July 2004 Archive

New Bantha Tracks On-Line
July 31, 2004 | 3:11 PM EST | Bill

Remember that Bantha Tracks is now appearing on-line, well the The Official Site‘s Hyperspace section has added the latest on-line version, including a very tongue in cheek review of Stormtrooper armor. Click here for more.



VOTC Wave 3!!!
July 31, 2004 | 12:38 PM EST | Joseph

The good folks over at Galactichunter.com has hi-res scans of the third and final wave of the Vintage Original Trilogy. You can see them by clicking here



Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD!!
July 30, 2004 | 1:13 AM EST | Joseph

GalacticHunter.com has posted a website with secret information about the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy DVD. You can get there by clicking here



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 29, 2004 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Just announced and ready for pre-order is the all-new Darth Vader Voice Changer! Darth Vader Voice Changer (Item# HS85260, $34.99)

Become the most legendary character of the entire Star Wars saga with
Hasbro’s new electronic DARTH VADER VOICE CHANGER.

Since the world was first introduced to the evil Darth Vader more than 25 years ago, people everywhere have mimicked his legendary voice and his infamous breathing sounds.

The DARTH VADER VOICE CHANGER features the realistic helmet, mask and
chest plate that made the very image of Darth Vader an icon. Just put on the gear, and the change will be complete when you hear your own voice converted to sound like that of the evil Lord Vader! Two
additional modes are included: the first plays the ominous breathing
sound, and the final mode plays five of his most popular phrases from
the Star Wars movies, including “The Force is with you,” “You don’t
know the power of the dark side,” “Don’t make me destroy you,” “Your
powers are weak,” and “There is no escape.” Your voice can be adjusted through three different pitch levels. The helmet is adjustable to fit all head sizes, from age 5 to adult.


SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 Set (Item# HS85208AA, $29.99)Star Wars Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1 Set includes 4 individually packaged figure 2-packs loosely based on the A New Hope theme: 1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo, 1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Chewbacca & C-3PO (Subject to change).

SW Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 Set (Item# HS85208AA2, $22.99) Star Wars Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1.5 Set includes 3 individually packaged figure 2-packs loosely based on the A New Hope theme: 1x Luke Skywalker & R2-D2, 1x Princess Leia & Han Solo and 1x Darth Vader & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Subject to change).



Star Tours Wave 4 Carded
July 28, 2004 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you carded images of the upcoming fourth wave of Star Tours figures. As with the previous waves, these will be an exclusive at Disney Paks. Click here for the photos.



Yoda Attakus!!!
July 28, 2004 | 9:55 PM EST | Joseph

Rebelscum.com has pics of the new upcoming Yoda statue by Attakus. You can get there by clicking here



Color Clone Wars Yoda Sketch Card – Update
July 28, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Keri

Thanks to the many YakReaders who wrote in regarding the full color artist sketch card that was featured in the Bounty Hunting article today.

Allow me to clarify some points regarding this card. First of all, this card was not pulled in full color from any of the boxes of trading cards. I also did consider the fact that the card could be a “fraud”, but the auction does state that the seller has a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist.

YakReader Keith reported in with a great explanation regarding the color cards, so as to avoid any further confusion:

“All of the artists were allowed to keep extra blank sketch cards and they were allowed to do with them whatever they liked. So far, 11 of these “unofficial” cards have shown up. I have images of all of them on my site.”

You may view the images of the other color trading cards on Keith’s website.Keith has a very comprehensive list of Clone Wars trading card variations on his site, along with great information for anyone who is collecting these trading cards.



New Darth Vader Voice Changer
July 28, 2004 | 6:39 PM EST | Mark B

Looks like Hasbro is releasing a new Darth Vader Voice Changer later in the year. StarWarsShop.com just listed it on their website with a delivery date of November. Sounds like it will arrive just in time to scare the heck out of that brat nephew on Thanksgiving day! (a use that is well worth the $34.99 cost!). It looks like you get a mask, chestplate, and voice changer for that price (too bad they can’t get the thing out in time for Halloween!). Head on over toStarWarsShop.com and check it out.



That’s No Moon
July 28, 2004 | 3:42 PM EST | Mark B

Well, here we have a perfect example of art imitating life. Check out the photo on THIS PAGE of NASA’s website. It’s a great photo from the Cassini Space Probe of Saturn’s moon Mimas – which looks suspiciously like a certain space station…..

(Thanks to Steve for pointing it out to us!)



Bounty Hunting Today: Full Color Yoda Clone Wars Sketch Card
July 28, 2004 | 3:04 PM EST | Keri

If you are enjoying the new trading card sets recently released by Topps as much as I am, then I am sure some of your favorite cards may be the artist sketch cards. Each sketch card is slightly different and unique, individually drawn by the artist to make for a very interesting collectible card as well as piece of art.

Today’s auction is something I personally have not seen and did not even know existed. Instead of the normal sketch cards which are accomplished in black and white, pen and ink, this card is in full color. The artist not only drew the image of Yoda from the Clone Wars cartoon series, but went a step further by coloring in the Jedi Master, really bringing him to life.

While the auction is not in the affordable price range for most collectors, it is defintely something worth looking at and admiring. Click on through below to enjoy this wonderful miniature work of art! Thanks to YakReader “Alan” for bringing this great auction to our attention.

Full Color Yoda Topps Clone Wars Sketch Card



VOTC Wave 2 Now At Action HQ
July 27, 2004 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com now has the second wave of VOTC in stock — this wave includes Luke Skywalker (the 4th figure for A New Hope), and Darth Vader and Yoda (the first 2 from the Empire Strikes Back). Click here to order.



Master Replicas at Walmart.com
July 26, 2004 | 5:27 PM EST | Keri


Yes, you read the title correctly, Walmart.com does indeed have Master Replicas items at a slightly discounted price point. They have many MR items to choose from such as the Star Wars line inlcuding Jango Blasters and Lightsabers, as well as a LOTR sword, Aliens Motion Tracker and Predator Helmet. Although the Aliens and Predator items show as sold out, they have yet to be released, so keep checking back on the Walmart website. When the items are in stock they will show up later to place in your cart for checkout. Follow the link here for the MR Star Wars props as well as other toys they have in stock on the website.

Big thanks to YakReader Jason for pointing this out to help fellow collectors on a budget.



Silver Sandtrooper at StarWarsShop
July 26, 2004 | 3:34 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com now has the Silver Sandtrooper action figure available. This is the figure that debuted at Comic-Con and is now available to all hyperspace subscribers. Limit of 3 per person. Get ’em quick while they show IN STOCK!!!



Animated Fett Gets Bricked
July 26, 2004 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Boba JP wrote in with this update on the Droids version Kubrick Boba Fett. Check out the new photo here. According to our information the Droid Fett will be sold at the “WONDER FESTIVAL 2004 SUMMER” with 500 sold in the event. There will also be 1504 sold over the web Aug 29-30.



The Cantina Update
July 26, 2004 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten lots of mail with questions about Joseph’s story on the Cantina Restaurant/Toy Shop in Japan. By the way in the cafe part of the Cantina the menu’s drinks and dishes are named after several Star Wars characters.

Here’s some of the questions and answers we received:

Q: I heard Mara Jada’s Autograph is by one of the bathroom doors is it really there?

A:Mara Jade was at the last location. The owner tried to take down the wall and bring it with him to the new location but it wasn’t possible. When EP1 opened the actors that played Chewbacca, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Wicket were at the Cantina to sign their name. However, the Cantina has since moved from that location to their present location. Last year, the actors that were at the new location were Aayla Secura, Taun We, Zam Wessel, and young Boba Fett.http://www.cantina.co.jp/index.html

Q:Do you know the address (or web page address) of this store? I may be heading to Japan next year.

A: Here you go http://www.cantina.co.jp/index.html

Q: I was looking over your pics of the Cantina place you were at in Japan and saw some interesting pics….what is up with that Fett figure in the blue package? It looks real but the fact that nobody had reported on it before made me think it might be bootleg.

You got any more info you can give me on this? price? availability? did they have a lot at that place?

A:actually that is a custom made Boba Fett ordered by the owner of the Cantina. The figure is a regular Boba Fett but the owner had the card custom made.

Click here for the full story.



VOTC Display
July 25, 2004 | 9:41 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mike was kind enough to send in a picture of his, in my opinion interesting way of displaying the VOTC figures. It not only makes an eyecatching display, but neatly ties in the 1978 vintage Kenner line with today’s version of the vintage Hasbro line. Mike has bought 2 of each VOTC figure and has placed his original 1978 Kenner figures from his childhood in the new clamshell packages, side by side with the new VOTC figures. Enjoy!



Hasbro Ep III Revenge Of The Sith Package
July 25, 2004 | 6:58 PM EST | Mark

Over at Starwars.com, they have a first look at the new Ep3 Hasbro Packaging…

Click the image to see it full size…



Gentle Giant Chewbacca at Star Wars Shop
July 25, 2004 | 3:45 PM EST | Mark B


StarWarsShop.com is now taking preorders for the first in Gentle Giant’s new 12″ scale statue line. The first is going to feature Chewbacca (at about 14″) with C3PO from The Empire Strikes Back on his back. This is going to be one beautiful statue, make sure to get yours ordered today before they sell out!



Boba Fett 12inch Vintage OTC
July 24, 2004 | 11:50 PM EST | Joseph

Toymaniacs.com has the new 12″ Vintage OTC Figures featuring: Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker for sale. You can get there by clicking here



First Official Episode III Merchandise!
July 24, 2004 | 6:14 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com now has the new “Revenge of the Sith” T-shirt available for order! Be the first on your block with this cool Retro Style T-Shirt with the newly announced Episode III title!



Episode III Title Announced!
July 24, 2004 | 6:12 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com today has officially announced the title of Star Wars Episode III


‘nuf said



Jedi Council Exclusive #2
July 24, 2004 | 8:39 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock is the 3.75 Jedi Council Scene II over at tru.com.

Also in stock now is the Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Figures: Han Solo and Leia
Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Figures: Darth and Obi-Wan
Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Figures: Luke and R2D2



SDCC ’04 Continued
July 24, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Mark

If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the gallery from the SDCC 04. Click on over and take a look…

Also new pics added include:
Gentle Giant C3PO
Gentle Giant Chewbacca
Gentle Giant Stormtrooper
IG-88 Unleashed
Plus some Wizards of the Coasts Images…

And in other news, Michael reports the following:
2005 planned pre-movie basic figures
Wave 1 – Coruscant wave, with Pablo Jill (Jedi), Yarua (wookie), Sly
Moore (Senator)
Wave 2 – Naboo wave, Rabe (hand maiden), Padme
Wave 3 – Cantina wave, Feltipen Trevagg, Myo, Dannik Jerriko
wave 4 (due in February) is based on episode 3

Lots if clonetroopers for army building next year
More Clone Wars figures, including Grevious, Anakin (from Chapter 19) and Arc Trooper.

More Galactic Heroes – Lando in Skiff disguise, Skiff Guard; Gammorean Guard and Luke, Tusken Raider and ???
Also a new electronic X-Wing

They showed an x-wing pilot Luke for the Jedi Force Playskool line.



The Future Looks Good!
July 23, 2004 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

the Official Site has updated with detailed news from Hasbro’s Q & A at Comicon. The report confirms the following for 2005:
The basic figure line will see 3 more waves– the new figures in these waves will be Sly Moore, Wookiee Senator Yarua, Pablo Jill, Padmé Amidala in ceremony dress, handmaiden Rabe, and Mos Eisley cantina aliens Feltipern Trevagg , Myo and Dannik Jerriko. Although no figures were named (you’ve read the rumors) an Episode III sneak preview wave was confirmed, as well as more Galactic Heros, and a third wave of Clone Wars Animated figures– Anakin, Grevious, and an ARC trooper! Read the full report here.



Big BadToys Newsfeed
July 23, 2004 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

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

MASTER REPLICA – We have received the Jango Fett LE Blaster Set and the Emperor Palpitine Cane and Clasp set. Both are very limited editions – the Jango Blaster set is available for $429.99 and the Emperor’s cane is $189.99. Many other Master Replica items are available for pre-order and we’ll continue to add more already released items to our selection.



Can you believe this?
July 23, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Ben

This is simply unacceptable. A reader took this picture at a Michigan K-Mart. It appears that someone bought Leia, took her home, and replaced her with the “Monkey-Faced” Leia (circa 1995.)

Thanks Amy for this look at the Dark Side of the hobby.



Final Words Regarding Sam Goody and VOTC
July 23, 2004 | 3:09 PM EST | Keri

First of all, I would like to thank all the YakReaders who wrote in as well as sent in their scans of receipts from Sam Goody stores where they were able to purchase the VOTC line of Star Wars figures.

YakReader Mike who made the initial report sent in the scan of his receipt as proof:

YakReader Tony also sends in this scan of his receipt from Wilmington, NC:

This final report comes from YakReader John:

“I too can say that in my location (Oklahoma City, OK) that our local Sam Goody and Suncoast DO carry action figures! Not only that, but Star Wars. I went in just yesterday and saw the OTC Leia, Lobot, C-3PO repack, etc. As well as VOTC Han, Ben, and Leia at both locations. Sam Goody still has tons of McFarlane figures, as well as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Heart toys that’ve been there forever.

When I was in Florida earlier in the summer, the local Sam Goody didn’t have a toy section at all, rather, they had a very small area where they had some “collectibles” that was laughable. So yes, I think it does vary from location to location.”

Whether or not the Sam Goody store in your area has action figures at all indeed does vary from store to store, state to state. Just as stores in the MN region have them, it would appear that none of the locations in South Florida carry action figures of any kind. Please be kind and patient when calling and asking for these figures keeping in mind that not every single store may have them. Please be rest assured that whenever store reports are made, regardless of the store, it is my sincerest attempt to only post information that is as accurate as possible. Case closed.



SDCC ’04 Is Here!!
July 23, 2004 | 6:34 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to the roving reporter Mike Crawford for heading over to the SDCC. We have images Right Here for you to look at…

More to come soon, so stay tuned..

Master Replicas Photos added today:
Master Replicas Photos



News From South Florida
July 23, 2004 | 1:09 AM EST | Jair

Hi guys. I just got back from New York and Miami and here’s what I found there. In New York, the big Toys r’ Us had nothing to get excited about. In Miami, Targets have on Clearance all Cartoon Series Action Figures (under 5 bucks each). K-mart has the first wave of the OTC and Wal-mart has some of the second wave out. Toys r’ Us in Miami have plenty of X-Wings and Vader’s Ties to go around. Good luck!!!



SDCC ’04 Is Here!!
July 22, 2004 | 5:08 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to the roving reporter Mike Crawford for heading over to the SDCC. We have images Right Here for you to look at…

More to come soon, so stay tuned..



This Isn’t Like Any Cantina You’ve Seen Before
July 22, 2004 | 1:03 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reporter Joseph recently found himself in Japan. While he was there he found a very interesting shop/restaurant dedicated to our favorite subject. Check out all the photos here.



NEW Before the Helmet
July 21, 2004 | 10:57 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Discussing Grave Uncertainties” which shows (highlight to read) a grim Yoda and a battle-worn Obi-Wan, discussing the fate of the Republic and the fall of a friend 



Store Reporting Today
July 21, 2004 | 3:30 PM EST | Keri

Today’s store reports include yet more VOTC sightings which consist of finding the somewhat elusive Luke.

YakReader Yodatmaster reports in with Luke findings as well as good advice to all collectors:

“i stopped at my local meijers this morning on the my way to work in auburn hills, mi and found more votc figures. looks like the asst. that meijers is getting is still containing lukes and from what i can tell, there are only 2 lukes in the asst. case. i picked up the 2 lukes to help 2 of my other friends who need them. i urge anybody to pick up extra lukes to help others.”

I also have this correction regarding K-Marts that still are open in the state of Texas from YakReader Stephanie:

“There are still a few KMarts left in Texas, including here in Lubbock. But they haven’t had any new Star Wars figures since last year.”

This is an exciting time with all the new and repacked OTC and VOTC items arriving this summer. Keep those store reports coming!



Thank The Maker
July 21, 2004 | 11:34 AM EST | Jayson


Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates with new loose and carded photos of the Vintage Goldenrod aka… C-3PO, which like all the other Vintage Figures, appears to be the best 3PO yet!



Episode III Packaging images
July 21, 2004 | 9:15 AM EST | Ben

JediDefender.com has pictures of the new Episode III packaging. It features a stylized Vader helmet with an angry grimace over a lake of fire. I’d say it’s the strangest artistic choice in packaging design to date.



2 Sets of Galactic Heros In Stock
July 21, 2004 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

The Galactic Heros are in stock….
Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Figures: Darth and Obi-Wan
Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Figures: Luke and R2D2

Also at TRU.com the…
Vintage Series: Talking Yoda
3.75″ Jedi Council Scene I
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: Tie Fighter
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: X-Wing Starfighter
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Han Solo
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Princess Leia
are in stock….



Original Trilogy Milennium Falcon Pics
July 20, 2004 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you photos of the new OT Milennium Falcon, with some significant upgrades over the POTF2 version. Click here to check it out.



Cantina Scene Wave 2, VOTC R2, and MORE Revealed
July 20, 2004 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

The The Official Site has updated with a sneak peek at Comicon’s Star Wars offerings for Hyperspace members. There’s a number of intersting things to see from artwork to comic pages, including the second of K-marts exclusive Cantina Screen Scenes which includes a nice bow to a certain blue vintage figure.Check it out here.



AT-AT Replica Now Available Direct!
July 20, 2004 | 11:03 AM EST | Mark B


Master Replicas is now taking orders for the new AT-AT replica! You can place orders now for this incredible piece (which is already sold through 1/3 of the 1000 piece edition!) which is shipping in October. Don’t delay and miss out on this incredible replica!!



VOTC Store Reports and Sightings!
July 19, 2004 | 10:04 PM EST | Keri

Among the many store reports that keep coming in, I have some interesting news and a store report of my own. Today, at my local Wal-Mart here in Texas I was lucky enough to see the new VOTC figures which included Han, Leia, and Obi-Wan and No sign of Luke like everyone else. I decided to pick up only the Obi-Wan since he is one of my favorites and looked very well sculpted.

In other store report news, I headed over to my Toys R Us to find they had the OTC Vader TIE and a Jedi Council scene with Ki-Adi-Mundi. They also had the older 12″ Saga figures on clearance for $9.98 which included the Imperial Officer and Dengar (lots of each). I went up front to ask about the VOTC 12″ and the manager informed me that they are at the warehouses, but they will not be put out on shelves until August 25th, just as the Amazon site also says they will be available. I thought this was pretty interesting since there are no longer any K-Marts in Texas and none of the Targets in my area have 12″ Dolls.

In other reports YakReader Spencer writes in with this:

“I’m writing to let you know that I also found a blue jumpsuited VOTC 12″ Boba Fett at a Kmart in Poughkeespie, NY. I was also a bit surprised to see him dressed that way, especially since the back of that package shows the grey jumpsuit.”

YakReader Chris also reports:

“I found the same assortment of 12″ OTC figures at my local K-Mart in Tenn. 3 Fetts, 3 Lukes. And all 3 Fetts had the blue jumpsuit.”

I personally am still baffled as to why the 12″ Fett dolls offered for auction on Ebay have grey jumpsuits and the ones here have blue jumpsuits! Hopefully sometime soon I will be able to find one around here.



Jango Fett Attakus at Star Wars Shop
July 19, 2004 | 5:03 PM EST | Mark B


Hey, if you’re like me and LOVE high end Star Wars Collectibles (Hey, I said I love ’em, not that I can afford all of them), this new Jango Fett statue from Attakus is set to ship in July (that would be this month folks!). You can preorder it over at StarWarsShop.com. If the secondary market on some of the sold out Attakus statues is any indication of the future value of this statue, you may want to make an investment in it today!



Did You Miss Out on Free Comic Book Day?
July 19, 2004 | 4:56 PM EST | Mark B


The annual “Free Comic Book Day” was held this year over 4th of July weekend. Since it was a holiday weekend, many people missed out on getting the special “Clone Wars” comic book that was given out during that day. Well, don’t miss out on this very cool story featuring two female Jedi and a guest appearance by the villian of Episode III!

I was able to get ahold of 100 copies of this issue and would like to share them with Yakface readers. Unfortunately, there is some cost involved with obtaining these, mailing, etc. So, what I am asking is you send me $5.00 by Paypal (send to mark@markandmegan.com) for 1 Copy, or $6 for 2 copies. To give everyone a chance at these, I am going to limit each person to a maximum of 2 copies. And, due to shipping costs, I am going to have to limit this offer to USA residents only.

Until you see an update here saying otherwise, I DO have some of these left!



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 19, 2004 | 3:27 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Just a quick message from This just in from the Big Bad Toy Store to let you know we are having a 10% Off Sale.

All orders for ‘in-stock’ items placed between now and Wednesday 7/21 at 10:00 AM Central Time will be discounted 10%! (Pre-Order items are not included in this sale.)

Please be sure to read the sales info page – located here:
This just in from the Big Bad Toy Store.

This sale includes every ‘in-stock’ item we have as well as every item on the vintage menu, so be sure to take a look around our site.

BBTS AT OTFCC SHOW- We will be packing up several trucks and trailers full of transformers and a variety of high-end imported Japanese toys to bring to the OTFCC show (Official TransFormers Collector’s Convention) OTFCC 2004 will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL this July 31 & August 1. If you are in the Chicago area or feel like taking a road-trip its definitely a great show with many discussion panels, guests, displays and of course the impressive dealer room filled with an immense amount of items. We’ll be setting up about a 70 foot long display of tables and 70 feet of shelving behind us, so be sure to stop by! OTFCC welcomes ‘walk-in’ guests and prices are only $20 per day or $30 per weekend per person. For those of you who can’t make the show, we are pre-selling the OTFCC 2004 exclusives (Megazarak & Sentinel Maximux) on our pre-order menu. For full info and directions to the show go to www.otfcc.com



Something from my collection…
July 19, 2004 | 9:05 AM EST | Jayson

With all the talk about the Original Trilogy coming out on DVD in September, it has reminded of the advertising campaign in 1995 when the Pre-Special Edition movies came out on something they called VHS. : ) . A guy I used to know here in the Twin Citites worked for a billboard signage company, and one day for my birthday he brought me a special gift: STAR WARS BILLBOARDS! As many of you probably remember, the VHS boxes had a head shot of either Vader, Yoda and Stormtrooper and these billboard too came in three versions. The YODA VERSION says “Experience The Force In THX®” and the VADER VERSION says “The Original One Last Time”. Each billboard in made up of eight 4′ x 6′ panel, so it measures 24′ x 8′. Needless to say these aren’t you average memorabillia and I have never seen them anywhere else, making them a very special part of my collection. I only wish I had the Stormtrooper one.

The construction cone in this photo is 2.5′ tall to give a sense of scale. Click the photo below for a larger view.

PS. I am missing a section to complete the Vader billboard, so if anyone has an extra laying around, shoot me an email : ) and I wonder if Steve Sansweet has these.



They’re New, Fresh, And Campy
July 19, 2004 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill

That’s right, the next wave of the Galactic Heroes have just appeared on E-bay. This time the line revisits Attack Of The Clones. Click here for all the photos.



Original Trilogy Greedo Carded
July 19, 2004 | 8:39 AM EST | Bill

The ill-mannered, unlucky bounty hunter is back. This time we see a refreshed Greedo on Original Trilogy packaging which has just surfaced on Ebay. Click here for all the photos.



VOTC Luke, DVD Special Editions And More At Action-HQ
July 19, 2004 | 8:20 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Walmart 3-Pack,
Vintage Luke, Galactic Heroes & more!

Available Now:
-A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi Walmart
Exclusive 3-Pack! $26.95 each!
-Trilogy Vintage Luke Skywalker at $15.95!
-Trilogy Jawas, Tusken Raider & Snowtrooper for $13.95 each!
-Galactic Heroes 2-Pack Wave 1! $14.95 each or Set of 4 for $44.95!
-Jedi Council Scene Pack 1 and 2! $26.95 each!

PreOrder for this Month:
-Star Wars Legos Japanese Exclusive!
Click Here to get yours NOW at Action-HQ.com!



Early Bird gets the OTC/Vintage
July 18, 2004 | 12:58 PM EST | Jayson

On my morning travels today, I came across a few OTC/Vintage items. From Big Kmart I found 12″ Boba Fett (dark Blue/no diagonal sticker) and Vintage Han Solo. They also had 3 of the Galactic Heroes Wave 1, but I passed on these for now. And at TRU they had a Vintage Obi-Wan and the Jedi Council Screen Scene 1.



Gentle Giant C-3PO Mini Bust Update
July 17, 2004 | 10:38 PM EST | Keri


With all of the great products on the horizon from Gentle Giant, one that I am really looking forward to is our favorite fussy protocol droid C-3PO. If you are wondering how exactly they made old GoldenRod so gold, its because each and every bust will be plated in 18K Gold. C-3PO will be available in December, just in time for the holidays.



Clone Wars Cartoon Series Gets Emmy Nod
July 17, 2004 | 10:27 PM EST | Keri

According to the Official Site the Clone Wars animated micro-series was nominated for an Emmy Award in the catagory of Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More). You may read more about the details here.

Five new expanded chapters begin on March 21, with each new chapter being 12 minutes long, instead of the previous length of 3 minutes for each episode. The series is definitely a very bright spot in the continuing Star Wars saga, being not only entertaining, but serving also as a bridge from Episode II to the long-awaited Episode III.



The 12″ OTC Fett Variations Keep on Coming
July 17, 2004 | 2:55 PM EST | Keri

Our very own John from Q&A points out yet another variation in the new 12″ OTC Fett below.

For those of you keeping score at home, we can add a new variant to go with the Blue and Gray versions of the 12″ OTC Fett. There is now a packaging variant for the 12″ Fett with Blue Jumpsuit. As you will see in the photo below, the Fett on the left has a diagonal Star Wars sticker in the top left corner.

My suspicion is that the sticker version was the first version. The date stamp on the sticker version is earlier (41321) than the non-sticker (41411) and the gray Fetts – which started hitting later than the blue – do not have the sticker.

For the variant hunters out there, this variant has been hitting at K Mart stores along with the non-sticker variant.



Run… Don’t Walk To Your Mailboxes
July 16, 2004 | 6:32 PM EST | Jayson

Today I received my #77 Insider today. I won’t spoil them all for you here, but it has some great Episode III photos including complete shot of the new Jedi Starfighter. Also Anakin standing in a very familiar hallway!



Other Companies Could Learn From This….
July 16, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark B

Sideshow Toy is going to have actually 4 exclusives at the UpComing San Diego Comic Con. Unlike most companies that have Con Exclusives, Sideshow is doing something to make sure you can get the exclusive – yeah, you can preorder your exclusive online! Now, this year they don’t have a Star Wars Exclusive, but they have some pretty cool ones to check out, including Smeagol from the Lord of the Rings (and if you’re going to Comic Con, you’re probably going by the Sideshow Booth to check out their new Star Wars line – so pick up one of these cool exclusives while you’re there).

Now if Hasbro, Master Replicas, and Gentle Giant could just learn from Sideshow’s idea!



Master Replicas AT-AT
July 16, 2004 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com is now taking preorders for the very limited (only 1000 pieces) AT-AT replica that is coming from Master Replicas. This 20″ long by 19″ tall replica will be Master Replicas largest item yet. And given that this is the first time that there has been an authorized replica like this of the Imperial AT-AT, you can bet that these are going to sell out VERY quickly. VisitStarWarsShop.com to order!



NEW Before the Helmet
July 16, 2004 | 8:17 AM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Window to the Future” which shows (highlight to read) the cockpit window of the new, but battle-worn, Jedi Starfighter which closely resembles the cockpit window of the TIE Fighter. 



Original Trilogy 12″ Photos
July 15, 2004 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you lots of photos of the 3 figures in the Original Trilogy 12″ line (Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, and the Stormtrooper). Check them out here.



Vintage Yoda Now In Stock
July 15, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Mark

Over at TRU the Vintage Series: Talking Yoda is now in stock. Head on over if you would like to pick one up.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 15, 2004 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

WIN an Episode III T-shirt during Comic-Con! ONLY at Entertainment
Earth – Booth #2045! These officially licensed T-shirts are not for
sale anywhere, but you can win one by stopping by our booth for our
Trivia Challenges on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Visit this link for more Comic-Con information.

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 3 (Item# HS85213C, $89.99) Case of 8 individually packaged figures includes 2x Boba Fett – Return of the Jedi (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 1x Chewbacca (NEW), 2x Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x Lando Calrissian – Empire Strikes Back, 1x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (subject to change).


Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 11 (Item# HS85002F, $110.99) 2x Count Dooku, 2x Mace Windu and 2x Darth Vader (subject to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 11 Set (Item# HS85002FF, $56.99)1x Count Dooku, 1x Mace Windu and 1x Darth Vader (subject to change).



New Silver Sith Lord
July 15, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the focus on Darth Vader related to Episode III will be starting this year. Although only a handfull of figures have received Hasbro’s silver treatment, it looks like the Dark Lord of the Sith himself is getting another dose of the shiny finish. These pics have just surfaced on Ebay from seller Overlord 307. Click here for more.



12″ OTC Boba Fett Found with Blue Jumpsuit!?
July 15, 2004 | 6:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader John reports in with his find of the brand new 12″ OTC Boba Fett:

“I found the new Boba Fett, and Luke. There were 3 of each no Trooper. Found at K-Mart in Colorado Springs. The color is that weird blue, and the knee guards are yellow. I didnt get the Luke but he looks like the original one.”

Interesting that once again the blue jumpsuit resurfaces, when auctions from sellers in Asia featured Fett with the more sedate grey jumpsuit. Is this blue jumpsuit the final production, or a variation? Time will tell as these 12″ OTC start hitting stores everywhere.



Pre-Order Star Wars Battlefront from EB Games
July 15, 2004 | 2:55 PM EST | Keri


If you are looking forward to this game as much as I am, and also want to be sure to get the exclusive carded Biker Scout figure with it you can now pre-order the game and figure as a bundle at EB Games online here.

The game is due out on September 21st for the X-Box, Playstation 2 and the PC. It will be enabled for online play and looks to be just about everything most fans have wanted in a Star Wars game for a long time!



New KOTOR II Character Revealed!
July 15, 2004 | 12:29 AM EST | Keri


On the official Lucasarts KOTOR II: The Sith Lords website, they have a very nice screenshot and description of the newest EU Sith Lord: Darth Sion. Physically held together only by his hatred and Dark Side energy, Darth Sion has had every bone in his body shattered and rebuilt only to reek havoc on any unsuspecting Jedi Knight. You may read more about Sion and the game itselfhere.

With a tentative release date of Winter, presumably near Christmas time, this sequel looks to be a very worthy successor to the smash hit original KOTOR.



Fan Club Exclusive OT Figure Officially Announced
July 14, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an article announcing the “new” Fan Club Store’s first exclusive figure– a holographic Emperor Palpatine on an Original Trilogy card. It will be available this fall. Check out all the information here.



Cool New (Old) Tsuneo Sanda Prints
July 14, 2004 | 2:41 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com has some new versions of some of the best Tsuneo Sanda Star Wars Prints – there are 3 different ones (Yoda, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader) available as Giclee Prints (which are probably the highest quality digital prints you can make), either on Paper or Canvas backing. These are some incredible prints (and pricy!), but if you want a nice fine art Star Wars piece, check these out!



Star Wars Museum In Guatemala
July 14, 2004 | 10:57 AM EST | Jair

Hello Collectors. For those of you who didn’t know, Tikal National Park in Guatemala was one of the locations used for A New Hope, serving as the Rebels’ Base of operations on Yavin IV. Star Wars is very big here in Guatemala and one of the biggest collectors lives here. His name is Ricardo Alejos and currently is the President of the Central American Star Wars Fan Club. You can take a look at his collection by clicking the link of his Store/Museum website called Intergalactica.

A very cool feature is the trailer of a movie we’ve been working on here in Guatemala. You’ll need to have Quicktime installed to check it out. Hope you like it. Here is the link to the trailer.

If you want to send me an e-mail please send it to yakface@intelnett.com. Thanks



High Quality Full Size Helmets Coming!
July 14, 2004 | 8:58 AM EST | Mark B

Well, I’m going to assume these are the new helmets that Rubies has been showing for some time, but haven’t gotten around to shipping. Diamond Comics is offering 3 “Life Size, Replica” Helmets in the new issues of Previews Magazine (which will hit your local comic book store next week. And they better be good! – Each retails for $1230.00! You’ll be able to get — Darth Vader, Jango Fett, or a Clonetrooper. Hopefully I’ll be able to get you a photo next week. These are scheduled to ship in November, so if anyone wants to get me a Christmas present, I’ll take a Jango.

Also offered is a Life Size Yoda Bust for just over $200. I believe this is also a Rubies product – more info coming soon!



Win an Episode III T-shirt during Comic-Con
July 14, 2004 | 1:16 AM EST | Mark B

WIN an Episode III T-shirt during Comic-Con! ONLY at Entertainment
Earth – Booth #2045! These officially licensed T-shirts are not for
sale anywhere, but you can win one by stopping by our booth for our
Trivia Challenges on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Visit this link for more Comic-Con information:

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 3 (Item# HS85213C, $89.99)
Case of 8 individually packaged figures includes 2x Boba Fett – Return of the Jedi (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 1x Chewbacca (NEW), 2x Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x Lando Calrissian – Empire Strikes Back, 1x Darth Vader – Empire Strikes Back (subject to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 11 (Item# HS85002F, $110.99)
2x Count Dooku, 2x Mace Windu and 2x Darth Vader (subject to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 11 Set (Item# HS85002FF, $56.99)
1x Count Dooku, 1x Mace Windu and 1x Darth Vader (subject to change).



Boba Fett on the Weekends…
July 13, 2004 | 11:35 PM EST | Keri


If Boba Fett ever had a relaxing weekend one of the beautiful beaches of Naboo, his outfit might look something like the above image. You may go the neighborhoodies website to cast your vote for the hoodie that rocks the hardest starting Monday July 19th. You can vote once a day. Polls close every Monday morning at 11 a.m. EST when the previous week’s Neighbrhoodie of the Day submissions become eligible for election. Each week’s top vote getter becomes Neighborhoodie of the Week and captures a glamorous prize. If you wish to cast your vote, you may do so by going here.

Many thanks to YakReader Gonz for sending in his interpretation of a kinder, gentler Fett.



Stay on Target for Interesting OTC News!
July 13, 2004 | 11:19 PM EST | Keri

One interesting observation regarding the new OTC figures was sent in by YakReader Bryan:

“I didn’t know if anyone else has pointed out but the OTC figures do not have Jedi Master points. I guess this could mean that Hasbro is done with them.”

That is an interesting fact and something I was able to see in person when I was able to pick up my first OTC figure of the Scout Trooper this afternoon. After the almost complete catastrophe of auctions involving the Jedi Master Points, this is not a really surprising decision on Hasbro’s part.

Now onto some store reports! Not only is Wal-Mart the place to look for the newest OTC waves, but Targets are also getting in the action! These store reports from YakReader moonbase7 and bob suggest a toy run may be in order at your local Target:

“targets here in calif have started getting new figures in one or two cases per store of OTC – no VOTC found to date.”

“Found the latest OTC wave at a Target in Greenbelt, Maryland. Had’t heard of Targets getting the figs yet, but figured it was going to happen soon.”



Hasbro At Comicon– FREE Poster… FREE Figure… FREE Cards
July 13, 2004 | 7:25 PM EST | Bill

The title says it all. Hasbro is pulling out all the stops for Comicon. Hasbro’s web page has updated today with some really nice surprises. In addition to the posters we’ve come to look forward to the last few years, this year will also have free Galactic Heroes Scout Troopers, and cardbacks (sorry no figures) for the upcoming Unleashed Aayla Secura, Bossk, and Tusken Raider. Check it all out here on Hasbro’s page.

Oh, and we’ll also see Chewie, R2 and more of the VOTC, TRU exclusive Jedi Council Scenes III and IV, and the C-3PO and Darth Vader figure cases (Wal-Mart exclusives)!



Target Figure And Glass Sets Keep Going… And Going
July 12, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth DTA wrote in to let us know that Tomy’s (the Japaneese Star Wars toy distributor)Star Wars Page has been updated with photos of wave 2 of the figure and glass sets.

Jedi Defender revealed today that there may be another wave after this– while none of these are prequel figures (remember a Darth Vader has been rumored for this fall to represent E3); Jedi Defender said we may also see glasses and figures based on Greedo, and Luke Skywalker.



More Store Reports We Have
July 12, 2004 | 4:17 PM EST | Keri

The store reports keep coming in as new OTC and VOTC waves have begun hitting most areas of the US. As always, the best advice I can give on finding the latest and greatest figures is to remain as calm and patient as possible. Now on to the reports!

YakReader Stormteacher reports in with this regarding the new Playskool Galactic heroes line which many of you have had success in finding:

“Today at Kmart in Grand Rapids Michigan I found the new Playskool galactic hereos 2 packs. They had the luke/r2, vader/obi, and lei/han packs. I did not know that these were out yet!!!They were 5.99 each. They also had the VOTC figs, but no luke.”

YakReader Chris sends in this report:

“Between two Wal-Marts in Uniondale and East Meadow, NY, saw all 20 OTC figures. This may be old news, but upon closer inspection, it appears that each of the Dagobah Lukes have two sets of arms and heads! One for the standing pose and another for the standing on his
hand pose! Also, what I think is a cool feature, is that the upside pose head has Luke’s hair hanging down for more realism! This, to me, is a unexpected and great Hasbro surprise!

Also at K-Mart in Long Island I saw peg stickers for the basic figures, the vintage figures, the cantina aliens set, and “Star Wars Junior” – wonder if that is the galactic heroes or the other set.”

It continues to appear that the best place to look for the OTC is your local Wal-Mart, if the figures stocked there are fairly recent, unlike my Wal-Mart which still has POTJ Bespin Secuirty Guards and Ketwols on the pegs. The VOTC is appearing at K-Marts as well as TRU. The Playskool Galactic Heroes are showing up at K-Mart also at the present moment. Target seems to be the only place not receiving new figures due to their ongoing summer clearance. Happy Hunting everyone!



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 10
July 12, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. I started to post this Collector’s Guide a long time a go… in a job that’s now far, far away. Anyway, the main idea is to give you, the Star Wars Collector, a guide from the very first action figure ever released back in the ’70s. The first 9 figures I posted are: Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca, See-Threepio (C-3PO), Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Han Solo, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi. If any of you wants me to post the info of those figures agian please let me know. My new e-mail is yakface@intelnett.com. For all those Latin collectors out there estoy a sus órdenes para responder sus preguntas. With all that out of the way, here is today’s post.

Figure’s Name: Sand People (a.k.a. Tusken Raider)

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (under Tusken Raider).

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$312.50, SW 21 Back=$146.00, ESB=$99.50, ROTJ=$72.00, LOOSE=$18.50

I’ll post a link to view the figure later.

The Sand People action figure was released in the ROTJ card under the name Tusken Raider.

One major variation on the figure are the tubes located on the figure’s face. Those came both hollow and solid.



This Just In From Action-HQ
July 12, 2004 | 8:23 AM EST | Bill

Action-HQ.com!-bringing the Best to you FIRST with Star Wars, Transformers, Akira & more!

Available Now:
-New Star Wars OTC figures Tusken Raider, Jawas & SnowTrooper,
Jedi Council Scene Pack 2, Galactic Heroes 2-Pack (4 styles) and
OTC Beanies (5 styles)!
-Dragon Ball Magnetic Figures series 2!
-Saint Seiya Aquarius Gold Cloth Action Figure!
-Akira Kaneda Figure w/Die Cast Motorbike!
-Transformer Energon basic OffShoot, StrongArm Blue Version, Arcee
& Insecticon and Deluxe HotShot Silver Version!
And lots more!

Coming this month:
-Transformer RobotMasters!
-12″ Vinyl Star Was Boba Fett Kotobukiya!
-Set of 3 Star Wars Vehicle Lego Japan Exclusive!
-12″ Vinyl Predator Kotobukiya!
-Batman Series 2 Yamato Japan Exclusive!
-Alien Relief models Japan Exclusive!
And lots more!
Get yours now at Action-HQ.com!



New Unleashed Carded Photos
July 11, 2004 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

It seems that that we may be seeing the next wave of Unleashed figures– Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider, and Bossk, may be here soon. Carded samples have just appeared on Ebay. Check them out here.



The Slave I That Never Was
July 11, 2004 | 10:28 PM EST | Bill

The variation hunters over at POTF2.com have found a “lost” Slave I. You may remember that Kmart was rumored to have had an exclusive Slave I with Jango Fett. Well as you can see from the photo above, it had a lot of similarities with the upcoming Target exclusive Slave I with Boba Fett in the Original Triligy line.Check out all their photos here.



E3 Toy News
July 11, 2004 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

Yep, you read it right, E3 toy rumors are starting to surface. It seems our German Friends at 4 Inches.de have found one of the first E3 toy reports. Their info is that there will be a Beast Pack with Obi-Wan and a “Barg” this is supposed to be a reptilian animal which Obi-Wan rides!



More on Sideshow Toy License
July 10, 2004 | 2:16 PM EST | Mark B

Sideshow Toy has the press release on their new line of Star Wars Statues. Looks like they are going to be producing 1/4 scale statues (about 18 inches tall). These are going to be HIGH END, VERY LIMITED edition statues of characters from the films. The first 2 won’t be available to ship until 2005, but will be shown at the Comic Con show later this month. The first 2 statues will feature Luke and Darth Vader. The full release is HERE.

NOTE: If you have never checked out Sideshow’s line of statues, take a look at their Lord of the Rings, Aliens and Predator statues for an idea of what we will be able to expect from them. I personally own a few of the Lord of the Rings ones, and I will tell you that the photos you see on their website absolutely cannot do them justice. I’m drooling over the possibility of an 18″ tall statue of Boba Fett from these people! Check them out today!



OTC, VOTC, & 12″ Online
July 9, 2004 | 7:38 PM EST | Mark

For those of you looking here is a breakdown as to what is online at Amazon…

3.75″ Jedi Council Scene I
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: Tie Fighter
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: X-Wing Starfighter
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Han Solo
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi
VOTC 3.75″ Figure: Princess Leia
12″ Jawas Tatooine Scavengers On sale $14.98
12″ Garindan Mos Eisley Cantina On sale $14.98
12″ Obi-Wan Kenobi Tatooine Encounter On sale $14.98



Bounty Hunting Today: Yoda Limoges Box
July 9, 2004 | 4:38 PM EST | Keri

Created in France many centuries ago, Limoges porcelain is well-known and recognized the world over for its fine craftmanship and exquisite details. Still produced to the present day, Limoges porcelain can be found in many different incarnations such as dishes, cups and boxes. The auction featured today is a Limoges box with a Star Wars twist of course!

The Limoges box spotlighted today is in the likeness of our favorite green Jedi Master Yoda. The box is small in size, like Yoda, and contains a quote to live by “Do or do not. There is no try.” The box was originally sold as an FAO Schwarz exclusive in a limited number at a fairly expensive price to most collectors. It seems that the price on the secondary market has not dramatically declined, therefore the box is still rather on the expensive side. However, if you have the means to add this box to your collection, I highly recommend it. Click on through to the link below to add this beautiful box to your collection today!

Yoda Limoges Box



NEW Before the Helmet Image
July 9, 2004 | 3:39 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “On An Angry Nute” which shows (highlight to read) an scowling Nute Gunray in a new costume for EIII



OTC Hitting Everywhere
July 8, 2004 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jake sent in this report:
I found 3 case assortments at Walgreens in Milwaukee WI today. I found the Bespin Wave and different mixes of the Dagobah wave. I would say there had to be 20 different carded OTC figs out now. These are great.

Yak Reader Yodatmaster reports:
Stopped by Meijers this morning like I do every morning and finally found some OTC figures and not only that, they were wave 1 A NEW HOPE promo figures for the dvd collection. Looks like the Leia, Han, Luke, and Ben are either new sculpts or modified rehash which in my opinion looks good. $10 for each figure didn’t bother me too much. Meijers also had 1 case of new carded version of unleashed figures: darth sidious and jedi luke.

Sightings by Yak Reader Chris:
My local K-mart in Broomfield, Colorado had the remains of the
VOTC figures. 1 Han and 3 each of Leia and Ben. No sign of Luke.

Yak Reader Machofrijol let us know that:
Just wanted to let you know that the new OTC figures have hit southern California Wal-Marts now in Cathedral City. I don’t know anything about the case numbers but there were 12 figures, the first 11 OTC and a repeat of the biker scout, for a total of 12 figures. Also, I heard speculation that the Dagobah R2, #2 of the OTC line was a repaint of the sailbarge R2 #05 from 2004, it’s really a repaint of the 2002 SAGA coruscant Sentry, #14 figure. It comes with a red light and a new yelling sound but it’s that R2. Hopes that helps someone out there.

Yak Reader Dave said:
I was just in the Burbank, CA Toys r US and Darth’s tie fighter and Jedi council “Qui Gon” pack were on the shelves…also in a blast to the past all the old AOTC sneak preview figures where filling a rack to themselves.

And Yak Reader Greg let us know that:
Northern California: While searching for the VOTC figures, I spotted the new Galactic Heroes sets (Luke & R2; Han & Leia; Obi-Wan & Vader) at my local K-Mart. They were selling for $14.99 per set. Happy Hunting!



Seeing Double?
July 8, 2004 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

Wondering just what the difference in the two carding variations on the Dagobah Luke are, well we’ve just updated with a comparison photo for your viewing pleasure. Click here to check it out.



New Toys At Action-HQ
July 8, 2004 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.com :

STAR WARS Jedi Council Scene 2!
Why get it anywhere else when you know AHQ will have it to you FIRST months ahead. Got the exclusive Star Wars Jedi Council Scene Pack 1 from us last week, well get ready for Scene Pack 2! Get all 3 figures plus diorama for $26.95.

STAR WARS Galactic Heroes!
AHQ is bringing it to you FIRST with Star Wars Galactic Heroes 2-Pack! Available Darth & Obi-Wan, Luke & R2D2, Chewbacca & C3PO and Han Solo & Princess Leia for $14.95 each. Or get the whole set of 4 figures at a discount $44.95!

Click here to order.



All I Can Say is WOW
July 7, 2004 | 11:44 PM EST | Mark B


Take a look at the first in Gentle Giant’s new line of 7″ Scale Dioramas. 18″ x 9″ x 12″ – $239.99 Ships in December – WOW. Get all the info (and preorder) –HERE



Jedi Coucil Scene 1 & Ships
July 7, 2004 | 10:37 PM EST | Mark

The 3.75″ Jedi Council Scene I is now in stock at Amazon.com, this is a TRU exclusive according to the Hasbro website.

Also the:
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: Tie Fighter
Original Trilogy 3.75″ Vehicle: X-Wing Starfighter
Are in stock at $19.99 each.



Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Built Star Destroyer
July 7, 2004 | 7:52 PM EST | Keri

Custom built items made by fans are often very well crafted and offer collectors a chance to own sometimes large vehicles that would be almost impossible for a large toy company to mass produce at a resonable cost for most consumers.

Today’s featured auction brings a custom built Star Destroyer to for the 3 3/4″ action figures. This is not a small ship it measures 8 feet long and 4 feet wide and can hold a TIE fighter in the bay as well. The bay and the bridge contain interior lights and there are many removable pieces allowing access to display figures inside.

This item is not for every collector’s budget, but the time, effort and attention to detail are evident in this Star Destroyer. Click on through to the link below if you would like to have Vader and his Imperial officers scanning for any Rebel activities in your house today!

Custom Star Destroyer



Vintage OTC Reports from K-Mart?!!!
July 7, 2004 | 7:35 PM EST | Keri

Yes, believe it or not faithful YakReaders there are still K-mart stores open in some parts of the country, and yes these stores are getting in the brand new Vintage line of the OTC figures.

This report and picture was sent in by YakReader Scoobacca:

“To my astonishment today I walked into a KMart here in Colorado Springs, Colorado & found the first three Vintage Original Trilogy Collection Figures. Ben Kenobi, Princess Leia & Han Solo. There was a total of eight of these figures available on the pegs.”

YakReader Chris also reports in with a Vintage OTC siting:

“My local K-mart in Broomfield, Colorado had the remains of the
VOTC figures. 1 Han and 3 each of Leia and Ben. No sign of Luke.”

It appears that if you live in Colorado and are looking for the Vintage OTC figures, stop in at your local K-Mart’s toy department today!



SW Trivial Pursuit DVD Edition!!!
July 7, 2004 | 1:08 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates announcing a new DVD Version of the Star Wars Trival Pursuit, and you can be a part of it!

Auditions will be held at Comicon in San Diego on July 22 and July 23 from noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. each day. Visit Hasbro’s Star Wars page on July 12 to sign up. Limited to the first 300 people who are planning on attending.



More New Master Replicas
July 7, 2004 | 12:17 PM EST | Mark B

***UPDATE*** These are now available at Master Replicas, go check them out! VERY COOL 😉

Even though this isn’t Star Wars related, these are going to be some REALLY COOL new Sci-Fi Collectibles. Master Replicas is releasing this week their new line of Alien and Predator replicas. I’ve seen photos of most of these replicas, and I must say that I am very impressed (to the point of spending money on them!!!). As usual, these will go on sale over the next 2 days. Thursday for collectors society members and Friday for everyone else. They are starting this line with 4 different replicas – 1. Alien Grid Head Replica from the new Alien vs. Predator Movie. Full size replica of the Alien head – limited to 1000 pieces. 2. The Predator’s spear from Predator 2 – limited to 2500 pieces. 3. The Predator’s helmet from Predator 2 (complete with MOTION ACTIVATED lights that simulate the laser sight from the movie) – 2500 pieces. 4. Aliens motion tracker – from the movie Aliens and features radar display with sonar pulse and ping sound effects – 2500 pieces. Head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday to see these great items (and get your order in!).



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 7, 2004 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

Now in stock at Entertainment Earth.com:

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 8
This 3 3/4-inch action figure assortment is loosely based on the Bespin theme and includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures! This assortment contains 2x Princess Leia in Bespin Gown, 2x Cloud Car Pilot, 2x Lobot, 1x R2-D2, 1x C-3P0, 1x Boba Fett, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Stormtrooper and 1x Wicket.
In Stock!
Item Number: HS84715L
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Action Figures

Click here to order.



KBToys Sale
July 7, 2004 | 8:11 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBtoys.com they are having a sale with some good deals…

LEGO Star Wars Episode 1: Darth Maul Sculpture $74.99 Free Shipping
LEGO Star Wars: Rebel Blockade Runner $89.99 Free Shipping
Many other LEGO deals as well…

12″ Figures $9.99 each with free shipping
Star Wars: Collectors Series Stormtrooper
Star Wars: Collectors Series – Princess Leia
Star Wars: Collector Series – Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot
Star Wars Action Collection: Princess Leia in Hoth Gear
Star Wars: Collector Series – Han Solo Action Figure

Star Wars: Episode I – Gungan Battle Wagon Playset $5.99 free shipping



Stormtrooper Blasters Going FAST
July 6, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is already starting to run low on the new Stormtrooper blasters. Don’t hold off ordering one of these! Head on over to Master Replicas today!



Federation Toys Newsfeed—Over 20 OTC Figures In Stock NOW
July 5, 2004 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

Federation Toys now has in stock the first 2 waves of Original Trilogy carded figures– including the much sought, all new, Cloud City and Dagobah figures! They now have the following in stock to make your hunt easier:

Bespin Leia, Bespin Luke, Lobot, Cloud Car Pilot, C-3PO, Yoda, Dagobah Luke, Dagobah R2, Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah), Boba Fett, Bossk, Chewbacca, Han Solo (ANH), IG-88, Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Obi Wan (ANH), R2 (ANH), Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Tie Fighter Pilot, Wicket, Luke X-Wing Pilot, Scoutrooper, Princess Leia Organa (ANH). Click here to order.

Federation Toys has also reduced prices on their Master Replicas Jango Fett Blasters and Thermal Detonators. Click here for the Master Replicas saleThanks to for supplying Federation Toys’ OTC images.



OTC Findings in Tennessee and California!
July 5, 2004 | 6:19 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Toymaster reports in with his findings as well as a few potential errors for all the variation hunters out there:

“Just wanted to let you guys know that I just cracked open two fresh
cases of OTC figures at my local Wal-Mart in Nashville, Tennessee. I was able to get all of the first 20 except Leia (#09) and Scout Trooper (#11). The case numbers are 84715A000 & 84715000Y.
Also found a couple of errors already. Right above the character description on the back of R2-D2 (#12),there is a random character that looks like a letter ‘L’ with a line through it.
Also, on the Stormtrooper (#16), the insert reads “Blaster rifle PACK” instead of “Blaster rifle rack”.”

YakReader Tony sends in this report from California, so it seems that the OTC line is beginning to hit almost everywhere, not just on the East Coast:

“I live in Tulare,California. I went to my local Wal-Mart and found some of the otc line. So if you live in California hit your local Wal-Mart!!!!!!!!!”



OTC Figures @ Amazon…
July 5, 2004 | 10:51 AM EST | Mark

Here are some OTC figures in stock at Amazon.com

3.75″ Figure: Han Solo
3.75″ Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi
3.75″ Figure: Princess Leia

YES These appear to be the 12 back redos… I found all 12 links… And they are $10.99, and that is to be the price point….



The Newest Figures At Action-HQ
July 5, 2004 | 1:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with Galactic Heroes Wave 1!

Choose from:
-Princess Leia & Han Solo
-Obi Wan Kenobi & Darth Vader
-Luke Skywalker & R2D2
-C3PO & Chewbacca
Each for $14.95
Or get the set of 4 for $44.95!

And get these figures for ONLY $4 each until the end of the week/
stock runs out:
Clone Wars: Army of the Republic
-Obi Wan Kenobi
-Anakin Skywalker
-Mace Windu

Get yours now at Action-HQ.com!



HUGE Announcement
July 4, 2004 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark B

The Action Figure Times has a breaking story about a new Star Wars License that will be announced at the San Diego Comic Con later this month. Sideshow Toy will be announcing their new Star Wars line at the show!! For those of you unfamilar with Sideshow, let me just say they make some of the most incredible Lord of the Rings Statues you will EVER see, along with some of the most detailed 12″ figures as well.

So, what does this mean to us as collectors? We’ll have to wait until SDCC to find out. But I’d love to see Sideshow take over the 12″ figure line from Hasbro, and come out with a line of statues like their LOTR ones. Let the speculation begin!



Happy Indepenence Day
July 4, 2004 | 9:27 AM EST | Bill

From all of us at Yakface.com, have a happy and safe 4th of July!



Targeting Clearance
July 3, 2004 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

Target’s havingt their midsummer sale. In addition to the ongoing clearances on Saga regular and deluxe figures as well as screen scenes, the animated figures and even the first wave of figures/glasses are hitting clearance. The animated figures are hitting just under 6 bux, and the Obi Wan/Darth Maul glasses are hitting 6.99— hopefully this means waves 2 and 3 will become easier to find!



More OTC News Than You Can Shake a Gimer Stick At!
July 3, 2004 | 8:50 PM EST | Keri

The OTC Reports keep on coming in as the newest waves are beginning to arrive, with the majority of the reports centering from the Southeastern region of the US. As said before, keep your eyes peeled for new figures to hit the pegs this holiday! Now, on to the reports and photos!

YakReader Danny in Georgia reports in with this:
“I saw the news story about the new figures at Wal-Mart in Ga. Now my report : I live in Ga. and I went to Wal-Mart and…….it’s TRUE !!! I got a few new figures too. Here’s a pic.”

YakReader JediFx7 located in Florida writes in with this report and his interesting find of an upside-down Luke Dagobah:
“Just found one case of the new OTC assortment. The breakdown was interesting though. The case had 12 figures of which 11 were different. There was an extra Biker scout. Basically I got figures 1-11 on the check list. My Dagobah Luke was NOT in the standing position but upside down and had NO backpack for Yoda.. This is the first I have heard of this one showing up. All the others I have seen on Ebay are the standing kind. The case was 84715000Z wav 7.25 ’04. Here is a scan of the figure.. Good luck all.”



Original Trilogy Dagobah Wave At Entertainment Earth
July 2, 2004 | 11:40 PM EST | Bill

Now in Stock at Entertainment Earth:

Original Trilogy Basic Figures Wave 10
This 3 3/4-inch action figure assortment includes all-new vintage-style packaging that resembles the original line of Kenner Star Wars action figures. Assortment includes: 2x IG-88, 1x R2-D2, 1x TIE Fighter Pilot, 2x Luke Skywalker – Bespin Outfit, 1x Luke Skywalker – Dagobah, 1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi, 1x Yoda – Dagobah, 1x R2-D2 – Dagobah Swamp and 2x Bossk.
In Stock!
Item Number: HS84715N
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Action Figures

Click here to order.



More OTC Reports I Have!
July 2, 2004 | 6:23 PM EST | Keri

Regarding the new OTC Vehicles, YakReader Terfett in Washington reports in with this bit of news:

“The Toys R Us in Everett, Wa. has in stock Red Five X-wing, Vader’s Tie, the OTC Tie Fighter and X-Wing. The OTC Tie seems to be the hot item it is out selling the rest. They have also seen the Unleased wave with the repacked Obi-Wan, and Slave Leia, the Leia has sold out, at least they are packed in the case evenly at three each. The OTC Electronic lightsabers have been see at Wal-Mart in Washington, namely Luke’s and Vaders. The Vintage Falcon has yet to hit the California warehouse for the west coast Toys R Us stores, however that could change quickly.”

Also, if you cannot or do not want to fight the crowds at your local stores for the first basic assortment of OTC figures, you may buy them online at Action Figure Express here. Thanks to YakReader jedivalkyrie for the heads up.



OTC Figure Sightings at Wal-Mart in Georgia
July 2, 2004 | 6:16 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jedhed Luke writes in with this newest report regarding the OTC figures long anticipated arrival:

“Just wanted to let you know that about 8 cases of new OTC figs hit the pegs at my local Wal-Mart in Alpharetta, Georgia. The suburban Atlanta store had numerous boxes of the figures sitting on a pallet early this morning at about 1AM. I found three different assortments. The first case I opened, with a case number ending in Z, contained the Dagobah wave and some assorted repacks. A second case, with a number ending in 0, contained the Bespin wave and some repacks. A third case, ending in a Y, contained a mix of both and other repacks. All the Dagobah Lukes were the upright variety, not Handstand Boy. I bought at least one of all the new figures, plus an additional Dagobah Luke and Cloud Car Pilot as well as a handful of my favorite repacks. For anyone wondering, at least two of the three case assortments included a pair of the fresh-and-clean POTJ Scout Trooper fig. Overall, I have to say I’m thrilled with the OTC collection. A lot of people are whining about repacks, but these are beautiful repacks, for the most part. And, if our little hobby is to continue much beyond Ep III, we’re going to need some kids to get back into the line. The OTC should be just the ticket to do so, with lots of recognizable characters in great sculpts and outstanding packaging. No sign of the “Vintage” figs, if you’re wondering. But it was a really wee-hours toy run in Alpharetta early this morning.”

Looks like a figure run will have to play a prominent role in this weekend’s holiday festivities!



Stay on Target for Clearances!
July 2, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

I have many clearance pricing to report from not only my local Target but also from YakReader Jay in Albany, NY:

“Have one better on the Target sales. I found 2 Riekans and 1 Obi Confrontation Ultra’s for $2.48!!!! Albany NY. Also they had the newly packed Yoda/Anakin Sabers, along with the Darth and Luke OTC sabers.”

On a run to my local Targets here in Dallas, I found some pleasant surprises in the Clearance area. First, they had the Darth Maul and Obi-Wan figure and glass sets for $6.98 which was 30% off. Also, all the Cartoon Network Clone Wars figures both 1st and 2nd waves were $5.98 which was 15% off. I also found 3 General Riekkan’s myself all at $2.48 which was 75% off. If you are looking for some bargains this holiday, I would definetly suggest a run to your local Target to fill in those gaps in your collection.



New Blasters Going Fast
July 2, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Mark B

As of today, everyone can now order the new Master Replicas blasters. A couple of these are really going fast, so if you want one, head over to Master Replicas today and get it ordered. The signature edition Leia and the Stormtrooper already look to be about halfway sold through their editions! Don’t miss out on these cool replicas!!!



NEW Before the Helmet Image
July 1, 2004 | 1:59 PM EST | Jayson

This week’s photo is entitled “Let the Wookie Win” which shows (highlight to read) New Wookie Tarfful (Michael Kingma) going berzerker on his supervisor 



Kubricks Wave 3 Pre-Orders At Action-HQ
July 1, 2004 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill


Wave 3 Star Wars Kubrick Scheduled for October 2004! That’s right, Medicom Japan is coming out with a new wave these cute 3″ figures featuring C3PO, Han Solo in Carbonite, ATAT Driver, Jawa, Wicket and Lando Calrissian. Currently there has not been any news on the secret or variants yet but if it is similar to last time, we should see an extra 3 figures. Suggested Retail Price is 780Yen+VAT.

Set of 6 will be available to PreOrder now at Action- HQ.com!



Coming Soon To A Theme Park Near You–Star Tours Wave 4
July 1, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Bill


These images of what appears to be Star Tours Wave 4 have just appeared on Ebay. You may recall that some very rought prototypes of these figures surfaced a few months ago, however judging from the “finalized” appearance of these it looks like they will be appearing at Disney in the very near future.Check out all the pictures here.



12″ Scavengers….
July 1, 2004 | 7:56 AM EST | Mark

The Jawas 12″ have been spotted on Amazon.com

Jawas Tatooine Scavengers On sale $14.98
Assault on Endor Ewok with Attack Glider



Today’s the Day for Blasters!
July 1, 2004 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark B

Don’t forget, if you are a collectors society member (if you’re not, you can order these tomorrow – Friday July 2nd), today you can order the new Master Replicasblasters. There are 3 new ones available – Rebel Fleet Trooper, Stormtrooper, and Princess Leia (and a signature version of Leia’s limited to only 750 pieces!). Head on over to Master Replicas now to order!