June 2004 Archive

New Paperback
June 30, 2004 | 6:02 PM EST | Mark B


In case you missed it, the new Clone Wars paperback was released yesterday. I haven’t picked it up yet, but the review I have read said to expect 3/4 ER, and 1/4 X-Wing Series. Battle Surgeons is the first of 2 books in the new Medstar series.



“He’s All Yours Bounty Hunter.”
June 30, 2004 | 4:48 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates announcing the new OTC Slave I with Boba Fett. It’s an updated version of the EII Slave I and includes the Special Edition “300th” Boba Fett figure. Available exclusively at Target stores this fall!



More Info on MR Blasters
June 30, 2004 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark B

As I announced below, Master Replicas will start taking orders tomorrow for 3 new blaster replicas. Here’s more info: (with expected pricing)
Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition (2500 Pieces – $399) and Signature Edition (750 Pieces): The DDC Defender sporting blaster that Princess Leia used to protect herself in Star Wars: A New Hope. The Signature Edition is signed by Princess Leia herself–actress Carrie Fisher.
Rebel Trooper Blaster: (2500 Pieces) $449
The very first space weapon ever seen on-screen in the Star Wars Trilogy, used by the Rebel Alliance to defend Princess Leia’s starship against the Stormtroopers.
Stormtrooper Blaster: (2500 Pieces) $499
The blaster rifles used throughout the Star Wars Trilogy by the
Imperial enemy Stormtroopers.

More info to come when the post the items in the morning!



Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club Summer Social
June 30, 2004 | 10:07 AM EST | Mark B

My friend Jim writes in to announce the first annual Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club (KSWCC) summer social. Sounds like its going to be a great time – Food will be served beginning at 3 pm — burgers and hot dogs are provided, please bring a dish to share — sign-ups are being taken in the forums. We’ll have goodies and prizes for our paid memebership and there will be a Star Wars swap meet, so bring anything you’d like to trade or sell. There will be games and activities for the kids. Its being held July 10th in Louisville, Kentucky at 1pm. Sign up in the Forums Section of the KSWCC Website. Hope to see you there!



New Master Replicas Blasters This Week!
June 30, 2004 | 1:11 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is releasing 3 new blaster replicas this week. Available on Thursday to collectors society members (and Friday to everyone else), will be the Rebel Blaster, Princess Leia Blaster and Stormtrooper. These are going to be VERY limited edition so you’ll want to act quick. Again, you can start ordering Thursday at Master Replicas.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 29, 2004 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

No, these are not Galactic Heroes, these are all-new Playskool “Jedi
Force” Star Wars items. It’s nice that us hard working droids at
Entertainment Earth get to break a news story every once in a while!

Check these out!
Playskool Jedi Force Luke Skywalker with Speeder Bike (Item# HS07144,$18.99)
Playskool Jedi Force X-Wing Fighter (Item# HS07152, $28.99)
Playskool Jedi Force Figure Assortment (Item# HS07145A, $64.99)



Unleashed Wave 11 Revealed
June 29, 2004 | 9:34 PM EST | Bill

News has finally surfaced on the 3 figures for the 11th wave of Unleashed figures. We’ve known for a while that wave 10 will have Aayla, Bossk, and a Tusken. Well wave 11 will have IG-88; Aura Sing; and a Stormtrooper. Hats off to Action Figure Express for breaking the news!



“He’s a scoundrel, you’d like him”
June 29, 2004 | 6:55 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates with new Vintage loose and carded photos of the Colt 45 spokesperson himself… Lando Calrissian.



Bounty Hunting Today: Weekends Yoda Pin
June 29, 2004 | 5:08 PM EST | Keri

After my wonderful honeymoon in Vegas, it’s nice to return with a new edition of Bounty Hunting, this time featuring a Limited Edition Yoda Pin.

If you don’t live in Florida, or don’t plan on visiting the happiest place on earth, otherwise known as Disney World then Ebay is the place for you to shop for these exclusive Star Wars Weekends items. Today’s featured auction is for none other than our favorite dimunitive green Jedi Master Yoda. The pin is limited to a run of 1,000 so it is not the most overproduced Disney item out there. In amongst the massive amounts of limited/exclusive items flowing out of Disney’s doors, I find these small enameled pins to be the most interesting and unobtrusive items to collect. The image is nicely done, and captures the scene of Yoda’s duel with Dooku in a small space very well.

Click on through below to add this limited edition pin to your collection today for a reasonable price.

Limited Edition Weekends Yoda Pin



New Blasters From Master Replicas
June 29, 2004 | 2:25 PM EST | Bill

Blast out of the darkness with the new Star Wars Collection–the
Princess Leia Blaster, Rebel Trooper Blaster and Stormtrooper Blaster.

Now you can purchase these authentic Star Wars weapon replicas.

July 1

Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition–only 2,500 worldwide

Princess Leia Blaster, Signature Edition
(signed by actress Carrie Fisher!)–only 750 worldwide

Rebel Trooper Blaster–only 2,500 worldwide

Stormtrooper Blaster–only 2,500 worldwide

These well-crafted and authentically created collectibles are so unique that you’ll want to own all of them!

Princess Leia Blaster, Limited Edition and Signature Edition: The DDC
Defender sporting blaster that Princess Leia used to protect herself in Star Wars: A New Hope. The Signature Edition is signed by Princess Leia herself–actress Carrie Fisher.

Rebel Trooper Blaster: The very first space weapon ever seen on-screen in the Star Wars Trilogy, used by the Rebel Alliance to defend Princess Leia’s starship against the Stormtroopers.

Stormtrooper Blaster: The blaster rifles used throughout the Star Wars
Trilogy by the Imperial enemy Stormtroopers.

The Star Wars Collection–weaponry tough enough for the galactic battle of the century! Add one, or all three, to your collection.

Your Source for Quality Collectibles,
Master Replicas



$10.00 Off At TRU Now Through July 17, 2004
June 29, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

Toys R Us has a promotion on their website (not amazon.com) with a coupon you can print good for $10.00 off a $50.00 purchase. Click here for the details and to print the coupon



There Is Another… Figure Line
June 28, 2004 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has broken the news on a new line of figures from Hasbro. The new line is called Jedi Force. It can best be described as Star Wars meets the Fischer-Price Rescue Heroes. Check out all the photos here.



Store Reports Galore!
June 28, 2004 | 6:40 PM EST | Keri

This latest store report just in from YakReader Mourning7:

“the new vader tie w/ figure is starting to hit here in nor-ca found two cases at toys r us.”

YakReader Matthew also reports in with this information:

“Just wanted to let you know that the Ultra Ewok with Glider is at
walmart.com for $9.96 for those who are still looking for it.”

I myself have not seen any of the new OTC vehicles at any of my local TRU’s in the North Texas area. In fact, on a routine figure run today, I finally saw the TRU Red Leader and X-Wing on the shelves.

Target seems to be the place to pick up the repacked OTC Lightsabers, although none of the Targets that I frequent have recieved any of the newer waves of the repack figures with exclusive glass. I did however pick up a deluxe General Riekkan on Clearance at Target for $4.98, along with the Wampa and C-3PO at the 50% off discount as well. So be sure check your local Target’s back endcaps for some possible savings.

Of course, as always each region has different prices and assortments all arriving across the country at different times. Patience is the ulitmate key as we all await the latest and greatest offerings Hasbro. I urge everyone to use the Force and resist inflated prices perpetuated by the evil scapling community.



