January 2003 Archive

Targeting New Figures
January 31, 2003 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

This report just in from Yak Reader Rob:

“San Diego Target stores are starting to hit with the
new wave of figures. This morning I scored with 7 new
figures: Eeth Koth (repackaged), Teebo (repackaged),
Imperial Officer (brown hair, repackaged), Tusken
Raider (Camp Ambush), SP-4 & JN-66, Padme Amidala
(Factory Escape), Rebel Trooper (repackaged).”

Be sure to send in your reports here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 31, 2003 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Count Dooku Lightsaber, Captain America, The Simpsons

***Count Dooku Lightsaber Replica***

The Count Dooku Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW105, $298.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW105, Collector’s Edition. Limited to 3,500 pieces Worldwide. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a direct study of the original filming prop, this replica is authentic and accurate to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.” Of note is the unique curved shape of this replica, a stark contrast to previously known lightsabers. Constructed from durable machined and die-cast metal components, each replica is hand-assembled and finished.

***Captain America’s Shield – Available For A Limited Time!***

The Captain America’s Shield (Item# FX19651, $299.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=FX19651 sells out as quickly as it comes into stock. If you’ve been waiting to get this amazing replica of Captain America’s shield for your collection, now’s the time. Measures approximately 27 inches in diameter.

***Simpsons Bowl-A-Rama Game!***

Head down to Barney’s Bowl-A-Rama and knock some pins around! This tin Simpsons Bowl-A-Rama Game (Item# RC802, $34.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RC802 features Homer, dressed in his fashionable bowling uniform, and includes a bowling ball and pins. The bowling lane features Pin Pals graphics, gutters and returns. In his bowling stance, Homer can be moved left or right to get that perfect aim. His arm catches on a release lever and when released, his arm swings forward, launching the blowing ball (marble) towards the pins at the end of the lane.

When you order be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Paizo Publishing(SW Insider) wants to hear from you!
January 31, 2003 | 6:06 PM EST | Sharon

Take a few minutes to fill out their survey on the latest issue of Star Wars Insider #65. It’s nice that they want to hear from us! Paizo



Toys R Us to cut 700 Management jobs
January 31, 2003 | 9:34 AM EST | Sharon

Toys’R’Us Cuts700 Store Manager Jobs to Up Floor Help

PARAMAS, NJ– Toys R Us Inc. seeking to put moer sales associates on its floors, will cut 700 store management and supervisory positions, or less than 2% of it’s U.S. workforce.

In a prepared statement Thursday, the toy retailer said the reallocation of labor will occur in about 400 if its 686 U.S.stores.

The company says the new plan will enable it to reinvest more management-labor expense back into sales associate hours in the stores.

click here for full story



D&S Toys Newsfeed
January 31, 2003 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S Toys:

You are being sent this email because you have done business with our
company D & S Sci-fi Toy World either directly or via Ebay.

New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items…

New Obi-Wan Acklay Battle & Darth Tryanus Geonosis Figures – In Stock
Lamu Su, Barris Offee, Twilek – Pre-order
Imperial Officer – New Head, Library Droids, etc..
Deluxe Force Power Anakin & Flying Jango Deluxe – Pre-Order

New Tie Bomber in stock!
Acklay – Back in Stock!
Pre-Order for Wave 4 SW Action Fleet
All Action Fleet Waves in stock…

12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO, Clone Trooper, Genosian and Anakin
Tie Bomber, B-Wing & Tie Interceptor – Back in Stock!

Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Hasbro’s Star Wars Licenses Extended 10 Years
January 30, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has reached an agreement with Lucasfilm extending their license to produce Star Wars toys for another 10 years… until 2018!!! It certainly makes you wonder what, if anything, Lucas has planned beyond Episode III.

Here’s the full newsrelease:

2003–Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) announced today that its
license with Lucas Licensing Ltd., for the manufacture
and distribution of Star Wars toys and games, has been
extended for an additional ten years.
“We are delighted to extend our long-term
relationship with Lucas,” said Alan G. Hassenfeld,
Hasbro’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This
extension provides us with a real economic benefit by
allowing us to continue to build and expand on the
success of this franchise property for many years to
“Lucas and Hasbro have always viewed Star Wars as a
long-term proposition. This extension truly gives us
the opportunity to plan far into the future for the
benefit of all the fans who have followed the saga for
the last 27 years,” said Howard Roffman, President of
Lucas Licensing. “Hasbro is unmatched in the boys
action arena, and we are confident that their future
work on Star Wars toys and games will continue the
tradition of excellence they have established.”
Under the terms of the extension, the agreement is
expected to run through 2018. The minimum guarantee
payable to Lucas has also been reduced by $85 million.
“Based on the restructuring of these agreements, we
do not expect any current or future impairment charge
related to Star Wars,” said David Hargreaves, Hasbro’s
Chief Financial Officer. “Lucas has shown they are a
true partner of Hasbro.”
In a separate agreement, Hasbro extended by ten
years the terms of the warrants it previously granted
to Lucas Licensing Ltd. and Lucasfilm Ltd. The warrants
provide for the purchase of an aggregate of 15,750,000
shares of Hasbro common stock. This agreement further
provides Hasbro with an option running through October
13, 2016, to purchase these warrants from Lucas for an
aggregate purchase price of either $200 million in
cash, or $220 million in Hasbro common stock, such
stock being valued at the time of exercise of the
option. In addition, the agreement provides Lucas with
an option during the next five years to sell all of
these warrants to Hasbro for a price to be paid at
Hasbro’s election of either $100 million in cash or
$110 million in Hasbro common stock, such stock being
valued at the time of exercise of the option.
The agreement with Lucas Licensing Ltd., continues
to give Hasbro exclusive worldwide rights to core
action figures, vehicles and games, electronic
hand-held games, die cast vehicles and creative play
Hasbro will announce its fourth quarter and full
year 2002 results on Thursday, February 13, 2003 and
will be hosting a webcast of the conference call at
9:00 a.m. EST.
Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children’s and
family leisure time entertainment products and
services, including the design, manufacture and
marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to
high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its
TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products
provide the highest quality and most recognizable play
experiences in the world.
Lucas Licensing Ltd. manages all the domestic and
international merchandising activities of the Star Wars
and Indiana Jones properties. Star Wars is the most
successful film-based merchandising program in history.
The Star Wars licensing program is renowned for its
attention to product detail and quality in the fields
of publishing, toys, games, collectibles, apparel and
home furnishings.

Certain statements contained in this release
contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements may be identified by the use of
forward-looking words or phrases such as “anticipate”,
“believe”, “could”, “expect”, “intend”, “look forward”,
“may”, “planned”, “potential”, “should”, “will” and
“would”. Such forward-looking statements are inherently
subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties.
Hasbro, Inc.’s (the “Company’s”) actual actions or
results may differ materially from those expected or
anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Specific
factors that might cause such a difference include, but
are not limited to: the Company’s ability to
manufacture, source and ship new and continuing
products on a timely basis and the acceptance of those
products by customers and consumers at prices that will
be sufficient to profitably recover development,
manufacturing, marketing, royalty and other costs of
products; economic conditions, including the retail
market, higher fuel prices, currency fluctuations and
government regulation and other actions in the various
markets in which the Company operates throughout the
world; the inventory policies of retailers, including
the concentration of the Company’s revenues in the
second half and fourth quarter of the year, together
with increased reliance by retailers on quick response
inventory management techniques, which increases the
risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of
less popular items and failure to achieve tight and
compressed shipping schedules; work stoppages,
slowdowns or strikes, which may impact the Company’s
ability to manufacture or deliver product, the
bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the
Company’s significant retailers which could negatively
impact the Company’s revenues or bad debt exposure; the
impact of competition on revenues, margins and other
aspects of the Company’s business, including the
ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses
and the ability to attract and retain talented
employees in a competitive environment; market
conditions, third party actions or approvals and the
impact of competition that could delay or increase the
cost of implementation of the Company’s consolidation
programs or alter the Company’s actions and reduce
actual results; the risk that anticipated benefits of
acquisitions may not occur or be delayed or reduced in
their realization; and other risks and uncertainties as
may be detailed from time to time in the Company’s
public announcements and SEC filings. The Company
undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the
forward-looking statements contained in this release or
to update them to reflect events or circumstances
occurring after the date of this release.



Ultaramas Shipping Free!
January 30, 2003 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama Celebrates Toy Fair With Free Shipping Through February 16th!

EDISON, NJ–Jan. 30, 2003—Collectible Display Systems, Inc. today announced it is celebrating the arrival of Toy Fair by offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. on all www.ultarama.com purchases through February 16th. Simply enter your order and, when it is processed, your free shipping will be applied. Also, keep your eyes open for our new sci-fi, military, and super action hero background scenes, which we plan to have available for the March 22nd East Coast Hobby Show!

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.



12″ Han Solo, At St Driver, and Lando Skiff hit eBay
January 30, 2003 | 8:40 PM EST | Sharon

Check out these auctions for pics of the next wave of 12″ figures on the way soon….

12″ Han Solo

12″ AT ST Driver

12″ Lando Skiff Guard

Same seller is offering Sandtrooper army builder set



Master Replica’s Spring 2003 Preview
January 30, 2003 | 7:37 PM EST | Sharon

Head on over to Master Replicas to check out some of the upcoming pieces! A Darth Maul Lightsaber(limited and signature editions), and a new Jedi training remote. The Maul saber’s release date is February 13th. “Give the Force for this Valentines Day, nothing says love like a Lightsaber”



Auction Cruisin’ : Life Size Darth Vader
January 29, 2003 | 10:05 PM EST | Sharon

Ever wanted your very own Sith Lord? Here’s your chance! A 7 foot tall replica of our favorite man in black. The same seller is also offering a life size Stormtrooper replica. Take a peek!



Speeders Ahead
January 29, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their Star Wars webpage with photos of the action fleet Anakin and Zam Wessell’s Coruscant Speeders as well as the Commerce Guild Spider Droid. Click here for more.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 28, 2003 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

All New Star Wars Figures!

***All New Star Wars Figures!***

Star Wars Saga / Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 10 (Item# HS84861K, $79.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84861K. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush (NEW), 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase (NEW), 1x SP-4 & JN-66 – Research Droids (NEW), 2x Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender (NEW), 1x Imperial Officer, 2x Eeth Koth – Jedi Master and 2x Teebo.

When you order, be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Sale, Sale, Sale…
January 28, 2003 | 10:03 PM EST | Mark



KB is at it again, check out some of these deals….
Jedi Starfighter w/ Obi Wan (Exclusive) $19.99
Clone Trooper Republic Gunship $19.97 (clone Tropper Pilot is also in stock for $4.99)
R2-D2 Interactive $69.97
Jango Fett’s Slave I $21.99
And many other sales…



Free Lego Tie Fighters Are Back!!!
January 27, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is giving away the Lego mini-Tie Fighters again. The number is limited, so be sure to click over there now!


The Ties are already gone.



Auction Crusin’: Lifesize Sebulba Replica
January 27, 2003 | 8:39 PM EST | Sharon

For those of you that collect(or have room for) lifesize pieces, check out this fabulous lifesize Sebulba replica. Seller even offers free shipping in Continental U.S.!! Even those not interested in bidding, take a moment to admire this piece. Only a few hours left to bid…



2003 Product Line News
January 27, 2003 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

UK Toyfair information over at Action Figure.com!!! There’s lots of information about the 2003 line in the press packet they’ve posted including:

Confirmation of the Jedi Council and Geonosian War Room Scene packs, both of which will have 2 NEW figures!

Anakin’s Modified Fighter (This should be a Jedi Star Fighter, hopefully with the hyperdrive ring)

Trade Federation Clone Wars Tank

Clone Wars Republic Gunship which “has the same amazing firepower” sounds like a repaint.

Clone Wars Multipacks

The fully operational R2 is back for 2003

Thanks to Artoosnews for finding the post!



Dooku’s Speeder Photos
January 26, 2003 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoosnews have just posted detailed photos of Count Dooku Speeder which is due for release from Hasbro in the near future. Click here to check them out.



New Figures Hitting Wal-Mart
January 25, 2003 | 7:57 PM EST | Bill

This report just in from Yak Reader Jerec350:

“Last night at Wal-Mart in Augusta GA I was able to find:

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle
Darth Tyranus – Geonosis Escape

Only 1 of each though. Someone got to the case before me.”


We are also getting reports of these appearing at other Wal-Marts and Targets across the country. In addition the Jedi Library droids, Factory Chase Padme, and Tusken Ambush are also hitting Targets!

Good Hunting!



The Birth Of Star Wars EU
January 24, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

Shortly after Star Wars left the silver screen in the late 70s, the world we now know as the Expanded Universe began with a book called Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. The Official Site has added a new article about this book where EU began.Click here for the story.



Episode III Title…. Already
January 24, 2003 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

Corona’s Coming Atractions has posted what they claim is the title for Episode III. According to them the title will be… well, click here and go to the Star Wars link to check it out. For obvious, spoiler free reasons, we won’t post the title here, but it’s worth a look. (Even if this isn’t the “real” title, it’s as good as some of the “fan” suggestions for E2’s title!

Thanks to the Trade Federation for finding the title.


If the above link doesn’t work, try this one. The site takes a few minutes to load.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 22, 2003 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

12 inch Plo Koon
Fully poseable with authentically styled outfit! The Plo Koon figure sports a magnificent head sculpt which captures the distinct likeness of the Jedi Master and features a previous generation G.I. Joe body and unique costume and lightsaber.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS26787
Price: $24.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: 12 inch

Be sure to check out their JANUARY CLEARANCE SALE! Over 200 Products On Sale at 50% Off or MORE! Click Here For Details



The Deluxe Droids Are Here
January 22, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their Star Wars page with photos of the two upcoming deluxe droid packs. One is the Spider Droid from Geonisis, the other is a Super Battle Droid builder set. Click here to check them out.



Clean Clones On The Way
January 21, 2003 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

It looks like we may be seeing a “clean” all-white Clone Trooper coming later this Spring. Galactic Hunter’s sources at Hasbro have told them that this clean and shiny clone will be based on the “red” clone figure mold. Click here for more.



Q and A 2003!
January 21, 2003 | 11:32 PM EST | Mark

To all, John has stopped in to help out the collectors with his first 2003 redition of his QNA, so head on over and read it. And remember, send John any questions you might have…. I am thinking of nicknaming the QNA “Dear John…”



12″ Leia Endor Photo
January 21, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

A very early photo of the upcoming Target Exclusive 12″ Leia on Speederbike (without her speeder) has surfaced on The Private Universe. Click here to check it out.



The 2003 Product Guide
January 20, 2003 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

We’ve added a new feature to Yakface.com to help build your collection. On the right side of our page, we now have a link to the 2003 product list. The list includes all of the product that we’ve heard about for 2003. Remember the list includes both officially announced toys, and those which have been reported from a number of sources as likely. In addition to providing you with a product list, we will be updating it regularly. As soon as pictures surface of an item, we’ll link you to them on the 2003 product list. We’ll also add an asterisk to the left of each item as it is released at retail. Click here to check it out!



Hasbro Vehicles May Be Landing This Spring
January 20, 2003 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has updated with the 411 on the upcoming Naboo Fighter with Padme figure, Tie Fighter withpPilot, 12″ Leia on Speeder Bike, and Kotobukiya Star Wars Obi-Wan Vinyl Figure. All of these are lisetd in the newest United Kingdom Diamond Comics catalog, and list for releases in April, April/May (for both the Tie Fighter and 12″ Leia), and February respectively.

Assuming the US releases are similar we may be seeing these items very soon. The Tie Fighter with pilot is scheduled to be a KB Toys exclusive, and the 12″ Leia on Speeder Bike is a Target Exclusive.



Star Wars Valentines
January 20, 2003 | 8:55 PM EST | Sharon

Stores have made the swap from Christmas to Valentines, and along with the change the 2003 Star Wars Valentines are hitting the shelves. Click here for pics of the Valentines and more.



Imperial Shuttles Now Arriving At Disney World Stores
January 20, 2003 | 1:36 PM EST | Sharon

I just got a call from one of my Disney friends, and the Shuttle has landed at the Hasbro/Disney store in Orlando, and at Tatooine Traders at MGM Studios.(I will not be able to pick these up for anyone, please don’t ask.) No word on how many arrived, but start watching your credit card statements, they should be close to shipping.



The Results Are In!
January 20, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Bill

And we really do mean results (plurual) in the Hasbro Star Wars Fan’s Choice poll. Here’s the final standings:

Captain Antilles : 25.55 %
Gen. Jan Dodonna : 25.50 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 24.67 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 12.68 %
Rabé : 11.60 %

Hasbro reports that there were only 9 votes separating Captain Antilles and General Jan Dodonna. As a result they have decided to produce both of them for late Spring 2004. Click here to read the whole story.



New Action Fleet Images Added To Toyguide
January 19, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our toyguide with boxed images of the upcoming Action FleetRepublic Gunship , Spider Droid , Anakin’s Speeder , and Zam Wesell’s Speeder. Just click on each item to see the images.



12″ Plo Koon review!
January 19, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Michael

He’s bad, he’s ugly…but is he bad and ugly enough to be good? Check out the complete review of the new 12″ Plo Koon here!



Clone Pilot In Stock At KB.com
January 19, 2003 | 12:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dvalen wrote in to let us know that the Clone Trooper Pilot is in stock at KB Toys.com. Click here to order.



TARGETing Clearance Sales
January 18, 2003 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

This Target shopping reort just in from Yak Reader BOrama:

An extraordinary shopping spree to say the least.

What I found:
Geonosis Arena $9.72
Jedi Knight Action Set $3.28
A New Hope Mos Eisley Encounter & Tatooine Droid Hunter Action Fleet $1.48 ea
Attack of the Clones Jedi Dex $4.38

Needless to say, the shelves are clearing out fast and you have to hunt around.



You’ve Got To Take A Look At This Gam
January 18, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has scored the first photos of the upcoming 12″ Gamorrean Guard. This bad boy has been reported to be a KBToys exclusive for this year. Check out the photo here.



Wal-Mart Clearances
January 18, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Some Wal-Mart Stores are clearancing their stock of Star Wars 12″ figures, up through the Dooku/Superbattle Droid wave for $10.00. They are also clearancing Anakin and Zam’s speeders for $7.50 (these are the original version from last year without a pack-in figure, NOT the re-releases with a figure which are due later this year). POTJ figures are also seeing clearance for $3.00— a great price for snagging some army builders— need another squad of Bespin guards anyone?



Store Report: Family Dollar Stores Have StarWars.
January 18, 2003 | 4:42 PM EST | David

Hello, David here.
I stopped by my local Family Dollar store to pick up some clothes a couple days ago and I found Star Wars, GI-Joe, and Transformers action figures there. The price is $5.00 each, and many of older POTJ were there. I picked up a K-3PO, Imperial Officer, and R2-Q5. So, if you want to try finding some figures, go to your local Family Dollar store. Who knows what you may find.



Boxed Anakin Speeder and Dooku Speeder Photos
January 18, 2003 | 12:53 PM EST | Bill

We’ve finally seen production versions of both the Anakin Speeder and Dooku Speeder sets due out later this year. For the photos click here to see them over at Galactic Hunter.



New Ebook Preview At Star Wars.com
January 18, 2003 | 12:46 PM EST | Bill

The Offical Site has added a brief preview of the newest Star Wars Ebook. This one will go on sale shortly before Tatooine Ghost, the next hardcover. Like the title suggests the hardcover will take place largely on Tatooine, while the new Ebook, Forest Apart, by Troy Denning, will take place largely on Chewie’s homeworld of Kashyyyk and Coruscant. Click here for more.



The Latest Numbers
January 18, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest on the Hasbro Star Wars Fan’s Choice Poll…

Gen. Jan Dodonna : 26 %
Captain Antilles : 26 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 25 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 13 %
Rabé : 12 %

UPDATE: Yak Reader Steve pointeed out that 26+26+25+13+12=102. Hopefully Hasbro will correct the percentages soon.

This one’s gonna be close! Remember the polls close the 20th so VOTE NOW if you haven’t yet.



LEGO’s Available…
January 17, 2003 | 1:45 PM EST | Mark

Here are a few links for you to find the new LEGO’s.
Lego Tiebomber (4479)
Lego T-6 Skyhopper (4477)
Lego Jabba’s Prize (4476)
Lego Jabba’s Message (4475)
Lego Jabba’s Palace (4480)



There Is Another Trilogy… Maybe
January 15, 2003 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Long time Star Wars fans will remember long, long ago (as in the late 1970s) that George Lucas said he envisioned Star Wars as a series of 9 movies— three trilogies, and that he had started with the middle trilogy. (Remember this was long before A New Hope or Episode 4 were “official names” of the “first” Star Wars.

Around the time work began on Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, the Flanneled One announced that he felt the epic would be complete with two trilogies (the prequels and the original trilogy).

The Trade Federaton has pointed out an interview with George Lucas on Fox News which is posted over at Ain’t It Cool News. In the story, Mr. Lucas talks about Star Wars consisting of 9 movies!!! As to if or when we’ll really get to see Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, who knows. Click here to read the story.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Kevin from Snowtroopers.ca sent this in:

“Update: LucasFilm was contacted for a comment about the mention of 9 movies and a LucasFilm Spokesperson had this to say:

“As many fans are already aware of, there are going to be just 6 movies. Unfortunately, George was misquoted in the interview about number of movies in the Star Wars series. Currently LucasFilm is in preproduction for Episode 3, the last Star Wars movie.” Seen this on theforce.net”



Imperial Shuttle Flight Plans
January 15, 2003 | 8:01 PM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting reports from Yak Readers that FAO is sending out a new wave of post cards about the Imperial Shuttle. These cards report that the Shuttles will be shipping January 16!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in to report their cards from FAO!



New Padawan 2 Packs At Hasbro
January 15, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has update their Star Wars page with more new figures for 2003. This time there are photos of the two padawan two packs from the Bear Clan. Click here to see the photos!

Thanks to Yak Reader Rob for the heads-up.



Walmart.com Sales
January 15, 2003 | 7:00 PM EST | Mark

Now on sale at Walmart.com you will find…
Electronic R2-D2 for $69 and the LEGO Yoda for $69.



FAO Stores Calling Customers To Confirm Shuttles
January 14, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

The Kansas City FAO store was calling customers today, who had reserved Shuttles with them to confirm the orders. They are expecting the shuttles to be in stock by the end of the month. More as we get it.



Clearance Sales Update
January 14, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott reports:

Worthwhile bargains in south-east/lower Michigan! I have been coming across some great sale/clearance item in my area: Flint/Pontiac/Lapeer . At the Meijer stores: Republic gunship $19.99, Arena playset $25.99, Deluxe figures(Nexu,etc) $6.99. Also at KB toys: 4-pack exclusives/figure sets $9.99, Obi-Wan’s Starfighter with figure $15.99, 25th Anniversary New Hope sets (Luke/Leia, Han/Chewbacca) $4.99. These items varied by store, but are definitely worth a search for if you don’t have them.



Wal-Mart Saga Sightings
January 14, 2003 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve D. sent in this report:

“I was at my Bolingbrook IL Walmart and found the new/old Tie bomber redeco..Its in a neat saga blue window box and its $28.34. They had a case of 6 of these. I havent read on your website that these were coming out. I dont know if the Snowspeeder is coming in a redeco box. Also new deluxe figures were there as well as some Ephont Mons. Happy hunting.”

While Hasbro announced that the POTJ Tie Bomber would be rereleased in Saga packaging, no plans have been announced to rerelease the POTJ Snow Speeder.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 14, 2003 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Customers can now pre-order these new Hasbro items at Entertainment

Rebel Blockade Troop Builder (Item# HS26816, $17.99)

Endor Soldier Troop Builder (Item# HS26761, $17.99)

Yoda Lightsaber (Item# HS84961, $27.99)



Clones Troop Builder Information
January 13, 2003 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation’s spies have come through with all the details on the rumored Clone Trooper, Troop Builer set. Their sources say that the clones will come from the “Preview” clone mold and will probably be “clean” troopers, as opposed to the “dirty” preview troopers we received previously.



Need A Squad Of Rebel Troopers?
January 13, 2003 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the Rebel Fleet Trooper, Troop Builder set for 17 bux and change! The troopers ship in the standard white “Fan Club” generic mailer, like the past troop builder sets. Click here to place your order.



FAO Files Chapter 11
January 13, 2003 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve pointed out this article on CNN Money on FAO’s financial problems. It reports that FAO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. How this will affect the Shuttles, if at all, is still unknown. More as it comes.



Hallmark 2003 Star Wars Ornaments
January 12, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Girlofgod sent in this report on the 2003 Hallmark Star Wars line-up:

“Classic C3-PO (presumably in gold)
Yoda with Lightsaber (oooooo! how cool!)
Padme Amidala (Attack of the Clones, no description on which costume though)CLONES! (a double pack of miniature ornaments)and the ship this year is described to me as: The Classic “TIE Fighter with the flat white wings from Star Wars”



Star Construx Update
January 12, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

Markus over at Star Construx their site with new “360 degree turns” of 30 custom made figures. New custom figures made by Harald Flügge and a new diorama from Lars Intemann. Click here to check them out.



K-Mart Star Wars Sale
January 12, 2003 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

K-Mart is running a buy one, get one half-off sale on ALL Star Wars items. Hurry the sale ends tomorrow (January 13, 2003)!



More Shuttle Reports
January 12, 2003 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Craig sent in this report:

“Hello. With all the news going around the web about the FAO Imperial Shuttle. I thought I would let you know something I found out about my order. I placed my order a couple months ago to the catalogue by phone dept. Just last week I called up to find out the status of my order. I was told my 10% off coupon that I, and many others used had been removed by the computer for some reason. They told me this happened right as the new year began. So you may want to implore those who have used the 10% off coupon to check their orders. Luckily they put the 10% discount back on for me. That’s a $12.00 savings! Plus I was told their new expected date of arrival for the shuttles in their warehouse was Jan. 26th. But I’m sure that could change.”



Fan Club Membership Kits Arriving
January 12, 2003 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

Good news for everyone who renewed their Fan Club membership for two years last year. You will still get the membership kit this year without renewing again (as your membership is still current for 2003)!!! The membership kits are very similar to those of past years, however they have added a “Bantha Tracks” patch and a mini standee with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda to the usual assortment of post cards from Star Wars worlds, stickers, and welcome letters from the Fan Club and The Flanneled One himself.



A-Wing Boxed Prototype And Color Yavin Tech Accessory Pack
January 12, 2003 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted some photos of the upcoming green A-Wing. The paint job on the green A-Wing looks beautiful. It appears to come with a new A-Wing Pilot. The figure in the mock-up box appears to be a new sculpt, although the helment on it looks a little rough.

If you like ladders for your rebel hanger, then the Yavin Tech accessory pack is definitely for you. Click here for the photos!



The Winner Is…
January 11, 2003 | 11:52 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our free Ultarama drawing is Van-Troi Perozo. Be sure to send us your entry here for the next drawing in 2 weeks! Remember to be eligible to win, your entry must inclue your full name AND your address. Good Luck!



Shuttle Update
January 11, 2003 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten LOTS more E-mail about the FAO Imperial Shuttle. Here’s a few with updates on it:

Yak Reader Kevin wrote:

“To all the readers that want to know the final answer to the shuttle preorders I have found out as of yesterday when I called 1-800-426-toys.They have received them in their
warehouse and many,many more than they expected.This is probably why it has taken so long for us to receive them
so that they had enough and for anyone that has forgotten one can get one now. Customer service told me they should ship no later than Monday, January 13.”

From Yak Reader Drumspace:

“Hi, I just got off the phone w/ FAO customer service. I called to find out when the shuttles would be shipping out. To my surprise this is what the lady told me “we have not received our stock, and we are not sure when we will be receiving them.” (that wasn’t a surprise) what did surprise me was when she told me that ” there are 43 orders to still be filled, and that only 3000 will be shipped to FAO.” she proceeded to say that since I ordered mine online, or over the phone thru the 1-800 #, “I will be guaranteed a shuttle. the people that called the individual stores will not be guaranteed one.” I called the san fran store back in the spring and placed my name on a “list”, and since then I have changed my mailing address. I called back to change my mailing addy, to only find out that they no longer have a list, and they told me to contact the 1-800 # or order it online. Once I found that out, I reordered mine online on 12/21/02. And finally I asked “if 43 were needed to be ordered thru Hasbro for FAO to receive them, and if they didn’t reach the “3000” orders would FAO not receive them?” her answer was ” I am not allowed to comment on that” I asked her if she knew the answer, or wasn’t allowed to talk about it, and she said “I am not allowed to discuss it!” just thought id send you my news on the drama of the shuttle tydirian.”

And from Darth Midion:

“I received a call from the Las Vegas Fao Yesterday afternoon concerning my order. They needed to update my credit card information because they will receive them next week and I should receive it about 4 days after they get the shipment. So I hope this helps out some collectors. I did a call in order not internet. I ordered mine I think back in August of 2002.”

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!



Calling all Questions!
January 10, 2003 | 11:33 PM EST | Muse

We’re working on the first update to the Yakface Q&A for 2003.

If something has been puzzling you, send your question along to me and I just might be able give you the answer… notice the word “might”. 😉



EIII Cast Update
January 10, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a story confirming news that most of us expected. Most of the cast from E2 will be returning in E3. Click here for the story.



FAO Shuttles Still Circling
January 10, 2003 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

As you’ve probably been reading, we’ve been getting reports from readers that FAO stores across the country, as well as FAO’s catalog website, do not have the Imperial Shuttle in stock. Despite the fact that FAO sent out update cards to customers in December that they would be shipping out today, January 10th, they haven’t hit the warehouse, muchless shipped out to customers. Hopefully they will arrive soon.



The Trilogy Returns To Akron Theater
January 10, 2003 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Shlump007 sent in this report:

“Just wanted to let you know that the Akron Civic Theater in Ohio will be showing the Original Star Wars Trilogy this Sunday the 12th. It will start at 2:00p.m. Information can be found at www.akroncivic.com. Tickets are only $6 and are good for all 3 movies.”



This Time It’s The Empire Strikes Back
January 8, 2003 | 7:35 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with some more new images which we haven’t seen anywhere before. This time it’s Han Solo in Hoth Gear and Chewbaca Mynock Hunt. The Han Hoth includes a clip on mask and goggles, as well as the same sensor pack that came with K-3PO. He also appears to have a a holster which can hold his blaster, and Luke’s lightsaber. Chewie comes with a mynock which appears to be the same mold that was usedin the cinema scene, but has a much better paintjob. He appears to also come with the mask he had in the cinema scene and a bowcaster which “shoots” laserbolts similar to those we’ve seen with the new destroyer droid. Click here for the photos.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 8, 2003 | 7:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

“Happy New Year! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve expanded our Star Wars selection for our January Clearance Sale!

Star Wars Classic:
· Luke Skywalker Gunner Station (Item#: 69848) Price: $14.99 NOW ONLY $6.90!
· C-3PO Mask (Item#: DP82013) Price: $34.99 NOW ONLY $9.90!
· Nien Numb Mask (Item#: DP82015) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!
· Gamorrean Guard Mask (Item#: DP82017) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Klaatu Mask (Item#: DP82018) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!

Star Wars Episode 1:
· E1 Small Scale Asst. 1 (Item#: 26227A)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· Hidden Majesty Queen Amidala (Item#: 61776)Price: $19.99 NOW ONLY
· Darth Maul Mask (Item#: DP82208) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Naboo Starfighter Helmet (Item#: DP82210)Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY
· Sebulba Mask (Item#: DP82212) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Watto Mask (Item#: DP82213) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Ki-Adi-Mundi Mask (Item#: DP82214) Price: $59.99 NOW ONLY $29.90!
· Rune Hakko Deluxe Mask (Item#: DP82220)Price: $99.99 NOW ONLY $49.90!
· Jar Jar Binks Deluxe Mask (Item#: DP82302) Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY $59.90!

Star Wars Episode 2:
· SW EP2 Jedi Unleashed Game (Item#: HG40281)Price: $14.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 1) (Item#: HS84861A)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item#: HS84861B)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) (Item#: HS84861C)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 4) (Item#: HS84861D)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 6) (Item#: HS84861F)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle (Item#: HS84873)Price: $34.99 NOW ONLY
· Episode 2 Starter Deck (Item#: WZ17554) Price: $9.99 NOW ONLY $3.90!
· Episode 2 Starter Deck Display (Item#: WZ17554A)Price: $39.99 NOW
ONLY $19.90!

Click here for the sale!



12″ Leia w/ Carbonite In Stock
January 8, 2003 | 11:39 AM EST | Mark

The TRU exclusive is now in stock at Amazon…
12″ Leia w/ Carbonite, if you collect the 12″ figures, head on over.



Fan Club Membership Kits Arriving
January 6, 2003 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Robba the Hutt just let us know that he received his membership kit from the new Star Wars Fan Club program. If you’ve renewed lately, it’s time to start watching your mailbox!



Palpatine’s Office Diorama
January 6, 2003 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

Frank over at Niub Niub’s Universe has updated with his Palpatine Office Diorama. There are a number of different shots of this diorama which has to be seen to be believed. Click here for more.



Silver R2 Sale News
January 6, 2003 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Several Yak Readers have written in with the 411 on the Silver R2 sales, here’s Yak Reader Neel’s report of the Emails we’ve received:

“I was reading your report regarding the R2’s showing up for a penny at some TRUs. These are the remainder of the promotional figures that TRU was giving for star wars purchases a while back. Some cases were likely warehoused and are finally seeing the light of day. Because the promotion by TRU has passed and expired they no longer honor the “free R2 for 25 dollars in Star Wars purchase” but they still need to get rid of the stock of figures they have. Because the figure is intended as a giveaway for purchasers of star wars toys TRU had two options for these figures: Send them back to warehouses/hasbro to be reused or destroyed (which would mean another shipping charge); or sell them for a nominal price to clear them out of their stock rooms. Because they were intended to be a giveaway TRU cannot sell them for full price (it would be illegal under the contract they signed with Hasbro) so they are selling them at .01 ( a nominal price) so that they can still track the purchases and get rid of the figures at the same time. Hence R2 is up for clearance price.”



New TRU Star Wars Return Policy
January 5, 2003 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Math4298 wrote in about a new policy on Star Wars returns at his local TRU. No word if it is local or national yet:

“Hey, I saw your article about the silver R2’s showing back up, so I made a trip to Toys R Us this afternoon. They had printed signs around the star wars area stating they would no longer accept returns or exchanges on star wars products since they are collectables. A pretty good move on their part, since most everything they have is marked as clearance at other stores, but a departure from there standard policies to be sure. This was at a store in the twin cities, Minnesota.”



Norwegian Yak Reader Site
January 5, 2003 | 1:54 PM EST | Bill

Now something for our Norwegian readers, Yak Reader Jon Harald Aspheim has just created a page highlighting his collection. Here’s the link.



The Silver R2s May Still Be Out There
January 4, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Nomadscout:

Had a pretty cool thing happen to me today:

I stopped by the TRU in downtown NYC (Union Square). Nothing much new in the store, but I did find a single, badly mashed carded Silver R2 on the pegs (the figure was fine, and I needed one to open). I ran it through the scanner, and, naturally, it came up as a penny. I asked the employee nearby (who has helped me find some figs in the past) what the deal was. He said he was surprised this one found its way out onto the peg. He told me they had “tons” of silver R2s in the back and they hadn’t decided what to do with them yet. He told me to ask customer service, but he figured they wouldn’t sell it to me. So, I went down to the desk, the woman called the manager, and she told me I should take it to the register. Sure enough, it rang up for a penny. The silly thing is, I had no change and, neither did the cashier. So she had to hunt down the manager to get more coins so they could give my 99 cents back for my dollar. In any case, I snagged a Silver R2 for a penny.

Update– Yak Reader Ray wrote in to report another find:

“I noticed your post today about the 25th anniversary silver R2s being sold at TRU for only $0.01. I also found these at my local TRU last weekend in Manassas, VA and bought 2 of them (actually, they were in good condition, especially for 1 cent each). If memory serves, TRU does its inventory in January and begins to clean house after the holiday shopping season, which would explain why we’re starting to see these appear out of the back room at some TRUs.”



Been To Your Mailbox Today?
January 2, 2003 | 11:15 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t you may want to go check. The newest edition of the Star Wars Insider has started arriving at fan’s doorsteps today.



Fan’s Choice Poll Update
January 2, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest numbers in the fan’s choice poll (as of 8:30 p.m. Eastern):

Gen. Jan Dodonna : 31 %
Captain Antilles : 23 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 21 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 12 %
Rabé : 12 %

As you can see there hasn’t been much movement in the numbers lately, but there’s still almst 3 weeks left!



Happy 2003 From Yakface.com
January 1, 2003 | 12:07 AM EST | Bill

Happy New Year and a joyous and prosperous 2003 to everyone from all of us here at Yakface.com!

December 2002 Archive

Happy New Year From Star Wars Kids.com
December 31, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Star Wars Kids.com is sending out a New Years E-Card to registered members. Click here to see the card.



Yoda’s, Yoda’s everywhere!
December 29, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Michael

The latest Yoda is out, and he’s oddly familiar. He’s another case of Hasbro deja vu, but did they do it better, or worse? Check out the review here.



KebCO Toys Newsfeed
December 29, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | Brandon

This Just In From KebCoToys:

KEBco Toys still has the FREE shipping offer until Jan. 31st, 2003 on all domestic orders of $25.00 or more. Choose from EP2, EP1, POTJ and older figures going back to 1995. Both 3.75 inch and 12 inch figures are available. Also, ships, vehicles and more.

Don’t forget to check out the new Pre-Orders on EP2 Saga 2003 figures. There are six new Collection One 3.75″ figures, ten new Collection Two 3.75″ figures and four new Deluxe figures. Figures included are Obi-Wan Spear Throwing, Mace Windu Total Control, Darth Tyranus Lightning Burst, Padme with Soft Cloak, Tusken Raider with Removable Head, Lama Su and Clone Boy, Twi’lek Jedi, Barriss Offee, Deluxe Jango, Deluxe Spider Droid and more. These can be found on their website in the EP2 Saga 2003 Pre-Order section. More items will be added in the next few weeks. Be sure to take a look at their “One of Every Figure” Club. As always, Pre-Orders are based on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit KebCoToys today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



Beneath The Dome Easter Egg
December 29, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Todd sent in this observation:

“Here’s a hidden feature I found on the R2 D2 – Beneath The Dome Hidden DVD…

On the main menu, highlight the Play All option. Now press the Right arrow key on your remote control and R2’s “eye” will now be selected above the “R2-D2 Beneath the Dome text”. Press enter and you will be treated to a gallery of stills of R2-D2.”



The Winner Is…
December 28, 2002 | 1:43 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our free Ultarama drawing is Mike Jasman! Congratulatins Mike. If you would like to win an Ultarama send your entry for the next drawing to us here.Remember, to be eligible for the drawing, your entry MUST contain both your name and your address. Good luck!



New LEGO’s In Stock
December 28, 2002 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

Here are a few links for you to find the new LEGO’s.
Lego Tiebomber (4479)
Lego T-6 Skyhopper (4477)
Lego Jabba’s Prize (4476)
Lego Jabba’s Message (4475)
This one is not in stock, however you can bookmark it and check back if you want.
Lego Jabba’s Palace (4480)



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 27, 2002 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Star Wars and Marvel Select Elektra

***Action Fleet Snowspeeder and AT-AT***

The newest assortment of Star Wars Action Fleet is in stock now. Action Fleet Asst. 3, Set (Item# HS46796CC, $27.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS46796CC includes 2 vehicles: Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder and AT-AT All Terrain Armored Transport. Order your set today!

***Marvel Select Elektra Figure***

The third release in the Marvel Select line of highly detailed monthly figures created especially for collectors! Based on one of Marvel’s most popular female anti-heroes and Daredevil’s one time love and nemesis, Elektra! Incredibly detailed to resemble the comic book character in three dimensions, the Marvel Select Elektra Figure (Item# DC10756, $17.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DC10756comes with interchangeable legs and arms so you can display her in a “sexy” or “battle-ready” pose, and the extra parts not being used can be stored in the compartment hidden within the included castle base!

***New Deluxe Star Wars Figures!***

Coming Soon! These new Deluxe Star Wars figures feature action from Episode II – Attack of the Clones! The EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5) Set (Item# HS84859EE, $29.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84859EE includes 2 action figures: 1x Obi Wan Kenobi with Force Power and 1x Flying Jango Fett. These deluxe figures come with bases and accessories!



FAO Imperial Shuttle Detailed Boxed And Loose Photos
December 27, 2002 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Here are a series of boxed and loose photos of the upcoming FAO Imperial Shuttle. Judging from these photos there is no question that the shuttle is a copy of the vintage version with a much better paint job, but no electronics, and no pack-in.

Loose side angle with cockpit closed
Loose side angle with cockpit open
Loose close-up of cockpit (cockpit open)
Loose back view
Boxed back
Boxed side 1
Boxed front
Boxed side 2
Boxed top



There’s Still A Chance To Order A Shuttle From FAO
December 27, 2002 | 4:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Waustin7194 sent in this report:

“You can order the Shuttle Tydirium at FAO by phone as of 27 DEC, 1:45 pm. I had no problem getting 1 over the phone.”

UPDATE: Yak Reader Ryo wrote: “As of 3:14 Pacific Time, I was able to order the FAO Scwartz Exclusive Shuttle Tyderium with a total of about 145 dollars. Just thought I let you guys know. It’s still possible to order it. HURRY!”



Clearances Update
December 27, 2002 | 4:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Tpeichoto:

“Just wanted to let you know www.kbtoys.com has this on clearence…..

Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan Kenobi Figure Only $14.97
Star Wars Episode II: Jango Fett’s Slave I Ship Only $14.97
Star Wars “Attack of the Clones”: Clone Trooper Republic Gunship
Orig. Value: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.97
You Save: 50%
Just to name a few things so check it out if you dont have them yet.”



FAO Shuttle Update
December 26, 2002 | 8:01 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod sent in the latest news on the Imperial Shuttle:

“Well, I just got off the phone with an FAO representative and he informed me that the release date is still January 10th and we will be seeing the charge on our card within 24 hours of the item leaving their warehouse for our doorstep.

He says that the computer shows that FAO on-line is getting 3,000. I am guessing that the other 2,000 will be going to the actual retail stores.

The weird thing is that after all this talk that FAO is not taking anymore orders for them and the site saying they are out of stock, he tells me that of the 3,000, only 2,801 are accounted for. So if anybody called right now, you could order one. Weird, uh?

Then again, remember this is what one preson said. Even though it came from somebody at FAO it doesn’t mean it is set in stone.

But I thought some of you might want to know.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 26, 2002 | 6:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Darth Vader Lightsaber Replica in Stock!

***Darth Vader Lightsaber Replica In Stock***

The all-new Darth Vader Lightsaber with Display Case (Item# MRSW106D, $348.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW106D is now in stock and shipping. This authentic prop replica from Master Replicas is fully licensed and comes with a Certificate of Authenticiy. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Add this to your collection today! Also available without a case (Item# MRSW106, $298.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW106.



R2-D2 Beneath The Dome
December 26, 2002 | 9:09 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Best Buy to pick this new DVD up for the low low price of $4.99.



More Online Deals
December 25, 2002 | 10:30 PM EST | Mark

Walmart.com now has these deals…
Electronic 12″ Obi-Wan and Boba Jango Fett for $20 each
Battle Arena Playset for $30
Republic Gunship for $22
Slave I $17
R2-D2 Interactive $78.88
LEGO Super Battle Droid $24



Don’t Want To Go To The Stores???
December 25, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | Mark



Let the sales begin, check out some of these deals….
Jedi Starfighter w/ Obi Wan (Exclusive) $14.97
Clone Trooper Republic Gunship $19.97
R2-D2 Interactive $79.97
Jango Fett’s Slave I $14.97
And many other sales…



I’s Time For After Christmas Clearance Sales
December 25, 2002 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader BobaGooch:

“Hi, I just thought I would let you know that Walmart.com has the Republic Gunship on clearance for $22.00 and the Arena Playset for $30.00. I have no ideal what the shipping is for these items though.”



Happy Holidays
December 24, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at Yak Face to all of you, whatever faith you follow, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons.



‘Tis The Season
December 24, 2002 | 5:40 PM EST | Bill

It’s clearance time already at Target. This just in from Yak Reader Richard:

“Arena Playset & Republic Gunship – $27.22 each
Carded Action Fleet – $4.12 each
and most of their older Star Wars LEGO is also clearanced.”



Happy Holidays 
December 24, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | Bill

These holiday wishes are just in from Yak Reader Obi-Shawn:

Click here and then click the “Happy Holidays” link at the bottom.

Herry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Merry Christmas the Star Wars way!!
December 23, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Sharon

Check out what the official site has done in the spirit of Christmas… click here



New Carded Images, Head Variations, Droids, And More
December 23, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure we’ve added detailed front and back carded images of a number of upcoming Saga Figuers. In addition, the rumors are true, Hasbro did reissue the Imperial Officer and Rebel Trooper with new head sculpt. There is also a surprise… there are 2 different head sculpts (for a total of 3) on the new Imperial Officer!

Here are the Power of the Jedi figures which are simply recarded– NO CHANGES:

Teebo Carded Front
Teebo Carded Back

Eeth Koth Carded Front
Eeth Koth Carded Back

Here’s the Imperial Officer and Rebel Troopers with close-ups of the new head sculpts:

Rebel Trooper Carded Front
Rebel Trooper Carded Back
Rebel Trooper Head Close-up

Imperial Officer Carded Head Variant 1
Imperial Officer Carded Head Variant 2
Imperial Officer Carded Back
Imperial Officer Head Variant #1 Close-up
Imperial Officer Head Variant #2 Close-up

Totally new Saga figures:

Jedi Library Droids Carded Front
Jedi Library Droids Carded Back

Padme Droid Factory Chase Carded Front
Padme Droid Factory Chase Carded Back

Tusken Raider Tatooine Attack Carded Front
Tusken Raider Tatooine Attack Carded Back



Fan Choice Poll #5
December 23, 2002 | 7:45 PM EST | Bill

You read it right, Hasbro just posted Fan Choice Poll #5!!!

Here’s the candidates this time around:

General Dodonna
Rabe (in orange robes)
Captain Antilles
Ben Quadinaros
Wookiee Senator Yarua

I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy with almost ANY, check that ALL of these.Here’s the new poll.



2003 Action Fleet 
December 23, 2002 | 1:39 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has just updated with pics of 3 ships from the 2003 Action Fleet Line– E2 Slave I, Republic Gunshp, and the Republic Troop Transport– the precursor of the Classic Trilogy’s Star Destroyer! Click here to check them out!



12″ Plo Koon available for pre-order from New Force
December 23, 2002 | 10:18 AM EST | Sharon

The great folks at New Force comics are offering fantastic pricing on the 12″ Plo Koon. Mint boxes $21.99(plus shipping), opener(less than perfect) specials $19.99(plus shipping). They are also offering the Sandtrooper army builder pack for pre-order at $14.99 plus shipping. For reliable service and reasonable rates, check out their site for other great deals!



New Review – Playskool Arena set
December 22, 2002 | 11:18 PM EST | Michael

Okay, so it’s not a ‘new’ toy, since it was released month’s ago. But it’s taken me this long to come across the cool and cute Playskool Arena set with the Reek. Check out the review here!



Free Mini LEGO Tie Fighter
December 22, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Mark

Our friend Tim from http://www.fbtb.net has let us know that Kiosks across the US in shopping malls are giving this little baddie away with a purchase of $20 or more.



Costco Sales
December 22, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Mark

Reports are coming in from all over stating that the LEGO Republic Gunship is now on sale for a MERE $35. What a steal. If you are looking for this one, or want another, head to your nearest Costco. Thanks to everyone that has sent in the news.



2003 LEGOs In Wal-Mart Now
December 20, 2002 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Darth Midion:

“I just wanted to let everyone know that the new lego sets have hit wal-mart. My Local Wal-mart here is Salt Lake has received the Jabba’s Palace, Tie-bomber, Genosian Fighter, T-16, and Jabba’s Treasure Lego Sets. Hope this helps people for last minute x-mas shopping.”



