February 2003 Archive

Free Lego Ties Shipping
February 28, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Elkkthunder wrote in to report that he received his Lego Tie Fighter from Star Wars.com and Lego’s giveaway promition today. If you were lucky enough to get a request for one in, watch your mailbox!



Looking For People…
February 28, 2003 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark

Have you been collecting for a while? Have you thought about working on a webpage but didnt know what to do to get one started? Well if this descibes you, email me. We are looking for some good reporters that are true collectors and want to help others out.



And The Ultimate Star Wars Collector Is……..
February 28, 2003 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark


In late 2002 Hasbro, Inc. searched the galaxy for young Padawans looking for the best young Star Wars collector. And, since every would-be Jedi needs their mentor, how could we not also look for the ultimate Star Wars collector in the 15 and over age category.

We’re very pleased to announce that our search has ended with Colin Skowronski of Plano, Texas! As the Grand prize winner, Colin will be awarded an action figure crafted in his likeness, a trip to Hasbro for himself and a guest and a complete set of Hasbro’s 2003 Star Wars 3.75 basic action figures and a special JORG SACUL (“SACUL” is Lucas spelled backwards) figure.

Thank you to all the passionately enthusiastic Star Wars collectors across the country who entered the contest.

May the Force be with you!



Figures Back In Stock
February 27, 2003 | 2:17 PM EST | Mark

Here are some of the new figures that sold out, they are back in stock if you are still looking…

Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
Rebel Trooper Tantive IV Defender
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids)
Imperial Officer



Two New Luke Jedi’s Coming
February 27, 2003 | 8:49 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro has updated again with news and images of two new Luke Jedi’s that we will be getting. Click on the link to see the images.

Introducing two new versions of Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi. In Spring of 2004, we will be releasing a new sculpt of Luke with tons of detail and multiple points of articulation (see 2004 sculpting input). In the Fall of 2003, a new kids’ version of Luke will also be available. This aggressive version of Luke has a cool lightsaber slashing action to recreate the Throne Room battle with Darth Vader. While kids love the cool action features, the wave of figures including Luke, Darth Vader and the Snowtrooper will be the last wave for 2003 with action features. This Fall, Collection 1 figures will become Clone Wars figures with an emphasis on cool new gear. And Collection 2 will become our Saga Collection and we will continue to offer movie-based figures with great authenticity, detail and articulation.



Troop Builders And Stands Too
February 26, 2003 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Jedivalkyrie:

“I received my Sandtrooper Troop Builder packs from EE today, with a little surprise: each trooper is packaged with a clear oval figure stand! I wasn’t aware that the stands were included. Nice for display!”



Looking For 12″ Gamorrean Guards
February 26, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Well the reports were true! KB Toys will have an exclusive 12″ Gamorrean Guard, the price is $29.99 and they will be released June 10! You can order them right here and KB will ship when they are released. Hats off to Jimmy atThe Trade Fed for finding th preorder.



Action Fleet Wave 4 In Stock
February 26, 2003 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Entertainment Earth:

The Wave 4 Action Fleet Vehicles are now in stock.

Star Wars Micro Machines Action Fleet Vehicle Assortment 4, Set. New for 2003! Includes 3 vehicles: 1x Republic Gunship, 1x Jango Fett’s Slave 1, and 1x Republic Assault Ship (subject to change). Each vehicle includes a display stand.



Unleashed Luke, Sidious And Obi-Wan!
February 26, 2003 | 1:17 PM EST | Mark

Hasbro has updated the site today with pictures of these three new unleashed figures: Check it out.

New Unleashed figures are coming this summer! Capturing the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments, Wave 2 unleashes Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

When Luke ignites his father’s lightsaber for the first time, he begins a journey down a difficult yet magnificent path that leads to the salvation of an entire galaxy. The Force is strong in Luke and he grows in skill and wisdom through the teachings of Ben Kenobi and his training with the wise Jedi Master Yoda.

Darth Sidious is a chilling specter of evil who casts his oppressive shadow over the galaxy. Sidious began to build his terrible empire upon the crushed remnants of the Jedi Order and the shattered remains of the war-torn galaxy.

Always a cautious and disciplined person, Obi-Wan Kenobi stands as a shining example of all the qualities that become a great Jedi: complete dedication, uncompromising honor and consummate skill. His careful nature is in strong contrast to the emotional impulses of his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and he strives to instill some of his cautious approach into the volatile young Padawan.



Begun, The Clone Wars Comics Have
February 25, 2003 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a glimpse of this month’s Star Wars Comics… featuring two focusing on the Clone Wars. If you’re a fan of the Clone Wars and/or the Expanded Universe you’re in for a treat. Click here for the details.



EE Products
February 25, 2003 | 8:09 AM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 Set (Item# HS84851KK, $43.99). Includes 6 action figures: 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 1x Boba Fett – The Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 1x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle, and 1x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (subject to change). Our first shipment sold out fast. Place your pre-order now to receive your new Star Wars with our next shipment!

Jango Fett (Item#KB106, $99.99) as you’ve never seen him before, as a snap together 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit. This remarkable piece captures the elusive bounty hunter as he prepares to take flight against his adversary, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Some assembly required.



