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December 2001 Archive

Happy 2002
December 31, 2001 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe 2002.



What Are The Top Figures And Ships Of 2001???
December 31, 2001 | 7:38 PM EST | Bill

Artoosnews has posted their picks for the 2001 Figure of the Year, as well as other categories. They want your input on which are your favorites—the results of the fan vote will be posted alongside theirs. Click here for the Figure of the Year page!!!



Evolution of CHEWBACCA!
December 31, 2001 | 7:34 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes has posted a “comparison scan” of the “EVOLUTION OF CHEWBACCA”.
If you want to see how our favorite walking carpet has evolved in plastic, now’s your chance.



REAL Stands Sale Ends At Midnight
December 31, 2001 | 7:29 PM EST | Bill

This just in from REAL Stands:


There’s still time to get the official Star Wars Fan Club action figure stands at half price. But you’ve got to act now! The half price sale will end at midnight pacific time, December 31st, 2001.

These are the No. 1 action figure stands in the universe. Made from clear polycarbonate, designed specifically for Hasbro’s (Kenner) current and vintage series of 3-3/4″ Star Wars action figures – REAL Action Stands set the standard for play and display.

Order Now online or by phone 24 hours 1-888-618-REAL (7325).



Anniversary 2-Packs At Wal-Mart’s Across America
December 31, 2001 | 12:34 PM EST | John

The Anniversary 2-Packs are starting to show up across the nation, mostly at Wal-Mart. We’ve gotten a slew of reports from happy Star Wars Figure consumers that they’ve picked up the Luke/Leia and Han/Chewie 2-packs, and they seem to be in abundance where they are showing up. As far as the Obi-Wan/Vader 2-pack goes, have faith! They will make it to retail. It will be in the second assortment of cases, no biggee, so don’t pay scalper prices for this set, they will be out there eventually! Good luck in the hunt, fellow collectors! Thanks to everyone who wrote in and sent pics!



E2 Major Character Figure Photo
December 30, 2001 | 1:47 PM EST | Bill has posted a pic of a major character’s figure. Spoiler Warning Applies!!!!!



Ultarama Announces Its Trade-In And Trade-Up New Year’s Resolution Offer!
December 29, 2001 | 2:38 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Ultarama:

EDISON, NJ–Dec. 28, 2001—To all our fellow collectors and fans, we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year! And this year, what is your New Year’s resolution for your collection? Thinking about a more exciting and fun way to pose and display your figure collection? Then trade-in and trade-up to the Ultarama™ action figure display system! Simply mail in all of your single figure display stands (it doesn’t matter who made them or what shape they are in!) and we will give you a credit of 25 cents per stand towards the purchase of an Ultarama™ with scenes! You can send in as many stands as you have (no limit!), with a maximum credit of 64 stands per Ultarama™, and can order as many Ultaramas™ as you want. With 64 stands and your check or money order, you can now have the Ultarama™ with scenes shipped to your home for only $19.95! So, what are you waiting for? Send in those stands and trade-up to the best action figure display system ever made! And, as an added bonus, how about a free set of background scenes with your purchase? To get your free set of scenes with the trade-in and trade-up offer, just visit the Ultarama™ pages at the site for all of the details! Additional offer details are below.

Please send your stands, along with a check or money order and mailing address, email address, phone number, quantity and choice of scene pack (1.1, 2.1, or 2.2) to the address below. Your final cost per Ultarama™ is $35.95 minus $0.25 for each of the stands you send in ($35.95 – [quantity of stands X $0.25]). No more than 64 stands may be used per Ultarama™ ordered.

Morton Simpson
Ultarama™ Trade-In and Trade-Up Offer
5 Acorn Drive
Edison, NJ 08820

The Ultarama™ trade-in and trade-up offer is available only to residents of the Continental U.S. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. This offer expires at midnight January 31, 2002, unless further extended.



Still Looking For The New LEGO’S?
December 28, 2001 | 7:10 PM EST | Mark now has some of the new LEGO’s in stock.
Ewok Attack $12.99
Jedi Defense I $8.99
Jedi Defense II $8.99
Final Duel I $8.99
Final Duel II $8.99

Also if you want to be the first one on the block with the NEW Yoda Sculpture $99.99, the LEGO Online Store has them in stock now.



Clarification On Target Figure Discounts…
December 28, 2001 | 1:39 PM EST | John

Apparently the discounts are nationwide, but what is being discounted varies from store to store. I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail about this, and no two have really had the same description. Some are saying it’s just Collection One, some are saying only Collection Two. Others are reporting that it’s just certain waves that have been discounted, and others inform that it’s only certain specific figures. So, good luck when going to Target, because I really don’t think there is any rhyme or reason behind what is being discounted besides just lowering the price on whatever the local store you’re visiting has more of. Confusing, huh?



*Newsflash* The Truth About Hasbro & Episode II 
December 28, 2001 | 3:17 AM EST | John

I received this information from a California Retailer with more on the news we had of the Episode II toys that we reported last week. I’ve had this e-mail for about 5 days now, and I have checked into and verified this. Now, for your reading pleasure, the final truth on the status of Hasbro’s Episode II line;

“Hasbro will not officially be releasing anything until March from their factories. The street date for E2 product is Aprill 22 2002.
As a retailer I am not even allowed to advertise that product will be on sale in store until March 22, wherein I have a source and I will have my product by April 1, Lucasfilm forbids any sale until 4-22-01
There will certainly be smuggled out figures just like with Episode I but I think Lucas is even looking into coming down hard on e-Bayers this year.

Anybody can get away with presells but not until 3-22. I am sure that there are chase figures, mail-in’s, and store exclusives on their way early and of course these will flow from the Orient early as well, but everybody needs to stop looking at Diamonds or anyone else giving us product before these dates. Even though E1 stuff appeared via Diamonds very early I got my cases from them two months after the film came out. I know everyone gets excited – I do too – but hate to tell ya, we gotta wait.”

Well, there it is. That would make the next Toy-Blitz fall on Monday, April 22nd, which means stores will probably be having the midnight thing again Sunday night into Monday. Remember, you read it here at Yak! Thanks for the information, California Retailer, and all that helped me to break this news.



Outer Realm Terratories Giveaway
December 28, 2001 | 3:09 AM EST | John

Here’s another nice giveaway from a great site, the Outer Realm Terratories. They write;

“A few Aliens from the Outer Realm Terratories have gotten together and decided to hold a Free Drawing at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina. The giveaway is for a MOMC POTF2 Red Card Long Saber Ben Kenobi. To enter the drawing just stop in The Cantina. While you’re there, Jedi Aries would like to remind you to visit and join his new ad-free Star Wars discussions forum.”

Thanks guys, and good luck to all that enter!



Target Slashes POTJ Prices
December 28, 2001 | 3:06 AM EST | John

We’ve been getting a trickle of reports telling us that Target’s across America are cutting prices on POTJ figures by about 33%, from the normal $6.44 to between $4.00 & $4.60. This is great for those of us looking to find some Bespin Guard armies! Check those stores because the after-Christmas prices are about to hit with Force.



Dewback Droppings…
December 28, 2001 | 3:02 AM EST | John

Well, maybe I should have said that differently. The fact of the matter is, the 12″ TRU-exclusive Dewback & Sandtrooper combo has been sighted for the low price of $14.90. This is quite a steep cut from the original price of around $80. This news comes from one known only as “Joe”. Thanks for the tip-off! Don’t know if this is nationwide, or a local event, but still it’s a great deal! Joe didn’t tell us where he was from, but if there are any more sightings like this, let us know!



Another Great Giveaway At Sandtroopers.Com!
December 27, 2001 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

George over at has a great new giveaway —- the 1/72 scale X-wing model kit. Click here for more.



Army Builder Results
December 27, 2001 | 3:20 AM EST | John

Again, thank you all for writing in with your 2-cents! The poll was an incredible success! So, without further ado, the winner of our Yak-Interactive Poll is…

Astromech Droids

These little suckers accounted for slightly less than 1/2 the poll. Ideas from different domed heads to simply repaints of R2 to match the colors of Biggs, Wedge, and some others in the fleet that battled the first Death Star. No matter which way you slice it, these guys are top on every collector’s list.

Death Squad Troopers/Imperial Officers

The amazing thing about these guys was that most of the people that wrote in called them the first and most quickly changed name in Star Wars toy history, “Death Squad Commander” instead of “Star Destroyer Commander”. Also, the Imperial Officers that are most wanted are the grey and olive-colored uniforms.

Hoth Stormtroopers/Rebels

Coming in third on the tally were the ever-popular Hoth Stormtroopers, followed by Hoth Rebels. Most people that mentioned them mentioned both. These would be a hot seller as well, considering the huge battle that took place. I’d love to see them myself, but my vote would definitely go with the majority with the Astromechs.

One thing that’s clear? Collector’s DESPERATELY WANT ARMY-BUILDERS. Hasbro, I know you’re reading. Give the fans what they want. That is what makes a happy collector, whether it be a adult or a child. Other honorable mentions?

Fourth Place – Ewoks
Fifth Place – Droids 
(Not just astromechs, but protocol/gonks/mouse/etc.)
Sixth Place – Tusken Raiders
Seventh Place – The Queen’s Handmaidens
Eigth Place – Gungans



Army Builder Yak-Tallies Coming Soon…
December 27, 2001 | 12:41 AM EST | John

Well folks, you’ve spoken your mind on exactly what you wanted to see with the Army Builders, and I’m liking what I’m hearing! You guys are just being incredibly creative in your ideas. So, I’ve got to sit here and tally up all the votes and probably within the next couple of hours the results will be posted. I’ve got about 800-plus e-mails to filter through, but a lot of them are of the same minds so it shouldn’t take me all too long. Thanks for making this such a success, and as always, thanks for coming to Yak for your Star Wars news! Standby…



C-3PO Masterpiece Spotted Very Cheap
December 27, 2001 | 12:36 AM EST | John

Scott A., who happens to be a very good friend of mine, wrote to me today to report the following good news about an awesome “Borders” find;

“Just wanted to let you know that I found A Star Wars Masterpiece Edition C-3PO at Border’s bookstore for a low price of $19.99 Regular price $75.00) I’m sure all the other Yakker’s out there would love to add this to their collection.”

Thanks Scott! Good luck on the hunt for this one folks, that’s one heck of a deep discount!



Got Clearance Day Finds?
December 26, 2001 | 4:39 AM EST | Adam

Seeing as this is the busiest clearance shopping day of the year, there’s going to be at least a few good deals out there. Once again, we’d love your reports from the trenches– if you scare up something awesome, please let us know so we can share with the rest of the class.

With Target marking their 12″ figures down to $14.99 or less in recent weeks, odds are quite a few of us are going to have a very merry AFTER Christmas toy run…



E2 Preview Images (Again)
December 26, 2001 | 4:36 AM EST | Adam

German site 4 Inches has a pair of Episode Two figure images up in their “Figuren auf Karte” section. One is an unpackaged image of a minor E2 character, another is the oft-seen image from Hasbro of a new Obi-Wan. If you haven’t seen them, it’s new to you, so assuming they’re still up, you know the drill. Since the site is mostly in German, odds are spoilers– if there are any– aren’t going to be something you’ll notice.



Happy Holidays!!!
December 24, 2001 | 10:14 PM EST | John

From all of us here at Yakface, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our faithful Yak-Readers a happy and healthy time this joyous season! Happy Life Day!!! I mean…

Happy Holidays From The Yak-Staff!



E2 Figure Photos!!!
December 24, 2001 | 1:59 PM EST | Bill

The has posted photos of 4 upcoming E2 Figures. Click here to see them, but remember SPOILER WARNING applies!!!

UPDATE: The photos have been removed.

UPDATE 2: Yavin 4 has posted the pics!!!

UPDATE 3: The photos are no longer posted on Yavin 4.



Waiting For The Perfect Time, Have You Been?
December 24, 2001 | 9:19 AM EST | Mark now has the Interactive Yoda for the LOW LOW price of $4.99, stop over and get one if you need it.



Got a Faamba!
December 24, 2001 | 1:32 AM EST | John

Man, for me casually posting that I needed a Faamba, I am really impressed with all the kind responses, so I will thank all the people that wrote me with an offer to pick one up right here and now. Thank you! I took Scott M. up on the offer, he was actually the first to write, and I want to give him a Super-Yak-Thanks! Having so many offer to do some good makes this ol’ reporter feel like there may be some hope for the hobby out there yet. With the gushy stuff out of the way, I now return you to the actual news…



Star Wars Figures 20 Cents At Wal-Mart
December 23, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim Webmaster of sent an a very interesting piece of news. “On Friday the 21st, I drove to my local Wal*Mart, the store I used to work at, and I ended up buying some Star Wars figures, and when the cashier rang them up, I was totally shocked by the great price, this is something you’ve just got to see. I could of wiped the pegs clean, but the left-overs were nothing but Ketwol.” He added a scan of the receipt confirming his find. If anyone knows if this is limited to one store, state, region, etc., let us know! For more information and a scan of the receipt to see Tim’s site



More Strange Finds At TRU
December 23, 2001 | 1:29 AM EST | John

Strange things are afoot. Yak-reader and all-around Star Wars figure collector “Brandon B” writes us with this tale of TRU finds;

“I had an interesting find today in my local Toy’s R Us store in Peoria, Illinois. This particular store has not had hardly any product over the past few months with the exception of the 12″ Dewback and some older POTJ figs. Today I came across the newest FX-7 wave WITH 6 300’th Boba Fett figures in the FIRST release packaging. I was under the impression this figure was long gone. They also had one complete set of the Fan Club 4 there also. Was not sure if this is showing up at other stores.”

Yes, oddball cases will sometimes get shoved to the back of the warehouse, and then months down the road show up occasionally in retail as such in this case with the original Fett packaging, (they’re all labeled “Boba Fett 300” so there’s no point to pull the stock or ship out certain cases before others, they’re all just “Boba Fett 300” to the warehouses). But, the Fan Club 4… That is indeed odd. First the Lando wave showing up again, and now this. Keep your eyes peeled folks. It’s that time of year again!



More on those “Preview” figures in January…
December 23, 2001 | 1:22 AM EST | John

This is getting rediculous! If I didn’t know better, it would seem that Diamond Distributors were trying to pull a coolie on unsuspecting dealers and trying to dump some dead stock. Check this one out from “Brian in Galax”;

“My local hobby shop (D&J Hobby in Galax, Va.) ordered the so-called
“Preview” case from Diamonds in October. Last week, the store’s sales rep at Diamonds told the owner of the store that an “Episode II Preview” case was arriving on Wednesday. What he actually received was 3 cases of Aurra Sings, Jedi Training Obi-Wans, Mechanic Chewies, etc. On the packing slip/invoice is clearly states “Ep. II Preview Assortment.” When the owner contacted Diamonds, they originally refused to allow him to return the cases for credit! Needless to say, there was much disappointment all around. Everything has been straighted out, but it still seems odd that there was so little communication between Hasbro, Diamonds and the dealers in this case.”

Yes, Brian, it does seem strange indeed. I’m not trying to make too big a deal over this, but I figure it is newsworthy, and if it can save some small dealer from making the same mistake, it’s worth posting. Just as a word of caution to all, don’t buy any cases listed as “Preview” figures until you see that they are being officially released via the Official Hasbro Site or pages such as ours right here. It’d be horrible to be stuck with a solid case of Mechanic Chewbacca’s, wouldn’t it? …unless you want an intergalactic army of Wookiee mechanics…



Target 12″ Deals
December 23, 2001 | 1:14 AM EST | John

“Kenny T.” sends us this cool Target information on 12″ Figures;

“I went into my local TARGET in LEVITTOWN, LONG ISLAND and wanted to pick up an extra 12″ DEATH STAR TROOPER and i went to scan the price and it scanned at $10.40!!! half price from the original shelf tag! Then, i proceeded to check out the 12″ LUKE W/ SPEEDER BIG and this one came up a whopping $27.90!!! Half the price from its initial release! (well,almost half)”

Wow! What a deal! Keep watching out there, Yakkers, you never know what you’re going to find! Thanks for the report, Kenny!



LEGO’s Online
December 22, 2001 | 4:07 PM EST | Mark now has the new LEGO sets online. Check it out if you want to get them.



What other army builders would you like to see?
December 22, 2001 | 3:48 AM EST | John

With the onset of the Stormtrooper Fan Club 4-pack, I was wondering what other kind of army builders all the faithful Yakkers out there would like to see? I won’t list any suggestions here because I’d like you, the reader, to use his/her imagination. Remember, when I say “army” builders, I mean just “a lot of for a diorama”, not necessarily fighters or troops. Please, only one idea per e-mail, and send your ideas to me, John@Yakface.Com, not the general news address. Then, in a week or so, I’ll post the top 3 requested multi-packs, along with some honorable mentions. This should be an interesting experiment!



Racer Revenge For PS2 Now Showing
December 22, 2001 | 2:02 AM EST | John

LucasArts has made the upcoming PS2’s Racer Revenge game trailer available for download at the official LucasArts site. The game looks nice, and seems to be shaping up to be a suitable sequel for the Original “Star Wars-Racer” that was released most notably for the N64 in 1999, (and is still available for that platform for around and about $10 at most stores).Check it out! The game is simply scheduled as “due for release in 2002”.



Fan Films Recognized At Celebration II
December 22, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | John has posted an article involving all the fan films popping up over the past few years… and apparently Lucas likes them. The Fan-Film awards will be given during the Celebration II which is being held May 3 through 5 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Original productions that qualify as finalists will compete for top honors, including an award picked by George Lucas himself, so you know there’ll be some stiff competition.

If you’ve never gotten into the Fan Films, you just have to check’s Fan-Film Theater. Excellent stuff over there, folks! And, a lot of these are probably going to be contending for top honors at the Celebration II. Some personal favorites? “The Empire Strikes Backyard”, “Duality”, “Bounty Trail”, and you’ve got to see “The Invisible Enemy”, (a mix between ROTJ and Predator with a comedic twist). Happy downloading!



X-Box’s Obi-Wan Hits Best Buy December 22
December 22, 2001 | 1:16 AM EST | John

Kind Best Buy Inventory Supervisor “Ted B.” writes us to verify that there will be many happy Jedi out there today… that is if you’re looking forward to playing LucasArts “Obi-Wan” for the X-Box. He writes;

“I am the inventory supervisor for the Florence, KY Best Buy and I wanted to let you know that we received our copies of “Obi-Wan” today and they will hit the sales floor tomorrow morning. Good luck!

Thanks Ted, and good luck to all on finding this game!



FAO Schwarz Faamba Bottoms Out
December 22, 2001 | 1:11 AM EST | John

Yak-Reader “Paul M.” sends us this final news on the route of the Faamba;

“The FAO Schwarz in Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ is closing and their exclusive Faamba with Gungan warrior rings in at $15.00 at the register. There are many pieces of this item as well, approximately 40-50 units.”

Thanks for the information, Paul. Any chance of someone grabbing me, (John), one of these babies for that price? E-mail me if it wouldn’t be going out of your way. There are absolutely no FAO’s in my area of the USA. Thanks again Yakkers!



The Winner Is
December 22, 2001 | 12:28 AM EST | Bill

The winner of our bi-weekly Ultarama giveaway is Bob Martinazzi. Congratulations to Bob and good luck to everyone as you enter the next drawing!



Episode II Figures In January – The Final Word
December 21, 2001 | 1:08 PM EST | John

Mark of M and M Collectibles has graciously supplied us with this information;

“You may want the real scoop on this from an actual dealer of Diamond Comics. (Which we are). This was a mistake that they told us about. These are not going to be Episode II figures but one of the later assortments of Power of the Jedi. In fact, I checked on this last night and our order of them is shipping to us next week. More than likely it is the FX-7 wave or the Snaggletooth wave.
They WILL NOT be Episode II preview figures. Hasbro is going to have an assortment of preview figures, but they won’t be out until 2002.”

Thanks so much for clearing that up for everyone Mark! So, the post at The Galactic Senate was invalid, which I kind of figured from the beginning. Fear not folks, we will see Episode II preview figures, but according to sources, they will probably start showing up around late March and not January.



Ultarama Drawing Tonight
December 21, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

The bi-weekly drawing for a free Ultarama will be tonight at 10 pm est. Be sure to get your entry in!



X-Box’s Obi-Wan Goes Gold
December 21, 2001 | 2:24 AM EST | John

LucasArts Official Site has a slew of information involving X-Box’s newest Star Wars title, “Obi-Wan”, including the information that it has gone gold, (this means it is ready for the production press), and will be in stores later this week! Click here for all the dirt.



Expanded Universe Charachter In Episode II
December 21, 2001 | 2:09 AM EST | John is reporting news that leads the reader to believe that the charachter Aayla Secura, a blue-skinned Twi-lek female Jedi, might be making a minor appearance in Episode II! This would be the second time Lucas has used the influence of the Expanded Universe for insertion into the Trilogies, (the first being Dash Rendar’s Outrider in the skies of Mos Eisley). Click here to read the entire article.



More On The Episode II – January Figures
December 21, 2001 | 1:46 AM EST | John

A big Yak Thanks to Yak-Reader “Steve G.” who pointed our attention to this Diamond Comics Distributor’s List which has this entry for what looks to be like an October ordering deadline for “Pre-Episode II” figures. It reads like this;


Now, figuring that you’d have to order by October, January shipment wouldn’t be a far cry from what we’re seeing. But, is the Episode II list I’d mentioned as posted at The Galactic Senate one of these assortments of figures, and why did Hasbro pick a date as early as January even for a “preview” figure. Another thing is, why would they devote an entire case to just one figure? Spoiler warning applies to all links in this article, so again, if you’re spoiler concious, BEWARE!!! As our faithful readers, you’ll know as soon as we know. Stay tuned for this breaking story…



New Custom Site
December 20, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jason gave us a heads up on a new Customs Site
that’s just opened on the net for the Star Wars– the Chicago Collectors Maul, a local collector’s group. It’s a brand new Customs & Dioramas Section where Chicagoland Customizers can share their work with there fellow Chicagoans and the rest of the world. Click here for more.



Episode II Figures… In January?
December 20, 2001 | 8:09 PM EST | John

A post over atThe Galactic Senate is claiming that there are to be 2 case assortments of Episode II figures released in January. I might state here and now that this is a HUGE RUMOR until we, here at, can confirm this. If this is in fact the case, I would like absolute proof of this. Would the person who posted this at The Galactic Senate please e-mail me, and we can talk. You will be assured to remain completely and safely anonymous in any news postings! Remember, any e-mails received that cannot provide proof will be deleted immediately, so no fakers. If this is in fact the truth, this will be a first for any Star Wars toys. Remember, this carries a huge spoiler warning, so those who are wary, stay away!!! No pictures, just alleged case assortment lists. Clearance
December 20, 2001 | 2:54 PM EST | Mark

Well if you have been waiting, the time is now.
Here are the prices on some good items. Stop over to!
100th Special Edition: 12″ Luke Skywalker $25.00
12″ Sith Lords: Darth Maul and Darth Vader $25.00
4-Lom Bounty Hunter With Concussion Rifle $15.00
Bossk With Blaster Rifle $15.00
Ig-88 With Rifle and Imperial Blaster $15.00



New Japanese X-Wing Model Arrives
December 20, 2001 | 3:29 AM EST | Adam

From Reader Jim:

“In response to your November post of this amazing kit I just thought I would let you know that I received my X-Wing model this
morning from Hobbylink Japan. Just thought I would let you know that they have started to ship!”

Thanks, Jim!



FAO Closure
December 20, 2001 | 3:22 AM EST | Adam

While not exclusively Star Wars, this news might interest some of you.

The Scottsdale Fashion Square FAO Schwarz (Arizona) store is closing its doors once and for all, with all product marked down 50%-75%. Not surprisingly, there’s still a lot of Episode One merchandise still available.

If you’re still in need, there’s various puppets and plushes of Jar Jar and Watto, some Tatooine accessory packs, suction-cup vehicles from Applause ($1 per), and, of course, the obligatory glut of CommTech readers, only $3 each.

Other figure-related items of note included Alien: Ressurection’s Call (Winona Ryder) at $3 and a big box of Universal Monsters Little Bigheads for $30.

Now, we return you to something of actual significance.



Eeth Koth, Snaggletooth at D&S Sci-Fi Toy World
December 20, 2001 | 3:18 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has just informed us that they have the newest wave of figures in stock. Jedi Master Eeth Koth is joined by the diminutive furry Zutton (a.k.a. Snaggletooth). Check D&S Sci-Fi Toy World for pricing and availability!



Need New Deluxe Figures??
December 19, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Jedi Chris is giving away Deluxe Amanaman, Deluxe Princess Leia Sail Barge, Darth Maul Sith Apprentice, Scout Trooper, Boomer Damage Battle Droid and Han Solo Bespin Capture. Click here for more.



Lucasfilm Greetings
December 19, 2001 | 1:49 PM EST | John has just posted some images of greeting cards that Lucasfilm will be sending to their employees/affiliates this 2001 holiday season. Chances are that us as the masses will never see these in our mailboxes or collections, but they’re still quite interesting to see what those important few will be receiving this year. Click on over to check these out!



R4-M9 Image @
December 19, 2001 | 1:31 PM EST | John

This new figure looks super! Finally we’re getting an Astomech that’s not an R2-D2 repaint or an R5-arsenal. has posted a nice image of R4-M9 for us all to gawk at. It looks like it has the same mouse droid included as the old Fan Club 4 exclusive Death Star Droid, so there’s a bit of a reissue, but hey, a new Astromech is a new Astromech! Click here to see this beautiful new piece of 3-inch plastic! Now, if Hasbro would only make a 4-pack of different sculpts with these babies…



Jawa And Anakin And His Angel Merge
December 18, 2001 | 8:33 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa and Anakin And His Angel have merged sites. Anakin And His Angel (AAHA) is a site dedicated to the SW Prequel Episodes II-III. They have News, Spoilers, the Latest Pictures plus much more. Anakin And His Angel is still a site of its own for the most part, but “hosted” and supported by



LEGO My Toys!!!
December 18, 2001 | 6:43 PM EST | Mark

For all of you LEGO hunters, the hunt is ON!!!!! So far I have seen on the shelves of Target and Meijer stores, the following sets.

Final Duel set one and two
Twin Pod Cloud Car
Ewok Attack
Jedi Defense one
Technic R2-D2

If anyone finds any others send me and email and I will add them to this post.



Celine Song Debunked…
December 18, 2001 | 1:30 PM EST | John

…but now we must worry about N’Sync. If you missed the post below, Celine Dion was rumored to be singing a song for Episode 2, which was quickly debunked. Another rumor flying around now is that N’Sync will be in the background of some battle scenes as Jedi. Oh puh-leese. Check for more on these humor/rumors.



FX-7, Lando & Deluxe, oh my!
December 18, 2001 | 1:21 PM EST | John

We, here at Yak, have been getting reports dribbling in over the last few days, and I’d like to actually post the news as a conglomerate, considering it’s been coming in that way. Ok, here goes;

Deluxe Wave II

The Deluxe Wave 2 Amanaman and Leia with the Sail Barge Cannon have been popping up all over creation. We’ve had sightings in about 20 states that have been sent to us including Kansas, Ohio, California, Florida, and South Carolina, (off the top of my head).

FX-7 Wave

The FX-7 Wave seems to be hitting in force as well. A lot of people are finding either the entire wave or remenants of the wave, (myself incuded, finding only the Amidala Black Travel Gown buried at the bottom of a really poor Star Wars set-up in The Super Wal-Mart in Stroudsburg, PA).

Return Of The Smoothie

The surprise of all these reports? The Lando Wave seems to be popping up in abundance in many reports we’ve received. This is really good news considering the scarcity of this set last summer. Goes to show you that patience pays, and not to bow down to those slimy scalpers and their inflated prices.

Stay On Target…

The Target exclusive Luke with Speeder Bike 12″ seems to be bottoming out for now at around and about $30 to $40, depending on your location. I figured that one wouldn’t go too hot considering that just last year we shelled out the cash and got the Biker Scout. How about that 12″ scale Jabba that was rumored? That would have flown off the shelves. But, in their wisdom, Hasbro saw fit to give us the same speeder bike and another incarnation of Luke. I see the logic…

Thanks to everyone that wrote in about where and when they found the above items. All of us here at Yak really appreciate your intelligable e-mails. And, don’t forget that when writing to us not to forget to mention where you found these items. Thanks folks!



Michael Stackpole In Trouble…
December 18, 2001 | 1:08 PM EST | John

Faithful Yak-Reader “Todd M.” writes us with disturbing news that had been highlighted on about a week or so ago, but I think it merits another mention considering he’s one of the top Star Wars writers out there today. Todd writes;

“You have probably seen this post from or Stackpole’s website, but in case you haven’t, Mike Stackpole is saying he needs help, or he will not be able to continue writing novels. Click here for details.”

I know that writing is a tough business, but this guy is established as creating some of the Star Wars Expanded Universe continuum. Do what you can to support our fellow enthusiast, and check out the above link.



Reality Internet Returns
December 17, 2001 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill

Scott over at Star Wars Survivor (O’hair’s Hypoerspace) is proud to announce the reason for the delay in starting week 10 of Star Wars survivor. He is a new father!!!! Scott congrats on your new daughter. With the new addition to his family week 10 is up and ready for fans to vote. Only 7 survivors are left. Click here to vote.



Need The New Deluxe Figures??
December 17, 2001 | 10:45 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa have come up with more giveaways. This time it’s a Deluxe Amanaman and Leia click here for more.



12″ Dewbacks Still Slouching About
December 17, 2001 | 12:32 PM EST | John

We’ve been getting reports from all around the nation about the 12″ Dewbacks still making it to retail in fresh cases, the most recent being from “Kevin C.” who tells us the shelves in the Princeton, NJ TRU are stock full. I, for one, have seen loads of these at my Allentown, PA and the Phillipsburg, NJ TRU’S that I frequent. I’ve heard of them going for anywhere from full price to a measily $18. So, my point folks, if you still need this, get out there and get it. But please, shop around and find the best price.



Celine Dion Music In Episode II?!
December 17, 2001 | 12:23 PM EST | John

This scoop comes from Seems that they can’t confirm or deny this, but what they’re hearing is that a Celine Dion song entitled “That Man in My Life” will be featured in Episode II highlighting a certain romance that will be happening in the film. It is still be treated as a bigrumor, but all the information is listed at the site. In this reporters opinion, I think it may ruin the film if it would be true, (even though she’s a very talented singer, it may not be quite right for a Star Wars film). Time will tell…



Variation Hunters Beware
December 16, 2001 | 12:05 PM EST | Bill

We are receiving numerous reports of a variation on the newly released Imperial Officer. One version has a flat black shirt, and the other has a gloss black shirt. Thanks to Syczylo and everyone else who sent in the posts on this.



New Figures Update
December 16, 2001 | 12:02 PM EST | Bill

This will be the last update on the FX-7 wave, since it appears they are hitting across the country.

Some Wal-Marts are selling the FX-7 wave for far below normal retail. Yak Reader mnichols2001 found a whole bunch of the FX-7
wave for just $4.00! What a buy for these sought after figures for far below usual retail. Yak Reader Paul wrote that he “found a case of the FX-7 wave at a Walmart in Niagara Falls NY. The case did not last long enough to make it to the shelf. After i pulled it off of the pallet and opened it up, i scanned one of the figures and it rang up 50 cents!!!!! Needless to say i bought 7 of the 12 on the spot. Another guy came along and grabbed the other 5. We made off like bandits!!! We dont know if they marked them down wrong or they were supposed to be clearance items, but i have NEVER paid 50 cents for a Star Wars figure in 22 years!! At the same Walmart, i also found a case of the 12″ Luke w/ Yodas. Those were going for $29.83. I went to another Walmart in Amherst NY, about 15 miles away from the one in Niagara Falls, and found some of the same FX-7 wave figures for $3.00!!! Great Hunting, Huh??” Thanks to JediJake and everyone else who sent in these reports!



Wal-Mart Strikes Back!!!
December 14, 2001 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

The FX-7 waveis appearing at Wal-Marts across the country. Thanks to Bruce, Bill, and Kenny for the news.



Amanamam And Slave Leia Found At Retail Stores
December 14, 2001 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Aaron wrote in to let us know that Toys R Us in Appleton, WI had a case of the new deluxe figures (Amanmaman and Slave Leia) yesterday.



Planning a Jedi Christmas????
December 13, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at The Trade Federation has just announced a new contest geared for all of the customizers and diorama builders out there with a yuletide twist. Create a Jedi Nativity, Christmas diorama with a Star Wars theme– Dagobah meets Hoth anyone??? and send in your photos to the Trade Federation. Click here for more.



Custom 12″ E2 Bounty Hunter
December 13, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

In keeping with our spoiler free policy, I won’t list the name of this 12″ Custom Bounty Hunter, but rest assurred it is worth a look. Click here to see a photo of it. Click here for another photo.



New Wave News
December 13, 2001 | 10:24 PM EST | Bill

The FX-7 wave is appearing at Electronics Boutique (EB) stores across the country, and readers are reporting receiving their cases of the FX-7 wave from New Force Comics. Thanks to Chad, MRJANGOFETT, Mike, David, and Sidi for the news.



Dark Horse Talks About March 2002 Comics…
December 13, 2001 | 1:04 AM EST | John

Dark Horse Comics has listed their March 2002 Star Wars releases, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be pretty nice!
Star Wars Tales # 11 will devote an entire issue to our favorite smuggler, Han Solo. He will, of course, be getting into trouble and back out again, as Han has become notorious for. Look for this one on March 11th.

The final installment of Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones will also debut in March, and promises to be a great finally to this 3-part series. This puppy is scheduled to be released on March 13th.

Another comic that looks like it’s shaping up to be pretty good is Star Wars # 40. In this first part of a 2-part series entitled “The Devaronian Version”, we meet Vilmahr Grahrk who tells the tale of why he’s hanging around a nasty Jedi. Interesting… Look for this one March 20th.

And, last but not least, comes the second part of a 2-part series called“Star Wars: Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan – The Aurorient Express”. They have 43 minutes to set the day right, and that’s a challenge for even our fave Jedi duo. March 27th is when you should find this one.

So folks, the pre-prequel comics are still looking good! Keep an eye out for these babies, hot off the press! If you want to check out the official release at, click here.



Cantina Diorama Plans!!!
December 12, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

The next issue of Star Wars Gamer (Issue 8) will have photos and plans to build your own Cantina Diorama. Click here for more.



Paging Yak Reader…
December 12, 2001 | 8:43 PM EST | Bill

I need to get in touch with Yak Reader Tim Enloe. If you know him or how to reach him e-mail me. We now return to your regular programming.



RPG Site
December 12, 2001 | 8:36 PM EST | Bill

PeregrinesShadow has done some huge updates to their SW-RPG Website… including new Adventure info, new Links, more Artwork, and stunning Customs! Click here for more.



FX-7 Wave Hitting Wal-Mart
December 12, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tim wrote in to say that he found the FX-7 wave at a couple of Wal-Marts in the Kansas City. Good Hunting!!!



Episode I – POTJ Bracket Tournement In Full Swing
December 12, 2001 | 12:45 PM EST | John

Well folks, another bracket tournament has started over at This time, they are pitting the Episode I toys against the newer POTJ’s. Who will win? Will Yoda be left sitting in his chair while K-3PO runs away with the trophy? Will Amidala use her rappel-line to rip the certificate of recognition out of poor Tessek’s slimy mitts? Get on over there and cast a vote! Dozens of action figures ego’s await your cyber-click!



Teebo Image At Hasbro.Com
December 12, 2001 | 12:38 PM EST | John

Hasbro has just posted a pic of the upcoming Teebo figure. Nice sculpt, decent stance… still a furball. Click here to see this little sucker.



POTJ Take Price Plunge In Canadian TRU’s
December 12, 2001 | 12:34 PM EST | John

Randy, a Canadian Yakker, writes us with this info;

“The local Toys R’Us has just reduced it’s price on 3 3/4″ Star Wars POTJ figures from a whopping $11.99 to $7.98 each. This now means that TRU has a lower price than both Wal-Mart and Zellers. I’ve been informed that all TRU stores across Canada will be setting these new prices.”

That’s wonderful, and quite a decent discount for our friends to the north! Is this a country-wide occurence, or an isolated incident?



More on SOTE for Gamecube…
December 12, 2001 | 1:56 AM EST | John

David, helming the Shadows Of The Empire petition for the Nintedo Gamecube, writes us once more to post the newest link for the location of the online petition. He writes;

“My Shadows Of The Empire Petition for Nintendo Game Cube needs some immediate help!!! I had Yakface post a link earlier but had problems with it. I have a new link for it.”

New link for SOTE petition

So, once again, if you’re all for Nintendo making an updated version of this game for their newest system release, the Gamecube, click the above link and leave your digital John Hancock!



KBKids Sale
December 11, 2001 | 11:06 PM EST | Mark

Visit and pick up these toys at good deals.

Death Star Trooper 12″ Action Figure $9.99 reg $27.99
Episode I: 12″ Royal Elegance Queen Amidala $7.99 reg $29.99
Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Widescreen Collector Set (VHS) $4.99 reg $19.99



Custom 12″ Greedo
December 11, 2001 | 10:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Draven sent in pics of his custom 12″ Greedo—- from Episode 1. Click here for the photo. Click here for more.



Trivia Contest Entry Deadline
December 11, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

The Jundland Wastes has announced the deadline to enter their trivia contest is 10:00 EST Tuesday. Click here for more.



Beneath The Dome Part 3
December 11, 2001 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted part of R2-D2 “Beneath the Dome”. Click here for more. Thanks to Campbell for the tip!



Custom Showcase
December 10, 2001 | 9:24 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has a regular new feature, Show & Tell, that allows the creative Star Wars fans to display their masterpieces and tell how their made them. It’s not just focussed on custom figures, but what ever form your creative skills take, props, costumes, PC art etc, they are all welcome to participate in Show & Tell. Their first Show & Tell features Paul ofImperial Troopers with his Death Star Trooper, so please head over to TPU to check it out.”



Attention Trivia Fans
December 10, 2001 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Jundland Wastes is starting a Trivia League. Signups begin today and once the contest starts it will run for about 3 months. There will be weekly and monthly prizes as well as a grand prize. Click here for more.



Jabba Article at X-Entertainment
December 10, 2001 | 3:15 PM EST | Adam

Fantastic pop/junk culture site X-Entertainment has posted another great feature on Star Wars, this time, focusing on Jabba. If you’re a product of ’80’s toy culture, this site is well worth a read.

Please note, X-Entertainment features language of a not-G-rated nature, so people easily offended to the point where they shouldn’t be online in the first place and youngsters who can’t read yet, take note.

(Unfortunately, he missed a few Jabba toys in the feature, but you aren’t reading this article for the educational value.)



Fan Club Troop Builder Details
December 10, 2001 | 9:04 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted more details about the Fan Club’s army builder Stormtrooper set. It will have FOUR, not just two, Stormtroopers. Price is still to be announced. Click here for photos of the figures and box.



Star Wars Xbox Updates
December 10, 2001 | 3:15 AM EST | Adam

If you’re one of the gamers who invested in Microsoft’s big black behemoth, you might be interested in knowing that Starfighter: Special Edition, complete with multiplayer, is currently available at finer software outlets everywhere.

Obi-Wan, the PC game-turned-Xbox title, has been rescheduled to ship on December 18. The strategy guide, for some reason or another, can be found in stores now.



More Book Clearance Fun
December 10, 2001 | 3:10 AM EST | Adam

Some Waldenbooks stores here in Tuson have had the Chronicle Books gift set “The Queen’s Amulet” for a paltry $3.99. You get a boxed book of Queen Amidala and a necklace for… the kind of person who might wear the Queen’s Amulet. Hence the name.

Check your local bookstores for details on this and many other fine Star Wars clearances.



Fact Files Interview
December 8, 2001 | 7:59 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is doing an exclusive interview with the men behind the Star Wars Fact Files , and you can put your questions to them! They also have full details of official release dates of the returning magazine. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to ask your questions, head over to TPU for more information.”



Episode II Lego Poster
December 8, 2001 | 1:34 PM EST | John currently has a poster posted that depicts the new Lego line coming out for Episode II. There’s not too much to see really, other than a new spaceship. The foreground shadowed charachter is Obi-Wan, so that’s not too much of a spoiler either, but it’s cool nonetheless. It’s still something to tide us over until the 2002 midnight blitz! Click here to visit and see this new eye-candy. Remember, if you’re really spoiler sensative, stay away!!!

UPDATE – As some of our more astute readers have noticed, the picture of the shadowed charachter seems to be Anakin. Sorry for any confusion. I’ve always been a big Obi-Wan fan so I guess I just took it as a foregone conclusion.



Episode II Figure Scans!
December 8, 2001 | 12:41 AM EST | John

Collect Star Wars has posted a bunch of images from a toy catalog of a load of the upcoming Episode II toys!!! Remember, this carries a heftySPOILER warning, so spoiler-sensative collectors, be aware! You have been warned! Nice stuff however, including the new range of figures labeled Generation Y that seems to be geared at the emerging teen market of Star Wars fans. Imagine Todd McFarlane meeting Hasbro Star Wars. That line will transcend all 5 movies it seems. But, get over there before the powers that be (Lucas Inc.) has these images revoked. It’s almost a sure bet.



Attakus Round Two Available at Entertainment Earth
December 7, 2001 | 11:19 PM EST | Adam

From Entertainment Earth:

“New Attakus In Stock!

Some of the second wave of Attakus Star Wars statues are in stock and starting to ship – just in-time for the holidays! We have a VERY limited quantity available. Choose from 11 different statues in the entire Attakus Star Wars collection including the new Stormtrooper Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC121, $359.99), Darth Vader Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC116, $399.99), C-3PO Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC120, $369.99) and more!

See all Attakus statues here:



Wal-Mart Dagobah Luke & Yoda Continue to Show Up
December 7, 2001 | 11:18 PM EST | Adam

In case you’ve strayed from the stores, now might be a good time to look around for the new exclusive 12″ two-pack. For $29.96 (give or take a few pennies), you can get the pair in a rather nice box. (Even though Yoda’s face detailling looks pretty awful.)

A local Wal-Mart had nine pieces on Monday and had one left tonight, so they’re not selling as fast as some previous exclusives. But if you’re in need of a present for someone you really care about– i.e., you– now’s a good time to go a-shoppin’.



The Winner Is…
December 7, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

The winner of the first Ultarama give-away is Eric Rabenold. Send in your entries for the next give-away. We’ll have another Ultarama drawing two weeks from today. Email us with your entry. Be sure to include your name and address. Good luck to everyone and congratulations again Eric!!!



Ultarama Give Away Drawing Tonight
December 7, 2001 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

The first drawing in our new Ultarama giveaway will be tonight at 10:00 P.M. Eastern time. Be sure you’ve sent in your email, with your name and address to us here. Good luck to everyone.



Star Wars 25th Anniversary Novelizations Coming!
December 7, 2001 | 12:52 AM EST | John

StarWars.Com has just recently posted that, come July 2002, bookstores nationwide will have the re-release of the original Star Wars novelizations! All three novels will be complete in one hardcover edition, (incidentally, for the first time ever), and will feature original conceptual art by none other than Ralph McQuarrie. Click on over to see what this thing is going to look like.



Speeder Price Drops And Sales
December 6, 2001 | 11:25 PM EST | Bill

It appears that the 12″ Luke Speeder price drop is nationwide, but some Targets are going lower than $39.99. Yak Reader Grayhank found that his Target in Northern California has done a pricecut down to $39.99, and has the speeder currently on sale for $37.99.



Star Wars Racer: Revenge Preview at GameSpot
December 6, 2001 | 11:11 PM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted a preview of the upcoming PlayStation 2 sequel to theRacer franchise of Pod Racing games. So far, it’s looking pretty sharp and will deal with Sebulba’s return to Pod Racing, as well as Anakin (E2 era) sneaking off to rejoin the races. Sounds like ith as potential, so if you’re interested, be sure to check out the preview.



Star Wars Books CHEAP
December 6, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darthdav found a great Star Wars book sale at Borders in the bay area, C-3PO Masterpiece Edition book and 12″ figure box- set for $19.99, and the Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection, by Steven Sansweet (the one that contains pictures and reproductions of classic star wars stuff like popcicle wrappers, a premier invitation, etc.) for a mere $7.99. has the Aurra Sing Masterpiece Edition (as well as the c-3PO one) for $52.50 (thats 30% off).



Star Wars: Battlegrounds Patch Available
December 6, 2001 | 2:14 PM EST | John

LucasArts currently has a patch available that corrects the problem withStar Wars:Battlegrounds that some were experiencing while trying to play the game. They include an issue with the Installer that occurred after selecting the Modify feature and deselecting Full Install, and various minor gameplay issues such as a crash that occurred after selecting certain items in the Editor, Wookiee Carbon collection bonus that is at the intended +5%, Rebel Farming Bonus that is at intended +5%, and to make sure that Heavy Artillery is doing proper damage. If you are experiencing these software issues, click on over and get the patch!



Wave 15.5 Now Available At Entertainment Earth 
December 6, 2001 | 1:42 PM EST | John

Entertainment Earth has the current Wave of POTJ figures in stock and ready for order. They include Queen Amidala Royal Decoy, Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender, Imperial Officer and FX-7 Medical Droid! You can order a set of the 4 by clicking here, or a full case by clicking here. These are one of the nicer waves to come along since the POTJ inception, so, if you want ’em, grab ’em!



Some Good Deals @ eBay
December 6, 2001 | 12:08 PM EST | John

Sometimes in life it comes time to part with our collections for various reasons. For our fellow Yak-reader “Bill T.”, the reason is buying a home for his family. He’s got a bunch of good auctions going on over on e-Bay, so if you’re looking to fill collection holes, check out his wares. They’re decently priced, and there’s a nice little variety.



New Figures In Stock At D & S Sci-fi Toy World
December 6, 2001 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new FX-7, Amidala, Imperial Officer & Rebel Trooper figures in
stock and ready to ship. And they just got the 12″ Luke Dagobah & Yoda in stock. They have also gotten some older figures back in stock, including Sandtrooper, Biker Scout, Plo Koon, Sebulba, Fode, etc. These will go fast! Click here for more.



Remember ASCII
December 5, 2001 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Josh brought our attention to a very interesting site. Remember ASCII characters on your computer — you know the ^%!#^@#”[, etc? Well Asciimation has created a version of Star Wars using entirely ASCI characters. Click here for more.



Meet The Tantive IV Builder
December 5, 2001 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa will have a chat session Friday night at 9 PM with Michael Fright, the Tantive IV creator.



BoShek Figure Images Released!
December 5, 2001 | 11:24 AM EST | John

Hasbro has just released images on their website of what is promising to be one of the nicer figures this year. Ol’ Boshek should be hitting shelves soon, if not the first quarter of 2002. Hop on over to see this dandy guy!



More Lucas Auction For America Items
December 5, 2001 | 12:32 AM EST | John

A big Yak thanks goes to “Obi-Shawn” from ShawnandColleen.Com for sending us this information. He writes;

“According to my local SoCal CBS News Radio station KNX 1070, Lucasfilm is parting with some choice items from the archives. Starting tomorrow, Lucasfilm will be auctioning off items in eBay’s
“Auction for America” category. The username seems to be “LucasfilmLtd”, and the first Item appears to be an ILM assembled/detailed Anakin Podracer model. Click here to view this auction.

Soon to follow are an autographed Stormtrooper helmet from ESB (Lucas
signed), a Darth Maul double-bladed saber, and more.”

Thanks again for the information, Obi-Shawn! Looks like some really good stuff is going up for auction there, and it’s for a great cause. So, if you can, bid and give freely to this worth-while fund.



More Episode II toys… this time Lego!
December 5, 2001 | 12:03 AM EST | John

For all the Lego fans out there, now there are some Episode II toys posted on Action-Figure.Com! Even better than a list, these are actual images of an up-and-coming non-Vader Sith Lord, and a certain Jedi Master with his, um… Jedi trademark. I know this is cryptic, but if you’re not spoiler-sensative, you have GOT to see these images.



Episode II Figure List
December 4, 2001 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill

Above and Beyond has posted a list of Episode 2 figures which contains nearly 50— that’s right 50 figures. In keeping with our spoiler free policy, we will not post the list here, but click here and go to the Episode 2 figures section on the menu.

UPDATE: Above and Beyond has removed the list.



Speeder Bike Prices Starting To Drop
December 4, 2001 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark from Woburn, MA wrote in to say his Target has dropped the Luke 12″ Speederbike to $39.99. Whether this is nationwide or just an isolated case is still unclear.



C-3PO Palm Talker Variation
December 4, 2001 | 12:44 PM EST | John

Over at they have posted what appears to be a variation on the Palm Talker C-3PO. The first version was a dull gold color, almost a flat gold paint, while the newer one being spotted has a nice gold luster to it and is much brighter. Quite an improvement. Here’s another one for all you variation hunters out there, good luck!



Entertainment Earth gets 2nd Deluxe Wave
December 4, 2001 | 1:51 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth has just received enough cases of the second wave of Deluxe Figures to fill all of the backorders placed through December 2nd at their site. Although this item is not in stock for regular ordering, it is still currently shipping from the warehouses, and can be ordered through their site for future shipments! The case includes;

3x Leia with Sail Barge Cannon
3x Amanaman with Salacious Crumb

So, if you haven’t yet, hop over and order a case if you’re so inclined.Click here for a direct link to the order page. And, as always, tell them Yakface sent ya!



Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader 25th Anniversary 2 Pack Photos
December 3, 2001 | 9:38 PM EST | Bill

Some of the first photos anywhere of the upcoming Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Vader 25th Anniversary 2 Pack have appeared at Action Figure.comClick here for more.



AT-ST Set Photos Posted
December 3, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted some pictures of the upcoming TRU Exclusive AT-ST, Paploo, and Speederbike set. It sounds like this set will run about 30 bux — well worth the price for the AT-ST alone (and ths one has a slightly different paint job for variation fans and diorama builders.Click here for more.



Want The Newest Figures???
December 3, 2001 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill has just posted a contest with a prize that just about everyone can use– part the next wave of figures– that’s right army builders!!! The prizes are Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper and Bespin Guard. Click here for more.



Free 100th 12″ Luke Skywalker
December 3, 2001 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa have come up with yet another giveaway. This time it’s 100th 12″ Figure Luke Skywalker. Click here for more.



12″ Luke And Yoda FOUND!!!
December 3, 2001 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

It finally happened!!!! The Wal-Mart exclusive 12″ Luke and Yoda are appearing. The news it even better– we have multiple reports from several different states:

Cathedral City Walmart, next to Palm Springs in Southern
California– Yak Reader MachoFrijol

Phoenix,AZ at Wal-Mart on 59th Ave. and Bell Road –SlugBoyJabba
Here is MachoFrijol’s review:

I just came form my Walmart and they have the new 12 inch look Skywalker with Yoda. It looks great! I didn’t know that the front was dome shaped! It is awesome! The price is $28.98 and I am the proud owner of Two! One for the old collection and one for opening! Luke’s fatigues are an exact replica of those in the film and Yoda’s expression is classic! I think this is the best 12 inch figure to date!



Star Wars Survivor Enters Week 8
December 3, 2001 | 9:03 AM EST | Bill

Star Wars Survivor Hoth is entering Week 8. It might be harder this week to vote a survivor off. The surviving characters in the game are: Aurra Sing, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Lando, Leia, Mace, Plo Koon, R2-D2, and Wedge.Vote Today!



REAL Newsfeed: Half Price Sale
December 3, 2001 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

From the fine folks from REAL:

Half Price Sale on Now!

Happy Holidays!  The No.1 action figure stands in the universe are now on sale at half price.  Act fast, supplies are limited and this sale will end soon, and without notice.
REAL Action Stands are high quality clear display stands specially designed just for Hasbro’s (Kenner) current and vintage lines of 3-3/4″ Star Wars action figures.

Order Now online, or by phone or fax toll free 24 hours
1-888-618-REAL (7325)

Check out their site for the full rundown on the latest deals. Sale
December 2, 2001 | 11:06 PM EST | Mark

Here is small list of what is on sale and the prices over at
Technic Pit Droid $5.59 reg $22.99
Lego Tie Interceptor $47.99 reg $114.99
Theed Hander Playset $9.99 reg $39.99
Plus MANY MANY more items, stop over and stock up. Almost all of their LEGO’s are on sale.



Shadows Of The Empire Game Cube Petition
December 2, 2001 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill

The link for the Shadows Of The Empire Game Cube Petition has been revised. Click here for the new link.



Episode 1 Figures That Never Were Released
December 1, 2001 | 11:56 PM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation has added to his End of the Line section with detailed photos of two two-packs which were planned for the Episode 1 line which never saw the light of day. The two-packs are Jar Jar vs. a Destroyer Droid and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. a Battle Droid. These two packs look incredible, and I’d love to see them released at some point, but rightnow it looks very unlikely. Click here for more.

November 2001 Archive

Trivia Contest Ends Saturday
November 30, 2001 | 8:42 PM EST | Bill

If you are planning to enter Jundland Wastes’ trivia contest time is running out. The contest ends Saturday at midnight EST.



25th Anniversary Two Pack Photos
November 30, 2001 | 8:38 PM EST | Bill

Boxed photos of the final versions of the Luke/Leia and Han/Chewie 2 packs have surfaced at Collect Star Wars. These appear to be great additions to the line, Click here for more.



Fan Club Exclusive Stormtrooper 2 Pack
November 30, 2001 | 8:35 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has updated with more information on the Fan Club exclusive Stormtrooper. It will be a 2 pack, intended for ARMY BUILDERS. YES!!!! It appears that Hasbro is listening to collectors and responding, not only with excellent sculpts and very detailed figures, but also with army builder packs. These should be at the fan club in the second quarter of 2002. Click here for more.



SOTE for Gamecube?!?
November 29, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | John

Remember when you first brought home the N64? Remember how amazed you were with the then “state-of-the-art” graphics? Remember how you popped in your “Shadows Of The Empire” cartridge and played for hours on top of hours? Remember how, when you couldn’t get past the IG-88 part, you shoved a roll of toilet paper and open tin of baked beans in the cartridge port then threw it out a 28 story window? Ok… maybe not the last part, but my point is that we all loved SOTE when it first came out. It was the game to play.

With the release of “Rogue Squadron II; Rogue Leader”, some fans are seeing the graphics and wondering; “What would SOTE be like on Gamecube?” And that, my friends, is what prompted this petition. Personally, I’d love to see it done. Kind of like “Mario All-Stars” for the Super Nintendo rehashing all the original NES 8-bit Mario platform games but hopped-up for the 16-bit environment. Interested Yakkers? To sign the petition, click here, sign up, and that’s all there is too it!



Celebration II Passes On Sale At Official Site
November 29, 2001 | 4:04 PM EST | John

The Official Star Wars Fan Club Store at WotC has posted their passes for the up-and-coming Celebration II scheduled in Indianapolis, Indiana for next May. They have a load, and they all look great. Check them out if you’re planning on going!



Episode II Expanded Universe Titles looking great!
November 28, 2001 | 12:49 PM EST | John has recently listed a slew of Episode II titles for all the rabid fans reading pleasure! I won’t list them here due to our spoiler-free policy, but if you’re in the mood for some relatively spoiler-free literature listing for THE Star Wars event of 2002, click here!



Worlds Largest Custom Made STAR WARS TOY – Update
November 28, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | John

Michael Frights custom Tantive IV seems to be really shaping up as the world’s largest custom Star Wars toy! To check the newest dirt on this cool ship, click here!



Wal-Mart Ditching SW Figures?!? …Nah!
November 28, 2001 | 12:27 PM EST | John

In the last few months we’ve seemed to have gotten a few direct or at least a side-mentioning of this topic, and I think it must be addressed. This is the most current letter we’ve gotten. It’s from “Jedi Jake”, and goes a little something like this;

“I went to one of my local Wal-Marts the other day and I couldn’t help but notice there wasn’t a Star Wars section anywhere. I asked a clerk and they said that they aren’t going to be carrying the line anymore. At the other two Wal-Marts by me (Albany, NY) the same thing seems to be happening. Do you know why this is happening? And is it the same for all the Wal-Marts across the country? This is really frustrating, because that is where I got most of my figures from.”

Now, this happens every year around the same time. Towards the beginning of summer to late autumn there is a severe deficit of toys, and Star Wars is not immune. They will restock in time for Christmas. Any news of Wal-Mart not “carrying” Star Wars anymore is a lie. Chances are it’s only idiot stock-people (note I said “idiot” stock-people, not all stock-people…) who like to see people get worked up then laugh about it later. With the approach of Episode II, Wal-Mart would be pretty stupid not to carry the new unified line. Another problem is changing SKU’s. It may look like they’re not going to carry Star Wars at all, and all along it turns out that it’s just a case of SKU’s being changed on the packaging. So, fret not!



New Episode 2 Figure List
November 27, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted a new list of Episode 2 Figures. In keeping spoiler free, we will not post the list, but you can read it here.



Ultarama Giveaway Returns To Yakface
November 27, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

If you still haven’t gotten an Ultarama, and discovered quite simply the BEST loose figure dispay system around, now is your chance. Just in time for Christmas, Yakface is pleased to annouce the return of the Ultarama giveaway. We will randomly select one person every other week to receive a FREEUltarama. You can enter once for each giveaway drawing. Click here to enter. Be sure to include your first and last names, as well as your address so we can get the Ultarama to the lucky winner as fast as possible.



Virus Warning for Outlook Users
November 27, 2001 | 6:24 PM EST | Adam

I’d like to apologize for taking up valuable Star Wars news space for this, but having been pounded with the virus myself, it seemed appropriate to share this news story with you.

A worm, “Badtrans,” has been infecting Outlook and Outlook Express email applications and it logs your personal information. The worm transmits itself by self-launching and as apparently, there is no actual damage that can be done to your system– it’s an information thief.

I have yet to find if this affects all operating systems or just Windows, but here’s a story at CNN with more details.

We now return you to… uh… us.



Kay Bee Phantom Menace 1-Day VHS Sale
November 27, 2001 | 1:43 PM EST | John

Steven Y. writes us with this little tidbit of sale news;

“I suppose this would be a good buy for those who don’t want the DVD version. This appears to be a one day limited sale…”

Thanks Steven! To go directly to this sale, click on the following text – 1 Day VHS Episode I Sale Bear in mind that this is the larger box set with the film slide and the booklet included , so it’s a pretty darn good deal, considering that these were originally about $35.



TPE runs away with FOX ratings!
November 27, 2001 | 12:10 PM EST | John

Found this little tidbit over at The Hollywood Reporter. It may have recently lost out to Harry Potter, but Episode I ruled the airwaves (or would that be cable-waves?) on Sunday!

“Fox was the primetime master Sunday as its world TV premiere airing of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” blew away the competition on the final Sunday of the November sweep. Fox’s 7-10 p.m. airing of “Phantom Menace” averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 7.9 rating/18 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Fox won the night in adults 18-34, teens and other key young demos. “Phantom Menace” opened up with a solid 14.4 million viewers and a 6.4/17 in the demo at 7 p.m., peaking from 9-9:30 p.m. with 19.4 million viewers and an 8.7/19 in adults 18-49.”



Episode II DVD talk already?!?
November 27, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John

Maybe… This report comes from “JMB3”, of which I thank for the tip. It seems that DVD France has listed some interesting information involving the time frame of release of the Episode II DVD. Now, the below text has been translated from French, so it’s a bit choppy. But you get the idea.

“Nov. 26 2001 — You will not be able to say that you were not well-informed! Because indeed, the DVD of Star Wars Episode II, the attack of the clones is indeed planned… Do not pay too attention to the jacket above, because it is obviously false. On the other hand, which is true (in any case, that circulates much in the corridors of FPE…), it is that contrary to the phantom Threat, we will not have to wait two years before being able to taste the attack of the clones in DVD. This time, George Lucas is well decided to benefit immediately from the usual time imposed on the video outputs. Then small fast equation: since the film comes out on our screens on May 17 2002 and that in France the legal minimum time between an output rooms and an output video is 6 months, that gives us on November 17 2002. Moreover since the film comes out in the whole world in the neighbourhoods of May 17, one can think that the DVD will be the subject of a world output.”

Now everyone, we all know what “official sources” means, and this is by no means an official source. So, we’re going to mark this with a big R-U-M-O-R until after the release of the film and we hear for certain the video release dates.



Deluxe Showing Up Everywhere Online
November 27, 2001 | 11:47 AM EST | John

WotC has just recently listed a bunch of different figures from the newer waves, most notably the Deluxe Figures, Shirtless Maul and Bacta Luke. Also offering these at the present time is KB Kids where they’re asking $12.99 a pop. So folks, if you haven’t seen these in the stores yet, here’s your chance online.



Looking For A 12″ Darth Maul And Sith Speeder… FREE???
November 26, 2001 | 10:46 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for a 12″ Darth Maul and Sith Speeder, and the price of free sounds good to you, then check out The Jawa’s latest giveaway. Click here for more.



Ultarama Sale Ends Soon
November 26, 2001 | 10:40 PM EST | Bill’s free shipping on Ultarama units ends tomorrow night (November 27th)!!!! if you haven’t ordered yet, do it quick, and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!



Entertainment Earth Holiday Newsfeed
November 25, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

Entertainment Earth writes:

“We want you to receive your collectibles on time for the Holidays. To ensure Christmas delivery via standard ground shipping methods, please order “in stock” items by Monday, December 10, 2001. The last day to order “in stock” items for UPS 2nd day air delivery is Wednesday, December 19, 2001.



SW Jr. Line Official!
November 25, 2001 | 4:33 AM EST | Adam posted a link that pretty much sums up what we’ve been hoping– that these sets are a go!

The Hasbro Preschool Site makes mention of these as “Star Wars All In One Adventures.” The sets names and MSRPs are as follows:
“Duel with Darth Maul” $14.99
“Fast In The Forest” $7.99
“Stompin’ Wampa” $7.99
“X-Wing Adventure” $14.99

If you want a sense of scale for these fine products, just check out the Jurassic Park Jr. toys at your local stores, or take a look at those images on Hasbro’s Preschool Site. So folks, there ya have it– more stuff to waste money on next year. (But it’s cute… I’ll be buying them anyway. Here’s hoping for more!)

Thanks again to all those who informed us on these! Sale!
November 23, 2001 | 10:36 PM EST | Mark

Here are some of the latest sales at this weekend.
LEGO Technic Pit Droid $6.99 reg $22.99
LEGO Tie Interceptor $59.99 reg $114.99
LEGO Technic Battle Droid $24.99 reg $32.99
LEGO Star Wars Bonus Set (Inc – Technic Pit Droid, Technic Battle Droid, Technic Destroyer Droid and Gungan Patrol) $79.99 reg $121.99
Theed Playset w/ Qui-Gon and Battle Droid $9.99 reg $39.99
Interactive Yoda $9.99 reg $39.99
LEGO Darkside Developers $59.99 reg $124.99
Plus many others….



Target Exclusives Online Again
November 23, 2001 | 10:27 PM EST | Mark now has the 12″ Luke Speederbike and B-Wing in stock again.



FX-7 Wave Loose Photos
November 23, 2001 | 9:13 PM EST | Bill has just posted a batch of photos of the FX-7 wave. Click here for more.



Celebration 2 Exhibitor Packet
November 23, 2001 | 1:46 AM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has posted the cover of the second Celebration’s exhibitor packet. Spoiler-free, of course, and it’s pretty cool. Check ‘er on out.

FBTB also has some info on current Lego deals, so if you haven’t visited them lately, it’s probably worth your while to check out this fantastic resource.



Black Friday Bonanza
November 23, 2001 | 1:44 AM EST | Adam

On the biggest shopping day of the year, we’d like to turn to you, the readers, for the reports from the trenches. Toys “R” Us is having their old Star Wars stock down to 2 for $3 (along with old X-Men movie stock, Pokemon, and Avengers.)

Since many of these products have been blown out by TRU already, the question is, will anyone find anything cool? If you see a Holo Sidious, Pit Droids, or something as equally groovy, we want to hear about it– let us know in our store reports area, or drop us a line if you find something extra gnarly. As the kids say.



Dewback, Dreamcast Drops Confirmed
November 23, 2001 | 1:40 AM EST | Adam

Fans of all things great (and not-so-great),

We’ve gotten more reports of the Toys “R” Us Dewback dropping to $29.99 in stores, and it seems to be pretty much all over. In the off chance you missed our story earlier or your store actually runs out, you can still order the ugly bugger online at for $29.98 and shipping.

Also, the ill-fated yet still marvelous Sega Dreamcast console has officially dropped to $49.99 in most stores as of Wednesday, so if you need a fairly priced game console to tide you over, there’s a few Star Wars titles to be had, as well as Jet Grind Radio and Crazi Taxi, so you don’t have to have an Xbox or GameCube to get new games this year… unless you have a Dreamcast. (Also available at



More Star Wars Jr. Pics– Are They Coming?
November 23, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | Adam

Shawn from Cybertron City sent us a link to his site with some fantastic Hasbro 2002 shots– the new GI Joe vs. Cobra line is shown, totally painted, some great new toys from other lines… and what may be the initial releases of the Star Wars Jr. Range.

It’s entirely possible the reports of the line’s death have been greatly exaggerated… the images show the following amazingly awesome sets:

#1: Naboo Fighter, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Pilot Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, Battle Droid
#2: 2 Speederbikes, Wicket, Biker Scout, Luke (Endor)
#3: X-Wing, Luke (pilot), R2-D2, Darth Vader
#4: Wampa, Tauntaun, Luke (Hoth), Han (Hoth)

This is, to say the least, a great find. Shawn, thanks for the pics, and Hasbro… we just can’t wait to get our mitts on these, so if you’ve got a release date, do share!



Happy Thanksgiving!!!
November 22, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

From all of us here at We wish you and your friends and loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving.



Another 12″ Dewback Drop?
November 22, 2001 | 3:02 AM EST | Adam

A tidbit from Reader Mike…

“I’m not sure if this is old news or not, but I was a my local Toys R Us (in Erie, PA) today and they had the 12″ Dewback and Sandtrooper marked down to only $29.95 from $79.99!”

Yowza! It’s entirely possible this is going to be all over, especially with the holidays, so it might be worth your while braving the madness that is Black Friday to score one!



Masterpiece C-3PO Bargain at Borders
November 22, 2001 | 3:00 AM EST | Adam

In addition to the drop at Waldenbooks, reader Rajnidds let us know he spied the Chronicle Books C-3PO Masterpiece Edition at his local Borders store, also for $19.99. Good deals all around, surely the first of many you’ll be seeing this weekend!



Shirtless Maul Online
November 21, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Mark now has the Shirtless Maul and Luke Bacta Tank in stock for $12.99



November 21, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Mark

LEGO Tie Fighter $49.99 Reg $99.99
12″ Dewback $29.98 Reg $79.99
Sith Lords 12″ 2 Pack $29.98 Reg $39.99
POTJ Han Solo $8.99
POTJ Luke Skywalker $8.99



Trailer Updates
November 20, 2001 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill

A number of Yak Readers have written about the E2 trailer which is supposed to appear with Harry Potter, or rather the absence of the trailer.

Yak Reader Bryan wrote:

I talked to a manager last night after I DIDN’T get to see the teaser in front of Harry Potter. His explanation was a lot more convincing than “told to pull it” or “did not recieve it.” He told me that they only received a certain number of prints, and since they were showing Harry Potter on a record number of screens (for this theater) that some showings got left out when the math was done.

Yak Reader EVILCHUK sent this in:

Corona coming attractions did a bit on the trailer a week or so ago. General Cinemas for example have it, but are holding it in their vaults. Here in San Antonio, Texas, I saw the trailer wwith Harry Potter at a Santikos theatre.

Yak Reader Joe’s experiences even more frustrating:

Sunday we called Hoyts’ cinema in
Clifton Park Center Mall, Clifton Park, NY, to see if it was playing in front of Harry Potter. They said it was playing with all three prints of the movie. So we went to a 12:30 showing today expecting to see the trailer but to our horror and dismay it was not there! Needless to say I was pissed. I tried to keep myself calm and not focus in on what happened to try to enjoy the movie. After the movie ended we promptly walked up to the manager and told him what was going on. We said we called and were told that it was playing with all the prints. He said that was wrong, and that it was only in
theater 1 and the next showing in their was at 6:10. We asked him if we could come back to just watch the trailer. He agreed and we go about trying to kill 2 1/2 hours. At 5:45 we go in to the theater and tell the kid at the ticket booth that we got the manager’s O.K. to go in just to watch the trailer. We show him our ticket stubs and he says we have to wait 10 to 15 inutes before we can go in because they have to clean it. 15 minutes go by, we start to head in and the kid says there’s no trailer. I point out to the kid the huge Episode II teaser banner on the wall and we tell him what the manager said. He goes to fetch the manager and the manager comes out and says that he just talked to his projectionist and they don’t have it. This makes no sense! They have the banner but no trailer.

Yak Reader Dave got some very different information from his theater:

I believe that for those wishing to see the (incredible) trailer for
“Attack of the Clones at an AMC Theater, it is being shown with the new Jet Li movie called “The One”. That’s the scoop here in Kansas City anyway. Why they took it off “Harry Potter” is quite beyond my capacity.

In short it looks like the best advice is if you are going to see Harry Potter just for th E2 trailer, then it would be a good idea to ask first and be sure they are showing it.



Free Shipping On Ultaramas
November 20, 2001 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

This just in from our friends at Ultarama

EDISON, NJ–Nov. 20, 2001—Ultarama™ wishes everyone a happy holiday season and is helping collectors to celebrate by offering free shipping within the Continental U. S. for all online purchases from November 20th through November 27th. So, shop early, ship free, and have peace of mind knowing that your Ultarama; will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays!

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 Ultarama or by calling toll free at 1-888-269-4386.



Q&A: 2001 Season Ender
November 20, 2001 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the final time this year, bringing the 2001 season to an end.

The column will return just after the new year, so stay tuned for what hopes to be the best season of Q&A yet!



C-3PO Masterpiece, Star Wars Scrapbook on Clearance
November 20, 2001 | 1:03 AM EST | Adam

Tonight’s toy run yielded an interesting find at a local Waldenbooks: the C-3PO Tales of the Golden Droid Masterpiece Edition, the one with the 12″ removable limbs figure, was only $19.99 and the fantastic must-have Star Wars Scrapbookwas only $7.99. If you’re looking for cheap holiday gifts for friends and loved ones (or yourself), give the clearance racks of your local Waldenbooks a look.



E2 Teaser Posters & Banners
November 20, 2001 | 12:40 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Store put their newest wares up for sale today– the $199.99 banners have sold out, but the $19.99 posters remain. So get crackin’.



Harry Potter Trailer Hit And Miss
November 19, 2001 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

Several Yak readers have written in to say that they went to see Harry Potter and DID NOT see the new trailer with it. They have been given a number of reasons from the theater did not receive the trailer to they were told to pull it. It appears that the bottom line is that if you are going to see Harry Potter to see the trailer, ask the theater first and be sure they are showing it. Thanks to Dave an everyone else who wrote in.



November 19, 2001 | 4:57 AM EST | Adam

Over the past few nights, we’ve had some periods of unscheduled downtime, according to more than a few readers. We’re currently looking into this problem, we’d like to apologize for the inconvinience, and also the final updates for Q&A will be slightly postponed, so do stay tuned for that.



Toys “R” Us Receives More Episode One Toys
November 18, 2001 | 5:50 PM EST | Adam

Roughly two and a half years after the line’s debut, a local Toys “R” Us here in Tucson has just gotten more of the oft-missed Invasion assortment with all four vehicles– including the somewhat tough to find Gungan Scout Sub with Obi-Wan and the awesome Sith Attack Speeder with Darth Maul. While kitschy off-screen creations, the price was right: $1.97 a pop. (Beat that.)

We haven’t had many widespread reports of these showing up everywhere again, but it definitely looks like a good time to check your local stores to see what’s finally getting out of the warehouses.



Rogue Leader: Impressions
November 18, 2001 | 5:47 PM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably read a ton of reviews on the game, let me just say that for the most part, everything you’ve read is true.

The new game, released for the GameCube (launched today, check your local stores for availability), is nothing short of fantastic. The training mode is you, a Skyhopper, and free access over Tatooine– find crashed a TIE fighter, Bantha herds, Dewbacks, shoot some Womp Rats… and that’s just the training mission. Killer, killer stuff.

The first stage has been in demo kiosks for a few weeks now, and well, it’s still a blast, if you’ll pardon the expression. Fantastic graphics, sound, and play control… and it’s in a Star Wars game for once.

If you have the means (or the parents to beg), this is something most Star Wars fans with even the slightest affinity toward video games need to have. And if you’ve got another fifty bucks to blow, allow me to reccomend Super Monkey Ball for multi-player fun.

Also, Best Buy stores are offering a deal on GameCube software: $10 off two games, or $20 off of three. Not a bad deal if you’ve got the dough to blow.



R2-Q5 at Entertainment Earth
November 16, 2001 | 11:30 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth has informed us they’re selling a four pack of the R2-Q5 wave. Click here for details.



Need Dagobah Darth Vader
November 16, 2001 | 7:48 PM EST | Bill

If you’re still looking for a Dagobah Darth Vader, The Jawa is giving one away this week. Click here for more.



“Revenge” Patches on e-Bay again!
November 16, 2001 | 5:50 PM EST | John

Over at e-Bay there is a dutch auction going on for the official “Revenge Of The Jedi” fan club patches. These are the same ones that were available through the fan club some years back. They’re a nice little bit of Star Wars history! Click here to check out this auction!



