March 2004 Archive

Episode 3 Web Documentary Part 5
March 31, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated their Hyperspace section with the 5th installment of their web documentary on the making of Episode 3. This feature focuses on weaponry, and from the teaser image on looks very interesting.

 


 

Chapter 14 Is Online Now
March 31, 2004 | 9:01 PM EST | Mark

Are you a hyperspace member yet? Click on over to Starwars.com and watch Episode 14.

On the icy planet of Ilum, chameleon droids are planting explosives in the sacred Jedi caverns, the source of the crystals that power every Jedi’s lightsaber. Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee engage in a ferocious battle to protect this most important site.

Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.

 


 

Star Wars: Silver Clone Trooper Figure
March 31, 2004 | 8:00 PM EST | Mark

Now you can get it…
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $5.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 31, 2004 | 5:21 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite is simple and special, bringing a smile and warm feelings to your heart. YakReader Mark D. shares this photo and memories with us:

“These items are as modest as can be, but they hold a lot of happy
memories. These are proofs-of-purchase from the vintage figure
cardbacks, cut out by me and/or my brother when we were very young. I remember us frequently mailing these to Kenner’s mail-in promotions (for Ackbar, Emperor, Anakin, etc.) so I was very surprised a few years ago when my mother told me she found these POPs sitting around forgotten in a cabinet. A nice little reminder of simpler times and safety scissors.”

Just a nice reminder that the best items in a collection do not have to be the rarest, nor the most expensive to be Falcon Favorites.

 


 

12″ Luke Jedi
March 31, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark

The figures just keep on coming….
Over at Walmart.com you can now get (in stock) the 12″ Luke with Jedi Attire.

 


 

Gamorrean Guard Sale
March 31, 2004 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBKids.com they have the Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”: Gamorrean Guard 12″ Deluxe Action Figure on sale for $14.99 if you still are looking for one.

 


 

More New Stuff…
March 31, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark

Jabba the Hutt wave is in stock at Amazon….
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba the Hutt
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Tanus Spijek
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker

 


 

Musing With John
March 30, 2004 | 7:44 PM EST | Mark

The latest QNA with John is now online, grab your favorite drink, click over and take a seat. Once you are done reading, please drop John your own question(s) and he will get you the answers….

 


 

XBox Console Price Drop
March 30, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

If you were holding out to get a brand new Xbox console at a lower price, look no further than all major retailers reflecting Microsoft’s price drop to $149.99. There are some great Star Wars titles available for Xbox including Knights of the Old Republic, (and its forthcoming sequel now in production) as well as Clone Wars with the Xbox Live capability to play others from around the world.

You may find the console online at Toys R Us here.
If you would like to purchase the special bundle with Project Gotham Racing 2 (one of the best racing games next to Gran Turismo 3) for only $179.99 visit a local TRU near you, as this is not available online.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Target Glass Error
March 30, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Keri

Errors in packaging or slip-ups in quality control have been with Kenner since the original line of figures introduced in 1978. Either the wrong figure is put with another characters card, a weapon is missing or even the wrong weapon is included. While these are overlooked mistakes, with the consumer recieving an incomplete item, some collectors crave these sometimes goofy errors.

Today’s featured auction is for a Target exclusive Darth Maul figure packaged with an Obi-Wan Kenobi glass. As the seller describes and shows well with photos, the package was not tampered with to create an error, it was done at the factory.

As with all packaging errors, prices can be all over the place. Some items are more popular than others and some errors fetch less than the retail value. I myself am not an error collector, though I do have an 00M-9 which I bought off the shelves with the head unattached. I felt it was a nice touch being “all brokey” in the bubble. As to the worth of an error item, I have found that like so many other things it is worth whatever price someone is willing to pay. The main point is do not buy an error with the sole idea that it is worth a fortune and that you will be able to sell it in 10 years and send your kids to college. Prices and markets for collectible items are always in constant flux, with the bottom line being buy what you like for a price you are comfortable in paying.

Click on the link below to see an unusual error item to add to your collection today!

Target Error Darth Maul figure with Obi-Wan Glass

 


 

Star Wars Shop Packs
March 30, 2004 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark B

For those of you, like me, who had their orders cancelled on the opening day of the StarWarsShop.com, be watching your mailbox for the promised pack that was an apology for having to have all of our orders cancelled. Mine showed up today. Inside was a gift certificate for $50, 3 Topps Clone Wars Cards, and 2 Revenge of the Jedi Patches. While I appreciate the Star Wars Shop giving these out for our inconvenience, I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed with having my order cancelled, or having to pay the $3.70 POSTAGE DUE on this package!!!!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 30, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Jabba Cold Cast Statue
From the Attakus Collection. This Jabba the Hutt stands approximately 18-inches tall and 26-inches long. Made of cold cast porcelain. Limited edition of 750 pieces! This Jabba the Hutt statue is in scale to the Attakus Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner statue, so that she can be placed in front of him to recreate the opening scene from Return of the Jedi. In Stock!
Item Number: AC122
Price: $1,199.99
See Star Wars Statues

 


 

New Figs Back In Stock
March 30, 2004 | 7:19 AM EST | Mark

The Yavin wave is back in stock, and all have free shipping….
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Battle of Yavin – Dutch Vander Gold Leader
Tantive IV – Captain Antilles
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna

You can also pre-Order the Star Wars Trilogy DVD..
Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) $41.99 (40% off w/ free shipping)
Star Wars Trilogy (Full Screen Edition) $41.99 (40% off w/ free shipping)

 


 

Star Wars Miniatures Pre-Order
March 29, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order two of the Star Wars Miniatures from Amazon.com and they are 30% off.

Star Wars Miniatures Entry Pack
Star Wars Miniatures Expansion Pack

 


 

That’s No Moon, It’s a Space Station!
March 29, 2004 | 10:01 PM EST | Keri

Would You like to own a piece of the Death Star? Well, you can, for a price of course through a Profiles in History Hollywood Memorabilia Live Auction on where else but Ebay!

The small surface piece of the Death Star measuring 21″ x 19″ shows all of the tiny details that made the ultimate weapon in the universe look so intimidating. The bidding starts at $400 and can be viewed here.

Another one of a kind item that may be purchased is an original Ralph McQuarrie artwork featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Mother Ship from Close Encounters, Hal and the Obelisk from 2001 made for the John Williams “Sounds of Space” benefit concert in 1978. This is an actual painting done by this talented and well-known artist up for auction at the opening price of $4000.00. You may view this beautiful item here.

The auctions all end on March 31st and you must be specially registered and verified by Ebay Live to bid on them.

 


 

Australian Toy Fair 2004
March 29, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark

The best coverage on the net. Check out Mousedroid.com for some awesome coverage.

Items include:
Hasbro: Playskool 2-packs (Luke, R2)(Han, Leia)(vader, ben)(Chewy, 3po)(Padme, Anakin)(Yoda, clone trooper)(obi-wan, clone trooper – blue)
Sample OTC cards, sample retro cards, new Unleashed Repacks, plus more.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Sleeping Bags
March 29, 2004 | 9:48 PM EST | Keri

If you were watching Clone Wars Chapters 1 – 10 on Friday night, and in between the chapters closely perusing the collection of Steven Sansweet, you probably remember seeing his large rack of vintage sleeping bags looking oh so very cool.

Today’s featured auction is of course for a vintage sleeping bag. The pattern is from Empire Strikes Back (my personal favorite) and has great designs of Luke, Leia, Han and the Droids all set in a Hoth motif. Although this particular sleeping bag is not sealed in its original package like the ones found in Mr. Sansweet’s collection, it is nonetheless a nice addition at a very affordable price. Sleeping bags, as with just about all bedding items and curtains are extremely difficult to find sealed in original packaging, and when found, the prices can be on the high end of the spectrum.

If you are looking for a nice sleeping bag to decorate your collection room with, then click on through to the auction below!

Empire Strikes Back Sleeping Bag

 


 

Sandcrawler Confirmed
March 29, 2004 | 9:43 PM EST | Mark

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting the mailboxes across the USA.

Here are some of the highlights:
Target will get the Sandcrawler and Slave 1 with ESB redeco. The Sandcrawler will come with three figs: Two Jawas and a Gold Finish RA Droid. These will come in the OTC packaging.
TRU will get the Vader’s Tie Fighter and Y-Wing in Quarter 3 of this year, these will also be in the OTC package. They will also get another 4-pack (Endor Ambush).

In the issue there are pics of the Slave 1 and Sandcrawler.

 


 

Chapter 12 Online Now
March 29, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark

If you are a Hyperspace member, hop on over to StarWars.com and check out the latest episode, and you can also view the episode with commentary.

Episode 12:
Jedi Mace Windu leads his troops in an intense battle on the plains of Dantooine. The Separatist forces counter the offensive with an enormous seismic tank, devastating the clone troops. Mace Windu finds himself alone and surrounded by the massive Droid Army — without his lightsaber.

 


 

E3 Preview Figures
March 28, 2004 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting that we will see 5 preview figures for E3. The first will ship to Target as part of Target’s line of figures with a glass. Then when the DVDs of the Original Trilogy hits stores, there will be 4 more previews figures. Read the full story here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 28, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

This Just in From Big Bad Toy Store:

STAR WARS: The Deluxe wave including Jabba the Hut, Jabba’s Court
Denizens, Kamino Confrontation Jango & Obi-Wan has arrived. Also in stock in limited quantities is a new Saga wave with Dutch Vander, Captain Antilles, Tanus Spijek, Holographic Luke, Rappertunie and more! Clone ware multipacks are also in stock – Clone Army, Jedi Army, Droid Army and more!

MUPPETS: Two great exclusive items are available for $28.99 – Adventure Kermit – dressed just like Indian Jones complete with hat and whip and The Ghost of Samuel Arrow Wizard World Exclusive. Series 7 Muppets figures have also arrived, we offer 3 different sets of 4 that each include a different variant version of Johnny – Gray, Pinstripe, and Purple Jackets.

VINTAGE STAR WARS: The vintage department has just listed a variety of carded vintage SW items and has listed the first 200 items from a large loose vintage SW collection. Tons of figures, many with weapons are currently listed and many vehicles and other items will be listed Monday.

 


 

Prizes Seek You?
March 28, 2004 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The Unified Site Contest has returned and all of us at Yakface are proud to be a part of it. A tradition continues! The third installment of the Unified Site Contest begins now and it’s the biggest ever! Join us in a two-week competition that will test your investigative skills. Within the pages of the unified sites you will find clues to solving the greatest mystery of the Star Wars Universe: the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a Star Wars “Infinities” murder mystery where you assist Ephant Mon (Jabba’s trusted confidant) in determining the guilty party among a long list of underworld cutthroats, criminals and hooligans. Find the gamepieces that will lead you to the suspects, then make your determination and incriminate the culprit!

And what Unified Site Contest would be complete without a large cache
of bounty to be won! Our newest contest has THREE prizes levels
culminated from the generous sites and sponsors of AllTroops.com, The
Bothan Spy, Snowtroopers.ca, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface, The
Custom Alliance, FFURG and Rebelscum.com!

For more information on rules, gameplay, prizes and more, visit the
Unified Site Contest III gamesite
here.

Good Luck

 


 

Amazon.com Toys
March 28, 2004 | 10:18 AM EST | Mark

Here are some new things….
LEGO UCS Naboo Fighter $24.97 38% off
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Jabba the Hutt Free shipping
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Loose Figures for $1
March 27, 2004 | 1:05 PM EST | Keri

If you are a collector of loose figures, or are simply searching for some army builders, something to customize, or something to finish out a diorama then $1 loose figure auctions are for you!

Ebay is an interesting place, a virtual cornucopia of items from all across the world. Some items trash, some treasure, some the rarest of the rare, some as common as dirt. No matter what the item, there is almost always a buyer, especially if the price is right!

While today’s auctions are not necessarily rare, they represent a nice grouping of well cared for loose complete action figures from the recent POTJ and Saga lines. Another nice perk is the low US shipping cost of $1 per loose figure, with combined shipping for multiple purchases.

Click on through to view over 90 loose figures auctioned off individually below and complete your loose collection today!

Over 90 Auctions for Individual Loose Figures

 


 

“I Have You Now!”
March 27, 2004 | 12:50 PM EST | Keri

If you for some reason missed last night’s brand new episode of the Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, it is now available in a small streaming format for you to watch here.

Also for all you Hyperspace Members, from the Official Site, there are brand new Clone Wars Avatars for you to use on the Message Boards. Those may be found here. Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti are among the very cool new Avatar images available, as well as some new Spoiler characters – beware spoiler sensitive!

 


 

Canadian Toys R Us News
March 27, 2004 | 12:38 PM EST | Keri

A Canadian Toys R Us Insider alerts all of our readers North of the border to some upcoming toys and prices:

SW Trilogy Vehicle w/ figure
Skn 103039 $29.99
Estimated arrival August

SW 12” Vintage Figure
Skn 103217 $39.99
August

Falcon w/ figure
103179 $79.99
July

Vintage figure
104221 $14.99
July

Remember all prices are in Canadian funds, and the month given is simply an estimated time of arrival and also this gives everyone an idea on pricing points for new items arriving this summer. Looks to be an exciting summer and fall already!

 


 

Insider #75 Arriving in a Mailbox Near You…
March 27, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dewayne writes in to let us know of this latest Insider arrival:

“I received issue no. 75 of the Star Wars Insider today with General
Grievous on the cover. There is a cool feature with a look behind the
scenes at Gentle Giant.”

With all the great new items coming in the near future from Gentle Giant, I would imagine this would be a very nice article.

 


 

Clone Wars Episode 11
March 26, 2004 | 11:17 PM EST | Mark

Head over to Star Wars.com if you are a hyperspace member and want to check out the episode and the quicktime with commentary.

Anakin continues his pursuit of Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress, disobeying Obi-Wan’s strenuous orders not to do so. During an intense dogfight, he tracks her through hyperspace to Yavin 4. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is acting as a General of the Army of the Republic, dispatches a platoon of ARC troopers to support his Padawan.

Once you’ve seen the broadcast version with regular audio, be sure to view the Hyperspace-exclusive audio commentary with creator Genndy Tartakovsky providing insights for Star Wars fans on the behind-the-scenes adventures in making this episode.

 


 

Dodonna And Antilles Poll…..
March 26, 2004 | 6:53 PM EST | Mark

Please take a moment to answer the question about the news below on the Dodonna And Antilles figures with the removable arms feature. Thanks

 


 

Looking For The OTHER Dodonna And Antilles?
March 26, 2004 | 2:13 PM EST | Bill


It seems Hasbro has a surprise in store for fans– the Yavin wave contains a major easter egg– Dodonna and Antilles have interchangable arms and coats! Yak Reader Scott sent in a great how-to guide for customizing them. Check it out here.

 


 

Cartoon Network Tonight @ 9:30 EST
March 26, 2004 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark

Just a reminder.. Tonight is the night, at 9:30EST, The second season of the Clone Wars will begin….

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Star Wars Original Trilogy Monopoly (Item# HG42352, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HG42352
All-new VERY limited edition Star Wars – The Original Trilogy
Collection Monopoly. Includes all-new “never before seen” tokens.
Each game is individually numbered! Reserve yours today!

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Set (Item# HS85002DD, $37.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002DD
1x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Case (Item# HS85002D, $110.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS85002D
3x Princess Leia (New Packaging), 3x Obi-Wan Kenobi (New Packaging)
(subject to change).

 


 

Star Wars FX Jacket Now Available!
March 25, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas has the new Star Wars FX Jacket for sale on their website (Only Collectors Society Members can order on March 25 – Everyone else can order Friday March 26th). This is a really nice looking jacket – and if it is as cool as it is described, it will be a MUST HAVE for the serious Star Wars collector. Head on over to Master Replicas to have a look!

 


 

Action HQ Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill

Action HQ just wrote to let us know that they have new Star Wars Preorders up now:

STAR WARS Ultra Ewok & More 2004 Figures!
PreOrder NOW the newest release including Han AT-ST Driver, General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture, General Calrissian-Death Star Attack & Ultra Ewok! Available next week in limited quantities!

 


 

LEGO Maul @ Amazon.com
March 25, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

While this guy has been around for quite sometime. He has never been cheaper than this….
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul List $149.99, now $74.97 (50%) off.

Also back in stock is the Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper for $14.99 with free shipping.

 


 

Federation Toys Newsfeed
March 25, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

“I just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a few new items in stock. Anakin Skywalkers Master Replica limited edition saber from AOTC. we are also clearing out some other Master Replicas items check site for details. we have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, also Master Replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. We are still working on the infamous 12 inch PLO koon, we will email as soon as we get more details on this bad boy. we hope you have a great day and any questions or requests please let us know. May the force be with you!”

 


 

KBToys has AOTC 3-Packs for $7.99 each
March 25, 2004 | 12:18 AM EST | Jason

KBToys in the Chicago Western Suburbs received a large shipment of
the Attack of the Clones Jedi Council and Geonosis War Room 3-packs. The case had all 4 in them and for the low price of $7.99. I wish my Jedi powers could have foreseen the future as I remember shelling out $19.99 a pop and I bought 2 of each long ago.

 


 

E3 Title???
March 24, 2004 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

Yep you read the subject line correctly! It seems that there is another rumor out there — no this one is not “Rise of the Empire” that we’ve seen on the web for a while now. The latest report comes from Ain’t It Cool News (which managed to see some E2 footage very early….). Ok you know we stay spoiler free, so we’ll link you to the title here.

 


 

Great Tatooine Padme Photo
March 24, 2004 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with a very nice photo of Padme in her traveling Robe on Tatooine. It’s a very nice still in and of itself, however if you are a customizer who likes to improve on Hasbro’s product reference material doesn’t get any better than this.

 


 

Want An X-Wing Jacket?
March 24, 2004 | 6:43 PM EST | Mark

Over at The Sharper Image.com, they have this awesome jacket for the low low price of $49.95, hurry while they last.

 


 

Red Leader X-Wing Has New Date
March 24, 2004 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark

Though Amazon has sent out information on the Red Leader X-Wing stating that they will not be getting them… low and behold, it has shown up on the site again, with a different release date.
As I said before, what typically happens, is that they sit in the system and after X many days, the system will send out that generic email stating that they will not be getting them. Then they relist the item.
Also, the Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures has also resurfaced as a pre-order.
Both are available right now for a pre-order and both have FREE shipping.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 24, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Keri

This newest addition to the Falcon Favorite feature is not only interesting but also a tough find. Jeremy shared his story of how he obtained these items. Yakface.com has taken the liberty to edit it as we do not want to offend any readers, however, the image of the items is definately worth seeing.


“I have so many Star Wars items that it’s hard to pick out my one
favorite. Toys make up a huge part of my collection but due to my working in advertising, I think my favorite pieces are store promotional items, such as the cardboard DVD displays, Pepsi character standees, vinyl banners hanging on fast food restaurants, Lego shelf-talkers, etc. I love the fact that most of these are unusual in its content and are discarded after it serves its purpose, so to get a hold of these particular items is almost a great accomplishment in itself.

With the hype of the new episodes of Clone Wars, I thought I’d share with you my latest additions to my collection. We know that there’s almost no CW collectibles other than the action figures, but I’ve managed to acquire an amazing advertising campaign for the first 10 episodes. With a few well-placed phone calls and other means, an unused self-adhesive vinyl taxi topper (my extra one of these was a Bounty Hunter feature a few months back), an unused self-adhesive vinyl bus panel (which comes in two parts and still has registration marks on it), and my favorite of the bunch: a backlit-ready mall kiosk.

I’ve included photos of myself with my prizes so that you can see how
big they really are…in fact, the only way I could photograph them
together was to hang them on a freight elevator at work. Now I just need to find some really big frames and a tremendous house to hang them in!”

Space is always an issue when collecting Star Wars displays, as so many of them are large and impressive in size. Thanks Jeremy for the great story and even nicer picture of your Clone Wars display colleciton! If you would like to see your favorite item from your collection featured here next, all you have to do is email me here.

 


 

Slightly Off Topic Master Replicas News…
March 24, 2004 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

Going on sale April 9th will be some very nice Aliens, Predator and Alien vs. Predator Prop Replicas from Master Replicas. The list of items is not only very cool sounding but also super exciting, since the last liscened prop replica of the Aliens Marine Pulse Rifle came out many years ago from Icons. It seems MR has ended the Alien prop replica drought in a big way with some items I am really looking forward to in this list below:

Predator 2:
Predator Spear: $349
Predator Helmet: $299

Aliens:
Alien Motion Tracker: $399

Alien vs. Predator:
Ceremonial Dagger: $199
Alien Grid Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Predator Scar Head, 1/5 scale replica: $59
Alien Grid Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)
Predator Scar Head Full-Size Replica (TBA)

I have yet to see any pictures, so if you have any images of these upcoming props email me here

 


 

On Hypersapce The Clone Wars Will Be
March 23, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

The second season of the Animated Clone Wars will be available to Hyperspace members as soon as each Episode has debuted on the Cartoon Network. You can read all about it at Starwars.com.

Also don’t forget that the epsidoes will be starting up again, this Friday.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ILM Invitation
March 23, 2004 | 5:54 PM EST | Keri

Not available to the general public at large, internal items from Lucas’ own special effects company Industrial Light & Magic can be most interesting as well as unusual.

Today’s featured auction is for an ILM 2003 Halloween Party Invitation with Vader and Yoda on the front with Trick or Treat pumpkins in hand. The back is printed in a Planet of the Apes font and encourages those invited to dress in costumes.

This is a really neat item and one that I would think would not be very easy to come across, especially at such an inexpensive price. This is why I always encourage searching Ebay high and low for great bargains that come up on a regular basis. Click on through below to add to your ILM items today!

ILM 2003 Halloween Party Invitation

 


 

Another Contest to Enter You Have…
March 23, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Over at yodasnews.com there is a new contest in their forums starting today.

Once every week or two (it will be done at random), they will look at all the topics that have been started (starting today) and the author of the one that our administrator (Yoda027) thinks is the most unique will be the winner and get to pick from “Yoda027’s prize bucket”. It’s that easy and all threads are open to this!

This week in the bucket there are some Target Clone Wars figures, Obi-
Wan Target Collector Glass and Figure, Mini-Lego Sets, and even some
Muppets and Simpsons figures for those that collect other lines. New
stuff is added each day (All brand new in package/box!). The winner will get a list of what is in the bucket that week and get to pick the prize they want!

Sound like fun? It can’t be any easier. So jump in the forums and have fun. If you are not registered yet, then it’s easy and free to sign up and get instant access!

 


 

Win an Artist Proof Yoda Statue
March 23, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Mark B

Gentle Giant is releasing their new line of Clone Wars Statues over the next few months, and to celebrate, they have teamed up with Diamond Comics to sponsor a contest to win an Artist Proof of the first of these statues – Yoda. And it gets better! The Grand Prize winner will actually get a set of ALL FIVE ARTIST PROOFS of the Clone Wars Maquettes that are being released during 2004! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form located in the front of Diamond Comics “Previews” magazine (in comic book stores tomorrow), or you can get the entry form From Diamond’s Website (note, this is an Adobe PDF file, you’ll need Acrobat installed to view it).

***Note, if you are entering from this form, and don’t have a comic shop you normally get Previews from – Please, email me for information to put in here. I still have a Diamond Comics account and if you use my store information and we win, we’ll do some kind of contest here to give away the Yoda Artist Proof here on Yakface!***

 


 

High Tech Star Wars Jacket
March 23, 2004 | 4:41 PM EST | Mark B

Well, if you have always wanted the ultimate in Star Wars Clothing, Master Replicas is going to be your source later this week. On Thursday, March 25 they will be launching (for Collectors Society Members – and then for everyone on Friday), their brand new limited edition letterman style Star Wars Jacket that incorporates some REALLY COOL features. You’re wearing a conventional black letterman’s jacket and then imagine pushing a button and having 2100 fiber optics points recreate a 25 second animated dogfight scene from “A New Hope” across your back. Its pretty pricy at $349, but they will only be making 750 of these babies. They’ll start taking orders at Master Replicas on Thursday morning – so make sure you get your order in early!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store News Feed
March 22, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

NEW MICROMAN PRE-ORDERS: We have listed 3 different sets of 4 Microman items. The first 2 sets are Diamond Comic exclusives – Master Force Set of 4 and Acroyear Force Set of 4. Both sets are $27.99 each and arrive in May / June. Also available is the ‘Lady’ Microman set of 4 – which we will import from Japan. This set is $54.99 – nice pictures of all on the site.

NEW HALO PRE-ORDERS: Series 4, 5, and 6 have been announced and we are now accepting pre-orders for each set. Some figures will be from HALO, and some will likely be from HALO 2. Some of the figures mentioned will be further versions of Master Chief and Elite, and also Warthog, Grunt, Brute, Flood Carrier. No Pictures available on these yet.

20% OFF ALL VINTAGE MENU ITEMS: Sale Ends Wednesday at 8:00 PM Central Time. A great opportunity to receive 20% off all items on the Vintage Menu – http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/vintage/ (please read details of sale on that page) The vintage department has recently listed mint complete GI Joe 3 3/4″ Figures, Beast Wars, and MOTU items.

FREDDY VS. JASON: The new boxed set from NECA has arrived and is
available for $25.99. Figures stand roughly 6+” tall and comes with a
flaming plastic base. Freddy comes with 2 other nicely detached heads.

STAR WARS: We have received 2 recent Clone Wars Deluxe case assortments. Figures included in these cases are: Spider Droid, Droid Army, Jedi Knight Army, Clone Trooper Army (Blue & Yellow), Durge with Swoop Bike, and Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike. The Unleashed 7 figures are now available individually for $15.99 each, or as a set of 3 for $44.99 each.

CLEARANCE & SALE PRICES: We have over 200 items with reduced or clearance prices on the clearance menu:- Transformers, Gundam, GI Joe, Saint Seiya, McFarlane and much much more – check out the full list here:http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/clearance.asp

FINAL FANTASY X-2: ArtFX continues to release very nice FF figures. The 2 latest releases are Heretic Yojimbo and Bahamut. The Bahamut figure is very large – the box is nearly 2 feet across!

BEAST WARS: We’ve unearthed a stash of BW items from our storage
building. Transmetal 2 Cybershark, Scourge, Jawbreaker, and Iguanus are all back in stock on the RID/BM/BW Menu.

LORD OF THE RINGS: More Return of the King Wave 4 Sets of 4 have arrived – this set include Legolas, Haradhrim Archer, Aragorn – King of Gondor and Pippin in Armor. More RotK Sting Swords are back in stock as well and we have a variety of LotR items in stock – some of them with reduced pricing.

ANIME-X: On the ‘Other’ Menu – Anime-X Statue is available for $34.99

 


 

Star Destroyer and Yavin Wave News
March 22, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Bruce:

I’ve noted people panicing over not being able to find these…just wanted to pass along that I found HUGE quantities of this wave at TWO Target stores in Bel Air and Abingdon in Maryland this morning.

And Yak Reader Baghutch reports that:

Wal-marts in northern IL had the Star Destroyer Wave today.  No scan, but there were a metric ton where I shop.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Pajamas
March 22, 2004 | 4:55 PM EST | Keri

Today’s featured auction is not only something very cool, but something that is quite hard to find and acquire: a set of unopened vintage pajamas!

Produced by Wilker Bros. for the Original Trilogy, sets of pajamas had many different themes, with nice bold artwork that had such a great 70s flair. Not only were the designs pleasing to children, but the pajamas were safety concious as well, being flame retardant.

Today’s auction is for a set of Darth Vader pajamas mint in the sealed bag. Pajamas are very hard to come by as they were often worn out, possibly used for rags or just plain thrown away after the child was too big to wear them. Pajamas often sell for a premium price in mint sealed conditions and are far and few between. Start your pajama collection today with these primo Vader sleeping duds by clicking on the link below!

Vader Pajamas Mint in Sealed Bag

 


 

New Ultra Jango Fett Found!
March 22, 2004 | 3:29 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Lester reports in with his latest find:

“I reside in North Charleston, SC and just wanted to pass on that I was able to pick-up the Ultra Series Jango Fett Kamino Confrontation figure this morning at my local Wal-mart.
Didn’t find the Obi-Wan Kenobi one. Apparently someone beat me to the peg aisle. But at least I was able to pick up something that’s new.”

I have yet to see the Ultra Jabba at any of my local stores, but I may have simply missed out. Looks like its time for another figure run everybody, Good Luck Hunting!

 


 

$6000 12-inch Figure
March 21, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Jason

I kid you not, I just wanted to give you an example of people who
live in Fantasy Land when it comes to figuring out the value of figures in todays market. A person has listed a 12-inch variation of a Han Solo, packaged in a Lando Calrissian box… Buy it now at the cheap price of $6,000… Here is the link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2233628306&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1

I don’t know if this is a joke or not, but if it is a legitamate auction, I’m speechless. People… Most of the figure errors out
there are worth jack-squat. I think this all started with the original Boba Fett craze that a dot missing from a hand increased the value of the figure 100 fold.

I think it is about time that seasoned collectors set the record straight… if you have an error figure, it is actually worth LESS money. You got screwed over by Hasbro as the figure is incomplete because it is missing paint, missing weapons, or carded on an incorrect card… Period.

UPDATE:
Apparently, this person must be an avid reader of yakface.com, or he received many e-mails from our readers… since his counter jumped from 10 to 160… I’m betting on our smart readers. He has removed the buy it now of the ludicrous price of $6,000 and is now just a $9.99 auction with no bids. Shipping is now the cheap price of $16 for domestic shipping… Huh?

 


 

Animated Clone Wars Wave 3 and 4?
March 20, 2004 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

One of our Yakface Alumni just dropped the word that he’s heard we may see two more waves in Target’s line of exclusive animated Clone Wars figures. At this point there is no word on which figures are under consideration, or even when these might hit, and of course remember, rumors are just that until confirmed by Hasbro. It sure sounds interesting though.

 


 

Another Gentle Giant Sellout
March 20, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Mark

At the Wizard World Los Angeles there was an exclusive Clone Pilot Bust that had sold out by 10:30am this morning. This was limited to 2500 pieces and sold for $50.00, so if you are a collector of these, it looks like the only way to get one now is on the secondary market.

 


 

New DVD Packages
March 19, 2004 | 11:24 PM EST | Mark

If you are a Hyperspace member, you can now login and check out some very nice images and information about the DVD Packages.

 


 

Items Back In Stock
March 19, 2004 | 6:08 PM EST | Mark

Here are some items that came back in stock at Amazon.com. Most are with free shipping.
Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens
Hailfire Droid

 


 

New Footage On Original Trilogy DVD?
March 19, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Yep you read it right, despite the repeated statements we’ve all seen from Lucasfilm that the DVD will contain the Special Editiion version of the Original Trilogy films, it looks like the DVD may become by collectors as the Extra Special Edition after all. The Digital Bits is reporting that they have confirmed from 3 reliable sources that new footage is being added to the movies on the Original Trilogy DVD release, as well as deleted scenes silimar to the E1 and E2 DVD releases. Check out their full report here.

 


 

Want Your Opinion To Be Heard?
March 19, 2004 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark

That is what LEGO is asking.

Hop on over to their site and post your opinion on what the next Star Wars set should be.

Here is the list
Death star
Sand Crawler with Jawas and droids
Trade Federation Droid Control Ship
Ulitmate Collector Series Super Star destroyer
Stormtrooper/clonetrooper 5 packs
Expanded Universe
Clone trooper mini figures set
Naboo Royal Starship
Imperial Troopers Army (ten or more)
The Jango Fett Sculpture (35cm height) as seen in German department stores

 


 

Starwarsshop.com Update
March 19, 2004 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

The StarWarsShop.com updated their site yesterday. Here is the update posted.

Updated: March 18, 2004

Ensuring the security of our customers is our top priority, and the StarWarsShop.com team is hard at work making sure everything will be ready for the re-opening. At this time, we do not have a set date for the launch, but stay tuned to this space and starwars.com. We will announce our plans in advance, and provide you as much notice as possible.

The StarWarsShop.com team is trying to put plans in place to allow customers placing orders during our initial launch to be first in line for limited-quantity exclusives like the Green Clone Trooper Bust, Darth Vader Cinemacast, Adventure Kermit and others. Details will follow here and on starwars.com.

Thank you to all of our fans for their patience, encouragement, support and enthusiasm.

 


 

Galactic Rewards Chrome Fett
March 19, 2004 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

 

In 2003, Gentle Giant Ltd. teamed up with MBNA’s Galactic Rewards program to bring you an exclusive chrome version of the Darth Vader mini bust. Response was so tremendous that we’ve teamed up again to create this exclusive chrome version of another Star Wars icon – Jango Fett.

Click on the image for more information.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pepsi Bottle Caps from Japan
March 18, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Keri

From the Land of the Rising Sun, also known as Japan, collectors have been treated to many wonderful and unusual Star Wars items of which there is really no counterpart found in the US, which leads me to today’s auction for Episode II Pepsi Bottle Caps.

The Japanese bottle caps were first produced for Episode I with a large set for collectors to attempt to complete, including full figured characters, heads, as well as special mail-away prizes where the character had moveable arms. The set included many cool characters and even Original Trilogy favorites. The follow-up of Episode II Bottle Caps does not disappoint at all in its offerings of characters from the most recent film released.

Today’s featured auction is for a near complete set of Episode II Bottle Caps with some extras to get your Japanese Bottle Cap collection underway today!

Japanese Pepsi Bottle Caps Episode II

 


 

Upcoming Master Replicas Rebel Blaster
March 18, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Mark B

 


Well, this new item from Master Replicas won’t be available to order for just over another month, but we wanted to bring you a photo (found by Bothan Spies!), of the new Master Replicas Rebel Blaster – used to hold off Stormtroopers at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. It is going to be a limited edition of 2500 pieces and will retail for $449. This was an interesting find because Master Replicas announced they would be offering a Stormtrooper Blaster and Princess Leia blaster at Toy Fair, but they made no mention of this item. More details as they emerge!

 


 

Name for New Yoda Novel You Seek…
March 18, 2004 | 5:13 PM EST | Keri

 

As reorted by the official site and due for a scheduled release in December 2004, the newest paperback novel featuring our favorite green Jedi Master Yoda will be entitled Dark Rendezvous. This EU novel of Yoda’s mission to discover the truth behind a surprising peace offer from the Separatists is written by author Sean Stewart and looks to be another great novel to look forward to as we wait for Episode 3 to grace the silver screen.

 


 

Admiral Ozzel Coming to Memphis, TN
March 18, 2004 | 5:03 PM EST | Keri

For all our Tennesee readers, YakReader Tim writes in with this reminder:

“Michael Sheard who played Admiral Ozzel will be at MidsouthCon againt this year. March 26-28 in Memphis, TN. This is his 3rd straight year at this convention, he loves coming here and he is an incredible man to meet and very personable and easy to talk to.”

Check out the website www.midsouthcon.org for all the info about the show.

 


 

Tanus Spijek Findings
March 18, 2004 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri

A YakReader from Chicago writes in with this report regarding the elusive Elom:

“I ran across 4 of these today (all at Walmarts in the suburbs of Chicago), so people shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them at retail in the next few days/weeks.
Yes, I left 3 of them on the pegs for others to find.”

I myself was lucky enough to find one Tanus at my local scalper-infested Wal-Mart yesterday as well. Patience and perserverance will always pay off when hunting the latest and greatest figure.

 


 

Free Shipping @ Amazon.com
March 18, 2004 | 9:34 AM EST | Mark

Here are some items with FREE shipping, that are on sale. There are more deals there as well.
Multi Pack: Spider Droid $7.95
Unleashed Figure: Chewbacca $14.99
LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader (8010) $19.99
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike $7.95
Multi Pack: Droid 3-Pack $7.95
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Durge with Swoop Bike $7.95
Geonosian Star Fighter $21.99
Plus many many more items with free shipping.

 


 

Droids Fans, A Lost Grail Has Been Found
March 17, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has found something many dedicated droids fans never knew existed, and those who did have long wanted to read– the Script to the White Witch Droids episode. Check it out here.

 


 

Attention Boston Area Collectors
March 17, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just gotten word of a show in your area:

Sunday, March 21st, Harry’s Collectable Show will be held in South Attleboro, Mass.

Star Wars collectors would be thrilled with the large selection of both vintage and modern available. If you need it, you just might find it here. This show also features comic books, action figures (of all kinds), vintage toys, videos, promos, posters, die cast, model kits, and plenty of other “goodies” that you just might not find any place else.

Admission is only $3, or $2 with a flyer. Kids under 16 are free with paid adult admission. Show hours are from 10 am to 3 pm Sun. March 21st at the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Hall. 304 Highland Ave. (Rt. 123 ) South Attleboro, MA.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 17, 2004 | 5:47 PM EST | Keri

With all the excitement of the release of the Original Trilogy version 1.3 to DVD, (finally!) today’s Falcon Favorite recalls the same excitement fans all over the world felt when the Special Editions of the Trilogy were released into theaters once again. YakReader Mark D. shares his large display and the journey he took to make it whole once again.

“As a collector of SW displays I was very excited to finally aquire a special edition floor standee. When it arrived all the way from the other side of the U.S. I found that it was missing the “ARS” block letters and the guy I bought it from didn’t have them. He refunded my money and let me keep the display but what good was an incomplete display? For 3 years it sat in the box, unassembled, and I exhausted all my resourses to find the letters. Then one day, out of the blue, a buddy e-mailed me from another state and told me that his basement had flooded and that all of his displays were ruined. I asked him if he had this display, which he did, and asked him if he would sell me the missing letters. He shipped them to me free of charge and I now have a complete display. It is, by far, my favorite piece in my Star Wars collection.”

Friends are such an integral part of life, and even more so when in the most unexpected times we are rewarded with gifts of all kinds! Remember to send in your Falcon Favorite from your collection here and have it featured for collectors around the world to enjoy!

 


 

Are You A Completist That Collects MIB or MOC?
March 17, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark

If you would, I am looking for some specific things. If your collection is MIB and or MOC, please email me and I will let you know what is going on. Thank you.

 


 

URL Change
March 17, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Mark

Too all readers. I apologize for any troubles this may cause you. If you would, please reset your favorites and links to our site to www.yakface.com instead of collectibles.echostation.com. While the site still works with that URL, there are features of the site such as the poll that will not work, and as we move forward with our site and bring new features on board for you, we will need you to be at the correct URL.

Thank you and again we are sorry for the troubles.

 


 

Deluxe Ewok Glider
March 17, 2004 | 10:23 AM EST | Mark

Here we are with another awesome image for you. This one is provided by littleinthedoor, thank you for the image. He mentions that we should be seeing this in late April. We hope you like. To all, littleinthedoor, has asked that this image not be used elsewhere. Click on link to see full size.

 


 

Star Wars Miniatures….
March 17, 2004 | 8:23 AM EST | Mark

Over at Gamingreport.com, they have posted images of the new RPG Star Wars miniatures game from Wizards Of The Coast. Hop on over and check them out.

The games are:
Rebel Storm: Release Sep 2004, 60 figure set, From the Original trilogy.

Clone Strike: Nov 2004, 60 figure set, From the new movies.

There will also be a Starter Set, $19.99, 10 figs and Booster packs, $12.99, 7 figs.

Interesting bit: Putting miniatures in the hands of Star Wars fans:
Promo minis in Hasbro Action Figures, Lucas Arts releases, Official Star Wars Fan Club mailings… hmmm….

 


 

D&S Newsfeed
March 16, 2004 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

Clearance Price List UPDATED!

Star Trek Classic Set Wave 2
Star Trek Classic Enterprise 1701-A – Back in Stock

Unleashed Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca & Clone Trooper
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Sandtrooper Army 4-Pack- Back in Stock
Christmas Yoda – Back in Stock
Desert Skiff – Back in Stock

20th Anniversary Prime
Transformers Alternators Subaru & Many Energon Toys

Space 1999 Die-Cast Eagle One
Dr. Who 8″ 4th Doctor & K-9
Dr. Who 8″ Cyberman

G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Video
Micronauts Series 1- Back in.

Many older POTJ/POTF figures back in, Ishi Tibb, Pote, Ree-Yees, Mas
Ameda, Zuckess, etc
Pre-Orders for Star Destroyer Wave & Other SW Figures….

 


 

Clone Wars Coming to FCBD!
March 16, 2004 | 8:04 PM EST | Mark B

Over the past couple of years Diamond Comics has sponsored a day each year that is called “Free Comic Book Day” (FCBD). On this day, all participating Comic Book stores offer an assortment of comic books that are (you guessed it) FREE! Since Dark Horse comics is one of the sponsors, this year we will be seeing a Clone Wars comic on FCBD. More details are to come, but be on the lookout for your local stores advertising this over the next couple of months. This year FCBD is on Saturday, July 3. (Make nice to one of your local comic book guys and they might just save you one of these!).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage TI Watch
March 16, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri

You may find yourself asking what is a vintage TI watch? Well, TI is the abbreviation of Texas Instruments, and the watches they made for the original trilogy are some of my personal favorites.

Today’s auction is for a complete mint watch produced in 1977 shortly after the film’s release. It includes not only a super cool LED digital watch, but a sheet of stickers that could be used to change the look of the face, which are usually missing from most watches.

Click on through to the link below to start your watch collection today with this nice minty example and tell time 70s style!

1977 Star Wars Texas Instruments Digital Watch

 


 

Tanus Spijek Missing at Amazon
March 16, 2004 | 12:17 PM EST | Keri

EDITORS NOTE**: I have noticed before that when you select the option to be notified by email as to when the item will be in-stock, they will send these emails out after your email has been in the database for a while and they have not received. I have received these emails before only to have them show up in stock within two weeks.

YakReader JediCougar writes in with this latest report from Amazon:

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about,
Star Wars 3.75″ Basic Figure: Jabba’s Sail Barge –
Tanus Spijek, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

It’s possible that someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item.”

At only 1 per case, looks like Tanus may be a tough find at stores, hopefully there will be other options at online stores, rather than having to deal with slimy scalpers elsewhere. Good Luck Hunting everyone!

 


 

Red Leader X-Wing In The Hanger
March 15, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott just wrote in to let us know that:

“Just noticed Amazon has listed the Red Leader X-Wing as “usually ships in two to three days”. I find that their exclusives typically become available at retail the same week as they become available online.” Good Hunting!

 


 

Martha Stewart, Bankruptcy.. It Doesn’t Matter…
March 15, 2004 | 7:04 PM EST | Mark

Amid all the problems that the K-Mart Corporation has having, our sources inside Hasbro have confirmed that the Cantina 3-pack featured in our QNA will be a K-Mart Exclusive this summer with another to follow in Fall or Winter.

 


 

Shuttle On Sale Today Only
March 15, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to Val Da Car for this tip. Over at KBToys.com the sale of the day is the Imperial Shuttle marked down to $59.99.

 


 

New Poll, Please Take Note
March 14, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark

Please take a moment to use the new poll in the right hand column. We want to know what you think of the new Cantina 3-pack w/ Kitik that is pictured in ourQNA. You will need Flash 5.0 installed to use it. Please let me know if you have any problems. Thank you for your time.

 


 

The Archives Are Open
March 14, 2004 | 11:40 AM EST | Bill

Fan’s of Artoosnews visual guides will be thrilled to learn that they were not lost when the droids went off-line. There’s a new visual guides site named The Jedi Temple Archives which has transported over all of Artoos guides. Check them out here.

 


 

Shop Star Wars.Com Update
March 14, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the new official Star Wars Shop is working hard to keep customers happy. Yak Reader PCS send us this:

“I was one of the people who got an early order in on Wednesday morning to StarWarsShop.com. I ordered the Exclusive Clone Trooper bust and was quite disappointed to hear from the folks that my order was cancelled… considering I got up at 5:00 a.m. to begin checking to see if the site was live. I e-mailed their customer service department about the situation, asking them if people who had ordered exclusives would get any priority when it came time to re-order. Here is what I received back via e-mail:

“Dear Customer,
We understand your concern regarding priority on orders of limited
quantity items such as the green trooper bust, vader cinemacast, etc. We
are attempting to come up with a solution that will allow those who
purchased such items on March 10 to retain their priority. We will update
you on our progress shortly.”

Sincerely,
Customer Service
StarWarsShop.com

I hope everyone who got up very early in the morning like I did to get an order in will be persistent in demanding priority in the re-order process.”

 


 

There’s Silver In Them There TRU Stores
March 14, 2004 | 11:35 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve sent in this report:

“Just a quick note, I stop’d by my local TRU and found not 1 but 4 silver clone troopers on the pegs, they rang up $4.99 each. Found em at Joliet TRU.”

Judging from how many Ebay sellers claim to have the Silver Clones in hand, it looks like a number of stores may have gotten them in. Have patience if they aren’t at your store yet, they will be.

 


 

QNA Time And Boy Do We Have Something For YOU!
March 14, 2004 | 12:53 AM EST | Mark

Well John has stopped in and dropped off another QNA for your reading pleasure. Even if you have never stopped in to read the QNA, you will WANT TO this time. I will give you a hint. The Visual QNA is back… hint… Kitik…. hmmm…..

 


 

Off Topic: Pre-Order Return Of The King!
March 12, 2004 | 9:52 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order the Return of the King DVD for $17.97, this is 40% off and is eligible for FREE shipping. This is due out May 25th.

 


 

Sale @ Amazon
March 12, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Mark

The Deluxe figs are on sale right now over at amazon.. 34% off. They are now.. $7.95 each.
Spider Droid
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Durge with Swoop Bike
Multi Pack: Droid 3-Pack

Unleashed back in stock…
Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper
Unleashed Figure: Luke Skywalker X-Wing
Unleashed Figure: Chewbacca

 


 

Q&A in progress – Q’s needed
March 11, 2004 | 11:57 PM EST | Muse

I am currently working on the next Q&A and hope to have it up over the weekend. If you have a question, please send it in here .

It’s shaping up to be a good read so please contribute!

 


 

Star Wars Shop.com Update
March 11, 2004 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Everyone who placed orders with Star Wars Shop.com is receiving a call to confirm the information we posted from their webpage this morning. In addition we were able to get a little more information from the caller. They expect the site to be back up in as short a time as two days, or as long as a week, depending on how long it takes to resovle the issue. Also they are aware of the confusion surrounding the initial opening date/time with the lack of an announced time for the virtual doors to open. When we get emails about the reopening, a time should be included.

 


 

Possible Episode 3 Title? 
March 11, 2004 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri

No Not Really! This is just some fun with Photoshop sent in by YakReader Abel for a quick smile and chuckle! Enjoy!

 


 

Star Wars Shop.Com Update
March 11, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Most fans now know that the Star Wars Shop was open for a few hours before closing because of technical issues. The following was posted on their page this morning. In short, the good news is if you ordered before they went down, you’ll get the Jedi patches and a free $50.00 gift certificate, the bad news it anything you ordered was canceled and you will have to reorder when they reopen:

Message to Star Wars Fans and StarWarsShop.Com Customers
Shortly after our new StarWarsShop.com opened Wednesday morning March 10, we received emails from several customers indicating that some transactional information on individuals’ orders had been transmitted to others. We immediately shut down the shop, because security of information on orders sent by our fans is our top priority.

Our eCommerce partner, Analysts International, has assured us that no one’s personal credit card information was compromised.

We are very sorry–and surprised–that this problem occurred. We are working closely with Analysts International, which is responsible for handling the transactions on the site, to find out how this could have happened. We won’t reopen StarWarsShop.com until we are certain that this issue has been resolved.

As a result of the situation, we will not be processing any of the transactions placed Wednesday morning. You will need to place your order again when the shop reopens. All customers who placed an order before the site was taken down will be mailed a free set of Jedi movie patches and a $50 gift certificate to use for Star Wars merchandise on the site. We will give the entire Star Wars community sufficient notice before we relaunch the site.

Again, we apologize for the current situation and promise to keep you updated. We know that Star Wars fans want–and deserve–the very best, and we will continue to strive to ensure that our high standards are met

 


 

Endor Wave!!! 
March 10, 2004 | 6:38 PM EST | Joseph

Ebay seller mimidog4428 has posted some carded shots of the Endor Wave up on Ebay. General Han Solo in AT-ST disguise, General Crix Madine and General Lando Calrissian make up this wave of 3 figures. These figures should hit the pegs in the next several weeks.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 10, 2004 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite from YakReader Steve is not only a great item, but has a wonderfully written story to go along with it, making it a very special submission.

“Most would consider the story to go with my favorite item as “EU,” but I’m hopeful that Mr. Lucas will soon be adding it to the official canon…

As we all know, Luke & the rebels blew up the first Death Star and sent Vader spinning off into space. What most people haven’t heard is that the Emperor was extremely ticked off at the loss of DS-1 and vented his anger by making an example out of everyone’s favorite Sith Lord.

The Empire had a huge deficit (Palpatine being a “tax and spend” liberal), so Darth Vader was forced to go out and raise funds for the second Death Star by traveling around the universe to shakedown the local populations. Adding insult to injury, Vader was stuck with a couple of smelly jawas (accountants, apparently) for company.

One of their stops was Bonanza Motors in Burley, Idaho! The upcoming visit was frequently advertised on the radio, so with a little begging and whining, my parents consented to take me. I would’ve been about four years old, and seeing Darth Vader “live and in person” made a lasting impression. I left the car dealership the proud owner of the picture that has been a treasured possession ever since.”