12″ Padme review
February 23, 2003 | 8:20 PM EST | Michael

Toys R Us has the latest 12″ series showing up in heavy numbers – Anakin, Padme and the Geonosian Warrior. Check out this review to see why that Padme is going to be warming shelves for the rest of the winter.



Figures Back In Stock
February 22, 2003 | 7:00 PM EST | Mark

New Figures BACK in stock over at Amazon.com
Destroyer Droid (Genosis Battle)
Yoda (Jedi High Council)
Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
And here are the repacks for the completists
Rebel Trooper Tantive IV Defender
Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)



FAO Stores Working To Be Sure All Orders Filled
February 21, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bill sent in this report:

“I tried to ordered a Shuttle from the FAO store in Michigan in Sept. and was told that my name was going on a waiting list as they could no longer take orders. On Tues. of this week I was contacted by the store in Kansas and was asked if I was still interested in getting my hands on a Shuttle…Actually I had totally forgotten about it and it really wasn’t that important as I only collect the 12″ figures of which I have all (including the marmit figs.) I don’t have the vintage figures, but I’m waiting to purchase those mint in mint box. Anyway… I asked how the Kansas store, how they had gotten my name… I was told that the store in Michigan was going out of business and that my name had been forwarded to their store. I did in the end go ahead and purchase it. I thought you guys might find this interesting…”



‘Tis The Season
February 21, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

Wondering which Star Wars Ornaments will be hanging on your tree in 2003? Hallmark sent Hallmark Club members an early Dreambook (it shows all the Christmas ornaments for a year)– you can look forward to C-3PO, Padme Geonosian Arena Escape, Clone Troopers, Yoda, and a Tie Fighter.POTF2.com has photos posted here.



Want An Early Bird Set
February 20, 2003 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill

For most of us, even long time fans from the day vintage was “modern” Early Bird Sets came out way before we started collecting. Well if you are a Kubrick fan, there’s an Early Bird Set you may want to check out:

You can check out more pics in the auction here.



New 12″ At TRU
February 20, 2003 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

If you need the new 12″ figures, they are in stock at TRU now for $19.99 each!

New 12″ Anakin Skywalker
Figure #753– this is the 12″ Geonosian Warrior.
12″ Padme

Thanks to Yak Reader Tim for the heads-up.



Cartoon Network to get Clone Wars
February 20, 2003 | 2:05 PM EST | Sharon

Picking up where Episode II left off, the saga of the Clone Wars will continue through animated shorts premiering this year from the Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Check out
The Official site
for the full story!



Toy Fair 2003 Lego Coverage
February 19, 2003 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated here with photos of Lego’s 2003 Toy Fair offerings. Click here to check them out. Photo credits go to Michael.



New In Stock!
February 19, 2003 | 7:56 PM EST | Mark

New Figures in stock over at Amazon.com
Destroyer Droid (Genosis Battle)
Yoda (Jedi High Council)
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids) SOLD OUT
Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
And here are the repacks for the completists
Imperial Officer SOLD OUT
Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)



Tambor, Trebor and a Blushing Bride
February 19, 2003 | 1:22 PM EST | Mark

Check outhttp://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/2003/02/news20030219.html
for the latest shots of three new figures.
Padmé Amidala (2003 #22) is dressed in a unique gown she dons for a secret wedding ceremony with Anakin. She also comes with a Naboo balcony railing, and a ceremonial bouquet.
Wat Tambor (2003 #23) was the Foreman of the Techno Union. He not only committed his army of battle droids to the Confederacy of Independent Systems, but also hosted the meeting of the Separatists minds at one of the Techno Union’s droid foundries on Geonosis. Wat Tambor comes with a Geonosian War Room console.
Coleman Trebor (2003 #24) is an amphibious creature from the watery world of Sembla. He is a stouthearted Jedi Knight and member of the Jedi Council. He is one of many Jedi assembled by Mace Windu to counter the massing Separatist armies on Geonosis. Coleman Trebor comes with a lightsaber and a Geonosis base.



Got Your Insider?
February 18, 2003 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

The New Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes. Issue 66 has the usual updates on Episode III, including some slight spoilers and a piece of EU Clone Wars fiction staring Aayla!



Free Obi Wan
February 17, 2003 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Heybert sent in this tip:

“This weeks Best Buy sales ad in the Sunday newspapers has an offer for a free Star Wars game. If you buy an X-Box you get a copy of Star Wars: Obi-Wan free, only good Sunday and Monday as part of their Presidents Day sale.”



Code 3… Back To The Future
February 16, 2003 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Fans of Vintage Star Wars toys, and long time collectors will remember Kenner’s line of die-cast vehicles, some of which are among the rarer Star Wars Vintage items. The Official site has updated with a story about Code 3, the same company which released the Skywalker Ranch die-cast Fire Truck recently. Code 3 will be producing a line of high end die-cast Star Wars collectibles. The line will debut mid year! Click here for more.



Q&A Notice – Visual Q&A returns!
February 16, 2003 | 12:42 AM EST | Muse

The newest Q&A has been posted. We talk about vintage figures yet to be remade, rumors, vintage weapons and more.

As always, send in any questions you might have!



Hasbro’s Star Wars Press Release
February 15, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro just released this rundown of the 2003 Star Wars line:


Star Wars has been a favorite of fans, young and old, for more than a quarter of a century and Hasbro continues to replicate the excitement of the epic saga with a new line of authentically detailed action figures, vehicles and lightsabers.