Rebel Trooper Wave Showing Up
November 16, 2001 | 12:37 PM EST | John

Yakker “Tony S.” writes to let us know that he picked up the Rebel Trooperfigure last night, which means that wave is starting to show up now in the US. But, he makes an interesting observation;

“Just got the Rebel Trooper figure and its helmet is GLUED ON!! That’s new to me. Last I heard they were removable.”

Thanks for the info, Tony. Anyone else spot this wave?

UPDATE – Tony never mentioned as to where he’s located or what store these figures were found in. Keep checking the local haunts, I.E. Target, WalMart, K-Mart, etc. to find these newest figures, and as always, don’t bend to scalper prices! Patience pays, young Jedi.



“Forbidden” Mirror
November 16, 2001 | 1:06 AM EST | Adam hosts the new trailer as well as several others on a server separate from… so if you’re having problems, don’t forget that you do have another choice to see this TOTALLY AWESOME TRAILER. Anyway, back to the news.



“Forbidden Love” Trailer at StarWars.Com
November 16, 2001 | 12:30 AM EST | John

As of 12:01 AM, StarWars.Com has made available for download at their site the Forbidden Love trailer that will allegedly be in front of the Harry Potter flick. I personally (John) have tried to connect to download this thing fromStarWars.Com, and it won’t connect to even let me view the site. I think they underestimated the bandwidth issue again, so you may have a better time finding this thing on a file sharing utility if you really can’t wait to see it from the official site. Good luck, folks!



Xbox Release
November 15, 2001 | 1:04 AM EST | Adam

The Xbox has been released by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to find an Xbox?

Two Star Wars titles are coming out for the Xbox, released today at electronics stores everywhere. Star Wars: Obi-Wan is slated for release around December 3, and the Xbox edition of Starfighter is due November 27. The Xbox is at least $299.99 outside of a bundle, and the games are about $49.99 each.



Convention Exclusive Figure
November 15, 2001 | 12:51 AM EST | Adam

In a move sure to irratate fans the world over, Rebelscum is reporting (by way of Dale Meyers’ copy of the Star Wars Insider) that a figure will be exclusive to the Con. Drat. Now we have to go.



Hasbro Updates Site, adds Toy Trailer
November 15, 2001 | 12:48 AM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site updated with images of two of the three Silver Anniversary sets. Han & Chewie and Luke & Leia were posted, although it’s a fair bet you’ve already seen these elsewhere.

One thing you haven’t seen before, though, is a video file of Han & Chewie showing the toy from various angles. It’s the kind of thing one would expect from the “Bells & Whistles” era of the site around 1997… considering how rare updates are, this sort of thing was a real surprise.



Still Looking For Vader’s Mom??
November 14, 2001 | 10:06 PM EST | Mark

Check out for some figures….
Shmi Skywalker $8.99
Sabe – Queen Decoy $8.99
Tie Interceptor with Figure $29.99



Q&A Update
November 14, 2001 | 4:01 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with the traditional series of updates. And a snide comment to start off with.

With November coming to a close, so will Q&A’s 2001 season. We’ve got two more updates on tap in the next week, so if you want your question to be one of the final twenty (or thirty, if there’s enough questions to make it worthwhile) then please send ’em on in!



New Prototypes And Other Curiosities
November 13, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

Gadders has just updated their Prototypes and Rarities sections with the following vintage items:
Mint Carded Double-Telescoping Luke
Ewoks Chief Chirpa Prototype and Proof Card
AT-AT Commander Original Photo Artwork for blister card
Canadian General Veers vacuform
Uzay Chewbacca
Click here for more.



It’s Official EII Release Date Announced
November 12, 2001 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just announced the official release date for Attack of the Clones. Click here for more.



Preorder Teebo, BoShek at Entertainment Earth
November 12, 2001 | 5:09 PM EST | Adam

Sponsor Entertainment Earth sent in this newsfeed:

“Pre-order what may be the last Power of the Jedi series of Star Wars action figures! Choose from SW POTJ (Wave 16) 3-Pack (Item# HS84455KK, $29.99) that includes 1x Teebo, 1x BoShek, and 1x R5-D4 or the full case of 12 (Item# 84455K, $89.99) that includes 4x Teebo, 4x BoShek, 4x R5-D4 (Subject to change).”



E2 Banner
November 12, 2001 | 3:16 PM EST | Adam

Reader BillyFett pointed us out to his auction: 1484992668. It’s notable because it’s the Episode II teaser banner… Hayden & Natalie on a pretty dark red background. Odds are this is the real deal, and even though it’s coming from Thailand we expect to see these selling in the USA very soon.

UPDATE: This auction has since been removed.



REAL Stands Newsfeed
November 11, 2001 | 5:42 PM EST | Adam

“Our best selling Type 1 action figure stands for the current line of Star Wars figures (`95 to present), are once again on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club.  You can now purchase a set of 12 stands for just $3.99, and if your a member of the Fan Club, your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each, which is more than 50% off our regular retail price.  DON’T WAIT!  Supplies are limited; and as always, great offers like this one can end at any time and without notice.  REAL Action Stands on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club.

Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N

Order online at



25th Anniversary Han And Chewie 2-Pack Photo
November 11, 2001 | 12:42 AM EST | Bill

The Trade Federation has posted a photo of the upcoming 25th Anniversary Han Solo and Chewbaca 2-pack— and this one is painted. Click here for more.



Bespin Guard Wave on Clearance at Some Stores
November 10, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Adam

The Gamestop stores (Gamestop, Software Etc., and Babbages) are starting to mark down a variety of figures in several of their stores, most notably, the Bespin Guard Wave (Bespin Guard, Ketwol, Sabe, Duro.) Prices vary, but mostly we’ve spotted the quartet at $4.99 each, so happy hunting, bargain hunters!



What’s this MYSTERY all about?????
November 9, 2001 | 5:34 PM EST | Mark

Got the DVD? Go check out the Mystery trailer. My initial reaction was to pick my jaw up off of the floor. WOW!!!!



New 2002 Lego Images
November 9, 2001 | 12:46 PM EST | John

The Brickshelf Gallery has posted some pretty nifty scans of the up-and-coming “Final Duel” Boxed Lego set and a loose shot of the “Twin Pod Cloud Car”.Check ’em out! Thanks goes to “twinsuns25” for the tip.



Where to see Vader in the Teaser
November 8, 2001 | 10:31 PM EST | John



Ok, I’m probably beating this to death, so this is the final word on where Vader is in the Teaser Trailer. Many kind Yakkers out there have sent in photo’s outlining what they see, and all are identical. So, I used one sent in by my friend “ADAM” (not our Yakface Adam P.), of the TradeFederation.Net, (a very cool page indeed!). Thanks again, “ADAM”! But, for all those having problems, take a gander above. Enjoy all, and again, thanks to all those who sent images and wrote in!



So, You Still Need A 12″ Biker Scout and Bike?
November 8, 2001 | 8:04 PM EST | Mark

Well, while they are not clearence prices, you can pick one up right now for $49.99 plus shipping. They are now listing the 12″ Speeder Bike and Biker Scout. Click on the link.



More on Vader in the Teaser Trailer
November 8, 2001 | 3:16 PM EST | John

Ok, due to some mail I’ve had, I’ll specify where Vader is in the Teaser, and try to be a bit more explicit as to where to look; As Obi-Wan is flying across the screen with city-scape behind him, on the last couple frames of this you can see it in the buildings behind him. We all know what picture was used on the Darth Vader-Emperor’s Wrath Force-File, right? I’m 99% sure that that is the image that was injected into the scene. It’s there, it’s just very dark. You can’t make out his breathing mouth triangle, but you can clearly see the top of his helmet and down to under his pectoral area. It’s more of a shadow, really, but I could see the shine on his collar-bone silver strips that run from his neck/shoulders to his chest. This is really no big deal, just something cool that was thrown in, like the breathing. Many people have written to me that have found it, and a few just can’t seem to make it out. Freeze the trailer at that point and look directly in front of Obi-Wan’s face. It’s almost as big as him, only in the distance.



Customs Contest
November 8, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Artoos Customs is sponsoring an Episode 2 diorama contest. To enter, submit a picture of you diaroma from Episode 2 to Artooscustoms . Dioramas must include at least 3 figures in a scene. Click here for more.



Want To Play Rogue Leader Today?
November 8, 2001 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Friends, are you wanting to play Rogue Leader, the new GameCube Star Wars title, right now? Worried you can’t find a GameCube on launch dya? Well, worry no more! Buzz around the web of a working GameCube mod to play Japanese games on a US system and vice-versa HAS BEEN FOUND!

News was posted at uber-news/store National Console Exchange, a fine store, as well as many others. NCS will be selling modded systems (able to play US and JPN software) for $275, and for do-it-yourself-ers, the mod is supposedly very easy to perform, roughly the same as installing the switch on a Saturn if you’re familliar with that. (Because we need our Salamander fixes.)

So if you’re worried you might not be able to find a US system– which, according to some sources, may not be a problem– here’s the solution. Enjoy!



Darth Vader in Episode II Teaser?!?
November 8, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | John

That’s what it looks like, at least in this reporter’s humble opinion. “Lord Malakite” sends us this provocative information in which I’ve checked into, and son-of-a-gun if it doesn’t look like Vader’s there, kind of watching. I edited the information “Lord Malakite” sends us to make sure that this article is 100% spoiler-free. He writes;

“I was watching the trailer and noticed something. It appears that Darth Vader is possibly in the Trailer. He appears in last frame of Obi-Wan as he’s quickly flying across the screen, (just before the children in blue suits). It appears on the right side of him on the building. It is really noticable if you can download the large version. If you watch Obi’s expression in the whole sequence it looks like he is actually reacting to the image.”

I doubt it has anything to actually do with the storyline or anything at all for that matter. Lucas may have tossed this easter egg in the teaser to see how many people noticed. Perhaps it’s to go along with the breathing in the trailer itself… who knows. All I know is that, yes, Vader, or moreover something that looks inexplicably like Vader, is in the trailer. Food for thought… A HUGE thanks goes to “Lord Malakite” for sharing this weird information with us. Enjoy, folks!



2002 Lego K-Mart Shelf Tags?
November 8, 2001 | 1:42 AM EST | Adam

Reader JabbaTheSlutt sent us a few pages of scans of K-Mart shelf tags for some upcoming products. From the look of things, these are most likely (ok, fairly definitely) the new Lego sets. Highlight the following text to discover the names of the 2002 Lego sets and their prices. (Due to the Episode II items, we’ve decided to protect the spoiler-wary despite their odd nature to seek out Star Wars news pages that won’t share any real news.)

7103 Jedi Duel $9.98
7113 Tusken Raider Encounter $9.98
7119 Twin-Pod Cloud Car $9.98
7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit $29.98
7139 Ewok Attack $12.88
7143 Jedi Starfighter $19.98
7153 Jango Fett’s Slave I $49.98
7163 Republic Gunship $84.99
7200 Final Duel I $6.98
7201 Final Duel II $6.98
7203 Jedi Defense I $6.98

We opted not to include the scans, but the information is interesting if nothing else. Most of the stuff is pretty fairly priced, it seems… can’t wait for the Cloud Car!



POTJ Package Changes… It’s Official
November 8, 2001 | 12:45 AM EST | John

The latest breaking news over at is that the carrded FX-7 wave pictures that have been showing up online, (due to hit retail very soon), are to be the first wave to officially have the Force Files axed. They claim that this is a slight transition of what is to come with the new “generalized” blue packaging that will be making a debut next spring sometime before Episode II. Hop on overto read the full article.



Silver Anniversary Figures
November 7, 2001 | 10:31 PM EST | Mark

Star has a new look at the Luke and Leia 25th Anniversary. Click on the link to see it.



November 7, 2001 | 3:40 PM EST | Adam

Rebelscum is celebrating their fifth anniversary today, so be sure to stop on by and see what wackiness and fun they have in store!



Unreleased Figures Hit e-Bay
November 7, 2001 | 11:33 AM EST | John

e-Bay dealer “noble84” has got a load of as-of-yet unreleased figures up for auction. If only to see these finished items carded, head over and check out their auctions. They have listed the FX-7 wave, Eeth Koth and Zutton, and the long awaited Amanaman and Leia Sail Barge, amongst other things! Pretty cool stuff!



Q&A Update
November 7, 2001 | 1:13 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with everything you need to make delightful throw pillows in half the time. And Star Wars questions. Mostly the second one.



B-Wings Starting Final Markdown
November 6, 2001 | 11:28 PM EST | Adam

Word on the street has it that the B-Wings, in some regions, are being blown out by Target for around $9.94, surely a great price for all. As the chain has different clearances in different stores, not all stores will have them marked down, so keep those eyes open!



Store Reports: Where To Submit?
November 6, 2001 | 10:34 PM EST | Adam

Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of Store Reports at our News account. Unfortunately, the news guys are different than the guys who run the Store Reports page, and the reports don’t always make it to him. To insure your Store Reports are received, remember that the correct address to send them to As always, thanks for reading!



More Free Stuff
November 6, 2001 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa has come up with yet another set of give aways. This time they have something really different. Ron will be randomingly picking 3 lucky padawan 12″ customizers to attend an online class of 12″ Figure Customizing 101: the construction of a Star Wars character in 12″ figure scale. The custom figure he will be constructing will be BRAINIAC as seen in the cantina scene. Resin parts, cloth material, and a 12″ articulated figure body will be provided by Ron@the Jawa!!!! Shipping also provided!!!

In addition ACPin is sponsoring a second give away for a Falumpaset. Click here for more.



More And More Info about Ep2…
November 6, 2001 | 8:54 PM EST | Mark

November 9 – Internet Preview at
“The best DVD produced to date” ( just got better. Beginning on November 9, 2001, the Star Wars Episode I DVD will be your key to unlock an exclusive Episode II Internet Preview. Completely different than the teaser currently running in theaters, the DVD-ROM exclusive Internet Preview features all-new footage from Attack of the Clones.

This anticipated preview requires a PC DVD-ROM drive, internet access and the Episode I DVD. If you don’t have your copy yet, buy one today.

November 16 – Full Teaser Trailer
The full teaser trailer for Episode II is coming – an all-new trailer will play in front of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone starting November 16 in North America and other territories. Picking up where “Breathing” left off, this new trailer is over two minutes in length and features never-before-seen footage and dialogue.

Lucasfilm and Apple will be presenting this new trailer on exclusively in QuickTime 5 format.

November 25 – Episode I and Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome
While major motion pictures typically appear first on cable and pay-per-view, the North American premiere television broadcast of Episode I will air on FOX on Sunday, November 25 from 7-10 p.m. ET / PT. Immediately following the feature, FOX will air a six-minute sneak peek of the upcoming web-documentary series, Artoo-Detoo: Beneath the Dome.

Told in three parts, this documentary will be available only here at, unearthing never before-seen footage and interviews to tell the story. It features exclusive interviews with Artoo’s Star Wars co-stars, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Carrie Fisher, Samuel L. Jackson, and with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, the directors who gave Artoo a chance. Click here for more details.



Deluxe Figures Hit Toys “R” Us
November 6, 2001 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam

Reader Casimir of Plano, Texas scanned a receipt from his purchase of the new Deluxe figures. Toys “R” Us was charging $10.99 each, a buck more than expected by most, but they’re starting to show up in more traditional outlets.



Star Wars trailer reviewed on CNN.Com 
November 6, 2001 | 12:12 PM EST | John

It’s nice to see, even in the midst of all the worldly confusion, that still can post some lightheartedness about our upcoming prequel-sequel. CNN.comdid a nice little write up on the Breathing teaser that hit the net-waves yesterday. Thanks to those who wrote us about it!



Reminder – Teaser Trailer On MTV Today!
November 5, 2001 | 12:51 PM EST | John

Just a reminder! Today on MTV’s Total Request Line they will be showing the new “Breathing” Trailer that’s been showing in front of Monsters Inc. The show airs between 3 and 5:30pm Eastern Standard Time, so, if you can’t download it, set those VCR’s!



Amanaman Hits Hong Kong
November 5, 2001 | 11:57 AM EST | John

Only short weeks after the original case assortment of deluxe figures hits the American shelves, reports are coming to us that the Amanaman has hit in Hong Kong. This usually means within a month they’ll be being spotted in the States. My question? Where is Sail-Barge Leia? I’ve heard from a couple different sources that Amanaman is in this new lot, but nothing on Slave Leia. More on this as we get it…



Teaser Trailer Available NOW!
November 5, 2001 | 11:50 AM EST | John

Alright guys, here it is! Over at, they now have the “Breathing” teaser trailer available for download. Here is a direct link to the download page itself. Please expect delays due to large volumes of downloads, (Anyone remember Episode I’s trailer download? That, on an average, took over a day to download on dial-up…). Good luck, and enjoy!



Q&A Update
November 5, 2001 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, the Q&A column with half the content of regular Q&A columns, has been updated with the questions and answers you love so much. Check it out, yo.



More LEGO 2002 Pictures
November 4, 2001 | 9:16 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks to Bothans posted new, clear scans of a trio of new items: the Ewoks, the Ultimate Collectors Series Yoda, and the Lobot figure. All are very cool, so be sure to give FBTB a visit!



New Poll, Old Poll Results
November 3, 2001 | 4:12 PM EST | Adam

With the advent of the new teaser for the new flick, we want to know your opinions– do you think it’s the best thing ever, or just the best thing ever? We need to know!

Our last poll breakdown on the Episode One DVD:
After all the waiting, what do you think of the DVD?
60%: Best Deal Ever!
20%: It’s OK
10%: Didn’t buy it/no DVD player
8%: It took them a year and a half for this?

Anyway, don’t forget to submit your vote today!



Teaser Trailer: Rocks
November 3, 2001 | 12:45 AM EST | Adam

While you’ve probably heard about it or you went out and saw it, I just want to take the time to say that the Attack of the Clones teaser is an amazing piece of work. I was a little surprised by what got stuck in there, and frankly, can’t wait to see it again.

(For the curious, Monsters Inc. wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be but it was still an enjoyable flick.)



Rogue Leader GameCube Demos Up
November 3, 2001 | 12:42 AM EST | Adam

This evening’s excursion to Target revealed a GameCube demo kiosk, complete with a demo disc with the upcoming Rogue Squadron sequel, Rogue Leader. The stage available was the assault on the first Death Star, and while what I played was easy, it was loads of fun. The targeting computer alone made for a real treat of a game, plus the controller is actually quite excellent.

If you’ve got a few minutes this weekend, give the game a shot. (Now all I gotta do is hope they’re going to have enough units at launch…)



Palm Talkers Continue to Ship
November 2, 2001 | 3:30 PM EST | Adam

Jon from New Jersey wrote in today to tell us he saw pegs of over 50 of the little super-deformed buggers in a Wal-Mart in Piscataway earlier this morning. So if you’re still wanting these guys, don’t give up just yet– they’re still coming.



Attn. Macintosh Gamers
November 2, 2001 | 3:27 PM EST | Adam

Both of you. I got an email today on a petition to get the original Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II game ported to the Mac. Were it to be released, it’d cost around $20, which isn’t too bad for the relatively old game which promises to be updated during the port process.

Since we Mac gamers get the short end of the stick– constantly– this is something I’m definitely in support of. If you want to support it too, sign the petition. The developer is fully aware of it and is very interested in porting the game… the interest just needs to be there. Tell your friends!



Download “Breathless” Trailer Monday From! 
November 2, 2001 | 11:53 AM EST | John is reporting that the code-named “Breathless” teaser trailer, (the short teaser before Pixar’s Monsters flick that incidentally opens today), will be available for download Monday from StarWars.comClick here to read the details!



Attack of the Clones Teaser Today
November 2, 2001 | 5:59 AM EST | Adam

Showing with Pixar’s Monsters Inc., the new trailer promises a brief look of the prequel sequel. has a feature on it here, although as of now there is no place to download it. We assume this will change relatively soon… so be sure to watch official (and other) outlets if you’re unable to see the latest Pixar flick.

(Or you can go see the new Coen Bros. flick. Good choices all around.)



Q&A Update & E.T.
November 2, 2001 | 2:25 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, our poorly named Q&A column, has been updated with questions and answers, and even a tidbit on the murmurs surrounding Bloom County toys.

Also, the E.T. 20th Anniversary goods are showing up at Toys “R” Us, where they’re supposedly exclusives. The E.T. figures I’ve seen of the alien are quite large, not in scale with the humans, so for those wanting a SW-scale E.T. senator, looks like you’ve got to wait at least a little while longer.



Classic Star Wars Shirts Return
November 1, 2001 | 3:22 PM EST | Adam

Many of you have bemoaned the lack of classic trilogy apparel, and apparently, someone has been listening. Last night at Suncoast Motion Picture Co., I found a rack of brand new Star Wars shirts– the artwork is familliar, but these are new. Two regular shirts and a girl’s baby-tee were available, so if you need new shirts, it’s time to hit the mall.



Bacta Luke Giveaway at
November 1, 2001 | 2:51 PM EST | Adam

East Coast Collector News Site wrote in to tell us that they’re giving away a Bacta Luke as part of their trivia contests, and well, we just thought we’d share that with you.



Carded Pics of FX-7 Wave!
November 1, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John

SirSteve has posted some carded images of the next long-awaited wave of POTJ figures! Awesome shots, and kudo’s to SirSteve! The images include FX-7, Imperial Officer, Queen Amidala-Royal Decoy, and Rebel Trooper. Check ’em out!



Meet Star Wars Stars in Industry, CA 
November 1, 2001 | 11:59 AM EST | John

Got-Toys proudly presents a signing at Frank & Sons Collectible Toy
Show. The following guest include: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing), Phil Brown ( Uncle Owen), Maria De Aragon (Greedo), Hal Wamsley (Jawa), Dave Barclay (Jabba the Hut Puppeteer), Kevin Rubio (Starwars Comic Writer). Figures, Statues, Comics, Cards, Artwork will be avaliable to be signed along with your own Lucas film approved material.

When? Wednesday November 14th from 5pm-9pm

Where? Frank & Sons Collectible Toy Show
19649 San Jose Ave. Industry, Ca 91748.

Contact? For further datails you can reach Brandon Poslof at 818-216-9627 or Donny Ward at 310-346-4568



Last POTJ Wave Confirmed
November 1, 2001 | 11:54 AM EST | John

The news that Adam had posted below has, in fact, been confirmed by Hasbro. Earlier this week Private Universe reported that an Imperial R4-M9 would be released as part of the POTJ assortment. Now, as we’ve confirmed, it will be released instead of the R5-D4 resculpt early next year, along with Teebo and BoShek. Furthermore, it will be the final assortment from the Power Of The Jediline before Episode II merchandise and figures goes into full swing. So, there you have it, folks. This means one thing; Episode II is just around the corner!



Brand New X-Wing Model Ordering Info at HLJ
November 1, 2001 | 4:14 AM EST | Adam

Hobbylink Japan posted their preorder page for the new X-Wing kit. For about US$20, you get parts to make Red 1, Red 2, Red 3, or Red 5, multiple droid heads, boarding ladder, and scores of other moving parts and such. It looks to be a fantastic kit, and makes me wish I had any real skill as a model maker. Don’t miss seeing this one, folks, it’s evidence that a model can still be made to make a fan drool.

The kit is due for release this December.



Free Biggs and 12″ UK Luke
November 1, 2001 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has scavanged up another set of give aways. This time it’s a Biggs Darklighter Freeze Frame and a UK 12 inch Luke Skywalker. For more information click here.

October 2001 Archive

New Power of the Jedi Wave Confirmation?
October 30, 2001 | 7:09 PM EST | Adam

UK News Site The Private Universe reports that Previews UK is soliciting for a new wave of Power of the Jedi wave including BoShek, Teebo, and a surprise: R4-M9. Previous rumors said we would be getting a new R5-D4 in one of the final batches of Power of the Jedi, so who knows what happens with that one?

Thanks to TPU for letting us know about that one! Pulls Exclusive?
October 30, 2001 | 7:06 PM EST | Adam

Reader Ron Cole wrote in to point out that has pulled the 12″ Dagobah Luke with Yoda set from its online store. Why this is, we can only speculate, but you can be sure it has something to do with Daylight Savings Time. Unless, of course, it’s something else.

UPDATE: It would seem that it’s still there at this link, but the item doesn’t come up on a product search or in their product listings under “Star Wars.” So anyway, there’s the story as we see it.

CORRECTION TO UPDATE: …and now that link is dead. So he’s gone from the site now.



D&S Newsfeed
October 30, 2001 | 6:31 PM EST | Adam

“We have the new 12” Luke Endor on Speeder Bike in stock as well as all the new waves of Shmi and Vader Emperor’s Wrath. Come check us out”



E2 Trailer with Monsters Inc.? Yup.
October 30, 2001 | 6:29 PM EST | Adam

Several reports have come in describing the all-too-brief teaser which is apparently going to show with Monsters Inc., at theaters near you this Friday. Since all things Pixar are good, clear your calendars for this one folks.



12″ Luke Bike Rollout Continues, B-Wings
October 29, 2001 | 7:30 PM EST | Adam

We’ve been getting several reports of the 12″ Speederbike Luke showing up at Targets nationwide, and for that, we thank you. It would appear that the item is rolling out and fans aren’t taking to it like they did the first one– many stores just seem stuck with them. The price is $49.99, check your local stores for availability, or wait for clearance and be an irresponsible collector.

Also, some readers have chimed in that their Targets aren’t clearing out the B-Wings. Target clearances usually happen at the whim of the stores, not all stores in a city will have the same clearance prices or at the same times, so keep checking back for the latest and lowest prices if you’re feeling up to the risk. It’s still available online at full price, right here.



LEGO 2002 Images Online!
October 29, 2001 | 7:13 PM EST | Adam

Tim from From Bricks To Bothans has posted several images from the 2002 catalog, including the new techic Darth Vader, the Ewoks, and many more. Even the new 2002 Harry Potter stuff and new Bionicle goodies. This is gold, folks, so be sure to see the latest images at FBTB!



Q&A Update?!?
October 29, 2001 | 4:42 AM EST | Adam

It’s astounding! With Every Question For Justice has been updated! Can you survive the dangers of 10 new questions and answers? Will you survive the bombardment of excessive punctuation?!? Read! on! dear! reader!



More from McQuarrie coming to e-Bay
October 29, 2001 | 2:32 AM EST | John

This information comes directly from John Scoleri at

“Based on the successful results of our first auction, we’re pleased to announce that on November 1st, will be auctioning off several additional pieces of Ralph McQuarrie production artwork from theStar Wars trilogy on e-Bay. You can preview the pieces that will be available in the November auction here.
This time out, in addition to two pieces from each of the three films, we’ve got two extremely rare pieces featuring unused designs for Lucasfilm cast & crew material as well as three concepts (including one unused and never before seen!) from The Illustrated Star Wars Universe book.”

Hop on over and check these images out. Incredible stuff, Ralph! Thank you goes to Mr. Scoleri for informing us as well.



POTJ 2nd Bracket going on over at
October 29, 2001 | 2:25 AM EST | John

That’s right, folks! If you haven’t been there to vote, head on over and do it. It seems like things are starting to filter out again, and the competition is starting to stiffen a little. I won’t ruin the small bit of anticipation as to whom is advancing, so if you’re interested, head over to the page and vote, vote, vote!



Excellent E1 DVD Easter Egg Page
October 29, 2001 | 2:20 AM EST | John

Eric from has assembled a super Episode I DVD Easter Eggs section over at! They have posted pics and instructions on how to access all the known easter eggs as of now in the Episode I DVD. The exact link for the Easter Egg section can be accessed by clicking here. Keep up the good work, fellas!



Good News, Lego Fans!
October 29, 2001 | 2:11 AM EST | John

“David” chimes in with this interesting info on the near-future of Lego toys in the Star Wars realm…

“I am a part of LEGO Mania club and recieve the Lego Mania Magazine and it has prices and pics of the two new vehicles, Rebel Blockade and the Darth Maul head. Here is some info for ordering them. It won’t be sold in any stores, so you’ll have to order direct.
#10019 Rebel Blockade Runner, $199.99
#10018 Darth Maul, $149.99
This will be shipping Mid-November.
Call to order: 1-800-453-4652
or online:

Thanks for the information “David”! Kinda steep, but that Darth Maul sounds pretty nifty!



12″ SCOUT TROOPERS On Speederbikes At Target Now???
October 28, 2001 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Gary wrote in:

“In Illinois we are getting 12″ Scout Troopers on Speederbikes again at Target instead of the 12″ Luke(Endor or Combat) on the Speederbike. Sticker on the shelf says Luke. Anybody else running into this?”

If anyone else is finding this, or did this Target find some VERY old stock. If you are finding Biker Scouts on the speeders at your Target, let us know.



More TIE Interceptors On The Way
October 27, 2001 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

As we reported earlier it appears that there are in fact MORE TIE Interceptors on the way, so it looks like there will be a chance for anyone still looking or one. Thanks to all of our loyal readers who have sent in the stock levels at their local stores, and we will stop the semi-daily stock updates now that the shortage appears to have an end in sight.

Thank again, and good hunting.



Kay-Bee Clearance Reminder
October 27, 2001 | 6:39 PM EST | Adam

In case you missed the news or haven’t hit the mall lately, Kay-Bee Toys has been blowing out Collection 1 POTJ figures ($2.99), Jabba Glob ($1.99), and its remaining stock of Cinemascenes ($5.99) as well as whatever else might be left in the store, so if you’ve got some spare change in the couch, get ye to the mall and snag a new toy.



TIE Interceptor Updates
October 26, 2001 | 11:34 PM EST | Bill

Here’s the latest sightings of the TRU TIE Interceptors:

Peoria, IL half a dozen
Port Richey, FL 6 on the shelf

Thanks to Yak Readers Jason and Greg.



Anthrax affects our hobby… 
October 26, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | John

Well, it was kind of inevitable, but this morning WotC announced the following;

“Due to recent tragic events surrounding the transmission of anthrax via mailed letters, the Star Wars Fan Club, Lucasfilm Ltd., and George Lucas have temporarily suspended fan mail service. Based on corporate security considerations, none of the above will be handling or answering miscellaneous fan mail, and all such mail will be disposed of upon receipt. Once there is no longer a material threat, we hope to reinstate the service and will make an announcement at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support.”

For a full report on this, click here. Just a reminder, you have to be logged in at to read this full article.



TIE Interceptor & Deluxe Figures
October 26, 2001 | 1:16 PM EST | John

According to a Yak TRU insider source who wishes to remain nameless, there are, in fact, more TIE Interceptors on the way. But, after this next crew hits the store shelves, (he said there will be plenty to go around), Hasbro will, or more accurately has stopped making them. What Hasbro has made is now in the warehouses, along with large shipments of Deluxe figures. So, as soon as you see the Deluxe figures starting to hit TRU’s, keep your eyes peeled for the last of the Interceptors if you’ve missed getting one. This should happen in time for Black Friday or close to that date, in time for holiday shopping. So folks, there you have it! Good luck!



LucasArts Press Release; Jedi Starfighter
October 26, 2001 | 1:07 PM EST | John

LucasArts has just made a press-release about the up-and-coming STAR WARS JEDI STARFIGHTER for the Playstation 2. Sounds great! The article starts out like this;

“The critically-hailed STAR WARS Starfighter™ flight-action game series returns with the power of the Force in STAR WARS Jedi Starfighter from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. Inspired by the success of its predecessor, which debuted at the top of the PlayStation 2 sales charts upon release last March (according to NPD/TRST), Jedi Starfighter features the sleek and agile new Jedi starfighter from the upcoming motion picture Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The game, expected to release spring 2002 on PlayStation 2, also marks the first-ever availability of Force powers in a Star Wars flight action title. Jedi Starfighter presents 15 exhilarating one and two-player cooperative story-based missions set amidst a variety of new and beautifully rendered worlds and environments, as featured in Attack of the Clones. In addition to the Jedi starfighter, players can battle in three other original heavily armed and highly maneuverable craft, the Havoc, Zoomer and Freefall. Missions take place over land and in space, with players skirmishing against more than 40 starships and capital-class vessels – including some notable enemy craft from the upcoming Star Wars film.”

For more information on this excellent game, check out the official page with the press-release.



Article on Hayden in Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2001 | 1:00 PM EST | John

For all you paper collectors out there, (and I know it’s no slight exaggeration to say there are thousands), this weeks November 2, 2001 Entertainment Weekly has a nice little article on “The Man Who Would Be Darth Vader”, Hayden Christensen. It goes on about his early career with little information on AOTC, but still something for those who like to save all that stuff for their kids, and to look back on in the future.



More TIE Interceptor Sightings
October 26, 2001 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Yak Readers Spencer, Barry, and Jeff
wrote in with some more TIE finds:

Torrance Ca has some in stock
Poughkeepsie, NY had 5 on hand
West Side TRU in Knoxville, TN has about 20-25 of them on the top shelves

Keep the reports coming t help your fellow collectors find this piece.



Trailer On, Trailer Off? What Will It Be?
October 25, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Mark

Tony sent in this bit (thanks Tony). “I read in USA today newspaper today that the episode 2 trailer will be before Monsters Inc that opens Nov. 2nd. USA today is a national newspapers, so this is a very credible source!!! Please pass this along to your visitors!!”



Mystery Of The Holes In Bacta Luke’s Solved
October 25, 2001 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill

Because the Bacta tank is designed to be filled with water, the Luke figure has these holes to allow water to fill and drain from the figure easily, whereas without them, water might have gotten in through the joints and not have been able to drain easily if one wanted to display it without the ‘bacta’. This same design was on the Spiderman aqua figures, their holes were midway down their sides. Thanks to Yak Reader Harry for the scoop.



Deluxe Darth Maul Details
October 25, 2001 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote in with this review of the Deluxe Darth Maul:

I just opened my new deluxe shirtless Darth Maul. As soon as I
tried to move his arm holding his lightsaber, the arm fell off! The
arm is articulated at the shoulder with a regular joint, but at the
bicept and forearm it is a simple “pop” joint (similar to Darth
Vader’s hand). These two joints aren’t very tight. This happens with
both arms. Also his legs aren’t articulated, and seem to be extra
soft, almost rubbery. Also the lightsaber does separate in the centre, it is connected with a small thin peice of the translucent red of the sabre. Picked this up with Bacta Luke at Toys “R” Us in London, Ontario, Canada for $16.99.



TIE Interceptor Sighting Update
October 25, 2001 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

With the rumors of a 2nd wave of TIE Interceptors being held until the TIE Bombers are released, we are bringing you an update of where Yak Readers have seen Interceptors in stock.

Phoenix AZ Metro area most stores had 3 or 4 Interceptors
Orem, UT had about a dozen of them on the shelf
Brooklyn had about 2 dozen TIE Interceptors
Nashville has at least 5 Ties at each TRU
Various cities in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri the TRUs had TIE Interceptors stacked to the ceilings
El Paso, Texas had half a dozen
TRU in Cerritos, CA
TRU carle place long island has 1 left, (box beat up though)
La Mesa, California has 2 in stock.

Thanks to Dan, Tom, Kenny, George, Tim, Steve, T16Skyhopper, Serino, and everyone else for the reports.

Also to clarify the question a number of you have been asking. The latest information is that the TIE Bomber is still going be an exclusive, but that it will be shared by BOTH Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.



Canadians get Deluxe Figures!
October 25, 2001 | 5:07 PM EST | John

“Barry” from Canada sends us this report to give our Canadian friends hope of finding the new Deluxe figures. He writes;

“I just thought I’d let everyone know that the Darth Maul and
Luke Skywalker Deluxe POTJ figures are out in Canada (I got mine at
Merivale Rd in Ottawa) at TRUs for $16.99. Maul’s Droid has a lever on it that ‘lauches’ the droid from the clean post, and Luke has the two mysterious holes on his back for some reason. They’re not that big though, so it’s not an eyesore.”

Great Barry, and thanks! Now, my fine Northern Friends, keep looking!



Deluxe Figures @ Entertainment Earth
October 25, 2001 | 12:41 PM EST | John

Screen Scene Deluxe Figures are in stock at Entertainment Earth!

The Screen Scene Deluxe Set 1 (Item# HS84475AA, $25.99) has arrived! The Star Wars Fan’s Favorite “Screen Scene” Deluxe Figure Assortment. Includes: 1x Luke Skywalker in Echo Base Bacta Tank and 1x Darth Maul with Sith Attack Droid. Individually blister carded.



