Graphic Talent, Have You???
February 28, 2002 | 11:05 PM EST | Mark
This is a new thing that the fine people at Hasbro are doing….
“Have a great idea for a desktop wallpaper using your Star Wars collection of Hasbro toys? Well, if you are 18 or older, we want to see it. Send us a disk or cd of your wallpaper for an opportunity to have it posted on our website for everyone to see. This is your chance to be in the spotlight. Be creative with your wallpaper and be sure to only feature Hasbro products. Show us how much fun it is to collect Star Wars toys! If Hasbro thinks your submission will be of interest to other collectors, we may post it on our website.”
Visit http://starwars.hasbro.com for more information.
Trailer D Update
February 28, 2002 | 11:01 PM EST | Mark
This is from starwars.com….
“The full trailer for Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones will soon arrive in theaters and starwars.com, but the world will get its first look at the two-and-a-half-minutes of brand new footage Sunday, March 10 on FOX television.
Shown in its entirety the full trailer, titled “Clone War,” will air between original episodes of “Malcom in the Middle” (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and “The X-Files” (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The trailer will make its big screen debut with Ice Age beginning Friday, March 15.”
Master Replicas On Sale at Midnight at EE.com
February 28, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Mark
Playskool At A Boscovs Near You???
February 28, 2002 | 10:54 PM EST | Mark
Looks like these are starting to hit your local Boscov’s. I know these stores are located in PA and IL, I am not sure of any other places. I have had emails from both states saying that they have found them. So it looks like they maybe hitting stores. Happy Hunting.
Knights of the Old Republic Coming to Xbox
February 28, 2002 | 9:02 PM EST | Adam
Gamespot.com reports that BioWare’s upcoming Star Wars RPG will be coming to the Xbox in addition to the PC.
Interesting note: the story takes place 4,000 years before the original Star Warswhich by my calculations puts the timeframe at the same time as Dark Horse’sTales of the Jedi comics. Should be neat to see what, if anything, is used from it.
AT-ST/Bike Spotted in Phoenix
February 28, 2002 | 5:55 PM EST | Adam
SlugBoyJabba sent us a note that he found the set at Toys “R” Us for $29.99 in Arizona, meaning they should be showing up elsewhere soon. Happy hunting!
AOTC Trailer D on FOX?
February 28, 2002 | 4:23 PM EST | Adam
According to a recent post on DVD supersite The Digital Bits, FOX-TV will be airing the fourth trailer for the prequel sequel on March 10 between Malcolm andX-Files. Which probably means it’ll be on the official site about ten minutes later.
Good news, for sure.
ArtoosNews Adds E2 Figure Pics To Visual Guide
February 27, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill
This just in from ArtoosNews:
In case you havn’t noticed, we are in the process of redoing our Visual Guides. We are putting the figures into a new format that gives people a better view of the figures, heres one for example.
We’re pretty proud of the images and are getting nothing but positive responses from our readers. We have recently put up 14 Episdoe 2 pics and the 4 preview figures. The 4 preview pics can be found under our POTJ Guide under thePreview Section Heading.
And the 14 Episode 2 pics can be found in our Ep2 Guide.
AT-ST & Speederbike at Amazon.com
February 27, 2002 | 4:53 PM EST | Adam
You can now preorder the Endor Vehicles set at Amazon for $29.99. It lists the availability as shipping within 24 hours, meaning it should be in stock and ready to go, which in turn should mean it may be in stores soon.
A shout-out to “pdxtoys” for the heads-up!
February 27, 2002 | 4:49 AM EST | Adam
D&S Sci-Fi Toy World sent us a note to say they got in BoShek, Teebo, and R4-M9 and they’re ready for ordering.
February 27, 2002 | 4:45 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again, with answers… and questions. There are walls… there are doors…
EE Newsfeed: Teebo, BoShek, R4-M9 Available
February 26, 2002 | 4:43 PM EST | Adam
From Entertainment Earth…
“This is it! The last Power of the Jedi wave of Star Wars figures are here! SW POTJ Collection 2 (Wave 16) (Item# HS84455K, $89.99) and SW POTJ (Wave 16) 3-Pack (Item# HS84455KK, $29.99) are now in stock and shipping. The case of 12 figures includes 4x Teebo, 4x Bo-Shek, and 4x R4-M9! All backorders will be filled first. Order now!”
This Weeks Prototype Feature From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 26, 2002 | 1:37 PM EST | John
The “Rebel SRV-1” is this weeks lucky winner! Check out the image and the write-up about this little lost Star Wars prototype.
Kevin Smith to Write Star Wars???
February 26, 2002 | 1:06 AM EST | Adam
Sort of. According to Newsaskew.com, a fantastic site devoted to all things Smith, the man behind Walt Flannagan’s Dog has been offered a chance to write for Dark Horse’s Star Wars comic book line. Here’s hoping.
AOTC Jedi Starfighter Early?
February 26, 2002 | 12:24 AM EST | Adam
That’s what The Raving Toy Maniac says. Apparently a little birdie told them that the Hasbro version of the toy– not the Lego one– could be available as early as March. Stay tuned…
Toys “R” Us AT-ST & Speederbike Set on eBay
February 26, 2002 | 12:10 AM EST | Adam
This auction is for the upcoming TRU exclusive which should be appearing in stores soon. This is one of the first times we’ve seen it for sale, so we thought you’d appreciate the heads-up.
eBay: Prototype Round-Up
February 26, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | Adam
Aside from the usual array of unpainted MicroCollection die-cast metal figures (including some from the unreleased Bacta Chamber), here’s some other notable items.
Unproduced Qui-Gon Prototype
This is an auction for the Qui-Gon from the unreleased Qui-Gon/Battle Droid set, which was shown for release at Toy Fair the other week. Notable: the green Lightsaber sculpt looks like Qui-Gon’s, not Obi-Wan’s. It’s multicolored, pricey, and nice. The auction also shows an image of the original two-pack, which I must say looks quite nice.
