April 2004 Archive

The Making of Episode 3 — Part 6
April 30, 2004 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The newest feature on Hyperspace at the The Official Site is the 6th installment of Lucasfilm’s making of Episode 3 series. Check it out here.



Christmas Ornaments? Already?
April 30, 2004 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark B

Here it is the end of April and we’re talking about Hallmark Christmas ornaments for 2004. Actually, Hallmark has had some brief information about these for a while, but Star Wars.com has all the info on the upcoming 2004 ornaments. We’ll be getting a Star Destroyer (with Blockade Runner), Chewbacca with C3PO from Empire, “A New Hope” One Sheet (poster), and Anakin from AOTC.



LEGO Sale!
April 30, 2004 | 7:18 AM EST | Mark

All the Star Wars LEGO’s are at least 25% off at Amazon.com, plus here are a couple that are marked down quite a bit.
LEGO Star Wars: Darth Maul $56.23 (63% off)
UCS Star Wars Naboo Fighter $18.73 (53% off)
And here are some NEW announcements!
Star Wars Naboo Final Conflict 4-Pack
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: Tie Fighter
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: X-Wing Starfighter
Star Wars Trilogy Vintage Series: Ask Yoda



Star Wars Weekends Merchandise Preview
April 29, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with all the 411 on Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, including a list of all the exclusive merchandise. Get your wallet, or at least your plastic ready before clicking on over. There’s lots of great stuff. Check it out here.



Attakus Darth Vader 2 and Chewbacca Images
April 29, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you images of the upcoming Attakus Darth Vader 2 and Chewbacca straight from Attakus America.Check them out here.



NEW Before the Helmet Photo
April 29, 2004 | 7:18 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Jedi Dispenser” which shows (highlight to read)Master and Apprentice working their way through the rusty innards of a Trade Federation Cruiser.



Bounty Hunting Today: Chromed Gentle Giants Bust
April 29, 2004 | 5:14 PM EST | Keri

Today’s featured auction was sent in by YakReader Luke, and though the item is not a liscened incarnation, it still offers an interesting discussion here.

Gentle Giant mini busts are popular with collectors due to their small size, wonderful details, and affordable retail pricing. If that weren’t enough, there have been convention, website and MBNA Mastercard exclusive busts for collectors to attempt to acquire.

This particular auction pertains directly towards the chromed MBNA Exclusive busts of Vader and Jango Fett. The seller of this auction has bought this Boba Fett bust chromed by artisans in Japan, to be exact 50 of these busts have been custom chromed. The bust does look very cool in chrome, but please be aware that this chromed version is not liscened and is not a super rare exclusive. As with all autions on Ebay it is always a good rule of thumb to carefully read the entire description before bidding to avoid any confusion or disappointment.

Custom Chromed Boba Fett Gentle Giants Mini-Bust



Star Wars Ultra Figures
April 29, 2004 | 9:50 AM EST | Mark

Entertainmentearth.com now has the new SW Ultra Figure Asst. 3 cases in stock. Stop over if you are looking for these.

Star Wars Ultra Figure Assortment 3 Case. Includes six individually packaged ultra figures: 2x Ewok with Attack Glider (NEW), 1x Obi Wan Kenobi With Force Power- Kamino Showdown, 1x General Rieekan 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).



Master Replicas Has Another Hit On Their Hands!
April 29, 2004 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has today launched their Lord of the Rings Line. While we wouldn’t normally talk about that “other” trilogy, they have really outdone themselves on some of these items. Most incredible is the new Sting FX sword. Those of you that have seen Fellowship of the Ring (and who hasn’t now?), Frodo’s sword Sting glows Blue whenever Orcs are around. Master Replicas has a reproduction of the sword that actually glows blue. I personally can’t wait to get one! There are 3 other collectibles from LOTR available as well – Gandalf’s Staff, The Light of Eärendil and the One Ring. Collectors Society Members can order today at Master Replicas, everyone else can order starting tomorrow.



Hasbro’s QNA Posted
April 29, 2004 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark

Here is what is the new Hasbro QNA:

Star Wars Q & A for the week of April 26th

After Toy Fair this year, we posted answers to many popular questions on our website. Because we received positive feedback, we will be complementing our regular updates with Q&A.

Q: Hasbro announced in Star Wars Insider that they are releasing the Sandcrawler this year at Target (in the US). However, an International retailer has announced that the item is cancelled. What is the story with this item?

A: Since the article for the Insider went to press a couple of months ago, Target has decided not to carry the item. We have been discussing the item with other retailers and are hopeful that we will still be able to find a home for the Sandcrawler in 2004.

If it is placed in the US, then we anticipate that it will also be sold in other countries as well. However, if it is not sold in the US, then it is unlikely to be sold anywhere. We will announce new plans on our website as soon as they are confirmed.

Q: What is the plan for the “vintage” 3-¾ inch line of figures?

A: First, we’d like clarify what we mean when we say “vintage figures.” The line consists of 12 entirely new 3-¾ inch figures, with enhanced deco and/or articulation. The “vintage” refers to the packaging artwork. These figures will feature reproductions of the original packaging from the 70’s and 80’s. These are part of our Original Trilogy Collection to commemorate the release of the classic trilogy on DVD this September.

In terms of distribution, we expect the line to be carried by all major toy retailers. While we do not disclose production quantities, we caution fans against Internet rumors. We will ship these figures in multiple ratios to try and ensure that the most popular figures are available throughout the Fall.



Action-HQ New Figure Specials
April 29, 2004 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ.com:

STAR WARS New 2004 Figures ON SALE!
Price drop on 6 recently released figures! Choose from Dengar, Bossk, Dutch Vander Gold Leader, R2D2 Sail Barge and Battle of Yavin TIE Fighter Pilot for just $8.95! Check them out here!



New DK “Inside the Worlds” Book
April 28, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Mark B


I just noticed today in my new issue of Previews magazine from Diamond Comics a new book coming out in August from DK Publishing. The title is Inside the Worlds of Star Wars. It is very similar to their other “Inside the Worlds…” books, where there are cutaway drawings of all of the environments from the Star Wars Movies. This one focuses on the Classic Trilogy. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars is currently available for preorder from most comic book stores, or click the link above to order from Amazon and save yourself $6 off the list price of $19.99!



A Very Special Falcon Favorite 
April 28, 2004 | 5:20 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite is a very special one, as it is the last favorite item sent in by you the readers, to be featured here each and every week.

As the date for my own impending nuptials arrives quickly, YakReader Joe from Buffalo, NY shares his own wedding story with a Star Wars twist:

“My favorite piece in my collection is the lifesize R2D2 Pepsi cooler. I had to stop for gas on my way to my own wedding rehersal dinner and the gas station was auctioning off their cooler for a local charity. I placed my bid and the following morining I was informed that I won. I picked up my new R2D2 cooler the morning of my wedding and have used him for all summer BBQ’s since.”

A great story and a great droid that is useful for keeping everything nice and cool at a hot summer BBQ, thanks Joe! I have really enjoyed this feature and I also want to thank everyone who sent in photos of their favorite items and for all the great stories that were shared.



Playskool Sets
April 28, 2004 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark B

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty stoked about the new Playskool sets coming out. My 2 year old, Ben, loves his Millennium Falcon and playing with “Chewiebacca”. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the Bounty Hunter set. But, if you have kids (or are an adult one yourself like me!), and can’t wait for the new Playskool items to come out. Right now EToys, has the 
Star Wars: X-Wing Adventure – Large Adventure Set

 for only $14.99. Its a great set to get the kids started into these Playskool sets. They also have the Naboo Fighter ($14.99), the Millennium Falcon ($29.99), and “Rampaging Reek” ($7.99) available as well.



Lucasfilms Gets Fan Club Back!
April 28, 2004 | 3:12 PM EST | Mark B

In a great announcement today, Star Wars.com has reported that the Star Wars Fan Club (which in my opinion has been HORRIBLY mismanaged the last few years), is returning to Lucasfilm’s control. The “new” fan club will be combined with the Hyperspace membership on the Star Wars website, plus will have plenty of other benefits! Check out the entire story over at Star Wars.com.



Sandcrawler In Holding Pattern
April 28, 2004 | 2:14 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page just updated with a brief Q & A, focused on the Sandcrawler and the “Vintage” figure line. First, the info everyone is waiting for, Target had committed to take the Sandcrawler, but has since backed out. Hasbro is looking for other partners to market it as an exclusive in the US. Unless there is a US retailer found, it will not be released overseas either. The vintage line is also clarified as new figures with added articulation/decoration on retro cards. Read it all here.



Clone Wars Animated on DVD?
April 28, 2004 | 10:19 AM EST | Jayson

Amazon has recently posted info regarding a possible release of the Cartoon Network Animated Series. Although not much in the way of specs are given, hopefully they will treat the set similarly to the Samurai Jack set due next week.

Star Wars – Clone Wars (Animated Series) (2003)



Oldies Back In Stock
April 28, 2004 | 6:26 AM EST | Mark

If you are looking for any of these, they are back in stock…
Unleashed Figure: Luke Skywalker X-Wing
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)
And here are a couple of interesting items….
Return of the Jedi 3.75″ Red Y-Wing Gold Leader $29.99 (ship????)
Episode III: Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet



QA Questions
April 28, 2004 | 6:17 AM EST | Mark

We apologize as we have had some E-Mail difficulties. If you have sent in a new QNA this week, please resend it to us. The E-Mail is qa@yakface.com



Pink Is Definitely Their Color
April 27, 2004 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

We’ve seen the painted prototype photos that have been floating around for a while, however some very colorful protos the upcoming Original Trilogy Cloud Car Pilot and Yoda have surfaced on Ebay. You can see Yoda here and the Cloud Car Pilot here.



Galactic Heros Pre-Order
April 27, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Mark

Hasbro just announced these, and now you can pre-order them at
Entertainment Earth!

Check out our complete selection here:

SW Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85208A, $39.99)
Features opening entry ramp and cockpit, pivoting radar dish, repair station and authentically styled interior, laser cannons that fire as they move back and forth and a flip-down panel with flashing lights! All figures store inside the playset! Includes Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, C-3PO, and Chewbacca. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 (Item# HS85208A, $82.99)
3x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 3x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 3x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 3x Chewbacca & C-3PO (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 Set (Item# HS85208AA, $29.99)
1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Chewbacca & C-3PO (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 (Item# HS85208A2, $82.99)
4x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 4x Princess Leia & Han Solo and 4x Darth
Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 Set (Item# HS85208AA2, $22.99)
1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo and 1x Darth
Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 2 (Item# HS85208B, $82.99)
4x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 4x Yoda & Clone Trooper, 4x
Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 2 Set (Item# HS85208BB, $22.99)
1x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 1x Yoda & Clone Trooper, 1x
Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 3 (Item# HS85208C, $82.99)
1x Boba Fett & Dengar, 1x IG-88 & Zuckuss, 1x Bossk & 4-LOM, 3x
Galactic Hero 2-Pack 01 names to be determined, 3x Galactic Hero 2-Pack 02 names to be determined, 3x Galactic Hero 2-Pack 03 names to be determined (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Multi-Wave Set (Item# HS85208D, $82.99)
1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett, 1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Chewbacca & C-3PO, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 2x Boba Fett & Dengar, 2x IG-88 & Zuckuss, 2x 4-LOM & Bossk (Subject to change).



Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Presto Magix Set
April 27, 2004 | 5:26 PM EST | Keri

A large section of the universe of vintage Star Wars collecting is craft/activity items, which I have found to be a rather difficult area to complete ( for example Lee Wards ESB Suncatchers and ESB Latch Hook Rugs ). However, the items that can be collected have a great deal of variety and fun in my opinion.

Today’s featured auction is for a boxed ROTJ Jabba the Hutt activity set of Presto Magix rub down transfers. What exactly are Presto Magix you ask? They are rub-down transfers that can be used over and over again to recreate all the scenes from the movie. I can remember playing with these until the little transfers tore and wouldn’t stick anymore, they were great fun. The Presto Magix are relatively easy to find today, with some of the ESB sets being a little harder to find. The prices are very reasonable and I think the artwork on the box, though cheesey as can be, is still a nice item to add to a collection.

ROTJ Presto Magix Sealed Jabba’s Palace



Topps Clone Wars Sketch Checklist
April 27, 2004 | 4:54 PM EST | Keri

With the Topps Clone Wars trading cards arriving in stores this week,www.starwarscards.net and YakReader Keith are trying to put together a comprehensive checklist of all the known variations of Topps Clone Wars sketch cards. The checklist can be viewed here:

Clone Wars Sketch Card Checklist

They are asking that collectors submit scans of their sketch cards so they can be added to the site and would like to make this the most comprehensive Clone Wars Sketch Card checklist, so any help you can give would be appreciated.



Galactic Heroes Coming Soon
April 27, 2004 | 2:40 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Republic News has just updated with all the 411 on the Playskool figures line, and there are some very nice surprises. BOUNTY HUNTERS and more, check it all out here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 26, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Clone Trooper Cold Cast Statue
The Attakus Collection has always provided the highest quality Star Wars statues with the greatest detail. This Clone Trooper statue stands approximately 15 inches tall and is in scale to all of the other Attakus Star Wars statues. Limited to 1500 pieces worldwide!
In Stock!
Item Number: AC131
Price: $399.99
Check out more here.



Enter The Hive This May
April 26, 2004 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site just announced the title of the next Ebook coming this May. The Hive will be released in the next few weeks and ties into June’s upcoming Hardcover Clone Wars Novel The Cestus Deception. If you’re a Clone Wars or EU fan, check out all the details here.



New TRU Exclusvie Y-Wing Photo
April 26, 2004 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at The Private Universe have scored an image of the upcoming TRU exclusive Y-Wing Fighter. Here’ it is for your viewing pleasure:



Jedi John & His QNA
April 26, 2004 | 8:19 PM EST | Mark

Jedi John has dropped off another QNA for your reading pleasure. Please grab a drink, click over, sit back and relax. When you are done reading, please send in your own questions and John will be happy to answer them.



12″ @ Walmart.com
April 26, 2004 | 2:57 PM EST | Mark

You can now pick up the newest 12″ wave at Walmart.com:


Also in stock are:
Star Wars: 3.75-inch Ultra Figure General Reiken With War Room Map
Star Wars: 3.75-inchUltra Figure C-3PO with Escape Pod



Action Figure Scale Star Destroyer
April 24, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen on Ebay. Anyone for a 6 Foot Long Star Destroyer? Scaled to fit Hasbro’s Action Figure line. The person selling it is in the UK, so you have to be there to bid (he won’t ship it). But, it is still too cool not to HAVE A LOOK!



Artists Concepts For E3
April 24, 2004 | 12:56 PM EST | Bill

The new insider will be shipping in a few days and The Official Site has posted a preview. Just from the images on the cover it looks very interesting, and definitely contains spoilers. Check it out here.



Empire Wave In Stock
April 24, 2004 | 10:59 AM EST | Mark

The Empire wave is now in stock at Amazon.com:
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Bossk
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Dengar
Empire Strikes Back Figure: Admiral Ozzel



Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Vinyl Figure Case
April 23, 2004 | 5:51 PM EST | Keri

Vinyl cases with two sets of plastic trays in them were made by Kenner for the Vintage line, spanning across each film of the Original Trilogy.

Of course collectors are familiar with the vinyl carrying cases from Star Wars, and the two different designs that were made for Empire Strikes Back. However, some collectors may not know of the much more difficult to find Return of the Jedi vinyl carrying case.

The Return of the Jedi case has great artwork on it, just as the other cases before it, and is something that not every Kenner collector may own. Although today’s auction is not a complete case ( missing the insert ) and the stickers have been stuck to the trays, it is nonetheless a nice display item at a very reasonable no reserve opening bid price.