OT Falcon and Jedi Council Now In Stock At Action-HQ
June 28, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Jedi Council
Scene Pack 1, Trilogy Millenium Falcon & more!

Available Now:
-Jedi Council Scene Pack 1 now at $26.95!
-Trilogy Millenium Falcon for $74.95!

On Special:
-Trilogy Tie Fighter & X-Wing only $22.95!
-Trilogy Darth’s Tie Fighter only $27.95!
-ONLY $3.00 each for 2004 figures: Dengar, Bossk, Ozzel, Lando as
Skiff Guard, Luke Hoth and General Jan Dodonna!

Get yours at Action-HQ.com!



DVD Poll
June 27, 2004 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark

Please check out the new Poll on the right side bar. With the new set of DVD’s coming out, I thought it might be nice if we sounded off to Lucasfilm. Which would you prefer? The original trilogy, the special editions, or these new modified special editions? take a second and vote.



The Original Trilogy Collection– At TRU NOW
June 26, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Vaderquest send in this report from Fayetville NC:

Hey guys,just wanted to let all you know that the OTC x-wing,tie and falcon are starting to hit toys r us.i found the x wing and tie tonight!! i missed the falcon by about 10 minuts.one guy bought both falcons(unnngh)all is good.the employee said they had more stuff in back but was unsure of the location.i will try and send a pix as soon as i get my camera working and keep up the good work.


Yak Reader Troy wrote in reminding collectors about helping others:
“I just wanted to say that I love the site and I wanted to respond to the posting of someone taking both falcons. I was wondering if you could remind people who come to this site that star wars are just toys and that they should only take what they need, not be a hog . it’s not like it’s hard enough already to find stuff as it is. just a reminder to think about the other fan who collects as well. thanks , keep up the good work!”

UPDATE #2– Another viewpoint from Yak Reader Philip:

While I have no love for collectors who horde and/or scalp, if I see two of a particular toy in a store, I will often buy both–one for me, and one for my brother who is also a collector–because stuff has been so hard to find. So maybe the guy Vaderquest saw buying both Falcons was actually thinking of other collectors by picking one up for a friend. Call me naive, but it could happen.



Milennium Falcon In Stock At EE
June 26, 2004 | 11:29 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

In Stock Now! Starts shipping on Monday.Original Trilogy Millennium Falcon (Item# HS85234, $59.99)

Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection Millennium Falcon.
Includes vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of
Kenner Star Wars products. This all-new electronic version features
attitude sensitive thrusters and firing blasters. Stunning blue
hyperdrive lights and sounds that react to your movements are among the great new features in this classic item! Open cargo bay fits tons of figures. New cockpit fits the new line of Original Trilogy 3 3/4 inch action figures. Requires 3 “C” alkaline batteries, not included.

Personal Note from Jason Labowitz, President, Entertainment Earth:
This is a MUST ORDER item from the new collection. Your jaw will drop when you see this in person! I nearly fell off of my chair with
excitement when I first saw this piece. You have to see it to believe it! Order now!Click here to order.



New Bottle Caps And OT Falcon At Action-Hq
June 25, 2004 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill




This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Japanese Pepsi Cola Botte Cap Figures

This month, more limited edition Pepsi bottle caps coming your way
straight from Japan. These bottle cap figures have been a strange
phenomenom and we can only imagine that soda bottle collectors use
these to cover over the normal bottle cap for display purposes as
these caps are bigger and do not have any threads on the inner side.

Nevertheless if you are a collector of Star Wars or Spiderman and
want something cool and unique which aren’t readilly available in
outside of Japan, then you just gotta have these. They vary in size but
are around 2.25″ tall and comes packaged randomly and attached to 1
litre size Pepsi bottles.

For Star Wars, there will be 35 random characters available in the
assormtent and for Spiderman 2 movie, there will be 15.

They are currently on PreOrder now at Action-HQ.com
scheduled to be delivered early July!

Also the newly revised and improved OT version of the Millennium Falcon will be in stock next week. Be the first kid on your block to have a falcon which can hold Han and Chewie in the cockpit as well as having lighting engines! Click here to order.



DVD Bonus Disk Cover Art
June 25, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates with new photos of the individual cover art for the DVD set. Here is the AWESOME bonus disk art, check out starwars.com for the rest!



NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 25, 2004 | 8:22 AM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “A helpful alien” which shows (highlight to read) Tion Medon (Bruce Spence) as administrator of a remote sanctuary 



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 25, 2004 | 8:00 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Original Trilogy Darth & Luke Electronic Lightsaber
This set contains 2 individually packaged lightsabers: 1x Darth Vader and 1x Luke Skywalker in vintage style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars products! Each lightsaber features a glowing arc-wave energy blade and battle-clash sounds that activate upon contact!
In Stock!
Item Number: HS84886EE
Price: $55.99
Click here to order.



KB Toy’s 12″
June 25, 2004 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com they have an interesting find….
Each of these 12″ figures are now in stock…

So if you are looking for some older 12″ figs, now is a good time to get them..



EIII Preview Wave
June 24, 2004 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Some more details have surfaced about the Episode III Preview Wave– Rebelscum is reporting that this November’s preview wave will have 4 figures, like E2, but also a vehicle!



EIII Casting News
June 24, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

While we generally don’t post spoilers, given the fact that this concerns a character from the Clone Wars Animated Series we decided to go ahead and post it. Thanks to Yak Reader William for the tip from the IMDB’s archive:

British actor Gary Oldman will play the “deadliest”
Star Wars villain ever in the franchise’s final
prequel Episode Three. The “Harry Potter And The
Prisoner Of Azkaban” star will voice character General
Grievous, who is a part-alien/part-robot. And insiders
say Oldman – who is considered to be one of the finest actors
of his generation – was handpicked for the part
by series creator George Lucas, who is a big fan of
his work. A source says, “George thought Gary was the
ideal choice.” According to reports, Oldman’s
character will try and hunt down Jedi knights Anakin
Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi in the film, which is due
to hit cinemas next summer. 

Highlight the above to read. (You didn’t think we’d totally spoil it did you?)



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 24, 2004 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store.com:


–STAR WARS: Vintage figures Wave 2 and Wave 3 have now been listed.
Wave 2 is the full of the first 8 figures released: Luke, Han, Obi-Wan,Leia, Darth, Yoda, Lando, C3P0. We are offering Wave 3 as a set of 6 including: Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Lando & Darth Vader. Unleashed Wave 11 has been announced and updated to include these figures: Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Darth Vader. Don’t miss out on the other SW pre-orders we have listed including the Sandcrawler! Click here to order.



Deja Vu?
June 24, 2004 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

The French Site Mint In Box is reporting that much like we saw with Episode I’s European exclusives, Hasbro will be releasing an OTC 2 packs based on Rebellion vs. Empire (Joe vs. Cobra anyone?). It will be a Costco exclusive with a Rebel Pilot and a TIE Fighter Pilot. Read the full story here.



Master Replicas FX Now Available for Everyone
June 24, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark B

Everyone can now order the new Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker ESB FX lightsabers from Master Replicas. Go Get ‘Em….