Having An Ulta Holiday
December 20, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t ordered your Christmas Ultarama on their holiday sale, time is running out. You’ve got 4 days left for the special holiday sales, so hurry over and order here.



2003 Saga In Stores
December 20, 2002 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Surferboy19:

“Today, I went to the local Target here in Los Angeles, and was puzzled to find the new saga figures : Imperial Officer, Teebo, Eeth Koth, Rebel Soldier, and a brocure hanging on the shelve that i snagged that had pics of carded 2003 figs.”



Redeem your Galactic Credits!
December 20, 2002 | 8:36 AM EST | Sharon

If you have been shopping Star Wars MasterCard, go to http://www.galacticrewards.comto redeem your Galactic Credits! You can also apply for the Star Wars MasterCard on this page. Happy Holidays!



Even Cheaper Personal Astromechs
December 19, 2002 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader John:

“To add to Chris’ message about “Personal Astromechs Cheap”, I went to the local K-mart (Madison, NC) today and found the last R2 at 59.99, but then got a coupon as I entered the store to get $5.00 off a $50 purchase….batteries were on sale too, so I got my droid and all required batteries for about $66 including tax! I don’t know if all K-marts are doing the coupon thing (it was marked “Welcome Back Rewards” on my receipt, but it was only for today and tomorrow (12/19-12/20)….could save some folks a few more dollars on the little guy!”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 19, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set
New 12 Inch Star Wars Figures! Includes Padme Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Geonosian Warrior. Each comes with weapons, clothing and accessories!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84940AA
Price: $54.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: 12 inch

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition
The Best Lightsaber Available! The only licensed recreation of Anakin’s lightsaber, fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. Recreated form original Lucasfilm archival materials, this replica is uncanny in its accuracy to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Attack of the Clones.”
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW201
Price: $128.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Prop Replicas



D & S Newsfeed
December 19, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill

New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items…

12″ Plo Koon – In Stock!
Acklay – Back in Stock!
Ephant Mon
New Star Tours Figures
New Destroyer Droid & Yoda Jedi Council
12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO, Clone Trooper, Genosian and Anakin
Tie Bomber, B-Wing & Tie Interceptor – Back in Stock!
Nemesis Figures & Enterprise NX-01 – In stock.

and MORE ITEMS ADDED TO NEW SUPER SALE / DISCOUNT / CLEARANCE LIST – Check the site for lots of bargains….
We are proud supporters of the Marines Toys for Tots program and donate each year. Visit the discount aisle for fun toys that you can give this holiday season for those less fortunate.



Are You A Model Builder?
December 19, 2002 | 6:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a very nice looking Jedi Starfighter from Japan. The Joy Kits Labo FineMolds Jedi Starfighter with hyperdrive ring 1/72 scale model kit. Instructions are in Japanese.

Kuat Systems Engineering Delta-7 Aethersprite Light interceptor. The Jedi Starfighter is a small wedge-shaped one-man fighter used by the Jedi Order to service the Galactic Republic. Comes with display stand. Requires cement and paint (not included).

Also, you can pre-order the two new Hasbro Ships now at EE.com
Clan Droid
Geonosian Fighter



Personal Astromechs Cheap
December 18, 2002 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

“I just got back from my local K-Mart and they have lowered the price of the electronic R2’s to $59.99! The sign said 12/17-12/30. I’m located in Roanoke, VA. I haven’t heard of them being any cheaper than that.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 18, 2002 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

Just Arrived! The all-new Star Wars 12inch assortment!

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set (Item# HS84940AA, $54.99)
1x Padme Amidala, 1x Anakin Skywalker and 1x Geonosian Warrior.

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Case (Item# HS84940A, $99.99)
Case of 6 figures including: 2x Padme Amidala, 2x Anakin Skywalker and 2x Geonosian Warrior.

ALSO, folks can now pre-order all of the upcoming Star Wars action figure assortments including:

HS84851J, EII Collection 1 (Wave 8), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 8. Includes 12 action figures: 3x Obi Wan – Acklay Battle (NEW), 3x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (NEW), 2x Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, 2x Clone Trooper – Republic Gunship Pilot and 2x Yoda – Jedi High Council (subject to change).

HS84851K, EII Collection 1 (Wave 9), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 2x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 2x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 2x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 2x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle and 2x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape. (subject to change).

HS84851KK, EII Collection 1 (Wave 9) Set, $43.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 Set. Includes 6 action figures: 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 1x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 1x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 1x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle and 1x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (subject to change).

HS84861K, EII Collection 2 (Wave 10), $79.99
All NEW Assortment! Star Wars Saga / Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 10. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush (NEW), 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase (NEW), 1x SP-4 & JN-66 (NEW), 2x Rebel Trooper, 1x Imperial Officer, 2x Eeth Koth and 2x Teebo (subject to change).

HS84861L, EII Collection 2 (Wave 11), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 11. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy (NEW), 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn (NEW), 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush, 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 2x SP-4 & JN-66, 2x Rebel Trooper and 1x Imperial Officer (subject to change).

HS84859E, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5), $79.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 5). Includes 6 action figures: 3x Force Power Obi-Wan Kenobi and 3x Flying Jango Fett (subject to change).

HS84859EE, EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 5) Set, $29.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 5) Set. Includes 2 action figures: 1x Force Power Obi-Wan Kenobi and 1x Flying Jango Fett (subject to change).

HS84859F, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 6), $79.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 6). Includes 6 action figures: 3x Commerce Guild Spider Droid and 3x Super Battle Droid Builder (subject to change).

HS84859FF, EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 6) Set, $29.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 6) Set. Includes 2 action figures: 1x Commerce Guild Spider Droid and 1x Super Battle Droid Builder (subject to change).



Shuttle Shipping soon!
December 18, 2002 | 10:11 PM EST | Steve

I just recieved another Shuttle update from FAO saying that the Imperial Shuttles will be shipped on January 10th. So keep an eye out it looks like the Shuttle Watch is beginning soon.



Clearance So Soon?
December 18, 2002 | 10:08 PM EST | Steve

After coming back from Meijers today I found Slave 1’s for $20.20 , Republic Gunships for $29.10, and some older 12 inch figures for $14.40 . Looks like you might wanna hit stores earlier then planned to get after Christmas Sales.



Deluxe Figures And More
December 18, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has updated again, this time with the 2003 deluxe figures of Obi Wan and Jango Fett from the Kamino fight scene. Click here for more.



FAO Reported To Be Considering Bankruptcy
December 18, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rick:

“FAO Schwarz may file bankruptcy… Is the Shuttle endangered?”

To the best of our information, given the very close release date for the Shuttle, it should no be affected. Here’s the report from CNN.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 17, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The new 12″ Saga Wave 4, which includes Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, and the Geonosian Warrior, have just arrived at Entertainment Earth! Click here to order the case ($99.99) or snag yourself a 3 Pack for the new low price of $54.99.



2003 LEGOs In Stock At LEGO Shop At Home
December 17, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

If you want the new 2003 LEGOs, they are in stock at LEGO At Home!



Return Of The Shuttle
December 17, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Tired of the distance shots we’ve been seeing of the upcoming Imperial Shuttle, well here’s some BOXED photos, which are MUCH MUCH clearer.
Image 1
Image 2

UPDATE: Here’s some loose pictures as well.



The Hairy Fairy Update
December 17, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

Ok, before I get Emails about the subject line, that really is the name of the store. I posted about this store yesterday and asked for feedback. Andrew White, the store’s owner, wrote in to let us know that the store is based in Denmark, but serves all the Scandanivian companies.

Yak Reader Jon wrote in to let us know that he has dealt with the Hairy Fairy numerous times with excellent results.

Thanks for the reports!



Unleashed Vader Is Back
December 17, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the Unleashed Darth Vader back in stock…



Star Wars Yule Humor
December 16, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Here’s a comic strip which blends a little classic trilogy with Santa and the Reindeer.Click here for a chuckle.



The New Droid Photos Are Here
December 16, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just received several high quality photos of the Jedi Temple’s library droids SP-4 and JN-66! Click on the text below for the photos:

Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3



Attention Norwegian Readers
December 16, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new store helping meet your Star Wars needs. We’ve just heard about this new store. If you order from them, give us some feedback for your fellow Yak Readers, or post it in our Forums!



POTF2.COM Has New Updates.
December 16, 2002 | 5:50 PM EST | David

Hi All:

POTF2.COM has updated it site to include some great new things including:

* R2’s mysterious “3rd leg” explained!

* New Rate & Review section – now everyone can be a critic… rate and review any figure from all the SW lines!

Check it out at POTF2.COM!

Happy hunting,




Springfield Missouri Toy News.
December 15, 2002 | 7:49 PM EST | David

The Wal-Mart at North Town Mall in Springfield had the clean face Endor Rebel Soldier, Jango Fett Salve-1 Pilot, Padme Pilot, Tusken Raider with Massiff, Geonosian warriors with Massiff, Watto and Anakin Tatooine Attack, as wel as lots of others. Also a few electronic Obi-Wan’s and Jangos. Nothing new with Unleashed.

The Toys R Us on BattleField has lots of Darth Maul Sith Training, Chewbacca Bespin, bearded Endor Rebel Soldiers, Sneak Preview Zams, and regular Zams, and lots more. If you’re in the area you might find what you need.



Padme Droid Factory And SP4 / JN66 Pics
December 15, 2002 | 6:09 PM EST | Mark

Here are some first look images….
Padme Droid Factory Chase carded front
Padme Droid Factory Chase carded back
and I tried to blow up the back of the card to you can see what the new droid two packSP4 / JN66 looks like. Here is the new Mace Arena Confrontationfrom the cardback. Hope you like them.



LEGO Jabba’s Prize
December 15, 2002 | 5:16 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon is the LEGO Jabba’s Prize for $6.74 on sale already…



Urgent! Troop Builder Clone Trooper Petition Needs Signatures. 
December 15, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | David

Urgent! The Petition to Hasbro to make Troop Builder Clone Troopers is in need of fresh new signatures. Please post this. This is what Star Wars collectors need. Collectors do not need bootleg Troop sets coming to the U.S. from Hong Kong.
I urge you and all to please read the petition and sign.


May the Force be with us!



New Figures At TRU
December 14, 2002 | 8:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader EJ sent in this report:

“I found the Episode II Destroyer Droid and Yoda w/ council chair and lightsaber today at a Toys R Us in Chicago, Illinois.”



Hurry To Kmart– TONIGHT
December 14, 2002 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote to remind us that today is the end of K-Mart’s 25% off Star Wars sale. They also have the Big ol’Electronic R2 marked down to $69.99!! The sale ends tonight!!!



John Stopped By And….
December 14, 2002 | 3:33 PM EST | Mark

Our friend and yours, John, stopped by to give us another awesome rendition of his world class QNA… Stop on in and read away….



Leia Gets The Axe… Again
December 13, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

It seems Amazon is canceling orders for the Leia in Boussh disguise again. Readers whose order was canceled earlier this week, and reordered for the “other” Leia exclusive on Amazon got this letter today canceling their order:

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We are sorry to report that the release of the following
item has been cancelled:

“Star Wars 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve
since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept
our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for this item because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

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.

Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com, and we hope to see you again.


Customer Service Department
Earth’s Biggest Selection” ”

If you want to try ordering again here’s the link to the Leia Boussh Amazon is now listing.



His Price Is Getting MAULed…
December 13, 2002 | 9:25 AM EST | Mark

Well if you are looking for some good LEGO deals….

Darth Maul Sculpture $112.49 normally $149.99 w/free shipping
UCS Naboo Fighter $29.99 normally $39.99

Plus all other Star Wars LEGO’s are 25% off.



The Mon Is Back
December 12, 2002 | 8:26 AM EST | Mark

Still looking for that really BIG guy to fill the whole in your collection??? Amazon hasEphant Mon back in stock, although probably not for long…



EVERYONE Needs A Laugh Now And Again…
December 12, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Check out this nice comic….

If you find any others, please send them in. I am sure everyone would like to read so good Star Wars humor…



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 11, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 11)
Three New Star Wars Figures! Includes Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy (NEW), Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn (NEW), Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight (NEW), Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush, Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, SP-4 & JN-66, Rebel Trooper and Imperial Officer.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84861L
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures

R2-D2 Astromech Droid
Finally a droid to call your own! The 15 inch R2-D2 Electronic Voice Command Astromech Droid is an easy-to-control, functional droid that walks, talks and responds to over 40 commands!
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS84895
Price: $124.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Games



Making Light Of The Hobby
December 11, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

A new site is taking a lighthearted look at our hobby staring Legos. Click here to check it out.



Boba Takes Off
December 11, 2002 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Collectors will be thrilled with the new figure photos unveiled today at Hasbro’s Star Wars page, but Boba Fett fans will be really thrilled. Boba Fett— Flying!!! Need I say more. Click here to check it out.



Clones Still Gaining On Jedi
December 10, 2002 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the IMAX release of Clones will propel E2 over #11 Return of the Jedi in the next week. After last weekend’s totals, Clones lifetime gross is less than $110,000.00 behind return of the Jedi’s lifetime gross, and it still has a chance to eclipse the Lion King to take th #10 spot on the all time highest grossing list.



Padme Is Getting Married In 2003, Not Going To Tatooine
December 10, 2002 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated their Republic News section to clarify that the 2003 Padme figure will be Padme Wedding Gown, NOT Padme Tatooine.



Amazon.com Cancels Preorders For Leia Boussh
December 10, 2002 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Amazon.com sent out this emails to customers who have had an order for the Leia Boussh pending for months:

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We are sorry to report that the release of the following
item has been cancelled:

“Star Wars 12″ Bounty Hunter: Princess Leia”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve
since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept
our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for this item because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

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.

Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com, and we hope to see you again.


Customer Service Department
Earth’s Biggest Selection”

What does it mean for the exclusive? More as we get the 411.

UPDATE: Reviewing Amazon’s site it appears that there was some error, possibly delivery date or price in the “listing” which was canceled. Here is the link for the exclsive http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000789T7/ref=ase_starwarsbounty00/103-1761381-3324635. So yes they will be getting the exclusive.



You’ve Been Waiting For The Sale…..
December 10, 2002 | 6:54 PM EST | Mark

So you’ve been a good boy or girl all year, waiting for Santa to give you a good deal so you can spend your hard earned money….
Stop on over to


and check out the deals….
Interactive R2D2… $79.99
Obi-Wan with Starfighter… $15.99
25th Anniversary Ben and Vader… $7.99
And many many more….



12″ Back In Stock
December 10, 2002 | 2:14 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ wave of Bounty Hunters is back in stock at Amazon…
12″ Zuckuss
12″ Imperial Officer
12″ Dengar
Still on sale at $19.99 each.



Cedco web address..
December 10, 2002 | 11:41 AM EST | Sharon




Celebrate 2003 with a new Star Wars calender
December 10, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | Sharon

Cedco Publishing is offering a great collection of Star Wars calenders, a datebook, and a student planner. The more you buy, the less they cost, or buy five Cedco products, and the sixth is free. For more details, visit their site.



KB Toys Sales
December 9, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

I work at K*B toys and today we got a copy of our sale paper for Dec. 19-24 on the front cove is the new star wars action figure 4-pack. ON SALE for $7.99 that’s $2.00 per figure, the price now is $10.00, I did ask a KB DSM if the store ran out of the 4-pack can we let a customer pick any 4 figures from the shelf for the sale price. He did not have a answer, but he was going to ask the buyer. I will let you know as I know. Don’t for get to use that K*B Toy Club Card and get another 20% off after the card is full of stamps.”



Make Plans For May 25, 2005
December 9, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Reports are now surfacing that a tenative release day may have been set for Episode III!!!! The tenative date is none other than the 28th anniversary of Star Wars release. The info comes from a post at Ananova.



Lightsaber At Hasbro Site Shown
December 9, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Yoda’s electronic lightsaber is now pictured at Hasbro’s Star Wars page. The small mean green one’s saber looks pretty cool. Check out the pic here.



Raging Dianogas
December 7, 2002 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Josh:

“On the new trash compactor playsets each seperate set comes with a piece of the dianoga sea creature. when you open it you can remove the parts of the dianoga from the playset and are able to put the two parts together to make one whole dianoga figure/creature.I had not heard of this being reported on any of the sites so I thought I would write in. we finally got the dianoga creature we have been asking for. I sent in some pics check it out.”

You can see Josh’s pics here and here.



Want To Win $100.00 In Store Credit?
December 6, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

Between now and December 31st every time you post a message on the ADC Forums your name will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2003. As a special holiday bonus the winner of the drawing will be awarded a $100.00 store credit at www.BigBadToyStore.com instead of the normal $50. Posts must actually contibute to the content of the areas you are posting in to be included in the drawing.The details can be found here and you might want to point them to the Star Wars sectionhere



KEBco Newsfeed
December 6, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is taking Pre-Orders on the new EP2 Saga 2003 figures. There are six new Collection One 3.75″ figures, ten new Collection Two 3.75″ figures and four new Deluxe 3.75″ figures. Figures included are Obi-Wan Spear Throwing, Mace Windu Total Control, Darth Tyranus Lightning Burst, Padme with Soft Cloak, Tusken Raider with Removable Head, Lama Su and Clone Boy, Twi’lek Jedi, Barriss Offee, Deluxe Jango, Deluxe Spider Droid and more. These can be found on their website in the EP2 Saga 2003 Pre-Order section. More items will be added in the next few weeks. Be sure to check their our “One of Every Figure” Club.

As always, Pre-Orders are based on a first come, first serve basis. Visitwww.kebcotoys.com today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



D & S Sci-Fi News Update
December 6, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

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

MORE ITEMS ADDED TO NEW SUPER SALE / DISCOUNT / CLEARANCE LIST – Check the site for lots of bargains…. We are proud supporters of the Marines Toys for Tots program and donate each year. Visit the discount aisle for fun toys that you can give this holiday season for those less fortunate.

Ephant Mon
New Destroyer Droid & Yoda Pre-Order – Coming Dec. 16th or sooner.
SW Action Fleet At-At & Snowspeeder
12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Cantina Bar Figure Sets
4 Exclusive Accessory Packs with Figures
Exclusive Silver R2-D2
Genosian Arena Battle Playset
Unleashed Dooku & Mace Windu, Jango, Maul
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO
Simpsons Series 10, KBBL Playset
Enterprise NX-01 Ship
Deluxe Archer & Malcom with Bridge Sets
Micronauts Baron Karza and Figures
Dark Angel Figures
12″ Lord of the Rings – Two Towers
Medicom Planet of the Apes Figures
18″ Edward Scissorhands

12″ Plo Koon – Coming Soon!



Looking For Some Trash This Holiday?
December 6, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the new Trash Compactor 2 packs are starting to hit across the country at Wal-Mart. It looks like this is hitting the traditional retail stores first. The holiday 2 packs are also appearing at Wal-Marts everywhere.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 6, 2002 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Hello Star Wars News Friends,

We wanted to offer a pre-order special, so we just lowered the price on the upcoming 12″ figures. Prices have already been adjusted for people who already ordered these.

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Case (Item# HS84940A, $99.99 – WAS $133.99)

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set (Item# HS84940AA, $54.99- WAS $69.99)

Carrier Fisher will be signing limited numbers of these items for Entertainment Earth customers:

Autographed Epic Force Leia (Item# HS69843B, $39.99)

Autographed 25th Luke & Leia (Item# HS84668B, $39.99)

And, our exclusive 12″ figure with her autograph is now in stock and shipping:
Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B, $49.99)

These items from Master Replicas are now in stock and shipping:

Darth Vader Lightsaber (Item# MRSW106, $298.99)
Vader Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW106D, $348.99)

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition (Item# MRSW201, $128.99)



Interesting Finds…
December 6, 2002 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark



Now in stock are the following:
X-Wing Adventure Set, Duel with Darth Maul,
12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troopers for $19.99 each on sale.
25th Anniversary Ben and Vader $14.99
3 3/4 Yoda and Dooku
AND a Full-Sized 48″ Yoda with Fully Extended Lightsaber on Display Base. Minor price point of $499.99



New Saga Wave In Stock
December 5, 2002 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 1 (Wave 7) which includes four new figures— includes Jango Fett – Slave I Pilot (NEW), Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle (NEW), Clone Trooper – Republic Gunship Pilot (NEW), Yoda – Jedi High Council (NEW), Anakin Skywalker – Hangar Duel and 1x Count Dooku – Dark Lord— is in stock now! Item Number: HS84851H Price: $79.99.
Click here for more.



Target Accessory Packs Appearing Again
December 4, 2002 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeff from Wisconsin just sent in this report:

“Two of the Target’s in my area received more of the two pack accessory kit exclusives that were so elusive (at least for me) over the summer. They had Hoth, Death Star, Arena Conflict and Endor. I asked the employee if they had any more. He stated the usual policy of not being allowed to check, but did scan the piece. He said there were “plenty” in back.”



New Figures Debut At Hasbro
December 4, 2002 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s website has updated with photos of the upcoming Lama Su & Clone, Barriss, Aayla Secura, and more! Click here for more.



Collector FX sabers at kbtoys.com
December 4, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Steve

Yak Reader Chris was kind enough to report in that Kbtoys.com has the Collectors Edition FX Prop Replica of Anakin Skywalkers Lightsaber. Only $99.99 with free standard shipping. If you still need this high end item, it might be worth checking out the site.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 4, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

We just added these Star Wars items to the Entertainment Earth 50% off sale. You can view the full selection of sale items here:


Star Wars Classic:
· Nien Numb Mask (Item#: DP82015) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!
· Greedo Bust (Item#: LESW9004) Price: $159.99 NOW ONLY $79.90!

Star Wars Episode 2:
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 1) (Item#: HS84861A) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item#: HS84861B) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) (Item#: HS84861C) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 4) (Item#: HS84861D) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 6) (Item#: HS84861F) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle (Item#: HS84873) NOW ONLY $17.90!
· Episode 2 Starter Deck Display (Item#: WZ17554A) NOW ONLY $19.90!



Special Realm’s Second GIveaway!
December 3, 2002 | 5:41 PM EST | David

David here.
On my site, Special Realm, I have started a second figure giveaway. Enter today for a chance at winning a C-7/8 Saga Ephant Mon and Force Flipping Action Anakin Skywalker. Ends Dec 20.




R2’s Back, for the moment….
December 3, 2002 | 12:33 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the Silver R2D2 back in stock, so head on over.



Clones Cartoon
December 3, 2002 | 9:40 AM EST | Ben

TheForce.Net posted a note that strongly indicates that the Cartoon Network deal has hit the wall.

Here’s a snippet…

Unfortunately, everyone here is talking about the Clone War series in the past tense. As in, not going to happen. The project was going to be expansive – the Cartoon Network wanted some of a toy line and merchandising based on the new sub-franchise themselves, and Six Flags even wanted to make rides centered on them.

But the bottom line is that everyone on this end really wants to do it – but wants more than Lucasfilm will offer. As always, it seems to have boiled down to money unless someone blinks first.



Petitioning Marching Clones
December 2, 2002 | 5:17 PM EST | David

In the recent light of the bootleg Clone Troopers 10pk (5 marching, 5 shooting), well I believe it is time for an officially licensed marching Clone Trooper from Hasbro next year. Sign the Senate Creation Petition for the order of marching Clones.




Still Looking For R2D2?
December 2, 2002 | 1:13 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the Silver R2D2 back in stock, so head on over.

Update: Sold Out



Playskool In Stock @ KBTOYS
December 1, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | Mark



Now in stock are the following – X-Wing Adventure Set, Duel with Darth Maul, Through The Forest, The Stompin’ Wampa.

Also available are the 12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troopers.



New 12″ Wave In Stock
December 1, 2002 | 9:56 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now lists the new 12″ Wave in stock…
Zuckuss $19.99
Imperial Officer $19.99
Dengar $19.99
Princess Leia Bounty Hunter $19.99

November 2002 Archive

12″ Bounty Hunters (wave 2) on shelves at Wal Mart
November 30, 2002 | 1:15 PM EST | Sharon

Hasbro’s second wave of 12″ Bounty Hunters, Dengar, Zuckuss, plus Imperial Officer are showing up at Wal Mart for $19.97 each.



Detroyers Are Coming!!!!
November 30, 2002 | 12:21 PM EST | Mark

I received a confirmation from LEGO today, it confirmed that the LEGO Star Destroyer has shipped. So if you ordered one, expect it soon.



New 12″ Leia w/ Carbonite Pictures
November 30, 2002 | 12:11 PM EST | Mark

Amazon.com has posted new pictures of the 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite, stop on over and check them out.

Also they have the 12″ Dengar wave available for pre-order on sale for $19.99 each.



2003 Unleashed Debut On Hasbro Webpage
November 28, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

The 2003 Slave Leia (shown on the bow of a Skiff with a force pike) and Darth Vader (Removable Helmet!!!!) Unleashed are now listed with photos on Hasbro’s webpage here.



KBToys.com Has New Figs..
November 28, 2002 | 4:18 PM EST | Mark



Check out KBtoys.com for the Clone Trooper Pilot, Yoda, Dooku and more..



Happy Thanksgiving!!!
November 28, 2002 | 11:38 AM EST | Sharon

Best holiday wishes to all our readers and sponsers, and happy toy hunting for the weekend!!! Lots of great sales to take advantage of, see you in the aisles! Eat, Shop, and be Merry!



Saga Figures Sale
November 27, 2002 | 7:23 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com, all Saga figures are on sale for the low price of $2.99, this sale includes all the newest figures they have.

**UPDATE – They just got these figures back in stock…
Clone Trooper / Gunship Pilot



KEBco Toys Christmas Toy Giveaway
November 26, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is having a FREE “Why I Wanna Win” Christmas contest until Dec. 15th, 2002.

One lucky contestant will win a 12″ inch POTF Toys R Us Dewback and Sandtrooper exclusive, a 5 card POTF Red Card Set with (Luke, Leia, Han, C3P0 and R2D2), and a set of EP2 12″ figures with (Droid, Wesell and Dooku).


One winner will win over $250 in prizes and will be selected based on a small essay of 15 words or less describing “Why I Wanna Win”.
All essays should be limited to 15 words or less. If an essay
contains 16 words or more it will not be accepted.

The contest will start on November 25th and run until December 15th at 6:00pm EST. The winner will be posted on our website at 9:00pm EST. If you are the winner you will have 24 hours to contact us to claim your prizes. If the winner has not made contact to claim their prizes within 24 hours a new winner will be selected. The prizes will be shipped in time for Christmas delivery.

To Enter the contest visit www.kebcotoys.com and in 15 words or less tell us “Why I Wanna Win”.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 26, 2002 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

Looking for the Japanese TIE Fighter Model Kit? Entertainment Earth can help.

The Joy Kits Labo Fine Molds Tie Fighter (Item# FMSW2, $29.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=FMSW2 1/72 scale model kit. There is only a limited quanitity are available! The kit comes with a display stand and requires cement and paint (not included), also the instructions are in Japanese.



Looking for the UCS Naboo Fighter?
November 26, 2002 | 7:14 AM EST | Mark

Amazon is now carrying the UCS Naboo Fighter for $39.99, if you are looking for it, it is in stock now.



D & S Sci-Fi Toy World Newsfeed
November 26, 2002 | 6:34 AM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-Fi Toy World has these new items:

Action Fleet At-At & Snowspeeder
Interactive Jedi Lightsaber
Star Tours R3-D3
Re-Stocks of older Action Fleet
Cantina Bar Sets

Plus our Super Discount / Sale list is still active with new items…
Visit them here!



Having Trouble Building Your Kotobukiya Kits?
November 25, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

There are a total of 20 detailed pictures dealing with the building of two of Kotobukiya’s kits: Clonetrooper and Darth Vader, including step by step pictures on how to build them. For all of this, plus reviews, as well as a picture of the upcoming Kotobukiya red Clone Commander which will be limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. Check out the Bothan Spy and their article here.



Holiday R2 & 3PO Hitting Wal Marts!!!!
November 25, 2002 | 2:35 PM EST | Sharon

Our favorite Droids sporting holiday attire are on the shelves just in time for the Holidays!!! Might be wise to make a Wal Mart run soon. Thanks to reader Padawan Collector from Altamonte Springs, Florida, for the info! Happy Hunting!!!



The Flying Geonosian Review
November 24, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Michael

The latest in the deluxe series of figures, the Flying Geonosian has flapping wings – but does it fly? Check out the review here.



Ultarama Makes Collectors’ Christmas Happier
November 24, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama has a special gift to collectors this holiday season00 $5.00 off an order of $20.00 or more, and $10.00 off an order of $35.00 more. Now’s the time to add a couple of more Ultaramas to your collection. Hurry, the sale ends December 23!



The Winner Is…
November 24, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Lisa Clayton, the winner of our free Ultarama Drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for our next drawing. Remember that to be eligible to win, your entry must include your name AND your mailing address. Send us your entry here!



For Our Springfield, Missouri Readers…
November 24, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | David

The Springfield, Missouri local TRU on Battlefield the clean face variant of the 12″ Luke Hoth with Tauntauns as well as good numbers of Count Dookus, Jango Fett Pilots, Orn Free Taas, and Obi-Wan pilots, as well as a good amount of Anniversary X-Wings and Anniversary Land Speeder’s, Gunships and a few of the two Electronic Obi-Wan’s and Jango’s. Wal-Mart Supercenter in Springfield, Mo., on Kansas Expressway has the newer Obi-Wan pilots, and Dookus as well as the Tyranus electronic lightsabers with a few Mace’s stuffed on the shelf. Plus a Yoda that talks. If you need 12″ army builders, thi is the place for you. They had a good amount of the 12″ Zam, Dooku, Super Battledroid, and Clone Troopers.



Wizards Of The Coast Closeouts.
November 24, 2002 | 5:51 PM EST | David

I stopped by the Wizards of the Coast gaming store at Flatirons Crossing mall in Boulder Colorado today. They are doing a Fan Club closeouts sale. Figures starting at 49 cents (Jar-Jar), most of them a dollar, deluxes at $4.99, Hardware wars DVD $2.99, The bobble heads were $9.99 each and the big surprise, the army builder stormtrooper four pack just $6.99. Plus a bunch of other great deals. I am figuring any Wizards of the Coast stores should have this stuff, so it is worth checking out if you have one in your area. Thanks to Ian for the report.



Hey R2, Play Me A Tune…
November 23, 2002 | 3:34 PM EST | Mark

So here is the Fifth Song Easter Egg for the Interactive R2D2, thanks to Wes for the input, as well as all the others.
Use these commands…
Behave Yourself
Speak Up
Speak Up

R2D2 will then play the Star Wars main theme.



Action Fleet Redux Wave Hitting
November 23, 2002 | 10:16 AM EST | Bill

Clonetrooper Commander reports spotting wave 3 of the Action fleet last night at Multiple wal-Marts in Kansas City, Mo. The case breakdown is 3x AT-AT and 3x Snowspeeder.



Not so exclusive – Q&A Correction
November 23, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | Muse

Quick correction on Question 9 in the recent Q&A:

In the exclusive toy rundown, I mistakenly listed the 12″ Plo Koon and the Sandtrooper 4-pack as EE exclusives. My bad.

The good folks at New Force Comics dropped me a note today to inform me that they are also offering pre-orders on those items.

My apologies for any confusion.



Attention Phoenix Fans
November 22, 2002 | 10:53 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new Star Wars Collectibles Store that is opening today in Phoenix, Arizona named Rogues Gallery, 3632 E. Indian School. Some of their high end items include:

Vinyl caped Jawa
Walking R2-D2
Lots of japanese items




Darth Maul Sith Training Card Correction
November 22, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com has posted all the details of the latest card change. This time it’s the Darth Maul Sith Training figure. If card variants are your thing click here for the details.



Republic Gunship Cheap.
November 22, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | David

I received an e-mail with this store report that the republic gunship onsale at meijers for 29.99
So, if you need a gunship and you live near a meijers, then you know where to go.



November 22, 2002 | 7:18 PM EST | Mark

The Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot is back in stock if you need one or want to build your army up…



Yoda Being Pushed Out??
November 22, 2002 | 1:02 PM EST | Mark

Just came out and already he is on sale at Amazon, You can now get Yoda’s Wisdom for a mere $12.97
And a new Pre-Order is up –
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite for $39.99.
Availability: This item will be released on February 15, 2003.



Clones Now #12 
November 21, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

The Box Ofice Mojo is now showing Attack of the Clones at #12 on the all time highest grossing films list, with a total of just over $307 million. Clones is now just $2.1 million behind #11 Return of the Jedi, which certainly appear to be within reach. Judging from Clones run at IMAX it looks like it might break the all time top 10 after all!!!



“Hobby Answers, Five Credits”
November 21, 2002 | 7:36 PM EST | Mark

Well well well, if it isn’t time for ol’ John to give us another rendition of his excellent QNA!!! but what could top the last one?? Well how about, a subject matter of “When One Winner Becomes Two”??



Look Sir, Sandtroopers
November 21, 2002 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set — Formerly a Star Wars Fan Club Exclusive! Includes four individually bagged (not carded) 3 3/4 inch Sandtroopers from the classic Star Wars trilogy. COMING SOON! Item Number: HS26821, Price: $17.99



That’s Not A Reindeer, It’s A Droid
November 20, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

The Holiday 2 pack is in stock at Yester Toys for under $20.00.



New Star Wars Kids Email Out… Uber Collectors Showcased
November 20, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Star Wars Kids email newsletter went out today. Interestingly, the issue showcases uber collectors Gus Lopez and Lisa Stevens, interesting for something supposedly geared to kids… Here’s a link to the story.



Ephant Mon at KBToys.com
November 20, 2002 | 8:09 PM EST | Mark



Hop on over to KBToys.com if you are still looking for him.



Giveaway At Special Realm Ends Soon. Hurry And Enter!
November 20, 2002 | 6:23 PM EST | David

My giveaway I am running on Special Realm, sponsored by Brian at BriansToys.com will be ending in nine days. If you haven’t entered yet, then now’s the time. For those who may have entered already, multiple entries are excepted, 2 per day till November 29th at 10:00 PM CST. Winners will be e-mail next day. The current givaways are a Saga Endor Rebel Soldier and a Saga Yoda Jedi Master.
Also, I have two new polls currently running, one with giveaway ideas, and the second about new Jedi Training Gear figures in 2003. I will be doing some construction to the site, so if links do not work, you’ll know why.




He’s Back!!!
November 20, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | Mark

Still want a Silver R2-D2? Well go get him at Amazon for $9.99! I am sure he won’t last long.



Attention EU Fans
November 19, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with more goodies for EU novel fans, both novel titles and brief plot descriptions. Be sure to check it out here.



Yoda Jedi High Council Carded Images
November 19, 2002 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

We updated with carded images of the upcoming Yoda Jedi high Council on his Saga card. Click here for the images.



Lego 2003 Line Photos
November 19, 2002 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, here is the latest photo of Lego’s 2003 line– Jabba’s Palace, Geonosian Fighter, and more! Click here for the image.



Hong Kong Clones 10 Pack In Stock
November 19, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Amok Time has the Hong Kong Clone Trooper 10 pack (5 marching and 5 shooting) in stock for $25.00 a set– the cheapest I’ve seen it anywhere! Click here for more.



Article On Palitoy Action Figures.
November 19, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | David

Gadders.com has just posted an article on all the details about Palitoy’s vintage Star Wars figure line. Click here for more.



KEBco Newsfeed
November 19, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is still offering FREE shipping on all domestic orders of $25.00 or more until Jan. 31st, 2003. Also, on all domestic orders of $40.00 or more we will include a FREE Star Wars figure in your package. The FREE figure will be a Star Wars figure of our choice from 1995-2002 valued at $3.99 to $12.00

Many items in our online store have been reduced for the Holidays. Star Wars Christmas Stocking available. The Star Wars LOGO is embroidered and is available in 8 different colors. You can also add an EP2 Star Wars figure inside your stocking and have your stocking personalized with the name of your choice.

The My Account Status Page is now up and working. Click on the My Account Status button on our main page to check the status of your Online Orders and Pre-Orders.

Don’t forget to enter the KEBco Monthly Drawings for November 2002. One entry enters you into all of the Monthly Drawings. Visit KEBco today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



Do-It-Yourself Gun Pods Part 2
November 18, 2002 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Koda sent in this post with his instructions for making custom pods and photos of his work. Enjoy!

“I happened to post my custom gunship turrets on Snowtroopers the same day you posted the one on yours. I was able to make them with out altering the clone troopers! I posted the instructions on reblescums forum if you wish to check them out. (Here).

You can check detailed pics of mine on the bottom of this page here.



Clone Wars EU Update
November 18, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Well the wait for more information on what’s coming in the EU arena for Clone Wars was very short. Star Wars.com just updated with the title of an upcoming Star Wars hardcover novel centered during the Clone Wars. The title is The Cestus Deception, and it’s due out in June 2004. The site also hints it will uncover a new type of bio-battle droid… interesting. Click here for more.



Lightsaber Signed By George Lucas Giveaway!
November 18, 2002 | 9:30 PM EST | David

Hi Guys,
Here’s are the details that I received from the Cartoon Network this evening in my e-mail. The only problem is that you have to be age 4 thru 18 to enter 🙁



Constructed by model makers at Industrial Light and Magic, this Jedi LightsaberTM is mounted in a PlexiglasTM display case with a commemorative plaque stating “JEDI LIGHTSABER.”

200 secondary prize winners will each receive one randomly selected HasbroTM STAR WARSTM Electronic Lightsaber.

ENTER NOW for your chance to win, only at:



Want To Work At The Ranch
November 18, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is listing an opportunity for some lucky fan (with web experience) to work as an intern on Lucas’ Cargobay page. Remember this is a not a permanent position, so it is not a career opportunity, although it would certainly rock for a fan!



Santa’s Pack Will Be A Little Emptier This Year
November 18, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

FAO sent letters out to customers who preordered the FAO shuttle confirming that the Shuttles definitely will NOT be out for Christmas. They report that the delayed release due to manufacturer delays. There’s a scan of the letter posted at the Trade Federation here.



Gunship Gun Pods Instructions
November 18, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

At the request of a number of Yak Readers, we contacted Darth Jeff for information on how he built the gunship pods.

Here’s his instructions:

The balls (for the pods) came from hobby lobby. The troopers are removable, howeverthe will need to be modified to fit in the pods. You will have to customize your clone figures. In order to fit th cntrols into their hands, shorten the legs and reposition the feet. They are not much good out of the cockpit so it really doesnt matter that they are removable. The metal strips outside of the ball are plastic strips cut and glued into place, the gun and handles came from the goofy one that Hasbro made.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 18, 2002 | 7:46 PM EST | Bill

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set

***Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set***

Pre-order the all-new Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS26821, $17.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS26821. This exciting new set comes with 4 Power of the Jedi version Sandtroopers each with a different color shoulder pauldron. Just like the Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS32519, $17.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS32519, these ship in a white box. Coming in February, 2003. Build your armies today!



New Jabba’s Sail Barge Diorama
November 17, 2002 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

We have yet another update to our diorama section for your viewing pleasure. Yak Reader Greg sent in these photos of his Jabba’s Sailbarge at at the Sarlacc pit.



Looking For More Details On The Animated Clone Wars Series?
November 17, 2002 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kenbenobi sent us some more details. Ain’t It Cool has posted 2 articles on the upcoming Clone Wars Series which is rumored to be in the planning/negotiation stage. Click here and here for the articles.



Republic Gunship Gun Pods
November 17, 2002 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Darth Jeff sent in photos of his custom gun pods for the republic gunship. To say the least, these things are awsome and look like they are right out of AotC!Click here to see them!



Lars Homestead, Jedi Council 3 Pack,Droid Factory with CZ-1 
November 17, 2002 | 7:10 PM EST | Bill

What do all of these have in common??? They are a LOT more are on the list of Hasbro’s Star Wars line for 2003. Pete over at The Private Universe came up with all the inside 411 on the 2003 line. Click here to read the whole list.



Star Wars Insider Hitting Mailboxes
November 17, 2002 | 4:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Bryan:

“I just wanted to let you know that I got my new Star Wars Insider yesterday. So it’s time for everyone to start keeping their eyes peeled for theirs.

Thanks for going back to the sand colored background, I like it much better than the way it was.”



More 2003 Releases, Including Scout Trooper 4 Pack and Emperor’s Throne Room Playset
November 17, 2002 | 4:19 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted an updated 2003 release list which includes:

Emperors Throne Room playset
Troop Builder 4 pack – Imperial Scout Troopers
Bounty Hunters 4 Pack – (Bossk, Fett, IG88 & Aurra)–it might have Aurra’s speeder
Rebel Alliance 4 Pack

Ultimate Firepower Republic Gunship



Clones Still Climbing At The Box Office
November 17, 2002 | 4:15 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones is still climbing the all time highest grossing list. The list currently shows Clones in 13th place, where it has been for months, however its current total of $306,112,386 is now just under $57,000 behind #12 Independence Day’s $306,169,255. And Jedi’s #11 spot at $309,306,177 seems to be very reachable.



Clone Wars EU
November 16, 2002 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an article about the Clones Wars. To say the least if you like EU, you will be very happy. According to the article, the Clone Wars will be a central theme for EU books, junior novels, video games (yes plural), and more for the next few years. Click here for the details.



More New Vehicles For 2003
November 16, 2002 | 7:13 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com’s forums page is now listing two more vehicles for our growing 2003 list. The post includes the revised Republic Gunship and the E2 Trade Federation Tank! Thank to Yak Reader Aaron for the tip!



Silver R2s Vanishing At TRU Stores
November 16, 2002 | 7:10 PM EST | Bill

Just like Amazon, it appears that the run of Silver R2s are running dry at the TRU stores which didn’t get wiped out in the first couple of days. Here’s Yak Reader Minnesota Dan’s info:

“Hey all- just wanted to drop you a note that the silver R2 mine seems to be getting drier. 3 of my 4 local stores (Minneapolis Minnesota) are now out. I returned the ones I received from Amazon because of how beat up they were, and was impressed with how nice the store ones were.”



Silver R2 Gone At Amazon
November 16, 2002 | 7:08 PM EST | Bill

Amazon.com is now listing the 25th Anniversary Silver R2 as out of stock and discontinued. Thanks to Yak Reader DarkJedi27 for the report.



Fred Meyer Has E2 Toys At 25% Off
November 16, 2002 | 7:07 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader RK reports:

“I caught this one late, but Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest has all Star Wars item on sale……..most of it is 25% off or more. For instance, the Geonosian Arena, Republic Gunship, and the Ultimate Jango Fett are $29.99. Basic figures are $3.74.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 16, 2002 | 7:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth is now taking orders for:

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS26821, $17.99)
Incredible new set with four different color pauldron! Check out the picture

Clone Wars Republic Gunship (Item# HS84840, $37.99)

Also In Stock:
Tie Bomber with Pilot (Item# HS26479, $49.99)

X-Wing Fighter with R2-D2 (Item# HS32512, $54.99)

Tatooine Skiff Vehicle (Item# 26458, $49.99)

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter 2 Set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99)
Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer.

Back In Stock:
EII 12 inch (Wave 2) Set (Item# HS32497A, $69.99)
Count Dooku with lightsaber, Super Battle Droid and Zam Wessel with face reveal feature, blaster and rifle.

12 inch Jango Fett (Item# HS32509, $49.99)

***Rare X-Wing Vehicle!***

The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter with R2-D2 (Item# HS32512, $54.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS32512 figure. Features R2-D2 Figure (fits in droid compartment), X-Wing Pilot survival gear (cargo compartment, rations kit, survival light), and fold-up landing gear. Wings open to attack mode.



The Big Guy Is Back
November 16, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | Mark

Ephant Mon is now back in stock at Amazon.com
UPDATE – Just like that, he is sold out again.



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 15, 2002 | 8:52 AM EST | Bill

Still looking for the Tatooine Skiff? Entertainment Earth can help:

Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff is Back!


Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff Vehicle (Item# 26458, $49.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=26458 with Unique Luke Skywalker action figure. Features a slide rudder lever to move steering vanes, a control lever to activate retractable landing gear, a lever to toss figure over the side, side rails that break away to simulate battle damage, and a flip down plank to let figure fall off of ship’s deck.



Take care when ordering the silver R2 from Amazon
November 14, 2002 | 3:26 PM EST | Ben

Many items from Hasbro are not flagged as being eligible for the free R2-D2. Most items that don’t qualify also coincidentally do not have a picture of the item on the website.

Since I have never seen the Anakin, Padme or Vader Unleashed figures locally, I placed an order and was told that my total of Hasbro merchandise wasn’t sufficient for the free R2. It appears that only Anakin ($15.99) qualified and I had to throw in an Endor Rebel Soldier ($4.99) to make my $47.97 order be over $19.99?!?

You have been warned.



Silver R2-D2 From Amazon
November 14, 2002 | 1:12 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock is the Silver R2-D2, so if you still want one or one more, stop on over. He is $9.99 or free with $19.99 or more purchased.



Tracking your Star Wars purchases and earning “Rewards”
November 14, 2002 | 11:29 AM EST | Ben

Starwars.com has finally gone live with the Star Wars credit card. The card is offered by MBNA and has a relatively high rate (for a Platinum Card) of 12.99%. You can choose from Yoda or Darth Vader cards depending on which side of the Force you identify with. The “rewards” program seems to be a work in progress. There might be some benefits but it seems they took a basic rewards package and tried to retrofit it to give it an amount of “Star Wars flavor.”

The Yoda image is new and fresh, not having been plastered on hundreds of other licensed products until now, but the Vader pic is tired and has been on everything from t-shirts to guitars.

Color me unimpressed so far. I’d get more use from Star Wars rewards than I do from airline miles, but if you already hold a card with MBNA at a better rate (like I do) they will not issue you the Star Wars card at the better rate.

If you are interested, you can apply or get more information here



TRU E2 Figure Sales
November 13, 2002 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rajnidds just gave us the heads up on a sale on Saga figures at TRU. At this point we don’t know if it’s nationwide or a local sale:

“I just came from the Toys r Us store in San Mateo CA /Bridgepointe Shopping Center – they had basic EPII figures at $2.99. I picked up the Padme pilot, Count Dooku with hologram and EPII original Yoda
for $2.99 a piece.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 13, 2002 | 10:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Tie Bomber with Pilot Former Exclusive! Accessories and features include Opening Cockpit, Solar Array Wing, Ingress/Egress Hatch, 3 High Yield Proton Bombs, Twin Ion Engine Thrusters, Ordinance Pod, Missile Port, Bombing Chute, Targeting Sensors and Solar Array Wing.
IN STOCK NOW! Item Number: HS26479 Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Classic Vehicles



How Do You Feel About Getting Star Wars Movies One At a Time?
November 13, 2002 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Larry wrote in expressing his views on the E2 DVD release:

“Some of us “true” fans are getting hurt watching the other people quivel about paying like $9.99 a movie on DVD! I have not yet even bought the Phantom Menace on DVD because:

George Lucas told us in 1999 – his plans are to package the 6 movies together in a bundle for one price after the year 2005. That price is not mentioned and I hope it is good. I hope he makes a collectors set like the Spider-man DVD came out with. I bought the Spider-man DVD collector set because that means they are dealing with us collectors.

Please mention something on your page about this for us “true” Star Wars fans and not the people who are going one movie at a time!”

How do you feel about getting the films one at a time, along with reissues and other issues? Discuss it in our forums here.



E2 Egg Hunt Continues
November 13, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten lots of responses to E2 Easter Eggs. Here they are for your searching pleasure:

Gag reel:

Access chapter 3 directly (not through chapter menu), insing the chapter skip buttons on your DVD, pess stop, and then press 3 (and press enter or select).

Outtakes (note this is the same technique used to access the outtakes on the E1 DVD):

On Disc 1, go to Options.
Enter 11 (press enter or select)
Enter 3 (press enter or select)
Enter 8 (press enter or select)

There are lots more listed on the Digital Bits here.



