January 2009 Archive

Customizer Spotlight – jlw515
January 31, 2009 | 8:52 PM EST | Justin2


This Super Bowl Weekend we spotlight the work of forum member jlw515, who has updated with several new custom dioramas including a cool Imperial Garrison. Be sure to stop by the forums and check out his latest efforts after the jump!



K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Wave 4 and Mighty Muggs
January 31, 2009 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson


K & C Collectibles has received the new CLONE WARS wave 4 this week. New Pre-Order for February (see list below).

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures
Clone Trooper 212 Attack Battalion – #19
Padme Amidala – #20
Clone Trooper with Space Gear – #21
Magnaguard – #22
R3-S6 “Goldie” – #23

NEW – Mighty Muggs
Darth Revan
Darth Maul

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Republic Fighter Tank
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper – #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

IN STOCK – Legacy Collection – Action Figures
Stass Allie – #23
Commander Faie – #24
General Grievous – #25
Bail Organa – #26
Breha Organa – #27
FX-6 – #28
Clone Trooper 327 Star Corps – #29

Pre-Order – February 28th, 2009
Luke Skywalker (Jedi) – Diamond Select – SAVE 10.00
Mighty Mugg Set – SAVE $12.00
Deluxe ARC-170
Count Dooku Maquette
Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust
Flashdrive – Boba Fett
Flashdrive – Han Solo
Flashdrive – Luke Skywalker
Flashdrive – Princess Leia
Stormtrooper Fine Art on Paper



Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #62nd Edition
January 30, 2009 | 6:54 PM EST | Jayson


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 12/30. Topics this week cover: a CW Grievous update, a new CW Super Battle Droid variant, and more Super Vulture Droid details.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.



Steel City Con on the Horizon
January 30, 2009 | 1:03 PM EST | Jayson


Dominic from Steel City Con sends word that this year’s show is fast approaching, Head over to their site for the guest lineup and full show details.



Price Hikes Part 2
January 30, 2009 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson


It’s no secret economic times are tough and if you thought the Wal-Mart’s $7.49 and Target’s $7.99 pricepoints were bad, one of my local Minnesota Target stores is starting to charge $8.79! And with our sales tax, that amounts to an astronomical $9.40 for a single basic figure!

Sound off in the forums with your thoughts here.



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 32 Spacetrooper
January 30, 2009 | 3:07 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Spacetrooper from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

A long time fan request finally gets its day. The Spacetrooper makes a brief (and tiny) appearance in A New Hope as the Millennium Falcon is drawn into the Death Star by its powerful tractor beam. Spacetroopers feature specialized gear that allows for working in the vacuum of space, complete with rocket pack and BMF blaster. The photographic source that serves as the basis for this figure was printed in the large Star Wars Chronicles book and can be seen in our forums here.

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection.



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 31 Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
January 30, 2009 | 2:35 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Han Solo (in Stormtrooper Disguise)from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

*See post below for summary, as these figure share the same body*

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection.

Edit: On second look, the Han appears to be taller than the Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise, but the difference is negligible.



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 30 Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)
January 30, 2009 | 2:22 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of Luke Skywalker (in Stormtrooper Disguise)from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Here we’re treated (again) to our hero, this time donning the gear of a freshly killed stormtrooper in order to rescue Leia from the detention area of the Death Star. Although we had just received comic pack versions of the figure in TAC line, this one is different in that it as an “updated” holster to better hold the blaster. Aside from it being a little longer it doesn’t really improve the esthetics when utilized. Also different from the previous release is that the grenade/canister on the belt is removable*. Overall not a lot new here but it is in non-comic deco and, if you leave his bucket on here’s another opportunity to bolster your Stormtrooper ranks.

Head to the toyguide to see if this figure is worth adding to your collection.

*Note: the belt that is on Luke is different from the Han Solo figure in this wave in how the grenade/canister attaches to the belt. Luke’s belt has 2 posts to plug into the canister, while Han’s belt has a slot to receive a tab on the canister. Also, they each have unique helmet sculpts.



Price Hikes Continue?
January 30, 2009 | 12:20 AM EST | Justin2

If you thought the new $7.49 price at Wal-Mart was getting too steep for your Star Wars figures, it appears that Target has raised their basic figure prices even higher.

$7.99 seems to be Target’s new price point as figures are scanning this high in the St. Louis area, and reports of this increase are starting to come in from other regions as well.



Jabba’s Rancor In Stock at Target.com
January 29, 2009 | 10:22 AM EST | Jayson



Target.com currently has the exclusive Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker Battle Pack in-stock and ready to ship. Compared to last year’s war-paint The Force Unleashed version , this one probably won’t see the same type of deep discounts.

Save yourself a trip to the store and order yours today.



eFX Ahsoka Tano Signature Edition Lightsaber
January 28, 2009 | 10:28 PM EST | Jayson


eFX Inc., the premier manufacturer of authentic, screen accurate prop replicas is proud to announce our very first , officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber – the Ahsoka Tano lightsaber from the new animated series: Star Wars:The Clone Wars. And, to commemorate our very first replica from The Clone Wars, we have made this a very special Director’s Signature Edition. Dave Filoni, the Director of The Clone Wars, has signed each and every plaque.

