October 2003 Archive

Star Wars Hyperspace Pumpkin!
October 31, 2003 | 6:06 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris Helke, who lives in New Carlisle, Ohio and is a member of the Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club has sent in a few pictures of his submission to this years OSWCC pumpkin carving contest.
Chris describes the design as “a Hyperspace theme with the “Before The Helmet” Vader logo on the front and a slightly modified hyperspace “H” logo on the back.”

Here are the pictures below where we may all enjoy Chris’ talented artwork. In the lit picture the modified “H” design glows through to the back wall, looking very cool.



Jango Blasters and ToysRUs Big Book Comments
October 31, 2003 | 1:51 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to comment for a second on two items of interest.

The Masterreplicas.com Jango Blasters are ready to ship, but some
are probably not aware that they will ship with PERMANENT Orange
inserts in the barrels of the guns. Masterreplicas insist that they
can’t be seen when displayed… but unless you are looking dead
straight at the guns at eye level, you will indeed see them. I’m
saddened by the fact that they could not make the inserts removable
and have cancelled my order. I am protesting the fact that they
have altered a prop replica and made the change permanent. I also
question whether or not this will continue with future blasters they
might make as I will not be buying ANY that have a permanent orange
insert/tip. If you would like to comment or voice your concerns, please send a message to customerservice@masterreplicas.com

I also got an advance copy of the Big Book from ToysRus and for those
speculating that it might have a promotion for the Silver Clone Trooper, you will be disappointed to learn that there are basically NO star Wars items in the book, except for a few Lego items. Just
when will this promotion become available, we will have to wait and



Bounty Hunting Today: Trick or Treat! 
October 31, 2003 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

Happy Halloween everyone! The big day is finally here, the costumes are made and when darkness falls tonite, all the ghosts and goblins may appear for tricks and treats!

Today is a special feature…a bit of a trick as well as a treat (i hope!) Instead of the usual Ebay auctions spotlighting interesting Star Wars items, I have for today a totally unique item!

I personally carve Star Wars themed pumpkins every year, and I have pictures of my latest creation to share with everyone today. Below you may see my interpretation of the slimy gangster himself Jabba the Hutt, both unlit and lit up.

If anyone else has any pictures of Star Wars pumpkins you have carved please send them in to me and I will be more than happy to post them here so that everyone may enjoy these non-fat low-cal Halloween treats!



Holiday Yoda Update Part 2
October 31, 2003 | 12:15 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Farscape-1 writes in to let everyone know that you may now order a maximum quantity of 4 Holiday Yodas per customer instead of the 3 per customer that was stated earlier.



Holiday Santa Yoda Update
October 30, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chad sends in this update on ordering info for the Holiday Yoda:

If you signed up for the Lightspeed Pass to get the Holiday Yoda. Keep your eyes open for an email like this. I got mine last night.

It’s time!

We are ready to take your order for Hasbro Holiday Yoda figures, brought to you exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Go to http://starwars.paizo.com/holidayyoda and place your order now for up to 4 of these collectible figures.

As a member of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, a Lightspeed Pass holder, and a recipient of this important email from Paizo.com, you may now purchase your Yoda figures online. Only those who have received this Lightspeed Pass email will be able to order at this time.

You may order starting now or any time after this, while supplies last. If you do not order immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock — more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of 4 figures per person.

After our subscribers with Lightspeed Passes have had sufficient time to order their figures, we will open up sales to subscribers who are not holding Lightspeed Passes. Finally, if we have any Holiday Yoda figures left in stock, we will open up ordering to everyone.

If you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure or the ordering process, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com.

“Santa Yoda” is the second of the Holiday Edition commemorative figures produced by Hasbro – a 3-3/4” scale Yoda dressed in Santa garb and shipped in a plastic case that’s suitable for display. Included with each figure is a full-sized greeting card featuring a reproduction of the 1980’s Lucasfilm holiday card art by Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist responsible for much of the look of the originalStar Wars trilogy.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays from the folks at Paizo.

The Official Star Wars Fan Club



Bounty Hunting Today: Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet!
October 30, 2003 | 9:38 PM EST | Keri

Today’s late breaking Bounty Hunting edition is a spotlight close to my heart…and yes I feel I have saved the best for last!
Although it is too close to Halloween to put together a Royal Guard outfit, this wonderful helmet is the start of your own personal journey of elite service to the Emperor himself.
It is unclear as to exactly how many Royal Guards the Emperor had indebted in his service, it could have been as few as 25 or as many as a 100. It is known, however that Royal Guards were the best of the best, cunning and shrewd, showing abilities that far outreached the other Stormtroopers. The Royal Guards stood cloaked in crimson, holding their deadly Force Pikes silently and looked cool as all get out doing it!
The Don Post Royal Guard Helmet featured today was produced in 1996 and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. The helmet is becoming tougher to find, especially in good condition, and prices are getting higher as a result. If you wish to dress as one of the few, the proud, the Royal Guard the auction below is just what you are looking for!

Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet



D&S Newsfeed
October 30, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

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

New Items:

New 2003/2004 SW & Trek Pre-Orders on the site!

Clone Wars – Durge, Asajj , Mace, Obi-Wan Wave
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Clone Wars Durge with Swoop & Clone Trooper with Speeder
Clone Wars Clone Trooper 3-Pack – Red

Back in Stock!
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious, Leia & Vader Unmasked
Anakin & Dooku Speeders
Star Tours Parade Vehicle

Indiana Jones Ser. 2 Figures:
Indy with Idol
Cairo Swordsman
German Soldier

Transformers Universe Autobot Ratchet – Machine Robot Rescue
Transformers Universe Inferno – Machine Robot Rescue

Spawn 10th Anniversary Figures
12″ Terminator and Deluxe T3 Playset

G.I. Joe Crimson Cobra Vehicles and Desert Blitz
G.I. Joe Army Builder Wave
G.I. Joe Conquest of Cobra Mountain Playset
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank

Gold Shirt Exclusive Kirk Trek Figure
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack



Swoops Away…
October 30, 2003 | 6:46 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon are the…
Anakin Swoop Bike
and the…
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike

Also, the LEGO AT-AT is on sale for $79.99 (20% off) and the Lego Tiebomberis on sale for $24.99 (17% off) with free shipping.



New Master Replicas Images
October 29, 2003 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark B


The new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazines hits comic book stores today. Page 412 highlights 2 new Master Replicas items (reported here last week). First up is the Medal of Yavin replica – limited to 1500 peices worldwide for $100, and then the Severed Darth Maul Lightsaber limited to only 750 pieces and retailing for around $300. These items are not yet available on the Master Replicas website but look for them to be “officially” announced over the next couple of weeks.



Entertainment Earth Pre-Orders
October 29, 2003 | 3:59 PM EST | Mark

Just a reminder that Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for all of the new Ultra action figures:

Jabba the Hutt, Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (NEW), Wampa, C-3PO with Pod: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 2 (Item# HS84716B, $74.99)

Wampa, C-3P0 with Pod, General Rieekan: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 (Item# HS84716A, $74.99)

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84716AA, $39.99)



Bounty Hunting Today: Jar Jar Costume
October 29, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

You want this don’t you…Take your Jedi weapon…Strike Jar Jar down with all of your hatred and your journey towards ultimate gratification from every Star Wars fan will be complete!
Ok, so I am not a big fan of Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy Gungan that was introduced to the Star Wars universe in Episode I and had a slimmed down role in Episode II. (thankfully!)
However, some kids did enjoy his bungling nature and clowning around, so having said that, today’s feature is for a child’s complete Jar Jar costume with head mask and suit. I have also included an adult Jar Jar mask made my Don Post if you wish to put together a very quick outfit at a discount price.

Complete Child’s Jar Jar Costume

Don Post Jar Jar Adult Mask



Official Photos of Clone Wars Animated Figs!
October 29, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | Mark B




The official Star Wars website has posted photos of the first wave of Clone Wars Cartoon action figures. As you can see, there is Obi Wan, Anakin, Mace Windu and Asajj Ventress. Wave 2 photos will be coming soon and will include Dooku, Durge, Yoda and a Clone Trooper. Click Here for the full story.



Red ARCTrooper VARIATION Found!
October 29, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | Jason


I don’t remember reading about this one, but I was actually
looking for the second series of clone wars figures from the
cartoon this morning and ran accross a couple of cases of
the series 1 that had all the Arc Troopers repainted in red.

Click here to see a side by side comparison between the first
release and the second.



New ’04 Figure Photos
October 28, 2003 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has just posted photos of several new figures that will debut in 2004. Probably the most anticipated one is the new Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi!!! There are also 4 new aliens from Jabba’s Palace along with a new Jedi Luke and Lando in Skiff Guard disguise.

WOOHOO!!! The year is complete already! Another Luke Jedi!!!!



Canadian TRU Exclusive?
October 28, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

This just in from Yak reader Torrynn who has been in contact with a Canadian TRU employee who has found item #957089 which the description shows as a new X-Wing Fighter “Red Leader”. This item is showing up as an exclusive item retailing for around $45. No details to tell how this is different from the “Red Five” exclusive previously at TRU.



Bounty Hunting Today: Darth Maul Costume!
October 28, 2003 | 1:27 PM EST | Keri

Dressing as a Dark Lord of the Sith is always a great idea for Halloween, or any other time for that matter!
For today’s feature I have chosen the mysterious apprentice of Darth Sidious, Darth Maul. Maul was by far the coolest character of Ep. I, with his horns, rotten teeth, elaborate black and red tattoos, and of course his double-bladed lightsaber. Maul was a Zabrac of few words, but got his point across to Qui-Gon very effectively. Maul was no more than an instrument of evil, carrying out the carefully constructed plans of Sidious.
Today’s auctions are for a complete child’s Maul outfit, including mask, robes, and plastic lightsaber, and an Adult costume without the lightsaber. These are great costumes for anyone looking to dress as the sinister sith apprentice!

Complete Child’s Maul Costume

Adult Maul Costume



Lucasfilm Working On Fixes For ANH?
October 28, 2003 | 8:21 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net is reporting that a copy of Star Wars:A New Hope that was shown at the City of Angels film fest appeared to have been enhanced from the Special Edition version. In this one Obi Wan and Darth Vader’s lightsabers had been significantly enhanced to the quality of image we are used to from the rest of the series. Click here to check out the full story.



