February 2004 Archive

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

ESB Carded Yoda Orange Snake

ESB Carded Bossk

ESB Carded IG-88 with Revenge Sticker



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Vintage 12 Back Luke Skywalker

Vintage 12 Back Han Solo

Vintage 12 Back Leia Organa



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

The Clone Wars…



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Star Wars Simpsons Custom Boba Homer Fett



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


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

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



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

Sent in from Yak Reader Tom:

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

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

Thanks Tom.



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

From Star Wars To Jedi The Making Of A Saga VHS



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

The Making of Star Wars Mail Away VHS



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

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

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



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

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



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

Check all this out at the Official Hasbro Site

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


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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

Princess Leia blaster – Spring
Rebel Blaster – Summer/Fall

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

This just in from our friends at Entertainment Earth:

New Lower Priced Shipping Starts at $2.95!

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Thanks to N.Razzak for the heads up.

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



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

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



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

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



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



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



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

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

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

Vintage 1977 Heroes Beach Towel



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

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



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

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



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

Yak Reader Shawn sent in this report:

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

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



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

This just in from The Private Universe:

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



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

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



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


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



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

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

The Chewbacca link is down below.



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

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

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

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

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3.5 (Item# HS84716CA, $74.99)
3x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 2x Jabba the Hutt, 1x Flying Jango Fett- Kamino Showdown (subject to change).



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

Now in stock at Amazon…

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Unleashed
Clone Trooper Unleashed



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


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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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


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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Ep2 Curad Set of 4 Boxes



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

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



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

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



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

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