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April 2003 Archive

Mardowns at Kmart…
April 30, 2003 | 2:12 PM EST | George

Just in from Yak reader Scott J:

” For those who don’s have certain Star Wars items or have waited for sales, please check out your local Kmart, it might be worth it. At one of my local Kmarts (Flint, Michigan), I picked up the following over the last couple days: Anakin’s and Zam’s speeders $1.50 each, Slave 1 (3 3/4 scale) $3.00, Obi Wan’s Jedi Starfighter $2.50, and an Arena playset for my son’s friend
$4.00! This last one killed me, because we paid $30.00 for one during Christmas for my son! Anyway, I am thinking that other Kmarts across the country might have similar savings. By the way, the several price tags on the items did reflect the price at the scanner they were lower! ”

Scott, thanks a lot for sharing with us.

UPDATE: Yak reader Robert Nidds wrote in to add that the interactive R2-D2 is also on sale at Kmart for just $25.00. Thanks a lot Rob!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed:
April 30, 2003 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Back on the market by popular demand, Entertainment Earth is now able
to accept pre-orders for the limited edition Star Wars Imperial
Shuttle! Formerly an FAO Schwarz exclusive, this item is the U.S.
version, and comes new directly from Hasbro (not an after-market item).
Scheduled to arrive in late July 2003.

Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (Item# HS32487, $109.99)

Saga Collection 2 (Wave 14) (Item# HS84861P, $64.99)
Saga Coll 2 (Wave 14) Not Mint (Item# NMHS84861P, $59.99)
Includes 12 action figures: 2x WA-7 Waitress Droid (NEW), 2x Lt. Danni
Faytonni (NEW – a.k.a. Anthony Daniels who played C-3P0), 2x Darth
Sidious (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x Darth Vader (NEW), 1x SP-4
and JN-66, 1x Wat Tambor, 1x Coleman Trebor, 1x Ashla & Jempa (subject
to change).

Star Wars Unleashed Asst 5 Set (Item# HS84894EE, $56.99)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Luke Skywalker, 1x Darth Sidious

Action Fleet Asst. 5, Set (Item# HS46796EE, $46.99)
1x Jedi Starfighter, 1x Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, 1x A-Wing Starfighter

Rebel Blockade Troop Builder (Item# HS26816, $17.99)

EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) (Item# HS84851L, $64.99)

EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 5) Set (Item# HS84859EE, $29.99)

EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 6) Set (Item# HS84859FF, $29.99)

JEDI Training Remote (Item# MRSW107, $248.99)

Like any military organization, the Clone Troopers are distinguished by rank. The troopers are white, the commanders are yellow, and the captains are red. To reflect this, Gentle Giant will be releasing the Clone Trooper Mini Bust (White) (Item# DH11944W, $49.99), Clone Trooper Commander Mini Bust (Yellow) (Item# DH11944Y, $59.99) and the Clone Trooper Captain Mini Bust (Red) (Item# DH11944R, $69.99) These are the first-ever mini-busts we are aware of with a modular aspect, allowing the collector to pose the Clone Troopers in a variety of ways. You can either change the position of the arms and accessories as desired or get multiple copies and create your own Clone Trooper squadron.

This information is coming to you because of your relationship with Entertainment Earth ( Your subscription is both private and free, but if you would rather not receive this inside information, please click on the following link, . If the link does not work, or is text only, please copy it and paste it into your url. If you copy the link, please remember to copy the entire link which may extend across two lines. We never send unsolicited email.



Quittin’ Business Sale – Week 2
April 29, 2003 | 10:00 PM EST | Mark B

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our quitting business sale over at M and M Collectibles. We also apologize for a few delayed orders from last week (a sick kid will do that to you!). But they are all packed and ready to go out tomorrow.

This week we up the discounts a little more – $50 off all Master Replicas and Attakus Items, 35% off all other Star Wars, Matrix, and Lord of the Rings Items, and 50% off everything else!

To qualify for the discount, just put “YAK” in the company name on your order form and we’ll manually adjust the price when we process your order.

Head on over to M and M Collectibles now for the best selection!



Arena Playset on Clearance
April 29, 2003 | 9:54 PM EST | Mark B

Thanks to Christopher K. for the heads up! has the Arena Playset back in stock and on clearance for only $24.00. Click here to check it out.



So You Wanna Be in Star Wars?
April 29, 2003 | 12:08 PM EST | Mark B

Maura Fay Group Casting has a link to send your information in to become an extra in Star Wars Episode III. I’m betting that if you don’t live in Australia, you don’t need to apply…… But if you do, check it out, its the last chance to be in a Star Wars movie.



Star Wars Asciimation
April 29, 2003 | 12:00 PM EST | Mark B

I stumbled upon a story over at /. this morning about the ASCI text version of Star Wars on the web. This guy has been working on completing a full version of A New Hope in animated ASCI text since 1997. Its pretty cool what he has done, and if you haven’t seen it in a while, he is constantly updating his movie. The last update was the 20th of this month, he is to the scene where Han and Luke enter the detention block on the Death Star. Check it out HERE.



Master Replicas SE Darth Vader Almost Sold Out
April 29, 2003 | 10:39 AM EST | Mark B

I received an email this morning from Master Replicas stating that the signature edition Darth Vader Lightsaber from The Empire Strikes Back is almost sold out. This piece is a limited edition of only 500, so if you were waiting to order, don’t wait much longer. The Signature Edition ones always go way up in value once they are sold out. Check it out at Master Replicas.



Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise
April 28, 2003 | 11:49 PM EST | Joseph

Ok this is definitely something unique,while surfing around on Ebay I found this auction Ewok Shooting Targets Star Wars Prop . Check it out.



Millennium Falcon from Code 3
April 28, 2003 | 10:04 PM EST | Mark B

The company Code 3 who makes some really cool Die Cast models has just announced their first Star Wars Collectible (second if you count the Skywalker Ranch Fire Engine). They are doing a highly detailed Millennium Falcon. Its going to be over a foot long and is made of over 400 pieces. It pretty pricy (5 payments of $59 each), but this is going to be one very nice piece to add to your collection. Get all the details or place your preorder at Code 3 Collectibles.



A Couple of Real Turkey’s!
April 28, 2003 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark B

Sold under the “Uzay” brand name, some of the more interesting Star Wars items came out of the country Turkey. Including some very unique variations on figures (one of the coolest is pictured in this auction). These 2 auctions feature a couple of items sold as “mini-rigs” in the USA. They include the MLC-3 and theMTV-7. By themselves, these vehicles are not all that interesting. But, put them in the Turkish boxes and they make for a prized item in the complete Star Wars Collection.



Federation Toys Newsfeed
April 28, 2003 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

Hi just wanted to let you know we just received in our new STAR WARS DARTH MAUL MASTER REPLICAS SIGNATURE EDITION LIGHTSABER. And Jedi Training Remote. ANAKIN FX SABERS FOR $100.00. All of our Master Replicas with now include FREE S/H with the price listed, (USA ONLY ! ) We also have some older POTJ figures in stock, and the TROOP BUILDER SETS, ENDOR and STORMTROOPER. SAGA Tie Bombers back in stock. And we have a new life size DARTH MAUL in stock. We also have loose 25th Anniversary silver R2-D2s for $10.00 each for you loose collectors. Thanks MTFBWY! We will be updating our complete line of SAGA figures in the next few months…….Click here to order. Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Imperial Shuttles At EE
April 28, 2003 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the former FAO exclusive Imperial Shuttle:

Back on the market by popular demand, Entertainment Earth is now able
to accept pre-orders for the limited edition Star Wars Imperial
Shuttle! Formerly an FAO Schwarz exclusive, this item is the U.S.
version, and comes new directly from Hasbro (not an after-market item).
Scheduled to arrive in July 2003.

Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (Item# HS32487, $109.99)



Boxed A-Wing Mock-up
April 27, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

Team Galactic Hunter has posted some photos of the mock-up packaging for the upcoming A-Wing with pilot. Click here to check them out.



Toys R’ US markdown:
April 27, 2003 | 1:47 PM EST | George

Yak reader Robert C reports:

” My local Toys R’ Us has reduced the price of the exclusive X-Wing w/R2-D2 to$19.90. I don’t know if this is chain wide. The store is located in North Bergen NJ ”

Depending on local availabilty we don’t know if is nationwide. We’d like to know if it is, if so, let our fellow collectors know here -».

UPDATE: According to some readers, this sale is not nationwide.We’ll keep you all updated.



12″ Leia with Speederbike
April 27, 2003 | 12:48 AM EST | Joseph

Just in at, pictures of the boxed 12″ Leia with Speederbike, due to come out later this year.



The final Prophecy at Star
April 26, 2003 | 12:50 PM EST | George

” The Final Prophecy, the penultimate novel of The New Jedi Order series, is by Greg Keyes and has cover art by Terese Nielsen featuring the young Jedi Knight Tahiri Veila who plays an important part in the story. It is scheduled for paperback publication this October by Del Rey Books.”

For the full story click here -».



Kenner Star Wars Promo Booklets
April 25, 2003 | 9:14 PM EST | Steven

While moving my collection to my recently-built “toy room”, I’ve come across a few of these “catalog” type booklets that were packaged with Star Wars toys from Kenner in the 70’s and 80’s. I’m thinking about listing them on eBay, but have no idea what they’re worth. Does anyone know the current value of these items or know where I could find such info?

A particularly interesting re-discovery is a black and white comic-book style promo booklet for, if memory serves, the Imperial Troop Transporter.



Entertainment Earth News Feed— THERE ARE SHUTTLES HERE!!!
April 25, 2003 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Back on the market by popular demand, Entertainment Earth is now able
to accept pre-orders for the limited edition Star Wars Imperial
Shuttle! Formerly an FAO Schwarz exclusive, this item is the U.S.
version, and comes new directly from Hasbro (not an after-market item).
Scheduled to arrive in July 2003.

Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (Item# HS32487, $109.99)

Star Wars Unleashed Asst 5 Set (Item# HS84894EE, $56.99)

Action Fleet Asst. 5, Set (Item# HS46796EE, $46.99)

Small quantity in stock. Will sell out this weekend – more coming
EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) (Item# HS84851L, $64.99)

Small quantity in stock. Will sell out today – more coming shortly:
EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 5) Set (Item# HS84859EE, $29.99)

Was in stock – more coming shortly:
EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 6) Set (Item# HS84859FF, $29.99)

JEDI Training Remote (Item# MRSW107, $248.99)

They’ve arrived! Star Wars Saga / Episode II Collection 1 (Wave 8) (Item# HS84851J, $79.99), Collection 1 (Wave 9) Set (Item# HS84851KK, $43.99), and Collection 1 (Wave 10) (Item# HS84851L, $64.99) are all IN STOCK NOW!



Get Those TIVOs Ready!
April 25, 2003 | 12:09 PM EST | Mark B

The newest Toyfare magazine has information on the upcoming Clone Wars cartoon series that will be on The Cartoon Network. The first episode will air on November 7th at 8pm. There will be a total of 20 episodes with 10 airing in November and 10 in February (and if you’re like me you’re hoping to get these on DVD, either by themselves or on the Episode III DVD!).



The Assembly Line Keeps Going And Going…
April 24, 2003 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s newest deluxe figures have been appearing with a number of on-line retailers in the last few days. One of the two new deluxe items is the Super Battle Droid Builder. While it’s main feature (using a playdough-like approach) to “build” Super Battle Droids has been known for a while, it is a bit of a surprise feature. Both ends of the “press” are designed to attach to our ever growing droid factory assembly line… along with the Deluxe C3PO set, the “magnet/chopping” piece from the arena, and the new Padme’s base! Click here to check out some pics.



And another Vintage Ebay Item
April 24, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Mark B

Since I’ve been absent for a couple of days, I ran across this item that excited me. This one I remember from a trip to see some family in Kansas City. My brother in law took me to a video arcade for the first time. I headed straight for the Star Wars Sit Down Arcade Game.. I don’t think they tore me away from it the entire night! Anyway, this is a must have if you have a couple grand to spend and plenty of room around your house.



Vintage Ebay Item of the Day
April 24, 2003 | 5:30 PM EST | Mark B

Its absolutely amazing to me to think about how much the store Sears has changed in my lifetime. When I was a kid, that was one of the only places to shop in the small town I grew up in. And I couldn’t wait until Christmas time to see what new Star Wars toys would be in the Holiday Catalog (what we had to go through before the internet!). Some of the rarest vintage pieces were exclusive sets to Sears. Today we are featuring one of the later ones – The Jabba the Hutt Dungeon. This playset was a rehash of the Droid Factory Playset, but included three figures – EV-9D9, Amanaman, and Barada.



New Clone Wars Card Design: 
April 24, 2003 | 9:33 AM EST | George

Our good friend Aaron over at, has posted detailed shots of the new Clone Wars card design. Very interesting indeed, to check them out
click here -».



R2-D2 Interactive On Sale
April 24, 2003 | 7:36 AM EST | Mark

You can now head on over to the website and order your own Interactive Astromech Droid for the low low price of $49.99!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 23, 2003 | 11:45 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Check Out What’s New and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

EII Collection 1 (Wave 10)
Don’t Miss This Promotional Price! Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 10 will be here soon! Includes Han Solo – Hoth (NEW), Chewbacca – Mynock Hunt (NEW), Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation, Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon, R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight, Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony, and Obi-Wan – Acklay.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84851L
Price: $64.99

Spock Mini Bust
Limited Edition! The Lt. Commander Spock Mini Bust, as played by Leonard Nimoy. Sculpted by Master Sculptor, Oluf Hartvigson, this collectible bust stands approximately 7 inches tall on a beautifully designed base. Individually numbered on the bottom of the base and includes the sculptor’s printed signature. The first of many Star Trek busts to be coming from Sideshow Collectibles.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: SID8402
Price: $39.99

Animal House Action Figure Set
FOOD FIGHT! Featuring three of the film’s most popular characters, these roto-cast figures have been sculpted with an animation style (caricatured) and feature articulation and several accessories. Includes John “Bluto” Blutarsky (John Belushi) with ever-spill goblet and bottles, Kent “Flounder” Dorfman (Stephen Furst) with key-ring and shovel, and Daniel Simpson “D-Day” Day (Bruce McGill) with helmet and glasses.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MZ62000C
Price: $49.99

JEDI Training Remote
Limited Edition! Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the Jedi Training Remote seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. Remote Replica is approximately 6.25 inches in diameter and weights 2 lbs. Constructed from over 146 PVC and ABS injection molded components. Includes Display Stand and Certificate of Authenticity.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW107
Price: $248.99

Detroit Red Wings 3 Pack
Best Seller! Get yours before they sell out again. This NHL Detroit Red Wings Deluxe 3-Pack includes #17 Brett Hull, #19 Steve Yzerman, and #31 Curtis Joseph action figures packaged together in a 3-Pack! Each player in this deluxe boxed set comes with official Red Wings team uniform in a detailed action pose. Bases, goal and all equipment included.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MF73110
Price: $39.99

Buffy Supernatural Defense Kit
Defend Yourself! Includes hardcover book of a story that is an expansion of “The Final Cut,” part of which first appeared as Buffy #8. New pages have been added by the original creative team. Actual elements from the story are visible through die-cut windows of the custom-crafted photo cover slipcase : Buffy’s trademark gold-colored cross, the “Claddagh” ring, and a glass vial of “holy” water with flakes of silver suspended in the fluid
In Stock Now!
Item Number: DH99011
Price: $19.99

Order Today!



EP3: Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO Return For Episode III
April 23, 2003 | 10:53 PM EST | Joseph

Episode III will further connect the Star Wars saga, bridging the prequel trilogy to the original trilogy in new and surprising ways. As such, familiar faces and places will return in this new Star Wars film, which is currently in pre-production.
Reprising their classic roles from the original trilogy are actors Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker. They return to Star Wars as Chewbacca the Wookiee, C-3PO and R2-D2.
 You can read more of this exciting news at theOfficial Site.



Anakin Skywalker FX Lightsaber On Sale
April 23, 2003 | 10:43 PM EST | Joseph

Master Replicas now has the Anakin Skywalker FX Lightsaber on sale for only $89.00 with FREE shipping and handling! That’s a savings of 36% off the regular price and you don’t have to pay to have it shipped!! The sale is only good through May 14th and supplies are running out fast. Click here to order yours now!!



The Winner Is…
April 22, 2003 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Ross E. Lockhart, the winner of our Missing R2 Contest. Ross will be receiving a silver R2 from our contest sponsor Federation Toys.



News from
April 22, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Joseph writes in to share “We are currently selling Star Tours Wave 1 & 2 figures from $10 to $12.50. We are also taking presells for the 2003 Unleashed Wave 2 Asst. with Luke Skywalker, Emperor Palpatine, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the Star Tours Wave 3 coming in Mid May.”



Sneak Peak at Star
April 22, 2003 | 7:57 AM EST | George

The Official Site has posted a new sneak peak in their fan films section. To see their latest one click here -».



FAO sale story:
April 21, 2003 | 11:30 AM EST | George

This comes from Yak reader Nick Zurawski:

” A follow up to your FAO story. I think that FAO sale is nationwide for more than just Star Wars items. It is here in Seattle. Most people don’t know it but FAO very nearly went under completely last Friday but was saved at the last minute. They are clearancing a lot of stuff to get any sale they can and clear out the stockrooms ”.



Quitting Business Sale
April 21, 2003 | 10:46 AM EST | Mark B

My wife, Megan, and I have enjoyed serving collectors throughout the world through our website M and M Collectibles over the past 6 years. But since the birth of our son, Ben, 9 months ago, time has become more and more precious. So, after much thought, we have decided to close up M and M Collectibles. Our goal is to liquidate all of our remaining inventory by May 20th. We are still looking for some new owners and will keep everyone updated if some are found.

So, to get this clearance under way, every item we have over 30 days old has been repriced to cost or below. Yakface readers can get an additional discount by writing “YAK” in the company name on the order form. You will get an additional 25% off all Star Wars and Lord of the Rings items, as well as 35% off any other items. (Discount taken manually when order is processed – shipping cost is PRE-discount).

In addition, each week we will randomly choose one person from all of the orders we receive, and that person will get a free $100 product credit with us.

Dealer orders are welcome. Visit us at M and M Collectibles today for best selection.



Diorama Update
April 20, 2003 | 7:08 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our diorama section with a scene from the Jedi Temple.

Click here to check it out!



Only Two Weeks Left…
April 20, 2003 | 2:30 PM EST | Brandon

Hello fellow Readers! I’m here to announce that we have finished completion of the new Store Reports Section! Please stop by and visit it today! The new contest information is now posted there along with links to all the different states and their findings! Just a little reminder that there is only two weeks left until both of our new contests end! And I am still hoping that some of you guys will send in pictures of what you found along with a receipt! That’s all you guys need to be entered in the second contest! You guys are sending in some great findings (I just wish they had them in my area)! As always, Happy Hunting and thanks for your continued support!



Vintage Ebay of the Day
April 20, 2003 | 1:45 PM EST | Mark B

Well, I don’t remember C3PO ever having rocket launchers in the movies (or any of the books for that matter), but our Vintage Ebay Item of the Day features a C3PO that has just that. Originally released in Japan in 1978, this Die Cast Wind Up C3PO is a must have for the C3PO fan.



New Kubricks Wave 2 Series One 
April 19, 2003 | 2:35 AM EST | Joseph has pics of the Japanese Exclusive Kubricks Wave 2 Series One now available in Japan. You can view the pics here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 18, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Rebel Blockade Troop Builder (Item# HS26816, $17.99)

LEGO: Rebel Blockade Runner (Item# LG10019, $199.99)

Star Wars Episode 2 Pick Asst. (Item# FGSWP60E2, $99.99)

Star Wars Episode II Deluxe Figures Wave 6 (Item# HS84859FF, $29.99)! Includes 2 action figures: Commerce Guild Spider Droid with Rotating Turret and Firing Cannon and Super Battle Droid Builder Builder with Droid Factory Assembly Mold.

The Dwarf Spider Droid is a squat, multi-legged droid of destruction deployed during the Battle of Geonosis. Their striding legs are ideal for the rugged terrain of Geonosis, and their crimson eyes radiate with infrared photoreceptors for targeting the enemy through dense clouds of battle. This droid can walk on its own! Just wind up it up and march it into battle. Turret scans back and forth as it walks.

Now you can build your own Super Battle Droid! The deluxe Super Battle Droid builder comes with one container of QUICK-STEEL Super Battle Droid Compound, the Droid Factory Assembly Mold, a Super Battle Droid Frame, and a Launching Cannon Arm with Cannon Projectile. VERY LIMITED QUANTITY IN STOCK NOW – WILL SELL OUT TONIGHT – MORE ARRIVING SOON!



Dude, You’re Gettin’ a Dell!
April 17, 2003 | 11:05 AM EST | Mark B

A great article this morning in the Sidney Morning Herald for the computer geek in all of us. It talks about the switch at ILM from Silicon Graphics workstations to Dell Workstations running running Linux. It says they are 3 times faster than the ones they replaced at 1/5th the price. The article goes on to talk about the possibilities of REAL TIME CGI. So, as the filmmaker shoots a scene, the actors and director are able to see a rough cut with digital elements already in the scene! Read the full story here.



FAO markdowns:
April 17, 2003 | 10:03 AM EST | George

Yak reader Duncan reports:

” Hi yakface! I’m sure you guys may have already reported this, but FAO has been having an 80% off sale – jedi starfighter (no obi) for $3.99, Beast assortment $2.99, all figures $2.40. This may only be Los Angeles area ”.

It could be possible that this sale is nationwide. If any of our friendly readers can confirm this let us know here. A quick search at FAO brought the interesting exclusive set below.

Click here -» to see the price of this 1000 pcs. limited edition set.



KB Toys Sale
April 17, 2003 | 7:41 AM EST | Mark

KB has the Anakin Lightsaber FX Prop Replica on sale for $79.99



Toys ‘R’ Us Sales…
April 17, 2003 | 7:35 AM EST | Mark

Here are some good sales at TRU online.
Exclusive 3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $9.98 50% off.
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite $29.98 25% off.
12″ Super Battle Droid $14.98 25% off.
12″ Bounty Hunter: Dengar $9.98 57% off.
There are many other good sale prices, plus free shipping on select items.



Bounty Hunter 4 Pack Loose Photos And Preview
April 16, 2003 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our coverage of the upcoming four packs to include detailed loose photos of the upcoming Bounty Hunters 4 pack as well as a brief review of the set. Click here to check it out.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 16, 2003 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Hasbro is announcing a new wave of Star Wars Saga 12 inch figures today, and Entertainment Earth has the pictures and information ready for you! All of these figures are brand new! Star Wars Saga 12 inch (Wave 5) Case (Item# HS84940C, $109.99) includes Yoda, Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Biker Scout, and the Ewok 2-Pack. Place your order today!

Build the awesome LEGO: Rebel Blockade Runner (Item# LG10019, $199.99) IV! Slipping through an Imperial blockade is almost impossible unless you’re flying the Rebel Blockade Runner! With more than 1,700 pieces, this Corellian corvette model is so detailed and realistic you’ll be ready to launch your own covert mission against the Empire. Built to scale, the Rebel Blockade Runner measures 2 feet 4 inches x 11 inches x 7 inches and features LEGO bricks in an all-new dark red. Add this amazing model to your classic Star Wars collection!



Do You Own A Piece Of C2’s Mos Eisley
April 16, 2003 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

If you participated in the Diorama Workshop at Celebration 2 last year, Niub Niubis looking for you. They are working on creatng a virtual class reunion for the structures created during C2. If you have one of the builds, send a photo to Frank at Niub Niub’s here.



Wednesday deal @ JC Penney:
April 16, 2003 | 4:48 PM EST | George

Three 12″ figures authentically detailed from Star Wars Episode II.
Includes Dooku, Zam Wessell and a Super Droid. Was $89.99; Now $29.99.

To take advantage of this deal click here -». Huge thanks goes to Yak readerJeditrainee for the heads up.



Ultarama news:
April 16, 2003 | 4:38 PM EST | George

Just in from Ultarama:

” Ultarama will be at the Imperial Quartermaster Greensboro NC show this weekend, with a show special of $20 on all Ultaramas. Stop by and check it out!”.



If we only had a flanneled Lucas for this…
April 16, 2003 | 9:59 AM EST | George

KB Toys has the set below on sale for just $34.97. The original price was $199.99, this is a great item for dioramas. It can be connected to our TVs, VCRs or PC via USB.

For more info and tech specs click here -».



New 12″ Figures for 2003!
April 16, 2003 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark B

The Official Hasbro Star Wars Site has details on 4 (actually 5) new 12″ Scale Action figures! There’s an all new Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi, Biker Scout, an Ewok 2-Pack and a new Yoda.



Dark Horse featuring Shaak Ti:
April 16, 2003 | 8:05 AM EST | George

Just in from the Official site:

” The Clone Wars continue to be chronicled by Dark Horse Comics with their second Jedi one-shot, Star Wars: Jedi — Shaak Ti, a 48-page special written by Jon Ostrander with artwork by Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons. The comic is scheduled for release this month from Dark Horse Comics. ”

To read the full story click here -»



News from
April 16, 2003 | 12:11 AM EST | Joseph has for sale the Tie Bomber Saga Edition for $24.99. They also also are taking presells for the new Tie Fighter and much more!



Review of Boba Fett – Crossfire
April 15, 2003 | 11:10 AM EST | Mark B


A new review of the Clone Wars Novel from Scholastic titled Boba Fett – Crossfire is now up in our book review section. Check it out right here!



Vintage Ebay Item of the Day
April 15, 2003 | 10:40 AM EST | Mark B

Sorry to all for the absence of the Ebay Item of the Day here at Yakface. I was attending a training class with Kodak the last week. But, I’m back and bringing to the best of Vintage Star Wars toys on Ebay. Today we have the set that started it all. This is the one that has led to hundreds of additional Star Wars figures being released. The first Christmas that Star Wars figures were available, instead of actual figures everyone who ordered them got a box with a certificate for a set of the first 4 figures. So, what did that certificate actually get you? This auction for an Early Bird mailer set is a nice example of what was mailed out. The set includes Luke with the double telescoping lightsaber, Chewbacca with a Green Crossbow, Princess Leia and R2D2.



Breakfast With An Alien? Lando? Wookie???
April 14, 2003 | 8:09 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with all the 411 on Star Wars Weekends, including who will be there when. Oh, in the tradition of Disney’s Character Breakfasts, there’s the change to have breakfast with some of the stars too. Click here for the details.



Cloud City Newsletter
April 14, 2003 | 6:19 PM EST | Joseph

Cloud City still has limited quantities left of the Saga Collection 3 3/4″ Han Hoth, Chewbacca Mynock Hunt, 12″ Lando Skiff, 12″ Han Solo, and 12″ AT-ST Driver figures. Remember that the next assortments may have a different Han Hoth vest variations so get yours today! click here



Time’s Running Out!
April 13, 2003 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

There’s less than a week left in our contest for a free Silver R2. All you have to do is find the page his banner is on and name the mystery diorama background!Click here for the details! Good luck!



Great Deals…Amazing Haul
April 13, 2003 | 8:22 PM EST | Jay

Matt from CA hit his local Target for the 2 for $5 deal that started today…and hit the motherload.

Today I found the new Ashla & Jempa wave, included on the pegs were Yoda & Chian, Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon), Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony), R2-D2 (Droid Factory Flight), Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation), Battle Droid (Red). And there were also one of the new Han Solo (Hoth), Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt), along with Aayla & Barriss.

We can only hope this week at Target proves as fruitful for the rest of us. Thanks Matt!



The Winner Is…
April 12, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Michael Maynard, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing last night. Be sure to visit our sponsor Ultarama here. Send us your name and address to enter the next drawing here. Good luck!



Walmart 12 Inch Deals
April 12, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Joseph

This just in from reader Sargsidius.. I was at the Walmart in Indy today and found the 12 inch bounty hunter wave of ..Dengar..4 LOM and the Imperial Officer for a mere $6 each in the clearance isle..can’t beat that one. Thanks to Gary for the info



Great Toy Markdown Deals 
April 12, 2003 | 3:29 PM EST | Joseph

I just want to pass this info onto other readers because I
managed to get some great KB deals in Nevada. I went to Vegas last
Monday and stopped by the Primm Outlet Center (30 min. before Vegas) and found some excellent deals. I got the Interactive Lightsaber for a mere $9.99. I grabbed 3 for Christmas gifts. I also found the 12″ Electronic Obi Wan and Jango Fett for only $12.99 each. I also picked up the Jedi Starfighter (without Obi-Wan) for $9.99. The guy at the store was really cool because he said they just got the Star Wars toys in. He even pulled out some other boxes out from the back to show me but I had pretty much everything already (Djas Phur wave case, Jedi Starfighter case, and more 12″ electronic Obi & Jango). Stopping by FAO at Cesars Palace, they had Jedi Starfighter for only $3.99. eRiC 
Be sure to check your local stores for deals. Thanks to Eric for the news.



Boxed Imperial Forces and Ultimate Bounty Hunters 4 Pack Pics
April 12, 2003 | 11:33 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to bring you boxed photos of the upcoming Imperal Forces and Ultimate Bounty Hunters 4 Packs.

Click here for the Imperial forces.
Click here for the Bounty Hunters.



New Contest
April 12, 2003 | 9:07 AM EST | Jay

Kristian from the Italian site has a new contest going for international visitors to the site. Join the sites mailing list and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Fans Choice #2 Deluxe Amanaman w/ Salacious Crumb. The winner will be notifed by mail. This contest is sponsored by Go Figure and you can enter through here. Max Rebo Contest Good Luck!



KBToys Lowers Price On Gunship Again
April 11, 2003 | 7:00 PM EST | Joseph has lowered the price of the Republic Gunship to $19.99. This isn’t as low as it was a couple weeks ago, but it is still much cheaper than other places. To order a Gunship, click here. Make sure you use the code CEREALTOY, which expires 05/01/03, to save $5 off a $20.00 purchase



EP3: Pay Subscription Service At StarWars.Com
April 10, 2003 | 11:13 AM EST | Joseph

I found this interesting article over at the “Soon you might have to be paying for any substantial official Episode III coverage. is hoping to offer in the near future a pay subscription service to their website. Sure, you’re going to get some neat exclusives for the cost – but are you willing to pay for the service?” To read the rest of this article click here.



Hoth 4 Pack Mock Up Pictures
April 10, 2003 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

The crew over at have posted some pics of the packaging for the upcoming Battle of Hoth 4 Pack! They are also reporting that the Tauntaun has the split belly feature— like the second version of the vintage one! Click here for more.



Electronic Lightsabers
April 9, 2003 | 11:26 PM EST | Joseph has the Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker electronic
Lightsabers for a mere $14.99 each! They also have the very cool Anakin
Skywalker interactive training Lightsaber (the “chrome” one) for only
$12.99 as well as the Anakin Master Replicas FX saber for $99.99 and
lots of buy-one-get-one-free deals on figures. Check it out!
Thanks to Darth Dav for the info.



New Unleashed Figures
April 9, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Joseph

The long rumored Unleashed Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda receive some confirmation from Jeedai Sephiroth at The Fantasy Crossroads. For the whole article, along with a description of the newest Unleashed figures, hit this link.



More 2003 Line News
April 9, 2003 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted even more of the 2003 product list. Remember that the lists below are for the United Kingdom, so we may not see all of it, and/or the release dates may not be applicable to the US. Here’s a few highlights from the list

The accessory sets are still due out, about a month apart (they’re due in the UK starting in April)

There will be a figure 4 pack — i.e. the Imperal Forces set about every other month.

The Sandcrawler still shows for this year. Check out TPU for the full list.



New Action Fleet Photos
April 9, 2003 | 8:52 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s site has updated this morning with photos of the upcoming Action Fleet ships. This time around it’s a new A-Wing paint scheme, the Jedi Star Fighter, and a Mon Calmarian Cruiser. Click here to check it all out!

They promise pics of the next wave of 12″ figures next.



12″ Yellow And Red Clones
April 8, 2003 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark

The KBToys 12″ exclusive Yellow and Red Clone Troopers are now on sale for $12.99 each.



New Figures In Stock
April 8, 2003 | 10:19 PM EST | Joseph

Ashla/Jempa, Yoda/Chian, Han Hoth and Mynock Chewbacca are in stock now at Cloud Hurry they won’t last long.

**Update** Ashla/Jempa, Yoda/Chian are sold out.



More 2003 Figure News
April 8, 2003 | 8:23 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at the Private Universe has come through again with dtails on the 2003 line.

Today he posted the full list of 2003 figures including projected release dates!

Here’s the Collection 1 list for the balance of 2003:

Basic Figures Collection 1

84959 Hans Solo (Hoth) 06/03
84960 Chewie (Mynock Hunt) 06/03
84977 Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi) 06/03
84978 Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi) 06/03
84979 Snow Trooper (Empire Strikes Back) 06/03
84704 Jango Fett, Kamino Escape (Existing) 08/03
84705 C3PO (Existing) TBC
84815 Clone Trooper (Clone Wars) 08/03
84814 Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) 08/03
84816 Mandalorean Bounty Hunter (Clone Wars) 08/03
84828 Yoda w / hover chair (Clone Wars) 08/03
84826 Obi-Wan Pilot (Clone Wars) 08/03
84827 Sith Witch (Clone Wars) 08/03
84848 Mace Windu (Clone Wars) 08/03
84849 Kit Fisto (Clone Wars) 10/03
84722 Saesee Tin (Clone Wars) 10/03
84724 Super Articulated Storm Trooper 10/03

And Collection 2:

84969 Yoda w/Padwan Jedi 2 pk 07/03
84970 Alien Padwan Jedi 2 pk 07/03
84989 Padme Wedding Dress 07/03
84990 Wat Tambor 07/03
84991 Colman Trebor 07/03
84706 Darth Maul (Existing) 07/03
84707 Princess Leia (Existing) 07/03
84708 Han Solo (Existing) 07/03
84817 Waitress Droid 08/03
84818 Faytonni Cantina Alien 08/03
84820 Darth Sidious 08/03
84709 Luke Skywalker (Existing) 08/03
84710 Darth Vader (Existing) 08/03
84830 Bail Organa 10/03
84829 McQuarrie Stormtrooper 10/03
84842 Imperial Dignitary 10/03
84843 Padme in Tatooine Travel Outfit 10/03
84723 Ayy Vida Nightclub Twilek 10/03
84717 Obi Wan 10/03
84718 Slease Bagano 10/03

Keep in mind these lists are always subject to change, but they certainly make some great lists to wish for! Also remember that TPU is a British Collector site. The dates above may not be the same as US releases.



FUJINON and Episode 3:
April 8, 2003 | 1:49 PM EST | George

The Official site has announced that they will use the latest generation of Sony Digi Cams and FUJINON lenses. Although no images of the cameras have surfaced yet, FUJINON posted a news flash to unveil their new HD lenses line. See some of them below, great chances that they will be used during E-3’s production especially the wide-angles.


FUJINON was also present during production of Attack of the clones. To see the archived news click here -».



New Generation of HD for Ep III
April 8, 2003 | 11:03 AM EST | Joseph

Continuing the pioneering efforts to expand digital cinema, Lucasfilm will use the latest Sony HD cameras and equipment to capture the images for Episode III when principal photography begins this summer.
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones broke new cinematic ground as the first major motion picture to be shot entirely on high-definition (HD) digital cameras, without traditional film.
You can read more here.



Realities beyond the myth?
April 8, 2003 | 9:27 AM EST | George

Who knows what we’ll see this century. Seems like most of the myths in the star Wars Saga are realities among us. For those who have already read this it’s worth to take a look again. After clicking on the links, there is no way back in your browser. Please close the windows. Can a Cloned ArmyThe force,LightsaberDeath Star laserAlderaan blastingLuke’s levitating speeder,Hyperdrives and a Twin sun planet be real? Check the links and May the force be with you.

Note: All articles were published by



Unleashed Vader
April 7, 2003 | 11:09 PM EST | Mark

Steve wrote in to confirm what I thought. The Unleashed Vader is the new Vader, with the wrong picture. Thanks for the confirmation.



Master Replicas Vader Lightsaber 
April 7, 2003 | 9:18 PM EST | Joseph

Collector’s Gallery has marked down their Master Replicas Darth Vader Prop Replica Lightsaber to a VERY LOW $199.95 (case not included)! This is a good deal that can’t be missed! Attakus Statues are also IN STOCK: Stormtrooper $299.95, Slave Leia $279.95, Han Carbonite $199.95; Topps Count Dooku binder, 10 Rawcliffe Pewter Mugs, Applause Rancor and Jabba The Hutt.



Hoth 4 Pack Photos
April 7, 2003 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

The set includes Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and R3 astromech, and a tauntaun. Photos have appeared today on both Forbidden (which has the set for preorder), and at The Private Universe.



Want More Figures This Year
April 7, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Well, you’re in luck! Pete over at The Private Universe has come through with the names and Hasbro item numbers for 4 new figures:

84724 Super Articulated Storm Trooper
84843 Padme in Tatooine Travel Outfit
84723 Ayy Vida Nightclub Twilek
84718 Slease Bagano (Elan Sleazebaggano)

Slease Bagano is the weak minded death stick pusher from the Nightclub. Hey, if Slease gets made, than maybe Dannik Jerriko has hope of seeing plastic too!



Mexico City Convention Figure 411
April 7, 2003 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

While the exact figure for the Con has yet to be announced, POTF2.COM has posted that it will be a new chromed figure– like the Toy Fair Vader and the TRU R2. They go on to say that whatever the figure is, it will be released on different packaging in the US later this year. Click here for more.



Federation Toys Savings
April 6, 2003 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

Federaton Toys has a special offer for Yakface readers. Tell them sent you and they’ll take 5% off your order! Click here to order.



25th Anniversary Silver R2 Giveaway
April 6, 2003 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

We are pleased to announce our new sponsor Federation Toys is providing the trophy for our newest contest:

Your task is to find where R2’s banner is hidden and to determine which upcoming diorama’s background is in his banner. Click here for all the details.



KEBco Toys Newsfeed
April 6, 2003 | 9:52 PM EST | Brandon

Below Is The Latest News From KEBco Toys!

KEBco Toys is offering all readers a special 5% discount! Anyone coming to KEBco can enter yakface5 in the Redeem Coupon Box when checking out! This offer is good for Readers only and is valid for one week only! So head over today!

KEBco Toys has the new Saga Cinema Scenes, Clone Wars Army Builders and Vehicles available for Pre-Order. The newest 13 basic 3.75″ figures are still listed for Pre-Order along with Factory Cases.

Cinema Scenes : Jedi High Council and Geonosian War Room
Army Builders : Clone Trooper’s, Federation Droid’s, Jedi Knight’s, Destroyer Droid Launcher with Figure
Vehicles : Jedi Starfighter, Anakin Starfighter, Federation Tank, Hailfire Droid, Geonosian Fighter with Pilot

Be sure to ask about their popular “One of Every Figure” Club and don’t forget to enter the Figure A Day Giveaway!

Visit today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars action figures.



12″ Han Solo review!
April 6, 2003 | 6:28 PM EST | Michael

We’ve seen him before, but here he is again – a 12″ Han Solo in his standard outfit! This time we’re treated to the ‘quick draw’ action, something only the European collectors got to buy on the shelves before. Check out the review righthere.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 6, 2003 | 1:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainmet Earth:

The lastest figures from Hasbro’s 3.75 inch action figure line are included in the EII Collection 1 (Wave 9) Set (Item# HS84851KK, $43.99) This set features Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), Boba Fett – The Pit of Carkoon (NEW), R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle, and Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape.



New Items At Federation Toys
April 6, 2003 | 10:22 AM EST | Joseph

Hi just wanted to let you know we just received in our new STAR WARS LEGO PEN LINE, each pack comes with a unique Star Wars action figures which can be removed from the pen and exchanged with building blocks supplied with the case, 14 different figures very cool. We also just received the new DARTH MAUL MASTER REPLICAS Limited Edition Light Saber, and the COUNT DOOKU, Limited Edition Lightsaber, we have the Signature Edition of these great sabers also on the way many other Master Replicas items. All of our Master Replicas with now include FREE S/H with the price listed, (USA ONLY!) We also have some older POTJ figures in stock, the new SAGA FAO SHUTTLES are back in stock and SAGA Tie Bombers back in stock as well. We also have a new life size DARTH MAUL in stock. Thanks MTFBWY! We will be updating our complete line of SAGA figures in the next few



The Twist Begins… Store Reports Contest IV!!!
April 6, 2003 | 3:44 AM EST | Brandon

Hey There Fellow Readers & Fans! It’s Now Time For The Fourth Installment Of Our Very Successful Store Reports Contests To Get Underway, But This Time There’s A Twist! This Time There Will Be Two Ways To Win So Please Read The Rules Below Before Submitting Your Reports! This Contest Is Going To Be Great And Is Sure To Make The Contest A Little Bit More Interactive!

The Store Reports Contest IV
Sponsored By…

Contest One (Classic Contest):
The Rules: Simply e-mail your store reports in to our Store Reports Mailbox to be automatically entered. In order for your report to be qualified to win it MUST follow the posting method below:
In the e-mail subject put the city & state you live in.
What You Found:
Where You Found It:
Submitted By:
The Prize: One Randomly Selected Store Report Wins A Teebo Figure & A One Time 10% Discount Off Total Purchase At!

Contest Two (Interactive Contest):
The Rules: Get those Digital Cameras charged up and ready to shoot! This time around we are looking for the report that is judged by the Store Reports Manager to be the best Store Report for the duration of the contest. What’s most important is we want pictures! We would prefer pictures of you and your findings, a scanned receipt as proof of purchase, and we’d love to see pictures of where you found the findings as well as pictures of your hunt! Most importantly is to be creative and to tell us your story of your hunt! Pictures can be sent as attachments along with your written version in e-mail to our Store Reports Mailbox! The Winner’s pictures and story will be posted on the main page for everyone to read! This should definitely be fun!
The Prize: The Chosen One Wins A Eeth Koth Figure & A One Time 15% Discount Off Total Purchase At!

Written reports will try to be posted nightly but don’t worry if you don’t see your post up on the site right away! The contest ends Sunday, May 4, 2003! Winners will be posted on the website Monday, May 5th, 2003! You do not need to enter both contests in order to win! It’s your choice to enter whichever contest you want and you are allowed to enter both as many times as you would like! I know with our loyal Star Wars Fanbase I expect nothing but some outrageous and very creative submissions to flood in to my mailbox! Enjoy entering the contest and good luck to you all! Thanks again for your support and Happy Hunting!



New KB Promotions
April 6, 2003 | 12:54 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

” I work for K*B toys, and have some news, K*B Toys has discontinued the “Toy Club” program and is going to replace it with “K*B Instant Rewards”. If you have a Toy Club card it is still good till June 6, 2003. No new cards will be given as of March 22, 2003. No new stamps will be added to your card after April 5, 2003. If your card is not full after April 5, 2003 you will get 10% off your total order. If your card is full you will get 20% off your total order.

Now on to the good news “K*B Instant Rewards” will start on April 6, 2003 and one of the first Instant Reward items is *Select STAR WARS Toys 50% off the lowest price. The Star Wars items on sale will be on a rack at the doorway with a big sign that reads K*B INSTANT REWARD Select STAR WARS 50% off.

*Action Figures asst.
*12″ Talking Figure asst.
*Jedi Star Fighter
*Speeder asst.
*Training Lightsaber”



Custom Jabba’s Sail Barge @ eBay:
April 5, 2003 | 3:17 PM EST | George

Bidding is closed for this item but worth to take a peak.

To see more pictures click here -».

UPDATE: Aaron from wrote in to say that they have 10 more exclusive pictures. click here to see them all -».



Yoda’s Lightsaber
April 5, 2003 | 11:36 AM EST | Jay

Great new finds popping up…JediJones says the Hazleton, PA Wal-Mart had 6 Yoda lightsabers on the shelf today. It comes in a Saga AOTC box, the same style and size as last year’s lightsaber boxes, and is the same price ($19.76). The package says it extends to over 2 feet long. The date stamp on back is 1/20/2003, 10 weeks ago.



Unleashed Slave Leia
April 5, 2003 | 7:22 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at is the Slave Leia Unleashed. If you want her, head over now, she won’t last long.
**Back In Stock**



Tie Fighter w/ Tie Pilot
April 4, 2003 | 9:59 PM EST | Mark

Now available for pre-order over at is the Imperial Tie Fighter w/ Tie Pilot. The Pre-Order is for $29.99.

Also available are about 10 different 2-Packs that are also available in the stores.



Beta 3 Officially Begins!
April 4, 2003 | 9:14 AM EST | George

Little over 2 weeks ago we’ve posted from Star Wars Galaxies that they were looking for beta testers. They will be inviting 5000 new people by today and hope to gather up to 50,000 by the end of May. The new game is
An Empire Divided, no official realease date has been set for it. For more details visit Star Wars Galaxies or go straight here -».



D&S Newsfeed
April 3, 2003 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S Toys:

New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items…

Yoda Electronic Lightsaber
Unleashed Vader & Slave Leia
New Tomy Japan Plush Yoda, Ewok, Jawa
Boba Fett Pitt of Carkoon Wave
Jango, Stormtrooper, Vader, Boba fett & Clone Trooper Hard Vinyl

New April/May/June Star Wars Figure Case Pre-Orders…

Acklay – Back in Stock!

Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO, Clone Trooper, Genosian and Anakin
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers

Indiana Jones Micros & Figures

Aliens vs Predator Figure – Re-Stocks of most all !
Rare Queen Hive Playset

New G.I Joe Figures with Mission Disks..

Click here to check it all out at D&S!



Durge Revealed
April 3, 2003 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

The new Star Wars Republic Comic (#51) introduces Durge to the Clone Wars. I have to say I was a little ambivalent about this character when I first saw him, but the background story in the comic makes him VERY interesting. Just a teaser he is from a long lived species (or other type of sentience)— he says at the time of the action in Republic #51 that he hasn’t killed Jedi in over 100 years! Check it out!



Star Wars Reading Essentials
April 3, 2003 | 3:50 PM EST | Jason

For those of you who have expanded the Star Wars Saga
beyond the movies, what Star Wars Novels do you believe
are ESSENTIAL reading for Hard-core Star Wars Fans.

Send me your e-mails for suggestions and I will post the
results. To give you a start, here are my suggestions for
a good base of essential readings:

Shadows of the Empire
Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire…)
Jedi Academy Trilogy



Look Sir! Droids!
April 3, 2003 | 12:33 PM EST | Mark B

Our Ebay Vintage item of the day features a rare Brazilian version of C3PO from the Droids cartoon series. In Brazil, the figures were released under the “Glasslite” brand name rather than Kenner. Here you have a pretty nice example of the figure carded. C3PO from Droids on Brazilian Glasslite Card



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 6
April 3, 2003 | 10:34 AM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Darth Vader

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (Two Pics.), POTF.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$475.00, SW 21 Back=$235.00, ESB=$100.00, ROTJ=$65.00, POTF=$115.00 LOOSE=$21.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the left.

Vader is one of the most popular action figures of the vintage line, and one of the few that was in all cardbacks.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 3, 2003 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Darth Vader ESB Lightsaber
Limted Edition! Darth Vader’s lightsaber from Star Wars Episode V, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Limited to 2,500 worldwide. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, this replica is identical in every respect to the lightsaber seen on-screen. Numbered and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MRSW117
Price: $349.99



25% off all Star Wars Episode II Costumes:
April 3, 2003 | 6:38 AM EST | George

Not exactly halloween time, but sure a good one to save on some collectible masks and others. Collector helmets from the clone trooper, clone boots, Jango and lot others are ready to be in our collections.


To see them all visit Hollywood Costumes or click here-».

Thanks to Yak reader JediSad for the heads up.



ScreenThemes Classic Yoda Pack Is Here!
April 3, 2003 | 1:01 AM EST | Joseph

Screen Themes , the photographic screen saver and wallpaper program known for its stunning high-resolution images has added 16 new images. The Classic Yoda on Dagobah gallery joins ScreenThemes’ Battle of Hoth, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and breathtaking Episode II action galleries. More classics and a Darth Maul pack are on the way!



Jedi Training Remote
April 3, 2003 | 12:50 AM EST | Joseph

Those of you that have ordered the Master Replicas Jedi Training Remote should start checking to see if your order has shipped. I just received mine yesterday and I must say it will make a nice addition to my collection.



Custom Jabba Sail Barge Real Scale!!! 
April 3, 2003 | 12:36 AM EST | Joseph

Ok you have got to see this to believe it! I was surfing around Ebay and ran across this listing.
Yes believe it or not this is one of unproduced Star Wars Vehicles, the most impressive ships of Jabba the Hutt, his Sail Barge. This Vehicle is fantastic!!! totally builded and inspired from the blueprints of this famous vehicle, is totally made according to real specifications and in order to match the scale of the star wars figures (3,5 inches).



Upcoming Saga Figures Added To Toyguide
April 2, 2003 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated the Toyguide with images of the upcoming Han Hoth Rescue, Chewbacca Mynock Hunt, and Dr. Evazan from the second wave of the Cantina sets. Click the links below for the pics!

Han Hoth Rescue
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt
Dr. Evazan



Arena Playset
April 2, 2003 | 9:22 PM EST | Mark

Over at they have the Arena Playset on clearance for $24.00. If you want to get one, click on over.



Unleashed Leia
April 2, 2003 | 6:40 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at is the Slave Leia Unleashed. If you want her, head over now, she won’t last long.
**Back In Stock**
Also of interesting note, while this is the old picture of the Unleashed Vader, he just came back in stock as well. I know the new Vader and Leia are in the same case, so I wonder if they just listed him as the old one????



New Petition At Special Realm
April 2, 2003 | 12:16 AM EST | Joseph

JediDaxter here with an update.
First of all, I am running a drawing for a sealed AOTC Acklay that ends on April 28th. So, for those who haven’t entered, now is the time to do so.
Second, I have added a new entry to Hasbro’s Incorrect. Go check it out.
And lastly, I have added a link on my page for the new petition I’ve created. It is for a Classic Cinema Scene from The Empire Strikes Back Star Destroyer Base with three newly sculpted Imperial Officers. If you haven’t signed yet, then do so today.



Still Need Plo Koon???
April 2, 2003 | 12:08 AM EST | Joseph

If you are still in search of the illusive 12″ Plo Koon he is available They also have yoda & chian and ashla & jempa jedi padawan in stock as well.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
April 1, 2003 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, the JEDI Training Remote Replica (Item# MRSW107, $248.99) is identical in every respect to the Jedi Training Remote seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. Get your blast shield helmet ready and prepare to use the Force!

They’re Here! The Star Wars Saga 12 inch (Wave 4) Set (Item# HS84940BB, $69.99) of 3 all-new figures includes Han Solo, Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise, and AT-ST Driver. Get yours before they’re all gone!

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Thank You Easter Bunny!
April 1, 2003 | 7:24 PM EST | Jay

In Target’s April 13th ad Star Wars figures will be available at the basket stuffing price of 2 for $5…With most reports citing Target as the place to get new assortments could be a great way to catch up your collection…cheap!



KBToys Sale
April 1, 2003 | 7:13 AM EST | Mark

Listed below are just SOME of the deals to be had at Check out the site for even more. Seems almost all the LEGO’s are on sale.
LEGO Star Wars: Geonosian Fighter $15.99
LEGO Star Wars Mini Building Set 4-Pack $12.79
LEGO Star Wars: TIE Bomber $23.99
PlaySkool Falcon $23.99
LEGO Star Wars: T-16 Skyhopper $11.99
LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Prize $5.59
LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Message $5.59
LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Palace $23.99

March 2003 Archive

Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 5
March 31, 2003 | 3:57 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: See-Threepio (C-3PO)

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$220.00, SW 21 Back=$150.00, ESB=$120.00, LOOSE=$14.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the left.

I want to thank the many of you who have e-mailed me. If anyone has a question or wants some extra information about a specific figure I’ll see what I can do to help. Also, if you speak Spanish and would like to ask something go ahead! Es un gusto poder ayudar a todos los fans de Star Wars que hablen Castellano. ¡Saludos a todos!

OK, thanks and take care.



Book Review of Remnant Now Up
March 31, 2003 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark B


My review of book #15 of the New Jedi Order series is now up in our book review section. Check it out HERE.



Star Wars Figures for $2.99
March 31, 2003 | 10:47 AM EST | Mark B

I’ve just finished reducing the prices on all remaining Star Wars Figures in stock over at M and M Collectibles to $2.99 each. You’ll find a complete list of which ones are available at the site. Just click on “Star Wars Action Figures”.



Marmit Darth Vader?
March 31, 2003 | 6:52 AM EST | George

Yak reader Xander sent in the following link, the picture is supposedly from a Marmit Vader prototype (due on October, 2003). Xander and I have been looking for this picture for quite a while. Xander came accross with one, on the other hand. eTailers are taking pre-orders but are claiming that the Marmit Vader may not be created and released. Check out the
” Marmit Darth Vader Prototype here» ”. We are eager to see the Vader but, it is really hard to tell if this image is from a true proto from Marmit. There is no scale reference on the picture, i.e. coin or other known object thus it could be a 4”, 6” and up. But, meanwhile it is listed on the page as Marmit Vader Proto.



Carded Chewie Mynock And Han Hoth!!!
March 30, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Joseph

Carded photos of the new Han Solo Rescue On Hoth and Chewbacca Mynock Hunt are posted at Ebay. Chewbacca features a bowcaster and Mynock (with suction attachment) while the new Han Solo comes with removable face mask and lightsaber swinging action. These figures are set for release in early summer, but you can see these samples on eBay today by clicking hereChewbacca
Han Solo



Vintage Ebay Item of the Day
March 30, 2003 | 11:01 AM EST | Mark B

Today we are featuring an item exclusive to Canada. This item was originally released in Japan in baggies and then later available in Canada on cards. So, finding a carded version of this item is nearly impossible. With that in mind – here is a Canadian Walking R2-D2.



Unleashed Slave Leia
March 30, 2003 | 6:15 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at is the Slave Leia Unleashed. If you want her, head over now, she won’t last long.



The Winner Is:
March 29, 2003 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Jordan Placer, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember to be eligible to win, your entry must include your name and address. Good luck!



KBToys Deals
March 29, 2003 | 11:39 AM EST | Mark

Over at they cnow have the 4-pack of LEGO Mini’s for $15.99, also in stock are the following…
Ultimate Jango Fett for $19.97
Pre-Order of the 12″ Gamorrean Guard $29.99
Pre-Order of the Playskool Falcon $29.99
Playskool Rampaging Reek $7.99 in stock

There are a lot of other toys on sale too, so head on over..



Looking For LEGO’s??
March 29, 2003 | 11:32 AM EST | Mark

Over at, they are offering free shipping on LEGO’s. They are also offering $10 off orders $75 or more with this code. SVTYMGSAVETN



QNA March 29th…..
March 29, 2003 | 11:27 AM EST | Mark

John Muse has stopped by once again and delivers another 10 questions and answers. He has added a Visual Answer to one of the answers. He also has a couple of spots open for the next QNA, so if you have questions, send them in…. For now, head on over and read the latest.



Master Replicas Lightsaber Auction:
March 29, 2003 | 11:26 AM EST | George

Master Replicas will be hosting a unique auction for a Development Prototype Set for the limited edition Yoda lightsaber. It will be available for bidding startingMarch 31 and ending April 9 on eBay. This auction is for members of their collectors society, for more details visit the The Official Site or simply
click here».



Star Wars meets Real Wars
March 29, 2003 | 10:27 AM EST | Jay

You’ve just gotta love MAD magazine… Coming Soon…



Ultarama Sale!
March 28, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

The NEW Ultaramas are now available at and all orders get free shipping through Tuesday night!



New Header For The Realm
March 28, 2003 | 8:30 PM EST | Mark

I would like to thank Adam for his awesome talent in Graphics Design as he has offered to help make the page look even better with the current design. He created the new header that is placed atop our page. Just another dimension of our site – for the fans, by the fans.


Now on with the news…



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 4
March 28, 2003 | 11:13 AM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Chewbacca

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (two different pics), POTF.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$315.00, SW 21 Back=$225.00, ESB=$105.00, ROTJ=$47.00, POTF=$123.00, LOOSE=$14.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the right.

One variation that is worth mentioning is that in the Early Bird Kit, Chewbacca came with a green crossbow. The loose figure with that crossbow is much more valuable ($55.00 aprox.) than a regular loose Chewie.

The Luke Skywalker figure had a similar variation that I didn’t mention. On the Early Bird Kit it came with a double telescoping lightsaber. The little tip of the weapon extended about a half an inch more, making it as long as the character’s leg. Because the production of these was so expensive, the design was changed to the regular lightsabers most of us know. Still, a few carded Skywalkers had the double telescoping saber. These are very expensive($3,000.00 plus!)… if you can find one.

(Sources: “Star Wars, The Action Figure Archive” by Steve Sansweet; “Collector’s Guide 2001” by Harald Niedermeyer; “Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book” by Geoffrey Carlton.



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 3
March 28, 2003 | 10:30 AM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Princess Leia Organa

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$540.00, SW 21 Back=$260.00, ESB=$280.00, ROTJ=$485.00, LOOSE=$37.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the right.

Sorry I could not post this yesterday. Later today expect figure number 4… Chewbacca.



Ultarama Sale
March 27, 2003 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends with Ultarama:

ULTARAMA will be at the Creation GRAND SLAM CONVENTION: THE SCI-FI SUMMIT (March 28-30) at the Pasadena Center in Pasadena California with Ultaramas at a show special price of $20 each! Stop by and take advantage of this great offer!



Master Replicas Obi-wan Lightsaber SOLD OUT
March 27, 2003 | 11:03 AM EST | Jason

If you are like me and you were under the assumption that you
would have the choice of either the “Clean” or “Weathered”
version of Obi-wan’s Lightsaber from ANH, then you were probably
shocked to learn that when you went to order the clean version
as a Society Member, the Clean version was limited to 500. Not
only that, but it had sold out very quickly.

I sent a message to Customer Service to tell them how outraged I was
about the fact that their notification letter mentioned nothing about
the exclusiveness or quantities surrounding this lightsaber. Their
response was “the quantities were posted on the website prior to the
release”, but I signed up for the news letter to be aware of things
like this instead of visiting the site daily for updates.

If anyone for some odd reason ordered two and has an extra, please let me know. If you are as outraged as I am, send an e-mail to customer service and let them know how you feel.



Vintage Ebay Item of the Day
March 27, 2003 | 9:38 AM EST | Mark B

Today we have a great example of how something as popular as Star Wars can be used to sell just about any toy. Anyone who grew up in the 70’s knew that to be really cool, you had to have a van. And not just any van, a van painted with some wild scene on it. Kenner realized this an released 2 different Star Wars vans in their SSP line of vehicles – one with heroes, one with villians. SSP was simple, you stuck a plastic stick with notches into the vehicle and when you pulled it out, the notches pulled through a gear that started a big rubber wheel spinning which of course would power the vehicle across the floor. I personally had the demolition derby cars which would break apart when they hit each other. Our Ebay Vintage item of the day is a great example of the Hero SSP Racer Van.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 26, 2003 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Dear Friends,

We have added a bunch of new Star Wars items in the past few weeks. Images and more detailed descriptions for some of these items are coming soon. You can still pre-order select Mint Condition Guaranteed Star Wars cases for just $64.99 (that’s $15 off our regular price).

Just added to our March low price case offer:

EII Collection 1 (Wave 11) – was $79.99, now just $64.99! 
EII Collection 1 (Wave 11) Not Mint – just $59.99! 

For more information on our March Star Wars case promotion click here.

Playskool back in stock!
All In One Adventures 1 Set (Item# HS2651AA, $37.99) 
All In One Adventures Asst. 2 (Item# HS2645A, $39.99)
Millennium Falcon Adventure (Item# HS3329, $34.99)

More arriving soon:
Yoda Lightsaber (Item# HS84961, $27.99)

Hasbro Pre-Order!
Clone Wars Republic Gunship (Item# HS84840, $37.99)
SW Clone Wars Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84845AA, $40.99)
SW Clone Wars Asst. 2 (Item# HS84845B, $77.99)
SW Vehicle Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84841AA, $51.99)
SW Vehicle Asst. 2 Set (Item# HS84841BB, $51.99)
Saga Scene Asst. 1 (Item# HS84997A, $100.99)
Star Wars Chess (Item# HG40992, $33.99)

Master Replicas In Stock!
Luke Saber Blueprint (Item# MRSW10002, $69.99)
Han Solo Blaster Blueprint (Item# MRSW10001, $69.99)
Obi-Wan Saber Blueprint (Item# MRSW10003, $69.99)

Master Replicas Pre-Order!
JEDI Training Remote (Item# MRSW107, $248.99)
Darth Maul Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW108, $449.99)

Fernandes Guitars Pre-Order!
Star Wars Episode 2 Pick Asst. (Item# FGSWP60E2, $99.99)

Retrorocket Boba Fett Guitar (Item# FGSWRRBF, $1,299.99)

We appreciate your business!



Master Replicas Strikes Back!!!
March 26, 2003 | 11:08 PM EST | Joseph

Today, Master Replicas released three new lightsaber replicas of the lightsabers used in The Empire Strikes Back by Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. These awesome replicas are being released as both Limited Edition and Signature Edition collectibles while the Obi-Wan Lightsaber is being released in Special Edition and Limited Edition. Here’s more about them:

The Luke Skywalker lightsaber has a limited run of 3,000, retailing for $349 each. The Signature Edition of this lightsaber is signed by Mark Hamill, and limited to 1,500. It retails for $499.

The Darth Vader lightsaber has a limited run of 2,500, and retails for $349 each. The Signature Edition of this prop replica is signed by James Earl Jones, and is limited to 500 and retails for $499.

The weathered condition of the lightsaber seen in A New Hope reflects decades of battles fought by Obi-Wan Kenobi. This lightsaber was used in the fateful battle between the elder Jedi Knight and Darth Vader. The Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber has a limited run of 3,000, retailing for $349 each. The Special Edition is limited to 500. It retails for $349 each.



New Drawing at
March 26, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Joseph

JediDaxter here with a new contest. Through the sponsor, Brians Toys I am giving away a sealed AOTC Acklay Beast. To enter, go to .
I am allowing two registries per person per week. Drawing ends April 28th. Winner will be notified by the 30th.
Good Luck with all of you!



How to keep your carded collection…
March 26, 2003 | 6:29 PM EST | Jair

This is the way I keep my carded collection. If you want to have it like this, you’ll need a room with nothing on the walls.

I bought several perforated boards of plywood and pegs so I could display my carded figures in a way that every figure could be seen, like in a store. I nailed to the back of the plywood boards rails of wood about a half an inch thick, which I drill to the wall to hold the board and weight of the figures. You need that half an inch so that you can get the pegs in and out of the board. If you drill the board directly to the wall, you won’t be able to insert the pegs.

It’s as simple as that. Each board costs about $10 (here in Guatemala, I imagine that in the US these are about $5 or $8). The pegs I use are for a single item, not the ones that can hold many figures. These cost about $0.20 cents each. I imagine you can buy everything at your local Home Depot or Hardware Store.

You’ll only need to clean your figures once in a while, beacuse they’ll be exposed to dust. And don’t forget… DON’T EXPOSE YOUR COLLECTION TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT!!!

Here is a pic of how these boards look like with figures. That’s Me and my Girlfriend at last year’s Star Wars Convention here in Guatemala. The figures in the back are part of my collection, and you can see how cool these boards look like with figures on them. It’s also very easy to keep track of your collection with these babies.

Here is the collection.

I hope this helps people out, and if you need help or have questions just let me know. I’ll be more than glad to help!



Reference Books…
March 26, 2003 | 5:26 PM EST | Jair

As a collector, one needs to know three things: What’s out there, how much it costs, and last but not least, where to get it. There are three books that are very helpful with the first two matters at hand.

1) Star Wars, The Action Figure Archive, by Steve Sansweet
2) Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book, by Geoffrey T. Carlton
3) Collector’s Guide 2001, by Harald Niedermeyer

These babies serve as great reference for collectors. Steve’s and Harald’s books concentrate purely on Kenner/Hasbro stuff, while Geoffrey’s book has almost every item ever created with a Star Wars logo or name. All three are different, but all three are great and very useful. If you can get your hands on any of these you’ll know what I’m talking about.

As to where to find the items listed on these books… Anywhere from your local Supermarket or Comic Book Store (for the new stuff) to Flea Markets, Conventions, Specialty Stores, or the Internet for the items released a long time ago… in a galaxy… you get the picture.



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 2
March 26, 2003 | 4:58 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: R2-D2

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB.

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$350.00, SW 21 Back=$240.00, ESB=$120.00, Loose=$14.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. Its the one on the left.

There are some claims that there is a Return of the Jedi Card, but I’ve not seen it. I’ve added the loose price of the figure because I forgot to do it yesterday.

Tomorrow… Princess Leia



2003 Attakus Statues – Follow up #1
March 26, 2003 | 2:28 PM EST | Jason


Evidently, Attakus likes the publicity due to the release of
certain prototype pictures at the site Kamikazcomics. Kamikazcomics
has been granted rights to release all prototype pictures and upcoming
pictures on their site.

They still have pre-orders for only $50 each to reserve one of the
fine statues being released this year. When you pre-order, you will
receive updates on the final pricing and a nifty Attakus Catalog



Star Tours Series 3 Figures
March 26, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Mark B



Star has an announcement about the 3rd series of Star Tours Figures. Series 3 includes a new R5-D4, SK-Z38 (the “bird droid”), and G2-9T. Follow the link above for more details.



Image Attack: Tribute to a Master:
March 26, 2003 | 10:18 AM EST | George

We’ve been following the Image Attack section for a few weeks at
The Official Site. Today our Master Yoda was inmmortalized in a brozium bust. To see the image of the day click here».



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 1
March 25, 2003 | 4:17 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Luke Skywalker

Released: 1978

Type of Cardback: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (two different pics).

Estimated price: SW 12 Back=$625.00, SW 21 Back=$260.00, ESB=$230.00, ROTJ=$180.00, Loose=$35.00

You can view the the figure by clicking HERE. It’s the one on the right.

As I said before, almost all figures have variations, so we will not get into them.

OK, hope this helps you organize your collection and find whatever figures you’re missing. Tomorrow… R2-D2.



Before the Guide, let’s see how it all began…
March 25, 2003 | 1:57 PM EST | Jair

The first ever toys from the Star Wars Universe came almost 9 months after A New Hope was released. To some fans back in 1977 it was like waiting for a newborn (at least it took the same time). The first four figures came in an “Early Bird Certificate Package” Christmas 1977. Well, actually no figures came in the package, just instructions on how to mail a certificate to get them between February 1 and June 1, 1978. The package also came with a stand and backdrop to put the first 12 figures.

The four figures that everyone got via mail were: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and R2-D2. From that moment on, the craze for collecting Star Wars action figures was on…

The price for an early bird gift certificate and for the 4 mail away figures is not cheap, if you can find someone who’s willing to sell it. Probably you can get it between $400 and $800 depending on the condition and if it’s still sealed. Sure many may have paid more or less for theirs. I’ll try to get a pic of one and post it soon. I really wanted to let collectors know a little about this piece, since it was the start of one of the most successful toy lines ever created.

Later today I’ll post the first Action Figure of the Collector’s Guide… Luke Skywalker. At first I will only post figures that were (and are) available on regular cardbacks, but every now and then I’ll post mail away and other difficult (and almost impossible) figures to get.




Review of Destiny’s Way
March 25, 2003 | 12:37 PM EST | Mark B


Sorry this took a few extra days to get posted. (Sometimes life just interferes…..). My first book review is posted covering the 14th Book in the New Jedi Order series – Destiny’s Way. Click Here for the Review! And as always, your comments are welcome.



The Holy Grail
March 25, 2003 | 12:23 PM EST | Mark B

No, we’re not talking about an Indiana Jones item today in our Vintage Ebay item of the day, we are talking about the Holy Grail to Star Wars Collectors. Here we have an item that was only released in Brazil, never seen in a Star Wars Movie, yet always commands the highest price of any auction for a single loose Star Wars Figure – here you have VLIX



Ultarama news:
March 25, 2003 | 10:58 AM EST | George

Just in from the folks at Ultarama:

” Ultarama released two new sets of scenes this weekend and they will be available for sale later this week on our website. As soon as the site update is completed, we will offer FREE SHIPPING for a limited time to celebrate the launch of our new products.”

Check Ultarama for more details.



Exclusive Print for Insider Subscribers:
March 25, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | George

” Star Wars Insider subscribers can now order an exclusive Attack of the Clones print by noted artist Jerry Vander Stelt. This is a limited edition of 500 prints, each hand-signed and numbered by the artist. ”

For more details click here».



12″ Plo Koon Anyone?
March 25, 2003 | 5:01 AM EST | Jay

Oh, where is Plo Koon?
He was here, but now is gone
I must win this Jedi.

Hi All, POTF2.COM is giving away the elusive 12″ Plo Koon.
Check it out at!
Happy hunting,–Aaron



New Saga Figures
March 24, 2003 | 11:25 PM EST | Joseph

Alliance has several shipments coming in over the next few weeks that contain some new items! Here’s a list of what is coming in and the expected arrival dates:

Scheduled to arive 3/31:
KB Exclusive 12″ Gamorrean Guard $49.99
Collection 2 Yoda & Chian
Ashla & Jempa
Red Battle Droid

Re-stocks of:
Collection 2 Padme
Droid Factory Analysis Droids
Barriss Offee
Aayla Secura
Lama Su
Imperial Officer

Scheduled to arive 4/7:
Collection 1 Han Solo Hoth
Chewbacca Mynock Hunt

Re-stocks of:
Collection 2 Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon
Anakin Skywalker Secret Ceremony
Mace Windu Total Control
R2-D2 Droid Factory Flight



Just A Quick Reminder!
March 24, 2003 | 8:10 PM EST | Brandon

Hey Guys! Just wanted to make a quick reminder that there is only one week left for the Store Reports Contest! This is your last week to send in those great reports on your past weekend hunts and your last chance to win One Rebel Trooper (New Sculpt) & One Imperial Officer (New Scuplt)!. I know my weekend hunt wasn’t too surprising but I did pick up an Anakin W/ Swoopbike & Count Dooku W/ Speederbike at my local Target! Great sets by the way! But, please I only got a few reports over the weekend and I am hoping for more! So please send in your reports and let me know if you find anything new! (Anybody find the most recent waves? I couldn’t find any new waves!) Anyways, thanks again and happy hunting!

Sponsors Special:
KEBcoToys now has most 3.75″ Figures For $5.29! Great Price! They are also taking pre-orders for many of the great upcoming waves including the Obi-Wan Acklay Battle Wave, Padme Droid Chase Wave, & Lama Su W/ Clone Boy / Yode W/ Padawayn Wave! These waves will be great so get your orders in now! Please visit KEBcoToys today for these great offers and more!



Action Figure Collector’s Guide…
March 24, 2003 | 4:10 PM EST | Jair

Starting tomorrow, a brand new daily post will be featured on the website about action figures. In it, you’ll be informed in detail about each figure released since 1978. Some of the information you can expect is this:

What year was the figure released? How many cardbacks was it released on? What is the estimated value of the figure? Etc. Some figures have soooooooo maaaaaaany variations that I’ll not get in to that, just different cardbacks. For pics of the figures you can check out our Toy Archives section.

Hope you enjoy this new post, and if you want something more included on it let me know before tomorrow.





More Master Replicas
March 24, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Mark B

After my post about the Count Dooku lightsaber yesterday, I’ve received a lot of inquiries about the Signature Addition of the Darth Vader Lightsaber. This item is sold out through Master Replicas, but I found these this morning at The edition on the Signature items is only 1000 pieces, so these are sure to sell out quickly!



Star Wars most influential in 75 years
March 24, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | George

From the Daily Times site edition:

” The Star Wars series of films have been voted the most influential movies of the last 75 years, in a poll for BBC News Online to mark the 75th Academy Awards. ”

For the full story, click here».



New info on Clone Trooper Bust
March 24, 2003 | 11:29 AM EST | Mark B

Some new info has just been delivered by Bothan spies about the upcoming Clonetrooper bust from Gentle Giant. As is widely known, there will be 3 variations of the troopers and each will come with various arms and weapons. We have just learned of the case breakdown on these – there will be 3 White Clone Troopers, 2 Yellow Accented, and only 1 Red Accented. So, looks like the Red one will be the really hard one to get – you variation hunters be on the lookout around the end of July when this is released!



Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Beta Test:
March 24, 2003 | 8:58 AM EST | George

SONY, LucasArts and Star Wars Galaxies are still accepting submissions to test their new game An Empire Divided. If you have what it takes, visit
Star Wars Galaxies and send in your application.



Star Wars Figure 4-Pack!!!
March 23, 2003 | 9:12 PM EST | Joseph has posted their pre-order for a “Star Wars Figure 4-Pack” for $19.99 each. This could very well be the Imperial Forces set spotlighted earlier in the week. The 4 pack is scheduled to be available on May 25th. Follow the link for details on how to order



Cinema Scene petition…
March 23, 2003 | 1:42 PM EST | George

This just in from Yak reader Jedi Daxter:

” Hello, I am writing a letter to Hasbro for a Cinema scene from The Empire Strikes Back, and this petition will need all the support, help, and listing it can get. Please post his and pass it along. Only Star Wars Fans can make this happen. Imperial Officers with Star Destroyer Bridge Base:
Admiral Ozzel, General Veers, Captain Piett. ”

Make sure to sign this petition here. I already did…



Free shipping at All
March 23, 2003 | 12:45 PM EST | George

On all posters until March 31st. To redeem this special offer, enter coupon codeP4F-471-1RL.


For more details and nice 27” x 40” posters, visit All today.



Vintage Ebay item of the Day
March 23, 2003 | 11:35 AM EST | Mark B

Lili Ledy 12″ Tusken Raider. This is one of the rarest 12″ figures ever made in the Star Wars line. Originally only available in Mexico and made in very small production runs. The Tusken Raider was unique due to the fact that a 12″ Tusken was not made in the original Kenner 12″ Figure line. There are only a handful of these still in existance, which makes them almost impossible to find.



New Lightsabers Coming from Master Replicas
March 23, 2003 | 11:28 AM EST | Mark B

Just announced today from Master Replicas. 3 new lightsabers from the classic trilogy. These will be available for preorder from Master Replicasstarting on March 26th. The 3 new sabers are: Darth Vader’s from The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker’s from Empire, and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s from A New Hope (a new weathered version?). The Vader will also be offered signed by James Earl Jones, and the Skywalker will be offered signed by Mark Hamill.



Count Dooku Master Replicas – $249.99
March 23, 2003 | 11:23 AM EST | Mark B

Still looking for a Count Dooku Lightsaber from Master Replicas? Follow THIS LINK and save $50 off the normal Master Replicas list price on this fantastic collectible!



Still Looking For Speeders??? 
March 22, 2003 | 8:04 PM EST | Joseph

Still can’t find the Darth Tyranus and Anakin Skywalker speeder bike sets? has them in stock. You can go here to order them



Vintage Ebay Toy of the Day!
March 22, 2003 | 12:24 PM EST | Mark B

Power of the Force Luke in Stormtrooper Outfit. This was one of the last figures released in the original Kenner Star Wars line. The figure itself is generally hard enough to find in good/complete condition. Here we have an excellent example of someone who never learned how to PLAY with their toys! Something unique about this item is that the card is unpunched. Vintage action figures had a small cardboard section that popped out of the top of the card so that retailers could hang them on hooks. The original owner of this item was lucky enough to grab it before someone could put it onto a display.



Playskool Falcon at
March 22, 2003 | 10:06 AM EST | Steven has the Playskool Millennium Falcon playset for pre-order at a new, lower price – $29.99.

Click here to check it out…



LEGO’s Multi-Pack On Sale
March 22, 2003 | 8:58 AM EST | Mark

Here is an old set that is back online for a very low price.

You get the Gungan Sub and the Naboo Swamp sets. This is on sale for the low price of $17.97.



New Ultarama Backgrounds
March 21, 2003 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Ultarama:

“Ultarama will unveil two new sets of scenes at the East Coast Hobby Show tomorrow at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center. Stop by and check them out!”



In From Entertainment Earth
March 21, 2003 | 6:16 PM EST | Mark

We’ve added a bunch of new Star Wars items in the past few weeks. Take your time going through this.

New low price while supplies last:
Marmit Sandtrooper Sergeant (Item# MTS6, $44.99)

Just added to our March low price case offer:
EII Collection 1 (Wave 11) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!
EII Collection 1 (Wave 11) Not Mint – just $59.99!

Playskool back in stock!
All In One Adventures 1 Set (Item# HS2651AA, $37.99)
All In One Adventures Asst. 2 (Item# HS2645A, $39.99)
Millennium Falcon Adventure (Item# HS3329, $34.99)

More arriving soon:
Yoda Lightsaber (Item# HS84961, $27.99)

Hasbro Pre-Order!
Clone Wars Republic Gunship (Item# HS84840, $37.99)
SW Clone Wars Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84845AA, $40.99)
SW Clone Wars Asst. 2 (Item# HS84845B, $77.99)
SW Vehicle Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84841AA, $51.99)
SW Vehicle Asst. 2 Set (Item# HS84841BB, $51.99)
Saga Scene Asst. 1 (Item# HS84997A, $100.99)
Star Wars Chess (Item# HG40992, $33.99)

Master Replicas In Stock!
Luke Saber Blueprint (Item# MRSW10002, $69.99)
Han Solo Blaster Blueprint (Item# MRSW10001, $69.99)
Obi-Wan Saber Blueprint (Item# MRSW10003, $69.99)

Master Replicas Pre-Order!
JEDI Training Remote (Item# MRSW107, $248.99)
Darth Maul Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW108, $449.99)

Fernandes Guitars Pre-Order!
Star Wars Episode 2 Pick Asst. (Item# FGSWP60E2, $99.99)

Retrorocket Boba Fett Guitar (Item# FGSWRRBF, $1,299.99)



March 21, 2003 | 5:07 PM EST | Jair

At last, here is the pic of the CD shelves our friend Chuck uses to keep his collection at home…

Click here to see it.

Update from Mark:
These exact shelves are available from a place called IKEA, they have are on the web at, however, they are not cheap and I am not sure they are available anymore. I have two of these myself. They are excellent for displaying the Action Fleet Ships.

There are similar shelves that are cheaper than this ones. If you go out to look for these, try to get them with a “clear” or “see through” top, that way the shelves will not be too dark.


Never expose your figures, carded or loose, to direct sunlight. The UV rays will make the colors fade on boxes, figures, cardbacks, etc.

Protect your investment.

Take care…




Do you want the original cuts of the Trilogy on DVD?
March 21, 2003 | 4:50 PM EST | Jair

I don’t know how many of you know this, but Mr. Lucas doesn’t plan to have the original cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi on the future release of the Original Trilogy on DVD.

There is a website called that is gathering signatures to present a formal request to Mr. Lucas to include these cuts on the DVD’s, not just the Special Editions. If you want to have “The Originals” when the DVD’s hit the stores sometime in the future use this link to sign the petition.



12″ Bounty Hunters on Sale
March 21, 2003 | 11:26 AM EST | Mark B have the second wave of 12″ Bounty Hunters on sale for $12.96 each. You’ll find them here – Dengar , Imperial Officer , orZuckuss. Thanks to Tim in Memphis for the heads up!



Vintage Ebay Item of the Day
March 21, 2003 | 9:36 AM EST | Mark B

I’m going to be writing a new daily column here, featuring a Rare Vintage Item that is being offered on Ebay. While we don’t normally run posts for Ebay items (and we don’t support scalpers!), these will all be unique VINTAGE items that most people won’t ever see outside of Ebay. With that in mind, I give you our first item up for bid on the Price is Right – whoops, I gotta change the TV channel when I’m writing this stuff….

Vintage Jawa Sandcrawler with Remote. This vehicle was one of the most expensive in the Kenner line back in 1979 at about $30, so it was one of the worst selling. Most kids wanted a little more action like an X-Wing or TIE Fighter. These turn up from time to time on Ebay, but it is tough to find them complete with box and Remote Control. Remember your batteries! You’ll need a couple of “D” and a couple of 9-volt.



Mystery 4-Pack????
March 21, 2003 | 7:34 AM EST | Mark

Has the markings, at $19.99, of a builder pack. But what is it? Here is the description “Star Wars Figure 4-Pack”. Anyones guess! It will be released on May 25th, so it says.

SPECIAL UPDATE!! – This just in from a very nice Hasbro Employee who would like to share the knowledge.
“This is a collection of four 3 3/4″ scale Imperial characters from the Death Star. Includes Tripod Cannon with projectile, energy Hose and trunk. Darth Vader’s lightsaber, Imperial blaster, rifle interrogation droid, gun rack, mouse droid, 4 figure stands. Also, I’m 99% sure that the 2nd wave of cantina figures have been indefinitely delayed if not altogether cancelled but will most likely be re-packed (especially KITIK KEED’ LAK) at a future date. About 15 of these were produced for samples before being cancelled by WalMart.”



Who shot first? Han or Greedo?
March 20, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | George

We all know who, poor Greedo! This comes from Yak reader
Evan Oswell:

” I have had a “Han Shot First” shop for some time now… Now with all the controversy about the Original Trilogy not being released, I thought maybe I should send you guys the link…”

Check from T-Shirts to Bumper Stickers here.



QNA Time…
March 19, 2003 | 8:24 PM EST | Mark

Yes SIRRREEEE!!! It is that time again. The All knowing Muse has stopped by with another QNA Column for our readers. John has tackled a lot of the questions you have had regarding the Hasbro Collector’s Event. With help from Bill, who was at the event, they have answered your questions. So head on over and read away.

Special note from me. I have made this QNA special by giving everyone a sneak preview at the new Please visit and let me know what you think of the layout and design. You can email me at Thanks for reading.



Please Take A Moment…
March 19, 2003 | 8:14 PM EST | Mark

‘Americans ought to be prepared for loss of life.’ is a quote from our president. Whether or not you agree we should be going to war with Iraq, the US will undoubtedly enter war with Iraq over the next couple of days. Please take a moment and pray for the American Soldiers that will be overseas defending our country during this war. Their lives hang in the balance while we spend our time looking for toys and reading toy news. So take a moment before you head down to the rest of the news.



New Star Wars Saga Figures For $5.99!!!
March 19, 2003 | 10:57 AM EST | Joseph

Do you know where to find the latest figures online for only $5.99? Check out the latest announcement from KEBCO Toys.



And speeders are on their way!
March 19, 2003 | 8:26 AM EST | George

More Darth and Anakin’s Speeders are showing up accross the nation. From California to the Indy area. Feel free to post your store reports in our forums page. Thanks to Yak readers, Gary from Indy, Steven from Chicago, JediSith from Nebraska and all others who wrote in with their store reports….



$10 off $75 at
March 18, 2003 | 6:50 PM EST | Steven

For a limited time, is offering $10 off any toy purchase of $75 or more. The code is: SVTYMGSAVETN. Not sure how long it’ll last…



How to keep a mixed collection.. thanks to Bob M.
March 18, 2003 | 5:02 PM EST | Jair

There is no doubt that if you want to keep items carded or in their package, space will always play a big factor. If your collection is a mix of carded and loose figures, ships, and playsets you have variuos options. Bob Martinazzi has an TV/Star Wars room that I liked a lot. I don’t know if the shelf was custom made or if he used one he had, but the figures, loose and carded look great in it.

Follow the link below to se how Bob takes car of his figures, specially his Luke Skywalkers! He has tons of them.

Congratulations Bob on a great collection.

PS:If you can’t use the link, copy paste it to your browser.



The Mirror Star Wars Universe
March 17, 2003 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation has posted a feature which takes us back to 1993– a time when there were no Star Wars figures in production. The field was thrown open for bids from toy companies. We all know Kenner (now Hasbro won), but what would our collections have looked like, if say, Playmates won??? Well click here and check it out!



How to keep a loose collection… Thanks to Chuck.
March 17, 2003 | 5:32 PM EST | Jair

I liked a lot many of the ideas sent on how to keep a loose collection. As in keeping a carded collection, the budget available to invest will determine at the end what you do. When I started collecting seriously back in early 1996, I took everything out of the package, but then I didn’t know what to do with the figures. Sure you can store them, but do you what to?

First, I used a big shelf with many spaces where all of the figures could fit, but three problems surfaced… First, everytime someone touched or kicked the shelf, since it was not mounted on the wall, at least half of the figures would fall (at the time, the REAL action figure stands didn’t exsist). Finding the weapons took a lot of time. Second, people who entered my room always wanted to touch the figures, and started twisting the limbs of the figures until they became loose. Third, if you do not clean your figures at least once or twice a month, they will grow beards (also known as get covered in dust).

Taking all that in mind, for a LOOSE collection to be well kept, you have to keep your figures in a mounted, dust resistant, restricted access place; but still be able to enjoy them.

Chuck sent us his idea. He uses CD shelves to display his loose figures. They look great inside those shelves and are very well protected. One other important thing is that they don’t take up a lot of space. You can easily fit 2 or three of these in a wall, and each holds a lot of figures. He bought these for about $80.00 each, but I’ve seen much cheaper ones that look just as good.

Thanks Chuck for helping out your fellow Star Wars Collectors. The picture of your collection will be posted tomorrow with the other two best ideas.



How to keep your collection… Winners!!!
March 17, 2003 | 4:06 PM EST | Jair

I wanted to post this in the morning but I was involved in a car crash last Saturday and it took me all morning today to find the parts for my car and bill the husband of the lady who decided to run the red light. Well, at least nobody got hurt.

Hello Star Wars fans and collectors. I want to thank everyone who took the time to send in their ideas on how to keep your figures at home. I’m sure that a lot of collectors will benefit from your contributions.

The best ideas have been picked and will be posted in a couple of minutes. Keep checking the website and see if your collection (or part of it) makes it.

Thanks again to all for participating. This was just the first of many features we’ll decicate purely to the hobby of collecting… Enjoy!




Hasbro 2003 Collector Event Saga Coverage
March 16, 2003 | 7:14 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our coverage of the 2003 Hasro Collector Event with a number of pages of photos and 411 on the Saga Collection for this year, and even a few tidbits of what will happen after 2003. Click here for the coverage!



Camp Ambush Tusken review!
March 16, 2003 | 3:37 PM EST | Michael

The Headless Horsman has nothing on this Tusken Raider! It looks like Anakin did a little decapitating while visiting the Tusken Raider camp on Tatooine, and this figure let’s you recreate the scenes you never saw. Check out the complete review here.



Darth Tyrnanus and Anakin’s speeders showing up…
March 16, 2003 | 7:11 AM EST | George

Seems like Darth Tyranuns and Anakin’s speeder are showing up. This comes from Yak reader Don:

” Went to Target this morning and found the Anakin and Darth Tyranus’s speeder Bikes. They rang up at 12.89 ea. at a total of 27.91 for both of them and these were found at the Long Beach Ca. store. I have no scanner to show proof ”.

Thanks Don, now lets keep our eyes open, the hunt is on!



12″ Jango @
March 15, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Steven has the 12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett for $19.97. Hop on over if you’re looking to add this great figure to your collection.



JC Penny Sale
March 15, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Mark

Been waiting on the 12″ wave of figures that had Dooku, Zam, and the Super Battle Droid? Well head over to JC Penney as they have the set for $39.99.



KBToys Sale
March 15, 2003 | 9:35 AM EST | Mark

You can head over there and pick up the 12″ Ultimate Jango Fett for $19.99, 50% off. Also in stock is the last Playskool set, Rampaging Reek. They also have in stock all the new LEGO sets.



Better deal on Kubricks??
March 15, 2003 | 9:28 AM EST | George

This comes from Yak reader Scott R- Westland in MI:

”Not sure if anyone else has sent this link in yet, but this has to be the best deal I’ve seen so far on the Kubricks Bounty Hunter set! Check it out…$35.00!!!! National Console Support, Inc ( Hope this helps out”

To save our readers some clicks, here is the link to the page.

UPDATE: Pre-Orders are closed for them. We’ll keep our readers updated.



Carded Deluxe, Mock-Ups, And More
March 15, 2003 | 3:58 AM EST | Bill

Carded versions of the very soon to be released Deluxe Kamino Obi Wan and Jango Fett sets, along with the prototype for the Jango Fett set have appeared on Ebay along with the mock-ups of the upcoming Imperial Troop and Super Battle Droid Maker sets. Click the links below to check out the images!

Deluxe Obi Wan

Deluxe Jango Fett

Deluxe Jango Fett Prototype

Imperial Forces Mock Up Set

Super Battle Droid Builder Mock Up



Hasbro 2003 Collector Event Coverage
March 15, 2003 | 3:47 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated with the first part of our coverage of Hasbro’s 2003 Collector Event. This update covers the Clone Wars part of Hasbro’s 2003 line. Tonight, we’ll add all the coverage and insights on the Saga Line. Click here to check out all the photos.



Help A Collector Out….
March 14, 2003 | 10:13 PM EST | Mark

We usually don’t post items like this, however, our own Bill here at Yakface is looking for your help. He is in search of the Micro Machines Theed Palace playset. If you have one you are willing to part with, or know a good source he can get one from please email Bill. Thanks one and all. Now, back to the news….



Help a fellow collector…and maybe your collection too…
March 14, 2003 | 6:46 PM EST | Jay

James is in a tough spot…
I am a long time viewer of this page, and a big fan of your site. I am in a financial bind and have to sell off a huge amount of my Star Wars toy collection. I am selling them in ‘themed’ sets based on the movie such as “Federation Army”, “Tatooine”, “Hoth Battle” etc.
Would you be willing to post this along with my email address so that collectors out there can grab some of my collection to build their armies, catch up on those hard to find missed figures or just to add to their customizing collection, I’d really appreciate it. Once emailed I will send them a list of the ‘sets’ and the prices too. Thanks.
James can be reached here if you can help him out.



Image Attack: Mandalorian Gauntlet
March 14, 2003 | 1:04 PM EST | George

This time The Official site is featuring Jango Fett’s Mandalorian Gauntlet. Nice picture, click here to enjoy it.



More in Store from Hasbro 2003
March 14, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | George

This comes from The Official Site:

”Yesterday, Hasbro Inc. pulled back the curtain on their plans for the remainder of the year, and offered a first look at just some of the exciting Star Wars toys due out in 2003 at a special Collectors Show hosted in Hasbro’s hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island”. Click here for the whole scoop!.



How to keep your collection… Update…
March 14, 2003 | 11:22 AM EST | Jair

Hi everyone… I want to let you know that because there was a bit of trouble checking out the site yestarday, you can still send in your ideas on how to keep your collection at home. There have been great ideas sent, but maybe yours will be the one we post first. You have until Monday morning to send them. Remember to include ONE picture if you can. This is your chance to show everybody you collection.

Remember… 3 will be posted, so good luck.



A Shuttle could be yours for $3.00…
March 14, 2003 | 5:17 AM EST | George

How about getting an Imperial Shuttle for $3.00? Our good friend Jason Meyers over @ informed us about this. This is not a typical giveaway, it is for a good cause. For more details on this unique giveaway today.



Imperial Shuttle
March 14, 2003 | 3:13 AM EST | Joseph

CloudCity has FAO Schwarz Imperial Shuttles in stock and ready to ship for as low as $129.99. These shuttles are case fresh! Click on the link to view the shuttles at Check out their pic of their latest shipment.



Gamorrean Guard @ KB Toys.
March 13, 2003 | 3:31 PM EST | George

KB-Toys is taking pre-orders for the new and cool 12” Gamorrean Guard. Price is $29.99 + S&H and it is scheduled to be available on June 10, 2003. Click HERE for more details

A huge thank you goes to Yak reader Steve Adkins for the heads up.



More on Kotobukiya Kits:
March 13, 2003 | 2:21 PM EST | George

Several readers sent over e-mails asking HOW-TO. Well, seems like Kotobukiya is producing SWs snap-together kits. However, if glue is required, my good old pal Dan over at HOBBY ZONE in Eagan MN, strongly recommended over a phone conversation Ambroid Cement # 1611 ($1.89). Have in mind that these aren’t typical model kits but highly detailed statues. ”Another alternative is Super Glue” Dan added.

Clone Trooper Commander Kit coming soon! Check them all here.



Image Attack at
March 13, 2003 | 1:28 PM EST | George

Concept art for a triangular Coruscant airpeeder has been posted at the Official Site. Many of the designs of Episode II appear closer to the angular concepts of the original trilogy. To see the latest art posted click here.



Endor troop builder @ EE
March 13, 2003 | 9:59 AM EST | George

If you missed the formerly Fans Club Exclusive (like me), soon we’ll have another chance. Click HERE to pre-order @ Entertainment Earth



March 12, 2003 | 11:25 PM EST | Jay

Chris wrote in with some great finds…
I found the new speeder bike sets in my local Target (Roanoke, VA). I also found the newest Action Fleet ships today at Wal-Mart including Slave One.
Also Target is getting ready to do a light reset in their boys action aisle within the next week, including Star Wars. My local Target just sent the remaining 12″ figs to the clearance endcaps. Looks like they’re not part of the plan for spring. $13.98 and going down from there, they had Dooku, Zam and SBD left. Remember different size stores have different strategies and more space to work with so this may not affect the one in you’re town, but worth look.
Thanks again to Chris for the update.



Attakus 2003-2004
March 12, 2003 | 10:10 PM EST | Jason


2003 & 2004 are looking very promising for the French Company A Direct Dealer in Montreal, Canada has received
information regarding 7 of the 13 planned Statues being issued
this year by end of summer, with the rest coming by the beginning
of 2004. Among the first 7 include a huge Chewbacca Statue,
Jango Fett, Han Solo(ANH), Obi-wan(ANH), Yoda(EP2), Jawa, and
a salacious crumb to go along with the already available Jabba
and Slave Leia!

You can see all of the concept images and a few prototypes at The owner of the site is Benjamin
and is taking pre-orders for $50 for each statue. He will be
getting a large order of the 1500 total being made. If you
decide to place an order with Benjamin and kamikazcomics, please
tell him you heard it first from Here is the direct
link to the Star Wars Attakus Statues…

I will follow up with prices and other
releases as they become available… including other plans for a
new line by Attakus for Star Wars.



Chewie, Look Out For Mynocks!
March 12, 2003 | 8:06 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 10 (Item# HS84851L, $64.99). This new action figure assortment includes: Han Solo – Hoth (NEW), Chewbacca – Mynock Hunt (NEW), Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation, Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon, R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight, Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony, and Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle.



Gotta Love Hasbro
March 12, 2003 | 5:45 PM EST | Mark

In just another shameful attempt to grab more money from the die hard collectors. Hasbro has decided to make the new Hoth Han Solo in two different versions. One with a BLUE coat and one with a BROWN coat. The blue coat will be available first, with the brown one following shortly thereafter. You can read all about it right HERE at the official Star Wars website.



More Deals @ Wal-Mart
March 12, 2003 | 3:34 PM EST | Steven

Just picked up a Lego Jedi Duel (7103) with a clearance price of $5.00 (I just had to have that little Yoda!).

Also, the Saga TIE Bomber showed up in the clearance aisle of my local Wal-Mart for $16 and some change. It came up at regular price at the register, and the next day they were back with the other regular-priced items.



Special Offer for Yakface Readers
March 12, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Mark B

As the other Mark mentioned when I came aboard. I am the owner of M and M Collectibles. Well, I want to thank Mark and all of the readers here for welcoming me aboard with a special offer for all of you. So, for 3 days only (March 12-14), if you put “Yakface” in the company name on the order form on our website, we’ll take 25% off your entire order. We manually process these orders, so the cart won’t show the discount. The discount will show on the receipt you receive. This disount applies to EVERYTHING on the site. Again, that is 25% off EVERYTHING!!! The link to the site is M and M Collectibles



A question to our readers from Brian Satchfield
March 12, 2003 | 7:31 AM EST | George

” I just read your report about the Lego TIE Fighters showing up in the mail. I got mine a couple of weeks ago, but it didn’t come in a box as your article states–mine came in a small, promotional-looking plastic bag packaged in a padded mailer envelope. The product number on the front of the bag is 3219 and the item number on the back of the bag near the UPC is 4191793. It will be interesting to see which version is the more common or why some
people get one over the other.” 

Any help will be appreciated, e-mail Brian Satchfield here and or share it with our readers here.

UPDATE: Mine came in a small cardboard box that looked like it had the heck of a journey. Oh well, no parts were missing.




New Cantina Question
March 11, 2003 | 9:56 PM EST | Jay

SJ wrote me asking about a date for the 2nd wave of the cantina sets. Although I don’t have a specific date, it looks like they were not part of the most recent Wal-Mart toy reset. So I’d say they still a good few months away. Interesting timing of this question as I have just returned from my local WM where I picked up Wave 1 at the low low price of $2.50 each. It looks like they were cleared out of the Star Wars aisle to make room for other action figures. Good time to be scouring the clearance aisles if you still need these! Great question. Keep em coming!



Episode III Set Revealed!!!
March 11, 2003 | 6:11 PM EST | Joseph

The article hints about the fact of classic sets appearing in the final SW movie, so we would certainly think so. So exactly what is it? Believe it or not, we know exactly already. Here’s the scoop, courtesy of TFN reader Steve Bragg.



A bit on Kotobukiya’s kit…
March 11, 2003 | 5:39 PM EST | George

After my post about the Clone Trooper from Kotobukiya I’ve got several e-mails asking how to. Well, Vynil and Poly models are totally different substracts (materials) to work with. Glue paint and craftmahship are different from the beggining. Have your exacto knife, boiling pot (Yoda’s) and e-mail those questions. I’ll be glad to make your modeling, airbrushing and scorching a pleasure.



Very Cheap 12″
March 11, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Jair

Darthmidion was kind enough to let us know that at his local Wal Mart the Dengar 12″ wave is now at $5 each! So if you are missing these figures check your local Wal Mart. Good Luck!

Thanks Darthmidion!



New Clone Wars Figures!
March 11, 2003 | 12:58 PM EST | Mark B

Head on over to Star where there are photos of 2 new action figures for the Clone Wars line. You’ll find a new Clone Wars Anakin, and a new bounty hunter named “Durge”. Background on Durge is at the site.



New Clone Trooper Bust Image
March 11, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark B

Dark Horse Comics and Gentle Giant Studios have released an image of the variants for the forthcoming Star Wars: Clone Trooper Deluxe Mini-Bust. Portraying the foot soldiers of the New Republic from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, this highly detailed, 5½”-tall mini-bust from Gentle Giants Studios features a modular aspect, allowing the collector to pose the bust in a variety of ways. Signed and limited to 7,500 pieces — and packaged in a handsome window box — the mini-bust includes numerous arm components and weapon accessories. Each deluxe Clone Trooper bust will include the following components:Arm configurations: one right arm, one left arm pointing, one left arm sculpted to support a rifle. Accessories: a DC-15 blaster, a DC-15 rifle, and a pair of long range binoculars. This bust is supposed to be available around mid-July. It will be available exclusively through Dark Horse Comics and Diamond Comics Retailers.



Don’t forget to send in those ideas…
March 11, 2003 | 10:13 AM EST | Jair

Just a reminder to send in those ideas on how to keep your collection at home. Some of the ones I’ve gotten are great! The best will be posted on Friday.

Take care,


PS: Your displays don’t have to be expensive to be good, so everyone has a chance to contribute. Thanks!!!



Watch those mailboxes!
March 11, 2003 | 9:14 AM EST | Mark B

If you ordered one of the free Mini-Lego Tie Fighters a while back, keep an eye on your mailbox. Mine showed up in the mail yesterday. It comes in a really cool little box with photos of the other mini Star Wars Legos with Yoda watching over them. Most people I have heard from are reporting that their boxes are beat up from handling in the mail. Mine wasn’t too bad, except for some corner dings which I would totally expect.



The Sculptor’s Bench
March 10, 2003 | 11:26 PM EST | Bill

Adam May over at Galactic Hunter has posted an interview with Scott Andrews who has sculpted some really nice 12″ pieces for Hasbro. Click here for the story.



Retail Insider
March 10, 2003 | 9:08 PM EST | Jay

I just wanted to say thanks to Team Yak for bringing me aboard as your new guy on this inside of the retail world. I’ve worked for various retailers through the years (including TRU and Target among others), and I’m ready to answer all your questions about our precious purveyors of Star Wars merchandise. I’ll also keep you updated on changes in the stores as well as any exclusive info I can get my hands on. You can send me store reports as well. I hope I can be a useful resource to you all!




How to keep your collection…
March 10, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Jair

It hasn’t been a week since I started here and by now I have been contacted by people all over! Spain, Argentina, and Germany just to name a few. Thanks to everyone!

I want to share with everyone ways to keep your Star Wars Collections. There are a lot of ways…

Some like to keep everything stored in boxes, others like to display their collection to themselves and others. Some like to have things carded and boxed while others like to have everything outside its package. Some like to build dioramas and others just like to see the figures and ships standing there.

Sometimes your budget determines how you keep your collection, and with that in mind I want you to share how you keep yours to give other collectors ideas on how to keep theirs. If you have pics also send them, but just one per collection please, or my e-mail will explode!

Ok, send in those ideas and I’ll post three of them. One for carded figures, one for opened figures, and one that has both. The result will be posted on Friday.

If yours doesn’t make it now don´t worry, I’ll try to post as many ideas as possible, at least one or two per week. This because nobody has the final word on how to do this so every idea could be a good one.

I’ll also be posting my collection soon…





The Nightclub/Zam In The Alley {Dialogues Deletions}
March 10, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | George

From Star
” Before Anakin and Obi-Wan enter the Coruscant nightclub in pursuit of Zam Wesell, Obi-Wan gives Anakin a little speech about losing his lightsaber. For some reason, one line of Obi-Wan’s was deleted. It’s still present in one of the film’s trailers…
To read the whole story click here»



A Look Into The Past & A Glimpse Into The Future
March 10, 2003 | 5:42 AM EST | Robert

For a long while I’ve been planning on revamping the prototypes section. In addition, I have also envisioned the modern era collector sites working together since the common ground we all share is Star Wars collecting. With both and working together with I would like to start the prototype website joint effort off with a preview of the new entry page design layout by showing four new prototype entries. I designed the new entry pages similar to how each of the Star Wars films start, with scrolling yellow text on a space background. I’m interested in feedback to the new design, so please feel free to drop me a line at letting me know whether you like the new layout or don’t like it. You can view the four preview entries by going HERE.



Aaron from wrote in to say…
March 9, 2003 | 6:55 PM EST | George

”Hi All: POTF2.COM has posted detailed pics of the new Deluxe Obi-Wan Kenobi with “Force-push”. Find out how this action feature works, by clicking”here»»..



12″ Max Rebo Prototype
March 9, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Bill

A prototype of the upcoming 12″ Max Rebo (Rumored as a Wal-Mart Exclusive) has surfaced over Galactic HunterCheck it out here.



Saved From The Cutting Room Floor
March 8, 2003 | 4:19 PM EST | Bill

The Official site has updated with interviews of sme of the actors who portrayed the Naberrie family on AOTC, and their insights being “officially” made a part of Clones with the DVD release. Click here for the full story.



The Winner Is
March 8, 2003 | 3:47 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Jordan Hofer, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for the next drawing here. Remember your entry must include your full name and address to be eligible to win!



Head Fan Interviewed
March 8, 2003 | 3:17 PM EST | Bill

Adam May over at Galactic Hunter has posetd an interview with Lisa Stevens, President of the Star Wars Fan Club. Click here to check it out.



Hello Everyone
March 8, 2003 | 12:02 PM EST | Steven

Thanks to everyone at YakFace for making me a part of the team. I saw A New Hope in 1977 when I was six years old and have been a fan and collector ever since.

Feel free to e-mail me with news, store reports, or tell me about your unique collections. I’d be happy to answer your action figure or comic book questions. In fact, taking a cue from Mark and his novel reviews, I’d like to do the same with the comics. I’ll be listing and reviewing upcoming releases, so stay tuned!



Unproduced Star Wars Photos
March 8, 2003 | 12:19 AM EST | Bill

Garrie from Wattos Junkyard in England sent in a batch of great pictures of unreleased and unproduced Star Wars items, including the 12″ AT-AT Commander and Lando Skiff Guard Disguise, the 3 3/4″ Holographic Nute Gunray, and the Role Playing FX Yoda lightsaber.



News flash from D&S Toys
March 7, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | George

New Items in stock!

Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon Wave
Vader & Slave Leia Unleashed
Tomy 14″ Plush Yoda, Jawa & Ewok from Japan
New Obi-Wan Acklay Battle & Darth Tryanus Geonosis Figures
New Action Fleet, Speeder Bikes
Yoda Lightsaber – Next week…
Acklay – Back in Stock!

Check them out before the’re gone @
D & S Sci-fi Toys.



Hello Everyone
March 7, 2003 | 10:31 AM EST | Mark B

First off, thanks to Mark for letting me be a part of the team here. As he said below, I run M and M Collectibles which has been around for about 5 years, selling to collectors over the internet. Feel free to visit our site at and sign up for our mailing list. I won’t bore you with that stuff here. I really looking forward to my time here. I’m going to start up a book section on the site. I’ll be going back and doing reviews of all of the Star Wars novels over the next few months. I’m working on my first one right now of the New Jedi Order book “Destiny’s Way”. Hopefully, through some of my connections we’ll be able to have some fun here and get you information that will be useful to all!



A Special Welcome
March 7, 2003 | 10:19 AM EST | Mark

I would like to welcome all the new members of, I apologize to the readers of this site for takign so long to get more help, we have let the site slip a little, and will be trying to make it better for everyone that visits. Along with the new members, some of the readers will recognize Mark B, one of our new members. He is Mark from M and M collectibles. He will be helping out with the news and also be running a section on Star Wars book reviews. I hope you will find this new section useful, and if you are an avid reader of the continuing saga within the books, please email Mark and let him know what suggestions you have for the section. Welcome again to all and our goal is to be a very good site at bring you the news as we get it. Now on with the news…



One of the new kids…
March 7, 2003 | 9:44 AM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. My name is Jair Monsanto and I’m honored to be a part of this great Website. has been “THE SOURCE” for news to collectors like you and me for a long time now and to be able to contribute to it gives me great satisfaction. My thing is the 3 3/4 line, so I’ll be glad to help you as much as I can with it. I’ll post all kinds of collector tips, like how to display or take care of your collection. I’ll also do some in-depth figure analisys, plus a whole lot more. For our Spanish speaking readers I’ll be more than glad to answer your questions (¡Estoy para servirles!). OK, with all that out of the way, there is just one more thing to say: May “The Source” be with you…

Hey, I just want to clarify that I’ll be more than glad to answer the questions of our English speaking readers also! Take care everyone!

PS: I don’t know how to put the picture small so you can click on it to see it bigger… sorry.



A faithful cloned clone from Kotobukiya
March 7, 2003 | 6:38 AM EST | George

”The strongest Clone Trooper clad in white armor has been beautifully brought to life. From the configuration of the full body armor to the minute details on his guns, this Clone Trooper has a striking pose, with his super-sized blaster at the ready. It comes with a base taken from the climactic scene in the Arena Floor of the Geonosis of Episode II.”
Check them out @ Entertainment Earth.



Hello everybody!
March 7, 2003 | 1:24 AM EST | Joseph

Hi everyone! I’m Joseph. After being an avid fan and loyal reader of Yakface, I’m glad to be on board as a staff member. I’m reporting from the San Diego area and I’m very excited about covering the upcoming Comic-Con in July. Please feel free to e-mail me with your news, store reports and other comments to help us make this site even better.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
March 6, 2003 | 10:36 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

Star Wars Pre-Order Specials!
Mint Condition Guaranteed Star Wars Cases starting at $64.99!
Not Mint Star Wars Cases starting at $59.99!

EII Collection 2 (Wave 12)
New Star Wars Figures! Includes Yoda & Chian, Ashla & Jempa, Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, SP-4 & JN-66, Imperial Officer, and Battle Droid – Arena Battle.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84861M
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures

EII Collection 2 (Wave 13)
New Star Wars Figures! Includes Padme Amidala – Wedding Dress, Wat Tambor, Coleman Trebor, Darth Maul, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Yoda & Chian, Ashla & Jempa, Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, and Battle Droid – Arena Battle
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84861N
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures

EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5)
New Deluxe Star Wars Figures! Includes Deluxe Obi Wan Kenobi with Force Power and Deluxe Jango Fett. Obi-Wan Kenobi uses the Force to push objects through the air in his defense and Jango Fett fires up his backpack and grabs onto a column to get a better shot at Obi-Wan!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84859E
Price: $64.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: Deluxe



Welcome Aboard
March 6, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

We asked readers who were interested in furthering our Star Wars collecting hobby to let us know if you’d like to join our staff, and we received an overwhelming response. Over the next week or so you’ll be seeing some new names and faces joining our staff. Tonight, I’d like to welcome aboard the first three of our new staffers, George, Jair, Joseph, Steve, and Mark B. They’ll be bringing you news, updates to our Toyguide and lots more. Welcome guys!



Lucas in Commercial to Fight Piracy:
March 6, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | George

George Lucas will be appearing in a PSA commercial to fight movie piracy. For more info on this subject click here>>.



Hello everybody!
March 6, 2003 | 11:23 AM EST | George

Glad to be on board here @ Yakface. I’m George Collazo and most readers are familiar with my photos and collaborations to Yak since almost its early days. In fact, my passion for SW and admiration for Yakface drove me along with Pat Carlucci to create another site., and here I am now. Soon I’ll be adding more pleasant pictures to our Toy Guide. Feel free to e-mail me with your news, store reports and others.



Looking For Kubrick Early Bird Set?
March 5, 2003 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the upcoming Kubrick Early Bird Set, they are already appearing on Ebay, if you’re a Kubrick fan in general, he has a number of different ones listed you can see pics of the Early Bird Set in this auction andhere.



Spoilers Beware
March 5, 2003 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Stephen wrote in to point on what has appeared on a site with the same name as a rumored title for Episode III. We all know titles circulating this early are highly unlikely to be the “real” title, however Circle Of The Force is clearly NOT it. Click here to check out the site!



Kamino Deluxe Obi Wan Proto
March 4, 2003 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

The proto for the upcoming Kamino Deluxe Obi Wan figure has surfaced on Ebay and you can see it here.



Republic Gunship For $9.99!!!!
March 4, 2003 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

You can head over to and order a Republic Gunship at 75% off, for the low price of $9.99, with shipping the total comes to just under $19, so if you want to make a fleet out of these ships, now is the time. Also, free shipping on orders over $79.

UPDATE: The Gunship was a one day sale, it’s now $39.99 again, however the sale for March 5 is Anakin’s interactive lightsaber for $12.99!



Q and A 2003! Again!!
March 3, 2003 | 8:43 PM EST | Mark

You can ask anything and he knows… Ask about toys, figures, ships, marriage, kids. Just write a Dear John letter and the all powerful Muse will answer you…. Here is his latest rendition….



Kubrick Bounty Hunters!
March 3, 2003 | 8:28 PM EST | Mark

Are you interested in a set of Kubrick Bounty Hunters? This is the second wave of these figures that are going to be released. Andrew, a fellow reader, has written in and is willing to pick up some sets of these for fellow fans. If you are interested, please email Andrew and let him know that sent you. He is taking Pre-Orders and the cost is very reasonable compared to what EBAY has. $70 a set plus shipping.



Entertainment Earth Pre-Orders!
March 3, 2003 | 8:23 PM EST | Mark

Pre-Order New Star Wars Figure Cases With Prices Starting as Low as
*For the first time ever Entertainment Earth is accepting pre-orders for Not Mint cases of select new Star Wars basic action figures at
$59.99 (that’s $20 off our regular Mint Condition price). Or you can
pre-order Mint Condition Guaranteed cases for just $64.99 (that’s $15 off our regular price).

Promotion Rules:
* If you already placed an order for one of these items at the original price, your price has automatically been reduced.
* Orders for cases in Mint Condition ($64.99) will be filled first. Orders for cases in Not Mint condition ($59.99) will be shipped after all Mint Condition orders are filled.
* Hurry, order now! This is a limited time offer valid through March 31, 2003. Offer is subject to availability and change at any time.
* This promotion applies to these eight items only:

1. EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!
2. EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) Not Mint – just $59.99!
3. EII Collection 2 (Wave 12) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!
4. EII Collection 2 (Wave 12) Not Mint – just $59.99!
5. EII Collection 2 (Wave 13) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!
6. EII Collection 2 (Wave 13) Not Mint – just $59.99!
7. EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!
8. EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 6) – was $79.99, now just $64.99!



Clone Wars Cartoon Interview
March 3, 2003 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Mile High Comics has posted an interview with part of the creative team behind the upcoming Clone Wars Cartoon series. Michele Gagne did the special EFX animated intro to Thundercats of the 80’s and will be working on the Clone Wars series. The interview gives some nice insights into the series. Click hear to read it.



Imperial Forces and Bounty Hunter Packs Photos
March 2, 2003 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

Jay over at American Dream Comics has posted images of a mock up of the upcoming Imperial Forces 4 pack set, in the Bounty Hunter set’s box. In addition to a nice group of army builers (R4, AT-ST Driver, and Stormtrooper), and an Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, the set includes a number of accessories as well. On the pack of the packages are photos of the Bounty Hunter set which inclues Aurra’s swoop bike! Click here for the photos.



It’s a big cockroach! 12″ Geonosian review
March 2, 2003 | 5:39 PM EST | Michael

When an ugly, green bug is the best looking figure of a set, the other two members better take a close look in the mirror. The sixth scale Geonosian Warrior is at just about every Toys R Us, but we have the review with photos right here.

February 2003 Archive

Free Lego Ties Shipping
February 28, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Elkkthunder wrote in to report that he received his Lego Tie Fighter from Star and Lego’s giveaway promition today. If you were lucky enough to get a request for one in, watch your mailbox!



Looking For People…
February 28, 2003 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark

Have you been collecting for a while? Have you thought about working on a webpage but didnt know what to do to get one started? Well if this descibes you, email me. We are looking for some good reporters that are true collectors and want to help others out.



And The Ultimate Star Wars Collector Is……..
February 28, 2003 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark


In late 2002 Hasbro, Inc. searched the galaxy for young Padawans looking for the best young Star Wars collector. And, since every would-be Jedi needs their mentor, how could we not also look for the ultimate Star Wars collector in the 15 and over age category.

We’re very pleased to announce that our search has ended with Colin Skowronski of Plano, Texas! As the Grand prize winner, Colin will be awarded an action figure crafted in his likeness, a trip to Hasbro for himself and a guest and a complete set of Hasbro’s 2003 Star Wars 3.75 basic action figures and a special JORG SACUL (“SACUL” is Lucas spelled backwards) figure.

Thank you to all the passionately enthusiastic Star Wars collectors across the country who entered the contest.

May the Force be with you!



Figures Back In Stock
February 27, 2003 | 2:17 PM EST | Mark

Here are some of the new figures that sold out, they are back in stock if you are still looking…

Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
Rebel Trooper Tantive IV Defender
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids)
Imperial Officer



Two New Luke Jedi’s Coming
February 27, 2003 | 8:49 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro has updated again with news and images of two new Luke Jedi’s that we will be getting. Click on the link to see the images.

Introducing two new versions of Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi. In Spring of 2004, we will be releasing a new sculpt of Luke with tons of detail and multiple points of articulation (see 2004 sculpting input). In the Fall of 2003, a new kids’ version of Luke will also be available. This aggressive version of Luke has a cool lightsaber slashing action to recreate the Throne Room battle with Darth Vader. While kids love the cool action features, the wave of figures including Luke, Darth Vader and the Snowtrooper will be the last wave for 2003 with action features. This Fall, Collection 1 figures will become Clone Wars figures with an emphasis on cool new gear. And Collection 2 will become our Saga Collection and we will continue to offer movie-based figures with great authenticity, detail and articulation.



Troop Builders And Stands Too
February 26, 2003 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Jedivalkyrie:

“I received my Sandtrooper Troop Builder packs from EE today, with a little surprise: each trooper is packaged with a clear oval figure stand! I wasn’t aware that the stands were included. Nice for display!”



Looking For 12″ Gamorrean Guards
February 26, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Well the reports were true! KB Toys will have an exclusive 12″ Gamorrean Guard, the price is $29.99 and they will be released June 10! You can order them right here and KB will ship when they are released. Hats off to Jimmy atThe Trade Fed for finding th preorder.



Action Fleet Wave 4 In Stock
February 26, 2003 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Entertainment Earth:

The Wave 4 Action Fleet Vehicles are now in stock.

Star Wars Micro Machines Action Fleet Vehicle Assortment 4, Set. New for 2003! Includes 3 vehicles: 1x Republic Gunship, 1x Jango Fett’s Slave 1, and 1x Republic Assault Ship (subject to change). Each vehicle includes a display stand.



Unleashed Luke, Sidious And Obi-Wan!
February 26, 2003 | 1:17 PM EST | Mark

Hasbro has updated the site today with pictures of these three new unleashed figures: Check it out.

New Unleashed figures are coming this summer! Capturing the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments, Wave 2 unleashes Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

When Luke ignites his father’s lightsaber for the first time, he begins a journey down a difficult yet magnificent path that leads to the salvation of an entire galaxy. The Force is strong in Luke and he grows in skill and wisdom through the teachings of Ben Kenobi and his training with the wise Jedi Master Yoda.

Darth Sidious is a chilling specter of evil who casts his oppressive shadow over the galaxy. Sidious began to build his terrible empire upon the crushed remnants of the Jedi Order and the shattered remains of the war-torn galaxy.

Always a cautious and disciplined person, Obi-Wan Kenobi stands as a shining example of all the qualities that become a great Jedi: complete dedication, uncompromising honor and consummate skill. His careful nature is in strong contrast to the emotional impulses of his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and he strives to instill some of his cautious approach into the volatile young Padawan.



Begun, The Clone Wars Comics Have
February 25, 2003 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a glimpse of this month’s Star Wars Comics… featuring two focusing on the Clone Wars. If you’re a fan of the Clone Wars and/or the Expanded Universe you’re in for a treat. Click here for the details.



EE Products
February 25, 2003 | 8:09 AM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth: Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 Set (Item# HS84851KK, $43.99). Includes 6 action figures: 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 1x Boba Fett – The Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 1x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle, and 1x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (subject to change). Our first shipment sold out fast. Place your pre-order now to receive your new Star Wars with our next shipment!

Jango Fett (Item#KB106, $99.99) as you’ve never seen him before, as a snap together 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit. This remarkable piece captures the elusive bounty hunter as he prepares to take flight against his adversary, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Some assembly required.



12″ Padme review
February 23, 2003 | 8:20 PM EST | Michael

Toys R Us has the latest 12″ series showing up in heavy numbers – Anakin, Padme and the Geonosian Warrior. Check out this review to see why that Padme is going to be warming shelves for the rest of the winter.



Figures Back In Stock
February 22, 2003 | 7:00 PM EST | Mark

New Figures BACK in stock over at
Destroyer Droid (Genosis Battle)
Yoda (Jedi High Council)
Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
And here are the repacks for the completists
Rebel Trooper Tantive IV Defender
Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)



FAO Stores Working To Be Sure All Orders Filled
February 21, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bill sent in this report:

“I tried to ordered a Shuttle from the FAO store in Michigan in Sept. and was told that my name was going on a waiting list as they could no longer take orders. On Tues. of this week I was contacted by the store in Kansas and was asked if I was still interested in getting my hands on a Shuttle…Actually I had totally forgotten about it and it really wasn’t that important as I only collect the 12″ figures of which I have all (including the marmit figs.) I don’t have the vintage figures, but I’m waiting to purchase those mint in mint box. Anyway… I asked how the Kansas store, how they had gotten my name… I was told that the store in Michigan was going out of business and that my name had been forwarded to their store. I did in the end go ahead and purchase it. I thought you guys might find this interesting…”



‘Tis The Season
February 21, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

Wondering which Star Wars Ornaments will be hanging on your tree in 2003? Hallmark sent Hallmark Club members an early Dreambook (it shows all the Christmas ornaments for a year)– you can look forward to C-3PO, Padme Geonosian Arena Escape, Clone Troopers, Yoda, and a Tie has photos posted here.



Want An Early Bird Set
February 20, 2003 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill

For most of us, even long time fans from the day vintage was “modern” Early Bird Sets came out way before we started collecting. Well if you are a Kubrick fan, there’s an Early Bird Set you may want to check out:

You can check out more pics in the auction here.



New 12″ At TRU
February 20, 2003 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

If you need the new 12″ figures, they are in stock at TRU now for $19.99 each!

New 12″ Anakin Skywalker
Figure #753– this is the 12″ Geonosian Warrior.
12″ Padme

Thanks to Yak Reader Tim for the heads-up.



Cartoon Network to get Clone Wars
February 20, 2003 | 2:05 PM EST | Sharon

Picking up where Episode II left off, the saga of the Clone Wars will continue through animated shorts premiering this year from the Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Check out
The Official site
for the full story!



Toy Fair 2003 Lego Coverage
February 19, 2003 | 11:13 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated here with photos of Lego’s 2003 Toy Fair offerings. Click here to check them out. Photo credits go to Michael.



New In Stock!
February 19, 2003 | 7:56 PM EST | Mark

New Figures in stock over at
Destroyer Droid (Genosis Battle)
Yoda (Jedi High Council)
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids) SOLD OUT
Padme Amidala Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider Tatooine Camp Ambush
And here are the repacks for the completists
Imperial Officer SOLD OUT
Eeth Koth (Jedi Master)



Tambor, Trebor and a Blushing Bride
February 19, 2003 | 1:22 PM EST | Mark

Check out
for the latest shots of three new figures.
Padmé Amidala (2003 #22) is dressed in a unique gown she dons for a secret wedding ceremony with Anakin. She also comes with a Naboo balcony railing, and a ceremonial bouquet.
Wat Tambor (2003 #23) was the Foreman of the Techno Union. He not only committed his army of battle droids to the Confederacy of Independent Systems, but also hosted the meeting of the Separatists minds at one of the Techno Union’s droid foundries on Geonosis. Wat Tambor comes with a Geonosian War Room console.
Coleman Trebor (2003 #24) is an amphibious creature from the watery world of Sembla. He is a stouthearted Jedi Knight and member of the Jedi Council. He is one of many Jedi assembled by Mace Windu to counter the massing Separatist armies on Geonosis. Coleman Trebor comes with a lightsaber and a Geonosis base.



Got Your Insider?
February 18, 2003 | 10:37 PM EST | Bill

The New Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes. Issue 66 has the usual updates on Episode III, including some slight spoilers and a piece of EU Clone Wars fiction staring Aayla!



Free Obi Wan
February 17, 2003 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Heybert sent in this tip:

“This weeks Best Buy sales ad in the Sunday newspapers has an offer for a free Star Wars game. If you buy an X-Box you get a copy of Star Wars: Obi-Wan free, only good Sunday and Monday as part of their Presidents Day sale.”



Code 3… Back To The Future
February 16, 2003 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Fans of Vintage Star Wars toys, and long time collectors will remember Kenner’s line of die-cast vehicles, some of which are among the rarer Star Wars Vintage items. The Official site has updated with a story about Code 3, the same company which released the Skywalker Ranch die-cast Fire Truck recently. Code 3 will be producing a line of high end die-cast Star Wars collectibles. The line will debut mid year! Click here for more.



Q&A Notice – Visual Q&A returns!
February 16, 2003 | 12:42 AM EST | Muse

The newest Q&A has been posted. We talk about vintage figures yet to be remade, rumors, vintage weapons and more.

As always, send in any questions you might have!



Hasbro’s Star Wars Press Release
February 15, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro just released this rundown of the 2003 Star Wars line:


Star Wars has been a favorite of fans, young and old, for more than a quarter of a century and Hasbro continues to replicate the excitement of the epic saga with a new line of authentically detailed action figures, vehicles and lightsabers.

As kids and collectors continue to enjoy re-living the adventure of the Star Wars saga through Hasbro’s toy line, they will be excited with the news of new Clone Wars-themed toys and entertainment in 2003. Clone Wars is Lucasfilm’s story of good and evil and the galactic conflict that takes place between Star Wars Episodes II and III.

Hasbro also brings to the devoted generations of Star Wars toy collectors all new ways to enhance their collections in 2003, with action figures that showcase all the detail, authenticity and wide range of characters that collectors have enjoyed in Hasbro’s Star Wars line for more than 25 years.

Kids and collectors are both sure to feel the force with the following new 2003 Hasbro Star Wars products, extending their enjoyment of one of the most successful and popular entertainment properties of all time:


Yoda noted ominously at the end of Star Wars: Episode II — “Begun, this Clone War has!” Hasbro’s new Clone Wars action figures and vehicles combine what generations of kids have loved through the first five episodes of the Star Wars saga: battling action between the characters and the classic struggle between good and evil. Bridging the story of what happens between Star Wars Episode II and Episode III, Clone Wars is an imaginative continuation of the story line developed by George Lucas — the tale of galactic conflict between the Republic Army and the Droid Armies. The fascinating new line, which will be available in the fall, features figures that are loaded with mission-specific gear and vehicles from the Clone Wars fantasy.

Clone Wars Basic Figures (Approximate retail price: $4.99)

The basic figures in the Clone Wars collection include new versions of key characters kids loved in Episode II with cool gear like the STARFIGHTER PILOT ANAKIN, ready to lead the clone armies into the battle. Also in the line are new villains to battle the Jedi. Nine Clone Wars figures are planned for 2003 including new versions of YODA and MACE WINDU.

Clone Wars Multi-Packs (Approximate retail price: $9.99)

Beginning in the fall, kids and collectors can begin building up their troops for mass battle action with three-packs of clones, droids and Jedi figures. Additional figures include DESTROYER DROID with launcher, a new Bounty Hunter with SPEEDERBIKE, and NEW CLONE COMMANDO with SPEEDERBIKE.

Clone Wars Vehicles

No Star Wars battle is complete without the awesome firepower and thrilling maneuvers of iconic vehicles. Elevating the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists in the Clone Wars, Hasbro plans to offer six different authentically detailed vehicles that fit the 3-3/4 inch figures, each loaded with working action features and battle weapons:

CLONE WARS REPUBLIC GUNSHIP (Approximate retail price: $29.99) The biggest of the Clone Wars vehicles! The clone army’s most powerful battle machine, the heroic REPUBLIC GUNSHIP has a new Clone Wars look. The handle on top allows kids to transport the action anywhere and launch into battle with its firing laser cannons, a deployable troop platform, opening canopy, and rotating wing blasters.

VEHICLE ASSORTMENT (Approximate retail price: $19.99) The Clone Wars battles take place on the ground and in the air. These five great vehicles enable you to recreate the action on both. The Geonosian fighters are back in the Clone Wars to battle against the Republic. THE GEONOSIAN FIGHTER vehicle comes with an exclusive GEONOSIAN PILOT figure featuring blast-out side cannons. The “HAILFIRE” DROID recreates the massive firepower seen in the Episode II scenes with eight firing missiles on each side of the vehicle. Also available is the new ANAKIN SKYWALKER STARFIGHTER, a suped-up, maxed-out starfighter that Anakin has enhanced with firepower and speed. Two additional vehicles will be available, including the ARMORED ASSAULT TANK (AAT) and a new JEDI STARFIGHTER, first seen in the deleted scenes of the Episode II DVD.


For years, Star Wars kids and collectors have known they can turn to Hasbro to relive the Star Wars films with a wide range of authentically detailed action figures featuring their favorite characters from key scenes. Hasbro honors that tradition once again, with a 2003 offering of action figures sure to please both the newest young Star Wars fans and the devoted collectors.

SAGA SCENE Packs Approximate retail price: $19.99)

With the new SAGA SCENE PACKS, collectors can build dioramas of the coolest scenes from Episode II. Collectors can enjoy the scene graphics either in-package or out of package, and can continue to build their dioramas with Hasbro’s basic figures from Collection 2. Each scene comes with three figures, at least two of which are figures never done before. Four scenes are planned for 2003, including: The JEDI COUNCIL and the GEONOSIS WAR ROOM.

Basic Figures (Approximate retail price: $4.99)

Offered in two collections, the basic 3-3/4-inch figures have enhanced articulation and amazing detail that are also cool to display. Pair the basic figures with Star Wars vehicles for even more fun!

COLLECTION 1 basic figures offer the main heroes and villains from the entire Star Wars saga with fun action features. New waves of figures will be available at retail until September, including MACE WINDU ARENA CONFRONTATION, R2-D2 DROID FACTORY FLIGHT and LUKE SKYWALKER from RETURN OF THE JEDI.

COLLECTION 2 basic figures feature the more obscure characters from the Star Wars universe, with a focus on authenticity, detail and articulation that collectors want. New and classic figures will be introduced throughout the year, including AAYLA SECURA JEDI KNIGHT, YODA and CHIAN and COLEMAN TREBOR.

Deluxe Figures (Approximate retail price: $9.99)

Packed with extra fun, the deluxe figure assortment features cool action-oriented figures with accessories or vehicle, such as FLYING ACTION JANGO FETT and SPIDER DROID that really walks!

Unleashed Figures (Approximate retail price: $14.99)

Eight new figures will be let loose in the collectible UNLEASHED assortment. These seven-inch, highly detailed figures capture the essence of the character in dynamically posed artistic interpretations. Characters include LUKE SKYWALKER and OBI-WAN KENOBI. Ages 8+

12-Inch Collector Figure Assortment (Approximate retail price: $19.99)

A collector favorite for years, these larger scale classic and Episode II figures offer multiple points of articulation with accessories and soft-goods costumes to pose and create incredible displays. Ten new 12-inch figures are available, including HAN SOLO with QUICK DRAW and LANDO IN SKIFF DISGUISE.


Since the Star Wars galaxy was first introduced more than 25 years ago, Hasbro’s lightsaber role-play toys have remained high on the wish lists of kids and collectors. To continue the fun and fantasy of Star Wars, many exciting lightsaber versions will be available this year.

Electronic Lightsabers (Approximate retail price: $19.99)

The popular electronic lightsabers return with their real lightsaber sounds. New this year is YODA’s green lightsaber, and being reintroduced are replicas of the lightsabers carried by LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER.

Basic Lightsabers (Approximate retail price: $6.99)

Kids continue to love the crash-and-bash play that is fundamental to Star Wars re-enactments and fun. Six basic lightsabers are available at retail now.


SPEEDER BIKE VEHICLES (Approximate retail price: $12.99)

Key scenes in Episode II feature the signature SPEEDER BIKE, which whisks its rider into battle on the ground or in the air with daring speed and maneuvers. There are two SPEEDER BIKES in the assortment, ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S SWOOP BIKE with ANAKIN figure, and DARTH TYRANUS GEONOSIAN SPEEDER BIKE with DARTH TYRANUS figure. Both are available now.

MICRO MACHINES ACTION FLEET VEHICLES (Approximate retail price: $12.99) Putting the world of Star Wars action in the palm of your hand, MICRO MACHINES ACTION FLEET returns with more of what made it so popular for many years. Hasbro offers 11 new vehicles in a mix of both the classic and new vehicles desired by collectors. Each vehicle, including JANGO FETT’S SLAVE I and the REPUBLIC GUNSHIP, is decorated with authentic detail and comes with a display stand.



Toy Fair 2003 Sneak Peek!!! MUST SEE!!!!
February 14, 2003 | 3:38 PM EST | Sharon

New products featured at Toy Fair include:

Clone Wars Republic Gunship & Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter with all new Clone Wars decoration scheme (note: figures not included)

Geonosian Fighter with Geonosian Pilot (look closely, he’s in there!)

Armored Assault Tank (AAT) (figure not included)

Hailfire Droid

Clone Wars Multipack Assortment – Build your army with 3 packs of Clone Troopers or Droids. (note: existing sneak preview Clone Troopers were used for the diaroma. The 3 pack of Clone Troopers are the 3 figures closely surrounding Yoda)

Clone Wars Basic Figures – Check out the new Clone Wars version of Yoda! This image gives you an idea of what Yoda is up to between Episodes II and III. See below for additional information. And keep checking for the latest updates!

Clone Wars Packaging – These are preliminary versions of the new packaging for the Clone Wars toys. They are works in progress but we wanted to give you a sneak peak. Please note the blister card uses existing figures from ’02/’03 for presentation purposes only.

Unleashed Luke Skywalker

12″ Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise

Action Fleet Vehicles including the Slave I and the Republic Gunship




News from
February 14, 2003 | 1:59 PM EST | Sharon

NEW from the Official Source for Star Wars screensavers & wallpapers

Hoth 1
16 images from our favorite Ice Planet, Hoth!

Hoth 1

Look for Hoth 2 next week!!!




New Classic Figures!!!!
February 14, 2003 | 12:58 PM EST | Sharon

Head over to
For a peek at the NEWEST Darth Vader from the Emperor’s Throne Room, and NEW Snowtrooper figure.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 13, 2003 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainmet Earth:

Check Out What’s New and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeder
Our First Shipment Sold Out Instantly! Includes Anakin Skywalker’s Swoop Bike with Anakin figure and Darth Tyranus’s Geonosian Speeder Bike with Darth Tyranus figure. With the push of a button, each figure has slashing lightsaber action.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84887BB
Price: $31.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Vehicles

Kingdom Hearts Series 1 Set
They’re Coming Back! After selling out imediately, this set of six action figure 2-packs will return in May. Includes Jack Skellington & Sora, Captain Hook & Riku, Maleficent & Kairi, 1x Goofy & Guard Armor, Donald Duck & Air Soldier and Pluto & Darkside Heartless.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: NT76000A
Price: $79.99
See Kingdom Hearts Action Figures

13 inch Plush Homer Simpson
The Simpsons line has never had offical plush dolls… until now! At 13 inches tall, this cuddly Homer comes with an official seal of authenticity and a heart of gold… or maybe a heart of beer.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: AP44665
Price: $24.99
See Simpsons Plush

Katiana Jimenez Barbie
Designer Spotlight: Katiana Jimenez! Barbie doll’s top is a golden woven fabric with golden and purple beads at the hem. Her skirt is an eggplant purple taffeta with pleat detail. Basically, this Barbie doll has better clothes than anyone we know!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MTB0836
Price: $49.99
See Barbie Dolls

BOTP Zoltar Disguise Figure
Battle of the Planets! An intelligent master of disguise, this villain from Battle of the Planets — the hugely popular animated series from the late 70s and early 80s — features three interchangeable heads and a laser!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: DC63014
Price: $15.99
See Anime/Manga Action Figures

DC HeroClix: Sinestro Figure
Giant HeroClix! In the form of a golden translucent figure from Greek mythology with his thunderbolt spear, the Sinestro construct is the biggest HeroClix figure yet! Floating within the constructs’ chest sits Sinestro himself, the master of the yellow power ring.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: DC04400
Price: $19.99
See Comic Characters: Green Lantern Games:HeroClix

Click here to order! Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



More info on Star Wars Weekends 2003
February 13, 2003 | 8:24 AM EST | Sharon

Head over to for more info. Looks like Anthony Daniels will make an appearance this year!

More SWW info:



Original Trilogy On DVD.. Fan Petition
February 12, 2003 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

I you want to have the original, Original Trilogy (not the Special Edition version of the Original Trilogy) on DVD, all signs continue to point to your being disappointed, however there is a chance to let your voice be heard. There is an online petition to let Lucas know we want to see the ORIGINAL VERSION on DVD too. If you love Han shooting first, the original cheezy wampa and dewbacks, and lower tech planet and deathstar explosions, click here to sign the petition. Thanks to Yak Reader Bigmikeyd for the link!



Shuttle Peg Problem
February 12, 2003 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sithkiss sent in this report:

“I received my Shuttle (finally) and upon initial inspection, I knew Hasbro was to use the same vintage mold as w/ previous ships sans electronics (how lame for the $). However unlike the POTF2-AT-AT where they corrected the interior action figure foot pegs for the newer figs, in the Shuttle, they kept the old foot pegs designed for vintage figures.

Also, buyers should check their cc statements and invoices- mine did not match with one another nor with catalog price and use of the 10% coupon I used prices for toy and shipping. Fortunately, FAO was gracelul enought to correct the error and credit the differences (over $28.)”



D& S Sci-Fi Toy World News Feed
February 12, 2003 | 10:17 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S:

New Items in stock!

Vader & Slave Leia Unleashed
Anakin Skywalkers’s Swoop Bike with Lightsaber Attack Action Figure
Darth Tryanus’s Geonosian Speeder Bike with Lightsaber Attack Action Figure New Obi-Wan Acklay Battle & Darth Tryanus Geonosis Figures – In Stock Padme Droid Factory, Tusken Ambush, Imperial Officer – New Head, Library Droids, etc..
Lamu Su, Barris Offee, Twilek – Pre-order
Deluxe Force Power Anakin & Flying Jango Deluxe – Pre-Order
Acklay – Back in Stock! Click here to order.



Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeders
February 12, 2003 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark

Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the Anakin & Darth Tyranus Speeders, so if you are interested in saving time looking for them, head on over and pre-order yours today.



Shuttle Modifications…
February 11, 2003 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steven sent this tip in:

“Got mine shipped this afternoon. After opening it, I noticed they have attached the rotating guns (the ones attached to the folding wings) backwards–by that I mean that they should be able to rotate and point up to the sky as the shuttle lands and the wings fold up. The original toy did, and the ILM model did and the glue-together model I had 20 years ago did. Yet they assembled this newest version wrong. Fortunately, you can wiggle the pieces loose and re-attach correctly.”



Unleashed Wave 4 In Stock
February 10, 2003 | 11:02 PM EST | Mark

EE now has the new Wave 4 Unleashed (Slave Leia & Vader) in stock.



Baseless Your Classic Figures Are?
February 10, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with a revised 2003 figure list. This one includes a number of previously released figures,including Saga and POTF2 which will be re-released as part of the 2003 line. Now before the complaints about rehashes start, read a little further. These figures will includes display bases like we’ve seen on the newest waves of Saga figures. It sounds like these might just be worth snagging for the display bases— especially to army builders and diorama builders! Click here for the story.



Shuttle Update
February 10, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Clonetrooper Commander from Kansas City reported in: FAO Schwartz here in town has gotten their shipment of shuttles in and are calling those who reserved them to pick them up. While I was there , I talked to the manager. He said that their store received 140 of them and all were taken, and that none would hit the floor anywhere in the country. Glad I ordered mine. Keep up the good work!!!

UPDATE: The West Coast Report

Yak Reader Don sent this in: “Hello I live in southern Calif. and was just called tonight at 8:00 Pacific time and was told that my FAO in L.A. got there shipment. The best part of it was that they got more than was ordered and I was able to get two of them instead of only one like I was first told. Good luck to everyone else.”



Even More FAO Imperial Shuttle news…
February 9, 2003 | 8:43 PM EST | Sharon

I got a call from the personal shopper at FAO here in Orlando, they are nice enough to take a reservation list for exclusives.(The service at this store is always exceptional!) They are expecting them in here in the Orlando store on Monday, February 10, and they were calling to confirm my order. If you have a local FAO, Monday & Tuesday might be a good time to pay them a visit or a call.



Need To Accessorize Your Collection?
February 9, 2003 | 6:25 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Kenny:

“I walked into a TARGET in Brooklyn today and they finally had the 4 accessory packs on sale for $7.99. Not much of a difference but its a start. They were not “marked down”. They usually let the public know with the red stickers that they indeed have been reduced. But instead, they hung a yellow tag with the sale price that was left out of this weeks circular.”



Only One Week Left For Free Shipping On Ultaramas
February 9, 2003 | 2:06 PM EST | Bill

Time is running out to get free shipping on Ultaramas. The promotion ends in just one week. Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



The Winner Is…
February 8, 2003 | 8:06 PM EST | Bill

Congratulatios to Pam Newman, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter our next drawing here, and be sure to include your first and last name and your shipping address to be eligible to win! Good Luck!!!



More FAO Imperial Shuttle news…
February 8, 2003 | 1:16 PM EST | Sharon

A little info from reader Rich Vaughn:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that even though FAO’s site says “out of stock” to go ahead and try placing the order anyway. I just placed my order for the shuttle this past Wednesday 2/5 . My card was charged this morning 2/8 and I have the tracking number. Will make a great Valentine’s Day gift.
Happy hunting.”

Thanks Rich!
Great to know, just in case you missed your chance…
Try again!!!




Star Wars Weekends 2003 @ Disney’s MGM Studios
February 8, 2003 | 1:40 AM EST | Sharon

For those of you that have never had a chance to experience Star Wars Weekends, since 2000, it has become an annual event during the month of May(Fri, Sat & Sun) at the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.

There are many great things happening for Star Wars fans during this Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The event takes place, of course, in the area of the Star Tours ride. There are Star wars costumed characters for photos, SW Trivia contests with cool prizes, Jedi Training Academy for the young Padawans, exclusive Star Wars Weekends merchandise at Tatooine Traders(collectible pins, etc), and best of all, stars from the films that are available for question & answer sessions, autographs & photos at scheduled times.

Each weekend offers 2, or sometimes 3 special guests appearing on Fri, Sat & Sun. Past guests have included:
Carrie Fisher, Jeremy Bulloch, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Ian McCaig, Doug Chiang, Steven Sansweet, Hugh Quarshie(Capt Panaka), Phil Brown(Uncle Owen), Warwick Davis, Jake Lloyd(young Anakin), and Mike Quinn.

Disney has done this in past years, but it has only become an annual event since 2000. Unfortunately, Disney likes to wait until the last minute(April?) to announce who will be appearing. Last year(2002), they did not have any featured guests due to schedule conflicts with Celebration 2. My sources tell me that we have a green light for this year’s event, and may even get 5 weekends instead of 4! Woo Hoo!!!!

If you are interested in attending, there are some nice local folks that have put together a small website for updates and news on the SWW event, just in case you want to check it out. The dates I have heard so far for the event this year will be May 15 – June 16. Will post more info as I get it.

I am lucky enough to live right here in Orlando, and I am a regular visitor for SWW(Star Wars Weekends). It is really a blast! I will be taking pictures, and covering the event for Yak, in able to share with those of you unable to attend. Stay tuned…

Star Wars Weekends Site



Auction Cruisin’: Star Wars Jabba’s Throne Room Diorama
February 7, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Sharon

This is quite an interesting collectible! It is a model kit from Japan, made by Monster Shop. Model kit dipicts the scene of Jabba’s throne room with the deformed versions of Jabba, Slave Leia, Salacious Crumb, Boba Fett, C3PO, Bib Fortuna, Han in Carbonite, and a Jawa. Not something you see in every collection!
Check it out!
Jabba Diorama auction



Happy Birthday John Williams!
February 7, 2003 | 2:59 PM EST | Sharon

The great folks over at were nice enough to post that Saturday, February 8, Star Wars music composer John Williams will celebrate his 71st Birthday.
Happy Bithday, Mr. Williams!!!



The Lucas Interviews
February 7, 2003 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

The Inland Empire Strikes Back! has updated with audio files of their interviews with Lucas at the ILM tribute last night. Among the news is confirmation that the original editions of the classic trilogy will not be released on DVD… ever. Click here for more.



More 2003 Product– That Hasn’t Hit Other Lists!
February 6, 2003 | 8:23 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at the Trade Federation has posted a long list of 2003/2004 Star Wars Product from Hasbro. To say the least his source came through big!

Here’s just a part of the list:

Bespin Gown Leia
Jabba w/ Dias
Imperial Dignitary(maybe Dignitaries)

Click here for the whole list.



Free Stuff
February 6, 2003 | 7:54 PM EST | Bill

Max has a new contest going with Dexter Jettster and Mace Windu as prizes. If you need these figures, click here to enter.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 6, 2003 | 7:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition back in stock! Constructed from durable die-cast metal components, this FX lightsaber also features a permanently attached electro-luminescent blade and plays back digitally recorded sound effects taken directly from the film.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW201
Price: $138.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Prop Replicas

When you order be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



New 12″ 2003 Figures
February 6, 2003 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

OK, if you can lend a hand, I will make sure we pass the news on to everyone. Amazon has new 2003 12″ Figures in stock, however, I have no idea what they are… Look at the titles….
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #750 (PADME)
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #751 (ANAKIN)
Star Wars ’03 12″ Figure #753 (GEONOSIAN WARRIOR)

UPDATE!! Thanks to a very nice reader, we have our information. Please look at the titles and you will see the names included now.

This is a great way to get just certain individual figures. Remember, if you want the entire set, use the link to the left for Entertainment Earth as they have the set for $55.00



New Classic Trilogy 12″ Photos
February 5, 2003 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with photos of the three upcoming classic trilogy 12″ figures. This batch includes Han Solo in his classic smuggler outfit, which has what sounds very much like the European exclusive Quick Draw feature from from several years ago. Lando in Skiff guard and the AT-ST driver are also pictured. Click here for more.



New Star Wars Figures Coming Soon!
February 5, 2003 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

The new Yoda & Chian and Ashla & Jempa action figure two packs will be included in Star Wars Episode II Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item#
HS84861M, $79.99) The full assortment includes 12 action figures: 2x Yoda & Chian (NEW), 1x Ashla & Jempa (NEW), 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 2x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 2x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, 1x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 1x SP-4 & JN-66, 1x Imperial Officer, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle.



R2-D2 Drops Again
February 5, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Now has the R2-D2 interactive listed for $59.99, getting even cheaper…



FAO Imperial Shuttle arrives!!!!
February 4, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Sharon

Just in from reader Rod Fernandez:

“Well, it’s here!

For those of you still waiting…my card was charged on Sunday
Feb3rd……then this morning I called and got my confirmation number. I
got it and was told by the FAO employee that I should get it tomorrow
(2/5) or on Thursday (2/6). Well I got on the UPS site nad it shows as a
schedule delivery date of TODAY! I couldn’t beleive it and now I have
just come back in from getting huge box from a UPS delivery guy……So
check your cards and keep your eyes out! FAO has finally delivered, and
this is confirmed!


Thank you Rod for the info!!! You heard him folks, be on the lookout for a large box if you have one ordered.



Sales @
February 4, 2003 | 7:47 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice sale prices at
Exclusive Star Wars 3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $14.98
Invasion Of Theed Adventure Game w/exlusive wookie figure $9.98
12″ Bounty Hunter: Dengar $12.96
12″ Imperial Officer Figure $12.96
12″ Bounty Hunter: Zuckuss $12.96

Plus many others. They also have the Clone Trooper Pilot and other harder to find figures in stock.



New Star Wars at EE
February 4, 2003 | 7:38 AM EST | Mark

Retrorocket Jedi Master Yoda (Item# FGSWRRYD, $1,299.99)
Limited to only 65 units for North America – and we have 3 in stock!
Retrorocket Jedi Master Yoda Guitar. How could we leave out the
venerable Jedi Master who helped save the universe by training Luke
Skywalker in the ways of the force? The Retrorocket features an image of Yoda from Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones in
contemplative ready-for-battle mindfulness. Scenes of the Clonetroopers in the background and the lightsaber blades decorating the fretboard make this a truly breathtaking axe and a fitting tribute to the Star Wars saga.

Marmit AT-AT Driver (Item# MTS7, $119.99)

Count Dooku Lightsaber (Item# MRSW105, $298.99)

Dooku Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW105A, $347.98)

New Unleashed – Darth Vader Redemption and Princess Leia Slave Outfit:
Case of 6:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 4 (Item# HS84894D, $110.99)
Set of 2:
Star Wars Unleashed Asst 4 Set (Item# HS84894DD, $37.99)

New Speeders – Anakin Skywalker’s Swoop Bike and 1x Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus Geonosian Speederbike.
Set of 2:
Anakin & Count Dooku Speeder (Item# HS84887BB, $31.99)

EII Collection 1 (Wave 10) (Item# HS84851L, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 10. Includes 12 action figures: 2 new figures (more details coming soon), 1x Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation, 2x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon, 2x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight, 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony, and 1x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle (subject to change).

EII Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item# HS84861M, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 12. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Yoda & Chian (NEW), 1x Ashla & Jenpa (NEW), 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 2x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 2x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, 1x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 1x SP-4 & JN-66, 1x Imperial Officer, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

EII Collection 2 (Wave 13) (Item# HS84861N, $79.99)
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 13. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Padme Amidala – Wedding Dress (NEW), 1x Wat Tambor (NEW), 1x Coleman Trebor (NEW), 1x Darth Maul (NEW), 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 1x Han Solo (NEW), 1x Yoda & Chian, 1x Ashla & Jenpa, 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn, 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

Clone Trooper Commander Kit (Item# KB107, $99.99)
Kotobukiya will issue a limited-release (only 1000 pieces) version of the popular Clone Trooper. This will be the “Commander” version, which includes additional yellow markings on the arms and helmet. The actual figure is the same as the standard release (KB102).



Slave Leia Up Close…
February 3, 2003 | 11:50 PM EST | Bill

At least the Unleashed version. The droids over at Artoosnews have posted detailed photos of the upcoming Unleashed Slave Leia in their image guide.Click here for more.



Ask Lucas????
February 3, 2003 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Ever want to as Lucas a question? The guys at IESB may make that happen:

“Hey guys it’s Robert from the IESB website. We will be going to the ILM tribute (first program) and George Lucas will be in attendance. We contacted ILM and they said that if schedule permits interviews will be allowed after the presentation. We are looking for star wars fans to submit questions for us to ask George and/or the ILMers that may be present. We would welcome any links to our front page at in order to submit questions that the fans want answered. Thanks!”



Imperial Shuttle Update
February 2, 2003 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rob:

“I had ordered the Tyridium Shuttle through the Las Vegas FAO Schwartz and was initially told they would be available at the end of JAN. But after my credit card failed to be charged, I became concerned that I had slipped through the cracks. I called the store today and was informed the shuttles have arrived in New Jersey warehouse but will not be distributed to the stores until the week of 3 FEB because all the stores are going through inventory. They expect to receive them sometime next week and even mentioned recalling everyone to provide an updated status. So perhaps by mid-February, people should start seeing them delivered.”


This just in from Yak Reader Tim in Memphis:

I just got offline with FAO using their LIVE HELP section on their site…my Shuttle shipped today….they gave me a tracking # and the total charged to my credit card..I then called the credit card company to make sure this was true and it had been charged to my card and they didnt charge me shipping….I had complained to one of the reps earlier in January about the delays and he told me he would take care of shipping….and he did…they are shipping from the Virginia warehouse and I live in TN so mine shoudl be here by Wednesday of this week….”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
February 2, 2003 | 11:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Stikfas Kit (Wave 4) Set
The revolutionary new action figure kit! Includes the Firefighter, Samurai Warrior, Black Military, and Green Military Stikfas. Each kit contains one unassembled Stikfas action figure, label sheet and accessories.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HF85114D
Price: $35.99
See Stikfas Action Figures

Hulk Movie Figures Series 1
The first series of “The Hulk” movie action figures! Includes Super-Poseable Leaping Hulk (with real leaping bungie cord), Smash & Crush Hulk (with military truck & smashing action) and Punching Hulk (with wall punching action).
In Stock Now!
Item Number: TB70500A
Price: $119.99
See Comic Characters: Hulk Action Figures

Simpsons Moe`s Tavern Playset
Springfield’s very own Moe’s Tavern! Includes an exclusive Duffman action figure. When a compatible World of Springfield action figure is placed on this playset the figures come to life as they say several random phrases.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: PL199185
Price: $44.99
See Simpsons Action Figures

Wind-Up Fishing Homer Simpson
Hook, Line and Drinker! Fishing Homer wears his lucky fishing hat and a big smile. Homer comes with his make-shift fishing pole (a stick) with Blinky the three-eyed fish hooked on his line.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: RC803
Price: $29.99
See Simpsons Tin Toys

Gundam 4.5 inch Wave G
Which Gundam will rule the universe? Includes Hyper Mode Bolt Gundam (Gold version), Hyper Mode Gundam Rose (Gold Version), Hyper Mode Dragon Gundam (Gold version), Hyper Mode Gundam Maxter (Gold version), Skull Gundam, Grizzly Gundam, Rising Gundam, Noble Gundam, Shadow Gundam, Haow Gundam, Royal Gundam, Neros Gundam.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: BA11300G
Price: $99.99
See Gundam Action Figures

Alien Egg Resin Statue
Two Statues in One! Hidden inside, coiled and ready to strike, is a face hugger. Stands approximately 8 inches tall, including a gruesomely detailed base. Individiually numbered!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: PM25003
Price: $99.99
See Alien Statues
Order Today!



Acklay Battle Obi-Wan review
February 2, 2003 | 6:56 PM EST | Michael

It’s a new Obi-Wan – just what we’ve all been waiting for! But is it better than the previous Ob-Wan’s? Check out the review with photos here.



Auction Cruisin’: Lucasfilm Darth Maul Lightsaber
February 1, 2003 | 6:01 PM EST | Sharon

This particular prop was actually used in the filming of Episode 1, by Ray Park(Darth Maul) himself. Auction has very long item description and lots of pics. Take a look!




International Star Wars Meet Up Day
February 1, 2003 | 12:55 PM EST | Sharon

Monday, February 17th, @ 7:00 PM,(3rd Monday of the month) is International Star Wars Meet Up Day. Meet local fans/collectors in your area in a public place, for coffee, etc.

This could be a great chance to network with others in the constant struggle to keep up with our collections. Internet trade sites are great, but there is nothing like having a local few Star Wars buddies too !!

Some areas have structured local SW clubs, but many have not,…
maybe this thoughtful site can help! It could give many a chance to organize something in your local area. Pass it on to others….
Thanks to Chris Solo for the info!!!

Star Wars MeetUp



A Moment of Silence…
February 1, 2003 | 10:42 AM EST | Sharon

A moment of silence for NASA, the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and their families. Peace be with them.



2 More Figures Announced For 2003… Sort Of
February 1, 2003 | 12:50 AM EST | Bill

The latest case assortments posted at Entertainment Earth contains a surprise, well actually 2. The staff over at POTF2.COM found some interesting additions to the 2003 line in the assortments.

Here’s the assortment:

Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 13. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Padme Amidala – Wedding Dress (NEW), 1x Wat Tambor (NEW), 1x Coleman Trebor (NEW), 1x Darth Maul (NEW), 1x Princess Leia (NEW), 1x Han Solo (NEW), 1x Yoda & Chian, 1x Ashla & Jenpa, 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy, 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawan, 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight, and 1x Battle Droid – Arena Battle (subject to change).

Note it includes a Darth Maul and a Princess Leia, as to which figures these will be, time will tell. The Battle Droid may also be the red battle droid running change we’ve been waiting for since C2.

You can pre-order this assortment at EE here and tell them Yak sent you.

January 2003 Archive

Targeting New Figures
January 31, 2003 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

This report just in from Yak Reader Rob:

“San Diego Target stores are starting to hit with the
new wave of figures. This morning I scored with 7 new
figures: Eeth Koth (repackaged), Teebo (repackaged),
Imperial Officer (brown hair, repackaged), Tusken
Raider (Camp Ambush), SP-4 & JN-66, Padme Amidala
(Factory Escape), Rebel Trooper (repackaged).”

Be sure to send in your reports here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 31, 2003 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

Count Dooku Lightsaber, Captain America, The Simpsons

***Count Dooku Lightsaber Replica***

The Count Dooku Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW105, $298.99), Collector’s Edition. Limited to 3,500 pieces Worldwide. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a direct study of the original filming prop, this replica is authentic and accurate to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.” Of note is the unique curved shape of this replica, a stark contrast to previously known lightsabers. Constructed from durable machined and die-cast metal components, each replica is hand-assembled and finished.

***Captain America’s Shield – Available For A Limited Time!***

The Captain America’s Shield (Item# FX19651, $299.99) sells out as quickly as it comes into stock. If you’ve been waiting to get this amazing replica of Captain America’s shield for your collection, now’s the time. Measures approximately 27 inches in diameter.

***Simpsons Bowl-A-Rama Game!***

Head down to Barney’s Bowl-A-Rama and knock some pins around! This tin Simpsons Bowl-A-Rama Game (Item# RC802, $34.99) features Homer, dressed in his fashionable bowling uniform, and includes a bowling ball and pins. The bowling lane features Pin Pals graphics, gutters and returns. In his bowling stance, Homer can be moved left or right to get that perfect aim. His arm catches on a release lever and when released, his arm swings forward, launching the blowing ball (marble) towards the pins at the end of the lane.

When you order be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Paizo Publishing(SW Insider) wants to hear from you!
January 31, 2003 | 6:06 PM EST | Sharon

Take a few minutes to fill out their survey on the latest issue of Star Wars Insider #65. It’s nice that they want to hear from us! Paizo



Toys R Us to cut 700 Management jobs
January 31, 2003 | 9:34 AM EST | Sharon

Toys’R’Us Cuts700 Store Manager Jobs to Up Floor Help

PARAMAS, NJ– Toys R Us Inc. seeking to put moer sales associates on its floors, will cut 700 store management and supervisory positions, or less than 2% of it’s U.S. workforce.

In a prepared statement Thursday, the toy retailer said the reallocation of labor will occur in about 400 if its 686 U.S.stores.

The company says the new plan will enable it to reinvest more management-labor expense back into sales associate hours in the stores.

click here for full story



D&S Toys Newsfeed
January 31, 2003 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S Toys:

You are being sent this email because you have done business with our
company D & S Sci-fi Toy World either directly or via Ebay.
New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items…

New Obi-Wan Acklay Battle & Darth Tryanus Geonosis Figures – In Stock
Lamu Su, Barris Offee, Twilek – Pre-order
Imperial Officer – New Head, Library Droids, etc..
Deluxe Force Power Anakin & Flying Jango Deluxe – Pre-Order

New Tie Bomber in stock!
Acklay – Back in Stock!
Pre-Order for Wave 4 SW Action Fleet
All Action Fleet Waves in stock…

12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO, Clone Trooper, Genosian and Anakin
Tie Bomber, B-Wing & Tie Interceptor – Back in Stock!

Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Hasbro’s Star Wars Licenses Extended 10 Years
January 30, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has reached an agreement with Lucasfilm extending their license to produce Star Wars toys for another 10 years… until 2018!!! It certainly makes you wonder what, if anything, Lucas has planned beyond Episode III.

Here’s the full newsrelease:

2003–Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) announced today that its
license with Lucas Licensing Ltd., for the manufacture
and distribution of Star Wars toys and games, has been
extended for an additional ten years.
“We are delighted to extend our long-term
relationship with Lucas,” said Alan G. Hassenfeld,
Hasbro’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This
extension provides us with a real economic benefit by
allowing us to continue to build and expand on the
success of this franchise property for many years to
“Lucas and Hasbro have always viewed Star Wars as a
long-term proposition. This extension truly gives us
the opportunity to plan far into the future for the
benefit of all the fans who have followed the saga for
the last 27 years,” said Howard Roffman, President of
Lucas Licensing. “Hasbro is unmatched in the boys
action arena, and we are confident that their future
work on Star Wars toys and games will continue the
tradition of excellence they have established.”
Under the terms of the extension, the agreement is
expected to run through 2018. The minimum guarantee
payable to Lucas has also been reduced by $85 million.
“Based on the restructuring of these agreements, we
do not expect any current or future impairment charge
related to Star Wars,” said David Hargreaves, Hasbro’s
Chief Financial Officer. “Lucas has shown they are a
true partner of Hasbro.”
In a separate agreement, Hasbro extended by ten
years the terms of the warrants it previously granted
to Lucas Licensing Ltd. and Lucasfilm Ltd. The warrants
provide for the purchase of an aggregate of 15,750,000
shares of Hasbro common stock. This agreement further
provides Hasbro with an option running through October
13, 2016, to purchase these warrants from Lucas for an
aggregate purchase price of either $200 million in
cash, or $220 million in Hasbro common stock, such
stock being valued at the time of exercise of the
option. In addition, the agreement provides Lucas with
an option during the next five years to sell all of
these warrants to Hasbro for a price to be paid at
Hasbro’s election of either $100 million in cash or
$110 million in Hasbro common stock, such stock being
valued at the time of exercise of the option.
The agreement with Lucas Licensing Ltd., continues
to give Hasbro exclusive worldwide rights to core
action figures, vehicles and games, electronic
hand-held games, die cast vehicles and creative play
Hasbro will announce its fourth quarter and full
year 2002 results on Thursday, February 13, 2003 and
will be hosting a webcast of the conference call at
9:00 a.m. EST.
Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children’s and
family leisure time entertainment products and
services, including the design, manufacture and
marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to
high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its
TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products
provide the highest quality and most recognizable play
experiences in the world.
Lucas Licensing Ltd. manages all the domestic and
international merchandising activities of the Star Wars
and Indiana Jones properties. Star Wars is the most
successful film-based merchandising program in history.
The Star Wars licensing program is renowned for its
attention to product detail and quality in the fields
of publishing, toys, games, collectibles, apparel and
home furnishings.

Certain statements contained in this release
contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements may be identified by the use of
forward-looking words or phrases such as “anticipate”,
“believe”, “could”, “expect”, “intend”, “look forward”,
“may”, “planned”, “potential”, “should”, “will” and
“would”. Such forward-looking statements are inherently
subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties.
Hasbro, Inc.’s (the “Company’s”) actual actions or
results may differ materially from those expected or
anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Specific
factors that might cause such a difference include, but
are not limited to: the Company’s ability to
manufacture, source and ship new and continuing
products on a timely basis and the acceptance of those
products by customers and consumers at prices that will
be sufficient to profitably recover development,
manufacturing, marketing, royalty and other costs of
products; economic conditions, including the retail
market, higher fuel prices, currency fluctuations and
government regulation and other actions in the various
markets in which the Company operates throughout the
world; the inventory policies of retailers, including
the concentration of the Company’s revenues in the
second half and fourth quarter of the year, together
with increased reliance by retailers on quick response
inventory management techniques, which increases the
risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of
less popular items and failure to achieve tight and
compressed shipping schedules; work stoppages,
slowdowns or strikes, which may impact the Company’s
ability to manufacture or deliver product, the
bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the
Company’s significant retailers which could negatively
impact the Company’s revenues or bad debt exposure; the
impact of competition on revenues, margins and other
aspects of the Company’s business, including the
ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses
and the ability to attract and retain talented
employees in a competitive environment; market
conditions, third party actions or approvals and the
impact of competition that could delay or increase the
cost of implementation of the Company’s consolidation
programs or alter the Company’s actions and reduce
actual results; the risk that anticipated benefits of
acquisitions may not occur or be delayed or reduced in
their realization; and other risks and uncertainties as
may be detailed from time to time in the Company’s
public announcements and SEC filings. The Company
undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the
forward-looking statements contained in this release or
to update them to reflect events or circumstances
occurring after the date of this release.



Ultaramas Shipping Free!
January 30, 2003 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama Celebrates Toy Fair With Free Shipping Through February 16th!

EDISON, NJ–Jan. 30, 2003—Collectible Display Systems, Inc. today announced it is celebrating the arrival of Toy Fair by offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. on all purchases through February 16th. Simply enter your order and, when it is processed, your free shipping will be applied. Also, keep your eyes open for our new sci-fi, military, and super action hero background scenes, which we plan to have available for the March 22nd East Coast Hobby Show!

The Ultarama is a complete action figure display system that is both flexible and customizable. With the use of the Ultarama’s molded plastic platforms that contain 80 pre-molded peg holes and its proprietary pegging system, collectors can display their collections in three totally unique ways: stacked two levels high in the shape of a semicircle, clipped back-to-back in the shape of a circle, or configured as two separate and complete one level displays. With the purchase of additional Ultaramas, collectors can build their display many stories high! The Ultarama also includes four unique 8 X 10 background scenes, 48 pegs for 3 3/4″ figures, and 24 pegs for 6″ figures. The 6″ pegs also fit most 4 3/4″ figures and most vintage 3 3/4″ figures.

The Ultarama is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at or by calling 1-212-634-3660.

Collectible Display Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary display systems that provide visually enhancing environments for displaying collectible action figures. Both internationally and in the U.S., its fully patented and modularly designed Ultarama; action figure display system provides the highest quality display experience in the world. For additional information, please visit the Ultarama; web site at



12″ Han Solo, At St Driver, and Lando Skiff hit eBay
January 30, 2003 | 8:40 PM EST | Sharon

Check out these auctions for pics of the next wave of 12″ figures on the way soon….

12″ Han Solo

12″ AT ST Driver

12″ Lando Skiff Guard

Same seller is offering Sandtrooper army builder set



Master Replica’s Spring 2003 Preview
January 30, 2003 | 7:37 PM EST | Sharon

Head on over to Master Replicas to check out some of the upcoming pieces! A Darth Maul Lightsaber(limited and signature editions), and a new Jedi training remote. The Maul saber’s release date is February 13th. “Give the Force for this Valentines Day, nothing says love like a Lightsaber”



Auction Cruisin’ : Life Size Darth Vader
January 29, 2003 | 10:05 PM EST | Sharon

Ever wanted your very own Sith Lord? Here’s your chance! A 7 foot tall replica of our favorite man in black. The same seller is also offering a life size Stormtrooper replica. Take a peek!



Speeders Ahead
January 29, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their Star Wars webpage with photos of the action fleet Anakin and Zam Wessell’s Coruscant Speeders as well as the Commerce Guild Spider Droid. Click here for more.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 28, 2003 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

All New Star Wars Figures!

***All New Star Wars Figures!***

Star Wars Saga / Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 10 (Item# HS84861K, $79.99) Includes 12 action figures: 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush (NEW), 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase (NEW), 1x SP-4 & JN-66 – Research Droids (NEW), 2x Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender (NEW), 1x Imperial Officer, 2x Eeth Koth – Jedi Master and 2x Teebo.

When you order, be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Sale, Sale, Sale…
January 28, 2003 | 10:03 PM EST | Mark

KB is at it again, check out some of these deals….
Jedi Starfighter w/ Obi Wan (Exclusive) $19.99
Clone Trooper Republic Gunship $19.97 (clone Tropper Pilot is also in stock for $4.99)
R2-D2 Interactive $69.97
Jango Fett’s Slave I $21.99
And many other sales…



Free Lego Tie Fighters Are Back!!!
January 27, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is giving away the Lego mini-Tie Fighters again. The number is limited, so be sure to click over there now!


The Ties are already gone.



Auction Crusin’: Lifesize Sebulba Replica
January 27, 2003 | 8:39 PM EST | Sharon

For those of you that collect(or have room for) lifesize pieces, check out this fabulous lifesize Sebulba replica. Seller even offers free shipping in Continental U.S.!! Even those not interested in bidding, take a moment to admire this piece. Only a few hours left to bid…



2003 Product Line News
January 27, 2003 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

UK Toyfair information over at Action!!! There’s lots of information about the 2003 line in the press packet they’ve posted including:

Confirmation of the Jedi Council and Geonosian War Room Scene packs, both of which will have 2 NEW figures!

Anakin’s Modified Fighter (This should be a Jedi Star Fighter, hopefully with the hyperdrive ring)

Trade Federation Clone Wars Tank

Clone Wars Republic Gunship which “has the same amazing firepower” sounds like a repaint.

Clone Wars Multipacks

The fully operational R2 is back for 2003

Thanks to Artoosnews for finding the post!



Dooku’s Speeder Photos
January 26, 2003 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoosnews have just posted detailed photos of Count Dooku Speeder which is due for release from Hasbro in the near future. Click here to check them out.



New Figures Hitting Wal-Mart
January 25, 2003 | 7:57 PM EST | Bill

This report just in from Yak Reader Jerec350:

“Last night at Wal-Mart in Augusta GA I was able to find:

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle
Darth Tyranus – Geonosis Escape

Only 1 of each though. Someone got to the case before me.”


We are also getting reports of these appearing at other Wal-Marts and Targets across the country. In addition the Jedi Library droids, Factory Chase Padme, and Tusken Ambush are also hitting Targets!

Good Hunting!



The Birth Of Star Wars EU
January 24, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

Shortly after Star Wars left the silver screen in the late 70s, the world we now know as the Expanded Universe began with a book called Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. The Official Site has added a new article about this book where EU began.Click here for the story.



Episode III Title…. Already
January 24, 2003 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

Corona’s Coming Atractions has posted what they claim is the title for Episode III. According to them the title will be… well, click here and go to the Star Wars link to check it out. For obvious, spoiler free reasons, we won’t post the title here, but it’s worth a look. (Even if this isn’t the “real” title, it’s as good as some of the “fan” suggestions for E2’s title!

Thanks to the Trade Federation for finding the title.


If the above link doesn’t work, try this one. The site takes a few minutes to load.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 22, 2003 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

12 inch Plo Koon
Fully poseable with authentically styled outfit! The Plo Koon figure sports a magnificent head sculpt which captures the distinct likeness of the Jedi Master and features a previous generation G.I. Joe body and unique costume and lightsaber.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS26787
Price: $24.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: 12 inch

Be sure to check out their JANUARY CLEARANCE SALE! Over 200 Products On Sale at 50% Off or MORE! Click Here For Details



The Deluxe Droids Are Here
January 22, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their Star Wars page with photos of the two upcoming deluxe droid packs. One is the Spider Droid from Geonisis, the other is a Super Battle Droid builder set. Click here to check them out.



Clean Clones On The Way
January 21, 2003 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

It looks like we may be seeing a “clean” all-white Clone Trooper coming later this Spring. Galactic Hunter’s sources at Hasbro have told them that this clean and shiny clone will be based on the “red” clone figure mold. Click here for more.



Q and A 2003!
January 21, 2003 | 11:32 PM EST | Mark

To all, John has stopped in to help out the collectors with his first 2003 redition of his QNA, so head on over and read it. And remember, send John any questions you might have…. I am thinking of nicknaming the QNA “Dear John…”



12″ Leia Endor Photo
January 21, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

A very early photo of the upcoming Target Exclusive 12″ Leia on Speederbike (without her speeder) has surfaced on The Private Universe. Click here to check it out.



The 2003 Product Guide
January 20, 2003 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

We’ve added a new feature to to help build your collection. On the right side of our page, we now have a link to the 2003 product list. The list includes all of the product that we’ve heard about for 2003. Remember the list includes both officially announced toys, and those which have been reported from a number of sources as likely. In addition to providing you with a product list, we will be updating it regularly. As soon as pictures surface of an item, we’ll link you to them on the 2003 product list. We’ll also add an asterisk to the left of each item as it is released at retail. Click here to check it out!



Hasbro Vehicles May Be Landing This Spring
January 20, 2003 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has updated with the 411 on the upcoming Naboo Fighter with Padme figure, Tie Fighter withpPilot, 12″ Leia on Speeder Bike, and Kotobukiya Star Wars Obi-Wan Vinyl Figure. All of these are lisetd in the newest United Kingdom Diamond Comics catalog, and list for releases in April, April/May (for both the Tie Fighter and 12″ Leia), and February respectively.

Assuming the US releases are similar we may be seeing these items very soon. The Tie Fighter with pilot is scheduled to be a KB Toys exclusive, and the 12″ Leia on Speeder Bike is a Target Exclusive.



Star Wars Valentines
January 20, 2003 | 8:55 PM EST | Sharon

Stores have made the swap from Christmas to Valentines, and along with the change the 2003 Star Wars Valentines are hitting the shelves. Click here for pics of the Valentines and more.



Imperial Shuttles Now Arriving At Disney World Stores
January 20, 2003 | 1:36 PM EST | Sharon

I just got a call from one of my Disney friends, and the Shuttle has landed at the Hasbro/Disney store in Orlando, and at Tatooine Traders at MGM Studios.(I will not be able to pick these up for anyone, please don’t ask.) No word on how many arrived, but start watching your credit card statements, they should be close to shipping.



The Results Are In!
January 20, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Bill

And we really do mean results (plurual) in the Hasbro Star Wars Fan’s Choice poll. Here’s the final standings:

Captain Antilles : 25.55 %
Gen. Jan Dodonna : 25.50 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 24.67 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 12.68 %
Rabé : 11.60 %

Hasbro reports that there were only 9 votes separating Captain Antilles and General Jan Dodonna. As a result they have decided to produce both of them for late Spring 2004. Click here to read the whole story.



New Action Fleet Images Added To Toyguide
January 19, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our toyguide with boxed images of the upcoming Action FleetRepublic Gunship , Spider Droid , Anakin’s Speeder , and Zam Wesell’s Speeder. Just click on each item to see the images.



12″ Plo Koon review!
January 19, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Michael

He’s bad, he’s ugly…but is he bad and ugly enough to be good? Check out the complete review of the new 12″ Plo Koon here!



Clone Pilot In Stock At
January 19, 2003 | 12:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dvalen wrote in to let us know that the Clone Trooper Pilot is in stock at KB Click here to order.



TARGETing Clearance Sales
January 18, 2003 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

This Target shopping reort just in from Yak Reader BOrama:

An extraordinary shopping spree to say the least.

What I found:
Geonosis Arena $9.72
Jedi Knight Action Set $3.28
A New Hope Mos Eisley Encounter & Tatooine Droid Hunter Action Fleet $1.48 ea
Attack of the Clones Jedi Dex $4.38

Needless to say, the shelves are clearing out fast and you have to hunt around.



You’ve Got To Take A Look At This Gam
January 18, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has scored the first photos of the upcoming 12″ Gamorrean Guard. This bad boy has been reported to be a KBToys exclusive for this year. Check out the photo here.



Wal-Mart Clearances
January 18, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Some Wal-Mart Stores are clearancing their stock of Star Wars 12″ figures, up through the Dooku/Superbattle Droid wave for $10.00. They are also clearancing Anakin and Zam’s speeders for $7.50 (these are the original version from last year without a pack-in figure, NOT the re-releases with a figure which are due later this year). POTJ figures are also seeing clearance for $3.00— a great price for snagging some army builders— need another squad of Bespin guards anyone?



Store Report: Family Dollar Stores Have StarWars.
January 18, 2003 | 4:42 PM EST | David

Hello, David here.
I stopped by my local Family Dollar store to pick up some clothes a couple days ago and I found Star Wars, GI-Joe, and Transformers action figures there. The price is $5.00 each, and many of older POTJ were there. I picked up a K-3PO, Imperial Officer, and R2-Q5. So, if you want to try finding some figures, go to your local Family Dollar store. Who knows what you may find.



Boxed Anakin Speeder and Dooku Speeder Photos
January 18, 2003 | 12:53 PM EST | Bill

We’ve finally seen production versions of both the Anakin Speeder and Dooku Speeder sets due out later this year. For the photos click here to see them over at Galactic Hunter.



New Ebook Preview At Star
January 18, 2003 | 12:46 PM EST | Bill

The Offical Site has added a brief preview of the newest Star Wars Ebook. This one will go on sale shortly before Tatooine Ghost, the next hardcover. Like the title suggests the hardcover will take place largely on Tatooine, while the new Ebook, Forest Apart, by Troy Denning, will take place largely on Chewie’s homeworld of Kashyyyk and Coruscant. Click here for more.



The Latest Numbers
January 18, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest on the Hasbro Star Wars Fan’s Choice Poll…

Gen. Jan Dodonna : 26 %
Captain Antilles : 26 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 25 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 13 %
Rabé : 12 %

UPDATE: Yak Reader Steve pointeed out that 26+26+25+13+12=102. Hopefully Hasbro will correct the percentages soon.

This one’s gonna be close! Remember the polls close the 20th so VOTE NOW if you haven’t yet.



LEGO’s Available…
January 17, 2003 | 1:45 PM EST | Mark

Here are a few links for you to find the new LEGO’s.
Lego Tiebomber (4479)
Lego T-6 Skyhopper (4477)
Lego Jabba’s Prize (4476)
Lego Jabba’s Message (4475)
Lego Jabba’s Palace (4480)



There Is Another Trilogy… Maybe
January 15, 2003 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

Long time Star Wars fans will remember long, long ago (as in the late 1970s) that George Lucas said he envisioned Star Wars as a series of 9 movies— three trilogies, and that he had started with the middle trilogy. (Remember this was long before A New Hope or Episode 4 were “official names” of the “first” Star Wars.

Around the time work began on Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, the Flanneled One announced that he felt the epic would be complete with two trilogies (the prequels and the original trilogy).

The Trade Federaton has pointed out an interview with George Lucas on Fox News which is posted over at Ain’t It Cool News. In the story, Mr. Lucas talks about Star Wars consisting of 9 movies!!! As to if or when we’ll really get to see Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, who knows. Click here to read the story.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Kevin from sent this in:

“Update: LucasFilm was contacted for a comment about the mention of 9 movies and a LucasFilm Spokesperson had this to say:

“As many fans are already aware of, there are going to be just 6 movies. Unfortunately, George was misquoted in the interview about number of movies in the Star Wars series. Currently LucasFilm is in preproduction for Episode 3, the last Star Wars movie.” Seen this on”



Imperial Shuttle Flight Plans
January 15, 2003 | 8:01 PM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting reports from Yak Readers that FAO is sending out a new wave of post cards about the Imperial Shuttle. These cards report that the Shuttles will be shipping January 16!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in to report their cards from FAO!



New Padawan 2 Packs At Hasbro
January 15, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has update their Star Wars page with more new figures for 2003. This time there are photos of the two padawan two packs from the Bear Clan. Click here to see the photos!

Thanks to Yak Reader Rob for the heads-up. Sales
January 15, 2003 | 7:00 PM EST | Mark

Now on sale at you will find…
Electronic R2-D2 for $69 and the LEGO Yoda for $69.



FAO Stores Calling Customers To Confirm Shuttles
January 14, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

The Kansas City FAO store was calling customers today, who had reserved Shuttles with them to confirm the orders. They are expecting the shuttles to be in stock by the end of the month. More as we get it.



Clearance Sales Update
January 14, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott reports:

Worthwhile bargains in south-east/lower Michigan! I have been coming across some great sale/clearance item in my area: Flint/Pontiac/Lapeer . At the Meijer stores: Republic gunship $19.99, Arena playset $25.99, Deluxe figures(Nexu,etc) $6.99. Also at KB toys: 4-pack exclusives/figure sets $9.99, Obi-Wan’s Starfighter with figure $15.99, 25th Anniversary New Hope sets (Luke/Leia, Han/Chewbacca) $4.99. These items varied by store, but are definitely worth a search for if you don’t have them.



Wal-Mart Saga Sightings
January 14, 2003 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve D. sent in this report:

“I was at my Bolingbrook IL Walmart and found the new/old Tie bomber redeco..Its in a neat saga blue window box and its $28.34. They had a case of 6 of these. I havent read on your website that these were coming out. I dont know if the Snowspeeder is coming in a redeco box. Also new deluxe figures were there as well as some Ephont Mons. Happy hunting.”

While Hasbro announced that the POTJ Tie Bomber would be rereleased in Saga packaging, no plans have been announced to rerelease the POTJ Snow Speeder.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 14, 2003 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Customers can now pre-order these new Hasbro items at Entertainment

Rebel Blockade Troop Builder (Item# HS26816, $17.99)

Endor Soldier Troop Builder (Item# HS26761, $17.99)

Yoda Lightsaber (Item# HS84961, $27.99)



Clones Troop Builder Information
January 13, 2003 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation’s spies have come through with all the details on the rumored Clone Trooper, Troop Builer set. Their sources say that the clones will come from the “Preview” clone mold and will probably be “clean” troopers, as opposed to the “dirty” preview troopers we received previously.



Need A Squad Of Rebel Troopers?
January 13, 2003 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the Rebel Fleet Trooper, Troop Builder set for 17 bux and change! The troopers ship in the standard white “Fan Club” generic mailer, like the past troop builder sets. Click here to place your order.



FAO Files Chapter 11
January 13, 2003 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve pointed out this article on CNN Money on FAO’s financial problems. It reports that FAO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. How this will affect the Shuttles, if at all, is still unknown. More as it comes.



Hallmark 2003 Star Wars Ornaments
January 12, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Girlofgod sent in this report on the 2003 Hallmark Star Wars line-up:

“Classic C3-PO (presumably in gold)
Yoda with Lightsaber (oooooo! how cool!)
Padme Amidala (Attack of the Clones, no description on which costume though)CLONES! (a double pack of miniature ornaments)and the ship this year is described to me as: The Classic “TIE Fighter with the flat white wings from Star Wars”



Star Construx Update
January 12, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

Markus over at Star Construx their site with new “360 degree turns” of 30 custom made figures. New custom figures made by Harald Flügge and a new diorama from Lars Intemann. Click here to check them out.



K-Mart Star Wars Sale
January 12, 2003 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

K-Mart is running a buy one, get one half-off sale on ALL Star Wars items. Hurry the sale ends tomorrow (January 13, 2003)!



More Shuttle Reports
January 12, 2003 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Craig sent in this report:

“Hello. With all the news going around the web about the FAO Imperial Shuttle. I thought I would let you know something I found out about my order. I placed my order a couple months ago to the catalogue by phone dept. Just last week I called up to find out the status of my order. I was told my 10% off coupon that I, and many others used had been removed by the computer for some reason. They told me this happened right as the new year began. So you may want to implore those who have used the 10% off coupon to check their orders. Luckily they put the 10% discount back on for me. That’s a $12.00 savings! Plus I was told their new expected date of arrival for the shuttles in their warehouse was Jan. 26th. But I’m sure that could change.”



Fan Club Membership Kits Arriving
January 12, 2003 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

Good news for everyone who renewed their Fan Club membership for two years last year. You will still get the membership kit this year without renewing again (as your membership is still current for 2003)!!! The membership kits are very similar to those of past years, however they have added a “Bantha Tracks” patch and a mini standee with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda to the usual assortment of post cards from Star Wars worlds, stickers, and welcome letters from the Fan Club and The Flanneled One himself.



A-Wing Boxed Prototype And Color Yavin Tech Accessory Pack
January 12, 2003 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted some photos of the upcoming green A-Wing. The paint job on the green A-Wing looks beautiful. It appears to come with a new A-Wing Pilot. The figure in the mock-up box appears to be a new sculpt, although the helment on it looks a little rough.

If you like ladders for your rebel hanger, then the Yavin Tech accessory pack is definitely for you. Click here for the photos!



The Winner Is…
January 11, 2003 | 11:52 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our free Ultarama drawing is Van-Troi Perozo. Be sure to send us your entry here for the next drawing in 2 weeks! Remember to be eligible to win, your entry must inclue your full name AND your address. Good Luck!



Shuttle Update
January 11, 2003 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten LOTS more E-mail about the FAO Imperial Shuttle. Here’s a few with updates on it:

Yak Reader Kevin wrote:

“To all the readers that want to know the final answer to the shuttle preorders I have found out as of yesterday when I called 1-800-426-toys.They have received them in their
warehouse and many,many more than they expected.This is probably why it has taken so long for us to receive them
so that they had enough and for anyone that has forgotten one can get one now. Customer service told me they should ship no later than Monday, January 13.”

From Yak Reader Drumspace:

“Hi, I just got off the phone w/ FAO customer service. I called to find out when the shuttles would be shipping out. To my surprise this is what the lady told me “we have not received our stock, and we are not sure when we will be receiving them.” (that wasn’t a surprise) what did surprise me was when she told me that ” there are 43 orders to still be filled, and that only 3000 will be shipped to FAO.” she proceeded to say that since I ordered mine online, or over the phone thru the 1-800 #, “I will be guaranteed a shuttle. the people that called the individual stores will not be guaranteed one.” I called the san fran store back in the spring and placed my name on a “list”, and since then I have changed my mailing address. I called back to change my mailing addy, to only find out that they no longer have a list, and they told me to contact the 1-800 # or order it online. Once I found that out, I reordered mine online on 12/21/02. And finally I asked “if 43 were needed to be ordered thru Hasbro for FAO to receive them, and if they didn’t reach the “3000” orders would FAO not receive them?” her answer was ” I am not allowed to comment on that” I asked her if she knew the answer, or wasn’t allowed to talk about it, and she said “I am not allowed to discuss it!” just thought id send you my news on the drama of the shuttle tydirian.”

And from Darth Midion:

“I received a call from the Las Vegas Fao Yesterday afternoon concerning my order. They needed to update my credit card information because they will receive them next week and I should receive it about 4 days after they get the shipment. So I hope this helps out some collectors. I did a call in order not internet. I ordered mine I think back in August of 2002.”

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!



Calling all Questions!
January 10, 2003 | 11:33 PM EST | Muse

We’re working on the first update to the Yakface Q&A for 2003.

If something has been puzzling you, send your question along to me and I just might be able give you the answer… notice the word “might”. 😉



EIII Cast Update
January 10, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a story confirming news that most of us expected. Most of the cast from E2 will be returning in E3. Click here for the story.



FAO Shuttles Still Circling
January 10, 2003 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

As you’ve probably been reading, we’ve been getting reports from readers that FAO stores across the country, as well as FAO’s catalog website, do not have the Imperial Shuttle in stock. Despite the fact that FAO sent out update cards to customers in December that they would be shipping out today, January 10th, they haven’t hit the warehouse, muchless shipped out to customers. Hopefully they will arrive soon.



The Trilogy Returns To Akron Theater
January 10, 2003 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Shlump007 sent in this report:

“Just wanted to let you know that the Akron Civic Theater in Ohio will be showing the Original Star Wars Trilogy this Sunday the 12th. It will start at 2:00p.m. Information can be found at Tickets are only $6 and are good for all 3 movies.”



This Time It’s The Empire Strikes Back
January 8, 2003 | 7:35 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated with some more new images which we haven’t seen anywhere before. This time it’s Han Solo in Hoth Gear and Chewbaca Mynock Hunt. The Han Hoth includes a clip on mask and goggles, as well as the same sensor pack that came with K-3PO. He also appears to have a a holster which can hold his blaster, and Luke’s lightsaber. Chewie comes with a mynock which appears to be the same mold that was usedin the cinema scene, but has a much better paintjob. He appears to also come with the mask he had in the cinema scene and a bowcaster which “shoots” laserbolts similar to those we’ve seen with the new destroyer droid. Click here for the photos.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
January 8, 2003 | 7:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

“Happy New Year! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve expanded our Star Wars selection for our January Clearance Sale!

Star Wars Classic:
· Luke Skywalker Gunner Station (Item#: 69848) Price: $14.99 NOW ONLY $6.90!
· C-3PO Mask (Item#: DP82013) Price: $34.99 NOW ONLY $9.90!
· Nien Numb Mask (Item#: DP82015) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!
· Gamorrean Guard Mask (Item#: DP82017) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Klaatu Mask (Item#: DP82018) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!

Star Wars Episode 1:
· E1 Small Scale Asst. 1 (Item#: 26227A)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· Hidden Majesty Queen Amidala (Item#: 61776)Price: $19.99 NOW ONLY
· Darth Maul Mask (Item#: DP82208) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Naboo Starfighter Helmet (Item#: DP82210)Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY
· Sebulba Mask (Item#: DP82212) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Watto Mask (Item#: DP82213) Price: $39.99 NOW ONLY $19.90!
· Ki-Adi-Mundi Mask (Item#: DP82214) Price: $59.99 NOW ONLY $29.90!
· Rune Hakko Deluxe Mask (Item#: DP82220)Price: $99.99 NOW ONLY $49.90!
· Jar Jar Binks Deluxe Mask (Item#: DP82302) Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY $59.90!

Star Wars Episode 2:
· SW EP2 Jedi Unleashed Game (Item#: HG40281)Price: $14.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 1) (Item#: HS84861A)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item#: HS84861B)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) (Item#: HS84861C)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 4) (Item#: HS84861D)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 6) (Item#: HS84861F)Price: $119.99 NOW ONLY
· Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle (Item#: HS84873)Price: $34.99 NOW ONLY
· Episode 2 Starter Deck (Item#: WZ17554) Price: $9.99 NOW ONLY $3.90!
· Episode 2 Starter Deck Display (Item#: WZ17554A)Price: $39.99 NOW
ONLY $19.90!

Click here for the sale!



12″ Leia w/ Carbonite In Stock
January 8, 2003 | 11:39 AM EST | Mark

The TRU exclusive is now in stock at Amazon…
12″ Leia w/ Carbonite, if you collect the 12″ figures, head on over.



Fan Club Membership Kits Arriving
January 6, 2003 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Robba the Hutt just let us know that he received his membership kit from the new Star Wars Fan Club program. If you’ve renewed lately, it’s time to start watching your mailbox!



Palpatine’s Office Diorama
January 6, 2003 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

Frank over at Niub Niub’s Universe has updated with his Palpatine Office Diorama. There are a number of different shots of this diorama which has to be seen to be believed. Click here for more.



Silver R2 Sale News
January 6, 2003 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Several Yak Readers have written in with the 411 on the Silver R2 sales, here’s Yak Reader Neel’s report of the Emails we’ve received:

“I was reading your report regarding the R2’s showing up for a penny at some TRUs. These are the remainder of the promotional figures that TRU was giving for star wars purchases a while back. Some cases were likely warehoused and are finally seeing the light of day. Because the promotion by TRU has passed and expired they no longer honor the “free R2 for 25 dollars in Star Wars purchase” but they still need to get rid of the stock of figures they have. Because the figure is intended as a giveaway for purchasers of star wars toys TRU had two options for these figures: Send them back to warehouses/hasbro to be reused or destroyed (which would mean another shipping charge); or sell them for a nominal price to clear them out of their stock rooms. Because they were intended to be a giveaway TRU cannot sell them for full price (it would be illegal under the contract they signed with Hasbro) so they are selling them at .01 ( a nominal price) so that they can still track the purchases and get rid of the figures at the same time. Hence R2 is up for clearance price.”



New TRU Star Wars Return Policy
January 5, 2003 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Math4298 wrote in about a new policy on Star Wars returns at his local TRU. No word if it is local or national yet:

“Hey, I saw your article about the silver R2’s showing back up, so I made a trip to Toys R Us this afternoon. They had printed signs around the star wars area stating they would no longer accept returns or exchanges on star wars products since they are collectables. A pretty good move on their part, since most everything they have is marked as clearance at other stores, but a departure from there standard policies to be sure. This was at a store in the twin cities, Minnesota.”



Norwegian Yak Reader Site
January 5, 2003 | 1:54 PM EST | Bill

Now something for our Norwegian readers, Yak Reader Jon Harald Aspheim has just created a page highlighting his collection. Here’s the link.



The Silver R2s May Still Be Out There
January 4, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Nomadscout:

Had a pretty cool thing happen to me today:

I stopped by the TRU in downtown NYC (Union Square). Nothing much new in the store, but I did find a single, badly mashed carded Silver R2 on the pegs (the figure was fine, and I needed one to open). I ran it through the scanner, and, naturally, it came up as a penny. I asked the employee nearby (who has helped me find some figs in the past) what the deal was. He said he was surprised this one found its way out onto the peg. He told me they had “tons” of silver R2s in the back and they hadn’t decided what to do with them yet. He told me to ask customer service, but he figured they wouldn’t sell it to me. So, I went down to the desk, the woman called the manager, and she told me I should take it to the register. Sure enough, it rang up for a penny. The silly thing is, I had no change and, neither did the cashier. So she had to hunt down the manager to get more coins so they could give my 99 cents back for my dollar. In any case, I snagged a Silver R2 for a penny.

Update– Yak Reader Ray wrote in to report another find:

“I noticed your post today about the 25th anniversary silver R2s being sold at TRU for only $0.01. I also found these at my local TRU last weekend in Manassas, VA and bought 2 of them (actually, they were in good condition, especially for 1 cent each). If memory serves, TRU does its inventory in January and begins to clean house after the holiday shopping season, which would explain why we’re starting to see these appear out of the back room at some TRUs.”



Been To Your Mailbox Today?
January 2, 2003 | 11:15 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t you may want to go check. The newest edition of the Star Wars Insider has started arriving at fan’s doorsteps today.



Fan’s Choice Poll Update
January 2, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest numbers in the fan’s choice poll (as of 8:30 p.m. Eastern):

Gen. Jan Dodonna : 31 %
Captain Antilles : 23 %
Senator Yarua (Kashyyyk Senator) : 21 %
Ben Quadinaros (Pod Racer) : 12 %
Rabé : 12 %

As you can see there hasn’t been much movement in the numbers lately, but there’s still almst 3 weeks left!



Happy 2003 From
January 1, 2003 | 12:07 AM EST | Bill

Happy New Year and a joyous and prosperous 2003 to everyone from all of us here at!

December 2002 Archive

Happy New Year From Star Wars
December 31, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Star Wars is sending out a New Years E-Card to registered members. Click here to see the card.



Yoda’s, Yoda’s everywhere!
December 29, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Michael

The latest Yoda is out, and he’s oddly familiar. He’s another case of Hasbro deja vu, but did they do it better, or worse? Check out the review here.



KebCO Toys Newsfeed
December 29, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | Brandon

This Just In From KebCoToys:

KEBco Toys still has the FREE shipping offer until Jan. 31st, 2003 on all domestic orders of $25.00 or more. Choose from EP2, EP1, POTJ and older figures going back to 1995. Both 3.75 inch and 12 inch figures are available. Also, ships, vehicles and more.

Don’t forget to check out the new Pre-Orders on EP2 Saga 2003 figures. There are six new Collection One 3.75″ figures, ten new Collection Two 3.75″ figures and four new Deluxe figures. Figures included are Obi-Wan Spear Throwing, Mace Windu Total Control, Darth Tyranus Lightning Burst, Padme with Soft Cloak, Tusken Raider with Removable Head, Lama Su and Clone Boy, Twi’lek Jedi, Barriss Offee, Deluxe Jango, Deluxe Spider Droid and more. These can be found on their website in the EP2 Saga 2003 Pre-Order section. More items will be added in the next few weeks. Be sure to take a look at their “One of Every Figure” Club. As always, Pre-Orders are based on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit KebCoToys today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



Beneath The Dome Easter Egg
December 29, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Todd sent in this observation:

“Here’s a hidden feature I found on the R2 D2 – Beneath The Dome Hidden DVD…

On the main menu, highlight the Play All option. Now press the Right arrow key on your remote control and R2’s “eye” will now be selected above the “R2-D2 Beneath the Dome text”. Press enter and you will be treated to a gallery of stills of R2-D2.”



The Winner Is…
December 28, 2002 | 1:43 PM EST | Bill

The winner of our free Ultarama drawing is Mike Jasman! Congratulatins Mike. If you would like to win an Ultarama send your entry for the next drawing to us here.Remember, to be eligible for the drawing, your entry MUST contain both your name and your address. Good luck!



New LEGO’s In Stock
December 28, 2002 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

Here are a few links for you to find the new LEGO’s.
Lego Tiebomber (4479)
Lego T-6 Skyhopper (4477)
Lego Jabba’s Prize (4476)
Lego Jabba’s Message (4475)
This one is not in stock, however you can bookmark it and check back if you want.
Lego Jabba’s Palace (4480)



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 27, 2002 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Star Wars and Marvel Select Elektra

***Action Fleet Snowspeeder and AT-AT***

The newest assortment of Star Wars Action Fleet is in stock now. Action Fleet Asst. 3, Set (Item# HS46796CC, $27.99) includes 2 vehicles: Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder and AT-AT All Terrain Armored Transport. Order your set today!

***Marvel Select Elektra Figure***

The third release in the Marvel Select line of highly detailed monthly figures created especially for collectors! Based on one of Marvel’s most popular female anti-heroes and Daredevil’s one time love and nemesis, Elektra! Incredibly detailed to resemble the comic book character in three dimensions, the Marvel Select Elektra Figure (Item# DC10756, $17.99) with interchangeable legs and arms so you can display her in a “sexy” or “battle-ready” pose, and the extra parts not being used can be stored in the compartment hidden within the included castle base!

***New Deluxe Star Wars Figures!***

Coming Soon! These new Deluxe Star Wars figures feature action from Episode II – Attack of the Clones! The EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5) Set (Item# HS84859EE, $29.99) includes 2 action figures: 1x Obi Wan Kenobi with Force Power and 1x Flying Jango Fett. These deluxe figures come with bases and accessories!



FAO Imperial Shuttle Detailed Boxed And Loose Photos
December 27, 2002 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Here are a series of boxed and loose photos of the upcoming FAO Imperial Shuttle. Judging from these photos there is no question that the shuttle is a copy of the vintage version with a much better paint job, but no electronics, and no pack-in.

Loose side angle with cockpit closed
Loose side angle with cockpit open
Loose close-up of cockpit (cockpit open)
Loose back view
Boxed back
Boxed side 1
Boxed front
Boxed side 2
Boxed top



There’s Still A Chance To Order A Shuttle From FAO
December 27, 2002 | 4:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Waustin7194 sent in this report:

“You can order the Shuttle Tydirium at FAO by phone as of 27 DEC, 1:45 pm. I had no problem getting 1 over the phone.”

UPDATE: Yak Reader Ryo wrote: “As of 3:14 Pacific Time, I was able to order the FAO Scwartz Exclusive Shuttle Tyderium with a total of about 145 dollars. Just thought I let you guys know. It’s still possible to order it. HURRY!”



Clearances Update
December 27, 2002 | 4:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Tpeichoto:

“Just wanted to let you know has this on clearence…..

Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan Kenobi Figure Only $14.97
Star Wars Episode II: Jango Fett’s Slave I Ship Only $14.97
Star Wars “Attack of the Clones”: Clone Trooper Republic Gunship
Orig. Value: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.97
You Save: 50%
Just to name a few things so check it out if you dont have them yet.”



FAO Shuttle Update
December 26, 2002 | 8:01 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod sent in the latest news on the Imperial Shuttle:

“Well, I just got off the phone with an FAO representative and he informed me that the release date is still January 10th and we will be seeing the charge on our card within 24 hours of the item leaving their warehouse for our doorstep.

He says that the computer shows that FAO on-line is getting 3,000. I am guessing that the other 2,000 will be going to the actual retail stores.

The weird thing is that after all this talk that FAO is not taking anymore orders for them and the site saying they are out of stock, he tells me that of the 3,000, only 2,801 are accounted for. So if anybody called right now, you could order one. Weird, uh?

Then again, remember this is what one preson said. Even though it came from somebody at FAO it doesn’t mean it is set in stone.

But I thought some of you might want to know.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 26, 2002 | 6:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Darth Vader Lightsaber Replica in Stock!

***Darth Vader Lightsaber Replica In Stock***

The all-new Darth Vader Lightsaber with Display Case (Item# MRSW106D, $348.99) is now in stock and shipping. This authentic prop replica from Master Replicas is fully licensed and comes with a Certificate of Authenticiy. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Add this to your collection today! Also available without a case (Item# MRSW106, $298.99)



R2-D2 Beneath The Dome
December 26, 2002 | 9:09 AM EST | Mark

Head on over to Best Buy to pick this new DVD up for the low low price of $4.99.



More Online Deals
December 25, 2002 | 10:30 PM EST | Mark now has these deals…
Electronic 12″ Obi-Wan and Boba Jango Fett for $20 each
Battle Arena Playset for $30
Republic Gunship for $22
Slave I $17
R2-D2 Interactive $78.88
LEGO Super Battle Droid $24



Don’t Want To Go To The Stores???
December 25, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | Mark

Let the sales begin, check out some of these deals….
Jedi Starfighter w/ Obi Wan (Exclusive) $14.97
Clone Trooper Republic Gunship $19.97
R2-D2 Interactive $79.97
Jango Fett’s Slave I $14.97
And many other sales…



I’s Time For After Christmas Clearance Sales
December 25, 2002 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader BobaGooch:

“Hi, I just thought I would let you know that has the Republic Gunship on clearance for $22.00 and the Arena Playset for $30.00. I have no ideal what the shipping is for these items though.”



Happy Holidays
December 24, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at Yak Face to all of you, whatever faith you follow, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons.



‘Tis The Season
December 24, 2002 | 5:40 PM EST | Bill

It’s clearance time already at Target. This just in from Yak Reader Richard:

“Arena Playset & Republic Gunship – $27.22 each
Carded Action Fleet – $4.12 each
and most of their older Star Wars LEGO is also clearanced.”



Happy Holidays 
December 24, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | Bill

These holiday wishes are just in from Yak Reader Obi-Shawn:

Click here and then click the “Happy Holidays” link at the bottom.

Herry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Merry Christmas the Star Wars way!!
December 23, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Sharon

Check out what the official site has done in the spirit of Christmas… click here



New Carded Images, Head Variations, Droids, And More
December 23, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure we’ve added detailed front and back carded images of a number of upcoming Saga Figuers. In addition, the rumors are true, Hasbro did reissue the Imperial Officer and Rebel Trooper with new head sculpt. There is also a surprise… there are 2 different head sculpts (for a total of 3) on the new Imperial Officer!

Here are the Power of the Jedi figures which are simply recarded– NO CHANGES:

Teebo Carded Front
Teebo Carded Back

Eeth Koth Carded Front
Eeth Koth Carded Back

Here’s the Imperial Officer and Rebel Troopers with close-ups of the new head sculpts:

Rebel Trooper Carded Front
Rebel Trooper Carded Back
Rebel Trooper Head Close-up

Imperial Officer Carded Head Variant 1
Imperial Officer Carded Head Variant 2
Imperial Officer Carded Back
Imperial Officer Head Variant #1 Close-up
Imperial Officer Head Variant #2 Close-up

Totally new Saga figures:

Jedi Library Droids Carded Front
Jedi Library Droids Carded Back

Padme Droid Factory Chase Carded Front
Padme Droid Factory Chase Carded Back

Tusken Raider Tatooine Attack Carded Front
Tusken Raider Tatooine Attack Carded Back



Fan Choice Poll #5
December 23, 2002 | 7:45 PM EST | Bill

You read it right, Hasbro just posted Fan Choice Poll #5!!!

Here’s the candidates this time around:

General Dodonna
Rabe (in orange robes)
Captain Antilles
Ben Quadinaros
Wookiee Senator Yarua

I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy with almost ANY, check that ALL of these.Here’s the new poll.



2003 Action Fleet 
December 23, 2002 | 1:39 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has just updated with pics of 3 ships from the 2003 Action Fleet Line– E2 Slave I, Republic Gunshp, and the Republic Troop Transport– the precursor of the Classic Trilogy’s Star Destroyer! Click here to check them out!



12″ Plo Koon available for pre-order from New Force
December 23, 2002 | 10:18 AM EST | Sharon

The great folks at New Force comics are offering fantastic pricing on the 12″ Plo Koon. Mint boxes $21.99(plus shipping), opener(less than perfect) specials $19.99(plus shipping). They are also offering the Sandtrooper army builder pack for pre-order at $14.99 plus shipping. For reliable service and reasonable rates, check out their site for other great deals!



New Review – Playskool Arena set
December 22, 2002 | 11:18 PM EST | Michael

Okay, so it’s not a ‘new’ toy, since it was released month’s ago. But it’s taken me this long to come across the cool and cute Playskool Arena set with the Reek. Check out the review here!



Free Mini LEGO Tie Fighter
December 22, 2002 | 11:11 PM EST | Mark

Our friend Tim from has let us know that Kiosks across the US in shopping malls are giving this little baddie away with a purchase of $20 or more.



Costco Sales
December 22, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Mark

Reports are coming in from all over stating that the LEGO Republic Gunship is now on sale for a MERE $35. What a steal. If you are looking for this one, or want another, head to your nearest Costco. Thanks to everyone that has sent in the news.



2003 LEGOs In Wal-Mart Now
December 20, 2002 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Darth Midion:

“I just wanted to let everyone know that the new lego sets have hit wal-mart. My Local Wal-mart here is Salt Lake has received the Jabba’s Palace, Tie-bomber, Genosian Fighter, T-16, and Jabba’s Treasure Lego Sets. Hope this helps people for last minute x-mas shopping.”



Having An Ulta Holiday
December 20, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

If you haven’t ordered your Christmas Ultarama on their holiday sale, time is running out. You’ve got 4 days left for the special holiday sales, so hurry over and order here.



2003 Saga In Stores
December 20, 2002 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Surferboy19:

“Today, I went to the local Target here in Los Angeles, and was puzzled to find the new saga figures : Imperial Officer, Teebo, Eeth Koth, Rebel Soldier, and a brocure hanging on the shelve that i snagged that had pics of carded 2003 figs.”



Redeem your Galactic Credits!
December 20, 2002 | 8:36 AM EST | Sharon

If you have been shopping Star Wars MasterCard, go to http://www.galacticrewards.comto redeem your Galactic Credits! You can also apply for the Star Wars MasterCard on this page. Happy Holidays!



Even Cheaper Personal Astromechs
December 19, 2002 | 10:27 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader John:

“To add to Chris’ message about “Personal Astromechs Cheap”, I went to the local K-mart (Madison, NC) today and found the last R2 at 59.99, but then got a coupon as I entered the store to get $5.00 off a $50 purchase….batteries were on sale too, so I got my droid and all required batteries for about $66 including tax! I don’t know if all K-marts are doing the coupon thing (it was marked “Welcome Back Rewards” on my receipt, but it was only for today and tomorrow (12/19-12/20)….could save some folks a few more dollars on the little guy!”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 19, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set
New 12 Inch Star Wars Figures! Includes Padme Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Geonosian Warrior. Each comes with weapons, clothing and accessories!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84940AA
Price: $54.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: 12 inch

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition
The Best Lightsaber Available! The only licensed recreation of Anakin’s lightsaber, fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. Recreated form original Lucasfilm archival materials, this replica is uncanny in its accuracy to the lightsaber seen on-screen in “Attack of the Clones.”
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW201
Price: $128.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Prop Replicas



D & S Newsfeed
December 19, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill
New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items…

12″ Plo Koon – In Stock!
Acklay – Back in Stock!
Ephant Mon
New Star Tours Figures
New Destroyer Droid & Yoda Jedi Council
12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda, C-3PO, Clone Trooper, Genosian and Anakin
Tie Bomber, B-Wing & Tie Interceptor – Back in Stock!
Nemesis Figures & Enterprise NX-01 – In stock.

and MORE ITEMS ADDED TO NEW SUPER SALE / DISCOUNT / CLEARANCE LIST – Check the site for lots of bargains….
We are proud supporters of the Marines Toys for Tots program and donate each year. Visit the discount aisle for fun toys that you can give this holiday season for those less fortunate.



Are You A Model Builder?
December 19, 2002 | 6:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a very nice looking Jedi Starfighter from Japan. The Joy Kits Labo FineMolds Jedi Starfighter with hyperdrive ring 1/72 scale model kit. Instructions are in Japanese.

Kuat Systems Engineering Delta-7 Aethersprite Light interceptor. The Jedi Starfighter is a small wedge-shaped one-man fighter used by the Jedi Order to service the Galactic Republic. Comes with display stand. Requires cement and paint (not included).

Also, you can pre-order the two new Hasbro Ships now at
Clan Droid
Geonosian Fighter



Personal Astromechs Cheap
December 18, 2002 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

“I just got back from my local K-Mart and they have lowered the price of the electronic R2’s to $59.99! The sign said 12/17-12/30. I’m located in Roanoke, VA. I haven’t heard of them being any cheaper than that.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 18, 2002 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

Just Arrived! The all-new Star Wars 12inch assortment!

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set (Item# HS84940AA, $54.99)
1x Padme Amidala, 1x Anakin Skywalker and 1x Geonosian Warrior.

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Case (Item# HS84940A, $99.99)
Case of 6 figures including: 2x Padme Amidala, 2x Anakin Skywalker and 2x Geonosian Warrior.

ALSO, folks can now pre-order all of the upcoming Star Wars action figure assortments including:

HS84851J, EII Collection 1 (Wave 8), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 8. Includes 12 action figures: 3x Obi Wan – Acklay Battle (NEW), 3x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (NEW), 2x Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle, 2x Clone Trooper – Republic Gunship Pilot and 2x Yoda – Jedi High Council (subject to change).

HS84851K, EII Collection 1 (Wave 9), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 2x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 2x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 2x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 2x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle and 2x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape. (subject to change).

HS84851KK, EII Collection 1 (Wave 9) Set, $43.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 Set. Includes 6 action figures: 1x Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation (NEW), 1x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon (NEW), 1x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight (NEW), 1x Anakin Skywalker – Secret Ceremony (NEW), 1x Obi-Wan – Acklay Battle and 1x Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape (subject to change).

HS84861K, EII Collection 2 (Wave 10), $79.99
All NEW Assortment! Star Wars Saga / Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 10. Includes 12 action figures: 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush (NEW), 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase (NEW), 1x SP-4 & JN-66 (NEW), 2x Rebel Trooper, 1x Imperial Officer, 2x Eeth Koth and 2x Teebo (subject to change).

HS84861L, EII Collection 2 (Wave 11), $79.99
Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 11. Includes 12 action figures: 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy (NEW), 1x Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn (NEW), 1x Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush, 2x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 2x SP-4 & JN-66, 2x Rebel Trooper and 1x Imperial Officer (subject to change).

HS84859E, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 5), $79.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 5). Includes 6 action figures: 3x Force Power Obi-Wan Kenobi and 3x Flying Jango Fett (subject to change).

HS84859EE, EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 5) Set, $29.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 5) Set. Includes 2 action figures: 1x Force Power Obi-Wan Kenobi and 1x Flying Jango Fett (subject to change).

HS84859F, EII Deluxe Figures (Wave 6), $79.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 6). Includes 6 action figures: 3x Commerce Guild Spider Droid and 3x Super Battle Droid Builder (subject to change).

HS84859FF, EII Deluxe Figures (Wv 6) Set, $29.99
Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Deluxe Figure Assortment (Wave 6) Set. Includes 2 action figures: 1x Commerce Guild Spider Droid and 1x Super Battle Droid Builder (subject to change).



Shuttle Shipping soon!
December 18, 2002 | 10:11 PM EST | Steve

I just recieved another Shuttle update from FAO saying that the Imperial Shuttles will be shipped on January 10th. So keep an eye out it looks like the Shuttle Watch is beginning soon.



Clearance So Soon?
December 18, 2002 | 10:08 PM EST | Steve

After coming back from Meijers today I found Slave 1’s for $20.20 , Republic Gunships for $29.10, and some older 12 inch figures for $14.40 . Looks like you might wanna hit stores earlier then planned to get after Christmas Sales.



Deluxe Figures And More
December 18, 2002 | 8:29 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has updated again, this time with the 2003 deluxe figures of Obi Wan and Jango Fett from the Kamino fight scene. Click here for more.



FAO Reported To Be Considering Bankruptcy
December 18, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rick:

“FAO Schwarz may file bankruptcy… Is the Shuttle endangered?”

To the best of our information, given the very close release date for the Shuttle, it should no be affected. Here’s the report from CNN.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 17, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The new 12″ Saga Wave 4, which includes Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, and the Geonosian Warrior, have just arrived at Entertainment Earth! Click here to order the case ($99.99) or snag yourself a 3 Pack for the new low price of $54.99.



2003 LEGOs In Stock At LEGO Shop At Home
December 17, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

If you want the new 2003 LEGOs, they are in stock at LEGO At Home!



Return Of The Shuttle
December 17, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Tired of the distance shots we’ve been seeing of the upcoming Imperial Shuttle, well here’s some BOXED photos, which are MUCH MUCH clearer.
Image 1
Image 2

UPDATE: Here’s some loose pictures as well.



The Hairy Fairy Update
December 17, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

Ok, before I get Emails about the subject line, that really is the name of the store. I posted about this store yesterday and asked for feedback. Andrew White, the store’s owner, wrote in to let us know that the store is based in Denmark, but serves all the Scandanivian companies.

Yak Reader Jon wrote in to let us know that he has dealt with the Hairy Fairy numerous times with excellent results.

Thanks for the reports!



Unleashed Vader Is Back
December 17, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the Unleashed Darth Vader back in stock…



Star Wars Yule Humor
December 16, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Here’s a comic strip which blends a little classic trilogy with Santa and the Reindeer.Click here for a chuckle.



The New Droid Photos Are Here
December 16, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just received several high quality photos of the Jedi Temple’s library droids SP-4 and JN-66! Click on the text below for the photos:

Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3



Attention Norwegian Readers
December 16, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new store helping meet your Star Wars needs. We’ve just heard about this new store. If you order from them, give us some feedback for your fellow Yak Readers, or post it in our Forums!



POTF2.COM Has New Updates.
December 16, 2002 | 5:50 PM EST | David

Hi All:

POTF2.COM has updated it site to include some great new things including:

* R2’s mysterious “3rd leg” explained!

* New Rate & Review section – now everyone can be a critic… rate and review any figure from all the SW lines!

Check it out at POTF2.COM!

Happy hunting,




Springfield Missouri Toy News.
December 15, 2002 | 7:49 PM EST | David

The Wal-Mart at North Town Mall in Springfield had the clean face Endor Rebel Soldier, Jango Fett Salve-1 Pilot, Padme Pilot, Tusken Raider with Massiff, Geonosian warriors with Massiff, Watto and Anakin Tatooine Attack, as wel as lots of others. Also a few electronic Obi-Wan’s and Jangos. Nothing new with Unleashed.

The Toys R Us on BattleField has lots of Darth Maul Sith Training, Chewbacca Bespin, bearded Endor Rebel Soldiers, Sneak Preview Zams, and regular Zams, and lots more. If you’re in the area you might find what you need.



Padme Droid Factory And SP4 / JN66 Pics
December 15, 2002 | 6:09 PM EST | Mark

Here are some first look images….
Padme Droid Factory Chase carded front
Padme Droid Factory Chase carded back
and I tried to blow up the back of the card to you can see what the new droid two packSP4 / JN66 looks like. Here is the new Mace Arena Confrontationfrom the cardback. Hope you like them.



LEGO Jabba’s Prize
December 15, 2002 | 5:16 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon is the LEGO Jabba’s Prize for $6.74 on sale already…



Urgent! Troop Builder Clone Trooper Petition Needs Signatures. 
December 15, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | David

Urgent! The Petition to Hasbro to make Troop Builder Clone Troopers is in need of fresh new signatures. Please post this. This is what Star Wars collectors need. Collectors do not need bootleg Troop sets coming to the U.S. from Hong Kong.
I urge you and all to please read the petition and sign.

May the Force be with us!



New Figures At TRU
December 14, 2002 | 8:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader EJ sent in this report:

“I found the Episode II Destroyer Droid and Yoda w/ council chair and lightsaber today at a Toys R Us in Chicago, Illinois.”



Hurry To Kmart– TONIGHT
December 14, 2002 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote to remind us that today is the end of K-Mart’s 25% off Star Wars sale. They also have the Big ol’Electronic R2 marked down to $69.99!! The sale ends tonight!!!



John Stopped By And….
December 14, 2002 | 3:33 PM EST | Mark

Our friend and yours, John, stopped by to give us another awesome rendition of his world class QNA… Stop on in and read away….



Leia Gets The Axe… Again
December 13, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

It seems Amazon is canceling orders for the Leia in Boussh disguise again. Readers whose order was canceled earlier this week, and reordered for the “other” Leia exclusive on Amazon got this letter today canceling their order:

“Greetings from

We are sorry to report that the release of the following
item has been cancelled:

“Star Wars 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve
since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept
our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for this item because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

Your order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

Thanks for shopping at, and we hope to see you again.


Customer Service Department
Earth’s Biggest Selection” ”

If you want to try ordering again here’s the link to the Leia Boussh Amazon is now listing.



His Price Is Getting MAULed…
December 13, 2002 | 9:25 AM EST | Mark

Well if you are looking for some good LEGO deals….

Darth Maul Sculpture $112.49 normally $149.99 w/free shipping
UCS Naboo Fighter $29.99 normally $39.99

Plus all other Star Wars LEGO’s are 25% off.



The Mon Is Back
December 12, 2002 | 8:26 AM EST | Mark

Still looking for that really BIG guy to fill the whole in your collection??? Amazon hasEphant Mon back in stock, although probably not for long…



EVERYONE Needs A Laugh Now And Again…
December 12, 2002 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Check out this nice comic….

If you find any others, please send them in. I am sure everyone would like to read so good Star Wars humor…



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 11, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 11)
Three New Star Wars Figures! Includes Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone boy (NEW), Barriss Offee – Luminara Unduli’s Padawn (NEW), Aayla Secura – Twi’lek Jedi Knight (NEW), Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush, Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, SP-4 & JN-66, Rebel Trooper and Imperial Officer.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84861L
Price: $79.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures

R2-D2 Astromech Droid
Finally a droid to call your own! The 15 inch R2-D2 Electronic Voice Command Astromech Droid is an easy-to-control, functional droid that walks, talks and responds to over 40 commands!
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS84895
Price: $124.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Games



Making Light Of The Hobby
December 11, 2002 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

A new site is taking a lighthearted look at our hobby staring Legos. Click here to check it out.



Boba Takes Off
December 11, 2002 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Collectors will be thrilled with the new figure photos unveiled today at Hasbro’s Star Wars page, but Boba Fett fans will be really thrilled. Boba Fett— Flying!!! Need I say more. Click here to check it out.



Clones Still Gaining On Jedi
December 10, 2002 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the IMAX release of Clones will propel E2 over #11 Return of the Jedi in the next week. After last weekend’s totals, Clones lifetime gross is less than $110,000.00 behind return of the Jedi’s lifetime gross, and it still has a chance to eclipse the Lion King to take th #10 spot on the all time highest grossing list.



Padme Is Getting Married In 2003, Not Going To Tatooine
December 10, 2002 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars page has updated their Republic News section to clarify that the 2003 Padme figure will be Padme Wedding Gown, NOT Padme Tatooine. Cancels Preorders For Leia Boussh
December 10, 2002 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill sent out this emails to customers who have had an order for the Leia Boussh pending for months:

“Greetings from

We are sorry to report that the release of the following
item has been cancelled:

“Star Wars 12″ Bounty Hunter: Princess Leia”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve
since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept
our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for this item because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

Your order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

Thanks for shopping at, and we hope to see you again.


Customer Service Department
Earth’s Biggest Selection”

What does it mean for the exclusive? More as we get the 411.

UPDATE: Reviewing Amazon’s site it appears that there was some error, possibly delivery date or price in the “listing” which was canceled. Here is the link for the exclsive So yes they will be getting the exclusive.



You’ve Been Waiting For The Sale…..
December 10, 2002 | 6:54 PM EST | Mark

So you’ve been a good boy or girl all year, waiting for Santa to give you a good deal so you can spend your hard earned money….
Stop on over to

and check out the deals….
Interactive R2D2… $79.99
Obi-Wan with Starfighter… $15.99
25th Anniversary Ben and Vader… $7.99
And many many more….



12″ Back In Stock
December 10, 2002 | 2:14 PM EST | Mark

The 12″ wave of Bounty Hunters is back in stock at Amazon…
12″ Zuckuss
12″ Imperial Officer
12″ Dengar
Still on sale at $19.99 each.



Cedco web address..
December 10, 2002 | 11:41 AM EST | Sharon



Celebrate 2003 with a new Star Wars calender
December 10, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | Sharon

Cedco Publishing is offering a great collection of Star Wars calenders, a datebook, and a student planner. The more you buy, the less they cost, or buy five Cedco products, and the sixth is free. For more details, visit their site.



KB Toys Sales
December 9, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

I work at K*B toys and today we got a copy of our sale paper for Dec. 19-24 on the front cove is the new star wars action figure 4-pack. ON SALE for $7.99 that’s $2.00 per figure, the price now is $10.00, I did ask a KB DSM if the store ran out of the 4-pack can we let a customer pick any 4 figures from the shelf for the sale price. He did not have a answer, but he was going to ask the buyer. I will let you know as I know. Don’t for get to use that K*B Toy Club Card and get another 20% off after the card is full of stamps.”



Make Plans For May 25, 2005
December 9, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Reports are now surfacing that a tenative release day may have been set for Episode III!!!! The tenative date is none other than the 28th anniversary of Star Wars release. The info comes from a post at Ananova.



Lightsaber At Hasbro Site Shown
December 9, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Yoda’s electronic lightsaber is now pictured at Hasbro’s Star Wars page. The small mean green one’s saber looks pretty cool. Check out the pic here.



Raging Dianogas
December 7, 2002 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Josh:

“On the new trash compactor playsets each seperate set comes with a piece of the dianoga sea creature. when you open it you can remove the parts of the dianoga from the playset and are able to put the two parts together to make one whole dianoga figure/creature.I had not heard of this being reported on any of the sites so I thought I would write in. we finally got the dianoga creature we have been asking for. I sent in some pics check it out.”

You can see Josh’s pics here and here.



Want To Win $100.00 In Store Credit?
December 6, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

Between now and December 31st every time you post a message on the ADC Forums your name will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2003. As a special holiday bonus the winner of the drawing will be awarded a $100.00 store credit at instead of the normal $50. Posts must actually contibute to the content of the areas you are posting in to be included in the drawing.The details can be found here and you might want to point them to the Star Wars sectionhere



KEBco Newsfeed
December 6, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is taking Pre-Orders on the new EP2 Saga 2003 figures. There are six new Collection One 3.75″ figures, ten new Collection Two 3.75″ figures and four new Deluxe 3.75″ figures. Figures included are Obi-Wan Spear Throwing, Mace Windu Total Control, Darth Tyranus Lightning Burst, Padme with Soft Cloak, Tusken Raider with Removable Head, Lama Su and Clone Boy, Twi’lek Jedi, Barriss Offee, Deluxe Jango, Deluxe Spider Droid and more. These can be found on their website in the EP2 Saga 2003 Pre-Order section. More items will be added in the next few weeks. Be sure to check their our “One of Every Figure” Club.

As always, Pre-Orders are based on a first come, first serve basis. today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



D & S Sci-Fi News Update
December 6, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

MORE ITEMS ADDED TO NEW SUPER SALE / DISCOUNT / CLEARANCE LIST – Check the site for lots of bargains…. We are proud supporters of the Marines Toys for Tots program and donate each year. Visit the discount aisle for fun toys that you can give this holiday season for those less fortunate.

Ephant Mon
New Destroyer Droid & Yoda Pre-Order – Coming Dec. 16th or sooner.
SW Action Fleet At-At & Snowspeeder
12″ Zuckuss, Imperial Officer & Dengar
Cantina Bar Figure Sets
4 Exclusive Accessory Packs with Figures
Exclusive Silver R2-D2
Genosian Arena Battle Playset
Unleashed Dooku & Mace Windu, Jango, Maul
Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO
Simpsons Series 10, KBBL Playset
Enterprise NX-01 Ship
Deluxe Archer & Malcom with Bridge Sets
Micronauts Baron Karza and Figures
Dark Angel Figures
12″ Lord of the Rings – Two Towers
Medicom Planet of the Apes Figures
18″ Edward Scissorhands

12″ Plo Koon – Coming Soon!



Looking For Some Trash This Holiday?
December 6, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

It looks like the new Trash Compactor 2 packs are starting to hit across the country at Wal-Mart. It looks like this is hitting the traditional retail stores first. The holiday 2 packs are also appearing at Wal-Marts everywhere.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 6, 2002 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Hello Star Wars News Friends,

We wanted to offer a pre-order special, so we just lowered the price on the upcoming 12″ figures. Prices have already been adjusted for people who already ordered these.

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Case (Item# HS84940A, $99.99 – WAS $133.99)

EII 12 inch (Wave 3) Set (Item# HS84940AA, $54.99- WAS $69.99)

Carrier Fisher will be signing limited numbers of these items for Entertainment Earth customers:

Autographed Epic Force Leia (Item# HS69843B, $39.99)

Autographed 25th Luke & Leia (Item# HS84668B, $39.99)

And, our exclusive 12″ figure with her autograph is now in stock and shipping:
Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B, $49.99)

These items from Master Replicas are now in stock and shipping:

Darth Vader Lightsaber (Item# MRSW106, $298.99)
Vader Lightsaber with Case (Item# MRSW106D, $348.99)

Anakin Lightsaber FX Edition (Item# MRSW201, $128.99)



Interesting Finds…
December 6, 2002 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock are the following:
X-Wing Adventure Set, Duel with Darth Maul,
12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troopers for $19.99 each on sale.
25th Anniversary Ben and Vader $14.99
3 3/4 Yoda and Dooku
AND a Full-Sized 48″ Yoda with Fully Extended Lightsaber on Display Base. Minor price point of $499.99



New Saga Wave In Stock
December 5, 2002 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

EII Collection 1 (Wave 7) which includes four new figures— includes Jango Fett – Slave I Pilot (NEW), Destroyer Droid – Geonosis Battle (NEW), Clone Trooper – Republic Gunship Pilot (NEW), Yoda – Jedi High Council (NEW), Anakin Skywalker – Hangar Duel and 1x Count Dooku – Dark Lord— is in stock now! Item Number: HS84851H Price: $79.99.
Click here for more.



Target Accessory Packs Appearing Again
December 4, 2002 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeff from Wisconsin just sent in this report:

“Two of the Target’s in my area received more of the two pack accessory kit exclusives that were so elusive (at least for me) over the summer. They had Hoth, Death Star, Arena Conflict and Endor. I asked the employee if they had any more. He stated the usual policy of not being allowed to check, but did scan the piece. He said there were “plenty” in back.”



New Figures Debut At Hasbro
December 4, 2002 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s website has updated with photos of the upcoming Lama Su & Clone, Barriss, Aayla Secura, and more! Click here for more.



Collector FX sabers at
December 4, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Steve

Yak Reader Chris was kind enough to report in that has the Collectors Edition FX Prop Replica of Anakin Skywalkers Lightsaber. Only $99.99 with free standard shipping. If you still need this high end item, it might be worth checking out the site.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 4, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

We just added these Star Wars items to the Entertainment Earth 50% off sale. You can view the full selection of sale items here:

Star Wars Classic:
· Nien Numb Mask (Item#: DP82015) Price: $29.99 NOW ONLY $14.90!
· Greedo Bust (Item#: LESW9004) Price: $159.99 NOW ONLY $79.90!

Star Wars Episode 2:
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 1) (Item#: HS84861A) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item#: HS84861B) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 3) (Item#: HS84861C) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 4) (Item#: HS84861D) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· EII Collection 2 (Wave 6) (Item#: HS84861F) NOW ONLY $59.90!
· Jango Fett’s Slave 1 Vehicle (Item#: HS84873) NOW ONLY $17.90!
· Episode 2 Starter Deck Display (Item#: WZ17554A) NOW ONLY $19.90!



Special Realm’s Second GIveaway!
December 3, 2002 | 5:41 PM EST | David

David here.
On my site, Special Realm, I have started a second figure giveaway. Enter today for a chance at winning a C-7/8 Saga Ephant Mon and Force Flipping Action Anakin Skywalker. Ends Dec 20.



R2’s Back, for the moment….
December 3, 2002 | 12:33 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the Silver R2D2 back in stock, so head on over.



Clones Cartoon
December 3, 2002 | 9:40 AM EST | Ben

TheForce.Net posted a note that strongly indicates that the Cartoon Network deal has hit the wall.

Here’s a snippet…

Unfortunately, everyone here is talking about the Clone War series in the past tense. As in, not going to happen. The project was going to be expansive – the Cartoon Network wanted some of a toy line and merchandising based on the new sub-franchise themselves, and Six Flags even wanted to make rides centered on them.

But the bottom line is that everyone on this end really wants to do it – but wants more than Lucasfilm will offer. As always, it seems to have boiled down to money unless someone blinks first.



Petitioning Marching Clones
December 2, 2002 | 5:17 PM EST | David

In the recent light of the bootleg Clone Troopers 10pk (5 marching, 5 shooting), well I believe it is time for an officially licensed marching Clone Trooper from Hasbro next year. Sign the Senate Creation Petition for the order of marching Clones.



Still Looking For R2D2?
December 2, 2002 | 1:13 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has the Silver R2D2 back in stock, so head on over.

Update: Sold Out



Playskool In Stock @ KBTOYS
December 1, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock are the following – X-Wing Adventure Set, Duel with Darth Maul, Through The Forest, The Stompin’ Wampa.

Also available are the 12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troopers.



New 12″ Wave In Stock
December 1, 2002 | 9:56 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now lists the new 12″ Wave in stock…
Zuckuss $19.99
Imperial Officer $19.99
Dengar $19.99
Princess Leia Bounty Hunter $19.99

November 2002 Archive

12″ Bounty Hunters (wave 2) on shelves at Wal Mart
November 30, 2002 | 1:15 PM EST | Sharon

Hasbro’s second wave of 12″ Bounty Hunters, Dengar, Zuckuss, plus Imperial Officer are showing up at Wal Mart for $19.97 each.



Detroyers Are Coming!!!!
November 30, 2002 | 12:21 PM EST | Mark

I received a confirmation from LEGO today, it confirmed that the LEGO Star Destroyer has shipped. So if you ordered one, expect it soon.



New 12″ Leia w/ Carbonite Pictures
November 30, 2002 | 12:11 PM EST | Mark has posted new pictures of the 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite, stop on over and check them out.

Also they have the 12″ Dengar wave available for pre-order on sale for $19.99 each.



2003 Unleashed Debut On Hasbro Webpage
November 28, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

The 2003 Slave Leia (shown on the bow of a Skiff with a force pike) and Darth Vader (Removable Helmet!!!!) Unleashed are now listed with photos on Hasbro’s webpage here. Has New Figs..
November 28, 2002 | 4:18 PM EST | Mark

Check out for the Clone Trooper Pilot, Yoda, Dooku and more..



Happy Thanksgiving!!!
November 28, 2002 | 11:38 AM EST | Sharon

Best holiday wishes to all our readers and sponsers, and happy toy hunting for the weekend!!! Lots of great sales to take advantage of, see you in the aisles! Eat, Shop, and be Merry!



Saga Figures Sale
November 27, 2002 | 7:23 AM EST | Mark

Over at, all Saga figures are on sale for the low price of $2.99, this sale includes all the newest figures they have.

**UPDATE – They just got these figures back in stock…
Clone Trooper / Gunship Pilot



KEBco Toys Christmas Toy Giveaway
November 26, 2002 | 10:22 PM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is having a FREE “Why I Wanna Win” Christmas contest until Dec. 15th, 2002.

One lucky contestant will win a 12″ inch POTF Toys R Us Dewback and Sandtrooper exclusive, a 5 card POTF Red Card Set with (Luke, Leia, Han, C3P0 and R2D2), and a set of EP2 12″ figures with (Droid, Wesell and Dooku).


One winner will win over $250 in prizes and will be selected based on a small essay of 15 words or less describing “Why I Wanna Win”.
All essays should be limited to 15 words or less. If an essay
contains 16 words or more it will not be accepted.

The contest will start on November 25th and run until December 15th at 6:00pm EST. The winner will be posted on our website at 9:00pm EST. If you are the winner you will have 24 hours to contact us to claim your prizes. If the winner has not made contact to claim their prizes within 24 hours a new winner will be selected. The prizes will be shipped in time for Christmas delivery.

To Enter the contest visit and in 15 words or less tell us “Why I Wanna Win”.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 26, 2002 | 10:19 PM EST | Bill

Looking for the Japanese TIE Fighter Model Kit? Entertainment Earth can help.

The Joy Kits Labo Fine Molds Tie Fighter (Item# FMSW2, $29.99) 1/72 scale model kit. There is only a limited quanitity are available! The kit comes with a display stand and requires cement and paint (not included), also the instructions are in Japanese.



Looking for the UCS Naboo Fighter?
November 26, 2002 | 7:14 AM EST | Mark

Amazon is now carrying the UCS Naboo Fighter for $39.99, if you are looking for it, it is in stock now.



D & S Sci-Fi Toy World Newsfeed
November 26, 2002 | 6:34 AM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-Fi Toy World has these new items:

Action Fleet At-At & Snowspeeder
Interactive Jedi Lightsaber
Star Tours R3-D3
Re-Stocks of older Action Fleet
Cantina Bar Sets

Plus our Super Discount / Sale list is still active with new items…
Visit them here!



Having Trouble Building Your Kotobukiya Kits?
November 25, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

There are a total of 20 detailed pictures dealing with the building of two of Kotobukiya’s kits: Clonetrooper and Darth Vader, including step by step pictures on how to build them. For all of this, plus reviews, as well as a picture of the upcoming Kotobukiya red Clone Commander which will be limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. Check out the Bothan Spy and their article here.



Holiday R2 & 3PO Hitting Wal Marts!!!!
November 25, 2002 | 2:35 PM EST | Sharon

Our favorite Droids sporting holiday attire are on the shelves just in time for the Holidays!!! Might be wise to make a Wal Mart run soon. Thanks to reader Padawan Collector from Altamonte Springs, Florida, for the info! Happy Hunting!!!



The Flying Geonosian Review
November 24, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Michael

The latest in the deluxe series of figures, the Flying Geonosian has flapping wings – but does it fly? Check out the review here.



Ultarama Makes Collectors’ Christmas Happier
November 24, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama has a special gift to collectors this holiday season00 $5.00 off an order of $20.00 or more, and $10.00 off an order of $35.00 more. Now’s the time to add a couple of more Ultaramas to your collection. Hurry, the sale ends December 23!



The Winner Is…
November 24, 2002 | 9:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Lisa Clayton, the winner of our free Ultarama Drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for our next drawing. Remember that to be eligible to win, your entry must include your name AND your mailing address. Send us your entry here!



For Our Springfield, Missouri Readers…
November 24, 2002 | 8:08 PM EST | David

The Springfield, Missouri local TRU on Battlefield the clean face variant of the 12″ Luke Hoth with Tauntauns as well as good numbers of Count Dookus, Jango Fett Pilots, Orn Free Taas, and Obi-Wan pilots, as well as a good amount of Anniversary X-Wings and Anniversary Land Speeder’s, Gunships and a few of the two Electronic Obi-Wan’s and Jango’s. Wal-Mart Supercenter in Springfield, Mo., on Kansas Expressway has the newer Obi-Wan pilots, and Dookus as well as the Tyranus electronic lightsabers with a few Mace’s stuffed on the shelf. Plus a Yoda that talks. If you need 12″ army builders, thi is the place for you. They had a good amount of the 12″ Zam, Dooku, Super Battledroid, and Clone Troopers.



Wizards Of The Coast Closeouts.
November 24, 2002 | 5:51 PM EST | David

I stopped by the Wizards of the Coast gaming store at Flatirons Crossing mall in Boulder Colorado today. They are doing a Fan Club closeouts sale. Figures starting at 49 cents (Jar-Jar), most of them a dollar, deluxes at $4.99, Hardware wars DVD $2.99, The bobble heads were $9.99 each and the big surprise, the army builder stormtrooper four pack just $6.99. Plus a bunch of other great deals. I am figuring any Wizards of the Coast stores should have this stuff, so it is worth checking out if you have one in your area. Thanks to Ian for the report.



Hey R2, Play Me A Tune…
November 23, 2002 | 3:34 PM EST | Mark

So here is the Fifth Song Easter Egg for the Interactive R2D2, thanks to Wes for the input, as well as all the others.
Use these commands…
Behave Yourself
Speak Up
Speak Up

R2D2 will then play the Star Wars main theme.



Action Fleet Redux Wave Hitting
November 23, 2002 | 10:16 AM EST | Bill

Clonetrooper Commander reports spotting wave 3 of the Action fleet last night at Multiple wal-Marts in Kansas City, Mo. The case breakdown is 3x AT-AT and 3x Snowspeeder.



Not so exclusive – Q&A Correction
November 23, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | Muse

Quick correction on Question 9 in the recent Q&A:

In the exclusive toy rundown, I mistakenly listed the 12″ Plo Koon and the Sandtrooper 4-pack as EE exclusives. My bad.

The good folks at New Force Comics dropped me a note today to inform me that they are also offering pre-orders on those items.

My apologies for any confusion.



Attention Phoenix Fans
November 22, 2002 | 10:53 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new Star Wars Collectibles Store that is opening today in Phoenix, Arizona named Rogues Gallery, 3632 E. Indian School. Some of their high end items include:

Vinyl caped Jawa
Walking R2-D2
Lots of japanese items




Darth Maul Sith Training Card Correction
November 22, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill has posted all the details of the latest card change. This time it’s the Darth Maul Sith Training figure. If card variants are your thing click here for the details.



Republic Gunship Cheap.
November 22, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | David

I received an e-mail with this store report that the republic gunship onsale at meijers for 29.99
So, if you need a gunship and you live near a meijers, then you know where to go.



November 22, 2002 | 7:18 PM EST | Mark

The Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot is back in stock if you need one or want to build your army up…



Yoda Being Pushed Out??
November 22, 2002 | 1:02 PM EST | Mark

Just came out and already he is on sale at Amazon, You can now get Yoda’s Wisdom for a mere $12.97
And a new Pre-Order is up –
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite for $39.99.
Availability: This item will be released on February 15, 2003.



Clones Now #12 
November 21, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

The Box Ofice Mojo is now showing Attack of the Clones at #12 on the all time highest grossing films list, with a total of just over $307 million. Clones is now just $2.1 million behind #11 Return of the Jedi, which certainly appear to be within reach. Judging from Clones run at IMAX it looks like it might break the all time top 10 after all!!!



“Hobby Answers, Five Credits”
November 21, 2002 | 7:36 PM EST | Mark

Well well well, if it isn’t time for ol’ John to give us another rendition of his excellent QNA!!! but what could top the last one?? Well how about, a subject matter of “When One Winner Becomes Two”??



Look Sir, Sandtroopers
November 21, 2002 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set — Formerly a Star Wars Fan Club Exclusive! Includes four individually bagged (not carded) 3 3/4 inch Sandtroopers from the classic Star Wars trilogy. COMING SOON! Item Number: HS26821, Price: $17.99



That’s Not A Reindeer, It’s A Droid
November 20, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

The Holiday 2 pack is in stock at Yester Toys for under $20.00.



New Star Wars Kids Email Out… Uber Collectors Showcased
November 20, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Star Wars Kids email newsletter went out today. Interestingly, the issue showcases uber collectors Gus Lopez and Lisa Stevens, interesting for something supposedly geared to kids… Here’s a link to the story.



Ephant Mon at
November 20, 2002 | 8:09 PM EST | Mark

Hop on over to if you are still looking for him.



Giveaway At Special Realm Ends Soon. Hurry And Enter!
November 20, 2002 | 6:23 PM EST | David

My giveaway I am running on Special Realm, sponsored by Brian at will be ending in nine days. If you haven’t entered yet, then now’s the time. For those who may have entered already, multiple entries are excepted, 2 per day till November 29th at 10:00 PM CST. Winners will be e-mail next day. The current givaways are a Saga Endor Rebel Soldier and a Saga Yoda Jedi Master.
Also, I have two new polls currently running, one with giveaway ideas, and the second about new Jedi Training Gear figures in 2003. I will be doing some construction to the site, so if links do not work, you’ll know why.



He’s Back!!!
November 20, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | Mark

Still want a Silver R2-D2? Well go get him at Amazon for $9.99! I am sure he won’t last long.



Attention EU Fans
November 19, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with more goodies for EU novel fans, both novel titles and brief plot descriptions. Be sure to check it out here.



Yoda Jedi High Council Carded Images
November 19, 2002 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

We updated with carded images of the upcoming Yoda Jedi high Council on his Saga card. Click here for the images.



Lego 2003 Line Photos
November 19, 2002 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, here is the latest photo of Lego’s 2003 line– Jabba’s Palace, Geonosian Fighter, and more! Click here for the image.



Hong Kong Clones 10 Pack In Stock
November 19, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Amok Time has the Hong Kong Clone Trooper 10 pack (5 marching and 5 shooting) in stock for $25.00 a set– the cheapest I’ve seen it anywhere! Click here for more.



Article On Palitoy Action Figures.
November 19, 2002 | 5:43 PM EST | David has just posted an article on all the details about Palitoy’s vintage Star Wars figure line. Click here for more.



KEBco Newsfeed
November 19, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

KEBco Toys is still offering FREE shipping on all domestic orders of $25.00 or more until Jan. 31st, 2003. Also, on all domestic orders of $40.00 or more we will include a FREE Star Wars figure in your package. The FREE figure will be a Star Wars figure of our choice from 1995-2002 valued at $3.99 to $12.00

Many items in our online store have been reduced for the Holidays. Star Wars Christmas Stocking available. The Star Wars LOGO is embroidered and is available in 8 different colors. You can also add an EP2 Star Wars figure inside your stocking and have your stocking personalized with the name of your choice.

The My Account Status Page is now up and working. Click on the My Account Status button on our main page to check the status of your Online Orders and Pre-Orders.

Don’t forget to enter the KEBco Monthly Drawings for November 2002. One entry enters you into all of the Monthly Drawings. Visit KEBco today and the entire year for all of your Star Wars figures.



Do-It-Yourself Gun Pods Part 2
November 18, 2002 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Koda sent in this post with his instructions for making custom pods and photos of his work. Enjoy!

“I happened to post my custom gunship turrets on Snowtroopers the same day you posted the one on yours. I was able to make them with out altering the clone troopers! I posted the instructions on reblescums forum if you wish to check them out. (Here).

You can check detailed pics of mine on the bottom of this page here.



Clone Wars EU Update
November 18, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

Well the wait for more information on what’s coming in the EU arena for Clone Wars was very short. Star just updated with the title of an upcoming Star Wars hardcover novel centered during the Clone Wars. The title is The Cestus Deception, and it’s due out in June 2004. The site also hints it will uncover a new type of bio-battle droid… interesting. Click here for more.



Lightsaber Signed By George Lucas Giveaway!
November 18, 2002 | 9:30 PM EST | David

Hi Guys,
Here’s are the details that I received from the Cartoon Network this evening in my e-mail. The only problem is that you have to be age 4 thru 18 to enter 🙁



Constructed by model makers at Industrial Light and Magic, this Jedi LightsaberTM is mounted in a PlexiglasTM display case with a commemorative plaque stating “JEDI LIGHTSABER.”

200 secondary prize winners will each receive one randomly selected HasbroTM STAR WARSTM Electronic Lightsaber.

ENTER NOW for your chance to win, only at:



Want To Work At The Ranch
November 18, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is listing an opportunity for some lucky fan (with web experience) to work as an intern on Lucas’ Cargobay page. Remember this is a not a permanent position, so it is not a career opportunity, although it would certainly rock for a fan!



Santa’s Pack Will Be A Little Emptier This Year
November 18, 2002 | 9:00 PM EST | Bill

FAO sent letters out to customers who preordered the FAO shuttle confirming that the Shuttles definitely will NOT be out for Christmas. They report that the delayed release due to manufacturer delays. There’s a scan of the letter posted at the Trade Federation here.



Gunship Gun Pods Instructions
November 18, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

At the request of a number of Yak Readers, we contacted Darth Jeff for information on how he built the gunship pods.

Here’s his instructions:

The balls (for the pods) came from hobby lobby. The troopers are removable, howeverthe will need to be modified to fit in the pods. You will have to customize your clone figures. In order to fit th cntrols into their hands, shorten the legs and reposition the feet. They are not much good out of the cockpit so it really doesnt matter that they are removable. The metal strips outside of the ball are plastic strips cut and glued into place, the gun and handles came from the goofy one that Hasbro made.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 18, 2002 | 7:46 PM EST | Bill

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set

***Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set***

Pre-order the all-new Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS26821, $17.99) This exciting new set comes with 4 Power of the Jedi version Sandtroopers each with a different color shoulder pauldron. Just like the Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS32519, $17.99), these ship in a white box. Coming in February, 2003. Build your armies today!



New Jabba’s Sail Barge Diorama
November 17, 2002 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

We have yet another update to our diorama section for your viewing pleasure. Yak Reader Greg sent in these photos of his Jabba’s Sailbarge at at the Sarlacc pit.



Looking For More Details On The Animated Clone Wars Series?
November 17, 2002 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kenbenobi sent us some more details. Ain’t It Cool has posted 2 articles on the upcoming Clone Wars Series which is rumored to be in the planning/negotiation stage. Click here and here for the articles.



Republic Gunship Gun Pods
November 17, 2002 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Darth Jeff sent in photos of his custom gun pods for the republic gunship. To say the least, these things are awsome and look like they are right out of AotC!Click here to see them!



Lars Homestead, Jedi Council 3 Pack,Droid Factory with CZ-1 
November 17, 2002 | 7:10 PM EST | Bill

What do all of these have in common??? They are a LOT more are on the list of Hasbro’s Star Wars line for 2003. Pete over at The Private Universe came up with all the inside 411 on the 2003 line. Click here to read the whole list.



Star Wars Insider Hitting Mailboxes
November 17, 2002 | 4:26 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Bryan:

“I just wanted to let you know that I got my new Star Wars Insider yesterday. So it’s time for everyone to start keeping their eyes peeled for theirs.

Thanks for going back to the sand colored background, I like it much better than the way it was.”



More 2003 Releases, Including Scout Trooper 4 Pack and Emperor’s Throne Room Playset
November 17, 2002 | 4:19 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted an updated 2003 release list which includes:

Emperors Throne Room playset
Troop Builder 4 pack – Imperial Scout Troopers
Bounty Hunters 4 Pack – (Bossk, Fett, IG88 & Aurra)–it might have Aurra’s speeder
Rebel Alliance 4 Pack

Ultimate Firepower Republic Gunship



Clones Still Climbing At The Box Office
November 17, 2002 | 4:15 PM EST | Bill

The Box Office Mojo is reporting that Attack of the Clones is still climbing the all time highest grossing list. The list currently shows Clones in 13th place, where it has been for months, however its current total of $306,112,386 is now just under $57,000 behind #12 Independence Day’s $306,169,255. And Jedi’s #11 spot at $309,306,177 seems to be very reachable.