Prototype Test Shot X-Wing 1978
This appears to be a test shot for the actual original 1978 X-Wing toy. The entire thing is in a white color that has yellowed in some parts… pretty nifty.
12″ Masterpiece Edition Clearance Redux
February 25, 2002 | 11:59 PM EST | Adam
After yesterday’s report, we’ve gotten more than a few emails on this topic…
Several readers have found the 12″ Aurra Sing masterpiece book set in Borders and Waldenbooks stores. The price is still $19.99.
Readers Joe and Ron have said they found the C-3PO edition in Waldenbooks and Borders, respectively. The price is still $19.99.
Reader Jason pointed us out to a store called HamiltonBook.com which has the Aurra book as well as the Anakin book for $29.95 each. Several other Star Wars books are available here as well.
I didn’t see any of these in my run tonight, but I know I’ll be looking. Happy hunting!
February 25, 2002 | 4:12 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated today with news on the AOTC soundtrack, a desparate and selfish plea, and the future of war in western civilization over the next century.
12″ Aurra Sing Clearance
February 25, 2002 | 3:24 AM EST | Adam
Reader Luis had this fun tidbit to share:
“I went to a book store at Fashion Place Mall in Murray Utah and they had lots of the 12″ Aurra Sing with book for only $19.99. Great deal specially since I couldn’t afford buying it for the original piece. Anyway, the book store is called Walden Books and there was probably about 20 of them left on Sunday Feb 24, at about 2:00 P.M.”
Considering the C-3PO set has pretty much dried up, it’s nice to see this take its place at retail… keep your eyes open!
The Kessel Run Star Wars Convention (Australia)
February 25, 2002 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam
The Kessel Run Star Wars Convention sent us a big long press release about their new convention. In brief:
“Get Ready! Over Easter this year 5 international Star Wars Stars descend into Brisbane as Honorary Guests:
* Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
* Jerome Blake (several EP 1 characters)
* Michael Stackpole (writer of the Rogue Squadron series and many more extended universe books & comics)
* Shannon Baksa (model for Mara Jade in comics, CCG cards and merchandise)
* Michonne Bourrique (Aurra Sing)
Local boy Hugh Fleming (artist of many extended universe book & comic covers) is also an Honorary Guest.”
Several other special contests, exhibits, and tournaments will be held as well, so be sure to scope out their website for the full fact sheet.
Entertainment Earth: Action Fleet Preorders
February 25, 2002 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam
This just in…
“While at Toy Fair, we did receive clearance to start accepting pre-orders for the new Star Wars Action Fleet Assortment:
New Star Wars Galoob Action Fleet Vehicle assortment for 2002! Includes 6 vehicles – X-Wing Fighter, Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter and the Millenium Falcon (subject to change). Exact assortment unknown at this time. More details coming soon.”
Which E2 Toys Are You Planning To Buy?
February 24, 2002 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill
The Private Universe wants to know, now that you’ve seen all the lists and pictures of the Episode II Attack of the Clones products due to hit the stores in a few months what you will be spending your money on? Will you be buying everything you can get your hands on or will you just stick to the 4″ figures perhaps? Click here for he poll.”
For Our British Readers — Free Tickets to UK SW Convention
February 24, 2002 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill
Pete over at ThePrivate Universe is giving away a set of tickets to Star Wars Day VI on Sunday 3rd March 2002, at the Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, UK. The event is a one day Star Wars convention in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and Honiton Hospiscare.
Confirmed guests (subject to work commitments) include Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Brian Johnson (SFX), Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), Garrick Hagon (Biggs) and Jerome Blake (Rune Haako) … more to be announced soon!
On the day there will be guest talks, autograph sessions, costumed characters, dealers, fancy dress, competitions, a quiz, arcade machines, displays and lots, lots more!
E2 Coverage In Vanity Fair
February 24, 2002 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill
The March issue of Vanity Fair covers a lot of EP2 with a huge article, and 12-page portfolio. There are pictures of Mace, Obi, Jango, and a bunch more. Thanks to Yak Reader Anybody for the tip!
Diamond Comics Has E2 In New Catalog And On Webpage
February 23, 2002 | 9:14 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Jedijones just gave us a heads up on this:
“Diamond Comics put up the information for the next Previews issue on their web site. The catalog has a lot of AotC stuff. You can view a list of all the items in text on the order form and see pictures of some stuff on the site:
Catalog ; Order form ; Pictures of some items and more here
TOY FAIR VADER PRE-SELL AT FAN CLUB
February 22, 2002 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill
The Fan Club is no taking preorders for the Toy Fair Vader for $11.99 each for Fan Club Members ($14.99 for non-members). There is a limit of 2 per person per day, and 4 per person per week. Order fast before they’re gone!!!!
UPDATE: As of Sunday morning, the Fan Club shows Vader out of stock. Thanks to Yak Reader Chris for the heads-up.
FX-7 Wave In-Stock at Fan Club
February 22, 2002 | 2:23 PM EST | Adam
The Fan Club, which you do not have to be a member of to order from, has some more new POTJ items added to its inventory, including…
Queen Amidala Royal Decoy
The best part? They’re $6.99 each before shipping. (Please note items may sell out quickly, blah blah blah.)
TRU Exclusive Mace Windu 12″
February 22, 2002 | 12:17 PM EST | John
The Death Star Plans has infiltrated a TRU computer, and found out the following information; Toys R’Us will be having a special 12″ Exclusive Mace Windu. We here at Yak have previously heard nothing of this, but, of it’s accurate, it’s still good news. Check out the information on DSP’s forums.
One Week For Amanaman @ Jedi Aries!
