April 2009 Archive

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 39 Emperor Palpatine
April 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of next figure in the second Legacy Collection wave for 2009: Emperor Palpatine.

As a nod to the monkey-face Emperor from the original theatrical release, this latest version is a slight modification of the super articulated Evolution figure featuring ghoulish facial deco, modified Sith robe and a new plastic hood that really makes this figure shine Also included are his signature gnarled cane and lightsaber. The Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept continues on with this figure as it includes the torso of protocol droid U-3PO from A New Hope.

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



Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack Found
April 22, 2009 | 11:23 AM EST | Justin2

The hunt continues for new figures as Yakface forum memberTradeFederationSympathy
just scored the latest Legacy Battle Pack at his local Target. Be on the lookout for this great looking set and check out his find after the jump!



Toyguide Update: TLC No. 38 Luke Skywalker
April 22, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of first figure in the second Legacy Collection wave for 2009: Luke Skywalker.

After his fateful duel with Darth Vader and his rescue from Bespin, Luke Skywalker recovers on board the Rebel Alliance’s medical frigate where he receives his new cybernetic hand. This figure is a kit bashed creation that utilizes most of the parts from the VOTC Luke, the new parts consisting of new shins and feet, a new head sculpt* and the cybernetic right forearm. The flesh portions of this figure are molded in a tan plastic versus the pinkish color as the VOTC figure had which greatly improves the overall look of this sculpt. He features a removable medical gown, lightsaber and communicator. The Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept continues on with this figure as it includes the head of protocol droid U-3PO from A New Hope.

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

*Note to customizers: The head on this Luke swaps effortlessly with the current VOTC/Droidfactory/Legends X-Wing Pilot Luke if the existing head doesn’t “do it” for you. The helmet fits over this new head as well.



Gentle Giant QnA with Gentle Giant Collectors
April 22, 2009 | 6:45 AM EST | Jayson

The team from Gentle Giant Ltd. was kind enough to answer a ton of questions Gentle Giant Collectors had about a broad spectrum of products and also let us know a few tidbits that have not been announced beforehand as well as a sneak peek at the Hoth Leia Mini Bust. Head over for details. (Forum log in required.)



Toyguide Update: TCW No. 27 Kit Fisto
April 22, 2009 | 12:08 AM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of last figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting Kit Fisto.

Kit Fisto, the Nautolan Jedi we were first introduced to during the Battle of Geonosis, returns in the Clone Wars series in the “Lair of General Grievous” episode. When I saw this episode I was hoping for a great action figure version, but he fails on a few important areas. First off, on my figure, one leg is longer than the other which makes for a heck of a time getting him to stand especially when the jet pack is attached. Secondly the lack of leg articulation really hampers any type of dynamic action posing making for a rather statuesque pose, when you can get him to stand of course. On the flipside, he does have decent arm articulation and the head sculpt is very well done and captures his wry smile nicely. Surprisingly, he fits in both the Delta 7 and Delta 7B “Clone Wars” style Jedi Starfighters pretty well.

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



Toyguide Update: TCW No. 26 Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps)
April 21, 2009 | 11:28 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of next figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper as they appeared in the episodes “Bombad Jedi” and “Cloak of Darkness”.

Members of the 41st Elite Corps are led by Clone Commander Gree and Jedi General Luminara Unduli and are specially equipped for jungle warfare on worlds like Rodia and Kashyyyk. This figure is a repaint of the 212th Attack Battalion Clone Trooper and features a green deco. He includes the standard DC-17 blaster and a very cool firing missile launcher/gatling gun. I’ll definitely be adding a few more of these to the collection – the forthcoming Gree figure will need troops to lead after all.

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



Toyguide Update: TCW No. 25 Rocket Battle Droid
April 21, 2009 | 11:03 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of next figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting the Rocket Battle Droid as they appeared in the episode “Rising Malevolence”.

These special battle droids specialize in working in the vacuum of space and are equipped with a maneuvering jet pack, a external lamp mounted on the droid’s head as well as having a special cutting torch outfitted to their arms for boarding captured ships and escape pods. The figure itself is a retooled version of the standard battle droid this time featuring a removable rocket pack and unique arm and head sculpts. He includes the standard issue battle droid blaster and a firing “boarding claw” weapon taking design cues from the pod hunters from the aforementioned episode. A decent figure overall but you’ll want to get him out of the package right away to curb any further warping the legs tend to have from being packed in the bubble too long.

