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August 2005 Archive

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!

Good hunting!



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

Hi all!

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:

Collection 1
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.

Collection 2
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.

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 for more details!



MR Vader Helmets Very Reasonable At The Saber Vault
August 30, 2005 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault has the LE Darth Vader Helmet for $855.00 shipped and the (Hayden)SE for $999! Click here to order.



The look of things to come…
August 30, 2005 | 8:37 AM EST | Jayson 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.



KBToys Sale
August 30, 2005 | 7:40 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at 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
Plus others…



Action-Hq Newsfeed
August 28, 2005 | 10:05 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -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!

Available Now!
– 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!

Pre-Order Now!
– 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!“>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
 figures still available. They have him available again on the second chance wait list…..



Kotobukiya Snowtrooper
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 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 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


Star Wars Collection

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.



Picture Day!
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 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.

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Space Battle

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 has moved to a new web host and gained a domain name. It can now be located at 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 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 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
3. DUAL signature edition – $1499 – autographed by Hayden and James Earl Jones (limited to only 500 pieces)

Collectors society members can order on the 25th at Master Replicas. Everyone else can order on the 30th at Master Replicas.



New Force Battlers..
August 21, 2005 | 12:48 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at 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 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 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


General Star Wars Poll

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


Added to the Guide today are Loose Shots of a couple of Jedi that got the business end of some Clone blasters during “The Purge”. #29 Ki-Adi-Mundi,
and #32 Aayla Secura.



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…

Revenge of the Sith: Commander Bacara Quick-Draw Attack
Revenge Of The Sith Jedi Padawan Figure: Zett Jukassa
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarkin
Revenge of the Sith Figure: AT-TE Tank Gunner



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, 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 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 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, 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 have organized an effort to support the passing of a fellow collector’s 7-year-old daughter: Katie Johnson.

For details, visit 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.



Sideshow Winners!
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!

Jake Nichols
Jack Mackie
Patrick Carr
Greg Romine
Robert DeSimone
John Teichman
Dave Jackson
Drew Arnold
Tom Richter
Ralph Guadagno



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 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)



Action-HQ Newsfeed
August 12, 2005 | 7:00 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: – bringing the Best at a Super Discount with Kotobukiya 1/7 Darth Maul Vinyl Figure Super Promo!!!

Super Promo!
– Kotobukiya 1/7 Darth Maul Vinyl Figure! – only $45.00!
Offer Expires on Aug 25th! Shipping end of Aug/early Sep’05!

Get yours FIRST at Action-!



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.



500th Vader
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

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.

Brian M.
Chico, CA”



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!



Action-HQ Newsfeed
August 6, 2005 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -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!

Available NOW!
– Batman Begins Microman (Batman & Ras’Al Ghul)
– Batman Begins Hot Toys Snap Kits – Set of 5 + 1
– Choro-Q Batmobiles
Dark Knight & Batman Forever
Batman Begins
– 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

Pre-Order Now!
– 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)

Get yours FIRST at Action-!



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’s Exclusive Astromech Droid Sets are now available for pre-order. Due to ship in December, there are 10 different droids available in two 5-packs. The can be ordered by the 5-pack, two 5-packs, ten 5-packs or a special Holiday Bundle that include both 5-packs and a Holiday Jawa Set.



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!



Action-HQ Newsfeed
August 3, 2005 | 7:31 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -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! hq/oth002315a.html
– Star Wars Tomy Mini Helmet Collection!

Get yours NOW at!



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 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 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!!!!”

Chad adds:
“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”

As I have said before from personal experiences, I have not really had a condition problem with packages arriving from 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 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 The only mashed items I have recieved have been through, 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.

Galactic Heroes Custom Commander Cody



Miss Lucas At C3?
August 2, 2005 | 12:04 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just made each of the 3 sessions with George Lucas at Celebration III available to Hyperspace members. Check it out here.



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 has some of the Medicom Luke and Darth Vader figures left for non-Hyperspace members. These won’t last long – get over 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.

July 2005 Archive

Sith’s Revenge Dethrones The King’s Return
July 31, 2005 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this report:

According to, ROTS took in another estimated $610,000 in 429 theatres to pass off LOTR:Return of the King to land at #7 on the U.S. all time list! ROTS has grossed $377,118,000 on a budget of $113 million in it’s 11th week. On the all-time worldwide list, there is a good chance that it’s #13 showing of #803,198,992 will rise above ID4 at $817.0 million and Spider Man at $821.7 soon to land at #11 all-time worldwide! Impressive, most impressive.



Accidents Happen 
July 31, 2005 | 2:37 PM EST | Mark B

Or, this could be titled – the right place at the right time. I ran to Walmart this morning to pick up a LeapPad title that was on sale for $8.88 for my son. Decided to hit the Star Wars section (just in case) – and what do I see on the front of one of the pegs dead center? A TARGET super articulated Clone Trooper – and for $5.88… lucky day!



KB Is The Place To Be
July 30, 2005 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Knich sent in this report:

I went to Burlington, VT today and found figures 48-50 and 54-56 at
the KB toys in the University Mall. Start checking those KB toys for
these figures!



Wookies Everywhere!!!!
July 29, 2005 | 10:57 PM EST | Hfsolo

Ok, so they are not everywhere… but they are at Amazon..
The Episode III 3.75″ Strike Force Vehicle: Wookie Helicopter with Wookie is now in stock.. fly on over and pick one up..



Commander Bly Helmet Replica
July 29, 2005 | 3:54 PM EST | Mark B has a new VERY limited edition (600 pieces) Clone Trooper Star Corps (Commander Bly) lifesize helmet replica from Master Replicas up for sale. Head over to to preorder for December delivery!




Speaking of Sideshow….
July 29, 2005 | 3:51 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, the results are in. Here are your top 5 most requested Sideshow 12″ Action figures (thanks to all that wrote in, I’ll be doing the drawing this weekend).

5. R2D2 with all the movie attachments
4. A realistic Chewbacca
3. Darth Vader (that’s a duh…)
2. 501st Clonetrooper
1. Boba Fett

I’ll send these along to Sideshow and hopefully we’ll end up seeing them all made!



And You Were Excited About the Sideshow 12″?
July 29, 2005 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

Check it out! has 2 of Medicom’s Real Action Figure items up for sale. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are available. To give you an idea of how great these things are….Vader has 24 Points of articulation…The Hasbro Vader has what? 5, 6? These are probably the most detailed 12″ Star Wars figures you’ll find (until the Sideshow ones come out!).



Target Micro Turbo Tank And More
July 29, 2005 | 8:13 AM EST | Scott

Yak reader Jedi Jones has been busy, busy, busy. As you can tell by his extensive store report. Check it out…

“Hi, guys, I hadn’t heard of the Target exclusive Turbo Tank Battle Set
being found yet, so I thought I’d send you a picture. I found it at Target in Dickson City, PA on Thursday. I bought one and left another one on the shelf.

Other sightings in northeastern Pennsylvania this week include:

new Target exclusive ROTS Micro vehicle packs

Target exclusive Han/Yoda/Fett cups on clearance and tagged “AS IS” for
$1.96 (they went fast at Wilkes-Barre Target, definitely a screw up
because the UPCs for these cups STILL aren’t in Target’s system in Dickson City where they’re still on the shelf with a full price tag)

TRU exclusive blue Obi-Wan Starfighter

Jedi vs. Sith Battle Pack (I passed on it at Target’s non-competitive
$24.99 price)

Anakin Evolutions (Wal-Mart), 500th Vader (everywhere but TRU), Wookiee Flyer (Target), Build Your Own Lightsabers in a variant box with a new light blue interior tray (Toys “R” Us, original dark blue tray at Target), Unleashed Asajj Ventress (Target), ROTS 51-53 (Target)

ROTS 54-55 and some repaint clones (Wal-Mart)

Not to mention Grievous Energy Beam Blaster is everywhere now plus
stores have restocked electronic lightsabers, small lightsabers, Darth Tater,
Galactic Heroes, and $20 vehicles. Now how about some more Deluxe
Clones and Gunships, Hasbro?

Looks like the Target reset is really pushing a lot of stuff out of the
pipeline and stores are beginning to go back to Star Wars after the
mostly artificial Batman and F4 hype has faded away fast. Stores seem to have realized which is the line they need to get behind for the rest of this
year through Christmas.

JediJones signing out… ”

Great report! Thanks J.J.! Click the images above to get a larger view.



Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
July 28, 2005 | 11:09 PM EST | Hfsolo

Obi-Wan Kenobi flies into battle in his Jedi Starfighter! He takes aim with the blaster cannons and uses his mastery of the Force to out-maneuver the enemy! As powerful droid tri-fighter launch buzz droids to attack his ship, Obi-Wan swoops in with speed and daring to stop his attackers. Live the adventure!Firing blaster cannons! Wings spring open! Opening canopy! Retractable landing gear! Includes Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure! (Some poses may require additional support)
You can order the Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter now, it is in stock!



“No Disintegrations!…”
July 28, 2005 | 7:08 PM EST | Scott


Star Wars is now taking pre-orders on the Diamond collectibles exclusive “Hunt for the Millennium Falcon” 7-pack. While there don’t appear to be any new sculpts, fans of the OTC packaging are sure to snap this up for the slick display alone.

The set is scheduled to ship in September and retails for $34.99. Click the image above to order.



Code 3 Posters
July 28, 2005 | 6:25 PM EST | Hfsolo

The new Code 3 Collectibles posters are still available for pre-order at their website. These are going fast.

Check out the two posters avaiable…



Holographic Leia Rematerializes
July 27, 2005 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris just sent in this heads-up:

Holographic Leia is at she is in non mint for $11.00. Supplies are limited.



Contest… Prizes… Lots Of Cool Stuff At TPU
July 27, 2005 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just announced a new contest with over 1000 British Pounds — that’s nearly 2 grand is US Dollars– in prizes. Here’s his announcement:

At TPU we have a huge competition running to win over £1000 GBP worth of SW goodies. You can either email me your entry or become a forum member and gain ‘multiple’ entries by posting. Entries can be from anyone anywhere in the world.

here is a list of the prizes…
Complete set of 4 posters from the Odeon
Boba Fett Standeez and set of Desktop Standeez
Merlin/Topps – 2 Sticker Albums
Signed film cell (by Dave Prowse) of all six film posters with a film cell for each
Darth Vader Transformation, Clone Scout Walker, Droid Tri-fighter, General Grievous Chase, Jedi Starfighter & Vulture Droid, Wookiee Attack and ARC-170 Starfighter
Darth Vader Figural Mug,
Limited Edition (1 of 2000) Bronze Medalionz Coins Set, Lithographic Prints Set
3 x Vader Promo Medalionz Coins
Complete set of badges (26) with album
2x ROTS Midnight Madness T-Shirt
Kotobukiya Yoda
Click here to check it out!



Thanks for the Entries
July 27, 2005 | 10:49 AM EST | Mark B

Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions for the Sideshow 12″ figure line. I am currently compiling the results and will post here a list of the top 5 requested figures along with a list of the 10 winners of a Comic-Con Sideshow keychain. I hope to have the list ready by Friday.

In related Sideshow news, the 18″ Sideshow Luke Skywalkers have started shipping earlier this month. If you ordered it direct from Sideshow (or a Sideshow dealer), you should be receiving it soon! (Mine will arrive on Friday!! WOOHOO!)



Target: Wal-Mart
July 26, 2005 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tony Wan Kenobi sent in this report from Tulare,Ca:
Hi my loving wife again scored for me at our local wal-mart and target. First at walmart yesterday she scored 47-50. She decided to go back today and she found 51-55. Whooo hooooo tell everyone wal-mart is the best place right now to get the latest figures. Target she went next and scored the Wookie helicopter. Although I must say that the wookie IS NOT to scale with the ROTS line. Hes huge!!! but a great item. At Toys R Us she found the galactic heros land speeder. Thanks to her I have more to ad to my collection. Thanks Honey Love Ya!!!!!!!! (she checks yakface for the latest on star wars news)



Federation Toys Newsfeed
July 26, 2005 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

Just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have new items in stock: ROTS Ships —ARC-170; MASTER REPLICAS —ANAKIN Revenge Of the Sith and Mace Windu Attack Of the Clones Force FX Sabers. We are now carrying the new SHOCKINIS Action figures! Check them out. We have a limited number of the Star Wars Celebration II souvenir program collector’s book. This is going to be a busy year. We will be at WIZARDS World CHICAGO 2005, next week, and at Chicagoland Entertainment Collector’s Expo, in September check out our front page for all the links and info and show dates! Check it out here.



I was once a Jedi Knight…
July 26, 2005 | 5:51 PM EST | Jayson has added what might be the best Obi-Wan Kenobi ever made. Standing at a whopping 17″ tall, the new Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format 1/4 Scale Obi-Wan Kenobi is a must have for any serious collector with the means to purchase such an awesome collectible. Plus, his lightsaber blade lights up via batteries or AC power. What’s not to love? Ships Nov ’05.



Where’d ya get those peepers?
July 26, 2005 | 4:04 PM EST | Jayson

Keep YOUR “peepers” peeled for the latest variant hitting the pegs. #28 Anakin Skywalker (Slashing Attack) sheds the 80’s Glam Rock/Tammy Faye Baker eye makeup and now sports the “Eyes of the Sith”. Check out for the his new Glamour Shot!



Guards and Gunners In Stock
July 26, 2005 | 10:18 AM EST | Hfsolo

In stock again…
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Red)
Revenge of the Sith Figure: AT-TE Tank Gunner



EIII DVD & Battlefront II available Nov. 1
July 26, 2005 | 4:04 AM EST | Jayson


The Official Site tonight confirms that Revenge of the Sith will indeed be released on Nov. 1 of this year, just in time for the holiday rush! Also Battlefront II will be released on the same day! It looks to really be another great Star Wars holiday season!



New Poll – Your Thoughts On Imperial Idol
July 26, 2005 | 12:28 AM EST | Scott

Now that Imperial Idol is over, what did you think? Did you think it was a fun way for us to hand out prizes or was it more trouble than it was worth? With some tweaking, would you like to see another contest, or should we not “quit our day job” so to speak and just stick to doing the news?

Our new poll asks just those questions. Your feedback may determine whether or not we try something like it again. We’ve always got goodies to give away, question is, how would you like us to give them to you? Vote today!

Also, if you’d like to CONTACT ME and let me know your thoughts via email, I’d appreciate any feedback you have to offer. Be brutal, I’m a big boy, I can take it!



Imperial Idol – THE WINNERS!
July 25, 2005 | 9:49 PM EST | Scott


BBQ Ewok has been declared the 1st place winner of Imperial Idol! and will take away the Celebration III Exclusive Darth Vader Figure.

Sith Pimp comes in 2nd and takes home the Limited Edition Silver Vader Giant PEZ Dispenser. Oola-la is our 3rd place finisher and will be awarded the 500th Edition Vader Figure. And last but certianly not least,Mystery Sith Theaterfinishes 4th and scores the elusive Burger King “Secret of Darth Vader” chase figure.

Congratulations to all our finalists.

Before I get a flood of emails let me say right here and now that yes, we are fully aware that there were some bumps along the road in this contest and there were most definitely things that we could have done differently. We set out to find a fun and creative way to distribute the prizes we had so we hope we achieved some degree of success on that score.

This was our first attempt at a contest like this, so hopefully any bugs there might have been will get worked out the next time around.

I personally want to thank everyone who participated in Imperial Idol. You were all such good sports and really threw yourselves into this project.

Finally, to those who may feel that their hard work went unnoticed, unrecognized or unappreciated, all I can say is nothing could be further from the truth. Every entry we got was outstanding and greatly appreciated. If I could have given everyone a prize, I certianly would have.

Thanks to all!
Scott C.



Saber Vault News
July 25, 2005 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

The Saber Vault is running some outstanding deals on Master Replicas Props:

Rebel Fleet blaster on sale for $280.00 with case and shipping– regularly $449
Stormtrooper blaster on sale for $310.00 with case and shipping– regularly $499
Princess Leia blaster LE on sale for $210.00 with case and shipping — regularly $399

In addition, they are still taking preorders for the ROTJ Luke FX lightsaber for $119 shipped! Click here to order.



Sith Body Art
July 25, 2005 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Talk about eyes in the back of your head, err neck. Yak Reader Marc sent in this work done at Done at Dravens City Limits Tattoo.



Star Wars Live Action TV Series Delayed to 2008
July 25, 2005 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

Can Mag is reporting that instead of a 2006 or 2007 debut, that the Star Wars Live Action TV series appears to be headed for a 2008 release. Read the full story here.



Weekend Store Reports
July 25, 2005 | 11:09 AM EST | Scott

We had a couple Yak readers write in to let us know about some productive toy runs they had over the weekend. First up we have Brian M….

“I also had a nice weekend after a long dry run.

Friday afternoon:  Kmart, Chico CA –  500th Vader

Saturday evening: Walmart, Chico CA – 1 Case 85173A00D
with Shocktrooper, Clone Commander (Green), Obi-Wan Pilot,
and AT-RT Driver (1 each), plus 2 Vader and 6 other restock
figures (Yoda, General Grevious, Commander Bacara, Super-posable Clone Trooper, etc.)

Sunday morning: Target, Yuba City CA – 3 each #51,52,53 (bought a set for me, plus two more sets for friends)

Sunday afternoon: Target, Sacramento CA – They had  22 Captain Antilles figures hanging on the pegs as well as that many or more Utapaun Warrior’s and Zett Jukassa’s… would have been stoked if didn’t just find them in Yuba City.  They also had about a dozen Wookie Flyers…

Sunday evening: Kmart, Yuba City CA – Anakin to Vader Evolution set (friend called me and told me Chico Kmart had them today, so I stopped and found one hidden in Yuba City)/.

Monday 12am: Walmart, Chico CA – At least six more cases like the one I found last night (Shocktrooper Case: Collection 1, Wave 6, Revision 3).


Brian M
Chico CA”

Phew indeed! Thanks for the report Brian! Then we have Tony Wan Kenobi chiming in with his good fortune…

“My loving wife found 48-50 and also found the green commander and the red clone trooper!! and the stealth pilot!!!!
Whooo hoooo just wanted to let you know so you could tell everyone to go hunting star wars figures!!!!!!
Tony Wan Kenobi
Tulare, Ca”

Great reports, Thanks guys!



Action-HQ Newsfeed
July 25, 2005 | 7:40 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -bringing the Best to you FIRST with a Star Wars Evolution The Sith & Trooper 3-Packs, New 3.75″ Star Wars #51, #52 & 53 assortment figures, Kaiyodo Trigun Gazzelle the Peacemaker – The Black Beast Special Re-Paint and More!

Available NOW:
– Star Wars Evolution 3-Pack The Sith! -sold out
– Star Wars Evolution 3-Pack Trooper! -sold out
– Star Wars New Assortments 3.75″ figures
#51 Captain Antilles, #52 Zett Jukassa & #53 Utapaun Warrior!
– Star Wars Set of 5 Lightsaber & Pistol Keychains from Tomy Japan!
– Star Wars Kubrick Series 4 Chase Figures Luke Stormtrooper, Han Stormtrooper & Luke Darth Vader!
– Star Wars Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone Strap 40% off NOW just $7.00 until Wed July 22nd!
– Kaiyodo 9″ The Black Beast Gazelle the Peacemaker!
– Story Image Figures Cowboy Bebop set of 6 trading figures!
– Gainax Evangelion “Island Resort” set of 3 collectible figures!
– Specials! Aoshima 1/12 Robocop & Robocop 2 figures! – $19.95 each!“>Get yours FIRST at Action-!



Shocktroopers Have Landed!
July 24, 2005 | 8:34 AM EST | Scott


Yak reader John P. writes in with this report…

“Found Several cases of the 500th Vader, and new ROTS figures Obi-Wan Pilot,Shocktrooper (Clone Trooper repaint),Commander Bacara and a green repaint Clone Commander. These toys were found at the
Wal-Mart at Pecos and Tropicana in Las Vegas,NV.”

Thanks for the heads-up John! Click the thumbnail for a larger view.



Breaking Big Brother News… Howie Is A Jedi
July 23, 2005 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill


Tonight’s episode of Big Brother include about 5 minutes of Howie proclaiming himself to be a JEDI, along with a discussion of Anakin’s fall and whether certain activities with Padme led to it.

We now return you to your regular news from a galaxy far far away.



Clone Wars Volume 2 on DVD Release Date
July 22, 2005 | 11:12 PM EST | Bill

The Digital Bits is reporting that Volume 2 on the Clone Wars on DVD will be released on December 6– just a few weeks after we get Revenge of the Sith on DVD. Click here for the story.



Attention Fans Down Under
July 22, 2005 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

Mouse is reporting that Australia has received their shipment of Holographic Princess Leia’s. These are a Kmart exclusive here in Australia are expected to be at a standard figure price. Also confirmed is that the Holographic Emperor Palpatine will also land in Australia at Toys R Us stores around Oct/Nov. Click here for more.



New Limited Edition Fossil Vader Watch
July 22, 2005 | 2:18 PM EST | Keri


New from Fossil is this light-up limited edition Darth Vader watch complete with beautiful molded resin case. The watch is limited to only 2,000 pieces and with a touch of a button the flames light up green on the watch face. The price is a reasonable $135 and if you order from the website, there is free shipping for orders over $40. This is a must for all you Vader collectors/fans out there!

Click on through here to view more information about the Vader watch and to view other Star Wars themed Fossil watches.



Wedge Figure Makeover
July 22, 2005 | 12:13 PM EST | Jayson


Good News! has an updated image of what we might actually get for our money. This version seems to be kit-bashed from a Dutch Vander body and a Cinema Scene Wedge head and helmet. EE has him for a few dollars cheaper but he doesn’t include the Star-Case like the one available from



AT-TE Gunner Back In Stock
July 22, 2005 | 11:57 AM EST | Scott


$7.99 may be a litte higher than most, but if you’re still hunting for the elusive AT-TE Tank Gunner, it’s back in stock at Click the image above to order.



Is Your Area Experiencing A Drought?
July 21, 2005 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Regardless of whether you loved it (and your pocketbook hated it), or managed to tune it out, we’ve been spoiled by a flood of Star Wars toys of Biblical proportions for the last four months. We’ve been getting a number of Emails from Yak Readers concerned about the usual post movie pronouncement from employees/stockers at retail stores– saying that Star Wars is over and they won’t be stocking it any more. DO NOT PANIC…… MORE TOYS ARE COMING…. Yes, the amount of shelf/peg space allocated to Star Wars will be returning to “normal” but it isn’t leaving the big brick retailers any time soon. In fact a little bird let me know that Toys R Us computers show LOTS of basic figures on order into the warehouse which will be headed straight out to retail. Because the warehouses have gotten sold through, this means when we start seeing more items hitting, they should be NEW stuff. Hang in there.



Imperial Idol – It’s A Horserace!
July 21, 2005 | 5:37 PM EST | Scott


BBQ Ewok shot out to a broad, early lead when the reader voting first started, but after 4 days, he’s running nearly neck-and-neck with Sith Pimp and Oola-la. Unfortunately, Mystery Sith Theater is lagging waaay behind and will likely end up with the BK Vader. Still not a bad prize though eh?

The voting ends Monday, July 25 at 7pm E.S.T.



Exclusive Holo Leia Available AGAIN!
July 20, 2005 | 3:49 PM EST | Jayson

She’s back in stock so go FAST! click here! Available one per customer.UPDATE She gone.



Beam me up Scotty and Farewell
July 20, 2005 | 11:50 AM EST | Jayson


While not Star Wars related, the name James Doohan is known to most Sci-Fi fans. The actor who played “Scotty” in the Star Trek series and films has died at the age of 85 from complications from Alzheimer’s and Pneumonia. He will be missed. Photo courtesy of



Give the man a hand…and a head! 
July 20, 2005 | 9:05 AM EST | Jayson


Count Dooku is the subject of today’s review, thanks to all you readers that emailed in your requests for who you wanted to see reviewed. Keep sending in your requests and I’ll choose from them the next figure review as well. So get readin’ already!



That’s Not A Moon, That’s A Subwoofer!
July 19, 2005 | 7:06 PM EST | Scott


Ebay user speedfreak259 has the ultimate accessory for your home theater system. Imagine the thunderous sound of the Imperial Star Destroyers eminating from this baby!

The power from this thing is enough to destroy small moons, or at least REALLY annoy your neighbors! Click on the image to check out his auction page.



Action-HQ Newsfeed
July 19, 2005 | 7:45 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -bringing the Best to you FIRST with the new Star Wars Shock Clone Trooper, Green Clone Commander & Black Clone Pilot, Star Wars Kubrick Series 4, Kotobukiya 1/6 & Medicom RAH Darth Vader, Kotobukiya 1/6 Batman, Batman Super Promo and More!!

Available Now!
– Star Wars EP 3 #6 Shock Clone Trooper Red Scheme Variant! -sold out
– Star Wars EP 3 #33 Clone Commander Green Scheme Variant! – sold out
– Star Wars EP 3 #34 Clone Pilot Black Variant!
– Re-stock Star Wars EP 3 Darth Vader, Mustafar Anakin, Command Bacara & R2D2 w/Mustafar Sounds!
– Star Wars Kubrick Series 4 set of 6! Also check out Storm Trooper Builder Sets and Chase Characters!
– Star Wars Official Sony Ericsson Darth Vader Mobile Holder with changing color lights flashing eyes, 3-D Darth Vader Crystal Cube Mobile Strap & Metal Plate Mobile Strap!
– Kotobukiya 1/6 EP 3 Version Darth Vader Soft Vinyl Kit !
– Kotobukiya 1/6 Batman Soft Vinyl Kit (Jim Lee-style)!
– Hot Toys Batman Begins Trading Figures & Snap Kit!
– Medicom 12″ RAH Darth Vader! – arriving this Wed.
– Transformers Galaxy Force GC-19 ExiKaiser!
– Transformers Galaxy Force GC-20 PackGuild!
– Transformers Galaxy Force GC-21 FastGunner!
– Transformers Galaxy Force GD-11 Chromia!
– Transformers Galaxy Force GD-12 Road Storm!

Box of 10 Yamato 5″ Batman figures for the amazing price of $22.00!
Over 45% off listed retail price. Expires July 23rd!

– September: Transformers Galaxy Force GX-02 Soundwave for $35.00!
Expires end of July.
– October: Star Wars Kubrick Series 5 set of 6 for $50.00!
Expires end of August.
– November: Star Wars 1/6 RAH Storm Trooper for $185.00!
Expires August 15.

Pre-Order Now!
– Batman Begins Microman, 3 styles!
– Batmobile ChoroQ vehicles – Batman & Batman Forever!
– Kotobukiya Final Fantasy VII Vinyl figure Sephiroth, Tifa & Vincent!
– Takara Re-issue Collection #20 Kup & Wheelie!
– Preorder Special: RobotMaster Skywarp & Thundercracker!
– Macross Yamato 1/48 VF-1A Cannon Folder!
– Dead or Alive KT Trading Figures!
– Max Factory Guyver III re-stock and Set of 6 Trading Figures NEW!
– Medicom RAH Cyclops & Carnage, limited 1,000 units each!
– Saint Seiya Gold Myth Cloth Scorpio!
– Medicom Star Wars Kubrick Series 5, Oct’05!
– Medicom RAH Storm Trooper, Nov’05!
– Medicom RAH Spiderman Comic Version, Nov’05!

Get yours FIRST at Action-!



Sith Exterminates Spiderman 2 For #8 On All Time Chart
July 18, 2005 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Revenge of the Sith has risen to #8 on the all time highest grossing chart at just over $373 million. Sith will be laying siege of Return of the King for the #7 slot next.



Hasbro Knows The Power Of The Dark Side
July 18, 2005 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has just reported an increase this quarter while Mattel (Barbie, Masters of the Universe) had a loss. It looks like the Sith really are getting their revenge.Check out the full story here.



UPDATE Comic Con Holo Leia
July 18, 2005 | 6:36 PM EST | Mark B

Well, it looks like didn’t sell all of their Comic-Con Holographic Leia’s at the show….get over to now and pick one up while they last!




Back In Stock
July 18, 2005 | 2:09 PM EST | Hfsolo

Back in stock…
Revenge of the Sith Figure: R2-D2 Electronic Light and Sound (mustafar)
Revenge of the Sith: Commander Bacara Quick-Draw Attack
Revenge of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker Battle Damage (Mustafar)
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Red)



Where’s Mothma?
July 17, 2005 | 8:32 PM EST | Scott


DVD Answers has posted a few more details about the upcoming DVD release of Revenge of the Sith (due November 8th). Including a couple shots of the now-infamous “Birth of the Rebellion” that was inexplicably cut from the final film. Head on over to check it out.

And remember, no official announcement has yet been made by Lucasfilm regarding the release of this DVD, and is subject to change at any time.



Imperial Idol – THE FINAL FOUR
July 17, 2005 | 7:34 PM EST | Scott


The Yakface Staff have selected their favorite entries in our Imperial Idol contest. Now it’s your turn.

Head on over to the FINALISTS page to see who made the cut and choose from the four selections. Cast your vote via our poll on the right. Whatever the final poll results turn out to be on Monday, July 25th (7pm E.S.T.) That’s how we will allocate our prizes.

We want to thank everyone who participated. Your spirit of fun and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated and helped to make this contest a success!



M-Pire Figs
July 17, 2005 | 5:54 PM EST | Hfsolo

In case you haven’t found these anywhere.. they are in stock at Amazon..
MPire 2-Pack Figures: M-Trooper and M-Vader
MPire 2-Pack Figures: M-Bacca and Mace
MPire 2-Pack Figures: M-Peror and M-Anakin
MPire 2-Pack Figures: M-Grievous and M-Obi Wan



Comic-Con Freebie
July 16, 2005 | 8:50 AM EST | Mark B

Sideshow was nice enough to hook me up with a few of their Comic-Con give-aways – a really cool pewter keychain with the Sideshow logo on one side, the Star Wars logo on the other. So, I want to give these away to YOU, our loyal Yakface readers. In order to make it fair, and thank Sideshow in the process, I want to make you work for it a little. As you may have read –

Sideshow Collectibles’ 12″ Star Wars Figure Press Release

With that in mind, I want you to let Sideshow know who you would like to see made in their new 12″ Line. Send me an email at THIS ADDRESS titled “Sideshow Giveaway” with a list of the top 5 figures you would like to see made. Include your name and address. I’ll draw from all the entries and send out the keychains that I have. Good luck!



Jedi Sith Battle Packs At K-Mart NOW
July 15, 2005 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Xizlo Fett sent in this report:

Just letting you know i dont know if anyone said anything yet but i just got back from a K-Mart in Riverside CA and found the Jedi VS Sith Battle Pack and to say great webpage.



Luke ROTJ FX Saber Pre-Orders
July 15, 2005 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

Don’t spent 400-500 on Ebay for the Luke Return of the Jedi FX Master Replica Lightsaber!!! The Saber Vault is taking preorders for the re-release of it for $119.00 shipped. They do require advance payment, however if you don’t want to fight trying to snag one at Borders later (they seem to have at least a partial exclusvie on it), it’s a good deal. Check it out here.



As The Saying Goes…. Christmas In July…
July 15, 2005 | 5:33 PM EST | Hfsolo

Hallmark.. your holiday store…

These 4 should be at your local Hallmark store Tomorrow…

And a miniture set…



3 Day Blinds New Episode III Collection
July 15, 2005 | 2:43 PM EST | Keri

Over at 3 Day Blinds website, you can view their all new collection of Episode III images on blinds. They have a very large selection to choose from, including some great 501st Clone Trooper images as well as classic Vader and Yoda. Other designs are more in the anime-style and look very cool too for fans young and old looking to spruce up any room of the house. Each blind is custom made to fit the measurements from your specific window, so the fitment is superb. Though the price may be a little more than other window treatments, no other company can boast the variety of images 3 Day Blinds gives their customers. I personally own 1 of their blinds in my bedroom and plan on buying another very soon for another window in my home. Not only do they look great, the product quality is very high.

Click on through here to see their new Episode III Collection of blinds.



Tatooine-like Planet Discovered
July 15, 2005 | 2:35 PM EST | Keri

At there is a report regarding the newest finding of a planet with not one or two, but three suns. This newest planet, outside our very own Solar System challenges the way scientists believe how planets are formed. It was theorized that dust orbiting a single sun formed into a planet. The planet with three suns certainly puts that theory to the test with its three suns. Perhaps, in that galaxy far, far away…..well you know the rest!

You can read all the details regarding the planet by clicking here.



MEGA BUY 2-Packs at TRU
July 15, 2005 | 2:21 PM EST | Jayson



I went to my local MN TRU during my lunchbreak today and they have the Mega Buy Figure 2-packs there for $8.97: The combos are as follows:

1. AT-TE Gunner with Bail Organa
2. Polis Massan with Vader Med. Droid
3. Mas Amedda with Ki-Adi-Mundi
4. Ki-Adi-Mundi with Luminara Unduli
5. Saesee Tinn with Plo Koon
6. Agen Kolar with Shaaki Ti

These 2-packs ship directly from Hasbro, not made up by individual stores.



Darth Maul Bust Now Up for PreOrder
July 14, 2005 | 10:58 PM EST | Mark B


1:1 Darth Maul Bust

Sideshow now has their new Lifesize Darth Maul bust up for order….check it out by clicking the banner above.



The Last Twelve
July 14, 2005 | 3:44 PM EST | Jayson

Sources on the site have put their Probe Droids in the field and have determined the Name, Number & Collection Assortment of the remaining 12 “new” figures (as most of the figs are just repaints) in the ROTS line. They are…

Collection 1:
III-57: Commander Bly
III-58: Wookiee Commando
III-59: Commander Gree
III-60: Grievous’s Bodyguard (white)
III-61: Passel Argente
III-62: Cat Miin (Shu Mai’s Aide)
Collection 2:
III-63: Neimoidian Commander
III-64: R4-P7
III-65: Tactical Ops Trooper (501st Trooper)
III-66: Plo Koon Holographic
III-67: Aayla Secura Holographic
III-68: Wookiee Heavy Gunner

Remember this list may change… but until then these figure have spots reserved in the ROTS section of the Yakface ToyGuide.



Revenge of the Sith DVD in HD?
July 14, 2005 | 1:23 PM EST | Keri

An interesting technology article on Yahoo News points to the possibility of Revenge of the Sith’s DVD release to be in High-Definition. As we all know, the film was shot digitally, as was Attack of the Clones. Since we are now living in a truly digital age, more and more movie theaters are scrambling to add digital projectors to their line-up, hoping to coax people away from their digital gadgets at home. The article goes on to mention the development of 3-D technologies by ILM which will soon have demos of Attack of the Clones and A New Hope to show. Also discussed is the rollout of 2,500 Digital screens in a two year time period.

You may read the entire article on Yahoo News by clicking here.



The SITH “Apprentice”
July 14, 2005 | 1:00 PM EST | Scott

I suppose it was only a matter of time…

From TV…

“SITH SENSE: Donald Trump has hired Star Wars mastermind George Lucas to appear in the upcoming fourth season of The Apprentice. According to Advertising Age, Lucas will decide which team comes up with the better concept to promote the DVD for Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. A lightsabre duel between Omarosa and Ereka Vitrini, perhaps?”

Thanks to Yak reader Peter for the heads-up on this one.



Sideshow Gets 12-Inch Figure License
July 14, 2005 | 12:02 PM EST | Scott

While the 12-inch line may be dead over at the big H. It will live again with another group, Sideshow Collectibles.

The new 12-inch scale line is scheduled to hit store shelves in mid 2006. Hit the link for the full press release.



Turbo Tank Driver Gets Name Change
July 14, 2005 | 11:27 AM EST | Jayson

From some of the Comic-Con photos I’ve seen circulating the web, namely, Hasbro has quietly updated the packaging of the previously named “Turbo Tank Driver” to the AT-RT Driver. Maybe someone over at the“BIG H” noticed that the sculpt & deco looked very similar to a pack-in figure they produced for their vehicle line. What’s cool about him now is that he has interchangeable chest armor! One with battle damage and one without. Now why couldn’t they have done that with the #41 Clone Trooper?



Ultimate Vader Guides Shipping Next Week
July 14, 2005 | 11:25 AM EST | Scott


This definitive guide on everything Darth Vader, including history, tech and collectibles, is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to ship next week. Retail price is $9.95. Click the image to order.



Win SDCC Sideshow Luke @ Aint It Cool
July 13, 2005 | 11:45 PM EST | Scott

Aint It Cool News is currently running a contest during the duration of the San Diego Comic Con in cooperation with Sideshow Collectibles.

The Grand Prize being a 1/4 scale Luke Skywalker Figure. This will be the SDCC exclusive version which comes with floppy hat and poncho.

Click on over to AICN for full details.



Imperial Idol – “Final Four” Coming Soon
July 13, 2005 | 11:37 PM EST | Scott


Just a heads-up. The “Final Four” Imperial Idol contestants, on which you will be voting, will be announced Monday, July 18. The voting will run for ONE WEEK ONLY to determine who will win what.

In the meantime, be sure to check out all the current Entries.



REVENGE Of the Jedi Sculpted Poster
July 13, 2005 | 11:30 PM EST | Scott


Code 3 Collectibles has just announced the next addition to their series of fantastic 3D sculpted poster reproductions.

This time it’s the REVENGE of the Jedi teaser poster. This one will be in the same smaller scale as the C3 Exclusive ESB poster.

Limited to 1,983 pieces and scheduled to ship in November, it can be pre-ordered at their site now for the incredible price of $24.95. Click the image to head to thier site.



July 13, 2005 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark B


1:1 Darth Maul Bust

Sideshow announces the new lifesize Darth Maul Bust….

Sideshow Collectibles’ 12″ Star Wars Figure Press Release


LucasArts Store Online Now Open
July 13, 2005 | 10:44 PM EST | Keri

LucasArts has now opened the virtual doors to its new online store where you can purchase LucasArts games and gear such as hats and shirts. You can pre-order Empire at War for your PC and get a free Empire at War mouse pad while supplies last. You can also pre-order the much anticipated sequel Battlefront II and recieve and Exclusive t-shirt, while supplies last of course.

You may click the link here to go to the new LucasArts store and order or pre-order great games today.



Comicon Swag Preview
July 13, 2005 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with a brief preview of their Comicon goodies as well as upcoming announcements. The latest on their site reports:

Stop by our booth for:

Free Star Wars 3 3/4″ Action Figure Poster (while supplies last)
Free Attacktix figure (while supplies last)
Free Galactic Hero figure (while supplies last)
Preview of new Star Wars toys including exclusives coming this Fall.
Official Attacktix tournament on Friday & Saturday (sign up in the booth) with exclusive silver edition Attackix figure tournament prizes.
Attacktix demos and gaming.
Darth Tater and new M-Pire figures for sale in the section of the booth
Life-size Episode III Action Figure Blister Card where you can take you picture

Check it out here.



Bust-Ups 5
July 13, 2005 | 7:28 PM EST | Hfsolo

Gentle Giant has released images of the series 5 of the Bust-Ups..

Hoth: to include…

Hoth Han Solo, Hoth Luke Skywalker, Wampa, AT-AT Driver, Snowtrooper and DarthVader.



Lightsaber You Will Build…
July 13, 2005 | 6:33 PM EST | Hfsolo

In stock now, no pre-order…
Build Your Own Lightsaber

Also in sotck…
Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith Clone Troopers (includes 3 different clone troopers)



Wedge Antilles Internet Exclusive
July 13, 2005 | 12:32 PM EST | Jayson


For the first time ever, Rebel hero Wedge Antilles is available as a carded figure exclusively through online retailers. This figure is the same that was included with the Millennium Falcon carrying case way back in 1997 and also includes a Topps Collectors Card and StarWarsShop Collector Case! Pre-order yours now at! Ships Oct. 2005



More Sith Battle Packs & Evolution Sets Found
July 13, 2005 | 12:10 PM EST | Jayson

This in from Yak Reader Amanamango John –

I picked up the Sith Battle Pack and Anakin Evolution sets at K-Mart (Rockford, IL) last night. Asajj and Anakin in the battle pack are both retooled figures with many changes. Asajj has a new torso, and new arms with swivel elbows instead of wrists. Plus the skirting is much different than the CW version. Anakin is almost entirely a new sculpt. The new paint schemes are great, except Anakin has purple lipstick on. Obi-Wan also has several small holes for the trooper armor to snap into. Yoda and Grievous remain about the same as older releases. I thought you might want to know that this set isn’t entirely just a bunch of repaints.

Great finds! But too bad about Anakin’s lipstick… Padme will surely have some questions.



Black Variant Clone Pilot
July 13, 2005 | 9:04 AM EST | Jayson

The team from have updated this morning with news on a possible solution to all those #34 Clone Pilots warming the shelves at our favorite retailers. They have a carded shot of a Black Uniformed Clone Pilot which is an obvious allusion to the TIE Pilots of the Original Trilogy. Personally, I like this version a lot better! Head on over to to check it out!



Sideshow at Comic-Con
July 13, 2005 | 8:59 AM EST | Mark B


Premium Format Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sideshow Collectibles will be showing their new 1/4 scale Obi-Wan Kenobi starting tonight at the San Diego Comic Con (don’t forget to pick up your Comic-Con exclusives that you preordered – starting tomorrow).

Look for quite a few new product announcements from them as well. Including the first of their new line of FULL SIZE Star Wars busts. The first is going to be announced at Comic-Con (we’ll have details as soon as Sideshow makes them official), but I’ll tell you, the one they are starting with is an absolutely INCREDIBLE piece. I’ve talked to people who have seen it, and it is amazing. Its going to retail for around $600, but will be well worth it.



Battle Pack Fotos!
July 12, 2005 | 5:25 PM EST | Jayson

The diminutive scavengers over at have updated today with boxed front and back images of the Assault on Hoth and Jedi Temple Assault Battle Packs. While neither of them contain new sculpts, most of the figures have added paint opps. Go check’em out.



Target Vader at Disneyland
July 12, 2005 | 1:52 PM EST | Jayson


From Yak reader Bill…

Just thought I’d pass this along but I was at Disney for the last two weeks of Star Wars Weekends and at the new toy store at Downtown Disney I happened to be at the Star Wars section when a Disney Cast Member brought out around 10 Target Lava Vaders without the clamshell the figures were all C-10 and were selling for $10. What really stinks is I bought one on Scalper-Bay a few days befor I left to go on vacation. I left all but the one I bought for my 5 year old.

Way to not be a hoarder Bill!



Target Clone In Stores again?
July 12, 2005 | 12:41 PM EST | Jayson

This came in on Friday from JediChris from the Badger State…

“Today I went a little toy hunt to see what was out in my area and I found some Target exclusive Clone Troopers at a Target in Waukesha WI. They had about 8 on the pegs and I left them all hanging on the pegs. I just wanting let your readers know that this figure is still out and can be found at retail.


Thanks for the info… probably just a fluke, but stranger things have show up. For instance my local Target has put the recalled 5-pack of Collectors Casesback out, and I’m pretty sure these are still the same ones that don’t hold the carded figures all that well.



Audience Participation – Choose the next Figure Review!
July 12, 2005 | 12:33 PM EST | Jayson

This goes out to all you Yakface readers out there. Instead of throwing out a review from the most recent of figures, this week I thought I’d change it up a bit and ask you our faithful readers which figure would you like to read a review about. It doesn’t even have to be from the current ROTS line, it can go back to the POTF2 if you want! Explore the Yakface Toyguide and shoot me an email by this Friday, and I will pick from the submissions the next figure to wax poetic on.



Anakin Evolution & Jedi Vs. Sith Battle Set Found
July 11, 2005 | 10:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Luis writes in with this newest store report:

“Just wanted to let you know that my friend Ricardo found the Jedi Vs. Sith Battle Pack and the Darth Vader Evolution at K-Mart in Desert Hot Springs, California. How do I know? He drove back home to Palm Springs and called me to tell me. Since I live in Los Angeles he drove the 22 miles back so he could get me an evolution set. They are ringing up at $21.99. That seems a little high but K-Mart is always more expensive. It looks like the only difference between these new re-hashes and the old figures are the shiny capes. The left side of the box opens up to re-veal the accessories. There are the cuffs and chains from EPII from the arena scene, two lightsabers with the vader hilt with a red and blue saber and a hilt. Also packed is the removable arm and a robotic hand. There are also two silver stickers that keep the package together. Once they are removed you can remove the sleeve towards the left to take out the packaged figures through the right. $22 bucks seems like a lot, but the package is great. I don’t know about the battle pack but the Evolution set is packaged great.”

Well, as we have seen in the past CA gets the newest items first and they make their way east to the rest of the US. I have mine on order from, so Happy Hunting everyone!



OTC, Packaging and…Jedi In Disguise?
July 11, 2005 | 3:35 PM EST | Scott

JediJman checks in with some new info on upcoming OTC releases, packaging details and a scoop on an exciting merging of Star Wars and another popular toy line, read on…

Okay, here’s another scoop on new products coming out! I saw a few new
packages today:

– The basic line OTC packaged figures! These look like a combination
of the old OTC line and the new ROTS packaging. Rectangular cards with
the OTC graphics, but the base is rounded off similar to the ROTS
figures. Bubbles are rectangular (yay!) which is better for stacking IMO.

The bad news: There are 6 figures pictured on the back – all rehashes.
They had chewie in chains, boussh, Han Carbonite (looks like the one
from the cardboard jabba’s palace set), Bib Fortuna, Barada and I think
one more guy – I’ll check again later. They all looked like previously
released versions, but…

The good news: there is an indicator that each of them comes with a
free mini-holographic figure! There’s an oval opening about 1.5 inches
big, but no actual toys in these, so I’m not sure what exactly will be
included. Hopefully its a different one for each figure.