ROTJ Vinyl Figure Carrying Case



NEW Before the Helmet at starwars.com
April 22, 2004 | 8:55 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Gold in the Face” which shows a certain protocol droid getting some finishing touches to his melon.



Got Jedi?
April 22, 2004 | 1:10 PM EST | Jayson

Check your local Toys R Us stores for markdowns on the Jedi Warrior Multi-packs. My local TRU has them for the low Republic Credit price of $7.98! Great for customizers, army building or just to get that missing Arena Playset Containment Field!



Big Bad Toys Newsfeed
April 21, 2004 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toys :

We have some great new arrivals and a nice sale we will be running until this weekend.

400+ ITEM SALE! – We’ve analyized our inventory levels and decided to have a sale. Prices have been reduced on hundreds of items ranging from recent transformer releases to Lord of the Rings figures from several years ago and everything in between. Be sure to check out the entire list since there is a lot of stuff including: GI Joe, Gundam, Star Wars, Transformers, Chogokin, Halo, Macross, McFarlane, DBZ, DC, Bandai & More!

Also be sure to check out our sale menu!



Falcon Favorite!
April 21, 2004 | 5:08 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite showcases an original item, something no other person has anywhere in the world. YakReader Joel from Grand Prairie, TX shares with us his unique creation and great memories.

“This item reminds me of high school and the friendships I made there. This a clay Jabba the Hutt that I made in art class. I never thought school was all that great but senior year my friend James and I went to art class everyday after school until sometimes 8:00, and this is one of my greatest works of ART!!, if you can call it that. It just goes to show that star wars can bring friends together that last a lifetime.”



Original Trilogy Novelization Returns to Bookshelves
April 21, 2004 | 3:13 PM EST | Keri


As reported on the Official Site Del Rey will release the novels of the Original Trilogy in one paperback book this fall to coincide with the Original Trilogy “Blitz” of the DVD Release and Hasbro OTC campaign. The cover features the same art as the DVD packaging which is a nice change to the same old Vader images we have seen for years.



Jedi Council Scene II Pre-Order
April 21, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Mark

The now confirmed with image…3.75 Jedi Council Scene II is available for pre-order. This is due July 20th.



Endor Ambush!
April 20, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark

You can now Pre-Order the Endor Ambush 4-Pack at Amazon.com.

The Star Wars Endor Ambush 4-Pack includes a Star Wars Speeder Bike, Biker Scout Trooper, Han Solo in Endor Trenchcoat, Endor Rebel Soldier, Wicket the Ewok, Logray the Ewok and assorted accessories (blaster, endor soldier rifle, endor soldier backpack, endor soldier helmet, staff, medicine pouch, spear and 4 display stands).



Unified Site Contest Winners
April 20, 2004 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

We’re pleased to announce that we have winners in our Unified Site Contest part III. Out of 28 correct entries, random draw produced:

1st Prize: Jeremiah Zohner
2nd Prize: Justin Nackley
3rd Prize: Dan Hartman

We need you guys to claim your prizes within 7 days at either here or here

We wish to express our thanks for everyone that played, appreciation to the generous sponsors and hope you’ll join us again on the next round – whenever that may be. We hope, in the process, that you also found something interesting that you didn’t know about one of our participating Unified Sites!

For those of you who wanted to get some “completion” and see where all the pieces lie, use the links below:

FFURG:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
The Custom Alliance:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Rebelscum:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Alltroops:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Yakface:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
TBS:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
JediTempleArchives:Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2
Snowtroopers”Game Piece 1 Game Piece 2



Bounty Hunting Today: Sigma C-3PO Picture Frame
April 20, 2004 | 5:37 PM EST | Keri

In my opinion, Sigma Porcelains made some of the most unique and fun to collect items for the vintage line and today’s auction is no exception.

The worrisome droid C-3PO known as Goldenrod, created and built by Anakin provides not only odds of navigating an asteroid field, but also is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, including Huttese. 3PO is always getting into trouble, and subsequently gets dismantled one way or another.

Today’s featured auction for a vintage Sigma picture frame pays tribute to 3PO’s predicament and attitude all in one! The frame, made of porcelain has pieces of 3PO’s body scattered about, all painted a nice bright yellow, with the word HELP! displayed at the top. The frame will hold a 3″ x 5″ photo perfectly and looks great in any collection!

Sigma C-3PO Picture Frame



Bust-Up Pre-Orders At Entertaiment Earth
April 20, 2004 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just posted the following:

Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 1 Single
Gentle Giant introduces Star Wars Bust-Ups — mini bust model kits in scale to the Star Wars 3 3/4-inch action figure line. In “blind” packaging, Bust-Ups are available as a Single, a 6-Pack, a 12-Pack, or a Display Case of 24! There are six different Star Wars characters in Series 1 to collect: Ceremonial Luke, Ceremonial Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Yoda. Only by purchasing the display case of 24 mystery Bust-Ups, are you guaranteed to have all six Series 1 Bust-Ups.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5699
Price: $4.99
See Star Wars Busts



Star Wars Trilogy DVD Details
April 20, 2004 | 8:36 AM EST | Jayson

Mark your calendars and reserve your copy today! The Official Site updates with news on the 10+ hours of Bonus Materials included with the Star Wars Trilogy DVD, most notably the Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview featuring The Man in Black – Darth Vader! Head over to starwars.com to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Today: AOTC Topps Movie Card Box
April 19, 2004 | 5:11 PM EST | Keri

Topps has been producing Star Wars trading cards since A New Hope was released in 1977, and has continued a tradition of nice quality cards with some interesting chase cards to keep collectors trading and scrambling to get a truly complete set.

Of course, the newest set of Clone Wars cards are about to be released and with that I digress to the Attack of the Clones Movie Card set. The AOTC movie card set were normal sized cards featuring memorable scenes from the film, all with a beautiful high gloss finish. The chase cards in that set included prismatic cards, silver foil cards and panoramic fold-out cards.

This featured charity auction is for one sealed box of 24 packs (7 cards to each pack) for the mere opening price of about 3 packs in any store. If you missed out on the set, or are just beginning to collect Star Wars trading cards today’s auction is a great place to start and help out a good cause at the same time.

Attack of the Clones Topps Movie Box



Endor Wave Reviewed
April 18, 2004 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with detailed photos and reviews of the upcoming Endor Figure Wave. All the details and info is right here for you:
Han Solo-AT-ST Disguise
Lando Calrissian (General)
General Crix Madine



Replace that cardboard droid!
April 18, 2004 | 4:43 PM EST | Jayson

After purchasing the Red Leader X-wing, I was unsatisfied with the look of a cardboard R2-unit disgracing the socket of my new ship… so I decided to build my own. I just repainted the good ol’ 1995 Missle-Firing R5-D4 and hacked off it’s leg cannons and middle leg and presto!



Bounty Hunting Today: German Commtech Sidious
April 17, 2004 | 12:47 PM EST | Keri

Along with the arrival of Episode I into theaters, Hasbro launched a new set of action figures which had the ability to “speak” through a Commtech chip. While the idea seemed good, the quality of the dialogue reproduction was not the greatest thing ever to hit the toy market.

The Commtech figures were produced for foreign markets and were called Commtalk overseas. The figures did “speak” a foreign language, such as German like today’s featured auction. If you would like to have your favorite Sith Lord give you orders in German, then click on the link below.

Episode I German Commtech Darth Sidious



Red Leader Gun Mounts Pt. 2
April 17, 2004 | 12:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dan was kind enough to send in this very nice photo of his Red Leader to show that the gun mounts are indeed correct (not backwards) and the wings when put on in order fit just fine.



A Little News From Brian’s Toys
April 16, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Mark

Dear Customers,

We have posted our latest Newsletter #251. Visit our
Newsletter at http://www.brianstoys.com/NL/

For the week of Apr. 18 – Apr. 24.

Just arrived, the exclusive 4-pack Skirmish at Carkoon! The new
Ultra assortment also just in including the Ewok with Glider, Jango
and more Jabbas in stock now.

Also available the super RARE Saga Exclusive Cantina Scenes Wave 2!*
*This is the extremely rare set of Dr. Evazan, Kitik Keed’kak, and
Wuher each on individual cards. Hasbro has canceled or delayed the
shipment of these items, and only an extremely low quantity are
known to exist. It is believed that these 3 figures will be
available at some future point in a 3-pack set.
Any customer that has pre-ordered these items at standard pricing
($14.99-$21.99 each) will be contacted when he 3-pack set is



NEW Hyperspace Before the Helmet Image
April 15, 2004 | 10:32 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo titled “Sleepless Knight” is of our favorite star-crossed lovers. Hyperspace members can view it at the The Official Site.



Want More Collectibles From The Animated Clone Wars?
April 15, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site‘s latest post will whet your appetite. This time it’s Gentle Giant’s newest line– maquettes based on the Animated Clone Wars– Yoda, Obi Wan in Clone armor, Padme’s snow suit, and more. Check it out here.



Big Bad Toy Store News Feed
April 15, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
bunch of great new pre-orders and some new arrivals as well.
TAKARA JAPANESE TRANSFORMERS: The next figure in the white book style
packaging is a G1 Re-Issue Hound (at last!) Pre-Orders are available for $33.99. The #13 Targetmaster Hot Rods arrive in about 2 weeks –
pre-orders available. Takara has decided to produce more BT-03 and BT-04 figures for a June delivery. We have listed a new pre-order for the BT-03 Streak which recently has proven fairly hard to find in any quantity.

TAKARA SUPERLINK & FIGURES: Now on the pre-order menu are 11 new
Superlink pre-orders for the figures coming out in the next 3 months.
Highlights include a Black Unicron limited to 3000 pieces, SD-14 Laser
Wave, and SD-15 Dark Fleet. Also available are the KT Collection figures – miniature PVC plastic ‘statues’ available in a box of 12 and also Transformers History PVC collection figures.

NECA – MOVIE & TV FIGURES: NECA creates some great licensed items at very reasonable prices, new pre-orders include: The Crow 18″ Figure and ‘Reflections’ Mirror boxed set with 2 Brandon Lee figures. 18″ Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees figures. 20″ Aragorn and Legolas figures. Ghostbusters figures and Marshmello Man, Hellraiser Series 3 and Dr. Channard Boxed Set. MOTU Evil Lyn and Ram Man busts are also available for pre-order.

TOYNAMI PRE-ORDERS: A variety of new items available from Toynami.
InuYasha action figures series 1 and 2, Chobits action figures series 1, Macross Poseable figures series 1 – limited to 2000 sets so don’t miss out on these. Two new sets of I-Men available including Futurama and Voltron.

MICROMAN: We’ve listed 2 great looking Batman Microman figures, one is the comic version and another is a newer flight suit version each $13.99 and arriving around the end of April. The Microman ‘Lady’ set of 4 will also be arriving at the end of April – we have a limited number of pre-orders remaining on those.

DREAMS & VISIONS GI JOE: More great nostalgic releases from Dreams and Visions including 4 different ‘High and Tight Crewcut’ Joes: Marine Raider, Tanker Sargent, Navy Ordinance, Air Police. Also available is a new accessory pack for Sgt Rock and also the Unknown Soldier and an accessory pack for him.


MUPPETS: 5 new exclusive muppet items have arrived bringing the total to 7 exclusives in stock. We have Invisible Spray Fozzie, 2003 Tour Edition Animal, 2 versions of Holiday Rizzo, Bunsen & Beaker Step Out, Advernture Kermit and Ghost of Samuel Arrow. A variety of normal Muppet items are also in stock.

Various other items in stock and ready to ship now:

GI JOE BUSTS: More of the very cool Stormshadow Busts are back in stock.
SIDESHOW FREDDY vs. JASON: 12″ renditions of your favorite slashers
CIVIL WAR – DRAGON: The new Robert E. Lee 12″ Figure is available
ROBOTECH: Masterpiece #4 Max, #5 Miria, #6 Jack and Armor
STIKFAS: Beta Dragon, Omega Military, Beta Female & Cat
HERCULOIDS & DYNOMUTT: All 3 Herculoids sets are back in stock.
UNICRON.COM ACCESSORY PACK: 6 accessories for various Transformers

These items will be arriving by the end of the month:

#13 Re-Issue Target Master Hot Rod
Microman ‘Lady’ Set
Microman Batman figures
Yamato Macross – 1/60 VF-1J with Armor and separate Armor Box
Yamato Macross – 1/48 Super Max & Millia
Yamato Macross – Queadluun Rau figure
Bandai Godzilla – restock of many sold out soft plastic Godzilla items as well as some new figures we’ve not had before.



Bounty Hunting Today: 2003 Disney Weekends LE Pin Set
April 15, 2004 | 5:27 PM EST | Keri

I myself have never been to DisneyWorld or DisneyLand for that matter, but a trip may be in the works soon so that I may be present for one of the Star Wars Weekends held in Orlando, Florida’s own DisneyWorld.

Of the many promotional items produced for the Star Wars Weekends, the pins are among the smallest and most detailed. Collected not only by Star Wars fans but also by Disney fans, there are many varities of pins available at a variety of limited editions and therefore prices.

Today’s auction is for a set of 5 pins in a special box adorned with the Death Star on the top. The character pins are all Empire related and include Vader, The Emperor, Boba Fett, Dooku and Maul. The pin set was limited to only 500 sets and is quite difficult to find. Click on through below to add this set to your collection today!

2003 Limited Edition Disney Weekends Pin Set



Want One Of The Jedi Con Exclusive 2 Packs?
April 14, 2004 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

Mint In Box has a contest to win one. Their site is in French, however it is user friendly. Click here to enter.



Falcon Favorite!
April 14, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

This week’s Falcon Favorite sent in by YakReader Scott conveys a timeless message, one that we have all grown up with throughout the years.

“Thought you guys at Yakface would enjoy this: It’s a photo of one of the best items in my collection – a button I bought in 1978 at the Astor Plaza Theater in New York, during the opening run of the first Star Wars movie. Don’t ask how old I am!”

Don’t worry Scott, age matters not with a cool button and memories like that!



Red Leader Gun Mounts Backwards?
April 14, 2004 | 4:52 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jon points out Hasbro’s backward engineering on Red Leader’s X-Wing:

“I just took a gander at the loose pics of Red Leader at SSG and confirmed a problem with this. I assembled mine last night and it appears that the wing gun mounts were engineered backwards! The wings in the photo’s (SSG) show that they are on backwards, as this is the only way that you can assemble the fighter in order to get the guns to point forward. These were correct back on my loose Dagobah X-Wing, but are wrong on the Red Leader version.

Just thought that I’d point this out as I’ve already sent an e-mail to Hasbro to see about getting corrected versions! The Luke version wings would work but they have a totally different deco and stickers.”

Only time will tell whether or not Hasbro will correct this, but until then Red Leader will be standing by.



There May Be Another
April 14, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa discovered that we may be seeing 4 12″ figures in the Original Trilogy line instead of 3. Check out the Official Site’s Cargo Bay Section here. In addition to the Luke, Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett, we knew about, a 12″ Chewbacca has been added. Interesting…



Deluxe Ewok amd Carkoon 4 pack now in stock at Action-HQ
April 14, 2004 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon!

Get Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack available now starting at $20.95!

Also still available are 2004:
Lando as Skiff Guard, Admiral Ozzel, Bossk, Captain Antilles, Dengar, Dutch Vander Gold Leader, General Dodonna, Tie Fighter Pilot, Ultra Jabba, Ultra Jango Fett & lots more starting at just $9.95!

Click HERE to get yours!



12 NOON! (EST) Be There!
April 14, 2004 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Today at Noon EST, 11am CST, 9am PST, the doors to The Star Wars Shopwill RE-Open. If you have time, stop in. There may be some good exclusive stuff up for grabs.

Also to customers that placed their order during the initial launch should have recieved a letter like the one that follows: (Thanks to Mike for the email)

Dear March 10 Customers:

StarWarsShop.com will re-launch on April 14th at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time

If you placed a valid order at StarWarsShop.com on March 10 and received an order confirmation email, we are reserving inventory of limited quantity products for you. We will recreate your shopping cart with the items in your March 10 order. Just visit www.starwarsshop.com beginning April 14 at 9:00 a.m. and click on the home page Clone Trooper banner that says “click here if you placed an order on March 10th”. You will be taken to a web page where you will enter your original Order Number from your order confirmation email. Your Order Number is the 10-digit number at the bottom of your order confirmation email. When you hit the submit button you will be transferred to your shopping cart where you can add or delete items, then proceed to check out. You will not be able to add more limited edition items than were in your original order.

The Revenge / Return of the Jedi patch set and Topps promotion card sets will not be added to your cart, as they have already been sent to you. If you have a gift certificate from StarWarsShop.com, it may be used on this order.

This service is available only for the first 48 hours of the shop re-opening. It will no longer be available after 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 16. After this time, any unclaimed inventory on limited edition items will open up to the public.

Each Order Number can be used only once.

Please send an email to customerservice@starwarsshop.com with any questions.

Thank you,

The Star Wars Shop Team



X-Wing Fighter Red Leader In Stock
April 14, 2004 | 7:15 AM EST | Mark

The X-Wing Fighter Red Leader is in stock at amazon and ready to ship.



Q&A in the pipeline
April 14, 2004 | 1:40 AM EST | Muse

The next Q&A is on-deck and there are still some open spots. If you have a question, donations are being accepted here! Please give.



Jedi Con Exclusive 2 Pack Photos
April 13, 2004 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The team over at Mint in Box.net has posted some nice photos of the upcoming Jedi Con exclusive 2 pack with the red clone and super battle droid. Check them out here.



LEGO Falcon #4504
April 13, 2004 | 10:35 PM EST | Mark

Now available for pre-order from shop.lego.com is the LEGO Falcon #4504 for $99.99, with a ship date of April 30th. Click on over to pre-order this one….



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 13, 2004 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Check Out Our 8th Anniversary Sale!

Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 1 Display Case
Gentle Giant introduces Star Wars Bust-Ups — mini bust model kits in scale to the Star Wars 3/34-inch action figure line. This display case includes 24 individually packaged Bust-Ups in “blind” packaging. There are six different Star Wars characters in Series 1 to collect: Ceremonial Luke, Ceremonial Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and Yoda. This display case of 24 guarantees that you have all six Series 1 Bust-Ups.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5699A
Price: $99.99
See Star Wars Busts

Deluxe Stormtrooper Mini Bust
The Deluxe Stormtrooper Collectible Mini Bust stands 6-inches tall and features a 3/4 representation of the Imperial soldiers of the Star Wars saga. This mini bust offers the same customizable features as the Clone Trooper mini bust, allowing you to change the arms, weapons and pose.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5433
Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Busts

Clone Wars Asajj Ventress Maquette
Star Wars: Clone Wars has been a huge sensation on Cartoon Network, and Star Wars collectors will get to enjoy a series of maquettes (statues) based upon the animated versions of Star Wars Clone Wars characters! The second maquette will be Asajj Ventress! This Asajj Ventress maquette stands 9-inches tall. Limited Edition!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6059
Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Busts



Join the Celebration!
April 13, 2004 | 5:47 PM EST | Keri

Tattoos and Toys is celebrating it’s 2nd Anniversay today, April 13th. The site is the Web’s only and definitive home for Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformer, Super Hero and other misc. “geek” tattoos. To celebrate the anniversary, there are a number of new images to virtually every section of the site. Stop on by and view some very unique and personal skin art today!



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Lot of Vintage Plush Ewoks
April 13, 2004 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Cliff sends in this Ebay auction for a lot of vintage Kenner plush Ewoks, along with some bonus plush Episode I Applause Jar Jar and Watto. Don’t let the Jar Jars scare you away, the Ewoks are in very nice unplayed with condition, most are complete with their original paper Kenner hangtags. If you are looking for some nice furry Ewoks for your collection click on through to the auction below!

Lot of Ewoks and Applause Plush Figures



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage German LP Soundtrack
April 13, 2004 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

If you enjoy collecting all kinds of Star Wars items including vintage foreign oddities, (like I do!) then today’s featured auction is for you!

Today’s featured auction is for a vintage LP Soundtrack of A New Hope released in Germany. The cover art is not only different than US Cover with the Classic Style A Hildebrandt poster art, but has the main title in both German and English.

This is a very reasonably priced item in excellent condition and something that I personally have not seen before. The auction ends in just a few hours so if you wish to add this LP to your collection today start your bidding now!

Vintage Star Wars German Soundtrack LP



A New Poll
April 13, 2004 | 12:05 PM EST | Mark

We would appreciate it if you would take a second and cast your vote. What we are looking for, is to find out what you collect. Just figures? Figures and ships? Rare things (posters, ceramics, statues), or EVERYTHING! Let us know.



Luke Skywalker By Gentle Giants
April 13, 2004 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

You can Pre-Order yours today at Entertainment Earth. Gentle Giant Studios estimates this item will be released in November 2004.



Star Wars Shop Reopening
April 12, 2004 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Don sent in this news on the Star Wars Store:

StarWarsShop.com — the official online store from Lucasfilm — will open its virtual doors on April 14 at 9:00a.m. Pacific Time. The online store will feature an extensive selection of Star Wars collectibles and memorabilia, including a record number of exclusive treasures that only Lucasfilm can offer.

Also the first 500 orders will receive the Revenge/Return patches. You can visit the shop here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Slurpee Cups
April 12, 2004 | 5:00 PM EST | Keri

There were so many varied promotional items available in the late 70’s, when Star Wars was so new and different. Among the tie-in items were plastic cups available at 7-11, filled to the brim with frozen Coke or Cherry flavored syrup-y Slurpee goodness.

Throughout the release and re-releases of Star Wars from 1977-79, three sets of Slurpee cups were produced. Today, the sets are not the easiest nor the most inexpensive things to complete, with the most difficult and most expensive being the original numbered set of 20 which had no logos, only basic character designs and memorable scenes. The subsequent sets of 8, then a set from 1979 of 10 are somewhat easier to find and generally less expensive.

Today’s featured auction is for the 1979 cups of which 7 different designs are available with some duplicates, as well as the coolest cup from the set: our favorite Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. The cups offer bold colors and eye-catching graphics which really add to any display. Click on through below to get your vintage Slurpee cup collection started today with this affordably priced auction!

Lot of 10 1979 Star Wars Slurpee Cups



Unified Site Contest III Held Over One More Week
April 12, 2004 | 4:30 PM EST | Keri

Due to popular demand and a genuine need for collectors and Star Wars fans to solve this mystery, the Unified Site Contest III is being extended for one more week! Entries MUST be in by 8.00 pm CST April 18th. Within the pages of the unified sites you will find clues to solving the greatest mystery of the Star Wars Universe: the death of Jabba the Hutt. It’s a Star Wars “Infinities” murder mystery where you assist Ephant Mon (Jabba’s trusted confidant) in determining the guilty party among a long list of underworld cutthroats, criminals and hooligans. Find the game pieces that will lead you to the suspects, then make your determination and incriminate the culprit!

And what Unified Site Contest would be complete without a large cache of bounty to be won! Our newest contest has THREE prizes levels culminated from the generous sites and sponsors of AllTroops.com, The Bothan Spy, Snowtroopers.ca, Jedi Temple Archives, Yakface’s Realm, The Custom Alliance, FFURG and Rebelscum.com! For more information on rules, game play, prizes and more, visit the Unified Site Contest III gamesite.



News From Brian’s Toys
April 12, 2004 | 7:57 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro’s Latest figures are now in stock!
General Madine Imperial Shuttle Capture, Han Endor Strike (AT-ST Driver Outfit)and Lando Death Star Attack (General) are all in stock.

New reduced prices on some of the latest saga figures like Admiral Ozzel, Captain Antilles, Luke Hoth Attack, Lando Skiff and more. Jedi Council #1 now back in stock. Don’t miss out of getting your saga action fleet, Slave 1, Republic Assault Ship and Republic Gunship are still available.

Don’t miss out on this week’s POTJ and EP1 featured items including variations, vehicles and anniversary figures.

Now in stock the Superlive Jedi Lightsaber with Gold Handle! Lots of POTF2 Beast Assortments in stock now including Han and Taun Taun. Just in and added to the site, a set of Suncoast Pictures Statues including all your favorite Star Wars characters.

A nice selection of vintage loose figure now in stock, be sure and check out the POTF section. Don’t miss the rare 3-packs we just got in stock in the foreign and rare carded section as well. There is nothing better than drinking that morning cup of java out of your favorite star wars character, check out the great Sigma mugs in stock now!

Check out more in the Online News Letter



Yakface Welcomes Ruf To The Diorama Section
April 11, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our Diorama Section with Ruf Terrain’s outstanding Dagobah Diorama. Check it out here. Please join us in congratulating Ruf on his outstanding work!



Federation Toys Newsfeed
April 11, 2004 | 11:34 AM EST | Bill

Federation Toys now has the Hall of Fame wave as well as a number of hard to find Clone Wars items, including Durge on Speeder and Clone Trooper on Speeder in Stock. Click on over and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Complete Clone Wars Series On Cartoon Network Tonight
April 10, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

Warm up those VCRs, TIVOs, or whatever other recorder your prefer, tonight starting at midnight eastern, the Cartoon Newtork will be showing both seasons of the Clone Wars microseries! It’s all there.



Jedi Warrior 3-Pack
April 10, 2004 | 1:20 AM EST | Mark

Army Builders take notice…
The Multi Pack: Jedi 3-Pack is in stock at Amazon and on sale for $7.95



Bounty Hunting Today: 25th Anniversary Cap
April 9, 2004 | 6:12 PM EST | Keri

You already have all of the Silver 25th Anniversary figures and to add to that you can accessorize yourself with your very own 25th Anniversary Star Wars Logo baseball cap!

The hat has a nice large embriodered 25th Anniversary Star Wars logo that will definetly set you apart in the crowd while waiting in line for Episode III in 2005!

Star Wars 25th Anniversary Baseball Cap



Red Leader Found!
April 9, 2004 | 4:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Lynn reports on this latest find:

“This morning I found the Red Leader X-Wing in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, TRU. They had two on the shelf and I bought one.”

Stay on Target…rather your local TRU as Red Leader lands in stores and on doorsteps!



Clone Wars Marathon Tonight
April 9, 2004 | 10:38 AM EST | Mark B

Don’t forget to set your VCR or TIVO to record the Cartoon Network tonight! They will be showing all 20 episodes of The Clone Wars Cartoon tonight (starting around midnight eastern time – check your local listings for exact time!).

In case you missed it, the final chapter is now available for download fromstarwars.com and all I can say is – I CANNOT WAIT FOR EPISODE III!!!!



Is That a Star Wars Special Edition, Special Edition?
April 9, 2004 | 9:06 AM EST | Mark B

Well, it has been rumored that there will be additional changes to the Original Trilogy when it is released on DVD this fall. This could be the first of many reports that show what has changed! The Digital Bits has a supposed photo of the Emperor from The Empire Strikes Back. In the changed version, we actually have Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine. Head on over to check it out! Thanks Brad for pointing it out.



New TRU 4-Packs Confirmed!
April 9, 2004 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

Now available for pre-order are the following new TRU 4-Packs. These are scheduled for Fall of this year.
Star Wars 3.75″ Jedi Council Scene III
Star Wars 3.75″ Jedi Council Scene IV

The Clone Trooper 3-pack is back in stock.



Now Appearing…
April 8, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just updated with the first pics we’ve seen of the convention Silver Sandtrooper! Unfortunately it looks like this is another sprayed figure instead of the chrome we saw on Vader and R2. Check out the pics here.



Bounty Hunting Today: ESB Kenner Prize Patch
April 8, 2004 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Vintage patches are very interesting, with well-done graphics and bright colors that look great on a wall with vintage figures. They are small, easy to display and can be rather hard to come by in unused condition without paying a premium price today.

The auction spotlighted today is for a Kenner ESB embroidered patch, featuring our favorite Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader himself. While most patches produced in the vintage era were distributed either through the Fan Club with membership packs, or were made by Factors Inc. and could be bought at stores, the Kenner patches are not as common. Kenner gave them away as prizes in a sweepstakes, and this awesome Vader Patch was the Third place prize.

The patch in the auction today is unused, sealed in the original bag with a very reasonable Buy-it-now price. If you collect Kenner items, this is a must have!

Kenner ESB Third Prize Patch



A Look at New Star Wars Weekends Poster
April 8, 2004 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark B

Thanks to Dan for the heads up on this one. He ran across THIS ITEM on Ebay that is for the 2004 Disney Star Wars Weekends poster. Very nice! The poster is just like the original Star Wars Poster that had Luke with his lightsaber held high and Princess Leia at his feet. Except, this time substitute Mickey and Minnie for Luke and Leia.



C3 Logo Unveiled
April 7, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just unveiled the official logo for Celebration 3– Vader in flames! Check it out here. Oh and they also confirm we’ll have an exclusive figure at C3 too!



Falcon Favorite!
April 7, 2004 | 5:06 PM EST | Keri

In this week’s Falcon Favorite, YakReader Joe J. from Lake Orion, MI sends in a small, early obscure little paper magazine called Read from 1977. Though the magazine may not have been totally accurate in its descriptions of the vehicles and droids, the early images were so fantastic everyone only wanted to see the film itself.

“I still have the very first Star Wars item I ever laid eyes on. I was in 5th grade. The school year had come to an end and my brother and I went off to summer camp for a week. While there, a small magazine was handed out called Read. On the cover were these weird and wonderful creatures that caught my eye. I read the article inside. It told about an upcoming movie that featured space battles and colorful characters. I tried to imagine the story from the photos in the magazine. “Was that golden robot trying to keep them from getting on that big spaceship?” I couldn’t wait to get more information! First I bought the Star Wars Marvel Comics. I still remember pulling into the movie theater’s parking lot and seeing Star Wars on the marquee. I was so excited! Of course, the movie floored me and I saw it many, many times as a kid.
To this day I still have that little magazine. It’s my first Star Wars collectible. It’s interesting to read it now and see the mistakes the writer made. The article mentions how the two “robots” are inhaled into the belly of a giant spider-legged sandcrawler. In one photo, a short concrete post is identified as R2-D2. A photo of an X-Wing is identified as the Millennium Falcon. But the magazine is still a sentimental favorite.”

Thanks for the great images and story, Joe. I know I wish I still had my very first Star Wars item, which was a Read Along Record and Storybook, but sadly it was sold by my mother at a garage sale.(gasp!) I was able to get another one, but there’s nothing quite like having that first Star Wars item from when you were young and couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Luke, Han and Leia.



2004 Fan Club Kits Arriving
April 7, 2004 | 4:48 PM EST | Mark B

CelticsFan writes in to tell us to keep an eye on our mailboxes for the new 2004 Fan Club Kits which are starting to arrive.

Inside you’ll find:
-A 2004 membership card featuring Darth Vader
-A one-of-a-kind animation cel from the “Ewoks” animated series (straight from the Lucasfilm archives)
-A Code 3 Collectibles Star Wars calendar
-A huge Star Wars Lego poster depicting the space battle from ANH
-An even larger poster for the Star Wars: TESB Trading Card Game
-A cool double-sided diorama background from Hasbro (RotJ: Jabba’s palace & AotC: Battle of Geonosis)
-The annual letter from George Lucas himself commenting on Episode III
-A letter from Fan-Club president Lisa Stevens



More Great Custom Reference At The Official Site
April 7, 2004 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Customizers will enjoy a couple of photos posted in The Official Site’s Hyperspace Section the first is a conference room from E3, the second is two Imperial Officers from the bridge of a Star Destroyer.



Red Leader Out Now!
April 7, 2004 | 7:52 AM EST | Mark

There have been reported sitings of the Red Leader X-Wing (Pre-Order at Amazon, released date April 15th) being spotted in the US and Canada.Rebelscum has received confirmation that it is out in Canada, and GalacticHunter has word of the US release.

Also the Clone Trooper 3-pack is back in stock.



Red Unleashed Clone Trooper?
April 7, 2004 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Rebelscum has reported that the Official Site’s Cargo Bay has listed a variation of the Unleashed Clone Trooper, with Red markings. If you have seen this in stores or you have one, let us know.



Deluxe Jango & Obi-Wan
April 6, 2004 | 10:42 PM EST | Mark

If you are having problems finding the Deluxe Kamino Confrontation Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Deluxe Kamino Confrontation Jango Fett figures. Amazon.com has them in stock and on sale for $9.99 each.



Gentle Giant Stormtrooper and Luke X-Wing Release Dates
April 6, 2004 | 1:14 PM EST | Keri

As announced on the official site, Gentle Giant will be releasing two new mini busts, one of a highly poseable Stormtrooper and a Luke X-Wing oufit.

The Stormtrooper will be released on August 25, while Luke will be released on September 22. The edition size has not yet been determined, but these busts keep getting even better and with all the different arm/hand options even more collectible. You may read all the details here.



More Silver Clone Trooper Reports – Update
April 6, 2004 | 12:55 PM EST | Keri

Update from YakReader James:
“i live in tallahassee fl and just wanted to drop a line about the silver clone troopers here. unlike in other places in our store the figures were both on the shelf and in a little bin on the floor….and also unlike other places the ones i picked up were in very very good condition, i was actually afraid of what i would find on my way there but luckily the people at this store take care of their product.”

As the Silver Clones have arrived, so have the reports of damaged bubbles and cards, in some cases from Amazon, but in most cases from Toys R Us stores themselves, which seems to be hit or miss.

YakReader Michael in Austin, Tx reports in with his experiences:

“I ordered from Amazon as well since the closest of the TRU stores to me doesn’t have anything worth buying to get one free. I ordered six and an ultra Jabba the other day, and they arrived today. I ordered that many as a gamble hoping that I’d get two in good shape for my collection. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. Only one out of the six was in nice shape; the other five had varying degrees of bubble damage. I was especially appreciative that they put big old Jabba on top of the clones when shipping…Way to go morons!

The two TRU on the north side of Austin were selling the clones outright and putting them on the shelf; however, the south store is running it just like the R2 promotion. They are only being given out as freebies and are being held up front at the service desk with a limit of one per customer per day. The stock of R2s lasted about two weeks last time; so I’m guessing that because of the way the promotion is being handled and because there’s absolutely nothing new worth buying, these clones are gonna last a while as well.”

YakReader Chris confirms the damaged conditions he found at his local TRU:

“Just confirming what has been said. I live in NW suburbs of Chicago, IL. The figures at the Arlington Heights were also all damaged, even the clerk working the return counter stated that. Luckily she let me pick out one that I wanted. Too bad I couldn’t take the perfect bubble off one and put in on the Nearmint card that I took… The bubble was a little banged up but doable. Disappointed in the figure also. Out of all the Silver figures released, this has got to be the only one that looks like someone has some Silver spray-paint and found a use for it.”

I received the 2 Clone Troopers I ordered from Amazon in the mail yesterday, and I found them to be packed very well with airbags on top so the cards wouldn’t be damaged. Perhaps I was one of the lucky ones to get nice mint cards and bubbles, but overall I am pleased with the figure and even more pleased I could buy them outright for $4.99 each.



Cartoon Network Clone Wars Marathon
April 5, 2004 | 10:02 PM EST | Bill

Looking for a chance to see the all 20 episodes of the Clone Wars microseries together, well the Cartoon Network will come very close this Saturday April, 10th. Starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, every half hour, 5 episodes of the micro series will be shown — that’s the whole sries by 12:30 a.m.!



E3 Release Date
April 5, 2004 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

It’s over a year away, however we now know when the final installment of the Star Wars Prequels will open in US and Canadian theaters. The Offical Siteannounced that May 19, 2005 is the date. Read the full story here.



Attention Washington, DC Area Droid Builders
April 5, 2004 | 12:50 PM EST | Keri

Interested in buliding your very own R2 unit and live in the Washington, DC area?
You’re invited to the upcoming R2DC event on Sunday, April 25th.

There should be many builders there with tips and hints about building
Astromechs. We will have discussions, demonstrations, displays of parts and systems, as well as, completed droids. In addition, members of the 501st and the DC Star Wars Collectors Club will attend. It should be a great time for anyone interested in building R2.

Please check out the website at www.r2dc.com for more information about the event.



Silver Clone Trooper Arrival
April 5, 2004 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris in Knoxville, TN shares his detailed report regarding the arrival of his Silver Clone Trooper ordered from Amazon, as well as physical store reports from Toys R Us:

“I ordered them Wednesday night, and by Saturday morning there was a nice big Amazon box on my front porch. They had only charged me the $4.99 each, as it was listed on their website. The figures were well-packed and in mint condition. I assumed that they would be held there until after the promo date of April 4.”

“Today I was in a TRU and looked at how many were left in the case. Sadly, out of the case of 32, all of them had crushed bubbles–the side of the case was crushed. Another TRU had received them, but they had mysteriously disappeared from the stockroom and no one could find them. I have been hearing reports from other cities of damaged cards and bubbles, so it was a surprise to me that, for once, an Amazon.com order arrived in mint condition. Tell your readers that if they have found only damaged ones to try ordering from the website when more arrive.”

Ordering from the website, in my opinion, is the easiest way to obtain this figure and also the most cost effective considering there is free shipping.



Silver Clone Trooper Free
April 4, 2004 | 9:38 AM EST | Mark B

You can now get the silver clone trooper free with any purchase of Star Wars Toys of $14.99 or more at your local Toys R Us store – or you can purchase online from Toys R Us.com. At Checkout, you just need to enter the promotional code PSTRWRCLNTRP to get the free figure.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 3, 2004 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

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

Darth Vader 2 Cold Cast Statue
The long awaited second Vader statue is coming soon! The Attakus Collection has always provided the highest quality Star Wars statues with the greatest detail. Their second Darth Vader features this Dark Lord of The Sith holding his lightsaber and stands approximately 17-inches tall, is in scale to all of the other Attakus Star Wars statues. Limited to 1500 pieces worldwide! Coming Soon!
Item Number: AC214
Price: $599.99
See Star Wars Statues

Die Cast Boba Fett’s Slave 1
The Slave 1’s cockpit rotates as it goes from flight mode, in a vertical attitude, to a landing position with its engines down. You can also rotate Slave I’s wings and short range twin blaster cannons. With your model of the deadly Slave 1, you also receive a customized display stand and base, Boba Fett’s bounty hunter patch, a specialized magnetic tool, limited edition certificate and Han Solo encased in carbonite.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: CD15005
Price: $294.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas



Dagobah Diorama Build You Can…
April 3, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ruf shares with us his well-built custom diorama of Yoda’s slimy mudhole on Dagobah. You too may build this diorama by following Ruf’s step by step instructions by going to his website here.



Yavin Figs Back In Stock
April 2, 2004 | 10:49 PM EST | Mark

All these are back in stock and all have free shipping…
Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot
Battle of Yavin – General Jan Dodonna
Battle of Yavin – Dutch Vander Gold Leader
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)



Bounty Hunting Today: Ewoks Wallpaper
April 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

Back in 1985, the final chapter in the Trilogy had been released 2 years ago, Kenner was near the end of producing toys from the Trilogy and we were swept up by Ewoks marketing at its best. The cute shrunken little teddy bear furballs not only had their own cartoon, but 2 TV Movies as well. Today’s featured Ebay auction is an unusual item, a relic of Ewok-Mania: A Roll of Ewoks Wallpaper.

I am always very careful in using the term “rare”, as its overuse everywhere, including Ebay can be tiresome and in some cases not truly applicable to the item up for sale. Today’s wallpaper is an exception to that rule, not simply because it is an item I have never seen or heard of, but is not pictured in any of the books that I have in my possession. Not only is this wallpaper a rarity, but also an oddity, something not likely to be found in many collections.

Click on through to see this roll of sealed vintage Ewoks Wallpaper and add it to your collection today!

Vintage Ewoks Wallpaper Roll Sealed



Series 2 Cantina Sets Rumor Control
April 2, 2004 | 4:40 PM EST | Keri

It seems that there are more questions, rather than definitive answers on the Series 2 Cantina Sets issued by Hasbro to be Wal-Mart Exclusives. After searching and reading upon the topic from various sources, I hope to have come up with some answers to help myself and our readers clear up this muddled mess.

As we know, the First Cantina Sets were Wal-Mart exclusives, and in most cases were pretty much deluxe peg-warmers. In fact at some out of the way Wal-Marts in my area they can still be bought, although not of course not on mint cards.

The Second Cantina Sets slated to be released at Wal-Mart were Dr. Evazan, Kitik Keed’Ka, and Wuher. However, Wal-Mart declined the exclusive items, which were in turn picked up by the struggling K-Mart. When K-Mart declared bankruptcy and started closing stores, Hasbro stopped production on these figure sets.

How many cases exactly did Hasbro produce? According to Cloud City Collectibles, the only US Retailer to actually get cases of these figures, the number of cases believed to be produced is somewhere around 250, which translates into about 1,000 Kitik’s and 500 each of Wuher and Dr. Evazan. Therefore, the prices for these figures on the blue Saga cards are not in the low end of the spectrum.

Where exactly does that leave us now, those who do not wish to pay a small fortune just to own the figures? As we have seen, the figures are still a K-Mart exlusive, this time appearing as a 3-Pack in the new OTC Packaging design. The point being, unless you absolutely must have every single packaging variant produced, I would say be patient and wait for the K-Mart 3-Pack.

You may view the figures with their Blue Saga cards up for auction on Ebayhere.



Brand New Case Assortments Announced
April 2, 2004 | 1:38 PM EST | Mark

From EE:
In the midst of our 8th Anniversary Great Deals sale, Hasbro sprung a few new Star Wars items on us, including these two new waves:

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 10 (Item# HS84715N, $64.99)
Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection 3 3/4 inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Wave 10. Includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars Action figures. Contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 2x Greedo (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Outfit (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp, 1x Wicket (subject to change). All information and descriptions are subject to change. More details coming soon!

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 9 (Item# HS84715M, $64.99)
Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection 3 3/4 inch Basic Action
Figure Assortment Wave 9. Includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures.
Contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 2x Biker Scout (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp, 1x Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Han Solo, 1x Chewbacca, 1x Darth Vader (subject to change). All information and descriptions are subject to change. More details coming soon!



Action-HQ Newsfeed
April 2, 2004 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with the
newest 2004 figures!

Available now are:
– Han Solo as AT-ST Driver
– General Lando Calrissian-Death Star Attack
– General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture
Each at just $12.95!

Also still available are 2004 figures:
– Admiral Ozzel
– Bossk
– Captial Antilles
– Dengar
– Dutch Vander Gold Leader
– General Dodonna
– Tie Fighter Pilot
Each at just $9.95 and up!

Others recently released items:
Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, Ultra B’omar Monk, Ultra Jabba the
Hut, Ultra Jango Fett (New Card) and Ultra Obi-Wan (New Card).

And in the next week or two Ultra Ewok.

Click HERE to Enter!



Attention San Jose Fans
April 1, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club:

There is a new collectibles show, the San Jose Collector Show, opening this Sunday April 4th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown San Jose, CA from 10am to 4pm. In addition to the usual comics,
toys, anime & other collectibles the show will also be featuring artist Ron Lim, a video game tournament, a charity auction, & many other events. For more information on the show check out at the web site here.



Entertainment Earth Anniversary Sale
April 1, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

As of right now there are 67 Star Wars items listed in our Great Deals section:here Everything there has already been marked down…. But guess what? Customers can take an ADDITIONAL 30-40% off items on the list with their anniversary sale! Check it out!



$4.99 or $5.99????
April 1, 2004 | 6:13 PM EST | Mark

After seeing the price drop on the Silver Clone Trooper, I emailed amazon.com and asked them about this, as I myself, ordered it at the $5.99 price. This is their response….

Thank you for writing to Amazon.com.

The discounts we offer for items on our web site do vary from time to
time. I’ve checked your order, and found that we now offer a
greater discount on “Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure” than at the
time you placed your order.

Since this item was shipped so recently, I have requested a refund of
$2.12 to your credit card. This amount reflects the difference
between the price you were charged and the discounted price,
including associated sales tax. The refund should appear as a
credit on your next billing statement.

You may view returns and refunds by clicking the “Your Account” link
at the top of our web site, then clicking “Go!” next to “open and
recently shipped orders.” Completed refunds will appear at the
bottom of an individual order’s summary page.

I hope this solution is satisfactory. Thank you for shopping at
Amazon.com–we hope you will visit us again soon.

Please let us know if this e-mail resolved your question

So if ordered this fig at $5.99, make sure you email them now.

Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $4.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!



New at Master Replicas
April 1, 2004 | 5:54 PM EST | Mark B

While this isn’t a new Star Wars item, Master Replicas has once again produced a hit with their new “Shrek” line of limited edition busts. Those of you that are collecting the Gentle Giant line of Star Wars busts may want to check these out from Master Replicas.



The What????
April 1, 2004 | 5:50 PM EST | Mark B

Its been a rumor floating around for a couple of weeks now. But, its either an April Fool’s Day joke or the real thing. Head on over to StarWars.com and move your mouse over the menu on the left. Check out what is listed for Episode III……if it is true, looks like George is keeping with his “Saturday Morning Serials” titles. Thanks to Scott E for noticing this.



Wanna Hear George Talk About ANH?
April 1, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Mark B

A New Hope is coming to DVD this fall, but you can listen to part of the Audio Commentary from George Lucas RIGHT NOW!!! Visit this website to listen!



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Shampoo
April 1, 2004 | 4:27 PM EST | Keri

Back in 1981, when your Mom forced you to wash your hair, the only shampoo you could have ever wanted near your hair had to be the Star Wars characters produced by Omni Cosmetics.

Not only was the shampoo fragrant, but the bottle designs resembled the most memorable characters from the Trilogy. You could be as clean as Princess Leia, Luke, Yoda, Chewie, R2-D2, and Wicket. Even the Dark Side has to stay clean so for your Sith Shampooing needs there was Vader. Last but not least, even slimy gangsters have to look their best, so you could even shampoo with Jabba the Hutt. The shampoo bottles came with paper hangtags which gave fun little bios, urging kids to “shampoo with Princess Leia and feel like royalty yourself!”

Today’s featured auction is for a nice mint sealed example of an R2-D2 Shampoo bottle complete with original tag. If you are looking to start the bath section of your collection, this is a great way to get it underway today!

Vintage R2-D2 Shampoo Sealed



It’s Back!!!
April 1, 2004 | 1:28 PM EST | Mark

Now you can get it… It’s back in stock….
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Figure $4.99 Free shipping, in stock and ready to ship!



Star Destroyer Wave Card Error
April 1, 2004 | 8:16 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Danielhubby wrote in to give everyone a heads-up on an editing error on the back of one of the figures in the Star Destroyer wave. On the back of Bossk’s card the “name” under J’Quille’s photo is Tanus Spijek! Interestingly Admiral Ozzel’s card doesn’t seem to have the error.

Check out the image here