Unleashed Vader
November 13, 2002 | 3:52 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon.com is the Unleashed Darth Vader, so if you are looking for him, click on over.



D&S News Feed
November 13, 2002 | 1:57 AM EST | Bill

D&S Toys has just posted a number of new items to their website click here for more.

D&S is also supporting the Marines Toys for Tots program, if you want to contribute to Toys for Tots D & S can help, check out the details on their page.

Among the new items in stock are:
4 Exclusive Accessory Packs with Figures
Exclusive Silver R2-D2
Republic Gunship
Genosian Arena Battle Playset
Star Tours Figures
Unleashed Dooku & Mace Windu, Jango, Maul, Pamde, Anakin, etc
SW EP2 Naboo Fighter, AT-TE & Solar Sailor Action Fleet
Acklay Beast
Mace & Other Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO
12″ Ki-Adi Mundi
12″ Electronic Jango Fett & Obi-Wan
Watto, Tusken & Lott Dodd Wave
Landspeeder with Luke Exclusive
Enterprise Phaser & Communicator

Enterprise – Coming later this week..

Back in stock items:

Disney Indiana Jones 5″ Figure
SW Trilogy 12″ Exclusive 3 & 4 Packs
Exclusive At-St with Paploo
Expanded Universe Figures…
Playskool Falcon & Naboo Fighter / X-Wing Sets
Electronic Naboo Fighter
Many Aliens & Predator Figures
Stormtrooper Army Builder 4-Pack
Older Simpsons Lisa, Grandpma, Bart & Krusty…
SW Chess from Germany
FX-7 Wave (Fx-7, Imperial Officer, Amidala Travel & Rebel Trooper)
Eeth Koth & Snaggletooth

Older POTF/POTJ Figures & Vehicles



The Easter Egg Hunt Begins
November 12, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this hidden extra from the E2 DVD:

“When you go into Dex’ kitchen, highlight the small square behind him on the wall that looks like an electronic thermostat. It will reveal the college mock Star Wars ads.”



E2 Hunt Round Up
November 12, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten LOTS of reports from Yak Readers about their scores on the E2 DVD, VHS, etc. Here’s a quick rundown.

TRU: Price $9.99. A lot of people scored here, DVD– fullscreen and widescreen also VHS in good quanities in most places. Some areas were sold out by noon, others still have copies in all formats tonight.

Wal-Mart: Prices varies from $9.97 (managers who were matching TRU’s ad on their own), up to $15 or $17 bux. Quanities seem good nationwide.

Best Buy: Prices vary from $9.99 and a free calender with price matches, $9.99 without the free calendar on price matches, up to their regular price with a free calendar.

CompUSA. The sleeper which turned out to have the cheapest deal yet. $9.89!!!

Thanks for all the reports.

Discuss your E2 hunt in our forums here.

UPDATE: Clones and Bond what more could you want?

Circuit City has to have an honorable mention on the E2 sales as well, while their price of $14.99 is pretty good, it becomes great when you consider the 2 free passes to go see the new James Bond flick!



Yoda Knows The Future
November 12, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon.com is the Yoda Wisdom Force for $19.99



R2 Gets It Together, Finally
November 11, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DUCK THE HOWARD found an R2 with his legs going the right way.



TRU $9.99 DVD Ad
November 11, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill


That’s right tomorrow you can Snag Clones on either DVD or VHS at TRU for just under $10.00!



Amazon Shipping Still The Same On The Second Try
November 11, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve W. sent in this report:

“I sent you an e-mail in regards to my silver R2 from amazon.com with the crushed bubble. Well I just received the replacement in the mail and the card was bent and creased every which way possible. Seems amazon.com isn’t too worried about sending out mint products like they used to. Two thumbs down in my book.”
After talking with Steve, he did let me know that the box from Amazon arrived in good condition, however the contents were not good, although packed very well. Seems as though, Amazon is receiving the same boxed items that the stores are. Hasbro needs to do a better job packaging these figures. The boxes I saw at the store had them just stacked on top of each other in the case. Most in the case were crushed.



Holiday 2 Pack Reviewed
November 11, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

I just got my Holiday Edition figures. I usually don’t buy things like this off of Ebay, but my wife saw these and said that we had to have them. Then I heard that they wouldn’t be out until after the holidays maybe, so I went ahead.

Minimum articulation as you can expect. The R2 has a 2000 date so I am assuming that it is the E1 figure with antlers added. I’m not 100% sure without checking and I can’t do that right now. C3PO however has a 2002 date. The head and legs are the classic gold, very bright and shiny but the hands are not. They are a different shade, not nearly as shiny. The “would be chest” that is showing around the collar area is yet a 3rd different gold variation. UGGHH! None of the accessories on either figure are removable.

The stand is excellent. Instead of a sticker for the rug and floor it is actually textured plastic. Not too bad. It comes with the cardboard background, a greetings card with a copy of the original artwork, and a unique Jedi master point UPC with a red and green background. Also the lightsaber emblem is a candy cane

One other thing, the back states that this is “Our gift to you..” Is this a giveaway that I missed or are we supposed to pay for our presents? Just joking about that one.”



Clones IMAX Edits
November 11, 2002 | 1:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Joe sent in this review of the editing done on Clones for the IMAX screen:

“A review for IMAX:
While the Imax experience was simply incredible, I was quite disappointed with the “editing” of the movie. Several scenes were cut out, which suprised me. Among them were the initial introduction of Anakin & Padame, the entire library scene, the introduction of Owen & Brue Lars, among others. I don;t know if this was to increase the action vs drama in the movie, but I was expecting to see the whole movie. One VERY strong point, you can really appreciate the CG effects when they are larger than life and the lightsaber battles made the entire experience worth it.”

UPDATE: Several Yak Readers have written in to point out thatIMAX projectors have a limitation on the amount of film they can show. Somewhere around the 2 hour mark is their maximum film length.



Bootlegs Clone Pics
November 11, 2002 | 1:24 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoosnews haveposted detailed of the Hong Kong bootleg clone figures.



Update For Those Who Ordered Shuttles From FAO Stores
November 11, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Bill

If you ordered your Imperial Shuttle from an FAO store (either by going into the store or calling one of the store’s personal shoppers), this follow-up report from Yak Reader Kbarl will interest you:

“Since the last time I’ve had gotten in contact with FAO customer service not much hope with finding my shuttle preorder.But as of today there is light to this subject.I have called the fifth avenue store and the higher up person that help since yesterday had said he done an investigation and seen that my order had gotten lost since August when the first 50 per store were issued.So he said he will put me back in the list since that time frame by filling out some paper work and have it filed.So anybody out there who had ordered this since then should contact them asap because if you don’t you may not get one at your doorstep in January.”



12″ Imperial Officer Review
November 10, 2002 | 12:24 PM EST | Michael

If there was a beauty contest between the latest 12″ figures, surely the Imperial Officer would win. But is not looking like a cockroach or a guy wearing toilet paper really a good thing? Check out the review here!



New Waves At K-Mart
November 8, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of reports of the new deluxe figues (Clone Speeder, Flying Geonisian, etc), and the Ephant Mon wave at K-Mart. Good hunting.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in.



Target Ends Price Matching
November 8, 2002 | 11:06 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Eric wrote in to remind everyone that Target is ending their price matching policy in the near future. That’s right. Target will no longer match Wal-Mart, K-Mart, TRU, etc’s ads.



Full Screen Episode 1 DVD OUT NOW
November 7, 2002 | 11:17 PM EST | Steve

Seems as though many retailers have put out Episode 1 Full Screen early. Slated to be released on November 12 along with Episode 2, the full screen version is popping up across the country. If you HAVE to have it before its supposed to be out, you might want to hit a Wal-Mart or two(they seem to be hitting there the most) Or you can just wait until Tuesday for its release.



Hard To Find Star wars Not So Hard To Find
November 7, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Steve

I have recieved many reports that the previously Hard to Find Episode 2 items are showing up in abundance. I have seen at at least 3 local Toys R Us stores, the Wave 2 Unleashed figures, Padme Pilot Wave, Jango Pilot wave, Arena Playset, and Republic gunship. So looks like even though the port lockout slowed things down, the stores are still getting in there newer stock. Might be time for a toy run.



New Lego Pack Ins?
November 7, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Steve

Today at Walmart, I saw something kinda neat. They had a Lego Slave One with a black “Cargo Carry Case”. The case was basically just like a lego storage suitcase and it had the lego and star wars logos on the front of it. The price was 48.44 for the set of Slave 1 and the case.



McQuarrie Concept Storm Trooper Pics
November 7, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has updated its Republic News with what appears to be the first in a series of stories about the development of the Mcquarrie Concept Stormtrooper (Fan Choice #4).



The Cheapest E2 DVD Yet
November 7, 2002 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Luis sent this in:

Here is a link I found to this weekend’s TRU ad. They are suppose to carry the EP2 DVD for $9.99.”



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 7, 2002 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

Rare Roto-Molded Star Wars Figures!

***Rare Roto-Molded Star Wars Figures***

Featuing incredible detail and active poses, the Star Wars 10 inch Vinyl (Roto) Figure
Assortment (Item# HS26493A, $67.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS26493A includes Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett with removable helmet,
Mace Windu and Darth Vader with cloth cape.



New Action Fleet Images
November 7, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just update with the 411 on the upcoming Action Fleet including the Skiff (sorry no Jabba’s barge yet), and more.



Amazon Chromed R2s Getting Smushed
November 7, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of reports about poor packing of the Silver R2s by Amazon, here’s a couple of the reports:

Yak Reader Nomad Scout writes:

“I have always been happy with Amazon. This time they may have just screwed up, but it really irks me. I ordered the Arena with the Free R2. The Arena shipped first, and I thought they were out of R2s. Then I got an email stating the R2 was now shipping, but at a cost of 9.99 PLUS shipping! It was as if I ordered them separately. Since I had found the Arena at my local TRU, and with it a mint R2, I am sending back my unopened boxes.

Not that big of a deal, since I had a legitimate complaint they could have refunded the money, but it is kind of annoying. They billed me something like $65 with shipping for stuff that cost me about $46 (with tax) at a real TRU.

Since I never opened the R2 from Amazon, I have no idea what condition it was in.”

Any from Yak Reader Spencer:

“My silver R2s also arrived smashed all to heck. What bothers me the most is that Amazon put them in a box that was too small… so there was no way to put the cardbacks in there without BENDING them to fit them in the box. I just wanted one to keep and one to open, so if my friend (who also ordered two) gets two nice ones, we’ll just swap. Otherwise, I’m sending mine back for a refund.”



Forums Now Open
November 7, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve teamed up with American Dream Comics to bring the new forums for our readers. To check out the forums click here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 7, 2002 | 9:05 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has the Episode II Deluxe Wave 4 Set in stock:

EII Deluxe (Wave 4) Set
Action figures with deluxe accessories and vehicles! Includes Flying Geonosian with sonic blaster and attack pod, Anakin Skywalker with force-flipping attack action and Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike.
Item Number: HS84859CC
Price: $42.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: Deluxe

Entertainment Earth also has New Holiday Hours! Customer Service is open 7am to 7pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, Until December 30, 2002.



Padme Correction Update
November 6, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bruce found the 411 on the sticker and it’s changes. Here’s a link to a pic of the “before” and “after.”



The Truth Revealed…
November 6, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Here’s a humorous look at why Anakin went over to the Dark Side. Click here for the site. Thanks to The MICHIGAN STAR WARS COLLECTORS CLUB for the link.



Silver R2 Amazon Update
November 6, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill

It appears that not all of Amazon’s packing is as good as the early reports, here’s Yak Reader Steve’s report:

“Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that not all silver R2’s are arriving perfect. I got my two today and one had a bent card and the other had a crushed bubble. I am not too happy with Amazon being I have alawys received products from them mint.”



E2 DVD/Video Sales
November 6, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Siliceo26 sent in this tip:

“I work at best buy. In next sunday’s ad, they will have the Attack of the Clones dvd advertised for 15.99 with a free 12 inch Star Wars Heroes and Villians calendar. Calendars are limited. They will also have the original trilogy on vhs advertised for 29.99. I believe full screen only though.”



Silver R2-D2 From Amazon
November 6, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | Mark

First reports of them are coming in, they have began to arrive at doorsteps across the US in PERFECT condition and excellently wrapped. That is great news for Amazon customers. Amazon is currently sold out, however if they get more, you can bet we will let you know as soon as they are in stock.



Arenas On Sale
November 6, 2002 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest:

“Hey this is Brent from Tuscaloosa,Al. Just wanted to let you know that Wal-Mart here was offering the arena playset for $32.99 in comparison to K-marts sale of $34.99. Neverthe less I stocked up on lay-a-way.”

Thanks for the report!



12″ Ploo Preorders
November 6, 2002 | 12:30 AM EST | Bill

Crazystarwars.com is now taking preorders for the 12″ Plo Koon. Also for a limited time
the silver R2-D2. They have the Watto, Lott Dod and Tusken Raider with Massif back in stock too.



Shuttle News
November 5, 2002 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim used FAO’s online Chat option to get the 411 on the Imperial Shuttle. Here it is:

“This is a transcript of my talk with an FAO rep online using their LIVE chat option to check on my order for the Shuttle…Her answer does tell why the Shuttle will not be shipping till January………which sucks but what can we do.
The Transcript reads from bottom to top…..

Tim in Memphis

5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:30:17): Thanks for shopping with FAO, you have a great day!
Tim Sherrill (14:29:51): ok thank u that helps
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:29:07): The vendor has actually changed the date there was a defect in one of the peices. So, no one will have the item until Jan.
Tim Sherrill (14:28:05): so now its changed from December to January?
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:27:41): The shuttle is not due in to the warehouse until about the second week of Jan.
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:24:31): Give me one moment to check.
Tim Sherrill (14:23:37): i was talking with someone and i got bumped out….im trying to find out status on my order…
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:22:53): Hello Tim, is there something I can help you with?
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:22:29): Welcome to FAO Schwarz Tim Sherrill I am reviewing your question and will be with you shortly.
Tim Sherrill (14:22:29): I got bumped out”



Entertainment Earth In Stock Update
November 5, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

***Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer In Stock***

The long awaited and highly anticipated SW 12 Inch Bounty Hunter Assortment 2 (Item# 26482A, $139.99) is now in stock and shipping. Includes two of each individually boxed Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer. These 12 inch figures are also SW 12 Inch available in a set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99). Order yours today!



Ep II DVD Pre-Orders
November 5, 2002 | 12:44 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of the pre-orders on the net with any freebies that are offered.
Amazon.com $17.99
Buy.com $18.99 free shipping
Bestbuy.com $19.99 free shipping
KBToys.com $19.99
Target.com $17.99
Walmart.com $17.88 free pack of widevision cards
Suncoast Stores $19.99 free keychain (stores only)

If you of any other deals, please email me and I will add them to the list.



Salacious Crumbs of Knowledge – 11-5-02
November 5, 2002 | 12:27 PM EST | Mark

Head on over to read this weeks Salacious Crumbs of Knowledge (the Yakface QNA) as reported by John Muse.



20% Off Star Wars Toys @ KBToys
November 5, 2002 | 11:54 AM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has a sale going on for Star Wars toys. Here is a sample of what deals you can get…
Watto – Junk Dealer $3.99
Duel w/ Darth Maul Playskool – $11.99
Lott Dod – $3.99
12″ Clone Troopers (Red and Yellow) $19.99
LEGO Battle Droid Technic $15.99 (53%)
LEGO Repulic Gunship $71.99
LEGO Collectors Series Yoda $79.99
Tusken Raider w/ Massiff $3.99
Yoda’s Saber (replica) $199.99
ALL Hasbro Toys are at least 20% off. Check it out…



Bantha Tracks #0
November 4, 2002 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

That’s right it surfaced at the IMAX premiers. Adam over at The Trade Federation has posted links to scans of the entire Bantha Tracks #0 Issue:

Cover/Page 1
Page 2 
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Back Cover/Page 8



Clones Box Office is Growing Again
November 4, 2002 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

After the first weekend in IMAX release, Attack of the Clones brought in a hefty 1.45 Million, placing it at 14th on the week’s top grossing films. The total is even more impressive when consider the fact that it’s playing in less than 60 theaters. At this rate Clones might just break the all time top 10 films yet!



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 4, 2002 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

***The Latest Star Wars Figures!***

Finally, you can comlete your Jabba’s diorama with the Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security action figure. Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 includes 12 action figures: 2x Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security (NEW), 2x Watto – Mos Espa Junk Dealer, 2x Lott Dodd – Neimoidian Senator, 2x Tusken Raider with Massiff, 1x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master, 1x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer, 1x Endor Rebel Soldier and 1x Massiff with Geonosian Warrior.



SILVER R2 In Stock At Amazon
November 4, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

In case you enjoy the never ending Silver R2 circus, Amazon.com has them back as of 2:00 pm on 11/4, both as a freebie w/$19.99 purchase (but only through 11/20): here’s the link.

Thanks to Yak Reader Philip for the report.



FAO Shuttle Orders
November 4, 2002 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kevin wrote in with this heads up on FAO Imperial Shuttle orders from their stores:

“I am not sure what is going on here but tonight. I had called the FAO shwartz 767 fifth avenue New york to check on the status of my order, (where I first placed my order back in August) and the computer generated answering machine keeps telling me the store is closed but it’s open 9:00 am-9:00 pm. I then called customer service at 1-800-876-7867 from the site and she told me she could not find my order. [She could] only if I placed it through the catalog. I then told her I placed it through the store when they first offered the exclusive, but she said she had no way of finding it through the store where I had placed the order and I had to call the store number
1-212-644-9400. It’s not answering for days now without answering customer service. Their maybe alot of us who placed these orders
from this store who will probably not get them but then again who knows.But the woman wanted me to place another order but I don’t need two of these. It’s better to check these now then not to get them at all. I only started to check it after post cards were sent out to people had ordered. Something is very fishy! Please forward this to anyone from the Yakface.com site who may very well have an answer to this.”

Yak Readers if you’ve got any news on “in store” Shuttle orders send it in.


From Yak Reader Todd:

“I ordered my shuttle through FAO in Vegas. I have not received a postcard. I called them last week and was told that my order was in there system and should ship out in Nov. Here’s hoping!”

Here’s Thomas’ intelligence report:

“Hey guys, I just got off the phone with my FAO and what I was told is that none of the stores know how many shuttles they are getting and that none have recieved any yet. There isn’t multiple ship datesbut that when they arrived they would start at the top of the list and work there way down until everyone was served. I was also told that the list we were put on in the store was faxed up to the corporate offices prior to making the orders…which in my mind would mean that the true number of shuttles wasn’t decided till after most pre-orders were put in prior to production. basically they wanted me to leave them alone and they would call me when my time came up, and that when we receive our call we have 24hrs to return the call reserving our shuttle. Another thing I found out was that regardless of whether the store offered you more than one shuttle you could only reserve one….I asked for two and when I went back a week or so later I was informed of the change of “Limit One Per A Person.’ Hope this helps anyone out there.”



Padme Pilot Correction
November 4, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Midion pointed out what appears to be a running change on the Padme Pilot figures’ cards:

“I haven’t seen any news about something I have noticed. I have two carded Padme Amidala Pilots and on the back of the cards one has a sticker covering some of the description of her. Has anyone heard of this variation? I have only found two of the padme’s with the sticker. Any news would be helpful.”

If you’ve got any more information on this change send it in!



Silver R2 Error
November 4, 2002 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The silver 25th Anniversary R2 figure doesn’t know whether he is coming or going. Yak Reader Sithkiss wrote in to point out that the legs on the chromed droid are BACKWARDS. The copper tubing which supposed to be on the front of his legs is on the back instead.



I’m Giving Away Two Figures!
November 4, 2002 | 5:03 PM EST | David

Hello, David here,
Just wanted to let everyone know that I am giving away these two Saga action figures: Endor Rebel Soldier and Yoda. To enter, go to my site, Special Realm.

This is my first and will not be my last giveaway! Enter today!



StarConstrux Update
November 3, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Starconstrux has updated their site with 7 new figures all made by Harald Flügge.

Also there is one new diorama, the “Dockingbay 94” made by Lars Intemann and finally there are some new pictures of “expended universe” customs made by visitors in our “Visitor’s Custom’s” area.

We also updated our customs area with
Starconstrux latest additions. You can see the new custom cantina figures and docking bay 94 diorama here.



12″ Zuckuss review!
November 3, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Michael

The latest wave of 12″ figures are starting to hit – Meijers in the mid-west is seeing them first. Check out the review of one of the new bounty hunters, Zuckuss, right here!



Free R2-D2 Of Another Sort…
November 3, 2002 | 5:58 PM EST | Mark

Get a free Star Wars Droid Escape with any LEGO Star Wars purchase of $14.99 or more. Promotional code FREESTARWRBB is required. See details.

How to Get Your Free Droid Escape

1. Select $14.99 or more of LEGO Star Wars items from our Star Wars Store and add them to your Shopping Cart. (Note: The free Star Wars Droid Escape does not count toward the $14.99 total. Do not add the free item until you have chosen at least $14.99 worth of LEGO Star Wars items.)

2. After you have selected LEGO Star Wars items totaling $14.99 or more, add the free toy, Star Wars Droid Escape, to your Shopping Cart.

3. To begin the buying process, click the yellow “Proceed to checkout” button. On the Select a Payment Method page, you’ll see a window where you can enter your promotional claim code. Enter promotional code FREESTARWRBB.

4. After you enter the claim code the $6.99 savings on the Star Wars Droid Escape will be deducted from your order total.



Ask Yoda Collector Review
November 3, 2002 | 1:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott sent in this quick review of the new Ask Yoda:

“First of all, I love your site… it is the first thing that I check each morning. Anyway, I was just at the Target in Cary, NC (I got there early waiting for TRU to open to get my R2) and found the new Ask Yoda 12″ electronic figure. For $19.99 it is the bargain of the year. The sculpt is great and the voice is right on, unlike the new electronic Obi-Wan and Jango. So heads up for the collectors out there, the new Yoda is now coming in. Highly recommended. Again, great site. Keep up the good work.”



Kmart Basic Saga Figures Sale
November 3, 2002 | 1:44 PM EST | Bill

“Today’s K-Mart ad advertises Star Wars Episode II figures on sale for $3.00. This sale is only good Nov 3rd & 4th, but hopefully you’ll be able to find something you need. Also, you can probably take the ad to Walmart or any other store that does price matches.” Thanks to Yak Reader RAYBOMBAY for the tip.



Amazon Silver R2 Sold Out
November 3, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader KiNgOfStInG112 reports that over at amazon.com, the Silver R2-D2 is officially sold out!



New Figures Cheap At Target Too!!!
November 2, 2002 | 11:57 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom just sent in this report:

“It’s no big news that Target is selling it’s old stock of figures for $2.99. However, they apparently can’t distinguish between old and new figures. I was able to pick up Lott Dodd, Tusken w/ Massif, Endor Rebel Soldier (sans beard), and Watto today for $2.99 each in Dubuque, IA. Can’t beat that!!”



Star Wars Disney Parade die cast Car
November 2, 2002 | 11:55 PM EST | Sharon

If you like the four wheel version of Luke’s Landspeeder, then here’s a Disney Exclusive for you. Disney has had a tradition of offering die-cast toys of parade floats and ride vehicles. The latest is a Landspeeder from MGM’s Stars and Motor Cars Parade. This auction has photos of it.



TRU Stocks Up For The Big Book’s Official Release Tomorrow
November 2, 2002 | 10:41 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

“Just thought I’d drop this note, I stopped by my local Toys R Us today in Riverside, IL, and found that the racks where filled to the limit with nothing but new figures, anakin-tatooine, padme-pilot, ki-adi, watto, clone pilot, jango pilot, lott dod, and tusken with massif. Surprisingly no darth mauls any where, nor were there any ephant mons or destroyer droids! There were also about 5 12″ scale taun taun’s with luke, and about 10 each of the geonosian battle arena and republic gunships. I also was able to get the silver anniversary R2-D2 with my $20 or more purchase. They had about 5-6 cases of the R2’s behind the consumer service desk! Keep up the good work!”



E2 Clones 10pk On Ebay!
November 2, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | David

Here’s the link. These clones do look different from the American versions. These are NOT Hasbro Products, but they do display with them. More on the Clones as we get it.




Jar Jar Humor
November 2, 2002 | 8:46 PM EST | Bill

What more could you want. This article at the Onion casts a little humor on our hobby. Thanks to Yak Reader Schlump007 for the tip.



Silver R2 News
November 2, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

How would you like to get both your Silver R2 free, and the new figures for $2.99??? Yak Reader Starwolf wrote in to say that after getting proof from Target that they are indeed selling E2 basic Saga Figures for $2.99, he went to TRU and, under their price matching policy, he got new figures (at $2.99 each), and his Silver R2 FREE.

Yak Reader Chajones sent in this hunting tip:

“OK, even if the stores wanted you to wait, now we have some leverage. I went back to my local TRU to get my R2 to open today. I got my first one earlier this week. When I scanned a Slave One, it said “Slave One 24.99 – R2D2 promotional. So if the scanners in the store are saying you get the figure, I suppose they would have to give it to you at the register, and they did. Also available was the fourth and final installment of the free Star Wars comics entitled “Machines of War”.”



Looking For Fill-Ins For Arena?
November 2, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | David

Here’s are some non-collector figures available through the Fan Club for fill-ins for your new Geonosian Arena.

Super Battle Droid http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=7879
Clone Trooper http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=7916
Mace Windu Geonosian Rescue http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=10932

Stormtrooper Builder 4pk http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=7770

12″ Ki-Adi Mundi http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=10922

There you go.



Get Your Silver R2-D2 Without Spending $20!
November 2, 2002 | 2:07 PM EST | Mark

Don’t want to spend $20 on stuff you already have??? Well Go get Your R2-D2right NOW! In stock for $9.99 at Amazon.com!!! No other purchase needed!!
Get a free Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones R2-D2 with any Hasbro Star Wars purchase of $19.99 or more. Promotional code R2D2SLVRFREE is required. **UPDATE** Some people have written in that the code does not work. Well it does, but for it to work, you have to add the R2-D2 to your cart, then use the code.

More NEW toys in stock at Amazon.com….
Unleashed Darth Vader
Unleashed Padme Amidala



SW-Toys.com Has Interactive R2-D2.
November 2, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | David

Hello everyone!

We have been able to get our hands on the hottest toy for Christmas – The Interactive R2-D2 Droid!

Finally a droid to call your own! This easy-to-control functional droid walks, talks and responds to your commands. Resourceful and adventurous, R2-D2 is ready, willing and able to serve! Navigates to Find you! Rolls, spins, dances and plays music! Guards and protects your room! Remembers and reacts to famous Star Wars characters! Over 15″ tall! Other awesome features include light beam, droid mood status indicator, infrared location sensors, sonar navigational technology, sound processing microphones, motorized treads, voice recognition software, extendable arm and much, much more!

Order this now because they will not last long! Check out www.sw-toys.com/temple.htm to place your order today.

Don’t forget to check out the website, www.sw-toys.com, for all of your Star Wars action figure needs.

We appreciate your business and look forward to bringing you other special offers in the near future.




Entertainment Earth Newsfeed– 12″ Bounty Hunters IN STOCK
November 1, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has the following in stock:

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter Asst 2 (Item# 26482A, $139.99)2x Dengar, 2x Zuckuss and 2x Imperial Officer Click here to order.

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter 2 Set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99)1x Dengar, 1x Zuckuss and 1x Imperial Officer Click here to order.

***Re-Create The Attack of the Clones!***

Battling for their lives in the Geonosian Battle Arena (Item# HS84896, $54.99) , Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi clash against thousands of Geonosian Warriors in a grueling confrontation. As the Geonosians attack, Anakin uses the Force to retrieve a second lightsaber and prepares to defend himself at all costs! The Attack of the Clones Deluxe Action Figure(Wave 4) Set (Item# HS84859CC, $42.99) includes 3 action figures: 1x Flying Geonosian with sonic blaster and attack pod, 1x Anakin Skywalker with force-flipping attack action and 1x Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike.



The R2 Hunt Report
November 1, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s Yak Reader Jason’s report:

“I went into TRU today to verify with my flyer if the R2 was indeed going to be available. To my surprise, I was told that an e-mail was sent out to honor people who have the preview book that I could get any of the deals including R2 today. Sure enough, they gave me one to take to the checkout. I got my ad on Tuesday, and I guess so did many others who tried to use the coupons early and TRU has given in because of this.”

And Yak Reader Darth-Dallas experience:

Just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Silver anniversary R2 at the Toys R Us in Coral Springs, Florida today. I was told by an employee that I needed to buy $100.00 worth of Star Wars items to receive it. Astonished, I asked for an assistant manager who stated it was $19.99. The only problem here was that he went on and said that I needed a coupon from the big book or whatever it’s called. I said I didn’t think that was true so he called the store manager. The manager said the $19.99 was correct and that no coupon was needed. I asked if I could get one today and she said yes. The only problem was I didn’t know what to get. I had everything there that was in stock. So I asked! I said I have a receipt from 10/24/2002 where I bought Star Wars figures from your store and I have the receipt in the car does that count? She replied, “that was fine”! She then asked a guy from the back to bring a case of the R2’s to the front. The box had 32 of them in there and she said each store received 2 of them. She opened the box and they were packed one on top of the other. I got one from the top that was “MINTY FRESH” and it made my day! Some were damaged to a degree but not too bad. My advice, get there early and ask. You never know! I did ask what would happen if you bought something to get the R2 and returned it? She said technically you couldn’t do that BUT they had to accept all returns. You get the picture. Hope this helps!”

Good luck and good hunting!



Clones Arena Playset In Stock
November 1, 2002 | 8:03 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon is the Episode II Attack Of The Clones Arena Playset, head on over if you need it.



Third Wave Of Star Tours Figures
November 1, 2002 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site is reporting that the third (and rumored to be last) wave of Disney’s Exclusive Star Tours Figures will be released on December 1. Thanks to Yak Reader Kris Van de Sande for his startours site for the report.



Fully Functional R2 for $15.00 Off
November 1, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Bill

The K-Mart Flyer for Nov 1 – Nov 16 lists the Star Wars Voice Command R2D2 for $84.99, as well as the Arena playset for $34.99. Remember if your local K-Mart is out, that the other major retailers will match their ad. Thanks to Yak Reader BOrama for the tip.



Looking For Old LEGO’s?
November 1, 2002 | 7:22 AM EST | Mark

Amazon just got in the Episode I Sith Infiltrator (7151) for $14.98.
Also on sale is the Republic Gunship (7163) for $79.99 plus free shipping.
Amazon has also lowered the Hasbro figure prices back to the normal price of $4.99 and they still have in the most current figures…
Jango Fett Slave Pilot
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider w/massiff
Watto (Mos Espa)

October 2002 Archive

Happy Halloween
October 31, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Keri sent in these photos of her awsome halloween jack-o-lanterns. She did both of these without patterns! Nice work!



Want Star Wars Radio Dramas Over Your PC?
October 31, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jim can help. He just sent in this scheduling update:

“I help run an internet radio station through Live365.com, and starting this coming Tuesday (11/5), we’re going to be airing the Star Wars Radio Drama… 2 episodes every Tuesday with the 13th and final episode airing on December. The station can be play through winamp, or the “recommended” live365 player, and it can be found on the web here.



Hmm, Questions Have You?
October 31, 2002 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Yoda, you seek Yoda. Yak Reader Marty sent in boxed photos of the Interactive Yoda he just purchased at his Kansas City, MO TRU. Click here for the photos.



E2 DVD Deleted Scenes Reviewed
October 31, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael in Hong Kong wrote in with a review of the deleted scenes on the E2 DVD:

“Episode 2 DVD is out in Hong Kong! Just bought it yesterday. I have only watched all the deleted scenes so far, there were really not too much that we missed seeing in the original. The one that I think should have been included was when Mace had a talk with Obi and then jump onto his Star Fighter to head for hyperspace, that ring device and the hyper-jumping was really cool. So don’t miss it!”



2003 Vehicles Confirmed
October 31, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

If you like vehicles then you will be VERY happy with the 2003 vehicle lineup. Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting an outstanding lineup for 2003:

Repacked Snowspeeder with Luke & Dack
Repacked Tie Bomber with pilot
Naboo Fighter with Padme pilot figure
Sandcrawler (due April)
Slave 1 with Jango Fett
Tie Fighter with Imperial Figure
Shuttle Tyderium
Republic Gunship with 3 clone trooper figures

That’s right, his source says that we will get a repack of the gunship with 3 packing clones. Here’s hoping for generaic white clones to build armies!



Is Your K-Mart Sold Out Of Arenas?
October 31, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Well then save those ads and go see your local Wal-Mart, TRU, or Target. Yak Reader Chris wrote in to remind us that all the major retailers will match their competitors ads.



Power Rangers? No Way, It’s Star Wars!
October 31, 2002 | 5:50 PM EST | David

Star Wars is the hottest, best selling toys on the market today. Here’s what StarWars.com has to say…

The toy aisles were full of movie tie-ins this past summer, but Star Wars has emerged as the top-selling licensed toy in a very crowded year, according to NPD Funworld, a leading toy industry research organization. Edging out Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Power Rangers, the timeless space saga sold more than double the volume of the next closest competitors in key product categories.
The largest share of the Star Wars toy universe is made up of Hasbro action figures and accessories, with the next largest being the building sets from LEGO. According to NPD Funworld, Star Wars dominates the assortment/items introduced in 2002, holding four of the top five slots. The Episode II action figure assortment is #1 in its category, outselling the number two line by a margin of over two-to-one. Hasbro’s lightsabers assortment was so popular, that sales of the Jedi weapon will more than double the volume the sales of lightsabers sold in 1999, the year of The Phantom Menace. A look at the top ten licensed building set bestsellers for the year sees seven LEGO Star Wars sets make the cut. These incredible sales figures account for the year through August, but the momentum doesn’t look to let up. The holiday gift-giving season sees such items as the Interactive R2-D2, the interactive Jedi Training Lightsaber, the Republic Attack Gunship and the Geonosian Battle Arena playset.
Star Wars toys are estimated to have sold an estimated $8 billion in retail sales since 1977.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! God Bless!



Here’s A SIte You’ll Like.
October 31, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | David

Here’s a site that I found and love it. It is call Star Wars Spoofs. It is hilarious and funny.




Arenas On SALE!!!
October 31, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott gave us this report:

“Received a flyer in the mail for kmart toys and noticed the Arena Playsets will be on sale for $34.99 from Nov 1 to Nov 16. It might be worth it to check out your local Kmarts to find one.”



Ask and Answers will you recieve
October 30, 2002 | 9:58 PM EST | Steve

I just got back from Target and they have a new “Fortune Telling” Yoda. Similiar to the old magic 8 balls the jedi master is priced at $19.99 and has some really cool Yoda sound effects when you squeeze his hand. Also Target had at LEAST 12 Republic Gunships and 4 Geonosis Arena Sets. So its nice to know new items are hitting stores. Might be a good time for a toy run.



Black Friday Tidbit
October 30, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Steve

I am not sure if everyones Toys R Us is doing this but I have heard from 2 different stores in my area that on Black Friday they will be blowing out their older Episode 2 figures at $1.90 in order to make room for newer waves. Once again I am not sure if this will be a nation-wide thing but hey at $1.90 its worth keeping your eyes open.



They’re Out There
October 30, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, the TRU Silver R2s are in stores NOW. The official release date is Sunday, but if you are very polite to your local TRU staff you might be able to snag the little chromed guy tonight! Good Hunting!!!



Star Wars Weekends: May ’03
October 30, 2002 | 12:39 AM EST | Sharon

It looks like Disney MGM Studios Florida will offer SWW during the month of May next year. This year’s event May 02, was very small due to the opening of AOTC.(Celebration 2 kept the celebrities busy as well)
In the past years’ events, the whole month of May is a Star Wars celebration at MGM Studios. There are trivia contests(with cool prizes!), costumed SW charactors for family photos, Padawan training for the kids, face painting,(a Maul for a day!), celebrity autographs,(weekends only) and they usually have limited edition SW pins to commemorate each year’s event.
Lots going on during the whole month! And let’s not forget that they also have a store that sells SW merchandise as well.(Tatooine Traders)
It’s really lots of fun!! If you are planning a trip to Disney Florida, May would be a great time to come!



Q&A News – Name that Q&A!
October 30, 2002 | 12:28 AM EST | Muse

Due to some real-life responsibilities, the Q&A update (that you should be reading) has been delayed. The Q&A will return next Monday in its entirety.

With the bad news out of the way, the good news is the delay means that there is more time to enter the “Name the Q&A Column and win Free Stuff” contest. The Free Stuff prizes have yet to be determined but there will be something from each main era – vintage, POTF2, E1, POTJ, and E2 – and one item will be a carded figure.

To enter, send your titles in to qa@yakface.com sometime between now and Sunday afternoon. In the case of multiple people submitting the same winning entry, a random drawing will be done to determine the winner.

Here are some hints that might help your odds:
1. Word plays on my name might get old.
2. Something original will get my attention.
3. Using favorite characters might help – Vader, Bossk, Salacious Crumb.

So what can you expect in 5 days? Well, how about the winning title? Or questions about Ephant Mon, the Acklay, vintage toy surprises, the coolest Star Wars toy on the planet, and more? Yes…all of that and more!



25th Anniversary R2 At Amazon… Sort Of
October 29, 2002 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

Amazon.com has posted a photo of the new 25th Anniversary Silver R2 with an option to request a notice of when R2 is available. It’s interesting to note it shows a price of $9.99 right now. Hopefully that will change. Click here to see the silver droid.



Loose Leia Boushh 12″ Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Have you been wondering what the Leia Boussh 12″ TRU exclusive would look like? We have your photos here. By the way, Leia comes with what appears to be a “defrosting” Han Solo in carbonite. Enjoy!



Red Battle Droid Carded Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

If you’re like a lot of fans, you’ve been wondering when and where the Red Battle Droid variation would surface since it was announced at C2, well, click here for the photos. This is up for auction, right here.



Cantina Wave 2 Carded Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to add carded photos of the upcoming second wave of the Cantina Exclusives from Wal-Mart. Click here for the photos. These are up forauction, right here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 29, 2002 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

Dear Friends,

Look for the Entertainment Earth Winter 2002 / 2003 catalog (with Star Trek Enterprise action figures on the cover) arriving in your mailbox soon! The 64-page, full-color catalog features over 400 best-selling and not-yet-released collectibles from a wide range of popular entertainment genres.

In conjunction with the release of the catalog, we’ve extended customer service and phone ordering hours through December 30. To order, call toll-free at 1-800-370-2320 from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time. Ordering is also available 24 hours a day online at www.entertainmentearth.com.

To ensure that items arrive in time for the holidays, please plan your orders in advance using the new Holiday Guide Guaranteed Delivery chart, available in the catalog and on our website.

Thanks for ordering and have a wonderful Halloween and holiday season!

Entertainment Earth



Basic Saga Figures For $2.99
October 29, 2002 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting lots of reports that Target is doing one of their Star Wars Figure markdowns. This time it’s basic saga 3 3/4 figures for $2.99. From the reports we’ve gotten the selection is very limited (Mace Geonosian Rescue has been mentioned frequently), but it still may be worth checking out, especially if you are a customizer.



Support A Small Music Band Who Are Also Star Wars Fans.
October 28, 2002 | 11:04 PM EST | David

David here. I received this in an e-mail. No doubt Bill received this too. Well, here is the message.
Please support these Star Wars fans.

Dave and Bill,

My name is Bret and I play guitar in the band Code Sunshine. I, like all of the guys in my band, are huge fans of your site and the Star Wars Universe. I’ve been a loyal visitor for years now and it’s my first stop each morning.

I actually was interviewed by USA Today back when Episode I came out and it ran a photo of me with some of my collection, noting my desire to name a future son Anakin. Perhaps you saw the article?

Anyway, my band’s in a NATIONWIDE contest at JimBeamMusic.com. Sponsored by Jim Beam and Rolling Stone, they’re looking for the best unsigned rock band in the country.

We’re up on the site until Wednesday at 7PM Eastern and although we’re winning, it’s tough as we’re from a smaller town (Sarasota, Florida) and we’re going up against three bands from Chicago and one band from Detroit.

I was writing to ask if there’s anyway you could make a quick mention on your site with a link for Star Wars guys like me to go vote for us.

Just a simple – “Help a band full of loyal Force users, Code Sunshine, by voting for them now at JimBeamMusic.com” or something to that effect. If you can help us, that’s great. If we get the most votes for the month of October we win $1000 and a chance at a trip to NYC to perform for Rolling Stone and Jim Beam!

If you CAN’T help us, then consider this a thank you note for providing a great site.


Bret, Guitarist
Code Sunshine



The Winner Is…
October 28, 2002 | 11:00 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to John Beal, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember that your entry MUST contain your first and last name as well as your mailing address. Good luck!



Free is Good
October 28, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The scavengers over at the Jawa have two giveaways going. One is for an Unleashed Darth Tyranus, the second is for a Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book. Click here for more.



Preorder Ploo Koon 12″ Figure
October 28, 2002 | 10:51 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

“Entertainment Earth is now accepting orders for the upcoming Exclusive 12 inch Plo Koon figure:

Exclusive 12inch Plo Koon (Item# HS26787, $24.99)

We also have the full line of Kotobukiya Star Wars items either in stock or coming soon:

Darth Vader Kit (Item# KB101, $119.99)
Clone Trooper Kit (Item# KB102, $119.99)
Anakin Skywalker Kit (Item# KB103, $119.99)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Kit (Item# KB104, $99.99)
Yoda & Mace Windu Kit (Item# KB105, $119.99)
Jango Fett Kit (Item# KB106, $99.99)



Toyfellas.com Newsletter.
October 28, 2002 | 4:52 PM EST | David


We just want to remind our customers that you can place your order before 10/31/02 and it will ship out before we leave the office from 11/2/02- 11/16/02.

When we get back we will have the following items listed below.

Star Wars
Lott Dod Wave
Pilot Wave
Saga Cinema Scenes

G.I. Joe vs. Cobra
Wave 4

Hers of Cybertron Wave 1

Remember we got the toys you need so forget about it.




Cloned Clones
October 28, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jason found some really well done custom clones, here’s his report:

“I was at the Kane County Toy Show in St. Charles, IL this Sunday and came across an interesting 10 pack of Clone Troopers from Hong Kong. Two foreign vendors had them for sale and they did not know who made them, but they are very nice. The ten pack consists of two different clean Clone Troopers that look really nice next two the official Hasbro Clonetroopers.”

To see a photo of Jason’s score, click here.



The Big Dude Hits Wal-Mart
October 27, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Edward scored the Ephant Mon wave at Wal-Mart here’s his report:

“Hey Yakface,has anyone reported finding Ephant Mon?Well this morning(10/27)I found Ephant Mon and the clean shaven Endor soldier,and Clone Pilots galore at Walmart in Carson,CA and Pico Rivera,CA.I don’t have a scanner to show proof of my purchase,but the Ephant Mon is one hefty figure and it weighs about half a pound!Well spread the news,and happy hunting!”



Wal-Mart Offloads.
October 27, 2002 | 3:47 PM EST | David

I don’t about anyone elses Wal-Mart, but mine here in Sprinfield Missouri has dumped alot of 23rd releases and few others on the pegs (and not to mention the floor by the shelf). There are well over a dozen of Jango Kamino Escape (no insert), Boba Fett Kamino Escape (no insert), Nikto Jedi Knights (14, count), roughly nine Pol Konn Arena and Saesee Tinn Arena, Coruscant Chase Obi-Wan’s (10, count), plus many Jango Final Battle’s (both package veriants). There are some new products in all this. The floor had some boxes filled with Republic Gunships, cases full of Palpetine and Djas Bounty Hunter. Bottom of shelf full of Arena’s and Zam’s speeder. Found the new Mace Saber, and the Count Dooku Electronic lightsaber. Found 2 boxes ful of Electronic Jango and Obi-Wan. Cases full of 12″ Clone Troopers, POTJ Dagobah Luke’s, and new Ultimate Jango Fett 12″s. I went to the back of the store near lay-away and asked an associate about all this. She said they’ve gotten in stock from another Wal-Mart in Springfield, overstock. She reported that in the back they had a few large boxes to go through from Hasbro, with more cantina 1rst wave, and the new 12″ bounty hunters with Imperial Officer. She said to come back in a week and they will be on the shelves. I just hope she is correct in my case.



Virus Alert! New Virus.
October 27, 2002 | 3:26 PM EST | David

David here with some important news for everyone and all news sites.
There is a new computer worm virus going about. It has the subject:



Any e-mails received from anyone with this subject title, delete immediately. Even from people you know. It has a zip file that you download. Do not download! Has many zips (face.zip, all.zip, star.zip, etc).

Don’t let it happen to you! Get an anti-virus computer program if you do not have one.




Ephant Mon review/pictures
October 27, 2002 | 10:35 AM EST | Michael

Who’s the biggest boy on the block? On the pegs at your local store, it’s Ephant Mon! Check out the review of his weighty self along with lots of pictures here.



Shuttles Won’t Be Landing Until After Christmas
October 26, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federaton is reporting that FAO has sent postcards confirming that the Imperial Shuttles have been delayed. If you’ve got an order don’t look for it to land on your porch until January.

We’ve gotten a couple of E-mails from readers reporting that the post cards they received from FAO listed December deliver dates for the shuttle. So maybe some of the earliest orders will still get shipped in December. More as we receive it.



Silver R2 Will Be Available On-Line
October 26, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill

The new TRU Big Book is arriving in mail boxes across the nation and it has a really big (and very nice surprise). The 25th Anniversary Silver R2 will be available on on-line orders as well as in stores. Let’s hear it for an exclusive being done REALLY WELL by TRU.

I’m here to congratulate Hasbro and TRU for having an exclusive which appears to be obtainable by fans across the nation regardless of their access to a physical TRU store.

R2 isn’t at Amazon (TRU’s on-line page) yet, but I’m guessing we’ll see him there by November 2– the official kick-off for the Big Book.



Store Finds In MO
October 26, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | David

Here’s some items I found today in Sprinfield Missouri.

Aldi stores have the LEGO Star Wars Episode Two AOTC Speeder Chase set for $19.99. That’s about $20 cheaper that Wal-Mart. They alaso have the new GI-JOE Bravo Figures two packs in stock for $16.99.



Possible Store Exclusives?
October 25, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | David

There’s been some news going around the web about some new figures and ship exclusives for 2003.

VIA GalacticHunter.com.

Sandcrawler with 2 figures (May)


Accessory Sets (January)
Yavin with Rebel Technician
Naboo with Gungan Warrior
Jabba’s Palace with Gamorrean Guard

A-Wing with Pilot (June)

12″ Leia with Speederbike (TBD)


12″ Gamorrean Guard (February)

TIE Fighter with TIE Fighter Pilot (TBD)

VIA RebelScum.com.
12″ Speederbike with Leia (Endor)
Naboo Fighter with Pilot (repack)
TIE Fighter with Pilot (repack)
Hoth figures 4-pack set
12″ Gamorrean Guard

There you go! Some new plans for some new things for 2003.



The Great TRU E2 Figure Swap Out
October 25, 2002 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader TimiFett sent the 411 on which figures and going and which are arriving at TRU stores:

“The complete list is as follows-

Padme Amidala-Arena Escape
Kit Fisto
Super Battle Droid
Tusken Raider Female with Child
Captain Typho
Shaak Ti
Zam Wessell
Jar Jar Senator
Mace Windu-Geonosian Rescue
Luke Skywaker-Bespin Duel (we had tons of all 3 variations)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Endor Rebel Soldier (no distinction was made between shaven or unshaven)
Orn Free Taa
Han Solo-Endor Raid
Chewbacca-Cloud City Capture
Djas Puhr

Our figures have yet to be pick up by Fed Ex but we received about 75 new cases today to replace the ones we are sending back. We now have every current figure from the Ki Adi Mundi wave to the Lott Dodd wave. This includes everything but Ephant Mon and the new Destroyer Droid.”