Star Wars Encuentros Exclusive
June 24, 2004 | 8:20 AM EST | Bill

The exclusive is finally revealed and it is certainly one of the best we’ve seen yet. For Mexico City’s convention Hasbro has really outdone themselves– continuing their trend of 2 packs for the international cons this year, we have Yoda and Dagobah Luke, with an outstanding background from a certain slimy mud hole. Check it out here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 23, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:


We’re off to a great week with the arrival of the all-new Original
Trilogy Ask Yoda (Item# HS72410, $25.99)



New OTC Packs Confirmed
June 23, 2004 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B


The Official Star Wars Website has a new story with photos of several new OTC packs that will be coming out this year. Included with these is the Cantina 3-Pack pictured above. This pack is going to be a K-Mart (are they still in business?) exclusive. You’ll also see the Walmart Exclusive Trilogy 3-Packs, and the Toys R Us – Endor Ambush pack. Some cool stuff coming out!!! Thanks to Brent for sending in the news!



New FX Ready for Order 
June 23, 2004 | 11:34 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has posted the new Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers on their website and can now be ordered by Collectors Society members (the rest of us have to wait until tomorrow). After seeing the photos, I cannot wait to get my Mace Windu saber!! Head on over to Master Replicas today!



Universe Artists In The Spotlight
June 23, 2004 | 8:27 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted a new article highlighting some outstanding artwork based on the Star Wars Universe, and Vader’s influences. Check it out here.



Your Questions – My Answers
June 23, 2004 | 12:22 AM EST | Muse

The next (and LONG overdue) Q&A is nearly complete. If you have any questions/observations/peeves, I want to know. Send them here!



Hasbro Updates with New Vintage Images
June 22, 2004 | 3:52 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates with new photos of the Vintage Vader and Yoda due later this year. I can’t wait for these bad boys!



Master Replicas Announces New FX
June 22, 2004 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas will start taking preorders for their 2 newest FX Lightsabers this Thursday (June 24). You’ll be able to get both the Blue Bladed Luke Skywalker from The Empire Strikes Back and the Purple Bladed Mace Windu from Attack of the Clones then. Both are going to be selling for only $119 each. Head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday to get yours ordered!



Boba Fett Book Series Wraps Up In December
June 22, 2004 | 8:09 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that Pursuit (the 6th book in the young Boba Fett series) will be the final installment in the series. Having read all of the books released so far, I have to say that this is a series Mandalorian fans will love if you haven’t checked it out yet. The 6th book takes place on Corcucant, with young Boba seeking revenge against a certain Jedi… Read the full story here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 21, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Pre-order the hard-to-find Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection
Buddies now!

Star Wars Original Trilogy Buddies Ast. 1 (Item# HS00640A, $69.99) Includes twelve characters: 3x Yoda, 3x R2-D2, 2x C-3P0, 2x Chewbacca, 2x Wicket (subject to change).

Clone Wars Arc Trooper Captain Maquette (Item# GE6062, $79.99)

Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue (Item# GE5867, $179.99)

In Stock Now!

Original Trilogy X-Wing Fighter & TIE Fighter Set (Item# HS85245AA,

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



Stay on Target!
June 21, 2004 | 5:44 PM EST | Jayson

If you have a Target store in your area, pay them a visit because OTC merchandise is starting to show up. I found the Vader and Jedi Luke Light-Up Sabers this weekend. And don’t forget to check the clearance aisle too, I picked up all the Ultra figures there for $6.98 each. Not bad if you want to expand your Wampa herd or bolster the ranks of flying Ewoks.



Vader TIE Fighter BACK In Stock
June 21, 2004 | 2:43 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, you can now pick up the Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as it is now in stock.



Sandcrawler Pre-Orders At New Force for $49.99
June 20, 2004 | 11:48 AM EST | Bill

This just in from New Force Comics:

This October, the preferred mode of transportation for the junk-peddling Jawas will once again roll its way into retailers’ stores with the release of Hasbro’s Star Wars: Sandcrawler Previews Exclusive Vehicle, which will be solicited in the July Previews and will be available exclusively from Diamond for a full year!
Not offered in the 3 ¾” scale since the radio control (R/C) version of 1979/’80, the Jawas’ Sandcrawler returns in all its glory, just as it appeared in the original Star Wars film! Measuring over 16″ long, the Sandcrawler features an all-new, weathered paint scheme; a cockpit with opening roof hatch; a side panel with a ramp; and a moveable droid pick-up tube; and it includes two Jawas and a Death Star Droid repaint figure. The Sandcrawler is yours for $49.99.
Quantity Discounts are available, email for details. UPS ground shipping will run $7.95-$8.95 (depends on final weight, not yet available). Release is scheduled for Oct 2004, but all info is subject to change. Click here to order.



There Will Be Another
June 19, 2004 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

We’ve all seen the reports that the 5 initial glass/figure sets have appeared at Target, now the team over atThe Private Universe is reporting that late this year (October/November) there will be a 6th glass/figure for Episode III– it will have a glass (of course) with a new Darth Vader sculpt! Read the full story here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 19, 2004 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue
Gentle Giant continues their line of incredibly popular statues and busts with this Limited Edition Chewbacca 1:6 Scale Statue that stands over 12-inches tall and is a full representation of this classic Star Wars character. This product is an authentic, licensed collectible designed and developed by Gentle Giant Studios. These limited edition collectibles often sell out before they ever come into stock. Order yours today or risk missing out!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE5867
Price: $179.99
See Star Wars Statues

Clone Wars Arc Trooper Captain Maquette
Gentle Giant has done it again! This Limited Edition ARC Trooper Captain maquette stands approximately 7-inches tall and is made of a porcelain/resin blend. Order yours today before they’re all gone!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: GE6062
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Statues

Click here to order.



Federation Toys Newsfeed
June 19, 2004 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

“Just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a LOT OF new items in stock. (see below for the list). We are taking PRE-ORDERS ON NEW master replica’s items coming soon. 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, THE OTC (VINTAGE BOX packaging) WAVES SHOULD BE SHIPPING TO US SOON. We have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, also master replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. We will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. We hope you have a great day and WEEKEND.

May the force be with you!


Now In Stock:

Hoth Trooper
R-3P0 Hoth Droid
Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack
Dutch Vander (Gold Leader)
General Jan Dodonna
TIE Fighter Pilot
R1-G4 Droid
Captain Antilles
Holographic Luke Skywalker
Jabba’s Palace Rappertunie
Jabba’s Sail Barge J’Quille
Jabba’s Sail Barge Lando Calrissian
Jabba’s Sail Barge Tanus Spijek
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Ewok&Combat Glider —–DELUXE—–
Jabba the Hutt —-DELUXE—-
Admiral Ozzel (Executor Assault)

12 inch figures
JAWAS (Tatooine Scavengers)
OBI-WAN KENOBI (Tatooine Encounter)
GARINDAN (MOS Eisley Cantina)

Click here to place your order.



New Trilogy DVD Covers
June 19, 2004 | 3:33 AM EST | Keri

Looks like these are pretty much the final designs for the Trilogy Extra Special Editions coming to DVD September 21st, courtesy of digitalbits.com. The cover art is in line with the designs we have for Episodes I & II with a nice clean logo, Episode number and bold art with a single Jedi and his Lightsaber blade glowing. You may read more information about the cover art as well as view the Lucasfilm marketing tearsheet here. Thanks to YakReader Danny for the heads up.



Too little too late perhaps?
June 18, 2004 | 5:25 PM EST | Ben

Dear Star Wars Hyperspace customer:

We would like to extend our deepest apology for the inconvenience we have caused you regarding your subscription to Hyperspace. The transition from one publisher to the next has been a challenging one, but nonetheless, we are continuing to strive to provide you with the best customer service possible.

