All posts by Jayson

July 2009 Archive

Big Bad Toy Store Update
July 16, 2009 | 8:36 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

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NEW PREORDERS:
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CLONE WARS ANIMATED YODA USB DESK PROTECTOR
This new Star Wars collectible will be a great asset towards the security of your computer. This Yoda, done in the animated style, can detect motion and respond with lights and six different phrases to stop the intruder in their tracks. Priced at $26.99, this Jedi Master will be protection you can count on.

DARTH VADER & STORMTROOPER MEDICOM BE@RBRICK TWO-PACK

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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SIDESHOW 12″ STORMTROOPER COMMANDER
The Stormtrooper Commander is a capable and fearless leader of the Empires legions of Stormtroopers, Priced at $94.99, $5 off MSRP, this figure has over 30 points of articulation and comes with a Blaster Rifle and display base, and is ready to lead your Stormtroopers into battle for the Emperor.

check it all out here.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Clone Wars Commemorative Tin
July 16, 2009 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


As a follow up to Sandtroopers.com’s news post back in June, JediNews has posted final packaging shots of the Clone Wars Commemorative Tin which also reveals that this will be a Toys”R”Us Exclusive. Head over for a closer look.

 


 

Target Geonosis Arena Image Gallery
July 16, 2009 | 6:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have posted a high-res gallery of images showing off nearly all of the figures in the Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena two-packs. Head on over for a closer look and prepare to drool over what is sure to be a real home run by Hasbro.

 


 

Official Clone Wars Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Specs
July 16, 2009 | 12:51 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site has updated tonight with complete details regarding The Clone Wars Season 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Look for the four disc set containing all 22 episides in stores November 3. Head toStarWars.com for the full details.

 


 

StarWarsShop: SDCC TFU Stormtrooper Commander Pre-Order
July 16, 2009 | 12:24 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight and is now taking pre-orders for the SDCC TFU Stormtrooper Commander. If you missed this figure before, now’s the time. Also check out their new Comic-Con Store section, perfect for those who can’t physically attend the show. It’s the next best thing! Pre-orders ship July 22.

 


 

New Galactic Heroes TRU Exclusive Sets
July 15, 2009 | 11:48 PM EST | Jayson

Galactic Hunter has updated tonight with news and photos of two previously unheard of Galactic Heroes boxed sets that have been spotted at Toys”R”Us. Head on over to view the Yavin IV Medal Ceremony with exclusive Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han and Jabba’s Sail Barge with exclusive Max Rebo with red ball organ and Droopy McCool.

 


 

New Wedge X-Wing Images
July 15, 2009 | 6:01 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication today, this time giving you a sneak peek at a couple clear shots of the rumored Target Exclusive Wedge Antillies’ “Red Two” X-Wing Starfighter. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Republic Commando Update
July 15, 2009 | 1:38 PM EST | Justin2

 


A nice new image surfaced today of the Republic Commando from the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Evolution set. Click here for a full body shot of this retooled soldier.

 


 

SDCC Exclusive “Smiley” Luke and TFU Stormtrooper Commander
July 15, 2009 | 10:52 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

Hasbro as passed along to us official release photos for the SDCC Exclusive Smiley Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot and the re-released The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander. These will be available for purchase at SDCC next week for $9.99 and $12.99 respectively and look for them to pop up for sale online through StarWarsShop.com and HasbroToyShop shortly thereafter.

 


 

New Cortosis Super Battle Droid Image
July 14, 2009 | 2:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a new image of a reworked TAC Super Battle Droid that sports a gray and red paint job and features a retooled blaster cannon left arm and and claw right arm/hand. The Cortosis SBD will be packed along side Anakin Skywalker in the DroidFactory 2.0 Sets due at Wal-Mart in August.

Head over to Sandtroopers.com for a closer look.

 


 

Rebel Pilot Legacy “Jake Farrell” Images
July 14, 2009 | 1:54 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

My fellow partner in crime, Justin “Chewie”, has found himself a couple new images of Jake Farrell, the A-Wing Pilot included in the last of the Evolutions sets “Rebel Pilot Legacy – Series III” due later this year exclusively at Wal-Mart. Head to the forums for a couple glamour shots.

 


 

Episode 203: Box-a’ Boba
July 14, 2009 | 1:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


Kubrick collectors have a new reason to rejoice as the Kubrick Boba Fett set, containing 8 variations* of Star Wars’ most famous bounty hunter, has shipped. With six regular versions, and two ultra-rare chase versions, more people are owning more Kubrick Bobas now than ever before. This week Star Wars Action News opens their own case of Boba.

We also this week have Bill Cable, president of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society, with us talking about the medallions they are selling as a charity fundraiser for Operation Ward 57. Then we look at some of the new red packaged vehicles and Galactic Heroes, discuss the “corrected” Target exclusive Rancor variant, discuss the sell-through of the Hallmark Greedo Christmas Ornament, take your voice mails about where to find new Deluxe figures and red cards, and get plans in place for San Diego Comic Con!

If you’re going to San Diego for Comic Con, you can join us for several events. First, we will be doing a LIVE show from the Kotobukiya booth in the exhibit hall on Thursday, July 24th at 4 p.m. Come out, there will be prizes, trivia, and tell us what you think of the show. Then on Friday, Star Wars day, we will be having our annual Star Wars Action News dinner at the San Diego Burger Company in the Seaport Villiage (on the Pink Bus route). Finally Saturday we are planning a TATTOO-ine party, where you can join us and get inked, the ultimate convention exclusive! Come to any or all of these events, and let us know if you’re joining us on the forums at swactionnews.com.

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

*Note: there are actually nine different Boba Fett Collection Kubricks

 


 

50% off AT-TE with Christmas In July at Toys”R”Us
July 14, 2009 | 12:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


Toys”R”Us through its affiliate Toys.com announces Christmas In July where from Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25 you get a HUGE 50% off discount on the Clone Wars AT-TE making it the ultra attractive price of only $49.99. Head over to Toys.com for the entire list of deals.

*Thanks for Yak Reader Eric for the photo.

 


 

Update: Lego Tantive IV Blockade Runner Images
July 14, 2009 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson

The Eurobricks Forum has revealed a new image today showing what looks to be the instruction booklet for the upcoming 10198 Rebel Blockade Runner. Watch for its release later this year in October and head on over to the Eurobricks for a closer look.

Thanks for PaulSkywalker for the report.

Update: 7/15 Image removed upon request.

 


 

Imperial V-Wing Fighter Update
July 14, 2009 | 6:53 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hot on the heels of our post yesterday revealing the Imperial V-Wing, an eBay auction has turned up confirming that this will be part of the Clone Wars line and a Toys”R”Us Exclusive.

 


 

Indiana Jones and Han Solo – Yupon Style
July 13, 2009 | 11:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Here is a look at the Indiana Jones line of Yupons from Kotobukiya. These figures, much like Kubricks, are only available in Japan, and thus will not be sold in the US. They are plastic, measure an inch and a half tall and the base is a little bigger than a quarter. Each figure is sold separately in vending machines as blind boxes figures. As a bonus, this set also has one “chase” figure which is Han Solo. Head into the forums to check out the entire set which includes ROTLA Indy, TOD Indy, Marion, Mola Ram, Henry Jones Sr., Mutt, Irina Spalko and Han.

 


 

Yakfinities #30 – The Old Republic
July 13, 2009 | 10:01 PM EST | Justin2

 


It’s hard to believe, but we are already up to our 30th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge!

If you’re a customizer, this is one you won’t want to miss out on, and we’ve got a few nice prizes to boot. Head on over to the forums for all the details after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars on Food Network?
July 13, 2009 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Fans of the Wookiee Cookbook and recipes like “Darth Malt” won’t be surprised to know that Star Wars appears to be one of the featured subjects on an upcoming Episode of Ace of Cakes on the Food Network, when show starts its new season on July 19th, at 9:00 Central.

 


 

Dewback with Sandtrooper at Sandtroopers
July 13, 2009 | 9:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a rather fitting new battle pack considering their namesake. Head over for a closer look at a new Dewback with Sandtrooper that will be exclusive to Wal-Mart later this year.

 


 

FIRST LOOK: Imperial V-Wing Fighter
July 13, 2009 | 5:05 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication today, this time giving you a sneak peek at the Imperial V-Wing Fighter. While it doesn’t look quite like the all gray version at the end of ROTS, this version does sport a more dark, Imperial look complete with Imperial insignia. Click the images above for a closer view and look for more details regarding availability at SDCC.

 


 

Qui-Gon Jinn and Eopie Mail Away Form
July 13, 2009 | 5:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Since Hasbro posted the announcement of the Qui-Gon Jinn and Eopie Mail Away Promotion, users have been unsuccessful in downloading the pdf from their pages. Fear not, Hasbro has passed along the pdf file for download.

So if you want to get the jump on the promotion, you can download the form here.

Thanks to the Hasbro Customer Service Dept. for their assistance.

 


 

AT-TE Shipping Again
July 13, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Justin2

In case you missed out on Hasbro’s AT-TE last year, TRU stores have been receiving new shipments of them again for the past couple weeks. With so much coming out soon, if you’re wanting one it might be a better idea to do it now than wait a few more weeks when there’s so many other things on the shelves too. Retail price – $99.99.

 


 

New Clone Wars Hitting Shelves
July 13, 2009 | 11:37 AM EST | Jayson

Reports are coming in that the many of the new Clone Wars figures in the new packaging are being found on retailers shelves, namely Target stores in California. So if you’re collecting this line, look for you wallets to start taking a wallop just in time for SDCC!

 


 

Anakin Skywalker ArtFX+ Prototype Giveaway
July 13, 2009 | 7:09 AM EST | Jayson

Kotobukiya teams up KotoCollectors.com to help them launch a new collector fan based site and message board dedicated 100% to Kotobukiya products. They are starting by giving away a one-of-a kind Star Wars prototype, used in the creation of the Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars ArtFX+. This very unique prize was never made available to the public, never sold, is truly a one of a kind collectible and would be a great addition to any collection. There are two ways you can earn free entries to win this: the first way is sign up for KotoCollectors Message Boards and help to get them going, the second way is visit the Kotobukiya booth at Comic-Con.

Once you have 10 posts there (before 7/31/2009 at 11:59pm EST), you will be automatically entered to win. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries to win the Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars ArtFX+ Prototype (which will be shipped free of charge Worldwide). You can also earn a second bonus entry by checking out the Kotobukiya Booth #2601 during Comic-Con July 25th at Noon, where information on how to obtain a bonus entry will be given out. We may even have more surprises and bonus entry info as the week goes on, so stay tuned. Check outKotoCollectors.com and enter today!

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Octuptarra Droid Boxed Shots
July 12, 2009 | 7:56 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning revealing packaging for the upcoming Octuptarra Droid. This version is substantially larger than the Tri-Droid from TAC line and features firing missiles and a cockpit for a droid pilot similar to how the Homing Spider Droid was designed. Look for the Octuptarra Droid to be exclusively sold at Wal-Mart sporting the pull-out diorama style packaging.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

New Agen Kolar and Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi Prototypes
July 12, 2009 | 7:39 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning revealing prototypes for the New Agen Kolar figure, slated for release in the new Revenge of the Sith wave (wave 11), and a Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi based on Derek Thompson’s unused design from ROTS. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Geonosis Arena Battle Droid Prototypes
July 12, 2009 | 7:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


We’ve received another intercepted communication this morning clarifying details and revealing images regarding the Target Exclusive Geonosis Arena Two Packs.

Here’s now the two-packs breakdown:
Kit Fisto & Geonosian Warrior
Coleman Trebor & Jango Fett
Yoda & Droidekka
Roth-Del Masona & Super Battle Droid
Joclad Danva & NEW SA Battle Droid
Mace Windu & NEW SA Battle Droid Commander

Click the image above for a closer look at the prototypes for NEW Battle Droid and Battle Droid Commander.

 


 

Shadows of the Empire TIE Fighter Identified
July 10, 2009 | 11:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


A couple months back, our friends at JediDefender uncovered a photo (shown above) of a new TIE Fighter with retooled cockpit. At the time it was thought that the mold of this TIE might be a mockup due to red viewport and top hatch. Well after our post yesterday about a rumored “Shadows of the Empire” TIE Fighter, I dug out my issues of the SOTE comics and sure enough the image above closely matches the TIE illustrations. Have a look:

Again, I expect that this theory will be officially confirmed at San Diego Comic Con. Weigh in with your opinion of this potential discovery in our forum.

 


 

Hallmark Ornament Premiere Reminder
July 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


Don’t forget! This weekend (July 11 & 12) is the Ornament Premiere Weekend at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores where you’ll be able to pick up this year’s Star Wars Ornaments, and if you’re lucky you can score the Limited Edition Greedo as well.

 


 

Sponsor News: Wave 7 Revision 1 In Stock at Entertainment Earth
July 10, 2009 | 9:37 AM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth has restocked and are currently filling orders for the Attack of the Clones Wave(Wave 7 Revision 1) of Legacy Collection figures. Don’t forget, they are also offering free shipping on orders over $99.00. Head over and get yours as they’re going fast!

 


 

New Items on the Horizon?
July 9, 2009 | 11:17 PM EST | Jayson

We received a bit of intel “confirming” a few rumored vehicles and battle packs coming to stores near you. Remember, nothing is official until Hasbro says it is but maybe we’ll see some or all of these at SDCC in a couple weeks. From the translated text:

Vehicles Star Wars – AT-ST Walker The AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport)
The AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker was a biped walking, which the Republic towards the end of the Clones has been used. Later he found it increasingly being used in the Empire Galactic Civil War. Two medium-heavy anti-tank cannon blaster for the missile and a further Blaster and a grenade launcher for defense against close that was the relatively AT-ST heavily armed. His armor was protection against Infantriewaffen. The AT-ST was as fast surcharge by mobile scout vehicle designed. On level ground he was able to speeds of up to 90 km / h reached. Unfortunately, its construction uneven terrain is not particularly effective

EUR 55, — Available by the end of August 2009

Star Wars vehicles – Tie Interceptor
The TIE Interceptor was in his establishment of the normal TIE Fighter are very similar. Instead of normal hexagonal wing but he had more arrow-shaped inlet end to the front wing. The Interceptor was one of the fastest-hunter of the galaxy. The new form gave the wing TIE Interceptor is not only a menacing appearance, but reduced its silhouette and made him so difficult to meet. As the name states, the TIE Interceptor as a fast, agile and heavily armed Interceptor designed. The Interceptor had no hyper-drive, however, and was thus a Large battle ships as operational base dependent.
EUR 55, –Available from early September 2009

Vehicles Star Wars – Tie Fighter ‘Shadows Of The Empire’
The TIE Fighter formed the backbone of the Imperial forces hunters. The TIE Fighter was characterized from extreme maneuverability and high speed. That was on life support, shields and a hyper drive waived. This exclusive TIE Fighter is a model from the era of ‘Shadows of the Empire’, the time between Episode V and VI is located

EUR 55,– Available from mid-September 2009

Star Wars – Clone Wars Battle Pack Assortment
Assault on Grievious Lair
Mace Windu & Clone Troopers
EUR 29, — Available from early September 2009


Thanks to “danny” for the info!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 On Track
July 9, 2009 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

It seems that we will definitely be seeing Star Tours 2.0, both in Disneyland and Disneyland Tokyo, however it’s been delayed until the Spring of 2011 instead of Spring 2010. Check out full story on Miceage here.

 


 

New Yuuzhan Vong Image at JediDefender
July 9, 2009 | 4:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have scored a new image showing off the huge Yuuzhan Vong figure from the upcoming “Equals and Opposites” Comic Pack. Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

Hasbro, Inc. to Host Charity Premiere
July 9, 2009 | 3:27 PM EST | Jayson

While not Star Wars news per se, this is well worthy of covering here since it is for a worthy cause.

Hasbro, Inc. to Host Charity Premiere of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra 
Benefit supports Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (July 9, 2009) – On August 3, fans of the G.I. JOE brand will have an early opportunity to see their favorite action heroes come to life at a special charity premiere of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, hosted by Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS). Hasbro is underwriting the entire evening’s festivities, with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Tickets are on sale now.


You can read the full press release here in our forums .

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 9, 2009 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

 


Here is another quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com – the GI Joe news below is huge.

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GI JOE: COBRA ISLAND 7-PACK EXCLUSIVES
Hasbro has just given us the okay to list this year’s awesome shared exclusive set. The Attack on & Defense Of Cobra Island features 14 figures and is up for preorder at $69.99 for the full set. Many of these figures were not been released singly or with vehicles during the 25th Anniversary line, so this is the only way to get them. The Joe team includes one each of: Outback, Recondo, Zap, Chuckles, Hit & Run, Wetsuit, and Freefall. The Cobra set includes one each of Dr. Mindbender, Range Viper, Alley Viper, Lampreys, B.A.T., Night Creeper, and Strato Viper. We also have these available singly, by the case, and for a $30 savings, you can get both the Cobra Island sets and both the Extreme Conditions sets for $109.99.

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SIDESHOW DARTH VADER – A NEW HOPE
These will be arriving later today, we have limited stock remaining at $114.99. This great figure captures the essence of Vader as he first appeared in Star Wars . check it all out here.

 


 

New Commander Thire Images at Sandtroopers
July 8, 2009 | 10:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers have scored a couple new images showing off the Clone Wars Commander Thire featuring his removable helmet with posable macrobinocs and trusty blaster.Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

StarWarsShop: Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina Souvenir Tee
July 8, 2009 | 3:58 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated with the addition of their Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina Souvenir Tee. These fitted black tees feature the stylized Cantina graphic with signature Tatooine dome, twin suns, silhouettes of Momaw Nadon and Kabe (that’s Hammerhead and “the mouse alien” to you old-skoolers), and Mos Eisley street address. The backside includes the bar’s slogan “This place can get a little rough”.

 


 

Episode 202: My Thumb Drive is Better Than Yours
July 8, 2009 | 3:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


Thumb drives are great items. Tiny, handy, and universal. As long as you don’t lose one out of your pocket in a sofa cushion with several weeks worth of work, they are items becoming as ubiquitous today as a floppy disc or CD was years ago. Perhaps that is why we Star Wars fans now have not one but TWO companies producing USB Thumb Drives for our data storage needs. For the past several years Mimobot has produced some of the cutest thumb drives this side of Endor, and now Funko, makers of the popular Star Wars bobbleheads, gets in on the action. Find out about these new entries on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Also this week, we have first-time Star Wars author Christie Golden, author of the new Fate of the Jedi novel Omen, with us. She discusses what it is like being a first-time author writing in the EU, and hints at some things we can expect to see coming up in the series!

With a Hasbro Q&A, a lament of bent red cards, and a discussion why the Acme Leia is hot! hot! hot! It’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

And stay tuned for more Star Wars Action News content from San Diego ComicCon, including a live show at the Kotobukiya stage! Come to swactionnews.com for more details!
You can download this week’s show here or use the direct link: Audio or Video Versions.

 


 

StarWarsShop: New Arrivals
July 7, 2009 | 9:34 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a couple new pre-orders. First up, they’re now taking pre-orders for an StarWarsShop Exclusive version of Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles that includes a Steve Sansweet and Anne Newmann autographed bookplate label.

Also available for pre-order is the Henry Jones, Sr. 12-inch figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Pre-order now and save $10.00

 


 

Mailaway Qui-Gon/Eopie Promotion Details
July 7, 2009 | 9:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has updated today revealing details of the Mailaway Qui-Gon Jinn w/Eopie Promotion. It looks as though collectors get off relatively light as it’ll only cost you $6.99/$8.99 CDN and 5 UPCs from the TLC, SL or CW lines*. Look for the redemption form to start appearing soon with the new packaging switch over.

*To save yourself some dollars, you can use the UPCs from the Blue/White packaging as they share the Assortment numbers with the new red/white packaging, meaning you’ll only need to score yourself an official redemption form.

 


 

Wattographs July Autograph Signings: Femi Taylor & Jerome Blake!
July 7, 2009 | 1:59 PM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce its July autograph signings with Femi Taylor who played Jabba’s defiant dancer Oola in “Return of the Jedi” and Jerome Blake who took on multiple roles in “The Phantom Menace” playing Mas Amedda, Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis, Rune Haako, and Orn Free Taa among others.

For those unfamiliar, Wattographs hosts private autograph signings every month with the various talents who worked on our favorite Trilogies. We take YOUR personal items (action figures, posters, etc) to get signed in person!

Femi Taylor and Jerome Blake will also be signing official photographs provided by OfficialPix.

Signing ends June 31st at 11:59:59pm. Personal items need to arrive to Scott by July 31st. Please visit Wattographs for address and full signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

New Ewoks Previewed at Yoda’s News
July 7, 2009 | 11:43 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Our friends at Yoda’s News have been given a great preview of the Paploo and NoApaak Ewok two pack due out later this year in the Return of the Jedi wave. Head on over for the sneak peek and look for more of these two furballs at SDCC in a couple weeks.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – DARKCHILD Act 1 
July 7, 2009 | 10:43 AM EST | Justin2

 


Forumite julianmaurice has posted the first chapter in an all new photonovel series that looks very promising. His photoshop and diorama techniques are amazingly done and should be an inspiration for anyone wanting to start working with their own photonovel series – check on out the first installment he has shared with us after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 6, 2009 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS RESTOCK
We’ve received more stock on a variety of sold out items including: Clone Turbo Tank, New Millenium Falcon, FX Lightsabers, Galactic Heroes, Titanium, Vehicle Figure Packs, Build-A-Droid, Mighty Muggs and more.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS USB DRIVES
Funko brings us a variety of fun new USB drives in the form of all the favorite characters from Star Wars. Choose from Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Yoda and more. Each drive is $24.99 and holds 2GB.

STAR WARS INDOOR FLYING R/C STARSHIPS
A new line from Hasbro was just announced today. We don’t have any images yet, but these ultra light flying starships will have full radio control features. The Jedi Starfighter and Republic Gunship are $47.99 each or $89.99 for the pair. check it all out here.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 69th Edition
July 6, 2009 | 9:50 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the “answers” to questions submitted back on 6/12.Head to our forum to find out what they had to say.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Legacy Collection Figures and Titaniums
July 6, 2009 | 6:07 AM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the latest Star Wars Legacy Collection Action Figures and new Titanium ships.

New – Titanium:
Anakin’s Podracer
Hyena Bomber
Xanadu Blood
Davish Krail’s Gold 5 Y-Wing
Hound Tooth
Sebulba’s Podracer
Y-Wing (Clone Wars)
John Branon’s Red Four X-Wing
plus older ships in-stock

New – Legacy Collection: 
Obi-Wan Kenobi – #44
Beru Whitesun – # 45
Owen Lars – # 46
Captain Typho – #47
Anakin Skywalker – Episode III Concept Art – # 48
Tarados Gon – #49
Anakin Skywalker – Attack of the Clones – # 50
Jango Fett – # 51
Clone Pilot – # 52
ARC Trooper – # 53

In-Stock – Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)

 


 

Yakfinities #29 Roundup Report
July 4, 2009 | 1:46 AM EST | Justin2

 


Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just wrapped up and there is little doubt that this past one was the best one yet, with our highest participation total to date.

If you like seeing great customs, then you’ll love seeing the work submitted by Yakface forum members in this Roundup Report! Checking out all the entries and seeing who won some prizes for their participation is just one click away!

 


 

Get To Know Your Bounty Hunters Better
July 3, 2009 | 1:06 AM EST | Justin2

 


We’ve got a handful of new images of the upcoming Cad Bane for your viewing pleasure… some of these pics may influence your opinion on whether or not this is a figure worth picking up. Decide for yourself if Hasbro delivers a winner or comes up lame by checking out all the new images here!

 


 

Galactic Heroes Slave I
July 3, 2009 | 12:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


Our friends at echobaseforums.com are reporting that Hasbro will be releasing Boba Fett’s infamous ship in the Galactic Heroes line – check out the image of this upcoming toy for the little ones afterthe jump!

 


 

FREE Shipping at StarWarsShop.com
July 2, 2009 | 3:42 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is offering FREE Shipping on orders over $20 for two weeks only (July 1 through July 14).

 


 

Star Wars TV Series Rumors
July 2, 2009 | 12:23 PM EST | Jayson

Sci Fi TV out of Australia is reporting confirmations of pre-production being started for the as yet to be named series in the land down under.

Rumours about the pre-production of Star Wars, the live action series, to be shot in Australia, have been confirmed by several inside sources.

The quality and style of writing that will be used will be of the highest quality, and local, and writers will be sourced from outside traditional Science Fiction shows. Several big names within the Australian industry (including writers from the Award-winning Love My Way and the Award-winning Secret Life of Us) have been approached by Star Wars uber-producer, Rick McCallum.

Love My Way and Secret Life of Us can be characterised by the focus on relationships and emotional landscapes (traditional ‘chick shows’, if you will). Bringing this element into the world of Star Wars sees a marked departure of the final three films and animated Clone Wars, where the primary audience was children.

This throws the new series into a whole new spotlight, and should excite fans of the Star Wars universe looking towards more adult fare


More solidification of rumour into fact will come as soon as possible.

 


 

Interview with a Sith Lord
July 2, 2009 | 11:11 AM EST | Jayson

Sci Fi UK has posted a exclusive interview with Dave Prowse, the man behind Darth Vader. Head on over for the interesting piece with some great insights into Prowse’s Star Wars experiences.

 


 

Mousedroid.com Turns Six
July 2, 2009 | 7:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


CRICKEY!!!! Mousedroid.com, the Only Australian Star Wars News Site, celebrates 6 years online and they continue their focus purely on Star Wars collecting the land down under, supporting a small but loyal collecting community by presenting a unique Aussie view of the Star Wars Universe.

Congratulations guys!

 


 

Episode 201: Thank You Arnie and Marjorie
July 2, 2009 | 6:57 AM EST | Jayson

 


On this special secret commemorative episode of Star Wars Action News, the Star Wars Action News community tell Arnie and Marjorie congratulations and thank you for everything they have done for the past 200 episodes of the best Star Wars collecting podcast on the web.

Tune in as we share the emails and voicemails of fellow listeners in addition to some favorite Star Wars Action News memories as well as a whole host of pictures, fan art, and tributes.

And listen in to find out what collectibles the community hand-picked and hunted down to add to The Sithsonian.

Its all here this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals
July 1, 2009 | 10:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

StarWarsShop.com updates tonight with a couple new additions to their online store. If you picked up their Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set a couple weeks ago, what better way to add to your barware with their Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina 2-Piece Pint Glass Set. Also available for pre-order is the Death Star Cookie Jar, the perfect place to keep your Wookiee Cookies.

 


 

A Peek Inside the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary
July 1, 2009 | 8:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Ten years ago in a galaxy not far away LEGO and Star Wars came together! To celebrate this decade, DK Publishing is releasing the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary, a guide to the ingenious designs that translate Star Wars characters, vehicles and environments into LEGO creations. DK has offered up an exclusive peek at one of the page spreads. Head to the Official Site for more.

 


 

The 2009 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge Finalists
July 1, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

Atom.com and Lucasfilm Ltd. have once again joined forces for the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge, a contest honoring the best Star Wars-related short digital videos, and announced today the 22 finalists for the 2009 edition of the challenge. Atom.com and Lucasfilm Ltd. have partnered on the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge since 2000; past honorees include such hits as Chad Vader, Star Wars Gangsta Rap,Star Wars Revelations, and Pink Five.

Head to the official site for more details and then cast your vote at StarWars.Atom.com.

 


 

Yakface Forum Anniversary
July 1, 2009 | 1:49 PM EST | Brandon

 

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

It is with huge excitement and pleasure that the Yakface.com Staff is pleased to celebrate its THIRD year of serving collectors worldwide through the addition of the Yakface.com Forums! It is hard to believe that three years has already come and gone! We’ve had some troublesome times, many ups and downs, but more importantly we continue to have many new members join our fanbase daily. We couldn’t have done any of this without all of our fans’ support and participation.

Jump over to the forums now to read more of the announcement and to read about all the great additions and changes we’ve made to celebrate!

 


 

SDCC Exclusive Luke Dagobah Variant Mimobot
July 1, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


Introducing the Luke Dagobah Variant of Darth Vader Unmasked MIMOBOT revealing Luke as he imagined himself in the famous Dagobah scene of Empire Strikes Back. As a San Diego Comic Con exclusive, only 500 Luke Dagobah Variants will be produced. Available at the MIMOBOT booths #2913 and #4938 at Comic Con, July 22 – 26.

Head to Mimobot.com for more details.

June 2009 Archive

Fate of the Jedi: Omen
June 30, 2009 | 8:36 PM EST | freebird

Here you go Ladies and Gentlemen. My latest review Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen Click hereto read it.

 


 

Star Wars Comic-Con Panel on G4
June 30, 2009 | 1:01 PM EST | Justin2

For those craving as much Star Wars information as possible at Comic Con this year, Entertainment Weekly has reported the following:

Variety reports that “The Star Wars Spectacular” will become the first televised panel in the history of Comic-Con when it airs July 25 on cable channel G4 (the panel takes place the previous day). Fronted by Attack of the Show! co-hosts Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira, the two-hour presentation will deliver unseen footage along with a reading of a new script in the Clone Wars series. Panel members will include Lucasfilm exec Steve Sansweet and Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni.

Thanks to Yakface Newsie darth_sidious for the heads up.

 


 

Yakface Arcade is Live!
June 30, 2009 | 2:13 AM EST | Justin2

 


For the past couple weeks, a new feature at Yakface has taken the forums by storm – the YAKFACE ARCADE!

Inside the Arcade you will find a ton of addicting games that you can access, from old school favorites like Tetris and Pac Man to newer Star Wars themed ones (and you can even beat the crap out of some penguins while you’re at it if you’re feeling a little punchy).

Once you’ve entered the Arcade, you’ll have the opportunity to knock off a few of the current champions too – right now we’re all gunning for Yakkers Delaton and JediJman – if you’d like to take a crack at dethroning these two, then enter the Yakface Arcade HERE!

Note – You’ll need to be a registered Yakface forum member to join in the fun – so if you haven’t teamed up with us in the forums yet, now’s the perfect time!

 


 

Wedge “Red Two” Antilles Loose Images
June 30, 2009 | 12:51 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at JediDefender has acquired a couple loose shots of the upcoming Target Exclusive Wedge Antilles figure that is packed along with his trusty X-Wing Fighter. Look for him and his fighter at Target later this year, but until then head over to JediDefender for a sneak peek.

 


 

Sponsor Update: Big Bad Toy Store
June 28, 2009 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store about more new arrivals and a variety of new preorders!

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS – OFFICIAL STARSHIPS & VEHICLES COLLECTION
This cool series features miniature metal models of all the greatest ships from Star Wars. Each set also features a magazine with background info and specs on the ship. All the sets are priced at $16.99 each. check it all out here.

 


 

Just in Time for Summer: Slave Leia Image Surfaces
June 28, 2009 | 12:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


The imperial spies over in the Sandtroopers forum have turned up an all new figure this morning showing off the Princess Leia in Slave Outfit. Although it is missing the soft goods portion of the costume to cover her naughty bits, the image does show the alternate lower body accessory that allows her to be displayed in a lounging pose. Head on over for the shot and then let your opinions of the figure be heard in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: 14% Off All In-Stock Items
June 27, 2009 | 6:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is celebrating it’s 14th anniversary this July 1st, 2009. To commemorate this millstone, we are offering customers 14% discount on all in-stock merchandise. A discount code will need to be keyed into the order form to receive the discount. The discount code is Annv14 and expires on July 6th, 2009. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order or check/money order payments.

In Stock – Miscellaneous Items: 
Type “MISC” in the search box to view

In-Stock – Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)

In-Stock – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

 


 

Judge Me By My Size Do You?
June 26, 2009 | 11:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

For those who are curious as to the difference in sizes between previous modern era cards versus the new more eco-friendly design, I snapped a few pics showing how much smaller they really are. Click the images above for the comparison.

 


 

Dagger Squadron B-Wing and Lars Homestead Markdown
June 26, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

For those looking to complete there B-Wing Dagger Squadron or have been holding out on that Lars Homestead, Toys R US is currently offering an addition 20% discount on these two exclusive bring the prices to $23.98 and $31.98 respectively. This sale lasts until 7/19 and until supplies last.

 


 

Clone Wars Previews Continue
June 26, 2009 | 1:53 PM EST | Justin2

 


We’ve got a few new pics of more Clone Wars figures for your viewing pleasure again today – head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

More Saga Legends Found
June 26, 2009 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

 


It looks like the new Saga Legends packaging is really starting to ship in quantity as I saw these at a couple of my local Target stores here in Minnesota this morning. Above is a quick snapshot of what one particular store had available: Yoda, 501st Clone Trooper, Saesee Tiin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Super Battle Droid, Clone Trooper (EII) and Clone Trooper (EIII). The packaging design is quite striking in person as is the new smaller form factor.

 


 

Ever Wanted a TFU Shaak Ti?
June 25, 2009 | 11:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakface forum member Incom recently made an amazing version of Shaak Ti in a customizing Group Project here in the forums – and now he’s offering it up for fellow Yakkers to bid on with Yak Points, which are earned through forum participation!

Pretty hard to pass up an opportunity to own such a great custom figure – if you’re interested in owning it, and of course you are – then click here!

 


 

Episode 200: Putting You in the Spotlight
June 25, 2009 | 8:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


For almost four years Star Wars Action News has been the only podcast bringing you weekly updates with the latest in Star Wars collecting news, product reviews, collecting tips, and commentary. With 199 episodes behind us, why stop now? We continue to bring you the best in Star Wars Collecting with updates on the latest from Gentle Giant, Acme Archives, but to celebrate 200 episodes we have done this show in full video! Darth Bounty and Darth Rockstar take YOU along on a Cincinnati store toy run, and our UK Reporter Steve, the GingerPrince, takes you to the largest Toys R Us in Manchester.