E2 Clearances
October 25, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yuuzhan Vong Boy sent this newsflash in:

“Acklays are showing up in Chicago land at TRU for $9.98 marked down with the Reek. The claw has been fixed on the package to look like it’s holding the warrior. And I would say it’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re interested in the 12″ taun taun/Luke or Exclusive X-wing they’ll be marked down based on the quantities I see on the shelves and the floor.

Sun Coast video’s at the local malls also have 12″ Jango for $19.99, Slave1- $13.49, and OB1’s star fighter for $10.99.”



LooseFigures.com Clearance On Ebay.
October 25, 2002 | 3:59 PM EST | David

Here’s an e-mail newsletter.

Our remaining inventory is listed in 281 auctions
Almost our entire inventory is currently up for sale on Ebay.com – listed in 281 auctions. The rest of the inventory will be posted this Sunday. We have decided to clear out our inventory to bring you new items on loosefigures.com in about a month. Click one of the links below to view our auctions.




TRU Silver R2 Facts
October 25, 2002 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeff pointed out the new Toyfair magazine there was a small blurb about the R2 Silver TRU release. It stated that the production numbers are being bumped from 15,000 to between 75 and 80,000!!! Quite a substantial jump. The article also stated that a $20 purchase of SW merchandise will be required to get one.

Thanks Jeff!



Unleashed Anakin
October 25, 2002 | 7:53 AM EST | Mark

If you are looking for him, he is now available online at Amazon…
Unleashed Anakin Skywalker $15.99



Detailed Box Photos Of Screen Scene Trash Compactor Sets
October 25, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to add all NEW DETAILED boxed photos of the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Screen Scene Trash Compactor sets. Click here for the photos! These are from an auction here on Ebay.



Hungry Hungry Hippo In A Landspeeder??
October 24, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Mark

Check out this AUCTION to see the very interesting Hippos driving the Landspeeder….



Cheap E2 Figures
October 24, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mike found some sweet sales at the Suncoast Video Western Washington. He scored the 12 inch Jango Fett “Ultimate Villain” figure $20! They also had all NECA SW Products on clearance 50-75% off!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 24, 2002 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking orders for the 1:7 scale, pre-painted vinyl Anakin Skywalker Model Kit. Click here for more.



BriansToys Welcomes BriansCars
October 24, 2002 | 7:24 PM EST | David

Dear Collectors,
We have recently entered the diecast car market, specializing in Hot Wheels and NASCAR products. To better serve our die-cast collectors, we have created a separate business, Brian’s Cars. Brian’s Cars is owned by Brian Semling, also the owner of Brian’s Toys. You can expect the same level of service and trust from Brian’s Cars as you have expected from Brian’s Toys. Brian’s Cars website address is
Click below for our full welcome messagehttp://www.brianscars.com/welcome.htm
Click below for our first Brian’s Cars Newsletter, featuring Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts, FREE SHIPPING, NASCAR diecast, and supplies/protective cases (our prices on diecast supplies are the cheapest anywhere).http://www.brianscars.com/Page.bok?template=newsletter –FREE SHIPPING on diecast orders over $50.00 (Just enter BTNL in the Promotional Field as you check out on the website) –All Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts are in stock (including the rare 1995 set to the current 2002 cars) –7 different Treasure Hunt cars are only $9.99 each!! (Newsletter special prices) Hundreds of NASCAR diecast in stock!! We have over 100 different 1:24 diecast in stock and dozens of 1:64 (including 22 Earnhardts). All 9 Muppets cars $44.99 each. Dozens of Earnhardts 1:24 available. Most items are priced 40% to 80% below book price (Die Cast Digest and Beckett Racing Collector). Thanks for your continued business. We appreciate all of our customers, and hope to assist you with your diecast collecting (as Brian’s Toys hopes to assist with your action figure collecting). We welcome want lists, and will consider price matching. Please send request to sales@brianscars.com

Plus, Check out BriansToys.com.

They have the three new SAGA 12 inches in stock!



Interactive R2-D2
October 24, 2002 | 6:13 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Interactive R2-D2 you can head over to Amazon as they just recieved them in. I would say, if you are waiting to get one, I think this is one of the best collectibles that Hasbro has made.

Also, click on the R2 easter eggs link to the right and if you have any that you have found that are not listed, please send me an email and we will post it.



Mini Bust a Groove!!!
October 23, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Steve

Aislesniper.com has just recieved in some of the amazing new Star Wars Mini Busts. The ones which came out this week were: Count Dooku and Zam Wessell. Also listed as available on their site is Anakin and Padme. To view all of these as well as their numerous number of pre orders go here.



Clone Wars beginning next week
October 23, 2002 | 10:37 PM EST | Steve

Just a reminder to everyone with a Playstation 2 or Gamecube The Clone Wars video game is slated to hit stores next week. So keep an eye out for this. Also of note, I have heard Toys R Us will be running a sale on their Playstation 2 games starting this Sunday. Buy 2 get 1 free. Not a bad deal especially with the sales on Jedi Starfighter/Ep1 Starfighter ($39.99 for BOTH) and with Clone Wars coming out next week. Could be a good chance to rack up some savings.



Playstation 2 Starfighter bundle
October 23, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Steve

If you haven’t gotten it yet, Toys R Us (or at least mine) has a bundle of Jedi Starfighter and Episode 2 Starfighter video games for the Playstation 2 system for only 39.99 Not a bad deal at all if you still need either of these games.



Entertainment Earth Taking Preorders For Attakus Jabba
October 23, 2002 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill

If you think you’ve seen some niec Jabba figures, then get ready to be blown away. The new Attakus cold cast Jabba is incredible. He is now available for preorder at Entertainment Earth here.



Target Sales
October 23, 2002 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

The Target in Rocherter Hills, Michigan is running the Darth Maul and Jango Fett Unleashed figures for $3.98 each. There is no word yet if this is a national markdown, but it would certainly fit Target’s pattern of markdowns.

UPDATE: Yak Reader JangoFett reports that the Target no longer has the Maul and Fett figures.



TRU Restock Wave 2
October 23, 2002 | 7:37 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Timifett sent this in:

“I work at a TRU in Kansas City, MO and we just completed our second wave of send backs today. Unlike the first send back of figures, which was specific unopened cases (collection I and II cases) this send back called for specific individual figures. The woman from Hasbro and I went through about 200 cases at my store pulling only certain figs like Endor Soldier, Mace, Padme, Zam, Djas (why?) among about 15 others. These are to be sent back to Hasbro immediatley and new waves are to be sent to our store. I talked with the Hasbro representative and she said all the TRUs and Walmarts in the area were doing this.”



KBToys.com Gets Figures…
October 23, 2002 | 6:31 PM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com you can now pick up the Saga Chewbacca, Lott Dod, Watto (Mos Espa), and the Playskool Falcon, X-Wing Adventure, and the Duel w/ Darth Maul sets as they are all now in stock.



Saga Destroyer Droid Carded Images
October 23, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated here with carded images of the upcoming Saga Destroyer Droid. It will have two “firing” lasers, using a similar mechanism to the Deluxe Mace Windu. Click here for more.



New Figures In Stock
October 23, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

Here are the latest figures BACK in stock at Amazon for $6.99 each….
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Jango Fett Slave Pilot
Also available are:
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider (with Massiff)
Watto (Mos Espa)

Here is an old Lego set that Amazon just got back in. Episode I Anakin’s Podracer (7131) $9.98

Walmart.com now has the ATOC Playset in stock for $38.86



Silver R2 In Stores Soon!!!!
October 22, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kodai wrote in to let us know that his local TRU manager told him the Silver R2 will be in stores sooner than the day after Thanksgiving. The Silver R2 is supposed to arrive with TRU’s annual Big Book (their version of a Christmas catalog), and it will be arriving at stores in the next couple of weeks!


Yak Reader Cryan sent this in:

“I wanted to pass on some info I was given by a TRU manager.November 3 is when or my local TRU is going to get theirs. So yes,much earlier than expected.”



Shuttle Delayed
October 22, 2002 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

You read it right. Pete over at The Private Universe has just reported that one of his sources at Hasbro has confirmed that the Imperial Shuttle won’t be home (at least at any of our homes) for Christmas. Click here for more.

Will they be delayed in the US too? We’ll report it as soon as we get any updated information.



Jorg Sacul Free?
October 22, 2002 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

That’s right Artoosnews is giving one away. To enter, go to their page and send them an Email.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 21, 2002 | 10:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

OCTOBER 22, 2002

Entertainment Earth Releases Winter 2002 / 2003 Catalog and Expands Customer Service Hours

LOS ANGELES, CA – Entertainment Earth, Inc. (www.entertainmentearth.com), announces the release of their Winter 2002 / 2003 print catalog. The 64-page, full-color catalog features over 400 best-selling and not-yet-released collectibles from a wide range of popular entertainment genres. Featuring the latest action figures, toys and collectibles, and an unmatched Mint Condition Guarantee, Entertainment Earth is the definitive source for collectors this holiday season.

The catalog is currently mailed to Entertainment Earth customers and targeted potential buyers in the United States, and distribution is poised to increase significantly in 2003. To request a catalog, please go here or download the full catalog in PDF format here the order form here.

In conjunction with the release of the catalog, Entertainment Earth announces extended customer service and phone ordering hours from October 21 through December 30. To order, call toll-free 1-800-370-2320 from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, Pacific Time. Ordering is also available 24 hours a day online.

To ensure that items arrive in time for the holidays, customers can plan their orders using the Holiday Guide Christmas delivery chart, available in the catalog and on the website. For a free copy of the Winter 2002/2003 catalog, call 1-800-370-2320 or subscribe online athttp://www.entertainmentearth.com/catalogsignup.asp.

About Entertainment Earth, Inc.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Entertainment Earth is the leading multi-channel retailer of action figures, toys and collectibles. Founded online in 1996, Entertainment Earth addresses the needs of collectors worldwide by offering thousands of new “mint-condition” licensed products from “Star Wars” to “The Simpsons” and other universally popular films, television shows and entertainment properties.”



Stick – R – Treat
October 21, 2002 | 9:19 AM EST | Sharon

More cool Star Wars Halloween stuff!!
A big thanks to reader Marylin at Twinsun Times!!



Vintage Finds In Springfield Mo.
October 20, 2002 | 2:58 PM EST | David

Here are some vintage Star Wars items I purchased yesterday. First, I picked up a Vintage Star Wars Novel for Episode Four printed in 1976. I’m finished reading it, and boy is it different from the movie.
Second, I picked up a TIE Advance (Darth vader’s TIE) model kit made in 1987. It is very cool kit.



Lott Dod Review
October 20, 2002 | 1:32 PM EST | Michael

The Lott Dod wave is getting a little wider release, showing up fairly heavily at Toys R Us. Click here for a complete review with pictures!



GalacticHunter.com Is Back Online!
October 19, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | David

GalacticHunter.com is back online and running.



Over 400 Items To Be Sold.
October 19, 2002 | 10:17 PM EST | David

Here’s the latest from BriansToys.com.

Dear Customer,

Brian’s Toys has just posted their latest Newsletter #173
Visit our Newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/NL/

Over 100 items Vintage Carded Figures greatly reduced!!
Over 250 POTF2, EPI, POTJ & SAGA items greatly reduced!!!
Rubies Limited Edition Life Size Yoda
Price: $549.99

Saga Kotobukiya Clone Trooper: $149.99

AOTC Accessories Interactive R2-D2 PRE-ORDER: $129.99

Visit our Newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/NL/
Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and HeMan Toys at our Webstore, Visit our Webstore at http://www.brianstoys.com



Great Finds At Wal-Mart.
October 19, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | David

I stopped by my local Wal-Mart here in Springfield Missouri and found the Arena and a few Republic Gunships. I was just looking at the figures, then I later noticed those. Plus I found 1 electronic Obi-Wan and electronic Jango Fett. If you haven’t noticed, Obi-Wan has a British voice which is not his, a FAKE. As for the figures, there were 7 Plo koon Arena’s, 9 Battle Droid Arena Battle, the same in Super Battle Droids, and 6 Jango Fett Kamino’s. There were also a good amount of Orn Free Taas, Nikto Jedi Knights, and Anakin Peasant Disguises. No sign yet of the Mace lightsaber, the new deluxes, or Dodd and Mon waves.



Early 2003 Figure News
October 19, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Been wondering which of the POTJ figures will see Saga packaging and when? Well The Private Universe has given us the information.

For January 2003 we can look forward to:

Rebel Trooper
Imperial Officer
Eeth Koth
Tusken Raider with removable head
Padme Amidala (soft cloak and articulation)
SP4 & JN66 (library droid 2Pack)
Obi Wan Spear Throwing
Mace Windu (Total Control)
Darth Tyrannus (Lightening Burst)

Hopefully the new Rebel Trooper and Imperial Officer will have variant heads.Click here for more.



New Figures At Retail
October 19, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader RK sent in this report:

“I went to Target in Puyallup, WA and found plenty of the two new deluxe figures : Force Flipping Anakin and the Flying Geonosian at $9.99 each. Across the street at Wal-Mart, they had a plethora of Acklays, one of each of the new electronic Jangos and Obi-wans, and a few Republic Gunships.”



We’ve Got A Slave-1 Model!
October 19, 2002 | 3:10 PM EST | David

RebelScum.com is reporting a find on a new Star wars model kit, Jango’s Slave-1. It is an impressive kit. Go there today and check out the pics of it.



Mace Has A Lightsaber!
October 19, 2002 | 3:04 PM EST | David

RebelScum.com is reporting a find on a new FX Mace Windu lightsaber at a Wal-Mart. Head over to RebelScum and check out the pics.



FAO Shuttle Available to order by phone!
October 18, 2002 | 11:24 PM EST | Steve

I just got off the phone with FAO, and reserved a Shuttle. You can order it by calling 1-800-426-TOYS. Use Item Number 815300. Also for an added bonus you can use the coupon code AX164 to get an additional 10 % off. The total after shipping came to be $130.02. Also note that the item is not slated to be available until January as it is on backorder.



Target Exclusives On Sale!
October 18, 2002 | 11:14 PM EST | Steve

I am not sure if everyone’s Target store is doing this, but I just picked up one of the Exclusive Target Accessory Packs. Wierd thing was it rang up at 9.20 as opposed to the 9.99 regular price. Not much of a sale but it did ring up as a sale price on the receipt.



New Concept Figure????
October 18, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has just posted photos of a new figure, or potential figure. It’s definitely worth a look. Click here for more.



Silver R2 For You On Halloween!
October 18, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | David

Sorry, but it won’t be released on Halloween, but Sandtroopers.com is giving one away Free!! Ends 11:59PM on Halloween night.

Don’t miss out on getting one for free.



Attention Kotobukiya Fans
October 18, 2002 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is not taking orders for the next Kotobukiya kit! Obi-Wan Kenobi has been beautifully brought to life by Kotobukiya. The Obi-Wan Kenobi is a 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit, includes snap-together parts.Click here for more.



Toyfellas.com Will Have New Waves!
October 18, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | David

First the News
We will be out of the office for 2 weeks from 11/2/02 – 11/16/02. We will be out of the US and not respond to emails. You can order items online and they will process, but your items will not ship out until 11/18/02. When we return we will have the Lott Dod Wave and more.

Get your orders in before 10/28/02 and they will ship out before we leave

New Items

Star Wars
Unleashed Sculptures
Anakin $15.99
Darth Vader $15.99
Padme $ 16.99

Acklay Arena Battle Beast Outer Box Not Mint $16.99

As well as more Republic Gunship and other great items.




Entertainment Earth News — Yoda And Mace Windu Model Kit
October 18, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just added the Kotobukiya Yoda & Mace Windu Model Kit to their site. Remember the Kotobukiya kits are pre-painted vinyl kits with snap-together parts. Click here for more.



Boxed 12″ Bounty Hunter Wave Photos
October 17, 2002 | 11:24 PM EST | Bill

The Sith Gorilla came through with photos of the upcoming 12″ Bounty Hunter wave. Click here to see the photos!



The Jawa Is Back
October 17, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Steve over at the Jawa asked us to let the collecting community know that the Jawa is back on-line. They are still working a few “kinks” out, and their forums will return shortly.



IMAX Details
October 17, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Attention Providence fans:

The Feinstein IMAX Theatre Providence Place in Providence, RI is excited to announce that Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clone The IMAX Experience will be opening on Nov. 1st! The theatre will also host a Special Midnight Halloween Costume Screening of the film on Oct. 31st. For more information call 401-453-IMAX or click here.



Need Republic Credit?
October 17, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Well, Star Wars Credit Cards are not in a galaxy near you! Rebelscum is reporting at one of the major card issuers is offering Star Wars branded Visa/Mastercard— which can actually earn you Star Wars products!!! Click here for more.



Unleashed Sales At Target
October 17, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mosi_00 found some great sales at Target. His local target had the Unleashed Jango and Maul at 50% off—$7.96 each. He said to be sure and check all the endcaps.



Can’t Wait Until After Thanksgiving For A Silver R2
October 17, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

R2DToys is an English company which has him in stock now. Unfortunately, he is not a gift with purchase, oh well, but when you consider the rumored $20.00 minimum purchase at TRU the price isn’t too bad (but yes it is more). If you can’t wait click here.

Thanks to Yak Reader Chad for the report!



New Figures In Stock
October 17, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

Here are the latest figures in stock at Amazon for $6.99 each….
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Jango Fett Slave Pilot

Also if you are still looking for Lott Dod, Watto, or the Tusken Raider with Massiff, they are still in stock as well.



Jango Fett Helmet in Stock!!!
October 17, 2002 | 9:16 AM EST | Mark

***Jango Fett Helmet In Stock***

The Collector’s Edition of the Jango Fett Helmet. Made of high quality, injected plastic. Will fit most adults. This helmet always sells out as soon as we receive a shipment, so don’t delay!
Head over to Entertainment Earth to pick yours up.



Star Tours Series 3
October 17, 2002 | 9:14 AM EST | Mark

Todd points us to….
Where they list wave 3 as a December 1, 2002 release. Thanks for the tip Todd.



Trick or Treat!!! Make your own Star Wars pumpkin
October 16, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Sharon

How about a pumpkin sporting your favorite Sith Lord or Bounty Hunter?
One generous reader over at Rebelscum was kind enough to share some patterns to make your own Star Wars pumpkin.
Choose from:
Darth Vader
Darth Maul
Boba Fett
Check it out!!
If you take the time to print these templates, please make sure you send an email to Mr. Gruner for being nice enough to share these with all of us.



New Figures At Target
October 16, 2002 | 11:25 PM EST | David

I recently went to my local Target here in Springfield Missouri and spotted a few Darth Maul Sith Training’s and a few new Anakin Skywalker Tatooine Attack’s. I was hoping to find the four exclusive packs, but to no avail. Not much of any new figures. There were about ten of the Royal Guards and Nikto Jedi Knights.

And, secondly,
I went to a local comic shop here and ther had the new Dooku and Jango Fett Mini Busts for $49.99. They do look good.



Welcome Aboard
October 16, 2002 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

I’d like to take a second to introduce the newest member of the Yakface News Team. David, AKA JediDaxter, will be bring you even more news and reports from Yakface.com. Welcome aboard David!



What To Be, What To Be???
October 16, 2002 | 11:13 PM EST | Mark

With the holiday coming up fast (wow, the end of October is here already????) what are you going to be for Halloween??? Well, here are some Star Wars ideas with free shipping…..
Episode II Child Jango Fett Costume (Medium)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Medium)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Small)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Large)
Episode II Child Amidala Costume (Medium)
Jango Fett Costume
Star Wars Jedi Knight Costume
Star Wars Anakin Skywalker Costume
Episode II Child Anakin Skywalker Costume (Medium)



Arenas Shipping From Wal-Mart.com
October 16, 2002 | 10:55 PM EST | Bill

If you ordered an Arena Playset from Wal-Mart.com start looking for your package. We’ve been getting reports that they are appearing on doorsteps across the country.



Hasbro UK Chat
October 16, 2002 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted the transcript of today’s Hasbro Chat. Among other things a new Luke figure (PLEASE not another Tatooine Luke), and Unleashed Slave Leia and Vader Redeux are confirmed for next year.Click here for more.



Attack of the Clones Gameboy RPG?
October 16, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Steve

THQ (the makers of the Gameboy AOTC Sidescroller) have a new Gameboy Advance Game coming out entitled Star Wars : The New Droid Army. It appears as though this will be a RPG game. For all of the details check it out here.



Jango Pilot Wave Hitting TRU In Force!!
October 16, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Steve

I have recieved a few reports of the Jango Pilot / Clone Pilot Wave hitting the local Toys R Us stores (Northwest Ohio for those wondering) in full force. In one instance the shelves were packed, and there were still around 5 cases extra unopen on the floor. So if you still need these figures it might be time for you to start hitting your local Toys R Us stores.



Imperial Forces 4 Pack– Black R4 Droid
October 16, 2002 | 8:59 AM EST | Bill

Galactic Hunter is reporting the details on the upcoming Imperial Forces 4 pack. According to their information this will be a store exclusive, in the US as well as in the UK. It will have a black Imperial R4 unit, along wth Vader, a Commtech Stormtrooper, and an AT-ST driver with the goggles UP! They also report that Bounty Hunter and Jedi Knight sets are planned. Click here for more.



Free Is Good
October 15, 2002 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

The Custom Cantina is giving away a Tusken Raider drinking mug to sip your tasty beverage out of. Click here for more.



Bantha Tracks #0??
October 15, 2002 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yep, Bantha Tracks is coming back very soon. The Official Site is reporting that the inagural edition of Bantha Tracks new run will be given away at IMAX theaters showing Attack of the Clones on the really big screen. Click here for more.



Arena Hunting Update
October 15, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jimbo reports that the Arena is now appearing at TRU stores. He found them at the Framingham, MA store.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Naboolou reports the Arenas are at TRU in Totowa New Jersey too.



Role Playing Lightsaber Update
October 14, 2002 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader wdemler sent in this 411 on the new role playing chrome lightsaber:

“They took the Yoda training saber, made it larger, and put a personal code on it. It makes sounds based on movement and instructs the user, providing “lessons”. I saw it at a Wal-Mart while traveling from WPB to Orlando to St. Augustine to Clearwater/Tampa.”



Arena Diorama Added
October 14, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our dioramas yet again. This time it’s the Geonosian Arena.Click here for the pics.



Green A-Wing?
October 14, 2002 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

Yep, The Private Universe has updated with a lot of interesting tidbits. If you’re a package variation fan, they list that there will be an Imperial Forces figure set… hmm, is this like the South of the Border ANH pack??? Also they list a new A-Wing with a green paint job! It’s looking like another really good year! Click here for more. Click here for a photo of the new A-Wing.



Jawas Upgrading Servers
October 14, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the Jawa.com:

“This is Steve from TheJawa.com. I just wanted to let you know that we are upgrading our server and will have periods of down time (like the one we are having now) for the next couple of days.”



Suncoast Star Wars DVD exclusive?
October 14, 2002 | 2:56 PM EST | Ben

TheDigitalBits.com is reporting that Suncoast may have some hideous plans relating to an exclusive DVD of Episode II. One would think it bad enough that we must suffer toy-based exclusives. Now it appears the films themselves are being used as a tool to artificially manipulate sales. Whoops, almost forgot that the VHS will have content not available on the DVD. Guess I should have expected this too.

Take a look at the story at TheDigitalBits.com



Looking For Answers??
October 14, 2002 | 6:41 AM EST | Mark

Well John is back with his Q&A For October 11, 2002. So head on over to check out his answers. If you have questions, send them in and we will definately get you an answer, sometimes it is not the one that you are looking for or want, but John will get you one….



Ephant Mon Detailed Phtos
October 13, 2002 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve added detailed photos of Ephant Mon. Click here for the pictures.



Obi-wan’s Jedi Starfighter review
October 13, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | Michael

The KayBee exclusive Jedi Starfighter (also available at some Sear’s through the magic of retail) is hitting fairly wide right now. But how does it stack up? Check out the review here with lots of photos!



Wal-Mart Exclusive Cantina Sections Wave 2 Photos
October 13, 2002 | 12:44 AM EST | Bill

We’ve got more photos for your viewing pleasure. This time it’s the second wave of Wal-Mart’s Exclusive Cantina sections. Click here for the photos. These samples can be found on Ebay here.



ATOC Playset In Stock
October 12, 2002 | 11:26 PM EST | Mark

Walmart.com now has the ATOC Playset in stock for $38.86, so if want to get one, just hop on over.



All Hands On Battlestation
October 12, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Robert

I’ve added a look at the unproduced second generation COMMtech reader 4.0 Battlestation Unit to the prototypes section of the website. To get there just hit the prototypes link located in the toy guide section on the right side of the page. From there hit the sample mock-ups section link. A special thanks to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for giving me the chance to add this piece into the collection!



Fan Club Ploo Koon And Wal-Mart Holiday 2 Pack Photos
October 12, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just added photos of two upcoming exclusives for your viewing pleasure. Without any further delay, detained photos of the Fan Club Exclusive Ploo Koon and the Wal-Mart Exclusive holiday 2 pack are here.



New Chrome Hilt Role Playing Light Sabers At Retail
October 12, 2002 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ricardo sent this in:

“I just came from Walmart and I found this new Jedi training lightsaber that once you put in your code it will only work with you. It’s the size of the regular lightsaber.”



Looking For LEGO’s???
October 12, 2002 | 7:43 PM EST | Mark

Hey, they holiday season is coming soon. (Still can’t believe it myself) And there is no better way to shop, than with FREE SHIPPING! Check out Amazon.comas they are now running Free Shipping on almost all of their LEGO’s among many other Star Wars toys.



Looking For Clones At An IMAX Near You?
October 11, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

The Oficial Site has added a page listing IMAX screens across the nation which will be showing Attack of the Clones. Click here for the list.



Lego Geonosian Fighter and AT-TE Pics
October 11, 2002 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

The Bothans at From Bricks to Bothans have updated yet again with the last installment of their January 2003 Lego Systems set coverage. This time it has pics and informaion on the Geonosian Fighter and AT-TE.



Lucasfilm Employee Arrested For Leaks
October 11, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the leaks from last Spring have been tracked to their source. A former Lucas employee is being prosecuted for storyboard, video and other leaks. Click here for more.

Yak Reader Ken wrote in to let fans gain a little more insight on Shay Foley. He reports that Shay is a lifelong Star Wars fan, and suggested that fans look at Shay’s webpage. here.



Arena Sightings
October 11, 2002 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

Concord, California is the latest city to see Arena Playsets in stores. Good hunting and keep the reports coming.

UPDATE: Santa Monica and Temple City, California, Cincinnati, Ohio Kansas City, Kansas, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Taylor, Michigan have reported sightings as well.



Fan made Episode 3 trailer done with Legos
October 11, 2002 | 9:41 AM EST | Sharon

It is very slow to download, but worth the wait!
Here’s the link.



Congrats to free poster winners!!
October 11, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Sharon

The following people were winners of the Frito Lay AOTC poster sets:
Arturo Delgado
Maximillian Deloach
Jack Tesh
Rob Schneider
Rudi Jorge
Thanks to all those great folks that offered kind words of welcome!!
Sorry not to have more of these poster sets to share, but I may do something like this again in the near future. Remember that this collecting hobby is much more fun if you have others to share it with!



FREE posters!!!
October 10, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Sharon

I have a set of Frito Lay’s AOTC posters for the first 5 people to email me.



October 10, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Sharon

Hello everyone! I am new to the news staff here at Yakface, and am excited to be on board! Many of you know me from TradeFed as RadicalRay, or Darthshader on RebelScum and Yahoo clubs. Still a little new to the internet…but not to Star Wars! (Let’s just say I am a first generation fan!) My home is Orlando, Florida, and at the very least, I hope to keep everyone up to date with what is happening with Disney/Star Tours/ Once Upon a Toy.



Turkey Day, Then Silver R2 Day?
October 10, 2002 | 7:51 PM EST | Bill

Yep you read it right. All signs are pointing to Toys R Us stores having the much awaited 25th Anniversary Silver R2 on black Friday. The mercenaries over atGalactic Hunter have obtained information that we’ll see our little silver buddy right after Turkey day. They also report that the production run is 70,000 figures.



The Bounty is at ToysRUs.com
October 10, 2002 | 12:54 PM EST | Steve

Looks as though ToysRUs.com has added a few more pre-orders for some 12 inch figures:
12 Inch Princess Leia Bounty Hunter( I am assuming this is the exclusive Boussh Leia)
12 Inch Bounty Hunter Zuckuss
12 Inch Bounty Hunter Dengar
12 Inch Imperial Officer



And Now For Our French Readers
October 9, 2002 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

For all STAR WARS fans, on November 10th, 2002 in Paris, France:

Get ready to meet in exclusivity Ian Liston, AKA snowspeeder rebel pilot Wez Janson and guest starring AT-AT dviver in the Empire Strikes Back. For the very first time in the heart of Paris, at PULP’S – 82 Bld St Germain – 75005 Paris – France. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and get autographed pictures and action figures for a only single day November 10th.



Jango Fett Bust Now Available At EE
October 9, 2002 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth now has the Jango Fett minibust in stock! Click here for more.



Dallas Convention News
October 9, 2002 | 11:43 PM EST | Bill

Dallas Comicon adds Ray Park to incredible celebrity lineup!

What: Dallas Comicon
When: October 11-13, 2002, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Plano Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway
Info: www.dallascomicon.com or 972.420.8639

Just added: Sci-Fi Expo fan favorite Ray Park. Ray is known best to sci-fi fans as the evil Darth Maul from the Phantom Menace, but has also starred in X-Men (as the Toad), Sleepy Hollow, Mortal Combat and appears in this past summer’s blockbuster ECK vs. SEVER. Join us as we welcome Ray back to Texas!

Joining Ray at the Dallas Comicon is Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess
Leia), Amy Allen (Aayla Secura), Rena Owen (Tuan We), Linda Blair
(Exorcist), David Naughton (American Werewolf in London), Tracy Elizabeth Lords (Sci-Fi 1st Wave), and many others at this event.

Many accomplished comic artists will also be attending the Comicon,
including Dave Stevens (artist and creator) of the Rocketeer, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary at our event, the world famous Hildebrandt Brothers. and fan favorite Dave Dorman!

The Dallas Comicon will also host more than 150 exhibit tables loaded with old and new Collectibles, Film & TV Memorabilia, Comics, Posters,
Autographs, and more.

General ³Weekend Pass² Admission: $10.00 adult, $5.00 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Admission prices good into the Comicon and the Heritage auction all weekend.



Role Playing Packs You Want?
October 9, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

It seems Hasbro is repacking some Saga figures yet again. POTF2.com andGalactic Hunter are repoting that Hasbro will be releasing a role playing set in the near future which will include a light saber packaged with 3 previously issued Saga figures. At this point, it has not been announced whether this will be a general release or an exclusive.

Thanks to JediDaxter for the heads-up.



Lott Dod And More….
October 9, 2002 | 6:11 AM EST | Mark

Looking for the new wave of figures still???
In Stock at Amazon are the following:
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider (with Massiff)
Watto (Mos Espa)



So You Want More Deals???
October 8, 2002 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Ok, well then try these two….
Hop on over to Sears.com and pick either or both of these offers up, but hurry, the sale ends on 10/15.
Republic gunship $35.99 and…
Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid for the price of $89.99



Who Or What Is A JEDI DEX????
October 8, 2002 | 9:55 PM EST | Mark

Well in case you were wondering… here is a description…
The Jedi Dex is a detailed encyclopedia of information from all Star Wars episodes, including the classic trilogy. Included are character bios and information about aliens, weapons, and vehicles. Highlight a character name, alien, weapon, or vehicle to retrieve detailed information and history, along with a detailed graphic image, on an item within the Star Wars universe. And the best part is that this gadget is now on sale. Normal retail is $32.99, now you can get one RIGHT HERE for the low price of $14.98 (55% off)



Welcome To The Team Yak News Staff
October 8, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

On behalf of Yakface.com I’d like to welcome two new staffers to our news staff. Steve and Sharon have joined Yakface, and will be bringing you the latest news, collecting tips, and Star Wars information. Please join me in welcoming them.



Need 25th Anniversary 2 Packs… CHEAP????
October 8, 2002 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

Darth Midion found another score for Yak Readers:

“Just thought I would drop a line saying to tell collectors to check their local Shopko’s for these 2-packs. I found Han and Chewie, and Ben and Vader on clearance for $3.74 plus tax.”



Arenas Hit Alabama
October 8, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chad wrote in that he found the new Arena Playset at Wal-Mart in Athens, Alabama. It looks like its time to start hunting again.



AOTC DVD Details
October 8, 2002 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with everything you could ask for about the soon to be released AOTC DVD. It has screenshots of menus, scenes, and a lot more. Click here for more.

Thanks to Timothy at Laqat for the tip!



Something at Target Reeks
October 8, 2002 | 2:18 PM EST | Steve

I just got back from my local Target only to find out they also have the Reek Arena Beast on clearance for $7.98. So if you still need this piece you might wanna stop by your local Target.



Toys R Us.Com Updates
October 8, 2002 | 2:03 PM EST | Steve

Just a little update on the Arena Playset from Toys R Us.com The item is no longer listed in stock but rather they are saying it will be released on October 15th. They are offering to order it now and it will ship on that date. Not a bad deal if you have problems finding stuff in your area. Go here to pre-order the Arena Playset

Also Toys R Us.com has the Reek on clearance for $9.98 (normally $19.99) Go here to get a Reek.



October 8, 2002 | 1:50 PM EST | Steve

Hello everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and to say hi to everyone. My name is Steve and I am new to Yak Face. I have been a long time reader of the site, and have collected Star Wars items much longer then that. I am very eager to give back a little to the Star Wars community.



Toys In Stock
October 8, 2002 | 5:57 AM EST | Mark

I have added to the list as KBToys.com now has the Yellow and Red 12″ Clone Troopers back in stock, as well as having the Falcon Playskool set in stock.



Kmart Sale Updated… Again
October 7, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

JediDaxter sent in the latest info:

“I was just contacted by a K-Mart representative, letting me know the K-Mart Inc., is giving info out to all K-Mart stores to start a clearance sale on all Star Wars basic and deluxe figures, and also including all 12″s in stock. He said it should be happening within a few weeks, clearing out old stock for new arrivals for Christmas shopping. A few reports have been popping up about some local K-Marts having sales on the Basic for $2, Deluxe for $3, and 12″ for $10, including Zam, Dooku, and Sup Battle Droid. So, start calling or checking your local K-Mart’s. I’m calling mine. A good guess that Wal-Mart may follow suit.”



Have You Seen The New Skyhopper?
October 7, 2002 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Those Legomaniacs over at From Bricks To Bothans have posted images of the Lego T-16 Skyhopper set (#4477). Click here for more.



Arenas Hit Retail
October 7, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Midion made this find:

“Hi I haven’t seen much news on this but here is some news to help some collectors out. I was crusing around Salt Lake today, Trying to find the wave of figures. I had no luck. I was feeling thirsty so I stopped by my local K-mart to get a drink. As I was there I figured might as well check the Toy aisle, Same old figs. I was upset. I then looked on the tope shelf and there were two arena PLaysets. They ring up at $44.99 plus tax. I was also able to find the wave three Unleashed figures at Kay Bee Toys. I hope this helps out some collectors.”



October 7, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Starwolf sent this in:

“I am writing from Minneapolis. They just announced this morning (10/7) that the Minnesota zoo’s IMAX will be showing Attack of the Clones sometime in November. But 20 minutes of the movie will be cut because of the size of the projection reel. It will be nice to see the battle on the really big screen.”



Endor Diorama Expanded
October 7, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

As promised, here’s the all new endor diorama. Yes, the structure by the AT-ATs really is a 3 3/4 scale Imperial landing platform. Click here to see the forest moon.



R2-D2 Interactive
October 6, 2002 | 10:20 PM EST | Mark

We now have the section for easter eggs setup on the main menu. Also I have updated the left side Toys In Stock section with a link to R2-D2 at Walmart.com as they now have him in stock at the lowest price.



Dioramas Updates
October 6, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

I’ve just finished a major update on our Diorama section. Here’s the Battle of Hoth in a scale you just have to see to believe. Click here to see the world of Hoth!

Check back later this week for a whole new Endor diorama. This endor dislay even makes the new hoth scene look small. Here’s a hint… It’s bigger than an AT-AT.



October 6, 2002 | 4:35 PM EST | Bill

Dallas Comicon brings Carrie Fisher to Texas

What: Dallas Comicon
When: October 11-13, 2002, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Plano Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway
Info: www.dallascomicon.com or 972.420.8639

Join us as we welcome the queen of Sci-Fi to the Dallas area. The Dallas Comicon is proud to announce that Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess Leia) will be making a rare public appearance October 12 and 13. Ms Fisher, joins Amy Allen (Aayla Secura), Rena Owen (Tuan We), Linda Blair (Exorcist), David Naughton (American Werewolf in London), Tracy Elizabeth Lords (Sci-Fi 1st Wave), and many others at this event.

And talk about celebrities, actor Nicholas Cage has thrown in the
super-towel as he will be selling his entire comic book collection at our event! Seems Mr. Cage wants to simplify his life and has asked Heritage Comics to auction off more than 500 key comic books. Heritage expects Mr. Cage¹s collection to fetch more than 7 figures at Comicon! Question on everyone¹s mindŠ will he stop by the Comicon to see how his books are

Many accomplished comic artists will also be attending the Comicon,
including Dave Stevens (artist and creator) of the Rocketeer, which
celebrates it¹s 20th anniversary at our event, the world famous Hildebrandt Brothers. and fan favorite Dave Dorman!

The Dallas Comicon will also host more than 150 exhibit tables loaded with old and new Collectibles, Film & TV Memorabilia, Comics, Posters,
Autographs, and more.

General ³Weekend Pass² Admission: $10.00 adult, $5.00 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Admission prices good into the Comicon and the Heritage auction all weekend.



Coruscant Attack Padme review!
October 6, 2002 | 3:13 PM EST | Michael

New figures are a little few and far between right now, but here’s the newest version of Padme, loaded with accessories and articulation. Check out the review with pictures here!



Autographs You Seek?
October 6, 2002 | 1:34 PM EST | Bill


Miss the chances to get a Carrie Fisher autograph in your collection?

Wattographs will be in attendance at the Plano Sci-Fi expo the weekend of October 11th. Carrie Fisher is the big guest there this time and we’re guessing lines will be several hours long as they were earlier this year at the Star Wars Celebration. This will apparently be your last chance to get Fisher in 2002, as she’s supposedly contracted to not do any more shows this year.

Wattographs has worked a deal with the convention organizers to get autographs of Fisher for those who won’t be able to make it to this show. Prices for this signing will be $35 and will come with the special picture that the Sci-Fi Expo is making for Fisher’s visit. This is as good as trying to score a Celebration II photo of Fisher, which sells for $50-and-up on online auction sites. It’s also much cheaper than you’ll find on any other sites!

Additionally, Wattographs can get autographs of Rena (Taun We) Owen and Amy (Aayla Secura) Allen for $25 each, on one of their in-character photos. Visitthem here for the details.



Kmart Sale!
October 5, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve found a great sale:

“Kmart is having a sale right now. Basic figures are $2 each, Deluxe figures $3 each, and “12 figures for $10 each. Almost all Star Wars items were marked way down. Slim pickings on figures but I did score the new “12 Zam, Dooku, and Super Battle Droid.”

UPDATE: This sale appears to be a clearance at one store, NOT nationwide. If you find the sale at your K-Mart, please let us know!



R2D2 Interactive Info
October 5, 2002 | 10:02 AM EST | Mark

Ok, so those of you that have it, LOVE IT. Those of you who do not have it are missing out. But there is more to this guy than the instructions say. Let’s talk Easter Eggs….
Say Remember me, then Anakin, then vader (either one can be said first) and he will play the Imperial March.
Say remember me, then Han Solo, then Chewacca, then Luke Skylaker and he will play Hero Theme.
If you get R2-D2 in a bad mood then tell him to play the dance program, he plays a slow version of the cantina song.
Another one, is simply say “follow me” and he will follow you aroung like a lost puppy. That is all that I have been able to find so far. If you have more please let me know, so that we can share them with everyone. I will start an R2 Easter Egg section this weekend.



Train To Be A Jedi
October 5, 2002 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark

EE.com now has the Jedi Training Lightsaber in stock.
-Over 15 Jedi phrases
-Sleek “chrome” finish
-Multi-Level Jedi training program – smart chip that monitors and registers your training progress.
-Activate your lightsaber with your own secret code! Enter code to turn on your lightsaber.
-Control the action – lightsaber reacts to movement at different speeds.!
-Lightsaber glows blue and extends 35 inches.



Remember The TRU Set Of 4 Minicomics?
October 4, 2002 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Well, it looks like TRU is still producing them. Although its been several months since issue #2 came out, issue #3 is now appearing in stores across the country. Be sure to check your local TRU.



Want To See More Figures From E1?
October 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

You claim that Hasbro is overlooking characters from E1 that you want produced? Well, now is your chance to tell them if you want to get 3 characters– juvenile Greedo, Kister, and Wald!
Click here to sign the petition!



TRU Getting New Figures???
October 4, 2002 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoos News are reporting that towards the end of October TRU is supposed to be getting some new figures— ten different case assortments to be specific. According to their information, these new case assortments should ALL be hitting the pegs, as TRU will be returning current stock to Hasrbo. Assuming both parts happen, it will be great for collectors.



TRU 25th Anniversary Silver R2 Update
October 4, 2002 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott wrote in:

“The TRU SKU (bar code) # is 7693084917 and the Stock # is 632433. It will ring up as R2-D2 GWP for $0.01. GWP is supposed to stand for Gift With Purchase and the $0.01 is just to keeptrack of the stock. I couldn’t find any more details except that’s it’s supposed to hit sometime in NOV. Hope this helps.”



New Feature On Yakface
October 4, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Mark

I would like to take a moment to point this out in case you have not noticed. On the left side of the page you will see Toys In Stock, what I will be doing is updating this with the new figures as they become available to buy and are in stock. I will be added a pre-order section under the in stock area. Please let me know what your thoughts are on it.



Attention New Zealand Fans
October 3, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

SWNZ (Star Wars Fans and Collectors of New Zealand) is running a competition on their website, in association with Hasbro NZ, the prize is nothing less than a Silver Anniversary Darth Vader. Unfortunately, the competition is only open to NZ residents.



Paris Star Wars Convention
October 3, 2002 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sarlacc sent this in:

“Hi friends from Yakface!
Just let you know that a convention is going to be made in Paris (10.19.2002 and 10.20.2002). His name? The Collector Rendez-vous.
There will be several SW guests here:
-Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
-Valerie Gale (Ewok mother)
-Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett)
-Jerome Balke (Rune Haako and others)
-Alan Ruscoe (Plo Koon and others)
-Dermot Crowley (Madine)
-Femi Taylor (Oola)
-Amy Allen (Aayla Secura)
-Mike Edmunds (Logray)
That will be great. I live in Switzerland… The travel will be long to France, but… so nice!!!!”



My Parts Are Showing!
October 3, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Robert

Continuing with the information gathered in the joint article I co wrote with my friend Innis from the Jawa.com here’s another picture of an unproduced commtech chip related item. This time it’s a picture of the unproduced 4.0 Battlestation Unit commtech chip reader. You can check out the reader by going here: Commtech 4.0 Battlestation Unit Reader
In case you missed the article head on over to the Jawa.com and hit the features section for the joint article on the unproduced commtech chips. I want to give a big thanks to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for helping in tracking down this unproduced item. If you are looking for pre production/production items drop Jordan an email at Hheroes007@aol.com.



LEGO Jabba’s Palace 
October 3, 2002 | 11:25 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to Tim over at http://www.fbtb.net for this news.
4480 Jabba’s Palace 234 pc • $29.99
Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker minifigs; Jabba the Hutt, EV-9D9, power droid and B’Omarr Monk.
Jabba is made of three pieces. Two level playset with a droid torture chamber on the lower level. Check out the link above for the image of the box.



Ephant Mon In stock! @ EE.com
October 2, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Mark

We just got these in today:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 9) (Item# HS84861J, $79.99)
Includes 12 action figures: 2x Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security
(NEW), 2x Watto – Mos Espa Junk Dealer, 2x Lott Dodd – Neimoidian
Senator, 2x Tusken Raider with Massiff, 1x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master, 1x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer, 1x Endor Rebel Soldier and 1x Massiff with Geonosian Warrior (subject to change).



Wal-Mart Not Canceling All Arena Pre-Orders
October 2, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Those collectors who were lucky enough not to have their Arena orders with Wal-Mart.com canceled received this E-mail today:


Thank you for your recent purchase of Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset. We are writing to let you know that the ship date of September 30 has been slightly delayed due to a supplier inventory issue.

Your item will ship by the end of next week. We have upgraded your shipping to Priority, at no additional charge, so you will receive your Arena Battle Playset as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. Your
complete satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.


Customer Service at Walmart.com



Action Fleet Wave 2 In Stock
October 2, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Action Fleet Solar Sailer, At-Te & Naboo Starfighter. They also have the new 12″ Electronic Obi-Wan and Jango Fett. Also the new Padme, Clone Trooper Pilot & Jango Pilot figures as well as Lott Dodd, Watto & Tusken. Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Silver R2 Updates
October 2, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ryan wrote in to confirm that the 25th Anniversary Silver R2 will be a gift with $25.00 purchase according to the manager of his local TRU. Yak Reader Chris’s local TRU manager and district TRU managers told him that there is no firm date so far, so it looks like we won’t see our chrome buddy at retail for a while yet.

If you would like to see some detailed images of the TRU Artoo, check out Artoos News visual guide
here., or our own coverage from Spain here.



TRU Star Wars Sale Starts October 13
October 1, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve just let us know that his local TRU manager reports that there will be a big Star Wars sale starting October 13. Will Silver R2 be there? No word yet, but as soon as we hear you’ll see it here.


Yak Reader Brian sent this in:

“I was at a Toys r Us in Memphis, TN and overheard a manager telling a co-worker about new Star Wars merchendise arriving soon. She also said that they will probably run a sale on their current merchandise. That was nothing compared to what she said next. Se said that they will be doing pre-orders of Attack of the Clones and every person that reservs a copy will receive a LIMITED EDITION 25TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER R2-D2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont know if this is just how this particular Toys r Us is planning to distribute the silver R2s or what. I also talked with someone at another Toys r Us in Memphis and he said that he was told the R2s would be a promotional
give-a-way with the purchase of certain amount ofHasbro Star Wars

This would definitely fit with earlier reports that the 25th Anniversary R2 would be a gift with a $20.00 purchase.



New Jedi Order Series News
October 1, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Del Rey:

The next installment in The New Jedi Order series, on-sale: Now

Hardcover, $25.95, 0-345-42850-1

In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender–Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms–are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic’s favor.

For more details click here.



Micromachines AT-TE Photos
October 1, 2002 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Steven:

“Not really sure if this is news or not; but I found 3 new Action Fleet items today at Target in So. Cal. I only bought the AT-TE as I don’t care for the other two…Naboo Fighter and Solar Sailer.

This is pretty neat toy except that the legs don’t articulate that well for different positions. All the gun turrets move in the front and back. And the main cannon in the front has a seat for the gunner in the back. But the main cannon and the front hatch have a different color than the body. It looks like the body has been applied the weathering effect but the cannon and the hatch were probably attached after the process; thus the different shades of colors.Not really sure if this is news or not; but I found 3 new Action Fleet items today at Target in So. Cal. I only bought the AT-TE as I don’t care for the other two…Naboo Fighter and Solar Sailer.

This is pretty neat toy except that the legs don’t articulate that well for different positions. All the gun turrets move in the front and back. And the main cannon in the front has a seat for the gunner in the back. But the main cannon and the front hatch have a different color than the body. It looks like the body has been applied the weathering effect but the cannon and the hatch were probably attached after the process; thus the different shades of colors.”

Click here to see the AT-TE photos.



Lego Republic Gunship At Costco
October 1, 2002 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom found the Lego Republic Gunship at Costco for between $68-$70.

Keep sending in the news!