We recognize that you have supported Star Wars throughout the years, and we consider you to be one of our most valued customers.

Your patience is very much appreciated. If you have not received your Hyperspace access code via email by 6/18, please let us know via email.


Star Wars Insider/Hyperspace



Comicon Star Wars Program
June 17, 2004 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the program of events for Star Wars presentations at Comicon. Read the full story here. Oh and they say Hasbro may have a few surprises for us too.



NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 17, 2004 | 9:06 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Bridging the Saga” which shows (highlight to read) A bridge set from a possible Prequel Star Destroyer 



Obi Wan EPII Mini Lightsabers Now Shipping
June 17, 2004 | 5:30 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has started shipping the second in their line of .45 scale lightsabers. The Episode II Obi Wan Kenobi lightsaber is also showing “In Stock” at Master Replicas. These are pretty cool little replicas. Head on over and pick one up if you haven’t already. Buying one will also give you a membership in the MR Collectors Society. There are going to be some member exclusives this year including another Mini-Lightsaber that won’t be available to anyone else. Check it out over at Master Replicas.

***Update – sorry for the mistake. You actually don’t get a membership to the collectors society with a purchase of the mini lightsabers, only with limited edition items. Thanks to Jack for correcting me.



Sam’s Club Falcon
June 17, 2004 | 2:15 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Star Wars will be returning to Sam’s Club this year with the Original Trilogy Collection– Sam’s will have a specially bundled Millennium Falcon with pack-in figures. The team at POTF2.com have just posted pictures of the pack-in Han and Chewie. Check them out here.



New Q&A From Hasbro
June 16, 2004 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has just been updated with a quick Q&A. Here’s the info:

Star Wars Q & A for the week of June 14, 2004

Q: I haven’t seen many 12” figures at retail. Were they cancelled?

A: No! As a matter of fact, as part of our Original Trilogy Collection, three 12″ figures will be available at most fine retailers this fall in vintage style packaging: Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper. Check out the Republic News postings from Feb 13 and May 12, 2004 for more details.

Q: What are the names of the figures included in sets 3 and 4 of the Jedi Council Scene Packs?

A: Set 3 will include Stass Allie, Agen Kolar, and Shaak Ti. Set 4 will include Saesee Tiin, Adi Gallia, and Anakin Skywalker. Both scenes will be available this fall exclusively at Toys R Us.

You can also read it here.



Scouting An Exclusive
June 16, 2004 | 7:35 PM EST | Bill

Lucasarts has posted a high resolution carded images of the Scout Trooper exclusive which will be available with Star Wars Battlefront. The good news is while it is an exclusive carded figure– the figure and weapon are not band new. It is a dirty scout trooper with a large blaster rifle. Also if you are not a gamer, there have been some reports on-line that the “exclusive” carded figure may be available from the Fan Club.Click here to see the image at Lucasarts site.



Secret Shopper info
June 16, 2004 | 4:16 PM EST | Ben

Great info from a source in the retail industry who attended an official briefing on Episode III merchandising.

First, we received a brief presentation of the 4,5,6 DVD set. Still nothing any of us hasn’t heard before. They played the trailer currently running on Hyperspace.

As far as the Episode III movie overview, this one was not nearly as spoiler laden as the one for Ep II was but I did see some rough footage from a couple key scenes, along with some storyboards and sketches.

To put it in perspective, after the Episode II presentation, the only thing about Episode II that remained a complete surprise to me was the whole Death Star thing. That was it. Anyway…

Vader / Lava themed product packaging (saw a sample, SWEET!!!!)

HEAVY Vader presence in all marketing (saw some samples – again, SWEET!!!)

(NOTE: On more than one instance, some of the artwork incorporated the lone word “REVENGE” (Revenge of the Sith perhaps?)

(Secondly, during the commentary, the phrase “closing the circle” or the “circle being complete” was also used more than once in a very “wink-wink” kind of way. (Tagline?)

First Ep III teaser trailer debuts in Nov. 04

First full trailer, April 05

Ep III Product release first week of April 05 (start saving!)

A mention of an increased focus on high-end collectables (master replicas? gentle giant?)

Eps 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 to air on FOX throughout the month of April 05

Clone Wars Series 1 & 2 DVD coming in Q1 of 05

Clone Wars Series 3 to air April 05 (Ten 12 minute chapters)

Licenses renewed with BK & Pepsi / Frito-Lay

License with as-yet undisclosed wireless service.

LIVE ACTION TV series to premire in 2006!!!

Wow, that’s a lot of tidbits to chew on!



R2, hyperdrive transfer circuits aren’t working!
June 16, 2004 | 4:00 PM EST | Ben

Many people are complaining about the Hyperspace renewal debacle.

If you signed up for Hyperspace on day one, your subscription has lapsed by now. If you renewed in early June (when you got the renewal email) your credit card has likely been charged and yet you STILL might not have access. The renewal “warnings” indicate that personalized email addresses are up for grabs if your account lapses so this may be an even bigger issue for many people once they DO receive their codes.

Tons of people are complaining that the renewal process is simply NOT working. The common theme is the frustration that customer service is simply not happening.

I personally tend to be rather harsh when it comes to things like this. Live by the sword, die by the sword. They always try to increase the number of subscribers; they need to be prepared to service them. Customer SERVICE personnel need to treat the “fans” as respected customers. In my opinion, the proper way to deal with this is to extend access to everyone whose account has lapsed until they get caught up.



Photo of Upcoming ARC Trooper Maquette
June 16, 2004 | 3:47 PM EST | Mark B


I came across this photo today which is the first I have seen of the upcoming Gentle Giant ARC Trooper Maquette. This will be the 5th of 5 statues that are coming from Gentle Giant that feature characters from the Clone Wars cartoon series. Your local comic book stores should start taking preorders for these starting the middle of next week.



Big bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 15, 2004 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

10% OFF SALE & 15% OFF ORDERS OVER $200 – We are preparing for the
onslaught of new product coming out in the 2nd half of 2004 by offering up a 10% Off ALL ‘In Stock’ Items in our current inventory (No pre-orders are on sale) As an added incentive, we will boost your bonus to 15% off the entire order if you order more than $200.00 of ‘In-Stock’ items at our current list prices! *Please read the sale info for details on how this sale works – link available on our main page. This sale is good for ALL items on the vintage menu as well as our normal In-Stock items. The sale ends Thursday morning at 10:00 AM Central Time.

Click here to shop with the Big Bad Toy Store.



Padme’s New Digs
June 15, 2004 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new feature for Hyperspace members– a tour of Padme’s new apartment on Coruscant. Check it out here.



THX1138 Now Available for Preorder
June 15, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B


Amazon.com is now taking preorders for George Lucas’ first feature length movie on DVD. The two disk collectors edition will set you back $18.89 (or buy it together with the Star Wars Trilogy and save a few bucks more). The DVD will be released on September 14 (a great month for Lucas fans!!!)



Some Tentative Shipping Dates
June 15, 2004 | 3:36 PM EST | Mark B

The new Diamond Comics Previews is now available for retailers, and there are some tentative ship dates for some great new Star Wars Collectibles.

As you now know, the Hasbro Sandcrawler will be a Diamond Exclusive. It is set to ship to retailers on Sept 1.

Mid September the KOTOBUKIYA Boba Fett kit will ship.

In December we will get the last of the Clone Wars Maquettes – The Clone Trooper along with the first of Gentle Giant’s Star Wars Statues – Chewbacca. Wave 2 of the Bust Up figures will hit the same time. All are scheduled for December 8.