Thanks for sharing the great picture and story with us Steve, evoking all of those good warm and fuzzy childhood memories we all have.
Remember to send in your favorite item from your collection here to share with fans around the world!

 


 

Bossk Bust Coming
March 10, 2004 | 4:54 PM EST | Mark B

 


While this new bust from Gentle Giant was shown at Toy Fair in NY earlier, it has now been “officially” announced on the Star Wars website. Bossk is set to come out July 28 and will be a limited edition of 5000 pieces.

 


 

StarWarsShop.Com Opens Today
March 10, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

Although we don’t know what time, we do know that the new “Official” on-line Star Wars Store will open its virtual doors sometime today. Check it out here.

UPDATE** – The Shop has closed down temporarily until some technical issues have been worked out. They hope to be back up soon.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Ephant Mon
March 9, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

I know I have been featuring a lot of custom items for auction on Ebay, but I am continually blown away by the workmanship on these great fan-made creations!

Today’s auction is truly exceptional if you are looking to put together a 12″ Jabba’s Palace diorama, or are a big fan of the background alien creatures in general. This Ephant Mon is a direct counterpart to the 3 3/4″ Hasbro fan-choice figure. I cannot begin to describe the exacting details and the incredible amount of time and effort that were obviously put in on this 12″ scale custom. I will let the pictures in the auction describe what my words fail to capture.

Star Wars Custom 12″ Ephant Mon

 


 

There Is Another Silver Figure
March 9, 2004 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Even before most fans get their Silver Clone Troopers, it looks like we have another Silver Figure to look forward to this summer, with convention season. This time, a silver Sandtrooper. Mint In Box.net has posted an image of a photomontage creating a Silver Sandtrooper card. Check it out here.

 


 

Looking To Add Some Prints Or Lithograph To Your Collection?
March 9, 2004 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

One of The Official Site’s latest updates centers on more of the product we can look for at the new on-line store. Ralph McQuarrie Lithos, Theater Promotion packs from Empire,and even original Jedi posters are among the goodies we can look forward to at The Star Wars Shop.com.

 


 

Attention San Jose CA Readers
March 8, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mikk sent in this report from the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club:

“I thought that your San Jose area readers might be interested in knowing that after a long absence the San Jose Super Toy Show is returning to the South Bay. Totally revamped with a new location & new vendors it should be better than ever.

The San Jose Super Toy Show will be held in Gateway Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds this Saturday, March 13th from 11am – 4pm for general admission & 9am – 11am for early birds. Admission will be $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12, & $15 for early birds. For more information on the show people should check out here.”

 


 

X-Wing Red Leader Photos
March 8, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

We have updated our 2004 Product Guide with lots of photos of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Red Leader X-Wing. You can check out all the new pics here.These photos are Miatoys auction on Ebay.

 


 

Pre-Order Wave 8
March 8, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order the Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8 from Entertainment Earth for $64.99 for the case.

 


 

Are You A Fan? Are You A Member?? Changes Coming
March 8, 2004 | 9:18 PM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Star Wars Fan Club! there is a posting up about changes…

Dear Star Wars Fan Club Member:

There are some exciting changes in the works for the Official Star Wars Fan Club! We’re not quite ready to reveal all of the details just yet, but keep an eye on www.starwars.com in the coming weeks for the full details.

In the meantime, we’ve put a temporary hold on accepting new memberships or subscriptions. All renewals and new subscriptions received before March 8, 2004 will be processed as usual. Orders received by mail after March 8 will be held until the changes are announced.

Star Wars Insider will continue to be published – we recently shipped Insider 75 (May) to the printer, and we’re hard at work on Insider 76 (June/July). Current Fan Club members will continue to receive their subscriptions. Also, we’re pleased to announce that the new 2004 membership kit will be shipped to all current members in March.

We think that you will be excited about the new direction for the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to answer any queries about this until announcements are made on starwars.com.

Thank you for your continued support!

Lisa Stevens
President, The Official Star Wars Fan Club

 


 

Rappertunie
March 8, 2004 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock…
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Parts and Pieces
March 8, 2004 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

I really enjoy viewing custom works that other fans have created and I myself have dabbled in very small custom projects. If you have read about customizing and are full of ideas, a little low on cash and short on spare parts then today’s auction on Ebay is made for you!

Today’s featured auction has a large variety of many different figure parts as well as supplies to get your own custom projects well under way. The auction includes heads, arms and legs already popped off the figures, sculpey clay to mold your own accents, and even paint to finish off your creations to perfection! Click on through below to pick up this great deal and get to work making all the figures not yet produced!

Huge Lot of Parts and Supplies for Custom Figures

 


 

Target Glasses Update
March 8, 2004 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting lots of questions about the Target Exclusive Star Wars Glasses, and I’ve witnessed the confusion from Target staffers regarding this exclusive first hand. Since the most common questions will help many of our readers, we’re posting the answers here.

First, according to Target, the glass/figure sets are supposed to be on the toy aisle (not in housewares as some employees believe before they look up the DPCI)

Second, the DPCI number is 087-06-0937, with a price of $9.99.

The current wave which is out in stores has two different items, the Obi Wan/A New Hope figure and glass, and the Darth Maul/Episode 1 set. We have 3 more (Luke Snow Speeder/Empire; Slave Leia/Jedi; and Hanger Anakin/Clones) which have been confirmed as “wave 1” which certainly makes it sound like more may be on the way.

Good Hunting.

 


 

Bespin Figure Wave Surprises
March 8, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the 3 new figures for the Bespin wave— Leia in Bespin Gown, Lobot (thankfully non-buff), and Cloud Car Pilot are even better sculpted than they initially appeared. The team over at Galactic Hunter has posted detailed images of the wave, and here’s the surprise— the Cloud Car pilot appears to be coming with a removable helmet. Check them out here.

 


 

Sorry For The Delay In News
March 8, 2004 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

We Have been going through some upgrades on the servers. Everything should be back to normal. Please send in your questions for the next QNA…

 


 

New Items At Amazon.com
March 5, 2004 | 10:53 PM EST | Mark

Here are some new things that have shown up in the search…
Anakin’s Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Action Fleet: Solar Sailer

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Lifesize C-3PO Prop 
March 5, 2004 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

Continuing the theme of life-size props, I bring to you an auction today for a fully liscened C-3PO Prop made by Don Post.

This Replica is amazing in person and has such wonderful details that really make you feel as if old Goldenrod is standing right next to you, with his eyes lit.

Again, if you have the money and space in your collection for this item, I would highly recommend it!

Star Wars Don Post C-3PO Lifesize Statue Prop Replica

 


 

Vote Now, Time Is Short
March 5, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s current figure re-release poll ends at noon today. If you haven’t cast your vote go to Hasbro’s webpage and vote now. Currently it looks like the buff Scanning Trooper is in the lead.

 


 

New Photos of Clone Wars Yoda
March 4, 2004 | 8:29 PM EST | Mark B

 


I found this “official” photo today of the upcoming Clone Wars Yoda Maquette that is coming from Gentle Giant. Larger versions are available from Marz Distribution (a wholesaler to retailers – consumers cannot order from their site). This item is due to be released in the August timeframe (look for comic book shops to start taking preorders for these in the next couple of months).

 


 

Target Star Wars Glass Exclusive Update
March 4, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this report:

“I found them today at a Super Target in TN. I’d like to add:
1. 4 per case; 2 Obis, 2 Mauls. 2. No space on the shelves for them yet, not even a sticker. I had the stocker scan the stock # for it, and he said they had a location for them in the stockroom. So they brought them on out to me.”

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Life Size Speeder Bike Prop
March 4, 2004 | 12:02 PM EST | Keri

If you ever wanted your own life-sized Speeder Bike, here is your chance to get one today! The auction featured is for a very well-built and highly detailed Speeder Bike Prop Replica that will seat one adult ( hopefully one dressed as a Biker Scout!)

This is a truly amazing item constructed out of fiberglass by fans, with a great weathered paint job. The bike is huge and I’m sure needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. If you have the room in your collection, this is definetly a one of a kind prop that will make heads turn.

Click on the link below to take a look at this masterpiece!

Speeder Bike Life Size Prop Replica

 


 

Desperate For A Taste Of E3
March 3, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

The new Boba Fett young reader book published by Scholastic, titled A New Threat, might help to fill your Star Wars needs, at least for a short while. The new Boba Fett book introduces the new villan (sorry no spoilers) from Episode 3, which we’ve been reading about on the The Official Site for quite some time.Check out the full story here.

 


 

Back In Stock
March 3, 2004 | 5:55 PM EST | Mark

These are back in stock if you need them.
Jabba’s Sail Barge – Lando Calrissian
Jabba’s Palace – Rappertunie
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens
Jabba’s Palace – Holographic Luke Skywalker

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
March 3, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader Charlie is a nice prop from Episode I which holds special meaning and looks great framed on the wall too!


“Q-Tip: this isn’t just any ordinary Q-tip, this is an actual prop from a Star Wars movie! More precisely, from the pod race scene in The Phantom Menace. When the pod racers are zipping around the stadium, all of those little specks that make up the spectators are actually different colored Q-tips. Why they didn’t use computer animation, I couldn’t tell you. Maybe some interns needed something to do. Lorne Peterson (ILM Special Effects) was giving a talk at the Field Museum in Chicago back when the Magic of Myth exhibit was touring the country. I got to go with my Dad as part of a special invite only night. I was fascinated to hear Lorne talk about the various special effects he has worked on, and afterwards, I went to ask him a question and get his autograph. As I was talking to him, an assistant came up and handed him a little baggie with these Q-tips in it. He said, “oh yeah, here’s an actual prop from The Phantom Menace.” He told me I could have one if I wanted one. Of course I did! It also had that white label on it. On the other side of the label is Lorne’s autograph. While it may not be the coolest prop out there, and I know others have some pretty incredible props, it’s the only Star Wars prop I’ll ever own so I think it’s pretty cool.”

I want to thank everyone for all their unique submissions and for the success of this weekly feature. I have many wonderful items to showcase in the upcoming weeks and will post every picture and story that I receive in email here.

 


 

Clearance at TRU
March 3, 2004 | 4:02 PM EST | Mark B

Still looking for the Toys R Us Exclusive 12″ Luke Skywalker with Taun Taun or12″ Leia as Boushh and Carbonite Block? Both are on clearance over at Toys R Us online.

There are some pretty good deals on other 12″ Star Wars as well as Harry Potter and Hulk action figures as well.

 


 

Mini Lightsabers Starting to Arrive
March 3, 2004 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark B

 


I’ve heard from a few friends that are starting to receive their Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi Mini Lightsabers from Master Replicas. Turns out these are about the length of an adult hand and seem tiny compared to the full size sabers, but still an INCREDIBLE piece for only $35! Head on over to Master Replicas and pick up one of these (or the set of 3 – Luke, Obi, and Mace) today, you won’t be sorry you added these to your collection.

 


 

Cheers…The Glasses Are Out
March 2, 2004 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Star Wars glasses are available again in the style of those at Burger King when the Original Trilogy was released. This time they are at Target, the price is around $10.00. Thanks to all the Yak Readers who’ve written in. Good Hunting.

 


 

Closer to Geonosis or Kamino?
March 2, 2004 | 6:45 PM EST | Mark B

Slightly off topic here, but definitely newsworthy. NASA announced today that the Opportunity Mars Rover has found VERY strong evidence of the Martian surface having been covered with water at some time in the past. Using the same methods geologists would have used on Earth, the scientists has concluded that Mars once had flowing water, which would be the first indication that Mars could have supported life at some time in the past. A very exciting day for those of us interested in space! Findings like this bring us one step closer to the worlds envisioned by George Lucas in the Star Wars movies.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Taco Bell Store Display
March 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

After seeing the different DVD packaging designs for the upcoming release of versions 1.3 of the Trilogy, I found this nice Special Edition display item on Ebay from good old Taco Bell!

Back in 1997, the Special Editions of the Trilogy were “Back on the Big Screen” allowing some for the first time to see the films on a format other than VHS on TV at home. Although for purists, the films were not we had hoped for, it was still nice to see them in theaters again. Along with the films came a marketing blitz, including fast food resteraunts, one of which was Taco Bell. The stores were adorned with large vinyl signs as well as nice hanging displays for contests and of course for the Kid’s Meals with great decorative boxes and an awesome toy inside.

At one time, these store display items were fetching prices that were to say the least not cheap. However, these colorful displays can be found on Ebay with regularity for very reasonable prices, like the auction featured today. Click on through below to start decorating your house with this great store display!

Star Wars Taco Bell R2-D2 Hanging Store Display

 


 

Star Wars Items from New Zealand
March 1, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Keri

As many of the LOTR Oscar Winners last night hailed from New Zealand, there is a wonderful website www.Star-Wars.co.nz featuring news as well as great photos and descriptions of Star Wars items only offered in New Zealand. There are some interesting ROTJ Corn Flakes stickers and trading cards from Episodes I & II, and some great obscure miscellanious items which you can check out here.

 


 

Congrats Peter Jackson!
March 1, 2004 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B

While our focus here is on the Star Wars series, I cannot help but send out congratulations to Peter Jackson and everyone that was involved in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Last night they won a very well deserved 11 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture. The Best Picture award was the first time a fantasy film has ever won in that category. The 11 awards tied both Ben Hur and Titanic for the most wins. LOTR won in all 11 categories it was nominated. My hat’s off to Peter Jackson and crew for taking a huge chance in bringing one of the most beloved series of books to life and doing so in a way that won these well deserved Oscars. For more on their wins and the “official-unofficial” party, be sure to check out The One Ring.net

February 2004 Archive

KBToys Sale
February 25, 2004 | 12:58 PM EST | Mark

Here are some cool items on sale over at KBtoys.com

Lego Hailfire Droid $29.99
LEGO T-16 Skyhopper $7.99
Plus more….

 


 

New Brian’s Toys @ Amazon
February 25, 2004 | 12:53 PM EST | Mark

Here are some new (OLD) items he is selling at Amazon.com
Star Wars Mail-In Figures Set of 3 (Han Stormtrooper, Mace Windu, and Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Vintage Romba (the Ewok) Mint in Original Package
4 Sealed Kenner Baggie Items from 1982-1983 – 4-LOM includes his white mailer box, B-Wing Pilot, Salacious Crumb, and Pipe and Bowl Accessory Set from Jabba’s playset 1983 sealed
Sy Snootles and Max Rebo Band from 1983

Also if you feel lucky, there are one each of these…
Wat Tambor
Han Solo – A New Hope

 


 

Fan’s Choice Figure Poll #6 Update
February 24, 2004 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

It seems Hasbro has heard that fans weren’t overjoyed with the original choices for fan’s choice poll 6, they have added a figure that many fans will be happy to see as an option– the Imperial Scanning Trooper from the Milennium Falcon figure case from very early in the POTF2 line which many fans still need in their collections. Click here for the revised poll.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2004 
February 24, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Keri

The Official site has posted dates starting May 14th and events planned for the 2004 Star Wars Weekends held at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. Looks like to be some fun activities for the entire family, and while you are there you can visit the Tattooine Trader gift shop and pick up some toys, pics etc. You can read the entire story and find all the necessary info here.

 


 

Master Replicas Pricing News
February 24, 2004 | 4:50 PM EST | Keri

This latest news regarding Master Replicas and their wish to install a new discount pricing policy was sent in by YakReader Tom:

“Well, I just got an E-Mail from someone I am dealing with on Ebay for Master Replicas items. It seems as though MR is trying to put a stop to discount selling of their items by merchants who have deals to purchase and sell MR merchandise. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

Master Replicas has informed all authorized retailers that they are doing a price demand on it’s retailers. In other words if Authorized Retailers want to continue selling master replicas products we will no longer be able to advertise large discounts on line.

I’ve read a lot of things that are not so complimetary about MR recently, and I think this can probably be added to the list. Honestly, although I think this is bad news and very unfortunate, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve got a lot of MR items in my collection, but I’ve yet to buy from them directly. Now my concern is that the prices are really going to go up from MR. If the items can no longer be sold at a discount, what’s really to stop them (aside from common sense). Let’s hope common sense prevails.”

Indeed, it is also my hope common sense will prevail. I personally have bought everyone of my MR items from the secondary market, through a third party source, namely Amazon.com or KBtoys.com at a marked down price. Hopefully, MR will not take away the ability to buy their props at discounted, more reasonable prices through other retailers. We will continue to follow this story with great interest.

 


 

Newest Wave of Unleashed at Toymaniacs.com
February 24, 2004 | 11:54 AM EST | Jason

Currently in stock, Chewbacca, Clontrooper, and Luke X-wing
for $15.99 at toymaniacs.com

I also wanted to comment on Hasbro’s newest poll, it BLOWS.
You can pretty much get any of the figures on the poll off of
Ebay for Retail/on-line prices still. Ephant mon which everyone
has been asking for is for some reason unavailable.

I hope with the absence of a lot of new product at Toy Fair,
and lame repacks lately, that this does not mean 2004 will be
a disappointing year. Come on Hasbro, you can do better than
this.

 


 

ArtoosNews Rolls Into The Sunset
February 24, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

The Team At Artoosnews has decided to end their 5 year run tonight at midnight. It has been great to have Artoo and his team as part of the Star Wars Universe. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Pre-Orders
February 23, 2004 | 11:13 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of upcoming TRU Exclusives that you can pre-order now…

Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures
Jedi Council Scene I
Darth Vaders Tie Fighter

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage ESB Carded Figures
February 23, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Keri

Following up the last edition of Bounty Hunting, today I have chosen some of the most famous and endearing characters that were brought to us by the greatest film ( in My opinion ) of the entire 5 Star Wars films.

ESB provided not only a shocking revelation about the Skywalker family, but introduced our much beloved Jedi Master Yoda and of course the Bounty Hunters, including the baddest of all Boba Fett. The Kenner figures were also exceptional, capturing the likenesses of all the new creatures very well at that time.

Like the auctions before, these are all non-graded figures, yet are still entirely presentable and make a super eye-catching display. These auctions feature figures that are somewhat affordable, and reasonably priced especially when compared to the AFA graded figures inflated prices on today’s market. As with the other carded figures before, the backs and fronts changed with different offers and more characters added. Later cards displayed a Revenge of the Jedi sticker promoting the new secret Admiral Ackbar figure. While these are not rare, they do make an interesting addition to a carded collection. Click on through to the links below to start or add to your carded ESB collection today!

ESB Carded Yoda Orange Snake

ESB Carded Bossk

ESB Carded IG-88 with Revenge Sticker

 


 

Fan’s Choice Poll For Fall Reissue
February 23, 2004 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

The latest fan’s choice poll is up at Hasbro, and while many would like to have seen a poll with a choice among figures that didn’t make it on previous polls, this one asks fans to choose a previously released figure for recarding. The contenders are R2 with holographic Leia; Admiral Motti; Ree-Yees; Death Star Trooper; Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise (from 2001 Trash Compactor Scene Pack).

 


 

Another Rumor Proves True
February 22, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

Yep, spoiler mongers this one has been officially confirmed to be in E3. TheOfficial Site’s Hyperspace section has just confirmed that… Well we do remain spoiler free here on Yakface.com, so you’ll have to check out the Freedom’s Architect article in the Hyperspace section. Although we’ll give you a hint– she has bright red hair and it isn’t Mara Jade. Check it out here.

 


 

Clone Wars Postcards Announced
February 22, 2004 | 2:55 PM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Star Wars site, they have news of the new set of postcards from the Clone Wars Animated series, there will be six total. Click on over to read it and see the other images.

 


 

Clones Wars Dates And Times Announced
February 22, 2004 | 2:51 PM EST | Mark

Here is the official EST dates and times for the US.

Friday, March 26, at 8:00pm: Chapters 1-5
Friday, March 26, at 9:00pm: Chapters 6-10
Friday, March 26, at 9:30pm: Chapter 11
Monday, March 29, at 8:00pm: Chapter 12
Tuesday, March 30, at 8:00pm: Chapter 13
Wednesday, March 31, at 8:00pm: Chapter 14
Thursday, April 1, at 8:00pm: Chapter 15
Friday. April 2, at 8 8:00pm: Chapter 16
Monday, April 5, at 8:00pm: Chapter 17
Tuesday, April 6, at 8:00pm: Chapter 18
Wednesday, April 7, at 8:00pm: Chapter 19
Thursday, April 8, at 8:00pm: Chapter 20
Friday, April 9, at 8:00pm: Chapters 11-15
Friday, April 9, at 9:00pm: Chapters 16-20
Saturday, April 10 at 9:00pm: Chapters 1-5
Saturday, April 10 at 10:00pm: Chapters 6-10
Saturday, April 10 at 11:00pm: Chapters 11-15
Saturday, April 10 at 12:00am: Chapters 16-20

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage 12 Back Carded Figures
February 20, 2004 | 5:56 PM EST | Keri

I am intrigued to say the least with the “retro” packaging and styling that Hasbro will be offering collectors in the upcoming year to coincide with the release of the Original Trilogy Version 1.3 on DVD this fall. This led me to where it all started back in 1978 with Kenner and the Original 12 Back Carded action figures.

I’m not going to rehash ancient history regarding the Kenner figures or go into the different variations of the 12 backs themselves, as there are various websites and books with enough information to fill a room. However, I will feature some reasonably priced auctions for some carded 12 back figures for you to view today. If you are looking for a somewhat affordable way to add one of these carded figures to your collection then the auctions spotlighted today will help you to do just that!

The auctions I have chosen are for non-graded figures that are not in mint condition, yet are still very presentable for display purposes. Vintage carded figures really are gaining even more popularity, therefore the prices have continued to soar, especially for AFA Graded figures which fetch prices in the outer stratosphere. The 12 back auctions below are the original companions to the new figures unveiled at Toy Fair this week.

Vintage 12 Back Luke Skywalker

Vintage 12 Back Han Solo

Vintage 12 Back Leia Organa

 


 

Falcon Favorite Follow-Up
February 20, 2004 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

If you remember the Falcon Favorite from a few weeks ago sent in by YakReader Jordan of his styrofoam stump from ROTJ’s Ewok Forest found in a dumpster, Jordan sent in a picture of it for everyone to enjoy. This is a really cool prop item and the stuffed Kenner Wicket on top is a nice touch!

 


 

Go Get ‘Em!
February 20, 2004 | 9:50 AM EST | Mark B

The .45 scale lightsabers are now available for everyone to order over at Master Replicas. At only $35 each, these are sure to be gone quickly!! (Order the set of 3 for $105 and get the free tiered display case for a limited time!).

 


 

New Episode III Villain
February 20, 2004 | 9:46 AM EST | Mark B

SPOILER WARNING!!! – While I won’t post the spoiler here, Star Wars.com has an article (along with picture) of the new villain from Star Wars Episode III. This new enemy will actually make his debut (in the same way Boba Fett did), in the finale of the Clone Wars cartoon series which is set to air on April 8. Head on over to Star Wars.com for the full story.

 


 

You Like To Trade Cards???
February 20, 2004 | 7:46 AM EST | Mark

Well Topps is the king of Trading Cards and they have just announced that a new series is due in April 2004. Stop in and check it out.

The Clone Wars…

 


 

Code 3 X-Wing
February 20, 2004 | 7:41 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Entertainment Earth is the Code 3 X-Wing fighter.

This 1:38 scale replica of Luke Skywalker’s X-wing Starfighter is a precision piece of die cast metal. Each detail was hand sculpted to capture each feature of this unique vessel. Measures 13 inches x 11.5 inches. Limited Edition to only 10,000 pieces worldwide!

 


 

New Wave Back In Stock
February 20, 2004 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

New wave of figures back in stock if you still need them… New price point as well.

Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Simpsons Homer Fett
February 19, 2004 | 5:38 PM EST | Keri

I personally enjoy looking at one of a kind custom creations made by some very talented fans, and from time to time there is always one creation which leaps out at me, which is the auction featured today.

The Simpsons has a large fan following, with many episodes that have connections to Star Wars – such as the familiar phrase “You bent my Wookie!” So it is no surprise that Simpsons fans began making their favorite characters like Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Marge to resemble Star Wars characters.

Today’s example is a nicely detailed, painted and sculpted Homer as Boba Fett, or Homer Fett if you like, complete with Duff Beer Can accessory. The quality and workmanship is very nice on this particular custom, and if you are a huge Boba Fett fan, no collection would be complete without this great custom Homer Fett with firing rocket pack!

Star Wars Simpsons Custom Boba Homer Fett

 


 

.45 Scale Replicas Now Available
February 19, 2004 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas now has the .45 Scale Lightsaber Replicas to order (if you are collectors society member). Order all three and get this cool 3 tiered display stand to go with them for free. Each one is only $35, so this is a great way to get started collecting Master Replicas items! Quantities are limited on each (although the website does not say HOW limited).

Again, Collectors Society Members can order today (Thursday Feb 19), everyone else can order starting tomorrow (Friday, Feb 20).

 


 

Insider News
February 19, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Mark

Sent in from Yak Reader Tom:

“Just got the new Insider, in the ToyBox article they mention a cool feature; The Captain Antilles head can be lifted (stretched) as if he was being choked by Vader. Cool feature!

Also mentioned was the next wave of unleashed that we have read about.. Bossk, Tusken Raider, and A Secura”

Thanks Tom.

 


 

Falcon Favorite!
February 18, 2004 | 8:55 PM EST | Keri

As we all enjoy the latest pictures and news rolling in from Toy Fair in New York, picking and choosing what we will eagerly await and purchase, such as the Gentle Giant Armory mini helmet collection, providing a continuation of the short Riddell line. Thanks to YakReader Philip from Seattle, WA this week’s Falcon Favorite is a C-3PO Riddell mini helmet with a surprising twist!

“My Favorite piece in my entire collection is my autographed Riddell
Mini C-3PO Head, mostly because it’s not autographed by Anthony Daniels.
It was a gift from a friend who was working at a radio station in
Chicago when the original trilogy was re-released in the mid-90s. Peter Mayhew came into the station to talk about the films and he brought a big box of Star Wars swag to hand out. My friend grabbed the C-3PO head and asked Peter Mayhew to sign it. Mayhew reminded him that he played Chewbacca but my friend, not a Star Wars fanatic, said it didn’t matter.
And it doesn’t, at least not to me. In fact, I like it even more
because it has Mayhew’s signature. It even makes sense in an Empire Strikes Back context . . . sort of . . . maybe.”

Of course it makes sense, and it makes it a truly special and unique item that I am always looking to feature here every week. If you would like to see your item in an upcoming Falcon Favorite, shoot an email in my direction here.

 


 

Free Figure From Amazon /TRU Update
February 18, 2004 | 11:10 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Amazon.com and check out the offer.

For a limited time, when you spend $14.99 or more on Star Wars 12-inch figures, basic figures, or vehicles, you can get one of the 3.75-inch action figures listed below for free. Add $14.99 or more of qualifying Star Wars toys and one of the action figures listed below to your Shopping Cart and then enter promotional code STRWAR375AFG at checkout. (The price of the free action figure does not count toward the $14.99 purchase total.) While supplies last. Offer expires on February 29, 2004.

Free figures now include…
Hoth Evacuation R-3PO
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq
UPDATE ** Added the Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper as well

 


 

Medal of Yavin Available Again
February 18, 2004 | 10:10 AM EST | Mark B

This item looked like it had sold out in just about 1 week. However, Master Replicas must have miscounted their orders. Yesterday this item was listed as “SOLD OUT” on their website, it is now showing again as available for order. Hurry on over if you want to pick one of these up, I would imagine that they really only have a few of this limited item available. At under $100, this is a great way to start a prop collection! Check out Master Replicas today!

 


 

The Sandcrawler… Finally?
February 18, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

Pete’s team over at The Private Universe is reporting that the Sandcrawler is being offered to English retailers for pre-order. Hopefully this means that a US retailer has picked it up and Hasbro is looking to get more sales internationally.

 


 

Winter Hits Amazon….
February 18, 2004 | 6:52 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking…
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
Hoth Evacuation R-3PO
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker

 


 

Master Replicas Launches Smaller Scale
February 17, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has now “officially” announced the new line of .45 scale lightsabers. These new items will be available for order on Friday, Feb 20th (more than likely if you are a collectors society member, you’ll be able to order on Thursday the 19th – stay tuned for details!). The first in this series will be 3 Jedi Knight sabers – Obi Wan, Mace Windu, and Luke Skywalker. All will come with Display Stand. The best part about these collectibles is the price – they will sell for $35 each. If you order the entire set, you also get a custom display for all three for free (the set runs $105). These will be a limited edition, and given how fast the recent Medal of Yavin sold out, make sure you get these ordered early!

Also – according to Master Replicas, the Luke Skywalker will start shipping immediately, Obi Wan in May, and Mace Windu in June.

 


 

Yakface Brings You Toy Fair
February 17, 2004 | 12:24 AM EST | Bill

As promised, our Toy Fair Coverage is now live here. We’ve got lots of detailed photos of both all the new toys and the packaging. Carded and boxed collectors will be very happy with the vintage look coming to stores near you this summer.Check it all out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: From Star Wars to Jedi VHS
February 16, 2004 | 8:38 PM EST | Keri

Continuing on the theme of “making of” documentaries on VHS, I will follow up with the 1989 release of “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga.”

This behind the scenes spectacular gives fans a glimpse into the making of all 3 films in the holy trilogy. While more of a whirlwind with no particular focus, there is plenty of eye candy to go around with vintage interviews and the inner workings of Jabba the Hutt ( puppet style, no cgi here ) including how the movement in his tail is performed. While this VHS is not particularly rare, it provides some nice footage of the original trilogy versions 1.0 as we remember it so well. Click on through below to add another reasonably priced Star Wars item to your movie collection today!

From Star Wars To Jedi The Making Of A Saga VHS

 


 

Possible Yavin Wave Variations?
February 16, 2004 | 1:14 PM EST | Keri

YakReader JediSeely writes in with some speculations regarding the possiblilties of some variations in the newest wave of figures from A New Hope:

“Just to let you know, I picked up the new Yavin wave yesterday in Fremont, NE (about 20 miles west of Omaha) and I found 2 possible errors on Hasbro’s part.

1.Captain Antilles – on the side, Hasbro proves why their quality control never won the National Spelling Bee. They spelled helmet as helment

2.General Dodonna – it does NOT list a blaster as an accessory.

Also, the Yavin wave, as well as the previous ROTJ wave (holo Luke, Rappertunie, J’Quille, Tanus Spijek, and Lando Sail Barge) have been showing up at several locations in the past week.”

Keep your eyes peeled for any corrections and/or mispellings on your next figure run!

 


 

Yakface Brings Toyfair To You
February 16, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

Check back later today for the latest from Hasbro, Lego, and Master Replicas at Toy Fair. Collectors will be thrilled with the quality of both the figures and packaging planned for the Trilogy line by Hasbro, and we’ll have a few other goodies too.

 


 

Ultra Figs In Stock
February 14, 2004 | 12:18 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Amazon and pick these up….
Ultra Figure: Wampa
Ultra Figure: Jabba the Hutt

 


 

2004 Product Guide Updates
February 13, 2004 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with all the latest from Hasbro. Including the latest waves of figures and the Trilogy figures. Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Making of Star Wars VHS
February 13, 2004 | 5:59 PM EST | Keri

Nothing says love more than cozying up to that special someone and popping in a not often seen copy of The Making of Star Wars hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2!

Originally aired on TV back in ’77 shortly after A New Hope was released in theaters this Making of Special allowed fans to see an inside view of the film as told by our two favorite droids. Today, the special is great fun and allows us to see all of the actors and even George Lucas himself, young and baffled by the film’s huge success. One major treat near the end of the special is seeing 3PO, R2 and Vader immortalizing their “footprints” in cement in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater as the iron-on t-shirt and button wearing fans cheer from the sidelines!

This particular VHS was a mailaway item offered through Corn Pops around the time of the Special Edition and is a liscened copy, not a bootleg. Click on the auction below to add this reasonably priced VHS to your movie collection today!

The Making of Star Wars Mail Away VHS

 


 

Luke Jedi Variation
February 13, 2004 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

YakReader moonbase7 sends in this photo and information of his recent findings regarding the newest incarnation of Luke in his Jedi outfit:

“this luke was found awhile back with hood down ds#33501(rare)
as most of the figures have the hood up ds#33181 that i have seen.
also found the yavin wave yesterday at wal-mart in CA.”

 


 

Last Chance Medal and Anakin Signature!
February 13, 2004 | 5:11 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has added both the Anakin Skywalker Signature Edition Lightsaber and the Medal of Yavin to their “Last Call” list. This means that less than 10% of the total run of these items are left for sale (less than 150 of the Medal of Yavin and 75 of the Signature Lightsaber). In fact, the Anakin was actually listed as “Sold Out” a few days ago, and has since been put back up for order, more than likely there are just a few of these left. Get them ordered from Master Replicas before they are gone!

 


 

The Original Trilogy. That Is The New Package!
February 13, 2004 | 9:02 AM EST | Mark

Check all this out at the Official Hasbro Site

As most of you know by now, earlier this week Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that they will be releasing the original three Star Wars movies (Episodes IV-VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) on DVD in September. In celebration of this significant event, Hasbro has created the Original Trilogy Collection product line (OTC for short). This collection will be unveiled for the first time at the American International TOY FAIR in New York.


        

Plus there are a lot more images, including an all new set:
3 ¾” Vintage Figures – These figures will be ultra-modern sculpts with incredible articulation and decoration of twelve core characters from the classic trilogy, with four representing each movie. The vintage aspect is that they will be placed in reproductions of the card fronts from the original packaging of the 70’s or 80’s. That means they will have the same “coffin” blister and even the Kenner logo! For those that want to keep the product in the package, the figures will come with a Star Wars embossed outer clamshell.

 


 

Skywalker Ranch Featured in Architectural Digest
February 12, 2004 | 9:21 PM EST | Keri

Loyal Yakreader K Knight reports in with this interesting find in the popular magazine Architectural Digest:

“I’m sure someone out there will be interested in this. Architectural
Digest has an article on George Lucas and Skywalker Ranch. There are
several interior pictures including one that prominently displays some
original maquettes of the “chessboard” aliens that Chewbacca and R2-D2 are playing with in A New Hope. (It’s on p.132) There are a few other Star Wars items visible as well.”

 


 

Target Pricing Pt. 3 
February 12, 2004 | 9:17 PM EST | Keri

Following up on the continuing story regarding Target pricing of Basic Figures comes this report from YakReader Vader4Life:

“So, I have seen all the reports of Target bumping their prices of the basic lines from $4.99 to $5.99. The Target in Framingham, MA had tags for $4.99 but they were ringing up at $5.99.
Well, went there this morning and they had the first Jabba’s Wave there, and scanned the barcode to see if they had more out back (not like they would go get them, but that is a another story )
Well they scan now for $4.99 and I checked every figure, for ’03 and ’04 and they all scan now for $4.99
Maybe Target realized their mistake and corrected, since Walmart is $4.77 and TRU is $4.99.”

I took a trip to my local Target here in North Texas at lunchtime today and saw that the tags were still $4.99 and all the figures they had rang up the same price. There were no Jabba’s Palace wave, only a few Ach-Med’s, Imperial Dignataries and R-3PO on the pegs. Perhaps the price will remain at $4.99, but only time will tell.

 


 

Newest Yavin Wave Found!
February 12, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ghost from Kansas City found the latest Yavin wave at several Wal-Marts tonight. Keep your eyes peeled and Happy Hunting everyone!

 


 

Production Line Toys Used In Making Star Wars Films
February 12, 2004 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

There is a very interesting new update on The Official Site’s Hyperspace section. This one titled “Xixor’s Cameo” explores the use of mircomachines production figures on a set for The Phantom Menace. Very interesting readingclick here to check it out.

 


 

New Bounty Hunter from Gentle Giant
February 12, 2004 | 9:58 AM EST | Mark B

Given the fact that I mainly collect the Bounty Hunters from the Star Wars series, I’m pretty excited about this one! Gentle Giant will be unveiling at Toy Fair this year their new Bust featuring one of the most popular Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back – Bossk! This will be a great one to go along with Zam Wessel, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, and Greedo (Greedo has just arrived in their warehouses and will be shipping to retailers this month). Look for Gentle Giant to announce several other mini-busts (and hopefully the Star Wars statue line!) at Toy Fair in NY this weekend.

 


 

Master Replicas unveils 2004 Items to Collectors Society
February 12, 2004 | 7:55 AM EST | Jason

Of note where the following items in the newsletter I received this
morning:

STORMTROOPER BLASTER – Summer/Fall
Princess Leia blaster – Spring
Rebel Blaster – Summer/Fall

Two other items are interesting but are not the usual replicas
they produce:

At-At Vehicle – Spring/Summer
Star Wars FX Jacket – Spring

 


 

Padme Wedding Dress
February 11, 2004 | 7:30 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock if you still need her…
Attack of the Clones Figure: Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress

 


 

Falcon Favorite
February 11, 2004 | 5:17 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader rosemaster is not only a great looking vehicle, but one made of Legos including a story that can be appreciated by everyone:

“The Star Wars item that means the most to me is this Lego version of Tantive IV, which my wife put together. I remember back in 1977 we didn’t know what to expect when we went to see the new Star Wars movie. The first thing to hit the screen was the Tantive IV, closely followed by the Imperial ship. That scene just blew me away and I was hooked from then on. Every time I see this model it takes me back to that magic day when I first became a Star Wars fan.”

Ahh, Great memories and an even greater way to recall them with an awesome representation of Leia’s Corellian Corvette. If you would like to share your favorite item, along with the story behind it, send it in here to be spotlighted in this weekly feature.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 11, 2004 | 7:56 AM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Entertainment Earth:

New Lower Priced Shipping Starts at $2.95!

See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6
Loosely based on the Battle of Endor, Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6 includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Han Solo AT-ST Driver – Endor Strike (NEW), 2x General Madine – Imperial Shuttle Capture (NEW), 2x General Lando Calrissian – Death Star Attack (NEW), 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x Admiral Ozzel, 1x Dengar, 1x Bossk. Pre-order today to make sure you don’t miss out on these figures!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84715J
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Action Figures

Spider-man 2 Movie Series 1 Set
Toy Biz introduces action figures for the upcoming 2004 movie, Spider-Man II. Spider-man is back, and now faces a new threat on New York city, Dr. Octopus, who was a friend of Peter Parker’s old science teacher and inspiration, Dr. Connors! This set of 4 individually packaged action figures includes: 1x Twist & Shoot Spider-man with street fighting and web slinging action, 1x Magnetic Spider-man with spiral spinning action, 1x Web Climbing Spider-man with bendy web traps, 1x Web Trap Spider-man with villain trapping action.
In Stock!
Item Number: TB43800AA
Price: $45.99
See Spider-man Action Figures

Harry Potter Azkaban Figure Asst. A
Highly articulated and poseable figures from the new movie, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” featuring transformation, creatures spell casting and flying! Each figure is approximately 8 inches tall and carefully sculpted with the main character’s signature features from the movie. This case of 6 individually packaged action figures includes: 3x Extreme Quidditch Harry, 1x Expecto Patronum Harry, 1x Professor Remus J. Lupin/Werewolf, 1x Azkaban Dementor.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MTC3143A
Price: $79.99
See Harry Potter Action Figures

 


 

Star Destroyer Wave Carded
February 10, 2004 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill


We’ve updated the 2004 Product Guide with carded images of the Star Destroyer wave for your viewing pleasure. These are currently up on Ebay fromOverlord.

We have also updated the product guide with the latest items hitting stores to help with your toy hunt. Interestingly, we are within 2 waves of the figures (the Star Destroyer wave and Endor wave) which Hasbro has announced so far, but have yet to hit retail. With that in mind, it should be interesting to see how much Toy Fair reveals!

 


 

Isn’t it GREAT… they love us!
February 10, 2004 | 8:04 PM EST | Ben

Jim Ward (Lucasfilm Director of Marketing), according to an article in the New York Post in reference to the special edition DVDs:

“We realize there’s a lot of debate out there, but this is not a democracy. We love our fans, but this is about art and filmmaking. (George) has decided that the sole version he wants available is this one.

Personal commentary: This IS a democracy (democratic republic to be precise) and the copyright protections that protect his “art” exist at the pleasure of “We the People.” Given Napster and other recent challenges to the archaic system of copyright perhaps this is yet another reason things should change.

 


 

Target Pricing Increases and More 
February 10, 2004 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

Many emails have poured in from readers regarding the latest price increase that has been seen at Targets all over the US from coast to coast. According to latest reports, its not only Target that has begun raising prices as YakReader Sean also points out that
“a Meijer here in Loveland, OH (Cincinnati) also has raised their prices to $5.99.”

YakReader Damian V sheds some light on the Target price increase disparities:

“The recent price increase has to do with old stock (Hoth Han (Brown
Coat), SnowTrooper, Boba Fett POC, Anakin Skywalker (Secret Cememony),Luke & Vader arriving to stores with an old sku (ending in
326) from last year that was discontinued (since it was tied to ALL
Collection 2 based figures ) to a new sku (1014) with the higher price.

The current toy department sku ending in 758 has the $4.99 price tags
for the R3p0, Bar2-D2, Hoth Luke & Hoth Trooper, R1-G4.”

These are interesting developments, and certainly not the first time we have seen a price increase for the basic figures.

 


 

Official Release Date For The DVD Trilogy!
February 10, 2004 | 7:29 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to N.Razzak for the heads up.

It’s the big DVD announcement you’ve all been waiting for: Lucasfilm
and Twentieth Century Fox have announced the DVD Release for Star Wars Trilogy DVD on September 21st. This special 4 disc box set will include the three ‘original’ Star Wars movies (Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi) presented in THX Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital-EX. Each film will be released in the ‘Special Edition’ version (including the changes made to the films for their theatrical re-release in 1997) and feature audio commentary by George Lucas and select members of the cast and crew. In addition to the three features the box set will also feature a fourth disc including making-of documentaries and features for the 3 films as well as a 2 hour documentary including never-before-seen footage. There will NOT be an option to view the films in their original theatrical version and the films will not be sold individually. Exact pricing for the set, specific disc extras and an official pre-order date to be announced in the weeks ahead.

 


 

Unleashed Bossk Revealed!!!
February 10, 2004 | 12:50 AM EST | Joseph

Artoosnews.com has a pic of the upcoming Unleashed Bossk from the Star Wars Insider #74 that is already on its way to your doorstep. You get check it out by clicking here

 


 

Here’s One For EU Fans
February 9, 2004 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

If there’s a Star Wars story that you read a while back and can’t find it, then The Official Site has added a new feature which may be just what you are looking for. The new feature focuses on rare and out of print EU stores– the first one is a short story from Timothy Zahn.

 


 

And You Thought the Attakus Statues Were Nice…..
February 9, 2004 | 5:56 PM EST | Mark B

 

  

Star Wars.com has just announced that soon US collectors will be able to purchase (through a “top secret” online store) the limited edition Pewter statues from Compulsion Galleries in the UK. These things are HUGE. The R2D2 is the shortest at 19″, the Vader the tallest at 32″. All will be limited editions of 2500 pieces per character. The new “secret” supplier will be the only place in the US to purchase one of these statues. The site says stay tuned for details….

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Towels
February 9, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

If you’re like me, sitting here wishing winter was over, the weather was warm and being on vacation lying on a beautiful sandy beach near the ocean, then you can understand why the auction featured today is for a large colorful vintage beach towel!

Vintage Beach towels are one of my favorite items to collect for many reasons, but the first and foremost being the bright stylish 70s graphics that provide the perfect accent to a prominent display. The vintage towels are very large and very soft and feature all the beloved classic characters and droids. They are getting a little harder to find in unused condition these days, but can still be found in varying conditions for reasonable prices. Click on through to the auction below to get your towel collection started today!

Vintage 1977 Heroes Beach Towel

 


 

Exclusive Clone Wars Pin Set!!!
February 8, 2004 | 11:56 PM EST | Joseph

The Official Star Wars Site
has announced that a new Boxed Pin Set from Pin USA will be an online exclusive through an as-of-yet unnamed retailer… The set includes 6 pins: Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Asajj Ventress, Durge, and the Clone Wars Cartoon Logo. To see the pins and read the full story, click here

 


 

Rappertunie review!
February 8, 2004 | 8:46 PM EST | Michael

Tonight’s review covers the Waylon Jennings of the Star Wars Universe – Rappertunie! He survived Jabba’s Barge by being absent, but is his figure worth the green? Check it out here!

 


 

Target Raising Basic Figure Prices?
February 8, 2004 | 5:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Shawn sent in this report:

“hey i dont know if this is every target now but the target in the woodlands texas is now selling there star wars figures at $5.99. what happened to $4.99???????”

Email us here with an update on what your Target is doing.

 


 

D&D In A Universe Far Far Away
February 8, 2004 | 5:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Private Universe:

“Presumably based on the D&D version and the popular SW-RPG, Star Wars Miniatures is a skirmish battle game making use of 25mm pre-painted miniatures. According to the folks at the Esdevium stand, it will appear in the third quarter of this year. The boxes on display, while just mock-ups, tell us that the release will be focusing on the Classic Trilogy.”

 


 

Clone Wars Arc In Stock
February 7, 2004 | 12:16 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the:
Clone Wars Arc Trooper
and the
Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker
back in stock if you need them.

 


 

Medal of Yavin Almost in the Red
February 7, 2004 | 11:28 AM EST | Mark B

 


The new Medal of Yavin replica from Master Replicas has been selling like CRAZY. At only $99, I can understand why! This is an incredible piece at a great price. I thought you all might like to see the display that it comes with. FYI – this piece has been on the market only 2 days and is down to about 1/3 of the edition left. Don’t wait on ordering this piece from Master Replicas, you can get it now for only $99 (or pay more for it on Ebay later when it is sold out!).

 


 

Unleashed Back In Stock
February 6, 2004 | 8:06 PM EST | Mark

Here are the links…
Luke Skywalker X-Wing Unleashed
Clone Trooper Unleashed

The Chewbacca link is down below.

 


 

Pre-Order at Entertainment Earth
February 6, 2004 | 8:05 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars season is clearly kicking in again. We just added the latest cases available for pre-order now…

Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 6 (Item# HS84715J, $64.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715J
2x Han Solo AT-ST Driver – Endor Strike (NEW), 2x General Madine –
Imperial Shuttle Capture (NEW), 2x General Lando Calrissian – Death
Star Attack (NEW), 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x Admiral Ozzel, 1x Dengar, 1x Bossk (subject to change).

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3 (Item# HS84716C, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716C
2x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 1x Obi Wan Kenobi With Force Power-Kamino Showdown, 1x General Reiken with War Room Map, 1x C-3P0 with
Escape Pod, 1x Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (subject to change).

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3.5 (Item# HS84716CA, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716CA
3x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 2x Jabba the Hutt, 1x Flying Jango Fett- Kamino Showdown (subject to change).

 


 

501st at Timothy Zahn Book Signing
February 6, 2004 | 7:03 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Eric TK334 shares this great photo with us along with this info:
“The 501st, Ohio Garrison was out in force February 5 for the Timothy
Zahn Book signing. The signing was held at Books and Company, in Dayton Ohio. Many members showed for the event. Stormtroopers, Bikers Scouts and Royal Guards were there to help with the Event.
The Ohio Garrison will also be in at the Cleveland, Ohio Book signing also.”

 


 

Toy Clearance at Fred Meyer
February 6, 2004 | 12:51 PM EST | Mark B

I was in my local Fred Meyer store this morning buying groceries and decided to wander through the toy aisles, when I discovered they were having sales of 50% off the lowest clearance prices. I found the pegs full of Star Wars figures for only $2 after the 50% off (mainly army builders and older figures), but the best clearance was over in the Lego aisle. Nearly all of the Star Wars (and some Harry Potter) sets were on clearance. I hooked myself up with a brand new AT-TE from Attack of the Clones for under $30.00

 


 

Jedi Master Points Auctions – Part 2
February 6, 2004 | 10:43 AM EST | Jason

People amaze me these days. When you can justify the Jedi Master Points Auction on the fact that you had a successful auction win, then the auction as a whole was a good thing is an over-simplification of the auction Hasbro designed. The auction as a whole was a FAILURE. The biggest reason was ACCOUNTABILITY. How many people bid on items, only to be outbid by someone who probably did not have the points they said they had? You either moved on and settled for an item that was your second choice or gave up entirely because of no ACCOUNTABILITY. Accountability leads to fairness.

With that being said, I think Hasbro could have avoided this problem if they had gone through with the idea they tossed around back at San Diego Con 2003 of a council or committee of fan collectors of Star Wars to work with them. I guess corporations will never open their eyes and see there are people outside of their companies that know their products passionately, probably more so than some Harvard Business Analyst that came up with this adept Auction Idea. You can use these people to your advantage and the best part is, most will volunteer ideas for FREE. It does not take a scholar to realize that times are changing, the market is changing, and businesses need to rise above old business models and forge new frontiers.

 


 

New Jabba Found
February 6, 2004 | 10:38 AM EST | Mark B

David writes in to tell us he found the new Jabba’s Palace Figure assortment along with the new Jabba the Hutt today at the Walmart in Waco, Texas. Happy Hunting folks!

 


 

Medal of Yavin for Everyone
February 6, 2004 | 8:40 AM EST | Mark B

Just a reminder that everyone can now order the Medal of Yavin replica fromMaster Replicas. If you are interested in this item, order it TODAY. They sold through half of the edition yesterday, and the other half is sure to go VERY quickly. Head on over to Master Replicas to order.

 


 

Chewbacca Unleashed
February 6, 2004 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

After doing a lot of digging around and since this does not show up on any search. I looked yesterday when I posted the other two and could not find it. Today I poked around somemore and was able to find the third piece to the Unleashed set.
The Chewbacca Unleashed is in stock.

More…
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Chewbacca (Munock Hunt)
Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)

 


 

Skywalker Chat
February 5, 2004 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace chat has just announced another chat– this one for next week– February 10th at 1:00 Pacific (4:00 Eastern) with Mark Hamill.

 


 

New Hasbro Survey and New ROTJ Jabba
February 5, 2004 | 9:35 PM EST | Jason

Today I received a new Hasbro Survey. Most of the questions revolved around the Jedi Points Auctions, the worst redemption program EVER! They did ask at one point however to rank the #1 and #2 programs they could offer in the future. Among the choices I would consider worthy were Exclusives and a Rewards Program. The other options really offer no one any value. They even had the audacity to include the option “Auctions where I can bid points I earn by purchasing STAR WARS figures and accessories”.

On another note, picked up the new Jabba. On comparison between him and Jabba Glob, it appears to be the same mold with slight modifications… mostly to the head, making his eyes bigger and mouth larger for the obvious tongue affect. I like him, but I think he could have been better if they started from scratch. I’ll take him for now.

 


 

Contest for Australian and New Zealand Readers
February 5, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

Attention Australian and New Zealand readers:
There is a new contest to win a Gentle Giants Tarkin Bust!

The contest is run on Mousedroid.com and entry is extremely easy.
Just send an email to contest@mousedroid.com with your name and
address. That is all that is needed to be in the running for this
great prize.

Just head over to http://www.mousedroid.com for more information
and contest rules.

 


 

New Pics of the Code 3 Slave I
February 5, 2004 | 5:01 PM EST | Keri


Code 3 has posted some very nice detailed images of their upcoming Slave I on their website which you can see here
This would look super cool with the Marmit Fett…looks like I may have to save up for this one!

 


 

Even More New Figures Found!
February 5, 2004 | 4:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader moonbase7 reports in with 2 great finds at his local Wal-Mart in California:

“I found the Hall of Fame wave,a newly carded stormtrooper plus eleven more re-issued figures and this morning both new deluxe sets jabba and pipe and the new beast set w/ new monk figure which where $9.96 each.”

Looks like all sorts of new items are hitting stores with some regularity in certain areas. I must say that my luck in finding new items has been much better than average, so perhaps it is time for a figure run everybody!

 


 

Is This The Best Boba Fett?
February 5, 2004 | 10:36 AM EST | Mark

I think it is the best Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) that has been made. It is back in stock if you are still looking for it.

 


 

Attention Droid Builders
February 4, 2004 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated its database, this time focused on what is popularly known as the rickshaw droid from Episode II. Officially the droid is called RIC-920. For all the facts, figures, and some nice pics click here.

 


 

Falcon Favorite
February 4, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite comes from YakReader Dave with a wonderful photo of his item and story:

I have been blessed to have my own cargo hold of cool “STAR WARS” stuff that I have accumulated since the summer of ’77. There have been many incredible items over the years- the Kenner/Hasbro line, Icons and Masters Replicas lightsabers, the Attakus Darth Vader, and of course, Kelloggs “C-3PO’s” cereal. My sentimental favorite might have to be the very first “STAR WARS” collectible I ever bought–and it was a measley fifty cents! It was the “STAR WARS” movie program that I purchased at the legendary Glenwood Theater in Overland Park, Kansas in May 1977. The Glenwood was showing “STAR WARS” in glorious 70mm Dolby Stereo and I had never seen anything like it. I was twelve at the time, and couldn’t resist taking home a souvenir of the greatest movie I had ever seen (or would ever see).
It was full of cool photos and the amazing Tom Jung cover artwork. It’s still one of my most prized collectibles–and my oldest.


Thank you to everyone who has written in to keep this feature a permananent fixture. I will add a new Falcon Favorite every week on Wednesdays so please stay tuned for next week’s addition! Email me here to see your item featured next!

 


 

Unleashed Luke X-Wing
February 4, 2004 | 11:57 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon…

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Unleashed
Clone Trooper Unleashed

 


 

Master Replicas Medal of Yavin
February 4, 2004 | 10:05 AM EST | Mark B

 


Master Replicas today has FINALLY officially announced the Medal of Yavin replica. We reported on this back in November, but Master Replicas has now made it official. This new replica will be available for order from the Master Replicas website tomorrow (Feb 5)for Collectors Society Members, and on Friday (Feb 6) for everyone else.

Some details on this item – This is a replica of the medal awarded to Han and Luke after destroying the first Death Star. It is manufactured of Die Cast metal and plated with 18K gold, and given a matte finish. It will be suspended from an olive green ceremonial ribbon. The display is a black jewelry style box with a velvet cushion and the rebel insignia on the top. The inner panel of the box will prop up to make an A-Frame display. This item is going to be a limited edition of only 1500 pieces and will sell out VERY Quickly! – The best part? Retail price is going to be right around $100, making this the lowest priced authentic replica offered to date from Master Replicas. Head on over there the next couple of days and get yours ordered!

Master Replicas has now added this item to their website for order by Collectors Society members. Everyone else can order it tomorrow. (They have also posted photos of the display case and it is WAY cooler than I thought it would be!)

 


 

Survivor’s Quest In Stores Today
February 3, 2004 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

Timothy Zahn, the master of the Star Wars novel’s, newest hardcover — Survivor’s Quest is out today. If you’re ready for a novel post Return of the Jedi, and before the New Jedi Order, this is for you.

 


 

Free Achk Med-Beq or Imperial Dignitary
February 3, 2004 | 2:51 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can find the following offer.

For a limited time, when you spend $14.99 or more on Star Wars 12-inch figures, basic figures, or vehicles, you can get one of the 3.75-inch action figures listed below for free. Add $14.99 or more of qualifying Star Wars toys and one of the action figures listed below to your Shopping Cart and then enter promotional code STRWAR375AFG at checkout. (The price of the free action figure does not count toward the $14.99 purchase total.) While supplies last. Offer expires on February 29, 2004.

The two figures are:
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq

 


 

More New Figures Found!
February 3, 2004 | 12:53 PM EST | Keri

This newest store report comes from YakReader Bob O’Fett :

“Found the new Rappertunie/ J’Quille/ Lando Sail Barge wave today in Sacramento, CA at Target. Also found were the new deluxe Jabba/ Bo’Marr figures as well.”

In a stroke of luck, I myself was able to pick up the New Luke Jedi, R2 Sail Barge, Rappertunie, J’Quille and Lando Skiff (no deluxe Jabba) at a heavily scalped Wal-Mart here in North Texas this morning. I also just picked up the 12″ Lando Skiff Doll recently after months of searching. (yes my area is that far behind on 12″ waves)

I realize not everyone is seeing these newest figures, and with some areas it is hit and miss, with miss being the norm. The only advice I can give is try to remain positive and patient and do not give into frustration and rumors. Good Luck and Happy Hunting everyone!

 


 

Code 3 Signature Series
February 3, 2004 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark B

 


Code 3 has just added to their website for order a new Die Cast Red-5 X-Wing, that is a Signature Series item. The new item is a limited edition of 1000 pieces and is personally autographed by Luke Skywalker himself – Mark Hamill. The item is pretty pricy at $495, but it also includes the clear display case which is a $50 add-on to the standard Red-5 model.

 


 

Want To Talk To Timothy Zahn?
February 2, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a Hyperspace member you can! The Official Site has just announced an on-line chat with Timothy Zahn TOMORROW (February 3, 2004). The Chat will be at 5:30 Eastern, 4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, or 2:30 Pacific.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Band Aids!
February 2, 2004 | 5:34 PM EST | Keri

Pop Quiz Hot Shot: You just got a paper cut, it stings its bleeding you’re in pain…What do you do?

Reach into the medicine cabinet and grab a Curad Star Wars adhesive bandage and wha-bam! that ouchie is automatically all better now thanks to Yoda, Clonetrooper and Dooku designs!

Curad produced a set of 4 different AOTC themed bandage boxes with lenitcular cards affixed to the front. Not only were they very inexpensive with cool cards and art, but the bandages are also useful to have around the house.

Check out the auction below for these colorful bandage boxes to complete your collection today!

Ep2 Curad Set of 4 Boxes

 


 

Amazon Search
February 2, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark

Now showing up in the Star Wars search, these are available….
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)
Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Light)
Jango Fett (Kamino Escape)
C-3PO (Tatooine)

 


 

New Star Tours Proto Picture
February 1, 2004 | 6:35 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to our friends at Galaxy Collectibles for this image of the third wave of Star Tours figures. As you can see there are two droids in this image. Will there be another 2 droids as we saw in the first 2 waves? Only time will tell.

 


 

Attention UK Collectors
February 1, 2004 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is putting together a list of what Star Wars toys UK collectors still need to let Hasbro UK know what Star Wars toys UK collectors want. This should help Hasbro UK see what items should be made available in the UK. TPU has been in contact with Hasbro UK and they are willing to look at the results of all your wish lists. So it is important for all UK collectors to send in a wish list as the more results the better. The closing date for your wish lists is 31st January. To fill out your wish list click here.

January 2004 Archive

Making of Episode III Webcam Update
January 31, 2004 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated its Hyperspace section with the next chapter of the Episode III webcam feature. If you’re a Hyperspace member, Click here to check it out.

 


 

Code 3 Making Slave 1!
January 31, 2004 | 9:03 PM EST | Mark B

I read through a wholesaler website tonight about the next collectible coming from Code 3 and as a Boba Fett Collecter, I am totally stoked! Shipping sometime in April, and retailing for around $295 will be the Slave 1 Starship. Edition size has not yet been determined. For those unfamiliar with Code 3, click on the link above to check out their Die Cast Millennium Falcon and X-Wing.

***UPDATE*** Code 3 has recently updated their website with preproduction photos of this new model. Follow the link above and click on the “Docking Bay” section.

 


 

New Clone Wars Cartoon Wave Found – UPDATE!
January 31, 2004 | 12:05 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE:
YakReader Vader4Life adds this report from his Target- Framingham, MA:

“Had 6 compete sets of Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Wave 2. Very cool figures as well. $6.99 a piece as well. (Yoda, Dooku, Durge, Clone Trooper)”

Looks as though these figures are hitting nationwide…while you make a run to Target for some chips for the Super Bowl tonite, stop on by the toys, you could be pleasantly suprised by what you find!

This great find of the second wave of the new Clone Wars Figures is being reported by Yakreader moonbase7:

“Wave 2 is hitting all over California of the animated figures Durge/Clonetrooper/Dooku and a very cool Yoda $6.99 each pricey but worth it, this is a nice set”

Looks like it may be time to hit a Target near you to pick up these latest figures. If your Target is anything like mine with empty pegs, this is a sure sign of great new waves to fill them back up again!

 


 

Pics of the Stolen Yoda
January 31, 2004 | 12:01 PM EST | Keri

Thanks to Robert, here is a picture of the stolen bronze Yoda as well as an in depth story with more photos here at www.iesb.net

Lately it seems like a growing trend to have statues stolen around Oscar time, first it was the Oscars themselves, now the wise Jedi Master Yoda. Hopefully, Yoda will soon be returned to his rightful place.

 


 

Need Army Builders?
January 30, 2004 | 9:06 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock at Amazon…


Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: You Sunk my Battleship!
January 30, 2004 | 6:40 PM EST | Keri

Battleship is a classic game of strategy and lucky guessing, of victory and defeat which has recently been adapted and slightly altered to be sold with Star Wars starships we know and love so well.

The Star Wars game of Battleship is also electronic providing sound effects which were only made by the game players with non-electronic versions. If you’re looking for something fun to play with or without the kids, this game is just the ticket!

Today’s auction also serves as a reminder to be patient and look to the secondary market for deals that are often times well below retail prices, but in first class unopened condition.

Star Wars Electronic Battleship

 


 

The Ultimate Tie Fighter Resource Page
January 29, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just updated the databank with images of almost every kind of TIE fighter imaginable– even the TIE crawler. It’s definitely worth a look, and customizers will be getting lots of idea. Click here to see it!

 


 

TRU Red Leader X-Wing
January 29, 2004 | 9:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a very nice shot of the new TRU Exclusive. You can check out more images HERE, you can also pre-order this now, it is scheduled for March 1, 2004

 


 

Return Me You Will
January 29, 2004 | 5:28 PM EST | Mark B

The AP is reporting that some has Stolen a Bronze Statue of Yoda off a flatbed truck last weekend in Southern California. This 170lb statue is valued at around $20,000. The owner is offering a $1000 reward for its return. Click the link above to read the entire story.

 


 

Anakin Signature Almost Sold Out
January 29, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark B

Don’t wait too much longer to head on over to Master Replicas and get your Episode II Anakin Skywalker Signature Edition Lightsaber before it is sold out. Look for it to hit “Last Call” stage over the next couple of days.

If you have been holding out for a Master Replicas Signature Thermal Detonator or Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber – Sorry, they are now sold out. In fact, if you have been waiting to order any of the Limited Edition lightsabers, you’ll want to get one ordered soon – the Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, and Weathered Obi-Wan sabers are nearly gone!

 


 

Silver Clone Trooper Official 
January 29, 2004 | 4:08 PM EST | Mark B

Hasbro’s Website has posted information today making the Silver Clone Trooper Figure official. Starting April 4, 2004, you get a Silver Clone Trooper with purchase of $19.99 or more of Star Wars Toys. The offer will also be valid atToys R Us Online. Offer good while supplies last – mark your calendars!

 


 

New Action Fleet? Well Sort Of…….
January 28, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Mark

I know these were hard to find. So if you are looking for them, head over and get them before they sell out.

Action Fleet: AT-TE
Action Fleet: Naboo N-1 Starfighter
Action Fleet: AT-AT
Action Fleet: Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder
Action Fleet: Republic Gunship
Action Fleet: Republic Assault Ship
Action Fleet: Slave 1

 


 

Clone Trooper Evolution Part 2
January 28, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Dark Horse comics will be revealing a little more of the Clone Trooper evolution in one of their upcoming comics. An interview with a Dark Horse exec posted over at The Force.net has the details– the big part is that the “goggles” on the Clone on the cover of Insider #74 are just some some Clones. Check it out here.

 


 

Falcon Favorite
January 28, 2004 | 9:39 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite comes from YakReader Marc who shares a character which is instantly identifiable though he had only a few lines in two films of the original trilogy:

My most precious collectible is the Marmit Boba Fett I purchased a few years ago that has since then undergone some thorough customizing (after all, it is a model kit). Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to have a movie accurate 12″ version of the infamous bounty hunter from his Empire Strikes Back appearance. When it was first announced as being in production, I scoured every known corner of the internet and extending galaxy to uncover prototype photos and such. I was able to pre-order from an on-line company and to my luck, it arrived in stock a few weeks before Christmas. I did not hesitate to tear him open when it arrived on my doorstep. Although he was not easily assembled, I persevered and when finished, gazed in amazement at his incredible sculpt, detail, and accessories. I have been a collector for over 25 years strong and a customizer for about ten. When my (then) future wife learned I was a collector, she was not completely enthused, but to my surprise and delight she purchased a gorgeous collectible dome for Boba on my following birthday. He sits atop of my bureau with gun poised to deter
anyone (especially my toddler) from disturbing any piece in my expanding collection.


As it stands this is currently the last Falcon Favorite I have recieved…so unless I get emails about Your favorite item, this feature will cease to exist. Email mehere if you would like an item from your collection showcased for everyone to enjoy.

 


 

New Luke Holo Wave Found
January 28, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ghost reports in from K.C. with this:

“Quick note, Jangofly and I both found the Holographic Luke wave( Luke, Lando, J’Quille, and Rappertunie) wave at several Wal-Mart’s in the Kansas City area tonight.”

Looks like it might be time for a figure run everyone! I know that a few of my local Targets have just started recieving the Luke Hoth wave and that some stores have cleared their pegs empty, perhaps awaiting new waves ( I hope! ) Just like any store report, it depends on your stores and locations as to whether or not you’re in luck to find the latest and greatest figures.

 


 

Attention Timothy Zahn Fans
January 27, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Timothy Zahn fans will be thrilled to learn that in addition to his upcoming novel Survivor’s Quest, his new E book, Fool’s Bargain, will be out soon as well. Fool’s Bargain will be released February 3rd with Survivor’s Quest. Click here to check out the details on the Official Site.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album
January 27, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

I really enjoy collecting items from overseas, especially vintage items which are very different in art or content from domestic release items available here. Fortunately for collectors of overseas material, Ebay has opened up the market to a large audience which constantly provides interesting and unusual finds.

Today’s Bounty Hunting find on Ebay is for a nice vintage Japanese released Vinyl Album of the soundtrack from A New Hope. The cover art is breathtaking, featuring the classic Hildebrandt art of Luke, Leia and Vader, different from the plain black and white logo cover here in the US. The album is a really neat addition, something inexpensive, different and pleasing to look at on a bookshelf display.

Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album

 


 

New Figs Back In Stock
January 26, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark

Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2

Also in stock
Spider Droid

 


 

Clone Trooper Evolution… The Missing Link
January 26, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a spoiler fan, or just can’t wait to see what the drones in white will look like in E3, you’re in luck. The Official Site has added a photo of the cover of the next insider which has, you guessed it, a large photo of the new Clone Trooper.Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Padme
January 26, 2004 | 8:23 PM EST | Keri

Today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings with it a nicely made custom 12″ Padme in a non-Hasbro version of her white Geonosian Arena outfit, after the Nexu gave her a little scratch.

Custom figures, especially the large 12″ dolls make great displays on bookshelves and although Hasbro has extended the 12″ line much further than Kenner ever did back in the vintage days, there are still a virtual universe of characters and multiple outfits which have yet to be produced for retail sale. This is where custom 12″ dolls made by fans offer collectors unique often one of a kind items to add to their collection.

Click on the link below to see Padme in her torn white outfit and add her to your collection today!

Custom 12″ Padme

 


 

Mark Hamill on DVD Tomorrow
January 26, 2004 | 4:52 PM EST | Mark B

Comic Book: The Movie is released on DVD tomorrow. This is a great new “documentary” about making a famous comic book into a movie. Its also loaded with guest stars like Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Peter David, Matt Groening and more.

 


 

Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 25, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a unique item, but one that was also used on the set of ROTJ. As we all know, movie used props are difficult to find and more often than not quite pricey as well. Jordan Hofer shares the prize of his collection:

When I was nine years old (in 1982) “Return of the Jedi” had just been filmed in Crescent City, California. When Lucasfilm was finished filming all the Endor scenes they left a huge foam redwood tree at the Crescent City dump. I remember my grandma taking me out there and hacking off a three-foot-high chunk of Lucas’s junk. At the time it was like a sliver of the holy cross to me. Today I still have it, a piece of Lucas trash, and the old foam thing reminds me of my grandma and when I was a happy little boy who could like Ewoks.


It’s still ok to like Ewoks, and we have Jar Jar to thank for making Ewok-liking more popular than ever! If you would like the prize of your collection featured here on the world wide web for everyone to see, you know what to do…send it right here.

 


 

Carded Ultra And Unleashed Figures
January 25, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with carded images of the upcoming Ultra Jabba the Hutt and Jabba’s Court Denizens packs, as well as the upcoming Unleashed Chewbacca and Clone Trooper. Check them out here.

These images came from desktopcharger’s auctions on Ebay which you can find here

 


 

The Winner Is…
January 25, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. The newest winner is Brent McCracken. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama by sending us your name and address to winners@yakface.com here.

 


 

Star Wars Musical
January 24, 2004 | 11:12 PM EST | Keri

This shining and entertaining example of a Broadway style Star Wars Musical was sent in by YakReader glim999. If you have the time to check it out in its MP3 form and could use a good laugh for the day, click on the link below for a nice chuckle.

Star Wars Musical

 


 

Celebration III Back in Indy
January 24, 2004 | 9:08 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has the official announcement about Celebration III! So, we can all start making our plans now! Clear off your calendars for April 21 to April 24, 2005. More info as it becomes available….

 


 

Ewok Air Is Official
January 23, 2004 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro ‘s webpage was updated today confirming the ewok glider for the Ultra assortment this year (due late spring)! Also they announced that we’ll see a Bossk unleashed in Insider #74. Read the full story here.

 


 

Disturbance in the force at MasterReplicas.com
January 23, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Jason

The last time I spoke with Scott Vogel, CEO and President of Masterreplicas, I voiced my concern about the Anakin FX Lightsabers because of the e-mails I received from many readers. One of my close friends returned his Anakin FX Lightsaber twice. His response was that he was unaware of any issues related to the FX Lightsabers and the sound mechanism and that those cases were probably isolated.

A month goes by and we have posted more stories regarding quality and issues surrounding Masterreplicas and we have yet again, received even more e-mails from people who have the same or similiar issues, but one e-mail message stands out…

Marc Draven wrote to me to let me know about the Ebay auction seller
or rock_bottom_auctions You will notice that if you go to this link, they have current auctions and past auctions for the past 30 days for 62 Anakin FX Lightsabers. If you look at their feedback, they have been listing even more than that for the previous months. Marc bought one from this buyer and guess whose name was listed as the seller when he paid via paypal… MASTERREPLICAS.

It appears they are selling off all the defective Anakin Lightsabers as is. Take a look for yourself using the above link. I don’t know how I feel at this point or what to make of this. I will probably post a follow up after I have time to formulate some questions for Scott Vogel and see if he will respond to my questions.

 


 

Air Wicket Prototype Pics
January 22, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Well OK it’s not Wicket, but it is photos of the upcoming Ultra Ewok glider with figure. The team over at POTF2.com has scored some really nice images. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Master Replicas Quality – Different perspective
January 22, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to follow up the Keri’s story regarding other people who
have purchased the Darth Vader FX Lightsaber. A good friend of mine
order 2 Anakin FX Lightsabers from Masterreplicas.com and returned both.
On both occasions, the sound stopped working shortly after they were
turned on. He was not even swinging it like others claim to have, just on display.

I think there is a trend here, and every time we post a story about
Masterreplicas, we get a few e-mails from readers. I tried to address
this with the CEO when I was going through my order problems, if you read my posting regarding my issues with their customer service. The CEO was un-aware of issues with the sound of their FX Lightsabers. Perhaps he is also unaware of the other issues we have been posting.

So, if you still have issues that you would like to express, I suggest contacting me as I have the CEO’s Phone number and you can personally call him to talk about it. I would post it here for everyone, but I don’t want just anyone calling him. Please only inquire if you plan to act professionally.

On the topic of the Thermal Detonator made by Master Replicas, I finally got it… and it is VERY Nice… Just one problem. You would think for $200 that they would have included the special size
batteries with the detonator… NOPE. I had to run to Radio Shack
to get the right size batteries before I could turn on the bad boy 🙁

 


 

MR Vader Saber Quality Pt. 2
January 22, 2004 | 2:18 PM EST | Keri

As one collector found his MR Vader F/X Lightsaber coming apart, others who have picked up the item at reduced prices share their thoughts on the quality of this particular MR Product.

YakReader Jason writes in with this comment on his experience:
“I received my Master Replicas Darth Vader Light Saber today. I purchased it off that FAO sale they had the other day. I put the batteries into the lightsaber and it works great. I swung it around a few times and examined it for about an hour. So far nothing has fallen apart and it seems to be a real quality product. For the few people who have had them fall apart, it may just be they got a faulty one or were a bit too aggressive with their new Sith powers.”

YakReader douglasmcc notes also that:
“This item seems very nicely made– sturdy metal, etc. My black plastic handle grips are on tight. I took it outside tonight for a little mild play in the open air. I wasn’t that impressed this morning when it arrived, but its a completely different effect in the dark of night.. all I can say is Wow! But I had no problems what so ever.”

I personally have not had any problems with the MR Items I have purchased, yet I try my best to report all sides to a news story. I personally always wait for discount prices from either altenate websites or the secondary market on Ebay as I am a ruthless bargain/bounty hunter looking for the best deal possible.

 


 

Master Replicas Anakin Now Available
January 22, 2004 | 9:35 AM EST | Mark B

Collectors Society Members of Master Replicas can now order the Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber. Everyone else can order from Master Replicastomorrow. The Limited Edition version is limited to 1500 pieces and sells for $349 (and includes display case). The Signature Edition is limited to only 750 pieces and sells for $499. One thing to note, the LE version ships in February, the Signature Edition doesn’t ship until May (You too busy working on “outer space” films to sign some lightsabers Hayden?!?!?!) 🙂

***Update – Lightsaber is now available for everyone to order at Master Replicas.***

 


 

New Amazon Figures
January 21, 2004 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Multi Pack: Clone Trooper 3-Pack BACK IN STOCK
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Jedi Warrior 4-pack

 


 

Holograms Old and New, or is it New and Old
January 21, 2004 | 11:02 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted a new article on the development of Episode III for Hyperspace members. This one focuses on holograms. It not only talks about how elements of the movies tie the prequel trilogy into the original trilogy but also the similarities and differences of holograms in the two. Check it out here.

 


 

Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite!
January 21, 2004 | 9:13 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a super cool item, but also has a great story behind it, courtesy of the owner YakReader decadentdave:

I am submitting what I feel is without a doubt the “Prize” of my collection: Life-Size Han Solo in Carbonite by Illusive Originals. My friends have asked me “If your place was on fire and you could only save one item from your collection, what would it be?” The answer of course, is Han. Yes, I would carry this relatively lightweight fiberglass piece in my arms through a burning door (assuming he doesn’t melt first). He currently stands on display in the corner of my living room and I “like Captain Solo where he is,” as Jabba would say.
When I was 11 years old and my friend Jason and I were eating at Burger King after seeing The Empire Strikes Back one Saturday afternoon and we talked about how cool it would be to have Han Solo in Carbonite… well 20 years later, that childhood dream has become a reality!


Remember to submit that one favorite item of your collection with the story behind it and be featured here on Yakface…think of all the fortune and glory you will attain! Well, maybe not exactly, but come on and submit, show off your very own Falcon Favorite by emailing me here.

 


 

Attention Autograph Collectors…
January 21, 2004 | 4:44 PM EST | Jair

Personally I’ve always liked getting my Star Wars Autographs in person. First of all YOU KNOW that the autograph is an original and second you get to meet in person a SW Celebrity.

If you are into Collecting SW Autographs, a must have on your list has to be Mr. Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bulloch at the Celebration II, and a couple of months later he accepted an invitation we made from the Guatemalan SW Fan Club and came down here for about a week for the first ever Central American SW Convention. I’ll tell you something, he has to be one of the most likable persons on the Planet. Today I got an e-mail from Mr. Bulloch, where he tells that although he’ll still be going to Conventions, he will reduce the number of events because he plans to spend much more time in England.

So, if you still don’t have his autograph and he is attending a Convention in your area, don’t let the opportunity pass you. You might not have another chance any time soon.

 


 

MR Vader Saber Coming Apart?
January 21, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri

This latest report about the MR Vader F/X lightsaber purchased at the FAO Bargain Price comes from YakReader Michael regarding the quality (or lack there of) of the Saber itself:

Package arrived yesterday afternoon, opened the puppy up last night, threw in some batteries and started swinging the saber around.

Two of the plastic grips on the bottom came off in my hand. Nice. Had the thing 2 minutes and it’s falling apart. On a similar note, I purchased the Han Solo Blaster a couple of years ago, the plastic handle piece broke and fell off on that to.

So long story short, MR stuff is great to look at on a shelf, but don’t expect to handle it to long with out it falling apart. Hope that helps some of your readers if they are having similar problems or questions.

 


 

Darth Vader’s TIE Coming to TRU
January 21, 2004 | 11:11 AM EST | Mark B

While no image is yet available, and you can’t place an order for it yet, Amazon (and Toys R Us) has a page up for Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter from Hasbro. This is believe to be a new TRU exclusive ship that will retail for $29.99. While you can’t order this yet, you can sign up for emails from Amazon when the item becomes available (and you can add it to your wish list so you don’t have to go find it again when it becomes available!)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Topps Evolution Signed Cards
January 20, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

With the advent of the new Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards, with all of the subset, promo and chase cards, I serached Ebay and present to you the autographed chase cards from the 2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Trading Card set.

The Evolution set was a way to bridge Episode I and the classic trilogy, with photos of original characters and the new characters. The cards themselves are foil, with nice large photos and cool info on the back. Along with 2 character subsets, there were autographed cards, which 1 could be found in every 37 packs. The autograph cards are really great looking and some are very very rare and expensive. I have included a few auctions featuring some of the cooler autograph cards as well as a large lot of cards to get your Evolution collection started today!

Lot of Evolution Cards with Greedo Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Chewbacca Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Vader Autograph Card

 


 

EPII Anakin Lightsaber Update
January 20, 2004 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark B

A small update on the new Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Lightsaber replica. The ordering date of the 22nd is only for Master Replicas Collectors Society Members, it will be available for everyone to order on Friday the 23rd. And, in the email I received this morning announcing the product, there is also going to be a signature edition of the Anakin Lightsaber available that will be autographed by Hayden Christensen. It was my understanding that the entire run would be only 1500 pieces, so I don’t know how many will be signature. More details on Thursday!

 


 

More Great Customs Reference At The Official Site
January 20, 2004 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

The Hyperspace section of The Official Site has added another great reference photo for customizers. This time it’s of a H’nemthe (alien from the Cantina). This particular shot comes from the Holiday Special, however this alien was in the ANH Cantina scene as well.
Click here to check it out.

 


 

Clone Wars Topps Trading Cards
January 19, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Keri

As reported by the official site, Topps will be releasing a set of Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards to include some pretty secret and crazy chase cards. The chase cards include 10 stickers, reminiscent of the vintage sets, 10 battle motion cards, and 2 widevision autograph cards that didn’t make it into the AOTC set: Jack Thompson (Cliegg Lars) and Anthony Phelan (Lama Su). That’s not counting the character cards nor the 3 Promo cards, one will be available at the retail level, one at hobby shops and one at a uber-secret online location.

You may read more about the story and see the pictures of cards P1 and P2here.

 


 

Now Arriving FAO MR Lightsabers
January 19, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers who were ordered early enough to have their MR Vader’s saber order fulfilled. These readers wanted to let us know that their sabers were sitting on their doorsteps today. Thanks to everyone who wronte in.

 


 

Jabba’s Palace Wave Carded Photos
January 19, 2004 | 3:22 PM EST | Bill

Carded photos of the Jabba’s Palace wave have surfaced on Ebay.

We’ve updated the 2004 Product Guide with all the new images, even card backs, here. If you want to browse the seller Mimidog4428’s auctions Click here.

 


 

Official Release of MR EII Anakin
January 19, 2004 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark B

 

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Well, now that you spent your hard earned dollars over the weekend at theMaster Replicas Winter Clearance Sale, Master Replicas is announcing an all new Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber Replica! The Official Star Wars Website has some new details on this amazing replica. Its my understanding that this saber is going to be quite a bit heavier than previous replicas due to it being made out of machined brass rather than aluminum. And although it looks very similar to the Darth Vader lightsaber in its style, the Anakin Lightsaber is actually quite a bit smaller than the Vader replicas.

The Anakin EPII Lightsaber goes on sale on Thursday the 22nd of January for $349.99. Its a limited edition of only 1500 pieces, so it is sure to sell out quickly! Make sure you head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday of this week to get one of these ordered for February delivery.

 


 

Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 18, 2004 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is a custom masterpiece courtesy of loyal YakReader Luann, as she describes her creation:

My favorite is my maul, I did him myself and he is the best fully articulated piece around. He been my favorite first time I saw him on Episode1, everything about him just makes your heart thump. So I decided to make a full scale maul, he can do everything but talk,but hopefully one day have that fixed too.


Remember to email your Falcon Favorite item from your collection to mehere.

 


 

How Did The Mon Calamari Cruiser Get Its Look?
January 18, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new feature for members of the Hyperspace section of The Official Site. The newest story there has a series of conceptual designs for the republic’s ship in Return of the Jedi which would eventually become known to fans as the organic looking Mon Calamari Cruiser. Check it out here.

 


 

Wal-Mart The Finale!
January 18, 2004 | 12:42 AM EST | Keri

The Final word on the Wal-Mart set-ups or lack there of from an anonymous employee of the store itself:

as far as the star wars section, each wal-mart in differnet regions will get different sections based on the star wars product sold. so if the store in your area did not do so well selling star wars product then there section got smaller to only 3 pegs of figures and a section for the lightsabers. now on the other side of the fence if your store in your area did well then your star wars section would have 6 to 8 pegs for figures ,section for unleased, section for sabers and a section for the ultra wave. I have one more thing for you guys to if your store did not get the new sections you will still get the unleased and ultra waves but only a few cases to those stores, so meaning once they sell they sell and they wont get it back in till a new wave comes out….these would not be regular items. i hope this helps you guys out!

 


 

Master Replicas Winter Sale Update
January 17, 2004 | 3:05 PM EST | Mark B

The “Cursed One” tells me that there is some additional savings to be had on the Master Replicas Winter Clearance Sale. The FX Luke and FX Vader sabers are currently on sale for $97.30….BUT, at the final checkout point on your order, if you choose to pay in full (rather than their payment plan), they take an additional $25 off your order, bringing the total to $72.30 (and shipping is free!). This is also the model WITH display stand!

 


 

FAO Update Part 2
January 17, 2004 | 11:53 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers on the FAO MR Vader’s light saber issue. It seems that some people’s orders have already shipped, due for delivery in the next few days, so there was apparently some stock at FAO after all. It sounds like the issue was their webpage failing to immediately update when they sold out.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!

 


 

Wal-Mart Finds Pt. 2
January 17, 2004 | 1:45 AM EST | Keri

As many readers have written in to me, not every Wal-Mart is resetting their shelves to include the Star Wars goodness that some readers’ stores have been lucky enough to acquire.

I would like to add that none of my local Wal-Marts are even getting in new figs, much less adding any extra space for Unleashed etc. The best suggestion I can offer is talking to your Wal-Mart manager, or avoid the process altogether and shop at a friendly online store as I personally have no control over the stocking or arrival of new figs at any store anywhere.

 


 

FAO MR Vader Sabers Update
January 16, 2004 | 9:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Randy wrote in with this update:

“Just an FYI that I don’t think anyone will be getting this.

I just got of the phone with their Customer Service Dept. (had to resolve a billing address problem) and I was told that they didn’t have the lightsaber (I had also ordered the SW Chess set). In fact, they never had them and they are “trying to get them off the website”. I asked if they would be able to get them and she said no.

Another bad sign was that my MC had a temp charge of only $17.73 (the chess set + s/h) not the $52.73 of my order.

Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along.”

We also got a report from Yak Reader Keith:

“All 3 of your sites reported on this deal so I figured I’d drop you all a line. I went to fao.com today to track my FX Saber order and was shocked to see that they had increased my order total to $139.95. I called their 800 number asking about the increase. I was told that I didn’t need to worry about it because my order was cancelled because the FX Sabers were never available in the first place. I smell something fishy here. I bet they realized their error on the pricing in the checkout process and are now cancelling all orders. If this shows up on their website again, they’re gonna have some explaining to do.”

Let us know if you hear different from FAO.

 


 

Huge Winter Sale at Master Replicas
January 16, 2004 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is having a huge “private” (available to everyone!) winter sale on Star Wars Prop Replicas. All are discounted 30%, and quantities are limited.

Thermal Detonator Signature Ed: $209.30
Thermal Detonator As First Built: $174.30
Thermal Detonator Limited Ed: $139.30
Jango Fett Blaster Set: $314.30
Luke or Darth Vader FX Lightsaber: $97.30

And if you have any interest in Star Trek replicas:
First Contact Phaser: $209.30
First Contact Phaser Signature Edition: $279.30

These are some great deals, so head on over today! Offer is good only through Monday at 9am EST or while supplies last.

 


 

New Wal-Mart Discoveries
January 16, 2004 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Damon writes in to share his latest findings at his local Wal-Mart in VA:

just thought I’d let you know that my local Wal-Mart here in VA has just about finished its post-Christmas reset – and dear sweet mother it’s great news! They have added 2 pegs for basic figures (total of 8), there are now 3 pegs for ultra figures, and….THREE PEGS FOR UNLEASHED!!! But that’s not all! On the bottom shelf, below the pegs, there is space for 12″ figures! Last night I found the new Unleashed wave (Han, Yoda, Boba) and the new 12″ wave (Garindan, Obi-Wan, and Jawas). The Unleashed figs sell for $14.96 and the 12″ for $24.96. They’ve also kept space for the lightsabers, though now the electronic ones are lying down again (no vertical packaging) and the basic ones are all in a pile on the bottom shelf next to the 12″ guys. In addition to the expanded shelf space, they are also really stocking up – 2 cases of the Hoth wave and another case of the first Ultra wave.


Damon also notes extra space for LOTR figs, new Spawn Series 24 assortment, Second Matrix assortment and some Spiderman 2 figs as well. Get thee to a local Wal-Mart pronto for a figure run this weekend!

 


 

New Koto Kits
January 16, 2004 | 11:16 AM EST | Mark B

 

 

While not really new news – Star Wars.com has a new story this morning about the next two Koto Vinyl Figure kits coming to the US from Dark Horse Comics. The two new ones will feature Anakin from EPII sporting 2 lightsabers, and Darth Maul. Both are scheduled to ship in May and will retail for just under $100. Check with your local comic book store to order.

 


 

E3 Ship Photo On Line
January 16, 2004 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Members of the Official Site’s hyperspace section have a new spoiler image– this time it’s a ship from a certain planet in E3. Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Theatrical Standees
January 15, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Going to the movies is a great experience, and the theater lobbies are no exception to that. The lobbies are filled with eye candy from floor to ceiling promoting all of the films soon to be released.

Besides posters, there are many different types of advertising from theaters that can be collected today. Although most items are supposed to be sent back to the company from which the theater “rents” the material, often items slip through the cracks and make it out onto the secondary market.

Today’s featured auction is for a standee, made of heavy cardboard, large and colorful displaying the artwork for Empire Strikes Back. These standees are difficult to come by, due to their imposing size, as well as the fact that not all theaters had them, unlike posters. Standees look great in any room and complement a collection very well.

ESB Theater Standee

 


 

New Star Wars SEQUEL Rumor
January 15, 2004 | 5:40 PM EST | Mark B

While this subject has been denied by Lucas MANY times, occassionally a rumor hits the internet about a Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. As most of you know, George Lucas originally intended Star Wars to be a Trilogy of Trilogies (that’s right, 9 movies). But as he has gotten up in years, and realized how much of his life has been spent on these 6 movies, he supposedly has scrapped movies 7, 8 and 9. However, as reported on TheForce.net a British Magazine, Hotdog, has information that Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) contract not only includes Episode III, but that he is also required to be in 7, 8, and 9. Take it with a grain of salt, but we can always hope!

 


 

E3 Taking Shape
January 15, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated on the status of E3. The opening scene (no we won’t tell you here as some people may see it as a spoiler) has had enough of the wizards at ILM’s work that weekly status meetings are now held in a theater to review the footage! If you’re a Hyperspace member, check it here.

 


 

Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
January 15, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

If you did not pre-order the Jedi Warrior 4-pack from Amazon, you can click over and order them. They are in stock and shipping.

 


 

Detailed New LEGO Falcon Photos
January 14, 2004 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated the Toyguide with detailed photos of the new LEGO Falcon.Check them out here Thanks to LEGO for the outstanding pics!

 


 

What’s Next From Hasbro
January 14, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The latest things to surface on potential Hasbro products for this year come to us from Jimmy over at The Trade Federation. We already know that TRU will have a series of exclusive Screen Scenes based on the Jedi Council, however the buzz is that Target may be getting an exclusive scene as well (no word yet on which scene or figures). He also reports that the next figures up for the Unleashed line may include Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider, and Bossk, with Aayla’s name surfacing very frequently.

It looks like a great year.

 


 

Vader FX Saber CHEAP
January 14, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote in with what may well be the buy of the year– the Master Replicas Vaders FX Saber at the unbelieveable price of $35.00. It seems FAO’s web page has decided to mark it way way way down! Although when you pull up the saber on the webpage it shows $139.99, after you put in your card, complete the info and get to payment method, the total drops to under 60 bux (shipping is stiff at $18.95 but hey with this big a discount…) To order click here.

UPDATE: Sold out.

 


 

Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite 
January 14, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Keri

The very First Falcon Favorite comes courtesy of YakReader Adam Garrett, and provides a story many of us can relate to.

My favorite item in my entire collection is my Emperor’s Royal Guard (or the Red Guard as we called it) from the vintage ROTJ line. Here’s the story as to why I love this figure so much:

When I was 3, growing up in Toronto, Canada, we went to see the original showing of ROTJ in the theatre. This was a big deal for me, going downtown and riding on the subway. We got to the movie, me with my red guard clenched in my hand, and sat down to see the show. During the climactic Death Star father/son duel, my dad got paged and we had to leave the theatre – I watched the end of the film peeking through the crack in the theatre door while my dad was on the phone. On the ride home, disappointed from missing the end, I loosened my grip on my toy and at a busy stop exchange got bumped and dropped my figure to his horrible demise on the subway tracks. My parents never replaced him. As soon as I took up collecting again, he was the first thing I bought – to remind me of my earliest childhood memory and a simpler time.


I want to thank everyone for their responses so far, and I ask everyone to be patient as I WILL post each story one at a time on Wednesday and Sunday every week.

 


 

A New Feature – Falcon Favorite!
January 14, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Keri

It’s a brand new year, time for a brand new feature here at Yakface called Falcon Favorite!

Han Solo happens to be my favorite character in the Holy Trilogy, and of course as we all know, Han’s favorite item was the Falcon herself, which is what this new feature is based upon.

In every collection, there is ONE favorite item, whether based on rarity, childhood memories, or straight out one of a kind coolness…everyone has ONE favorite that shines above all other items in their collection. This whole feature is about ONE Item, not the amount of items that make up your collection, not a wall of figures, not shelves of toys…ONE ITEM!

So Here are the Rules:
1. If you would like your favorite item from your collection featured here with a brief description of why it is your favorite then please email me here. You may send a photo, but are not obligated to send one if you don’t have a camera.
2. The picture Must be of the ONE Favorite Item BY ITSELF! If you send me a picture of your entire collection, I will NOT Post It…This is strictly about ONE Item and ITS Relevance to You!
3. If you wish to send a photo – Please send one that is a reasonable size, not the size of a postage stamp, and not Giant Sized 10 megs either, which causes my mailbox to explode upon impact!
4. Please also send a brief explanation, NOT NOVEL length description of Why this particular item is YOUR Favorite.
5. Any Item may be sent in as long as it is Star Wars related…Vintage, Modern, Custom, Bootleg, Common, Rare, ANYTHING STAR WARS!

Twice a week, on Wednesday and on Sunday I will post a Falcon Favorite. Again, send your Falcon Favorite in here to share with everyone!

 


 

Figures Go Even Lower at Target
January 14, 2004 | 2:26 PM EST | Mark B

Looks like Target is dropping their clearance prices even further. In the North Dallas area Targets, prices have been reduced to $1.18! Clone Troopers with Speeder Bikes were also found for $2.50. Thanks to Jeremy for the info! (This price may not be nationwide, check with your local Target for additional info).

 


 

Master Replicas EII Anakin Saber
January 14, 2004 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark B

 


Today I found a new photo of the upcoming Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber. Look for this item to be announced “officially” on Master Replicas website soon. It is scheduled to ship sometime in April. Master Replicas currently has quite a few items on “Last Call” (less than 10% of edition remaining) – including the brand new Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber, the Signature Edition Thermal Detonator, and the Ultra Cool Mace Windu Lightsaber. So, if you’ve been waiting to get these (or any other MR Replica) head on over there today!

 


 

KB Toys Files for Bankrupcy
January 14, 2004 | 10:44 AM EST | Jair

Following FAO Schwartz, another mayor toy retailer files for Bankrupcy. This time is KB Toys. Click here to read the article.

 


 

How Do Figures Evolve?
January 13, 2004 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation gives us a little insight into the process with an early prototype Arena Mace Windu. Check out the pics here.

 


 

Star Wars: Battlefront
January 13, 2004 | 7:15 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has some great new info on the upcoming online multiplayer game called Star Wars: Battlefront. The game will be available for PC, X-Box, and Playstation 2. Unlike the current online Star Wars game, this one will also have single player modes (but will be coolest when you are playing with a group of your friends – or enemies!). You’ll get to visit 10 different planets and use 15 different vehicles. Follow the link above for more details.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder
January 13, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

As many collectors know, the Kenner division in the UK was known as Palitoy. For the completist searching for every Palitoy vehicle, or those simply wishing for an interesting variaiton on a classic vehicle need not look any further than the auction featured today.

The Landspeeder was among the first Kenner vehicles introduced in 1978 after the popularity of the original movie. The Landspeeder offered a simplistic design, molded in orange plastic with stickers to apply inside the cockpit and under the hood. Luke and Obi-Wan could sit in front, with the droids in the rear. The Landspeeder could appear to hover as in the film, courtesy of 3 wheels which would also allow it to “float” over the desert to the Mos Eisley Cantina playset across the room. The interesting thing about the Palitoy version is the vehicle itself, and the photo on the box being different from the US Version. Click on through below to compare to the US Version box photo and begin your vintage foreign collection today!

UPDATE: YakReader Todd points out also that the Palitoy Landspeeder has no button on the front to open the hood, therefore the hood does not open at all, as the US Version has the opening hood. So, the Palitoy version is a true variant.

Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder

Vintage US Kenner Landspeeder

 


 

LEGO Falcon
January 13, 2004 | 12:08 PM EST | Mark

The new falcon is on show at the French Toy-Fair. You can read the whole article at Action-Figures.com. Stop by and check out the article and the images. Many loose shots of the ship and figures. The site is running a little slow. Thanks to Matt Booker for the info.

 


 

Pre-Order New Figure Sets…
January 13, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth you can pre-order 3 new case assortments coming this year…

The Hall Of Fame Assortment
Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Hall of Fame (HOF) action figure assortment Wave 3. This assortment features previously released figures with all-new packaging. Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca Mechanic (NEW), 1x HOF R2-D2 (NEW), 1x HOF C-3P0 (NEW), 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant (NEW), 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x HOF Yoda (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive (NEW), 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan (NEW), 1x HOF Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room (NEW)

Basic Figures Wave 4
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 4, loosely based on the Jabba’s Palace theme. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise (NEW), 2x J’ Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Holographic Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 1x R1-G4, 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Luke Skywalker – Return of the Jedi

Basic Figures Wave 5
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 5. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 1x Elom (Tanus Spijek) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Dutch Vander – Gold Leader (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x General Jan Dodonna – Battle of Yavin (NEW), 2x Captain Antilles – Fans Choice #5 (NEW), 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x J Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien, 1x Hologram Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight

 


 

You Had Questions… John Has Answers…
January 13, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

John has updated with his 1st QNA of the year. CLICK on over to read it. Then send in your own questions and he will get you those answers….

 


 

The End Is Not Near…
January 13, 2004 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

After reading all the info about LEGO and the troubles they had, Jacob McKee from LEGO has answered the bell on FBTB.net, click here to read his entire posting and his explaination of what LEGO intends to do with the Star Wars and Harry Potter lines. Good news for both.

 


 

Do Ya Feel Lucky?
January 13, 2004 | 6:55 AM EST | Mark

There is only one Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (58% off) left at the low price of $124.98. Click on over if you would like to pick one up.

 


 

Attention UK Fans
January 12, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is reporting that the Official UK Star Wars Fan Club (UKSWFC) is planning to revamp itself. This is where you UK and Eire TPU’ers come in. The UKSWFC has asked TPU to provide some feedback, which could help them to improve the FC. So TPU has put together two surveys for you all to fill in. So if you have never joined, please fill out the Non Members survey. If you were once a member or are currently a member, then fill out the Members survey. This is your chance to give some positive feedback, ideas, suggestions and to tell them what they are doing wrong and what they should do to make it right.

However, it doesn’t stop there! Do you have some questions you would like passed on to the UKSWFC? If so you can now send them in via TPU’s Ask the UK Star Wars Fan Club section. Just fill Email Pete at TPU.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Commerative Jackets
January 12, 2004 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

The two jackets featured in Ebay auctions that I have chosen today are not only very warm but also very stylish and collectible.

The jackets both commemerate milestones in the history of the Star Wars Films, one the 20th Anniversary of A New Hope, the other The Release of the Special Edition. One of the things common to both jackets is the year commemerated is the same: 1997. Both jackets are made in the High School/Letterman style, in other words, the body of the jacket is wool with embroidery on the front and rear, while the sleeves are made of leather and both are bargain priced. The Special Edition Jacket has a large Vader Helmet on the back, which is very cool. The 20th Anniversary jacket has the simple Logo in gold with the large Rebel symbol behind it.

These jackets will definetely keep out the cold air of the winter while keeping you in Star Wars style!

20th Anniversary Jacket

Special Edition Vader Jacket

 


 

ROTJ Generals in Plastic
January 12, 2004 | 3:45 PM EST | Mark B

 

 


Hasbro and StarWars.com have just released new photos of some upcoming figures from Return of the Jedi featuring 3 of the Generals from that movie. We’ve got Han Solo as AT-ST Commander, New Lando General, and (one of the few vintage figures that hadn’t been redone in the current line) General Madine. Follow the link above for more details.