As kids and collectors continue to enjoy re-living the adventure of the Star Wars saga through Hasbro’s toy line, they will be excited with the news of new Clone Wars-themed toys and entertainment in 2003. Clone Wars is Lucasfilm’s story of good and evil and the galactic conflict that takes place between Star Wars Episodes II and III.

Hasbro also brings to the devoted generations of Star Wars toy collectors all new ways to enhance their collections in 2003, with action figures that showcase all the detail, authenticity and wide range of characters that collectors have enjoyed in Hasbro’s Star Wars line for more than 25 years.

Kids and collectors are both sure to feel the force with the following new 2003 Hasbro Star Wars products, extending their enjoyment of one of the most successful and popular entertainment properties of all time:


Yoda noted ominously at the end of Star Wars: Episode II — “Begun, this Clone War has!” Hasbro’s new Clone Wars action figures and vehicles combine what generations of kids have loved through the first five episodes of the Star Wars saga: battling action between the characters and the classic struggle between good and evil. Bridging the story of what happens between Star Wars Episode II and Episode III, Clone Wars is an imaginative continuation of the story line developed by George Lucas — the tale of galactic conflict between the Republic Army and the Droid Armies. The fascinating new line, which will be available in the fall, features figures that are loaded with mission-specific gear and vehicles from the Clone Wars fantasy.

Clone Wars Basic Figures (Approximate retail price: $4.99)

The basic figures in the Clone Wars collection include new versions of key characters kids loved in Episode II with cool gear like the STARFIGHTER PILOT ANAKIN, ready to lead the clone armies into the battle. Also in the line are new villains to battle the Jedi. Nine Clone Wars figures are planned for 2003 including new versions of YODA and MACE WINDU.

Clone Wars Multi-Packs (Approximate retail price: $9.99)

Beginning in the fall, kids and collectors can begin building up their troops for mass battle action with three-packs of clones, droids and Jedi figures. Additional figures include DESTROYER DROID with launcher, a new Bounty Hunter with SPEEDERBIKE, and NEW CLONE COMMANDO with SPEEDERBIKE.

Clone Wars Vehicles

No Star Wars battle is complete without the awesome firepower and thrilling maneuvers of iconic vehicles. Elevating the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists in the Clone Wars, Hasbro plans to offer six different authentically detailed vehicles that fit the 3-3/4 inch figures, each loaded with working action features and battle weapons:

CLONE WARS REPUBLIC GUNSHIP (Approximate retail price: $29.99) The biggest of the Clone Wars vehicles! The clone army’s most powerful battle machine, the heroic REPUBLIC GUNSHIP has a new Clone Wars look. The handle on top allows kids to transport the action anywhere and launch into battle with its firing laser cannons, a deployable troop platform, opening canopy, and rotating wing blasters.

VEHICLE ASSORTMENT (Approximate retail price: $19.99) The Clone Wars battles take place on the ground and in the air. These five great vehicles enable you to recreate the action on both. The Geonosian fighters are back in the Clone Wars to battle against the Republic. THE GEONOSIAN FIGHTER vehicle comes with an exclusive GEONOSIAN PILOT figure featuring blast-out side cannons. The “HAILFIRE” DROID recreates the massive firepower seen in the Episode II scenes with eight firing missiles on each side of the vehicle. Also available is the new ANAKIN SKYWALKER STARFIGHTER, a suped-up, maxed-out starfighter that Anakin has enhanced with firepower and speed. Two additional vehicles will be available, including the ARMORED ASSAULT TANK (AAT) and a new JEDI STARFIGHTER, first seen in the deleted scenes of the Episode II DVD.


For years, Star Wars kids and collectors have known they can turn to Hasbro to relive the Star Wars films with a wide range of authentically detailed action figures featuring their favorite characters from key scenes. Hasbro honors that tradition once again, with a 2003 offering of action figures sure to please both the newest young Star Wars fans and the devoted collectors.

SAGA SCENE Packs Approximate retail price: $19.99)

With the new SAGA SCENE PACKS, collectors can build dioramas of the coolest scenes from Episode II. Collectors can enjoy the scene graphics either in-package or out of package, and can continue to build their dioramas with Hasbro’s basic figures from Collection 2. Each scene comes with three figures, at least two of which are figures never done before. Four scenes are planned for 2003, including: The JEDI COUNCIL and the GEONOSIS WAR ROOM.

Basic Figures (Approximate retail price: $4.99)

Offered in two collections, the basic 3-3/4-inch figures have enhanced articulation and amazing detail that are also cool to display. Pair the basic figures with Star Wars vehicles for even more fun!

COLLECTION 1 basic figures offer the main heroes and villains from the entire Star Wars saga with fun action features. New waves of figures will be available at retail until September, including MACE WINDU ARENA CONFRONTATION, R2-D2 DROID FACTORY FLIGHT and LUKE SKYWALKER from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

COLLECTION 2 basic figures feature the more obscure characters from the Star Wars universe, with a focus on authenticity, detail and articulation that collectors want. New and classic figures will be introduced throughout the year, including AAYLA SECURA JEDI KNIGHT, YODA and CHIAN and COLEMAN TREBOR.