Lucas Teases Episode III Title
June 15, 2004 | 3:30 PM EST | Ben

USA Today reports that George Lucas conceeds that fans have already correctly guessed the upcoming prequel’s title- but added that he won’t announce it until November, when the first trailer hits theaters. The guesses include Rise of the Empire, but Lucas told USA Today: “No, that’s not it.”

Is it Revenge of the Sith? Lucas smiled knowingly, backed away and teased the newspaper: “That’s a possibility. Lots of titles out there.”



Hi Res Vintage Photos
June 15, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you high resolution front and back images of the upcoming carded Vintage figures. Click here to check them out

Thanks to Action-HQ.com! for the images.



Vintage Figures and Tomy Dioramas Now At Action-HQ
June 15, 2004 | 8:10 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Vintage Figures &
Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3!

Available NOW:
-Vintage Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Princess Leia for just $15.95
-Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3 Set of 5 only $29.95!

Also available:
-OTC Dagobah & Bespin figures starting at $9.95 up!
-OTC Darth Vader Tie Fighter, X-Wing & Tie Fighter at $25.95 up!
-Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack at a Special price of $21.95!

Get yours at



Your ATTE And Drop Ship Is HERE… Sort Of
June 14, 2004 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

Fans of Tomy’s mini-dioramas, and those who have yet to embrace these far east exclusives will be thrilled with wave 3 of the mini-dios. This one features, Yoda, Slave I, the Jedi Starfighter, Anakin on speeder, and an ATTE with Dropship! Check the pics out here.



NEW Star Wars Miniature Game from WOTC
June 14, 2004 | 9:05 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated with announcement of The Star Wars Collectable Miniature Game. Available from Wizards of the Coast in September, the entire Rebel Storm set is composed of 60 pre-painted, fully-assembled, plastic miniatures and 2 exclusives available only with the Starter Set. The Starter Set includes 10 figures (8 random, 2 exclusive) and booster packs that include 7 random figures, some of which are not available in the Starter Set. Head on over to the Official Site for complete information.



Wave 2 and 3 Galactic Heroes 
June 14, 2004 | 1:54 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris sends in this heads-up on the availability of the newest waves of Playskool Galactic Heroes from Action Figure Xpress.
Wave 2 contains Padme Amidala & Anakin Skywalker, Yoda & Clonetrooper, and Obi-Wan Kenobi & Jango Fett. Wave 3 contains our favorite Bounty Hunters IG-88 & Zuckuss, Dengar & Boba Fett, and Bossk & 4-LOM. The estimated ship date is in August, and if you wish to order these you may find more information here.



Hope You Have Your Credit Cards Paid Up!
June 14, 2004 | 10:00 AM EST | Mark B

Well, if you are like me, you have anxiously been awaiting new Star Wars items to be released from Master Replicas. Well, over the next couple of weeks they are going to announce a bunch of new preorders for some exciting new replicas! There are going to be 2 new FX Lightsabers – Luke from ESB (with a blue blade), and MACE WINDU!!! with a Purple Blade (oh, I MUST HAVE one of these!!!). There will also be 3 new blaster replicas – Rebel Trooper (from the opening of “A New Hope”), Princess Leia (also from the beginning of “A New Hope”) and one a lot of people have been waiting for – A Stormtrooper Blaster. And finally to top it all off – the first vehicle replica – The AT-AT. Watch here for announcements of when these items will be available for sale on the Master Replicas website.



OT Cut Scene Photo
June 14, 2004 | 8:15 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new image for Hyperspace members. This time it’s a photo of Camie, as “The Girl Next Door” for the cut scene in Star Wars: A New Hope.



Bounty Hunting Today: Data East Trilogy Pinball
June 13, 2004 | 1:57 PM EST | Keri

Although Pinball machines seem “old” to most young kids in arcades who do not have clue one as to how to play them, those of us who saw Star Wars when it came out in 1977 know what Pinball is all about. The pinnacle of Pinball has long since passed, but updated machines with interactive graphics and multiballs have been made recently, most being movie themed.

The auction featured today is for the best of the three Star Wars pinball machines made in my opinion, which is the 1992 Data East Trilogy Pinball. The Sega Special Edition Trilogy Pinball has great artwork on the sides and on the board itself, the Episode I Williams machine has the best graphics, but neither machine has the charm and all out play-ability of the Data East machine.

The Data East Pinball has a lever which shoots the ball, and allows the player to attempt a skill shot on the screen graphic. The board has lots of colorful graphics, a rotating Death Star and a 3-D R2-D2 who moves up and down and beeps when the ball goes under him. The Death Star door opens and if the ball goes inside it blows up on screen and you get MultiBall insanity! The voices are from the films and if you can’t already tell I have personally played this game many times over the years.

If you have the room and the available funds to purchase this particular Pinball machine, I highly recommend it. The machine in this auction is complete with the plastic Vader head topper and has been thoroughly cleaned, with all burnt bulbs and rubber bumpers replaced. Click on through to own your very own Star Wars Pinball machine today!

1992 Data East Trilogy Pinball Machine



Some Off Topic Alien vs. Predator News
June 12, 2004 | 4:13 PM EST | Keri

As many of you know I am a very big Alien fan, and I could not resist posting this link to a brand new trailer for the upcoming Alien vs. Predator movie coming to a mulit-plex near you this summer! The story appears to be well, a tad bit on the weak side, but all the Aliens and Predators fighting amongst the silly humans is absolutely irrestible from my standpoint. While we all wait for Episode III, here is a link to another highly anticipated Fox franchise film we will pack the theaters to see on August 13th.

Alien vs. Predator Trailer

Now back to our regularly scheduled Star Wars news and updates…



Exclusive Framed Manga Lithos
June 12, 2004 | 4:04 PM EST | Keri

From none other than The Official Site comes news of yet another nice shop.starwars.com Exclusive item which happens to be a limited edition of signed, framed Manga lithos. The Manga art is that from the covers of the Original Trilogy Manga comics released a few years ago. Available June 11, 2004 through June 18th, shop.starwars.com is offering the exclusive sale of the 500 framed lithos to Hyperspace Members only at first, then after June 18th they will be available to everyone.

If you are a fan of Star Wars and like Anime as well, these would look great on any wall in your house!



Bounty Hunting Today: Plush Jedi Mickey Mouse
June 12, 2004 | 12:34 AM EST | Keri

The large bulk of items available for those who are lucky enough to attend the Star Wars Weekends Events in Orlando at Disneyworld seem to be pins and the occasional T-shirt and poster.

Today’s featured auction breaks that mold as it is for a Mickey Mouse as a Jedi Knight plush doll. The familiar mascot of all things Disney has adopted many guises throughout his lengthy career including a wizard, a tailor and now the formidable mouse dons a Jedi Robe and carries a blue bladed Lightsaber. The plush of course is a Disneyworld exclusive and has Star Wars Weekends 2004 embroidered on his foot. If you collect Star Wars plush dolls or Disney exclusives then this very well done Jedi Mickey will be a welcomed new addition!

Disneyworld Exclusive Jedi Mickey Plush



A New Hope Slot Machine!
June 11, 2004 | 12:35 AM EST | Keri

Straight from The Official Site comes news of a brand new Slot Machine made by IGT based on A New Hope coming to casinos at the end of 2004.

