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 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, 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

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,” 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

This year, Sears Wish Book and 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 will reflect even more variety and will include approximately 2,500 items. Now, customers shopping 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 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 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 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
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 at 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 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 / 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 at



Wave 4 Deluxe Figures @ EE
September 27, 2002 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark 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 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 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 Try these.



Interactive R2-D2 @ KBToys
September 23, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Mark 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’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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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

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 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) 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
Greetings from
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 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, 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 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



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 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



Autographed Exclusive Leia!
September 10, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | Mark

The Entertainment Earth Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B,
$49.99) 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 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 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 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 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: 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! Hits The Jackpot!
September 6, 2002 | 1:50 PM EST | Mark

New items in stock at 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 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 @
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 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 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 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 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:

“ has the Robotic R2-D2 listed as “in stock” yet 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 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 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 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 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, 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.