Deluxe Figures (Approximate retail price: $9.99)

Packed with extra fun, the deluxe figure assortment features cool action-oriented figures with accessories or vehicle, such as FLYING ACTION JANGO FETT and SPIDER DROID that really walks!

Unleashed Figures (Approximate retail price: $14.99)

Eight new figures will be let loose in the collectible UNLEASHED assortment. These seven-inch, highly detailed figures capture the essence of the character in dynamically posed artistic interpretations. Characters include LUKE SKYWALKER and OBI-WAN KENOBI. Ages 8+

12-Inch Collector Figure Assortment (Approximate retail price: $19.99)

A collector favorite for years, these larger scale classic and Episode II figures offer multiple points of articulation with accessories and soft-goods costumes to pose and create incredible displays. Ten new 12-inch figures are available, including HAN SOLO with QUICK DRAW and LANDO IN SKIFF DISGUISE.


Since the Star Wars galaxy was first introduced more than 25 years ago, Hasbro’s lightsaber role-play toys have remained high on the wish lists of kids and collectors. To continue the fun and fantasy of Star Wars, many exciting lightsaber versions will be available this year.

Electronic Lightsabers (Approximate retail price: $19.99)

The popular electronic lightsabers return with their real lightsaber sounds. New this year is YODA’s green lightsaber, and being reintroduced are replicas of the lightsabers carried by LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER.

Basic Lightsabers (Approximate retail price: $6.99)

Kids continue to love the crash-and-bash play that is fundamental to Star Wars re-enactments and fun. Six basic lightsabers are available at retail now.


SPEEDER BIKE VEHICLES (Approximate retail price: $12.99)

Key scenes in Episode II feature the signature SPEEDER BIKE, which whisks its rider into battle on the ground or in the air with daring speed and maneuvers. There are two SPEEDER BIKES in the assortment, ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S SWOOP BIKE with ANAKIN figure, and DARTH TYRANUS GEONOSIAN SPEEDER BIKE with DARTH TYRANUS figure. Both are available now.

MICRO MACHINES ACTION FLEET VEHICLES (Approximate retail price: $12.99) Putting the world of Star Wars action in the palm of your hand, MICRO MACHINES ACTION FLEET returns with more of what made it so popular for many years. Hasbro offers 11 new vehicles in a mix of both the classic and new vehicles desired by collectors. Each vehicle, including JANGO FETT’S SLAVE I and the REPUBLIC GUNSHIP, is decorated with authentic detail and comes with a display stand.



Toy Fair 2003 Sneak Peek!!! MUST SEE!!!!
February 14, 2003 | 3:38 PM EST | Sharon

New products featured at Toy Fair include:

Clone Wars Republic Gunship & Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter with all new Clone Wars decoration scheme (note: figures not included)

Geonosian Fighter with Geonosian Pilot (look closely, he’s in there!)

Armored Assault Tank (AAT) (figure not included)

Hailfire Droid

Clone Wars Multipack Assortment – Build your army with 3 packs of Clone Troopers or Droids. (note: existing sneak preview Clone Troopers were used for the diaroma. The 3 pack of Clone Troopers are the 3 figures closely surrounding Yoda)

Clone Wars Basic Figures – Check out the new Clone Wars version of Yoda! This image gives you an idea of what Yoda is up to between Episodes II and III. See below for additional information. And keep checking starwars.hasbro.com for the latest updates!

Clone Wars Packaging – These are preliminary versions of the new packaging for the Clone Wars toys. They are works in progress but we wanted to give you a sneak peak. Please note the blister card uses existing figures from ’02/’03 for presentation purposes only.

Unleashed Luke Skywalker

12″ Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise

Action Fleet Vehicles including the Slave I and the Republic Gunship




News from StarWars.Screenthemes.com
February 14, 2003 | 1:59 PM EST | Sharon

NEW from the Official Source for Star Wars screensavers & wallpapers

Hoth 1
16 images from our favorite Ice Planet, Hoth!

Hoth 1

Look for Hoth 2 next week!!!




New Classic Figures!!!!
February 14, 2003 | 12:58 PM EST | Sharon

Head over to
For a peek at the NEWEST Darth Vader from the Emperor’s Throne Room, and NEW Snowtrooper figure.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 13, 2003 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainmet Earth:

Check Out What’s New and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeder
Our First Shipment Sold Out Instantly! Includes Anakin Skywalker’s Swoop Bike with Anakin figure and Darth Tyranus’s Geonosian Speeder Bike with Darth Tyranus figure. With the push of a button, each figure has slashing lightsaber action.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84887BB
Price: $31.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Vehicles

Kingdom Hearts Series 1 Set
They’re Coming Back! After selling out imediately, this set of six action figure 2-packs will return in May. Includes Jack Skellington & Sora, Captain Hook & Riku, Maleficent & Kairi, 1x Goofy & Guard Armor, Donald Duck & Air Soldier and Pluto & Darkside Heartless.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: NT76000A
Price: $79.99
See Kingdom Hearts Action Figures

13 inch Plush Homer Simpson
The Simpsons line has never had offical plush dolls… until now! At 13 inches tall, this cuddly Homer comes with an official seal of authenticity and a heart of gold… or maybe a heart of beer.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: AP44665
Price: $24.99
See Simpsons Plush