 


 

What’s Out? What Is Still Coming?
January 12, 2004 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

If you’re trying to figure out which toys are in stores now, and what is still on the way check out our 2004 Product List. We’ve updated to let you know which items are in stores now to aide you in your hunt for new toys. We’ll continue to update it as new items are announced, rumored, and surface at retail.

 


 

Brians Toys @ Amazon?
January 11, 2004 | 7:01 PM EST | Mark

This is interesting. While searching for new toys… You can now buy OLD toys at Amazon.com from Brians Toys….

These are the offerings that he has at this point.

Star Wars Saga Beast Acklay
Luke Skywalker in Jedi Knight Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983)
Tri-Pod Laser Cannon Mint in Sealed Original Package (1983)
Power of the Force: Darth Vader (Removable Helmet) with Freeze Frame Action Slide
Power of the Force 12″” Han Solo Endor with Magnetic Detonators
Darth Vader Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983

 


 

Target Exclusive Glasses Packaged Photos
January 11, 2004 | 6:01 PM EST | Bill

You know product will be hitting the shelves before long when packaged samples start to surface. This time Boba_JP has come through with packed photos of the Obi Wan and Darth Maul Target Exclusive figure/glass sets.

Check them out in our 2004 Product Guide here.

 


 

Hall Of Fame Photos Revealed
January 11, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill

The Hall Of Fame Assortment was originally announced as a reissue wave, of figures which have seen the pegs before on new cards. While long time collectors may not be thrilled with this wave, newer collectors may be happy to see some old figures re-released again. Check out the pics in our 2004 product guide here. Thanks to Boba_JPBoba_JP for the pics!

 


 

Continues The Clone Wars Will
January 10, 2004 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

The second half of the very popular Cartoon Network Clone Wars Animates Series will appear in March! Check out the full story at The Force.net

 


 

The End of Star Wars Legos?
January 10, 2004 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B

This Article at Yahoo! News talks about the HORRIBLE year Lego had in 2003. Two of their top executives were fired over the results – and one of them was responsible for the movie tie-in lines (Harry Potter and Star Wars). The article also mentions that while these lines have increased sales, they have not earned that high of a margin for Lego due to the increased cost of manufacturing. The story eludes seems to say that these tie-in lines will be coming to an end while Lego will be focusing on its core business of making regular building blocks.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Spoons!
January 9, 2004 | 6:27 PM EST | Keri

You probably would not use these spoons to eat with, but they sure look great with any vintage display of oddities!

Produced around the time of A New Hope’s Original release back in ’77 these unliscened spoons provide a unique conversation piece to a collection. The spoons are patterned after the small souvenir spoons of the 1940s-60s that were popular tourist items to buy at such places as Niagra Falls, etc. The Star Wars spoons have small laminated pictures, taken from the Topps trading card stickers and are colorful and cool as all get out!

Click on through below to get the utensil section of your Star Wars collection complete today for a bargain price!

Vintage Set of 7 Star Wars Photo Spoons

 


 

Amazon Rings In The Cold Weather…….
January 9, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

New in stock are these figs:
***UPDATED 1PM**
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
ACH-MED BEK

Also in stock:
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon)
Unleashed Han Solo
Unleashed Yoda
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Droid 3-Pack
Durge with Swoop Bike

If you have some cash, the following Sabers are still on sale…

Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) (40% off) $299.99
Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99

 


 

Attention Customizers, Senatorial Aide Photo
January 9, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site‘s Hyperspace section has updated its Beneath The Helment feature with a photo of photo of one of Bail Organa’s Aides. If you’re into customizing senators and their staffs, this is for you. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Hidden Treasures
January 8, 2004 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay on a daily basis, sometimes we are lucky enough to run across an elusive item that a seller may not realize as something hard to find. Other times, items may be listed incorrectly. The happy result is a bargain find delighting any collector.

Today’s feature is not really a rarity, but if it is a piece you have been searching for to complete a display then it is a real find indeed! The featured auction below is for the simple, yet wonderful cardboard backdrop from the 1980 Kenner ESB Sears Cloud City Playset. Though not as detailed as any backdrop produced today, it still looks great in its familiar vintage surroundings.

ESB Cloud City Playset Backdrop

 


 

Target Clearances Pt. 2
January 8, 2004 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

I went to my local Super Target here in Dallas, TX and was able to pick up a 12″ Leia Speederbike for $12.48 as well. Also on clearances were some selected AOTC figures for $2.38, Lego Hailfire Droid for $24.44, Lego AT-AT for $49.99, 1st Series Lego Mini Ships for $1.48, and Lego Jabba’s Prize for $3.42. This was all found down multiple clearance aisles at the beginning of the toy aisles. Please keep in mind not all Targets are clearancing this low, my fiance went to a Target located in Carrollton this morning where the 12″ Leia was still ringing up $49.99. However, with some persistence I am sure the clearance bargains will be found throughout the US.

UPDATE: More Reports are coming in from Chino Hills, San Bernadino and Sacramento, CA of the $12.84 12″ Leia Speederbike Clearance Madness! I would suggest making a toy run to your local Target ASAP…these Leia’s are flying out the doors quick!

 


 

The Art Of Star Wars Continues… In Japan
January 8, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Lucasfilm has assembled a second traveling exhibit focused on the Art of Star Wars. This show focuses on the prequels and is opening in Kyoto, Japan, and will tour the country over 2004. Check out the full story on The Official Site here

 


 

More Target Clearances
January 7, 2004 | 6:39 PM EST | Mark B

We are getting quite a few emails about Target clearances and the great finds people are getting – from Hasbro Figures to Legos. Keep checking your Target stores for some great after-holiday sales! Our latest report comes from NY where 12″ Leia with Speederbikes have been found for $12.48!

**Update** I am hearing that quite a few people are snagging the $12.48 Leia with Speederbike including the Plano, TX Target (thanks Jeremy), and I picked one up this morning at the Eagle, ID store where they probably had a dozen of them left. The clearances are not the same at every store – the store I went to had 8 of the Lego AT-AT and they were still coming up at $99.99 (not the $49.99 that we have been hearing people get them at).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Thimble!?
January 7, 2004 | 4:38 PM EST | Keri

As a collector, you thought you had it all…the lunchboxes, the prop replicas, the statues, the coins, the steins, the underoos, and the suncatchers, just to name a few items. The focus of today’s article proves just how far reaching the Star Wars films have gone in terms of items produced.

Today’s auction brings a liscened Bone China thimble (yes like the ones used for sewing) with the Episode I Logo handpainted on it. This is more of a collectible thimble, and one you would not want to use while sewing your Jedi Robes. The thimble was made in England, specifically in Stoke-On-Trent. I know there were many more designs available of characters, but I am unsure of how many were exactly produced.

This is a great piece for the collector who seemingly has everything and a great way to kick off the Star Wars thimble portion of your collection!

Episode I Logo Bone China Thimble

 


 

Clearance Clones
January 7, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Paul wrote in to let us know that his Wal-Mart in Wisconsin had marked their remining Clone Wars figures (mostly Anakin), down to just a buck. Wal-marts clearances are frequently left up to individual store managers, but it still might be worth checking your local store. Good hunting!

 


 

LEGO Hailfire Droid
January 7, 2004 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

 

Do you still need this? Check out your local Target stores. They have almost all the LEGO’s on sale. I picked one up yesterday for just over $24.00

 


 

Want To Be The First To Read Survivor’s Quest
January 6, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has a drawing for expanded universe fans. If you want to be one of the first 14 to read Survivor’s Quest, be sure to go over to The Official Site and sign up for the drawing. Good luck!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Lot of Ep. I Figures MOC
January 6, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave sends in this auction for 54 Episode I Commtech figures all MOC, along with a few POTJ included. This is a nice lot at a reasonable price, especially considering how difficult some of the Ep. I were to find, like Swimming Jar-Jar, TC-14, Sio Bibble and Hologram Sidious. Click on through to the link below to check out this great auction!

Lot of 54 Episode I Figures MOC

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Premiums Pt. 2 
January 6, 2004 | 5:02 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of yesterday’s auctions, I focus again on Burger King sponsored premiums. Today’s focus will be on one of my personal favorite items, the ESB Super Scene Collection Book.

I can remember going down the street to Burger King, begging for an ESB Luke glass, (which my father kindly bought for me!) and getting as a bonus the Super Scene Collection Book and one set of stickers. I was thrilled beyond belief and I remember looking at that album while listening to my ESB Story LP Record, thinking of all the cool scenes in the movie. I never completed the album, and eventually through moves it was thrown away. I was able to purchase the entire set of stickers and the album shortly after I began collecting over 15 years ago and it was really great to see an old friend again and relive those memories.

This is a really cool item to add to your food premiums collection that won’t break the bank either!

ESB Super Scene Book & Complete Set of Stickers

 


 

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Meet
January 6, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Keri

If you are in the DC Area and would like to find out more about the Star Wars Collecting Club, you may attend their Monthly Meeting Saturday January 10th, 2004 from 1pm-5pm for more information on the group and the meeting location please check www.dcswcc.com

 


 

Target Glasses
January 6, 2004 | 3:43 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has a new story about the collectors glasses/figures coming to Target this spring. The photo shown has been seen before, but not quite as clear as the one at the official site. Click the link above to see all 5 of the Target exclusive glasses.

 


 

Clone Wars Animated Figures
January 6, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

Just a heads up to those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the new Clone Wars Animated Figures that are a Target Stores exclusive. These are now starting to hit retail. I found the first wave today (along with the new deluxe figures – Riekkan, Wampa and C3PO) at one of my local Targets. Happy Hunting!

 


 

New Star Wars Hardback by Timothy Zahn
January 6, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Keri

Survivor’s Quest ($18.17) a new Expanded Universe Novel by Timothy Zahn is due to hit bookstores as well as online stores in Hardback on February 3rd. The story looks to be an interesting one, following the further adventures of married Jedi couple Luke and Mara Skywalker. You may read a brief synopsis of the story from the inside cover and preorder the book from Amazon.com here.

Other Pre-Orders:
Star Wars: Medstar 1: Battle Surgeons June 29th (PB)
Star Wars Galaxies: Space Expansion : Prima’s Official Strategy Guide June 3rd (PB)
Star Wars Boba Fett : A New Threat April 2004 (PB)
Star Wars Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds March 2004 (HC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabim March 2004 (PB)

 


 

Classic Trilolgy on DVD will be Extra Special Editions
January 6, 2004 | 8:41 AM EST | Bill

Someone has finally found Lucas describing this fall’s release of the Classic Trilogy on DVD. The Force.net has posted a report that Lucas says he will finally be able to release the Classic Trilogy as he wanted released originally when they come out on DVD. So it looks like the DVD release will be versions 1.3 for A New Home, Empire, and Jedi. Click here for their full report.

 


 

Natalie Portman Talks E3 Details
January 5, 2004 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

A few more details are slipping out on E3, This time The Force.net found an interview with Natalie Portman on MTV with a few tidbits. If you’re a spoiler fan,Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Glasses
January 5, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Keri

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! I return to my Bounty Hunting series today with not only great looking, but functional vintage glasses brought to you by Burger King.

Back before endless refills were free and a large drink was the size today’s medium, Burger King offered a set of 4 vintage glasses for each film in the original Trilogy. For only 25 cents you could purchase a Star Wars glass featured that week and relive the film through your own hero or villian glass. The glasses have great bold artwork, done in the unmistakable 70s & 80s style. If you are looking for complete sets to go with the upcoming Target glasses and figures, search no further than the auctions below for some great deals!

Set of 4 A New Hope Glasses

Set of 4 ESB Glasses

Set of 4 ROTJ Glasses

 


 

Looks Like Geonosis to Me!
January 5, 2004 | 11:52 AM EST | Mark B

 


I know with the holidays some people may have been too busy to catch up on some real world news stories. One in particular that I’m sure is of interest to our readers is the successful landing of the new Mars Rover by NASA over the weekend. Color Photos are due from NASA today. Given what they have released so far in black and white, we are due for some impressive new views of the Red Planet. Additional information about the mission and the best site for new photos that are released is Mars Rover NASA website.

 


 

E3 Character News Update
January 4, 2004 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill

Because it’s a potential spoiler, we won’t go into it here, however The Force.netis reporting an interesting tidbit from the Jedi Council Forums regarding Wayne Pygram playing a chracter in Epside III. Click here for the spoiler and speculation.

 


 

Target Exclusive Glass and Skirmish At Carkoon Pictures
January 3, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

We now know a lot more about some upcoming exclusives. First the Target glasses, so far the only figure/glass whose image has surfaced is Obi-Wan from A New Hope. Now, more images have surfaced, Luke in his snowspeeder flight suit with what appears to be a removable helmet for Empire, and slave Leia for Jedi. Darth Maul Tatooine, and Anakin hanger duel for The Phantom Menace and Clones respectively. On the Carkoon 4 pack, we get a reissue of the sail barge canon from the Deluxe Leia; Klaatu, Barada, and Nitko from the Skiff Guards Cinema Scene, and a revised Han Solo. Kudos to the scavengers atThe Jawa who scored the pix. Check them out here.

 


 

New 12″ At Meijers
January 3, 2004 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yodatmaster wrote in to let us know that he found the new 12″ Garindan/Obi-Wan/Jawa wave at his local Meijers store this morning. Good hunting everyone!

 


 

2004 Product List Updated
January 3, 2004 | 7:49 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our comprehensive list of confirmed and rumored 2004 product.Click here to check out the revised list. 2004 is certainly looking like a great year with lots of figures which have never seen plastic before as well as producing even more of the characters from the vintage line in the modern POTF2/Saga packaging.

 


 

Wanna Buy An All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) ???
January 3, 2004 | 12:55 AM EST | Joseph

While doing my daily surfing on the internet I came across a very unusual Ebay auction for an All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) that is over 4 meters tall!!! You’ve got to see it to believe it. Click here to see it.

 


 

Gotten Your Dose Of E3 Spoilers Lately?
January 2, 2004 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

The crew over at The Private Universe has come up with some minor, but very interesting spoilers from E3 which supposedly came from George Lucas himself while looking at lightsaber hilt props. Click here to check it out.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Mike wrote in to point out that these spoilers are direct quotes from the second Episode III web documentary that is available to download for Hyperspace members.

 


 

Q’s needed for A’s
January 2, 2004 | 3:04 AM EST | Muse

First, let me wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year.

After a long delay due to some crazy work deadlines, I am putting together the first Q&A of the New Year.

If you have any questions you need answers for, I am anxious to hear them. I plan to be more regular with the columns in the new year and to do that, I will need your help. It’s the whole symbiotic circle blah blah thing…

Send in your questions here .

 


 

Kotobukiya Darth Maul !!! 
January 1, 2004 | 1:15 PM EST | Joseph

For fans that have been eagerly awaiting the Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Maul model kit, several have started showing up on Ebay. You can get there by clicking here

 


 

12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set 
January 1, 2004 | 12:51 PM EST | Joseph

For those of you who are looking for the new 12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set dnstoys.com has them in stock right now for $73.99.

 


 

Amazon Unleashed
January 1, 2004 | 11:48 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick up the…
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) and the Unleashed Han Solo if you still need them.

 


 

2004 Star Wars Wishlist
January 1, 2004 | 9:41 AM EST | Jason

Happy New Year to everyone. I was thinking this morning of what
I would like to see in 2004 and came up with a top 10 list. You
can check it out Here. Let me know if you agree
or not.

December 2003 Archive

Luke FX Master Replicas
December 22, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick this bad boy up for the LOW LOW price of $77.99 over atSears.com

 


 

2004 Product List Updated
December 22, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Once again, we’ve compiled all the latest news, rumors, and confirmed reports to provide you the most comprehensive 2004 product list possible. We’ve updated the 2004 product guide here.

 


 

Kubrick Fan?? Have They Got A Secret For You!
December 22, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

Medicom seems very happy to push out surprises as they release cases of figures. From the Star Wars case for series #2 they had the White Shoulder Sandtrooper, the different instruments for the Cantina Band Member, and the Ultimate Indiana Jones. Now comes the rarest.
From the Be@rbrick series 7 assortment, one of the hidden characters is Wicket. Thanks to Boba_jp, we get some awesome shots of it.


 


 

Got The Latest E3 Rumors/Spoilers?
December 22, 2003 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net has updated their Episode 3 coverage with more news rumors and speculation, including the 411 on a new character. Click here to check it out.

 


 

LEGO Mini’s In Stock & Unleashed Yoda
December 20, 2003 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for these….

Unleashed Yoda
Mini Vehicle: The Imperial Shuttle
Mini Vehicle: Star Destroyer
Mini Vehicle: Sith Infiltrator
Mini Vehicle: All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer

Only One left of these…
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) $174.98 (50% off)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pop-Up Comic Book
December 18, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Keri

The mating of a pop-up book and a comic seems like a match made in Heaven to me, especially since I love both forms of books. Today’s auction is also a big plus since the book is about my all time favorites, the Bounty Hunters.

Released by Dark Horse in 1996, titled Star Wars Battle of the Bounty Hunters, this is a hardcover book with comic artwork, including 3-D pop-ups to illustrate the story further. This book is long out of print and tells the story of Boba Fett after ESB on his perilous trek to Jabba’s Palace with the precious cargo of Solo in Carbonite on Slave I.

If you are looking for a great book to add to your collection, or a super last minute gift, click on through below.

Battle of the Bounty Hunters Pop-Up Book

 


 

Headless Asajj Ventress?!
December 18, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris sends along this, to say the least interesting example of Asajj Ventress he picked up in a Knoxville, TN TRU. As he puts it “Hasbro kwality kontrol at its best”. Enjoy!

 


 

Lars Homestead Padme Cloak Variation
December 18, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

YakReader scoobacca reports in with this interesting variation on a new Padme:

I stumbled across an interesting variant of the Padme Amidala Lars Homestead action figure. Her outer cloak is all BLACK with some minor silver accents. There’s no hint of blue to be seen anywhere. I’m attaching some pics so you can see for yourself which shows a comparison with my loose Padme figure I personally own.


 


 

Master Replicas Customer Service is BomBad!
December 18, 2003 | 12:39 PM EST | Jason

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of Master Replicas Items.
I consider the Han Blaster one of my favorite items in my collection,
but I wanted to share my experience with Master Replicas Customer
Service.

After 5 Customer Service Tickets, 8 phone calls, and 4 e-mails, I still do not have my Thermal Detonator which I ordered almost 3 weeks ago. I have found customer service really is nothing more than an answering service. They have absolutely no control over decisions that need to be made regarding resolving issues related to updating your order with certificates issued after you place the order, cancelling an order, or processing your card again if it is declined for some reason. All issues are forwarded to the corporate office.

I was even given a personal call from someone named Amy from the corporate office after writing a lengthy e-mail explaining my frustration to purchase a Thermal Detonator. I asked her to simply cancel my order since my current order can’t be processed for some reason. She said she would do this and it is now Thursday and the order is still open. It has been almost 3 weeks since I place my order and I told them I would write a story of my experience with them… and they really did a bang up job of showing how good their customer service is if you have problems with your order.

Great items, but HORRIBLE customer service. This is what you get when you have no competition.

 


 

Amazon Items
December 18, 2003 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

New in stock and coming soon….
Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Saesee Tiin
Durge (Clone Wars)
Star Wars 3 3/4″ Jedi Warriors 4-Pack Release date Dec 26th.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Skateboard 
December 17, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay for a bargain basement price on a nice item, to be given as a Christmas gift, I found many surpises, along with today’s featured auction.

If you are one of the famous last-minute shoppers, or if you may be on a continual hunt for deals to add to your own collection today’s auction is a great example. Most of the Star Wars themed Skateboards are modern designs, of both the original trilogy as well as the prequels. While Skateboards are usually a seasonal item and only available at most toy stores/dept. stores during the spring/summer months Ebay is a store with virtually no seasons.

Click on through below to view a great deal on an unused Skateboard to give as a gift anytime of the year!

Ep. II Heroes Unused Skateboard

 


 

Off Topic – Return Of The King
December 17, 2003 | 9:12 PM EST | Mark

Well, yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Trilogy Tuesday at our local theater. After taking the time to look back at the very long day yesterday, we arrived at 7am to get in line and got home at 2:00am, is WOW! While I do like the original movie Fellowship, the extended version of Two Towers will just blow your mind away. After viewing it on screen, it makes me wonder why they didnt just release this version first. It was in a word AWESOME. If you have not seen the extended version, do so. You will be awed! Today is the official opening of Return of the King. In comparison to the first two, it is just as striking, ringing in at just over 3:20 minutes running time (the extended is supposed to be over 4 hours), it was extremely well done! I have read these books over and over since my teenage years. I have waited twenty years for these movies, and all I can say is, ONLY IF LUCAS could have made his movies after twenty years be a third of what these are…..

Please send in your comments on this third installment and if you attended the Trilogy Tuesday and have images or stories, I will put together a page for this. I know it is not Star Wars, however, I know there are a lot of us fans that loved these movies as well. Send them in to me at hfsolo@yakface.com.

 


 

Newest 12″ Wave Found
December 17, 2003 | 4:52 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Sergio has this promising new report of his latest findings:

Today at a TRU in El Paso, TX, I found the new 12″ Yoda with Council chair and the new 12″ Luke Skywalker. According to the employee I talked to the box comes with 2 Yodas, 2 Lukes, 1 Ewoks, and 1 Scout Trooper. I had given up any hope of finding these figures at stores, but they are out there.

 

 


 

Possible Target Clearance?
December 17, 2003 | 4:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mike writes in with his latest clearance finds at his local Target:

I was just at my local Target store in Downtown Minneapolis, and they had all of their Star Wars figures on clearance for about $2.83. This included newer waves such as the Super Articulated Clone Trooper and Shirtless Kit Fisto. I do not know if this is at all Targets or not.


This may be a hit or miss clearance, as not all stores in all regions clearance out exactly the same. It is worth going on a figure run to check it out if you have the time.

 


 

McQuarrie Stormtrooper Tray Variation
December 17, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

Remember all the variation fun we all had with the whole long saber/long tray or short saber/long tray etc. etc. with the Red Card POTF2 figs? Well, it appears that some of that variation fun and goodness has made a comeback with the new McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper. Check out the images below provided by boba_jp and let the hunt begin!

 


 

New Figures @ Amazon.com
December 17, 2003 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark

New instock if you are looking, You can also still use standard shipping today to get these before X-mas.

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper (super articulated)

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 16, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for the Jabba’s Palace and Yavin figure waves due to ship in March and February ’04. These have been designated waves 4 and 5 respectively by EE.

Darth Vader Lightsaber FX
This FX lightsaber features a permanently attached polypropylene blade which encases an electro-luminescent (EL) core. Once activated, the blade glows brightly and the replica plays back digitally recorded sound effects take directly form the film including power-up, idle-hum, swing, clash and power-down. Integrated sensor switches control the pitch and playback of the lightsaber sounds, including an impact sound when the blade encounters an obstacle.Click here for more.

UPDATE:
In Stock!
Item Number: MRSW202
Price: $138.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas

 


 

Don’t Have Room for the Replica Sabers?
December 16, 2003 | 9:53 PM EST | Mark B

An interesting item that I ran across today as well. Based on the part number of this item, I am going to assume it is from Master Replicas since it matches their product numbering scheme. How about a 1/2 scale Lightsaber Replica??? How about for $37!!!

Here’s the Details:
First in the Series! This 1:2 scaled Lightsaber replica is composed of the same premium material as the full-sized replicas, including machined aircraft-grade aluminum, brass, steel, and durable die-cast metals. Some tiny details are reproduced in injection-molded plastic to ensure razor-sharp reproduction. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom stand with nameplate. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.

****Please note, that this item has not “officially” been announced. I hope to have a photo of it for you the middle of next week.

 


 

Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber
December 16, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Mark B

Look for Master Replicas to announce a new replica lightsaber in their lineup over the next few weeks. They’ll be announcing the Anakin Skywalker Limited Edition Lightsaber (and probably a signature edition as well) – Studio-authorized, the hilt of the lightsaber is constructed from durable die-cast metal components and is an exacting replica of the lightsaber used by Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars Saga (the same blade eventually given to his son by Obi-Wan in Episode IV). Measures approximately 11″ in length. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.

 


 

Would You Like Batteries With Your Jacket Sir?
December 16, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, this definitely falls under “what do I get for the Star Wars Fan who has everything?” – The new Diamond Comics Previews Magazine will be shipped to Retailers next week – but our Bothan Spies have given us a “Preview” of our own. This is probably the most notable item: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE FIBER OPTICS JACKET:
Truly a Star Wars collector’s dream — an actual scene from the movie recreated on a luxurious wool letterman’s jacket! The first in a series, this jacket of surprisingly soft Melton wool, contains tiny fiber optic cables that illuminate a fighter sequence taken directly from Star War Episode IV: A New Hope. Beads of light re-create a space battle between a Tie Fighter and an X-Wing, as the Death Star looms ominously in the background. Along with the fighter sequence, the Star Wars logo is revealed in a lighting sequence that can be seen in the darkest of spaces. Inside, the label verifies this is a “Master Replicas” collectible jacket, approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. The jacket itself is made of the finest quality wool and leather, perfectly weighted for cool weather. A battery pack is concealed in the jacket pocket, and is easily removable. – The downside? $399
Watch for Photos here next week when Previews is shipped.

 


 

Do It Yourself… On The Official Site
December 16, 2003 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with do it yourself instructions for making a TIE fighter to go on your Imperial, err Christmas Tree. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Bicycle
December 15, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Keri

As a 7 year old kid, I remember wanting a bicycle more than anything, it was at the very top of my Christmas list. I will never forget seeing it in the morning when I woke up and then riding it all around the neighborhood that afternoon.

It wasn’t a Star Wars bike that I got that year, but it was a beauty of a blue Schwinn with banana seat ( yes I was born in the 70s! )
With all this said, today’s auction featured is for a Star Wars themed bicycle, specifically one of Darth Maul. Although Huffy produced 2 vintage bikes for ROTJ, one of the Driods for the boys and Ewoks for the girls, they are very difficult to find now in just about any condition and are more for a collector rather than a child to use. Which brings me to the modern bikes produced for Episode I which are very attainable, even if somewhat used.

Today’s auction for a wonderfully inexpensive lightly used Darth Maul bike is great for that special little Sith child in your life, or even the older Sith among us. Click on through below to make someone’s Christmas memories that will last a lifetime!

Darth Maul Boys Bicycle

 


 

Red ARC Troopers at Suncoast & Media Play
December 15, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave writes in to report that Red Arc Troopers galore are hitting Suncoast Video and Media Play in Denver, Colorado.

I went to my local Suncoast at the mall and found Durge w/Speeder Bike, as well as Jedi 3 packs and the Red ARC Trooper here in Dallas, TX. Suncoast is a good place to check for Star Wars figures, the prices are slightly more than Wal-Mart, Target or TRU, but if you are really searching for a specific figure, try a store near you.

 


 

TRU Battle of Hoth Tauntaun Head Correction
December 15, 2003 | 5:05 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tim sends in this latest finding regarding the TRU Battle of Hoth set:

I was at the TRU in Westland, MI yesterday and I saw
the Tauntaun in the Battle of Hoth set had the head
with the full horns not the partially broken one like
before, wich is makes sense since Han’s Tauntaun’s
horns were not broken at all, glad I waited to buy it
till now! Oh btw, the new hoth Han fits perfectly on
that Tauntaun.

 


 

Amazon Vintage Bespin Collectors Set Update
December 15, 2003 | 5:00 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tony sends in this email from Amazon regarding his preorder:

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

It’s possible that someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item.

 


 

Last Day for Christmas Delivery
December 15, 2003 | 8:52 AM EST | Mark B

Just a reminder, if you are a last minute gift shopper. Today is the last day to order from Master Replicas and get your order delivered by Christmas. Head on over today and pick up one of the great new Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker FX lightsabers for only $99!

 


 

Star Construx Updates
December 14, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Today, StarconstruX had the last update for this year.

There are 20 new figures made by Lars Intemann and Harald Flügge, for example Klatuu, Fozek and Danz Borin.
StarconstruX wishes to all our fans “Merry Christmas and a happy new year!Check them out here.

 


 

Master Replica Lightsabers…
December 14, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Mark

Do you have a few extra bucks for the holiday shopping lists? The Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) is at Amazon for $299.99, which is 40% off. Also this has free shipping.

And the Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber is on sale for $99.99, which is 23% off with free shipping.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Neck Ties
December 13, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Keri

Long a staple of traditional Christmas gift-giving, the neck tie remains a classic item to wrap up and give to Dad. However, with a Star Wars neck tie you can make Dad the most stylish and best dressed at work this upcoming New Year.

Most of the Star Wars neck ties produced were made by Ralph Marlin in the early to mid 1990s when the trilogy saw a resurgance in popularity. The ties feature classic artwork we have all come to love, and also immediately recognize. Star Wars themed neck ties were also made with Episode I characters, but the classic images are among the most colorful and beautiful.

Click on through below to get some ties that Dad will thank you for!

McQuarrie Bounty Hunters Neck Tie

McQuarrie Classic Star Wars Art Neck Tie

Ep I Darth Maul Neck Tie

 


 

Durge Back In Stock
December 13, 2003 | 10:43 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock if you are still looking for him, is Durge at Amazon.

Also in stock is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Star Wars Muppet Figure 
December 12, 2003 | 5:30 PM EST | Keri

When thinking of custom made items, whether 12″ dolls or smaller action figures, the possibilites are limited only to one’s imagination. The proof of this is today’s feautured auction for a custom Star Wars themed figure of Miss Piggy.

If you remember the original Muppet Show from the 80’s, you will most likely recall the Pigs In Space skit where Mark Hamill in full Luke ESB attire is desired by Miss Piggy as Princess Leia. Today’s auction is for a custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia on the card, complete with blonde buns and white gown with hood. This is truly a wonderful and unique item for any Star Wars collector!

Custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia

 


 

Real Stands Holiday Half Price Sale And Giveaway
December 12, 2003 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Now through December 24, 2003, Real Stands is running their Holiday half price sale – save 50% on all orders. In addition, they have a contest going for a Silver Boba Fett – 2003 Star Wars Convention Figure! Click here to check them out!

 


 

Red ARC Trooper Variation 
December 11, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

Variation hunters to your local stores! YakReader Damon reports and shares a photo of this variation amongst the Red ARC Troopers:

I just wanted to share what I believe to be ANOTHER new variation for the ARC Trooper. I went to Wal-Mart as usual looking for new figures and was pleased to find 3 new cases. After having an employee open them, I was disappointed to see that they were all wave 1 Clone Wars figures, but was pleased to see the new red ARC Trooper. As I was looking through the red ARC’s trying to find the best paint job, I noticed a difference in the figures from one of the cases. Two of the cases had what I think is the regular version of the figure with a dark grey/black skirt and dark grey pouches. The skirt and pouches are also shiny. However, the third case had a light blue/grey skirt and lighter grey front pouches – the same coloring as the first version ARC Trooper with blue armor. These guys have a matte skirt and pouches, again like the orginal blue ARC. What I was most surprised by is that all of the figures, no matter the variation, have the same date stamp: 32651. Weird stuff, huh?

These pictures show the color differences much better than I thought they would. They’re not true side-by-side shots, each was photographed separately, but I think you can see pretty clearly the differences.


 


 

TRU 12″ Luke Tauntaun Markdown
December 11, 2003 | 9:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Don in Killeen, TX reports in with his savings on the 12″ TRU Luke on Tauntaun:

I went into my local TRU and saw the large pile of Luke with Taun Taun and thought I should scan one since I hadn’t in a while. The tag on the shelf still said $59.99. When I went to the scanner I found that it came up $30.98! Plus, they are having the 20% off any one item sale, so I got it, well actually 5 of them for $24.78 + Tax each! You have to have them ring the figures up individually to take advantage of this!


This offer is also good at toysrus.com where the Luke on Tauntaun is showing a markdown there of $39.98. Use promotional code RK3SAVEGRUPG when checking out to recieve the 20% discount. Please note the 20% coupons are only good in stores through this Saturday 12/13, I am unsure how long the offer is good in the online store.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Christopher Radko Glass Ornaments
December 11, 2003 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices as far as the different Star Wars ormanents produced, ranging from the Hallmark ornaments to today’s feature the hand blown glass ornaments designed by Christopher Radko.

Blown glass ornaments have been made in one form or another primarily in Germany and eastern Europe since the 1800s. Christopher Radko sells ornaments made from “Old World” designs and original molds to be bought at the retail level in today’s marketplace. Radko has also produced a rather impressive line of Star Wars ornaments, including Yoda, Chewie, Vader, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Ewoks, Vader and Luke dueling.

The ornaments were not cheap when they originally sold, but thanks to the secondary market of Ebay, the ornaments can be found at bargain prices. Click on through to the links below to add to your Star Wars tree decorations!

Yoda Ornament

Vader Ornament

Ewoks Ornament

 


 

Gentle Giant News
December 11, 2003 | 3:50 PM EST | Mark B

Gentle Giant, the maker of these really cool RealScan busts, has some announcements that have come up the past couple of days. You can read all about the details over at their website. But, to give you a brief rundown – new busts are officially announced: Clone Trooper Sergeant which will be an online exclusive in the US through a yet to be named retailer, Clone Trooper Pilotwhich will be a Wizard World LA exclusive. The coolest part of their news is the new line of Star Wars Statues! The first is going to be a 15″ Chewbacca which will be an exclusive to Gentle Giant’s Collectors Club (which I have not yet figured out how to join! I’ve checked a couple of the boxes from previous busts and there is no information about this club, and I can’t find any info on their website – more details as I find out!).

***Update – I have received more details from Gentle Giant on the “Collectors Club”. In order to join, all you have to do is join their mailing list. And, the 12″ Statues WILL NOT be exclusive to members. (My guess is that they will be available through Dark Horse Comics like the other Gentle Giant Busts – again, more info when available).

 


 

X-Wing Red Leader Pre-Order
December 11, 2003 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

You can now head over to Amazon.com and Pre-Order the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Red Leader This TRU Exclusive is $29.99

 


 

There May Be Another… Chance For FAO
December 10, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

A number of news outlets are reporting that Ken Hakuta, who brought the Wacky WallWalker to the United States, has expressed an interest is buying FAO Schwartz, he specifically wanted to save FAO before Christmas. Sounds interesting.

 


 

SA Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 3 
December 10, 2003 | 9:01 PM EST | Keri

In the ongoing discussion regarding the new SA (Super Articulated) Clonetrooper, YakReader Oliver writes in with a new discovery as well as a picture:

I just wanted to point out that the new shirtless Kit Fisto has the
EXACT same ankle articulation as the Clone Trooper.


The new Kit Fisto has footpegs, so for whatever reason Hasbro has simply not put them on the new SA Clonetrooper. Perhaps, they may change this in the future, but at this time, all SA Clonetroopers have no foot pegs.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Chess Sets
December 10, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars board games have been produced since the initial film’s release in 1977 and are continually being made for the new prequels today. Of the many board games with characters from the films, I am spotlighting auctions for Star Wars Chess Sets today.

Chess is a game of strategy and thought, one that a person may play for a lifetime. Though some people do not know how to play chess, they may be inspired to learn quickly if the pieces are familiar Star Wars creatures, Jedi and villians. The auctions featured today include Chess encompassing the original trilogy as well as Ep. I and II. Though the original trilogy is a virtual game of Chess that may be played on your PC and not a physical board game, you may play the computer and watch the battles between the pieces take place. The other sets are physical board games from Ep. I and II, with molded PVC pieces to resemble pewter.

The prices are all very reasonable to get you started playing chess, or to give as a gift to that special someone.

Trilogy PC Chess Software

Ep. I Chess Set

Ep. II Chess Set

 


 

Last Call Already!!
December 10, 2003 | 10:24 AM EST | Mark B

I just received an email from Master Replicas announcing that the Darth Maul Battle Damaged Lightsaber is now on LAST CALL (this means that less than 75 of them are left). This is sure to be one of the sabers that will go up in value (take a look at what the “As Built By” Obi Wan sabers are currently selling for!).

If the replica sabers are out of your price range, you can still pick up the FX Vader or Skywalker for a nice holiday gift for yourself or someone you love (Email me here for my shipping address) for $99 delivered! You can also get them with display stand for $139. Order direct from Master Replicas by December 15th and they will get an FX Lightsaber to you before Christmas.

 


 

Minor E3 Spoilers
December 10, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

A couple of actors from E3 appeared at the Cold Mountain premier recently and discussed some of E3. While these aren’t major spoilers by any means, we do learn the name of another E3 character. Check out the full story over at The Private Universe.

 


 

Star Wars: Jedi Warriors 4-Pack!!! 
December 10, 2003 | 1:48 AM EST | Joseph

Action-Hq.com has the new upcoming Jedi Warriors 4-pack in stock for $29.95. To get there you can click here

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Droids Animation Cel
December 9, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

With the latest release of the Cartoon Network animated series of the Clone Wars, I was reminded of the first animated Star Wars series called Droids. First premeired in 1985, the series told of the adventures of 3PO and R2 before they came into Master Luke’s service. Of course, this was all before the backstory that is being told in the prequels.

The Droids cartoon series spawned quite a bit of merchandising material, especially a large amount overseas. Here in the US, Kenner produced a small line of figures with an animation style 3PO and R2, as well as new characters and old ones such as Boba Fett and A-Wing Pilot. Also produced were some vehicles and a lightsaber that resembled Luke’s from ROTJ.

If you wish to own however a piece of the series itself, you may do so with an animation cel, captured as one frame in an episode. The cels are no more than acetate which are painted on from behind with a background placed behind them. Most cels were thrown away or destroyed, but some survived or were sold by the studio itself. Actual production cels are difficult to find, not the mass produced limited seri-cels which are less expensive.

Today’s auction features a production cel of the main characters, the droids themselves, framed with COA and original background. This would be a wonderful gift for the holidays for the Star Wars collector in your life.

Droids Animation Cel

 


 

Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:42 PM EST | Keri

There have been many developments in the unfolding information regarding the new Super Articulated Clonetrooper. There are indeed two packaging poses to choose from, if you wish to keep your figure sealed in his plastic grave.

Regarding the lack of foot pegs, YakReader Adam offers this insight:

If you look on the back of the heel of the new clone trooper figure, you’ll see that the ankle has a large round joint inside of the foot. There aren’t peg holes on the feet because there isn’t room. The peg hole couldn’t possibly be deep enough as the tolerances allow.
The engineering on the jointed ankles actually works really well. They have a good range of motion and are stiff enough to hold their
position. Not having peg holes is a worthy sacrifice. You can
position the foot and stand the figure any way you like, so the peg holes aren’t necessary anyway.

 


 

Clone Wars Figs Wave 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:05 PM EST | Mark B

 


Hasbro has posted images of the second wave of animated Clone Wars figureshere. Included in the second wave are Yoda, Clonetrooper, Durge, and Dooku. These are slated to be a Target exclusive and will be available in the Spring of 2004.

 


 

Customized Stuff Now With Santa Yoda
December 9, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’re a fan of the Official Site’s customized merchandise (mouse pads, mugs, etc.), or you’re just the ultimate completist, there’s some new items you may want to check out. Now you can get the Ralph McQuarrie Santa Yoda image on their products. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Clearance
December 9, 2003 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Check out the list of toys that they have up on clearance. Quite a large list, just scroll down to the Star Wars sections.

 


 

Super Posable Clonetrooper Bubble Variation
December 9, 2003 | 1:36 AM EST | Jason

Here you go, I found both versions at Wal-mart and Target:


And Yes, both do NOT have foot holes… which is really the only
bad thing about this figure. How could hasbro miss this?

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 8, 2003 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Dear Friends,

The holidays are upon us and it seems like everyone is out there shopping! If you are getting tired of fighting the mall crowds, sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and browse www.entertainmentearth.com for your holiday gifts.

Place your order for any IN-STOCK item by December 10, 2003 (using standard shipping) and your packages will arrive in time for Christmas. Last minute shoppers can take advantage of 2nd Day Air delivery and order IN-STOCK items as late as December 19, 2003!

Our domestic shipping rates start at a super-affordable $3.95, and we’ve added a great new FREE shopping feature for your convenience–Gift Messages! You can save time by including a personalized message with your gifts, and prices will never be displayed on the special gift packing slip.

You can order online, or call toll-free 1-800-370-2320. Our extended Customer Service Holiday Hours are: Monday though Friday 7am – 7 pm Pacific Time.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

 


 

On a Quick Side Note…
December 8, 2003 | 5:49 PM EST | Keri

Although not exactly Star Wars related, the new Battlestar Galactica Mini-Series premieres tonight on the Sci-Fi channel at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time. Looks to be pretty cool, especially if you loved the original series with its dazzling special effects designed by John Dykstra who worked on A New Hope.
You can visit the Sci-Fi Channel’s website here for all the Battlestar Galactica program info on both the new and old series.

 


 

Super Articulated Clonetrooper Error?
December 8, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: YakReader Chad reports in with yet another variation, this time having to do with the poses in packaging :

I just found the Super articulated Clone Trooper.The thing I noticed is that Target(which is where I found them).I bought 3 of the clones and noticed that there is one packaged in a crouched position and one standing.


YakReader moonbase7 writes in with a possible error/variation on the brand new super posable Clonetrooper ( which I have yet to see in stores ) Time will tell whether this is a variation/error or something that will be changed quickly by Hasbro.

well, it looks as though we have yet another error on the clone troopers the new super posable clones have no peg holes on the feet i found five today like that.
you would think they need the pegs as all the figures do

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Clone Wars Banner
December 8, 2003 | 3:18 PM EST | Keri

Although the Clone Wars Micro-series is not airing any new episodes on Cartoon Network, the well-animated and well-written cartoon has so far spawned very few promotional items. The action figures and vehicles are trickling out to retail stores, but other items are practically non existent at this time.

Having said that, if you are looking for something Clone Wars that is not a figure or ship, then the auction featured today is right up your alley so to speak.

Banners always look great hanging in any Star Wars room and this Clone Wars banner is no exception. It was originally intended to be placed on top of a taxi cab as an advertisement for the series, but this one was never used. The art looks great on it and the colors are very vibrant. The price is also very reasonable if you wish to pick this up as a Holiday gift. Click on through to the link below to add this unusual banner to your collection today!

Clone Wars Banner

 


 

Deep Discount At TRU
December 8, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’ve been waiting to pick up that new Republic Gunship or something else at TRU, now may be the time. The Sunday paper has a coupon for 20% off of any one item — there is no limit on whether it is a full price or sale item. Happy shopping!

 


 

Shuttle Now Even Lower
December 7, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark

Correct me if I am wrong, but soon this awesome toy will actually be down to an almost realistic retail price. You can now pick up the shuttle over atKBToys.com for the lower price of $59.99 now 40% off.
**UPDATE**
Here are some codes to make it even better…
$10 off a $49 purchase! Use coupon code SEARSKBTOY
$5 off a $40 purchase! Use coupon code KBSUBSCRIBE
$5 off your first purchase of $40 or more! Use coupon code DISCOKIDS
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDECTEN
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDEC10
UPDATE #2
The sales have increased, here are more items:
12″ Gamorrean Guard $9.99
LEGO Blockade Runner $134.99
Master Replicas Vader Lightsaber $199.99 (43% off)
Action Figures $1.99

 


 

2004 Hasbro Star Wars List 
December 6, 2003 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you a list of both the confirmed and rumored figures, ships, and exclusives for 2004. This time around the list includes all of the images we’ve been able to find of upcoming items, and links to the original reports of rumored additions. Click here to check it out. There’s also a link on in our features section on the right side of the page.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Cereal Cards
December 6, 2003 | 12:20 PM EST | Keri

If you enjoy collecting Star Wars trading cards, you know that there are many different cards that came from almost everything around the world.

Today’s feature will focus on vintage cereal cards from Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and Franken Berry. The cards were found inside the boxes as a free premium, with the hope of completing the 18 card set. However, you could also mail away with a little money for the infamous shipping and handling fees, and receive all the cards in a fold out brown vinyl wallet with the Star Wars logo embossed in gold on the front.

The cards look really cool and unmistakeably show their age from their release in 1978. Click on through below to start your cereal card collection now!

Complete Set of 18 Cereal Cards

 


 

Durge In Stock
December 6, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can now pick up Durge

Also on sale is the Star Wars: Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition)$174.98 (50% off) Normally $349.99 only one left.

 


 

How to Build Your Own Bot
December 5, 2003 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

At the official site, there is a very interesting article regarding a new book that happens to be written by an ILM Model Maker named Grant Imahara. It is called Kickin’ ‘Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots from Wiley Publishing and is now for sale on book shelves as well as websites everywhere.

The book provides advice and instruction on how to build your very own bot, whether a battle bot, or a less agressive droid.
You may read the rest of the article here

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Kenner Shelf Talkers
December 5, 2003 | 5:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a small finishing touch to your display of vintage Kenner figures and playsets a shelf talker is just the thing!

Made of a thin plastic, with strong adhesive on the back, shelf talkers were glued to the edge of a shelf where the advertised toys were sold. Included in store display packages, most of these were simply thrown away after the promotion was over. These vintage shelf talkers, although plain with only the logo of the specific film of the trilogy look amazing to complete a vintage collection.

There are 3 different shelf talkers up for auction that I am featuring today. They are all reasonably priced with Buy-it-now’s and will no doubt go quickly. Click on through below for some affordable vintage store display items.

ESB Kenner Shelf Talker

Micro Collection Kenner Shelf Talker

ROTJ Kenner Shelf Talker

 


 

Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave
December 5, 2003 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

In stock now at EntertainmentEarth is the Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave, this wave includes the following:
12 individually packaged figures: 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x R-3P0 with display stand, 2x Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack with part of the Wampa’s cave, 2x Aayla Secura, 2x Barriss Offee, 2x Yoda and Chian, 2x Ashla and Jempa.

 


 

Master Replica Sabers On Sale
December 5, 2003 | 7:08 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can pick up the following two Lightsabers on sale. They are $99 each on sale with free shipping. If you can afford one of these, I would pick up the Darth Vader as it is by far superior to the Luke. But they are both very nice additions to any collection.

Star Wars FX Luke Skywalker Green Lightsaber (23% off)

Star Wars FX Darth Vader Red Lightsaber (23% off)

 


 

Morphing The Clones
December 4, 2003 | 7:12 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has a very intersting story about post production work on the Clones in Episode III. Without mentioning spoilers, this promises some very intersting aspects for E3 which continue some of E2’s diversions from the Original Trilogy. Check it out here.

 


 


December 4, 2003 | 6:03 PM EST | Mark B

 

Master Replicas has the new Battle Damaged Darth Maul lightsaber available for order now! It is limited to only 750 pieces, and sells for $299. This one is sure to sell out FAST!!!

 


 

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Winter Social 2003
December 4, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

The DCSWCC will be hosting their Winter Social on Satruday December 6th, 2003 from 1pm – 5pm at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA. Any Star Wars collectors in the DC Metro Area that arent already members are welcome to stop by. Please check out www.dcswcc.com for more information or emailJediNerdz@dcswcc.com for more information.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Mock-up Card
December 4, 2003 | 5:19 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of prototypes for the week, I have found yet another vintage treasure while surfing good ol’ Ebay.

For all of you that love the vintage Kenner line, today’s auction is something that doesn’t come up for sale too often. Like all other toy companies, past and present, Kenner prepared figures onto proof cards with hand cut bubbles to display new packaging at shows like Toy Fair, or at internal meetings. The cards have sqaured edges, the holes are usually unpunched and the figure is held onto the card by a hand cut and hand glued plastic bubble. The finished product is then called a Mock-Up. Mock-ups are rather difficult to come by as most were either thrown away (GASP!) or were kept by Kenner employees.

If you are looking for something to add to your Kenner figure collection, then this ROTJ mock-up of a Hoth Rebel Commander is just what you have been searching for!

ROTJ Hoth Rebel Commander Mock-up

 


 

Jedi Knights 3 Pack Variation
December 3, 2003 | 10:49 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: The 3 Pack that YakReader Charlie found was the variation with no Clonetrooper side art. However, these additional pictures illustrate the other differences besides the addition of side art found on later packaging.

I found a Clone Wars Jedi Knight 3 pack today and was happy to find it in good shape so I could replace the one that I currently have, and when I was comparing the two of them, I started to notice differences. I have included 3 pictures of the differences. The first is that they removed the small parts warning in the upper right corner. The small print on the back is different as well, and is completely rearranged. Last, and in this case probably least, the distribution info and ink color on the bottom of the bubble are different as well. The one starts out “Distributed in the United Kingdom. . .” and the other starts out “Please keep company details. . .” I just thought I would share this variation.



 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Han 12″ Prototype
December 3, 2003 | 10:11 PM EST | Keri

Following yesterday’s feature of Hardcopy Prototype POTF Coins, comes today’s auction of a modern Hasbro 12″ Han Solo.

Easily one of the favorite human characters in the trilogy, the Corellian smuggler, gambler, and scoundrel who captured a Princess’ heart has been immortalized into small and large plastic action figures since the 1978. When Kenner reintroduced a line of Star Wars toys in 1995, they again produced 12″ figures that were more movie realistic, posable and looked pretty cool as well.

Today’s auction brings a hardcopy proof sculpted by an artist that would be mass produced as Han’s head. The sculpt is very interesting to see, the details are crisp and it certainly provides a unique addition to any collection. Click on through to add this prototype to your 12″ collection today!

Hardcopy Han 12″ Prototype

 


 

TFN Discount on Thermal Detonator
December 3, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Mark B

Thanks to the fine group over at The Force.net for setting up a discount withMaster Replicas on their very cool Thermal Detonator replica. By using the code “TFN-4532” during checkout, you can get $44.95 off the normally $199 Thermal Detonator Replica!

 


 

Yoda Santa Figure.
December 3, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. Are you still waiting for your Yoda Santa figure? Well, you shouldn’t wait that much longer, I got mine this week.

If you still want to order the figure head on to the fanclub’s website. I keep getting e-mails from them telling me that they still have plenty available.

Good luck!!!

 


 

12″ Wave 6 In Stock
December 3, 2003 | 7:47 AM EST | Mark

The 12″ Wave 6 is now in stock at Entertainment Earth. Head on over and pick yours up.

 


 

LEGO Shop@home Sale
December 3, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Here are some Star Wars items on sale:
Final Duel 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 2 $3.50
Jedi Starfighter $9.99
Darth Vader $20.00
There are many other LEGO’s on sale, these are just the Star Wars ones.

 


 

More New Figures May Be On The Way
December 2, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation has come through with a list of more upcoming figures for ’04. His sources have been very accurrate in the past, so here’s the list:

Luke Endor
E3-P0
Cloud Car pilot
Bespin Leia
Ewok (we assume Chief Chirpa as mentioned before)
Death Star Trooper (although listed as “officer”)
C3-P0 with knee articulation
Luke in robes from medical frigate

 


 

Ultra Figure Assortment Starting To Appear At Retail
December 2, 2003 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

The new Ultra figure assortment (which is the current incarnation of the Deluxe line) is starting to appear at TRU and Walmart stores- this wave includes C-3PO with the Escape Pod. Good luck.

 


 

Clone Wars Posters And More On Points Auctions– For 24 HOURS
December 2, 2003 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has been sending out this notice to registered members of their auction site:

December 2, 2003

Dear,

Including 200 Cartoon Network Clone Wars Posters only
available for twenty-four hours, and a Boba Fett Bust, this
week the Star Wars Jedi Master Points Auction adds new
auction items each day–for Bounty Hunters like you.

To get more information on this week’s new auction items and
to log-in to the auction, please click here.

To participate in the auction all you need are your Jedi
Master Points from Hasbro Star Wars products. Participation
is open only to registered users of starwars.hasbro.com
(and other Hasbro U.S. Web sites).

Interesting to say the least. Click here to check out their page.

 


 

Star Wars Gamer?
December 2, 2003 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark

Are you a Star Wars gamer (PC, XBOX, PS2, Game Cube)? Play all the games? Want to do a Star Wars section? Email me.

 


 

Silver Clone Dec 26th???
December 2, 2003 | 6:30 PM EST | Mark

Over at POTF2.com, Aaron has learned that the Japan TRU’s will be getting mister Silver Clone on December 26th. Could it be then for the US also???

 


 

Slightly Off Topic…
December 2, 2003 | 5:33 PM EST | Keri

Going slightly off topic here, but being the huge Alien fan that I am I had to share this new release DVD Box set with everyone! Released today was the Alien Quadrilogy to DVD, with a Director’s Cut of each film, yes that includes both Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, as well as a bonus disc, bringing the total set of discs to 9. This is the real definitive Alien boxed set I know I have been waiting for!

You may purchase the set at Amazon here with free shipping for $69.99, retail is around $74.99-79.99 depending on where you go to buy it. Now that’s something that I will give to myself as a present this holiday!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: 113 12″ Figures 
December 2, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking to give someone an instant 12″ Collection for a gift this Holiday, then this is the auction for you! Click on through below to pick up a huge chunk of modern Star Wars collecting!

113 12″ Figures

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: POTF Coin Prototypes
December 2, 2003 | 5:20 PM EST | Keri

In 1984, interest in the line of Star Wars toys was beginning to go downhill. Kenner was still producing figures and playsets and came up with new packaging as well as new figures from the entire trilogy which was called The Power of the Force. Each figure came with a coin and proofs-of-purchase could be sent away to receive special mail-away coins. At the time, the figures didn’t sell that well, and the coin promotion left many consumers frustrated that were trying to get a complete set of coins, unless they contacted Kenner directly and were one of the lucky few able to purchase an entire set of coins.

The POTF coins are widely collected today and the art looks great next to the figure itself. The coins are split into Catagories, as to the level of difficulty obtaining them from Cat I (easiest) to Cat V (most difficult & expensive). The auctions I have featured today are prototypes of the POTF Coins. If you have ever spent anytime at all drooling over the rarities pictured atwww.toysrugus.com then you know exactly what i am talking about – Hardcopy coins. Hardcopy coins were made of each coin, with the art of the character sculpted into a resin material to be duplicated onto the small aluminum coins. These are extremely hard to find, and it is a real treat to see one offered for sale on Ebay at this time. The other prototype coin featured today is a coin with art only on the front, with nothing on the back. I personally have never seen a prototype like this before, but it appears to be genuine.

Click on the links below to view some rare and exciting POTF Coin Prototypes!

POTF Logray Hardcopy Prototype Coin

POTF Hoth Snowtrooper Prototype Coin

 


 

KBToys.com LEGO Sale
December 2, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has a LEGO sale right now. Check it out as they have many sets on sale. Including the UCS Rebel Blockade Runner for $143.00.

 


 

Gamers Spotlight: Star Wars: Battlefront
December 2, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Confirmed – Gamespot.com has news on the new Star Wars game titled “Battlefront”.

“A LucasArts representative confirmed today that the studio is working on a new Star Wars title which it will unveil early next year. Currently called Star Wars: Battlefront, the game will feature online multiplayer war action a la Battlefield 1942 set in the Star Wars universe.” Gamespot.com

Click the link above to read the rest of the article.

 


 

Target Glasses & Figures
December 2, 2003 | 11:33 AM EST | Mark

 


Check out POTF2.com for the full size picture and log in to the forums and talk about it. These are going to be a series of glasses retro style to the Burger King glasses offered in the ’80s. These are the firt two.

Thanks to POTF2 and Robochris for the image.

 


 

New Master Replica Announcement
December 2, 2003 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has just officially announced a new collectible lightsaber that we reported on a few weeks ago. The new Darth Maul “Battle Damaged” Lightsaber! Modeled after the lightsaber used in The Phantom Menace that was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. This replica is half of Maul’s saber with a scorched end, and ruby red crystals and wiring that we imagine could be inside a “real” lightsaber. Comes with display case and numbered plaque. While the release doesn’t mention the edition number, we initially reported that there are only going to be 750 of these made. The item will be available to order fromMaster Replicas on Friday December 5.

 


 

LEGO Sale
December 2, 2003 | 8:20 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon.com is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97 (44% off)

 


 

Germany Jedi-Con 2004
December 1, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Mark

The Germany Jedi-Con website is now up and running. The show runs from April 9 – April 11, 2004. Guests stars are:
Rick McCallum, Billy Dee Williams, and Amy Allen as well as others.

To read the news in English CLICK HERE

Rebelscum.com is also reporting that there will also be a special two-pack of figures (names not announced yet) that will be exclusive to this show.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Original Art
December 1, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

After a nice holiday, I have returned to give all you readers some one of a kind gifts in the form of auctions on Ebay.

All of the Star Wars films have inspired many artists to create beautiful works depicting characters, vehicles and pivotal scenes as posters, plates, and paintings. Orignal artwork is something that is not mass produced – it is one person’s efforts to capture emotions and images from the mind’s eye onto a piece of canvas or paper. Therefore, the works are not the cheapest items to collect, but they are among the most unique and certainly eye-catching.

Today’s auctions feature the original artowrk that was used to create the plates from the Hamilton Collection, by the artist Keith Birdsong. The art is not only colorful, but really captures the action and adventure in the films.

Yoda Art

Han Solo Art

Luke Skywalker Art

 


 

Clone Wars Quality Control 
December 1, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jedii2 in Chicago sends in this interesting packaging error he found in a Clone Wars case ordered from Kebco. The picture says it all, check out this oddity of Obi-Wan in Durge packaging below.

November 2003 Archive

Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
November 30, 2003 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark

 


Now on sale at 
Amazon.com for $124.98, normally $299..99 (58% off)

Also on sale:
Imperial 4-pack $16.98
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite $19.98
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Advanced Mission Battleship $19.97 (56% off)

 


 

Medicom Series Two
November 29, 2003 | 11:19 PM EST | Mark

Now we have all seen what the set will include:
Han Solo, Cantina Band Member, Sandtrooper, Ben, Greedo, Tusken Raider. There are TWO secret figures in this set. Now look closely at the set. That’s right – There is a Indiana Jones hidden figure in the Han Solo box. Now THAT is a secret figure!!! Thanks to Boba JP for the images and the news!!!!




 


 

Ultarama Newsfeed
November 29, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama Celebrates The Holidays With Free Shipping From Thanksgiving Through Christmas!

EDISON, NJ–Nov. 27, 2003—Collectible Display Systems, Inc. today announced it is celebrating the holidays by offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. on all www.ultarama.com purchases from November 27th through December 25th. Simply enter your order and, when it is processed, your free shipping will be applied!

The Ultarama is a complete action figure display system that is both flexible and customizable. With the use of the Ultarama’s molded plastic platforms that contain 80 pre-molded peg holes and its proprietary pegging system, collectors can display their collections in three totally unique ways: stacked two levels high in the shape of a semicircle, clipped back-to-back in the shape of a circle, or configured as two separate and complete one level displays. With the purchase of additional Ultaramas, collectors can build their display many stories high! The Ultarama also includes four unique 8 X 10 background scenes, 48 pegs for 3 3/4″ figures, and 24 pegs for 6″ figures. The 6″ pegs also fit most 4 3/4″ figures and most vintage 3 3/4″ figures.

The Ultarama is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com or by calling 1-212-634-3660.

Collectible Display Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary display systems that provide visually enhancing environments for displaying collectible action figures. Both internationally and in the U.S., its fully patented and modularly designed Ultarama action figure display system provides the highest quality display experience in the world. For additional information, please visit the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com.

 


 

Anthony Daniels In Person
November 28, 2003 | 6:41 PM EST | Mark

Jose Cabello writes in that you can catch Anthony Daniels at eworld today through Sunday in Mexico City at the Centro Banamex Convention Center. There are some more details at Endorsystem.com.

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2003 | 10:07 PM EST | Keri

I will be leaving to be with my family this long Thanksgiving weekend and will be resume my posting and email correspondence on Monday December 1st.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Stamps!
November 26, 2003 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Stamps have been collected for most of the 20th century, by people of all ages who dreamed about other countries in the world they would like to visit, or they just liked the artowrk on the tiny little pieces of paper. Some stamps are exceedingly rare and expensive, due to many factors such as age, rarity, etc. while some stamps are made to collect and never use, like the Star Wars stamps featured in today’s auction.

Made by H.E. Harris after A New Hope was released in 1977, the Stamp Collecting Kit included an album, 24 Star Wars stamps, space stamps, hinges to keep the stamps in place and a magnifying glass. The set provided stamps with characters from the film and the booklet illustrated space exploration. Extra Star Wars stamp envelopes could also be bought.

These albums were mass produced and purchased, therefore it is very easy to find sealed stamp kits and stamp envelopes in unused mint condition for very reasonable prices. The auctions below will get you started with your very own vintage Star Wars stamps!

Star Wars Sealed Stamp Kit in Box

Death Star Stamp Envelope

 


 

McQuarrie Stormtrooper Variation
November 26, 2003 | 9:45 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Grayhank writes in with this news regarding the newest Fan Choice Figure:

I picked up two McQuarrie Stormies today and noticed that they were packaged differently. One is holding the lightsaber up which is taped into a notch in the upper tray (date stamped 32451). The other has the saber pointing down and is held in place through a hole in the notch (date stamped 32681).


Variation Hunters now you have something to look forward to while shopping amongst the masses on Friday!

 


 

Rebelscum Hits The Exclusive JackPot!
November 26, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Mark

Head on over to Rebelscum.com to check out the images (Mock-up) of the newest exclusives for 2004:
Exclusive Jedi Council Scene
Exclusive Darth Vader Tie Fighter
Exclusive Jabba’s Palace 4pack
Exclusive C-Wing fighter Red Leader

While these are not confirmed, sounds interesting….

 


 

Are You A Galaxy Gamer?
November 26, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Mark

Over at IGN.com you can check out the new article about Lucas Arts adding Vehicles…

Although LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment have done a great job of capturing the Star Wars license in their recent MMO, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, having a Star Wars game without any landspeeders or speeder bikes is kind of like a Mother Goose game without any tuffets.

All that’s going to change this December when player-driven vehicles are added to the game. Accordingly, we hit up LucasArts’ producer Haden Blackman for some more information on the vehicles. He provided a nice overview of the vehicles that will be added and, nice guy that he is, also provided us with a snazzy new video clip of the vehicles in action.

 


 

Additional Holiday Offers from Master Replicas
November 26, 2003 | 10:55 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is now offering FREE SHIPPING on select Star Wars and Star Trek items in addition to the $99 special on Vader and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers. Order from Master Replicas before December 15 and you can get free shipping on – Mace Windu, Darth Maul or Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsabers, and Jango Fett Blaster Set.

 


 

Two Versions Of The Sleaze Bag
November 25, 2003 | 7:06 PM EST | Mark

There are two versions of Elan Sleazebaggano, check out POTF2.com for an image. One has ears and one does not.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Varsity Jacket
November 25, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a cool as well as fashionable way to keep warm in the upcoming winter months, there is a Star Wars jacket made just for you!

There have been only a handful of liscened Star Wars themed jackets available throughout the years since 1977, with most of those in child’s sizes that sadly most of us cannot wear today ( even though the 70s designs rock & roll all nite long!!! )
Anyway, there are a few modern designs in adult sizes with styles reflecting vintage designs that are still popular and look good today.
This modern varsity jacket featured today is made of a combination of wool and leather, with a nice large embriodered logo and X-Wing on the back, as well as a small Rebel symbol on the front chest.
Click on through below to look cool but keep warm while supporting the Rebels!

Star Wars Rebel Varsity Jacket

 


 

New Carded Images!
November 25, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

Boba_jp was kind enough to send in these brand new carded images of Luke Jedi Knight, R1-G4, and R2-D2 with drink tray from Jabba’s Sail Barge. Actually, the Luke Jedi looks pretty cool, with cloth robe and the droids look fantastic, especially the brand new R1.



 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Profiles in History Auction
November 24, 2003 | 10:06 PM EST | Keri

The items for sale through Ebay Live Auctions, namely the Profiles in History Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia are one of a kind, rarest of the rare movie prop and behind the scenes material. Not for the faint of pocket book or credit card mind you, but some of the coolest Star Wars stuff you could ever own is just a click away below!

Star Wars Ebay Live Auctions

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Test Shot Bib Fortuna
November 24, 2003 | 9:57 PM EST | Keri

Just about everyone is aware of the vintage vinyl cape/cloth cape Jawa vintage figure variation, and likewise many collectors are aware of the red caped Bib Fortuna. Today’s featured auction is something more unusual and less seen, a black caped Bib Fortuna test shot figure.

Kenner, like any other toy company when developing a toy went through a series of test shots for one character design. Everything from plastic coloring to fabric color was tested, and even got so far as to be pictured on cardbacks and in catalogs. While many test shots were either lost or destroyed, the ones that remain today are eagerly bought by collectors as interesting additions in the development of the Star Wars line of toys.

Test Shot Black Robe Bib Fortuna

 


 

Ozzel in Chicago
November 24, 2003 | 11:31 AM EST | Mark B

Michael Sheard, the actor that played Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back will be appearing this weekend at Chicago TARDIS Dr. Who convention. The convention is being held at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights. Additional information can be found at the Chicago TARDIS website.

 


 

New Sale at Master Replicas
November 24, 2003 | 10:45 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has announced this morning a sale for the holiday season on 2 of their most popular lightsabers – The Darth Vader FX Saber and the Luke Skywalker FX Saber – Only $99 each. This is a savings of $40 off the normal price. This offer is good atMaster Replicas only through December 15th. Also, you must order by December 15th for guaranteed Christmas delivery (USA only!).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Arcade Games!
November 24, 2003 | 12:09 AM EST | Keri

Before the advent of home video game consoles, like the popular hit Atari 2600, there were the beautiful arcades I dearly loved as a child. In those arcades were all the classic games that can never be replicated, unless one is fortunate enough to own their own arcade video game at home!

Made by Atari in 1982, Star Wars was released as both a stand-up version and in a sit down cockpit style video game. The gameplay was in the vector style and featured vocals from Luke, Obi-Wan, Vader and R2. The game was a blast and is still the greatest to play to this day (in my opinion)!

Here are 2 rare cockpit versions of these beloved arcade classics, both Star Wars and the very hard to find Empire Strikes Back. Though the pictures provided in the auctions are dark, they can easily be lightened in any photo editing software.

Star Wars Arcade Cockpit

Empire Strikes Back Cockpit Game

 


 

Mid-Ohio-Con Coming Soon!
November 23, 2003 | 11:56 PM EST | Keri

The Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (www.oswcc.com) is proud to sponsor Amy Allen and Michonne Bourriague at this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con.
The Comic Book and Pop Culture event takes place on November 29-30 in Columbus, Ohio.
The actresses who portrayed Aayla Secura and Aurra Sing in the Star
Wars films will be signing autographs all weekend long at the convention courtesy of OSWCC. Here’s your chance to meet the lovely ladies of Star Wars in person, and take home an autograph to commemorate the occasion.
While you are at the convention, don’t forget to stop by the OSWCC
booth at the show to see lots of different Star Wars collectibles and learn about all the exciting events the club is involved in.

For more information on the show visit www.midohiocon.com

 


 

Interesting Auctions
November 23, 2003 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Although not Ebay related auctions, YakReader Tom sends in this interesting info fromautographs.com

I thought I would let you know that actress Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother) is auctioning off a large number of pieces from her collection through autographs.com and among the offerings are several Star Wars related auctions. There are several auctions for Star Wars posters that Carrie will sign, an auction to receive a phone call from Carrie, and several auctions to attend screenings of The Empire Strikes Back with Carrie Fisher. The starting bids for everything is rather reasonable and the proceeds go to Debbie Reynolds’ museum. There are many other great classic movie costumes and props for auction too.

You can bid to see ESB with Leia herself or even talk to the Princess on the telephone…sounds pretty cool to me! Click the link above to see the many lots of items up for grabs.

 


 

Outland Bar Obi-wan and Elan review!
November 23, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Michael

You never know what sleaze bag you’ll run into at the bar – for Obi-wan, it was Elan Sleazebaggano! Check out the review of both figures tonight by clicking here.

 


 

LEGO Mini’s
November 22, 2003 | 10:38 PM EST | Mark

The new wave of LEGO Mini’s are online at Shop.lego.com, so if you want to pick them up, head on over.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Kenner Laser Rifle Display
November 21, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

While not among the most inexpensive things to collect, original vintage Kenner displays certainly are some of the best looking and coolest items to own in a collection.

Today’s feature is for a 1978 Kenner Laser Rifle display header card, which is in virtually mint condition. Store displays were more often that not thrown away after use, or were continued to be used well after they were torn up by eager little kids wanting to play with the toys displayed. Kenner displays are coveted by many collectors and competition can be fierce when searching for them, as they are not offered in great regularity.

Don’t let the price scare you away, just because you may not be able to afford a certain item, its always nice (in my opinion) to see it for educational purposes. It can give you a point of reference if you happen to run across the item at a show or for sale on a website. Although the word rare is overused heavily on Ebay, some items deserve the description, especially in regards to condition in this case. Click on through to the link below to enjoy this great vintage find today!

Kenner Laser Rifle Store Display

 


 

Kotobukiya Luke Stormtrooper 
November 21, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Edward sends in this link to a hobby shop in Japan, where you may purchase the Kotobukiya Luke in Stormtrooper disguise. These models are very high quality, are very realistic and are well worth the money. If you would like to get this model before Dark Horse releases it for sale here in the US, follow this link to grab your own Luke now.

 


 

Last Chance for Mace Windu Lightsaber
November 21, 2003 | 4:30 PM EST | Mark B

 

As a followup to Mark’s posting a couple days ago about the great deals on Dooku and Vader’s lightsabers over at Amazon, be sure to check out Master Replicas as well, they have placed 3 lightsabers on “Last Call”, which means they have less than 10% of them left. In the case of the Mace Windu (which is by far the coolest looking lightsaber in the Star Wars universe), that is less than 175 of them left. The Darth Vader (ESB) and Luke Skywalker (ANH) sabers are also included in “Last Call”. All of the above mentioned sabers include the lucite display cases. The Vader and Skywalker are both also on sale for $199.96 each. And if you need my address to send me my Christmas present, simply email me HERE.

 


 

Fossil Stormtrooper Watch
November 21, 2003 | 3:36 PM EST | Mark B

 


I have been watching Fossil’s website waiting for the new Stormtrooper watch that was supposed to be coming out for the holidays, but have been disappointed that it had not been released. Well, I happened to run across the
Fossil Stormtrooper Watch today while searching Google. If you want a really cool timepiece, jump on this one today! I have the Boba Fett watch that has almost the exact same band to it, and I have to say that it is the most comfortable, best looking watch I own (and I actually have all of the Fossil Star Wars watches that have been made!)

UPDATE: The link above should have taken you directly to the Stormtrooper watch, but does not so –
Click here for updated link.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Hallmark Ornaments
November 20, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Keri

If you are already getting into the holiday spirit and have started to think about trimming the Christmas tree in a Star Wars theme, Hallmark ornaments are just the ticket for you!

Hallmark started producing Star Wars ornaments in 1997, beginning with small miniature vehicles as well as a numbered set of classic characters. The line has since expanded to include ornaments that have sound effects as well as light and motion. There are different classic characters and vehicles still being made each year, in addition to those from Episode I and II.

Hallmark ornaments are very collectible, not only by Star Wars fans but by Hallmark collectors themselves. Each design produced in a specific year is not repeated, and is only available for a short amount of time. These ornaments not only look great on a tree, but make for an interesting collection in themselves. The auctions featured today are large lots of ornaments to get your collection started in a big way!

Lot of 11 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 6 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 13 Ornaments in boxes

 


 

TRU Jedi 4-Pack
November 20, 2003 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Over at Rebelscum, you can check out pictures of the latest TRU Exclusive Jedi 4-Pack, so check out the pic and head on over to Amazon.com and pre-order it now for $19.99.

 


 

OT DVD News
November 20, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

The Droids over at Artoosnews found a very interesting bit of news on The Digital Bitsabout next years DVD release of the original trilogy. If true, simply put the “Special Editions” are NOT the FINAL editions. Check it out here.

 


 

More Enhancements & Changes to the Original Trilogy?
November 20, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Keri

Courtesy of theforce.net, comes this report on added footage and more digital enhancements to the Original Trilogy coming soon to DVD from The Digital Bits rumor mill.

We’ve heard from a number of interesting (and we believe reliable) inside sources that Lucasfilm is currently making major new changes to the original Star Wars films – the kind of changes he began a few years ago with the theatrical “Special Edition” releases. These changes include new special effects, revised and updated shots and scenes, and new footage shot with actors Hayden Christensen (Anakin) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would flesh out moments with their characters in the original films. For example, an aged and scarred Hayden now appears as Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke removes Vader’s helmet. Among the other changes reportedly being made are the restoration of the original “Han shoots first” moment from Star Wars and a revamped lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader.

We did already hear reports of the Obi-Wan/Vader lightsaber duel being digitally cleaned up from those who were saw the film at the LA showing a few months back, so it seems these rumors may have some credibilty to them. Perhaps Mr. Lucas has seen the error of his ways and will reinstate the Han shoots first moment, and keep the integrity of the film in place while adding and enhancing, making the entire 6 films one continuous story.

You can read more on this story here at The Digital Bits site.

 


 

On Line Chapter 10 Is
November 20, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Tonight we see Anakin’s Starfighter in action on the Official Site. If you’re a Hyperspace member tune into check out Chapter 10!

 


 

Clone Wars Ep. 1 -10 Marathon Reminder Update
November 20, 2003 | 11:52 AM EST | Keri

If you have missed any episodes of the most excellent Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, watch Friday, November 21 to see all ten episodes beginning at 7:30 p.m. (e/p)!

UPDATE: The 10 episodes will not be shown back to back. They
are airing Ep. 1 – 5 at 7:30pm and Ep. 6 – 10 at
9:30pm (e/p) with 2 short breaks in each half. Thanks to YakReader Rod for the Update!

We just have to wait until the spring to see the remaining 10 episodes, but with such high quality storytelling told in a very compressed time of 3 minutes, these episodes are definetly worth the wait! Now, if only Episode III will be half as good as the micro series…then we have something to really look forward to!

 


 

Star Destroyer Assortment?
November 20, 2003 | 11:45 AM EST | Keri

YakReader Derek points out that in the last paragraph after the preview of the new article on Dodonna, Gold Leader, Tie Pilot, and
Antilles it says:

“Come back soon for previews of a Star Destroyer assortment including
Admiral Ozzel, Dengar and Bossk.”

Perhaps these are more new figures slated for us to feast upon very soon…I would venture to guess that Dengar and Bossk are newly resculpted, but at least Ozzel is a character we have yet to see.

 


 

Obi Wan v. Durge Round II
November 19, 2003 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section now has Chapter 9 up for viewing. If you thought the fight between Obi Wan and Durge was good in Chapter 8, well, round 2 is twice as good.

 


 

LEGO 2004
November 19, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark

 


LEGO set 4500: Although this is a remake, this is definately worth the $19.99.
The set includes one Snowspeeder, one Laser Canon, and three figures. The snowspeeder is modeled in white this time, compared to the original gray. Also included on this model is the tow rope. The wings also have more definition.

LEGO set 4501: This set is not what I expected. First we have the remake of the landspeeder. While this is a very nice remake, I would guess if sold alone it would be a $10 set. Next is the Cantina, in a word NEAT! Nice setting, table and side bar, with an entrance door. Without the Dewback, I would venture by the pieces, probably a $7 set, add the Dewback, make it $10. The set does include five figures: Luke, Sandtrooper, Greedo, Ben, and Han Solo. I do not agree with the $30 price tag, LEGO overpriced this set.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: UK Playmat Rug
November 19, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

In my quest for the unusual Star Wars items for auction on Ebay everyday, I ran across this vintage UK Playmat Rug to be featured for those who may have never seen it or knew of its existence.

Produced in 1983 by Recticel Sutfield Ltd., just at the time of ROTJ’s release exclusively in the UK, this Playmat Rug is a colorful rendition of the many exciting adventures experienced in the trilogy. This is a hard to find item, the price is almost a giveaway, not only that, it would be a great floor decoration in any collection room!
Click on through to bid on this great Playmat Rug and treat yourself to some truly inspired and unique Star Wars graphics and color!

Star Wars UK Playmat Rug

 


 

New New Hope Figures
November 19, 2003 | 11:02 AM EST | Mark B

 

Four new images of Hasbro Star Wars figures have appeared this morning at Star Wars.com. These are all new figures from Star Wars: A New Hope. Included are General Jan Dodonna, Gold Leader, New Tie Pilot, and Captain Antilles. Follow this linkfor more information!

 


 

KBToys.com Sale
November 19, 2003 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

Here are a list of items on sale at KBToys.com

**UPDATED
*12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troppers $9.99
*12″ Electronic Talking Obi-Wan $9.99
*Gamorrean Guard 12″ $14.99
LEGO AT-AT $79.99
LEGO Hailfire Droid $39.99
LEGO AT-TE $59.99
Hasbro Imperial Shuttle $69.99
Tie Fighter with Tie Pilot $14.99
Playskol Millennium Falcon $19.99
Playskol X-Wing $9.99
Playskol Duel with Darth Maul $9.99
Interactive R2-D2 $49.99

WOW, what a list!!!!

UPDATE: Thanks to Crazy4Toys for the tip.

You can also save $10 with code SEARSKBTOY plus free shipping for over $99 is still in effect.

 


 

12″ Leia Bounty Hunter
November 19, 2003 | 6:56 AM EST | Mark

The TRU Exclusive 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite is now on sale at 50% off for $19.98

Also on sale:
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber @ $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) @ $174.98 (58% off)

 


 

With Chapter 8, Continues The Clone Wars Does
November 18, 2003 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Yet again the Official Site has updated with the latest installment of the animated Clone Wars Sage. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: 12″ Collection on Ebay
November 18, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

A YakReader sent in this auction currently on Ebay for every 12″ doll Mint in Sealed Boxes from the Modern Kenner/Hasbro Line, which totals up to 137 items! If you want an instant 12″ Collection complete with brand new additions click on through below and get busy bidding!

Entire 12″ Collection

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars 10 Years Items
November 18, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

In 1987, to commemerate the 10 year anniversary of A New Hope, a select few items were produced bearing a unique logo decalring the First Ten Years of Star Wars.

At that time, collecting Star Wars toys and other items was not the hobby it is today, with many rare items up for grabs at prices we all wish and dream about now. However, fans continued to collect what was available, no matter how small that selection seemed to be. Among the “new” items were 10 year hats, t-shirts, mugs, pennants, patches and notepads.

Today, the 10 Year items are becoming increasingly hard to find, and thus more expensive. Items can still be found at decent prices, but with more anniversaries of the film to come, bargains may be few and far between in years ahead. The auctions below feature some of the most memorable and interesting merchandise, including a really cool Vader Felt Pennant that is quite hard to find.

1st 10 Years Vader Pennant

1st Ten Years Logo Patch

1st 10 Years Black & Gold Mug

 


 

Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars On-Line
November 18, 2003 | 4:38 PM EST | Mark B

Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars Cartoon is now on-line for your viewing pleasure over atStar Wars.com. Today we get some Sith Action with Count Dooku against Asajj Ventress. And she is given a new assignment….

 


 

Bounty Hunting Emails
November 17, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

Unfortunately, all of my emails got deleted today and I did not have a chance to read a message someone sent me regarding Bounty Hunting. If you could please email me the message again here I would really appreciate it.

Also, if any readers would like to see a certain item featured in one of my Bounty Hunting articles, please email me here as well.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Worldwide Stickers 
November 17, 2003 | 4:54 PM EST | Keri

Collecting Stickers was at its absolute height of popularity in the 80s, when stores had nothing but rolls upon rolls of stickers in absoultely every shape, size, color, smell, glitter and gel.

Star Wars stickers are still being made today in likenesses of our favorite characters and vehicles in holographic, transparent and glitter forms. Today I have chosen to spotlight stickers that were sold worldwide, namely 2 auctions including modern Panini transparent stickers from Italy and vintage Topps stickers from the UK. Of course, this is only a tiny sampling of the variety and scope of stickers from around the world, as virtually every country sold some sort of sticker, or had a promo tie-in for a sticker.

Click on the links below to start your Star Wars sticker search!

1996 Italian Panini Sticker Set

Vintage ESB Topps UK Sticker Set

 


 

Grand Moff Tarkin Bust Delayed
November 17, 2003 | 4:18 PM EST | Mark B

Those of you hoping for one of the Grand Moff Tarkin Busts from Gentle Giant under your Christmas tree will be disappointed! The Tarkin bust which was originally scheduled for release the second week of November has now been moved to December 31st. This shouldn’t come as too big of surprise given Gentle Giant’s release history, but a disappointment nonetheless for those like me who were excited to get this newest mini-bust.

 


 

KOTOR for PC in Stores Tomorrow!
November 17, 2003 | 4:11 PM EST | Mark B

Knights of the Old Republic for Windows PCs will be in stores tomorrow. X-Box owners have been able to get this game that takes place 4000 years before the Galactic Empire for some time now. Your mission is to lead a band of Jedi against the ruthless Sith and through the mission you can either save the Republic or fall to the Dark Side. Buy it here and get a free Knights of the Old Republic Pewter Lightsaber as a bonus!

 


 

Playskool Sets
November 17, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Mark B

 

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I’ve had several people ask me where to find the Star Wars Playskool sets for their kids and if any of my old contacts were still able to get them. Well, I found a bunch of them today over at KBtoys.com.
Browse on over there and look for Star Wars items. Under the Best Sellers you will find all 6 of the Star Wars Playskool sets. These are a great holiday gift for the younger Star Wars fans who aren’t quite ready for the regular size action figures and ships.

 


 

Super Articulated Clone Trooper
November 17, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark

Here are some sweet images, thanks to Amidala Anakin for the images and POTF2 for the heads-up. These will be shipping together in the same case, even assortment.

 


 

Announced The Winners Of The Clone Wars Contest Have!
November 16, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Brandon

Without Further Ado (And A Little Delay! Sorry About That!) The Winners Of The Yakface.com Store Reports Contest Have Been Announced! Go To The Store ReportsPage Now To Check Them Out! Congrats Again To The Lucky Winners!

 


 

The Winner Is…
November 16, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Jose Ybarra, winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for the next drawing to us here. Remember, your entry must include your name as well address. Good luck!

 


 

Holiday Yoda Arrives!
November 16, 2003 | 7:51 PM EST | Steve

Delivered by UPS on Friday, the second Star Wars Holiday Edition features Yoda as Santa. The figure was well-packed and arrived in excellent condition. The edges of the card back were flat (no bends) and the bubble was perfect, no dents.

The reproduction card is inserted between two pieces of the backer card, and is easily removed (if you wish to do so) by slitting the tape on either side.

I was surprised by the detail the figure holds to the original art, right down to the ball and block in the snow and the toys in Yoda’s sack.

An excellent addition to any Star Wars collection and a great companion piece to last year’s edition with C-3PO and R2-D2.

 


 

What’s The Best Toy Line Of 2003?
November 16, 2003 | 1:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod let us know that Wizard is running a poll for the best toy line of 2003. With Hasbro’s outstanding efforts on Star Wars, let’s support our favorite toy line!

 


 

New Insider Insights
November 16, 2003 | 1:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bryan sent in this quick overview of the new Insider he received yesterday:

“I got the new SW Insider #72 in the mail today. At first glance there isn’t much that earth shattering but there is a cool Landspeeder bed toward the back.”

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Paper Dolls!
November 15, 2003 | 6:49 PM EST | Keri

Continuing on yesterday’s theme of dolls, today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings you Star Wars Amidala Paper Dolls!

Paper dolls have been enjoyed by children throughout the centuries, something that could easily be bought or even home made. In the 1930s – 1950s paper dolls resembling movie stars, and the golden epics they starred in were a staple of movie tie-in liscening. That liscening continues on to this day with the Star Wars Amidala paper dolls that were produced for Episode I and Episode II. These books are very inexpensive and provide something different for the collector looking for anything Star Wars.

Ep. I Queen Amidala Paper Dolls Book

Ep. II Padme Paper Dolls Book

 


 

Arc Trooper & LEGO Cantina
November 15, 2003 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark

New in stock at Amazon.
ARC Trooper (Clone Wars)
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Light)
LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Dolls!
November 14, 2003 | 5:15 PM EST | Keri

You read right, today’s focus will be on dolls! Although the word “doll” usually conjures images of a baby doll wetting itself, or Barbies, there are dolls in the Star Wars Universe of liscened products that are not revolting at all.

Of course there are the Kenner/Hasbro 12″ figures, which some people call dolls (i know i do), but since they are mainly targeted at boys, they are large action figures. I will not discuss the Kenner dolls at length today, but instead spotlight a modern cross-collectible Star Wars doll set made by Madame Alexander. Sold through FAO Schwarz in a small limited edition box set, these dolls in the childhood likeness of Luke, Leia and Han were on the expensive side when bought brand new. Though the set is popular with doll collectors as well as Star Wars collectors it can still be found on Ebay at a decent price, as seen in the auction link below.

Set of 3 Madame Alexander Star Wars Dolls MIB

 


 

New Lego Mini Sets & Cantina Set Found!
November 14, 2003 | 3:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ugmo writes in with his latest Lego finds:

This morning at a Toy’R’Us in Burbank, Ca (SoCal) they had the 4 new Lego Mini Sets (the Imperial Shuttle, the Sith Infiltrator, the AT-TE and the Star Destroyer, $6.99 each) plus they had the new Mos Eisley Cantina set ($29.99).
And if there’s anyone whose near a Lego Store, the one here in the Glendale Galleria (SoCal) has the Bespin ($99.99) and the UCS Snowspeeder sets (I think $129.99?). Thought you’d like to know seeing that I didn’t know some of these were coming out yet.

Looks like it may be time for a Lego/Toy run this weekend!

 


 

Chrome Vader Mini-Busts Still Available
November 13, 2003 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve wrote in to report that he received a Star Wars credit card offer in the mail from MBNA. They’re giving away more of the Chrome Vader Mini Busts. The offer is available on-line here.

 


 

On Mon Calamari, Continues The Clone Wars Does
November 13, 2003 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Once again, the Official Site’s hyperspace site has uploaded even more eye candy for Clone Wars fans. This time it’s Kitt Fisto, using his lightsaber under water with aquatrooper clones! Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pillows!
November 13, 2003 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

If you need some decorations to spruce up your bed, and don’t want to do it using stuffed Ewoks, then these pillows are just the thing!

Today’s feature focuses on pillows featuring well-known Star Wars characters, meant to complement sheets, bedspreads or any collection. Although vintage pillows were produced for ROTJ, with the likenesses of Vader, R2, and Jabba with Salacious Crumb, the auctions today deal with modern pillows from Episode I and II. The modern pillows are easy to locate in unused condition, while the vintage pillows provide much more of a challenge in locating.

The auctions below include favorite characters at very reasonable prices, which can also be given as gifts for the upcoming holidays!

Obi-Wan Pillow 

Darth Maul Pillow

Ep. II Anakin Pillow

 


 

Anakin disses Hasbro’s Real Scan Technology
November 13, 2003 | 2:49 PM EST | Ben

theforce.net had this cute little tidbit from Hayden Christensen…

Q: Do you have your own doll?

A: I do have the doll! They send you one of everyone that’s made. But mine is going to stay in the box for a very long time (laugh). I got my own action figure – I was like: This is the coolest thing. But I have to say, the doll doesn’t look like me at all.

 


 

Do You Feel Lucky?
November 13, 2003 | 7:46 AM EST | Mark

Ephant Mon – Only one left in stock!

Also, here is something new.. or is it old?? Which is it? Not sure if this is the old snowspeeder or a new one.
LEGO: Rebel Snowspeeder $19.99

Back in stock:
Wat Tambor
Coleman Trebor

 


 

On-Line Chapter 4 Is
November 12, 2003 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site Official Site‘s Hyperspace section is now live with Chapter 4 of the Clone Wars animated shorts. Durge finally debuts. Enough said.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Han Blaster Prop Replicas
November 12, 2003 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

In keeping with yesterday’s feature dealing with Master Replicas lightsabers, today’s focus is on blaster prop replicas, specifically the broom handled Mauser that Han shot first and effectively crisped Greedo in the Cantina.

Master Replicas was not the first company to produce Han Blasters. In the days before Ebay, before the Internet, when collectors bought and sold through magazines like Starlog there was Marco Enterprises out of Anaheim, California. Though Lucas tried to shut down the production of these very accurate and beautifully made blasters, which were sold with the holster and droid caller as a set, the attempt was unsuccessful. The company no longer produces these blasters, and most are in the hands of collectors today. It is a real treat indeed to have found this on my Ebay search.

I have auctions below for both the Marco Enterprises Han Blaster with leather holster and droid caller, as well as an auction for the current, but sold out Master Replicas Han Blaster with case. The Master Replicas Han Blaster is gorgeous and rare, due to the small number produced, as well as the large price tag when bought new at the retail level. Both of these blasters make great additions to any collection which includes props.

Marco Enterprises Han Blaster & Holster

Master Replicas Han Blaster with Box & Display Case

 


 

On-line Clone Wars Chapter 3 Is
November 12, 2003 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace members can now view Chapter 3 of the Clone Wars Cartoon on-line. This chapter is titled Urban Warfare and continues the outstanding quality we’ve seen in the first 2 episodes.

 


 

New Photos of Master Replicas Items
November 11, 2003 | 5:56 PM EST | Mark B

I found these photos while searching through a wholesalers page today of the upcomingMaster Replicas releases. These are not yet available for order from Master Replicas, but keep checking here and we’ll let you know when they are “officially available” –
Until then enjoy these new photos:
Darth Maul Battle Damaged Lightsaber
Medal of Yavin

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Lightsaber Prop Replicas
November 11, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Keri

Master Replicas has released many lightsaber prop replicas during a relatively short time. Collectors have been treated with high quality, movie accurate fully liscened props which can be displayed in boxes and/or cases.

The only complaint may be that the prices are too expensive for some collectors to afford. Never fear! Ebay is here with some great deals on these beautiful props. It seems to me, that more often than not, with modern collecting, there is a large feeding frenzy for the newest item, then interest drops to almost nonexistent. This is where patience plays a huge part in getting the items you dream of at bargain prices. Loyal readers, you will see me preach this many times, but the majority of my modern collection has either been bought at clearance prices or through Ebay dealer closeouts. This is the way I have been able to add these prop replicas to my collection without breaking the bank or going into debt.

As we are all watching the Clone Wars Cartoon, eagerly awaiting Ep. 3, these lightsabers are at all time low prices…though perhaps after Ep. 3 the bargains will not be this plentiful. If you are looking for great Christmas gifts or wish to treat yourself, check out the bargain prices these auctions have to offer today!

Darth Maul MR Lightsaber

Count Dooku MR Lightsaber

ROTJ Luke F/X MR Lightsaber

Darth Vader A New Hope MR Lightsaber

 


 

Dark Horse Distributing Kotobukiya Obi-Wan
November 11, 2003 | 12:23 PM EST | Keri

This breaking news comes courtesy of the official site. Dark Horse Comics will distribute the young Obi-Wan in March 2004 at a suggested retail price of $94.99. The image below shows the likeness of the Jedi Master to be outstanding, along with his nice action pose, making this a must-have item!

 


 

Clone Wars Wave 3 Carded
November 11, 2003 | 12:22 PM EST | Bill

It looks like we’re going to be seeing lots of new figures of the next couple of months:



These carded samples are up on Ebay here, and will probably hit retail and Etailers in the near future.

 


 

Clone Wars Wave Three
November 11, 2003 | 11:07 AM EST | Mark

You can bid on these figures by going HERE!







 


 

Amazon Gets More Figs..
November 11, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | Mark

Here are some more figures back in stock at Amazon.com:
Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress
Princess Leia – Imperial Captain
Darth Vader – A New Hope
Darth Maul
Han Solo – A New Hope
Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress
Lt. Faytonni
Wat Tambor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: 3-D Droideka Standup
November 10, 2003 | 12:42 AM EST | Keri

There’s nothing like a lifesize standup of a favorite Star Wars character in 3-D form guarding your collection!
Most standups are 2-Dimensional and are merely large glossy printed paper pasted onto a thick cardboard backing. While these are cool in their own right, there is a 3-D option made of cardboard which can also be found at a very affordable price.

Released amongst the deluge of Ep.1 items at the retail level, DK Books produced lifesize 3-D droid standups. The characters were all droids and included R2, Battle Droid, and the Destroyer Droid (Droideka). The pricing point was around $100 at the time and was bought by some collectors, but was generally looked over for less expensive items or was not widely known due to little advertising.

Patience is truly a virtue when collecting modern items, and patience can pay off in great money savings. A great example of this is the auction for the Droideka Standup featured today at a price much lower than retail in an unopened box.

Droideka Lifesize 3-D Standup

 


 

Bail Organa Report Pt. 2 
November 10, 2003 | 12:24 AM EST | Keri

It appears that the newest wave including Bail Organa, the Mcquarrie Concept Stormtrooper and the Imperial Dignitary were found by YakReader Chad in Hunstville, Alabama. Keep your eyes peeled for the newest figures and Good Luck on your toy runs this week!

 


 

Animated Clone Wars Carded
November 9, 2003 | 10:30 PM EST | Mark

You can go HERE and bid on these….



 


 

Figures Back In Stock
November 9, 2003 | 4:12 PM EST | Mark

These are back in stock at Amazon:
Lt. Faytonni
Wat Tambor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)
Coleman Trebor

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Model Vehicles
November 9, 2003 | 2:37 AM EST | Keri

The Star Wars universe is filled with a plethora of different vehicles, both fast and nimble as well as large and lumbering. The designs were and are still unique, and make great companions to the multitude of figures most collectors acquire.

Today’s feature takes a moment to spotlight auctions for some of the coolest and most memorable ships and speeders from the entire Star Wars body of films. Most of the vintage models were distributed by MPC/Ertl in the 70’s and 80’s and the same models were reissued in the same packaging in 1992 with a commerative sticker on the cellophane wrapping. Many exceptional models have been made in Japan and remain among the most accurate of any models available for general purchase.

Click on these auctions below to get glueing, painting and creating your own vehicles to add to your displays and/or dioramas!

X-Wing & Tie Interceptor Model

AT-AT Model

Shuttle Tydirium Model

Japanese X-Wing FIghter Model

 


 

New SA Clone Trooper Image
November 8, 2003 | 9:49 PM EST | Joseph

GalacticHunter.com has a pic of the the highly anticipated New Super Articulated Clone Trooper. You can get there by clicking here

 


 

Clone Wars 2 In Stock
November 8, 2003 | 3:18 PM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth, you can now pick up the Clone Wars Wave 2 as they just got them in stock.

 


 

Holiday Yoda on the Way!
November 8, 2003 | 2:53 PM EST | Steve

Just received an e-mail from Paizo with the tracking number for my Holiday Yoda figure. The e-mail lists the scheduled delivery date as 11-14. Looks like Christmas is coming a little early…

 


 

Yoda Clone Wars In Stock
November 8, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com, they have the following in stock:
Yoda (Clone Wars)
Arc Trooper (Clone Wars)
Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars)
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi

 


 

Clone Wars Episode 1
November 7, 2003 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Are you a Hyperspace member? You can download episode one with exlusive commentary right now at Starwars.com

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Kubrick Toys
November 7, 2003 | 5:54 PM EST | Keri

Kubrick Toys are neat and interesting additions to any collection, as they are highly detailed and as the slogan says “unbreakable”. Made in Japan for the Japanese Market, these are also great foreign collectible items.

The figures are Lego-esque upon a first glance, but with some further inspection it is easy to see that these are not Lego’s. The simple way in which the figures are presented is refreshing as well as entertaining.

Today’s auctions below feature a special carded Luke reminiscent of the original Kenner 12 backs, exclusive to The Art of Star Wars Exhibit at the Kyoto National Museum, as well as an unopened 12 pack of the Series 1 Figure Set of Bounty Hunters. Click the links below to check out these great little items!

Kubrick Carded Luke

Box of 12 Sealed Kubrick Series 1 Bounty Hunters

 


 

New Attakus Website is Online!
November 7, 2003 | 3:35 PM EST | Mark B

The new Attakus website is now online. They have some great photos of all of their past, current, and upcoming Star Wars statues. Visit Attakus today!

 


 

New Unleashed Images….
November 7, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Check them out at StarWars.com

Click on Each to see the larger image….

  

 


 

Playskool UNRELEASED Protos
November 6, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

It looks like there are more figures which have been developed for the now dormant Playskool line. Whether these figures were developed for the line originally and put on hold, or were developed for a new set of releases is unknown, but they do look very cool. Kudos to Yak Reader Michael for finding them.


If you are interested in seeing the auction, click here.

 


 

I Love This Cantina
November 6, 2003 | 11:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Barry:

Not collecting news but still cool news. Hey just wanted to post that i was watching the country music awards show on wednesday night and toby keith was performing his new song “I love this bar”. In the back ground on large screen was the mos eisley cantina bar scene from a new hope. It ran about a 30 second clip. It was the one that scans the bar and introduces you to all the aliens. I about fell out and laughed out loud. Neat stuff. My hats off to Toby Keith.

 


 

Chewie Gets Really Unleashed, And More
November 6, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

A photo has just surfaced on one of From Bricks to Bothans forums of the next wave of unleashed figures. To say the least they are outstanding– Chewie, Clone Trooper, and Luke X-Wing. Click here to check out the photo!

 


 

New Review Feature
November 6, 2003 | 6:41 PM EST | Mark B

 

I’m starting up a new feature here at Yakface, hopefully I will be able to add one article a week – it will be a review/product highlights of Prop Replicas. Obviously I will be starting with some of the newer Master Replicas items, as they seem to be the most common. As I get through the items in my personal collection, I’ll ask you as our readers to help me out with some of the reviews. To order any of the replicas I will feature, visit Master Replicas.

For my look at the Weathered Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber – CLICK HERE!

 


 

Holy Trilogy on DVD 9/2004
November 6, 2003 | 4:21 PM EST | Ben

thedigitalbits.com also reports:

Well, we’ve finally heard from our sources on that meeting that Lucasfilm held yesterday at the Presidio with their retail partners… Star Wars: Episodes IV, V & VI are coming to DVD in September of 2004. The animated series of Clone Wars shorts appearing soon on the Cartoon Network will also be released on DVD, possibly before the end of this year. The teaser campaign for Episode III will begin in January of 2005, leading up to the May theatrical release. Finally… Episode III will hit DVD in November of 2005. …Keep in mind that none of this is official until Lucasfilm publicaly announces it… but this is certainly, at long last, the real deal.

Commentary: One wonders why Mr. Lucas changed his mind. He seemed dead set on a nice six-film boxed set. Perhaps, like the Indy Trilogy there aren’t enough extras to do a bonus disc per film. My bet is the Star Wars set will resemble the Indy set in many ways.

 


 

Vader’s Assault
November 6, 2003 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark B

Aint It Cool News has the first report I have seen from the Marketing Summit held yesterday at Lucasfilms. Obviously they discussed the Clone Wars cartoon, but it looks like we may finally see the Originally Trilogy on DVD in Sept ’04!!! May ’05 will be Episode III in theaters, and then it will be on DVD around November of ’05. There are some spoilers mentioned, but I will say that Episode III footage was shown to those in attendance. The Aint It Cool News website seems to be running REALLY SLOW right now. Probably from all of us trying to read this story!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Beer Steins
November 6, 2003 | 12:22 PM EST | Keri

Steins have been around in one shape or form for many centuries, used as vessels to drink primarily beer and other beverages. The far reaching licsences of the Star Wars universe did indeed include the large ceramic mugs which were beautifully decorated with characters and themes from a galaxy far, far away.

The Steins featured in today’s auctions are limited and numbered editions with excellent craftsmanship. The first stein features the most feared and well-liked Bounty Hunter in the world, Boba Fett. The figural pewter detail, as well as art by Dave Dorman make this Stein a real treasure. The other auction I have chosen today is a bargain basement price for a Stein which displays the Special Edition artwork from A New Hope.

Both of these Steins were quite expensive when they were first released, but with time and patience these items can sometimes be found at decent and even bargain prices. Click on the links below to get your Stein collection started!

Boba Fett Stein

Star Wars Special Edition Stein

 


 

PSWCS Toy Drive
November 6, 2003 | 12:06 PM EST | Keri

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society , www.PSWCS.com
in association with Toy Heaven www.thetoyheaven.com, is holding a Star Wars toy drive to benefit Garrison Carida www.garrisoncarida.com of the 501st Legionwww.501st.com.
Garrison Carida encompasses much of the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. They are a truly
service-oriented chapter of the 501st, dedicating the majority of their efforts to helping children. They visit children’s hospitals 6 or 7 times a year where they pose for photos with the patients and hand out Star Wars toys. The toys collected through this drive will be given to the children during these visits. If you would like to donate a toy to the drive, please visit www.pswcs.com/toydrive. Please join PSWCS in
supporting this fine organization and their efforts to brighten the
days of children who need it most.

 


 

Clone Wars 2-Packs at Kay-Bee
November 6, 2003 | 11:57 AM EST | Keri

If you are still having a tough time finding the Clone Wars 2 Packs at your local Wal-mart, or have never even seen them on the pegs at your Wal-mart (which I yet to see!) YakReader Steven in Nashville sends in this news:

i have hoped for months to find those clone wars two packs at my wal-marts (with the bonus clone trooper). with no luck.
my local Kay-Bee had all three (Anakin, Yoda, and Clonetrooper) today for $5.99 each.

 


 

Please Excuse My Absence…
November 6, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | Keri

Although a bit off topic, yesterday, I had the treat of seeing The Matrix Revolutions as well as the remastered Alien: The Director’s Cut.
If you have not had a chance to see Alien yet, I highly recommend it, especially if you have a digital theater in your city. I saw it in digital format and I must say the picture quality never ceases to amaze me. The deleted scenes that were added back in to the film were wonderful to see where they belonged again. As a special bonus before the film, I was surprised and pleased to see that Alien Vs. Predator will finally be a movie on theaters on August 6th, 2004 – see ya’ll in line for that one!

 


 

Toby Keith in Star Wars?
November 6, 2003 | 9:41 AM EST | Mark B

No, but it looks like he might be a Star Wars Fan. During the Country Music awards show last night, Toby Keith was performing his new song “I Love This Bar” while scenes from A New Hope and the Cantina Scene played in the background. Thanks to Barry for the info.

 


 

DC Metro Area Star Wars Club
November 6, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Mark B

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Monthly Meeting November 8th (That’s this Saturday!) The DCSWCC will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday November 8th at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA from 1pm-5pm (location information is on our website). If anyone in the DC Metro Area is interested in joining the group or attending the meeting please check out their website at www.dcswcc.com. They will be collecting canned food items this weekend for the Great DC Metro Area Food Bank this weekend. If you are interested in contributing please bring 1 or more canned items. They will also be having their monthly raffle, a Star Wars Weekend Presentation, Star Wars Comedy Theater show and discussing their upcoming Winter Social Event on Dec 6th. – Thanks to JediNerdz for the info!

 


 

Kubricks Wave 2
November 6, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Jedi Defender has posted all the 411 and a photo of the upcoming Kubricks Wave2. Yes, there will be another chase figure– this time it will be Sandtroopers with different colored pauldroons. The second wave will include: ANH Han Solo, Greedo, Cantina Band Member (Bith), ANH Obi Wan, and a Tusken Raider. Click here for more.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 6, 2003 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Low Priced Shipping Starts at $3.95!

See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon at Entertainment Earth!

Living Dead Dolls (Series 666)
The First Series with Living Dead Pets!
Set of 6 individually packaged dolls includes: 1x Isaac with crow, 1x Jinx with Kitty, 1x Calico with Muzzy, 1x Hush with rat, 1x RevenanT with vulture, and 1x Dottie Rose with poodle. Each doll is 10 inches tall and fully poseable, with rooted hair. Each doll comes in its own coffin with a death certificate.
In Stock!
Item Number: MZ99980A
Price: $139.99

Return Of The King Ser. 1 Set
Prepare for the Return of The King!
This set of 4 individually packaged action figures includes: 1x Crossbow Uruk-Hai with real crossbow firing action and removable helmet, 1x Frodo with removable Goblin helmet and Goblin weapon; 1x Samwise with removable helmet and Sting Sword with Sheath, and 1x Eomer with sword-slashing action.
In Stock!
Item Number: TB81300A
Price: $49.99

Hellraiser Series 2 Set
With or Without Skin?
Collect all 6 figures to build the Pillar of Souls! This set of 7 individually packaged action figures includes: 2x Hellbound Pinhead, 1x Butterball with alternate head and apron with removable tools, 1x Skinless Julia with removable bandages, 1x Angelique, 1x Barbie with alternate head with flame, 1x Surgeon.
In Stock!
Item Number: NC33022AA
Price: $79.99

SW Hall of Fame Assortment
All-New Packaging!
Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca Mechanic, 1x HOF R2-D2, 1x HOF C-3P0, 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant, 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel, 1x HOF Stormtrooper, 1x HOF Yoda, 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel, 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive, 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan, 1x HOF Luke Skywalker, and 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84715E
Price: $64.99

Star Trek Original Phaser
The Most Accurate Phaser Ever Produced!
Recreated from a prop used for the original series, this Phaser replica is two weapons in one: the small, clamshell-shaped Type 1 Phaser and the pistol-style Type 2 Phaser. This electronic Phaser replica features authentic, digital sound effects recorded from the original studio tapes. Also available Autographed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MRST103
Price: $399.99

Order Today!
Questions? Try reading our F.A.Q. or email customer service at cs@entertainmentearth.com.

 


 

Hasbro Really Does Care
November 5, 2003 | 7:42 PM EST | Bill

Interesting news for skeptics of the Jedi Master Points Auction. Hasbro sent out Emails asking registered members (it appears of starwars.hasbro.com) to complete a survey about the Jedi Master Points Auctions. Questions range from auction closing values to auction item selections, and more. It looks like this program could continue beyond its current December end date.

 


 

UPDATE Jango Fett Blasters
November 5, 2003 | 6:02 PM EST | Jason

 



I’m very happy to report, that the Neon Orange inserts in the
barrel of the blaster are REMOVABLE! Here is the low-down from
Dave Cordes who discovered how to remove it and was nice enough
to share detailed information with us:

“You will need a 1/16 alan wrench to remove the screw just under the barrel flash. Once removed, unscrew the flash by holding onto the opposite end of the barrel. Once the flash is removed, simply push the orange plug out. You can turn it over and reinsert it back into the flash with the silver side facing outward and the orange side facing inward or if you prefer to have a more realistic gun, leave the barrel hollow without reinserting the plug cap. Screw the flash back onto the barrel and reinsert the pin using the alan wrench. Voila!”

Thanks again to Dave. My thoughts on why they would not indicate
this to me on the phone are probably related in some legal manner that
would prevent them from sharing this information with patrons.

 


 

Custom Made Star Wars Goodies!
November 5, 2003 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has just posted information about their new Custom Star Wars items. You can now pick up mugs, mousepads, coasters, and calendars – all customized with your favorite Star Wars Character or Scene! They are even offering items from the new Clone Wars Cartoon series. Oh, and since you are in the process of making your Christmas lists – I’ll take anything that has Boba Fett on it. 🙂

 


 

Shu Mai Prototype
November 5, 2003 | 7:49 AM EST | Mark

Click here to see the Shu Mai prototype, you can even bid on it if you want.

 


 

R-3PO Wave Carded
November 4, 2003 | 10:28 PM EST | Joseph

GalacticHunter.com has pics of the R-3P0 wave. Saga Wave 16 featuring Luke Skywalker Hoth, Protocol Droid R-3PO, and the Hoth Rebel Trooper. The wave also includes the second Imperial Diginitary Kren Blista-Vanee),and Achk Med-Beq. You can get there by clicking here

 


 

Online Shopping
November 4, 2003 | 5:59 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for some of the newer items? Amazon has these back in stock.
Anakin Swoop Bike
and the…
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike

Geonosian War Room 2
Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Sigma Figural Mugs
November 4, 2003 | 5:46 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Bounty Hunting feature focuses on the wonderfully designed ceramic figural mugs produced by Sigma in 1983 to coincide with the release of ROTJ.

Today’s auctions represent another cardinal rule of Ebay shopping and surfing: the most simplistic descriptions can yield excellent results. Some sellers are not always aware of an items value, age etc. and therefore often give their auction a simple, nondescriptive title. No matter how non assuming something appears to be, it may be a treasure of an auction waiting to be discovered at a very reasonable price.

If you are looking for a stylish way to drink your coffee in the morning, or simply a great mug of your favorite character, the auctions below will give you a great start.

Sigma Gammorrean Guard Mug

Sigma Lando Skiff Mug

 


 

Last but not Least…
November 4, 2003 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Last, but certainly not least, I have one more Star Wars themed pumpkin for everyone to enjoy.
This pumpkin was carved by a YakReader’s wife, who’s name I was not provided with unfortunately. The pumpkin, as you can see, is a very faithful rendition of the saga’s defining character who is the driving Force behind every character’s story.

 


 

Bail Organa Wave Found!
November 4, 2003 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jeffery reports in from Southern California that he found the Bail Organa wave at his local Target. Since Target has a sale on figures this week, its never been a better time to make a toy run and look for the newest wave!

 


 

Pre-Order 2004 Star Wars Hall of Fame Assortment
November 4, 2003 | 10:05 AM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth

We are proud to be the first to accept pre-orders on the upcoming
(February 2004) 3 3/4 inch Star Wars Hall of Fame action figure
assortment. This case contains 12 different figures. We don’t have
any additional information on figure details or packaging – that’s your job to speculate on right now. As soon as we know more information (or you do and tell us), we will post it.

SW Hall of Fame Assortment (Item# HS84715E, $64.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84715E

Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Hall of Fame action figure assortment. No
additional information about this assortment is available at this time.
Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca (NEW),
1x HOF R2-D2 (NEW), 1x HOF C-3P0 (NEW), 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant (NEW), 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x HOF Yoda (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive (NEW), 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan (NEW), 1x HOF Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room (NEW) (subject to change)

 


 

More Variations…
November 4, 2003 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Keep em coming Hasbro….

You can bid on these if you wish, right here



 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Weechee Prototype
November 3, 2003 | 3:24 PM EST | Keri

After being out of town all weekend as well as celebrating a special Halloween, I return to my normal Bounty Hunting duties and present you with a very interesting prototype auction today.

Other than pictures in Toy Fair Catalogs, opportunities for concrete prototypes do not often turn up everyday. Most internal copies stayed within the company or were destroyed, but some made it out with employees to find a very interested mass of collectors on Ebay today.

Near the end of the Kenner production line, in the seeming end of Star Wars figure popularity, the Droids and Ewoks lines of toys were all that was left after nearly a decade of unstoppable Kenner Star Wars toys sales. The Ewoks cartoon was short lived and the toy line was no exception. There were many plans to expand the line to include more figures, repackaged vehicles and plush Ewoks, all of which never made it to toy shelves.

Today’s auction is for an Ewoks internal painted hardcopy of the character Weechee. This is indeed a rare item, with only 10 or fewer known to be in existence, this is just the item for a collector looking for every item in the Kenner realm.

Weechee Prototype

 


 

More Star Wars Pumpkins!
November 3, 2003 | 3:14 PM EST | Keri

Though Halloween has come and gone, I still have some wonderful Star Wars themed Pumpkins that were carved to share with all of you! I have one other pumpkin to share with you that I will post later.

This nice pumpkin was created and sent in by YakReader Jason. It is an excellent intrepretation of our favorite and most powerful Jedi Master Yoda. The design has a beautiful life-like quality and really shines when lit up!

Here are the pictures for you to enjoy!

 


 

Lego On Sale
November 2, 2003 | 10:34 AM EST | Mark B

The new Toys R Us ad arrived in the Sunday Newspaper today and was almost completely void of Star Wars items. The one exception was in the Lego section. Both items advertised are available online and you can find them here:

Lego AT-AT – On Sale $79.99

New Lego Dagobah X-Wing – $49.99

Also, the final book in the New Jedi Order Series: The Unifying Force is being released this coming Tuesday (Nov 4). I don’t know if this is an exclusive item to Amazon or not, but the version they are selling claims to include a Bonus CD-ROM, which I had not heard of before and didn’t see mentioned in any other ads today!

 


 

Attakus Prototype Photos
November 2, 2003 | 10:26 AM EST | Mark B

The French website “Mint In Box” has some new photos of 2 upcoming Attakus Statue releases. They have prototype images of both the new Yoda and new Darth Vader.Check them out here! Thanks to Ulrich for the heads up on these!

 


 

Kotobukiya Darth Maul
November 1, 2003 | 6:08 PM EST | Mark B

 

Thanks to boba_jp for the new image of the upcoming Kotobukiya Darth Maul figure coming out in Japan. Believed to be coming out in December in Japan (Look for it to ship to the USA sometime next year through Dark Horse Comics). The Lightsaber splits into two and the base is the floor of the Theed Generator.

October 2003 Archive

Star Wars Hyperspace Pumpkin!
October 31, 2003 | 6:06 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris Helke, who lives in New Carlisle, Ohio and is a member of the Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club has sent in a few pictures of his submission to this years OSWCC pumpkin carving contest.
Chris describes the design as “a Hyperspace theme with the “Before The Helmet” Vader logo on the front and a slightly modified hyperspace “H” logo on the back.”

Here are the pictures below where we may all enjoy Chris’ talented artwork. In the lit picture the modified “H” design glows through to the back wall, looking very cool.

 


 

Jango Blasters and ToysRUs Big Book Comments
October 31, 2003 | 1:51 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to comment for a second on two items of interest.

The Masterreplicas.com Jango Blasters are ready to ship, but some
are probably not aware that they will ship with PERMANENT Orange
inserts in the barrels of the guns. Masterreplicas insist that they
can’t be seen when displayed… but unless you are looking dead
straight at the guns at eye level, you will indeed see them. I’m
saddened by the fact that they could not make the inserts removable
and have cancelled my order. I am protesting the fact that they
have altered a prop replica and made the change permanent. I also
question whether or not this will continue with future blasters they
might make as I will not be buying ANY that have a permanent orange
insert/tip. If you would like to comment or voice your concerns, please send a message to customerservice@masterreplicas.com

I also got an advance copy of the Big Book from ToysRus and for those
speculating that it might have a promotion for the Silver Clone Trooper, you will be disappointed to learn that there are basically NO star Wars items in the book, except for a few Lego items. Just
when will this promotion become available, we will have to wait and
see.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Trick or Treat! 
October 31, 2003 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

Happy Halloween everyone! The big day is finally here, the costumes are made and when darkness falls tonite, all the ghosts and goblins may appear for tricks and treats!

Today is a special feature…a bit of a trick as well as a treat (i hope!) Instead of the usual Ebay auctions spotlighting interesting Star Wars items, I have for today a totally unique item!

I personally carve Star Wars themed pumpkins every year, and I have pictures of my latest creation to share with everyone today. Below you may see my interpretation of the slimy gangster himself Jabba the Hutt, both unlit and lit up.

If anyone else has any pictures of Star Wars pumpkins you have carved please send them in to me and I will be more than happy to post them here so that everyone may enjoy these non-fat low-cal Halloween treats!

 


 

Holiday Yoda Update Part 2
October 31, 2003 | 12:15 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Farscape-1 writes in to let everyone know that you may now order a maximum quantity of 4 Holiday Yodas per customer instead of the 3 per customer that was stated earlier.

 


 

Holiday Santa Yoda Update
October 30, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chad sends in this update on ordering info for the Holiday Yoda:

If you signed up for the Lightspeed Pass to get the Holiday Yoda. Keep your eyes open for an email like this. I got mine last night.

It’s time!

We are ready to take your order for Hasbro Holiday Yoda figures, brought to you exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Go to http://starwars.paizo.com/holidayyoda and place your order now for up to 4 of these collectible figures.

As a member of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, a Lightspeed Pass holder, and a recipient of this important email from Paizo.com, you may now purchase your Yoda figures online. Only those who have received this Lightspeed Pass email will be able to order at this time.

You may order starting now or any time after this, while supplies last. If you do not order immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock — more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of 4 figures per person.

After our subscribers with Lightspeed Passes have had sufficient time to order their figures, we will open up sales to subscribers who are not holding Lightspeed Passes. Finally, if we have any Holiday Yoda figures left in stock, we will open up ordering to everyone.

If you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure or the ordering process, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com.

“Santa Yoda” is the second of the Holiday Edition commemorative figures produced by Hasbro – a 3-3/4” scale Yoda dressed in Santa garb and shipped in a plastic case that’s suitable for display. Included with each figure is a full-sized greeting card featuring a reproduction of the 1980’s Lucasfilm holiday card art by Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist responsible for much of the look of the originalStar Wars trilogy.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays from the folks at Paizo.

The Official Star Wars Fan Club
http://starwars.paizo.com/
holiday.yoda@paizo.com

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet!
October 30, 2003 | 9:38 PM EST | Keri

Today’s late breaking Bounty Hunting edition is a spotlight close to my heart…and yes I feel I have saved the best for last!
Although it is too close to Halloween to put together a Royal Guard outfit, this wonderful helmet is the start of your own personal journey of elite service to the Emperor himself.
It is unclear as to exactly how many Royal Guards the Emperor had indebted in his service, it could have been as few as 25 or as many as a 100. It is known, however that Royal Guards were the best of the best, cunning and shrewd, showing abilities that far outreached the other Stormtroopers. The Royal Guards stood cloaked in crimson, holding their deadly Force Pikes silently and looked cool as all get out doing it!
The Don Post Royal Guard Helmet featured today was produced in 1996 and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. The helmet is becoming tougher to find, especially in good condition, and prices are getting higher as a result. If you wish to dress as one of the few, the proud, the Royal Guard the auction below is just what you are looking for!

Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet

 


 

D&S Newsfeed
October 30, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

New Items:

New 2003/2004 SW & Trek Pre-Orders on the site!

Clone Wars – Durge, Asajj , Mace, Obi-Wan Wave
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Clone Wars Durge with Swoop & Clone Trooper with Speeder
Clone Wars Clone Trooper 3-Pack – Red

Back in Stock!
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious, Leia & Vader Unmasked
Anakin & Dooku Speeders
Star Tours Parade Vehicle

Indiana Jones Ser. 2 Figures:
Marion
Indy with Idol
Cairo Swordsman
German Soldier

Transformers Universe Autobot Ratchet – Machine Robot Rescue
Transformers Universe Inferno – Machine Robot Rescue

Spawn 10th Anniversary Figures
12″ Terminator and Deluxe T3 Playset

G.I. Joe Crimson Cobra Vehicles and Desert Blitz
G.I. Joe Army Builder Wave
G.I. Joe Conquest of Cobra Mountain Playset
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank

Gold Shirt Exclusive Kirk Trek Figure
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack

 


 

Swoops Away…
October 30, 2003 | 6:46 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon are the…
Anakin Swoop Bike
and the…
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike

Also, the LEGO AT-AT is on sale for $79.99 (20% off) and the Lego Tiebomberis on sale for $24.99 (17% off) with free shipping.

 


 

New Master Replicas Images
October 29, 2003 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark B

 


The new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazines hits comic book stores today. Page 412 highlights 2 new Master Replicas items (reported here last week). First up is the Medal of Yavin replica – limited to 1500 peices worldwide for $100, and then the Severed Darth Maul Lightsaber limited to only 750 pieces and retailing for around $300. These items are not yet available on the Master Replicas website but look for them to be “officially” announced over the next couple of weeks.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Pre-Orders
October 29, 2003 | 3:59 PM EST | Mark

Just a reminder that Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for all of the new Ultra action figures:

Jabba the Hutt, Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (NEW), Wampa, C-3PO with Pod: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 2 (Item# HS84716B, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716B

Wampa, C-3P0 with Pod, General Rieekan: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 (Item# HS84716A, $74.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716A

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84716AA, $39.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84716AA

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Jar Jar Costume
October 29, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

You want this don’t you…Take your Jedi weapon…Strike Jar Jar down with all of your hatred and your journey towards ultimate gratification from every Star Wars fan will be complete!
Ok, so I am not a big fan of Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy Gungan that was introduced to the Star Wars universe in Episode I and had a slimmed down role in Episode II. (thankfully!)
However, some kids did enjoy his bungling nature and clowning around, so having said that, today’s feature is for a child’s complete Jar Jar costume with head mask and suit. I have also included an adult Jar Jar mask made my Don Post if you wish to put together a very quick outfit at a discount price.

Complete Child’s Jar Jar Costume

Don Post Jar Jar Adult Mask

 


 

Official Photos of Clone Wars Animated Figs!
October 29, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | Mark B

 

 

 

The official Star Wars website has posted photos of the first wave of Clone Wars Cartoon action figures. As you can see, there is Obi Wan, Anakin, Mace Windu and Asajj Ventress. Wave 2 photos will be coming soon and will include Dooku, Durge, Yoda and a Clone Trooper. Click Here for the full story.

 


 

Red ARCTrooper VARIATION Found!
October 29, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | Jason

 



I don’t remember reading about this one, but I was actually
looking for the second series of clone wars figures from the
cartoon this morning and ran accross a couple of cases of
the series 1 that had all the Arc Troopers repainted in red.

Click here to see a side by side comparison between the first
release and the second.

 


 

New ’04 Figure Photos
October 28, 2003 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has just posted photos of several new figures that will debut in 2004. Probably the most anticipated one is the new Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi!!! There are also 4 new aliens from Jabba’s Palace along with a new Jedi Luke and Lando in Skiff Guard disguise.

WOOHOO!!! The year is complete already! Another Luke Jedi!!!!
  
  

 


 

Canadian TRU Exclusive?
October 28, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

This just in from Yak reader Torrynn who has been in contact with a Canadian TRU employee who has found item #957089 which the description shows as a new X-Wing Fighter “Red Leader”. This item is showing up as an exclusive item retailing for around $45. No details to tell how this is different from the “Red Five” exclusive previously at TRU.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Darth Maul Costume!
October 28, 2003 | 1:27 PM EST | Keri

Dressing as a Dark Lord of the Sith is always a great idea for Halloween, or any other time for that matter!
For today’s feature I have chosen the mysterious apprentice of Darth Sidious, Darth Maul. Maul was by far the coolest character of Ep. I, with his horns, rotten teeth, elaborate black and red tattoos, and of course his double-bladed lightsaber. Maul was a Zabrac of few words, but got his point across to Qui-Gon very effectively. Maul was no more than an instrument of evil, carrying out the carefully constructed plans of Sidious.
Today’s auctions are for a complete child’s Maul outfit, including mask, robes, and plastic lightsaber, and an Adult costume without the lightsaber. These are great costumes for anyone looking to dress as the sinister sith apprentice!

Complete Child’s Maul Costume

Adult Maul Costume

 


 

Lucasfilm Working On Fixes For ANH?
October 28, 2003 | 8:21 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net is reporting that a copy of Star Wars:A New Hope that was shown at the City of Angels film fest appeared to have been enhanced from the Special Edition version. In this one Obi Wan and Darth Vader’s lightsabers had been significantly enhanced to the quality of image we are used to from the rest of the series. Click here to check out the full story.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figures Found!
October 27, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

It appears that the newest wave of Clone Wars figures are hitting the shelves as we speak!

YakReader Niko sends in this breaking news on his latest figure run:

I picked up the single carded Durge at the Canton Walmart this afternoon, they also had Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress and Obiwan. I’m not positive, but it looks like Mace’s torso is originally from a Quigon figure, and Obiwan appears to be the Ep2 Obiwan with a few additions (cargo pockets, brown trim).
Anywho, they had 1 more Durge, 2 Asajj, a few of both Obiwan and Mace, as well as a couple of Anakin and 1 Yoda, without an Arc trooper to be seen.

Interesting observations on the Mace Windu and Obi-Wan…if anyone has any pics to substantiate please feel free to send them in so we may unravel this mystery.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: C-3PO Costume!
October 27, 2003 | 12:54 PM EST | Keri

Friday is fast approaching, meaning Halloween is nearly upon us! I will have costume ideas here for the rest of the week, helping those who have yet to decide what to dress up as.
Today’s feature is for those who secretly wish to be the annoyingly charming ettiquette and protocol droid C-3PO. Little did we know that his maker was young Anakin, aka Vader…but this droid thanks to memory erasing was loyal to the Rebellion. Although we have seen 3PO in many incarnations: without coverings, with dirty mismatched coverings, without an arm, without a leg, blown to pieces, and how could we forget his days as an Ewok deity!!!
Though the costume below is made of soft fabric and not metal coverings, it is still a fun representation of our one and only Goldenrod.

Complete C-3PO Adult Costume

 


 

Unproduced CTC2 Supplemental Guide
October 26, 2003 | 3:44 PM EST | Robert

After much rebuilding I finally have completed putting together an updated version of the unproduced second generation of COMMtech chips definitive guide. A big thanks goes to Hunter from the German 4 inches star wars website, as Hunter saved the original article before a server and computer crash lost the originally posted article at theJawa.com website. Thanks also goes out to Steve at theJawa.com for hosting the original article! Look for another update to this article soon as Innis will be adding more information as well. You can check out the updated article by going here.

 


 

Another Hint At The Saga On DVD
October 26, 2003 | 1:43 PM EST | Bill

This month’s issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly reports in an aside that one of Lucas Arts latest releases sets up each level with DVD quality shots from the original trilogy! Rebelscum’s report on the article goes on to point out that the article says the this is the closest fans will get to the trilogy on DVD before NEXT FALL!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Yoda Costumes!
October 26, 2003 | 11:46 AM EST | Keri

MMmmmm…Wish to dress as Yoda do you? Come to the right place you have, my young Padawans!
Today’s feature is for fully liscened costumes of the dimuntive Jedi Master who could either levitate an X-wing, deflect Sith Lightning or even battle his own Padawan with a lightsaber. Ever since Yoda’s introduction in puppet form in ESB, his teachings have proved to be an integral part of the entire Star Wars Universe.
So, if you are a little short for a Stormtrooper and wish to follow the Light Side of The Force, then the costumes below are just the thing for you! A timeless Halloween favorite, a child dressed as Yoda reminded E.T. of Home…and may help you win a costume contest yourself!
Bid you must, if these costumes before Friday you want!

Complete Adult Yoda Costume

Child’s Complete Yoda Costume

 


 

Yoda Variation Confirmed!
October 26, 2003 | 12:33 AM EST | Jason

I told you back when I reported from San Diego at the
Comic-con that there were two production errors to keep
an eye out for, today I confirmed that one of the errors
has been fixed. The Clone Wars Yoda Lightsaber hilt is
showing up painted fully now. I found the corrected
version at Target. Note that the error hilt that is
painted half way was pretty abundant and was also the version
that showed up in the Value Pack if you are wondering. The
corrected version is shown on the bottom of the picture.


If you want to see the carded figure side by side comparison,
click HERE

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Chewbacca Costumes!
October 25, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are playing as a Wookie in Star Wars Galaxies, or just can’t get enough of that famous walking piece of carpet, then the Chewbacca costumes featured today should give you your fuzzball fix!
Much like a giant walking dog, the loyal and lovable Wookie Chewbacca from the planet Kashyyk stood tall by Han’s side at all times. The original fur costume worn by Peter Mayhew in the films was made of real yak fur, woven into a suit which was perfectly groomed for the cameras.
Although the costumes below are made from synthetic fur, everyone will still recognize you as the heroic Chewbacca!

Deluxe Liscened Chewie Costume

Fan Made Chewie Costume

 


 

Don’t Have Cartoon Network? Not to Fear!
October 25, 2003 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

I know there are a lot of people who do not get the Cartoon Network on their cable plans or don’t have cable. Well, up until now, that was the only way you were going to be able to see the new Clone Wars Cartoon. The Official Star Wars Website has just announced that the Clone Wars Cartoon will be available at both cartoonnetwork.com and starwars.com following the broadcast on TV. Hyperspace members will only have to wait about 20 minutes for it to be online, the rest of us will have to wait until the next day. Personally, I’m still hoping for a DVD of the entire series!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Bonus: Rare Rocket Firing Fett 
October 24, 2003 | 12:25 PM EST | Keri

I have a Bounty Hunting Bonus Auction for all of you loyal readers today. Chances are you may have seen this auction on Ebay, but if you haven’t you are in for a real treat.
Although the word “rare” is overused in high regularity on Ebay, this is an auction where the word Rare is truly necessary.
So without further digression, below is the Holy Grail for Star Wars collectors:

Rare L-Slot Rocket Firing Fett

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Snowtrooper Costume!
October 24, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Since I have featured just about every costume to help you become a member of the 501st, I couldn’t leave out the Snowtroopers!
Battling on the frozen plains of Hoth, the Snowtroopers’ armor and outfits protect them from the bitter cold of icy planets. Though the armor is light and does not protect well against laser blasts, the heavy coat and helmet do their job warding off the cold.
The auctions I have featured below consist of an entire Snowtrooper outfit, including accurate muckluck boots, or if you are only in need of the duster jumpsuit a high quality fan-made example can be found in the links as well.

Complete Snowtrooper Costume

Snowtrooper Duster Jumpsuit

 


 

New Test Drive Items
October 24, 2003 | 10:44 AM EST | Mark B

I got an email this morning from Master Replicas announcing that they have added 2 new items to their “Test Drive” program. Now you can get the Mace Windu and Obi Wan Kenobi lightsabers on this program. For those that haven’t heard about the Test Drive program – this allows you to “try before you buy”. You get the replica for 30 days and then decide if you want to keep it or not. If you do, you can either pay all at once, or make installment payments (details at website), or send it back and all it costs you is a buck (they have a $1 processing fee). If you haven’t gotten one of the Master Replicas replicas before, this is a great opportunity. These are two of my favorite replicas from them.

 


 

Attention Jabba’s Palace Fans
October 23, 2003 | 7:18 PM EST | Bill

No, it’s not the pictures of the Jabba’s Palace figure wave that Hasbro announced will be released later this month, but if you are a member of The Official Site’s Hyperspace section, there’s a particularly nice production still of a certain droid playing electronic slots Click here to go check it out.

 


 

Exclusive Darth Vader Bust Arriving
October 23, 2003 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B

 

If you are an MBNA Star Wars Credit Card holder that signed up for your credit card during the free Darth Vader Bust promotion, watch your mail! I just got a visit from my friendly postal worker with a much anticipated box! The bust is identical to the original Gentle Giant Darth Vader bust, except the finish. Instead of the solid gloss black, this one is covered with a metallic finish. You can see from the photo of mine, it is almost a copper color. The Edition size on these is 4000 pieces, so even though it is exclusive to MBNA Credit Card holders, it is more common than the original Darth Vader which was an edition of only 2500 pieces if I remember correctly, and much more common than the Comic Con Blue Clone Trooper Bust at 1000 pieces.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Vader Costume!
October 23, 2003 | 12:12 PM EST | Keri

Probably the most recognizable villian in screen history, known to just about everyone even if they have never seen any of the Star Wars films (gasp!) is the original man in black Darth Vader.
As with any costume, you may choose how accurate you wish to appear, and therefore dictates how much money you wish to spend. I have included auctions below for a range of pocket books, from inexpensive 1997 Don Post helmets to limited number signed Fiberglass Don Post Helmets and from beautifully fan-made fiberglass armor pieces to liscened polyester material ready made Rubies outfits. The choice is all yours and you may always build a costume well after Halloween, budgeting for each piece necessary for your own ensemble.

1997 Don Post Inexpensive Helmet

Don Post Fiberglass Signed & Numbered Helmet

Vader Fiberglass Chest Armor Pieces

Vader Fiberglass Shin Guard Armor

Vader Electronic Belt

Complete Rubies Vader Costume

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Jedi Costumes!
October 22, 2003 | 6:16 PM EST | Keri

It’s getting ever closer to Halloween…the costume selection is getting picked over at your local stores and it seems as though you will never find the one outfit for this year!
Have no fear ebay is here! Today I have featured some liscened Jedi costumes, one of Qui-Gon Jinn and the other more of an Obi-Wan style outfit with no cloak. Why not be a hero and grab up these great costumes and have them express mailed to you, so you can make a smash at that Halloween party and impress the ladies with your Jedi robes and Lightsaber!

Qui-Gon Costume

Obi-Wan Costume

 


 

Clone Wars Website Updates
October 22, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has updated the Clone Wars website. Mainly some new graphics, but still fun to check out!

 


 

2 New Master Replicas Items
October 22, 2003 | 8:04 AM EST | Mark B

While these have not been “officially” announced by Master Replicas, they are in the new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazine (will be in Comic book stores next Wednesday – we’ll have a scan of the photos then!).

First Up – Medal of Yavin Replica – limited to 1500 pieces and retailing for about $100. Replica of the medals given to Han and Luke after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Second – Darth Maul “Battle Worn” Lightsaber Replica – Limited to only 750 pieces. Right before Darth Maul was defeated by Obi Wan, his lightsaber was cut in half. This replica is a recreation of one half of that damaged saber. Comes with Display Case. Retail is going to be around $300.

Both of these items should be announced soon from Master Replicas and are scheduled to ship in February of 2004.

 


 

The Final Trilogy???
October 21, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Yep, we all have read the articles from the vintage era about George Lucas saying that he envisioned Star Wars as a trilogy or trilogies— 9 movies, and that he was starting with the middle trilogy. As the prequels began to appear, Lucas said that he would be finished after the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Well, it seems that fans wishes and hopes could come true, if one ofThe Force.net’s sources is correct. That’s right, it appears there may be talk of making Episodes 7, 8, and 9. While this is still rumor, if it should prove to be true, Hasbro’s deal extending their exclusive rights to produce Star Wars toys until the twenty-teens, could well have been related to this. IF you want to read all the info Click here.

 


 

What??? What Did You Say? I Don’t Believe It!
October 21, 2003 | 6:00 PM EST | Mark

QNA TIME!! Grab a cup of something you like to drink best, pull up a chair, and click on over. Read for a while, and when you are done, send in a question or two of your own.

 


 

Home Theater Buffs…
October 21, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to DarthJin for this tip.

By clicking HERE you can visit Dillonworks.com and check out one of the most fascinating home theater setups complete with THX sound….

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Biker Scout Costume!
October 21, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Keri

It’s getting very close to Halloween now…do you have your costume ready to go yet, or are you still trying to decide what to choose?
Why not join the Empire as a sleek Biker Scout and stand out from all the Stormtroopers? Seen on the Forest Moon of Endor, the Biker Scouts rode fast and cool looking speeder bikes while on patrol. Their helmets are unique and their armor is light, not cumbersome so they may travel at lightning speeds on the speeder bikes.
Featured below are auctions including a complete armor setup, a modified helmet and a vintage Kenner toy pistol to get you all geared up to hunt down Rebels, Ewoks and avoid hitting large trees!

Complete Biker Scout Armor 

Modified Don Post Biker Scout Helmet

Kenner Toy Biker Scout Pistol

 


 

Jedi Master Points Update
October 21, 2003 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Republic News has updated with a sneak peak at two of the new items going on the block this week. One is the Endor Playskool Playset, the other is another shot at the elusive Toy Fair Vader. Click here for their full story.

 


 

Variation Hunters, Rejoice!
October 21, 2003 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Below are items that have been released in the new Clone Wars packaging.

Star Wars Separatist Forces: Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Yoda’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber

Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: Luke Skywalker – A New Hope

There are many other excellent sales, along with free shiping on all LEGO items as well as some other sale toys. Good time to start that X-Mas shopping.

 


 

Lightspeed Pass You Want?
October 20, 2003 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Attention Fan Club Members, if you have signed up for a lightspeed pass from the Official Fan Club, watch your Email. The Fan Club has started activating the lightspeed passes. As soon as yours is active you can order.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Han Solo Costume!
October 20, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Keri

You already have your very own Princess dressed as Leia, and where would the Princess be without her one and only scroundrel?
Featured today in seperate auctions are pieces to put together a not only cool, but movie authentic looking Han Solo ESB outfit. The only thing I could not find on Ebay was the white shirt, but I know there are many fan-made shirts on websites to finish off the outfit, one has only to search the internet to find them easily. The prices so far are very low, but the auctions have just started, and as we who follow Ebay closely know a ton of the bidding is always done in the last few minutes of any auction.
If you are looking for just one item like the boots or blaster to complete your outfit, or close to the whole costume, then the auctions below will get you pointed in the famous smuggler’s direction!

Han ESB Blue Jacket

Han ESB Brown Pants

Han German Riding Boots

Han Mauser Prop Blaster

 


 

The Winner Is….
October 19, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Daniel A. Peck. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama. Click right here to enter.Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Padme Costumes!
October 19, 2003 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

Today I have chosen to feature costumes of the other dominant female hero of the Star Wars films, Leia’s own mother Padme.
Though Padme wore a virtual cornucopia of outfits in Episode I and especially Episode II, the costume choices are slim and limited to only one key outfit from each movie. The costumes produced are the Theed Invasion Gown, White Jumpsuit Arena Battle, and only in a child’s size, Naboo Meadow Picnic Dress. The costumes are made by Rubies and can be found for great prices.
Nevertheless, if you wish to dress as the strong and willful queen/senator there are some liscened outfits for you to peruse below. I have also included auctions for child sized costumes, for assured trick-or-treating success!

Episode I Queen Amidala Adult Costume

Child’s Queen Amidala Costume

Padme Ep.II Adult Costume

Child’s Padme Ep.II Costume

Child’s Padme Naboo Meadow Costume

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Princess Leia Costumes!
October 18, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

For all the women out there who, as little girls thought Leia and her world-famous cinnamon bun hair-do was the coolest thing ever ( i know i did! ), come these Leia costumes!
Though I have never dressed as Leia as an adult ( i had the vinyl costume dress as a girl ) the costumes featured today are rather tempting, even for an Imperial such as myself!
The white costume below comes complete with poly-material dress, wig and belt for a great and affordable price. Also, I have included an auction for just a cinnamon bun wig, if you would prefer to make your own white gown.
You’ll feel like a princess yourself in this great costume and maybe even capture your own scoundrel in the process!

Princess Leia Wig

Complete Leia Costume

 


 

Small Holiday Yoda Update
October 18, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Faithful YakReader Dave comes through again with a small update for those of you looking to get a Holiday Yoda through the Fan Club:

Pazio is now selling the Holiday Yoda to people who have gotten their lightspeed passes. I havent gotten my invitation yet, but Im sure its coming. They also say on thier website, that you can still request a lightspeed pass – if you havent already done so.

The link is here for anyone looking to pick up this great figure.

 


 

Stay on Target! 
October 18, 2003 | 12:16 PM EST | Keri

Even more reports continue to come on regarding the Target exclusives and their ready availability for everyone to get one seemingly easily without the headaches some of us are used to concerning modern collecting.
YakReader Dave who is located in South Florida reports that one Target store in Boynton Beach had 20 A Wings on its shelves!
YakReader Moonbase7 lets us know that there are “four cases at the Target in Monterey, Ca $19.99 all boxes in fairly mint condition.”
YakReader TheReverend also reports that the A-Wing AND Leia w/ Speeder Bike have made their way to a local target in Casper, Wyoming.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new Leia Speeder Bike as well and make your way to a Target this weekend!

 


 

Ultra Wampa, Rieekan, & 3PO
October 18, 2003 | 10:57 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice images, thanks to RobChris.

C3PO Front
C3PO Close-up
C3PO Back

Rieekan Front
Rieekan Close-up
Rieekan Back

Wampa Front
Wampa Close-up
Wampa Back

 


 

And Speaking of Auctions….
October 18, 2003 | 1:00 AM EST | Mark B

Keri usually posts our auction of the day, but a friend of mine pointed out this auction for an INCREDIBLE Jabba’s Sail Barge replica on Ebay. Perfect item for displaying all your Jabba’s Palace action figures. Now if I only had $700!

 


 

Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auction Update
October 17, 2003 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Today’s addition to the auctions on Hasbro’s web page is a Shadows of the Empire Chewbacca. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Spoilers, Spoilers, and MORE Spoilers
October 17, 2003 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the inside story on EIII, then you need to check out The Force.net’s Episode III section, but be warned, once you turn down the spoiler path…

Click here to check it out.

 


 

Return of the Target A-Wing Update 
October 17, 2003 | 2:12 PM EST | Keri

Although collectors are not having much luck online, I have recieved various reports from faithful YakReaders: Xizlo Fett in Riversides, CA – Dave (location unknown) – Matthew in Allen, TX – and Ron in North Port, Fl. all stating that A-Wings are indeed available and in abundant supplies!
All reports indicate that the shelves are full of A-Wings, with more expected to come in when those sell out. YakReader Dave reports that there were about 20 A-Wings at one Target store and another location had an even dozen.
Looks like it’s time to make a Toy Run out to your local Target and pick up the exclusive A-Wing, as they seem to be available from coast to coast in the USA!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Fett Costumes!
October 17, 2003 | 2:01 PM EST | Keri

Bounty Hunters are your kind of scum…fearless and inventive. Why not go for the gold…er armor and dress up as a member of the notorious Fett family!
There are many pieces that make up the intricate costume worn by Jango and Boba Fett, but once assembled, you will definetly get noticed quickly at any party or contest. Although there are currently no liscened armor or fully accurate complete costumes, fans have solved that problem by producing all the accessories and armor you need to replicate your bounty hunting idols.
The auctions below range from unpainted armor pieces, jetpacks and leather belts, to fully complete costumes that are must sees and well worth every penny. Again, the prices are not for the faint of pocket book, but nobody said it would be cheap to look so cool!

Unpainted Armor Pieces

Fiberglass Boba Fett Helmet

Rocket Jetpack

Complete Jango Costume

Boba Complete Costume

 


 

Some Good Deals At Toys R Us
October 17, 2003 | 10:59 AM EST | Mark B

While shopping for the new Dune Novel this morning, I ran across some pretty good deals on some 12″ Star Wars figures over at Toys R Us’ website.

Leia Boushh with Carbonite – $24.98

Imperial Officer – $9.98

Dengar – $9.98

Zuckuss – $9.98

Taun Taun with Luke – Now $39.98

Most also have free shipping. Some good deals if you haven’t picked these up yet!

 


 

Target A-Wing Update
October 16, 2003 | 10:12 PM EST | Keri

This update on the Target exclusive A-Wing sent in by YakReader James is not the best news for those hoping to purchase online:

Got this in my email tonight, might want to share for those thinking of ordering the Target Exclusive Green A-Wing

Thank you for shopping at target.direct, your direct link to
target.com, fields.com and mervyns.com.

Unfortunately, the following item is not currently available
from any of our sources.

“Star Wars A-wing Fighter”

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Because you only pay for items when we ship them to you, your credit
card has not been charged for this item.

Therefore, we regret we will not be able to process your order. Your
order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this
message.
If you have further questions, please visit our online Help department.

Thank you for being a valued Guest. We hope you visit us again.

Sincerely,

Customer Service Department
target.direct
www.target.com
www.fields.com
www.mervyns.com

Hopefully there will not be a shortage of these vehicles, further disappointing and dismaying already disgruntled collectors.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Stormtrooper Costumes!
October 16, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Keri

Have you got what it takes to be a part of the Empire’s own shock troops, serving Vader and the Emperor faithfully, proudly wearing your white armor which will not shield you from any blaster in the galaxy? Well, if you want to be a part of the 501st, and look cool doing it then a Stormtrooper costume replica is just the thing for you!
If you’re looking to keep your costume, that is the helmet, armor, and accessories like blasters and monoculars down to a specific budget, then the auctions featured today probably are not for you. It is not a cheap endeavor to put together a replica Stormtrooper costume, but if it is what you truly want to dress up as, the compliments and looks are well worth any money it might cost to purchase.
The auctions below spotlight fan made armor and suits and allow you to choose between the well-worn Sandtrooper, or the shiny white Stormtrooper stationed on the Death Star.

Clean Stromtrooper Armor, Helmet, Gloves and Voice Amp

Weathered Sandtrooper Armor

 


 

Additional Update on Thermal Detonator
October 16, 2003 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark B

I apologize for the mistake yesterday. I had stated that the Thermal Detonator over at Master Replicas was available for everyone to order, when in fact it was limited to Collectors Society Members only. But, Master Replicas now OFFICIALLY has the 3 versions of the Thermal Detonator available for everyone to order. If you’re only going to get one, jump on the Signature Edition that is over half sold out already….

 


 

Interview with Hayden Christensen
October 16, 2003 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark B

The Latino Review has a nice little interview with Anakin Skywalker himself – Hayden Christensen. The interview was supposed to be about Hayden’s new movie – Shattered Glass, but they got on the subject of Star Wars – and more specifically, Episode III. There are some minor spoilers present.

 


 

Cartoon Network: Planetary Forces
October 16, 2003 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

Monday October 20th:

Head over to Cartoon Network to play the new Clone Wars online game Planetary Forces.

“The galaxy is divided. Jedi Knights stand united to prevent the collapse of the Republic. Meanwhile, the Dark Side grows stronger by Count Dooku’s hand. Choose your path: play as a powerful Jedi or as one of Dooku’s followers. Next week, you must decide!”

 


 

Luke Unleashed Wave
October 16, 2003 | 7:12 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for this wave (Luke, Sidious, Obi-Wan), stop over toKBtoys.com and pick them up.

 


 

12″ Ploo Update
October 15, 2003 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Womprat sent in this report:

“I called hasbro today and inquired about the availablilty of the 12″ Plo Koon and the person on the line told me Plo was listed as still being in production. He also said that may not mean he’s being produced right now but is scheduled for further production and it should be a signifigant. He says production may be stopped but as long as it isn”t listed as cancelled the product will be produced again or continued whichever way you want to look at it. Anyway, stop bidding on those Plo Koons people I see people paying way too much for them. I am in the process of e-mailing Hasbro (but the site gives me the run around) to get the same answer in writing.”

UPDATE: Yak Reader Dgerbing received an answer from Hasbro 180 degrees reversed:

“I personally spoke with the sales department manager at Hasbro, this was around a month ago and she stated no more Plo Koons. Reason I was able to talk with someone higher up, I stated I was a small store trying to start up and spoke with her about opening an account. Thanks, just wanted to give you a heads up.”

When we receive more information we’ll bring it to you.

 


 

Dallas Comic Con Oct. 25th – 26th
October 15, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

Coming to Dallas Saturday Oct. 25th and Sunday the 26th is the Comic Con!
There will be an impressive line-up of stars to get autographs from including Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen
(Star Wars EP2: Tuan We & Star Wars EP3: Senator), Michonne Bourriague
(Star Wars E1: Aurra Sing, Amy Allen (Star Wars E2: Aayla Secura),
John Rhys-Davies (Sallah from 2 Indy Films)and many more actors and comic artists!
Also, there will be an exclusive screening of the 1st Episode of Clone Wars Cartoon on Oct. 25th!!!
And that’s not all….there will be over 200 tables filled with comics and great sci-fi memorabilia!

Check out the link below for tickets, and more info. I know I’ll be there, since I live here in Dallas, so see ya’ll there Oct. 25th!

Dallas Comic Con Website

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Don Post Creature Masks
October 15, 2003 | 1:20 PM EST | Keri

If you’re still trying to decide what to be for Halloween, then keep your eyes peeled to my Bounty Hunting posts everyday! I will be featuring some type of costume, mask, or something Halloween related to get you in the spirit, and hopefully give you some ideas and pointers on where to start that great costume.
Today I have chosen a small group of over the head Don Post Latex Creature Masks. Don Post held the liscence for Star Wars masks since A New Hope in 1978, up until the late 90’s when the company was bought out. In fact, many of the Rubies masks being produced today use the old Don Post molds, so in a way the company’s legacy lives on.
The creatures I have chosen today are off the beaten path of most costume choices. There are no Vaders or Stormtroopers here, just some great cretures to make you stand out in a crowd of vampires and witches.
Why not dare to be different and dress up as an Ugnaught, a Gamorrean Guard, or a Bith Cantina Band Member like Figrin D’An or Nien Numb? These masks are a great start to that different costume choice and with some simple jumpsuits and tunics, you are well on your way to winning that costume party 1st Prize and the adoration of your friends and family!
Even if you just desire these masks for great displays with fully costumed mannequins, check out the auctions below to enjoy their realistic appearance and bargain prices!

1980s ESB Ugnaught Mask

Cantina Band Member Mask

Gamorrean Guard Mask

Nien Numb Mask

 


 

Update on Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 12:49 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the Thermal Detonator available on their website for EVERYONE to order. Once again, they offer it a day early! The signature edition and the as first built by have already sold about 1/3 of the editions. Don’t wait on these! Head on over to Master Replicas today!

My apologies, the Thermal Detonator actually doesn’t go on sale for everyone until the 16th. I thought since it was on their website, everyone could order it. If you’re not in their collectors society, check back with them tomorrow.

 


 

Two Weeks Left…
October 15, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | Brandon

Just A Quick Reminder That There Is Only Two Weeks Left Until The Yakface.com Store Reports Clone Wars Contest Ends! We’re Already Getting Flooded With Great Reports And We Are FINALLY Recieving Some Great Pictures Of Your Finds! Thanks For All Your Support And Keep The Reports And ESPECIALLY The Pictures Coming! You Guys Rock!

 


 

KEBco Toys Newsfeed
October 15, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Brandon

Hey Guys! Here’s the latest newsfeed from KEBcoToys:

KEBco Toys has added several new Case assortments for Pre-Order.

Including : Kit Fisto Clone Wars wave, McQuarrie Storm Trooper wave, Luke Hoth wave, Luke Jedi wave, both new Ultra waves, more Army Builder waves, Chewbacca Unleashed wave and Garindan 12 inch wave.

You can find all of these cases and more on their site. When buying 2 or more cases please be sure to select the discount price.

More individual figures will be listed this coming week.

Visit www.KEBcoToys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.

 


 

New Carded Pics
October 15, 2003 | 11:30 AM EST | Mark

You can head over to these auctions and see these images of the new wave of carded images….

Don’t forget you can pre-order these figures at Entertainment Earth, they are due in this month.

 

 

 

 


 

Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 8:10 AM EST | Mark B

 

Master Replicas has now officially announced the New Thermal Detonator prop. If you are a member of the Master Replicas Collectors Society, you can order this replica today. If not, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Get them at theMaster Replicas website. You variation collectors better have your credit cards paid up! There are 3 versions of this one as well – a “standard” weathered version (edition of 1000) for $199, and then a “as built by” – clean version (edition of 750) for $299, and finally a “signature weathered” version (edition of 750)signed by Carrie Fisher for $299. These are sure to go FAST, head on over to Master Replicas today.

 


 

Saga Scene Packs Wave 2
October 14, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock if you are still looking for them…

Geonosian War Room 2
Jedi Council 2

Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter

 


 

New Limited Edition Fossil Watch
October 14, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

It seems that Fossil has created yet another nifty collectible watch for us to tell time with in a Force-ful Fashion!
The watch is limited to only 3,000 pieces worldwide and comes with a very cool looking frame box with each of the 5 movie poster artwork inside.
Click the link below to check it out and maybe even add it to your Christmas List!

New Fossil Star Wars Watch

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Costume Patterns!
October 14, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Halloween is almost here, and in honor of this great holiday I will be featuring a theme-appropriate auction to get you all in the spirit and hopefully help give you some costume ideas as well!
Although today’s items may not fit you, if you have a child or simply wish to collect these awesome vintage patterns, you’ve come to the right place!
Made by McCalls in 1981, these costume patterns allowed mothers everywhere to handmake Halloween outfits of their child’s favorite Star Wars characters. The patterns were mainly ESB themed characters including Leia, Chewie, Yoda, Vader, and a Jawa. Though the picture on the front is straight out of the 80s, the costume designs are timeless and would make any child stand out today in a great way!
Here are the patterns below to get your costumes started!

McCalls ESB Patterns

 


 

Hasbro Never Told You What Happened To…..
October 14, 2003 | 11:34 AM EST | Robert

One of the questions modern prototype collectors ask me is what toy concepts and prototypes do you know about that didn’t get made. While I only know of some of the concept items I recently asked a creator of some of the modern era Star Wars toys if they would answer some questions, which they were happy to do. You can read about some modern stuff that didn’t get made by going here

 


 

Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003–Links Updated
October 14, 2003 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:

“LORD VADER IS PLANNING A MAJOR ASSAULT.
HE SUMMONS YOU TO SHARE HIS TOP SECRET
BATTLE PLANS.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2003

THE OFFICERS’ CLUB
AT THE PRESIDIO
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

LIGHTSABERS AND BLASTERS MUST BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU”

This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!

 


 

X-Wing…Code 3
October 14, 2003 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill

Code 3 has unveileled the second in their series of hyperdetailed Star Wars die-cast vehicles. This time it’s Luke’s Red 5 X-Wing. Kudos to team Galactic Hunter for finding the update. Click here to check out the X-Wing.

 


 

Ultra Figures Pre-Order
October 14, 2003 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

Hop on over to Entertainment Earth to be able to pre-order the new Ultra Wave 1that has: 1x Wampa, 1x General Rieekan – The “coolest” General comes with a tactical display map, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2.

And Ultra Wave 2 that has: 2x Jabba the Hutt (NEW), 2x B’omar Monk (NEW), 1x Wampa, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2 (sold separately).

 


 

A Blast From The Past About The Future
October 13, 2003 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Face Alum Jimmy (AKA Sidster) sent in a major report on the 2004 line. No matter how you look at it, 2004 is looking like a great year for Star Wars Collectors:

Here’s his report on what we may see in 2004:

Ships:

Cloud Car
It’s still on tap as an exclusive– it just needs a retailer to pick it up.

X-Wing/Y-Wing
These will be different colors from their POTF2 incarnations. If what I’ve heard is true, we might see a Y-Wing that can hold an astromech like the vintage version. If that happens, look to see a Y-Wing with 2 pack in figures– pilot and R2 unit.

The X-Wing will be another big one– like the TRU Saga edition. It will also hold an R2, but no word on pack-ins (if any) yet.

Basic Figures:

First, it looks like the second of the canceled CD-rom figures will finally be released. Last year we got the super articulated Luke Bespin, in 04, we should see the Darth Vader from the Bespin Dinner scene.

In addition to the Jabba’s Palace figures that have been announced, a Cantina wave is under consideration. Possible figures include Hem Dazon and Banniss Keeg (which have been on rumor lists for some time) and new entries–Bom Vindim, Gotal, and the Givin.– Oh and if the second wave of Cantina sections sell well we may finally see the “U” shaped end piece.

There will also be a new Jawa this year, but no word on how it will ship.

It also appears that Hermie Odle and a new Bib Fortuna could appear, but no word on when, or what type of packaging/release.

Multi-Packs:

Toys R Us Exclusives:
We could see 4 sets next year, but the current ones will have to sell well for these to materialize.

Screen Scenes are being considered for more releases, again the sales of the current wave will determine if we see more of them.

We may also see more Fan Club Exclusives

Army Builders:

Hasbro is still looking at producing more army builder three packs. The sales so far this year look good, so hopefully we will see even more entries in this line.

 


 

More Clone Wars Figures This Year
October 13, 2003 | 7:53 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting from his sources that there will be even more Clone Wars Figures this year than have been announced so far— and these are NOT animated Clone Wars figures! Click here for their post.

 


 

New Saga/Clone Wars Figures!!!
October 13, 2003 | 7:35 PM EST | Joseph

www.cloudcity.com will be receiving 7 new Saga Figures this week! They are:

Ayy Vida Twilek
Bail Organa
Elan Sleazebaggano
Imperial Dignitary #1
McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper
Obi-Wan Courscant Nightclub
Padme w/ cloak & Tatooine base

In addition, we have added the following 12″ dolls to www.cloudcity.com for pre-order in limited quantities. They are expected to ship in late November…this is months before most other dealers will receive these 12″ dolls.

2 Jawas
Obi-wan
Garindan

Also, Cloud City has received confirmation from Hasbro of our second shipment of the following 12″ dolls. Most of these dolls are sold out with other retailers so reserve yours today! These dolls are expected to arrive from Hasbro in early December.

Biker Scout
Ewok 2-Pack
Yoda
Lando Skiff
AT-ST Driver
Han Solo

Visit www.cloudcity.com today!

 


 

Latest 2003 Saga Figures at K & C Collectibles
October 13, 2003 | 7:28 PM EST | Joseph

K & C Collectibles has received the following new Star Wars items this week. Don’t forget we have non-mint figures at a reduced price. New this week in the Saga collection are: WA-7 – Dexter’s Diner, The Emperor – Throne Room, and Lt. Dannl Faytonni. All are very limited in supply..

 


 

1 Week Until the Trilogy on DVD
October 13, 2003 | 3:55 PM EST | Mark B

No, No, No, not THAT Trilogy. The Indiana Jones Trilogy is released next Tuesday (October 21st). And the reviews and events are starting to come in. The Digital Bits has a great photo of Harrison Ford with the leading ladies from each movie on their website along with a packed review with all the details about the box set. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see my postman next week!

 


 

WA-7 reviewed
October 13, 2003 | 2:20 PM EST | Michael

They are the great unappreciated – the waiters and waitresses that take care of us at the local diner. WA-7 does the deed for Dex, but does she do it for you?Check out the review!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: It’s All Sugar Free!
October 13, 2003 | 12:32 PM EST | Keri

Yes, you read right kiddies, no sugar today, but I promise it’s still a treat for all!
At the request of Mr. George Lucas, a diabetic himself, Topps produced Sugar Free gum with its own distinct trading cards and movie photos. The Sugar Free gum with movie photo wrappers were available only in certain regions as a test and are therefore tougher to find than the regular sugar gum that was for sale everywhere.
Even if you don’t collect trading cards or wrappers, the Sugar Free packaging and cards offer eye-catching photos and graphics that may tempt you to add to your collection today!
Here are two auctions below to get your mouth watering for some sugar free goodness!

2 Sugar Free Unopened Packs

Sugar Free Card Lot

 


 

Koto Jango Coming to USA!
October 13, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark B

March 2004 is going to bring the incredible Koto Jango Fett to the USA thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Read the whole story over at Star Wars.com (Dark Horse will also be offering the Koto Darth Vader and Clone Trooper which will be released over the next couple of months – check with your local comic book store for details).

 


 

Low In Stock
October 13, 2003 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark

Get them if you need them….

Coleman Trebor
Anakin’s Swoop Bike

 


 

Next Q&A – spots available
October 12, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Muse

I have a couple of open spots for the next Q&A update.

If you have questions, send them here

 


 

Imperial Shuttles Now Available From Sears Christmas Catalog
October 12, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

One of the easiest ways to stay current on your Star Wars collection back in the 70s was the Sears Christmas Catalog. Well, it looks like Sears is coming through again, this time with the Imperial Shuttle (formerly a FAO exclusive). This year’s Sears Wishbook has the Shuttle listed on page 73 for 99 bucks.

Click here for the Wishbook Cover
Click here for page 73 with the Shuttle

Thanks to WompRat94 for the report and the images!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Pete wrote in to let us know you can go to www.sears.com/toys and order the Imperial Shuttle online as well for $99.99. (They just closed the sale that ended on 8/11/03, when it was only $89.99)

 


 

Vergere Revealed
October 12, 2003 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

While an addition of new avitars is usually far from newsworthy, the latest update at The Official site is notable beacuse of some of the images. The new update has nearly 40 new avitars, one of which is the first time an image has appeared for a significant EU characters, Vergere. Vergere has appeared in EU from just after the Phantom Menace, upto a major role in the New Jedi Order!Click here to check it out!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Jason pointed out that all of the new avitar images are from the newest Essential Guide to Characters.

 


 

The Geonosian Arena… Plus A Story
October 12, 2003 | 6:40 PM EST | Bill

The Ultimate Geonosian Areana has surfaced on the Continent. The Entertainer, a UK toy chain has included it as part of their new store in England. TeamRebelscum out did themselves with this catch! Check it out here.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Candy Heads!
October 12, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

How cool would it be to receive a Star Wars candy head as a treat on Halloween!? Well, nobody is stopping you from treating yourself to some of the vintage Topps candy head goodness that awaits you in today’s feature!
Topps produced the main bulk of Star Wars trading cards and stickers throughout the 1970s-80s and still produces wonderful card sets today for the Prequels as well as the Classic Trilogy. Topps also produced plastic candy heads, molded in the shapes of memorable Star Wars characters. The boxes featured colorful photos and the candy heads were molded in one color plastic to resemble heroes, villians and creatures from ESB and ROTJ. The candy heads look great with displays, especially the Bounty Hunters. However, I would not recommend eating the 20+ year old candy/dust if still inside.
In the mid 1990s Topps was back in the Star Wars candy head business for a short time once again. This time in England, fans not only received a candy head, but a collectible trading card as well. Only 4 designs were produced: Chewie, Yoda, Vader and 3PO. The heads are still molded in one color plastic, but the characters are a bit more realistic than the 1980s counterparts.
The auctions listed below provide a sampling of both vintage and modern candy heads you can treat yourself to!

5 ESB Candy Heads

ROTJ Box and Candy Head Set

1990s Chewie Candy Head with Card

 


 

Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003
October 12, 2003 | 1:01 AM EST | Muse

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:

“LORD VADER IS PLANNING A MAJOR ASSAULT.
HE SUMMONS YOU TO SHARE HIS TOP SECRET
BATTLE PLANS.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2003

THE OFFICERS’ CLUB
AT THE PRESIDIO
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

LIGHTSABERS AND BLASTERS MUST BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU”

This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Cookie Jars
October 11, 2003 | 12:09 PM EST | Keri

Since you have all those yummy Star Wars cookies, now you need a place to keep them nice and fresh, which brings about today’s feature Cookie Jars!
Star Wars cookie jars have been sold since A New Hope in 1978, courtesy of Roman Ceramics. The classic designs offered included C-3PO and R2-D2 only. Sigma produced only one design that was a hexagonal shape featuring Vader on one side and R2 and 3PO on the other side. The vintage cookie jars are getting harder to find, especially in mint condition with no chips or cracks, complete with the plastic liner inside. Therefore the prices are not necessarily for an entry-level collector.
A bit more affordable are the Star Jars cookie jars which produced classic character designs in limited numbers in the mid 1990s. Though the jars originally retailed for over $250, today some characters can be found for $30 and under. Patience can truly be a virtue and a huge money savings in regards to Modern Star Wars collecting today.
Here is a sampling of auctions below of both vintage and modern jars to help keep your cookies staying fresh and your kitchen looking cool!

1978 C-3PO Roman Ceramics Cookie Jar

Star Jars Leia Cookie Jar

Star Jars Chewie Cookie Jar

Star Jars Wicket Cookie Jar

 


 

War Room Scene #2
October 11, 2003 | 12:21 AM EST | Mark

the following have limited availability at Amazon…

Geonosian War Room 2
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike
Anakin’s Swoop Bike
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)

Also the ships are in stock…
Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter

 


 

KBToys Additional 30% Off Sale Info
October 10, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Keri

Just to clarify any questions that you may have…
The sale is only in retail stores, that is the physical brick and mortar establishments.
The discount is not applicable towards video game software (games) or hardware (systems).
Although I first learned of this news through another source, the original information was provided by Lee Pierce, a faithful YakReader in the Store Reports section.

 


 

KB Toys 30% Off Sale!
October 10, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

This Just in:
KBToys – 30% off $30+ Orders from October 8-14!
Apparently, there was a class action lawsuit against them and so they have to give you a 30% discount off a $30+ purchase from October 8-14th of 2003.

Defendants will distribute the Net Settlement Fund by providing a discount at the cash registers of all KB Toys, KB Toy Works, KB Toy Outlet, Toy Liquidator and KB Toys Express stores nationwide, including Guam and Puerto Rico, equal to 30% off all qualifying purchases of $30 or more during October 8-14, 2003. This distribution (the “In-store Distribution”) will be done without requiring a request of any store customer and will be separate and apart from, and in addition to, any previously planned promotional events for 2003. Defendants will not advertise or otherwise promote the distribution in advance of the In-store Distribution. Signs detailing the terms of the In-store Distribution, however, may be displayed in or around the stores during the In-store Distribution and up to 48 hours in advance of the In-store Distribution.

The 30% off is available in physical stores only! The discount however is not applicable to video game software or hardware in stores. This is still a great opporuntity to get a discount on some higher priced items that normally do not go on sale, such as Lego Items.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Cookies!
October 10, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

With Halloween fast approaching, today’s feature will concentrate on Treats, rather than Tricks, although I doubt you would want to eat these cookies since they are 20 years old!
Pepperidge Farm treated fans of Return of the Jedi to 3 different flavor cookies, including Chocolate, Vanilla and Peanut Butter back in 1983. The cookies tasted much better than the C-3POs Cereal (trust me here) and not only that each flavor had its own unique character shapes. Pepperidge Farm sweetened the deal and offered small plastic cups with a cookie purchase, as well as a mail-away offer for the complete set of cups.
The auctions spotlighted today feature Sealed Boxes of cookies, which is quite unusual, as 90% of most boxes found today are empty. If you are a true completist searching for unopened boxes, then your search is over. Also you may view the in-store promo cup, as well as a lot containing 2 of the 4 mail-away cups.
Here are the Treats to get your cookie collection underway!

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Peanut Butter Cookies 

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Vanilla Cookies

Pepperidge Farm In-Store Promo Cup

Lot including 2 Mail-away cups

 


 

LucasArts President Abruptly Resigns
October 10, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Simon Jeffery quits the company in a surprise announcement.

October 09, 2003 – LucasArts reported today that Simon Jeffery has resigned from his position of President of the company. Very little is known about his reasons at this time, though it does appear as though his announcement came as a surprise.

As President of LucasArts, Jeffery oversaw releases of such high-profile titles as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Galaxies.

When contacted, LucasArts declined comment.

 


 

Get an FX Lightsaber for Halloween!
October 10, 2003 | 10:46 AM EST | Mark B

I just got word from Master Replicas that the new Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader FX lightsabers will be shipping in time to make Halloween delivery. This is definitely one COOL addition to any Star Wars Costume. Plus, right now if you buy both FX sabers, you’ll get them BOTH for only $250 (normally $139 each), plus you get Free Shipping (another savings of $39!). Head on over toMaster Replicas and order before October 14th for Halloween delivery.

 


 

D&S Newsfeed
October 10, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

This just from D & S Toys:

If you live in the Portland, OR area, see the comic book show notice
that we will be attending below…..

New Items:

Unleashed Boba Fett, Yoda & Han
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Battle of Hoth 4-Pack
Saga Luke & Vader Lightsabers
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Crimson Command Copter
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank
Wave 2 of Joe Mission Disks with Figures
BTR: Smokescreen
Saga Screen Scenes War Room 2 of 2
Saga Screen Scenes Jedi Council 2 of 2
Clone Wars – White Clone Trooper Multi Packs
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious – Back in Stock
Anakin & Dooku Speeders – Back in Stock
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack – Back in Stock

We will be set up at:

Portland Comic Book Show
Sunday October 12th, at the Rose Quarter (Memorial Colliseum)
10:00am – 5:00pm

We are Booths 177-178 (Northeast corner of the room as you enter North
into the hall)
Come check us out for lots of great stuff and say hi!

 


 

More Hasbro Jedi Master Auction Updates
October 9, 2003 | 9:33 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Todd points out that it appears Hasbro has been checking into some of the bids on the auctions, as Jedi Master Point bids have been lowered, as has been the case on the Kitik Keek’kak auction: high bid is now down to 17,840 JMP’s.

In other Hasbro Auction News, “A Loyal Reader” sends in the following tidbits:

After doing some research here are all the prizes that are in the Jedi Master Points promotion:

Coll Research Droids
Quantity: 16
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Coleman Trebor
Quantity: 12
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Arena Playset
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Geonosian Fighter:
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Role Play Basic Lightsaber:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Hailfire Droid:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

SW AOTC – I am A Jedi Apprentice
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Darth Tyranus – With force lightning
Quantity: 24
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

POTF Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Unleashed Mace Windu:
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

TIE Bombers:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Dark Empire (Full Set)
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

WOTC Cards Battle Of Yavin
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Playschool Millennium Falcon
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SW Attack of the Clones Scrapbook
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Aayla Secura
Quantity: 48 (A lot!!!!)
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SOTE Chewbacca
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Silver R2D2
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Cinemascape Vader
Quantity: 6
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Jorg Sacul
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 50 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

 


 

Special Edition Back on the Big Screen!
October 9, 2003 | 5:45 PM EST | Keri

If you live in the LA area, or anywhere near there you may view George Lucas’ Special Edition version of A New Hope.

Unfortunately, at Ain’t It Cool News, they are reporting that is the Original version of A New Hope. However when you visit the link below for tickets, it clearly states that viewers will be treated to the Special Edition Version, where a digitally altered Greedo fires a shot at Han…when we all know that Han really shot first.
The movie will be screening at the Directors Guild on Sunday, Oct. 26 and is part of the City of the Angels Film Festival. You can buy tickets on their website.

The link to the website for tickets can be found here

 


 

Legacy of the Jedi Review
October 9, 2003 | 5:23 PM EST | Mark B

 

A short review of a short book. Follow this link for my review of the Clone Wars Novel – “Legacy of the Jedi”.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Necklaces!
October 9, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Keri

In keeping with the jewelry theme of yesterday’s feature, today I will be looking at necklaces, more specifically the pendants of Star Wars characters.
As with the rings, Weingeroff Enterprises produced unique pendants for A New Hope. The designs included Chewie, Vader’s Head, X-Wing, Stormtrooper Head, C-3PO, and R2-D2. The pendants could be bought in large or small sizes and 3-PO’s and Chewie’s arms move together up and down. The necklaces were sold in bags with the classic logo on them, and also came with a paper tag attached on the necklace itself, giving some detailed information regarding the specific character. Collectors looking for a complete necklace should search for the sometimes elusive bag and paper tag.
The ESB necklaces were again produced by W. Berrie, and were sold in blue cardboard window boxes, with the ESB logo on them. The designs were colorful enamel like the rings and featured Chewie, R2, R2 and 3PO, and Vader.
All of these necklaces listed below are a great way to add a little Star Wars flair to your otherwise drab work uniform during the week!

1977 C-3PO Necklace

1977 Complete X-Wing Necklace

1980 ESB Chewie Necklace

 


 

Planet Action Figure News
October 9, 2003 | 1:38 AM EST | Joseph

Planet Action Figure News
STAR WARS NEWS
We just received the following which are now In Stock

Durge w/ Swoop Bike
Clone Trooper w/ Speeder Bike
Clone Trooper Army (Red Variation)
Clone Trooper Army (Green Variation)
Destroyer Droid Battle Launcher
Jedi Knight Army

All presells for the Durge and Clone Trooper Speeder Bike Asst are currently being processed/shipped. Unleashed Asst 6 will be arriving next Monday which is when we will begin honoring all presells. Since these are on route to us, we can no longer accept cancellations at this point.

Thanks all
PlanetActionFigure.com

 


 

And The Auctions Continue….
October 9, 2003 | 12:16 AM EST | Mark

Here are this weeks auctions….

Mos Eisley Cantina Set-Wuher 14 bids 5200 Jedi Master Points
Interactive R2D2 35 bids 1800 Jedi Master Points
Silver R2D2 51 bids 800 Jedi Master Points
Ephant Mon 49 bids 550 Jedi Master Points

Good Luck

 


 

A Working Title?
October 8, 2003 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark B

The Force.Net currently has a rumor about the possibility of a working title about Star Wars Episode III. You have been warned that spoilers may exist, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know. But, those of you that know the original title for Return of the Jedi will understand how this title could come about.

 


 

Kay Bee Clones
October 8, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

While Wal-Mart may not be getting more of the Clone Wars value packs, Toy Stores are now getting them in. The price is slightly higher than Wal-Mart, but still a great value! Good hunting!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Rings
October 8, 2003 | 12:11 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices when it comes to which Star Wars jewelry – such as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Although mainly targeted at the female Star Wars audience, who’s to say that a stylin guy can’t wear a hip old school adjustable ring and turn his finger green too?!
Today’s feature is devoted to vintage Star Wars rings. In 1977 for A New Hope the rings were produced by Weingeroff Enterprises and 2 sets of 3 designs you could buy, 1 Rebel Set – Chewie, R2, and C-3PO and the other set had Vader, Stormtrooper, and X-Wing. These rings are frequently found by themselves as single items without the original box, mainly bought for display purposes or to be worn.
W. Berrie & Co. held the liscence for all the ESB jewelry, and the rings they produced were quite distinct, as well as very colorful. The designs included: Vader, X-Wing, May the Force be with You, R2 & 3PO, R2, and Yoda. The rings come in blue boxes with the prominent ESB logo behind them. These rings have not only a great deal of charm, but also look awesome to wear!
Here are some auctions below to start your jewelry collection today!

1977 R2-D2 Ring

ESB X-Wing Ring MIB

ESB Yoda Ring MIB

ESB R2-D2 Ring MIB

 


 

Vader and Skywalker Almost Sold Out
October 8, 2003 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark B

I’ve been checking Master Replicas every day watching for the new Thermal Detonator to go on sale and noticed today that the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (ESB) lightsabers are nearly sold out. Don’t wait if you have been holding off ordering these items. And to make it even better, both are on sale for only $199.96! That’s $150 off the list price. ***Note, the price on the website still shows the list price, but when you add them to your basket, the sale price shows up*** Head on over to Master Replicas today and pick them up before they are gone.

UPDATE!! – Robert C. sends this in “If you pay in full rather than making the 4 installment payments, for the ESB lightsabers, you get another $25 off, making the total only $174.96”. Also note, this is for the Lightsaber Replicas, not the FX lightsabers.

 


 

Final Prophecy Out Now
October 8, 2003 | 11:15 AM EST | Mark B

 

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Sorry I missed this yesterday! The newest New Jedi Order book The Final Prophecy was released yesterday. This is the next to the last book in the New Jedi Order series (and the last Paperback). The final book The Unifying Force is currently available for preorder and will ship the 4th of November.

 


 

Doug Chiang Appearance in San Fransisco
October 7, 2003 | 2:51 PM EST | Keri

YakReader and member of the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club Mikk sent in this information for anyone in the San Fransisco/Bay Area that would like to meet Star Wars Prequel conceptual artist/designer Doug Chiang.

“Doug Chiang will be appearing at the Metreon Festival of Anime on
October 11th in San Francisco promoting his new book Robota.
Mr. Chiang will be speaking from 3 to 4pm in the Action Theater at
Metreon about his creative process, art techniques and training. There will also be a special screening of the animated Robota teaser. Afterwards he will sign books for an hour at the Chronicle Books store in the Metreon complex.
The Metreon is located at 101 Fourth St. in downtown San Francisco.
Tickets to the Metreon Festival of Anime are $15 and can be purchased online at www.acteva.com/go/metreon
Should be a great opportunity to get a look “behind the scenes” of an
extremely talented & influential artist. Hope everyone can make it out.”

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Foreign Plush Items
October 7, 2003 | 2:42 PM EST | Keri

Today I would like to spotlight some obscure Plush dolls and a plush backpack from countries overseas.
Here in the US, Kenner was the one and only source for plush Star Wars dolls, the most prolific being the Ewoks from ROTJ. Also offered was a Chewie and R2 that squeaked. The Buddies line debuted during the height of Beanie Baby mania, and once again was brought to us by Hasbro. For the collector looking for alternative plush Star Wars items, there are many foreign examples that are fun and unusual.
Starting with Japan, there are the Super-Deformed Plush toys that were available only in arcade machines called UFO’s in 1992. UFO machines are like the dragline/claw machines we have here, but the UFO’s have a 2 pronged hook, rather than a 3 pronged claw making it tougher to grab an item. Therefore, the Star Wars UFO Plush dolls are collectible not only here, but in Japan as well. There are 5 dolls in the set, including Vader, Chewie, R2, 3PO, and Luke.
More recently, there were several plush backpacks, or rucksacks produced in England which are large and pretty realistic representations of popular characters. The backpack designs included Chewie and Yoda, and possibly more that I am not aware of at this time. The backpacks are really unusual and great for a collector specializing in one character items.
The auctions below offer a look at each plush to help you start a new area of collecting!

Japan Takara Vader Plush

Chewie England Backpack

 


 

Original Trilogy On DVD News Update…
October 7, 2003 | 10:47 AM EST | Jair

Yak Reader Ronnie sent this to follow up on the DVD article:

“I heard the same story on the dvds about a week ago at The Digital Bits(without any toy references) and they basicly said the rumor is that Fox and Lucasfilm liked so much the layout of the upcoming Indiana Jones trilogy on dvd (1 disc for each movie, then one disc full of extras from all 3 movies) that they would do the same next Oct/Nov for the Star Wars trilogy. No word yet on whether these would be the originals or the special editions. I’m personally hoping for the originals myself, that way George can release his Ultimate special editions after ep. 3. Just my speculation!”

So maybe after all we’ll have the original movies on DVD next year. Ronnie has a good point beacuse almost everyone whats the two versions of the movies, and this would be a good way of offering fans the chance.

 


 

Hailfire Droid In Stock
October 7, 2003 | 6:47 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the Star Wars Separatist Forces: Hailfire Droid back in stock if you are still looking for it.

Also here are some other things…
The Emperor
Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape)
Geonosian Star Fighter

 


 

Looking For Clone Wars???
October 6, 2003 | 8:54 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Clone Wars figures, hop on over to Entertainment Earth as they have a three pack of the figures MOC!

 


 

UCS Snowspeeder
October 6, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Mark

Now available over at the LEGO shop is the UCS Snowspeeder #10129, the price tag on this set is $129.99 with 1457 pieces.

 


 

Original Trilogy On DVD News…
October 6, 2003 | 4:28 PM EST | Jair

Here is something I was waiting to get more information about before I posted it, but haven’t, so here it is. A very good source told a friend of mine at Yavin IVthat in order to get toys for next year, suppliers and stores will have to order them with a bit more time in advance. The reason: the Star Wars Trilogy will finally be released on DVD, and with it, tons and tons of toys.

Now, this is not 100% confirmed, so don’t get your hopes too high. Remember that the official word is that it will be released after the prequels are done, but you never know… maybe by this time next year we’ll be enjoying our favorite films on DVD format.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Telephones
October 6, 2003 | 3:31 PM EST | Keri

A Star Wars telephone not only looks great with your killer collection, but also allows you to cheerfully greet a friend or family member with a Force-ful character!
The only phone produced in the original trilogy days was in 1983 by Com-dial, which was an imposing full-figure Vader Speaker Telephone. The phone can still be found in working order today, sometimes even with the original box and instructions. The phone is a great likeness of our favorite Sith Lord, and is convenient for hands-free operation, or to be displayed anywhere.
As far as modern Star Wars phones go, an R2-D2 telephone was produced in the late 90’s by Telemania. The phone has many features, such as R2’s dome lights light up, his head turns as the phone rings and he can also be set to ring in familiar droid beeping. This phone really has it all, and the chirping and beeping is music to a fan’s ears!
Each phone is featured in an auction below to get your collection ringing!

Vader Speaker Telephone

R2-D2 Telephone

 


 

Target Exclusives
October 6, 2003 | 11:38 AM EST | Mark

While the have been listed on the Target.com website and web exclusives. I have received emails from PA, CA, and IL that the A-Wing and 12″ Leia with Speederbike have been found on the shelves. So if you need these, stop by a local Target, you make get lucky.

 


 

New Clone Wars Images
October 6, 2003 | 9:16 AM EST | Mark B

Animation Insider has 9 images of the upcoming Clone Wars Cartoon series on their website. Several are ones that I haven’t seen before. Check them out!

 


 

No Tricks… Just Treats
October 6, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Real Stands has started a new giveaway– now through Halloween with two oustanding prizes– First Prize is a Silver Anniversary R2-D2, and second prize is Ephant Mon, Jabba’s Head of Security. Click here to check it out!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Iron Ons!
October 5, 2003 | 11:47 PM EST | Keri

Along with your courdoroy bell bottom pants and your Star Wars belt buckle, no outfit is complete without your very own Star Wars Iron On T shirt!
Part of the fabric of the 1970s and early 1980s were Iron-on T-Shirt Shops, which usually featured Iron on transfer designs of everything you could possibly imagine and more pasted on the walls from floor to ceiling! ( at least the shop I remember going to!)
Star Wars themed designs were no exception, featuring an extensive selection of characters, artwork, with and without glitter accents. The vinyl transfers were on heavy waxy paper, and they were pressed with very high heat onto your t-shirt, then the paper was allowed to cool, and the vinyl transfer was left on your shirt.
Factors Inc. held the liscence for all of the Original Trilogy designs, which range vastly, from Han & Chewie, to Boba Fett, and Lando, Yoda, Luke, Jawas, and even Ugnaughts. The Iron-ons can be found fairly easily today, and some existing T-shirt shops can iron them on to brand new t-shirts for you to enjoy the now popular retro stylings of the 70s & 80s.
Below are some auctions to satisfy your need for Star Wars Iron-ons in your life!

Yoda Iron-On

Han & Chewie Iron-On

 


 

The Winner Is…
October 5, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Luke Shu-Hao Hu. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Belt Buckles!
October 4, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars belt buckles have been with us, just as the Force has been with us, since 1977. Among the some of the earliest liscened and unliscened items available, there was not a more stylish way to hold up your courdoroy bell bottom pants!
The first belt buckles were produced by The LeatherShop Inc. and were heavy brass with really gorgeous, bold raised 3-D designs, including the Star Wars Logo, 3PO & R2, R2 by himself, Vader, and a TIE chasing an X-Wing with a stylized McQuarrie Logo beneath.
Also in 1977, apparently without a liscence, Basic Tool & Supply Co. produced virtual duplicates of the Leathershop buckles. The Basic Tool buckles are marked on the back, and there are slight differences between those and the Leathershop buckles. The Leathershop buckles have a more dull, flat finish, while the Basic Tool buckles are polished and shiny. The Basic Tool Buckles also tend to be a bit smoother, with the details sharper and clearer than the Leathershop buckles.
Lee also had a liscence for A New Hope, ESB and continued through with Jedi themed belts with buckles. Most of the Lee buckles found today are seperated from their original belts, and collectors looking for complete examples should keep this in mind when purchasing loose buckles. There are countless variations of Lee buckle designs, with different color enamel backgrounds for each character as well as nylon and leather belts.
The small sampling below offers an illustration of the differences between Leathershop & Basic Tool buckles, as well as some Lee ESB offerings.

Leathershop Logo Belt Buckle

Basic Tool Logo Buckle

Lee Vader Belt & Buckle

Lee C-3PO & R2 Buckle

 


 

New Legos!
October 4, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Keri

Yak Reader TCJedi sent in the following links to pics of the new Lego items we have to look forward to in January from the Toys News International website:

New Lego Mini Vehicles

New Tatooine Sets

It appears that the new Mini Vehicles will not have a speicified bonus vehicle to be built from the spare parts in each package…builders will instead be required to use The Force and create their own design.
The new tatooine sets look great, including a new Landspeeder, Sandtrooper on a dewback and the cantina showdown between Greedo and Han. Lego continues to produce wonderful products for everyone, kids and adults alike to enjoy and build.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Friday: Plastic Banks
October 4, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Keri

After a slight weapons malfunction, as well as a large reactor leak that was very dangerous was locked down Friday, I once again have access to my computer and bring you all a belated Bounty Hunting Edition for Friday Oct. 3rd.
Continuing on with the theme of Star Wars banks, the auctions below feature interesting and harder to find examples of vintage plastic banks. Though not as common, nor as well known as the ceramic counterparts, the plastic banks provide an unbreakable alternative to the collector who also searches out overseas/foreign Star Wars items.
From the land down under, Austrailia, we have two vintage plastic banks that were given out from the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Sydney. A Darth Vader head/bust, and R2 in white, light blue and dark blue were given to children in 1978, encouraging them to save their money wisely. The designs may be slightly crude to today’s collector of modern, detailed movie prop accurate items, but these banks are great items in their own right!

R2-D2 Plastic Bank

Vader Plastic Bank

 


 

Win a Trip to San Francisco 
October 4, 2003 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is giving away a trip to San Francisco. Contest includes roundtrip airfare, 3 days/2 nights in Bay Area, tour of Master Replicas design area, preview of upcoming products, and a chance to give input on future products! Plus, each month Master Replicas is giving away 2 limited edition replicas worth over $200. You can enter once a day at their website, no purchase is necessary but when you purchase Master Replicas items, you get an additional entry for each dollar you spend! Looks like the contest runs through the end of the year.

 


 

Chrome Vader Update
October 3, 2003 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

I don’t know if this is been reported, but I got a letter in the mail yesterday from MBNA saying that the exclusive chrome Vader bust is on back order and won’t be shipped until November 30! Looks like we have more wait to do.

 


 

New Saga and Clone Wars Items in Stock!!!
October 3, 2003 | 6:26 PM EST | Joseph

CloudCityCollectibles has new Saga and Clone Wars items in stock. Asajj Ventress Sith Apprentice, Durge Commander of the Separatist Forces, Mace Windu Republic General, and Obi-Wan Republic General. They even have the NEW UNLEASHED Boba Fett, Han Solo, and
Yoda. Also in stock is the new Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Yoda!!! To get there click here

 


 

Fan Club Santa Yoda Update
October 2, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

The Official Fan Club sent the following Email out to lightspeed pass holders. It looks like Santa is going to be closer to Halloween:

Thank you for signing up for the Lightspeed Pass for Hasbro’s Holiday Yoda figure, presented exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club! Here’s the latest news on how you can order this holiday season’s most-wanted collectible:

As a Lightspeed Pass holder, you’ll be notified via email at the earliest time at which you can order your Holiday Yoda figures. In the first weeks, only those who receive their order notice will be able to purchase the Holiday Yoda online.

Please note that you can order any time after your receive your Lightspeed order notice, but not before. If you cannot get online immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock – more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of three figures per person.

We learned some lessons from the rush of orders we received for the silver-painted Boba Fett action figure, and we have worked hard to make the ordering process smoother and more frustration-free. The Lightspeed Pass system should help you order your Holiday Yoda figures with less hassle, and help us better manage the traffic to our website.

Heres the intended schedule:

Lightspeed Pass holders will receive invitations over a two week period in mid to late October. Active subscribers may order the figure any time after receiving their invitation.
Fear not! There are lots and lots of Holiday Yoda figures for our members, so dont fret if you are not in one of the first batches invited to order.
Active subscribers who did not sign-up for Lightspeed Passes will be able to order starting near the end of October.
Lightspeed Pass holders without a currently active subscription toStar Wars Insider will be able to order starting in early November, provided there are Holiday Yoda figures left in stock.
Here’s how you can get ready:

If you have a currently active subscription to Star Wars Insider then we may need you to associate your subscription with your online account if you havent already. To do this, sign in at http://starwars.paizo.com/mysubs
If you ordered or renewed a Star Wars Insider subscription on paizo.com since August 1st, or if you ordered the silver-painted Boba Fett, you wont need to associate your subscription with your account again.
If you have problems associating your subscription with your account, or if you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com
If you are not currently a subscriber or have an expired subscription and want to order with your Lightspeed Pass, then subscribe to Insider now athttp://starwars.paizo.com/swinsider
Thank you for your enthusiasm and let us be the first to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Best regards,
The Official Star Wars Fan Club
http://starwars.paizo.com/
holiday.yoda@paizo.com

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Ceramic Banks
October 2, 2003 | 1:22 PM EST | Keri

Looking for a place to store your pennies, or perhaps even your Jedi Master points? Well, if its a ceramic Star Wars bank you desire, then you’ve come to the right place!
The first banks produced were ceramic 3-D figural representations of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Vader made by Roman Ceramics in 1978. These wonderful banks are large, detailed and look phenomonal on a bookshelf. They are getting more difficult to find in undamaged condition, with the rubber stopper in the bottom, and of course complete with the original plain cardboard printed box.
Sigma Industries also produced many ceramic items for ROTJ, such as cups, frames, music boxes, and also banks. Among the Sigma banks available are Yoda, Chewie, Jabba the Hutt, and a rare full figure anodized silver Vader. Again, the primary concern with these banks is damage and repair, as well as finding an example with the original paper tag and box.
There are also many fan-made unliscened ceramic banks on the market today. While these banks are not listed in any official price guides, they hold a certain charm and provide something unique for a special display, which is unique to a particular collection.

Check out the links below to start saving your spare change in style!

1978 Roman Ceramics R2-D2 Bank

Sigma Chewie Bank

Sigma Jabba Bank

Jawa Sandcrawler Unliscened Bank

 


 

Hasbro Fixes Auctions….
October 2, 2003 | 8:33 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro has fixed the auctions for the time being.

Latest totals are:
Sacul 10,000
Jango 20,000
Kitik 30,000
Falcon 10,000

I am not sure how they are going to keep this under control. Also, they have updated their website with a whole new spiffy design.

 


 

First Come First Served!
October 2, 2003 | 8:00 AM EST | Mark

Very short supply….
Geonosian War Room Scene 2 1 Left
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike 1 Left
Lt. Faytonni 3 Left
Waitress Droid (WA-7) 1 Left

 


 

A Call For Sanity
October 1, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Anyone who has logged into the Hasbro Auction site in the last couple of hours as seen the bids for all the items available go from high to impossibly obscene. While many of us may not have had the foresight to save the points from figures, playsets, and ships since the E1 line started, some did, and I applaud their foresight (if they choose to open their toys). However those with foresight, and/or those who army build could have easily amassed 10,000 points or even double that.

With that said, whether you’ve been saving points since day one, or just started, there is no possible excuse for what we have seen on the Hasbro Auction site in the last few hours. While I would have liked to see another concept chosen for the Jedi Master Points, I urge all collectors to keep up the reputation of our hobby. The bidding of truely impossible numbers of points– millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, even hundreds of billions and hundreds of trillions of points is inexcuasable. Do not give Hasbro and others a negative view of collectors with your conduct.

If you have the points, by all means bid them, and good luck in the auctions, if you do not have the points, then please do not give the hobby a black eye, trying to make a mockery of this promotion and ruin it for your fellow collectors.

 


 

Short Stories Collection
October 1, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Keri

New from the official site comes Star Wars: Short Stories Collection which can be downloaded in PDF form. The short stories written by Expanded Universe favorites Timothy Zahn, Jude Watson, and Matthew Stover were only available in booklet form and could be found in Clone Wars lightsabers and vehicles. The booklet was also a give-away item at the Hasbro booth at San Diego Comic-Con and Wizard World Chicago.
For those of you who either do not open your toys, or did not get the booklet by attending the 2 Cons, this is a great read from some very talented authors.

Here is a link to the download below:

Short Story Collection

 


 

More Info on MR Thermal Detonator
October 1, 2003 | 4:56 PM EST | Mark B

Well, it hasn’t officially been announced by Master Replicas yet, but I’m finding out some additional information about the new Thermal Detonator (that should be announced any day now). There are actually going to be 3 (yep, count ’em THREE) different versions of this new prop replica. The regular edition (identical to the movie prop) is going to be limited to 1000 pieces worldwide, and in the tradition of Obi-Wan’s Episode IV saber, there will be an edition of 750 pieces of “As Built By”, and finally an edition of 750 pieces of a signature edition which will be signed by Carrie Fisher!

In addition – the prop is actually going to be die cast (rather than the lightweight material used in the Jedi Remote), it will have digital sound effects from Skywalker Sound, and finally flashing lights to duplicate the effects from Return of the Jedi. This is going to be one COOL replica – and the basic version is going to sell for around $200! Watch for the “official” announcement here soon!

 


 

Clone Wars Website
October 1, 2003 | 4:43 PM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network’s Official Clone Wars Website has been updated! There is now a countdown clock until the premier (November 7), and a new Screensaver that you can download (the screensaver includes the countdown clock).

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Toothbrushes!
October 1, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

After eating the Darth Vader cake, and topping it off with Chewie chocolates, its time to be a good Jedi and brush your teeth!
Star Wars toothbrushes were among the earliest items available, encouraging children to keep their teeth clean and healthy with their heroes from a galaxy far, far away.
Kenner produced the first motorized toothbrush in 1977 for A New Hope, which came on a large card in a blister. The toothbrush resembled a lightsaber hilt and had artwork of all the main characters inside the plastic housing of the handle. Kenner followed up with the same toothbrush, but with different designs inside for ESB, ROTJ ( a JCPenney catalog exclusive ) and Wicket from the Ewoks cartoon.
Also for ROTJ Oral-B introduced inexpensive toothbrushes which could be bought at Target, or any local grocery store. The packaging was brightly colored and featured great depictions of new and familiar characters. The designs included Vader, Luke Jedi outfit, Leia ewok outfit, Chewie and Han, R2 and 3PO, and Paploo and Wicket. Also available in a special 3 pack was a Jedi Masters toothbrush featuring Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda all in spirit form. The Jedi Masters is by far the most difficult toothbrush to find.
Colgate has held the modern liscence today, and has produced classic images as well as Ep.I toothbrushes and toothpaste. There are many, many designs to choose from, both in the US and overseas.
The auctions spotlighted today allow to you to view both the classic vintage Kenner & Oral-B, as well as modern items that are equally interesting.

Kenner Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B Paploo & Wicket Toothbrush

Colgate Ep.I Canadian Toothbrushes

Ep.II British Toothbrush

 


 

LEGO 2004
October 1, 2003 | 12:07 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of the early 2004 Product from LEGO, images can be seen atHttp://www.fbtb.net so head on over and check out the images.

4492 MINI Star Destroyer
4493 MINI Sith Infiltrator
4494 MINI Imperial Shuttle
4495 MINI AT-TE

4500 Rebel Snowspeeder
213pcs $19.99
The newly designed speeder appears to come with the same minifigs as the original set; Luke and Dak are listed and I’m trying to verify the Hoth Trooper.

4501 Mos Eisley Cantina
193pcs $29.99
The cantina itself is nothing more than the alcove where the Rodian meets his fate; set includes Luke, Ben, Han, Greedo and a Sandtrooper. But that’s not what gets you excited over this set – there’s a dewback that ROCKS . . .
and a newly designed Landspeeder in here too . . .

*** SIDE NOTE ***
Do you collect other LEGO’s? Email me at hfsolo@yakface.com and let me know what you collect. I have something else brewing….

 


 

TheToys Go On The Block Today
October 1, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Today is supposed to the start of Hasbro’s Jedi Master Points Auction promotion. According to the Official Site, the auctions will start at 9:00 am Eastern time. Although there will probably be a link to it off the Hasbro Star Wars page, Hasbro has also set up a new domain Jedi Master Points.com for the auctions. Good Luck!

September 2003 Archive

Action-HQ: Santa Yoda Now IN STOCK!!!
September 30, 2003 | 7:36 PM EST | Joseph

The holidays have come early this year at Action-HQ as the Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Edition Yoda is now IN STOCK for $17.95 each! Get one now because these will be sure to sell out fast. To get there click here

 


 

Begun The Bid Wars Have!
September 30, 2003 | 2:46 PM EST | Mark

So says Yoda, the bidding wars have begun. Hasbro has launched the Jedi Master Points website.

Up for auction this week are the following….
+ 12″ Ultimate Jango Fett 360 points
+ Jorg Sacul 1,200 points
+ Kitik Keek’Kak -Mos Eisley Cantina Set 13,000 points
+ Playskool Millennium Falcon 1,000 points

The current totals are listed with each.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Candy Molds!
September 30, 2003 | 12:42 PM EST | Keri

So, you thought that Star Wars cake pans were a little unusual…how about some Star Wars candy molds!
Again produced by Wilton in 1981 featuring ESB characters, the plastic candy molds allowed Moms everywhere to magically create chocolate lollipops and candy pieces in their child’s favorite Star Wars heroes and villians, like Vader and Yoda.
Many other candy molds were and have been made, which are unliscened items. They provide alternate character designs and are still interesting to collect, and even more fun to use to make Star Wars candy!
The Wilton molds, as well as some unliscened examples can be found in the links below, for you to begin your Star Wars candy experience!

Wilton ESB Candy Molds

Chewie and Vader Unliscened Molds

R2-D2 Unliscened Molds

 


 

2004 Unleashed
September 30, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | Mark

From the official Hasbro site.

Sep 30, 2003
Republic News
New Unleashed Figures for 2004!

Good news! More Unleashed figures are coming soon. Available early next year are Unleashed Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker from Hoth and a Clone Trooper.

Images of these incredible new sculpts will be posted in a few weeks.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
September 30, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Halloween Is Almost Here!
Check Out Our Collection Of Costumes!

Order by October 16 to Guarantee Halloween Delivery!

Jango Fett Collector Helmet
The Collector’s Edition of the Jango Fett Helmet. Made of high quality, injected plastic. One Size Fits All. (Will fit most adults, too large for children.)
Item Number: RU65001
Price: $59.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Costumes

Matrix: Morpheus Costume
From the hit movie Matrix and Matrix 2 – The Matrix: Reloaded, comes the Morpheus costume. The 100% PVC costume includes Coat and Glasses. One size fits all (fits up to 44 jacket size)
Item Number: RU15037
Price: $29.99
See Matrix Costumes

Adult Arwen Deluxe Costume
From the amazing film – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Adult Arwen Deluxe Costume from The Lord of the Rings. Includes the dress only. Made of 100% polyester, exclusive of trim. One size fits all adults.
Item Number: RU16375
Price: $59.99
See Lord of the Rings Costumes

Jango Fett Blasters & Holster
Complete your Jango Fett costume! The Star Wars Episode 2 Jango Fett Blasters with Holster. Blasters make authentic movie sound! Requires 2 “AA” batteries (not included).
Item Number: RU5089
Price: $19.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Costumes

Order Today!

 


 

Animated Clone Wars Figures!!!
September 30, 2003 | 3:06 AM EST | Joseph

The guys over at Rebelscum.com have pics of the upcoming Animated Clone Wars Figures. You can get there by clicking here

 


 

Have Your Jedi Master Points Ready
September 29, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Mark B

We’ve received word from Hasbro that you should check out The Hasbro Star Wars Website on Wednesday October 1 for the launch of their new Jedi Master Points program! More details to come….

 


 

Clone Wars Cartoon on DVD?
September 29, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Jair

Not any time soon…

The premiere of the Clone Wars Cartoon is less that two months away, and many people have been asking if it’s going to be available on DVD, like the Animatrix Cartoon. Well, a very good source has told me that so far there are no plans to release the series on DVD, but the episodes will run continuously on Cartoon Network and will also be available to see online. So if you miss one, don’t kick yourself for that, eventually you’ll be able to see it. And I can bet my Star Wars Collection that that sooner or later it’ll come out on DVD. (Ok, just in case it doesn’t, the thing about betting my collection is not true).

 


 

Palpatine’s Cane a Day Early
September 29, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the Emperor Palpatine Cane available for order on their website. (Which is one day earlier than reported from the email sent to me by Master Replicas). Looks like this one is going to go quick, it is limited to only 1500 pieces and looks like around 40% of them have already been sold! Head on over to Master Replicas now if you want to pick one up!

 


 

About a Month Until Halloween
September 29, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark B

Hey, its just over a month until one of my favorite holidays – Halloween. With that in mind, I’m going to be building a page here of Halloween costumes that YOU send me. So, EMAIL ME photos of your costumes, both past and present and I’ll get them posted. Got your costume for this Halloween??? Check out the offerings this year from Rubies! You can find them at Toys R Us online. Here’s a link to Adult Costumes and Children’s Costumes.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Cake Pans!
September 29, 2003 | 11:28 AM EST | Keri

Every class has a recess, so today I will take a break from school supply items and spotlight a real treat, vintage cake pans!
Wilton cake pans from Empire Strikes Back are interesting collectibles that look wonderful hanging on a wall, or are functional too, in that they make the best looking cakes you have ever seen! The characters included C-3PO, R2-D2, Vader, and my favorite Boba Fett. The cake pans came with a paper insert that showed what a complete decorated cake should look like and instructions on icings. The reverse of the insert also had pictures from the movie.
The cake pans are great treasures to make your collection really stand out! To get you started, an example of each character can be found in the auctions below.

C-3PO Cake Pan

R2-D2 Cake Pan

Vader Cake Pan

Boba Fett Cake Pan

 


 

Jedi Knight Army & Cinema Scenes
September 28, 2003 | 10:39 PM EST | Joseph

Still looking for the Jedi Knight Army & Cinema Scenes? Planetactionfigure.comhas them on sale for only $16.99. They also have the Cinema Scenes 1 & 2 as a set for $49.99. To get there click here

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Spiral Notebooks
September 28, 2003 | 12:16 PM EST | Keri

Alright class…you have your Star Wars Pencils and erasers, now all you need are some snappy Star Wars Spiral Notebooks to write down your collection Wish List!
Like most anything in the Star Wars collecting universe, there are many choices, both vintage and modern. Mead held the liscence in 1977 for A New Hope and produced different photo collage designs for their notebooks. Stuart Hall had the liscence for Empire Strikes Back and produced single photo designs of new characters and old favorites from the movie, and also designed the notebooks for Return of the Jedi using artwork for those designs. Modern Classic Trilogy notebooks were again available in the 1996, around the time of the Special Edition releases and were again produced by Mead, so the liscening came full circle and provided us with photos and graphic designs encompassing all films in the Original Trilogy.
The auctions below provide a small sampling of the spiral notebooks available for purchase.

1980 ESB Boba Fett Notebook

1983 5 ROTJ Notebooks

1996 12 Mead Classic Trilogy Notebooks

 


 

More Info on Emperor’s Cane
September 28, 2003 | 11:49 AM EST | Mark B

I received an email from Master Replicas this morning outlining details of the new Emperor Palpatine Cane. Highlights include – shiny black finish (identical to prop in Return of the Jedi), clasp used by Palpatine to attach cane to robe, wall mounted display with gunmetal finish and aluminum support posts which are covered with silicon to protect the finish. Item will be available for order fromMaster Replicas on Tuesday, Sept 30th.

 


 

Attention Tennessee Area Readers
September 28, 2003 | 11:24 AM EST | Bill

Adventure Con 2.5 will be held Oct 3-5 at the convention center in Gatlinburg, TN. Guest include:

Jeremy Bulloch
Danielle Harris – Halloween 4 & 5
George Lazenby – James Bond
Dawn Wells – Gilligan’s Island
Yvonne Craig – Batgirl on Batman (TV series)
For more information click here.

 


 

Lisghtsaber Sale
September 28, 2003 | 9:12 AM EST | Mark

This is an interesting sale at Amazon. They have the Lightsabers with three Star Wars figures on sale. They are %57 off at the low price of $9.97 for a lightsaber and three figures.

Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber – Blue now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber – Blue now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Jedi Lightsaber – Green now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Jedi Lightsaber – Orange now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Mace Windu Lightsaber – Purple now $9.97

 


 

There’s Another Clone Color Variation… Silver
September 27, 2003 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you carded pictures of the upcoming Silver Clone Trooper Figure as well as the upcoming Imperial Dignitary #1! Click here to check them out.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Pencils
September 27, 2003 | 12:46 PM EST | Keri

Following yesterday’s feature of erasers, the next school supply item discussed will be pencils!
Most of the Star Wars pencils had ROTJ themes and characters and were made in the US by Butterfly originals. From 80s fads like Pop-A-Point pencils, to 3-D character topped pencils, children could choose either to use for their dreaded homework. There is also a ROTJ pencil bag to carry everything in, with the classic image of Luke and Vader dueling aboard Death Star II.
Take a look at the auctions below to add these pencils to your collection!

ROTJ Pop-A-Point Pencils

ROTJ C-3PO Pencil Topper

ROTJ Pencil Bag

 


 

Star Wars Gamer You Are???
September 26, 2003 | 1:07 PM EST | Mark

If you are a gamer and have been waiting for the sale of the GameCube, well, the price has finally dropped.

GameCube Jet Black now $99.99
GameCube Limited Edition Platinum now $99.99
GameCube Indigo now $99.99

Star Wars Games:
Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II now $18.88
Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast $49.99
Star Wars: The Clone Wars now $19.98
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter $29.98

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Erasers
September 26, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Keri

Around the world, children had a myriad of choices when it came to Star Wars school supplies. Today, I will concentrate on erasers, with future installments featuring other school supplies like rulers, folders, pencils, pencil bags etc.
Erasers were mainly produced with ROTJ characters and themes in the US, but overseas saw a completely different variety. In Japan, for A New Hope, Maruka produced figural erasers of vehicles, like the x-wing, falcon, y-wing, and landspeeder and of the droids. They were made in multiple colors, and for the ultimate completist finding every color is a must for each individual eraser.
In Australia, different types of erasers were made by H.C. Ford. One variety were perfumed rectangles that featured little printed bands of paper around the eraser itself of favorite ROTJ characters. The scent is grape, and although 20 years old, still smell, as I can personally attest to. Other erasers were two-dimensional cut-outs that had printed characters on them, some of which glowed in the dark.
Below are auctions for US, Japanese, and Austrailian erasers to get your school supply collection growing!

Japanese SW Maruka R2 Eraser

US ROTJ Erasers

Box of H.C. Ford Perfumed Erasers

H.C. Ford Flat Character Erasers

 


 

Hasbro Update!
September 26, 2003 | 11:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Hasbro site, they have updated with all new figures and images. There is a LOT to look at. I must say, the best thing about this list…..

A NEW LUKE JEDI!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

sorry for the sarcasm, but….. another one??

Among the list are:
Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi
R2-D2 with Drink Tray
R1-G4
12″ Jawa 2-Pack
12″ Garindan
12″ Obi-Wan Kenobi (all sarcasm aside, the new Obi-Wan is a TRUE tribute to the late Alec Guiness!)

Head on over and check it out.

 


 

Jedi Master Points
September 26, 2003 | 10:32 AM EST | Jason

One auction on ebay just recently close for $130 for 2500
Jedi Points. It looks like people are speculating that something
special will be available for your points. Just want to point out
that someone has 12,000 points available HERE… Now that is a lot of points.

 


 

Boba Fett Convention Figure…
September 26, 2003 | 10:23 AM EST | Jair

Hello Yakface loyal readers. I wanted to post this 2 days ago but my internet server was down.

If you are still waiting for your Convention Boba Fett Silver Edition from the Fan Club, be just a little patient. I got mine yesterday (this past Tuesday) and it arrived in perfect condition, unpunched, and very well protected.

Keep an eye out the window because pretty soon you’ll see the big brown truck parked in front of your house!

If you didn’t order your figure, you can still do it according to Paizo, but remember that you have to be subscribed to the Insider in order to do it.

Enjoy your figure!

 


 

Ultra C-3PO With Pod Carded
September 26, 2003 | 2:54 AM EST | Joseph

Galactic Hunter.com has pics of the new upcoming Ultra C-3PO With Pod Carded. To get there click here

 


 

Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auction Update
September 25, 2003 | 9:14 PM EST | Keri

If you were wondering just how much 2,400 Jedi Master Points sold for on Ebay, the answer can be found below in the completed auction. There will probably be some stiff competition in the upcoming Hasbro auctions, with some big point holders gathering up thousands of the valuable little UPC Codes.

Completed Jedi Master Points Auction

 


 

First Look at New Master Replicas
September 25, 2003 | 4:48 PM EST | Mark B

 

Here’s a first look at the new items coming from Master Replicas. These low resolution images are from the new Diamond Comics Previews Catalog. These items are not yet available for order from Master Replicas, but expect them to show up in the next few days (which is what happened last month with the Jango Fett Blasters). Until then, enjoy this look at the Emperor’s Cane and a Weathered Thermal Detonator.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Underoos!
September 25, 2003 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

As a kid growing up in the 70’s, I would’ve probably died for a pair of Underoos, which I never had, and now that I am an adult I have just about every Star Wars themed Underoos that was made! Of course I do not wear them, but they make a most interesting addition to a well-rounded collection.
Underoos were the “Underwear that was fun to wear”, and were made by Union Underwear in the 70’s and 80’s. The sets consisted of a top and bottom that recreated a character’s costume. There were Underoos for boys and girls alike, in Superhero designs like Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Superman, and there were Star Wars characters from ESB and ROTJ to choose from as well.
Of the many Star Wars characters, Boba Fett underoos are by far the most difficult to find, most expensive to buy, and the coolest ones that were made, I think. The ESB motifs included Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke X-Wing, Princess Leia Hoth, C-3PO, and today’s feature R2-D2. The ROTJ motifs include Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Wicket. Thermal Underoos also exist for Vader, Yoda, Han, Wicket and R2.
Today’s R2-D2 auction is a prime example of the condition most collectors search for: sealed in original shrink wrap and crisp corners on the envelope. Click on through to start your Underoos collection today!

R2-D2 Underoos

 


 

Jedi Knight Army
September 25, 2003 | 1:55 AM EST | Joseph

Still looking for the Jedi Knight Army? Jamstoys.com has them on sale for only $21.95. They also have the Clone Wars 2 Pack
Army of the Republic. To get there click here

 


 

Coming Soon!!!!
September 24, 2003 | 11:55 PM EST | Eddie K. AKA E2K13

Keep your eyes open because Yakface will soon be adding a Star Wars Lego Section…Oh yea! You heard me right! Star Wars Legos!!!
Coming Soon!!!!!

 


 

Clone Wars Cartoon Update
September 24, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris points out that in the promotional portfolio for the upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, there is a sketch for a certain assassin droid that appears to be IG-88 !!! This is an interesting development, and would be very cool if more of our beloved bounty hunters came back into the fray of the Clone Wars.

Click on through to the link below at iesb.com and look at the portfolio page with Count Dooku and Assaji Ventress to see IG-88:

Clone Wars Cartoon Portfolio

 


 

Geonosian War Room 2
September 24, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Geonosian War Room Scene 2, they are now in stock at Amazon.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Bed Sheets
September 24, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

Not only can you decorate your entire room with Star Wars, have Star Wars wallpaper and wear a Star Wars shirt and Star Wars boxers, but you can go to sleep on colorful bed sheets, snuggling up to your favorite trilogy & prequel characters.
Vintage sheets are quite easy to come by that have been gently used and still have a great fabric quality. It is much more difficult however to find vintage sheets sealed in a package, and these examples tend to fetch premium prices.
Many different and interesting designs were made for A New Hope, ESB, and ROTJ and it is fun and affordable to try to aqcuire every design.
Modern examples of classic trilogy characters were also made, and provide a more linear, graphic motif that actually fits in with the vintage sheets well. The sheets made for Ep.I are in my opinion the least colorful and exciting, but are still great to use for practical purposes. The Ep.II AOTC sheets were hard to find in stores, I personally never saw them until I saw them offered for auction on Ebay. The designs are more like the upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, with the Jedi seeming to be cel-shaded, bold and very colorful.
The sheets can be used for many different purposes, as tablecloths, wallhangings, curtains, slipcovers on furniture…the only limit to their use is your own imagination. Most sheets are Twin Sized, some are Full Sized so keep this in mind when buying. Below are examples from each film.

1977 Star Wars sheets

1979 Empire Strikes Back sheets

1983 Return of the Jedi sheets

Ep.I Sheets

Ep.II AOTC Sheets

 


 

Last Call on Jedi Training Remote
September 23, 2003 | 9:40 PM EST | Mark B

I just got an email tonight from Master Replicas announcing that the Jedi Training Remote is now down to less than 250 pieces left. If you’ve been waiting for this replica, don’t wait any longer, visit Master Replicas today. Several other items are also nearly sold out as well: Mace Windu Saber, Luke Skywalker Saber, Count Dooku, Darth Vader Empire Strikes Back, and Episode IV Obi Wan Kenobi. Don’t forget that Master Replicas is now offering a “Try before you buy” program where you can receive any of their fine collectibles and take 30 days to decide if you want to keep it. Details are on their website.

***Update – I just tried to order one of the Jedi Training Remotes myself, and it actually shows up in the cart as $139.96, which is over $100 off the normal price!

 


 

New Lego Snowspeeder Photos
September 23, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Team From Bricks to Bothans has posted a number of images and all the details about the upcoming Lego Snowspeeder. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Insider #72 Hitting Mailboxes
September 23, 2003 | 4:00 PM EST | Mark B

Brent in Alabama let us know that the Star Wars Insider Magazine issue #72 arrived in his mailbox today. Be on the lookout for it!

 


 

Clone Wars Cartoon News
September 23, 2003 | 3:58 PM EST | Keri

The upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, or “epic micro-series” not only looks cool, but bridges the gap between Ep. II and Ep. III, meaning that we may not see the Clone Wars in the film version of Ep. III. However, in November when the cartoon series airs we will at least be able to get some sort of Star Wars fix while waiting until the final film installment to be released in 2005.
Over at theforce.net you can download the full Clone Wars cartoon trailer as well as look at Plot Summaries for each episode. It is unclear at this time whether the cartoon will be a continuous series like Dexter’s Lab, etc. only ratings, time and Mr. George Lucas will tell.

Here are links to the downloads below in Quicktime format:

Trailer 240×180 (0.6 mb)

Trailer 320×240(1.5 mb)

 


 

Still Need the Imperial Shuttle?
September 23, 2003 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark B

Yakface Reader Larry kindly pointed out that the Imperial Shuttle is now available in the Sears Holiday Wishbook. Cost is still $99.99.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Towels
September 23, 2003 | 12:37 PM EST | Keri

Even though the summer season is coming to a close, Star Wars beach towels never go out of season! The bright eye-catching, colorfully brilliant graphic designs provide a unique backdrop to a collection or look great just hanging in a bathroom.
Star Wars towels have been available throughout the original trilogy all the way up to today. Classic characters like Vader and Boba Fett still dominate, but other favorites like Maul and Amidala can easily be found. The vintage towels have a certain charm to their striking 70s-80s predominately bold blue and gold coloring, while the modern designs provide images that are just as pleasing in a more computer generated manner. Below are examples of each to add to your collection.

ROTJ Heroes Towel

Boba Fett Towel

 


 

Lightspeed Passes Activating Soon
September 23, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

Lisa Stevens, President of the Fan Club, gave an on-line radio interview on Sunday. Among the highlights, lightspeed passes (to purchase the upcoming Fan Club Exclusive Santa Yoda) will be “activating” in late September.

Also the 2004 Fan Club kits will include something (other than a figure) from Hasbro— sounds interesting. Artoosnews has the highlights from the interview.

 


 

D & S Newsfeed
September 23, 2003 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World :

New Items:

Armada Unicron
Transformers Universe Striker & Blackarachnia
Saga Screen Scenes War Room 1 & 2
Saga Screen Scenes Jedi Council 1 & 2
G.I. Joe Spy Troops Wave 8
Clone Wars Wave 1 – Figures Shipping Monday
Clone Wars Tank & Jedi Starfighter – Back in Stock
Anakin & Dooku Speeders – Back in Stock
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack – Back in Stock
Enterprise Trip Tucker

Click here to visit their site.

 


 

Unleashed In-Stock
September 22, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Mark

Here is the last wave of Unleashed, back in stock if you are looking for them…

Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi
Unleashed Luke Skywalker

 


 

A Peek at Hasbro 2004
September 22, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Mark B

I was able to get a peek at the late 2003, early 2004 price lists today from Hasbro. Nothing really exciting to announce and not much that we haven’t heard of before. There were only a couple of new items that I saw on the list that I haven’t heard of coming yet. Under the 12″ Assortments, they list a Jawa 2-Pack, Garindan, and Classic Obi-Wan. Under Unleashed Figures, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker X-Wing, and Clone Trooper are all listed. There are several other items that are listed as numbers with no names, so there is no telling what those are. The Wampa and Jabba the Hutt that have been seen earlier are part of a “3.75 inch Ultra Figure Assortment”. There are 2 other figures that will be part of that assortment, but have not been listed by name yet. As always, until you see an official announcement from Hasbro on these items, they are NOT official. Assortments and release dates can change at any time.

 


 

Distributoys Follow-up
September 22, 2003 | 2:31 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to point out a few things as I just talked with
Ronnie Goldfinger from Distributoys. The vintage figures that
are being released on Amazon are indeed vintage figures, not
recasted vintage figures like the 1995 Exclusive ToysRus
Classic 4-pack. The Sets range from 10-20 sets of each, and
you should see the status on these sets go from pre-order status
to unavailable shortly as they have oversold their available
quantity.


If you do not have any of these vintage figures, the prices are
pretty good for complete figures in collectors condition. They will
come in clear cases with stands on the bottom for the figure. Apparently, TRU is interested in items to draw more collectors to the
site, and this is one of the reasons that led to the idea by
Distributoys to make these figures available on Amazon. They will
be making more sets available in the future, so keep checking back
is you need vintage figures.

 


 

Snowspeeder UCS
September 22, 2003 | 1:20 PM EST | Mark

Over at Rebelscum they have a nice image of the boxed LEGO UCS Snowspeeder due in 2004. Head on over to check it out.

 


 

Distributoys Info
September 22, 2003 | 1:14 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon as we pointed out a few days ago, they are taking orders for the product listed below. These are limited. Well I contact the company to find out more info. In a reply this is what we are able to learn.
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bounty Hunters Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $39.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Good Guys Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $29.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $39.99

Thank you for your interest in the Vintage Star Wars figures available at ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com. We have had many emails regarding these items and we are very excited to be able to bring something special to Star Wars collectors everywhere.

These limited edition sets are made up of Star Wars figures that were
released in the late 1970¹s and early 1980¹s. The figures in these
sets are “loose”², that¹s is to say, they are out of their original packaging but are still original, “collectible condition” action figures.

Kenner released many Star Wars action figures and many different action figures of the same characters. The following action figures are contained in each Limited Edition Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Set:

Good Guys Set-
Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Outfit
C3PO
Hoth Soldier

Bounty Hunters Set-
IG-88
Boba Fett
Dengar

Bespin Set-
Han Solo in Bespin Gear
Chewbacca
Lando Calrissian
Lobot
Storm Trooper

All sets come with the correct assortment of weapons and accessories.

We hope that you are as excited about these Limited Edition Vintage
Star Wars Action Figure Sets as we are. Please make sure that you check back with ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com often as we will be adding new sets all the time.

Thanks again.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Calendars
September 22, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Keri

The New Year is fast approaching and of course a new calendar goes along with the resolutions. There have always been Star Wars calendars available since 1978 spanning the trilogy and more currently the prequels. While the vintage and outdated calendars are no longer useful for practical purposes, they are great to use for backdrops to displays. The artwork and dynamic photos make calendars yet another unique subset to the Star Wars collecting universe.

1978 Star Wars Calendar

2004 Classic Star Wars Calendar

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Frisbees!
September 21, 2003 | 12:54 PM EST | Keri

If you have ever asked the question “Did they ever make Star Wars Frisbees?” you’ve come to the right place! The fabulous flying discs were indeed adorned with Star Wars imagery, both vintage and modern. The classic vintage designs are simple, yet effective line-art which can provide a striking display when combined with other character collectibles.
Today’s feature is a vintage Pine-Sol Frisbee of the best co-pilot in the galaxy, the Wookie Chewbacca. If your mom bought Pine-Sol in the 1978, then chances are the label held the promise of mailing away for a Star Wars Frisbee. The Frisbees in the set include R2-D2, C-3PO, Stormtroopers, X-Wing Fighters, Chewbacca, and my personal favorite a McQuarrie-esque Darth Vader. The Pine-Sol Frisbees can be a little difficult to find, but with patience the entire set of 6 can be acquired. Click on through to start your Frisbee collection today!

Chewbacca Pine-Sol Frisbee

 


 

BEGUN THE CLONE WARS CONTEST HAS!
September 21, 2003 | 4:10 AM EST | Brandon

The Yakface.com Store Reports Clone Wars Contest Has Begun! To Find Out More Information Please Check Out Our Store Reports Page! Good Luck & Let The Hunting Begin!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Retailers’ Mercahandise Catalogs
September 20, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Keri

The world of Ebay truly is a wonderous place where never before seen items are listed with seeming regularity. Retailers’ catalogs were given to stores to choose what product to order and to even get a sneak peek at new toys from movies not yet released. The US Versions were and are still handed out at Toy Fair in New York, and though hard to come by, are still attainable items to purchase. The most interesting aspect of Retailers’ catalogs are the photos of our favorite Star Wars toys, most in prototype form, and some items that were never even produced. Today’s featured auctions uncover another look into the world of Kenner’s Star Wars Merchandising power in its glory days.
Foreign items, often so unique and different from the US counterparts are always welcomed additions to any well-rounded collection. Toltoys was the Austrailian division of Kenner and produced the Cardboard (Chipboard) Death Star Playset which we never saw in the US. The auctions spotlighted today are Toltoys retailers catalogs from 1978, 1979 and 1980. Not only are the photos and layout unique, these catalogs offer the Kenner/Toltoys Lineup in the 1970s-80s, which included Stretch Armstrong, Strawberry Shortcake, Dr. Who and the infamous 18″ doll from the movie Alien.

1978 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog

1979 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog

1980 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog

 


 

More New Items…
September 20, 2003 | 9:26 AM EST | Mark

Here is a list of new items in stock at Amazon…

Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bounty Hunters Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Anyone have any ideas what this is??? It is $39.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Good Guys Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Same thing $29.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Same thing $39.99

 


 

Reminder regarding Star Wars Fan Club
September 19, 2003 | 3:01 PM EST | Jason

As one patron of Yakface has pointed out to us, the only form of
payment of credit cards has to be Visa or Mastercard. If you
try to use any other kind of credit card, your order will be
cancelled. Best to try and find someone you know who might order
those exclusives for you, if you don’t have a Visa or MC.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Funmeal Trays
September 19, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Keri

Back in 1978, Burger Chef produced some of the earliest and now hardest to find classic Star Wars kids meal items. Before the onslaught of Special Edition and Episode I plastic toys, kids were more than happy to punch out and make their very own Droid, TIE, or X-Wing. The Funmeals Trays are brightly colored cardstock and have great artwork photos, and an overall cool 70s design. There are 7 different trays with various games and activities which include a Flight Game with Spinner, Darth Vader Card Game, Landspeeder, R2 Droid Puppet, TIE Fighter, C-3PO Droid Puppet and today’s featured auction of an X-Wing Fighter. The X-Wing Fighter Tray is an excellent representation of the mint/unfolded condition collectors dream of finding.

X-Wing Burger Chef Funmeal Tray

Always be sure to view a seller’s other items on Ebay, they may have many more auctions and possibly a website where similar items may easily be found.

 


 

Episode III Character Revealed!!!
September 19, 2003 | 1:49 AM EST | Joseph

The Force.Net has posted pics of an Episode III character that will be in the latest Star Wars movie.. WARNING heavy spoilers apply. If you do not want to know do not click the above link.

 


 

Test Drive a New Lightsaber
September 18, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has a new program they just announced today. It is the 30 day test drive. Pretty easy program, they will send you a Star Wars collectible, you try it out for 30 days, if you don’t like it, you send it back – your charge – $1 for processing. Very cool if you wanted to buy one of these items but wanted to see or handle one first. Head on over and pick one up at Master Replicas

 


 

Hasbro Jedi Master Points on Ebay
September 18, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mark sent in an interesting auction on ebay for 2,400 Hasbro Jedi Master Points. 2,400 is a lot of points that could be very useful for Hasbro’s upcoming auctions, especially if you collect unopened action figures and vehicles. Be warned this large amount of points has a rather high bounty.

2,400 Hasbro Jedi Master Points

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Prototypes
September 18, 2003 | 12:23 PM EST | Keri

Prototypes offer a fascinating look into the pre-production phases of items before they are completed, packaged and on store shelves. Some collectors specialize in prototypes of one particular area, such as Original Kenner artwork, or other collectors that wish to seek out the infamous Kenner Rocket-Firing Boba Fett. Prototypes, while often expensive, with some patience and perserverance can be attained for reasonable amounts at Ebay auctions. Spotlighted today are two interesting examples of affordable prototypes.
Before Attakus and Gentle Giant produced detailed busts of our favorite Star Wars characters, a company called Illusive Concepts produced several Maquettes. Maquettes, from the French word meaning puppet, are used in the pre-production of films to create a representation in 3-D of a creature/alien on a small scale before it is made in latex or now CGI form. Illusive Concepts created a line of Star Wars Maquettes in limited numbers for sale in 1995, which included Yoda, Boba Fett, Chewbacca bust, Jabba the Hutt, Han in Carbonite and today’s featured auction of Admiral Ackbar. If you already own the production Admiral Ackbar Maquette, you can see the prototype version here:

Admiral Ackbar Maquette

Also currently on listed on Ebay is a C-3PO Prototype from the recent Hasbro Playskool line. C-3PO is cast in a milky-white plastic, common to most action figure prototypes, and is great for the collector just beginning a prototype collection.

Playskool C-3PO Prototype

As with any item on Ebay, it is always a good idea to check the seller’s feedback and to ask the seller any questions you may have regarding the origins of an item.

 


 

Episode III: It’s A Wrap!!!
September 18, 2003 | 12:51 AM EST | Joseph

Principal photography wraps on Episode III at 6:42pm on Wednesday September 17, 2003. Click here for the latest update.

 


 

New Unleashed Wave!!! 
September 18, 2003 | 12:48 AM EST | Joseph

The Unleashed Wave with Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Yoda. Are now available atKebco Toys. You can get there by clicking here.

 


 

Hailfire Droid In Stock!
September 17, 2003 | 10:19 PM EST | Mark

New in stock at Amazon is the Hasbro Hailfire Droid at $21.99
and the Geonosian Starfighter with Pilot at $21.99

 


 

Episode III Images
September 17, 2003 | 9:15 PM EST | Joseph

artoosnews.com has a link to new Episode III pics. Be warned for spoilers if you don’t want to know what Anakin looks like in EP III.

 


 

New Master Replicas Items Confirmed
September 17, 2003 | 3:54 PM EST | Mark B

Next week, comic book shops will receive the Previews Catalog from Diamond Comics. Like last month with the set of Jango Fett blasters , this month there are 2 new Master Replicas items available. Both will retail for around $210. These have both been rumored for some time, but it looks like they will ship late in January – get ready for: Emperor Palpatine’s Cane, and (ohhhh, I gotta have one of these!) a Weathered Thermal Detonator!

 


 

Rare Items on Ebay
September 17, 2003 | 1:43 PM EST | Jason

I don’t normally do this but if you ever wanted to complete your
collection with the Rare Long Picture Carded figures or just have a look at something really rare, someone on Ebay has the entire set on auction. This person also has some other really rare pieces as well, but I think this is the highlight. Click here to see it.

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: Trilogy Wallpaper
September 17, 2003 | 12:19 PM EST | Keri

What better way to provide a beautiful backdrop for your prized collection than to cover the walls with your favorite heroes, villians and scroundrels? Star Wars Wallpaper has been made since 1977 with gorgeous artwork, capturing key moments of each of the three films. Featured today however is a modern example of Classic Trilogy Wallpaper that was available only in England, made by the company Vymura in 1997 to coincide with the release of the Special Edition Trilogy in theaters. This wallpaper is quite hard to come by, especially unused, and has a unique design, making it a perfect counterpart to the POTF2 line we enjoy today.

Star Wars Trilogy Wallpaper

 


 

Star Wars in ’04?
September 17, 2003 | 12:03 PM EST | Mark B

No George Lucas isn’t running for President, but the rumor mill is heating up again about the classic Star Wars Trilogy coming to DVD in 2004. The Digital Bits seems to have the original story about Lucasfilms being very pleased with the format that the Indiana Jones movies have for DVD (One disc for each movie, One disc for extras). Lucas has said that there isn’t a lot of bonus material available for the original movies, so maybe throw it all together in one disc and make a 4 disc set? Again, this is only a rumor, but one we could all hope for!! What better way to start the hype for Episode III than to release the classic trilogy on DVD in time for the holidays 2004?

 


 

More Clones
September 17, 2003 | 11:13 AM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has a teaser page up for the new Star Wars Clone Wars series coming soon! You’ll find it here! Kind of a cool image of Anakin and the text “The Epic Micro-Series – Coming this Fall”. Get those Tivos ready!!!!

 


 

LEGO Dagobah X-Wing
September 17, 2003 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

If you ordered the NEW Dagobah X-Wing, it is now shipping. So watch your doorsteps…

 


 

Arena Playset on Sale @ Amazon
September 16, 2003 | 7:31 PM EST | Steve

Amazon has the Star Wars Arena Playset on sale for $39.98. Probably a good time to pick this item up …

 


 

Force Heretic III: Reunion
September 16, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Mark B

I was just about to sit down and write my review for Yakface on the last book in the Force Heretic Trilogy: Force Heretic III: Reunion when I changed my mind. I can sum it up for you pretty quick here. WHAT!?!?!?! Nothing, I mean nothing frustrates me more than finishing a book and saying “what was the point of that?”. Ok, I understand capitalizing on the Star Wars name, but come on, what happened to the quality George? I wasted 1200 pages and countless hours reading this stuff? Hey guys, I can sum it up to you in a couple of sentences. “Let’s go find Zenoma Secot and see if it will help us fight the Yuzhaan Vong while everyone else is busy actually fighting them. Great we found it, will it help us? Yes!” END OF STORY.

 


 

Jedi Academy Released Today
September 16, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Mark B

Just a heads up that the newest Star Wars video game was released today for Windows based PCs. Jedi Academy is a must have if you are a fan of the Star Wars video games. Its a new first person game along the storyline of the previous Jedi Knight games. Some of the new highlights include being able to customize your character, and customize your lightsaber. Can’t wait to get mine!

 


 

Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Stormtrooper
September 16, 2003 | 11:53 AM EST | Keri

What can be so unusual about a Kenner 1983 ROTJ Stormtrooper MOC you ask? While this toy is well-known and a favorite to most collectors, this particular specimen stands out as a one of a kind item which would complement AFA Professionally Graded carded figures. Also, by purchasing this item, you can help out a great cause The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society. Please note the unique “silver” seal and grading system on the figure.
ROTJ Stormtrooper MOC

 


 

Back In Stock
September 16, 2003 | 6:06 AM EST | Mark

These two figures have shown up back in stock…
Wat Tambor
Coleman Trebor

 


 

Dawn of the Bounty Hunting…
September 15, 2003 | 11:04 PM EST | Keri

Please allow myself to introduce myself. My name is Keri and I have been collecting Star Wars for over 10 years now, with my main concentration on vintage misc. items such as suncatchers, socks, underpants, anything and everything that is unusual and/or offbeat which illustrate just how deeply that amazing galaxy far, far away is embedded in our pop culture pysche as a whole. My earliest memory is of watching Star Wars back in ’77 sitting on my Father’s lap in the theater when i was 2 years old, and the impact of the film has never left me.
I will be writing a daily feature entitled Bounty Hunting spotlighting an interesting Star Wars item up for auction on Ebay.
Please stay tuned for something out of the ordinary everyday!

 


 

New LEGO Items
September 15, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Mark

Here are a couple of new LEGO items for 2004. Thanks to FBTB.net for the update.

“First up we have a new UCS Snowspeeder – due in November from LEGO Direct. I’m working on gathering final details, so stay tuned on that one. Also, for those of you who are getting your Cloud City sets (and Marty sends word they are shipping in Australia) you’ll find a surprise on the back – an image of another redesigned set for July of 2004…

A new Millennium Falcon.”

Click here to see the Millennium Falcon

 


 

Geonosian Fighter
September 15, 2003 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark

The Clone Wars Geonosian Fighter has been found at several retail outlet stores. So if you going to pick one of these up, the hunt is now on.

 


 

Jedi Master Points
September 15, 2003 | 9:54 AM EST | Mark

Here is the latest update from today on Hasbro’s site.

Sep 15, 2003
Republic News
Jedi Master Points Update

The final details for our Jedi Master Points program are almost in place! We expect the program to launch the beginning of October and we will get back to you shortly as to when the information will be posted on our website www.starwars.hasbro.com.

Stay tuned!

 


 

Interesting Amazon Response…
September 14, 2003 | 8:55 PM EST | Mark

I emailed Amazon and asked about the 4-packs that say they are in stock and will ship within 24 hours, yet I ordered mine back when they first came available for pre-order. This was their response…..

Greetings from Amazon.com.

I’ve checked your order, and I can confirm that we still expect to
ship it by the date listed in Your Account: September 22.

The estimated date of shipment was calculated at the time you placed
your order and is based on the proximity of inventory to the
delivery address you provided, as well as how quickly we can obtain
and assemble items for shipment.

We will send you an e-mail at the time of shipment. Please contact
us again if you do not receive a shipment confirmation by September
23.

Please note, we are not able to ship it to you until its official
release date, September 20. Many manufacturers, publishers, and
record labels restrict retailers from selling or shipping their
products until the official release date.

 


 

Musing Around In September…
September 14, 2003 | 8:46 PM EST | Mark

John has finally been able to find some time to help out some fellow collectors. Stop in and check what he has to answer, and when you are done, send in your own question..

September 14 QNA

 


 

Clone Wars ARC Trooper review!
September 14, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Michael

The new value packs of Clone Wars figures are now hitting Wal-marts! Check out this review of the new ARC Trooper from one of these packs.

 


 

Deluxe C3PO And Pod Prototypes
September 14, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Bill

Photos have surfaced on Ebay of the upcoming Deluxe C-3PO and Escape Pod Prototypes. You can see the photos, including a comparison between the “finished” version shown by Hasbro earlier this summer, and the proto, here.

The auction can be found here.

 


 

The Winner Is…
September 14, 2003 | 3:06 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Jeff Guille. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!

 


 

New IVintage Fact Sheets At StarConstrux
September 14, 2003 | 1:13 PM EST | Bill

This just in from StarConstrux :

You will find now iserts for all Star Wars figures of the vintage series in our download-area. On this insert you will find a picture of the figure on card and all infos about variations of this figure.

Just print it ….. fold it ….. ready to go! We hope to improve your collection with this little gimmick!

Click here to check it out!

 


 

Attention DC Collectors
September 13, 2003 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

The DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club held just had its first meeting today and reports that it was a great success, with 19 members present. The group is off to a great start. If you are interested in joining the group Email them at JediNerdz@yahoo.com.

 


 

Screen Scenes Wave 1 Sold Out
September 13, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has posted that Hasbro is reporting they have SOLD OUT of Wave 1 of the Screen Scenes. There will be a third wave shipping soon, along with Wave 2. Don’t resort to Ebay yet! The third wave will have 1 of each of the 4 scenes (Geonosian War Room I and II and Jedi High Council I and II).

 


 

Amazon Gets More…..
September 13, 2003 | 9:06 AM EST | Mark

Here are even more items including the speeder bikes I never thought I would find..

Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike
Anakin’s Swoop Bike
Wat Tambor
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids)
Coleman Trebor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)
Lt. Faytonni
Darth Sidious
Ashla and Jempa
Luke Skywalker – A New Hope
Darth Vader – A New Hope

 


 

More Value Pack Details
September 12, 2003 | 7:22 PM EST | Bill

As the Wal-Mart value packs hit more and more stores, we’re getting more details to aid you in your search. The value packs come in their own display, so it is very likely that you will not see these on the usual Star Wars pegs, but rather on an endcap or middle of the aisle display. Also the prices from across the county vary by a few cents, but they are all under 5 bux— the same price as a single figure. Be sure to Email our store reports section with your finds!

 


 

FX Master Replicas Discounts
September 12, 2003 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section is offering some nice discounts to members on the upcoming FX Master Replicas Luke and Vader’s lightsabers. Members can save $10.00 on each saber plus get free shipping.

 


 

Amazon Update
September 12, 2003 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

Here are some new Items at Amazon.com….

Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation) (NEW)
Star Wars 3.75″ Hoth 4 Pack Now IN STOCK
Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)
Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Acklay Battle)
Chewbacca (Munock Hunt)
Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape)
Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon)
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)

 


 

Think E3
September 11, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

Interesting… very interesting. From time to time a surprise appears in our “news” box. We got this one tonight. It is an awsome logo–which is also an official E3 logo…our benefactor could not say which company produced it. It certainly makes you wonder what’s to come.

 


 

Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 9
September 11, 2003 | 4:15 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (two cards).

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$430.00, SW 21 Back=$170.00, ESB=$110.00, ROTJ=$53.00, LOOSE=$22.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s th one on the right.

Even though Obi Wan appears only in A New Hope in human form, the figure was released that way in all other Cardbacks.

There is a variation of color for this figure, you can find it with white or grey hair.

Just as the Vader and Luke figures, this one was available with Telescoping lightsaber in the very beginig.

 


 

First Look – Biker Scout Bust
September 11, 2003 | 3:11 PM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website has a story today about the new Biker Scout Bust that will be out in January from Gentle Giant. The story also has information about the second of the Koto Clone Trooper that will now be released in the USA thanks to Dark Horse comics.

 


 

When They Say Value, They Mean VALUE!!!!
September 10, 2003 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The best Star Wars deal of the year, maybe in several years is at Wal-Mart. The figure value packs (with 1 clone wars figure, and 1 clone color variation) are really $4.77 at Wal-Mart– that’s right 2 figures for $4.77 at REGULAR retail!

 


 

Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 8
September 10, 2003 | 11:44 AM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Han Solo

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (Two Pics).

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$690.00, SW 21 Back=$580.00, ESB=$350.00, ROTJ=$175.00, LOOSE=$38.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the left.

This figure has an important variation. It was first made with a small head, which was later replaced for the larger, George Harrison like head. A few small head Solos made it to Empire cards, this because of unsold figures in Star Wars cards that were returned to Kenner. You can view the variation in the bottom-left corner of the picture.

This figure came out with two different Jedi cards.

 


 

Jango Fett Blasters Now on Sale!
September 10, 2003 | 11:05 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the set of Jango Fett Blasters on sale. Order Now from Master Replicas, there are only 1500 available and over half have already been ordered.

 


 

Clone Wars Value Packs Really $4.77 at Wal-Mart
September 10, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Toymaster scored the new Clone Wars Value Packs. Here’s his report:

“Just picked up all three Clone Wars Value Packs at my local Wal-Mart in Nashville, Tennessee. The ARC Trooper is packed with a Clone Trooper; Anakin comes with a Clone Trooper Lieutenant; and Yoda comes with a Clone Trooper Commander. These figures are all on double-wide cards, not in clam shells like the K-Mart packs from last year. The card backs are all the same. The best part is the two-packs are only $4.77 each.”

 


 

Now Arriving YELLOW Clone Pack
September 10, 2003 | 12:27 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Moonbase7 contacted us tonight to report finding the Yellow Clone variant of the Clone Trooper 3 packs at his local Target in Northern California. Remember there’s still a red variant after this one.

 


 

Cheap Figures At KB
September 9, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Shannon:

“We have the Saga line of figures here in Columbus, Ohio at KB Toys for $1.99 and the Saga value 4-packs for 9.99. Not bad!”

 


 

Pre-Order From Entertainment Earth
September 9, 2003 | 1:44 PM EST | Mark

Be sure to check our our Star Wars Super-Section for an always
up-to-date and comprehensive list of the newest Hasbro Star Wars items:http://www.entertainmentearth.com/spotlight.asp?themename=Star+Wars+Super%2DSection%21

More new Hasbro Star Wars items have just been posted and are available for pre-order now:

Clone Wars Assortment 4 (Item# HS84845D, $77.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84845D
Star Wars Clone Wars Multi-Pack Assortment 3. Case of 6 figure packs includes: 2x Spider Droid (NEW), 1x Durge with Speeder Bike, 1x Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, 1x Army of the Republic Clone Trooper 3-Pack, 1x Separatist Forces Droid Army 3-Pack (subject to change). Note: The color of Clone Troopers in the Clone Trooper Army sets are shipped at random. Colors pictured may or may not be available and are subject to change without notice. We do not accept orders for color variations.

Yoda & Anakin Lightsabers (Item# HS84751AB, $53.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84751AB
New for 2003! Star Wars Electronic Lightsabers Assortment with new
vertical packaging! Includes two individually packaged lightsabers. 1x Yoda – Clone Wars and 1x Anakin – Clone Wars (subject to change).

 


 

KBToys Sale
September 9, 2003 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Action Figures are $2.49 each plus here are some other deals..
Jedi StarFighter with Obi-Wan $14.99
12″ Clone Trooper (Red and Yellow) $12.99 each
Jedi Starfighter $9.99
25th Anniversary Sets $4.99
Plus more…

Here is a nice coupon for KBToys.com

$10 off $50
coupon code SEARSKBTOY – expires December 31

Here are a couple of things that you may be interested in….
LEGO Star Wars: AT-AT Walker $99.99
R2-D2 Interactive Astrometric Droid $69.99

 


 

Want To See Separatists Costumes In E3?
September 8, 2003 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with some very nice pics as part of today’s set diary. If you haven’t subscribed to Hyperspace, this might be the time to do it, especially if you’re a customizer and would like to “have” some E3 figures early!

 


 

The NZ Connexion
September 7, 2003 | 1:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from This just in from SWNZ:
We have a growing, permanent section, within the SWNZ website, called “the NZ Connexion”, which tells the stories of New Zealand contributors to the Star Wars Universe (actors and artists). Amongst the New Zealand actors to appear in the Star Wars films is Bodie Taylor, who played the maturing clones in Episode 2, and who has just recently returned to New Zealand, having completed filming in Sydney for Episode 3. StarWars.com confirms that he returns in the role of “a clone”. Despite the fact that his Star Wars career spans two films, not much information is available about Bodie on the internet (even the official SW website itself has a fairly lightweight biography).

Well, we found a pretty reliable source of information from which to generate Bodie’s biography: the article on the man behind the clonetrooper mask is written by a guest contributor, Bodie Taylor himself.

Click here to check out SWNZ or here to check out the Bodie Taylor article

 


 

Heads Up
September 5, 2003 | 8:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Iceburgh sent in this report:

Just to let people know who had problems trying to get the bounty hunter on Tuesday. If you got kicked off, at the last step of ordering, when you confirm you payment, and didn’t get confirmation screen. There is a chance you credit card has gotten billed. Mine got billed twice, because I retried it since I did not get confirmation screen. Just a heads up!

UPDATE:

Yak Reader Dave had the same experience:

Same thing happened with mine – double billing and two orders. I am hoping I get 4 of them instead of the 2 (limit) I tried to order again the next day and it said I had ordered my limit. I will let you know what happens ie: charge reversal ( refund ) or whether I get the 4 Fetts.

 


 

Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 7 (Finally)
September 5, 2003 | 6:47 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Stormtrooper

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (Two Pics.), POTF.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$330.00, SW 21 Back=$170.00, ESB=$98.00, ROTJ=$60.00, POTF=$275.00 LOOSE=$18.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the left.

The Stormtrooper is a fan favorite action figure, and it was available almost everywhere and anytime during the Star Wars hype of the late 70’s and early 80’s.

 


 

Update from Master Replicas
September 4, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark B

I received an email this morning from Master Replicas with an update on a couple of their products. The signature edition Luke Skywalker saber is now SOLD OUT. The Mace Windu Limited Edition (without signature) is down to only about 10% left (roughly 175 of them). The Mace Windu is definitely on my MUST HAVE list. Visit Master Replicas to order today!

 


 

D & S Newsfeed
September 4, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Toys.com!
New Items In Stock!

New Armada Powerlinx, Overload, Tidal Wave, Hot Shot, more…
Bounty Hunter 4-Pack with Swoop
Classic Star Wars T-Shirts
Indiana Jones Toys
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack
Gold Shirt Kirk Exclusive
Enterprise Trip Tucker
Classic Enterprise
Classic Phaser
Jango Fett, Clone Trooper, Boba Fett, Biker Scout Masks for Halloween
Star Tours G2-9T, Disney Star Wars Parade Vehicle
Throne Room Vader & Luke
12″ Leia & Speeder Bike, A-Wing
Unleashed Padme, Tryanus, Luke
Simpsons Series 13
Tie Fighter with Figure Exclusive

 


 

Dutch Star Wars Con
September 3, 2003 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

STAR WARS CONVENTION IN THE NETHERLANDS
Unique public appearance by Star Wars producer and director

Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, September 3 2003 – On Saturday, September 27 2003 the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club presents in association with eBay.nl the ECHO BASE CHARITY CON 2003. All proceeds of this event will be donated to the Dutch branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

To make this event as successful as possible, a large number of cast- and crew members of the five Star Wars films will travel to The Netherlands, amongst which two absolute legends in Star Wars history: two-time Oscar nominated producer GARY KURTZ (producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) and Saturn Award winning director IRVIN KERSHNER (The Empire Strikes Back, and other blockbusters such as Bond-film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2). Mr. Kershner has never attended such an event before making this a world premiere!

Next to these very special guests, the following people will also attend the Echo Base Charity Con 2003:

PETER DIAMOND (stunt coordinator on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), PAUL BLAKE (Greedo in Star Wars), RUSTY GOFFE (various roles in Star Wars), JOHN HOLLIS (Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back), KENNETH COLLEY (Admiral Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), MICHAEL CARTER (Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi), JEROME BLAKE (performed no less than six parts in The Phantom Menace and can also be seen in Attack of the Clones), ALAN RUSCOE (multiple parts in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones), and JOHN COPPINGER (worked behind and in front of the camera in Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace).

These guests have not only appeared in the Star Wars films but can also be seen in films like The Fifth Element, The Mummy and the James Bond-, Indiana Jones- and Harry Potter movies.

Fans can meet the guests, ask them questions, pose for photos and get their autographs. There will also be a wide variety of merchandise for sale, a charity auction with lots of exclusive items, a costume contest and lots more.

The exclusive Convention poster was made by official Star Wars artists Joe Corroney and Jeff Carlisle.

The event will be held on September 27, 2003 at the “NBC Blokhoeve” in Nieuwegein (near Utrecht), and is opened from 10.00 to 17.00. The location is within a short distance of Amsterdam. For more info, the latest news, travel directions etc. please visit www.echobase.nl/con/english or e-mail info@swfanclub.nl

 


 

The Fan Club Phone Number
September 3, 2003 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bill found the phone number for the Fan Club to order your Silver Fetts if you’re having technical difficulties on the net:

“I