Wanna Playset? Get A Playset!!!
October 1, 2002 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

The Arena Playset $39.99, is now IN STOCK at Amazon if you are looking for it.

Also the Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99, is in stock.



UCS Star Destroyer
October 1, 2002 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Yes it is expensive $269.00, yes it is big at 37” by 23”, and yes there are a lot of pieces totalling 3104, however there is free shipping and the price is only going to go up. So stop over to LEGO.com and pre-order your UCS Star Destroyertoday.

September 2002 Archive

That Little Droid Is Going To Get Me In A Lot Of Trouble…
September 30, 2002 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for that little droid R2-D2, well he is now in stock at Target.com and you can pick one up now. I must say, even at $99.99 he is the best collectible I have in the collection. Well worth the money.



It’s Clearance Season At Target Again
September 30, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Speedracerx found more sale prices at Target:

“The target mark down is a company wide markdown for 30% – 50% on the Unleashed, Reek and if you are lucky the Acklay (got one in southeast Wisconsin).”



Want To Join Team Yak?
September 30, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Do you have connections in the toy industry (especially Hasbro or Lego)? Do you live in Chicago, Dallas, or San Diego? Do you want to post news about Star Wars? Email me here with your experience and qualifications.



Q & A Updated
September 30, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

Please join me in welcoming John Muse to the staff here at Yakface. From here on out, John will be answering your questions in our Q & A feature.

Without further introduction, click here for your dose of questions and answers.



The Sandcrawler Returns
September 30, 2002 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

The Galactic Hunter is reporting that Hasbro has heard our cries and will be releasing a sandcrawler in the 3 3/4 line in 2003. It will be an exclusive (no store named yet) and will come with 2 figures– a jawa and an RA droid). The weathered paintjob looks awsome. Click here for more.



The Winner Is…
September 29, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Chuck Caldwell, the winner of our Free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember you can enter once every two weeks, and your entry MUST include your name and address to be eligible to win.



Looking For Newer Toys, Especially Those Found At KB? Check Sears
September 29, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

“KB Toys Expands Relationship with Sears Toy Retailer to Supply and Fulfill Wish Book, sears.com Orders

KB Toys and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are expanding a relationship that began last year with a test of 29 “KB Toys at Sears” shops at Sears stores in Los Angeles, Detroit, Mobile and Chicago. Through this expanded relationship, KB Toys becomes the exclusive toy supplier for Sears Wish Book® catalog and sears.com.

Finally, beginning in mid-October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will launch the second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept, increasing the number of locations from last year’s 29 to 77 locations for the 2002 holiday season.

“This season, through this expanded relationship with KB Toys, a recognized leader in the toy industry, Sears customers will find one of the most exciting and extensive selection of toys and video games ever offered in Sears Wish Book and on sears.com,” said Dennis Honan, vice president and general manager of Sears Customer Direct.

“It’s our privilege to be working with Sears, one of America’s most trusted retail brands,” said Michael L. Glazer, President and CEO of KB Toys. “These initiatives build upon the success we experienced last year working with Sears within their stores. This expanded relationship is based on our common commitment to offering customers a large assortment of trend right merchandise, exclusive product lines and great service in a variety of retail formats.”

Expanded Toy Selections at Sears Wish Book and sears.com

This year, Sears Wish Book and sears.com will offer customers one of the largest selections of toys for the holidays ever offered by Sears. The expanded merchandise selection offered in the Sears Wish Book includes approximately 900 items. The toy and video game assortment offered through sears.com will reflect even more variety and will include approximately 2,500 items. Now, customers shopping sears.com will enjoy expanded selections in the important holiday categories, including pre-school, learning and video game categories. In addition, a number of new high quality brands will be available at sears.com for the first time including LeapFrog®, Radio Flyer® and Neurosmith®.

KB Toys also will provide fulfillment services for all toy and video game products offered through the 2002 Sears Wish Book and sears.com through its state-of-the-art fulfillment center located in Blairs, VA. Sears will continue to manage all other aspects of the Sears Wish Book and sears.com including customer service, order processing, catalog distribution and site production and design.

KB Toys at Sears Test Expanded

In October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will begin a second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept increasing the number of locations from 29 last year to 77 locations during the 2002 holiday season. These ‘stores within a store’ will average approximately 1,000 square feet and will continue to be branded as “KB Toys at Sears.” Each KB Toys at Sears will offer customers a large selection of name-brand toys and KB Toys exclusives. The KB Toys at Sears will operate from mid-October through early January.

In addition to the markets tested in 2001 (Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL and Mobile, AL), KB Toys at Sears will be opening at select Sears stores within Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington.”



Unleashed Deals
September 29, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

Targets in Salt Lake City are appear to be clearancing the Unleashed Maul and Jango Fett figures and the Reek beast for $7.98. Thanks to Yak Reader Delta4Six for the report.



Masterpiece Edition Book/Figure Sale Update
September 29, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rajnidds sent in this update on the Masterpiece Edition sales:

“If you haven’t found the Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece Edition Figure/Book at a chain bookstore like Waldenbooks, you may want to try your local independent bookstore.

I found the Anakin set for $24.99 at the Books, Inc. on Califonia St. in San Francisco, and the price sticker was from a different remainders company than the chains use, so it looks like other companies had a shot at buying these out. And I saw a few at the Waldenbooks at Tanforan Mall for $19.99 if you live in
the SF Bay Area.”



Wal-Mart Cantina Scenes Wave 2 Mock-ups
September 29, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

Galactic Hunter has managed to dig up photos of the upcoming Cantina wave 2. These look outstanding. A new sculpt on Dr. Evazan (customizers get ready this one has LOTS of potential), Wuher has finally served that drink he’s been holding for 2 years and has his hands free to work on new orders, and Kitik Keedkak has a skirt! Click here for the pics!



And Now The Business News…
September 28, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

I know the title doesn’t sound like Star Wars, but, unfortunately, this could affect all of us who drool over the newest toys.

The Trade Federation reported that there is a lockout at West Coast ports associated with the Pacific Maritime Association. It affects the companies which use the Longshore and Warehouse Union. (These are the guys who unload imports — including toys — from ships and get them to companies’ warehouses. The lockout is currently expected to last until the start of the Sunday morning shift.

We’re all hoping the labor dispute is resolved quickly for all concerned.



Ephant Mon Reviewed
September 28, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

And now from one of our overseas readers:

“Ephant Mon hits Europe first, I’ve picked him up yesterday!

I don’t know what to say! Impressive, most impressive! I’ve started collecting end of 1997 with POTF2 and I now have over 400 figures, but this… This figure beats everything: Darth Vader Dagobah Spirit, 300th. Boba Fett, FX-7 and even the Bantha! This Fan’s Choice is the best thing since the Cinema Scenes! He’s big, he’s bad, he’s ugly! What more does a collector want? (besides a 3 3/4 Amidala purple dress with Amidala orange handmaiden dress 2-pack maybe) Hopefully this paves the way for Hermi Odle, J’Quille the Whiphid, Tanus Spijek the Elom and a good palace Jabba with bowl and sled. Just look at the size of this thing! Not even the new Chewies are higher. Dexter Jettster, Boss Nass Sacred Place? Babies! Muftak scratch your head one more time. The detail, the weathering: A+ A+ A+!!! Even the articulation is above what you expect from a collector orientated figure like this, so even the play value for kids will be okay. Awesome!

Thanks Hasbro and keep them coming! (the trash-compactor sets look very promising).”

Thanks for the reivew Anton! He got Ephant at Toy Palace Germany for 10.90 euros excl. freight.



Giveaway At CustomCantina.com
September 28, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in:

“Just wanted to tell you that I put together a web site for collectors athttp://www.liveclaypottery.com/customcantina and we are going to be giving a product away next week to someone.”



New Figures Hitting KB Stores
September 28, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Brian:

“Found Lott Dodd,Watto,Tusken w/Massif,Padme Pilot,Clone Pilot,Jango Pilot at KB in the SunValley Mall…Pleasant Hill, CA Shipped in the same cases as Anakin,Yoda,Dooku, Ki Adi,Teemto & Endor Rebel without beard. Good Luck!”



Arena Playset Boxed Photos
September 28, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we have posted a bunch of boxed photos of the upcoming Arena Playset, along with a couple of loose pics of some of its accessories. Click here for more.



Maul Sith Training In stock
September 28, 2002 | 9:26 AM EST | Mark

Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99, is back in stock if you are looking for him.



New Playskool In Stock
September 27, 2002 | 7:38 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Millennium Falcon Adventure Playskool set in stock. The price is $27.99



10030 UCS Star Destroyer
September 27, 2002 | 2:47 PM EST | Mark

Coming in at an initial price point of $269.99, this is the largest set ever by LEGO and is due as a LEGOshop.com / S@H exclusive in the very near future.Click here for the official announcement. Starting Jan 1, 2003 this set will rise in price to $299.99, so pre-ordering might not be a bad idea. It will be available for pre-order at the lower price point in October.



Two New Ships For 2003
September 27, 2002 | 10:20 AM EST | Mark

Here are two more ships that will be showing up next year….
Star Wars Geonosian Fighter
Star Wars Clan Droid
Both are scheduled around March 2003 and are available for pre-order athttp://www.entertainmentearth.com



Wave 4 Deluxe Figures @ EE
September 27, 2002 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark

EE.com now has the Wave 4 Deluxe Figures in stock.



LEGO 2-Pack???
September 26, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Mark

Well this is an interesting find on Amazon.com. How about a R2-D2 and C-3PO LEGO 2-Pack. This is not the two different sets bundled together. This is an all new packaging with the two sets in one. Check this out…



Custom Figures Made To Order!
September 26, 2002 | 3:55 PM EST | John

Found a nifty little new page out there from someone who takes Custom Action Figure requests! His work looks nice, and he has very reasonable prices as far as what I’ve seen. He’ll also make you into an action figure if you so request. So, if you ever wanted to be a Jedi, a bounty hunter, or even a nerf herder, this is the guy to see. You can check out the page here!



Jedi Enters The Dictionary! 
September 26, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | John

Not exactly collecting news, unless you’re going to buy the book, but the word “Jedi” finally made it into the english dictionary! The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, that is. Along with “Jedi” the word “Klingon” and slang term “get real” have also been inducted. To view the entire article, click here! This info was found on The Force.Net.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Thursday September 26th
September 26, 2002 | 3:36 PM EST | John

After a week of generally uninteresting searches, we’re back with another highlight. This little oddball item comes from Conneticut, but appears to be Italian, due to the “Star Warrio” spelling, although I could be wrong. It’s a Stormtrooper, completely different sculpt from the original carded version – any carded version for that matter – but this one is on a “Shadows Of The Empire”card, and has an AT-ST image on it. Weird! Check this thing out by clicking here.



EE News…..
September 26, 2002 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock is the Boba Fett Collector Helmet….

Also available for Pre-order is the Action Fleet Assortment 3….



POTF2.Com Reveals 2 More Hasbro 2003 Ships!
September 26, 2002 | 5:11 AM EST | John

POTF2.com has revealed 2 more ships to come in 2003, and these look like real winners! I won’t spoil the surprise, but you have got to see these! Check them out by clicking here!



Star Wars Birthdays
September 25, 2002 | 9:11 AM EST | Bill

Happy Birthday 51st birthday Mark Hammill!!

Thanks to Yak Reader Sean for the headsup.



TRU 25th Anniversary R2 Detailed Photos And More
September 24, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader PackoM sent in some awsome detailed photos of the upcoming 25th anniversary siler R2, and news of a possible error. Click here for the pics and more.



TOMY Vader Meditation Chamber
September 24, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Another very cool toy from TOMY, Check out this Darth Vader Meditation Chamber. This one is only sold in Japan though.



Wave 2 @ Disney Orlando
September 24, 2002 | 8:17 AM EST | Mark

Tom writes in that wave 2 of the Star Tours figures have hit Disney in Orlando.



2003 Sneak Peaks Contine
September 23, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has confirmed with photos that we will be gettng 2 new speeders next year with figures! We will be getting both Anakin with the Lars Speeder, and Dooku with his speeder. Click here to see the photos.

And if that wasn’t enough… We also have photos of some upcoming Wal-Mart 2 pack figure exclusives which have to be seen to be believed. Before you say “Oh great, Hasbro is making another Han and Luke in the trash compactor, and gee Leia and a wet wookie too, great….” Click here and prepare to be VERY impressed! If those links don’t work, then try http://www.potf2.com/potj/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=944 Try these.



Interactive R2-D2 @ KBToys
September 23, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Interactive R2-D2 in stock if you are looking for it. Their price is $99.99, if anyone has any coupon codes please let us know and we will post them.



Padme Back In Stock
September 23, 2002 | 10:41 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Anakin Tatooine Attack $6.99



LEGO Ultimate Collector Star Destroyer
September 23, 2002 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark

Just click on the link and all I can say is HOLLY TOLEDO!!!!!
Experienced the full might of the Empire’s powerful warship with LEGO’s upcoming Ultimate Collectors series Imperial Star Destroyer set. With over 3,000 bricks, this is the biggest LEGO kit ever sold. When completed, the Star Destroyer is almost a meter (three feet) long. The set comes complete with a display stand and placard.



Looking For Playskool Sets?
September 23, 2002 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kissmuppet suggests that you:

“Check your JC Penny if you are looking for the Playskool Star Wars sets. I went to 2 different ones in South Florida, and they have The Wampa, Speeder Bike, Naboo Fighter, and X-Wing sets.”


Yak Reader Cory sent in this info:

“In addition to your comment on jc penneys and playskool stuff, one here in Durham, N.C. has all of theirs at around 25-30% off. They had the Endor, Wampa and Naboo collections…”



Winnipeg Area Toy Show
September 23, 2002 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

If you live in the Winnipeg area there will be a Toy and
Collectible show on Sunday Sept.29th, from 10am-4pm. It will be held at the Ramada Marlborough Inn, 331 Smith St., Winnipeg, MB. Many dealers from the area will be present as well as those US only and hard to find figures.



Acklay Review!
September 22, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Michael

Hasbro finished off the Arena beasties with the latest release, the Acklay. Big, mean and multi-legged, he’s all you could ask for in a crab-like monster. Or is he? Check out the review with pictures by clicking here!



Star Tours Wave 2 Out In Florida
September 22, 2002 | 6:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

“I went to “Once Upon A Time” today around noon today & they had DL-X2 & R4-M9 (plenty). Tomorrow (Monday) they said they’ll put out WEG-1618 (due to problems with different shipments). And there are also plenty of the cantina sets (except for Greedo which is weird because he’s technically not a new sculpt, just a repaint). I’ve yet to see these sets at Walmart.”



What Do You Think Of The 2003 Line So Far
September 22, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | Bill

Well what do you think of Hasbro’s figure plans for 2003″ is the question in The Private Universe’s latest poll. Click here to vote.



The Latest Arena Update
September 21, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod checked with Wal-Mart.com’s customer service regarding delivery date for the Arena playset. Here’s the response he received:

“We are sorry to report that, due to circumstances beyond our control, there has been a delay in getting the Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset in stock. We are working with our supplier to remedy this situation, and will fill your order as soon as possible. The item should reach you no later than September 25, 2002.”



Disney Updates
September 21, 2002 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Adam:

“I just saw your posting on the Cantina Sets at Downtown Disney. Since I just got back from Walt Disney World yesterday I thought I would give you a little more info. The Star Wars stuff is at at the “Once Upon A Time Store” in Downtown Disney and not the World of Disney store. This is a new separate toy store that is all Hasbro toys (Pretty cool stuff). The prices for the cantina set are like $10.00 (same as Walmart). The X-Wing is $50.00 and the landspeeder is $24.99. They also have the new electronic Jango Fett and Obi-Wan for $50.00. The figures are $10.00 a piece (yikes) but they just had up to the Djas Phur wave. As of Wednesday they still only had the first three Star Tours figures.

Inside the Disney MGM park, the “Tattooine Traders” store had the same stuff plus they had the Republic Gunship for $50.00. I also saw somebody buying the Anakin Skywalker F/X lightsaber by Mater Replicas for $150.00. It looked pretty cool but this guy bought the last one. The also had the Yoda Master Replicas lightsaber in a glass case up by the register for $249.00. The guy working at the store said they also had the Luke Skywalker lightsaber but it sold out pretty quickly. The 12″ Luke.Tauntaun was going for $60.00 and they had the 12″ Ki Adi Mundi on the shelves. They also had the new electronic R2D2 (cool) and the new vinyl figures (Jango, Vader) but I didn’t catch the price of them. Wheew…lots of new stuff!

I asked the guy when they would be getting more stuff and he would not give any dates because they did so in the past and people would come to the parks and get upset because the store didn’t have the new stuff yet. He did say they weren’t suppose to get the R2D2 until October but it came early. He also said they are suppose to get the new Star Tours figures soon.

He did say they get their shipments every Monday, Wednesday Friday.

I hope this helps some people out!”



2003 Hasbro News Teasers
September 20, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Not only has the Official Site updated with pics of some of the upcoming Star Wars figures (again), but if you can get past the eye candy to read to the bottom of the page, it promises photos of 2 new vehicles for 2003 and an exclusive to Wal-Mart from the original Trilogy next week.



DNS Toys Newsfeed
September 20, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from DNS Toys:D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Padme, Clone Trooper Pilot & Jango Pilot figures as well as Lott Dodd, Watto & Tusken. We have Mace & Tyranus Unleashed figures in stock. We have the Republic Gunship & also the exclusive Accessory sets with figure. Also Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Tie Pilot, Clone Trooper & Jango Fett Halloween/Collector Helmets back in stock. We will have a pre-order up for the new EP II Action Fleet coming late next week as well as the last Deluxe Wave. Click here for more.



Three Cheers To The Newest Star Wars Fan!!!
September 20, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | Mark

Congratulations to the Robert Musco family for the brand new baby named Thomas Rand Musco. Robert is our prototypes expert here at yakface. Thomas is 7 pounds 3 ounces, 19.5 inches long and was born at 9:22 A.M, with a copywrite @Musco 2002 on his left foot. We believe he is a .0000, Robert will have to confirm…

Now, back to the news….



Hasbro 12″ Update
September 20, 2002 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com has posted the upcoming press release regarding the 12″ figure line. The good news is that the Padme pic in now marked “Prototype / Work-In-Progress”.

Click here for the story.



“Wal-Mart” Cantina Packs At Disney Store
September 20, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

The Downtown Disney toy shop at Disney World Florida, the supposedly Wal*Mart-exclusive Cantina packs (Momaw, Greedo and Ponda) are readily available, along with the TRU X-Wing and Landspeeder. No news on the prices. Thanks to Yak Reader Msipher for the report.



Oppo Rancisis Destined For Plastic????
September 20, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Machofrijol:

“I was just reading my latest edition of Toyfare magazine and they did a “backtalk” article on Jerome Blake, the actor who played Mas Amedda, Graxol Kelvyyn, Orn Free Taa, Rune Haako, Oppo Rancisis, and Horax Ryyder. He mentions that Hasbro may make a figure of his Character Jedi Council Member Oppo Rancisis. (He’s the one with the tail). He’s up there on my personal list of Jedi figures. Just thought I would let you all know!”



Amazon Stocks Up
September 20, 2002 | 7:24 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Yoda $6.99
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) $6.99

On another note, are you a gamer? Looking forward to the new Star Wars titles??? Well, Amazon is also offering pre-orders on the new titles with FREE shipping. Same price as everyone else, but NO tax and NO shipping.
The Clone Wars (GameCube) $49.99
The Clone Wars (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (GameCube) $49.99
Knights of the Old Republic (XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(GameCube) $49.99



The New Mace Windu Debate
September 20, 2002 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

Most fans who have seen the photos of the upcoming 2003 Mace Windu figure are wondering what the wheel, or whatever it is, on Mace’s back is for. Is this just a kit bashed part on the prototype, or does it work an action feature.Artoosnews.com is debating the issue in their forums. Click here for more.



Droid 2 Pack Details
September 20, 2002 | 12:13 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Keith pointed out that the upcoming droid 2-Pack is from the deleated library scene involving Obi-Wan and the 2 droids (SP-4 and JN-66), and will be on the DVD when it comes out. Finally figures from a cut scene that we’ll be able to in official footage.



All Chronicle Books 12″ Figures At Walden For $19.99
September 20, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Steven:
“I went to pick up the Visual Guide tonight and noticed they had many of the Vader Figure/Book combo. I have seen many Aurra Sing and C-3PO’s but this is the first Vader I have seen. It was priced the same at $19.99 as the others.”



Target Is Getting More Accessory Sets
September 20, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rich:

“Target is getting restocked with the accessory sets and they are receiving the 2 new deluxe figures; Yoda with super battle droid and C3P0 and battle droid.”



New Jedi Order Ebook At Amazon
September 20, 2002 | 12:04 AM EST | Bill

Now available for download at Amazon:

“Ylesia: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order”
Walter Jon Williams
Our Price: $3.50

The adventures of the New Jedi Order continue in Walter Jon Williams’s “Ylesia.” This original novella includes an exclusive excerpt from the eagerly anticipated “Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way,” and an interview with the author. “Ripe for the plucking”–that’s Jedi Knight Kyp Durron’s opinion about the planet Ylesia, home base of the so-called Peace Brigade, a group of traitors dedicated to hindering the war efforts of the New Republic and hastening the ultimate victory of the merciless Yuuzhan Vong. Kyp’s plan calls for a lightning-fast strike, backed with overwhelming force, to destroy the Brigade’s offensive capabilities and teach prospective traitors that betrayal carries a heavy price. But young
Jacen Solo, still bearing the scars of his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong, has a better idea: a daring raid into the heart of Ylesia’s capital, with the objective of capturing the Brigade’s top leaders–including the newly sworn-in president, Thrackan Sal-Solo, cousin to Jacen and his twin, Jaina. But unknown to the Jedi and the New Republic forces, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong has dispatched reinforcements to the Ylesia system. Instead of a swift surgical strike, Jaina, Jacen, Kyp, and their comrades are about to find themselves locked in a desperate battle for survival, with the odds stacked against them and time running out. No Star Wars fan will want to miss this exciting e-book exclusive adventure from Nebula Award winner Walter Jon Williams. Click here for more.



Hasbro Announces Figures For 2003!
September 19, 2002 | 12:04 PM EST | John

It looks like a good Episode II assortment year coming up! Hasbro has officially announced 16 figures that will be making their way to store shelves in 2003. They include;

__ # 03/01 Obi-Wan Kenobi, Acklay Battle, with spear stabbing action
__ # 03/02 Mace Windu, Arena Confrontation, with flexible arms for super realistic lightsaber control!
__ # 03/03 Darth Tyranus, Geonosian Escape
__ # 03/04 Padmé Amidala, Droid Factory Chase, with 12 points of articulation!
__ # 03/05 Droid 2 Pack
__ # 03/06 Tusken Raider, Tatooine Camp Ambush
__ # 03/07 Anakin Skywalker
__ # 03/08 Boba Fett
__ # 03/09 R2-D2
__ # 03/10 Lama Su
__ # 03/11 Aayla Secura
__ # 03/12 Barriss Offee
__ # 03/13 Han Solo
__ # 03/14 Chewbacca
__ # 03/15 Yoda & Padawan Jedi
__ # 03/16 Padawan Jedi 2 Pack

This list comes directly from POTF2.com, an awesome site that if you haven’t checked out yet, you owe it to yourself. The information above plus a load more is available at their site. Check ’em out, I do! I wonder what that droid 2-pack is… My only thought is, why another Han and Chewie?



Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society News
September 18, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society begins its THIRD year in
existence by asking for your money!! But it’s not like you won’t get
something in return… PSWCS is running a batch of fundraising auctions on eBay. The money raised from these donated items will be used to pay for club operating costs. They have about two dozen different auctions, ranging from carded POTF2 figures to some very unique items. Among the best offerings are a MOMC Jorg Sacul figure, a German imported chess set, and original artwork from Bill Cable’s “The Cantina” weekly comic strip.

You can view the entire list of items here:



2003 Figures Revealed
September 17, 2002 | 11:32 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has added pics of 5 upcoming Sage figures:

Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle
Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape
Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush

It looks like we can look forward to more figures with lots and lots of accessories!

UPDATE: It appears that the Official Site’s posting is missing in action but you can see the pics here



Ep I Visual Dictionary
September 17, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to Scott for this news. The Ep I Visual Dictionary is on clearance at Waldenbooks for $4.99.



Kotobukiya Clone Trooper@Entertainment Earth!
September 17, 2002 | 1:19 PM EST | John

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit In Stock!

The Clone Trooper Kit from Kotobukiya is now in stock. This 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit includes 6 parts. Some assembly is required. Imported from Japan. Order yours today, or just check it out by clicking Below!

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit – (Item# KB102, $109.99)



New Carded Images
September 17, 2002 | 7:31 AM EST | Mark

These auctions are high priced, yet they offer some nice images of the carded Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, Ephont Man, Force Flipping Anakin, Flying Geonosian, and others. So if you want to check them out, head on over.



Still Looking For Some Items???
September 17, 2002 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

Here is a list of what is new and available online. I hope it helps you out.

Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99
12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett $39.99
12″ Count Dooku $19.99
12″ Super Battle Droid $19.99



Star Wars Insider In Mailboxes Now
September 17, 2002 | 12:48 AM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes now. This issue includes a list of the 14 most influential Jedi, Jedi lightsaber fighting styles, and more. Enjoy!



Star Tours Wave 2 Hits Disneyland
September 16, 2002 | 12:14 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader SoCal Stevelet us know that wave 2 of the Star Tours line was found at the Star Trader at Disneyland! They had at least 10 of each —- DL-X2, WEG-1618, and R4-M9.”



Interactive R2 Found On SALE
September 16, 2002 | 12:12 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Nick:

“I picked up the new interactive R2-D2 at Fred Meyer here in the Seattle area. The good news is all Fred Meyers are having a 25% off all Hasbro action figures or 25% off any action figures depending on the store. And yes, The R2 counted as being eligible at all the Fred Meyers I checked. Good way to cut the cost of this cool but pricey piece!”



Electronic Battling Jango Review!
September 15, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Michael

The new Electronic Battling Jango Fett is out, but how does he stack up against the other 12″ Star Wars figures? Check out our review, with lots of photos! Click here!



Just Arrived At Entertainment Earth
September 15, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has justreceived the following into stock, and will start shipping them Monday. Be sure to order yours.

Star Wars Unleashed Asst 3 Set one each of Darth Tyranus and Mace Windu(Item# HS84894CC, $37.99)

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 3 case with 3x Darth Tyranus and 3x Mace Windu(Item# HS84894C, $110.99)

Clone Trooper Kit — Kotobukiya Clone Trooper 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit. Includes 6 parts. Some assembly required. (Item# KB102, $109.99)



Customizers demand answer from “Lucasfilm”
September 15, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | John

After I have received virtually hundreds of letters from severely disgruntled customizing fans, I pose the question to “Lucasfilm”, who I know reads this page daily;

“Why are customs being yanked from e-Bay at this point in time, and what is considered acceptable?”

I wish someone official would go on record about this, because Lucas has a load of his most loyal fans in a serious uproar over this whole customizing thing, and I’ve been getting swamped with e-mail asking why, as if I know. If anyone official would like to go on record as to “why”, please write to John here at the Yak so I can post it for our fans. This is becoming a very large gripe in the Star Wars community, and it should be addressed by an official source.



Why Sears Has Kaybee Exclusive…
September 15, 2002 | 12:55 PM EST | John

And we here at Yak have the answer. Reader Dan H. writes to tell us the 411. He states;

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from kbtoys.com. This teamup is because Sears needed help with there toy dept. and KB wanted to get there name out there, and not be known as the
“Toy Store At The Mall” . KB is doing a lot of change’s inside there stores too. New layouts, Most stores will be moving video games to the wall across from the check out, no longer behind the check out and on Sept. 15 the NEW KB TOY CLUB will start in ALL stores. The more you buy the more you save, after you buy $75 you will get a 20% discount off your next purchase and you can have the discount on video games too.”

Thanks Dan! Now, we’ll have to see if Sears receives those darned elusive transparent Transformers Spy Changers I’ve been seeking…



Silver Vader Reissue Petition In Need Of Signatures…
September 15, 2002 | 12:45 PM EST | John

My good friend JediDaxter writes to us today with a plea; “Mars Needs Women…”. Whoops! Wrong flick! I mean, “Help me Obi-John Kenobi, you’re my only hope!” All kidding aside, JD has been trying to assemble a petition in hopes of getting the ever elusive Silver Anniversary Vader reissued for fans around the world to be able to purchase. From the get-go, I knew this limited availability would cause headaches. He writes;

I am still looking for signatures of those who would love to sign this petition for a second, larger run of the Silver Anniversary Darth Vader that was exclusive to Toy Fare 2002. Send you full name to:SILVERDARTHVADER@wmconnect.com with the subject “silverdarthvader”. At the moment there are 100 even signatures, so I am encouraging everyone to sign. This can become a reality, so will you sign? Please do so. JediDaxter signing out… 

So, if you are in support of this petition, click the link above and sign up.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Sunday September 15th
September 15, 2002 | 12:08 PM EST | John

With the current hair that lies firmly across Lucasfilms’ backside involving all things “unauthorized”, I thought I’d highlight some bootleg keychains at e-Bay today! These keychains from Argentina are completely unauthorized, but are strange incarnations of the characters they represent. We have a Vader, the Emperor, and, of all creatures, Jabba! Click here to check them out!



Carded Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 Images
September 15, 2002 | 11:50 AM EST | John

The fine folks over at Galactichunter.com have aquired some images of the forthcoming Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 set in its’ packaging. Nice stuff! Click hereto hyperspace over!



Mexican 4-Pack Showing Up!
September 15, 2002 | 11:47 AM EST | John

There were rumors of this item showing up soon, and lo and behold, it’s hitting retail in Mexico as I type! Hasbro Mexico has released a 4-pack of figures in one beautiful window box. The figures are Vader, Pilot Luke, Rebel Blockade Runner Soldier, and a Sandtrooper. Looks like an “ANH” assortment, so who knows if there’s an “ESB” on in the future? Sirsteve has an nice image of this box set posted for all to peep at!



$10 Off @ Target.Com
September 15, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | John

Yak-reader “Sintrr2” writes to let us know that with the code TDSAVESMUCH2utilized at Target’s website, you can get $10.00 off your entire order. Target usually has some good Star Wars stuff on their site, such as the new Electronic R2 and a plethora of figures, so check it out!



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Saturday September 14th
September 14, 2002 | 12:44 AM EST | John

Today on e-Bay we find some strange figures from Brazil. They almost look like the Super-Deformed figures from Japan, but they are static and not quite as over-exaggerated. Not quite sure if they’re bootlegs or third-party products, but they are strange nonetheless! The set includes Padme, Darth Maul, and Qui-Gon. Check’em out!



Arena Playset Shipping Soon
September 14, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

Wal-Mart.com is sending the following Email to customers who pre-ordered the arena playset:

“Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase of Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset. We are writing to let you know that the ship date of September 15 has been slightly delayed due to a supplier inventory issue.

Your item will ship by the end of next week. We have upgraded your shipping to Priority, at no additional charge, so you will receive your Arena Battle Playset as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. Your
complete satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.


Customer Service at Walmart.com

Sounds like we’ll have a place for our beasts, Jedi, Clones, and battle droids very soon.



Imperial Shuttle Information
September 14, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Andy:

“I just thought I’d let you guys know I ordered the Shuttle today 9/13. The operator told me that only 2500 were allotted for the online number and that they were up to about 1600. I imagine the rest go to the stores. Just thought I’d let you guys know…… I’m glad to finally get one I’ve been wanting it since I got back into star wars in 91”


Yak Reader Austin just let us know that:

“Just called FAO Schwarz to order an exclusive Shuttle. They said all the catalog orders and online orders that will be taken, have been taken. No more available through the phone or online. She suggested I try a local store in my area. I did, and am currently on a list. Good luck to all in finding this thing!”



Acklays At Retail
September 14, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | Bill

Since yesterday’s news post about the Acklay, we’ve received a lot of Emails. These are appearing at Wal-Marts and Targets across the country, but in relatively small numbers. It seems that most stores are getting only a case or two at a time. Good luck.



Entertainment Earth has 12″ Wave 3!
September 13, 2002 | 1:39 PM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is now offering the Star Wars Episode II (Attack of the Clones) 12 inch figure (Wave 3) Set of 3 Includes Padme, Anakin and Geonosian Warrior;
Item# HS84940AA, $69.99.
Hop on over, and tell them Yakface.com sent you!



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Friday September 13th
September 13, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | John

Eeeesh, what a date! Reminds one of dark things, such as the Dark Lord of the Sith! While scouting e-Bay this morning, I came up with this auction for all of us vintage lovers to gander at. It’s a 1977 Original Movie Lobby Standup of none other than our favorite Darth. It’s in decent condition for its’ age, and you can see it’s of the old-school press photo/artwork type. Check it out here!



Can’t Wait For The E2 DVD
September 12, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

We can’t give you the E2 DVD early, but we can point you to the trailer. Here is the post on IGN with a 4 minute trailer for the upcoming E2 DVD!!! Enjoy.



Acklay…The Update….
September 12, 2002 | 6:42 PM EST | Mark

This is the word that I received from Hasbro…
“According to the team, it hasn’t been cancelled and is still
shipping – apparently Amazon has chosen not to reorder.”



Jango Fett Blaster & Holster
September 12, 2002 | 2:10 PM EST | Mark

***Jango Fett Blaster & Holster***

Whether for display, collecting or wearing, the Star Wars Episode 2
Jango Fett Blaster & Holster (Item# RU5089, $24.99)
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RU5089 is
basically a super-cool accessory for any Star Wars fan.



Acklay… Where Are You????
September 12, 2002 | 2:06 PM EST | Mark

I just received this from Amazon.com
Greetings from Amazon.com.
We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones: Acklay, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

I have emailed Hasbro to find out what is going on with this beast, more to follow…



JCPenney Christmas Catalog
September 12, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

Not much here, just the 3-Pack of 12″ Action Figures for $89.99. The 3-Pack includes Zam Wessell, Super Battle Droid, and Count Dooku. This set can also be ordered online via the link provided.



Carded C3PO and R2-D2 Xmas
September 12, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Mike over at the galactichunter.com has posted a carded image of this Christmas Exclusive. You can check it out HERE at his website.



Technique, Technique Must You Learn
September 11, 2002 | 11:37 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is giving a glimpse into Star Wars Insider 62. There will be extensive coverage of Jedi fighting styles and techniques as well as bios on 16 famous Jedi.

The upcoming insider will also have the 411 the upcoming E2 DVD, a guide to E2 starships, and the full EmiEmissary of the Void New Jedi Order story.

The insider ships to subscribers on September 13! Click here for more.



KB Starfighter w/Obi-Wan NOT Exclusive????
September 11, 2002 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark

Nick sends in this link to the Starfighter w/Obi-Wan being sold online at sears.com, which seems very interesting. The price is the same at $24.99. Now he also points out the statement “Product images may differ from actual product appearance.” In this case, I WOULD SAY SO!!!

Also if you do a search on Star Wars, you will find that they have the following available as well:
Ultimate 12″ Jango $39.99
Republic Gunship $39.99
R2-D2 Interactive $99.99
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99


Dan Hill from Georga writes in with the following that explains the situation.

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from kbtoys.com. This teamup is because Sears needed help with their toy departments and KB wanted to get their name out there, and not merely be known as the “Toy Store At The Mall.”



ACPin’s Tribute
September 11, 2002 | 6:22 AM EST | Mark

For those of you that know ACPin’s diorama work, you know what kind of work he can do. Well he put together a tribute to the FDNY for today, please check it out over at SirStevesGuide.com.



Amazon Gets Gunship
September 11, 2002 | 6:15 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the following in stock….
Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99

If you need them or want them, click on over…



Welcome To Michael Crawford!
September 11, 2002 | 12:22 AM EST | Mark

Michael will be doing toy reviews for Yakface.com. Check out our new review of the 12″ Super Battle Droid. Excellent commentary with great images. You can also find out a little bit about Michael at the beginning of the review. You will notice the Yak’s Reviews button on the left menu now. Just click on the image. Again, we are proud to have Michael on the page, we hope you enjoy the reviews.



12″ Padme Photos
September 10, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has posted an image of the upcoming 12″ Padme, in her white outfit. You can see the photo here. Hopefully the photo is from a prototype and Hasbro is still tinkering with the head sculpt. Padme is scheduld to ship in January 2003 along with a 12″ Anakin and 12″ Geonosian Warrior.



Original Vs. Special Edition (AKA Who Shot First???)
September 10, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a list of upcoming comics from Dark Horse for late 2002 and early 2003. Among the offerings listed is an entry for the next Star Wars Tales which will take a look at who really shot first, Han or Greedo. The story will be in the context of a wrongful death suit against Han Solo. Click here for the full story.



12″ Mace TRU Exclusive
September 10, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Mark

“IF” you are still having troubles finding him, the 12″ Mace TRU Exclusive is back in stock at Amazon.com.



Autographed Exclusive Leia!
September 10, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | Mark

The Entertainment Earth Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B,
$49.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS57110B is a must for your Classic Star Wars collection. This 12 inch Princess Leia in Hoth Gear action figure was autographed by Carrie Fisher in September of 2002. Carrie only signed 200 pieces! Considering that she rarely signs any Merchandise, this is a very limited edition collectible!



A Tremor In The Customizing Force – Part 2
September 10, 2002 | 11:53 AM EST | John

After the many e-mails we received on the below article, I thought I might clarify my standpoint on the custom auctions being removed by Lucasfilm on e-Bay. When I wrote this article the fact that Spanky had done a nude custom was not first and foremost in my mind. The fact that he did nice work was. I was impressed by his Vintage K-3PO mainly, the nice Mara Jade, etc. The topless Padme did not stick out in my mind as a “problem” because it was only one of a bunch of figures I had seen. As Spanky informed me in the entire e-mail of which I had posted a portion of last night, the topless Padme was not the first to get pulled, it was the Mara Jade. Then, days later, e-Bay removed all the rest at one shot. So, make of this what you will. Aside from the rest of the controversy with the topless figure, all I was trying to originally do was say that I thought the guy did nice work, figure and card. I was certainly not supporting naked action figures. I’m also not saying I’m against it, I’m just disinterested. To each his own. I would not bid on or be interested in these in any way, shape, or form, but if someone else is, that’s there business. But, I also think there are better and different ways to sell them, unedited or not, off of e-Bay. I just hope customizers are still able to continue to sell their custom wares, in small scale amounts, without being yanked randomly without warning from e-Bay. Enough said about this. On to more news…



Barriss’ Fate
September 10, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new edition of ask Jocasta on Barriss Offee’s fate. The young jedi, who has been rumored to be released in plastic next year, does survive the arena battle even though she is not seen in the circle of survivors. Click here for more.



New Carded Images
September 10, 2002 | 8:02 AM EST | Mark

In case you have not seen these already…. Here are the Jango Fett Pilot and Clone Trooper Pilot and the new R2-D2 Electronic 15″ Droid



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Tuesday September 10th
September 10, 2002 | 2:37 AM EST | John

Well, Spanky’s customs may have been stifled, (see the article below), but the customizing community on e-Bay, sans Spanky, still seems to be thriving. Today I am highlighting three kick-butt figures from the Expanded Universe. E-Bay user “ptmbox”has created some really nice ones. They are Custom Luke from SOTELando in a Stormtrooper Disguise, and finally, one of my personal favorites, Corran Horn. This guy does some nice work! Check his stuff out byclicking here!



A Tremor In The Customizing Force…
September 10, 2002 | 1:12 AM EST | John

Some disturbing news has reached the ears of this customizing fan, and it smells a little rotten. The other day, in my daily e-Bay article, I highlighted some of the figure-customizer Spanky’s customs he had up for sale on e-Bay. Today he writes me to let me know that Lucasfilm had them yanked from e-Bay. He writes;

“My auctions were taken down by George Lucas’ request due to the e-Bay VERO program, and it just doesn’t seem fair. I use the money from my customizing to fund my hobby, and without this little bit of extra income that’s going into George’s pocket either way you look at it, I will stop collecting. I am purchasing these figures, giving George my $5, and doing with them what I want, and what other fans would like to see, and in the same token pay for my collecting. Is this how money-hungry Lucas has become? I think it’s pathetic to be worried this much about a fan who has already spent his money on Lucas’ product not be able to do with it what he wants. Sure it’s the copyright of Lucasfilm, but they started out as Star Wars figures anyway, right? I am so sick from this right now I am truly ready to stop collecting. If anyone wishes to contact Lucas to tell him what you think about this non-customizing movement, you can contact him at antipiracy@lucasfilm.com. Thanks for your support! This is NOT piracy, it’s expanding on an already enjoyable hobby with people paying for someone’s talent at sculpting and photo-manipulation, NOT stealing from Lucas’ pocket.

Thank you Spanky for your concerned letter. This is distressing to say the least. It’s horrible to think, (and a little unbelievable), that Lucas, after letting fans do a plethora of other things, would stifle customizing sales on a tiny scale to fund their collecting habits. More on this as it unfolds…



12″ Imperal Officer Boxed
September 10, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

Looking for images of the upcoming 12″ Imperial Officer, well here are some for your perusal. While we don’t endorse the auction, it provides you a chance to see some great images.



LEGO Updates
September 9, 2002 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

Shop Lego has their unbelieveable Darth Maul bust on sale for 20% off. Click here to check out this unbelieveable deal.

Bricks to Bothans is reporting that LEGO is re-releasing both the 7140 X-Wing and the 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing in approximately six to eight weeks here in the U.S. (and sooner than that in Europe. Be aware that these are being relased for a LIMITED TIME, and only at LEGOshop.com and Shop@Home – they are NOT coming to retail (except to an undisclosed German retail store). If you’re in Germany, France or the U.K. you’ll find them listed in the September LEGO Club mailing.
Click here for more.



Anakin Tatooine Attack…
September 9, 2002 | 11:02 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for him? Well Amazon now has the Anakin Tatooine Attack in stock.



Evolution Part 2….
September 9, 2002 | 4:19 PM EST | Mark

By special request, James asked for a Biker Scout and Evan for the Jawa…


If you have a character that you would like to see, let me know. It does not have to be vintage to modern, it can be potf2 to saga…



35mm, Digital, now IMAX
September 9, 2002 | 3:17 PM EST | Ben

Episode II will get the IMAX treatment and will be hitting IMAX theaters in November. Check out the official site for details.



Republic Gunship Review
September 9, 2002 | 3:11 PM EST | Ben

The Republic Gunship is one of the best ships Hasbro or Kenner has produced. Its features include both a lot of play value, and a lot of display options. At the price of $39.99 it looks like Hasbro has recognized that a lot of its market will no pay over $40-50 for a ship. Hasbro has also wisely chosen not to put electronics on the ship, keeping the price point lower. Another kudo to Hasbro is the decision to paint on most of the detail, there are 20 odd decals, which are small— similar to the hull decals for the Falcon.

The ship itself is big. Its wingspan is approximately 2 feet wide, and it is also approximately 2 feet from the tip of the tail gun to the tips of the 2 bow missiles. The features include: 4 “firing missiles” (2 large missiles which shoot out from the large cannons on top of the ship where the wings meet the body of the ship, and 2 nose missiles), dual cables and grappling hooks at the back of the ship, opening side panels, and a dropping troop platform. Clusters of 4 bombs store under each of the wings, and 2 removable, but “non-firing” missiles, attach to the interior of each of the side panels.

The good:

The side panels glide open smoothly at the push of a button which is by the integrated carrying/playing handle between the 2 main guns. The action of the side panels opening is very similar to the gravity powered wing release on the vintage Imperial Shuttle. The carrying handle is well integrated and is unobtrusive in the overall design. The drop platform accommodates a large enough number of figures to recreate the arena battle scenes from the movie, or just to have a lot of fun playing with this ship. While we didn’t have them in hand to evaluate with the Gunship, the added value of additional turrets shipping with the Clone Trooper Pilots are another plus.

The bad:

I had a hard time finding anything that did not meet or exceed my expectations with this ship. Probably its only shortcoming is the grappling cables wrapping around plastic pegs rather than retracting into the ship. Wrapping the cables around the pegs leaves the “extra” cable visible on the ship and is not complimentary to the overall affect. In addition, the coils of cable make it difficult to secure the grapping hooks to their storage pegs.

Overall this is a ship that you must have (and probably you will decide that you must have several). The quality is excellent and the details are very movie accurate.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Monday September 9th
September 9, 2002 | 1:41 PM EST | John

This item is now closed for sale, but still deserves mention on its’ sheer imensity. “Look at the size of that thing!” This is a built to scale Landspeeder that is actually a fully-functioning vehicle. Built on the chassis and frame of a 1988 Ford Escort, you’d never be able to tell it now. It looks exactly like Luke’s Landspeeder from A New Hope. Just amazing. Like I said, the auction is over, and it did go for $13,100, but you can still see the virtual eye-candy by followingthis link.



???Question The Yak???
September 9, 2002 | 6:27 AM EST | Mark

I have had several E-Mails asking if we are going to continue the QNA here at Yakface.com since Adam has moved on. Well the answer is this. I have someone that wants to do the QNA, so if you send in the Questions, we will answer them and post them. So if there is anything you would like to know, send in the Question and we will get you the answer….



Republic Gunship In Stock
September 9, 2002 | 6:01 AM EST | Mark

Walmart.com has the EpII Republic Gunship in stock again. If you want to get it, hop on over…



Electronic 12″ Figures At Retail
September 8, 2002 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Michael:

“The new 12″ electronic sounds Jango and Obi-Wan were out at the Ypsi Meijers today. Two of each, and $35. Wow. That’s a pretty steep price, especially considering that the head sculpt on Jango wasn’t as good as the 12″ version. The sounds were kind of cool, but not $35 cool.”



The Winner Is….
September 8, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Alan Laffoon, the newest winner in our Ultarama give away. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember your email MUST include your name (first and last) and your address for you to be eligible to win. Good luck!



Prototype 12″ Plo Koon Pics 
September 8, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Now on EBAY is an auction with the best possible images of the new 12″ Plo Koon Action Figure. These are some excellent shots.



12″ Bounty Hunters Boxed Photos
September 8, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Death Star Plans has posted some images of the soon to be released 12″ Dengar and Zuckuss. Click on over for the pics. Thanks to Yak Reader John for the heads up.



YakVision’s Evolution
September 8, 2002 | 3:42 PM EST | Mark

After you have a beginning and a sequel, it is always good to go back and look at the evolution….
Take a moment to look back and see where Hasbro started from and where they are now.. Check out YakVision’s Evolution and let me know what you think. I will continue to work on them, But email me with your comments.



Star Tours Series 2
September 8, 2002 | 3:22 PM EST | Mark

Steve has once again obtained some sets and is auctioning them off at $39.99 for the three, a little more than retail, but if they will not go higher as this is a dutch auction. Head over there if you want to pickup a set and he has excellent shipping and packaging, nothing gets damaged. Here is the link:



Jorg Sacul Protype?
September 8, 2002 | 12:28 PM EST | John

There is an alleged prototype of the infamous Sacul figure over at e-bay. As of 12:30 EDST it’s at $103. As always, before bidding, make sure you find out this gentleman’s credentials as to where and how he aquired this item. I’m not saying it’s not real, I’m saying to check into it. But, to see this critter, click here.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Sunday September 8th
September 8, 2002 | 12:23 PM EST | John

Today I was looking for some old Star Wars oddities, and came up with this jem! Click here to see 80’s cheese in all its’ glory! This auction involves 2 LP’s that are said to be contain music that is a ‘stunning surreal interpretation’ of the Star Wars Soundtrack. Just look at those covers though! The first one listed at the top of the page also has other “hits” on it such as the theme’s to Star Trek and the Bionic Woman, but the bottom one, the “Patrick Gleesons Star Wars”beats all. The cover is a weak interpertation of Vader… or maybe it’s a Stormtrooper… eh well, whatever it is, it’s weird. Like I said, check it out! These are relatively cheap, and if you’re into acid trips, pop one of these on your record player, (if you even still own one yet), and promised, you’ll never touch the stuff again.