February 22, 2002 | 11:39 AM EST | John
There is one week left to enter the drawing for the free POTJ deluxe Amanaman MOMC give away at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Aline Cantina! Hurry on over and enter today! While you’re there don’t forget to cast your vote in their new poll regarding Episode II. You can visit their Alien Cantina by clicking here!
Sandtroopers.com 2002 Toy Fair Vader Give-Away
February 22, 2002 | 11:34 AM EST | John
My good friend Vaughn from over at Sandtroopers.com has written to let us all know that they are holding a new contest. Vaughn Writes;
Here’s the day you’ve all been waiting for… I’m pleased to announce our latest giveaway…
An Exclusive 2002 NYC Toy Fair Darth Vader
Entering is simple. Just email your Name, Mailing Address, and Email Address to email@example.com. Thats it… All I ask is only one entry per person (multiple entries will be discarded!) The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 23rd.”
What a generous gesture! Good luck to all that enter, and while you’re over there registering for this cool treat, check their page out. I’ve always liked their work myself, and there’s a lot of neat things always happening over there!
More On Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader
February 21, 2002 | 11:42 AM EST | John
Over the past day we’ve gotten a lot of questions about the coming Toy Fair 2002 Darth Vader that is to be offered through the fan club. I’ve checked into this with various sources, and below are some answers to generalized questions I’ve received;
Will it be on different packaging?
No, it will most definitely be on the same card-back that was offered at Toy Fair.
Will it be a different sculpt?
No, it will be the exact same item that was offered at Toy Fair 2002. No deviation, you will not be able to tell one purchased from the fan club as opposed to the one given away at the 2002 Fair.
They will only be selling what is left over from Toy Fair.
This is scalper propoganda. No, they are producing at least 5000 of these babies, probably more. So don’t listen to greedy auction listings claiming to have the only “genuine article”. Patience!
Will they be offering another one at the Celebration II, and will it be offered through the fan club as well?
Probably and probably. That’s the best answer that can be given at this time. Let’s face it folks, it’s the 25th Anniversary. They are BOUND to do something out in Indiana. Personally, I can’t go to the Celebration II, but if I could see a figure come out of it, I’d love to see a chromed Clonetrooper or Jango. That’s nothing I’ve heard, just the wishes of a demented fan.
So folks, again, don’t pay e-Bay prices! There will more than likely be enough to go around, not unlike the latest Bespin Freeze Chamber offering. Still, they say that they will be limited, so to be on the safe side, when you see that they’re being offered I would order it as soon as I could. Even though they do a shipment of these things, they do tend to sell out quickly before Hasbro can make more to satisfy demand. Give the fan club time, and for God’s sake, don’t pay too much for one of these! You’ll be very sorry in the long run, unless you’re incredibly rich and don’t care. ‘Nuff said.
Ephant Mon Begins Production
February 21, 2002 | 11:25 AM EST | John
The Fan’s Choice figure #3, Ephant Mon, has officially been started for production at Hasbro! What appears to be blueprints is actually a 2-D model called a “sculpt input”, and it is used to later create a wax 3-D model, otherwise known in the trade as a prototype. Some good stuff over at Hasbro, so check it out!
Gadders.com’s First Give-Away
February 21, 2002 | 12:52 AM EST | John
Gadders.com are proud to announce, through Yakface.com, their first ever competition! The prize is a wonderful signed photograph of Jeremy Bulloch and Boba Fett, signed by Mr. Bulloch himself. The competition is free to enter, so check them out for more information.
Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader Coming To Fan Club
February 21, 2002 | 12:42 AM EST | John
Wonderful news folks! Hasbro has officially announced that, through the fan club, they will be offering a limited number of the Silver Anniversary Toy Fair 2002 Exclusive Darth Vader for sale to the general public. Please people, do not pay outrageous amounts for this item on e-Bay, it will be coming very soon, and chances are very good that there will be enough to go around. So, bide your time, young Jedi, remember the phrase that beats out scalpers;“Patience Pays…”
New Episode II Books Highlighted On Official Site
February 20, 2002 | 11:05 AM EST | John
The Official Star Wars Site has posted an article about 2 upcoming Random House Episode II books. They look pretty snazzy, actually! The first, more geared for kids, is the Episode II story book. This one harkens back to the days of the ROTJ storybook with that now famous picture of Luke on top of the Sail Barge trying to escape! The second is the Attack of the Clones Scrapbookwhich seems to me to be more-or-less mirroring the Episode I Visual Dictionary. Either way, if you want to read more about these, head on over!
Is The Lego Jedi Starfighter A “Preview” Toy?
February 20, 2002 | 10:53 AM EST | John
It seems that way! We here at Yak, (following up reports we made a couple days ago), have confirmed that this is, in fact, a preview toy to be added to the Episode II roster. The strange thing is that our Yak insider source tells me that this was not supposed to hit store shelves until the middle of March. It just goes to show that if a retail chain receives cases of something and they have the available shelf space, they will put the item out for sale, release-date rules or not. So folks, if you’re one of the lucky ones who finds this a bit early, congrats! Actually, it’s been hitting across the US in a big way, if our e-mail reports are anything to go by. Thanks to all who have written in about this!
Another Prototype Feature From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 20, 2002 | 1:47 AM EST | John
First off I must apologize to all those who wrote directly to me last week to ask where the next prototype image was. The truth of the matter is that I decided to hold off a week due to the incredible bandwidth being used for our Toy Fair 2002 images. Now with that out of the way, I bring you the next feature from the 2001 Collectors Guide!… Click here to see the lowdown on The Millennium Falcon Cargo Hauler!
Lego Jedi Starfighter Spotted at Wal-Mart
February 19, 2002 | 4:31 PM EST | Adam
Reader Jim had this to share today:
“Today at the Walpole Mass. Walmart they had a whole end cap with lego jedi starfighter from Episode 2. the cost was 19.97. I dont know if this was an oversight or what I didnt think that stores could put Episode 2 stuff out yet but who knows?”