New Clone Wars Figures Found!
October 27, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

It appears that the newest wave of Clone Wars figures are hitting the shelves as we speak!

YakReader Niko sends in this breaking news on his latest figure run:

I picked up the single carded Durge at the Canton Walmart this afternoon, they also had Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress and Obiwan. I’m not positive, but it looks like Mace’s torso is originally from a Quigon figure, and Obiwan appears to be the Ep2 Obiwan with a few additions (cargo pockets, brown trim).
Anywho, they had 1 more Durge, 2 Asajj, a few of both Obiwan and Mace, as well as a couple of Anakin and 1 Yoda, without an Arc trooper to be seen.

Interesting observations on the Mace Windu and Obi-Wan…if anyone has any pics to substantiate please feel free to send them in so we may unravel this mystery.



Bounty Hunting Today: C-3PO Costume!
October 27, 2003 | 12:54 PM EST | Keri

Friday is fast approaching, meaning Halloween is nearly upon us! I will have costume ideas here for the rest of the week, helping those who have yet to decide what to dress up as.
Today’s feature is for those who secretly wish to be the annoyingly charming ettiquette and protocol droid C-3PO. Little did we know that his maker was young Anakin, aka Vader…but this droid thanks to memory erasing was loyal to the Rebellion. Although we have seen 3PO in many incarnations: without coverings, with dirty mismatched coverings, without an arm, without a leg, blown to pieces, and how could we forget his days as an Ewok deity!!!
Though the costume below is made of soft fabric and not metal coverings, it is still a fun representation of our one and only Goldenrod.

Complete C-3PO Adult Costume



Unproduced CTC2 Supplemental Guide
October 26, 2003 | 3:44 PM EST | Robert

After much rebuilding I finally have completed putting together an updated version of the unproduced second generation of COMMtech chips definitive guide. A big thanks goes to Hunter from the German 4 inches star wars website, as Hunter saved the original article before a server and computer crash lost the originally posted article at theJawa.com website. Thanks also goes out to Steve at theJawa.com for hosting the original article! Look for another update to this article soon as Innis will be adding more information as well. You can check out the updated article by going here.



Another Hint At The Saga On DVD
October 26, 2003 | 1:43 PM EST | Bill

This month’s issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly reports in an aside that one of Lucas Arts latest releases sets up each level with DVD quality shots from the original trilogy! Rebelscum’s report on the article goes on to point out that the article says the this is the closest fans will get to the trilogy on DVD before NEXT FALL!



Bounty Hunting Today: Yoda Costumes!
October 26, 2003 | 11:46 AM EST | Keri

MMmmmm…Wish to dress as Yoda do you? Come to the right place you have, my young Padawans!
Today’s feature is for fully liscened costumes of the dimuntive Jedi Master who could either levitate an X-wing, deflect Sith Lightning or even battle his own Padawan with a lightsaber. Ever since Yoda’s introduction in puppet form in ESB, his teachings have proved to be an integral part of the entire Star Wars Universe.
So, if you are a little short for a Stormtrooper and wish to follow the Light Side of The Force, then the costumes below are just the thing for you! A timeless Halloween favorite, a child dressed as Yoda reminded E.T. of Home…and may help you win a costume contest yourself!
Bid you must, if these costumes before Friday you want!

Complete Adult Yoda Costume

Child’s Complete Yoda Costume



Yoda Variation Confirmed!
October 26, 2003 | 12:33 AM EST | Jason

I told you back when I reported from San Diego at the
Comic-con that there were two production errors to keep
an eye out for, today I confirmed that one of the errors
has been fixed. The Clone Wars Yoda Lightsaber hilt is
showing up painted fully now. I found the corrected
version at Target. Note that the error hilt that is
painted half way was pretty abundant and was also the version
that showed up in the Value Pack if you are wondering. The
corrected version is shown on the bottom of the picture.

If you want to see the carded figure side by side comparison,
click HERE



Bounty Hunting Today: Chewbacca Costumes!
October 25, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are playing as a Wookie in Star Wars Galaxies, or just can’t get enough of that famous walking piece of carpet, then the Chewbacca costumes featured today should give you your fuzzball fix!
Much like a giant walking dog, the loyal and lovable Wookie Chewbacca from the planet Kashyyk stood tall by Han’s side at all times. The original fur costume worn by Peter Mayhew in the films was made of real yak fur, woven into a suit which was perfectly groomed for the cameras.
Although the costumes below are made from synthetic fur, everyone will still recognize you as the heroic Chewbacca!

Deluxe Liscened Chewie Costume

Fan Made Chewie Costume



Don’t Have Cartoon Network? Not to Fear!
October 25, 2003 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

I know there are a lot of people who do not get the Cartoon Network on their cable plans or don’t have cable. Well, up until now, that was the only way you were going to be able to see the new Clone Wars Cartoon. The Official Star Wars Website has just announced that the Clone Wars Cartoon will be available at both cartoonnetwork.com and starwars.com following the broadcast on TV. Hyperspace members will only have to wait about 20 minutes for it to be online, the rest of us will have to wait until the next day. Personally, I’m still hoping for a DVD of the entire series!



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Rare Rocket Firing Fett 
October 24, 2003 | 12:25 PM EST | Keri

I have a Bounty Hunting Bonus Auction for all of you loyal readers today. Chances are you may have seen this auction on Ebay, but if you haven’t you are in for a real treat.
Although the word “rare” is overused in high regularity on Ebay, this is an auction where the word Rare is truly necessary.
So without further digression, below is the Holy Grail for Star Wars collectors:

Rare L-Slot Rocket Firing Fett



Bounty Hunting Today: Snowtrooper Costume!
October 24, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Since I have featured just about every costume to help you become a member of the 501st, I couldn’t leave out the Snowtroopers!
Battling on the frozen plains of Hoth, the Snowtroopers’ armor and outfits protect them from the bitter cold of icy planets. Though the armor is light and does not protect well against laser blasts, the heavy coat and helmet do their job warding off the cold.
The auctions I have featured below consist of an entire Snowtrooper outfit, including accurate muckluck boots, or if you are only in need of the duster jumpsuit a high quality fan-made example can be found in the links as well.

Complete Snowtrooper Costume

Snowtrooper Duster Jumpsuit



New Test Drive Items
October 24, 2003 | 10:44 AM EST | Mark B

I got an email this morning from Master Replicas announcing that they have added 2 new items to their “Test Drive” program. Now you can get the Mace Windu and Obi Wan Kenobi lightsabers on this program. For those that haven’t heard about the Test Drive program – this allows you to “try before you buy”. You get the replica for 30 days and then decide if you want to keep it or not. If you do, you can either pay all at once, or make installment payments (details at website), or send it back and all it costs you is a buck (they have a $1 processing fee). If you haven’t gotten one of the Master Replicas replicas before, this is a great opportunity. These are two of my favorite replicas from them.



Attention Jabba’s Palace Fans
October 23, 2003 | 7:18 PM EST | Bill

No, it’s not the pictures of the Jabba’s Palace figure wave that Hasbro announced will be released later this month, but if you are a member of The Official Site’s Hyperspace section, there’s a particularly nice production still of a certain droid playing electronic slots Click here to go check it out.



Exclusive Darth Vader Bust Arriving
October 23, 2003 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B


If you are an MBNA Star Wars Credit Card holder that signed up for your credit card during the free Darth Vader Bust promotion, watch your mail! I just got a visit from my friendly postal worker with a much anticipated box! The bust is identical to the original Gentle Giant Darth Vader bust, except the finish. Instead of the solid gloss black, this one is covered with a metallic finish. You can see from the photo of mine, it is almost a copper color. The Edition size on these is 4000 pieces, so even though it is exclusive to MBNA Credit Card holders, it is more common than the original Darth Vader which was an edition of only 2500 pieces if I remember correctly, and much more common than the Comic Con Blue Clone Trooper Bust at 1000 pieces.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vader Costume!
October 23, 2003 | 12:12 PM EST | Keri

Probably the most recognizable villian in screen history, known to just about everyone even if they have never seen any of the Star Wars films (gasp!) is the original man in black Darth Vader.
As with any costume, you may choose how accurate you wish to appear, and therefore dictates how much money you wish to spend. I have included auctions below for a range of pocket books, from inexpensive 1997 Don Post helmets to limited number signed Fiberglass Don Post Helmets and from beautifully fan-made fiberglass armor pieces to liscened polyester material ready made Rubies outfits. The choice is all yours and you may always build a costume well after Halloween, budgeting for each piece necessary for your own ensemble.

1997 Don Post Inexpensive Helmet

Don Post Fiberglass Signed & Numbered Helmet

Vader Fiberglass Chest Armor Pieces

Vader Fiberglass Shin Guard Armor

Vader Electronic Belt

Complete Rubies Vader Costume



Bounty Hunting Today: Jedi Costumes!
October 22, 2003 | 6:16 PM EST | Keri

It’s getting ever closer to Halloween…the costume selection is getting picked over at your local stores and it seems as though you will never find the one outfit for this year!
Have no fear ebay is here! Today I have featured some liscened Jedi costumes, one of Qui-Gon Jinn and the other more of an Obi-Wan style outfit with no cloak. Why not be a hero and grab up these great costumes and have them express mailed to you, so you can make a smash at that Halloween party and impress the ladies with your Jedi robes and Lightsaber!

Qui-Gon Costume

Obi-Wan Costume



Clone Wars Website Updates
October 22, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has updated the Clone Wars website. Mainly some new graphics, but still fun to check out!



2 New Master Replicas Items
October 22, 2003 | 8:04 AM EST | Mark B

While these have not been “officially” announced by Master Replicas, they are in the new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazine (will be in Comic book stores next Wednesday – we’ll have a scan of the photos then!).

First Up – Medal of Yavin Replica – limited to 1500 pieces and retailing for about $100. Replica of the medals given to Han and Luke after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Second – Darth Maul “Battle Worn” Lightsaber Replica – Limited to only 750 pieces. Right before Darth Maul was defeated by Obi Wan, his lightsaber was cut in half. This replica is a recreation of one half of that damaged saber. Comes with Display Case. Retail is going to be around $300.

Both of these items should be announced soon from Master Replicas and are scheduled to ship in February of 2004.



