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Celebration V: The Wait is Over!

In a few short hours, I’ll be jumping on a plane and heading east to “O’lando” for my first Celebration event. There will be a lot to take in over the next four days, but without a doubt, the best part will be hanging out with fellow fans and collectors from all over the country and the world. For those that aren’t attending, we’ll be updating the site here as time allows (as well as posting often on Facebook and Twitter) with images and news gathered directly from the convention floor!

Rise of Boba Fett Ultmate Battle Packs Hitting TRU

Although still officially, “unofficial”, we’ve received reports that the exclusive Rise of Boba Fett Ultmate Battle Pack has started hitting Toys”R”Us stores ($99.99) in California and Arizona. Just to recap, this Clone Wars item was initially revealed over at a couple months ago and it includes an all-new, larger Slave I, Boba Fett, Bossk, Mace Windu, R8-B7, Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter.

LEGO® STAR WARS™ Celebrates 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back at Star Wars Celebration V

ORLANDO (August 10th, 2010) – To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, LEGO Systems, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. are summoning the force of LEGO® and STAR WARS fans and families to participate in a three-day collaborative build of an eight-foot tall, 15-foot wide LEGO mystery mural to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mural will be constructed by attendees of Star Wars Celebration V and a LEGO Master Builder at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from August 13-15.

Fans who help the LEGO Master Builder to construct the mural will receive one of 10,000 limited edition white Boba Fett LEGO minifigures. Additionally, for every LEGO plate a fan builds and adds to the mural, LEGO Systems and Lucasfilm’s “The Empire Gives Back” program will donate 330 LEGO System and LEGO DUPLO® bricks to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to encourage imagination and creative play and support the patients of St. Jude. In total, more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks will be donated.

“The STAR WARS franchise has creatively inspired so many people since its debut, and has motivated LEGO enthusiasts to build models, create their own stories and, in some cases, produce their own films,” said Michael McNally, brand relations director, LEGO Systems, Inc. “We’re particularly proud to partner with Lucasfilm’s ‘The Empire Gives Back’ charitable giving program to both commemorate an important milestone for The Empire Strikes Back, but also to help carry forward its creative spirit with yet another generation of children through St. Jude.”

STAR WARS enthusiasts will also be able to see new LEGO products on display, have their picture taken with life-sized LEGO STAR WARS models and check out fan created LEGO models. A second LEGO Master Builder will be doing a live build of a 6-foot tall Boba Fett model.

The LEGO Store will have products available for purchase and will feature an exclusive Celebration V STAR WARS CubeDude set, designed by fan and Pixar animator, Angus MacLane, who will be on-site to sign boxes. To purchase the set, a raffle ticket must be drawn. Tickets will be pulled at the LEGO booth each day at 11 a.m.

DCSWCC Has Big Plans for Celebration V

The Washington DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club (DCSWCC) is pleased to announce exciting activities and exclusives for Star Wars Celebration 5. All activities are free with your paid admission to Celebration 5 – just stop by the DCSWCC booth #1421 in the main Exhibit Hall.

Trench Run Mini Golf will challenge participants to send a golf ball “proton torpedo” into the thermal exhaust port, dodging TIE fighters along the way. Sinking a hole-in-one will earn you a prize such as one of five unique pieces of the officially licensed Celebration 5 Collector’s Club Patch (four other clubs will be distributing other pieces elsewhere at Celebration).

DCSWCC’s unique Wampa Cave Photo Prop puts the participant’s face in place of Luke’s – hanging upside down after being captured by the wampa! To create the effect, you can try taking the picture with your camera upside-down, or (much more easily) just flip the photo after you get home.

Free give-aways for the weekend include: four different pin-back badges featuring artwork used in our four charity cloisonne lapel pins (one design per day). A set of four large stickers in the style of General Mills’ 1978 breakfast cereal promotion, but with imagery from The Empire Strikes Back in honor of its 30th anniversary (one design per day). Stop by our booth to see what other surprises we have in store!

In addition, DCSWCC will be selling their 2008 and 2010 bi-annual charity lapel pins. These pins are high-quality cloisonne pins, officially licensed by Lucasfilm. The 2008 pin features animated Boba Fett, while the 2010 pin features Luke on his tauntaun. All proceeds benefit the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Program of Fairfax County VA, and the Believe in Tomorrow foundation in Baltimore MD.

DCSWCC is one of the largest and most active collecting clubs in America, with over 60 active members. The club meets monthly and holds special events throughout the year such as socials, picnics, and “Roadshow” appraisal events. For more information, visit the club website at

Jodo Kast (Bounty Hunter) (K-Mart Exclusive)

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the K-Mart Exclusive Jodo Kast (Bounty Hunter)

PROS: A major improvement over the first attempt back in 2008. Great detailing on the armor/jumpsuit and the sculpt selection couldn’t have been better.

CONS: None really unless you live in an area without a K-Mart. A bloodied face paint job would have really put this figure over the top. Helmet is a little snug which lends itself to deforming over the head (especially over the nose). Ships with the belt assembled backward but easily correctable if you are an opener.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

eFX CV Exclusive: Luke X-Wing Pilot Helmet – Mark Hamill Signature Edition

eFX Collectibles has announced that at CV they will be offering a Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot helmet as seen in The Empire Strikes Back and to make it even more special – this signature edition helmet will include a plaque to be signed personally by Mark Hamill for you at Celebration V!!! This piece is limited to 250 worldwide and limited to 2 per person.