A few of the sets have leaked to eBay, so it looks like the preview sets could very well be leaking. While I am not sure what Lego’s policy was, I know Hasbro was planning on releasing their stuff in late March, so this could be a pretty good early leak.
Check those local stores, compadres!
Custom Marge Simpson as Slave Leia Figure
February 19, 2002 | 10:33 AM EST | Adam
In our never-ending quest to keep you abreast of all things grotesque, we foundthis auction with images of a Jabba Homer– if you can call him that– and a Slave Leia Marge custom figure set. The Marge, essentially a repainted Christmas Marge, is actually kinda neat for what it is. It’s worth a look-see.
Star Wars Jr. Available at Entertainment Earth
February 19, 2002 | 12:43 AM EST | Adam
From our sponsors:
“Star Wars All In One Adventures In Stock
The newest Star Wars collectible from Hasbro’s Playskool division is now in stock. The All In One Adventures 1 Set (Item# HS2651AA, $36.99) includes 1x X-Wing Adventure Playset and 1x Duel with Darth Maul Playset. Quantities are limited. Order now!”
Yowza, this is the first we’ve heard of these showing up!
Hasbro Releases AOTC Prices, More to Press
February 19, 2002 | 12:39 AM EST | Adam
The CD ROM figures shown earlier are showing up in the new assortments, just like Hasbro said they would. Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) and Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) are both listed and arer the only figures on the list obviously derived from the original trilogy. Also, the SRP on the figures is now $5.99-$6.99, meaning there will most likely be no price increase this time around. And this is indeed most welcome.
MicroMachines Action Fleet Vehicles are listed as making a return, although only three ships are listed: the Falcon, the X-Wing, and the TIE Fighter (not Darth’s TIE, but this could be an oversight on their part.)
Star Wars Unleashed will be around $15 each and around 7-inches tall. And the Republic Gunship will only be $40, so everything coming out this time seems a heck of a lot cheaper.
The Winner Is
February 18, 2002 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill
The winner of our Ultarama giveaway drawing is Mark Nelson. Congratulations Mark!!!
February 18, 2002 | 2:44 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice, Yakface.com’s very own forum for questions and pie recipies, has been updated with everything that makes it what it is. Including more potshots at BoShek. Read and enjoy, kids!
Jundlandwastes LEGO Jedi Starfighter Contest
February 17, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | John
My good friend Chris from Jundlandwastes.com would like us here at Yak to alert everyone that he’s giving away a LEGO Jedi Starfighter! The rules? You must submit an image of your custom Lego Star Wars creation, and the best one wins. Nice and simple! These as-of-yet unreleased Starfighters, (some are being found now and again, but they are still officially unreleased), are nice little items, and the chance to have one now is enough to make me dig out the ol’ colored blocks and start building. The deadline for entries will be Saturday, March 2nd at midnight EST. Good luck to all!
Racer Revenge For PS2 Released!
February 17, 2002 | 12:24 PM EST | John
LucasArts has finally released the long-anticipated “Star Wars – Racer Revenge”for the Playstation 2, the follow-up game that continues where “Star Wars – Racer” left off! Also, in what I think a very generous offer, LucasArts is offering a freebie to all those who order from the LucasArts Store. The blurb on the official page goes like this;
“Star Wars Racer Revenge Available Now!
LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is pleased to announce that Star Wars Racer Revenge (PlayStation®2) is now available! You can get your copy at the LucasArts Company Store or a fine retailer near you. Order from the Company Store today and receive Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace® for PlayStation FREE, plus FREE shipping & handling!”
So, if you want to get this awesome title, head on over and grab it! 2-for-1 ain’t bad these days, especially from a site offering free shipping for a new title.
February 17, 2002 | 12:15 PM EST | John
Yak-Fan “theron” writes us to let us know that he’s found a variant on the new Zutton figure. He writes;
I found this last night and thought it might be a real variation. A Wal-mart in Dallas had several cases of the zutton wave (all for .75 @ – which was really great). I noticed that some of the snaggletooth heads were light tan colored plastic with flesh colored paint ops and some were a darker tan plastic with small amounts of darker paint ops. What leads me to believe that this is a running variation is that all of the darker ones (8 total) were on a 13441 date stamp. The lighter ones were all (8 total) on 13231 and earlier date stamps.
Thanks “theron”! Anyone else notice this?
Steep Wal-Mart POTJ Discounts
February 17, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | John
Yak-reader “Jason” has written us, along with a few other isolated reports in the past few days, that basic POTJ figures are being found at Wal-Mart for anywhere between 25-75 cents each. Good luck on the hunt for this steep discount, because at 25 cents, that 32 figures for $8.36! If anyone else has found deals like this, or can provide a scanned receipt, let us know! The best part? The figures being found at this price have included the Zutton and FX-7 wave!
Free Toy Fair Vader
February 16, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill
That’s right– no auction, no sales, just a totally free Toy Fair Exclusive Darth Vader. Chris at The Jawa is giving his AWAY!!!!! (OK well not totally for nothing you do have to expend some effort and enter the Jawa’s latest contest). To enter click here. Good Luck.
Entertainment Earth Gets Star Wars, Jr.
February 16, 2002 | 9:23 AM EST | Mark
Entertainment Earth received some Star Wars, Jr. sets. They have a limited quantity of the newest assortment
All In One Adventures Asst. 1 (Item# HS2651A, $70.99)
More on the final count once they send us the info.
LEGO Episode II Jedi Starfighter Found
February 16, 2002 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark
Chris over at Jundlandwastes.com found a bunch of the Starfighters at his local LEGO outlet today in Northern Virginia. Pics and more on his page.
An Out Of The Ordinary Listing.
February 13, 2002 | 10:44 PM EST | Mark
We typically are against posting collections up for sale. This one however stikes me as interesting. For someone like me that never got into the 12″ figures and seeing the new 12″ for Ep2 and you thought about trying to catch up. This auction has EVERY 12″ figure from 1995, including store exclusives. The set is loose and complete. Check it out if you are interested. I was surprised to see that there are 127 figures. Man that is a lot.