ILM Items on e-Bay’s “Auction For America”
October 25, 2001 | 12:29 PM EST | John

These are once in a lifetime items that user “Lucasdigital” has on e-Bay right now. They are official items used/made for employees of ILM/Lucas digital, and man, are they going for a few bucks! All have about 5 days to go until the auctions end, and all proceeds go to the 9-11 relief fund, so it’s a worthy cause. If you are financially endowed and are interested, hop over and bid freely! You’ll be helping a great cause, and getting a really cool item in turn. The rest of us 9-to-5ers will sit and watch… 8^) The auctions are as follows;

ILM “Ray Harryhausen Signed Poster” *RARE*
ILM VFX Crew – “Small Soldiers” lunchbox RARE
ILM VFX 25th Anniversary SKAGEN men’s watch
ILM STAR WARS EP2 Attack of the Clones t-shirt



Star Wars Celebration II page goes online!
October 25, 2001 | 12:13 PM EST | John

The Star Wars Celebration II page has now officially gone online over, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a bigee! Not only are we, as Star Wars fans celebrating the release of Episode 2 in May of 2002, but we are also inclined to remember that this next May marks the 25th anniversary of the flick that started it all; “Star Wars Episode IV; A New Hope”. The article starts out like this;

“Thousands of Star Wars fans from around the galaxy will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana May 3 to 5, 2002 for Star Wars Celebration II, the only official Star Wars event to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: Episode II. Celebration II also commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first Star Wars film released in May 1977.
More than 340,000 square feet of the Indianapolis Convention Center will be filled with Star Wars-related exhibits, displays and events, which will make Star Wars Celebration II a special gathering for fans to express and share their enthusiasm for the Star Wars movies.

For more info and where to aquire tickets, click here.



There May Be Another Episode I DVD
October 25, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

The is reporting that rumors have surfaced of Lucasfilm releasing another Episode I DVD. This DVD would be an “extras only” disc, with more behind the scenes footage, more cut scenes, commercials, etc. Click here for the full story.

Thanks to Yak Reader Jason for the heads-up.



Petitions Page
October 25, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

If there’s some figure or vehicle that you are dying to see Hasbro produce, chances are that Jacobs Star Wars Petition Page has a petition going. Head on over to support the figures you want to see made.



POTF2 and EU Inserts On The Net
October 25, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill has added to their already impressive collection of Star Wars inserts by including a batch of POTF2 and Expanded Universe inserts.
These include:
A-Wing Fighter
C-3PO Carry Case
Cruise Missile Trooper
Darth Vaders TIE Fighter
Expanded Universe Speeder Bike
Millennium Falcon
Speeder Bike With Princess Leia
Speeder Bike With Luke
Dash Rendars Outrider
Slave 1
X-Wing Fighter (Electronic Power FX)
Swoop With Swoop Trooper

Click here for more.



Target B-Wing On Sale
October 24, 2001 | 9:22 PM EST | Mark

The B-Wing is now starting to show up on clearance for $19.90, a special thanks to Tom for the news. Also, just a heads up on this, has not lowered their price and this is not the final markdown, remember that the final price will end in a 4. Sale!
October 24, 2001 | 9:19 PM EST | Mark

Here are some great deals over at, stop over there for more…..
Han Stormtrooper 12″ $14.99
Death Star Droid 12″ $14.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ $14.99



Q&A Update
October 24, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated, blah blah blah you know the drill. On to your regularly scheduled news.



Bacta Luke Impressions
October 23, 2001 | 10:09 PM EST | Adam

Reader Doug was kind enough to share his impressions of the new Bacta Luke figure:

“I found the Maul and Luke deluxe figures today in Spokane, WA at a store called White Elephant (it’s a toys/hobbies/sporting goods store). They were $8.98, but the price was written on the bubble in black marker. I’m sorry I don’t have a receipt scan, but this place just uses adding machines to print receipts, so it wouldn’t tell you anything anyway.

On a similar note, I noticed Luke has two holes in his back, one between the shoulders and one on his underwear, and I have no clue what these are for.”

Weird! Thanks for the details, Doug!



2002 Hits A Local Website Near You!!!
October 23, 2001 | 5:37 PM EST | Mark

Check out for the most recent images of the Attack Of The Clones figure packaging. CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!



Phantom DVD Hits Record Sales Status
October 23, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | John News is reporting that Variety is stating that the Phantom Menace DVD has hit incredible sales records. As if we thought it wouldn’t. It starts out like this;

“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace has set a new first-week sales record, with an estimated 2.2 million DVD units purchased by consumers since the title was released on Oct. 16.

That sales figure, which equates to more than $45 million in consumer spending on the DVD, barely eclipses the old record set by “The Mummy Returns” just two weeks ago, when Universal reported first-week sales at 2 million units.”

Incredible! For more on this article, click here.



Another Bracket Tournament @
October 23, 2001 | 11:22 AM EST | John

It seems that is also starting another Bracket Tournament to find out who is the ultimate POTJ figure. If you liked the last one, head on over and check this one out! Even the beginning votes look interesting…



Which package was your favorite?
October 23, 2001 | 11:16 AM EST | John

That’s the question is asking fans over at their site about the Star Wars packaging through the decades. Here’s your chance to vote and tell them what you liked the best of what was at retail. The choices, although not too diverse, are between;

A. Original – A New Hope
B. Return of the Jedi
C. Power of the Force
D. Power of the Jedi
E. Episode I – The Phantom Menace



More on Deluxe Figures…
October 23, 2001 | 11:01 AM EST | John

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World currently has the new Deluxe Luke Bacta Tank and Darth Maul figures in stock. They still have a few TIE Interceptors & B-Wings available as well. If you want to jump retail and get those Deluxes quickly, here’s your chance!



Deluxe Figures Found In Retail Store
October 23, 2001 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Doug wrote in:

“I found the Maul and Luke deluxe figures today in Spokane, WA at a store called White Elephant (it’s a toys/hobbies/sporting goods store). They were $8.98, but the price was written on the bubble in black marker. I’m sorry I don’t have a receipt scan, but this place just uses adding machines to print receipts, so it wouldn’t tell you anything anyway.

On a similar note, I noticed Luke has two holes in his back, one between the shoulders and one on his underwear, and I have no clue what these are for.”



Deluxe Figures Online
October 22, 2001 | 6:05 PM EST | Mark

You can now order the Deluxe figures Luke w/ Bacta Tank and Darth Maul They are $11.99 each.



DVD Easter Eggs on PS2 Help
October 22, 2001 | 1:17 AM EST | Adam

Got a PlayStation 2 and can’t find the extras? Well, has the solution for you. If you’re having problems, go to their site for the best directions of how to access the extras.



TIE Interceptor Update
October 21, 2001 | 9:08 PM EST | Bill

Thanks to all the Yak Readers who wrote in with information on the statue of the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptors, including Wade, Ron, Drew, and Mewdude

First — where are there TIEs in stock right now? (at least as of the time we received these reports?)

Las Vegas as 11 on the shelf
Tulsa has some in stock
Freeport/Long island has 12 on the floor
UPDATE: Arlington, Texas also has 5 on hand — Thanks Shawn

Now, what does the future hold? Well if the reports we received are correct, there is good news. It appears that when the TIE Bombers appear in November (yes– we all get to fight for yet another TIE exclusive at TRU in addition to looking for the TIE bomber at Wal-Mart) that TRU will also get more TIE interceptors. NOTE, if the TIE Bombers do start appearing in November this would be a major change from Hasbro’s previous announcements that the TIE Bomber was delayed along with the Crashed Snowspeeder until Spring 2002.

If you have any more news send it in.



12″ Bantha???
October 21, 2001 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Owen Driscoll has created an awsome custom of a 12″ Bantha. Peg has posted over 30 photos of Owen’s great creation. Click here for more.



TIE Interceptors gone… already???
October 20, 2001 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, a number of Yak readers have been writing in to tell us is reporting that they are out of stock on TIE Interceptors, and they do not expect any more stock. If you have any information on whether the TIE interceptors have all been caught by collectors or whether there is another shipment coming (or maybe they are sitting out there in stealth mode) write in and let us know.



New AT-ST Images At
October 20, 2001 | 1:33 AM EST | John

StarWars.Com has posted some pretty sweet images of the new AT-ST, Speeder Bike, and Paploo set due out in early 2002. The quote from the site reads;

“As seen in Return of the Jedi, Paploo’s speeder bike joyride distracted the Imperial scout troopers allowing General Solo’s team to enter the bunker on Endor. The AT-ST features stomping legs, a rotating turret, pivoting weaponry, and the cockpit holds one pilot (sold separately), all in diorama packaging recreating the movie scene on the store shelf.”



Deluxe Leia & Amanaman Images!
October 19, 2001 | 11:58 AM EST | John

Right now, over at good ‘ol e-Bay, user “kw-min” has the newest deluxe figures up for auction. He has a couple different auctions up, which means he’s got more than one of each new figure, (if you decide to bid), but for simplicities sake I only included one link to each different auction on this post so all our readers can see these awesome new photo’s!

Carded Amanaman with Salacious Crumb

Leia with Sail Barge Cannon



Who’s Your Boba?
October 19, 2001 | 11:49 AM EST | John

The official site is reporting that Daniel Logan is playing the part of Boba Fett in the E2, something which fans had suspected since the filming was going on. Another newsworthy note that was sent in about our favorite bounty hunter from Yak reader “Wayne B.”, who’s trained eye noticed on the new E1 DVD link to the exclusive E2 content at the website, was this;

“Found something important at Star Wars DVD link; Watch the Choices Video and look at Jango Fett’s helmet……… IT’S GOT BOBA’S DENT! Can we now assume that Fett does indeed wear the same armor?”

Interesting… Thanks to everyone who wrote in about this. Can’t wait ’till 2/22/02!



Q&A Update
October 19, 2001 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with questions, answers, my opinions on the DVD, and other junk. More Monday? I think so.



Plano Convention Reminder
October 18, 2001 | 6:53 PM EST | Adam

From promoter Ben Stevens:

Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
October 20-21, 2001 Plano Convention Center: Plano, Tx (10 miles north of Dallas)
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Join us October 20-21 for a weekend of fun as the Sci-Fi Expo presents BATCON. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of tv’s Batman, see original cast members Adam West (Batman), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Bat-vehicles, 30+comic artists and more! Over 200 tables loaded with old and new collectibles, videos, toys, comics, cards, etc.

For the Star Wars fan in all of us, we will have the following celebrity guests:
1) David Barclay (Jabba and Yoda puppeteer in his 1st ever convention appearance)
2) Don Bies (ILM senior model-maker, R2D2 remote operator, Boba Fett in ROTJ:SE, and Cantina band member in his first US appearance!)
3) Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
4) Phil Brown (Uncle Owen)
5) Shannon Baksa (Mara Jade model for Decipher)
6) Mercedes Ngoh (Rystall dancer in ROTJ:SE)
7) Christian Gossett (Prop designer)

For details check out:



E2 Trailer News
October 18, 2001 | 6:50 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net is reporting that this November, we will not get one, or two, but THREE trailers for Attack of the Clones, truly giving fans something to be thankful for. Check the site for the lowdown of where they will supposedly appear.



New POTJ Cardback at Rebelscum
October 18, 2001 | 6:47 PM EST | Adam

The fine folks of Rebelscum posted front and back shots of the Imperial Officer figure, carded. The interesting thing? No Force File, and only four figures on the back. Be sure to check it out.



Clean Scout Trooper Returns?
October 18, 2001 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam

Reader Brian had this to say:

“Just thought I’d let you know that I found a clean Biker Scout at my local Meijer tonight. I remembered alot of people having problems finding that version. I also seem to remember hearing that the dirty version was a running change. Either they changed back or they have more clean Scouts that haven’t been released.

Whoa. Well, one way to tell is that– as far as I’ve noticed– they changed the bubble when they changed the deco. The dirty Scout has a smaller bubble, it doesn’t extend as far out as the original clean one. But regardless, let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come. Because we want more Scout Troopers.



New Figure Petitions And Figure Wish List
October 17, 2001 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Detention Block AA23 has posted ten figures which have either never seen plastic or are in dire need of a resculpt. They also have a list of 47 figures which either need to be made in POTF2/POTJ plastic or have never been made at all.Click here for more.



Ultarama Hits Boston!
October 17, 2001 | 12:47 PM EST | John

Team Ultarama will be in Boston October 19-21 at the Great American Comic Book Expo 2001 with a show special price of $20. The Con takes place at the Hynes Convention Center and they look forward to seeing you there! That’s a great price for such an awesome display, so if you’re in the area, stop in and grab one, and tell them you read about it at Yak!



Free Figures At TRU’s All Over!
October 17, 2001 | 12:42 PM EST | John

Thank you from everyone for the overwhelming response! It seems that the deal is, in fact, totally true… or should I say TRU. I have had reports come in from all over the country that people are getting free figures when checking out at TRU; Anything from old Episode I figures all the way up to Saesee Tiin and Dagobah Vader, and in one case, a Shmi! Man, I gotta get out to my TRU and see what they’re offering! Good luck on the grabbings, folks!



Ewan McGregor Items “On The Block”
October 17, 2001 | 12:39 PM EST | John

Over at Ewan has put up some autographed items for auction! I didn’t check out the whole listing of what’s up, but check into it if you’re an autograph collector or just want Obi-Wan’s ol’ John Hancock!



Poll Results, New Poll
October 17, 2001 | 4:46 AM EST | Adam

Well, first thing’s first: the DVD Poll.

After much deliberation, here’s what you had to say about which of these you would like to see on DVD first:
40%: The Star Wars Holiday Special
22%: The Ewoks & Droids Cartoons
20%: The Ewoks Movies
9%: “Making Of” Documentaries
6%: Old interviews/commercials/trailers from around the world

The most hubbub was over the holiday special– those who have seen it thought those who voted for it were nuts. Those who haven’t seen it are still curious, and rightfully so– it’s a piece of Star Wars lore. The piece most people don’t like and given the opinion of LucasFilm, the piece you will never, ever see on DVD, but still, it’s something every self-respecting fan owes it to him or herself to see at least once.

And now, our new poll, for one week or so only: How are you liking the DVD that they actually put out?

Tune in next week for a far better poll.



The Day Is Here
October 16, 2001 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The wait is over. DVD has been released. Write in if you find a good deal on the E1 DVD, and enjoy!!!



Free Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master
October 15, 2001 | 10:11 PM EST | Bill

Looking for a Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master to fill a hole in your collection, or maybe just to customize???? Well the scavengers over at The Jawa are giving one away. Click here for more.



E1 DVD Preview Cards at Wal-Mart
October 15, 2001 | 3:17 PM EST | John

Some Wal-Mart stores are giving away 4 different cards right now that have little bar-code’s on them that are able to be scanned in the electronics department for 30-second clips of the E1 DVD new scenes and the sort at the preview screens by the DVD/video gaming section. The reported scenes include the complete Podrace grid sequence, the extended second lap of the Podrace, the waterfall sequence, and the air-taxi sequence. So, I know it’s only one official day to go, but if you stop by Wal-Mart, check it out. Thanks goes to “jedivalkyrie” for the tip!



Free E1 figures at TRU?
October 15, 2001 | 3:11 PM EST | John

It is being reported right now that TRU is giving away free figures left over from Episode I. Loyal Yak-Reader “Kenny T.” writes;

“I am shocked that no one caught this but i was told yesterday by a friend at Freeport TOYS R US that there is a promotion that lets you get a “free gift” with any purchase. some of you may be noticing less and less figures in the stores now. they hav e them stock piled behind the counters. he said you can buy a 99 cents soda or a piece of gum and get a figure free. theres a catch, only the figures behind the counter!! (E1 FIGURES ONLY!) the offer is on page 2 of Sundays flyer in the corner.”

I must’ve missed this in the flyer, but it sounds like a good deal. You can’t get any cheaper than free! Has anyone been successful with this yet?



Episode I CommTech Deal
October 15, 2001 | 1:51 PM EST | John

“Pizza Hutt” sends us this valuable information. We here at Yak can’t vouge for the dealer as being reputable, (personally I’ve never dealt with them), but it sounds like a great deal! That’s not to say they’re not reputable, so if anyone knows anything about them, please let us know. “Pizza” writes;

“A dealer here in the UK is advertising the Swimming Jar Jar case assortment cheap, £25.00 which is around $33.00 I think, plus shipping. Thats like £1.56 per figure!!! The case also includes Qui-Gon Jedi Master and Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid, two other very rare figures, 3 of each.
The dealer is known as Midcotoys, and can be contacted via The Private Universe website.
Hope this information is good to you guys and helps some Americans get some of those hard to find Swimming Jar Jar’s, etc.”

Thanks “Pizza”! What a deal! That’s better than the TRU sale of a few months ago! (Minus shipping, of course.)



Episode II DVD Teaser: November 9?
October 15, 2001 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam

The Digital Bits posted particularly notable tidbit just a little while ago:

“It’s live, folks! In anticipation of tomorrow’s release of Star Wars: Episode I on DVD, Lucasfilm has officially launched the DVD website. If you have the disc and a DVD-ROM drive, you can access exclusive content on the website right now. The site currently has a video available for viewing that includes lots of new still images from Episode II. AND… the site has officially announced that on November 9th, you’ll be able to download the teaser trailer for Episode II! How’s that for a cool way to kick off the week?”

Wow. Aren’t we non-DVD-ROM drive owners thrilled with this one? Well, you luckier folks better tell us how it is. Still… wow. So all you folks totally wary of spoilers, it’s time for you to disconnect that Internet line…

UPDATE: Mac users, it gets better– Dave sent this in.

“Also add to your list, the DVD ROM portion of the disks is NOT Mac
compatible, as it requires a Windows-only plug-in to work. Nice. All those iMac owners out there with built-in DVD drives are going to be ecstatic.

Well, there’s one more reason why I’m not a fan of DVD-ROM content…



Q&A Update
October 15, 2001 | 2:51 AM EST | Adam

Crack the bell, homies. With Every Question For Justice has been updated at long last, bringing you something to direct your indifference toward. See the questions. Feel the answers. Be the ennui. Be it.

Anyway, more later.



E1 DVD: Tower Records Freebie
October 14, 2001 | 4:28 PM EST | Adam

Steve C. sent along this tidbit:

“I was @ Tower Records, in New Jersey and last night and they had an empty ‘SW:Ep.1 DVD’ cases and if you pre-order the dvd, you get 5 Ep.1 trading cards. FREE, so i thought i would pass that on.”



Episode II Figure Assortment Listed
October 14, 2001 | 1:38 PM EST | Bill

Collect has posted a breakdown of the case assortment for some of the upcoming Episode II figures.

Highlight below to see the figure list– SPOILER WARNING APPLIES!!!

Captain Typho
Boba Fett
Tusken Raider Female with Child
Shaak Ti

According to Collect Star this list is from a reliable source, but it has not yet been confirmed.



Episode I DVD @ Circuit City!
October 14, 2001 | 1:31 PM EST | John

Yak reader “John H.” lends us this information;

“Circuit City has it for $17.99, and you can order it online right now (it’s available, not a pre-order). The only caveat is you can’t order it online and pick it up in the store, you have to have it shipped. Just FYI!”

Thanks John! Keep checking out there folks, it’s out there at a few places already. Either way, it’ll be all over on the 16th, but us Star Wars fans know what it’s like to find stuff before street-date. (I.E. Episode I figures)



Obi-Wan X-Box Footage At
October 14, 2001 | 12:24 PM EST | John has posted a new 6-meg file with excellent shots of the new game coming for Microsoft’s new video gaming venture, the X-Box. The graphics are incredible, I can’t say enough about the actual game! So, if you want to get phsyched for this new title, hop over and download this quicktime flick. You WON’T be sorry… (you’ll just probably end up spending $500 when the system is released.)



Episode II Trailer With “Monsters, Inc.”?
October 14, 2001 | 12:17 PM EST | John

That’s what Cinecon is reporting. This isn’t official from Lucasfilm yet, but Cinecon is reporting it will be official soon. For those not who don’t know, the new film Monsters, Inc. is the newest flick to be released by Pixar in conjunction with Disney. It’s of the same flavor as Toy Story meets Nickelodeon’s old weekly show, “Arghh! Real Monsters!”, although it has no relation to either. It is due to be released on November 2, which is about the right time frame for the first trailer. Keep in mind it will only be the teaser trailer and not something groundbreaking, so if you want to see a neat new Pixar flick, you’ve got one heck of a bonus!



Best Buy Freebie
October 14, 2001 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam

UPDATE: If you go to a Best Buy store on Tuesday, the first 100 customers get a CD-ROM of LucasArts game demos. (Well, it’s something. For free.)

If you’re aware of any special and notable offers this week, don’t forget to let us know!



Starwoids Review Online
October 13, 2001 | 8:01 PM EST | Adam

The Digital Bits posted their review of the third DVD coming out next Tuesday to focus on Star Wars: Starwoids. The documentary features Kevin Smith and an army of fans, and advance press seems to be positive. So be sure to check out their review.



N64’s “Battle For Naboo” Hit’s Major Clearance Status
October 13, 2001 | 12:16 PM EST | John

I’ve heard a lot on this from various sources, so I checked into it, and yes, the Nintendo 64 “Battle For Naboo” is going for a small percentage of what it was originally released at retail for less than a year ago. At many Targets across the nation it’s selling at closeout price of $29.99, and I’ve heard, at certain Wal-Mart stores, that it’s actually $9.99! If you were waiting for this to go on discount, now’s the time before they all disappear! Considering that this previously long-awaited sequel/prequel to Rogue Squadron went for $50-$60 at first release, these discounts are nice. Grab it before it’s gone, it’s a super game!



Episode I DVD Commercial On US Television!
October 13, 2001 | 12:07 PM EST | John

The USA version of the DVD commercial is finally hitting the airwaves, and in a big way! Great commercial! It makes the fans drool, and looks to be shaping up to be a major release, (as if we thought it wouldn’t be). Also, the commercial is showing up on preview screens across the nation in Wal-Mart and Target stores in the electronic departments. Kudos to Lucas and Co. for this DVD effort, (which incidentally is already hitting shelves all over before the October 16 official release date), it’s been a long time coming. Now, for the original Trilogy…



Yak Poll Irony…
October 13, 2001 | 11:45 AM EST | John

It seems that this may be older news now, but I had to let all of our faithful Yakkers know;
It seems that the Ewok movies are scheduled to be released on DVD in the indefinite future! Now, most of us would rather have the horribly dated Star Wars Holiday Special, but this is a start! Rejoice furball-fans! If anyone hears anything like definite release dates or anything else, let me know.

UPDATE – Well, it was nice while it lasted, but I thank the few people that wrote in so quickly. Apparently, this was a hoax. Ashame that, it would have been a nice start to a Star Wars DVD collection besides Episode I and that unlicensedStars Of Star Wars DVD that came out in ’99. Sigh… more petitions?



TIEs Continue To Be Intercepted
October 13, 2001 | 3:36 AM EST | Adam

Many of you have been worried that we have seen the last of the Toys “R” Us exclusive TIE Interceptor. Well, a local TRU got several in today, and I was lucky enough to find one for the first time– so what does this mean for you? If you live in Tucson, get over to the Oracle store early tomorrow. If not, keep checking your local stores, or go to Toys “R” Us at to sign up for notification of when they return to their online store.

So no need for panicing, my friends. And enemies. None of you need panic. It’s a panic-free kind of thing. Oh, Q&A returns Monday, send in questions, blah blah blah. And vote in the poll if you didn’t already.



B-Wing Clearance
October 13, 2001 | 3:32 AM EST | Adam

While looking for Count Chocula tonight, I noticed that one of my local Targets– which earlier this week had no B-Wings– now has B-Wings at the price of $27.90, in other words, clearance. So those of you who still need one, check those local Targets again, and then call in some favors because they aren’t going to get any cheaper. Unless, of course, they do.

UPDATE: It should also be noted that this item is still available from, although at the time we checked it was still full price. So there’s no excuse for missing this one.



eBay Prototype Round Up
October 12, 2001 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

eBay has always been a great source of rare and weird products, and this week, there’s quite a few nifty prototypes up for grabs.

Leia Boushh Vintage First Shot Prototype
Jabba the Hutt Vintage First Shot Prototype
FX-7 Unproduced Micro Collection Prototype
Han Hoth 12″ Doll Prototype
Floppy Hat/ Flashback Luke Test Shot Prototype
Luke on Tauntaun Micro Collection 4-Up Prototype
Ewoks Logray Engineering Pilot (preproduction packaging test)
Sandtrooper Test Shot from Cantina Diorama in Red
Painted Watto Hardcopy



Got News?
October 12, 2001 | 5:16 PM EST | Adam

Hey kids,

Ever wanted to be a reporter for Well, now’s your chance. If you’ve got a nose for Star Wars merchandising news, some writing experience, and rudimentary knowledge of how an Internet page works, you might just be the person we’re looking for.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing news updates just like this one, pleasesend me a note and we’ll be in touch. As always, thanks for reading! DVD Giveaway
October 12, 2001 | 5:11 PM EST | Adam has a new Fall look and a contest to win Episode I on DVD! Click on over today to see if you can get your copy for free!



Prototype, New Toy Images at
October 12, 2001 | 4:14 PM EST | Adam has posted several images of cancelled/delayed product today.

Items include several cancelled Episode I items like the two remaining “vs.” sets, the other two trophy figures, and several others. These have shown up online before, but they’re all there in one nice cluster for your viewing pleasure.

New, however, was the 12″ Luke and Yoda boxed– see the final packaged product, goofy face and all!



The Newest 12″ Star Wars Figures
October 11, 2001 | 10:08 PM EST | Bill

That’s right, the newest 12″ figues that we all WISH were coming from Hasbro. Ron has produced two more winners– this time it’s Eeth Koth and Dr. Evazan.Click here to see them. It looks like we are going to be seeing a lot more new custom 12″ figures from Ron– I hear he’s been caught into the scavenging clan over at The Jawa — now if we can only get Hasbro to see Ron and put some of his awsome creations into production. With Ron’s help we could be looking at doing some seriously detailed 12″ dioramas, imagine the possibilities…



Wal-Mart 12″ Luke and Yoda News
October 11, 2001 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott gave us a heads up on the exclusive Wal-Mart 12″ Luke and Yoda. is now showing thier exclusive 12inch Luke and Yoda as “Coming Soon”. There is also a picture and price of $28.93. So it looks as though they might be selling these online. Click here for more.



Live-Size Lego Darth Vader
October 11, 2001 | 6:41 PM EST | Adam

Even though it’s out of stock, I just had to mention this.

Darth Vader Lego Build-Up

FAO Schwarz has the item up on their website for the price of $10,000.00. It’s a life-size, seven foot tall electronic sculpture of the character. As far as Star Wars collectibles go, it’s big, obscenely big, and priced accordingly. Even though it’s not in stock, it’s something you owe it to yourself to see.

(They’ve also still got the Hasbro Fambaa for $37.50.)



E1 DVD at Blockbuster?
October 10, 2001 | 9:07 PM EST | Adam

Reader Kurt has made another discovery:

“I expect you guys have probably recieved a ton of e-mails on this by now, But I found the SW EP1 DVD on sale at Blockbuster Video Tueday night (late. looks like they had just finished stocking the display, which BTW is very cool, with a large cutout of Darth Maul wielding his lightsaber) $22.99, I have heard other stores will have it cheaper, but sniting over $5.00? Nah. I’m sure you have also been told how incredible the extras are, they make the disc. I found this in Olathe, KS (Kansas City metro area)



Cheap European Exclusive 12″ Figures
October 10, 2001 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

MidcoToys, a small dealer in the UK, but with a growing reputation for passing on bargains to his customers, have reported some great news that they have the rare Europe only released 12″ Han Quick Draw and Swing Action Luke dolls instock. The best part is the price, only £15 GBP! MidcoToys doesn’t have a site of his own yet so can be contacted via The Private Universe site.

Update: These are now sold out.



POTJ Pricing Bonanza
October 10, 2001 | 3:56 PM EST | Adam

Some are going up, some are going down… check out these reports, first from reader Bill:

” I was in a local Wal-Mart today(Auburndale,FL) and noticed something odd.The POTJ figures they had(Han Bespin Escape,Chewbacca Mechanic) were priced at $7.88.Last night I was in another Wal-Mart in Winter Haven,where the figure were priced at$6.77(except for marked down E1 figures).”

And here’s one from reader Eddie:

“I was browsing through the Vinton,VA Kroger supermarket last night and was floored to see the new Emperor’s Wrath Vader and Death Star Han on the toy section pegs. This is a bit of a shock to begin with as my local area Krogers usually have nothing on the toy pegs but old Episode I pegwarmers…if THAT much. But to my astonishment there were two of the five newest POTJ along with a Duros and Sabe(sadly,the new X-Wing Luke was nowhere to be found)hanging on a bottom-of-the-row peg marked “Mil Toys.” And HERE’S the kicker…

They were only $2.99 APIECE,ringing up as “MIL TOYS”! For a grand spankin’ total of $6.25 with sales tax I was able to score the new Vader and Han that has been so elusive at regular retailers in my area! I’m still in bewilderment about this find…I don’t know if this is a Kroger-wide markdown or a mistake but GET TO THOSE KROGERS MY FRIENDS!”



B-Wing Prices Falling
October 10, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

That’s right, it looks like Target is already reducing the price of their exclusive B-Wing Fighter!!! Reports are appearing everywhere from Yak Readers and other fan sites, of B-Wing prices dropping to $27.90.



Alternate Episode One K-Mart DVD Cover
October 9, 2001 | 7:21 PM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net’s Episode I News Page posted a nice shot of an alternate cover being offered in Australia for the new DVD. Pretty nifty.



The Other Star Wars DVD Coming Next Week
October 9, 2001 | 7:09 PM EST | Adam

As most of you know, the release date for Episode One is next Tuesday in most parts of the world. However, we in the US also get treated to one of the many Star Wars parodies. Thumb Wars, a TV special from 1999, gets released next week with an MSRP of $9.99. See the full review at DVD File!



Big Apple Comic Con: Charity, Ultarama
October 9, 2001 | 6:38 PM EST | Adam

Mort from Ultarama had this news to share:

“Ultarama will be at the Big Apple Comic Book, Art & Toy Convention in New York on Friday and Saturday October 12th and 13th, located at St. Paul Church at Columbus Avenue and 60th Street. The show is being run as a charity event to assist victims of the terrible tragedy of September 11th, with free admission for everyone. In support of these efforts, Ultarama will donate all proceeds from its show special price of $20 per unit to the New York Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.



Bib Fortuna Resculpt Petition
October 9, 2001 | 6:37 PM EST | Adam

David Hicks of Jedisiths, whom you may remember having just sent a petition to Hasbro for General Madine, is now shooting for a resculpt of Bib Fortuna. To cast your vote on the first of what will undoubtedly be many resculpt petitions,send your name to!



Another DVD Report
October 9, 2001 | 6:34 PM EST | Adam

Reader Lotsofgex sent in this tidbit:

“Hey guys. Just figured i’d let you know that I just picked up the E1 DVD at TRU. It was priced at $22.99 but rang up at $19.99. Dont have time to scan the receipt right now but maybe I’ll send a scan in later. The receipt said:

10/16 SW Episode 415777 19.99

It was at the Bay Plaza TRU, Bronx, NY.

Well, if it’s a-leakin’, we hope to have some additional early impressions from you guys to share soon. (Hint, hint.)



New Religion Available in the UK
October 9, 2001 | 6:31 PM EST | Adam

Ever wanted to be recognized as a Jedi by the British goverment?

BBC News posted this story which focuses on the major details. According to the story, New Zealand has given Jedi the status previously.



Sci-Fi Expo 411
October 8, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

The Sci-Fi Expo will be October 20-21, 2001 at the Plano Convention Center: Plano, Tx (10 miles north of Dallas) on Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Here’s the newsfeed from the Sci-Fi Expo:

Join us October 20-21 for a weekend of fun as the Sci-Fi Expo presents BATCON. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of tv’s Batman, see original cast members Adam West (Batman), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Frank Gorshin (Riddler), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Bat-vehicles, 30+comic artists and more! Over 200 tables loaded with old and new collectibles, videos, toys, comics, cards, etc.

For the Star Wars fan in all of us, we will have the following celebrity guests:
1) David Barclay (Jabba and Yoda puppeteer in his 1st ever convention appearance)
2) Don Bies (ILM senior model-maker, R2D2 remote operator, Boba Fett in ROTJ:SE, and Cantina band member in his first US appearance!)
3) Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
4) Phil Brown (Uncle Owen)
5) Shannon Baksa (Mara Jade model for Decipher)
6) Mercedes Ngoh (Rystall dancer in ROTJ:SE)
7) Christian Gossett (Prop designer)

Click here for more details.



Cheap POTJ At Wal-Mart
October 8, 2001 | 8:47 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kenny wrote in: “A friend emailed me last night and told me that they had gotten in the Collection 2 figures (Shmi was the one he notably spotted.) I already had a set but I always get 2 of each. I go there and it was a complete box. They had 2 Shmi’s and 2 Obi Wan (Jedi Training) and the rest were Sabes, Ketwol, Duros and Bespin Guard. I took a Shmi and Obi Wan. I bought them up to the register and the Obi Wan came up $6.44 and the Shmi came up $3.25! I didn’t complain! I ran back and checked the other figures but the only ones that came up $3.25 were the Shmi(s). Anyone know why this is the only figure coming up this price? I don’t have a scanner, so I can’t send you a scan of the receipt, but here is what it says:


Kenny thanks for the news. I have also found some Wal-Marts in my area marking down some POTJ and not others. As some of our Yak Readers who work at Wal-Mart have pointed out, the area managers have the discretion to mark down some products and not others. If you notice, all POTJ figures have a different bar code (UPC) on them which identifies the figure being purchased. It appears some manager decided that the Shmi figures weren’t selling, were old stock, etc., but decided that the other figures did not need to be reduced.



Bib Fortuna Resculpt Petition
October 8, 2001 | 8:40 PM EST | Bill

While I am not generally one to push for resculpts, Bib Fortuna certainly has to be one of the figures which could really use a new sculpt. If you want to see the lekkued one in POTJ plastic,
Click here to send in your name and Email!!!



The Private Universe Change Of Address Notice
October 8, 2001 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe has moved! So if you want to keep up with the Star Wars news and information in the UK, click here for the new link.



AisleSniper.Com Opens
October 8, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new on-line source for Star Wars Action Figures: are currently celebrating the launch of their new online portal for the coolest collectible action figures and accessories. looks to set new standards in your online collectible shopping experience. In celebration of their launch, is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more until 10/31/01.

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!!!



Retrolicious Website
October 8, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | Adam

First Star Wars Website, a page that takes a humorous look at the vintage line with modern toy reporting. Why are fans annoyed with the first shots of the Sears Cantina? Find out at the First Star Wars Website!



TRL Popularity Poll
October 7, 2001 | 10:17 PM EST | Adam

Heiko let us know about this new poll at MTV, a fine American that tells us what we’re supposed to like:

“There is a TRL poll up at the MTV website asking what movie you are most excited to see and LOTR is currently in the lead over AOTC. I think that it’s our duty ,as loyal Star Wars fans, to make sure that AOTC wins. I have included a link to the poll.

To your duty, gentlemen.



Want a Star Wars site?
October 7, 2001 | 10:15 PM EST | Adam

JediSiths, a fan site hosted by, wrote in today with this to say:

“I am giving my site: JediSiths or also called The Jedi Remnant, to someone who wants to take it over. If you want to take it over, I will be giving it to someone. I’ll send you the username and password. Who ever owns it can do whatever they want with it.

I also have a Yahoo e-mail which I’m not using and if someone wants that too, they can have it. Just send me a note at:



E1 DVD: Best Buy Pricing
October 6, 2001 | 9:03 PM EST | Adam

Reader Brock Landers sent us this scoop:

“Just caught your update on the Episode I DVD at Costco, so I thought I’d fill you in on the situation at Best Buy.

Look for it to be priced at $17.99 for that week, from Tuesday until Saturday. The following Sunday, it should be back up to it’s normal price of $22.99.

The DVD will be advertised in next Sunday’s (10/14) ad as a “Hot Price”, with no price listed, but it will be $17.99.”

Thanks for the scoop, Brock!



Madine Petition
October 6, 2001 | 9:01 PM EST | Adam

Remember the General Madine petition? Well, looks like a few thousand signatures were capped off and sent to Hasbro. Time will tell if this helps the figure to get made, so stay tuned!



Another Bacta Tank Luke on eBay
October 6, 2001 | 7:11 PM EST | Adam

Those wanting to drool over every new picture of the upcoming Bacta Luke have another one to gawk at right at this auction, which has an in-hand packaged Luke. Which hopefully means he’ll be around soon, but for those who can’t wait and have too much money, do check out this auction.



New Star Wars Site, CostCo DVD Price Info
October 6, 2001 | 12:14 AM EST | Adam

Because one is just not enough! The Bothan Spy is just getting started with their Star Wars Toy News site. Be sure to stop by and take a look around!

Rob from The Bothan Spy also had this to share:
“I have a little tidbit of info for all of you who may have a Costco Wholesale in your area.
Star Wars – Episode 1: The Phantom Menace DVD
ITEM # 409717
PRICE: $18.99”

Good news, as this is one of the lowest prices we’ve heard so far!



October 5, 2001 | 8:31 PM EST | Adam

Jared has this to share:

“Just read your post about the E1 DVD. I actually picked a copy up from a local game retailer in Glendale, CA on Wednesday. They had just received them from a video distributor, so I would assume that the discs are available for small retailers to order from distributors like Ingram-Micro and pass along to customers right now — assuming they are so kind. 🙂 The included documentaries are worth the price of the 2-disc set alone. They’re far more honest and involving than you would imagine and really do give some insight into the film’s development, flaws and all.”