But the focus of this week’s show is to celebrate you, the listeners of Star Wars Action News for 200 episodes. With the video submissions of several listeners, you can take a video tour of the theater room and collection of Jedi Larry B, and get display tips from Scott, Jerry, and Kevin. And you can relive your youth as we have several young Star Wars fans sharing their favorite collectibles with us.

Then we have some in-depth looks at collectibles as Kevin provides a special vintage review and Jerry shares with us his love of Star Wars lenticulars, an item that demands video to be appreciated.

With a disturbing look at what collectors do when (they think) no one’s looking to an inside look at the creative process behind Star Wars comic books, an obligatory 80s reference, and much, much more, it’s all on this celebratory episode of Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

New USB Flash Drives from Funko
June 25, 2009 | 5:00 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Entertainment Earth has updated today adding a few new items to their store for pre-order. Funku has gotten into the thumb drive game with their first series of Star Wars themed USB 2GB Flash Drives. Place your pre-order now for YodaBoba FettStormtrooper and Darth Vader

 


 

New Legacy and Clone Wars Battle Pack Images
June 25, 2009 | 2:54 PM EST | Jayson

Sir Steve’s Guide has posted new hi-res shots of a few upcoming Legacy and Clone Wars Battle Packs. Head on over for the Gelagrub Patrol, Rishi Moon Outpost Attack, Battle for Endor and Geonosis Assault sets.

 


 

More on Wal-Mart Commando Evolutions
June 24, 2009 | 4:10 PM EST | Justin2

As a follow up to the great pics that our friends over at Jediinsider.com revealed recently of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolution Sets, a little investigative work has uncovered another preview of a few of these clones. Head on over to the forums and check them out here.

 


 

R2-D2 Gets Another Summer Blockbuster Cameo
June 24, 2009 | 2:07 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com is reporting that R2-D2 is getting another cameo* in the next big summer blockbuster. Be on the lookout for him as an “easter egg” in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen during a desert scene.

*R2-D2 was also given a cameo in the new Star Trek.

 


 

Hello Wars?
June 24, 2009 | 12:28 AM EST | Jayson

 


Ever wonder what a mash up between Star Wars and Hello Kitty would look like? Me neither, but it’s cute as hell. Head over to HelloWars.com and check out their site and order a sticker or two.*

*Sorry folks, store’s now closed due to copyright infringement.

 


 

New Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions Packaging
June 23, 2009 | 9:07 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The team over at JediInsider have acquired packaging images of the last of the Evolutions Sets that are slated for release as a Wal-Mart Exclusive. Head over for a glimpse of the Imperial Pilots II, Evolution of the Commandos and Rebel Pilots III.

 


 

More New Clone Wars and Legacy Figures 
June 23, 2009 | 8:37 PM EST | Jayson

 

    

The spies over at Sandtroopers have reloaded yet again with a few more carded images from the Clone Wars and Legacy Collections. Head on over for shots of Clegg Holdfast, Queen Amidala in Travel Gown, Clone Tank Gunner, Clone Pilot “Matchstick” and Darth Sidious – Hologram with Mechano Chair*.

*Anyone else find it odd that Hasbro’s packaging designers chose an image of the ROTJ era Palpatine instead of an Episode I image on which this figure is based? Yeah, me too,

 


 

Lightsabers and Blasters for Wii Coming Soon
June 23, 2009 | 8:20 PM EST | Jayson

Coming this fall, you’ll be able to play your favorite Star Wars Wii games like a true Jedi Master or Clone Trooper with Lucasfilm licensed Lightsabers and Blasters!

Head to the official site for more info details.

 


 

Another Look at Upcoming Clone Wars Figures
June 22, 2009 | 3:22 PM EST | Justin2

 


A few more loose images of some upcoming Clone Wars figures surfaced today, head on into the forums and check out Cad Bane, Whorm Loathsome and a couple Commando Droids.

UPDATE – New pics of Clone Trooper Denal have been added!

 


 

The Return of the Rocket Firing Boba Fett – Only Smaller
June 21, 2009 | 7:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


A listing over on the Yahoo Japan auction site confirms a much speculated (and hoped for) chase figure for the upcoming Boba Fett Collection in the Medicom/Tomy Kubrick line: The Rocket Firing Boba Fett! This Kubrick is a homage to the highly coveted Vintage piece and, if you’re lucky, will be the next best thing to adding that bit of nostalgia to your colllection.

Thanks to “icruise” over in the JediDefender Forums for the tip off.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
June 21, 2009 | 6:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have acquired new Clone Wars figure images courtesy of their super-intel scavenger Gorkoracing. Head on over to their forums to view some great close-ups of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi in Space Suit, 4A-7 and my favorite, Yoda.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – The Fallen Ones
June 21, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Justin2

 


Just in time for Father’s Day, a new installment in the Rykrof Enloe series has been released! This is one chapter you certainly don’t want to miss as chaos in the galaxy ensues following the death of Count Dooku – head on over to the forums and check it out after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars Nostalgia in Southern Tunisia
June 21, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Justin2

In what could contain a hint of things come in the live TV series, an article at The National talks about the experiences that some vacationers have had when visiting Tunisia, the famous location for many scenes on Tatooine in our beloved films.

In particular, one local worker in the area mentions the following about areas used in the films:“He gives us money, and we fix it. He said there is another part of Star Wars filming here. In the summer, maybe.” 

It’s an interesting read – check it out here, and thanks to darth sidious for the heads up!

 


 

Kubrick Deluxe Series 1 and 2 Revealed
June 19, 2009 | 11:46 PM EST | Jayson

JediDefender has revealed that during this weekend’s Medicom Toy Exhibiton, a new line of Kubricks was announced that borrows a bit from Hasbro’s Droid Factory “Build A Droid” concept. Each six figure set includes an extra piece to build a larger seventh item.

Deluxe Series 1: Jabba’s Palace
Includes Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker (with bone), Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty, C-3PO w/Salacious Crumb, R2-D2 (w/Sail Barge Serving Tray), Bib Fortuna and Amanaman!

Collect all six figures and build a Kubrick scale Jabba the Hutt and Dais!

Deluxe Series 2: Hoth (Echo Base)
Includes Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, Han Solo in Hoth Gear (now with goggles), Princess Leia Organa in Hoth Gear, Chewbacca (Millennium Falcon Mechanic), R-3PO and a Snowtrooper Commander!

Collect all six figures and build a Kubrick scale AT-ST Walker!

Head on over for the images.

 


 

Gentle Giant: The Republic Commando Invasion Begins!
June 19, 2009 | 10:59 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Over the years Gentle Giant has received many requests for the Delta Squad Clone Troopers from the Lucasarts video game Republic Commando. So it comes with great pleasure that we can grant the wishes of our dedicated Star Wars collectors world wide!

As the invasion begins, The Republic Commandos (shipping 4th quarter) will be offered to 4 locations across the globe, as well as directly to Gentle Giant’s Premier Guild Members. There will also be a strictly limited edition box set of all 4 busts made available exclusively at Gentle Giant Ltd

Boss – The Netherlands – Total 1,300 Edition size
Fixer – Japan – 1,300 Edition Size
Sev – UK – Total 1,300 Edition size
Scorch – USA – Total 1,300 Edition size

Head to Gentle Giant Collectors for a complete distribution breakdown

 


 

New Products from Gentle Giant
June 19, 2009 | 10:35 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant updated with a several product reveals this week featuring mini busts and a set of Trash Compactor themed book ends.


Princess Leia in Hoth Fatigues Avail. April 2010

From Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and the Icy Battle of Hoth Comes Princess Leia Organa. This 6.5 inch mini-bust has been finely sculpted and accurately detailed. Leia is depicted here in a practical insulated snowsuit and vest in traditional Alderaanian white in memory of her home world.


Star Wars Trash Compactor Bookends Avail. April 2010

Cast in high quality Poly stone then hand painted to exacting standards. Each is then numbered and comes complete with matching certificate of authenticity and is a limited edition.

Measuring 6″ deep, 12″ Wide and 7.5″ high, these bookends are well suited for DVD’s, Books and Graphic Novels. The modular aspect allows the consumer to display them in a number of ways.

Both of these are available for pre-order now through various online stores and of course Gentle Giant Ltd.

 


 

Disney Exclusive Star Wars Potato Heads
June 19, 2009 | 8:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


This October, guests of Walt Disney World, Florida and Disneyland Resort, California will find three new characters from the popular Star Wars Potato Head series available for purchase exclusively from the two parks.

Chipbacca, Mashter Yoda, and C-3PotatO will each retail for about $12.95. Get ’em while they’re…well, you know!

Head to the official site for a closer look.

 


 

First Look: The Complete Vader
June 19, 2009 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates tonight with a peek inside the new The Complete Vader book due for release this October. It explores Vader’s creation, evolution, merchandising, and impact on pop culture, with hundreds of photos and a handful of removable “interactive inserts” scattered throughout.

Head to the official site and view a slideshow showcasing a few of the page spreads in this highly anticipated, behind-the-scenes look at the Dark Lord of the Sith.

 


 

New Legends Packaging at Wal-Mart
June 19, 2009 | 1:36 PM EST | Justin2

While at a Wal-Mart outside of the St. Louis area today, I noticed that the Star Wars section was fully restocked – not with the new AOTC B.A.D. wave, or even newer Clone Wars figures – but more Legends figures. But this time, they were the new packaging… and sitting right next to them on the pegs were a lot of the blue and white packaging – of the same figures no less.

It was rather easy passing on figures that have been repacked several times now and most of these were just $4.99 during their initial release, but if you’re a variation collector you might want to check out your local Wal-Marts to see if these have hit your store yet.

Of note, all of these had bent cards and dinged corners – could be a sign that the new packaging design is going to be tougher to find MOMC.

Click here to discuss in the forums.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Bombad Decoded
June 19, 2009 | 1:21 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Bombad Jedi” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It airs tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Medicom Parco Toy Exhibition ’09 Carded “Toy Fair” Vader
June 19, 2009 | 12:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


The annual Medicom Toy Parco Exhibition kicked off last night and preview attendees were treated to a new carded Darth Vader that pays homage to the chrome Vader from 2002’s Toy Fair, complete with lightsaber that penetrates through the top of bubble. And like previous Parco exclusives, it’s already commanding quite a premium on eBay.

Thanks to the order at JediDefender for the heads up.

 


 

Pre-Orders and Available Items… Check it out…
June 19, 2009 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

Over at SideShow, they have the following avail;able for Pre-Order and Also Second Chance in stock…

In Stock NOW…
212th Attack Battalion - Utapau Clone Trooper 12-inch Figure

 


 

Customizer Mega-Spotlight
June 18, 2009 | 10:52 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

There’s been so many great customs posted in our forums lately that the only thing that seemed fair was to do a spotlight of several members at once!

So without further delay we are happy to show off the works of Jedistyle who in addition to a Duros Jedi, has finished up another batch of his classic work we have all come to know and love.

A newer forum member to Yakface, CUYVALDAR has already made a splash with his Artic Gear Captain Rex, along with several other impressive customs.

Last but not least, jlw515 brings forward an amazing custom of Chewbacca as Snoova, followed up by several more original works of his own.

 


 

“Crumb Bomber” Gunship Revealed
June 18, 2009 | 9:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at JediNews have acquired image of the new/retrofitted Republic Gunship dubbed the “Crumb Bomber”. This version includes deployable boarding ramps, full-length blast doors, more hidden weaponry than you can shake a stick at and of course the unique Kowakian monkey-lizard deco. Head to jedinews.co.uk for a closer look.

Thanks to Yak Forum Mod Paul Skywalker for the tip.

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
June 18, 2009 | 4:23 PM EST | Jayson

The crew at Sandtroopers has acquired a couple new images today showcasing the upcoming Clone Wars Padmé Amidala and a prototype of a reworked Clone Wars Magnaguard featuring a soft good cape and interchangeable heads. Head on over for a sneak peek!

Also, the guys at JediDefender have picked up a couple more Cad Bane images showing off more of his detail and articulation. Give them a gander as well.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 18, 2009 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

BBTS ON TWITTER

We’ll be posting information on select new preorders and new arrivals moments after they go up on the site. We’ll also have some general toy news and special sale items from time to time.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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NEW FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – COUNT DOOKU, OBI-WAN KENOBI NEW VERSION
Hasbro has announced two new lightsabers in their Force FX line. Count Dooku get’s his first Force FX lightsaber, while Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting a new second version. Each of these collectibles is priced at $99.99, and they are expected to arrive this September.

NEW DIAMOND JULY OFFERINGS
Diamond has a large amount of new items this month. There are Darth maul and Bumblebee Rotocast Bust Banks, an Ultimate Quarter Scale Han Solo from “A New Hope,” new Battlestar Galactica figure large and small, a new Marvel Select Spider-Man, a Beverly Hills Cop Minimates set and more.

STAR WARS DARTH MAUL ROTO CAST BUST BANK

STAR WARS UQS MOS EISLEY HAN SOLO ACTION FIGURE

SIDESHOW 12″ IMPERIAL SHOCK TROOPER – MILITARIES OF STAR WARS
The Imperial Shock Troopers, red and white armored precursors to the Stormtrooper, were the protective force for Senators and other government details on Coruscant. This 12″ figure comes with a Carbine Blaster and a Long Rifle, and has over 30 points of articulation, for tons of display options. The Shock Trooper is priced at $84.99, $5 below MSRP, and will be ready to join your army later this year.check it all out here.

 


 

Acme Archives SDCC Exclusive ANH Princess Leia Character Key
June 17, 2009 | 9:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives has officially announced their SDCC Exclusive Character Key: Princess Leia from A New Hope. Limited to an edition size of 750, this character key will be available for pre-order for Comic-Con attendees only July 1st 12pm PST through July 15th 12am PST and will be ready to pick July 22-26th at the con.

 


 

Adidas Originals Launches Star Wars Line
June 17, 2009 | 4:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Global streetwear icon, adidas Originals is proud to announce a unique collaboration with one of the world’s best known and loved brand marks: Star Wars. This stellar Spring/Summer 2010 collection fuses iconic Star Wars characters and scenes with classic adidas Originals footwear and apparel silhouettes.

Head to the official site for more.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe as an Old Man!
June 17, 2009 | 1:42 AM EST | Justin2

 


Anyone who knows me in this hobby is aware that my favorite two things about it are customizing and photonovels. And nothing is more fun that seeing other people show off their creative side in their love for Star Wars.

But this custom, to me, is already an all time favorite… an amazing custom of none other than Rykrof Enloe, as an older man during the Rebellion Era, courtesy of forum member DanOfTheDead. As part of the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, he made this to be the leader of a group of amazing fan fiction Rebels he has been working on the past two months. Just look at the amazing detail in the face!

Check out the latest group of entries in the current Customizing Challenge HERE, and remember submissions are accepted throughout this month – so there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in too.

 


 

Yakfinities #30 – Vote Now
June 16, 2009 | 6:08 PM EST | Justin2

The next Yakfinities Customizing Challenge is right around the corner, but first we need to decide what the theme will be! Head on over to the forums and cast your vote!

 


 

StarWarsShop Exclusive Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set
June 16, 2009 | 5:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com is now taking pre-orders for the Mos Eisley Cantina 6-Piece Blaster Glass Set. Each glass features a cute cantina patron drawing and cantina logo – Perfect for anyone looking to stock their own bar at home. Just remember, Han shot first!

 


 

Sandtroopers Covers George Lucas Award Ceremony
June 16, 2009 | 2:17 PM EST | Jayson

Chris “Darth” Spice over at Sandtroopers.com has posted his summary of events from attending the George Lucas Award Ceremony at the Gene Siskel Film Center this past Saturday. Head over for the read and to view his interview with “The Maker”.

 


 

StarWarsShop Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Mini Bust
June 16, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has now taking pre-orders for the Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Mini Bust from Gentle Giant. This StarWarsShop Exclusive limited to 2500 pieces and ships this October. The perfect gift for any The Force Unleashed, Mini Bust or Stormtrooper fan!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Gets a Facelift
June 16, 2009 | 1:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


After a being offline yesterday, StarWarsShop.com has relaunched today with a brand new look! Head over and explore all their deals at the new online store.

 


 

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
June 16, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | freebird

Here’s my latest review. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast Click here to read it. Next up. Fate of the Jedi: Omen

 


 

Episode 199: The Ultimate Autograph–George Lucas!
June 16, 2009 | 8:52 AM EST | Jayson

 


For anyone who collects autographs there are some rare, hard to get autographs that would be the one they want above all others. The rarity of these autographs is what makes Master Replicas able to charge $800 more for a Millennium Falcon WITH Harrison Ford’s autograph versus one without. For Arnie, that ultimate autograph has always been George Lucas, and this past weekend at the Siskel Film Center Arnie was able to get that autograph and meet “the maker”. This week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie and Marjorie report on the George Lucas tribute at the Siskel Center and discuss finally getting that picture and autograph.

Also this week, we have a vintage review of not one but two vintage Death Star playsets, one you probably know very well and the other you might not have heard of.

With a review of the new Clone Wars novel No Prisoners and a Hasbro Q&A, 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 or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Clone Wars Tin Sets
June 15, 2009 | 7:51 PM EST | Justin2

Remember the Commemorative Tin Sets that hit clearance everywhere a couple years back? Well apparently someone at Hasbro thinks these are worth bringing back… this time animated style.

For a few pics head on over to Sandtroopers.com

 


 

Four New Clone Wars Clone Two Packs Revealed
June 15, 2009 | 4:45 PM EST | Jayson

There has been a flurry of new Clone Wars Two-Packs popping up today across the fan sites. Rebelscum has posted two featuring Lt. Thire and Clone Trooper Rys and Yoda & Clone Trooper Jekand JediDefender’s spies have snapped up a different set featuring Captain Rex & Fives whose packaging also reveals a Clone Commander Cody and Echo as well. Head on over to check’em out.

 


 

New Clone Wars Items Leaked
June 15, 2009 | 2:48 PM EST | Justin2

Nick over at jeditemplearchives.com was able to find some new Clone Wars items at a local shop in his area recently, including the Republic Turbo Tank that we are all looking forward to.

Quite a score! Check out all the details after the jump!

 


 

Forum Update
June 15, 2009 | 2:37 PM EST | Justin2

For the next week we’ll be implementing some updates to the Yakface forums. As a result you might experience some downtime. We appreciate everyone’s patience.

 


 

Congratulations Bill & Takami
June 15, 2009 | 11:42 AM EST | Jayson

A warm congratulations goes out to our very own Bill Cox as he and his new bride, Takami, tied the knot this past weekend in Texas. We truly wish the best for you both!

 


 

OT – More Star Trek Figures from Playmates
June 15, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Justin2

 


Whether or not you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s always fun to see another line of figures in the 3-3/4″ scale that we all know and love. Head on over to Trekmovie.com for some great previews of the second wave of figures from the new flick.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: June Pre-Order – Lovely Leia Signed Giclee & More
June 14, 2009 | 3:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has added new June 2009 pre-order items this week.

New Pre-Order – June 25th, 2009:
Obi-Wan Kenobi EP III – UQS – SAVE $10
Interactive 15-inch R2-D2
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues Statue – SAVE $10
Oola – Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Lovely Leia – Signed Fine Art Giclee
Clone Wars Map Pack #3 – The Crystal Caves of Ilum

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1
Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
AT-AT Driver
Figrin D’an (Bith)
Zuckuss
IG-88
Nein Nunb
Admiral Ackbar

NEW –Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)

In Stock – NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Hoth Recon Patrol

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

 


 

Clones… and more Clones!
June 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM EST | Justin2

 


For all you Clone Wars fans we’ve got some more images for you today of more army builders due out later this year – head on over to the forums and check them out!

 


 

Sir Count Dooku for Actor Christopher Lee
June 12, 2009 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Famed Christopher Lee, Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus in Episode II and III has been chosen to receive knighthood courtesy of her Majesty the Queen of England. Head to Yahoo for more details.

Thanks to forumite darth sidious for the heads up!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 68th Edition
June 12, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 5/22. Answers this week cover: U-3PO’s color shift, the Magnaguard Fighter’s non-advertised feature and Willrow Hood’s progress*.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

*My poorly worded question might have caused us not to get a teaser shot of this figure this round. : (

 


 

New Rykrof Enloe Previews
June 12, 2009 | 11:02 AM EST | Justin2

As the Clone Wars draw to a close, Commander Rykrof Enloe will soon find himself facing perilous decisions as the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire.

We’ve got several new previews of what’s just around the corner for Rykrof and his allies in the next chapter – head on over to the forums for a sneak peek!

 


 

The Clone Wars: Duel of the Droids Decoded
June 12, 2009 | 10:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Duel of the Droids” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It airs tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Joker Squad Makes Wired’s Father’s Day Gift Guide
June 11, 2009 | 1:58 PM EST | Jayson

Wired Magazine has released their yearly “Father’s Day Gift Guide” and making the list is theEntertainment Earth Exclusive Joker Squad Multipack . You can get yours or your dad’s set today in time for Father’s Day next weekend.

 


 

Imperial Shock Trooper 12-inch Figure
June 11, 2009 | 9:08 AM EST | Mark

SideShow Toy Pre-Orders start today…

 


 

R2’s Cameo Has Been Found
June 11, 2009 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson

Looks like the R2-D2 easter egg in the new Star Trek has been found! The official Facebook pageupdated this week revealing the answer and announced the winner of the contest.

Here is the answer (highlight the spoiler text):

“During the Drill Machine sequence as the Enterprise comes out of its barrel role amidst destruction of the other Federation ships above Vulcan, we cut to an interior Enterprise bridge over the shoulder of Kirk that is looking out through the front viewscreen. In space, R2-D2 is floating in the debris from about the top middle of the screen to the bottom right.”


For an image of the above scene, visit the gadget site Gizmodo.com

 


 

Star Wars Series IV Mimobots Revealed 
June 10, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Mimoco, makers of the MIMOBOT collection of designer USB flash drives, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Phantom Menace with an all-new series of themed MIMOBOT characters, beginning with the iconic, tattooed face of the deadly Sith apprentice, Darth Maul. Darth Maul will be the thirteenth character in the Star Wars MIMOBOT collection of flash drives, and is joined by Clone Wars’ Captain Rex and…TWO Darth Vaders – one sporting the younger charred Anakin from EIII and a chase/shortpacked version showing the older, pale Anakin from ROTJ.

Head to Mimoco’s official site for their press release and then head to StarWarsShop.com to preorder yours.

 


 

New Comic Pack Imagery
June 10, 2009 | 1:24 PM EST | Justin2

Our pals over at Rebelscum.com have gotten their hands on some new pics of both new and repackaged Comic Packs due out in the red and white Legacy Packaging. Check them out HERE.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 9, 2009 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store

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NEW PREORDERS:
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SIDESHOW 12″ HENRY JONES, SR. FIGURE
Sideshow’s new 12″ figure of the father of Indiana Jones is on its way. Henry Jones, Sr. comes with accessories like his hat, briefcase, umbrella, most of his wardrobe, the Holy Grail and more, and is priced at $86.99.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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REAL ACTION HEROES YOUNG INDIANA JONES
This flashback figure shows Indiana Jones as he appears in his teens. The sculpt is a great likeness of River Phoenix, the actor who played young Indy, and he comes with a variety of items, including the Cross of Coronado. This figure is a great piece for River Phoenix fans as well as Indy fans of all ages, and he’s priced at $139.99, $10 below MSRP. check it all out here.

 


 

LEGO® Star Wars Days this Weekend at Legoland California
June 9, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

Dress up as your favorite STAR WARS character and join the 501st Legion of stormtroopers as they roam the Park in full garb this weekend (June 13-14)! Participate in the costume contest, building activities and product viewings. Also, join other STAR WARS fans for their LEGO® Fan Club STAR WARS™ Gallery and giveaways!

Click here for more details.

Thanks to Keven for the tip.

 


 

Kilometers 4 Katie
June 9, 2009 | 10:24 AM EST | Jayson

 


A new website has launched for Kilometers 4 Katie aimed at raising money for the Make A Wishfoundation in memory of Katie Johnson. Head over to find out how you can contribute to a very worthy cause.

 


 

Episode 198: Joke’s On Us
June 8, 2009 | 11:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


Ever since 1977 Star Wars fans have loved Stormtroopers. But the problem is, they’re all mostly the same. Sure, there are Sandtroopers with their colored shoulders, and Snowtroopers with their erie hoods and half-capes, but really there is just one Stormtrooper. Leave it to Hasbro to find a way to give us a multi-pack full of unique, helmet-removable stormtroopers by making the Joker’s Squad of Stormtroopers from the Legacy comic books. We review these figures this week.

Also this week we look at other offerings from Hasbro including some new Titaniums, the Target exclusive remote controlled Astromech droids, the Target exclusive Jabba’s Rancor, and the TIE Fighter Bust from Gentle Giant.

And remember the Star Wars Action News video idol contest where you can win great prizes and prize packs from sponsors Most Wanted Collectibles, Brian’s Toys, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles.

To enter just contribute a video for Star Wars Action News’ 200th episode and turn it in by 6/17/2009. All the details about the contest can be found on the show or at our web site. We look forward to seeing your videos!

And thank you for listening to this week’s Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

New Clone Wars Deluxe Images
June 8, 2009 | 10:38 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Our friends at JediDefender have acquired a few new packaged shots of the upcoming Clone Wars Deluxe Assortment. Head on over for a gallery of the 212th Attack Battalion Troopers and the Turbo Tank Support Squad.

 


 

Coming Soon: Clone Wars “Decide Your Destiny”
June 8, 2009 | 9:59 PM EST | Jayson

Some of you older reader may remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from your childhood and now the younger reader of today will get to experience something similar with a Star Wars twist.

You can now battle against the forces of evil or join them should you so wish, in an incredible new novel format being published by Penguin in the UK this summer! (North American readers will have to wait a little bit longer, but Decide Your Destiny will be available here as well.)

The series will launch in the UK in July with The Way of the Jedi and Tethan Battle Adventure. Both stories will have over 50 choices to make and can be read over and over again as they won’t necessarily end the same way each time!

Head to StarWars.com for the more.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Deal of the Day: Crimson Empire Crucible Set
June 8, 2009 | 9:30 PM EST | Jayson

 


Entertainment Earth is offering a special Twitter “Deal of the Day” on the Exclusive Crimson Empire Crucible Set. Today and today only you can pick up this multipack set for the low price of $25.90 – saving you $9.00! Head over and pick yours up today!

 


 

Customizing Challenge Updates
June 8, 2009 | 8:27 PM EST | Justin2

 


The current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, TEAMS continues through the month of June – be sure to check out the latest entries or submit your own creation here.

Want to help decide what your fellow Yakkers will customize next? Open discussion is taking place before we vote on the 30th Yakfinities – so head on over and offer a suggestion!

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Darth Kikinou
June 8, 2009 | 8:13 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Darth Kikinou has updated his photonovel series, The Guardians of Peace and Justice, with an all new exciting installment.

In this latest chapter you’ll see plenty of action as Master Sifo-Dyas squares off against several Mandalorian raiders, and the evolution of evil itself as Darth Plagueis begins to discover the secrets of the Dark Side.

All that aside, when Iktotchi Monks begin serving roasted Toydarian to the noble Jedi, you knowthings are about to get nasty… check out this very enjoyable new installment after the jump!

 


 

Worth 1000 Celebrity Star Wars 5 Photoshop Contest
June 8, 2009 | 3:27 PM EST | Jayson

Worth 1000 held a Photoshop contest challenging digital artists to create unique works combining celebrities and Star Wars characters. Head to Worth 1000 to view the entries. Thanks to forumiteIncom for the tip.

 


 

Steel CIty Con: Celebrity Guest List Continues to Build
June 7, 2009 | 7:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Promoters of the Steel City Con have just announced several major celebrities that will be doing a signing appearance at the upcoming show December 4-6, 2009. Apart from professional wrestlers in attendance, Star Wars fans will be treated to special signing appearance by Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca” from Star Wars). Attendees will also see a large number of Comic Book Artists and Illustrators. Of course, a big reason that most enjoy going to the Steel City Con is to see the massive selection of vendors selling new and vintage toys and comic books. Head to steelcitycon.com for more details.

 


 

Wattographs Autograph Signings: Phil Tippett & Colin Ware!
June 7, 2009 | 12:00 PM EST | Brandon

In 1984 Phil Tippett along with John Berg headed the ILM animation department in The “Empire Strikes Back.” Tippett & Berg’s innovative stop-motion technique brought life to the rebellion’s Tauntauns and menacing AT-AT Walkers. Afterwards, Tippett led the creature shop in 1983 for “Return of the Jedi” supervising all the aliens of Jabba’s Palace and the rebellion which won him the Oscar that year. He was personally selected by Stephen Spielberg to supervise the animation of dinosaurs for “Jurassic Park”. His other films include “Virus” and “Starship Troopers” among others. Mr. Tippett will be signing official photographs and fans’ personal items!

Colin Ware played cowardly neimoidians, Lushros Dofine and Viceroy Nute Gunray in “Revenge of the Sith.” Gunray continuously avoided capture and trial during the Clone Wars until Darth Vader brought him to justice -from a certain point of view. Mr. Ware will be signing official photos and fan’s personal items!

Signing ends June 30th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items need to be in Scott’s possession by June 30th. Visit Wattographs for complete signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Want an Autographed Copy of Fanboys? Follow us on Twitter!
June 6, 2009 | 8:43 AM EST | Jayson

 


Fanboys director Kyle Newman was kind enough to send us a couple autographed copies of the Fanboys DVD, so I figured what better way to kick off our official Twitter launch than to give them away to our followers. From now until the end of next Saturday (June 13) I’ll be picking two followers at random and if selected, you’ll receive your very own signed copy! Joining Twitter is easy, so sign up and start following us and many other Star Wars fans today!

 


 

Lars Homestead on Sale (finally) at TRU
June 5, 2009 | 5:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


Those that have been holding out for the Lars Homestead until the price was a little more palatable can start searching your Toys R Us aisle as it appears to have been marked down $39.98 (orig. $49.99). If you don’t have a store in your area, this price is also being honored online.

 


 

B.A.D. Phase II Darktrooper – It’s HUGE!
June 5, 2009 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have acquired a new image of the Phase II Darktrooper and if you thought the first version was beefy, this new B.A.D. is massive.

 


 

NEW Carded and Loose Clone Wars and Legacy Images
June 5, 2009 | 1:55 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at YodasNews have posted a slew of new carded and loose images covering the Clone Wars, Legacy, Titanium and Galactic Heroes assortments. Head over for the high-res goodness.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Downfall of a Droid Decoded
June 5, 2009 | 1:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the episode “Downfall of a Droid” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Kubrick Series 10 Chases Revealed!
June 5, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Jayson

 


Images have surfaced at Instinc Toy’s Blog for the chase figures in Medicom’s soon-to-be-released Kubrick Series 10. Be on the hunt for Commander Gree, Tion Medon and a four-armed version of General Grievous! These chases join the common figures in this Revenge of the Sith themed series: Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader (with removable helmet), Clone Trooper, Tarfful, Darth Sidious and General Grievous.

 


 

The Force Among Us Hits the Big Screen – One Night Only!
June 5, 2009 | 10:14 AM EST | Jayson

The Force Among Us makes its official big screen debut Friday June 12th 2009 – for one night only the documentary will be shown at the Gene Siskle Film Center at 8pm. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at siskelfilmcenter.org limited copies of the film are also still available on dvd at the film’s website. Cris and Cort will also be on WGN morning news the day of the event as well.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles Announces 12″ Imperial Shock Trooper
June 5, 2009 | 9:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles updates revealing the next offering in their Militaries of Star Wars line – the Imperial Shock Trooper 12-inch figure! Pre-orders start next thursday.

 


 

Sideshow Toy Pre-Order
June 5, 2009 | 7:59 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice pre-orders from Sideshow…

R2 VCD
There is also a Yoda VCD.. Very Cute.. Darth Maul looks awesome!

Also In Stock…
Tusken Raider Premium Format Figure - Sideshow Exclusive
Plus many others… Check it out!!!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 4, 2009 | 11:39 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store We’ve just added lots of new preorders for all of your favorite lines. In addition, be sure to check out the SDCC 2009 DIAMOND EXCLUSIVES
We’ve listed a number of Diamond’s SDCC 2009 exclusives. A couple have already sold out, but we’ve still got pre-orders available for the new G1 Megatron Bust, the Angry Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Bank, and the Dawn in Red Schoolgirl Skirt Statue, at $69.99, $19.99 and $39.99, respectively check it all out here.

 


 

YakTube – The Emperor’s Royal Guard
June 4, 2009 | 10:44 PM EST | Niktom

 

What not to do when approaching any member of the Emperor’s Royal Guard.

The Emperor’s Royal Guard


Thanks to my favorite Royal Guard, Lucious Talvloinne (TR 4126), for pointing me to this video. Thumbs up, thumbs down? Talk about it in the forums.

 


 

SWAN 200th Episode Video Contest
June 4, 2009 | 5:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News is about to reach its 200th episode, and to celebrate they are holding a video creation contest! You can win a 1/6 Scale Ki-Adi Mundi, a set of Clone Wars Jedi Art-FX Statues, a Vintage Carded Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper figure, Gentle Giant products, and more! All you have to do to enter is make an original, short video about Star Wars or Star Wars Collecting.

You have until 6/17/09 to enter (extended from the original 6/10 date). All the details can be found at swactionnews.com. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your videos!

 


 

Carded Figures Galore at Sandtroopers
June 4, 2009 | 4:50 PM EST | Jayson

The reporting legion in white at Sandtroopers have assembled a new gallery of 20 Clone Wars carded figures due later this year. Even though there are some repacks in the refreshed line, you’ve got to admit they look pretty sharp in the new packaging. Head over for all the shots.