The Final Trilogy???
October 21, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Yep, we all have read the articles from the vintage era about George Lucas saying that he envisioned Star Wars as a trilogy or trilogies— 9 movies, and that he was starting with the middle trilogy. As the prequels began to appear, Lucas said that he would be finished after the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Well, it seems that fans wishes and hopes could come true, if one ofThe Force.net’s sources is correct. That’s right, it appears there may be talk of making Episodes 7, 8, and 9. While this is still rumor, if it should prove to be true, Hasbro’s deal extending their exclusive rights to produce Star Wars toys until the twenty-teens, could well have been related to this. IF you want to read all the info Click here.



What??? What Did You Say? I Don’t Believe It!
October 21, 2003 | 6:00 PM EST | Mark

QNA TIME!! Grab a cup of something you like to drink best, pull up a chair, and click on over. Read for a while, and when you are done, send in a question or two of your own.



Home Theater Buffs…
October 21, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to DarthJin for this tip.

By clicking HERE you can visit Dillonworks.com and check out one of the most fascinating home theater setups complete with THX sound….



Bounty Hunting Today: Biker Scout Costume!
October 21, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Keri

It’s getting very close to Halloween now…do you have your costume ready to go yet, or are you still trying to decide what to choose?
Why not join the Empire as a sleek Biker Scout and stand out from all the Stormtroopers? Seen on the Forest Moon of Endor, the Biker Scouts rode fast and cool looking speeder bikes while on patrol. Their helmets are unique and their armor is light, not cumbersome so they may travel at lightning speeds on the speeder bikes.
Featured below are auctions including a complete armor setup, a modified helmet and a vintage Kenner toy pistol to get you all geared up to hunt down Rebels, Ewoks and avoid hitting large trees!

Complete Biker Scout Armor 

Modified Don Post Biker Scout Helmet

Kenner Toy Biker Scout Pistol



Jedi Master Points Update
October 21, 2003 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Republic News has updated with a sneak peak at two of the new items going on the block this week. One is the Endor Playskool Playset, the other is another shot at the elusive Toy Fair Vader. Click here for their full story.



Variation Hunters, Rejoice!
October 21, 2003 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Below are items that have been released in the new Clone Wars packaging.

Star Wars Separatist Forces: Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Yoda’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber

Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: Luke Skywalker – A New Hope

There are many other excellent sales, along with free shiping on all LEGO items as well as some other sale toys. Good time to start that X-Mas shopping.



Lightspeed Pass You Want?
October 20, 2003 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Attention Fan Club Members, if you have signed up for a lightspeed pass from the Official Fan Club, watch your Email. The Fan Club has started activating the lightspeed passes. As soon as yours is active you can order.



Bounty Hunting Today: Han Solo Costume!
October 20, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Keri

You already have your very own Princess dressed as Leia, and where would the Princess be without her one and only scroundrel?
Featured today in seperate auctions are pieces to put together a not only cool, but movie authentic looking Han Solo ESB outfit. The only thing I could not find on Ebay was the white shirt, but I know there are many fan-made shirts on websites to finish off the outfit, one has only to search the internet to find them easily. The prices so far are very low, but the auctions have just started, and as we who follow Ebay closely know a ton of the bidding is always done in the last few minutes of any auction.
If you are looking for just one item like the boots or blaster to complete your outfit, or close to the whole costume, then the auctions below will get you pointed in the famous smuggler’s direction!

Han ESB Blue Jacket

Han ESB Brown Pants

Han German Riding Boots

Han Mauser Prop Blaster



The Winner Is….
October 19, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Daniel A. Peck. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama. Click right here to enter.Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



Bounty Hunting Today: Padme Costumes!
October 19, 2003 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

Today I have chosen to feature costumes of the other dominant female hero of the Star Wars films, Leia’s own mother Padme.
Though Padme wore a virtual cornucopia of outfits in Episode I and especially Episode II, the costume choices are slim and limited to only one key outfit from each movie. The costumes produced are the Theed Invasion Gown, White Jumpsuit Arena Battle, and only in a child’s size, Naboo Meadow Picnic Dress. The costumes are made by Rubies and can be found for great prices.
Nevertheless, if you wish to dress as the strong and willful queen/senator there are some liscened outfits for you to peruse below. I have also included auctions for child sized costumes, for assured trick-or-treating success!

Episode I Queen Amidala Adult Costume

Child’s Queen Amidala Costume

Padme Ep.II Adult Costume

Child’s Padme Ep.II Costume

Child’s Padme Naboo Meadow Costume



Bounty Hunting Today: Princess Leia Costumes!
October 18, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

For all the women out there who, as little girls thought Leia and her world-famous cinnamon bun hair-do was the coolest thing ever ( i know i did! ), come these Leia costumes!
Though I have never dressed as Leia as an adult ( i had the vinyl costume dress as a girl ) the costumes featured today are rather tempting, even for an Imperial such as myself!
The white costume below comes complete with poly-material dress, wig and belt for a great and affordable price. Also, I have included an auction for just a cinnamon bun wig, if you would prefer to make your own white gown.
You’ll feel like a princess yourself in this great costume and maybe even capture your own scoundrel in the process!

Princess Leia Wig

Complete Leia Costume



Small Holiday Yoda Update
October 18, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Faithful YakReader Dave comes through again with a small update for those of you looking to get a Holiday Yoda through the Fan Club:

Pazio is now selling the Holiday Yoda to people who have gotten their lightspeed passes. I havent gotten my invitation yet, but Im sure its coming. They also say on thier website, that you can still request a lightspeed pass – if you havent already done so.

The link is here for anyone looking to pick up this great figure.



Stay on Target! 
October 18, 2003 | 12:16 PM EST | Keri

Even more reports continue to come on regarding the Target exclusives and their ready availability for everyone to get one seemingly easily without the headaches some of us are used to concerning modern collecting.
YakReader Dave who is located in South Florida reports that one Target store in Boynton Beach had 20 A Wings on its shelves!
YakReader Moonbase7 lets us know that there are “four cases at the Target in Monterey, Ca $19.99 all boxes in fairly mint condition.”
YakReader TheReverend also reports that the A-Wing AND Leia w/ Speeder Bike have made their way to a local target in Casper, Wyoming.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new Leia Speeder Bike as well and make your way to a Target this weekend!



Ultra Wampa, Rieekan, & 3PO
October 18, 2003 | 10:57 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice images, thanks to RobChris.

C3PO Front
C3PO Close-up
C3PO Back

Rieekan Front
Rieekan Close-up
Rieekan Back

Wampa Front
Wampa Close-up
Wampa Back



And Speaking of Auctions….
October 18, 2003 | 1:00 AM EST | Mark B

Keri usually posts our auction of the day, but a friend of mine pointed out this auction for an INCREDIBLE Jabba’s Sail Barge replica on Ebay. Perfect item for displaying all your Jabba’s Palace action figures. Now if I only had $700!



Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auction Update
October 17, 2003 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Today’s addition to the auctions on Hasbro’s web page is a Shadows of the Empire Chewbacca. Click here to check it out.



Spoilers, Spoilers, and MORE Spoilers
October 17, 2003 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the inside story on EIII, then you need to check out The Force.net’s Episode III section, but be warned, once you turn down the spoiler path…

Click here to check it out.



Return of the Target A-Wing Update 
October 17, 2003 | 2:12 PM EST | Keri

Although collectors are not having much luck online, I have recieved various reports from faithful YakReaders: Xizlo Fett in Riversides, CA – Dave (location unknown) – Matthew in Allen, TX – and Ron in North Port, Fl. all stating that A-Wings are indeed available and in abundant supplies!
All reports indicate that the shelves are full of A-Wings, with more expected to come in when those sell out. YakReader Dave reports that there were about 20 A-Wings at one Target store and another location had an even dozen.
Looks like it’s time to make a Toy Run out to your local Target and pick up the exclusive A-Wing, as they seem to be available from coast to coast in the USA!



Bounty Hunting Today: Fett Costumes!
October 17, 2003 | 2:01 PM EST | Keri

Bounty Hunters are your kind of scum…fearless and inventive. Why not go for the gold…er armor and dress up as a member of the notorious Fett family!
There are many pieces that make up the intricate costume worn by Jango and Boba Fett, but once assembled, you will definetly get noticed quickly at any party or contest. Although there are currently no liscened armor or fully accurate complete costumes, fans have solved that problem by producing all the accessories and armor you need to replicate your bounty hunting idols.
The auctions below range from unpainted armor pieces, jetpacks and leather belts, to fully complete costumes that are must sees and well worth every penny. Again, the prices are not for the faint of pocket book, but nobody said it would be cheap to look so cool!

Unpainted Armor Pieces

Fiberglass Boba Fett Helmet

Rocket Jetpack

Complete Jango Costume

Boba Complete Costume



Some Good Deals At Toys R Us
October 17, 2003 | 10:59 AM EST | Mark B

While shopping for the new Dune Novel this morning, I ran across some pretty good deals on some 12″ Star Wars figures over at Toys R Us’ website.

Leia Boushh with Carbonite – $24.98

Imperial Officer – $9.98

Dengar – $9.98

Zuckuss – $9.98

Taun Taun with Luke – Now $39.98

Most also have free shipping. Some good deals if you haven’t picked these up yet!



Target A-Wing Update
October 16, 2003 | 10:12 PM EST | Keri

This update on the Target exclusive A-Wing sent in by YakReader James is not the best news for those hoping to purchase online:

Got this in my email tonight, might want to share for those thinking of ordering the Target Exclusive Green A-Wing

Thank you for shopping at target.direct, your direct link to
target.com, fields.com and mervyns.com.

Unfortunately, the following item is not currently available
from any of our sources.

“Star Wars A-wing Fighter”

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Because you only pay for items when we ship them to you, your credit
card has not been charged for this item.

Therefore, we regret we will not be able to process your order. Your
order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this
If you have further questions, please visit our online Help department.

Thank you for being a valued Guest. We hope you visit us again.


Customer Service Department

Hopefully there will not be a shortage of these vehicles, further disappointing and dismaying already disgruntled collectors.



Bounty Hunting Today: Stormtrooper Costumes!
October 16, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Keri

Have you got what it takes to be a part of the Empire’s own shock troops, serving Vader and the Emperor faithfully, proudly wearing your white armor which will not shield you from any blaster in the galaxy? Well, if you want to be a part of the 501st, and look cool doing it then a Stormtrooper costume replica is just the thing for you!
If you’re looking to keep your costume, that is the helmet, armor, and accessories like blasters and monoculars down to a specific budget, then the auctions featured today probably are not for you. It is not a cheap endeavor to put together a replica Stormtrooper costume, but if it is what you truly want to dress up as, the compliments and looks are well worth any money it might cost to purchase.
The auctions below spotlight fan made armor and suits and allow you to choose between the well-worn Sandtrooper, or the shiny white Stormtrooper stationed on the Death Star.

Clean Stromtrooper Armor, Helmet, Gloves and Voice Amp

Weathered Sandtrooper Armor



Additional Update on Thermal Detonator
October 16, 2003 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark B

I apologize for the mistake yesterday. I had stated that the Thermal Detonator over at Master Replicas was available for everyone to order, when in fact it was limited to Collectors Society Members only. But, Master Replicas now OFFICIALLY has the 3 versions of the Thermal Detonator available for everyone to order. If you’re only going to get one, jump on the Signature Edition that is over half sold out already….



Interview with Hayden Christensen
October 16, 2003 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark B

The Latino Review has a nice little interview with Anakin Skywalker himself – Hayden Christensen. The interview was supposed to be about Hayden’s new movie – Shattered Glass, but they got on the subject of Star Wars – and more specifically, Episode III. There are some minor spoilers present.



Cartoon Network: Planetary Forces
October 16, 2003 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

Monday October 20th:

Head over to Cartoon Network to play the new Clone Wars online game Planetary Forces.

“The galaxy is divided. Jedi Knights stand united to prevent the collapse of the Republic. Meanwhile, the Dark Side grows stronger by Count Dooku’s hand. Choose your path: play as a powerful Jedi or as one of Dooku’s followers. Next week, you must decide!”



Luke Unleashed Wave
October 16, 2003 | 7:12 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for this wave (Luke, Sidious, Obi-Wan), stop over toKBtoys.com and pick them up.



12″ Ploo Update
October 15, 2003 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Womprat sent in this report:

“I called hasbro today and inquired about the availablilty of the 12″ Plo Koon and the person on the line told me Plo was listed as still being in production. He also said that may not mean he’s being produced right now but is scheduled for further production and it should be a signifigant. He says production may be stopped but as long as it isn”t listed as cancelled the product will be produced again or continued whichever way you want to look at it. Anyway, stop bidding on those Plo Koons people I see people paying way too much for them. I am in the process of e-mailing Hasbro (but the site gives me the run around) to get the same answer in writing.”

UPDATE: Yak Reader Dgerbing received an answer from Hasbro 180 degrees reversed:

“I personally spoke with the sales department manager at Hasbro, this was around a month ago and she stated no more Plo Koons. Reason I was able to talk with someone higher up, I stated I was a small store trying to start up and spoke with her about opening an account. Thanks, just wanted to give you a heads up.”

When we receive more information we’ll bring it to you.



Dallas Comic Con Oct. 25th – 26th
October 15, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

Coming to Dallas Saturday Oct. 25th and Sunday the 26th is the Comic Con!
There will be an impressive line-up of stars to get autographs from including Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen
(Star Wars EP2: Tuan We & Star Wars EP3: Senator), Michonne Bourriague
(Star Wars E1: Aurra Sing, Amy Allen (Star Wars E2: Aayla Secura),
John Rhys-Davies (Sallah from 2 Indy Films)and many more actors and comic artists!
Also, there will be an exclusive screening of the 1st Episode of Clone Wars Cartoon on Oct. 25th!!!
And that’s not all….there will be over 200 tables filled with comics and great sci-fi memorabilia!

Check out the link below for tickets, and more info. I know I’ll be there, since I live here in Dallas, so see ya’ll there Oct. 25th!

Dallas Comic Con Website



Bounty Hunting Today: Don Post Creature Masks
October 15, 2003 | 1:20 PM EST | Keri

If you’re still trying to decide what to be for Halloween, then keep your eyes peeled to my Bounty Hunting posts everyday! I will be featuring some type of costume, mask, or something Halloween related to get you in the spirit, and hopefully give you some ideas and pointers on where to start that great costume.
Today I have chosen a small group of over the head Don Post Latex Creature Masks. Don Post held the liscence for Star Wars masks since A New Hope in 1978, up until the late 90’s when the company was bought out. In fact, many of the Rubies masks being produced today use the old Don Post molds, so in a way the company’s legacy lives on.
The creatures I have chosen today are off the beaten path of most costume choices. There are no Vaders or Stormtroopers here, just some great cretures to make you stand out in a crowd of vampires and witches.
Why not dare to be different and dress up as an Ugnaught, a Gamorrean Guard, or a Bith Cantina Band Member like Figrin D’An or Nien Numb? These masks are a great start to that different costume choice and with some simple jumpsuits and tunics, you are well on your way to winning that costume party 1st Prize and the adoration of your friends and family!
Even if you just desire these masks for great displays with fully costumed mannequins, check out the auctions below to enjoy their realistic appearance and bargain prices!

1980s ESB Ugnaught Mask

Cantina Band Member Mask

Gamorrean Guard Mask

Nien Numb Mask



Update on Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 12:49 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the Thermal Detonator available on their website for EVERYONE to order. Once again, they offer it a day early! The signature edition and the as first built by have already sold about 1/3 of the editions. Don’t wait on these! Head on over to Master Replicas today!

My apologies, the Thermal Detonator actually doesn’t go on sale for everyone until the 16th. I thought since it was on their website, everyone could order it. If you’re not in their collectors society, check back with them tomorrow.



Two Weeks Left…
October 15, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | Brandon

Just A Quick Reminder That There Is Only Two Weeks Left Until The Yakface.com Store Reports Clone Wars Contest Ends! We’re Already Getting Flooded With Great Reports And We Are FINALLY Recieving Some Great Pictures Of Your Finds! Thanks For All Your Support And Keep The Reports And ESPECIALLY The Pictures Coming! You Guys Rock!



KEBco Toys Newsfeed
October 15, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Brandon

Hey Guys! Here’s the latest newsfeed from KEBcoToys:

KEBco Toys has added several new Case assortments for Pre-Order.

Including : Kit Fisto Clone Wars wave, McQuarrie Storm Trooper wave, Luke Hoth wave, Luke Jedi wave, both new Ultra waves, more Army Builder waves, Chewbacca Unleashed wave and Garindan 12 inch wave.

You can find all of these cases and more on their site. When buying 2 or more cases please be sure to select the discount price.

More individual figures will be listed this coming week.

Visit www.KEBcoToys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.



New Carded Pics
October 15, 2003 | 11:30 AM EST | Mark

You can head over to these auctions and see these images of the new wave of carded images….

Don’t forget you can pre-order these figures at Entertainment Earth, they are due in this month.






Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 8:10 AM EST | Mark B


Master Replicas has now officially announced the New Thermal Detonator prop. If you are a member of the Master Replicas Collectors Society, you can order this replica today. If not, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Get them at theMaster Replicas website. You variation collectors better have your credit cards paid up! There are 3 versions of this one as well – a “standard” weathered version (edition of 1000) for $199, and then a “as built by” – clean version (edition of 750) for $299, and finally a “signature weathered” version (edition of 750)signed by Carrie Fisher for $299. These are sure to go FAST, head on over to Master Replicas today.



Saga Scene Packs Wave 2
October 14, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock if you are still looking for them…

Geonosian War Room 2
Jedi Council 2

Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter



New Limited Edition Fossil Watch
October 14, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

It seems that Fossil has created yet another nifty collectible watch for us to tell time with in a Force-ful Fashion!
The watch is limited to only 3,000 pieces worldwide and comes with a very cool looking frame box with each of the 5 movie poster artwork inside.
Click the link below to check it out and maybe even add it to your Christmas List!

New Fossil Star Wars Watch



Bounty Hunting Today: Costume Patterns!
October 14, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Halloween is almost here, and in honor of this great holiday I will be featuring a theme-appropriate auction to get you all in the spirit and hopefully help give you some costume ideas as well!
Although today’s items may not fit you, if you have a child or simply wish to collect these awesome vintage patterns, you’ve come to the right place!
Made by McCalls in 1981, these costume patterns allowed mothers everywhere to handmake Halloween outfits of their child’s favorite Star Wars characters. The patterns were mainly ESB themed characters including Leia, Chewie, Yoda, Vader, and a Jawa. Though the picture on the front is straight out of the 80s, the costume designs are timeless and would make any child stand out today in a great way!
Here are the patterns below to get your costumes started!

McCalls ESB Patterns



Hasbro Never Told You What Happened To…..
October 14, 2003 | 11:34 AM EST | Robert

One of the questions modern prototype collectors ask me is what toy concepts and prototypes do you know about that didn’t get made. While I only know of some of the concept items I recently asked a creator of some of the modern era Star Wars toys if they would answer some questions, which they were happy to do. You can read about some modern stuff that didn’t get made by going here



Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003–Links Updated
October 14, 2003 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:






This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!



X-Wing…Code 3
October 14, 2003 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill

Code 3 has unveileled the second in their series of hyperdetailed Star Wars die-cast vehicles. This time it’s Luke’s Red 5 X-Wing. Kudos to team Galactic Hunter for finding the update. Click here to check out the X-Wing.



Ultra Figures Pre-Order
October 14, 2003 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

Hop on over to Entertainment Earth to be able to pre-order the new Ultra Wave 1that has: 1x Wampa, 1x General Rieekan – The “coolest” General comes with a tactical display map, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2.

And Ultra Wave 2 that has: 2x Jabba the Hutt (NEW), 2x B’omar Monk (NEW), 1x Wampa, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2 (sold separately).



A Blast From The Past About The Future
October 13, 2003 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Face Alum Jimmy (AKA Sidster) sent in a major report on the 2004 line. No matter how you look at it, 2004 is looking like a great year for Star Wars Collectors:

Here’s his report on what we may see in 2004:


Cloud Car
It’s still on tap as an exclusive– it just needs a retailer to pick it up.

These will be different colors from their POTF2 incarnations. If what I’ve heard is true, we might see a Y-Wing that can hold an astromech like the vintage version. If that happens, look to see a Y-Wing with 2 pack in figures– pilot and R2 unit.

The X-Wing will be another big one– like the TRU Saga edition. It will also hold an R2, but no word on pack-ins (if any) yet.

Basic Figures:

First, it looks like the second of the canceled CD-rom figures will finally be released. Last year we got the super articulated Luke Bespin, in 04, we should see the Darth Vader from the Bespin Dinner scene.

In addition to the Jabba’s Palace figures that have been announced, a Cantina wave is under consideration. Possible figures include Hem Dazon and Banniss Keeg (which have been on rumor lists for some time) and new entries–Bom Vindim, Gotal, and the Givin.– Oh and if the second wave of Cantina sections sell well we may finally see the “U” shaped end piece.

There will also be a new Jawa this year, but no word on how it will ship.

It also appears that Hermie Odle and a new Bib Fortuna could appear, but no word on when, or what type of packaging/release.


Toys R Us Exclusives:
We could see 4 sets next year, but the current ones will have to sell well for these to materialize.

Screen Scenes are being considered for more releases, again the sales of the current wave will determine if we see more of them.

We may also see more Fan Club Exclusives

Army Builders:

Hasbro is still looking at producing more army builder three packs. The sales so far this year look good, so hopefully we will see even more entries in this line.



More Clone Wars Figures This Year
October 13, 2003 | 7:53 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting from his sources that there will be even more Clone Wars Figures this year than have been announced so far— and these are NOT animated Clone Wars figures! Click here for their post.



New Saga/Clone Wars Figures!!!
October 13, 2003 | 7:35 PM EST | Joseph

www.cloudcity.com will be receiving 7 new Saga Figures this week! They are:

Ayy Vida Twilek
Bail Organa
Elan Sleazebaggano
Imperial Dignitary #1
McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper
Obi-Wan Courscant Nightclub
Padme w/ cloak & Tatooine base

In addition, we have added the following 12″ dolls to www.cloudcity.com for pre-order in limited quantities. They are expected to ship in late November…this is months before most other dealers will receive these 12″ dolls.

2 Jawas

Also, Cloud City has received confirmation from Hasbro of our second shipment of the following 12″ dolls. Most of these dolls are sold out with other retailers so reserve yours today! These dolls are expected to arrive from Hasbro in early December.

Biker Scout
Ewok 2-Pack
Lando Skiff
AT-ST Driver
Han Solo

Visit www.cloudcity.com today!



Latest 2003 Saga Figures at K & C Collectibles
October 13, 2003 | 7:28 PM EST | Joseph

K & C Collectibles has received the following new Star Wars items this week. Don’t forget we have non-mint figures at a reduced price. New this week in the Saga collection are: WA-7 – Dexter’s Diner, The Emperor – Throne Room, and Lt. Dannl Faytonni. All are very limited in supply..



1 Week Until the Trilogy on DVD
October 13, 2003 | 3:55 PM EST | Mark B

No, No, No, not THAT Trilogy. The Indiana Jones Trilogy is released next Tuesday (October 21st). And the reviews and events are starting to come in. The Digital Bits has a great photo of Harrison Ford with the leading ladies from each movie on their website along with a packed review with all the details about the box set. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see my postman next week!



WA-7 reviewed
October 13, 2003 | 2:20 PM EST | Michael

They are the great unappreciated – the waiters and waitresses that take care of us at the local diner. WA-7 does the deed for Dex, but does she do it for you?Check out the review!



Bounty Hunting Today: It’s All Sugar Free!
October 13, 2003 | 12:32 PM EST | Keri

Yes, you read right kiddies, no sugar today, but I promise it’s still a treat for all!
At the request of Mr. George Lucas, a diabetic himself, Topps produced Sugar Free gum with its own distinct trading cards and movie photos. The Sugar Free gum with movie photo wrappers were available only in certain regions as a test and are therefore tougher to find than the regular sugar gum that was for sale everywhere.
Even if you don’t collect trading cards or wrappers, the Sugar Free packaging and cards offer eye-catching photos and graphics that may tempt you to add to your collection today!
Here are two auctions below to get your mouth watering for some sugar free goodness!

2 Sugar Free Unopened Packs

Sugar Free Card Lot



Koto Jango Coming to USA!
October 13, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark B

March 2004 is going to bring the incredible Koto Jango Fett to the USA thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Read the whole story over at Star Wars.com (Dark Horse will also be offering the Koto Darth Vader and Clone Trooper which will be released over the next couple of months – check with your local comic book store for details).



Low In Stock
October 13, 2003 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark

Get them if you need them….

Coleman Trebor
Anakin’s Swoop Bike



Next Q&A – spots available
October 12, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Muse

I have a couple of open spots for the next Q&A update.

If you have questions, send them here



Imperial Shuttles Now Available From Sears Christmas Catalog
October 12, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

One of the easiest ways to stay current on your Star Wars collection back in the 70s was the Sears Christmas Catalog. Well, it looks like Sears is coming through again, this time with the Imperial Shuttle (formerly a FAO exclusive). This year’s Sears Wishbook has the Shuttle listed on page 73 for 99 bucks.

Click here for the Wishbook Cover
Click here for page 73 with the Shuttle

Thanks to WompRat94 for the report and the images!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Pete wrote in to let us know you can go to www.sears.com/toys and order the Imperial Shuttle online as well for $99.99. (They just closed the sale that ended on 8/11/03, when it was only $89.99)



Vergere Revealed
October 12, 2003 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

While an addition of new avitars is usually far from newsworthy, the latest update at The Official site is notable beacuse of some of the images. The new update has nearly 40 new avitars, one of which is the first time an image has appeared for a significant EU characters, Vergere. Vergere has appeared in EU from just after the Phantom Menace, upto a major role in the New Jedi Order!Click here to check it out!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Jason pointed out that all of the new avitar images are from the newest Essential Guide to Characters.



The Geonosian Arena… Plus A Story
October 12, 2003 | 6:40 PM EST | Bill

The Ultimate Geonosian Areana has surfaced on the Continent. The Entertainer, a UK toy chain has included it as part of their new store in England. TeamRebelscum out did themselves with this catch! Check it out here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Candy Heads!
October 12, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

How cool would it be to receive a Star Wars candy head as a treat on Halloween!? Well, nobody is stopping you from treating yourself to some of the vintage Topps candy head goodness that awaits you in today’s feature!
Topps produced the main bulk of Star Wars trading cards and stickers throughout the 1970s-80s and still produces wonderful card sets today for the Prequels as well as the Classic Trilogy. Topps also produced plastic candy heads, molded in the shapes of memorable Star Wars characters. The boxes featured colorful photos and the candy heads were molded in one color plastic to resemble heroes, villians and creatures from ESB and ROTJ. The candy heads look great with displays, especially the Bounty Hunters. However, I would not recommend eating the 20+ year old candy/dust if still inside.
In the mid 1990s Topps was back in the Star Wars candy head business for a short time once again. This time in England, fans not only received a candy head, but a collectible trading card as well. Only 4 designs were produced: Chewie, Yoda, Vader and 3PO. The heads are still molded in one color plastic, but the characters are a bit more realistic than the 1980s counterparts.
The auctions listed below provide a sampling of both vintage and modern candy heads you can treat yourself to!

5 ESB Candy Heads

ROTJ Box and Candy Head Set

1990s Chewie Candy Head with Card



Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003
October 12, 2003 | 1:01 AM EST | Muse

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:






This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!



Bounty Hunting Today: Cookie Jars
October 11, 2003 | 12:09 PM EST | Keri

Since you have all those yummy Star Wars cookies, now you need a place to keep them nice and fresh, which brings about today’s feature Cookie Jars!
Star Wars cookie jars have been sold since A New Hope in 1978, courtesy of Roman Ceramics. The classic designs offered included C-3PO and R2-D2 only. Sigma produced only one design that was a hexagonal shape featuring Vader on one side and R2 and 3PO on the other side. The vintage cookie jars are getting harder to find, especially in mint condition with no chips or cracks, complete with the plastic liner inside. Therefore the prices are not necessarily for an entry-level collector.
A bit more affordable are the Star Jars cookie jars which produced classic character designs in limited numbers in the mid 1990s. Though the jars originally retailed for over $250, today some characters can be found for $30 and under. Patience can truly be a virtue and a huge money savings in regards to Modern Star Wars collecting today.
Here is a sampling of auctions below of both vintage and modern jars to help keep your cookies staying fresh and your kitchen looking cool!

1978 C-3PO Roman Ceramics Cookie Jar

Star Jars Leia Cookie Jar

Star Jars Chewie Cookie Jar

Star Jars Wicket Cookie Jar



War Room Scene #2
October 11, 2003 | 12:21 AM EST | Mark

the following have limited availability at Amazon…

Geonosian War Room 2
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike
Anakin’s Swoop Bike
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)

Also the ships are in stock…
Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter



KBToys Additional 30% Off Sale Info
October 10, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Keri

Just to clarify any questions that you may have…
The sale is only in retail stores, that is the physical brick and mortar establishments.
The discount is not applicable towards video game software (games) or hardware (systems).
Although I first learned of this news through another source, the original information was provided by Lee Pierce, a faithful YakReader in the Store Reports section.



KB Toys 30% Off Sale!
October 10, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

This Just in:
KBToys – 30% off $30+ Orders from October 8-14!
Apparently, there was a class action lawsuit against them and so they have to give you a 30% discount off a $30+ purchase from October 8-14th of 2003.

Defendants will distribute the Net Settlement Fund by providing a discount at the cash registers of all KB Toys, KB Toy Works, KB Toy Outlet, Toy Liquidator and KB Toys Express stores nationwide, including Guam and Puerto Rico, equal to 30% off all qualifying purchases of $30 or more during October 8-14, 2003. This distribution (the “In-store Distribution”) will be done without requiring a request of any store customer and will be separate and apart from, and in addition to, any previously planned promotional events for 2003. Defendants will not advertise or otherwise promote the distribution in advance of the In-store Distribution. Signs detailing the terms of the In-store Distribution, however, may be displayed in or around the stores during the In-store Distribution and up to 48 hours in advance of the In-store Distribution.