For the record, the street date is Tuesday, October 16.

So happy hunting this weekend, folks!



Eopie Backorder
October 5, 2001 | 4:42 PM EST | Adam

With several retaillers allegedly getting more stock of the Eopies, a lot of retaillers have started to put up preorders. One we were notified of, a site known for carrying hard-to-find Beast Wars and Star Wars toys in England.

Right now, they’re offering backorders for a Beast Combo– all four Episode One beasts for UK£40 plus postage, which to the US is roughly £UK20. This brings your grand total to around $88.94.

If we get word of other Eopie offers, we’ll post them here. So stay tuned, true believers!



E1 DVD Arrives in Hong Kong
October 5, 2001 | 3:39 PM EST | Adam

Reader Droideka sends in the following:

“I got the just released EP1 DVD in Hong Kong, here are some of the scans of the box and insert. The deleted scenes are awesome, you will see what we have missed!

We opted not to include the scans, but he did include images of the E1 DVD internal inserts, so it looks like it did, in fact, leak out early. Keep your peepers peeled, people.



Autograph Hounds
October 5, 2001 | 3:37 PM EST | Adam

From the folks of

“Over at we have added a new forum to our forums section for Star Wars Autographs.

“You can discuss any aspect of collecting star wars autographs and use
the forum for exchanging contact addresses and details of any successes
you may have had.



E1 DVD Easter Eggs Continued
October 5, 2001 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

DVD Angle posted this page with info on several more new easter eggs– some may be new, some may not be, but those who can’t wait to know everything there is to know about this DVD are advised to check this page out.



Episode II Software
October 5, 2001 | 4:22 AM EST | Adam

TheForce.Net Games pointed out a blurb on Nintendo’s Swedish site that lists a game entitled “Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones.” Can’t wait to see what the story is behind that!



eBay Prototype Onslaught
October 4, 2001 | 7:08 PM EST | Adam

Looking for a few nifty preproduction pieces? There’s quite a few of these pricey pieces to be seen on eBay today.

Classic 4 Pack First Shot Prototype Set
Multicolored Action Collection Chewbacca Prototype
First Shot Remote Control R2-D2
Electronic 12″ Darth Vader VSP

Neat stuff.



New LEGO Sets at Online Store
October 4, 2001 | 4:48 AM EST | Adam posted new images and ordering info for the new Darth Maul Bust and the Blockade Runner.

Thanks to the fine folk of for the tip-off.



New Deluxe Images at
October 4, 2001 | 4:44 AM EST | Adam posted shots of the front and back of Bacta Luke and the new Darth Maul in the package– be sure to check these out.



Target Luke Speederbike Update
October 4, 2001 | 4:43 AM EST | Adam

Numerous readers have chimed in to tell us that the Speederbike price reduction was a temporary fluke and has since been corrected– the price will most likely be $49.99 at your local stores now. If you score a better deal, or hear of a sale, don’t hesitate to let us know!



Q&A Update
October 4, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated yet again with more questions and answers and something else for your amusement. And it’s free! Free!!!



Entertainment Earth Interview
October 3, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has posted an interview with Jason Labowitz of Entertainment Earth. It is very informative interview and answers a few questions concerning Entertainment Earth and what they do for the collecting community. Click here to read it.



Luke Speederbike Available, And For $12.44?!?
October 2, 2001 | 6:27 PM EST | Adam

Reader Joe sent us a scan of a receipt today. Apparently, he picked up a recently released Speederbike with Luke Target this afternoon, and since it uses the same number as the Imperial Scout edition, the last price for the previous version was still in the computer– $12.44.

Numerous stores had to blow out the previous Speederbike last summer due to their just not selling, and it would seem that if you see the new Luke version, it’s definitely worth your while to run that puppy under the price scanner. Thanks for sharing, Joe!



Mark Hamill Muppet Show Deal
October 2, 2001 | 5:24 PM EST | Adam

Reader Totallyrawe sent in the following news/plug:

“If anyone is interested in The Muppet Show episode with Mark Hamill and C-3PO on DVD, you can get it for only $9.99 plus $3.99 s/h (it goes for $24.99 on the TimeLife website).  Just call 1-800 422-3773.  There are no future committments–cancel at anytime. Here’s the description from their website:

In this classic volume, you get the hard-to-find episode where Mark Hamill appears as Luke Skywalker. Other episodes feature Raquel Welch and a Giant Spider singing Baby It’s Me, and Paul Simon singing his classic hits.
Time-Life Video, Jim Henson Home Entertainment
80 Minutes”



Wal-Mart Exclusive Release Dates — Revised
October 1, 2001 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has just posted the revised release schedule for Wal-Mart’s exclusive vehicles.

The new release dates are call for the TIE Bomber to be released in March 2002, and the “crashed” Snowspeeder one month later in April.

Luke and Yoda (12″) is still schedule for November/December of this year.



Really, Really, Cheap Cinema Scenes
October 1, 2001 | 10:44 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa found out KB is practically giving away the Rebel Pilots and Jabba’s Skiff Guards Cinema Scenes. These three packs that most of us would have killed for about 2 years ago, are not going for just $5.99 at KB!!!!



Episode II: Important Dates Revealed?
October 1, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | Adam

The fine folk of posted some scans of what appears to be the important shipping dates for Episode II related releases, like advertising, trailers, and the like. Some are pretty vague, but it’s definitely worth a look.



REAL Stands Newsfeed
October 1, 2001 | 9:05 AM EST | Bill

REAL Action Stands on sale at The Official Star Wars Fan Club. Get 12 stands for just $3.99, and if your a member of the Fan Club your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each, more than 50% off the regular retail price. These are the best selling Type 1 Stands for the current line of 3-3/4″ Star Wars figures (`95 to present). Act fast, supplies are limited and as always, this offer may end at any time.

Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N

Click here to order online.



Q&A Monday Update
October 1, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated once again with ten answers and ten questions, none of which have anything to do with the as-of-yet-undetermined owner of the toy license for Star Trek: Enterprise.

September 2001 Archive

More UK Convention Action
September 30, 2001 | 7:55 PM EST | Adam

Paul from Jedicon sent us a press release on their upcoming convention… here’s the short of it:

WHAT: Jedicon Episode IV
WHEN: Sunday, December 9 2001
WHERE: Basildon Sports Centre

Guests include Petwe Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Friday Wilson, Alan Ruscoe, Jerome Blake, Mike Carter, Jeremy Bullock, Chris Parsons, Caroline Blakiston, and Claire Davenport as well as many others.

Please visit the Jedicon Page for the full scoop and future updates.



Pegs Marked For Deluxe Figures
September 30, 2001 | 3:07 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader TheFly2385 wrote in with an update on the Deluxe figures. At the Fred Meyer in Overlake, WA, not only did they have the Duros and X-Wing Luke wave, but they also had pegs for the upcoming Deluxe wave. The peg stickers indicated the deluxe figures were priced at 9.99.



Emperor’s Wrath Vader Feature
September 30, 2001 | 3:04 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Girlofgod wrote in to point out:

“just got the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, and…. HE GLOWS IN THE DARK!! I found out when I turned the light off by my computer and you can clearly see the skull and his spin. It’s awesome. The whole skull glows in the dark. I didn’t know it did that. I haven’t seen this feature published anywhere. Tell everybody. It’s a great bonus!”



R2-D2 Carryall Playset: $9.99 at KB Kids
September 30, 2001 | 12:30 AM EST | Adam

In case you missed out on this, and didn’t notice it there before, KB Kids has the R2-D2 Carry Case Playset with exclusive Destroyer Droid figure for $9.99. Of course, if you already have it, this information is worthless, but it’s easily Hasbro’s best POTF2-era carry case and with the exclusive figure, it’s a pretty good toy for a pretty good price.



Jar Jar Tatooine, Bespin Guard Wave, $4.99 Each
September 30, 2001 | 12:08 AM EST | Adam

M&M Collectibles has Jar Jar Tatooine, Ketwol, Sabe, Ellors Madak, and the Bespin Guard on non-mint packaging for $4.99 each– not a bad deal for an army builder or the tough-to-find Jar Jar.



Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Demo
September 28, 2001 | 8:48 PM EST | Adam

LucasArts’ Battlegrounds Page has a playable demo for the new Windows game. Star Wars meets StarCraft seems to be the order of the day, so it looks like a worthwhile download for users of Windows95 or later.

(Now where’s the Mac port?)



September 28, 2001 | 6:19 PM EST | Adam

After a few weeks, we’ve got a new poll for you: which non-film piece of Star Wars do you think should be on DVD first? The options we came up with are on the left, and we’d appreciate you to take the time to click your favorite option.

Also, our last poll has come to an end. The number one choice in “What do you think of our new layout?” was French Toast Please with 32% of over 2000 votes cast.



Are You Hardcore?
September 28, 2001 | 6:00 PM EST | Adam

Well, are you? Have you ever gone that extra mile– or 100 miles– to track down that one special Star Wars collectible? Have you ever gone through Hell and back to get that one action figure? We at would like to know about it, and we’d like to post your stories of heroism… or despair. If you’ve got a great story about your experiences collecting Star Wars, please send it in and watch for it here at!



Nifty Dagobah Vader Error
September 28, 2001 | 5:35 PM EST | Adam

While we don’t make it a case to report on errors found on figures, this one was too nifty to not share. Reader Dan sent us this image of a two carded Dagobah Vaders he scored at Kay-Bee Toys that’s missing the face plate.



Real Scan Used On Episode I Figures?
September 28, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Adam over at the Trade Federation ran across an intersting article in an issue of Cinefex from 1999 talking about Real Scan technology for action figures. Could it be that Hasbro tested this technology out on some Episode I figures? Click here for more.



More Super Detailed 12″ Customs
September 28, 2001 | 8:40 AM EST | Bill

Ron Rodriguez has just completed some new 12″ customs. This time around it’s Sio Bibble and Arleil Schous the Defel Wraith.
To see them click here.



Postponement Confirmed
September 27, 2001 | 11:18 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has confirmed some bad news for collectors, but it’s not as bad as it could be. The TIE Bomber and Crashed Snowspeeder have been postponed until this Spring, but as they pointed out at Rebelscum it could be worse, at least these vehicles are not canceled!

The good news is that the 12″ Luke and Yoda is still on track for this Fall.



Q&A Update
September 27, 2001 | 1:58 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with the questions and answers and all that jazz. Enjoy, or don’t! Next update is scheduled for Monday, unless there’s a deluge of questions, then maybe it’ll be ready for Friday.



McQuarrie Artwork Auction
September 27, 2001 | 1:29 AM EST | Adam

John from Ralph McQuarrie’s website sent us the following news…

“In case you think your readers would be interested – here’s some never before seen Ralph McQuarrie production art from Star Wars, Empire and Jedi that will be auctioned on eBay starting October 1st. All proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go directly to Ralph McQuarrie.

You can preview the first pieces that will be available at:

As you’ll see, we have selected several recognizable images from each of the three films for this initial offering.

As every Star Wars collector knows, almost all production art resides in the Lucasfilm Archives. This is a rare opportunity for fans to own not only an original work by Ralph McQuarrie, but an original piece of Star Wars history.”



Vehicles Delayed
September 26, 2001 | 9:04 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted a bit of news that will be a great disappointment to the collecting community. According to his sources, the vehicles due out this fall, including the Snowspeeder and TIE bomber, have been delayed until early 2002. Click here for all the details.



REAL Stands Half-Price Sale Is Over
September 26, 2001 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

The REAL Stands half-price sale is over, but the good news is that their the stands for the current line of 3-3/4″ Star Wars figures (`95 to present) are now available at The Official Star Wars Fan Club Store at a huge savings– only $3.99 a set, and if your a member of The Official Star Wars Fan Club, your price is only $3.49 – that’s just 29 cents each which is more than 50% off REAL stands regular retail price. Order by phone at 1 – 8 0 0 – T R U E – F A N, or click here.



New Ultimate Lego Sets
September 26, 2001 | 8:13 PM EST | Adam

Earlier this week, From Bricks To Bothans has posted shots, pricing, and preorder info on two new Shop-At-Home exclusive sets: a Darth Maul bust and a fantastic Blockade Runner (Tantive IV) model.



EB World Specials
September 26, 2001 | 8:10 PM EST | Adam

Video Game Retailler Electronics Boutique has several items for clearance prices on their web site, including select POTJ figures for $1.87 each, Episode I “Simon,” and a $3 mousepad. Check out their site for the latest on what’s still available!

Thanks to jeditrainee for the scoop!



DNS Newsfeed
September 26, 2001 | 12:16 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has the Shmi Skywalker, Obi-wan Jedi Training, Darth Vader Emperor’s Wrath, Luke X-Wing & Han Death Star Escape figures in. Also still have a few TIE Interceptors & B-Wings available. Come check us out.”



Half Price REAL Stands
September 25, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

Need some stands cheap??? You’re in luck. REAL Stands is having a half-price sale. The official figure stands of The STAR WARS Fan Club are now available at huge savings. Act fast, supplies are limited and this sale will end soon, and without notice.
You can order by phone or fax at 1-888-618-REAL (7325) or online by clicking here.

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Q&A Update
September 25, 2001 | 3:44 AM EST | Adam

Because we’re irregular, With Every Question For Justice has been updated. Late. But here it is, so have some coffee, or not, and enjoy.



Star Wars Checks Discontinued
September 25, 2001 | 2:36 AM EST | Adam

Those looking for the Star Wars checks are now out of luck, according to reader Derek:

“I tried to reorder mine two weeks ago and got sent some really lame “Cosmos” checks instead along with a package insert telling me that the Star Wars checks have been discontinued and that they thought the replacement checks would be a ‘nice replacement.'”

An unfortunate turn of events, but any news on new Star Wars checks will be posted here at Yakface as soon as we receive the word.



Cheap LEGOs
September 24, 2001 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jeditrainee gave us a heads-up on a super deal at They have the Lego Mindstorms Droid Developer Kit which retails at $99.99 on sale for $29.99!!!!! Click here to order.

Looking to build scenes with LEGO’s? has the AT-ST on clearance for $5.00



September 24, 2001 | 8:57 PM EST | Bill

Those scavengers over at The Jawa are at it again. This time they have 3 contests going. One of them is for a EP1 Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Lightsaber. Another on is for 2 Episode I Applause Statues of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul. The last one is for a Han Solo Bespin, Leia Bespin, Chewbacca Mechanic, Aurra Sing and Darth Maul-Sith Apprentice.



Attention Yak Readers In The UK
September 24, 2001 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

We’re looking for some loyal Yak Fans to cover Empire Day 2001, the Falcon Society’s UK Star Wars Convention, on Sunday, October 7th, in Herts, England. We need YOU, your digital camera (or standard camera and scanner) to attend and take lots of photos for your fellow Star Wars fans everywhere.

All you have to do is email the photo files to us here at Yakface. and we’ll take care of putting together a page for them and posting them with your name and review of the convention.



Dutch Convention News
September 24, 2001 | 9:00 AM EST | Bill

On October 13th Ray Park and Anthony Daniels will be present at the first Echo Base Con, a convention organized by the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club ‘Echo Base’. It will be a day filled with activities. Among those activities are an official presentation of the Episode I DVD (in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Benelux), a PS2 games tournament, a presentation of the Jeff Cioletti documentary The Fandom Menace, and much more. For more information, click here.



Which Is Your Favorite R2-D2
September 22, 2001 | 2:39 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars site has a new poll up asking which version of the 3 3/4 R2-D2 is your favorite. They have five versions to choose from: the first POTJ2 R2-D2, R2-D2 with launching light saber, R2-D2 with datalink and periscope, R2-D2 with booster rockets, and Naboo Escape R2. Notably absent is R2-D2 with holographic Leia (my personal favorite) and electronic FX R2-D2. Click here to go to Hasbro’s Star Wars site.

Now, if we can just get the R2-D2 bartender!!!!



Looking For New 3 3/4″ And 12″ POTJ Figures
September 22, 2001 | 12:20 AM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has in stock and ready to ship the new 12″ Legacy dolls (Death Star Trooper, Han Solo Trash Compactor, Death Star Droid)…sets of 3 for $64.99 + shipping and sealed cases of 6 for $119.99 + shipping. They will have their stock of the Shmi/Obi Wan Jedi Training cases in next week, and the Emperor’s Wrath Vader, Death Star Escape Han Solo and X-Wing Luke cases will ship to them next week from Hasbro. New Force charges $69.99+ shipping for a case of 12 POTJ figures — that’s only $5.83 a figure!!! Click here to order and be sure to tell them Yak Face sent you!



Quebec Star Wars Convention
September 22, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill

For our Canadian readers, the Holiday Inn Select in Downtown Quebec will be the site of a Star Wars Convention on October 27-28th. The address is 395 De la Couronne.

Guests scheduled to appear are:

David Prowse = Darth Vader
Jeremy Bulloch = Boba Fett
Femi Taylor = Oola
Kenny Baker = R2-D2

Tickets are $10 for a day or the VIP pass at $70, that includes access for both days as well as special priviliges and dinner with the stars. In the Montreal Area, tickets can be purchased at Legends Action Figures, 7104 St-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2S 2M9, phone: 514-277-1867.



Empire Day 2001— UK Star Wars Convention
September 21, 2001 | 11:59 PM EST | Bill

Empire Day 2001, The Falcon Society’s UK Star Wars Convention, will be Sunday October 7th in Herts, England.

David Barclay – Voice of Jabba, Jabba lead puppeteer (Return of the Jedi), Assistant puppeteer to Frank Oz (Yoda) (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi)
Alan Harris – General Dodonna’s aide (Star Wars: A New Hope), Bossk, Bespin Guard, C-3PO stand-in, Boba Fett (prototype suit development & testing) (The Empire Strikes Back), Chancellor Valorum’s stand-in (The Phantom Menace)
Gary Kurtz – Producer (American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back), vice president of Lucasfilm (1976 – 1980)
Stuart Freeborn – creature creator, incl. Yoda, Chewbacca, Jabba the Hutt(Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Only Star Wars convention of the year
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett, Imperial guard (The Empire Strikes Back)
Colin Skeaping – Mark Hamill’s stunt double. Making his first ever convention appearance

Questions and Answers session the guests; Autograph Sessions; Slide show & talk by Stuart Freeborn, with exclusive, never before seen pictures from the Kurtz/Joiner archive.

Display of exclusive behind the scenes stills and artwork.

Large display of original props and costumes (genuine screen used Star Wars pieces); Life size Snowspeeder on display; Dedicated Star Wars dealers Room; Auction of classic toys and other rare collectables; Modelling and Diorama Competition; Art Competition; Fancy Dress Competition; Leia slave Girl costume competition with £50 prize; Video Room, Video Games Room, Displays, Games, and much more!

The event is being held at: Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts, England. Just off junction 25 of the M25 (A10). Follow the signs for Cheshunt. 3 minutes walk from the Cheshunt BR station (trains every 30 mins from Liverpool Street Station, Central London).

Information Line: 01908 671138 (area code if dialling from outside UK: +441908) or email

Ticket cost: £8 adults, £4 children (under 10). Tickets will be available on the door, no need to pre-register or pay in advance.
Doors open 11am until 6pm. Main events start at midday.

Entries for the art and modeling competition: Just bring your entries along on the day and hand them in at the admissions desk in the morning.



12″ Customs With Unbelieveable Detail
September 21, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa has added another to their ranks. Ron Rodriguez is not your ordinary customizer. He does 12″ customs which are simply Hasbro’s equal or even better. Click here to see some of his awsome customs.



TIE Interceptor at– UPDATE
September 20, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Can’t find the TIE Interceptor at your local TRU??? Well, the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor is now available at for $29.99. To order Click here.
Also available are the following:
Han Solo Stormtrooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Droid 12″ Figure $19.99

UPDATE — The TIE Interceptor is sold out.



Episode II Preview Figure News
September 20, 2001 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

The Force.Net is reporting that the release of Attack of the Clones preview figures has been confirmed. According to the reports, we should see AT LEAST 6 carded preview figures, which are scheduled to ship in DECEMBER!!!! Click here for the full post.

Thanks to Yak Reader Greg for the tip!



TIE Interceptor At Amazon.Com
September 20, 2001 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

Can’t find the TIE Interceptor at your local TRU??? Well, the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor is now available at for $29.99. To order Click here.
Also available are the following:
Han Solo Stormtrooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Trooper 12″ Figure $19.99
Death Star Droid 12″ Figure $19.99



Phantom DVD Leaks?
September 20, 2001 | 2:08 AM EST | Adam is reporting that they’ve received word of a store selling the Star Wars DVD, set for an October release, early.

A quick glance at eBay reveals several presells and tons of unlicensed, “region free” discs which, of course, won’t have the glut of cool extras that the official release will have. So keep those eyes peeled, and if you find it early, do tell.



Q&A Updated
September 20, 2001 | 2:00 AM EST | Adam

Due to server problems last night, With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the second time this week. On to real news.



The Land Up North Gets More New POTJ
September 19, 2001 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael wrote in about his find in the land up North. “Just wanted to let you know that I found a lot of Kewtol waves in the Montreal area Walmarts and TRUs, and I picked up Shmi and Obi Wan Jedi Training Gear at Legends Action Figures.
Good Hunting.”



ToyFare X-Wing/ Pin Pal Moe Offer
September 19, 2001 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam’s store posted an offer for a bundle with an Action Fleet Dagobah X-Wing Fighter (the very same we use in our title graphic) and a Pin Pal Moe Simpsons figure. The price? A little pricey at $42.99, shipping included. Orignally, the X-Wing went for under $20.



2002 Lego Descriptions
September 19, 2001 | 3:27 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has posted details on the upcoming Star Wars Lego sets for 2002. Included are new vehicles, a Lobot minifigure, and some modular playsets. Check out the site for the latest Lego information!



Operation: Superman
September 18, 2001 | 8:34 PM EST | Adam

Operation Superman, a program started to give Superman (and Wonder Woman) figures to those who were involved with the aftermath of last week’s tragedy, is up online. If you’d like to help out, visit their page. Donations are being taken through the end of October.



Episode One DVD Easter Egg Key
September 18, 2001 | 7:25 PM EST | Adam

DVD supersite The Digial Bits updated their review of the upcoming DVD. Items include alternate menus, outtakes, and more… cool stuff all around. Don’t forget to bookmark the site for when your DVD shows up!



Lucky Austrians!
September 18, 2001 | 12:50 PM EST | John

Now that’s Austrians not Australians. Matthais from Austria sends us this good news for those on the “continent” over there. It reads;

“The comic book stores in Vienna have tons of the new B-Wing, Tie Interceptor and nearly every POTJ Figure and nobody wants to buy them. The are a BIT cheaper than those in the U.S. We even have Skiffs and Y-Wings ( I got a loose Y-Wing and a carded Bespin Chambre for about 45 or 48 dollars at a sort of Con ). If you don`t find POTJ figures in the U.S. come to Vienna.”

Thanks for the info, Matthais! I always like to hear of countries other than the US and Canada getting loads of stuff and everyone else has to suffer and scrounge. Good show!



25th Anniversary Obi-Wan & Vader?
September 18, 2001 | 11:40 AM EST | John

According to sources here at Yak, when the Anniversary cases first ship around mid-November, they will include only an even case assortment of the Luke/Leia, Han/Chewie 2-Packs. So where is Obi-Wan and Vader? Fear not, young Jedi! They will be placed in subsequent case assortments within a month or so so the ratio will probably be 1X Luke/Leia, 1X Han/Chewie, and 4X Obi-Wan/Vader. That is an estimated guess on my part as far as the case assortment goes. There are also rumors (I say RUMORS), hither to there being a fourth unannounced 2-Pack. Take that with a grain of salt for now until we get more on that. Honestly, I don’t think it’s true, but hey, you never know.



Entertainment Earth Offers 25th Anniversary Figures
September 18, 2001 | 11:34 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is currently offering the following preorder for their preferred customers;

SW 25th Anniversary Assortment #1
Price – $99.99
3x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
3x Han Solo and Chewbacca
Due December 2001

SW POTJ Wave 15 1/2
Price – $89.99
3x Queen Amidala Travel Gown
3x Rebel Trooper
3x Imperial Officer
3x FX-7 Medical Droid
Due November 2001

Keep watching their site for a full order release if you’re not one of the preferred customers! If you are, hop over to EE and go crazy!



Far More Than Just “Ten” Nunb
September 17, 2001 | 9:56 PM EST | Adam

Keith of Keith’s Star Wars Archive sent this image Keith’s Star Wars Page in response to a recent Q&A update. And I should point out, this is not a Photoshop-created image either. Impressive!



Carded Deluxe Figure Photos
September 17, 2001 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has posted photos of all four of the upcoming deluxe figures carded. These pics are from a current auction on Ebay. According to today’s news mail is back to pre-September 11 schedules, and we should see these in the US in a month or so if Hasbro puts the first wave out in October as previously announced. From the photos these look great, hopefully we’ll be seeing them at retail soon.



Q&A Update
September 17, 2001 | 12:36 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice has been updated. As always, columns like this thrive on questions so if you’ve got any, send ’em on in!



Variations… Variations… Which Is The First Skiff
September 16, 2001 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa and the Trade Federation have teamed-up to present a series on variations in Hasbro Star Wars products. As a teaser, a comparison of the two variations of the Tatooine Skiff has already been posted on The Jawa.



Marmit Fett Clearance
September 16, 2001 | 8:28 PM EST | Adam

Hobby Link Japan has reduced the prices on some of their Boba Fett Star Wars Marmit figure kits, down to 8400 yen (about $72.) The store also has the TIE Pilot for 8800 yen (about $75) as well as the new Sandtrooper Sergeant for 9800 yen (or $84.)



Marmit Stormtrooper Kit #2
September 16, 2001 | 8:25 PM EST | Adam

An anonymous tipster pointed us out to Marmit’s Page where there’s an image of a seemingly ordinary Stormtrooper. According to the source, Marmit will be producing a left handed version of their Stormtrooper kit. Supposedly it can be preordered from the site for delivery in Japan, but there’s a lot we don’t know due to the language barrier.



Marmit Sandtrooper (White Pauldron Variant) Comparison
September 16, 2001 | 6:29 PM EST | Bill

What’s different about the Marmit White Pauldron Sandtrooper?? Quite a bit actually.

While armor sculpt is basically the same as the original, there is one major difference. While the black artificial air supply nozzels were separate parts which had to be glued onto the helmet on the previous Sandtrooper (and Stormtrooper), they were already installed on the new version. Further, while the surface of the orange pauldron is smooth, with “bends” to the plastic where the pauldron goes across the top of the shoulder, the white version, had distinct grooves which give the feeling that the pauldron was designed to flex at those points.

Overall, the white pauldron Sandtrooper is the “dirty” variant. While there is some “sand” on the first version, there is a lot more on the new Marmit Sandtrooper. In addition, the paint job on the new version, if anything, is better than it was on the first one. As can be seen in the comparison photos, not only is the placemnt of the blaster clip, and other supply holders different, the sculpts are totally new. There is no set of supply/blaster pack carriers on the left shoulder oopsite the pauldron.

Also, the white version comes with a long blaster rifle (like the Commtech Stormtrooper), while the orange version has a standard imperial blaster. The backpacks for both versions also have very noticible differences. Click here to see comparison photos of the front and back of the Marmit Sandtroopers.



Luke X-Wing, Wrath Vader, Han at K-Mart
September 16, 2001 | 12:55 AM EST | Adam

People who usually cut K-Mart out of the regular toy runs might want to make a detour– the chain has started getting in this wave of figures, so say a few reports and a first-hand sighting late last night. Keep those eyes peeled, as it seems the new stuff is out there.

Also, the “Oddball Case Assortment” mentioned previously is for real– Sandtroopers are showing up with the new trio. While rumors of a black shoulder pauldron have surfaced, it seems that it’s simply an error where the factory didn’t paint the pad.



Still In Search of the B-Wing??
September 15, 2001 | 4:42 PM EST | Mark

Can’t find it in the store? NO PROBLEM, click Here to order it from Price is $39.99.



Oddball Case Assortment?
September 15, 2001 | 11:25 AM EST | John

It appears that Hasbro is already trying to anticipate catching up with demand with secondary off-beat case assortments. Yak reader “Phil” writes us with this information…

“Just thought I would let you know that when I pulled a case of the new POTJ wave last night at work it didnt have the 4x for all the figures. Instead it was 4 X-wing Luke, 4 Emperors Wrath Vader, 3 Han Solo, and 1 Sandtrooper.”

It’s nice to see Hasbro trying to fill all the requests for army builders even in such a small way as deleting one “new” figure (Han) from the assortment to add another trooper. Any more news on this? Last I heard they were shipping uniform 4x4x4. Thanks for the info, Phil!



Got Marmit?
September 15, 2001 | 12:50 AM EST | John

“Felipe M.” from Brazil writes us to let us know where to pick up the latest Marmit with a bonus for a great price;

“For those who are fans of the Marmit Figures, they are at a great price atAction Figure Xpress. The brand new Marmit Sandtrooper (with white shoulder pauldron) is at $99.95 and the buyers receive a Free Star Wars Vehicle or playset! For those who aren`t fans of Marmit Figures, you better take a good look at them, because you certainly will be!”

Thanks Felipe for the freebie tip-off.



Attack Of The Variations — Again
September 14, 2001 | 9:57 PM EST | Bill

Variation collectors beware!!! The Sidster over at The Jawa has run across what appears to be yet another variation. This time on Jedi Training Obi Wan. The variation has to do with the helmet. On one the finish is glossy, on the other it is flat, possibly made with different plastics. Click here for more. If you have any information on this variation, send it in.



Collectors Alert– New Return Policy At Target
September 14, 2001 | 9:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dave wrote in with Target’s new return policy. Most of it is what we saw last year, but there are some changes. According to a brochure he received at a Target recently, the poilcy is:

“A receipt dated within 90 days is required for all returns and exchanges. All returns and exchanges must be new, unused and contain all original packaging and accessories. Some items cannot be returned if opened, including music, movies, video games, software and collectibles. Some items are subject to a 15% restocking fee, including camcorders, digital cameras, portable DVD and portable electronics. Other restrictions may apply. Holiday and seasonal merchandise on clearance at time of return will be refunded at the current clearance price. Any purchase made by check may be refunded as a merchandise voucher. All other returns or exchanges – including those without a receipt – will be offered manufacturers’ warranty and repair assistance at 1-800-303-0308.” They also mention: “Target can now look up and find most of your purchases made by credit card, debit card, gift card and check within the last 90 days.”

UPDATE: One of our Bothan Spies who is a Team Leader at a Target wrote in to point out that this poicy goes into effect November 1!



TIEs Intercepted in Canada
September 14, 2001 | 3:51 PM EST | Adam

Mark L wrote in with this scoop…

“I was in my local Toys R us in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and found 6 TIE interceptors on the shelf. They are 39.99 CDN. They also had the Palm Talkers. The one I saw where Darth Vader, Chewie. They were 14.99 CDN.”



SW Insider 56 hitting mailboxes now!
September 14, 2001 | 1:22 PM EST | John

The Star Wars Insider, issue 56, is now hitting the mailboxes of enthusiastic subscribers across the US! This issue boasts Episode I DVD interviews with people involved in creating the “lost” scenes, one heck of an Episode II update with all kinds of neat images, a very small Jawa Trader, (huzzah!), and a whole segment devoted to “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, which it seems is inextricably intertwined with Star Wars euphamisms. If you’re not a subscriber, you don’t know what you’re missing! You can subscribe by clicking here.



Still need Swimming Jar Jar?!?
September 14, 2001 | 12:58 PM EST | John

Steve from Above and Beyond Direct writes to us here at Yak to let everyone know that they still have cases of the Swimming Jar Jar assortment for sale at their website. The best part? It’s just 32 Pounds! In American money that equals out to about $47.00. The case, for refreshers, includes;
1x Jar Jar Naboo Swamp .0000 card
3x Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid .0000 card
3x Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master ..0000 card
3x Darth Maul Sith Lord .0000 card
2x Anakin Skywalker Naboo Pilot ..0000 card
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight .0000 card
2x Darth Maul Tatooine ..0100 card
Great price, but check the shipping before ordering, because it’s bound to be more than internal US shipping.
UPDATE – Steve writes back to let us know that the price of 32 is in AMERICAN DOLLARS. So, it’s 32 AMERICAN DOLLARS (not UK pounds), for that case of 16 figures. Even better!



Wrath-O-Con Is Here
September 14, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yes, this is still a Star Wars site. No this is not a plug for the other Star series. Five sites of the Star Wars Action Figure Humor Web are holding the first ever online Action Figure Convention for Action Figures. The Con is now open and runs through the weekend. Visit the Wrath-O-Con for a few laughs and you might even win some figures or a new B-Wing. Click here for more.



Star Wars Celebration II News
September 13, 2001 | 7:30 PM EST | Bill

The Star Wars Fan Club is holding an online survey on housing for Star Wars Celebration II which will be held next year in Indianapolis. The dates for Celebration II are May 3 to May 5th 2002. If you are planning to go, be sure to vote on the survey!



Strange C-3PO– Abandoned E1 Sketch Or E2 Spoiler??
September 13, 2001 | 7:20 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scott wrote in: “Hey! Take a look at KBkids .com’s Star Wars page. Up in the left hand corner there’s a totally different image of C-3P0. He’s gold and his mouth looks like some kind of vent. Take a look and let us know what you think! This could be what he’s gonna look like in EP II!!!”

UPDATE: The image is, in fact, a piece of Doug Chiang conceptual artwork from Episode I. Astute readers may recall the silver Episode II C-3PO as a cover boy for the Star Wars Insider earlier this year.



More New Photos
September 13, 2001 | 7:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Nick writes in: “I just got my copy of Lee’s toy and action figure guide, and inside there are nice pictures of boxed “Hoth Peril” crashed Snowspeeder, Tie Bomber, and 12″ Luke with Speeder. Unfortunatelly I am not capable of scanning the pictures.”

Check your Lees for these photos.



More Shirtless Deluxe Darth Maul Photos
September 12, 2001 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that this time it’s Toyfare with shirtless Maul photos. There is a clear shot of Maul AND the training droid!!! Click here for the photo.



Lucasfilm Job Openings
September 12, 2001 | 3:48 PM EST | Adam

Those wanting to work for Lucasfilm Ltd. should check out Lucasfilm.comtoday– they’re currently looking for a nonfiction book editor, a collectible database content administrator, a kitchen supervisor, a tax director, and several other positions.



Donate Blood!
September 11, 2001 | 8:41 PM EST | Adam

In the aftermath in this black day, there’s a great need for supplies, blood, and other necessities. As a group with a little extra disposable time and income, please consider taking some time out of your week to help the survivors and the families of those who weren’t so lucky.

If you can, give blood via the American Red Cross, and watch your communities for collections for goods. If you plan to give blood, some centers are reportedly having an overflow of donations, so it may be necessary to have an appointment.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in this situation, and we wish for the best in terms of an outcome for this tragedy and may whatever entity or entities behind these attacks be brought to justice.



DVD Bonanza
September 11, 2001 | 4:42 AM EST | Adam

Well, by now most of you are aware that everybody and his brother– not us, though, because we’re not that famous– went to Skywalker Ranch over the weekend to get their copy of the Episode One DVD and, of course, write reviews of it. You can find impressions, interviews, and more at…
DVD File
The Digital Bits*

DVD File has an amazingly well organized feature, which is well worth reading. The Digital Bits, as of this news posting, still did not have up their review of the disc but did have some other features. Most of the information on all the sites is identical, but the review opinions are quite different, but all very high.

In the interviews, it is hinted that Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi will not be seen on DVD until after Episode III. Reading a little into the comments, it seems we’ll be seeing DVDs for the two remaining movies in intervals like we’re seeing them now.



Q&A Update
September 11, 2001 | 4:35 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question For Justice, the column that just screams “obfuscation,” has been updated with ten questions and answers for your reading pleasure. The next update will be soon, so send in your questions!

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Starfigher: Xbox Edition
September 11, 2001 | 4:27 AM EST | Adam

Gamespot posted a blurb on the upcoming Xbox edition of Starfighter. New vehicles, multiplayer modes, and more are to be included, so if you’re interested, check out the link.



More Details on Episode 1 DVD
September 10, 2001 | 7:56 PM EST | Bill

Our Bothan Spy checked in with some more details about the Episode 1 DVD. According to his information, the Special Edition treatment will include:
The scenes reincorporated into the feature are mostly around the pod race. A few more racers are introduced and there is a scene where Anakin’s podracer’s power cable pops off and he uses a magnetic tool to draw it back in and re-attach it. There is also a scene added just after the arrival of the Queen on Coroscant where Jar Jar and Anakin follow the Queen into a taxi and cruise over the city. I think there were a few other lines added here & there but I can’t be sure.