 


 

Summer Group Project is Here!
June 4, 2009 | 12:34 AM EST | Justin2

 


For all you customizers out there itching for a fun project to work on this summer, the GLADIATORS GROUP PROJECT is for you!

Group Projects are similar to the Yakfinities Customizing Challenges, but these are a bit more character specific. However, this time the topic is a little more theme based than usual which gives us all some more variety to work with.

For the full scoop and how you can participate, one click gets you all the details.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Legacy Collection Action Figures
June 3, 2009 | 8:36 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles received these new items this week.

NEW –Legacy Collection:
Luke Skywalker #38
Emperor Palpatine #39
Captain Needa #40
Princess Leia #41
Hoth Rebel Trooper #44 (version 1)
Ugnaught #43 (version 1)

NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

Pre-Order – June 25th, 2009
Obi-Wan Kenobi EP III – UQS – SAVE $10
Interactive 15-inch R2-D2
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues Statue – SAVE $10
Oola – Mini Bust – SAVE $10
Lovely Leia – Signed Fine Art Giclee
Clone Wars Map Pack #3 – The Crystal Caves of Ilum

 


 

New Republic Gunship Prototype Images
June 3, 2009 | 11:03 AM EST | Justin2

 


Your clone ranks can ride more safely soon as the folks over at jedinews.co.uk have gotten their hands on several prototype images of a retrofitted Republic Gunship featuring full-length blast doors, drop down boarding hatches and modified rocket launchers. Head on over and check out all the great pics after the jump!

Also thanks for forum moderator Paulskywalker for the heads up.

 


 

Red/White Packaging Appearing
June 3, 2009 | 6:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


It looks like the new red and white packaging is starting to trickle out at retail. Yakreader Dave J sends in this pic from the aisles of his local Target showing off the role playing lightsabers new look. It’ll just be a matter of time before the seas of blue and white are replaced by this new unified design.

 


 

UPDATE: New Clone Trooper Squad Exclusive at K-Mart
June 2, 2009 | 5:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


UPDATE: Volkerc over at POTF2.com has confirmed that the Clone Trooper Squad 4-Pack reported on last month will in fact be a K-Mart Exclusive. Head on over for new boxed photos.

Posted on May 15, 2009 | 8:44 PM EST by Jayson.
Forum Moderator “Paul Skywalker” posted a tip in the forums with word* of a new Legacy Clone Trooper set entitled Clone Trooper Squad that includes a red ARC Trooper Commander, Clone Scuba Trooper, Clone Trooper w/CIP Quad Cannon and General Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Armor. All these figures are repacks of previous releases and there’s no word yet as to where the sets will be available.

 


 

Episode 197: We Get Mugg-ed
June 2, 2009 | 8:51 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Mighty Muggs are an interesting line. While so many of the Muggs warm shelves across the nation, others go for top dollar on eBay. With shoddy distribution and a number of exclusives, the only true reliable way to get the newest Muggs at near-retail prices is ordering by the case. This week on Star Wars Action News, we open cases of Wave 8 and 9 Mighty Muggs and see if they are worth the trouble, and also review the exclusive Admiral Ackbar and Shadow Stormtrooper Muggs.

Also this week we have a very special Hasbro Q&A. Recently Hasbro announced that the collector market is waning and as such actions have been taken, such as removing the upcoming Force Unleashed wave from the regular lineup, instead making those figures exclusives, and that there will be a reduction in future collector-specific figures in the line. On this week’s Q&A we drill for details on what this means for the Legacy collection, for comic packs, for the upcoming Expanded Universe wave of figures, and for collectors in general. Hasbro was very generous in giving us in-depth, detailed answers and it is one of our most thought-provoking Q&As yet.

And more this week, Star Wars Action News along with sponsors Brian’s Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and Kotobukiya are holding a contest in celebration of Star Wars Action News’ 200th episode. Details are revealed in this episode on how you can win a 1/6 Scale Ki-Adi Mundi, a set of Clone Wars Jedi Art-FX Statues, or a Vintage Carded Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper figure! Listen to find out how to enter and win STAR WARS ACTION NEWS VIDEO IDOL!

With voice mails from Disney World and more, 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.

 


 

Star Wars: The Old Republic “Deceived” Trailer
June 1, 2009 | 11:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


Run! Don’t walk to view the trailer for the new Star Wars: The Old Republic online game. If you thought the The Force Unleashed looked intense, wait ’till you see this! I wouldn’t mind seeing this as a feature length film.

 


 

Steve Sansweet to Appear at Star Wars Weekends June 5-7
June 1, 2009 | 11:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars author, collector, and Lucasfilm’s head of Fan Relations, Steve Sansweet is making a guest appearance at Star Wars Weekends this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Steve will be at Wicket’s Warehouse, the special store chock full of Star Wars Weekends exclusive merchandise, where he’ll also be signing copies of his last two books, The Star Wars Vault and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and he’ll be bringing along some cool give-aways as well.

Steve’s schedule is:
Friday, June 5: 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Saturday, June 6: 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Sunday, June 7: 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Head over to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

Yoda Speaks in Star Wars Insider #110
June 1, 2009 | 10:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


The voice behind The Clone Wars’ Yoda, Tom Kane, sounds off in an exclusive interview for Insider 110, revealing the many roles he has voiced for countless Star Wars game titles — Threepio, Fett, Tarkin, Ackbar and others have all been benefactors of Kane’s vocal talents!

For more details on what’s in store for Star Wars Insider #110, head over to the official site and look for this issue on newsstands soon.

 


 

Legacy Wave 7 Loose Images
June 1, 2009 | 9:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our intrepid staffer Justin just acquired his set of wave 7 from BigBadToyStore and managed to snap a few quick shots of all the figures in this wave. Head to the forums to view the images of the latest to be released from Hasbro.

 


 

Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force
June 1, 2009 | 5:06 PM EST | freebird

Here’s my latest review. Star Wars: Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force. Click here to read it. Stay tuned next week for Fate of the Jedi.

 


 

Clone Turbo Tank Available NOW!!
June 1, 2009 | 10:30 AM EST | Mark

 

Over a TRU online you can order the Turbo Tank as it is in stock now.

UPDATE – TRU must have made a mistake or already ran through stock as the item is listed now as unavailable. Thanks to Yakface reader darth stringfield for the heads up.

 


 

SDCC 2009 GGC and GGLTD GIVEAWAY!
June 1, 2009 | 9:23 AM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant LTD has teamed up with GentleGiantCollectors.com to bring you another great giveaway as they gear up for San Diego Comic Con 2009! As most of you know, Gentle Giant Ltd will have several great exclusives from all of your favorite lines, and now is your chance to win them for FREE!

Starting on June 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2009 you will have a shot at winning a SDCC Exclusive BlackHole Stormtrooper Statue, a SDCC Exclusive Concept Boba Fett Mini Bust and a SDCC Harry Potter Dumbledore Mini Bust! Each item will have it’s own giveaway criteria and while you are welcome to enter all three, you can only WIN in one category.

Head over for the full details.

 


 

eFX Collectibles News: Lower Prices, New Helmet and X-wing Display Case
June 1, 2009 | 7:05 AM EST | Jayson

The eFX Collectibles newsletters are hitting inboxes and they have a three great product announcements.

Effective today (June 1), the Clone Trooper Helmet is now being offered at a new lower price of$279.00, plus their offering a layaway plan with 2 easy payments of $139.50. (Shipping and handling will be added to the last payment.)

eFX also announces the development of the perfect complement to the X-wing FX model, Luke Skywalker’s X-wing Starfighter Helmet. eFX’s modelers were permitted access to the Lucasfilm Archives and were able to scan the actually prop used for A New Hope ensuring the the most accurate replica possible.

Finally, after many requests, eFX is offering an Acrylic Display Case for the X-wing Starfighter FX model. The case includes a Star Wars logo etched into the aluminum base plate and is pre-wired to work with the X-wing’s existing electronics.

For the complete detail on these items and more, head to eFX Collectibles.

May 2009 Archive

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R2-Q5
May 31, 2009 | 8:33 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of last of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R2-Q5.

For those who have the previous releases, R2-Q5 is on the same frequency/band as R5-X2 (Band 2) so you could theoretically control both droids at the same time with one remote. Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background in the packaging is scene specific to each character.

Variation hunters/completists take note. This is NOT a straight repack of the previous release. This version has different copyright info on the bottom of the feet and the battery access door for the droid and remote is embossed with a unique part number that was not present on the previous release.

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

 


 

Clone Wars Season One DVD
May 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yakface Forum Newsie “Darth_Sidious” sends word that while looking for more details regarding the Clone Wars Season 1 release, he stumbled upon an image of the keepcase/packaging for this set onstoreofeast.com. Although what is shown here is the overseas boxed art/language packaging, I imagine the domestic release with follow in the same style. Look for the 8 disc set at your favorite retailer later this year.

 


 

New Saga Legends Mockups
May 31, 2009 | 2:17 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Looks like a couple new Saga Legends Mockups have turned up via auctions on eBay. Take the links for view of Bespin Han Solo (minus his Jacket) and Chewbacca which looks to be the Legacy version with a breathing mask.

As with all things that show up before they’re “officially” confirmed, the final products may vary (hopefully).

Thanks to Yakface Forum Newsie “Eopie Herder” for the tipage.

 


 

That’s No Moon… 
May 30, 2009 | 10:09 PM EST | Niktom

It’s just a super laser!

While it’s not the Death Star… it sure shares some similarities.

“Equipment connected to a house-sized sphere can focus 192 laser beams on a small point, generating temperatures and pressures that exist at cores of stars or giant planets. ”

News site Breietbart.com reporting on the latest developments at a US weapons lab. Click through to read more and discuss in the forums.

 


 

Star Wars Tattoo T-shirts a StarWarsShop Exclusive
May 29, 2009 | 10:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop launches the first in a new series of t-shirts today based on the designs of well-known tattoo artists featured in the recent The Force in the Flesh book by Shane Turgeon!

Head on over to StarWarsShop now to grab this first in a series of what is sure to be one very cool set of exclusive tees!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – juank
May 29, 2009 | 6:19 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakface forum member juank has updated with another masterpiece – this time a five foot long Imperial Super Star Destroyer that looks like it jumped right out of the Lucasfilm archives! This is one amazing custom that you don’t want to miss – check out all the pics he has to share after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R5-D4
May 29, 2009 | 2:43 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R5-D4.

For those who have the previous releases, R5-D4 is on the same frequency/band as R4-P17 (Band 3) so you could theoretically control 2 droids at the same time with one remote. Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background in the packaging is scene specific to each character.

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

EDIT: Big thanks to Yakreader Eddie for informing me that there was in fact a R5-D4 released in the TAC packaging as a Japanese exclusive through StarWarsShop.com. I guess I missed picking up that one. ; P

 


 

Sideshow 12-inch Figure Environments
May 29, 2009 | 9:29 AM EST | Jayson

Looks like there’s a whole new way to accessorize our 12″/1:6 scale figures now as Sideshow Collectibles is prepping the launch of Figure Environments. Head to their site for a preview of sets for Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

 


 

Star Wars Custom Ships
May 29, 2009 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Hello all, this is a little off topic so to speak, however, last year a good friend of mine past away. He was one of the best Star Wars collectors I knew. He had sold most of his items to Brians Toys, however his wife still has all the custom ships. She is looking to sell these. To be honest, I do not know what these will go for, so please take a look at the pictures and let me know if you are interested in any of them. They are all very nice with awesome paint jobs.

You can email me if you are interested and let me know what you would be willing to pay. Thank you for taking the time to read this…

 


 

The Clone Wars: Rookies Decoded
May 29, 2009 | 7:09 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the fan favorite episode “Rookies” from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles Coming in October
May 29, 2009 | 7:01 AM EST | Jayson

 


Uber collector Steve Sansweet has a new collectible book heading for shelves later this year. Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles Memorabilia and Stories from A Galaxy Far, Far Away takes the reader on a journey through cool and kitsch, from toys and costumes to life-size statues made of LEGO bricks to consumer goods such as candy, clothing, toothpaste — and much more.

Head to the official site from more details.

 


 

Download The Lost Tribe of the Sith
May 28, 2009 | 7:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hidden away from the rest of the galaxy is an isolated tribe of Sith descendents from ancient times. As Luke Skywalker follows the distant path of Jacen Solo — blazed when Solo sought out obscure and arcane Force knowledge — his travels stir these Sith into action. Who are they? What do they want?

Uncover hidden Sith lore today by downloading Precipice in PDF format by heading to the official site.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R2-D2
May 28, 2009 | 4:41 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives currently appearing on Target’s pegs – the Remote Control R2-D2. Previously only available throughStarWarsShop.com as an imported item, this droid is controlled by a mini 2-button lightsaber remote that will move him forward or turn him on command while his dome rotates as he rolls, beeps and whistles. These droids are scaled comparably to the Hasbro’s standard astromech figures so he’ll fit right it with your collection. When the droid is not in use, you can store all four batteries in a handycompartment inside the remote.

Variation hunters/completists take note. This is NOT a straight repack of the ROTS release. This version has different copyright info on the bottom of the feet and the battery access door for R2 and his remote is embossed with a unique part number that was not present on the previous release.

Also of note, each of the current droids include their own unique instruction sheet and the background of the packaging is scene specific to each character.

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

 


 

Toys R Us acquires FAO Schwarz
May 28, 2009 | 9:15 AM EST | Jayson

USA Today is reporting that Toys R Us has purchases the high-end retailer FAO Schwarz. Read on for more info…

Discuss your thoughts on this recent development in our forums.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: R2 Units Remote Control and Rancor with Luke
May 27, 2009 | 8:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles received these new items this week.

NEW Remote Control:
R2-Q5
R2-D2
R5-D4
R5-X2

NEW – Battle Packs:
Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Scramble on YAVIN
Jabba’s Palace

In Stock – Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card set

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick Jango Fett & Boba Fett Two Pack
May 27, 2009 | 1:44 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives from Medicom’s Kubrick line the Jango Fett & Boba Fett Two Pack.

Available exclusively to Medicom Collector Club members in Japan, this features two unique figures not found anywhere else in the Kubrick line. The Jango Fett wears the alternate AOTC rocket pack, pilot head gear and his jumpsuit is a more screen accurate lilac color versus the series 9 Jango’s bluer hue. At his side, the set also includes a young Boba Fett ready to assume his father’s mantle as the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.

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

 


 

Cad Bane’s Ship – Titanium Style?
May 26, 2009 | 7:44 PM EST | Justin2

 


For all you Cad Bane fans out there, forumite darth_sidious writes in with the following news:

I was searching Bigbadtoystore.com, and came across a listing for 3″ CW Titanium 2009 Wave 06 (which is actually wave 5), and saw a ship listed only as ‘Xanadu Blood’, after some searching online, I was able to find out that this is actually the name of Cad Bane’s fighter, and it will appear in the next season of the Clone Wars cartoon. While Bigbadtoystore.com didnt have any images, I did some digging on Ebay and found a dealer in Asia that had prototypes! 

Head on over to the forums for a closer look!

 


 

LEGO Yaffle Underway!!!
May 26, 2009 | 6:45 PM EST | Brandon

 

Just a quick reminder that we have a special LEGO Yaffle underway in the forums right now! Any forum member can purchase a yaffle ticket for just 100 points each for a chance to win the Yaffle prize!!!

Jump over now to participate!!!

 


 

$5.00 Off Star Wars Miniatures at Target
May 26, 2009 | 5:11 PM EST | Jayson

Wizards of the Coast and StarWars.com are making available a great discount at Target® stores. Simply print out the PDF coupon from the above link, and take it to Target® to get $5 off the purchase of an Imperial Entanglements Star Wars Miniatures booster pack!

 


 

New Clone Wars Figure Images
May 26, 2009 | 5:08 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender come through yet again today with great loose shots of Admiral Yularen, General Mace Windu and the Super Battle Droid Sergeant figures.

 


 

Retooled TIE Fighter – A Target Exclusive?
May 26, 2009 | 1:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have uncovered new info regarding those retooled TIE Fighter cockpit photos and it looks like this might be another Target exclusive priced at $39.99. (I guess that explains the red/white deco : P ) Head on over for the details and a potential DCPI code.

 


 

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron
May 26, 2009 | 1:30 PM EST | Jayson

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron presents an expanded new take on the classic Star Wars Battlefront gameplay, resulting in new levels of interaction and excitement in handheld gaming. The massive, galactic campaign will ship this Fall for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system and Nintendo DS.

Head to the Official Site for more….

 


 

Episode 196: Requiem for a X-Wing
May 26, 2009 | 12:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


May 25th, is a special day for two reasons. First it is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we remember those who died protecting our country in war. Second, it is the 32nd anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope being released in theaters. Bringing these two things together, on this week’s Star Wars Action News we look back at the figures memorializing those brave X-Wing pilots lost in battle above Yavin.

Also this week, Star Wars Tales comic author Nathan P. Butler returns with his Expanding the Universe report answering one of life’s biggest questions: Why should a Star Wars fan care about the EU?

With an update on the latest Gentle Giant items available for pre-order, a UK Collecting report, and more, 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 or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Should Hasbro Construct the Death Star?
May 26, 2009 | 10:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


For the past week there has been a flurry of discussion and speculation among fans on whether or not Hasbro has plans to release a Death Star playset.

In light of this we are conducting an informal poll in the forums to get a better idea of what youreally want – including the format you would like to see Hasbro pursue. So head on over to the forums and cast your vote!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store MEMORIAL DAY SALE
May 25, 2009 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hi – Here is a quick update from Big Bad Toy Store about a variety of new arrivals and many more exciting new preorders – check it all out here.

 


 

ShopEcko.com 40% Off Sale Ends Tonight!!!
May 25, 2009 | 1:29 PM EST | Brandon

 

Limited Edition Star Wars Merchandise now available

SHOP ECKO.COM HAS A 40% OFF ALL CLOTHING SALE TODAY ONLY!!!!
Click the link below to check out the deals!
This is the best day to get those awesome Star Wars T-Shirts at 40% off!!!

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Vader’s Quest 
May 25, 2009 | 10:34 AM EST | Justin2

 


Today we spotlight the third chapter in forum member jlw515‘s new action-packed photonovel series, Vader’s Quest.

Sit back, kick your feet up, and read on!

 


 

More Clone Wars Figures Revealed
May 24, 2009 | 12:43 PM EST | Justin2

If you’re a fan of the Animated Clone Wars line, you’ll be pleased to know another wave of figures is on tap that includes several more clones, a battle droid and a new Padme figure. Head on over toPOTF2.com for a first look at these figures.

 


 

Stay on Target 
May 24, 2009 | 1:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


Reports continue to slowly trickle in from around the U.S. that the Legacy Rancor and Remote Control Astromechs are showing up in Target stores.

Among the lucky collectors so far to pick these up is forum member JediJman, who writes in with the following news:

“I managed to track down all four of the RC Droids at Target this morning. R5-X2, R2-D2, R2-Q5, and R5-D4. Very cool, but a little tough to stomach at $16.99 each. I did not see pegs for them on the shelf, but you can use DPCI 087-06-0106 if they are in the back room. I also snagged a Rancor with Luke while I was there (087-06-2066).”

Head on over to the forums for a closer look of his find.

 


 

NEWS For The Fans…. By The Fans!!!
May 22, 2009 | 8:58 PM EST | Brandon

 


It is with great excitement and anticipation that YAKFACE.com is pleased to announce a new program to its forum community… News By The Fans… For The Fans! The new NEWS program is a way to entice our forum members to submit news, images, product, and content to our front page / website and have a chance become an exclusive YAKFACE.com Newsie and win exclusive prizes, gear, and more. We hope all our viewers will take an extensive look at what we have to offer and support collectors worldwide!

For more details jump on over to the forums now!!!

 


 

Rancors Are In The House
May 22, 2009 | 8:17 PM EST | Jayson

 


For those who were worried that the Jabba’s Palace Rancor would never hit shelves fear not! It appears that they are shipping to stores now and look for them to start appearing on Target end caps in the next week or so. Click here for a quick photo of one of my local Target’s scanners confirming they’re “in store”.

You can check your store using the DCPI code 087-06-2066.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 67th Edition
May 22, 2009 | 8:10 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 5/1. Answers this week cover: NIkto Gunner and the possibility of a sail barge, the status of new Concept figures and what’s up with that accessory included with the Medical Frigate Luke?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Magnaguard Fighter
May 22, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today highlighting the latest release in the Clone Wars mid-sized vehicle assortment with the Magnaguard Fighter.

Originally developed for use on Utapau in Revenge of the Sith, these sleek and yet aggressive fighters were ultimately relegated to the cutting room floor only to be recycled years later for the new Clone Wars Animated Series. Hasbro again delivers here in terms of design and scale and overall playability. They went that extra mile and designed this fighter to work with both the animated and “realistic” sculpt Magnaguards with the added benefit of incorporating handy electrostaff storage compartments in each wing. The Magnaguard Fighter features adjustable thrusters, 3 retractable landing gears, 2 firing missiles and opening cockpit. If you’re a fan of the live action films and/or the animated series, I highly recommend picking this up and if it hasn’t, it should start hitting your local shelves any day now.

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

 


 

Star Wars: The Complete Vader Coming in October
May 21, 2009 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 


Coming this October from Del Rey, fans will get a chance to peer into the soul of the Star Wars saga’s darkest Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader!

This 192-page tome devoted to all-things-Vader will explore the history, costume, merchandise and cultural impact of cinema’s most iconic villain, and that’s just for starters.

Head to the official site for more details…

 


 

Target Exclusive Remote Control Droids Hitting Stores
May 21, 2009 | 9:28 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

One of my local Target stores had the new Remote Control Droids on pegs this morning. Available are R2-D2, R5-X2, R2-Q5 and the new R5-D4 and are priced at $16.99. Might be worth checking your stores now if you’re interested in these.

 


 

Comic Con Mount Doom Pre-Order
May 21, 2009 | 8:05 AM EST | Mark

Today, over at Sideshow, they will have the latest pre-orders up for sale including LOTR…


Today at 10PST

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Vulture Droid
May 21, 2009 | 1:55 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today highlighting the latest release in the Clone Wars mid-sized vehicle assortment with the Vulture Droid.

After being “treated” to several repaints thus far in the Clone Wars vehicle line, we finally get an all new item to add to our collections. Done up in the ROTS/CW blue deco, all previous versions are now officially obsolete as they pale in comparison to this beast. Not only is it twice the size of the Episode I and ROTS versions, the new “Super” Vulture Droid is capable of being transformed into its walking mode. When converted, it features four independently posable legs and a pop up head which is activated by the push of a button on the bottom. In fighter mode, it features two launching missiles and the wings can be positioned into an attack configuration as shown in Revenge of the Sith. It also has four additional missiles that are stowed conveniently in the tip of each wing. This awesome fighter is sure to see several more releases in the coming years in various paint schemes and packaging changes and each one will be well worth picking up.

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

 


 

New SDCC X-Wing “Smiley” Luke Images
May 20, 2009 | 11:51 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have posted a new round of carded SDCC exclusive Luke Skywalker photos. Head over for a peek.

 


 

Clone Wars Vulture Droid and Magnaguard Fighters Found
May 20, 2009 | 7:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


On my way home form work tonight I stopped at my local Target store and while the action figure pegs were devoid of anything new, the starfighter section was stocked nicely and I managed to score the Vulture Droid and Magnaguard Fighters . Look for a toyguide update for these latest offerings from Hasbro soon!

 


 

Pod Racers 2-Pack?
May 20, 2009 | 6:16 PM EST | Justin2

Are the upcoming Clegg Holdfast and Ratts Tyerell figures coming in a 2-pk rather than single carded figures? It appears this may be the case – thanks for the heads up from Echobaseforums!

 


 

UPDATE 2: That’s No Moon! It’s a Space Station
May 20, 2009 | 3:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


For those clinging to hope that a Death Star playset may someday come to fruition, yesterday forumite Delaton shared with us an image that appears to be a mockup.

Also, props to our friends at Jedidefender who had apparently been waiting for the ‘right moment’ to leak this, what better timing with Comic Con right around the corner?

Please keep in mind though that this could very well be something that never got past the drawing board and will never make it to production.

UPDATE: Adam May over at Galactic Hunter as contributed to this mystery as well and has postedthat this Death Star “Playset” might actually be for the Galactic Heroes line as an exclusive through Target for the holiday season.

UPDATE 2: Always in motion is the future. The debate is still open as to the destiny of this mockup as the team at JediDefender have posted that the box next to the Death Star is for Transformers and not Galactic Heroes. So, the jury is still out on this one folks.

 


 

More Upcoming Clone Images
May 20, 2009 | 1:31 PM EST | Justin2

 

 

Soon you’ll be able to add more troops to your Grand Army of the Republic with these two upcoming clones. Click on through for full full size images.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – julianmaurice
May 20, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Justin2

 


While collectors continue to wish for Hasbro to make grand playsets, forum member julianmauricerolls up his sleeves and does something about it with his rendition of the Imperial Landing Platform seen on Endor in ROTJ.

Work like this takes a high degree of planning, talent, time and commitment – be sure to pop in the forums for a ton of great images of this custom built playset.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Remote Control R5-X2
May 20, 2009 | 9:34 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of one of the newest exclusives heading soon (hopefully) to Target’s shelves – the Remote Control R5-X2. Previously only available throughStarWarsShop.com as an imported item, this droid is controlled by a mini 2-button lightsaber remote that will move him forward or turn him on command while his dome rotates as he rolls, beeps and whistles. These droids are scaled comparably to the Hasbro’s standard astromech figures so he’ll fit right it with your collection. For those who have the previous releases, R5-X2 is on the same frequency/band as R2-Q5 (Band 2) so you could theoretically control 2 droids at the same time with one remote. Each droid includes the required batteries but you’ll need to reinstall them properly to activate them. When the droid is not in use, you can store all four batteries in a handy compartmentinside the remote.

Look for the others in this series (R2-D2, R2-Q5 and R5-D4) to start hitting shelves soon for $14.99

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

 


 

Has R2 Been Found?
May 20, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | Jayson

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the contest involving finding R2-D2’s cameo appearance in the new Star Trek movie, well gadget blog site Gizmodo has posted a couple screen shots showing where they think he might be. Head over to see for yourself.

 


 

Star Wars for Star Trek Substitute at Target
May 19, 2009 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Here was an interesting find today at my local Target. It seems that they have temporarily run out of the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise vehicle so instead they’re offering as a substitute any Star Wars Battle Pack for the reduced price of $20.23 (down from $23.99). If you’ve been holding for a sale on the Battle Packs, you might want to check your Target store for a similar “Instant Substitution”. You can check out a larger view of the shelf tag here.

 


 

Group Project Customs – Voting Open
May 19, 2009 | 12:04 PM EST | Justin2

 

    

Yakface forum customizers will soon be joining forces in another Group Project. Five themes have been selected as finalists.

Voting will take place until 11:59 Eastern Time on Sunday, May 31. At that point the customizing madness will begin and entries will be accepted through the end of September.

Head on over to the forums and cast your vote after the jump!

 


 

Massive Lego Tantive IV on Gizmodo
May 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM EST | Jayson

 


Gadget blog site Gizmodo has posted a extremely cool article featuring a 12 foot long scratch built Tantive IV made entirely out of Legos! Head over for all the images!

 


 

Fanboys DVD Now Available PLUS a Special Yakface Giveaway
May 19, 2009 | 8:48 AM EST | Jayson

 


With today being the 10th Anniversary of the release of The Phantom Menace in theaters, what better time to hit your local retailers and pick up Fanboys on DVD.

As a special bonus to our readers, I’ve been in contact with the film’s director, Kyle Newman, and he has made available a few autographed copies of the DVD that we will be giving away as soon as we receive them.

Watch for more details of this giveaway soon.

 


 

Episode 195: The Phantom Memories
May 19, 2009 | 1:12 AM EST | Jayson

 


On May 19th 1999 a new era of Star Wars movies dawned as The Phantom Menace opened in theaters, the first new Star Wars movie in 16 years. Understandably, anticipation was high, and it went on to become one of the top grossing films of all time.

Now we look back at the milestones of Star Wars 10 years ago, including the toys, the lines for tickets, Star Wars Celebration I, the midnight movie showings, the costuming, and the people who made Episode I the memorable experience it is today.

Listen to this extra-long episode of Star Wars Action News, packed with your stories and ours, about what makes The Phantom Menace special to us, 10 years on.

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

 


 

TPM 10th Anniversary Mail Away Qui-Gon Jinn
May 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM EST | Justin2

 


This morning Yakface forum member Eopie Herder has shared several loose images of what appears to be the upcoming Qui-Gon Jinn from the TPM 10th Anniversary Mail Away set.

It looks like Hasbro has made some subtle changes to this figure (for the better). Decide for yourself after the jump!

 


 

Vader Balloon Taking Flight at BalloonFest09
May 15, 2009 | 10:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


Those living in the El Paso, Texas area are undoubtedly aware of the annual Memorial Weekend event known as BalloonFest. In attendance this year will be a very special hot air balloon in the form of the helmet of Darth Vader!!! For more info about the festivities, head to the KLAQ websiteand to learn more about the history of the Vader Balloon.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends
May 15, 2009 | 10:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


The tradition of Star Wars Weekends continues, starting next weekend, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Each weekend between May 22 through June 14, fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga alongside special Star Wars celebrity guests.

Head over to the official site for more info and to download a schedule and map of activities.

 


 

New Clone Trooper Squad 4-pack Revealed
May 15, 2009 | 8:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum Moderator “Paul Skywalker” posted a tip in the forums with word* of a new Legacy Clone Trooper set entitled Clone Trooper Squad that includes a red ARC Trooper Commander, Clone Scuba Trooper, Clone Trooper w/CIP Quad Cannon and General Obi-Wan Kenobi in Clone Armor. All these figures are repacks of previous releases and there’s no word yet as to where the sets will be available.

*Thanks to action-figure.com for the posting of the news and link to the eBay auction.

 


 

Sideshow Luke and Han: SDCC Non-Attendee Edition SOLD OUT
May 15, 2009 | 1:34 PM EST | Jayson

Well that was fast. Seems like Sideshow’s allotment of the SDCC Han & Luke Stormtrooper Non-Attendee Edition 12″ figures sold out in very short order. So, if you’re still wanting this set, it’d be wise to get your names on wait list right away.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Clone Commander Revealed
May 15, 2009 | 10:38 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at JediDefender have acquired a couple carded images revealing a yet to be “officially announced” TRU exclusive Clone Wars Commander Ponds. Head over there for the info…. and discuss your impressions of this figure in our forums.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded – Shadow of Malevolence
May 15, 2009 | 9:36 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the “Shadow of Malevolence” episode from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Long Lost Indy Figure?
May 14, 2009 | 6:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


With the demise of Hasbro’s Indiana Jones line, we were teased with images of several figures that never made it into production.

Forumite Lance Quazar has posted several pics of a possible prototype for an unproduced ROTLA figure, the German officer who Indy beats the snot out of on the Cargo Truck. Head on over the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Sideshow Luke and Han: SDCC Attendee Edition Priority Pre-order
May 14, 2009 | 12:58 PM EST | Mark

Order now!!!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Update
May 13, 2009 | 10:12 PM EST | Justin2

 


Early production work for Chapter 29 in The Enloe Chronicles has begun, right in time for the end of the Clone Wars.

Previews for the next installment will be ready soon… until then you can still catch up on Chapter 28 or even cast a vote as to what you think will happen when Rykrof learns that the Jedi are to be eliminated.

 


 

Yakface Forums: Collection Galleries
May 13, 2009 | 7:59 PM EST | Niktom

The only thing as fun as playing with your collection… is showing it off! We’ve had several forum members post some great looking pictures of their collections lately. Here are just a few to kick things off…


  
  

Want to see more or show off your collection? Do so in the forums Collection Gallery.

 


 

Watch for Enemy Fighters! Retooled TIE Fighter on the Way
May 13, 2009 | 3:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our friends at JediDefender have posted a couple prototype images of a new large solar panel TIE Fighter featuring a retooled and highly detailed cockpit. Head over for the images…

 


 

Yakface Spotlight: SSC General Obi-Wan Kenobi 1:6 Scale Figure
May 13, 2009 | 1:00 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Spotlight returns today taking an up close and personal look at another fabulous product from Sideshow Collectibles: The General Obi-Wan Kenobi 1:6 Scale Figure. Take a few minutes and give it a read.

 


 

iPhone-controlled Life-Size R2-D2
May 12, 2009 | 10:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Official StarWars Blog has posted a very cool link to a custom built R2-D2 that can be controlled with an iPhone! And be sure to check out Glenn’s blog showing the progress of this awesome R2!

 


 

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Christmas
May 12, 2009 | 12:35 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Official Site updates tonight with the announcement of several new Christmas/Holiday themed Kurt Adler decorations that Star Wars fans will enjoy. Deck the halls with 10-Lamp R2-D2 and Yoda light strings, a Boba Fett Snowglobe, 3 new stockings (Yoda, Captain Rex and Vader) with Sound chips and my favorite, the Yoda tree toppers with illuminated lightsaber!!! Looks like the end of the year is shaping up to give us another great season of cool Star Wars decorations and collectibles — check out the images at StarWars.com

 


 

FANBOYS DVD Release Party
May 11, 2009 | 10:54 PM EST | Jayson

Kyle Newman, director of Fanboys, has passed on word to us that there is a Fanboys DVD Release Party with the cast and crew of the film next week at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles on May 19 at 8:00 pm. Visit Golden Apple Comics for more details and look for special Yakface announcement regarding this DVD release soon….