E.T. – The Second Coming…..
February 13, 2002 | 10:31 PM EST | Mark
In the latest EW magazine, this is a small tidbit about the upcoming E.T. re-release. I found this amusing. “America’s favorite squat, cuddly alien with bad skin is back – and no, we’re not talking about ALF. DIgitally cleaned (and sanitized of firearms), the new print will feature never-before-seen, which we hope will help explain E.T.’s presence in the Galactic Senate of Star Wars: Episode 1.
D&S Sci-Fi Toy World Newsfeed
February 13, 2002 | 7:20 PM EST | Adam
Sci-Fi Con in Plano, TX: Feb. 23-24
February 13, 2002 | 7:17 PM EST | Adam
Sci-Fi Expo is putting on another one of their expo/toy shows in Texas on February 23-24. Of interest to Star Wars fans…
Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca
Ian Liston: Wes Janson
Paul Blake: Greedo
The show boasts 150 tables of collectibles, and more information can be found at www.scifiexpo.com.
FLASH: Dark Horse to Reprint Marvel’s Run
February 13, 2002 | 6:11 PM EST | Adam
Comics fans, rejoice!
This article on the official site lists Dark Horse’s upcoming line-up and one of the new additions is a 336-page tome chock full of recolored classic Marvel Star Wars books due out this June!
Entitled Star Wars: A Long Time Ago…, this new series “will collect every Marvel Comics story in eight trade paperback volumes.” The original Marvel run (in the United States, at least) spanned 107 regular issues and three “annuals” as well as a pair of books based on the old Ewoks and Droids cartoons and a mini-series for Return of the Jedi. It’s unlikely, however, that the ‘toon books or the movie adaptations will be making the cut for this new series, which reduces the number of issues that will most likely be collected in this series to 95. (Heck, that’s still a whole bunch.)
This first volume should be of particular interest to fans because of a giant green carnivorous rabbit named Jaxxon which, legend has it, was suggested to Marvel’s creative team by none other than George Lucas. The cost of this first book in this collection and its specific contents are still unknown.
Some fans might recognize the name of the series: in 1999, Dark Horse reprinted some classic titles in six-part miniseries of black-and-white reproductions Marvel reissues. Since these were a little hard to come by, well, the series will be new to most of us. (Unless you read the books from 1977-1985.)
The official site also lists May’s line-up: Jango Fett- Open Seasons #2, Attack of the Clones #3 & #4, and Star Wars #42.
2002 Exclusives from 2001
February 13, 2002 | 3:34 AM EST | Adam
Word from the Hasbro Toy Fair room has it that the TIE Bomber, damaged Snowspeeder, and AT-ST/Speederbike combo have been shipped to their respective retaillers and should show up in the next month or so. Keep those eyes peeled!
February 13, 2002 | 3:31 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice, our regular Q&A feature, has been updated for your amusement. Enjoy!
Darkside Dioramas Joins Jawa.com
February 12, 2002 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill
Toyfair 2002: New Image Page
February 12, 2002 | 4:46 PM EST | Adam
For the convinience of our readers, we moved all of our Toyfair 2002 coverage to a new page. It’s a little rough now, but all the images are there, as well as some great new information you might not have heard elsewhere yet.
Toyfair 2002 Exclusive Vader
February 12, 2002 | 10:33 AM EST | Mark
URGENT: Just spoke with Hasbro about the figure and I have been told that this figure WILL BE available at the Fan Club and will most likely be in the same packaging. So I would recommend that if you have placed a bid on any of the ones that have shown up on EBAY, to retract that bid. Don’t overpay for something you will be able to get soon enough. THIS IS CONFIRMED!!!!!
Also, many thanks to SSG for posting his on EBAY. Way to help out the collectors. Always on the lookout he is…..
25th Anniversary Set at Amazon
February 12, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Mark
Toyfair 2002 and The After Effects….
February 12, 2002 | 8:16 AM EST | Mark
We apologize for the delay in the site over the past day. Our site has been disrupted for many reasons. One of which I need to address. If you currently have a website that is posting DIRECT links to our site, PLEASE PULL THEM DOWN! Just post a link to the page and send them to look at the images. I do not like writing these posts, nor should I have to. I thank you for your time, look forward to a post from me about my thoughts on Toyfair 2002 and my reaction to the latest exclusive figure….
TOY FAIR 2001 Star Wars Yakface Coverage
February 10, 2002 | 1:41 PM EST | John
In the next hour or so, we here at Yak will be posting highlights of Episode II coverage direct from Toy Fair 2002 with images that are only hours old! Stay tuned and keep checking back! Some good stuff coming that we’ve been literally waiting years for!!!
eBay: Episode I Opee Buddies Auction
February 9, 2002 | 6:59 PM EST | Adam
An unproduced Opee Sea Killer plush toy is up for grabs on eBay and ends tomorrow. It’s a pretty neat looking item, and only the second time I’ve seen one (possibly the same one) up for sale. It’s currently $199.99 with no bids, but even if you don’t have the money for this one, it’s really something neat to see.
Tantive IV Arriving At Celebration II
February 9, 2002 | 4:53 AM EST | Bill
This just in from Michael Fright– shipwright of the Tantive IV:
“Here is an E-mail I just received from Jeanette Keblish, Sales & Marketing Manager of the Celebration II.
Hi Michael, we are looking for a spot to park the trailer and model outside the convention center. It is looking very promising. In fact it is a 95% done deal so with that in mind we were hoping you would be able to have it in Indy before Thursday 5/2 at 10 am. We are hoiping to stage a media event with your model and the 501st legion of Stormtroopers. What do you think the possibility of you being able to be there with your model by that time?”
e-Bay Star Wars Weirdness…
February 9, 2002 | 1:22 AM EST | John
I’ve been alerted to some items on e-Bay, (no, not Episode II stuff… directly), and both are cool and weird at the same time. The irony of it all? They’re both naked to some degree. Yes, folks, N-A-K-E-D. These 2 people do not know each other and are not connected. Talk about coincidence! Still, they look good.
