Mini Review – Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
August 31, 2005 | 8:44 PM EST | Scott
Yours truly was fortunate enough to score the recently released “Jedi Temple Assault” Battle Pack yesterday and I thought I’d drop a quick 2 cents on it.
It goes without saying that anything Clone related is a pretty easy sell these days, so for fans and army builders, this set is a no-brainer. You get three of the blue deco Jedi killing Clones, also known as the 501st legion, Anakin Skywalker (listed as “Darth Vader” on the box, a re-release of Anakin #2) and the Clone Pilot.
If you picked up the carded Anakin, there’s no surprises here. Same figure sans the extra hand with the red-bladed saber.
The Clone Pilot (at least on mine) seems to lack the quality control shown on the carded version. the hands and arms at the elbows, pop off with little to no effort. I may have simply gotten a bad one, but I’ve noticed this to be similar in other multi-packs containing rehashes.
But most of you are most likely going to set them aside for the real reason to pick up this set. MORE CLONES! Based on the #6 “Quick Draw Action&sculpt, this Clone is repainted with the colors of the 501st Legion that stormed the Jedi Temple. The sculpt is first rate, however the paint ops are just a tad dodgy and jagged, as if hastily applied. There were two sets on the shelf at the Kmart where I found them, and I found the paint job to be the same quality on both. I expect the upcoming solo carded version to have sharper, cleaner lines.
It should also be noted that the shoulder bell on the left arm is glued in place and not removable as it is on the carded version.
One nice surprise addition I found was a small baggie of extra weapons taped to the bottom of the box insert. If you’re an opener, keep you’re eyes peeled as this could be easy to overlook.
So if you’re lucky enough to spot one, grab it, swap out the Episode III Evolutions Anakin for the one in this set, and you have the beginings of a mini Jedi Massacre diorama. At around $5 a figure, this Battle Pack is a better value than most of others released so far or yet to come. (Attack on Coruscant notwithstanding)
Plush M-Pire Buddies
August 31, 2005 | 8:32 PM EST | Hfsolo
Here in stock now are the Plush M-Pire guys…
M-Pire Plush Buddy M-Vader
M-Pire Plush Buddy M-Peror
M-Pire Plush Buddy Chewbacca
M-Pire Plush Buddy Han Solo
M-Pire Plush Buddy Storm Trooper
M-Pire Plush Buddy Leia Organa
M-Pire Plush Buddy Anankin
Jedi Council Scenes On Clearance
August 31, 2005 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader ANBAfan just gave us the heads up that TRU stores are putting the Jedi Council Screen Scene sets on clearance (green tag) for $10 and Amazon has them for $15!
Admiral Ozzel Passes Away
August 31, 2005 | 8:11 PM EST | Scott
Actor Michael Sheard, best known to fans as Admiral Ozzel, died this morning at the age of 65. Yakface salutes him and offers our deepest condolences to his family.
Click the image above for more details.
Entertainment Earth News
August 31, 2005 | 7:46 PM EST | Hfsolo
Once again, we’ve added several new assortments to our web site for
your preordering needs. These sets are filled with troop builders from the film as well as some other characters never seen on the silver screen.
Clone fans should be pleased with the inclusion of the Tactical Ops
Troopers (501st), Commander Bly, Commander Gree, and a mix of older
Clones. We also have a new remix of Collection 1 Wave 6.
Some harder to find figures are shipping in these mixes too, such as
the Royal Guard, C-3PO, and Tarkin. We expect these around November, give or take, and here’s the latest case configurations for basic Revenge of the Sith toys:
SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6, Rev. 3 (Item# HS85173F3, $79.99)
Contains: 1x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26), 1x General Grievous
with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9), 2x Darth Vader with lightsaber
attack (EIII #11), 1x Clone Commander (EIII #33), 1x Clone Trooper
(EIII #41), 1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44), 2x R2-D2 with Mustafar sounds (EIII #48), 2x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54), and 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Leader Pilot (EIII #55). Subject to change.
SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 7 (Item# HS85173G, $79.99)
Contains: 2x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11), 1x R2-D2
with Mustafar sounds (EIII #48), 1x AT-RT Driver (EIII #54), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Leader Pilot (EIII #55), 1x Commander Gree (EIII #57) (NEW), 1x Commander Bly (EIII #59) (NEW), 1x Wookiee Commando (EIII #58) (NEW), 1x Grievous’ Bodyguard #2 (EIII #60) (NEW), 1x Passel Argente (EIII #61) (NEW), 1x Cat Miin (EIII #62) (NEW), and 1x Neimodian Commander (EIII #63) (NEW). Subject to change.
SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 7, Rev. 1 (Item# HS85173G1, $79.99)
Contains: 1x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26), 1x General Grievous with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9), 1x Mace Windu with force combat (EIII #10), 2x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11), 1x Clone Commander (EIII #33), 1x AT-RT Driver (EIII #54), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Leader Pilot (EIII #55), 1x Mustafar Sentry (EIII #56), 1x Commander Gree (EIII #57), 1x Commander Bly (EIII #59), and 1x Wookiee Commando (EIII #58). Subject to change.
SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 7, Rev. 2 (Item# HS85173G2, $79.99)
Contains: 1x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26), 1x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11), 1x Emperor Palpatine with firing force lightning (EIII #12), 1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41), 1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44), 1x R2-D2 with Mustafar sounds (EIII #48), 2x AT-RT Driver (EIII #54), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Leader Pilot (EIII #55), 1x Commander Gree (EIII #57), 1x Commander Bly (EIII #59), and 1x Neimoidian Commander (EIII #63). Subject to change.
SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 6 (Item# HS85174F, $79.99)
Contains: 1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38), 1x Meena Tills – Mon
Calamari Senator (EIII #47), 1x Utapaun Warrior (EIII #53), 1x Zett Jukassa -(Tado) (EIII #52), 1x Wookiee Heavy Gunner (EIII #68) (NEW), 3x Tactical Ops Clone Trooper (EIII #65) (NEW), 1x Plo Koon (Holograph) (EIII #66) (NEW), 1x Aayla Secura (Holograph) (EIII #67) (NEW), and 2x R4-P17 Astromech Droid (EIII #64) (NEW). Subject to change.
SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 6, Rev. 1 (Item# HS85174F1, $79.99
Contains: 2x C-3PO (EIII #18), 2x Royal Guard (EIII #23), 2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38), 1x Senator Ask Aak (EIII #46), 1x Tarkin (EIII #45), 1x Utapaun Warrior (EIII #53), 2x Tactical Ops Clone Trooper (EIII #65), and 1x R4-P17 Astromech Droid (EIII #64). Subject to change.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Several remixes of the Deluxe assortments and Force Battlers were added to our site, as well as many other new items. For a complete list of the latest additions, please visit
We’re running a Summer Blowout Sale with several items at 50-80% off.
If you haven’t already perused it, please feel free to do so:
Hasbro Gives 411 on Battle Packs
August 30, 2005 | 10:13 AM EST | Jayson
Visit Hasbro.com for more details!
MR Vader Helmets Very Reasonable At The Saber Vault
August 30, 2005 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill
The look of things to come…
August 30, 2005 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson
Starwars.com revealed a new look for some of their licensed packaging yesterday. Gone is the now iconic splattering lava pool and orange/red Star Wars logo, a new silver logo will be used along with the Vader helmet from the ROTS packaging over looking what appears to be Mustafar. Look for the changes on the 2006 product! Click here to check out more photos!
New QnA Coming This Week
August 30, 2005 | 8:29 AM EST | Mark B
Hey all, I’m going to be taking over the QnA here at Yakface. Expect to have some fun with it…. Anyway, I need your questions! I have a few, but they are pretty old. Send them to me at this address. Fire away!
Covert Ops Trooper
August 30, 2005 | 7:45 AM EST | Hfsolo
You can head over to The star wars shop and pre-order thier Exclusive Covert Ops Clone Trooper Action Figure w/exclusive Collector Case right now.
August 30, 2005 | 7:40 AM EST | Hfsolo
Over at KBToys.com they are having a decent sale on some items…
LEGO Star Wars: Cloud City $59.99 Normally $99.99
Star Wars Action Collection: 12″ Princess Leia Action Figure in Hoth Gear $9.99
August 28, 2005 | 10:05 AM EST | Bill
This just in from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Kotobukiya’s SandTrooper Sergeant, Target Exclusive TIE Fighter, Skynet Batmobile & Knight Rider, TRU Microlady, Model Kits of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Nautilus & Nemo’s Car, Macross 1/100 VF- 2SS and More!
– Macross BanDai 1/100 VF-2SS Valkyrie II model kit!
– Wave League of Extraoridinary Gentlemen 1/700 Nautilus!
– Wave League of Extraoridinary Gentlemen 1/24 Nemo’s Car!
– Aoshima 1/24 Mad Max Interceptor model kit!
– Kotobukiya Japan Only Sandtrooper Sergeant Limited to 1000 pc!
– Target Exclusive 3 3/4″ Vehicle TIE Fighter w Pilot!
– Microman Microlady Material Force Japan TRU Exclusive!
– Aoshima/Skynet Batmobile!
– Aoshima/Skynet Knight Rider KITT!
– Popbox Collectibles I-Robot 1/2 NS-5 Sonny Bust Limited
to 3,000 pc!
– Popbox Collectibles 7″ U.R.S. 1 Ultraman & Zoffy 2-pack!
– Star Wars Target Exclusive Titanium Series Wave 4!
– Microman Scopedog MA-24 Chirico Cuvie!
– Cool Girl Jin Roh Re-paint German Grey Version!
– Biohazrd 4 (Resident Evil 4) figure set of 4!
– Doraemon Chogokin Toy!
– Story Image Figure – Marvel Universe Series 1
– Saint Seiya Gold Saint Taurus!
– Saint Seiya Cloth Myth Hydra!
– Saint Seiya Cloth Myth Unicorn!
http://www.action-hq.com“>Get yours FIRST at Action-
Tarkin And Friends….
August 27, 2005 | 7:07 PM EST | Hfsolo
These are older.. but if you want or need them…
Revenge Of The Sith Jedi Padawan Figure: Zett Jukassa
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Captain Antilles
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarkin
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Utapauian Warrior
Revenge of the Sith Figure: AT-TE Tank Gunner
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Blue)
Did You Miss The Sideshow Han?
August 27, 2005 | 1:15 PM EST | Mark B
I have received word from some spies inside Sideshow that there may be a few of their 18″ Han
Solo figures still available. They have him available again on the second chance wait list…..