 


 

SWAN Episode 194: Pawns of the Darkside
May 11, 2009 | 10:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


You see that Star Trek movie yet? Despite being a Star Wars podcast and having a Star Wars web site, it seems that Star TREK is the sci-fi franchise in the spotlight especially this weekend with the new movie out. Remarks have been made such as “This is the Star Trek movie made for Star Wars fans” and Star Wars fans who follow swactionnews on Twitter have said “The new Star Trek is better than the entire prequel trilogy”. With such statements being made, it’s impossible for this to not have an impact on Star Wars collecting, and as such we discuss the state of the two sci-fi franchises and how Star Wars collectors may be impacted on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

And speaking of the prequel trilogy, Star Wars Action News continues its Episode I 10th Anniversary coverage this month as we look back a the Star Wars Episode I Chess Set by Tiger Electronics. how is the detail, how is the game play? Find out on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

Also this week Kevin brings us another vintage review of a figure or two that are getting a little long in the “tooth”, and Kevin sits down with Hasbro employee and copy writer “Dee” discussing the unproduced concept for “The Definitive Star Wars Presentation Chamber”, an item pitched to help new collectors embrace vintage designs.

With Scott From Tulsa’s geek fashion report, discussion of the new Acme character key, and yet another mention of Star Wars Marbs, 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.

 


 

Exclusive Lego Posters Hitting Mailboxes
May 11, 2009 | 10:07 PM EST | Jayson

Those who placed orders on May 3th and 4th through Legoshop.com should start see their orders hitting mailboxes this week. Packed inside, you’ll also find the one of 15,000 exclusive Lego posters showing some of the Lego mini figures that have been released over the past 10 years. I received mine today (#2501) and noticed that with some mini-figures they showed all of their various releases but others they only show one particular version. It’d be interesting so see how many actual mini figures there are when you include those omitted versions.

 


 

Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key
May 11, 2009 | 9:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of the Star Wars Original Trilogy Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key. This Limited Edition Character Key is limited to an restricted to a run of only 750 pieces worldwide. Get yours today.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Clone Wars Figures and Battle Packs
May 11, 2009 | 7:06 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has add the May 2009 PRE-ORDER items. New Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by May 8th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half when processing your order.

NEW
Real Mask Collection Series 1

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
Kit Fisto – # 27
Clone Trooper – 41st Elite Corps – #26
Rocket Battle Droid – #25
Jar Jar Binks #24

NEW – Battle Packs:
Scramble on Yavin
Jabba’s Palace

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card set

 


 

Froobi Deal of the Day: Wii Lighsaber 2 Pack
May 11, 2009 | 10:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Have fun while sword fighting on Wii!

This Dual Pack Light Saber is the perfect addition to your Wii gaming system. Experience realistic dueling and play in the dark with the saber’s red and blue bright light effects.

The Dual Pack Light Saber are powered by the Wii remote* so there are no additional batteries required. Safety is important to this saber design so there is a featured easy secure lock mechanism, perfect for that person who swings their remote harder than others.

The Dual Pack Light Saber will let you have more fun while playing your Wii!

*Wii controllers not included.

Only $9.99
reg. $19.99

 


 

New Separatist Vehicles
May 11, 2009 | 9:18 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The crew at Rebelscum have acquired new images this weekend revealing 2 new Clone Wars separatist vehicles: The Octuptarra Droid and the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid! No word yet as to when they be available but will surely get more info at Comic-Con (if not before).

Head on over for a closer look.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Comes To The Rescue This September
May 11, 2009 | 7:40 AM EST | Jayson

 


Fans of the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ TV series can continue the battle for galactic peace this September in an all-new videogame from LucasArts and Krome Studios. Based on the Cartoon Network series and collaborating directly with Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes allows players to take up arms on behalf of the noble Galactic Republic , while pursuing the mysterious bounty hunter Cad Bane and combating the all-new Skakoan super villain Kul Teska.

For more info head into the forums or lucasarts.com

The Official Site has updated today with game play screen shots.

 


 

Yavin Hangar Diorama
May 9, 2009 | 8:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


The image above is not a scene from A New Hope, it is in fact a masterful diorama set up byStephen Hayford. Do yourself a favor and head to the forums for more images and a closer look at this amazing set up.

 


 

Gaming Update: The Old Republic 
May 9, 2009 | 12:31 PM EST | Justin2

 


Fans of the ever popular KOTOR games can look forward to an all new troop design in the upcoming game from Lucasarts, The Old Republic.

Looks like the game is coming together smoothly and will offer something for all fans of Star Wars games. After all, not all heroes carry lightsabers… some just have the will to fight.

 


 

New Clone Wars Commanders Surface
May 8, 2009 | 9:23 PM EST | Jayson

The big daddies over at Rebelscum have acquired a nice selection of images showing 3 new Clone Wars style clone commanders: Thire, Gree and Bly. Each one features a removable helmet with unique head sculpts. Have a look…

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded – Rising Malevolence 
May 8, 2009 | 2:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded returns tonight featuring the “Rising Malevolence” episode from season one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It aires tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Acme Archives: Bespin Luke Skywalker Character Key
May 8, 2009 | 2:43 PM EST | Jayson

 


Acme Archives Limited is proud to unveil this long awaited installment in their Star Wars Original Trilogy Character Key™ line: LUKE SKYWALKER. This Limited Edition Character Key will be comprised of an edition of only 750 pieces, making this a truly collectible item.

Pre-orders will begin Monday, May 11th at 11am PST with an expected ship date of 6/23/09

 


 

New Saga Legends Images
May 8, 2009 | 2:15 PM EST | Jayson

The white armored ranks at Sandtroopers.com have posted a couple carded image of the Saga Legends Ewok Diety C-3PO and Luke Skywalker X-wing Pilot* in the new packaging. Take note that both of these figure feature the Eopie/Qui-Gon Jinn mailaway promo stickers Head over for a look see…

*Is it just me or is the X-Wing Pilot Luke the new Cantina Han in 2008-2009?

 


 

New Clone Wars Vehicle Images
May 8, 2009 | 11:36 AM EST | Jayson

The crew at JediInsider comes through again today with new packaging photos of the upcoming Republic Fighter Tank and Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter. Check them out!

 


 

Yakfinities #29 – TEAMS
May 8, 2009 | 12:01 AM EST | Justin2

 


The latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun, with a theme unlike any in the past – TEAMS. Each entry to be submitted must consist of two or more characters that make up a unit – whether it be rebel freedom fighters, droids, smugglers, or whatever – the entries this time around are sure to be as original as ever.

Whether you’re just now exploring the world of customizing or are a crafty veteran, there’s no reason not to roll up your sleeves and join in the latest customizing challenge after the jump!

 


 

Attention Southwestern Vader Fans
May 7, 2009 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

The Darth Vader Balloon– which is nearly 90 feet tall– and that’s just the “helmet” will be appearing at the 2009 Balloonfest in El Paso, Texas. Check out the full story here. Ads for the local balloon festival are featuring a lot of original trilogy style Vader breathing, and the classic helmet logo.

 


 

U-3PO Color Change???
May 7, 2009 | 10:56 AM EST | Jayson

I’m not sure how widespread this is yet, but it sure looks like there is variant color regarding the parts for the B-A-D U-3PO in the latest Legacy wave. This link here in the Rebelscum forum shows that U-3PO’s parts may have shifted from a bright silver color to a more muted champagne tone. The figures with this new color were found at Wal-Mart. Maybe keep an eye out to see if parts at your respective stores are making the shift as well if you’re looking to build the droid and have all the parts match. In my opinion, the new color better represents U-3PO’s color in A New Hope.

If you find these new color parts in your hunt for new figures, be sure to send in a report.

 


 

Fan Poll So To Speak…
May 7, 2009 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

So this is the question I have for you fellow collectors. It has been a long road since Hasbro / Kenner has restarted the Star Wars action figure line, with many other companies joining in. So the question…

Are you still into the hobby? If so, are you still collecting full force or is the collection more selective now?

Please, take a few moments and send me an email. I will be compiling a page with the answers so that we can all share our thoughts about how we feel about the hobby today.

Email me at hfsolo@yahoo.com

 


 

Target To Price Match Competitors
May 6, 2009 | 10:59 PM EST | Jayson

For those Star Wars collectors out there that are always on the hunt for the best deals (and who isn’t these days), soon we’ll have a new way to get the best prices we can. On May 1st, various Target stores in the Minneapolis/St Paul market started to price match competitors ads/sales. If all goes well, Target plans on taking this plan nationwide in time for the holidays.

Let us know what you think in our forums.

 


 

YakTube – Star Wars Vacation
May 6, 2009 | 9:59 PM EST | Niktom

I don’t know… maybe I’m just really looking forward to school being out and summer getting here. For your enjoyment…

Star Wars Vacation



Discuss here in the forums.

 


 

Christmas in July err…. MAY with Hallmark!
May 6, 2009 | 2:58 PM EST | Jayson

 

   

Hallmark.com has updated their Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments section and has revealed the new Star Wars themed offerings for 2009. This year look for Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise*Luke Skywalker’s LandspeederA Deadly Duel with lights and sound featuring (Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul) and the first Clone Wars set featuring Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano.

 


 

Appearing In Star Tours 2.0 Yoda May Be
May 5, 2009 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Star Tours 2.0 has some contact with Oz, Frank Oz that is. According to ScreamscapeFrank Oz has mentioned appearing at Lucas’ studios and doing some voice work for Star Tours 2.0.Check out the full story here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 5, 2009 | 7:49 PM EST | Bill

 


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

We are having a 15% Off sale from now until Thursday May 7th at Big Bad Toy Store: – The sale will end around 3:00 Central Time on Thursday

Every item except ‘New’ and ‘Pre-order / Backorder’ is on sale at 15% off our current pricing. We’ve just removed the ‘New’ designation from over 1000 products, including many GI Joe, Transformers, Anime and other lines.

To take advantage of the sale pricing, just browse through any of your favorite menus and the sale icon will be displayed. It’s been over 6 months since we’ve had an across the board sale like this, so be sure to take advantage of the extra savings on thousands of in-stock items as well as items in the Vintage Department. Check it all out here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Fanboys on DVD w/Exclusive Prequel Comic
May 5, 2009 | 4:11 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 The Phantom Menace a full six months before its worldwide release.

The Fanboys DVD comes loaded with special features including:

– Deleted Scenes
– Commentary with the Cast and Crew
– The Truth about Fanboys
– Star Wars Parallel
– Four Fanboys and One Fangirl
– The Choreography
– Disturbances in the Force: A Series of Webisodes

Also included with your purchase is a Fanboys prequel comic book that’s only available at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

SWAN Episode 193: Blow-Up Amidala
May 5, 2009 | 1:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


In May 1999, Star Wars returned to theaters triumphantly with The Phantom Menace. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of that movie, Star Wars Action News is reviewing merchandise from that very hyped film. This week, we look at the blow-up Queen Amidala chair, one in a series of five inflatable chairs made for the movie.

And remember, you have until May 11th to get us YOUR Phantom Memories. Tell us about your first time seeing the movie, your experience buying tickets, your toy buying, your favorite memory or your favorite toy for that time. We will be playing the best stories on our 10th Anniversary show later this month. Send an MP3 to show@swactionnews.com or leave a message on our voicemail at 415-508-JEDI.

Also on this week’s show, we talk about Wave 2 of Marbs, review the Jabba’s Palace and Scramble on Yavin Battle Packs, and TheGingerPrince updates us on collecting in the UK.

With a Hasbro Star Wars Toy Q&A and more, 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.

 


 

Group Project – Summer 2009
May 5, 2009 | 11:32 AM EST | Justin2

Over the years, customizers in the Star Wars community have come together for a total of 15 Group Projects and even put together one gigantic Ultimate Group Project that was on display at Celebration IV.

These projects are always done in the spirit of bringing the customizing community together. Through these customizers share techniques, promote friendships and help improve our customizing skills.

This summer, Yakface forum customizers will be joining forces once again in another Group Project, and the theme will be up to YOU to decide. So head on over to the forums and help us choose afterthe jump!

 


 

New Clone Wars & Legacy Vehicles Images
May 5, 2009 | 6:50 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Sandtroopers have posted a few new images showing off the latest vehicles in the Clone Wars and Legacy lines. Head on over for images of Wedge Antilles X-Wing Fighter and Astromech, Anakin’s Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter, and the ultra cool Vulture Droid!

The folks at JediDefender received some of these images as well plus a closer look at the MagnaGuard Starfighter.

 


 

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
May 4, 2009 | 9:02 PM EST | Jayson

 


Chronicle Books will showcase the incredible art and creativity generated for the smash hit television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a new 288-page hardcover. Featuring more than 400 pieces of concept art and exclusive interviews — including a sneak peek at Season II — The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars presents the story’s development through the eyes of the animators, sketch artists, writers, designers, producers, and directors.

The book is slated for general release this fall, but fans will have a chance to get a copy this summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

Head to StarWars.com for more!

 


 

2009 Star Wars Weekends Merchandise Images
May 4, 2009 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

The Offical Site has updated with a feature on this year’s 2009 Star Wars Weekends Merchandise along with lots of images, including some very nice T-shirts. Check it out here.

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz: Happy Star Wars Day
May 4, 2009 | 11:08 AM EST | Jayson

To celebrate Star Wars Day, Andrew’s Toyz will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all IN STOCK purchases from today through May 9th. Just order $100 or more of in stock items and wish us a Happy Star Wars Day in the comments field during checkout. Once we process your order, we will deduct the shipping and handling from your order. You will not see the promotional offer applied to your order during checkout. Offer only valid on new purchases shipped via FedEx Ground within the lower 48 USA. Offer excludes FX Lightsabers and pre-order items.

Hurry and order soon….offer ends Friday! Check out the full newsletter here.

 


 

New Items at TRU.com
May 4, 2009 | 8:31 AM EST | Mark

Now available over at TRU online you can pick up the following…


Legacy Collection Previews Exclusive Droid Series Pirate TIE Fighter
 
Diamond Select Ultimate 1:4 Scale Action Figures – Obi Wan Kenobi & Hoth Han Solo
 
The Clone Wars Hailfire Droid w/General Griveous and V-Wing Fighter w/Clone Pilot

Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Pack
 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Vader’s Quest
May 4, 2009 | 1:20 AM EST | Justin2

 


Back in February Yakface reader jlw515 introduced a new photonovel to the forums with the first chapter in his Vader’s Quest series, and now comes charging through the gate again with his second installment, Executor.

If you’re a fan of the OT, this series is for you – so pull up a chair, kick back and check out his latest chapter!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Half Price Hook Up This Week
May 3, 2009 | 9:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has add the May 2009 PRE-ORDER items. New Half Price Hook Up this week. Order any of these items by May 8th, 2009 and K & C will reduce the price by half when processing your order.

Pre-Order – May 25th, 2009
Official Action Figure Protective Cases – $2.00 each
Basic Figure Stand box – 40 bases
Boba Fett with Han Carbonite Statue
Star Wars Chess Set – SAVE $100.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Imperial Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 10 – SAVE $35.00
Rebel Seal Ring – Size 12 – SAVE $35.00
Admiral Ackbar Bobble Head
Emperor Bobble Head
Star Wars Comic: 100 Post-card Set

IN STOCK – Half Off Hook Up:
Jabba´s Dancers – Item code TP5325 – Your price $7.50
Purchase of the Droids – Item code TP5323 – Your price $7.50
Cantina Showdown – Item code TP5213 – Your price $4.99
Cantina Aliens – Item code TP5433 – Your price $7.50
Jabba’s Skiff Guards – Item code TP5433 – Your price $4.99
C-3PO with Coin – Item code TP5289 – Your price $6.00
Princess Leia in Endor Gear – Coin – Item code TP5288 – Your price $6.00

 


 

Yakfinities Roundup Report
May 3, 2009 | 9:50 AM EST | Justin2

 


The 28th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has concluded, and the winner declared! Yakface forum members contributed a whopping 26 customs for the latest challenge – Organic Separatists.

Head on over to the forums and check out the wide range of entries and see who the ultimate winner was after the jump!

 


 

Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ On Sale
May 3, 2009 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

The Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ is now on sale for a limited time. 25% off. Now $375…

Also starting today…

Place an order through LEGOshop.com on May 3rd or May 4th and you will receive an exclusive LEGO® Star Wars™ poster, each individually numbered up to 15,000, celebrating the LEGO Star Wars 10th Anniversary and featuring over 160 minifigures that have appeared in a LEGO Star Wars set in the last 10 years. You will also automatically be entered to win a first-edition LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon™ – number 5, 6 or 7.*!

 


 

Building U-3PO Through Repacks
May 2, 2009 | 11:17 AM EST | Jayson

 


In case some of you weren’t too thrilled with some of the figures in the latest TLC “Empire” wave, here is a quick guide to picking up the B.A.D. parts you might need for U-3PO through the purchase of repack (carry-forward) figures.

GH1 Battle Damaged Darth Vader (TFU): Head
GH2 Kashyyyk Trooper: Torso
BD17 Clone Trooper (Coruscant Landing Platform): Left Leg
BD22 Imperial Engineer: Right Leg
BD33 Jawa/WED Treadwell: Left Arm
BD34 Obi-Wan Kenobi: Right Arm

 


 

The Story of NoApaak
May 2, 2009 | 7:58 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Han’s Hideout have received a heartwarming story via their QnA this week regarding the name of a previously unheard of Ewok named “NoApaak” due later this year. Give it a read.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 1, 2009 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

 


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

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NEW PREORDERS
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STAR WARS 1/4 SCALE PREMIUM FORMAT COUNT DOOKU
The Count Dooku Premium Format figure captures every detail of the corrupted former Jedi, standing confidently with his uniquely curved lightsaber drawn. Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Figure.

STAR WARS EXCLUSIVE DISTURBANCE AT LARS HOMESTEAD BOX SET
This cool playset features the Moisture Farm and 4 characters. Check it all out here.

 


 

Star Wars NOW SHOOTING
May 1, 2009 | 8:09 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, it looks like Lucas has begun filming, in relative secret but it’s not for the TV show, it’s for Star Tours 2.0 at Disney… and the digital film is rolling in California! Check out the details here. Thanks to Blueharvest for the heads-up!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 66th Edition
May 1, 2009 | 6:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 4/10. Answers this week cover: old figure and vehicle molds, new Build-A-Droids and what’s with the orange flightsuit Corran Horn figure?

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

‘Excessive Force’ Art Exhibit Opens Today
May 1, 2009 | 1:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


This exhibit features a series of acrylic paintings by artist Gary Peters Jr. depicting Star Wars characters in a new way. There’s a story behind each image. People are familiar with the characters in each portrait, but the way in which the image is presented is fun and different.

“Excessive Force,” paintings by Gary Peters Jr., opens today and runs through Friday, June 26. A public reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is on display in the Wright Gallery at 116 E. Third St., Jamestown, NY.

Visit The Post-Journal website for more. And if anyone lives in the area and attends the showing, feel free to email in your impressions of them.

 


 

The Clone Wars: Decoded Premieres Tonight
May 1, 2009 | 1:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


Just a reminder that Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded kicks off tonight featuring the first of 22 enhanced episodes from season one. Using text windows to provide in-the-moment insights into all aspects of the sweeping galactic conflict — from trivia to background on characters and storylines —Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Decoded enhances each episode with exclusive content created by the Lucasfilm Animation talent responsible for the show itself. It starts tonight at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

 


 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Spanish Clone Wars
May 1, 2009 | 1:22 PM EST | Jayson

 


Timed to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, StarWars.com is now featuring — for a limited time — streaming Spanish-language episodes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The hit weekly series has previously been unavailable online in alternate languages. Five episodes — Ambush, Trespass, Dooku Captured, The Gungan General and Hostage Crisis — will be available online from May 1 through May 7.

Also to commemorate the holiday — which celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 defeat of invading French forces — StarWars.com will feature an assortment of related content highlighting the Mexican Star Wars fan experience, as well as kid-friendly cultural activities, crafts, Spanish-language multimedia and more.

“We thought it would be a fun experiment to bring the Spanish-language version of The Clone Wars to our online audience in celebration of Cinco de Mayo,” said Bill Gannon, Director of Online Operations for Lucasfilm. “To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, we are taking our first step into a larger world.”

 


 

Celebrate 10 LEGO Star Wars Years
May 1, 2009 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at LEGO.com they have posted a teaser for what appears to be a special announcement coming May 3rd at 12:01 AM. although it doesn’t say which time zone. Stay tuned.

 


 

JediCon WV 2009
May 1, 2009 | 7:00 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just Announced!! Back for a sixth year!:

We would like to invite any “local” collectors ( WV, OH, PA ) and even those not so local to attend JEDICON WV, a Star Wars convention located in a small rural town here in the Mountain state.

We have continued to have this show over the past few years and have grown to where we have to seek a larger venue. We have participation from local groups and some from as far away as VA and DC (the DCSWCC to be precise).

We are pleased to announce that the show will be on October 10th, 2009 and will be held at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum (toyandtrain.com) in Wheeling WV! So,with that in mind if anyone here would like to attend, set-up a table or anything else for this year’s show please let me know.

All proceeds from the silent auction, food sales and a portion of the admission costs will benefit Childrens Miracle Network.

Head to Jediconwv.net and our forums for more details and if you have any questions feel free to send a PM to forum member “Big Mac”.

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:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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NEW HASBRO STAR WARS LISTINGS – We’ve listed a variety of new figures, battle packs, vehicels, and toys, take a look at these:
–DELUXE SIZE Y-WING & ARC-170
–CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 7
–STAR WARS COMIC TWO-PACKS 2009 WAVE 2 CASE
–STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS 2009 WAVE 3
–JEDI & SITH LIGHTSABERS
–VEHICLE FIGURE PACKS SERIES 2 SET, SINGLES

OFFICIAL STAR WARS CARDED FIGURE PROTECTIVE CASES & FIGURE STANDS
These stands and bases come directly from Hasbro, they will protect and display many different types of Star Wars figures

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVES 1 & 2
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

PREMIUM FORMAT 1/4 SCALE SLAVE LEIA
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

 

READERS, DON’T FORGET!!!


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!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

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:

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 5
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

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 5 INTERNET EXCLUSIVE CASE
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

FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – OBI-WAN, DARTH VADER, LUKE (BLUE)
We’ve restocked all the Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers, Luke is available at $109.99 and all the rest are $99.99

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS CLONE WARS FIGURES WAVE 6
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!

March 2009 Archive

Yakface Forums Announces April Frenzy!
March 31, 2009 | 11:02 PM CST | 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!

 


 

Need Your Animated Clone Wars Fix?
March 31, 2009 | 8:31 PM CST | Bill

An Extra $40 bux have you? Then download the full season on Itunes you can! Check out all the info in the Official Site here.

 


 

Basic Figures On Sale at K-Mart 
March 31, 2009 | 7:45 PM CST | Jayson

If you’re lucky enough to have a K-Mart in your area you might want to make a trip over there as they have their basic Legacy and Clone Wars figures on sale for $4.99. Now that’s a price I’ve not heard in a long time… a long time.

 


 

Episode 188: Aaron Allston: Outcast
March 31, 2009 | 3:12 PM CST | Jayson

 


The latest Star Wars book arc from Del Rey, Fate of the Jedi, launched last week with the book Outcast by Aaron Allston and in the galaxy far, far away things are changing quite a bit from the days of the movies. This week on Star Wars Action News Aaron Allston is here to talk to us about this new series, and to look back on the Legacy of the Force series.

Also this week we look at Star Wars tattoos in eggs, review some recent comic pack finds, and review some select questions from other sites’ Hasbro Q&As.

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 or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

New AT-ST Coming in October?
March 31, 2009 | 11:08 AM CST | Justin2

Our allies at Rebelscum.com are reporting that a new AT-ST might be headed our way this Fall.

However, you may be a disappointed with some of the details… head on over to the forums and share your thoughts on this rumor here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #7 
March 30, 2009 | 10:25 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for our week long Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to Alex C. on being the first to correctly identify“Admiral Ackbar” as the answer to the final question.

 


 

My Little Vader????
March 30, 2009 | 9:36 PM CST | Bill

What’s the latest custom crossover product? My Little Pony meets Star Wars, specifically with Darth Pony, and Jabba’s Slave Leia, err Pony. Check out all the images at Jedi News.UK here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #7
March 30, 2009 | 8:36 AM CST | Jayson

Here is the seventh and final question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

When the Empire enslaved his planet, which character became Moff Wilhuff Tarkin’s translator?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: FREE Shipping!
March 30, 2009 | 5:40 AM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering FREE Shipping via UPS ground Starting Sunday March 29th until Saturday April 4th to all customers who order $70.00 or more. Your shipping address must be within the continental USA and use a credit card for payment. Exceptions do apply on some collectibles due to size of the items. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed.

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt – Mini Bust – Gentle Giant
Tusken Raider – Deluxe Bust – Gentle Giant
Princess Leia – Mini Bust – Gental Giant
Death Star Briefing – Hasbro
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes Commemorative Tin collection
Holographic Princess Leia
Shock Trooper Unleashed
Concept Darth Vader
Captain Tarpals & Kaadu

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Wedge Antilles and Borsk Fey’lya
Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan
Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – Vehicles:
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter

In-Stock
Joker Squad – New
AT-TE Assault Squad
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Hoth Recon Patrol
B’Omarr Monastery Assault

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #6 
March 30, 2009 | 4:55 AM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “jeditaz27” on being the first to correctly identify “Count Dooku” as the answer to question 6.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Target Sale Kicks Off on Sunday
March 29, 2009 | 9:20 AM CST | Jayson

Target looks like the place to be this week as most of their Star Wars items are on sale as of this morning. You’ll find attractive markdowns on Figures ($6.99), Comic Pack ($9.99), Evolutions Sets ($16.99), Battle Packs ($19.99) Role Play Lightsabers ($6.99 & $15.00) as well as Vehicles ($17.99). I also saw the two Ultimate Battle Packs (Battle at the Sarlacc Pit and Battle of Christophsis) finallymarked down to a much more palatable $38.48 each.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #6
March 28, 2009 | 9:28 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the sixth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

As his secret apprentice, this character fanatically served Darth Sidious but ultimately became nothing more than a pawn in his Master’s bid for power over the galaxy?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #5 
March 28, 2009 | 8:25 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “David A.” on being the first to correctly identify “Lando Calrissian” as the answer to question #5.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Jedistyle
March 28, 2009 | 7:34 PM CST | Justin2

 


This weekend we spotlight some new work from an old forum favorite, Jedistyle. Head on over to the forums and check out his latest additions after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #5
March 27, 2009 | 9:47 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the fifth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Due to his valor for helping the Rebels, which character was awarded the rank of General in the Alliance forces?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 27, 2009 | 8:53 PM CST | Bill

 


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

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NEW SALE – LOWER PRICING:
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We’ve added hundreds of items to our sale menus, cleared off hundreds more that have sold out, and further reduced pricing on around 1000 items. There are over 2200 items currently priced 20% to 90% off, with about 800 different items with discounts of 50% or more! Its looking to be a busy spring with a lot of important new items on the way, help us clear some room and take advantage of our lowest prices ever on a variety of items

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS SNOWTROOPER MINI BUST
Another cool driver gets the bust treatment from Gentle Giant. Reserve your Snowtrooper now at $49.99.Check it all out here.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #4 
March 27, 2009 | 6:59 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “Terry L.” on being the first to correctly identify the“Kaminoans” as the answer to question #4.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Target UBP’s Hitting Clearance
March 27, 2009 | 1:22 PM CST | Justin2

Reports are beginning to trickle in that the Sarlacc Pit and Battle of Christophsis Ultimate Battle Packs are being marked down to $39.00 at some stores. So if you’ve been holding off on these sets, your window of opportunity may be closing.

 


 

Off Topic…
March 27, 2009 | 2:41 AM CST | Mark

A new Priority Pre-Order at Sideshow today is one you may be interested in…

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The Legolas Premium format figure will be available today for pre-order at 1pm EST.

 


 

Woot Special: Star Wars Bobble Heads
March 26, 2009 | 9:59 PM CST | Jayson

The Star Wars Bobble heads have returned to internet special site Woot.com. This deal includes six bobble heads and in the box you’ll find: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jawa, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Maul and Jango Fett all for $29.99.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Comic Pack #16 Ki-Adi-Mundi & Sharad Hett 
March 26, 2009 | 8:39 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the recently released Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett Comic Pack.

Based upon their appearance in Dark Horse’s Star Wars Republic: “Outlander” comic, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett (who looks a lot like Michael Ironside) feature new sculpts (for the most part) with the all the necessary articulation – aside from Sharad’s slash cut elbow joints and the absence of ankle joints on both figures. Ki-Adi-Mundi features a removable breathing mask* and hat, where as Sharad Hett** includes a removable Tusken Raider head covering, a gaderffi stick and red version of Kit Fisto’s green lightsaber.

*For ease of assembly, it’s best to remove Ki-Adi’s head and attach the breathing mask from the bottom of the head. It will help to prevent the possibility of damaging the mask’s strap. Also, there is a small tab on the strap of the mask that fits into a small hole/depression on the back of Ki-Adi’s neck to aide in alignment.

**Sharad Hett reuses the arms, legs, lower tabard and Tusken hood from the A’Sharad Hett figure from the TAC Comic Pack.

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

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #4
March 26, 2009 | 7:39 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the fourth question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

After their planet’s continents were submerged beneath a global ocean, this species was forced to rely on cloning technologies to keep their race alive.

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #3 
March 26, 2009 | 7:17 PM CST | Jayson

Thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the third question in the Star Wars Fandexgiveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “Dan S.” in being the first to correctly identify “Qui-Gon Jinn” as the answer to question #3.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

The Enloe Chronicles Continue…
March 26, 2009 | 10:12 AM CST | Justin2

 


The Dark Lord of the Sith has set into motion events that will lead to the fall of the Jedi Order.

As the Confederacy of Independent Systems prepares for a strike on the Republic capital of Coruscant, Commander Rykrof Enloe struggles for survival on the war ravaged planet Tanis.

Meanwhile, a pair of Jedi race against time to find a traitorous member of their order before a garrison of clone troopers gets to their friend first.

Check out the events of Chapter 28 after the jump!

 


 

Japanese Kubrick Fett Sextet
March 26, 2009 | 4:58 AM CST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with a feature detailing the six different costume variations included in the upcoming Japanese Exclusive Kubrick Boba Fett boxed set. The outfits range from early McQuarrie concept art to animated depictions and even a very cool re-creation of the Kenner design right down to the helmet-molded rangefinder.

Head to StarWars.com for the full story.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #3
March 26, 2009 | 4:11 AM CST | Jayson

Here is the third question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Who’s lightsaber was given to Anakin until he could build his own from the crystals at Ilum?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #2 
March 25, 2009 | 6:58 PM CST | Jayson

First off, thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the second question in the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to “rtoofan” in being the first to correctly identify “Jawas” as the answer to yesterday’s question.

Watch for the next question soon…

 


 

Disney’s 2009 Star Wars Pins Images
March 25, 2009 | 6:39 PM CST | Bill

 


Disney’s Pin site has updated with images of some of the limited edition Star Wars pins that we’ll be seeing for Star Wars Weekends this year. Click here to check them out.Thanks to Yak Reader Blue Harvest for the Heads-up.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Question #2
March 24, 2009 | 8:00 PM CST | Jayson

Here is the second question from this week’s Star Wars Fandex giveaway.

Which small, bipedal, foul-smelling creatures, evolved from rodents and communicate in a high-pitched chatter?

If you know the answer, submit it to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week: Winner #1 
March 24, 2009 | 7:37 PM CST | Jayson

First off, thanks to all the people who submitted answers for the first question in the Star Wars Fandex giveaway. With that, a huge Yakface congratulations goes out to Michael H. from Statesville, NC in being the first to correctly identify “Nute Gunray” as the answer to yesterday’s question.

 


 

These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Marbles
March 24, 2009 | 6:44 PM CST | Bill

 


The latest print ads for Star Wars goodness have broken the news on a new set of collectibles– Marbs with 12 new ones every other month– the first focuses on the Clone Wars and is a TRU exclusive, due out this month. May’s wave will focus on A New Hope and hit all retailers.

 


 

The Force Among Us Economical Recession Tax Refund Sale
March 24, 2009 | 11:14 AM CST | Jayson

Get the Documentary on DVD that Fanboys’s Kyle Newman calls “Fun, Entertaining, and Eclectic! – Everyone Should See the Force Among Us!”

USA customers that spend their tax refund money and purchase The Force Among Us on DVD from now until tax day (April 15th) will receive a free XL TFAU T Shirt! (while supplies last).

The Force Among Us DVD was limited to a release of only 1,977 and very extremely limited copies are still available.

The DVD is only available at films official website theforceamongus.com and you can also see clips of the film at YouTube (search “the force among us”).

 


 

Episode 187: Expanded Universe Outcast
March 24, 2009 | 8:00 AM CST | Jayson

 


For the past three weeks Star Wars Action News has been continuing their March into the EU, celebrating the release of Aaron Allston’s novel Outcast this Tuesday, beginning the new Fate of the Jedi book series. But one question that keeps coming up is: can a newcomer to Star Wars books read Outcast? Taking place 43 years after the original Star Wars movie, so much has happened between the movies and this book (the New Jedi Order, the Legacy of the Force series, and more) can someone jump into the EU with this new book series? That is discussed on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Also this week we have a spoiler-free review of the new book to see if it’s worth jumping onto.

And finally rounding out this week, we go on a hunt for Wal Mart and Target exclusives, a review of eFX Collectibles’ Studio Scale X-Wing, a UK Collecting report, and a Hasbro Q&A, 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.

 


 

MOUSEDROID.com Covers Australian Toy Fair
March 24, 2009 | 7:59 AM CST | Jayson

Mousedroid returns with news from the Australian Toy, Hobby, & Nursery Fair…also known as Aussie Toy Fair 2009. Whilst Star Wars was not as well represented as in past years there are still some great images and video diary entries for readers to flick thru. Our favourites were the videos of the Clone Tank in action (with speeder bike launcher) and the Star Wars Sounds in your pocket.

