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August 2007 Archive

Attention Central Florida Fans
August 31, 2007 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Master Donny Dowd’s powers of force persuasion have led to the City of Casselberry Florida providing its recreation center for 6 nights of Star Wars Celebration starting on September 21. Each night at 6:00 p.m. a different Star Wars film will be shown… FREE. Starting with the Phantom Menace, and moving forward through the saga. Check it out here.

 


 

Droideka Shield & Clone Commander Variant
August 31, 2007 | 5:51 PM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have received and image from Hasbro as a follow up to their last QnA showing the completed Droideka “Destroyer Droid” shield. Head on over for a detailed look-see.

Also, my friend Jeff at JD happened upon another variant in this year’s Saga Legend line. The 2 Clone Commanders he has have different weapons. One includes the standard skinny-sculpt clone rifle and the other has the Sandtrooper heavy rifle.

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Pre-Labor Day Weekend Edition
August 31, 2007 | 3:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has given us their latest batch of answers to our submitted questions. Topics this week cover the possibility of A-Wing re-release, Jedi Starfighter stands and the release of Indiana Jones figures. Enter the forums for the answers to these questions. While your there be sure to post a few questions for consideration for next week QnA submissions.

 


 

Saga Legends Fans’ Choice Voting Update
August 31, 2007 | 2:29 PM EST | Jayson

 

From Hasbro:

First, thank you for sending in your votes! In total, we received top 10 lists from 20 different Star Wars fansites from around the web. We have weighted all of the submissions, and there were many great suggestions with a great deal of alignment on the most popular choices. The top 20 are below. Also, here are some interesting statistics: There were 67 individual characters submitted. The six top characters were also the ones receiving the votes from the most sites.Of the actual top 20 vote-getters, only three were rulled ineligible because these figures were already planned to come out in their original form or will be updated in 2008. Those figures are Durge, the EU Spacetrooper, and Amanin alien. (Hmmm…let the speculation begin…)

However, there has been a 1-week delay while we redo our Hasbro polling software to handle multiple votes. Currently, our polling software allows fans to vote for only one selection from any given list. Instead, we are redoing the software to allow fans to vote for up to 5 figures. As a result, we are hoping (it may not be exact) that the poll will start 1 week from today. We’ll send out a notification when it does begin so you can let your viewers know. The poll will run for two weeks, so everyone will still have plenty of time to vote. Please let your fans know that we will go live next week.

Here are the top 20:

1. ARC Trooper (Clone Wars) red & gray #43 (Saga)
2. Bespin Guard (black ethnicity)
3. Chewbacca (Early Bird kit)
4. Clone Trooper (Treachery on Saleucami 2007 exclusive)
5. Clone Trooper Pilot w/ball turret (Saga ’02 #49)
6. Coleman Trebor (Saga)
7. Colonel Wulf Yalaren (Death Star Briefing Room 2006 exclusive)
8. Commander Neyo (Treachery on Saleucami 2007 exclusive)
9. Covert Ops Clone Trooper (2005 exclusive)
10. Ephant Mon (Saga)
11. Graxol Kelvyyn (Watto’s Box)
12. Gungan Warrior (Fambaa set exclusive)
13. Han Solo (Vintage OTC)
14. Pablo-Jill (EpIII/OTC bridge line)
15. Shadow Stormtrooper (2006 exclusive)
16. Sio Bibble (Episode I)
17. Stormtrooper (Vintage OTC)
18. Utapau Shadow Trooper (2007 exclusive)
19. Zev Senesca (Snowspeeder Pilot)
20. Zutton (Blue Snaggletooth)

Stay tuned and thank you, as always, for your participation!

-Hasbro Star Wars Team

Wow! That’s quite the list. Discuss your thoughts on the list here.

 


 

SWS.com: The Music of Star Wars
August 31, 2007 | 12:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has a pre-order up for a 8 CD 30th Annivesary Collector’s Edition Box Set: The Music of Star Wars. The Set includes 6 CD covering Episodes IV-VI and the remaining two discs include a special Star Wars: The Corellian Edition compilation (also available separately) of the most popular themes from ALL SIX episodes on one disc, as well as a CD-ROM of digital art of the original LP packaging, posters and insert. The set also comes with an all-new 24″x 24″ exclusive fold-out poster and 4″x4″ collectible stickers.

 


 

Wave 4 Hitting Retail
August 30, 2007 | 9:44 PM EST | Justin2

We’ve gotten reports over the past week of this wave hitting at Walmart and TRU, and tonight I saw the remnants (cantina aliens) in mass at a St. Louis TRU (Sunset Hills for you local STL readers).

Be sure to check your local TRU if you’re in need of this wave folks!

 


 

The Gold Rush Continues
August 29, 2007 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

He’s Back! He’s Bad! He’s one per case!!! He’s fan’s choice #1 in the Saga Legends series– that’s right it’s the Dark Trooper in Saga Legends wave 3. Now I did say something about a Gold rush. Well he has a fancy gold foil banner over the left side of the bubble that says fan’s choice #1, but that’s not all. The Expanded Universe coin which is packed with the Dark Trooper is also GOLD, just like the UGH set– making the full set of gold coins 13, not 12. Good hunting, err cursing, depending on your viewpoint.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Delicious
August 28, 2007 | 10:57 PM EST | Justin2

 

We’ve got a second customizer spotlight this week, going to forum memberDarth Delicious, who has updated with several cool new customs. Take a peak at his latest work after the jump!

 


 

Episode 105: Reviewed, and Going, Going…Whoops!
August 28, 2007 | 6:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week on Star Wars Action News, Arnie reveals a $5,000 folly that was made over the weekend. What was it and how did it end? Listen to find out.

Also this week, Marjorie and Arnie remember the year of Revenge of the Sith and dig through all the merchandise released to determine what THE collectible of 2005 is.

You can download this week’s show from swactionnews.com or directly here.

Enhanced podcast listeners can download the podcast here.

Until next week, may the pegs be stocked…

 


 

TAC Wave 9 Cases Up For Pre-Order Now!
August 27, 2007 | 11:09 PM EST | Brandon

 


EntertainmentEarth.com now has a pre-order up for the highly anticipated, Attack of the Clones Wave 9 case! Hurry on over to EntertainmentEarth.comnow to pre-order this case before it’s too late.

You can also discuss this wave over at our forums here. A lot of our forum members are excited for this case to hit stores as the figure assortment for this wave is top-notch! Looks like the year of the TAC has been a great one!

 


 

SWS.com: TAC UGH Cases
August 26, 2007 | 3:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has a pre-order up for Wave 4 and if you buy by the case, you automatically get the chase figures!:

Version 4 assortment includes:
1x Airborne Trooper (Utapau)
1x Darth Vader w/Obi-Cloak and Lightsaber
1x Luke with Moisture Evaporator
1x Stormtrooper w/removable helmet
1x M’Iiyoom (Cantina Alien)
1x Elis Helrot (Cantina Alien)
1x Holiday Special Boba Fett
1x Umpass-Stay w/ Gong (Skiff Guard)
1x Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight
McQuarrie Chewbacca (UGH gold chase packaging)
Holiday Special Boba Fett (UGH gold chase packaging)
Airborne Trooper (UGH gold chase packaging)

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Vehicles / Trading Cards / Busts / Special Figures and more!
August 26, 2007 | 3:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new items in stock this week. Deadline for pre-ordering the Exclusive Battlefront II action figure set is today.

NEW Titanium:
A-Wing – Green (new paint color)
B-Wing – Orange (new paint color)
Tantive IV – Blue (new paint color)
AT-AP

NEW 30th Anniversary Vehicles:
Elite TIE Interceptor – includes 181st TIE Pilot figure

NEW Mini Bust and Miscellaneous items:
Princess Leia – Mini Collectible Bust
Darth Malak – Mini Bust
Luke and Han Stormtrooper Bust-Up
TV Guide Magaine – A Star Wars tribute set of 6.
Tusken Raider – Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

NEW Trading Cards:
30th Anniversary Trading Cards – Singles
Tryptich Puzzle – Singles

NEW Special Figures:
McQuarrie Concept Obi-Wan and Yoda
R2-KT
Cantina Band Members – Set of 5 – Disney
McQuarrie Concept Luke Skywalker
McQuarrie Concept R2-D2 and C-3PO

In-Stock Saga Legends Figures:
501st Legions Trooper
Sandtrooper – Fan Choice
Boba Fett
Princess Leia Boushh Disguise
Darth Vader
Destroyer Droid
Saesee Tiin
Obi Wan Kenobi Pilot
Chewbacca

In-Stock Comic Book 2-pack Figures:
Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade
A’Sharad Hett and Dark Woman
Princess Leia and Darth Vader

Pre-Order August 26th 2007:
Kotobukiya General Grievous
Exclusive Battlefront II Action Figure Set – SAVE $5.00
Admiral Ackbar Bust – Gentle Giant
Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead) Bust – Gentle Giant
Queen Amidala Bust – Gentle Giant
Snowtrooper Bust – Gentle Giant
Boba Fett Bobble Bank

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Hawkeye
August 26, 2007 | 12:18 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest customizer spotlight goes to forum member Hawkeye for his super articulated Dark Trooper. Check it out and his many other customs here.

 


 

August Customizing Challenge Update
August 26, 2007 | 1:19 AM EST | Justin2

 

Don’t forget customizers, another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge wraps up at the end of August!

To enter this month’s contest and have a chance to win a TAC Battle Droid 2-pk & TAC Super Battle Droid, click HERE!

 


 

Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes Now Arriving At Toys R Us
August 25, 2007 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the first pair of this year’s Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes are starting to arrive. Today we saw the TRU set of exclusive sets– Naboo Hanger and Hoth. No word yet on the Wal-Mart and Target pairs starting to arrive, however if past trends hold true, Wal-Mart could be any time and Target will probably appear with an upcoming reset.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 25, 2007 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store: We’ve just gotten in the 30th Anniversary Legends Wave 3 and 3.1 with the Yellow and Red Clone Troopers and a number of other figures available in cases or as single figures. We also have the San Diego Comicon Exclusive Utapau Clone Trooper and Internet Exclusive Unleashed ARC Heavy Trooper in stock as well. We’ve just added preorders for the new deluxe Star Wars Transformers as well— two new case assortments that contain the new Commander Cody Turbo Tank, Luke Skywalker Snowspeeder, and AT-AT Driver – AT-AT, and also preorders are now up for the TRU exclusive Tie Interceptor, Y-Wing and Geonosis Beast Battle Pack. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

TAC Wave 4
August 25, 2007 | 2:00 PM EST | Justin2

If you pre-ordered Wave 4 through www.dnstoys.com, be on the lookout for your shipment to arrive any day now, as this morning Fed Ex showed up at my doorstep with my case of Wave 4.

 


 

More Comic Pack Variants
August 25, 2007 | 8:03 AM EST | Jayson

EntertainmentEarth has received word that there will be 3 more intentional comic pack variant coming in Nov. in Wave 5 rev. 1 cases. They are the Han/Chewie, Tarkin/Stormtrooper and Luke/R2-D2 packs – and the difference is that the Han, Luke and Stormtrooper will be packed without the blue “comic shading” effect – that’s right clean Stormtrooper armor.

But while it does say there will be no blue paint apps, it says nothing about the red accents on the helmet. So we will have to wait a bit longer for further details. STAY TUNED.

 


 

12″ Palpatine 2-Pack
August 24, 2007 | 7:18 AM EST | Mark

Coming soon…

Coming from Sideshow Collectibles. Priority pre-order coming Sept 6th, 2007.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 22, 2007 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve got lots of Star Wars arriving very soon, including more of the Ultimate Galactic Hunt Figure Cases, and individual figurs, and even an ENTIRE SET OF Hunt Figures— save yourself a lot of gas money and get your set all at once– and also the internet exclusive Unleashed ARC Trooper Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – FINAL HOUR
August 22, 2007 | 5:37 PM EST | Justin2

 

Rykrof Enloe returns in the latest installment in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series.

As the Clone Wars rage throughout the galaxy, Commander Enloe’s final hour approaches as he has been scheduled for execution by a group of radical terrorists, hell-bent on bringing down the Republic!

Meanwhile, a great Jedi Master faces temptation by the Dark Side of the Force as he has sought out Count Dooku himself in a desperate attempt to save his friend…

Check out the latest chapter, FINAL HOUR.

 


 

Obi-Wan Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring
August 22, 2007 | 11:21 AM EST | Mark

 


Over at Toysrus.com they have the Obi-Wan Starfighter with Hyperspace ring available for pre-order.

From TRU.com:

Obi-Wan’s vehicle as seen in the Star Wars film Episode II: Attack of the Clones, attaches to the nine-inch Hyperspace Ring and features blast-off body panels, firing cannons and spring-open wings! Vehicle comes with unassembled hyperspace ring, missiles, labels, display stand and instructions. Some assembly required. Ages 4 and up.

 


 

Episode 104: 2004 Gets Animated
August 22, 2007 | 6:42 AM EST | Jayson

 


Got Dice? That seemed to be the question last weekend at GenCon Indianapolis. Arnie and Marjorie encounter Marjorie coming to face her fear of irregular, non-cubic dice. In addition they recount what little Star Wars was actually at the convention, and little is right as Arnie drooled over some of Wizards of the Coast’s new Star Wars Miniatures. We also discuss the recent widespread toy recall, look at the newest Star Wars items being found in the stores, and recall a more innocent time, 2004, when the first Star Wars Original Trilogy DVDs were released.

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directlyhere.

Until next week, may the pegs be stocked…

 


 

Toyguide Update: #28 Darth Vader (McQuarrie Concept) 
August 20, 2007 | 8:26 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates tonight with the final figure from Wave 4 and happens to be the latest McQuarrie concept figure – Darth Vader. Based on Ralph McQuarrie’s signature duel painting, this version of Vader differs slightly from his on screen visage as he includes a scalloped cape similar to Batman, blaster with thigh holster and 2 interchangeable helmets pulled right from McQuarrie’s drawings. About the only problem with this figure is the slash-joint elbows that are prone to popping apart when posing. Aside from that this is one great figure!

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

New Comic Packs & More
August 19, 2007 | 8:51 PM EST | Mark

Over at Walmart.com they seem to be getting back into selling figures online…

Click on over…

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC
 


 

A Special Thanks
August 19, 2007 | 7:28 PM EST | Justin2

 

We’d like to send out a special thank you to Yakface reader Erik Chavez, who recently completed service in the United States military.

Erik joined the U.S. Army in 2002 and was an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division for 5 years.

He completed Airborne School, and was a Team Leader, Rifleman, Saw Gunner, Grenadier, Javaline Gunner, Sniper and Heavy Weapons Gunner, and served two combat tours in Afghanistan in 2003, 2004 & 2006, when he came back home to take care of his mom, who is fighting cancer for the third time.

Erik also worked in recruiting for a year, and completed his service with the military in July 2007.

Many of you may know Erik better as forum member Jedistyle, who is a regular contributor and active member in the customizing community. For all the fun we have in this hobby, sometimes many of us may take for granted the service others are doing to keep our country safe.

From all of us here at Yakface, God Bless and many thanks to Erik and all of the men and women in our armed forces. You can see more about Erik in our forums HERE.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – raziel
August 19, 2007 | 7:12 PM EST | Justin2

 

Forum member raziel has updated with another new chapter in his photonovel series, Black Illusion.

Check out the 7th Chapter in this series by clicking HERE.

 


 

www.owenscustoms.com
August 19, 2007 | 6:58 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our friend Owen D. has updated his site again with another impressive variety of custom figures. Check them out after the jump!

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Better Late Than Never Edition
August 19, 2007 | 2:11 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has given us their latest batch of answers to our submitted questions. Topics this week cover artwork, a certain archeologist and UK collectors getting US exclusives. Enter the forums for the answers to these questions.

 


 

Possible New Battle Packs
August 18, 2007 | 12:19 AM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Jedidefender.com have gotten a hold of some pics of what appears to be some more figures slated for future Battle Packs. All figures are some sort of rehash, but there’s some pleasant surprises – check them out for yourself!

Hoth Battle Pack

Endor Battle Pack

 


 

Toyguide Update: #27 Umpass-stay (Klatooinian)
August 17, 2007 | 2:26 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates again today with the addition of to Max Rebo’s Band, the Klatooinian Umpass-stay. This all-new figure’s a hefty sucker and has the added benefit of having removable accessories to add to the variety of Jabba’s Palace or Desert Skiff. You also have the ability to attach the drum stick to Umpass-stay’s belt. But that’s not all! He includes a drum accessory that can be combined with a second one, creating as two-sided drum- bring on Ak-Rev!

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #26 CZ-4 (CZ-Series Droid)
August 17, 2007 | 10:07 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the addition of CZ-4. Another droid fans have been clamoring has finally reach our shelves. This CZ Unit was briefly shown in few scenes of Return of the Jedi but the same type of droid (CZ-3) was also seen in the alleys of Mos Eisley and in the bowels of the Jawa’s Sandcrawer. So, looks like adding 3 or 4 of these my collection might be in order ; P

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #25 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
August 17, 2007 | 9:34 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the addition of Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)This latest version brings us one step closer to having the ultimate Jedi Luke. It features soft goods Jedi tabard, a lightsaber with separate hilt (that can be tucked into his belt) and a bone accessory. About the only thing missing from this figure is a Jedi cloak, palace henchman blaster and maybe an extra gloved hand to switch out for his battle damaged one.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Darth Maul RAH Pre-Order
August 17, 2007 | 8:13 AM EST | Mark

Up for pre-order over at Sideshow today at 10am PST.

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Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 16, 2007 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
25 ITEM CLEARANCE SALE: We’ve reduced prices significantly on 25 heavily stocked items. Average savings are around 50% with a few items at higher or lower discounts. We’ve just added preorders for Master Replicas last limited edition lightsaber, Luke’s Return of the Jedi version 2, as well as the internet exclusive Republic Commando figure sets. In addition we’ve just received the Comicon Exclusive Shadow Scout Trooper and speeder as well as the wave 4 figure cases, including a number of UGH figures, and lots more. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Saga Legends: The Clock is Ticking
August 16, 2007 | 7:27 PM EST | Jayson

 


There are only a few hours remaining in the Saga Legends Poll. Tomorrow the list gets sent off to the “Big H” for compilation with the other fan site lists for the final battle royal list of 20 figures. Who will be the winners? YOU DECIDE!

 


 

SWS.com: Battlefront II Sets
August 15, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com tonight features the Battlefront II Video Game Sets which includes 13 figures in all enabling you to recreate the battles of the Clone Wars to the Galactic Civil Wars.

The Clone Set features all new deco and some action figures with new accessories:
• Clone Sharptrooper
• Heavy Trooper
• Clone Trooper
• Clone Engineer with New Helmet
• Galactic Marine with New Chain Gun
• Jet Trooper with New Jet Pack, Helmet, & Gun

The Droid Set includes:
• Destroyer Droid
• 3 Battle Droids (one of which has a new gun)
• Grievous’ Bodyguard
• Super Battle Droid
• Ammunition Droid

Both sets feature window box packaging similar to the Death Star Briefing and Republic Commando Sets.

Get yours today at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

Toyguide Update: #24 Animated Debut: Boba Fett
August 15, 2007 | 2:13 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Animated Debut: Boba Fett.This kitbashed VOTC version of “The Fett Man” is based upon his first appearance which was in the Star Wars Holiday Special way back in 1978 – 2 years before he graced the screen in ESB. Here he is armed with his signature jetpack, but also includes a new holster, blaster pistol and a staff stylized right from the cartoon. Also, be on the lookout for the gold foil and coined UGH version of this figure in later Wave 4 case revisions.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Master Replicas Pre-Order
August 15, 2007 | 8:42 AM EST | Mark

 


Over at Master Replicas They are pre-ordering the following today.

Our first becomes our last. The very first Limited Edition Lightsaber Master Replicas made was the Luke Skywalker EPVI “Version 1” Lightsaber. Now our final Star Wars Limited Edition Lightsaber from Master Replicas –

Luke Skywalker EpVI V2 Lightsaber Signature Edition

This is ONLY available at Master Replicas and is strictly limited to 500 pieces!

This is the third and final Mark Hamill Signature in the set. You have the Star Wars: A New Hope Signature and the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Signature now complete the set with the Star Wars: Return of The Jedi Signature Lightsaber.

The lightsaber Luke Skywalker wields in the Return of the Jedi has a long and complicated history. The hilt worn by actor Mark Hamill, in most of the scenes in the movie where the lightsaber is not ignited, was in fact an old Obi-Wan Kenobi “stunt” lightsaber from A New Hope. The blade was cut off and it featured a longer lever on the center band, a conical knob on the rear above the pommel, and a D-ring attached the lightsaber to a belt clip. Cast in aluminum from a milled wooden master, this lightsaber features uneven heat sink fins which we have recreated in the interest of accuracy.

For the fighting scenes, a newly machined, but more simplified look-alike version of the above lightsaber was created with a removable blade. A cleaned up version of this lightsaber was used for the close-up insert shot when Darth Vader comments on Luke constructing a new lightsaber. This became known as the “hero” version of the prop because it was featured so prominently in a close-up. The “Version Two” of the prop was altered in post-production to look more like the “hero” lightsaber, possibly in interest of continuity.

Master Replicas engineers modeled this faithful replica directly from measurements taken from the surviving prop, and recreated the look from the movie with the help of extensive photographic reference materials supplied from the Lucasfilm Ltd. Archives.

We hope that you enjoy adding this Luke Skywalker lightsaber “Version Two” from Return of the Jedi to your Star Wars prop collection.

– Crafted in machined and stamped aluminum and metal parts
– Museum quality display case with mirrored base and acrylic cover
– Numbered plaque and Certificate of Authenticity
– Numbered plaque autographed by Mark Hamill
– Limited to only 500 pieces
– $525.00 each
– Collectors Society Preorder Date: August 15, 2007 (9:00am PST)
– General Public Preorder Date: August 16, 2007 (9:00am PST)
– Expected to ship: Late Winter 2007

 


 

Toyguide Update: #23 Elis Helrot 
August 14, 2007 | 10:44 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates again tonight with the addition of Elis Helrot the male Givin from A New Hope. A long time fan request finally gets his day, and like his drinking buddy M’iiyoom, includes an arched section of the bar as well. Plus, he gets that added bonus of being able to “belly up” to the bar and actually sit on the stool thanks to a pliable skirt and articulated knees.

Raise your glasses to this new figure and click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #22 M’iiyoom Onith 
August 14, 2007 | 10:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

After a long drought of not acquiring any new product, the Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of M’iiyoom Onith: the female H’nemthe from A New Hope. Once again we are treated to an all new, never before released, blink and you’ll miss cantina character. Plus, after many requests, we are finally able to start the completion of the Chalmun’s Cantina as she includes a half of the arched section of the bar. One slight problem with this figure is the restrictive “skirt” that prevents M’llyoom from sitting at said bar, even with articulated knees.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

SWS.com: SDCC Kotobukiya Utapau Clone Trooper
August 14, 2007 | 9:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


ShopStarWars.com has updated with a special offer on the SDCC Exclusive Kotobukiya Utapau Clone Trooper. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the greatest space fantasy film of all time, the Utapau Trooper is the newest edition to Kotobukiya’s ARTFX Statue series. While most of the edition size was sold out at Comic-Con this summer, StarWarsShop has managed to get a small quantity for its shoppers!

And if you are a Hyperspace member, you are eligible for an additional 10% discount.

 


 

Star Tours Figures Appearing at Disney Outlets
August 14, 2007 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

Our friends at SW Startours.net just sent us this heads-up:

Disney Outlet in Vacaville, CA has this Star Tours figure marked down to $3…Here’s the corporate web page.

 


 

Yakface Customizing Challenges Continue…
August 14, 2007 | 6:33 PM EST | Justin2

 

The Yakfinities Customizing Challenges have reached their 13th month, and for August, Yakface forum members are working on their DROIDS OF WAR CUSTOMS. The winner of the contest this month will win a MOC TAC Battle Droid 2-pk and a MOC TAC Super Battle Droid.

Also, if you think you have a good idea for the September Customizing Challenge, share it with us HERE.

 


 

Mara/Luke Comic Pack Variant
August 14, 2007 | 4:43 PM EST | Jayson

Check those Mara/Luke comic packs! There are 2 variations of this set where Mara either includes a green or purple lightsaber. Here in Minnesota, both versions have appeared in the wild so if you are a variant hunter, here’s another to add to you list.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Saga Legends Now In-Stock
August 12, 2007 | 5:18 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new items in stock this week:

NEW Saga Legends Figures
501st Legions Trooper
Sandtrooper – Fan Choice
Boba Fett
Princess Leia Boushh Disguise
Darth Vader
Destroyer Droid
Saesee Tiin
Obi Wan Kenobi Pilot
Chewbacca

Back in Stock Comic Book 2-pack Figures 
Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade
A’Sharad Hett and Dark Woman
Princess Leia and Darth Vader

Pre-Order August 26th 2007
Darth Malak – Celebration IV exclusive
Commander Gree – Celebration IV exclusive
Gamorrean Guard
Deluxe 501st Special Ops Clone Trooper
Sandtrooper Sergeant mini bust
Sandtrooper Squad Leader mini bust

Pre-Order August 26th 2007
Kotobukiya General Grievous
Exclusive Battlefront II Action Figure Set – SAVE $5.00
Admiral Ackbar Bust – Gentle Giant
Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead) Bust – Gentle Giant
Queen Amidala Bust – Gentle Giant
Snowtrooper Bust – Gentle Giant
Boba Fett Bobble Bank

In Stock To find these items quickly – type item code in SEARCH box.
TIE Bomber – Action Fleet Micro – Item Code TO6527
Gungan Scout Sub w/Obi-Wan Kenobi – Item Code TV0125
Y-Wing Fighter with Rebel Pilot – Item Code TV0143
AirSpeeder – Expanded Universe – Item Code TV0071
Trade Federation Tank – Item Code TV0139
Jango Fett Slave 1 – Item Code TX0211
STAP and Battle Droid – Item Code TV0089
Watto’s Box – Item Code TR1111

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
August 12, 2007 | 2:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

We have just received the McQuarrie Concept Luke vs. Darth Vader Koto Statues, get yours for $160.00, and check out our other Koto Star Wars statues as well. Be sure to grab your A New Hope Darth Vader FX lightsaber, and FX Yoda lightsaber, before they disappear forever. Remember our prices include shipping in the US for FREE. Click here to place your order.

 


 

SWS.com: Shadow Scout with Exclusive Collector Card
August 10, 2007 | 9:16 AM EST | Jayson

 


ShopStarWars.com has updated with a special offer on the SDCC Shadow Scout. For a limited time (2 weeks) when you purchase the Scout, you’ll receive a FREE exclusive Topps StarWarsShop Collector Series Shadow Stormtrooper trading card.

Please Note: the Shadow Scout is in-stock and ready to ship. The collector card gift will ship separately in approximately a month, at no additional shipping fee to you!

 


 

Sideshow Luke Bespin Pre-Order
August 10, 2007 | 7:24 AM EST | Mark

Today at 10am PST the Luke is up for priority Pre-Order

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Black Illusion Photonovel Series Continues…
August 10, 2007 | 4:18 AM EST | Justin2

 

Forum member raziel has updated with the latest chapter in his photonovel series.

If you haven’t already, you can check out the previous chapters in this intriguing storyline he has laid out for us in the Photonovel Section.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Custom Figure Updates
August 10, 2007 | 4:12 AM EST | Justin2

 

The next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series is coming later this month… but for a sneak peek at a few more custom figures and characters that will be appearing in upcoming chapters, click here!

 


 

Wave 3 Comic Packs Hitting
August 8, 2007 | 11:30 PM EST | Justin2

 

Reports continue to come in that collectors are finding the third wave of the Comic Packs at different retailers, mostly at Walmart and Target stores.

Are these worth picking up? Decide for yourself after the jump!

 


 

Saga Legends: Now Taking Submissions
August 8, 2007 | 7:29 AM EST | Jayson

 


The forums thread is now open for taking your favorite 10 picks for next year’s Saga Legends Line.

 


 

Episode 102: Attack of the Big Ticket Items
August 8, 2007 | 12:05 AM EST | Jayson

 


Most Star Wars fans look back at 2002 and think of Attack of the Clones. Some think first of Star Wars Celebration 2, the first Star Wars con held in Indianapolis, IN. Marjorie and Arnie think about their Star Wars Wedding, held four days before the opening of Attack of the Clones, and the purchases that ensued. They recall this heady time of fandom by looking at a new era of collecting that was ushered in along with a million soldiers all wearing Temura Morrison’s face.

Also this week we catch up on some long overdue voice mails, give a store report, and debate the worth, or lack thereof, of the 2007 Fan Club Membership Kit.

Finally we have Nathan P. Butler returning to catch us up on what’s happening in Star Wars books and comics for July and August, 2007.

Have you heard about the Hasbro Star Wars Legends fan’s choice poll? Hasbro is adding another wave of repackaged figures to Saga Legends, and fan sites such as Star Wars Action News get to pick which ones! Head to our forums to cast your vote for which figures you’d like to have revisit you on pegs in 2008!

Also, if you’re in the Chicago area for Wizard World on Saturday, August 11th, check our forums to find out about the Star Wars Action News dinner being held! We hope to see you there!

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directlyhere.

Also, thanks to forum member Darth Gawth, The Enhanced Podcasts Are Back! Download this week’s podcast with chapter markers and photos here.

Until next week, may the pegs be stocked…

 


 

The Winner Is….
August 7, 2007 | 7:30 AM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our Vintage Figure giveaway courtesy ofAndrews Toyz.Our Winner is Brent Irwin. Brent please Email me here with your address so we can get your figures out to you.

 


 

Sandtroopers Turns 7
August 6, 2007 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

That’s right our friends over at Sandtroopers.com are celebrating their 7th Anniversary with Sandblast 2007 with an incredible list of prizes for YOU to mark the event. Click here for more.

 


 

Elite TIE Interceptor Boxed Shots UPDATE
August 6, 2007 | 4:34 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our very own Mark M. recently received his Elite 181st Squadron TIE Interceptor from TRU.com. Head into the forums for a few boxed shots and look on later tonight for some loose shots as well.

UPDATE: Loose shots have been added to the forums.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
August 5, 2007 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
20% OFF SALE: Save 20% on everything in the store except ‘new’ and ‘preorder / backorder’ items! We’ve just removed the ‘new’ designation from hundreds more products so even more figures are on sale. This sale will last until 7:00 PM Central time on Monday August 6th. Just choose your favorite menu to start shopping. In addition we’ve just added individual gold coin Galactic Hunt figures, some of which are already in stock. We also have many of the Comicon Exclusives in stock and much more. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

K & C Collectibles: New Comic and Legends Figures
August 5, 2007 | 4:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received new items in stock this week:

NEW Comic Book 2-pack Figures 
Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade
A’Sharad Hett and Dark Woman
Princess Leia and Darth Vader

NEW Saga Legends Figures
501st Legions Trooper
Saesee Tiin
Obi Wan Kenobi Pilot
Chewbacca
Shock Trooper
Battle Droid
Yoda
General Grievous
Darth Maul
Clone Trooper (ROTS)
Clone Trooper (AOTC)

NEW Gentle Giant Bust
Darth Malak – Celebration IV exclusive
Commander Gree – Celebration IV exclusive
Gamorrean Guard
Deluxe 501st Special Ops Clone Trooper
Sandtrooper Sergeant mini bust
Sandtrooper Squad Leader mini bust

NEW Sideshow Collectibles
12″ Plo Koon

Pre-Order August 26th 2007
Kotobukiya General Grievous
Exclusive Battlefront II Action Figure Set – SAVE $5.00
Admiral Ackbar Bust – Gentle Giant
Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead) Bust – Gentle Giant
Queen Amidala Bust – Gentle Giant
Snowtrooper Bust – Gentle Giant
Boba Fett Bobble Bank

In Stock To find these items quickly – type item code in SEARCH box.
Princess Leia & Wicket the Ewok – TP5307A
Princess Leia & R2-D2 – TP5305
Princess Leia & Luke Skywalker -TP5303
Princess Leia & Han Solo – TP5301
Luke Skywalker in Endor Gear – with Coin – TP5287
Princess Leia in Endor Gear – with Coin – TP5288
C-3PO with Coin – TP5289
Tattoine Skiff with Luke Skywalker figure – TV0155
Geonosis Battle Arena – TX3000
Jedi Spirits – TP5431

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles

 


 

Andrews Toyz Newsfeed
August 4, 2007 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

We have a great deal on some of the Master Replicas Scaled Lightsabers with the display case! This is the ultimate gift idea for any Star Wars collector! This set features three Scaled Lightsaber replicas that are in .45 scale to the ones used in the movies. In addition to the three lightsabers, a display case to hold them all is included as well!

You get 3 Lightsabers: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda! Plus the treo display case. Save 50% off retail when you purchase this item! Click here to order.

 


 

Yakfinities # 13 – DROIDS OF WAR
August 4, 2007 | 4:03 AM EST | Justin2

 

Another Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun! For the month of August, the theme is DROIDS OF WAR.

Have fun with this one everyone! To enter the contest and have a chance to win a prize, click HERE.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Jedistyle
August 4, 2007 | 3:48 AM EST | Justin2

 

Forum member Jedistyle has done it again, with yet another batch of fantastic customs. Check out his latest work HERE.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Sandtrooper
August 3, 2007 | 4:02 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

After a long drought of not acquiring any new product, the Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Sandtrooper from wave 2 of the Saga Legends line. This figure is an uber-dirty repaint of the #037 Sandtrooper released in the TSC line and rather than the black pauldron, it has the white/gray pauldron, technically giving him the rank of “Sergeant”. Also, this figure includes the EIV movie coin for those (myself included) who are obsessed with completing their coin albums. Look for alternate body and decos of this figure to ship in later case revisions.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

2008 Saga Legends Fans’ Choice Vote
August 3, 2007 | 3:22 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has passed on details for next year’s Saga Legends Fans’ Choice subline. Read on for details!

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Back on Track
August 3, 2007 | 3:17 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has given us their latest batch of answers to our submitted questions. Topics this week involve the possibility of variant clones in training, Fireside Padme and Poncho Jango. Enter the forums for the answers to these questions.

Note: These questions were asked before SDCC so some of these questions were answered there.

 


 

Yakface Forums 1-Year Anniversary Grand Prize Winner
August 3, 2007 | 3:07 PM EST | Justin2

 

The Grand Prize Winner of the Yakface Forum 1-Year Anniversary Contest has been announced! To find out who the winner of the RAH Stormtrooper is, CLICK HERE!

Thank you to everyone who participated, and a huge thanks to our sponsor, D & S Sci Fi Toy World!

 


 

LEGO Sith Infiltrator
August 3, 2007 | 8:56 AM EST | Mark

Over at Lego.com the now have in stock the exclusive Sith Infiltrator™ $29.99


 


 

Forum Downtime
August 2, 2007 | 5:55 PM EST | Justin2

The Yakface forums are currently down – we apologize for this inconvenience and will have them back up as quickly as possible.

Update – Access is now available for Yakface forum members.

 


 

New Yakfinities Winner!
August 1, 2007 | 10:17 PM EST | Justin2

 

Another month of Yakfinities has just finished up! The random winner, forum member Ars30, has won a MOC McQuarrie Boba Fett figure.

Check out all 22 entries from Yakface forum members this month after the jump!

 


 

McQuarrie Obi-Wan & Yoda – Back in Stock
August 1, 2007 | 1:18 PM EST | Justin2

Hasbrotoyshop.com has the McQuarrie Obi-Wan & Yoda back IN STOCK.

Thanks to those who emailed in!

Note – According to the item listing, it will not begin shipping until around September 3.

 


 

Episode 101: SDCC ’07 Wrap-Up
August 1, 2007 | 9:02 AM EST | Jayson

 


There is simply no larger convention in a year than San Diego Comic Con. Even the massive crowds of a Star Wars Celebration pale in comparison to the well over 100,000 people who gather each July in San Diego, and Arnie, Marjorie, and Scott from Tulsa added themselves to the numbers this year chasing after exclusives from Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, and Hasbro as well as visiting panels and starting minor riots. Listen as they recall their experiences from San Diego Comic Con 2007.

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directlyhere.

 


 

Sandblast 2007 Customizing Contest
August 1, 2007 | 12:14 AM EST | Justin2

 

In celebration of their 7th anniversary online, our friends over atSandtroopers.com are hosting a cool customizing contest of their own, part ofSandblast 2007.

If you’re interested in making your own custom Sandtrooper for the contest, check it out after the jump!

Note – You are required to log into the forums to participate.

July 2007 Archive

New Toys In Stock
July 31, 2007 | 10:17 PM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com they have the newest waves of figures and Galactic Heroes in stock. Head on over if you are looking for them.

 


 

Comic Con Exclusives
July 31, 2007 | 10:08 PM EST | Mark

Comic Con 2007, to me, it was the year of the exclusive. This year seemed to be heavier on exclusives than on news. The cost for the exclusives is beginning to rival the cost of the trip itself. Not to mention adding in the cost of shipping to get all these things back home. But while they are expensive, the exclusives are well worth it. This year the exclusives outshinned them all. If you were able to attend, odds are, you still missed one of two of them. If you were able to get an exclusive that was not mentioned on this list, please email me and I will get it added.

Here is a list of exclusives this year:

Comic Con:
Star Wars Program Guide (free)

Sideshow:
Holo Darth Sidious
Black Hole Stormtrooper VCD

LEGO:
Sith Infiltrator (Limited Time Exclusive)
Gold C-3PO 1 in 10,000 (handed out for free)
LEGO Clone Wars Poster (free)

Kotobukiya:
Utapau Clone Trooper
R2D2 Glass
C3PO Glass
Red R2D2 Glass (R4-P17)

ACME:
Sandtrooper Character Key
X-WING Starfighter Scetchplate

Hasbro:
STAR WARS 30th -SILVER COIN
INDIANA JONES -GOLD COIN
501st R2KT
OBI-WAN and Yoda
2007 Action Figure Poster (free)
Lightside Rubber wrist band (blue) Handed out while in line (free)
Darkside Rubber wrist band (black) Handed out while in line (free)
Shadow Scout with speeder bike

Gentle Giant:
Commander Cody
R2D2 & Yoda Maquette
Chubby Vader

Funco:
Clone Trooper Bobble Head (red)

Entertainment Earth
Clone Trooper Bobble Head (blue)

Adam Huges:
30th Anniversary Comic Con Star Wars T-Shirt

Topps:
3oth Anniversary Widescreen Card “Episode IV; Enter Darth Vader” (free)

Cartamundi:
30th Anniversary boxed set of classic playing cards
Boxed 3 pack of playing cards

 


 

Master Replicas Gold Rush
July 31, 2007 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Master Replicas:

It’s the California Gold Rush all over again! For the month of August, we will be offering not one but FOUR Sweepstakes and all of the prizes will be GOLD!

Add a great replica to your collection this month and you may strike GOLD!

Purchase any in stock item* from August 1, 2007 thru August 31, 2007 and you will automatically be entered into Master Replicas Gold Rush Sweepstakes. And to make it even easier we are offering free shipping** on in stock items in August.

GOLD RUSH LIMITED EDITION SWEEPSTAKES
Purchase any in stock Limited Edition, Signature Edition or Studio Scale item and automatically receive one entry per item into the Gold Rush Limited Edition Sweepstakes. You can enter as many times as you like. There will be three winners and the prizes are:

1 – Gold Plated Darth Vader Limited Edition Lightsaber (Limited Edition Size: 5)
1 – Gold Plated Yoda Limited Edition Lightsaber (Limited Edition Size: 5)
1 – Gold Plated Darth Sidious Limited Edition Lightsaber (Limited Edition Size: 5)
Click here for more

 


 

R2-KT Available at SWS.com
July 31, 2007 | 7:09 PM EST | Jayson

 


The SDCC/HasbroToyShop Exclusive R2-KT is now available atStarWarsShop.com

 


 

Yakface/SDDC Coverage Update
July 31, 2007 | 4:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Comic-Con gallery has been updated today with many more images added to the Hasbro, Sideshow, Lego, Kotobukiya and the Miscellenous Sections.

A huge thanks to Mark for capturing all the photo while he was there and thanks to Justin for the assistance on processing the images while I was out of town.

Check out all the images here.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – Final Hour Approaching
July 31, 2007 | 2:43 AM EST | Justin2

 

The teaser images above are a glimpse into the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series, FINAL HOUR.

But before the next installment is released, be sure to catch up on the current episode, TRIBULATION.

 


 

Yak’s Pub July Roundup
July 31, 2007 | 1:59 AM EST | Justin2

 

Forum member Niktom from Yakspub.com has updated with his monthly roundup of jokes. Check them out after the jump!

 


 

Death Star Poll
July 31, 2007 | 1:49 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our friends over at Jediinsider.com are holding a poll to determine what the interest level is for a Death Star playset. So go over there and make your voice heard, my playset deprived friends!

 


 

Yakfinities Deadline Approaching…
July 31, 2007 | 1:24 AM EST | Justin2

 

The latest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge will be ending in less than 24 hours! So if you’ve got a last minute submission, be sure to get it in by midnight July 31 by clicking HERE.

 


 

Ralph McQuarrie Signature Series Obi-Wan & Yoda with Exclusive Collector Coin
July 30, 2007 | 11:48 AM EST | Justin2

 

If you’re looking to add the McQuarrie Obi-Wan & Yoda to your collection, they are listed as IN STOCK at Hasbrotoyshop.com.

Also don’t forget to pick up R2-KT as well!

Thanks to Stench of the Sasquatch from Coreplanets.com for the heads up!

UPDATE – R2-KT is now sold out…

UPDATE # 2 – Kenobi and Yoda are gone now too!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Exclusive Battlefront II Figure Set
July 30, 2007 | 9:39 AM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is offering a $5.00 savings on the Exclusive Battlefront II Action Figure Set. We are taking pre-order for this set and many other new Star Wars items.

In Stock 30th Anniversary Collection 
Wave 1
Wave 2
Wave 3

Pre-Order August 26th 2007
Kotobukiya General Grievous
Exclusive Battlefront II Action Figure Set – SAVE $5.00
Admiral Ackbar Bust – Gentle Giant
Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead) Bust – Gentle Giant
Queen Amidala Bust – Gentle Giant
Snowtrooper Bust – Gentle Giant
Boba Fett Bobble Bank

In Stock To find these items quickly – type item code in SEARCH box.
Fambaa with shield Generator and Gungan Warrior – TR1251
Sebulba with chubas – TY1121
Tatooine Skiff with Luke Skywalker figure – TV0155
Set of 6 Japan mini action figures – TR1501
Geonosis Battle Arena – TX3000
Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter with R2-D2 figure – TX0219
Crowd Control Stormtrooper – TP5085
Probe Droid Deluxe – TP5193
Boba Fett Deluxe – TP5191
Shadows of the Empire figures – SOTE
Hallmark A New Hope – Theater One Sheet – TX5183

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles
If you want to be removed from our mailing list click here or send an e-mail with the word “REMOVE” in the subject. Please insure to reply with the same e-mail address that our message was sent.

 


 

New Sideshow Preorder
July 29, 2007 | 10:22 PM EST | Mark

New Pre-order is up at Sideshow Toys.

 


 

Yakface.com Forums: Auction Ending Soon!
July 29, 2007 | 6:05 PM EST | Brandon

 

In case you didn’t already know, the forums is hosting a very special auction. Our first forum auction made its debut earlier this month with a very unique item. Our very own forum member, Niktom, was generous enough to donate a copy of the Yak’s Pub Weekend Special Vol. 1 DVD! If you are a forum member you can visit the auction page to bid on this exclusive item with your YAKPoints! Hurry there are only two days left!

 


 

Andrew’s Toyz Newsfeed
July 28, 2007 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrew’s Toyz:

We have added more great deals to our website! Here are some of them:

Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers are on sale and some even have free shipping!
20% OFF ALL Master Replicas Mini Lightsabers
35% OFF Darth Vader Limited Edition Lightsaber
Gentle Giant Sale on New & Old
ROTS Clone Trooper Bust cases in stock again!
20% OFF ALL Saga Collection Figure Tin Sets

You can see all of these great savings by Clicking here.

 


 

Big Bad Toystore Newsfeed
July 28, 2007 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just received the Star Wars Legends Wave 2 in stock as well as the new Star Wars Titanium case with more Battlestar figures and the Gentle Giant Yoda on Kubuck statute. In addition we have the Mediacom RAH Dath Maul up for preorder and lots more! Click here to check it all out.

 


 

More SideShow VCD
July 27, 2007 | 11:17 PM EST | Mark

 

These are up for pre-order as well.

 


 

Evolution Sets! ROTS Army Builders! And More!
July 27, 2007 | 9:24 PM EST | Justin2

 

Ready for some more Comic Con coverage? Hasbro revealed more goodies today, including the return of the Evolution sets as well as some great looking ROTS figures. Check it out after the jump!

 


 

Forum Anniversary Giveaway – 1st Runner Up
July 27, 2007 | 11:47 AM EST | Justin2

 

We’ve got another winner in the Yakface Forum Anniversary Giveaways!

Congratulations to forum member johnboy walton, who has won a Titanium Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul courtesy of our sponsor, D & S Sci Fi Toy World.

For details on the grand prize winner which will be announced on August 3, click here.

 


 

Comic Con 2007
July 27, 2007 | 11:23 AM EST | Mark

Hello from San Diego, once again, I find myself in awe at the amount of people that have shown up for this show.

Here are some small highlights todate.

In the images you will find in the Misc section:

Mimo Co, has a second wave of USB drives coming, no news as to the new Characters, however there were hints to possibly expanding to an 8gb format.

Cartamundi has new playing cards coming, There will be regular playing cards that will be carried in normal retail chains such as WalMart and Target, there is also some images of the poker set that is targeted for Sharper Image and will retail for about $150, the case lights up when it is opened, from under the chips. The chips do not have any denomination, as there arent any in Star Wars, however, there is also a dealer chip, and two decks of cards.

LEGO, had nothing new there, they are giving away the Bronze C3PO, and they were handing out, TO KIDS, the 1 in 10,000 gold C3PO. I also picked up a NEW SIth Infiltrator set, 7663, from LEGOland. I will be asking them about that today. It is an exclusive set, just not sure where it is exclusive to yet.

Hasbro is giving away the poster of all the figures, as you can see in the images section, they are also giving away coins, one for Comic Con, and one for Indiana Jones, the Indy figures will not include coins, this is just part of the promo.

Corgi/Master Replicas, is going to have a new scaled helmet design, the clone trooper, which leads me to believe they will be having multiple colors of the helmet, with the same sclupt.

More news today as the Hasbro information should be coming at noon here in San Diego.

 


 

Yakface/SDCC Coverage Begins
July 26, 2007 | 3:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Comic-Con coverage is officially under way! Our fearless leader Mark has made his way to San Diego and has sent in his first batch of snapshot from the show floor.

Photo Galleries are open for Gentle Giant, Hasbro, Lego, Master Replicas, Sideshow and a few Misc. shots are thrown in for good measure as well. Enjoy the photos and keep checking back throughout the weekend for further updates.