August 27, 2005 | 8:05 AM EST | Mark B
I hadn’t seen this one even announced yet…Here is the next in Kotobukiya’s fantastic line of figures/statues. The Snowtrooper from The Empire Strikes Back is going to be shipping in February (nice, since we’ll all be covered in snow then anyway…), but you can order him now at StarWarsShop.com. You have to do a little bit of digging to find him, but he’s listed under Resin Busts and Figures (which is in the Collectibles Section).
Check Out These New Cookie Jars!
August 27, 2005 | 7:50 AM EST | Mark B
StarWarsShop.com has imported some of these new Boba Fett and Yoda cookie jars from Cards, Inc. in the UK. I keep thinking “Put Captain Cookie in the cargo hold….”
Wanted: Hasbro Proofreader
August 26, 2005 | 2:41 PM EST | Jayson
Today while visiting my local Minnesota TRU store… I happened to find the Sith and Clone Evolutions sets. Upon further inspection of the Clone set I noticed a glaring oversight/error right on the front of the packaging…
You say republic, they spell Rebublic!
Mysterious Display of the Force
August 25, 2005 | 4:40 PM EST | Keri
Longtime YakReader Moonbase7 writes in and shares not only his story, but a great picture of his latest find.
“First there was another one of these display’s that made it out to the video area of our local Wal-Mart on 4/2/05 for one day, then it was in stored in the back room. I was told i might be able to get it, but the employees fought over it then as a act of blasphemy some employee hit it with a fork lift! They had to dipose of it in the trash. I hear the news and go on to score many more in my travels since March of 2005. Fast forward to 8/05 a full four months since the toys where let out to the public, I was told there was another…and it was in the box unused and forgotten behind stored swing sets and other misc stuff. This morning it came to be full-filled. I was escorted out of the garden dept with one of the rarest displays to come in years,still in the box with directions and unused.”
Patience and perserverance can sometimes pay off to the most devoted collectors out there in the form of really cool items. While this story isn’t typical, there are nice employees out there willing to give courteous collectors cool items like this.
Vader Helmet Goes On Sale Today
August 25, 2005 | 8:47 AM EST | Mark B
Don’t forget…Collectors Society Members can place orders for the new Master Replicas Darth Vader helmet starting today. (Everyone else can order starting Monday.)
Target Exclusive Tie Fighter Sighted
August 25, 2005 | 8:08 AM EST | Bill
Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know they’ve scored the Target Exclusive Tie Fighters. This one isn’t your old reissue of the vintage molds tie fighter. After we saw the OTC tie fighter finally get a nice sculpting of the TIE engines on the back of the cockpit pod, this one sports wings which are much closer to scale than any of the ties we’ve seen released in the 3 3/4″ figure line before– unfortunately the increased wing size comes with an increased price– 40 bux. Good Hunting!
ROTS Final 12 Hi-Res Images
August 25, 2005 | 8:06 AM EST | Bill
If you’re looking for some high quality images of the last 12 figures for the Revenge of the Sith line, you’ve got a couple of options. Both Galactic Hunterand Yoda’s News have put up some sweet images for your drooling pleasure. Army builders beware, there be lots of clones and other troops here!
Brock Peters passes away
August 24, 2005 | 10:09 AM EST | Ben
While perhaps not known to the mainstream of Star Wars fandom, Brock Peters, provided the voice of Darth Vader in the NPR Radio dramatizations of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and eventually the Return of the Jedi. He was also known for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird and he also played the father of Benjamin Sisko in that other “Star Something” series. He Was 78.
Anakin FX Lightsabers Cheap
August 24, 2005 | 7:50 AM EST | Bill
The Saber Vault has Master Replicas FX Anakin lightsabers IN STOCK for $100 shipped (That’s about 20 bux plus shipping costs less than almost anyone else.Click here to order. They also have the MR Aliens Motion Trackers in stock for $250 shipped (about $50 plus shipping less than retail!) Click here to check them out.
There Is Another… Three
August 24, 2005 | 7:46 AM EST | Bill
Our friends over at The Private Universe have scored what appear to be the first images of the 3 upcoming figure 3 packs (think original trilogy and clone wars) for Revenge of the Sith– Light side, Dark side, and Clones. If past patterns hold true this will probably be a Wal-Mart exclusive in the US. Click here for more.
August 23, 2005 | 5:23 PM EST | Jayson
After playing a couple days of server tag, I’ve updated the loose views for the figure mugshots you see above. Head to the ROTS section of the Toyguide to check them out.
Japanese Exclusive Kotobukiya!
August 22, 2005 | 6:27 PM EST | Mark B
The Japanese Exclusive Red Shock Clone Trooper from Kotobukiya is now available at StarWarsShop.com. Limited to only 1000 pieces…they’ll be gone immediately….
Oh, and they have the Kotobukiya Episode III Anakin Skywalker as well.
Code 3 Tie-Fighter
August 22, 2005 | 5:48 PM EST | Hfsolo
Only available for pre-order until August 31st..
The Code 3 Collectibles Tie Fighter expires August 31st. Promised to be one of their best yet.
Also available for pre-order is the Star Wars Style D poster…
August 21, 2005 | 10:30 PM EST | Hfsolo
Here are a couple of news bits..
If you pre-ordered the LEGO Death Star II set.. you should be receiving your shipment email very soon if you have not already. They are being mailed now.
Next… Target has an exclusive LEGO set. You can pre-order it now online.