Head on over for their complete report.

 


 

Toys R Us 40% Off Sale
March 24, 2009 | 7:53 AM CST | Jayson

Toys R Us is current running and in-store and online promotion this week offering 40% off their Starfighter vehicles and Battle Pack assortments bringing the cost of these down to an attractive price of $14.99. Might be a great time to stock up!

 


 

Star Wars Fandex Giveaway Week
March 23, 2009 | 7:00 PM CST | Jayson

 


Today we are happy to announce our latest giveaway promotion. Every day this week we’ll be giving away a Star Wars Fandex Family Field Guide courtesy of our friends at Workman Publishing.

Each day we’ll be asking a question pulled from the multitude of facts from within the Star Wars Fandex and the first correct response WINS! The next day, the correct answer will be revealed along with that day’s winner and a new question will be asked.

Entering the contest is easy, simply submit your answer to us at yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Fandex Giveaway” in the subject line.

Terms & Conditions: Contest is limited to US residents only and only one winner is allowed per household throughout its duration (March 23-29). Previous contest winners (in 2009) are excluded from winning in this contest.

With that said, let’s kick things off with the first question:

Which wealthy character did Darth Sidious make a deal with for increased power and finances by removing his affiliation’s Directorate resulting in the droid army’s control of Naboo?

 


 

Lego Giveaway Winners
March 22, 2009 | 9:08 PM CST | Jayson

 

     

Here are the winners from last week’s Mini Lego V-19 and Grievous’ Starfighter Giveaway.

Pat B.
Lou G.
Melissa H.
Dan S.
Jim H.
Mark B.

Thanks to all those who entered and look for a new contest soon.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Expanded Universe, Titaniums, Battle Pack & Vehicle
March 22, 2009 | 7:47 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Vehicles, Titanium, Expanded Universe Comic Packs and Battle Packs this week.

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Wedge Antilles and Borsk Fey’lya
Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan
Ki-Adi-Mundi and Sharad Hett
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – TITANIUM:
Barc Speeder
IG-2000
Z-95 Headhunter
V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

NEW – Vehicles:
Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter

NEW – Battle Pack:
AT-TE Assault Squad – Only 1 left

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures:
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

Pre-Order – March 28th, 2009
Emperor Palpatine – Diamond Select Action Figure
Darth Vader Unmasked Bust Bank
Joker Squad Action Figure Pack
Stormtrooper Deluxe Statue
Hoth Han Solo mini-bust
Snowspeeder Easykit Model Kit
Luke Skywalker Bobble Head
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bobble Head
Tusken Raider Bobble Head

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 64th Edition
March 22, 2009 | 7:11 PM CST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 2/20. Answers (or non-answers) this week cover: rising toy prices, the Octuptarra and details regarding the upcoming EII Obi-Wan.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

The Next Chapter In The Star Wars Saga Begins… Tuesday
March 20, 2009 | 7:14 PM CST | Bill

This coming Tuesday, March 24th, marks the release of Outcast, the first novel in the series Fate of the Jedi, which takes place 40 years after return of the Jedi. The Official Site has posted an article on the series as well as an overview of the Expanded Literary Universe to date, however beware, potential spoilers. Check it out here.

 


 

Want Some Free Legos?
March 19, 2009 | 8:04 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Since the Mini sets from Target were so fun to assemble the other day, I picked up a few extra sets and will be giving them away to the first 6 responders to send us photos of their Lego collections.

Here’s the catch (you knew there’d be one), since these Mini sets are geared towards the kiddies to put in their Easter baskets, they must include a young collector/child in the photograph. Once received, we’ll post the photos here and in our forums for all to see!

Up for grabs will be 3 of the V-19 Torrent Starfighter and 3 of the General Grievous’ Starfighter mini sets.

The contest will run until they’re gone and is open to US and Canada residents only.

You can send your submissions to yaksnews@yahoo.com with “Lego Giveaway” in the subject line.

Look for an all new contest coming next week. ; )

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC Lt. Jundland and Deena Shan Comic Pack Variant
March 18, 2009 | 8:47 PM CST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates tonight revisitng the 2007 Lt. Jundland and Deena Shan Comic Pack.

As I mentioned earlier this week, the Deena Shan in this set has a completely different head sculpt and larger removable hat than the initial release.

Head to the toyguide to see if this alteration is “worth” tracking down.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
March 18, 2009 | 8:22 PM CST | Bill

 


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

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NEW PREORDERS:
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ADMIRAL ACKBAR LIFE-SIZED BUST
This is going to be one large bust – Ackbar always had a fairly beefy
head, and Sideshow is sure to do it justice with their new 1:1 scale bust.
Preorders are listed $30 below MSRP at $469.99

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STAR WARS CLONE WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 3 CASE, SINGLES
Another new assortment of Titanium figures from Hasbro has just arrived.

ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE HAN SOLO IN HOTH GEAR
Diamond Selects popular 1/4 scale series continues with the arrival of Han
Hoth. Han comes complete with fuzzy parka and all the other gear you’ll
need to barely survive a night away from base.Check it all out here.

 


 

Actress Natasha Richardson Passes Away
March 18, 2009 | 7:30 PM CST | Justin2

The wife of well know actor Liam Neeson, a favorite of Star Wars fans everywhere for his role as Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn, has passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones going through this difficult time.

 


 

First Look: Imperial Commando: 501st
March 18, 2009 | 2:15 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com has updated today with the first look at the next book by prolific author Karen Traviss and the sequel to Order 66Imperial Commando: 501st.

The Clone Wars are over, but for those with reason to run from the new galactic Empire, the battle to survive has only just begun….

Head over to the Official Site for the synopsis.

 


 

Prowse Battles Prostate Cancer
March 18, 2009 | 1:02 PM CST | Jayson

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” films, has revealed he is suffering from prostate cancer but is still feeling “fantastic.”

Prowse, who wore the black suit and helmet to play the Dark Lord of the Sith, told a British radio station he had been undergoing radiotherapy at a hospital in south London and was helping its fundraising appeal.

For the full story head to CNN.com

Thanks to Ryan L. for the heads up.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego #8033 General Grievous’ Starfighter
March 18, 2009 | 8:20 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the MINI Lego General Grievous’ Starfighter. This 44-pc. set is currently available at most Target stores in the Easter section for a value price of $3.99.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego #8031 V-19 Torrent
March 18, 2009 | 8:17 AM CST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the MINI Lego V-19 Torrent Starfighter. This 66-pc. set is currently available at most Target stores in the Easter section for a value price of $3.99.

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

 


 

The Clone Wars Exhibition Opens at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
March 17, 2009 | 8:42 PM CST | Jayson

This spring, a galaxy far, far away comes to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as Star Wars: The Clone Wars Exhibition opens March 23. This visual exhibition, from Lucasfilm Ltd., features artwork, costumes and other pieces used in the concept and filming for the first-ever animated feature and television series from Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the motion picture, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Head to StarWars.com for more details….

 


 

Clone Wars Visual Guide Sequel
March 17, 2009 | 8:38 PM CST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates tonight with news that the Clone Wars Visual Guide is getting a sequel! See the brave Jedi and fearless clone troopers fight the evil Sith and their Separatist army! DK Books showcases all the action and adventure as the forces of the Republic battle the Separatist threat in an all new book that serves as a sequel to Star Wars: The Clone Wars Visual Guide.

Look for it to be released in September, but until then, head to StarWars.com to view the cover a few sample pages.

 


 

Another Repaint/Repack Wave?
March 17, 2009 | 8:25 PM CST | Jayson

JediInsider has posted a few new carded shots of what they’re calling a Saga Legends wave, but it looks like they’re actually part of the TLC/BAD assortment.

Figures in this wave include:
BD #32 Spacetrooper
BD #42 Hoth Trooper (w/Beard)
BD #50 EII Anakin Skywalker (Evo Repack)
BD #51 Jango Fett (Evo Repack)
BD #52 Clone Pilot (Evo Repack)
BD #53 ARC Trooper (Target Order 66 series 2 repack)

Each of these figures include the HK-47 BAD parts and I’m guessing that these must serve as a buffer between the AOTC and TPM where the transition between the current and upcoming Red/White packaging must take place.

Head on over a take a look…

 


 

Republic Commando – Evolutions Style
March 17, 2009 | 6:49 PM CST | Justin2

The scavengers at thejawa.com have uncovered several images of the upcoming Republic Commando figure that will be released later this year in an Evolutions set. As expected this trooper finally receives some additional articulation (though the legs might be a bit too thin) – check out several loose prototype pics after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Entertainment Earth Joker Squad
March 17, 2009 | 5:54 AM CST | Jayson

 

     

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the recently released Exclusive Joker Squad fromEntertainment Earth. Pulled from the comic pages of Star Wars Legacy 4: Noob, this squad of stormtroopers was commanded by Lord Maleval nearly 140 years after the Battle of Yavin.

We were first teased by these figures nearly a year ago in May 2008, and I think it’s a pretty good set overall. Lord Maleval is an all new figure that reuses the head developed for the Quarren Warrior in the Legacy Collection. He features a removable cloak containing a wire around the neck and bottom hems to assist posing. He also features a full complement of articulation and includes a lightsaber and shock whip*. The male stormtroopers in this set are all basically the same as the VOTC version, apart from their unique head sculpts and white holsters. Sadly, due to the varying sizes and shapes of the heads, some of the removable helmets fit better on some than on others. Sergeant Harkas is the worst offender in that regard. We’re also treated to the first female stormtrooper with Jes Ginstang, and she doesn’t disappoint.

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

* The shock whip differs slightly from the solicitation photos as the production piece is a black string while the original photos show a blue strand.

 


 

Episode 186: Star Wars Radio Dramas — Lost Scenes Revealed
March 17, 2009 | 5:54 AM CST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Radio Dramas are held in high regard by a large number of Star Wars fans. Once considered by Lucas himself part of the Star Wars canon, these Brian Daley penned audio dramas greatly expanded upon the original two Star Wars movies in the 80’s. Released on CD in regular and Special Edition format in the 90’s, the original broadcast of Star Wars was broadcast in 1981, and then again in 1983 when The Empire Strikes Back was released on National Public Radio. However, in the 1983 rebroadcast many scenes and character moments were cut from the Star Wars radio drama, and when the radio drama CDs were released in the 90’s not all of the cuts were reinstated.

This week on Star Wars Action News, we have producer David C. Fein who brings to us from the original 1981 airing of the radio drama the two dialogue scenes cut from Star Wars and not included in the CD releases. Unless you recorded the Star Wars Radio Drama off the radio in 1981, Star Wars Action News is the only place to hear these two scenes, including Luke and Cammie talking about their dreams in anchorhead, and an extended version of Obi-Wan and Luke talking after the Tusken Raider attack.

Also this week, we review the Clone Wars novel Wild Space, and discuss the latest store finds. 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 or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

Woot Special: Star Wars Bobble Heads
March 17, 2009 | 12:17 AM CST | Jayson

Internet deal site Woot! is currently running a special on Star Wars themed bobble head where you get six series 1 or six series 2 bobble head for $29.99.

Series 1 includes Vader, Boba Fett, C-3PO, Tusken Raider, Greedo and Stormtrooper
Series 2 includes Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jawa, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Darth Maul

As will all woot specials, this deal lasts for one day only.

 


 

Free Miniatures Boosters
March 16, 2009 | 7:19 PM CST | Bill

 


Wizards of the Coast wants your opinion, and in exchange they’re willing to send you a free booster pack! The hitch is that they have to send you an Email inviting you to do the survey and you have to be one of the first 1000 responses to the survey. If you’re interested, keep an eye on your inbox.

 


 

TAC Deena Shan Head Variant Found
March 16, 2009 | 12:48 PM CST | Jayson

 

 

During the TAC line, there were a few rumors floating about that there was an alternate head sculpt available for the Deena Shan figure from the TAC Lt. Jundland & Deena Shan Comic Pack. I was able to find said variant and my local Wal-Mart this weekend. The head sculpt differs greatly from the original, though most obvious is the inclusion of the hair “bun” on the back of her head. The overall shape of the head/face is larger necessitating a larger removable hat as well. Head toour forums for a few quick shots of this and look for its addition to the Toyguide soon.

 


 

Jedi Temple Archives Celebrates 5 Years
March 16, 2009 | 8:52 AM CST | Jayson

 


Hats off to our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives. Over the weekend they celebrated their 5 year anniversary in spreading the word of Star Wars collecting. Congrats Chuck, Nick, Bryan, Paul and Joris and the entire JTA community.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 28 – First Previews
March 16, 2009 | 2:17 AM CST | Justin2

 


Production on the next installment in The Enloe Chronicles has begun! Head on over to the forums for an early peek at Chapter 28, or to catch up on Chapter 27.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Lego Section Update
March 14, 2009 | 9:34 PM CST | Jayson

 


In case you hadn’t noticed, the Yakface Toyguide pages have been going through a series of format upgrades over the last few months. The upgrades are being done to make them more esthetically pleasing in terms of overall layout and cut down on the need for excess vertical scrolling. TheLegacy and Clone Wars sections were the first sections to kick off this format, and now the Lego section gets a reformat as well. While all the images for that section have yet to be added, you’ll find many of the sets available for viewing (complete with part counts) thanks to Mark’s extensive personal collection. Look for many more Lego set additions soon.

Also, keep your eyes open for a few new Toyguide features coming in the not-too-distant future.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Instant Savings
March 13, 2009 | 9:10 PM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com is running a special for one week offering $10.00 off orders over $60.00 and $25.00 off orders over $120.00. The discount will be applied to your order instantly – no codes to enter or special log-in procedures. Head on over and save!

 


 

Still In Stock or Available for Pre-order
March 13, 2009 | 7:43 AM CST | Mark

These ones are still available to buy now or available for pre-order….

Second Chance… low stock…

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Pre-Order Life Size bust

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Premium Format Scout Trooper Pre-Order

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Premium Format In Stock Low Quantities…

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Going… Going… Almost Gone
March 12, 2009 | 8:21 PM CST | Bill

Comicon San Diego’s Official Site is reporting that 4 day passes for this year’s Comicon (July 23=26, and preview night on July 22) are almost GONE. The 4 day pass is the only way to get in for preview night on the 22nd. If you’re interested in snagging one, check it out here.

 


 

Koto Questions…
March 11, 2009 | 1:50 PM CST | Mark

Don’t forget to send in your questions for Koto. We are looking for a couple more to send in. These can be general questions, or questions for the designers.. send them in. The link is above..

 


 

Begun Casting For The Star Wars TV Series Has
March 10, 2009 | 8:34 PM CST | Bill

Always in motion the future is, a certain Grand Master of the Jedi Order was known to say. In this case, the motion in the future is the selection of actors to appear in the live action Star Wars TV series. Check out the full story on MTV’s blog here.

 


 

Brian’s Toys: St. Patrick’s Day $15 Off Coupon
March 10, 2009 | 7:26 PM CST | Jayson

Brian’s Toys is offering newsletter subscribers an exclusive $15 coupon towards your next website order of $75 or more. Hurry because this offer only lasts 7 days! Your website order must be placed by 11:59PM CST, Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in order to qualify for this promotion. To use the coupon, simply enter the coupon code “STPATTY15” when checking out from Brian’s Toys and your shopping cart will automatically discount $15 from your order total!

 


 

Episode 185: Karen Miller’s “Wild” Side
March 10, 2009 | 7:22 PM CST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News continues its March Into The Expanded Universe.

On this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News, we talk to Karen Miller, author of the Clone Wars novel Wild Space. Wild Space is the first original fiction book tying into the cartoon Clone Wars series, telling us what happens to Obi-Wan during the Downfall of a Droid duology of episodes. Karen talks to us about how she became a Star Wars author, her views on the dogma of the Jedi order, and why she loves a certain Sith lord.

Also this week, we look at the new Star Wars Marbs from Jakks Pacific, and we have the latest Hasbro Q&A.

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 or Enhanced Versions.

 


 

The Star Wars EU/Watchmen Connection
March 9, 2009 | 7:34 PM CST | Jayson

 


With this past weekend’s release of the Watchmen movie, attention has once again focused on the landmark graphic novel published by DC Comics from 1986 through 1987. The book — originally presented as 12-issue limited series — is heralded as one of the greatest works of graphic fiction, and is the sole graphic novel to rank in TIME magazine’s 100 best English language novels from 1923 to the present.

The visionary work of scribe Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons is a must-read for any enthusiast of sequential art. What Star Wars fans may not realize is that both Moore and Gibbons have dabbled in the expanded universe of Star Wars publishing, each contributing to Star Wars storytelling. So, in a fairly transparent bid to draft off some of the chatter Watchmen is getting these days, we present a look back at these works by Moore and Gibbons

Head to StarWars.com for the complete story…

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Expanded Universe Comic Packs
March 9, 2009 | 7:10 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new Expanded Universe Comic Packs this week.

NEW – Expanded Universe Comic Packs:
Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch
Janek Sunber & Amanin
Ibtisam & Nrin Vaki

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figures:
General Grievous & Battle Droid – 2 Pack
Anakin Skywalker & R2-D2 – 2 Pack

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32 (NEW PRICE)
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – TITANIUM:
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

Pre-Order – March 28th, 2009
Emperor Palpatine – Diamond Select Action Figure
Darth Vader Unmasked Bust Bank
Joker Squad Action Figure Pack
Stormtrooper Deluxe Statue
Hoth Han Solo Mini-Bust
Snowspeeder Easykit Model Kit
Luke Skywalker Bobble Head
Obi-Wan Kenobi Bobble Head
Tusken Raider Bobble Head

 


 

Yakfinities #28
March 8, 2009 | 2:32 PM CST | Justin2

 


Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and dust off some alien custom fodder as the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Organic Separatists, has begun! Head on over to the forums and join in after the jump!

 


 

Wattographs Autograph Signings: Tom Sylla & Hassani Shapi!
March 8, 2009 | 10:56 AM CST | Brandon

Wattographs is please to announce our private autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actors, Tom Sylla and Hassani Shapi.

Tom Sylla did voice work in Star Wars: A New Hope, where he provided the line ‘All pilots to your stations, all pilots to your stations’ as the rebels get ready to attack the Death Star. Tom also provided the Battle Droid’s famous line “Roger, Roger” in The Phantom Menace. Tom will be signing fans personal items and official photos by OfficialPix.com for a very special price!

Hassani Shapi portrayed Jedi Master Eeth Koth in “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” He will be signing photos provided by OfficialPix.com and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends March 31st at 11:59:59pm EDT.. Personal items need to arrive with Scott by April 1st. Please contact Wattographs with any questions and full signing details!

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
March 7, 2009 | 10:44 AM CST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store including a variety of new preorders, and more new arrivals.

BBTS NOW OFFERS GRAPHIC NOVELS!
We’ve just started listed a variety of Graphic Novels that were announced last month from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Devils Due and others. Next week we’ll be listing a comprehensive selection of books from all the publishers above as well as all the titles from Image, Tokyopop, Viz, and much more. We plan to list each of the 250 to 300 books announced each month, and most of them are priced at 20% to 25% off cover price! Be sure to stop by the new section of the website and you’ll be able to rely on us for consistent supply of new books in the future.

UPS AIR SHIPPING TO CANADA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, UK
We have just added UPS Air shipping as an option to the four countries mentioned above. We’ll be adding a variety of other countries in the near future. UPS Air service delivers in 3 – 5 days and is a fantastic shipping choice for those of you shipping somewhat larger orders. As the size of your order grows, UPS will become cheaper and cheaper vs the USPS Express rates, so we definitely recommend that you use the Pile of Loot and take advantage of the shipping savings.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS JOKER SQUAD
This cool new exclusive is now up for preorder at $38.99. The 6-figure set includes five different Stormtroopers and Lord Maleval – a Quarren Sith Lord.

PREMIUM FORMAT SCOUT TROOPER
Sideshow has planned another beefy large scale figure and we now have it listed at $259.99. This one stands at about 18” tall and come with a cool base composed of Endor grass & rocks.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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12″ MEDICOM HAN SOLO
Medicom’s latest entry in their 1/6 Star Wars series is in stock now at $169.99
Check it all out here.

 


 

New Limited Edition Artwork from Acme Archives
March 6, 2009 | 6:25 PM CST | Jayson

Acme Archives Newsletter is hitting in boxes and it reveals 2 new spectacular pieces from artist William Silvers. “Anticipation of Hope” depicting Luke’s arrival on Dagobah and features a prominent portrait of Yoda. “Hunter Prevails” illustrates Boba Fett’s dramatic escape from Bespin on board Slave I. Both pieces are available as a giclee print with a edition size of 200 pieces or a canvas print limited to an run of 95.

 


 

Scout Tooper Premium Format Figure 
March 6, 2009 | 3:59 PM CST | Mark

Now up for pre-order…

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New Disney Star Wars Crossover Figs
March 5, 2009 | 7:56 PM CST | Bill

The Official Site has just released an image of the third wave of Disney/Cross over figs. Most of these are based on the new big figs that we reported on last week, however one very new concept is Chip and Dale as Ewoks! Check it all out here.

 


 

EE.com Exclusvie Joker Squad In Stock
March 5, 2009 | 6:16 PM CST | Jayson

 

Entertainment Earth has updated tonight and “Hot of the Truck” as they say is their exclusive Legacy Joker Squad Set.

Pulled from the pages of the Legacy comic series, this specially packaged, limited edition set of six 3 3/4-inch action figures features 5 unique Stormtroopers and a Sith Lord to command them. Buy this set and you’ll get: Lord Maleval, Sergeant Harkas, Anson Trask, Jes Gistang, Hondo Karr and Vax Potorr.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Turbo Tank Up Pre-Order
March 5, 2009 | 6:02 PM CST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of the Clone Wars Turbo Tank.

Hasbro has pulled out all the stops for their action figure scaled version of the Republic behemoth, with firing missiles, light and sound features, a crow’s nest, ample storage for scores of clones, and even a hidden spring-loaded speederbike that jettisons out the front!

It is available for pre-order now for $119.99 and ships next month!

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 Debuts 2011… Maybe
March 4, 2009 | 7:03 PM CST | Bill

The team over age Miceage has updated with a new collumn on the happenings at Disney’s parks, including the much anticipated and discussed second verion of Star Tours. Assuming the latest rumors pan out, it looks like we might see the new version in 2 years. Check out their full story here.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Virunga
March 3, 2009 | 8:33 PM CST | Justin2

 


Tonight we spotlight the work of a forum member taking the customizing world by storm with a ton of great new customs for your viewing enjoyment!

The amount of work we have to spotlight here is a little pic heavy but well worth the time to check out each and every custom – see this amazing work for yourself after the jump!

 


 

Yakfinities #27 Roundup Report
March 3, 2009 | 7:54 PM CST | Justin2

 


Tonight we wrap up the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, Black Sun.

Check out over 30 customs submitted this round, and see who the winner is after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars Jabba Battle Pack Redux
March 3, 2009 | 7:35 PM CST | Jayson

 


Despite Hasbro showing us the Clone Wars Jabba Battle Pack with Nikto Guard, they’ve officially confirmed that it will only include Jabba and the protocol droid TC-70. Fear not, the Nikto will undoubtedly turn up elsewhere soon. But until then, click through to see the revamped contents of this battle pack.

 


 

Anakin’s Delta 2 Starfighter Revealed
March 3, 2009 | 11:45 AM CST | Jayson

Our fine sponsor Entertainment Earth has revealed the newest repaint to the Jedi’s stable of starfighters with the yellow Anakin Skywalker Delta 2 Starfighter from the Clone Wars. Like the Obi-Wan version before it, this fighter features firing missles, retractable landing gear and holds 2 action figures and has the added bonus of being able to split into 2 separate crafts! Anakin’s fighter is scheduled for a summer release and is available for pre-order now.

Could an Ahsoka Tano version be not to far behind???

 


 

SWS.com Pre-Orders New Saga Legends and TLC Waves
March 3, 2009 | 12:19 AM CST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today, adding a new Saga Legends Assortment to their online store. By the looks of it, half of this wave in new while the others are carried forward from previous Legends waves. The new offerings are:

Clone Troopers (with Quad-Cip Cannon)
Chewbacca (with Mynock Hunt Oxygen Mask)
Han Solo (with Mynock Hunt Oxygen Mask)
Darth Vader (Mustafar Duel)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mustafar Duel)
Super Battle Droid

This assortment is availlable now for pre-order and ships in June.

Also available for pre-order is the AOTC Wave of Legacy figures. This case contains:

Hoth Rebel Trooper
Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi
Beru Lars
Owen Lars
Captian Typho
Tarados Gon
Anakin Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker (EpII Evolution figure)
Jango Fett (Evolution figure)
Clone Pilot (Evolution figure)
ARC Trooper (blue, from Order 66)

This assortment is availlable now for pre-order and ships in May..

 


 

Episode 184: Matt Stover and the Shadows of the Force
March 2, 2009 | 9:42 PM CST | Jayson

 


Late this month, Aaron Allston’s new novel “Outcast”, the first book in the Fate of the Jedi series, will be released. To celebrate the start of the new series, Star Wars Action News celebrates the Star Wars Expanded Universe with our March into the EU series. This month on the Star Wars Action News podcast you will see interviews with authors, including the Clone Wars: Wild Space author Karen Miller. The shows will also have reviews of books, segments on EU, and more including the return of the much-requested Star Wars Action News Book Club Podcasts!

To kick off this celebration of the Expanded Universe, Arnie sits down with Star Wars author Matthew Stover to go in-depth on the new novel Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Matt talks to us about what inspired him to detail the events at the Battle of Mindor, a reference with a long history in the EU. He also tells us his view of the Force and why, in the words of his latest novel, “rewrites suck.”

Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie take another look at the Star Wars Insider by Titan Magazines. With a recent article on how Hasbro makes action figures, has this raised their opinion of the magazine? Listen this week to find out!

With Scott From Tulsa’s recap of Toy Fair, a rundown of the lastest Star Wars News, and a new Poll of the Week, it’s all right here on Star Wars Action News!

And be sure to check back this Thursday as the Star Wars Action News Book Club Podcast returns with a reedited and enhanced version of the Star Wars by George Lucas podcast. New Book Club podcasts will be coming out biweekly at www.swactionnews.com, or subscribe on iTunes!

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

 


 

New Disney Exclusive Battle Pack
March 2, 2009 | 7:06 PM CST | Bill

Just in time for this year’s installment of Disney’s Star Wars weekends, our friends over at Endor Express.net have scored boxed and loose images of Hasbro’s latest battle pack, which will be a Disney Exclusive titled Jedi Academy, featuring a jedi, a certain sith, what appears to be an pre to early teen padawan and two younglings. Check it out here.

 


 

eFx Is Now At Andrews Toyz
March 2, 2009 | 9:39 AM CST | Bill

Andrew’s Toyz proudly announces today that is an Authorized eFX Collectibles Retailer! We are now accepting orders for the Ahsoka Tano Lightsaber as well as for the Clone Trooper EpII Helmet. Order these items with us and receive free shipping within the USA. Get yours at Andrews Toyz now!

 


 

Book Review(s)
March 1, 2009 | 6:42 PM CST | Freebird

Yes Ladies, Gentlemen, and Kids of all ages, this time around I present you not one, but two book reviews. Both have been out for a while, but unfortunately I had technical problems that prevented me from writing these reviews earlier. So to read a review of Order 66, click here and for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, click here.

 


 

Collection of the Month at GentleGiantCollectors.com
March 1, 2009 | 6:31 PM CST | Jayson

GentleGiantCollectors.com is very happy to announce in collaboration with Gentle Giant Ltd., The Gentle Giant Collection of the Month. Read on…

Entering is very simple. All you need to do is post your collection at GGC. Look for the pinned topic at the top of the board if you need us to host your images and we will be happy to do so. Free forum registration will be required to post. At the end of the month we will lock up that section and Gentle Giant Ltd will pick the Collection of The Month and award a prize to the winner.

Gentle Giant Ltd will try to fill a void in the winning collection by sending the winner an item they don’t have (if possible). Or another new or archived Gentle Giant LTD product for Free to the winner! Every month, a new collection will be chosen. You will be able to enter each and every month, but only one win ONCE per 12 month cycle.

Please note this is a Gentle Giant Collection of Month, so while images will be accepted of mixed collection rooms, please only include images that are predominately Gentle Giant Ltd items (Mini Busts, Statues, Bust Ups, Maquettes, Figures, etc).

There is no specific criteria for the Gentle Giant Collection of the Month. All Collections, big and small, are welcome. Gentle Giant LTD will be mixing up how they pick the collection from month to month to make sure all collectors have a chance at winning.

So dust off your Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Corpse Bride, Matrix, Terminator and many other great Gentle Giant Collectibles and post your pictures! There is a limit of four (4) pictures per collection, per month. 

More Info at GentleGiantCollectors.com

 


 

K & C Collectibles:Titanium Ships (ALL NEW)
March 1, 2009 | 1:56 PM CST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new STAR WARS TITANIUMS this week.

NEW – TITANIUM:
Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Hyperdrive Ring
ARC-170 Starfighter (Flaming Wampa) version
Neimoidian Shuttle
Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter (Clone Wars)
Virago
Anakin Jedi Starfighter (Battle Damaged)
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight (Clone Wars)
Red Leader X-Wing
Gold Leader Y-Wing

IN STOCK – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

In-Stock – 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

IN STOCK – Saga Legends – Action Figures
Snowtrooper – #25

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

February 2009 Archive

World War II Film Coming From George Lucas
February 28, 2009 | 4:49 PM EST | Justin2

The Maker himself is about to produce his first post Star Wars film, based on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. For more details, click here.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Premium Format Scout Trooper
February 27, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has posted an update revealing the next character in their high-end Premium Format line – the Scout Trooper. This figure dovetails nicely with Sideshow’s previous Scout Trooper and Speeeder Bike Premium Format set. Head to Sideshow for a sneak peek.

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: 63rd Edition
February 27, 2009 | 3:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 1/16. Topics this week cover: Ugnaught accessory details, possibly a new movie Jabba for 2010, and clarification on the new packaging design for Fall 09.

Head to our forum to find out the answers.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 26, 2009 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

 


Here’s the latest update from the Big Bad Toy Store: We have a variety of cool new preorders and more new arrivals. There is a ton of cool Hasbro stuff mentioned below – take a look:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS TURBO TANK
This new Turbo Tank is expected to be a huge playset-type vehicle like other recent releases, in scale with the size of the figures. It is designed to carry up to 20 figures, and includes lights, phrases and sounds, along with a launchable Speeder Bike and removable command center. We’ve got this great new vehicle priced at $119.99, and we’re expecting it this April.

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVE 2 CASE, SINGLES
The second wave of 2009 Mighty Muggs includes Obi-Wan Kenobi from ‘A New Hope,’ as well as Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, a Gammorrean Guard and a Scout Trooper. This wave should be pretty popular, and we’ve got the case of four listed at $49.99, and individuals (sorry, Scout Trooper is already sold out) at $12.99 each.

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 7 – CASES, SETS, SINGLES
This new wave of build-a-droid figures includes figures old and new. Included are Owen and Beru Lars, Captain Typho, Tarados Gon, Episode II Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, an Order 66 blue ARC Trooper and more. There are a couple of case assortments listed at $99.99, the set of 10 at $89.99, a set of 6 at $53.99 and singles of everything at $9.99, except previous releases, that will be priced as listed.

STAR WARS R/C R2-D2
This new remote-control R2-D2 features sounds and lights and a simple remote control unit that responds to the press of a button. This figure is priced at $35.99, and is expected to arrive this June.

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS 2009 WAVE 2, 3 CASES, SINGLES
More of these fantastic license-blending figures are on the way. Waves 2 and 3 of the 2009 releases include figure such as Obi-Wan, Clone Troopers, Kit Fisto, a Battle Droid, Anakin, Luke and more, each transforming into one of their ships. We’ve got the new cases of 6 priced at $104.99 each, and singles priced from $19.99 to $24.99 each.

STAR WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 5 CASE, SINGLES
The fifth wave of 2009 Star Wars Titanium includes some old friends as well as new ones. Prince Xizor’s Virago, Bossk’s Hound’s Tooth, Red 4 X-Wing, Baron Fel’s TIE Interceptor, Sebulba’s Pod Racer, Kit Fisto’s Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring and more fill this case, and it’s priced at $79.99 for the twelve ships. You can also take a look at the singles, priced from $7.99 to $9.99 each.

SIDESHOW 12″ LANDO CALRISSIAN
Sideshow’s latest announcement offers up this new 12″ Lando Calrissian figure from “The Empire Strikes Back.” He comes dressed in his standard outfit, with long blue cloak and a blaster or two, among other
accessories. Lando is priced at $77.99, and should arrive later this year.

STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 2009 WAVE 3 REVISION 1
This line is a great way to get caught up on previously-released figures. Characters like Obi-an Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Yoda, Plo Koon and an assortment of Clone Troopers make appearances here, and the case of 12 is priced at $104.99.

GALACTIC HEROES 2009 WAVE 1 REVISION 2, REVISION 3 CASES
These assortments are also good for catching up on missed figures. Each of these cases includes a different mix of heroes and villains, priced at $84.99 for the case of twelve two-packs. Pick up Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, Count Dooku and more and enjoy.

STAR WARS VEHICLE COLLECTION 2009 WAVE 2 CASE
This new case of Star Wars Vehicles includes something generically named Tank, along with Anakin and Obi-Wans’ Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter, a Super Vulture Droid and a V-19 Clone Shuttle. The case of 5 is priced at $134.99, and we’re expecting them this June.