 


 

Yakface Logo Design Winner
July 26, 2007 | 1:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


With our SDCC coverage about to kick off, we’d first like to congratulate Darrin Brege winner of the Yakface/SDDC Logo Design Contest. You are the winner of the SSC 12″ Exclusive Edition Kit Fisto.

Stay tuned in the next couple days to find out who the second place winner will be.

Thanks to all who entered.

 


 

Comic-Con Sideshow Padme
July 26, 2007 | 2:50 AM EST | Mark

Up for pre-order today is the Padme Snow Bunny.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Double Dose Thursday!
July 26, 2007 | 2:32 AM EST | Justin2

 

With a busy week coming up, our latest Customizer Spotlight highights the work of two differnet forum members who contribute to the Yakface customizing forums.

First off, you’ll want to check out the amazing custom AT-TE by forum memberjuank. Who wouldn’t want to see Hasbro make something like that??

We’ve also got a brand new photonovel by forum member raziel871. continuing his interesting Black Illusion series.

 


 

Star Wars 30th Anniversary Figures Wave 8
July 25, 2007 | 12:20 PM EST | Justin2

 

Wave 8 of the 30th Anniversary Figures is now up for preorder at
Entertainment Earth.

 


 

Episode 100: Our 100th Episode
July 25, 2007 | 9:28 AM EST | Jayson

 


For the past 100 weeks we have been coming to you and telling you what we’re finding in stores. This week we TAKE YOU WITH US as we produce our first Video Podcast (Vodcast for the techno geeks out there). We have a “hidden camera” store report, and we also give you a virtual tour of the still under construction Sithsonian to let you see the progress we’ve had over the past two years.

The entire on-air staff of Star Wars Action News turned out. Brock puts down the book for a few minutes and gives us a presentation on three of his favorite collectibles. Scott goes on a rampage. Twice. And Jakob does what Jakob does best, make us laugh.

In addition Star Wars Action News listeners turn out to give you their videos. Reverend Strone takes you on an international toy run to stores that you’ve never heard of (okay, I’ve never heard of, you may be more cultured than I). The Paducah Imperials take us on an epic quest to find a McQuarrie Chewbacca figure with some interesting results. And TV star Greg the Bunny lets us peek into his room while he plays with his Star Wars toys.

JediLarryB also turns out to review a Star Wars pachinko machine and give us a quick tour of his theater.

And that’s just the beginning…

You can see it all on your iPod or Zune. (Don’t worry…if you’re not video enabled and just want to listen to the show, there’s an audio only version as well).

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com in whichever format you want!

Also, if you’re in San Diego or that area on Friday, July 27th at about 8 p.m. don’t forget the Star Wars Action News San Diego Comic-Con dinner! It will be held at the Rock Bottom Brewery at 4th and G streets, right by Horton Plaza. It is within walking distance of the ComicCon; however, if you don’t feel like walking (after a day on your feet!) the shuttle to the Westin @ Horton Plaza should do the trick. We hope to see you there!

Congratulations Arnie and Marjorie on your milestone and for continuing to have the best Podcast on the web!

 


 

Sideshow Sandtrooper Enviorama
July 25, 2007 | 1:01 AM EST | Justin2

 

Sideshow has update with news on several great looking items that will be available for preorder soon, including their Sandtrooper Envioroma. Check out the official preview of this item after the jump!

Thanks to forum member Theo Zissou for the heads up!

 


 

Solid Bronze Lego C-3PO Drawing at SDCC
July 24, 2007 | 7:51 PM EST | Jayson

 

This just in from Lego:

We wanted to make sure you all had a heads up about this because it’s pretty cool. Just like at Celebration IV in LA, LEGO will be giving away a one of a kind C-3PO at their booth through a drawing. This one is cast in Solid Bronze.

It will be given away during the event to one lucky attendee. This will be theonly exclusive from the LEGO Group at Comic-Con.

 


 

More Hasbro QnA Answers
July 24, 2007 | 12:33 PM EST | Jayson

Former Yakface Staff member and now BobasBounty.com proprietor Mark B. has kindly directed us to his Answers from Hasbro. Topics cover more SW-themed Transformers, the fate of the Unleashed line and the possibility of an Ewoks or Droids line.

Thanks Mark for the info.

 


 

Star Wars Battlefront Clone and Droid Sets at New Force
July 24, 2007 | 7:27 AM EST | Bill

New Force Comics is now taking pre-orders for the Diamond Exclusive Battlefront Clone and Droid sets. You can get a pair — one clone and one droid set for $59.99 or a case (3 of each set for $164.99. Click here to order.

 


 

New LEGO Sets In Stock
July 23, 2007 | 10:51 PM EST | Mark

Over at shop.lego.com. They have in the following sets…

Naboo N-1 Starfighter™ with Vulture Droid™ #7660

Trade Federation MTT™ #7662

Jedi Starfighter™ with Hyperdrive Booster Ring #7661

These are in stock and ready to ship.

Also for pre-order is the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon ™

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Rebels and Imperials Miniatures
July 23, 2007 | 10:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received some more old favorites and new Rebels and Imperial miniatures

NEW Miniatures – Collect all 24 Rebels and Imperials
Miniatures – Collect all 24 Rebels and Imperials

In Stock
To find these items quickly just type the item code in the SEARCH box.
B-Wing Fighter w/Sullustan Pilot – Item Code TW1002
TIE Bomber – Action Fleet Micro – Item Code TO6527
Gungan Scout Sub w/Obi-Wan Kenobi – Item Code TV0125
Y-Wing Fighter with rebel pilot – Item Code TV0143
Biker Scout on Speederbike – Item Code TY1137
AirSpeeder – Expanded Universe – Item Code TV0071
Trade Federation Tank – Item Code TV0139
Jango Fett Slave 1 – Item Code TX0211
Stap and Battle Droid – Item Code TV0089
Watto´s Box – Item Code TR1111

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Hasbro’s R2-KT Press Release
July 23, 2007 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the Official announcement about the Comicon Exclusive R2-KT:

Hasbro Honors Memory of 501st Founder’s Daughter by Unveiling Limited Edition Star Wars™ Action Figure
Hasbro and Lucasfilm Ltd donate $100,000 to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation®

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. announce the creation of a limited-edition Star Wars action figure to honor Katie Johnson, a very special Star Wars fan who tragically passed away from brain cancer in 2005 at the age of seven. In conjunction with this figure, Hasbro and Lucasfilm will help make more wishes come true for children like Katie by donating $100,000 in her memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundations of South Carolina and San Diego. Hasbro’s R2-KT droid figure will be available at San Diego Comic-Con International July 25-29 at the booths of Hasbro and StarWarsShop with a small inventory also being offered for sale online through HasbroToyShop.com and StarWarsShop.com following the event.

The Star Wars saga has always been near to the heart of the Johnson family–in fact, Katie’s father, Albin Johnson, is the founder of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming fan club that performs charity work around the world. So it’s not too surprising that Katie’s sister Allie wished her sister had an “Artoo” droid to look after her while she underwent her cancer treatment–just like R2-D2 cared for Padmé in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

In 2005, the R2-D2 Builders club—a fan group—created for Katie a life-size astromech droid named R2-KT (named “KT” after Katie) modeled after the iconic R2-D2 character in the Star Wars films. Hasbro, the maker of Star Wars action figures, and Lucasfilm both recognized the uniqueness and special story this heartfelt tribute represented and decided to go forward with a special edition 3-3/4” R2-KT figure in Katie’s honor as a way to allow all fans to learn about and participate in Katie’s continuing legacy.

“Katie’s story touched us all, and we are very proud to be involved in a project that will help raise awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation so many more wishes may be granted to children like Katie,” said Derryl DePriest, marketing director for Star Wars toys at Hasbro.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation has long been a favorite charity of the 501st and Lucasfilm, and they granted Katie a fantastic wish before she died,” said Derek Stothard, Lucasfilm’s director of toys. “So we are especially proud to be associated with Hasbro in this great endeavor.”

The R2-KT action figure—which looks like a pink version of R2-D2—will cost $9.99. In addition, Albin and Allie Johnson will be bringing the full-size R2-KT to Comic-Con to show to fans. To find out more about the R2-KT project, please visit www.r2kt.com.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 23, 2007 | 10:00 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just updated with new preorders for Star Wars Wave 8 and the New Star Wars Legends Waves as well as the Battle Front figure multipacks. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

RAH Darth Maul
July 23, 2007 | 11:40 AM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom Toy has updated their site today with images of the RAH (Real Action Heroes) 
Darth Maul. He includes authentic styling, iconic double-bladed Lightsaber with removable blades, Electrobinoculars and multiple hand attachments (5 left / 4 right hands). It retails for 18,900 Yen or approximately $155.00 and is slated for a Feb. 2008 release.

 


 

Yakface “Design A Logo” Contest
July 23, 2007 | 9:32 AM EST | Jayson

 


There are just a few days remaining in our 
Yakface “Design A Logo” Contest. The contest expires this Wednesday (July 25) and the winner will be revealed Friday. So, keep sending in those entries and good luck!

 


 

Look at the size of that thing!
July 22, 2007 | 8:21 PM EST | Justin2

 

Yakface forum member Gorkoracing was able to acquire a prototpye of the upcoming pre-cyborg General Grievous figure. More pics of this great looking figure HERE.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Ron Hembling
July 22, 2007 | 5:35 PM EST | Justin2

 

Today we highlight the customizing work of forum member Hemble, who has recently completed a fantastic Endor scene of a pair of Rebels taking cover as their comrades attempt to destroy the shield generator protecting the second Death Star.

Check out more pics of this inspiring diorama HERE.

 


 

UGH Vintage Coin Sets Arriving
July 21, 2007 | 3:01 PM EST | Jayson

For those who sent in their UGH forms for the Vintage Coin Set, start checking your mailboxes as they are starting to arrive.

 


 

Yakface Forum Anniversary Giveaway – 2nd Runner Up!
July 20, 2007 | 10:09 PM EST | Justin2

 

Congratulations to forum member Master Grievous, the 2nd Runner Up prize winner for the Yakface Forum Anniversary Giveaways Contest! Master Grievous has won a full set of Vintage TAC figures, courtesy of our forum anniversary sponsor, D & S Sci Fi Toy World.

For details on the remaining prizes that will be announced on July 27 and August 3, CLICK HERE.

 


 

501st Droid Hunt at SDCC
July 20, 2007 | 9:56 PM EST | Jayson

Attendees of this month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, will have the chance to win hundreds of great Star Wars prizes in the 501st Droid Huntgame. How long can you elude the forces of the 501st Legion as they search to reclaim your Droid Badge? The collectible game badges are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis (one badge per person) at the 501st booth on Friday, July 27th. Note: You must have a Saturday and Sunday or a 4-Day badge since the game runs on Saturday with prize distribution on Sunday.

Star Wars artist Allison Sohn graciously created the artwork for the Comic-Con badge featuring the pink Imperial Astromech R2-KT, whose very own Hasbro action figure will also debut at Comic-Con.

Click here for a preview of Allison with the original artwork and click here to find out how you can play the 501st Droid Hunt!

Thanks as always,
DEAN

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Messa Bonehead Edition
July 20, 2007 | 7:30 PM EST | Jayson

 


Due to me moving into my first house over the past few weekends, I totally spaced our QnA submission last week and didn’t get them in until Sat. afternoon. So, it appears Hasbro will skip us this time around and hopefully things will resume normally next go ’round.

Sorry folks, I dropped the booma : P

 


 

Hyperspace Exclusive Mace Windu Clone Wars Maquette
July 20, 2007 | 4:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide and exclusive to StarWarsShop.com, Mace Windu will be the final addition to the celebrated Clone Wars maquette series by Gentle Giant.

Collectors of this series may remember a similar offering for the Padmé “snowbunny” maquette, which was a StarWarsShop exclusive limited to only 1,000 pieces — if you missed that one, here’s a chance to grab an equally rare piece, which will be the last in the line!

Available only to Hyperspace members. Get yours now!

 


 

Detailed Star Wars Comic-Con Events List
July 19, 2007 | 11:22 PM EST | Bill

Straight from the latest issue of the Official Site’s Homing Beacon, click here for a rundown on all of the Star Wars Events at Comic-Con 2007.

 


 

Master Replicas And Gentle Giant Sale At Andrews Toyz
July 19, 2007 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrews Toyz:

We have some great deals on some of the more expensive collectibles by Master Replicas. If you missed out on getting these in the past, now is your chance to get them at very low prices. Master Replicas will not be re-stocking any of the following items. Supply is very limited. All products are brand new and factory sealed. We are an authorized Master Replicas Retailer.
Click here to check out the Master Replicas Specials and here to check out the Gentle Giant Specials. Remember to mention Yakface in the special instructions on your order for an extra entry for the Vintage Figure giveaway!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Greg Reeves
July 19, 2007 | 9:47 PM EST | Justin2

 

Sideshow premium exclusive? Hasbro’s secret playset? No, the above image is a sneak peak at forum member Daigo-Bah‘s latest custom diorama, “Jabba’s Trophy.”

For more images (including some great in-progress pics), click here.

 


 

Y-Wing Images
July 19, 2007 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark

Here are a couple of images of the new Y-Wing offered over at ToysRUs.com


This is up from pre-order now.

 


 

Arena Battle Pack Revealed
July 19, 2007 | 12:31 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our friends over at 4-inches.de have done it again in revealing the first images of the upcoming TRU exclusive Arena Battle Pack.

Special thanks to Yakface forum member MasterGrievous for the heads up!

 


 

Jabba’s Band Scene Battle Pack
July 18, 2007 | 2:59 PM EST | Jayson

Yak Forum Member Rune Haako has posted a new listing from overseas retailerR2DToys.com. The item is called Jabba’s Band Scene Battle Pack. No details are provided yet in terms of contents, but judging by the price and the name, will we actually see the return of those Wal-Mart Exclusive Band Pairs to retail shelves in a Tusken Raider w/Bantha-type Mega Battle Pack?

Maybe we’ll get more details at Comic-Con ’07.

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 More Reality Than Myth?
July 17, 2007 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

It seems the latest post from Al Lutz over at Mice Age raises the spectre of a 3-D Version of Star Tours which was developed originally for Tokyo’s Disneyland coming to the original Disneyland in Anaheim. Check it out on page 4 of his report here. Thanks to SWStar Tours for the heads-up.

 


 

Free 2007 Vintage Figure Set!
July 17, 2007 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

 


It looks like it’s Christmas in July, with our third giveaway this month! This time we’ve partnered with our sponsor Andrews Toyz.com with the Great Vintage Giveaway That Keeps On Giving. The prize is a set of the new Vintage figures, courtesy of Andrews Toyz.com. And of course, it will keep on giving, because you’ll have a set of proofs of purchase to send in for your Vintage Coin Set as well! How do you enter? There are two options: First Email us at here, or make any purchase from Andrewstoyz.com and mention the Yakface Vintage Figure Giveaway in the special instruction section of your order. Entry deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern time on July 31, 2007– the Winner will be announced on August 1, 2007!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe # 19 – TRIBULATION
July 17, 2007 | 12:20 PM EST | Justin2

 

The Republic’s soldier of virtue finds himself in a hopeless situation in the latest installment in the Rykrof Enloe series…

Captured by the ruthless terrorist organization known as the Badoo Corba, Rykrof’s allegiance to the Republic is tested as his captors will stop at nothing to break him.

Will the commander of the Republic be broken, or find the strength to overcome his darkest hour? Find out after THE JUMP!

 


 

Episode 99: A Figural Odyssey
July 17, 2007 | 9:32 AM EST | Jayson

 


We Americans had fun on our soil last May but now fans overseas got to have their fun as well, much closer to home this time! The first European Star Wars Celebration was held this past weekend and Star Wars Action News’ own GingerPrince was there with his wife. They attended an outdoor screening of A New Hope, met Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian with mixed results, and had a grand old time. They detail it all in this week’s Star Wars Action News.

Plus Marjorie and Arnie look back at 2001 and discuss some of the stranger figures made available during that time, some original creations of the Power of the Jedi line.

Finally Scott from Tulsa joins us in the studio to debate the merits of the Gentle Giant pre-order and raffle systems as well as the Entertainment Earth Mystery 14 pack.

All this and much more on this week’s 99th episode of Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

Also, if you’re in San Diego or that area on Friday, July 27th don’t forget the Star Wars Action News San Diego Comic Con dinner! It will be held at a location to be announced at 8 p.m. Be sure to e-mail show@reviewstarwars.com if you’d like to join us!

 


 

Entertainment Earth Reveals Dred Priest
July 17, 2007 | 9:19 AM EST | Jayson

 


Another figure has been revealed in Entertainment Earth’s Exclusive Mystery Set. Next up is Dred Priest: Chosen by Jango to be a training sergeant on Kamino, he forms a secret battle circle among his fellow sergeants, in which they “practice” their training techniques in brutal competitions. Head toEntertainmentEarth.com for more info this and the other figure included in these action packed sets!

 


 

K & C Collectibles: Star Wars Favorites Back In-Stock
July 16, 2007 | 6:44 AM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received some old favorites back in-stock – Only 1 in-stock on 99% of these items so hurry before they are gone. To find these items quickly just type the item code in the SEARCH box.

In Stock 30th Anniversary Collection – Item Code TN0264
Concept Chewbacca #21
Stormtrooper #20
Jawa & LIN Droid #19
Luke Skywalker #18
Biggs Darklighter #17
Darth Vader #16
Concept Boba Fett #15
Concept Stormtrooper #9

In Stock 
Obi-Wan Kenobi – 12″ Figure – Power of the Force – Item Code TY1101
Chewbacca – 13″ Figure – Power of the Force – Item Code TY0131
Sith Speeder and Darth Maul – Item Code TV0087
R2-A6 – Six inch – Item Code
Boba Fett – Electronic – Item Code TY0112
Obi-Wan Kenobi w/Force-Flipping – Item Code TX0901
Flying Geonosian w/Sonic Blaster – Item Code TX0935
Destroyer Droid – Battle Launcher – Separatist Forces – Item Code TX0943
Darth Maul w/Sith Attack Droid – Item Code TW0201
Darth Maul – Mega Action Figure – Item Code TQ2246
Landspeeder – Item Code TV0001
Imperial Forces – 4 Pack – Item Code TX7001
Ultimate Bounty Hunters – 4 Pack – Item Code TX7003
The Battle of Hoth – 4 Pack – Item Code TX7005
Skirmish at Carkoon – 4 Pack – Item Code TX7009
3D Cantina Diorama w/Sandrooper – Item Code TV0056
Geonosian War Chamber (1 of 2) – Item Code TX0701
Geonosian War Chamber (2 of 2) – Item Code TX0707

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Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
July 15, 2007 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just updated with new preorders for Transformers, the Koto royal Guard Statute, Titanium Ships, and lots more. We’ve also just gotten the Koto McQuarrie concept Luke and Vader statue into stock. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Andrews Toys Newsfeed
July 15, 2007 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrew’s Toyz.com:

Andrew’s Toyz has just launched its new summer sale: Sales in the Sun! We will be adding lots of special offers to this new section of our website which can be found by clicking here.
. To kick things off we have the following specials:

The Power of the Force Figures – 20% OFF EVERYTHING!
Revenge of the Sith Figures – 20% OFF EVERYTHING!
Original Trilogy Collection – 15% OFF EVERYTHING!

You must visit our Sales in the Sun section to get the promotional codes for the specials above!

New Arrivals:
Yoda Light-Up mini bust from Celebration IV
Vintage Collection 2007
Obi-Wan Kenobi ANH Mini Bust
McQuarie Luke Skywalker figure from Celebration IV
ACME Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art R2-D2 Sketch Plate

You can see all of our new arrivals by clicking here.

 


 

Bounty Hunters Galore!
July 15, 2007 | 2:01 PM EST | Justin2

 

With still two weeks left in July, the latest Yakfinities Customizing Challengehas already yielded some great entries.

We invite all customizers to join in this month’s challenge by clicking HERE!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – raziel871
July 15, 2007 | 1:47 PM EST | Justin2

 

Today we spotlight the work of Yakface forum member raziel871 with his two latest chapters in his photonovel series, Black Illusion.

So, kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 in this creative series, which takes place shortly after the fall of the Jedi Order.

 


 

New Figures Revealed
July 14, 2007 | 12:34 PM EST | Justin2

While at Celebration Europe, our friends at Rebelscum.com have revealed Hasbro’s 30th Anniversary Collection poster featuring the first images of Wave 8 – characters from Attack of the Clones!

Check out the first look at these figures after the jump!

 


 

OT – 25th Anniversary GI JOE Figures
July 13, 2007 | 4:08 PM EST | Justin2

 

Heads up on those toy runs Yakkers! If you’re not finding the latest waves of Star Wars figures, but you’re a fan of the old GI JOE line, check the toy aisles of your local retailers for the GI JOE 25th Anniversary figures, which forum member Duke19 found today at a Kmart in Madison Heights, Michigan.

 


 

TRU 181st TIE Interceptor Images
July 13, 2007 | 10:43 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender.com have received some detailed images of the upcoming TRU Exclusive 181st TIE Interceptor including the TIE Pilot. Head on over for a peek!

 


 

Forum Anniversary Winner – 3rd Runner Up!
July 13, 2007 | 2:21 AM EST | Justin2

 

Congratulations to forum member raziel871 , the 3rd Runner Up in our forum giveaways! Raziel871 has won a Tantive IV Battlepack courtesy of our sponsor,www.dnstoys.com

For all the details on the upcoming prizes we have in store for our active forum members, check it out after the jump!

Also don’t forget to check back here on Friday, July 20, to see who the winner is of the next prize!

 


 

UPDATE: The Force Unleashed Preview Tonight
July 12, 2007 | 2:34 PM EST | Justin2

 

Entertainment Tonight will host the television premier of a special preview of the highly anticipated game, “The Force Unleashed” this evening.

For local listings of Entertainment Tonight in your area, click here.

UPDATE: StarWars.com has posted the new “Force Unleashed” trailer. Check it out!

 


 

Big Bad Toystore Newsfeed
July 11, 2007 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just gotten Sideshow’s 12″ Plo Koon in stock. In addition, we’ve added pre-orders for the Darth Vader/Death Star Transformer and The R2D2 Webcam and R2D2 Media Center Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Master Replicas Darth Vader ANH FX Saber Reviewed
July 11, 2007 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve just updated to bring you a review of Master Replicas Darth Vader FX Lightsaber from A New Hope. Check it out here.

 


 

EE Mystery Pack: 5 Down – 9 To Go
July 11, 2007 | 4:38 PM EST | Jayson

 

Another figure in Entertainment Earth’s Mystery Figure Set has been revealed in the latest issue of Toyfare. It’s a Clone Commando from the Omega Squad which distinguish themselves by donning matte black armor. The figure itself is a repaint of the Republic Commando “Scorch”

 


 

Yakface “Design A Logo” Contest
July 11, 2007 | 2:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yakface and 
Sideshow Collectibles are thrilled to announce a cool new contest where you, the faithful Yakface reader, get to design an eye-catching logo for us to use with our upcoming Comic-Con Coverage and we’ll be rewarding TWOlucky winners with FREE swag from Sideshow Collectibles.

If your logo is chosen, you will receive a FREE 12″ Kit Fisto (Exclusive) courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. But fear not, if your logo isn’t selected you still have an opportunity to win as the runner-up will receive a FREE Kit Fisto Clone Wars Character Key (Unframed).

Visit our contest page here for all the info and good luck to all who enter!

 


 

Forum Anniversary Giveaways Deadline
July 11, 2007 | 12:41 PM EST | Justin2

 

Don’t forget, the deadline to enter the Yakface.com Forum One-Year Anniversary Giveaways Contest is tonight!

For all the details on how you could be one of the prize winners, check out theOFFICIAL RULES.

 


 

New Ornaments from Hallmark
July 11, 2007 | 9:37 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hallmark.com preview their latest Star Wars Ornaments in their 2007 Dream Book. Ornaments shown are R2-D2 and Jawa MSRP $15.00, The Adventure Begins which feature the Millennium Falcon blasting its way out of Docking Bay 94 MSRP $32.00. Lastly, A Jedi Legacy Revealed featuring Ben Kenobi presenting the Lightsaber to Luke with C-3PO looking on. MSRP $28.00. Curiously absent though is the Tusken Raider Ornament which was shown at CIV.

UPDATE: Yakreader Neil sends word that although the Tusken Raider isn’t included in the Dream Book it is featured as a limited quantity item on their site and states that it is only available at Hallmark Gold Crown Store Locations for MSRP $15.00. Thanks for the info Neil!

 


 

Bralor. Rav Bralor
July 10, 2007 | 10:06 PM EST | Jayson

 

Entertainment Earth reveals tonight a fourth figure in their Exclusive Set of 14 Mystery figures. Rav Bralor is a female that Jango handpicks to assist in the training of the clone commandos, where she hammers their independent natures into razor-edged power. With 14 points of articulation, a removable helmet, and the best in weapons, she’s ready for any challenge!

Head to Entertainment Earth for more details.

 


 

Episode 98: In the Year 2000
July 10, 2007 | 9:18 AM EST | Jayson

 


In 2000 I think all Star Wars fans had a bit of a Star Wars hangover. We felt sick from all the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC we’d ingested, and we were seeing $0.99 Darth Maul figures on store shelves. Star Wars hoopla from the year before had burned out quickly, and while we were looking forward to Episode II it was many years away and details were few. Still, in that time Star Wars collecting continued with a new figure line, a few new video games, and some new books. This week Marjorie & Arnie look back to Y2K and remember fondly an item released that year.

Also this week, Scott reviews two pieces of Gentle Giant exclusive goodness–the Commander Gree mini-bust and the Yoda/R2 maquette. Both are big bucks after-market, and the Yoda/R2 goes up for San Diego attendee orders this week…are they worth it?

In addition this week, a Hasbro Q&A, voice mails, and details on the San Diego Comic Con Star Wars Action News dinner!

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series Previews
July 10, 2007 | 5:23 AM EST | Justin2

 

After a bit of a hiatus, production has begun on the 19th chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series, TRIBULATION.

For a few sneak peak images of the next chapter, CLICK HERE.

 


 

San Diego Comic Convention Announces Schedule
July 10, 2007 | 2:24 AM EST | Justin2

 

Comic Con has announced the full schedule for all the events taking place there on July 26-July 29. Click on the dates below for all the information, including details on when Hasbro Star Wars news will be officially released.

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

Sunday, July 29


Most notably, the Hasbro information is scheduled to be released on Friday starting at 11:30 AM, which will include a special sneak preview of the 2008 product line. Q&A time will be included with members of Hasbro’s marketing and design teams, so this could be a good time to ask them to reveal more about the ever growing possibility of some future playets!

If you’re a registered Yakface forum member, share your thoughts on the news in our forums.

 


 

Crimson Empire Returning…
July 9, 2007 | 11:52 PM EST | Justin2

 

According to this listing at Entertainment Earth, the Crimson Empire Comic 2-pk will be re-released in October, this time packed into a revision case of Comic 2-pks:

Wave 3 Revision 1 of this collection brings you 8 individually packaged figure 2-packs, including: 3x Crimson Empire #6 with Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax, 1x Twilight Issue #1 with Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk, 1x Republic #31 with Dark Woman and A’Sharad Hett, 1x Empire Strikes Back Infinities #4 with Darth Vader and Princess Leia, 2x Heir to the Empire #5 with Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker. (Subject to change.) 

No word yet if there will be anything to make this release different from the original version of this that sold for $19.99 through Entertainment Earth.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up.

 


 

The Force Among Us FREE Exclusives at CE!
July 9, 2007 | 11:31 AM EST | Jayson

The Force Among Us is at it again, spreading the word of their highly anticipated, soon to ship documentary and giving away FREE handouts! In the spirit of the 30 year anniversary, Cris and Cortney Macht will be giving out 1977 exclusive pins for fans at Celebration Europe. The exclusive will be handed out randomly to Star Wars fans in London the weekend of Celebration Europe. They will also be giving away and autographing FREE posters at their panel which will take place on the FAN STAGE on Sunday July 15 at 4:00pm. The Macht’s head for the skies on Wednesday and plan on returning home on Monday. For more info check out theforceamongus.com

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Ruprecht
July 7, 2007 | 1:27 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes towards forum member ruprecht for his Airborne ARC Trooper custom (this figure even has ball jointed wrists!). Check out more images of this great custom HERE.

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Summer Heat Wave Edition
July 6, 2007 | 5:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has given us their latest batch of answers to our submitted questions. Topics this week involve torture, eye balls and the future of comic-packs. Enter the forums for the answers to these burning questions.

 


 

Ian McDiarmid at Celebration Europe
July 6, 2007 | 3:47 AM EST | Justin2

 

The most powerful villian in the galaxy will be on hand for what will be a rare public appearance at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Friday, July 13th, to help commemorate the Saga’s 30th anniversary.

For more details, visit the official site.

 


 

Star Tours 2.0 On Again
July 5, 2007 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

While no time frame was given, what appears to be a new Disney Insider onWDW Magic’s Forums has posted some details on what may be in the works for Star Tours 2.0 including descriptions of some of the capabilities of the new simulators and AA’s (Disney’s version of droids) Check it out here.

 


 

Yak’s Pub – June Roundup
July 5, 2007 | 10:46 PM EST | Justin2

 

For a few good laughs, be sure to check out the latest round of jokes by forum member Niktom, who has wrapped up another month of his comic strip, Yak’s Pub.

 


 

VTAC Clearances
July 5, 2007 | 2:57 PM EST | Justin2

Some Target stores have begun marking down their VTAC figures a bit, looks like at this point most stores are at a 30% price cut from their $11.99 price point. If anyone has found them cheaper yet, be sure to send those reports in!

Update – several more reports have come in with collectors finding these marked at $8.38, and even a sighting of them at the Merle Hay Mall Target in Des Moines, Iowa at for just $5.98 each.

With there supposedly being an upcoming revision to these cases packed with 6 Snowtroopers per case, army builders may be able to add to their Imperial ranks for a fair price later this summer…

 


 

Yakface Forum Giveaways Reminder
July 5, 2007 | 12:55 PM EST | Justin2

 

Don’t forget, in celebration of the one year anniversary of the Yakface forums, we’ve teamed up with D & S Sci Fi Toy World to bring our active forum members the chance to win one of four great prizes!

Four differnet lucky winners will win either a Tantive IV Battle Pack, a full set of the six VTAC figures, a Titanium Luke Skywalker & Darth Maul, or a Medicom RAH Stormtrooper!

For all the details on how you could be one of the prize winners, check out theOFFICIAL RULES.

Also, be sure to check out www.dnstoys.com for the latest new Star Wars and Sci-Fi action figures!

 


 

Yakfinities # 12 – Bounty Hunters
July 5, 2007 | 12:50 PM EST | Justin2

 

The lastest Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun! This month Yakface forum members voted to create fan fiction Bounty Hunters, and a random entry will win a MOC McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett figure.

If you’re a customizing rookie or an old pro, we invite you to join in this month’s challenge after the jump!

 


 

Owenscustoms.com Update!
July 5, 2007 | 12:42 PM EST | Justin2

 

Customizing master Owen D. has updated this past week with some great new original customs. In particular check out the scratch built Octuparra Droid he crafted, which looks like it walked right off a Lucasfilm movie set!

Check it out at www.owenscustoms.com.

 


 

St. Louis Toy Man Collector Show
July 5, 2007 | 12:32 PM EST | Justin2

One of the larger collector shows in the Midwest will be taking place this Sunday, July 8 in St. Louis. Usually there is a good represenatation of Star Wars dealers with vintage items up to the latest wave of modern figures.

ToyMan Toy Show
ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE TOY SHOW
ST.LOUIS, MO (BRIDGETON)
Machinist Hall
12365 St. Charles Rock Road
(Beside Target and Walgreen’s)
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Hours: 9am to 2pm
Adm: $3.00 – adult
Free – 12 and under

Thanks to our friends at Coreplanets.com for the heads up!

 


 

TRU MAJOR Sale!
July 4, 2007 | 11:05 AM EST | Mark

Over at TRU, they are having a MASSIVE sale… here are some of the deals…

Star Wars® Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT)
List Price: $22.99 Our Price: $5.75 Online ONLY sale!**

Star Wars® Classic TIE Fighter Vehicle
List Price: $22.99 Our Price: $5.75 Online ONLY sale!**

Star Wars® Saga Collection Saesee Tin Starfighter
List Price: $22.99 Our Price: $5.75 Online ONLY sale!**

Star Wars® The Saga Collection: Darth Vader’s Sith Starfighter Vehicle
List Price: $22.99 Our Price: $5.75 Online ONLY sale!**

Star Wars® The Saga Collection: Hailfire Droid
List Price: $22.99 Our Price: $5.75 Online ONLY sale!**

LEGO® Star Wars® General Grievous Starfighter (7656)
List Price: $19.99 Our Price: $5.00

Action Figures for as low as $2.00
Attacktix up to 75% off.

Head over to TRU and check out the deals.

UPDATE – MOST ITEMS THAT ARE ON CLEARANCE ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

 


 

Happy Independence Day
July 4, 2007 | 2:52 AM EST | Justin2

 

From all of us here at Yakface.com, we hope all our readers have a happy and safe holiday.

Also in the midst of your festivities, perhaps take the time to remember what this day really means. Most people in the United States celebrate this holiday, but do you know exactly why Independence Day is so important to our country?

To be independent means to take care of yourself, making your own rules and providing for your own needs. Which is what people in our country’s history gave their lives for. They wanted us to be able to capitalize on the gift of freedom; and achieve the goals we should always be working for, and about the people who fought so hard to make these ideas possible.

So this 4th of July, please take a moment and remember to thank all of the efforts and lives that were devoted to make our country what it is today; and to honor the courage it took for our ancestors to stand up for what they knew was right, regardless of their fears.

God Bless, and Happy Independence Day!

 


 

Admiral Jerjerrod’s Testimony Discovered
July 3, 2007 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with a new piece for members based on a holorecroding of Senate Security Hearings during the Old Republic. EU Fans and Customizers, not to mention SW Fans who follow modern politics will find very intersting. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Gentle Giant Tusken Raider Mini Bust
July 3, 2007 | 5:37 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com updates today with a pre-order for the Tusken Raider Mini Bust from Gentle Giant. The Tusken Raider mini bust comes with interchangeable arms/weapons. Stands 7 inches tall. It’s available now for pre-order and ships January 08.

 


 

Episode 97: 1999 Feels The Need For Speed
July 3, 2007 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


This week Marjorie & Arnie look back to 1999 and recall the release of The Phantom Menace, including the midnight madness toy runs, the sitting out for tickets, and the fast food tie-ins. There were countless thousands of Star Wars items released that year and Arnie and Marjorie have to pick only one. Which one…?

Also this week, Nathan gives us a June, 2007 stories report and Darth Cheddar brings us up to speed on the latest expansion pack from Wizards of the Coast’s Star Wars Miniatures game. Plus listener voice mails and store reports, and a dose of the Hasbro Q&A!

Our contest to win a free Gentle Giant Darth Vader Animated Maquette, courtesy of Andrew’s Toyz and Star Wars Action News, is still underway for one more week! All the details are in the show…don’t miss out on your chance!

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

 


 

New Comic Con McQuarrie Obi Wan Kenobi Image
July 3, 2007 | 11:21 AM EST | Justin2

Our friends over at Jedidefender.com have gotten their hands on a great image of the upcoming McQuarrie Obi Wan Kenobi, which will be yet another exclusive (and will come with the McQuarrie concept Yoda).

Looks like a great figure, let’s just hope it isn’t too difficult for collectors to acquire a couple of these. Check out this awesome super sized, high resolution image HERE.

 


 

June Yakfinities Wrap Up (Movie Crossovers)
July 3, 2007 | 3:03 AM EST | Justin2

 

Another month of Yakfinities is now complete… and with 20 entries this month, we had one of our best months to date!

Check out all the customs made for this, and see who won some free TAC figures this month for their entry by clicking HERE.

 


 

Hi-Res Repacks
July 2, 2007 | 4:08 PM EST | Justin2

The folks over at Sirstevesguide.com have updated with carded images of the SAGA Legends Wave 3 figures. Check them out after the jump!

 


 

SideShow Orders
July 2, 2007 | 1:51 PM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow these are available via SECOND CHANCE..

 


 

New LEGO’s
July 2, 2007 | 8:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at shop.lego.com they have in the newest LEGO’s. The Jedi Starfighter™ with Hyperdrive Booster Ring is available now, the other two are up for pre-order.

 


 

June Yakfinities Extended!
July 2, 2007 | 1:54 AM EST | Justin2

 

Yakface Customizers – if you want a chance to win a Death Star Trooper and a Yavin Honor Guard, you are in luck! June Yakfinities has been extended by one day… so you have until 11:59 PM Central Time Monday, July 2nd to get your entries in.

See what’s been made so far or get your entry in after the jump!

 


 

Yak’s Pub at Dallas Comic Con
July 2, 2007 | 1:08 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our good friend and Yakface forum photonovelist, Niktom recently had his own display booth at Dallas Comic Con, and apparently had a blast! Check out several pics at Yakspub.com.

Also, there was a special guest at the show – Mary Oyaya (Jedi Master Luminara Unduli) – who made Niktom promise to work Luminara into the Pub comic strips soon!

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
July 1, 2007 | 6:32 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

The Saber Vault, bringing you the prop replicas you want at the prices you need! We still have a few of the Master Replicas Yoda FX lightsabers for $100.00 and the newly released Darth Vader A New Hope lightsabers for $99.00. As always both prices include shipping in the United States. Grab these great prop relicas before they’re gone. With Master Replicas Star Wars license expiring we don’t know if there will be any more of either of these sabers produced. Click here to order.

 


 

K & C Collectibles Celebrates 12 Years in Business
July 1, 2007 | 6:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles is celebrating 12 years in business this week. To commemorate this millstone we are offering our customers a 12% discount on all in-stock merchandise. A discount code must be keyed into the order form to receive the discount. The discount code is “12years” and expires on July 7th, 2007. This offer is only good on in-stock items and is not valid on pre-order or on items already at a reduced amount.

In Stock 30th Anniversary Collection 
Concept Chewbacca #21
Stormtrooper #20
Jawa & LIN Droid #19
Luke Skywalker #18
Biggs Darklighter #17
Darth Vader #16
Concept Boba Fett #15
Concept Stormtrooper #9?

In Stock – Vintage Action Figures:
Bossk – Bounty Hunter
IG-88 – Bounty Hunter
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues
Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho
Imperial Stormtrooper – Hoth Battle Gear
Han Solo – Hoth Outfit

In Stock 
Ambush on Ilum – Battle Pack
Clone Trooper – Unleashed – Red Commander
Jango Fett Mini Bust
Tatooine Showdown
TC-14 Electronic (talking)
Death Star 12 inch Set of 3
Salacious B. Crumb – Inclusive
Jeff Gordon Episode 1 car
Anakin Jedi Starfighter
Carbon-Freezing Chamber
Pewter – Ships
Pewter – Figures

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles
If you want to be removed from our mailing list click here or send an e-mail with the word “REMOVE” in the subject.  Please insure to reply with the same e-mail address that our message was sent.

 


 

1 vs. 100 The Answer
July 1, 2007 | 5:04 PM EST | Bill

As promised here’s both the answer to the Star Wars Question from 1 vs. 100, and a great T-Shirt based on it. You’ve seen the front of this T-Shirt is a lot of the images of Warwick Davis from this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney World.

(Click on the image for a larger view.)
 


 

One Year Forum Anniversary Giveaways!
July 1, 2007 | 1:32 PM EST | Justin2

 

In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Yakface forums, we’ve teamed up with D & S Sci Fi Toy World to bring our active forum members the chance to win one of four great prizes!

A separate winner will be announced each Friday, starting on July 13:

3rd Runner Up – Tantive IV Battle Pack (July 13)
2nd Runner Up – VTAC Six-Figure Set (July 20)
1st Runner Up – Titanium Luke Skywalker and Darth Maul (July 27)
Grand Prize – Medicom RAH Stormtrooper (August 3)

For all the details on how you could be one of the lucky winners, check out theOFFICIAL RULES.

Also, be sure to check out www.dnstoys.com for the latest new Star Wars and Sci Fi action figures!

 


 

AT-RT Battle Pack Revealed
July 1, 2007 | 1:22 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our friends over at 4-inches.de have revealed the first image of the upcoming AT-RT Battle Pack!

For more information on this set, click here.

 


 

Happy Anniversary!!!
July 1, 2007 | 11:54 AM EST | Brandon

 

Today marks a very special day for our YAKFACE.com Forums! A year ago today saw the launch of our very own Forums! As of today we have over 500 solid members, 17,000 posts, 900 topics, and more. If you havn’t joined now is the best time! Come celebrate our one year anniversary and join the hundreds of discussions going on now! Also, you may want to stay tuned later today for a very special announcement!

June 2007 Archive

Forum Downtime
June 30, 2007 | 8:38 PM EST | Justin2

We’d like to let all our forum members know that we are currently working on the problem with the forum being down, and we’ll have it back up and running as quickly as possible.

Also, the June Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has been extended until the end of day Monday, July 2nd. If you have a new entry that you’d like submitted while the forums are down you may email it to me atrykrofenloe@yahoo.com

UPDATE – Forums are back online!

 


 

Star Wars On 1 vs. 100
June 30, 2007 | 7:29 PM EST | Bill

Last night’s 1 vs. 100 had a Star Wars Trivia Question:

Which Star Wars character would not be able to ride Disney’s Star Tours ride because of its 40 inch minimum height requirement:

Chewbacca
C-3PO
Yoda

While I’m sure all of our readers know the answer and say this was waaaay too easy, we’ll have an update tomorrow not only with the answer, but a joke based on it!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 29, 2007 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
20% OFF SALE! From now until 3:00 PM on The Fourth of July, you can save 20% off every item in the store except ‘new’ and ‘preorder / backorder’ items! We’ve recently removed the ‘new’ designation from hundreds of items so there are tons of opportunities for nice discounts. Just choose your favorite menu and take advantage of these great deals. We’ve also just added preorders for Master Replicas Star Wars Cookie Jars too! Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Jedistyle
June 29, 2007 | 2:15 AM EST | Justin2

 

What to do when the Hasbro news slows down for a couple days? Check out the latest photonovel by one of our forum members, that’s what!

Forum member Jedistyle‘s latest chapter in his series, SHADOWS DAWNcontinues with his third installment…

The few surviving Jedi are on the run as the Empire has taken over the galaxy! Will a scattered group of Order 66 survivors live to see another day? Find out after the jump!

 


 

McQuarrie Concept Luke Skywalker
June 27, 2007 | 8:35 PM EST | Justin2

 

Looks like there’s a limit of 1 per customer, but as of right now, the McQuarrie Concept Luke is listed as in stock at Hasbrotoyshop.com.

UPDATE – NOW OUT OF STOCK

 


 

Good To Go Customs Update
June 27, 2007 | 12:48 PM EST | Justin2

 

Looking for that certain head for a custom? Or a cool accessory to finish off your latest figure? The folks at Good To Go Customs have updated with several new items in stock!

Check out their latest new items HERE.

 


 

Episode 96: 1998 and Karen Traviss’ Sacrifice
June 26, 2007 | 9:32 PM EST | Jayson

 


Like sands through the hourglass, so are the store runs of Marjorie and Arnie.

This week there were some startling revelations from Star Wars Action News listeners regarding the highly coveted McFigures. Where have they been spotted? Listen to find out!

Also this week Karen Traviss answers some questions for us about her new Legacy of the Force chapter Sacrifice. This interview is spoiler-filled, but also full of great information for those who have been reading this exciting new saga from Del Rey books.

Marjorie and Arnie also turn their eye back on another expanded universe time, 1998 when figures from Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire, and Dark Forces were on shelves…or were they? And Jakob analyzes the nuances of the Hasbro expanded universe fiction. All this and more on this week’s Star Wars Action News!

And listen to find out how you can win a free Gentle Giant Darth Vader Animated Maquette, courtesy of Andrew’s Toyz and Star Wars Action News! All the details are in the show.

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Shadow Scout w/Speeder Pre-Order
June 26, 2007 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, the next wave of pre-orders for Comicon Exclusives has begun. This time it’s StarWarsShop.com which has just added preorders for the Comicon Exclusive Shadow Scout with Speeder Bike. Note there’s a limit of three per person, and these preorders are for pick-up at Comicon ONLY. Click here for more.

 


 

Wave 5 – High Rez Pics
June 26, 2007 | 2:15 PM EST | Justin2

The folks over at Sirstevesguide.com have updated with some great new pics of what looks like an outstanding wave of figures.

Check out these awesome images HERE!

Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the heads up!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series – New Custom Figures
June 26, 2007 | 4:16 AM EST | Justin2

 

The last time we saw Rykrof Enloe, the commander of the 334th Siege Battallion led his troops into battle on the war torn planet Kobridor.

But the battle hardened warrior will soon be facing his greatest tribulation, as he has been captured by the terrorist organization known as Badoo Corba.

We don’t have any preview photos of the next chapter yet, but you can check out a sneak peak at several new custom figures that will be showing up in future chapters after the jump!

 


 

Andrewstoyz Newsfeed
June 25, 2007 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Andrewstoyz.com:

We have received some more Jedi Luke scaled replica lightsabers and have them available for $29.00. The Roron Corobb Maquett is in stock for $72.99 along with the Princess Leia as Jabba¢s Slave statue for only $139.00. Make sure you pick this piece up before it disappears at this amazingly low price. Yoda Force FX Lightsabers are in stock too! You can see all of our new arrivals by clicking here.

Thank you and make sure you visit Andrewstoyz.com

 


 

More Mystery Pack Action Figures Set Details Revealed
June 25, 2007 | 4:48 PM EST | Justin2

 


Entertainment Earth has updated with some more information on the upcoming Exclusive Mystery Pack Action Figures Set. For the latest details, click HERE.

Special thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 24, 2007 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just updated with lots of new arrivals and pre-orders. Get your order in now for the upcoming Gentle Giant Darth Maul and Bloodfin (sith speeder), this piece simply has to be seen to be believed. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Alltroops.com 5th Anniversary
June 24, 2007 | 6:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from All Troops.com:

AllTroops V Begins Now!

AllTroops.com is proud to announce our biggest milestone – our 5th anniversary! And we’re celebrating by offering a three-tiered prize bonanza open to everyone! Prizes include Gentle Giant Mini-Busts, Kotobukiya Kits, Action Figures and other goodies. Don’t miss out on OUR celebration and YOUR chance to win!

Visit our contest page to see a bit of history on how we started and how far we’ve come, here then answer 5 easy questions correctly to be entered into our random-draw giveaway for either First, Second or Third-Prize packages. That’s it!

Winners will be announced on our site on our Anniversary: July 10th! Good luck to all!

 


 

Congratulations!
June 24, 2007 | 4:13 PM EST | Jayson

 


Former Yak Staffer Scott C. and his wife welcomed into the world their daughter, Claire Irene Chapman, this morning at 7:04. She came in at 8 lbs. 13 oz. and measured 21.5 in long. Scott says Mom and daughter are doing great but dad is exhausted.