• MSRP: US $349
• Worldwide Edition to be determined by the pre-orders, (Not to exceed 1000 pieces)
• Dave Filoni Director’s Signature Edition
• Machined and die cast metal components
• Injection molded ABS details
• eFX custom display base, plaque and lightsaber stand
For more information and for ordering details, please visit www.efxcollectibles.com



Photonovel Spotlight – A Jawa Journey
January 28, 2009 | 7:20 PM EST | Justin2


The Yakface photonovel section has been buzzing lately with several new stories created by forum members, including A Jawa Journey by forumite TradeFederationSympathy.

Kick back, pour a cup of Jawa Juice and check out the first installment in this entertaining new series here.



It’s Not a Two-Pack
January 27, 2009 | 10:43 PM EST | Jayson

Looks like or hopes have been officially dashed upon the rocks as carded imagery has surfaced at Jedi Insider showing the Ugnaught packed out as a single figure. That means we can look for a running change of this figure appearing alongside the Hoth Rebel Soldier variant this spring.



Sponsor News: Andrew’s Toyz
January 27, 2009 | 3:18 PM EST | Jayson

This just in from Andrew’s Toyz:

Andrew’s Toyz has several PRE-ORDERS the week:
– Boba Fett and Carbonite Maquette ONLY $99.00
– Gentle Giant Luke Skywalker Hoth Mini Bust ONLY $47.00
– Gentle Giant Garindan Mini Bust ONLY $45.00
– Gentle Giant Wampa Statue ONLY $179.00
– Count Dooku Animated Maquette ONLY $74.99

Visit AndrewsToyz.com for the above and much more!



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 34 Obi-Wan Kenobi
January 27, 2009 | 12:40 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave of figures.

After over a decade of sub-par modern era figure releases, Ol’ Ben Kenobi finally gets the full super-articulated treatment. This figure features ball joint shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles with swivel wrists, hips and waist. He also flaunts some of the standard soft goods flare with a removable cloth Jedi robe that is far more esthetically pleasing than the VOTC version. As for the accessories, not only does he include his signature lightsaber, but you’ll also find the small table (complete with sculpted tea pot and cups) from his Tatooine hovel and a holographic projection Princesss Leia figure that attaches to it.

If there is any one issue with this figure it would be how the neck and head joints are designed. To get the most mileage from this mold, the torso, neck and head are actually three separate pieces. As you’ll see in the photos, the neck piece has a ball on either end that plugs into sockets on the torso and the base of the head. The result, on my figure at least, is a very wobbly head/neck joint where Ol’ Ben looks as if he’s dozing off half the time due to the loose joints. Maybe these tolerances will tighten later in production but for now you might have to do some jury-rigging to make it look right.

Head to the toyguide to see if this latest version of the strange old hermit is worth adding to your collection.



Episode 179: Rogue Leaders
January 26, 2009 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson


On this week’s Star Wars Action News, we talk to Rob Smith, editor of the Official Playstation Magazine and author of Rogue Leaders: The History of LucasArts about videogames past, present, and future as we look at his new book, covering such classics as Star Wars: X-Wing and Rebel Assault, to the current The Force Unleashed. Rob gives us his prognosis on the future of the embattled Battlefront 3 game, and answers the age-old questions: is PC gaming dead? And, what is more important in a game–story or gameplay.

Also this week, we discuss the new Ashoka Tano lightsaber replica going on pre-order from eFX Collectibles on February 1st, and preview the Gentle Giant Han Solo in Carbonite and Boba Fett animated maquette.

All this and lenticular Valentines too on this episode of Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Regular or Enhanced Versions



Clone Wars Turbo Tank Boxed Image
January 26, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Justin2


If you had any doubts that a Turbo Tank would be coming, you can put that behind you folks – check out Hasbro’s compliment to the AT-TE after the jump!

Edit: Thanks to ActionFigureNews.ca for getting the scoop on these images.



Stay on Target
January 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM EST | Justin2

Looks like the hunt is back on as forum member Darth Kikinou spotted Legacy Wave 5 figures and Clone Wars Wave 4 at his local Target over the weekend, and this morning I found the new Clone Wars wave at a St. Louis area Target as well.

Good luck and happy hunting Yakkers!



K & C Collectibles: New Titaniums and Diamond Select Anakin Skywalker 
January 24, 2009 | 8:25 PM EST | Jayson


K & C Collectibles has received the new Titanium ships this week. Pre-Order Anakin Skywalker -Diamond Select 19 inch tall Action Figure and get $10.00 off the suggested retail price. Pre-Order deadline is Monday January 26th, 2009.

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Republic Fighter Tank
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

Pre-Order – January 26th, 2009
Anakin Skywalker – Diamond Select
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter – Exclusive
Garindan Mini Bust
K-3PO Bobble Head – Exclusive
Modal Node Band Member – Bobble Head
Slave Leia – Bobble Head
Wicket – Bobble Head
Clone Wars PEZ
Boba Fett Fine Art Print
Legacy Fine Art Print



Shadow ARC-170 Fighter?
January 23, 2009 | 5:31 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at JediInsider have acquired a new image today of another redeco of the ARC-170 fighter now sporting a dark or “shadow” color scheme. Also of interest this looks to have Imperial logos emblazoned on the sides. No word yet as to when or where this will be available but Hasbro sure is getting all the mileage they can out of this mold.