The 30% off is available in physical stores only! The discount however is not applicable to video game software or hardware in stores. This is still a great opporuntity to get a discount on some higher priced items that normally do not go on sale, such as Lego Items.



Bounty Hunting Today: Cookies!
October 10, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

With Halloween fast approaching, today’s feature will concentrate on Treats, rather than Tricks, although I doubt you would want to eat these cookies since they are 20 years old!
Pepperidge Farm treated fans of Return of the Jedi to 3 different flavor cookies, including Chocolate, Vanilla and Peanut Butter back in 1983. The cookies tasted much better than the C-3POs Cereal (trust me here) and not only that each flavor had its own unique character shapes. Pepperidge Farm sweetened the deal and offered small plastic cups with a cookie purchase, as well as a mail-away offer for the complete set of cups.
The auctions spotlighted today feature Sealed Boxes of cookies, which is quite unusual, as 90% of most boxes found today are empty. If you are a true completist searching for unopened boxes, then your search is over. Also you may view the in-store promo cup, as well as a lot containing 2 of the 4 mail-away cups.
Here are the Treats to get your cookie collection underway!

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Peanut Butter Cookies 

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Vanilla Cookies

Pepperidge Farm In-Store Promo Cup

Lot including 2 Mail-away cups



LucasArts President Abruptly Resigns
October 10, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Simon Jeffery quits the company in a surprise announcement.

October 09, 2003 – LucasArts reported today that Simon Jeffery has resigned from his position of President of the company. Very little is known about his reasons at this time, though it does appear as though his announcement came as a surprise.

As President of LucasArts, Jeffery oversaw releases of such high-profile titles as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Galaxies.

When contacted, LucasArts declined comment.



Get an FX Lightsaber for Halloween!
October 10, 2003 | 10:46 AM EST | Mark B

I just got word from Master Replicas that the new Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader FX lightsabers will be shipping in time to make Halloween delivery. This is definitely one COOL addition to any Star Wars Costume. Plus, right now if you buy both FX sabers, you’ll get them BOTH for only $250 (normally $139 each), plus you get Free Shipping (another savings of $39!). Head on over toMaster Replicas and order before October 14th for Halloween delivery.



D&S Newsfeed
October 10, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

This just from D & S Toys:

If you live in the Portland, OR area, see the comic book show notice
that we will be attending below…..

New Items:

Unleashed Boba Fett, Yoda & Han
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Battle of Hoth 4-Pack
Saga Luke & Vader Lightsabers
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Crimson Command Copter
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank
Wave 2 of Joe Mission Disks with Figures
BTR: Smokescreen
Saga Screen Scenes War Room 2 of 2
Saga Screen Scenes Jedi Council 2 of 2
Clone Wars – White Clone Trooper Multi Packs
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious – Back in Stock
Anakin & Dooku Speeders – Back in Stock
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack – Back in Stock

We will be set up at:

Portland Comic Book Show
Sunday October 12th, at the Rose Quarter (Memorial Colliseum)
10:00am – 5:00pm

We are Booths 177-178 (Northeast corner of the room as you enter North
into the hall)
Come check us out for lots of great stuff and say hi!



More Hasbro Jedi Master Auction Updates
October 9, 2003 | 9:33 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Todd points out that it appears Hasbro has been checking into some of the bids on the auctions, as Jedi Master Point bids have been lowered, as has been the case on the Kitik Keek’kak auction: high bid is now down to 17,840 JMP’s.

In other Hasbro Auction News, “A Loyal Reader” sends in the following tidbits:

After doing some research here are all the prizes that are in the Jedi Master Points promotion:

Coll Research Droids
Quantity: 16
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Coleman Trebor
Quantity: 12
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Arena Playset
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Geonosian Fighter:
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Role Play Basic Lightsaber:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Hailfire Droid:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

SW AOTC – I am A Jedi Apprentice
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Darth Tyranus – With force lightning
Quantity: 24
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

POTF Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Unleashed Mace Windu:
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

TIE Bombers:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Dark Empire (Full Set)
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

WOTC Cards Battle Of Yavin
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Playschool Millennium Falcon
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SW Attack of the Clones Scrapbook
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Aayla Secura
Quantity: 48 (A lot!!!!)
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SOTE Chewbacca
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Silver R2D2
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Cinemascape Vader
Quantity: 6
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Jorg Sacul
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 50 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST



Special Edition Back on the Big Screen!
October 9, 2003 | 5:45 PM EST | Keri

If you live in the LA area, or anywhere near there you may view George Lucas’ Special Edition version of A New Hope.

Unfortunately, at Ain’t It Cool News, they are reporting that is the Original version of A New Hope. However when you visit the link below for tickets, it clearly states that viewers will be treated to the Special Edition Version, where a digitally altered Greedo fires a shot at Han…when we all know that Han really shot first.
The movie will be screening at the Directors Guild on Sunday, Oct. 26 and is part of the City of the Angels Film Festival. You can buy tickets on their website.

The link to the website for tickets can be found here



Legacy of the Jedi Review
October 9, 2003 | 5:23 PM EST | Mark B


A short review of a short book. Follow this link for my review of the Clone Wars Novel – “Legacy of the Jedi”.



Bounty Hunting Today: Necklaces!
October 9, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Keri

In keeping with the jewelry theme of yesterday’s feature, today I will be looking at necklaces, more specifically the pendants of Star Wars characters.
As with the rings, Weingeroff Enterprises produced unique pendants for A New Hope. The designs included Chewie, Vader’s Head, X-Wing, Stormtrooper Head, C-3PO, and R2-D2. The pendants could be bought in large or small sizes and 3-PO’s and Chewie’s arms move together up and down. The necklaces were sold in bags with the classic logo on them, and also came with a paper tag attached on the necklace itself, giving some detailed information regarding the specific character. Collectors looking for a complete necklace should search for the sometimes elusive bag and paper tag.
The ESB necklaces were again produced by W. Berrie, and were sold in blue cardboard window boxes, with the ESB logo on them. The designs were colorful enamel like the rings and featured Chewie, R2, R2 and 3PO, and Vader.
All of these necklaces listed below are a great way to add a little Star Wars flair to your otherwise drab work uniform during the week!

1977 C-3PO Necklace

1977 Complete X-Wing Necklace

1980 ESB Chewie Necklace



Planet Action Figure News
October 9, 2003 | 1:38 AM EST | Joseph

Planet Action Figure News
We just received the following which are now In Stock

Durge w/ Swoop Bike
Clone Trooper w/ Speeder Bike
Clone Trooper Army (Red Variation)
Clone Trooper Army (Green Variation)
Destroyer Droid Battle Launcher
Jedi Knight Army

All presells for the Durge and Clone Trooper Speeder Bike Asst are currently being processed/shipped. Unleashed Asst 6 will be arriving next Monday which is when we will begin honoring all presells. Since these are on route to us, we can no longer accept cancellations at this point.

Thanks all



And The Auctions Continue….
October 9, 2003 | 12:16 AM EST | Mark

Here are this weeks auctions….

Mos Eisley Cantina Set-Wuher 14 bids 5200 Jedi Master Points
Interactive R2D2 35 bids 1800 Jedi Master Points
Silver R2D2 51 bids 800 Jedi Master Points
Ephant Mon 49 bids 550 Jedi Master Points

Good Luck



A Working Title?
October 8, 2003 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark B

The Force.Net currently has a rumor about the possibility of a working title about Star Wars Episode III. You have been warned that spoilers may exist, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know. But, those of you that know the original title for Return of the Jedi will understand how this title could come about.



Kay Bee Clones
October 8, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

While Wal-Mart may not be getting more of the Clone Wars value packs, Toy Stores are now getting them in. The price is slightly higher than Wal-Mart, but still a great value! Good hunting!



Bounty Hunting Today: Rings
October 8, 2003 | 12:11 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices when it comes to which Star Wars jewelry – such as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Although mainly targeted at the female Star Wars audience, who’s to say that a stylin guy can’t wear a hip old school adjustable ring and turn his finger green too?!
Today’s feature is devoted to vintage Star Wars rings. In 1977 for A New Hope the rings were produced by Weingeroff Enterprises and 2 sets of 3 designs you could buy, 1 Rebel Set – Chewie, R2, and C-3PO and the other set had Vader, Stormtrooper, and X-Wing. These rings are frequently found by themselves as single items without the original box, mainly bought for display purposes or to be worn.
W. Berrie & Co. held the liscence for all the ESB jewelry, and the rings they produced were quite distinct, as well as very colorful. The designs included: Vader, X-Wing, May the Force be with You, R2 & 3PO, R2, and Yoda. The rings come in blue boxes with the prominent ESB logo behind them. These rings have not only a great deal of charm, but also look awesome to wear!
Here are some auctions below to start your jewelry collection today!

1977 R2-D2 Ring

ESB X-Wing Ring MIB

ESB Yoda Ring MIB

ESB R2-D2 Ring MIB



Vader and Skywalker Almost Sold Out
October 8, 2003 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark B

I’ve been checking Master Replicas every day watching for the new Thermal Detonator to go on sale and noticed today that the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (ESB) lightsabers are nearly sold out. Don’t wait if you have been holding off ordering these items. And to make it even better, both are on sale for only $199.96! That’s $150 off the list price. ***Note, the price on the website still shows the list price, but when you add them to your basket, the sale price shows up*** Head on over to Master Replicas today and pick them up before they are gone.

UPDATE!! – Robert C. sends this in “If you pay in full rather than making the 4 installment payments, for the ESB lightsabers, you get another $25 off, making the total only $174.96”. Also note, this is for the Lightsaber Replicas, not the FX lightsabers.



Final Prophecy Out Now
October 8, 2003 | 11:15 AM EST | Mark B



Sorry I missed this yesterday! The newest New Jedi Order book The Final Prophecy was released yesterday. This is the next to the last book in the New Jedi Order series (and the last Paperback). The final book The Unifying Force is currently available for preorder and will ship the 4th of November.



Doug Chiang Appearance in San Fransisco
October 7, 2003 | 2:51 PM EST | Keri

YakReader and member of the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club Mikk sent in this information for anyone in the San Fransisco/Bay Area that would like to meet Star Wars Prequel conceptual artist/designer Doug Chiang.

“Doug Chiang will be appearing at the Metreon Festival of Anime on
October 11th in San Francisco promoting his new book Robota.
Mr. Chiang will be speaking from 3 to 4pm in the Action Theater at
Metreon about his creative process, art techniques and training. There will also be a special screening of the animated Robota teaser. Afterwards he will sign books for an hour at the Chronicle Books store in the Metreon complex.
The Metreon is located at 101 Fourth St. in downtown San Francisco.
Tickets to the Metreon Festival of Anime are $15 and can be purchased online at www.acteva.com/go/metreon
Should be a great opportunity to get a look “behind the scenes” of an
extremely talented & influential artist. Hope everyone can make it out.”



Bounty Hunting Today: Foreign Plush Items
October 7, 2003 | 2:42 PM EST | Keri

Today I would like to spotlight some obscure Plush dolls and a plush backpack from countries overseas.
Here in the US, Kenner was the one and only source for plush Star Wars dolls, the most prolific being the Ewoks from ROTJ. Also offered was a Chewie and R2 that squeaked. The Buddies line debuted during the height of Beanie Baby mania, and once again was brought to us by Hasbro. For the collector looking for alternative plush Star Wars items, there are many foreign examples that are fun and unusual.
Starting with Japan, there are the Super-Deformed Plush toys that were available only in arcade machines called UFO’s in 1992. UFO machines are like the dragline/claw machines we have here, but the UFO’s have a 2 pronged hook, rather than a 3 pronged claw making it tougher to grab an item. Therefore, the Star Wars UFO Plush dolls are collectible not only here, but in Japan as well. There are 5 dolls in the set, including Vader, Chewie, R2, 3PO, and Luke.
More recently, there were several plush backpacks, or rucksacks produced in England which are large and pretty realistic representations of popular characters. The backpack designs included Chewie and Yoda, and possibly more that I am not aware of at this time. The backpacks are really unusual and great for a collector specializing in one character items.
The auctions below offer a look at each plush to help you start a new area of collecting!

Japan Takara Vader Plush

Chewie England Backpack



Original Trilogy On DVD News Update…
October 7, 2003 | 10:47 AM EST | Jair

Yak Reader Ronnie sent this to follow up on the DVD article:

“I heard the same story on the dvds about a week ago at The Digital Bits(without any toy references) and they basicly said the rumor is that Fox and Lucasfilm liked so much the layout of the upcoming Indiana Jones trilogy on dvd (1 disc for each movie, then one disc full of extras from all 3 movies) that they would do the same next Oct/Nov for the Star Wars trilogy. No word yet on whether these would be the originals or the special editions. I’m personally hoping for the originals myself, that way George can release his Ultimate special editions after ep. 3. Just my speculation!”

So maybe after all we’ll have the original movies on DVD next year. Ronnie has a good point beacuse almost everyone whats the two versions of the movies, and this would be a good way of offering fans the chance.



Hailfire Droid In Stock
October 7, 2003 | 6:47 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the Star Wars Separatist Forces: Hailfire Droid back in stock if you are still looking for it.

Also here are some other things…
The Emperor
Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape)
Geonosian Star Fighter



Looking For Clone Wars???
October 6, 2003 | 8:54 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Clone Wars figures, hop on over to Entertainment Earth as they have a three pack of the figures MOC!



UCS Snowspeeder
October 6, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Mark

Now available over at the LEGO shop is the UCS Snowspeeder #10129, the price tag on this set is $129.99 with 1457 pieces.



Original Trilogy On DVD News…
October 6, 2003 | 4:28 PM EST | Jair

Here is something I was waiting to get more information about before I posted it, but haven’t, so here it is. A very good source told a friend of mine at Yavin IVthat in order to get toys for next year, suppliers and stores will have to order them with a bit more time in advance. The reason: the Star Wars Trilogy will finally be released on DVD, and with it, tons and tons of toys.

Now, this is not 100% confirmed, so don’t get your hopes too high. Remember that the official word is that it will be released after the prequels are done, but you never know… maybe by this time next year we’ll be enjoying our favorite films on DVD format.



Bounty Hunting Today: Telephones
October 6, 2003 | 3:31 PM EST | Keri

A Star Wars telephone not only looks great with your killer collection, but also allows you to cheerfully greet a friend or family member with a Force-ful character!
The only phone produced in the original trilogy days was in 1983 by Com-dial, which was an imposing full-figure Vader Speaker Telephone. The phone can still be found in working order today, sometimes even with the original box and instructions. The phone is a great likeness of our favorite Sith Lord, and is convenient for hands-free operation, or to be displayed anywhere.
As far as modern Star Wars phones go, an R2-D2 telephone was produced in the late 90’s by Telemania. The phone has many features, such as R2’s dome lights light up, his head turns as the phone rings and he can also be set to ring in familiar droid beeping. This phone really has it all, and the chirping and beeping is music to a fan’s ears!
Each phone is featured in an auction below to get your collection ringing!

Vader Speaker Telephone

R2-D2 Telephone



Target Exclusives
October 6, 2003 | 11:38 AM EST | Mark

While the have been listed on the Target.com website and web exclusives. I have received emails from PA, CA, and IL that the A-Wing and 12″ Leia with Speederbike have been found on the shelves. So if you need these, stop by a local Target, you make get lucky.



New Clone Wars Images
October 6, 2003 | 9:16 AM EST | Mark B

Animation Insider has 9 images of the upcoming Clone Wars Cartoon series on their website. Several are ones that I haven’t seen before. Check them out!



No Tricks… Just Treats
October 6, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Real Stands has started a new giveaway– now through Halloween with two oustanding prizes– First Prize is a Silver Anniversary R2-D2, and second prize is Ephant Mon, Jabba’s Head of Security. Click here to check it out!



Bounty Hunting Today: Iron Ons!
October 5, 2003 | 11:47 PM EST | Keri

Along with your courdoroy bell bottom pants and your Star Wars belt buckle, no outfit is complete without your very own Star Wars Iron On T shirt!
Part of the fabric of the 1970s and early 1980s were Iron-on T-Shirt Shops, which usually featured Iron on transfer designs of everything you could possibly imagine and more pasted on the walls from floor to ceiling! ( at least the shop I remember going to!)
Star Wars themed designs were no exception, featuring an extensive selection of characters, artwork, with and without glitter accents. The vinyl transfers were on heavy waxy paper, and they were pressed with very high heat onto your t-shirt, then the paper was allowed to cool, and the vinyl transfer was left on your shirt.
Factors Inc. held the liscence for all of the Original Trilogy designs, which range vastly, from Han & Chewie, to Boba Fett, and Lando, Yoda, Luke, Jawas, and even Ugnaughts. The Iron-ons can be found fairly easily today, and some existing T-shirt shops can iron them on to brand new t-shirts for you to enjoy the now popular retro stylings of the 70s & 80s.
Below are some auctions to satisfy your need for Star Wars Iron-ons in your life!

Yoda Iron-On

Han & Chewie Iron-On



The Winner Is…
October 5, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Luke Shu-Hao Hu. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



Bounty Hunting Today: Belt Buckles!
October 4, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars belt buckles have been with us, just as the Force has been with us, since 1977. Among the some of the earliest liscened and unliscened items available, there was not a more stylish way to hold up your courdoroy bell bottom pants!
The first belt buckles were produced by The LeatherShop Inc. and were heavy brass with really gorgeous, bold raised 3-D designs, including the Star Wars Logo, 3PO & R2, R2 by himself, Vader, and a TIE chasing an X-Wing with a stylized McQuarrie Logo beneath.
Also in 1977, apparently without a liscence, Basic Tool & Supply Co. produced virtual duplicates of the Leathershop buckles. The Basic Tool buckles are marked on the back, and there are slight differences between those and the Leathershop buckles. The Leathershop buckles have a more dull, flat finish, while the Basic Tool buckles are polished and shiny. The Basic Tool Buckles also tend to be a bit smoother, with the details sharper and clearer than the Leathershop buckles.
Lee also had a liscence for A New Hope, ESB and continued through with Jedi themed belts with buckles. Most of the Lee buckles found today are seperated from their original belts, and collectors looking for complete examples should keep this in mind when purchasing loose buckles. There are countless variations of Lee buckle designs, with different color enamel backgrounds for each character as well as nylon and leather belts.
The small sampling below offers an illustration of the differences between Leathershop & Basic Tool buckles, as well as some Lee ESB offerings.

Leathershop Logo Belt Buckle

Basic Tool Logo Buckle

Lee Vader Belt & Buckle

Lee C-3PO & R2 Buckle



New Legos!
October 4, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Keri

Yak Reader TCJedi sent in the following links to pics of the new Lego items we have to look forward to in January from the Toys News International website:

New Lego Mini Vehicles

New Tatooine Sets

It appears that the new Mini Vehicles will not have a speicified bonus vehicle to be built from the spare parts in each package…builders will instead be required to use The Force and create their own design.
The new tatooine sets look great, including a new Landspeeder, Sandtrooper on a dewback and the cantina showdown between Greedo and Han. Lego continues to produce wonderful products for everyone, kids and adults alike to enjoy and build.



Bounty Hunting Friday: Plastic Banks
October 4, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Keri

After a slight weapons malfunction, as well as a large reactor leak that was very dangerous was locked down Friday, I once again have access to my computer and bring you all a belated Bounty Hunting Edition for Friday Oct. 3rd.
Continuing on with the theme of Star Wars banks, the auctions below feature interesting and harder to find examples of vintage plastic banks. Though not as common, nor as well known as the ceramic counterparts, the plastic banks provide an unbreakable alternative to the collector who also searches out overseas/foreign Star Wars items.
From the land down under, Austrailia, we have two vintage plastic banks that were given out from the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Sydney. A Darth Vader head/bust, and R2 in white, light blue and dark blue were given to children in 1978, encouraging them to save their money wisely. The designs may be slightly crude to today’s collector of modern, detailed movie prop accurate items, but these banks are great items in their own right!

R2-D2 Plastic Bank

Vader Plastic Bank



Win a Trip to San Francisco 
October 4, 2003 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is giving away a trip to San Francisco. Contest includes roundtrip airfare, 3 days/2 nights in Bay Area, tour of Master Replicas design area, preview of upcoming products, and a chance to give input on future products! Plus, each month Master Replicas is giving away 2 limited edition replicas worth over $200. You can enter once a day at their website, no purchase is necessary but when you purchase Master Replicas items, you get an additional entry for each dollar you spend! Looks like the contest runs through the end of the year.



Chrome Vader Update
October 3, 2003 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

I don’t know if this is been reported, but I got a letter in the mail yesterday from MBNA saying that the exclusive chrome Vader bust is on back order and won’t be shipped until November 30! Looks like we have more wait to do.



New Saga and Clone Wars Items in Stock!!!
October 3, 2003 | 6:26 PM EST | Joseph

CloudCityCollectibles has new Saga and Clone Wars items in stock. Asajj Ventress Sith Apprentice, Durge Commander of the Separatist Forces, Mace Windu Republic General, and Obi-Wan Republic General. They even have the NEW UNLEASHED Boba Fett, Han Solo, and
Yoda. Also in stock is the new Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Yoda!!! To get there click here



Fan Club Santa Yoda Update
October 2, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

The Official Fan Club sent the following Email out to lightspeed pass holders. It looks like Santa is going to be closer to Halloween:

Thank you for signing up for the Lightspeed Pass for Hasbro’s Holiday Yoda figure, presented exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club! Here’s the latest news on how you can order this holiday season’s most-wanted collectible:

As a Lightspeed Pass holder, you’ll be notified via email at the earliest time at which you can order your Holiday Yoda figures. In the first weeks, only those who receive their order notice will be able to purchase the Holiday Yoda online.

Please note that you can order any time after your receive your Lightspeed order notice, but not before. If you cannot get online immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock – more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of three figures per person.

We learned some lessons from the rush of orders we received for the silver-painted Boba Fett action figure, and we have worked hard to make the ordering process smoother and more frustration-free. The Lightspeed Pass system should help you order your Holiday Yoda figures with less hassle, and help us better manage the traffic to our website.

Heres the intended schedule:

Lightspeed Pass holders will receive invitations over a two week period in mid to late October. Active subscribers may order the figure any time after receiving their invitation.
Fear not! There are lots and lots of Holiday Yoda figures for our members, so dont fret if you are not in one of the first batches invited to order.
Active subscribers who did not sign-up for Lightspeed Passes will be able to order starting near the end of October.
Lightspeed Pass holders without a currently active subscription toStar Wars Insider will be able to order starting in early November, provided there are Holiday Yoda figures left in stock.
Here’s how you can get ready:

If you have a currently active subscription to Star Wars Insider then we may need you to associate your subscription with your online account if you havent already. To do this, sign in at http://starwars.paizo.com/mysubs
If you ordered or renewed a Star Wars Insider subscription on paizo.com since August 1st, or if you ordered the silver-painted Boba Fett, you wont need to associate your subscription with your account again.
If you have problems associating your subscription with your account, or if you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com
If you are not currently a subscriber or have an expired subscription and want to order with your Lightspeed Pass, then subscribe to Insider now athttp://starwars.paizo.com/swinsider
Thank you for your enthusiasm and let us be the first to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Best regards,
The Official Star Wars Fan Club



Bounty Hunting Today: Ceramic Banks
October 2, 2003 | 1:22 PM EST | Keri

Looking for a place to store your pennies, or perhaps even your Jedi Master points? Well, if its a ceramic Star Wars bank you desire, then you’ve come to the right place!
The first banks produced were ceramic 3-D figural representations of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Vader made by Roman Ceramics in 1978. These wonderful banks are large, detailed and look phenomonal on a bookshelf. They are getting more difficult to find in undamaged condition, with the rubber stopper in the bottom, and of course complete with the original plain cardboard printed box.
Sigma Industries also produced many ceramic items for ROTJ, such as cups, frames, music boxes, and also banks. Among the Sigma banks available are Yoda, Chewie, Jabba the Hutt, and a rare full figure anodized silver Vader. Again, the primary concern with these banks is damage and repair, as well as finding an example with the original paper tag and box.
There are also many fan-made unliscened ceramic banks on the market today. While these banks are not listed in any official price guides, they hold a certain charm and provide something unique for a special display, which is unique to a particular collection.

Check out the links below to start saving your spare change in style!

1978 Roman Ceramics R2-D2 Bank

Sigma Chewie Bank

Sigma Jabba Bank

Jawa Sandcrawler Unliscened Bank



Hasbro Fixes Auctions….
October 2, 2003 | 8:33 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro has fixed the auctions for the time being.

Latest totals are:
Sacul 10,000
Jango 20,000
Kitik 30,000
Falcon 10,000

I am not sure how they are going to keep this under control. Also, they have updated their website with a whole new spiffy design.



First Come First Served!
October 2, 2003 | 8:00 AM EST | Mark

Very short supply….
Geonosian War Room Scene 2 1 Left
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike 1 Left
Lt. Faytonni 3 Left
Waitress Droid (WA-7) 1 Left



A Call For Sanity
October 1, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Anyone who has logged into the Hasbro Auction site in the last couple of hours as seen the bids for all the items available go from high to impossibly obscene. While many of us may not have had the foresight to save the points from figures, playsets, and ships since the E1 line started, some did, and I applaud their foresight (if they choose to open their toys). However those with foresight, and/or those who army build could have easily amassed 10,000 points or even double that.

With that said, whether you’ve been saving points since day one, or just started, there is no possible excuse for what we have seen on the Hasbro Auction site in the last few hours. While I would have liked to see another concept chosen for the Jedi Master Points, I urge all collectors to keep up the reputation of our hobby. The bidding of truely impossible numbers of points– millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, even hundreds of billions and hundreds of trillions of points is inexcuasable. Do not give Hasbro and others a negative view of collectors with your conduct.

If you have the points, by all means bid them, and good luck in the auctions, if you do not have the points, then please do not give the hobby a black eye, trying to make a mockery of this promotion and ruin it for your fellow collectors.



Short Stories Collection
October 1, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Keri

New from the official site comes Star Wars: Short Stories Collection which can be downloaded in PDF form. The short stories written by Expanded Universe favorites Timothy Zahn, Jude Watson, and Matthew Stover were only available in booklet form and could be found in Clone Wars lightsabers and vehicles. The booklet was also a give-away item at the Hasbro booth at San Diego Comic-Con and Wizard World Chicago.
For those of you who either do not open your toys, or did not get the booklet by attending the 2 Cons, this is a great read from some very talented authors.

Here is a link to the download below:

Short Story Collection



More Info on MR Thermal Detonator
October 1, 2003 | 4:56 PM EST | Mark B

Well, it hasn’t officially been announced by Master Replicas yet, but I’m finding out some additional information about the new Thermal Detonator (that should be announced any day now). There are actually going to be 3 (yep, count ’em THREE) different versions of this new prop replica. The regular edition (identical to the movie prop) is going to be limited to 1000 pieces worldwide, and in the tradition of Obi-Wan’s Episode IV saber, there will be an edition of 750 pieces of “As Built By”, and finally an edition of 750 pieces of a signature edition which will be signed by Carrie Fisher!

In addition – the prop is actually going to be die cast (rather than the lightweight material used in the Jedi Remote), it will have digital sound effects from Skywalker Sound, and finally flashing lights to duplicate the effects from Return of the Jedi. This is going to be one COOL replica – and the basic version is going to sell for around $200! Watch for the “official” announcement here soon!



Clone Wars Website
October 1, 2003 | 4:43 PM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network’s Official Clone Wars Website has been updated! There is now a countdown clock until the premier (November 7), and a new Screensaver that you can download (the screensaver includes the countdown clock).



Bounty Hunting Today: Toothbrushes!
October 1, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

After eating the Darth Vader cake, and topping it off with Chewie chocolates, its time to be a good Jedi and brush your teeth!
Star Wars toothbrushes were among the earliest items available, encouraging children to keep their teeth clean and healthy with their heroes from a galaxy far, far away.
Kenner produced the first motorized toothbrush in 1977 for A New Hope, which came on a large card in a blister. The toothbrush resembled a lightsaber hilt and had artwork of all the main characters inside the plastic housing of the handle. Kenner followed up with the same toothbrush, but with different designs inside for ESB, ROTJ ( a JCPenney catalog exclusive ) and Wicket from the Ewoks cartoon.
Also for ROTJ Oral-B introduced inexpensive toothbrushes which could be bought at Target, or any local grocery store. The packaging was brightly colored and featured great depictions of new and familiar characters. The designs included Vader, Luke Jedi outfit, Leia ewok outfit, Chewie and Han, R2 and 3PO, and Paploo and Wicket. Also available in a special 3 pack was a Jedi Masters toothbrush featuring Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda all in spirit form. The Jedi Masters is by far the most difficult toothbrush to find.
Colgate has held the modern liscence today, and has produced classic images as well as Ep.I toothbrushes and toothpaste. There are many, many designs to choose from, both in the US and overseas.
The auctions spotlighted today allow to you to view both the classic vintage Kenner & Oral-B, as well as modern items that are equally interesting.

Kenner Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B Paploo & Wicket Toothbrush

Colgate Ep.I Canadian Toothbrushes

Ep.II British Toothbrush



LEGO 2004
October 1, 2003 | 12:07 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of the early 2004 Product from LEGO, images can be seen atHttp://www.fbtb.net so head on over and check out the images.

4492 MINI Star Destroyer
4493 MINI Sith Infiltrator
4494 MINI Imperial Shuttle

4500 Rebel Snowspeeder
213pcs $19.99
The newly designed speeder appears to come with the same minifigs as the original set; Luke and Dak are listed and I’m trying to verify the Hoth Trooper.

4501 Mos Eisley Cantina
193pcs $29.99
The cantina itself is nothing more than the alcove where the Rodian meets his fate; set includes Luke, Ben, Han, Greedo and a Sandtrooper. But that’s not what gets you excited over this set – there’s a dewback that ROCKS . . .
and a newly designed Landspeeder in here too . . .

*** SIDE NOTE ***
Do you collect other LEGO’s? Email me at hfsolo@yakface.com and let me know what you collect. I have something else brewing….



TheToys Go On The Block Today
October 1, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Today is supposed to the start of Hasbro’s Jedi Master Points Auction promotion. According to the Official Site, the auctions will start at 9:00 am Eastern time. Although there will probably be a link to it off the Hasbro Star Wars page, Hasbro has also set up a new domain Jedi Master Points.com for the auctions. Good Luck!