STAR WARS VEHICLE FIGURE PACKS SERIES 1
It looks like Hasbro is pairing up figures and vehicles for this new assortment. We’ve got Anakin on a Can-Cell, a Clone Trooper with BARC Speeder, a Crab Droid and a Battle Droid with Episode I Mini Tank listed,
each singly for $18.99, or by the case of one each of the four, priced at $69.99.

STAR WARS BOBA FETT COLLECTION KUBRICKS
The hottest bounty hunter in the galaxy is getting his own assortment of Kubricks. This line includes 1 McQuarrie Boba Fett, 1 McQuarrie and Johnston Boba Fett, 1 Holiday Special Boba Fett, a black and white
prototype version, a Droids version and a vintage toy version. We’ve got the box of twelve blind-boxed Bobas listed at $194.99, with the full Master Case of 48 priced at $749.99.

Check it all out here.

 


 

Legacy Collection Wave 7 Preorders
February 25, 2009 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

Andrews Toyz has just added pre-orders for Wave 7 of the Star Wars Legacy Collection which includes Anakin Skywalker, Tarados Gon, Obi-Wan Kenobi from Attach of the Clones, prequuel Owen and Beru Lard and Captain Typho for preorders. Check it out here.

 


 

Kotobukiya QnA
February 25, 2009 | 9:10 AM EST | Mark

Hello all collectors out there. On the heals of Toyfair this year, our meeting with Koto was very informative and they have offered to have you the collectors ask questions and they will provide the answers. These question can be directed at product, product availability, concerns, and also towards the designers about the products. Please send them in. As I get the questions, I will compile the list as we get sets of 10 questions, I will send them to KOTO. Please send the questions to me.

 


 

Yakface on Facebook
February 24, 2009 | 11:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


In order to branch out further and take advantage of its vast social network, Yakface has opened a group on Facebook. There you can meet other collectors, learn more about the Yakface staff and make new friends along the way.

If you’re a Facebook member, be sure to join our group and if you’re not yet on Facebook, what better time to join?

 


 

Star Tours 2.0… Past Present and FUTURE
February 24, 2009 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

Fans of the Disney Star Wars ride called Star Tours have been wondering since the debut of the prequel trilogy when Lucas and the Mouse would team up to update the ride. We’ve posted a lot of the updates here over the years, however Disney fan site Disneyland and More has updated with a very nice article on the “history” (or rumors thereof) of Star Tours 2.0 along with current best guesses on when we may see an update get installed along with some great artwork as well. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 183: Toy Fair Redux
February 24, 2009 | 6:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


However it may seem to us collectors and web site staff, Toy Fair doesn’t exist to excite collectors about toys, it’s there for toy manufacturers to hook up with toy distributors to get shelf space for toys each year. But not all manufacturers rely on distributors for sales, such as eFX and Sideshow Collectibles, and in this economy where every dollar counts some companies choose to excite collectors by making announcements during Toy Fair without actually taking the trip to New York. Sideshow Collectibles and Gentle Giant released a lot of information on new products this past week, and Star Wars Action News previews these items for you.

Also this week, we discuss the dearth of Yarnas that seem to be clogging many pegs, none more so than in Times Square in New York. Plus new Toys R Us and Target exclusives are showing up. We run these down.

With a UK Collecting Report, a Vintage Figure review, and your voicemails, 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.

 


 

Minnie In A Certain Bikini???
February 23, 2009 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with images of this year’s Disney Star Wars Big Fig crossovers. This year there’s a goofy Chewie, or should I say Goofy as Chewie, Mickey with Yoda (Dagobah Training), Duck in a Slab (Donald as Han Solo in Carbonite), and Slave Minnie (wearing Leia’s ROTJ slave outfit).Check out all the images here.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Saga Legends Snowtrooper and TLC Wave 5
February 22, 2009 | 4:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new SAGA Legends figure – SNOWTROOPER this week.

IN STOCK – Saga Legends Collection – Action Figures
Sandtrooper – #21
Luke Skywalker – #22
Tri-Droid – #24
Snowtrooper – #25
Saesee Tinn – #26
Clone Trooper ROTS – #27

NEW – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Legacy Battle Packs:
Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Shield Generator Assault
Hoth Recon Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212 Attack Battalion

In-Stock – 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

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

 


 

Lando 12″ Pre-Order…
February 20, 2009 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark

He’s a card player, a gambler. A scoundrel, you’d like him… Head over today to Pre-Order him at 10 AM (Pacific Time)

Star Wars Premium Collectibles
 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 19, 2009 | 7:15 PM EST | Bill

 


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

Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com with 80+ new preorders from Toy Fair and a few new arrivals. There are an impressive selection of new items listed below – take a look:

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NEW TOY FAIR PREORDERS
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE EMPEROR PALPATINE
The Ultimate Quarter Scale line’s next release adds to the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Emperor Palpatine is here in his dark robes from “Return of the Jedi” and comes with his cane and alternate Force-using hands. Set to arrive in July, you can pre-order your Emperor Palpatine for $69.99, $10 below MSRP.

STORMTROOPER 12″ DELUXE STATUE
This new Gentle Giant release will be great for Star Wars collectors who need different options. This 12″ polystone statue is done in a modular style, enabling a variety of poses and including interchangeable arms and weapons. This fantastic new piece is priced at $154.99, a savings of $40 off the MSRP.

OBI-WAN KENOBI ‘SABOTAGE’ DIORAMA
This new diorama from Sideshow shows Obi-Wan as he goes to sabotage the Death Star tractor beam, allowing the Millennium Falcon to escape. Not only is it a fantastic collectible for Star Wars fans, but the machine lights up with the flick of a switch, filling the area with blue light. This piece is to ship in the 3rd quarter, and is priced at $149.99. Check it all out here.

 


 

Darth Vader’s Getting Married
February 19, 2009 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

MSNBC is reporting that Hayden Christensen and longtime girlfriend, Rachel Bilson, are getting married. The two of them recently starred together in the sci-fi actioner “Jumper”. Will it be a Star Wars themed wedding? I doubt it. : P

 


 

Vote for the Next Yakfinities Theme
February 18, 2009 | 12:46 PM EST | Justin2

The polls are open for Yakfinities #28 – join in and help decide what the next customizing challenge category will be after the jump!

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Gentle Giant
February 17, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage wraps up for the most part today and even though they didn’t have a presence at the show, Gentle Giant has passed on several images of new and upcoming general and exclusive release products. Head to the Gentle Giant Gallery for all the details.

 


 

Nikto Guard Released From Jabba’s Service
February 17, 2009 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Galactic Hunter are reporting that the Nikto guard who was shown to be coming with the Jabba Battle pack has, been given his pink slip by the Hutt, err rather cut from the battle pack. Check out all the info here.

 


 

Obi-Wan Sabotage
February 17, 2009 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark

You can go over and order this awesome dual display piece now..

Obi-Wan Sabotage Dual Display Diorama
 


 

Episode 182: Toy Fair Day 2 – Lego and MUCH More
February 16, 2009 | 8:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues looking at the latest OTC and Clone Wars offerings from Lego, the iPod, iPhone and tech gadgets brought to us by Underground Toys, the keychains, backpack buddies, and washcloths (???) from Basic Fun, and we learn to use the Force with funjicational toys from good ol’ Uncle Milton. Plus a Hasbro Toy Fair announcement redux, all on our conclusion episode of Toy Fair Star Wars Coverage 2009!

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

 


 

Episode 182: Toy Fair Day 1 – Hasbro, Diamond, Kotobukiya
February 16, 2009 | 9:27 AM EST | Jayson

 


It is Toy Fair time again, and here to round up and review all the newly announced products from Star Wars licensees is Star Wars Action News. On this first day of coverage, Valentine’s Day, we heart Hasbro, Diamond Select, and Kotobukiya.

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

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Uncle Milton
February 16, 2009 | 9:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues today with the addition of several items that are not only fun, they’re educational too! Uncle Milton, makers of the Force Trainer, have created a line of products entitled Star Wars Science that teach youth in a fun new way. Highlights include The Force Trainer, Jedi Projector, Mustafar Lava Kit, Dagobah Frog Habitat, and a build-your-own Darth Vader Robotic Arm Kit.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Miscellaneous Gallery Update
February 16, 2009 | 12:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition Star Wars items to the Miscellaneous Gallery. Highlights include electronic accessories such as USB hubs and iPhone covers, 1/144 scale vehicle model kits, plush items, keychains and more.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Kotobukiya
February 15, 2009 | 11:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition Kotobukiya Gallery. Highlights include Series 1 & 2 of their masterful ARTFX collection including a prototype for Commander Fox and several Marvel Fine Art statues and busts.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Attakus and Funco
February 15, 2009 | 11:47 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition of the two more galleries: one from bobblehead producer Funco and one from Attakus creators of the detailed metal figure collection and the enormous Millennium Falcon/Death Star diorama.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Diamond Select
February 15, 2009 | 11:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage continues tonight with the addition of the Diamond Select Gallery. Highlights of this update include the awesome Ultimate Quarter Scale Star Wars figures, bust banks from Star Wars and Indiana Jones along with a excellent showing of Star Trek, BSG, Stargate merchandise, Mini Mates and More!

 


 

LEGO Announces the Fan Choice “Home One” Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
February 15, 2009 | 1:24 PM EST | Jayson

New York, American International Toy Fair (February 15, 2009). – Kicking off the 10th Anniversary of its LEGO™ Star Wars® line, LEGO group announce the launch of an exclusive, fan-selected collector product, The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser. The unveiling took place at an exclusive gathering of collector press and fan bloggers the company hosted to open its booth this morning at the American International Toy Fair held a the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

LEGO Group and Toys “R” Us hosted a one-week online voting opportunity, inviting LEGO and STAR WARS fans around the world to choose their favorite of three exclusive, never-before-rendered-in-LEGO- form iconic scenes from the film franchise to be created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LEGO STAR WARS. Scene choices included: The Arrest of Palpatine, Slave I and Cloud City Landing Platform, and the winner, The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, which receive more than 50 percent of the 10,000 votes cast.

“LEGO STAR WARS face have, over the year, proven to be very passionate about the brand”, said Mike Moynihan, vice president marketing LEGO Systems, Inc. “The 10th anniversary provides a natural opportunity to involve fans in helping to create the LEGO set they they want to see on shelves.”

Designed by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, the lead model designer for the LEGO STAR WARS franchise, the set contains a Command Center, Repair Hangar with A-wing Fighter and six mini-figures, including Admiral Ackbar, Mon Calamari Officer, Mon Mothma, Lando Calrissian, A-wing Pilot and Gernal Madine.

“Any of those three scenes would have made for a truly remarkable set to mark the 10th anniversary of LEGO STAR WARS, ” Frederiksen said. “What I loved most about the winning set were the subtle details and authentic funtionality we were able to build into the LEGO replica. I know that fans will love it.”

The Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, recommended for builders 9 and up, has a suggested retail price of $109.99 and will be available in August at Toys “R” us stores nationwide, via www.toysrus.com, at 23 LEGO stores across the country and via the company’s online store www.shop.LEGO.com.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Lego
February 15, 2009 | 12:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair coverage resumes and the Lego Gallery has been freshly stocked with a couple pages worth of images. Highlights include the massive Republic Attack Cruiser, the Republic Drop Ship with AT-OT, Endor Bunker and a new multi piece set featuring a the Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Bridge with A-wing and Hangar.

 


 

Toy Fair 09 LEGO Vader
February 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM EST | Mark

LEGO was nice enough to pass on to us one very nice collectible this year from Toyfair…

 

Head to the Lego Gallery Page for a closer look and check back later for the more from Lego!

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: G.I. Joe, Transformers and Wolverine
February 15, 2009 | 12:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


While Star Wars collecting is our main focus here, that doesn’t mean we don’t love other lines too, We’ve added a Miscellaneous Gallery to contain all our shots from upcoming lines for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and a few glimpses of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine merchandising. Spoiler warnings apply.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Press Kit Images
February 14, 2009 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has passed on a press kit of images showcasing product that’ll take us well into 2010. Check out a preview of the Hasbro Press Kit Gallery. Highlights include the Y-Wing Fighter and the next 3 wave of Clone Wars figures. More images coming soon….

UPDATE: Second page of images is available for viewing. Highlights: Turbo Tank, Wal-Mart Exclusive Droid Factory Sets, Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions Sets and the Deluxe Figure with Vehicle Asst.

UPDATE 2: Third page of images is available for viewing. Highlights: Galactic Heroes, Transformers and Role Playing items

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Gallery 2
February 14, 2009 | 7:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair Coverage continues with another Hasbro Gallery page. Highlights include the Clone Turbo Tank and the Republic Fighter Tank.

Also some quick notes relayed from Mark at the show:

– Most of the new items here will be out after August, but Hasbro is apparently holding back some product from this show to break at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) in July.

-In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of The Phantom Menace, there will be a mail-away promotion for the hard to find Eopie beast and includes the Evolution version of Qui-Gon Jinn. There will be stickers included with the TPM wave (wave 10) of figures to send off for it. (The Eopie itself is a repaint of the previous mold)

– The Hoth Rebel Soldier has until now been missing the soft goods skirt portion of the figure and apparently some leaked out of the factories without it. Fear not, the production error was caught and both version of the figures will include it.

– Packaging: Yes, all lines (Legends, Clone Wars and Legacy share the new card back design, and to differentiate between the 3, the bubble inserts will be different colors: Red for Clone Wars, Orange for Saga Legends and Blue-Gray for Legacy.

More as it becomes available….

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 14, 2009 | 7:07 PM EST | Bill

 


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

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2500 ITEMS ON SALE
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We’ve added many new items to our sale menus, and discounted many existing sale items even further. There are now over 1000 items with discounts between 50% and 90% off our original list pricing! Many mainstream and obscure lines are represented.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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eFX – AHSOKA TANO LIGHTSABER REPLICA
The new padawan from the Clone Wars cartoon is getting her own lightsaber replica. This lightsaber hilt replica duplicates the one used by Anakin’s padawan on the show, and is a Signed Director’s edition, signed by the director of the cartoon. We’ve got it priced at $348.99.

eFX – EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER HELMET REPLICA
Another new replica, this one is a wearable version of the one worn by Clone Troopers in “Attack of the Clones.” It is fully padded, has LED lights, and comes with a display stand and numbered plaque. We’ve got this one priced at $349.99 and we expect it this March.

e-FX – LUKE SKYWALKER X-WING FIGHTER REPLICA
One of the most recognizable ships in all of Sci-Fi, this X-Wing is a detailed replica of the one that Luke flew in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” With an opening cockpit, detailed and illuminated cockpit interior and engines, figures of Luke and R2-D2, and more, this is an ideal collectible for true Star Wars fans. We’ve got this super piece priced at $1199.99, and it’s to arrive soon.

RAH TIE FIGHTER PILOT
Medicom is releasing a 1/6 scale Real Action Heroes TIE Fighter Pilot to add to your collection. This figure will be about 12″ tall, and come with a blaster and other accessories. This new figure is priced at $169.99
($10 below MSRP) and is expected this fall.
Check it all out here.

 


 

Yakface Toy Fair Coverage: Hasbro Gallery 1
February 14, 2009 | 6:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Toy Fair Coverage kicks off tonight with a down and dirty upload to the first Hasbro Gallery page . Highlights include Darth Krayt, Lumiya, Young Owen and Beru Lars, the Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack and at glimpse at the new packaging!

Come back soon for more updates.

 


 

Wedge’s X-Wing a Target Exclusive?
February 14, 2009 | 7:36 AM EST | Jayson

Our scoundrel friends at Han’s Hideout has received new info that the Wedge X-wing Fighter may in fact be a store exclusive as there seems to be a new DPCI in the system over at Target. Head over for the info and stay tuned as more info on this and many other items are revealed at Toy Fair!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – E. Borgnine
February 14, 2009 | 1:10 AM EST | Justin2

 


This weekend we spotlight some outstanding work from one of the newest members of the Yakface forums. You won’t want to miss out on these, so head on over to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

Pre-Order Up Now
February 13, 2009 | 11:38 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow you can pre-order the RAH Tie Fighter Pilot..

TIE Pilot RAH 12-inch Figure

Also in stock is the Premium Format Tusken Raider…

Tusken Raider Premium Format Figure - Sideshow Exclusive
 


 

Listen All Of Y’all It’s A Sabotage
February 13, 2009 | 8:21 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Sideshow Collectibles has announced their new Dual Display Diorama line. Each one comes with a base to sit atop a shelf, desk or table, but if these space becomes and issue, they can be removed from the base and hung on a wall.

Sideshow’s first product in this new line is entitled Obi-Wan – Sabotage! It recreates the A New Hope scene where Obi-Wan infiltrates the inner workings of the Death Star in order to deactivate the tractor beam preventing their escape.

Head on over to Sideshow Collectibles for a closer look and stay tuned for pre-order info as it becomes available.

 


 

Wal-Mart Exclusive Ewoks Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 10:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


As long as we’re talking Comic Packs, our friends at Han’s Hideout have gotten their smuggler hands on an image of the upcoming Wal-Mart Exclusive Ewoks Comic Pack. This set includes 3 Ewoks; Keoulkeech, Machook, and Kettch, complete with gear pulled from fallen Stormtroopers. Look for this along with the X-Wing Rogue Squadron and Empire #16 sets in March.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Empire Betrayal Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 9:44 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the recent series of Comic Packs.

Based on the Dark Horse comic Empire: Betrayal, this set features the often repacked Darth Vader complete with those horrible hand sculpts making it next to impossible for him to hold a lightsaber and the new Grand Moff Trachta who looks to be a cross between a Borg and Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Heir To The Empire Comic Pack
February 12, 2009 | 9:06 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the recent series of Comic Packs.

Based on the popular Expanded Universe Heir To The Empire. storyline, this set features a new take on the Grand Admiral Thrawn which was first available back in the POTF2 days and figure first timer Talon Karrde.

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

 


 

Friday Night Clone Wars Double Feature
February 11, 2009 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Valentine’s Eve, will feature two new episodes of the animated Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, these two look very interesting, titled “The Blue Shadow Virus” and “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”. Check out the previews from our friends over at Jedi Insider here.

 


 

Star Wars:Top Toy License for 2008; Clone Wars is #1
February 11, 2009 | 11:18 AM EST | Jayson

Driven by the popularity of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, the Force remained strong in 2008 as Star Wars catapulted to the Number 1 spot of all traditional toy licenses, according to The NPD Group, Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today. U.S. toy retail sales for the brand in 2008 exceeded $450M.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was the single most popular licensed toy property in 2008 according to data released by the NPD Group. It was also, as a result, the top boys’ toy license of the year.

During the 2008 holiday season, U.S. retailers reported the strongest sales for Star Wars toys and products in the 31 years since the first Star Wars movie was released theatrically, even as the overall retail economy faced significant challenges.

Head to StarWars.com for the full report.

 


 

Octuptarra Droid
February 10, 2009 | 11:45 PM EST | Justin2

Jedinews.co.uk is reporting news of a larger version of the Octuptarra Droid being on tap from Hasbro this year. No images have surfaced yet, but it sounds like this will be in the mid sized vehicle assortment and be a larger version of the TAC version.

 


 

Galactic Heroes Singles?
February 10, 2009 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

It seems that we’re about to see another round of single Galactic Heroes. While a number of them appear to be re-releases, it looks like some may be figures which haven’t been released in mass quantities. Our friends over at Rebelscum have the 411 on the next round of single heroes. Check it out here.

 


 

Episode 181: State of Collecting Address 2009
February 10, 2009 | 11:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


The stores are full of stale Organas and Yarnas (congrats to all those who prognosticated Yarna’s future peg warming status). Manufacturers have been tight-lipped about new product, in some cases awaiting the glut of news that is Toy Fair and in other cases simply because there is no news. And figure prices are above the $7 mark everywhere, and some places over the $8 mark. There’s a lot of grimness out there, but there’s a bright future ahead for the hard core Star Wars collector. Here to analyze all the news or lack thereof, Star Wars Action News brings you the first State of Collecting Address.

Also this week, Fanboys opened in theaters telling the tale of four Star Wars fans trying to break on to Lucasfilm Ranch and see The Phantom Menace early. Reviewing this much-delayed film for Star Wars Action News are Brock and Elisha, hosts of the movie review podcast Now Playing.

With a bit of talk of Clone Wars Wave 4 and Build-A-Droid Wave 5, all this 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.

Also available, the newest episode of Republic Forces Radio Network is online now discussing — The Hidden Enemy, featuring clone intrigue and pointless lightsaber battles. Download it now.

 


 

The Clone Wars: The Ryloth Trilogy Trailer
February 9, 2009 | 9:06 PM EST | Jayson

Debuting at New York Comic-Con was this first look at the Ryloth Trilogy, a three-part story arc in The Clone Wars series that airs February 27 – March 13. Head to StarWars.com for a sneak peek.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Limited Edition Autographed Mark Hamill Photo
February 9, 2009 | 4:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Attention autograph collectors! StarWarsShop has updated today with the addition of an Autographed Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker 1976 Publicity Photo. This rare item is limited to 40 pieces and starts shipping this Friday.

 


 

Cartoon Network Picks Up Second Season of The Clone Wars
February 9, 2009 | 12:50 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site reports today that Cartoon Network has picked-up a second season of the hit CG-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Head to StarWars.com for the full story.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Wave 5 – Action Figures
February 8, 2009 | 5:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the new LEGACY action figures wave 5 this week.

NEW – Legacy Action Figures
Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper #30
Han Solo Stormtrooper #31
Spacetrooper #32
Jawa & WED #33
Obi-Wan Kenobi #34
Pons Limbic #35
Wioslea #36
Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon – #37

NEW – Legacy Battle Packs:
Jabba’s Rancor with Luke Skywalker
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Shield Generator Assault
Hoth Recon Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon
Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212 Attack Battalion

In-Stock – 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

IN STOCK – Titanium Vehicles
Emperor’s Hand Imperial Shuttle
Shadow Scout Speeder Bike
TIE Defender
Hailfire Droid
Dagger Squadron B-Wing
Jedi Starfighter – with Hyperdrive Ring

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW AT-TE Assault Squad 
February 8, 2009 | 3:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Pack.

This battle pack is based on the events of the Clone Wars movie where Anakin, Ahsoka and must attack the B’moarr Monastery in order rescue Rotta the Huttlet from Asajj Ventress and features 3 Recon Clone Troopers and the new AT-TE Gunner figure. The Recon clones are repaints of the standard white clone trooper with distinctive gray and red marking first utilized on the clones from Speeder Bike Recon Battle Pack. The clones from this set do not have the wide stance legs as the Recon Battle Pack clones had and most notably, one of them has what appears to be a different rank marking on the chest plate. (Two clones have 2 dots while the third has 3 dots). The highlight of this set is the AT-TE Gunner which feature new arms, torso and distinctive gunner helmet. And, if that wasn’t enough, this set includes more weapons (13 total) than any previous battle pack which is perfect for arming your collection of clone troopers or stocking the weapons hold of your AT-TE walker.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Yoda & Coruscant Guard Clone Troopers
February 8, 2009 | 2:48 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the Target Exclusive Clone Wars Yoda & Coruscant Guard Clone Troopers Battle Pack.

As another “pre-downsize” battle pack, this army builder set features a repack of the articulation deficient Clone Wars Yoda figure and four clone troopers adorned with the distinctive markings of the elite Coruscant Guard. These particular troopers serve and protect many important leaders and dignitaries on Coruscant and serve under the leadership of Commander Fox.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212th Attack Battalion
February 8, 2009 | 2:20 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the Target Exclusive Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi & 212th Attack Battalion Battle Pack.

Developed before the dark times of the smaller 4 figure battle packs, this instant army builder set includes a repack of the Clone Wars Obi-Wan figure (minus the interchangeable helmet) and four clone troopers* adorned with their distinctive orange 212th Battalion coloration.

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

*These clone troopers utilize slightly different deco on their helmets and different helmet sculpt than the recently released 212th Attack Battalion Clone Trooper.

 


 

Revenge of the Photonovels!
February 7, 2009 | 11:49 PM EST | Justin2

 

  

Tonight we play a little catch up on the photonovel front as we spotlight the latest work of three of our forum members.

First, jlw515 leads things off with the first chapter in his impressive new series, Vader’s Quest.

Photonovel guru Darth Depressis introduces readers to an adventure all its own in the first installment of Memoirs of a War Profiteer.

Last but not least, Commander Gray brings out an interesting new series, titled Band of Brothers.

Thanks as always to Yakface readers for your continued support of the customizers and photonovelists in the hobby.

 


 

So What Does It Cost To Build A Death Star
February 7, 2009 | 6:09 PM EST | Bill

Let’s just say a lot more the US Budget, or even the National Debt! Our friends over at Yodas Newshave come across an interesting piece on the internet exploring just what it would cost in terms of raw materials– steel, oxygen, nitrogen, etc. (for get the cost of the electronics, architectural plans etc) to build just 1 death star. Check it out here.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
February 7, 2009 | 11:22 AM EST | Bill

 


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

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NEW PREORDERS:
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1/72 SCALE COMPLETED MILLENNIUM FALCON WITH DISPLAY CASE
This Fine Molds product is done in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, and is a fully assembled, painted and weathered 1/72 scale model of the Millennium Falcon. It is limited to 500 pieces, and is mounted on a serially-numbered base and enclosed in a removable acrylic display case. Measuring just over 32″ long, this piece needs to be seen to be believed, and we’ve got it listed at $1799.99.

STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS 2009 WAVE 2 REVISION 1 CASE
This new case assortment includes a wide variety of figures to fill in your collection. We’ve got the case of 12 listed $99.99, and it contains the following figures: R2-D2, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Trooper, Super Battle Droid, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, 501st Trooper, Sandtrooper, Saesee Tiin and Episode III white Clone Trooper.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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GALACTIC HEROES CINEMA SCENES 2009 WAVE 01 CASE
This new case includes two sets – the Escape from the Death Star set with General Dodonna, Jek Porkins, an R4 unit and an X-Wing Fighter, and the Snowspeeder set with a snowspeeder, Luke skywalker and his co-pilot, along with a probe droid. This case is priced at $49.99. Check it all out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Wave 5 Build-A-Droids R5-A2 & R2-L3
February 7, 2009 | 12:31 AM EST | Jayson

 

   

The Yakface Toyguide updates conclude tonight with the addition of the two Build-A-Droids from the fifth wave in the Legacy Collection: R5-A2, and R2-L3.

Seen as a background character on Tatooine in Episode IV, R5-A2 can be assembled by collecting the droid components* from the new Luke, Han, Spacetrooper and the Jawa figures. R2-L3 can be seen during Episode II in the streets of Mos Espa moments before Anakin’s discussion with Watto and he can be assembled by collecting the droid components* from the new Obi-Wan, Pons Limbic, Wioslea and Trinto Duaba figures.

*Repacks from previous TLC waves also include new the B.A.D. components.

 


 

StarWarsShop New Arrivals: Legacy Comic Packs 
February 6, 2009 | 11:20 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop has updated today with a couple new additions to their online store. The Ki-Adi Mundi and Sharad Hett and Stealth Armor Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan Comic Packs are in stock and ready to ship.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 37 Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon
February 6, 2009 | 10:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Trinto Duaba & Dice Ibegon , the last figure in the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Rounding out this wave, we are treated to two more cantina patrons who’ve also been on many fan wishlists. Hasbro pulled out the stops and has given us a couple highly detailed and articulated figures. Trinto Duaba, also known as “Terminal Man”, has the standard fare of articulation with swivel hips, wrists and waist and features ball jointed shoulders, knees and ankles. Sadly, he has the angle cut elbows that keep this from being a truly great figure on his own. Making up for it though, Trinto is packed with Dice Ibegon which is surprisingly large and well articulated, being able to position each arm independently and swiveling through the main body. Together, these figure bring the famous cantina scenes that much closer to completion.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 36 Wioslea
February 6, 2009 | 8:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

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

Although dressed similarly to a member of the Jedi Order, Wioslea is the gal to see if you’re in the market or are looking to sell a landspeeder at the Mos Eisley Spaceport. This figure is one my favorites from this wave mostly because she is just so weird looking. Wioslea’s head is covered with eyeballs, adorned with antennae and has a mouth only a mother could love. The figure is an excellent representation of the movie’s depiction but also takes some artistic license in the leg and arm sculpt areas. The figure itself features a soft goods skirt and robe (complete with antennae holes) and has insert-moided (ball) joints in the shoulders, elbows and ankles. She also includes a blaster pistol (repacked from the McQuarrie Chewbacca) for when those speeder deals don’t go as planned.

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

 


 

Wedge w/ X-Wing Revealed
February 6, 2009 | 5:27 PM EST | Justin2

Forbidden Planet has revealed a repainted version of the X-Wing, this time with Wedge Antilles, and what looks to be a removable astromech droid, and even a pair of ladders (finally). For more details head on over to Forbidden Planet.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC No. 35 Pons Limbic
February 6, 2009 | 4:13 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with the addition of Pons Limbic from the Legacy Collection’s A New Hope wave.

Hasbro goes back to what seems like a never ending well of characters from the A New Hope’s cantina scene and they do not disappoint. Pons Limbic*, or “Brainiac” to most Star Wars purists, has been on fan wishlists for years and what we end up with is everything you need in action figure – a full complement of articulation, a fantastic sculpt and a great paint job.

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

*The name “Pons Limbic” is actual derived from medical terminology describing the system involving the brain and its components.

 


 

Wattographs Private Signing: Liz “Friday” Wilson & Dalyn Chew!
February 6, 2009 | 12:43 AM EST | Brandon

Wattographs is proud to announce our February autograph signings with original and prequel trilogy actresses Dalyn Chew and Liz “Friday” Wilson!

Chew played Jabba’s dancer Lyn Me in the “Return of the Jedi: Special Edition.” Wilson played Queen Amidala’s handmaiden, Eirtaé in “The Phantom Menace.” Both women will be signing official photographs and fans’ personal items!

Signing ends February 28th at 11:59:59pm EDT. Personal items need to be sent to Wattographs before ending date. Please contact Wattographs with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Yakfinities Update
February 5, 2009 | 2:19 PM EST | Justin2

 


The current Customizing Challenge, Black Sun, continues as customizers work on upgrades to existing Hasbro characters, make the figures Hasbro hasn’t gotten to yet and also introduce fan fiction criminals working for the syndicate.

Check out all the entries so far or add your own after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TLC Jabba’s Rancor & Luke Skywalker Battle Pack
February 5, 2009 | 8:03 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Target Exclusive Jabba’s Rancor & Luke Skywalker Battle Pack from the Legacy Collection.

Oh Yes, the Rancor! What a difference a paint job makes! After what I think was an unsuccessful attempt at bringing the TFU Rancor to market last year (judging by the numbers that hit clearance), Hasbro/Target goes on the hook again this time for a much more accurate Return of the Jedi version. Gone are the harness and saddle, this time the Rancor is fitted with a removable wrist shackle and a fashionable metal earring. Also, this one features “Rancor Grip” – a substantial upgrade over the previous version in the form of a new right hand/claw that is now fully posable as opposed the pre-posed shape of the left hand. This Battle Pack also includes the Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight figure as previously released in the TAC line, complete with lightsaber, lightsaber hilt and bone accessories.

Overall, I think this set is well worth the $40 retail price and is sure to be in much higher demand than the TFU version so I wouldn’t necessarily expect it to make it to the clearance aisle.

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

Big thanks to my friend Ryan L. for donating his set for picture day.

 


 

Yak’s Pub Continues
February 4, 2009 | 10:14 PM EST | Justin2

 


With what seems like an never ending barrage of price hikes in the basic line, at least Niktom can help us all find a bit of humor in it as he continues with more jokes for his readers. For all the latest comic strips head on over to Yak’s Pub.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 27 – SHADOW RISING
February 3, 2009 | 1:38 PM EST | Justin2

 


The shadows of the dark side have risen to new heights as The Enloe Chronicles continues with an all new chapter.

Swing by the forums and check out the latest installment as an end to the Clone Wars draws closer.

 


 

Episode 180: Fandex
February 3, 2009 | 5:56 AM EST | Jayson

 


eFX Collectibles gave us little advance notice before the Ahsoka Tano lightsaber, with a plaque signed by Dave Filoni, went on sale Feb 1st. This first saber replica from the new prop replica company is based on the design for Anakin Skywaker’s new Togruta padawan from the animated series, and to talk about the new product we interview Barry from eFX Collectibles. Barry describes what went into the Ahsoka lightsaber, the new Director’s Edition signature edition, and what the future holds for high end collectible offerings.

Then Brock, Star Wars Action News’ Book Club Liason, catches us up on Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. This spoiler-free review will tell you if this is a book you should shine a light on, or leave in the shadows.

Finally this week, Marjorie and Arnie catch you up on the latest in Star Wars collecting with the newest waves of figures and Muggs hitting shelves, Wal Mart clearance items, and a review of some odd item called the Star Wars Fandex.

All this, and a Hasbro Q&A 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

 


 

Jabba’s Pet Reviewed
February 3, 2009 | 2:18 AM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Sandtroopers.com have posted some great photos of the upcoming Target Exclusive ROTJ Rancor. Click on over and check out their early review.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 27 – Coming Soon
February 2, 2009 | 1:03 PM EST | Justin2

The next installment in The Enloe Chronicles will be released soon… very soon. Check out a few sneak previews of Chapter 27 after the jump!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 23 R3-S6 “Goldie”
February 1, 2009 | 4:44 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the final figure in the Clone Warscollection’s fourth wave: R3-S6 aka “Goldie”.