Katiana Jimenez Barbie
Designer Spotlight: Katiana Jimenez! Barbie doll’s top is a golden woven fabric with golden and purple beads at the hem. Her skirt is an eggplant purple taffeta with pleat detail. Basically, this Barbie doll has better clothes than anyone we know!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MTB0836
Price: $49.99
See Barbie Dolls

BOTP Zoltar Disguise Figure
Battle of the Planets! An intelligent master of disguise, this villain from Battle of the Planets — the hugely popular animated series from the late 70s and early 80s — features three interchangeable heads and a laser!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: DC63014
Price: $15.99
See Anime/Manga Action Figures

DC HeroClix: Sinestro Figure
Giant HeroClix! In the form of a golden translucent figure from Greek mythology with his thunderbolt spear, the Sinestro construct is the biggest HeroClix figure yet! Floating within the constructs’ chest sits Sinestro himself, the master of the yellow power ring.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: DC04400
Price: $19.99
See Comic Characters: Green Lantern Games:HeroClix

Click here to order! Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



More info on Star Wars Weekends 2003
February 13, 2003 | 8:24 AM EST | Sharon

Head over to StarWars.com for more info. Looks like Anthony Daniels will make an appearance this year!

More SWW info:





Original Trilogy On DVD.. Fan Petition
February 12, 2003 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

I you want to have the original, Original Trilogy (not the Special Edition version of the Original Trilogy) on DVD, all signs continue to point to your being disappointed, however there is a chance to let your voice be heard. There is an online petition to let Lucas know we want to see the ORIGINAL VERSION on DVD too. If you love Han shooting first, the original cheezy wampa and dewbacks, and lower tech planet and deathstar explosions, click here to sign the petition. Thanks to Yak Reader Bigmikeyd for the link!



Shuttle Peg Problem
February 12, 2003 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sithkiss sent in this report:

“I received my Shuttle (finally) and upon initial inspection, I knew Hasbro was to use the same vintage mold as w/ previous ships sans electronics (how lame for the $). However unlike the POTF2-AT-AT where they corrected the interior action figure foot pegs for the newer figs, in the Shuttle, they kept the old foot pegs designed for vintage figures.

Also, buyers should check their cc statements and invoices- mine did not match with one another nor with catalog price and use of the 10% coupon I used prices for toy and shipping. Fortunately, FAO was gracelul enought to correct the error and credit the differences (over $28.)”



D& S Sci-Fi Toy World News Feed
February 12, 2003 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S:

New Items in stock!

Vader & Slave Leia Unleashed
Anakin Skywalkers’s Swoop Bike with Lightsaber Attack Action Figure
Darth Tryanus’s Geonosian Speeder Bike with Lightsaber Attack Action Figure New Obi-Wan Acklay Battle & Darth Tryanus Geonosis Figures – In Stock Padme Droid Factory, Tusken Ambush, Imperial Officer – New Head, Library Droids, etc..
Lamu Su, Barris Offee, Twilek – Pre-order
Deluxe Force Power Anakin & Flying Jango Deluxe – Pre-Order
Acklay – Back in Stock! Click here to order.



Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeders
February 12, 2003 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeders, so if you are interested in saving time looking for them, head on over and pre-order yours today.



Shuttle Modifications…
February 11, 2003 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steven sent this tip in:

“Got mine shipped this afternoon. After opening it, I noticed they have attached the rotating guns (the ones attached to the folding wings) backwards–by that I mean that they should be able to rotate and point up to the sky as the shuttle lands and the wings fold up. The original toy did, and the ILM model did and the glue-together model I had 20 years ago did. Yet they assembled this newest version wrong. Fortunately, you can wiggle the pieces loose and re-attach correctly.”



Unleashed Wave 4 In Stock
February 10, 2003 | 11:02 PM EST | Mark

EE now has the new Wave 4 Unleashed (Slave Leia & Vader) in stock.



Baseless Your Classic Figures Are?
February 10, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with a revised 2003 figure list. This one includes a number of previously released figures,including Saga and POTF2 which will be re-released as part of the 2003 line. Now before the complaints about rehashes start, read a little further. These figures will includes display bases like we’ve seen on the newest waves of Saga figures. It sounds like these might just be worth snagging for the display bases— especially to army builders and diorama builders! Click here for the story.



Shuttle Update
February 10, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Clonetrooper Commander from Kansas City reported in: FAO Schwartz here in town has gotten their shipment of shuttles in and are calling those who reserved them to pick them up. While I was there , I talked to the manager. He said that their store received 140 of them and all were taken, and that none would hit the floor anywhere in the country. Glad I ordered mine. Keep up the good work!!!

UPDATE: The West Coast Report

Yak Reader Don sent this in: “Hello I live in southern Calif. and was just called tonight at 8:00 Pacific time and was told that my FAO in L.A. got there shipment. The best part of it was that they got more than was ordered and I was able to get two of them instead of only one like I was first told. Good luck to everyone else.”



Even More FAO Imperial Shuttle news…
February 9, 2003 | 8:43 PM EST | Sharon

I got a call from the personal shopper at FAO here in Orlando, they are nice enough to take a reservation list for exclusives.(The service at this store is always exceptional!) They are expecting them in here in the Orlando store on Monday, February 10, and they were calling to confirm my order. If you have a local FAO, Monday & Tuesday might be a good time to pay them a visit or a call.



Need To Accessorize Your Collection?
February 9, 2003 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Kenny:

“I walked into a TARGET in Brooklyn today and they finally had the 4 accessory packs on sale for $7.99. Not much of a difference but its a start. They were not “marked down”. They usually let the public know with the red stickers that they indeed have been reduced. But instead, they hung a yellow tag with the sale price that was left out of this weeks circular.”



Only One Week Left For Free Shipping On Ultaramas
February 9, 2003 | 2:06 PM EST | Bill

Time is running out to get free shipping on Ultaramas. The promotion ends in just one week. Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



The Winner Is…
February 8, 2003 | 8:06 PM EST | Bill

Congratulatios to Pam Newman, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter our next drawing here, and be sure to include your first and last name and your shipping address to be eligible to win! Good Luck!!!



More FAO Imperial Shuttle news…
February 8, 2003 | 1:16 PM EST | Sharon

A little info from reader Rich Vaughn:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that even though FAO’s site says “out of stock” to go ahead and try placing the order anyway. I just placed my order for the shuttle this past Wednesday 2/5 . My card was charged this morning 2/8 and I have the tracking number. Will make a great Valentine’s Day gift.
Happy hunting.”

Thanks Rich!
Great to know, just in case you missed your chance…
Try again!!!




Star Wars Weekends 2003 @ Disney’s MGM Studios
February 8, 2003 | 1:40 AM EST | Sharon

For those of you that have never had a chance to experience Star Wars Weekends, since 2000, it has become an annual event during the month of May(Fri, Sat & Sun) at the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.

There are many great things happening for Star Wars fans during this Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The event takes place, of course, in the area of the Star Tours ride. There are Star wars costumed characters for photos, SW Trivia contests with cool prizes, Jedi Training Academy for the young Padawans, exclusive Star Wars Weekends merchandise at Tatooine Traders(collectible pins, etc), and best of all, stars from the films that are available for question & answer sessions, autographs & photos at scheduled times.

Each weekend offers 2, or sometimes 3 special guests appearing on Fri, Sat & Sun. Past guests have included:
Carrie Fisher, Jeremy Bulloch, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Ian McCaig, Doug Chiang, Steven Sansweet, Hugh Quarshie(Capt Panaka), Phil Brown(Uncle Owen), Warwick Davis, Jake Lloyd(young Anakin), and Mike Quinn.

Disney has done this in past years, but it has only become an annual event since 2000. Unfortunately, Disney likes to wait until the last minute(April?) to announce who will be appearing. Last year(2002), they did not have any featured guests due to schedule conflicts with Celebration 2. My sources tell me that we have a green light for this year’s event, and may even get 5 weekends instead of 4! Woo Hoo!!!!

If you are interested in attending, there are some nice local folks that have put together a small website for updates and news on the SWW event, just in case you want to check it out. The dates I have heard so far for the event this year will be May 15 – June 16. Will post more info as I get it.

I am lucky enough to live right here in Orlando, and I am a regular visitor for SWW(Star Wars Weekends). It is really a blast! I will be taking pictures, and covering the event for Yak, in able to share with those of you unable to attend. Stay tuned…

Star Wars Weekends Site



Auction Cruisin’: Star Wars Jabba’s Throne Room Diorama
February 7, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Sharon

This is quite an interesting collectible! It is a model kit from Japan, made by Monster Shop. Model kit dipicts the scene of Jabba’s throne room with the deformed versions of Jabba, Slave Leia, Salacious Crumb, Boba Fett, C3PO, Bib Fortuna, Han in Carbonite, and a Jawa. Not something you see in every collection!
Check it out!
Jabba Diorama auction



Happy Birthday John Williams!
February 7, 2003 | 2:59 PM EST | Sharon

The great folks over at www.theForce.net were nice enough to post that Saturday, February 8, Star Wars music composer John Williams will celebrate his 71st Birthday.
Happy Bithday, Mr. Williams!!!



The Lucas Interviews
February 7, 2003 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

The Inland Empire Strikes Back! has updated with audio files of their interviews with Lucas at the ILM tribute last night. Among the news is confirmation that the original editions of the classic trilogy will not be released on DVD… ever. Click here for more.



More 2003 Product– That Hasn’t Hit Other Lists!
February 6, 2003 | 8:23 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at the Trade Federation has posted a long list of 2003/2004 Star Wars Product from Hasbro. To say the least his source came through big!

Here’s just a part of the list:

Bespin Gown Leia
Jabba w/ Dias
Imperial Dignitary(maybe Dignitaries)

Click here for the whole list.



Free Stuff
February 6, 2003 | 7:54 PM EST | Bill

Max Rebo.org has a new contest going with Dexter Jettster and Mace Windu as prizes. If you need these figures, click here to enter.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 6, 2003 | 7:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition back in stock! Constructed from durable die-cast metal components, this FX lightsaber also features a permanently attached electro-luminescent blade and plays back digitally recorded sound effects taken directly from the film.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW201
Price: $138.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Prop Replicas

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



New 12″ 2003 Figures
February 6, 2003 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

OK, if you can lend a hand, I will make sure we pass the news on to everyone. Amazon has new 2003 12″ Figures in stock, however, I have no idea what they are… Look at the titles….
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #750 (PADME)
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #751 (ANAKIN)
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #753 (GEONOSIAN WARRIOR)

UPDATE!! Thanks to a very nice reader, we have our information. Please look at the titles and you will see the names included now.