The other new packaging they had…I can hardly believe this myself,
but its a foot long pegable package with a clear window and no toy
inside. On the top it has the STAR WARS logo, and on the bottom it
says…are you ready for this? TRANSFORMERS. That’s right, Star Wars
Transformers! The back is plain cardboard, so I have no idea what this is going
to be, but I’m already stoked.

For fans of Transformers, they had all the new Heroes of Cybertron
stuff, and new packaging for the Alternators line. The two sample
alternators present were a Prowl car and Skids the Van. I’ll try to get some
more details this afternoon…




UPDATE Imperial Idol – Closed
July 10, 2005 | 8:10 PM EST | Scott


That’s all folks. The doors are now closed and all the submissions are in. I have some last minute entries to post, which will be up shortly, then it will be up to us to determine the four finalists that you, our loyal Yakface readers will be voting on. Stay tuned.

UPDATE Five last minute entries have now been posted on the Entries page. Thanks to Jedi Jman, Jason Kepler, Jimm McShane, T.P. and Niktom. As well as an honorable mention to QuiGonJ for sending in a very special pic near and dear to my heart.



Blue Guard, Antilles.. and More…
July 10, 2005 | 5:55 PM EST | Hfsolo

Now In stock…
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Blue)
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Figure: Utapauian Warrior

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Figure: Captain Antilles



Sith Reaches #9 On All Time List
July 10, 2005 | 5:31 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office is reporting that this weekend’s gross puts Revenge of the Sith at #9 on the all time highest grossing movies list– with almost $371 million in domestic revenues. It looks like Sith will probably pass Spiderman 2 (at $373 million) next week to move up to #8! Check it out here.



Begun the Clearances Have…
July 9, 2005 | 6:05 PM EST | Keri

While doing some figure hunting at my local Target stores this weekend, I started to see the beginning of some clearances. They had some Lego sets 15% off which included the Snowspeeder and Dagobah playset. The Luke with Speeder Bike Jedi Force was 50% off on endcaps at the back of the toys. Also one store had what was left of the Hasbro 12″ for 15% off which was about $16.00. Hopefully we’ll see more clearances like this as the basic figures have gradually risen to the $6.00 mark again.

Good Luck Hunting everyone!



Yes Virginia, There Is a Star Tours Wave 4
July 9, 2005 | 5:12 PM EST | Bill

Sharon over at the Trade Federation has scored all the scoop evidenced by this photo. As you can see they are on OTC cards!



Action-HQ Newsfeed
July 9, 2005 | 12:16 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -bringing the Best to you FIRST with the new
Star Wars Evolution Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader 3-pack,
Saint Seiya Gold Saint Aries, Fantastic Four Action Figures &

Available Now!
– Star Wars Evolution 3-pack Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader!
– Fantastic Four 8 inch action figures!
– Saint Seiya Gold Saint Aries with Metal Plate!
– Gundam Mobile Suit Ultimate Operation 10!
– BanDai 1/144 EX model Mobile Armor Exass!
– BanDai non scale Eureka 7 Nirvash Type Zero model kit!
– Batman Begins Tomy phone straps!

July Promotion!
Get a box of 10 Yamato 4″ Batman figures for the amazing price of $20.00 !

Pre-Order Now!
– Medicom RAH Storm Trooper !

– Medicom Star Wars Kubrick Series 5 !
Get yours FIRST at Action-!



UPDATE Imperial Idol – Uh……yeah….
July 8, 2005 | 9:37 PM EST | Scott


With just a couple days to go, our entries seem to be picking up steam.

Tim Shady delivers an entry that’s well……..let’s just say it’s “unique” and leave it at that.

Hint, if you like grown men in diapers (and who doesn’t, really), this one’s for you.

UPDATE Well folks, it’s finally happened, we have nudity in our Imperial Idol contest. Not the yummy Jessica Alba kind like I dream about either. We’re talking the horriffic Newt Gingrich-y kind of nudity that will shock you into a coma. Thankfully the black box was already in place when I received it or it may have burned out my retinas. G. Stewart, you’re a brave man.

P.S. Ms. Alba, if you’re reading, we’re still waiting for your entry.



Sideshow Obi-Wan Now Available
July 8, 2005 | 7:30 PM EST | Mark B


Premium Format Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sideshow Collectibles now has the new Obi-Wan Kenobi 1/4 scale figure available to order. It is available in a Premium Version (which includes a Jedi Training Remote) and a regular version. Click banner above to order – ACT NOW if you want the Premium One – they’ll sell out QUICKLY!

***Do a search for item 71411 if it doesn’t bring up the Premium Version after the link!****



Candy On The Outside, Resin In The Center
July 7, 2005 | 8:16 PM EST | Scott


The Star Wars Shop informs us that they are now offering sculpted resin statues of two of the popular Mpire characters. You can choose from Darths Vader or Maul and they will set you back $44.99 each. Yummy!

Click the images above for more info.



Imperial Idol – When Toys Attack
July 7, 2005 | 7:58 PM EST | Scott


Looks like Imperial Idol contestant Jack Mackie has incurred the wrath of his toy collection. Check out his Entry.



Thoughts and Prayers
July 7, 2005 | 1:53 PM EST | Jayson

Take time today to send your thoughts and prayers to people of London on this sad day that feels all too familiar.



Unleash the Red Clones…
July 7, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Hfsolo

If you havn’t gotten your Unleashed Clone Trooper Figure (Red), it is in stock now…



Imperial Idol – Tatooine Dreamin’
July 7, 2005 | 1:43 AM EST | Scott


Yak reader Jimmy Dunn has thrown his hat into the ring to become our first Imperial Idol. Hit the Entries page to see what he’s been dreaming about.

And remember, our July 10th deadline is only three days away! Crank out those entries!



Master Replicas Gold Anakin/Obi Wan Saber Duel Set Giveaway
July 6, 2005 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Master Replicas is giving away the second of three gold FULL SIZE Obi Wan/Anakin lightsaber dueling sets. The first was given away at C3 and the other one is in the Lucasfilm Archives. Click here to enter.



Action-HQ Newsfeed
July 6, 2005 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Evolution from
Anakin to Darth Vader! Click here to order yours!



New Contest At Yodas News
July 6, 2005 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yoda’s News:

We recently did some updates to our member collections area, and we
realized that there are a ton of readers out there that have great
collections to show off, but did not know we will be happy to host and
post them here for you so you have your own collection page! Click here for more.



Star Wars Grails On The Block
July 6, 2005 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Eric sent in this report:

Looks like Gary Kurtz is auctioning off much of his collection. The first link is the article about it on Yahoo(Click here) , the second link is the auction house(Click here). If you go to the Auction 22 catalog page, the Star Wars, Dark Crystal and Indiana Jones items are on pages 51-100, there might be more, but I didn’t look past those pages once I found them!



NEW Unleashed “unleashed”
July 6, 2005 | 12:43 AM EST | Jayson has updated tonight revealing the next 3 of Hasbro’s ever expanding Unleashed line. First up is Han Solo in Stormtrooper Armor complete with Dianoga tentacle from the trash compactor (this has a Luke variant written all over it). Followed by Chewbacca on Kashyyyk (which doesn’t look all that different from the “Endor” version released previously) and the piéce de résistance: the Shocktrooper from Mustafar! (please Hasbro give us more Unleashed ROTS clones!) Visit for other details!

UPDATE the spies from have word that these will be the last figures of the Unleashed line to make way for a much smaller 2″ line. Boo!!!



Back In Stock
July 5, 2005 | 10:28 PM EST | Hfsolo

Head over to Amazon…

Revenge of the Sith Figure: R2-D2 Electronic Light and Sound (mustafar)
Revenge of the Sith: Commander Bacara Quick-Draw Attack
Revenge of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker Battle Damage (Mustafar)

Don’t forget.. Burger King is running a special.. buy a meal and get an Amazon card.. can win up to $10,000 at every card is worth at least $1.00



Revenge Of The Tats
July 4, 2005 | 5:40 PM EST | Scott


Yak fan Strange99 is mighty proud of his new tattoo depicting one of those Jedi killing 501st Legion Troopers and may very well be the first documented ROTS tat to hit the net (at least that we know of) He also throws us a pic of his Yoda tat for good measure. Anyway, here’s his story, and you can click the images to check out the larger photos…

“Hey there..Just letting you guys know that a Yakface fan has gotten the
first of what will soon be many tattoos based on Revenge Of the Sith…My buddy and I are big time collectors and tattoo Artists… Pat Bronowicki did this one on me last week…surely my best tattoo to date…thank you Yakface…

P.S. He can be contacted at ”

Very nice work!



Happy 4th Of July
July 4, 2005 | 10:34 AM EST | Jair

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Be careful with those fireworks and go see Episode III.



News From
July 3, 2005 | 9:02 PM EST | Hfsolo

We received several shipments of items from Hasbro this week, some of
which may interest you and your readers. We’re especially fond of…

Star Wars 500th Figure – Darth Vader (Item# HS85413, $19.99)
Individually packaged Darth Vader action figure. Includes Meditation
Chamber packaging with a helmet you can remove from his head without
having to open the box!

SW Episode III Darth Sidious Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW132,
This full size replica is modeled after the ancient weapon from Star
Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith!

SW Episode III Force Battlers Assortment 2 (Item# HS85179B, $103.99)
The latest wave of these chunky fighters includes the Clone Trooper
with jetpack, Mace Windu, and Chewbacca with a firing water blaster.



Niubniub’s 5th
July 3, 2005 | 2:10 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends over at Niubniub’s Universe:

Today marks the 5th anniversary of NiubNiubs Universe and as in years past it’s time for the annual “Where’s NiubNiub?” contest 5 prizes are given away this year including exclusive CIII items as well as
my personal Bounty Hunters Diorama as Grand Prize.

For contest rules and entry form, just click here.

The contest is open to everyone around the world starting today July 1 and ending July 31 winners will be drawn August 1rst and Posted at NiubNiubs August 3rd. Let the games begin 🙂



UPDATE Imperial Idol Update! – New Entries!
July 2, 2005 | 1:29 AM EST | Scott


Two more fans have thrown their hats into the ring in our Imperial Idol contest. Big thanks to Caleb Williams and Epsilon Jedi for showing us that pride is meaningless when free toys are on the line. Click above to go to the Entriespage and check out their work.

Remember, the deadline is July 10th. Whatever you’re gonna do, do it fast and make it good!

UPDATE NEW ENTRY! Greg Sorvig takes us back to the “Me Decade” with a sampling of some hot hits from that era. Hit the Entries page to check it out.



New Figs, Build Your Own Saber…
July 2, 2005 | 12:29 AM EST | Hfsolo

Revenge of the Sith Figure: R2-D2 Electronic Light and Sound (mustafar)
Revenge of the Sith: Commander Bacara Quick-Draw Attack
Revenge of the Sith: Anakin Skywalker Battle Damage (Mustafar)

Here is a pre-order for the new Build Your Own Lightsaber kit…

and the…
Episode III Darth Vader Mini Bust



New Sideshow Obi-Wan
July 1, 2005 | 7:58 PM EST | Mark B


Premium Format Obi-Wan Kenobi

CHECK IT OUT! The New Sideshow Collectibles Obi-Wan Kenobi 1/4 Scale Figure. Click the banner above for a preview….preorders coming soon!



Exclusive Remote R2 Now for Everyone!
July 1, 2005 | 4:22 PM EST | Mark B has opened up sales of the Exclusive Remote Control R2D2 Action Figure to everyone! You don’t have to be a Hyperspace memeber now to order! Get ’em now at



Early Bird Kit Back in Stock at
July 1, 2005 | 4:13 PM EST | Keri


YakReader James writes in to let us know that once again has the Early Bird Kit back in stock for those of you who missed it at the stores.

Click on through here to order it today!

June 2005 Archive

Koto Episode III Clone Trooper!
June 30, 2005 | 11:36 PM EST | Mark B now has the Kotobukiya CloneTrooper available for order (got mine ordered tonight!). This is a MUST have from the Koto Line!



Lucasfilms Chamber Of Secrets
June 30, 2005 | 10:22 AM EST | Scott

The Official Site has posted an article about what may be the most glorious place on earth, if you’re a Star Wars collector that is.

No, it’s not Steve Sansweets garage, though you’re getting warm. It’s the Lucasfilm Licensing archives, where thousands of the Lucas-related products that have been produced down through the years are stored for posterity.

Marvel at rows of vintage Imperial Shuttles, still in their boxes. Awe at entire cases of Vintage POTJ Skiffs, Biker Scout Pistols and figures. Drool at racks of Atticus Statues and much, much more.

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us would sell a limb or a major organ for just ten minutes inside this place. Well, here you can read about the lucky S.O.B…um..I mean….guy who gets to run it on a daily basis.



4th Of July Blowout Sale At
June 30, 2005 | 10:12 AM EST | Jair

StarWarsShop is having a 4th of July Blowout sale, so check it out. Here is the link.



Buy Four For The Fourth
June 30, 2005 | 9:53 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site is reporting on yet another holiday-themed ROTS promotion.

If you buy three tickets for Revenge of the SIth from July 1 – 4 you get the fourth ticket FREE. Plus if you send in your ticket stub, you will be in the running to win a full size Classic Trilogy pinball game.

That’s cool and all, but where can I get that cool Yoda poster?



Action-HQ Newsfeed
June 30, 2005 | 7:42 AM EST | Bill

This just in from -bringing the Best to you FIRST with a wholes slew of
NEW items: Star Wars Walmart Exclusive Titanium Vehicles, Tomy
Dioramas & Pez Keychains, AVP Microman, Aoshima Alien Dropship
& APC, 12″ Jin Roh, Marvel Capsule Series 3, Bandai Japan Batman
Begins Vehicle Model and More!

Available NOW:
– Star Wars Walmart Exclusive Titanium Vehicles Set of 5 and Set of
– Tomy’s Star Wars Box of 10 Dioramas!
– Kabaya’s Star Wars Set of 8 Mini-Pez Dispenser Keychains!
– Takara’s Alien vs Predator Microman (Alien Queen, Alien Warrior,
Predator Elder, Predator Celtic and Predator Warrior)!
– Aoshima’s Die-Cast Metal Alien Dropship and APC Vehicle!
– 12″ Jin Roh Figure with Armor Parts!
– Bandai Japan’s Marvel Capsule Series 3 (Blade, Spiderman, Black
Cat, Wolverine, Psylocke and Electra)!
– Bandai Japan’s 1/35 Batman Begins Vehicle Model Kit!
And More!

Pre-Order Now!
– Aoshima 1/48 Die-Cast Airwolf (Aug’05 release)
– Star Wars Kotobukiya 1/7 Clone Trooper Episode 3 version! (Sep’05
-Final Fantasy VII : Cloud Stride on Febriru Bike Limited Edition
(Sep’05 release)
– Macross CM’s figure box of 12 set part 3 (Sep’05 release)
– Saint Seiya Dragon Shiryu Final Version with Metal Plate (Sep’05
– Star Wars Kotobukiya 1/7 Anakin Skywalker Episode 3 version!
(Oct’05 release)
– Evangelion Rei & Asuka figure set White X’mas UFO Catcher Prize
Item (Oct’05 release)
– Evangelion Set of 2 EX Ikusei (Nov’05 release)

Get yours FIRST at! Click here to order.



New LEGO Sets??
June 29, 2005 | 1:23 PM EST | Hfsolo

Hey all! I work for a packaging company and just spotted packages for
several new Lego sets on the way. Here’s the next wave of stuff coming

– 6207 Awing with Pilot and crewman
– 6205 V-Wing with Clone Pilot
– 6208 B-Wing with Pilot
– 6206 Tie Interceptor with Pilot
– 6209 Slave I with Fett, Ig-88, 4-LOM, and Dengar!

They also had the box for a new 5-pack of 3 & 3/4″ Hasbro figures
called “Clone Attack on Coruscant,” which includes 4 white clones with gray
shoulder pads and a blue commander that is similar to the Baccura (sp?)

All look very very cool!

Jedi Jman



M&M Figures Found…
June 29, 2005 | 1:23 PM EST | Hfsolo

Hi just wanted to say that they have been found but none of them were worth collecting they were all dented and bubbles smashed. I couldnt believe how bad they looked. there was atleast 20 items on the shelf. They were just to beatup to buy.
Tony Wan Kenobi



Force Battlers, Attacktix and More *UPDATED*
June 29, 2005 | 9:10 AM EST | Hfsolo

Here are some new Items….

Force Battlers Figure: Clone Trooper
Force Battlers Figure: Mace Windu
Force Battlers Figure: Chewbacca
Attacktix Battle Case with Figure: SW

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Stass Allie
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Spider Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Crab Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Trooper



Federation Toys Newsfeed
June 29, 2005 | 7:50 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

just wanted to say hi and let you know that we will have new Items in stock later, we will be updating tonight and tomorrow. (see below for the list). we are taking PRE-ORDERS ON NEW master replica’s items coming soon. We have a limited number of the star wars celebration II souvenir program collector’s book. This is going to be a busy year, we will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. we hope you have a great day and WEEKEND.

We will also be attending Wizards World 2005 Chicago, and Chicago land Entertainment Expo, check our website for all the details.

ROTS Mustafar Playset
ROTS Battle Arena’s
Obi VS. Body Guard
Mace VS. Sidious
Anakin VS. Dooku
ROTS Deluxe
Vulture Droid
Darth Vader with Table



Japan Exclusive 3.5″ Remote Control R2
June 28, 2005 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

The Star Wars Shop is now taking preorders from Hyperspace members of the Japanese exclusive 3.5″ remote control R2-D2 complete with a remote control hidden in a lightsaber shaped device. All for $19.99!!! Click here to order.



Detailed Images Of European Bright Chrome Lightsaber Minis
June 28, 2005 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

The team over at the Private Universe has scored some detailed images of the upcoming European exclusive bright chrome Master Replicas mini lightsabers due out later this year. To say the least these look VERY nice. Check them out here.



Imperial Idol – 1st Update, 1st Contestant
June 28, 2005 | 6:02 PM EST | Scott


Whether he goes on to win or not, Yak reader “Senor Fachero” has already distinguished himself by being the first contestant in our IMPERIAL IDOL contest.

Head on over to our Entries page for a great example of the type of Idol spirit we’re looking for.



500th Vader
June 28, 2005 | 3:22 PM EST | Hfsolo

Want it?? Can’t wait???

Head over to as they have it in stock now and ready to ship…



Attention Java Droids
June 27, 2005 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

This Sunday’s comics marked the debut of R2’s retirement job, now known as R2-JV8:



Everybody Loves a Clone
June 27, 2005 | 5:17 PM EST | Jayson

The rebel spies from have discovered that armies of Clone Troopers will descend upon Toys “R” Us stores this holiday season, by way of a trio of exclusive 3-pack sets. Search For Yoda, Jedi Temple Raid and Attack on Utapau are the names of the rumored sets. March onto for more details!



Imperial Idol Continues
June 27, 2005 | 10:35 AM EST | Scott


Remember, we are collecting your photo submissions for our Imperial Idol contest until July 10th, so you still have plenty of time.

You have the chance to put together a scene which is both creative and funny. Costumes, toys, pets, family members, the sky is the limit, just keep it legal ok?



Possibly The Strangest Star Wars Story
June 27, 2005 | 9:45 AM EST | Mark B

Ok, not really strange, but interesting how Star Wars can invade all aspects of daily life – in this case a church in the UK. The Register has a story featuring just that… Now I’ve heard of people treating Star Wars as a religion, but the other way around?



Sith Makes Top 10 Films!
June 26, 2005 | 11:15 PM EST | Bill

ROTS has successfully laid seige to the Two Towers, and defeated Jurassic Park’s prehistoric total. The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Revenge of the Sith’s weekend gross has propelled it into the top 10 highest grossing films of all time! Thanks to Yak Reader Chris for the heads-up.



SUPER Star Destroyer!
June 26, 2005 | 12:57 AM EST | Scott


I don’t normally make posts about ebay auctions, but this is truly an exception.

Ebay seller simone0677 (Santiago, Chile) is auctioning off this amazing 7 Foot Long Star Destroyer replica, which includes a custom lighting system, and a removable tower with a bridge playset inside which is to scale with your 3 1/4 inch figures.

If you have the money and the room, this would be an astonishing addition to your collection. Click the image above to check out the auction page and the additional photos.

Thanks to Yak reader Klaudius for the heads-up on this one.



New Waves Reminder
June 25, 2005 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent this in:

I was reading your article on the Tank Gunner. This figure will also be shipping in the very near future with the new figures #51. #52, and #53. I am getting those figures next week and it had 2 AT-TE gunner mixed into that assortment. There is also a different mix of that same assortment that has only one AT-TE gunner added in. Just letting your readers know that there is hope of finding this cool figure at retail.



ATTE Gunner At
June 24, 2005 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

That’s right! Yak Reader Tony Wan Kenobi sent in this report:

I found the At-te tank gunner at hes
back in stock!!! Let people know if they still need to
get him.



UPDATE C3 Vader Back In Stock
June 24, 2005 | 2:26 PM EST | Scott

I know that this may hijack a few potential contestants away from our IMPERIAL IDOL contest, but then it would be irresponsible of me not to report it wouldn’t it?

Yak reader Brian R. writes in to let us know that the Celebration III exclusive Darth Vader figure is back IN STOCK at

A couple things to note however, it is only available to Hyperspace members and it does NOT come with the protective custom Star Case which means they cannot guarantee it will arrive in mint condition, so buy with care.

UPDATE Out of stock again, but don’t worry, you still have a chance to win ourswhich comes with the Star Case and will arrive to you in spankin’ new condition.



Master Replicas Collector’s Society
June 24, 2005 | 1:32 PM EST | Hfsolo


Head over to Master Replicas Site to check it out..

2005 Master Replicas Collectors Society Membership

Welcome on board as Master Replicas announces the launch of our NEW 2005 Collectors Society membership kit. Sign up for our team and we promise we’ll share with you a galaxy of excitement in the coming months as we celebrate the great and the good of prop collecting.

As a member of our alliance**, you’ll receive a variety of exclusive benefits available in no other system –

o A full Darth Maul .45 Scaled Replica LightsaberTM* (MSRP $50)
o A personalized Membership Card and ID Number
o An exclusive CS 2005 embroidered patch
o The Replica Report featuring behind the scenes on how we make your favorite replicas
o Advance purchase on all Master Replicas releases
o Exclusive contests with the chance to win prototypes and Artist Proofs
o Special offers, discounts, & invitations
o The chance to purchase CS Exclusives

*This piece will be retired December 31, 2005 and is only available thru the Collectors Society Kit.
** Early ordering and CS membership exclusive offers will still be honored for existing members.

Additionally, you’ll receive a
o $100 credit toward the purchase of a Studio Scale Replica
o Two $50 credits toward a Limited Edition Replica or Helmet (sorry, not redeemable on Elite Editions)
o One $30 credit toward a Force FX Lightsaber
o Two $10 credits toward a .45 Scaled Replica

This combined value of $300 (one credit redeemable per purchase – valid on new orders only) can be yours
(Domestic S&H included, additional $20 for international)
(Please allow 7 – 10 business days to activate your CS Membership)




Tarkin and Friends
June 24, 2005 | 1:20 PM EST | Hfsolo

Back in stock over at Amazon…

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Ask Aak
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarkin
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Meena Tills



Ultimate Lightsabers Arriving
June 24, 2005 | 10:25 AM EST | Scott


Yak reader Jimmy D. writes to let us know that his Ultimate Lightsaber Kit arrived from

“I ordered about a week and half ago the Ultimate Lightsaber on It was supposed to be a pre-order, but I was surprised to receive it this past Monday. I have to say after reading some reports on about people getting merchandise from in bad condition I was slightly afraid that mine would be that way. However, it arrived quickly and in great shape. Attached are some pictures of the saber in its packaging. I have not seen any on line yet so I thought I would pass them on.”

Good to hear a positive experience from the Hasbro Store! Hopefully they’re getting the bugs worked out. Click the thumbnails above for a larger view.



Our Newest Staff Member
June 24, 2005 | 10:21 AM EST | Mark B


Welcome our newest Yakface Staff Member – Audrey Ann – born yesterday at 2:30 in the morning. Mom and Daughter are doing great. When asked for comment, the Father replied “Where is the nearest Starbucks?”



Bounty Hunting: ROTS Disposable Camera
June 23, 2005 | 10:39 PM EST | Keri

Just when I thought I had seen it all in terms of Star Wars merchandising, I am once again suprised to find something new to me while surfing Ebay this evening.

You too may take photos of you, your friends and your collection with your very own Episode III ROTS themed disposable camera! The camera itself looks very cool decorated with images of Sith Lords Vader and Sidious, along with Jedi Yoda, Obi-Wan and Anakin dueling. I am not sure how this camera was obtained. It appears to be a Kellogg’s offer of some sort, one that I missed out on or something! Regardless, it’s a nice looking item at a more than affordable price to add to any collection!

Click on through the link below and say “Sith”!

ROTS Disposable Camera



Exclusive Master Replicas BLACK Lightsaber
June 23, 2005 | 9:09 PM EST | Mark B


Head over to IMMEDIATELY!!! They have a brand new exclusive BLACK CHROME Anakin Skywalker .45 scale Lightsaber replica made by Master Replicas. This is a EXCLUSIVE and is sure to be the hottest looking item in the scaled line!

Also just out is a new Master Replicas SIGNATURE Edition AT-AT that is limited to only 750 Pieces!



Master Replicas Black Chrome Anakin Mini Lightsaber Revealed
June 23, 2005 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

This just in from The Star Wars — they are the mysterious recipient of the Black Chrome Mini Anakin Lightsaber Exclusive. Price $35.00, shipping in September. Click here for more.



What Happened To Shaak Ti?
June 23, 2005 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new feature for Hyperspace members detailing Shaak Ti’s deminse– including some still images. Check it out here.



Looking To Win A Set Of Early Bird Figures?
June 23, 2005 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill

The team over at Galactic has a contest running where you can win your very own set of Early Bird figures, no proof of purchase required. Click here for the info.



4th of July Sale
June 23, 2005 | 2:06 PM EST | Mark B has just started their July 4th sale – you can save anywhere from around 10-50% on select items (including several Episode III Figures). Head on over to to check out the entire list of goods!



New Cases for Pre-Order
June 23, 2005 | 8:37 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Entertainment Earth.. these are now available for pre-order…

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6, Rev. 1
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 1, Wave 6 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 1x Yoda (EIII #26), 2x General Grievous (EIII #9), 1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6), 2x Darth Vader (EIII #11), 1x Emperor Palpatine (EIII #12), 1x Clone Commander (EIII #33), 1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41), 1x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49), 1x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54), 1x Obi-Wan Pilot (EIII #56). (Subject to change).

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6, Rev. 2
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 1, Wave 6, Revision 2 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 1x Neimodian Warrior (EIII #42), 1x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43), 1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44), 1x R2-D2 (EIII #48), 1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50), 1x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49), 2x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54), 2x Obi-Wan Pilot (EIII #56), 2x Flea Rider (EIII #55). (Subject to change).

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 5, Rev. 1
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 2, Wave 5, Revision 1 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 1x Royal Guard (EIII #23), 2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38), 2x Utapaun Warrior (EIII #53), 2x Captain Antilles (EIII #51), 2x Zett Jukassa (Tado) (EIII #52), 1x Tarkin (EIII #45), 1x Senator Ask Aaak (EIII #46), 1x Meena Tills (EIII #47). (subject to change).

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 1, Wave 6 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 2x Darth Vader (EIII #11), 1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41), 1x R2-D2 (EIII #48), 1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50), 1x Commander Bacara (EIII #49), 2x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54), 2x Obi-Wan Pilot (EIII #56), 2x Flea Rider (EIII #55) (subject to change).

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 5, Rev. 1
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 1, Wave 5, Revision 1 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including 2x Clone Trooper (EIII #6), 3x Darth Vader (EIII #11), 1x Clone Commander (eiii #33), 2x R2-D2 (EIII #48), 2x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50), 2x Commander Bacara (EIII #49) (subject to change).



#48-50 Arriving in LARGE Numbers
June 22, 2005 | 11:50 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this report:

I just wanted to let you guys know that I found a TON of the newest wave of #48,#49 & #50 figures at my local Target in Brookfield WI. I would say there were at least 20 of each on the pegs. Happy Hunting



500th Vader FOUND!
June 22, 2005 | 1:43 PM EST | Scott

Yakface reader Robert C. reports finding the 500th Edition Darth Vader figure at a Toys R Us in northern New Jersey. They’re priced at $16.99.

And remember, if you’re having trouble finding one, maybe you can win one from us by entering our IMPERIAL IDOL contest. The 500th Vader is just one of the coolprizes we’re giving away.



Wookie Flyer On Final Approach
June 21, 2005 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Tony Wan Kenobi:

Yep its the wookie flyer!! Found in Tulare Ca. Its a great item to have for troop building. Generic wookie but still cool.



AFI Recognizes Star Wars (A New Hope) In Top 100 Lines Of All Time
June 21, 2005 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The American Film Institute, AFI’s TOP 100 Lines just recognized “May the force be with you” as the #8 line of all time!



Announcing – IMPERIAL IDOL!
June 21, 2005 | 10:16 PM EST | Scott


Yakface is giving you the chance to win your very own, minty fresh Celebration III Exclusive Darth Vader Figure. But how you ask? Simple, make a complete fool of yourself. (sort of)

It’s called IMPERIAL IDOL and it’s a photo contest where we ask you, our loyal readers, to cast off your inhibitions for the sake of some really cool Darth Vader themed prizes in addition to the aforementioned C3 Vader.

Unlike “American” Idol, IMPERIAL IDOL will reward the silly, the strange and the offbeat and to top it off, YOU, our loyal readers will ultimately get to decide who the winner will be.

For the full details, including entry instructions, rules and a list of prizes, click the banner above, then once the submissions start rolling in, check back periodically for updates.

Now get out there and take some pics!



Jedi Padawan, Dark Jedi, Sith Lord— All in One Package
June 21, 2005 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updated today with photos and all the 411 on the first of the Evolution packs, covering Anakin from Episode 2 through Episode 4. Check it out here.



More Variation News
June 21, 2005 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader S Itri sent in this report:

[Regarding Tills] that’s not the only variation. The one I just picked up has 6 fingers on the right hand and only 5 on the left.

Speaking of hands, the picture of Ask Aak (on the card front) has him with 6 fingers (both hands), yet the action figure only has 5 fingers on each hand…



Hallmark Ornaments…
June 21, 2005 | 7:13 PM EST | Hfsolo

While it is not a toy.. many still collect them.. here are some nice pics of the 2005 Collection…

Darth Vader

Slave Leia

Anakin Skywalker’s Starfighter

Blue Clone Trooper

Mini Ships… Vader’s Tie and the Falcon



Review Section Update
June 21, 2005 | 9:31 AM EST | Jayson

I’ve received a few requests about making past reviews I’ve done available again. Well now if you scroll to the bottom of the current review of the Sidious vs. Mace Battle Arena, you will see links to previous reviews! Thanks to those who have shown an interest in my ramblings.



Action-HQ Newsfeed
June 21, 2005 | 7:54 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ: -bringing the Best to you FIRST with new Star Wars
Unleashed and Fantastic Special Deals & Preorders!

In Stock now: Star Wars Unleashed Darth Vader, Assajj Ventress and
Darth Sidious VS Yoda and the 500th Darth Vader figure.

Super Promo!
– For 1 week only expiring June 26 is –
Super Promo Star Wars: 1/7 Pre-Painted Vinyl Figure Luke Skywalker
Stormtrooper now at just $35. SAVE $65 now! All orders to be
delivered week of June 26.

Quarterly Promos!
– Star Wars: 1/7 Pre-Painted Vinyl Figure Ep.3 ROTS Darth Vader just
– Macross: 1/72 Macross Zero SV-51 Twin Booster Model Kit just
– Final Fantasy: Set of 3 Advent Children Sephiroth, Tifa and Vincent
Figures just $119.95!
– Dunbine: Set of 2 – 8 inch Aura Battler Dunbine and Lehnaun Real
Posing Figures just $89.95!
– AirWolf: 1/48 Die-cast Airwolf (TV Series) Helicoptor just $79.95!
– Saint Seiya: Saint Seiya Dragon Myth Cloth (Final Version) w/ metal
plate for $41.95!
– Transformers: Galaxy Force GD-14 Master Galvatron just $39.95!
– Guyver: 10 inch Gyuo PVC Figure just $69.95!
– Saint Seiya: Saint Scorpio Action Figure w/Metal Plate

Specials Now!
– Takara Microman Batman & Batgirl figures – US$14.95 only!
– Takara Microman Catwoman figure – US$8.95 only!
– Medicom Kubrick Batman the Animated Series – US$5.45 each!
– Transformers Energon selected designs from US$5.95!
– Transformers Robot Masters from US$4.95 each!
– Transformers Collection 15 Stepper US$19.95 only!

Arriving this week!
– Transformers BinalTech BT-15 Prowl!

Arriving June/July!
– Star Wars Target Exclusives Die-Cast vehicles assortment Clone
ARC 170 Fighter, Land Speeder, Tie Bomber, Clone Swamp Speeder
and Naboo Fighter!
– Star Wars Remote Control Droid by Tomy Japan!
– Star Wars Kubrick series 4 figures!
– Star Wars Real Action Heroes 12 inch Darth Vader Medicom!
– Aoshima Die-Cast Alien Dropship withAlien Queen!
-Aoshima Die-Cast APCwith Marines/Alien Queen!
– Batman Begins BanDai 1/35 Batmobile Model Kit!
– Saint Seiya Gold Saint Aries with metal plate!
– Transformers Hyper Galaxy set of 3 figures from Kabaya!
– Transformers Universe Cybertron edition! (to be confirmed)

Get yours FIRST at Action-!



Attention Fans Down Under
June 20, 2005 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

This just in from

Australia missed out on one of the best exclusives this year, the Lava Reflection Darth Vader. But fear not as the good fellows at have one to give away to a lucky Aussie in their Hunter-Seeker Competition.

Simply, grab your digital camera (or scan in your normal photos) and enter the Australian Hunter-Seeker Competition. Snap your collection, send in up to 5 images and if your collection is voted the ‘Most Unique Collection Display’, then that hot little Vader is all yours. More info and rules on the Contest Page.

All entries will be added to our Hunter-Seeker Gallery. Head over and check out a sample of MSE-6’s collection. Remember your collection does not have to be massive to win, unique, original and interesting.



Plush Darth M&Ms Now Arriving
June 20, 2005 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeremy sent in this report:

Not anything huge but I just received my Plush Darth
Vader M&M in the mail today. I sent away for him in
the M&M promo through Masterfoods and my local grocery
store. I ordered 2, but only 1 came today in 1



Wookie Pics From Down Under
June 20, 2005 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

First they miss giving poor Chewbacca a medal for helping to destroy the Death Star, next they use him as live bait for an Imperial Probe Droid, and then they having him getting trapped by Ewoks. Our friends at have scored some pics of the Chewie wrestling buddy and a plush Chewie. Check the plush Chewie here and the wresting Chewie here.



Did We Mention Variations???
June 20, 2005 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

It seems Hasbro is bringing us at least one variation either on the figures themselves or the packaging on each wave! Yak Reader Jeremy sent in this report and the above images:

I can’t believe no one else has seen this very obvious variant of Meena Tills #47 figure. There are two very distinct variants on the paint color on the face. One is a flesh/pink color and the other is a tan/white color. I will attach photos. I found these at Wal-mart in Ogden, Utah. Thanks.


Yakface rocks! Keep up the good work.



Star Wars TV Series Scoop
June 20, 2005 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

The team over at Ain’t It Cool News has posted the run down in English from an interview McCallum recently gave in Japan. The TV Series will focus on the 20 years between Sith and A New Hope. We will see Luke grow up and how characters ended up together– could this include Han’s resuce of Chewie from an Imperial execution????? Maybe we’ll see the Emperor’s court through the eyes of Leia as a young senator. According to the interview the series is planned for about 100 hour long episodes– sounds like it’s planned for 3-4 seasons. Read the full story here.



The Variations Continue
June 20, 2005 | 10:55 AM EST | Bill

This time it’s R2-D2 (#48)’s packaging. There are two distinct versions. One has only a cut-out for the try-me packaging to press the panel activating his light/sound feature (left above), the second has cut outs in an arc above his dome to let the sound escape the bubble better (right above). Click on the above images for full size views of both cards.



Want To Win One?
June 20, 2005 | 10:14 AM EST | Scott


Yakface has got one for you. Details coming Wednesday.



Clone Trooper 3 Pack Color Variants Found
June 20, 2005 | 12:51 AM EST | Keri

YakReader moonbase7 comes through again with another great find, this time with the variant color Clone Trooper 3 packs along with info and picture below. “Here is a pic of the new clone trooper army builders this time around they are showing up in green and brown colors as well as the common white . So far i have thease have only showed up at Target stores, this set was found in CA.”

Most of the Targets in my area seem to be phasing out the Deluxe figures and I have not heard of the Clone 3 packs being found at any Targets in the North Texas area. In fact, the few that have been lucky to find them have done so at Wal-Mart. I would imagine that during the course of the release that there is the possibility of 5 color variants, just as we saw during the Clone Wars. This is all speculation on my part. I am just hoping to be lucky enough to find any of them at all. Good Luck hunting everyone!



New Pictures of the Target Glasses
June 19, 2005 | 10:24 PM EST | Hfsolo

It is an Empire Yoda glass with a Yoda figure… but in ROTS packaging????

Boba Fett



Sidious Lightsaber
June 17, 2005 | 11:07 AM EST | Hfsolo

Did you miss the Best Buy EXCLUSIVE Darth Sidious Lightsaber Scaled Replica… well it is in stock right now at Best…. head over and pick it up…



New Poll – Who’s His Daddy?
June 17, 2005 | 10:45 AM EST | Scott

Despite the fantastic action scenes and of course, the birth of Darth Vader, One of the best scenes in ROTS was the conversation between Anakin and Palpatine at the Opera. There, Palpatine reveals some interesting Sith history and lays the foundation for a plot thread that will be debated by fans for years.

His dialogue hints that he may have had a hand in Anakin’s “virgin birth” as revealed in Episode I, though there are other fans who feel Darth Plagueis is the real culprit.

So now we ask you, who do YOU think is Anakin’s father? Sidioius? Darth Plagueis? was he truly a miracle of the Midi-Cholorians, or do you feel it has yet to be revealed? Vote now!



Second Chance for Sideshow Luke
June 17, 2005 | 9:52 AM EST | Mark B


Luke Skywalker

Ok, so you missed out on the San Diego Comic Con Luke Skywalker, and you missed out on the original offering of the Luke Skywalker (do you see a trend?). This may be your last chance to get one at non-scalper prices. Sideshow has a few of these left from cancelled orders or declined credit cards. Click through the banner above to order.



Let’s Get Ready to Rumbllllllle!!!
June 17, 2005 | 9:13 AM EST | Jayson


Today’s review spotlights the Sidious vs Mace Battle Arena – Star Wars version of Rock’em Sock’em Robots”! And who knows, while playing with this set, your home version of Revenge of the Sith may turn out differently. Read on!



AFI 100 Years – 100 Movie Quotes
June 16, 2005 | 11:13 PM EST | Keri

The American Film Institute or AFI, is busy this month with its tribute to George Lucas, as well as the upcoming TV Special highlighting the most memorable quotes from 100 years of movies. Among the 400 quotes nominated, Star Wars ANH and ESB have 4 quotes including “May the Force be with You.” “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” “I am your father.” and “Try not. Do or do not.”

There are tons of memorable quotes from so many movies on the list that I am sure that something from Star Wars will undoubtedly make the top 100, if not the top 10. The special will be on CBS Tuesday June 21st at 8pm EST. If you would like to read all 400 nominated quotes in PDF Form, click on the link here to go to AFI’s official website.



Bounty Hunting: Custom FX-9 
June 16, 2005 | 10:54 PM EST | Keri

I have been busy making many custom figures here myself (fortifying my legion of Clonetroopers in various colors.) Upon searching Ebay, I came across a very nicely done custom of FX-9.

For those of you who may not know, FX-9 was one of the many medical droids that transformed Anakin’s deformed body into Darth Vader. This custom FX-9 makes a great addition to any Vader Operating Table diorama.

Click on through the link below to get this great medical droid to assist Lord Sidious’ #1 Apprentice!

Custom FX-9



Vader’s Day, Err Father’s Day Poster
June 16, 2005 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced an exclusive poster for fans seeing Revenge of the Sith this weekend. Click here for the details.



Micro Battle Playsets Showing Up Now
June 16, 2005 | 4:35 PM EST | Scott

Yak reader Robert C. writes in to let us know that he picked up General Greivous’ Seperatist Flagship (a.k.a. The Invisible Hand) at the Bowie, MD Target yesterday. These are also shipping with the Tantive IV / Mustafar set which yours truly picked up yesterday at the Sterling Heights, MI Target.

These puppies are Target exclusives and retailing for $21.99 each.



Couple New Items at Star Wars Shop
June 16, 2005 | 2:56 PM EST | Mark B


Here’s one of the ultimate Darth Vader collectibles for this year. Available over This limited edition wood nutcracker from Steinbach (a big German Collectibles Company specializing in Nutcrackers). also has a preorder for the next series of Gentle Giant Bust Ups.



LEGO Sandcrawler
June 16, 2005 | 11:11 AM EST | Hfsolo

Not only has it been confirmed.. it is AVAILABLE NOW!!

A Shop at home LEGO exclusive.. You can now order the LEGO Sandcrawler #10144 This thing is big at 1669 Pieces and it comes with some good pieces..
And Uncle Owen



George Lucas Recives AFI Award
June 15, 2005 | 10:30 PM EST | Scott

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To George Lucas

Star Wars” auteur George Lucas receives the 33rd Life Achievement Award in this taped gala held at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Included: tributes from Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Richard Dreyfuss. Also: Directors Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson offer commentary on Lucas’s films.

USA Network – 6/20/05 @ 9:00pm EST – 2hrs (Repeated immediately afterward at 11pm and then again on 6/26 @ 2am and 9am)



Blue Royal Guard
June 15, 2005 | 3:33 PM EST | Hfsolo

The Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Blue) is back in stock…



Jeff Gordon 1:24 Scale Stock Car
June 15, 2005 | 10:55 AM EST | Jayson


Added to the ToyGuide today are detailed shots of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Pepsi/Episode III themed 1:24 Scale Stock Car. This car debuted and took the checkered flag during the May 1, 2005 race at Talladega. Later this year a race-worn version will also be produced., but until then, check out the amazing detail that goes into producing this limited run car.



New Wave In Stock
June 15, 2005 | 4:40 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock over at Amazon…

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Ask Aak
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarkin
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Meena Tills



New ROTS Wave Found
June 14, 2005 | 10:55 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Moonbase7 reports in with a very nice find along with a photo:

“In a lucky find i scored the anakin # 50 wave #48 and #49 at my local CA wal-mart this morning. this wave was mentioned to be re-leashed in early august it was a real shock to find them so soon.”

I haven’t even found the Tarkin wave myself in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Area or anything really new like the Clone 3 packs or Target cups for that matter. Good Luck hunting everyone!



Box Office Totals – A Different Perspective
June 14, 2005 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ricardo sent this in:
I like you am a Star Wars fan. Having said that, I would like to clarify that the All Time figures you cite really are meaningless and misleading if they are not adjusted for inflation. For example, it is inaccurate to compare the original Star Wars Box Office, or even Empire’s 1980 receipts to Revenge of the Sith, the other prequels, or for that matter any other movie released in another year unless inflation adjustments are made. The statistics you really want to cite are also at the Box Office Mojo website and are found here: that ROTS is #83 there. Meanwhile Episode IV is #2, Empire is #12, and ROTJ is #14.



Sith Places Third, Rises To #13 All Time
June 13, 2005 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Revenge of the Sith is marching on– in just its 4th week of release it saw a weekend gross of $14.8 million, bring it’s domestic gross to over $332.1 million. That places ROTS in the 13th slot on the all time highest domestic grossing films– rapidly frying Finding Nemo in #12 and laying seige to The Two Towers at #11. Incidently, Sith has now passed ALL the films in the Harry Potter franchise!



Ebay Auction with a Twist
June 12, 2005 | 11:48 PM EST | Keri

Everyday on Ebay there are literally hundreds of thousands of auctions listed with people selling a multitude of items. Of course there are the occasional weird and downright unusual items people attempt to sell just because they can. The auction that I am choosing to spotlight is not weird, but the description does make mention of our very own site and also has the suggestion of a trade.

I will let the auction speak for itself. Click here to view it.



Attention Central American Fans…
June 11, 2005 | 1:36 PM EST | Jair

Tomorrow Sunday June 12th, actors Zach and Jesse Jensen (Kit Fisto and Saesee Tiin in AOTC) will attend the Second Star Wars Convention to be held in Guatemala.

Starting at 9:00 AM (doors open at 8:30 AM), there will be lots of activities to go arround. There will be lost footage from the original Trilogy shown in pictures and video, a Costume Contest, TCG championship, Battlefront and Republic Commando demostrations, Sketch Artist, Face Painters, Jedi Academy, Interviews with Both Actors, Autograph Session, and many more activities including a contest with prices like: 1 Celebration III Vader, 1 Target Exclusive Clonetrooper, 1 Silver Boba Fett and 1 Silver Clonetrooper, an Unleashed Boba Fett signed by Jeremy Bulloch and a Disney Star Wars Weekends autograph from Jake Lloyd.

It will take place at the Westin Camino Real Hotel. For more information you can call the Fan Club at (502) 2367-3683 (Spanish only). The 502 is the Guatemalan area code.

Tickets can be purchased at 15 calle 2-53 zona 10, Guatemala City, or tomorrow before 9:00 AM at the Hotel. Tickets are just Q100.00 (around $12.50) and include 2 albums with 200 stamps, posters from Movistar (official Star Wars licensee), and other cool stuff.

Hope to see you all there.

PS: For more information you can e-mail me at
PD: Para más información pueden escribirme a



June 11, 2005 | 1:04 PM EST | Keri

A couple of YakReaders have pointed out that when ordering from, you can get free shipping and you can also try to get the price matched as well.

And here’s how:

Each of the figures offers a “rebate offer” Clicking the “rebate” details link located under many figure prices explains that sears will refund shipping costs on most items. Oh, and about the higher price…

“We’ll Match Any Price Plus…

If you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features currently available for sale at another local retail store, Sears will match that price plus give you 10% of the difference. Just tell your sales associate at the time of, or within 30 days after, your purchase.

If you find a lower price (including shipping, handling and delivery) on an identical branded item with the same features currently available for sale and delivery in your area from a local retail store’s online site, Sears will match that total price Plus, give you 10% of the difference. Just print the ordering page, including shipping, handling and delivery, and bring it to your Sears store at the time of, or within 30 days after, your purchase. If you are purchasing the item from, email the information to”

Hope this helps everyone!



Tons of New Stuff
June 11, 2005 | 10:32 AM EST | Mark B has added a ton of new merchandise today, including this statue from Gentle Giant of Barriss Offee and Luminara Unduli from the Clone Wars cartoon. Along with this you can also get the new Spud Trooper from Hasbro, and a series of Laser Engraved Glass Cubes. Check them all out over



European Master Replicas Mini Saber Exclusives
June 10, 2005 | 7:56 PM EST | Bill

Our friends over at The Private Universe have broken the news on exclusive Yoda and Darth Sidious mini sabers for Europe. Click here for all of the details.



Political Figure Update
June 10, 2005 | 4:16 PM EST | Jayson



#45 Tarkin, #46 Ask Aak and #47 Meena Tills carded and loose shots have been added to the Sith Section of the ToyGuide. Enjoy!



Cool Custom TIE Mod 
June 10, 2005 | 4:09 PM EST | Scott


This has to be one of the coolest custom jobs ever.

Over at Extreme Tech, they are holding a weekly case mod contest, to see who can come up with the most creative Science Fiction themed pc cases.

Well this week’s winner took it to the next level by building this outstanding TIE Fighter which not only is the case for the computer, but doubles as a desk.

Click on through to check out bigger pics and the full story.



AT-TE Gunner & More at
June 10, 2005 | 1:56 PM EST | Keri

YakReader TonyWanKenobi writes in with a report of hard to find items in stock including the still elusive AT-TE Gunner #38. They also have in stock the exclusive 12″ ROTS KB Toys Chewbacca, the Mustafar playset, Republic Gunship and even the old 12″ Leia Hoth Service Merchandise exclusive. While the prices are slightly more than most retail outlets like Target and Wal-Mart, it is an alternative to Ebay and does save gasoline.

Click on through here to view one of the 7 pages of items available. Hurry before they are all sold out!



Can it Pass Titanic?
June 10, 2005 | 9:37 AM EST | Mark B

Does ROTS have the staying power to pass Titanic at #1 all time in US domestic gross? Now 3 weeks since the release it is past $300 million, about halfway to the magic $601 million in US ticket sales. Wouldn’t we love to see the big boat sunk? Will Sith continue to ride these high of sales? Probably not, but let’s all go out and see it one more time to help the total 🙂



Sideshow Comic-Con Luke
June 10, 2005 | 9:33 AM EST | Mark B


Tatooine Luke Skywalker Comic Con Exclusive

Don’t forget, if you are headed to the San Diego Comic-Con, you have the opportunity to pick up this cool, limited edition of only 500 pieces, Luke Skywalker 17″ figure from Sideshow Collectibles. You need to preorder it on their website (click through the banner above to order) and you can pick it up at the show. Sorry if you can’t make it to the show, the ones they reserved for non-attendees are sold out.



KBToys 9-Pack
June 10, 2005 | 8:31 AM EST | Hfsolo

Check out this 9-Pack from it includes a Silver Darth Vader…

You can pre-order it online RIGHT HERE



See Sith Again And Win!
June 9, 2005 | 3:45 PM EST | Scott


The Official Site is reporting on a new promotion that’s beginning tomorrow, June 10th.

Each time you go see Revenge of the Sith this weekend through Monday, July 4th, send your ticket stub to the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Each stub will give you a chance to win a full-size Classic Trilogy Pinball Game!

There will also be several smaller recognitions made for most individual tickets, group party and so on. Click on through to the offical site for all the details!



Is Star Wars More Science than Fiction?
June 8, 2005 | 10:46 PM EST | Keri

How much fiction really is in science fiction these days? How real are the exotic, lush and harsh planets described in the Star Wars saga? Enquiring minds want to know!

A leading planetary scientist and astronomer discuss the plausibility of alien worlds found in the Star Wars galaxy existing in a galaxy near our own. This is all outlined in a great National Geographic article you can read online by clicking the link here.



He hunts, He SCORES!
June 8, 2005 | 9:46 PM EST | Jayson

Tonight while going to my local Minnesota Target on a whim, I scanned the toy aisle and there they were in all their sweet smelling plastic glory…

#45 Tarkin, #46 Ask Aak & #47 Meena Tills.

Look for these blokes to be added to the Yakface Toyguide soon, plus another figure review in the coming days!



Sith Marches On
June 8, 2005 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Revenge of the Sith has passed Attack of the Clones for 17th place on the all time highest grossing movies list, with a domestic gross of just over $312,600,000! 2.1 million behind Fellowship of the Ring. If Sith keeps up its current pace it will probably be knocking on the door of the top 10 all time by next Monday.



Sith Marches On
June 7, 2005 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

Revenge of the Sith’s Monday box office has propelled it past Return of the Jedi to spot #18 on the all time highest grossing movie list according to the Box Office Mojo‘s highest grossing movies of all time list. It is about $300,000 behind Clones and has probably already passed it with today’s receipts.



Slightly Off Topic
June 7, 2005 | 4:49 PM EST | Keri

While slightly off topic – never fear – there is still a Star Wars connection!

Dark Horse and Topps sketch card artist Killian Plunkett has inked a great new graphic novel based on the BMW films “The Hire” from a few years ago, one of which starred Madonna. The new graphic novel is entitled Precious Cargo, with the story written by Bruce Campell from Army of Darkness fame. This is a great change of pace from other comic genres and has top notch writing and artwork to enjoy.

You may read more about the story line and find a local retailer by clicking the linkhere.



Star Wars Weekends At Disney Extended
June 7, 2005 | 8:00 AM EST | Bill

Disney World in Florida has announced that Star Wars Weekends will be extended for two additional weeks– the last weekend is now June 26! No word yet on the promotions for those weekends, however we’ll bring you the 411 as soon as we get it.



Star Wars Novels Update
June 7, 2005 | 7:52 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has announced a couple of upcoming novels for this fall that sound outstanding. First is an omnibus editiion of Labrynth of Evil and Revenge of the Sith, which will also include a CD-ROM of bonus material similar to what we saw with the Unifying Force at the end of the New Jedi Order. If you haven’t read Labrynth of Evil, I cannot recommend it highly enough, it’s events literally lead right up to the first scene in Revenge of the Sith. Check it out here.

The second piece of news is a Darth Vader novel set after Episode III! Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader will be penned by Luceno and hit newsstands November 22. Here’s the details.



Sideshow Comic Con Items
June 6, 2005 | 3:24 PM EST | Mark B



Sideshow has some additional information on its San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, including a nice set of photos. With some even better news is the info coming down that non-attendees of the Comic-con will be able to place orders for these items as well (in case there are any left over). Click through the banner above for more details.



Attention Kenner Fans
June 5, 2005 | 11:38 PM EST | Bill

Fans of Kenner’s Vintage line as well as modern collectors will want to check out the line of Pride Displays coming this way from across the pond this summer. These stands offer an incredible blend of Kenner’s vintage designs melded to interface with either vintage or modern figures. Check out the photos and more here.



Own The Ultimate Lightsaber!
June 5, 2005 | 11:37 PM EST | Scott has just listed the long awaited, often delayed, Ultimate Lightsaber for sale right now, with an estimated ship time of 12-14 days.

This kit includes lots of unique, interchangable parts so you can build your own lightsaber. It also includes different colored “crystals” so you can follow the path of the Jedi or the Sith.

This outstanding kit is available now and retails for $29.99. Click the link or the image above to order!.



Sith Slips To #3 At Box Office… Barely, Passes Empire On All Time Highest Grossing Films
June 5, 2005 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ may have been knocked out of the top spot, but it nonetheless became the fastest picture to cross the $300 million mark, achieving the milestone in 17 days. For the weekend, ‘Madagascar’ was No. 1 by default as ‘Cinderella Man’ had an unexpectedly rocky start. They are also showing Sith at #19 on the all time highest grossing movies– already passing Empire and it will probably pass Jedi and this week– probably just with Monday’s grosses! Check it out here.



3PO Finds His Roots
June 5, 2005 | 11:14 PM EST | Bill

And now for a lighter look at our hobby:



Hasbro Toy Store Comments
June 5, 2005 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Curtis sent this in:

I just wanted to take some time to alert others to the shamefully poor performance of the newly launched Maybe my experience is unqiue, but I fear that others may have had the same experience.

I had taken the time to contact their customer support department and initially, they seemed to be doing the right thing. My first order placed on 5/6 was for qty 2 of the deluxe figure sets Yoda with the Can Cell, Vader Operating Table and the Clone Trooper with Firing Jetpack. At the time of order, all these items were shown to be in stock and I paid the premium for next day delivery because I had a planned vacation coming up and didn’t want deliveries happening while I was away.

The first delivery was shipped on 5/9 and was qty 2 Yoda with the Can Cell. When I opened the package I was disappointed to find that the plastic bubble shell was all scratched up and looked like it had been on the pegs at a retail store for weeks. I promptly contacted customer support and advised them of the poor quality of the first shipment. They responded soon after and advised that they would send repalcements and that I could keep the others that were scratched. The repalcements were not shipped until 5/20.

The second delivery was shipped on 5/20 and was the qty 2 of the Vader operating table. Thankfully, this highly desired set arrive in good condition.

The third delviery was shipped on 5/23and was qty 2 of the Clone Trooper with Firing Jetpack. Regretably when I opened the package, both items were crushed together. The box used for shipping wasn’t damaged. Too small of a box was used and the items were crushed in order to close and seal the package. Again I contacted customer service and adivsed of the dismal packaging and quality of the products being received.

I am completely disappointed with’s performance. They are late with shipments and the items received are either damaged or in very poor condition. It is a complete waste of money to pay a premium for expedited shipping. Frankly, I’d rather hunt pegs on foot than chance another order with HasbroToyStore. On the other hand, I have had excellent results with, Toys R Us (Amazon) and Target online (poor selection). I have had better luck with the shipping of Ebay purchases than the amatuer performance of

Email us and let us know your opinions!



Stass Allie, Spider Droid, Crab Droid, Yoda with Can-Cell
June 4, 2005 | 6:53 PM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock at Amazon…
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Stass Allie

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Spider Droid

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Crab Droid

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Yoda with Can-Cell



Wave 3 Deluxe Card Back Error?
June 3, 2005 | 2:07 PM EST | Jayson

This just in From Mike R.

“I like your sight and I find it very informative, I would like to alert you to the ROTS Clone Trooper 3 pack variant card. On the back of card, the little picture of the Spider Droid has the description of Crab Droid and the little picture of the Crab Droid has the description of Spider Droid. I would assume that this will be fixed soon. Just wanted to alert the Yakface readers to this.”

Good catch Mike, Thanks!

Editor’s Note: I have yet to pick up the latest wave to confirm this, but rest assured the photos will be posted here once I do.

Editor’s Note 2.0: Thanks to all that have sent their photos in regarding this error, be sure to email me if you find a “corrected” version.



New Poll – ROTS: How Many Times?
June 3, 2005 | 12:23 PM EST | Scott

We have a new poll active today. Even though it’s only been out a couple of weeks, Yakface wants to know how many times you’ve seen Episode III already. Vote now!



Did you know?
June 3, 2005 | 9:19 AM EST | Jayson


While opening up my Anakin Unleashed figure today (to put on my desk at work), and while attaching the lava splashes to the base I noticed something strange. If you look at the photo above, on the bottom of the base, you will see the hands of a Super Battle Droid reaching through what looks like a grated floor!. There is also a hole for a peg to attach an unleashed figure. I would assume this is actually from one of the many deleted scenes from ROTS. I haven’t yet opened my Obi-Wan Unleashed figure but I’m betting that it has a similar sculpt. Click the photo above for a more detailed view!



Lucas Interview At C3 Transcript
June 3, 2005 | 7:58 AM EST | Bill

This just in from C.C. Banana:

Long story short — I managed to slip in a VERY well-received question during the George Lucas Q & A session at the recent Star Wars Celebration III. Not only that, I actually made George bust out
laughing — along with Rick McCallum, Jay Lega’aia and about 3,300
audience members! This article is a photo-filled account of the event , complete with an MP3 of said humorous exchange. A genuinely funny moment between the Father of the Force and a fan dressed as the bananafication of Darth Vader. What could be nicer? Here’s a direct link to the 1-minute MP3 if you’d prefer to cut to the quick. Funny stuff, I promise!

I really, really think that my fellow readers would get a
kick out of this amusing Lucas encounter.



Another Comic-Con Exclusive
June 2, 2005 | 1:02 PM EST | Mark B


Luke Skywalker

Did you miss out on the 1/4 scale Luke Skywalker that was offered before from Sideshow Collectibles? How about a chance to get an even rarer 1/4 scale Luke Skywalker? Sideshow is actually going to have seven (yeah count ’em – 7) Comic-Con Exclusives, including a variation on their standard Luke Skywalker figure that will come with extra accessories and is going to be limited to only 500 pieces. Click on through the banner above for info on their exclusives. They are doing preordering (starting Monday) just like is doing for the Hasbro exclusive Princess Leia Hologram Figure. In both cases, you pay online and just pick up the item at the show.



Tarkin and Ask Aak
June 2, 2005 | 11:10 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock over at Amazon…

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Ask Aak
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarkin



New Code 3 Poster for Order (and Lego Death Star)
June 1, 2005 | 3:07 PM EST | Mark B has the brand new Code 3 Collectibles Sculptured “A New Hope Style D” movie poster available for order. This was previewed a few weeks ago and has now shown up as a exclusive. Limited edition of only 3000 pieces, so act quickly!

And got some time on your hands? They also just added for preorder the new Lego Death Star from Return of the Jedi. This bad boy comes in at 3400 (no, I didn’t put an extra zero in there – I meant 3400!) pieces.



UPDATE Holo Leia Now Available
June 1, 2005 | 2:02 PM EST | Jayson has updated and attendees of San Diego Comic-Con can now pre-order the Exclusive Holo Leia (on OTC style Card). Be sure to read the terms of availablity as they are limited to 4 per guest. There is the possibility that it will be available through after the convention has concluded. Check it out!.



New Jedi Force Anakin & Yoda
June 1, 2005 | 8:25 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock are the two new Jedi Force Figures..

Star Wars Jedi Force Anakin Figure

Star Wars Jedi Force Yoda Figure

Also in stock again is the Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Commander



Action-HQ Newsfeed
June 1, 2005 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ:

Now in stock:

– Star Wars Ep.3 #50 Battle Damage Anakin on Mustafar!
– Star Wars Ep.3 #49 Commander Bacara!
– Star Wars Ep.3 #48 R2-D2 with Mustafar lights and sounds!

Click here to order.



Detailed 500th Darth Vader Photos
June 1, 2005 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with detailed photos of the upcoming 500th– yes scary as it sounds we’ve had 500 Star Wars figures– Action Figure– Darth Vader in his meditation chamber. Click here to check it out.

May 2005 Archive

Jones 4 Closer To Reality
May 31, 2005 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

The Zocalo Today is reporting that Lucas and Spielberg have read and APPROVED the script for Indiana Jones 4. That only leaves Harrison Ford’s blessing. Check it out here.



New Chewbacca Buddy?
May 31, 2005 | 10:56 AM EST | Scott


Yak reader “Sebulba Johnny” writes in…

Just curious, I picked up a plush buddy of Chewbacca that does not look like the typical plush buddies of Chewbacca that I see at TRU and other places (the one released under POTF2 label). This one looks furrier and has a mane like a lion. Is this a KayBee exclusive? I havent seen a pic of it anywhere on the net.

Possibly a new variation?

UPDATE We had a couple of readers chime in with more info…

Scott – This is the new “younger” Chewy buddie which was released on
April 2nd along with the other new buddies. Also in the group is a new Yoda with a cane, a new R2 with a third leg, a new C3PO with one raised arm, and then the totally new Clonetrooper. These are not exlcusive to just one place because I have seen them at both TRU and KB. In the pic attached you can see the differences. Green tag origianl release, blue tag new release.

Jason – The Chewbacca buddy that is on your site is the rots version of the chewie buddy.  Supposedly Lucasfilm did not approve this chewbacca buddy (its looks more like the cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz) and only a few of them got out in the early assortments which were shiped mainly to KBs.  The item is probably going to be one of the rarer pieces from rots.  There is a topic on this buddy at  A guy said he asked at C3 and that the buddy didnt get approval from Lucasfilm.

Thanks for writing in!



Federation Toys Newsfeed
May 31, 2005 | 7:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a LOT OF new items in stock. (see below for the list). we are taking PRE-ORDERS ON NEW master replica’s items coming soon. We are also clearing out some other master replicas items check site for details. We have a limited number of the star wars celebration II souvenir program collector’s book. This is going to be a busy year, ROTS Is awesome if you have not had a chance to se it I highly recommend it! We have new ROTS Figure’s in stock see list below. And we have a lot of new figures on the way and some older ones, we will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. we hope you have a great day.



Gentle Giant Vader @ Amazon
May 31, 2005 | 7:45 AM EST | Hfsolo

You can now order the Dath Vader Statue at Amazon. It is now in stock.



Sith Keeps On Going
May 30, 2005 | 6:49 PM EST | Bill

Revenge of the Sith keeps going and going, and going! This weekend it raked in over 70 million. According to The Box Office Mojo Revenge of the Sith is living up to its name, only it’s revenge for the Star Wars franchise. It has already eclipsed the Harry Potter sequels, Sherk, The Incredibles, and Monsters, inc. to sit at #26 on the All Time Highest Grossing Movie List. Remember folks, it’s reached that spot in just two weeks of release! Check out the list here.



Observing Memorial Day
May 30, 2005 | 11:05 AM EST | Jayson


Take time today to think about all our brave men and women from the past and present who have given their lives defending our great nation. Too often, their sacrifices go unacknowledged or are taken for granted.

A sincere thank you to all fallen members of our Armed Forces on this special day.



Ltd. Edition Giant Vader Pez
May 29, 2005 | 6:32 PM EST | Scott

If you’ve been having trouble finding the Giant Darth Vader PEZ Dispenser (Ltd. Edition Silver Version), or can’t justify the $30 – $40 it’s going for online, check out your local Bed, Bath and Beyond. No kidding.

I’m unsure if this is a chain-wide thing or not, but the store at the Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills, MI had an endcap filled with these in addition to the giant PEZ versions of the Crystal Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. Best of all, they were selling for $19.99 ea.



Execute Exclusive 66 
May 28, 2005 | 3:10 PM EST | Jayson


Well after a little break to take in all that was and is Revenge of the Sith, the reviews resume with the Target Exclusive Clone Trooper. We’ve all read the horror stories about scalpers walking out of Target stores with arms or carts full of these figures, virtually clearing the entire stock in one fail swoop. (Scalpers should suffer a Jedi’s fate for doing so by the way.) So, sit back and read on what make this figure different from what was actually shown in the film.

NOTE: Now that the film is out, from now on spoiler warnings will not be given.



Attacktix Inserts
May 27, 2005 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

The team over at has uncovered all the 411 on the Attacktix inserts in ROTS figs. They have an article outlining that this is a variation on many of the original ROTS figs. It can include no catalog, ROTS catalog, or ROTS Catalog & Atacktix Catalog. Check it out here.



Sith Crosses $200 Million Mark
May 27, 2005 | 7:45 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo has updated with Sith’s domestic gross as of yesterday (Thursday). It is now slightly over $200 million and already at #59 on the highest grossing films of all time (having just passed Gone With the Wind!) And that’s as it goes into its second weekend!!! Check out the whole list here.



A Must Have for Father’s Day
May 27, 2005 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark B


Don’t forget that Father’s Day is coming up here in a couple of has a great new T-Shirt for that special Dad on your list (because he really doesn’t want a Necktie again this year!).



Bring the Mpire Home
May 26, 2005 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with photos of the upcoming M&M Star Wars figures which debuted at Celebration 3. To say the least these look outstanding. Click here for more.



No, There Is Another (WE WISH!)
May 26, 2005 | 10:01 AM EST | Mark B

I ran across an interesting story this morning while surfing my usual Tech News. Of course this is all rumor and who knows how credible the source is….but apparently, George Lucas has SPILLED THE BEANS about his ideas for another Star Wars (a Prequel-Prequel). The idea is to take place nearly 100 years before The Phantom Menace (According to the article), and deals with the Jedi taking power back from the Sith. Yoda would have the dominate role in this series. The story mentions that “IF” this were ever to happen, Lucas (who is 60), would not be at the helm. Interesting…..



LEGO ARC-170 STARFIGHTER Mini-Set (6967)
May 26, 2005 | 8:09 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now available at U.S. Toys-R-Us stores….

The LEGO ARC-170 STARFIGHTER Mini-Set (6967)



Vader Evolution
May 26, 2005 | 7:13 AM EST | Hfsolo

Here is a nice pic of the Vader Evolution Figure set…

You can pre-order is now.. Episode III Evolution Figure: Anakin to Vader Multipack



Clone Trooper (#6) Variation
May 25, 2005 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Incubus found the 411 on a possible variation on figure #6– the first version of the clone trooper:

I have noticed a packaging variation with the Clone Trooper figure
(#6) that I haven’t seen posted elsewhere, as of yet. The variation is whether there is a paper Attactix insert, or not.

Here are the date stamps that I have found on the back of the
Clone Trooper figures I have:

Of all these date stamps, only the Clone Troopers with the date stamp
of 43131 include the Attactix insert. I also have not noticed this insert in any other figures in the line, though I don’t have opened versions of each figure, yet.



Tarkin Wave At Wal-Mart
May 25, 2005 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Blake sent in this report:

Hey kind of new to yakface in the last month or so. Just wanted to let you know I just got back from my local walmart in california and found Revenge of the Sith action figures #45 Tarkin, #46 Ask Aak and #47 Meena Tills. Just wanted to let you know.



Sith Tops 2005 Box Office in 6 Days
May 25, 2005 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Sith has already topped the 2005 Box Office with over $185 million in just six days, and has hit #73 on their list of all time highest grossing movies.



New Master Replicas Lightsaber Anyone?
May 25, 2005 | 3:46 PM EST | Mark B


The brand new Episode III Darth Vader lightsaber is now available for order over at



Pre-Orders… 500th.. New Ships… More…
May 25, 2005 | 1:39 PM EST | Hfsolo

You can now pre-order the following…
500th Figure – Darth Vader

Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter (with exclusive Obi Wan figure)
Revenge of the Sith Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter (with exclusive Anakin figure)
Star Wars Carrying Case with Figures



Target Sith Coin 411
May 25, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader AGENTCLPT sent in the detail on the mysterious Target Sith coins:

They were giving these out at the Ziegfeld in NYC as part of a gift bag set with an E3 themed bag, a lightsaber spoon, a coupon booklet, and a small plastic frosted flakes bowl. Pretty cool.

We’ve gotten lots of Emails apparently this was given out to people in line for midnight shows in some major cities, on the 19th in others. The cereal also varies to other Kelloggs products as well. Here’s list of the cities: Burbank, Ca; Atlanta, Ga; Washtinton, D.C., and Portland, Or. Thanks to everyone who wrote in!



Revenge Of The Coins
May 24, 2005 | 8:25 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted an article on the coin and medallion promotions which are hitting to celebrate the Revenge of the Sith building on the nostalgic coins from the POTF vintage series. We’ll be bringing you a series of features about some of these coins and medallions over the new few weeks. Check out the full story here.



Target Shows Fans The Love
May 24, 2005 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Target had some 30,000 coins struck to show the love to fans who stood in line for the premier of the Sith on May 19th. No detail on where they were distributed yet, however they’ve started to hit the usual places on the net. If you’ve got some info on this promotion let us know here



Burger King Vader Issue… Update
May 24, 2005 | 5:13 PM EST | Jair

OK everyone, I’m going to try put a stop to the Burger King Vader issue once and for all. Let’s review the mathematics of it all:

5 Vaders per 200 figure case. Sure, this sounds awful, but you have to remember that every case will have 5 Vaders. There are 6 different waves of figures. What this means is:

If you divide 195 in 5 (195 being the rest of figures from a case without the Vaders and 5 being the number of different characters in the box) gives you a total of: 39 figures.

If you multiply 5 times 6 (5 being the number of Vaders per case and 6 being the different number of waves) gives you a total of 30.

What all this means is that to every other figure, the difference between the Vaders is not that big at all (for every 100 Vaders there are 130 of each other figure, which is a 1.3 to 1 ratio).

So don’t pay 10 or 20 times what the Vader is really worth (about 3 bucks). Hope this helps and puts a stop to the $25 plus Vaders selling on eBay.

What’s sad is that now not only regular action figures are being scalped, but fast food promotionals also.

UPDATE: Yakreader Edward has e-mailed me a few times telling me that the numbers I posted are wrong, but what I missed was the word “each” in: “for every 100 Vaders there are 130 of “each” other figure, which is a 1.3 to 1 ratio”.

Besides that, the numbers are right. If you take 6 Boxes (one of each wave) you’ll end up with 39 of each of the 30 other figures and with 30 Vaders. It’s still harder to get, but at the very small ratio I posted of 1.3 to 1. Thanks Edward for your e-mails.



More New Deluxe Found
May 24, 2005 | 11:42 AM EST | Scott

Yak reader Jonathan J. reports that in addtion to the Crab Droid, Stass Allie & Spider Droid he also snagged a Clone Trooper 3-pack (all white) at a Target in South Dakota.

Remember the Clone Wars Clone Trooper 3-packs? Here we go again! Hopefully the variations will be easier to come by this time around. Send your reports with pics of the different variants and let’s see just how many different versions there are to be found.



Wave 2 12″
May 24, 2005 | 8:07 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at, they have the wave 2 12″ of Barris Offee and Shaak Ti in stock for the price of $18.77 each.



New Deluxe Found!
May 24, 2005 | 7:42 AM EST | Jayson

Rob from Washington state as passed on info that he picked up Stass Allie, Crab Droid, and Spider Droid Deluxe figures from his local Target. Sounds like it’s time to make another round to my local shops! Thanks for the heads up.



UPDATE Hasbro Store Customer Complaint
May 23, 2005 | 10:28 PM EST | Scott

Yak reader Chris L. writes in to let us know about his HasbroToyShop.comexperience and apparently it isn’t good…..

“Hi. i just wanted to drop you guys a line and let you know that my first order arrived today from the hasbro store and it was the worst packing job i have ever seen. i ordered 4 clone troopers, a wookie warrior, destroyer droid and neimodian warrior. they were shoved in a box way too small with almost no packing material whatsoever. every cardback was creased in multiple places and the cardboard was splitting on the majority of the figures. for 6..99 a fig and 6+ dollars for shipping i was pretty P.O.’d, didn’t know if you’ve had any feedback on this subject yet but i hope other collectors aren’t having the same problem.”

Sure hope this is the exception and not the rule.

UPDATE The following Yak readers have written in to share their experiences…

Jake – “I have to echo Chris’s complaint.  I ordered a total of 12 figures and did not receive one mint figure.”

Roger – “I also ordered a bunch of stuff from them.  It was all just pitched into a box and some of the plastic inflated rectagles were rattling around in there too.”

Mike – “I recently ordered several figures from them and had the same experience. They sent one figure in a box that was way too small. The only way it could fit in the box was to bend the card.”

Here’s one REALLY negative response…

Justin – “This is absolutely the WORST customer service I have ever received anywhere. I halfway suspect they screwed up on the number of items they had available and came up with the expiration date thing as a way to cover their tracks. I never once even received an apology for the
inconvenience and every person I talked to dropped the ball. I won’t be going
back to this site – I think I’d have better luck buying from Ebay sellers with negative feedback. Just curious about other people’s
experiences with similar situations.”

It’s not all bad, we’ve received two positive experiences…

Vince – “When I received the 12″ figures [Shaak Ti & Barris Offee] they arrived in a very large box with a lot of packing material. The Clones arrived in a medium sized box also packed very well. They were all in mint condition”

Mark – “I received a new clone trooper, wookie warrior, Destroyer droid, and Neimodian warrior all in A+ condition. The figures were packed
carefully and neatly into an appropriate sized box.
So far Hasbro has been good to me!”

It appears that if you’re a carded / boxed collector, you may want to be careful when ordering from Hopefully they will get enough feedback to correct these issues.



NEW Art of Revenge
May 23, 2005 | 5:43 PM EST | Jayson


Even after the release of Episode III, the Official Site updates it’s Art of Revenge series. This week’s photo titled “Rystáll’s Return” shows (highlight to read) Rystáll, the backup singer and dancer original seen in the Special Edition of Return of the Jedi, returns to Episode III in a cameo appearance in the Opera House



UPDATE C3 Vader is back!
May 23, 2005 | 2:17 PM EST | Jayson

C3 Vader is now available! (Without Protective Star Case) Run don’t walk! They are sure to go fast!

Remember… only Hyperspace members are allowed to order. (limit 2 per guest)

Thanks to Steven and Filmboy for the heads-up!

UPDATE As of 3:45 CST he appears to be sold out…



Grievous Nearly Gone
May 23, 2005 | 1:07 PM EST | Mark B


Premium Format General Grievous

Since Sideshow has announced that the new General Grievous Figure is a limited edition of only 2500, we can safely say that he is nearly sold out (I also have this on pretty good info from Sideshow directly). Now that you’ve seen him in action in Revenge of the Sith, click the banner above to make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible statue from Sideshow!!



Star Wars Commemorative Coins
May 23, 2005 | 12:40 PM EST | Scott

GoldQuest International a group which specializes in collectible coins is striking a limited number of Star Wars related coins. Here’s a snippet of info from thier page…

“To mark the third and final prequel of the Star Wars trilogy – Episode III: “Revenge of the Sith”, GOLDQUEST International presents the Star Wars: Heroes and Villains Coin Set, a fitting tribute to a timeless classic. Minted in proof condition with unsurpassed quality in design, materials and craftsmanship, the coin set embodies the remarkable history of this cinematic phenomenon through 4 alluring designs.

• The $10 1/25 oz Fine Gold 999.9 proof coin features classic heroes: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Yoda.
• The first $5 1 oz Fine Silver 999/- proof coin features prequel heroes: Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and C-3PO
• The second $5 1 oz Fine Silver 999/- proof coin features prequel villains: Darth Vader, Count Dooku and the Emperor.
• The $1 Copper-Nickel proof coin, features classic villains: Darth Vader, stormtrooper, and Boba Fett.”

Click the link above for ordering info!



At Last Star Wars Has Its Revenge
May 22, 2005 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Everyone who said that the franchise had had its day and could never repeat the magic of the original Star Wars at the box office must have never thought of the Sith! Box Office Mojo has just announced that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ stormed the record books with an estimated $158.5 million in four days, notching 2-day, 3-day and 4-day milestones. Click here for more.



More CIII Vaders Found!
May 21, 2005 | 11:49 AM EST | Jayson


It looks like on May 23, will be selling more CIII Vaders but only to Hyperspace members… so those who weren’t able to pick them up during previous releases, this might be your last chance to buy them at a reasonable (non-ebay/scalper) price. The link to the store is not yet active, but check back throughout the day there so you don’t miss it.



A Great Time To Be A Fan
May 20, 2005 | 8:54 PM EST | Scott

Just wanted to throw my two cents in….

I’ve seen “Sith” twice now and I’m still in awe. George proved that he still had a few surprises left in his bag of tricks. Episode III gives the fans everything they’ve been waiting for and more. Sure the dialogue could have used another once-over and the acting, while vastly improved over the first two prequels, was still just a wee bit stiff in spots. But overall, Lucas scores the touchdown with this one.

I won’t go into lengthy descriptions or analysis, by now you’ve read countless dozens of reviews by writers far more gifted than I. But I will say that Episode III’s record-breaking opening and fantastic word-of-mouth make me excited to be a fan again.

Don’t get me wrong, despite all of their flaws I loved Episodes I and II, unfortunately you had to be careful just who you said that to. And while not everyone is as enthusiastic, Episode III brought the fans together one last time and most left the theater with a smile on thier lips and even some with a tear in their eye.

So relish in this Summer, enjoy it on the big screen as often as you can, and enjoy the feeling that comes with having a brand new, and very, very good, Star Wars film in theaters one last time.

Your friend in the Force,
Scott C.



Sith Takes Revenge On The Record Books
May 20, 2005 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ shattered the single day record on Thursday with $50,013,859, eclipsing ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Spider-Man 2’. Looks like the title Revenge is appropriate in more ways than one.

It just keeps breaking records ‘Revenge of the Sith’ raked in an estimated $35 million on Friday. With about $85 million in two days, it has edged out ‘Spider-Man’s $83 million as the biggest two-day haul ever (if estimates hold)…



Neimoidian Warrior In Stock
May 20, 2005 | 3:22 PM EST | Hfsolo

You can now pick up the Revenge of the Sith Figure: Neimoidian Warrior as it is in stock…
Also in stock
Revenge of the Sith: Clone Trooper

There are also many sales going on. Most of the ROTS ships are 25% off right now..



Big News From Sideshow
May 20, 2005 | 3:12 PM EST | Mark B


Dressing a Galaxy Book

Take a look at this new book available for order at Sideshow Collectibles (Click on the image above for more details). Featuring full-color photographs and illustrations, this beautiful hardcover volume is a collection that highlights the costumes seen in the “Star Wars” films with authentic references from Lucasfilm Archives. Written by Costume Designer Trisha Briggar, this signed collectible also includes a special edition DVD, fabric swatches, and a Wookiee Belt-buckle replica. The first 500 copies of this book will be signed by the author.

Also, in a press release today, Sideshow announced that they will be producing lifesize Star Wars busts!! More details on this as they arise!



Unleashed Yoda & Sidious
May 20, 2005 | 1:32 PM EST | Scott


Amazon is showing that the new Yoda Vs. Sidious is IN STOCK now, selling for $14.99 and shipping within 2 to 3 days. Click the image to order!



ROTS Star Cases
May 20, 2005 | 11:04 AM EST | Mark B


Need some cases for that collection of Return of the Sith Action Figures? now has 6 Packs of Star Cases designed to fit the new figure packaging in stock now!

And in case you missed it below – has the new Gentle Giant Yoda and Vader Busts along with the new Gentle Giant Anakin Clone Wars Statue available for preorder.



Suncoast Star Wars Deals
May 20, 2005 | 10:51 AM EST | Mark B

This in from a reader:
Not sure if it’s nation wide, but ALL SW stuff at Suncoast was 25% off when I went there today. Plus they had a deal going on clearance items, you’d get the 25% plus another 50% after that, on one item. Well, I got Gentle Giant Busts, the Deluxe Stormtrooper for $33 (regular $50), and Bossk, who was on clearance for a mere $11.24!!! Unbelievable. Also picked up another mini saber for $23. It’s been a good day so far………….and the movie tonight………..I can’t wait! GEEKED in Port Huron, MI



Sith Racks Up 16.5 Million At Midnight Shows
May 19, 2005 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that last night/this morning’s midnight shows racked up 16.5 dollars. Click here for more.



Reflections of the Sith
May 19, 2005 | 1:58 PM EST | Keri

I just got back from the 8:30am digital showing of Revenge of the Sith, so I have completed the circle that began when I saw Star Wars at the age of 2. Yes, seeing A New Hope is my earliest memory (I still get a little freaked out at the torture droid in Leia’s cell on the Death Star!) and many of the most important events in my life have taken place in and around the release of Star Wars films.

I feel a great deal of emotion and in seeing the last film certainly has a bittersweet feeling of finality. I could write for hours about aspects of the film that I liked and those that I did not like. The fact of the matter is, I am grateful for the opportunity to see the film with my own eyes after I had remained spoiler-free for so long.

I hope that everyone enjoys the film and that you are all able to share the experience with someone special. Happy ROTS Day to all!



The Circle is Now Complete (Well, Nearly)
May 19, 2005 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark B

What a beautiful morning here in Boise, Idaho and I’m getting ready to leave for the 10am (followed by the 1:20PM) showing of Return of the Sith. I have to say, I haven’t been this excited about seeing a Star Wars movie since I was 9 years old walking into a theater in Kansas City, MO to see A New Hope for the first time. I was hooked for life. Here I am 36 years old and still feeling the excitement I felt as a kid….life is great! “Adventure, Excitement, a Jedi craves not these things…..” – well sorry Yoda, I Jedi I must not be, because I can’t wait to get into that theater this morning. We’ll see you – AT THE MOVIES!



May the Force be with You!
May 18, 2005 | 6:40 PM EST | Jayson

I just wanted to wish all you faithful readers out there the best of times tonight for the bittersweet end of the Star Wars movie franchise. It is sure to be a day/night long remembered. Drive safely to and from your theatres tonight, MTFBWY and here’s to 30 more years of Star Wars fandom.

Your partner in collecting,




Less than 24 hours remaining
May 18, 2005 | 7:58 AM EST | Bill

For almost everyone’s time zone, it’s less than 24 hours until we see Revenge of the Sith on the big screen. Enjoy!



Revenge Of The Sith Review…
May 18, 2005 | 1:31 AM EST | Jair

Don’t worry, no spoilers here. I just returned from a Special Media Screening of Episode III. The movie is very good, in my opinion is by far the best of the prequels. It has a lot of action, many references with the original Trilogy, and a lot of surprises.

I do feel that the movie should have been at least 20 minutes longer because there are too many things going on at the end, and they come and go too fast.

Anyway… Empire is still my favorite, but it was great watching Vader again in a Star Wars movie.

Hope everyone enjoys the movie tomorrow night!



Sith Openeing Bigger Than Clones
May 17, 2005 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith will bow at 3,661 theaters onThursday, ranking as the 12th widest release of all time with a significant increase over Attack of the Clones’ 3,161-theater launch.



Star Wars And Recycling
May 17, 2005 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Here’s a tongue planted firmly in cheek view at Star Wars and Recycling which made AOL’s newsclipping service today:

Yoda: Recycle You Must, or the Dark Side You Invite; Earth911.Org’s Top Five Ways to Recycle & Reuse Star Wars Souvenirs

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)—-Darth Vader won’t just leave dead Jedi in his wake when Star Wars: Episode III debuts Thursday, May 20th. He’ll also leave a mountain of plastic action figures and toys, thousands of used lightsaber batteries and tons of Star Wars paper packaging.

“We love Star Wars as much as anybody, but it doesn’t mean we should emulate the destructive power of the Death Star by harming the environment,” said Anne Reichman, Director of, the nation’s largest portal for local environmental action and information. “Most people don’t know that these types of figurines can’t be recycled, not even little Yoda. In fact, almost all of these toys will sit in landfills until long after we’re gone.”

It’s estimated that more than 250 million Star Wars action figures had been sold by 1999 alone, the year Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released. Given an average weight of .73 ounces per figurine, calculates the total to be more than 5,700 tons, the equivalent of approximately 1,453 Hummer vehicles. (Weight figures based on Episode III figurines: Anakin Skywalker = 0.8 ounces; Obi-Wan Kenobi = 0.8 ounces; Yoda = 0.6 ounces.)

“Fortunately, much of the other Star Wars paraphernalia and its packaging can be recycled,” added Reichman.

To help fans resist the Dark Side, released its Top Five Ways Star Wars products and packaging can be safely recycled or reused right in your neighborhood. Based on zip code, people can search to find local recycling and reuse sites for hundreds of household products.
1. Most lightsabers – imitation ones, anyway – are built like flashlights and include batteries. These batteries can be recycled and properly disposed of by dropping them off at a local recycling center that accepts these items. Certain batteries contain highly corrosive materials that are extremely harmful to people and the environment, and should be recycled through municipal or commercial programs.
2. In the unlikely event that a Star Wars video or DVD loses its appeal, they can be recycled through a variety of local programs or donated to libraries.
3. Star Wars clothing may be donated to the Salvation Army or Good Will for children whose families wouldn’t normally be able to afford this merchandise.
4. Product packaging, which often outweighs the product it holds, can be recycled through local paper and plastic conservation programs.
5. When Star Wars figurines eventually end up at the bottom of the toy box, they can be donated for reuse through various local organizations, such as schools and daycare facilities. Local recycling sites for the products above can be found using’s(TM) zip code search tool.



Wookie And Destroyer…
May 17, 2005 | 8:40 PM EST | Hfsolo

Both of these are back in stock and on sale at $4.99 each..
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Destroyer Droid #44
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Wookiee Warrior #43



The Evolution Of Anakin
May 17, 2005 | 9:11 AM EST | Scott

Australian Star Wars collecting site has alerted us to new pics that have cropped up of a new addition to the upcoming EVOLUTIONS line. I’ll turn it over to Mousedroid for the rest of the description….

“Just thought you would like o know of a new Hasbro pack that landed on our desks today.

Episode III tells the story of how Anakin finally falls to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader, and with the new Hasbro EVOLUTIONS line you can see his decline before your very eyes. This new range of triple pack from Hasbro features a figures form three different Star Wars movies that depict the change in the character over the course of the saga. We were lucky enough here at to preview the Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader Evolutions Pack. With two more packs in the works (Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper and The Sith) these are sure to be a hit with fans as they link the Saga with the original trilogy. Visit our site for more detailed images of this first set.”

Sounds fantastic! Click the link above to head to their site.



3 New Gentle Giant Statues!
May 17, 2005 | 12:48 AM EST | Mark B

Get over to NOW, NOW, NOW……
There are 3 new Gentle Giant statues available for preorder. 2 are redos of the most sought after busts in their line – Yoda and Darth Vader!!! The last is Anakin from the Clone Wars Cartoon. Order them now before they are gone



Force Battlers Unveiled
May 16, 2005 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page took the wraps off four more of the Force Battler Figures for this year– Darth Vader with glider, Han Solo, Stormtrooper, and Tatooine Luke with glider. Check them out here.



Can You Help Out A Fan?
May 16, 2005 | 7:18 PM EST | Scott

If any of our loyal readers can help out Arnie here, I’m sure you’d have a friend for life…..

“I wrote to you a while back regarding my entry on Access Hollywood. It
turned out my entry was shown again on the weekend edition of Access
Hollywood, but I only know about this because people told me they saw
it. Access Hollywood’s weekend edition (airing in my area on 5/14) was an
entire Star Wars special that I would love to see how they worked me

I was hoping one of you might know someone, or be able to post to your
site, to see if anyone happened to Tivo or tape this past weekend’s
Access Hollywood Star Wars episode. I would happily reimburse anyone for tape costs, DVD costs, whatever. I would normally not do this for merch but
since I was actually broadcast on it (it was me getting married,
getting a tattoo, so I hear) I would love to see it.

Any help would be appreciated until the ends of time.

Anyone who wants to can contact me here or

Thank you again!
Arnie Carvalho”



Star Wars on the Discovery Channel
May 16, 2005 | 6:20 PM EST | Jayson

Tonight starts a three-day miniseries on Discovery Channel called “The Science of Star Wars” to learn about real-life robots, high-tech weapons and even hot rods of the future.

Tonight’s episode is called “Science of Star Wars: Man and Machine”
Droids, bots, and artificial intelligence — coming soon to rule the world. Right now, robots can clean the house, walk the dog, and identify lifesigns in the rubble of an earthquake. Soon, droids will replace astronauts on dangerous spacewalks and may even act as flying astromech droids to people living in space. How soon will it be before your mother has an unmanned drone to figure out what you’re doing all day? Forget about Big Brother — can the school principal use probe droids to patrol the hallways? Hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2.

Visit for more info.



My good deed for the day…
May 16, 2005 | 5:11 PM EST | Jayson

During lunch today, I went to my local TRU store to pick up my Anakin with Green Jedi Starfighter and noticed a gentleman scouring the pegs (like we all do). So I approached him and asked what figure he was looking for. He said he was trying to find a Clone Commander for his 7 year old, but they didn’t have any in stock. Luckily, I just happened to have one in my car along with an extra AT-TE Gunner and sold them to him for TRU current sale price ($4.99 ea). Do you remember how awesome it was being a little kid and having your mom or dad bring home a new action figure for you? Hopefully I did my part to help this guy’s little one feel the same way I did back then and usher in the next generation of faithful Star Wars Collectors.



LEGO DeathStar II
May 16, 2005 | 7:43 AM EST | Hfsolo

You can now head over to LEGO and Pre-Order the new Death Star II for the introductory price of $269.99, after June 30th, the full price will be $299.99.



Target Exclusive Clone Packaging Comparison
May 15, 2005 | 11:37 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to Yak Reader Tim for sending in this image of the two different logos on the Target Exclusive Clone packaging. The first version is on the left, and the second is on the right.



There Was Another
May 15, 2005 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

It seems that way last summer, Teekay-421 debuted the first E3 diorama. Here’s all the info on his creation:

Thomas Verschoren and Stijn Creten, from build a Padme’s verandah diorama in the summer of 2004. Check it out here.



Peter Griffin – A New Hope?
May 15, 2005 | 9:40 PM EST | Scott


The conclusion to tonight’s episode of Family Guy included a hilarious homage to A New Hope. (You’d think there was a new movie coming out soon or something…hmmm..)

After Peter rescues Horace the bartender from the Drunken Clam during a fire, he is given a heroes’ reception at city hall, Rebel Throne Room style, complete with appearances by Chewie, R2, 3PO and the actual John Williams music. The gag carries all the way through the end credits done completely Star Wars style.

Click the image above to download the mpeg clip. (31.8 mb)



New Contest
May 14, 2005 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

The team over at Before The Dark Times has just launched a new contest, to win an essay is required, however there are some outstanding prizes including a Masterpiece Edition Anakin Skywalker book/figure, real stands and more. Click here to check it out.



New Galactic Heroes Found
May 14, 2005 | 1:58 AM EST | Mark B

Amazingly enough, I found 2 of the 3 new sets of ROTS Galactic Heroes in Boise, Idaho (aka: Scalperland). I was able to hook my 3 year old, Ben, up with some new figures of his own today. I lucked out and picked up the Chewie/Clone Trooper at Walmart, and Kit Fisto/Mace Windu at Target. Now if I could just find him the Super Battle Droid and R2! So, if you or your little one likes these tiny guys – be on the lookout.

***Update – found one of the SBD/R2 sets this morning and have a very happy boy! Thanks to everyone who wrote and offered to help out.



Gentle Giant Vader Statue Back
May 14, 2005 | 1:40 AM EST | Mark B


This is probably the coolest of all of Gentle Giant’s releases so far. A few of them must have been cancelled, because it is available for order Check him out under the “statues” section of their website. also has a bunch of exclusive Celebration III artwork for sale at this time as well.



New Poster from Code 3
May 14, 2005 | 1:36 AM EST | Mark B


Check out the new images of the 3D sculpted “D” style Star Wars: A New Hope movie poster over at Code 3. It will be available for preorder later this month.



LEGO Sandcrawler…
May 14, 2005 | 12:28 AM EST | Hfsolo

While it has been rumored over at Rebelscum in the forums… we now have living evidence…

Over at they now have it listed….

Lego Stories and Action Star Wars Sandcrawler (10144) with a price of $139.99



Motor City Comic Con This Weekend
May 13, 2005 | 5:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Kevin reports in with this reminder:

“Just wanted to let any Midwesterners know that the Motor City Comic Con is taking place this weekend… Started today actually. The only scheduled Star Wars guest is Mary Oyaya, but the original Daisy Duke and the original Starbuck (Battlestar Galactica) will be there. Is that a good thing or not? I don’t know.”

May 13-15, 2005

Fri 1pm – 8pm / Sat 10am – 7pm / Sun 10am – 5pm

Novi Expo Center – Novi, MI

Check out the website for more information by clicking here.



Grocery Store Yoda
May 13, 2005 | 5:53 PM EST | Scott


Yak reader Jim P. writes in with this cool display piece that showed up at his store, these showing up anywere else?…

“Hey guys,
I work in a supermarket and this is a promo for ROTS, this is either frito lay or pepsi, They gave us this to display in the aisle, it is actually on top of the aisle in this case. its about 2ft to 3ft high and comes with a lightsaber that appears to be seperate from yoda himself.
Yoda is made out of pvc plastic or something like it because he is one solid and heavy piece, we tried to take him down and it was too much for two of us. I dont know who made it but it is just cool. 6 days till revenge i’m excited thanks.”

Awesome looking Yoda! Thanks for the report Jim!



XBox 360
May 13, 2005 | 5:50 PM EST | Keri

Although this is slightly off topic, with the unveiling of the next generation of the XBox gaming console dubbed the 360, gaming experiences will reach new levels of reality we have never seen.

Lucasarts will be a publisher and every game for the 360 will be Live enabled, so the multi-player online experience for potential new Star Wars titles is pretty much limitless. Exciting things beyond the movie await us all!



Sale At Amazon
May 13, 2005 | 10:23 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at they are having a sale. Many new figures like Polis Masson and Vader’s Medical Droid for $4.99, also the Battle Figures are $6.99 and many other items..



Final BTH image?
May 13, 2005 | 8:56 AM EST | Jayson has updated with what might be their last Before the Helmet image before the release of the film next week. I would have thought it might have been an image of Anakin but this photo entitled “Up His Sleeve” shows (highlight to read) the droid commander, General Grievous, launching a grappling hook from his arm (Boba Fett style) to the exterior of Invisible Hand.



DFW Sci-Fi Expo Reminder May 14-15
May 12, 2005 | 11:04 PM EST | Keri

If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, there will be a nice Sci-Fi Expo for you to attend! There will be over 150 tables with exhibitors selling new and vintage toys, comics and other great items. There will also be a galaxy of stars from the entire Star Wars saga signing autographs along with some Star Wars artists drawing up some beautiful images. The best thing of all is, the admission is completely FREE for all ages! The autographs of course are not free but the admission sure is!

My husband and I will be there Saturday afternoon, and I will try to report back with some nifty photos to share with everyone.

For more info regarding the location and times, please check out the Sci-Fi Expo website by clicking here. See you all there!



Star Wars TV Roundup UPDATE
May 12, 2005 | 10:11 PM EST | Scott

Yak reader Ian writes in..

“In addition to the programs mentioned, the “Science of Star Wars” programs will also be broadcast on Discovery HD (High Definition channel) on May 19, at 8-11, repeated immediately thereafter.  This might be preferred by people who have HD TV’s”.

Thanks Ian! This info as well as a few new additions and updates have been added to our Star Wars on TV Roundup Guide



So How Big Will The Opening For Sith Be?
May 12, 2005 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo has just posted all the details:

MAY 19

Title (Distributor) / Theater Count (Change) / Week #

Revenge of the Sith (Fox) / 3,700

– Should the estimate hold, it would be the 10th widest release

– Attack of the Clones / 3,161 theaters
Opening Day: $30,141,471 (on a Thurs.)
Four-day bow: $110,169,231

– The Phantom Menace / 2,970 theaters
Opening Day: $28,542,349 (on a Wed.)
Five-day bow: $105,661,237

Revenge of the Sith will have a global launch next weekend, playing
everywhere except Japan and South Korea.



New Figures At Hasbro Toy
May 12, 2005 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sam just wrote in to give us the heads-up that the newest Star Wars figures– Nemodian Warrior, Wookie Warrior, Super Articulated Clone, Destroyer Droid, and ATTE Gunner are not available at the Hasbro Toy Click here to order before they’re gone.



Outstanding C3 Poster
May 12, 2005 | 6:00 PM EST | Scott

I just thought I’d take a moment to make mention of one of the more exceptional pieces of Star Wars art I picked up at Celebration III.

The above poster was created by noted Star Wars artist Russell Walks. His work has graced posters, trading cards, graphic novels and a wide variety of other media as well.

This poster was created especially for C3 in a limited run of 250 (on heavier archival stock, a regular unlimited run was also available) and is outstanding in it’s color and vibrance. I particularly love the classy way it pays homage to each of the major characters throughout the entire Star Wars saga.

If you were lucky enough to meet Russ at C3, then you know what a genuinely nice guy he is. He was on hand in the Artist’s Room shaking hands and signing autographs.

Click on the image to go to his site and check out the amazing array of work he’s done. Very nice stuff!

Note: Yak reader Nathan informs me that there is a print of 1950’s pinup girl Bettie Page on the site sans top. A note of caution when viewing the site with your kids. Sorry folks, missed that one!



May 12, 2005 | 11:52 AM EST | Scott


As if any of you needed any reminding….

One week from today, most of us will complete the circle begun way back in 1977. Where has the time gone?



Clonin’ Around
May 12, 2005 | 9:58 AM EST | Jayson


Clones, clones and more clones. Today’s review starts a series of exposés on the troops from Emperor Palpatine’s newly formed Galactic Empire, starting here with the AT-TE Tank Gunner. And a week from today we’ll be able to see these guys in action on the big screen!



Variant Anakin At Kohls
May 12, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader TonyWanKenobi sent in this report:

Hi just got back from Kohls a little while ago and they had the new Anakin. There was only a few. Just wanted to let you know so you could pass the word along to everyone to check kohls.



Mustafar At Wal-Mart
May 11, 2005 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Pete sent in this report:

Don’t know if this has been reported, but I found the Mustafar Playset at 2 different Wal*Mart’s this morning. Price: $29.96. See attached picture. Also, wave 2 of the 12″ was there, with restorck of General Grevous.



Star Wars Filming Down Under For TV
May 11, 2005 | 10:11 PM EST | Bill

The team over at Mouse Droid dug up this article over at the Daily Telegraph which states filming the Star Wars TV series in Austrailia is “as definite as definite can be”. Read the full story here.



Red Guard At Amazon
May 11, 2005 | 12:27 PM EST | Scott

You can currently order the RED royal guard at Amazon right now. Hurry, as these are sure to go quick.

Thanks to Yak reader Erik for the alert!



Gentle Giant Sandtrooper Squad Leader
May 11, 2005 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark B has the new Gentle Giant Sandtrooper Squad Leader Mini Bust for Preorder. Like all of the Gentle Giant busts, this one is sure to sell out quick…so act now!



12 Inch Wave 2 OUT
May 11, 2005 | 8:46 AM EST | Scott


Yak reader Justin Z. writes in to let us know that he’s found wave 2 of the 12-inch ROTS figures. (Barriss Offee and Shaak Ti).

They were found yesterday at a Madison, Wisconsin Wal-Mart.

On another note, I myself spotted the 3rd Battle Arena last night at a Target in Rochester Hills, MI. This is the set that consists of Grievous Bodyguard VS. Obi Wan.



E3 Diorama
May 10, 2005 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

The German based internet site StarconstruX has updated its site.

Now, you can find the first Fan-Art-Diorama of “Revenge of the Sith”.

It is the final transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Lord Vader. See the medic-room included the operating table made by Markus Gerlach.



The King Gets Sith
May 10, 2005 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

The Sith has come to the King— Burger King. Here’s Yak Reader Dark Jedi Jeff’s report:








Anyone Have Any Idea What This Is?
May 10, 2005 | 10:02 PM EST | Hfsolo

I noticed this as a pre-order today…

TRU Exclusive Star Wars 5pc Imperial force Hoth Battle Set

Release date of Sept 5, 2005…

Here are some new Figs…
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Yoda w/Can-Cell
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Destroyer Droid #44
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Wookiee Warrior #43



Save Up to $500 on Alienware + Free Shipping
May 10, 2005 | 5:33 PM EST | Mark B


Alienware - Cutting Edge Technology

Been itching to get yourself one of the new Alienware Star Wars PCs? Well, here is a great chance, head on over to their site and you can get up to $500 off a new system and shipping on the Star Wars system is FREE (that saves you $99!).



Target Exclusive Cases… The Official Word
May 9, 2005 | 11:17 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updated today with the official word on the status of Target’s exculsive figure cases. The short answer is they are being reworked and will be back at retail when the issue is corrected. Read the full story here.



Star Wars On TV Roundup
May 9, 2005 | 10:44 PM EST | Scott

With Episode III mere days away, the airwaves will soon be jammed with all manner of Star Wars related programming.

We’ve whipped up THIS GUIDE to help you sort out all the upcoming shows. Get ready to give your TIVO’s a workout!

Note: We’ll post updates as new shows are listed.



New Sith In Stores
May 9, 2005 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number reports of the next wave of figures– #41-44 hitting at Wal-Marts across the country. This is not just West Coast sightings, but also in the midwest, Texas, and even some in the Mississippi valley. Good Hunting everyone!



Inside Skywalker Ranch with MTV’s TRL
May 9, 2005 | 10:28 PM EST | Keri

According to the Official Site on May 13th at 5:00pm EST MTV will be airing a TRL Special from Skywalker Ranch.

Viewers will be treated to a myriad of guest stars who will see a special screening of ROTS itself and give their impressions of the film. Star Wars fans in their own right, the band Good Charlotte will also give a performance for the creator George Lucas himself. The highlight will be a guided tour of Skywalker Ranch itself, where areas not shown to the general public will be shown on MTV for all to enjoy.

Sounds interesting – Ladies and Gentlemen – set your recording devices now! You may also click here to read the full article.



Deluxe In Stock
May 9, 2005 | 2:59 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon.. The following Deluxe Figs are now in stock…

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Trooper
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Vulture Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Darth Vader



A Positive Target Story
May 8, 2005 | 11:12 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark sent in this report which restores our faith some:

Having a newborn, it is tough to get out of the house. This morning I went to Target, and arrived at 8:01. Sure enough, by the time I got to the SW section, collectors scooped up all the troopers. When I asked one collector about them, he stated there were still 5 left in the box that the guy brought back into the stockroom. After asking a few employees, I finally got one that helped me before. He checked with the manager of the department, and I overheard him say, OK, I will give him one, and sure enough, a clone trooper arrived!!! Can’t say how lucky I am, and grateful to the kind employee at Target. Now, if everyone else could get one!



Target One More Time
May 8, 2005 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the official release date was anything but.
By popular request, here’s the DPCI Number 087 06 1489

Here’s some of the reports we received:

Yak Reader Jedi999 sent this in:
well well well i also have some really bad news about a target in the houston area!!! i went in today hoping to get a clone and come to find out , they had put OUT 3 cases and ONE PERSON GOT EVERYONE OF THEM!!!!!!! I can not stand that! So there is my sad story!

This was Yak Reader Tony’s report:

Hi, I just wanted to report what I found this morning. Like everyone, my friend and I waited for our local Target to open.
We make our way to the Star Wars section (which our our Target they have a whole isle dedicated to ROTS) and there they were figuers #41-44 but to our shock there where no Target Clone Troopers!! We asked the first person who worked the department and they said they had none that everything was put out. We told them that it couldnt be right to talk to the department manager. He said he was off today but would try and get ahold of him on the phone. He was gone for 15 minutes then he pops up with two cases full of troopers 12 in each. I got 2 and my friend got 2. so that left 20 for the next collector. I just hope that true honest collectors get the rest. The clerk did tell us that we where only to get one but since noone was there we could have two each. He did say that he could not put them on the shelf only hand ONE out at a time to each person who ASKED for them. His manager was informed of scalping on ebay and was instructed to only hand out one per person. We offered to give the extra one back but he said no that was his way of saying thank you for letting him know about them. We said thank you and we left with our troopers and our #41-44 to go home and be with the rest of the Star Wars Family. I hope everyone who wants one is as lucky as us.
I also want to say thanks for doing such a great job with news and coverage of Celebration III. You guys have a great site.



Revenge of the Brick Tonight
May 8, 2005 | 5:03 PM EST | Bill

Cartoon Network will be showing Revenge of the Brick tonight at 7:00 P.M. Eastern. Check it out here.



Another Target Clone Trooper Dilema…
May 8, 2005 | 11:53 AM EST | Brandon

John S. sends us this interesting story of what happened to him today at his local Target…

My friend and I went to Target before it opened this morning to get our hands on the Clone Trooper Exclusive. We both thought that because of all the buzz on the web and all the Star Wars fans, nuts, wackko’s that are in our area there would be a line. There was not. Counting us and one other person, there were three. The doors opened and we made our way to the toy section. THE CLONE TROOPERS WERE NOT THERE!!!!!!!!!! We knew from talking to store employees during the week that the Clone Troopers were going to be sold on Sunday, May 8, no sooner. We had to wait for the Target employees. Like alot of stores, they have pep-talk at the front of the store for the employees. We were very patient and on our best behavior. Finally after maybe ten minutes we were helped. We gave the employee the product number and he typed it into his hand held inventory index thing. He said he had eleven units. O.K. we said lets see what you’ve got. He came out of the stock room with one box. ONE STINKING BOX!!!! He said that was all they had. I kindda trust this guy, he has always been straight with me before. Even he was surprised that there was only one box. [twelve figures per box by the way] The three of us did not divide the box between us. There is still six figures left for some lucky fans to find.

My point to all this is that:
1. We had to ask for the product from the backroom. Don’t trust the hand held inventory thing. If you can, and the sales employee is willing, have them check the stockroom.
2. It’s probably safe to say that either the figures were sold early or someone has made a killing on the secondary market.
3. Leave some for the next guy. [It’s one of those do unto other type of things….]

Thanks John for that report! Looks like these Troopers will take a little extra effort to snatch!



Target Delays Mustafar Playset Shipments
May 7, 2005 | 10:22 AM EST | Bill is sending out Emails sayind that “there was a delay” in shipping the Mustafar playsets. No word on when they will ship.



Revenge of the Topps Etched Foil Cards
May 6, 2005 | 11:38 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Keith was kind enough to write in and correct some errors that I had in my previous report.

“I am sorry to inform you that the etched foils did NOT debut in the Heritage set. The etched foils go all the way back to the Star Wars Galaxy sets. Each set had 6 foils and all 18 of those foils formed together to make one image. The new 18 card image from the Heritage set and the ROTS set attach to the original 18 card image to form one long 36 card image. I have attached a pic of the original 18 card image. As you can see, it attaches to the left of the new 18 card image.”

Keith sent in this image of the original 18 etched foil cards from the Galaxy set below. I can only imagine what the entire 36 card image would look like framed, with all the cards spanning the entire 6 Episode saga.



Hayden Christensen on Leno Tonight
May 6, 2005 | 7:30 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ron was kind enough to write in and remind us all that Hayden Christensen aka Anakin/Darth Vader will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this evening. Ron mentions that “I am sure he will talk about the greatest and best movie of the summer coming out. Leno said he would and introduced him with the Star wars tag.” Set your recording device of choice now!



Kingdom Of Heaven Opening Today
May 6, 2005 | 3:38 PM EST | Keri

Kingdom of Heaven opens in theaters today, directed by the great Ridley Scott of Alien and Gladiator fame. How does this relate to Star Wars you ask? Well, our very own Liam Neeson, aka Qui-Gon Jinn is in the film, which looks to be an exciting adventure epic to help tide us over until the BIG Day arrives. Also of note, the film stars Orlando Bloom from the LOTR Trilogy and Pirates of the Carribbean. Purchase some tickets, get to a theater and have a nice night out this weekend!



Create your own Grand Army of the Republic
May 6, 2005 | 2:07 PM EST | Jayson




After all the scalper talk and the custom building posts out there, I decided to whip up some downloadable (clean & dirty) decals for you faithful readers. Based off the Target Clone, I also made Blue and Green versions as well. Just drag each jpg above to your desktop, print’em on label paper, cut’em and bingo – CUSTOM CLONES! Put them on the ROTS clones, retro fit your AOTC clones or even slap them on the VOTC Stormtroopers too! (Notes: Images are 300 dpi so some final tinkering with final output percentages maybe required)



Problems With Exclusives… Again. Cont.
May 6, 2005 | 11:31 AM EST | Jair

I want to thank everybody who sent their opinions about this article. Here is one that was totally different from all the rest. It’s good to sometimes hear a different opinion.

Yak Reader Brian sent the following:

I was reading this article posted on your website and figured I’d
write in with my opinion.
I personally do not have a problem with scalpers. I know scalpers
are everywhere but it’s a problem you just have to deal with.
Take the upcoming Target clonetrooper exclusive for example.
I see no problem with someone buying every one they see
Maybe they’re buying them all for army builders or displays.
Star Wars collectors know how hard it is to find almost any item
produced in a year when there’s no movie coming out, and every movie
year has it’s own, “hard-to, but not impossible to find” figures.
If you’re a serious collector, you know this fact, as tragic and
“wrong” as it is, and should be more active in getting out there
and making the effort to find that particular exclusive.
I have, many times myself, have had to pay an enormous amount of
money for exclusives. In 2002, I was lucky enough to get a
Toyfair Vader from the Star Wars website….but had to resort to
Ebay for my Jorg Sacul figure. I believe the 2 balance each other out.
I don’t live near Disneyland or Disneyworld, and was
“extremely happy” to pay $50-60.00 for my Star Tours figures

I have about 4 or 5 Target stores in my area, and wasn’t mad when
I missed out on the Lava Vader. My feeling was, “oh, well,
someone else beat me to it.”
The Red Guard? I have p found in my area 6 of them since April 2nd.
I build displays, as well as keep one packaged,so I scooped them all up.
I’m also still on the look-out for even more to finish my displays.
Star Wars collecting is supposed to be fun, and it is if you make
it fun. The ones who do not enjoy collecting are the ones who sit
in their homes, wait for the news that an exclusive has arrived, then
go out and search for it. Scalping is, and has been a consistant problem
with collectors since the return of the Star Wars line, and it will only
get worse in the coming years when Hasbro stops producing large quantities.
I find Ebay to be a rather excellent “last choice” place to find
the items I can’t find in stores.
So, to all the people who complain daily about scalpers ruining their
hobby, I say this: Learn to deal with it, and move on. There’s probably
items in your collection that I don’t have. It’s just the way it is.
If you find you really need the item and have to resort to Ebay….
don’t complain. Nobody’s making you pay outrageous amounts for the item.
So, in ending this,if you decide to post this, I hope people will
read another point of view and understand the dynamics of
collecting Star wars figures. You won’t always get everything, but
should be satisfied with what you get. There’s enough out there.
I would also not mind hearing from people who agree or disagree
with my views: please email me at

So, even though I don’t agree with what Brian wrote in, I respect his point of view. Again thanks to everybody who wrote in…



Wipe Them Out – All of Them!
May 6, 2005 | 10:47 AM EST | Jayson

Fellow MN collector Ryan just informed me that the Target Exclusive Cases have indeed been ordered to be returned to the vendor due to card-fitting problems. But the vender DOES NOT want them back and have ordered for them to be destroyed! Ryan also said that they were removed from Hasbro’s site and the Hasbro online Toy Shop. No word yet on a possible remedy to the situation.



Over At
May 6, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Hfsolo

Head on over and pick up the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: AT-RT with AT-RT DRIVER, it is in stock now… $14.86

They also have the NEW Yoda w/Cancell $9.96



Couple More Figs In Stock
May 6, 2005 | 7:53 AM EST | Hfsolo

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Vader’s Medical Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Commander
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Blue)
Revenge of the Sith Figure: AT-TE Tank Gunner



Topps Etched Foil – The Big Picture
May 5, 2005 | 11:35 PM EST | Keri

If you collect Topps Star Wars trading cards, you have been enjoying the etched foil puzzle inserts that debuted in the Galaxy set. Within the Heritage series, there was a wave 1 Hobby and retail set of cards as well as a second wave of Hobby Boxes issued due to the popularity of the set and the artists’ sketch cards.
The Wave 2 Hobby boxes came with some all-new artists added to the line-up as well as another set of etched foil inserts to collect. With the advent of the ROTS movie card set and yet one more etched foil insert, the news came of all 3 sets of 6 cards fitting together to make one large scene. After having acquired my Wave 2 Heritage Hobby Box this afternoon and enjoying my sketch card score from it, I put all the etched foil cards together to make the scene. It is quite impressive in person and a very nice and fun addition to collecting the card sets. Enjoy the photos of the front and back, which make their own unique scenes.



How Lightsabers Work
May 5, 2005 | 10:53 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, this is the best article I have seen in a long time. With all the hype about Episode III, How Stuff Works has the lowdown on how the Jedi’s weapon of choice functions.



Side Show Variations!!!
May 5, 2005 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chad:
Just wanted to send an email to inform you guys that if you missed out on the Darth Vader Sideshow exclusive that you can still find it online at

I called in to inquire about the web site as a new customer and ended
up talking with the manager on the phone. A very nice and informative guy who told me about the VARIATIONS of the new Darth Vader and General Grievous Sideshow statues.

The exclusive Darth Vader will come with a mouse droid and an extra
death star base. This is the one he has listed on the website at the same price on the manufacturer’s website. He said the other Darth Vader statue will be listed soon and assumably the price will be lower.

The General Grievous statue that is a Sideshow exclusive has a cape
that comes with the statue and retails for $450. The nonexclusive does not have the cape and is the item listed on the website. The big difference is the price… About $100 cheaper sans cape. He proceeded to tell me that Sideshow is notorious for variations even on these higher end collectibles. Sounds like we are in for more surprises from Sideshow. Also heard some rumbling about a possible Sideshow 12″ Star Wars line.



Early Bird Goes For $10
May 5, 2005 | 8:20 PM EST | Hfsolo

Here is the latest as our roving reporter Scott just called in from KY. He is there on vacation and still digging up news for everyone.. At the local Wal-Mart they have the Early Bird kit on sale for a whopping $10!!!! They had about 15 there.. so check your local Wal-Marts.. you never know..



2 New Commercials at the OS!
May 5, 2005 | 5:12 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated tonight with 2 new commericals with a much darker feel than the previous TV spots. One debuted during MTV’s TRL yesterday and the other I caught during the WB’s Smallville. Avoid these like the “Plagueis” if you don’t wish to be spoiled! ; )



Amazon Hits Again…
May 5, 2005 | 8:31 AM EST | Hfsolo

Looking for any of these???

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Vader’s Medical Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: AT-TE Tank Gunner
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Blue)
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Commander



Problems With Exclusives… Again.
May 5, 2005 | 12:56 AM EST | Jair

It seems that every few weeks we discuss about how impossible is to get a figure because it’s an exclusive and scalpers take advantage of the situation. It really sickens me, especially living outside the US because that means I definitely have to rely on e-Bay to get any rare figure. As I said before, there is nothing wrong with exclusives, what’s wrong is that stores order Hasbro a limited number of them or Hasbro just makes a limited number for whatever reason. Instead of making 50,000 Lava Vaders or Articulated Clones, make 250,000 or more… Can’t they realize that they will make 5 times more money?

I came back from C3 hoping to exchange one of my C3 Vaders for a Lava Vader (which by the way was $8.00 more expensive than the Lava Vader at retail, with the case)… no one on e-Bay wanted to accept the trade. To me that says it all, none of the people I offered it to was a collector, ok, maybe a couple who told me that they already had it, but the rest were just not interested in even getting it so I assume they were scalpers.

There should be like a Club or something that guarantees real collectors one of every exclusive out there. Too bad I just don’t see how that can happen, but if someone has an idea please let me know. I remember back in C2 I finally got the Darth Maul Speeder Electronic Game that has a rare Maul figure. I paid 60 bucks for it back then. I knew it was a lot but I’m glad I bought it back then because the only one I saw at C3 was selling for 250 bucks!!! It should be available to everyone for the $29.99 it originally cost.

I really wish everyone good luck getting all these hard to get items, and if you see more than one rare or exclusive figure get it for a friend you know needs it, but don’t take advantage and become one of those undercover thieves who we all hate a.k.a. as scalpers. If scalping concert and sports events tickets is a crime, shouldn’t scalping collectibles be a crime also?



Cheezeits Poster Not Cheezy!
May 4, 2005 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dan sent this in today:

Hey all——–if you happened to send in for one of these they are
shipping. It is honestly one of the coolest looking posters I’ve seen in regards to ROTS. Very well done and the cheezits logo is very small and at the bottom and really doesn’t detract. I actually am debating framing it as the artwork is that nice on it.



Boba Fett And Darth Maul Attacktix Debut
May 4, 2005 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has just updated with new photos of the upcoming Boba Fett and Darth Maul Attacktix figures. Check them out here. Thanks to Yak Reader DBC503 for the heads-up.



Brainfreze Have I
May 4, 2005 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

7-11 stores have just started putting out a surprise for Star Wars fans– Yoda Slurpee mugs– these are shaped like Yoda’s head and even have a cap that screws shut. Be sure to check your local 7-11– they’re priced to move at $2.99!



Target Clone Trooper Feedback
May 4, 2005 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DCL sent in his perspective on the Target Clone situation:

I wanted to write because as so many collectors I too have hit my local target here in sunny CA’s San Fernando Valley hoping to get just one clone trooper. No I did not get one, but yes I saw an ample supply for many fans to buy in 1 gentleman’s arms as he walked past me. I mistook him for someone who worked stocking shelves at target because he was actually carrying them in a cardboard “Hasbro” box. “I’ll grab one of those from you right now!” I said in an upbeat tone as we passed far from the toy aisle and so close to the register.
This guy gave me a look and said “these are mine” and followed it with a real **** off look on his face.
“are there any left?” I asked gesturing to the toy area. “not any more” he said followed by a guttural “huh huh” laugh, walking away as if I was the loser and he was the bigger better man.

I stood silent and dis hearted, I wanted to let loose on him, especially after I did once last month as I witnessed 2 guys the day after midnight madness at toys r us actually play blockers keeping 2, ten year old kid’s at bay as a 3rd guy hoarding all the “most wanted figures” from the pegs. They did not care or even hear me. Outrageous! This time I t decided to be cool and let my venting be a letter to your websight and in hopes you post this story as I believe in your collect to collect policies and remind people that the toy’s are out there… somewhere and not to increase these slime’s businesses by paying big money for toys now…be patient, I have amassed a collection to rival anyone’s but it is for myself and sure sometimes it takes weeks, months and in some cases years (as in my newly acquired FAO exclusive Famba) but when I do find my wanted figures they are at normal retail prices and it feels good.

Jason in SC had better luck, here’s his report:

I had good luck today in Anderson, SC. I went to the Target and punched in the figure’s DCPI number into their price check scanners they have on the ends of the aisles and it showed that the exclusive Clone Troopers were in stock. I asked a lady to go and see if they were indeed there and told her I wanted two and she came back with them in her hand. They also had all of the new wave figures (3’3/4” and deluxe expect for the AT-TE tank gunner). That number is 087061489. Go try it and see if it works for you.

Finally Yak Reader Scott took a more analytical approach:

Like everyone else I have been scouring all the local Targets in my area (I live in Atlanta) looking for the “elusive exclusive” Target Clonetrooper. Today I checked with the service counter and they told me there was initially a street date of May 8 for these, but they have received an email from corporate indicating that if people ask for them specifically, they can be sold before then.

However, among multiple stores I called, most report they have sold what they have gotten in.

I started checking prices on Ebay and I have come to this conclusion. Since April 20th approximately 1200 auctions have taken place. There are approximately 300 going on now. Initially prices started at around $40 a pop, but they have dropped to a low of $16 to $17 a figure.

Now then, if you figure that some of those auctions are actually the Cup and Trooper set, and likewise assume an average of 3 troopers per auction (which may balance out the numbers for people selling cases) that adds up to roughly 5000 units.

The production numbers for these are at 50,000 so that still leaves (theoretically) 45,000 of these figures out there. With the price dropping like it is, I think the scalpers will soon start seeing it’s no longer lucrative to sell a $13 figure for a profit of $2, especially if we all are patient and refuse to buy on Ebay.

Just one man’s opinion, but perhaps this will give some hope to those like myself who can’t find this guy.



This PC Is From A Galaxy Far Far Away
May 4, 2005 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Introducing the First Ever Star Wars PC – the Alienware Aurora: Star Wars Edition PC! From Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker, the timeless characters you know and love have been transported from the big screen to your desktop to create the first-ever Star Wars PC.

Packed with exclusive Star Wars content and next-generation technology, each Aurora: Star Wars Edition system displays showstopping case designs featuring official artwork of either the intimidating Imperial forces or the fearless Rebel alliance – the choice are yours! Check it out here.



New Figs At
May 4, 2005 | 7:42 PM EST | Hfsolo

Back in stock at Amazon..

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Mas Amedda
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Polis Massan
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Palpatine #35



Revenge of the Scalpers Leads to Custom Clones
May 4, 2005 | 12:52 PM EST | Keri

A fellow YakReader and collector wrote in to share his wonderful custom Clone creations, which took form after disappointments regarding heavy reports of scalping the Target exclusive Clone Trooper. He writes in to say “Since I can’t find the exclusive Target Clone Trooper (I heard that people in my area were buying anywhere from 12-30 at a time) and I don’t plan on finding one, I thought I’d make my own clones. Enjoy!”

Not only are the customs very well done, but it definitely is a healthier alternative rather than complaining or spending extra money to buy one on Ebay, therefore supporting scalping as a whole.



Vader Lamp
May 4, 2005 | 8:54 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at they have this cool Vader lamp.. They also have free shipping and some newer figures in stock.. Mas Amedda, Vader’s Medical Droid, Palpatine #35..



Grievous Now at StarWarsShop
May 4, 2005 | 12:19 AM EST | Mark B


So, if you haven’t gotten your 1/4 scale General Grievous ordered from Sideshow Collectibles yet, you now have a choice of where to order. He is now also available from

For the younger crowd, they also have the new PLUSH lightsabers!



Yak Readers Take Care Of Their Own
May 3, 2005 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DBC503 please Email me here, I have a message for you and I can’t find the domain for your Email.

UPDATE: One of our readers contacted us to hook DBC503 up with the cards he was missing. A big thanks to Yak Reader Mike in for stepping up to the plate!



PS2 Game Missing Ticket
May 3, 2005 | 8:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader ANBAfansent in this report and question:

“Last week’s target circular from April 24-30th had the PS2 and Xbox versions of Lego Starwars advertised for $39.99 each and included a free movie ticket to see episode 3. I bought a copy of the ps2 version yesterday and saw clearly that the pricetag stated that the free ticket was packaged INSIDE the game.
When i opened up the game at home the ticket was nowwhere to be found!! I was wondering if you can post this topic on the main page and see if any other Yakface readers fell to the same trap that I did. I complained to target regarding the matter and wanted them to either refund me the value of the movie voucher or let me return the game all together eventhough it was opened.
This is false advertising in targets part and though I patronize them at least 4 times a week this upsets me that target would make this mistake.”

Drop us an Email and let us know if this was an isolated incident or more tickets were missing.



Target Exclusive Clones Update
May 3, 2005 | 7:51 PM EST | Bill

Start checking your Target stores NOW! We’ve confirmed at the manager handling the toy area at a local Target that corporate apparently sent out Emails to employees saying there is NO STREET DATE on the Target Clone Troopers. This manager reported they’ve gotten in and sold 2 cases already, and he has no idea if they will get more. Good luck!


Yak Reader Erik sent this in:

I just read your update on the clonetroopers street date. I’ve been hunting at targets all over the Las Vegas area, specifically about 5 different locations. So far there have been 2 cases each at 3 different stores put on shelves and sold within a couple of hours. One store had pegs with the actual item number and price for them at the top right of all the pegs with the 3 ¾” figures, while another store just placed them on an endcap next to their newly arrived battle arena sets. I’ve spoken to several employees at each one that expressed disappointment about not limiting customers to just one, with some customers buying up to 4 or 5 at once. All of the employees I spoke with initially thought the figures wouldn’t be released until ‘may or june’ and were shocked and disappointed to find out they came into work that day and the figures were already sold out. just thought I’d let you know!



C3 Vader Reports Update
May 3, 2005 | 7:48 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DBC503 sent in this report:

I just got my order today and they arrived dead mint. I have heard a lot of reports of damaged ones showing up so I thought I would send in an email. My order was from 4/28 and did not include the cases. They were wrapped real nice in bubble wrap. Only problem was my free gift of the Sith promo card was missing and crossed off my invoice with no explanation. Small price to pay for case fresh figures. Hopefully more people have the same experience!



Tattooed Jedi and Sith
May 3, 2005 | 5:46 PM EST | Keri

While we await an upcoming article on regarding the tattoo contest and winners that were crowned at Celebration III, PAIN Magazine has a nice online article regarding Star Wars fans and their ink.

From arm sleeves to entire pieces that encompass a back, this article has great photos and an interesting look at the fans who choose to sacrifice their own flesh to Star Wars imagery. It also makes mention of a great website devoted to Star Wars and other Toy related tattoos, which is Shane Turgeon’ Shane’s site has amassed an extensive gallery of Star Wars tattoo art for everyone to enjoy which I find to be impressive, most impressive.

To read the article entitled “Star Tats” in PAIN Magazine, click the link here.



New Items In Stock At EE
May 3, 2005 | 2:43 PM EST | Hfsolo

Hi Folks,

Now that everyone has rested from C3, we wanted to share with you a
bunch of items that are in stock now!

SW EIII Basic Figure Sidekick / Floor Display (Item# HS14440A, $179.99)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3 (Item# HS85173C, $79.99)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3, Rev. 1 (Item# HS85173C1, $79.99)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3 (Item# HS85174C, $79.99)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 1 (Item# HS85174C1, $79.99

SW EIII Assault Vehicles Wave 2 (Item# HS85196B, $169.99)

SW EIII Assault Vehicles Wave 2, Rev. 1 Set (Item# HS85196B1AA, $84.99)

SW EIII Battle Buddies Assortment 1 Set (Item# HS00940AA, $29.99)

SW Episode III Deluxe Figures Wave 1 (Item# HS85182A, $74.99)

SW Episode III Force Battlers Ast. 1 Set (Item# HS85179AA, $54.99)

Thanks for posting!



Target Clone Trooper
May 3, 2005 | 12:58 PM EST | Scott

Looks like that supposed May 8th release date for the Target Exclusive Clone trooper is a moot point as I’ve received reports of them being found (or narrowly missed) at Targets everywhere.

Yours truly scored one last night at my local Target (Rochester Hills, MI). So don’t bother waiting until May 8th, the hunt is on now.



ROTS Soundtrack Exclusives
May 3, 2005 | 12:35 PM EST | Scott

Remember, today the soundtrack for Episode III is released in stores nationwide, but before you rush out, you should know that you have a choice to make.

Wal-Mart’s version of the soundtrack includes a coupon with a code allowing you to download an exclusive interview track with composer John Williams.

Target also has a digital download coupon but it’s for an exclusive version of Battle of the Heroes with dialogue and sound effects from the recently released music video.



NEW POLL – Star Wars: The TV Series
May 2, 2005 | 9:24 PM EST | Scott

It had been rumored for months, and at Celebration III, George confirmed it, there will be a live action Star Wars television series in the near future!

The series is to be set in the period between episodes III and IV and will feature familiar characters from the prequels and the OT. (NOT the O.C.)

Now Yakface wants to know, what are your feelings about it? Can’t get here soon enough? Or are they beating the post Episode III Star Wars horse into the ground? Check out the poll on the right and weigh in!



Hasbro Goes Retail!
May 2, 2005 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

It’s finally open– Hasbro Toy has opened its virtual doors. It looks like the new deluxe wave may have already sold out, but there are still a number of new items available check it out here.



NEW Yoda/Dt. Pepsi Commerical
May 2, 2005 | 8:11 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site also updates tonight with the currently running Yoda/Dt. Pepsi spots which has the diminutive Jedi utilizing a couple Jedi mind tricks in order to acquire a meal and a soda. Chewy also makes an brief appearance.



NEW Art of Revenge
May 2, 2005 | 8:07 PM EST | Jayson


Continuing with the Mustafar theme, The Official Site updates with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. This week’s photo titled “Mustafar Collection Plant” shows (highlight to read) a rendered view of the Mustafar Collection Facility which ILMers used to plot out the final lightsaber duel of the saga.



Celebration III items now available.
May 2, 2005 | 1:23 PM EST | Jayson now has exclusive Celebration III items for sale, but noticably missing is the Celebration III Vader Action Figure.



Episode III Press Kit
May 2, 2005 | 10:44 AM EST | Hfsolo


If any Yakface readers want to be on the fast track to being my best friend, then hook me up with one of these…

Yakface reader Matt sends us pics and an extensive description of the official Episode III Press Kit. Click the pic above for all the info, but SPOILER warnings are in full effect.

Thanks for the news Matt!



TIME Magazine goes Sith!
May 1, 2005 | 11:49 PM EST | Keri


This week’s cover of TIME Magazine, soon to be on sale everywhere, features an ominous rendering of everyone’s favorite Sith Lord Darth Vader. Inside is a interesting and informative article. (Yes, featuring SPOILERS!)
There is also a photo essay from Episode III, a family tree, a Q&A with the creator himself George Lucas and some mentions of a few nice “Easter Eggs” in the film itself that you can look for when we all get to see it on the big day!

Click on through the link below to get a preview of the article online here.
Please note, if you wish to remain Spoiler-free DO NOT CLICK the link or read the magazine!



Federation Toys Newsfeed
May 1, 2005 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

just wanted to say hi and thank everyone who stopped by our booth at STAR WARS CELEBRATION III, we had a great time and it was nice to meet so many fellow collectors and fans, and to put faces to all those names! Thanks again to all. We have a lot of new ROTS products in stock now and more on the way. here is the link to our new arrivals page below, we will also have the CELEBRATION III DARTH VADER with Collectors case, and STORM TROOPER CORPAL MINI BUST for sale tomorrow night, make sure to check back as supplies are limited. (limit of 1 per person for the exclusives!) Thanks for your understanding.

We will also be updating the site with POTF, POTJ, EPISODE I, and more items be sure to check back in the next few weeks. Luke FX Saber from Empire Strikes back is in stock, comes with display case and as always free S/H In the USA Only. Make sure to stay tuned for details on all the new Master replicas items coming soon. we will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. we hope you have a great day.

Click here to order.



C3 Vaders Arriving From Star
May 1, 2005 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader’s Troxey C3 Vader arrived somewhat worse for wear. Hopefully this is an isolated incident. Here’s his report:

I just got my C3 Vader from and it is completely smashed. The star case and the top of the figure bubble are both very damaged. The box it was sent in is very narrow. It barely looks wide enough to hold the figure and case. Needless to say I am very disappointed.



Target Figure Cases Update
May 1, 2005 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader CrunchyNug sent in this analysis:

I just read your post about people having problems with their new Target collector cases. Here’s the problem. There are actually TWO different cases – one that came with the exclusive Lava Vader and one that came with the exclusive Clone Trooper. They are different. The Vader case does not fit the new cards, whereas the Clone case does fit the new cards. Unfortunately, the 5-packs being offered contain the Vader cases. I hope that Hasbro has caught on and fixes the problem soon. On another note, the Clone case is MUCH more sturdy than the Vader case.



Collector Unity and SITHstrong
May 1, 2005 | 8:21 PM EST | Scott

These were two of the cooler freebies available at Celebration III. The first one being a collaboritive effort on behalf of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting SocietyThe Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club and the DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club.

Each club offered one “pie slice” of a larger patch which, when combined, formed this awesome graphic of Vader’s flaming head. The Ohio and Pennsylvania patches could be easily had at their Fan Fair booth, but the DC patch was the “chase” piece of the set. You had to spot the DC rep sporting a T-Shirt with a logo of the patch on it somewhere in the convention center. No small task given the thousands of fans on hand. One of the coolest aspects of the piece is that it’s officially licensed by Lucasfilm! Way to go to anyone who scored a complete set.

Second was this neat Lance Armstrong style rubber wristband given away by the Star Wars Shop / Pride Displays booth. This cool little piece has Revenge of the Sith embossed on one side and on the other. They were offered in Adult and Children’s sizes.

Click the images for a larger view. They are also archived in the Various Stuffsection of our C3 coverage.



More C3 Photos Added
May 1, 2005 | 7:57 PM EST | Scott


NEW PAGES Photos from the David Prowse / Kenny Baker presentation have been added, as well as a few snaps from inside the Fan Fair Hall.

Plus, A few new photos have been added to the Costumed Fans section as well as the Various stuff section.



The Force was with him!
May 1, 2005 | 6:59 PM EST | Jayson

Today, Jeff Gordon won the Aaron’s 499 Nascar race… his car made the whole race without incident and what makes it even more special is that Yoda was his co-pilot! Well sort of, his car was adorned with a huge graphic of the Jedi Master on the hood and he even gave Star Wars and Episode III a nice “plug” when he was in the winners’ circle. WAY TO GO YODA!… I mean Jeff.



Target Star Case Reports Update
May 1, 2005 | 12:16 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten an Email box full of reports following-up on our story earlier this week about problems with the Target exclusive Star Cases. A few Yak Readers report that they have had no problems if the bubble is placed perfectly on the card, however most have echoed our initial report, that the cases tend to be too short, causing varing degrees of bending to the hanging hook on the card.



Do The Frozen Dew Darth!
May 1, 2005 | 12:13 AM EST | Bill

Tomorrow is supposed to be the official release day for the 7-11 Darth Vader Slupree cups and cup toppers, however a lot of stores started selling them today. The topper is a mini-bust of Darth Vader similar to the Episode 1 Taco Bell cup toppers (although it’s thinner material). There are also 4 lenticular plastic cups to choose from as well. Also, 7-11 has released Darth Dew, a supposedly black slurpee (actually it’s dark purple).


April 2005 Archive

“A Hero Falls” & Making of EIII Videos
April 30, 2005 | 11:17 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has updated tonight with the release of the “Music Video” titled: A Hero Falls. This video is also included on a companion DVD that comes with the EIII soundtrack due in stores next week. The video contains some recycled shots from previous Trailers and TV Spots but there are glimpses of a few new clips and new dialogue as well. Click here to view the video.

Hyperspace members are also treated to the next Making of EIII video titled“Endlessly Compelling: The Music of Episode III.”



Bounty Hunting: Unique ROTS Sketch Card
April 30, 2005 | 7:03 PM EST | Keri

The latest set of Episode III ROTS Topps trading cards not only give away the entire story of the new movie before it hits theaters, it also can give a unique artist’s sketch card in the Hobby Box mixed in with regular and insert cards. Today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings a very different and definitely unique sketch card to light.

The artist sketch cards have been a collecting highlight of the Topps trading cards since their debut with the animated Clone Wars set. They have continued to appear with the Saga spanning Heritage set and now they make yet another return with the ROTS Movie card set. Many of the sketches created depict Jedi, Sith and Clones in classic and familiar poses drawn by the artist in his or her own style. The card being spotlighted today, draws on not only a familiar Jedi, but makes reference to another popular film in its own right. Without giving away the premise of the card, click on through to view the originality and outstanding way in which this small trading card dynamically makes a statement! (There are no Ep. III spoilers, so click away and bid if you would like to add this to your collection!)

Unique O’Neil ROTS Topps Artist Sketch Card



New In Stock At
April 30, 2005 | 10:19 AM EST | Hfsolo

Head on over and pick up the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: AT-RT with AT-RT DRIVER, it is in stock now… $14.86

Also new in stock Revenge of the Sith: Vulture Droid Action Figure



New Koto Darth Vader
April 30, 2005 | 1:17 AM EST | Mark B has just added the preorder for the new Kotobukiya Darth Vader coming out later this year. Very cool new pose with a lava base on this new sculpt. Head on over to to get your order in for him!



More New Figs
April 29, 2005 | 5:30 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon,these figs are in stock….
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Mas Amedda
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Polis Massan
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Vader’s Medical Droid
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: AT-TE Tank Gunner



New ROTS Image Gallery
April 29, 2005 | 12:32 PM EST | Scott has posted a full 6 pages of new (and a couple not so new) images from ROTS. Click the link to proceed but SPOILER warnings are at def-con 4!



Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike Statue
April 29, 2005 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark B


The new Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike statue from Gentle Giant is now available for preorder over at This is another one that is sure to sell out quickly! (Good thing we don’t have to pay for this and Grievous for a few months, right?)



Sideshow Grievous Now Available!
April 29, 2005 | 9:52 AM EST | Mark B


Premium Format General Grievous

Go get him, he won’t last long! Just click the photo above to go to the Sideshow Preorder page for the General.



Target Star Case Problems
April 29, 2005 | 8:17 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Drew sent in this report:

I can’t get the figures into the star cases from Target without bending the top of the cardboard on the package. They don’t fit!

None of the 5 I bought fit, and I tried all the figures I have. It clearly says only for Episode III figures only, but they don’t fit.

I can’t be that stupid not to be able to figure out how to put them in a Star Case, so either I got a bad batch or Target royaly screwed up!



Anakin TRU Exclusive Fighter In Stock
April 28, 2005 | 9:15 PM EST | Hfsolo

The TRU Exclusive fighter is in stock at Amazon…

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Also in stock is this..
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Clone Pilot
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Clone Trooper
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Palpatine #35



Attention UK Fans
April 28, 2005 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill


London MCM Expo in association with 20th Century Fox – Offer YOU the ULTIMATE Star Wars Prize! The chance to win 2 tickets to the ‘WORLD PREMIERE OF REVENGE OF THE SITH’ Top Class overnight hotel & UK mainland travel. THE ULTIMATE PRIZE FOR STAR WARS FANS IN ANY GALAXY! NEWS FLASH: THESE TICKETS ARE FOR THE RED CARPET WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LAST STAR WARS MOVIE! ! This is a prize you just will NOT want to miss if you are a TRUE Star Wars Fan! The London MCM Expo in association with 20th Century Fox are giving YOU and a friend the chance to attend the WORLD PREMIERE of STAR WARS REVENGE OF THE SITH on Monday 16th of May 2005. You and a friend will walk down the red carpet and take your seats in the Odeon Leicester Square with the stars. If that was not enough, this incredible prize also includes: * A night at a top class hotel and UK Mainland travel! How to take part: The competition is ONLY open to people attending the London MCM Expo on either Saturday or Sunday 14th & 15th May 2005 so make sure you are there or you will miss out!

The Winner will be announced at 3pm Sunday.

Series creator George Lucas is scheduled to be in attendance, as are stars Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid. A garrison of stormtroopers is expected to fill Leicester Square –


(Please note that if the travel and hotel is not taken up no financial equivalent will be offered – also that the movie is a 12A certificate)

More information check the website at



Lucas In Prime Time?
April 28, 2005 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

The Official site just updated with all the 411 on Lucas’ cameo appearance on the OC. Check it out here.



NEW Before the Helmet
April 28, 2005 | 8:56 PM EST | Jayson has updated their Before the Helmet photo entitled “Like a Phoenix” which shows (highlight to read) the heroic antics of R2-D2 spraying 2 Super Battle Droids with oil and making a dramatic exit.



“Sith doesn’t happen. Sith Rules”
April 27, 2005 | 12:59 PM EST | Jayson

Kevin Smith (of Clerks fame) has just released his review of his screening of Revenge of the Sith. It goes without saying that super-spoiler warnings apply.

Edit: some readers seem to be having trouble finding the link to the review… all you have do is just click the word review above. And if you still have problems… click here.



Lord Vader… RISE!
April 27, 2005 | 8:41 AM EST | Jayson


Today’s review covers the best Deluxe figure to come down the pike in a long, long time. The Deluxe Vader with Operating Table. Spoiler avoiders beware since some photos and text might be spoiler-laden. You’ve been warned! Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the review to see even more photos not shown in the review. Another figure makes a guest appearance…CHECK THEM OUT!



Green Alert!
April 27, 2005 | 7:41 AM EST | Hfsolo

This in from Master

Before Yoda disappears to the misty world of Dagobah and we never see his lightsaber again, buy YOUR Yoda Episode III Limited Edition Lightsaber NOW. We are shortly officially retiring it and it will be gone, lost forever to the secondary market of eBay and high, high prices…

And don’t forget to update your orders with any changes to your account! Credit card information, address, favorite color, etc., should all be current so that we can process your order as soon as our inventory arrives from the Outer Rim.



CIII Photos Keep Coming
April 26, 2005 | 10:59 PM EST | Scott

Just because the show is over, you didn’t think we were done did you?

We still have lots of C3 pics to sift through yet but right now you can find lots more photos added to our HASBRO and COSTUMED FANS sections, plus two new pages have been added. The UNPRODUCED TOYS PANEL and R2 BUILDERS ROOM.

There’s still more yet to be added, so keep checking back!



C3 Vader Variation?
April 26, 2005 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom wrote in with this report. Paint error or variation, you decide:

I hate to be the one to report this…one of my Vaders lacks the silver paint on his nose and the 2 tips next to his mouth. Maybe one of the painters was in a hurry to get home?



Exclusive Targets
April 26, 2005 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with all the details on Target’s exclusive Star Cases and Super Articulated Clone Trooper on their web page.

Click here for the Star Cases
Click here for the clones.



Star Wars Returns To TV Guide Cover
April 26, 2005 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Soprano scored this piece of news:

I’m a letter carrier in the Garden State, New Jersey and yesterday we recieved and delivered the Star Wars TV Guides, on the cover was Obi-wan and Anakin dueling, inside they had a great articles, but be warned that the last page of the article is full of spoilers, i read it anyway, no big deal. The cover that is sent to subscibers are different from the ones bought in the store which there are 5 different ones. You can also buy the complete at the TV Guide store on-line.



The Variant Hunt Update
April 26, 2005 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader John:

After checking your web site on 4/25/05, I went to my local Walmart to look for the variant Anakin figure. Out of the two displays that Walmart had, I found one variant. The figure may be a rare find like the Red Royal Guard. Another figure that is also there is a variant on the deluxe 3.75 ” Anakin to Vader. Vader’s gear is either to the right of the figure or packed underneath the figure. While we are on variants, there is #35 Palpatine with red or blue lightsaber. Rumor has it that there may be a few floating around with the figure with the alternate deformed “Emperor” head. I have not seen one of these yet but it could out there.



NEW Art of Revenge
April 26, 2005 | 8:31 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. This week’s photo titled “Mustafar Must-Reads” shows (highlight to read) 4 different readouts from the display screens in the Mustafar control room.



Master Replicas Vader Sweepstakes
April 26, 2005 | 7:26 PM EST | Scott


Master Replicas is currently running a sweepstakes in which you can win one or all of the following Vader-themed MR items…

Grand Prize – Darth Vader Replica Helmet Edition #1 AND Darth Vader LE Lightsaber Edition #1

1st Prize – 5 Winners receive a Darth Vader LE Lightsaber

2nd Prize – 25 Winners receive a Vader Force FX Saber

3rd Prize – 70 will win a .45 Scaled Vader Replica Saber

Fantastic Stuff! Click the image to enter!



C3 Vader is back!
April 26, 2005 | 5:04 PM EST | Jayson has made the Celebration III vader available again for $18.99 but please note… It doesn’t come with the protective Star Case so they can’t guarantee the condition in which it arrives. Thanks to Steven for the heads up.

UPDATE: He’s gone again… elusive bugger!



AT-RT with AT-RT Driver
April 26, 2005 | 1:44 PM EST | Hfsolo

Head on over and pick up the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: AT-RT with AT-RT DRIVER, it is in stock now… $14.86



More Figs In Stock Again…
April 26, 2005 | 1:36 PM EST | Hfsolo

Revenge of the Sith Figure: Palpatine #35
Revenge of the Sith Figure: General Grievous #36
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Pilot
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Commander
Get them while you can….



Gillard Appearing on E3 Lightsaber Box
April 26, 2005 | 8:06 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Luther sent in this report:

Hi. I don’t have a photo or anything, but I was at Target over the weekend and saw a generic “Jedi” electronic lightsaber in Ep III packaging. Green blade. Ki Adi Mundi was prominently featured among the several Jedi on the package – as was a long-haired, clean-shaven guy that looked remarkably familiar. Upon further inspection, I realized that this Jedi face belong to none other than Cin Drallig, Nick Gillard’s Jedi alter ego. Pretty funny seeing the face of the tank driver from Indy III dressed up with a Qui-Gon style haircut and stuck on a lightsaber box. Given all Gillard’s important work on the lightsaber fights of the prequels, I guess it was more than fitting that his mug wind up gracing the box for a toy lightsaber. Could a Cin Drallig action figure be far behind? Who knows.



Blue Clone Trooper
April 26, 2005 | 7:46 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon.. they currently have the Animated Clone Wars Figure: Clone Trooper (Blue) in stock..



George on The O.C.
April 25, 2005 | 10:21 PM EST | Jayson

According the, George Lucas is set to make a guest appearance on the Fox show “The O.C.”. He will appear on May 15 as himself interested in developing Seth’s graphic novel.



Hard Rock Exclusive Celebration 3 Pin
April 25, 2005 | 8:40 PM EST | Bill

Hard Rock in Indy struck a very limited edition Celebration Pin that may just be one of the most limited Celebration III Exclusives— only 300 were made. They went on sale on Thursday morning and were gone in well under an hour. Clickhere to check it out.



And Now A Report For Star Tours Fans
April 25, 2005 | 8:06 PM EST | Bill

Coming got some more information from one of Lucas’ presentations– it seems that the long anticipated revisions to Star Tours will be happening in the near future. Check it out here.



Ultimate CIII Momento
April 25, 2005 | 7:53 PM EST | Ben



April 25, 2005 | 4:15 PM EST | Jayson

Upon checking again for the CIII Vader on the site, it appears to have been removed. Does this mean it’s sold out? Well if it is, consider yourselves lucky if you ordered one before the well dried up. Remember, sometimes they find extras so don’t be surprised if he pops back up there at a later time/date.



Celebration III Figure at StarWarsShop
April 25, 2005 | 12:56 PM EST | Mark B

Hey, if you’re like me and couldn’t make it to Celebration III, have no fear… now has the Celebration III Exclusive Darth Vader Action Figure (that has James Earl Jones’ Voice Recorded!), available for order (along with a bunch of other CIII items). These are sure to sell out quickly, so head over to NOW.

****UPDATE – Vader is now SOLD OUT



Celebration 3 Saturday Update
April 24, 2005 | 1:32 AM EST | Bill

Guys it’s another night after here in Indy, while I hope in the end everyone will remeber the positive parts of the convention, the lines here are a significant negative for many. Lines to get in (in cold freezing rain), lines– in some cases over 7 hours long to get into the Celebration Store, and even lines to enter the Celebration at Celebration.

The day started with the much publicized appearance of George Lucas, for which many C3 fans waited outside in line since Friday night. While meeting Lucas was the highlight for many, others were focused on his announcements/confirmations. First the Clone Wars cartoon will be a regular series in the future, appearing in half hour segements. Second, he confirmed the Live Action TV series which appears to be planned for sometime in the next couple of years and will probably take place between the trilogies.

The panel discussions were outstanding as were some of the star sessions. Kenny Baker and David Prowse put on an outstanding hour long session. In addition the collecting panels had some high points– one being a collector card given to attendees of each session, another was Vic Wertz Unproduced Toys session. We’ll be bringing you some photos soon, however to say the least he tore the wrapping off some unproduced items which have not even hit the rumor mill– from a POTF2 Dagobah playset (complete with PHOTOS), to sketches for a POTF2 era Death Star Playset which was to be three feet tall, and have removable sections (floors) which doubled as playsets for most, if not all of the trilogy environments. The whole thing really looked like a death star– round– moonlike- in its “closed” mode.

Another great discussion was the Del Rey panel announcing the creation of a new major time period in the ongoing novel line. The new period called Legacy, takes place 37 years after the battle of Yavin, and immediately following the Dark Nest trilogy which hits stores in July. Three Authors will rotate over the 9 book (3 hard cover) series– YES Denning, Allston (Wraith Squadron), and Traviss (Hard Contact) will pen the new series. Each will write one book segments, rather than duologies or trilogies. The new era is characterized by Luke having congealed the Jedi into a strong order, however planetary interests are beginning to raise intergalactic problems and Luke sees a coming darkness. Among the announcements is that we will see Wedge, Fett, the Mandalorian Watch, and all of the existing central characters. They also mentioned that as this is called legacy, it will be looking both forward as Luke’s legacy to the future, and hinted that it would look back at the legacy of the Jedi, and possibly Anakin Skywalker. Also promised is that “things will come full circle with Vergere”. To say the least it sounds outstanding.
The cap to the evening was supposed to be Celebration at Celebration– a ticketed event, however there were long waiting lins to get into the Celebration hall which led to another equally long (or so it seemed) line to purchase event exclusive T-shirts. From the way the line was going it looked like some people would spent a significant portion of the 4 hour party in line for the T-shirts. The Jazz band playing Jazz versions of Star Wars music was excellent, however, the theming to a Street Party presented by Jabba fell short.



CIII Pages Update
April 23, 2005 | 10:28 AM EST | Scott

Two new pages have been added: Lucasfilm Archives and The Hasbro Panel. Additional photos have also been added to our Hasbro and Costumes pages as well.



Sideshow Grievous
April 23, 2005 | 1:28 AM EST | Mark B


Premium Format General Grievous

From everything I have seen of the photos from Celebration III, THIS is the Episode III Collectibles to have. Sideshow has posted some teaser photos and will have the General available for order the first of the week. Check him out by clicking the image above!



Celebration 3 Friday Update
April 22, 2005 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

While we are working to bring you the sights of Celebration 3 in our photo updates, we also will be updating nightly with highlights from each day here in Indianapolis (as well as news posts).

While undoubtably Hasbro’s Event this morning at 10:30 unveiling the Evolution and Battle Pack figure lines was the highlight for those of us who have been collecting sculpted pieces of plastic for longer than we would like to admit (at least to strangers), it also saw the unveiling of the Rick Mccallum Episode III Spectacular. Everyone who attended Episode II will remember the tongue and cheek, notorious introduction to the Attack of the Clones footage that “there’s this new movie called Spiderman and we thought you’d like to see the trailer” which was followed by the amazing footage of Yoda’s lightsaber battle with Dooku. To say the last the Spectacular once again did not disappoint. In fact, if anything it surpassed itself. Without spoiling the plot for anyone this footage is way, way over the top of what we saw in the trailer a few weeks ago.

In the starfighter battle scenes it is so realistic you almost feel like you are in the cockpit. The Jedi arts and battle scenes rise to an even higher level than we saw in the fight in the Geonosis hanger in E2. Without going into who, where, when, or why, Yoda is even more impressive and masterful than before. Words simply cannot describe. Similarly the level of detail and attention to realism in the footage we saw was simply unbelieveable. The only parallel to the level of attention paid to the small details is the descriptions we saw from ILM when they were discussing choreographing the pod racer crashes in E1.

Be sure to check out the Q & A and highlights from Hasbro’s press conference below.

With that said, Celebration 3 has lots of lines, from the store for the exclusive figure, to the food court, even to take pictures with other fans dressed up as your favorite characters. There are a number of exclusives in addition to the Celebration 3 Darth Vader. Master Replicas has a dark chrome Obi-Wan .45 light saber. Code 3 has a 3-D sculpted poster for the Empire Strikes Back, based the one with Vader’s mask centered on a star field (this sold out for the weekend earlier today), and Gentle Giants has their Sandtrooper bust as well.

The other large piece of news is that Rick McCallumn confirmed in one of his sessions that ROTS was completed this past Tuesday and that a LIVE ACTION TV SHOW is planned. He said that nothing has been planned beyond that at this point because they simply have been dealing with the Sith around the clock.

Hasbro also emphasized that they view “Star Wars as forever” and plan to produce thought the end of their current license (in 2015ish).

Tomorrow we’ll have highlights of Saturday, including some info from Lucas’ appearance as well as a look at some more of the exclusives– including the inevitable convention freebies!



Chancellor Palpatine #35
April 22, 2005 | 6:36 PM EST | Hfsolo

In stock at, of course not sure which saber you will get.. (red or blue), but it is available…



Major C3 Habsro Q n A, C3 Vader Will Be On
April 22, 2005 | 12:48 PM EST | Hfsolo

Hasbro Q and A

The Star Wars line is to be balanced for kids and collectors

New in 2005
Force Battlers
Large Size, Action features, 12 figs

Figure game, 35 figs in 1st wave, starter set, 30 figures in booster sets
Wave 2 Sept 05
Will have an Orig trilogy focus

Titanium Series Vehicles
WalMart 2005, 23 diecast vehilles, Two 6 inch vehicles
Will have a general release in 06
Initial offer with full set of e3 figures (as mentioned yesterday)
Energy Beam Blaster
Silly String
Ultimate Vader Kit
vader voice changer

Ultimate Lightsaber
21 parts for building own lightsaber, has light and sound

Galactic Heroes
2 new convertible veh.

M & M’s
Eight 2 packs, 16 characters, galactic heroes size
Also there will be plush versions

500th Figure Darth Vader

Battle Packs
prev. Releases
1st wave new paint schemes
separatist pack several new figS

Evolution Figures
Heavy Artic
3 figs in each set
Clone trooper set has removable helments
E1 has both pilot and trooper helmets
fall release

Q – playsets?
H – Retool? I’d like bigger and better. It’s a big item has to be at the right time

Early bird–
Q – are you starting the line over?
H – no, this is a stand alone. The figures are outstanding.

Q – Evolution army builders how is the articulatin
H – it’s great

Q – Evolution–how about Padme’s outfits?
H – evolution is new, but that’

Q – VOTC will it continue?
H – we’re not talking about 06 right now.

Q – Early bird, why did you have to destroy it?
H – we are concerned about abuse

This fall there will be more basic figures this year for e3.

Q – 1998 pop-up dio (EU) was great any chance of more?
H – good chance at some point.

Cloudcar is on the short list of vehicles for reintroduction

Q – Will clone trooper be as bad as Lava Vader?
H – probably, Due to hit May 5th.. not like Lava Vader.. store will just put them on the shelf when they get them. will sell individual figures starting in May.

Q – Palpatine blue/red saber?
H – This was an error and a running change was made.

Q – Future 12 inch lne?
H – We’re going to see how it does this year. It’s wait and see.

Q – You have an ATTE Gunner, will there be an ATTE?
H – It’s has to be the right match.

Q – This is the last movie, where are things going?
H – SW is forever, it will continue next 20 years

Q – E3 vehicles, will there be a v-wing?
H – It’s a wat and see.

Q – Will you offer stands?
H – It’s a wait and see

Q – We have a TRU x-wing with Wedge coming why is there no wedge carded?
H – Marketing: we’ve tried.

Q – Playskool has electronics 3 3/4 doesnt why?
H – generally its for different play values

Q – Accessories we used to have packs will they return?
H – We’ve tried to put them in exclusives, but nothing is planned.

Q – Anything coming like Jedi master points?
H – Not right now, there’s no immediate plans.

Q – What about revising the last few vintage characters?
H – Past this year updating classic figures we will look at that.

Q – Will there be multipacks around themes
H – Yes
battle packs

Q – 12 inch clothing line?
H – really no specifics

Q – Will feature Japanese items, Tomy remote R2, will you import it?
H – We’re looking at it, but no plans now.

Fall 05 exclusive line not revealed yet, there will be some surprises.

Q – EU stuff ie cut scene Biggs?
H – It’s always on the list

Q – Unleashed future?
H – More figures this year. Nexr year we can’t tell you but its cool.

Q – Will there be more figures that combine extra heads and hands?
H – Luke, Yoda the xtra head hands were an experament packed both ways so carded collectors could show both ways.

Q – Will the celebration figure be sold elsewhere?
H – Yes it will be available on there will be limited

Q – Animated Clone wars–more figures?
H – We wpuld love to. Clone Wars is in the mix. Fall they will be
avalable in 3 packs–animated figs- with new head sculpts we are still defining that.

Q – More fan’s choice figs
H – yes, in 06 absolutely

Q – will direct sales offer army builders for longer windows?
H – As long as people keep ordering

Q – Concept figures–more coming?
H – It’s always in the hopper.

Q – U shaped section of the cantina bar
H – We’re working with retailers find a home for it



New CIII Update
April 22, 2005 | 10:46 AM EST | Scott


A load of new pages has just gone live. Click on through for pics from Lego, Gentle Giant, Master Replicas and more!



C3 Update on the Hasbro Online Store
April 22, 2005 | 9:05 AM EST | Hfsolo

As you read below about the Hasbro Online Store, it has been confirmed that you will be able to buy individual figures online soon. The cost with shipping will be about $8 per figure. It will adjust based on how many figures you order.. so the per figure cost will go down. That is good news.. Still it does not seem cheaper than the local store.. but if you figure in gas.. well…



An Anakin Lightsaber Variant????
April 22, 2005 | 8:38 AM EST | Hfsolo

Ok.. let’s put it up to you readers that are not at C3.. Here is a couple of images.. let us know which you have.. lets see if this is a mistake or if it is a variant… You can see that the red saber is Count Dooku’s on in and not the other..



Walmart Early Bird FAQ
April 22, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Hasbro.. they have posted a new FAQ for the Wal-Mart Early Bird mail away. Head over and read it. They answer some very common questions.



Mas Amedda
April 22, 2005 | 5:26 AM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon.. Revenge of the Sith Figure: Mas Amedda is back in stock… Go get one if you need it…



Interview with an Emperor
April 21, 2005 | 11:34 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site has posted an in depth interview with the ultimate baddie, Palpatine, aka Ian McDiarmid for Hyperspace members. Many things are confirmed/revealed in this interview, spoiler avoiders beware to say the least.



Looking For A New PC?
April 21, 2005 | 11:22 PM EST | Hfsolo

Alienware has two new PC’s coming out.. You need to see these…



New Deluxe Found!
April 21, 2005 | 9:55 PM EST | Jayson


Tonight, while kicking myself for not going the Celebration III to snag up all the countless exclusives no doubt being offered, I went out for a night of “fig-hunting” and hit the jackpot as they say. I found the Deluxe Yoda on Can-Cell, Vulture Droid and the awesome Darth Vader on Operating Table! I tore into that sucka right away and discovered some pretty cool things that I will no doubt cover in my next review that I’ll post in a couple days. Stay tuned and watch for more exciting Celebration III news & photos!

PS: For all you Minnesota readers out there, I found these at the Wal-Mart in Maple Grove, MN plus at the Maple Grove Kohl’s, there are about 4 to 5 Exploding Grievous’s and 30, that’s right thirty Clone Trooper #7 figures there for $5.99 each. Great for army building!
Now back to your regularly scheduled websurfing.



First C3 Update
April 21, 2005 | 6:54 PM EST | Scott


Our first batch of galleries is now up with more on the way, Click on through and you will find our links for HASBRO and CODE 3 are now active. Enjoy!



Hasbro Toy Shop
April 21, 2005 | 5:25 PM EST | Hfsolo

It is official…

Coming in May… you will have another avenue to purchase your toys right online..

It appears that the initial reports are that if you are one of the first 1000 people to sign up at Celebration 3 are able to purchase the entire Revenge of the Sith line along with three bonus troop builders (from the Basic Figure Asst.) and the “chase” variant Red Royal Guard. That is 60 figures all told. But at a steep price of $499…. that is over $8 a figure..

This was reported over at Galactic head over for more news..



Celebration II Exclusives
April 21, 2005 | 2:15 PM EST | Hfsolo

Here is a general list of exclusives that I have compiled from images..

Hasbro Darth Vader
Gentle Giant Santrooper Bust
Code 3 Empire Strikes Back sculpted poster
Revenge of the Sith Red wrist band
Hasbro Poster of all the ROTS figures

More as I get info…



C-3PO Gentle Giant Statue
April 21, 2005 | 1:41 PM EST | Hfsolo

The Star Wars 10″ C-3PO Statue by Gentle Giant is now available over at see sometimes it pays to stay at home..



Chancellor Palpatine #35
April 21, 2005 | 1:37 PM EST | Hfsolo

In stock at, of course not sure which saber you will get.. (red or blue), but it is available…



KBToys 12″ ROTS Chewbacca
April 21, 2005 | 1:34 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at you can now order the new ROTS Exclusive Chewbacca figure. It is now in stock.



Target Clone Trooper Exclusive..
April 21, 2005 | 1:27 PM EST | Hfsolo

Coming to a store near you.. the latest Target Exclusive.. The Clone Trooper (Articulated). This one is going to retail at $12.99, and comes with the same type Clam Shell and backing card as the Lava Vader.



Ultrarama Newsfeed
April 20, 2005 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

Be sure to stop by and check out the Ultrarama booth at Celebration 3. They are running their convention special on Ultrarama sets and have new science fiction backgrounds which are perfect for your Revenge of the Sith dioramas.



Darth Vader Sweepstakes…
April 20, 2005 | 3:04 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Master Replica’, they are holding a sweepstakes.. these are the prizes…
Grand Prize:
1 Complete set of Master Replicas 2005 Darth Vader products including: Darth Vader replica helmet edition #1 and teh Darth Vader LE Lightsaber edition #1

1st Prize:
5 winner – Darth Vader LE Lightsaber

2nd Prize:
25 Winners – Darth Vader FX Lightsaber

3rd Prize:
70 Winners – Darth Vader .45 scaled lightsaber

Click on over to Master Replicas to enter..


The Shock Troop Helmet replica.. a Master Replicas website exclusive..

Also check out the limited edition weapons avaialble..
Darth Sidious lightsaber with free shipping..
Han Solo Blaster
Yoda Ep 3 lightsaber
Anakin Skywalker Ep 3 lightsaber
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ep 3 lightsaber
Princess Leia blaster
Rebel Fleet Trooper blaster
Princess Leia blaster (Signed)



General Grievous Statue
April 20, 2005 | 10:01 AM EST | Mark B


Now available over at is the first in the second (did you get that?) series of Maquettes (statues) from Gentle Giant featuring characters from the Clone Wars Cartoon Series. These are virtually guaranteed to sell out almost immediately, so if you don’t want to miss out, head over at StarWarsShop.comnow and order.



Vader Medical Droid Part II
April 20, 2005 | 9:59 AM EST | Hfsolo

Well also at, they also have the Medical Droid in stock..



Vader’s Medical Droid…
April 20, 2005 | 9:52 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock over at is Vader’s Medical Droid..

Also they still have the buy three figures and get a fourth free, as well as the LEGO sale still going on, 25% off..
Wookie Catamaran $39.99
Clone Turbo Tank $71.99
ARC Starfighter $31.99
Vader Transformation $7.19
Clone Scout Walker $7.99
General Grevious Chase $15.99
Droid Tri-Fighter $12.79
TIE Fighter $15.99
Wookie Attack $23.99
Ultimate Lightsaber Duel $23.99
Dagobah X-Wing $39.99
USC Snowspeeder $103.99
Plus a few others…



Action-HQ Newsfeed
April 20, 2005 | 7:46 AM EST | Bill -bringing the Best to you FIRST with new Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars items from Japan!

Available for order:
Star Wars: Ep.3 Set of 16 Clone Troopers Variation 1-4
Star Wars: ARC-170 Fighter
Star Wars: Battle Arena Dooku Vs Anakin 2-Pack
Star Wars: Battle Arena Sidious Vs Mace 2-Pack
Star Wars: Set of 3 Light Saber Plushes
Star Wars: Set of 2 Micro Battle Playset Sith Attack and Mustafar Duel
Star Wars: Ep.3 Mini Plush Clone trooper
Star Wars: Ep.3 Mini Plush C-3PO
Star Wars: Ep.3 Mini Plush R2D2
Star Wars: Ep.3 Mini Plush Chewbacca
Star Wars: Ep.3 Mini Plush Yoda
Star Wars: General Grievous Blaster
Star Wars: Clone Trooper Blaster
Star Wars: Chewbacca Bowcaster

* Please note the following items are available from our suppliers at the time of this announcement. AHQ will only be ordering enough stock to fulfill placed orders. We suggest you place your orders in the next few days to increase your assurance of getting your items.

Star Wars: Ep.3 Mustafar Final Duel Playset [May 2] Star Wars: Micro Droid R2-D2 Remote Control Robot (Japan)
Star Wars: EP.3 ROTS Darth Vader Snap It Kit Figure (Japan)

Get the Best FIRST at Action-!



NEW Art of Revenge
April 19, 2005 | 9:08 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. This week’s photo titled “Slippery Slope” shows (highlight to read)Erik Tiemens possible set design for the uneven terrain of Mustafar.



New Before the Helmet
April 19, 2005 | 8:50 PM EST | Jayson


Updating relatively early this week is the next Before the Helmet photo entitled “Fiery Hand” which shows (highlight to read) the disabled “invisible Hand, flagship of General Grievous, burning in Coruscant’s upper atmosphere.



First single from ROTS Soundtrack released
April 19, 2005 | 4:43 PM EST | Jayson

Users of the Apple’s iTunes Music Store can purchase the track “Battle of the Heroes” But be warned, they advertise it as having “never-before-heard-dialogue from the film”, I downloaded it earlier today and it had no dialogue, just the musical arrangement. Hopefully they will remedy this oversight but until then, enjoy this great song. And be sure to read Scott’s review if you haven’t already!



New TV Commercials at the OS!
April 19, 2005 | 9:28 AM EST | Jayson

Three new 30 second “kid-friendly” commericals are available for viewing at theOfficial Site. Titled Jedi Action 1, Jedi Action 2 & Unite, these short spots contain new footage and dialogue yet to been see & heard so spolier avoiders beware.



Sandtrooper Mini Bust
April 19, 2005 | 8:21 AM EST | Mark B


The new Sandtrooper Mini Bust from Gentle Giant is now available for order



Interesting Things Found…
April 19, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Hfsolo

Here is a list of VERY old figures that just showed up on Amazon.. if you are looking for any of them.. They are $5.29 each
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Darth Maul (Tatooine) #43
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Slave) with Backpack and Grease Gun #3
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Darth Maul Jedi Duel
Power of the Jedi with Jedi Force File/Han Solo
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Queen Amidala (Naboo)
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Jar Jar Binks #5
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo) with Lightsaber and Handle #14
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Duel) #1
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Queen Amidala #12
Episode I Basic Figure Collection I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Duel) #2 with Lightsaber



A Few Sideshow Luke’s Left
April 19, 2005 | 12:29 AM EST | Mark B


Luke Skywalker

Sideshow currently is having a “second chance” offer on it’s Retired Limited Edition 1/4 scale Luke Skywalker figure. Apparently a few were cancelled or credit cards declined. These are great collectibles (and I have it on very good source that there will be more than the 3 they have announced). Click the link above to get yours ordered before they are gone forever!



Episode III Soundtrack Review
April 18, 2005 | 10:51 PM EST | Scott


Good ‘ol Yakface has come into possesion of an advance copy of the Episode III Soundtrack and given it a spin. Let me tell you folks, you aren’t going to be disappointed.

For those that are SPOILER sensitive, my review covers the music and ONLY the music. I don’t go into comments or speculations about what part of the film each piece may or may not accompany. I will leave that to the track titles, and Even those I’ve inviso-texed so that the spoiler-wary can still read what I hope is an interesting take on the latest and last Star Wars soundtrack ever.

Click on through and enjoy!



A Little Off Topic – But an INCREDIBLE Piece
April 18, 2005 | 1:35 PM EST | Mark B


Giger's Miniature Alien BustGiger's Miniature Alien

Since most of us here are fans of more Science Fiction than just Star Wars. I thought I would point out one of the most incredible pieces that is now for sale that I have seen in a long, long time. I not only grew up with Star Wars, but also the phrase “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream”. Sideshow has just released for Preorder, their new Alien Mini Bust from the original Aline Movie. What is truly unique about this item is that it is personally Autographed by H.R. Giger, the artist who’s work inspired the design (and nightmares) of the Alien Creature. This is a VERY expensive piece at $1000, but it is limited to only 500 pieces, and Sideshow is offering a flexpay program for those that order. Click on the banner above to check out this nice piece.



Looking For The Red Guard?
April 18, 2005 | 1:30 PM EST | Hfsolo

I know that I have not seen one.. but they are now in stock at Amazon..
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Royal Guard (Red)



Finalizing Your C3 Plans?
April 17, 2005 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has an Acrobat file with the schedule for Celebration 3. Be sure to print out a copy to read on the plane, or, if someone else is driving, in the car.Click here to check it out.



Pepsi Want You With Your Glass
April 17, 2005 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Soprano scored photos and the info on the new Pepsi Star Wars Promo glasses at a theater near you:

Today when i went to pick up my advance ticktes for Episode 3, i noticed these cups at the concession stand, they were $3.95 each, they also had one with Obi-Wan and General Grevious, dont know if all theaters are carrying them, but National Amusmens Theaters are carrying them i’m guessing it is because they carry Pepsi Products, they are made of very durable plastic.



Federation Toys News Feed
April 17, 2005 | 1:59 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

just wanted to say hi and let you know that we will be at STAR wars CELEBRATION III all this week, and we will have the site offline until we get back, and we will be updating the site over the next few weeks, we will be adding a lot of older items and new items, POTF, Episode I, POTJ, VINTAGE! and many more. We look forward to helping you complete your collection and make sure to stop by our booth at CEIII #132. We also have a coupon in TOYSHOP Magazine in the star wars supplement bring it to CEIII For extra savings, we will be having a Charity auction at the show as well; and giveaways. We also will have raffles to help out KATIE JOHNSON, Check out the website here for all the info . Her father Albin is founder of the STAR WARS Costume club .We will have a lot of new items at the show. This is going to be a busy year, we will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. we hope you have a great day.



Why Does Anakin Turn To The Dark Side
April 17, 2005 | 12:55 PM EST | Bill

Is it because Jar Jar was to be his Padawan? Fox Trot in today’s Comic section takes a great tongue and cheek clook at Anakin’s turn to the Sith. Be sure to check it out, especially if you can laugh at our hobby as it uses action figures as the main characters. If you don’t still have today’s paper click here to check it out. Thanks to Yak Reader Sanchez494 for the link.



Code 3 Posters…
April 16, 2005 | 6:37 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon.. they are going to be selling the posters.. while the A New Hope poster is the only one available for pre-order right now… check out the price..
Star Wars A New Hope Style A Sculpted Movie Posted $59.99, they are listing them at $64.99 but they are on sale. The Code 3 site has them listed at $79.99 on their site.. As soon as the other two are available for pre-order we will let you know…



Celebration III Coverage Coming Soon!
April 16, 2005 | 12:11 PM EST | Scott


Celebration III is right around the corner and you can bet Yakface is going to be there!

Check back with us every day during the show for new photos and updates from what promises to be the Star Wars event of the year! (next to the release of Revenge of the Sith of course!)

See you in Indy!



NEW Before the Helmet Image
April 15, 2005 | 5:08 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “Kit Bashed” which shows (highlight to read) KIt Fisto meeting his maker, the result of a nasty slash to the torso from the scarlet blade of Palpatine!



More New Stuff In Stock…
April 15, 2005 | 1:47 PM EST | Hfsolo

Unleashed Figure: Asajj Ventress
Unleashed Figure: Darth Vader
Unleashed Figure: General Grievous
Unleashed Figure: Palpatine vs. Yoda
Revenge of the Sith Republic Gunship



Sith Tickets On Sale In Continential US
April 15, 2005 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Justin wrote in to let us know:

Tickets are on sale for ROTS, i repeat tickets are onsale for
ROTS, i just bought mine off for the 1201am
showing on may 19 in north atlanta. it has it classified for may
18 but whatever i got tickets. better buy now they will sell out.

It appears to depend on the theaters in your area as to whether they are available yet, however if you’re in Atlanta at least you could have your tickets today!



McGregor’s Autograph Policy
April 15, 2005 | 8:06 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Pete sent in this report from The Internet Movie Database:

McGregor Ban ‘Star Wars’ Fans from Stage Door Actor Ewan McGregor has a warning for fans hoping to meet him at the stage door of his new London play – don’t bring any Star Wars memorabilia. The Scots heart-throb is starring in the West End production of 1950s musical Guys And Dolls from June, which opens only 12 days after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith hits cinemas worldwide. And while McGregor is prepared for the Star Wars frenzy over the next few weeks, he is banning the sci-fi film from the back door of the Piccadilly Theatre. McGregor explains, “I made a decision a while back, I’m not going to be available to sign Star Wars stuff at the stage door. I’ll be available to sign people’s programs and things. But if I start that it will be a nightmare. What will happen, people come to Guys and Dolls and want their program signed, but get monstered by the professional autograph hunters. I don’t like to play that game so I won’t be signing any Star Wars stuff.”



Always In Motion The Future Is…
April 14, 2005 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just added a very interesting post about the future of the Star Wars Universe after ROTS, looking at the possiblity (and a certain rumor that refuses to go away) of more films to come. Check it out here.



Start Checking Your Theaters
April 14, 2005 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

It looks some at least one theater in Puerto Rico is already selling E3 tickets. Here’s Yak Reader Chris’s report:

Hi, I have been a Yakreader for years, but never posted anything, since I’m from Puerto Rico and things always arrive here a couple of days or even weeks later. But Today I went to a movie theater, just passing by and I saw a sign saying that you could buy your tickets for Episode III, of course I didn’t believe it, but went and asked, and now I have tickets for Revenge of the Sith more then a month before the movie arrives!! Just in case the theater I went was the Cinevista Theater on Plaza las Americas.



Multiple Early Bird How To
April 14, 2005 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader John:

I was in the same boat as you guys. I ordered 2 [Early Birds] from,received one packing slip. What I did was send one in with the packing slip, and one with the online receipt that I printed (hoping they will [accept] it). I wrote a note on the slip that explained I ordered two. Later, I found out, someone in the, had the same problem and emailed Hasbro. They told him to send it all in one envelope, 2 upc’s, two certificates, and the one packing slip, making sure to circle or highlight the quantity on the packing slip. I wish I had known that sooner. Hopefully I will get my two sets without problems.



Free Stuff
April 14, 2005 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yodas

Starting today at is another great giveaway and it is the easiest one we have had yet. All you have to do is send in an e-mail!! No pictures, no posting, just a good old fashioned pick out of the hat type giveaway! You will get to pick from 4 very cool prizes including a TRU Holo Yoda, Attactix Starter Set, Luke Jedi Unleashed or Darth Sidious Unleashed! Every reader who sends in an e-mail will get one entry and anyone who is a current member of our forum community or signs up as a new member, will get two entries! Check the contest link at for more info!



Read My Review You Must
April 14, 2005 | 4:22 PM EST | Jayson


Today’s review covers the second “Exclusive Figure” available from the April 2nd release of EIII merchandise.. Toys R Us gives the goods TWICE!



Lightsaber Sets From Sam’s Anyone
April 14, 2005 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Here’s Yak Reader Tim’s latest find:

While I do not have a digital camera to snap a shot of the item I found I will describe it for you. It is a Lightsaber two pack. It has Obi-Wan, and Anakins Lightsaber (the Deluxe model) and two figures. I cannot tell if they are just repeat molds, but they look kinda different. It is in standard ROTS packaging and comes with a bonus poster. It was purchased at Sams Club in Winston Salem, NC for $29.99. They are displaying it in the seasonal item section. Just figured you would like to know.



Master Replicas E3 Props Now Shipping
April 14, 2005 | 8:16 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rich sent in this report:

I just received my Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber today via FedEx. It looks amazing!



Lucas C3 Appearance Schedule
April 14, 2005 | 12:58 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site has posted the full itinerary for George Lucas live appearance at Celebration 3. It is as follows…

Stage Times:
Saturday, April 23rd
8:45 — 9:15 a.m.
9:35 — 10:05 a.m.
10:25 — 10:55 a.m.
Sagamore Ballroom, 2nd floor

There is quite a lengthy and detailed seating system in place. Looks like they’re not taking any chances. If you’re attending Celebration 3 and you only participate in one event, this is the one not to be missed. Click on George for the full details.



Join Me and We Can Rule the M-Pire
April 13, 2005 | 12:38 PM EST | Mark B has added a bunch of new M&Ms M-Pire products today including this cool shirt shown above. (Personally, I’m hoping to see more Boba Fett M-Pire items!!!) Check them all out over at under “New Arrivals”



Pent Up Anger???
April 13, 2005 | 7:39 AM EST | Hfsolo

All bent out of shape from looking at your checkbook this month?? Need to release some frustration??? Well now you can wrestle with the Episode III Wrestling Buddy: Darth Vader figure…



KB Toys – Buy 3 Get The 4th FREE
April 12, 2005 | 7:51 PM EST | Scott


KB Toys is currently running a special on ROTS figures. Select any three figures and the fourth figure is FREE.

Looks like it only applies to the selections listed on the page but it’s definitely worth a look.



Lego MOVIE –Revenge of the Brick
April 12, 2005 | 8:04 AM EST | Bill


That’s right, The Official Site has broken the news that May 8th the Cartoon Network will have a Lego “Minimovie” for Star Wars fans. Read the full story here.



More Direct Mail from Target 
April 11, 2005 | 8:21 PM EST | Jayson


While going through my mail today, I noticed a square, black envelope with the Death Star enblazened on the front. Inside, a seven panel 2-sided brochure complete with familiar lava graphic and promo images of Darth Vader, Yoda, Clonetrooper, C-3PO, Darth Sidious and the Target Dog with Vader’s lightsaber in his mouth! On the reverse, coupons for soda, cereal, m&m’s Trivial Pursuit DVD game and shots of different merchandise currently available. Very nice. For those who didn’t receive it, check back tomorrow for images.



NEW Art of Revenge
April 11, 2005 | 8:10 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates today with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. Highlight to read this week’s photo titled “Dragon Pen” shows Erik Tiemens artist rendering of a Utapau hanger, but instead of being occupied by fighters or starcruisers, this hanger holds the flying beasts of Utapau.



Unleashed EPIII Series 2
April 11, 2005 | 4:54 PM EST | Mark B has the first images I had seen of the second series of ROTS Unleashed figures from Hasbro. This series includes a new Darth Vader, Asajj Ventress, and one I can’t wait for – Darth Sidious vs. Yoda! You have to dig a little at to find them, but take a look under the “Action Figure” section.



SPOILERS ROTS Deleted Scene List
April 11, 2005 | 4:05 PM EST | Scott

Dark Horizons has just posted a list of the scenes cut from Episode III which I’m sure will re-surface on the eventual DVD. From the scene descriptions, it doesn’t sound like we’re going to be missing much, however I think it will be a shame if scene #176 remains on the cutting room floor.

Heavy SPOILER warnings are in effect so proceed carefully.



TRU Specials…
April 11, 2005 | 1:18 PM EST | Hfsolo

Was at my local TRU today and it seems that they have a couple of things going on.. If you spend $14.99 or more on Star Wars LEGO’s you will get a mini LEGO set free. The store I was at had the mini TIE-Interceptor. Also if you purchase the Attacktix starter set, you will get a 3 piece Attacktix pack free.

Over at they have the same Attacktix offer as well as an offer if you spend $25 or more, you get a free lightsaber.



Star Tours Exclusives and More
April 11, 2005 | 7:55 AM EST | Hfsolo

Star Tours Exclusive R4-M9 $9.99
Star Tours Exclusive G2-4T $9.99
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Yoda Spinning Attack #26
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Kick #27
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Anakin Skywalker Slashing Attack #28
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Tarfful Firing Bowcaster #25

Power of the Jedi Zutton (Snaggletooth)



AudioBook Blues
April 11, 2005 | 12:29 AM EST | Ben

Audio content delivered on little plastic wafers is usually known as a Compact Disc; not so with the Revenge of the Sith audio books. These discs do NOT carry the Compact Disc logo because they do not conform to CD Standard.

Recently Philips, the owner of the “Redbook Audio Standard,” decreed that only compliant discs may carry the logo. Revenge of the Sith discs do not carry the logo.

Now, whether it’s the Dolby Surround encoding (which is possible) or, (as I suspect) a deliberate attempt to thwart piracy, these CDs do not play without random skipping on a computer cd drive. Consequently “ripping” to an iPod, or other hand held device is not likely to produce a clean transfer.

According to a press release from Philips on the topic, consumers should consider the discs that do not conform to be defective.



12″ Bariss And Shaak Ti At Retail
April 10, 2005 | 11:02 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Marko:

“I haven’t seen any news on this yet, but I wanted to let you know that the 12″ Shaak Ti and Barris Offee are out. I found both on Saturday at the Target in Algonquin, IL (a suburb of Chicago).”



A Variation Of A Variation
April 10, 2005 | 5:34 PM EST | Scott


As much as I hate to throw fuel on the fire in cases like this, it would be irresponsible of me not to report it.

However, it looks like there is a variation on the RED Senate Guard figure. As you can see from the photo (click thumbnail to enlarge) the helmet on the Guard on the right has a glossier and slightly more vibrant red finish than the guard on the left.

The dull helmet version was picked up at a Meijer store a couple of days ago, the glossy version was found by my friend Rich M. at a Kmart on 4/2. Can any of you confirm further sightings of this variation? Let me know.



ROTS Officially Given PG-13 Rating
April 10, 2005 | 11:53 AM EST | Scott


According to Ain’t It Cool News Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has officially been handed a PG-13 rating by the MPAA.

This really doesn’t come as much of a surprise as this has been widely speculated for months. However, those of us that feel the final chapter needs to go down a darker and more mature path (myself included) will find this to be welcome news.



Force Battlers Wave 2
April 10, 2005 | 11:31 AM EST | Scott


Hasbro gives us a peek at the next batch of kid-friendly Force Battlers action figures.

The second wave will include: Clone Trooper with flightpack, Chewbacca and Mace Windu



Plo Koon Jedi Starfighter
April 10, 2005 | 11:25 AM EST | Scott


It seems that Jedi Master Plo Koon will get a ride of his very own as shown by this preview at Hasbro.

The Plo Koon Jedi Starfighter is simply a re-decoed version of the Episode II Starfighters with what appears to be similar markings as on the Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker Starfighter vehicle. No word yet if this will be an exclusive or readily available everywhere.



Figures 33-40 Appearing At Kohls
April 9, 2005 | 11:28 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of reports from readers about finding the newest ROTS figures at Kohl’s stores. Yak Reader Kodai sent in this report:

I just found the new Grevious– the exploding one, Clone Pilot, Clone Commander, Palpatine- the red saber one, Polis Massan, Chopper Droid, Mas Amedda, and the AT-TE Gunner at my local Kohls. One warning the prices are regularly $7.99 are they kidding? There was a sale today for $6.99 and they price matched Target’s sale.



Wookie Helicopter Debuts
April 8, 2005 | 11:30 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has taken the wraps off of the upcoming Wookie Helicopter– it looks from the pics like this is a two seater model. Check it out here.



Best Buy MR Exclusive
April 8, 2005 | 11:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Big Ted sent in this scoop:

I work at a Cincinnati area Best Buy and over the next couplle of weeks most of the larger market stores will be getting a “toy” reset. So far no plans to start carrying figures but I did find a “Best Buy exclusive”. We received 2 of the .45 scale Darth Sidious Master Replica lightsaber hilts. The price is in the $34.99 ballpark and it really does look sweet. Stop buy and check it out along with all the other cool Star Wars stuff they’ll be offering.



Lava Vader Exclusive Review
April 8, 2005 | 6:46 PM EST | Jayson


Today’s review covers the first “Exclusive Figure” available from the April 2nd release of EIII merchandise upon the world. Vader figure lovers beware…



NEW Before the Helmet Image
April 8, 2005 | 6:41 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “Coming to Get You” which shows (highlight to read) a determined General Grievous ready to battle Obi-Wan with a fallen Magnaguard staff
April 8, 2005 | 10:40 AM EST | Hfsolo

Check out for the Austrailian Toy Fair 2005… carded images of the next wave of figures.. also announcing a new Mr. Potato Head.. the Spud Trooper….



Holo Leia This Summer’s Comicon Exclusive
April 7, 2005 | 10:02 PM EST | Bill

The official site has just broken the news of lots of items for C3 and the Summer Cons. A holographic Princess Leia will be the Comicon/Star Exclusive. The proto will be shown at C3. For the rundown on all of the sneak peaks at c3 Click here.



Exclusive M & M Tin
April 7, 2005 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, in addition to upcoming figures from Hasbro (8 2 packs of them to be exact) M&Ms has an exclusive E3 tin. Oh and you get custom M&Ms with it too!!!!! Check it out here.



Mini-Battle Arena…
April 7, 2005 | 6:23 PM EST | Hfsolo

These are the deluxe Figures…..
Mini-Battle Arena: Chancellor’s Office
Re-create the battle between Jedi Master Mace Windu and Darth Sidious in the Chancellors office on Coruscant! Only the winner remains standing when the fighting ends! The set contains two 3¾” scale action figures.

Mini-Battle Arena: Federation Cruiser
Anakin Skywalker vs. Count Dooku
Re-live the incredible battle between two of the most powerful Jedi of all, as they fight to the finish on the Trade Federation Cruiser! Only the strongest Jedi remains – will it be the light side or the dark side of the Force? The set contains two 3¾” scale action figures.



Official Press Release – George Lucas C3 Appearance
April 6, 2005 | 8:27 PM EST | Scott


This just in to us from the folks at GenCon:

George Lucas to Attend Star Wars Celebration III

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 6, 2005) Star Wars creator/writer/director
George Lucas will make a guest appearance at Star Wars Celebration III. His
appearance at the Indiana Convention Center during the huge Star Wars
fan festival will mark the first time that Lucas has attended a fan
convention since the gathering that marked the 10-year anniversary of A New Hope in 1987. Celebration III comes less than a month before the May 19th
opening of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.©

George has been very busy finishing Episode III, getting the last shots from Industrial Light & Magic, and doing the final mix,©˜ said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm©ˆs head of Fan Relations. ©¯So we were delighted that he was able to carve some time out from a heavily-booked schedule to share some of his thoughts with fans in person as he completes this amazing 30-year screen saga.

The filmmaker will be appearing on the Sagamore Ballroom stage with
host Jay Laga’aia, where he will answer questions from fans about his
experiences creating the Star Wars saga, the surprises along the way, and his
thoughts about what might come next both for him as a filmmaker and for Star
Wars after Revenge of the Sith leaves the big screen.

Final details are being arranged, but Lucas has confirmed his plans to
be in Indianapolis at some point during the four-day Celebration III, April 21 – 24. Gen Con LLC, which is managing Celebration III in partnership with
Lucasfilm, has reopened its advance ticket sales from now through 5 PM
PST this Friday, April 8. Advance ticket sales already are well more than
double those of advanced sales for Celebration II.

Attendees can check the onsite schedule and the Information Booth at
the Indiana Convention Center for the details of Lucas©ˆ appearance at
Celebration III. The details will also be posted on before the show.

To purchase advance tickets for Celebration III go to until Friday, April 8, 5:00 PM PST. Badges for Celebration III may be picked up at appropriately-marked Will Call kiosks in the registration area at the Convention Center.

Celebration III will be open to the public daily beginning, Thursday,
April 21, from 1 pm-midnight, Friday 10am-midnight, Saturday, 10am-midnight
and Sunday 10am-4pm. Some of the opening hours may be adjusted for the
Lucas programming. The Indiana Convention Center is at 100 South Capitol
Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. Fees for badges purchased at the show are:

4 day Adult $110
4 day Child* $50
1 day Adult $40
1 day Child* $20
*(6-12 years old. Children under 6 are free)

After the April 8 pre-registration date closes, admission badges can be
purchased Wednesday April 20 from 5am-8pm, Thursday April 21 from
9am-8pm, Friday April 22 from 8am-8pm, Saturday April 23 from 8am-8pm and Sunday April 24 from 8am-2pm at the Indiana Convention Center.



The Onslaught Continues
April 6, 2005 | 4:44 PM EST | Scott


April 2nd may have come and gone, but Hasbro shows us that they’re just getting warmed up as they give us a look at the figures we can expect to find now that we’re past the launch of ROTS toys. On tap are previews of #48 R2-D2 (Electronic), #49 Commander Bacara and a truly outstanding looking Anakin figure (#50).



Revenge of the Early Bird Figures
April 6, 2005 | 3:45 PM EST | Jayson


Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates today to announce the design of the Early Figures available from To celebrate the May 19th launch of the last Star Wars movie, Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Hasbro has created a near-exact replica of that 1977 “Empty Box” with a certificate that offers updated versions of the first four original Star Wars action figures from 1977: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. Get yours while supplies last – only 50,000 will ever be available, far fewer than in 1977! Take the link above for more details! Has The AT-RT In Stock
April 6, 2005 | 12:16 PM EST | Hfsolo

Head on over and pick up the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: AT-RT with AT-RT DRIVER, it is in stock now… $14.86



Why It Pays To Call Ahead
April 6, 2005 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark B

Variety has an article that is of interest to Star Wars fans everywhere (well ok, only those that are going to be lining up for days or weeks before the premier of ROTS). There is a group of fans in line outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, waiting for the Premier of Episode III. Sounds familiar right? Well, the problem is, Fox isn’t going to be showing Episode III at Grauman’s……



500th Action Figure – Darth Vader
April 6, 2005 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark B


With all the talk about the Revenge of the Sith figures being released this past weekend, we’ve all kind of passed over the 500th Star Wars figure….Darth Vader in his Meditation chamber from The Empire Strikes is currently offering this fantastic figure for order (with a limit of 2 per customer). One of the cool things with this figure is the lever on the back that will lift Vader’s helmet off (so you can accurately recreate the scene yourself!). Get one ordered today at



A True Variation?
April 6, 2005 | 8:52 AM EST | Hfsolo

As Scott reported earlier (See article below) about the Palpatine variation in the picture about the red vs blue lightsaber. We have recieved emails stating that both sabers have been found. Not just the picture.. but also the real thing.. so if you have #35 Palpatine, emails us and let us know what color saber you have..



George Lucas At Celebration III!
April 5, 2005 | 11:31 PM EST | Jair

BIG NEWS!!! Star Wars creator George Lucas will make an appearence at Celebration III this April. Exact details are yet to be revealed but the official site has confirmed he’ll be there!

It’s a very rare chance to meet him, an he’ll even be answering questions. Hope we all get a chance to meet him.

Visit the Official Website for more details!



OTC Cheap At KB
April 5, 2005 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dave sent in this report:

While everyone was running around finding their Revenge of the Sith
figures at Walmart and Target today, I stopped at my local KB Toys and they have OTC figures including Imperial Scanning Troopers for $2.88 each plus $1.00 off the second figure.



501st Trading Cards
April 5, 2005 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Members of the 501st Legion will be debuting their very own series of
collectible trading cards at Star Wars Celebration 3. In addition to
standard member cards, the full-color numbered 100-card set includes
Honorary Members such as Amy Allen, Peter Mayhew, and David Prowse, as well as special Event cards commemorating memorable occasions such as C2 and Disney1s Star Wars Weekends. Although these cards are free, they are onlyavailable in limited numbers through select 501st members. So if you areconfronted by a Stormtrooper in the halls at C3, be sure to ask for a trading card! (A very limited number of cards will also be available at the 501st Fan Table during random days/times, and some Honorary Member cards may be available at select celebrity signing tables.)



Lava Vaders– FREE?
April 5, 2005 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Todd sent in this report:

The Target store in Lafayette, IN gave away the first 36 Lava Vaders
FREE. Yes, FREE! I was lucky enough to receive one of these figures. I was handed a special numbered ticket (I was #14) just before the store opened. There where approximitely 25 people in line @ 8AM. Each ticket handed out was good for 1 Vader only. I was floored when an employee annouced that the first 36 Vaders were free, as were the other customers. I talked with a friend of mine who lives about an hour away, and he had to pay the $12.99 at his local Target. I believe the free figures at my store may have been an isolated incident.



Scalper News… Continued
April 5, 2005 | 7:47 PM EST | Jair

Whoa, this is a very hot topic. Several reports are coming in of stores that were very fair and smart with the Lava Vader.

Some store managers handed out numbered business cards so that no one got more than one figure, and figures were handed out at check out.

It’s a great example that some people care… Thanks to these store managers for their fairness.



April 5, 2005 | 6:28 PM EST | Hfsolo

On the wake of all of us being broke.. Amazon hits with more figs…
Mas Amedda
Polis Massan
Vader’s Medical Droid
These are still at the low proce of $5.29

Thanks Craig for the heads up!!!



Scalper News…
April 5, 2005 | 3:32 PM EST | Jair

Thanks to everyone who sent in their reports on what they saw last weekend.

It appears that clerks on Target and Walmart didn’t care that scalpers took more that one of the exclusives their companies carried.

On both stores clerks were told buy Yak Readers when these people were buying handfuls of the Lava Vader and the Early Bird package and did nothing about it. If there was a policy, they just didn’t cared about it.

Thanks again to everyone and stay away form scalpers.



Scalpers Doing Business…
April 5, 2005 | 11:06 AM EST | Jair

Hi, Yak Reader David sent us the following…

It was a sad day for collecting again, as the exclusives brought out the
“hoarders of old”. I went to the local Target about an hour after they
opened, fully not expecting to find any lava Vaders, and was right. All 4
pegs were sold out. But I have a hard time believing there were 40
different customers there within the hour, so people were buying

But the most unbelieveable thing was, 550 lava Vaders were already sold on
E-bay by this evening, and there are already 1300 other lava Vaders on sale
on E-bay….and the going price is about $50.00, when they sold for $12.99.

As you can see, predictions were right…



Vader – Ultimate Villain
April 5, 2005 | 8:28 AM EST | Mark B


If you missed him over the weekend, now has the 12″ Darth Vader – Ultimate Villain available for order.



NEW Art of Revenge
April 5, 2005 | 8:11 AM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates today with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. Highlight to read this week’s photo titled “Submerged Super Threat” shows Erik Tiemens artist rendering of a underwater Super Battle Droid making it’s way through a fuel-flooded section of a Trade Federation Cruiser



Been Waiting On LEGO Sale You Have???
April 5, 2005 | 7:49 AM EST | Hfsolo

If you have been waiting to pick up the LEGO’s, they are all on sale over…
LEGO: Star Wars – Darth Vader Transformation $5.59
LEGO: Star Wars – Clone Scout Walker $7.99
LEGO: Star Wars – ARC 170 Starfighter $31.99
LEGO Star Wars: Wookie Catamaran $39.99
LEGO: Star Wars – General Grievous Chase $15.99
LEGO: Star Wars – Droid Tri-Fighter $11.99
LEGO: Star Wars – Wookie Attack $23.99
LEGO Star Wars: Clone Turbo Tank $71.99
LEGO Star Wars: Cloud City $79.99



Items Back In Stock…
April 5, 2005 | 7:26 AM EST | Hfsolo

Here are a few items back in stock if you are looking for them…
LEGO Ultimate Lightsaber Duel
Anakin Skywalker (with Darth Vader Tunic and Armor)
Emperor Palpatine (with glowing Force lightning)
Clone Trooper Blaster
Chewbacca’s Bowcaster
General Grievous’ Blaster



Deluxe Obi-Wan Variation Found
April 4, 2005 | 11:11 PM EST | Scott


Yak reader Steve P. has uncovered a packaging variation on the just released Deluxe Obi-Wan figure.

As you can see in the photo, one Super Battle Droid is packaged whole and the other is packaged in an “exploding” configuration.

According to Steve’s observation of the date stamp, the exploded version appears to be the newer of the two versions.

Thanks for the news Steve! If you think you’ve found a significant variation, I’d love to know about it email me with the news and preferably photos.



BigBadToyStore ROTS!!!
April 4, 2005 | 10:41 PM EST | Joseph

If you haven’t gotten these already has the Revenge Of The Sith Figures in stock!!! From #1 -#40. Included are the short packed Clone Pilot, Clone Commander, Polis Maasan, AT-TE Tank Gunner, Vader’s Medical Droid, and Mas Amedda. The won’t last long. Click on the link to place an order.



The Updates Continue
April 4, 2005 | 8:25 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated yet again with more photos of new figures, carded and loose. This time it’s the upcoming Nemodian Warrior, Wookie Warrior, Destroyer Droid and more. Click here to check it out.



There Are 3 Others
April 3, 2005 | 11:00 PM EST | Bill

The Target ROTS Cup figures are NOT THE SAME as the carded versions this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are different variant figures…


2. Greivous, appears to be same as Sneak Preview fig, but has DIFFERENT CAPE and COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PAINT JOB.

3. Clonetrooper, appears to be the same as ROTS carded #6, but has NO QUICK DRAW ACTION and COMES WITH A STRANGE ACCESSORY NOT WITH ANY OTHER CLONE.



CLone Trooper Back In Stock
April 3, 2005 | 7:23 PM EST | Hfsolo

If you are still looking for one or want more…
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Clone Trooper $5.29



Milk, Eggs – Palpatine?
April 3, 2005 | 5:07 PM EST | Scott


If you have a Kroger supermarket chain in your area it might be worth your time to check it out. I went to my local store this afternoon and scored #33 Clone Commander, #34 Clone Pilot, #35 Palpatine and #36 General Greivous. It appears that they are popping up at several stores in the chain.

About that Palpatine. On the cardback, he is pictured with the Sidious head and holding a RED lightsaber. However, the figure inside the package has a Palpatine Head and holding a BLUE lightsaber. The hand holding the saber in each instance is two different sculpts (note: the saber is molded into the hand and not removable) one version is holding the Anakin hilt and the other is holding the SIdious hilt.

Now this figure comes with snap-on force lightning, interchangable heads and a second set of hands. NEITHER of which is holding a red Sidious saber. Hmmmmm….what’s going on here? An error? a variation? Anyone have an answer?



Authentic Clone Trooper Helmets
April 3, 2005 | 12:51 PM EST | Mark B


With all of the excitement over all the new Action Figures that were released this week, you may have missed one of the coolest new items that is now available. Master Replicas is making a couple of authentic helmets for Episode III. Both are available to order over at You can either pick up the “Special Operations Trooper” (shown above), or the standard Clone Trooper Helmet. The first ships in June, the second in August (so you can pick one up while you’re shopping for toys and not worry about having to pay for it for a couple of months!). Check them out over at



Walmart Early Bird BEWARE!!!
April 3, 2005 | 9:07 AM EST | Hfsolo

If you cannot manage to pick one up at Walmart or Walmart online.. beware.. DO NOT TURN TO EBAY!! You will need the ORIGINAL receipt to be able to send away for these. It is stated right on the box that a copy will not work. So beware… They are still available online!
Wal-Mart Early Bird (Wal-Mart Exclusive) Available Now Online Limit 2 per



KBToys Has More In Stock
April 3, 2005 | 9:03 AM EST | Hfsolo

While a little more.. if you are having problems finding these…
Revenge of the Sith – Tarfful with Firing Bowcaster $6.99
Revenge of the Sith – Yoda Spinning Attack #26 $6.99



Target Exclusives…
April 3, 2005 | 8:45 AM EST | Hfsolo

Well here is some good news… It appears that the Lava Vader is going to be available on their website.. Stay away from EBAY!!!
Star Wars Lava Reflection Darth Vader $12.99
These exclusives are in stock now…
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure $9.99
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith General Grievous Action Figure $9.99
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper Action Figure $9.99
Darth Vader and Yoda Bobble Pens – Set of 2 $9.99 Web Only
Yoda Antique-Style Gumball Machine $19.99 Web Only
Darth Vader Antique-Style Gumball Machine $19.99 Web Only
Plus there are Bobble heads of Yoda and Vader…



Chewbacca Statue
April 3, 2005 | 8:34 AM EST | Hfsolo

I know we are all spent out of money.. but here are a few things…
Gentle Giant 15″ Chewbacca Statue $129.99 Available Now
Darth Vader Giant Pez $24.99 May 1st
C3PO Giant Pez $24.99 May 1st
Yoda Giant Pez $24.99 May 1st
PS2 Sith Vs. Jedi Controller 2 Pack $29.99 Available Now
Star Wars Mission Lightsaber $49.99 Available Now



Ep3 Toys…
April 3, 2005 | 8:12 AM EST | Hfsolo

You can click on any link below and get to the item that you want to order!!!

SPECIAL FIGURES and Exclusives
500th Figure – Darth Vader Release June 1st $16.99
Wal-Mart Early Bird (Wal-Mart Exclusive) Available Now Online Limit 2 per

Action Figures: Available NOW. $5.29 Each..

1) Obi-Wan Kenobi
2) Anakin Skywalker
3) Yoda
4) Super Battle Droid
5) Chewbacca
7) R2-D2
8) Grievous’ Bodyguard
9) General Grievous 2
10) Mace Windu
12) Emperor Palpatine
13) Count Dooku
14) Chancellor Palpatine
15) Bail Organa
Plo Koon
17) Battle Droid
18) C-3PO
19) Padme
20) Agen Kolar
21) Shaak Ti
22) Kit Fisto
24) Mon Mothma
29) Ki-Adi-Mundi
30) Saesee Tin
31) Luminara Unduli
32) Aayla Secura

12″ Figures
12″ Figure: Darth Sidious April 15th
12″ Figure: Clone Trooper April 15th
12″ Figure: General Grievous April 15th
12″ Ultimate Villain: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader $44.99

Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter $19.99
Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter (Exclusive) May 15th $29.99
Grievous’ Wheel Bike $19.99
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter $19.99
ARC-170 Fighter $29.99

LEGO General Grievous Chase $19.99
LEGO ARC-170 Clone Fighter $39.99
LEGO Clone Scout Walker $9.99
LEGO Clone Turbo Tank $89.99
LEGO Darth Vader Transformation $8.99
LEGO Droid Tri-Fighter $14.99
LEGO Ultimate Lightsaber Duel April 15th
LEGO Wookiee Attack $29.99
LEGO Wookiee Catamaran $49.99

Deluxe Figures
BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper $14.99
Boga with Obi-Wan Kenobi $14.99
Emperor Palpatine (with glowing Force lightning) $9.99
Evolution Figure: Anakin to Vader Multipack April 15th
Evolution Figure: Clone Trooper April 15th
Obi-Wan Kenobi (with Super Battle Droid) $9.99

Attacktix Battle Case with Figure: SW April 15th
Attacktix Battle Case with Figure: TRA April 15th
Attacktix Battle Masters Figure: AT-RT $11.99
Attacktix Battle Masters Figure: Boga $11.99
Attacktix Figures 3-Pack $8.99
Attacktix Starter Set $11.99

Battlepack Figures: Jedi vs. Separatist April 15th
Battlepack Figures: Jedi vs. Sith April 15th
Force Battlers Figure: Anakin Skywalker $9.99
Force Battlers Figure: General Grievous $9.99
Force Battlers Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi $9.99

Unleashed Figure: Anakin Skywalker April 15th
Unleashed Figure: Asajj Ventress April 15th
Unleashed Figure: Darth Vader April 15th
Unleashed Figure: General Grievous April 15th
Unleashed Figure: Palpatine vs. Yoda April 15th
Unleashed Figure: Obi-Wan Kenobi April 15th

Action Figure Diorama Display June 15th
Mini-Battle Arena: Federation Cruiser $19.99
Mustafar Playset June 1st
Wrestling Buddy: Darth Vader April 15th
Wrestling Buddy: R2-D2 April 15th
Yoda! Interactive Storytelling Jedi Master $29.99



More Online Midnight Madness!
April 2, 2005 | 12:22 AM EST | Mark B

Want more than Action Figures tonight at midnight? Check out the items available (as well as figures) over at

Special Edition 500th Darth Vader in Meditation Chamber figure!!!
Master Replicas helmets!!!
Exclusive Darth Vader football jersey
Exclusive Rebel and Imperial logo polo shirts
12” Ultimate Villain Darth Vader figure
NASCAR Star Wars die-cast cars, hats, and t-shirts
Exclusive Star Wars Japanese exhibit posters
Exclusive Darth Vader checkbooks

AND TONS MORE!!! will have it all at midnight tonight!



New Trailers At StarWars.Com
April 1, 2005 | 11:47 PM EST | Joseph

While you wait for midnight madness, check out the Official Site to view 3 new tv ad trailers that will be premiering this weekend. Tragedy



ESB Gag On Robot Chicken
April 1, 2005 | 11:30 PM EST | Scott

In case you missed it or don’t get Cartoon Network, last week’s episode of Robot Chicken contained a very funny Empire Strikes Back gag.

It’s a new take on the “I Am Your Father” scene played out with 12″ figures. Even better, Mark Hamill is doing the voice of Luke.

It’s a 17mb MPG file and you can check it out here.



500th Edition Darth Vader Revealed!!!
April 1, 2005 | 4:35 PM EST | Joseph

The guys over at have posted pictures of Hasbro’s 500th Edition Darth Vader w/Meditation Chamber. Once to be just a rumor now seems to be a reality. To check out the pics and read more information about it’s release follow the link



See You Tonight MN Collectors!
April 1, 2005 | 3:16 PM EST | Jayson



Tonight’s the night. I plan on attending my local (Minnetonka, MN) TRU Midnight Madness and I hope to see some of you readers there – I know your out there! I’ll be handing out some checklists for people in line for those who didn’t bring one. I’ll be the guy with the long hair and the custom Vader logo t-shirt I designed for the occasion (shown above). See you there and have fun! Star Wars Store
April 1, 2005 | 2:53 PM EST | Jair

I was checking the retailers’ websites and found that will have the figures available at midnight at a very good $5.24 per figure. If you want to check it out here is the link.



Look sir, Droid Review!
April 1, 2005 | 12:48 PM EST | Jayson


Today’s review covers the last Sneak Preview figure for Revenge of the Sith and probably the last Sneak Preview figure ever for a Star Wars film. Click R4’s dome above to read what I think – no protocol droid interpretor required.

March 2005 Archive

NEW Before the Helmet Image
March 31, 2005 | 11:14 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “Rain of Fire” which shows (highlight to read) Obi-Wan trying to avoid being splashed by hot magma



Make Collecting Enjoyable
March 31, 2005 | 7:19 PM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. I agree with Scott 100% with the call for sanity he makes. This is the last time a Star Wars Movie will be released and you should enjoy it, both on the Screen as in the Stores. It’s not a competition on who has the figures first or who has the most figures… if it were then we all have already lost to Steve Sansweet!

I remember back in the mid 90’s how exiting it was to get those POTF2 Action Figures, but I think that one of the things that made it fun was that you bought them by waves. That allowed us to really enjoy the figures we got. If we had bought all of the POTF2 figures in one night I think there would still be figures new to my eyes, because I wouldn’t have had the chance of examining all of them.

Set your priorities, because if you get to a store without knowing what you are going to buy you’re going to go mad. There’s going to be a lot of stuff out there.

As to what retailer to go, I really don’t know what to suggest. I’m pissed with all of them with all the exclusives they have just for the midnight madness. You’ll have to choose between the Early Bird box from Walmart, the Flaming Vader from Target, or the Holo Yoda from Toys R’ Us. Those figures should be available all Summer. I live outside the US and will not be able to get any (there’s always Ebay, but who knows how much I’ll have to pay).

OK, go out there tomorrow night and enjoy, take pictures, savor the moment, and have fun!!!



TRU Press Release – Holo Yoda On 4/2
March 31, 2005 | 5:54 PM EST | Scott


This press release just came into us from TRU Public Relations….

Toys “R” Us has arranged to have the Holographic Yoda Figure during
their Midnight celebration. Limited quantities of this Toys “R” Us exclusive
figure will be available for purchase at over 300 participating stores
when doors open at 12:01 a.m. on April 2 ($9.99, limit one per customer,
while supplies last)*. Check-out Toys “R” Us for the largest selection of new
and unique products for Star Wars collector customers and fans of all ages.

* The Holographic Yoda figure will be available at Toys “R” Us Times
Square with a purchase of $35 or more.”

A very wise move on TRU’s part. holding this figure back until 4/10 really didn’t make much sense.



April 2nd – A Call For Sanity
March 31, 2005 | 3:03 PM EST | Scott

I’d like to take a moment of your time to step up on my soapbox.

April 2nd is two days away and soon fans will flock to their favorite retailer to participate in Midnight Madness events or line up at the crack of dawn when the doors fly open. It’s all about the hobby, it’s all about the excitement and above all, it’s all about the FUN.

With that, I’d like to urge those of you out there with, shall we say “competitive” natures, to take a step back and realize that this isn’t a contest and it’s not about beating the person next to you to the last Clone Trooper. What’s the point of making someone feel bad and frustrating others? It’s not good for anyone else and it’s not good for the hobby.

And if by some chance you don’t happen to score every last item on your list on 4/2, relax! there will be plenty to go around in time. Remember Darth Maul during Episode I or Count Dooku for Episode II? It’s going to be a long summer with plenty of opportunities for toy hunting, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

So remember, before you elbow that 10-year old in the head to get to that Vader, he’s there because he loves Star Wars as much as you do. (Of course if you’re willing to elbow a 10-year old in the head, you’re a pretty poor representitive of the hobby anyway) Respect each other and have fun!



Sith Catalog Available For Downloading
March 31, 2005 | 2:54 PM EST | Jayson


Hasbro’s Star Wars page updates today with a downloadable and printable Revenge of the Sith Toy Catalog. Within its pages are some yet to be announced products like a Wookiee Flyer w/Wookiee Warrior and Clonetrooper 3 pack! WARNING: Images/text are spoilerific!



ROTS For The PS2 / Xbox Screens
March 31, 2005 | 12:37 PM EST | Scott has unveiled new screenshots for the upcoming Episode III: Revenge of the Sith game for PS2 and Xbox systems.

The game is set for relase in the U.S. on 5/5. Due to the nature of some of the scenes, a SPOILER warning is in effect.



Action-HQ Newsfeed
March 31, 2005 | 12:32 AM EST | Bill -bringing the Best to you FIRST with tons of Episode III
Revenge of the Sith collectibles and merchandise!

– 3.75″ figures (lots!)
– Deluxe figures (3 styles)
– Battle Vehicles (3 styles)
– Assault Vehicles (4 styles)
– Forece Battler Figures (4 styles)
– Unleashed (3 styles)
– Galactic Heroes (8 styles)
– Battle Arenas (5 styles)
– Micro Battle Sets (2 styles)
– Deluxe Gunship (1 styles)
– Action Assortment (4 styles)
– Lego (11 styles)

Stock will be limited and we do expect to sell out of certain
assortments so put in your order early.

Get all your Star Wars stuff at!



March 30, 2005 | 8:28 PM EST | Jayson

Although fellow “Yakker”, Scott provided a link to Hasbro’s figure checklist earlier today, it only scratched the surface. If you take this link to our soon to be active ToyGuide, you’ll see a more definitive list for all the merchandise available in the wee hours of this coming Saturday morning to spend your hard earned money on. 12″ figures, vehicles, deluxe figures and store exclusives are included in the provided link, plus you can print it and it’ll all fit nicely on one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. (no, fumbling with multi-page documents here at

Note: Only the first 40 ROTS figures are said to be available on Saturday, and some will be harder to find than others. Don’t worry they will all be available “en masse” shortly. Patience my friends, patience.



Chinese Theater EpIII Line Webcast
March 30, 2005 | 10:39 AM EST | Scott

ArriveNet Technology reports that Continental Vista in cooperation with will team up to bring you all the excitement surrounding the Hollywood premire of Episode III via llve webcast beginning April 3rd.

Fans from around the world will have the chance to view and interact with fans waiting in front ot the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater and it will continue to be broadcast 24 hours a day right up until the premiere.



Downloadable Action Figure Checklist
March 30, 2005 | 10:31 AM EST | Scott

Hasbro as made the Episode III Action Figure Checklist available as a downloadable PDF at their site.

This is a handy little pocket guide to have with you on 4/2, so you can make sure there was nothing you missed.



Begun, The Sith Ads Have
March 30, 2005 | 9:17 AM EST | Bill

Here’s a scan of Wal-Mart’s ad for this weekend. Click on the image above for a full size scan.



Near April 2nd Is…
March 30, 2005 | 2:33 AM EST | Brandon

Are you all ready for the chaos to begin? April 2nd is almost upon us and the Store Reports Team is ready!!! We know you are all gearing up for Midnight Madness and more and Yakface wants to hear, see, and witness your madness. On April 2nd feel more then free to send us your Pictures, Stories, Finds, and MORE!!! Our updated reports section is almost ready to go and starting April 2nd will be in “lightspeed” mode! We can’t wait to see what you all have in store for us!



The Sith Keeps Coming
March 29, 2005 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sifodias had a string of luck scoring early Sith. Here’s his report:

Just a note i found the revenge of the sith movie adaption part 1 and 2 at the mall’s waldenbooks:) they would not sell me a graphic novel but they nwould sell me parts 1 and 2 figure that one out also was in one of my many k-marts here and found 2 palletts worth of rots goodies collect 2 wave 05 had all jedimasters along with red royal guard and organa,story telling yoda,superdeformed cases and what i think were mustafar playset cases,2 per case if i read it correctly.I grabbed a red royal guard took it to check outs and it scanned not for sale but back in the toy dept it rang up 6.99 on their scanner so ….traget for 1.00 off each figure is probly the place to go.



UK TRU Midnight Madness Press Release
March 29, 2005 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

Date of Issue: 29.03.05


While the whole galaxy eagerly awaits the release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, due out in cinemas on May 19th 2005, Toys R Us will be the first to launch the fantastic range of Star Wars products.

Toys R Us will open 11 of its stores at 12am on Saturday 2 April so fans can be the first to get their hands on over 100 different Star Wars products including fantastic role-playing toys, action figures, vehicles and electronic lightsabers from Hasbro plus other Star Wars merchandise including Lego, games and much more.

Stores in Brent Cross, Croydon, Medway, Southampton, Bristol, Oldbury, Warrington, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Gateshead will all be opening their doors at midnight to allow fans the first opportunity to purchase the much sort after Star Wars products.

The Brent Cross store will see a special appearance from the original Darth Vader – Dave Prowse, who will be at the store at midnight on 1 April to meet fans and sign autographs. A lifesize X-Wing will also be on display at the Brent Cross store.

To celebrate the midnight madness Toys R Us are offering the first 50 customers at each store a free lenticular Star Wars print, plus fans will also have the opportunity to get their hands on an exclusive Midnight Madness t-shirt.

“Star Wars fans are very important to us and we are delighted to be the first store to offer them the fantastic range of brand new merchandise.” Said Mike Coogan, Marketing Director, Toys R Us.

He continued “In addition to all the activity happening at the participating stores we are also offering customers a limited edition Holographic Yoda figure from Hasbro.”

Security at each store will be taken care of by a squad of Storm Troopers*.

Launching in cinemas globally from 19 May 2005, the final part of George Lucas’ epic adventure follows Anakin Skywalker’s path to the Dark Side and also answers many questions that fans have had about the series since the first instalment in 1977. Famous characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and Chewbacca are back and joined by new friends and enemies.



Target’s Master Coupon Plan… Sort Of
March 29, 2005 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Volhalla sent in this report:

I called Target Corp HQ today and asked about that $1 off each figure coupon mailed out last week, and how they determined who got them. The operator said she had no idea what I was talking about! I proceeded to read her the April 2 Target employee handbook page which detailed how the cashier was to handle said coupon, and she escalated the call. They then told me it was sent to a limited number of customers…maybe to those with a Target charge card, or those who answered the surveys on the printed receipt. They simply didn’t know. So, if you got the coupon, you’re lucky.

Yak Reader Mark wrote in with this theory:

My guess was that the Target coupons were mailed to Hyperspace memeber. All my friends received one and are in the fan club!

Let us know if you’re a fan club member and have yet to receive the coupon.



Collectors Will Buy Empty Boxes
March 29, 2005 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

In a very interesting note, CNN has posted an article looking at Hasbro’s Star Wars marketing, including its exclusives. One item which makes perfect sense to collectors which seems to have raised eyebrows in the financial work is Hasbro’s decision to reissue the classic Early Bird set as a Wal-Mart Exclusive– where collectors buy a basically empty box. Check it out here.

Thanks to Yak Reader Jonathonfor the heads-up.



Star Wars Games Previewed
March 29, 2005 | 9:28 PM EST | Scott


Hasbro has updated once again, this time spotlighting the vast array of their board games and puzzles.

From classic favorites like Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly to new interactive games such as the Star Wars Jedi Lightsaber TV Game, Hasbro is sure to have plenty of Star Wars themed fun on hand come April 2nd. Click the image for more.



M&M’s Star Wars Trailer
March 29, 2005 | 5:56 PM EST | Jayson

Today, M&M’s unveils an all new “trailer”: this one set in the M-pire. See another galaxy far, far away, this one with populated by M&M’s characters and candies.

Update: Be sure to also register for your chancce to win a set of 16 Star Wars Mpire -themed figurines.



EU Figures Coming With The Sith
March 29, 2005 | 9:26 AM EST | Bill


Hasbro is adding extra value and some outstanding sculpts to the Revenge Of The Sith line. The image above isn’t the latest EU figure release (although it is perfect for Carnor Jax!), it is the ROTS Royal Guard without his red robes!!!!



Kotobukiya Darth Vader Model Kit
March 29, 2005 | 9:24 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock is the Kotobukiya Darth Vader Model Kit.

Jedi Training Remote Episode IV with Stand.



NEW Art of Revenge
March 29, 2005 | 1:58 AM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates today with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. Highlight to read this week’s photo titled “Taking it to the top” shows Ryan Church’s artist rendering of Palpatine’s holding office underneath the Senate Rotunda, which will also be the starting point for a battle thousands of years in the making!



TRU Update
March 28, 2005 | 11:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Starwolf sent in this report and questions:

I had an interesting chat with the local TRU manager. She was telling
me of the cool big displays they are putting up for the midnight
“party”, people in costume and of drawings they will have of the variant figures and packaging they have available. This got me to thinking 1. is Yakface aware of these variants and 2. Is there a list available so that when we go to these stores, we will know what variants we are looking for in addidtion to the other figures that will be available that day. Another thing I heard is a special commemorative pack available at Walmart at midnight and when is this holo Yoda coming out and where. Thanks for your time. Starwolf

The main variants which have been announced are the purple versus blue tint to Vader’s helmet on the ROTS cards. There has been one other variant reported which involves a different placement of the “Vader” accessories in the bubble on the Deluxe Anakin which transforms into Darth Vader. My guess is that the prizes are actually something like the holo Yodas and the manager may not be familiar with the nuances of the term variant in collectorspeak.

Wal-Mart will have a special commemorative pack at midnight, which is a “reissue” of the Early Bird Pack complete with a certificate to send in for a set of 4 figures– Luke, Leia, R2 and Chewbacca. What is unclear is whether all stores will have some or whether it will be limited to stores with the parkinglot tent sale and

The latest reports we’ve gotten put the general release of the Holographic Yoda at weekend after next— April 10th, unless you happen to be in New York at the Times Square store.



Star Wars on Today
March 28, 2005 | 11:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Troxey sent in this report:

This morning on the Today show, Entertainment Weekly had part of their yearly Pop quiz magazine. They turned it into a contest between team Lauer and Team Curry. One of the questions had to do with Star Wars. The interesting part was that the question was WRONG.

Finish this line that Yoda says from ESB,”Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to ______” Of course suffering is the answer but that is from TPM, not ESB!!



The Private Universe Facelift
March 28, 2005 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe wrote to give us a heads-up on a face-life at the The Private Universe their URL has also now changed completely Check it out here.



The Princess Dishes The Dirt
March 28, 2005 | 5:08 PM EST | Scott

According to actress Carrie Fisher is preparing to write a tell-all book about her experiences during the production of the Star Wars trilogy.

Her book will be based on diaries which she apparently kept during the production of all three films. Could be interesting.



Break The Emperor’s Code
March 28, 2005 | 4:58 PM EST | Scott

Hasbro has incorporated a contest into each of the three major retail exclusive toys.

They call it “Can You Break The Emperor’s Code?”. Apparently on each figure package (just the three retail exclusives) there is a code to be deciphered, once you figure out what it means you enter it at the website for a chance to win an exclusive T-Shirt and also uncover the Emperor’s message, revealing his plans for galactic conquest.

If I had to take a guess, I say it’s “Remember To Drink Your Ovaltine”. But seriously, check it out, looks like fun.



Complete April 2nd Retail Breakdown!
March 28, 2005 | 4:51 PM EST | Scott

Hasbro has gathered all the info you need to know about April 2nd in one place! Compiling all the days events for Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us as well as the skinny on each chain’s exclusive toy offerings.

A complete list of stores observing Midnight Madness is also posted for both Wal-Mart and TRU.



Deluxe Figures Wave 2 In Detail
March 28, 2005 | 3:53 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their web page with lots of images of the second wave of Deluxe figures, which are impressive to say the least. Check them out here.



New Poll – Episode III Surprises
March 28, 2005 | 12:09 PM EST | Scott

Back when I saw Episode II for the first time, I thought I knew every detail that was to come. I had managed, in the course of my web surfing to uncover what I thought were all the details of the film.

To my surprise and delight, when I saw the Death Star scene in the Geonosian War Room, my jaw hit the floor. That one flew completely under my radar. Of course it’s been said that this was a last minute addition.

So this gave me a good idea for a new poll to start out the week. Do you think George still has a trick or two up his sleeve or do you think every last nook and cranny of Episode III is out on the internet for those that want to find it?

Personally, I think there may be at least one good surprise left. What do you think? Vote today!



Free Lava Vader Contest
March 27, 2005 | 1:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Zack wrote in to let us know that has a contest going for a FREE Lava Darth Vader. They will be giving 5 away but you won’t know if you’ve won until well after April 2. Click here to go to and sign up.



Big Bad Toys Newsfeed
March 27, 2005 | 12:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad Toy

EPISODE III STAR WARS: We’ve just received many pallets of new Episode III items – these will go live on our site at Midnight April 1st! I was honestly very impressed with the items – a great lineup overall.



The Complete Celebration III Event Schedule
March 27, 2005 | 1:07 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site has posted the complete schedule of events for all 4 days of Star Wars Celebration 3.

Now for the really hard part, deciding what to see and what to miss, because there’s so much going on at once, it’ll be impossible to catch it all. Only 24 days left to plan folks!



Clone Wars Micro Series Complete
March 25, 2005 | 10:23 PM EST | Jayson

The fifth and final chapter of season II is now available for Hyperspace members to watch at the Official Site. This, in my opinion, is the best lead into ROTS that we could have hoped for. See how Anakin gets an updated mechanical arm, the battle between General Grievous’ MagnaGuards and Jedi is set to protect the Chancellor and a special surprise from General Grievous himself! All this and more in the Clone Wars section of Star It has been a fun ride this week watching this series, be sure to catch Cartoon Network tomorrow night for all 5 episodes.



Entertainment Earth Hits The Jackpot!!!
March 25, 2005 | 9:18 PM EST | Hfsolo

Check out THIS LINK at Entertainment Earth. There are 127 different items that can be ordered. These range from Cases of action figures to ships, to playsets, to playskool toys, to games, to 12″ figures.. the list goes ON AND ON AND ON… Also in stock now are these two cases…
SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 2
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 1, Wave 2 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 1x Yoda (EIII #3), 1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6), 1x Grievous’ Bodyguard (EIII #8), 1x General Grievous (EIII #9), 1x Mace Windu (EIII #10), 1x Emperor Palpatine (EIII #12), 1x Tarfful (EIII #25), 1x Yoda (Battle Yoda) (EIII #26), 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #27), 2x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #28) (Subject to Change).

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 2
Star Wars – Episode III Revenge of the Sith 3 3/4-inch Basic Action Figure Assortment Collection 2, Wave 2 contains 12 individually packaged action figures including: 1x Bail Organa (EIII #15), 1x Battle Droid (EIII #17), 1x C-3PO (EIII #18), 1x Royal Guard (EIII #23), 2x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29), 2x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30), 2x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31), 2x Aayla Secura (EIII #32) (Subject to Change).



March 25, 2005 | 9:44 AM EST | Jayson


Three Sneak Preview figures down and one to go before next Saturday’s official release of the Revenge of the Sith action figures. Today’s review covers a soldier from the battle of Kashyyyk… The Wookiee Warrior. Click the walking carpet review icon above for all the review goodness!



More Episode 3 Items
March 25, 2005 | 8:20 AM EST | Hfsolo

More new items just keep popping up…
Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith Hover Disc $7.99
Star Wars Darth Vader Hover Disc $7.99
Star Wars The Saga Edition Chess Set $25.99 Free Shipping
Incredible Cross-sections of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith: The Definitive Guide to Spaceships and Vehicles $13.99 Pre-order
Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith [ABRIDGED] $17.13 Pre-Order
Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (Graphic Novel) $9.71 Pre-Order
The Art of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $23.10 Pre-Order
The Making of Star Wars, Episide III – Revenge of the Sith $14.93 Pre-Order
The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $13.99 Pre-Order



Sith 12″ Wave 2 Revealed
March 25, 2005 | 12:19 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated yet again with photos of upcoming Sith goodies. This time it’s wave 2 of the 12″ figures with a couple of female Jedi which fans have had on their wish lists for a few years. Check them out here.



Chapter 24 now available!
March 24, 2005 | 10:34 PM EST | Jayson

The fourth chapter of season III is now available for hyperspace members to watch at the Official Site. Watch Shaaki Ti and her Jedi counterparts defend themselves from General Grievous and his MagnaGuards all while trying to prevent the of capture their prize: Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Plus, discover Anakin’s haunting vision which strongly reflects his own destiny! All this and more in the Clone Wars section of Star Be sure not to miss tomorrow’s episode where the story concludes, and throws us all into the opening moments of Revenge of the Sith!



NEW Before the Helmet
March 24, 2005 | 10:29 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “Barking Out Orders” which shows (highlight to read) Wookiees Chewbacca and Tarfful receive orders from Yoda (off screen)



Go to Episode III as a Wookiee?
March 24, 2005 | 7:45 PM EST | Mark B


So, how cool would it be to show up at the Episode III premier wearing this costume? is currently offering this “Supreme Edition Chewbacca Adult Costume” – which unfortunately ships after the premier – but hey, you can wear it to a mid-summer showing! They are also offering a “Supreme Edition Darth Vader Costume” that is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Head over to to check them out.



Go Ahead Take A RISK!!!
March 24, 2005 | 8:46 AM EST | Hfsolo

The game Risk is now available in the newly made CLONE WARS edition… There is also a special.. Free shipping and buy one game and get a second one free.

Another game is the Monopoly Game Star Wars The Saga Edition Property Trading Game available with Free Shipping as well.
Plus.. Build a puzzle in your free time.. 🙂
Star Wars 500-piece Shaped Puzzle in Collectible Tin – Version 2



Chapter 23 now available
March 23, 2005 | 9:26 PM EST | Jayson

The third chapter of season III is now available for hyperspace members to watch at the Official Site. Watch Saesee Tinn kick some butt, Mace riding buckin’ bronco on a Vulture droid, Some heavy duty Yoda & Mace force power action and minutes before the abduction of the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. All this and more at Clone Wars section of Star Be sure not to miss tomorrow’s episode where the story continues, strongly paralleling the recently released “Labyrinth of Evil” novel, moments before the opening scenes from Episode III!



Lucas Signed Vader Helmet Auctioned For Charity
March 23, 2005 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has just posted an auction for a Darth Vader Helmet signed by George Lucas for charity. Bidding opened today and will conclude
online on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 11:00 p.m. for this item. All proceeds from the My Little Pony Friendship Ball and the auction will benefit The Center for Special Children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Check it out here.



Gentle Giant 10″ C-3PO Statue
March 23, 2005 | 6:56 PM EST | Hfsolo

Back in stock is the Gentle Giant 10″ C-3PO Statue. Head on over and get yours…



Target $1 Off Coupons Arriving By Mail
March 23, 2005 | 1:18 PM EST | Scott


Yak reader Jeremy had a most welcome find in his mailbox this morning.

It seems Target is sending customers a post card with the $1 off Star Wars figure coupon attached. This coupon will be good for $1 off every figure you purchase on April 2nd. We’ve heard these will be in Sunday newspaper supplements, but this is the first we’ve heard of them being received in the mail.

Notice also the slick embossed foil artwork of The Duel on the reverse side! A collectible in itself. The exclusive “Lava” Vader is also picutred on the card.

Keep an eye on those mailboxes!



Brian’s Toys Newsfeed
March 23, 2005 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

Want to save $10 off orders of $50 or more? Brian’s Toys has a deal for you:

We are offering a rare promotion for all orders placed through When checking out on the website, simply type in the coupon code “CRAZY50” and you’ll receive $10 off your next order of $50 or more! We want to encourage all of our customers to place orders before the
Episode III rush!

Take advantage of this special offer soon as it is only good until
March 30th! It’s just one of our ways of thanking you for doing business with Brian’s Toys! Click here to order.



Spoilers Tell You Yoda Will
March 23, 2005 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Brian sent in this report:

I picked up a Call Upon Yoda at a Suncoast store here in St. Louis this evening. The box says that Yoda tells stories from all six of the movies. My kids wanted to go directly to the story telling feature and when he started telling us about Episode III, I could not believe it! Yoda pretty much covers what happens in the whole movie from start to finish including the winners of battles and the details of the demise of major characters. The trivia questions pertaining to Episode III also revealed major spoilers in the upcoming movie. I highly recommend the Call Upon Yoda, it is a very cool toy. However, if you want to watch the film without knowing almost everything that is going to happen, purchase the Call Upon Yoda after you have seen the film.



AT-RT Preview
March 22, 2005 | 6:02 PM EST | Scott


Hasbro previews the latest piece of artillery in the Republic’s ever-expanding arsenal. The AT-RT (All Terrain Recon Transport).

This predacessor to the classic AT-ST has motorized walking action and comes complete with a driver figure. Click the image for more.



Wal Mart Exclusive Clone Wars Figure Sets
March 22, 2005 | 5:54 PM EST | Scott


Available Today at Wal Mart stores nationwide are these two commemorative three packs of Clone Wars Animated figures. The packaging is much in the same style of the 3 sets released with the Trilogy DVD’s.

You get Obi-Wan, Anakin and the ARC Trooper Commander in the Jedi Force Pack, and Durge, Asaaj Ventress and General Greivous come in the Sith Attack Pack.



Clone Wars now at Cartoon Network
March 22, 2005 | 1:19 PM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has now posted the first chapter of the new Clone Wars cartoons!



Gentle Giant Studios 10″ C-3PO Statue
March 22, 2005 | 8:50 AM EST | Hfsolo

The Gentle Giant Star Wars 10″ C-3PO Statue is now in stock at Amazon for $119.99

And for some summer fun… here is the Darth Vader 16ft Waterslide



NEW Art of Revenge
March 22, 2005 | 12:06 AM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates today with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. Highlight to read this week’s photo titled “Tan tive Touchdown” shows a model of the Tantive IV and a tiny model of General Grievous personal craft



A Cel Of Your Own
March 21, 2005 | 10:55 PM EST | Scott


The Official Site reports that animation cels, sketches and production art from Clone Wars are now available at

Each is a one-of-a-kind piece of art and will be presented on an acid-free laser reproduced background and matted with the Lucasfilm seal.

These are only available for a very limited time, so act fast!



Amazon Shipping Sith NOW
March 21, 2005 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

It looks like Amazon is breaking the 4/2 street date. We just received this report from Yak Reader Syfodias34:

Amazon just shipped out my ultimate villan darth vader 12” doll:)
i thought 4/2 was the DATE?

Yak Reader Kodai sent in this:

I was blown away to get a shipping update on Amazon on my ARC Starfighters– they shipped today and are due in my hands by next Monday– an entire week early!



Giant Dragonflies; Operating Tables; Flying Clones And More
March 21, 2005 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page updated today with lots of photos and details on the second wave of Revenge of the Sith Deluxe figures. These all look outstanding to say the least. Click here to check them out.



Chapter 21 now available
March 21, 2005 | 8:56 PM EST | Jayson

The first chapter of season III is now available for hyperspace members to watch at the Official Site. Watch the Clonetroopers lay down suppression fire to aid in the recovery of 3 Jedi Masters, C-3PO revealing his new self in an alley and Anakin becoming a full-fledged Jedi Knight. All this and more



Extra Large Trailer now available
March 21, 2005 | 4:20 PM EST | Jayson

The “super sized” version of the Revenge of the Sith Trailer is now available from the Official Site for Hyperspace members. Two months to go!



It’s Time To Get Your Clone On!
March 21, 2005 | 1:10 AM EST | Scott


It’s Clone Week!

Just a reminder, (as if you really needed one) Star Wars: Clone Wars chapters 21 – 25 begin this week starting Monday at 7pm E.S.T. on Cartoon Network. Thus bringing to a close the excellent animated saga which drops us off right at the doorstep of Revenge Of The Sith!

If you missed an episode, don’t worry, all five chapters will run back-to-back on Friday, Apri 25th. As well as being available for viewing via the Cartoon Networksite.

Wait, that’s not enough Clone action you say? Well 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has got you covered with the Clone Wars DVD, available for sale this Tuesday!

Wow, that’s a lot of Clones! Good thing they’re all on our side huh?



Episode III Figures & More!!!
March 20, 2005 | 10:52 PM EST | Joseph

Dear Star Wars Collectors,

K & C Collectibles has received an additional shipment of Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith Collection 1 & 2 figures. We have less that five sets left of each. Only one week left to pre-order your Topps Star Wars Episode 3 card set before the deadline.

New – Revenge of the Sith – Collection 1
Obi Wan Kenobi #1
Anakin Skywalker #2
Super Battle Droid #4
Chewbacca #5
R2-D2 #7
Darth Vader #11
Tarfful #25
Yoda #26
Obi Wan Kenobi # 27
Anakin Skywalker # 29

New – Revenge of the Sith – Collection 2
Count Dooku # 13
Chancellor Palpatine #14
Bail Organa # 15
Plo Koon # 16
Battle Droid # 17
C-3PO # 18
Padme # 19
Agen Kolar # 20
Shaak Ti # 21
Kit Fisto #22
Royal Guard # 23
Mon Mothma #24

New – Revenge of the Sith Force Battle Figures:
Obi Wan Kenobi
Anakin Skywalker
Darth Vader
General Grievous

New – Revenge of the Sith Vehicle:
Droid TRI – Fighter
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
Grievous Wheel Bike
Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Unleashed Figures:
Stormtrooper – Unleashed
IG-88 – Unleashed
Aurra Sing – Unleashed

Don’t miss out on these unique Star Wars collectibles. Pre-Order yours today before the March 27th deadline.

Pre-Order – March 2005
Scout Trooper – Kotobukiya
Topps Episode III 90 card set
Star Wars Episode III 12×18 Lenticular Posters
Star Wars Episode III 10×8 Lenticular Posters
PEZ 2005 Star Wars Episode III – 24 count display
Star Wars TV Game



Get ROTS NOW!!!!
March 20, 2005 | 8:54 PM EST | Hfsolo

Over at Amazon they are in stock now..
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Saesee Tin
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Ki-Adi-Mundi
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Aayla Secura
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Luminara Unduli
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Battle Droid
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Chancellor Palpatine
Revenge of the Sith Figure: Count Dooku
Thanks to Todd for the heads up!!!



The Simpsons: Bart Wars
March 20, 2005 | 12:37 PM EST | Scott


Even The Simpsons are getting involved in ROTS mania. On May 17, Fox Home Entertainment is releasing Bart Wars, a one-shot DVD collection of Star Wars related episodes from the 16 season long series.

Also included is a new featurette called “The Making Of Bart Wars: The Simpsons Strike Back”. A Simpson-esque tribute to that Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Click the image above to pre-order at the Star Wars Shop.



Attacktix Battle Masters And Battle Case
March 20, 2005 | 12:21 PM EST | Scott


Hasbro continues their ROTS previews with a look at the Attacktix Battle Masters. These are larger, deluxe versions of the basic Attacktix figures to give your campaigns some extra power.

They are also reporting that a Battle Case will be available this fall. Soon you will be able to transport and display your Attacktix army.



Clone Wars DVD Comparison Shopping
March 19, 2005 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader tim Mc:

Hello I don’t know if you would want to post this or not but so far Circuit City has the lowest price for the upcoming DVD. They have it priced at $11.99. Best Buy has it for $12.99 and Target has it for $13.99. I haven’t seen any mention of special offers with any either. Just FYI.

Also remember that Wal-mart and some other stores price match– be sure to save the Sunday Ads.



March 19, 2005 | 2:11 AM EST | Mark B has just added the new Code 3 Cold Cast Resin Classic Trilogy Movie Posters. I hadn’t seen photos of the final versions before now, but these 3-D sculpts look amazing!! And at only $79.99 each, they are pretty reasonably priced. They are each limited to 3000 pieces (which is pretty small for a piece of this quality. Get ’em while they last at



Q&A With James Cameron – The Future Of 3D Cinema
March 19, 2005 | 1:25 AM EST | Scott

By now I’m sure most of you have heard the news that George Lucas is planning to remaster and re-release the Star Wars films in a new digital 3D format. I don’t know about you but I’m remaining cautiously optimistic.

Perhaps you’re wondering about how digital 3D is going to work. caught up with James Cameron at ShoWest and got the skinny on how 3D is going come into play in your moviegoing future.

While Star Wars isn’t mentioned in the article, it’s an interesting read if you’re interested in the technology that is going to attempt to put the Star Wars saga in your face.



Lando Confirmed for C3
March 19, 2005 | 1:06 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site reports that the Baron Administrator of Cloud City himself, Lando Calrissian (otherwise known as Billy Dee Williams) will be making his presence known at Celebration III.

Click the link above for more.



Let The Games Begin
March 18, 2005 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The Jakks Pacific Star Wars 5 in Episode 3 plug and play game sets are hitting at Wal-Mart now. They seem to be shipping in an assortment with other game systems, however they are clearaly in Revenge of the Sith packaging. The better news is they are $18.77 and ring up with no problem— they don’t seem to be part of the embargo on Star Wars toys.

Good hunting!



Coming To A Theater Near You, Star Wars In 3D
March 18, 2005 | 11:06 AM EST | Scott

Looks like George has found a way to keep the theatrical legacy of Star Wars rolling beyond Episode III.

During his presentation at ShoWest in Las Vegas, George Lucas unveiled plans to remaster the entire Star Wars saga in 3D. His plan is to have the first film ready for release in 2007, just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of A New Hope. From there the plan is to release one film a year in 3D. A clip from A New Hope was shown to illustrate the power of 3D projection.

Fellow directors James Cameron and Peter Jackson joined Lucas to advocate the adoption of 3D projection technology. 3D footage from Lord of the Rings was shown as well.

The full story is posted at Reuters UK.



Episode III “A Tearjerker”
March 18, 2005 | 10:50 AM EST | Scott has posted a story about the Lucasfilm presentation at the ShoWest exhibition in Las Vegas.

During the presentation, several minutes of new footage from ROTS was shown as well as a discussion with George Lucas himself. During which he described Episode III as a “tearjerker” and refers to it as “Titanic in space”.

Interesting stuff to be read, click on through for the full article.



Gentle Giant Han Solo Mini Bust
March 18, 2005 | 10:49 AM EST | Mark B


The newest Mini Bust in Gentle Giant’s line is now available for preorder over This is a great looking bust and is sure to sell out quickly like all of Gentle Giant’s busts…so go to and snag one now!



Review Time
March 18, 2005 | 10:15 AM EST | Jayson


It’s that time again boys and girls, time for a new review and this week’s feature is Sneak Preview Figure #2: Tion Medon. Click the logo above for the 411.



Action-Hq Newsfeed
March 18, 2005 | 9:08 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.:

Coming Soon:
-Star Wars Episode III – 4.75″ figures, Deluxe figures, Battle Vehicles, Assault Vehicles, Battlers, Unleashed, Galactic Heroes, Battle Arenas, Micro Battle Sets, Deluxe Gunship and Action Assortments will be available on April 2nd!

Get yours now at Action-!



NEW Before the Helmet
March 18, 2005 | 1:05 AM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “REGIONAL GOVERNOR” which shows (highlight to read) overseer of Republic territories,
Governor Tarkin!



Gentle Giants C3 Exclusive Revealed
March 18, 2005 | 12:47 AM EST | Bill

Gentle Giants has broken the news on their Celebration 3 plans. Here’s their announcement:
It is rumor no more – Gentle Giant is proud to announce the Sandtrooper mini bust. It gets even better; Gentle Giant will be releasing 3 different Sandtroopers in 2005. The first of the three will be an exclusive to Star Wars Celebration III this April in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Sandtrooper Corporal comes with a black pauldron that denotes rank. The edition size for the Sandtrooper Corporal mini bust has been set at 2500 pieces. During Celebration III the quantity of Sandtrooper mini busts for purchase will be allocated on a per day basis. Click here for more from their webpage.



Jedi Robes and Queen’s Gowns
March 18, 2005 | 12:40 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site is previewing a new book written by prequel trilogy costumer Trisha Biggar.

Titled Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, the book details the process of costume design for the prequels and contains over 300 photos and illustrations.

The book is slated to be released in the fall. Click the image for more.



Master Replicas At Big Bad Toys
March 17, 2005 | 11:22 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Big Bad

MASTER REPLICA: The full size Alien Vs. Predator statue has arrived, this nice piece is available for $189.99. More of the .45 Scale Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsabers have arrived and the boxed version of the Pirates of the Caribbean Aztec Gold Necklace is now in stock.

Click here to order.



Star Case 3 Now Available For Preorder
March 17, 2005 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Wholesale Cases is now taking pre-orders for Star Case 3s— designed to fit the new Revenge of the Sith blisters. Thanks to Yak Reader Yodamaster for the report. Click here to check them out.



March 17, 2005 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

It’s been on the block for nearly a year, now the news has broken that, subject to a shareholder vote and regulatory approval, TRU has been SOLD. How will this affect Star War toys? It’s difficult to tell, however it’s clear that the April 2 events shouldn’t be affected at all. The shareholder vote will happen in July.



Episode III Imperial Inspecticon (7264)
March 17, 2005 | 7:19 PM EST | Hfsolo

New Set in stock…
Star Wars Episode III Imperial Inspecticon (7264) $37.49 Free Shipping



Sandtrooper Invasion!!!
March 17, 2005 | 5:41 PM EST | Joseph

Gentle Giant has updated their website with pics of not one but three of their upcoming Sandtrooper Mini-Busts. The first of the three will be an exclusive to Star Wars Celebration III this April. They also have pics of the upcoming Han Solo Mini Bust as well. To see the pics and to read more about it click on the link



“Tell You A Story I Will!”
March 17, 2005 | 5:07 PM EST | Scott


Today’s ROTS toy preview over at Hasbro reveals a new, electronic Yoda, Interactive Storytelling Master.

Squeeze his hand and Master Yoda will tell you a story from all 6 films, challenge you with trivia or answer your “yes” & “no” questions.

UPDATE!!!! Now IN STOCK over at for the price of $29.99



March 17, 2005 | 3:55 PM EST | Hfsolo

Star Wars Cloud City (10123) $74.99 Free Shipping
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter & Vulture Droid (7256) $14.99 Free Shipping
Star Wars TIE Fighter (7263) $14.99 Free Shipping
Star Wars: Mos Eisley Cantina (4501) $19.97 Free Shipping
Star Wars TIE Fighter and Y-Wing (7262) $37.49 Free Shipping



ROTS Ultimate Villian In Stock!!!
March 17, 2005 | 2:05 PM EST | Joseph has the Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Ultimate Villain: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in stock. You can order by clicking here



First Look: 2005 Hyperspace Member Kits
March 16, 2005 | 10:50 PM EST | Jayson


Members of Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club, here’s a first look at the 2005 membership kit. If you began or renewed your subscription with Insider #79 or higher, or if your subscription runs through issue #84 or later, your kit will be in this batch that has started to mail out. Click the photo above for more details.



More Old 12″
March 16, 2005 | 10:38 PM EST | Hfsolo

Here are a few older 12″ in stock and on sale for $9.98:
Star Wars A New Hope 12″ Figure: Jawas Tatooine Scavengers
Star Wars A New Hope 12″ Figure: Garindan Mos Eisley Cantina



ToyFare #93 Star Wars Galore!
March 16, 2005 | 5:34 PM EST | Scott


In addition to their usual antics and great coverage of Toy Fair 2005, Toy Fare has dedicated a large portion of issue #93 to our favorite film saga.

Inside you find pages of SW-related coverage from Toy Fair, A gi-normous visual price guide of ALMOST every figure and vehicle to date and Twisted Toy Fare Theater even gets into the act with an episode that combines the all the excitement of Star Wars, with the genesis-planet-ness of Star Trek III. I dare you not to miss it!

Oh, and click the mag cover above for details from the ToyFare site!



Episode III Soundtrack With Bonus DVD
March 15, 2005 | 11:17 PM EST | Scott

Does it seem to anyone else that with all of the upcoming Episode III product they are going out of their way not to regurgitate the same tired old content? It certianly seems that way in the case of the soundtrack.

The Official Site reports that the upcoming ROTS soundtrack CD will include a 70 minute bonus DVD containing 16 music videos, each set to key themes from all of the films. Plus, each section will include an introduction by Palpatine himself Ian McDiarmid.

Sounds like a fantastic set! Click the link for more.



DK Unveils More Star Wars Saga Books`
March 15, 2005 | 10:20 PM EST | Bill


The Official Site has just announced 2 new books from DK for fans– the Ultimate Visual Guide and Star Wars Complete Locations both of which will cover all 6 movies and look to continue DK’s high quality series of Star Wars books. Click here for more



Wal-Mart’s Sith Control
March 15, 2005 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Aaron sent in this report:

I was in the Wal-Mart in Hope, Arkansas today and they had ROTS
figures and Force Battlers on the shelves. I took three figures up to the counter to buy and they would not ring up. Funny thing was I had bought ROTS figures from the Wal-Marts in Texarkana, Tx and Nashville, Arkansas.



Hasbro Shows Roleplaying Toys
March 15, 2005 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated again with a pair of articles on role playing toys. First highlights the new color change saber– which changes from blue to red! The second looks at the blaster toy line– including Grevious’ and the Clone Troopers’ blasters and Chewie’s bowcaster. Click here for the light sabers andhere for the blasters.



A New Hope – In 3D???
March 15, 2005 | 8:58 PM EST | Scott

Here’s something I would willingly sell a major part of my anatomy to be a part of….

George Lucas and James Cameron are set to unveil a new brand of 3D digital projector at the ShoWest exhibition in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 17 at 2 and 3 p.m. .

A Christie CP2000 DLP Cinema Projector will be used to showcase scenes in 3D from Episode IV: A New Hope as well as Cameron’s Aliens of the deep.

If any Yak readers are going to be attending or know someone who will be, areport would be really appreciated. You can check out the full story by clickinghere.



ROTS Star Cases
March 15, 2005 | 1:27 PM EST | Scott


Some have been wondering if Star Cases will be produced to support the new Vader-Head-Shaped Episode III cards. The answer is yes!

While not yet available, they are due to arrive in late March. You can get on a mailing list to be notified when they’re in stock. Click the image above for all the info!



SPOILERS Episode III Soundtrack Listing
March 15, 2005 | 1:08 PM EST | Scott

The Movie Reporter has posted the complete track listing for the upcoming Revenge of the Sith Soundtrack. Some of the titles may be considered asSPOILERS so proceed at your own risk!



Galactic Heroes Backpack Danglers?
March 15, 2005 | 11:05 AM EST | Hfsolo

Hi Folks,

Just announced from Hasbro and available for order:

Star Wars Galactic Heroes Backpack Danglers Set (Item# HS85789AA,
Star Wars Galactic Heroes Danglers! Great for attaching to backpacks, or can be used as keychains. Set of 4 individually polybagged danglers includes: 1x Luke Skywalker, 1x Han Solo, 1x Boba Fett, 1x Yoda (Subject to Change).

Star Wars Galactic Heroes Backpack Danglers (Item# HS85789A, $71.99)
Star Wars Galactic Heroes Backpack Danglers! Great for attaching to
backpacks, or can be used as keychains. Case of 24 individually
polybagged danglers includes: 6x Luke Skywalker, 6x Han Solo, 6x Boba Fett, 6x Yoda (Subject to Change).



Toy Tracker – ROTS Unleashed Found
March 15, 2005 | 12:45 AM EST | Scott


One lucky Yakface reader managed to slip through Kmart’s defense network with this ROTS Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi. Thanks to Jeremy from Minot, ND for the news!



Star Wars Scratchers
March 15, 2005 | 12:39 AM EST | Scott


John from San Francisco writes in with news on a new instant ticket scratch-off game with a ROTS twist surfacing there…

“I live on the west coast in the SF bay area. I am a big Star Wars fan also and thought you might be interested in what I saw on Friday. It appears that the California Lottery will be offering a Star Wars version Scratchers game. There are 12 different tickets that show different images from all 6 episodes. I guess that gambling has become an addition to the darkside. Here are some pictures I took of the Lottery display stand and of some of the ads. I do not know when these tickets are going to be available, but both stands I went to did not have them yet.”

Great report, thanks John!



Exclusive Sith Targeted
March 15, 2005 | 12:30 AM EST | Bill

It looks like Target will be the place for exclusive Sith stuff this spring– starting April 2 with the exclusive Lava Darth Vader, which is limited to 36 per store.Check out the rest over at



Bring On Summer!!!
March 14, 2005 | 7:56 PM EST | Hfsolo

The Star Wars Darth Vader Sprinkler is now in stock…



Toy Tracker – ROTS Lego found.
March 14, 2005 | 1:01 PM EST | Scott

A report has come in that Meijer store in Roseville Michigan had an endcap stocked with all of the ROTS Lego sets. Not only that but Lego appears to be on sale for 20% off this week. If you have a Meijer store near you, now’s the time for a toy run! Thanks to Chris C. and Scott G. for the news.



Clone Wars Volume II Poster
March 14, 2005 | 11:17 AM EST | Mark B


“>. will start selling a limited edition exclusive Clone Wars Volume II poster today (Monday March 14th). This will look great with the first two posters that were offered earlier at


Still A Long Way To Go, But…
March 14, 2005 | 10:32 AM EST | Jair

A very reliable source told me that Lucasfilm Ltd. may allow pre-sale of tickets for Revenge of the Sith 15 days before opening day (well, opening night considering that almost everywhere in the World there’s going to be midnight showings on the 18th).

The big word here is “may”, but if they do, that means that around May 3rd you will be able to get your hands on that very special piece of paper that will be good for the screening of the last Star Wars Movie ever. Hmmm, that sounded too tragic, let me rephrase that: It will be good for the screening of the next Star Wars movie.

Check with your local Movie Theatres and get ready…



Kmart Tightens Its Grip On The Sith
March 13, 2005 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chad sent in this report:

I want to let you know that I came acroos some ROTS figures.The ones that will be out on April 2nd.This morning(Mar 3 if this message is late).I took 2 of the figures to the cashier and had her scan them.They wouldn’t scan and rang up “Iten Not For Sale”.It looks like Hasbro is cracking down on selling the items early.



Editorial – April 2nd Concerns
March 13, 2005 | 8:04 PM EST | Scott

I’ve received a number of emails over the last week or so expressing concern over the abundance of Episode III merchandise leaks occuring nationwide.

The primary worry was that with all the leaks, there wouldn’t be enough merchandise for the big April 2nd bonanza. Folks, let me tell ya, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

When you compare what has been leaked against what is probably still sitting on stockroom floors, or in transit to retail, it’s a wide margin. Remember Episode II? Prior the the launch, toys were being found a much as 2 months in advance, but the shelves were still plentiful on the official release day.

Even if, the leaks caused a minor dent in quantiy on 4/2, was there much of anything that was too hard to find in the following days and weeks? Not really.

My advice to you is don’t worry, keep scraping together your pennies and get ready to feast on 4/2 because it’s going to be an Episode III all-you-can-eat buffet-style bonanza! I for one am looking forward to it!

Got a comment? I’d love to hear it! Contact me. We’re always open to serve you!



New Poll
March 13, 2005 | 9:00 AM EST | Hfsolo

While here, take a second to vote on the new poll in the right column. It only takes a second and the page wont even refresh.. Have any thoughts on the poll or if you can think up some questions for use to ask about the toys and want to see other collectors thoughts… send them in….



Can’t Make It To Celebration III???
March 13, 2005 | 1:43 AM EST | Joseph

Wattographs, the internet’s premiere site for Star Wars autograph collectors, will one again provide autograph pick-up service for those who cannot attend the Celebration 3 convention in Indianapolis. In 2002, Wattographs was the only group to provide an autograph pick-up service for people who couldn’t make it to Celebration 2. We helped so many people get autographs in their collections that we’ve decided to do the same thing for Celebration 3.

Pricing is very reasonable compared to the actual costs of signatures at the convention. Also offered for the first time: Wattographs will take personal items to Celebration 3 to get autographed (Restrictions apply).

The guest list includes:

Amy Allen . Aayla Secura
Kenny Baker . Artoo Detoo, Paploo
David Barclay . Jabba the Hutt Puppeteer
Jerome Blake . Rune Haako, Mas Amedda, Orn Free Taa, Oppo Rancisis (Ep.1)
Paul Blake . Greedo
Caroline Blakiston . Mon Mothma (Ep.6)
Michonne Bourriague . Aurra Sing
Ralph Brown . Ric Ollie
Jeremy Bulloch . Boba Fett, Lt. Sheckil, Tantive IV Pilot
Sean Crawford . Yakface
Sandi Finlay . Sly Moore
Garrick Hagon . Biggs Darklighter
Christine Hewett . Brea Tonika
Barrie Holland . Lt. Renz
Gerald Home . Tessek (Squidhead), Mon Calamari Officer
Jesse Jensen . Saesee Tiin (Ep.2)
Zach Jensen . Kit Fisto (Ep.2)
Michael Kingma . General Tarfful
Nalini Krishan . Barriss Offee
Richard LeParmentier . Admiral Motti
Bai Ling . Senator Bana Breemu
Ian Liston . Wes Janson, AT-AT Driver
Daniel Logan . Young Boba Fett
Peter Mayhew . Chewbacca
Shannon McRandle . Mara Jade (EU)
Rena Owen . Taun We, Senator Nee Alavar
Mary Oyaya . Luminara Unduli
Ray Park . Darth Maul
Toby Philpott . Jabba the Hutt Puppeteer
David Prowse . Darth Vader
Mike Quinn . Nien Nunb
Tim Rose . Admiral Ackbar, Sy Snootles, Salacious Crumb
Alan Ruscoe . Plo Koon, Lott Dod (Ep.1), Bib Fortuna (Ep.1)
Michael Sheard . Admiral Ozzel
Orli Shoshan . Shaak Ti
Bodie “Tihoi” Taylor . Clonetrooper
Femi Taylor . Oola
Leanna Walsman . Zam Wessell
Billy Dee Williams . Lando Calrissian
Simon Williamson . Max Rebo, Mon Calamari Officer, Gamorrean Guard
Matt Wood . General Grievous

Details and order information – including getting personal items signed is available at



Ep III – “Dark”, “Scary”, “Intense” & PG-13?
March 13, 2005 | 12:00 AM EST | Scott

Since the unveiling of the final trailer for Revenge of the Sith, dozens of articles have cropped up all over the net regarding Episode III’s “Dark Side”. If the reports hold true, Ep III will be the darkest installment yet for the series, and in this reporter’s opinion, that can only be a good thing.

Below you’ll find a rundown of stories covering the dark nature of Episode III…

From the Melbourne Herald Sun “Star Wars Too Scary” – THE final, long-awaited Star Wars movie is not suitable for children, director George Lucas has admitted…

Ireland Online “Final Star Wars movie not for kids, says Lucas”.

Halifax Live “Revenge of the Sith May Be Slapped with a PG-13 Rating”.

Xinhua (China) “Darkest Star Wars Not For Children”.

Dark Horizons “Star Wars Goes To Hell”

George Lucas worries that the dark tone will drive fans away. I don’t know about you folks, but the more I hear, the more excited I get! Bring it on!



MSNBC – Vader Gear Buyer’s Guide
March 12, 2005 | 11:19 PM EST | Scott has posted a list of products to help you transform yourself into that most famous Sith Lord of all without having to take a molten lava bath to do it.



International Coverage Of Episode III
March 12, 2005 | 11:00 AM EST | Scott


The Official site has posted a small feature about the international print media’s coverage of Revenge of the Sith. From France to Bulgaria, it seems that Sith hype is everywhere. Click above to read more.



Wal-Mart’s Sith Blitz Plans
March 12, 2005 | 10:34 AM EST | Bill

One of our Bothan Spies came through in a big way with detailed information on Wal-Mart’s plans for the April 2nd Revenge of the Sith Product blitz:

According to the plans secured by our loyal bothan:

Toys are to be set up starting at 9:00 pm on Friday, April 1st and roped off until midnight. (Hopefully this will spare us the mangled cards which were dumped into shopping carts at many stores in years past)

In the top 400 stores there will be parking lot sales for the weekend of the 2nd.

Additional EXCLUSIVES will be in the toy departments on April 2nd (in the “normal” morning hours). No details on what yet.

There will be a Darth Vader Standee for photographs in the store

Greeters on April 2 and 3 will have collectible cards (a different one each day) to give out.



Star Wars Weekends Update
March 12, 2005 | 10:04 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with all the 411 on Star Wars weekends listing a lot of goodies which will be available– including reissues of previous coins, new coins and pins, t-shirts and more. Check it out here.



12″ Figure Sale.
March 12, 2005 | 9:44 AM EST | Hfsolo

These 12″ figs are in stock and on sale for $9.98
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure: Ewok 2-Pack
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure: Yoda
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure: Biker Scout



Sith Unleashed Previewed
March 11, 2005 | 8:07 PM EST | Scott


Hasbro turns the spotlight on their upcoming ROTS Unleashed offerings. Anakin and Obi-Wan are the highlighted pieces with a General Grevious soon to be added to the mix. Click the image for all the details.



New EE Pre-Orders and More…
March 11, 2005 | 3:18 PM EST | Hfsolo

HS07144B, SW EIII Playskool Jedi Force Deluxe Figure Ast. 2, $56.99
Playskool Star Wars Jedi Force Deluxe Figure Assortment 2 includes 3
individually packaged deluxe figures: 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi & Boga and 1x Luke Skywalker with Speeder Bike (Subject to Change).
Lightsaber?…..Check. Tool kit?…..Check. Hyperdrive-speed
adventures in a galaxy far, far away?…..CHECK The STAR WARS JEDI
FORCE is the strongest and bravest group of guardians ever known!
Their mission is to bring peace and justice to all reaches of the
galaxy. So gear up and get into the fun of STAR WARS JEDI FORCE with
this collection of awesome action figures!

HS07145B, SW EIII Playskool Jedi Force Figure Assortment 2, $64.99
Playskool Star Wars Jedi Force basic figures. Includes 6 individually packaged figures with accessories: 1x Darth Vader & Probe Droid, 1x R2-D2 & C-3PO, 1x Chewbacca & 3-in-1 Tool, 1x Luke Skywalker & Rescue Pod, 1x Anakin Skywalker & Hangglider and 1x Yoda & AT-ST (Subject to Change).

HS07145C, SW EIII Playskool Jedi Force Figure Assortment 3, $64.99
Playskool Star Wars Jedi Force basic figures. Includes 6 individually packaged figures with accessories: 1x Darth Vader and Probe Droid, 2x Yoda with AT-ST, 2x Sw Mace Windu and Jedi Glider Figure, 1x Sw Luke with Speedboard (subject to change).

Also, we are accepting orders for new Code 3 and Master Replicas

Star Wars A New Hope Style A Movie Poster Sculpture (Item# CD17017,

Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW131,
Obi-Wan Episode III Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW130, $369.99)
Yoda Episode III Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW133, $369.99)
Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber FX (Item# MRSW208, $99.99)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode III 1:2 Scale Saber Replica (Item# MRSW311,
Anakin Episode III 1:2 Scale Saber Replica (Item# MRSW310, $34.99)



Review Time
March 11, 2005 | 1:34 PM EST | Jayson

After viewing what maybe the best movie trailer ever produced, I felt this was the perfect time to restart the figure/vehicle reviews to usher in the onslaught of new Star Wars merchandse due to hit the shelves in the coming weeks. Click the Droid General’s face in the left column to read all about it.



Bust-Ups 3
March 11, 2005 | 9:02 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now in stock over at is the Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 3 6-Pack, they are $29.99, head over and pick up a 6-pack.



Action-HQ Newsfeed
March 11, 2005 | 8:10 AM EST | Bill

This just in from -bringing the Best to you FIRST in PreOrders for RAH
Darth Vader, Character Magnets Series 2, Lightsaber Pendents and

-Series 2 of Kotobukiya’s highly-detailed Character Magnets will be
shipping in May! This time around are include Yoda, Chewbacca,
Maul, Clone Trooper, Greedo, Royal Guard, Scout Trooper and a
Version”. Get a box of 8 for $47.95 or Set of 8 w/Secret Version for
$69.95! Series 1 also to be re-released at the same time and at the
same price.

-Super-articulated real-cloth 1/6 scale Real Action Hero Ep IV Darth
Vader by Medicom schedule to be released in June! Just $209.95!
PreOrder now as we predict this one will be allocated. Also available
is one more shipment of RAH Jedi Luke so hurry on up.

-Lightsaber Pendents of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are
available next week for $200. Hilt is made out of silver
w/electroplated platinum, sword made of jade and Vader’s comes with
small diamonds. Included are cord, sachel and display box. These
Special Orders only so PreOrder yours now!

-Distributor Overstock Sale continues with Episode 3 Set of 4 Sneak
Preview figures for $26 and set of 2 for just $13!

– Lightsaber Keychains that actually light up! From Yujin Japan and
schedule to be released in June! Around 5 inches long; Set of 5 for

Make sure you get yours FIRST



VOTC In Stock Again
March 11, 2005 | 7:45 AM EST | Hfsolo

Now back in stock…
Star Wars Trilogy Collection 3.75″ Figure: R2-D2
Star Wars Trilogy Collection 3.75″ Figure: Chewbacca



“Do What Must Be Done!”
March 10, 2005 | 11:57 PM EST | Scott


The final trailer for Revenge of the Sith is LIVE NOW at the Hyperspace portion of the official site. It will be available for all to view on Monday, March 14.

Now having seen the trailer, I have to say that I’m absolutely giddy with anticipation for this one. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, prepare to have your world rocked.



George Lucas on 60 Minutes
March 10, 2005 | 5:26 PM EST | Jayson

This Sunday, March 13, 60 Minutes (on CBS) will be showing a special in-depth interview with George Lucas. Correspondent Lesley Stahl returns to Skywalker Ranch to chat with Lucas about his family, his technological innovations and his plans after Episode III. During the interview, George also reveals that this film is way to strong for young children and the film will probably earn the “PG-13” rating; a first for a Star Wars film.

This seems to be a great weekend for ROTS on TV. Spoiler avoiders beware!



NEW Before the Helmet Image
March 10, 2005 | 5:24 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “PERFORMING ARTS” which shows (highlight to read) Palpatine & Skywalker discussing events while observing the Mon Calamari ballet



Update The Leaks Continue…
March 10, 2005 | 12:56 PM EST | Joseph

Yakreaders are continuing to find Episode III figures before the April 2nd street date. Walmart seems to be the place to score. Loyal Yakreader Bobadabomb found 25 figures from Collection 1 and 2 at the Walmart in National City, Ca. If you haven’t made a trip to Walmart now may be the time.

**UPDATE** Tony from Tulare, Ca writes in with his find of 11 ROTS figs found at the Wal-Mart there. – Scott C.



Don’t Forget – Tonight’s the Night!
March 10, 2005 | 10:31 AM EST | Mark B

Don’t forget, tonight’s the night that the Star Wars Episode III trailer premiers on the OC. It will also be available for Hyperspace members on Star I can tell you, I just saw the trailer and I absolutely cannot wait to see this on the big screen!!! Two words – AMAZING and STUNNING. I won’t spoil any of it for you – just wait until tonight.



Toy Tracker – Michigan Again
March 10, 2005 | 12:25 AM EST | Scott

Woo Hoo! Yours truly spotted the Mid-Size vehicles at the Sterling Heights, MI Target store this afternoon.

With that, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s written in with their finds over the last few days, I think it helps give your fellow fans a good idea of where the merchandise is hitting.

However, I think we’ve established pretty firmly now that the Mid-Size Vehicles and the Galactic Heroes are showing up pretty frequently at Target stores across the country.

I still want your toy reports, but let’s turn our attention to where the basic figures, Lego sets, accessories, playsets or just about anything else that is leaking out now. Toy Tracker will continue to be on the alert until April 2nd, to serve you impatient collectors out there. (like me)



Ebay – Episode III Legos Up For Auction
March 9, 2005 | 11:33 PM EST | Scott

Yakface reader Gary writes in to alert us to three Ebay auctions for Episide III Lego sets. They are: Clone Turbo TankWookiee Catamaran, and the ARC 170 Starfighter.



Target Exclusive Lava Darth Vader Details
March 9, 2005 | 10:39 PM EST | Bill

The Aussi team over at has scored an update to the news they broke about the upcoming Target exclusive lava Darth Vader– this time its the card back images. Check them out here.



Variety Vision Discussion – The Future Of Star Wars
March 9, 2005 | 5:35 PM EST | Scott


A short video discussion has been posted between Variety’s Tim Grey and David Cohen where they speculate upon the future of the Star Wars films and the Lucas empire beyond Episode III. Click the logo above to view the clip.

It’s a 3:53 minute clip and you’ll need Windows Media Player to view it.



Clone Wars Synopsis
March 9, 2005 | 4:14 PM EST | Scott

“Hercules” from Aint It Cool News has posted a report about the first episode of Clone Wars Season II. Click on through for the point by point details, but be warned that heavy SPOILERS are present.

Remember season II of Clone Wars begins Monday, March 21 at 7p.m.



LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game Coming To MAC
March 9, 2005 | 4:02 PM EST | Scott reports today that Aspyr Media Inc. will produce LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game for the Mac OSX operating system. Click on through for the full story!



Toy Tracker – Location, Illinois (Chicago Area)
March 9, 2005 | 3:56 PM EST | Scott

This edition of Toy Tracker finds Obi Wan’s Starfighter as well as ROTS Galactic Heroes at the Batavia, IL Target. Thanks to Scott R. for the report.

UPDATE Jason reports finding Obi-Wan’s Starfighter at the Southwest Chicago Target. I also have a report that the ROTS Galactic Heroes were found at the Bedford and Parma, OH Targets. Thanks to Matt for that one.



Hasbro Previews 12″ Ultimate Villain Vader
March 9, 2005 | 11:27 AM EST | Scott


The Revenge of the Sith toy previews continue as Hasbro unleashes their latest 12″ scale offering, The Ultimate Villian Darth Vader. This set includes all the accessories you need to transform Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. Click the image for more pics and info.



More Movie Poster Items
March 9, 2005 | 8:54 AM EST | Mark B

Along with the original 2-Sided Movie Poster, is also offering mugs and T-Shirts with the new movie poster on them. Check them all out at



Star Wars Galactic Heroes: ROTS
March 9, 2005 | 3:02 AM EST | Joseph
has the new Star Wars Galactic Heroes: ROTS featuring Emperor Palpatine Yoda Galactic, Obi Wan General Grievous Galactic, and Anakin Count Dooku Galactic Heroes in stock. To check them out click on the link



Unproduced Marmit 14″ Darth Vader
March 9, 2005 | 2:14 AM EST | Joseph

Slave 1 has posted pics of what seems to be an unproduced Marmit 14″ Darth Vader. Thanks to Boba for the pics. To view the pics click here



Toy Tracker – Location, North Dakota
March 8, 2005 | 11:51 PM EST | Scott

The Mid-Size vehicles have landed once again. This time at the Minot, ND Target. Thanks to Jeremy for the report.



Fan Community Helping Their Own
March 8, 2005 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill

Few members of the fan community have missed the news about the Founder of the 501st’s daughter Katie’s illness. Federation Toys has an auction up on ebay right now to help with her medical expenses. Click here to check it out.



Final Poster REVEALED!
March 8, 2005 | 7:06 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site has revealed the theatrical double-sided one sheet for the final film in the Star Wars Saga. It will be available exclusively from for purchase later tonight along with other poster-based exclusives. Click the poster above for more details!



Bespin Leia
March 8, 2005 | 6:48 PM EST | Hfsolo

If by chance you are still looking for the OTC Bespin Leia she is in stock along with the other figures, IG-88, Wicket, and Han Solo.



The Empire Invades Times Square TRU
March 8, 2005 | 3:08 PM EST | Scott


TRU just contacted me with their plans for Midnight Madness festivites at the Times Square Toys R Us. If you’re a Star Wars fan who’s going to be in the area on April 1st, this is the place you want to be.

Plans are still being finalized for the rest of the stores in the chain, info on that will be posted just as soon as it comes in.


The Center of the Toy Universe™ Celebrates Midnight Madness With Launch of Highly Anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Merchandise

WHAT: The final chapter in the epic saga begins as Toys “R” Us Times Square opens its doors at 12:01am on April 2, giving collectors and Star Wars fans the first chance to buy Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith merchandise from Hasbro, LEGO, M&M’s, and others.

Star Wars enthusiasts are invited to come dressed as their favorite character as midnight madness ensues with Star Wars trivia, giveaways, and prizes awarded to those showing off their Star Wars pride. Fans will be treated to special appearances from Darth Tater and Star Wars mPIRE characters Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

WHEN: Saturday, April 2 – 12:01 am

Countdown/ line-up will begin on Friday, April 1 (see store for details)

WHERE: Toys “R” Us Times Square
1514 Broadway (at 44th Street)
SUBWAY: 1, 9, N, R, A, C, E
All to 42nd Street Station

For more information, call the Toys “R” Us Times Square Special Events Hotline at 646-366-8855 or log onto



New Art Of Revenge
March 8, 2005 | 9:44 AM EST | Scott


A new Art of Revenge has been posted at the Hyperspace portion of the Official Site. Today’s post is titled “Ashen Skies” and it reveals (highlight to read) Ryan Church’s painting of Mygeeto sees it as an ash-covered planet, as the Jedi lead their clone forces against the relentless Separatist tri-droids.



Hasbro E3 Preview – 12″ Figures
March 8, 2005 | 9:27 AM EST | Scott


Hasbro updates again with a look at the upcoming 12″ figure assortment, which include the likes of General Greivous, Clone Trooper and Darth Sidious.

Click the image for more info.



Nascar and Star Wars
March 8, 2005 | 12:27 AM EST | Mark B


Who could want more? now has 4 Die Cast Star Wars Themed Nascar replicas, including the 1:24 scale EPIII car shown above, a 1:64 scale Jeff Gordon car, and 1:24 scale Elliot Sadler Star Wars Themed M&M car, and finally a Dale Jarrett UPS Star Wars Themed Car.

(Hey, and also pick up one of the COOL Episode III iPod covers while you’re at it!!! – Imagine standing in line on May 19th listening to a little John Williams on that thing!)



Grevious Wheel Bike Reviewed
March 7, 2005 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

The team up north at Snowtroopers has updated with a detailed review of General Grevious Wheel Bike. Click here to check it out.



Mid-size Ship Case Update
March 7, 2005 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DWW sent in this report:

“Found the new mid ships in southern california costa mesa today
as well as the small figures. The case they came in did not have any release date stamped on them. I talked to a Target associate and she said that their getting cases of stuff on the truck every night and only the stuff stamped with a April 2nd date stays in the back.”



Episode III – Collection 2 Wave 3
March 7, 2005 | 9:35 AM EST | Scott


Hasbro’s Episode III figure previews keep rolling right along.

Today they are spotlighting the third wave of Collection 2.



UpdateEp 3 Vehicles DCPI Number
March 6, 2005 | 11:59 PM EST | Scott

I’ve received a few requests for Target’s DCPI number associated with the Episode 3 mid-size vehicle assortment.

It’s 087061246

Hope this helps, happy hunting everyone!

**UPDATE** Looks like they either changed or deleted that number from their system. I got a couple of emails telling me that it was coming up as “Discontinued.” And after calling a couple of stores in my area, I can confirm the same.



Episode III Collection 1 Wave 3
March 6, 2005 | 7:54 PM EST | Joseph

Hasbro brings yet another update of Episode III figures. The third wave of Collection 1 brings some of the most dramatic figures to the new Revenge of the Sith line, complete with unique action features and deluxe accessories. To check them out click here



K&C Newsletter
March 6, 2005 | 7:36 PM EST | Joseph

Dear Star Wars Collector,

K & C Collectibles is offering 10% off on all in-stock merchandise from now until Wednesday March 9th, 2005 at 6:00pm central time. To receive the 10% off you must key the word “spring” in the discount field upon check out. The discount does not apply to previous orders or PRE-ORDER items.

Revenge of the Sith Vehicle:
Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter – LIMITED STOCK LEFT

Unleashed Figures:
Stormtrooper – Unleashed
IG-88 – Unleashed
Aurra Sing – Unleashed

Don’t miss out on these unique Star Wars collectibles. Pre-Order yours today before the March 27th deadline.

Pre-Order – March 2005
Scout Trooper – kotobukiya
Topps Episode III 90 card set
Star Wars Episode III 12×18 Lenticular Posters
Star Wars Episode III 10×8 Lenticular Posters
PEZ 2005 Star Wars Episode III – 24 count display
Star Wars TV Game



Update E3 Toy Tracker – This Time, Michigan
March 6, 2005 | 12:26 PM EST | Scott

More E3 vehicle sightings. This time in southeastern lower Michigan. We have reports of the Wheel Bike, Obi-Wan’s Starfighter and Federation Tri Fighter being picked up at a Target in Sterling Heights and Galactic Heroes being found in Madison Heights. Thanks to Chris C. for the news.

**UPDATE** Add Targets in Waterford and Auburn Hills, MI as well as Bloomington, MN to the list where the above product is now being found. Thanks to Yodamaster and Joshua for these updates!



Micro Machines In Stock
March 6, 2005 | 8:02 AM EST | Hfsolo

The Star Wars Micro Machines Action Fleet: AT-TE is in stock and on sale for $9.98



Clone Wars Vol. II Coming To Hyperspace
March 6, 2005 | 12:30 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site confirms that the second volume of animated Clone Wars adventures will be available to view on the pay portion of thier site, Hyperspace beginning the evening of March 21st, immediately after they premiere on Cartoon Network.

Click the image for more info.

And while we’re on the subject, I just thought I’d drop a reminder that Volume 1hits DVD on March 22. All 20 episodes have been edited into one seamless storyline for the DVD release. The disc will also include additional goodies such as the ROTS teaser trailer and the exclusive featurette “Bridging the Saga”, which details the work that went into bringing the Clone Wars to life at long last.



Stay On Target
March 5, 2005 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten LOTS of reports from Yak Readers Coast to Coast– literally, scoring the “midsize” vehicle assortment– Tri-droid fighters, Obi Wan’s fighter, and Grevious’ Wheel Bike as well as the Revenge of the Sith Galactic Heroes 2 packs. Thanks to everyone who wrote in and good hunting to everyone else!



UPDATE WARNING Ebay Identity Theft Scam In Progress!!
March 5, 2005 | 8:16 PM EST | Scott

I know this is OT but anyone here who uses Ebay needs to know about this scam.

I just got an email from the address with the subject heading – FPA NOTICE: Registration Suspension – Invalid Contact Information. The body of the email went on to tell me I was being suspended from ebay for violation of their seller’s policy and contained the following info….

“If you would like your account to be considered for reinstatement, please click on the link below, and provide us additional information.”

After you click the link a page comes up which looks identical to ebay’s user login page. (I must admit, they got me here, but I changed my password IMMEDIATELY after I saw the next page which was the giveaway…)

After you login , a page comes up telling you once again that “USERNAME” has been suspended from ebay, please click below to begin the re-instatement process” which takes you to an extremely convincing looking Ebay page which goes on to ask for Name, Address, SS#, D.L. #, Mother’s Maiden Name etc. The User Agreement links at the bottom of the page even link to the actual ebay ones. By the way, ANY fake username or password you enter will give you the same access. I used the username Chewbacca and the password Wookiee and it said “Chewbacca” was suspended, nice huh?

Click here to see the page, remember, this is a well-constructed FAKE page, do NOT enter any personal info!

This is all one big, convincing scam to get your info and potentially ruin your life. Ebay (or any reputable company for that matter) will NEVER under any circumstances ask for the aforementioned information. If you get this email, delete it immediately or forward it on to the proper authorities.

**UPDATE** It looks like the above pages are now gone. Good riddance! Still, these people may have other tricks up their sleeve, be careful!



A Great Start to the Day!
March 5, 2005 | 6:35 PM EST | Keri


While doing my usual grocery shopping at the local area Wal-Mart (after having looked for any new action figures of course) and browsing the cereal aisle, I ran across a ROTS treat. I was able to purchase a box of yummy Corn Pops with not only an appropriately decorated Mace Windu on the front, there was an offer of a light-up Lightsaber Spoon free inside! As I left the store in a state of euphoria, rushed home and opened the box (with my husband’s careful supervision) and delightfully found the miniature Obi-Wan style Lightsaber spoon! A flick of a switch and a press of a button and my spoon ignited (along with our own special sound effects) with a glowing red light. Maybe I get too excited over the little things in life like this, but suffice to say, the spoon is cool, the Pops taste good and the box has nice artwork. Enjoy the pics and Happy Hunting everyone!



Target: Sith
March 4, 2005 | 8:21 AM EST | Bill

It looks like more Target stores are putting out E3 product early, here’s a report from Mesa, Arizona:

Just to let you know, I also had stopped by my local Target here in Mesa, AZ this morning looking to see if they had any bargains on Star Wars items and not only found the Ep. III vehicles you’ve already reported on but also in the next aisle found the new Ep. III Galactic Heroes figure 2 packs. I also found the box of Cheez-its with Darth Vader on the box. It has an offer for a free poster with 2 UPCs and S+H.

Thanks and keep the news coming!



Kelloggs Sith
March 4, 2005 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Thanks to Yak Reader Todd for this report:

I just wanted to pass on some kelloggs cereals that I have found here in Central Florida recently. Raisin bran crunch with 9 cut out trading cards on the back of box and 3 different frosted mini wheat varieties with an offer for a free ep. 1 dvd by mail. Each also has a classic character on the box top. Yak is my first stop daily for all the latest news. Keep up the good work.



NEW Before the Helmet
March 3, 2005 | 11:40 PM EST | Jayson


This week’s Before the Helmet photo is entitled “EXOTIC WILDERNESS” which shows (highlight to read) a batallion of AT-TE walkers moving through a dense jungle of giant flowers on the Separatist planet, Felucia.



OT: Robot Chicken
March 3, 2005 | 11:38 PM EST | Scott


In a blatant abuse of my newly-gained outlet to appeal to the masses here at Yakface, I just want to take a moment to plug one of the funniest shows you’re likely to see. Being the toy fans that we are, most of you should appreciate it.

ROBOT CHICKEN airs new episodes every Sunday night at 11:30 during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. Created by Seth Green and the folks who bring you Twisted Toyfare Theater every month in ToyFare magazine, it uses stop-motion animation of popular toys and action figures to create skits that take a stab at pop-culture and even politics.

To keep this post Star Wars related, it looks as if Lord Vader himself is due to make an appearance in an upcoming episode. (at least, the action figure of him will be)

Trust me, if you love toys as much as I do, this is 15 minutes of T.V. you don’t want to miss! Click the image above for the schedule and more info.



Special Trailer Promo Commercial
March 3, 2005 | 11:26 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates tonight with the promo commercial that ran during tonight’s The O.C. and if this brief snippet is any indication of what’s to come, then we are all in for a real treat next Thursday. For those who can’t get enough spoliers…Run, don’t walk. RUN!



Pop Goes The Sith
March 3, 2005 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Knightx54 sent these pics and this news report on the Sithly Pop Tarts appearance:

Just picked up a box of Pop Tarts with Star Wars Episode III packaging at a Publix Supermarket here in Port St. Lucie, Florida. If you here Vader Music when you open the box of Pop Tarts, you win a Darth Vader Voice Changer.



Mustafar Playset At Hasbro
March 3, 2005 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has continued their march of updates with the Episode III Mustafar Playset. Click here to check it out.



Sith Hits Target
March 3, 2005 | 8:23 PM EST | Scott

Ryan Biese from Lynnwood, WA sends along photos of an awesome find he made this afternoon.

Looks like the Target there let slip with Anakin AND Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighters as well as the Federation Tri-Fighter and Greivous’ Wheel Bike. Great find Ryan and thanks for the pics!

If you score any early finds like Ryan, please let us know.

Ryan also sent us scans of the new Revenge of the Sith Toy Guide packed in the ships he found. Check out all the scans here.



XBox Have You???
March 3, 2005 | 6:26 PM EST | Hfsolo

If you are one of the XBox owners out there… this is a game for you…
Star Wars Republic Commando for $49.99 is now in stock…



Exclusive E3 iPod Cover
March 3, 2005 | 3:49 PM EST | Scott


More Star Wars / iPod goodness! This time in the form of a slick protective cover with a vibrant Darth Vader graphic on the back. Retailing for $29.99, these covers will ship in April. Click the image or the link below to order.

• Exclusively produced for StarWarsShop using a glossy, scratch and chemical resistant plastic
• Includes front and back matching set
• Designed for 4th Generation iPods with click wheel
• “Thick” size option fits the 40-gigabyte model; “Thin” size option fits 20-gigabyte model



SW Clearances At Target
March 3, 2005 | 3:34 PM EST | Scott


Looks like Target wants to clear space for the big April 2nd blitz. After a trip to my local branch I noticed that Basic Figures (OTC, Clone Wars and even the ROTS Sneak Preview Wave) were marked down to $4.88 ea. This may not be a chain-wide clearance but it’s definitely worth a look.



SW Trivial Pursuit DVD Quicktime Movie
March 3, 2005 | 10:02 AM EST | Scott


Over at the Official Site a page has been posted with details about the upcoming Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD Edition. Including a Quicktime video featuring various footage from the 2-disc set.

Looks like they went out of their way to make it a challenge for even the most seasoned Star Wars fan!



Gentle Giant Bust Ups Series 2
March 3, 2005 | 1:10 AM EST | Joseph

Alliance Collectibles has the Gentle Giant Bust Ups Series 2 in stock. They have the entire set as well as the Darth Vader and Darth Maul variant. To order go to Alliance Collectibles



Figure Debut And Comparison
March 2, 2005 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The team over at the Australian site Mouse has done it again. This time they reveal the first images of Captain Antilles’ figure for the Revenge of the Sith line, and also post a comparison of the figure to the character from the film. Click here to check it out.



UPDATE Toast With Typho / Waffles With Wicket
March 2, 2005 | 8:04 PM EST | Scott

Star Wars Fan Club Members:
Register Tonight for Breakfast With the Hosts of Celebration III!

Members of Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club and their guests are invited to meet Jay Laga’aia and Warwick Davis, the celebrity hosts of Star Wars Celebration III , at breakfasts produced by Gen Con LLC, managers of Celebration III with Lucasfilm.

Friday, April 22, Jay Laga’aia will be the honored guest at breakfast. Laga’aia is the host of the Sagamore Ballroom stage, so this will be a rare opportunity to see Jay in a more private setting during Celebration III. The same goes for actor Warwick Davis, who will be the honored guest at the breakfast on Sunday morning, April 24. Davis will be busy hosting the Saga Stage in Hall G, plus spending time hosting in the 500 Ballroom, so fans should take this opportunity to meet him on Sunday morning. The actors will be greeting fans and signing autographs at the breakfasts.

Seating is very limited. Go to for more information and a link to register tonight, starting after 6:00 PM PST.

In addition to autographs, fans at the breakfasts will find a souvenir ticket and one of the Celebration III talking Darth Vader action figures waiting for them when they arrive. Throughout the event lucky fans could win prizes selected from the Lucasfilm licensing archives. The breakfasts are scheduled to end just as Celebration III is opening for Fan Club members for the day, and as every guest departs they will receive a goody bag of treasures from the Lucasfilm licensing archives.

Admission is $49.95 per person, and includes a hot plated breakfast, an autograph from one of the celebrity Celebration III hosts, a talking Darth Vader action figure, souvenir ticket, goody bag, plus the chance to share a morning of fun with fellow Star Wars fans.

**UPDATE** Sorry folks, looks like the event is sold out!



One New, One Kinda New
March 2, 2005 | 2:48 PM EST | Mark B


Hasbro updates today with images of two large ships that will be part of the Revenge of the Sith line of toys. First off is the new – The ARC-170 Fighter shown above, which is giving us a great idea of the evolution of the X-Wing fighter in the classic trilogy. The second ship will be a redone Republic Gunship from Episode II. Click the link above for all the details.



TRU Midnight Madness Is On!
March 2, 2005 | 10:51 AM EST | Scott

I just received confirmation of TRU Midnight Madness events from TRU Public Relations….

“We are doing Midnight Madness events at several TRU stores across the
country surrounding the release of the SW products. We should have final details by the end of next week. THANKS!”

There you have it. Stay tuned for all the details and keep saving those pennies! Update
March 1, 2005 | 11:32 PM EST | Jayson

The Official Site updates tonight with a photo and description of the upcoming Insider #81 featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi on the cover. Plus, Hyperspace members are treated to an update to the latest Webdoc and Knollvision exclusives. Head to the Official Site to check them out!



BigBadToyStore Newsletter
March 1, 2005 | 9:47 PM EST | Joseph has STAR WARS GALACTIC HEROES & MORE: The very cool Galactic Heroes versions of the Millenium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter are now in stock for $35.99 and $24.99 respectively. The older Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader Final Duel 2-pack is now in stock for $14.99 and many other Star Wars items including the latest Unleashed figures are in stock. You can check it out by
clicking here



Calling All Trading Tuskens
March 1, 2005 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

Scott from the former Tusken Trader Board asked us to post the following:

Hi, this is Scott Horne a former member of The Tusken Trader. I am
trying to find all the other former members of the site in an attempt
to reestablish it. Could you please help me out by posting this
request on your site.

Former members can contact me at:



Hasbro Reviews Battle Areans 
March 1, 2005 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

After a 1 day hiatus, Hasbro’s Star Wars page has continued its march of new toy reviews, this time, they show two of the battle arenas— Obi Wan vs. Grevious’ Body Guard, and Anakin vs. Count Dooku. Check it all out here.



Art Of Star Wars Exhibit in Japan
March 1, 2005 | 3:10 PM EST | Keri


If you are lucky enough to visit the Land of the Rising Sun or live in beautiful Japan, you will be treated to an Art of Star Wars exhibit featuring over 250 objects from the Star Wars film saga. According to the Official Site fans in Japan will be able to view more Episode III items than in any other exhibition this year. The event kicks off at the Sasashima Museum and runs from March – June 2005. For more information on dates and times as the exhibition travels throughout Japan, stay tuned to the Official Site as well



Full Trailer Description
March 1, 2005 | 10:02 AM EST | Scott

A line-for-line description of the second ROTS trailer has been posted The trailer is due to hit television, theaters and the net starting March 10.

**SPOILER** warnings may apply, click through at your own risk!



MC Wicket
March 1, 2005 | 9:49 AM EST | Scott


The Official Site reports that Warwick Davis, better known to the Star Wars Universe as Wicket W. Warrick, will be the Master of Ceremonies on the Saga Stage at the Indiana Convention Center for Celebration 3.

Click on through for more details.

And remember, if you’re planning to attend Celebration 3, you must order your badge by March 4th if you want to have it shipped to you. Head on over to the official Celebration 3 website to register.



Cake Want You With That?
March 1, 2005 | 8:04 AM EST | Bill

 The Official Site has updated with a preview of what the stylish cakes will be wearing this Sithly season. Whether it’s Vader in lava with Anakin’s face inside or the mean green one, and even cupcake toppers, it’s all here. Click here for more.

February 2005 Archive

NEW Art of Revenge
February 28, 2005 | 11:16 PM EST | Jayson


The Official Site updates today with a new Art of Revenge photo for Hyperspace subscribers. Highlight to read this week’s photo titled “Hammer Time” shows an illustration of hammerhead warriors ready to defend their world

Last week’s photo titled Bridging the Gap is available to non-Hyperspace members as well,



Looking For A Few Imperial Figures
February 28, 2005 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

Frank from Niub Niub’s Universe has undertaken to build a room size Death Star Diorama at Celebration 3, however he needs your help to populate the diorama and reward the fans who work to bring it into existance. Because the “official channels” haven’t been able to help with the Dreath Star’s Crew, security, etc, he’s turning to the fans, seeking your support to help and show the big guys what FANS really mean for each other.

His plan is to have fans send a spare figure or two that was in a Death Star scene that they can give away at the show in April. At the same time to make the fans happy, it will help populate the Diorama.

At 60 feet wide and an estimated 500 builders, they will need a LOT of your help. Click here to help make it a reality. announces Full Trailer Details
February 28, 2005 | 10:08 PM EST | Jayson

Thursday, March 10th at 9 p.m., FOX will air the Episode III trailer during the “The O.C.”, then the trailer will debut online for members of Hyperspace after the broadcast (around 9:00 p.m. Pacific time). Subscribers to AOL will be able to see the trailer at this time as well.

The Episode III trailer will debut on the big screen, March 11th, with Robots featuring the voice of Star Wars’ own Ewan McGregor.

Head to the Official Site for the full scoop on the last trailer ever for Star Wars!



April 2 Midnight Madness @ TRU?
February 28, 2005 | 4:00 PM EST | Scott

There’s been some question as to whether or not Toys R Us stores are going to participate in the usual “Midnight Madness” for Episode III in the same way they have for Episodes I and II.

Well, I just got off the phone with the manager of my local TRU and the answer is a resounding “probably”. While she was reluctant to give any specifics yet, she did say that the possiblilty of running another Ep III Midnight Madness was brought up at their last regional managers meeting a week ago, so it’s definitely being discussed.

She did say however that ROTS would have a HUGE presence at TRU come 4/2, which comes as no surprise.

Stay tuned to Yakface for more updates!



Gentle Giant C-3PO Statue
February 28, 2005 | 2:42 PM EST | Joseph

Slave 1 has pics of the new Gentle Giant C-3PO Statue that will be released very soon. To check them out click here



Revenge of the Ipod followup
February 28, 2005 | 12:42 PM EST | Jayson

The “rumors” are in fact true of the Star Wars themed Apple ipod. Skittles Candy in partnership with Apple & itunes will be giving away a total of 100 ipods as a Grand Prize, 500 $25 gift codes to 10,000 itunes downloads and 100,000 Star Wars Screensavers downloads. The game starts April 2nd.



Revenge of the iPod?
February 28, 2005 | 12:31 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, for now don’t even take this as a RUMOR, but probably just a really cool Photoshopped image, but hey, we can all dream…..If U2 can have a special edition Apple iPod Apple iPod why not a ROTS one? Check out the photo and story over at my favorite Geekiness news site – Engadget .



Finding Figures Early?
February 28, 2005 | 12:14 PM EST | Scott

From Canada to California and everywhere in between, reports of Revenge of the Sith product (beyond the Sneak Preview wave) leaking out in advance of the official April 2nd street date are spreading and we want to know about it!

If you’ve made a lucky find, contact me with info about where and when you found the item as well as a photo with the register receipt. We want to track where the leaks are happening so you can see if they’ve landed at a store near you!



Latest BTH Image
February 28, 2005 | 12:02 PM EST | Scott


The latest Before the Helmet photo is called “Uneasy Homecoming” which reveals (highlight to read) The Tantive IV prepares to make planetfall on Coruscant, a much changed capital world since its last departure.



Lucas In The Land Of Mouse
February 27, 2005 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

It seems George Lucas is vacationining at Disney World, and took some time out to post with Jedi Mickey Mouse! Check out the full report at WDW Magic here.



Sunday Update At Hasbro– This Time It’s Vehicles
February 27, 2005 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s daily updates have marched through the weekend (a first if I’m not mistaken), with a Sunday update– this time highlighting three vehicles from the Revenge of the Sith line– Obi-Wan’s Star Fighter, Grevious’ Wheel Bike and the Tridroid fighter. Check it all out here.



Gamorrean Guard Mini Bust
February 27, 2005 | 10:36 AM EST | Scott

Can’t find him? He’s at Amazon.

Gamorrean Guard Mini Bust – $44.99



Federation Toys Newsfeed
February 27, 2005 | 12:08 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

just wanted to say hi and let you know that we have a LOT OF new items in stock. And the New EP3 sneak preview Figures will be in stock soon, we will also be updating with all the new Episode IIi line Revenge of the Sith soon. We are taking PRE-ORDERS ON NEW master replica’s items, and coming soon items.

we are also clearing out some other master replicas items check site for details. We have a limited number of the star wars celebration II souvenir program collector’s book. This is going to be a busy year, also master replicas has a lot of new very cool items coming out make sure to stay tuned for details. we will email as soon as we get more ITEMS AND INFO. we hope you have a great day and WEEKEND.

We will be at celebration III in April at booth number 132 21 – 24, 2005. We look Forward to seeing everyone there, and we will try to get as many Celebration III Exclusive Figures as we can to help out all our collectors! We will also have a lot of Figures at CE3 that are not on the Site we will update the Site after CE3, Potf green/red cards potj, saga, vintage and 12 inch figures, make sure to stop by our booth at ce3 to check out all the great items we have been stocking up on!! Click here to order.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed— New Unleashed
February 26, 2005 | 11:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth;

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 12 Set
This set includes 3 all-new individually packaged Unleashed action figures: IG-88, Aurra Sing, and Stormtrooper! These powerful and meticulously designed sculptures capture some of the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments! Collect them all for a stunning display of one of the greatest sagas of all time!
In Stock!
Item Number: HS85002GG
Price: $56.99
Click here to order.



Deluxe Official Reviews
February 26, 2005 | 10:53 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page made a rare Saturday update to highlight two deluxe figures– Anakin’s transforming into Darth Vader, and Obi Wan with a Super Battle Droid. Both look outstanding. Click here for the reviews and photos.



Bust-Ups Boba Fett Silver Chase Figure
February 26, 2005 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

Gentle Giants is continuing their series of chase figures for the Bust-ups line. This time it’s a silver Boba Fett (Deja Vu anyone?). Thanks to Boba_JP we’ve updated to bring you detailed photos of the Silver Boba Fett. Click here to check them out.



Official E3 Souvenir Movie Guide
February 26, 2005 | 4:53 PM EST | Scott

IDG Entertainment is publishing a very slick looking souvenir program as a companion to compliment your Episode III experience.

“Inside this highly collectible program you’ll find behind-the-scenes information you won’t find anywhere else, including interviews with the cast and crew, and exclusive photos. You will also encounter detailed character biographies, descriptions of vehicles and aliens, sneak peeks of the new heroes and villains, and much more. Don’t wait another minute as quantities are limited. Guides ship on April 18, 2005. Order yours today—it is your destiny!”



The New Kid In Town
February 26, 2005 | 2:13 PM EST | Scott

Hello Yak fans! My name is Scott C. and I have been invited to join Team Yakface as a regular contributor to the site. I just thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself before I get down to business.

I am a lifelong Star Wars fan, having seen A New Hope for the first time (on August 16th 1977) at the age of 6. Star Wars not only opened my eyes to the worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy, but to the world of film in general, and I have been a hardcore film geek ever since. I’m sure my story isn’t at all unique to most of you, but it just goes to show how the saga has influenced most of us.

My major collecting focus is Hasbro’s line of figures and vehicles and I am also a hardcore Master Replicas junkie with twelve replicas in my collection and counting.

My beautiful wife Lori and I just recently brought our 1st child Connor into the world on 11/18/04, and I’m looking forward to sharing my love of toys and movies with him.

While I get settled in, I hope some of you will take the time to email me with news, scoops or ideas for things you might like to see on the site.

This is gonna be fun!



Daily Updates At Hasbro Continue– Vehicles and Beasts
February 25, 2005 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has made the third update in as many days, this time it’s the Boga beast with Obi Wan, and the Barc Speeder with driver. Having seen both of these in person, I have to say that Hasbro has gone over the top on both of them! Check it out here.



Selling Out Faster Than Anything
February 25, 2005 | 12:59 PM EST | Hfsolo

Well he is back in stock for a little while…

Star Wars Original Trilogy Collection Figure: Imperial Trooper

Also available for the first time..

Star Wars IG-88 Mini Bust $34.99



Cingular Brings Star Wars To Your Phone
February 25, 2005 | 10:52 AM EST | Joseph

Cingular is offering several downloads for wireless phones. Darth Vader breathing ringtone, Yoda wallpaper, and a Death Star Explosion animated screensaver. They will also be offering Episode III Revenge Of The Sith mobile games and downloads as well. To view them click the link



Medicom Toy Darth Vader & Kubrick Series 4
February 25, 2005 | 10:45 AM EST | Joseph

Boba over at Slave 1 has posted pics of the new upcoming Medicom Darth Vader and Kubrick Series 4 featuring Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, The Emperor, Luke in Bespin Gear, Han Solo in Hoth Gear, and Nien Nunb. To get there clickhere



Action-HQ Newsfeed
February 25, 2005 | 7:57 AM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at

Dear AHQ Club Customer,

For you selected members only, take advantage of our Star Wars distributors overstock sale where you can get Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview figures at a super discount!

Set of 4 – General Grevious, Tion Medon, R4-G9 and Wookie Warrior for just $26+shipping!

Set of 2 – General Grevious and Wookie Warrior for just $13+shipping!

You must use/click on the links above to get this discount! Offer expires March 7, 2005 or while supplies last.



Official Revenge Of The Sith Previews
February 24, 2005 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated for the second day in a row with previews of the upcoming Revenge of the Sith figure line. This time around, it’s the first eleven figures from Collection II– all of which are due out April 2! Check them out here.



Never Say Never
February 24, 2005 | 7:41 PM EST | Bill

It seems that Mark Hamill who said a number of years ago that he wouldn’t be interested in “future” Star Wars movies may have changed his tune. An article has surfaced at Movie which discussed his hints about appearing in a Star Wars TV show. There’s nothing definite, but it’s still a very interesting read.Check it out here.



Dark Horse Panel to Panel Coffee Table Book
February 24, 2005 | 12:49 PM EST | Keri

Head on over to Star Wars Shop to purchase the brand new coffee table book that chronicles 14 years of Star Wars art as presented in Dark Horse Comics. It features 600 pages, 190 of which are in full color. Of the many artists’ works included, without the clutter of dialogue, are Jon Foster and Drew Struzan. At only $19.99, this is a lovely book to read and decorate your favorite coffee table! Click here to purchase it today!

**UPDATE** You can order this on sale over at for a lower price of $13.57. It is in stock now..



VideoNow Star Wars Discs
February 24, 2005 | 7:14 AM EST | Mark

Over at you can now order the Star Wars VideoNow 3 disc set.



Mediacom Vader Detailed Photos
February 23, 2005 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you detailed photos of Mediacom’s Darth Vader courtesy of Boba JP Click here to check them out.



Specialized Clone Figures, Micro Machines, And Buddies
February 23, 2005 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

It’s one of those days when we just keep finding new photos of Revenge of the Sith product, this time has updated with an avalanche of new images– the basic size Clone Commander and Clone Pilot figures, Revenge of the Sith micromachines, and more photos of the upcoming plush buddies line.Click here to check it out.



Revenge of the Sith Collection 1 Official Reviews
February 23, 2005 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has updated with lots of photos and descriptions of the first batch of Collection 1 Revenge of the Sith basic figures. Click here to check it out.



Exclusive Sith
February 23, 2005 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

The Australian site Mouse has broken the news on the first two exclusives for Revenge of the Sith (other than C3’s Darth Vader). These two are a TRU holographic Yoda, and a Target Lava Darth Vader. Click here for the big pics and all the details.



Off Topic: Gran Turismo 4
February 23, 2005 | 3:25 PM EST | Mark

For all of you gamers out there.. This PS2 game is just awesome.. the new game Gran Turismo 4 is now out and available. If you can’t find it locally, order it here. I got this last night.. if you have the PS2 and want to play online.. email me..

Now back to your regular Star Wars news…



Obi Wan On E3
February 23, 2005 | 8:20 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Pete sent in this heads-up:

Here is a slight blurb about how Ewan McGregor felt about Episode 2 and soon to be 3 from the Internet Movie

McGregor Slams ‘Star Wars II’
Star Wars star Ewan McGregor has attacked the penultimate movie in the sci-fi series, insisting Episode II: Attack Of The Clones was “unsatisfactory”. It’s not the first time the Scottish actor has criticized the George Lucas- directed franchise – he dubbed Episode I: The Phantom Menace “disappointing” following its release in 1999. But McGregor – who plays Obi Wan Kenobe – is far happier with the final movie, Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, which premieres in May. McGregor says, “The fighting in Episode II was unsatisfactory, I think. I don’t think the fight was nearly as good as it should have been and I certainly didn’t have as big a crack of the whip as in the first one. I made up for it in number three. We fight our a**ses off in that film.”



ROTS Game Pre-Order
February 23, 2005 | 6:36 AM EST | Mark

The ROTS Pre-Order is now available… Release Date May 5th
PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
XBox Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
NDS Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Release date May 15th
GBA Lego Star Wars Release date April 15th
XBox Lego Star Wars Release date April 15th
PS2 Lego Star Wars Release date April 15th

Also Available NOW is the Chewbacca statue by Gentle Giants..
Star Wars 15″ Chewbacca Statue



Empire At War New Screen Shots And More 
February 22, 2005 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

Lucas Arts has updated with lots of screen shots and information on Empire at War, including some new reviews. Check it all out here.



Hasbro Toy Fair Updates
February 22, 2005 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

We’ve continued adding to our coverage of Hasbro’s Toy Fair display today with their line of role playing toys and other goodies. Click here to check it out. Keep checking back for even more photos of the basic figure line and reviews of the figures we’ve seen. REMEBER SPOILER WARNING APPLIES!



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Italian Vader MOC
February 22, 2005 | 3:38 PM EST | Keri

While I am resisting the temptation of the Dark Side and remaining spoiler-free, I have still caught glimpses of some Toy Fair items with the prominent theme of the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader. Among the first licensed items were those bearing Vader’s helmet on T-Shirts and buttons, and it seems we have truly come full circle with the immenent arrival of Episode III in a matter of months.

Today’s Bounty Hunting feature brings us back to those early days with a vintage carded Darth Vader action figure. However, this is not simply your regular run-of-the-mill Kenner version, but a difficult to find Italian version. Released by Kenner’s Italian affliate, Harbert, this is a fully licensed figure with the Italian name of Lord Darth Fener. As we know, our beloved characters often have different names than we are accustomed to and this Vader is no exception. Vintage foreign carded figures are often in poor condition, but today’s example has been taken care of well.

For the collector who wishes to have every carded version of Darth Vader, today’s auction is an absolute must-see. Click on the link below to add this nice Italian example to your collection today!

Vintage Italian Darth Vader Figure MOC



Other Sideshow Goodness
February 22, 2005 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark B


Legolas and Gimli on Arod

Hey, if you’re like me, you’re probably a fan of some other Fantasy/Sci-Fi series as well. In addition to the Fantastic Darth Vader they are offering for pre-order right now. Sideshow has some other great pre-orders that they announced at Toy Fair. Included in this is the new Legolas and Gimli on Arod from The Lord of the Rings. Having owned one of the Ringwraith on Steed statues, I can tell you that this thing is going to be HUGE!!! Also in the LOTR line, they have a couple of other new statues including the King of the Dead and a new Aragorn. In addition, they added a new 12″ figure to their James Bond line, from one of my favorite Bond films – Moonraker. Click on the banner above to check out all of their new items.



Brians Toys Newsfeed
February 21, 2005 | 7:06 PM EST | Bill

Brian’s Toys latest newsletter:

ttakus Yoda fro AOTC now in stock. Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter from ROTS will be shipping next week. AFA Graded Unleashed figures now in stock. Holiday Jawas and Medicon 12″ Luke Jedi still available. Just in, a POTF2 loose Action Fleet E-Wing. Lots of Vintage Vehicles and Playsets still in stock with lots of AFA carded figures to be added soon. Click here to order.



Star Wars Easter Eggs… Not The DVD Kind
February 21, 2005 | 7:04 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

Was in My local WalMart Today and saw Star Wars Easter eggs They are yellow plastic eggs with the Episode 3 graphics on a shrink wrap seal around the front…… the contents inside is a sheet of 60+ stickers that include 4 large Vader/ lava red background – 4 final duel large stickers – ARC 170 stickers, Greivous , Yoda, Anakin and diffrernt slogan stickers “justice”, “jedi”, “Star Wars”. These are $1.76 each. If you are a collector that has to have one of everything this certainly won’t break the bank. Look for these in the Easter section with the little novelty toys and such.



Vader With Mouse Ears?
February 21, 2005 | 2:32 PM EST | Bill

The The Official Site has just made the announcement that Star Wars Weekends will happen this year in FULL SWING. (In the past Disney has chosen to tone down Star Wars weekends when a Celebration Event is held, however this year will be a definitely exception). Star Wars characters, trivia contests, and oh yes, Star Wars collectibles, it’ll all be at Disney in Orlando starting May 20th. Click here for the full story.



Toy Fair Coverage Updated
February 21, 2005 | 1:48 PM EST | Bill

During the day today we will be updating our Toy Fair Coverage with even more photos, as well as commentary and reviews on the latest coming your way. Keep checking back! Click here to check it out. We’ve already added lots more photos this morning (Monday, February 21st) from the 12″ line, kids lines, and games.



Toy Fair 2005 –Yak Style
February 20, 2005 | 10:45 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you the first part of our Toy Fair Coverage. Click here to check it out. Be sure to check back tomorrow for LOTS more photos and reviews on all the Sithly goodies coming our way!


We’ve added lots more photos this morning (Monday, February 21st) from the 12″ line, kids lines, and games. Check back later today for even more coverage.




Power Cord Replacement For XBOX
February 20, 2005 | 11:29 AM EST | Joseph

While this is not directly Star Wars news it still may affect you if you own an XBOX and play Star Wars games or any other games for the XBOX.


Dear Xbox Customer:

I am writing to provide you with information about a free power cord replacement program for Xbox.

Microsoft has chosen to replace the power cords on Xbox consoles manufactured before October 23, 2003.

We are providing replacement power cords because component failure in a small number of consoles – fewer than 1 in 10,000 – has caused burning inside the console or melting of the power cord where it connects to the console.

Microsoft has designed the replacement power cords to protect you and your Xbox from these component failures and a potential fire hazard.

Check the manufacture date on the bottom of your console. No action is necessary if your console was manufactured on or after October 23, 2003.

If your console was manufactured before October 23, 2003, go and click on Power Cord Replacement for Xbox to get a free replacement power cord. If you are unable to access this website, please call 1-866-271-0450.

Your new cord should arrive in two to four weeks. Until you receive and install your replacement power cord, turn off your Xbox when it’s not in use.

We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Robbie Bach
Senior Vice President, Home & Entertainment Division
Microsoft Corporation



K & C Collectibles Newsletter
February 20, 2005 | 11:20 AM EST | Joseph

Dear Star Wars Collector,

K & C Collectibles has received the next Revenge of the Sith preview item – Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter.

New – Revenge of the Sith Vehicle:
Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Revenge of the Sith Preview Figures:
General Grevious
Tion Medon
Wookiee Warrior

New – Unleashed Figures:
Stormtrooper – Unleashed
IG-88 – Unleashed
Aurra Sing – Unleashed

Back In Stock – Unleashed Figures:
Luke Skywalker – X-Wing
Clone Trooper – Red Commander

Don’t miss out on these unique Star Wars collectibles. Pre-Order yours today before the February 27th deadline.

Pre-Order – February 2005
Darth Vader Desktop Antique Gumball Machine
Sandtrooper Orange Model Kit – Kotobukiya
Darth Vader Statue – Gentle Giant
Darth Vader Bobble Head
Yoda – Bobble Head
Darth Vader Ceramic Bank
Yoda Ceramic Bank
Darth Vader Bobble Pen
Yoda Bobble Pen



EP III Movie Posters
February 19, 2005 | 2:30 AM EST | Joseph

The guys over at have six different movie theater posters that will be hitting theatres in the next several weeks. To take a look follow the link



IG-88 Mini Bust
February 19, 2005 | 1:28 AM EST | Joseph has the Gentle Giant IG-88 Mini Bust available for purchase. To get there click here



New Forums At The Private Universe
February 18, 2005 | 11:04 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just launched the new and improved Cantina Forums. Check it out here.



Sideshow Vader Available for Preorder
February 18, 2005 | 9:51 PM EST | Mark B


Darth Vader

‘Nuf Said…..



Lucas Sith?
February 18, 2005 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

An interesting article appeared on the Internet Movie Database. It seems that building on the cameos of Anthony Daniels, Lucas’s daughter, and others in Attack of the Clones, that George Lucas himself will appear in a cameo in Revenge of the Sith. Thanks to Yak Reader Pete for the heads-up.



Revenge of the Sith Wookiee Water Blaster
February 18, 2005 | 6:43 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon…
SUPER SOAKER Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Wookiee Water Blaster On Sale for $14.99



Exclusive EIII Hardcover Comic
February 18, 2005 | 12:48 AM EST | Mark B is offering an exclusive Hardcover comic adaptation of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. What really makes this unique (besides being hardcover), is the special cover designed by Warren Fu, who did the concept art for ROTS. This looks to be a really cool book (and it ships about 6 weeks before the movie is released – so you can get the whole story early!!!).



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Boo-Berry 
February 17, 2005 | 10:06 PM EST | Keri

I myself ate quite a bit of Boo-Berry and Franken-Berry back in the day, and when the mood hits me I still can eat quite a bit of that sugary goodness in a bowl for breakfast. Today’s Bounty Hunting spotlight turns to vintage cereal boxes, with one of the most popular varities in a (dare I say it?) Rare (gasp!) Prototype/Mock-up form.

Like most everyone else, I have seen the photos of the up and coming cereal boxes promoting Revenge of the Sith, which made me think of where it all started in terms of vintage Star Wars cereal tie-ins. Little did I know that I would run across a Prototype/Mock-up version of a Boo-Berry box previously owned by a former General Mills employee. The box is flat and has been hand-folded and drawn on for design approval. Though this is not a Kenner figure or playset or vehicle Prototype, it is nonetheless an interesting item from the early days of Star Wars licenses.

Click on through below to add this very nice Boo-Berry Prototype to your collection today!

Boo-Berry Cereal Box Prototype/Mock-Up



Survey Says!
February 17, 2005 | 11:41 AM EST | Jayson

Everyone take this 25 question survey at to let them know how you feel about the services they provide or ones you’ve like to see implemented. It is available to both Hyperspace and non-Hyperspace members.



New Post New Jedi Order Novel
February 17, 2005 | 7:59 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an overview of The Joiner King, the first novel in a trilogy set in the post New Jedi Order along with its cover art. The novel features the Solo Twins, Luke and the rest of the crew. Check it out here.



Revenge of the Sith Product At TPU
February 16, 2005 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has updated with lots of images of ROTS product– shot glasses, bar tools, medallions, collector coins, and more. Check it out here.



Code 3 AT-ST (and more) At StarWarsShop
February 16, 2005 | 5:48 PM EST | Mark B


Some new items hit the pages over at today, including the brand new Code 3 AT-ST!
Also available are these cool new figural magnets:

And you can preorder the new Episode III video game for X-Box and Playstation 2!



Hasbro’s Toy Fair Press Release
February 16, 2005 | 8:08 AM EST | Bill

PAWTUCKET, R.I., FEBRUARY 11, 2005 — Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) comes to New York’s 2005 Toy Fair with “something for everyone” — for those who enjoy new ways to play, fun interaction with friends and family, and cutting-edge entertainment platforms once offered only by consumer electronics companies.
Hasbro highlights include the evolution of FURBY, which marks the return of the amazingly popular toy of the late 90s; ION Educational Gaming System, the Company’s highly innovative entrance into the electronic learning arena; MX DIRT REBEL, an exciting motocross game you plug into your TV and a comprehensive line of toys and games based on the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, to name just a few.
“Today’s consumers can be entertained in so many different ways,” said Al Verrecchia, Hasbro’s President and CEO. “As the marketplace evolves, it is Hasbro’s job to stay ahead of the curve, and our 2005 product line is reflective of our strategy to provide consumers with the right toys, games and lifestyle products that are relevant and fun, and to have these products available everywhere kids and their families are shopping.”

Highlights include:

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Hasbro brings kids and Star Wars fans of all ages back to “a galaxy far, far away” with the premiere of the new line of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith toys and games, which be on store shelves beginning April 2. From dozens of action figures and role play items that put the Force in your hands, to games that bring the pop culture phenomenon home, Hasbro’s Episode III Revenge of the Sith toys and games are guaranteed to spark the imagination of Star Wars fans of all ages. Highlights of the line include:


(Approximate Retail Price: $29.99, Recommended Age: 5 & up)

One of the hottest toys during the holiday season, the DARTH VADER VOICE CHANGER features the realistic helmet, mask and chest plate that made the very image of DARTH VADER an icon. Kids put on the gear, but the change will be complete when they play his ominous breathing, phrases from the movie or hear their own voice converted to sound like that of the evil Lord Vader!


(Approximate Retail Price: $19.99, Ages 4 & up)

The ultimate sign of skill and confidence is the lightsaber and the Anakin Skywalker version features a color change blade that lets kids choose on which side of the Force they want to fight on — blue for the “light” side or red for the dark side. The Obi-Wan Kenobi version features a “Feel the Force” vibration in the handle; and the Yoda version has a training mode with real Yoda phrases that teach you to become a Jedi.


(Approximate Retail Price: $9.99, Recommended Age: 4 & up)

With an all new 7” scale for the Star Wars line, FORCE BATTLERS are ready for action! Armed with cool galactic gear, these powerful heroes and dark villains battle across the galaxy. These bigger figures are perfect for small hands to do battle with.



K-Mart Galactic Heroes Lightsaber Bonus Packs Updated
February 15, 2005 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails on the K-Mart lightsaber/Galactic Heroes figures– here’s one from Yak Reader MBW1023:

Hey just wanted to let you know, yesterday I was in a kmart in parma, ohio and I saw Luke lightsabers with the free luke and R2 galactic heroes figures as well as the ones with darth and obi-wan.

Thanks to everyone who Emailed on the lightsabers/figures.



Gentle Giant IG-88 Mini Bust
February 15, 2005 | 10:18 PM EST | Joseph

Slave1 has posted pics of the the upcoming Gentle Giant IG-88 Mini Bust. To view them click here



San Francisco Bay Area Wondercon 
February 15, 2005 | 4:32 PM EST | Keri

This weekend February 18-20 fans and collectors in the San Francisco Bay Area may choose to visit Wondercon, a comic book and pop culture festival and show put on by the same folks that bring you the San Diego Comic Con.

Amongst the Star Wars luminaries there signing autographs, will be a special preview of the 2nd season of Clone Wars animated series, a look inside the making of Episode III, as well as a special interview of Peter Mayhew, our very own Chewbacca conducted by Steven Sansweet.

Other events include portfolio reviews of aspiring artists by Lucas Licsening Art Director Troy Alders, a costume contest with a special Sith prize for top honors and screenings of the top Star Wars fan films of all time and the past winners from 2004. Also on hand to keep the peace, the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st will attend along with the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club.

For more information including ticket prices, location and time please visit theWondercon site today.



Revenge of the Sith Chewbacca 12″ Sample
February 15, 2005 | 8:05 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated with pics of a sample 12″ Chewbacca from the land of the Sith. Check it out here.



Darth Tater And More At
February 14, 2005 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Knight sent in the heads-up on lots of new stuff at

 Darth Tater $7.84

 Code 3 Slave I.

 Code 3 X-Wing

 Code 3 Millenium Falcon



E3 Books And Sound Bytes
February 14, 2005 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the details on the children’s book line for Episode III, including a “sounds book” with lines from Episode III, while they’re very minor spoilers, it’s still fun to sample them. Click here to check them out.



Unleashed Obi Wan Cheap
February 14, 2005 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill