that put it the best was Brad and Chris. They write;
“Just a quick word about that news that’s appearing on TheForce.Net today (and has resulted in no less than 50 e-mails at least in the inbox today) regarding the Star Wars Episode 1.1: The Phantom Edit . Apparently, a mysterious video cassette containing a re-edited version of George Lucas’ “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” has started circulating around Hollywood. Why is this relevant here, do you ask? Well, folks are theorizing that the tape itself may have been a project of Kevin Smith’s.
We contacted Kevin about this immediately, who assures us that while he’s had nothing to do with the project, he HAS seen a copy and can confirm that is does exist. Interesting.”
So, there you have it. If Kevin’s not involved, maybe it was an inside job. Who knows? Again, if anyone has anymore information, or a copy of this that they’d want to pass on to us at Yakface.com, let me know by clicking here. This is getting better by the moment….
It seems that the earlier post I made is coming true already. I have been getting loads of reports that the Swimming Jar Jar has been showing up all over the country in full force, along with the Soft Goods wave included in the same case assortment! Most of the reports are coming from California, and the Arizona region, but I’ve also had reports from the east coast as well. Most of them are showing up at TRU in the (GULP) bargain bins, (where they toss all the figures in a big mesh bin), and a few Wal-Marts. So weekend warriors, keep your eyes peeled for those figures, because they are out there.
UPDATE – This just in from TRU warehouse worker Ed;
“The local warehouse for the southern California area has 41,000 plus 20,000 units on order. They just shipped out about 20,000 units. Just came back from the local store and they put out about 12 cases within the past 30 minutes…all Swimming Jar Jar cases. They got 40 cases in stock.”
Hey Yak-ers! Don’t Forget that our store reports contest ends on Monday, May 21st. So get those reports in now for your chance to win a 300th Boba Fett (First Version) absolutely free thanks to KEBCoToys.com! We’ve had a lot of entries sent in but increase your chances to win! Please make sure though that your reports are valid and usually about new items or harder to find items! Thanks!
LucasArts announced another 2 games at the E3 game show. The first is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republicwhich is a RPG set thousands of years before the SW movies. It is due for a late 2002 release on the PC.
Also, they announced that SW:Starfighter will be coming to the PC. This is the 9th game LucasArts has announced this month and there aren’t even any Ep II games that have been announced. This is incredible. Thanks to George for the news.
KB Toys has now acquired the rights to the name eToys. Earlier KB had bought the remaining eToys inventory. Does this mean KB plans on reviving eToys in some way or do they have something else in mind? Go to MSNBC to read the rest of the article.
VFXPro is reporting that a copy of The Phantom Menace is circulating in Hollywood right now, a version that most have not seen. Allegedly, it has different editing, additions, and all kinds of weird stuff that makes the movie work better, from an artistic point of view, and fleshes things out a lot better than what ol’ Georgie did in the editing room. It is rumored that Kevin Smith, (of “Clerks” and “Dogma”), is the culprit behind this cut of the film that is being dubbed The Phantom Edit. Anyone know or have any information about/get a copy of this tape? If so, let us know by clicking here. This could be another underground 5th and 6th generation tape like the Star Wars Holiday Special, eventually. Any info would be appreciated. As soon as we know what’s up, we’ll post it!
Yea, that’s what CollectStarWars.com is reporting. Allegedly, at only ONE distribution center, there are 55,000 units of the Swimming Jar Jar assortment cases ready for shipping to TRU’s around the country, under SKN# 171786. For more on this, check out the page.
I’m getting a load of feedback on the Fan Club Carbon Freeze Chambers making it to their destinations practically using Hyperspacial teqniques, but I’ve also been hearing some bad things about the packaging. An example of one such letter follows;
“Just saw your report on the Carbon Freezing Chambers arriving, and mine, too arrived yesterday. I ordered two (the obligatory one to open, one to keep in the box) on Monday and I was quite surprised that they came so quickly. But then I was quite disappointed when I opened them – they were packed in such a way that damaged the Freezing Chamber boxes. Each Freezing Chamber box was placed in it’s own brown cardboard box, and each of those were placed in a larger shipping box. But the small cardboard boxes had those inflated plastic bags in lieu of packing peanuts. The unfortunate thing is that the air-bags don’t “give” at all when the box was closed, so each Freezing Chamber box was crushed. 🙁 ”
Anyone else having this problem? Thanks to Zeke T. Rice, and all the others that wrote to me about this.
With Every Question for Justice has been updated with today’s batch of good questions with answers. Check it out, and come back Monday for more. (And hey, send in some questions while you’re at it.)
Attention all fans of GameCube, Rogue Squadron, and licensed Star Wars games that look like they’ll be fun.
The latest issue of Next Gen (Volume 3, #6) has dedicated the cover and 10 pages to Rogue Leader, the sequel to 1998’s Rogue Squadron.
Interested parties might also be interested to know that the bulk of videogaming sites are now rolling out their coverage of E3, so the latest gaming news is happening now– don’t miss out!
LucasArts announced today Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II for the PC. It is due in the Spring of 2002.
New Force Comics has announced the wave after the 12″ DS Droid wave will be Zuckuss, Dengar and Leia Boushh.
Action Figure Express has, right now, the Marmit TIE Fighter Pilot in stock for $89.95. Plus, if you order now, you get a free Commtech Chip Reader, and 3 action figures, (you get to choose from 3 sets of 3). Nice! So check it out! And, if you order, make sure you tell them Yakface.com sent you!
Man, the fan club had this one wrapped up tight! Already I’m getting reports of the Carbon Freeze Chambers showing up all over, (some are online friends, and some from writing me through Yakface directly)! Some actually received them yesterday, the day after they ordered them. Incredible… So keep checking those mailboxes, kids, it should be there soon!
Star Wars.com is announcing that the suggested retail price on the B-wing will be $34.99!!!! While this is still over $10.00 more than the Y-wing and Skiff, it is a big improvement over $50.00 for a single ship. Thanks to Tim in Memphis for the headsup.
Check out the full story here.
D&S Sci-fi Toy Worldhas the Australian Jedi Braid with Micro Royal Starship in stock as well as other hard to find exclusives.
The SWI is now officially shipping, I received mine in the mail today. Looks good, it’s LOADED with Episode II pics, (most we’ve seen online, but hey…), and it comes with a nifty little CD-ROM disc advertising The Star Wars Gamer magazine, Lucasarts game titles, and more. Another thing I noticed was the Jawa Trader section is smaller, but offering more action figures, (mostly older ones), and Legos. So, my Bounty Hunters, watch that mailbox for the next few days. It seems WotC is finally taking a step in the right direction!
With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again with word of all things Q&A. Or at least all 10 things Q that have been Aed by the column. Check it out, won’t you?
Xwing25 is asking me to spread the word that a Star Wars Collectors Club of Oklahoma City has been created and is looking for some new members in the area. They are having a meeting once a month around the second week of the month, and is at a prearranged local spot. If you want to hook up with them, you can e-mail xwing25, (the president of the club), by clicking here Sounds like a nice crew, so if you’re local, give it a shot!
Some people may recall the issue of the subscriptions being listed at $19.95 per year in the Star Wars Insider Magazine, and $29.95 per year on the new website for the bi-monthly magazine. Well, Warren Jacobsen, a fan, writes today to clear all this up for us.
It seems the $19.95 is for the magazine subscription to the Star Wars Insider ONLY. The $29.95 is for subscription to the Insider, PLUS fan club membership. It seems you still have a choice, but with the magazine-only deal, you miss out on being able to preorder on the website for certain items, (I.E. The Bespin Freeze Chamber). Also, for the extra $10, you get a $10 gift certificate for usage on the website only. Another privelage of “Fan Club” membership is 10% offmost items listed on the wesite. Another thing that WotC seems to want to reinitiate is the fan-mail forwarding. So, I hope this clears some things up for us fans. Any feedback? E-mail me here.
Thanks goes to the “semi-coherent” Warren Jacobsen. 8^)
CollectStarWars is reporting that a update on Duros will be posted by Hasbro soon. Also, the upcoming Snaggletooth figure will be the short red version.
If you have been looking for the second version of the European Pit Droid 2 Packs which were only available with the Naboo Guard and Holographic Darth Sidious, you may want to check this out. Scotsmann Models in Parnie Street, Glasglow, Scotland, (phone number 0141-572-0481) has a set of three carded pit droids (one of each of the 3 colors of pit droids) for 50 pounds plus shipping—- considering a single carded pit droid and figure from this wave goes for several times this amount on Ebay it looks like a good deal. If anyone has any experience with Scotsmann please let us know.
OK, with everything that is going on, I thought I would share this with you. Thanks, by the way, to everyone that wrote in with this info. The Chamber is still available, please use a little patience and persistence. There are two ways to order it, on-line and via the phone (1800-True-Fan). Several people have been emailing saying they have been able to get it ordered. There is a limit of three per customer. I hopes this helps. Patience young jedi’s, you will get one.
Just received this in my e-mail…
“Carbon-Freezing Chamber: Available NOW to Members Only!
Star Wars Fan Club Members, the long wait is over. The Carbon-freezing Chamber Action Playset is available NOW! Exclusively available to members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club until May 21, the Carbon-Freezing Chamber is the most sought-after collectible of the year.
The Carbon-Freezing Chamber features realistic movie styling, including an exclusive Bespin security guard, a block of carbonite that actually opens, a detention chamber, and more.
Hurry, quantities are limited and we expect to sell out fast!
Get Yours NOW!
…so, if you’re a member, scoot on over and grab this thing, because I don’t think they’re gonna hang around too long! Granted, there’ll be many more of these made, but knowing Hasbro, the wait could be intense.
UPDATE-It seems the WotC site is locking up with some sort of error as of 12:50 Eastern Time. I would imagine they’re being inundated with orders for this much sought after playset. I did manage to make it in after I had already ordered, however slow the site was, and I looked for the playset again, just because I had flown over so fast and ordered, I really never got a good look at the thing. And as much as I’d search, and as slow as the site was, I couldn’t find it on their site again. And, remember, it was only 7 minutes after I’d ordered. So, can that mean it’s sold out already?!?
UPDATE II-Yea, I think this thing is a goner. Thanks to all the responses from everyone, but, either WotC just happens to be having server problems, or they took the thing down because it’s sold out. Keeping in mind, it happened in under 10 minutes. I wonder how many units they actually received? With as much as they’ve been hyping this thing for months, you’d think that Hasbro would’ve prepared better for the sales they should’ve anticipated. It makes one wonder. But, cheer up fans, because they may be getting daily shipments, so KEEP WATCH on the site daily. And, if they come back in stock, let me know! Like I said, it could just be a glitch, but I’m 90% sure these puppies are temporarily sold out.
UPDATE III-Thank the Maker! I was wrong! It seems they are still available, but the site was so bogged down by orders, it was screwing up the ordering process. Please note that the only way you will see it on the page for preorder is if you are logged on as a member. Also, it seems if the website is giving you problems, the better way to order is over the telephone. I’ve had several reports saying that they are having about a 20 minute delay while you are on hold, but there are no problems with availability at all. You may order up to 3 at a time. Hope this helps everyone! Finally, Hasbro prepared for demand! I’m truly impressed! Keep up the good work! Maybe a little expansion of bandwidth on the old order site might not be a bad idea though….
Collectstarwars.com is reporting that the 12″ figures slated for the end of the year are being reported as Dengar, Zuckuss, and Anakin Skywalker. It is still unclear if this is, in fact, an ROTJ Anakin, an Episode I Anakin with exclusives pack-ins, or an actual “Sneak Peek” Episode II figure. Time will tell…
Also, they are reporting that a 12″ Ultimate Edition Electronic Boba Fett is tentatively slated for October 2001. If you want to read more on this, hop over and check out Collectstarwars.com.
Today, on May 14th way back in 1944, a little baby was born. His body emerged from his mother’s womb, his practicioner, a Doctor Tu Onebee, smacked his tiny butt, and they proceeded to wrap him in flannel and hand him to his mother. As she held him to her, he looked up at her and muttered the word “l-l-l-lightsaber….”
Okay, maybe it didn’t happen that way, but today is George Lucas’ 57th birthday. A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the greatest man who ever lived, you are our God, you are the Jedi!!!! (Is that enough sucking up to get you to make Episodes 7, 8, and 9 Mr. Lucas???)
Yup. Another petition is happening right now over at Poodoo Plateau run by Dave Cox. This one is for Valance the Bounty Hunter. For those of us not in the know, Valance debuted in Marvel Comics Star Wars series issue 16, and sort of looks like a combination between The Punisher, Nick Fury, and a Smurf, (he’s garbed in all blue). Actually pretty cool. I think this one may be a long shot, but hey, you never know. Personally, I think we’d have a better chance of seeing an Itchy, Lumpy, and Mala Cinema Scene from the Star Wars Holiday Special, but if you believe in something enough, you go for it, and you certainly have to admire this guy for trying. To hop over to this page and sign the Valance Petition, click here. What the heck, I did!
Thanks for the tip, Dave!
With Every Question For Justice, our marvelous Q&A section, has been updated yet again with 10 instances of wholesome question goodness, lightly garnished with answers.
Dave Ross from Startoys and Collectibles is currently auctioning off the infamous unpainted first shot Blue Maul prototype. Dave always seems to get his hands on ultra cool first shots, and has a solid reputation in the hobby. I personally own one myself, which can be seen in the prototypes section of the website. Search for auction number 589300184 to view the auction or place a bid.
Order Real Action Stands now and get bonus stands free. Here’s how it works, place your order now for 1 to 4 sets (each set contains 5 stands) and receive 1 additional set free; order from 5 to 9 sets, and get 2 sets free; order 10 to 19 sets, get 3 sets free; order 20 or more sets, get 4 sets free. Only at Real Stands.
Chris Chapman writes today to have us let everyone know that the Tennessee Star Wars Collectors’ Club is back up and running.
Just wanted to let everyone know that the Tennessee collectors’ site is back up and running by myself and Michael Lester. We will be doing our part to inform the Star Wars fans web wide on whats going on, and we will only report news that can be verified by a reliable source. We also have a store reports section, a trading forum, and a custom section, among other things of interest. Hope you stop by and check us out!
The Dragon’s Lair, a comic shop in Lakeland, FL, writes to us today to let us know that none other than Mr. Jeremy “Boba Fett” Bulloch will be at their store on Wednesday May 16th from 4PM to 7PM for an autograph signing session.
For more information, contact;
The Dragon’s Lair
5175 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland FL 33809
Thanks for letting us know, Mike!
The Official Site has posted an article on the massive SW pewter statues by a company called Compulsion.
If you go to Compulsion’s website you can view more pictures of these statues and order one if you have about $700 to spare.
Thanks to Thrawn Spawn for the news.
Seems FAO Schwartz’s all around the country are having a sale on SW items. However, the sale seems to vary from 50-75% off and items that are on sale vary as well. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the news.
Figuresandtoys.com reports that they have the following for sale/preorder;
The Following NEW SW2000 Figures are available for ordering:
Teebo, Bo-Shek, R5-D4, Snaggle Tooth and Eeth Koth
Each figures is available for Pre-Order for $8.99 Each.
The Following NEW SW2000 Cases are available for orders: $88.99/Case
Wave 10 Includes: 1x Shimi Skywalker, 1x Rebel Trooper, 1x Imperial Officer, 1x FX-7, 4x Snaggle Tooth and 4x Eeth Koth
Wave 11 Includes: 4x Teebo, 4x Bo-Shek, 4x R5-D4
Wave 14 Includes: 3x Coruscant Guard, 3x Gungan Warrior, 2x Col Calamari, 2x K-3P0, Sae Sae Tin and 1x Queen Amidala Red Throne
Check ’em out, and make sure if you order, as always, tell them Yakface.com sent you!
Dan the K*B man writes;
“I’m the Manager of a K*B toy store. Today I got news about a sale coming up at K*B Toys and felt like I needed to let you folks know:
MAY 21 – June 2 all K*B stores are going to have a big sale on Star Wars, BUY 1 GET 1 FREE.(ALL STAR WARS)There are a lot of other items buy 1 get 1 free too, like:
All JLA, Transformers, Voltron, Pokemon, and a lot more…..Books, Puzzles, on and on. See your nearest store for the list!”
Time to snag up all the stuff we missed so they can make room for all the new POTJ figures. Also, there could be more warehouse purging, so keep your eyes peeled, folks. (And if anyone finds an extra Motti they can snag for me for cost,let me know!)
Thanks for the tip, Dan!
Jonathan writes in with the following news.
“I work at KB Toys here in Huntsville, AL and we received our truck today and low and behold there were some of the Obi-Wan Cold Weather, Jedi Training Qui-Gon and Sandtrooper figure cases”
This is the first I have heard of the Sandtrooper wave showing up at KB.
Wal-Mart.com has the 300th Fett back in stock for only $9.99.
M and M Collectibles is having a great sale. If you buy 1 Star Wars Action Figure, you get another of equal or lesser value for 1 Cent!!
UPDATE:You must put the code BOGO in after your name on the order form to get the special! Price will be adjusted when order is processed.”
Rich writes in to say that at his local FAO Schwartz ALL SW items were on sale for 75% off.
I do not know if this is a country-wide sale or not. If anyone does please e-mail me.
I got a report from “shadowhunter” this morning that there may be another wave of 12″ figures towards the end of this year, and he speculates that it may be the unconfirmed figures floating around the rumor mill last year. They were, to refresh memories, Oola, the Gammorean Guard, and Lando in his Skiff Disguise. Now, to state again, THIS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. It is only heresay until Hasbro says it’s not. But, on the other hand, it’s been coming from very reliable “unofficial” sources that this is to be. So, more on this as we get it.
UPDATECollectStarWars is reporting the wave will be bounty hunters. No confirmation on which ones though.
As Brian had mentioned in one of our previous posts here at Yakface.com, Issue #54 of the Star Wars Insider is going to be the “largest ever”, and it’s shaping up to be just that. This ish will be 96 pages, have a squared-off spine like a book, and will include the following;
Episode II news with Rick McCallum including exclusive pictures
Episode II interviews with;
Peter Walpole – Set Decorator
Ben Burtt – Editor
Pernilla August – Shmi Skywalker
…and that’s just the features! This issue is slated to ship for fan club members on May 18th, and will hit newsstands on June 14th.
Right now Toybliss.com has the Sandtrooper-Tatooine Patrol, Qui-Gon Jinn-Jedi Training Gear and Obi-Wan Kenobi-Cold Weather Gear figures in stock at $8.99 each. Also available at their site, if you missed them, are Leia-Bespin Escape,
Chewbacca-Millennium Falcon Mechanic, and Aurra
Sing. There is also a very limited amount of the 300th Boba Fett @ $14.99. So, if you still need them, hop over and check it out, and as always, tell them Yakface.com sent you!
Dan from The Docking Bay writes;
We’re having a “Galactic Combat Tourney” for a POTJ Tessek and Lando over at thedockingbay.homestead.com.It’s a star wars video game
tournament. Visit the site to get details.
LucasArts updated with their official preview of Rogue Squadron 2.
StarWars.com updated with a preview of the new issue of the SW Insider which will be the largest issue ever. (I guess this makes up for the last issue being the smallest ever.)
Rebelscum has posted an article saying Hasbro will be increasing production on POTJ figures due to increased demand by large retailers, which is also cutting into smaller retailers receiving product.
They say it will take about 6-8 weeks though for the new product to reach here from Asia, however the increased production will also feature harder to find old POTJ figures such as the Gungan Warrior and Maul (Sith Apprentice).
Hurrah!! Maybe now I can finally find figures in the stores.
AFT is reporting the Lando wave has begun showing up at TRU in Canada. Also, reports are coming in about the wave showing up at Canadian Wal-mart’s. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the news.
KEBco Toys is reporting these are upcoming case assortment from Hasbro for late this year and next.
Wave 0010 – Hasbro estimated delivery date late June to July
2 Biker Scout
4 Darth Maul Sith Apprentice
1 each, Chewbacca Mechanic, Aurra Sing, Leia Bespin Escape, Qui-Gon Jedi Armor, Obi-Wan Cold Weather and Sandtrooper.
Wave 0011 – Hasbro estimated delivery date late June to July
3 Han Solo Bespin
3 Battle Droid Boomer Damage
4 Biker Scout
2 Darth Maul Sith Apprentice
POTJ Assortment 2
Wave 0010 – no delivery date set
1 Queen Amidala w/Gown
1 Rebel Trooper
1 Imperial Officer
4 Eeth Koth
Wave 0011 – no delivery date set
Talking about the release date of Episode I on DVD sure has caused quite a stir in my e-mail bin. One of the more reliable letters I received was from James B. who writes;
“I just wanted to clarify something. I worked for Hollywood Video for about 4 years. While the standard release date is usually a Tuesday, there were some occasions when a movie was released on a different day of the week. It was rare but it did happen. Unfortunately I cannot remember what titles were released this way, I have an idea but I don’t want to say and look like I am an idiot if I am wrong. Releasing it on a different day of the week would put more focus on the movie, since it most likely would be the only title released that day. So it you wanted to create hype, that is one way to do it.”
This is more-or-less what this Yak-reporter was thinking, but I wanted clarification from someone who’d know better. So, George Lucas has broken tradition many times, this just seems like one more to chalk up. Thanks James B. for the information!
Luis “DarthZilla” Argueta writes in with this information;
“I went to TRU in Murray UTAH today and found about 10 swimming Jar Jars and about 30 each of R2-B1 and TC-14’s. It was unbelievable. Oh yeah, and they had loads of Battle Damage destroyer droids too.”
Anyone else find this today anywhere, or is this just an action figure anomoly?
IGN has posted an announcement about Rogue Squadron 2 for the Nintendo Gamecube. Also, they posted as far as I know some of the first ever pictures of the game.
LucasArts has posted an announcement about SW: Racer Revenge. This is the sequel to SW:Racer and features a more grown up Anakin versus Sebubla in a new badass pod.
Are you one of the many people who still need the Lando wave? Jay from AmericanDreamComics wrote in to say, they are giving away a full set of the Lando wave over in their forums. Sounds like a good opportunity to me.
CollectStarWars is reporting a Marmit AT-AT Driver will be released in 2001, Vader and the Imperial Royal Guard will follow in 2002. Sounds like some great choices for figures.
LucasArts has updated their E3 section with a preview of Obi-Wan for the X-Box. Sigh….I wish this game was still coming out on the PC.
I received a report from “FETT Brady” that the Episode I DVD is listed as being on its’ way, and the alleged release date will be October 26th, 2001. This comes from an official source, and is the real release date that is being given in VHS/DVD release magazines/flyers for retail outlets such as Suncoast Video and the sort. As always, this information is subject to change. More on this as it develops. As soon as we know, you’ll know. Any other video retail managers/owners out there that can verify this further or offer any more information? Click here to e-mail me.
UPDATE – Thanks to all who have written. A few have pointed out that this date of alleged release is, in fact, a Friday. All DVD’s and VHS’s are released on Tuesdays. So, the date of October 16th was also floating around. But, the official date set in the release books the video retailers get their information from is the 26th. Unless it’s a typo, and they mean the 16th instead of 26th? Who knows? More on this as we get it…
CollectStarWars.com is reporting that Ngtoys.com currently has the Episode I wind-ups for sale at their site for a measily $2.95 each. They include the entire set of 8, plus the special silver Battle Droid, and the gold Darth Maul, making 10 altogether. Cute little suckers! I ordered a set of 10, and shipped it was only $36.50. Not too shabby! Check them out, and if you order, tell them Yakface.com sent you.
UPDATE – It seems that they are not offering the complete set. Qui-Gon is missing from the order page, along with Darth Maul with his hood off. But, hey, it’s still a good price, right?
firstname.lastname@example.org writes to let me know that he has two really nice customs for auction up on e-Bay right now. They are the Empire Gunner Station as seen on the first Death Star in “A New Hope”, and the Droid Torture Rack as seen in “Return Of The Jedi” tearing the protocol droid apart in Jabba’s Dungeon. Check them out, even if not to bid, for a gander at some really nice customs!
Gamestop.com, (formerly funcoland.com), has the 300th Fett in stock for $12.99 plus shipping. If you still need it, head on over. This is about the best price I’ve seen online yet. Thanks to Tim for the tip!
oom9 over at TheJawa.com wrote to me today asking me to spread the word with this information also posted at their site;
“My Wal-Mart recently messed up as they usually do on release dates and put out the Jurassic Park III toys (some) a bit early…I left them because I planned to pick them up later that day…when I returned they had been pulled from shelves and the tags taken down. However while I was looking at them that morning I noticed something VERY insightful on them…all of them were Tri-Logo. Each had it’s own individual packing for the specific figure/toy…yet English, French, and Spanish was written on all the packages. I contacted a source of mine and he said that all of thepacking he had seen had indeed been Tri-Logo. So with that I propose this possible insight, since Hasbro changed to generic cards for the POTJ line in order to save money, in doing so abandoning the individual unique packaging. Will it return with the EPII line? No can say for sure now…however since this Jurrasic Park III line is a movie line and they have individual unique packaging, could the Tri-Logo cards be used on the EPII to preserve the unique packaging and save money here in the States? It is food for thought and makes sense…if Hasbro’s next movie line for “Planet of the Apes” is Tri-Logo released then this just might be the way of things for the Episode II line.”
If anyone has any REAL information on this, drop me an e-mail by clicking here. If this is true, I wonder if prices will go down….
If you are still looking for a Tatooine Skiff, you may want to check out this one on Ebay. It has the whole crew from the Sarlac pit… Chewie, Han, Luke, Skiff Guards, Lando…
Entertainment EarthEntertainment Earth has limited quantities of the new Attakus SW statues in stock. Hurry now before they sell out.
Entertainment Earth is reporting two new case assortments for later this year.
Collection 1 (Wave 13) – Late Summer
4x Luke Skywalker (X-Wing)
3x Han Solo DS Escape
4x Darth Vader Emperor’s Wraith
Collection 2 (Wave 14) – September
3x Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Armor
3x Shmi Skywalker
1x Bespin Guard
Also, they have a series of pictures I have never seen of the next 12″ Legacy Wave. Click to go and see the pics.
BBC News reports;
“Star Wars actor David Prowse has been taken to hospital after losing the use of his legs. The actor, who played Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars films, had been suffering from partial paralysis in his arms after being struck down by a mystery illness. But doctors have now diagnosed an abscess at the base of the former body-builder’s spine and are carrying out tests before operating.
The actor lost the use of his arm in February and was taken to hospital but had been recovering and regaining weight in recent weeks.
His spokesman Phil Day said today: “He’s looking very gaunt and very thin. Things aren’t looking too good.””
For the full story, click here. In the rush and excitement of the impending Episode II film, and the running around to find all the new toys of our immortal heroes and villians, we tend to lose sight that the actors in the Star Wars movies are real people that have real problems. If you have a moment, drop Dave a get-well card by writing to him here.
Dave Prowse C/O
Mayday University Hospital
Surrey CR7 7YE 0208 401 3000
Please, no autograph requests! Remember, the guy is paralyzed in 3 of his 4 limbs. Dave could just use some nice words right about now, and to know he has fan support.
K&C Collectibles has, for those of us who’ve missed them so far, the Aurra Sing and Tessek waves in stock. If you still need them, get there quick, because they’re bound to sell out fast. Make sure to tell them Yakface.com sent you!
Ever wonder what kind of bootleg toys were produced for the Star Wars market? Wonder no more! Check outbootlegtoys.com to see all the flask-ridden, horrible, (and some NOT so horrible), copies and genre type toys that the four Star Wars movies have spawned, totally unlicensed. They also have a load of other bootleg toys from many different action figure genres featured as well.
Nintendo.com has just recently updated their site, and it now includes a “Episode I:Racer – Droid Engine Builder” game utilizing the Shockwave browser plugin. Nice little game, in my opinion. Click above and check it out! Just go to thedownloads section at Nintendo.com, and the use the drop-down menu to choose the game. Thanks to Wayne Byers for the tip!
Collectstarwars.com is reporting that the Queen Amidala that is slated for release later on in the year is actually the black gown version, (which will include the tall headpiece and has been dubbed “Amidala in Travel Gown” officially), andnot the purple “Return to Naboo” dress (as seen on the portrait edition doll) that was circulating on release lists last week.
Entertainment Earth is currently offering the Deluxe Figure Assortments over at their site for preorder with an estimated delivery date of September 2001. They include the following;
Fan’s Favorite Figure Assortment-1 $69.99
3x Luke with Bacta Tank, harness, & breath mask
3x Darth Maul Crusade with exposed chest
Fan’s Favorite Figure Assortment-2 $69.99
3x Leia as Jabba’s Slave & Sail Barge Cannon
3x Amanaman with Salacious Crumb
As always, these are subject to change. Hop on over and check out the deals, and tell them Yakface.com sent you!
The “POTF2 Collection 2 Hasbro Bracket Tournament” has come to a close over at Hasbro’s Star Wars Site, and the winner is Darth Vader with his trusty ol’ removable helmet, beating out the original Boba Fett. To check out more on this story, click here.
So if you still haven’t found this bad boy, stop over and pick one up. Click here for their page and ordering instructions. The price on the Fett is $14.99, and they are reporting that they are the “latest version”, meaning the corrected box version.
Hello Fellow Yak-ers. In case you missed the post earlier KEBCoToys.com has teamed up with us to sponsor our new Store Reports Contest! Beginning Today, Monday, May 7th until Monday, May 21st any person who submits a store report is automatically entered to win a 300th Boba Fett (First Version.) So get those Store Reports sent in today. Please don’t forget to visit our sponsor, KebCoToys.com!
UPDATE: KEBCoToys.com is also sponsoring a contest over at KSIM RADIO where you guys can enter for a chance to win A Luke In Bacta Tank Deluxe Figure or A Darth Maul Barechested Deluxe Figure. So head on over to KSIM now!
M&M Collectibles is having a special for Yakface.com readers only!
If you put “FREE CCG” next to ship to name on the order form.
The first 10 people to place ANY order will receive a FREE Starter Pack of Decipher CCG Cards (valued at $10), the next 30 people to place ANY order will receive a FREE Booster Pack (Valued at $2.95).
CollectStarWars is reporting the crashed X-wing and Snowspeeder will be Wal-Mart exclusive items.
Also, look for an update from Hasbro in a few weeks on upcoming exclusive items for this year.
Q&A has been updated yet again with all the good stuff that makes the column what it is– questions, and answers. Check it out!
For a bit of a switch from the heavy stress, (these days!), of collecting, check out the Heebie-Jeebies over atMP3.com. They have a really nicely put-together song called “Use The Force” which I’m sure all Star Wars fans will love. Great horn section! And, yes, these are totally LEGAL mp3’s. Check ’em out by clicking here!
Thanks to a little birdy for passing this on…
We in MI are paying $1.89 for a gallon of gas for Reg Unleaded. In an interview on the news with a station manager they are only making .03 cents per gallon, not much of a profit. Now Target on the other hand is going to make a big profit from our wallets. Seems Hasbro is charging them $23.24 per unit (B-Wing) while they will be charging us $49.99, not a bad profit!! But on the other hand if you wait for the second wave to hit, we will probably see them on clearence for $13.94…. time will tell…..
UPDATE: That is a gross profit of about 53%, which is huge for a store like Target. Thanks to MoneyMan for the news.
Thanks to an email we recieved (no name attached) we went back and rescanned the back of the box and found this difference. A small change but this makes change number five on the box.
2) Front of the Box
4) Instructions (inside)
5) Caption on Back
The Yakface Poll has been updated. Scroll down and vote.
Over at e-Bay there’s an auction listed for an “Unproduced Darth Vader Prototype”. Click here for a direct link to the actual auction. Allegedly, according to the auction listing, this figure was supposed to have a “lightning attachment” like the Emperor in the end of ROTJ. If anyone can offer any more information on this figure, please drop me a line by clicking here. To view the figure, click here. Thanks to darkjedi for the heads up!
UPDATE According to the auction the figure was due in Spring 2001 therefore this is probably the Vader from the cancelled CD-ROM Assortment.
Since it was supposed to be Bespin Vader, if I remember correctly
then I would guess the attachment on his hand is a blocked laser bolt
from the scene with Han. – Brian
Here is a list of a few upcoming toys that were found in the Toys ‘R’ Us computer:
TIE Interceptor & Pilot SKN 239316 – $29.99
12″ Classic Star Wars SKN 239383 – $19.99
Classic Palm Talkers SKN 239554 – $9.99
If these are showing up in the system, it can’t be long before they’re on the shelves.
UPDATE – I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail inquiring about the 12″ Classic Star Wars listed above. I would assume it means the case assortment of the Han-Death Star Escape/Death Star Droid/Death Star Trooper coming soon. Also, I was informed by a certain TRU manager I’m in contact with that these have actually been in the TRU computer since December, but haven’t been active. Assumably these SHOULD be shipping the next 1/2 of the year, but, as we’ve seen with Hasbro, anything can happen with cancellations, delays, etc.
Walmart.com has the 300th Fett in stock again for $9.99, thanks to Brian for the news.
OUT OF STOCK
“Just wondering if this has been mentioned yet. The CommTech for Admiral Motti the back reads:
Name: Admiral Motti
Status:Commander of Opperations Aboard the Origional Death Star
Last time I check Operations or Original wasn’t spelled that way. Maybe more creative Hasbo spellings. Go buy a spellchecker Hasbro!!!”
Since not too many people open their collections, this error, being on the obscure packaged back of the chip, probably went largely unnoticed. Click here to view the error on the chip. Anyone else have this version, or another that doesn’t have this error?
UPDATE – Thanks to all the nice people that wrote to me about this error. It seems that all of them are like this from what I’ve been hearing. So, it seems they all snuck by Hasbro quality control on the short-run of this figure. So, if you in fact have a correct version, drop me a line. Thanks again all!
Jason writes in with the following news and picture.
“The first helmet which is the right box, never had any of the red painted on it, the new helmet has been corrected as well as the orange shoulder pads and knee pads.”
Here is the picture that shows the differences.
OK, now that I have one of these myself, here are two images that show the variations. We know the outside of the boxis different.. however the instruction panel is different as well. The new US box has the bi-language panel inside as well. On ths outside there is also a nice peg hook added to the new package.
Yup, another one. But I think this is a figure that could use a good update, and it’s being petitioned by Jedisiths. It’s for a good ol’ resculpt of Luke in his black Jedi garb from ROTJ. Hop on over and sign this if you would like to see this figure updated. Every signature counts, and, as we know, Hasbro sometimes listens.
Although it’s possible that someday Ozzel will be immortalized in plastic, it just ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. Mark from Rebelscum informed me that Collect Star Wars reported a couple of weeks ago that the forthcoming Imperials are to be “generic”, and have no real identity. So, there’s another rumor laid to rest. It’s not to say it’ll never happen, however, and Hasbro still will not comment on the figure officially. So, there’s still future hope for Ozzel fans, just not official hope yet.
Thanks to Chris Toth for the image of this R2-Q5 with correct spelling, only there is still something wrong and I can’t seem to put my finger on it……
**Update – I think we may have a variation, I have had three other reports with images all saying they have the same error. Please write me and let me know if you have found this as well.
Yakface is proud to bring you images of the Power Of The Jedi Palm Talkers, (or whatever they’re being called these days…), that are soon to be released in the USA. It seems they are hitting full-force in Japan, so it’s only a matter of time until the USA and other markets start to see these show up. Click below to view the images;
FBTB is very happy to bring you two dozen pics and additional insight into Peter Nagy’s Destroyer Droid prize from the LEGO 2000 Galactic Challenge Contest. Standing nearly 4/5 scale, and weighing nearly 100 lbs., it is quite something to behold!
So this is what we know. According to reports from around the net, the B-Wing (Target Exclusive) is going to retail for a whopping $59.99, and today SSG the Tie Interceptor w / Pilot (TRU Exclusive) is going to retail for $29.99. So what gives??? From what I hear the B-Wing does not have any electronics??? So is Target going to stick it to the buyers?? I have already emailed Hasbro about the major price difference to get their side. We should have an answer soon. When we know, you will know.
Sandtroopers.com has some nice pics of the new wave loose from all different angles.
With all the buzz of a new Imperial Officer figure to be offered by Hasbro in late 2001 sporting 2 different heads as to facilitate “army builders” , the name “Admiral Ozzel” still won’t die. Is there anyone out there that can set the record straight once and for all as to what the deal is with this figure? Any Hasbro employees in-the-know? Click here to drop me a line if you think you can help clarify this enigma.
Can’t find the 12″ scale Dewback and Sandtrooper in the brick and mortar TRU’s? You’re in luck. Amazon.com has them in stock right now, and at 38% off for the going price of $49.95. Thanks to Chris Cantz for the tip!
Markus from Starconstrux.de who does part of our dioramas sections has made a great custom Boba Fett Rocket Firing. Check it out here.
The collection, that is. Over on e-Bay, long-time reader Deeceman has his entire vintage collection up for grabs. This collection spans the entire vintage era, and includes over 100 loose figures. Check out auction “586102998” for all the details!
One of the top visited Star Wars sites on the net, Jedinet.com, reports that they are more than likely going to close their doors after over 5 years of service to the Star Wars community on the world wide web. For a full report, click here. You will be missed, guys.
Dan Curto reports;
It is once again time for the annual DCU at Curto’s Custom Alliance!
What’s a DCU? A Daily Custom Update. Each and every day throughout the month of May, I’ll be debuting a new custom on my site. This is the third year I’ve done this, and for those who’ve been around for awhile, you know how much fun it is!
So, what can you expect this time around? Customs from the movies, from the Expanded Universe, and even some from my imagination. I’ve even got a few new photonovels on the way, some new packaging designs, and I’ll end the month with a brand-new contest!
For everyone’s convenience, the new customs will be listed on the front page as the week progresses. I hope you enjoy your visit, and please feel free to send me some feedback! Check out Curto’s Custom Alliance!
The Lucasarts site updates today with this cool news for all of us looking forward to the Xbox from Microsoft;
“LucasArts’ enormously popular Star Wars Starfighter on PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system now takes flight as Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition on Xbox this fall. With a host of striking extras, and inspired by LucasArts’ rich Star Wars flight game heritage, Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition combines intense air combat in a fast-paced action/adventure.”
There are also some pretty nice screen-shots of the upcoming game, along with a release time of Fall-2001. Click hereto check it all out!
Okay, it seems there’s been some negative reports recently on our favorite Pit Droid 2-pack supplier. It seems that Redpumpkin is, in fact, in affiliation with a DIRECT supplier of Hasbro, UK. The practical upshot of this is, these things never hit retail in the UK. Instead, they allegedly went directly from a Hasbro, UK warehouse, and directly to inflated internet sales. (These prices may seem good to Americans, but in retail in the UK, they would have been much cheaper), and made it hard for UK consumers to put their hands on them for their own collections. I am still trying to verify this, but have received no return e-mails from Redpumpkin.
Either way, if you are getting what you want, and happy with the purchase, I say its totally up to the person shelling out the cash. This will be the last post on Redpumpkin.
This weekend, May 4-6, 2001, in Omaha, Nebraska, AlphaCon 2001 is taking place! This is what they say about what is to be there this weekend;
First of its kind, AlphaCon is an interactive, “edu-tainment” type science fiction convention.
Not only will there be celebrities signing autographs, but exhibits, a trade show, art show, card gaming tournaments, comic book artists, sci-fi kids area, arcade gaming area, horror area, industry seminars, question and answer seminars, movie screenings and more!
This is not the typical Sci-fi convention; it is an interactive, futuristic, technological show for people of all ages.
This is a bigee, folks. If anyone is going and could supply us with photographs, please let me know! To check out the guest list, and all the events, click here.
Wizard Of The Coast reports today;
Carbon-Freezing Chamber: Coming Soon!
The Carbon-Freezing Chamber is almost here! Scheduled for arrival in
mid-May, the Carbon-Freezing Chamber is the most sought after Star Wars collectible this year!
Exclusive to the Star Wars Fan Club, the Carbon-Freezing Chamber Action Playset is a must for every Star Wars fan! And don’t forget, fan club members will be able to order 1 week before it is made available to the general public.
Quantities will be very limited, so sign up to be notified when it becomes available.
If you haven’t signed up for notification and want one of these puppies, do it here.
If anyone has an R2-D2 from the droids line in 1985, and you are looking to sell it please email me. I am looking for one either MOC or loose complete. Sorry for the interuption, now on with the daily news. Thank you.
This list was given to me from three different sources, so it looks like this is the latest new figures.
Darth Vader with Battle Damage
Han Solo Death Star Escape
Imperial Officer (No name given)
R5-D4 (Rehash, rumor has it he will not have a hidden weapon)
Obi-Wan Jedi Armor (Another expanded)
Queen Amidala – Travel Outfit (Purple Outfit)
Looks like we may have a good X-Mas and New Years…..
Collection 1 (Sandtrooper Wave) has been picked up in TX at a Target store. Looks like it is starting to hit in more places. Thanks to Aries for the update.
After further investigation, I came across a post at the official decipher.com page. It seems that the information about Shannon Baska being “let go” were a rumor started by some misinformed individual, because it seems that the people at Decipher are very happy with her work, and hope to keep her as Mara Jade for a long time to come. Click here to read the entire article.
Back in stock at Walmart.com for the price of $9.96
FBTB‘s De has been out to see the display, and has returned with several pics – check them out!
There’s a new trading site that’s been started called the “Tatooine Trader”. It seems like a nice little trade site where they keep track of how many of a certain figure is being offered for trade through their site, and who needs what, or you can buy as well. You have to register, but to make the deal sweeter, they are having a drawing for the following;
On the 14th of May, Tatooine Trader will give away One(1) POTJ R2-Q5 MOMC C9+ to one lucky member who signs up on the “Free Giveaway” page at the site. The winner will be posted on the 15th of may…But will be announced “live” in the Chatroom at 9:15pm CDT.
For every Trade or Sale that is completed in the month of May between any member and The Tatooine Trader…you will be entered into the “Ultimate R2 Giveaway”. Multi-Trades will be entered each time. One entry for each figure we receive…and three entries for every Vehicle we recieve. The larger the trade…the more entries. The giveaway includes:1 R2-Q5 MOMC, 1 R2/holo CT, Loose Red R2 Unit, 1 FF R2 Datalink MOMC, and 1 R2-B1
…at least that’s what it seems like. This report comes from someone that attended the Pittsburg, PA Comicon.
“I talked to Shannon at the very dead Pittsburgh Comicon. She has been
officially stripped of her Mara costume and saber. Decipher is getting the ax from Lucasfilm to possibly make room for Hasbro to do something big.
Shannon said that she doesn’t know what to do right now. They will no longer supply her with pictures as Mara or allow her to wear any costume or carry a saber that represents Mara. There was a sad rumor that Shannon has a “bun in the oven.” She asked me to
tell everyone that that is so far from the truth. She said as a matter of fact, she does not even have time for a boyfriend.
A new Jedi book does allude to Mara and Luke conceiving a child, that is possibly where the confusion started. Shannon is getting a bad deal from Lucas. I feel really sorry for her. She is looking for other forms of employment at this time. With this information, fans of Mara Jade have started an online petition in hopes that LFL will realize that her portrayal should continue in new and different ventures. We know it may not do any good but we feel we have to try. At the very least, it will show Ms. Baksa that she has support from her fans. The petition can be found here”
Could this mean that Hasbro/Lucas is planning on taking this character further as in another figure, or other multimedia ventures, but not want to pay royalties for her image? Who knows? More on this as it develops…
A large thanks to all the people that wrote to me about redpumpkin.com, and their experiences with the company! It seems that these guys are the real-deal and deliver what they promise, because I’ve had nothing but absolutely sparkling reports on them and their customer relations.
It seems that the best time to catch them is about 9:30 AM eastern daylight-savings time, considering the time difference between here and England. As far as the e-mail coorespondance goes, it seems that it’s best to call them for inquiries seeing that they are inundated with e-mail requests for these Pit Droid 2-packs. So, if you’re interested, hurry your order in, because at these prices, they probably won’t last long. And tell them Yakface.com sent you!
LucasArts announced today in their E3 section the new SW Galactic BattleGround. Some very cool screens shots and information is at their site.
CollectStarWars has announced that the 12″ Speeder Bike w Luke will be coming to Target as an exclusive. This is one of the items that was on a list of possible items that was reported a few months back.
I spotted this on Rebelscum, so I took a look and wrote to the guy. Vincent Viard is a customizer of figures, and in my opinion as a customizer myself, this guy is GOOD! He doesn’t do the sculpey/exacto thing, he actually molds these things. His work is superb, and he’s a heck of a nice guy. He offers repros of the “kit-bashed” Fett from 1979 promotion flyers, rocket firing Fett, telescoping lightsabers, and a few more choice eye-candy. The prices are decent for the quality you’re getting. Check out his site here!
Any one looking for the bonus Pit Droid 2-packs may be in luck. Redpumpkin , a sales site in England, claim they just purchased a quantity of these elusive little suckers.
They have the following;
Episode 1 Asian Darth Maul Sith Lord with Bonus Pit Droid £9.99
Episode 1 Asian Anakin Pilot with Bonus Pit Droid £9.99
Episode 1 Asian Obi-Wan Jedi Knight with Bonus Pit Droid £9.99
Not too shabby. If anyone deals with/has dealt with these folks, let me know how the experience was.
The latest Casting Call at the FFURG
— (Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide) — has gone up and features
customs of Rebel Pilots!
The current Casting Call for June is for customs of Guri,
and any customizer can submit their creations by May 31, 2001.
Here is a look at the US version of the 02 Packaged Boba Fett.
Well over seas they are usually a month or so ahead of us. The Palm Talkers have hit there, here is a nice image of theBoba Fett from Japan.