Boxed Collectors Beware
September 8, 2002 | 11:06 AM EST | Bill

POTF2.Com is reporting that there is a variation on the Acklay packagnig. There was an error on the .0000 box’s graphics. They have posted pics of both the error and corrected version. Click here for more.



R2-D2 In Stock At Target
September 7, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Mark

We have had reports of this guy showing up all over the US, so if you are looking for him, head out to Target and see if you can find one. Thanks to all that have sent in the news. If you find one, send it in to the store reports section, that way we can let everyone know where they are hitting.



Christmas 3PO and R2
September 7, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Mark

Jay over at American Dream Comics has posted mock-up carded images of the rumoured Christmas C-3PO and R2-D2. The design gives new meaning to the phrase “bubble pack”, looking like a snow globe. Customizers will start drooling over the fact that the background can be removed without opening the packaging.
Click here for the photos.



Republic Gunship Reviewed With Detailed Photos
September 6, 2002 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

We have just completed a detailed review of the newly released Republic Gunship, along with lots of detailed photos for your reading pleasure. Click here for the story and photos.


Mike over at Artoosnews came up with a solution for the excess cable on the grappling hooks. Check them out for more info.



Unleashed Wave 3 In Stores Now
September 6, 2002 | 6:28 PM EST | Bill

We’ve heard that some of the Meijer’s stores have the Unleashed Wave 3 Mace Windu and Count Dooku in stock. The hunt is on. Good luck!



Petition For Toy Fair Vader Rerelease
September 6, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Bill

This just in from JediDaxter:

“I am now collecting name to be in a a list that will go to Hasbro on making a second, larger run of the Silver Anniversary Darth Vader. He’s only made in the quantity of 5000 and a lot of people can’t get ahold of him. I even want one, and can’t get him (too expensive online). I urge all who don’t have a figure of him, and those who do, to send in your name. Send an e-mail with your name (first and last) to: SilverDarthVader@wmconnect.com with ‘SilverDarthVader’ in the subject line and your name in the body. And, while your at it, please visit my petition site, PetitionOrg. I have given it a new background and have added a few new petitions I found online. And, please vote in my poll!”



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – New Daily Article @ Yak
September 6, 2002 | 4:57 PM EST | John

With all the weird Star Wars stuff that’s making its’ way around e-Bay, the team here at Yak thought we should do a daily, (hopefully), article involving some of the more oddball stuff highlighted on our favorite, beloved online auction house.

Today, for my first article, I’m highlighting one of my favorite customizers, username “Spanky” on e-Bay. This is the person who did the ‘altered’ Leia we had written about the other day. He’s always got oddball figures up for sale, all created and carded by himself or his wife, (yes folks, this is what amazes me, afemale Star Wars customizer!). Today you can find some of their auctionsincluding an Episode III Dark Anakin, a vintage K-3PO, an incredible Mara Jade – Emperor’s HandKyle Katarn from Jedi Outcast, and another ‘altered’ Padme. Incredible stuff. I think I may go over myself and add another one of their mechanations to my humble collection. To see all the custom auctions by Spanky, click here. This guy doesn’t sock you either. For the work that goes into them he seems to have decent prices. Also, if you contact him, (I have for a custom Jodo Kast – AWESOME job!), he does do requests!



KBToys.com Hits The Jackpot!
September 6, 2002 | 1:50 PM EST | Mark

New items in stock at KBToys.com include….
Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure $24.99
Teemto Pagalies “Pod Racer” Action Figure $7.99
Chewbacca “Cloud City Capture” Action Figure $6.99
Republic Gunship $39.99
And others, check in to pick them up.



Republic Gunship In Stock
September 6, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

Walmart.com has the EpII Republic Gunship in stock again. If you want to get it, hop on over…
**UPDATE** – Just like that, it has sold out.



Do You Have The Best???
September 6, 2002 | 8:07 AM EST | Mark

Have you entered into Hasbro’s contest to find the best Star Wars collector? If not, there is still time.



Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack @ Amazon
September 6, 2002 | 7:44 AM EST | Mark

The Star Wars Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack is in stock, but only a few are available, so if you want one, head on over.
Also in stock with a small amount is the 3.75″ Endor Vehicles Set (AT-ST with Speeder Bike).
ATOC Ki-Adi-Mundi is in stock as well.
Darth Maul Sith Training

Also, do you have some cash to toss around or have you been saving for the Replica Lightsabers?? Well Amazon has these two in stock.
Luke Skywalker $299.99
Yoda $249.99



Silver R2-D2… How Much Would You Spend???
September 5, 2002 | 11:31 PM EST | Mark

Well what is he worth to you? How much pocket change do you want to spend on toys at TRU to get this little guy? $5, $10, $40, $50??? We have heard all sorts of numbers being tossed about. Well the answer is… $20! I do not believe this to be a bad price. I emailed Hasbro about the possiblity of two different figures and I was told there will only be one and you have to spend $20 on HASBRO Star Wars Merchandise to get it. Now when is he going to show up??? We wait patiently… more to come…



New Toys In Stock @ EE.com
September 5, 2002 | 10:51 PM EST | Mark

Republic Gunship (Item# HS84874, $59.99)

R2-D2 Astromech Droid (Item# HS84895, $124.99)



Padme In The Next Release Of Jedi?
September 5, 2002 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

Rick McCallum responded to the rumor that Padme will be added into a future release of Return of the Jedi with a flat denial, and some tongue-in-cheek humor. Click here for the whole story.



Free Jorg Sacul
September 5, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

POTF2.com is giving away one of the most sought figues of the year— Jorg Sacul. To try your hand at winning Mr. Expanded Universe, go over here and check out the rules. The contest ends September 15, 2002.



Target R2-D2 Ships
September 5, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Mark

Several readers have written in with thank you’s for the posting of the R2-D2 yesterday. Many wondered if they were actually in stock, well the shipment confirmation E-mails were sent out today. There have also been reports from readers that they have been finding them on the Target shelves today. So check your local Target if you are planning on getting one of these guys.



Walmart Cantina Packs Abounding!
September 5, 2002 | 3:59 PM EST | John

Faithful Yak-reader ‘Jhett’ is one of the many who have written to us to let us know that the Walmart exclusive Cantina packs are making it to retail in his area, and in fact all around the USA. He writes;

“I don’t know if you guys want to share this with your readers or not, but I picked up two of the Cantina packs at Wal Mart today. I got Ponda and Momaw. They had a couple of each, but no Greedo. This was at the San Jose, CA Wal Mart store.”

Thanks to everyone who has written in, and keep your Force-senses honed, they will be all over in a little while. Also, the Greedo pack will be in the next assortment in more abundance, so for right now, for the most part unless you hit the store right when the cases are unpacked, all you’re going to find is the Walrusman/Hammerhead… sorry… Ponda Baba and Mowmaw Nadon sets. (Old school seeping through there!) But don’t pay scalper prices for Greedo, patience pays!



Landspeeder and More In Stock
September 5, 2002 | 8:07 AM EST | Mark

Amazon.com now has the Exclusive Star Wars 3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke in stock for the price of $19.99 so head on over and pick yours up. No driving around needed.
Also in stock….
Exclusive Star Wars 12″ Taun Taun with Luke



Jango Slave I Pilot and Clone Trooper Pilot Available At Entertainment Earth
September 4, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth reports that they will soon have the Saga wave 7 in stock. The case includes Jango Fett Slave I Pilot (NEW), Clone Trooper Pilot (NEW), Padme Amidala Coruscant Attack, Darth Maul Sith Training, Anakin Skywalker Tatooine Attack, Yoda Jedi Master and Count Dooku Dark Lord. Click here for more.



Hallmark Ornaments
September 4, 2002 | 8:25 PM EST | Mark

If you have not had a chance to get out and pick yours up, let your fingers to the clicking and stop over to Hallmark.com and pick them up as they are online…



Star Wars Action Figure Nudism @ e-Bay?!?
September 4, 2002 | 3:08 PM EST | John

Over on e-Bay I’ve noticed an alarming trend with custom figures recently. A load of auctions such as this one have been making their way onto the market. Custom “topless” Leia’s (and wearing even less!), are up for auction now and again. GREAT work, (I wrote to the guy and asked for the “unedited” images, and he really knows his stuff, he’s done others that are absolutely fantastic!), but does it really have a place in our beloved hobby? To each his own… If you’re into that sort of thing, check it out.



LEGO 2003
September 4, 2002 | 1:58 PM EST | Mark

Seems Tim over at http://www.fbtb.net/ has a scoop on what to expect, head over there… Something about Huttese…



Star Tours Arriving… BUT……
September 4, 2002 | 10:54 AM EST | Mark

Tom P. sent us this news….
I just wanted to send out a warning to anyone ordering the Disney
Exclusive Star Tours figures from Disney Delivears. I preordered two of each of the first three figures several weeks ago, and they arrived in the mail yesterday in fairly sad condition. The dimensions of the box in which the figures were packed was a half-inch shorter than the figure cards, in all directions. Length, width, and height were all too short, and no packing material ws placed in the box. So, except for diagonal placement, there was no way a POTJ figure could be packed into the box without being bent in some way, and yet the doofus that filled my order managed to cram six figures in there! Luckily I intended to open one of each of the figures, because three of the six figures were folded almost in two, with the fourth figure being bent but reclaimable. The final two figures came out only slightly bent.
Ironically, the box contained a sheet that stated that Disney hoped the order arrived “in excellent condition” and gave instructions on how to return it for a full replacement/refund. So if you’ve ordered from Disney Delivears, be prepared to either receive a bunch of “openers” or to send your shipment back in the hopes of getting mint-condition replacements. I’ll live with what I received, but for $70.00+ for six figures, I would have liked them to arrive in better shape.



FAO Is The Place
September 4, 2002 | 10:35 AM EST | Mark

Here are a new find…. and it appears to be in stock….
Playskool® Star Wars Millenium Falcon $35.00
So if you are looking for it, head on over.



Interactive R2-D2 In Stock At Target
September 4, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DalGoda wrote in:

“Target.com has the Robotic R2-D2 listed as “in stock” yet Amazon.com has it is “unavailable” and their pre-order for it is gone. If you choose the Target route (as I did), use this coupon code TDWELCME2222 to get an addition $10 off, thus negating the shipping charges. They do however charge taxes. A pretty good deal for a cool item.”



KB Starfighter Showing up?
September 4, 2002 | 8:43 AM EST | Mark

Those new (old) guys over at galactichunter.com have posted some very nice images of this Starfighter that comes with Obi-Wan in the package. You can check them out HERE!

Also mentioned is the fact that KMart will be doing the same thing with the Slave 1 and one of the Jango’s later this year.



Force Flipping Anakin Skywalker
September 4, 2002 | 8:24 AM EST | Mark

http://www.americandreamcomics.com has posted carded pics of the upcoming Anakin Skywalker with Force Flipping Attack.



September 4, 2002 | 12:32 AM EST | Adam

On April 1, 2001, I took over operations at YakFace.com. And today, on September 4, 2002, I announce my retirement from the site. While I’ve had a fantastic run here with With Every Question for Justice, a smattering ofYakFeatures, and even some news once in a while. It’s been fun, but unfortunately, a lot of things have come up, and I’m currently unable to work on YakFace.com in a capacity that would be fair to the loyal readers of the site. I’m handing the keys back over to Mark, and while I’m not yet aware of what plans he has for the site, I’m sure the future here is going to be bright.

As for me, well, I’m moving to a new home, and in more ways than one. Starting today, you can find me at a new site, GalacticHunter.com. I’ll be bringing new reviews and Q&A with me, and the staff includes faces that should be familliar to fans of the online Star Wars collecting scene.

Thanks for your support over the years, for Yak Face’s Realm, myself, and anybody else who’s ever posted a Star Wars toy news article to the Web. But enough from me… back to the news!



Which Jedi Surive The Arena Battle?
September 3, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

The The Official Site has the answer. The newest installment of ask Jocasta has the list of survivors here.



Target Exclusive Accessory Packs in Canada But Not At Target
September 3, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Andrew:

“Just writing to let any Canadian readers know that the Target “exclusive” accessory packs are now showing up at Zellers stores all across Canada. I got there late and got the crappier of the four, (Arena & Hoth) but, they are still here anyway.”



New Star Wars Ebook
September 3, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

If you can’t wait for the next New Jedi Order novel due later this fall, they you’ll be interested in this newsfeed from Del Rey:

“STAR WARS soars from outer space to cyberspace…

The adventures of The New Jedi Order continue in YLESIA by Walter Jon Williams–the latest Star Wars eBook publication, from Del Rey Books. This original novella includes an exclusive excerpt from the eagerly anticipated STAR WARS: THE NEW JEDI ORDER: DESTINY’S WAY (on-sale 10/15/02) and an interview with the author.”

You can read an excerpt here, and read a description of it here.



TRU 25th Anniversary Silver R2 Update
September 3, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from a loyal source at TRU. The vacu-chromed R2s are coming (no date yet, but they are in some of the distribution centers). It looks like there will be two different versions. The good news for openers is that the figures themselves will be the same, but the bad news for completist carded collectors is that there will two different cards. One will likely be free to customers without a minimum purchase. The second will be much more limited and will be a gift WITH a minimum purchas. As of now, we have no info on how much the purchase requirment will be.



Pop-Ups Beware!!!
September 3, 2002 | 6:51 PM EST | Mark

Pop-Ups are going away, hopefully within the next day. I am very sorry that you have endure this nightmare with these. I have hated these from day one. It seems that our sponsor that pays for the bandwidth (IGN.COM) had a foul up on their end and are working to fix it. Again, I apologize for the troubles.



ATOC Disc 1 Review
September 3, 2002 | 3:47 PM EST | Mark

Those guys over at Aint-It-Cool-News, did it again, this time they have the disc one and have a complete review of it.

Read it here….



News From Entertainment Earth
September 3, 2002 | 3:13 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Action Fleet in Stock Now!

***Star Wars Action Fleet In Stock***

This all-new Action Fleet Asst. 1, Set (Item# HS46796AA, $39.99)
includes 1x X-Wing Fighter, 1x TIE Advanced x1 (Darth Vader’s TIE fighter)
and 1x Millennium Falcon (subject to change). Each plastic vehicle
includes a display stand. Available now!



R2-D2 Pre-Order Tags
September 3, 2002 | 3:11 PM EST | Mark

Jimmy sent in this info, it appears that TRU is now putting out Pre-Order Tags for the $99.99 Ultimate R2-D2 robot. If you are interested in getting this guy, this may be the way to go.

August 2002 Archive

Republic Gunships Shipping
August 31, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

Wal-mart’s on-line Republic Gunship orders are now shipping. Hopefully we’ll see these widely released in stores soon.

The Gunship is back in stock if you would like to order one.



Electronic R2-D2 at Target Soon?
August 31, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Mark

Raymond sent in this bit of news. He was at his local Target and noticed the shelf sticker for the $99.99 R2-D2, these may be showing up soon.



Initial Confimation Of Santa C-3PO And Reindeer R2-D2
August 29, 2002 | 6:49 PM EST | Bill

A couple of very reliable sources at the Trade Federation have CONFIRMED that the Santa C-3PO and Reindeer R2-D2 will happen. These will be an exclusive to the Fan Club later this year. Keep checking back for more as we get it!



Looking For Old Figures?
August 28, 2002 | 7:37 PM EST | Mark

I have been talking with a few of the readers of this page recently and have been asked for a good source for the 95 and up series of POTF2 figures, without hitting EBAY. I know most people out there collecting have all the figures already, however there are new people to this hobby all the time.Entertainment Earth.com is a top distributor of Star Wars merchandise, and while they specialize in selling in bulk, they do have many of the older figures at good prices for a case or $1.88 for an individual figure. Check out this Star Wars Link for a starting page to look for what you need.

I hope this helps the new collectors out, and anyone else looking for a few odds and ends…



Need Teemto? Amazon Got Teemto!!!!
August 28, 2002 | 9:59 AM EST | Mark

Teemto is now back in stock, so go get him if you need him.



12″ Ki-Adi-Mundi at The Fan Club Store
August 28, 2002 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Store now stocks Hasbro’s new Ki-Adi-Mundi. It’s an exclusive, and it’s about $25. You can buy a maximum of 10 per day, why you’d need that many is beyond me though. Check it out.



20% off and More!
August 27, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has all their LEGO’s on sale at 20% off prices or more, many are between 30% and 52%. Also they have the Playskool X-Wing and Naboo Fighter sets in stock if you are still looking for them.



12″ Taun Taun with Luke @ Amazon
August 27, 2002 | 1:14 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ Taun Taun with Luke is now in stock at Amazon.com, with the price of $59.99, so if you want it, click and get it.

Also back in-stock is the ATOC’s Preview Figure: Clone Trooper



Star Wars Kubricks from Medicom
August 25, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

After years of bootlegs, Medicom has gotten off their duff and produced official Kubrick figures. For the full scoop, we defer to Reader Fox:

“The first set of Star Wars Kubricks has been revealed at Medicom’s website:


The set consists of Luke & Leia from ANH, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.

The set will not be available until 2003, but Medicom is offering an Early Bird Certificate Pack (similar to the one Kenner offered on the first four figures) through their Collector’s Club.

Details on that are at 

No information on when and if these sets will be offered at retail outside of Japan is currently available.”



FREE TRU Exclusive Chrome R2-D2 and Other Iitems
August 24, 2002 | 11:36 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has two competitions running right now. The 1st is sponsored by Hasbro UK with prizes of TCG cards etc, and the 2nd is by one of their sponsors, they put up a brand new silver anniversary R2-D2.

For details please check out The Private Universe.



New Hasbro Ad
August 23, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Adam

From Reader Dan comes this nifty piece of news:

“Last night on Cartoon Network, Hasbro had a TV spot on the Ultimate
Collectors’ Contest.

It showed the prizes including the Jorg Sacul, To enter, you have to go to their website.

Deadline is October 15th 2002. Hope it helps.

Keep an eye out for it.”



Republic Gunship Available Now???
August 23, 2002 | 7:49 AM EST | Mark

Check out Wal-Mart.com for the ATOC Republic Gunship as it says it is in stock now and ready to ship! Price is $38.86



12″ Figures Attack Amazon.com
August 23, 2002 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

Amazon.com now has the new wave of 12″ Action Figures in stock.
Super Battle Droid $19.99
Zam Wesell $19.99
Count Dooku $19.99



Official Updates
August 23, 2002 | 2:15 AM EST | Adam

When Clones Attack! Desktop Wallpaper
New backgrounds for your downloading pleasure!

Episode I Sweeps the 5th Annual DVD Awards
As one of the most packed DVDs of 2001, it’s no surprise that The Phantom Menace set has earned quite a bit of praise. Find out what the disc won and see a plug for the new full screen edition in this new feature. The full set of awards was posted to (and decided by) DVD Review, so be sure to check out all the winners.

Help from Spielberg?
Once again tackling the omnipresent rumor/hope of fans, Rick McCallum spills the beans on Spielberg’s connection to the prequels.



More Saga Sightings
August 23, 2002 | 1:56 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jimbo had a good day…

“Today at the North attleboro, MA Target they had six new saga figures,
anakin skywalker tatooine attack
Tusken raider w massiff
Lott dod
Darth maul sith training
Padme amidala coruscant attack

Not a bad haul, there was no ephant mon, The woman was putting them up on the pegs when I got there and let me look in the case, the cases were the figs above and teemto, and Yoda and ki adi mundi, No new 12 in here.”



12″ NEW Anakin and Geonosian Warrior Photo
August 22, 2002 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just put up some AWSOME photos of the soon to be released 12″ Anakin (with robotic hand!!!!) and Geonosian Warrior. To say the least these are unbelieveable. Click here for the photos!



Imperial Shuttle Update And On-line PREORDERS
August 22, 2002 | 9:34 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation has scored the 411 on the FAO exclusive Imperial Shuttle. It is still scheduled to appear but it may be in 2003. FAO has it up on their webpage here. check out the Trade Federation for more.



ATOC Preview Figures Follow-up
August 22, 2002 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

An add on to Adam’s post from the 20th (seen below), we have had some emails looking for the preview figures. I did a little searching around and was able to find a few online. So if you are looking for them try these places out…
Amazon has these three figures in stock…
R3-T7 $6.99
Zam Wesell $6.99
Jango Fett $6.99
The Clonetrooper is sold out.

And Kbtoys.com has the preview figures available as a set for the LOW price of $19.99. So if you are looking hop on over and pick them up.



Troop Builder Sets: The Sequel
August 22, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has images of the upcoming Endor Rebel Troop Builder set. A quartet of seemingly identical POTF2 Endor Rebel Soldiers come in the box, and they don’t seem to be different (or at least too different) from their original release in Freeze Frame packaging in early 1998. Still, it’s news, and good news for diorama builders.

Now all we need are Imperial Scout Troopers. (Maybe some Ewoks and Jawas.)



Electronic Jedi Training Lightsaber Coming to the USA
August 22, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

Seen previously at Japanese online toy stores was an electronic interactive Jedi Training Lightsaber. A shiny silver replica of Anakin’s blade (or Luke’s, depending on your point of view,) we’re now seeing this item up for preordering at our sponsor, Entertainment Earth. It’s due in November and seems to be the same toy as Japan has had… so at least one vendor in the USA plans on getting this item in the Fall.



12″ Zam Spotted at Target, With Sticker
August 22, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

In case you’re like some of us and haven’t seen these in stores yet, here’s a report from Reader Joe:

“Howdy! Just thought I’d pass on the word that the new 12″ figures have shown up at my Southern California Target. Zam has her ‘face reveal’ mask and has a huge sticker on the box announcing this (I assume it was not on the box originally since there are stickers on the backs of all 3 boxes replacing the text under the Zam photo.)”



New Army Builder Set
August 21, 2002 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has gotten the scoop on the second army builder set coming from the fan club. This one will include 4 of the POTF (That’s right NOT the new Saga) Endor Trooper. Click here for pics and more.



Republic Gunship Scheduled To Ship August 30
August 21, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Wal-Mart.com. The are sending the following Email out to everyone with preorders pending:

“Dear Walmart.com Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase from Walmart.com. We
are writing to let you know that the release date of your
item(s) has changed. Please see the information below to
find out the new release date and when you can expect to
receive your order.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have
caused. Your complete satisfaction is our number one
priority. If you have any further questions, please contact
our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.

Best Regards,

Customer Service at Walmart.com

Star Wars Episode II: Republic Gunship
Original release date : 15 AUG 2002
New release date : 30 AUG 2002

Here’s how you can cancel your order:

1. Go to www.walmart.com and click “Your Account.”
2. Sign in using your email address and your Walmart.com
3. Click “Purchase History.” Find the number of the
order you want to cancel and click “View Order
Details” for that order.
4. When your order details are displayed, click “Cancel.”

This item can be cancelled online if you are a registered
Walmart.com customer. If you are not registered, they can
be cancelled by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-966-



Anakin (Tatooine Attack) And Sith Training Maul In Stock
August 21, 2002 | 6:51 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon.com, the following Saga figures…
Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)
Darth Maul (Sith Training)



Japanese Soft Vinyl Obi-Wan Figure Kit
August 21, 2002 | 2:02 AM EST | Adam

Action Figure Express and National Console Support have what seems to be the first images of a brand new Japanese figure kit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It looks pretty cool, and the action pose is really something. Even though it’s a wee bit expensive, it’s well worth seeing…. and it’s due in October. (And available for pre-sale.)



Official Site Updates
August 21, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

New Episode II Novel Edition
A new hardcover version of the novel will be out along with the video release with brand new cover art.

Jango’s Missing Head
Ask the Jedi Council… where did Jango Fett’s head go when Boba lifted the helmet? It’s something I missed… so it’s easily worth a look.



D&S Sci-Fi Toy World: Costumes, Watto, Lott Dod and More
August 21, 2002 | 1:43 AM EST | Adam

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Unleashed figures in stock. Also the new Action Fleet vehicles as well as Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Tie Pilot, Clone Trooper & Jango Fett Halloween/Collector Helmets back in stock. Also have the difficult to find Acklay as well as those Sneak Preview ATOC figures if anyone needs them.. We will have a pre-order up for the new Watto/Lott Dodd wave by Thursday. By the case or in groups.

Check out D & S Sci-fi Toy World for these and more today!



AOTC Preview Figures
August 20, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

We’ve been getting some email on how, when, or if the quartet of preview figures (Zam Wesell, Clone Trooper, Jango Fett, R3-T7) will be made available again. While we’ve been lead to believe they’ve stopped shipping, that doesn’t mean you should stop looking. Here in Phoenix, we still see some at stores like Sam Goody and Suncoast Motion Picture Co., although they do run a bit higher– like $8.99. While not really news, per se, with all the demand we’ve heard for white Clone Troopers, we figured it was worth mentioning. (Oh, and it’s a slow news day.)



Official Updates… Maybe Old Stuff
August 20, 2002 | 2:14 AM EST | Adam

First, there’s Hasbro US
You may have seen these before, but Bryan of the Tusken Trader pointed us out to the fact that there’s some great wallpapers made up of action figures in battle, some print ads, posters, commercials, and more. There’s nothing you haven’t already seen in this installment, most likely, but it’s neat.

And then there’s the Official Site
Pre-Order Your Episode II DVD
The Official Site has announced that Episode II is out for pre-order if you didn’t know already. They also boast a price comparison chart, and for the DVD, it’s pretty useful.

The Search is On for the Best Toy Collectors
Announced yesterday, here’s a plug for the new Hasbro contest in which the greatest collections can be made greater. A suggestion: worst collection prizes. These people really need the support, folks: the kid who’s got a poster tube painted blue and thinks it’s a lightsaber needs those prizes. But for the winner, one of the ultimate prizes: a Star Wars figure in the likeness of the winner!



Hasbro’s Search for The Ultimate Collector
August 19, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s searching for the ultimate collector. And there’s prizes involved… interested? There are links to two contest categories– above and below 15– right here on the Republic News page. If you’ve ever wanted to see how your collection stacks up against the world, this is your chance!



AOTC‘s Dwindling Box Office
August 19, 2002 | 2:19 AM EST | Adam

While still performing admirably in Japan, Box Office Mojo shows the first Star Wars flick of the new millennium pulled in a little below $350,000 this weekend… meaning it still hasn’t hit $300 million domestically. (Not that this really maters, as it’ll make gobs of dough on home video.)



New Phantom Menace DVD– Full Screen
August 19, 2002 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.net has posted a report that another Star Wars DVD will debut November 12– the full-screen version of Episode I. For those who prefer it, well, there ya have it– it’s finally coming out.



Disney Sightings, 12″ Luke Tauntaun
August 19, 2002 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

Reader Chuck sent in this report today, with some particularly surprising finds…

“Yesterday I was at the Downtown Disney Store Orlando, and For the following:

MANY Star Tours Figures, $10 a peice.
(Just Arrived) Cantina Sets, $10 a peice, I got Momaw Nadon, and Ponda Baba, Greedo was sold out.
and the 12″ Luke with Tauntaun They had 2 of them, and if i had more money, I would have picked one up. They were $60 a peice, and these things are BIG. VERY Impressive… :)”



Detailed Padme Coruscant Attack Photos
August 17, 2002 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has added detailed photos of Padme Coruscant Attack to their Visual Guide. Click here for more.



Pop-Ups and You
August 17, 2002 | 2:56 AM EST | Adam

In the past few days, we’ve noticed our ad server has suddenly placed pop-up advertisments on Yakface.com. And from your emails, it would seem so have you, and you share our belief that pop-ups are something you’d prefer to live without.

However, Yakface.com is a free resource for all who visit our cyber-home, and as such it needs to be fairly free for us too… which is why the ads are here. We enjoy providing you with our own brand of Star Wars coverage, and we hope you enjoy reading it. While we would not have elected for our ads to be of the pop-up variety, for now, this is something that will be on the page to pay our costs.

Ordinarilly we would prefer not to discuss matters of this variety on the main page of a Star Wars new site, as it detracts from what we’re trying to do. But hey, one of the reasons we’re here is to help answer your inquiries.

As always, thanks for your continued support and now here’s a news article.



Spain Gets Exclusives… From POTJ and Saga
August 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader PackoM had some great news to share today…

“I must say that today I’ve found the four Saga Accessory Sets at my local Toys’Rus, here in Seville. They are 11,99 EUR each. I must say I’m very surprised because here there are only a few of the figs and items that are in USA, but Toys’Rus is giving to us great part of the exclusives of the distinct USA shops: we had the POTF2 skiff with Luke, the 25th Aniversary Vader,… and actually they have in stock the exclusives POTJ Tie Interceptor, POTJ Tie Bomber, POTJ Snowspeeder, 12” EXCLUSIVE CLONETROOPERS (red and yellow) and now, the Accesory Packs. They have listed on the computer also “Ki-Adi Mundi”. Could be this the 12″ exclusive from the Fan Club? Will we say here the exclusive 25th Aniversary R2-D2? I’ll let you know it if it finally happens.”



K-Mart Sale: All Star Wars Toys, Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% Off
August 16, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | Adam

A K-Mart newspaper circular went around this week advertising a sale on all Star Wars toys– buy one at regular price, get a second of equal or lesser value for half off. The sale is good from August 15-17 only, meaning you’ve got until closing on Saturday. Some K-Marts are getting newer product, so if you’ve been putting of picking up some newer figures, or even 12″ figures, this might be a really great opportunity to pick up some of the more expensive items.

Nowhere in the ad does it specify which Star Wars toys are on sale, so it’s assumed Lego, Hasbro, and anything else would be included in the deal. Since only the figures are pictured, and K-Mart sometimes interprets the sales, your mileage may vary.

Kudos to Hope for the tip-off.



Unleashed II, Playskool AOTC Still Shipping to Kay-Bee Toys
August 16, 2002 | 12:57 AM EST | Adam

The second batch of Unleashed has been spotted at the Paradise Valley Mall Kay-Bee Toys in Phoenix, AZ tonight… so those still seeking Padme, Vader, and Anakin should add the malls of America to your toy runs. The figures run about $17.99 there, though.

Also, contrary to rumors we’ve been hearing, the same Kay-Bee just received a few of the “Arena Adventures” Playskool set with a mini Reek and li’l Mace Windu, Anakin, and Geonosion Warrior figures. Not surprisingly, the first trio of Action Fleet ships showed up at this same store… meaning there are plenty of reasons to hit the toy stores this weekend, if there’s something you’ve yet to find.



Star Wars Hidden in McFarlane Toy
August 16, 2002 | 12:34 AM EST | Adam

While looking for new information on the 2002 Masters of the Universe toy line, we stumbled upon this interview with the sculptors of the new line, the Four Horsemen.

In it, they talk about how they used to use chunks of other models and toys to make some of their earlier work at Todd Toys, now known as McFarlane Toys. A closer look at the jet-sled from their Troll figure reveals something many fans probably missed… check out the interview for more.



A Small Update to the CTC 2 Unproduced Guide
August 15, 2002 | 8:35 PM EST | Robert

A small update has been done to the unproduced second generation of commtech chips guide which you can check out by going here: Unproduced Commtech Chip Guide 
If this link doesn’t work head on over to theJawa and hit the CTC2 Definitive Guide link located in the features section on the right side of theJawa’s main page.
Thanks to Innis and theJawa for helping in putting the article together.



Clone Trooper In Stock
August 15, 2002 | 7:22 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Yellow and Red 12″ Exclusive Clone Troopers back in stock for $24.99 each.



Anakin Tatooine Attack In Stock at Amazon.com
August 15, 2002 | 12:23 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon.com, the following Saga figures…
Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack)
Teemto Pagalies
Darth Maul (Sith Training)



Unleashed Wave 3 Carded Pictures
August 14, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Sith Gorilla over at Death Star Plans has posted carded images of Unleashed Wave 3– Darth Tyranus and Mace Windu! Visit Death Star Plans for more.



AOTC DVD Pre-Orders Begin
August 14, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

The DVD for the prequel sequel are starting up today. Since DVD Price Searchdidn’t have it in their database, we looked around and this is what we found…

Buy.com: $17.99 for either Widescreen or Full Screen. Free shipping.

Suncoast.com: $19.95 for either DVD, less for the VHS.

CDUniverse: $20.99 for either DVD.

Circuit City: $24.99 for either DVD.

Several online stores have yet to add the film to their databases, so odds are in the next week there will be a dozen or more new entries… and hopefully DVD Price Search will be taking care of those.

Also, the actual DVD most likely won’t be in your hands until November 12, but if you want to get your foot in the door early, there’s a few options.

UPDATE:DVD Price Search has added the disc to their searchable database. As of this posting, Buy.com still has the lowest price.



Kay-Bee Gift Cards… Free With Purchase
August 14, 2002 | 6:17 PM EST | Adam

From Reader Ben:

My local KB (Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, CA) is giving away $10 gift cards with a $40 purchase, that translates to a 20% discount.

We noticed this deal as well, as well as others offering a greater gift card with a larger purchase. So if you’ve been putting off picking up the two 12″ exclusive Clone Troopers, this might be just the deal to make today the day to grab them.



Official Update
August 14, 2002 | 3:04 AM EST | Adam

Spanish Star Wars Magazine #8
Today’s official update from Star Wars.com shows the cover of a new Spanish Star Wars magazine… and I must say, I don’t think I’ve seen this Yoda image used on a cover before!



K-Mart: Saga Bundles
August 14, 2002 | 2:54 AM EST | Adam

Reader Sean sent us his findings of the recently released figure sets…

“Just letting you know I visited the KMART in Lubbock, TX and found a Star Wars Super Pak. It seems that KMART has packaged two different figures in a plastic case and priced it at $9.99. There were several different variations of which figures came together. I picked up the yoda and Jango(kamino escape) because I haven’t seen a yoda in Lubbock since the very first evening they were on sale. There is a big pink and yellow sticker on the package that says ‘super pak’ and the upc on the yoda had a white sticker over it.”



Jedi Dex Spotted, In Case You (We) Missed It
August 14, 2002 | 2:53 AM EST | Adam

Reader Peter found the Jedi Dex…

“I haven’t heard this reported before. I was seeking the Cantina exclusives at my local Wal-Marts in Phoenix AZ and came across the “Jedi Dex” instead (Wal-Mart, 59th & Bell, Phoenix AZ) – price marked as $30 less a few cents.”



Saga Ki-Adi-Mundi vs. Episode I Ki-Adi
August 14, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

While many have speculated that the new Ki-Adi-Mundi is merely a rehash of the version sold three years ago, we’re glad to report this is a half-truth. While the figure sculpt is the same, the figure has been given an all new lightsaber, right arm, and a new set of copyrights. So if you’re looking for a new figure, and boils down to Ki-Adi-Mundi and another recently released figure, Mr. Mundi doesn’t offer much new.



New at Star Wars.com: Gen Con & More!
August 13, 2002 | 5:24 AM EST | Adam

Q&A with Star Wars Authors
At Gen Con, four popular authors of original Star Wars fiction participated in a panel, talking up their experiences of playing in The Flannelled One’s Universe. Find out what they had to say in this feature.

TGC Championship Results
Who won the trip to Australia? The big TV? The Jorg Sacul figures??? The answers to some of these festering questions are now available.

RPG Previews at Gen Con
Wizards of the Coast unveils what will surely be a treat for gamers everywhere: upcoming guides shed light on Sith Witches and monsters alongside countless gadgets, guns, and gizmos. Oh, and the Ultimate Alien Anthology. Fun stuff.

Syncing Music
Ben Burtt discusses the job of making music fit when a movie is in a constant state of re-editing… find out who has to do this job in today’s “Ask the Jedi Council!”



Deluxe Wave 3 Give Away
August 12, 2002 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is giving away a set of the Deluxe Wave 3 figuers — Yoda/Super Battle Droid and the mix and match C-3PO with a red Battle Droid. Click here for more.



Wal-Mart Cantina Figures Available
August 12, 2002 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Darth Evicerous just wrote in to report finding the new Wal-Mart Exclusive Cantina figures in Mesa, Arizona! He writes:

“Hey, just found Greedo, Hammerhead [Momaw Nadon], and Walrusman [Ponda Baba] at Walmart in Mesa, AZ. $9.96 each. 2x Greedo, and 3x each of the other two in the case of 8.”

Update | Adam
Searching the vast reaches of Phoenix, AZ, I have discovered that several Wal-Marts have received one or several cases of these figures. While the sections and drink glasses seem identical in all three packs, the figures and backgrounds are unique and we hope to have a more in-depth look at these in the near future. But first, some impressions:

Greedo: The figure’s sculpt is pretty close to identical to the CommTech version from 1999. The coloring seems to be based on the Holiday Special Rodian from the Cantina more than Greedo. 1999 copyright dates.

Ponda Baba: New right arm, legs… otherwise same as POTF2 1997 release. Coloring slightly changed. New copyrights on the new feet.

Momaw Nadon: Based on POTF2 1996 sculpt, but with a new torso, seemingly crisper details on the skin, and a dynamite paint job. This figure is proof of what a good paint job can do to make a good figure look great. 1996 copyrights.



Tomy Star Wars PVCs from Japan: Now Available
August 12, 2002 | 5:43 AM EST | Adam

A few weeks ago, a few sites on the Web showed Tomy’s new series of “trading figures,” unmarked boxes that include small painted Star Wars items from the original trilogy, including: R2-D2 & C-3PO, Darth Vader flanked by Stormtroopers, the AT-AT, and the Millenniun Falcon.

We’re happy to report you can buy a complete set of the small toy and candy sets over at J-List for $25 plus shipping. The site also stocks the recently released plush Jawa and Ewok, also from Tomy, as well as a pretty neat version of Anakin’s Lightsaber and some light-up necklaces.

While Yakface.com’s staff has not had any dealings with J-List in the past, we figured you may be interested in seeing these PVC figures… if you haven’t seen them already.



Landspeeder Rollout Continues
August 12, 2002 | 3:28 AM EST | Adam

We’d like to thank our readers for the numerous reports of the new Saga Landspeeder (and what must be the ninth) Tatooine Luke showing up to Toys “R” Us stores around the country! From Las Vegas to Monroe, LA, the toy has been showing up in all corners of the country, and apparently its all-new sculpt has been getting rave reviews… so if you’ve been waiting to start looking for this one, start looking.



New Star Tours at American Dream Comics
August 12, 2002 | 3:11 AM EST | Adam

American Dream Comics has posted images of yet another figure due for release in the upcoming Star Tours range. Coming on a Collection 2 package and reeking of Disney Imagineering, the new WEG-1618 figure should be a welcome addition to everybody’s plastic droid workforce. Be sure to check out the photos of the figure, a close-up shot of the bubble, and the cardback atAmerican Dream Comics when you’ve got a few minutes.



Clones Box Office Report
August 11, 2002 | 6:42 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting Attack of the Clones brought in another $360,000 this weekend, it’s 13th in release– that brings it’s total domestic gross to $298,857,000. The film ranked at #20, two places up from last week. Click here for more.



The Winner Is…
August 11, 2002 | 5:07 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Chad Mcdonald, the newest winner in our Ultarama Giveaway Contest. Be sure to enter for our next drawing in 2 weeks here. Remember that your entry must contain your first AND last name as well as your address to be eligible to win. Good luck!



Star Wars.com Updates
August 10, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Adam

Worlds of the Expanded Universe
Star Wars.com updates its databank with listings for non-film locales like Arba, Kashyyyk, and Ord Mantell. Arba, for the uninitiated, is the infamous Planet of the Hoojibs.

What Are The Sails For?
Doug Chiang answers the question of just what those sails are doing on Count Dooku’s unique spacecraft…



Custom AOTC Padme Doll on eBay
August 9, 2002 | 7:28 PM EST | Adam

While we don’t normally like to plug eBay auctions all that much, a link was sent in for a Custom Attack of the Clones Padme that used the Episode I Qui-Gon/Padme set as a basis for the figure’s construction. While not cheap, it’s definitely worth a glance to see what some enterprising individuals have been doing with their toys.



Official Updates
August 9, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro UK
Refer-A-Friend Winners
Two lucky readers won Toy Fair Darth Vaders! Sure, you probably know who you are, but now everybody else can find out!

The Full Basic Figure List For 2002
Hasbro UK has posted what they claim to be the absolutely final list of 2002 basic figures. We should add, though, that we fully expect to see a few more added before year’s end…

And at Star Wars.com
TCG Championship This Saturday
If you’re following one of the biggest Star Wars events at GenCon, you’ll want to read this. The tournament’s prizes include Jorg Sacul figures, a trip to Australia, GameBoy Advances, and all sorts of awesome stuff.



Toys “R” Us Saga Landspeeder Spotted
August 9, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Reader Sergio sent us this note…

“Today I stoped by a local toys r us, and was surprised too see the new landspeeder with luke. There were 6 of them, along with 4 new x-wings. I just thought I’d pass this info along so people can be on the look out for these, since I had not seen reports that this item was out already. The detail on the new landspeeder is remarkable. The old lanspeeder does not compare. The price was $19.99+tax.”

Unfortunately, he did not include where he found it as far as his region goes. Still, it seems it’s time to start looking.

UPDATE: Another reader, Evilchuk, wrote in to let us know he found both the X-Wing and Landspeeder at a Toys “R” Us in San Antonio, TX.



Comic-Con Mega-Guide 
August 8, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Coruscant City.net:

“Some of our staff attended all four days of Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend, and we’ve put together the CCNet Mega-Guide to Comic-Con. It’s taken us a few days to get it all put together, since there was so much to see and we took almost 300 pictures, but the Mega-Guide is nearly done, and we wanted to share the news with fellow Star Wars fans.

The Mega-Guide features reports on and pictures of the massive dealers’ room, including many shots of products at the Hasbro and Gentle Giant booths. There are also pictures of many other collectibles from other genre productions, props, celebrities, and many costumed fans. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet if you’ve never seen 2 fans dressed up as the Death Star and someone frozen in a block of carbonite!

We’ve written up descriptions of everything we saw and experienced, and there are many reports that our fellow Star Wars fans would be eager to read about. The Hasbro and Dark Horse panel discussions, Steve Sansweet’s presentation on AOTC, and perhaps most exciting of all, the filming of scenes for Mark Hamill’s upcoming directorial debut, ‘Comic Book: The Movie!'”

Click here for the guide.



Lott Dod And Watto Reviewed
August 8, 2002 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

The Vinyl Jawa over at Pegwarmer.com has just posted a detailed review of these two figures. Click here for more.



Q&A Hiatus
August 8, 2002 | 4:06 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our twice-weekly Q&A column, will be taking an indefinite hiatus. We appreciate your patience in waiting for the column’s return, and with that, here’s some more news.



Star Wars Metal Lunchboxes
August 8, 2002 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

Reader IG88oncrack sent us a link to LunchBoxShop.com, a site that has a pair of Star Wars metal lunchboxes for sale. One’s in an A New Hope style while the other is themed after Attack of the Clones. They aren’t cheap, but if you want to see them, here they are.



The Fan Club Revised… Again
August 7, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is reporting that he Fan Club is being revamped yet again as it new owners (that’s right Wizards no longer owns it) announce their plans. First, Bantha Tracks is returning. Vintage readers will remember Bantha Tracks as the name of the Insider’s precurser. The Bantha Tracks will be in addition to Insider Publications. Memberships will be $29.95 a year and membership kits will be returning for new and renewing members starting this fall. Click here for more.



San Diego Report
August 7, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

Mike, aka Bananapunk (formerly of Reblscum and CollectStarWars.com fame) sent us this link to a page full of some great pictures he took in Hasbro’s Star Wars booth in San Diego over the weekend. While there’s no previously unseen product here, the images are nice, big, and crisp in addition to showing product from a new perspective. The shots of the Pilot Clone Trooper (some are on the first page, some appear later) are especially good.

Mike is currently working on a new project, Galactic Hunter, which should prove to be another in a great line of Star Wars websites. So anyway, kill some time and peruse his photos already.



Deluxe Saga for $5 in Virginia Toys “R” Us
August 7, 2002 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

Reader Kit found what seems to be an interesting local fluke…

“I’m not too certain if it’s like this around the rest of the country, but I know where I live, Richmond, Virginia, the Deluxe figures are five dollars each! Hope this is helpful to you or some fans!”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeeds
August 7, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

Some new updates from sponsor Entertainment Earth

***Yoda & C-3PO Deluxe 2-Pack***

The Yoda & C-3PO Deluxe 2-Pack (Item# HS84859DD, $29.99) includes C-3PO with Droid Factory Assembly Line and Yoda with Force Powers. C-3PO features interchangeable heads, arms and legs! Mix and match to create different combinations! Yoda features the “force,” hold YodaÕs hand over his lightsaber and it is Force-attracted to his hand!

***Star Wars Unleashed Assortment 2***

Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 2 (Item# HS84894BB, $56.99) includes 3 action figures, 7 inch scale: 1x Anakin, 1x Darth Vader and 1x Padme. These powerful and meticulously designed sculptures capture some of the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments. Their innermost emotions and essences are frozen in time with stunning artistry and detail. Collect them all for a stunning display of one of the greatest sagas of all time.



Official Updates
August 6, 2002 | 5:46 AM EST | Adam

At Star Wars.com
International Video Release Dates
If you live in Australia, Central America, Asia, or Europe you can find out whenAttack of the Clones will see its official release in your corner of the world. The dates, all tentative, are this November.

One of Yoda’s Younglings was clearly a Noghri. What is his name?
The Jedi Librarian tackles the species we see of the Bear Clan, the group Yoda educates in Attack of the Clones. While it isn’t spelled out as to what the “Noghri” Jedi was, at least you can find out what non-human Jedi did appear in the scene…

And at Hasbro US
Get A First Look at New Products…
Two full pages of currently unreleased Hasbro product images. While some are the same as the official site posted earlier, there are some new angles, so it’s still worth a gander.

Lastly, at Hasbro UK
Arena Play Set
While we’ve seen it before, this short blurb does mention some things you may not have seen in the images. Count Dooku’s box, a “secret hangar,” and break-apart columns are some of the listed features of this large and apparently fairly priced chunk of plastic.



Detailed Pictures of Lott Dod, Watto, Tusken with Massiff, and More
August 5, 2002 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has just posted detailed pics of the soon to hit retail Lott Dod, Watto, Tusken Raider with Massiff, and the new variant beardless Endor Rebel Soldier and Red Battle Droid. Click here for more.



Custom 25th Anniversary Boba Fett: DIY
August 5, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Adam


Clarification: We’ve gotten a few emails asking where someone can buy this toy. Answer: it’s a custom. It’s not for sale, it’s home made, and the site has some components that can help you build your very own. (I did not, however, see directions on how to recolor the figure.)

Markus of StarconstruX sent us a heads-up that they posted some nifty scans for a do-it-yourself project for a 25th Anniversary Boba Fett, in the style of the infamous Darth Vader and the upcoming R2-D2. It ain’t perfect, but it’s a great idea for an summer afternoon project!



Q&A Monday Postponed
August 5, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

Due to a small issue we’re having with our file server, With Every Question For Justice will not have its usual Monday update. And now for something we hope you’ll really like!



Clones Box Office Tally
August 5, 2002 | 2:12 AM EST | Adam

As the summer marches on, and with the inevitable home video release of the flick, the clone attack on the American box office has slowed down quite a bit. Coming in at the top three this weekend were Signs (no big surprise),Goldmember (again, no big surprise), and The Master of Disguise (huge surprise.)

At #20 is Attack of the Clones, coming in with an additional $600,000 this weekend bringing its total take to roughly $298 million and change. At this rate, it could easily break $300 million before September. These figures are borrowed from the fantastic Box Office Mojo.



More Star Tours Announced at Rebelscum
August 5, 2002 | 1:55 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has a report regarding more future Star Tours releases. A quartet of Droids are listed, one of which– R4-M9– was released during the final days of Power of the Jedi. Could this be a mistake, a repaint, or simply a placeholder name? Time will tell, but check out Rebelscum for the rest of the droids!