This set includes the following:
• Includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and 2 Buzz Droids
• 567 total pieces
Recreate the high-adrenaline opening space battle from Star Wars Episode III. Includes the previously unreleased version of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s red Jedi Star fighter. Set includes the mini-figures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and 2 Buzz Droids.
Obroa-Skai Change Of Address
August 21, 2005 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill
The Obroa-Skai Reference Guide, formerly located at homepage.mac.com/wntermute/index.html has moved to a new web host and gained a domain name. It can now be located at www.obroa-skai.com and has a new banner logo. The Obroa-Skai Reference Guide is named in honor of the Star Wars universe’s oldest neutral knowledge archive planet. Currently, it is focusing on the Star Wars universe and the anime multiverse, however an additional section devoted to video games is in the works. Check it out here.
New Customs And Update At Starconstrux
August 21, 2005 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill
This just in from our friends at Star Construx:
The german www.StarconstruX.de has updated the page today with the “Return of the Jedi” wave which includes 8 custom-figures build by Harald Fluegge.
There are Jabba the Hutt himself, Bib Fortuna, Barada, Klaatu, Wequay, Wequay in skiffgear, Salacious B. Crumb and Luke Skywalker Jedi!
We’ve also changed the design of the page, to bring a new look and easier navigation to StarconstruX. Stop at www.StarconstruX.de and check it all out!
At last, you can find the first pictures of the StarconstruX-Headquarter.
On 250 spm in a former cinema we finally have the opportunity to present to all interested fans our collection of dioramas, 4inch custom figures, lifesize moviefigures and movie probs. At the moment there’re approx. 30 dioramas with more than 300 4inch figures, approx. 70 lifesize moviefigures and a considerable amount of movie probs.
Master Replicas Vader Helmet
August 21, 2005 | 1:29 AM EST | Mark B
Master Replicas has announced their new Darth Vader Helmet! It is an EXACT replica of the helmet worn by Hayden Christensen in ROTS! 3 different versions are going to be available.
1. Studio Scale – $899
2. Signature – $1049 (Signed by Hayden – only available through MR authorized retailers (will probably be at StarWarsShop.com)
3. DUAL signature edition – $1499 – autographed by Hayden and James Earl Jones (limited to only 500 pieces)
New Force Battlers..
August 21, 2005 | 12:48 AM EST | Hfsolo
Over at KBToys.com you can order the new Luke and Han Force Battlers.. they are in stock now.
Evolutions and Lego Jawa Sandcrawler
August 21, 2005 | 12:47 AM EST | Mark B
StarWarsShop.com now has the Sith Evolutions 3 Pack with Maul, Dooku and Sidious and the Clone Trooper Evolutions 3 Pack available for order.
Also available is the new Lego Jawa Sandcrawler. Click on over toStarWarsShop.com and take a look under “New Arrivals” to order.
Vote For The First EU 12″ Figure!
August 21, 2005 | 12:42 AM EST | Mark B
Sideshow Collectibles is having a poll to let the fans pick their first 12″ Expanded Universe Figure. Head on over (click on the banner above) to vote for your favorite – Kir Kanos, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Padme in Arctic Suit, Asajj Ventress, or Quinlan Vos. Voting runs through November 4th. Winner will be announced on November 11th.
Clones Part 2
August 20, 2005 | 11:27 PM EST | Hfsolo
Here are some good things in stock at Amazon…
Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise mini bust
Revenge Of The Sith Clone Troopers (includes 3 different clone troopers)
Revenge of the Sith: Commander Bacara Quick-Draw Attack
Revenge of the Sith: Clone Trooper
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Captain Antilles
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Pilot
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Commander
Code 3 A New Hope Sculpted Poster CHEAP
August 20, 2005 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Eric sent in this heads-up:
Anyone looking for the Star Wars Episode IV Sculpted 3-Dimensional
Movie Poster? QVC has it on sale for $48.75. Do a search for item C25167. It doesn’t show up if you just search for Star Wars.
Yak is Back!
August 20, 2005 | 7:09 PM EST | Jayson
If you are reading this we are up and running! After a few long days of down time (probably due to the worm going ’round) ‘the Yak’ is back for your viewing/reading pleasure. Thanks to those that emailed wondering what was up and to everyone else, thank for your patience.
The Yakface Staff.
Bring out your dead…
August 17, 2005 | 4:58 PM EST | Jayson
Princess Leia Of..Smallville?
August 17, 2005 | 10:29 AM EST | Scott
Yakreader Yodatmaster sends us this heads-up on an upcoming epsiode of “Smallville” that will interest Star Wars fans…
“Whats Smallville have to do with Star Wars? Carrie Fisher has signed on to do a guest appearance on an episode of Smallville this fall. The episode is titled “Thirst” which airs October 27th. She will also star along side Tom Wopat who was Johnathan Schnieder’s partner in the old Dukes of Hazard.”
Clones, Clones, Clones….
August 17, 2005 | 9:09 AM EST | Hfsolo
Stop on over and pick up some army buildes…
Clone Trooper 3-Packs
August 17, 2005 | 12:41 AM EST | Mark B
Hey, you need to build up that clone army? Head over to StarWarsShop.com, they now have the Hasbro Clone 3-Pack in stock (along with all the other Deluxe Figures!)