Clone Wars EU
November 16, 2002 | 8:21 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with an article about the Clones Wars. To say the least if you like EU, you will be very happy. According to the article, the Clone Wars will be a central theme for EU books, junior novels, video games (yes plural), and more for the next few years. Click here for the details.



More New Vehicles For 2003
November 16, 2002 | 7:13 PM EST | Bill’s forums page is now listing two more vehicles for our growing 2003 list. The post includes the revised Republic Gunship and the E2 Trade Federation Tank! Thank to Yak Reader Aaron for the tip!



Silver R2s Vanishing At TRU Stores
November 16, 2002 | 7:10 PM EST | Bill

Just like Amazon, it appears that the run of Silver R2s are running dry at the TRU stores which didn’t get wiped out in the first couple of days. Here’s Yak Reader Minnesota Dan’s info:

“Hey all- just wanted to drop you a note that the silver R2 mine seems to be getting drier. 3 of my 4 local stores (Minneapolis Minnesota) are now out. I returned the ones I received from Amazon because of how beat up they were, and was impressed with how nice the store ones were.”



Silver R2 Gone At Amazon
November 16, 2002 | 7:08 PM EST | Bill is now listing the 25th Anniversary Silver R2 as out of stock and discontinued. Thanks to Yak Reader DarkJedi27 for the report.



Fred Meyer Has E2 Toys At 25% Off
November 16, 2002 | 7:07 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader RK reports:

“I caught this one late, but Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest has all Star Wars item on sale……..most of it is 25% off or more. For instance, the Geonosian Arena, Republic Gunship, and the Ultimate Jango Fett are $29.99. Basic figures are $3.74.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 16, 2002 | 7:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth is now taking orders for:

Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set (Item# HS26821, $17.99)
Incredible new set with four different color pauldron! Check out the picture

Clone Wars Republic Gunship (Item# HS84840, $37.99)

Also In Stock:
Tie Bomber with Pilot (Item# HS26479, $49.99)

X-Wing Fighter with R2-D2 (Item# HS32512, $54.99)

Tatooine Skiff Vehicle (Item# 26458, $49.99)

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter 2 Set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99)
Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer.

Back In Stock:
EII 12 inch (Wave 2) Set (Item# HS32497A, $69.99)
Count Dooku with lightsaber, Super Battle Droid and Zam Wessel with face reveal feature, blaster and rifle.

12 inch Jango Fett (Item# HS32509, $49.99)

***Rare X-Wing Vehicle!***

The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter with R2-D2 (Item# HS32512, $54.99) figure. Features R2-D2 Figure (fits in droid compartment), X-Wing Pilot survival gear (cargo compartment, rations kit, survival light), and fold-up landing gear. Wings open to attack mode.



The Big Guy Is Back
November 16, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | Mark

Ephant Mon is now back in stock at
UPDATE – Just like that, he is sold out again.



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 15, 2002 | 8:52 AM EST | Bill

Still looking for the Tatooine Skiff? Entertainment Earth can help:

Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff is Back!


Jabba’s Tatooine Skiff Vehicle (Item# 26458, $49.99) with Unique Luke Skywalker action figure. Features a slide rudder lever to move steering vanes, a control lever to activate retractable landing gear, a lever to toss figure over the side, side rails that break away to simulate battle damage, and a flip down plank to let figure fall off of ship’s deck.



Take care when ordering the silver R2 from Amazon
November 14, 2002 | 3:26 PM EST | Ben

Many items from Hasbro are not flagged as being eligible for the free R2-D2. Most items that don’t qualify also coincidentally do not have a picture of the item on the website.

Since I have never seen the Anakin, Padme or Vader Unleashed figures locally, I placed an order and was told that my total of Hasbro merchandise wasn’t sufficient for the free R2. It appears that only Anakin ($15.99) qualified and I had to throw in an Endor Rebel Soldier ($4.99) to make my $47.97 order be over $19.99?!?

You have been warned.



Silver R2-D2 From Amazon
November 14, 2002 | 1:12 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock is the Silver R2-D2, so if you still want one or one more, stop on over. He is $9.99 or free with $19.99 or more purchased.



Tracking your Star Wars purchases and earning “Rewards”
November 14, 2002 | 11:29 AM EST | Ben has finally gone live with the Star Wars credit card. The card is offered by MBNA and has a relatively high rate (for a Platinum Card) of 12.99%. You can choose from Yoda or Darth Vader cards depending on which side of the Force you identify with. The “rewards” program seems to be a work in progress. There might be some benefits but it seems they took a basic rewards package and tried to retrofit it to give it an amount of “Star Wars flavor.”

The Yoda image is new and fresh, not having been plastered on hundreds of other licensed products until now, but the Vader pic is tired and has been on everything from t-shirts to guitars.

Color me unimpressed so far. I’d get more use from Star Wars rewards than I do from airline miles, but if you already hold a card with MBNA at a better rate (like I do) they will not issue you the Star Wars card at the better rate.

If you are interested, you can apply or get more information here



TRU E2 Figure Sales
November 13, 2002 | 11:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rajnidds just gave us the heads up on a sale on Saga figures at TRU. At this point we don’t know if it’s nationwide or a local sale:

“I just came from the Toys r Us store in San Mateo CA /Bridgepointe Shopping Center – they had basic EPII figures at $2.99. I picked up the Padme pilot, Count Dooku with hologram and EPII original Yoda
for $2.99 a piece.”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 13, 2002 | 10:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Tie Bomber with Pilot Former Exclusive! Accessories and features include Opening Cockpit, Solar Array Wing, Ingress/Egress Hatch, 3 High Yield Proton Bombs, Twin Ion Engine Thrusters, Ordinance Pod, Missile Port, Bombing Chute, Targeting Sensors and Solar Array Wing.
IN STOCK NOW! Item Number: HS26479 Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Classic Vehicles



How Do You Feel About Getting Star Wars Movies One At a Time?
November 13, 2002 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Larry wrote in expressing his views on the E2 DVD release:

“Some of us “true” fans are getting hurt watching the other people quivel about paying like $9.99 a movie on DVD! I have not yet even bought the Phantom Menace on DVD because:

George Lucas told us in 1999 – his plans are to package the 6 movies together in a bundle for one price after the year 2005. That price is not mentioned and I hope it is good. I hope he makes a collectors set like the Spider-man DVD came out with. I bought the Spider-man DVD collector set because that means they are dealing with us collectors.

Please mention something on your page about this for us “true” Star Wars fans and not the people who are going one movie at a time!”

How do you feel about getting the films one at a time, along with reissues and other issues? Discuss it in our forums here.



E2 Egg Hunt Continues
November 13, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten lots of responses to E2 Easter Eggs. Here they are for your searching pleasure:

Gag reel:

Access chapter 3 directly (not through chapter menu), insing the chapter skip buttons on your DVD, pess stop, and then press 3 (and press enter or select).

Outtakes (note this is the same technique used to access the outtakes on the E1 DVD):

On Disc 1, go to Options.
Enter 11 (press enter or select)
Enter 3 (press enter or select)
Enter 8 (press enter or select)

There are lots more listed on the Digital Bits here.



Unleashed Vader
November 13, 2002 | 3:52 PM EST | Mark

Back in stock at is the Unleashed Darth Vader, so if you are looking for him, click on over.



D&S News Feed
November 13, 2002 | 1:57 AM EST | Bill

D&S Toys has just posted a number of new items to their website click here for more.

D&S is also supporting the Marines Toys for Tots program, if you want to contribute to Toys for Tots D & S can help, check out the details on their page.

Among the new items in stock are:
4 Exclusive Accessory Packs with Figures
Exclusive Silver R2-D2
Republic Gunship
Genosian Arena Battle Playset
Star Tours Figures
Unleashed Dooku & Mace Windu, Jango, Maul, Pamde, Anakin, etc
SW EP2 Naboo Fighter, AT-TE & Solar Sailor Action Fleet
Acklay Beast
Mace & Other Jedi Electronic Lightsabers
Deluxe Yoda & C-3PO
12″ Ki-Adi Mundi
12″ Electronic Jango Fett & Obi-Wan
Watto, Tusken & Lott Dodd Wave
Landspeeder with Luke Exclusive
Enterprise Phaser & Communicator

Enterprise – Coming later this week..

Back in stock items:

Disney Indiana Jones 5″ Figure
SW Trilogy 12″ Exclusive 3 & 4 Packs
Exclusive At-St with Paploo
Expanded Universe Figures…
Playskool Falcon & Naboo Fighter / X-Wing Sets
Electronic Naboo Fighter
Many Aliens & Predator Figures
Stormtrooper Army Builder 4-Pack
Older Simpsons Lisa, Grandpma, Bart & Krusty…
SW Chess from Germany
FX-7 Wave (Fx-7, Imperial Officer, Amidala Travel & Rebel Trooper)
Eeth Koth & Snaggletooth

Older POTF/POTJ Figures & Vehicles



The Easter Egg Hunt Begins
November 12, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris sent in this hidden extra from the E2 DVD:

“When you go into Dex’ kitchen, highlight the small square behind him on the wall that looks like an electronic thermostat. It will reveal the college mock Star Wars ads.”



E2 Hunt Round Up
November 12, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten LOTS of reports from Yak Readers about their scores on the E2 DVD, VHS, etc. Here’s a quick rundown.

TRU: Price $9.99. A lot of people scored here, DVD– fullscreen and widescreen also VHS in good quanities in most places. Some areas were sold out by noon, others still have copies in all formats tonight.

Wal-Mart: Prices varies from $9.97 (managers who were matching TRU’s ad on their own), up to $15 or $17 bux. Quanities seem good nationwide.

Best Buy: Prices vary from $9.99 and a free calender with price matches, $9.99 without the free calendar on price matches, up to their regular price with a free calendar.

CompUSA. The sleeper which turned out to have the cheapest deal yet. $9.89!!!

Thanks for all the reports.

Discuss your E2 hunt in our forums here.

UPDATE: Clones and Bond what more could you want?

Circuit City has to have an honorable mention on the E2 sales as well, while their price of $14.99 is pretty good, it becomes great when you consider the 2 free passes to go see the new James Bond flick!



Yoda Knows The Future
November 12, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at is the Yoda Wisdom Force for $19.99



R2 Gets It Together, Finally
November 11, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader DUCK THE HOWARD found an R2 with his legs going the right way.



TRU $9.99 DVD Ad
November 11, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill


That’s right tomorrow you can Snag Clones on either DVD or VHS at TRU for just under $10.00!



Amazon Shipping Still The Same On The Second Try
November 11, 2002 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve W. sent in this report:

“I sent you an e-mail in regards to my silver R2 from with the crushed bubble. Well I just received the replacement in the mail and the card was bent and creased every which way possible. Seems isn’t too worried about sending out mint products like they used to. Two thumbs down in my book.”
After talking with Steve, he did let me know that the box from Amazon arrived in good condition, however the contents were not good, although packed very well. Seems as though, Amazon is receiving the same boxed items that the stores are. Hasbro needs to do a better job packaging these figures. The boxes I saw at the store had them just stacked on top of each other in the case. Most in the case were crushed.



Holiday 2 Pack Reviewed
November 11, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

I just got my Holiday Edition figures. I usually don’t buy things like this off of Ebay, but my wife saw these and said that we had to have them. Then I heard that they wouldn’t be out until after the holidays maybe, so I went ahead.

Minimum articulation as you can expect. The R2 has a 2000 date so I am assuming that it is the E1 figure with antlers added. I’m not 100% sure without checking and I can’t do that right now. C3PO however has a 2002 date. The head and legs are the classic gold, very bright and shiny but the hands are not. They are a different shade, not nearly as shiny. The “would be chest” that is showing around the collar area is yet a 3rd different gold variation. UGGHH! None of the accessories on either figure are removable.

The stand is excellent. Instead of a sticker for the rug and floor it is actually textured plastic. Not too bad. It comes with the cardboard background, a greetings card with a copy of the original artwork, and a unique Jedi master point UPC with a red and green background. Also the lightsaber emblem is a candy cane

One other thing, the back states that this is “Our gift to you..” Is this a giveaway that I missed or are we supposed to pay for our presents? Just joking about that one.”



Clones IMAX Edits
November 11, 2002 | 1:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Joe sent in this review of the editing done on Clones for the IMAX screen:

“A review for IMAX:
While the Imax experience was simply incredible, I was quite disappointed with the “editing” of the movie. Several scenes were cut out, which suprised me. Among them were the initial introduction of Anakin & Padame, the entire library scene, the introduction of Owen & Brue Lars, among others. I don;t know if this was to increase the action vs drama in the movie, but I was expecting to see the whole movie. One VERY strong point, you can really appreciate the CG effects when they are larger than life and the lightsaber battles made the entire experience worth it.”

UPDATE: Several Yak Readers have written in to point out thatIMAX projectors have a limitation on the amount of film they can show. Somewhere around the 2 hour mark is their maximum film length.



Bootlegs Clone Pics
November 11, 2002 | 1:24 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoosnews haveposted detailed of the Hong Kong bootleg clone figures.



Update For Those Who Ordered Shuttles From FAO Stores
November 11, 2002 | 1:23 PM EST | Bill

If you ordered your Imperial Shuttle from an FAO store (either by going into the store or calling one of the store’s personal shoppers), this follow-up report from Yak Reader Kbarl will interest you:

“Since the last time I’ve had gotten in contact with FAO customer service not much hope with finding my shuttle preorder.But as of today there is light to this subject.I have called the fifth avenue store and the higher up person that help since yesterday had said he done an investigation and seen that my order had gotten lost since August when the first 50 per store were issued.So he said he will put me back in the list since that time frame by filling out some paper work and have it filed.So anybody out there who had ordered this since then should contact them asap because if you don’t you may not get one at your doorstep in January.”



12″ Imperial Officer Review
November 10, 2002 | 12:24 PM EST | Michael

If there was a beauty contest between the latest 12″ figures, surely the Imperial Officer would win. But is not looking like a cockroach or a guy wearing toilet paper really a good thing? Check out the review here!



New Waves At K-Mart
November 8, 2002 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of reports of the new deluxe figues (Clone Speeder, Flying Geonisian, etc), and the Ephant Mon wave at K-Mart. Good hunting.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in.



Target Ends Price Matching
November 8, 2002 | 11:06 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Eric wrote in to remind everyone that Target is ending their price matching policy in the near future. That’s right. Target will no longer match Wal-Mart, K-Mart, TRU, etc’s ads.



Full Screen Episode 1 DVD OUT NOW
November 7, 2002 | 11:17 PM EST | Steve

Seems as though many retailers have put out Episode 1 Full Screen early. Slated to be released on November 12 along with Episode 2, the full screen version is popping up across the country. If you HAVE to have it before its supposed to be out, you might want to hit a Wal-Mart or two(they seem to be hitting there the most) Or you can just wait until Tuesday for its release.



Hard To Find Star wars Not So Hard To Find
November 7, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Steve

I have recieved many reports that the previously Hard to Find Episode 2 items are showing up in abundance. I have seen at at least 3 local Toys R Us stores, the Wave 2 Unleashed figures, Padme Pilot Wave, Jango Pilot wave, Arena Playset, and Republic gunship. So looks like even though the port lockout slowed things down, the stores are still getting in there newer stock. Might be time for a toy run.



New Lego Pack Ins?
November 7, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Steve

Today at Walmart, I saw something kinda neat. They had a Lego Slave One with a black “Cargo Carry Case”. The case was basically just like a lego storage suitcase and it had the lego and star wars logos on the front of it. The price was 48.44 for the set of Slave 1 and the case.



McQuarrie Concept Storm Trooper Pics
November 7, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has updated its Republic News with what appears to be the first in a series of stories about the development of the Mcquarrie Concept Stormtrooper (Fan Choice #4).



The Cheapest E2 DVD Yet
November 7, 2002 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Luis sent this in:

Here is a link I found to this weekend’s TRU ad. They are suppose to carry the EP2 DVD for $9.99.”



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 7, 2002 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth

Rare Roto-Molded Star Wars Figures!

***Rare Roto-Molded Star Wars Figures***

Featuing incredible detail and active poses, the Star Wars 10 inch Vinyl (Roto) Figure
Assortment (Item# HS26493A, $67.99) includes Anakin Skywalker, Jango Fett with removable helmet,
Mace Windu and Darth Vader with cloth cape.



New Action Fleet Images
November 7, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has just update with the 411 on the upcoming Action Fleet including the Skiff (sorry no Jabba’s barge yet), and more.



Amazon Chromed R2s Getting Smushed
November 7, 2002 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of reports about poor packing of the Silver R2s by Amazon, here’s a couple of the reports:

Yak Reader Nomad Scout writes:

“I have always been happy with Amazon. This time they may have just screwed up, but it really irks me. I ordered the Arena with the Free R2. The Arena shipped first, and I thought they were out of R2s. Then I got an email stating the R2 was now shipping, but at a cost of 9.99 PLUS shipping! It was as if I ordered them separately. Since I had found the Arena at my local TRU, and with it a mint R2, I am sending back my unopened boxes.

Not that big of a deal, since I had a legitimate complaint they could have refunded the money, but it is kind of annoying. They billed me something like $65 with shipping for stuff that cost me about $46 (with tax) at a real TRU.

Since I never opened the R2 from Amazon, I have no idea what condition it was in.”

Any from Yak Reader Spencer:

“My silver R2s also arrived smashed all to heck. What bothers me the most is that Amazon put them in a box that was too small… so there was no way to put the cardbacks in there without BENDING them to fit them in the box. I just wanted one to keep and one to open, so if my friend (who also ordered two) gets two nice ones, we’ll just swap. Otherwise, I’m sending mine back for a refund.”



Forums Now Open
November 7, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve teamed up with American Dream Comics to bring the new forums for our readers. To check out the forums click here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 7, 2002 | 9:05 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has the Episode II Deluxe Wave 4 Set in stock:

EII Deluxe (Wave 4) Set
Action figures with deluxe accessories and vehicles! Includes Flying Geonosian with sonic blaster and attack pod, Anakin Skywalker with force-flipping attack action and Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike.
Item Number: HS84859CC
Price: $42.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Action Figures: Deluxe

Entertainment Earth also has New Holiday Hours! Customer Service is open 7am to 7pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, Until December 30, 2002.



Padme Correction Update
November 6, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bruce found the 411 on the sticker and it’s changes. Here’s a link to a pic of the “before” and “after.”



The Truth Revealed…
November 6, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Here’s a humorous look at why Anakin went over to the Dark Side. Click here for the site. Thanks to The MICHIGAN STAR WARS COLLECTORS CLUB for the link.



Silver R2 Amazon Update
November 6, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill

It appears that not all of Amazon’s packing is as good as the early reports, here’s Yak Reader Steve’s report:

“Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that not all silver R2’s are arriving perfect. I got my two today and one had a bent card and the other had a crushed bubble. I am not too happy with Amazon being I have alawys received products from them mint.”



E2 DVD/Video Sales
November 6, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Siliceo26 sent in this tip:

“I work at best buy. In next sunday’s ad, they will have the Attack of the Clones dvd advertised for 15.99 with a free 12 inch Star Wars Heroes and Villians calendar. Calendars are limited. They will also have the original trilogy on vhs advertised for 29.99. I believe full screen only though.”



Silver R2-D2 From Amazon
November 6, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | Mark

First reports of them are coming in, they have began to arrive at doorsteps across the US in PERFECT condition and excellently wrapped. That is great news for Amazon customers. Amazon is currently sold out, however if they get more, you can bet we will let you know as soon as they are in stock.



Arenas On Sale
November 6, 2002 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest:

“Hey this is Brent from Tuscaloosa,Al. Just wanted to let you know that Wal-Mart here was offering the arena playset for $32.99 in comparison to K-marts sale of $34.99. Neverthe less I stocked up on lay-a-way.”

Thanks for the report!



12″ Ploo Preorders
November 6, 2002 | 12:30 AM EST | Bill is now taking preorders for the 12″ Plo Koon. Also for a limited time
the silver R2-D2. They have the Watto, Lott Dod and Tusken Raider with Massif back in stock too.



Shuttle News
November 5, 2002 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim used FAO’s online Chat option to get the 411 on the Imperial Shuttle. Here it is:

“This is a transcript of my talk with an FAO rep online using their LIVE chat option to check on my order for the Shuttle…Her answer does tell why the Shuttle will not be shipping till January………which sucks but what can we do.
The Transcript reads from bottom to top…..

Tim in Memphis

5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:30:17): Thanks for shopping with FAO, you have a great day!
Tim Sherrill (14:29:51): ok thank u that helps
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:29:07): The vendor has actually changed the date there was a defect in one of the peices. So, no one will have the item until Jan.
Tim Sherrill (14:28:05): so now its changed from December to January?
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:27:41): The shuttle is not due in to the warehouse until about the second week of Jan.
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:24:31): Give me one moment to check.
Tim Sherrill (14:23:37): i was talking with someone and i got bumped out….im trying to find out status on my order…
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:22:53): Hello Tim, is there something I can help you with?
5840-TAMMY STLZ (14:22:29): Welcome to FAO Schwarz Tim Sherrill I am reviewing your question and will be with you shortly.
Tim Sherrill (14:22:29): I got bumped out”



Entertainment Earth In Stock Update
November 5, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

***Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer In Stock***

The long awaited and highly anticipated SW 12 Inch Bounty Hunter Assortment 2 (Item# 26482A, $139.99) is now in stock and shipping. Includes two of each individually boxed Dengar, Zuckuss and Imperial Officer. These 12 inch figures are also SW 12 Inch available in a set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99). Order yours today!



Ep II DVD Pre-Orders
November 5, 2002 | 12:44 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of the pre-orders on the net with any freebies that are offered. $17.99 $18.99 free shipping $19.99 free shipping $19.99 $17.99 $17.88 free pack of widevision cards
Suncoast Stores $19.99 free keychain (stores only)

If you of any other deals, please email me and I will add them to the list.



Salacious Crumbs of Knowledge – 11-5-02
November 5, 2002 | 12:27 PM EST | Mark

Head on over to read this weeks Salacious Crumbs of Knowledge (the Yakface QNA) as reported by John Muse.



20% Off Star Wars Toys @ KBToys
November 5, 2002 | 11:54 AM EST | Mark now has a sale going on for Star Wars toys. Here is a sample of what deals you can get…
Watto – Junk Dealer $3.99
Duel w/ Darth Maul Playskool – $11.99
Lott Dod – $3.99
12″ Clone Troopers (Red and Yellow) $19.99
LEGO Battle Droid Technic $15.99 (53%)
LEGO Repulic Gunship $71.99
LEGO Collectors Series Yoda $79.99
Tusken Raider w/ Massiff $3.99
Yoda’s Saber (replica) $199.99
ALL Hasbro Toys are at least 20% off. Check it out…



Bantha Tracks #0
November 4, 2002 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

That’s right it surfaced at the IMAX premiers. Adam over at The Trade Federation has posted links to scans of the entire Bantha Tracks #0 Issue:

Cover/Page 1
Page 2 
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Back Cover/Page 8



Clones Box Office is Growing Again
November 4, 2002 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

After the first weekend in IMAX release, Attack of the Clones brought in a hefty 1.45 Million, placing it at 14th on the week’s top grossing films. The total is even more impressive when consider the fact that it’s playing in less than 60 theaters. At this rate Clones might just break the all time top 10 films yet!



Entertainment Earth News Feed
November 4, 2002 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

***The Latest Star Wars Figures!***

Finally, you can comlete your Jabba’s diorama with the Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security action figure. Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment, Wave 9 includes 12 action figures: 2x Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security (NEW), 2x Watto – Mos Espa Junk Dealer, 2x Lott Dodd – Neimoidian Senator, 2x Tusken Raider with Massiff, 1x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master, 1x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer, 1x Endor Rebel Soldier and 1x Massiff with Geonosian Warrior.



SILVER R2 In Stock At Amazon
November 4, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

In case you enjoy the never ending Silver R2 circus, has them back as of 2:00 pm on 11/4, both as a freebie w/$19.99 purchase (but only through 11/20): here’s the link.

Thanks to Yak Reader Philip for the report.



FAO Shuttle Orders
November 4, 2002 | 8:39 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kevin wrote in with this heads up on FAO Imperial Shuttle orders from their stores:

“I am not sure what is going on here but tonight. I had called the FAO shwartz 767 fifth avenue New york to check on the status of my order, (where I first placed my order back in August) and the computer generated answering machine keeps telling me the store is closed but it’s open 9:00 am-9:00 pm. I then called customer service at 1-800-876-7867 from the site and she told me she could not find my order. [She could] only if I placed it through the catalog. I then told her I placed it through the store when they first offered the exclusive, but she said she had no way of finding it through the store where I had placed the order and I had to call the store number
1-212-644-9400. It’s not answering for days now without answering customer service. Their maybe alot of us who placed these orders
from this store who will probably not get them but then again who knows.But the woman wanted me to place another order but I don’t need two of these. It’s better to check these now then not to get them at all. I only started to check it after post cards were sent out to people had ordered. Something is very fishy! Please forward this to anyone from the site who may very well have an answer to this.”

Yak Readers if you’ve got any news on “in store” Shuttle orders send it in.


From Yak Reader Todd:

“I ordered my shuttle through FAO in Vegas. I have not received a postcard. I called them last week and was told that my order was in there system and should ship out in Nov. Here’s hoping!”

Here’s Thomas’ intelligence report:

“Hey guys, I just got off the phone with my FAO and what I was told is that none of the stores know how many shuttles they are getting and that none have recieved any yet. There isn’t multiple ship datesbut that when they arrived they would start at the top of the list and work there way down until everyone was served. I was also told that the list we were put on in the store was faxed up to the corporate offices prior to making the orders…which in my mind would mean that the true number of shuttles wasn’t decided till after most pre-orders were put in prior to production. basically they wanted me to leave them alone and they would call me when my time came up, and that when we receive our call we have 24hrs to return the call reserving our shuttle. Another thing I found out was that regardless of whether the store offered you more than one shuttle you could only reserve one….I asked for two and when I went back a week or so later I was informed of the change of “Limit One Per A Person.’ Hope this helps anyone out there.”



Padme Pilot Correction
November 4, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Midion pointed out what appears to be a running change on the Padme Pilot figures’ cards:

“I haven’t seen any news about something I have noticed. I have two carded Padme Amidala Pilots and on the back of the cards one has a sticker covering some of the description of her. Has anyone heard of this variation? I have only found two of the padme’s with the sticker. Any news would be helpful.”

If you’ve got any more information on this change send it in!



Silver R2 Error
November 4, 2002 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The silver 25th Anniversary R2 figure doesn’t know whether he is coming or going. Yak Reader Sithkiss wrote in to point out that the legs on the chromed droid are BACKWARDS. The copper tubing which supposed to be on the front of his legs is on the back instead.



I’m Giving Away Two Figures!
November 4, 2002 | 5:03 PM EST | David

Hello, David here,
Just wanted to let everyone know that I am giving away these two Saga action figures: Endor Rebel Soldier and Yoda. To enter, go to my site, Special Realm.

This is my first and will not be my last giveaway! Enter today!



StarConstrux Update
November 3, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Starconstrux has updated their site with 7 new figures all made by Harald Flügge.

Also there is one new diorama, the “Dockingbay 94” made by Lars Intemann and finally there are some new pictures of “expended universe” customs made by visitors in our “Visitor’s Custom’s” area.

We also updated our customs area with
Starconstrux latest additions. You can see the new custom cantina figures and docking bay 94 diorama here.



12″ Zuckuss review!
November 3, 2002 | 6:34 PM EST | Michael

The latest wave of 12″ figures are starting to hit – Meijers in the mid-west is seeing them first. Check out the review of one of the new bounty hunters, Zuckuss, right here!



Free R2-D2 Of Another Sort…
November 3, 2002 | 5:58 PM EST | Mark

Get a free Star Wars Droid Escape with any LEGO Star Wars purchase of $14.99 or more. Promotional code FREESTARWRBB is required. See details.

How to Get Your Free Droid Escape

1. Select $14.99 or more of LEGO Star Wars items from our Star Wars Store and add them to your Shopping Cart. (Note: The free Star Wars Droid Escape does not count toward the $14.99 total. Do not add the free item until you have chosen at least $14.99 worth of LEGO Star Wars items.)

2. After you have selected LEGO Star Wars items totaling $14.99 or more, add the free toy, Star Wars Droid Escape, to your Shopping Cart.

3. To begin the buying process, click the yellow “Proceed to checkout” button. On the Select a Payment Method page, you’ll see a window where you can enter your promotional claim code. Enter promotional code FREESTARWRBB.

4. After you enter the claim code the $6.99 savings on the Star Wars Droid Escape will be deducted from your order total.



Ask Yoda Collector Review
November 3, 2002 | 1:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott sent in this quick review of the new Ask Yoda:

“First of all, I love your site… it is the first thing that I check each morning. Anyway, I was just at the Target in Cary, NC (I got there early waiting for TRU to open to get my R2) and found the new Ask Yoda 12″ electronic figure. For $19.99 it is the bargain of the year. The sculpt is great and the voice is right on, unlike the new electronic Obi-Wan and Jango. So heads up for the collectors out there, the new Yoda is now coming in. Highly recommended. Again, great site. Keep up the good work.”



Kmart Basic Saga Figures Sale
November 3, 2002 | 1:44 PM EST | Bill

“Today’s K-Mart ad advertises Star Wars Episode II figures on sale for $3.00. This sale is only good Nov 3rd & 4th, but hopefully you’ll be able to find something you need. Also, you can probably take the ad to Walmart or any other store that does price matches.” Thanks to Yak Reader RAYBOMBAY for the tip.



Amazon Silver R2 Sold Out
November 3, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader KiNgOfStInG112 reports that over at, the Silver R2-D2 is officially sold out!



New Figures Cheap At Target Too!!!
November 2, 2002 | 11:57 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom just sent in this report:

“It’s no big news that Target is selling it’s old stock of figures for $2.99. However, they apparently can’t distinguish between old and new figures. I was able to pick up Lott Dodd, Tusken w/ Massif, Endor Rebel Soldier (sans beard), and Watto today for $2.99 each in Dubuque, IA. Can’t beat that!!”



Star Wars Disney Parade die cast Car
November 2, 2002 | 11:55 PM EST | Sharon

If you like the four wheel version of Luke’s Landspeeder, then here’s a Disney Exclusive for you. Disney has had a tradition of offering die-cast toys of parade floats and ride vehicles. The latest is a Landspeeder from MGM’s Stars and Motor Cars Parade. This auction has photos of it.



TRU Stocks Up For The Big Book’s Official Release Tomorrow
November 2, 2002 | 10:41 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Chris:

“Just thought I’d drop this note, I stopped by my local Toys R Us today in Riverside, IL, and found that the racks where filled to the limit with nothing but new figures, anakin-tatooine, padme-pilot, ki-adi, watto, clone pilot, jango pilot, lott dod, and tusken with massif. Surprisingly no darth mauls any where, nor were there any ephant mons or destroyer droids! There were also about 5 12″ scale taun taun’s with luke, and about 10 each of the geonosian battle arena and republic gunships. I also was able to get the silver anniversary R2-D2 with my $20 or more purchase. They had about 5-6 cases of the R2’s behind the consumer service desk! Keep up the good work!”



E2 Clones 10pk On Ebay!
November 2, 2002 | 9:01 PM EST | David

Here’s the link. These clones do look different from the American versions. These are NOT Hasbro Products, but they do display with them. More on the Clones as we get it.



Jar Jar Humor
November 2, 2002 | 8:46 PM EST | Bill

What more could you want. This article at the Onion casts a little humor on our hobby. Thanks to Yak Reader Schlump007 for the tip.



Silver R2 News
November 2, 2002 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

How would you like to get both your Silver R2 free, and the new figures for $2.99??? Yak Reader Starwolf wrote in to say that after getting proof from Target that they are indeed selling E2 basic Saga Figures for $2.99, he went to TRU and, under their price matching policy, he got new figures (at $2.99 each), and his Silver R2 FREE.

Yak Reader Chajones sent in this hunting tip:

“OK, even if the stores wanted you to wait, now we have some leverage. I went back to my local TRU to get my R2 to open today. I got my first one earlier this week. When I scanned a Slave One, it said “Slave One 24.99 – R2D2 promotional. So if the scanners in the store are saying you get the figure, I suppose they would have to give it to you at the register, and they did. Also available was the fourth and final installment of the free Star Wars comics entitled “Machines of War”.”



Looking For Fill-Ins For Arena?
November 2, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | David

Here’s are some non-collector figures available through the Fan Club for fill-ins for your new Geonosian Arena.

Super Battle Droid
Clone Trooper
Mace Windu Geonosian Rescue

Stormtrooper Builder 4pk

12″ Ki-Adi Mundi

There you go.



Get Your Silver R2-D2 Without Spending $20!
November 2, 2002 | 2:07 PM EST | Mark

Don’t want to spend $20 on stuff you already have??? Well Go get Your R2-D2right NOW! In stock for $9.99 at!!! No other purchase needed!!
Get a free Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones R2-D2 with any Hasbro Star Wars purchase of $19.99 or more. Promotional code R2D2SLVRFREE is required. **UPDATE** Some people have written in that the code does not work. Well it does, but for it to work, you have to add the R2-D2 to your cart, then use the code.

More NEW toys in stock at….
Unleashed Darth Vader
Unleashed Padme Amidala Has Interactive R2-D2.
November 2, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | David

Hello everyone!

We have been able to get our hands on the hottest toy for Christmas – The Interactive R2-D2 Droid!

Finally a droid to call your own! This easy-to-control functional droid walks, talks and responds to your commands. Resourceful and adventurous, R2-D2 is ready, willing and able to serve! Navigates to Find you! Rolls, spins, dances and plays music! Guards and protects your room! Remembers and reacts to famous Star Wars characters! Over 15″ tall! Other awesome features include light beam, droid mood status indicator, infrared location sensors, sonar navigational technology, sound processing microphones, motorized treads, voice recognition software, extendable arm and much, much more!

Order this now because they will not last long! Check out to place your order today.

Don’t forget to check out the website,, for all of your Star Wars action figure needs.

We appreciate your business and look forward to bringing you other special offers in the near future.




Entertainment Earth Newsfeed– 12″ Bounty Hunters IN STOCK
November 1, 2002 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has the following in stock:

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter Asst 2 (Item# 26482A, $139.99)2x Dengar, 2x Zuckuss and 2x Imperial Officer Click here to order.

SW 12inch Bounty Hunter 2 Set (Item# HS26482AA, $72.99)1x Dengar, 1x Zuckuss and 1x Imperial Officer Click here to order.

***Re-Create The Attack of the Clones!***

Battling for their lives in the Geonosian Battle Arena (Item# HS84896, $54.99) , Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi clash against thousands of Geonosian Warriors in a grueling confrontation. As the Geonosians attack, Anakin uses the Force to retrieve a second lightsaber and prepares to defend himself at all costs! The Attack of the Clones Deluxe Action Figure(Wave 4) Set (Item# HS84859CC, $42.99) includes 3 action figures: 1x Flying Geonosian with sonic blaster and attack pod, 1x Anakin Skywalker with force-flipping attack action and 1x Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike.



The R2 Hunt Report
November 1, 2002 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s Yak Reader Jason’s report:

“I went into TRU today to verify with my flyer if the R2 was indeed going to be available. To my surprise, I was told that an e-mail was sent out to honor people who have the preview book that I could get any of the deals including R2 today. Sure enough, they gave me one to take to the checkout. I got my ad on Tuesday, and I guess so did many others who tried to use the coupons early and TRU has given in because of this.”

And Yak Reader Darth-Dallas experience:

Just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Silver anniversary R2 at the Toys R Us in Coral Springs, Florida today. I was told by an employee that I needed to buy $100.00 worth of Star Wars items to receive it. Astonished, I asked for an assistant manager who stated it was $19.99. The only problem here was that he went on and said that I needed a coupon from the big book or whatever it’s called. I said I didn’t think that was true so he called the store manager. The manager said the $19.99 was correct and that no coupon was needed. I asked if I could get one today and she said yes. The only problem was I didn’t know what to get. I had everything there that was in stock. So I asked! I said I have a receipt from 10/24/2002 where I bought Star Wars figures from your store and I have the receipt in the car does that count? She replied, “that was fine”! She then asked a guy from the back to bring a case of the R2’s to the front. The box had 32 of them in there and she said each store received 2 of them. She opened the box and they were packed one on top of the other. I got one from the top that was “MINTY FRESH” and it made my day! Some were damaged to a degree but not too bad. My advice, get there early and ask. You never know! I did ask what would happen if you bought something to get the R2 and returned it? She said technically you couldn’t do that BUT they had to accept all returns. You get the picture. Hope this helps!”

Good luck and good hunting!



Clones Arena Playset In Stock
November 1, 2002 | 8:03 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon is the Episode II Attack Of The Clones Arena Playset, head on over if you need it.



Third Wave Of Star Tours Figures
November 1, 2002 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site is reporting that the third (and rumored to be last) wave of Disney’s Exclusive Star Tours Figures will be released on December 1. Thanks to Yak Reader Kris Van de Sande for his startours site for the report.



Fully Functional R2 for $15.00 Off
November 1, 2002 | 8:37 AM EST | Bill

The K-Mart Flyer for Nov 1 – Nov 16 lists the Star Wars Voice Command R2D2 for $84.99, as well as the Arena playset for $34.99. Remember if your local K-Mart is out, that the other major retailers will match their ad. Thanks to Yak Reader BOrama for the tip.



Looking For Old LEGO’s?
November 1, 2002 | 7:22 AM EST | Mark

Amazon just got in the Episode I Sith Infiltrator (7151) for $14.98.
Also on sale is the Republic Gunship (7163) for $79.99 plus free shipping.
Amazon has also lowered the Hasbro figure prices back to the normal price of $4.99 and they still have in the most current figures…
Jango Fett Slave Pilot
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider w/massiff
Watto (Mos Espa)

October 2002 Archive

Happy Halloween
October 31, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Keri sent in these photos of her awsome halloween jack-o-lanterns. She did both of these without patterns! Nice work!



Want Star Wars Radio Dramas Over Your PC?
October 31, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jim can help. He just sent in this scheduling update:

“I help run an internet radio station through, and starting this coming Tuesday (11/5), we’re going to be airing the Star Wars Radio Drama… 2 episodes every Tuesday with the 13th and final episode airing on December. The station can be play through winamp, or the “recommended” live365 player, and it can be found on the web here.



Hmm, Questions Have You?
October 31, 2002 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Yoda, you seek Yoda. Yak Reader Marty sent in boxed photos of the Interactive Yoda he just purchased at his Kansas City, MO TRU. Click here for the photos.



E2 DVD Deleted Scenes Reviewed
October 31, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael in Hong Kong wrote in with a review of the deleted scenes on the E2 DVD:

“Episode 2 DVD is out in Hong Kong! Just bought it yesterday. I have only watched all the deleted scenes so far, there were really not too much that we missed seeing in the original. The one that I think should have been included was when Mace had a talk with Obi and then jump onto his Star Fighter to head for hyperspace, that ring device and the hyper-jumping was really cool. So don’t miss it!”



2003 Vehicles Confirmed
October 31, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill

If you like vehicles then you will be VERY happy with the 2003 vehicle lineup. Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting an outstanding lineup for 2003:

Repacked Snowspeeder with Luke & Dack
Repacked Tie Bomber with pilot
Naboo Fighter with Padme pilot figure
Sandcrawler (due April)
Slave 1 with Jango Fett
Tie Fighter with Imperial Figure
Shuttle Tyderium
Republic Gunship with 3 clone trooper figures

That’s right, his source says that we will get a repack of the gunship with 3 packing clones. Here’s hoping for generaic white clones to build armies!



Is Your K-Mart Sold Out Of Arenas?
October 31, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Well then save those ads and go see your local Wal-Mart, TRU, or Target. Yak Reader Chris wrote in to remind us that all the major retailers will match their competitors ads.



Power Rangers? No Way, It’s Star Wars!
October 31, 2002 | 5:50 PM EST | David

Star Wars is the hottest, best selling toys on the market today. Here’s what has to say…

The toy aisles were full of movie tie-ins this past summer, but Star Wars has emerged as the top-selling licensed toy in a very crowded year, according to NPD Funworld, a leading toy industry research organization. Edging out Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Power Rangers, the timeless space saga sold more than double the volume of the next closest competitors in key product categories.
The largest share of the Star Wars toy universe is made up of Hasbro action figures and accessories, with the next largest being the building sets from LEGO. According to NPD Funworld, Star Wars dominates the assortment/items introduced in 2002, holding four of the top five slots. The Episode II action figure assortment is #1 in its category, outselling the number two line by a margin of over two-to-one. Hasbro’s lightsabers assortment was so popular, that sales of the Jedi weapon will more than double the volume the sales of lightsabers sold in 1999, the year of The Phantom Menace. A look at the top ten licensed building set bestsellers for the year sees seven LEGO Star Wars sets make the cut. These incredible sales figures account for the year through August, but the momentum doesn’t look to let up. The holiday gift-giving season sees such items as the Interactive R2-D2, the interactive Jedi Training Lightsaber, the Republic Attack Gunship and the Geonosian Battle Arena playset.
Star Wars toys are estimated to have sold an estimated $8 billion in retail sales since 1977.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! God Bless!



Here’s A SIte You’ll Like.
October 31, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | David

Here’s a site that I found and love it. It is call Star Wars Spoofs. It is hilarious and funny.



Arenas On SALE!!!
October 31, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott gave us this report:

“Received a flyer in the mail for kmart toys and noticed the Arena Playsets will be on sale for $34.99 from Nov 1 to Nov 16. It might be worth it to check out your local Kmarts to find one.”



Ask and Answers will you recieve
October 30, 2002 | 9:58 PM EST | Steve

I just got back from Target and they have a new “Fortune Telling” Yoda. Similiar to the old magic 8 balls the jedi master is priced at $19.99 and has some really cool Yoda sound effects when you squeeze his hand. Also Target had at LEAST 12 Republic Gunships and 4 Geonosis Arena Sets. So its nice to know new items are hitting stores. Might be a good time for a toy run.



Black Friday Tidbit
October 30, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Steve

I am not sure if everyones Toys R Us is doing this but I have heard from 2 different stores in my area that on Black Friday they will be blowing out their older Episode 2 figures at $1.90 in order to make room for newer waves. Once again I am not sure if this will be a nation-wide thing but hey at $1.90 its worth keeping your eyes open.



They’re Out There
October 30, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, the TRU Silver R2s are in stores NOW. The official release date is Sunday, but if you are very polite to your local TRU staff you might be able to snag the little chromed guy tonight! Good Hunting!!!



Star Wars Weekends: May ’03
October 30, 2002 | 12:39 AM EST | Sharon

It looks like Disney MGM Studios Florida will offer SWW during the month of May next year. This year’s event May 02, was very small due to the opening of AOTC.(Celebration 2 kept the celebrities busy as well)
In the past years’ events, the whole month of May is a Star Wars celebration at MGM Studios. There are trivia contests(with cool prizes!), costumed SW charactors for family photos, Padawan training for the kids, face painting,(a Maul for a day!), celebrity autographs,(weekends only) and they usually have limited edition SW pins to commemorate each year’s event.
Lots going on during the whole month! And let’s not forget that they also have a store that sells SW merchandise as well.(Tatooine Traders)
It’s really lots of fun!! If you are planning a trip to Disney Florida, May would be a great time to come!



Q&A News – Name that Q&A!
October 30, 2002 | 12:28 AM EST | Muse

Due to some real-life responsibilities, the Q&A update (that you should be reading) has been delayed. The Q&A will return next Monday in its entirety.

With the bad news out of the way, the good news is the delay means that there is more time to enter the “Name the Q&A Column and win Free Stuff” contest. The Free Stuff prizes have yet to be determined but there will be something from each main era – vintage, POTF2, E1, POTJ, and E2 – and one item will be a carded figure.

To enter, send your titles in to sometime between now and Sunday afternoon. In the case of multiple people submitting the same winning entry, a random drawing will be done to determine the winner.

Here are some hints that might help your odds:
1. Word plays on my name might get old.
2. Something original will get my attention.
3. Using favorite characters might help – Vader, Bossk, Salacious Crumb.

So what can you expect in 5 days? Well, how about the winning title? Or questions about Ephant Mon, the Acklay, vintage toy surprises, the coolest Star Wars toy on the planet, and more? Yes…all of that and more!



25th Anniversary R2 At Amazon… Sort Of
October 29, 2002 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill has posted a photo of the new 25th Anniversary Silver R2 with an option to request a notice of when R2 is available. It’s interesting to note it shows a price of $9.99 right now. Hopefully that will change. Click here to see the silver droid.



Loose Leia Boushh 12″ Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Have you been wondering what the Leia Boussh 12″ TRU exclusive would look like? We have your photos here. By the way, Leia comes with what appears to be a “defrosting” Han Solo in carbonite. Enjoy!



Red Battle Droid Carded Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Bill

If you’re like a lot of fans, you’ve been wondering when and where the Red Battle Droid variation would surface since it was announced at C2, well, click here for the photos. This is up for auction, right here.



Cantina Wave 2 Carded Photos
October 29, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to add carded photos of the upcoming second wave of the Cantina Exclusives from Wal-Mart. Click here for the photos. These are up forauction, right here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 29, 2002 | 9:46 PM EST | Bill

Dear Friends,

Look for the Entertainment Earth Winter 2002 / 2003 catalog (with Star Trek Enterprise action figures on the cover) arriving in your mailbox soon! The 64-page, full-color catalog features over 400 best-selling and not-yet-released collectibles from a wide range of popular entertainment genres.

In conjunction with the release of the catalog, we’ve extended customer service and phone ordering hours through December 30. To order, call toll-free at 1-800-370-2320 from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, Pacific Standard Time. Ordering is also available 24 hours a day online at

To ensure that items arrive in time for the holidays, please plan your orders in advance using the new Holiday Guide Guaranteed Delivery chart, available in the catalog and on our website.

Thanks for ordering and have a wonderful Halloween and holiday season!

Entertainment Earth



Basic Saga Figures For $2.99
October 29, 2002 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting lots of reports that Target is doing one of their Star Wars Figure markdowns. This time it’s basic saga 3 3/4 figures for $2.99. From the reports we’ve gotten the selection is very limited (Mace Geonosian Rescue has been mentioned frequently), but it still may be worth checking out, especially if you are a customizer.



Support A Small Music Band Who Are Also Star Wars Fans.
October 28, 2002 | 11:04 PM EST | David

David here. I received this in an e-mail. No doubt Bill received this too. Well, here is the message.
Please support these Star Wars fans.

Dave and Bill,

My name is Bret and I play guitar in the band Code Sunshine. I, like all of the guys in my band, are huge fans of your site and the Star Wars Universe. I’ve been a loyal visitor for years now and it’s my first stop each morning.

I actually was interviewed by USA Today back when Episode I came out and it ran a photo of me with some of my collection, noting my desire to name a future son Anakin. Perhaps you saw the article?

Anyway, my band’s in a NATIONWIDE contest at Sponsored by Jim Beam and Rolling Stone, they’re looking for the best unsigned rock band in the country.

We’re up on the site until Wednesday at 7PM Eastern and although we’re winning, it’s tough as we’re from a smaller town (Sarasota, Florida) and we’re going up against three bands from Chicago and one band from Detroit.

I was writing to ask if there’s anyway you could make a quick mention on your site with a link for Star Wars guys like me to go vote for us.

Just a simple – “Help a band full of loyal Force users, Code Sunshine, by voting for them now at” or something to that effect. If you can help us, that’s great. If we get the most votes for the month of October we win $1000 and a chance at a trip to NYC to perform for Rolling Stone and Jim Beam!

If you CAN’T help us, then consider this a thank you note for providing a great site.


Bret, Guitarist
Code Sunshine



The Winner Is…
October 28, 2002 | 11:00 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to John Beal, the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember that your entry MUST contain your first and last name as well as your mailing address. Good luck!



Free is Good
October 28, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The scavengers over at the Jawa have two giveaways going. One is for an Unleashed Darth Tyranus, the second is for a Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book. Click here for more.



Preorder Ploo Koon 12″ Figure
October 28, 2002 | 10:51 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

“Entertainment Earth is now accepting orders for the upcoming Exclusive 12 inch Plo Koon figure:

Exclusive 12inch Plo Koon (Item# HS26787, $24.99)

We also have the full line of Kotobukiya Star Wars items either in stock or coming soon:

Darth Vader Kit (Item# KB101, $119.99)
Clone Trooper Kit (Item# KB102, $119.99)
Anakin Skywalker Kit (Item# KB103, $119.99)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Kit (Item# KB104, $99.99)
Yoda & Mace Windu Kit (Item# KB105, $119.99)
Jango Fett Kit (Item# KB106, $99.99) Newsletter.
October 28, 2002 | 4:52 PM EST | David


We just want to remind our customers that you can place your order before 10/31/02 and it will ship out before we leave the office from 11/2/02- 11/16/02.

When we get back we will have the following items listed below.

Star Wars
Lott Dod Wave
Pilot Wave
Saga Cinema Scenes

G.I. Joe vs. Cobra
Wave 4

Hers of Cybertron Wave 1

Remember we got the toys you need so forget about it.



Cloned Clones
October 28, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jason found some really well done custom clones, here’s his report:

“I was at the Kane County Toy Show in St. Charles, IL this Sunday and came across an interesting 10 pack of Clone Troopers from Hong Kong. Two foreign vendors had them for sale and they did not know who made them, but they are very nice. The ten pack consists of two different clean Clone Troopers that look really nice next two the official Hasbro Clonetroopers.”

To see a photo of Jason’s score, click here.



The Big Dude Hits Wal-Mart
October 27, 2002 | 5:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Edward scored the Ephant Mon wave at Wal-Mart here’s his report:

“Hey Yakface,has anyone reported finding Ephant Mon?Well this morning(10/27)I found Ephant Mon and the clean shaven Endor soldier,and Clone Pilots galore at Walmart in Carson,CA and Pico Rivera,CA.I don’t have a scanner to show proof of my purchase,but the Ephant Mon is one hefty figure and it weighs about half a pound!Well spread the news,and happy hunting!”



Wal-Mart Offloads.
October 27, 2002 | 3:47 PM EST | David

I don’t about anyone elses Wal-Mart, but mine here in Sprinfield Missouri has dumped alot of 23rd releases and few others on the pegs (and not to mention the floor by the shelf). There are well over a dozen of Jango Kamino Escape (no insert), Boba Fett Kamino Escape (no insert), Nikto Jedi Knights (14, count), roughly nine Pol Konn Arena and Saesee Tinn Arena, Coruscant Chase Obi-Wan’s (10, count), plus many Jango Final Battle’s (both package veriants). There are some new products in all this. The floor had some boxes filled with Republic Gunships, cases full of Palpetine and Djas Bounty Hunter. Bottom of shelf full of Arena’s and Zam’s speeder. Found the new Mace Saber, and the Count Dooku Electronic lightsaber. Found 2 boxes ful of Electronic Jango and Obi-Wan. Cases full of 12″ Clone Troopers, POTJ Dagobah Luke’s, and new Ultimate Jango Fett 12″s. I went to the back of the store near lay-away and asked an associate about all this. She said they’ve gotten in stock from another Wal-Mart in Springfield, overstock. She reported that in the back they had a few large boxes to go through from Hasbro, with more cantina 1rst wave, and the new 12″ bounty hunters with Imperial Officer. She said to come back in a week and they will be on the shelves. I just hope she is correct in my case.



Virus Alert! New Virus.
October 27, 2002 | 3:26 PM EST | David

David here with some important news for everyone and all news sites.
There is a new computer worm virus going about. It has the subject:



Any e-mails received from anyone with this subject title, delete immediately. Even from people you know. It has a zip file that you download. Do not download! Has many zips (,,, etc).

Don’t let it happen to you! Get an anti-virus computer program if you do not have one.




Ephant Mon review/pictures
October 27, 2002 | 10:35 AM EST | Michael

Who’s the biggest boy on the block? On the pegs at your local store, it’s Ephant Mon! Check out the review of his weighty self along with lots of pictures here.



Shuttles Won’t Be Landing Until After Christmas
October 26, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federaton is reporting that FAO has sent postcards confirming that the Imperial Shuttles have been delayed. If you’ve got an order don’t look for it to land on your porch until January.

We’ve gotten a couple of E-mails from readers reporting that the post cards they received from FAO listed December deliver dates for the shuttle. So maybe some of the earliest orders will still get shipped in December. More as we receive it.



Silver R2 Will Be Available On-Line
October 26, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill

The new TRU Big Book is arriving in mail boxes across the nation and it has a really big (and very nice surprise). The 25th Anniversary Silver R2 will be available on on-line orders as well as in stores. Let’s hear it for an exclusive being done REALLY WELL by TRU.

I’m here to congratulate Hasbro and TRU for having an exclusive which appears to be obtainable by fans across the nation regardless of their access to a physical TRU store.

R2 isn’t at Amazon (TRU’s on-line page) yet, but I’m guessing we’ll see him there by November 2– the official kick-off for the Big Book.



Store Finds In MO
October 26, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | David

Here’s some items I found today in Sprinfield Missouri.

Aldi stores have the LEGO Star Wars Episode Two AOTC Speeder Chase set for $19.99. That’s about $20 cheaper that Wal-Mart. They alaso have the new GI-JOE Bravo Figures two packs in stock for $16.99.



Possible Store Exclusives?
October 25, 2002 | 11:16 PM EST | David

There’s been some news going around the web about some new figures and ship exclusives for 2003.


Sandcrawler with 2 figures (May)


Accessory Sets (January)
Yavin with Rebel Technician
Naboo with Gungan Warrior
Jabba’s Palace with Gamorrean Guard

A-Wing with Pilot (June)

12″ Leia with Speederbike (TBD)


12″ Gamorrean Guard (February)

TIE Fighter with TIE Fighter Pilot (TBD)

12″ Speederbike with Leia (Endor)
Naboo Fighter with Pilot (repack)
TIE Fighter with Pilot (repack)
Hoth figures 4-pack set
12″ Gamorrean Guard

There you go! Some new plans for some new things for 2003.



The Great TRU E2 Figure Swap Out
October 25, 2002 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader TimiFett sent the 411 on which figures and going and which are arriving at TRU stores:

“The complete list is as follows-

Padme Amidala-Arena Escape
Kit Fisto
Super Battle Droid
Tusken Raider Female with Child
Captain Typho
Shaak Ti
Zam Wessell
Jar Jar Senator
Mace Windu-Geonosian Rescue
Luke Skywaker-Bespin Duel (we had tons of all 3 variations)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Endor Rebel Soldier (no distinction was made between shaven or unshaven)
Orn Free Taa
Han Solo-Endor Raid
Chewbacca-Cloud City Capture
Djas Puhr

Our figures have yet to be pick up by Fed Ex but we received about 75 new cases today to replace the ones we are sending back. We now have every current figure from the Ki Adi Mundi wave to the Lott Dodd wave. This includes everything but Ephant Mon and the new Destroyer Droid.”



E2 Clearances
October 25, 2002 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yuuzhan Vong Boy sent this newsflash in:

“Acklays are showing up in Chicago land at TRU for $9.98 marked down with the Reek. The claw has been fixed on the package to look like it’s holding the warrior. And I would say it’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re interested in the 12″ taun taun/Luke or Exclusive X-wing they’ll be marked down based on the quantities I see on the shelves and the floor.

Sun Coast video’s at the local malls also have 12″ Jango for $19.99, Slave1- $13.49, and OB1’s star fighter for $10.99.” Clearance On Ebay.
October 25, 2002 | 3:59 PM EST | David

Here’s an e-mail newsletter.

Our remaining inventory is listed in 281 auctions
Almost our entire inventory is currently up for sale on – listed in 281 auctions. The rest of the inventory will be posted this Sunday. We have decided to clear out our inventory to bring you new items on in about a month. Click one of the links below to view our auctions.



TRU Silver R2 Facts
October 25, 2002 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeff pointed out the new Toyfair magazine there was a small blurb about the R2 Silver TRU release. It stated that the production numbers are being bumped from 15,000 to between 75 and 80,000!!! Quite a substantial jump. The article also stated that a $20 purchase of SW merchandise will be required to get one.

Thanks Jeff!



Unleashed Anakin
October 25, 2002 | 7:53 AM EST | Mark

If you are looking for him, he is now available online at Amazon…
Unleashed Anakin Skywalker $15.99



Detailed Box Photos Of Screen Scene Trash Compactor Sets
October 25, 2002 | 12:01 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to add all NEW DETAILED boxed photos of the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Screen Scene Trash Compactor sets. Click here for the photos! These are from an auction here on Ebay.



Hungry Hungry Hippo In A Landspeeder??
October 24, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Mark

Check out this AUCTION to see the very interesting Hippos driving the Landspeeder….



Cheap E2 Figures
October 24, 2002 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mike found some sweet sales at the Suncoast Video Western Washington. He scored the 12 inch Jango Fett “Ultimate Villain” figure $20! They also had all NECA SW Products on clearance 50-75% off!



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 24, 2002 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking orders for the 1:7 scale, pre-painted vinyl Anakin Skywalker Model Kit. Click here for more.



BriansToys Welcomes BriansCars
October 24, 2002 | 7:24 PM EST | David

Dear Collectors,
We have recently entered the diecast car market, specializing in Hot Wheels and NASCAR products. To better serve our die-cast collectors, we have created a separate business, Brian’s Cars. Brian’s Cars is owned by Brian Semling, also the owner of Brian’s Toys. You can expect the same level of service and trust from Brian’s Cars as you have expected from Brian’s Toys. Brian’s Cars website address is
Click below for our full welcome message
Click below for our first Brian’s Cars Newsletter, featuring Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts, FREE SHIPPING, NASCAR diecast, and supplies/protective cases (our prices on diecast supplies are the cheapest anywhere). –FREE SHIPPING on diecast orders over $50.00 (Just enter BTNL in the Promotional Field as you check out on the website) –All Hot Wheels Treasure Hunts are in stock (including the rare 1995 set to the current 2002 cars) –7 different Treasure Hunt cars are only $9.99 each!! (Newsletter special prices) Hundreds of NASCAR diecast in stock!! We have over 100 different 1:24 diecast in stock and dozens of 1:64 (including 22 Earnhardts). All 9 Muppets cars $44.99 each. Dozens of Earnhardts 1:24 available. Most items are priced 40% to 80% below book price (Die Cast Digest and Beckett Racing Collector). Thanks for your continued business. We appreciate all of our customers, and hope to assist you with your diecast collecting (as Brian’s Toys hopes to assist with your action figure collecting). We welcome want lists, and will consider price matching. Please send request to

Plus, Check out

They have the three new SAGA 12 inches in stock!



Interactive R2-D2
October 24, 2002 | 6:13 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Interactive R2-D2 you can head over to Amazon as they just recieved them in. I would say, if you are waiting to get one, I think this is one of the best collectibles that Hasbro has made.

Also, click on the R2 easter eggs link to the right and if you have any that you have found that are not listed, please send me an email and we will post it.



Mini Bust a Groove!!!
October 23, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Steve has just recieved in some of the amazing new Star Wars Mini Busts. The ones which came out this week were: Count Dooku and Zam Wessell. Also listed as available on their site is Anakin and Padme. To view all of these as well as their numerous number of pre orders go here.



Clone Wars beginning next week
October 23, 2002 | 10:37 PM EST | Steve

Just a reminder to everyone with a Playstation 2 or Gamecube The Clone Wars video game is slated to hit stores next week. So keep an eye out for this. Also of note, I have heard Toys R Us will be running a sale on their Playstation 2 games starting this Sunday. Buy 2 get 1 free. Not a bad deal especially with the sales on Jedi Starfighter/Ep1 Starfighter ($39.99 for BOTH) and with Clone Wars coming out next week. Could be a good chance to rack up some savings.



Playstation 2 Starfighter bundle
October 23, 2002 | 10:26 PM EST | Steve

If you haven’t gotten it yet, Toys R Us (or at least mine) has a bundle of Jedi Starfighter and Episode 2 Starfighter video games for the Playstation 2 system for only 39.99 Not a bad deal at all if you still need either of these games.



Entertainment Earth Taking Preorders For Attakus Jabba
October 23, 2002 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill

If you think you’ve seen some niec Jabba figures, then get ready to be blown away. The new Attakus cold cast Jabba is incredible. He is now available for preorder at Entertainment Earth here.



Target Sales
October 23, 2002 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

The Target in Rocherter Hills, Michigan is running the Darth Maul and Jango Fett Unleashed figures for $3.98 each. There is no word yet if this is a national markdown, but it would certainly fit Target’s pattern of markdowns.

UPDATE: Yak Reader JangoFett reports that the Target no longer has the Maul and Fett figures.



TRU Restock Wave 2
October 23, 2002 | 7:37 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Timifett sent this in:

“I work at a TRU in Kansas City, MO and we just completed our second wave of send backs today. Unlike the first send back of figures, which was specific unopened cases (collection I and II cases) this send back called for specific individual figures. The woman from Hasbro and I went through about 200 cases at my store pulling only certain figs like Endor Soldier, Mace, Padme, Zam, Djas (why?) among about 15 others. These are to be sent back to Hasbro immediatley and new waves are to be sent to our store. I talked with the Hasbro representative and she said all the TRUs and Walmarts in the area were doing this.” Gets Figures…
October 23, 2002 | 6:31 PM EST | Mark

Over at you can now pick up the Saga Chewbacca, Lott Dod, Watto (Mos Espa), and the Playskool Falcon, X-Wing Adventure, and the Duel w/ Darth Maul sets as they are all now in stock.



Saga Destroyer Droid Carded Images
October 23, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated here with carded images of the upcoming Saga Destroyer Droid. It will have two “firing” lasers, using a similar mechanism to the Deluxe Mace Windu. Click here for more.



New Figures In Stock
October 23, 2002 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

Here are the latest figures BACK in stock at Amazon for $6.99 each….
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Jango Fett Slave Pilot
Also available are:
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider (with Massiff)
Watto (Mos Espa)

Here is an old Lego set that Amazon just got back in. Episode I Anakin’s Podracer (7131) $9.98 now has the ATOC Playset in stock for $38.86



Silver R2 In Stores Soon!!!!
October 22, 2002 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kodai wrote in to let us know that his local TRU manager told him the Silver R2 will be in stores sooner than the day after Thanksgiving. The Silver R2 is supposed to arrive with TRU’s annual Big Book (their version of a Christmas catalog), and it will be arriving at stores in the next couple of weeks!


Yak Reader Cryan sent this in:

“I wanted to pass on some info I was given by a TRU manager.November 3 is when or my local TRU is going to get theirs. So yes,much earlier than expected.”



Shuttle Delayed
October 22, 2002 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

You read it right. Pete over at The Private Universe has just reported that one of his sources at Hasbro has confirmed that the Imperial Shuttle won’t be home (at least at any of our homes) for Christmas. Click here for more.

Will they be delayed in the US too? We’ll report it as soon as we get any updated information.



Jorg Sacul Free?
October 22, 2002 | 9:19 PM EST | Bill

That’s right Artoosnews is giving one away. To enter, go to their page and send them an Email.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
October 21, 2002 | 10:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

OCTOBER 22, 2002

Entertainment Earth Releases Winter 2002 / 2003 Catalog and Expands Customer Service Hours

LOS ANGELES, CA – Entertainment Earth, Inc. (, announces the release of their Winter 2002 / 2003 print catalog. The 64-page, full-color catalog features over 400 best-selling and not-yet-released collectibles from a wide range of popular entertainment genres. Featuring the latest action figures, toys and collectibles, and an unmatched Mint Condition Guarantee, Entertainment Earth is the definitive source for collectors this holiday season.

The catalog is currently mailed to Entertainment Earth customers and targeted potential buyers in the United States, and distribution is poised to increase significantly in 2003. To request a catalog, please go here or download the full catalog in PDF format here the order form here.

In conjunction with the release of the catalog, Entertainment Earth announces extended customer service and phone ordering hours from October 21 through December 30. To order, call toll-free 1-800-370-2320 from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday, Pacific Time. Ordering is also available 24 hours a day online.

To ensure that items arrive in time for the holidays, customers can plan their orders using the Holiday Guide Christmas delivery chart, available in the catalog and on the website. For a free copy of the Winter 2002/2003 catalog, call 1-800-370-2320 or subscribe online at

About Entertainment Earth, Inc.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Entertainment Earth is the leading multi-channel retailer of action figures, toys and collectibles. Founded online in 1996, Entertainment Earth addresses the needs of collectors worldwide by offering thousands of new “mint-condition” licensed products from “Star Wars” to “The Simpsons” and other universally popular films, television shows and entertainment properties.”



Stick – R – Treat
October 21, 2002 | 9:19 AM EST | Sharon

More cool Star Wars Halloween stuff!!
A big thanks to reader Marylin at Twinsun Times!!



Vintage Finds In Springfield Mo.
October 20, 2002 | 2:58 PM EST | David

Here are some vintage Star Wars items I purchased yesterday. First, I picked up a Vintage Star Wars Novel for Episode Four printed in 1976. I’m finished reading it, and boy is it different from the movie.
Second, I picked up a TIE Advance (Darth vader’s TIE) model kit made in 1987. It is very cool kit.



Lott Dod Review
October 20, 2002 | 1:32 PM EST | Michael

The Lott Dod wave is getting a little wider release, showing up fairly heavily at Toys R Us. Click here for a complete review with pictures! Is Back Online!
October 19, 2002 | 10:24 PM EST | David is back online and running.



Over 400 Items To Be Sold.
October 19, 2002 | 10:17 PM EST | David

Here’s the latest from

Dear Customer,

Brian’s Toys has just posted their latest Newsletter #173
Visit our Newsletter at

Over 100 items Vintage Carded Figures greatly reduced!!
Over 250 POTF2, EPI, POTJ & SAGA items greatly reduced!!!
Rubies Limited Edition Life Size Yoda
Price: $549.99

Saga Kotobukiya Clone Trooper: $149.99

AOTC Accessories Interactive R2-D2 PRE-ORDER: $129.99

Visit our Newsletter at
Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and HeMan Toys at our Webstore, Visit our Webstore at



Great Finds At Wal-Mart.
October 19, 2002 | 10:14 PM EST | David

I stopped by my local Wal-Mart here in Springfield Missouri and found the Arena and a few Republic Gunships. I was just looking at the figures, then I later noticed those. Plus I found 1 electronic Obi-Wan and electronic Jango Fett. If you haven’t noticed, Obi-Wan has a British voice which is not his, a FAKE. As for the figures, there were 7 Plo koon Arena’s, 9 Battle Droid Arena Battle, the same in Super Battle Droids, and 6 Jango Fett Kamino’s. There were also a good amount of Orn Free Taas, Nikto Jedi Knights, and Anakin Peasant Disguises. No sign yet of the Mace lightsaber, the new deluxes, or Dodd and Mon waves.



Early 2003 Figure News
October 19, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Been wondering which of the POTJ figures will see Saga packaging and when? Well The Private Universe has given us the information.

For January 2003 we can look forward to:

Rebel Trooper
Imperial Officer
Eeth Koth
Tusken Raider with removable head
Padme Amidala (soft cloak and articulation)
SP4 & JN66 (library droid 2Pack)
Obi Wan Spear Throwing
Mace Windu (Total Control)
Darth Tyrannus (Lightening Burst)

Hopefully the new Rebel Trooper and Imperial Officer will have variant heads.Click here for more.



New Figures At Retail
October 19, 2002 | 9:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader RK sent in this report:

“I went to Target in Puyallup, WA and found plenty of the two new deluxe figures : Force Flipping Anakin and the Flying Geonosian at $9.99 each. Across the street at Wal-Mart, they had a plethora of Acklays, one of each of the new electronic Jangos and Obi-wans, and a few Republic Gunships.”



We’ve Got A Slave-1 Model!
October 19, 2002 | 3:10 PM EST | David is reporting a find on a new Star wars model kit, Jango’s Slave-1. It is an impressive kit. Go there today and check out the pics of it.



Mace Has A Lightsaber!
October 19, 2002 | 3:04 PM EST | David is reporting a find on a new FX Mace Windu lightsaber at a Wal-Mart. Head over to RebelScum and check out the pics.



FAO Shuttle Available to order by phone!
October 18, 2002 | 11:24 PM EST | Steve

I just got off the phone with FAO, and reserved a Shuttle. You can order it by calling 1-800-426-TOYS. Use Item Number 815300. Also for an added bonus you can use the coupon code AX164 to get an additional 10 % off. The total after shipping came to be $130.02. Also note that the item is not slated to be available until January as it is on backorder.



Target Exclusives On Sale!
October 18, 2002 | 11:14 PM EST | Steve

I am not sure if everyone’s Target store is doing this, but I just picked up one of the Exclusive Target Accessory Packs. Wierd thing was it rang up at 9.20 as opposed to the 9.99 regular price. Not much of a sale but it did ring up as a sale price on the receipt.



New Concept Figure????
October 18, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has just posted photos of a new figure, or potential figure. It’s definitely worth a look. Click here for more.



Silver R2 For You On Halloween!
October 18, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | David

Sorry, but it won’t be released on Halloween, but is giving one away Free!! Ends 11:59PM on Halloween night.

Don’t miss out on getting one for free.



Attention Kotobukiya Fans
October 18, 2002 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is not taking orders for the next Kotobukiya kit! Obi-Wan Kenobi has been beautifully brought to life by Kotobukiya. The Obi-Wan Kenobi is a 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit, includes snap-together parts.Click here for more. Will Have New Waves!
October 18, 2002 | 9:29 PM EST | David

First the News
We will be out of the office for 2 weeks from 11/2/02 – 11/16/02. We will be out of the US and not respond to emails. You can order items online and they will process, but your items will not ship out until 11/18/02. When we return we will have the Lott Dod Wave and more.

Get your orders in before 10/28/02 and they will ship out before we leave

New Items

Star Wars
Unleashed Sculptures
Anakin $15.99
Darth Vader $15.99
Padme $ 16.99

Acklay Arena Battle Beast Outer Box Not Mint $16.99

As well as more Republic Gunship and other great items.



Entertainment Earth News — Yoda And Mace Windu Model Kit
October 18, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has just added the Kotobukiya Yoda & Mace Windu Model Kit to their site. Remember the Kotobukiya kits are pre-painted vinyl kits with snap-together parts. Click here for more.



Boxed 12″ Bounty Hunter Wave Photos
October 17, 2002 | 11:24 PM EST | Bill

The Sith Gorilla came through with photos of the upcoming 12″ Bounty Hunter wave. Click here to see the photos!



The Jawa Is Back
October 17, 2002 | 9:18 PM EST | Bill

Steve over at the Jawa asked us to let the collecting community know that the Jawa is back on-line. They are still working a few “kinks” out, and their forums will return shortly.



IMAX Details
October 17, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Attention Providence fans:

The Feinstein IMAX Theatre Providence Place in Providence, RI is excited to announce that Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clone The IMAX Experience will be opening on Nov. 1st! The theatre will also host a Special Midnight Halloween Costume Screening of the film on Oct. 31st. For more information call 401-453-IMAX or click here.



Need Republic Credit?
October 17, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Well, Star Wars Credit Cards are not in a galaxy near you! Rebelscum is reporting at one of the major card issuers is offering Star Wars branded Visa/Mastercard— which can actually earn you Star Wars products!!! Click here for more.



Unleashed Sales At Target
October 17, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mosi_00 found some great sales at Target. His local target had the Unleashed Jango and Maul at 50% off—$7.96 each. He said to be sure and check all the endcaps.



Can’t Wait Until After Thanksgiving For A Silver R2
October 17, 2002 | 9:06 PM EST | Bill

R2DToys is an English company which has him in stock now. Unfortunately, he is not a gift with purchase, oh well, but when you consider the rumored $20.00 minimum purchase at TRU the price isn’t too bad (but yes it is more). If you can’t wait click here.

Thanks to Yak Reader Chad for the report!



New Figures In Stock
October 17, 2002 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark

Here are the latest figures in stock at Amazon for $6.99 each….
Clone Trooper / Republic Gunship Pilot
Jango Fett Slave Pilot

Also if you are still looking for Lott Dod, Watto, or the Tusken Raider with Massiff, they are still in stock as well.



Jango Fett Helmet in Stock!!!
October 17, 2002 | 9:16 AM EST | Mark

***Jango Fett Helmet In Stock***

The Collector’s Edition of the Jango Fett Helmet. Made of high quality, injected plastic. Will fit most adults. This helmet always sells out as soon as we receive a shipment, so don’t delay!
Head over to Entertainment Earth to pick yours up.



Star Tours Series 3
October 17, 2002 | 9:14 AM EST | Mark

Todd points us to….
Where they list wave 3 as a December 1, 2002 release. Thanks for the tip Todd.



Trick or Treat!!! Make your own Star Wars pumpkin
October 16, 2002 | 11:41 PM EST | Sharon

How about a pumpkin sporting your favorite Sith Lord or Bounty Hunter?
One generous reader over at Rebelscum was kind enough to share some patterns to make your own Star Wars pumpkin.
Choose from:
Darth Vader
Darth Maul
Boba Fett
Check it out!!
If you take the time to print these templates, please make sure you send an email to Mr. Gruner for being nice enough to share these with all of us.



New Figures At Target
October 16, 2002 | 11:25 PM EST | David

I recently went to my local Target here in Springfield Missouri and spotted a few Darth Maul Sith Training’s and a few new Anakin Skywalker Tatooine Attack’s. I was hoping to find the four exclusive packs, but to no avail. Not much of any new figures. There were about ten of the Royal Guards and Nikto Jedi Knights.

And, secondly,
I went to a local comic shop here and ther had the new Dooku and Jango Fett Mini Busts for $49.99. They do look good.



Welcome Aboard
October 16, 2002 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

I’d like to take a second to introduce the newest member of the Yakface News Team. David, AKA JediDaxter, will be bring you even more news and reports from Welcome aboard David!



What To Be, What To Be???
October 16, 2002 | 11:13 PM EST | Mark

With the holiday coming up fast (wow, the end of October is here already????) what are you going to be for Halloween??? Well, here are some Star Wars ideas with free shipping…..
Episode II Child Jango Fett Costume (Medium)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Medium)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Small)
EP2 Yoda Costume (Large)
Episode II Child Amidala Costume (Medium)
Jango Fett Costume
Star Wars Jedi Knight Costume
Star Wars Anakin Skywalker Costume
Episode II Child Anakin Skywalker Costume (Medium)



Arenas Shipping From
October 16, 2002 | 10:55 PM EST | Bill

If you ordered an Arena Playset from start looking for your package. We’ve been getting reports that they are appearing on doorsteps across the country.



Hasbro UK Chat
October 16, 2002 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted the transcript of today’s Hasbro Chat. Among other things a new Luke figure (PLEASE not another Tatooine Luke), and Unleashed Slave Leia and Vader Redeux are confirmed for next year.Click here for more.



Attack of the Clones Gameboy RPG?
October 16, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Steve

THQ (the makers of the Gameboy AOTC Sidescroller) have a new Gameboy Advance Game coming out entitled Star Wars : The New Droid Army. It appears as though this will be a RPG game. For all of the details check it out here.



Jango Pilot Wave Hitting TRU In Force!!
October 16, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Steve

I have recieved a few reports of the Jango Pilot / Clone Pilot Wave hitting the local Toys R Us stores (Northwest Ohio for those wondering) in full force. In one instance the shelves were packed, and there were still around 5 cases extra unopen on the floor. So if you still need these figures it might be time for you to start hitting your local Toys R Us stores.



Imperial Forces 4 Pack– Black R4 Droid
October 16, 2002 | 8:59 AM EST | Bill

Galactic Hunter is reporting the details on the upcoming Imperial Forces 4 pack. According to their information this will be a store exclusive, in the US as well as in the UK. It will have a black Imperial R4 unit, along wth Vader, a Commtech Stormtrooper, and an AT-ST driver with the goggles UP! They also report that Bounty Hunter and Jedi Knight sets are planned. Click here for more.



Free Is Good
October 15, 2002 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

The Custom Cantina is giving away a Tusken Raider drinking mug to sip your tasty beverage out of. Click here for more.



Bantha Tracks #0??
October 15, 2002 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yep, Bantha Tracks is coming back very soon. The Official Site is reporting that the inagural edition of Bantha Tracks new run will be given away at IMAX theaters showing Attack of the Clones on the really big screen. Click here for more.



Arena Hunting Update
October 15, 2002 | 9:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jimbo reports that the Arena is now appearing at TRU stores. He found them at the Framingham, MA store.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Naboolou reports the Arenas are at TRU in Totowa New Jersey too.



Role Playing Lightsaber Update
October 14, 2002 | 10:25 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader wdemler sent in this 411 on the new role playing chrome lightsaber:

“They took the Yoda training saber, made it larger, and put a personal code on it. It makes sounds based on movement and instructs the user, providing “lessons”. I saw it at a Wal-Mart while traveling from WPB to Orlando to St. Augustine to Clearwater/Tampa.”



Arena Diorama Added
October 14, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated our dioramas yet again. This time it’s the Geonosian Arena.Click here for the pics.



Green A-Wing?
October 14, 2002 | 8:28 PM EST | Bill

Yep, The Private Universe has updated with a lot of interesting tidbits. If you’re a package variation fan, they list that there will be an Imperial Forces figure set… hmm, is this like the South of the Border ANH pack??? Also they list a new A-Wing with a green paint job! It’s looking like another really good year! Click here for more. Click here for a photo of the new A-Wing.



Jawas Upgrading Servers
October 14, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the

“This is Steve from I just wanted to let you know that we are upgrading our server and will have periods of down time (like the one we are having now) for the next couple of days.”



Suncoast Star Wars DVD exclusive?
October 14, 2002 | 2:56 PM EST | Ben is reporting that Suncoast may have some hideous plans relating to an exclusive DVD of Episode II. One would think it bad enough that we must suffer toy-based exclusives. Now it appears the films themselves are being used as a tool to artificially manipulate sales. Whoops, almost forgot that the VHS will have content not available on the DVD. Guess I should have expected this too.

Take a look at the story at



Looking For Answers??
October 14, 2002 | 6:41 AM EST | Mark

Well John is back with his Q&A For October 11, 2002. So head on over to check out his answers. If you have questions, send them in and we will definately get you an answer, sometimes it is not the one that you are looking for or want, but John will get you one….



Ephant Mon Detailed Phtos
October 13, 2002 | 10:12 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve added detailed photos of Ephant Mon. Click here for the pictures.



Obi-wan’s Jedi Starfighter review
October 13, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | Michael

The KayBee exclusive Jedi Starfighter (also available at some Sear’s through the magic of retail) is hitting fairly wide right now. But how does it stack up? Check out the review here with lots of photos!



Wal-Mart Exclusive Cantina Sections Wave 2 Photos
October 13, 2002 | 12:44 AM EST | Bill

We’ve got more photos for your viewing pleasure. This time it’s the second wave of Wal-Mart’s Exclusive Cantina sections. Click here for the photos. These samples can be found on Ebay here.



ATOC Playset In Stock
October 12, 2002 | 11:26 PM EST | Mark now has the ATOC Playset in stock for $38.86, so if want to get one, just hop on over.



All Hands On Battlestation
October 12, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Robert

I’ve added a look at the unproduced second generation COMMtech reader 4.0 Battlestation Unit to the prototypes section of the website. To get there just hit the prototypes link located in the toy guide section on the right side of the page. From there hit the sample mock-ups section link. A special thanks to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for giving me the chance to add this piece into the collection!



Fan Club Ploo Koon And Wal-Mart Holiday 2 Pack Photos
October 12, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just added photos of two upcoming exclusives for your viewing pleasure. Without any further delay, detained photos of the Fan Club Exclusive Ploo Koon and the Wal-Mart Exclusive holiday 2 pack are here.



New Chrome Hilt Role Playing Light Sabers At Retail
October 12, 2002 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ricardo sent this in:

“I just came from Walmart and I found this new Jedi training lightsaber that once you put in your code it will only work with you. It’s the size of the regular lightsaber.”



Looking For LEGO’s???
October 12, 2002 | 7:43 PM EST | Mark

Hey, they holiday season is coming soon. (Still can’t believe it myself) And there is no better way to shop, than with FREE SHIPPING! Check out Amazon.comas they are now running Free Shipping on almost all of their LEGO’s among many other Star Wars toys.



Looking For Clones At An IMAX Near You?
October 11, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

The Oficial Site has added a page listing IMAX screens across the nation which will be showing Attack of the Clones. Click here for the list.



Lego Geonosian Fighter and AT-TE Pics
October 11, 2002 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

The Bothans at From Bricks to Bothans have updated yet again with the last installment of their January 2003 Lego Systems set coverage. This time it has pics and informaion on the Geonosian Fighter and AT-TE.



Lucasfilm Employee Arrested For Leaks
October 11, 2002 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill

It seems that the leaks from last Spring have been tracked to their source. A former Lucas employee is being prosecuted for storyboard, video and other leaks. Click here for more.

Yak Reader Ken wrote in to let fans gain a little more insight on Shay Foley. He reports that Shay is a lifelong Star Wars fan, and suggested that fans look at Shay’s webpage. here.



Arena Sightings
October 11, 2002 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

Concord, California is the latest city to see Arena Playsets in stores. Good hunting and keep the reports coming.

UPDATE: Santa Monica and Temple City, California, Cincinnati, Ohio Kansas City, Kansas, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Taylor, Michigan have reported sightings as well.



Fan made Episode 3 trailer done with Legos
October 11, 2002 | 9:41 AM EST | Sharon

It is very slow to download, but worth the wait!
Here’s the link.



Congrats to free poster winners!!
October 11, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Sharon

The following people were winners of the Frito Lay AOTC poster sets:
Arturo Delgado
Maximillian Deloach
Jack Tesh
Rob Schneider
Rudi Jorge
Thanks to all those great folks that offered kind words of welcome!!
Sorry not to have more of these poster sets to share, but I may do something like this again in the near future. Remember that this collecting hobby is much more fun if you have others to share it with!



FREE posters!!!
October 10, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Sharon

I have a set of Frito Lay’s AOTC posters for the first 5 people to email me.



October 10, 2002 | 8:36 PM EST | Sharon

Hello everyone! I am new to the news staff here at Yakface, and am excited to be on board! Many of you know me from TradeFed as RadicalRay, or Darthshader on RebelScum and Yahoo clubs. Still a little new to the internet…but not to Star Wars! (Let’s just say I am a first generation fan!) My home is Orlando, Florida, and at the very least, I hope to keep everyone up to date with what is happening with Disney/Star Tours/ Once Upon a Toy.



Turkey Day, Then Silver R2 Day?
October 10, 2002 | 7:51 PM EST | Bill

Yep you read it right. All signs are pointing to Toys R Us stores having the much awaited 25th Anniversary Silver R2 on black Friday. The mercenaries over atGalactic Hunter have obtained information that we’ll see our little silver buddy right after Turkey day. They also report that the production run is 70,000 figures.



The Bounty is at
October 10, 2002 | 12:54 PM EST | Steve

Looks as though has added a few more pre-orders for some 12 inch figures:
12 Inch Princess Leia Bounty Hunter( I am assuming this is the exclusive Boussh Leia)
12 Inch Bounty Hunter Zuckuss
12 Inch Bounty Hunter Dengar
12 Inch Imperial Officer



And Now For Our French Readers
October 9, 2002 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill

For all STAR WARS fans, on November 10th, 2002 in Paris, France:

Get ready to meet in exclusivity Ian Liston, AKA snowspeeder rebel pilot Wez Janson and guest starring AT-AT dviver in the Empire Strikes Back. For the very first time in the heart of Paris, at PULP’S – 82 Bld St Germain – 75005 Paris – France. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and get autographed pictures and action figures for a only single day November 10th.



Jango Fett Bust Now Available At EE
October 9, 2002 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth now has the Jango Fett minibust in stock! Click here for more.



Dallas Convention News
October 9, 2002 | 11:43 PM EST | Bill

Dallas Comicon adds Ray Park to incredible celebrity lineup!

What: Dallas Comicon
When: October 11-13, 2002, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Plano Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway
Info: or 972.420.8639

Just added: Sci-Fi Expo fan favorite Ray Park. Ray is known best to sci-fi fans as the evil Darth Maul from the Phantom Menace, but has also starred in X-Men (as the Toad), Sleepy Hollow, Mortal Combat and appears in this past summer’s blockbuster ECK vs. SEVER. Join us as we welcome Ray back to Texas!

Joining Ray at the Dallas Comicon is Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess
Leia), Amy Allen (Aayla Secura), Rena Owen (Tuan We), Linda Blair
(Exorcist), David Naughton (American Werewolf in London), Tracy Elizabeth Lords (Sci-Fi 1st Wave), and many others at this event.

Many accomplished comic artists will also be attending the Comicon,
including Dave Stevens (artist and creator) of the Rocketeer, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary at our event, the world famous Hildebrandt Brothers. and fan favorite Dave Dorman!

The Dallas Comicon will also host more than 150 exhibit tables loaded with old and new Collectibles, Film & TV Memorabilia, Comics, Posters,
Autographs, and more.

General ³Weekend Pass² Admission: $10.00 adult, $5.00 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Admission prices good into the Comicon and the Heritage auction all weekend.



Role Playing Packs You Want?
October 9, 2002 | 9:06 AM EST | Bill

It seems Hasbro is repacking some Saga figures yet again. andGalactic Hunter are repoting that Hasbro will be releasing a role playing set in the near future which will include a light saber packaged with 3 previously issued Saga figures. At this point, it has not been announced whether this will be a general release or an exclusive.

Thanks to JediDaxter for the heads-up.



Lott Dod And More….
October 9, 2002 | 6:11 AM EST | Mark

Looking for the new wave of figures still???
In Stock at Amazon are the following:
Lott Dod
Tusken Raider (with Massiff)
Watto (Mos Espa)



So You Want More Deals???
October 8, 2002 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Ok, well then try these two….
Hop on over to and pick either or both of these offers up, but hurry, the sale ends on 10/15.
Republic gunship $35.99 and…
Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Astromech Droid for the price of $89.99



Who Or What Is A JEDI DEX????
October 8, 2002 | 9:55 PM EST | Mark

Well in case you were wondering… here is a description…
The Jedi Dex is a detailed encyclopedia of information from all Star Wars episodes, including the classic trilogy. Included are character bios and information about aliens, weapons, and vehicles. Highlight a character name, alien, weapon, or vehicle to retrieve detailed information and history, along with a detailed graphic image, on an item within the Star Wars universe. And the best part is that this gadget is now on sale. Normal retail is $32.99, now you can get one RIGHT HERE for the low price of $14.98 (55% off)



Welcome To The Team Yak News Staff
October 8, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

On behalf of I’d like to welcome two new staffers to our news staff. Steve and Sharon have joined Yakface, and will be bringing you the latest news, collecting tips, and Star Wars information. Please join me in welcoming them.



Need 25th Anniversary 2 Packs… CHEAP????
October 8, 2002 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

Darth Midion found another score for Yak Readers:

“Just thought I would drop a line saying to tell collectors to check their local Shopko’s for these 2-packs. I found Han and Chewie, and Ben and Vader on clearance for $3.74 plus tax.”



Arenas Hit Alabama
October 8, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chad wrote in that he found the new Arena Playset at Wal-Mart in Athens, Alabama. It looks like its time to start hunting again.



AOTC DVD Details
October 8, 2002 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with everything you could ask for about the soon to be released AOTC DVD. It has screenshots of menus, scenes, and a lot more. Click here for more.

Thanks to Timothy at Laqat for the tip!



Something at Target Reeks
October 8, 2002 | 2:18 PM EST | Steve

I just got back from my local Target only to find out they also have the Reek Arena Beast on clearance for $7.98. So if you still need this piece you might wanna stop by your local Target.



Toys R Us.Com Updates
October 8, 2002 | 2:03 PM EST | Steve

Just a little update on the Arena Playset from Toys R The item is no longer listed in stock but rather they are saying it will be released on October 15th. They are offering to order it now and it will ship on that date. Not a bad deal if you have problems finding stuff in your area. Go here to pre-order the Arena Playset

Also Toys R has the Reek on clearance for $9.98 (normally $19.99) Go here to get a Reek.



October 8, 2002 | 1:50 PM EST | Steve

Hello everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and to say hi to everyone. My name is Steve and I am new to Yak Face. I have been a long time reader of the site, and have collected Star Wars items much longer then that. I am very eager to give back a little to the Star Wars community.



Toys In Stock
October 8, 2002 | 5:57 AM EST | Mark

I have added to the list as now has the Yellow and Red 12″ Clone Troopers back in stock, as well as having the Falcon Playskool set in stock.



Kmart Sale Updated… Again
October 7, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

JediDaxter sent in the latest info:

“I was just contacted by a K-Mart representative, letting me know the K-Mart Inc., is giving info out to all K-Mart stores to start a clearance sale on all Star Wars basic and deluxe figures, and also including all 12″s in stock. He said it should be happening within a few weeks, clearing out old stock for new arrivals for Christmas shopping. A few reports have been popping up about some local K-Marts having sales on the Basic for $2, Deluxe for $3, and 12″ for $10, including Zam, Dooku, and Sup Battle Droid. So, start calling or checking your local K-Mart’s. I’m calling mine. A good guess that Wal-Mart may follow suit.”



Have You Seen The New Skyhopper?
October 7, 2002 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Those Legomaniacs over at From Bricks To Bothans have posted images of the Lego T-16 Skyhopper set (#4477). Click here for more.



Arenas Hit Retail
October 7, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darth Midion made this find:

“Hi I haven’t seen much news on this but here is some news to help some collectors out. I was crusing around Salt Lake today, Trying to find the wave of figures. I had no luck. I was feeling thirsty so I stopped by my local K-mart to get a drink. As I was there I figured might as well check the Toy aisle, Same old figs. I was upset. I then looked on the tope shelf and there were two arena PLaysets. They ring up at $44.99 plus tax. I was also able to find the wave three Unleashed figures at Kay Bee Toys. I hope this helps out some collectors.”



October 7, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Starwolf sent this in:

“I am writing from Minneapolis. They just announced this morning (10/7) that the Minnesota zoo’s IMAX will be showing Attack of the Clones sometime in November. But 20 minutes of the movie will be cut because of the size of the projection reel. It will be nice to see the battle on the really big screen.”



Endor Diorama Expanded
October 7, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

As promised, here’s the all new endor diorama. Yes, the structure by the AT-ATs really is a 3 3/4 scale Imperial landing platform. Click here to see the forest moon.



R2-D2 Interactive
October 6, 2002 | 10:20 PM EST | Mark

We now have the section for easter eggs setup on the main menu. Also I have updated the left side Toys In Stock section with a link to R2-D2 at as they now have him in stock at the lowest price.



Dioramas Updates
October 6, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

I’ve just finished a major update on our Diorama section. Here’s the Battle of Hoth in a scale you just have to see to believe. Click here to see the world of Hoth!

Check back later this week for a whole new Endor diorama. This endor dislay even makes the new hoth scene look small. Here’s a hint… It’s bigger than an AT-AT.



October 6, 2002 | 4:35 PM EST | Bill

Dallas Comicon brings Carrie Fisher to Texas

What: Dallas Comicon
When: October 11-13, 2002, Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Plano Center 2000 E Spring Creek Parkway
Info: or 972.420.8639

Join us as we welcome the queen of Sci-Fi to the Dallas area. The Dallas Comicon is proud to announce that Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Princess Leia) will be making a rare public appearance October 12 and 13. Ms Fisher, joins Amy Allen (Aayla Secura), Rena Owen (Tuan We), Linda Blair (Exorcist), David Naughton (American Werewolf in London), Tracy Elizabeth Lords (Sci-Fi 1st Wave), and many others at this event.

And talk about celebrities, actor Nicholas Cage has thrown in the
super-towel as he will be selling his entire comic book collection at our event! Seems Mr. Cage wants to simplify his life and has asked Heritage Comics to auction off more than 500 key comic books. Heritage expects Mr. Cage¹s collection to fetch more than 7 figures at Comicon! Question on everyone¹s mindŠ will he stop by the Comicon to see how his books are

Many accomplished comic artists will also be attending the Comicon,
including Dave Stevens (artist and creator) of the Rocketeer, which
celebrates it¹s 20th anniversary at our event, the world famous Hildebrandt Brothers. and fan favorite Dave Dorman!

The Dallas Comicon will also host more than 150 exhibit tables loaded with old and new Collectibles, Film & TV Memorabilia, Comics, Posters,
Autographs, and more.

General ³Weekend Pass² Admission: $10.00 adult, $5.00 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Admission prices good into the Comicon and the Heritage auction all weekend.



Coruscant Attack Padme review!
October 6, 2002 | 3:13 PM EST | Michael

New figures are a little few and far between right now, but here’s the newest version of Padme, loaded with accessories and articulation. Check out the review with pictures here!



Autographs You Seek?
October 6, 2002 | 1:34 PM EST | Bill


Miss the chances to get a Carrie Fisher autograph in your collection?

Wattographs will be in attendance at the Plano Sci-Fi expo the weekend of October 11th. Carrie Fisher is the big guest there this time and we’re guessing lines will be several hours long as they were earlier this year at the Star Wars Celebration. This will apparently be your last chance to get Fisher in 2002, as she’s supposedly contracted to not do any more shows this year.

Wattographs has worked a deal with the convention organizers to get autographs of Fisher for those who won’t be able to make it to this show. Prices for this signing will be $35 and will come with the special picture that the Sci-Fi Expo is making for Fisher’s visit. This is as good as trying to score a Celebration II photo of Fisher, which sells for $50-and-up on online auction sites. It’s also much cheaper than you’ll find on any other sites!

Additionally, Wattographs can get autographs of Rena (Taun We) Owen and Amy (Aayla Secura) Allen for $25 each, on one of their in-character photos. Visitthem here for the details.



Kmart Sale!
October 5, 2002 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve found a great sale:

“Kmart is having a sale right now. Basic figures are $2 each, Deluxe figures $3 each, and “12 figures for $10 each. Almost all Star Wars items were marked way down. Slim pickings on figures but I did score the new “12 Zam, Dooku, and Super Battle Droid.”

UPDATE: This sale appears to be a clearance at one store, NOT nationwide. If you find the sale at your K-Mart, please let us know!



R2D2 Interactive Info
October 5, 2002 | 10:02 AM EST | Mark

Ok, so those of you that have it, LOVE IT. Those of you who do not have it are missing out. But there is more to this guy than the instructions say. Let’s talk Easter Eggs….
Say Remember me, then Anakin, then vader (either one can be said first) and he will play the Imperial March.
Say remember me, then Han Solo, then Chewacca, then Luke Skylaker and he will play Hero Theme.
If you get R2-D2 in a bad mood then tell him to play the dance program, he plays a slow version of the cantina song.
Another one, is simply say “follow me” and he will follow you aroung like a lost puppy. That is all that I have been able to find so far. If you have more please let me know, so that we can share them with everyone. I will start an R2 Easter Egg section this weekend.



Train To Be A Jedi
October 5, 2002 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark now has the Jedi Training Lightsaber in stock.
-Over 15 Jedi phrases
-Sleek “chrome” finish
-Multi-Level Jedi training program – smart chip that monitors and registers your training progress.
-Activate your lightsaber with your own secret code! Enter code to turn on your lightsaber.
-Control the action – lightsaber reacts to movement at different speeds.!
-Lightsaber glows blue and extends 35 inches.



Remember The TRU Set Of 4 Minicomics?
October 4, 2002 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Well, it looks like TRU is still producing them. Although its been several months since issue #2 came out, issue #3 is now appearing in stores across the country. Be sure to check your local TRU.



Want To See More Figures From E1?
October 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Bill

You claim that Hasbro is overlooking characters from E1 that you want produced? Well, now is your chance to tell them if you want to get 3 characters– juvenile Greedo, Kister, and Wald!
Click here to sign the petition!



TRU Getting New Figures???
October 4, 2002 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

The droids over at Artoos News are reporting that towards the end of October TRU is supposed to be getting some new figures— ten different case assortments to be specific. According to their information, these new case assortments should ALL be hitting the pegs, as TRU will be returning current stock to Hasrbo. Assuming both parts happen, it will be great for collectors.



TRU 25th Anniversary Silver R2 Update
October 4, 2002 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott wrote in:

“The TRU SKU (bar code) # is 7693084917 and the Stock # is 632433. It will ring up as R2-D2 GWP for $0.01. GWP is supposed to stand for Gift With Purchase and the $0.01 is just to keeptrack of the stock. I couldn’t find any more details except that’s it’s supposed to hit sometime in NOV. Hope this helps.”



New Feature On Yakface
October 4, 2002 | 9:41 PM EST | Mark

I would like to take a moment to point this out in case you have not noticed. On the left side of the page you will see Toys In Stock, what I will be doing is updating this with the new figures as they become available to buy and are in stock. I will be added a pre-order section under the in stock area. Please let me know what your thoughts are on it.



Attention New Zealand Fans
October 3, 2002 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

SWNZ (Star Wars Fans and Collectors of New Zealand) is running a competition on their website, in association with Hasbro NZ, the prize is nothing less than a Silver Anniversary Darth Vader. Unfortunately, the competition is only open to NZ residents.



Paris Star Wars Convention
October 3, 2002 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Sarlacc sent this in:

“Hi friends from Yakface!
Just let you know that a convention is going to be made in Paris (10.19.2002 and 10.20.2002). His name? The Collector Rendez-vous.
There will be several SW guests here:
-Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
-Valerie Gale (Ewok mother)
-Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett)
-Jerome Balke (Rune Haako and others)
-Alan Ruscoe (Plo Koon and others)
-Dermot Crowley (Madine)
-Femi Taylor (Oola)
-Amy Allen (Aayla Secura)
-Mike Edmunds (Logray)
That will be great. I live in Switzerland… The travel will be long to France, but… so nice!!!!”



My Parts Are Showing!
October 3, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Robert

Continuing with the information gathered in the joint article I co wrote with my friend Innis from the here’s another picture of an unproduced commtech chip related item. This time it’s a picture of the unproduced 4.0 Battlestation Unit commtech chip reader. You can check out the reader by going here: Commtech 4.0 Battlestation Unit Reader
In case you missed the article head on over to the and hit the features section for the joint article on the unproduced commtech chips. I want to give a big thanks to Jordan Hembrough and Hollywood Heroes for helping in tracking down this unproduced item. If you are looking for pre production/production items drop Jordan an email at



LEGO Jabba’s Palace 
October 3, 2002 | 11:25 AM EST | Mark

Thanks to Tim over at for this news.
4480 Jabba’s Palace 234 pc • $29.99
Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker minifigs; Jabba the Hutt, EV-9D9, power droid and B’Omarr Monk.
Jabba is made of three pieces. Two level playset with a droid torture chamber on the lower level. Check out the link above for the image of the box.



Ephant Mon In stock! @
October 2, 2002 | 10:49 PM EST | Mark

We just got these in today:

EII Collection 2 (Wave 9) (Item# HS84861J, $79.99)
Includes 12 action figures: 2x Ephant Mon – Jabba’s Head of Security
(NEW), 2x Watto – Mos Espa Junk Dealer, 2x Lott Dodd – Neimoidian
Senator, 2x Tusken Raider with Massiff, 1x Ki-Adi-Mundi – Jedi Master, 1x Teemto Pagalies – Pod Racer, 1x Endor Rebel Soldier and 1x Massiff with Geonosian Warrior (subject to change).



Wal-Mart Not Canceling All Arena Pre-Orders
October 2, 2002 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Those collectors who were lucky enough not to have their Arena orders with canceled received this E-mail today:


Thank you for your recent purchase of Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset. We are writing to let you know that the ship date of September 30 has been slightly delayed due to a supplier inventory issue.

Your item will ship by the end of next week. We have upgraded your shipping to Priority, at no additional charge, so you will receive your Arena Battle Playset as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. Your
complete satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.


Customer Service at



Action Fleet Wave 2 In Stock
October 2, 2002 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Action Fleet Solar Sailer, At-Te & Naboo Starfighter. They also have the new 12″ Electronic Obi-Wan and Jango Fett. Also the new Padme, Clone Trooper Pilot & Jango Pilot figures as well as Lott Dodd, Watto & Tusken. Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Silver R2 Updates
October 2, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Ryan wrote in to confirm that the 25th Anniversary Silver R2 will be a gift with $25.00 purchase according to the manager of his local TRU. Yak Reader Chris’s local TRU manager and district TRU managers told him that there is no firm date so far, so it looks like we won’t see our chrome buddy at retail for a while yet.

If you would like to see some detailed images of the TRU Artoo, check out Artoos News visual guide
here., or our own coverage from Spain here.



TRU Star Wars Sale Starts October 13
October 1, 2002 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve just let us know that his local TRU manager reports that there will be a big Star Wars sale starting October 13. Will Silver R2 be there? No word yet, but as soon as we hear you’ll see it here.


Yak Reader Brian sent this in:

“I was at a Toys r Us in Memphis, TN and overheard a manager telling a co-worker about new Star Wars merchendise arriving soon. She also said that they will probably run a sale on their current merchandise. That was nothing compared to what she said next. Se said that they will be doing pre-orders of Attack of the Clones and every person that reservs a copy will receive a LIMITED EDITION 25TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER R2-D2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont know if this is just how this particular Toys r Us is planning to distribute the silver R2s or what. I also talked with someone at another Toys r Us in Memphis and he said that he was told the R2s would be a promotional
give-a-way with the purchase of certain amount ofHasbro Star Wars

This would definitely fit with earlier reports that the 25th Anniversary R2 would be a gift with a $20.00 purchase.



New Jedi Order Series News
October 1, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Del Rey:

The next installment in The New Jedi Order series, on-sale: Now

Hardcover, $25.95, 0-345-42850-1

In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender–Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms–are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic’s favor.

For more details click here.



Micromachines AT-TE Photos
October 1, 2002 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Steven:

“Not really sure if this is news or not; but I found 3 new Action Fleet items today at Target in So. Cal. I only bought the AT-TE as I don’t care for the other two…Naboo Fighter and Solar Sailer.

This is pretty neat toy except that the legs don’t articulate that well for different positions. All the gun turrets move in the front and back. And the main cannon in the front has a seat for the gunner in the back. But the main cannon and the front hatch have a different color than the body. It looks like the body has been applied the weathering effect but the cannon and the hatch were probably attached after the process; thus the different shades of colors.Not really sure if this is news or not; but I found 3 new Action Fleet items today at Target in So. Cal. I only bought the AT-TE as I don’t care for the other two…Naboo Fighter and Solar Sailer.

This is pretty neat toy except that the legs don’t articulate that well for different positions. All the gun turrets move in the front and back. And the main cannon in the front has a seat for the gunner in the back. But the main cannon and the front hatch have a different color than the body. It looks like the body has been applied the weathering effect but the cannon and the hatch were probably attached after the process; thus the different shades of colors.”

Click here to see the AT-TE photos.



Lego Republic Gunship At Costco
October 1, 2002 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom found the Lego Republic Gunship at Costco for between $68-$70.

Keep sending in the news!



Wanna Playset? Get A Playset!!!
October 1, 2002 | 1:10 PM EST | Mark

The Arena Playset $39.99, is now IN STOCK at Amazon if you are looking for it.

Also the Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99, is in stock.



UCS Star Destroyer
October 1, 2002 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Yes it is expensive $269.00, yes it is big at 37” by 23”, and yes there are a lot of pieces totalling 3104, however there is free shipping and the price is only going to go up. So stop over to and pre-order your UCS Star Destroyertoday.

September 2002 Archive

That Little Droid Is Going To Get Me In A Lot Of Trouble…
September 30, 2002 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for that little droid R2-D2, well he is now in stock at and you can pick one up now. I must say, even at $99.99 he is the best collectible I have in the collection. Well worth the money.



It’s Clearance Season At Target Again
September 30, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Speedracerx found more sale prices at Target:

“The target mark down is a company wide markdown for 30% – 50% on the Unleashed, Reek and if you are lucky the Acklay (got one in southeast Wisconsin).”



Want To Join Team Yak?
September 30, 2002 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

Do you have connections in the toy industry (especially Hasbro or Lego)? Do you live in Chicago, Dallas, or San Diego? Do you want to post news about Star Wars? Email me here with your experience and qualifications.



Q & A Updated
September 30, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill

Please join me in welcoming John Muse to the staff here at Yakface. From here on out, John will be answering your questions in our Q & A feature.

Without further introduction, click here for your dose of questions and answers.



The Sandcrawler Returns
September 30, 2002 | 9:01 AM EST | Bill

The Galactic Hunter is reporting that Hasbro has heard our cries and will be releasing a sandcrawler in the 3 3/4 line in 2003. It will be an exclusive (no store named yet) and will come with 2 figures– a jawa and an RA droid). The weathered paintjob looks awsome. Click here for more.



The Winner Is…
September 29, 2002 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Chuck Caldwell, the winner of our Free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter here for our next drawing. Remember you can enter once every two weeks, and your entry MUST include your name and address to be eligible to win.



Looking For Newer Toys, Especially Those Found At KB? Check Sears
September 29, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Danny:

“KB Toys Expands Relationship with Sears Toy Retailer to Supply and Fulfill Wish Book, Orders

KB Toys and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are expanding a relationship that began last year with a test of 29 “KB Toys at Sears” shops at Sears stores in Los Angeles, Detroit, Mobile and Chicago. Through this expanded relationship, KB Toys becomes the exclusive toy supplier for Sears Wish Book® catalog and

Finally, beginning in mid-October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will launch the second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept, increasing the number of locations from last year’s 29 to 77 locations for the 2002 holiday season.

“This season, through this expanded relationship with KB Toys, a recognized leader in the toy industry, Sears customers will find one of the most exciting and extensive selection of toys and video games ever offered in Sears Wish Book and on,” said Dennis Honan, vice president and general manager of Sears Customer Direct.

“It’s our privilege to be working with Sears, one of America’s most trusted retail brands,” said Michael L. Glazer, President and CEO of KB Toys. “These initiatives build upon the success we experienced last year working with Sears within their stores. This expanded relationship is based on our common commitment to offering customers a large assortment of trend right merchandise, exclusive product lines and great service in a variety of retail formats.”

Expanded Toy Selections at Sears Wish Book and

This year, Sears Wish Book and will offer customers one of the largest selections of toys for the holidays ever offered by Sears. The expanded merchandise selection offered in the Sears Wish Book includes approximately 900 items. The toy and video game assortment offered through will reflect even more variety and will include approximately 2,500 items. Now, customers shopping will enjoy expanded selections in the important holiday categories, including pre-school, learning and video game categories. In addition, a number of new high quality brands will be available at for the first time including LeapFrog®, Radio Flyer® and Neurosmith®.

KB Toys also will provide fulfillment services for all toy and video game products offered through the 2002 Sears Wish Book and through its state-of-the-art fulfillment center located in Blairs, VA. Sears will continue to manage all other aspects of the Sears Wish Book and including customer service, order processing, catalog distribution and site production and design.

KB Toys at Sears Test Expanded

In October 2002, KB Toys and Sears will begin a second phase test of the KB Toys at Sears “store within a store” concept increasing the number of locations from 29 last year to 77 locations during the 2002 holiday season. These ‘stores within a store’ will average approximately 1,000 square feet and will continue to be branded as “KB Toys at Sears.” Each KB Toys at Sears will offer customers a large selection of name-brand toys and KB Toys exclusives. The KB Toys at Sears will operate from mid-October through early January.

In addition to the markets tested in 2001 (Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL and Mobile, AL), KB Toys at Sears will be opening at select Sears stores within Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington.”



Unleashed Deals
September 29, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

Targets in Salt Lake City are appear to be clearancing the Unleashed Maul and Jango Fett figures and the Reek beast for $7.98. Thanks to Yak Reader Delta4Six for the report.



Masterpiece Edition Book/Figure Sale Update
September 29, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rajnidds sent in this update on the Masterpiece Edition sales:

“If you haven’t found the Anakin Skywalker Masterpiece Edition Figure/Book at a chain bookstore like Waldenbooks, you may want to try your local independent bookstore.

I found the Anakin set for $24.99 at the Books, Inc. on Califonia St. in San Francisco, and the price sticker was from a different remainders company than the chains use, so it looks like other companies had a shot at buying these out. And I saw a few at the Waldenbooks at Tanforan Mall for $19.99 if you live in
the SF Bay Area.”



Wal-Mart Cantina Scenes Wave 2 Mock-ups
September 29, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

Galactic Hunter has managed to dig up photos of the upcoming Cantina wave 2. These look outstanding. A new sculpt on Dr. Evazan (customizers get ready this one has LOTS of potential), Wuher has finally served that drink he’s been holding for 2 years and has his hands free to work on new orders, and Kitik Keedkak has a skirt! Click here for the pics!



And Now The Business News…
September 28, 2002 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

I know the title doesn’t sound like Star Wars, but, unfortunately, this could affect all of us who drool over the newest toys.

The Trade Federation reported that there is a lockout at West Coast ports associated with the Pacific Maritime Association. It affects the companies which use the Longshore and Warehouse Union. (These are the guys who unload imports — including toys — from ships and get them to companies’ warehouses. The lockout is currently expected to last until the start of the Sunday morning shift.

We’re all hoping the labor dispute is resolved quickly for all concerned.



Ephant Mon Reviewed
September 28, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

And now from one of our overseas readers:

“Ephant Mon hits Europe first, I’ve picked him up yesterday!

I don’t know what to say! Impressive, most impressive! I’ve started collecting end of 1997 with POTF2 and I now have over 400 figures, but this… This figure beats everything: Darth Vader Dagobah Spirit, 300th. Boba Fett, FX-7 and even the Bantha! This Fan’s Choice is the best thing since the Cinema Scenes! He’s big, he’s bad, he’s ugly! What more does a collector want? (besides a 3 3/4 Amidala purple dress with Amidala orange handmaiden dress 2-pack maybe) Hopefully this paves the way for Hermi Odle, J’Quille the Whiphid, Tanus Spijek the Elom and a good palace Jabba with bowl and sled. Just look at the size of this thing! Not even the new Chewies are higher. Dexter Jettster, Boss Nass Sacred Place? Babies! Muftak scratch your head one more time. The detail, the weathering: A+ A+ A+!!! Even the articulation is above what you expect from a collector orientated figure like this, so even the play value for kids will be okay. Awesome!

Thanks Hasbro and keep them coming! (the trash-compactor sets look very promising).”

Thanks for the reivew Anton! He got Ephant at Toy Palace Germany for 10.90 euros excl. freight.



Giveaway At
September 28, 2002 | 8:55 PM EST | Bill

This just in:

“Just wanted to tell you that I put together a web site for collectors at and we are going to be giving a product away next week to someone.”



New Figures Hitting KB Stores
September 28, 2002 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Brian:

“Found Lott Dodd,Watto,Tusken w/Massif,Padme Pilot,Clone Pilot,Jango Pilot at KB in the SunValley Mall…Pleasant Hill, CA Shipped in the same cases as Anakin,Yoda,Dooku, Ki Adi,Teemto & Endor Rebel without beard. Good Luck!”



Arena Playset Boxed Photos
September 28, 2002 | 8:51 PM EST | Bill

For your viewing pleasure, we have posted a bunch of boxed photos of the upcoming Arena Playset, along with a couple of loose pics of some of its accessories. Click here for more.



Maul Sith Training In stock
September 28, 2002 | 9:26 AM EST | Mark

Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99, is back in stock if you are looking for him.



New Playskool In Stock
September 27, 2002 | 7:38 PM EST | Mark now has the Millennium Falcon Adventure Playskool set in stock. The price is $27.99



10030 UCS Star Destroyer
September 27, 2002 | 2:47 PM EST | Mark

Coming in at an initial price point of $269.99, this is the largest set ever by LEGO and is due as a / S@H exclusive in the very near future.Click here for the official announcement. Starting Jan 1, 2003 this set will rise in price to $299.99, so pre-ordering might not be a bad idea. It will be available for pre-order at the lower price point in October.



Two New Ships For 2003
September 27, 2002 | 10:20 AM EST | Mark

Here are two more ships that will be showing up next year….
Star Wars Geonosian Fighter
Star Wars Clan Droid
Both are scheduled around March 2003 and are available for pre-order at



Wave 4 Deluxe Figures @ EE
September 27, 2002 | 10:13 AM EST | Mark now has the Wave 4 Deluxe Figures in stock.



LEGO 2-Pack???
September 26, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Mark

Well this is an interesting find on How about a R2-D2 and C-3PO LEGO 2-Pack. This is not the two different sets bundled together. This is an all new packaging with the two sets in one. Check this out…



Custom Figures Made To Order!
September 26, 2002 | 3:55 PM EST | John

Found a nifty little new page out there from someone who takes Custom Action Figure requests! His work looks nice, and he has very reasonable prices as far as what I’ve seen. He’ll also make you into an action figure if you so request. So, if you ever wanted to be a Jedi, a bounty hunter, or even a nerf herder, this is the guy to see. You can check out the page here!



Jedi Enters The Dictionary! 
September 26, 2002 | 3:51 PM EST | John

Not exactly collecting news, unless you’re going to buy the book, but the word “Jedi” finally made it into the english dictionary! The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, that is. Along with “Jedi” the word “Klingon” and slang term “get real” have also been inducted. To view the entire article, click here! This info was found on The Force.Net.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Thursday September 26th
September 26, 2002 | 3:36 PM EST | John

After a week of generally uninteresting searches, we’re back with another highlight. This little oddball item comes from Conneticut, but appears to be Italian, due to the “Star Warrio” spelling, although I could be wrong. It’s a Stormtrooper, completely different sculpt from the original carded version – any carded version for that matter – but this one is on a “Shadows Of The Empire”card, and has an AT-ST image on it. Weird! Check this thing out by clicking here.



EE News…..
September 26, 2002 | 7:32 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock is the Boba Fett Collector Helmet….

Also available for Pre-order is the Action Fleet Assortment 3….



POTF2.Com Reveals 2 More Hasbro 2003 Ships!
September 26, 2002 | 5:11 AM EST | John has revealed 2 more ships to come in 2003, and these look like real winners! I won’t spoil the surprise, but you have got to see these! Check them out by clicking here!



Star Wars Birthdays
September 25, 2002 | 9:11 AM EST | Bill

Happy Birthday 51st birthday Mark Hammill!!

Thanks to Yak Reader Sean for the headsup.



TRU 25th Anniversary R2 Detailed Photos And More
September 24, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader PackoM sent in some awsome detailed photos of the upcoming 25th anniversary siler R2, and news of a possible error. Click here for the pics and more.



TOMY Vader Meditation Chamber
September 24, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Another very cool toy from TOMY, Check out this Darth Vader Meditation Chamber. This one is only sold in Japan though.



Wave 2 @ Disney Orlando
September 24, 2002 | 8:17 AM EST | Mark

Tom writes in that wave 2 of the Star Tours figures have hit Disney in Orlando.



2003 Sneak Peaks Contine
September 23, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has confirmed with photos that we will be gettng 2 new speeders next year with figures! We will be getting both Anakin with the Lars Speeder, and Dooku with his speeder. Click here to see the photos.

And if that wasn’t enough… We also have photos of some upcoming Wal-Mart 2 pack figure exclusives which have to be seen to be believed. Before you say “Oh great, Hasbro is making another Han and Luke in the trash compactor, and gee Leia and a wet wookie too, great….” Click here and prepare to be VERY impressed! If those links don’t work, then try Try these.



Interactive R2-D2 @ KBToys
September 23, 2002 | 10:48 PM EST | Mark now has the Interactive R2-D2 in stock if you are looking for it. Their price is $99.99, if anyone has any coupon codes please let us know and we will post them.



Padme Back In Stock
September 23, 2002 | 10:41 PM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Darth Maul Sith Training $6.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Anakin Tatooine Attack $6.99



LEGO Ultimate Collector Star Destroyer
September 23, 2002 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark
Just click on the link and all I can say is HOLLY TOLEDO!!!!!
Experienced the full might of the Empire’s powerful warship with LEGO’s upcoming Ultimate Collectors series Imperial Star Destroyer set. With over 3,000 bricks, this is the biggest LEGO kit ever sold. When completed, the Star Destroyer is almost a meter (three feet) long. The set comes complete with a display stand and placard.



Looking For Playskool Sets?
September 23, 2002 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kissmuppet suggests that you:

“Check your JC Penny if you are looking for the Playskool Star Wars sets. I went to 2 different ones in South Florida, and they have The Wampa, Speeder Bike, Naboo Fighter, and X-Wing sets.”


Yak Reader Cory sent in this info:

“In addition to your comment on jc penneys and playskool stuff, one here in Durham, N.C. has all of theirs at around 25-30% off. They had the Endor, Wampa and Naboo collections…”



Winnipeg Area Toy Show
September 23, 2002 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

If you live in the Winnipeg area there will be a Toy and
Collectible show on Sunday Sept.29th, from 10am-4pm. It will be held at the Ramada Marlborough Inn, 331 Smith St., Winnipeg, MB. Many dealers from the area will be present as well as those US only and hard to find figures.



Acklay Review!
September 22, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Michael

Hasbro finished off the Arena beasties with the latest release, the Acklay. Big, mean and multi-legged, he’s all you could ask for in a crab-like monster. Or is he? Check out the review with pictures by clicking here!



Star Tours Wave 2 Out In Florida
September 22, 2002 | 6:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

“I went to “Once Upon A Time” today around noon today & they had DL-X2 & R4-M9 (plenty). Tomorrow (Monday) they said they’ll put out WEG-1618 (due to problems with different shipments). And there are also plenty of the cantina sets (except for Greedo which is weird because he’s technically not a new sculpt, just a repaint). I’ve yet to see these sets at Walmart.”



What Do You Think Of The 2003 Line So Far
September 22, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | Bill

Well what do you think of Hasbro’s figure plans for 2003″ is the question in The Private Universe’s latest poll. Click here to vote.



The Latest Arena Update
September 21, 2002 | 11:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod checked with’s customer service regarding delivery date for the Arena playset. Here’s the response he received:

“We are sorry to report that, due to circumstances beyond our control, there has been a delay in getting the Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset in stock. We are working with our supplier to remedy this situation, and will fill your order as soon as possible. The item should reach you no later than September 25, 2002.”



Disney Updates
September 21, 2002 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Adam:

“I just saw your posting on the Cantina Sets at Downtown Disney. Since I just got back from Walt Disney World yesterday I thought I would give you a little more info. The Star Wars stuff is at at the “Once Upon A Time Store” in Downtown Disney and not the World of Disney store. This is a new separate toy store that is all Hasbro toys (Pretty cool stuff). The prices for the cantina set are like $10.00 (same as Walmart). The X-Wing is $50.00 and the landspeeder is $24.99. They also have the new electronic Jango Fett and Obi-Wan for $50.00. The figures are $10.00 a piece (yikes) but they just had up to the Djas Phur wave. As of Wednesday they still only had the first three Star Tours figures.

Inside the Disney MGM park, the “Tattooine Traders” store had the same stuff plus they had the Republic Gunship for $50.00. I also saw somebody buying the Anakin Skywalker F/X lightsaber by Mater Replicas for $150.00. It looked pretty cool but this guy bought the last one. The also had the Yoda Master Replicas lightsaber in a glass case up by the register for $249.00. The guy working at the store said they also had the Luke Skywalker lightsaber but it sold out pretty quickly. The 12″ Luke.Tauntaun was going for $60.00 and they had the 12″ Ki Adi Mundi on the shelves. They also had the new electronic R2D2 (cool) and the new vinyl figures (Jango, Vader) but I didn’t catch the price of them. Wheew…lots of new stuff!

I asked the guy when they would be getting more stuff and he would not give any dates because they did so in the past and people would come to the parks and get upset because the store didn’t have the new stuff yet. He did say they weren’t suppose to get the R2D2 until October but it came early. He also said they are suppose to get the new Star Tours figures soon.

He did say they get their shipments every Monday, Wednesday Friday.

I hope this helps some people out!”



2003 Hasbro News Teasers
September 20, 2002 | 10:03 PM EST | Bill

Not only has the Official Site updated with pics of some of the upcoming Star Wars figures (again), but if you can get past the eye candy to read to the bottom of the page, it promises photos of 2 new vehicles for 2003 and an exclusive to Wal-Mart from the original Trilogy next week.



DNS Toys Newsfeed
September 20, 2002 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

This just in from DNS Toys:D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Padme, Clone Trooper Pilot & Jango Pilot figures as well as Lott Dodd, Watto & Tusken. We have Mace & Tyranus Unleashed figures in stock. We have the Republic Gunship & also the exclusive Accessory sets with figure. Also Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Tie Pilot, Clone Trooper & Jango Fett Halloween/Collector Helmets back in stock. We will have a pre-order up for the new EP II Action Fleet coming late next week as well as the last Deluxe Wave. Click here for more.



Three Cheers To The Newest Star Wars Fan!!!
September 20, 2002 | 9:47 PM EST | Mark

Congratulations to the Robert Musco family for the brand new baby named Thomas Rand Musco. Robert is our prototypes expert here at yakface. Thomas is 7 pounds 3 ounces, 19.5 inches long and was born at 9:22 A.M, with a copywrite @Musco 2002 on his left foot. We believe he is a .0000, Robert will have to confirm…

Now, back to the news….



Hasbro 12″ Update
September 20, 2002 | 9:45 PM EST | Bill has posted the upcoming press release regarding the 12″ figure line. The good news is that the Padme pic in now marked “Prototype / Work-In-Progress”.

Click here for the story.



“Wal-Mart” Cantina Packs At Disney Store
September 20, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

The Downtown Disney toy shop at Disney World Florida, the supposedly Wal*Mart-exclusive Cantina packs (Momaw, Greedo and Ponda) are readily available, along with the TRU X-Wing and Landspeeder. No news on the prices. Thanks to Yak Reader Msipher for the report.



Oppo Rancisis Destined For Plastic????
September 20, 2002 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Machofrijol:

“I was just reading my latest edition of Toyfare magazine and they did a “backtalk” article on Jerome Blake, the actor who played Mas Amedda, Graxol Kelvyyn, Orn Free Taa, Rune Haako, Oppo Rancisis, and Horax Ryyder. He mentions that Hasbro may make a figure of his Character Jedi Council Member Oppo Rancisis. (He’s the one with the tail). He’s up there on my personal list of Jedi figures. Just thought I would let you all know!”



Amazon Stocks Up
September 20, 2002 | 7:24 AM EST | Mark

Now in stock at Amazon are the following new toys.
3 3/4″ Landspeeder with Luke $19.99
Padme Coruscant Attack $6.99
Yoda $6.99
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) $6.99

On another note, are you a gamer? Looking forward to the new Star Wars titles??? Well, Amazon is also offering pre-orders on the new titles with FREE shipping. Same price as everyone else, but NO tax and NO shipping.
The Clone Wars (GameCube) $49.99
The Clone Wars (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (PS2) $49.99
Bounty Hunter (GameCube) $49.99
Knights of the Old Republic (XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(XBox) $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(GameCube) $49.99



The New Mace Windu Debate
September 20, 2002 | 12:21 AM EST | Bill

Most fans who have seen the photos of the upcoming 2003 Mace Windu figure are wondering what the wheel, or whatever it is, on Mace’s back is for. Is this just a kit bashed part on the prototype, or does it work an action is debating the issue in their forums. Click here for more.



Droid 2 Pack Details
September 20, 2002 | 12:13 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Keith pointed out that the upcoming droid 2-Pack is from the deleated library scene involving Obi-Wan and the 2 droids (SP-4 and JN-66), and will be on the DVD when it comes out. Finally figures from a cut scene that we’ll be able to in official footage.



All Chronicle Books 12″ Figures At Walden For $19.99
September 20, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Steven:
“I went to pick up the Visual Guide tonight and noticed they had many of the Vader Figure/Book combo. I have seen many Aurra Sing and C-3PO’s but this is the first Vader I have seen. It was priced the same at $19.99 as the others.”



Target Is Getting More Accessory Sets
September 20, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Rich:

“Target is getting restocked with the accessory sets and they are receiving the 2 new deluxe figures; Yoda with super battle droid and C3P0 and battle droid.”



New Jedi Order Ebook At Amazon
September 20, 2002 | 12:04 AM EST | Bill

Now available for download at Amazon:

“Ylesia: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order”
Walter Jon Williams
Our Price: $3.50

The adventures of the New Jedi Order continue in Walter Jon Williams’s “Ylesia.” This original novella includes an exclusive excerpt from the eagerly anticipated “Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny’s Way,” and an interview with the author. “Ripe for the plucking”–that’s Jedi Knight Kyp Durron’s opinion about the planet Ylesia, home base of the so-called Peace Brigade, a group of traitors dedicated to hindering the war efforts of the New Republic and hastening the ultimate victory of the merciless Yuuzhan Vong. Kyp’s plan calls for a lightning-fast strike, backed with overwhelming force, to destroy the Brigade’s offensive capabilities and teach prospective traitors that betrayal carries a heavy price. But young
Jacen Solo, still bearing the scars of his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong, has a better idea: a daring raid into the heart of Ylesia’s capital, with the objective of capturing the Brigade’s top leaders–including the newly sworn-in president, Thrackan Sal-Solo, cousin to Jacen and his twin, Jaina. But unknown to the Jedi and the New Republic forces, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong has dispatched reinforcements to the Ylesia system. Instead of a swift surgical strike, Jaina, Jacen, Kyp, and their comrades are about to find themselves locked in a desperate battle for survival, with the odds stacked against them and time running out. No Star Wars fan will want to miss this exciting e-book exclusive adventure from Nebula Award winner Walter Jon Williams. Click here for more.



Hasbro Announces Figures For 2003!
September 19, 2002 | 12:04 PM EST | John

It looks like a good Episode II assortment year coming up! Hasbro has officially announced 16 figures that will be making their way to store shelves in 2003. They include;

__ # 03/01 Obi-Wan Kenobi, Acklay Battle, with spear stabbing action
__ # 03/02 Mace Windu, Arena Confrontation, with flexible arms for super realistic lightsaber control!
__ # 03/03 Darth Tyranus, Geonosian Escape
__ # 03/04 Padmé Amidala, Droid Factory Chase, with 12 points of articulation!
__ # 03/05 Droid 2 Pack
__ # 03/06 Tusken Raider, Tatooine Camp Ambush
__ # 03/07 Anakin Skywalker
__ # 03/08 Boba Fett
__ # 03/09 R2-D2
__ # 03/10 Lama Su
__ # 03/11 Aayla Secura
__ # 03/12 Barriss Offee
__ # 03/13 Han Solo
__ # 03/14 Chewbacca
__ # 03/15 Yoda & Padawan Jedi
__ # 03/16 Padawan Jedi 2 Pack

This list comes directly from, an awesome site that if you haven’t checked out yet, you owe it to yourself. The information above plus a load more is available at their site. Check ’em out, I do! I wonder what that droid 2-pack is… My only thought is, why another Han and Chewie?



Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society News
September 18, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society begins its THIRD year in
existence by asking for your money!! But it’s not like you won’t get
something in return… PSWCS is running a batch of fundraising auctions on eBay. The money raised from these donated items will be used to pay for club operating costs. They have about two dozen different auctions, ranging from carded POTF2 figures to some very unique items. Among the best offerings are a MOMC Jorg Sacul figure, a German imported chess set, and original artwork from Bill Cable’s “The Cantina” weekly comic strip.

You can view the entire list of items here:



2003 Figures Revealed
September 17, 2002 | 11:32 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has added pics of 5 upcoming Sage figures:

Mace Windu – Arena Confrontation
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Acklay Battle
Darth Tyranus – Geonosian Escape
Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase
Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush

It looks like we can look forward to more figures with lots and lots of accessories!

UPDATE: It appears that the Official Site’s posting is missing in action but you can see the pics here



Ep I Visual Dictionary
September 17, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to Scott for this news. The Ep I Visual Dictionary is on clearance at Waldenbooks for $4.99.



Kotobukiya Clone Trooper@Entertainment Earth!
September 17, 2002 | 1:19 PM EST | John

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit In Stock!

The Clone Trooper Kit from Kotobukiya is now in stock. This 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit includes 6 parts. Some assembly is required. Imported from Japan. Order yours today, or just check it out by clicking Below!

Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Kit – (Item# KB102, $109.99)



New Carded Images
September 17, 2002 | 7:31 AM EST | Mark

These auctions are high priced, yet they offer some nice images of the carded Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, Ephont Man, Force Flipping Anakin, Flying Geonosian, and others. So if you want to check them out, head on over.



Still Looking For Some Items???
September 17, 2002 | 7:27 AM EST | Mark

Here is a list of what is new and available online. I hope it helps you out.

Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99
12″ Ultimate Villain Jango Fett $39.99
12″ Count Dooku $19.99
12″ Super Battle Droid $19.99



Star Wars Insider In Mailboxes Now
September 17, 2002 | 12:48 AM EST | Bill

The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes now. This issue includes a list of the 14 most influential Jedi, Jedi lightsaber fighting styles, and more. Enjoy!



Star Tours Wave 2 Hits Disneyland
September 16, 2002 | 12:14 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader SoCal Stevelet us know that wave 2 of the Star Tours line was found at the Star Trader at Disneyland! They had at least 10 of each —- DL-X2, WEG-1618, and R4-M9.”



Interactive R2 Found On SALE
September 16, 2002 | 12:12 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Nick:

“I picked up the new interactive R2-D2 at Fred Meyer here in the Seattle area. The good news is all Fred Meyers are having a 25% off all Hasbro action figures or 25% off any action figures depending on the store. And yes, The R2 counted as being eligible at all the Fred Meyers I checked. Good way to cut the cost of this cool but pricey piece!”



Electronic Battling Jango Review!
September 15, 2002 | 6:52 PM EST | Michael

The new Electronic Battling Jango Fett is out, but how does he stack up against the other 12″ Star Wars figures? Check out our review, with lots of photos! Click here!



Just Arrived At Entertainment Earth
September 15, 2002 | 6:15 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has justreceived the following into stock, and will start shipping them Monday. Be sure to order yours.

Star Wars Unleashed Asst 3 Set one each of Darth Tyranus and Mace Windu(Item# HS84894CC, $37.99)

Star Wars Unleashed Asst. 3 case with 3x Darth Tyranus and 3x Mace Windu(Item# HS84894C, $110.99)

Clone Trooper Kit — Kotobukiya Clone Trooper 1:7 scale pre-painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit. Includes 6 parts. Some assembly required. (Item# KB102, $109.99)



Customizers demand answer from “Lucasfilm”
September 15, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | John

After I have received virtually hundreds of letters from severely disgruntled customizing fans, I pose the question to “Lucasfilm”, who I know reads this page daily;

“Why are customs being yanked from e-Bay at this point in time, and what is considered acceptable?”

I wish someone official would go on record about this, because Lucas has a load of his most loyal fans in a serious uproar over this whole customizing thing, and I’ve been getting swamped with e-mail asking why, as if I know. If anyone official would like to go on record as to “why”, please write to John here at the Yak so I can post it for our fans. This is becoming a very large gripe in the Star Wars community, and it should be addressed by an official source.



Why Sears Has Kaybee Exclusive…
September 15, 2002 | 12:55 PM EST | John

And we here at Yak have the answer. Reader Dan H. writes to tell us the 411. He states;

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from This teamup is because Sears needed help with there toy dept. and KB wanted to get there name out there, and not be known as the
“Toy Store At The Mall” . KB is doing a lot of change’s inside there stores too. New layouts, Most stores will be moving video games to the wall across from the check out, no longer behind the check out and on Sept. 15 the NEW KB TOY CLUB will start in ALL stores. The more you buy the more you save, after you buy $75 you will get a 20% discount off your next purchase and you can have the discount on video games too.”

Thanks Dan! Now, we’ll have to see if Sears receives those darned elusive transparent Transformers Spy Changers I’ve been seeking…



Silver Vader Reissue Petition In Need Of Signatures…
September 15, 2002 | 12:45 PM EST | John

My good friend JediDaxter writes to us today with a plea; “Mars Needs Women…”. Whoops! Wrong flick! I mean, “Help me Obi-John Kenobi, you’re my only hope!” All kidding aside, JD has been trying to assemble a petition in hopes of getting the ever elusive Silver Anniversary Vader reissued for fans around the world to be able to purchase. From the get-go, I knew this limited availability would cause headaches. He writes;

I am still looking for signatures of those who would love to sign this petition for a second, larger run of the Silver Anniversary Darth Vader that was exclusive to Toy Fare 2002. Send you full name with the subject “silverdarthvader”. At the moment there are 100 even signatures, so I am encouraging everyone to sign. This can become a reality, so will you sign? Please do so. JediDaxter signing out… 

So, if you are in support of this petition, click the link above and sign up.



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Sunday September 15th
September 15, 2002 | 12:08 PM EST | John

With the current hair that lies firmly across Lucasfilms’ backside involving all things “unauthorized”, I thought I’d highlight some bootleg keychains at e-Bay today! These keychains from Argentina are completely unauthorized, but are strange incarnations of the characters they represent. We have a Vader, the Emperor, and, of all creatures, Jabba! Click here to check them out!



Carded Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 Images
September 15, 2002 | 11:50 AM EST | John

The fine folks over at have aquired some images of the forthcoming Holiday C-3PO & R2-D2 set in its’ packaging. Nice stuff! Click hereto hyperspace over!



Mexican 4-Pack Showing Up!
September 15, 2002 | 11:47 AM EST | John

There were rumors of this item showing up soon, and lo and behold, it’s hitting retail in Mexico as I type! Hasbro Mexico has released a 4-pack of figures in one beautiful window box. The figures are Vader, Pilot Luke, Rebel Blockade Runner Soldier, and a Sandtrooper. Looks like an “ANH” assortment, so who knows if there’s an “ESB” on in the future? Sirsteve has an nice image of this box set posted for all to peep at!



$10 Off @ Target.Com
September 15, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | John

Yak-reader “Sintrr2” writes to let us know that with the code TDSAVESMUCH2utilized at Target’s website, you can get $10.00 off your entire order. Target usually has some good Star Wars stuff on their site, such as the new Electronic R2 and a plethora of figures, so check it out!



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Saturday September 14th
September 14, 2002 | 12:44 AM EST | John

Today on e-Bay we find some strange figures from Brazil. They almost look like the Super-Deformed figures from Japan, but they are static and not quite as over-exaggerated. Not quite sure if they’re bootlegs or third-party products, but they are strange nonetheless! The set includes Padme, Darth Maul, and Qui-Gon. Check’em out!



Arena Playset Shipping Soon
September 14, 2002 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill is sending the following Email to customers who pre-ordered the arena playset:

“Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase of Star Wars Episode II: Arena Battle Playset. We are writing to let you know that the ship date of September 15 has been slightly delayed due to a supplier inventory issue.

Your item will ship by the end of next week. We have upgraded your shipping to Priority, at no additional charge, so you will receive your Arena Battle Playset as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may have caused. Your
complete satisfaction is our number one priority. If you have any further questions, please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-966-6546.


Customer Service at

Sounds like we’ll have a place for our beasts, Jedi, Clones, and battle droids very soon.



Imperial Shuttle Information
September 14, 2002 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Andy:

“I just thought I’d let you guys know I ordered the Shuttle today 9/13. The operator told me that only 2500 were allotted for the online number and that they were up to about 1600. I imagine the rest go to the stores. Just thought I’d let you guys know…… I’m glad to finally get one I’ve been wanting it since I got back into star wars in 91”


Yak Reader Austin just let us know that:

“Just called FAO Schwarz to order an exclusive Shuttle. They said all the catalog orders and online orders that will be taken, have been taken. No more available through the phone or online. She suggested I try a local store in my area. I did, and am currently on a list. Good luck to all in finding this thing!”



Acklays At Retail
September 14, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | Bill

Since yesterday’s news post about the Acklay, we’ve received a lot of Emails. These are appearing at Wal-Marts and Targets across the country, but in relatively small numbers. It seems that most stores are getting only a case or two at a time. Good luck.



Entertainment Earth has 12″ Wave 3!
September 13, 2002 | 1:39 PM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is now offering the Star Wars Episode II (Attack of the Clones) 12 inch figure (Wave 3) Set of 3 Includes Padme, Anakin and Geonosian Warrior;
Item# HS84940AA, $69.99.
Hop on over, and tell them sent you!



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Friday September 13th
September 13, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | John

Eeeesh, what a date! Reminds one of dark things, such as the Dark Lord of the Sith! While scouting e-Bay this morning, I came up with this auction for all of us vintage lovers to gander at. It’s a 1977 Original Movie Lobby Standup of none other than our favorite Darth. It’s in decent condition for its’ age, and you can see it’s of the old-school press photo/artwork type. Check it out here!



Can’t Wait For The E2 DVD
September 12, 2002 | 8:58 PM EST | Bill

We can’t give you the E2 DVD early, but we can point you to the trailer. Here is the post on IGN with a 4 minute trailer for the upcoming E2 DVD!!! Enjoy.



Acklay…The Update….
September 12, 2002 | 6:42 PM EST | Mark

This is the word that I received from Hasbro…
“According to the team, it hasn’t been cancelled and is still
shipping – apparently Amazon has chosen not to reorder.”



Jango Fett Blaster & Holster
September 12, 2002 | 2:10 PM EST | Mark

***Jango Fett Blaster & Holster***

Whether for display, collecting or wearing, the Star Wars Episode 2
Jango Fett Blaster & Holster (Item# RU5089, $24.99) is
basically a super-cool accessory for any Star Wars fan.



Acklay… Where Are You????
September 12, 2002 | 2:06 PM EST | Mark

I just received this from
Greetings from
We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones: Acklay, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

I have emailed Hasbro to find out what is going on with this beast, more to follow…



JCPenney Christmas Catalog
September 12, 2002 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

Not much here, just the 3-Pack of 12″ Action Figures for $89.99. The 3-Pack includes Zam Wessell, Super Battle Droid, and Count Dooku. This set can also be ordered online via the link provided.



Carded C3PO and R2-D2 Xmas
September 12, 2002 | 8:22 AM EST | Mark

Mike over at the has posted a carded image of this Christmas Exclusive. You can check it out HERE at his website.



Technique, Technique Must You Learn
September 11, 2002 | 11:37 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site is giving a glimpse into Star Wars Insider 62. There will be extensive coverage of Jedi fighting styles and techniques as well as bios on 16 famous Jedi.

The upcoming insider will also have the 411 the upcoming E2 DVD, a guide to E2 starships, and the full EmiEmissary of the Void New Jedi Order story.

The insider ships to subscribers on September 13! Click here for more.



KB Starfighter w/Obi-Wan NOT Exclusive????
September 11, 2002 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark

Nick sends in this link to the Starfighter w/Obi-Wan being sold online at, which seems very interesting. The price is the same at $24.99. Now he also points out the statement “Product images may differ from actual product appearance.” In this case, I WOULD SAY SO!!!

Also if you do a search on Star Wars, you will find that they have the following available as well:
Ultimate 12″ Jango $39.99
Republic Gunship $39.99
R2-D2 Interactive $99.99
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99


Dan Hill from Georga writes in with the following that explains the situation.

“I work for KB toys and we have teamed-up with Sears again this year, But this time KB will open more (store within a store) temp Sear’s toy stores. The Atlanta market will have about 7 KB stores inside Sear’s stores. The KB toys logo will be used on the cover of the new 2002 Wish Book, and will be on lots of pages within the book. Most items ordered from the Sear’s Wish Book will be shipped from This teamup is because Sears needed help with their toy departments and KB wanted to get their name out there, and not merely be known as the “Toy Store At The Mall.”



ACPin’s Tribute
September 11, 2002 | 6:22 AM EST | Mark

For those of you that know ACPin’s diorama work, you know what kind of work he can do. Well he put together a tribute to the FDNY for today, please check it out over at



Amazon Gets Gunship
September 11, 2002 | 6:15 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the following in stock….
Attack Of The Clones – Republic Gun Ship $39.99
12″ Electronic Jango Fett $34.99
12″ Electronic Obi-Wan $34.99

If you need them or want them, click on over…



Welcome To Michael Crawford!
September 11, 2002 | 12:22 AM EST | Mark

Michael will be doing toy reviews for Check out our new review of the 12″ Super Battle Droid. Excellent commentary with great images. You can also find out a little bit about Michael at the beginning of the review. You will notice the Yak’s Reviews button on the left menu now. Just click on the image. Again, we are proud to have Michael on the page, we hope you enjoy the reviews.



12″ Padme Photos
September 10, 2002 | 11:10 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth has posted an image of the upcoming 12″ Padme, in her white outfit. You can see the photo here. Hopefully the photo is from a prototype and Hasbro is still tinkering with the head sculpt. Padme is scheduld to ship in January 2003 along with a 12″ Anakin and 12″ Geonosian Warrior.



Original Vs. Special Edition (AKA Who Shot First???)
September 10, 2002 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a list of upcoming comics from Dark Horse for late 2002 and early 2003. Among the offerings listed is an entry for the next Star Wars Tales which will take a look at who really shot first, Han or Greedo. The story will be in the context of a wrongful death suit against Han Solo. Click here for the full story.



12″ Mace TRU Exclusive
September 10, 2002 | 1:40 PM EST | Mark

“IF” you are still having troubles finding him, the 12″ Mace TRU Exclusive is back in stock at



Autographed Exclusive Leia!
September 10, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | Mark

The Entertainment Earth Autographed Exclusive Leia (Item# HS57110B,
$49.99) is a must for your Classic Star Wars collection. This 12 inch Princess Leia in Hoth Gear action figure was autographed by Carrie Fisher in September of 2002. Carrie only signed 200 pieces! Considering that she rarely signs any Merchandise, this is a very limited edition collectible!



A Tremor In The Customizing Force – Part 2
September 10, 2002 | 11:53 AM EST | John

After the many e-mails we received on the below article, I thought I might clarify my standpoint on the custom auctions being removed by Lucasfilm on e-Bay. When I wrote this article the fact that Spanky had done a nude custom was not first and foremost in my mind. The fact that he did nice work was. I was impressed by his Vintage K-3PO mainly, the nice Mara Jade, etc. The topless Padme did not stick out in my mind as a “problem” because it was only one of a bunch of figures I had seen. As Spanky informed me in the entire e-mail of which I had posted a portion of last night, the topless Padme was not the first to get pulled, it was the Mara Jade. Then, days later, e-Bay removed all the rest at one shot. So, make of this what you will. Aside from the rest of the controversy with the topless figure, all I was trying to originally do was say that I thought the guy did nice work, figure and card. I was certainly not supporting naked action figures. I’m also not saying I’m against it, I’m just disinterested. To each his own. I would not bid on or be interested in these in any way, shape, or form, but if someone else is, that’s there business. But, I also think there are better and different ways to sell them, unedited or not, off of e-Bay. I just hope customizers are still able to continue to sell their custom wares, in small scale amounts, without being yanked randomly without warning from e-Bay. Enough said about this. On to more news…



Barriss’ Fate
September 10, 2002 | 8:12 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with a new edition of ask Jocasta on Barriss Offee’s fate. The young jedi, who has been rumored to be released in plastic next year, does survive the arena battle even though she is not seen in the circle of survivors. Click here for more.



New Carded Images
September 10, 2002 | 8:02 AM EST | Mark

In case you have not seen these already…. Here are the Jango Fett Pilot and Clone Trooper Pilot and the new R2-D2 Electronic 15″ Droid



Yakkin’ Around e-Bay – Tuesday September 10th
September 10, 2002 | 2:37 AM EST | John

Well, Spanky’s customs may have been stifled, (see the article below), but the customizing community on e-Bay, sans Spanky, still seems to be thriving. Today I am highlighting three kick-butt figures from the Expanded Universe. E-Bay user “ptmbox”has created some really nice ones. They are Custom Luke from SOTELando in a Stormtrooper Disguise, and finally, one of my personal favorites, Corran Horn. This guy does some nice work! Check his stuff out byclicking here!



A Tremor In The Customizing Force…
September 10, 2002 | 1:12 AM EST | John

Some disturbing news has reached the ears of this customizing fan, and it smells a little rotten. The other day, in my daily e-Bay article, I highlighted some of the figure-customizer Spanky’s customs he had up for sale on e-Bay. Today he writes me to let me know that Lucasfilm had them yanked from e-Bay. He writes;

“My auctions were taken down by George Lucas’ request due to the e-Bay VERO program, and it just doesn’t seem fair. I use the money from my customizing to fund my hobby, and without this little bit of extra income that’s going into George’s pocket either way you look at it, I will stop collecting. I am purchasing these figures, giving George my $5, and doing with them what I want, and what other fans would like to see, and in the same token pay for my collecting. Is this how money-hungry Lucas has become? I think it’s pathetic to be worried this much about a fan who has already spent his money on Lucas’ product not be able to do with it what he wants. Sure it’s the copyright of Lucasfilm, but they started out as Star Wars figures anyway, right? I am so sick from this right now I am truly ready to stop collecting. If anyone wishes to contact Lucas to tell him what you think about this non-customizing movement, you can contact him at Thanks for your support! This is NOT piracy, it’s expanding on an already enjoyable hobby with people paying for someone’s talent at sculpting and photo-manipulation, NOT stealing from Lucas’ pocket.

Thank you Spanky for your concerned letter. This is distressing to say the least. It’s horrible to think, (and a little unbelievable), that Lucas, after letting fans do a plethora of other things, would stifle customizing sales on a tiny scale to fund their collecting habits. More on this as it unfolds…



12″ Imperal Officer Boxed
September 10, 2002 | 12:06 AM EST | Bill

Looking for images of the upcoming 12″ Imperial Officer, well here are some for your perusal. While we don’t endorse the auction, it provides you a chance to see some great images.



LEGO Updates
September 9, 2002 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

Shop Lego has their unbelieveable Darth Maul bust on sale for 20% off. Click here to check out this unbelieveable deal.

Bricks to Bothans is reporting that LEGO is re-releasing both the 7140 X-Wing and the 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing in approximately six to eight weeks here in the U.S. (and sooner than that in Europe. Be aware that these are being relased for a LIMITED TIME, and only at and Shop@Home – they are NOT coming to retail (except to an undisclosed German retail store). If you’re in Germany, France or the U.K. you’ll find them listed in the September LEGO Club mailing.
Click here for more.



Anakin Tatooine Attack…
September 9, 2002 | 11:02 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for him? Well Amazon now has the Anakin Tatooine Attack in stock.



Evolution Part 2….
September 9, 2002 | 4:19 PM EST | Mark

By special request, James asked for a Biker Scout and Evan for the Jawa…


If you have a character that you would like to see, let me know. It does not have to be vintage to modern, it can be potf2 to saga…



35mm, Digital, now IMAX
September 9, 2002 | 3:17 PM EST | Ben

Episode II will get the IMAX treatment and will be hitting IMAX theaters in November. Check out the official site for details.



Republic Gunship Review
September 9, 2002 | 3:11 PM EST | Ben

The Republic Gunship is one of the best ships Hasbro or Kenner has produced. Its features include both a lot of play value, and a lot of display options. At the price of $39.99 it looks like Hasbro has recognized that a lot of its market will no pay over $40-50 for a ship. Hasbro has also wisely chosen not