Players may find it more than irrestible to play these new one-armed bandits due to the multiple bells and whistles that sets this slot apart from the rows upon rows of other slots. Joe Kaminkow, IGT Vice President of Product Design shares details of this new slot: “Real 3D motion-captured artwork is also evident in the game and takes slot machines to a new level achieved by very few games or even motion pictures. The game also has a unique mechanical representation of the Death Star that hovers high above the game, rotates and stops on winning values — sort of an orb-shaped wheel. To play it all you do is select the maximum lines available as well as maximum bet and you are qualified for an opportunity to win a multimillion-dollar jackpot. In the bonus you try to advance through the Death Star to escape and eventually help Luke and Han blow it up at the end of the bonus round.”

Although I cannot locate any pictures as of yet, it sounds like a very interesting and very colorful slot machine. I myself will be leaving shortly to have my honeymoon in Las Vegas and wish these new Star Wars slots were there already to be played. You may read the entire article here.



New Customs At Star Construx
June 10, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

The german Star Construx has updated the page today with the “Return of the Jedi” wave which includes 8 custom-figures build by Harald Flügge.

There are Shasa Teil “female Ishi Tib” (Jabba’s Palace), Leia Slave (Jabba’s Palace), Gammorean Guard, Yarna d’ al’ Gargan (Jabba’s Palace), Doalyn (Jabba’s Skiff), Attark “male Hoover” (Jabba’s Palace), Ak – Rev ( Drummer in Jabba’s Palace) and an imp. Bikerscout!

They’ve also changed the design of the page, to bring a new look and easier navigation to StarconstruX. Stop at Star Construx and check it all out!



NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 10, 2004 | 5:02 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Captive Audience” which shows (highlight to read)Palpatine restrained in what will be General Grevious’ quarters 



Check Your Inboxes!
June 10, 2004 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

The latest Star Wars Homing Beacon #112 arrived today, giving a great description of the opening space battle, complete with ship movement descriptions. Hyperspace members can view anamatic stills in the latest Episode III Post Notes, too!



Hasbro Updates…
June 10, 2004 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark

Here is a nice look of the Jedi Council together…

NEW Jedi Council Scene Packs! Available Exclusively at Toys R Us!
Make sure to visit your local Toys R Us this summer to get the two new additions to the Jedi Council Scenes collection, both from The Phantom Menace. Scene 1 includes Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Scene 2 includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Plo Koon, and Eeth Koth.

More pictures at Hasbro’s site


More information on the new Falcon…

The Original Trilogy Collection brings back the ultimate Star Wars vehicle! The OTC Millennium Falcon has all of its original great features with some exciting new additions. This version of the legendary spaceship includes:

-New light-up back engine thrusters
-Firing missile
-Make the jump to hyperspace with lights and sounds
-Flying and blaster sounds
-Redesigned cockpit to fit the 3 ¾” figures more easily
-And the black and silver Original Trilogy Collection package – reminiscent of the 1970’s, but with new, updated graphics.

More news and images at the site…



More Bantha Tracks 
June 10, 2004 | 8:04 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced that we will soon be seeing even more issues of Bantha Tracks. In addition to now having Bantha Tracks in EVERY issue of the Star Wars Insider, there will be Biweekly electronic issues on The Official Site. Read the full article here.



Clone Wars Wave 3 Details
June 9, 2004 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted the 411 on the 4 figures for Wave 3 of the Animated Clone Wars Figures— Grevious, C3PO, R2-D2, and PADME (here’s hoping it’s her snow outfit!).



Bounty Hunting Today: Master Replicas Artist Proofs
June 9, 2004 | 7:44 PM EST | Keri

We are all familiar with the prop replicas avaialble to the general public for purchase, built in exacting standards to their movie counterparts by Master Replicas. However, today’s auction provides some artist proofs which are not necessarily made easily available to the general collector.

The artist proofs are used to mass produce the specific prop, and are used for publicity shots or used at trade shows to promote “the next big thing” soon to be available for purchase. Artist proofs are very limited and for the collector looking for something outstanding to add to a prop collection, this is one of the pinnacles, outside of owning a movie-used prop.

The auction featured below is for an artist proof Yoda Lightsaber, with a reasonable Buy-it-now price if you wish to end the auction and add it to your collection. Always remember to check any sellers other auctions for any other related items they may have for sale. Such as today’s seller who has more artist proof and prototype prop items including a piece from the 1979 film Alien.

Master Replicas Artist Proof Yoda Lightsaber



Galaxies For Free?
June 9, 2004 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Lucasgames is now offering a 14 day free trial for Star Wars Galaxies. If you’re an RPGer, check out all the details here.



Vader’s TIE Fighter In Stock
June 9, 2004 | 7:09 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon, you can now pick up the Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as it is now in stock.

Also there are a few of the Basic Figure: Battle of Yavin – Tie Fighter Pilot in stock.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 8, 2004 | 11:11 PM EST | Bill

Order your own Star Wars sidekick now straight form Entertainment Earth.

Star Wars – The Original Trilogy Collection (OTC) 3 3/4 inch Basic
Action Figure Assortment Sidekick / Floor Display. Display is
decorated in the all-new Original Trilogy theme. Measures 57.75″ H x
14″ W x 18″ D. Master Carton dimensions: 20.875″ H x 14.375″ W x 12.5″
D. This item also contains 24 individually packaged Original Trilogy
Collection action figures including 4x Biker Scout (OTC #11), 2x
Chewbacca (OTC #8), 2x Princess Leia (OTC #9), 2x Luke Skywalker –
Dagobah (OTC #1), 2x Yoda – Dagobah (OTC #2), 2x Hologram / Spirit of
Obi-Wan Kenobi (OTC #3), 2x R2-D2 Dagobah Swamp (OTC #4), 2x Luke
Skywalker – X-Wing (OTC #5), 2x Luke Skywalker – Jedi (OTC #6), 2x Han Solo (OTC #7), 2x Darth Vader (OTC #10) (subject to change). Click here to order.



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 8, 2004 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some great new arrivals!
STAR WARS: The Trilogy X-Wing and TIE Fighter have just arrived and are available for $22.99 each. More Unleashed wave 9 figures have arrived – Leia and Obi-Wan – both available separately. We’ve also restocked some of the soldout Saga figures including Holographic Luke, Rappertunie, Tanus Spijek, and Sail Barge Lando. We’ve also cut prices on some other recent releases including Bossk, Dengar, Admiral Ozzel and others! Check it out here.



Continue The Clone Wars Will
June 8, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, The Official Site has just announced that the Animated Clone Wars Series will continue. There will be 5 more installments– each of which will be 4 times longer than the 20 chapers we’ve already seen (12 minutes instead of 3!) Read the full story here. The Wars continue in March 2005!



Drum Roll… The Surprise Figure Is:…
June 8, 2004 | 8:40 PM EST | Bill

It looks like some astute work by Kevin over at The Trade Federation may have uncovered the “secret” Star Wars Shop.com figure. He noticed that R2DToys is listing an OTC Emperor – Starwars shop special figure with this description: “This is an exclusive figure from the official Star Wars website ! ” More as it develops.



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Vintage Vinyl Figure Cases
June 8, 2004 | 1:49 PM EST | Keri

While doing the time-honored tradition of surfing Ebay, looking for those bargain priced “hidden” auctions, I ran across a very nice lot of 4 Vintage vinyl action figure carrying cases. The auction includes the Star Wars design case, 2 different Empire Strikes back designs and a peach of a hard to find Return of the Jedi case. If you are looking for a near complete set of these vinyl figure cases, (the only one missing is the Star Wars design with ESB logo) this auction is a no reserve with a nice low opening bid. Remember that searching Ebay high and low for bargains can pay off in the long run for a collection on a budget.

4 Vintage Vinyl Action Figure Cases



Bounty Hunting Today: ESB Laserdisc Proof Sheet
June 8, 2004 | 1:17 PM EST | Keri

While today’s item is interesting and something that I have not seen before, it may not be for everyone’s collection and/or tastes. However, for those collectors looking for anything unusual that is vintage Star Wars this is something not found everyday.

Today’s auction is for a printer’s proof for the cover art for the Empire Strikes Back RCA CED Laserdisc. In the early days of home video, the CED Laserdiscs preceded the Laserdiscs that were like 12″ LP sized DVD’s and CD’s. The CED Laserdiscs were thin “sheets” that contained the movie which were incased in a hard plastic cover that was then inserted into the player. They were big and bulky and weren’t around for too long, but some of the top sellers were Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.

The proof sheet has the beautiful ESB Style A poster art on the front with various stock photos on the back as well as a description of the film. Again, for collectors looking for every bit of Star Wars they can get their hands on, this is certainly something not easily found.

Empire Strikes Back Laserdisc Cover Art Proof Sheet



Silver Sandtrooper At Starwarsshop.com Confirmed
June 8, 2004 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site is confirming that the summer convention exclusive Silver Sandtrooper will be available at Starwarsshop.com, and Hyperspace members will have an early ordering opportunity. Also there will be an exclusive figure available this fall (other than the Silver trooper) from Starwarsshop.com. Read the full story here.



Amazon Sale
June 8, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Mark

Here are a few items on sale over at Amazon….
X-Wing Fighter Red Leader $19.98 (33% off)
Return of the Jedi Figure: Jabba the Hutt $9.99 (17% off)
12″ Bounty Hunter Zam Wessel $6.98 (65% off)

And here are three new pre-orders….
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Stormtrooper
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Luke Skywalker
Trilogy Vintage Series 12″ Figure: Boba Fett



More New Figures On Tap?
June 8, 2004 | 8:15 AM EST | Bill

The scavenger team over at The Jawa has updated with a new list of rumored figures from Hasbro– just to mention a few highlights:

A certain long awaited (and often seen on Ebay in prototype form) Darth Vader

4 cantina figures– Hem Dazon is one of them

The rest of the Empire Bounty Hunters yet to be redone

Also Deluxe figures and a couple of large beasts.

Oh and a little piece of news we brought you a while back– the Twin Pod Cloud Car!

Read the full list here!



Hyperspace Discounts
June 7, 2004 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced discounts at the starwarsshop.com for Hyperspace members– 10% on select items. Check it out here.



Got Your Jedi Tennis
June 7, 2004 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Tyler sent in this report:

Here’s a link to some Nike Jedi shoes from a friend of mine in Japan. Check it out here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Custom General Grievous
June 6, 2004 | 11:07 AM EST | Keri

I always appreciate the countless hours and effort that go into making completely custom figures, and the auction spotlighted today is no exception.

Today’s auction is for a fully custom General Grievous, the mysterious new character introduced to us in the Clone Wars cartoons, and will also appear in Episode III. Each piece of this figure was constructed by the seller, and the figure includes many nice features such as magnetic points on the hands, feet and belt which can hold lightsabers, a magnetically attached cloth cape and a base which he can stand upon when not slaughtering Jedi.

The detail, paint and likeness on this figure are astounding making this a stunning addition to any collection.

Custom 3 3/4″ General Grievous



Original Trilogy DVD Trailer On-Line
June 5, 2004 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the official trailer for the Original Trilogy on DVD. Not only does it have some very nice footage from the original trilogy but also a few clips from the bonus features as well. If you’re a Hyperspace member, click here to check it out.



New Ultimate Trilogy and Clone Wars Sticker Books
June 5, 2004 | 2:22 PM EST | Keri

As reported on the official Star Wars Kids site, this Fall, look for the new Ultimate Sticker Books featuring images from the Classic Trilogy as well as the Clone Wars cartoon saga by DK Publishing at your local bookstore. Each book has 60 full-color stickers of characters, droids, vehicles and more that are reusable, which means hours of play for any Youngling or Padawan. Also, there are sevreal pages of full-color backgrounds of locations from the Star Wars Universe for you to recreate your favorite scenes from the films. You can read more about the books here.



Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Kites
June 5, 2004 | 1:54 PM EST | Keri

Although the weather is starting to get warmer as summer is upon most of us in the world, hot windy afternoons are perfect for the time-honored tradition of flying a kite. The only kite to fly of course is one with some sort of Star Wars design emblazened on it!

Today’s auction features two vintage ROTJ kites made by Spectra Star back in 1983. Spectra Star made many different Star Wars as well as Indiana Jones themed kites in the 1980s which included a Wicket design, Speeder Bike Dragon tail, a multi-character box kite (the coolest in my opinion) and a Vader Streamer Kite. The Luke and Vader kites, like Wicket up for bids in today’s auction are more of a classic kite shape. The kites are mint in their original sealed plastic packaging and retain their bright colors.

Although not for every collector, these kites are a great addition to those who enjoy every aspect the Star Wars licensing machine has to offer.

Vintage ROTJ Luke & Vader Kites MISP



Star Wars Millenium Falcon Spaceship
June 5, 2004 | 10:39 AM EST | Mark

Now ready for Pre-Order is the Millenium Falcon Spaceship. This is a TRU Exclusive.
The best known, most heroic ship from the original trilogy, “brought to life” with lights and authentic movie sounds! Features electronic lights and sounds, New light-up engine thrusters, firing missiles, and hyperspace mode. Opening cockpit. Interior fits lots of figures!



Vintage Yoda And Lando Photos
June 4, 2004 | 2:35 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Egates just sent in this report:

If you click on this shopstarwars.com link, there are small preview images of the new VOTC Yoda and Lando… to my knowledge, these haven’t been featured on any sites yet…

Thanks for the report! Click here to check them out.



Vintage Style Darth Vader Detailed Photos
June 4, 2004 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page is treating us to a lot of updates this week– this time it’s the vintage style Darth Vader– more articulation, new sculpt, and even a well done cloak “chain” check it out here.



At Last It’s Official
June 4, 2004 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

We heard a few days ago, however Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has just confirmed that the Sandcrawler is coming this fall as an exclusive to Diamond Comics. In addition to one of the most wanted vehicles itself, it will come with the “death star droid” and 2 Jawas. Read the full story here.



The Exclusives Are Falling Into Place
June 4, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

While Hasbro hasn’t issued any confirmation, it looks like the full story has been revealed about the DVD Special Edition figure packs. The Official Site’s Cargo Bay section has been updated ot include the DVD Special Edition Figure sets— it shows them to be Wal-Mart Exclusives. Check it out here.



Darth Vader’s Tie Boxed Pictures
June 4, 2004 | 8:25 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated again to bring you boxed photos of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter. Check them out here. Thanks to Action HQ for the photos



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Jawa Sandcrawler
June 3, 2004 | 9:38 PM EST | Keri

As many of you know, I was away for quite some time as I was preparing for and did get married. I now happily return to my posting duties and bring you a brand new edition of Bounty Hunting Today.