MR Mini Cases For $25 Shipped
August 16, 2005 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill
This just in from The Saber Vault.com. They are now taking preorders for Master Replica’s 3 level mini display cases for $25.00 shipped– (that’s about $5 less that MR time you include their shipping charges).
Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
August 16, 2005 | 8:35 AM EST | Jayson
ShopStarWars.com has added the mammoth follow up volume that covered the Original Trilogy. At a whopping 320 pages The Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels covers Episodes I-III, exploring every vehicle, character, planet and plot line and contains over 3,000 full-color photographs. Prepare to spend $150.00 and shipping starts October 25.
On a personal note: I have the first SW: Chronicles Book and it was worth every penny. The amount of reference material is awesome so this new book will have a place right next to it. I highly recommend it.
UPDATE: This is from reader Justin…
After reading your story on this book I checked Amazon. They also have it available for preorder but at $94.50 (with FREE shipping too). That’s a little more manageable than $150. Needless to say I preordered it at Amazon.
Thanks for the scoop, great way to save $60.00!
UPDATE 2: This is from reader Michael…
Even better, Walmart.com has it for preorder for $87.00!!!
Lesson here: don’t pay over $90 for it! Thanks!
Foreign Vintage Collectibles Highlighted
August 16, 2005 | 8:00 AM EST | Bill
The Official Site has posted a new feature in their Lucasfilm Magazine on-line feature for Hyperspace Members– this one focuses on foreign Vintage collectibles– can you say Palitoy Death Star. If you’re not familiar with this outstanding piece, don’t miss this article. There’s lots more too check it out here.
Contribute to a good cause…
August 15, 2005 | 11:19 AM EST | Jayson
The folks from Sandtroopers.com have organized an effort to support the passing of a fellow collector’s 7-year-old daughter: Katie Johnson.
For details, visit Sandtroopers.com and scroll down to the August 11th post titled: Operation: Rally The Troopers
Yakface Toyguide Update:
August 15, 2005 | 10:33 AM EST | Jayson
It’s been a while since my last report as my fiance and I are in some of the final stages of our Oct. 1 wedding plans, but this weekend I spent some time in the photo studio capturing and editing shots for the ROTS section of the Toyguide. Added to the Guide are Loose Shots of: #04 Super Battle Droid, #07 R2-D2, #15 Bail Organa, #24 Mon Mothma, #31 Luminara Unduli, #42 Neimoidian Warrior,and #51 Captain Antilles. Also added are Boxed Shots of Boga, Wookiee Flyer,Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter #2, the Jedi Vs Sith Battle Pack, and all 4 color variants of the Clone Trooper 3 packs. Also for all you variant hunters, items listed in the ROTS section with an asterisk next to the name have official paint or packaging variants.
August 14, 2005 | 6:24 PM EST | Mark B
Hey all, thanks to everyone who entered our drawing for a ComicCon Sideshow Keychain. Sorry it has taken so long to post the winners here….between 5 major viruses hitting my computer (with scanner updated and running!), and finally a MAJOR hardware failure, I am back up and running and was able to do the drawing. For the winners listed here, I’ll get your keychains mailed out to you this week – and congratulations!
New Rabe Figure?
August 14, 2005 | 9:35 AM EST | Mark B
Thanks to Yakreader “Q” for pointing out this image of what looks like a new figure of one of Amidala’s handmaidens from Episode I – Rabe, over at Hasbro Toy Shop . It’s listed as “Currently Not Available”, but keep an eye on it….
UPDATE – OK, My mistake…since most of my personal collection focuses on a couple of characters, I missed this one when it first came out…sorry.
Final C3 Patch Auction Ends
August 13, 2005 | 9:36 AM EST | Scott
Our servers were down for a couple days due to some minor overhauling. During that time, the fifth and final Ebay auction ended for the Celebration 3 patch benefitting the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The auction brought in an additional $76, for a grand total of $338 to benefit the UMDF’s research efforts.
The patch for the fifth auction was donated by your friends right here at Yakface and the whole effort was headed by the DC Area Star Wars Collecting Club.
Big thanks to everyone who bid and helped make these auctions a success!
“Put Captain Solo In The Cargo Hold!”
August 13, 2005 | 9:23 AM EST | Scott
…Or on your display shelf. Star Wars Shop.com has the new Gentle Giant Han Solo Mini Bust in stock NOW. This swarthy smuggler is selling for $44.99 and is sure to slip through the Empire’s fingers fast. Don’t delay. Click the image to order.
Missing Some MR Mini Sabers In Your Collection
August 12, 2005 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Gregory sent in this information on some mini sabers that MR found and is offering to their Collector Society members at RELEASE PRICES:
Master replicas has a limited supply of 2004 and 2005 convention .45 sabers available for CS members. Log into the site with your name and password and click on the scaled replica icon. Also Target on-line is the only place so far I’ve been able to find the forth coming Episode III .45 Vader scaled saber (available for pre order).
Want A Gold FULL SIZE Darth Sidious MR Saber?
August 12, 2005 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill
Master Replicas has just announced a new contest for Hyperspace members. The winner will receive one of 5 GOLD full size Darth Sidous Sabers in the world! Click here for more information.
Revenge Of The Sith Clone Troopers
August 12, 2005 | 7:26 PM EST | Hfsolo
Now in stock at Amazon; The Deluxe 3-pack of Clone troopers…
Revenge Of The Sith Clone Troopers (includes 3 different clone troopers)
August 12, 2005 | 7:00 PM EST | Bill
This just in from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com – bringing the Best at a Super Discount with Kotobukiya 1/7 Darth Maul Vinyl Figure Super Promo!!!
– Kotobukiya 1/7 Darth Maul Vinyl Figure! – only $45.00!
Offer Expires on Aug 25th! Shipping end of Aug/early Sep’05!
Darth Vader, Wicket, And More Interviewed live Across The Pond (On-Line)
August 12, 2005 | 6:59 PM EST | Bill
The team over at The Private Universe just send us this information on their latest coup:
“I am delighted to announce that Dave Prowse, Warwick Davis and Gerald Home have all agreed to be interviewed live in the TPU forums! ” Check it out here.
Falling Early Bird Prices
August 9, 2005 | 10:43 PM EST | Bill
We’ve gotten more reports of Early Bird sets on clearance at ridiculously low prices:
Yak Reader Lester wrote in I found these a few months ago at the Wal-mart store in Mt. Pleasant, SC for $2.00. I bought about 12 of them at the time, but they’re all gone now. I still have about half left and plan on giving them to friends of mine. The other half I’ve already sent off for the figures. Happy hunting!
And Yak Reader Mike sent in this report I got the Early Bird kit from Wal-Mart in Dunn, North Carolina for 3 dollars last night…. They had 4 left on the clearance isle when I left. Hope someone else can get this great deal.
And Yak Reader Linda scored 2 early bird sets for $4.99 a piece at her Virginia Wal-Mart.
2005— Year of the Exclusive
August 9, 2005 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill
Our friends over at The Private Universe have broken the news on yet another upcoming Target Exclusive– a shadow Utapan Warrior. Is this the same as the stealth trooper? Only time will tell.
Also they reveal that Hasbro’s line of Hasbro’s Christmas figures will have a 4th installment with a festive Darth Vader. Check it out here.
August 9, 2005 | 10:32 PM EST | Hfsolo
Here it is.. in stock…
Star Wars 500th Figure – Darth Vader
Paging Mr. Palpatine, Mr. Cos Palpatine… Your Death Star Plans Are Ready
August 8, 2005 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill
That’s right, the Death Star Droid, survived the demise of the original Death Star Plans, and has launched a whole new set, err site. Check it out here.
Sansweet Interview At Wizard World
August 8, 2005 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill
This just in from our friends over a Sandtroopers.com:
This weekend at Wizard World I had an opportunity to sit down with Steve Sansweet and ask him many questions regarding what’s next. We are also halfway through the Sandblast 5th Birthday party that is going one month long! We are just starting to crack into the good stuff, you are not too late. Summer of Sith aftermath, Star Wars on TV, C4 and much, more! Click here to check it out here.
Early Bird Gets The Worm, Patient Bird Gets Cheap Mail In Figures
August 8, 2005 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Tony sent in this report:
“On trip to Wal-Mart Sunday, found the early bird set marked down to $10. this was at the university pkwy store in winston-salem, nc. they had loads of them. i thought it was said there would be no markdowns on this item by hasbro?”
It looks like some Wal-Mart Managers are exercising a little initiative. If you find Early Birds in your area cheap let us know.
UPDATE Wal-Mart Finds In CA
August 8, 2005 | 12:40 PM EST | Scott
Wal-Mart appears to be as hot as the weather in California right now as Yak regular, Tony Wan Kenobi checks in with his latest batch of finds…
“Just wanted to drop a line that Wal-Mart again is the place to get the latest figures. My wife was on the hunt again this weekend and she found the very hard to find Mustufar Sentry. There was only 2 in the whole batch of new figures. She was there when Wal-Mart first opened. She was there early to beat the 100 + degree weather we have been having. She saw #54 At-Rt driver only 3. #50 there was only 1. no clone pilots new paint deco. She asked someone in the toy department if thats all they had and the employee said yes they had only gotten a few cases and they were all put out. There were only a few of the repaints. As for 45-47 who Im trying to help friends get them can not be found anywhere. Are they that hard to find? Is that wave a rare one? it seems like it.
Tony Wan Kenobi
To address Tony’s question above, the Clone Trooper #6 (Shock Trooper) repaint as well as the Clone Comander and Pilot repaints, will reportedly be packed heavier than usual in upcoming cases. They may not be short-packed, but they are hot right now and they haven’t been shipping very long. Rest assured though, with patience and dilligence, you WILL find what you’re looking for. Stay off Ebay, avoid the scalpers!
UPDATE Brian from Chico, CA writes in with his report…
“After reading Tony Wan Kenobi’s report I felt I should let you know I also found one case with #56 Saturday evening at Chico Wal-mart. It had…
2 #56 Mustafar Sentry
2 #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi
2 #54 AT-RT Driver (White Highlights)
1 #50 Anakin Skywalker (Not So Scary)
1 #49 Commander Bacara
1 #48 R2-D2 (Bubble version 2)
1 #44 Destroyer Droid
1 #43 Wookiee Warrior (Brown)
1 #42 Neomodian Warrior
Case # 85173000J
SW E3 C1 Basic Figure Asst W6R1 ’05
I picked up both #56 – one for me, one for one of my friends.
The next morning I ran into my two other friends and they said they each got one at Wal-mart as well, so they must have put out one more case after midnight… Anyway, all four of us are very happy.