Star Wars Lightsaber USB Glow Lamp
January 23, 2009 | 5:16 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of a few new items but this one takes the spotlight. The Star Wars Lightsaber USB Glow Lamp doubles as a desk light and glowing mini lightsaber. It comes complete with a base that holds the lightsaber, and recharges it by plugging directly into your computer’s USB port. Glows blue.



Medicom: New Star Wars Product Announcements
January 23, 2009 | 4:35 PM EST | Jayson



Medicom has updated their site today with a couple new Star Wars announcements: The Kubrick 2009 Collector 5-pc Set which includes the Y-Wing Pilot, Hoth Chewbacca, Holographic Darth Vader, R2-B1 and Mace Windu. Also revealed is the RAH (Real Action Heroes) 12″ TIE Fighter Pilot.



Photonovel Spotlight – Drewton
January 22, 2009 | 10:04 PM EST | Justin2


Forum member Drewton has released the first chapter in an all new photonovel series that explains a fan fiction perspective on the fall of Count Dooku and the ordering of the Clone Army.

Be sure to check out what looks like another promising series after the jump!



OT – Star Trek: The Next Toy Generation
January 22, 2009 | 12:05 PM EST | Justin2

With new toys joining a new Star Trek movie this spring, USA Today breaks news with the first images of Playmates new 3-3/4″ line. Check out what looks like some very detailed playsets here, and thanks for forumite Eopie Herder for the heads up!



Yakface/Hasbro QnA: Schedule Update
January 22, 2009 | 9:20 AM EST | Jayson


Hasbro has sent word that they have retooled the schedule for all participating sites in the QnA, so questions that were submitted back on Dec. 30 will be returned Jan. 30.

Deadline for submission for the next round is Jan. 30 with answers being returned on Feb 27.

So, with all the recent revelations, now’s the time to start asking your questions. And remember, with Toyfair just around the corner, certain questions will undoubtedly be answered coyly as to save details/surprises for the show.



Cleaning The Vault
January 21, 2009 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault has been doing some checking, and they’ve found a few of some of Master Replicas’ Star Wars props which they’ve made available at unheard of prices– as always, including shipping in the US. Among the finds are Yoda FX sabers, Yoda Artist Proof Revenge of the Sith Sabers, Qui-Gon LE Sabers, scaled helmets including Luke X-wing and Stormtrooper, the mini Stormtrooper and Fett blasters, and a few of the mini sabers. There’s just a few of each, and in some cases just 1 of each, so grab yours now before they’re gone. Check it out here.



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 21, 2009 | 7:54 PM EST | Bill


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new preorders and more new arrivals. Our Winter Clearance Sale is still running


This solid bronze bust of Obi-Wan Kenobi is sculpted in the likeness of Sir Alec Guinness, and is limited to 77 pieces worldwide, in honor of the year that Star Wars was released, 1977. This ultra-limited piece from Gentle Giant is priced at $1449.99


The newest assortment of Hasbro’s Star Wars Titanium ships includes two Republic Interceptor Tanks, two V-19s, two Lambda Class Shuttles, a Shadow Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike, a V-Wing, two Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark IIs, a Cloud Car and an AT-te. This case of twelve is listed at $79.99; you can instead opt for the set of six, one each of Republic Interceptor Tank, V-19, Lambda Class Shuttle, Shadow Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike, V-Wing and BSG Viper Mark II, priced at $44.99. Check it all out here.



New Target DPCIs Surface
January 20, 2009 | 9:53 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have acquired a new DPCI list that confirms a few new items that have been the subject of rumors over the past few days. Head on over for all the details.



Episode 178: Star Wars Economics
January 20, 2009 | 4:25 PM EST | Jayson


While we’re still a month away from the toy reveal explosion that is Toy Fair it seems like it’s been a high-energy week for Star Wars. From Battlefront 3 leaked alpha footage to new DVDs, Hasbro toys, Acme art, Gentle Giant maquettes, and Art Asylum figures, not a day has passed over the last week where there didn’t seem to be some major news for Star Wars collectors.

On this week’s Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie do a news round-up, summarizing the most important news of the week, and opining on the revelations.

Also this week, Kevin looks at one of the safest investments you can make in this economy–vintage figures. Think we’re kidding? Listen to find out. And I promise you, it’s not as boring as your economics professor.

All this and Rotta the Hutt too on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Regular or Enhanced Versions



Be On The Hunt for Black Chrome Lego Vader
January 20, 2009 | 9:16 AM EST | Jayson


In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Lego / Star Wars license, collectors will be on the hunt this year for a special Black Chrome Vader Lego Mini Figure placed randomly in all new 2009 Lego sets with the exception of the two battle packs.

Thanks to Julie at Lego for the info.



A Special Congratulations….
January 19, 2009 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson


With the recent revealing of the Kyle Katarn and Yuuzhan Vong figures in the Star Wars Insider, a special congratulations goes out to Star Wars Fanworks / Star Wars Timeline Gold creator (and Star Wars Action News special contributor) Nathan P. Butler.