This is a great way to get just certain individual figures. Remember, if you want the entire set, use the link to the left for Entertainment Earth as they have the set for $55.00



New Classic Trilogy 12″ Photos
February 5, 2003 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with photos of the three upcoming classic trilogy 12″ figures. This batch includes Han Solo in his classic smuggler outfit, which has what sounds very much like the European exclusive Quick Draw feature from from several years ago. Lando in Skiff guard and the AT-ST driver are also pictured. Click here for more.



New Star Wars Figures Coming Soon!
February 5, 2003 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

The new Yoda & Chian and Ashla & Jempa action figure two packs will be included in Star Wars Episode II Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item#
HS84861M, $79.99) http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84861M The full assortment includes 12 action figures: 2x Yoda & Chian (NEW), 1x Ashla & Jempa (NEW), 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 2x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 2x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, 1x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 1x SP-4 & JN-66, 1x Imperial Officer, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle.



R2-D2 Drops Again
February 5, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark



Now has the R2-D2 interactive listed for $59.99, getting even cheaper…



FAO Imperial Shuttle arrives!!!!
February 4, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Sharon

Just in from reader Rod Fernandez:

“Well, it’s here!

For those of you still waiting…my card was charged on Sunday
Feb3rd……then this morning I called and got my confirmation number. I
got it and was told by the FAO employee that I should get it tomorrow
(2/5) or on Thursday (2/6). Well I got on the UPS site nad it shows as a
schedule delivery date of TODAY! I couldn’t beleive it and now I have
just come back in from getting huge box from a UPS delivery guy……So
check your cards and keep your eyes out! FAO has finally delivered, and
this is confirmed!


Thank you Rod for the info!!! You heard him folks, be on the lookout for a large box if you have one ordered.



Sales @ Amazon.com
February 4, 2003 | 7:47 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice sale prices at Amazon.com.
Exclusive Star Wars 3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $14.98
Invasion Of Theed Adventure Game w/exlusive wookie figure $9.98
12″ Bounty Hunter: Dengar $12.96
12″ Imperial Officer Figure $12.96
12″ Bounty Hunter: Zuckuss $12.96

Plus many others. They also have the Clone Trooper Pilot and other harder to find figures in stock.



New Star Wars at EE
February 4, 2003 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Retrorocket Jedi Master Yoda (Item# FGSWRRYD, $1,299.99)
Limited to only 65 units for North America – and we have 3 in stock!
Retrorocket Jedi Master Yoda Guitar. How could we leave out the
venerable Jedi Master who helped save the universe by training Luke
Skywalker in the ways of the force? The Retrorocket features an image of Yoda from Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones in
contemplative ready-for-battle mindfulness. Scenes of the Clonetroopers in the background and the lightsaber blades decorating the fretboard make this a truly breathtaking axe and a fitting tribute to the Star Wars saga.

Marmit AT-AT Driver (Item# MTS7, $119.99)

Count Dooku Lightsaber (Item# MRSW105, $298.99)

Dooku Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW105A, $347.98)

New Unleashed – Darth Vader Redemption and Princess Leia Slave Outfit:
Case of 6:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 4 (Item# HS84894D, $110.99)
Set of 2:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst 4 Set (Item# HS84894DD, $37.99)

New Speeders – Anakin Skywalker’s Swoop Bike and 1x Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus Geonosian Speederbike.
Set of 2:
Anakin & Count Dooku Speeder (Item# HS84887BB, $31.99)

EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) (Item# HS84851L, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 10. Includes 12 action figures: 2 new figures (more details coming soon), 1x Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation, 2x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon, 2x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony, and 1x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle (subject to change).

EII Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item# HS84861M, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 12. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Yoda & Chian (NEW), 1x Ashla & Jenpa (NEW), 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 2x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 2x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, 1x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 1x SP-4 & JN-66, 1x Imperial Officer, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

EII Collection 2 (Wave 13) (Item# HS84861N, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 13. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Padme Amidala – Wedding Dress (NEW), 1x Wat Tambor (NEW), 1x Coleman Trebor (NEW), 1x Darth Maul (NEW), 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 1x Han Solo (NEW), 1x Yoda & Chian, 1x Ashla & Jenpa, 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

Clone Trooper Commander Kit (Item# KB107, $99.99)
Kotobukiya will issue a limited-release (only 1000 pieces) version of the popular Clone Trooper. This will be the “Commander” version, which includes additional yellow markings on the arms and helmet. The actual figure is the same as the standard release (KB102).



Slave Leia Up Close…
February 3, 2003 | 11:50 PM EST | Bill

At least the Unleashed version. The droids over at Artoosnews have posted detailed photos of the upcoming Unleashed Slave Leia in their image guide.Click here for more.



Ask Lucas????
February 3, 2003 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Ever want to as Lucas a question? The guys at IESB may make that happen:

“Hey guys it’s Robert from the IESB website. We will be going to the ILM tribute (first program) and George Lucas will be in attendance. We contacted ILM and they said that if schedule permits interviews will be allowed after the presentation. We are looking for star wars fans to submit questions for us to ask George and/or the ILMers that may be present. We would welcome any links to our front page at www.inlandempirestrikesback.net in order to submit questions that the fans want answered. Thanks!”



Imperial Shuttle Update
February 2, 2003 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rob:

“I had ordered the Tyridium Shuttle through the Las Vegas FAO Schwartz and was initially told they would be available at the end of JAN. But after my credit card failed to be charged, I became concerned that I had slipped through the cracks. I called the store today and was informed the shuttles have arrived in New Jersey warehouse but will not be distributed to the stores until the week of 3 FEB because all the stores are going through inventory. They expect to receive them sometime next week and even mentioned recalling everyone to provide an updated status. So perhaps by mid-February, people should start seeing them delivered.”


This just in from Yak Reader Tim in Memphis:

I just got offline with FAO using their LIVE HELP section on their site…my Shuttle shipped today….they gave me a tracking # and the total charged to my credit card..I then called the credit card company to make sure this was true and it had been charged to my card and they didnt charge me shipping….I had complained to one of the reps earlier in January about the delays and he told me he would take care of shipping….and he did…they are shipping from the Virginia warehouse and I live in TN so mine shoudl be here by Wednesday of this week….”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 2, 2003 | 11:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Stikfas Kit (Wave 4) Set
The revolutionary new action figure kit! Includes the Firefighter, Samurai Warrior, Black Military, and Green Military Stikfas. Each kit contains one unassembled Stikfas action figure, label sheet and accessories.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HF85114D
Price: $35.99
See Stikfas Action Figures

Hulk Movie Figures Series 1
The first series of “The Hulk” movie action figures! Includes Super-Poseable Leaping Hulk (with real leaping bungie cord), Smash & Crush Hulk (with military truck & smashing action) and Punching Hulk (with wall punching action).
In Stock Now!
Item Number: TB70500A
Price: $119.99
See Comic Characters: Hulk Action Figures

Simpsons Moe`s Tavern Playset
Springfield’s very own Moe’s Tavern! Includes an exclusive Duffman action figure. When a compatible World of Springfield action figure is placed on this playset the figures come to life as they say several random phrases.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: PL199185
Price: $44.99
See Simpsons Action Figures

Wind-Up Fishing Homer Simpson
Hook, Line and Drinker! Fishing Homer wears his lucky fishing hat and a big smile. Homer comes with his make-shift fishing pole (a stick) with Blinky the three-eyed fish hooked on his line.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: RC803
Price: $29.99
See Simpsons Tin Toys

Gundam 4.5 inch Wave G
Which Gundam will rule the universe? Includes Hyper Mode Bolt Gundam (Gold version), Hyper Mode Gundam Rose (Gold Version), Hyper Mode Dragon Gundam (Gold version), Hyper Mode Gundam Maxter (Gold version), Skull Gundam, Grizzly Gundam, Rising Gundam, Noble Gundam, Shadow Gundam, Haow Gundam, Royal Gundam, Neros Gundam.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: BA11300G
Price: $99.99
See Gundam Action Figures

Alien Egg Resin Statue
Two Statues in One! Hidden inside, coiled and ready to strike, is a face hugger. Stands approximately 8 inches tall, including a gruesomely detailed base. Individiually numbered!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: PM25003
Price: $99.99
See Alien Statues
Order Today!



Acklay Battle Obi-Wan review
February 2, 2003 | 6:56 PM EST | Michael

It’s a new Obi-Wan – just what we’ve all been waiting for! But is it better than the previous Ob-Wan’s? Check out the review with photos here.



Auction Cruisin’: Lucasfilm Darth Maul Lightsaber
February 1, 2003 | 6:01 PM EST | Sharon

This particular prop was actually used in the filming of Episode 1, by Ray Park(Darth Maul) himself. Auction has very long item description and lots of pics. Take a look!




International Star Wars Meet Up Day
February 1, 2003 | 12:55 PM EST | Sharon

Monday, February 17th, @ 7:00 PM,(3rd Monday of the month) is International Star Wars Meet Up Day. Meet local fans/collectors in your area in a public place, for coffee, etc.

This could be a great chance to network with others in the constant struggle to keep up with our collections. Internet trade sites are great, but there is nothing like having a local few Star Wars buddies too !!

Some areas have structured local SW clubs, but many have not,…
maybe this thoughtful site can help! It could give many a chance to organize something in your local area. Pass it on to others….
Thanks to Chris Solo for the info!!!

Star Wars MeetUp



A Moment of Silence…
February 1, 2003 | 10:42 AM EST | Sharon

A moment of silence for NASA, the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and their families. Peace be with them.



2 More Figures Announced For 2003… Sort Of
February 1, 2003 | 12:50 AM EST | Bill

The latest case assortments posted at Entertainment Earth contains a surprise, well actually 2. The staff over at POTF2.COM found some interesting additions to the 2003 line in the assortments.

Here’s the assortment:

Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 13. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Padme Amidala – Wedding Dress (NEW), 1x Wat Tambor (NEW), 1x Coleman Trebor (NEW), 1x Darth Maul (NEW), 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 1x Han Solo (NEW), 1x Yoda & Chian, 1x Ashla & Jenpa, 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawan, 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

Note it includes a Darth Maul and a Princess Leia, as to which figures these will be, time will tell. The Battle Droid may also be the red battle droid running change we’ve been waiting for since C2.

You can pre-order this assortment at EE here and tell them Yak sent you.