After losing R2-D2 in a space battle during the episode “Downfall of a Droid”, Anakin begrudgingly takes on a new astromech, R3-S6 or “Goldie” as affectionally named by Padawan Ahsoka Tano. What little do they know it that this droid might not be playing for the same team. In the next episode “Duel of the Droids” R3’s motivations are discovered and the rescued R2-D2 puts him in his place – the scrap heap. As for the figure, at first glance he looks just be a repaint of the original Clone WarsR2-D2 mold, but that’s not entirely accurately. Goldie has new legs that forego the snap-on rocket booster accessories. All of the other features hold true though as he has the removable middle leg, opening manipulator arm panels, the retractable tow line and extendable sensorscope in the dome.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 22 Magnaguard
February 1, 2009 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’sMagnaguard.

Developed for General Grievous’s need to have a more deadly and competent battle droid, the IG-100 Magnaguards serve as the droid commander’s personal bodyguards. This figure’s design is pulled right from the frames of the Clone Wars movie and TV series and, aside from their oversized feet, blend quite well with the realistically styled figures. As for articulation, the legs are lacking but the arms and torso are quite posable. For accessories, the Magnaguard includes the signature electrostaff and a rather large firing rocket launcher. Despite initial Hasbro SDCC presentation photos showing an alternate head sculpt available with this figures, no such piece was included. So, you can bet another version of this figure will be released in the not-to-distant future. In the meantime, the cloak from the ROTS era Magnaguards can be used and it works quite well.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 21 Clone Trooper with Space Gear
February 1, 2009 | 2:42 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’s Clone Trooper with Space Gear.

Clones, Clones, Clones. The Clone Wars are full of them and the current TV series seems to crank out new designs (much to Hasbro’s delight I’m sure) in nearly every episode. This particular design made its debut in the first episode of the Malevolence story arc “Rising Malevolence” and these unique clones serve under the command of Jedi Master Plo Koon. The figure itself features a removable, firing rocket pack (first available with the Obi-Wan figure) and includes space gear that incorporates a cool working holster for the small blaster.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 20 Padmé Amidala
February 1, 2009 | 1:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’sPadmé Amidala.

This figure revisits an Attack of the Clones costume design that was prominent in the Geonosis arena, while utilizing a portion of the outfit that was only shown during AOTC’s deleted scenes. The Clone Wars TV series has provided the opportunity to explore this design again and debut in the “Bombad Jedi” episode. While not the most articulated figure in the Clone Wars line up, it does feature a removable cowl and cape with working holster. She includes her signature blaster along with a battle droid blaster as well.

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

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 19 Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion)
February 1, 2009 | 1:21 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Clone Wars collection’s Clone Trooperfrom the 212th Attack Battalion.

At first glance, this figure looked to just be a repack of the 212th clones included with the Target Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi and 212th Attack Battalion Battle Pack, but there are several differences ranging from deco application to a completely different sculpt for the helmet. This clone includes the standard issue DC-15A Blaster Rifle and large rocket launcher with firing projectile.

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

 


 

Yodasnews Turns 5!
February 1, 2009 | 12:49 PM EST | Jayson

Starting today and for the entire month of February, Yodasnews is celebrating its fifth anniversary. As with previous anniversaries, they will give away TONS of amazing prizes for both casual readers and forum members, and there will be special events that will test your creativity, competitive trivia nights (in their new chat room), and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include a Sideshow Exclusive Edition Dagobah Luke Skywalker Premium Format Statue, Attakus Sandtrooper Sergeant Exclusive Statue, Various Gentle Giant mini-busts and maquettes, sets of Hasbro figures, books, cookie jars, over a half-dozen Kotobukiya vinyl model kits and more!

You can see these as well as other prizes at the Yodasnews Prize Page, they kick off the festivities with a particularly spectacular prize, an eFX Phase 1 Clonetrooper helmet from Attack of the Clones! Check out Yodasnews for all the info!

 


 

Willrow Hood Design Sketches Revealed
February 1, 2009 | 12:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


The crew at JediDefender, in their latest QnA, have received preliminary design sketches for Willrow Hood aka “the Ice Cream Maker Guy”. Head over for a look at the proposed design including the infamous Ice Cream Maker accessory!

Congrats to my fellow MN collector Scott Pearson for having is dream figure getting that much closer to reality.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
February 1, 2009 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

 


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

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NEW PREORDERS:
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STAR WARS ARC-170 STARFIGHTER
This brand-new starfighter is sized to work with the 3-3/4″ figures, and is the first version of what would later become Incom’s X-Wing Fighter. One of the main ships of the Republic’s forces, the ARC-170 was used in battle against the Separatist forces. We’ve got it listed at $74.99.

SPECIALTY EXCLUSIVE STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 2009 WAVE 1
The latest wave of Star Wars Mighty Muggs that Hasbro has announced is the new specialty-exclusive 2009 Wave 1. This assortment includes Qui-Gon Jinn, the Wampa, an Imperial Guard and Wicket the Ewok. Pick up the set of 4 at $47.99, or mix and match your favorites at $12.99 each.

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NEW ARRIVALS
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PREMIUM FORMAT TUSKEN RAIDER
Sideshow delivers another cool 1/4 scale statue – the Tusken Raider ismade of polystone and measures around 24″ tall. In stock now at $279.99 – $20 under MSRP. Check it all out here.

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

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NEW PREORDERS:
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OBI-WAN KENOBI BRONZE BUST
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

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 5 CASE
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.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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CLONE WARS COUNT DOOKU MAQUETTE
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.

SIDESHOW 12″ ADMIRAL PIETT
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 12″ SANDTROOPER
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

STAR WARS LEGACY BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 6
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.

 


 

GRECO ANTILLES and the TEMPLE OF THE LOST HOLOCRON Part 2
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!

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WINTER CLEARANCE SALE:
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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:

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE DARTH MAUL
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.

STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE CRUCIBLE BOX SET
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.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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LIFE-SIZED CLONE WARS CAPTAIN REX MONUMENT STATUE
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

STAR WARS COLLECTOR MARBS
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

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

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!

 

November 2008 Archive

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge Update
November 30, 2008 | 11:39 PM EST | Justin2

 


The 26th Yakfinities, ENTERTAINERS, continues through the month of December. Check out the recent entries or add your own custom into the mix by clickingHERE.

 


 

Sarlacc Pit Loose Images
November 30, 2008 | 11:35 PM EST | Justin2

Unsure whether or not you want to fork over more than $60.00 for Target’s Sarlacc Pit Ultimate Battle Pack? This is definitely an expensive item considering the lack of new product packed in, but the Sarlacc itself is very well done and DOES come with a very sturdy base that is hidden under the packaging (though a bit small).

Check out some loose pics of this ugly monster and decide if this is worth picking up after the jump!

 


 

Left Overs Have You??? Stew Time It Is!!!
November 30, 2008 | 6:53 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a semi-historical article about Yoda’s infamous pot of stew from the Empire Strikes back– along with a receipe that doesn’t look bad at all! So if you’ve got some leftover turkey, brisket, ham, lamb, or other meat (the recipe calls for lamb or “other meat”) Check it out here.

 


 

YAKstravaganza: Holiday Edition Begins!
November 29, 2008 | 2:42 PM EST | Brandon

 

HELLO FANS! YAKstravaganza is back for round two and we want everybody to participate! YAKstravaganza is a fun new contest that ANYBODY can play! It’s a contest about celebrating Star Wars and everybody’s favorite hobbies & skills! The purpose of YAKstravaganza is for everybody to create something that fuses together a theme (THIS TIME WINTER HOLIDAYS!) for the month, Star Wars, and your favorite hobby / skill / craft. Entries will be received all month long and a winner chosen by YAK_Den at the end of the month. The winner will then get to choose a prize from 5 randomly selected boxes :D!

This time we’re also pulling out all the stops! We’ll be giving MAJOR YAKpoints to all entries recieved and it’s a high possibility that multiple people can win! We hope you all will join us!

For more details jump on over!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 28, 2008 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

 

Here’s the highlights from our latest update:
NEW ARRIVALS:

REAL ACTION HEROES ROYAL GUARD
The first of two new Medicom RAH figures this week, the Royal guard is
clad in his red robe and helmet, and includes a Force Pike for battle. This evil sentinel stands 12″, and is the ultimate defender for your Sith forces. Don’t miss out on this this one, priced at $154.99

STAR WARS EPISODE III ANAKIN SKYWALKER PREMIUM FORMAT
This 1/4 scale figure shows Anakin as he looked in Episode III after
turning to the Dark Side of the Force. Clad in dark leathers with a brown robe, this figure stands 19″ tall and includes his lightsaber as well. This figure is priced at $289.99

REAL ACTION HEROES CLONE TROOPER CAPTAIN
The other new release is the Clone Trooper Captain. This fellow has red markings on his clone trooper armor to denote his rank, and the figure comes with alternate hands and a blaster, in addition to the articulation that has made Medicom’s RAH line legendary. This one is priced at $139.99

STAR WARS VEHICLE SINGLES
Our newest shipment of Star Wars vehicles has allowed us to list a number of them singly. Yuo can choose from Obi-Wan’s and Anakin’s Starfighters, the V-19 Torrent and more, priced at $18.00 – $25.99 each.

STAR WARS UNLEASHED MULTI-PACKS
Our shipment has also restocked our 2″ Unleashed Battlepacks. We’ve got many Clone Wars Hero, Clone Wars Trooper, and Clone Wars Droid sets, among others. These sets are priced at $11.00 to $14.99 each

STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS
Also in stock now are three of the new Battle Packs. This time, we’ve
received the Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery and Assault on the Shield
Generator battle packs, each containing multiple figures or two figures with vehicles. Each is priced at $27.99

GALACTIC HEROES WAVE 4 CASE
This case includes twelve two-packs of Galactic Heroes figures. Some of the sets in this assortment include Anakin with STAP, Commander Rex & Ahsoka with Stonky, Saesee Tiin & Agen Kolar, and more; we’ve got this case listed at $79.99

STAR WARS COMIC TWO-PACKS
We’ve got the Wave 5 set of two in stock, containing the Clone Emperor and Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, and Commander Faie and Quinlan Vos in Jedi Robes. This set is in stock for $29.99, and we’ve also replenished a number of comic two-pack singles, like Admiral Thrawn & Talon Karrde and Leia & Prince Xizor, and these singles are priced at $12.99 to $14.99 each.

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS RESTOCK
We’ve got a number of Star Wars Mighty Muggs singlles restocked – choose from figures like Darth Vader versions 1 & 2, Han Solo, Boba and Jango Fetts, Emperor Palpatine and more. We’ve got these Muggs priced at $11.99 – $20.00 each, along with sets of four available at $44.99.

NEW PREORDERS:

CLONE WARS VEHICLE COLLECTION 2009 WAVE 1
The first wave of Star Wars vehicles for 2009 is up for pre-order now. This case of five ships includes two of Clone Wars Obi-Wan’s Delta 2 Starfighter, and one AAT Trade Federation Tank , along with one each of new ships the Super Vulture Droid and the Magna Guard Fighter. You can pick up the vehicles singly at $29.99 – $34.99, or pick up the case of 5 at $114.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Black Friday Sale
November 28, 2008 | 7:28 AM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop’s huge Black Friday Sale is now in effect. Save 10% off every item in stock for regular shoppers, and 20% off for Hyperspace members!

And just in case you’re sleeping off a tryptophan haze the day after yesterday, StarWarsShop is extending the sale through the weekend and into Monday, so that’s four whole days to reap big savings on Star Wars, Clone Wars, and Indy merch!

 


 

Black Friday Star Wars Savings on Star Wars Action News
November 27, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars Action News wants to wish all its listeners a Happy Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are giving you a bonus episode of Star Wars Action News!

Want to know where to shop for the best Black Friday savings on Star Wars items? Or if you’re forced to stores with family, want to know what to look for while there to add to you collection? Find out right now on our annual Black Friday pre-show on Star Wars Action News

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

 


 

The Drewton Legacy Continues!
November 27, 2008 | 1:30 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Drewton treats us all this holiday week with another installment in his dazzling photonovel series!

So once you’ve had your fill of turkey and football today, sit back and enjoyChapter 4 – ARMAGEDDON

 


 

Toht Now Available…
November 27, 2008 | 12:09 PM EST | Mark

If you are an Indiana Jones Fan.. this IS THE MUST have figure. NOT because of the figure.. but because of the exclusive!!!!

Toht 12-inch Figure

The Toht 12 inch Figure features:

12-inch Prometheus male body with 30+ points of articulation
Authentic likeness of Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Ernst Toht
Shirt
Pants
Tie
Jacket
Trench coat with belt
Shoes
Hat
Glasses
Switch-out melted portrait
Interchangeable gloved and ungloved hands
Interchangeable right hand with medallion burn
Luger pistol
Hot Poker
Collapsable coat hanger w/ chain
Display base with Indiana Jones logo
Sideshow Exclusive: Polystone Ark of the Covenant accessory

 


 

Black Friday @ Entertainment Earth
November 27, 2008 | 12:02 PM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth they are have their sale tomorrow…

It’s time once more for our annual Black Friday Sale! Save big all Thanksgiving weekend on over 80 awesome products from Dark Horse, Hasbro, Acme Archives, Master Replicas, and more– starting right now!

Black Friday Sale!

Highlights from this sale include…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Statue, WAS $99.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $49.78

EE Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Communicator Replica, WAS $29.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $22.87

Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Construction Set, WAS $82.27, ON SALE NOW FOR $59.97

Star Wars Treachery on Saleucami Action Figure Battle Pack, WAS $23.99, ON SALE NOW FOR $15.91

Head on over for the sale….

 


 

Black Friday @ Brian’s Toys
November 27, 2008 | 11:53 AM EST | Mark

Brian’s Toys’ Black Friday Sale has deep discounts on over a hundred products such as action figures, battle packs, and exclusives! Combined with our continuing 15% OFF Sale and $7.99 Flat-Rate Shipping, Brian’s Toys makes the perfect holiday shopping hot spot for the Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, and Indiana Jones fans in your life. New this week and in stock are Legacy Wave 2 and GI Joe Wave 13. For more details and great Christmas buys, check out www.brianstoys.com!

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2008 | 7:37 AM EST | Jayson

From all of us a Yakface, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

 


 

Gentle Giant: Holiday Sale 2008 on Select In-Stock Items
November 26, 2008 | 10:24 PM EST | Jayson

Gentle Giant is offering Black Friday prices on select in stock items through the end of the year! (Or while supplies last.) Head on over to view the great deals!

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: 12″ AOTC Obi-Wan Kenobi Revealed
November 26, 2008 | 9:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Sideshow Collectibles has updated tonight revealing the next 1:6 scale figure in the their Order of the Jedi line: Obi-Wan Kenobi as he appeared in Attack of the Clones. Priority pre-orders start Friday Dec. 7 at 10 am Pacific Time and look for a limited production run of 1000 pieces. Let the speculation begin on the Exclusive Edition’s accessory.

Update: The Exclusive Edition will include the Kamino Dart accessory as revealed in Sideshow’s newsletter. Thanks Sean K. for the tip!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: FREE SHIPPING starts Friday November 28th
November 26, 2008 | 2:51 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering FREE Shipping via UPS ground Starting Friday November 28th until Saturday December 13th to all customers who order $75.00 or more. Your shipping address must be within the continental USA and use a credit card for payment. Exceptions do apply on some collectibles due to size of the items. Offer not valid on pre-order items or orders already placed.

NEW – Clone Wars Action Figure Collection: 
Count Dooku #13
Plo Koon #14
Asajj Ventress #15
C-3PO #16
Destroyer Droid #17
IG-86 Assassin Droid #18

NEW – Battle Packs: 
Training on the Falcon
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Comic 2-pack Collection: 
Commnader Faie and Quinlan Vos
Emperor Palpatine Clone and Luke Skywalker
Leia Organa and Prince Xizor
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde

IN STOCK –Clone Wars – Commemorative Collection:
#1 – General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Battle Droid
#2 – Clone Trooper, Anakin Skywalker, and R2-D2
#3 – Both Collections

IN STOCK –Legacy Vehicle:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd

IN STOCK – Titanium
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Shadow Trooper Gunship
Republic Gunship
Imperial Landing Craft
Rebel Transport
TIE Defender

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

IN STOCK – Knights of the Old Republic:
Miniatures

Pre-Order – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Mcquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

New Loose TLC A New Hope Wave Images
November 26, 2008 | 9:12 AM EST | Jayson

The fine crew at POTF2.com has posted several loose images of some of the figures from the upcoming Legacy Collection’s A New Hope Wave. Head over for detailed shots of Trinto Duaba w/Dice Ibegon and Wioslea.

 


 

Sideshow Collectibles: Holiday Savings
November 25, 2008 | 11:38 PM EST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles has listed several Star Wars related items that have been discounted for this holiday season.

Look for savings on the 12″ Bespin Luke Skywalker, Kit Fisto Acme Character Key, 12″ Nik Sant – Endor Rebel Commando Pathfinder, 12″ Endor Rebel Commando Sergeant, 12″ Jabba the Hutt and the Luke & Yoda Premium Format Figure.

Head over to Sideshow to see if these or the many other discounted item get you in the holiday gifting mood.

 


 

More UBPs Found
November 25, 2008 | 10:48 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

This just in from Yak Reader “JediJones”

My Target in PA sold out of the GI Joe Ultimate Battle Packs over the weekend and filled the shelf space with 2 each of the Star Wars Ultimate Battle Packs on Monday. By Tuesday those had sold out and the GI Joe set was back in place. Here are the pics to prove it…

Thanks for your report JediJones and congrats on your find.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Yak Spotlight: Premium Format Asajj Ventress
November 25, 2008 | 9:19 PM EST | Jayson

The Yakface Spotlight returns today with a review of the Premium Format Asajj Ventress from Sideshow Collectibles. Click on through or click the review image in the left column to determine if this is a piece worthy of having a place in your collection.

 


 

Target.com: Red Clone Army Ranks Complete!
November 25, 2008 | 5:21 PM EST | Jayson

Here from Japan. Gone in less than a parsec. For Jedi masters and Star Wars fans, a limited supply of Japanese Star Wars collectibles are available now, only at Target.com. Hurry, before they disappear, plus view the Japanese movie trailer and poster.

 


 

Episode 170: Creepy Crawlers
November 24, 2008 | 11:49 PM EST | Jayson

 


When shopping for the Star Wars fan in your life, no matter what the age, you may be tempted to buy him or her something different; something unique. One such item can be found in the craft section of your local Wal Mart, the Star Wars Creepy Crawler Mold Maker. An impulse buy has one added to the Sithsonian’s collection. Listen as we play with the item, burn our finters, and decide if this is a good gift for fans young and old.

And speaking of young fans, our youth reviewer Owen Cheddar is back, this time reviewing the new Lightsaber Duels game for the Wii. Last week we gave you an adult’s perspective on this game, now hear what the kids think of it.

With a Hasbro Q&A, a store report, and as stuffed full of Star Wars goodness as your Thursday turkey, it’s all on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Josh
November 24, 2008 | 11:14 PM EST | Justin2

 


Forum member Josh has added several new updates to our diorama section, and tonight we spotlight his awesome rendition of Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge. Check out his work after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars AAT Found
November 24, 2008 | 11:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


A local collecting friend mentioned that he had seen the new AAT Separatist Tank at an area St. Louis Wal-Mart. Sure enough, I hit a differnet location and was able to score one for myself. This is a very fresh look for the existing mold – head to the forums for a closer look.

 


 

StarWarsShop: New Arrivals
November 24, 2008 | 10:02 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with the addition of a few new pre-orders to their New Arrivals section. Look for Clone Wars 2009 wave 2, the Sideshow 12″ Stormtrooper Commander from the Force Unleashed, also from Sideshow, the 12″ Han in Carbonite Environment and the Slave Leia Premium Format Figure

 


 

TRU Exclusive Gentle Giant Bust Ups
November 24, 2008 | 9:16 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Editor-In-Chief / Mark ran across a few of the Exclusive Clone Wars Gentle Giant Bust Ups today at his local Toys R Us.

Armada Set 1 includes Captain Rex, a Coruscant Security Trooper and a 212th Attack Battalion Trooper.

Armada Set 2 includes one of Commander Wolffe, a 41st Elite Legion Trooper and what looks like a AT-TE Tank Gunner.

Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

New Star Tours Goodies
November 24, 2008 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Our Friends over at Endor Express.net have updated with a nice piece on some new collectibles which have surfaced at Disney’s Star Tours Ride, and the best part is that unless you’re getting a set off Ebay, they’re FREE. Check it out here.

 


 

Target Raises Pricing On Ultimate Battle Packs
November 24, 2008 | 1:38 PM EST | Jayson

Watch those wallets! Target has apparently taken aim at the already inflated pricing of the 2 upcoming Ultimate Battle Packs and has raised them from $62.99 to a whopping $69.99. A local collector friend reported this morning that they increased the price at 2 of his area stores, so to confirm this I just ran to my local Target and much to my dismay the DPCI scanner revealed the $69.99 pricepoint.

This must have just happened overnight as the same store had the $62.99 cost yesterday.

So, if you managed to get yours early for the lower price congrats! Let’s hope these to sets make their way to the clearance aisle sooner rather than later.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 22, 2008 | 11:43 AM EST | Bill

 


3000 ITEM SALE:
Our sale is still running and there are plenty of great deals available. Take a spin through the sales menus

NEW PREORDERS:

MILITARIES OF STAR WARS 12″ STORMTROOPER COMMANDER
The newest of Sideshow’s “Militaries of Star Wars” line is the
Stormtrooper Commander. His armor includes blue detailing to indicate his rank, and he comes with a BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle as well. We’ve got him priced at $84.99

NEW ARRIVALS:

HASBRO FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS – LUKE, OBI-WAN
These new Force FX lightsabers seem to take up where Master Replicas left off. Part of Hasbro’s Signature Series, these blades light up and have four motion sensor- controlled sound effects. The blade is permanently attached to a durable metal hilt, and comes with a display base for when not in use. Obi-Wan’s blade is priced at $99.99, with Luke’s at $109.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 18 IG-86 Assassin Droid
November 21, 2008 | 11:06 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theClone Wars Collection: the IG-86 Assassin Droid. Again, Hasbro’s designers have translated the IG-86 perfectly from screen to plastic form and they managed to load this deadly droid with a ton of articulation as well. The IG-86 Droid has a swivel head, waist and wrists, with ball joint shoulders, elbows, hips, ankles and pivoting knees. Plus it features clamp like hands perfect for grasping weapons or prey. For accessories, IG-86 includes 2 batte droid blasters and a removable weapon pack capable of holding the blasters when not in use. Overall a fabulous figure, well worth picking up multiples if so inclined.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Clone Wars: The Malevolence Saga
November 21, 2008 | 9:33 PM EST | Jayson

Although there is no new episode of the Clone Wars next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, tune to the Cartoon Network next Friday for the airing of the 3 part “Malevelance Saga” consisting of the Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence episodes!

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #7: Duel of the Droids
November 21, 2008 | 5:09 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Duel of the Droids” is now streaming atStarWars.com.

Remember, The Clone Wars episode is all new tonight with Episode 8: “Bombad Jedi” featuring Jar Jar Binks at 9:00 pm EST / 8:00 pm CST. And in case you miss it, you can catch a rebroadcast tomorrow morning 9:30 am EST / 8:30 am CST.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: Black Friday Sale
November 21, 2008 | 2:19 PM EST | Jayson

Starting November 28, make sure you’re in front of a computer to take advantage of StarWarsShop’s huge Black Friday Sale, which knocks 10% off every item in stock for regular shoppers, and 20% off for Hyperspace members!

And just in case you’re sleeping off a tryptophan haze the day after Thanksgiving, StarWarsShop is extending the sale through the weekend and into Monday, so that’s four whole days to reap big savings on Star Wars, Clone Wars, and Indy merch!

So mark your calendars and be camped out in front of StarWarsShop’s virtual doors on November 28 to get the best deals of the year!

 


 

Woot! Special: The Star Wars Vault SOLD OUT
November 21, 2008 | 6:29 AM EST | Jayson

 


Internet bargain site Woot! has posted a special today on the The Star Wars Vault. Written by Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur, The Star Wars Vault reveals dozens of rare photos, facts, collectibles, and recordings pulled from both the authors’ collections and from Lucasfilm’s own archives at Skywalker Ranch. But what makes the Vault so different — and so special — are the inserts that accompany nearly every spread: pull-out reproductions of posters, tickets, concert programs, t-shirt transfers, stickers, and scores of other collectible items (50 in all!) abound in The Star Wars Vault, many of which have never even been seen before.

You can get yours today for the low, low price of $24.99 + $5 shipping. A great Christmas present at a great price – head over and get yours today!

Thanks to Yak Reader Jason H. for the sweet find!

UPDATE: Apparently there was quite a run on today’s special as it is now sold out! Hope you got yours while they were available.

 


 

RHEN VAR ASSAULT
November 21, 2008 | 12:46 AM EST | Justin2

 


Rykrof Enloe is back, and this time he’s bringing with him a full scale assault on the Separatist stronghold of Rhen Var.

Head on over to the forums for Chapter 26 in the Rykrof Enlone Photonovel Series after THE JUMP!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 17 Destroyer Droid
November 20, 2008 | 1:50 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theClone Wars Collection: the Destroyer Droid. These “rollers” as they’re referred in the Clone Wars series are a faithful representation of their on-screen counterparts complete with exaggerated proportions. The figure itself features firing rocket launchers in each arm and also utilizes an action feature where the droid springs open at the press of a button located on the droid’s leg housing. The arms have a ton of articulation themselves with swivel and ball joint pivot points and the leg are posable akin to previous Destroyer Droid releases.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Wattographs “The Wookiees” Conoisseur Series Signing! 
November 20, 2008 | 1:18 AM EST | Brandon

Release from Wattographs.com:

Only 2 weeks left to get in on our autograph signing with the Wookiees of “Revenge of the Sith!” This exciting piece features 9 signatures of the Wookiees themselves including Creature Shop Supervisors Dave and Lou Esley.

We have two different group images available in a stunning 16×20 size. Additionally, we have several individual character images available for this signing.

Orders for “The Wookiees” Connoisseur Series ends 11/30/08 at 11:59:59 EST. Please contact Wattographs with any questions.

www.Wattographs.com

 


 

Customizing Project Updates
November 20, 2008 | 12:19 AM EST | Justin2

 


We’re all busy this time of year, so the deadlines for both the Shaak Ti Group Project and the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge have been extended to December 31.

 


 

Sarlacc Ultimate Battle Pack Found
November 19, 2008 | 8:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Reader Matt stumbled across the Battle at the Sarlacc Ultimate Batle Pack ($62.99) at his local Target in Elizabethtown, KY. Click the image above to view Matt’s findings!

And if your feeling anxious about getting this set or want to check to see if it is in-stock at your local Target, here is the DPCI code: 087-06-2070*.

*This code is shared with the Clone Wars UBP as well so if you’re looking to have this pulled from the stockroom it might help to be specific in your inquiry.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com: New Arrivals
November 19, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with the addition of a couple items to their “New Arrivals” section. Today’s offering include a Solid Bronze Yoda Statue,Gentle Giant Wampa Statue and a Limited Edition Captain Rex Clone Wars Maquette. As a bonus, Hyperspace members receive an additional 10% off your order!

 


 

Hasbro Corporate Site Update
November 19, 2008 | 11:42 AM EST | Jayson

Hasbro.com‘s web site has received a facelift today head over and explore it for yourself!

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 16 C-3PO
November 19, 2008 | 9:41 AM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with my latest acquisition from theThe Clone Wars Collection: C-3PO. Much like the R2-D2 from wave 1, Hasbro again raises the bar as this latest incarnation of our favorite protocol droid has great features that will hopefully carry on to realistic versions of him in the future. 3PO features several articulation points with ball joint ankles, knees, torso, elbows and head but that’s not all. He also has swivel wrists and a multi piece shoulder ball joint that provides them with a more dynamic range of motion. Another feature that this figure has is “glowing” eyes which do not glow per se but do illuminate by utilizing the light pipe design previously used on certain astromech and Jawa molds. Unfortunately, there are no accessories included with the figure which is a shame, but not surprising, since most of the dollars were allocated to producing one of the best C-3PO figures to date.

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

Hasbro Q & A Rounds-Up
November 19, 2008 | 7:49 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s web page has updated with the latest all of the latest questions and answers from the on-going Star Wars Q & A. Check it out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TCW No. 14 Plo Koon
November 18, 2008 | 10:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

The Yakface Toyguide gets a quick update today with my latest acquisition to theThe Clone Wars Collection: the Jedi Master Plo Koon. Although Master Koon has been translated very well from the series to action figure form, Hasbro still feels the need to short change dynamic characters like Jedi by not including key points of articulation. Here, Plo Koon lacks knee and ankle joints giving him a rather static pose from the waist down. Aside from that shortcoming, Plo Koon rocks as he features ball joint elbows, swivel wrists and an interchangeable hood piece that can be displayed up or down depending on your mood. And what Jedi would be complete without his trusty lightsaber? Plo Koon is armed to the teeth in that respect as he includes 2 lightsabers (one long and one short) and a sweet double bladed lightsaber gauntlet! If that isn’t enough the 2 lightsabers can attach to the the gauntlet forming a quad blade instrument of death!

Head to the toyguide to see if this is an item worthy of adding to your collection.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Gift Guide
November 18, 2008 | 5:06 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has updated today with their “Star Wars Gift Guide” which break some of the their most popular items into easy to shop categories just in time for the upcoming holiday season. If you haven’t already, head over and start holiday shopping early for your favorite Star Wars fan.

 


 

Coming Soon… Rhen Var Assault
November 18, 2008 | 12:59 PM EST | Justin2

 


The next installment in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series will be released in the coming days.

Stay tuned here at Yakface for Chapter 26 in its entirety!

 


 

TRU 15% Off
November 17, 2008 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Been waiting to add an ATTE or BMF Falcon to your collection? There’s a 15% off coupon for TRU that might help. Check it out here thanks to our friends atRebelscum.com for finding the link!

 


 

New Clone Wars Figures Revealed
November 17, 2008 | 5:21 PM EST | Jayson

EntertainmentEarth.com has updated today with a new Clone Wars case assortment that reveals a new wave for this expanding animated line. It shows Jar Jar, Jetpack Battle Droid, Kit Fisto w/Jetpack and a Green Clone Trooper. Head over for a sneak peek!

Thanks to forumer Rune Haaku for the tip.

Also, our friends at YodasNews have posted pretty hi-res shots of these new figures as well.

 


 

Episode 169: Multimedia Blitz
November 17, 2008 | 9:35 AM EST | Jayson

 


It’s been a huge week for Star Wars media collectors. We have the first Star Wars high definition home video release ever with The Clone Wars movie on Blu Ray, and some special high def surprises on the disc’s special features. We discuss this release, and its various exclusive releases.

Also this week not one but two new Star Wars games were released for The Clone Wars. Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels for the Wii, and Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance for the Nintendo DS. We review both these new releases.

And lest we forget, today is the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Special, and to celebrate the release Rifftrax is giving away their Holiday Special commentary for free at rifftrax.com. We discuss Rifftrax and play an exclusive clip from their commentary.

Finally, this week had the much anticipated release of Robot Chicken Star Wars II. We review this latest Star Wars celebration from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.

All this and discussion of the eFX Collectibles X-Wing on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

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

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Commemorative Collection Sets
November 16, 2008 | 4:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the below NEW items this week. Don’t forget to Pre-Order your box of Star Wars Galaxy series 4.

NEW – Clone Wars – Commemorative Collection:
#1 – General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Battle Droid
#2 – Clone Trooper, Anakin Skywalker, and R2-D2
#3 – Both Collections

NEW – Comic 2-pack Collection (very limited quantity):
Leia Organa and Prince Xizor
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde

NEW – Battle Packs: 
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Legacy Vehicles:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd Pilot

NEW – Titanium Vehicles
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Shadow Trooper Gunship
Republic Gunship
TIE Defender

NEW – Legacy Collection – In-Stock:
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 – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Maquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

Battlefront II Sets at Toys R Us
November 15, 2008 | 11:51 PM EST | Justin2

Our Imperial allies over at Sandtroopers.com are reporting that the Battlefront II sets (once a Previews exclusive) were found at TRU for $39.99. Head on over andcheck them out.

 


 

Millennium Falcon Book Review
November 15, 2008 | 4:38 PM EST | freebird

Here’s the latest my fine feathered friends. This time we go for a ride through the history of The Millennium Falcon. To read my latest review click here.

 


 

ARC-170 Fighter at Toys R Us
November 15, 2008 | 10:18 AM EST | Mark

Over at TRU online


The EXCLUSIVE Star Wars The Clone Wars – ARC-170 Fighter is now in stock…

Also available is the Star Wars Battle Pack – Attack of the Clones II – STAP Attack EXCLUSIVE
The Star Wars Dagger Squadron with B-Wing Fighter EXCLUSIVE

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #6: Downfall of a Droid
November 14, 2008 | 5:37 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Downfall of a Droid” is now streaming atStarWars.com. Remember, The Clone Wars episode is all new tonight with Episode 7: “Duel of the Droids” and in case you miss it, look for it to re-broadcast tomorrow (Saturday) morning on Cartoon Network.

 


 

Force Unleashed Costume Pack #1 Now Available
November 14, 2008 | 4:35 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts sends word that they’ve released a new costume pack for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners through Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Network, the costume pack allows gamers to play through the game disguised as several new characters.

Costumes in the pack include:

• Hooded Combat Gear
• General Starkiller
• Sith Assassin
• Imperial Commando
• Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker
• Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi
• Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
• Darth Sion
• Ki-Adi-Mundi
• Kit Fisto

In addition, new themes and picture packs are available for download.

 


 

Another Clone For Christmas…
November 14, 2008 | 7:31 AM EST | Mark

Pre-Orders are available now…

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 13, 2008 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

 


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3000 ITEMS ON SALE:
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We’ve just cut prices on over 1000 items and added hundreds more to our sale menu. There are over 3100 total items selling between 20% – 60% off MSRP or our List Price. This is a great time to pick up some deals on a huge variety of older and overstocked product.

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NEW PREORDERS:
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ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE MACE WINDU
The newest in Diamond Select Toys’ Ultimate Quarter Scale line will be Jedi Master Mace Windu. Made famous by Samuel L. Jackson, Mace Windu will be loaded with articulation, include his purple lightsaber, and say phrases from the films. Check him out – we’ve got him listed at $64.99, a savings of $15 off MSRP.

12″ HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE ENVIRONMENT
Sideshow’s new Han Solo in Carbonite figure environment is a great addition to the 12″ Star Wars line. This piece includes Han frozen in the block of Carbonite, displayed in Jabba’s alcove. The Carbonite piece is
easily removable from the alcove display, and includes excellent detail work. This great new piece is priced at $189.99 (a savings of $10 off MSRP) and would be great for any Star Wars fan.

STAR WARS BUILD-A-DROID WAVE 5
We’ve got new listings for Wave 5 of the Legacy Collection Build-A-Figure series. This wave is available in either the regular case of 12 or an Internet-exclusive case of 12, each at $99.99, or you can mix and match your favorite single figures, $9.99 – $11.99 each.

CLONE WARS ANIMATED WAVE 5
We’ve also listed Wave 5 of the Clone Wars Animated figures. The set of seven is comprised of White Battle Outfit Padme, Space Clone Trooper, Magna Guard Droid, Jar Jar in Jedi Robe, Jet Pack Battle Droid, Green
Clone Trooper and Kit Fisto, for $79.99, or you can pick up the Wave 5 case and add in five more figures like Asajj Ventress and a Destroyer Droid for just $99.99.

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS WAVE 6
Anopther new listing from Hasbro is the Star Wars transformers Wave 6. This wave is scheduled to appear in March and includes new transformers like Darth Vader/TIE Fighter, Clone Pilot/V-19 and Plo Koon/Jedi
Starfighter. You can pre-order a case of six for $99.99.

CLONE WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 1, 1R1
We have listed the first waves of the Clone Wars Titanium vehicles for 2009. Up for pre-order now are the Wave 1 case, as well as the Wave 1 Revision 1 case of 12 and set of 11. New vehicles in this wave would include Prince Xizor’s Virago, the Dagger Squadron B-Wing, the Gold Squadron Gold 1 Y-Wing and more

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS PX ECLIPTIC TIE FIGHTER
This Previews exclusive version of the classic TIE Fighter is emblazoned with the Rebel Alliance symbol and piloted by rebel pilots during an Imperial infiltration. We’ve got this ship listed at $52.99, saving you $7 off MSRP

STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 7
This assortment of Mighty Muggs includes returning favorites Farth Vader Version 2 and Hoth Han Solo, and adds new figures Darth Maul Version 2 and Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. This set is priced at $44.99, and we’ve also got singles available of Hoth Han Solo and Darth Vader Version 2, only $12.99 each

STAR WARS TITANIUM SINGLES – Aaylas SF, Dagger Sq B-Wing, Ecliptic TIE
We’ve received a large number of Star Wars Titanium vehicles as well, and we still have stock of some of the ships. In addition to the Wave 6 Set of six priced at $37.99 and the case of 12 at $69.99, check out the
available single vehicles, such as the Ecliptic TIE Fighter, the Dagger Squadron B-Wing, Aayla Secura’s Starfighter and more.Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Jedi Master R2 Mail Box
November 12, 2008 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

 


Yak Reader SteveSky67 sent up some great images of the scaled R2 Mail Boxes which have started hitting retail. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Sideshow items…
November 12, 2008 | 8:11 AM EST | Mark

Coming Soon…

Still Available to order….

Great Christmas gifts to yourself… 🙂

 


 

StarWarsShop: Airborne Trooper Bust Back in Stock
November 11, 2008 | 9:55 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 ships at the end of the month and if you’re a Hyperspace member you’ll receive and additional 10% off!

 


 

Episode 168: In the Cards
November 11, 2008 | 4:56 PM EST | Jayson

 


Little hard sticks of pink powdery gum. Wax packs discarded by the hundreds. Chase cards selling for thousands of dollars. If these sound familiar to you then you must be familiar with trading card collecting. This week, Star Wars Action News explores this great hobby focusing on Star Wars trading cards, including an interview with Topps Cards discussing everything from the infamous “dirty” 3PO card to the upcoming new Galaxies series.

Also this week, we run down this week’s Star Wars Clone Wars DVD release. There are exclusives at Best Buy, Target, and Wal Mart. What are those exclusives? And where is the cheapest location to buy the Blu Ray? We tell you on this week’s show.

Plus a discussion of the two new Star Wars video games coming out this Tuesday, it’s all on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

A Reason To Get Up On Saturday Mornings Again….
November 10, 2008 | 8:46 PM EST | Jayson

Beginning this Saturday, Nov. 15, Cartoon Network will add an encore presentation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Saturday mornings! All-new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiere at 9 p.m. Fridays. And now, at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday, Cartoon Network will re-air the previous evening’s 30-minute episode, providing a new opportunity to experience the adventure.

 


 

What Are The 10 Most Expensive Star Wars Collectibles At Auction
November 10, 2008 | 8:07 PM EST | Bill

Well, our friends over at Galactic Binder have compiled the whole list for you, including adjustments for inflation and the full cost with the buyer’s premium at auction. Check it out.

 


 

“Duel of the Droids” Preview at StarWars.com
November 10, 2008 | 4:40 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated today with a preview of this coming Friday’s new Clone Wars episode: Duel of the Droids. You can also head over to read a brief synopsisof the episode as well.

 


 

Star Wars Robot Chicken Producers Interviewed at YodasNews
November 10, 2008 | 3:29 PM EST | Jayson

Seth Green and Matt Senreich chat with Mark from Yodasnews.com about the upcoming Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode II Special! The executive producers of “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” take time out of their busy schedules to talk with them about creating the new special, what was easier this time around, what fans can look forward to and much more…

Head over to Yodasnews.com for the interview.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Star Wars Titanium
November 9, 2008 | 6:29 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received some new Titanium Ships this week. Pre-Order your box of Star Wars Galaxy series 4 today.

NEW – Titanium Vehicles
A-Wing – Battle Damaged – Blue
AT-RT – Orange Trooper
Hailfire Droid
C-9979 Landing Craft
Biggs Darklighter’s Red Three X-Wing
Droid Gunship
Rebel Transport
Imperial Landing Craft
TIE Defender

NEW – Legacy Collection – In-Stock:
Stass Allie # 23
Commander Faie – #24
General Grievous – # 25
Bail Organa – # 26
Breha Organa – # 27
FX-6 – # 28
Clone Trooper 327 Star Corps – #29

NEW – Legacy Vehicles:
A-Wing with Arvel Crynyd Pilot

NEW – Battle Packs: 
B’Omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

NEW – Mighty Muggs (Exclusive):
Admiral Ackbar
Shadow Stormtrooper

Pre-Order – November 27th, 2008
Star Wars Galaxy Series 4 Trading Card Box
Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette – Clone Wars
Anakin Skywalker Maquette – Clone Wars
AT-AT Driver Mini bust
Kotobukiya – Sith – Set of 4 – SAVE $60
Darth Vader 12inch Talking Bobble Head
Boba Fett 12inch Bobble Head

 


 

BMF Discounts at Target
November 9, 2008 | 9:36 AM EST | Jayson

Check your local Target stores this morning as the Millennium Falcon has been marked down from $159.99 to a more modest $127.99. Also, the AT-TE has returned to $89.99 from its previous $99.99 price tag.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 8, 2008 | 3:01 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve also just cut pricing on 200 items.

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200 ITEM SALE:
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Pricing on 200 items including: Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, Gentle Giant, Minimates, Hasbro and more has just been cut. Most items are 20% to 50% off with some discounted even further. Please take a look through the list, there are a variety of good deal – start your holiday shopping early or reinforce your collection.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE TIE FIGHTER
This nifty pirate version of the TIE fighter has just arrived today and is available for $52.99. The Hobbie Klivian pilot figure is also included.

AMBUSH ON HOTH DIORAMA
This new Star Wars piece shows Luke and his Tauntaun being attacked by the Wampa on Hoth. At 18″ x 19″ x 18″ this piece is truly impressive, and a great piece for any Star Wars collector. We’ve got this one listed at $279.99 , so save yourself $20 off the MSRP and get yours today.

RAH CLONE TROOPER CAPTAIN
Another new Real Action Hero from Medicom is the Clone Trooper Captain
figure. This 1:6 scale figure from “Attack of the Clones” is in Clone
armor with red details highlighting his rank, and comes with alternate
hands and a blaster. He’s priced at $139.99 – take a look!

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS IN CLONE WARS PACKAGING
The new Star Wars Transformers are in stock now, too. These figures are in the new Clone Wars Star Wars Transformer Crossovers packaging, and we’ve got many singles in stock, like the Anakin/Jedi starfighter, the Imperial Trooper/AT-AT, the Emperor Palpatine/Imperial Shuttle and more, priced at $17.99 each. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge # 26
November 8, 2008 | 12:49 PM EST | Justin2

 


Yakfinities # 26 has begun! The theme this month is a broad one – Entertainers. So if you’re itching to make a custom of a singer, musician, jester, dancer, etc., this is the Customizing Challenge you’ve been waiting for! Head on over and join in after the jump!

 


 

Yakface/Hasbro QnA: #59th Edition
November 7, 2008 | 6:05 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface/Hasbro QnA returns this week with the answers to questions submitted back on 10/24. Topics this week cover new Greatest Hits figures, news on an upcoming EU themed wave and info on new Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter and it’s future release(s).

Head to our forum to find out the answers, then be sure to submit your own questions for consideration as well.

 


 

Sideshow Preorder
November 7, 2008 | 12:09 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow they now have a new pre-order up for sale…

 


 

What’s Better Than Sliced Bread?
November 6, 2008 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

 


How abouth Sith on a shingle! Star Wars Shop.com has just announced the toaster from the Dark Side, with Vader himself appearing on your sithed, err toasted, bread! Check it out here.

 


 

TRU Clone Wars DVD Release Specials
November 6, 2008 | 2:10 PM EST | Jayson

On Tuesday, November 11, the animated feature film Star Wars: The Clone Wars will make the jump from the big screen to DVD and Blu-Ray players everywhere. Also on November 11, kids can relive the excitement of the new Star Wars flick on their Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS systems with the release of the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars videogame. To celebrate these exciting releases, Toys“R”Us will offer exceptional values on Star Wars toys, electronics, role play accessories and more for the entire week!

Here are highlights of the great deals Star Wars fans can take advantage of at Toys“R”Us stores from Sunday, November 9 through Saturday, November 15:

· FREE Star Wars: The Clone Wars Force Action Lightsaber with the purchase of any Star Wars 3 ¾-inch Battle Pack
· Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off on select Star Wars Transformers, Star Wars Mighty Muggs, Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs and Star Wars Comic Packs
· 30% off Star Wars Galactic Heroes Game and Star Wars Battleship
· 20% off Star Wars The Clone Wars Force Action Lightsabers
· Save $10 on select Star Wars electronics
· Save $10 on select Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS videogames with the purchase of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS

 


 

The Clone Wars DVD Reviewed
November 5, 2008 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

While it’s still nearly a week away, IGN has posted a review of the upcoming DVD release of the Clone Wars. Check out all the digital goodness here.

 


 

Star Wars Holiday Special Topps Cards at StarWarsShop
November 4, 2008 | 6:47 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

For all you Star Wars diehards keeping track out there, November marks the 30th anniversary of the notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special,” a somewhat misguided 90-minute variety show that aired just once on November 17, 1978. In celebration of “The Star Wars Holiday Special” (or, at least the animated segment), StarWarsShop.com is offering an extremely limited edition series of exclusive Topps trading cards FREE to its shoppers while supplies last! There are 11 cards total, with one card being randomly inserted in all StarWarsShop orders starting today. Because these are random-packed, we hope fans will want to trade the cards with others — they are called trading cards after all!

Head to StarWars.com to view all 11 cards.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 26 Previews
November 4, 2008 | 3:14 AM EST | Justin2

 


Production is in full swing on the next installment in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series. For an early bird glimpse of what’s to come, click HERE.

 


 

Ultimate Quarter Scale Update
November 3, 2008 | 10:11 PM EST | Jayson

Art Asylum has updated their blog with new images of the Darth Maul Ultimate Quarter Scale figure packaging in its near final form. Head on over for a look. Also, they’ve updated their “Ask DST” (QnA #13) which addresses a few questions regarding products from their Star Wars license. Look for a question asked by yours truly answered there as well.

 


 

Exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Bust at StarWarsShop.com
November 3, 2008 | 9:50 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop has updated tonight with addition of the shared exclusive Airborne Trooper Mini Bust from Gentle Giant. Also, if you’re a Hyperspace member, you’ll receive 10% off your order. Head over and order yours today – ships Nov. 30.

 


 

Coming Soon, Clone Wars 2 Packs Are
November 3, 2008 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have just posted pictures of the upcoming Clone Wars figure 2 packs. While these do not appear to have any new figures and paint operations, they are certainly a new type of packaging, and may be a great way to snag some figures you missed. Check them out here.

 


 

Episode 167: You are an Obsession
November 3, 2008 | 4:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


A few weeks back Star Wars Action News and the publishers of the new trivia book Obsessed With Star Wars teamed up to give away two copies of this book. We had a simple request–tell us why YOU were obsessed with Star Wars. Man, did we get more than we bargained for as the answers ranged from the obvious (Leia is Hot in a Bikini) to the ridiculous (you’ll have to listen to find out what…). We read some of the submissions and announce the winners on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

We also have Steve reporting from the Collectormania Midlands Convention in the UK, telling us about the latest finds and his encounters with several celebrities at that convention.

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

 


 

Yakfinities #25 – Roundup Report
November 3, 2008 | 10:23 AM EST | Justin2

 


The 25th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has just wrapped up, and the winner declared. Check out all the entries and the winning submission after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
November 1, 2008 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

 


The format for last week’s inventory clearance sale is now a permanent
feature on our website. There is a new light-blue ‘Sale Item’ button in the middle of the top navigation bar on our site. We will be adding more new sale items from time to time, so be sure to check through the list.

PREORDER STAR WARS PREMIUM FORMAT SLAVE LEIA
Sideshow has announced a 1/4 scale new Premium Format figure of Princess Leia in her slave outfit, from when she was held prisoner by Jabba the Hutt in “Return of the Jedi.” This 16.5″ tall figure has loads of detail from the movie, with a cloth skirt included as part of the outfit.

NEW ARRIVALS:

ENDOR AT-AT
We’ve secured a limited supply of the Saga Collection’s Endor recolor of the AT-AT. This new version of the classic toy features electronic lights and sounds, and includes both a Biker Scout and an AT-AT Driver to man it.

STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 4
The new Wave 4 Titaniums are in stock also. This case assortment includes two each of the camo AT-RT, Hailfire Droid, Droid Gunship and the Red 3 X-Wing, and one each of the Red 2 X-Wing, an Episode I Landing Craft, a blue A-Wing and the Battlestar Galactica Classic Cylon Raider, for $69.99. A number of the vehicles are also listed singly, priced from $7.99. Click here for all the newest instock and pre-order items.

October 2008 Archive

ANH Preview Images
October 31, 2008 | 11:20 PM EST | Justin2

Our friends at Sandtroopers.com have put together a nice gallery of the upcoming ANH figures that will be released soon. Check them out HERE.

 


 

Slave Leia?????
October 31, 2008 | 2:58 PM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow.. a 1/4 scale premium Slave Leia… Get it NOW!!!

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #5: Rookies 
October 31, 2008 | 12:57 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Rookies” is now streaming at StarWars.com. Just a reminder, since tonight is Halloween, there is no new or rebroadcast episodes of Clone Wars airing tonight. Look for the Clone Wars to return next week with Episode 6: “Downfall of a Droid” which can also bepreviewed at StarWars.com.

 


 

New TLC Comic Packs Found
October 31, 2008 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


This just in from Yak Reader Marc C.

Just wanted to let you and your readers know that I found all 4 of the newest Hasbro Star Wars action figure Comic Packs yesterday at a Target in the Saint Louis MO. area. I found only 1 of each set plus an extra of the Shadows/Empire Leia/Xizor set. The paint aps on this wave seem to be an improvement over the last wave.

Thanks for the report Marc!

Just a reminder, this wave consists of Grand Admiral Thrawn & Talon Karrde, Princess Leia & Prince Xizor, Darth Vader & Grand Moff Tracheta, Princess Leia & Darth Vader (White).

 


 

Happy Halloween!
October 31, 2008 | 10:26 AM EST | Justin2

 


The Yakface forums are busy with Halloween activities that are winding down – first, there’s still a bit of time to join in the fun with Yakstravaganza that ends on Sunday. Need an idea for your entry? Then check out a cool article at Starwars.com that shows how to make your own Yoda pumpkinHERE.

Don’t forget also, the Halloween Yakfinities Customizing Challenge also lasts through the weekend!

 


 

New Legacy A New Hope Wave Images
October 30, 2008 | 8:03 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro revealed carded and loose of a few new images today from the upcoming A New Hope Wave. Featured are Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise. Both of these figure are modified versions of the TAC Stormtrooper now with an updated holster to better hold the blaster. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Latest Clone Wars And Legacy Rumors
October 29, 2008 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have gotten the newest rumors together on what we may be able to look forward to in 2009 and beyond in the Clone Wars and Legacy basic figure lines. It looks like we’ll see more Clone Wars figures next year, and a certain team from Dark Horse’s comics grace the Legacy line. Check it all out here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Non-Mint Sale
October 29, 2008 | 8:02 PM EST | Jayson

StarWarsShop.com has reloaded their bargain area today with several scratch ‘n’ dent items. Here are some of the highlights:

Clone Wars Yoda On Kybuck $49.99
SSC Yoda vs. Count Dooku Diorama $89.99
Republic Commando Figure 7-Pack $26.00
Exclusive Senate Guard ARTFX Statue $49.99
Kotobukiya Pewter Painted Vader $29.99

And many more!

Head on over and see what deals you may find!

 


 

Gentle Giant Exclusives Now Available at Forbidden Planet!
October 29, 2008 | 7:51 PM EST | Jayson

From Gentle Giant, Forbidden Planet’s exclusive Galactic Marine is now available to purchase atwww.forbiddenplanet.com along with our exclusive Coruscant Guard Clone Trooper Maquette. Signed by Karl Meyer, president and founder of the Gentle Giant company, these items represent a unique opportunity.

 


 

Episode 166: You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
October 29, 2008 | 7:46 PM EST | Jayson

 


This past week, James Luceno’s newest Star Wars book, Millennium Falcon, was released. Coming out two months earlier than planned, it jumped to .5 past lightspeed and swapped places with Matthew Stover’s Shadows of Mindor, and arrived at your local bookstore. This week we focus on the release of this new book with a spoiler-free (as possible) review of the book, and an interview with the author where we discuss the finer points of Millennium Flacon as well as his cancelled Darth Plageous novel.

Also this week we have a store report and discuss the latest Republic Gunship going for insane amounts on eBay, and the showing of new battle packs, Wave 4 Legacy figures, and more showing up in stores near you.

Fresh back from Dallas and Star Wars Fan Days II, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News!

Also don’t forget to check out our Clone Wars cartoon coverage podcast, Republic Forces Radio Network. This week from Dallas we cover the latest episode, Rookies. Don’t be a shiner, go toRepublicForces.com ASAP.

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

 


 

Indiana Jones TOD Wave Found
October 28, 2008 | 9:54 PM EST | Jayson

 


Even though the death of the Indiana Jones line is upon us, new product is still making its way to retailers. Yak reader Chad R. unearthed the Temple of Doom wave (Mola Ram, Short Round, Willie Scott and Temple Guard) at his local Kroger store. Reports have also shown that this wave is also being discovered at Meijer’s. So, if you have any of these stores in your area, it may be worth a trip out.

 


 

Kotobukiya: R2-D2 Kiriko Glasses Now Available at AFX
October 28, 2008 | 8:49 AM EST | Jayson

 


Just in from Kotobukiya:

We would like to let KOTOCLUB members know that a LIMITED QUANTITY of Star Wars Celebration Exclusive R2-D2 Kiriko Glasses are now available from ACTION FIGURE XPRESS.

Combining ancient Japanese craftsmanship with the Star Wars universe, Kotobukiya produces one of the most unique Star Wars exclusives previously found at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles – Kiriko Glassware. Kiriko is a traditional Japanese glass etching technique to make subtle alterations to everyday glass tableware. As Kiriko developed during the Meiji era (mid-19th century), the craft went through many revisions, such as utilizing new equipment introduced from the west, while still retaining the time-honored Japanese techniques utilized until this day.

Kotobukiya has taken the Kiriko technique and blasted it to Tatooine, with the release of the R2-D2 KIRIKO GLASS. The 10oz whisky style glass (approximately 3.75 inches tall) is hand etched at different levels, taking the pattern of R2-D2’s droid body and transforming it into a work of art. You can easily feel the deep engravings when holding the two-toned frosted texture glass in your hands.

Never before available in stores, you can now purchase the item for $49.99 at Action Figure Xpress.

 


 

New Lego Sets Revealed
October 27, 2008 | 9:04 PM EST | Jayson

Yak Forum Staffer PaulSkywalker has posted a few new images in the forums revealing several new Lego sets, most notably Ahsoka’s Jedi Starfighter (with R7-A7) and Vulture Droid, Clone Walker Battle Pack, Hyena Droid Bomber, AAT, the sweet Republic Attack Shuttle, and from Indiana Jones… the Flying Wing! Head to the forums for a preview…

 


 

Coming Soon: TRU Exclusive Hailfire Droid and V-Wing
October 27, 2008 | 5:30 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro revealed today that the Hailfire Droid and V-Wing are making their way to retail again this time packed with an animated General Grievous and Clone Pilot respectively. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Star Wars In TRU’s Big Toy Book
October 26, 2008 | 11:22 AM EST | Bill

 


Toys ‘R’ Us Big Toy Book hit the deck in today’s paper, and there’s a 2 page spread for our favorite hobby. Check out page 1 here and page 2 here

 


 

3000 Item Clearance
October 25, 2008 | 5:49 PM EST | Bill

 


Hi – Here is a big update from bigbadtoystore.com

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3000 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE
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Our warehouse is getting extremely full so we’ve cut prices on about 1500 items, and gathered 1500 previous sale items together in one handy place. This new sale menu will be a permanent link on our site, and all current sale items will be displayed here. In addition to all the great deals 20% to 50% off and higher, we’ve put together a quick little photo tour of our warehouse. We hope you enjoy the pictures and please do what you can to help us make room in the warehouse.

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NEW ARRIVALS:
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STAR WARS & MARVEL PX MIGHTY MUGGS
Our Previews exclusive Star Wars Mighty Muggs are here. Admiral Ackbar is listed singly at $17.99, and a set of Admiral Ackbar and the Shadow Stormtrooper is listed at $33.99. (The Shadow Stormtrooper single is already sold out.) We’ve also received the Previews exclusive Marvel Mighty Muggs – the Red Skull and Thanos are each listed singly at $17.99, with the pair going for $33.99. Don’t miss out on these great bad guys.

SIDESHOW 12″ CLONE WARS GENERAL OBI-WAN KENOBI
This new 1/6 scale figure shows Obi-Wan in his Clone Wars General Armor. A combination of Jedi robes and clone armor, the outfit includes a cloak, as well as lit and unlit lightsaber accessories. We have him priced at $84.99.

STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS – Speeder Bike Recon, Hoth Recon, B’Omarr Monastery
We’ve got a few of the new Star Wars Battle Packs in stock now. In addition to a few cases of Wave .5 Revision 2, we’ve got singles of Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery, Speeder Bike Recon and Hoth Recon Patrol available, priced at $24.99 – $27.99 each, with the case of four Battle Packs is priced at $89.99.

STAR WARS LEGACY COLLECTION BUILD-A-DROID FIGURES
We’ve got sets and singles available of almost everyone in Waves 1-3 of the Legacy Collection Build-A-Droid figures, with singles like the IG Lancer Droid, Jodo Kast, Bane Malor, Darth Vader and many more. We’ve also received a small shipment of cases of Wave 4. Priced at $94.99, this case of 12 figures includes Bail and Queen Organa, Commander Faie, Stass Allie and more, along with a select few figures from previous waves.

 


 

A Different Kind of Review: The Force Unleashed Multimedia Event
October 25, 2008 | 4:10 PM EST | freebird

This time around readers, I’m taking a little bit of a different approach to things, this review covers not only the novelization of the Force Unleashed, but the video game, graphic novel, and audio book. So check here for the review.

 


 

Clone Wars Card Variants Now Shipping
October 25, 2008 | 9:48 AM EST | Jayson

Upon visiting my local Target this morning I noticed that Clone Wars Waves 1 and 2 are now starting to show up on the new blue t-visor cardbacks. Just a friendly heads up for those of you who are stillcollecting packaging variants out there.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – rebelstryker81
October 24, 2008 | 7:20 PM EST | Justin2

 


Movie set? No, that’s an actual diorama! Check out forum member rebelstryker81’s latest diorama update after the jump!

 


 

Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels for Wii Game Trailer
October 24, 2008 | 2:40 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has updated with the addition of the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels video game for the Wii system. Head over and watch the trailer and look for the game to hit shelves on November 11, 2008… the same day as the Clone Wars DVD/Blu-Ray release.

 


 

Clone Wars Episode #4: Destroy Malevolence 
October 24, 2008 | 2:06 PM EST | Jayson

Last week’s new Clone Wars Episode “Destroy Malevolence” is now streaming at StarWars.com. This episode will also re-broadcast tonight at 8:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. CST followed by an all new episode entitled “Rookies”.

Remember, after the episode airs, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts in our Clone Wars discussion thread… caution for spoilers!

 


 

Legacy Collection Wave 4 Found!
October 24, 2008 | 3:02 AM EST | Captain_Charisma

 


I found a set of Legacy Collection Wave 4 at my local Wal-Mart today during my morning toy run. Start checking your stores, toy hunters! And rest assured, the new Grievous is finally in scale with your other figures, and as impressive as advertised. Happy hunting!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Chapter 25
October 23, 2008 | 10:50 PM EST | Justin2

 


Stay tuned for a few previews of the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series in the coming weeks, which will entail one of the larger battles of the Clone Wars!

Until then, be sure to catch up on the most recent chapter, in which Rykrof learns a shocking revelation about his family. Read more after the jump!

 


 

Coming Soon: Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars Commemorative DVD Packs
October 23, 2008 | 8:42 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro has passed on a couple high-res shots of the upcoming Commemorative DVD Packs due for release next month in conjunction with the Clone Wars Movie release on DVD and Blu-Ray. Pack 1 includes animated versions of Obi-Wan, General Grievous and a Battle Droid, and Pack 2 includes Anakin, R2-D2 and a Clone Trooper. Click the images above for a closer look.

 


 

Coming Soon: TRU Exclusive “Wampa” ARC-170 Fighter
October 23, 2008 | 8:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Hasbro has passed on a couple high-res shots of the upcoming TRU Exclusive ARC-170. It features a brighter deco than the original ROTS release and features all-new Clone Wars “Wampa” nose art. Click on the images above for a closer look and watch those shelves as these are starting to hit retail now.

 


 

New Battle Packs at Wal-Mart
October 22, 2008 | 10:43 PM EST | Justin2

 


Sporadic reports have come in that the latest Battle Packs (Shield Generator Assault and Battle at the B’Omarr Monastery) have surfaced at Target stores, and now they have been sighted at a St. Louis area Wal-Mart as well as I ran across them tonight. The hunt never seems to end folks!

 


 

New Clone Wars T-Shirts at StarWarsShop.com
October 22, 2008 | 8:32 PM EST | Jayson

 

  

StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight with a few new Clone Wars themed T-Shirts to spice up your wardrobe.

“Heroes” Concept Art T-Shirt
Features original concept sketches from the very early stages of production of The Clone Wars!

“Crumb Bomber” and Twi’lek “Pin-Up” T-Shirts
Feature cool period-style artwork seen on several of the Republic Gunships from The Clone Wars!

Head over to StarWarsShop.com and check them out!

 


 

James Luceno Book Tour
October 22, 2008 | 3:12 PM EST | Freebird

From the publicity department at Random House comes the following appearance tour for James Luceno. Stop in and see him and let him know how much you enjoy his work.

Sunday, October 26 4:30pm

SAN DIEGO CA

Mysterious Galaxy,
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302

Monday, October 27 7:00pm

PORTLAND, OR

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing,
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton

Tuesday, October 28 7:00pm

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Barnes & Noble,
14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel

Wednesday, October 29 7:00pm

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Borders
866 Rosedale Center, Roseville MN

Saturday, November 1 4:00pm

ANNAPOLIS, MD

Borders
1115 Annapolis Mall

 


 

Legacy Wave 4 Invades Wal-Mart
October 22, 2008 | 11:23 AM EST | Justin2

Locals at Coreplanets.com have come across into the latest wave of Legacy figures in the Kansas City area. Be on the lookout as our friends at Rebelscum.com have received a report of this wave popping up as well.

 


 

Oh No, The Rancor!
October 22, 2008 | 6:45 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our pals over at JediDefender have scored another preview pic this week, this time it’s the mighty Rancor. As you’ll see, it is a marked improvement over this year’s previous Battle “Jungle” Rancorfrom the TFU game.

 


 

Clones Take the Spotlight in “Rookies”
October 22, 2008 | 12:22 AM EST | Jayson

The spotlight of Star Wars: The Clone Wars shifts to the clones themselves this Friday, October 24, with the debut of “Rookies,” an all-new episode in the hit animated series premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

The episode finds a group of clones standing guard alone at a distant listening post. Clone Captain Rex and Clone Commander Cody must inspire their rookie unit to believe in themselves to stave off a Droid Commando invasion.

Head to StarWars.com for more info regarding this clone-tastic episode!

 


 

LucasArts and BioWare Reveal Star Wars: The Old Republic
October 22, 2008 | 12:18 AM EST | Jayson

LucasArts and BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic, a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise. Star Wars: The Old Republic, being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, represents an innovative approach to interactive entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat and intelligent companion characters.

Head to StarWars.com for the full details….

 


 

Episode 165: Send in the Clones
October 21, 2008 | 10:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


For most of 2008 we have been teased with products from eFX Collectibles. From their first early ads to their premiere at San Diego Comic Con to their email ads. They released the Stormtrooper helmet earlier this year, but that was a tweak to a product previously available from MR. Now eFX brings us the first truly new product they are offering. Going on sale this Saturday morning, eFX brings us the Episode II Clone Trooper Helmet. This week Star Wars Action News has a hands-on review of this new item.

Also this week we answer some of your e-mail questions including what to do with an extra Star Wars promotional vinyl banner, what set of troops the clone Deviss is assigned to, why there are Anakin figures called Darth Vader, and what is the latest on the live action TV Series.

With an update of what Owen is playing with after his latest birthday and a UK Collecting report, it’s all this week on Star Wars Action News.

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

 


 

Is Your Luggage Unique
October 21, 2008 | 7:33 AM EST | Bill

If not, here’s your chance to make it stand out! The Official Site has just listed a series of Star Wars luggage tags that will make it really stand out. Check them out here.

 


 

Star Wars Fan Days II
October 21, 2008 | 7:21 AM EST | Niktom

THIS WEEKEND!
October 25-26, STAR WARS FAN DAYS returns to the Plano Centre!

Come meet a wide variety of actors and artists from the STAR WARS universe and the world of Science Fiction. For all the event details, click here!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE · Meet Star Wars actors! · Meet actor Bruce Campbell! · Meet Serenity actress Jewel Staite! · Meet Clone Wars voice actors! · Special presentation by Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet! · Collector panels both days! · Costume contest Saturday 5pm! · Shop our collectibles exhibit hall with 100+ vendors! · Take your picture with costumed characters! · Meet talented STAR WARS artists! · Exclusive merchandise and giveaways!

Where: Plano Convention Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX.
When: October 25 & 26, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

See some more details or let us know if your going here in the forums.

 


 

$4.99 Sale at K-Mart
October 20, 2008 | 9:09 PM EST | Justin2

 


If you’ve been holding back on picking up figures this year, or looking for some good priced army builders and custom fodder, K-Mart is running a sale this week with all Legacy and Clone Wars figures on sale for $4.99.

 


 

Gentle Giant Obi Wan and Anakin Clone Wars Maquettes Images
October 20, 2008 | 7:44 PM EST | Bill

 


Our friends over at Yoda’s News have updated with some great high resolution images of the Anakin and Obi Clone Wars Gentle Giant Maquettes and the AT-AT Driver Mini Bust coming in early 2009.

 


 

Halloween Yakfinities Continues
October 20, 2008 | 1:08 PM EST | Justin2

 


With almost two weeks left this month there’s plenty of time to join in the current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. Check out the entries so far or add your own submission HERE.

Also, with the big election just around the corner, now is the time to cast your vote in the November Yakfinities!

 


 

Republic Forces Radio Network Episode 3: Destroy Malevolence 
October 20, 2008 | 9:18 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

FRONT LINE REPORTS FROM THE CLONE WARS™

This week on Republic Forces Radio Network, the Malevolence story arc ends on an explosive note, and we discuss the episode in a roundtable taped live at the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club Fall Festival in Lexington, KY with several of the KSWCC members including Chuck from Jedi Temple Archives.

You can download this week’s show by going to RepublicForces.com..

And next week we will be at the Star Wars Fan Days (with Bruce Campbell?!) in Dallas, TX and a Star Wars Action News dinner is planned for that Saturday night after the con. For details, e-mailshow@republicforces.com.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store 25% Off Sale
October 18, 2008 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill