May 2004 Archive

The DVD Edition Figures
May 31, 2004 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

While all of the figures in the package are reissues, this new series, samples of which have just appeared on Ebay, has some of the most striking packaging we’ve seen in a long time. Oh, and it looks like there will be a set for Return of the Jedi and Empire as well. Check out the photos of the DVD special edition figures here.



Bespin Wave Carded Photos
May 31, 2004 | 11:17 AM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you carded photos (front and back) of the Bespin wave.Click here to check them out.

Thanks to Action-HQ for the photos.



OTC Bespin Wave In Stock Now
May 31, 2004 | 10:35 AM EST | Bill -Bringing the Best to you FIRST with OTC Bespin
figures & lots more!

Available FIRST are:
-OTC Bespin Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Lobot for $13.95 each!
-OTC R2D2, C-3PO, boba Fett, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper & Wicket only
$9.95 each!

Also availabe are:
-OTC Dagobah Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan & R2D2 for $13.95!
-OTC Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Jedi & Luke X-Wing
Pilot only $9.95 each!

And another assortment also coming this week. VINTAGE? Check
back with us daily as lots of new Star Wars are just showing up on our doorsteps!

Click HERE to get yours FIRST!



TRU Endor Ambush Photos
May 30, 2004 | 5:43 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you boxed photos of TRU’s upcoming Endor Ambush Exclusive here. Thanks to Ebay seller Hotreals for the images.



Seinar Fleet Systems Interceptor Prototype
May 30, 2004 | 5:23 PM EST | Bill

Otherwise known as Vader’s Tie Figher. 

At last we know what TRU’s exclusive Vader’s Tie Fighter looks like– the POTF2 version with revised paint ops, and a vader figure. These images just appeared at 4 check out their report here.



The Circle is Now TOTALLY Complete
May 30, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Bill

We’ve heard that we would have the center section of for the Jedi Council by the time TRU finished their exclusives and it was partially confirmed with photos appeared on Ebay a few weeks ago of the first 2 TRU sets. Now we can say it is confirmed by this image which just surfaced at 4 check out their report here.



The Cestus Deception Comes Out Tuesday
May 30, 2004 | 10:24 AM EST | Mark B


The new Clone Wars Novel: The Cestus Deception comes out this Tuesday in bookstores everywhere (or click the link above to order from The story seems to revolve around Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto as they go to Ord Cestus to investigate new “Bio-Droids” (sound familiar?). Sounds like a great read – and a little more to get you excited (like you needed more) for Episode III!



Fan Club Breakfasts For 2004 Begin In San Diego
May 29, 2004 | 5:38 PM EST | Bill

While the Fan Club has passed back to Lucasfilm, the Fan Club Breakfasts which started last summer will continue. The first will be in San Diego on July 24th, of course there will be the usual goodie bags– Silver Sandtroopers… and more. The Official Site has all the details here.



Anthony Daniels, Andy Secombe… Star Wars Weekends #3
May 29, 2004 | 5:34 PM EST | Bill

As we pause to remember all of those who have served this Memorial Day, Star Wars Weekends #5 is taking place at Disney World in Orlando. Check out all the coverage on the Official Site right here.



Fan Club Revisions 
May 28, 2004 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Iceburgh sent in this report:

“I was trying to find out from the fanclub since I had a few issues to go when I would get the Hyperspace part since I subscribed to the magazine for years. This was the reply I got: Our records show that you have 6 issues left. Your subscription will expire with the June/July 2005 issue. In order to have your Star Wars Insider and your Hyperspace expire together, you will need to renew your Star Wars Insider subscription closer to its expiration date.

We apologize for this inconvenience. If you should need further assistance, please be sure to include all previous e-mail correspondence.

Star Wars Insider
So in other words I would always have more issues of the magazine then access to Hyperspace. Talk about being complicated for record keeping and a way for the Fan Club to make more money. So maybe others may want to wait before renewing the subscriptions.”



Star Wars Sale
May 28, 2004 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

The Big Bad Toy Store is running sale on in stock products– 10% off for Memorial Day. Check out their new Star Wars products in stock here.



NEW Before the Helmet Image
May 27, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “I’m On The Leader” which shows (highlight to read) A very determined Anakin chasing down a enemy combatant in his New Jedi Starfighter.



Boba Fett? Where? …..Ummm, NASA??
May 27, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, talk about life imitating art. Check out THIS ARTICLE that talks about the new “Robonaut” that NASA is developing to take over some of the more dangerous spacewalking activities that astronauts currently do. Let’s just say he passes more than a slight resemblance to a certain clone in Mandalorian Armor.



Vintage Tatooine Luke Carded And Loose
May 27, 2004 | 8:22 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro has just updated their Star Wars website with carded and loose photos of the upcoming vintage style Tatooine Luke. Check it out here.



The Cestus Deception Interview
May 27, 2004 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

If you can’t wait for the June 1 release date for the next hardcover Star Wars Novel, The Cestus Deception, The Official Site has updated with an interview with Steve Barnes, the novel’s author, to tide you over the next few days.Check it out here.



Stormtroopers And Ewoks… Part 2…
May 27, 2004 | 7:12 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, the Death Star Chase Stormtrooper is now listed in stock. Good way to build up an army.

Also in stock..
Assault on Endor Ewok with Attack Glider $9.99



OTC Tie Fighter
May 26, 2004 | 8:47 PM EST | Mark

For your viewing pleasure here are some first looks at the boxed image of theOTC Tie Fighter. Click on over to see several high quality images.



QNA Time
May 26, 2004 | 7:21 AM EST | Mark

John has provided new answers to your new questions. Grab something to drink and Click on over. When you have finished reading, send in your own questions.



Pre-Orders @ Entertainment Earth
May 26, 2004 | 7:15 AM EST | Mark

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8.75
2x Tusken Raider (OTC #24), 2x Jawa (OTC #23), 2x Snowtrooper (OTC
#25), 1x Luke Skywalker Jedi (OTC #6), 1x Han Solo (OTC #7), 1x
Princess Leia (OTC #9), 1x Boba Fett (OTC #14), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #15), 1x TIE Fighter Pilot (OTC #21) (subject to change).

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8.25
2x Luke Skywalker Dagobah (OTC #1), 1x Yoda Dagobah (OTC #2), 1x
Holographic Obi-Wan Kebnobi (OTC #3), 1x Dagobah R2-D2 (OTC #4), 2x
Cloud Car Pilot (OTC #19), 2x Lobot (OTC #20), 1x Princess Leia (OTC
#9), 1x Darth Vader (OTC #10), 1x TIE Fighter Pilot (OTC #21) (subject to change).

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8 & 9 Alt.
1x Luke Skywalker Dagobah (OTC #1), 1x Yoda Dagobah (OTC #2), 1x
Holographic / Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #3), 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah
Swamp (OTC #4), 1x Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot (OTC #5), 1x Luke
Skywalker – Jedi (OTC #6), 1x Han Solo (OTC #7), 1x Darth Vader (OTC
#10), 1x C-3PO (OTC #13), 1x Boba Fett (OTC #14), 1x Stormtrooper (OTC #16), 1x Greedo (OTC #22) (subject to change).

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 2
2x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 2x Yoda – Empire Strikes
Back (NEW), 2x Lando Calrissian – Empire Strikes Back (NEW) 1x Han
Solo, 1x Luke Skywalker (subject to change)

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 2.5
2x C-3P0 – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Yoda – Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 1x Han Solo – A New Hope, 1x Luke Skywalker – A New Hope, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – A New Hope, 1x Princess Leia – A New Hope (subject to change)



Rocky Roads For Amazon & TRU
May 26, 2004 | 7:07 AM EST | Mark

Reuters has posted an article about a newly filed lawsuit. The Online Division of Toy-R-Us has filed a lawsuit against

“According to Toys R Us, its contract with the Web retailer states that is the only authorised seller of toy and game and baby products on the platform through 2010. When the deal was signed in August 2000, stopped selling products through its own site to move to”

It would appear that Amazon is not holding up it’s end of the contract. Check out the link above for the full article.



OTC Ships In Stock
May 25, 2004 | 7:37 AM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth they currently have in stock the new OTC X-Wing and TIE Fighter. Head on over and pick them up.



New OTC Images
May 25, 2004 | 7:26 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice shots of the Cloud Car Pilot and the Lobot carded figs. They are up for auction by gtr430s. Click on each image to see the full size shot.



Boba Fett? Boba Fett, Where???
May 25, 2004 | 7:18 AM EST | Mark

If you are a Boba Fett, you will be interested in the newest Medicom version. If you can read Japanese and can translate this page, please send us a note. Until then, here are some nice shots.



Attention Stackpole Fans
May 24, 2004 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a Michael Stackpole story centered on everyone’s favorite Jedi in green— Corran Horn titled Missed Chance. Check it out in their Hyperspace section here.



Episode III Image
May 24, 2004 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark B (a website for comic book retailers), has posted a couple of images from the new “Heritage” line of trading cards from Topps. Included in these is a card from the Episode III cards showing Anakin and Senator Palpatine. Click the link above to read the story and see the card (as always, if you are trying to avoid info about Episode III – don’t click through!)



Star Wars Weekends Part 2
May 24, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the second of their Star Wars weekends features. Once again in addition to copy describing the highlights for this weekend, they also have their photo viewer with the sights of the second Star Wars Weekend. Check it out here.