A big congrats to you and your expanding family Scott!

 


 

K & C Collectibles
June 24, 2007 | 4:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Special Figures:
Cantina Band Members (Set of 5) Disney?Father’s Day Card and 2 Figures

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Collection:
Concept Chewbacca #21
Stormtrooper #20
Jawa & LIN Droid #19
Luke Skywalker #18
Biggs Darklighter #17
Darth Vader #16
Concept Boba Fett #15
Concept Stormtrooper #9

In Stock – Vintage Action Figures:
Bossk – Bounty Hunter
IG-88 – Bounty Hunter
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues
Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho
Imperial Stormtrooper – Hoth Battle Gear
Han Solo – Hoth Outfit

In Stock – Comic Book 2-Pack Figures:
Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2

Pre-Order – June 29th 2007:
Kustomz Speederbike ROTO Figure
Kustomz TIE Fighter ROTO Figure
R2-D2 Trashcan
TOMY Helmet Collection Series 2
Chewbacca – Hoth Encounter Limited Edition
Boba Fett Bobble Head Yoda Bobble Head

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Commander Korba
June 24, 2007 | 2:22 PM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight highlights forum member Commander Korba, for his Rodian Mandalorian custom.

You can check out his latest work by clicking here.

 


 

Disney Star Tours Merchandising Interviewed
June 23, 2007 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Star Tours.net have updated with a Q and A session they just completed with the merchandizing team for Disney’s Star Tours. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Star Wars Force Unleashed Hero Figure Pack
June 23, 2007 | 2:11 PM EST | Justin2

According to this listing at Toysrus.com, it looks like Hasbro will be releasing some sort of deluxe set of figures from the upcoming Force Unleashed video game.

The site is saying these will begin shipping by 8/10/07, but take that with a grain of salt as the game itself has been pushed back to early 2008, and Hasbro has said that the figures they are producing for the game will also be pushed back.

 


 

Kubrick News Galore
June 23, 2007 | 7:25 AM EST | Jayson

The intrepid team at JediDefender have gotten word from this weekend’s Parco Museum Show in Japan which showcased a starship load of new Kubrick products. In what is sure to be a divisive and inevitable move, the Prequel Trilogy will be prominently featured in the next 2 series.

Series 8 covers Episode I and consists of: Anakin Skywalker (Pod Racer), Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul (w/o Sith Robe), Battle Droid, Queen Amidala and C-3PO.

Series 9 covers Episode II and consists of: Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clonetrooper (White) and Yoda.

But that’s not all! Also shown was a new Kubrick Prequel 5-Pack with Super Battle Droid, Jango Fett (Rocket Pack Version), Padme Amidala (EII), TC-14, and Clonetrooper Captain (Red Designation).

Want more? Okay. Also revealed was a Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Set(similar to the Biker Scout with Speeder Bike Set). The Darth Maul differs from the Series 8 version as this one includes his Sith Robes from the encounter on Tatooine.

There is also going to be a Shadow Guard which for those who don’t know is essentially a Black Version of the Red Emperor’s Royal Guard. Which will probably end up being a carded show exclusive somewhere down the road.

And finally, as a nod to the bootleg figures from the vintage line, a Uzay Blue Star figure. The Uzay Blue Stars were essentially Blue Snowtroopers and were released overseas in Turkey.

 


 

Comic Packs Wave 3 Preorder
June 22, 2007 | 11:17 AM EST | Justin2

 

Entertainment Earth has added the next wave of Comic Packs to their preorder list.

Get your favorite Star Wars comic characters! Wave 3 of this exciting new collection brings classic Marvel and Dark Horse Comics Star Wars characters to life as Action Figures, some of which for the very first time! With awesome articulation, great accessories, and a comic book in every pack, plus the awesome Tusken Raider Jedi A’Sharad Hett! Wave 3 of this collection brings you 8 individually packaged figure 2-packs, including: 1x Issue #4 with Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) and R2-D2, 1x Republic Issue #55 with Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Alpha, 2x Republic #31 with Dark Woman and A’Sharad Hett, 2x Empire Strikes Back Infinities #4 with Darth Vader and Princess Leia, 2x Heir to the Empire #5 with Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker. (Subject to change.)

You can place your preorder HERE.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 22, 2007 | 7:48 AM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve just received the Celebration 4 exclusive Concept Luke and R2/C3PO figures in stock as well as the Animated Roron Corobb Maquette, the imported R2-D2 trashcan, Saesee Tiin Animated Bust-up pack, and more of the Gentle Giant Slave Leia Statue. We will be receiving Koto’s Mcquarrie Concept Luke and Vader statute in stock in the next few days, and we have just added lots of pre-orders too, including the 4 cases of the Ultimate Galactic Hunt, Basic Figures Waves 6 and 7, and the Koto General Grevious Statute Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Yakfinities Update
June 22, 2007 | 4:41 AM EST | Justin2

 

This month’s Customizing Challenge theme continues, with customizers in the forums creating their own Movie Crossovers, such as the Dawn of the Dead, Dark Jedi Zombie featured here by forumite Jedistyle.

Check out the latest entries for this month, or submit your own entry by clickingHERE!

 


 

Tie Interceptor
June 21, 2007 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark

 


Over at Toysrus.com they have the Imperial Tie Interceptor, plus many other new ships for pre-order.

 


 

Forum Issues
June 21, 2007 | 3:18 PM EST | Justin2

Thank you to those forum members who emailed with questions regarding the technical difficulties some are experiencing accessing the Yakface Forums.

We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing, and we hope to have the problem resolved as soon as possible.

 


 

Just What Are Blood Stripes?
June 21, 2007 | 7:36 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with a new article about Corellian Bloodstripes with all the details about what they represent and how they are awarded. Check it out in the Hyperspace section here.

 


 

VTAC Revision Case Assortment Update
June 21, 2007 | 2:50 AM EST | Justin2

According to Entertainment Earth a revision case of vintage style figures will be available in July.

If their numbers are correct, this assortment will contain SIX Snowtroopers. However, the totals they show only account for 11 figures in a case, not 12.

Now with extra Snowtrooper Action Figures! Expertly crafted for the action figure fan of 2007, this case of 12 individually packaged 3 3/4-inch Action Figures in retro-styled premium packaging includes: 1x Princess Leia Organa (Battle Poncho), 6x Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear, aka Snowtrooper), 1x Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues), 1x Han Solo (Hoth Battle Gear), 1x Bossk, and 1x IG-88. (Subject to change.) 

This is very good news for all you army builders out there and hopefully shows that Hasbro is listening more to the demand for such figures that collectors are catering for… next up, Death Star Playset (yeah don’t you wish!)!!!

Anyone besides me surprised they are doing this, yet happy? Discuss in theforums!

 


 

New “Bounty Hunter” Photonovel…
June 21, 2007 | 2:22 AM EST | Justin2

 

Yakker Blowtorch has just posted a new photonovel series in our forums. This is one story you won’t want to miss; and Boba Fett fans especially are sure to enjoy this awesome addition to the Yakface Photonovel Section.

You can check out the entire chapter by clicking here!

 


 

Wave 6 and 7 Detailed Images
June 20, 2007 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Got wave 3 in hand? Got your checklist ready for wave 4 and the gold UGH cards/coins? Great, now how about some detailed images of waves 6 and 7? That’s just what our friends at Rebelscum have just posted. Check them out here.

 


 

Medicom Previews New Kubricks & Be@rbricks!
June 20, 2007 | 8:23 PM EST | Jayson

After a long drought of Kubrick news, Medicom reveals a slew of new product that will be for sale in Japan at this weekend’s Parco Museum Show.

First up is a carded set of Bounty Hunters; All six Kubricks from Series 1 are getting the carded treatment and though a Boba Fett has been offered in a carded form before, this one is the ROTJ chase variant in which he has 2 red gauntlets. The other Bounty Hunters are IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, Dengar and Bossk.

Also, a 5-pc. tribe of Be@rbrick Ewoks is being released; included are Paploo, Chief Chirpa, Teebo, Lumat and Romba. And if that wasn’t enough, a 400% scale Paploo is also being released and is limited to 2007 pieces.

Head over to JediDefender for some great images of these sets!

 


 

THE FORCE AMONG US Heads for London
June 20, 2007 | 7:51 PM EST | Jayson

The Force Among Us have been announced as Lucasfilms official guests for Celebration Europe. Their panel on the last day during the final hour of Celebration 4 in front of a packed house created such a buzz that they decided to take the show on the road to Celebration Europe! Fans at Celebration Europe can expect an intimate discussion/Q+A session with Cristian and Cortney Macht as well as some clips from the film. The Force Among Us features interviews with fans from various parts of Europe so there will already be a personal connection between the audience and the film. Cristian Macht is also very excited to get back to the country he 1st met George Lucas in! Get ready London – The Force will be Among Us!

NOTE – Cristian Macht has extended the FREE shipping even longer and there are still a few vials of sand from Tunisia left. The DVD ships in July. Visittheforceamongus.com for more details

 


 

Wave 3 Cases in Stock!
June 20, 2007 | 3:19 PM EST | Justin2

 

According to Newforcecomics, all their Wave 3 preorder cases have shipped… but they still have some cases in stock as of right now… so if you’re needing these still, you can try and beat the crowd to order one by clicking HERE.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Owen D.
June 20, 2007 | 1:48 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest customizing spotlight goes to Owen D., one of the true masters in the art of customizing for his amazing Arctic Beast custom (something I personally wish Hasbro would have put out with a couple of Galactic Marines and Commander Keller rather than the TRU Bantha repack).

Check out more images after the jump!

 


 

Episode 95: 1997 and a Major Toy Run
June 19, 2007 | 7:14 PM EST | Jayson

 


A collector should be one who helps others. That’s the peace, love, and collecting motto Marjorie and Arnie have been trying to spread for nearly 100 episodes. This week they put their gas money where their mouths are and go on a massive 16 hour toy run not to see what they can get for themselves, but what they can get for others. They took the microphone along and recorded the results of hitting Targets and Wal Marts and Starbucks (Oh My!).
Also this week Marjorie fondly recalls her first Star Wars collectibles that came out in conjunction with the Star Wars Special Edition movies. And it wasn’t something you could buy in stores…

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

 


 

Hasbro Confirms UGH List
June 19, 2007 | 6:05 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro officially confirms all 12 UGH Gold Coin Chase Figures in our QnA this week. Not only that, they clarify the Case Asortments they are packed in. Here’s the skinny.

There will be four ratios, each with three of the gold foil logo/coin UGH variants.

87500000H Galactic Marine, R2-D2 and Mace Windu
87500000J Concept Stormtrooper, Han Solo and Luke (Yavin Ceremony)
87500000K Concept Boba Fett, Darth Vader and Biggs (X-Wing)
87500000U Concept Chewbacca, Animated Boba Fett and Airborne Trooper

It should be noted that the Animated Boba Fett will be in each of the ratios as a regular figure in addition to the 000U ratio. Basically, the UGH series will be waved in with almost the entire Wave 4 run, but then we will be chasing higher-demand figures (like the Animated Boba Fett and McQuarrie Vader) in subsequent waves throughout the year.

 


 

Hasbro QnA: Early Bird Edition
June 19, 2007 | 6:01 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has treated us to an early response to our questions we submitted last week. Click through for the answers. They’re UGH-tastic!

 


 

Off Topic – Hasbro’s GI JOE 75% Off Sale!
June 19, 2007 | 11:50 AM EST | Justin2

Hasbro has 75% off most of their GI JOE figures right now – be sure to check them out for some great deals to be had (and customizers, now’s your chance to pick up the R.O.C.C. for a ridiculously low price…)!

 


 

Indiana Jones 4 Licensing Partners Announced 
June 18, 2007 | 9:18 PM EST | Justin2

 

If you’re into Star Wars, chances are you’re also a big fan of Indiana Jones… which means you might be spending a lot of money next year on Indy IV toys… read on after the jump!

 


 

Yakface Customizing Challenges Continue…
June 18, 2007 | 4:14 PM EST | Justin2

 

We’ve already had several Yakfinities entries this month for Crossovers, and there’s still 12 more days to go this month – so all you customizers, be sure to get your entries in so you can be eligible for this month’s prize!

Also, voting has now begun for the 12th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge category, which forum members can do by clicking here.

 


 

New Figures at D & S Sci Fi Toy World
June 18, 2007 | 12:49 PM EST | Justin2

The good folks over at www.dnstoys.com have updated with some new items:

– 30th Anniversary Wave 3

– New Vintage Wave

– McQuarrie C-3PO & R2-D2 2-Pack

Plus many more new items, check them out after the jump!

 


 

Happy Father’s Day!
June 17, 2007 | 4:51 PM EST | Justin2

 

The staff here at Yakface would like to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day today!

 


 

Toyguide Update: Order 66 Vader & Commander Bow
June 17, 2007 | 8:22 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Target Exclusive Order 66 Set 3 of 6: Darth Vader and Commander Bow The 501st Legion continues to expand with the addition of Commander Bow which is essentially a Clone Commander repainted with the 501st designation. Vader is a repack of the Evolutions sculpt, but this time the helmet is glued down over Anakin’s head which is cast in black plastic. I managed to pick up a half dozen of these sets when they hit $2.48 in the clearance aisle talk about a quick way to bolster the Clone ranks.

Click on the photo above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Shock Trooper
June 16, 2007 | 5:29 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Shock Trooper in the Saga Legends line. The SA Shock Trooper finally makes his basic carded debut after being packed with the Target Exclusive Skirmish in the Senate Battle Pack. This one will surely be a favorite for army builders, plus Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire need premium sculpt Shock Troopers to dispatch!

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Darth Maul
June 16, 2007 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Darth Maul in the Saga Legends line. This sculpt of the Sith Lord was first available way back in the deluge days of Episode I products and packed alongside the Sith Speeder. Wow, sculpting and articulation technology sure has come a long way in the past 9 years.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Battle Droids
June 16, 2007 | 5:16 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Battle Droids 2-pack in the Saga Legends line. One of four planned variants to the Battle Droids is featured here, this set includes your standard issue Battle Droid and a Battle Droid Commander that at first glance looks like OOM-9, but this version doesn’t have the smaller antenna accessory. The sculpt used for both Battle Droids is the one from the Saga C-3PO with Droid Factory Assembly Line Deluxe Set. Do yourself a favor and get some display bases for these two as their legs are extremely rubbery and pliable. And for those keeping track, this set includes the Episode I: The Phantom Menace movie coin.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
June 15, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
We’ve got a lot of new pre-orders including a set of R2 Astromech computer speakers and the Mara Jade Master Replicas signature lightsaber. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Non-Attendee Of Sidious Up For Sale
June 15, 2007 | 8:45 AM EST | Mark

Today at 10am PST the Sidious Sideshow Collectible goes up for pre-order for those that cannot make it out to San Diego.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Clone Trooper (ROTS)
June 14, 2007 | 5:28 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the ROTS Clone Trooper in the Saga Legends line. While at first glance this figure might seem to be a straight repack – it isn’t. This version sports a minty fresh, non-battle damaged deco. Although an all-white EIII Clone never made an official appearance on screen, this is probably what they looked like before heading down to the Republic paint booth for those unit specific accents : P

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Saga Legends Clone Trooper (AOTC)
June 14, 2007 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the AOTC Clone Trooper in the Saga Legends line. It’s been a while since the all white version has graced the pegs and it’s a welcomed return for me as I rarely saw these when they originally hit back in the Clone Wars days. Also, the Saga Legends line includes a movie specific coin rather than the character specific coin as in the basic TAC figure line.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #07 Obi-Wan & Alpha Comic Pack
June 14, 2007 | 4:36 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper “Alpha” Comic Pack. This EU set treats us 2 semi new figures: a kitbashed Obi-Wan based on the often-released “Pilot” sculpt and a nice SA ARC Trooper. The Obi-Wan includes an alternate “Sith Mask” head and the ARC Trooper features a removable helmet although it has a non-movable rangefinder. : (

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #05 Quinlan Vos and Villie Comic Pack
June 14, 2007 | 4:23 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates today with the addition of the Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk Comic Pack. This EU set giveth us 2 new figures the amnesiatic Jedi Quinlan Vos and the Devonarian thug Vilmarh “Villie” Grahrk. Everything from the waist up on these two are really pretty good but they lack any significant leg, knee or ankle articulation which pretty much necessitates the use of a base/figure stand (especially for Vos) to display them in any sort of dramatic pose.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

UPDATE: Kashyyyk AT-RT Patrol Twin Pack
June 14, 2007 | 2:05 PM EST | Jayson

There is an new item showing up in overseas online store listings. It’s a battle pack of sorts dubbed “Kashyyyk AT-RT Patrol Twin Pack”. This new battle pack features two AT-RT’s (All Terrain Recon Transport) with three Kashyyyk troopers. This will probably be packaged similarly to the Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack. No photos have surfaced yet, but we’ll post it when it surfaces. It is scheduled for release 7/31/07 for $29.99

Thanks to YakReader “PaulSkywalker” for the tip.

UPDATE: This set was part of the Target DCPI list (#087-06-0343 – AT-RT Assault Squad) that was making the rounds back in early May. It is rumored to be shown at next month’s SDCC. Thanks to my pal Jeff from JediDefender for the reminder and additional info.

 


 

Holo Sidious For Comic Con Attendees
June 14, 2007 | 10:07 AM EST | Mark

Are you going to Comic Con? Dont forget, today is the day for those going to pre-order the new Holo Sidious from Sideshow.

Today at 10am PST.

 


 

Mara Jade Lightsaber Pre-Order
June 13, 2007 | 8:32 AM EST | Mark

Over at Master Replicas They have the Mara Jade Lightsaber for pr-order.

Brazen, Overzealous and Lethal as well as stunningly beautiful – Mara Jade. Earning the title of the Emperors Hand, Jade was on a mission to assassinate the last of the Jedi. She embarked on this deadly mission of revenge wielding a unique and powerful lightsaber. This fully licensed, precise replica is now available to Star Wars collectors worldwide.

This product will sell out very quickly, to ensure that this unique piece becomes part of your collection place your order for the Mara Jade Limited Edition Lightsaber today!

Order Early and receive 10% off
Yes that means a 20% discount for Collectors Society and 10% for non CS members- all CS members will receive 20% off for pre-ordering before Friday June 15th….and 10% discount for pre-orders for non-CS from Friday June 15th until Monday June 18th, get another 10% and order early by joining theCollectors Society!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – 2 for the price of 1
June 13, 2007 | 2:09 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to a combined effort by Yakface forum member Jedistyle for his outstanding diorama landscaping skills, and to the master of styrene playsets, Owen D. Check out more images of this awesome diorama HERE.

Now I wonder how much of this we’ll get to see in Jedistyle’s new photonovel series?

 


 

The Misadventures of McQuarrie Luke Skywalker
June 12, 2007 | 10:36 AM EST | Jayson

As you’ve probably heard, recent orders placed with HasbroToyShop.com for the the CIV McQuarrie Luke have triggered many problems. The latest issue is that emails are being sent out that ALL ORDERS have been canceled – even those orders that were confirmed by calling Hasbro Customer Service line (1-800-408-0052) by the June 9 deadline. I received the cancellation email (after I confirmed my purchase last week) but my Credit Card was charged yesterday for my order. Obviously, your situation may vary, but I suggest calling the Hasbro CS number and re-confirm the status of your order. The saga continues…

 


 

New Things In Stock
June 12, 2007 | 9:21 AM EST | Mark

Over at ToysRUs.com & KBToys.com
They both have free shipping on LEGOs, plus they each have the Vintage Collection and Waves 2 and 3 in stock.

 


 

Lego News: High-Res Lego Images
June 11, 2007 | 9:11 PM EST | Jayson

 

Head into our forums for a look at boxed and assembled high-res images of some of the new sets due out this year from Lego. Sets shown are the Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Ring, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto, Trade Federation MTT with 20 Battle Droid and more, and Naboo N-1 Starfighter and Vulture Droid w/Anakin and R2-D2.

 


 

Attention Army Builders…
June 11, 2007 | 5:57 PM EST | Justin2

 

Can’t find the new VTAC Snowtrooper? Hasbro has them in stock…

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 11, 2007 | 7:42 AM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:
20% OFF INVENTORY CLEARANCE SALE! We’ve just removed the ‘new’ designation on over 500 items, so tons of additional items are now eligible for the sale! We’ve also included 10 bonus menus with 30% to 50% savings on Star Wars, Transformers, Spider-Man 3, Doctor Who, Justice League, DC Superheroes, and more. This sale ends Wednesday June 13th at 12:00 Noon Central. ‘New’ and ‘Preorder/Backorder’ items are not included, but 500 extra items are now eligible for the sale. New Star Wars Arrivals include Star Wars Chubby Figures nesting dolls in stock and the Gentle Giant Slave Leia Statute will be arriving soon. Now up for pre-order are the Star Wars Minibot jump drives, the Sideshow A New Hope Obi Wan 12″ figure, and the Expanded Universe (Comic 2 Packs) wave 3. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Sponsor News: K & C Collectibles
June 10, 2007 | 4:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Gentle Giant:
Jango Fett Mini Bust

New – 30th Anniversary Collection:
Concept Chewbacca #21
Stormtrooper #20
Jawa & LIN Droid #19
Luke Skywalker #18
Biggs Darklighter #17
Darth Vader #16
Concept Boba Fett #15
Concept Stormtrooper #9

Pre-Order – June 29th 2007
Kustomz Speederbike ROTO Figure
Kustomz TIE Fighter ROTO Figure
R2-D2 Trashcan
TOMY Helmet Collection Series 2
Chewbacca – Hoth Encounter Limited Edition
Boba Fett Bobble Head Yoda Bobble Head

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Vehicles:
Sith Infiltrator
V Wing

In Stock – Titanium Ultra Vehicles:
V-Wing
Clone Trubo Tank – New Paint
ARC-170 – New Paint
Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter – New Paint
Republic Gunship – Ultra
X-Wing – Battle Damage – Ultra
Jedi Starfighter – Ultra
TIE Fighter – Ultra

In Stock – Vintage Action Figures:
Bossk – Bounty Hunters
IG-88 – Bounty Hunters
Luke Skywalker – Bespin Fatigues
Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho
Imperial Stormtrooper – Hoth Battle Gear
Han Solo – Hoth Outfit

In Stock – Comic Book 2-Pack Figures: 
Quinlan Vos and Vilmarch Grahrk Comic 2-pack
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper comic 2-pack
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 Comic 2-pack

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Battle Packs:
Bantha – Version 1
Bantha – Version 2
Treachery on Saleucami
Capture of Tantive IV
Ambush on Ilum

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at http://www.kandccollectibles.com.

 


 

Dallas/Fort Worth Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration Update
June 10, 2007 | 11:05 AM EST | Bill

 


Just Announced!!! First 100 people through the door receive a limited
edition card stock Darth Vader / SW30DFW illustration print done by
local artist Eddie Medina. Some of you may remember Eddie’s work from a special limited edition illustration he did for actor Ben Cooke (Kit Fisto) to sign and give away at one of the earlier Comic Cons. Be there early to get a copy of this special commemorative item!!!

Schedule Of Events:

5:00 – Doors Open
Making Of Star Wars Feature Begins
Mos Eisley Emporium Opens
Star Wars Miniatures’ Gaming demonstrations begin
Costume Contest Registration Opens

6:00 – Vadercast Takes The Stage for audience games and other fun activities

6:30 – Costume Contest with Vadercast hosting and prizes provided by A Piece Of The Action

7:00 – Original 1977 theatrical version shown with original trailers

The Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration – Dallas / Fort Worth is
happening on Saturday, June 9th at 5PM!!! It will be held at the Logos Youth Center (121 N. Center Street) across the street from the First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Prairie, TX. There will be a costume contest, so be sure to come dressed up as one of your favorite Star Wars characters. Prizes will be provided by our extremely generous sponsors at A Piece of the Action Collectibles. There will also be a “Making Of Star Wars” feature shown with the original trailers. Toys and collectibles will be for sale in the Mos Eisley Emporium. Food and drinks will also be available. All the festivities will surround the main event – A screening of the original and unaltered 1977 theatrical version of Star Wars on the big screen (not an actual movie screen, but definitely bigger than a big-screen TV)!!! The best part is it’s FREE with a donation of one canned good per person, which is for the Grand Prairie Food And Clothing Co-op!!!

For more information click here

 


 

Legacy of the Force Sacrifice Reviewed
June 10, 2007 | 10:45 AM EST | Bill

 


OK, it’s been a little over a week since the latest installment of the 9 novel Legacy of the Force Series hit shelves, so it’s time to bring a relatively spoiler free review of the book. Sacrifice marks the half-way point in the Legacy of the Force Series. Karen Traviss’ writing style continues to sync perfectly with Allston and Denning. The approach of having three authors who are already very comfortable in the Star Wars Universe trading off writing duties throgh the course of the series is working extremely well. They styles mesh so that on picking up this novel, you are already emmersed back into the the Post New Jedi Order world, right where Exile left off.

This novel focuses around Jacen’s evolution into a Dark Lord, and really has a much smaller cast of characters than the Dramatis Personae would suggest. In fact, the action really centers on Jacen, Ben Skywalker, Mara, Luke, Boba Fett and a few Mandaloreans, with what could best be described as cameos by Jaina, Cal Omas, Leia, Han and others. Many of these Cameos are almost completely “off-screen”, and are mentioned in the context of a comlink communication.

Traviss brings us deeper into the world and mindset of the Mando, as she started in her Repulic Commando series, and as such Boba Fett fans will want to read this novel for that reason alone. There is also an extremely well written subplot focused on Fett’s latest challenge (the one you read about in Exile and before), which is coming to a climax, as well as how Mandaloran society functions. She even brings back a now very old Mandalorean’s best friend from the Repulic Commando series. Oh, and there’s a major homage to a certain scene in the Empire Strikes Back involving Boba Fett which lays the groundwork for us to see another whole side of Fett in the future. This is completely in addition to the new Boba Fett, Statesman which surfaces in Mandalore.

In keeping the review relatively spoiler free we won’t tell you Jacen’s new Sith name (which was announced on Star Wars.com to be revealed in this novel), however it is revealed on the last page of the book. In addition, Traviss does an outstanding job of keeping both the reader and even Jacen guessing as to who and what his sacrifice will be. In true Sith fashion, even once the act is done, its meaning is not readily apparent, and Jacen’s final insight into its meaning will have very profound implications for the long term future of the Star Wars Universe.

This was an excellent novel, and I highly recommend it.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Greg Reeves
June 10, 2007 | 1:39 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to Greg Reeves, aka Daigo-Bah in thecustomizing forums.

Here we see how Greg decided to upgrade the already awesome VTAC Hoth Han Solo by making a version with his hood up – the way many collectors had hoped this figure would have turned out in the final product.

Check out more pics of this great modification and find out how he made itHERE.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CIV Concept Luke Skywalker
June 9, 2007 | 6:09 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the CIV/HasbroToyShop Exclusive Concept Luke Skywalker. Based on one of Ralph McQuarrie’s earliest paintings, this figure was known in Star Wars’ second draft as Jedi “Deak Starkiller” who confronts Lord Darth Vader in the halls of a rebel ship.

Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: CIV Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO
June 9, 2007 | 5:55 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue today with the addition of the CIV/ToyRocket/StarWarsShop Exclusive Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO Two Pack. Based on one of Ralph McQuarrie’s earliest paintings, these two figures evolved ever so slightly from this prototype form into the familiar characters we know and love today. Click on the photos above for the full image gallery.

 


 

Toyguide Update: TAC Wave 3
June 9, 2007 | 12:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the addition of Wave 3 in the TAC line.Included in this wave are: Darth Vader (Sith Lord)Biggs Darklighter (Tosche Station)Luke Skywalker (Moisture Farmer)Jawa with LIN DroidImperial Stormtrooper (Galactic Empire) and the Concept Chewbacca (McQuarrie Series). Enjoy!

 


 

Good To Go Customs Update
June 9, 2007 | 3:24 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our friends at Good To Go Customs have recently restocked with new and old items for all you customizers out there!

So if you’re stumped while looking for something to use for a
customizing challenge or for a photonovel, then head on over to their site and see how they can help you out after the jump!

 


 

Star Tours 2 Update.
June 8, 2007 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The short version is it’s under consideration but it appears the reports of Star Tours 2 being underway were inaccurrate. Brian over at Star Tours.net has posted an update with info directly from Steve Sansweet check it out here.

 


 

Hasbro QNA: Paris Hilton Crisis Edition
June 8, 2007 | 5:41 PM EST | Jayson

 


While the nation is “riveted” to their TVs and radios, hanging on every word of the talking heads and getting the latest up to the second coverage of the Paris Hilton “Jail or No Jail” crisis, we’ve received and posted the answers to the our/your questions submitted to Hasbro. They’re hot!

 


 

Army Builders In Stock
June 8, 2007 | 3:53 PM EST | Justin2

Just in case you’re still in need of them, the Death Star Trooper and Yavin Honor Guard are both in stock right now at Hasbrotoyshop.com

 


 

Star Wars Muppet Action Figures
June 8, 2007 | 8:54 AM EST | Jayson

MuppetCentral.com is reporting that Star Wars Muppet Action Figures are in development. The planned figures include Beaker as C-3PO, Fozzie Bear as Chewbacca, Miss Piggy as Princess Leia, Kermit the Frog as Luke Skywalker, Gonzo the Great as Darth Vader (or Dearth Nadir as known in the Muppet-universe). All six figures will be released as a boxed set and is scheduled for release later this year. The product will be sold exclusively at the Disney Theme parks’ gift shops (the shops tied to the Star Tours theme ride). They may also become available through online retailers as well.

Thanks to Yak Reader “Fraggle” for the tip.

 


 

Update To Disney’s Star Tours Coming
June 7, 2007 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the long rumored update to Disney’s Star Tours ride may finally be in the works. We’ve seen two reports on Screamscape and WDW Magic’s Forums which contain quotes from Anthony Daniels saying he just finished taping digital footage for the Star Tours update. In addition there were reports of the Maker himself, checking out Disneyland’s Star Tours ride with Disney’s Imagineers. Check out the WDW Magic Forums here and Screamscape’s reporthere.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
June 7, 2007 | 7:36 AM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We’ve just received The first wave of the 30th Anniversary Legends figures in stock as well as the Wave 3 of the 30th Anniversary Collection (The McQuarrie Chewbacca wave), as well as restock on the first two 30th Anniversary Waves. We’ve also just added Wave 5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection for pre-orders.Click here to check it all out.

 


 

More UGH Gold Variants Revealed
June 6, 2007 | 8:46 PM EST | Jayson

SirStevesGuide.com has posted a couple more Ultimate Galactic Hunt figures packed in revision cases throughout the rest of the year. Figures slated for the “UGH” treatment are the Animated Debut Boba Fett and the McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper. Prepare for a frustrating collection season. Thanks to forum members Commander DiFabio and Tenike1 for the tip.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – DARK EXCHANGE
June 6, 2007 | 6:06 PM EST | Justin2

 

Ready for another chapter? The Rykrof Enloe Saga continues with the latest installment, DARK EXCHANGE.

Following Rykrof Enloe’s return from Dathomir, the Republic Commander has been ordered by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to find a Quarren traitor with links to terrorist organizations who have targeted the Chancellor himself.

Upon arriving on the battle torn planet, Kobridor, the Republic clone force has become pinned down by a large Separatist army. With the help of a close Jedi ally and the remnants of the 334th Siege Battallion, will Rykrof capture the Quarren traitor in time and bring him to justice?

Find out what twists await Rykrof Enloe by CLICKING HERE!

 


 

Sideshow Premium Format Darth Maul Shipping Soon!
June 6, 2007 | 5:25 PM EST | Jayson

This in from Sideshow Collectibles:

We received word that we will be taking possession of our much-anticipated Darth Maul Premium Format figures earlier than expected, and non-FLEXpay orders will begin to process in about 20 days. If you ordered via FLEXpay, and are interested in paying for your order in-full so that you may receive the figure earlier than your scheduled final payment date, please contact our Customer Service department. (Remember to include all of your order details when contacting us!) Or FLEXpayers can choose to remain on their original payment schedules, with no further action required. Please refer to your product arrival e-mail notificiaton for full details!

Taking into account the recent spending spree most fans experienced at CIV, you might have to reallocate your funds if you were expecting the pay for this piece later rather than sooner.

 


 

Episode 93: 1995 Pumps You Up!
June 6, 2007 | 9:44 AM EST | Jayson

 


This week Arnie and Marjorie are back in the studio and attempting to recover from the “Correllian Creep” which infected so many of the Celebration Con Goers. They look at all the new items hitting stores and there are many. They also have a special segment from one of the recent winners of the contest to visit Industrial Lights & Magic, our own JediLarryB. Larry reports back about all the things he can legally talk about seeing at ILM along with a ton of photos from his visit.

In addition, you’d think it was Star Wars’ birthday with all the new product coming out from an R2-D2 trash can to a $5,000 bronze Darth Vader. Arnie and Marjorie run it all down in this week’s episode of Star Wars Action News!

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

 


 

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site Get a New Look
June 6, 2007 | 9:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro’s Star Wars Site has been given a facelift today now sports a more TAC feel. It also adds a couple new features like the Virtual Coin Collecting section (which is due to be online this summer) and a Toy and Game Showcase which allows you to browse and buy Star Wars items that are available/in-stock through HasbroToyShop.com. There are also printable checklists in this section as well as wish lists and email update features.

All this and more at the new Hasbro Star Wars Site

 


 

Just In Time
June 6, 2007 | 7:50 AM EST | Bill

It seems that Wal-Mart’s timing on their Exclusive Father’s Day 2 Packs is better than usual. We’re getting lots of reports of these starting to hit the shelves at Wal-Marts. While these are two repackaged/kitbashed figures with minor paint retuning, it certainly has a uniqueness that makes it worth checking out.

 


 

Yakfinities Update!
June 5, 2007 | 6:04 PM EST | Justin2

 

Another month of Yakfinities has begun – and this month, the topic is Movie Crossovers.

Customizers who participate this month can be very creative with this one… meaning if you want to make a Jack Sparrow figure into a Jedi, go for it. As long as it’s some sort of movie crossover with Star Wars involved, it qualifies and one forum member who participates will win a free TAC Death Star Trooper and a TAC Yavin Honor Guard at the end of the month.

So whether you’re a customizing veteran or new to this aspect of the hobby, join in the fun after the jump!

 


 

CIV Concept R2 & C-3PO at SWS.com
June 5, 2007 | 5:35 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has updated tonight and has made available the illusive/exclusive McQuarrie Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO figure set that was available at CIV. This shared exclusive with Toyrocket.com is available now for preorder for $19.99 (cost) and ships on July 11. So, if you looking to pick up your set, here’s another the place to get it.

 


 

Disney Star Wars Weekends Update
June 5, 2007 | 7:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a long review of Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, along with 25 new photos. Check them out here.

 


 

Dallas / Forth Worth Star Wars Celebration
June 5, 2007 | 2:26 AM EST | Justin2

This in from DFW –

Star Wars Celebration – Dallas / Forth Worth!

It’s this Saturday at the Logo’s Youth Center (121N. Center St, Grand Prairie, TX, 75050) and starts at 5PM. Get there early and enjoy all the great festivities planned!

For more information, including the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Fritzkrieg
June 4, 2007 | 9:29 PM EST | Justin2

 

Tonight we spotlight the customizing talents of Yakface forum member Rob Fritz, who has updated with several new customs, including the above fan fiction Heavy Rebel Airspeeder.

Check out Rob’s latest customs after the jump!

 


 

Luke Skywalker Yavin Ceremony Saber Variant
June 4, 2007 | 2:29 PM EST | Jayson

Reports around the web are that a “corrected” version of the Yavin Ceremony Luke is starting to hit retail. While I have yet to see this “correction” personally, I have seen the photos, and the correction is purely cosmetic. What Hasbro’s paint shop has done is omitted the black accent on the band and the emitter portions on the sculpt of the Vader lightsaber hilt. So, what we are left with is essentially an Episode II version of Anakin’s Saber NOT the correct Anakin EIII/Luke EIV saber hilt.

This “corrected” hilt is also the one that is currently shipping on the belt of the #18 Luke Skywalker (Moisture Farmer) from Wave 3.

While these type of errors don’t matter or unknown to a good portion of collectors, it is just one of my major pet peeves. Sorry for the rant. : P

 


 

Star Wars Weekends Photos and Report
June 3, 2007 | 11:10 AM EST | Bill

The team over at WDW Magic has updated their forums with a description of the first day of Disney’s Star Wars Weekends and also a bunch of images (unfortunately you have to be a member of the forums to view the photos). Click here to check them out.

 


 

Big Bad Toystore Newsfeed
June 2, 2007 | 11:32 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We are now taking preorders for the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Wave 5 which is one of the best assortments so far– nine new figures! Preorders are also up for Gentle Giant’s R2 statute, Chewie maquette and Customz Tie Fighter. We have just received the Star Wars Cubbies nesting dolls as well as the imported R2-D2 trash can and Attakus Oola and Sandtrooper Statutes. This Tuesday we’ll be receiving even more Star Wars include the 30th Anniversary Wave 3 and Legends Wave 1 Click here to check it all out.

 


 

May Yakfinities Winner
June 1, 2007 | 6:53 PM EST | Justin2

 

Another month’s Customizing Challenge wraps up, with forum member Jordan Hofer claiming this month’s prize. Check out all the entries this month HERE.

 


 

Internet Exclusive ARC Heavy Gunner at SWS.com
June 1, 2007 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has just made available the internet shared exclusive of the Unleashed ARC Heavy Gunner. Priced at $24.99 and ships Aug. 31.

May 2007 Archive

The Sacrifice Has Begun
May 31, 2007 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

The highly anticipated hard cover by Karen Traviss, which is the middle book in the series of 9 Legacy of the Force titles is now on the shelves. While we won’t give any spoilers at this point. the cover features Mara Jade promiently, and this novel will announce the winning name for the new generation’s Sith. Be sure to check back late next week for our review!

 


 

Yak’s Pub Monthly Roundup
May 31, 2007 | 8:02 PM EST | Justin2

 

Yakspub.com wraps up another month of jokes and laughs. You can check out all of May’s comic strip by forum member Niktom by clicking HERE.

 


 

ComicCon News: Exclusives
May 31, 2007 | 11:39 AM EST | Jayson

Yak Reader Eric S. passes on word that the Official ComicCon website has updated with a look at some of the exclusives slated for release. Among other Star Wars items there is the Sideshow 12-inch scale Holographic Darth Sidious with Mechno-chair. Head on over for a gander.

 


 

Priority Pre-Order Comic Con Attendees…
May 31, 2007 | 7:30 AM EST | Mark

 

Don’t forget about the next San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Collectible, the Black Hole Stormtrooper VCD from Medicom Toy! The Con Attendee edition will Pre-order on Thursday, May 31 at 10AM pst.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Update
May 31, 2007 | 2:02 AM EST | Justin2

 

Production on the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series has begun, as indicated by the above sneak peek image of the next chapter.

The next installment in the saga is scheduled to be released in June, but if you’re still getting caught up on the previous chapter, you can check it out afterthe jump!

 


 

HTS.com CIV Luke Email Notification
May 30, 2007 | 6:53 PM EST | Jayson

The rumors were true. I (like many of you) received this email in my inbox this afternoon from HasbroToyShop.com. It reads…..

Recently you purchased a “Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie Signature Series Concept Luke Skywalker Figure with Collector Coin” using the Hasbro Friends & Family promotion code. As advertised*, this item was not eligible for use with that promotion.

To remedy this situation, we will remove the discount from this item, apply any additional shipping charges that may apply, and ship your order on June 11, 2007.

If this remedy is not acceptable please call our customer service center at 1-800-408-0052 by June 9, 2007 to cancel your order. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you have agreed to the changes noted. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

* The “as advertsed” text that accompanied the initial promotion code on 5/17/07 reads:

25% off and free standard shipping is only valid at the web site toward currently available product. Some exclusions apply (such as Star Wars Celebration IV action figures). Discount is pre-tax. Offer expires 5/28/07 at 11:59pm (et). Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. May not be used to purchase gift cards.

Obviously, the above “disclaimer/fine print” text was not included on the order page for the CIV Luke figure, nor was the “Adjust My Price” feature disabled at the time of ordering. So take that for what it’s worth.

It goes without saying that the customer service dept will be hearing a Yoda’s ear full from angry/disappointed shoppers. To voice your opinion, send your emails to: customerservice@hasbrotoyshop.com

 


 

CIV: Ultimate Group Project
May 29, 2007 | 8:53 PM EST | Jayson

 


As a final update to our CIV coverage, we’ve added a special UGP (Ultimate Group Project) Gallery. This gallery showcases the talents of the customizer community from the creation of the smallest of droids to the largest of buildings and it was definately a popular and heavily visited attraction at this year’s special CIV. Also, a special thanks to JediDefender for co-sponsoring this extensive project.

 


 

TAC Wave 3
May 29, 2007 | 7:50 PM EST | Justin2

According to some of our friends in the Kansas City area, the new wave of TAC figures has been found at both Wal-Mart and Target stores.

Head on over to Coreplanets.com for more details!

 


 

Yakfinities Deadline Approaching…
May 29, 2007 | 7:42 PM EST | Justin2

 

If you’re still wanting to submit an entry for this month’s Customizing Challenge, there’s still a little time left! A random entry will win a MOC TAC Super Battle Droid and Airborne Clone Trooper.

The cutoff for this month’s challenge is Thursday at midnight, so be sure to get your entry in by clicking HERE.

 


 

The Look of UGH 2007
May 29, 2007 | 5:04 PM EST | Jayson

Galactic Hunter has posted of what I believe is the first look at the upcoming card and coin design for Han Solo (Smuggler) in the UGH series or “scalper bait” as I’d like to refer to them as in the TAC line. The UGH figures should make their way into Wave 4 cases due in the next month or two.

 


 

New Yakface Poll: CIV Yea or Nay?
May 29, 2007 | 4:54 PM EST | Jayson

Now that the Celebration IV festivities are officially over, it’s time to weigh in with your opinion on its overall operation and organization. Vote Now! Vote Now!

 


 

Mystery Set Available for Preorder at Entertainment Earth
May 29, 2007 | 4:15 PM EST | Jayson

 

The new Star Wars Action Figure Mystery Pack is now available for preorder.This set includes 14 Mystery Figures and all of which will be revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Click on through to order yours!

 


 

CIV Exclusive C3PO & R2 at ToyRocket.com
May 29, 2007 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

Word on the web from SWCollector.com is that ToyRocket.com has struck and exclusive distribution deal with GenCon to sell the remaining stock of CIV Exclusive C3PO & R2 figures for the CIV price of $19.99.

Visit SWCollector.com for the full story and visit ToyRocket.com to order your Exclusive CIV figure.

As you might expect, quantities are limited, thanks to “Jediphan” for the tip.

You can also search on ebay for the seller ID “Toyrocket” to purchase them through eBay without paying scalper prices. Thanks to Yak Reader Chris for the tip.

 


 

I Sense a Great Disturbance in the Force
May 29, 2007 | 9:12 AM EST | Jayson

There is a disturbing report at JediDefender.com that those of us that ordered the CIV Concept Luke Skywalker will be receiving an email from HasbroToyShop, informing us that this figure was not intended to qualify for the special Hasbro Coupon Code. That means if you want the figure, you’ll have to pay the full price plus the shipping. You will also have the option to cancel your order(s).

So, if you receive an email from HTS.com in the next day or so, be prepared.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Stormtripper
May 29, 2007 | 3:51 AM EST | Justin2

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight goes to forum member stormtripper, who continues to contribute to our customizing section with more customs this week.

Check out his latest work after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 28, 2007 | 8:09 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We’ve got lots of new Star Wars items in stock and new preorders as well. Place your orders NOW for the third wave of vintage Star Wars figures, Luke, Leia, Snow Trooper, Bossk, IG-88 and Han, as well as the life-size Yoda Bust, and the interactive R2-D2. All of these and even more Star Wars items are are in stock and ready to ship. In addition, we’ve added a number of cases for the Star Wars Legends waves to our preorder section.

Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Happy Memorial Day
May 28, 2007 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson

We at Yakface would like to give our best wishes to those courageous men and women serving or whom have served in our country’s Armed Forces, and to also honor those who have lost their lives defending our nation and protecting the nations of others.

 


 

Wave 3 VOTC
May 28, 2007 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

Wave 3 VOTC is now in stock over at ToysRUs.com

 


 

CIV: Ultimate Group Project
May 27, 2007 | 9:38 PM EST | Jayson

 


A huge congratulations is in order to all the fine folks who participated and organized the UGP (Ultimate Group Project) at CIV. As you can see in this linkin our forums, the size and scale of the fan custom project is immense. The detail of the buildings, vehicles and figure is truly inspiring. Check out some photo in our forums and at JediDefender.com

 


 

Video Game Updates
May 27, 2007 | 4:26 PM EST | Brandon

Gametrailers.com has updated with information on three brand new Star Wars video games coming to our next gen consoles from LucasArts!

The Force Unleashed
Part I of their behind the scenes look at the upcoming 2008 Next Gen Video Game: The Force Unleashed has been added. Head on over to watchUnleashing The Force Part I: The New Beginning.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for all the next gen consoles has been added as well. Head on over to watch the trailerhere.

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
Lucasarts has announced a new Battlefront addition exclusively to the Sony PSP. Head on over to watch here.

 


 

Tales of the New Republic
May 27, 2007 | 4:14 PM EST | Brandon

Most of you probably know about this by now but an amazing Fan Film Project is underway. The Tales of the New Republic Animated Fan Film Project website has launched and features an amazing teaser trailer along with screenshots. Though the project is not affiliated with Lucasfilm, this project looks to be very promising and highly professional. Head on over and take a look for yourself!

 


 

Star Wars: Clone Wars Trailer Debuts!
May 27, 2007 | 4:09 PM EST | Brandon

The Official StarWars.com website has just been updated with a stunning trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Clone Wars Animated Series. I would advise you make your way over and view this amazing video. I cannot wait for this series to debut!

 


 

QNA with Yakface Update
May 26, 2007 | 12:04 PM EST | Jayson

 


Our Question Yak column has been updated today for readers to check out if your brain is on CIV overload. Some great questions in there, thanks to all who wrote in, and after this weekend’s events, I’m sure there’ll be many more.

Send us your burning questions here.

 


 

CIV Concept Luke Skywalker Coming Soon to HTS
May 26, 2007 | 11:14 AM EST | Jayson

 

HasbroToyShop has placed a “Coming Soon” link up for the CIV Concept Luke Skywalker figure for $14.99. ETA is unknown but at least it’s coming.

Thanks to my fellow Minnesota Collector Justin for the tip.

UPDATE: COMING SOON IS NOW!!!! They have now made Luke available for order. Get him quick before he’s gone!

Plus if you use the order code FNFSPR7 at check out you get 25% off your order plus free shipping!!!

UPDATE: Appears to be sold out again. The availability of this figure will be sporadic to say the least over the next few days and weeks ahead. So, you’ll just have to keep checking back there at your leisure.

 


 

Yakface CIV Coverage: UPDATE
May 26, 2007 | 10:05 AM EST | Jayson

 


Thanks to Ben our Yakface Member we’ve had on retainer, we added our very own gallery of products on display at CIV. Galleries currently active are Hasbro, Sideshow and a few miscellaneous candids, and is that the creepy Burger King Guy I see? Hopefully we’ll have more shots to add over the course of the weekend, but until then take a run through the our CIV Gallery.

UPDATE: Image Galleries for Sideshow Collectibles and Miscellaneous have been updated. Image Galleries for Lego and Nikko have been added as well.

 


 

Yoda Wins USPS Stamp Poll
May 26, 2007 | 7:15 AM EST | Jayson

 


The US Postal Service website has announced that Yoda has beaten out the other contenders and has be honored with the being the selection for the single-stamp sheet. Look for them to be released this fall.

 


 

The New StarWars.com
May 26, 2007 | 7:00 AM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com’s main page received a total makeover in correlation with the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. Check it out!

 


 

Ultimate Group Project at Celebration IV
May 25, 2007 | 7:27 PM EST | Justin2

 

Finally after over a full year of construction by Yakface and Jedidefender customizers, the Ultimate Group Project is up on display at Celebration IV!

Several customizers in the community worked their tails off to complete this project on time – and from the looks of the pics from CIV, it was well worth the hard work!

Be sure to check out the pics from CIV by clicking here!

 


 

CIV NEWS: New Comic Packs
May 25, 2007 | 6:01 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro in their presentation panel this afternoon announced the production 18 total Comic Packs this year with 3 of them being Wal-Mart Exclusives. They are:

Boba Fett with Sarlaac Goo & Sandcrawler Droid
Commander Keller & Galactic Marine
Bail Organa & Obi-Wan Kenobi (Separation of the Twins)

 


 

CIV NEWS: New Vehicles Announced
May 25, 2007 | 5:59 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro in their presentation panel this afternoon announced the production of the AT-AP* (All-Terrain Attack Pod) and the General Grievous Starfighter. Coincidentally, we asked about this vehicle for this week’s QnA and Hasbro cleverly crafted their response.

Hasbro had this vehicle incorrectly labeled at the presentation as the AT-PT.

 


 

NEW 14 Mandalorian Set at Entertainment Earth
May 25, 2007 | 5:34 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yak Forum Member Tenike1 passes on a great tidbit on a set of new exclusive figures available at EntertainmentEarth.com coming in October. Pre-orders start next week.

It’s a Mandalorian Set which includes 14 never before released action figures, 19 blasters 8 backpacks and 6 removable helmets. Each figure has 10 to 14 points of articulation.

HS87467AA $66.99

Click the image above for the scan.

 


 

Hasbro Q & A – 30th Anniversary Edition
May 25, 2007 | 4:26 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro has taken the time from their busy events at CIV to respond to our latest QnA session. I can only imagine the flurry of questions that are going to get submitted for the next one.

Click above and enjoy today special edition.

 


 

Wave 2 In Stock @ TRU
May 25, 2007 | 1:02 PM EST | Mark

Over at Toys R Us.com they have in wave 2 of the 30th anniversary figures.

 


 

Sideshow Sale!!
May 25, 2007 | 8:58 AM EST | Mark

Over at Sideshow they are having a sale on a few items to celebrate the show…


Bespin Han Solo $40 Normally $50

Bib Fortuna $45 normally $55

Head on over and check out the other deals as well. Plus there are new items listed from the show.

 


 

And Baby Makes Three…
May 25, 2007 | 6:31 AM EST | Jayson

 

Congratulations to our very own Justin and his wife Pam on welcoming their new son into the world. Kiefer Justin Cook was born May 23rd at 11:16 p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs. and is 19-3/4″ long.

All of us here at Yakface wish you two three the very best. Now how soon before little babies start showing up in your Photo Novels? : P

Feel free to drop Justin and family a line here in our forums.

 


 

CIV NEWS: New Hasbro Goodies Part III
May 24, 2007 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks over at JediInsider.com have posted a ton of upclose and personal images as well from Hasbro booth. Some of the shots put you right on the shelf with the figures – well worth repeated viewings.

 


 

CIV NEWS: New Hasbro Goodies: Part II
May 24, 2007 | 4:00 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks over at Rebelscum have posted a plethora of images from Hasbro booth. If you like new figures this is the year for you, but if you hate show exclusives; well there’s always next year. : (

 


 

Sith Infiltrator and More
May 24, 2007 | 8:26 AM EST | Mark

If you have still been looking like me.. over at KBToys.com they now have in stock the Sith Infiltrator and the V-Wing.

 


 

Toys R Us In Stock Items
May 24, 2007 | 8:20 AM EST | Mark

The following are now in stock over at Toys R Us.com:

Star Wars® Ralph McQuarrie Signature Series Concept Stormtrooper with Exclusive Collector Coin
Star Wars® Saga Collection Saesee Tin Starfighter
Star Wars® Airborne Trooper with Exclusive Collector Coin
Star Wars® Galactic Marine with Exclusive Collector Coin

Pre-Order
LEGO® Star Wars® Hoth Rebel Base (7666)
LEGO® Star Wars® Republic Cruiser (7665)
Star Wars Gold Squadron Y-Wing Fighter
Star Wars Clones and Commanders Gift Pack

 


 

CIV NEWS: New Hasbro Goodies: Part I
May 24, 2007 | 7:23 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at Jedi Defender have posted a nice little pre-preview of what is to be revealed by Hasbro at their CIV booth this Friday.

Hasbro is showing off the recently revealed Wave 5, but that far from everything. Also on display is Wave 6, Wave 7, Wave 8 (the replacement wave for the delayed Force Unleashed wave), SDCC McQuarrie Obi-Wan and Yoda, a touching tribute astromech figure (R2-KT) to Katie Johnson. But even that’s not all! There are new comic packs, battle pack and vehicles on display too!

For the full report head to Jedi Defender and they also have a few teaser imageshere.

 


 

New SIdeshow Pre-order for Comic Con
May 23, 2007 | 10:02 PM EST | Mark

 

Black Hole Stormtrooper VCD from Medicom Toy is on sale Thursday morning May 31st at 10am PT

 


 

Target Clearances Continue
May 23, 2007 | 3:32 PM EST | Justin2

Keep checking those clearance end caps for good deals on marked down Star Wars items at Target folks, as we’ve had several reports of the Order 66 2-pks being found for $4.98 each.

 


 

Wedge Helmet, Yavin Medal…
May 23, 2007 | 8:29 AM EST | Mark

Due to recent events, Master Replicas has had to scale back our participation at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration IV convention in Los Angeles. And that means, unfortunately, that we will not be selling our two 30th Anniversary Convention Exclusives – the Wedge Antilles X-wing Scaled Replica Helmet and the Medal of Yavin Scaled Replica – at the show…

BUT, the good news is that we are making these two exclusives available exclusively through www.MasterReplicas.com!!

Of course, our Collectors Society members will still get first crack, as they do on all Master Replicas products. And so this Tuesday, May 22nd at 9 am PST, both exclusives will be made available to the Collectors Society. On Thursday, May 24th at 9 am – a mere 3 hours before Celebration IV will open – they will go on sale to the general public.

The Wedge Antilles X-wing Helmet Scaled Replica is limited to 1,500 units, and will retail for $55.00. The Medal of Yavin Scaled Replica is limited to 2,500 units worldwide, and will retail for $15

 


 

Koto Grievous Images Appear
May 23, 2007 | 7:35 AM EST | Bill

 


Our friend Boba JP has updated with some images of Koto’s upcoming General Grievous, as you can see from the images, Grievous base connects with the Obi Wan we saw at Toy Fair. To say the least this piece looks most impressive.Click here to check them out.

 


 

Photonovel Spotlight – Jedistyle
May 23, 2007 | 12:45 AM EST | Justin2

 

Customizing guru Jedistyle adds to the ever popular photonovel craze, with the first chapter in his story, Shadow’s Dawn.

In this first chapter, we get a glimpse at the difficult times that the surviving Jedi of Order 66 face following the end of the Clone Wars.

Be sure to check out the first installment of what looks to be a promising new photonovel series here at Yakface by clicking here!

 


 

Star Wars Galaxies: Chapter 6 Masters of the Wild
May 22, 2007 | 4:00 PM EST | Jayson

LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment today announced that Chapter 6: Masters of the Wild is now available to Star Wars Galaxies subscribers. Chapter 6 is the latest in a series of scheduled updates that Star Wars Galaxies players will automatically receive throughout 2007, at no additional cost as part of their regular subscription to the game.

More info after the jump!

 


 

Star Wars TV Movie Talk Shot Down & No CIV Footage
May 22, 2007 | 10:42 AM EST | Jayson

Movie news site Dark Horizons has apparently cleared up some info regarding the rumored Star Wars TV Movies.

Talking with Movieweb, Lucasfilm fan relations head Steve Sansweet dismissed the talk and cleared up the status of current projects.

“I can absolutely tell you that is not true… There are going to be two more Star Wars television series. One of them is well into production. That is Star Wars: Clone Wars. It’s a CG animated show, which we suspect will be on the air sometime next year. And then George and Rick McCallum were just now starting work on a live action series. A drama. That will probably be coming out in 2009 or 2010. He is actively at work on both of those. But the CG animated series is more adult. It has a lot of humor in it. It is very cinematic.”

Sansweet also confirms that there’s no plans to air footage at the upcoming SW Celebration convention – “The TV show has not yet found a home on television. Until that happens, they are telling me that they are unable to show any actual footage.”

 


 

MR C4 Exclusives Tomorrow ON-LINE
May 21, 2007 | 10:42 PM EST | Bill

That right! If you’re a Master Replicas Collector Society Member, tomorrow morning at 9:00 A.M. Pacific you can order your Master Replicas scaled Wedge Antilles helmet and scaled medal of Yavin. The general public can order on Friday at the same time.

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenges Continue
May 21, 2007 | 3:47 PM EST | Justin

 

There’s a heck of a lot going on with Celebration IV this month, but don’t forget to get in your entries for this month’s Yakfinities, BRUTES. We’ve had some great entries so far this month, and a random entry for May will win a TAC Super Battle Droid and Airborne Trooper.

June’s voting is still open too – CLICK HERE to cast your vote for the June Yakfinities Customizing Challenge!

 


 

Episode 91: 1994 Microsized and a CIV Pre-Game Show!
May 21, 2007 | 6:22 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Star Wars Action News team is in full con mode. Marjorie is walking fast, Scott is already in California and Arnie is stressing about the Gentle Giant Yoda exclusive. But yet they didn’t let their preoccupation with Celebration prevent them from bringing you another jam packed episode of Star Wars Action News! Scott reveals his store reports, and listeners call in telling you where they found the newest VTSC figures, the newest Hasbro Vehicles, as well as where they found a Celebration 3 Vader for sale at Toys R Us! And Arnie and Marjorie reflect back to Arnie’s collecting in 1994, the Micro Machines vehicle three packs and Action Fleet vehicles.

After that, it’s all C4. We have an interview with the author of The Force in the Flesh, Matt and John return to run down all the famous names in the artists gallary, and Marjorie and Arnie do a “virtual walkthrough” of the exhibit floor covering which vendors have which exclusives and how you can get them. Finally the hosts wrap up with some general reminders and tips on how to survive Celebration 4. From where to find toilet paper to how to prevent medical emergencies to just how to make friends out of strangers, they cover it all in this week’s Star Wars Action News!

In addition, we have not one, but two contests going on. First, if you are going to Celebration 4, listen in or go to www.swactionnews.com to find out about our Flickr.com Celebration 4 photo competition. The winner will receive a copy of J.W. Rinsler’s “The Making of Star Wars” courtesy of Del Rey Books and a copy of the Star Wars Complete Visual Dictionary courtesy of DK Books!

Not going to C4? That’s okay, we have another contest! The History Channel, in commemoration of its upcoming Star Wars special The Legacy Revealed, debuting Memorial Day at 9 p.m. (8 Central), is giving away two prize packages which include exclusive Legacy Revealed shirts, posters, and trading cards! Enter at www.swactionnews.com

You can download this week’s show from www.swactionnews.com or directly from here.

Thank you for listening, we’ll talk to you next from California!

And remember, don’t refer to Star Wars Celebration 4 as C4 in an airport!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
May 20, 2007 | 10:28 PM EST | Bill

 


This just in from The Big Bad Toy Store:

We’ve got lots of new Star Wars arriving including the interative R2-D2, new Titanium Star Wars vehicles, and the 6 Vintage Star Wars figures for 2007— complete the set and you can mail in for an exclusive set of coins as part of the Ultimate Galactic Hunt for this year. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Having Problems with Mc30th Figures?
May 20, 2007 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

Fear not! It appears that Hasbro has heard the fans. There is a third revision of wave 2 which includes 1 McQuarrie Stormtrooper AND 1 of the McQuarrie Fett, along with lots of army builders (Airborne Trooper, Galactic Marine, Death Star Trooper) Luke ceremonial, and a few others.

 


 

Sponsor News: K & C Collectibles
May 20, 2007 | 7:00 PM EST | Jayson

Star Wars Celebration IV starts May 24 – May 28th in Los Angeles California. K & C Collectibles will be closed in order to attend the event. We hope to see you at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All order placed after Tuesday May 22nd will be processed after May 30th, 2007. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our website has undergone a visual renovation to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. Please come checkout our new look. We have received the following new items this week.

New – 30th Anniversary Vehicles:
Sith Infiltrator
V Wing

New – Titanium Vehicles:
V-Wing
Plo Koon Jedi Starfighter
Clone Turbo Tank – New Paint
B-Wing – New Paint
ARC-170 – New Paint
Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter – New Paint
Republic Gunship – Ultra
X-Wing – Battle Damage – Ultra
Jedi Starfighter – Ultra
TIE Fighter – Ultra

New – Vintage Action Figures:
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Princess Leia Organa (in Combat Poncho)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)

New – Comic Book 2-Pack Figures:
Quinlan Vos and Vilmarch Grahrk
Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper
Luke Skywalker and R2-D2

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Battle Packs:
Bantha – Version 1
Bantha – Version 2
Treachery on Saleucami
Capture of Tantive IV
Ambush on Ilum

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Collection:
Concept Boba Fett
Concept Stormtrooper
Biggs Darklighter
Luke Skywalker
Rebel Honor Guard
Galactic Marine
Airborne Trooper

Did you know? – The following items are available:
Clone Wars Watch
Gamorrean Guard Cold-Cast Porcelain Statue
Deluxe 501st Special Ops Clone Trooper ROTS Mini Bust – White
Sandtrooper Sergeant mini bust
Sandtrooper Squad Leader mini bust
Stormtrooper Kotobukiya

Register an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com.

 


 

Wave 5 Revealed Too Soon?
May 20, 2007 | 6:05 PM EST | Jayson

EntertainmentEarth sent out its weekly email newsletter this weekend with anice shot and details of the upcoming Wave 5 assortment of figures which focuses heavily on Expanded Universe characters.

This wave consists of an Imperial Stormtrooper, Darth Vader (McQuarrie), Hermi Odle, C-3PO w/Salacious Crumb, Roron Corobb, Yoda & Kybuck Steed, Tattooed Anakin Skywalker from Clone Wars, Darth Malak, Pre-Cyborg Grievous (Qymaen jai Sheelal) and the McQuarrie “Starkiller Hero” a female humanoid which eventually evolved into Luke and Leia.

Now a few hours later, when I visit my inbox, the accompanying photo for that EU wave has been pulled and the link directs you to a page on Entertainment Earth stating:

STAR WARS 30TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURES WAVE 5
The item number ‘HS87500E’ is no longer available. This item was removed from our website on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

Oops! Was this image meant to be revealed at next week CIV? Have the beans in fact been spilled?

Weigh in with your thoughts here in our forums.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Princess Leia (in Combat Poncho)
May 19, 2007 | 10:36 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates conclude today with the addition of Princess Leia Organa (in Combat Poncho), the sixth and final of new Vintage “UGH” Figures for 2007. Joining the ranks of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in their Endor Gear, Princess Leia sports her own removeable poncho and helmet. And underneath, we get a nice articulated version of General Leia Organa from the Rebel Briefing scene.

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
May 19, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Han Solo (Hoth Outfit), the fifth in the series of six new Vintage “UGH” Figures. Sadly, this one is disappointing for me due to the awkward appearance when the cap and goggle accessory is utilized, too bad we didn’t get the alternate head (hood up) version instead that our friends at JediDefender spied at Toyfair

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
May 19, 2007 | 9:56 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Bossk (Bounty Hunter), the fourth in the series of six new Vintage “UGH” Figures. Bossk finally receives the super-articulated treatment and this version doesn’t leave much room for improvement. I suppose they could have included some Wookiee pelts. : P

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Toyguide Update: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
May 19, 2007 | 9:29 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of IG-88 (Bounty Hunter), the third in the series of six new Vintage “UGH” Figures. Take every previous version of IG-88 you currently own throw them in the recycling bin, becauseTHIS IS the definitive IG-88. This may be one of the most intricately sculpted, articulated and assembled figures Hasbro has created. Although we received two of the weapons before, we’re treated to a new ax that is mounted to it back and a working holster. Too bad the supplied blaster doesn’t fit in it.

And here is a warning: IG-88’s bandolier has what looks to be 3 removable Thermal Detonators, one of them (the one highest on the shoulder) came off just fine and could be easily reattached, the next one’s peg snapped off inside the detonator! It might be best to just leave them alone and not risk damaging your newest acquisition.

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
May 19, 2007 | 9:07 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), the second in the series of six new Vintage “UGH” Figures. As one of the most anticipated figures since it was announced, this all new Snowtrooper doesn’t disappoint. The waist coat or “kama” has been corrected since the prototype images first surfaced and he also features a removable helmet revealing you know who underneath. Once these officially hit retail they won’t hang around long so keep your optics peeled.

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
May 19, 2007 | 8:47 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues), the first in the series of six new Vintage Figures due to hit retail next week. These figures also kick start the Ultimate Galactic Hunt (UGH) Promotion for 2007. Included with each figure is a gold-foil sticker, collect any six of them and in 6 to 8 weeks, you’ll receive the corresponding coins, plus an additional7th coin (which was available at this year’s Toyfair back in February) all packed in a decorative display case.

See all the images after the jump.

 


 

Vader vs. Maul
May 19, 2007 | 6:13 PM EST | Bill

 


What more need be said? Yak Reader Javier Bonet just sent us a heads up on this by the fans for the fans short movie. Two Sith from different eras fighting to the death, who could want more?? Check it out here.

 


 

Master Replicas 2007 Collectors’ Society Kits Now Shipping
May 18, 2007 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

 


If you joined Master Replicas Collectors’ Society for 2007, you should be getting a shipment notice on your club kit soon, if you haven’t already. It looks like what could well be the last mini lightsaber– Qui Gon’s saber– will be in collectors’ hands shortly. The kits are currently showing IN STOCK on MR’s webpage, so if you havne’t joined yet, and want this mini (not to mention the 10% discount on MR products for the year and the other CS perks)click here.

 


 

Star Wars Action News: The Legacy Revealed Contest
May 18, 2007 | 9:29 AM EST | Jayson

 


To help celebrate the release of The Legacy Revealed The History Channel and Star Wars Action News are giving away two prize bundles consisting of a The Legacy Revealed shirt, poster, and trading card. Entering is simple. Just go toswactionnews.com and click on the contest link. Enter your e-mail address and you will be in the drawing to win! The contest is open until May 29th and winners will be announced on our first post-Celebration IV podcast!

So head over to swactionnews.com and enter, and be sure to tune in to The Legacy Revealed Monday, May 29th!

 


 

First Look: CIV Clone Wars Poster
May 17, 2007 | 10:42 PM EST | Jayson

 


Next week’s biggest Star Wars party ever, Celebration IV, not only commemorates the past 30 years of the saga, but looks forward into the exciting future of Star Wars. Fans at the event will finally get a behind the scenes look at the forthcoming CG-animated television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, produced by Lucasfilm Animation.

Producer Catherine Winder and Director Dave Filoni will be on hand to discuss the making of the series. As an extra treat, attendees will get a chance to take home the first ever keepsake of the animated series, a limited edition postercreated just for Celebration that showcases some of the stars of the new show.

Head to StarWars.com to read more and for a larger glimpse of the poster!

 


 

Titanium Figures Wave 5 IS COMING
May 17, 2007 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

 


That’s right Entertainment Earth has just sent out an email saying that they WILL HAVE wave 5 of the titanium series figures– Darth Maul Tatooine, Luke Hoth, and Battlestar Galactica Cylon Centurian– are coming to EE this August. Dont’ pay the high rates these are going for on Ebay, they are going to be made available in the states after all. Click here for more.

 


 

Target Executes Order 66 on Order 66 Two-Packs?
May 17, 2007 | 4:00 PM EST | Jayson

Yak Reader Joe B. sends word that in his neck of the country (Atlanta) most Targets stores have the Order 66 Two-Packs on clearance shelves priced at $6.98 (30% off), not bad if your trying to army build.

Guess it’s time for another Target run.

Thanks Joe!

 


 

Hasbro Friends and Family Discount
May 17, 2007 | 11:48 AM EST | Jayson

 


Here is a pretty sweet deal for Hasbro Toy Shop. They are having a friends and family special which will get you 25% off your pre-tax order and free shipping on in-stock items. It doesn’t apply to gift cards, CIV items, and other special sales. Simply enter the FNFSPR7 code at checkout and you are good to go. Not too shabby for some Star Wars deals. Enjoy!

Discount expires 5/28 at 11:59 EST.

Thanks to Mark and Philip for the tip!

 


 

No Master Replicas Booth At C4
May 17, 2007 | 7:47 AM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that while Master Replicas will still have their Collector Society Party at C4, they have decided NOT to have a booth there. According to the report the Scaled Wedge helmet and scaled Medal of Yavin originally slated to be C4 exclusives will now be offered via their website. Click here for their full story.

 


 

STAR WARS®: THE LEGACY REVEALED Yodasnews Giveaway! 
May 17, 2007 | 7:29 AM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Yoda’s News:

Thirty years ago, an unheralded film known as Star Wars opened in theaters and took audiences on a groundbreaking journey to a galaxy far, far away. It instantly seized the public’s imagination, and three decades later still claims that grasp. Now, a new special from The History Channel seeks to understand why the emotional impact of the Star Wars Saga remains as relevant as ever.

In preparation for this special event, being only 10 days away, The History Channel, Yodasnews and Electric Artists have teamed up for a very cool giveaway. You will have a chance to win some one of a kind exclsuive items, that will never be sold to the public! Check our Yodasnews.com for information on how to enter and be sure to check out STAR WARS®: THE LEGACY REVEALED premiering May 28th at 9pm/8c on The History Channel! Check it out here.

 


 

The Vader Project
May 17, 2007 | 7:27 AM EST | Bill

It’s been done with horses and even Mickey Mouse, now a group of underground artists has used Darth Vader’s iconic helmet design as the vehicle for an art project, examining its unique shapes and angles, and then decorating the “helmet” with different approaches. It’s all on The Official site so Click here to check it out.

 


 

Get Loaded, Star Wars Style!
May 16, 2007 | 3:19 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com brings an eye-catching set of six Star Wars shot glasses exclusively to the U.S. from England’s Cards Inc!

Three of the glasses exhibit the Star Wars logo and graphics in full color — Yoda, Vader, and Jedi Duel — while the remaining three depict the cool, frosted images of Sith baddies Vader, Grievous, and Clone Trooper. That’s six shots of Sith to line up on your display shelf!

The real kicker is the display box, though. All six glasses come housed, with foam inserts, in a striking gloss-black embossed tin sporting the Episode III Vader graphic on the lid. The sides are accented with the Vader graphic repeated in metallic red along with the Star Wars logo.

Start your own Star Wars shooter’s gallery with this great set offered exclusively in the U.S. through StarWarsShop.

 


 

Hasbro Clones and Commanders Gift Pack
May 16, 2007 | 12:44 PM EST | Jayson

 


SirSteveGuide.com has posted an image of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Clones and Commanders Gift Pack. As you can see it includes the Utapau Deco Clone Trooper, Obi-Wan Pilot (sans cloak), Darth Vader, Yoda with Kashyyyk Cannon, Elite Corps (Kashyyyk) Clone Trooper and a silver painted Sandtrooper. Look for this to be available in July.

Head on over for a large peek.

 


 

Wave 2 – In Stock!
May 16, 2007 | 11:18 AM EST | Justin

If you’re looking for TAC Wave 2 figures still or want to stock up on some more army builders, they’re in stock over at www.dnstoys.com.

 


 

Commander Gree Limited Edition Helmet
May 16, 2007 | 8:33 AM EST | Mark

Master Replicas is pleased to announce that the first of our 2007 Collectors Society Exclusive products – the Clone Commander Gree Limited Edition Helmet – will be available for pre-order THIS WEEK! This highly-requested Helmet will feature an edition size of only 500 pieces, and will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis for Collectors Society members this Wednesday, May 16th!!!

To create our Clone Commander Gree Helmet replica, Master Replicas was provided with the original ILM digital character files. From these we generated a 3D model to use as a master pattern to create accurate molds from which we produce our helmets in high quality fiberglass. Since we used original computer renders, you can be assured that our Clone Commander Gree Helmet is an exact replica, accurately replicating the multitude of subtle shapes and curves that make up this incredible piece of armor.

We at Master Replicas are proud to release the Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Clone Commander Gree Helmet as one of the premiere pieces in our new line of high-end costume recreations. We hope you enjoy this newest addition to our ever-expanding line of incredible Star Wars replicas.

Remember, this item is only available to Collectors Society Members! If you’re not a member, sign up today! Don’t miss your chance to add this beautiful helmet replica to your collection this week!!!

$399 apiece
Collectors Society Pre-Order: May 16, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
Expected to begin shipping: Fall 2007

 


 

Disney Weekend Carded Cantina Band Members
May 16, 2007 | 8:32 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at JediDefender have posted that the Cantina Band Members (from the Wal-Mart Tins) will be individually carded for this year’s Star Wars Weekends 2007 at Disney Theme Parks. Although the figures themselves are repacks, they include electric light & sound bases!

Thanks Jesse for the tip!

You can also read more about other exclusive merchandise at the Official Site

 


 

How Does Anakin/Vader See The Events of The Star Wars Saga?
May 16, 2007 | 7:33 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with information on a new entry in the Star Wars Expanded Universe– the Star Wars Saga told from Vader’s point of view. This upcoming release is written by Ryder Windham and published by Scholastic, so it will probably be a young reader book. However, if Windham maintains the quality we’ve seen in the Last of the Jedi, and it’s 2 predihessor series, it should be very enjoyable and interesting for fans of all ages. Click here for more.

 


 

Corgi/MR & Lucasfilm Negotiations Breakdown
May 15, 2007 | 10:24 PM EST | Jayson

After a lucrative six-year partnership Corgi International/Master Replicas has announced that negotiations with Lucasfilm have broken down. The company’s existing license with Lucasfilm Ltd. for Star Wars products expires on December 31, 2007.

For more info visit Master Replicas.com

 


 

NEW VTSC at Retail!
May 15, 2007 | 10:12 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forum Member Tenike1 scored a minty fresh case of the New VTSC figures from his Cali Target.

Nice score Tenike!

As you probably know, this case includes 2 each of Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), Han Solo (in Hoth Gear), Princess Leia (Endor), Luke Skywalker (Bespin), IG-88 and Bossk

So start hitting up those Targets don’t forget the DPCI: 087-06-1856

 


 

Episode 90: 1993 – X-wing & C4 Interview w/Sansweet
May 15, 2007 | 7:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


We have another jam packed show leading up to Star Wars Celebration 4. As we bring you all the collecting news surrounding Star Wars’ 30th Anniversary we just cannot keep the show under an hour, but it is worth it as this week as we interview Steve Sansweet and bring you some breaking news about Star Wars Celebration 4. And there’s an interview with Frank D’Iorio of Industiral Lights and Magic and NiubNiubsUniverse.com who is having a diorama building workshop at Star Wars Celebration 4, his third celebration workshop in a row!

Plus Scott from Tulsa’s store report, listener voice mails, and a look back at 1993 when Star Wars was on the upswing, the dark times were over and Arnie reflects back on one of his favorite video games of all time.

Download this week’s Star Wars Action News HERE or visitwww.swactionnews.com

 


 

Goodbye
May 15, 2007 | 12:37 AM EST | Scott

It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I make the following announcement.

Joy because in about 5 weeks, my wife and I will welcome our 2nd child, our daughter Claire, into our family. She will join her big brother Connor who is 2-1/2.

Joy also because, in what couldn’t be better timing for our family at this point in our lives, I recently landed a brand new job as a Graphic Designer at a local advertising agency.

But the sadness comes from the realization that I must streamline some things in my life and one of the things that must go is my position here at Yakface. I simply can’t devote the time to it that I was once able to.

I’ve only been with the site for a couple years, but I’ve had an absolute ball working on it. I’ve been very lucky to have made some great friends and had many laughs along the way.

As for the Hasbro Q & A which I was heading up, that will now be left in the more than capable hands of our very own Jayson, HE will show you the TRUE nature of the Q & A, HE is your master now!…LOL.

Though I won’t be an official Yak staffer anymore, I will still be a presence in the forums and may even pass on the occasional news item to my old Yak buddies as it comes my way.

So thanks to all of you, both Yak staff and readers alike, for making my time here so much fun. I will truly miss it.

Your friend in The Force,
Scott C. (YAK_Clavius in the forums)

 


 

The Saber Vault Newsfeed
May 14, 2007 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

Have in the saber you have been waiting for we do. In Stock now and shipping the Yoda FX lightsabers are. Just $100 including free shipping in the United States they are. $20.00 below MSRP, before the free shipping that is.

The new improved A New Hope Darth Vader FX sabers are also in stock at $100 with free shipping. Don’t miss the last of the Luke A New Hope Limited Editions (we just have 3 left!). These are just $200 including shipping, and there will be no more when these are gone, and we have our last Darth Vader Signature Edition helmet available as well. For Pirates fans, we are taking preorders for Hector Barbosa’s LE sword, which looks fantastic.

Don’t miss these props at the The Saber Vault bringing you the props you want at the prices you need!

 


 

DCU Wrapup
May 14, 2007 | 2:23 PM EST | Justin

Our friend Dan Curto has wrapped up another round of customizer submissions at his website – over the past several weeks he’s updated with more work from a different customizer every single day!

You’ll probably recognize some of the work from a few of our forum members, but we’re not the only customizers out there! Check out the latest round of Daily Custom Updates over at The Custom Alliance!

 


 

The Force Unleashed: The Art of VFX
May 14, 2007 | 1:23 AM EST | Justin

 

As LucasArts and ILM actively collaborate to co-develop tools that will be used to create Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the official site updates with an article detailing more about the process of this highly anticipated game.

Check it out after the jump!

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Jedistyle
May 14, 2007 | 1:17 AM EST | Justin

 

Our latest Customizer Spotlight shows another great batch of customs by Yakface forum member Jedistyle, who has become one of the best customizers in the community and we are very happy to get to see what has usually become a weekly update from him in our customizing section.

Check out his latest work after the jump!

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
May 13, 2007 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

 


The Big Bad Toy Store has just updated with lots and lots of new pre-orders including the fine molds Y-Wing and the next three installments of Attakus’ Metal collection—Luke, Han and Chewie.including lots of new in stock items as well. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Happy Mother’s Day
May 13, 2007 | 7:24 AM EST | Jayson

Don’t forget to give your mom a call today, as it is Mother’s Day. And, if you are out and about this morning on your usual Sunday morning toy run, pick up a card, some flowers or treat her to breakfast and let her know that you love her.

 


 

Hasbro Q & A – Great Answers At Low, Low Prices!
May 11, 2007 | 11:30 PM EST | Scott

 


So anyway, I was in the alley behind the grocery store this evening getting the crap kicked out of me by a 287 lb. checkout woman named Mildred because I tried to pass off 40 cans of pickled herring as one item in the express lane, when it occured to me…

“Great Kubrick’s ghost! I’ve forgotten all about the Hasbro Q & A!”

So having curled myself up in the fetal position and sobbing like a newly born infant, Mildred couldn’t bring herself to continue her ham-fisted assault upon my person. And so it was that I peeled myself up off the moist evening asphalt, plucked chunks of congealed herring out of my clothing, and raced home with all due speed to provide you, loyal reader with the answers to the questions you are longing for.

Click above and enjoy this evening’s installment, I’ll enjoy my herring.

 


 

More figures in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop…
May 11, 2007 | 3:28 PM EST | Justin

A few more TAC figures are back in stock at Hasbrotoyshop.com, including theMcQuarrie Stormtrooper.

And if you’re still getting caught up on SAGA figures, the SAGA
Commander Appo is also available right now.

Thanks to forum member Tenike1 for the heads up.

UPDATE – McQuarrie Trooper is now gone.

 


 

STORE REPORT: Wal-Mart Deep Discounts
May 11, 2007 | 2:31 PM EST | Jayson

 


Although your mileage may vary, intrepid reporter Scott from Tulsa, of S.W.A.N.fame, has found at his local Wal-Mart, Cantina Tins for $4 (some stores had them for $7) and Treachery on Saleucami Battle Packs for $10!!

Thanks for the tip Scott!

 


 

Xizor’s View 142
May 10, 2007 | 11:05 PM EST | Deron

Back from another long absense, your pal and mine, Xizor, reports in today with those thrilling days of yesteryear……
Yeah well, ok! Have you ever thought about your first Star Wars experience? Well, I have and you can read all about it in the new “View”, and there is a VERY humorous twist in the story about seeing “War” movies. Click the Xizor’s View link at the right or click on through Xizor’s View 142

 


 

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
May 10, 2007 | 9:25 PM EST | Jayson

 

Star Wars.com announces tonight the next installment in the Battlefront Video Game Series. Battlefront: Renegade Squadron.

In development exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system by U.K.-based Rebellion, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron will hit store shelves everywhere in fall 2007 and continues the immensely successful Battlefront series, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2004.

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is the previously untold story of a ragtag ensemble of battle-hardened rogues and scoundrels assembled by Han Solo. Gathered to execute some of the most secretive operations in the Rebel Alliance’s war against the Galactic Empire, the Renegade Squadron participates in battles spanning the galaxy. From the Valley of the Sith on Korriban to a dogfight in space through the remains of Alderaan, Solo directs the team on missions of sabotage, rescue and retrieval.

For more detail head to StarWars.com or the game’s official site.

 


 

TAC Wave 2 – In Stock
May 10, 2007 | 4:14 PM EST | Justin

As of right now, you can order Wave 2 figures at Hasbrotoyhop.com.

There’s a limit of two of each figure, but you better hurry as some of these are sure to move quick!

Good luck and thanks to forum member Duke19 for the heads up!

Click here to get the McQuarrie Boba Fett. As it’s not grouped with the other TAC figures.

 


 

Dan Madsen to Attend CIV with The Force Among Us!
May 10, 2007 | 1:54 PM EST | Jayson

Former Official Star Wars Fan Club President and Star Wars Insider Founder Dan Madsen will be “Special Guest” for The Force Among Us at Star Wars Celebration 4. He will be in attendance with Directors Cortney and Cristian Macht for The Force Among Us panel on Monday the 28th at 2:30 pm (Room 409 AB).

Dan Madsen was interviewed for The Force Among Us documentary and can been seen in the film’s “Highlight Reel” at YouTube (key word: The Force Among Us). Madsen’s own company, Fantastic Media, who relaunched the Lucasfilm Fan Club in 1987, was also responsible for creating and producing the very first Star Wars Celebration in Denver in 1999. As the founder of the Star Wars Insider magazine, Madsen worked closely with Lucasfilm on the Star Wars films as well as other George Lucas productions and created many exclusive Star Wars Fan Club collectibles which are treasured today. Under Madsen’s leadership, the Official Fan Club reached its highest level of membership. He is also the author of the book, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: On The Set And Behind The Scenes. Madsen (who actually was an actor before starting his fan club business) can be seen in his cameo role as Dams Denna, the Kaadu Handler, in Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. He is currently working on his own film project.

Limited quantities of The Force Among Us DVD are still available for preorder attheforceamongus.com

 


 

Action-HQ Update
May 9, 2007 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Action HQ:

New Arrivals at Action-HQ!

Star Wars Chubby Series 1 & Transformers Movie Protoform Optimus & Starscream!

– Star Wars Chubby Series 1 Set of 6!

– Star Wars Chubby Series 1 Set of 4!

– Star Wars Chubby Darth Vader!

– Transformers Movie Sneak Preview Protoform Optimus & Starscream!

Get yours FIRST at Action-HQ.com!

 


 

Belly Dance with Slave Leia at C4
May 9, 2007 | 9:40 PM EST | Jayson

 


Forget Dancing with the Stars! Now you can dance with a Star Wars character!

Amira Sa’id, acclaimed professional belly dancer (and Star Wars fan!) will not only perform at Celebration IV, she will teach fans how to belly dance in her special seminars. Sa’id will perform in one of the favorite costumes of the Star Wars Saga, her Slave Leia outfit. More Slave Leia costumers are welcome to join her for her lessons, but all fans can take part, or just come to enjoy the show. Don’t miss this Celebration debut!

For more info check out the latest CIV news at Star Wars.com

Also, Gentle Giant is bringing a huge Jabba the Hutt in hopes to assemble the largest Slave Leia group photo ever!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe # 17 – Twisted Allegiance
May 9, 2007 | 4:00 PM EST | Justin

 

A new chapter in the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series has been released!

During the early months of the Clone Wars, the capital of the Republic has become subject to frequent terrorist acts and assassinations of leading Republic figures by Separatist agents and members of the Badoo Corba.

As the war enters its second year, the population is shaken once again as a section of a Coruscant district is decimated in another terrorist attack, just as Rykrof Enloe has returned from a mission to Dathomir…

For this latest chapter in its entirety, click here!

 


 

Lucas Making 2 Star Wars TV Movies?
May 9, 2007 | 10:20 AM EST | Jayson

At this week’s Time Magazine All-Star Dinner, George Lucas was tight-lipped about the upcoming Indy IV feature, the Clone Wars Animated Series for TV and the live action TV series. But, he divulged that he will make two more live-action films based in the “Star Wars” era.

“But they won’t have members of the Skywalker family as characters,” he said. “They will be other people of that milieu.”

The two extra films will also be made for TV and probably be an hour long each. But, like “Clone Wars,” Lucas doesn’t know where on TV they will land.

Hopefully we’ll get further confirmation and/or clarification at CIV.

More details the jump.

 


 

Star Wars Weekends 2007 411
May 9, 2007 | 7:37 AM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest on Star Wars Weekends— straight from Disney:

“Star Wars” Weekends with Star Warwick Davis

For a few weekends every year, Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park becomes an outpost of a galaxy far, far away — unearthly characters in getups beautiful and bizarre roam the streets, browsers congregate at an exotic bazaar to choose among limited-edition treasures found in few places throughout the galaxy, and everywhere can be heard the immortal words “May the Force be with you.”

This year, “Star Wars” Weekends will take Disney World Guests out of this world on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, between June 1 and 24. And, as he has been almost every year since the event began, actor Warwick Davis will be on hand to sign autographs, ride in the Legends of the Force Celebrity Motorcade, and meet the fans who make these weekends so special. Warwick found his acting career launched when he played Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi,” and he still has a special place in his heart for the “Star Wars” films and the fans who love them.

“People do get dressed up. It’s the hot Florida sunshine, so it does not lend itself to becoming a Jedi in a hooded robe, but nonetheless … Read the full story here.

 


 

More Target DPCI Numbers
May 9, 2007 | 2:59 AM EST | Justin

According to our friend Jesse at Jedidefender.com, several new Target DPCI numbers have been revealed.

Given Jedidefender’s track record with accurate information, we have no reason to doubt that these are legit.

We’ve added these to our master list, which you can see by clicking here.

 


 

Jimmy Fallon Spoofs EIII at Yahoo.com
May 8, 2007 | 10:18 PM EST | Jayson

Get over to Yahoo.com and check out this hilarious spoof of EIII performed by SNL’s Jimmy Fallon. You too can spoof one of the featured movies for a chance to win your very own MTV Movie Award! More details after the jump.

 


 

St. Louis ToyMan Collector Show
May 8, 2007 | 2:31 PM EST | Justin

For all you Yakkers in the St. Louis area, one of the larger collector shows in the Midwest will be taking place this Sunday, May 13 –

ToyMan Toy Show
ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE TOY SHOW
ST.LOUIS, MO (BRIDGETON)
Machinist Hall
12365 St. Charles Rock Road
(Beside Target and Walgreen’s)
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Hours: 9am to 2pm
Adm: $3.00 – adult
Free – 12 and under

The show has approx. 170 tables as well over 100 dealers selling antique and collectible toys. Some of the toys represented are Hot Wheels, Star Wars, Barbie’s, Comics, Movie memorabilia (posters – autographs), NASCAR items, Board Games, Action Figures (science fiction – movie – television – wrestling), Die cast Cars, Model Kits, Trading Cards and much more.

Most of the time there is a good represenatation of Star Wars dealers, so if you are in the area and decide to check it out, good luck!

 


 

Welcome to Andrews Toyz
May 8, 2007 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

Please join us in welcoming our new Sponsor Andrews Toyz.com They currently have a number of great items up for preorder including this year’s “I am your Father”, Father’s Day card. Click here to check them out.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
May 7, 2007 | 11:57 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve just gotten the latest preorders for Star Wars, Spiderman and lots more at the Big Bad Toy Store. including lots of new in stock items as well. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

S.W.A.N. Episode 89 – Robot Chicken, C4 Party & More!
May 7, 2007 | 11:39 PM EST | Scott

 


Everywhere in the news it has been reported that Seth Green and Robot Chicken are coming out with an all Star Wars episode of Robot Chicken in June, with voices by Mark Hamill and George Lucas. This week Arnie and Marjorie got on the phone with three people involved with the Robot Chicken special, Seth Green, Matt Senreich and Dan Milano! They discussed visiting the Lucasfilm ranch and archives, and what it was like to direct George Lucas. Plus some extra surprises.

Also this week, Arnie interviews Dany Pepin formerly of Star Wars en Direct. He has just released a new audio drama Omega Squad: Targets based on the short story by Karen Traviss. Listen to the making of this audio drama, then go and download it at www.swactionnews.com

Finally this week, Arnie and Marjorie discuss Star Wars Celebration 4 and look back at Star Wars collecting in 1992. Plus we have voice mails, and Nathan Butler’s Star Wars book report.

Download this week’s Star Wars Action News HERE or visitwww.swactionnews.com

Tickets to the Jedi Temple Archives/Star Wars Action News Celebration 4 kickoff dinner are almost sold out! click on the banner above to ensure you get your order in before its too late. In addition, if tickets are not sold out by May 12th, any orders taken after May 12th may not get the free T-Shirt and CD due to the printing times. This is bound to be a night you’ll never forget, so get your tickets at:

www.swactionnews.com/features/c4/dinner.html

 


 

K & C Collectibles – BOTH Bantha BP’s Available Now!
May 7, 2007 | 5:28 PM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Battle Packs:
Bantha with Tusken Raiders – Version 1
Bantha with Tusken Raiders – Version 2
Treachery on Saleucami

Pre-Order – May 25th 2007:
Classic Boba Fett Mini Bust
Classic Kit Fisto Mini Bust
Classic TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Bust
Royal Guard Mini Bust – Red
Royal Guard Mini Bust – Blue
Darth Vader Statue – SAVE $20
Stormtrooper Vanguard Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Sentry Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Marksman Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Commander Pewter Figure

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com

 


 

The Force Unleashed Replacement Wave
May 7, 2007 | 12:54 PM EST | Justin

Since the highly anticipated The Force Unleashed video game has been postponed, it’s little surprise that Hasbro will be replacing the scheduled figures that were to come out this Fall with some repaints.

Our friends at Rebelscum are reporting details of the figures that will be coming out instead – all are repaints but some seem like they will make good additions to the line.

For more details on the wave and thoughts, click here.

Thanks to forum member Tenike1 for the heads up, and hopefully there won’t be any more delays on The Force Unleashed game or the figures…

 


 

The Ultimate Group Project Goes Live
May 6, 2007 | 10:31 PM EST | Justin

 

 

For a full year a group of customizers here at our forums and at Jedidefenderhave worked together to create a fan fiction diorama world for display at Celebration IV.

Numerous custom pieces have been created, and we are happy to now announce the project’s official website, The Ultimate Group Project.

Be sure to check out the forums and the official site for future updates – and all that attend Celebration IV are welcome stop by and check out the project display.

Special thanks to Pendragon and elmeaux for their work on the website.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Order 66 Mace Windu & Galactic Marine
May 6, 2007 | 5:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the addition of the second in the series of six Order 66 Exclusive Two Packs from Target: Mace Windu & Galactic Marine.The Order 66 packs are essentially “off screen” pairings of Jedi or Sith with a corresponding unique deco clone. This set includes the now inferior and often released sculpt of Mace Windu from the ROTS line with an added bonus of a new soft goods robe. The Galactic Marine on the other hand is a repaint of theGalactic Marine from Wave 1 of basic figures in the TAC line. These sets are warming an endcap at a Target near you for $9.99, hopefully they’ll be hitting the clearance aisle soon.

Obviously, not all the clones pictured above are included, but to be honest it looks better. ; P Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Celebration IV Fan Club Breakfasts
May 6, 2007 | 12:19 AM EST | Justin

 

If you’re going to be able to attend Celebration IV, you may want to try and attend the Fan Club Breakfasts that will take place on Friday, May 25 and Sunday, May 27. For more information, click here.

 


 

Kenner POTF2 Conceptual Artwork
May 6, 2007 | 12:15 AM EST | Justin

 

The good folks over at The Earth Collectible Toy Mall have added some original copies of conceptual artwork for the Star Wars Power of the Force line that might make great additions for fans looking for something unique to add to their collection.

Head on over there (and be sure to check out their vintage section too) by clicking here.

 


 

Customizing Spotlight – Yakface Photonovels!
May 6, 2007 | 12:08 AM EST | Justin

 

This weekend we spotlight some of the great photonovel work being put together by several of our forum members.

First off, forumite Lushros Dofine has added the 14th chapter of his Cape of Deceit series, The Rise of Evil.

We also have a preview of an ambitious series that member Tempus Delve has been working on. While it appears we are still a ways off before he is able to complete the first chapter, you can still get a preview of his series, The Force.

In addition, Raziel871 has presented the first chapter in his series, Black Illusion, which portrays how a group of Galactic Senate guards react to Order 66.

Finally, you’ll want to check out the latest from forum member Diddly, who has released a new chapter in his LEGO series, Capitol Carnage.

 


 

Yakfinities # 10 – BRUTES!
May 4, 2007 | 12:25 PM EST | Justin

 

They’re big, they’re bad, and they’re the subject of the latest Yakface Customizing Challenge – BRUTES!

Whether you’re a customizing veteran or just getting started in the world of customizing, we invite you to be a part of this month’s Customizing Challenge! If you do, you’ll get a crack at winning a prize for entering the contest as well. Check it out after the jump!

 


 

Sith Infiltrator & V-Wing at Wal-Mart
May 4, 2007 | 12:16 PM EST | Justin

Just a heads up folks – we’ve had several reports that these TAC vehicles have been showing up at Wal-Mart stores around the country, alongside more sightings of Wave 2.

Good luck and happy hunting Yakkers!

 


 

Sideshow Space Slug Enviorama Update
May 4, 2007 | 12:11 PM EST | Justin

 

Sideshow has added a 360 degree QTVR turnaround feature so fans can get a with a full 360 degree view of the giant Space Slug from their This is No Cave Enviorama .

Check it out after the jump!

NOTE – Although this item is sold out, you can add your name to their Wait Listin case some of their preorders from other customers fall through.

April 2007 Archive

We’re Looking for a Few More Good Questions…
April 30, 2007 | 7:34 PM EST | Jayson

Thanks to all who’ve sent in questions for the QnA with Yakface feature, but we can always use a few more.

Don’t be shy, Yakface won’t bite… hard.

So, whether it’s Star Wars toy (new & old) or movie related, send those questions in to yakqna@yahoo.com

Remember, questions submitted to this e-mail address will be answered by our crack team of sleuths here at Yakface. These questions will not be submitted to Hasbro.

 


 

Yak’s Pub Continues
April 30, 2007 | 1:20 PM EST | Justin

 

Yakface forum member Niktom‘s popular comic strip, Yak’s Pub wraps up another month of laughs.

For a roundup of April’s postings, click here.

 


 

Master Replicas Pre-Order
April 30, 2007 | 9:41 AM EST | Mark

The Master Print Collection in partnership with Acme Archive Limited!

Master Replicas is pleased to debut The Master Prints Collection, the first jointly developed collectible line with the fantastic team at Acme Archives Limited. Each Master Print companion piece in the collection brings limited edition fine art together with limited edition replicas. These unique pieces will feature original art created as a compliment to selected products in the Master Replicas line.

The Stormtrooper Giclée, drawn by fan favorite artist, Tom Hodges is collectible in its own right. Limited to only 500 pieces, it is only available to the first 500 collectors purchasing a Stormtrooper Helmet from MasterReplicas.com. This fantastic piece let’s you relive the excitement from the very first time you saw the Stormtroopers, blasters blazing, in the opening iconic scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The 14 x 11 piece will include a MR / Acme certificate of authenticity and attractively matted, ready for framing.

The “Master Prints” line for 2007 will include 4 limited-edition companion pieces. The first, available for free with the purchase of the Stormtrooper Helmet and the second, well we can’t tell you that just Fett. Two additional pieces will round out the 2007 Collection offered exclusively at Masterreplicas.com for $85.00 each. The entire collection will be under the talented direction Acme’s outstanding team. More from Acme on an upcoming podcast!

Be one of the 500 lucky collectors that receive this debut collectible valued at $85. This piece will not be sold separately and is only available at MasterReplicas.com for a limited time!!

Master Replicas Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet!

Order directly from MasterReplicas.com and receive a limited edition companion fine art Giclée created by Acme Archives. (Limited time offer)

Fearless and unswervingly loyal to the Emperor, Stormtroopers are the most recognized symbol of Imperial might. Encased in white armor over black body gloves, Stormtroopers make up the bulk of Palpatine’s ground-based armies and the space-based Imperial starfleet. Their fearsome looking helmets allow the soldiers to breathe in the harshest of environments, including the vacuum of space, and are equipped with long range communications allowing these elite shock troops to be deployed with speed and efficiency to quell insurrections and maintain order across the many worlds of the Empire.

Click here to read more about the Stormtrooper Helmet!

$399.00 apiece, the first 500 will receive the debut companion Master Print!
Collectors Society Pre-Order: April 30, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)

 


 

K & C Collectibles – Bantha Battle Pack & More!
April 30, 2007 | 12:32 AM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Battle Packs:
Bantha with Tusken Raiders
Treachery on Saleucami
Capture of Tantive IV
Ambush on Ilum
Betrayal on Felucia

New Pre-Orders – May 25th 2007
Classic Boba Fett Mini Bust
Classic Kit Fisto Mini Bust
Classic TIE Fighter Pilot Mini Bust
Royal Guard Mini Bust – Red
Royal Guard Mini Bust – Blue
Darth Vader Statue – SAVE $20
Stormtrooper Vanguard Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Sentry Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Marksman Pewter Figure
Stormtrooper Commander Pewter Figure

In Stock – Titanium Ultra Vehicles
Republic Gunship (Clone Wars paint)
X-Wing – Battle Damage
Jedi Starfighter
TIE Fighter
Snowspeeder
Darth Vader TIE Fighter
ARC-170
Republic Gunship
Slave I
AT-AT
Droid Fighter

Newly Added Items:
PEZ – Emperor Wal-Mart Exclusive
PEZ – Darth Vader
PEZ – R2-D2
PEZ – C-3PO
PEZ – Boba Fett
PEZ – Palpatine
PEZ – General Grievous
AT-RT with AT-RT driver figure
BARC Speeder
Kaskyyyk Assault
Bodyguard vs Obi-Wan
Attack on Endor AT-ST
Darth Tater

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com

 


 

Loose Pics – Clone Trooper Alpha, Quinlan Vos and more!
April 29, 2007 | 11:22 PM EST | Justin

 

As a few lucky collectors have found the latest Comic Packs in stores over the past couple days, a lot of fans have yet to find these new ones. So to hold you over, we’ve got some loose pics of Obi Wan, ARC Trooper Alpha, Quinlan Vos, and Vilmarh Grahrk.

CLICK HERE for several images of these awesome new figures that have been unleashed from their packaging.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Newsfeed
April 29, 2007 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

 


The Big Bad Toy Store has just updated with lots of new Star Wars IN STOCK and on Preorder– including the Sith Infiltrator and the V-Wing. Be sure to check it all out– including their 30% off sale– check it all out here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Order 66 Palpatine & Commander Thire
April 29, 2007 | 6:59 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates tonight with the addition of the first in the series of six Order 66 Exclusive Two Packs from Target: Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire. The Order 66 packs are essentially “off screen” pairings of Jedi or Sith with a corresponding unique deco clone. This set includes the salt shaker sculpt of Emperor Palpatine with an added bonus of the soft goods robe from the Evolution Palpatine figure. Commander Thire on the other hand is a decent repack/repaint of the Clone Commander from the Clone Evoutions pack. These sets are warming an endcap at a Target near you for $9.99, hopefully they’ll be hitting the clearance aisle soon.

Obviously, not all the clones pictured above are included, but to be honest it looks better. ; P Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Lego News: Republic Cruiser and Hoth Rebel Base
April 29, 2007 | 7:54 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

ToysRUs.com has placed the two Lego sets up for preorder. The first set is theRepublic Cruiser (7665) from Episode I. This set is 919 pieces and includes Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-A6 and 2 Naboo Flight Crew mini figures. The second set is the Hoth Rebel Base (7666). This set is 545 pieces and includes parts to build the Rebel Snowspeeder with Luke and Dak, shield doors and turret, 2 Hoth Rebel Soldiers, 2 Imperial Snowtroopers w/E-Web Cannon, and Probe Droid. Look for the preorders for these 2 fun sets to start filling this September.

To discuss these sets and see larger images, head to the forums.

 


 

Win a Private ILM Tour and Lunch with NiubNiub!!!
April 28, 2007 | 1:46 PM EST | Jayson

As if all the fun and prizes NiubNiub is giving away at Celebration IV’s Ewok Landscaping Diorama Workshop isn’t enough (Workshop pins, Workshop Badges, NiubNiub T-shirts, LucasArts videogames, ILM T-Shirts, LucasFilm exclusives and Star Wars CREW gear) Frank thought why not organize a lunch date and personal tour of Industrial Light & Magic!!!

If you ever wanted to see what the inside of ILM looks like, Now is your chance 🙂

If you live in or will be visiting San Francisco on FRIDAY MAY 18th
send in your name and phone number to niubniubs@gmail.com

NiubNiub himself, Frank D’Iorio will take time off from his super busy TRANSFORMERS schedule to talk about the CIV Ewok Landscaping workshop, Tour of ILM (see props, Matte Paintings and Maquettes – oh and Jar Jar in Carbonite !!! – LOL) have Lunch with you in the Lucas Dining Hall, watch some Transformers, Pirates 3 and Harry Potter footage in the Premiere theatre and finish with a visit to the SKYWALKER STORE !!!
(Here’s your chance to stock up on COOL T-shirts, Caps and Coats available only to Lucasfilm Employees and family)

Now THAT should be cool 🙂

Space is limited to ONLY 5 guests !!! (sorry, Lucasfilm policy)

if the number of responses EXCEEDS 5, then Frank will go into a random drawing picking FIVE lucky fans from all who have sent in their Names and Phone Numbers.

Check Niubniubsuniverse.com posts for the winners list, and more info on Celebration IV Ewok Landscaping Diorama Workshop.

Winners will be contacted by phone the week before the visit.

 


 

Hasbro Q & A – Now In Glorious Technocolor!
April 28, 2007 | 1:43 AM EST | Scott

 


I have no idea what that subject line is supposed to mean beyond letting you know that the new Q & A is up for your reading pleasure, and that it’s way to late for me to be up and I’m punchy.

HAPPY READING everyone and see you again in 14!

 


 

Star Wars “Laser Tag” at CIV
April 27, 2007 | 8:48 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com update tonight with the announcement of Star Wars Laser Tag at Celebration IV in Hall B, over the weekend of May 24-28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Each session will be approximately 15 minutes of fast-paced fun! After a briefing session, players will each be issued a Rebel “blaster,” and then head into the world of the galaxy far, far . . . OK, not too far away.

In the Rebel Incursion Scenario, players will be assigned to one of two missions. In Mission One, each player will be one of 40 Rebels, assigned to raid an Imperial supply depot. Players must fight several squads of Imperial stormtroopers in order to gain access to the supply depot for the raid. In Mission Two, players and their team of 40 Rebels will have already infiltrated the supply depot, and must try to get to the control room before the group is eliminated by the Imperial stormtroopers guarding the depot.

In the Rebel Training Simulator, players are assigned to a group of 30 Rebel soldiers who will be pitted against another 30 Rebels. In this scenario, the team that ‘eliminates’ the opposing team wins.

Young Rebels itching to join the Rebellion can hone their skills in Young Rebel Training, designed for kids 8-12.

For more info visit StarWars.com!

 


 

Toysrus Strikes Back
April 27, 2007 | 2:14 PM EST | Justin

We’ve been getting in a few reports of new items hitting TRU stores, and just this afternoon I found the following at an area St. Louis TRU (Florissant location) –

– V-Wing

– Sith Infiltrator

– TAC Wave 2 (Concept Fett Wave)

– Quinlan Vos & Vilmarh Grahrk Comic Pack

– Obi-Wan Kenobi & ARC Trooper Alpha

– Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper disguise) & R2-D2

So it might be a good time to head to your local TRU store folks… good luck!

 


 

Sideshow Comic-Con
April 27, 2007 | 9:15 AM EST | Mark

This year we have a grand total of SIX insanely cool San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive products, which will begin pre-ordering NEXT WEEK! Follow the first link to review the Priority Pre-Order schedule for each item, and mark your calendars with the dates and times. Stay tuned to our next podcast, scheduled to air next Thursday, May 3rd, as we reveal a few more details about each item! Plus, make sure to review all of our helpful Frequently Asked Questions about our 2007 Comic-Con Exclusives, available through the following links. You can also add our Comic-Con news feed to your RSS reader, so you can stay on top of all the con news from SideshowCollectibles.com! [List of Exclusives and PPO schedule ] The Star Wars exclusives announced so far:


Medicom Toy Black Hole Stormtrooper VCD

Holographic Darth Sidious with Mechno-chair (1/6th Scale)

 


 

Darth Vader 30th Anniversary #1 With Album In Stock
April 26, 2007 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

 


New Force Comics has the bad boy that kicks off the 30th Anniversary Figure line, Darth Vader– 30th Anniversary #1 in the special packaging with coin album in stock and ready to ship for just $8.99. Be sure to check our their other Star Wars stock while you’re there. Click here to order.

 


 

Sideshow Announces Comic-Con ExclusiveS
April 26, 2007 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

That’s a major capital “S” on the end of the word exclusive, because tonight’s email update indicates that there will be 6 different Comic-Con exclusives. The good news is it appears from their website that there will be some non-attendee availablity for all 6. More info as we receive it.

 


 

More 30th Anniversary Collection Rumors
April 26, 2007 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at Rebelscum have updated with some more rumors on what we can look forward to seeing later this year, including more vehicle, titanium, and battlepacks Click here to check it out.

 


 

Target Markdowns
April 26, 2007 | 9:54 AM EST | Jayson

Check those Target stores! The Vader w/Coin Albums have been marked down to $4.98-$6.98 and the Tantive IV, Battle of Geonosis and Jedi Training on Dagobah Battle Packs are now $9.98-$13.98.

 


 

New Comic Pack Images Surface
April 25, 2007 | 11:21 PM EST | Justin

 

The new issue of Lee’s Toy Review Magazine shows images of even more upcoming Comic 2-pks. These can be found in issue #175 which is now hitting book stores.

For larger images, click here.

Thanks to Yakface reader Darth Stringfield for the information!

 


 

Ultimate Group Project Fundraiser
April 25, 2007 | 10:30 PM EST | Justin

 

To help raise funds for the high costs of The Ultimate Group Project which will be displayed at Celebration IV, Yakface forum member Fritzkrieg has started a fundraiser auction.

Providing one of his classic Imperial corpse figures, proceeds from the auction will go towards helping finance the project. If you are interested in owning one of these awesome corpse figures (and trust me they are awesome, as I was able to acquire one of these a while back), CLICK HERE!

 


 

StarWarsShop.com Toy Event
April 25, 2007 | 5:29 PM EST | Jayson

Today marks a great big toy sale at StarWarsShop.com where a great selection of new Hasbro action figures, Galactic Heroes, blasters and more await you at special pre-order prices — act fast, though, because you’ll have only two weeks to grab the latest waves of 30th Anniversary, Saga Legends, Battle Packs, and Expanded Universe figures for less than they’ll be offered for when in stock! Don’t miss the new McQuarrie Signature Series figures and the Ultimate Galactic Hunt, where mailed-in proofs of purchase get you a set of exclusive collector coins!

For all this and more click here!

 


 

Robot Chicken: Star Wars
April 25, 2007 | 9:23 AM EST | Jayson

 


AICN reports that Actor-writer-director Seth Green has concocted “Robot Chicken: Star Wars,” a 30-minute stop-motion animated Cartoon Network special which mocks scenes from the movie franchise. Green made it in collaboration with LucasFilm.

He got George Lucas to play himself and Mark Hamill to play Luke Skywalker.

It premieres June 17 at 10 p.m.

Others lending their voices to the project include Conan O’Brien, Robert Smigel, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Donald Faison, Abraham Benrubi and Joey Fatone.

Read more on how Green and Lucasfilm teamed up after the jump.

StarWars.com has updated with this info as well.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick S7 Anakin Skywalker Chase
April 25, 2007 | 8:50 AM EST | Jayson

 

The Toyguide updates today with the inclusion of one of the rarer chase figures from Series 7, the non-spirit version of Anakin Skywalker.

For those who are unaware, the basic set of Series 7 Kubricks include a ghost or “spirit’ version of Anakin Skywalker from the original ending of Return of the Jedi.

Checkout all the bricky goodness after the jump.

 


 

KBToys.com Sale
April 25, 2007 | 8:10 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBTOYS.com they are having a sale on Star Wars figures. Buy 2 get one FREE.

 


 

Scaled Helmet Preorders At The Saber Vault and More
April 25, 2007 | 7:27 AM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault has just revised their site to add LOTS of new preorders. First up is the new line of minis– the scaled helmet replicas from MR. These are .45 replicas– that’s right the same scale as the mini lightsabers, and are just $45.00 each which includes shipping the US. Imagine displaying Luke’s X-Wing helmet with his lightsaber replica in the same scale! Also available in the first wave are the Boba Fett and Stormtrooper helmets. In addition, they have quite a few of the Art FX Koto sculpts, including the McQuarrie Luke/Vader Concept duel available for preorder, and there are still a very few of the first lightsaber to appear in the movie that started it all—Luke’s A New Hope blade– available. Be sure to check it all out here.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Photonovel Series
April 25, 2007 | 2:19 AM EST | Justin

 

Lately the Rykrof Enloe photonovels have had to take a back seat to some other projects (some Star Wars related, others not). Unfortunately sometimes there are more important things in life than making photonovels, but there areplans to pick back up on the next chapter in May or June.

Until then, if you haven’t had a chance to catch up with the conclusion to Commander Enloe’s desperate struggle for survival on Dathomir, be sure to check it out after the jump!

 


 

Father’s Day Two Pack: Round 2
April 24, 2007 | 5:45 PM EST | Jayson

Now Sir Steve’s Guide has posted a couple photos of the upcoming “I Am Your Father” Vader & Luke 2-pack. The Vader appears to be a repack of Throne Room Duel from the Saga line and Luke appears to be a repack of Bespin Duelbut with a Jabba’s Palace Luke Head.

Head on over to take a look see.

 


 

The Making of Star Wars
April 24, 2007 | 2:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


From StarWars.com:

This week sees the release of The Making of Star Wars, a Del Rey Books release commemorating the 30th anniversary of the original Star Wars. Author and Lucas Books editor J.W. Rinzler has unearthed long lost interviews and conducted extensive research to recreate the period when Star Wars was being made. The book includes includes interviews with George Lucas from before the film was even released, as well as a huge wealth of new material from the Lucasfilm archives that has been literally buried for decades. See never-before-published photos and documents, and hear never-before-revealed anecdotes and insights from cast and crew. Get the full picture of the moviemaking process that created the original film, supplemented by brand new interviews as well.

I picked up the softcover version of this book today over my lunch hour and it doesn’t disappoint. Just when you’ve thought you’ve seen every Star Wars image ever captured, there is a brand new one on the next page. The never before seen photos range from concept art and models to set construction and screen tests. This book is a must buy for any fan and provides excellent resource material for customizers too.

Plus if you look carefully, some of the yet to be revealed McQuarrie Concept Figures could be based from a few of the concept illustrations shown within – namely Han Solo and the possibility of a female version of Luke.

Discuss your thoughts on the new book in our forums.

 


 

TAC Wave 6 Details
April 24, 2007 | 1:00 PM EST | Justin

Some new details on Wave 6 of TAC have surfaced thanks to 4-inches.de.

Looks like we’ll be getting more army builders in this wave, including a cool Empire Strikes Back McQuarrie Concept Figure.

Check out what we’ve learned after the jump.

 


 

Be Sure To Bring Your Credits (Cards) To C4
April 24, 2007 | 7:25 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the details on the Make-A-Wish charity auction at C4 which will have LOTS of great vintage Star Wars items. Remember Republic Credits are not accepted, so bring your Terran currancy or plastic. Click here for more.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Johnboy Walton
April 24, 2007 | 2:17 AM EST | Justin

 

Our latest Customizing Spotlight goes to forum member johnboy walton, who has been showing off some great new work lately, as well as offering helpful advice to the rest of the customizers here at Yakface.

Be sure to check out this talented customizer’s latest creations after the jump.

 


 

Attakus News: Oola and Sandtrooper
April 23, 2007 | 11:24 PM EST | Jayson

 


2007 marks the end of the fourth Star Wars series from Attakus. Seven resin statues have been released so far and three are yet to come until the end of the summer.

The next two releases are Oola and the first Sandtrooper. They’re expected to hit the market in early May but pre-order is still available on the Attakus Forum, just in case you would like yours as soon as possible.

To do so, you can follow these links to redirect you on the appropriate Attakus Forum. HERE for Oola and HERE for the Sandtrooper.

OOLA
Ref – C138 – 1,500 pcs – May 2007

SANDTROOPER
Ref – C142 – 1,500 pcs – May 2007

 


 

Wave 2 In Stock… sort of
April 23, 2007 | 3:51 PM EST | Justin

Just a quick heads up Yakkers that Hasbro Toy Shop has a few of the TAC Wave 2 figures in stock, but already the Concept Boba Fett and Death Star Troopers are gone.

As of right now, the Yavin Rebel Honor Guard is listed in stock but may not stay that way for long…

UPDATE – Yavin Guard is now sold out.

 


 

There Is Another…. Master Replicas C4 Exclusive
April 22, 2007 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

By now everyone knows that Master Replicas will have a Scaled Wedge X-Wing Helmet Exclusive at C4. Now our friends at Rebelscum are reporting that there will be a second MR exclusive at C4— a scaled Medal of Yavin. More info as we get it.

 


 

K & C Collectibles – NEW Titanium Ultras & Sideshow 12″
April 22, 2007 | 9:51 AM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Titanium Ultra Vechiles: (The last 4 of the large scale ships)
Republic Gunship (Clone Wars paint)
X-Wing – Battle Damage
Jedi Starfighter
TIE Fighter

New – Sideshow 12″ Figures:
Nik Sant – Pathfinder
Commando Sergeant
Salacious B. Crumb

In Stock – Order 66 Figures:
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire
Mace Windu and Galactic Marine
Darth Vader and Commander Bow
Obi-Wan Kenobi and AT-RT Driver
Anakin Skywalker and Airborne Trooper
Yoda and Kashyyyk Trooper

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Collection Figures:
Wave 1 – Set of 8 Figures
Wave 2 – Set of 6 Figures
Darth Vader #1 – coin album

Pre Order – April 28th 2007:
Kotobukiya – Luke and Darth
30th Anniversary Trading Card Box – HOT Pre-Order
Darth Vader Super Deformed Plush
Yoda Super Defored Plush
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – Power-up Pack
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – 24 booster packs

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com

 


 

UPDATE: Got Questions?
April 22, 2007 | 8:14 AM EST | Jayson

What is the meaning of life? Why is the sky blue? What is the sound of one hand clapping? Why can’t I find a Concept Boba Fett at my store?

These are the types of questions we are looking for in the QnA with Yakface section. While the existential type questions may be a bit out of our realm of expertise, the ones that fall within the scope of the Star Wars Universe weshould be able to handle.

So, whether it’s Star Wars collectible or movie related send those questions in to yakqna@yahoo.com

UPDATE: Questions submitted to this e-mail address will be answered by our crack team of sleuths here at Yakface. These questions will not be submitted to Hasbro.

To submit questions to us for consideration to be passed on to Hasbro, visit our designated forum thread here.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick – Series 5
April 20, 2007 | 7:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the inclusion of Series 5 to the new Kubrick Section. The basic set includes: Yoda, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, Slave Leia,Admiral Ackbar, Death Star Gunner and Snaggletooth .

But that’s not all! Certain figures in the set also have the possibility of containing rare “chase” figures. The chase figures in this series are Walrusman (Ponda Baba), Snaggletooth (Blue “Sears” version) and Han Solo in Endor Trench Coat.

Check out all the bricky goodness after the jump.

 


 

Thanks for the Memories
April 20, 2007 | 3:12 PM EST | Mark B

Hey everyone, I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all of the Yakface readers (but not for good). I have had a great few years here and have made a lot of really good friends in the process. Thanks to Mark for letting me be part of the team here (sometimes more like family!).

However, I have decided to head out on my own. I am launching my own website at www.bobasbounty.com. I invite everyone to stop by and check out the new site (which has a couple of fixes that will be uploaded tonight). I’m having several opening give aways over the next week so bookmark it and keep stopping back.

Again, thanks to everyone who has made my stay at Yakface great!

 


 

Yakfinities Voting Has Begun
April 20, 2007 | 2:04 PM EST | Justin

 

Voting is now open for the May Yakfinities Customizing Challenge.

You’re just a click away from helping decide what category of custom figures that Yakface forum members will create in May for Yakfinities.

Jump on over and VOTE NOW.

 


 

Big Bad Toy Store Update
April 19, 2007 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve just gotten the latest preorders for Transformers, Batman, Evangelon and lots more at the Big Bad Toy Store. Click here to check it all out.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #15 Concept Boba Fett
April 19, 2007 | 9:32 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates this morning with the addition of the last figure from wave 2 which also happens to be the 2 McQuarrie figure in the TAC line; the Concept Boba Fett. Again, Hasbro hits it out of the park with this figure, as soon as the concept figures were announced as being a part of the TAC line, this figure was one of the first one’s that came to mind. The Concept Fett comes complete with flame thrower, blaster pistol and 2 interchangeable heads which are based on production art used to develop the bounty hunter appearance.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Welcome To The Big Bad Toy Store
April 19, 2007 | 7:38 AM EST | Bill

I’d like to take a minute to welcome our newest sponsor, the Big Bad Toy Store to Yakface.com. The Big Bad Toy Store currently has a number of Star Wars items in stock, as well as offering preorders for the 30th Anniversary figures up through wave 4, and also the Far East Exclusive Kubrick Box set due out later this spring. Check them out here.

 


 

Indiana Jones and The City of Gods?
April 18, 2007 | 10:26 PM EST | Jayson

AintItCool.com updates with what sounds like a working title for the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones Saga.

Might be real or might be fake so take what you read with a grain of salt.

 


 

Star Wars: Death Star
April 18, 2007 | 10:15 PM EST | Jayson

 


Star Wars.com updates tonight with a sneak peek at a new novel scheduled for release this fall titled simply: Death Star.

The Death Star’s name says it all, with bone-chilling accuracy. It is a virtual world unto itself — equipped with uncanny power for a singularly brutal purpose: to obliterate entire planets in the blink of an eye. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan lives in infamy. And its own ultimate destruction, at the hands of Luke Skywalker, is the stuff of legend. But what is the whole story, and who are the players, behind the creation of this world-killing satellite of doom?

For more info head to Star Wars.com

 


 

Toyguide Update: SSC Luke/Yoda Exclusive Accessory
April 18, 2007 | 2:16 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Exclusive Accessoryfrom the Premium Format Luke Skywalker & Yoda. As you might remember from the review, the Vader/Luke Helmet Accessory was damaged and thanks to some leg work from our very own Mark, my Premium Format figure is now complete.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Want To Have Lunch With Harrison Ford?
April 18, 2007 | 12:31 PM EST | Scott

Then all you have to do is win this ebay auction currently running now until April 23rd.

That’s absolutely right folks, if you’re the winning bidder, you will get to have a personal one-on-one sit-down style meal with Han Solo / Indiana Jones / Rick Deckard himself.

The funds from the auction will benefit the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation with which Mr. Ford serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

The organization tackles issues such as Global Warming, Poverty and Conservation. So not only will you get to meet him in person, you’ll be doing something good for the planet.

There’s two catches. One, the auction is currently sitting at $2650.00 and will most certainly go up by auction end and two, there is a pre-qualification process you must complete before you can bid.

Thanks to Tom P. for dropping the news on us!

 


 

Darth Maul FX Saber 50% Off
April 18, 2007 | 9:28 AM EST | Jayson

We’ve received reports that Border Book & Music Stores are “slashing” the Darth Maul FX Saber to half price. So, if you need to complete a double bladed version or get 2 for the price of one, best to check your stores as they won’t be around long at that price.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #13 Death Star Trooper
April 18, 2007 | 8:41 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates this morning with the addition of the Death Star Trooper(Imperial Soldier). Again, we receive a much needed update to a previously inferior figure dating back to the POTF2/Freeze Frame days. While he does come across as a little tall, as compared to Han or Luke from this wave, but when placed within the OT Imperial Ranks, he blends right in. You never know maybe he was a first draft pick for those Imperial pick-up games of B-Ball.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

THE FORCE AMONG US – Official Guest at CIV
April 17, 2007 | 9:14 AM EST | Jayson

While still thawing off from their trip to Finse, Norway, The Force Among Us will be celebrating as they have finally been invited as “official guest” at Celebration 4 in Los Angles. You do not want to miss this as they are scheduled to give a special “Celebration Edition” Q+A panel plus never before seen footage of their documentary. The presentation will be on Monday May 28th and will be 1 hour long. The Force Among Us will be a perfect fit on the Celebration program as their movie is a celebration in diversity of fandom while destroying the stereotypes that are all too often associated with Star Wars fans. Be sure to show some support and stop by and say hello to film makers Cristian and Cortney Macht. For More info check out their website at theforceamongus.com

 


 

News From Master Replicas
April 17, 2007 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

As we told you last week, we’ve got so many products to launch this week, that we’ve had to break our newsletter into two separate parts… and so stay tuned later this week for a second edition of the MR newsletter, with detailed information about our first wave of Star Wars Helmet Scaled Replicas, including:

Boba Fett
Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Pilot, and
Stormtrooper

These new minis will be launching early next week, so check your inbox later this week for specific details!!

 


 

Yakfinities Update – Janitors!
April 17, 2007 | 12:24 AM EST | Justin

 

We’ve had several great entries so far this month, and with almost two weeks to go, there’s still plenty of time to make a custom for this month’s Customizing Challenge.

Head on over to this current’s month’s Yakfinities by clicking HERE.

As always, a random entry will win a free figure courtesy of Yakface.com. This month’s giveaway is a TAC Galactic Marine.

 


 

Star Wars Battle Figure Stand Pack
April 16, 2007 | 5:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


Hasbro.com reveals the assortment of official stands for all of your modern-era Star Wars figures! They are the same stands that were packed in the 2006 Star Wars Saga collection basic figures, featuring a movie name on each stand.

Each pack contains 40 stands broken out as follows:

6 Episode I: The Phantom Menace
6 Episode II: Attack of the Clones
7 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
7 Episode IV: A New Hope
6 Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
6 Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
2 Expanded Universe

In addition, each set comes with a label sheet with 200 character names, which can be applied to the front of the stands. The character list covers nearly every figure released in the Star Wars line from 2004 through the end of 2007, with multiples for the troopers.

Head to Hasbro.com for more details.

Note: if you clicky the image above you’ll see sticker for A-Wing Pilot & Baron Fel – Sweet!

 


 

Thoughts & Prayers
April 16, 2007 | 1:33 PM EST | Jayson

We at Yakface would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the families and to those whos lives are affected by today’s horrible event at Virginia Tech University.

 


 

Hasbro Collector Survey
April 16, 2007 | 11:21 AM EST | Justin

Want to share your opinions with Hasbro?

Then head on over to the Hasbro Collector Survey by clicking HERE.

 


 

Kasdan Scripts Clash of the Titans Remake
April 16, 2007 | 11:07 AM EST | Jayson

 


AintItCool.com is reporting that Lawrence Kasdan, screenplay writer for Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark, is slated to script a remake of the 80s movie Clash of the Titans. More info after the jump.

 


 

UPDATE: Father’s Day Two Pack
April 16, 2007 | 10:13 AM EST | Jayson

Rebelscum has posted removed a photo of the upcoming “I Am Your Father” Vader & Luke 2-pack. The Vader appears to be a repack of Throne Room Duelfrom the Saga line and Luke appears to be a repack of Bespin Duel but with a Jabba’s Palace Luke Head.

UPDATE: Photo has been removed.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #12 Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony)
April 16, 2007 | 9:21 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates continue this morning with the addition of Luke Skywalker(Yavin Ceremony). This is the third incarnation of this figure, the 2 previous versions were available way back in the POTF2 days, so this one is a much welcomed, if not flawed improvement. The paint operations on the hair could use a little work they are sloppily applied and also I don’t recall Luke having red hair. Another error this figure has is that he includes Vader’s Lightsaber hilt which continues to annoy me to no end. And to be totally accurate, Luke wasn’t wearing a lightsaber during the Yavin Ceremony anyway. Oh, well.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Luke ANH Limited Edition Blow-Out at The Saber Vault
April 16, 2007 | 7:19 AM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault has been able to obtain a number of Master Replicas Luke Skywalker A New Hope Lightsabers, all with product numbers under 200— many under 100, that they are making available for just $200.00 including shipping in the United States. Click here to place your order.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #10 Rebel Honor Guard
April 16, 2007 | 6:47 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide updates this morning with the addition of the Rebel Honor Guard. The ranks of our plastic Rebel Alliance expand with the release of this figure. The Rebel Honor Guards were present during the Yavin IV Ceremony flanking the entrance to the Massassi Temple Ceremonial Hall. Think of them as less flashy Emperor’s Royal Guards. ; P. This all new figure has a ton of articulation for a character that just stands there, but it is a huge treat none the less.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Latest SW Transformers Now Hitting The Pegs!
April 15, 2007 | 10:24 PM EST | Scott

While out and about today I happened upon a set of the latest Star Wars Transformers at my local TRU.

On hand were the Republic Gunship/Clone Pilot, Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter and Saesee Tinn’s Jedi starfighter.

If you’re a fan of this line, it’s time to hit TRU again.

 


 

K & C Collectibles – Gentle Giant & Order 66 Figures
April 15, 2007 | 10:19 PM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New – Gentle Giant:
Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight mini bust

In Stock – Order 66 Figures:
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire
Mace Windu and Galactic Marine
Darth Vader and Commander Bow
Obi-Wan Kenobi and AT-RT Driver
Anakin Skywalker and Airborne Trooper
Yoda and Kashyyyk Trooper

In Stock – 30th Anniversary Collection Figures:
Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot) #14
Han Solo (Millennium Falcon Gunner) #11
Concept Stormtrooper – McQuarrie #9
Super Battle Droid #8
Airborne Trooper #7
Mace Windu #6
Obi-Wan Kenobi #5
R2-D2 #4
Mustafar Lava Miner #3
Galactic Marine #2
Darth Vader #1 – coin album

In Stock – Battle Packs:
Treachery on Saleucami
Capture of Tantive IV

In Stock – Saga Figures: (just a few sets left)
Set of Saga Wave 9
Set of Saga Wave 10

Pre-Order – April 28th 2007:
Kotobukiya – Luke and Darth
30th Anniversary Trading Card Box
Darth Vader Super Deformed Plush
Yoda Super Defored Plush
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – Power-up Pack
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – 24 booster packs

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com.

 


 

Yoda FX Lightsaber Reviewed
April 15, 2007 | 5:40 PM EST | Bill

 


For your reading and viewing pleasure, we’ve updated to bring you a detailed review of the Yoda’s FX lightsaber. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Rob Fritz
April 15, 2007 | 1:31 PM EST | Justin

 

If you’re into customizing, chances are you’re familiar with the work of Yakface forum member Fritzkrieg. Today we take a look at another of his outstanding customs, a fan fic Imperial Strike Mech.

Rob has also been a huge contributor to the Ultimate Group Project, which will be displayed at Celebration 4.

For more on his latest work, CLICK HERE.

 


 

TRU Exclusive Ultra Titanium Ships Hitting Retail
April 15, 2007 | 1:27 PM EST | Justin

 

Jedidefender staffer Matt Coleman spotted the new Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive Ultra Titanium ships this weekend at his local Toys ‘R’ Us.

The assortment of ships consists of the Clone Wars Gunship, TIE Fighter, Red 3 X-Wing, and Anakin’s ROTS Jedi Starfighter. Head on over to your local Toys ‘R’ Us if you’re hoping to add these to your collection, but be prepared going in that these are priced at $24.99 each.

 


 

$1 Star Wars Goodies At Target
April 14, 2007 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

 


No, it’s not on the Star Wars aisle, or even in the Toy Section– it’s in the dollar bargin aisles at the front of the store that you’ll find the newest Star Wars goodies– all for just a BUCK at target. There’s a Vader dry erase board (with magnetic hanger), sprial notebook, vader and yoda wallets, Star Wars pens and marker sets, and even water bottles. Good Hunting!

 


 

Friday The 13th – Q&A Takes Manhattan
April 13, 2007 | 6:08 PM EST | Scott

 


…or in this case, Rhode Island.

The one lucky spot in an otherwise unlucky day is Hasbro’s Q & A session.

So rub your rabbit’s foot, throw some salt over your shoulder and click above to enjoy this week’s answers, then just MAYBE Jayson won’t sneak up behind you and drive a plastic lightsaber through your brain.

 


 

And in other Lucasfilm News….
April 13, 2007 | 12:17 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com has confirmed that in fact, Shia LaBeouf is set to star alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones IV.

Shia LaBeouf’s film credits include: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Constantine, I, Robot, HBO’s Project Greenlight production The Battle of Shaker Heights, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and Holes. 

He’s also starring in this weekend’s release of Disturbia and this summer’s anticipated release Transformers.

Head over to StarWars.com for more details.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick – Series 6
April 13, 2007 | 11:28 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the inclusion of Series 6 to the new Kubrick Section. The basic set includes: TIE Fighter Pilot, Death Star Trooper, Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Fighter Pilot Gear, Rebel Trooper, RA-7 and R4-M9

But that’s not all! Certain figures in the set also have the possibility of containing rare “chase” figures. The chase figures in this series are the Imperial Officer (which I still need to track down), Grand Moff Tarkin and Wedge Antilles.

Check out all the bricky goodness after the jump.

 


 

Not Going to CIV and Want That Luke???
April 13, 2007 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

This morning.. Sideshow will start the pre-order for the 30th Anniversary Luke at 10am PST for those that are not going to CIV.

Also.. of note..
These are now in stock.

Premium Format Luke & Yoda – Dagobah Training – Sideshow Exclusive Figure Set – SECOND CHANCE

 


 

Star Wars Gets MST-ified…Again!
April 12, 2007 | 1:37 PM EST | Scott

 

Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, Through their new Rifftrax website, continue their audio assault on the Galaxy Far, Far Away. This time taking on Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

If you don’t think Ep II is worthy of an MST-esque riffing, I’ve got one word for you…Dooku!

And while you’re there, be sure to check out their entire catalog of downloadable fun, spanning a wide range of movies. From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to the Pulitzer-Prize winning…Roadhouse! A movie so manly, Arnold Schwarzenegger spontaneously sprouted pigtails and a red and white checked gingham dress while watching it.

RiffTrax downloads are available from $1.99 to $2.99 each and include instructions on syncing it up with your DVD.

Oh yeah, they also did The Phantom Menace too!

 


 

30th Anniversary Luke For Attendees…
April 12, 2007 | 9:03 AM EST | Mark

 

Sideshow will start the pre-order for the 30th Anniversary Luke today at 10am PST for those that are going to CIV.

 


 

Photonovelist Spotlight – Diddly
April 12, 2007 | 12:38 AM EST | Justin

 

If you collect Star Wars LEGOs or enjoy reading photonovels, you will definitely want to check out an entertaining photonovel series that forum member Diddlyhas been working on and sharing with us in our forums, The Sith Revelations.

Sit back, and enjoy some fun new reads in our Photonovel Section that Diddly has shared with us by clicking here.

 


 

Battlefront Figures on the Horizon?
April 12, 2007 | 12:21 AM EST | Justin

 

If you like building your Star Wars armies or are a fan of the Battlefront games, it looks like we might be getting some Battlefront Figures soon from Hasbro…

For more information click here. And special thanks to our friends at The Sith Empire for the heads up!

 


 

Character Keys In Stock
April 12, 2007 | 12:03 AM EST | Mark B

I don’t know how they have any more of these available, but StarWarsShop.comhas all 3 of the newest Acme Archives Character Keys IN STOCK. Slave Leia, R2D2, and C3PO – I’m sure supplies are very limited to act NOW – Get ’em atStarWarsShop.com

 


 

Darth Revan Update
April 11, 2007 | 8:29 PM EST | Justin

Our friends over at The Jawa have posted a great pic of the upcoming Darth Revan figure in their forums. Head on over and check out this great looking figure by clicking here.

 


 

Attakus Star Wars Metal Collection
April 11, 2007 | 4:49 PM EST | Jayson

 



It’s time to complete your Attakus Star Wars Metal Collection. All of the figures missing to complete the Millennium Falcon Diorama are now available for Pre-Order on Attakus’ official forum. You can request yours HERE.

If you have any questions about those figures, or the previous one already released, feel free to use the Attakus forum to do so.

Here’s a complete list of the remaining figures.
* Dates are subject to change

LUKE SKYWALKER
Ref – M212 / 2.500 pcs / Available June 2007

PRINCESS LEIA
Ref – M211 / 2.500 pcs / Available April 2007

CHEWBACCA 
Ref – M208 / 2.500 pcs / Available April 2007

HAN SOLO 
Ref – M202 / 2.500 pcs / Available June 2007

HAN SOLO STORMTROOPER
Ref – M203 / 2.500 pcs / Available April 2007

 


 

UPDATE ALL NEW Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced?
April 11, 2007 | 1:33 PM EST | Jayson

The folks at Rebelscum have posted info that r2dtoys.com has updated their pre-order for the Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter to include an attractive boxed shot of this vehicle. Although this might just be a preliminary shot since the box has the call out for “Ejecting Wings”. As I recall, previous releases of this fighter had no such feature.

UPDATE: Upon closer inspection the attachment point from the fuselage to the wings/solar panels appear to be different! And the mold for the fuselage appears to be diferent as well! (Note the view port, center laser cannons & other “greeblies”.) So, it seems we might be getting a significantly updated/upgraded TIE x1. Thanks to Jeff from Jedidefender.com for having the eagle-eye. ; )

 


 

Toyguide Update: #14 Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot)
April 11, 2007 | 8:47 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide Updates this morning with the addition of Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot). Biggs gets a much needed update as his previous incarnation was getting a little long in the tooth. This go ’round he gets a removable helmet and added articulation and is based on the Dutch Vander / Wedge Antilles figure sculpts.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Bantha In Stock
April 11, 2007 | 8:04 AM EST | Mark

Over at TOYS R US.com, they have Bantha Battle Pack in stock and ready to ship.

 


 

Koto News
April 11, 2007 | 7:55 AM EST | Mark

News from Master Replicas..

KOTOBUKIYA Japanese Imports

$99.99 a piece
Collectors Society Pre-Order: April 11, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
General Public Pre-Order: April 12, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
Expected to begin shipping: Summer 2007

Master Replicas is proud to partner with KOTOBUKIYA to bring more beautifully rendered ARTFX Statues to collectors. This week, we are introducing two more 1/7 scale ARTFX Statues. These snap-fit kits can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill – now you can have a hand in assembling some of the best STAR WARS statues ever! Available for pre-order this week are:

Princess Leia Episode VI ARTFX Statue
After strangling Jabba the Hutt, Leia knew she had to make haste for the exit on Jabba’s Sail Barge in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Sculpted in her crowd-pleasing slave attire, this figure of Princess Leia Organa brings to life one of the most memorable costumes in sci-fi movie history. Requiring only minor assembly, this amazing 1:7 scale statue is pre-painted and packaged in a window box, and assembles in mere minutes after being opened! Snap an arm into place, push the feet in the base, and you’ve just had a hand in making one of the best Star Wars statues ever!

Luke Skywalker Epsiode V ARTFX Statue
While wars may not make one great, the Star Wars sure made a hero out of former farmboy Luke Skywalker. Decked out here in his Bespin fatigues, Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker is dressed to duel a dark lord in the belly of Cloud City. Requiring only minor assembly, this amazing 1:7 scale statue is pre-painted and packaged in a window box, and assembles in mere minutes after being opened! Comes with the option for Luke Skywalker to wield a blaster or a lightsaber.

 


 

Toyguide Update: #11 Han Solo (Smuggler)
April 10, 2007 | 8:44 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Toyguide Updates this morning with the addition of Han Solo (Smuggler). Based on the VOTC Han with new legs and arms, this version also incorporates a new head with communication headset and stylish flight gloves from when both he and Luke were under attack from a swarm of TIE Fighters in A New Hope.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Yes…. There is another
April 9, 2007 | 10:23 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com updates tonight with the revelation of the Celebration IV and Celebration Europe Luke Skywalker figure with venue-exclusive collector coins!

Hasbro will be offering this stunning figure at two events that Star Wars fans won’t want to miss this summer — Celebration IV and Celebration Europe!

The first chance will come at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth at Celebration IV, May 24 – 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This figure will be packaged with an exclusive commemorative coin with the Celebration IV logo on one side. An additional version will be available at Celebration Europe with a different unique coin.

These figures will only be available while supplies last, so make sure to book your tickets to Celebration IV and/or Celebration Europe today!

Share your thoughts on this new figure here in our forums.

 


 

2008 Rumors Surface
April 9, 2007 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, we’re just 4 months, barely, into 2007 and the 2008 rumor lists have begun to surface, this time with our friend at Galactic Hunter in their Galactic Blogger. One word…. GARGAN… if even a few of these see release collectors will be VERY happy. Check it out here.

 


 

Star Wars Action News – Episode 84
April 9, 2007 | 12:20 PM EST | Scott

 


This week Arnie and Marjorie review an item that’s hard on the tongue but nice on the eyes, the Kotobukiya ARTFX Scout Trooper statue. This was an item Arnie had toyed with keeping or trading off, and he finally opened it up to give it a close look. Did it earn a final place in the Sithsonian?

Also, Arnie and Marjorie reflect back on 1988. Star Wars was 11 years old, and 11 is an awkward age for many things. Adolescence is nearing, youth is behind it. Star Wars endured this awkward period as well, and there was not much to show for it. Sure, behind the scenes Timothy Zahn was preparing to write Heir to the Empire and bring Star Wars back to the mainstream, but to the average person Star Wars was no where to be found…except on the screen of your Amiga or Commodore 64 computer. The Star Wars Action News hosts resurrect a “classic” video game from that period and see if it holds up with age.

Don’t forget, our scavenger hunt contest for the Sideshow Jabba the Hutt and throne has only one week left, the winner will be announced on our next podcast. Don’t let this pass you by, check www.swactionnews.com all the details on how to enter and win!

Download this week’s Star Wars Action News HERE or visitwww.swactionnews.com.

Thank you for listening, and good luck in the contest!

 


 

Toys R Us New Pre-Orders
April 9, 2007 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

Over at TOYS R US.com, they have available some new pre-orders…

Star Wars® Tie Interceptor Starfighter 7/15/07
The TIE Interceptor starfighter slices through space at blinding speed with its dagger-like wings and ultrasleek design. Under the command of Baron Fel, the pilots of the 181st Imperial Fighter Group fly these fast, deadly fighters on the side of the Empire during the Battle of Endor. The red stripes on a 181st unit’s TIE Interceptor are badges of honor, indicating that the pilot has destroyed ten or more enemy vessels. Each pilot’s uniform also displays the red stripes, crediting him for his victories in battle. Canopy opens and closes! Press buttons to remove wings! Includes 181st Fighter Pilot figure!

Star Wars Galactic Heroes Cinema Scene Hoth 8/1/07
Star Wars Galactic Heroes Cinema Scene Battle for Naboo 8/1/07

 


 

The Ultimate Group Project at Celebration IV
April 8, 2007 | 11:34 PM EST | Justin

 

Are you a customizer here in our forums, or with our friends at Jedidefender? Or some other Star Wars board? Want to get involved in a fun custom diorama project that will be displayed for all to see at Celebration IV? Then the Ultimate Group Project may be for you!

Inspired by the creative mind of customizer Paul Hruby, a group of customizers from around the community have teamed up to create a customizing project unlike any other – a fan fiction Star Wars WORLD.

As the final days of the project approach, construction is really picking on the project, but there may be something YOU can contribute to this project too if you are an experienced customizer! If you would like information on how you can get involved, or would just like to see some of the fun work created by your fellow fans, check out some of the lastest custom figures and vehicles being created by clicking HERE. A number of buildings have been created for this project too, which you can see many of HERE.

Yakface forum member Jedistyle will also be sending a newsletter to active members on the project, if you would like to receive this newsletter in your email, please let me know at rykrofenloe@yahoo.com, with the subject of the email UGP Newsletter.

 


 

K & C Collectibles – Order 66 Figures In Stock!
April 8, 2007 | 12:08 PM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week.

New– Order 66 Figures:
Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire
Mace Windu and Galactic Marine
Darth Vader and Commander Bow
Obi-Wan Kenobi and AT-RT Driver
Anakin Skywalker and Airborne Trooper
Yoda and Kashyyyk Trooper

New– 30th Anniversary Collection Figures:
McQuarrie Signature Series: Concept Boba Fett #15
Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot) #14
Death Star Trooper #13
Han Solo (Millennium Falcon Gunner) #11
Luke Skywalker (Yavin IV Ceremony) #12
Rebel Honor Guard #10
Concept Stormtrooper – McQuarrie #9
Super Battle Droid #8
Airborne Trooper #7
Mace Windu #6
Obi-Wan Kenobi #5
R2-D2 #4
Mustafar Lava Miner #3
Galactic Marine #2
Darth Vader #1 – coin album

New – Pre-Order– April 28, 2007
Kotobukiya – Luke and Darth
30th Anniversary Trading Card Box
Darth Vader Super Deformed Plush
Yoda Super Defored Plush
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – Power-up Pack
Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG – 24 booster packs

In Stock– Titanium Ships:
Firespray Interceptor
Luke’s Snowspeeder
Imperial Attack Cruiser
Jabba’s Sail Barge
AT-TE

In Stock– Battle Packs:
Treachery on Saleucami
Capture of Tantive IV

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at www.kandccollectibles.com.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack
April 8, 2007 | 8:24 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide Updates this Easter Sunday with the addition of the Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack. This set is a welcome departure from the other battle (re)packs as it includes not only 2 “new” figures, but vehicles as well. Here, we finally get a nice SA Commander Neyo and an EU-ish Clone Trooper which is essentially another Neyo but with Clone Commander Macrobinoculars grafted (non-movable or removable) to the Neyo-style helmet. And what Saleucami trooper would be complete without his BARC Speeder, so in this set we are treated to two.

Check out all the images after the jump.

Happy Easter everybody!

 


 

UPDATE TRU AT-AT Mark..UP?
April 7, 2007 | 10:02 PM EST | Scott

While this may vary from store to store, I noticed something today that could be frustrating to those of you still on the hunt for the Endor AT-AT.

The good news is they appear to be hitting the shelves with more regularity and in good supply (here in Michigan anyway). The bad news is they have been marked UP from 89.99 to 99.99. All the samples I examined had the 99 dollar price stamped over the old 89 dollar one and they scanned in at 99 bucks.

A strange turn of events to say the least. Here’s hoping this is not a chain wide policy.

UPDATE – I noticed the same thing yesterday at a St. Louis area TRU (Justin).

UPDATE 2 SInce this post, readers have been writing in with similar reports as well. Yak readers Jason and Robb have confirmed the 99 dollar markup at their local TRU’s. And reader Todd is reporting that the Times Square TRU wants $112 for the walker!

Thanks to all who wrote in

 


 

Toyguide Update: Darth Vader with TAC Coin Album
April 7, 2007 | 6:57 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide Updates this weekend with the addition of the Darth Vader & TAC Coin Album. I finally decided to crack this puppy open and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and functionality of the album. Also included is the #01 Darth Vader figure with coin and for $9.99, it would’ve been a bargain at twice the price.

Check out all the images after the jump.

 


 

Yoda FX Sabers In Stock And Shipping
April 7, 2007 | 2:38 PM EST | Bill

 


The Saber Vault has the Master Replicas FX Yoda Lightsabers in stock and is currently shipping them out for $100, which includes FREE shipping in the US!Click here to order yours.

Be sure to check back for our detailed review of the lastest MR FX Saber.

 


 

Galactic Empire Shot Glass Wanted
April 7, 2007 | 2:27 PM EST | Bill

I’m trying to find one of the frosted tall shot glasses, other wise known as toothpick holders, which Disney sold at Star Tours about three or four years ago. I you have one that you would be willing to sell me, please Email me here.

 


 

Happy Easter 
April 7, 2007 | 2:23 PM EST | Bill

From all of us at Yakface.com we hope each of you has a great Easter Weekend. We’ve seen lots of work done to use characters from the Galaxy Far, Far Away in Christmas settings, however here’s an amazing piece, placing Star Wars characters into the last summer from Concept Art.org which our friends over a Mousedroid.com spotted.

Click here to check out the full size original.

 


 

Toyguide Update: Kubrick – Series 7
April 6, 2007 | 6:03 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Toyguide updates today with the inclusion of the most recent set, Series 7 to the new Kubrick Section. The basic set includes: Emperor’s Royal Guard,Gamorrean Guard, Lando Calrissian as Skiff Guard, Leia – Boussh Disguise,Scout Trooper and Spirit of Anakin Skywalker.

But that’s not all! Certain figures in the set also have the possibility of containing rare “chase” figures. The chase figures in this series are a non-spirit version of Anakin Skywalker (which I have yet to track down), Republic Senate Guard (the first Prequel Kubrick figure) and last, but certainly not least, our site mascot…Yakface!

Check out all the bricky goodness after the jump.

 


 

Non-Attendee Edition For Sale Today.
April 6, 2007 | 8:52 AM EST | Mark

 

To all of you that want to get the Space Slug Diorama and are not going to CIV, today is the day to pre-order it starting at 10AM, PST.

Also available now for pre-order is the….

 


 

TAC – Wave 2 In Stock
April 5, 2007 | 11:39 PM EST | Justin

If you’re wanting to get a hold of a case of Wave 2 TAC figures and save yourself some gas money looking for them in stores, www.dnstoys.com has them in stock by the case.

One case contains the following –

2 REBEL SENTRY HONOR GUARD
2 HAN SOLO – EP IV
2 LUKE CEREMONIAL
2 DEATH STAR TROOPER
2 BIGGS DARKLIGHTER
2 MCQUARRIE SERIES BOBA FETT

Just go to their site, and in their search feature, enter in item 87500W2EB 

Thanks to Yakface Reader Darth Stringfield for the heads up!

 


 

More Wave 2 Found
April 5, 2007 | 9:59 PM EST | Jayson

 


Yakreader Chris sends word that he found Wave 2 of the TAC figures at his local TRU in Madison Heights, Michgan. Nice Find! Keep your eyes open as these should be hitting pretty soon.

 


 

Get Your Buzz On…Skywalker Style!
April 5, 2007 | 2:41 PM EST | Scott

 

George Lucas’ pal, a guy you may have heard of named Francis Ford Coppola, set aside a few acres of his vineyard to produce Skywalker Ranch Merlot, also named “Viandante del Cielo”.

The Coppoloa Vineyard website has recently marked down the 2004 Skywalker Ranch Merlot to $36 from the original $45 until 4/9.

So if you’re looking for a truly unique gift for the wine / Star Wars lover in your life, click the bottle above to pick one or more up. It’s better than blue milk.

Remember, there are requlations on alcoholic beverages which prohibit shipping to some states. Make sure your state is OK before ordering.

 


 

Another Round of Markdowns
April 5, 2007 | 9:32 AM EST | Jayson

I hit up my local Target this morning to find the Ambush on Ilum BP, Betrayal on Felucia BP and the Commemorative Tins have been marked down 75%. I snagged a few Felucia sets for army building for $4.98 each. So, if you’ve passed on these sets or are looking to army build Clones or Chameleon Droids, head out now as these will definately not last long.

 


 

Space Slug Diorama
April 5, 2007 | 8:21 AM EST | Mark B

 


Sideshow’s new “This is No Cave” Space Slug Diorama goes on sale this morning at 10am for Celebration 4 attendees. This is the second in their Diorama line that debuted earlier with the Anakin/Obi-Wan Lightsaber battle. These will be available for non-attendees on Friday at 10am. Click on through the banner above for ordering details.

 


 

Yakfinities Update!
April 4, 2007 | 9:48 PM EST | Justin

 

It’s already April folks, which means a new Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun!

Yakface forum members have voted, and this month the winning idea was for customizers to try their hand at making some sort of Janitorial figures. After all, someone’s got to mop up all the levels of the Death Star, right?

Hop on over to the forums by clicking here if you’d like to participate this month. As always, a random entry will win a free figure – this month’s prize is a MOMC Galactic Marine.

 


 

30th Anniversary Wave 2 FOUND!
April 4, 2007 | 2:21 PM EST | Scott

Yak forum member Duke19 reports the finding of Wave 2 (Sans McFett naturally) of the 30th anniversary collection at a Target store in Troy, MI.

Sigh, and I just finished finding wave 1, looks like I won’t get a rest after all.

UPDATE – Forum member Tenike1 has also scored these in California.

 


 

Master Replicas and Koto
April 4, 2007 | 8:23 AM EST | Mark

Master Replicas is proud to partner with KOTOBUKIYA to bring more beautifully rendered ARTFX Statues to collectors. This week, we are introducing three more beautifully rendered 1/7 scale ARTFX Statues. These snap-fit kits can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill – now you can have a hand in assembling some of the best STAR WARS statues ever! Available for pre-order this week are:

Boba Fett Episode V ARTFX Statue
Despite limited screen time, Boba Fett – the nefarious bounty hunter hired by both Jabba the Hutt and the Empire to track down Han Solo – remains one of the most popular characters in the entire Star Wars universe. Trained in the ways of the Mandalorians by his father Jango Fett, this bounty hunter is feared and dreaded throughout the galaxy, known for his subtle and cunning moves for locating and capturing his prey. Now, KOTOBUKIYA captures Boba Fett – with the fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail lavished upon this 1/7 scale pre-painted soft vinyl model kit. Standing nearly 13 inches tall, this vinyl statue is among the coolest Star Wars collectibles available!

C-3PO & R2-D2 ARTFX Statue
You overweight glob of grease! Everybody gets in a fight some time, even interstellar pals like R2-D2 and C-3PO! Featuring two of the most beloved characters in the entire Star Wars saga, this collectible celebrates the pair at their best…and worst! Requiring only minor assembly, this amazing 1/7 scale statue is pre-painted and packaged in a nifty window box, and assembles in mere minutes after being opened! Snap an arm into place, push the feet in the base, and you’ve just had a hand in making the best Star Wars statues ever!

Commander Bly Episode III ARTFX Statue
Marshal Commander Bly was one of the first generation of commanders trained by ARC trooper Alpha, and led the 327th Star Corps on many tours throughout the galaxy. One of the most heart-wrenching moments in the Star Wars saga comes in Episode III Revenge of the Sith, on the colorful world of Felucia when Bly, demonstrating his unerring loyalty to the Republic, raises his weapon and opens fire on Jedi General Aayla Secura after receiving order 66 from the Supreme Chancellor. This beautifully sculpted 1/7 scale pre-painted soft vinyl model kit from KOTOBUKIYA captures that moment, with all of the distinctive battle damage to Bly’s armor included. Also included are a custom base featuring the mutilated body of a super battle droid, and two interchangeable helmets, allowing for display with or without a targeting visor.

$99.99 for Boba Fett
$99.99 for Commander Bly
$149.00 for C-3PO & R2-D2
Master Replicas Collectors Society Pre-Order: April 4, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
General Public Pre-Order: April 5, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
Expected to begin shipping: Summer 2007

 


 

NEW POLL: Celebration Figures
April 3, 2007 | 2:02 PM EST | Jayson

A new poll has been added today in regards to yesterday’s revelation of the R2-D2 & C-3PO Celebration IV/Europe Exclusive figures. What do you think of them? Vote Now! Vote Now!

 


 

Signage at Post Offices
April 3, 2007 | 12:52 PM EST | Mark B

Signage is starting to hit US Post Offices about the new Star Wars Stamps. Mine just got them in this morning (including an R2D2 and C3PO standup). However, not all postal employees even know about the R2 mailboxes, so don’t be surprised if they know if or where there is one in your town.

 


 

New Things @ EE.com
April 3, 2007 | 10:25 AM EST | Mark

Over at EntertainmentEarth.com they have sent over the following information….

Couldn’t find this one at Wal-Mart, EE is getting the Cantina Band Tin Boxed

March 2007 Archive

2007 Kubrick 5 Piece Set.. TRU???
March 3, 2007 | 10:03 AM EST | Mark

If you like Kubricks… this years 5 piece set is awesome…


 


 

The Triumphant Return Of The Q&A
March 3, 2007 | 12:30 AM EST | Scott

 


So it’s not bad enough you guys had to wait at least 4 weeks for a new round of answers from Hasbro…

…the Yakface resident jerknuts (I.E. “me”) has to go and post them during the wee hours the following day, making you wait even longer.

Apologies all around folks. Please put away the torches and pitchforks click the banner above and enjoy this week’s installment.

 


 

New Titanium Vehicle Assortment
March 2, 2007 | 12:31 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 


Looks like Toysrus will be picking up the Titanium Vehicles line moving forward – the following are up for preorder –

Clone Wars Republic Gunship
Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter
Imperial TIE Fighter
Rebel X-Wing Fighter

 


 

REVIEW: Sideshow Premium Format Luke & Yoda
March 2, 2007 | 9:55 AM EST | Jayson

 


On this snowy day, why not kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy my review on a truly amazing piece –  the Premium Format Luke Skywalker & Yoda from Sideshow Collectibles. Is it worthy of adding to your collection? How does it stack up with previous Sideshow offerings? Read on to get my take on it and after that discuss your thoughts in our forums.

Note: the artwork shown above is not the packaging of this piece. It was created for the purpose of this review.

 


 

CIV Attendee to Win One-of-a Kind Sculpture
March 1, 2007 | 10:18 PM EST | Jayson

One lucky attendee of this summer’s Celebration IV will be selected to receive a one-of-a-kind bust of Obi-Wan Kenobi that is produced live by noted sculptor Lawrence Noble during the event. After the piece is sculpted, it will be cast and then shipped directly to the fan’s home. Noble is responsible for creating such pieces as the 10th Anniversary ESB poster, the Danbury Mint Star Wars Chess Set and the Bronze Yoda statue located at Lucasfilm’s offices in San Francisco. This piece is surely to become an invaluable item in anyone’s collection.

Head to Star Wars.com to read more about it and the amazing Lawrence Noble.

 


 

Duros Stormtrooper Coming?
March 1, 2007 | 3:40 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

From the looks of things on a preorder at r2d2toys.com, it appears we’ll be getting two more EU characters, possibly one in Stormtrooper gear and another in Clone armor.

Click here for more information on what this could turn out to be.

 


 

TRU X-Wing Resurfacing
March 1, 2007 | 2:43 PM EST | rykrofenloe

Looks like the Dagobah X-Wing is shipping again at TRU stores, as reports are coming in that shelves are filling back up with these. If you missed this before, this might be a good time to make a run to your local TRU and pick one up.

 


 

Coming soon to a Photonovel near you!
March 1, 2007 | 12:25 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

The 16th installment in the Rykrof Enloe series will be released soon, as Rykrof attempts a daring escape from the hostile planet Dathomir.

If you still need to catch up on the previous chapter, click here or visit the Yakface photonovel section.

February 2007 Archive

New Figs…
February 28, 2007 | 7:18 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has the following new figures in stock…


 


 

Sith Infiltrator at Entertainment Earth
February 28, 2007 | 3:20 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 


From Entertainment Earth

Since 1999, fans of Darth Maul have been asking “Hey, when are you guys going to have a ship for Darth Maul?” Well, just 8 years later, Hasbro has finally come through with the newly announced, action figure-scale Star Wars Darth Maul Sith Infiltrator Vehicle! With pop-open wings, swing-open panels, hidden weapons, and seating for one, this is the best possible ship for a pre-Empire Sith Lord on the go. Give Darth Maul the space ship he deserves, pre-order him a Star Wars Darth Maul Sith Infiltrator Vehicle today!

Note: The V-Wing is also up for Pre-Order, scheduled to ship in May.

 


 

Attention Coreplanets.com Members
February 27, 2007 | 2:40 PM EST | rykrofenloe

For all you Coreplanets.com members out there, there has been an SQL server failire that runs the back end for the Coreplanets message board, resulting in the site being down.

For now Coreplanets members can access this temporary page by clicking here.

The temporary address should be going back to Coreplanets sometime this week and the site will try to maintain its established look that Coreplanets members are familiar with. Members can also email Rolla Jedi at HERE if you have any questions.

 


 

Star Wars Action News – Episode 79
February 27, 2007 | 10:42 AM EST | Scott

 


On Star Wars Action News this week, we catch up on our backlog of voice mails from when we were gone to New York. Voice mails which ponder the imponderables, such as: How easy is it to stick to changed collecting rules? Is America the only country on Earth not seeing the 30th Anniversary Hasbro Collection en masse? And why does Fix-A-Flat not work when it’s cold. All this and more in our second Voicemail-a-palooza.

We also hit Rewind on our calendar back to 1982, looking at the music, the movies, the events, and the STAR WARS. And this year it’s brought to us not by Kenner but by Parker Brothers.

As an extra bonus, we had our first in-studio interview with Courtney and Christian Macht, creators of the Star Wars documentary The Force Among Us. They discuss their motivation behind making another Star Wars documentary, what being a Star Wars fan means to them, and which lines they stood in at Star Wars Celebration 2. Also, The Force Among Us will make its film festival debut at the Lake County Film Festival on March 9th and 10th, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and support these independent filmmakers.

All this and more is in this week’s 79th episode of Star Wars Action News. We hope you enjoy it!

Download it now HERE or from our home page HERE

 


 

K & C Collectibles – New Pre-Orders This Week
February 27, 2007 | 10:38 AM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles. has added new Pre-Order items starting this week. Ordering dead line is March 24th. We received a few of the original released out-of-print versions of the Titanium A-Wing and Snowspeeder.

New Pre-Order – March 24th 2007
Jawa mini bust – Save $5.00
Star Wars Insider #94 – Newsstand Edition
Star Wars Insider #94 – Previews Exclusive Edition
Alliance and Empire Booster Packs – Save $3.00

In Stock – Saga Gift Set:
Republic Commando Delta Squad
Death Star Briefing Room

In Stock – Saga Figures:
R4-M6 Mace Windu’s Astromech Droid-Saga 074
Labria – Saga 073
Nabrun Leids & Kabe – Saga 072
Kitik Keed’Kak – Saga 071
Aurra Sing – Saga 070
Yarael Poof – Saga 069
Combat Engineer Clone Trooper – Saga 068
Padme Amidala – Saga 067
R4-K5 Darth Vader Astromech Droid – Saga 066
Elite Corps Clone Trooper – Saga 065
Commander Appo – Saga 064
Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi – Saga 063
Battle Droid – Saga 062
Super Battle Droid – Saga 061
Clone Trooper Sergeant – Saga 060
Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security – Saga 059
R5-J2 – Saga 058
Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion – Saga 057
Chewbacca with Electronic C-3PO – Saga 54
Sith Training Darth Maul – Saga 53

In Stock – Battle Packs:
Ambush on Ilum
Betrayal on Felucia
Battle of Geonosis
Jedi Training on Dagobah

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders. Please come visit our site at K & C Collectibles.

 


 

Toyguide Update: 30th Anniv. Coin (Toyfair Exclusive)
February 27, 2007 | 10:03 AM EST | Jayson

 


The Yakface Toyguide get an update this morning with the addition of the Toyfair Exclusive 30th Anniversary Coin. This special piece was available at Hasbro’s showroom during the 2007 Toyfair and will be available again through the VTAC “UGH” promotion although, it will not include the attractive display box shown here. Clicky the image above to view the images.

 


 

Yakface Celebrates 30 Years of Star Wars with a New Look
February 27, 2007 | 8:44 AM EST | Jayson

 


To commemorate Star Wars’ 30th Anniversary, we’ve given the site the “TAC” treatment, since the “TSC” packaging is winding down and the TAC merchandise hitting stores in full “force” now is as good a time as any to give Yakface.com a fresh face. Hope you like. : )

 


 

TRU Pre-Orders
February 26, 2007 | 10:20 AM EST | Mark

Over at Toys R Us.com they have some new pre-orders up for their exclusives.

Star Wars Gold Squadron Y-Wing Fighter $29.99 6/15/07
Star Wars 3.75 Bantha with Tusken Raider $44.99 3/25/07
Star Wars: Clone Wars Yoda Monument (Gentle Giant) $399.99 3/21/07

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Darth Delicious
February 25, 2007 | 11:24 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

After over a six month hiatus, we welcome back one of our favorite members in the customizing community, Darth Delicious, who has been an inspiration to countless customizers in the community with his own custom figures and advice given to others in the hobby.

Check out his latest work by clicking here.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Sale!!!
February 25, 2007 | 5:37 PM EST | Mark

Check out these nice deals over at Entertainment Earth.com

EE Exclusive Star Wars Astromech Droids & Jawas Bundle $39.90
TRU Exclusive Star Wars X-Wing Fighter with Luke Skywalker Figure $39.90

 


 

More TRU Exclusives?
February 25, 2007 | 2:09 PM EST | rykrofenloe

The folks over at Rebelscum have posted information on some more items showing up in the Toysrus computer for 2007.

Among several items listed, it looks like a couple of the more interesting are another Y-Wing and some sort of Geonosis creature pack. You can check out the report by clicking here.

 


 

400% Shadow Stormtrooper & R2-Q5 Trashcan
February 25, 2007 | 8:28 AM EST | Jayson

 


Blister.jp has updated their site to reveal an exclusive Kubrick of their own: A 400% Kubrick Shadow (Blackhole) Stormtrooper! And if one astromech trashcan wasn’t enough they all show an R2-Q5 version to keep your R2-D2 company. These items are limited to 1000 and 250 production runs respectively.

 


 

Kubrick 400% Boba Fett (ROTJ ver.) Loose & Boxed Shots
February 25, 2007 | 8:19 AM EST | Jayson

 


The fine folks at Slave1.jp have also posted detailed images of the Limited Edition 400% Boba Fett (ROTJ version). This version features different paint deco, weapons and accessories than its previous 400% renditions. And you’ll note the packaging is styled similarly to the vintage Kenner 12″ Boba Fett from yesteryear.

 


 

NEW Kotobukiya Items at WonderFest
February 25, 2007 | 8:02 AM EST | Jayson

 


Slave1.jp has posted some photo coverage of this weekend’s 2007 WonderFestival. Included in the images are close-up shots of the upcoming McQuarrie Vader/Luke statue, an ultra-cool Spirit of Yoda with LED Light and Sound feature and an unpainted prototype of a “Grievous Duel” Obi-Wan Kenobi. Head on over to check out more info.

 


 

Big Weekend Sale
February 24, 2007 | 12:27 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com is having a HUGE weekend sale – lots of different items including Kotobukiya, high end watches, Acme Archives, Gentle Giant, Hasbro and much more….Plus, you get a Boba Fett Collectors Card with every purchase! Get over to StarWarsShop.com now for best selection!

 


 

NO Uber Star Wars DVD Box Set In ’07?
February 23, 2007 | 2:30 PM EST | Scott

That’s what the spies over at The Digital Bits are reporting today. Apparently sales of the recent Limited Edition version were less than what they were hoping for, so now LFL is considering on putting the long awaited super box set in a holding pattern indefinitely.

This is all rumor at the moment, but The ‘Bits are known for having very reliable sources in the industry. Very upsetting if this turns out to be true, and IF it does, make sure to make your feelings known at C4.

Click the link above for the full scoop, plus, they raise some excellent points about this issue. After you read more, discuss it HERE in our forums.

 


 

Kubrick 400% Boba Fett (ROTJ Deco)
February 23, 2007 | 10:24 AM EST | Jayson

 


Medicom Toy, the manufacturer of the popular Kubrick line from Japan, has officially revealed the next 400% scale figure: Boba Fett with Return of the Jedi Deco. This item is limited to 2007 pieces; 500 to be released at the 2007 WonderFestival and the remaining 1507 through the website.

 


 

New Acme Character Key ***SOLD OUT***
February 23, 2007 | 8:37 AM EST | Mark B

Acme Archives has just released a new character in their great line of animated Star Wars Character keys. This one is the first in their new line of classic Star Wars characters in the animated style – click over to Acme Archives to check out the new Princess Leia as Jabba’s Slave!

 


 

Customizing Update – The Ultimate Group Project
February 22, 2007 | 1:48 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

For several months a number of collectors in the customizing community have been working together to create an ambitious project – a fan fiction Star Wars planet to be displayed at Celebration 4. Thanks to support from our friend Frank of Niub Niub’s Universe, we have been guaranteed an allocated space for this custom diorama to be displayed.

Taking place just a few years before the first Death Star is destroyed, the planet called Judde Lulos, dubbed “The Jewel of the Empire” is a symbol of the Empire’s domination throughout the galaxy. Several great customs have already been created for the project, and some vehicles as well.

But there’s still a lot of work to do on this project – so if you were involved in the early stages, or are wanting to now start getting involved, swing by our Ultimate Group Project section HERE or with our friends over at Jedidefender.com.

 


 

Star Wars Audiobooks at iTunes Store
February 22, 2007 | 8:26 AM EST | Jayson

 


Apple has added several Star Wars Audiobooks to their popular iTunes Store. Over 70 titles are available for download and they cover several of the popular series such as the Thrawn Trilogy, The New Jedi Order, The X-Wing Series and obviously the film novelizations.

 


 

R2-D2 Trash Can at ThinkGeek.com
February 22, 2007 | 7:13 AM EST | Jayson

 


From ThinkGeek.com
Trash is just not that cool. Not only can it be dirty and odorous but it’s simply low-tech and boring. At least that’s what we used to think… until we saw this amazing R2-D2 Trashcan and learned to love trash. This stylish trash receptacle is imported from Japan and is an incredibly detailed replica of R2-D2. Step on R2’s center “foot” and his dome swings wide to collect your expired TPS reports and leftover wookie dung. In fact here at the ThinkGeek rebel base we’ve been generating extra waste just for the pleasure of disposing it inside our favorite droid. Everything was going great until we emptied the trash and accidentally discarded some Death Star plans… then the Rebel Massassi Outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin got destroyed and things just went downhill from there. 

You can pick up this unique item for yourself or for the diehard R2-D2 fan for only $149.99. In stock now!

 


 

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
February 21, 2007 | 9:33 PM EST | Jayson

 


The Official Site announces tonight that Matthew Stover, the author of the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, is writing a new novel entitled: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. The novel takes place following the events of Return of the Jedi and tells the tale of the Alliance’s efforts to stop Lord Shadowspawn and his legions of shadow stormtroopers. Look for this new chapter in the Star Wars Universe to hit stores February 2008.

 


 

Kotobukiya Concept McQuarrie Duel Statue
February 21, 2007 | 2:31 PM EST | Jayson

 

AndrewsToyz.com has a special running on the upcoming Kotobukiya Concept McQuarrie Duel Statue. If you pre-order today (Feb. 21) you can pick it up for $139.99!

 


 

Yakfinities Update
February 21, 2007 | 12:36 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

There’s still about a week left until the end of this month’s Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. And judging by the looks of the entries so far, Lando is going to have his hands full next time these ladies drop by for a visit on Cloud City…

To view the entries so far, or to get in on the fun, check out our featured spotlight section.

Also, a random entry for February’s contest will win a MOMC Commander Appo figure courtesy of the Yakface staff.

 


 

Unleashed Shadow Stormtrooper 
February 20, 2007 | 7:46 PM EST | Jayson

Forum member Tenike1 scored a very cool find today, aside from the Tantive IV Battle Pack he picked up the Tubular-packaged Shadow Stormtrooper. Head to the forums to check it out!

 


 

Star Wars Action News – Episode 78
February 20, 2007 | 9:02 AM EST | Scott

 


Arnie and Marjorie were like Snake Pliskin this past week and (barely) escaped New York. But back home in small town Illinois they are, and they bring you tales of store runs in New York, Illinois, and an update on what Scott has found for Arnie in Tulsa, OK.

Also this week we do an in-depth review of 3 Day Blinds’ Star Wars offerings. To round out the Sithsonian, Arnie bought two sets of these blinds. Do they hang? Are they pretty? Listen this week to find out!

Finally, this week we flash back to 1981. The movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), the music (Kenny Rogers’ “Lady”), the politics, and…oh yeah…the TOYS! Arnie reminisces about his favorite Star Wars toy of his childhood, which was released in 1981!

All this and more is in our 78th episode of Star Wars Action News. Download it now HERE or from our home page HERE

Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed the show, please tell a friend to listen!

 


 

JediAmy’s C4 Battle Wagon
February 19, 2007 | 8:53 PM EST | Scott

 


This may look like an innocuous camper-type vehicle. But if you look closely, little details give away hints that there is more here than meets the eye.

On the inside, it is a mobile shrine to all things Star Wars. This vehicle is being readied for a long haul from the frosty wastelands that is Hoth Michigan to the sunny shores of L.A. California on a pilgramage to Celebration 4.

The owner, a friend of Yakface known as JediAmy has been working for months preparing the ultimate Celebration 4 party wagon, working tirelessly to get all the details right to have the best SW experience possible.

There is more work to be done before she is ready for flight, but it promises to be a sight to behold when it’s tooling down the highway.

In addition to saving a ton of dough on hotel fare, she’ll also have penty of cargo room for all the C4 goodies she will no doubt be hauling home.

You can click on the thumbnail above to check out JediAmy’s photo gallery.

I will post some updates on Amy’s efforts as it nears competion, in the meantime, if you have any comments for Amy, feel free to post them HERE in our forums.

 


 

Sith Infiltrator Boxed Shot
February 19, 2007 | 7:20 PM EST | Jayson

The folks at Sandtroopers.com have posted a nice boxed shot of the Sith Infiltrator. (You must log-in to their forums to view.)

I don’t care what people say about its size, that vehicle is purty.

 


 

More Comic Packs
February 19, 2007 | 3:48 PM EST | Jayson

The fine folks at r2dtoys.com have added several new listings for the Expanded Universe Comic Packs. Recent additions include…

XX: Anakin & Trade Federation Droid
XX: Asharad Hett & Dark Woman
XX: Jedi Leia Vs Darth Vader
XX: Lieutenant Jundlund & Lieutenant Shan
XX: Luke Stormtrooper & R2-D2
XX: Mara Jade & Luke Skywalker
XX: Obi-Wan Kenobi & Clone Trooper Alpha
XX: Purge Bultar Swan & Jedi
XX: Quinlan Vos & Vilmar Grahrk
XX: Republic Commando & Super Battle Droid
XX: X-Wing Rogue Squadron

 


 

Unleashed Clearance Find @ Wal-Mart
February 19, 2007 | 12:53 PM EST | Scott

 

Yak reader Raible77 wanted to let us know that the Unleashed Vader and Luke Jedi are on clearance at Wal-Mart for a whole five bucks each!

Your mileage may vary from store to store but it could be worth a look.

 


 

Sideshow Jabba and Jabba’s Throne Reviewed
February 19, 2007 | 12:20 PM EST | Bill

 


We’ve just updated to bring you a detailed review of Sideshow Toys’ 12″ Scale Jabba the Hutt (Inclusive Edition), and their Jabba The Hutt Throne Environment. Click here to check it out.

 


 

Happy President’s Day
February 19, 2007 | 10:01 AM EST | Mark B

 

George Washington Fife and Drum

As we in the United States celebrate the birthdays of two of our most famous Presidents (or are we celebrating a 3 Day weekend?), Sideshow is offering a great discount on 2 of their 12″ Figures today. Through the end of the day (Monday the 19th), you will get 25% off both the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln 12″ Figures on their website. And, if you are hanging onto Sideshow Gift Cards, you’ll be happy to know that you CAN use them towards the purchase of these two great figures. Clicking the banner above will take you right to the Washington page!

 


 

K & C Newsletter – New In Stock Items!
February 19, 2007 | 9:06 AM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles. has received the following new Star Wars items this week.

Back In Stock – Saga Figures:
R4-M6 Mace Windu’s Astromech Droid-Saga 074
Labria – Saga 073
Nabrun Leids & Kabe – Saga 072
Kitik Keed’Kak – Saga 071
Aurra Sing – Saga 070
Yarael Poof – Saga 069
Combat Engineer Clone Trooper – Saga 068
Padme Amidala – Saga 067
R4-K5 Darth Vader Astromech Droid – Saga 066
Elite Corps Clone Trooper – Saga 065
Commander Appo – Saga 064
Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi – Saga 063
Battle Droid – Saga 062
Super Battle Droid – Saga 061
Clone Trooper Sergeant – Saga 060
Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security – Saga 059
R5-J2 – Saga 058
Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion – Saga 057
Kit Fisto – Saga 055
Chewbacca with Electronic C-3PO – Saga 54
Sith Training Darth Maul – Saga 53

Back In Stock – Saga Gift Set:
Republic Commando Delta Squad
Death Star Briefing Room

In Stock – Titanium Ships
Royal Guard TIE Interceptor – new
Invisible Hand – new
AT-TE – new
Dagobah X-Wing – new
Dewback with Stormtrooper – new

In Stock – Battle Packs
Ambush on Ilum
Betrayal on Felucia
Battle of Geonosis
Jedi Training on Dagobah

Pre-Order – February 24th 2007
Clone Wars Clone Trooper Bust Up
Yoda Force FX Lightsaber
Yoda on Kybuck Maquette – Save $10.00
Max Rebo Band Statue – Save $30.00
Dengar Mini Bust – Save $5.00

 


 

YAKtube – Building Empire
February 19, 2007 | 12:03 AM EST | Scott

 

A person who goes by the name of Jambe Davdar took it upon himself to create a unique viewing experience of ESB. Taking commentary tracks, documentary behind-the-scenes footage, and sprinkling it with his own subtitles chock full of facts and tidbits, he has created an altogether new version of the film as documentary.

Below you will find part 1 of his massive multi-part project. After you view it, be sure to look at the rest of the installments. He has given the same treatment to Return of the Jedi as well.

Thanks to Paul for giving me the word on this.

And as always, if you feel inclined to discuss any installment of YAKtube, you can do so right HERE.a

 


 

Tantive IV Battle Pack
February 18, 2007 | 10:14 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

The latest Battle Pack from Hasbro is showing up at Wal-Marts around the U.S. For loose close up pics of the army builders in this set, click here.

 


 

TRU President’s Day “BOGO” Sale
February 18, 2007 | 7:21 AM EST | Jayson

 


Today and Tomorrow (Sunday & Monday) Toys R Us is having a Buy one, get one FREE sale on Star Wars items. Included in this sale are basic figures, vehicles, role play items, Unleashed, Transformers, Attactix and Galactic Heroes. This sale is valid on TRU.com as well.

 


 

YakPoll: Hasbro Favorites at Toyfair
February 16, 2007 | 12:35 PM EST | Jayson

We updated our poll today to find out what your favorite Hasbro items were at this year’s Toyfair. Take a few seconds and vote now! If you don’t vote you are supporting terrorism. : P

 


 

Dejarik Table PreOrder NOW!
February 16, 2007 | 8:20 AM EST | Mark B

 

Dejarik Holochess Set  12-inch figure expansion pack

As the waves of preorders have hit at Sideshow this week, we have the last one this morning NOW AVAILABLE. Click on through the banner above to order!

 


 

UPDATE: Error Bases Being Corrected?
February 16, 2007 | 7:37 AM EST | Jayson

The variant hunters at POTF2.com have reported that the EII Clone Trooper Sergeant as started showing up at retail with the corrected base stand. Initially, this figure shipped with a Empire Strikes Back base, now it includes the correct Attack of the Clones base.

No word yet if other figures with error bases are to be corrected. But with the looming arrival of the 30th Anniversary figures, these “corrected” versions might be the hardest to acquire – especially the Wal-Mart Exclusive Wave (if they’re corrected).

UPDATE: I was able to find my very own corrected version in the wild today at my local Target. Here is a photo of the base, clicky for a larger view….

 


 

Star Wars: Force Unleashed – AI Tech Demo
February 16, 2007 | 2:49 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

From www.gamedrift.com:

Check out this simply stunning video that shows the depth of the new AI features that are being put into the upcoming Star Wars: Force Unleashed. These storm troopers interact with the environment on a level we have never seen before in a game.

After seeing the exciting Force Unleashed figures in our Toy Fair coverage, you won’t want to miss this demo video! To check it out click here!

 


 

30th Anniversary Figures Found
February 15, 2007 | 10:00 PM EST | rykrofenloe

According to some of our friends in the Kansas City area on www.coreplanets.com, these have surfaced at a Walmart in the area. So it might be a good idea to hit your local Walmart when they are stocking the shelves to see if you can score these a bit early…

Also, reports are coming in that the Appo Wave has been hitting at Toysrus stores in good numbers, so if you’re in need of the final SAGA figures, Geoffrey the Giraffe might be able to help you track those down…

 


 

ShopStarWars.com: Fett Maquette & GG Jawas
February 15, 2007 | 8:26 PM EST | Jayson

ShopStarWars.com has updated tonight with the addition of the cute Exclusive Lego Boba Fett Maquette. Sculpted by the artists at Gentle Giant, this version is 6″ tall and is scheduled for release in June. Head on over to check it out!

Also available from Gentle Giant is the Jawas Limited Edition Mini Bust. This set includes 2 Jawas; one with weapon while the other tinkers with the inner workings of R5-D4’s dome. This set will be available in September.

 


 

Customizer Spotlight – Owen D
February 15, 2007 | 12:11 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Ever wanted to see a Death Star playset that fits in with 3-3/4″ scale figures? Then this customizer spotlight is for you!

Unfortunately we haven’t gotten anything like this made by Hasbro, but we do have a lot of detailed images of an unbelievable custom made playset by our friend Owen D.

Check out this outstanding work of art by clicking here!

 


 

Saesee Tiin’s Ride Flies Home
February 15, 2007 | 10:43 AM EST | Scott

Just a head’s up to you folks who may be looking for one. Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter has begun hitting shelves.

Yours truly picked one of these up at a Meijer store in Warren, MI last night.

Great deco on this piece and the ROTS Saesee Tiin figure looks gorgeous sitting in it. A nice change from the Kit Fisto fighter that can’t actually hold a Kit Fisto don’t you think?

 


 

The Saber Vault Update
February 15, 2007 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault is now taking orders for Master Replicas Episode 4 A New Hope Luke FX Lightsaber. They’re continuing their great pricing of $100.00 including shipping in the U.S. Don’t let Uncle Owen’s objections stop you, you’re old enough. “Click here to order”

 


 

#63 Obi-Wan Kenobi Variant
February 14, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Jayson

For all you variant hunters out there, be on the look out for a lighter version of the #63 Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi. The newest version is a much lighter casting, like the Holographic Commander Cody figure rather than the initial dark blue/purple release.

I was able to find mine at my local Target.

Yak Reader JediJman was able to find his own as well as shown here:

 


 

Sideshow: Dejarik Table Pre-Order
February 14, 2007 | 8:04 PM EST | Jayson

Sideshow Collectibles has updated their “behind the show” blog with details on the 1:6 scale Dejarik Table. It will be available for pre-order on February 16 and the exclusive edition (limited to 1250 pieces) will include a special piece shown here:

Pre-ordering starts at 10am PST. Give the blog a read for more details on the construction of this set.

 


 

Mustafar Statue Now Available
February 14, 2007 | 3:16 PM EST | Mark B

 

Obi-Wan VS Anakin

Well, the last day of Toy Fair in NYC and Sideshow just added their new Anakin vs. Obi-Wan (or is that Vader vs. Obi?) Mustafar statue to their preorder list. Get over to SideShowToy to get your order in for this FANTASTIC new piece!

Oh, and if you were like me and wondering about the scale on this item, it is going to measure about 12″ tall and 14″ across on the base (time to clear off some shelf space before the 3rd quarter shipping….)

 


 

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Official Site
February 14, 2007 | 2:08 PM EST | Jayson

 


The official website for Star Wars™: The Force Unleashed™ has launched! You can check outwww.theforceunleashed.com for details about the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, which casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy.

Be sure to check out the image gallery which depicts some great concept art. Not to mention a new lightsaber hilt design as seen with this female “sith” figure at Toyfair. The lightsaber is modeled similarly to a police baton – and she carries 2 of them.

Double the pleasure, double the fun!

Comment from Scott C. I dunno Jayson, if you scope out #12 in thier images section, the flaming yellow eyes she’s sporting means one of two things, either she should drink a helluva lot more orange juice because she’s got a raging case of jaundice or….she’s a sith!! Perhaps the female player version of the “secret apprentice” spoken of earlier.

 


 

Toynami Indiana Jones
February 14, 2007 | 7:34 AM EST | Bill

 


Toynami’s Indiana Jones Statue looks like he could have stepped right off the screen of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy is well over 2 feet tall, and the sculpting and details are nothing short of incredible. Each strand of hair is hand rooted, and the silicon Toynami used for his “skin” is so realistic that it moves like skin and muscle would if you move the head to the side. Even his eyebrows are rooted hair, not just painted on. If you’re an Indy Fan, beware, these retail for about $2,000.00 and only 50 are made each month.

 


 

Photonovels Spotlight
February 13, 2007 | 9:04 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Several members of the Yakface forums have updated with new additions to our photonovel section this past week, showing the creative imaginations of Star Wars fans.

Lushros Dofine has begun a special edition of his Cape of Deceit Series. Be sure to check it out to see a cool fan fiction perspective of how the Trade Federation justifies the creation of their droid army, by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Darth Nirvana has created a fan fiction war archive of of some of his awesome custom clone troopers, which you can see by clicking here.

Also, forum member MasterGrievous has kept the laughs going with his comedy series, which can be seen here.

Last but not least is a photonovel by Darth Depressis, which portrays events in the galaxy following Return of the Jedi. This ambitious project can be seen by clicking here.

If you’ve created a photnovel you’d like to share, or would like to offer feedback on the work of your fellow Yakkers, be sure to head on over to our photonovel section!

 


 

It’s The Swiss Army Knife Of The Galaxy
February 13, 2007 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

 

While Nikko’s R2 doesn’t have a taser, or jets, it has just about everything else. In addition to the standard component connections, it also has SVGA connections for PC monitor signals, it can project your images right off your SD memory card. He’ll play your Ipod — MP3 or MP4 through his Ipod Dock, he has USB connections to display images and slide shows off your digital camera, and more! Of course he can also play cds, vcds, and dvds on his built in player. When he’s not providing the audio/video entertainment, R2 can entertain everyone as you drive him around using a set of keys on his Milennium Falcon remote control. In addition to his on-board 20 watt speakers including sub-wolfers, R2 has an optical out connection to send digital sound straight to your surround sound system. R2’s projector we saw at Nikko was crystal clear, using 3 chip LCOS technology to provide a very crisp image, avoiding the screen door effect of LCD projectors. In addition, Nikko tells us that they expect the production edition to have an even better picture than what we saw (which was impressive), as they expect to push the lumens on the production model to around 1400. Of course R2 is versitle too, he can project not only on walls, but ceilings as well. Where can you get yours? Keep checking Yak, we’re working to bring you more information on how to get your own astromech!

Yakface.com is working to not only bring you information on how to obtain one, we have begun talks with Nikko so that yakface can get you R2D2 without having to go through one of the other distributors. If you are interested in obtaining one of these awesome pieces, please feel free to contact us.

 


 

Speaking of Cool PreOrders….
February 13, 2007 | 2:13 PM EST | Mark B

 

StarWarsShop.com has the new Kotobukiya Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker McQuarrie Concept Kit up for order now….what a great preorder day!

 


 

Premium Format Maul NOW Available 
February 13, 2007 | 12:31 PM EST | Mark B

 


Available at 10am PST, Exclusive Limited to 1000, Click on through to order!!!! – ‘nuf said.

**UPDATED** NOW AVAILABLE!!! GO GET ‘EM
**UPDATED AGAIN** Exclusive is now sold out, regular edition up for order.

 


 

YAKFACE COVERAGE: Miscellaneous
February 12, 2007 | 10:53 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

Toyfair was also the place to see other “unique” Star Wars items like:Golf Club Covers, Super Deformed Plush Figures and let’s not forget pillows, backpacks and slippers. Not to mention the coolest Indiana Jones maquette I’ve ever seen! All this and more in our Miscellaneous section.

 


 

New Yak QnA is UP!
February 12, 2007 | 10:47 PM EST | Mark B

Read the newest Yak QnA Right Here. And please don’t blame me for blowing the Cheerio out your nose if you read it at breakfast time…..

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Sideshow & Master Replicas
February 12, 2007 | 10:26 PM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yakface Coverage continues with the additions of Sideshow Collectibles and Master Replicas.The highlights of Sideshow’s display had to be the ultra-sweet Darth Maul and the Obi-Wan vs Vader Mustafar Duel Diorama. Master Replicas booth doesn’t disappoint either with the Studio Scale X-Wing and Clone Helmet Replicas.

 


 

More Bantha Fodder
February 12, 2007 | 5:29 PM EST | Mark

Ok, so you have seen the images… and are drooling.. but when.. where… HOW MUCH???????

So I come to you with answers!

Here at Toys R Us online they have it available for pre-order.

When?? Now.. shipping 3/25/07
Where?? Toys R Us
How Much??? $44.99

 


 

First Sideshow Preorder of the Week
February 12, 2007 | 4:21 PM EST | Mark B

 

General- New Line Horror Friday the 13th pt. 2

Sideshow has posted their first Star Wars Preorder of the week today. This is the next in their imported line of VCD (Vinyl Collectible Dolls) from Medicom. This time featuring the Emperor’s Royal Guard. I have the Boba Fett from this line and will tell you, they are WAY COOL. Get over to Sideshow today to order!

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Nikko
February 12, 2007 | 7:47 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

The Yak-Team visits the folks at Nikko Home Electronics and snap a few shots of the R2-D2 Home Entertainment System. This droid has got it all: LCoS Projection (up to 80″), plays MP3, MP4, DVD, CD, wireless FM, iPod Dock. and has a nifty Millennium Falcon remote control. Also a poster for a R2-D2 Web-Cam utilizing SKYPE technology. Check them out in the Nikko Gallery

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Attakus
February 12, 2007 | 7:22 AM EST | Jayson

 

 

Climb aboard the Millennium Falcon in this morning’s update to our Toyfair Coverage. The Yak-Team gets up close and personal with this holy grail piece from Attakus. Plus, check out some of the character statues as well. I’d love to add that Imperial Probe Droid to my collection.

 


 

TRU Bantha Revealed
February 11, 2007 | 9:42 PM EST | rykrofenloe

Our friends over at www.mousedroid.com have unveiled a picture of the upcoming Bantha for 2007.

Looks like it’s going to come with three Tuskens and a Massif. Click here to view the packaging with the goodies inside, and thank you to forum member MasterGrievous for the heads up!

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Master Replicas Teaser
February 11, 2007 | 9:22 AM EST | Jayson

 


Our keen reporters in the field have snapped a few shots of the Studio Scale X-Wing Fighter fromMaster Replicas. Head to the gallery to view a few more and look for more info as it becomes available.

 


 

New Star Wars Dioramas
February 11, 2007 | 9:15 AM EST | Mark B

 

Obi-Wan VS Anakin

Ok, while I’m not at Toy Fair, I am keeping up on the product announcements from all of our favorite manufacturers. Sideshow this morning announced a new line of polystone dioramas. Click through the banner above to see the preview of the first one – Mustafar!!!

 


 

TOYFAIR COVERAGE: Gentle Giant, Lego & Hasbro
February 11, 2007 | 8:38 AM EST | Jayson

All good thing come to those who wait… or so the saying goes.


The image galleries for Gentle Giant, Lego and Hasbro have been uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Look for more images throughout the day!

 


 

Hasbro Update
February 10, 2007 | 11:41 PM EST | Mark

For all those interested.. the Titanium figure line is dead, for at least now. The last wave to hit retail is the C-3PO, General Grievous, and Clone Trooper. Hasbro has cancelled orders to all online retailers, and in talking with the reps here at Toyfair, they confirmed, that the line is not being made now. Items shown at San Diego.. “they may be seen someday”. For now.. they are done.

The exclusive coin available at Toyfair this year, WILL be available in the mail away coin set later this year as part of the 7 coin set that will have the 6 vintage figure coins as well. So please, do not pay top dollar on EBAY for these. Other than the case the coin comes in, the coin itself will be the exact same coin.

The unleashed video game figures coming are absolutely incredible. The images you will see posted, do them no justice. The Vader is outstanding, with all the pieces to put him together.

More to come tomorrow…

 


 

LEGO News
February 10, 2007 | 11:34 PM EST | Mark

Ok, here is the latest from the LEGO showroom. Images will be up soon. The LEGO Falcon. Point blank, the biggest set ever. 5100 pieces. Biggest price point sure… but here is the information right from the designers mouth. He was given a free run at creating this piece. No price point, no limitation of pieces. So how do you start this gigantic set??? Well this is what he started with. He wanted this not only to be the best set to date, but also the first Ultimate set with mini figs. There will be 5. Luke (with hippie hair style), Han, Leia, Ben, Chewy. Ok, next, not only have the 5 figures.. but make it to scale of the figures.. so where to start. The most logical choice.. the cockpit. Make this set fit 4 in the cockpit, then make the cockpit to scale of the rest of the ship. That is where this started from. Overall, the set took about 4-5 months to create. One side note. It took one full year to make the instruction manual. Like building LEGOS??? The designer took 5 days to build it, for the third time! Now.. 5100 pieces.. what is that??? how about 15lbs for the weight of the ship alone. How about how sturdy. sturdy enough for him to pick it up with one hand.. not for too long.. 15lbs is a lot to lift and hold straight out. He said this is strong enough to hang from the ceiling. The entire frame inside is built with technic and it is built like a rock. There are no NEW pieces in the set, however, when you look at the images, you will see the back top black pieces are the there for the first time in black. For a limited time you can order it with FREE shipping. Doesnt sound like a lot, but shipping on this set alone will probably range about 50 to 60. Not that bad of a deal.

As for the rest of the news. There will be a galactic hunt if you will, for the C-3PO that is gold in color (that is shinny gold) inserted into 10,000 random packs starting in June of this year. Could be anyone of the Star Wars sets coming out this year.

Also there will be a contest on the LEGO.com site, for your chance to win one of FIVE 14k gold C-3PO mini figs.

As I said, look for all these images by tomorrow. Including images of the designer holding the falcon in the air and the two different C-3POs.

 


 

Breaking Toyfair News
February 10, 2007 | 2:29 PM EST | Bill

2007 is looking great. First the vintage mail in will be a set of six coins for the six vintage figures plus a seventh 30th anniversary coin all in a case with a closure.

The galactic hunt will return this summer with greater numbers. The hunt will be for gold coins. No commitment on how many but Hasbro did say there are about 20 extra spots in the coin album and the full set with chase and convention coins will pretty much fill it up. In addition when asked if there would be exclusive coins for C 4 and Comicon or both, the answer was yes. Check back later for images of the 30th anniversary coin. The hunt coins will be gold variants of the regular coins.

Also we get the corner cantina bar piece. Luke comes with a moisture vaparator, Umpass Stay comes with half of the drum, however it is designed so that 2 halves can be put together to have both sides of it. The Force Unleashed figures from Lucasarts upcoming video game are nothing short of outstanding.

The battle damaged Vader in armor, or at least partially so with the damage is INCREDIBLE.

REMINDER Scott C. Here. Just wanted to let you all know that there’s a special Toyfair section rightHERE in our forums. Please stop on in to share your thoughts on all the coverage over the next few days!

 


 

New Acme Archives EXCLUSIVE Character Keys
February 9, 2007 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com has just added 2 new Acme Archives Clone Wars Animated Exclusive Character Keys (heck, I just got my Kit Fisto one yesterday from Sideshow and haven’t even had time to open it yet!) – These are two worth waiting for – Artoo Detoo on one, and See Threepio on the other. At only $29.99 each, these are great limited edition (only 1000 each) collectibles to get into…..get them NOW at StarWarsShop.com, at this size edition, these two popular characters won’t last long.

 


 

At Last We Will Reveal Ourselves……
February 9, 2007 | 9:31 PM EST | Mark B

 


Oh yeah, I can’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy! Next Tuesday morning Sideshow Collectibles will start preorders for their new Darth Maul PREMIUM FORMAT figure! There will be an exclusive version that is limited to only 1000 pieces. These go on sale Tuesday morning at 10am PST. Stay tuned here for a reminder, but in the meantime, click through the banner above for a great preview of this new collectible statue!

 


 

Republic Commando: True Colors
February 9, 2007 | 7:22 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com updates tonight with details on a sequel to the Republic Commando series of novels. Written by Karen Traviss, Republic Commando: True Colors is set during the Clone Wars and is set for release in paperback in August.

 


 

Celebration IV Exclusive: Darth Malak Mini Bust
February 9, 2007 | 7:07 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWars.com reveals tonight that Gentle Giant will be offering an exclusive Darth Malak Mini Bust at this year’s Celebration IV.
Edition size and prices have yet to be determined.

 


 

Toyfair Q & A Delay
February 9, 2007 | 6:03 PM EST | Scott

 


Question – When does the 800 pound toy gorilla like Hasbro hold a Q&A Session?

Answer – Whenever it wants to.

Well, don’t be too hard on the big H, they’re busy getting ready for Toyfair. Rest assured, Q & A will return on it’s regular schedule.

 


 

UPDATE: Darth Vader’s White Deco TIE Fighter?
February 9, 2007 | 2:20 PM EST | Jayson

 


StarWarsShop.com has the Vintage (White Deco) TIE Fighter in stock through their online store. Although the description for this vehicle is incorrect, this is the same White TIE Fighter now appearing at retail alongside the Saesee Tinn’s Jedi Starfighter.

What’s next? Han Solo’s X-Wing : )

UPDATE: They corrected their errors.

 


 

The Rykrof Enloe Saga Continues…
February 8, 2007 | 11:37 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Stranded on Dathomir and hunted down by the relentless droids of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Rykrof Enloe and the survivors of his clone trooper strike force find themselves facing the challenge of their lives.

Little do they know the real danger of the planet is not droids or rancors, but a mysterious being known as the Dark One…

For the latest chapter in the series, CLICK HERE!

 


 

Wave 9 – In Stock 
February 8, 2007 | 1:22 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Looking for Wave 9 figures? The following case assortment is in stock over at www.dnstoys.com

1 SW BASIC FIGURE HOLOGRAPHIC OBI-WAN
1 SW BASIC FIGURE COMMANDER APPO
2 SW BASIC FIGURE ELITE CRPS CLONE TROOPER
1 SW BASIC FIGURE R4-K5 VADERS ASTROMECH
1 SW BASIC FIGURE PADME AMIDALA
2 SW BASIC FIGURE COBAT ENGINEER
1 SW BASIC FIGURE YARAEL POOF
1 Clone Trooper 442nd Seige Battallion (#57)
1 Clone Trooper Sergeant (#60)
1 Battle Droids (#62)

Head on over there by clicking here.

UPDATE – check back on their site to see if they are in stock – earlier this morning they were listed as sold out, but as of 10:45 AM Central Time, they are indicating they are still in stock…

 


 

Huge Sale And Hidden Treasures At The Saber Vault
February 7, 2007 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Saber Vault:

HUGE sale at The Saber Vault! The Obi-Wan ROTS LE sale went over so well, why not do it for all the LEs!! So on sale for a limited time for the same price as the Obi ROTS is the Qui-Gon TPM LE, Sidious ROTS LE, Yoda ROTS LE, and Luke ANH LE! These are limited quantities (far less than the Obi ROTS).

If you’ve been holding out for any of these sabers, wait no more, because at these prices, they won’t last long!!

After doing a little cleaning up in the Vault, they found one Luke ROTJ Elite (#107) and on Luke ANH Elite (#319) lightsaber. These have been fetching VERY high prices on Ebay, but TSV is selling them for lower with shipping included within the U.S.! Both have been opened only to check the condtion of the items inside, so these are brand new never displayed pieces! There is only one of each saber so they won’t be around for very long!

While over there, check out the great deals on other items including the new Yoda ROTS FX, the new and improved Darth Vader ANH FX (just in time for the 30th anniversary of A New Hope!), Boba Fett LE blasters, Luke ESB LE blasters and more!

Click here to order.

 


 

Good To Go Customs Update
February 7, 2007 | 5:12 PM EST | rykrofenloe

Our friends over at www.goodtogocustoms.com have restocked with some great customizing supplies. Head on over there for some high quality items to add more variety to your collection!

 


 

Star Wars Action News – Episode 76
February 7, 2007 | 10:16 AM EST | Scott

 


Star Wars Action News this week brings you an interview with the first Star Wars author of the modern era, Timothy Zahn. His new book Allegiance is now out in stores. He talks about the process of writing a book taking place during the original trilogy, Mara Jade’s use of the Force, and exactly how a certain blonde haired rebel made her way into the book. In addition we have a full review of the book.

The 30th Anniversary retrospective of collecting continues as well this week with a look at a toy from 1980.

Download the latest episode HERE. Download the file directly HERE

And stay tuned to swactionnews.com next weekend as Toy Fair is underway and Arnie and Marjorie will be going to the Big Apple to bring you first-hand reports of all the new products on display!

Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed the show, please tell a friend to listen!

 


 

New Remote Control R2D2
February 6, 2007 | 9:45 PM EST | Mark B

 


StarWarsShop.com has a new remote control EXCLUSIVE R2D2 with a weathered finish. These are just like the 3 previous Astromech’s they have offered that were not exclusives. These are really cool, they are the same size as the Hasbro figures, but are REMOTE CONTROL!!! Get over toStarWarsShop.com to order.

 


 

Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter
February 6, 2007 | 5:25 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock over at EE is the Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter, hop on over if you are looking for it.

 


 

Indiana Jones 4 Release Date
February 6, 2007 | 7:20 AM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Paramount has announced the release date for Indy 4: Thursday, May 22, 2008. It looks like we’ll be keeping up with the Jones next summer!

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge #6 – Winner!
February 6, 2007 | 12:18 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

We’re happy to announce that we’ve had another great month with Yakfinities, with the most customs submitted so far as Yakface forum members came together and created 29 new customs depicting their visions of fan-fiction Dark Jedi.

Since there were so many entries, we decided to go with two winners this month – to find out who won, and to see all the entries from your fellow Yakface readers, click here.

Also, February’s Challenge has already begun, and it appears that Lando is going to have his hands full with some of the ladies being made…

 


 

Celebrating the Art of Ralph McQuarrie
February 5, 2007 | 11:03 PM EST | Jayson

StarWars.com updates tonight with details on what we can expect when The Art of Ralph McQuarrieis released in a few months. The book itself is 10″x15″, 400 pages (130 of those dedicated to Star Wars) and weighs in at a hefty 10 pounds.

Limited to a total print run of 2000 copies, most of these will be a clothbound edition with dust-jacket and printed slipcase that will retail for $125. Of these, 250 will include an additional illustrated page signed by McQuarrie, prequel concept designer Doug Chiang, and ILM’s Ken Ralston, and will be fitted into a special cloth slipcase. The book cover will also be distinguished by an art strip inset on cloth in lieu of a dust jacket. These are being offered for $300. Finally, 52 copies are being bound in genuine sheepskin with a dust jacket and housed in a deluxe presentation box, with signatures by McQuarrie, Chiang, Ralston, and Anthony Daniels. This deluxe leatherbound edition costs $750.

Look for this amazing book to being available officially at Celebration IV or visitralphmcquarrie.com to place an order scheduled to ship out in April.

 


 

New Figures IN STOCK
February 5, 2007 | 7:47 PM EST | Mark B

StarWarsShop.com has a few of the final 2006 figures up for sale individually…..Combat Engineer Clone, Holo Obi-Wan, R4-K5, Yarael Poof, Elite Corps Clone Trooper, Commander Appo, Padme Amidala, Battle Droids, Clone Trooper (Sergeant) and 442nd Siege Battalion Trooper. All individual figs from StarWarsShop.com come with Exclusive Case.

 


 

UPDATE: First Look at Hasbro’s Sith Infiltrator
February 5, 2007 | 1:48 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Fans have been wondering if Hasbro’s decision to put Darth Maul’s signature vessle into the $20.00 pricepoint vehicle assortment would do the ship justice. Pics have surfaced on ebay of what appears to be a prototype of the ship that will most likely be on display at Toy Fair.

Is it too small as feared by some collectors? Or did Hasbro make the right decision on this?

Click here for more images, and thank you to forum member MasterGrievous for the heads up!

UPDATE: Item Removed from eBay

 


 

The Dark Cave Chronicles 
February 5, 2007 | 1:29 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Yakface forum member yodascorch, along with the creative mind of tresob yr from Star Wars Action Figure Theatre, have put together what looks to be the start of a great photonovel series starring everyone’s little green friend, Yoda.

Check it out by clicking here!

 


 

K & C Collectibles – New Items This Week!
February 3, 2007 | 7:56 PM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles. has received the following new Star Wars items this week. We will receive more of the Death Star Briefing gift sets on Thursday February 8th, 2007.

New – Saga Figures:
R4-M6 Mace Windu’s Astromech Droid-Saga 074
Labria – Saga 073
Nabrun Leids & Kabe – Saga 072
Kitik Keed’Kak – Saga 071
Aurra Sing – Saga 070
Yarael Poof – Saga 069
Combat Engineer Clone Trooper – Saga 068
Padme Amidala – Saga 067
R4-K5 Darth Vader Astromech Droid – Saga 066
Elite Corps Clone Trooper – Saga 065
Commander Appo – Saga 064
Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi – Saga 063
Battle Droid – Saga 062
Super Battle Droid – Saga 061
Clone Trooper Sergeant – Saga 060
Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security – Saga 059
R5-J2 – Saga 058
Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion – Saga 057
Kit Fisto – Saga 055
Chewbacca with Electronic C-3PO – Saga 54
Sith Training Darth Maul – Saga 53

New – Titanium Ships:
Royal Guard TIE Interceptor – new
Invisible Hand – new
AT-TE – new
Dagobah X-Wing – new
Dewback with Stormtrooper – new
Darth Vader Sith Fighter (black)
Y-Wing
Star Destroyer

In Stock – Battle Packs:
Ambush on Ilum
Betrayal on Felucia
Battle of Geonosis
Jedi Training on Dagobah

New Pre-Order – February 24th 2007:
Clone Wars Clone Trooper Bust Up
Yoda Force FX Lightsaber
Yoda on Kybuck Maquette – Save $10.00
Max Rebo Band Statue – Save $30.00
Dengar Mini Bust – Save $5.00

 


 

Harry Potter 7 Up For PreOrder
February 2, 2007 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark B

A little off topic, but I know there are a lot of Harry Potter Fans out there too. Amazon added Harry Potter Book 7 to their preorders this morning. It is released on July 21st and should be a great ending to the HP series. Click here for Harry Potter Book 7.

 


 

Want More Darth Maul???
February 2, 2007 | 8:01 AM EST | Mark

Looks like in the interview over at SideShowToys it appears the next Premium Format 1/4 scale figure will be Darth Maul… More will be posted this afternoon in a second interview at the same link. Looks like ToyFair should be OUTSTANDING this year.

 


 

30th Anniversary Figures on Ebay
February 2, 2007 | 12:47 AM EST | rykrofenloe

Want to get your hands on a figure or two before they hit the states at retail? Some 30th Anniversary figures have been popping up on ebay in recent weeks. One overseas seller I have had good dealings with has some currently available here.

 


 

Ready To Face The Wookiee?
February 1, 2007 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

 

Sideshow has just updated with OFFICIAL information on their holographic chess table. It is 12″ scale. It will go on sale for priority pre-orders on February 16th at 10AM Pacific time. Oh and there’s a really nice LARGE photo on their site as well.

Derjarik Holochess Set Expansion Pack

 


 

White Tie Fighter In Stock
February 1, 2007 | 1:00 PM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth you can now pick up the brand new Star Wars Classic TIE Fighter Vehicle.


Also here are some sweet pre-orders:
Expanded Universe Figure Comic Packs Wave 2


30th Anniversary Figures Wave 2

 


 

Yakfinities Customizing Challenge Updates
February 1, 2007 | 3:25 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

February kicks off with a new category for Yakfinities! For information on how you can participate and be eligible for a prize, click here.

Also, in January we had our most successful Yakfinities project to date! We’d like to congratulate our forum members here for so many great custom entries, and by popular request, we have decided to extend the deadline for January entries to be by midnight on Superbowl Sunday.

To view the many great entries so far for January (Fan Fiction Dark Jedi), click here.

The prize winner for January will be announced next week.

January 2007 Archive

YakTube – “Hand” Solo?
January 31, 2007 | 3:57 PM EST | Scott

 


Innovation and Star Wars seem to go “hand in hand” in this video. Imagine a REALLY, REALLY low budget version of ANH where all you had was a dark room and some black long sleeved shirts. It would turn out a bit like this…

Thanks to “The Professor” for giving me the heads-up on this one.

Liked this week’s video? Hated it? talk about it HERE in our fourms.

By the way, ya diggin our new YakTube logo? Yeah, me too. Thanks Brandon for whipping that up for us!

 


 

Utapau Deco AT-RT Driver
January 31, 2007 | 11:56 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at jedidefender.com have posted a few loose images of the Utapau Deco AT-RT Driver from the upcoming Order 66 Two-Pack.

Looks like he’ll fit in nicely with Utapau’s 212th Battalion, but what’s with the polka-dots? Head on over to check them out.

 


 

Wrong Figure Stands. Again.
January 31, 2007 | 7:19 AM EST | Jayson

Our friends at DeathStarPlans2.com have posted loose images of some of the Wal-Mart Exclusive Figures. And once again the wrong base has been matched with some of the figures. Labria, Kitik Keed`kak & Nabrun Leids with Kabe all include AOTC base stands.

I guess good help is hard to come by when things like this get approved and make it through production. Plus, as hard as these “exclusives” will be to find for some collectors, it’d be nice to actually get an error free product for the trouble.

 


 

2007 Galactic Heroes Images
January 30, 2007 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

 


Hasbro’s on-line database has updated with images of a number of upcoming Galactic Heroes sets. While all of the new figures appear to continue everything we’ve come to expect in this line, the big news is we get another Darth Vader— either helmetless or with a removable helmet! Here’s links to images of each 2 pack:

  • Emperor’s Royal Guard and Death Star Gunner

     

    Would You Like to Play a Nice Game of Chess?
    January 30, 2007 | 7:19 PM EST | Jayson

    The latest Tomart’s Action Figures Digest reveals that Sideshow Collectibles is producing a scaled Dejarik Table accessory. One is led to believe that a Chewbacca figure won’t be to far behind. Hmm… I wonder?

     


     

    New TIE’s Spotted!
    January 30, 2007 | 11:46 AM EST | Scott

    Yak reader Chad R. wrote in to let us know that he spotted some vintage retro goodness in the form of the SW30 WHITE decoed TIE Fighter at his local Target.

    He also found the Titanium Royal Guard TIE Interceptor as well. Always a good time for a toy run, dont’cha think?

     


     

    MR Collector’s Society Kits Shipping
    January 30, 2007 | 11:41 AM EST | Scott

    Yak reader “Ghost Man” wrote to let us know that if you signed up for the 2007 Master Replicas Collector’s Society, your membership kit shoud be shipping soon.

    He received a confirmation notice last night that his kit would ship within 48 hours.

     


     

    Life-Sized Action Figure Cards
    January 30, 2007 | 11:35 AM EST | Scott

     

    Holy smoke kids! Check out what Yak Reader Javier Bonet created for the Puerto Rico Pop Culture Convention! That is a LIFE-SIZED replica of the figure cards that we all know so well. He created the Episode I version (and that’s Javier as Darth Maul BTW) as well as a vintage-styled Stormtrooper card.

    Click on the thumbnail above. You’ll be taken to a thread in our forums where you can check out all the pics Javier sent in.


     

    Star Wars Action News – Episode 75
    January 30, 2007 | 10:27 AM EST | Scott

     


    This week on Star Wars Action News we continue our 30 Years of Collecting retrospective by a look at what we consider to be the single most exciting Star Wars collectible released in 1979–the first figure for the new bad guy Boba Fett!

    We also discuss at length the splitting of the Star Wars Fan Club into two subscriptions, one for the Hyperspace/Fan Club membership and the other for the magazine The Star Wars Insider. Was this change good for Star Wars fans? Marjorie and Arnie discuss…

    Finally, what better way to tell your significant other that you love them than a lovely card featuring Obi-Wan and a word jumble, with a rub-on tattoo? Obviously there is none, so Arnie and Marjorie discuss 2007’s Star Wars Valentine options.

    Download the latest episode HERE. Download the file directly HERE (enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE)

    Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed the show, please tell a friend to listen!


     

    Stay on Target (and Walmart too)
    January 30, 2007 | 12:22 AM EST | rykrofenloe

    Reports are coming in from the midwest now that Wave 9 has been showing up at Target with the Elite Corps Clone Trooper, and the Walmart exclusives are showing up as well (but only one of each exclusive figure per case). The hunt continues!

    UPDATE – Not ten minutes after reporting this, I receive an email from a collector in the St. Louis area letting me know that the Walmart exclusive figures are at a local Walmart (Arnold Walmart) because he has just picked some up. A few minutes later I’m there, and see a few cases of the new displayer they are in.

    A friendly Walmart employee offered to let me go through them, and handed me the figures I wanted. After grabbing a handful of the wave, I put the remaining figures on the overcrowded pegs of older pegwarmers. Unfortunately, everything else in the case appeared to be repacks of Bespin Vader, Hoth R2D2, Naboo Obi Wan, and Endor Luke (though I guess Luke is fine).

    Great way to start the week though, and thank you Darth Stringfield for the tip, you Yakface readers are the best (and Darth Stringfield, you have a free custom coming your way for the nice tip)!

     


     

    Shadow Stormtrooper Boxed Photos
    January 29, 2007 | 10:41 PM EST | Bill

     


    One of our sponsors, Action HQ has come up with packed images of the upcoming Unleashed Shadow Stormtrooper. Check out the large image here.


     

    Action HQ Update
    January 29, 2007 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

    This just in from Action HQ:

    New Arrivals & Hot New Release Information at Action-HQ!

    Available Now!
    Macross Wave 1/5000 Transformable Chogokin SDF-1 – Just $139.95!

    Pre-Order Now!
    Star Wars 2007 Unleashed with Shadow Stormtrooper Set of 3!
    Transformers Music Label Convoy with Speaker Trailer for iPod!
    Transformers Music Label White Soundwave MP3 Player!

    Lots More Available, so Get yours FIRST at Action-HQ.com!

     


     

    Niub Niub’s Universe – C4 Diorama Workshop
    January 29, 2007 | 6:57 PM EST | Scott

     


    Those of you who attended Celebration 3 might remember the fantastic diorama workshop set up by the fine folks over at NiubNiubs Universe where fans could build their very own section of the Death Star.

    Well Niub Niub and the crew are doing it again. This time, Celebration 4’s diorama theme will be the sanctuary moon of Endor!

    But to pull this project together, they’re going to need YOUR HELP. Specifically, they’re going to need characters to populate this massive world they have planned. They need any and all figures (Endor specific that is) they can get their hands on, even a few vehicles would help as well.

    So if you have a few extra ewoks lying around or you’ve got doubles of that trenchcoat Han or Endor Poncho Leia you don’t know what to do with, donate it to the gang at Niub Niub’s Universe and help make this year’s diorama workshop a success!

    For all the details on what they need and how you can help, hit THIS LINK and tell ’em Yakface sent ya!


     

    Darth Maul Sideshow Inclusive
    January 29, 2007 | 6:06 PM EST | Mark

    Now available for SECOND CHANCE and is ready to ship

     

     

    The Sideshow Inclusive version of the 12-inch Darth Maul figure includes the damaged lightsaber Maul was forced to use during his fateful duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Two versions of the damaged lightsaber are included, one ignited and one unlit.


     

    One More Snow Bunny Padme
    January 29, 2007 | 4:27 PM EST | Mark B

     


    StarWarsShop.com has just added the new Acme Archives Giclee Print called the “Women of the Clone Wars”, which features our favorite Snow Bunny – Padme. These are really nice pieces measuring 16″x20″.


     

    Star Wars Celica?
    January 29, 2007 | 3:15 PM EST | Keri

     

    I ran across this photo of a 1977 RA29 Toyota Celica and couldn’t believe my eyes. I personally have never seen photos of this very special one of a kind Star Wars themed car anywhere.

    According to the article at www.jalopnik.com the car was a grand prize in a 20th Century Fox contest entitled “Space Fantasy Sweepstakes”.

    Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Celica today? Is it in someone’s collection (I hope) and not in a junkyard or even worse already been sent to the scrap heap? If you have any information regarding the car, please email me here and/or discuss it in our forum here.


     

    More Super Deformed Figures?
    January 29, 2007 | 2:04 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Our friends over at Archival Star Wars have updated with several images of a line of figures from a collector show in Japan.

    To our knowledge, it has not yet been confirmed if the figures are a continuation of the deformed figures that have been released over the past few years or if they are a totally new line.

    Head on over there by clicking here.


     

    Question Yak Is Back
    January 28, 2007 | 9:35 PM EST | Mark B

    After an unexpected hiatus (hey, who plans on working 70+ hours a week huh?). I am now in a new position that is going to allow for consistent QnA updates…..but, with the new year, I need new questions, send them to me at mark.borkowski@gmail.com. The first new posting should be out this week!

     


     

    YakTube – Talent Night
    January 28, 2007 | 9:06 PM EST | Scott

     


    No YakTube hasn’t disappeared, it just kinda got put on the back burner. But hopefully this installment will make up for that.

    Yak’s Pub creator Niktom is back with his latest creation. A musical medley to delight and tickle you in places you didn’t know existed. (Oooooo…saucy!)

    Click and enjoy…


     

    Attakus Diorama Update
    January 28, 2007 | 2:16 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Last year, starwars.com revealed some of what went into the making of Attakus’ spectacularly monstrous Millennium Falcon diorama, a piece that landed a top spot in starwars.com’s recent “Best of 2006” feature. Things appear to be progressing nicely for the second issue in the series, which reconstructs the otherworldly setting of the Dagobah swamp from The Empire Strikes Back. See the accompanying slideshow for the latest batch of images from Attakus’ studio.

    Chance are that we’ll never get anything this realistic in the basic Star Wars line, but for those with a larger budget – this piece is shaping up to look nothing short of another masterpiece by Attakus.

    To view more images, click here.


     

    K & C Newsletter – New Battle Packs & More!
    January 28, 2007 | 12:15 AM EST | Scott

     


    K & C Collectibles. has received the following new Star Wars items this week.

    New – Battle Packs:
    Ambush on Ilum
    Betrayal on Felucia
    Battle of Geonosis
    Jedi Training on Dagobah

    New Pre-Order – February 24th 2007:
    Clone Wars Clone Trooper Bust Up
    Yoda Force FX Lightsaber
    Yoda on Kybuck Maquette – Save $10.00
    Max Rebo Band Statue – Save $30.00
    Dengar Mini Bust – Save $5.00

    In-Stock – Saga Figures:
    Battle Droid – Saga 062
    Super Battle Droid – Saga 061
    Clone Trooper Sergeant – Saga 060
    Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security – Saga 059
    R5-J2 – Saga 058
    Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion – Saga 057
    Kit Fisto – Saga 055
    Chewbacca with Electronic C-3PO – Saga 54
    Sith Training Darth Maul – Saga 53

    In-Stock – Saga Gift Set:
    Republic Commando Delta Squad

    In-Stock – Titanium Ships:
    Endor AT-AT – new
    General Grievous Starfighter – new
    Anakin’s Modified Jedi Starfighter – new
    Stolen Imperial Speeder Bike with Paploo – new
    Darth Vader Sith Fighter (black)

    New – Sideshow 12″ Figure:
    Salacious B Crumb

    Clearance Sale – Ends February 28th 2007
    We currently have over 200 items reduced from 10% to 50% off. To find the items type the words “Price was” in the search box. Just one left of some items. Don’t miss out on these great discounts.


     

    Hasbro Q&A – “Nodes Knees?”
    January 26, 2007 | 10:15 PM EST | Scott

     


    If I could turn back time I’d post this week’s Q&A much earlier than I’m doing now, but unavoidable delays prevented me from doing so. Hopefully you won’t take it out on poor ‘ol me too hard and enjoy this weeks’ installment.


     

    SideShow Pre-Order and MUCH more!!
    January 26, 2007 | 8:48 AM EST | Mark

    Click on over and pre-order the

     

     

    Also available are these figures:

    The Regular Edition is now available.

    Less than 30 of these are available via Second Chance offer.

    Medicom Toy Clone Trooper RAH figure
    Only 25 of these are left for pre-order.

    Plus Only 75 have become available, after processing credit card declines and last minute cancellations during shipment!


     

    Koto’s Proto McQuarrie Duel
    January 26, 2007 | 2:33 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    From starwars.com:

    One of the most evocative of Ralph McQuarrie’s early concept illustrations for Star Wars will soon be available as a 3-D vinyl model courtesy of the masterful artisans at Kotobukiya.

    The two figures can be displayed together, locked in the iconic pose made famous by McQuarrie’s classic illustration, or separately. Together, the combined bases measure approximately 16.5 inches long, with Vader standing about 11 inches tall. It is unclear whether these will be sold together or separately, but fans can check out Kotobukiya’s official site for product and release updates.

    This, along with Hasbro’s upcoming McQuarrie collection, are a great tribute to Ralph McQuarrie, who did so much in bringing the Lucas vision to reality with his concept paintings for the Original Trilogy.

    For more information on this upcoming Kotobukiya masterpiece, click here.


     

    30th Anniversary Figures Appear on Ebay
    January 26, 2007 | 2:00 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    If you are wanting these figures early, some are appearing now on ebay.

    Also from the looks of it, the Super Battle Droid won’t be having the “snap on” flames, but rather holes in the chest for the flames to attach to.

    For more detailed images, click here.

     


     

    Vader A New Hope FX Lightsaber Up For Order At The Saber Vault
    January 25, 2007 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

    The Saber Vault is once again bringing you the Master Replicas you want at the prices you need! They now have the Darth Vader Episode IV: A New Hope FX lightsabers up for sale for just $100.00 including shipping! These are completely new with the most recent technology and the proper size! Just in time for the 30th anniversary of ANH! Click here to order.

     


     

    Fellow Collector & His Family In Need
    January 25, 2007 | 4:04 PM EST | rykrofenloe

    One of the members of the 501st has recently lost not only his collection, but his home and belongings due to a fire. Fortunately he and his two children survived, but they have lost everything they owned.

    If you would like to help with any sort of donations, head on over to Sandtroopers.com for more information by clicking here.

    UPDATE We’ve got some more information on how fellow collectors can lend a hand – for more information, click here. Thank you to TK118 for the information.

     

     


     

    Draven’s Tattoos Event at the FX Show
    January 25, 2007 | 2:57 PM EST | Scott


    Hey Florida residents! Our friend Marc at Draven’s Tattoos wants to remind you that the FX Show is today in Orlando.

    Marc will be there displaying his tatooing expertise as well as offering up a host of SW merchandise.

    You can also meet Ray Park, Kenny Baker, Daniel logan and some cast members from the upcoming film FANBOYS.

    Click the links above for all the info!


     

    Customizer Spotlight – rebelstryker81
    January 24, 2007 | 11:42 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    For our latest Customizer Spotlight, rebelstryker81 kicks things off as a Yakface forum member with a breathtaking Tatooine City diorama.

    Whether you’re a customizer or not, you’ll want to check out the great images of this outstanding work of art by clicking here.


     

    LEGO 2007
    January 24, 2007 | 5:39 PM EST | Mark

    Ok folks, here is a run down on the new sets for this year. These are due around July. Hopefully we will have pictures for you from Toy Fair this year.

    7660 – Naboo Fighter
    size like first release
    contains Young Anakin (in flesh!!!)
    droid R2D2

    7661 – Jedi Starfighter with Hyper Drive Ring
    blue Obi-Wan Episode 3 JSF
    copper R2! (head only)
    grey lightsaber (no chrome)
    ring very nice

    7662 – Trade Federation MTT
    11 tan battle droids
    big model, plated – brown, tan – impresive

    7663 – Republic Gunship
    looks similar to original,
    new gunpod design,
    it contain Ep3 clones (two pilots, two white, yoda, and new jedi)

    7664 – Rebel Blockade Runner
    like ISD set but with rebels, new figs
    big set, nice design like UCS

    7665 – Hoth Rescue
    tauntauns, luke and han, chew , probe and wampa
    tauntauns like kadus, light bley, nice

     


     

    VADER FX On Sale TODAY!
    January 24, 2007 | 11:16 AM EST | Mark

    Over at Master Replicas.com you can order the new saber today.

    Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars with a Force FX of the ultimate villain’s Lightsaber from the original movie!!

    Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith, was the scourge of the Jedi, a Master of the Dark Side of the Force, and one of the Emperor’s most trusted servants. Originally trained by Qui-Gon Jinn and then Obi-Wan Kenobi, young Anakin Skywalker was thought to be the “chosen one” who would bring order to the galaxy, but was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.

    Now with this incredible Darth Vader EP IV Force FX Lightsaber, you can relive all of the thrills and excitement of the epic battles between the Jedi and the Dark Side.

    Bring home the adventure and excitement of the Dark Sith Lord’s unforgettable battle and complete the circle with this amazing replica.

    The sturdy blade is permanently attached to the hilt
    Durable metal hilt looks and feels like a real lightsaber
    Features motion sensor controlled sounds: idle, hum, swing, and clash Authentic lightsaber sound effects digitally recorded from the movie Glowing, bright red blade ignites with realistic power-up and power-down light effect Official Replica of Darth Vader’s lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope $119.00

    Collectors Society Pre-Order: January 24, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
    General Public Pre-Order: January 25, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
    Expected to Begin Shipping: Spring 2007

     

     


     

    NEW 30th Anniversary Figure Images
    January 24, 2007 | 10:29 AM EST | Jayson

    Once again our friends at JediDefender.com have posted great shots of Biggs Darklighter (Academy), Luke Skywalker (Tatooine), Darth Vader (with Ben’s Cloak from Death Star Duel), McQuarrie Series Chewie, Jawa & LIN Droid, Elis Herlot and Stormtrooper

    Also, the Jabba’s Palace wave which includes Cz-3, Jedi Luke (Rancor Duel), Umpass-Stay, and Holiday Special Fett!

     


     

    NEW Vintage Images at 4-inches.de!
    January 24, 2007 | 8:22 AM EST | Jayson

     


    Once again the folks at 4-inches.de come through with the again showing loose images of the upcoming Vintage 30th Anniv. Collection (VTAC) figures. Shown are Han Solo (Hoth Gear), Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), IG-88, Bossk, Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) and Leia Organa (Endor Gear).


     

    ILM & Skywalker Sound Get Oscar Nods
    January 23, 2007 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

    ILM and Skywalker Sound received Oscar nominations today for their visual & audio effects work onPirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Poseidon. For more info, read on.

     


     

    Order 66 Two-Packs
    January 23, 2007 | 10:13 PM EST | Jayson

     


    StarWars.com updates tonight with confirmation of the Order 66 line of two-packs available exclusively at Target. The line will initially consists of six two-packs with the possibility of the line expanding depending on the reception of their launch. I’d say by the looks of these it’ll be a sure thing.

    Set 2 of 6: Mace Windu / Galactic Marine (Purple Deco)
    Set 4 of 6: Obi-Wan Kenobi / AT-RT Driver (Utapau Deco)
    Set 5 of 6: Anakin Skywalker / Airborne Trooper (501st Deco)

    And remember the DCPI for these is 087-06-0884


     

    ’07 Hasbro Basic Figures, Galactic Heroes & More
    January 23, 2007 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

    Our friends over at Rebelscum.com have scored lots of juicy details on the figures coming in the 30th anniversary collection, including HERMI and UMPASS STAY, from a French product list. To say the least 2007 looks to be a great year. Click here to check it out.

     


     

    Star Wars Action News – Episode 74
    January 23, 2007 | 2:46 PM EST | Scott

     


    Gentle Giant has been shipping up a storm in recent weeks with long awaited busts, statues, maquettes, and book-ends finally reaching the hands of anxious customers. Marjorie and Arnie look at three recent Gentle Giant purchases: The Han and Greedo book-ends, the Rancor statue, and the Republic Commando maquette. Arnie also makes a definitive decision about his future collecting the Gentle Giant OTC animated-style maquettes.

    We also continue our look back on 30 years of collecting by reminiscing about one of Arnie’s favorite Star Wars toys that was originally released in 1978. Did you own one then? Do you have one now? Listen in to find out what it is!

    Also this week, our friends at Andrew’s Toyz are joining us in a contest to give away a Gentle Giant General Grievous mini-bust. There are two chances to win in this week’s episode, so tune in quickly to get your chance to win this sweet collectible.

    Download the latest episode HERE. Download the file directly HERE (enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE)

    Thank you for listening! May the Force be with you!


     

    New Publisher announced for SW Insider Magazine
    January 22, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Jayson

    StarWars.com announces tonight that beginning in May, to coincide with Celebration IV, Titan Magazines – the world’s leading publisher of officially licensed film and television magazines – will be taking over the publication of the Star Wars Insider. Titan publishes such titles as Lost, 24, Star Trek, Charmed, Smallville, Stargate SG:1/Atlantis, Prison Break, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Grey’s Anatomy as well as the official Star Wars Magazine in the U.K.

    Also, starting April 2007, the Fan Club (Hyperspace) will be split off as a separate product.

    For full details visit starwars.com

     


     

    Toyguide Update: Ambush on Ilum Battle Pack
    January 22, 2007 | 9:09 PM EST | Jayson

     


    The Yakface Toyguide get an update tonight with the addition of the Target Exclusive Ambush on Ilum Battle Pack. This battle pack includes an all new Padmé “Snow Bunny” Amidala, a repaint of the Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2, a repaint of the ROTS #18 C-3PO and 2 Chameleon Droids with one being partially cloaked. Click on through to view the images.


     

    Upcoming Clone Wars Trooper Bust Ups
    January 22, 2007 | 1:48 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    They’re out to save the Republic! (We hope!) Contained all in one collection, four different versions of the infamous Clone Troopers and Jedi Saesee Tiin featured in the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon from Cartoon Network. Individual pieces stand 2-3 inces tall and come in several plastic pieces that fit together like a kit. Comes in a handsome display window box.

    Estimated Arrival: May 2007

    To preorder this set, head on over to Entertainment Earth


     

    Customizer Spotlight – Darth Kozy
    January 22, 2007 | 1:00 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Yakface forum member Darth Kozy has updated with a fun project he has been working on – custom VOTC styled figures. While these aren’t “official” figures by Hasbro by any means, it’s fun speculating on whether or not all of the figures Darth Kozy has created will end up in the VOTC lineup someday.

    To view all of these (especially check out the details on the great custom Ponda Baba figure), justclick here.

    Also, for those that have inquired about the custom Death Star Spotlight that was mentioned previously, have no worries, an in-depth spotlight of this custom playset by Owen D. is still in the works!


     

    Yakfinities Update – Dark Jedi
    January 21, 2007 | 2:30 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    We’re approaching the final week of the January Yakfinities Customizing Challenge, and this month has had some of the most creative entries out of any of the challenges so far.

    But there’s still time to get an entry in if you are planning to, or if you’d like to just check out the 14 custom entries we have had submitted so far this month, head on over to our Featured Spotlight Section!

    Remember, the winner for January will win the following two figures!

     
     


     

    The Separatists Strike Back!
    January 21, 2007 | 1:49 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Finally, Hasbro releases some all new forces to bolster the ranks of the Confederacy of Independant Systems!

    As many are finding across the United States, Target stores are getting the Battle of Ilum Battle Pack in, priced at $19.99. With two Chameleon Droids packed in alongside a new Padme and everyone’s favorite protocol and astromech droid, this appears to be one of the best Battle Packs Hasbro has released.

    If you don’t see them on the shelves at your local Target store, be sure to check the customer service desk as I did this evening and ask if they can check to see if DPCI number 087-06-0835 is in stock.

    For other useful Target DPCI numbers, click here in our forums, and good luck Yakkers!


     

    Last 5 Saga Figures (AKA The Wal-Mart Wave) Details
    January 20, 2007 | 7:13 PM EST | Bill

    The team over at Rebelscum.com has come up with carded images of the final 5 Saga figures– numbers 70 through 74, along with analysis of each figure. Basically all 5 are repaints, however 2 are significant– Aurra Sing and Mace Windu’s R2 unit. Check it out here.

     


     

    Detailed Images Betrayal On Felucia
    January 20, 2007 | 12:54 PM EST | Bill

     

    Our friends over at Death Star Plans2.com have updated with detailed packaged and loose images of the Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack. Click here to check it out.


     

    K & C Collectibles – New Items This Week!
    January 19, 2007 | 11:55 PM EST | Scott

     


    K & C Collectibles. has received the following new Star Wars items this week.

    New – Saga Gift Set:
    Republic Commando Delta Squad
    Death Star Briefing Room

    New – Saga Figures:
    Battle Droid – Saga 062
    Super Battle Droid – Saga 061
    Clone Trooper Sergeant – Saga 060
    Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security – Saga 059
    R5-J2 – Saga 058
    Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion – Saga 057
    Holographic Clone Commander Cody – Saga 056
    Kit Fisto – Saga 055
    Chewbacca with Electronic C-3PO – Saga 54
    Sith Training Darth Maul – Saga 53

    In Stock – Comic Figures:
    Darth Vader and Rebel Officer – Comic #1
    Governor Tarkin and Stormtrooper – Comic #2
    Chewbacca and Han Solo – Comic #3
    Get all 3 above in a set.

    In Stock – Commemorative Tin Collection:
    Cantina Band – (All 5 band members with different instruments)

    New – Titanium Ships:
    Endor AT-AT – new
    General Grievous Starfighter – new
    Anakin’s Modified Jedi Starfighter – new
    Stolen Imperial Speeder Bike with Paploo – new
    Darth Vader Sith Fighter (black)
    AT-ST
    Rebel Blockade Runner
    Darth Maul Sith Speeder
    Amidala’s Star Skiff
    Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
    Wedge’s X-Wing
    Slave 1 – battle damage – new paint
    Star Destroyer – new paint
    ARC – 170 – Clone Wars version

    Pre-Order – January 27th 2007:
    Darth Vader Chrome Statue – SAVE $30.00

    Clearance Sale
    We currently have over 200 items reduced from 10% to 50% off. To find the items type the words “Price was” in the search box. Just one left of some items. Don’t miss out on these great discounts.


     

    Comic 2-pks Wave 2
    January 19, 2007 | 10:46 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Head on over to Entertainment Earth to preorder the next wave of Comic 2-pks!

    Get one of the most popular Star Wars comic characters from the past decade! Wave 2 of this exciting new collection brings classic Marvel and Dark Horse Comics Star Wars characters to life as Action Figures, some of which for the very first time! With awesome articulation, great accessories, and a comic book in every pack, how can you pass up your chance at the superbly popular Quinlan Vos? Wave 2 of this collection brings you 8 individually packaged figure 2-packs, including: 1x Issue #1 With Darth Vader And Rebel Fleet Trooper, 1x Issue #3 With Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) and Chewbacca, 2x Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk, 2x Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) and R2-D2, 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Alpha. (Subject to change.)
    Each action figure 2-pack comes with a reprint of a classic comic book, 2 Action Figures, and accessories. 

     


     

    Look What Else Is Coming
    January 19, 2007 | 12:07 PM EST | Mark B

     


    Click on through for the Sideshow Preview…..’nuf said.


     

    SAGA Legends Battle Droid 2-pk
    January 19, 2007 | 11:16 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Big Bad Toy Store has updated with an image of Wave 1 of the SAGA Legends assortment.

    It appears that the first wave of the Legends will indeed contain another Battle Droid 2-pk, this time with one of the droids with the yellow paint markings to signify a Commander Droid.

    Special thanks to Yakface forum member Rune Haako for the heads up in this thread.


     

    Death Star Briefing Sets In Stock and Shipping
    January 19, 2007 | 10:58 AM EST | Bill

    New Force Comics has the Internet Exculsive Death Star Briefing Sets IN STOCK and is now shipping them out for only $29.99 a set! Click here to order.

     


     

    Sideshow PreOrder This Morning
    January 19, 2007 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

     


    Today is the day to add onto your Sideshow 12″ Scum and Villany Collection with the Buboicullaar Creature Pack. It goes on sale this morning around 10am PST. Its a must have for your new Jabba’s Palace 12″ Diorama!


     

    4 New Gentle Giant Statues
    January 18, 2007 | 8:42 PM EST | Mark B

     


    StarWarsShop.com just added 2 new statues from Gentle Giant – Clone Wars Yoda on Kybuck Maquette (shown above), and Jabba’s Palace Band Statue, Jabba the Hutt Statue, and a Dengar Bust. And, StarWarsShop.com has a special offer as well – order both the Jabba Statue and the Band Statue and you’ll get a mail away coupon for a free Bib Fortuna Statue.


     

    Rebel Fleet Trooper Upgrade
    January 18, 2007 | 8:08 AM EST | Jayson

     


    Our friends at JediDefender.com have posted an interesting tidbit on those Rebel Fleet Troopers packed in the Capture the Tantive IV Battle Pack. They now sport removable helmets! Just another reason to pick up this set. Click the link to view a larger photo at their site.