Potential AOTC DVD Omission
August 4, 2002 | 9:01 AM EST | Adam

While perusing various DVD sites for interesting press releases and early reviews of Lord of the Rings, I stumbled upon this quote at DVD Review, pointing out something I totally missed earlier:

“A couple of interesting sidenotes are that unlike Episode I, Episode II will apparently be released as the theatrical cut, not as a retooled director’s cut or some such nonsense. Oddly missing from the features are the six short discussions of the film from the recent Fox television premieres of the previous Star Wars films which will be present on the VHS tape.”

Looking at the official list of supplements for the VHS and DVD releases, they’re right: the Star Wars Connections featurette is listed as a VHS supplement, and does not appear on the DVD list. The VHS also includes six deleted scenes, which is better than the total absence of deleted scenes seen with the Phantom Menace tapes.

So now you know.



Toys “R” Us Sales
August 4, 2002 | 8:48 AM EST | Adam

This week, Toys “R” Us stores are having some advertised sales on their Hasbro action figure products. Items included in the sale…

Slave I: was $29.99, now $19.99
Jedi Starfighter: was $24.99, now $19.99
Deluxe Figure Assortment: was $9.99, now $7.99

Given that the prices drop in different amounts in different regions, this may or may not be a good deal. Still, we’d reccomend the vehicles at these prices.

NOTE: David, a TRU Merch Team Leader, sent this in:
“The sale you mentioned is only in some markets, based on when kids go back to school. All other markets will have this sale start NEXT sunday the 11th-17th.”

The circular does list the items as also being available at Amazon via their Toys “R” Us store, and the items are marked down on their web store. So you’ve got options.



Official Weekend Updates
August 4, 2002 | 3:22 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro Fall 2002 Preview – Part 2
Official shots of all sorts of goodies, including Unleashed Mace Windu, Lott Dod, Jango Fett (Pilot), Clone Trooper (Pilot), the 12″ Bounty Hunters, the Arena, and more. Don’t miss these!

Sansweet at Comic-Con 2002
Uber-Fan and all around Awesome Dude Stephen J. Sansweet made a presentation in San Diego this weekend that included the first showing of a deleted scene from Attack of the Clones! While it will be on the DVD come November, but you can find out what it is right now by viewing this update!



Ephant Mon, Padme Pilot Carded
August 3, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

They weren’t shown at Comic-Con, but SithGorilla over at Death Star Plansscored some pics of these upcoming Saga figures. Visit Death Star Plans for the full scoop!



Removable Armor Clone Trooper
August 3, 2002 | 3:10 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has images from the San Diego Comic-Con clearly show not just a removable helmet, but also removable armor on the upcoming Deluxe Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike. Click here for a pic without the armor, and here for a pic of the comparison with and without armor as well as the loose armor.



Unbelieveable Customs Site
August 3, 2002 | 10:46 AM EST | Bill

Ryan Shaw has some unbelieveable customs up on his website. A few of the best samples include a from-scratch Gargan figure, and Pod Race pilot Ben Quadrinaros! Check them out, these are simply unbelieveable!



Official Site Updates
August 3, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

All’s Fair in Love, War and Comics
Wondering what the phrase “The Attack On Kamino” means as far as future tales are concerned? Future storylines on all sorts of upcoming goodies are revealed, including Mace Windu’s involvement in a future installment of Tales. Good times, indeed.

November 2002 Comics and Mini-Busts
Summaries of: Star Wars: Empire #3Star Wars: Republic #48. Also, some images of the wonderful Darth Vader and Yoda mini-busts… both are exquisite looking, and we’d like to get review samples if anybody out there is reading… aw, c’mon…

Hasbro Fall 2002 Preview
Official photography of: 3 3/4″ Destroyer Droid and Tusken Raider with Massiff, Darth Tyranus Unleashed, Hoth and Endor accessory sets; 12″ Imperial Officer; Action Fleet AT-AT. We assume this means there will be another update with more new photography soon. Of note: the Scout Trooper in the Endor Accessory set is properly assembled, and the deco on the AT-AT is nothing short of mind-bogglingly good. Snow, dirt, the whole ball of wax.

Cargo Bay
Some neat things are there if you missed them before. All six Cantina Diorama sets are listed, with the first wave pictured with an incorrect release date of July, 2002. Wave 2 will include Dr. Evazan, Wuher, and Kitik Keed’kak, and those are listed as due in November.

There’s also a few nice shots of the deluxe Clone Trooper and Geonosian, and other than a few neat new Basic figures being shown, there’s also mention of the upcoming Fan Club exclusive Lott Dod and Nute Gunray Hologram set.

Oh, and take the release dates with a grain of salt. While some are right on the money, or are about $0.15 off, there’s a few that miss the mark by a couple of bucks. And now that this metaphor has been overextended, our next news item…



Star Tours Figures: Mall Bound?
August 3, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

Reader Brent turned us on to this article at the Providence Journal (a newspaper from Rhode Island) with a particularly interesting quote:

“Although the co-branded toys can only be found at Once Upon a Toy, Hassenfeld and Weiss said they will one day be sold at The Disney Stores locations, such as those at Providence Place, Emerald Square and Warwick malls.”

So could this mean the likes of Disney Mr. Potato Head and R3-D3 are going to show up in your neck of the woods? We’ll keep you posted on these and other developments in the world of the ever-elusive Droid figures.



Target: Final Markdown on Select Star Wars Items
August 3, 2002 | 2:40 AM EST | Adam

While your stores may have different products, tonight we spotted some Tiger Electronics AOTC vehicles for just over a buck, as well as the Ultimate Collector Series Lego Blockade Runner for just $49.94 (was $199.99.) Even though we mentioned it before, we’ll mention it again: be sure to visit your local Target stores this weekend if you’re in the market for new and/or cheap items.



More Comic-Con Coverage
August 2, 2002 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has updated their Comic-Con coverage with more pics and the Hasbro Q&A. Click here for more.



Yet More Discounts at Amazon
August 2, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

If you are late to the LEGO game and are looking for older sets, check Amazon for this deal…
Episode 1 Sith Infiltrator List $29.99, now $14.98

Other items include…
12″ Queen Amidala Ultimate Hair Fashion Doll List $24.99, now $5.29
12″ Figure: Enslaved Leia List $19.99, now $9.96
Episode II: Slave I List $29.99, now $19.99



Official Goodies, Hasbro Q&A Of Sorts
August 2, 2002 | 2:54 AM EST | Adam

Comic-Con 2002 Q&A with Hasbro
Jedi Points, Playskool, and more… and find out about someone that’s prepared for any mail-away offer Hasbro could come up with, no matter how big!

Hugh Jackman in Ep III?
Rick McCallum tackles this issue and gives a reason for why the rumor has circulated so much…



Target Accessory Sets: Early Impressions
August 2, 2002 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Well, we found our samples of the four Target accessory sets in Phoenix tonight, so here’s some early impressions to hold you over until some reviews get written:

Arena Conflict Accessory Set
Mostly recycled parts. The Battle Droid figure is a repainted version of the Power of the Jedi Security Battle Droid. The backpack is new (and resembles the STAP), but all the other accessories have shown up elsewhere, sometimes in different colors.

Death Star Accessory Set
A good mixed bag. The Death Star Trooper is the 1998 POTF2 figure, complete with removable helmet and unchanged copyright dates. The rifle rack, mouse droid, torture droid, and belt are new sculpts. It’s a well-balanced set that Imperial fans will drool over.

Hoth Survival Accessory Set
The most disappointing set. The Hoth Rebel Soldier is the 1997 Hoth Luke with the 1997 Hoth Rebel Soldier head. The backpack won’t fit over his shoulders. The scanner, rifle, and gas masks are recycled, but the rest is all new. The “power box” wins the award for lamest accessory in all four sets.

Endor Victory Accessory Set
Delightful. The Scout Trooper is the Power of the Jedi version assembled incorrectly, with the waist (crotch) piece put in backwards. The drum set’s helmets are not removable, but there is an AT-ST driver helmet included for Han, and everything else, except the Rebel rifle and the Scout pistol seem to be recolored or resculpted from previous versions. This one’s great.

A full pictoral and slightly more extensive commentary may be coming soon-ish.



Action Fleet Continue to Roll Out
August 2, 2002 | 2:23 AM EST | Adam

We’ve received numerous reports on the Target Exclusive Action Fleet sets, but tonight we personally sighted all four sets at $5.99 each. Each set has at least one vehicle with a “dedicated” figure stuck to it, so your Speeder Bikes won’t go unmanned.

Also, the Target had the Falcon, X-wing, and TIE Fighter Advanced. So keep checking your local stores if you missed any of these, as Target has marked several items to “final markdown” and many of the stores have reset or are in the process of resetting their toy aisles… which means loads of new toys are showing up.



Star Wars Adult Apparel at Sears
August 2, 2002 | 2:18 AM EST | Adam

If you’re looking for some cheap adult-sized Star Wars t-shirts, check your local Sears stores. Several adult and young adult sizes exist of classic and prequel designs, and they’re $9.99 each. Neat-o.



New Vintage Scans at Gadders.com
August 1, 2002 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

Gadders.com has cardbacks for download for all the Star Wars 12-backs, and they have also added more inserts to the site, including the much requested vintage AT-ST Scout Walker stickers.



San Diego Comicon Coverage
August 1, 2002 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has begun posting their coverage of Hasbro’s offerings at the San Diego Comicon. You will definitely want to check it out here .



Action Fleet In Stock at Amazon
August 1, 2002 | 7:37 AM EST | Mark

Can’t find them at the store? Head over to Amazon.com…
Action Fleet: Millenium Falcon
Action Fleet: TIE Advanced x1
Action Fleet: X-Wing Fighter

Also, the Episode II Deluxe figures are on sale for $6.99.



Q&A Thursday Update
August 1, 2002 | 5:17 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has just tackled a dozen– and by dozen, we mean two less than a dozen– questions from you, the readership, on all things Star Wars. Check it out, won’t you?



Official AOTC VHS, DVD Release and Official Updates
August 1, 2002 | 4:40 AM EST | Adam

At The Official Site
Episode II on DVD and VHS
Looks like the rumor mill was right– November 12 is the date for the North American home video release. Surprisingly, both pan-and-scan and widescreen DVDs will be produced, and the packaging even keeps in style with the Episode I DVD and VHS tape. To see images of the cases as well as a full list of featured extras, check out this feature.

Star Wars at Comic-Con 2002
A brief look at the Star Wars programming at one of the finest events surrounding the world of comics. If you’re in San Diego this weekend, take a look to see what’s in store for you!

Topps Goes Wide with Episode II
Find out about the 80-card Widevision set due this November.

And from Hasbro USA
Join the Intense Battles at the Star Wars Trading Card Game National Championship at Gen Con
Hasbro’s headline pretty much says it all when it comes to this August 10 event. Find out more about the tournament on Hasbro’s site.

July 2002 Archive

Topps Goes Wide
July 31, 2002 | 8:48 PM EST | Mark

On Star Wars.com, a couple of preview cards have been announced alongside the announcement that Topps will be producing Widevision cards for Episode II. The set is due in stores this November, and you can check out the preview images at the official site.



Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO at Entertainment Earth
July 31, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Mark

EE.com now has the Wave 3 deluxe Figures in stock which include Yoda and the C-3PO with Battle Droid. Hop on over to order yours…



Amazon Exclusives, Pre-Orders
July 31, 2002 | 7:51 AM EST | Mark

The X-Wing with R2-D2 is back in stock. Their other 3 3/4″ exclusive is theLandspeeder with Luke with an expected date of Aug 15th. The 12″ Luke and Taun Taun is due in on Sep 15th.



Indiana Jones DVDs?
July 30, 2002 | 7:23 AM EST | Adam

Sure it isn’t Star Wars. Sure, we’re fanning the flames of another rumor-fire. But you’ll probably be interested just the same that Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Paramount is prepping the original Indiana Jones films for a DVD release

Of course, be sure to take this with a grain of salt… while AICN is the source of some fantastic early reports and sometimes notable preview screening reviews, these are the same people that gave us a rather laughable Episode III Obi-Wan makeup test image. Still, it makes us hopeful.



First Pics Of Clone Trooper Pilots AND Gunship Turrets
July 29, 2002 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, we finally havea photo of what the pack-in for the Clone Trooper Pilot will look like. We have known for a while that the upcoming Clone Trooper Pilot would come with a turret to add on to the Republic Gunship. Thanks toAmerican Dream Comics you can see them here and here.



Entertainment Earth Automated News Feed:
July 29, 2002 | 6:33 PM EST | Mark

***New Star Wars Figures In Stock***

Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 5) (Item# HS84851F, $79.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84851F includes 12 action figures: 3x Darth Maul – Sith Training (NEW), 3x Anakin Skywalker – Tatooine Attack (NEW), 1x Jango Fett – Kamino Escape, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Hangar Duel, 2x Yoda – Jedi Master, 1x Count Dooku – Dark Lord and 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jedi Starfighter Pilot.

While not listed in their newsfeed, quantities of the Ki-Adi Mundi and Teemto Pagalies waves have also arrived.



Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 29, 2002 | 6:20 AM EST | Adam

The highly amusing laugh-fest Austin Powers: Goldmember has proven an old dog doesn’t need too many new tricks to delight and amuse, pulling in over $70 million this weekend. Of course, since this is a Star Wars site, we checked Box Office Mojo for the latest on AOTC, and the film pulled in an estimate $800,000 for the weekend. This puts the second-to-last Star Wars film at a hair above $297 million.



New YakFeature: Saga X-Wing
July 29, 2002 | 6:08 AM EST | Adam

While the images were a little rushed, it’s up and ready to go!

The latest YakFeature is on the Web! This time, we take a good, long look at the new Saga Toys “R” Us Exclusive, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter.

Aside from the overview, we posted…

The Saga X-Wing Packaging Gallery
The Saga X-Wing Review



Jango Fett Room Alarm @ Wal-Mart
July 29, 2002 | 4:26 AM EST | Adam

During this evening’s toy run, several Jango Fett room alarms were spotted at a few different Wal-Marts in the Phoenix area. Each store’s price varied, but was within the realm of pennies under $29.99. If you’re still hunting for this one, it appears they are continuing to ship.



Toys “R” Us 25th Anniversary R2-D2 News
July 29, 2002 | 3:57 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted news on the new Silver Anniversary Silver R2-D2 figure from Hasbro. The newsbrief discusses a timeframe and quantity, and from the sound of things, it won’t be too hard to get an all-silver Astromech of your very own.



Q&A Monday Update
July 29, 2002 | 3:37 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Star Wars Q&A column, has been updated yet again with tirades, arguments, confrontations, and some fun trivia. Read on, and enjoy!



Metal Lunchbox Found
July 29, 2002 | 3:31 AM EST | Adam

Reader Jeffrey had a notable find in Rochester, NY:

“Check out your local grocery and department stores for the new full size metal Star Wars lunch box from thermos. Its black with the Star Wars title and features similar Ep.2 Villains and Hero images as seen on recent T shirts and collectable tins. It includes a small Tupperware type container as well as a plain white thermos.”

The store was not specified.



Tatooin Attack Anakin: First Report in the US?
July 29, 2002 | 3:30 AM EST | Adam

From reader SPFreedo:

“I haven’t see this listed on your site yet, but today at K-Mart in
Pittsburgh, PA I found the Tatooine Attack Anakin Skywalker.”

Well, this is the first we’ve heard of the figure showing up, so check those local stores!



New Playskool Set Found
July 29, 2002 | 3:28 AM EST | Adam

After receiving numerous sightings of the Millennium Falcon Playskool set, we’ve finally gotten the first of the “Arena Adventures” package based on Attack of the Clones from reader Michael:

“I was at the KB at Opry Mills in Nashville, TN today and found a new Playskool set that I didn’t even realize was coming out. It was an Episode 2 set that included the Reek, Mace Windu, Anakin and a Geonosian Warrior. It was carded similar to the Hoth and Endor sets.”



New Entries on the Star Wars Collectors Archive
July 28, 2002 | 5:40 AM EST | Adam

Fans of all things vintage are in for a treat, as some particularly cool late-1980s entries have been added to the Star Wars Collectors Archive. See some Droids companion figures, original box artwork from Brazil, and some other great goodies!



Another Star Tours Figure Sighting
July 28, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader Bruce had a finding in Florida yesterday…

“Here is the word on the Star Tours figures. I got this information from the manager of the new “Once Upon a Toy” store at Downtown Disney here in Orlando. They did a soft launch of the store, which officially opens Thursday, August 1st.

I was down there today to buy the droids, which they had in great supply. There were three, and ONLY three available at this store. I asked the manager about a 4th one that was supposed to be out and he told me that they had only the three and that ‘if these things sell well, there are 3 or 4 waves, of three figures in each wave, that will be issued, one wave about each quarter.’

Here’s the ones I got today. R3-D3, G2-4T and RX-24 (“Rex”) Rex was in the shortest supply as not surprisingly he is the star droid of the Star Tours ride at Disney/MGM.

Anyway thought you might to know since there seems to be some confusion about how many of these figs are actually out.

Disney Land might have a different story, but this is the official word out of Orlando from the manager of the new toy store here.”

From the rumor mill, multiple waves of exclusives are a strong possibility. While many have asked, we still don’t know when the Fan Club will begin offering these figures. Some have called the Fan Club to ask, and we’d like to remind our readers that phone representatives of the Fan Club and other companies aren’t always privy to the information available elsewhere, so don’t always expect the most up-to-date information from a phone rep.



KBToys 12″ Exclusive Clone Troopers In-Stock
July 27, 2002 | 8:47 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the 12″ Exclusive Red and Yellow Clone Troopers back in stock along with a host of other new figures if you are still looking for any. They also have the 12″ Ultimate Jango Fett in stock.



Unleashed Continue Assault
July 27, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

GameStop stores were next on the list to receive Wave 2 of the Star Wars Unleashed figures, selling the plastic statuettes for $16.99 per. A Phoenix area store received a case with two each of Padme, Anakin, and Darth Vader. (For the curious, it was the Arrowhead Mall location.)

A bit of a surprise with Anakin: he’s got interchangable hands!

We’ve heard from a few readers that some unscrupulous dealers have been telling them Padme is going to be recalled. Not true, kids, it’s just another one of those nasty things that have become known as “Internet rumors.” But looking at the sluggish sales of the initial two figures, any rumor to boost sales might be a good thing.



Target Biker Scout Assembly Error– Widespread?
July 26, 2002 | 8:11 PM EST | Adam


I just got the SCOUT TROOPER WEAPONS SET at target, and my figure has his croth part backwards. See the pic. Is this how it is manufactured, or is this a potential error that will be fixed later….”

He sent us this image, and there’s definitely something screwy with the image. While a single error like this typically isn’t newsworthy, I took a look atRebelscum and elsewhere, and their packaged samples appear to be the same way. We don’t expect this to be fixed if it’s a widespread error, which, it appears, it most certainly is.



New Saga Advertisment Spotted
July 26, 2002 | 8:01 PM EST | Adam

Reader redtwo3 sent in his impressions of a new commercial for Clones toys…

“Just thought I’d let you know that I just saw a new commercial this morning on the Cartoon Network for some of the new Ep. II toys. The commercial was for the Nexu and the deluxe Yoda. The commercial basically just showed what each of their action features were. The play features for the Yoda look really cool.”



Saga X-Wing’s R2-D2: Based on R2-B1
July 26, 2002 | 7:19 AM EST | Adam

While examining the new Toys “R” Us Exclusive X-Wing Fighter for an upcoming feature on this site, we discovered an answer to an oft-asked and never-answered question: “Is this a new R2-D2 or a remake?”

The answer: a little bit of each. The figure’s sculpt is, without a doubt, the Episode I figure R2-B1. There’s distinctive markings on the dome and body that are fairly minor, but easy to see if you know where to look. Also, there’s the copyright date, which still reads “2000” and this was the only bipedal R2-style Droid figure released in or since 2000.

Just thought you might like to know that. The full review of the X-Wing toy should be ready early next week… and it’s far more impressive than any review has revealed thus far. There’s quite a few undocumented features that will make a lot of you go after this one, and we plan to show you the whole ball of wax.



Hands-On PlayStation2 Bounty Hunter
July 26, 2002 | 4:36 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted their impressions of the upcoming PlayStation2 and GameCube adventure game. Temeura Morrison and Leeanna Walsman (Jango & Zam from the film) lend their voices to the game, and quite a few details listed make it sound like it could be a fantastic product. Of course, you never know, and the preview doesn’t make any judgement calls on the game’s overal quality. (Mostly because it isn’t done yet.) But anyway, if you’re curious about this title, check the preview out.



Official Updates
July 26, 2002 | 2:41 AM EST | Adam

To start, we’ve got some happy news from Hasbro UK
10 Jorg Sacul Figures to be Won
Ten lucky, randomly selected members of HasbroJedi.co.uk will receive a Jorg Sacul figure! Even though it’s only open to residents of the UK, well, those in the UK would probably be interested in this.

And at Star Wars.com
The Clone Wars Begin
Nine new databank entries have been added, including a plethora of weapon droids, Clones, vehicles, and more. If the gadgets of the Battle of Geonosis are something you’d like to read up on, be sure you don’t miss this installment.



Nokia Phone Faceplates: Star Wars Edition
July 26, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Darth Dav sent us this link showing off some of Nokia’s newest Star Wars cell phone faceplates. If your phone needs a new visage, be sure to give the page a look.



D&S Sci-Fi Newsfeed
July 26, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

D & S Sci-fi Toy World – New Arrivals:

We just got in the Playskool Falcon, and we have the Ki-Adi-Mundi & Han Endor waves in stock. Also taking pre-orders for shipment late next week:
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO, SW Trilogy Action Fleet, Acklay Beast & more!

Visit them today at www.dnstoys.com!



What? What Did You Say?
July 25, 2002 | 10:34 AM EST | Robert

With the help of Innis at the Jawa.com and Joe from Joetoy.com a joint venture article was written to help fellow collectors interested in collecting the second generation unproduced oval commtech chips both loose and on the card. Innis and the Jawa will be hosting a chat to talk about the unproduced commtech chips this Friday at 8 P.M. EST, so stop by as it should be a good chat! You can check out the article by going here: Unproduced Commtech Chip Guide
Drop us a line to let us know what you think! 8>)



TRU Exclusive now On-Line
July 25, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

Amazon / TRU has the X-Wing with R2-D2 in stock now for $39.99, so if you are looking for this exclusive, head on over.



New AOTC DVD Release Date?
July 25, 2002 | 5:30 AM EST | Adam

A scan sent to TheForce.Net’s Episode II Area reveals a new release date for Episode II– apparently, November 12, which is slightly earlier than previously speculated. If this list is for real, you can see dozens of other release dates, including Monsters Inc., Crocodile Hunter (but why?), and a few others.

So for now, pencil in November 12 as the day for which you’ll need $20 set aside. Based on early info leaking, it’s going to be a killer two-disc set.



Xbox Game Prices Drop
July 25, 2002 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam

Two Star Wars Xbox titles, Starfighter and Jedi Starfighter, have been spotted at lowered prices of $17.88 and $37.88 respectively at a Phoenix area Target. If you’re interested in these two titles, be sure to take a detour to the electronics section on your next toy run. They were marked “Temporary Price Cuts,” and those aren’t always national deals, so your mileage may vary.



Official Site Updates
July 25, 2002 | 4:31 AM EST | Adam

New on the Fan Films Marquee
Read about Trooper Clerks (Smith meets Lucas), Block Wars, and the Hardware Wars Teaser. If you haven’t seen them, they’re all-new!



Action Fleet: First Wave Found
July 25, 2002 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

Reader Peter found some new ships this morning…

“I haven’t seen this reported yet, but I noticed this morning that the a Wal-Mart on Bell Road, Glendale AZ had the ‘Falcon, X-wing and Advanced TIE (AKA Darth Vaders TIE). Does not appear to be any figures. The Falcon looks very “dirty” compared to my recollections of the previous version.”



Q&A Thursday
July 25, 2002 | 4:20 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our irregular twice-weekly Q&A column, has been updated with ten questions and answers from you, the readers. Feel free to send in your questions for the next installment!



Target Excluive Accessory Sets In The Stores
July 24, 2002 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

I have been getting reports from across the Country of Targets putting out their 4 exclusive accessory sets. The price is $9.99. Some of the reports have indicated that the stores are not “supposed” to put these out yet, but a lot of Targets are stocking early.



Official Update Fun
July 24, 2002 | 4:38 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start the rounds at Hasbro UK
Be Jango Fett!
A Jango Fett Target Game has just been released in the UK. It’s available only in Index… whatever that means.

Winner of the June HasbroJedi.co.uk Competition
Somebody won a free poster! Find out who!

And next, Star Wars.com
Desktop Wallpaper
From the college (or street) campagin websites, here’s some more of the nifty pop-artwork available for download.



Unleashed Wave 2 Hits Retail
July 23, 2002 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews is reporting that Unleashed Wave 2 is in the stores!!! This wave is Darth Vader, Anakin, and Padme. Click here for more.



Insider #61 Arrives
July 23, 2002 | 4:12 AM EST | Adam

Subscribers have started receiving the newest issue of the Star Wars Insider. Yoda’s intent stare on the cover hides several features, including what the colors on Clone Troopers mean, features on some of the handmaidens and Celebration II, and even a feature showing tons of the upcoming Sith Rising card set. All in all, a worthy read, so watch your newsstands and mailboxes!



Official Update
July 23, 2002 | 3:59 AM EST | Adam

One update today…

Familliar Planets for III?
Rick McCallum gives an “answer” to if we’ll see Alderaan or other familliar sounding planets for the final Star Wars film…



Star Tours Toy News at Rebelscum
July 23, 2002 | 3:32 AM EST | Adam

Some previously unheard Star Tours toy news has been posted to Rebelscum, including some repackaged POTF2 weapons and the possibility that we’ll be seeing far more Droid figures…



Entertainment Earth: AOTC Wave 2 12″ In Stock, Newsfeed
July 22, 2002 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth now has the new Saga 12″ Episode II Wave 2 in stock which includes Zam Wesell, Super Battle Droid, and the amazing Count Dooku.Click here to order yours today!

Also, in their Newsfeed today…

***Autographed Jabba’s Dancers***

The Autographed Jabba’s Dancers (Item# 69849A, $24.99), signed by Mercedes Ngoh, the actress who played Jabba’s Dancer “Rystall” in Return of the Jedi Special Edition.

***Star Wars EP2 Epic Duels***

Star Wars EP2 Epic Duels (Item# HG40406, $24.99) game plays out what all Star Wars fans dream about — who is the greatest Star Wars warrior of all time? What would happen if the Force was no longer divided? Jedi Knights could battle each other… Sith Lords could challenge one of their own. What if classic battles could be recreated and have completely different endings?



Clones Continues at Box Office
July 22, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones pulled in about $1.125 million this weekend, bringing the total to roughly $295,725,000. Coming in at 16th place this weekend, the Clones still have a little fight left in them, and the movie seems on track to break $300 million in a few weeks.



K-Mart Discounts Of Note
July 22, 2002 | 2:13 AM EST | Adam

While it’s still not confirmed as an isolated fluke or a widespread thing, my local K-Mart had a wide variety of Star Wars products marked down to half price– this includes vehicles, beasts, puzlles, and Lego products. If you’re in the market for a few AOTC-themed items, it may be worth your while to see what your K-Mart has in store for you.



Hasbro Posts Update, New Site on New Electronic R2-D2
July 22, 2002 | 2:04 AM EST | Adam

The widely gabbed about and fully functional R2-D2 due this Fall is the subject at this new post at Hasbro’s US Star Wars site. While the blurb doesn’t have much info in and of itself, they do mention a new site, R2 Droid Factory.com. While there isn’t much of anything there now, it should give a rundown on the toy as it gets closer to release.



Q&A Monday Update
July 22, 2002 | 1:58 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our twice-a-week Q&A column, has been updated with all sorts of fun questions, looking at such varied topics as the upcoming Saga Tusken Raider, the marketability of Star Trek toys, and of course, the oft-delayed Marmit line of Star Wars model figures. Read up, and be back Thursday for another installment!



Weekly Advertised Specials
July 21, 2002 | 8:35 AM EST | Adam

We combed (some) of this week’s newspaper clippings to bring you the latest specials…

All Saga figures, $3.49. Sale Sunday & Monday only. Stores have received new stock in recent weeks, so it’s most likely worth a look.

Galactic Battlegrounds (PC), $39.99
Star Wars: AOTC Backpack, $11.88
Star Wars: AOTC Insulated Lunch Kit, $7

Best Buy
Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns (PC), $24.99
Includes a $10 gift card by mail
Both Austin Powers DVDs, $20/set (not Star Wars, but cheap)

Since it’s back-to-school time, those needing Star Wars pencils and such might want to keep their eyes peeled.



BoShek, Teebo, R4-M9 at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World
July 21, 2002 | 5:28 AM EST | Adam

The final trio of Power of the Jedi figures still show up in some isolated areas, but not everywhere. If you missed out on the last series of figures, we’d like to point you to our advertisers at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World. They have a set of all 3 at $24.99, which is pretty close to the cost at most retail establishments at the time of their release.

Other items of note inclued the newly released Playskool Falcon Playset ($28.99) and the Fan Club Stormtrooper 4-pack ($18.99.)



Star Tours Figure #4
July 20, 2002 | 7:46 PM EST | Adam

A fourth figure has been revealed at American Dream ComicsDL-X2 is shown here for the first time, the fourth of the ongoing series of Star Tours toys.

The initial rumor nearly a year ago called for six figures and a vehicle, and so far, it seems to be following that pattern. So don’t be too surprised if a new Protocol Droid repaint shows up in the coming weeks…



Star Tours: R3-D3
July 20, 2002 | 5:47 AM EST | Adam

A third robot for the Star Tours line for Disney parks has been revealed atRebelscum: R3-D3. From the look of things, it’s the Power of the Jedi R2-D2 with a different dome. Check it out!



Official Update
July 20, 2002 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

This Party’s Over
The only official update this time around contains 8 new or updated entries on the Jedi from the latest of the Star Wars films. Read all about Stass Allie and other favorites! It even explains that no new footage of Adi Gallia was shot for the new flick… enlightening stuff, if you keep up on this sort of thing.



Dorme Petition
July 20, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

At 179 signatures, our attention has been drawn to a Dorme petition. While some of us feel that it is a wee bit early to have petitions for Prequel-based character figures. Still, there are worse choices for figures than a new Naboo Handmaiden, a type which we really haven’t seen much of to date.



Yoda, You Seek Yoda… OK and 3PO
July 19, 2002 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has posted detailed photos of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO sets. Click here for more.



Playskool Falcon At Retail
July 19, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chad:

“I just found 3 of the Playskool Millennium Falcons at my local KB in Huntsville Alabama today (7/19). It was a nice looking set but I didn’t get it.The price is 27.99. I also saw some 12″ clone troopers in the 2 assorted the flavors: strawberry and lemon.”



Official News
July 19, 2002 | 4:21 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro UK
Test Your Star Wars Knowledge
A brief blurb about the electronic Jedi Dex.

And at The Official Site
The Circle is Now Complete: Classic Marvel Talents
Walter Simonson talks about the recently reprinted classic Marvel tales.

Why cut Droid Ship raid?
Ben Burtt talks a deleted scene involving Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon. If any of this, or the other deleted scenes mentioned, make it to the DVD, we’re in for a real treat!



New Autograph Collecting Article
July 19, 2002 | 4:11 AM EST | Adam

Wondering if that bargain signature you got was real? Well, check out Autograph Central‘s latest feature on collecting Star Wars signatures. Interesting, enlightening, and well worth a read.



Anakin, Maul, and Teemto Detailed Photos
July 18, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Artoo over at Artoosnews has posted detailed photos of Anakin, Maul, and Teemto in their Visual Guides. Click here for more.



Carded Lott Dodd and Tusken/Massiff Pics
July 18, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has posted carded photos of the upcoming Lott Dodd and Tusken Raider with Massiff. To say the least Lott Dodd is sweet— we finally have a Nemodian with a removable hat– miter in this case. Customizers are going to love this figure to make the Nemodian dignitaries from the occupied Theed Palace.



Q&A Thursday Update
July 18, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our favorite Q&A column, has been updated this morning with answers, questions, and well, just answers and questions. Enjoy, and come back next week for more!



Official Updates
July 18, 2002 | 3:01 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro UK
Five To Go!
An updated list of figures for 2002 is now online, but there’s really nothing new on it.

New Arrivals To Look Forward To
Ki-Adi Mundi and new Action Fleet will be coming to the UK… and more. Find out some of the newer stuff here.

The Search For Shaak Ti…
Apparently, Shaak Ti will be easier to find in the UK come the second week of August, so stay tuned for more on that.

Next, there’s Starwars.com
International Clones Continue
Find out who’s getting the film next on today’s new feature on the official site.



More Model Madness
July 18, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Robert of Jedimodeler.com let us know the review and preview sections of their site are up and running, so if you’d like some more information on the Fine Molds kits out of Japan, you can find it here.



Mace Windu with Red Battle Droid in Europe
July 18, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

Reader Raymond has this to share…

“Hi, i just wanted to pass this on to you.I ordered an AOTC Deluxe Mace Windu w/Battle Droid from The Entertainer (http://www.thetoyshop.com) and i was really surprised when i received it today. The Battle Droid in the set is bright red. Not brown as it is supposed to be, but red. So apparently, the new version is also shipping to Europe.

I wanted to include a pudu scan for your viewing enjoyment, but the bubble was too big, so it ended up being a big bright lighty thing..”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 18, 2002 | 2:32 AM EST | Adam

Some information from sponsors Entertainment Earth:

Stormtrooper Replica
THE LAST ONE! After this one is sold, we’ll never see another one! Standing six feet tall, this full-size, fiberglass replica features all the components of the stormtrooper from head to toe.
Item Number: DP82022
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Luke’s Lightsaber Remote: Instructions
July 18, 2002 | 2:21 AM EST | Adam

One of the most commonly asked questions is “hey, where can we find those groovy instructions for the Lightsaber Remote Control?” While it can be found merely by punching in the words “lightsaber instructions” in our search box, well, apparently people aren’t finding it. So to those of you who do need them, please follow this link to a PDF file documenting how to operate this particular instrument.



New at The Official Site
July 17, 2002 | 7:22 AM EST | Adam

Holographic Artist: Philip Metschan
Wondering what goes in to the designing of the various images of light in the Star Wars Universe? Wondering why many of the holographic transmissions look like the finest special effects 1977 had to offer? Find out in this new update!



Episode II Breaks Box-Office Record in Japan
July 17, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam

ShowBIZ Data posted a brief story on how the clones attacked the opening-weekend record in Japan, earning $13.8 million, beating out the recent Harry Potter flick. For the full scoop, check out the article.



Model Kits: A Dying Breed
July 17, 2002 | 4:13 AM EST | Adam

While many fans have lamented the lack of vehicle-based model kits as of late, model enthusiasts may find a solution from the Japanese company, Fine Molds.

While only one of the three kits they have planned is from Episode II, it should interest fans as it’s a Jedi Starfighter with a Hyperspace Ring.

For more information on the kits, we direct you to HobbyLink Japan, a site stuffed with goodies from the east.

X-Wing Fighter, 2400 yen (approx. $21)
TIE Fighter, 2200 yen (approx. $19)
Jedi Starfighter, 2500 yen (approx. $21, ETA July 2002)

While future plans for the line are unknown, these are truly diamonds in the rough in this era where low-priced, high-grade model kits are a rare commodity. While we have mentioned these in the past, we continue to get questions about such items, and well, these are the only kits we know of– based on vehicles– coming out at this time.

And lastly, we have yet to hear of any information regarding US distribution of these kits.



Clone Wars Update
July 16, 2002 | 6:29 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot has updated with a preview, complete with new screenshots, of the PlayStation2 title, The Clone Wars. For more, check out this article.



Star Wars.com Updates
July 16, 2002 | 5:50 AM EST | Adam

Last Magic of Myth Stop: Powerhouse
Dozens of objects, including many from Attack of the Clones, will be on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney this September. For more, check out this story.

Wat to do to be a producer?
Rick McCallum uses his Q&A soapbox to answer the question, just what should one do if they hope to be a movie producer some day?



Boxed Playskool Millennium Falcon Photo
July 15, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

Pete over The Private Universe has posted a photo of Playskool’s Millennium Falcon Playset boxed.



What? What did you say?
July 15, 2002 | 4:01 PM EST | Robert

With the help of Innis from the Jawa.com and some images provided by Joe at Joetoy.com a list has been started compiling what is known of the unproduced second generation of commtech chips. The task of creating the list is quite large, but as a preview of the list I uploaded a sample page of the unproduced Gungan Warrior chip. To view this chip just hit the prototypes link located to the right on the main page. From there head out to the Sample Mock-Ups section of the site, to go check out the preview. As an extra incentive to preview the page I included some small but interesting information on a different character’s chip that was planned but cancelled from production. A big thanks in advance goes out to Innis at the Jawa.com website, and Joe at the Joetoy.com for the help and image usage. Check out both of those sites to view some carded examples. Finally, a big thanks goes out to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for helping to obtain the chips and information used to compile this list. Drop him an email at Hheroes007@aol.com if you are interested in purchasing some of the unproduced chips



Q&A Monday Update
July 15, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated again with more answers and questions, hopefully some of which will be informative and entertaining.

If you have a question, feel free to send it in and maybe you’ll see it in Thursday’s update!



Saga Endor Rebel Trooper: Is That A Lightsaber?
July 15, 2002 | 2:12 AM EST | Adam

Those who read our Q&A column may have seen the debate regarding the unusual image of the Endor Rebel Trooper and what may (or may not) be Luke’s lightsaber. Well, courtesy of several of our very astute readers, we now know that it is, most likely, Luke’s weapon. Take a look at the following two publicity images:

Rebel Endor Troopers with Darth Vader
Endor Rebel Troopers with Captive Luke

The trooper from the figure package is clearly seen in both pictures, but more clearly on the second one– why they’ve “caught” Luke is beyond us, but hey, there it is. (And take note, he doesn’t have a beard.)

Of course, this leads to the question of the figure’s packaging: will it be changed if/when the variant head finally shows up? Frankly, we don’t know, but we don’t think so. The trooper in the photo is not the same guy the on which the figure is based, so they might as well just leave it.

Extra big special thanks to readers Jeremy and Miles, and the others who directed us to this rarely seen pair of images!



Possible Dooku Running Change Spotted
July 15, 2002 | 1:57 AM EST | Adam

Reader Steve may have found a notable new fix…

“I was checking out the latest assortment to hit the shelves and noticed that the regular (not deluxe) Count Dooku had a “fix” of sorts. His cape has been modified so that it hangs better on the figure (around the neck). My original Dooku’s cape had a bad habit of falling off and they seemed to have corrected the newer ones that are now coming out. The two ends now touch or overlap, keeping the cape wrapped around Dooku’s neck.”

Of course, this also means Count Dooku is shipping again– so keep your eyes open if you’re still looking for him.



The Force is Still With the Clones
July 14, 2002 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones estimated weekend box office take is $1,280,000.00, for a gross to date of $293,815,000.00. That puts Clones into 13th place on the all time domestic gross list– displacing The Sixth Sense which ended its run at $293,506,292.



Weekly Newspaper Circulars
July 14, 2002 | 8:25 AM EST | Adam

Browsing the ads of the major ‘marts, department stores, and electronics stores this week, we found one deal of note to share:

Target Stores have the PlayStation 2 Starfighter game (along with Onimusha and Red Faction) on sale for $18. While it’s not a vastly significant markdown from the usual price ($20-$30), it is a bit of a break.



2002 Hallmark Surprise
July 14, 2002 | 6:33 AM EST | Adam

In looking over our samples of the 2002 Star Wars Hallmark Ornaments released thus far (Death Star, Jedi Luke, Darth Vader) we noticed that they include a trading card-sized gift card with a picture of the ornament on one side and a place to write “to/from” on the back. So for those of you who are jonesing for some new trading cards for your collection, keep an eye out for these.

We will be showcasing the cards, ornaments, and packaging of these three items over the next week.



The Winner Is….
July 13, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Preston Gower, our the winner in our latest Ultarama give-away. Be sure to enter our next drawing here. Remember to be eligible to win, your entry must include your name, address, and E-mail– also you can only enter once for each drawing.



Hallmark’s 2002 Ornament Premiere
July 13, 2002 | 5:20 AM EST | Adam

Your local Hallmark store has been gearing up for today’s big Premiere event– the majority of their 2002 line will go on sale, which includes several new Star Wars releases. While not all of them will be available today, you can pick some up– with some stores offering special Premiere deals, such as giveaways, discounts, and more!



Insider & Star Wars.com Updates
July 13, 2002 | 4:57 AM EST | Adam

Insider Subscription Update
Find out about where to find new Star Wars RPG adventures, and where you can find out about subscription information for the Insider.

Return to Tatooine
Browse the Databank’s latest ten updates, including Beru Whitesun, the Massiff, and many others. Of particular note to those who follow the toys is the Massiff’s entry, which re-confirms their being native to both Geonosis and Tatooine.

Why a Curved Handle?
Doug Chiang answers the question bugging so many fans these days: Just why was Count Dooku given such a unique weapon?



Anakin Hanger Duel Variation Found
July 13, 2002 | 4:51 AM EST | Adam

We first heard of this from Andy at Hasbro at Celebration II, and now we’ve got word that a new variation has hit the streets from Reader Mike:

“I was putting off buying an Anakin Hangar Duel because I had heard about crummy magnets. Well I finally bought one, and guess what? No magnet, just a peg. I hadn’t heard of this variation yet, so I was wondering if anyone else had come across it.”

This was, of course, due to the ultra-weak magnet that’s been made fun of on the Internet and even lambasted by Jay Leno during Hayden Christensen’sTonight appearance. So it’s no real surprise.



Master Replicas Yoda Lightsaber & Star Wars Battleship at Entertianment Earth
July 13, 2002 | 4:48 AM EST | Adam

From our sponsors, Entertainment Earth:

We just received a very limited quantity of the all-new Yoda Lightsaber with Case from Master Replicas in stock. All backorders placed prior to July 11 will be filled first starting next week.

Yoda Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW104, $248.99)

Master Replicas LLC brings you the only licensed recreation of Yoda’s lightsaber,fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. Limited to 2,500 worldwide. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, this replica is uncanny in its accuracy to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.” This lightsaber has an especially distinctive look with the replicas’ size and elegance reflective of Yoda’s unique stature. Constructed from durable machined and die-cast metal components, each replica is hand-assembled and finished.

Dimensions (6.3″ L x 1.65″ H x 1.15″ W) and weight (approximately 1 pound) are to scale for the original prop. A museum quality walnut and acrylic display case is included. Finished dimensions are subject to change. Numbered and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Also available is the Star Wars Battleship (Item# HG40804, $58.99) gamefeatures 4 different games as well as solo play or playing with another player. Voice commands guide you through missions. Laptop design folds up to store all game components. 3 “AA” batteries required, not included. Ages 8 and up. 1 or 2 players.



Roto Figures at Entertainment Earth
July 12, 2002 | 3:19 AM EST | Adam

The large vinyl figures, which are apparently either a highly shared exclusive or a very limited wide release, have shown up at sponsors Enertainment Earth:

***10 inch Star Wars Roto Figures In Stock***

The new Star Wars 10 inch Roto Figure Asst. (Item# HS26493A, $67.99) has arrived! This case of 6 figures includes the “edgiest” heroes from “Attack of the Clones,” Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker, boasting great attitude (both in character personality and figure sculpting). Rounding out the assortment is removable helmet Jango Fett, the ultimate villain from the new film, and Darth Vader of classic Trilogy fame with lightsaber and cloth cape.



Tiger’s Jango Fett Room Alarm
July 12, 2002 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

Proving that Q&A can be a useful resource for readers the world over, we’ve gotten a few responses regarding the availability of the Jango Fett Room Alarm! First, from Reader Scott:

“FAO Schwarz here in Troy, MI had quite a few of them just last week.”

From reader Dan:

“I saw it last month when I was at FAO in Vegas. They had quite a few. It was priced at $34.99. I ended up passing on it, since I assumed it was due out all over and I know FAO tends to run a bit high, plus I didn’t have to carry two back on the plane.”

And reader Eric had this to say:

“FAO Chicago has the Jango room alarm. I saw it while attending a “Star Wars Collector” special event hosted by Steve Sansweet last Sunday. He too was looking for one.”

Since FAO also got the Darth Maul Figure with Sith Speeder Tiger Games in the USA, it seems to be a good place to look for some of the harder-to-find items. Thanks to all who wrote in, and happy hunting!



Hasbro Confirms Exclusives & More Official Updates
July 12, 2002 | 2:58 AM EST | Adam

Today, we start at Hasbro US
Exclusives….And Where to Find Them…
Hasbro listed pretty much all of the exclusives on tap for 2002, including those already made available. Of particular interest is the 12″ Ki-Adi Mundi listed as “available now…” while we have heard of it showing up in a few special venues, the Fan Club doesn’t have it yet.

Next up, Star Wars.com
Star Wars.com Reader Survey
Want to make your Star Wars.com better? Take a survey and help their staff build a better tomorrow!

New US, German, and French Fan Magazines
See new covers of the Star Wars Insider and some great foreign-born magazines! For what’s coming in the Insider #61 and more, be sure to check out this feature.

Time between II and III?
Rick McCallum answers the question of just how much time will pass betweenAttack of the Clones and the as-of-yet unnamed third Star Wars episode.



Obi-Wan/Jedi Starfighter Details
July 11, 2002 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

The Official site’s Cargo Bay has updated yet again. This time they have the details on the Obi-Wan/Jedi Starfighter bundle. It will be a KB Toy exclusive.Click here for more.



Wal-Mart Cantina Wave 2
July 11, 2002 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that there will be a second wave to Wal-Mart’s Cantina exclusives. In addition to Greedo, Hammerhead, and ponda baba from the first wave, we WILL get Kitik Keedkak, as well as retooled versions of Wuher and Dr. Evazan. The second wave should hit this fall!



Q&A Thursday Update
July 11, 2002 | 3:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated today with 10 new answers & questions for your amusement. We’ve received word that some old Q&A updates don’t load for some reason or another on certain browsers… we will try to fix this over the coming weekend.

(And in unrelated toy dork news, the new Masters of the Universe toys are showing up and pretty nice. Hooray!)



Official Web Updates
July 11, 2002 | 2:18 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro US
Star Wars Fan’s Choice Figure Update #10
Word on the current production status of Ephant Mon straight from the horse’s mouth… apparently, his design has been finalized! Check out the story for more.

From Hasbro UK
June Refer-a-Friend Winners Announced!
Who won the Toy Fair Darth Vaders from Hasbro UK? Find out in today’s Hasbro UK update!



K-Mart Saga Sale Coming
July 11, 2002 | 2:15 AM EST | Adam

Reader Stephen sent in a scan and the following…

“There will be a 2 day sale at K-Mart on July 21st-22nd on all Episode 2 basic figures. Here is the ad.”

The ad image shows “Star Wars Episode II Basic 6″ Figures” (amusing, of course, since they’re a hair under 4″) reduced to $3.49.



Silver R2-D2s Yanked from eBay
July 11, 2002 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam

The Raving Toy Maniac posted this story regarding the upcoming Toys “R” Us Exclusive R2-D2… and how some are being yanked from eBay. For the full scoop, check out the story.



Ki-Adi Mundi And Teemto At Wal-Mart
July 10, 2002 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Casimir:

“I just thought I’d drop a line to you fine folks that I found the new Ki-Adi Mundi (Jedi master) and podracer Teemto at a Wal-Mart in Plano, Texas this morning.”

Good hunting!



Huge Update At Cargo Bay
July 10, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Cargo Bay, has just completed a MAJOR update which inclues EU novels, domestic and foreign promotions, Hallmark Ornaments, and more!!! Click here to see the new entries.



Clones DVD Insert & Specs Revealed?
July 10, 2002 | 3:52 AM EST | Adam

What may be the real insert for the upcoming release of Episode II has appeared at a website called Latino Review. If it’s real, preliminary work, or simply a hoax, well, we don’t know.