The first auction we were alerted to was a garage-kit Yoda. This one can kind of be spoilerish if you’re really trying to stay away from everything, so beware. In lieu of the circumstance, I won’t tell much about it, but believe me, it’s weird.
The second one is a custom Jana Fett. No folks, that’s right, JANA Fett. It’s a custom 12″ of Boba Fett’s sister. Miss anything in the EU? I don’t think so! This item is totally the brain-child of one “quad-cats”, e-Bay user. This one’s a bit racy, so beware…
After seeing this lot, I think I may need a little “lie-down” somewhere… Seriously guys, good custom work, keep it up!
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Trailer At LucasArts.com
February 9, 2002 | 12:54 AM EST | John
Toy Fair Preview
February 8, 2002 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam
Reader Thomas had this to share:
“I’m sure they’ll will be much better pictures in the coming days, but I thought I would let you guys know that the Seattle Times Business (2/8/02) section had a couple of photos from the Toy Fair preview, with one including pics of a 3 3/4″ Orn Free Ta, Jango Fett & what looked like Sae Sae Tinn. Sorry no scanner to send the photos.”
Clones Cards Unveiled
February 8, 2002 | 6:46 PM EST | Adam
The cards are set for release on April 23.
Q&A Friday Update
February 8, 2002 | 5:25 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again, and my eyes feel like they’re going to pop out of my head so it’s time for bed. Read ye the questions and send in some more for next week’s award-winning updates!
Deluxe Assrt. 2 @ Amazon
February 7, 2002 | 8:16 PM EST | Mark
If you are still looking for:
Both are in stock at Amazon.com
EE Newsfeed: The Game Of Life Preorders
February 7, 2002 | 4:32 PM EST | Adam
…and on the previous post’s note, here’s a newsfeed from Entertainment Earth:
“You can pre-order the new Star Wars Game of Life at Entertainment Earth today!
The Game Of Life – A Jedi’s Path
February 7, 2002 | 12:05 PM EST | John
StarWars.com has posted another tidbit of upcoming Episode II merchandise. Remember the old Game of Life boardgame? Well, it’s coming back with a small twist. In the tradition of Star Wars Monopoly, The Game of Life takes a classic board game and works Star Wars mythology into it. You start life as a Padawan, and collect skill tiles along the way, and hope to end up a Jedi… I always wanted to retire and spend my golden years in the “Rodian Roadhouse for The Retired Reckless Jedi”. Okay, maybe not. But check out the official site for an image of the game box and more information on the game itself.
Jedi Knight II Screenshots @ XGR.Com
February 7, 2002 | 1:47 AM EST | John
XGR.Com has posted a couple pretty tempting screen-shots of Jedi Knight II; Jedi Outcast. Also there you will find a plethora of information about the game including a Q&A session with Brett Tosti, one of the game producers. Jedi Knight II; Jedi Outcast is due out this spring with a definite release date still pending.
Star Wars Stratego On The Way, Preorders
February 6, 2002 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam
The new game is due in/around March.
Niubniub’s “Blueprints” Section Revealed!
February 6, 2002 | 12:07 PM EST | John
Think you don’t have the skills to create your own Diorama? Well, there are no more excuses! Now it’s easier then ever to bring a piece of Niubniub home. The Blueprints Section works in conjunction with Niubniub’s Download Section to help you more easily recreate the same Dioramas you see here on my site. Just save them on to your desktop, print, trace, cut and assemble your foamcore. Then, download the appropriate decals (from Niubniub’s Download Section) print and apply. Instant Diorama! Niubniub has really outdone himself this time. This guy does some excellent work, so if you haven’t seen his page, check it out. He’s making this as easy as possible to introduce fans to the wonderful world of Star Wars diorama making, and his newest section is proof. Kudos Niubniub! I’ll be over later to download some of your good stuff… Hoth is calling… Again, to visit his newest Blueprints section, click here!
Team Yak Will Be At Toy Fair
February 6, 2002 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill
We will have a team attending Toy Fair in New York this weekend. Check back for the scoop on Hasbro’s Star Wars offerings.
Decipher Offers Free CCG’s/TCG’s
February 6, 2002 | 1:25 AM EST | John
Decipher is currently making a generous offer on their website. For a limited time, when you buy a display box of any Decipher Star Wars CCG/TCG product from your local retailer you’ll get a free display box directly from Decipher for just the cost of shipping and handling. Not too shabby for those looking to build a bit of a collection without all the cash. You may want to check out the offer at their official website for complete details. Thanks to “wookieeater” for the heads-up!
Pegwarmer Giving Away Figure Trio!
February 6, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | John
Pegwarmer.com is holding a give-away for a Cold Weather Obi-Wan, Jedi Training Qui-Gon and Sith Apprentice Maul. To enter for these figures simply post once in the Forums between now and this Friday! Good luck to all who enter!
IGN Posts AOTC Gameboy Advance Images
February 6, 2002 | 12:19 AM EST | John
IGN.Com has posted some interesting screenshots of the “AOTC” Nintendo Gameboy Advance game coming this spring in conjunction with the release of the movie! Hop on over to check out the article and see these new images. Thanks to “ysalamiri13” for the tip!
AOTC Novel Preview At StarWars.com
February 6, 2002 | 12:08 AM EST | John
The Official Star Wars Site has posted a nice new juicy bit about the movie adaptation for Attack Of The Clones that describes a little more of the storyline that what the average non-spoiler enthusiast would have in their head as common knowledge. So, if you’re really sensative, stay away, yadda yadda, you know the drill. Otherwise, head on over.
Another Fine Give-away At Jedi Aries
February 5, 2002 | 11:54 PM EST | John
Darth Agiline and the Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are giving away a “POTJ Deluxe Amanaman MOMC” for the February free drawing! Please head on over and enter today! Also, The Aliens have just put up a new POLL! The POLL is in regards to Episode II! Head on over an cast your VOTE!
UK Toyfair News
February 5, 2002 | 10:59 PM EST | Bill
Pete over at The Private Universe has just posted an exclusive TPU review from the UK Toy Fair, including some information on the WOTC TCG and RPG. The 2002 UK Toy Fair has, at time of writing this, been going for a few days now. At the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands for the second time, it has settled nicely into the new venue. With Monsters Inc. taking up pretty much every available inch of space, ‘minor’ licences such as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars were a tad tucked away.
Still, Episode Two did feature on three stands he found on his six hour whirlwind tour of the facilities, and the atmosphere on all things Star Wars was much more positive than last year. The main points of presence for E2 were the open Wizards of the Coast stand and the closed Hasbro/Tiger stand.
EE Newsfeed: Star Wars Guitar Merchandise
February 5, 2002 | 9:51 PM EST | Adam
This Just In From Entertainment Earth:
The Star Wars Nomad Standard Boba Fett Guitar. Officially Licensed. An on board speaker allows you to bring your music on the road without lugging your amp. Check out our entire selection of Star Wars Guitar Products.”
There are several guitars, picks, knobs, cases, and other items available with images so this is definitely something neat to see.
Q&A Tuesday Update
February 5, 2002 | 4:59 AM EST | Adam
After missing Monday because I was tired, With Every Question For Justicehas been updated with questions, answers, and a nice big tirade about how friggin’ great it is to be a fan of Star Wars toys this year. (Magnets, people… magnets!!!)
More Prototypes From 2001 Collectors Guide!
February 5, 2002 | 3:44 AM EST | John
As I promised last week, I’m posting a couple more shots from my much raved over 2001 Collectors Guide. You can order this thing from firstname.lastname@example.org, and like I’d said before, it’s well worth it!
With the authors permission, I’m posting another couple of vintage prototypes from the book. I can’t believe how many of you wrote in saying how much you really enjoyed last weeks AT-IC feature, so we’ll keep it up for a bit. It really is a refreshing deviation from the Episode II barrage. This week I thought I’d hit the figure realm, and believe me, these are beauties! Head on over to see these in full bounty. Makes you wonder where the vintage toy line would have gone had it continued for just one more year.
Calling All Scavengers
February 4, 2002 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill
Disney Star Wars News
February 4, 2002 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill
I’ve just gotten back from a week’s vacation at Disney World in Orlando, and have some Star Wars and can confim some rumors we’ve all been reading for a while Over a year ago we started hearing rumors that the Star Tours Ride at Disneyland in California and Disney’s MGM Grand Studio Tours was scheduled to be revised with a totally new film. I can confirm first hand that a “rehab” as Disney calls it is in the works for at least the Florida’s Star Tours. When I was on the backlot ride at MGM, which goes through a number of their departments– i.e. costuming etc– the guide made a very interesting announcement as we went through the blacklight painting room. They were working on new backgrounds for STAR TOURS. If you have any more info, send it in.
eBay: Vader on Freeze Frame Ponda Baba Card
February 4, 2002 | 5:25 PM EST | Adam
We’ve recently been made privy to this auction which shows, as far as we know, the very first public images of what would have been the Freeze Frame Ponda Baba packaging.
In 1998, Hasbro decided not to make the figure on the new package after printing up various catalogs and other materials making mention of the figure. So seeing the cardback– even with the Removable Helmet Darth Vader figure and slide on it– is a real treat. Fans of the unusual, don’t miss this one.
Vanity Fair Redux
February 4, 2002 | 5:16 PM EST | Adam
Magazine Vanity Fair will be publishing another round of Annie Lebovitz’ photography, this time for Attack of the Clones. The Anakin/Padme cover and a quick blurb about the upcoming issue is posted at the official site, so check it out!
Lego Preview: Technic Super Battle Droid
February 4, 2002 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam
After this weekend’s glut of new imagery hitting the web, Lego has added another to the mix: the upcoming Technic Super Battle Droid. Check it out at Lego.com. The set will be available this May, so says the site.
Perceptive Bionicle junkies may have noticed the set incorporates recolored pieces from the recently released Tahnok (hands) and Tahnok Va (head) sets in addition to the usual compliment of parts.
DeathStarPlans.com Holds 1st Give-Away!
February 4, 2002 | 1:26 AM EST | John
DeathStarPlans.com has informed us at Yak that they are holding their first give-away! They write;
“Deathstarplans.com is having its first ever
“Give-Away”. We are giving away a free Episode 1
Tatooine Darth Maul w/ the rare black vest variation
MOC. The black vested Darth Mauls were the hardest to
find, in fact almost impossible to locate. Here is you
chance to get this one for free. Anyone can enter!”
If you haven’t been there, check it out! They offer a very nicely put-together page, and are most definitely a welcome addition amongst the Star Wars Collecting Community. But hey, while you’re there, register for that Maul!
Artoosnews.com Holds Custom “Spoof” Contest
February 3, 2002 | 12:20 PM EST | John
Maybe you’re a big Space Balls fan, or Hardware Wars has always made you crack a smile. Whatever spoof is you’re favorite, be prepared to get creative. Have a favorite Star Wars Spoof or Parody, that you always wanted to make a character from? Well nows your chance to do it, and maybe win a cool prize. Be creative. Be original. But most of all be fun!
Head on over to the site for the official rules of the contest, and where to send pictures of your custom “spoof” figures. Good luck!
More On Episode II & e-Bay…
February 3, 2002 | 1:35 AM EST | John
There’s something that’s been building in me for a few days, and I feel I must address our fine readers about this e-Bay situation. If you’re not interested, please scan down to the next article.
Still here? Good! First off I’d like to sincerely thank all of our great readers that scan e-Bay with a fine-tooth comb to report to us about all the Episode II action figure auctions. It really is appreciated and is a great service to all the readers of our page and the Star Wars collecting community. Thank you!
What I’ve been noticing, especially in the past couple of days, is the apparent greed that has been hitting e-Bay with total reckless abandon. However, I’m glad to see that most of you are staying away. I can see the first couple sets of these things selling out at high prices, but to continue trying to sell these as-of-yet unreleased action figures for prices in excess of $500 for 8 figures is insanity topped only by the person paying it. These are plastic toys when it comes right down to it, folks, that will be in stores within weeks. Please, don’t jump on the “gotta-have-it” bandwagon and pay seriously overinflated prices for these toys when you can have them in a little while for a fraction of what these, (and let’s call them what they are), SCALPERS are trying to get for them. This is nothing more than a ploy of greed, and I hope that all of you will be smart enough to not be a party to it.
It seemed like one person got the shipment of cases early, figured, “What the heck, I’ll try them on e-Bay. What’s the worst that could happen?”, and then after others in the same situation saw what they were going for they did the same. $500 for 8 figures. That one killed me. Do the math folks, that’s $62.50 per figure. I could see for vintage, but not for something that’s probably going to be a peg-warmer by August through over-production. Can we say “The Phantom Menace“?
Please, fine readers, don’t patronize these greedy folks, I implore you. All you will be doing is showing them that if, (after the films release with accompanying subsequent assortments), they can make it to the store before you, you’ll pay what they ask on e-Bay. That’s what makes it so frustrating when you go into Wal-Mart and can’t find the latest assortment of figures because some fool walked in moments before so he could purchase the five cases just put out and toss them on e-Bay. Any comments would be welcome. Thanks for listening folks.
Episode II Lego Images
February 3, 2002 | 12:59 AM EST | John
From Bricks To Bothans has posted a very large image of upcoming Episode IILego sets that are due out in a couple months. These things look great, emulating the quality that you’ve come to expect from Star Wars Lego sets. Kudos to the creators! These carry the same generic spoiler warning as all posts referring to images associated with Episode II, so be wary if you’re sensative. Otherwise, enjoy!
Big Update @ StarconstruX!
February 2, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | John
The german based internet site StarconstruX has updated their site with a download area. You will find there more than 50 custom made cards for action figures from Thorsten Heiss. Another new feature is the 360-degree turn of the custom made figures. You have now the possibility to view the figures as an animated .GIF from all sides and of course you will find some new figures for example General Veers, Doalyn from Jabba’s palace, and Senator Palpatine from Episode II. Click here to check them out!
More Episode II Show Up On e-Bay
February 2, 2002 | 12:59 PM EST | John
Now the two initial Deluxe figures have been placed up for auction on e-Bay. They are (highlight to read) Mace Windu with blast-apart battle droid, andJango Fett with removable armor. They look pretty decent, but you can see that they’re made as core-charachters for the primary market. And those prices! Wow! Looks like someone needs to take a “reality check” pill. Although, I’m sure someone will purchase them. Click here to see the auctions.
JediChris.net 25th Anniversary 2-packs Give-away
February 2, 2002 | 1:02 AM EST | John
Still need these sets? You’re in luck! That is, someone will be in luck.JediChris.net’s newest give-away is for the three 25th Anniversary 2-packs this time around, so head over for details of how to enter the drawing for these cool sets. Good luck to all who enter, and thanks to Chris, (who else?) fromJediChris.net for informing us of his contest!
Star Wars Kids Offers E-Valentines!
February 2, 2002 | 12:50 AM EST | John
StarWarsKids.com came up with a cute little idea of making e-valentine cards for kids that are of the Star Wars persuasion to send to each other. For the adult collector it means moreover that we can see some new images of the upcoming May film! Click here to check these out, and hey, send one to someone you love… *ahem* We now return you to news that doesn’t make you nautious…
Topps Episode II Promo Cards Revealed
February 2, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | John
Autograph Central has posted some nice big images of Episode II Promo cards coming from Topps. There are only the three of them up, set Promo Cards P1, P2, P3, and the generalized back of the card telling about the flick, but they look pretty nice from what we can see. Check them out, if you dare. Not too much on the spoiler level with these, (like the one above, it offers nothing more than the official site has confirmed so far, visually that is), but if you’re super-sensative, just steer clear. Thanks goes to “Grand Moff X” for the heads-up on this one!
Nobletoy Auctions More Episode II Figures
February 1, 2002 | 1:35 PM EST | John
This time, Nobletoy has six of the “Collection 2” figures up for auction on e-Bay! I won’t list them here, because, as always, they’re spoilers for a bit yet. But you can click here to go directly to the auction listing. Remember folks, don’t pay an outrageous price just to own them first. In the long run, when everybody’s got them, will it really matter? Just my five-cents worth of free advice there.
Lego Republic Gunship Images
February 1, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | Adam
Interested in seeing some of the new Droids and other minifigs that come with the ship? Well, head on over to StarWars.com and take a gander at the preview. It looks like a fairly big set, and since it shows new characters, don’t go if you don’t want to see them.
Nobletoys Has The Episode II Action Figure Images!
February 1, 2002 | 9:38 AM EST | John
Nobletoys, (the ones who had the Episode II toys up for auction yesterday), now has the images posted right on their site with greater clarity. Click here to see these soon-to-be wide release figures! Along with that, they also, (in a non-spoiler flavor), have carded images of BoShek, Teebo, and R4-M9.
UPDATE – The images, (along with the entire website), seem to be having a down-time. This is more than likely due to exceeding bandwidth with everyone trying to view these juicy images all at once. More on this as we get it.