     

    The Saber Vault Newsfeed
    January 18, 2007 | 7:28 AM EST | Bill

    Up for sale is the new Luke Skywalker Empire Strikes Back blaster! These are limited to 1500, which is the smallest run of ANY blaster, so these will not last long! Click here to order.

    As for Pirates, there another necklace! The voodoo priestess Tia Dalma’s necklace! Priced right for everyone to pick up! Click here to get yours.

    And while we’re on Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow’s beads are still for sale. Like the Tia necklace, these are priced to move!

    On the FX front, Yoda ROTS FX is now for sale! This is the newest in the FX line. Watch for a couple new FXs later in the month as well! Click here for you Yoda FX.

     


     

    Luke Skywalker ESB Blaster
    January 17, 2007 | 9:18 PM EST | Mark B

     


    StarWarsShop.com has just added the new Master Replicas Luke Skywalker Empire Strikes Back Blaster Replica up for sale. What a great item to go along with your Han Solo Blaster!


     

    Yak’s Pub Continues
    January 17, 2007 | 1:09 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Having one of those days? Stress getting to you? Well then head on over to Yak’s Pub for a few laughs, courtesy of Yakface forum member Niktom by clicking here.


     

    YakTube – Barbershop Quartet Ewok Song
    January 16, 2007 | 8:54 PM EST | Scott

    So my thinking is, a bunch of guys were sitting around their buddy’s apartment finishing off the seventh case of Corona and the 3rd sausage and double cheese pizza when one of them says;

    “Hey, wouldn’t it have been funny if the Ewok song was done by a barbershop quartet?” to which his buddies reply “DUDE, that would rock, I’ve got a camcorder and some straw hats, let’s do it!…’hic.”

    That’s the only explanation I can come up with as to how ANYONE can possibly think barbershop quartet and Star Wars can go well together, but then Jim Morrison wrote his best stuff while his perception of reality was…similarly altered, so there ya go.

    Click to behold genius in action and a big thanks to Scott O. for the heads-up on this one…

    And as always, if you want to discuss any YakTube entry, hit THIS THREAD in our forums.

     


     

    Hasbro Q & A News – Schedule Changes Ahead
    January 16, 2007 | 8:51 PM EST | Scott

     

    This is NOT an early Q & A session. But this notice has come down from Hasbro regarding the schedule for future Q & A sessions which will be of interest to those of you who participate…

    “Beginning immediately, the Star Wars Q&A program’s schedule has been revised to every other week (instead of its current weekly run). As you know, 2007 is going to be a very busy year for Hasbro’s team. While everyone will be busy behind the scenes, we remain committed to this program and to our steady communication with the fan and collector communities. We hope everyone understands our decision to revise the schedule.

    With this said, the next answers will be returned to you on Friday, January 26th.

    The deadline for submissions will remain as 5 PM ET on the Friday prior to the week’s answer date. The revised schedule is tentatively outlined as follows.

    *Submission Deadline/Answers Returned:
    Friday, January 19/Friday, January 26
    Friday, February 2/Friday, February 9
    Friday, February 16/Friday, February 23
    Friday, March 2/Friday, March 9
    Friday, March 16/Friday, March 23
    Friday, March 30/Friday, April 6
    Friday, April 13/Friday, April 20
    May, May 4/Friday, May 11

    NOTE: The above schedule is tentative, as International American Toy Fair and Celebration IV may cause changes in the weeks and months ahead.

    Thank you for the continued enthusiasm and participation in Hasbro’s Star Wars Q&A program.”

    There ya go guys. But please don’t that let that stop you from sending in those QUESTIONS. We always need ’em.


     

    Star Wars Action News – Episode 73
    January 16, 2007 | 10:24 AM EST | Scott

     


    This week Star Wars Action News begins a look back on 30 years of collecting by hitting rewind on the old 8-track player all the way back to 1977, so break out your butterfly collar for this look back to when the Christmas gift every kid wanted under the tree was an empty box with a promise of more figures to come later.

    Also this week, Greg the Wookiee from the forums joins us to give his tale of purchasing the Attackus Millennium Falcon/Death Star Hanger diorama. Find out exactly what he promised his future wife so that he could bring five feet of Star Wars into their home.

    Finally, talk of Gentle Giant’s “Dath Vader” mistake and tips about Sideshow Pack-outs, this is an episode of Star Wars Action News for collectors of all varieties.

    Download the latest episode HERE. Download the file directly HERE (enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE)


     

    Boba Fett LE At The Saber Vault
    January 15, 2007 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

    This just in from The Saber Vault:

    The Saber Vault has now the ability to sell the Boba Fett LIMITED edition at a GREAT price. These are limited to 1500 pieces, so these will NOT last long! Remember shipping within the United States is always free. Click here to order.

     


     

    Salacious, Worrt, Ghoel and More
    January 15, 2007 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

     

    We’ve just updated to bring you a detailed review of Sideshow Toys’ Salacious Creature Pack, with lots of photos. Click here to check it out.


     

    Special Value Figure 2 – Packs
    January 15, 2007 | 3:20 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Our friends over at Death Star Plans 2 have updated with information regarding SAGA2 2-pks of figures found at Walmart for $9.98. For more information, Click Here.


     

    Toyguide Update: VTSC George Lucas (Stormtrooper)
    January 15, 2007 | 9:42 AM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue this morning with the addition of the mailaway George Lucas (in Stormtrooper Disguise). I finally got around to mailing in my certificate for this figure in October and received it last week. (Nothing like waiting ’til the last minute.) This figure is based off of the Commtech Stormtrooper, but obviously this version is with the director’s younger likeness (from 30 years ago) and includes a removable helmet and standard issue imperial blaster. As you remember, this figure was initially obtainable by redeeming the five different stickers from the VTSC figures available at retail. The promotion was later modified and extended to allow any 5 stickers to be redeemed.


     

    Toyguide Update: Republic Commando Delta Squad
    January 15, 2007 | 9:04 AM EST | Jayson

     


    The Yakface Toyguide updates this morning with the addition of the Republic Commando Delta Squad. This Expanded Universe Set in derived from the popular Republic Commando Video Game. The Commandos themselves are essentailly repaints of the hard to find (for some) #021 Scorchfigure with different accessories. The Geonosian are repaints of previously released figures as well – those being #016 Sun Fac, (x2) and the #02/15 Geonosian Warrior. For loads of photos, clicky the image above.


     

    2006 Convention Blaster
    January 15, 2007 | 12:12 AM EST | Mark B

     

    StarWarsShop.com has scored a bunch of the Master Replicas Scaled Han Solo Blasters that were convention exclusives way back in 2006. Priced at $45 it is certainly better than trying to score one in the secondary market. Click in the “New Arrivals” at StarWarsShop.com.


     

    Sideshow Bib Fortuna Reviewed
    January 14, 2007 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

     

    We’ve just updated to bring you a detailed review of Sideshow’s 12″ Bib Fortuna. Click here to check it out.


     

    Coins— Metal or Plastic
    January 12, 2007 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

    We’ve gotten a number of Emails asking whether the rumors of “chromed” plastic are true. We’ve gotten the confirmation that the Coins pack-in for the 30th Anniversary Basic Figure line will be about the same size as the vintage version and they will be made of aluminum like the vintage version.

     


     

    A New Q & A For A New Year!
    January 12, 2007 | 5:31 PM EST | Scott

     


    The tree is packed up, the empty boxes and wrapping paper are clogging the city dump, and the fruitcake sits in the cupboard until next year. Now it’s time for the triumphant return of the Hasbro Q & A!

    Enjoy and keep the questions rolling in!


     

    Rykrof Enloe # 14
    January 12, 2007 | 4:15 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    The latest addition to the Rykrof Enloe photonovel series has been posted! For the entire chapter,click here


     

    Tantive IV Battle Pack Update
    January 12, 2007 | 3:42 PM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    The folks over at Sir Steve’s Guide have posted more images of the upcoming Tantive IV Battle Back. The good news is that this latest set of images appears to mean that we’ll be getting the Evolutions mold rather than the Commtech mold for the Stormtroopers, and that they are the “clean” version. For high rez pics, click here

    Thanks to forum member MasterGrievous for the heads up!


     

    Yoda Lightsaber at StarWarsShop
    January 12, 2007 | 1:38 PM EST | Mark B

    StarWarsShop.com has just put up the new Yoda FX Lightsaber for order – and at $99.99! Save almost $20 on Master Replica’s Price! They also have the new Master Replicas Clone Helmet also for preorder. Get ’em at StarWarsShop.com

     


     

    Imperial Shuttles for less than a Jackson?
    January 12, 2007 | 1:32 PM EST | Jayson

    From Yak Reader Lester…

    If you’re still lucky enough to find one of these at a Target store, you had better get it while you can. I checked out the toy section at a local Target store here in Charleston, SC this morning and they had all of their clearance toys marked down to 75% off. I went to one of the scanners and punched in the DPCI for the Imperial Shuttle just for kicks, and it came up on clearance for $14.99! They don’t have any here at the 4 stores around here, but just wanted to pass on this bit of info if anyone wants to check out their local Target store. If the store doesn’t have one of the scanners where you can punch in the DPCI number in yourself, just ask Customer Service or one of the floor associates to see if they can assist you. Hey, they just may have one in the back that someone forgot to put out or something. Doesn’t hurt to try. Just in case, the DPCI # is 087-06-0483.

     


     

    New Scum Previewed
    January 12, 2007 | 12:31 PM EST | Mark B

     


    Sideshow is previewing their next addition to the Scum and Villany Collection – click for the .
    Like the Salacious Crumb pack, this should come with a couple of different figures, even though only one is previewed. Preorders start next Friday morning.


     

    St. Louis ToyMan Collector Show
    January 12, 2007 | 2:45 AM EST | rykrofenloe

    It’s that time of year where more collecting shows hit the calendar than the rest of the year. For all you Yakkers in the St. Louis area, one of the larger collector shows in St. Louis will be taking place this Sunday –

    ToyMan Toy Show
    ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE TOY SHOW
    ST.LOUIS, MO (BRIDGETON)
    Machinist Hall
    12365 St. Charles Rock Road
    (Beside Target and Walgreen’s)
    Bridgeton, MO 63044
    Hours: 9am to 2pm
    Adm: $3.00 – adult
    Free – 12 and under

    The show has approx. 170 tables as well over 100 dealers selling antique and collectible toys. Some of the toys represented are Hot Wheels, Star Wars, Barbie’s, Comics, Movie memorabilia (posters – autographs), NASCAR items, Board Games, Action Figures (science fiction – movie – television – wrestling), Die cast Cars, Model Kits, Trading Cards and much more.

    The show has been awarded “BEST TOY STORE” by RIVERFRONT TIMES – BEST OF ST.LOUIS and has had over the years several articles written about the show. The show has been seen on multiple local media stations, including KSDK Channel 5 “SHOW ME ST.LOUIS” window and others as Nightly News Stories.

    Most of the time there is a good represenatation of Star Wars dealers, so if you are in the area and decide to check it out, good luck!

    Thanks to our friends over at www.coreplanets.com for the heads up!

     


     

    Coming Soon…
    January 12, 2007 | 1:22 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    The next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series will be released in a matter of days. Stay tuned for the next update Yakkers as Commander Rykrof Enloe’s Clone Wars adventures continue as he faces new, unexpected threats on the hostile planet known as Dathomir…


     

    Items @ Toys R Us
    January 11, 2007 | 10:58 PM EST | Mark

    There are some new items at Toys R Us…

    Here are some ideas..
    the PS3 is in stock.. which is a shock
    On the Star Wars front..

    LEGO® Star Wars® Imperial Landing Craft™ (7659)
    Lego Star Wars Special Edition X-Wing Fighter (6212)

    Plus some new figures as well…


    Just another note – in case you never found one, the Hunt For Grievous is in stock too! – rykrofenloe

     


     

    A Bunch of Second Chances
    January 11, 2007 | 10:39 AM EST | Mark B

    StarWarsShop.com updated their “New Arrivals” this morning with a bunch of great items if you missed out on them before. Included in this are Sideshow’s 12″ Darth Maul, Republic Commando Pack and Lucas Family Figure Pack, the 12″ RAH Shadow Stormtrooper, Cases of Figures (including the new Comic Book Figures), and the Imperial Briefing Room set. Get on over to StarWarsShop.com to hook yourself up!

     


     

    Saber Vault Newsfeed
    January 11, 2007 | 7:15 AM EST | Bill

    This just in from The Saber Vault:

    After years of being asked, Master Replicas has FINALLY been able to produce the Yoda FX lightsaber, and The Saber Vault has them for sale for the great price of $100.00 including shipping in the United States! This is one of the most anticipated FX saber. Order today to be one of the first to have one! Shipping in March. In stock now are the Obi ROTS FX, Maul TPM FX, and Vader ESB FX. The Vader ESB FX is not being made by MR anymore, so pick one up before they are all gone!

    Also for sale is the new 212th Attack Battalion Trooper Helmet. Limited to only 1000 pieces these will not last long!

    And along the pirate front, Jack Sparrow Jack Pirate Beads Replica is the newest item in Pirates of the Caribbean line. His pirate beads of colorful, exotic Moroccan beads and a coin medallion. Dangle them from a keychain or invent your own way to treasure them! Shipping April. However still in stock is Jack Sparrow’s ring, Davy Jones key, Cursed coin with chain, and the limited edition Jack Sparrow cutlass sword. The Saber Vault bringing you the Master Replicas you want at prices you can afford! Click here to order.

     


     

    Master Replicas FORCE FX YODA Lightsaber!
    January 10, 2007 | 6:27 PM EST | Mark B

     


    Master Replicas has started taking orders from Collectors Society Members today for the new Yoda FX Lightsaber. Cost is $119 and will start shipping later in the spring. Also, next week they will start ordering for the 212th Attack Battalion Clone Trooper helmet as well. Both items will only be available to Collectors Society members for the first 2 days, after that (this Friday for non-members on the Yoda FX), it will be available to everyone. Head on over to Master Replicas to check them out. (If you’re not a collectors society member, this years kit is also available and includes an exclusive scaled Qui-Gon Lightsaber.)


     

    NEW Clone Wars Yoda w/Kybuck Maquette
    January 10, 2007 | 4:25 PM EST | Jayson

     


    Our friends at GentleGiantCollectors.com have posted a yet to be “officially” announced image of a very cool Yoda and Kybuck Maquette as depicted in the Clone Wars Animated Series. Being a Yoda collector myself, this will surely be a welcome addition to my collection! Head on over for a full-size image.


     

    Toyguide Update: Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes
    January 10, 2007 | 3:56 PM EST | Jayson

     


    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of the Modal Nodes Cantina Band Wal-Mart Exclusive Commemorative Tin Set. This set features 5 of the 1997 Fan-Club Mailaway Figures but has updated paint ops and each includes a snazzy cloth vest. The instruments included are the same as the previous release as well, though they receive a more movie accurate deco.


     

    YakTube – Art Of The Saber
    January 10, 2007 | 2:51 PM EST | Scott

    OK, we all know there is an egregious amount of fan films out there featuring fat guys in cloaks showing off their…let’s say for lack of a better word…skills…with a lightsaber.

    Well once in a while along comes the real deal. These guys’ mojo with a saber has to be seen to be believed. In addition to the nice saber FX, it’s even a bit of a tearjerker to boot.

    I also opened up a thread in our forums where you can discuss each week’s YakTube entry. Check it out HERE.

     


     

    2007 Master Replica Pre-Orders… RIGHT NOW
    January 10, 2007 | 12:03 PM EST | Mark

    Over at Master Replicas there are new pre-orders..

     


    Ringed by many moons, the remote sanctuary of Utapau plays host to the ever-mobile Separatist Council. Buried deep within one of the planet’s numerous life sustaining sinkholes, the assembled trade and commerce barons of the Confederacy of Independent Systems have set up a secret base-of-operations.

    When the audacious attempt to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is foiled by Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, General Greivous, cunning leader of the droid armies, retreats to Utapau to lay low. Here, surrounded by thousands of droids, and with no resistance from the peaceful, subdued Utapauns, Grievous hopes to remain hidden.

    When a Republican intelligence unit intercepts a diplomatic packet from the Chairman of the Utapaun system, General Grievous’ hiding place is revealed. Immediately, the Jedi council dispatch General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his clone forces to Utapau to capture Grievous and end the Clone Wars. But events on Coruscant take a dramatic turn and in the depths of Utapau, Clone Commander Cody receives Order 66 and instructs his troops to open fire on a man who was once his friend, Obi Wan…

    To create our 212th Attack Battalion Trooper helmet replica, Master Replicas was given the original ILM digital character files. From these we generated a 3D model to use as a master pattern to create highly accurate molds from which we produce our helmets in top quality fiberglass. The unique orange pattern of markings which distinguish this helmets from other clone forces were supplied by Lucasfilm Ltd., ensuring that your helmet accurately represents those worn on by the Clone Troopers on Utapau.

    Since we used original computer renders, you can be assured that our 212th Attack Battalion Trooper Helmet is an exact replica, accurately repeating the multitude of subtle shapes and curves that make up this incredible piece of armor that bridges the gap between the Clone Trooper forces of the prequels and the Stormtroopers of the classic trilogy.

    The 212th Attack Battalion Helmet will be strictly limited to 1,000 units worldwide.

    The 212th Attack Battalion Helmet will retail for $399 and will be available for pre-order beginning on January 10, 2007 at 9 am PST for members of the 2006 and 2007 MR Collectors Society! It will be made available to the general public for pre-order the following day, Janauary 11, 2007 at 9 am PST.

    ALSO available NOW to pre-order

     

    Since Master Replicas released the very first Force FX Lightsaber in 2002, fans have been clamoring for a Yoda Force FX. Unfortunately, due to the small size of Yoda’s hilt, Master Replicas’ team of product designers and engineers have been unable to fit all of the necessary light and sound technology in place to create a “realistic” Yoda FX that would live up to the standards of its predecessors – that is, until now! With recent breakthroughs in Force FX technology, we are pleased to announce that the Yoda Force FX Lightsaber has become a reality!

    Since Yoda was created digitally for the prequel trilogy, his lightsaber was also a digital construct. And so, Lucasfilm once again granted Master Replicas engineers access to the ILM computer files and reference images, allowing for the creation of the most authentic, realistic Force FX lightsaber possible. While the Yoda Force FX Lightsaber is smaller than anything released to date – measuring roughly 33-inches (including the blade), versus average Force FX which measures 44 inches – remember, as Yoda taught us, “Size Matters Not!”

    And of course, the Yoda Force FX features:
    • An enhanced glowing green blade with realistic power-up and power-down light effects. The power-up and power-down light effects are produced by a string of 64 super-bright LEDs that ignite sequentially inside the blade.
    • Five motion sensor controlled sound effects digitally recorded from the movie: power-up, idle hum, swing, clash, and power-down.
    • 3 built-in motion sensors for super sensitivity: 2 for detecting movement and 1 for detecting the impact of the blade.
    • A durable metal hilt looks and feels like a real lightsaber.
    • A sturdy blade is permanently attached to the hilt.

    Add the weapon of the greatest Jedi in the Galaxy – wise, old Master Yoda – to your collection today!

    $119.00
    Collectors Society Pre-Order: January 10, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
    General Public Pre-Order: January 11, 2007 (9:00 am Pacific Time)
    Expected to Begin Shipping: Spring 2007

    Also available: Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Lightsaber Episode III, Darth Vader Lightsaber Episode V FX


     

    Toyguide Update: Comic Pack #2 – Vader & Rebel Officer
    January 10, 2007 | 11:03 AM EST | Jayson

     


    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Comic Pack #2. This funky set, with decos inspired by the illustrations from Star Wars Comic #1, includes Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid (originally released in the Commtech assortment) in the POTF2 line and the Rebel Officer (originally released as the Rebel Trooper) in the POTJ line.


     

    Toyguide Update: #060 Clone Trooper (Sergeant)
    January 9, 2007 | 1:30 PM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide updates roll on with the addition of Clone Trooper (Sergeant) A welcome addition for me to the clone ranks, as I am a big fan on the EII Clone design. This figure revisits the super articulated mold from the 03/#50 Clone Trooper. And Kudos to Hasbro for painting on that red light on the back of the helmet fin. FYI: this figure includes an ESB base rather than the proper AOTC base – no word yet if this oversight will be corrected.


     

    Utapau Airborne Trooper
    January 9, 2007 | 11:53 AM EST | Jayson

     


    Our friends at Jedi Defender have posted an sweet hi-res close up of the upcoming ’07 Utapau Airborne Trooper. Although we got this figure originally as part of the Mace Windu Attack Battalion,this one sports the movie accurate orange deco. Check it out!


     

    Toyguide Update: #059 Clone Trooper (5th Fleet Security)
    January 9, 2007 | 8:16 AM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Clone Trooper (5th Fleet Security)Another clone that didn’t see screen time, though Hasbro did produce a clone with this deco before in one of the ROTS Clone Trooper 3 packs.


     

    OT Review
    January 8, 2007 | 9:38 PM EST | Mark

    OK, So we all know in 1977 the movie Star Wars was released.. it was that year that people we actually starting to feel comfortable going back into the water.. because just TWO years earlier.. this wonderful creature scared all the people out of the water..

     

    Please take a moment to look over the review I have put together for this absolutely perfect scaled replica of one of the scariest creatures to ever swim onto the big screen.. Sideshow has out done themselves with this maquette!


     

    Toyguide Update: #058 R5-J2 (Imperial Astromech)
    January 8, 2007 | 3:34 PM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of R5-J2. Who doesn’t love astro-droids? This unit was briefly seen in the background in ROTJ aboard the Death Star, where he/it ultimately met his maker after its destruction.


     

    Toyguide Update: #057 Clone Trooper (442nd Siege)
    January 8, 2007 | 3:28 PM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide updates continue with the addition of Clone Trooper (442nd Siege Battalion).While not getting any actual “screen-time”, the deco for this figure is based off of ILM concept sketches, which eventually led to the Utapau Clone Trooper design. Enjoy!


     

    Toyguide Update: #56 Holo Commander Cody
    January 8, 2007 | 3:21 PM EST | Jayson

     

     

    The Yakface Toyguide receives a much needed update today with the first of several additions, starting with Holographic Commander Cody. Click on through to view the latest figure to receive the “gummy” treatment.


     

    Star Wars Action News – Episode 72
    January 8, 2007 | 10:40 AM EST | Scott

     


    The Master Replicas Signature Edition Millennium Falcon has arrived at Marjorie and Arnie’s house. Has Arnie come to terms with the cost? Has Marjorie come to terms with Arnie for spending it? And, the three thousand dollar question: was it worth it?

    Plus, Star Wars calendars can bring a little bit of that galaxy far, far away to every day in your life in 2007. The Star Wars Action News hosts look at 2007’s Star Wars calendar offerings.

    This weeks show can be found HERE. Download the file directly HERE (enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE)

    Also, a reminder that the Star Wars Action News Book Club is now having open registration to join us in reading Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu. Joining the book club means having a special Star Wars Action News forum rank that goes up for each book discussion you participate in, as well as special access to a members-only forum to post your thoughts on the book. The next book club podcast is coming out this week, so join now to read the first of the vintage Lando novels which take place in the years between Episode III and Episode IV.

    Thank you for listening!


     

    K & C Collectibles – Clearance Sale!
    January 8, 2007 | 10:37 AM EST | Scott

     


    CLEARANCE SALE at K & C Collectibles. We currently have 240 items reduced from 10% to 50% off. To find the items type the words “Price was” in the search box. Just one left of some items. Don’t miss out on these great discounts.

    In Stock – Comic Figures:
    Darth Vader and Rebel Officer – Comic #1
    Governor Tarkin and Stormtrooper – Comic #2
    Chewbacca and Han Solo – Comic #3
    Get all 3 above in a set.

    In Stock – Commemorative Tin Collection:
    Cantina Band – (All 5 band members with different instruments)

    In Stock – Titanium Ships:
    Darth Vader Sith Fighter (black)
    AT-ST
    Rebel Blockade Runner
    Darth Maul Sith Speeder
    Amidala’s Star Skiff
    Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
    Wedge’s X-Wing – new
    Slave 1 – battle damage – new paint
    Star Destroyer – new paint
    ARC – 170 – Clone Wars version

    Pre Order – January 27th 2007:
    Darth Vader Chrome Statue – SAVE $30.00


     

    Make Sure You’re Sitting Down
    January 8, 2007 | 9:15 AM EST | Mark B

    Ok, this is one of those things that every Star Wars Fan wished they had since first seeing A New Hope back in the 70’s (when it was just called “Star Wars”). Click Here to see a photo of the upcoming 1/2 size R2D2 that features a WORKING PROJECTOR (no you can’t do holograms, but it does project video!). More details are over at Gizmodo in their CES coverage.

    **UPDATE** Here’s a link to the site where you can order one www.nikkor2d2.com

     


     

    Comic 2-Packs
    January 7, 2007 | 11:16 PM EST | Mark

    Over at KBToys.com they have in stock the new Comic 2-packs.

     

     


     

    Yakfinities – 2007
    January 7, 2007 | 1:58 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Calling all customizers, the first Yakfinities Customizing Challenge for 2007 has begun – Create you own Dark Jedi.

    We’ve had several entries already for this month’s project – for more information if you want to get involved, or just see some entries by your fellow Yakkers so far, click here!


     

    Yoda FX Sabers At The Saber Vault January 11th
    January 6, 2007 | 7:36 PM EST | Bill

    The Saber Vault will start taking orders for the Master Replicas Yoda FX lightsabers on January 11th. Remember their low prices INCLUDE shipping in the United States, bringing you MR props at affordable prices! Click here to check out their site.

     


     

    www.owenscustoms.com
    January 6, 2007 | 1:26 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Our good friend, and customizing master Owen D. has updated his site with several new customs. Head on over there and check out the new additions by clicking here.


     

    3 New Legos Sets for ’07
    January 5, 2007 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

    Eurobricks.com has posted 3 new sets for 2007 and they’re quite good. First, an EIII Jedi Starfighter complete with hyperdrive ring, Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto mini figures. Next, an EI Trade Federation MTT (Multi Troop Transport) with a ton of Battle Droid mini figures. And finally, the EI Naboo Starfighter & Vulture Droid with boy Anakin and Naboo Pilot mini figures. Head on over to check them out.

     


     

    2007 Master Replicas Collectors Society Unveiled
    January 5, 2007 | 7:36 AM EST | Bill

     

    Master Replicas has just announced all of the details for their 2007 Collector Society Membership Kit, and to say the least things are looking very nice. In addition to the usual discounts, there will be a 10% discount, at least 2 exclusive product offerings which will be NEW products, not Elite Editions, and the gift in the membership is the scaled Qui-Gon lightsaber, and will be the only scaled replica version of Qui-Gon’s saber which MR will release. Click here for more.


     

    YakTube – “Wonderboy” Kenobi
    January 4, 2007 | 4:05 PM EST | Scott

    “The D” and Star Wars, who’dve thunk they’d fit together like so much peanut butter and chocolate?

    Check out this mash-up of Tenacious D’s “Wonderboy” with a montage of clips from AOTC and ROTS. It’s spooky-cool the way some of the lyrics match the action in the vid.

    Remember, It’s not The Force, it’s MIND BULLETS!

     


     

    A Customizing Legend’s Dream Comes True
    January 4, 2007 | 2:05 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    If you have ever been to Niub Niub’s Universe, you have no doubt been in awe of the outstanding custom dioramas he has made over the years.

    But next time you check out his site, you’ll be viewing the website of someone who is living proof that if you set your sights on a goal, and you believe in yourself, you can make it happen!

    Congratulations to Frank D., whose first day in training at Industrial Light & Magic was yesterday!

    For Frank’s official announcment, click here!


     

    Yakfinities December Winner!
    January 4, 2007 | 12:59 AM EST | rykrofenloe

     

    Yakkers, we had a great month in December in the Yakfinities Monthly Customizing Challenge. Spirits were high throughout the month, and we would like to thank everyone who participated for contributing so many fun customs and showing what can be done with all those pegwarmers out there!

    The winner for Decemeber has been declared and will receive a MOMC VOTC Stormtrooper couresty of Yakface. To see the winning entry along with the other great submissions, click here.

    Also, on a side note, I am sorry for the delay in the final Customizer Spotlight of 2006. It will be coming soon, and should be a lot of fun and worth the wait.


     

    2007 Wave 3 Details
    January 3, 2007 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

    The German Site 4 Inches.de has come through again, gathering the details on Wave 3 of the 30th Anniversary Basic Figure Collection– Luke, Darth Vader, Jawa and LIN Droid, Stormtrooper, Herlot, and Academy Biggs. They also get the details on 2 more comic sets — Quinlin Vos and Villie, and Obi Wan and ARC Alpha. Click here for the details. Oh, and by the way, although 4 Inches.de is a German site, this set of figure descriptions is in English.

     


     

    Indy 4, Official 411
    January 2, 2007 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

    The Official Site updated tonight with an article for Hyperspace members with all the details on Indiana Jones 4. The short version is it is OFFICIAL, and a date has been set to start filming!!! Check out the full story here.

     


     

    D&S Toys Newsfeed
    January 2, 2007 | 10:59 AM EST | rykrofenloe

    The folks over at www.dnstoys.com have restocked with several new items, including a number of pre-orders. Head on over there by clicking here.

     


     

    Star Wars Action News – Episode 71
    January 2, 2007 | 10:51 AM EST | Scott

     


    Marjorie and Arnie ring in the new year at a look back and a look forward. They look back to some of the items anticipated to be released in 2006 and weren’t, and look back upon their 2006 collecting resolutions to see how they fared. Then they look forward to 2007 and all the pre-orders which seem to have been pushed back and pushed back until they collapsed on collectors’ doorsteps. Arnie has taken severe action to combat this preorder problem…can his solution help you?

    Plus this week has an e-bay item of the week you won’t want to miss! All on this week’s Star Wars Action News. The only Star Wars Fan Audio crazy enough to come out at 12:01 a.m. on New Years Day!

    This weeks show can be found HERE. Download the file directly HERE (enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE

    Thank you for listening! We hope you had a fun and safe new year!


     

    Thought For The Day
    January 2, 2007 | 10:45 AM EST | Scott

    Lately when celebrities become a couple, they cease being individuals in the eyes of the media and the public and become a kind of twisted gestalt entity, to wit; Bennifer, TomKat and Brangelina, well here’s another one for you to chew on…

    Anakin + Padme = Anime!

    This is what happens when it’s a slow news day kids! Hope you had a nice New Years!

     


     

    Saber Vault Update
    January 1, 2007 | 3:57 PM EST | Bill

    Atteention Star Trek Fans, if you missed the Master Replicas Commemorative Edition Enterprise before it sold out at MR, The Saber Vault can help. They have been able to secure one, which will be in stock next week. Click here to order.

     


     

    Ewok Float Wins Rose Parade Special Trophy
    January 1, 2007 | 11:44 AM EST | Bill

    On this morning’s Rose Parade, Lucas’ Ewok float won the “Special Trophy” for its presentation of the world of Endor and the Ewok Village.

    The 501st really made its presence felt as well, as illustrated in this great picture below –

     

    For the full story, Click Here.

    You can also see some more images by Clicking Here.

December 2006 Archive

Don’t Forget Tomorrow’s Rose Parade
December 31, 2006 | 7:54 PM EST | Bill

While we don’t usually call your attention to sporting events or parades, be sure to tune in to tomorrow’s Tournament of Roses Parade with its Grand Marshall, whom you may have heard of… George Lucas. In addition to Lucas’ appearance — as you have no doubt heard by now— the 501st will be marching along with Star Wars floats. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Pacific tomorrow– January 1st!

 


 

2007… Here We Come!
December 31, 2006 | 2:59 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Everyone here at Yakface would like to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year! Have fun and be safe tonight Yakkers and may 2007 be a great year for collecting!

 


 

Fourth ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie to Start Filming in 2007
December 31, 2006 | 5:16 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

There’s been different reports recently on when the much anticipated next film in this series would begin filming.

But it looks like it is time to rejoice Indiana Jones fans, and check out this new article courtesy ofFOX

 


 

Latest Titanium Figures
December 31, 2006 | 3:21 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Reports have been coming in that the latest Titanium Figures have been showing up in limited numbers at some Walmart stores, with some stores already putting these on clearance with the older Titaniums.

So if you’re looking to add these to your collection, don’t forget to check those clearance aisles!

 


 

Rykrof Enloe Series Update
December 30, 2006 | 12:59 AM EST | rykrofenloe

Here’s a sneak preview of the next chapter in the Rykrof Enloe Series –

After arriving in the Dathomir System to infiltrate a Badoo Corba terrorist base, Rykrof Enloe’s clone strike force has been ambushed by a Separatist Fleet.

The above preview image for the upcoming chapter is just a glimpse at the many dangers the strike force will encounter as the survivors of a crash landing attempt to complete this important mission ordered by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine…

Stay tuned Yakkers for the entire chapter as Rykrof struggles to survive the menacing planet, Dathomir!

 


 

2007 Stormtrooper
December 29, 2006 | 3:01 PM EST | rykrofenloe

Looks like the folks over at Jedidefender have gotten a hold of pics of the much rumored 2007 Stormtrooper. Head on over there for more information by clicking here.

 


 

Forums Strike Back!
December 29, 2006 | 2:50 AM EST | Brandon

Hello All!

The forums are back online for your posting pleasure!

Enjoy and Happy Posting!

UPDATE – Looks like they are back up for the time being. Let’s hope the power situation has been remedied!

 


 

Treachery on Saleucami Revealed
December 28, 2006 | 1:09 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Recently our friends at 4 inches.de unveiled photos of two upcoming figures, Commander Neyo and the Saleucami Clone Trooper.

Today more information about these figures has been revealed as they will be packaged together with BARC Speederbikes. Head on over there to see larger images by clicking here.

It appears that these will be in the Battle Packs line, most likely retailing around $19.99.

 


 

YakTube – Silent Star Wars
December 28, 2006 | 11:43 AM EST | Scott

Had Georges Melies or Louis Lumiere taken it upon themselves to craft a science fiction epic around the turn of the century, maybe it would have looked something like this…..um….or not.

 


 

Entertainment Earth Sale!!!
December 28, 2006 | 10:22 AM EST | Mark

The fine people over at Entertainment Earth are having a sale… check it out.

Star Wars A New Hope Style D Movie Poster Sculpture $24.90
Star Wars Episode III Darth Vader Lightsaber Replica $199.80
Chewbacca Cold Cast Statue Attakus $222.80

Plus many many more items…

 


 

Good To Go Customs
December 28, 2006 | 12:59 AM EST | rykrofenloe

Our friends over at Good To Go Customs have updated with some new items for all you customizers. Whether you’re new to the hobby or an old veteran, customizing is a fun part of expanding your collection.

They also have a contest raffle running as well, where you could with a Playstation 3. For more details, Click Here.

 


 

Forum Status Update
December 27, 2006 | 8:08 PM EST | Brandon

Hello Fellow Yakkers!

As you are all highly aware our forum is still currently unavailable. I thought I would update you all on the situation. On December 23rd the server lost its power supply. A replacement part was ordered by the server provider but was not made will available until after the holiday. The power supply replacement then became delayed in shipping. It is expected to arrive serverside on December 28th. Once the people on serverside receive the part it will be installed and service should be restored shortly thereafter. I hope this answers any questions any body may have. This issue was unforseen and completely out of our control. Sometimes acts of an unforseen nature show up at the most inconvenient times. We appreciate everybody’s patience with this matter. We hope everybody had a great holiday and keep on Yakkin!

 


 

After Christmas Clearances…
December 27, 2006 | 3:24 PM EST | rykrofenloe

So far we’ve had reports of the 10-pk Unleashed Battle Packs marked down to $9.98 at Target stores… so be on the lookout for other markdowns after the holidays Yakkers!

 


 

Yakfinities Update (Pegwarmer Roundup)
December 27, 2006 | 3:20 PM EST | rykrofenloe

Hey customizers, several people have emailed me with inquiries of what to do until the forums are back up.

This month’s challenge is still in progress, so if you are still wanting to add a custom to this month’s Yakfinities and are unable to post it, please email it to me by December 31 torykrofenloe@yahoo.com to be eligible for the MOMC VOTC Stormtrooper that will be awarded to this month’s winner.

 


 

WOC & LFL To Continue Together Indefinitely
December 27, 2006 | 10:49 AM EST | Scott

 

WIZARDS OF THE COAST AND LUCASFILM LTD.
EXTEND LICENSING AGREEMENT

Wizards of the Coast To Continue Production of Star Wars Product Line

December 27, 2006 (Renton, Wash.) – Leading game developer Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), today announced, it has reached an agreement with Lucasfilm Ltd. that will allow the Seattle-based company to continue producing the highly popular STAR WARS MINIATURES™ and STAR WARS ROLEPLAYING GAME titles for years to come.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Lucasfilm, as it allows us to build on the proven success of our Star Wars brands,” said Casey Reeter, vice president of marketing at Wizards of the Coast. “This deal tells consumers that Wizards of the Coast is committed to bringing the industry’s best Star Wars games to market.”

The new agreement allows Wizards of the Coast to develop new products and expansion sets for its popular STAR WARS MINIATURES game, which now includes the new STARSHIP BATTLES™ vehicles game, as well as STAR WARS ROLEPLAYING GAME, and all related game accessories.

The STAR WARS MINIATURES game allows players to collect and build squads from hundreds of characters from throughout the Star Wars® universe to compete against another player in head-to-head, skirmish-style battles. Roleplayers can enjoy the STAR WARS ROLEPLAYING GAME, which sets the stage for players to create and star in their own chapter of the Star Wars saga.

“Star Wars celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, which makes 2007 very special for us,” said Derek Stothard, director of toys at Lucas Licensing. “We are planning some exciting events to commemorate the anniversary, and, we’re looking forward to working with Wizards of the Coast in this banner year.”

 


 

After Xmas Sale…
December 26, 2006 | 3:12 PM EST | Mark

Head over to Toysrus.com for some amazing sales…


$6.50


$1.20

Star Wars Episode I Micro Machines Deluxe Podracing Playset Assortment $5.29

Plus other deals as well..

 


 

Star Wars Action News – Happy Life Day!
December 25, 2006 | 11:12 PM EST | Scott

 


On this Life Day Marjorie and Arnie donned their red robes, held candles up to the sky, and…wait, no…they recorded a new episode of Star Wars Action News! Marjorie opens her case of Series 7 Kubricks on the air and hopes for each one to be one of the rare chase figures she wants so much. Also, Arnie recounts the tales of his Christmas gifts, and some listeners call in with tales of their own Christmas gift Star Wars hauls.

Also, Justin “DarthKozy” Kozisek suffered the pain of a thousand razor blades as he sat through the Star Wars Holiday Special. He has done a summary of this show for listeners so you can have an enjoyable 10 minutes listening about the special rather than a painful 2 hours actually watching it.

Plus this week has an e-bay item of the week you won’t want to miss! All on this week’s Star Wars Action News.

This weeks show can be found at http://www.swactionnews.com. Download the file directly HERE(enhanced listeners can view the image and picture enabled version HERE

Thank you for listening! We hope you had a very happy life day.

NOTE If you’ve been dying to know what a Yakface staff member sounds like, (and if so, you need to get out more) then tune into this special episode as yours truly phones in to send holiday greetings to Arnie and Marjorie.

 


 

Now Here’s a Christmas Present!
December 25, 2006 | 3:32 PM EST | Mark B

 


Well, just as I was searching the internet this morning for After Christmas deals, I clicked over toStarWarsShop.com and glanced in their “Exclusive Items” list and low and behold, the ever elusive and super rare Hand Painted Republic Commando Maquette from Gentle Giant. I don’t know how many of these they actually have (one less than when I found out about it!), but get it ordered now while they are still available over at StarWarsShop.com!

 


 

Forum Status
December 25, 2006 | 1:13 AM EST | rykrofenloe

Yakkers, our forums will be down for a couple days due to a power outage on the serverside. We’re hoping to have these up by mid-week.

Thank you friends for your patience.

 


 

New Clones Revealed
December 24, 2006 | 1:52 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Images of both Commander Neyo and the Saleucami Clone Trooper have surfaced at www.4-inches.de, head on over there for full sized images!

Looks like 2007 is going to be an expen$ive year folks…

 


 

To all our Yakface Readers…
December 24, 2006 | 5:51 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Some people these days may have different views on Christmas, but as evident by our recent updates, this is a special time of year for us here. This is a time to be thankful for all we have been blessed with, and is a time of goodwill, giving, compassion, and quality family time.

All of us at Yakface would also like to thank all of our readers, our forum members, our moderators, our sponsors and our affiliates for making 2006 a great year at Yakface.

We hope all of our readers make the the most of this holiday season, and have a Very Merry Christmas!

 


 

Action-HQ Update
December 23, 2006 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Action-HQ brings the Best to you First with the new Transformers Classics “Battle for Autobot City”! New arrivals Transformers Titanium 6″ Soundwave, Classics Deluxe Mirage, Star Wars Republic Commandos, RAH Clark Kent, Evangelion School Rei & Asuka, Edward Elric, 16″ Resin Ultraman Type C and many more!

– Star Wars Republic Commandos Pack (NEW)!

Pre-Order Now!
– Medicom RAH Shadow StormTrooper!
– Medicom RAH Boba Fett!

Get yours FIRST at Action-HQ.com!

 


 

K & C Collectibles – After Christmas Sale
December 23, 2006 | 7:56 PM EST | Scott

 


K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week. We are starting our after Christmas sale early. Choose from over 257 items reduced from 10% to 50%. We must clear out our old inventory to make way for the new 30th Anniversary 2007 merchandise. To find the items type just search for the words “Price was” in the search box.

In Stock – Comic Figures:
Darth Vader and Rebel Officer – Comic #1
Governor Tarkin and Stormtrooper – Comic #2
Chewbacca and Han Solo – Comic #3
Get all 3 above in a set.

Pre-Order – December 23rd 2006
Princess Leia Bust – SAVE $10.00
Roron Corobb Maquette – SAVE $15.00

REGISTER an account and earn points to be redeemed for cash on future orders.

 


 

Over the river and through the woods….
December 22, 2006 | 4:17 PM EST | Jayson

Taking a break from loading up the family Landspeeder with my wife, luggage, dogs and gifts, I just wanted to wish all our faithful readers, forum members and fellow staff members a Merry Christmas and a safe weekend.

Also, take the time to remember those family members and friends who are no longer with us and a special thanks to the men and women serving in our Armed Forces that can’t be here with us this holiday season.

 


 

GentleGiantLtd.com Receives Face Lift
December 22, 2006 | 1:38 PM EST | Jayson

The time has finally arrived and just in time for the Holidays! After several months of hard work and preparation GentleGiantLtd.com has a brand new website.

This new look is only a small part of the new GentleGiantLtd.com. They’ve upgraded their servers, shopping cart, checkout process, and almost everything else related to your online experience. In the coming months they will be adding additional features to the site, including the option to pre-order! products, order tracking, user comments, buddy lists, showcasing your own GG collection, up to the minute news and email notification and much more.

*Please Note* – If you do not see a white website and still the old version (black) – Don’t be alarmed, the new site should be up shortly, the switching to their new servers can take up to 24 hours.

 


 

YakTube – Five Minutes With Lumpy, Itchy & Malla
December 22, 2006 | 12:35 PM EST | Scott

YakTube concludes it’s countdown to Christmas with the greatest Star Wars confection of all time. Um….sorta.

Because we know your time is limited, and because the human brain can only stand limited exposure to such….greatness….without shorting out. We give you The Star Wars Holiday Special, edited down to five minutes.

Yeah, we know, it’s kinda like getting fruitcake when you were hoping for Godiva chocolate, but if the holidays are about anything, they’re about disappointment. Enjoy and see you on the flip side.

 


 

New Unleashed Battle Packs
December 22, 2006 | 12:34 PM EST | Jayson

Hasbro updates with information on some Wave 2 of the 2007 Unleashed Battle Packs. All with a Tatooine theme.

Trouble on Tatooine: Cantina Encounter
Includes Greedo, Han Solo, Chewbacca & Garindan

Trouble on Tatooine: Sandtroopers
Includes 4 different Sandtoopers

Trouble on Tatooine: Tusken Raiders
Includes 4 different Sand People

Trouble on Tatooine: Jawas & Droids
Includes R1-G4, 3 Jawas and and R5-D4 w/Jawa

Look for these in March.

 


 

Rykrof Enloe – the Saga Continues
December 22, 2006 | 1:13 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Just in time for Christmas, another photonovel is now up in Soldier of Virtue: The Enloe Chronicles. I would personally like to thank Yakface forum member Famine for his assistance in preparing the dialogue for this important chapter in the series.

Following a recent terrorist attack on Coruscant, Republic Commander Rykrof Enloe has been sent to the distant planet Dathomir to destroy a suspected terrorist cell. 

Little does he know of the twisted fate planned for him upon his arrival in the system – or of the seeds of betrayal that have been planted by the darkest of all evils in the galaxy… 

For the entire chapter, CLICK HERE

 


 

YakTube – Christmas At Palpatine’s
December 21, 2006 | 2:15 PM EST | Scott

Here’s a video that proves that even Sith Lords and Imperials can share in the holiday spirit too. Who’da thunk that deep down ‘ol Palpatine was such a jolly old soul?

 


 

Yakfinities Update!
December 21, 2006 | 12:36 AM EST | rykrofenloe

 

We’ve had another hot month so far for this month’s Yakfinities, and remember, a random winner will win a MOMC of one of these awesome VOTC bucketheads –

Just remember to qualify as an entry for the prize, the custom needs to be an all new creation specifically made for the Yakfinities Customizing Challenge. Deadline is at the end of December to get your entry in HERE.

 


 

Vader ROTJ SE Arriving Soon At The Saber Vault
December 20, 2006 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault will have Master Replicas SE Return of the Jedi Sabers stock and ready to ship next week. If you’ve been waiting for Master Replicas to confirm the edition size (now confirmed to be 2500) before ordering your Vader helmet replica, the The Saber Vault will have them in and start shipping soon as well. Click here to order.

 


 

Republic Commandos In Stock
December 20, 2006 | 11:12 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has the internet exclusive Republic Commando sets in stock and ready to ship. So if you’re looking to complete your EU commando set, click here to order.

 


 

Hasbro Battlepacks Update
December 20, 2006 | 9:20 PM EST | rykrofenloe

 

Hasbro updates with more information on some upcoming Battle Packs, including the much anticipated Capture of Tantive IV set.

Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed that the Stormtroopers would be the “clean” version, and the good news is the latest picture from Hasbro does depict two clean Stormies.

The bad news is, one is a POTF2 Commtech Stormtrooper in the latest picture they’ve shown. Our fingers are crossed that the folks at Hasbro have made an error with this picture and that we’re getting a more recent sculpt on both Stormtroopers.

Yakface readers, what are your thoughts on this?

 


 

Off Topic – ROCKY BALBOA!
December 20, 2006 | 12:54 PM EST | rykrofenloe