As many fans rejoiced, the new Sandcrawler was brought out of the shadows of near destruction to once again lope across the tractless voids of own Tattoine dioramas in the very near future. Also, the countless pictures of the new OTC line harkened me back to the simpler times where it all began in the toy universe with the original Kenner remote control Sandcrawler.

The Kenner Sandcrawler was large and bulky, all molded in one color burnt-orange plastic with the obligatory decals to be stuck on, only to fall off after some spirited play. The Sandcrawler was oh so cool, and well to me still is today. They are rather hard to find boxed and complete, as well as expensive to say the least. However, just as Ebay can be a blessing as well as a curse (due to the scalping), it can also bring about less than perfect but still presentable subjects for very reasonable prices. Today’s Sandcrawler is a perfect example of just that: something incomplete and not perfect, but nonetheless at a price most anyone at any level of collecting can afford: $2.95 as an opening bid price. This Sandcrawler is missing its elevator, as most loose specimens do, but it still works which is a big plus. After a nice cleaning, and some traveling around the house, this Sandcrawler would be a great companion to the updated version arriving soon.

Vintage Loose Jawa Sandcrawler



Scalping @ A New High??
June 3, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Mark

Now, we are all well aware of the scalpers on the web. However in browsing Ebay today, I WAS STUNNED to see these two auctions.

Brought to you by Cloud City Collectibles, I will not even post a link to their site at this point. They have two R2-D2 OTC (YES THE BRAND NEW FIGURES) listed at a WHOPPING $34.99 each. They are AFA Rated at 8.5. These are not a 10, which in either case you could probably pick them up at the store in the same or better condition for the Retail price of $5.99. I find this very offensive as a collector. I could care less if it is AFA rated. A $30 markup on these new figures to me, brings in a new all time high to scalping.

You can view one of these outrageous auctions here…



NEW Before the Helmet Image
June 3, 2004 | 8:30 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Hayden Hangs Around” which shows (highlight to read)a behind the scenes look at Anakin in stunt rigging to recreate some special “Force-aided” acrobatics. 



For the Over 21 Crowd
June 3, 2004 | 6:06 PM EST | Mark B

Ready for the latest collaboration between George Lucas and Francis Coppola? How about a 2002 Lucas Skywalker Ranch Chardonnay? This has been a hugely popular wine from the Niebaum-Coppola Winery. At $30 a bottle, it is pretty expensive compared to action figures, but pretty inexpensive as far as wine is concerned. I have personally had some of the Coppola Merlot and I’ll tell you, it was incredible. If you are of legal age, pick up a bottle – hey, you can pop it open to celebrate the release of Star Wars on DVD later this year!



New Master Replicas Releases Today
June 3, 2004 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark B

If you happen to be a fan of that OTHER Star Thing show as well as Star Wars,Master Replicas has released a couple of really cool Star Trek replicas today. I believe both are from the original TV series. They have a new Klingon Disruptor (Pistol), and a Tricorder. The one thing that always impressed me about Star Trek was how items from that show ended up being developed in real life. If you think about it, that Tricorder is kind of the grandfather of today’s PDAs….now if we could just develop a Transporter….

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…



Boxed Original Trilogy X-Wing And Tie Fighter Images
June 3, 2004 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you detailed boxed images of the Original Trilogy X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Check out all the pics here.

Thanks to Action-HQ for these new images!



Action-HQ Newsfeed– OT X-Wing; Tie Fighter; Bespin Wave NOW IN STOCK
June 3, 2004 | 8:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ

STAR WARS NEW Bespin & Trilogy Figures!
AHQ is bringing it to you FIRST once again & this week with Bespin & OTC figures! Available are newly molded figures Bespin Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Lobot and re-carded OTC R2D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper & Wicket. Price starts from just $9.95.

STAR WARS 3 NEW Vehicles Available NOW!
Why go anywhere else when you know AHQ will bring it to you FIRST & at some of the best price possible for a collectibles store! Get your Star Wars OTC vehicles weeks & months ahead of everyone else. Now shipping are Vader’s Tie Fighter, X-Wing & Tie Fighter at just $29.95up!

Click here to check them out!



ILM Models on Display in Chicago
June 2, 2004 | 11:44 PM EST | Keri

If you live in the Chicago area and would like to see the ILM Models of the AT-AT, a full size Speeder Bike, (wow!) the Coruscant Skyline from Episode 2 and a full size Sebulba you are in luck!

As reported on the official site, on May 28, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago unveils the exhibit entitled Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking. The exhibit also features models from the Indiana Jones Trilogy, E.T. The Mummy and Hunt For Red October.

For more information on the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and on the exhibit itself you may visit their official website here. They also have some pretty cool wallpaper you can download to your own screen.



Channeling The Force
June 2, 2004 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Always in motion the future is… however the Yak’s sources are very attuned to messages about future goodies. We’ve just seen the reports of the Sandcrawlers eventual release which have been around for some time proven true. Now the force brings word that one of the last Vintage vehicles to be released is high on Hasbro’s plans for a future release. While a release time is unclear, our sources say the Cloud Car will see a modern release— just what we need now that the Cloud Car Pilot has joined the modern line. The ghost of yakface past is usually quite on point… but you don’t have to take our word for it.



The Sandcrawler Is Coming This Fall
June 2, 2004 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

The early reports were correct– the Sandcrawler is back on its track. Diamond Comics has picked it up as a exclusive. Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for ithere.



Gentle Giant Green Clone Trooper Sargeant Arrives!
June 2, 2004 | 11:55 AM EST | Keri

I was awoken this morning with the ring of my doorbell, only to find a large box from FedEx containing my Gentle Giant Exclusive Green Sargeant Clone Trooper mini-bust ordered from shop.starwars.com.

The packing was very good, with the Clone Trooper’s box wrapped in bubble wrap, surrounded by big wads of packing paper to insure no harm to the Clone Trooper’s Gentle Giant box. All in all, I am very pleased with the Star Wars Shop. It seems after the initial glitch in the ordering system, things have defintely improved all the way around.



The Latest E3 Video Is Now Up On Hyperspace
June 2, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new video for Hyperspace members– this one deals with the part of the interior of a ship which appears in E3. Check it out here.



Disney Weekends Photo
June 1, 2004 | 11:05 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dennis was kind enough to share this photo he took of our favorite droid actor Anthony Daniels with his C-3PO counterpart on hand.



Talking Yoda Seek You?
June 1, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

The Original Trilogy series Ask Yoda has just appeared on Ebay. Click here to check out detailed front and back images.



KnollVision #1
June 1, 2004 | 9:45 PM EST | Jayson

Visit the The Official Site for a new weekly 3-D feature callled “KnollVision” that lets you explore a Episode III set via “Virtual Reality.” Hyperspace members only need apply.



Tsuneo Sanda’s Website
June 1, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark B

Tsuneo Sanda writes in to let us know his website SANDAWORLD.COM is now up and fully operational. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, head on over and check out his Star Wars artwork – you’ll probably recognize the artwork before the name! Tsuneo has done some of the best Star Wars artwork I have ever seen. Enjoy.



12″ Vintage Luke Loose Photos
June 1, 2004 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you the latest loose detailed photos of the upcoming 12″ vintage style Luke Skywalker. Check them out here. Oh and did we mention Luke finally gets the Kung Fu grip?



The Empire Strikes Back DVD Special Edition Figures
June 1, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

That was fast, yesterday these DVD special edition figures surfaced on Ebay, now the Empire set has surfaced. Check out the photos of the DVD special edition figureshere.