New Poll – Evolutions
August 7, 2005 | 7:14 PM EST | Scott
I’ve become an instant fan of the new “Evolutions” line. I think it’s an idea that’s long overdue, and the figures and accessories included in each set are outstanding. Unfortunately Hasbro has said they don’t have any immediate plans to continue the line beyond the Sith set. (Never say never!)
If they do plan to go on with “Evolutions”, which of the following sets would you most like to see made…
Luke – Since we have so many Tatooine Lukes, I’m thinking maybe start with a definitive X-Wing Pilot Luke to Bespin Luke (no action feature) on up to the Ultimate Jedi Luke (a really good Throne Room Duel version finally?)
C-3P0 – Episode I, Episode II and his classic golden finish.
Padme – There’s about a dozen outfits yet to be made that could be included in this set, take your pick.
Obi-Wan – Padawan, Knight, Tatooine Exile (A truly definitive version of any of these has yet to be made IMO)
Granted there’s dozens of other possibilities for more Evolutions sets, but these spring immediately to mind. What do you think? Vote today!
August 6, 2005 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill
This just in from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Batman Begins
Microman, Snap Kits & Choro-Q Batmobiles, Japan Remote Control R2-D2, Star Wars New Assortment Figures, Hot Toys 12″ Terminator & More!
– Batman Begins Microman (Batman & Ras’Al Ghul)
– Batman Begins Hot Toys Snap Kits – Set of 5 + 1
– Choro-Q Batmobiles
Dark Knight & Batman Forever
– Star Wars Tomy Remote Control R2-D2
– Star Wars Ep3 #54 AT-RT Turbo Tank Driver
– Star Wars Ep3 #55 Obi-Wan Pilot
– Star Wars Ep3 #56 Mustafar Sentry (Flea Rider)
– Hot Toys 12″ Terminator T-800 Battle Damage
– Hot Toys 12″ Terminator Sgt Kyle Reese
– Hot Toys AVP Part 2 Snap Kits + 12″ Alien Queen (end Aug’05)
– Marvel Legends 10 (end Aug’05)
– Cool Girl Ghost in a Shell Motoko (end Aug’05)
– Batman Kotobukiya (New PVC statue – Sep’05)
Transformers G1 Galvatron (Dec’05)
Titanium Wave 3 & Gift Set Found
August 6, 2005 | 2:26 PM EST | Scott
Yak reader JediJones chimes in again with yet another find, this time the new Titanium Vehicles…
“Hi, guys, I hadn’t heard of Titanium Series Wave 3 being found yet, so I thought I’d send you a picture. I found the new wave as well as the first Titanium gift set at Wal-Mart in Hazleton, PA on Thursday. There were a ton of gift sets on the shelf for $19.97 and 2 side endcap shelf hangers labeled Titanium Series hanging up at the end of the Star Wars aisle with Titanium Wave 3 for $4.97.
No older vehicles were packed with the new ones and the ROTS vehicles
were weighted slighter heavier in the assortment than the other movie
vehicles. This is a smart move since all the classic trilogy vehicles
from the last Titanium wave are still pegwarming at this store while all the
ROTS ones are sold out. That’s one reason I don’t think Hasbro should
be planning to release only 10-15% ROTS figures in the Saga assortments
next year. ROTS is where the majority of consumer interest is right now and
I doubt it will fade away that fast right after the DVD is released.
JediJones signing out… ”
Click the image for a larger view.
New Force Battlers Found
August 6, 2005 | 1:26 PM EST | Scott
Yak reader Jeremy H. writes in to report his find of the newest assortment of Force Battlers figures (Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader w/Glider Cape). This set was found at a Target in Minot, ND. Click the pic for a larger view.
Retrobilia Now Arriving
August 5, 2005 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Knight from the UK sent in this report:
I just though I would let you know that I received my Star Wars Action Figure Display Diorama from Pride Displays this morning in the post. It really freaked me out opening the box as it seriously bought back memories as the packaging is even retro.
Look Sir…Astro Droids!
August 5, 2005 | 9:45 AM EST | Jayson
UPDATE DCSWCC Auctions For Charity
August 3, 2005 | 4:31 PM EST | Scott
The DC Star Wars Collecting Club has posted 4 separate auctions, the prize being a complete set of the patches which were given away at Celebration 3. As most of you who were there know, assembling a complete set of these patches was no small feat.
The winning bidder will receive all 3 wedges to create the full Darth Vader themed image, (These patches are fully licensed by Lucasfilm by the way) plus, 100% of all proceeds received will benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
To learn more about the auctions and the UMDF, follow the links above!
UPDATE Now there are FIVE separate auctions up for bidding. The fifth auction made possible courtesy of Yakface!
August 3, 2005 | 7:31 AM EST | Bill
This just in from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with all new Star Figures, Micro Machines, Japanese Mini LightSabers & Helmets and More!
In stock NOW:
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #51 Captain Antilles
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #52 Zett Jukassa
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #53 Utapaun Warrior
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #54 Turbo Tank Driver
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #55 Flea Rider
– Star Wars Ep3 ROTS #56 Obi-Wan Kenobi Pilot
– Star Wars Micro Machines Vehicles Twin packs!
– Star Wars Tomy Mini LightSabers!
– Star Wars Tomy Mini Helmet Collection!
Get yours NOW at Action-HQ.com!
Holo Leia Update
August 2, 2005 | 5:57 PM EST | Keri
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who wrote in with their experiences regarding ordering the Holo Leia from shop.starwars.com. Most seem to have had positive experiences with the occasional crunched packaging arriving to some people.
Here are the reports I have recieved:
Jimbo writes in with this:
“I just saw on the site that poor individual received his holo leia all crushed protecto pak included, I received mine this morning and all is fine, my protecto pak was a little damaged but the figure is fine. Maybe the fedex guy doesnt like him that much!! I have bought a number of stuff from Starwarsshop.com and everything has arrived safe and sound, there not the bes packers either a piece of paper scrunched up and the figure maybe some bubble wrap or something. thanks keep up the good work!!!!”
“This is in response to the post about the Holo Leia. Mine came in great shape. Both the figure’s packaging and the protecive case it came in great condition. Just wanted to pass it on.”
Chris also had a positive experience:
“This is Chris from Crystal Lake, IL(an hour and a half north of Chicago). I was just sending a report over that I got my Holo Leia this past saturday 07-30-05 and I had placed my order on 07-18-05 for the MINT with protective case. I got the best packed item ever. Very nice case. I dont have any pics online yet but its sweet. Also I picked up #51-53 from a good source at a local Target store.”
Hamlet really got lucky:
“Interestingly enough…I receive my 2 Holo Leias today as well. I was too late in ordering the mint ones so I expected some abused
packing…but to my surprise I got 2 absolutely mint Leia’s in a brown box. No damage of any sort and it only cost me 11 bucks each.”
Brendan however did not recieve mint items:
“A few days ago, i too recieved the holo Leias i ordered. When it arrive, i was somewhat disapointed to find that the 4 Holo
Leia’s i ordered -altough not as crushed as the the one posted on your website- was indeed not mint. All four cards had curled or warped lower edges. One was even creased, And i paid $14 for each. Just thought i’d share my first experience with starwarsshop.com.”
As I have said before from personal experiences, I have not really had a condition problem with packages arriving from shop.starwars.com. I am very curious to see how well packaged the MR Star Corps Helmet will arrive considering that the shipping was almost double that of MR’s shipping charges on their own website.
Let The Pre-Orders Begin!
August 2, 2005 | 3:47 PM EST | Scott
Amazon has the Revenge of the Sith DVD online for pre order now. They price it at $15.98 with a ship date of November 1st.
Star War Episode III – The Backstroke Of The West ?!?
August 2, 2005 | 3:13 PM EST | Scott
Want a good chuckle? Then check out This Blog someone posted which gives a detailed description of the VERY POORLY translated Chinese subtitles on a bootlegged version of ROTS.
PARENTAL WARNING In a couple of instances, some of the words are actually translated to a few F-Bombs, so use care when letting your kids click on through.
Thanks to Larry J. for the heads-up on this.
We’re All Going to be a Lot Thinner!
August 2, 2005 | 1:08 PM EST | Keri
YakReader Clark writes in with this report of his Holo Leia that appears to have been crushed in Garbage Masher 3263827!
“Well I received my Holo Leia today. The box was completely crushed! I opened it up and the figure and case are crushed beyond belief. Plus the Holo Leia does not have guns. I have seen pics where she is supposed to have guns. I have e-mailed starwarsshop.com and I am waiting for them to explain this matter. They had better replace it. They totally botched this job. I am really steaming! Here are some pics. I ordered the very first day it was avaliable and was told it would be mint.”
As for the “missing guns”, Hasbro decided at the last minute to change the figure to have no guns as it didn’t look right. Hopefully Clark will be able to get some sort of satisfaction through shop.starwars.com. The only mashed items I have recieved have been through Hasbro.com, but then again I bought those items to open, which was a good thing!
Custom Galactic Heroes
August 2, 2005 | 12:49 PM EST | Keri
It has been quite awhile since I have featured any interesting or unusual Ebay auctions for many reasons, the first and foremost being lack of time to surf the world’s biggest online garage sale known as Ebay. However, I return today with a very cool and dare I say it – cute – custom Galactic Heroes Clone Trooper.
As many of you YakReaders know, I myself dabble in making custom creations, and like many customizers I have found myself on a Clone Trooper “kick” repainting and creating my own Grand Army of the First Galactic Empire. Today’s spotlighted auction offers a small Galactic Hero incarnation of Commander Cody as seen on Utapau, complete with his specific visor. The sculpting work and paint application are nicely done and this will fit in perfectly with the other Clones in the line.
Click on the link below to add this little custom Cody to your own Galactic Hero army of Clones.
Miss Lucas At C3?
August 2, 2005 | 12:04 AM EST | Bill
Insider #83 Hitting Mailboxes
August 1, 2005 | 7:26 PM EST | Bill
General Grevious wielding light sabers graces the front of the latest insider. This looks to be another packed issue, including lots of detailed photos of the smaller vehicles from Revenge of the Sith.
Medicom Luke/Vader Now for Everyone
August 1, 2005 | 2:35 PM EST | Mark B
While the new Master Replicas helmet sold out to Hyperspace members, it looks like StarWarsShop.com has some of the Medicom Luke and Darth Vader figures left for non-Hyperspace members. These won’t last long – get over toStarWarsShop.com now.
Zett Jukassa In Stock
August 1, 2005 | 10:58 AM EST | Hfsolo
In stock now is the Revenge Of The Sith Jedi Padawan Figure: Zett Jukassafigure. Head over if you need this one.