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



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 21, 2009 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill


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


NEW HASBRO STAR WARS LISTINGS – We’ve listed a variety of new figures, battle packs, vehicels, and toys, take a look at these:

These stands and bases come directly from Hasbro, they will protect and display many different types of Star Wars figures


These waves of Mighty Muggs will not be available at mass market stores, Hasbro has made them ‘direct mareket’ exclusives. We’ve stocked up on wave 1 and 2 – each new assortment contains 4 brand new figures and is available at $49.99

This beautiful piece stands around 17″ tall and features Leia in the sexiest costume of the original trilogy – in stock now at $234.99

Check it all out here.



Toyguide Update: TCW No. 24 Jar Jar Binks
April 21, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of first figure in the second Clone Wars wave for 2009. Presenting Jar Jar Binks as he appeared in the episode “Bombad Jedi”.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a Jar Jar figure at retail, which is a good thing to some collectors, but this all new version is the best thus far. Jar Jar, while limited in leg articulation, has a lot of poseability elsewhere with ball joint shoulders, elbows, torso and neck. He also has a ball socket head and ankles (note the removable feet) and swivel forearms. The only included accessory (aside from the removable neck scarf) is the Jedi robe which features a wire rimmed neck. The only real issue with the figure is that due to his large ears, posing of the hood over the head can be a little awkward, but overall another excellent release for this popular line.

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



New Disney/Star Wars Merchandise for Star Wars Weekends 2009 and Beyond
April 20, 2009 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson

At this past weekend’s FX! International Show, a Disney products panel was held, hosted by Disney product developer Brad Schoeneberg, in which new merchandise was revealed for the upcoming Star Wars Weekends event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Highlights include: Spinner pins, Exclusive Potato Heads, the Jedi Training Academy Set, Disney Racers with Vintage Style Darth Vader Carry Case and more!

Head over to the Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog for the full details.



Walmart Exclusive LEGO® Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon
April 20, 2009 | 4:23 PM EST | Jayson


Fans of the galaxy’s fastest “hunk of junk” can look forward to an all-new Midi-scale edition of Han Solo’s legendary Millennium Falcon from The LEGO Group this summer, and only Walmart’s getting them!

The 356-piece set includes rotating guns both top and bottom, and rotating radar dish. Of course, savvy LEGO builders can add their own “special modifications” to the hull — this is LEGO building after all!

Head to StarWars.com for the full details.



Episode 191: The Mother of All Shopping Lists
April 20, 2009 | 3:04 PM EST | Jayson


Many collectors know Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins. From their collecting panels at Star Wars Fan Days and at Star Wars Celebration to the website The Star Wars Collector’s Archive, these two supercollectors are experts in Star Wars collecting. And now they have released a definitive Star Wars price guide and collectibles’ list, Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles. On this week’s Star Wars Action News, we sit down with Gus and Duncan to talk about their collecting hobbies and this new book.

Also this week we talk about the 3-D Star Wars Kites from Go Fly A Kite and play a listener’s rebuttal, claiming the Star Wars Expanded Universe IS accessible to new readers.

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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



SDCC “Smiley” Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot
April 20, 2009 | 11:35 AM EST | Jayson


The crew at SirStevesGuide have turned up a nice shot of the upcoming SDCC Exclusive X-wing Pilot Luke Skywalker over in their forums. Head on over for a peek, then discuss your thoughts on “smiley” in our forums.



K & C Collectibles: Half Price Hook Up This Week
April 19, 2009 | 8:11 PM EST | Jayson


K & C Collectibles is offering Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by April 25th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed

IN STOCK – Half Off Hook Up:
Boba Fett Electronic – item code TY0112
Princess Leia Hoth Gear – item code TY0103
C-3PO w/Removable Limbs – item code TY0137
Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece figure – item code TY0114
Cantina Showdown – item code TP5213
3D Jabbas Palace w/Han Carbonite – item code TV0083
Admiral Motti – item code TR1213
Classic Edition 4-Pack – item code TP5043
Oola & Salacious Crumb – item code TP5253
Imperial Speeder Bike w/Biker Scout – item code TV0011

Pre-Order – April 24th, 2009
Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Chubby Figure
Ewok Chubby Figures
Luke Skywalker Chubby Figures
Pilots Chubby Figures
Princess Leia Chubby Figures
Snowtrooper Mini-Bust
Support our Troops Messenger Bag
CMG Jedi Academy Booster Pack



ESB Wave Spreading
April 18, 2009 | 7:42 AM EST | Jayson



Yakreader Michael chimes back in with another great find. Not only did he snag that cheap Sarlacc BP for $11.01, yesterday he found the TLC Empire Strikes Back wave at his Albany, Oregon Target store. Check out his finds by clicking the images above.

Nice score Mike!



Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker™
April 17, 2009 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark


Now available to order over at Lego:

Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
Flying through the skies of hostile planets, the Republic LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier) Dropship swoops down and deploys the AT-OT (All Terrain Open Transport) troop carrier for attacks on Separatist strongholds. Dropship features an opening cockpit, rotating front and rear cannons, auto-firing missiles and armament bay, and a fold-away handle on top. AT-OT features poseable legs, rotating cannons, crew compartment with weapon racks, and folding cockpit and boarding ramp. Drop ship automatically locks onto walker, then releases it with the push of a switch! Also works with #7675 AT-TE Walker.



Pre-Order LOTR today
April 17, 2009 | 9:00 AM EST | Mark

Over at they have the new diorama of the Ringwraiths attacking Frodo. It is available for priority pre-order today at 10am PST.

Also available in stock now is the 12″ Stormtrooper and many other items.



Ultimate Battle Packs for $11.00
April 16, 2009 | 8:50 PM EST | Jayson


Yakreader Michael ran across a heck of a deal today on the Ultimate Battle Packs. He managed to pick up one for a mere $11.01 at his Albany, Oregon Target. Take a closer look…



1001… and Counting!
April 16, 2009 | 5:54 PM EST | Justin2

Each day you check, the number continues to climb… and now Adam Pawlus atGalactichunter.com has reviewed over one thousand Star Wars figures. Hats off to Adam for the insightful reviews and “grand” dedication!



OT – Star Trek and Terminator 3-3/4″ Figures Hitting Retail
April 16, 2009 | 5:41 PM EST | Justin2

If you’re a Star Trek or Terminator fan, you may be interested in the new line of figures for each upcoming film that Playmates has just released at retail.

Both feature a 3-3/4″ line in scale with Hasbro’s Star Wars figures – so even if neither line really interests you, you might still find some good parts for custom fodder out of these for your Star Wars collections.

Head on over to the forums for some more information on these new lineshere.



Clone Wars Tri-Lingual Figures Now at TRU
April 16, 2009 | 1:27 PM EST | Jayson

Looks like K-Mart isn’t the only retailer receiving the first 8 Clone Wars tri-lingual figures as I found several cases of these figure hanging from the pegs at my local Toys R Us.

Again, the figures themselves are the same as their English only counterparts*, but these all share an identical multi-language (English, French and Spanish) card back and unique bubble insert. Within the packaging, you’ll find a tri-lingual text insert containing the figure’s character description and a foldout 30th Anniversary product guide.

*To clarify, the Rex and Clone Trooper are of the battle-damaged/dirty deco variety and Rex has the dark blue flashes on his armor versus the newer light blue coloration.



RiffTrax presents: The Empire Strikes Back
April 15, 2009 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson


Your favorite sand-phobic, midichlorian-rich super villain is back! And this time his capes are even more fabulous, his thigh-high Uggs resplendent like never before, and his burnt chicken head cloaked in the shiniest plastic helmet yet! And if that wasn’t enough, Mike, Kevin and Bill are pleased to be joined by Darth Vader’s bellicose but lovable brother Chad! Yes, the movie that gave us one of cinema’s most startling revelations, and perhaps the most memorable silver screen quote ever (“I thought that hairy beast would be the end of me”) gets the RiffTrax treatment.

Lots of laughs. Lots of Chad Vader. And no pod racing.

This RiffTrax uses the Special Edition version of the film. If you have it on DVD, you have the right version.

Brought to you by the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000



Episode 190: Ha$$$$$bro
April 14, 2009 | 1:47 PM EST | Jayson


Perhaps we are getting old when we have to be told by Hasbro employees that “the value of a dollar isn’t what it used to be” but that doesn’t make the increasing cost of Hasbro Star Wars toys any easier for collectors’ pocket books. With 3.75″ figures ranging from $8 to $13 at retail, Ugnaughts downsized from two per pack to one per pack, and vehicle rereleases costing nearly double what they used to, collectors dollars are getting stretched thinner and thinner, and in this economy it is not what collectors need. We tackle this hard issue this week on Star Wars Action News, looking at some new Toys R Us exclusive repacks that aren’t the value of the original packs, and with a Hasbro Q&A asking about cost, quality of figures, and quantity of figures.

We also look at some other sites’ Hasbro Q&As where information is revealed about Hasbro’s collector market, and the fact that the new packaging will see the first change in 3.75″ figure card sizes in Star Wars’ 32 year history.

With a look at the latest Star Wars Minis expansion, Imperial Entanglements, and a vintage review of 4-LOM (Or is it Zuckuss?) it’s all on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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



UPDATE: “Torrent Company” Jet Pack Troopers
April 14, 2009 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson


As rumored by Rebelscum a couple weeks ago, EntertainmentEarth has listed a new multi-pack called “Clone Wars Clone Troopers with Jet Packs”. The description reads:

“Clone Troopers are armed to the teeth, and now they can fly too! This set of Clone Trooper action figures includes jet packs which make your battles all the more fun!”

– Fly big with jetpacks!
– Fly Clones into battle!
– Just like in The Clone Wars.
– Anakin figure included.

My guess is this will be a “Torrent Company” themed pack pulled from the Clone Wars movie’s Battle of Christophsis with jetpack versions of Captain Rex, a clone trooper or two and obviously Anakin Skywalker.

Stay tuned for more details as they’re made available.

UPDATE: Looks like I way over judged the coolness of this set as it looks to resemble nothing from from the film or the series thus far. JediInsider has posted a preview of a lone clone trooper with a winged jetpack.



April Frenzy Contests!!!
April 13, 2009 | 9:15 PM EST | Brandon



There’s still one week left to enter our Star Wars Egg Decorating Contest! The rules are quite simple! Take any egg (play-doh, plastic, etc.) and decorate it up all Star Wars! We have many awesome eggs already in! And remember one lucky winner will win….

A TARGET OR WAL-MART $20.00 GIFT CARD!!! You can’t get an awesome prize like that anywhere else!!! Just think of the figures you could get and not have to pay for them! Plus two lucky runner-ups will receive a free figure from Wal-Mart.com!!! So don’t waste! Get over to our forums now to enter!!!

Captain Pierce is also hosting an awesome Ultimate Jedi Customizing Contest right now! The winner will receive 30,000 YAKPoints to use in our next month’s (May) auctions!!! Jump over the the contest now!!!



New Star Wars Disney Goodies
April 13, 2009 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have updated with a story on the latest Disney licensed Star Wars merchandise. If you’re a fan of SW bobbleheads or stormtroopers wearing, erm, mouse ears, check it out here.



Froobi Deal of the Day: Clone Trooper Collector’s Edition Cookie Jar
April 13, 2009 | 3:14 PM EST | Jayson


Based on Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, these high quality Clone Trooper Cookie Jars will look great anywhere.

Made of tempered ceramic, they are hand painted, then covered in a high gloss clear coat finish. By removing the helmet you open the jar for storage.

Orig. $49.99
Today Only $19.99



Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 65th Edition
April 10, 2009 | 6:43 PM EST | Jayson


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 3/20. Answers this week cover: repacks in the TLC line, trooper helmet issues and is there an MTT on the horizon?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.



TRU: Buy One, Get One Half Off Lego Sale
April 10, 2009 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

If you’re looking to increase your Star Wars Lego collection, Toys R Us is currently having a Buy One, Get One Half Off Sale. This sale is good in-store only and lasts through tomorrow (4/11). Free or discounted item must be equal or lesser value. No rain checks.



New OLD Indy For Pre-Order
April 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM EST | Mark

Up now for pre-order… the older Indy Premium Figure. Man did they NAIL this likeness…



Beyond Droids…
April 9, 2009 | 12:02 AM EST | Justin2


With a few weeks left in April, there’s still plenty of time to add a submission to the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. Head on over to the forums and submit your own creation, or just check out some of the great Organic Separatists that have been entered so far after the jump!



Limited Edition Marc Ecko Star Wars Gear
April 8, 2009 | 5:05 PM EST | Jayson

Looking to improve your ‘Wars wear? ShopEcko.com has several fashionable Star Wars hoodies and t-shirts available and as a bonus you get free shipping on orders over $100.00.



It’s Survey Time Again
April 7, 2009 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

As we’ve seen several times before over the years, the Official Site wants your feedback on what Star Wars.com provides to fans, the future of it’s subscriber only content, Hyperspace and more. If you want to complete the quick survey,Check it out here.



Fanboys on DVD May 19
April 7, 2009 | 9:05 PM EST | Jayson


Driven by passion, friendship and the power of the Force, four buddies hit the road in search of a galaxy far, far away in FANBOYS … A raucous road trip comedy fueled by heart and an untainted love of the greatest movie saga of all time, FANBOYS follows a group of Star Wars fans as they hilariously attempt the impossible. Their mad plan: to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to see Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace a full six months before its worldwide release.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details…



Clone Wars DVD Retailer Exclusive Bonuses
April 7, 2009 | 9:00 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates today with info regarding special retailer exclusive “bonus” items included with the new Clone Wars “A Galaxy Divided” DVDs. Walmart versions include an extra episode: “Downfall of a Droid”, Best Buys versions include embroidered Yoda patch and Toys R Us versions include a full-color poster.



Episode 189: Ultimate Star Wars Easter Basket
April 7, 2009 | 6:38 AM EST | Jayson


For many years it seems that Star Wars licensed Easter items had been lacking, but this year Target and Toys R Us have combined to rectify that. More than just the usual dye kit, this year we get two egg dye kits, one with a kit to make a giant TIE Fighter egg! Plus easter baskets, easter buckets, Easer Eggs filled with candy and Jake character art, special Legos, and more. This week on Star Wars Action News we build the ultimate Star Wars Easter Basket for a 3 year old and give tips how you could modify this for kids of all ages.

Also this week, we discuss the Star Wars items you can buy from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson (Jesus Juice not included) and we listen to your voicemails on new Force Unleashed figures found at Toys R Us, misprints on Topps Galaxy 4 Series cards, and one listener’s recent purchase of a life sized Star Wars item!

Also, we are still gathering voicemails and recordings of your Episode I memories. We want to know your favorite memory, funniest story, or just your experience of buying toys for Episode I or seeing the movie. You can send MP3s to show@reviewstarwars.com or call our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI. Your story may be played on our 10th anniversary Phantom Menace show.

Finally, on a serious note, on this show we send good thoughts to our friend and Star Wars author Aaron Allston who had quadruple bypass surgery last week. You can send well-wishes to Aaron at:

Aaron Allston
c/o Del Rey Books
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Updates on Aaron’s status and information on how you can help donate blood can be found at http://www.aaronallston.info.

We at Star Wars Action News wish Aaron the very best. Get well soon!

All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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



Fan Boys On A Small Screen Near You
April 6, 2009 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Have you been to check out Fan Boys yet, well if you’re planning to add this spoof on our favorite hobby to your video library, or just waiting for the DVD to see it, our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with a list of all the goodies slated for the home edition– including deleted scenes. Check it all out here.



April Wattographs Autograph Signings:
Anthony Daniels & Zuraya Hamilton!

April 5, 2009 | 4:05 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is please to announce our private autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actors, Anthony Daniels and Zuraya Hamilton!

Anthony Daniels is the man behind the golden droid C-3PO! Daniels has been involved with his character since the beginning including all 6 films and adding his voice to the hit series ‘Clone Wars’ on Cartoon Network! He will be signing fans’ personal items and a standard photo of Threepio from “A New Hope”.

Zuraya Hamilton portrayed jedi knight, Khaat Qyin in “Attack of the Clones.” Hamilton worked behind the camera during filming and stepped in as the jedi in the Geonosis Arena and a Rodian Senator. She will be signing photos provided by OfficialPix.com and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends April 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items for Anthony Daniels need to arrive with Scott by April 21 st. Items for Zuraya Hamilton need to arrive with Scott by May 1st. Please contact Wattographs with any questions, photo selection and full signing details!




Yakface.com Forums Frenzy Continues!
April 5, 2009 | 4:03 PM EST | Brandon


Don’t Forget!!!

All month long YAKFACE.com is celebrating Spring! You can join in on the frenzy by visiting our forums and registering to participate in discussions, events, and more!

We have some great auctions going on this month where we will be giving away some awesome prizes! We also have a great Egg Decorating Contest going on until April 20th!!! We urge all our readers to join in on the frenzy today! It’s never too late!!!

Jump over to the forums for more info on the frenzy!



Star Wars Legos on Sale this Week at Target
April 5, 2009 | 9:39 AM EST | Jayson

Target looks like the place to be this week if your looking for a few bargains on the latest Lego sets. Look for markdowns on the Darth Vader TIE Fighter, The Rogue Shadow, Hyena Sroid Bomber, Republic Attack Shuttle, AT-TE, Trade Federation AAT and more.



Toyguide Update: Various Clone Wars Tri-Lingual Figures
April 2, 2009 | 11:12 PM EST | Jayson



The Yakface Toyguide updates today with four* tri-lingual carded figures in theClone Wars line.

While the figures themselves are the same as their English only counterparts,AnakinObi-WanGeneral Grievous and the Battle Droid here all share an identical multi-language (English, French and Spanish) card back and unique bubble insert. Within the packaging, you’ll find a tri-lingual text insert containing the figure’s character description and a foldout 30th Anniversary product guide.

Head to the toyguide to see if these figures are worth adding to your collection.

*The first eight Clone Wars figures have been found recently in the U.S. at K-Mart stores.



Star Wars Insider # 108
April 2, 2009 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Titan Publishing is sending out Email with teasers on Insider # 108. If you haven’t gotten one in your in your in box, here’s the rundown:

The man behind one of movie history’s most iconic characters speaks in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider. David Prowse revisits his Darth Vader memories.

Insider’s unrivalled coverage of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues with interviews with stars Matt Lanter and Ashley Eckstein (Anakin and Ahsoka), while editor Jason Tucker talks about keeping the pace on the show!

Plus, Star Wars skin art, 1997 revisited, and an interview with Femi Taylor, the actress who played Jabba’s favorite dancer, Oola.



TFU 3 Packs Resurface at TRU
April 2, 2009 | 3:49 PM EST | Jayson


The Force Unleashed Commemorative Collection 3 Packs (Darth Vader w/2 Incinerator Troopers and Emperor Palpatine w/2 Shadow Stormtroopers) that were previously released as Wal-Mart exclusives have resurfaced today this time at Toys R Us for $19.99.

Update: Thanks to Justin for the quick camera phone shot of the set at his store.



Creature Cantina: 8 Years and Still Sucking
April 1, 2009 | 11:22 PM EST | Jayson

Eight years ago today, CreatureCantina.com was launched and the suck that is the internet has never been the same. If you haven’t yet, head on over to get details on their celebratory contest with prizes from übercollector Gus Lopez, Brian’s Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and if you’re lucky… an original Bill Cable drawing.



New Star Wars Pieces from Acme Archives
April 1, 2009 | 9:18 PM EST | Jayson


Acme Archives updates today with the announcement of the next gorgeous piece from acclaimed artist Tsuneo Sanda entitled “Lovely Leia”. This newest work will be available for order Tuesday, April 7th printed on velvet paper and hand signed by the artist.

Be on the lookout for the next piece from artist Christian Waggoner coming later this month!



Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 1, 2009 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill


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


A nice looking wave that includes Padme, Space Clone Trooper,Magna Guard Droid, Jar Jar (Jedi Robe), Battle Droid (Jet Pack), Clone Trooper (New Deco – Green), Kit Fisto. Sets, Singles & Cases are available

This case gives you one 2x Space Trooper and one each of 10 other figures from wave 5. Parts to build extra droids are included and the case is in stock now at $99.99

We’ve restocked all the Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers, Luke is available at $109.99 and all the rest are $99.99


We don’t have any images of the new figures yet – but take a look at the case listing here for info on the latest wave of Animated figures. Check it all out here.



Clone Wars AT-CT (All-Terrain Clone Turret) Revealed
April 1, 2009 | 7:43 AM EST | Jayson


It looks there will be one more vehicle on the horizon before the packaging switch over. The Clone Wars AT-CT (All-Terrain Clone Turret) is slated to fit in the mid-size vehicle assortment and will be a Target Exclusive for a late spring/early summer release.Click here for a closer look.



Yakface Forums Announces April Frenzy!
April 1, 2009 | 12:02 AM EST | Brandon


Incoming Transmission…..
News is spreading throughout the galaxy that the bounty hunter, Yakface, has gotten loose and is causing chaos throughout the Yakface.com forums. Throughout the whole month of April registered members are asked to keep an eye out for diabolical Yakface activity in the forums. Rumor has it numerous events ranging from auctions, contests, and more will be unleashed upon the forum community.

We ask that you take cover and watch out as the frenzy begins!

Jump over to the forums for more info on the frenzy!