The features are, to say the least, extensive. Highlights: Feature-Length Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, and other talented individuals in Lucas’ employ, eight deleted scenes (not identified), several documentaries, and the usual compliment of website content, trailers, and more are listed on the insert. If this is an accurate reflection of the disc’s content, it’s doubtful anybody will be disappointed.

If this is a hoax, however, I would like to personally give kudos to the genius who whipped up the insert. The style and typeface is very similar, if not identical, to that used for the Episode I DVD set. If for no reason other than to kill some time at lunch today, be sure to give Latino Review a visit to see this particularly interesting document.

UPDATE: These have since been removed… apparently, they’re the real deal!



Power of the Jedi Multipack– in Spanish– In Singapore
July 10, 2002 | 3:03 AM EST | Adam

Many of you have pointed us to this eBay auction for a boxed quartet of previously released Power of the Jedi figures. While the plans for this item’s distribution– if any– are unknown, you can bid on this items before it ends in the very near future. It’s currently at over $100.



Official News from Around the Web
July 10, 2002 | 2:57 AM EST | Adam

Posted to Star Wars.com
Desktop Wallpaper: Clone Pop
Despite being dated December 21, 2001, this feature has new wallpaper from the various “college” campaigns from Episode II. Other wallpaper, including similar, trilogy-based graphics, are also available.

Infinities Strikes Back
If you’re wondering what the Empire Strikes Back Infinities series is all about, this informative update is just what the doctor ordered. Find out what transpires in this new elseworlds limited series…

And at Hasbro US
Star Wars Unleashed New in 2002!
Despite having a picture of Anakin, no other upcoming product is mentioned.

More New Figures Shown for the First Time at Wizard World!
Previously seen at The Official Site, now available on Hasbro US’ cyberhome.

…and a press release posted on The Raving Toy Maniac notes that many Warner Bros. licenses formerly held by Hasbro, including Batman and Superman, have been snapped up by Mattel. While Mattel’s action figure presence has been thin in recent years, save for the brief run of its Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots toy line and just-starting-to-arrive Masters of the Universe, this move does denote a significant change in the playing field that is the Male Action Toy market segment.



Wisdom of the Force Yoda: Preorder at Entertainment Earth
July 10, 2002 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

From Sponsors Entertainment Earth:

***Wisdom of the Force Yoda***

Let Wisdom of the Force Yoda (Item# HS71099, $25.99)http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS71099 guide you through the ways of the Force and the questions that trouble you. Ask Yoda a “yes” or “no” question and he will use his skills and knowledge of the Force to answer you. But be mindful, the Force is always in motion. Answers may not always be what you seek, but instead what you need. “May the Force be with you.”



Obi-Wan/ Jedi Starfighter Bundle Pictures
July 9, 2002 | 6:28 AM EST | Adam

In the new issue of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest (#100), you can find what seems to be the only image of the boxed Obi-Wan & Starfighter set. It’s packaged in a nice window box and while it was originally slated to be a K-Mart exclusive, this seems to have changed. Still, it’s neat, and we’ll let you know as soon as we find out who will be selling it.

It appears only the packaging is new, the toys are identical to the original Jedi Starfighter and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot.)



Hasbro Q&A at Rebelscum
July 9, 2002 | 6:18 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a Q&A transcript with Andy from Wizard World this past weekend… it has some new and notable news, so be sure to check it out for confirmations on many of the rumors we’ve heard lately.



Official Updates: E2 Action Fleet Images, More
July 9, 2002 | 2:20 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro USA
More New Figures Shown For The First Time At Wizard World!!
The same stuff posted at The Official Site over the weekend has shown up at Hasbro… except they spelled “Momaw Nadon” wrong. I didn’t notice the tower that comes with Padme before, either… all in all, some good stuff.

From Star Wars.com
Hasbro Summer 2002 Preview: Part 2
More new, some previously unseen, official photographs of upcoming product. Highlights include the Flying Geonosian, the first images of Episode II Action Fleet like the AT-TE Walker and the Solar Sailer, the Toys “R” Us 12″ Luke and Tauntaun, and several other great items. Calling this update significant is an understatement, so be sure to check it out.

Fan Club and Insider Update
Apparently the Insider is once again under new management… and Star Wars Gamer has been given the axe. This update gives the lowdown on the new who’s who of the Fan Club, so don’t miss this one, either.



Official Site, RTM Update with Wizard World Coverage
July 8, 2002 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

StarWars.com published dozens of new, clean, official pictures of upcoming items to be released in the near future. See the new deco on the Action Fleet Naboo Starfighter, see Force Flipping Anakin, and see the Wal-Mart Momaw Nadon Cantina set! And yes, even more! Be sure to check it out.

The Raving Toy Maniac posted a barrel of updates including the Star Wars stuff you’re seeing elsewhere along with new Joes, TransFormers, and other action figure toys due in the near future. Be sure to have a look-see!



Q&A Monday Morning Update
July 8, 2002 | 2:24 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with answers to questions like “just who approves Star Wars merchandise at LucasFilm?”, “Is the new Ki-Adi Mundi just the old one?”, and “Where are the plastic Hyperspace Rings for Jedi Starfighters?” The next update will be up on Thursday morning, so get those questions in!



Wal-Mart Saga Figure Clearance
July 7, 2002 | 11:51 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Dewayne:

“I don’t know how widespread this is sinc I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere. A Wal-Mart near me has clearanced all of their Star Wars Saga figures. The sign by the figures was not the usual generic clearance tag with the price hand written but a printed tag that said “All Star Wars EPII figures $3 were $4.77″. The sign does say EPII but I guess since they are all on the same card now they included all Saga figures. We are always the last to receive stuff so the newest figures they had were Luke Bespin wave but they were all 3.00.”

This appears to be a limited in scope so far, but if your Wal-Mart is running the sale, let us know! Wal-Mart clearance prices (and clearance items) vary by location.



Jabba’s Palace Diorama Updated
July 7, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Our Jabba’s Palace diorama has been updated with a custom BG-J38 — the hologame player from Jabba’s — along with his 2 player hologame console. Click here to see the new photos, or click here for the diorama menu.



Han Solo (Endor Raid) Variation
July 7, 2002 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

The new Han Solo Endor has a variation on the belt clip on his left side. This is the lever that activates the fast draw action. Shown in this picture it is silver. I have confirmed that the new version that is shipping is the silver, and that the original version is ehite. I have both versions so I know they are out there. I hope to have a good image up soon. If you have one already and would like us to post it, drop me an email.



Clones Still Going At The Box Office
July 7, 2002 | 6:59 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones took in about $3.6 million over the July 4th holiday, for a total domestic gross to date of $291,164,000. The revised domestic total puts Clones just past the Empire Strikes back for the 14th slot on the all time chart. Judging from E2’s performance to date, it looks like it will rise to 13th sometime during coming week, and will certainly top $300,000 before it’s theatrical run ends.



Mace Windu with Red Battle Droid Discovered
July 7, 2002 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

Reader Matt has chimed in with one of the first reports on this fairly significant running change:

“Just wanted to let you know that I actually found the RED Battle Droid with Deluxe Mace Windu at a Target in Irvine, California last night. I really wish I had a digital camera to send you a picture, but I don’t. Sorry, but I promise you that they are out there now, so advise your readers to start their searches if they’re into the variant kind of thing. Take care and keep up the great site!”



Hasbro’s Star Wars Page Updages
July 7, 2002 | 2:08 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updated. The update includes:

“new pictures of:
Basic Figures: Padme Amidala, Coruscant Attack and Watto, Mos Epsa Junk Dealer.
Deluxe Figure: Anakin Skywalker with Force Flipping Attack
Unleashed Figure: Darth Vader
Electronic 12î Figure: Electronic Battling Obi-Wan Kenobi
12î Figure: Super Battle Droid
Action Fleet: Naboo Fighter
Exclusives: Action Fleet Battle Packs (Endor Pursuit & Mos Eisley Encounter) and Cantina Alien Scene (Momaw Nadon)”



Carded Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO Pics
July 6, 2002 | 6:10 PM EST | Bill

Two auctions, one for the Deluxe Yoda and one for Deluxe C-3PO have carded photos of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda and C-3PO. These should be out here in a month or so, but here’s some info on the figures’ features: C-3PO will connect to the droid factory on the back of the arena playset. The flying Geonosian’s hive will also connect to the playset!



Cool Items At Amazon
July 6, 2002 | 10:34 AM EST | Mark

Here are some newly discounted items…
12″ Enslaved Leia $9.96
12″ Plastic Chewbacca $9.96
12″ Han Solo Endor $9.96
Episode I: Naboo Royal Security $5.29



AOTC Clearances Begin at Target
July 6, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Adam

While we’ve been treated to a few price breaks here and there, Target stores have marked quite a bit of Star Wars non-action figure product down roughly 30%. Larger Lego sets, puzzles, Tiger Electronics, and more are starting to get the orange tags, so if you’ve been waiting on a few items, now’s a good time to start buying.

Other toys of note at clearance at Target: Bionicle Toa ($4.80), Kanohi packs ($1.30); TransFormers: Robots in Disguise (30% off), and select GI Joe items. Figure fans, it’s time to go to Target.



Official Episode III Runtime and More
July 6, 2002 | 4:46 AM EST | Adam

3 Hour Ep III?
Rick McCallum tackles the question on just how epic Episode III’s length may be.

On the Hunter’s Trail
New databank entries surrounding Obi-Wan’s quest to find Jango Fett include Dexter Jettster, the Jedi Archives, and many more. Check this one out.

While no Hasbro or LucasFilm reports have popped up from Wizard World as of yet, the sites mentioned previously are doing a great job– be sure to check them out for the latest.



Early Pic Of Clone Trooper Pilot Figures, Flying Genosian and Deluxe Clone Trooper Speeder
July 5, 2002 | 5:31 PM EST | Bill

Sir Steves Guide’s Wizard World Coverage has photos of the packaging for the upcoming Republic Gunship. The back of the package clearly shows the upcoming Clone Trooper Pilot Figures in the Gunship cockpit here, and the Deluxe Clone Speeder here.

There’s a LOT of Wizard World Coverage in the web. ArtoosnewsRebelscum, and Sir Steves Guide all have a lot of photos.



Unleashed Unroll Again
July 5, 2002 | 8:24 AM EST | Adam

Reader Bruce shares his find…

“Might be old news, but I have not seen anything posted about these. I got the Star Wars Unleashed figs, Darth Maul, Jango/Boba Fett and Anakin Skywalker at the Walmart here in Altamonte Springs. $14.96 each and they had a nice supply.”

This is the first we’ve heard of Anakin… so keep those eyes open!



Hasbro UK Q&A Continues
July 5, 2002 | 8:17 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro UK posted an update to its questions and answers. Find out about future chats and the rumors of Episode I overstock as it pertains to the UK!



Star Wars.com Updates
July 4, 2002 | 3:15 AM EST | Adam

October 2003 Comics
The lowdown on new issues of EmpireESB: Infinities, and more. Plus cover art! Comics fans, check this out if you haven’t already.

Will the disappearing mystery be solved?
Rick McCallum “answers” why some Jedi disappear and others don’t in today’s Jedi Council update.



Q&A July 4 Update
July 4, 2002 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

Today’s All-American-Except-When-It-Isn’t Update of With Every Question for Justice is up and online for your enjoyment for this long weekend… unless you don’t have a long weekend, in which case you can just enjoy it as per usual.

More on Monday.



The Droid Army is Coming to GameBoy Advance
July 3, 2002 | 7:25 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted this feature with information and screenshots of THQ’s new GameBoy Advance title, The Droid Army. It features multiplayer action, Jabba the Hutt, and more… and is due this November.



AOTC DVD Wish List
July 3, 2002 | 6:18 AM EST | Adam

IGN posted a feature on what they’re hoping to see on the Attack of the ClonesDVD. While it is just speculation– and the rough menu mock-ups give new meaning to the phrase “cranked out”– it’s still fun to read. Give it a gander if you’ve got a few.



Want to See Some New Product from Hasbro?
July 2, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Republic News has just updated with Hasbro’s convention appearances for the summer. They promise to unveil more standard and deluxe figures, and to bring samples of the Republic Gunship and the Arena Playset to the conventions. Click here for more!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 2, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth comes through with the next Collection 2 assortment breakdown in today’s newsfeed…

“***Star Wars EII Collection 2 (Wave 7)***

Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 (Wave 7) (Item# HS84861G, $95.99). Includes 12 action figures: 2x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master and 2x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer are new to this assortment. Also includes 1x Captain Typho – Padme’s Head of Security, 1x Dexter Jettster – Coruscant Warrior, 2x Orn Free Taa, 2x Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, 2x Djas Puhr – Alien Bounty Hunter.”

The item is available for pre-order and is expected this August.



Republic Gunship Details
July 2, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro UK has just posted the details on the upcoming Republic Gunship. Click here for more.



Jango Fett Game Screenshots
July 2, 2002 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted an article with new images from the upcoming PlayStation 2/GameCube game. 18 hours of gameplay and a whole magic bag of goodies are included in the new title, so check out this feature for the latest on November’s high-profile Star Wars game.



Official Updates
July 2, 2002 | 3:25 AM EST | Adam

From Star Wars.com
Anthony Daniels: A Touch of Wry
Star Wars.com reprints an interview from the Star Wars Insider way bck from Fall of 2000… if you missed it, it’s new to you!

Track Your Collection at The Cargo Bay
The Star Wars merchandise database has countless products and now boasts a wishlist… so you can give loved ones an oh-so-subtle hint when it comes time to give you a gift.

Is that Qui-Gon?
Was that Qui-Gon talking in Attack of the Clones? Ben Burtt dishes the skinny.

From Hasbro UK
Web Chat with Nick Rabin, Senior Brand Manager, Hasbro UK
Hasbro UK answers some questions and avoids others. Find out some interesting tidbits about collecting in England with this fairly short chat transcript!



Red Battle Droid #1
July 1, 2002 | 3:51 AM EST | Adam

The first of at least a few red Battle Droids has been spotted with the Deluxe Mace Windu, bringing a new variation to the tables. Read all about it– with pictures– at Rebelscum.



Q&A Monday Update
July 1, 2002 | 3:44 AM EST | Adam

Ahh, Mondays in Summer. Is there any better time to enjoy With Every Question For Justice alongside a piping hot mug of coffee? We dare say that our ten questions and answers can be enjoyed in many different ways, but nothing beats reading a column on small plastic men before work. More Thursday.



Niubniub’s Anniversary Contest
July 1, 2002 | 2:44 AM EST | Adam

From Frank over at Niubniub’s…

“Niubniub’s Universe turns 2 years old June 30 and to celebrate is the start of the 2nd annual Where’s Niubniub contest. Grand Prize is my own Naboo Core Diorama

Find the contest rules here:

Contest is open to everyone in the WORLD and closes July 30th, 2002.”



Secondhand Smoke & Action Figures
July 1, 2002 | 2:38 AM EST | Adam

Gamorrean Jedi.com posted a very readable, very visual feature on what smoke can do to your action figures. There’s a few goofy images, and while it’s possible the yellowing could have also come from the light, we’ve never seen POTF2-era figures quite this yellow. Be sure to check it out.



Plano 3700 Tackle Boxes Sale
July 1, 2002 | 2:30 AM EST | Adam

While that may not mean much to some of you, it will interest many of you. The Plano 3700 tackle box is basically a clear (or clear-ish) plastic case with movable dividers that’s ideal to hold most (but not all) Star Wars action figures from 1978-present, barring a fair number of Saga releases. Each one can hold about 12 figures, and reader Scott has some good news on getting these on the cheap…

“I just came back from Wal-Mart (Columbus GA), and they had a big display of the Plano cases in bundles of 3 for 5$. Seeing as how they are usually about 4$ each, this is a great deal. The label has a 50th anniversary logo, so I guess its some kind of promotional deal. I know you have stated that you use these cases to store figures (like I do), so I just thought I would pass this along in case you plan to buy more soon.

By the way they were near the sporting goods section.”

As the kids say, w00t. While each and every collector will need to find a case suited to their needs, and not every case is ideal for every figure, this is certainly a good deal for the money involved.

June 2002 Archive

AOTC Reaches 15th On All Time Box Office Chart
June 30, 2002 | 5:02 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo’s projections for Attack of the Clones weekend box office, put it at over $286 million to date. This puts Clones above Home Alone and just behind The Empire Strikes Back for 15th place.



Image Attack: Missing Massiffs & Official Updates
June 29, 2002 | 4:31 AM EST | Adam

First up, today’s Image Attack explains just why we got a Geonosian with Massiff toy set last month. And then there’s…

Let The Executions Begin
Today’s databank updates focus on the rocky world of Geonosis. Learn about the Reek, Orray, Poggle the Lesser, and several other aspects of the mud-and-bug planet.

Jedi Quest #4
Information on the upcoming Jedi Quest book, in which Anakin and Obi-Wan duel with some villain of no consequence.

Episode II in Cinefex
Bowing on July 8, issue #90 of Cinefex contains 58 pages of pictures and stories surrounding the production of Yoda, Clone Troopers, and the other countless denizens of the Star Wars Universe.



12″ Ki-Adi, Fan Club Updates
June 28, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Adam

From a reader that didn’t include his name…

“Hi guys, I just wanted to tell you that I called to inquire about the Fan Club exclusive 12″. They told me that the initial announcement that Ki-Adi-Mundi would be up for presale next week has been changed. The procedure will be as follows. They will not be available for order until they actually have them in stock in August. Also those who bought a Fan Club membership at or around the time of the Celebration 2 will not receive the last issue of the Insider as the publishing company has a cut-off date. New subscribers will be receiving the next issue which I believe is #61.”



Official Updates
June 28, 2002 | 4:40 AM EST | Adam

Fall Books for Young Readers
New storybooks, trivia guides, and more await youngsters this Fall, and one of them even includes a fabric patch! Cool stuff, for sure.

Clones Attack Spreads
This weekend, residents of Egypt, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic will be treated to the prequel sequel. For these dates, and the full list of international releases, be sure to read this feature.

For the curious, the final territory to receive the film appears to be St. Lucia on August 2.



Unleashed/ Gen Y Trivia
June 28, 2002 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

Some fun trivia for fans of the Unleashed range of figures, now being spotted at speciality stores and Wal-Mart, amongst others.

At Wal-Mart tonight, the shelf tags for these particularly statuesque figures reads “Gen Y.” For those who didn’t know, the working name for these figures was “Generation Y,” and thankfully someone, somewhere in the Hasbro organization found a different (and dare I say superior) monniker for the dynamic plastic people.

And knowing is half the battle.



Spielberg on Directing Star Wars
June 27, 2002 | 6:02 AM EST | Adam

While some of you may have seen it, those who haven’t may find this article atShowBIZ Data particularly interesting. In it, Steven Spielberg is quoted on why he won’t be directing Star Wars any time soon.



Official Updates: Cartoons on DVD?!?
June 27, 2002 | 5:26 AM EST | Adam

Lo and behold, the greatest answer ever given in “Ask the Jedi Council”…

Jedi Council: Ewoks on DVD?
Ewok movies and cartoons and Droids cartoons coming to DVD? After Episode III? Well, better late than never. Sure, they’re cheesy, but must-see materials for all fans… after all, the Max Rebo Band and Boba Fett appear in the Droids toons!

Young Fett in the Crossfire
Wondering what tale the second Young Boba Fett book, due this November, will tell? Find out in this update.



eBay: 25th Anniversary R2-D2
June 27, 2002 | 5:21 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum reported Toys “R” Us was to receive a chrome R2-D2 as part of a promotion later this year, and lo and behold, there’s one on eBay now, right here.

It comes on a cardback very similar to the Toy Fair Darth Vader from February, but there are differences. The paragraph indicating that Vader was a Toy Fair exclusive has been replaced with a big, bold “May the Force be with you!” and other small details have been moved around, which makes this look like a very real upcoming exclusive. Be sure to take a look, and we’ll have more on this piece as it develops.



Q&A Thursday Update
June 27, 2002 | 5:07 AM EST | Adam

Good morning, and welcome to Yakface.com! Today’s With Every Question for Justice Q&A update is up and a-ready to be read, and looks at questions of a 400th figure, Celebration II product, and Hem Dazon, plus others. Kindly check it out, and prepare for the next update, next Monday!



Star Tours Figures– Continued, Redux
June 27, 2002 | 5:02 AM EST | Adam

Several readers have sent in reports today of finding the new figures. Apparently Disney/MGM has sold through a few cases, and a few others, although the reports we’ve received thus far rarely have photos or information on which park they were found. So it seems they are starting to show up, but for some reason, the mail order division has opted not to sell them. (Leaving those of us who are hardly within a stone’s throw of one of their parks hoping for another solution soon.)

…in addition to this, Rebelscum has a reader report stating the figures have been pulled. It’s also possible they sold out… we’ll keep you posted.



Entertainment Earth Gets Deluxe Pre-Orders
June 26, 2002 | 1:49 PM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order the new deluxe figures at Entertainment Earth.
Yoda and C-3PO Deluxe sets
and the Nexu and Anakin Deluxe Sets as well,

Head on over and pre-order yours today!



In-Stock at Amazon.com, plus Pre-Orders
June 26, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

**UPDATE**Here are some newer figures at Amazon that are in stock. Prices have been dropped to $4.99 and there is free shipping on many toys in the department. Free shipping does not apply to pre-orders.
3.75″ Endor Vehicles Set (AT-ST w/ Ewok)
Orn Free Taa
Qui-Gon Jiin (Jedi Master)
Endor Rebel Soldier

And here are some SWEET pre-Orders….
12″ Count Dooku
12″ Bounty Hunter: Dengar
12″ Super Battle Droid
12″ Taun Taun with Luke
12″ Zam Wesell
12″ Imperial Officer Figure
12″ Bounty Hunter: Zuckuss
12″ Bounty Hunter: Princess Leia
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke
X-Wing with R2D2



Star Tours Figures– Continued
June 26, 2002 | 3:38 AM EST | Adam

After phone calls, emails, and more, it seems that Disney World didn’t have the two new exclusive droids just yet. While they are telling people they will be available exclusively at the theme parks, this has yet to be confirmed from Hasbro and/or the Fan Club. The expected release date to the theme parks is coming up, though, as they’re supposed to launch in the new Hasbro store at Walt Disney World in Florida.



Official Updates
June 26, 2002 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

At Star Wars.com
Pepsi Celebrates Episode II
Once again, the Japanese are treated to some pretty great figural bottlecaps, color soda cans, and other nifty display materials. There’s even new original trilogy caps, including Jabba the Hutt, so be sure to read up on one of the greatest promotions to which America will never be treated. While many of the caps are based on previously released toys, it’s still a very nicely done set.

Return to the Race in Jedi Quest #3
A brand new book for younger readers in which Anakin returns to race against Sebulba’s son. All this and more can be yours for the reading in Jedi Quest #3!

At Hasbro UK
Live Web Chat Tomorrow (26th June 2002)
A chat with a brand manager AND a chance to get yourself made into an action figure! What could be better… other than having it open to residents outside the UK, of course?



Mace Windu Mini Bust @ Entertainment Earth!
June 25, 2002 | 1:54 PM EST | John

From our sponsors Entertainment Earth

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Star Wars.com Updates
June 25, 2002 | 3:34 AM EST | Adam

Lucas on Indy IV
News on Frank Darabont’s involvement with the next Indiana Jones picture… and not much else.

First Look: Tatooine Ghost
A new novel is coming out, post-ROTJ but pre-Heir to the Empire. Find out more in this first look.

Gunship Design Influences
Doug Chiang talks up his inspirations for some of the newest Republic weaponry in today’s Jedi Council update.



Ice Cream Maker Guy: He Has A Name
June 25, 2002 | 3:29 AM EST | Adam

Willrow Hood is identified on a Decipher Customizable Card Game Card, and of course there’s a nice image of him running with his ice cream maker. Currently, the petition to make this character is nearing its 500th signature, and now he even has a name.

Thanks to those who wrote in pointing out the card.



Episode II DVD
June 25, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

While this is more or less a repeat of how Episode I started its DVD rumor/news campaign, people have written in to us, TheForce.net, The Digital Bits, and other web sites all reporting that the Media Play family of stores (including Suncoast and Sam Goody) has started to take preorders for the disc, taking anywhere from $3-$5 down for a November delivery. Although we should note, our own personal research shows not all stores are doing this, which may mean rogue managers are getting a head start on the preorder campaign for this roughly six-week-old film.

“Reported” (read: rumored) extras include multiple commentaries which may include actor participation, the typical THX certification, web documentaries, a new 60-minute feature on the making of the film, and of course deleted scenes.

Since Clones is still doing well in the theaters, pulling in millions every week, an official announcement could only hurt box office sales… then again, comments from LucasFilm have all but confirmed a 2002 delivery on this package.

In case you skipped the previous three paragraphs, nothing is official yet, but hopes are still high that LucasFilm will not let the 2002 holiday season pass without VHS and/or DVD editions of Clones being made available.



Clones Weekend Gross
June 24, 2002 | 5:28 AM EST | Adam

Box Office Mojo is reporting that the latest Star Wars film came in at number nine this weekend, with Minority Report and Lilo & Stitch opening at #1 and #2, respectively. For those keeping track, Attack of the Clones now has a domestic gross estimated at $279 million, meaning that while it will most likely hit $300 million, it may to take a little while to get there.



Q&A Monday Morning Update
June 24, 2002 | 2:45 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with its typical question and answer regiment, in the usual 10-entry dosage. Questions on exclusives, petitions, Clones, and more abound in today’s edition.



Star Tours Figure Availability
June 23, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted information of how to obtain these figures this afternoon– surf on over for the details.

Since the Star Tours line was originally rumored last year, rumblings of them being a shared Disney/Fan Club exclusive have abounded. While we have no details about what the Fan Club plans to do with these, if anything, we will post the news as it comes in.



Free Ultarama Drawing Winner
June 23, 2002 | 6:54 PM EST | Bill

Congratulation to Daniel A. Peck the winner of our latest Ultarama Drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for our next drawing here. Remember to be eligible to win your entry must include your name AND address.



Starfighter for PS2: Price Drop
June 23, 2002 | 8:39 AM EST | Adam

In this morning’s Best Buy ad, the PlayStation 2 title Starfighter has been added to the “Greatest Hits” series, which means that this game can be had for $19.99 at most stores now. Best Buy also has Rogue Leader for GameCube at $39.99, which is typical for most stores as of late.



eBay: 12″ Zam Wesell, Carded Star Tours
June 23, 2002 | 7:41 AM EST | Adam

Some notable auctions this morning…

12″ Zam Wesell, Boxed
First images of the figure, complete with removable helmet and Clawdite mask. Spiffy.

12″ Super Battle Droid, Boxed
First boxed images of the Super Battle Droid in this size, the figure looks pretty good from the images.

Star Tours Capt. Rex Figure, Carded
One of a few auctions for a packaged sample of this figure, this may well mean they’re available or due very soon. They’re expected to be available in the all-new Hasbro store at Walt Disney World this summer, and then elsewhere.

Star Tours G2-4T Figure, Carded
Most likely a first look at the carded figure, which is available on Power of the Jedi-style packaging minus the POTJ logo.



12″ Ki-Adi at Disney Parks
June 23, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum posted a report of the 12″ Ki-Adi Mundi showing up at a Disney park for $28. This is noteworthy since the figure was originally believed to be a Fan Club exclusive.



Detailed Photos of Wal-Mart Cantina Exclusives
June 22, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | Bill

American Dream Comics has come through again with detailed pictures of the upcoming Wal-Mart Cantina Exclusive sets with Greedo and Ponda Baba. Click here for more.



Official News/ Things Freezing Over
June 22, 2002 | 3:13 AM EST | Adam

From Hasbro US
Q3 and Q4 Release List
While there’s nothing on here that hasn’t been mentioned in our Celebration II Hasbro feature or the official site’s Cargo area, it does officially confirm a few new characters… but not too many. The new Destroyer Droid, Clone Trooper Pilot, Jango Fett Pilot, Watto, Lott Dod, and Tusken Raider are finally confirmed. Going by this list, there are only 12 figures left for release on 2002… so that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a final list.

From Star Wars.com
Celebrate 20 Years of LucasArts
A special website on the history of what was once LucasFilm Games, a division of LucasFilm, has gone live. Nifty. (For the lay person, LucasArts is often the name used, incorrectly, for its parent company LucasFilm Ltd.)

Inside the Jedi Temple
A databank update with the names of many previously unknown Jedi– plus Yoda, Mace Windu, and the Bear Clan. Of particular note is alien Jedi Pablo-Jill, which I don’t believe has ever really been seen anywhere in detail before… but it seems this may be the Jedi frequently mistaken for the “Howard the Duck Jedi.”

And at Dark Horse Comics
Star Wars: Empire #1: September 4
Star Wars Tales #13: September 4
Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back #3: September 11
Star Wars: Republic #46: September 18



New Saga Product at Kay-Bee Toys
June 22, 2002 | 2:49 AM EST | Adam

Kay-Bee stores around the country are starting to receive the Chewbacca (Bespin), Han (Endor Raid), and Obi-Wan (Starfighter Pilot) figures for a paltry $4.99 each. If you’re still looking for this trio, be sure to stop by your local Kay-Bee toy store next time you visit the mall.



Wal-Mart Clearances on POTJ, More
June 22, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

Some, but not all, Wal-Mart stores have started putting a significant portion of their toy aisles on clearance. While each region and location does things differently, here in Phoenix, we spotted individually carded figures at $1.50 (Bespin Guard, Ketwol) and Deluxe figures for just under $5 (Bacta Luke). While your mileage will vary, it’s something to keep an eye open for.

Other notable toys on clearance were Robots in Disguise two-pack Sideways and Axer for $6, sundry deluxe RID toys at $2-$3, and the lackluster Jimmy Neutron product line at rock-bottom prices.



Acklay Showing Up Around the States
June 21, 2002 | 1:03 PM EST | John

Well, we’ve been getting reports that this puppy has been rearing its ugly head, (in a good way) around the USA! Yak-Reader “LsTCs3Boyz” writes to let us know, and to give us a small critique.

Hey! I just got the new Acklay arena battle beast earlier on from my local Wal-Mart in Cheyenne, Wyoming and let me tell you it is awesome!, except that his face is white instead of dark blue like it is on the box and in some of the pictures I’ve seen also one of his back legs is a bit loose but it’s nothing a little breaking in won’t fix.

Thanks “LsTCs3Boyz”! Keep the Jedi Force-Senses focused for this one!



Jawa Sandcrawler Petition
June 21, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | John

Well, this one definitely ranks better than the “Ice Cream Maker” guy petition. (Even though I’d personally like to see more background characters… maybe not that one…). This one is for the more esteemed Jawa Sandcrawler, something of which Hasbro has ignored since POTF2 began. Check out the petition, and sign it if you’re so inclined. The text that will be going to Hasbro with all the signatures reads as such:

To: Hasbro Toys
We the undersigned, request that Hasbro Toys, make the Jawa Sandcrawler vehicle for their 3 3/4″ Star Wars Saga action figure line. We would like the toy to include two (2) exclusive action figures that have not been previously released. Some suggestions are CZ-3, R1-G4, M-Hyd Binary Droid, or LIN-V8K mining droid. We would also like the price point to remain under $30-40 price range. We aren’t asking for any electronics, just a great sculpt, paint job, and new action figures that probably wouldn’t get produced otherwise.


The Undersigned

Shoot, I’d just kill for the figures…



Saga Landspeeder, Cantina Pack Images
June 21, 2002 | 6:59 AM EST | Adam

Rebelscum has posted the first images of both the upcoming Toys “R” Us Landspeeder and the Wal-Mart Cantina packs. The Landspeeder appears to be either all-new or heavily modified from its 1995 incarnation, and includes a slightly redecoed Floppy Hat Luke– sans Floppy Hat. In short, it looks pretty amazing.

The Cantina sections from Wal-Mart look pretty slick, as do the figures. Glasses are included, and Momaw Nadon looks like he’s been given a slight retooling so as not to be just another repackaged figure, while Greedo looks likea nice repaint and Ponda Baba finally has his slice-off arm. The fourth set– which is one of the three sections with an all-new alien– was not shown and it isn’t know for certain when– or if– it’ll be coming out. The sections themselves appear nearly identical.



Star Wars to be Lampooned in new Tiny Toons Game
June 21, 2002 | 2:40 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot is reporting here that both the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises will be lampooned in the upcoming Treasure-developed game,Defenders of the Universe. While seeing such popular cultural mainstays parodied isn’t much of a surprise, we’re left wondering just why the heck a dead kid’s franchise like Tiny Toons is seeing a new game in 2002 when its last hurrah was over in 1995.

But we digress. Back to the news.



More Official Updates
June 21, 2002 | 2:01 AM EST | Adam

On Star Wars.com
Lego Special Edition Naboo Starfighter
More official images of the upcoming Lego set. Orders begin this Friday and are expected to ship in August.

On Hasbro UK
Star Wars collectors From Outside Of The UK
Why can’t non-UK residents register for this site? Well, it’s complicated. Maybe Hasbro US has something similar planned for those of us in the country from which these toys originate.



Saga Luke Bespin Variations
June 20, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Adam

Wondering what Hasbro was thinking with the different peg and magnet combinations with the new Luke Skywalker figure? Rebelscum posted what they discovered from Hasbro, so if you haven’t snagged your version-of-choice yet, now you can find out which one’s due to go away next.



Q&A Thursday Update
June 20, 2002 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with question and answers, on schedule, as per usual. (And if you have any idea how to pronounce Djas Puhr, do make sure you read today’s update as I’ve never heard that one out loud…)



Official Updates
June 20, 2002 | 2:47 AM EST | Adam

On Star Wars.com
More Clones Openings
Bolivia, Samoa, and the Cook Islands get some Jedi lovin’ on June 20, with Panama, South Africa, Guatemala, and Honduras getting their first look at the Grand Army of the Republic on Friday.

Difference in Digital Version
Rick McCallum talks up the fact that there were, in fact, differences between the filmed and digital versions of Episode II. Find out what some of them are in this “Ask the Jedi Council” update!

On Hasbro US
As mentioned earlier, the deluxe Yoda with Super Battle Droid was unveiled for the first time. While not new, the Playskool set of Arena Adventures (previously known as the Rampaging Reek) may be of interest to many of you, especially since it includes a little Mace Windu.



New Lego Naboo Fighter Set: First Pictures
June 20, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Tim over at From Bricks To Bothans posted the first official images of the upcoming scaled-down Ultimate Collector’s kit. With its chrome bricks and display stand, it’s very striking– surf on over for a look-see.



Petition: Bespin Ice Cream Maker Guy
June 20, 2002 | 2:04 AM EST | Adam

NOTE: Many of your emails seem to show that you believe we created this petition– we didn’t. Reader Scott set up the whole deal, the post below is just our announcing what he’s created. Back to your regularly scheduled news.

When it comes to petitions, it’s our policy to give a shout-out to those who manage to get at least 100 signatures. As we’re true to our word, here’s what reader Scott Pearson put together:

“Ice Cream Maker Guy

Bespin’s frozen novelty specialist in all his glory…

Here is my Website giving some background on ICMG


And here is the petition which I started yesterday…


Thanks!!! And lets all hope someday soon Ice Cream
Maker Guy will be hanging on the pegs!”

Yakface.com is now working on revising its petition policy.



Deluxe Yoda Image
June 19, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has just posted a photo of the upcoming Deluxe Yoda in their Toy Showcase section. Click here for more.
For those who missed it earlier, Hasbro has also posted a photo of the upcoming Deluxe C-3PO which was shown at Celebration II last May.



Official Updates from Star Wars.com
June 19, 2002 | 5:09 AM EST | Adam

From EU to Episode II: AAYLA SECURA
Learn all about the blue skinned Twi’lek Jedi who started life as a Dark Horse Comics character. She’s also coming out as an action figure in 2003, and should turn out great.

Star Wars Magazine #39
A look at the UK’s own Fan Club publication.



Deluxe Anakin, Nexu showing at Target — and on Sale!
June 19, 2002 | 1:37 AM EST | Adam

Just a friendly reminder, Target Stores have their deluxe figures on sale for $7.44 this week, and yes, the Nexu is showing up at many locations alongside Anakin Skywalker.

With its snapping shut jaw, bendable tail, and nifty sound effects, the Nexu is a surprisingly fun figure to play with. Be sure to snag one if you see one on your toy travels!



Lego: SE Naboo Starfighter
June 18, 2002 | 8:24 PM EST | Adam

Tim over at From Bricks to Bothans got an official confirmation of a surprise new Lego set due to be sold from Lego Direct in the coming days. This new Naboo Starfighter is relatively cheap, and includes chrome bricks. Visit From Bricks to Bothans for the details.



Win Jorg Sacul at The Bounty Hunters Domain
June 18, 2002 | 6:17 AM EST | Adam

Austin at The Bounty Hunters Domain sent us this update:

“My web site, Bounty Hunters Domain, is having its one year anniversary today. To celebrate, I’m having a givaway for a Celebration II Jorg Sacul action figure! For all of the details, simply go to my site and click the Givaway button. Good Luck!”



Updates at StarWars.com
June 18, 2002 | 6:05 AM EST | Adam

Episode II Mexican Magazines
With the release date of Attack of the Clones mere days away in Mexico, the Official Site has posted covers and information from some magazines, including Sputnik, a technology mag, and an official magazine.

Creating Seismic Charges
Wondering how the movie artists painted the Slave I’s seismic charge sound? Ben Burtt explains… sort of.



Yak Visits Death Star Plans
June 17, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill

Want to know how the Jabba’s Palace diorama was built? Well here’s your chance. Yakface guest stars on Death Star Plans newest talkshow. Click here for more!



New TRU 12″ Exclusive
June 17, 2002 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that Toys “R” Us is negotiating with Hasbro for a 4th Quarter 12″ exclusive which will include Leia as Boussh and Han in a Carbonite Block. Click here for more.



Hasbro UK Chat
June 17, 2002 | 9:50 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe sent this in:

“Hasbro UK have contacted me regarding a live chat with them, more details on TPU, and even more to come soon.”

Sounds promising. More details as soon as Pete sends them over.



Amazon Sends Updates on Upcoming Saga Figures
June 17, 2002 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

If you have been watching Amazon.com for the new Saga figures, you may have noticed that the pages for the figures used to have an option to enter your email address an receive an update when the figure became available. Several days ago this option was removed. Today Amazon sent out the following for all of the upcoming Saga figures (including the recently released Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Djas Puhr, Obi-Wan Jedi Star Fighter Pilot, Han Endor Raid, and Chewbacca Cloud City Capture):

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: __________(fill in name of the figure), 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…”

Since a few of these figures have already been released, with the others on the way, there’s obviously a bug in the system somewhere. These emails could be created via an altered SKU number, delays, or Amazon’s allocation of figures having been spoken for from pre-orders already. Rest assured, the figures have not been cancelled.



Clones Weekend Estimates
June 17, 2002 | 2:55 AM EST | Adam

According to Box Office MojoAttack of the Clones took in roughly $9.2 million, bringing the film to an estimated domestic total of around $270,512,000. For information on the other films, including this weekend’s top grosser Scooby-Doowhich pulled in a surprising $56 million, visit Box Office Mojo.



Q&A Monday Update
June 17, 2002 | 2:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, our Q&A column here at Yakface.com, has been updated with more rants, tirades, answers, and questions. Enjoy!



Basic Figure Price Reports
June 17, 2002 | 2:28 AM EST | Adam

After yesterday’s Target advert prices, we received a few reports from readers on what they found… first, here’s Dave:

“I went by Target this morning and the sales price tag by Star Wars figures stated a lower sale price of $4.79 each….”

Not to be outdone, here’s what reader Jake saw:

“i was at wal-mart in whitelake, MICH today and all the basic action figures have been marked to $4.77. i asked an associate if this was a sale price and he said it was the normal price now. they had also started recieving numerous shipments of the bespin vader and luke boxes of figures. happy hunting.”

So while the prices keep dropping, the gaps are shrinking. Toys “R” Us still has their stock at– usually– $4.99. Your mileage may vary.



Target Weekly Sales
June 16, 2002 | 8:29 AM EST | Adam

This week, Target Stores have a few special– and a few not so special– deals for Star Wars fans this week.

Jango Fett’s Slave I, $19.44
Deluxe Action Figures, $7.44
Jango Fett’s Target Game, $12.44
Booster Cards, $1
Basic Action Figures, $5.44

The Basic figures entry was notable, as most Targets around the country have supposedly dropped the price to $4.99 a week or two ago.



Toy Lightsaber Brings Cops
June 16, 2002 | 6:36 AM EST | Adam

JediNet posted a link to this story from the UK about a trio of women with a toy lightsaber that had ten police officers called on them. Read all about it, right here. Funny stuff.



BoShek Shipments Continue
June 15, 2002 | 2:55 AM EST | Adam

Reader Dave says…

Just found the hard-to-find Boshek wave at Mediaplay. They had 3 each of Boshek, R4-M9 and Teebo at a steep $7.99 each but it beats inflated dealer prices. They just got these in store recently so it is possible they are still shipping from Hasbro.

Here in Phoenix, I’ve spotted the BoShek wave at Suncoast, which has the same parent company as Media Play. Some other stores seem to be getting them, so cast those toy run nets wide– you might just find them yet!



Entertainment Earth: Newsfeed
June 14, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | Mark

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

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Entertainment Earth: Newsfeed
June 14, 2002 | 6:05 AM EST | Adam

From sponsors Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 1 (Wave 4)(Item# HS84851E, $74.99) has arrived! Includes 12 action figures: 2x Jango Fett – Final Battle, 2x Mace Windu – Geonosian Rescue, 2x Darth Vader – Bespin Duel, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Jedi Starfighter Pilot, 1x Han Solo – Endor Raid, 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Duel and 1x Chewbacca – Cloud City Capture.”



Official Site Updates
June 14, 2002 | 5:23 AM EST | Adam

El Ataque de los Clones Opens in Colombia
The prequel sequel hits Columbia today, and this feature has a quick graphic for the Columbian release along with the international release date list.

Image Attack
Today’s installment: building a Jedi master. An image from Shaak Ti’s conceptualization is the prize for today’s visitors of Image Attack.



Q&A: Thursday Update
June 13, 2002 | 3:36 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated today with ten new answers and questions for your perusal. The next update’s on Monday, so stay tuned for the next update next week!



YakFeature: Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set
June 13, 2002 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

Out Stormtrooper Figure Set arrived from the Fan Club yesterday, so this morning we have a brand-new YakFeature up! If you’re looking for a look at the figures and the box, look no further, as it’s right here!



New Feature at The Official Site
June 13, 2002 | 2:43 AM EST | Adam

StarWars.com has started an all-new feature entitled Image Attack. Today’s image is George Lucas and Rick McCallum looking at a digital camera… truly, this is exciting, dynamic stuff.



Toys “R” Us Exclusive Comic #2
June 12, 2002 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

Joseph over at The Gonk Droid is reporting that TRU stores are receiving the second of their four part exclusive Star Wars comic.



Amazon: Bespin Vader and More Back In Stock
June 12, 2002 | 7:59 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon…
Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighter Pilot
Luke Skywalker Bespin Duel
Jango Fett (Final Battle)
Mace Windu (Geonosis Rescue)
Darth Vader Bespin Duel



Official Site Updates
June 12, 2002 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam

From The Official Site
VES 2002: Magicians Speak
Wondering where you can hear ILMers talk up the animation made famous inClones? The schedule for the Visual Effects Society is up, so if you’re headed there this weekend, you might find the lits of guests and times useful!

From Hasbro UK
Imminent Arrivals
Information on Unleashed, and other figures as of yet unavailable in the United Kingdom. UK collectors, be sure to check this.



Orn Free Taa at Amazon
June 11, 2002 | 11:47 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has these figures and others in stock now. If you need them, head on over…
Orn Free Taa
Endor Rebel Soldier

If you order $25 or more use coupon codes 905652 for $5 off and 905650 for another $5 off. Thanks to William for the tip



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 11, 2002 | 2:32 PM EST | Mark

***Attakus Star Wars Statues In Stock***

They’re back! The Attackus Collection
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Official Updaterinos
June 11, 2002 | 4:11 AM EST | Adam

The Next Generation of Digital
Wondering what the latest status of the newest digital cameras may be? Well, Rick McCallum talks it up in today’s headlining feature!

September 2002 Comics
Read up on Empire Strikes Back Infinities #3Star Wars: Empire, and Star Wars: Republic.

Something Wrong with Databank Symbols?
Wondering why there’s an Imperial logo by Admiral Ackbar? Well, wonder no longer, as Jocasta Nu has the answer in today’s Jedi Council update!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 10, 2002 | 8:27 PM EST | Adam

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12″ KB Clone Troopers In Stock
June 10, 2002 | 8:16 AM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the exclusive yellow and red 12″ Clone Troopers back in stock. So if you are looking for them, head on over.



Q&A Monday Morning Update
June 10, 2002 | 4:05 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice, the Q&A Column of Yakface.com, has been updated with all sorts of inquiries on toys, movies, and the best time to plant your tulips. Read on, and discover the magic!



Detail Photos of Star Tours Figures
June 10, 2002 | 4:03 AM EST | Adam

A few readers have turned us on to American Dream Comics, a site that put upthis page with some nice shots from the front, back, and sides of two of the upcoming droids. Well worth a look if you’re among those waiting on pins and needles for these guys.



AOTC Continues Is Box Office Run
June 9, 2002 | 5:49 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo’s projections put Episode 2 at $254,974.00– third place for the weekend (behind The Sum of All Fears and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood). Spidey fell to sixth. AOTC’s weekend boxoffice should place it in 19th place on the list of the highest-grossing films of all time.



Lego Yoda, Stormtrooper Keychains
June 9, 2002 | 5:51 AM EST | Adam

Reader Rob had this to share…

“This may be old news to you guys, but while looking for those blasted lego pens, I found that a Yoda keychain and a stormtrooper keychain are available.”

And this is the link! The Stormtrooper and Yoda are each US$3.99.



Diorama Section Update
June 8, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Bill

We are kicking off a series of updates to our diorama section with a new contributor. Sam’s dioramas include the Tantive, Yoda’s Hut, and several Death Star scenes. Click here for more and keep checking back throughout the week for more updates!



Are Your Stormtrooper Troop Builders Missing In Action?
June 8, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Barry sends in this heads up:

“Just wanted to pass along some info in regards to the Stormtrooper sets. I received an email from the Fan Club saying that mine had been shipped on May 31. After waiting patiently for a week (even though it was 3 day shipping), I received nothing. I called the Fan Club last night and found out that FedEx had lost a shipment of the sets and mine was included. Supposedly, they picked up the replacements yesterday. So, if anyone out there is expecting their Stormtrooper sets and haven’t received them, this could be the reason why.”

Yak Reader Dallas888 reports having a similar experience.



Customs, You Seek Customs
June 8, 2002 | 1:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Dan at The Custom Alliance

“A brand-new Star Wars custom each and every day? That’s what I’m delivering throughout the month of June. After a bit of a delay, I’m off and running with the 4th annual “Daily Custom Updates!” The DCU 2002 will run from now until July, with customs inspired from all over the Star Wars universe. Characters from the films, the comics, the video games, and even a few fan-fiction ones thrown in…the more obscure, the better!

In July, the spotlight will shift to other customizers who have “Joined the Alliance” as they debut their latest creations throughout that month. So if you’ve got a new custom that you want to show off, be sure to send it in!
There will be other new additions throughout the summer, so be sure to check back often to see the latest features at “The Largest Online Gallery of Star Wars Customs!”



Djas Puhr And Palpatine at KBToys
June 8, 2002 | 1:09 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com now has the Djas Puhr and Palpatine figures in stock. So if you need them they are $5.99, thanks to Steve for the tip.



Official Site Update
June 8, 2002 | 8:00 AM EST | Adam

Return To Naboo
Several databank entries having to with Naboo are highlighted today, including Captain Typho, the Naboo Yacht, Queen Jamilla, and several other character, vehicles, and locations. Be sure to give it a once-over for names of things you might have missed.



Entertainment Earth: Han Solo Blaster Replica
June 8, 2002 | 2:38 AM EST | Adam

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