TRU Exclusive Jedi Council Screen Scene Boxed Photos
May 22, 2004 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Earlier in the week, loose photos of the first two TRU Exclusive Jedi Council Screen Scenes surfaced on Ebay. Now the variation hunters over have posted pics of the upcoming Jedi Council I Screen Scene in OTC packaging. As you will see in the photo, the “center” floor section is clearly visible “under” the floor section holding the 3 figures and the 2 Council Member chairs. Check it out here.



Need Stormtroopers??? Ewoks??
May 22, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, the Death Star Chase Stormtrooper is now listed in stock. Good way to build up an army.

Also in stock..
Assault on Endor Ewok with Attack Glider $9.99



THX1138 Coming to DVD
May 21, 2004 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

Well, September gets even better for fans of George Lucas movies! George’s first feature length movie THX1138 is being released on DVD on September 14th. And it is coming out as THX1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut. Just before the release, starting September 10th, 20 cities across the US will have the movie in theaters. A partial list of cities is here. Look for preorders to start soon!



Silver Sandtrooper Carded
May 21, 2004 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you the latest images to appear of the upcoming Silver Sandtrooper slated for release at the summer conventions and also through Click here to check them out.



Want An Extra Hand, How About Two?
May 21, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you detailed loose images of the Original Trilogy Luke Dagobah. Click here to check them out. Thanks to Action-HQ for the images.



TRU Jabba’s 4 -Pack In Stock
May 21, 2004 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

The Star Wars 3.75″ Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack Figures is now in stock and shipping within 24 hours. Head on over and pick one up.



Target Cups Fan Review
May 20, 2004 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Machofrijol:

I just came from Target and I picked up the Character cups. Anakin (yawn) was no surprise but looking at the Luke I was a little taken back. I expected that this was going to be the only new (reconstructed) figure of the series but looking at the figure what I expected was all wrong. I expected the Power of the Force Luke body with the Power of the Jedi Head. What I found was different. The only way you can really tell is by looking at the breathing devise on his chest. The tubes are different from the Luke POTF version. The torso is actually from Wedge Antilles from the old Power of the Force Cinema Scene. The arms and legs appear to be the same as the Power of the Force Carded Version, along with his head! Even though that back of the box shows the POTJ Version it’s the old POTF carded version. The only other thing that I could find different is his collar. It’s one solid circle around his neck. No other X-wing Pilot figure has that. (My collection is loose, as they all should be, so that makes comparing easier.) If I am wrong I would appreciate someone letting me know. I hope this info helps collectors out there.

Thanks for all of the responses we’ve received. Here’s a few of them: Yak Reader Rich wrote in “The above figure is from the Wal-Mart POTJ snowpeeder, that’s why it is odd.” Yak Reader Psnitkin3 wrote in “This Luke is very similar to the one that came packed-in with the POTJ Snowspeeder that came out 2 years ago.”



Big Bad Toys Newsfeed
May 20, 2004 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in frmoBig Bad Toy
STAR WARS UNLEASHED: Unleashed Wave 10 and 11 are now available for
pre-ordering for $49.99 per set – Figures in these waves include: Aayla Secura, Bossk, Tusken Raider in Wave 10 and IG-88, Stormtrooper, Aurra Sing in Wave 11. Unleashed Waves 8 and 9 have just arrived as well (pre-orders will be processed Friday or Monday) We have limited supply of Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia.

STAR WARS SAGA BASICS: The lastest wave of Saga figures has arrived. New figures including Executor Meeting: Dengar and Bossk, Admiral Ozzel, and R2-D2 – Jabba’s Sail Barge. Back in stock are other recent Saga figures: Fan’s #5: Captain Antilles, Dutch Vander – Gold Leader, General Jan Dodonna, Yavin TIE Fighter Pilot, Hoth Attack – Luke Skywalker. All of these figures are price at $7.49 or less. Don’t miss out on the Ewok with Battle Glider – available for $11.99.



NEW from Topps – Star Wars Heritage Cards
May 20, 2004 | 8:40 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site has a preview of the upcoming Topps Star Wars Heritage Trading Cards. Designed in the same style as the cards from the 70’s & 80’s, these cards cover all 5 current films and have sneak peek cards showing scenes from Episode III. Special insert cards containing original sketch art and actor signatures will also be included in the series.



Hasbro Kicks It Vintage Style 
May 20, 2004 | 5:32 PM EST | Jayson


Hasbro has a preview of the upcoming Princess Leia and Ben (Obi-Wan) KenobiVintage Style Figures so if you missed them in 1977 these figures are the next best thing. Watch for Han Solo tomorrow.



TRU Jedi Council Screen Scene New Images
May 20, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

The first image has surfaced of TRU’s upcoming exclusive screen scenes based on the Jedi Council which shows the “center” floor section. Click here to check out the above image which just appeared on Ebay.



Aye, Amy!
May 19, 2004 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced an on-line chat this Friday with everyone’s favorite blue skinned Twi’lek Ayala Secura– AKA Amy Allen. Check out the details here.



Gentle Giant Clone Wars Obi Wan Maquette Update
May 19, 2004 | 11:42 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring up the latest image of the upcoming Gentle Giants animated Clone Wars Obi Wan in Clone armor maquette. Check it out here.



Dagobah Wave Carded Photos
May 19, 2004 | 10:51 PM EST | Bill

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Just in from We have updated with detailed front and back carded photos of all the figures in the Dagobah wave– even the recarded figures look nice. Check them out here.



Entertainment Earth In Stock
May 19, 2004 | 7:27 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth has the Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 3 in stock now. Head on over if you would like to pick up a case…
Loosely based on the Jabba’s Palace theme. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise (NEW), 2x J’ Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Holographic Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Dutch Vander – Gold Leader, 2x General Jan Dodonna – Battle of Yavin (subject to change).

Also available for pre-order is…
Star Wars Basic Figures Wave 10
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



Toy Reviews Section Update
May 19, 2004 | 7:00 PM EST | Jayson

After a long pause the Toy Reviews section has been updated with the skinny on the Clone Trooper Unleashed figure. Check it out.

p.s. expect some news on the Saga Poster later this week.



LucasFilm’s Customer Relations
May 19, 2004 | 10:46 AM EST | Ben

I’ve gone and dug up the address for LucasFilm’s Customer Relations Department.

P.O. Box 10228
San Rafael, CA 94912

As most stores don’t permit the return of DVDs, I’m predicting a fair number of people are going to need to know where to send back their DVDs when they watch them and realize that they didn’t get the product they thought they were buying.

I wonder how many pre sales of the “Star Wars Trilogy” have been made under false expectations. I’m not sure anyone even knows what constitutes the “Star Wars Trilogy” at this point.



SE SE Version on DVD?
May 19, 2004 | 9:56 AM EST | Mark B

You know, some of the additions to the Star Wars Special Editions were just great. I loved the new versions of the Death Star Battle with the new digital ships, the new shots of Bespin, and just the overall touchups to the special effects. Somethings I absolutely hated – Greedo shoots first (we could spend days on that!), Jabba in “A New Hope”, and a couple other items. But, I’ve learned to live with the fact that this is the version we will have forever on DVD. But, along comes today a news story over at the Digital Bits (linked from the original at Ain’t it Cool News – but I couldn’t get the original to load). It appears that there are several further changes being made to the original trilogy for the DVD release. While the photo they show is still only a “rumor” – it actually appears to be a pretty accurate one. Due to the nature of the photo, I won’t discuss it too much here – but this is another one I DON’T LIKE! – click the link above if you want to spoil the surprise…..



Action HQ Newsfeed
May 19, 2004 | 8:17 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ: -Bringing the Best to you FIRST with Trilogy Dagobah
figures & More!

You just gotta have it FIRST:
-Trilogy Dagobah: Luke, Yoda & R2-D2 only $13.95 each! And R2-D2
is electronic w/light-up eye & sound effects! Spirit of Obi-Wan at $14.95!
-Trilogy: Luke X-Wing Pilot, Luke Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca & Darth
Vader. Only $9.95 each.
-Back in Stock are Star Wars Japan Box of 8 Character Magnets for
$54.95! Made by ArtBox and quality crafted by Kotobukia.

PreOrder JUNE:
-Trilogy Vintage: Obi-Wan, Han Solo & Princess Leia. Just $15.95!
-Trilogy Bespin: Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Bespin Lobot. $13.95
each !
-Trilogy: R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, Wickett.
Just $9.95 each!
-Trilogy: Darth Vader Tie Fighter. Just $34.95!
-Episode 2 Junior Figure 2-Pack: Darth Vader & Obi Wan, Luke & Rs-
D2, Chewbacca & C-3PO and Han Solo & Princess Leia. Only $14.95
each! Our sources say that these will be smaller size figures. Scheduled
for June!

More to come so check back daily!

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New Poll
May 19, 2004 | 7:39 AM EST | Mark

I hae changed the poll question, please take a second to place your vote. The poll is on the right side bar. It only takes a second… if that.. Please remember, that if the poll is not showing, make sure your URL to our site is



Amazon LEGO Sale again…
May 19, 2004 | 7:29 AM EST | Mark

Are you into LEGO’s? Star Wars LEGO’s??? There are some awesome buys at Amazon…
UCS Naboo Fighter $18.73
UCS Darth Maul $56.23
All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer $52.49
X-Wing Fighter (Dagobah) $37.49
Jango Fett’s Slave I $24.98
Mos Eisley Cantina $22.49
Tie Bomber $22.49

Keep in mind, if you are a LEGO fan, ALL of the LEGO’s are a minimum of 25% off, just do a search on LEGO. All of the new Harry Potter set’s are included in this sale. Many sets are up to 63% off.



The Expanded Universe Will Continue Until At Least 2008
May 18, 2004 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that Del Rey will keep the license for Star Wars Books and Novels through the end of calendar 2008 (their current license would have expired in late 2005). What does that mean for you? 18 new novels between 2006 and 2008, 3 new hardcovers and 3 new soft cover novels a year plus 2 oversized non-fiction paperbacks a year. Read the whole article here.



T Minus 1 Year And Counting…
May 18, 2004 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

It seems hard to believe that as of today, there are only 365 days remaining until the release of Episode 3, and the Star Wars Saga, not to mention Star Wars Collecting, entering into another unknown period. Will the Expanded Universe keep fandom going? While those questions are still clouded by the Dark Side, The Official Site has posted a nice feature on Lucasfilm’s work on E3, including thousands of special effects shots, and more of their outstanding scale models! You can read the full story here. .. Oh and there a few tidbits about the Original Trilogy DVD release’s contents too.



Loose Figures Contest Seek You
May 18, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The green team over at Yoda’s News is having a new contest! Here’s the details from them:
“This one should be a lot of fun and here is what you have to do! Get your loose figures and pose them in a interesting, funny, or eye catching way! Click here for all the details.



Red Unleashed Clone Update
May 18, 2004 | 7:54 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rosemaster wrote in to add TRU to the list of stores receiving the Red Unleashed Clone. Here’s the report:

“I found one last week at a TRU in the St. Louis area. They are nice and I was happy to see it.”



Big Bad Toy Store News
May 17, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We’ve received lots of new product including Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe and More.

STAR WARS: More Saga Deluxe figures have arrived including the new Ewok with Attack Glider figure for $11.99 – all the other figures are in stock for $9.99 including Jabba, Jabba’s Denizens, Obi-wan and Jango. Check it all out here.



Star Wars Weekends Coverage And Photos
May 17, 2004 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an article on Star Wars Weekends, including a nice on-line photo album– one of the pics even has a very young padawan!Check it out here.



Red Unleashed Clone Trooper Sightings
May 17, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

In addition to the early reports of the Red Unleashed Clone Trooper appearing at Wal-mart a few weeks ago, we’ve been getting some more reports for aid in your hunt. Suncoast and Sam Goody stores have been receiving this running change at their stores across the country. If you’re still looking for more details about the red clone trooper– there’s a nice picture of one on this Ebay auction.



Gentle Giant’s Convention Plans
May 17, 2004 | 10:00 PM EST | Bill

Gentle Giant will be joining the large force presence at Comic Con in San Diego this year. Once again, they are making their presence felt in a big way. For starters their convention contest to have yourself “scanned” with a chance to be selected to receive a free bust of your self will continue. This time the lucky winners (yes there will be 2) will become either a Stormtrooper or X-Wing Pilot. The convention exclusives will offer two choices– either Luke in Stormtrooper disguise mini busts, or the “clear” spirit of the rebellion bust-ups set!



Brians Toys Free Shipping
May 17, 2004 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Brians is offering free shipping promotion going on now for orders over $50!* — See their website for all the details here.

Just arrived, the re-release of Unleashed Leia and Obi-Wan!

Lots of 3 3/4″ Saga back in this week, many at newly reduced prices
including some of the most recent releases like Han AT-ST Driver and
Lando General. All 12 of the Hall of Fame figures are also back in
stock and now available as a set. Don’t miss out on other new
wholesale assortments just added to the Saga section.

Episode 1 in stock Life-Size items are featured this week! Get your
set of Expanded Universe figures, all in stock now including the
tough-to-find Darktrooper and Spacetrooper!

Great Vintage items new in this week, a 12-Back Leia, 20-Back Han,
Boxed 12″ Leia, Han and Stormtrooper. Newly reduced prices on
select coins now in stock. Reproduction Telescoping sabers are now
back in stock as well as the repro Amanaman Staff!

Reduced prices throughout the Vintage ROTJ AFA graded figures! Over
30 great figures in stock and in exceptional condition including AFA
80 Yoda Brown Snake, a AFA 85 Princess Leia, a Luke Jedi Green Saber
AFA 85 and so many more I just can’t list them all. Don’t miss this
great selection!

Great Prototypes and Artist’s Proofs are on this weeks Master
Replica featured selection. Also in stock, the hard-to-get AOTC Obi-
Wan Lightsaber! Click here for their webpage.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
May 17, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to get you up-to-date on some of the newest Star Wars items
available at Entertainment Earth:

SW Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85240, $39.99)

Original Trilogy Vintage 12-inch Set
(Item# HS85230AA, $89.99)
Luke Skywalker, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett


Star Wars Unleashed Asst 7 Set
(Item# HS85002BB, $56.99)
Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker from Hoth with in his Snowspeeder scout
outfit, Clone Trooper

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 8 Set
(Item# HS85002CC, $37.99)
Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 9 Set
(Item# HS85002DD, $37.99)
Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 10 Set
(Item# HS85002EE, $56.99)
Bossk, Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider



Star Wars in the Comics
May 16, 2004 | 1:03 PM EST | Mark B

A great one today…. Check it out here! ‘nuf said.



Calling all questions!
May 15, 2004 | 11:26 AM EST | Muse

I am working on the next Q&A. If answers you seek, send me the questions and I’ll see if I can help! Send them here



Master Replicas Summer Convention Exclusive
May 14, 2004 | 12:11 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has this morning announced that they are going to be having an exclusive Mini-Lightsaber this summer at some of the conventions. What they will be offering is a .45 scale Obi-Wan Kenobi “As First Built By” Lightsaber. As of right now, this will be available at the following conventions: Comic-Con International, Wizard World, Gen-Con, and Dragon-Con. Now, the good part Master Replicas is also going to be offering this exciting replica in a gold plated version to all of its collectors society members this summer! (So, to answer the question before I get a bunch of emails about it….to become a collectors society member, all you have to do is purchase a replica direct fromMaster Replicas).

Also, as an FYI – there are currently less than 50 left of the Darth Vader LE and Luke Skywalker LE Lightsabers. If you want one of these don’t wait too much longer!

And finally something I cannot wait for! Master Replicas is about to launch another line of collectibles based on weapons and props from the Aliens and Predator movies (along with the New Aliens vs. Predator movie). These will be available on their website soon. (Stay tuned for more info)



Adventure Con 3.0
May 14, 2004 | 9:30 AM EST | Bill

This just in:

The Tennessee Star Wars Collectors Group is sponsoring a contest with Adventure Con 3.0!

Adventure Con is a comics, collectibles, toy and celebrity show that is held annualy in Knoxville, TN. In it’s 3rd year it keeps growing as evident by the long list of celebrities that will be present this summer. Check out the Adventure Con site for the complete list.

This year we will also have one of the hottest toy companies present, Palisades. They will be bringing the Adventure Kermit exclusive action figure for their summer conventions.

For all us Star Wars fan there will be 2 celebrities of particular interest, David Prowse and Anthony Daniels. For the grand prize winner he will receive a Hall of Fame C-3PO autographed by Anthony Daniels and a Hall of Fame Darth Vader autographed by David Prowse.

You can enter here Adventure Con 3.0 Contest



New Pre-Orders At Action HQ
May 14, 2004 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill -PreOrder now on the newest Star War Trilogy
Figures & Starships!

PreOrder yours Now!:
-Trilogy Dagobah: Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan & R2-D2. Only
$13.95 each!
-Trilogy: Luke X-Wing Pilot, Luke Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca & Darth
Vader. Only $9.95 each.
-Trilogy: Tie Fighter & X-Wing. $29.95 each! (around May 19)
-Trilogy Vintage: Obi-Wan, Han Solo & Princess Leia. Just $15.95!
-Trilogy Bespin: Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Bespin Lobot. $13.95
each !
-Trilogy: R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, Wickett.
Just $9.95 each!
-Trilogy: Darth Vader Tie Fighter. Just $34.95!
-Episode 2 Junior Figure 2-Pack: Darth Vader & Obi Wan, Luke & Rs-
D2, Chewbacca & C-3PO and Han Solo & Princess Leia.

More to come so check back daily!

Click here to order.



NEW Before the Helmet at
May 13, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is titled “Force Feedback” which shows (highlight to read)Mace Windu having the smack laid on him by an unknown force user.



Still Need Ephant Mon?
May 13, 2004 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stoopjohn just sent in this report:

The chain discount retailer Family Dollar has just received Saga figures, including the Ehant Mon wave, for just $2. I found Ephant at 2 of my local locations (Rockford, IL.)



Yakface Reader Feedback Request
May 13, 2004 | 6:10 PM EST | Jayson

Aside from posting news here at, I am a full-time graphic designer and I would like some reader feedback on a personal project that I would like to offer you Star Wars/Yakface fans. I have created a 41″ x 27″ (movie-size) poster showing the 2002-2004 Saga Collection. It is full-color, printed on a matte (non-gloss) poster paper suitable for framing. The poster shows the carded figure, number in the assortment and has a checklist at the bottom. The tricky part is I can’t print it for free.

My question to you is, “If it was priced around $20.00 would you buy one if they became available?”

Please feel free to send me feedback and any questions you might have. Here’s a sample of the layout.



Original Trilogy Boba Fett Boxed
May 13, 2004 | 2:19 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated Star Wars page with photos of the upcoming 12″ OT Boba Fett and his packaging, which is very vintage in appearance. Check it out here.



Big Bad Sale
May 12, 2004 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toy Store:

10% OFF SALE! We are offering 10% off every item in-stock on our site! (Sale does not include pre-order items) Here is a chance to pick up anyitem we have on our normal menus and our vintage menus for 10% off. Please read the sale details for more info – – Sale ends Thursday Night.

ITEMS ARRIVING SOON: Star Wars Unleashed wave 8 and 9 are in transit to us along with Transformers Alternators Silverstreak. A variety of other cool items from Hasbro are also on the way and we’ll update you on those when they arrive.

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to take
advantage of our 10% off everything sale!



Original Trilogy Figures Listed
May 12, 2004 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a list of the entire Original Trilogy 3 3/4 figures– in a checklist format. You can check it all out here.



Trouble finding the Red Unleashed Clone Trooper?
May 12, 2004 | 4:46 PM EST | Jayson

After visiting my local Minnesota Suncoast Video store, I discovered that they too are carrying the Red Clone Trooper for all you variant hunters out there, but it is priced a little steeper at $19.99. And on a related note, my local TRU has the repacks of the Darth Sidious and Jedi Luke Unleashed on the pegs today.



Sandcrawlers Anyone?
May 12, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The team over at has scored prototype images of the upcoming Sandcrawler. Needless to say the fact that these images are surfacing increases the changes that previous reports that the Sandcrawler will be released through at least some outlet are more than likely correct! Check them out here.



Amazon Has The HOF Figures
May 12, 2004 | 7:13 AM EST | Mark

The Hall Of Fame figures are in stock if you are still looking for them, or just certain individuals…
Star Wars A New Hope: Tatooine Mission R2-D2
Star Wars A New Hope: Death Star Rescue C-3PO



KB Toys Spring Sale
May 11, 2004 | 7:36 PM EST | Mark

Over at you can check out some great deals…
Star Wars Imperial Shuttle $59.99
LEGO Star Wars Episode II: Hailfire Droid $29.99
LEGO Star Wars: T-16 Skyhopper $9.99
LEGO Star Wars Episode 1: Darth Maul Sculpture $49.99
Plus many other deals…



Vader’s TIE Fighter ships this week
May 11, 2004 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark B

If you haven’t ordered one of the new Darth Vader’s TIE fighters yet, pop on over to Toys R Us . They are listing it as being released on May 15, 2004 (which is kind of odd since that is Saturday!). This is a new exclusive to Toys R Us. They don’t have a photo of it on the website yet, but you can preorder it today. Again, Click Here To Order.

They are also showing the new Jabba’s Palace 4-Pack shipping on the 15th of May. Here’s a great chance to pick up these 2 new collectibles and have them ship at the same time!

***UPDATE – Thanks to those who wrote in to say that the Darth Vader TIE fighter release date has been moved to June 1.



New Unleashed Photos
May 11, 2004 | 9:05 AM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated with photos of the new Bossk, Aayla Secura and Tusken Raider Unleashed figures, plus teaser info about the next batch of Unleashed to be produced. Check it out here.



New Preorders At EE
May 11, 2004 | 8:14 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the third maquette based upon the animated series “Star Wars: Clone Wars” on the Cartoon Network. This Obi-Wan Kenobi maquette stands approximately 9-inches tall and holds his lightsaber in an action pose!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6060
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Busts

Gamorrean Guard Mini Bust
The Gamorrean Guard Collectible Mini Bust stands 6-inches tall and is a 3/4 representation of this classic Star Wars character. Features real metal shoulder pads and axe blade!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE4738
Price: $44.99
See Star Wars Busts



E3 Update
May 10, 2004 | 8:36 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with another Hyperspace feature on Episode 3. This one focuses on an “expanded role” which a certain blue skinned expanded universe character will have in the next installment of the Star Wars Movies.Check it out here.



Brians Toys
May 10, 2004 | 7:01 AM EST | Mark

Dear Customers,

We have posted our latest Newsletter #254. Visit our
Newsletter at

For the week of May 9 – May 16.

Lots of Saga back in stock this week, just a few of the hot item you won’t want to miss out on: Unleashed Yoda, Darth Vader Death Star Clash, C-3PO Tatooine Ambush, Tanus Spijek, McQuarrie Stormtrooper and a combo with General Madine, Han AT-ST Driver and Lando General! Exclusives combo also now available with a Silver Clone Trooper, Silver Boba Fett and Jorg Sacul. The re-release on Unleashed Luke Jedi and Darth Sidious are also now in stock.

Great reduced prices on POTJ prototypes, get yours today. Don’t forget to check out the new low prices on EP1 12″ dolls too!

New low prices on POTF2 multi-figure packs including the Hong Kong Heroes C-7/8, Hong Kong Villains C-7/8 and the Mos Eisley Cantina 10-Pack. Just in a superb MISB C8.5/9 Super Star Destroyer!

New low prices on lot so ESB AFA graded figures, check out our selection of rare Blue Snaggletooths, almost every condition, one for every collector’s budget.

Master Replica’s Battle of Yavin medal is now in stock and shipping immediately.



New OTC 12″ Pic
May 9, 2004 | 9:01 PM EST | Mark

Over at EntertainmentEarth you can now pre-order the new 12″ OTC wave that includes Luke, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett.



Only 374 Days, 16 Hours, 56 Min To Go!
May 9, 2004 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark B

Want to have a great little countdown clock for Episode III? Head over for a cool application for your computer desktop that will display a countdown clock for the release of Episode III! Thanks to for the link!



Hall Of Fame, Slightly Revised
May 7, 2004 | 11:22 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the Hall of Fame needed some face lifts from Hasbro’s point of view. The team over at has updated with lots of photos of the variations– among others the stands are now black-gray instead of clear and interlock smoothly. Check it all out here.



We’re Back
May 7, 2004 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

We are sorry that we have been down for the last 24 hours, however we were experiencing some issues with our servers. Thank you to all of our fans who Emailed in to check on us! The Yak is back, and bringing you the latest news.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
May 7, 2004 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

Looking for the new goodies from Master Replicas? Entertainment Earth has just posted MR’s Princess Leia Organa Blaster Replica recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the prop seen on-screen! Coming Soon! Order here.



New At Action HQ
May 6, 2004 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ: -Bringing the Best to you First w/Japanese Star Wars,
restock JQuille & others, PreOrder Boba Fett Kotobukiya & lots more!

– Set of 8 Star Wars Figure Magnets from Japan! Highly detailed and
2″ tall; includes all your old favorites from Ep 3. Just $54.95!
– Restock Rappertunie, Hologram Luke, JQuille & more!
– PreOrder your 1/7 scale pre-painted vinyl Boba Fett from Kotobukiya
for $89.95!
– Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack on Special for $24.95!

Click HERE: to enter!



Sandcrawler May Have A New Home
May 5, 2004 | 11:27 PM EST | Bill

It looks like those scavengers of Tatooine’s rusting transport we’ve all been hoping to see plastic as part of the modern line may have found another home. The green ones over at Yoda’s are reporting that it appears Diamond Comics may become the exclusive distributor of the Sandcrawler. Here’s hoping…



New LucasArts Games Coming
May 5, 2004 | 10:48 AM EST | Mark B


LucasArts has made their announcements for this years E3 and it includes 4 new Star Wars themed games. Probably the most exciting is Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. You’ll take on the role of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy to fight against the Sith. It won’t be available until Feb ’05, and only on the X-Box and PC, but hey…some things are worth the wait!
We’ll also see Star Wars Battlefronts this year on the same date the Classic DVDs are released. In this one you get to fight in the battles from the Classic Movies. Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed. This is an add-on for Star Wars Galaxies that adds what sounds like a ton of new scenarios to the online game. And finally, the one I’m looking forward to – Republic Commando. This will be out this fall, is a first person shooter where you command a squad of Clone Commandos in various missions.
Sounds like some great upcoming titles for Star Wars gamers!



Sansweet Speaks
May 4, 2004 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Steve Sansweet spoke at Wondercon recently and gave some updates on E3 and also some insights on the Original Trilogy DVD and Star Wars beyond E3.Check it all out on the official site here.



Federation Toys Newsfeed
May 3, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

We wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a few new items in stock. Clone Wars ships back in stock. We are also clearing out some other Master Replicas items check site for details. We have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s books. This is going to be a busy year, we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones. We have the Hall of Fame line on the way, and the Saga 12 inch line also. We are still working on the infamous 12 inch PLO koon, we will send out the details as soon as we get more information on this bad boy. May the force be with you!



New Yoda Bust
May 2, 2004 | 8:14 PM EST | Mark B

I had heard about these a while back but had yet to see a photo of one. Rubies is about to start producing a line of resin busts similar to the ones offered by Gentle Giant. has the first of these available and it is Yoda. Expected to ship in July of ’04, this new bust retails for $229.95. Very Cool! Click on the link above to check it out.



Naboo 4 Pack At Amazon
May 2, 2004 | 6:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Lamoniz sent in this report:

“Just found this. has the naboo final conflict for -pre-order for $19.99 which will come out in November! Comes with a Catain Tarpals on Kaadu (I guess), Naboo Royal Guard, Gungan Warrior, and a battle Droid. I for one hope this is true because I would love to have a Captian Tarpals riding on a kaadu!”

Very interesting, it looks like Hasbro is continuing their pattern of having one kitbashed, or slightly reworked figure in each 4 pack– this time if it’s like the Jar Jar which shipped with a Kaadu, Tarpals would have articulated knees. While there’s no picture yet,
click here to check it out.



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 2, 2004 | 12:14 AM EST | Bill

Big Bad Toy now has the STAR WARS: Episode 2 TIE Bombers back in stock – $59.99. Check it out here.