Set in the New Jedi Order era, his Star Wars Tales #21 story, Equals and Opposites, serves as the backdrop for this comic pack and it is sure to have a special place in his collection.



High-Res ESB Wave Images
January 19, 2009 | 9:28 PM EST | Jayson

SirStevesGuide.com has posted ultra large high-res loose and carded images of the recently revealed 2009 ESB Wave. It looks as though we can expect 2 carded versions of the Hoth Rebel Soldier, but no indication yet on how the Ugnaughts will be packed. Also, these shots confirmed that the Build-A-Droid is in fact U-3PO and not HK-47 as previously stated by Hasbro. Head on over to view the images then discuss your thoughts on them in our forums.



K & C Collectibles: New Saga Legends
January 19, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson


K & C Collectibles has received the new Saga Legends action figures and New Clone Wars PEZ for Pre-Order.

IN STOCK – Saga Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
ARC Trooper Commander – #23
Tri-Droid – #24
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

Pre-Order – January 25th, 2009
Anakin Skywalker – Diamond Select
Exclusive – Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter
Garindan Mini Bust
K-3PO Bobble Head – Exclusive
Modal Node Band Member – Bobble Head
Slave Leia – Bobble Head
Wicket – Bobble Head
Clone Wars PEZ
Boba Fett Fine Art Print
Legacy Fine Art Print



Clone Wars Figure 2 Packs Due Soon
January 19, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson



While visiting my local Toys R Us store today, I noticed a few shelf tags for the Clone Wars Figure/Droid 2 Packs that were revealed back in November. Two sets have been revealed thus far, Anakin Skywalker with R2-D2 and General Grievous with Battle Droid and are priced at $14.99 (that’s $2 cheaper than buying them as individual carded releases.) They look to be unchanged from their initial releases and there is no word yet if there will be more in this series. If you’re looking for them they should start appearing at your TRU store very soon.

Head on over to our friends at Han’s Hideout for a closer look.



New Figures Revealed in Star Wars Insider
January 19, 2009 | 8:59 AM EST | Jayson

Scans from the new Star Wars Insider are circulating the internets revealing rumored figures from several upcoming waves. RS forum member MomawNadon has posted figures shots and concept sketches of AOTC Obi-Wan, Nikto Sail Barge Gunner, Slave Leia (with alternate legs), TFU Shaak Ti, Kyle Katarn, Yuuzhan Vong, Cyborg Darth Maul (Visionaries), Deliah Blue (Legacy), ROTS Concept Anakin and a Space “Purge” Trooper. Head to the forums for all the images.



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 18, 2009 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new arrivals, and many more new preorders. Our Winter Clearance Sale is still running, so be sure to check out some of the thousands of good deals.


Darth Sidious’ servant is getting his own maquette, based on his look in the current Clone Wars animated series. He stands 10.5″ tall, and wields his light saber with a look of disdain on his face. He’s priced at $79.99, a savings of $15 off the MSRP.

Firmus Piett had a long and interesting life, rising in his career from Captain, to Captain of the Executor at after Yavin IV, to becoming Admiral during the Battle of Hoth, to commanding the Imperial Fleet at the Battle of Endor. His new 12″ action figure from Sideshow is in his Admiral days, with interchangeable caps, a blaster and a blaster pistol, a display base, more than 30 points of articulation, and much more. Admiral Piett is priced at $67.99.

Sideshow has also announced their new 12″ Sandtrooper figure. This set includes a fully detailed Sandtrooper armor set, including new helmet and armor pieces, an MG-15 rifle, backpack and pouches, a body with over 30 points of articulation, and more. This new figure is priced at $104.99

This newest wave of Legacy figures takes its cues from “The Empire Strikes Back” and includes Luke with new prosthetic hand, Princess Leia as she appeared on the medical frigate, the Emperor, Captain Needa, a Hoth Rebel Trooper and an Ugnaught. We’re not sure if this new wave will contain one or two Build-a-Droids, but we do know that U-3P0 will be among them. We’ve got this wave listed as a set of six for $52.99, a case of 12 (two of each figure) for $99.99, or as single figures, priced at $9.99 – $13.99 each. Check it all out here.



Make It Better 2009
January 18, 2009 | 7:57 PM EST | Jayson

Sandtroopers.com updates tonight with announcement of this year’s Make It Better Charity Campaign and this year has a new twist. Head on over for the full details.



High-Res ESB Wave Images
January 18, 2009 | 5:40 PM EST | Jayson

JediInsider has come through again with some high-quality images of the recently revealed Empire Strikes Back wave. These image confirm in a sense the speculation of 2 different Hoth Rebel Soldiers. A welcome revelation to army builders and strict Original Trilogy collectors alike. Head on over to view these for yourself.



January 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM EST | Justin2


This weekend we spotlight the second installment in the new photonovel series by forum memberRobo-Quack. Check out this impressive chapter after the jump!



2009 Lego Sets Revealed
January 17, 2009 | 10:50 AM EST | Jayson



Lego site Brickshelf has come across imagery of some new sets due this year covering the Original Trilogy and Clone Wars eras.

7748 Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
7749 Echo Base
8036 Separatist Shuttle
8037 Anakin’s Y-Wing Starfighter
8038 The Batttle of Endor
8039 Republic Cruiser Venator
Darth Vader 10th Anniversary

The Prequel sets sport the red and white theme to coincide with the new packaging due later this year while the Original Trilogy sets return to the black and gold packaging and have a special banner calling out the 10th Anniversary (1999-2009) of the Star Wars/Lego license.

Discuss your thoughts on these new sets in our forums.



Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it)
January 16, 2009 | 5:36 PM EST | Niktom


Not sure how long this has been out there but a friend of mine forwarded it to me today. Sounds a lot like me trying to describe Gone With the Wind.

Discuss here in the forums.



New Gentle Giant Items at StarWarsShop.com
January 15, 2009 | 10:06 PM EST | Jayson



StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a few new items from Gentle Giant. First, the Clone Wars Count Dooku Maquette (avail. Aug 09). Standing at over 10″ tall, this maquette looks as if it was pulled right from the film/series. Next, the Hoth Luke Skywalker Mini Bust (avail. Aug 09). Finally, for those with a few extra “credits” to spread around, the Bronze Obi-Wan Kenobi Bust is limited to only 77 pieces worldwide.



Something Massive This Way Comes
January 15, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

It seems that on the heels of the BMF Falcon and ATTE, that Hasbro has another massive vehicle in store for collectors and fans– the Clone Turbo Tank. Our friends at Jedi News UK have unearthed the details on this and more in a print Toy Fair Preview article. Read the full story here.



New Battle Pack Images at JediInsider
January 15, 2009 | 5:27 PM EST | Jayson



The fine crew at JediInsider has acquired high-quality images of the The Legacy Collection Battle of Yavin and The Clone Wars Jabba The Hutt Battle Packs. Head over for a look-see.



BMF Clearance
January 15, 2009 | 10:11 AM EST | Jayson


Reports are circulating that the Legacy “BMF” Millennium Falcon has been found on clearance for a mere $35.00 at Target locations. If you’ve been holding out on this now’s the time.



Wal-Mart Exclusive Ibtisam
January 14, 2009 | 11:47 PM EST | Justin2


More Rebel Pilots are on the way courtesy of some great Wal-Mart exclusive Comic Packs coming out soon – including the Rogue Squadron Pilot, Ibtisam. Head to the forums for a closer look.



Lt. Sunber and Amanin Comic Pack Images
January 14, 2009 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill


Our friends at Jedi Insider have just posted some nice packaged images of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Lt. Sunber and Amanin comic 2 pack. To saw the least it looks like this one was VERY well done. Check it out here.



Clone Wars Episodes 1-4 Coming to DVD
January 14, 2009 | 4:04 PM EST | Jayson


In case you can’t wait for the full first season of The Clone Wars to come to DVD and Blu-Ray in late 2009, StarWars.com reveals today that the first 4 episodes dubbed “A Galaxy Divided” are due to hit shelves in March. Head to the official site for full details…



Star Wars Insider #107 Peek
January 13, 2009 | 11:34 PM EST | Jayson



The Official Site updates tonight with details on the next issue of The Star Wars Insider. This issue features variant covers depicting C-3PO (newsstand) and R2-D2 (subscribers, comic shop and throughTitan). Be sure to pick up this issue as it will offer a behind the scenes look at the development process of an action figure and a first look at a few upcoming Expanded Universe figures!

Head to StarWars.com for further details.



A New Look for Yakface in the New Year
January 13, 2009 | 11:10 PM EST | Jayson

Since Star Wars merchandise will be receiving a revamped look in 2009, what better time to refresh our own site by pulling design cues from the new packaging revealed yesterday. And the changes don’t stop there. I’ve also added a convenient RSS feed to the site that can be easily subscribed to in order to receive instant notifications when new articles are posted.



There Is Another…
January 13, 2009 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark


And yet another NEW LEGO set has shown up at Toys R Us. This time it is the LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars Count Dooku’s Solar Sailor (7752). Looks to be 385 pieces.



Acme Archives Adds William Silvers Artwork
January 13, 2009 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill



Acme Archives Direct has just announced that they will be handling William Silvers Star Wars artwork, and to say the least it looks outstanding. If you’ve still got some wallspace for Star Wars artcheck it out here.



Episode 177: View from the Insider
January 12, 2009 | 10:46 PM EST | Jayson


Month after month they come into the mailbox, the Star Wars Insider. It has had almost as many publishers as Murphy Brown had secretaries, but now it is being run by international fanzine company Titan Magazines. Is it worth the cover price? Arnie and Marjorie dissect the latest issue on this week’s podcast of Star Wars Action News.

Also on this episode, Star Wars comic author Nathan P Butler (Star Wars Tales: Equals & Opposites) gives us a look at Dark Horse’s 2008 Star Wars crossover event–Vector. Last weekend the final issue of this 12 part saga was released. Was it worth all the hype and mystery, and does it live up to Dark Horse’s promise of being important? Nathan reveals all in this spoiler-filled review.

With a final look at the Diamond Darth Maul, a first look at Legacy Wave 6, and a brief bit of advice from Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News.

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Regular or Enhanced Versions



Attention Aayla Fans
January 12, 2009 | 8:05 PM EST | Bill


The Official Site has updated to announce that this week’s episode of the Clone Wars will feature the debut of fans’ favorite Twi’lek Jedi– Aayla Secura. Unless you want to stay spoiler free check out the screen captures and preview here.



Red, White and Cool
January 12, 2009 | 3:37 PM EST | Jayson


Fans and collectors will soon see a new packaging design across all Star Wars merchandise, courtesy of design agency Pilot as well as Lucasfilm’s own Licensing team.

Head to the official site for the details, then discuss your thoughts on it here.



Another Price Hike?
January 12, 2009 | 2:27 PM EST | Justin2

You may have noticed that most e-tailers have raised the price on 2009 cases of figures. Well today I saw two different Wal-Marts that have raised their basic figures prices to $7.46 (up from $6.96) on both Clone Wars and Legacy figures.

The last thing the hobby needs is another price increase, so hopefully this is just a couple of isolated incidents. But if you’re seeing the same thing, let us know.



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 29 Clone Trooper (327th Star Corps)
January 11, 2009 | 10:13 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume tonight with the 327th Star Corps Clone Trooper.

Originally released in the Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack (which was a clean redeco of Evolutions Clone Trooper), this particular Clone Trooper can currently be found including one of two colored pauldrons. The original being the mustard yellow and the new version having a reddish-orange pauldron. But the variants don’t stop there – each one includes a different Build-A-Droid piece as well. The first one includes MB-RA-7’s silver torso, while the new version includes MB-RA-7’s right leg.

Head to the toyguide to see if either one (or both) of these are worth adding to your collection.



2009 New Prototype Images
January 11, 2009 | 4:35 PM EST | Justin2



Big thanks to Yakface forum member Rune Haako for spotting some more images of the upcoming ESB wave – check several new prototype images of these figures after the jump!

Also, don’t forget to take a first peek at a pair of new Youngling figures that should be coming out later this year via a Battle Pack here… and even a few adult Jedi.



Disney’s Star Wars Weekends Confirmed for 2009
January 11, 2009 | 12:26 PM EST | Bill

Disney has just announced the dates for their annual Star Wars Weekends– and raid on our bank accounts for the latest collectibles. For this year they will run from May 22 to June 14 2009. In addition, it looks like the weekends are a permanet addition as Disney is now including a clip about them on their free vacation planning videos. If you’d like to get a copy of the free DVD, you can order one at Disney World.com.



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
January 10, 2009 | 2:27 PM EST | Bill


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store:

Hi – Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a variety of new arrivals, more new preorders, and a big new sale with prices cut on over 2000 items!


Prices have been slashed on over 2000 items! Many items have been discounted 50% to 70% or more! Hundreds of different lines are on sale including Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and much ,more. Take a look at the sale menu below for great savings on many items:


This Ultimate Quarter Scale is even more impressive “in person” than its description. Measuring 19″ tall, this recreation is swaddled in black robesthat cover his 23 points of articulation, and includes his double-bladed lightsaber (magnetic), electronic binoculars, an alternate wrist-link hand, and a display stand. The figure also speaks phrases and other sound effects when you press a button on his front. This great new figure is priced at $64.99, $15 below MSRP.

This new Previews Exclusive boxed set from “Crimson Empire” will allow you to set up a display of the Crucible, where Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard receive their final training. This set includes the Emperor and Darth Vader, along with Carnor Jax, Kir Kanos, Alum Frost and Lemmet Tauk in their Imperial Guard Academy training uniforms. This set is priced at $36.99.


This new piece from Gentle Giant measures almost six feet tall, and portrays the Clone Captain as he appears in his blue-accented armor as commander of the 501st Clone Trooper Battalion. His armor is slightly
tarnished and scratched, as you would expect from a veteran of his caliber. This fantastic statue is priced at $1399.99

Jakks Pacific has announced their new line of collectible marbles. Each marble contains the image of a hero, villain, robot, or (oversized marble of a) ship, with each wave containing two each of 12 different marbles. We’ve got these listed by the case of 24 for $94.99, or by the set of 12 for $49.99Check it all out here.



New Mini Figures At Disney
January 10, 2009 | 12:05 PM EST | Bill

Our friends at Endor Express.net have found the details and images of new mini figures– think the micromachines line size– coming to Disney’s Star Trader Stores. Among them are Darth Goofy, Teek from the Ewok Movies (for the first time in plastic), and also for the first time a Star Tours Cast Member! Check it out here.



Andrews Toyz Newsfeed
January 10, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

Andrew’s Toyz has several NEW ARRIVALS:
– Darth Maul 1/4 Scale Ultimate Action Figure IN STOCK now for only $67.00
– New Evolutions figures including the Force Unleashed Vader’s Secret Apprentice and more!
– All Force FX Lightsabers $99.00 each!
– Clone Wars Figures Waves 1 – 3 are in hand and ready to ship!

Visit AndrewsToyz.com for the above and much more! Have a great weekend!



Empire Strikes Back Wave Revealed
January 10, 2009 | 7:25 AM EST | Jayson


Yakface Sponsor Entertainment Earth has posted images and ordering info for The Legacy Collection’s upcoming ESB themed wave (wave 6). It features Captain Needa, Luke Skywalker (Medical Frigate), Princess Leia (Medical Frigate), an awesome Hoth Rebel Trooper, a pair of Ugnaughts and Emperor Palpatine who is sporting the “Monkey Faced” head sculpt representing his look before those pesky Special Editions were released.

Head over to Entertainment Earth.com to take a look and then head back to the the forums to discuss your thoughts on this wave.



$45 AT-TEs at Sam’s Club
January 9, 2009 | 9:59 AM EST | Jayson

Yak Reader Chris D. sends in a report on the AT-TE being marked down 50% to $45.00 at his local Westland, Michigan Sam’s Club. This is the standard version that includes the single AT-TE Clone Trooper.



Sideshow Sandtrooper
January 9, 2009 | 7:51 AM EST | Mark

Today is the day for the pre-order of this very nice Sandtrooper

And if you haven’t done so already… The Admiral is available NOW for pre-order…



Shadows of the Empire Strikes Back!
January 9, 2009 | 12:09 AM EST | Justin2


Back in 1996, Shadows of the Empire helped introduce many fans to the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. This multi-media event became an inspiration for many collectors to explore the world of customizing as well.

Shadows of the Empire also introduced a new element to the Star Wars saga; the crime syndicate known as Black Sun.

So roll up your sleeves and join in the newest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge as customizers crack out their own versions of Black Sun criminals after the jump!



ToyMan Collector Show Returns
January 8, 2009 | 11:51 PM EST | Justin2

For those of you in the St. Louis area, ToyMan is back in 2009 with the first show this Sunday. More details at Toymanshow.com



Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
January 8, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Jayson


The next chapter in the extraordinary history of the Star Wars galaxy begins in Outcast, the first book of the new series, Fate of the Jedi. This hardcover release by Del Rey Books from author Aaron Allston is due out on March 24, 2009.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details.



StarWarsShop: Exclusive 12″ RAH Clone Commander
January 8, 2009 | 2:50 PM EST | Jayson


StarWarsShop.com is now making available the Exclusive Clone Commander 12″ Real Action Hero Figure at a deep discounted price of $79.99 (orig. $149.99).

The figure is limited to 1,000 units worldwide and debuted at Celebration Japan, with 750 pieces exclusive to StarWarsShop.



The Force Will Be With You…. This Fall
January 7, 2009 | 3:04 PM EST | Jayson

USA Today has posted an interesting story about a new “Force” interactive toy due this fall. The Force Trainer comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker’s abilities in the Star Wars films.

Head on over to read the full article.



Mini Deformed Figures at ToyTokyo
January 6, 2009 | 11:53 PM EST | Jayson


Speciality toy store ToyTokyo has added the Mini Super Deformed figures from Tomy to their online store. Each blind box gives you a chance at one legendary figure from the Star Wars Trilogy. Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2, Yoda or Darth Vader. Collect them all!



StarWarsShop: Airborne Trooper Bust Back in Stock
January 6, 2009 | 11:40 PM EST | Jayson


StarWarsShop.com has restocked and has a few more of the Exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Busts from Gentle Giant. This must have bust is in stock and ready to ship and if you’re a Hyperspace member you’ll receive and additional 10% off!



Star Wars: The Old Republic Revealed
January 6, 2009 | 11:35 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts and BioWare are teaming up to form a brand new massively multiplayer online roleplaying game set in the era of the Old Republic. Discover how story will change the way you think of MMOs, how companion characters will offer unique ways to adventure, and how the look and the feel of the game will be unique.

Head to the Official Site to watch the 5-minute featurette.



Wattographs January Autograph Signings:
Carrie Fisher, Richard LeParmentier and Goran Kleut!

January 6, 2009 | 10:54 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs kicks off 2009 with prequel and original trilogy autograph signers: Carrie Fisher, Richard LeParmentier and Goran Kleut!

The Princess really needs no introduction other than Carrie Fisher. The actress born of a Hollwood couple played Princess Leia in the orginal Star Wars Trilogy. The screen icon is also a notable screenwriter, author, script doctor, and star of her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking.” Fisher will be signing convention provided photos and fans’ personal send-in collectibles.

His lack of faith may be disturbing, but Richard LeParmentier’s is not! LeParmentier played Admiral Motti in “Episode IV: A New Hope.” He is also famous for his other big screen credits which include Superman II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Rollerball among many others. He will be signing convention provided photos and fans’ personal send-in collectibles.

Goran Kleut played Utapau’s chief aide, Lampay Fay in “Revenge of the Sith.” Fay and Tion Medon greet Obi-Wan Kenobi upon his landing on Utapau and secretly refuel his ship while he searches for General Grievous! Kleut will be signing an official photograph and fan’s personal send-in items.

Signing ends 1/31/2009 at 11:59:59 EST. Personal items need to be sent to Wattographs by that date. Please contact Wattographs with any questions. Be sure to signup for the newsletter for updates, interviews, and specials




Back To The Future
January 5, 2009 | 7:36 PM EST | Bill


Since The Clone Wars have become one of the best known central events in the history of the Star Wars universe, our friends over at Jedi News have highlighted an article by Gus Lopez looking at one of Kenner’s second generation EU creations– a modified version of the vintage line’s imperial troop transport. Check out all the goodies here.



Episode 176: Crap Tax
January 5, 2009 | 4:11 PM EST | Jayson


It’s a new year, and as with every new year comes some new lines of Star Wars collectibles. This year, one of the new lines is Diamond Select’s Ultimate Quarter Scale line of figures, the first of which, Darth Maul, has been spotted on Toys R Us shelves. Arnie and Marjorie provide a hands-on review of the first entry in this new line.

Also this week, we play your voicemails, discussing the new wave of titaniums, the value of the Ewok live action movies, and a forum listener offers up a copy of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor as a prize! And if you want to be on the show, call our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI to let us know your thoughts on what you’re collecting.

With an update on the next Sideshow 1/6 scale figure going on sale THIS FRIDAY, all that and more is on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Regular or Enhanced Versions

And also, Arnie, Jerry, Brock, and Marjorie got together to discuss the first Clone Wars episode of 2009: Dooku Captured. You can download it now here



Captain Rex Exclusive Figure Redemption Extended!
January 5, 2009 | 2:31 PM EST | Jayson


Hasbro has updated today sending word that the Captain Rex Mailaway offer has been extended until March 31, 2009. If you still need yours, head to Hasbro.com for ordering details.



Customizing Group Project Roundup
January 3, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Justin2


The Force Unleashed Shaak Ti Group Project has wrapped up with some great entries. Head on over to the forums to see all the different renditions of this Order 66 survivor submitted by customizershere.



Clone Wars Update: Dooku Captured and Episode 12 Preview
January 3, 2009 | 12:01 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated with a new commentary on last night’s new episode of the Clone Wars “Dooku Captured”. Director Dave Filoni speculates on what it takes to capture a Lord of the Sith.

Also a preview of next week’s episode “The Gungan General”has been posted and again it looks like Jar Jar to the rescue.



New Saga Legends Wave Appearing
January 3, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Jayson

Upon my morning trip to my local Target store, I ran across the newest wave of Saga Legends figures which includes the Black Pauldron Sandtrooper, X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker, Tri-Droid, Snowtrooper, Saesee Tiin, Red ARC Trooper Commander and the ROTS Clone Trooper. So if you’re looking to keep current on this line or add some army builders to your ranks, best head out to your local retailer.



Yakfinities #26 Roundup Report
January 2, 2009 | 9:26 PM EST | Justin2


The final Yakfinities of 2008 has wrapped up, and the winner declared. See who won and check out all the different customs submitted by Yakface forum members after the jump!



ATTE For $64.00???!!!!
January 2, 2009 | 8:05 PM EST | Bill

Our Friends over at Jedi Temple Archives are reporting that some Wal-Mart Stores are taking a lightsaber to the price on their remaining ATTEs– from $99 all the way down to $64.00. If you still need one, or are looking ato add a second, err third, one, be sure to check your local Wal-Mart.



The Clone Wars Returns with “Dooku Captured”
January 2, 2009 | 9:27 AM EST | Jayson

After a brief holiday break, the Clone Wars series resumes tonight at 9pm EST with a new episode entitled “Dooku Captured”. During their own attempt to kidnap Count Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan discover that the Sith Lord has already been captured by pirates.

For a preview of this episode head to StarWars.com.

And in case you need more of a Clone Wars fix, there are also 2 additional repeat episodes, Bombad Jedi and Cloak of Darkness, airing tonight starting at 7pm and 7:30 pm respectively.



A New Hope… RiffTrax Style
January 1, 2009 | 6:39 PM EST | Jayson

For those of you unfamiliar with RiffTrax, it’s a hilarious running commentary on our favorite (or not so favorite) films brought to you by the same crew and voice over talent that were featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K). Now they’ve added Star Wars: A New Hope to their RiffTrax catalog of movie spoofs joining the Prequel Trilogy and the infamous Holiday Special.

From RiffTrax:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Marin County, to be exact) George Lucas sparked up his favorite bong, kicked back in a bean bag chair and several gurgles later came up with the idea that would become the greatest movie of all time.* The story should be familiar to everyone: a moisture farmer leaves his beloved moisture farm (after a terrible moisture stampede), flies to the planet of Mos Def and eventually rescues a princess from the clutches of the evil Moff and destroys the horribly named Death Star. Who knew that the humble moisture farmer’s name would soon be on the lips of kids the world over: yes, Biggs Darklighter, hero of the rebellion. (Or was it Jek Porkins—we forget?)

This is, to be precise, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the Special Edition “improved” by George Lucas for the DVD release (including a long and frankly shocking nude scene with Jabba the Hutt).

*Don’t storm our offices, Dark Knight fans, we acknowledge that it used to be the greatest movie of all time.



Something A Little Different
January 1, 2009 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill


At the mall yesterday, I noticed that Star Wars has invaded the clothing department of Macy’s. To say the least this looks like abit of a new look for Yoda, and it’s a bit different for Vader too!



Happy 2009
January 1, 2009 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

In this holiday season, all of us at Yakface.com would like to take a few minutes to wish all of our readers and the fan community a wonderful 2009!