Color Photos Of Shirtless Maul …. At Last
September 10, 2001 | 7:50 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that Star Wars Insider #56 is appearing in mailboxes. It includes Hasbro ads for the deluxe figure line, including a large photo of the Shirtless Maul (the first COLOR photo anywhere). Click here to see the photos.



Star Wars Jr.– The Phantom Facts
September 9, 2001 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

The Jawa has posted the whole histry of the kids Episode 1 line that never was. It seems that his line was developed (fairly extensively by the sound of it) and the axed while still in early prototypes. Click here for the details.



Star Wars Jr. Toys
September 9, 2001 | 7:14 PM EST | Adam

By now, some of you may have seen the shots of the “junior”-ish Star Wars figures of Darth Maul, R2-D2, and the Battle Droid from eBay from the previously mentioned seller “proto-year.” (If you haven’t seen the images, surf on over to

The Darth Maul figure sculpt has a pose that’s a dead ringer for Hasbro’s current Jurassic Park Jr. toys– the human figures have the same giant feet and big hands that this Maul does. The entire line has a very “cute” look, and would be something I’d very much like to see. So in case there was any doubt, these are almost definitely coming out of Hasbro’s idea factory.

Urban Toy Legend has it that Hasbro developed a Star Wars line to go with Episode One, but needless to say it never showed up. Could this be that line? Might they still be coming out? We don’t know, but we’re very hopeful that Hasbro releases these figures, and soon. Even if it means buying another Darth Maul figure.

If you’re interested in the “baby” style, check out the other aisles at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us next time you go there– the Jurassic Park “preschool” stuff is pretty neat and would be the best indicator of the kind of product the Star Wars figures may end up being.



They’re In the US…….. Confirmed
September 9, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Andy wrote in from Tucson, Arizona to let us know that a Target there had ALL the new figures in stock this morning. He found Shmi, Obi Jedi Training, Emperor’s Wrath Vader, X-Wing Luke, and Death Star Escape Han! He sent in a photo of the figures and his receipt confirming his score.



25th Anniversay 2 Pack Luke Prototype
September 9, 2001 | 11:34 AM EST | Bill

Rebelscum has just posted a photo of the Luke figure prototype from the upcoming Luke and Leia 25th Anniversary 2 pack. Luke’s stance is substantially different from the mock-up we saw several months ago. Click here to see the photo!!



Episode I DVD Update
September 9, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | Bill

One of our Bothan Spies wrote in that the Episode I DVD has been given the ‘Special Edition’ treatment. He claims some parts of the film have been re-edited for the DVD. More on this as it comes in.



Deluxe and Palm Talker Pricing at Meijer
September 9, 2001 | 2:34 AM EST | Adam

Reader BOBB chimed in this morning to say that Meijer has Palm Talkers, but more notable was the addition of price tags up for the upcoming deluxe figures. The price for the new figures was listed at $9.99, the same price many other stores are expecting to charge.



Carded Shmi, Emperor’s Wrath Vader Pics
September 8, 2001 | 9:48 PM EST | Adam

If you haven’t already seen them elsewhere, we just added shots of Shmi Skywalker and Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader to our New Images Page. Don’t miss the danger, excitement, and thrills that only JPG files, or perhaps a good coffee, can bring!



Wal-Mart POTJ Update
September 8, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | Bill

Once again it’s time for an update on the plight of POTJ figures at Wal-Mart. This time we have a report confirming some GOOD news.

Yak Reader Brian writes “At our local Walmart Superstore (Orlando), POTJ figures have been relegated to the clearence toy section, including the newest waves. There are no tags for them in the aisles. Anyone got a confirmation from Walmart management about this?”

Now for the good news. Our Bothan spies who are work for Wal-Mart have written in with the 411 on what Wal-Mart is doing with POTJ.

One Bothan, WiseJediDawson, writes “I work at Walmart as a Inventory Control Specialist… At this time or {MODS} have changed… What that means is our new layouts for the departments, like toys have been set for Christmas, that doesn’t mean we wont be seeing Star Wars in Wal-Mart… If you ever see Boxes in Wal-Mart that haven’t been opened and you see the shipping label on it One will say WR. one says AD. and one say GO. WR and AD are the things managers can order and have all the time… GO stuff is stuff home office orders for us… Star Wars is no longer a WR or AD item… It will only be shipped to each walmart when a Home Office Rep thinks that we need them,… Sales have decreased in Star Wars and Wal-Mart doesn’t want to have to mark down any more… So they are only shipping out GO so that they can ship small quanities… and when it is a good time for the money… That doesn’t seem right to do but it is the system to making money… But Who knows maybe new {MODS} will come down and they will be back on the shelf for good…”



Awesome Ultarama Diorama
September 8, 2001 | 9:27 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at The Jawa has just posted some pics of the winning Ultarama diorama from TheJawa’s recent contest. To say the least, the winner did an EXCELLENT job. Click here to see it all .



Hasbro Site Updates
September 8, 2001 | 7:38 PM EST | Adam

Hasbro’s Star Wars Site has been updated again, with a couple of new features. First is an update to the Fan Choice Figure Watch which provides some background on the backstory of Ephant Mon, and provides a nice picture of the elephantine character. There’s also a new bracket tourney for Episode One figures… so if you like to excercise your democratic rights, visit Hasbro’s Star Wars Site today!



D&S has TIE Interceptor
September 7, 2001 | 3:33 PM EST | Adam

D&S Toys has the newly released TIE Interceptor in stock for $36.99. They also have other vehicles, so if you’re interested, check ’em out!



The Flanneled One states again, “Definitely NO third Trilogy!”
September 7, 2001 | 1:18 PM EST | John

This news comes from Entertainment Backwire where George states again, despite the wishes of fans, NO THIRD TRILOGY! It reads;

“George Lucas says there will be no more Star Wars films after Episode 3. Lucas had said that he originally planned to make nine Star Wars films. But he says now that once he finishes Episode 3 that will be the end. “I can guarantee to you that I will definitively give up after Episode 3, which will come out into 2005,” he told French magazine Tele 7 Days.”

It also goes on to say that there may be another Indiana Jones flick if his, Steven’s, and Harrison’s schedules permit. I don’t know, I was kind of hoping to see Luke in an “Obi-Wanish” position passing down a lightsaber to the next “new hope”, but alas, it will never be. Now to talk about that Star Wars TV show fans want…



More Wal-Mart POTJ Sale News
September 7, 2001 | 9:07 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Evan found a lot of the newer POTJ very cheap. “I just got back from a trip to Johnstown, PA and they had, literally, over 100 Ketwol/Sabe/Bespin Guard/Han Capture/Leai Bespin and Mechanic hewies for $3.00. I thought a) odd for the price to be rounded perfectly like that and b) why would they have SO many of each of those…I would say at least 20 of each. And that was it. No other figures to be found.”



Patience… Always In Motion The Future Of POTJ Figures At Wal-Mart Is
September 7, 2001 | 9:03 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tony wrote in with his experience at Wal-Mart:

“I made a trip to the local Wal-Mart in Lynnwood, WA this morning, found the toy dept manager and asked her where she hid the SW figs. Her reply sent me reeling. She said they were not going to be receiving them anymore and therefore there are no spots for them on any of the schematics. I said, “but what about the exclusives? You’re supposed to be getting some exclusives!” She had no idea.”

Remember Hasbro and Wal-Mart Corporate have reassurred collectors that Wal-Mart will be carrying POTJ figures, including the Deluxe figures. Also, news about exclusive product, upcoming stock, etc., frequently does not make it from corporate all the way down to department managers at individual stores.



New Images
September 7, 2001 | 5:10 AM EST | Adam

Yakface is proud to present you with images of the latest five releases from Power of the Jedi. Staffer Bill compiled dozens of images for Shmi Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Training,) Han Solo (Death Star Escape,) Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot,) and Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath.) They’re all on our new images page.

Be sure not to miss the back of Darth Vader’s helmet– Hasbro’s got another winner with this one, or at least the scans look that way.



Q&A Update
September 7, 2001 | 4:10 AM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice has been updated with the typical series of updates. Don’t forget, you too can send in your questions, like “is this really the new layout?” and “what did you think of Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back”? (I loved it, by the by.)

Anyway, read or something.



D&S Has New Figures
September 7, 2001 | 3:12 AM EST | Adam

D&S Sci-Fi Toy World has Shmi and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Training) for your purchase/amusement/etc. Check the D&S site for pricing and availability.

UPDATE: The items no longer appear on the D&S page.



Welcome Again
September 6, 2001 | 10:52 PM EST | Adam

After many delays, and even though it’s not entirely done yet, this is what you can expect from the new Yup. This is it. And it took months to look like this, too.

This main page is still not fully finished, but you probably guessed that– some graphics will be added through the wee hours of the morning, and some links, well, aren’t active yet. And some of you should have banners on this page… they’re coming. (Trust me.)

Since the page redesign is a real work-in-progress, I encourage you to contact us and let us know the problems you find– how else will we learn?

Anyway, there’s going to be some more goodies added throughout the evening, so stay tuned. Or we’ll… update anyway. We now return you to legit news. Or something that looks close to legit news.



2002 Figures Due Soon
September 6, 2001 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars is reporting that the wave with 3 each of FX-7, Travel Amidala, Rebel Trooper, and Imperial Officer is due to be released in Asia THIS MONTH. They are predicting that we may see these figures released in the US as soon as NEXT MONTH.

Good hunting!



25th Anniversary Prototype Images
September 6, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars has posted prototype images of the 25th Anniversary Han Solo and Chewbaca. Click here to see the images.



No More Masterpiece Editions
September 6, 2001 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Todd forwarded us a response he received from Chronicle Books (the Publishers of the Star Wars Masterpiece Editions). Put simply the folks who brought us 12″ Anakin, Removable Limbs C-3PO, and Aurra Sing with their books no plans for future releases.



A Maul That Never Was?
September 5, 2001 | 9:28 PM EST | Robert

As I continue to write up descriptions for the submissions that I have received to get caught up I thought I would post a mock up presentation piece for a Darth Maul action figure. The write up and pictures can be found in the Sample – Mock Ups section. If you happen to work at Hasbro and are reading this and know something about this piece please email me. 8>)



More 411 on Wal-Mart POTJ Figures
September 5, 2001 | 8:03 PM EST | Bill

We’ve got more infomation on the Wal-Mart POTJ figure sale.

Yak Reader Phil wrote in:

“Just thought I would write to let you know that none of the Richmond, Virginia area Wal-Mart stores I have been to have reduced the price of their POTJ figures. In fact today was the first shipment of figures my area store has recieved in nearly two months. It was the Sandtrooper wave from the end of the Spring and the Ketwol wave…not with Shmi or Obi wan. So the prices are holding strong at $6.44, unfortunately!

Another Yak Reader whom we will call a Bothan Spy wrote in with some inside information:

“Hi, my name is (deleted) and I work for a walmart in upstate new york. Specifically in the toy department. One of the things that makes Wal-Mart different than say Toy R Us, is that the computer pricing system is in store. Which means, every department head has total control of their product pricing. TRU is controled by a central headquarters, which takes all control out of their hands, save for red tag markdowns.
Recently, my Department Head found a bunch of Star Wars figures that were stashed by a nightshift employee, so he imediatly thought they were old becuase of the card damage. He took out his little alson and marked them down to $2.00 to get rid of them. However, they weren’t old at all. The UPC code than now rang up 2 bucks covered all of the newst ones as well. (Mind you, I didn’t tell him of his mistake until I purchased several figures including the Bespin security guard), but that is why three different stores within the same city can have different prices. These people who run the show most of the time are not collectors and really don’t know whats what.
They think somethings old, boom, they mark it down because Wal-Mart’s policy is to push product out and bring more in as fast as possible. Just thought you’d like to know.”



Wal-Mart POTJ Sale Getting Stranger And Stranger
September 5, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Darthzilla wrote in that the Wal-Mart in Midvale, UT had several Collection 1 POTJ figures for $1.00, but that the POTJ Collection 2 figures still rang up at regular price. Very interesting.



More Lego Bundles
September 5, 2001 | 2:50 AM EST | Adam

More Lego bundle fun– Toys “R” Us has a new set with the Flash Speeder, Gungan Patrol, and Naboo Fighter for $19.99 (or $19.97, depending on if you look at the shelf price tag or the one on the box.) Also available in the land of Geoffrey the Giraffe is a bundle with the Gungan Sub and the Naboo Swamp, also for dirt cheap. Can’t get a better deal for gifts this upcoming holiday season.

If you spot a new Lego Star Wars bundle on your travels, kindly keep us posted!



Wal-Mart POTJ Sale Hit And Miss… In The Same City
September 4, 2001 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Krayzie113 wrote in with an intersting update on the Wal-Mart POTJ sale. “I live in Dallas and I went to one Wal-Mart and found them (POTJ) for 1.50. Another one had them for 5.00, two others I went to had them for 6.44. Most of them were Chewbaca Mechanic, Leia Bespin, Aurra Sing, Qui Gon Jedi Armor,
and the Ketwol wave “



Prototype Section Update
September 3, 2001 | 5:18 PM EST | Robert

The prototypes section of the website has had a small update. Included in the update is a look at the unproduced Qui – Gon Jinn vs. Battledroid two pack, which can be found in the first shots section. In addition, I added an entry to the hardcopies section for a pair of Darth Maul head hardcopies.



Ultarama Free Shipping Ends Tomorrow!
September 3, 2001 | 12:50 PM EST | Bill

Tomorrow, September 4 is the last day for free shipping from Ultarama. When you order, be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Cheap Figures Update
September 3, 2001 | 12:19 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Peter wrote in that KB Toys $2.99 POTJ sale is still growing strong in New England, with an even wider selection. His store has Dagobah Darth Vader and K-3PO.

Yak Reader Lee reports that Wal-Mart’s $1.00 POTJ is not a nationwide sale. In Northern Virginia 4 of the Wal-marts in the area have not lowered prices on figures yet. They have moved them to weird sections of the store(pet supplies, etc.), but they all are selling them for $6.44 each. The good thing is that they are finally receiving enough of the Sandtrooper and Ketwol waves to satisfy demand.



Edits, Edits, & More Edits…
September 3, 2001 | 3:18 AM EST | John

Well, here we go again. is reporting that now there is another “version” of The Phantom Menace making its’ rounds in the underground fan society; The Spanish Edit. This can now join, in infamy, the LA Edit, the NY Edit, and the UK Edit. The UK Edit I posted information on a while back, and no one could offer me any information on the flick. So, until I get dead proof I’ll call it a rumor. As far as the Spanish Edit goes, is there anyone out there who can thumb me a copy here at Yakface? I’d like to see if it could beat out the NY Edit, which to me was the best done so far. Aside from Lucas’ original editing, of course. Is there anyone else out there who also thinks this has gotten veryold? Just a rhetorical question…



Newest POTJ Hits Canada
September 3, 2001 | 1:12 AM EST | John

It would seem that Canada is finally not too far behind the states as far as getting the newest POTJ figures and stuff. I’ve had several reports that the Shmi wave is now hitting Canada, along with the TIE Interceptor. So Cannucks, keep on the lookout for the newest stuff, it’s a’coming! The figures are going for the normal $11.99 Canadian,(save one person who scored a Shmi for $2.00 Canadian, probably a fluke) but no price was given on the Interceptor. Thanks to everyone who wrote in from the Great White North.



More TIE Interceptor Sightings
September 2, 2001 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark wrote in from South County, Missouri about his TIE find: “Just wanted to say that I went to my local TRU store today, and it just so happened an employee had stocked a case of 6 Tie Interceptors on the shelf, I picked one up, and as of this evening there were 5 left.



POTJ Figures VERY Cheap At Wal-Mart
September 2, 2001 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Tom wrote in: “Just thought I’d drop some news that I was just at a local Wal-Mart and I found a bunch of POTJ figures for $1.00!! They were in a different area of the store near pet supplies actually, with a bunch of other clearence toys. I picked up Bespin Leia, Chewie (mech.), Jek Porkins, EU Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and Aurra Sing.”

We do not know if this is nationwide or not, but increasing reports of POTJ cheap at Wal-Mart seem to support that conclusion. If you have any news on these sales, send it in.



The Eighties Redux
September 2, 2001 | 1:56 PM EST | John

With the apparent lack of good Star Wars news, (which I’m sure will pick up as Episode II gets closer), I thought I’d post this reporter’s opinion of the state of toy collecting since the turn of the century.
Since 2000 has hit, it seems that history is starting to repeat itself all over again! What a spectacular time for us mid-to-late twenty-somethings seeing all of our favorite charachters in a triumphant rebirth! Ok, we saw Star Wars come back in a big way in 1996, (it was really late 1995 to be precise). But now with the onset of the new century, we are seeing a lot of the early 80’s figures come back with a new look.
2000 saw attention turned to GI Joe coming back like the old days. Now, they come in 2-packs, which is nice for team-ups! We saw Cobra Commander, Duke, Mutt, and Baroness just to name a few! Same old bodies, nice new file cards, and, as always, loads of weapons. These are coming now in full force with another wave due in mid-September that includes a Joe favorite, Zartan. To keep up to speed, the best page in my eyes is You can see all the newest stuff over there. EXCELLENT page.
Transformer? Who can say anything bad about the rebirth of them? Since the relaunch this year, we’ve seen Optimus Prime, (now as a fire truck, but trust me, the figure is EXCELLENT!), Ultra Magnus, (still a car-carrier), and Megatron, (who is now a Predacon instead of a Decepticon). It seems they took the best part of all the 80’s and 90’s stuff and put it together to make one kick-butt collection. More can be found on these at American Dream Comics. Check them out if you haven’t!
Another 80’s icon was, of course, our favorite master of the universe, He-Man. Apparently, since the classic packs sold so well, Mattel is relaunching the line in a big way! In spring 2002 there will be a total relaunch of the Masters Of The Universe line that really does the figures justice. Imagine McFarlane meets Eternia. If you haven’t, you have to see these. Check out for these delicious images of what is to come!
So, you see, history is, in some warped way, repeating itself. The 90’s was (until Star Wars and with a few other exceptions), a very dead time for companies using the hit-and-miss theory with action figures. Now it appears that they are going back to what made figures great in the first place. It’s like they say; “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!



FREE TIE Interceptor!!!
September 2, 2001 | 1:12 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is celebrating 2 years of reporting UK Star Wars news
‘During September, and to thank all the visitors for their loyalty over this time, he have 3 prizes to give away!

If you want to win a Tie Interceptor donated by Toy Palace, a Swimming Jar Jar from Ultimart or a 12″ Han in Carbonite supplied by MidcoToys, then check the Competition details here.



Loads of troops at Disneyland!
September 2, 2001 | 12:55 PM EST | John

Boba Ganoush writes us with this about Disneyland merchandise;

“Just thought you’d be interested…Disneyland in the star tours gift shop has hundreds and I mean hundreds of collection one and two figures…Sandtroopers and scout troopers line the walls in abundance…all priced at $10.00. Also all the bigheads (palm talkers) are in stock too (didn’t get a price, sorry).”

Thanks for the tip! If you’re a local to Mickey out there and still need these, go grab them!



Aurra Sing changes clothing?
September 2, 2001 | 12:51 PM EST | John

Yea, it would seem that way! Another major figure variation exists on the newest cult favorite Bounty Hunter, Aurra Sing. On some of the newer issues of her that are hitting the stores right now, instead of having a low-cut neck on the figure itself, the “shirt” seems to have been painted right up to her neck-line almost giving her the appearance of a turtleneck. Odd, huh? Thanks to all who wrote in to tell us about this variant, and keep the eyes open out there for this figure!



Promotional DVD Poster For TPM
September 2, 2001 | 12:41 PM EST | John has a poster image up that is supposed to be a promotional give away from Coconuts stores in New York. Chances are that other stores may offer this as well. Click here to check it out!



There Is Something Different On TIE Interceptor
September 2, 2001 | 12:02 AM EST | Bill

That’s right– other than a new paint job, there is another difference and it’s pretty major. Yak Reader Dave pointed out that “the TIE Interceptor wings not the original mold from 1983. I compared my Vintage Version to the New POTJ Version and the wings are very different. The shape of the wings are the same but if you look at them Hasbro Added a lot more details. Most noticeable is the little clear things on the back of the wings and the detail solar panels. So they used the old mold and detailed it to fit with today’s standards.



TIE Interceptor Observations
September 1, 2001 | 12:09 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader ArtooMeToo wrote in with the following:

“I just wanted to write and let you know something interesting I noticed when I just opened my brand new Tie Interceptor. (A lucky stroke that I was able to pick one up at all, and an exteremely nice TRU employee at Southcenter in Seattle, WA).

Here’s what I noticed: The main body of the TIE is, not suprisingly, very, very similar to the TIE fighter we’ve seen in the past. More than that, it’s the SAME. On the underside of the body reads: (c) 1995 LUCASFILM LTD. This means this is exactly the same mold as the POTF2 TIE we saw back in ’95!

It gets better. The wings, which I unpacked after the body (they’re in the back of the package), are also stamped with a copyright date. (Literally speaking, only the LEFT wing has a date on it.) It reads: (c) 1983. 1983?!?! Hasbro is using a mold from the very year ROTJ came out?!

I should also mention that I’m not surprised that the “unique Imperial
pilot” is only unique from the waist down. His head, torso, and arms are entirely identical to the1985 POTF2 TIE pilot we’ve already seen.”

August 2001 Archive

More Shimi Sightings
August 31, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Speedy6 wrote in that he found the new Shimi and Obi Wan figures Wednesday at a Target in Niles Illinois. There were
several of each. Both are on .04 cards.



POTJ Price Dropping At KB
August 31, 2001 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader at CJ writes:

“Today i found all of the series 1 potj figures at K@B toystore today for only 1.99 each . I dont know if this is for the whole country but in florida @ alabama they are realy cheap.”



Shmi Wave Hits The States!
August 30, 2001 | 9:45 PM EST | John

The first e-mail for the Shmi wave hit Yak-mailboxes tonight. It’s from “Obi-Wan BRENTobi”, and it reads;

“I just picked up a SHMI SKYWALKER and an OBI-WAN Jedi Gear this evening. I scanned them and thought that, maybe, you’d like to post the pic to share with your readers.”

Unfortunately, the image didn’t make it through, but it’s ok, we all know what they look like, now the trick is finding them. Maybe now we can ask the question, “Will I ever see you again?”. Thanks again, BRENTobi! Keep your monoculars switched on, they’ll be out there soon.



Ultimate Star Wars Home Video List
August 30, 2001 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Davis DVD has put together a STAR WARS HOME VIDEO TIMELINE. The timeline covers all four films from their very first VHS/Betamax incarnations to the latest Laserdisc/DVD releases (and every obscure little variant in between).

Click here to see the timeline.



eBay Star Wars Prototype Onslaught
August 30, 2001 | 1:36 PM EST | Adam

Literally dozens of auctions of what seem to be preproduction samples out of Hong Kong appeared this week on eBay through seller “proto_year.” Some highlights include a boxed mock-up using multicolored Jabba’s Dancers figure– which all look very cool– in a box made from one of BanDai’s many kung fu lines; a multicolored 1995 Han Solo test shot; and what looks like the very first Darth Vader Removable Helmet prototype we saw leaked back in 1997. Very interesting stuff.

Also up are several TransFormers, Lord of the Rings, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, and other other figures. Heck, there’s even a shot of what appears to be an as-of-yet unproduced Batman Beyond villain in an auction designated “mummy!”



Power of the Jedi at the Fan Club
August 30, 2001 | 12:40 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club Website is offering quite a few recent Hasbro offerings. Highlights include the Sandtrooper, Ellors Madak, Ketwol, Aurra Sing, and many others. The prices are around $8.99 each, so take a gander and see what’s new.

(Unfortunately, no Scout Troopers are currently available.)



Lego Bundles Continue
August 30, 2001 | 12:37 AM EST | Adam

Toys “R” Us stores are offering the Gungan Sub and Naboo Swamp sets in a shrinkwrapped bundle for $29.99. If you haven’t already snapped these up, it’s a prety good deal.



Detailed TIE Interceptor Photos
August 29, 2001 | 11:21 PM EST | Bill

Just what you’ve been waiting for. TIE Interceptors are appearing at TRUs all over the country. Click here for detailed photos of the TRU exclusive TIE Interceptor. Just one thing about the TIE Interceptor– the pilot DOES have articulated knees, but the cockpit seat in the Tie Interceptor is identical to the vintage model. There is no way to put the TIE pilot in the cockpit with his knees bent!!!!



More Vintage Instructions and Sticker Sheets On-line
August 29, 2001 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

Gadders has updated again, adding a bunch more vintage inserts to the site
Droid Factory Blueprints
Millennium Falcon Stickers
Droids Side Gunner Instructions and Stickers
Multiple playset backgrounds

To see the new additions or submit scans of vintage instructions and stickers, click here.



Star Wars Muppet Show now on DVD!
August 28, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | John

Yak-Reader “Red 6” writes to us with this muppet-licious news;

“The Muppet Show is now on DVD, and the episode with Mark Hamill is on Disk 2. The bonus features of this disk include screen tests for The Empire Strikes Back showing other muppets (including Fozzie and Animal) that didn’t get the role of “Yoda.”

It’s only avaialble at and here’s a direct
. You can also get 20% off using the TLSAF36 coupon.

Major thanks goes to “Red 6” for this tip. You know, ironically enough, the wife and I were just discussing this the other night, and lo and behold, they finally put them on DVD. Weird.



Ultarama Sale Time — Free Shipping
August 28, 2001 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Mort at celebrates Labor Day By Savings Collectors Cash! Offers Free Shipping On All Orders From August 29th Through September 4th!

EDISON, NJ–Aug. 29, 2001—To celebrate Labor Day, we at Ultarama want to help all of our hard working collectors enjoy displaying their figures while keeping some extra cash in their pocket. So, we are doing our part by offering free shipping in the Continental U.S. on all orders placed from August 29th through September 4th!

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 toll free at 1-888-269-4386. Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you!!!!



A-Wing Honda Civic
August 28, 2001 | 7:21 PM EST | Adam

“Obi-Shawn” wrote in to tell us about his pet project: fashioning his 1995 blue/green Honda Civic del sol into something more similar to an A-Wing fighter– complete with decorative cannons. Right now, he’s looking for a name for the car… visit his site for a good look at one of the more unique custom jobs out there.



Jedicon: UK Star Wars Gathering
August 28, 2001 | 7:14 PM EST | Adam

On Sunday, December 9, the Basildon Sports Center in England will be taken over by Jeremy Bulloch, Chris Parsons (4-LOM), Alan Harris (Bossk), and many other players of the Star Wars galaxy. For more information, visit their website at



LucasArts Chat Tonight
August 28, 2001 | 6:55 PM EST | Adam

At 5:00 PM pacific/ 8:00 PM eastern, LucasArts will be hosting a chat with some of the minds behind the upcoming GameCube title, Rogue Leader (Rogue Squadron II). Surf on over to LucasArts for details.



Micromachines Give Away
August 28, 2001 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

The Jawa is giving away a Micromachines Action Fleet Yavin Rebel Base this week. Click here for more information.



Cheap Stands Are Back In Stock
August 27, 2001 | 10:36 PM EST | Bill

UPDATE: they are once again out of stock.

The Official Fan Club Website has Real Stands back in stock at unbeliveably cheap prices. If you are not a Fan Club Member, the stands are $1.99 for 12. If you are a Fan Club Member (be sure to login) they are only $0.99 for 12— that’s less than 10 cents a stand!



Wal-Mart POTJ Update
August 27, 2001 | 9:02 AM EST | Bill

Sir Steves Guide is reporting that new POTJ figures are now appearing in Wal-Mart’s computers. They are now showing Boshek, Teebo, and R5-D4!!! Click here for the details.



Fanboy Observations: Bacta Color
August 27, 2001 | 3:23 AM EST | Adam

In a discussion with an online associate, the question of the correct color of Bacta came up. As most of you know, a deluxe Luke in Bacta Tank is due out shortly and was shown at the various toy shows in prototype form. The initial prototype had a clear tank, which looked fine. Hasbro later said it would be redone to be the correct red color.

Now the question remains, is red the correct color? has a brief feature on it that has a picture that looks more or less blue, but it could be that it’s a very faint red that’s being drowned out by the blue or white of the room. The entry specifically states that the “…translucent red fluid nurtures the growth of a bacterial medium…” which tells us that despite how we remember it looking, someone says it’s red.

Decipher’s Bacta Tank card from the Hoth expansion is pretty much the same, except the tank looks unquestionably blue in the picture. The description says “gelatinous red bacta is suspended in a synthetic solution…” which may explain why it looks blue.

Still, much like the purple Hoth Han Jacket of 1996 debate, the red color (seen in this shot from Rebelscum) leaves at least a few fans scratching their heads. Hey, I like the new toy, don’t get me wrong… but it’s not how I remember it.

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled news.



Deadline: Action Figure Fanfic
August 27, 2001 | 2:49 AM EST | Adam

Ever thought about making your own story using action figures? Customizer Extraordinare Dan Curto has done just that…

“What started as an idea for a comic book almost 10 years ago, has now gotten new life online! DEADLINE is a fan-fiction series of photonovels set in the STAR WARS Universe starring customized action figures!
It’s at:

There will also be a contest to determine the major bad guy in the first storyline, which will tie in to the September Casting Call at FFURG. Complete details can be found at



Deadline: Action Figure Fanfic
August 27, 2001 | 2:48 AM EST | Adam

Ever thought about making your own story using action figures? Customizer Extraordinarre Dan Curto has done just that…

“What started as an idea for a comic book almost 10 years ago, has now gotten new life online! DEADLINE is a fan-fiction series of photonovels set in the STAR WARS Universe starring customized action figures!
It’s at:

There will also be a contest to determine the major bad guy in the first storyline, which will tie in to the September Casting Call at FFURG. Complete details can be found at



Q&A to Return Next Week
August 26, 2001 | 11:13 PM EST | Adam

With Every Question for Justice will be starting up again next week. For the new installment of the Q&A column, we could use some questions– so if you have one, send it in to me and… uh… we’ll have some questions to answer.



“From Bricks” to New URL
August 26, 2001 | 11:05 PM EST | Adam

From Bricks To Bothans has moved to and settled in at its new home, so update those bookmarks. We wish Tim and company the best at their new home and hope them continued success as one of the finest Lego fan sites.



More Attakus Statues Revealed
August 26, 2001 | 5:10 PM EST | Adam

Attakus, manufacturers of the fine (and pricey) Star Wars statues we’ve come to love, has posted shots of still more product– in addition to the trio shown last night, there are shots of the Emperor’s Royal Guard, Luke in his X-Wing Pilot outfit, and the Emperor in his throne, the latter two are unpainted and the former looks like it was somewhat inspired by the last Hasbro/Kenner figure.

But be sure not to miss these!



Decipher Interview Posted
August 26, 2001 | 12:54 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has posted an exclusive interview with Marcus Sheppard of Decipher UK. Click here to read it.



New Lego, Hasbro Star Wars, EII, And More In Target Computers
August 26, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | Bill

Rebelscum is reporting that the next batch of Star Wars toys are appearing in Target’s computers. Lego highlights include a Jedi Star Fighter and Republic Gunship. Hasbro highlights include PREVIEW FIGURES. Deluxe Figures will be $9.99, the 25th Anniversary 2 packs will be $14.99, also EII vehicles, beasts, and more. Also the DPCI for the new Speeder Bike with Lukeis 087-06-0112.

Click here for all the details including DPCI#’s!



New Attakus Statue Photos Posted
August 25, 2001 | 10:01 PM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa has just posted photos of the new Attakus C-3PO, Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader statues. These are nothing short of incredible.Click here to see the photos!!!



Another Star Wars E Book On The Horizon
August 25, 2001 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill

The is reporting that the Official Random House site is now listing an upcoming Star Wars E Book centered on Han and Leia by Troy Denning— the Author of Star by Star– the next New Jedi Order hardcover. Click here for the story.



Netherlands Star Wars Fanzine
August 25, 2001 | 7:43 PM EST | Adam

Patrick of the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club ‘Echo Base’ sends along this news…

“Next month issue 3 of Echo Base Magazine will be released. Matt Busch created a fantastic Episode II Obi-Wan cover especially for the magazine! We have decided to make this issue available to non-fan club members to get a chance to obtain this fantastic collector’s item. The magazine can be purchased [for $6.95 and shipping] on this order page:

Echo Base Magazine is published quarterly by unofficial Dutch Star Wars Fan Club Echo Base (”

The cover’s actually quite nice– pretty cool stuff for an era when any and all fanzines are usually Internet-only.



Awesome Kay-Bee Deal!
August 25, 2001 | 12:39 AM EST | John

This letter was received tonight from “Blaze”, a Kay-Bee manager;

“Just a little note for all those looking for cheap figures. I’m a manager at KB Toys in Huntsville, AL and today on our truck, we received 96 Power of the Jedi figures priced at only $2.99 each. That’s right only $2.99. The figures included only Collection 1 figures such as Dagobah Darth Vader, Darth Maul Final Jedi Duel, (old)Ben Kenobi, Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi, Anakin with droid, Qui-Gon in Mos Espa Disguise, Leia Bespin Escape and Chewbacca Mechanic. This is a company wide permanent markdown, so all stores should get these and at these prices. Too bad it’s only for Collection 1 waves. I would definitely hurry out to get these as KB usually does their markups/markdowns on Sunday and the way these were flying out of the store today, I’m sure we are going to see a markup.”

If you’re still missing any of these, grab ’em now. Custom fodder, army builders, (an army of little annoying Anakins… Clones, maybe?), etc. Good luck on the hunt!



Harrison Ford And Wife Separated (Again)
August 24, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

E! Online is reporting that Harrison Ford and his wife, Melissa Mathison, have separated for the second time in less than a year. His wife recently filed for legal separation in Los Angeles, Ca. Click here to read the whole story.



Happy Birthday Kenny Baker!
August 24, 2001 | 3:10 PM EST | Adam

Kenny Baker, best known for his roles in Time Bandits and as R2-D2 in Star Wars, turns 67 today. (Thanks go to Jason for pointing this out!)



From Bricks to Bothans
August 24, 2001 | 5:58 AM EST | Tim

I’d like to thank the Yaks guys for hosting my little LEGO website, but I’m exploring new directions with it and have decided to head back out on my own.

I wish everyone here nothing but the best – especially Mark and Adam.

Respect the Brick
Tim Saupé



Ray Park: Happy Birthday!
August 24, 2001 | 5:08 AM EST | Adam reports the actor that played everybody’s favorite villain– Toad from X-Men– turned 27 on Thursday. Happy birthday, Ray!



Wanna See Vintage SW Trailers?
August 23, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

Artoo’s News is now debuting in their Vintage Televesion section, 4 movie trailers from the Original Trilogy, including the trailer for Revenge of the Jedi. To see the trailers click here!!!!



Pittsburg, PA now has a Star Wars Collecting Club!
August 23, 2001 | 1:12 PM EST | John

For all you fine folks that collect Star Wars merchandise in Western PA, now there’s a place for you to all congregate and match notes. It’s the PITSWCC, (otherwise known as the Pittsburg Star Wars Collector Club… what else?). If you’re in that particular area of the USA, and would be interested in teaming up with these fine folks, click here to go to their hidden Rebel Base… uh… web site!



A Custom That’s Very… Creative?
August 23, 2001 | 1:06 PM EST | John

This one was WAY too funny to pass up. It shows what you can do with a lighter, some rubbing alcohol, and access to vintage card templates. I won’t even elaborate as to what it is, I will just link it here. I want you, our Yak-readers, to get the exact same chuckle I got when I first saw this. I will say this; It’s a custom figure 2-pack on a vintage backer, and it’s listed on eBay.



Entertainment Earth: Shmi Wave to Hit Next Week
August 23, 2001 | 1:16 AM EST | Adam

This just in from Entertainment Earth…

“Star Wars Wave 14 arrives next week!

(Item# 84455H, $89.99) will begin shipping late next week. This assortment features two new figures that will only available in this case – Shmi Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Armor. The full case of 12 figures includes 3x Shmi Skywalker, 3x Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Armor, 1x Sabe – Queen’s Decoy, 2x Ketwol, 1x Bespin Guard – Cloud City Security, 2x Ellorrs Madak – Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1. Order today!”



TIEs Intercepted at Toys R Us
August 23, 2001 | 1:14 AM EST | Adam

A few reports of the new exclusive rolled in tonight, so be sure to poke around the colorful aisles of TRU for the latest addition to the POTJ Imperial armada. The price is just pennies under $30.



Yakface Forums to Shut Down
August 23, 2001 | 1:08 AM EST | Adam

Due to a fairly steady stream of complaints, we will be abandoning our current Yakface Forums in the near future. While we are on the lookout for a new backbone to relaunch them at some point, we aren’t finding much in our price range and since pop-up ads are a big issue, it looks like we might be without the boards for a while in the near future.

While we can’t speak for everyone, the once-great usenet forum rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting.misc is– in theory– a great place to facillitate a discussion. While part of the great unmoderated Internet wilderness, it’s somewhere I frequently visit, and I could safely say could benefit from some new blood.

(If anyone has a reccomendation as to a new board service to which we could use for our site, we’d go for that as well.)



Shmi wave now available from
August 22, 2001 | 11:54 AM EST | John

For those of you who just can’t wait, has the Shmi wave available for order. It’s coming from Hong Kong, so expect shipping to be a bit higher, as well as the price for the set, ($75.00 for all 5). The set includes all from the upcoming wave being Shmi, Obi-Wan Training Gear, Han Solo D.S. Escape, Luke X-Wing, and Darth Vader Emperor’s Wrath. Myself, I’d wait. But again,here’s the link if you just have to have them! Thanks to “blunber142” for the tip!



The Phantom Editor Won’t Die!
August 22, 2001 | 11:31 AM EST | John

The Phantom Editor on the original LA (Jar Jar) Edit finally speaks! This webpage link was sent to me from a private source for all to visit. It is the story of the Phantom Editor and his life since the infamous edit. It seems that ol’ Georgie ain’t happy with the Editor. Check out the page to read all about it! It really is intriguing, but I still say that the NY Edit with the subtitles was better…



Tantive IV Full Scale Model
August 21, 2001 | 9:40 PM EST | Bill

That’s right. Artoos News is carrying exclusive coverage of the creation of a Tantive IV (Princess Leia’s ship frm ANH) in 1/1 scale for standard 3 3/4″ Hasbro Action Figures. That means that the finished product will be OVER 35 FEET LONG!!!!!!!! Click here for their coverage and photos!!!!!



EE Newsfeed: Deluxe Boba Fett Helmet Available
August 21, 2001 | 6:57 PM EST | Adam

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed:

“Boba Fett Deluxe Helmet In Stock!

The Boba Fett Deluxe Helmet (Item# DP82101, $749.99) has been missing in action for a long time, but now it has survived a corporate takeover and is IN STOCK NOW! This Deluxe Collector’s Helmet is cast in fiberglass with comfortable padding inside and is extraordinarily detailed, showing the tremendous battle damage Fett has endured.”



Star Wars; The Definitive DVD Collection?
August 21, 2001 | 11:29 AM EST | John is reporting from an “insider” who is aparently very dependable, that in 2006 there will be a finalization of all 6 movies of both trilogies to make them congeal even more fluidly than what the Special Editions of 4-6 could. What does this mean? Well, for starters it could mean scenes of Coruscant in Episode 4, or Bail Organa stealing the plans to the original Death Star… The possibilities are endless. Hop on over to voice your opinion of what you’d like to see!



“Episode II” Crew, Promo Item Images
August 21, 2001 | 5:15 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Collectors Archive posted a pair of items for Episode II. There’s a cast and crew black baseball cap with white “Episode II” text, and a gift bag for Mexican licensees for the new flick– which includes the hat and other cool stuff. Visit the archive and be sure not to miss these great new entries.

The items were posted to their site earlier this month, but we neglected to point them out. As the sitcom commercials once said, “if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!”



Simpsons Calendar has new Star Wars Art
August 21, 2001 | 4:49 AM EST | Adam

The 2002 Simpsons calendar features a movie theme this year, and the classic trilogy is not ignored. New artwork featuring Homer as Jabba, Lisa as Bib Fortuna, and numerous other members of everybody’s favorite animated post-modern family parody a scene from Return of the Jedi. Check your better local bookstores for a look at this, it’s actually quite cool.



GameCube Rogue Squadron II Movies
August 21, 2001 | 4:34 AM EST | Adam

GameSpot posted a series of brand new movies for the upcoming Rogue Leader (aka Rogue Squadron II) for GameCube. Game junkies and tech heads, this is the article for you.

For those who haven’t followed the game’s development, the gaming press is shaping this as being the second coming of decent console-based Star Wars gaming. Don’t miss this feature!



EII Title Spoofed (Again)
August 20, 2001 | 10:41 PM EST | Bill

And now for our readers who are less than happy with the announced title of Episode II— Attack of the Clones. Yak Reader Jim pointed out a great spoof on Attack of the Clones. Click here for the comic strip on Heart of the City



Ever wondered what is considered “canon” in Star Wars EU?
August 20, 2001 | 10:21 PM EST | John

Steve Sansweet answers this question as to what can be taken as an official part of the Star Wars universe, and what is a load of dingo’s kidneys. Click hereto read the enlightening answers over at!



Great new POTJ images at Tomy of Japan!
August 20, 2001 | 10:09 PM EST | John

Tomy of Japan, who handles the Star Wars Action Figures in the great East, now has posted very detailed images of up-and-coming figures. The images include;

Shmi Skywalker
Obi-Wan in Jedi Training Gear
Darth Vader – Emperor’s Wrath
Han Solo – Death Star Escape
Luke Skywalker – X-Wing Pilot

Can anyone see whether that’s a Probe Droid or a blast shield helmet that comes with that Obi-Wan? Even with these clearer images I still can’t make it out…

UPDATE – Reader “Jim” clarifies about the Obi-Wan – Training Gear accessory;

“I just wanted to let you know that the Jedi Training Obi-Wan comes with a “blast shield” helmet, not a probe droid. I can’t remember where I got the info from. If you take a look at the corner of the helmet, you’ll see that it even has a little braid protector!”

Thanks “Jim”!



New “Outer Rim Show” Now Showing At Artoo’s News
August 20, 2001 | 9:36 PM EST | John

Artoo’s News has just posted the newest edition of “The Outer Rim Show”, and Scott Karde has written to tell us to tell all our Yakkers out there to check it out! If you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here’s a direct link to the show.



Pre-order POTJ Wave 13 , 14, & 15 from Entertainment Earth
August 20, 2001 | 9:29 PM EST | John

Pre-order the last wave of Hasbro’s Star Wars Power of the Jedi action figures scheduled for 2001 – Collection 2 – Wave 15
Item# 84455J, $89.99.
This all-new assortment includes 1x Queen Amidala Travel / Black Gown, 1x Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender, 1x Imperial Officer, 1x FX-7 Medical Droid, 4x Zutton (Snaggletooth), 4x Eeth Koth (Subject to change).
You can also pre-order these other coming waves;
SW POTJ Collection 1 – Wave 13
Item# 84445H, $89.99
SW POTJ Collection 2 – Wave 14
Item# 84455H, $89.99



TIE Interceptor Shelf Stickers Appearing???
August 20, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Kris wrote in to let us know that last week in the Star Wars section at the TRU in Elizabeth,NJ there were two shelf stickers (white with red borders); one labeled “Toys R US Exclusive” and the other “Only Available at Toys R Us.” BUT, they were placed under the 12″ Vader/Maul 2pk. There was, however, sufficient space for the TIE Interceptor.

Sounds interesting. If you have any more news on this send it in.



New POTJ Wave Hits Hong Kong!
August 20, 2001 | 2:58 AM EST | John

“JHLewis2” writes to inform us that the new POTJ wave due out in the USA around September has already started to hit in Hong Kong. These figures include Darth Vader-Emperor’s Wrath, Luke-X-Wing Pilot, Han Solo-Death Star Escape, Obi-Wan-Jedi Training Gear, and of course our favorite misunderstood villians’ Mama, Shmi Skywalker. Keep watch, because with the onset of the B-Wing, the Palm Talkers, and now the new 12″ assortment, these babies are only weeks away from USA pegs.



New Figure Images from Wizard Con…
August 18, 2001 | 8:26 PM EST | Mark

Check out those great images from our friends over at as they have all the new figures pictured there. They include Eeth Koth, FX-7, Imperial Officer, Queen Travel, Zutton and the Sandtrooper. Bar none the best images on the net….



Queen’s Gambit Game??
August 18, 2001 | 7:10 PM EST | Mark

Is this a new game?? I have never seen it before, although the game pieces (which are many) make the game look kinda neat? Anyone seen it or played it??? The Queens Gambit
Amazon also has some great deals like this….
Deluxe Micro Machines Pod Racing Track Set $4.99 normally $39.99

UPDATE – For those of us, (Mark and myself, John), who haven’t heard of this game, “MRCPFIII” sends us a description, and quite a dazzling review;
“The Queens Gambit game has been out for about a year. It’s made by Avalon Hill who are currently making the Axis and Allies expansion games. It’s a roleplaying game that has you playing four games at once, the battle on Naboo,the battle above Naboo, the retaking of the queens palace, and the duel of the fates. I have this game and paid about $55 at a local table top game store for it and believe it to be well worth the price. Just thought I’d give you a heads up.”
Thanks for the info, “MRCPFIII”! It seems like a steal at the price Mark reported above. So what are ya waiting for?!? 8^)



New 12″ Spotted!
August 18, 2001 | 2:03 PM EST | John

The new 12″ Action Collection series seems to be finally making its’ way to retail. “Edward L.” sends us this report;

“Hey you Yakkers! I just found a case of the new 12″ figures; Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise, Death Star Droid, and Death Star Trooper! I got them at my local TRU in the city of Bell Gardens! (state not named) They are evenly packed, no shortage, 2x2x2. And they are at their regular price of $19.99. Happy hunting, and May the Force be with you!”

Thanks Ed! Anyone else see these? Keep the peepers popped, because once the warehouse ships they start to show up sparsely for about a week before they hit full-force.



Max Rebo Band Members and Ceremonial Han Petitions
August 17, 2001 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jake just gave us a heads-up on some new petitions.

The first is working to get the rest of the Max Rebo Band in POTJ plastic. Rappertunie (the lizard like creature on the electornic harmonica), and drummers Ak-Rev and Umpass Stay. Click here to sign this petition!!!!!!

The second is trying to complete our New Hope Awards Ceremony scene with a Ceremonial Han Solo with his spiffy new medal from the end of A New Hope.Click here to sign the Ceremonial Han petition.



End of the Select Images at StarWars.Com?
August 17, 2001 | 12:12 AM EST | John

It may just be that. Faithfully for months, (only missing 5 or 6 Thursdays, I believe), has updated every Thursday with a new “select image”. But after the name of last week’s image, selectfin.jpg, it may mean that the age of the select image is now over. Reasoning; The page has been updated today sans the new select. Before, if they didn’t update the page on a Thursday at all, the select was overlooked as well, (only a couple of times as I’d mentioned above). Maybe Lucas has something even better in store for us with Episode II closing in? Maybe they skipped a week? We shall have to wait and see, folks!



The Empire Strikes Back Spoilers, Beware!
August 17, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | John

Ever wonder what it would have been like for us twenty-somethings if we had had the ‘net back in 1978, a couple years before TESB was released in ’80? Well, wonder no more! This letter was sent to me by Darin, who describes his website;

“Love to tell you all about this new (re-launch) Star Wars site. It takes place in 1978 and has all the news and rumors about the Kenner Star Wars figures (of 1978) and all the rumors about the next Star Wars movie (Empire!) Click here to visit us! Thanks!”

Nice work! Stop on over and check it out!



Did George name Episode II with this?
August 16, 2001 | 11:53 PM EST | John

It may be a good bet. 8^) Seriously folks, this is a nice little Random Title Generator, and claims, (jokingly, of course), that Episode III will be entitled using this device. Hop on over to and try it! It’s actually fun, and a good way to waste an hour or two… Credit goes to for this one.



Lucas’ Tucker for sale?!?
August 16, 2001 | 11:48 PM EST | John

I have received information from an undisclosed source that this auction may in fact be for George Lucas’ very own Tucker automobile. Lucas having made the movie of Mr.Tucker, the man whose cars were so good that other car companies stifled him and his production, it’s a good bet that ol’ Georgie is selling it for some reason. Why? I’ve no clue. It’s claimed to be the 3rd off the production line, and in mint shape! Check it out!



General Crix Madine Petition
August 16, 2001 | 10:52 PM EST | Bill

The Madine petition is going strong with over 1450 signatures. If we are going to see this Imperial defector in plastic it will take a lot more signatures– closer to 10,000 or more. To sign the petition, just send an email to DETENTIONBLOCKAA23@YAHOO.COM



TIE Interceptors– Details
August 16, 2001 | 10:49 PM EST | Bill

One of our Bothan Spies just checked in with a lot of detail on the TIE interceptors:

Okay, here is the complete run down on the TRU TIE Interceptor-
SKN 239316
cost $17.78 (NOTE this IS TRU’s cost)
retail $29.99
it is packed six per case
it has been on open order (which means there is an unfilled order for it) for about two months according to shipping records, the TIE should be in the stores between 8/29 and 9/3 the warehouse that serves my TRU in (city in the midwest changed to protect our spy) is expected to receive them tomorrow they should be in all regional warehouses no later than 9/13 they have already hit one warehouse on 8/14, so they should be in store somewhere in the next two weeks, at least accordingly to estimated time arrivals there are around 11,000 units ordered for this first wave. Now remember this is all according to computer records. As soon as they arrive in my warehouse.

Back to the price on figs, it is normal to mark up all figs at least $2.00. The Simpsons figs mentioned in one post do cost $4.00 a fig, but they sell for $5.99. Almost a two dollar mark up, just like POTJ. Lets compare figs though. Each Simpsons fig is bigger than a POTJ fig plus they contain a small micro chip that contains recordings of sayings that are much better quality that a comtech chip recording. You get all this for $4.00. Look at the POTJ; smaller fig, some are repaints of old molds, limited articulation, and no electronics. Price $5.00.



End of Wal Mart Debate
August 16, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Kurt

i recieved this message today. in reply to the question I posed to Hasbro on the Wal Mart issue.

Dear Kurt —

Your recent e-mail has been forwarded to my attention. The simple answer to the question is, no, Wal*Mart will NOT be taking Star Wars toys out of the toy department. Wal*Mart has chosen to display within a different area within the department. This will have no impact on fans’ ability to find their favorite Star Wars figures. Similarly, this will have no effect on the new Deluxe figures or the Wal*Mart exclusives.

Should you have additional questions, please contact my colleague, Paula Sacchi, at 401-XXX-XXXX. Once again, thank you for your interest.


Audrey DeSimone
Director, Corporate Communications
Hasbro, Inc.
(I have removed the didgets of the above phone number as per request)



eBay: Spaceballs Vehicle Prop
August 16, 2001 | 2:23 AM EST | Adam

We got a few emails on this auction for Princess Vespa’s spacecraft from the Mel Brooks flick Spaceballs. Not a model, but a real working 16-foot-long vehicle, this is really a neat item up for grabs– and the auction ends in under a day.

Sure, it’s not directly related to Star Wars, but fans of props, Mel Brooks, and general fun things to own would be well advised to take a gander at the brand new white Mercedes 2001 SEL Limited Edition today!



What happened to “What does your collection look like?”
August 16, 2001 | 1:49 AM EST | John

Well, in a word, it flopped. In the beginning a lot of people were gung-ho on the whole thing, but then after about a month, no one sent me any more pics. It may come back in the future, but for now, it’s kaputz.
But, for those of you still wanting to show off your collections, I got this e-mail from The Rebel Base. It reads;
“Attention all Star Wars fans!! Do you consider yourself a hard-core collector? Do you have an impressive collection complete with unique and rare items? Have you ever wanted to show off this collection to the world but never had the opportunity? Well, here it is! THE REBEL BASE is providing collectors a chance to boast their large collections by featuring them on the site. We want your pictures, so send them in and we’ll put up your collection for fans around the world to see. For more information,visit us at The Rebel Base!”

So folks, head on over and check out this budding new page. Seems promising, and when I get some pics of my collection around after everything is set up, I’m going to submit as well. Good job, Rebel Base!



Happy Birthday PSWCS!
August 16, 2001 | 1:32 AM EST | John

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society is celebrating it’s 1-year anniversary this week. The groups has grown from the nine people who attended the first meeting to their current membership of 109. The success of the group has lead them to take the next big step in their development. The members of PSWCS are proud to announce the launch of their new web site! Please check out the site and see what they have to offer to Pennsylvania collectors! Please update your links to reflect the new URL. Thank you!



Exploding Battle Droids at Entertainment Earth!
August 16, 2001 | 1:08 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth is currently selling the Exploding Battle Droid that came along with the Motorized Theed Hangar Playset, minus the playset. It comes packaged in a small, clear plastic tray, and will be a nice way to get some different looking battle droids in your diorama. Click on the link below to check this killing machine out…

The Exploding Battle Droid (Item# 84055A, $9.99)



More New Hasbro Figure Previews
August 15, 2001 | 10:24 PM EST | Adam

Rounding out one heck of a day, has posted some more new figures and information.

New stuff: FX-7, Rebel medic droid; Zutton, better known as Snaggletooth… complete with blaster and glass. Both figures look incredible, showing that Hasbro has come a very, very long way in the past few years.

Interesting to note: Eeth Koth is listed as being “the first figure to feature the new-style sculpted lightsaber.” What this is, we don’t know, because we weren’t paying attention when the new jargon was being decided upon. (Sorry.)

Apparently FX-7, Zutton (Snaggletooth), Rebel Trooper, Imperial Officer, Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy), and Eeth Koth will all be shown at Wizard World in Chicago.

See the preview pics, some more images, and yet another wonderful jab at the Florida Election Committee (man, same recount joke twice in one day) at the official site, right at this link.



TIE Interceptor Identification Information
August 15, 2001 | 9:41 PM EST | Bill

Yak Face’s Bothan Spies have come up with the SKU number for TRU’s TIE Interceptor. HTH wrote in that the Sku is 239316.

Thanks to Toymanin who pointed out a typo the Sku which has been corrected above. Again, the correct Sku is 239316. Also, he writes that the deluxe figs are also now in the TRU computer for $10.99. No orders yet.



New Queen’s Decoy Figure Image
August 15, 2001 | 6:15 PM EST | Adam

The Fine Folk From Hasbro sent along a preview image of the upcoming Queen in Black Travel Gown/Decoy/etc. outfit. Click the thumbnail below to see the fairly large image Hasbro sent us. This will be the first of a few figures being shown in the near future, so sit back and enjoy!



Hasbro News, Poll #3 Results, Site Updates
August 15, 2001 | 2:11 PM EST | Adam

Lo and beholes, Hasbro has updated with shots of two upcoming army builders for your bemusement, as well as the results for the third Fan Choice poll. Ephant Mon barely edged out the Twi-Lek Masseuse, with his 28% over her 25%. The full results can be found here, complete with the oh-so-timely Florida Election reference. Overall, the votes were pretty close, so we remain optimistic that the other figures from this list will eventually see plastic.

The new Rebel Trooper is shown with the ability to kneel, and seems to have articulation similar to 21st Century Toys’ X-Treme Detail 1/18 scale figures. Due to the pose of the figure, it’s hard to visualize how this figure will look when posed normally.

The Imperial Officer has additional articulation and a nice wrinkly outfit. Pretty slick.

Neither has any mention of the “variant” stuff we’ve heard about in the past– different heads or recolored outfits have been tossed around as a way to make for a better “army.”



Pre-E2 Comic Cover Artwork
August 15, 2001 | 3:04 AM EST | Adam

A piece of cover artwork for an upcoming comic that takes place around Attack of the Clones has been put on the Dark Horse Comics Website. According toJediNet’s Literature Page, it’s the cover of the “trade paperback”– JediNet goes on to mention that the edition will be a scant 64 pages. So you can go find the cover.

Or you could just click here to see it.



More on Titan A.E. E2 Teaser…
August 15, 2001 | 2:31 AM EST | John

Thank you for all the e-mails folks, and I’m sorry to some of the lesser happy people that wrote to me enraged because they couldn’t find it. As I’d mentioned, I spotted this information over at Sirstevesguide, and reported it giving him due credit. Let me make this clear here and now; I am NOT making a crack at SirSteve! The guy is a good reporter who runs a really cool page I’ve been visiting for years. We all make mistakes. “…from time to time. Dear oh dear…” Apparently he caught on as well, and removed the information sooner than we at did, realizing it was a hoax. Or is it?

Strangely enough, this information on how to access this so-called “Easter Egg”, is also available at this link at Personally, I still think it’s a hoax. Until someone can prove to me otherwise, it will be treated as such. Again I ask, can anyone get screencaps or a rip to prove that this is real? Rest assured people, there will be none. This is a rumor out of hand. If it’s not, then I’ll eat my work sneakers…



POTJ: The Sky Is Falling, Again
August 15, 2001 | 2:10 AM EST | Adam

Recently, we’ve gotten a lot of reports of discounted Power of the Jedi figures, and of course there were many concerns raised. “Will the stores get the new figures?” “What will happen to Wal-Mart’s two exclusive vehicles?” “Is this the end of Star Wars?”

Well, in all honesty this is really nothing new– history has a habit of repeating itself, especially here. In 1998, Hasbro/Kenner saw more than a few markdowns for their Star Wars figures, including the then-recently released Expanded Universe. But, of course, the line continued despite Hasbro offering $2 off coupons at Wal-Mart and Toys “R” Us on top of discounted prices as low as $2.97.

Heck, just last year there were a few stores– notably Target– with absolutely no Hasbro Star Wars product being sold in most of their stores. Of course, this has changed, and rather dramatically.

While figures are being marked down, it’s the norm for the toy industry especially during “reset” season. Temporary markdowns are a shot in the arm that flushes out old stock in an era where any figure older than six months may as well be a decade old– there are still Wal-Marts with pegs of POTJ Obi-Wan and Darth Maul from nearly a year ago, and nothing else is left.

So in short, enjoy the sales before the stores get their new goods in. Get the most you can out of it, and if you end up finding some extra Biker Scouts and Mon Calamari on the cheap, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Plus with a new movie and a big anniversary next year, you can be assured that stores want to be on the LucasFilm/Hasbro gravy train.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.



Wal-mart POTJ Figure Update
August 14, 2001 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader StarWarsTrilogy wrote in with this update:

“Most (if not all) WalMarts are clearing their computers of Star Wars mecrchandise to prepare for the upcoming holiday season (I know a WalMart toy manager personally) and this is the reason why items (especialy POTJ figures) are shown as deleted. Fear not, Wal-Mart plans to get a lot more figures in late August/Early September as they change over the aisles for the holidays…. “



Vintage Cardback Scans Available
August 14, 2001 | 8:57 AM EST | Bill

In addition to the usual inserts,
have now added vintage cardbacks to the site. Highlights currently include: Star Wars 12, 20 and 21 backs, Power Of The Force and Droids Boba Fett.



More Information on TIE Interceptors
August 14, 2001 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

Our Bothan Spies have been working overtime. One wrote in with more information on the upcoming TRU TIE Interceptor:

“Just an update to your post about the Tie Interceptors. I’m a TRU employee and these will indeed hit very, very soon. The Interceptor has not hit any warehouses that ship to stores yet, so the employee that wrote to you was only checking local warehouses. But there are distribution centers where the figures are then sent to individual warehouses for different regions where they are then sent to the store. The Tie Interceptor should be at the distribution centers anytime and at the local warehouses probably soon after that. I would say that we should definitely see the Interceptor by the end of August/beginning of September in stores!

“Secondly, Hasbro has indeed lowered prices on Star Wars figures. The POTJ figs cost TRU $4.99 each, but most stores have only a dollar mark up on small figures like that. Another example is that Simpsons figures cost $4.00 for stores, and most stores sell them for $5. The commtech figures cost stores $5.99 to buy, therefore the dollar mark up to $6.99(and some stores $7.99). Anyway, stores should have lowered their prices and Hasbro has indeed lowered figures by a dollar. Anyway, as a side note the clearance commtech figures cost TRU $1.20 to buy(and think they were $6 back when they came out).”

X-Wing Pilot Tycho Celchu wrote in: “You’ve recently posted info from a “bothan spy” about the Tie Interceptor possibly being off the radar. It sounds like you received information from a new associate or one that just learned how to read one of our (I’m a Manager
at a TRU) many computer inventory screens. Thousands of Interceptors are on Open Order which means they are less than a month out. Also his info about Hasbro not lowering the prices on the POTJ figures is incorrect. Our cost for the Commtech figures were $5.99/ea…Hasbro lowered their price a dollar to $4.99/ea for the POTJ…& yet we still charge $6.99. Just wanted to back Hasbro this time & pass along the info.

Yak Reader Eric wrote to say that he found an auction on Ebay by someone in Clovis, CA for Tie Interceptors– what wedon’t know is whether that seller got the Interceptors through an overseas source or TRU.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in and keep the reports coming.



More on Wal-Mart POTJ Clearance…
August 14, 2001 | 2:09 AM EST | John

Well, it seems that this thing is nationwide. Here’s what 2 other readers from different regions of the USA had to say.
“Thanos21125” writes;
“Wal-Mart in northwest Houston has also discontinued POTJ.”

…and reader “Mark D.” writes;
“I work at the Pittston, PA Wal-Mart, and about three
weeks ago a co-worker scanned in a POTJ Chewbacca which showed up as
deleted. We thought it was very odd but figured it was a mistake, (there are lots of ordering mistakes), or maybe just that particular Collection was overstocked and was not being ordered anymore. Unfortunately that’s all I know about the situation. Thanks and keep up the good work!”

Fear not, folks. This doesn’t mean Wal-Mart isn’t going to carry Star Wars again, ever. They’d be REALLY stupid to not carry such a seller. Moreover, I think it means that either Hasbro is planning on changing the cards ever-so-slightly to make different UPC’s, which would mean that the old UPC’s are being “cancelled” from the system, or they’re just not reordering until Christmas is closer. Any more insight on this would be appreciated from folks “in the know”.



Episode II Teaser on Titan A.E. DVD
August 14, 2001 | 2:01 AM EST | John

Sirstevesguide is reporting that on the Titan A.E. DVD there is an Easter Egg that allows you to access an Episode II teaser! Head on over for all the details on how to access this. Nothing huge, but anything is good in the Star Wars news-void we’ve been in lately. It’ll break, but sometimes waiting is the hardest part!
UPDATE – Either it’s only on certain copies, or this report was a hoax. Not having a TITAN A.E. DVD myself, I just went with the news. Now, over at Sirstevesguide, the post was taken down. If anyone DID access this, write me. Or alternatively, if you can do a screencap or rip of this, let me know as well.



Star Wars “Attakus” in stock at Entertainment Earth 
August 14, 2001 | 1:53 AM EST | John

Entertainment Earth currently has the very nice Star Wars Attakus Statues in stock. Check the links below to see the respective statues!

****Attakus Statues In Stock****
Five different officially licensed Star Wars statues from Attakus are in stock now. Choose from;
R2-D2 Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC112, $229.99)
Han Solo in Carbonite Cold Cast (Item# AC111, $229.99)
Darth Maul Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC114, $269.99)
Slave Leia Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC115, $269.99)
Boba Fett Cold Cast Statue (Item# AC113, $269.99)
Hop on over and check out the great sculpting that is “Attakus”!



POTJ Figure at Wal-Mart on clearance?!?
August 14, 2001 | 1:05 AM EST | John

“Bryan G.” writes today to give us this disturbing news;
“According a Wal-Mart employee in Terrell,TX the Star Wars figures have been deleted out of their system and are on clearance. She did not know if that meant that they would not be carrying them any longer or that the UPC code was going to change. No space has been alloted for their fall reset.”
Thanks Bryan! I don’t know, I find this a hard one to believe. Do any other Wal-Mart employees out there know about this, or is this an isolated incident? More on this as we find out…



Free is GOOD– Contest Update
August 13, 2001 | 10:29 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster over at Jawa’s Ultarama contest is going strong. Remember the deadline is August 26, so be sure to get photos of your Ultarama in for your chance to win an Ultarama display to add to your collection. He’s got some great things happening… Click here for more.



TIE Interceptors At TRU On and Off The Radar and POTJ Figure Prices
August 13, 2001 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill

One of our Yak Readers who will remain anonymous sent in a Bothan Spy repot on the Tie Interceptors:

The Interceptor will not be hitting that soon. I work at Toys R Us in (city omitted) and the Tie has not even hit the warehouses yet. Originally, it was due in July and now the date has been pushed back to who knows whenever. I keep checking everyday to see if it has arrived in the US (at least the midwest) yet. I will let you guys know when it hits. I can give you the SKN number if you need it. By the way, the cost on the Tie is $17.71(that’s Toys R Us’s cost, not the customer’s). Also on the same note, it is not stores that have not lowered the price on the POTJ figures, since the comtech went the way of the dodo. It is Hasbro who has not lowered the price, but raised it. Each POTJ fig cost Toys R Us $4.99! I worked at Target for a while as a night stocker and they are in the same boat, so blame Hasbro for not lowering the prices on the new figs, not the stores!



“Clones” Stuff Listed at 
August 13, 2001 | 12:13 PM EST | John is starting to list items from Episode II already, namely books. No spoilers over there, just the listing of 3 books with a release date of January 2002, (which probably is a mistake considering how Lucas keeps things tightly covered as far as surprises in the movies go). The list includes;
Episode II Paper Doll Book
Episode II Ships Schematics Punch-Out Book
Episode II Coloring Book
No pictures, no description, just plain ol’ Episode II merchandise listing.



Ketwol Wave hits Austria!
August 13, 2001 | 12:04 PM EST | John

For all the Star Wars fans over in the continent, the Ketwol wave has finally hit Austria. “Real Scooby” reports finding 3 of the 4, (minus Sabe) in the TRU in Vienna. Thanks for writing in! So, if you’re in Europe, keep watching! These puppies are sure to rear their heads soon.



TIE Interceptors Will Start Appearing SOON!!!!
August 13, 2001 | 9:08 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Hak Beng from Singapore wrote to say that his local Star Wars Store— the Falcon Hanger, will have the TIE Interceptor TOMORROW afternoon, for $80.00 (Singapore dollars— this is about $45.00 US).



Mark Hamill, Rogue Scoundrel?
August 12, 2001 | 11:50 PM EST | Adam

While Kevin Smith fans eagerly await the release of what will most likely be the greatest film since Mallrats, there’s been a lot of press surrounding the stars including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, both of whom have cameos in the new flick.

News Askew, a news site dedicated to all things Kevin Smith, posted an amusing blurb from Stuff– they say his involvement in the film is weird. “Guess he’ll always be Han Solo to us,” the site reports Stuff as saying. Han? (Good thing they didn’t mix up Biggs and Wedge. Then the fan gloves would come off.)

(Yeah, yeah. Slow news day.)



LEGO Deals
August 12, 2001 | 5:15 AM EST | Adam

A few deals for some 1999 and 2000 sets have started in local stores…

Target has a set with a Slave I and a Landspeeder shrinkwrapped together for only $14.99.

Some Kay-Bee stores have the Lightsaber Duel, Droid Fighter, and Landspeeder on sale– pick any combination of the three for $10.

These are some great deals for some great toys, and of course cheap potential gifts– assuming you don’t decide to keep them. Happy hunting!



eBay: Get the Queen’s Couch
August 12, 2001 | 5:03 AM EST | Adam

Readers of TheForce.Net‘s Episode One area may have seen this, but those who haven’t might be interested in seeing this eBay auction for Queen Amidala’s sofa from Coruscant.

The UK based auction ends shortly, and is at around US$900– and shipping to the USA is estimated at $700. Prop fans, this is worth a gander if nothing else.

Just follow this link for a look at the red leather couch!



UK Indiana Jones Theatrical Screenings
August 10, 2001 | 5:11 PM EST | Adam

Jonny Tull sent in the following notice:

“Just a quick note for all of your UK readers: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne’s favourite independent moviehouse will be screening the entire Indiana Jones Trilogy back to back from 10.30am on Saturday 18th August.

For those of you who can’t handle all of the Indy action all in one go (or can’t stand the middle one!), then we’re running the films for the whole week prior. The dates for these are as follows:

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th August

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August

Friday 17th August

with the triple bill on Saturday 18th!

Tickets for the triple are £8 full price and £5 discounts.

Individual screenings are £3 for adults and £2.50 for kids.

Screenings throughout the week are at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Remember, that’s Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG, UK


Thanks for sharing, Jonny!



Supersized Cantina Band Update
August 10, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Brian from Hunnington Beach, California, wrote in that he found the Fan Club was not able to return his Supersized Cantina Band to Micronian size:
“I just got mine (12″ instead of the 4″ I ordered), and was told I am
basicaly SOL – I can return it or keep it if I want, but they are OUT of the 4″ (as well as the free Celebration hat & T-shirt I was supposed to get, even though the on-hold message still claims those freebies are available). The customer service guy said the figures have been reordered (doubtful, considering this was supposed to be a closeout item), and I can keep checking the website myself to see if they show up again. Would have been nice if he could have put in a preorder on the spot, but I guess some things about the Fan Club are just as bad as ever. 🙁 ”



Hasbro Star Tours Toys: Are They Coming?
August 10, 2001 | 2:26 AM EST | Adam

A fan wishing to be identified only as “Fox” sent off an email to us as well as two other sites late last night on the topic of possible Star Tours products being produced by Hasbro for sale at Disney parks and on While he most likely means the fan club, he does go into some detail about the releases which include some remakes of existing figures along with the Starspeeder 3000 and its droid pilot.

The full news posting was added to a message board at The Ring Of Collectors. The full posting is right here.

While on rumor mills and wish lists for years, this is news to us. With Hasbro being mum on most exclusives until they’re ready to show them off, it’s possible that this could very well be happening. But we’re checking around to see if we can get you the rest of the story as quickly as possible.

One thing we’re sure of– we hope this is true!



Palm Talkers Hitting TRU
August 10, 2001 | 2:14 AM EST | Adam

So far, we’ve gotten one report of the Super Deformed, Japanese-esque Palm Talkers hitting the USA– reader Darth Ortsac says he found ’em in a Long Beach, CA Toys “R” Us. So get ye to the stores, keep your peepers peeled, and be sure to leave a Boba Fett behind for your homies.

The initial batch consists of C-3PO, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, and of course R2-D2.

UPDATE: We’re also receiving reports of them showing up in New York.



Howard the Duck
August 9, 2001 | 6:36 PM EST | Adam

In quite possibly the first mention in several years, the official site posted this blurb on the 15th Anniversary of a LucasFilm project with the smallest fan following– apparently, his homeworld is Naboo. (Amusin’ stuff.)

The shout-out goes to darthdav to pointing this feature out.



Obi-Ewan on New Title
August 9, 2001 | 6:32 PM EST | Adam

Fanboy page extraordinarre, Ain’t It Cool News, posted this feature the other day with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman chipping their two cents in on “Attack of the Clones.” ‘Tis good for a chuckle.



POTF2 Skiff Prototype on eBay
August 9, 2001 | 5:31 PM EST | Adam

Looking for a gift with the Star Wars collector that has everything? This auctionhas a POTF2 Tatooine Skiff… for only $2,000. If nothing else, you can be assured that the person you’re shopping for doesn’t have this one.



Star Wars “Read” Posters Available
August 9, 2001 | 5:29 PM EST | Adam

Fans of the infamous “READ” posters at the public libraries around the country, be giddy. The American Library Association is still selling their Star Wars posters– and you can click here for a look at the page out of the catalog.

The posters include Yoda (#5020-1100), Darth Vader (#5024-1397), Artoo & C-3PO (#5024-1697), Chewbacca (#5024-1497), and C-3PO (#5024-1597). Posters are $10 each or $40 for all five. Each poster measures 22″ by 34″.

They are also offering a set of Darth Vader bookmarts– essentially the poster image. 100 for $7, item #5025-1598.

To order, visit or call 1-800-545-2433 (press 7.)

Other posters offered by the ALA include The Simpsons, a pair based on the new Lord of the Rings flick, and of course there are many others. Be sure to call and request a catalog.



More POTJ Figures Announced For This Year
August 9, 2001 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

That’s right. According to Entertainment Earth has announced a new case assortment for delivery in December. This means that what many of us have suspected— that the Shimi and Vader waves would not be the last POTJ figures released this year— is true.

The new wave which was announced in Entertainment Earth’s preferred customer news will contain:

Basic Figure Asst. Collection 2 – 84455J
4x Eeth Koth
4x Snaggletooth
1x Queen Amidala Travel / Black Gown
1x Rebel Trooper
1x Imperial Officer
1x F-X7



Ultarama Contest Update
August 8, 2001 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

The prizes have been announced for the Ultarama diorama contest over at the Jawa. Prizes include an Ultarama, an Emperor 3-D bust, and an R2-B1.



New LEGO Trade Federation Set?
August 8, 2001 | 9:23 PM EST | Mark

Check out this link over at, order it now….



12″ Bounty Hunters Update
August 8, 2001 | 8:07 PM EST | Bill

Collect Star Wars is reporting that Hasbro has announced that the upcoming 12″ bounty hunter set (Dengar, Zuckuss, and Leia Boussh) HAVE NOT been canceled. They have been delayed, but they will be released at some date in the future.



Factory 2U Finds
August 8, 2001 | 5:44 PM EST | Adam

JBFETT writes in today to inform us of his finds at Factory 2U recently. In addition to some cheap Hasbro overstock, he’s found the two-player customizable card game based on Hoth for $2– not a bad deal for 75 cards.

Other stores like Macfrugals and Big Lots have been getting some notable items lately, so now’s a great time to take the change from your sofa and see what you can scare up from the bargain bins.



Episode II Poster Concepts
August 8, 2001 | 5:41 PM EST | Adam

With the release of the name, the Internet is buzzing with all sorts of takes on poster concepts– sometimes they look like they could be the real thing, and other times, well, not so much.

Bill from Creature Cantina let us know they posted theirs today, so go check it out and enjoy the madness before the real deal is unveiled… whenever.



12″ Tally Coming Up Short
August 8, 2001 | 3:08 AM EST | Adam

Fans might be interested in knowing that our friends at Rebelscum are reporting that is reporting that the third Legacy assortment– which was to have finished off the set of Bounty Hunters from the Empire Strikes Back– has been given the axe.

To editorialize and speculate, it is unlikely we’ve heard the last of 4-LOM and Zuckuss– Hasbro knows full well how interested fans are in getting these figures, and it’s quite possible they will show up in the future.



Supersized Cantina Band
August 7, 2001 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Cha.chi just wrote in with an unusual experience with the a Fan Club order:
i just got my cantina band members that i ordered last week. but to my surprise i opened the massive box to find five 12″ band members instead of the 4″ ones i ordered.
i called the fan club and the guy knew immediately what i was talking about. i guess a few orders got screwed up and some people were sent the 12″ers on accident. they have replacements for the bad orders so give them a call and they’ll fix it. it’s just kind of a hassle.



Delay on Marmit Stormtroopers & Sandtroopers
August 7, 2001 | 1:59 PM EST | John

Brian Levine has just informed us this;
“Just heard from my distributor in Japan that the new Marmit Stormtroopers and Sandtroopers have been delayed until September.”
So if you preordered these from Entertainment Earth, or anywhere else, I’d expect a bit of a longer wait.



More on Cloning…
August 7, 2001 | 1:55 PM EST | John

Italian scientists have made the statement that they are most definitely going to start an experiment that will allow cloning of 200 people within the next year. I know this has nothing to do with collecting, but after the title release of “Attack Of The Clones” yesterday, it seems that this contraversy will be reaching its’ pinnacle just about the time Episode II is released. Once again, Lucas is on the cutting edge of technology… Click here for the full story. Mass Update, & a Free B-Wing
August 6, 2001 | 11:14 PM EST | John

My personal fave fan page, (aside from Yak, of course!), has done a mass update again! Man, these guys are expanding like mad! Here’s what to look for;

Weekly Contest: Vintage ROTJ Darth Vader and ROTJ Jedi Luke. Ends 8/11
Ultarama Contest. Ends 8/15
Free B-Wing. Ends 8/12
New Areas Added To The Sith Channel
Channel 2 – Brian’s Dioramas
Channel 20 – Erik’s Customs
Channel 21 – Brian’s Custom Card Backs
Brian and Erik have been an outstanding addition to Sandtroopers. Their work really is fantastic so stop by and check them out.
Great news, awesome trading, cool pics, and some killer new features in the works.
We are looking for a few individuals who would love to share their love for the Star Wars Universe. If you are interested in joining the Sandtroopers staff please check out the site and drop us a line.

Wow, this page keeps getting better and better. Hey, drop over and check them out, and if you still need a B-Wing, make sure you register. Great work guys!



August 6, 2001 | 6:38 PM EST | Mark

It’s Official….. Attack of the Clones… Visit for all the details…..



Fan Favorite #3 Poll Update
August 6, 2001 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

The results page on Hasbro’s Voting Chamberis now repoting that “Bothan Election Officials” are reviewing the final numbers. Click here for the full post and hopefully results will be posted soon.



New RealScan up at
August 6, 2001 | 3:44 AM EST | Adam posted a RealScan image, complete with a name, of an Episode II character’s head.



Ultarama Display Contest
August 6, 2001 | 12:38 AM EST | Bill

Sidster over at The Jawa has just announced a new contest– centered on Ultarama Dioramas. Send in photos of your best Ultarama Diorama to them to compete for a mystery prize. The last mystery prize was a carded Admiral Motti, so you never know what will appear. For more information click here.



Fan’s Choice #3 Polls Close Monday
August 5, 2001 | 2:31 AM EST | Adam

As of now, Hasbro’s poll to select the next Fan’s Choice figure is really heating up– only two percentage points separate the top two characters. And it ends early Monday morning, so if you haven’t voted yet, vote.

And this is the link to the site where you vote.

Those choices again: Ephant Mon, Even Piell, General Rieekan, R1-G4, and the Twi’Lek Masseuse. Remember, the vote ends at 8:00 AM eastern time.



GenCon Report
August 5, 2001 | 1:25 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader John wrote in with the news from Gen Con:

I just got back from GenCon today and the Star Wars presence was HUGE. I was able to talk with Paul from Hasbro, meet and get Autographs from Billy Dee Williams and Michonne B (Aurra Sing). The Steven Sansweet Presentation of Episode II: Connections was excellent. We were all given the Promo card set of 2 when attending the presentation. The display that I think you are talking about with the Star Wars figures was a set up to invite participants to play the WOTC Star Wars Role playing game. They were giving the game with the free Roworr Action figure when you either answered a survey or played the game! By the way, Paul did not bring the Deluxe figures with him to Milwaukee, only the Lando wave, Duros wave and new Darth Vader wave that comes out next month. Overall, it was a great day!



Looking For Vintage Ads???
August 5, 2001 | 1:04 AM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the Kenner Star Wars toy ads that you grew up with, or that your parents grew up with, go to Artoos News they have posted a number of them on their site. Just click on the vintage ads button on the main page.Click here to go there.



Star Wars to Launch With X-Box?
August 4, 2001 | 7:08 AM EST | Adam posted this feature today on what may very well be the launch titles of Microsoft’s upcoming X-Box gaming console.

Of particular note to many of you will be Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition which will supposedly be available alongside the new system on November 8. The article goes on to say that Star Wars: Obi-Wan, a PC game redesigned for the X-Box, should hit later in November. For more news on other games, check out



Official Site goes to GenCon
August 4, 2001 | 7:03 AM EST | Adam has posted this feature on some happenings at the annual gaming convention. While it’s mostly card-based and role-playing games, there is a product shown that incorporates Hasbro’s action figures in a sort of playset setting. We’re not exactly sure if this was just something for the show or an upcoming product, because we (and by we, I mean me) are ignorant on this one.

Anyway, check out the feature and enjoy!



Marmit AT-AT Driver To Be Released, Pics
August 4, 2001 | 6:50 AM EST | Adam continues their crack coverage of all things plastic and Star Wars with info and images on an AT-AT Driver figure kit coming to Japan from Marmit. Also on tap according to the site: an Emperor’s Royal Guard and Darth Vader.

Marmit has previously released figure kits of a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, a Sandtrooper, and a TIE Fighter Pilot. For those unfamilliar with them, they’re roughly a foot tall and require a modest amount of assembly. The finished kit provides detail and articulation unseen on American-developed figures of a similar scale.

Marmit figures are designed for the Japanese market, although there are a variety of importers more than willing to set you up with one of the many kits. They’re a little expensive, coming in (usually) just under $100 to customers outside Japan.



25th Anniversary 2 Pack Update
August 3, 2001 | 11:54 PM EST | Bill

Several Yak Readers have written asking for clarification on what size the Anniversary 2 pack figures are. The 2 packs are supposed to be in the 3 3/4″ scale (standard POTF/POTJ figure size).

Also Yak Reader C-3PO writes in that in Indianapolis the 25th Anniversary two packs already have pegs at Meijers stores for $9.99. The stocker said that the computer is showing a November release.



Invasion Force Hits TRU
August 3, 2001 | 11:48 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mordrid wrote in that the Phoenix Paradise Valley TRU Got the Invasion Force Case # 84205 000 6 in this week. It contained a pack out of 4 Darth Maul with Sith Attack Vehicle, 1 Obi-Wan with Gungan Sub and 1 tank with trooper. Each was a $1.97 as stickered on the case. They also got the AT-AT Trooper, D.Star Droid and more Leia Hoth. The AT-AT’s are gone but the other figs are still plentiful as of 10:30 Fri. Morning.

Yak Reader Darth Midion found the invasion force case of Darth Maul with attack speeder, Obi Wan with gungan sub, etc. also priced at$1.97!!



Ray Park Going to Belgium
August 3, 2001 | 3:45 PM EST | John

“Somepeetalay” sends us this information;

“On Sunday 14th of October Ray Park (Darth Maul) will be visiting FACTS in Belgium. FACTS (in Ghent) is the biggest Fantasy / SF convention in Belgium and will now take place on 13 and 14 October in 2001.”

For more information on this event, click here. Thanks to “Somepeetalay” for the information!



Phantom Edit…. UK Version?!?
August 3, 2001 | 3:15 PM EST | John

Yes, I’ve been hearing a lot about this through the grape vine, and I’m curious if anyone knows anything about this, or can enlighten me as to what this “version” encompasses. This is getting silly, really. It’ll undoubtedly go down in Star Wars history as a “big deal”, but there’s the LA Edit, the NY Edit, and now supposedly the UK Edit. If anyone knows anything about this, e-mail me and let me know what it’s all about.



B-Wing Weekend Reminder
August 3, 2001 | 6:32 AM EST | Adam

The Target exclusive B-Wing Fighter, according to some sources, is scheduled to be put out this weekend– August 5. Some stores put them out early, so keep your peepers peeled for the popular Rebel ship.



Star Wars Anniversary 2 Packs Scheduled To Ship In December!!
August 2, 2001 | 7:45 PM EST | Bill

The August 2001 Diamond Previews which was just released is listing the Star Wars Anniversary 2 packs for December 2001 delivery. That’s right, it looks like we are going to have the Anniversary 2 packs in our hands before the end of the year!!! The assortment is still scheduled to inlcude Luke & Leia, Han & Chewie, and Obi-Wan & Vader.



E1 Sales Begin… Again
August 2, 2001 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Dona5 wrote in from Monroe, WA., to give us a heads-up on Fred Meyer’s latest round of Star Wars sales. The sale includes $4.99 on non-sneak peek STAP vehicles, and $2.50 for The Phantom Menace action figures. But the only ones they have are Ric Olie,
Senator Palpatine, and Chancellor Valorum. There was also a couple of 4-LOM 12″ figures.



Looking For Vintage Instruction Sheets?
August 2, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill has stepped up to fill the void left by the demise of They have posted full size scans of paperwork that came with the vintage
toy lines, and currently include instruction sheets for:

Tatooine Skiff
Imperial Shuttle
both Cantina playsets
Imperial Attack Base
Y-Wing Fighter (also sticker sheet)
Slave 1
Death Star Space Station
Star Destroyer
and many more.

Click here to go there.



New 12″ Luke with Speederbike Images Online
August 2, 2001 | 7:56 AM EST | Adam has posted a series of images of the upcoming Target exclusive in the package.



Star Wars Fan Club eBay Bonanza
August 2, 2001 | 6:02 AM EST | Adam

The Star Wars Fan Club is clearing out a series of items on eBay. If you’re looking for goods from the pre-Episode One era, this is a real bumper crop of goodness. Check out their auctions under the username swfanclub.



Wal-Mart Price Increase is Nationwide
August 2, 2001 | 12:30 AM EST | John

Yea, bad news folks. This is what “Ryan”, a Wal-Mart toy department manager had to say about the increse;

“I’m a toy department manager in North Carolina and I wanted to let you know that this price increase on the POTJ figures is nationwide. The figures were on the Rollback price program and have been taken off this week. All Wal-Mart’s should have these price changes done within 3 days of them being downloaded in our systems so by the weekend every Wal Mart should be $6.44.”

But wait a minute… Wasn’t this a Hasbro price-point decrease, and not a Wal-Mart rollback? A big thanks to “Ryan” for the information!



Hasbro Q & A Posted
August 1, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has posted a partial Q & A transcript from the recent San Diego Comicon in their Republic News. Among other pieces of news it confirms that Action Fleet Vehicles will be included in the Episode II line. Click here for the Hasbro Star Wars site.

Thanks to Yak Readers Cha.chi and Timbo for the tip.



Scavanger Hunt Strikes Back
August 1, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

Artoos News second Scavanger Hunt contest starts today. Prizes for the top 10 winners include a Cloud City Motif Grand Prize that will include a Carbon Freezing Chamber, an Ultarama Display Unit and over 20 figures. Click here to sign up.



Evolution Promo Card Available Now
August 1, 2001 | 3:38 AM EST | Adam

Topps Fans Rejoice! Dark Horse Comics and Topps have had a great relationship doling out promo cards since issue #8 of Classic Star Wars, and they slipped a little surprise into issue #32 of the ongoing Star Wars comic, “Star Wars: Darkness #1.” The shiny foil card comes in a plastic bag stapled to the middle of the comic– be sure the make sure it hasn’t been pilfered before buying the comic.

As to the comic itself, well, odds are the card will help boost sales. Star Wars #32 is on sale now and costs $2.99 in the USA and $4.50 north of the border.



Thumb Wars Parody Coming to DVD
August 1, 2001 | 3:33 AM EST | Adam

Fans of the May 1999 UPN special “Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle” have something to look forward to– a DVD special edition is being released in October courtesy of Image Entertainment. DVD File has the full scoop.

Extras include a commentary, trailers, storyboards, and more.



Here we go again…
August 1, 2001 | 3:00 AM EST | John

“Russ M.” writes to us to give us this disturbing news;
“The WalMart here in Casselberry, FL has just raised its’ prices on Star Wars figures. Just last week they were $5.73, but I checked today and they were all $6.44. Hope this isn’t a national trend. They just lowered them to the $5.73 price-point a few months ago.”
Is this happening all over, or is this just an isolated incident? I guess time will tell. More on this as we get it.



Polls fixed over at Hasbro
August 1, 2001 | 2:56 AM EST | John

Finally, Hasbro seems to have gotten the polls debugged over at the Fan Choice #3, and now Ephant Mon is winning again! Coming up in 2nd place is the Twi’lek Masseuse, and third is ol’ General Rieekan himself. Running up in fourth and fifth place within a point of each other are R1-G4 and Even Piell respectively. If you haven’t voted yet, get you heiney over there and do it! It’s more than 1/2 over, so vote for someone, even if it’s the largest loser on the poll. At least let Hasbro officially hear your voice!

July 2001 Archive

POTJ and Vintage B-Wing Comparison
July 20, 2001 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

OOM-9 at The Jawa has just put up
an image comparing an image on the new B-Wing box with an image from the old B-Wing Instruction sheet…same image.

Click here to see it.



What would you like to see as the next fan figure choices?
July 20, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

With only a few days until the next fan-figure poll, I’d like to hear from the fans as to what figure you’d like to see next? It probably won’t sway Hasbro at this stage of the game, but hey, it’s neat speculation. I’ll collect tallies for a couple days, then post the top five most popular here at Yak. Send your most wanted figure request by clicking here. Let’s see how close our final list matches up to Hasbro’s! expands!
July 20, 2001 | 12:22 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

James from writes to us here at Yak to tell us to let our readers know that they’ve introduced Forums to their page. Also up is the first installment of Affe Jungen’s Dewback Dew Comic Strip A few other features. Check it out!



Q&A Friday: Out For Justice
July 20, 2001 | 4:28 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice has been updated with more question, answers, and a nice lengthy pseudo-editorial.Check it out.



What does your collection look like? #3
July 20, 2001 | 3:07 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


This weeks collection comes from I didn’t choose to highlight this particular collection for amount or content, but for style.

This guy’s smooth with his display properties for his collection including that fish tank. Man, we can all take some hints from him for setting up our loose items.

Good job! If anyone would like to write to Spidey click here and tell him what you think about his collection! And, as always, if you’d like your collection highlighted here on Yak, send the links or picture to me by clicking here. Remember, no single pics over 80k or thereabouts! Thanks!



Episode II Comics to be released!
July 20, 2001 | 2:39 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Not the actual movie adaptation, mind you, but cool titles nonetheless! It involves 2 specific bounty hunters that will be making their debut in Episode II, (and no, it’s not Aurra Sing and Boba Fett). For more spoiler-filled information, head on over to Alternatively, Star has a featurette on these titles. The two titles are scheduled for release around Christmas 2001, and the second to follow on January 2002. Sorry for the vague report, but there still are a few purists out there that actually want to be surprised (I envy them!) when the movie is released… unlike me.



B-Wing Feature Discovered
July 19, 2001 | 8:09 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Attention Openers!!! There is finally a reason/use for the air hose which hangs off of Ten Numb (the “generic” POTJ B-Wing Pilot). When you open your B-Wing, look in the cockpit on the right side of the pilot’s seat (as you face the B-Wing). At the front corner of the “arm rest” on the right of the pilot’s seat, there is a small hole which is the perfect size for Ten Numb’s Oxygen hose.



Topps Evolution Promo Card in Issue 55
July 19, 2001 | 7:58 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Clinton wrote in regarding the condition of the Topps Evolution teaser card which was included in his Star Wars Insider issue #55. You can read his entire letter in the “Collecting Promos” section of our forums section under the post “Issue 55 Topps Evolution Card.” Be sure to enter how you feel in our forums.



Holographic Nute Gunray????
July 19, 2001 | 7:29 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

That’s right, although his release has yet to be confirmed Yak Reader DashandLeebo gave us a tip that you can see a prototype of the holographic Nute Gunray at Jedisiths who received the photo from Click here to see the photo!

[Editor’s Note: This was one of many figures, like Lott Dodd and Shmi Skywalker, that were revealed and postponed in 1999/2000. Right now, it’s postponed indefinitely, but Shmi was as well and she’s due out relatively soon.]



Fan Choice #3 Voting Begins Next Week
July 19, 2001 | 7:26 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Word around the Web (and on a flyer in San Diego) is that Hasbro will start its next Fan Choice poll next week… the candidates are still unknown, but with two excellent figures selected so far they can’t go wrong at this rate.



Comic Con Images Online
July 19, 2001 | 7:24 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Our pals at have updated with some great new info as well as some new images of every deluxe figure except for Maul, some images from the booth, and a shot of the new 12″ Luke Skywalker with Yoda set.

Not Star Wars, but notable other news has been posted around the web… the fine folk at posted prototype shots of the all-new 4″ G.I. Joe line, and Playmates Toys has posted info on the Simpsons through wave 8. We now return you to your regularly scheduled galaxy of toy news…



Target 12″ Kaadu and Tarpals Going Fast
July 19, 2001 | 4:31 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

A local run through of several Target stores revealed that the large dust-covered boxes with the Kaadu and Captain Tarpals are pretty much all gone– one store had one left, and another had three as of closing. So if this is a toy you’re after, don’t wait– check Target on your lunch hour today to get a real bargain of a toy for $12.44.



San Diego Con Preview
July 18, 2001 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Rebelscum is reporting that Hasbro will be showing 3 of the 4 deluxe figures in San Diego. They will have Amanaman, Leia with the Sail Barge Cannon, and Luke in bacta tank. In addition, Hasbro will be showing Wal-Mart’s exclusive 12″ Luke with Yoda!!!



Hallmark Ornament Open House This Weekend
July 18, 2001 | 9:20 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Christmas in July arrives this weekend at Hallmark stores. Saturday morning all Hallmark stores nationwide will put out their 2001 Christmas ornaments.

Yak Reader Sam writes in that he just picked up this year’s Star Wars Oranaments at Hallmark, and that the R2-D2 is very cool, the others are ok but nothing special. (It appears he got very lucky getting these early– most Hallmark stores will not even show, much less sell the “new” Christmas ornaments even one day early.



Episode II Images au francais
July 18, 2001 | 1:39 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post, a french Star Wars page, has posted some pretty keen Episode II pics! Be wary to all spoiler-sensative individuals. Click on over and check them out!



Emperor’s Wrath Vader Image
July 18, 2001 | 1:34 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Star has posted a better and clearer image of the forthcoming Emperor’s Wrath Vader. Click above to take a peek. I, for one, am looking forward to this puppy! Thanks to C. Gorman for the tip!



More Luke Bacta Tank Photos
July 18, 2001 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Rebel Scum has posted some large photos of the Luke bacta tank that they were able to grab a Toy Fair last Spring— that’s right— Hasbro had this nearly complete a Five months ago at toy fair.

In addition to showing a lot of details, these photos also show the control panel for the bacta tank which was not shown on Star’s photos.

Click here to see the one of the big photos.



Q&A Wednesday
July 18, 2001 | 5:01 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, our worthless Q&A feature, has once again been updated with more questions and answers for your pondering needs. Please feel free to send in more inquiries for Friday’s update.



Phantom Menace To Air on Fox This November
July 18, 2001 | 4:59 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Fans in the United States who have yet to see Episode One– both of you– should be glad to know that the official Star Wars site has posted a news article announcing that the Fox network has a new airdate for the film that tops E! Online‘s recent “Top Ten Worst Sequels” list.

Sunday, November 25, 2001 from 7-10 p.m. ET/PT.

If you need the full story (which is shorter than this one) kindly follow this link.



Entertainment Earth Updates, at Comic Con
July 18, 2001 | 3:22 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Sponsor Entertainment Earth sent along some news today…

“The newest wave of Star Wars Power of the Jedi action figures are in stock now. Choose a full case or a 4-pack:

SW POTJ Wave 12 4-Pack (Item# 84455GG, $39.99)
Includes 1x Sabe – Queen’s Decoy, 1x Ketwol, 1x Bespin Guard – Cloud City Security, 1x Ellorrs Madak – Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1 (Subject to change).

SW POTJ Collection 2 (Wave 12) (Item# 84455G, $89.99)
Includes 3x Sabe – Queen’s Decoy, 3x Ketwol, 3x Bespin Guard – Cloud City Security, 3x Ellorrs Madak – Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1 (Subject to change).

Also, Entertainment Earth will once again have a spectacular booth at International Comic-Con in San Diego, filled with all kinds of activities, prizes, and surprises.

Win action figures and toys from our giveaway sponsors McFarlane Toys, Sideshow, Mezco Toyz, InToyz, Vital Toys and N2 Toys. We will also have a pinball machine for visitors to play and will have awesome deals, including rock bottom priced action figures.

Please come by our booth and ask us why Entertainment Earth Rules the Planet to receive a free gift! Valid for Entertainment Earth customers as of 7/12/01. Limit one gift per customer.

Come join us for the largest event of its kind in the United States. Hope to see you there!”



Bacta Tank Luke Deluxe Figure Photos
July 17, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Official Site has just posted a photo of this year’s Luke figure. As we saw in the black and white fax photo a few weeks ago it includes luke, the bacta tank, a control panel and more. Click here to see it.

Thanks to Yak Readers Rob, DrthSidios, Scouttrooper007, DashandLeebo and Chris for the heads-up.



12″ Tarpals Now On Final Clearance
July 17, 2001 | 9:50 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Brian S. wrote in with what may the first report on the final clearance of the 12″ Tarpals and Kaadu set. He writes “I just got back from my local SuperTarget. While I was in the toy department looking for the B-Wing, a Target employee came by and marked all the 12″ Tarpals & Kaduu 2-packs down to $12.44… Not Bad, Ehh?”

UPDATE: Yak Readers Wdemler and Leoj wrote in reporting the same price at their stores.



Ketwol Wave Available On-Line… Cheap
July 17, 2001 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

New Force Comics has the new Sabe, Ketwol Ellorrs Madak-Duros, Bespin guard wave(84455 000 T) available for order. Ther stock will arrive the first of next week and be available for immediate shipment. You can get a case of this wave (which has 3 of each of these new figures) for $69.99 or a set of 4 (Sabe, Ellorrs Madak-Duros, Ketwol, and Bespin Guard) for $27.96 . To order go to New Force Comics.



Official Deluxe Amanaman Photos
July 17, 2001 | 2:51 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Hasbro has justed updated their Star Wars site with a photo and detailed description of Amanaman. Highlights include: Increased shoulder articulation, a new staff, and the skeleton is definately included. Click here to go there.



Insider 55 Hitting Mailboxes
July 16, 2001 | 9:39 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The latest edition of the Star Wars Insider (#55) is hitting mailboxes. Mine arrived today, and we have had a number of reports from across the country of them hitting.

Agent 1177 points out that this edition has some great spoiler material about EII including the origins of some of the fan community’s favorite chracters/figures from the original trilogy.



General Madine Petition Growing By Leaps and Bounds
July 16, 2001 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

THE JEDI REMNANT is reporting that their petition to get General Crix Madine (Imperial defector to the Rebellion) into Power of the Jedi Plastic has almost doubled again. It’s now at 867 names, and STILL growing. If you haven’t signed up yet, and you want to see General Madine off the list of vintage figures waiting to be remade, click here.



SW Insider Pics Posted! 
July 16, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

For the upcoming issue #55, has posted pics for those of us who just can’t wait!!! I’ve seen ’em, they’re juicy. Check them out!



Amazon Offers Star Wars Grab-bags
July 16, 2001 | 11:59 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Right now over at, they are offering Star Wars grab-bags of apparently things that they’ve been overstocked on for a long time. The ad reads like this;

“When one Star Wars toy isn’t enough, try an assortment of goodies instead. This nine-piece grab bag bundle holds a wide variety of playthings based on the popular movies. Playsets and action figures from the original trilogy as well as Phantom Menace selections are included. It’s a great choice for those who like surprises, for those who prefer more than just one toy, and for collectors looking to expand their displays. NOTE: Contents may vary with each purchase.”

Interesting if you like surprises. The cost? $14.99. Click here for a direct link right to the page.



Q&A Monday
July 16, 2001 | 7:23 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice has been given it’s update, with chilli for breakfast every morning. There’s also some questions answered and postulates postulated, so read and enjoy.



More Clearance Books
July 16, 2001 | 7:21 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

As many of you have discovered, the Episode One Visual Dictionary and Cross Sections books have also shown up on clearance at bookstores in malls around the United States at a price around $5… a great deal, for sure. There’s never been a better time to start a reference library!



More B-Wing Sightings
July 15, 2001 | 2:00 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Todd W. wrote in to say that he was able to snag his B-wing at Target in San Antonio using the DPCI number.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Matt snagged his B-Wing while traveling in NC at the Hanes Mall Target in Winston-Salem thanks to a nice stocker who checked the DPCI and pulled the B-Wing from the back.
It sounds like B-Wings are “here” nationwide, granted finding them will still be “fun” for a while.

Good hunting to all.



B-Wing Shelf Stickers Appearing
July 15, 2001 | 12:25 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader JasonK from Spokane, WA wrote in to let us know that his local target has actually put shelf stickers with price and product ID information out for the B-Wing, and that although the shelf was empty when he got there, his store had put them out on the shelf. He pointed out that this does not appear to have been a reset of the entire toys area, just a new shelf tag for the B-Wing where the 12″ Captain Tarpals and Kaadu had previously been placed.



Madine Petition More Than Doubles In Size
July 15, 2001 | 12:19 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

JediSith’s petition to get General Madine into POTJ plastic is growing fast. It is now over 440 names, with more being added all the time. If you haven’t signed up yet, go over to JediSiths now and sign the guestbook.

Remember, like a lot of people have been pointing out if we really want to see a POTJ Madine, we need to get the number of names to 10,000 or more. Click here to sign up.



B-Wings Appearing Everywhere!!!
July 14, 2001 | 10:04 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Thanks to everyone who has written in with updates of their hunt for the elusive Target exclusive B-Wing. Before I share a few of the tales of the hunt I have received, as you will see from the parts of the country reporting in, the bottom line is this, if you haven’t found one yet (myself included) keep looking!!!!! They are out there.

Yak Reader Kevin from Greensboro, NC writes: “Took the UPC number to my local Target and they pulled an unopened case out of the back and I got to pick a MINTY-FRESH one. Tell the readers to ask. The folks at Target were more than willing to sell me one.”

Yak Reader IG-88 writes: “I was able to pick up a B-Wing by asking a clerk to check the DCP. The clerk entered it in and immediately went to the back and pulled one out. I asked her is it only one per person and she said yes. There was no hesitation in her going straight to the back to pull one out. I think it is a store by store case whether they give you receive the cold shoulder or strike it rich.”

Yak Reader Ron writes: “Went to my local target here in Tulsa, OK, and asked them to check the dpc code on the scanner and they did and it showed that they were in stock, so the nice lady went to the back room and brought out a case of 4 items I took one and she put the rest on the shelf. I was very nice and courteous to the lady and it paid off!!!”

Yak Reader Brandon in Illinois writes: “I live in Central Illinois (Peoria) and wanted to pass along that I was able to score a B Wing today at our Target. I had an employee in the electronics dept. look up the DPCI number and sure enough they had cases in the back. He was very helpful and retrieved a case from the back storage area. They were packed 4 to a case and I purchased two (one for a friend)
at the cost of $39.99 each.”

Yak Reader Jennifer found that she was able to score her B-Wing in Southern California with the skew number, 2) a nice employee, 3) common courtesy and sharing some anti-scalper talk.

Remember courtesy will get you a long way. They employees get sick of being asked for exclusives which people have been asking them about for over a month, if you are nice to them you will probably get a lot farther.



B-Wing Search 
July 14, 2001 | 1:21 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Looks like the B-Wings may be on stealth mode in some areas.

Yak Reader Rosemaster from St. Louis writes: “I have also gone to Target and asked about the DPC when they weren’t on the shelf. The clerk entered the code, thought a while, and then said they wouldn’t be on the shelf until they reset everything. They were not about to bring one out to me, and I got a feeling they saw something on their screen that convinced them not to. Others here in the St. Louis area are reporting the same result. A long pause, followed by “not until
we reset the shelves” is the standard response here.


Yak Reader Red 5 writes “I can assure you that the LRT does not tell Target employees anything about whether a product needs to stay in the backroom until a reset. The employee he asked must have been familiar with the toy. I suggest asking an employee away from the toy section who may not be familiar with the toy. They may just see it as any other item and pull it for you. I am a toy dept manager
at Target and people ask me about other items all the time. I don’t think anything of it. If we have it, I go back and pull it.



Sith Attack Speeder Prototype
July 14, 2001 | 7:38 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Just because it looks weird and is just as pricey, it seems fair to point out a preproduction Sith Attack Speeder on ebay. Auction #1615414953 features a mostly purple and light blue speeder along with an off-white Maul with a black robe. If for no reason other than it’s quite striking, check it out.



The Last Episode One Shirt?
July 14, 2001 | 5:14 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post is filling the popular void of Episode One themed shirts with the latest piece of unlicensed Star Wars memorabilia with their very own garment exclaiming “I Am The Phantom Editor.” “Get the before they are banned!!!” the site boasts… more than once.



Fantastic Deals At Waldenbooks
July 14, 2001 | 3:46 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

At least a few US Waldenbooks stores have received dirt cheap clearance books from Episode One, both good, and priced to move.

The Art Of Star Wars: Episode One
A Hardcover version of the $39.99 book is being sold for $5.99.

Star Wars: The Making of Episode I (aka The Making Of The Phantom Menace)
A softcover version of the $19.95 book is being sold for $3.99.

While the books appear to be indentical to the US releases, these are all surplus UK books. Getting the pair for under $10 is a great deal, both are stuffed with art and information that are well worth reading, even if you weren’t the biggest fan of the most recent Star Wars flick. Get thee to a mall!



Action Fleet & Micro Machines land for Episode II
July 14, 2001 | 1:48 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Let’s give a big ol’ Episode I Anakin “Yipee!” for this excellent news! had a running petition for the bringing back of the Micro Machine line for the classic prototypes we had seen a while back, and new Episode II ships, and it seems that Hasbro is still listening. While still unknown exactly what will be produced, the line will definitely be making a comback in the near future, (not in 2001, but definitely before the release of Episode II). Apparently Hasbro will be doing a 60% Episode II/40% “Classic” and Episode I ratio for the case assortments. So, if you’re one of the collectors that hated to see the Micro Machine line die, take heart, they are coming back! And I think we a big congratulations for this achievement!



B-Wings Are Out There
July 13, 2001 | 7:29 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Taun-Ton writes that he was able to score a b-wing by asking a clerk at Target to check the DPCI# (087-06-1954) when there were none on the shelf. It looks like more and more stores are getting them. Good hunting.



Ketwol Wave, B-Wing And More In Stock
July 13, 2001 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has POTJ Figures – Sabe, Ketwol, Bespin Guard, Ellorrs Madak, the B-Wing,
Jedi Braid with Micro Machine Starship, as well as the hard to find Hasbro Federation Tank & Skiff back in stock.

Check them out here…



Free Shimi Wave
July 13, 2001 | 7:24 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post is giving away a case of the Shmi Skywalker wave. For more information click here.



Ultarama Press Release – July 12, 2001
July 13, 2001 | 1:13 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

EDISON, NJ–July 12, 2001-Ultarama™ is coming to Comic-Con with an exciting lineup of new background scenes and special guests to meet! Come visit us at Booth #3110 (next to Hasbro Star Wars) to have some fun! When you stop by, make sure that you enjoy everything we have going on at the booth:
· Meet Michonne Bourriague, actress and model who portrayed Aurra Sing in Episode 1! Also be sure to see Shannon Baksa (Mara Jade) and Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti)!
· Saturday meet Philip Wise and Mark Hurray, two of the dynamic forces that bring Star Wars fans everywhere the Star Wars Toy News And Reference web site!
· Pick up an Ultarama™ at a show special price of $25 and Michonne, Shannon, or Richard will autograph one of your background scenes for free!
· See and purchase the new, never before seen, Star Trek Ultarama™ Communicator exclusive!
· Check out our new prototype Sci Fi scenes and see the center section insert!



Q&A: For The Weekend
July 13, 2001 | 7:44 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, the onmipresent Yakface feature, has been updated on schedule for your reading delight. Enjoy, and be sure to send in your questions for next week’s updates!



Interesting DVD Tidbit
July 13, 2001 | 3:04 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

As always, take this with a grain of salt until October, but it’s an interesting prospect if it turns out to be true. “Agent 1177” writes with this information;

“I’m not at full liberty to say, since this is second hand information, but there may be another expanded Podrace scene on the Phantom Menace DVD. It has to do with Anakin’s pod going haywire (more than in the original version), and Anakin using the force to alleviate the problem.”

I guess we’ll find out in October. If anyone can confirm this with proof, let us know. Not too big a deal, but neat nonetheless.



Lego Toys at brick & mortar Kay-Bee as well
July 13, 2001 | 2:59 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“Bizarro Fett” writes to inform us that Kay-Bee, in fact, bought a whole slew of the early Star Wars Lego’s, and aside from offering them on, they are or will also be offering them in the regular brick & mortar stores at close-out prices. Bizarro also states “It’s a great opportunity to build your armies or get extra parts for making customs.” Right you are, Bizarro! Another thing noted is that the Sith Infiltrator and Pod Race Arena, (newer sets), are on close-out as well.



Amanaman Details, The Facts on Dak and More
July 12, 2001 | 7:07 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Rebelscum has just posted a brief Q & A from Hasbro following up on the Shreveport Convention.

Among the highlights are:

Amanaman is 4.18 inches tall (in scale with 3 3/4 figures)
Dak IS removable and articulated, but doesn’t have a removable helment
The Wal-mart Tie Bomber and crashed Snowspeeder have a suggested retail price of $29.99

Click here to read the entire Q & A.



Star Wars Deals Up North
July 12, 2001 | 6:58 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Devan S. reports:

At my local Wal Mart in Newmarket, Onatrio, they are liquidating their POTF and Episode 1 figures for $1CND! Have seen Sandtrooper, Emperor, Qui-Gon, Amidala, etc. Also assorted POTJ for $8.91 CND.

It looks like yet another round of clearance figures may be hitting. Keep your eyes out.



Deals Online
July 12, 2001 | 6:35 PM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Here are some excellent deals at!
LEGO System Star Wars Sith Infiltrator $16.99
Star Wars Episode I Gungan Sub LEGO Playset $29.99
Star Wars Episode I Droid Fighter LEGO Playset $3.99
Star Wars Electronic Darth Maul Double-Bladed Lightsaber $9.99
Star Wars LEGO Landspeeder $3.99
Star Wars LEGO Speeder Bikes $5.99
LEGO System Star Wars Naboo Fighter $12.99
Star Wars: 12″ Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader Electronic Figures $24.99
Star Wars: 12″ Luke Skywalker Action Figure in Ceremonial Gear $12.99
Sith Speeder and Darth Maul $2.99
Plus if you are a first-time buyer use the coupon code [KBKIDLINK],
it’s worth $5.00 off a first-time purchase of $30.00 or more.



General Madine Petition Update
July 12, 2001 | 12:21 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

DashandLeebo writes to me today to let me know how their General Madine petition is going;

“I’d like to give everyone an update on the petition I’m running.
I now have around 250 names, but I’m still looking for people who hasn’t signed up yet. Visit THE JEDI REMNANT FIGURES at Jedisiths, and sign your name in the guest book.
Here’s info on the petition:
3 3/4 inch POWER OF THE JEDI General Crix Madine.
Accesory ideas: silver pointer. green Moon of Endor holo.”



What does your collection look like? #2
July 12, 2001 | 12:05 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post


This week the collection I chose to highlight is from “JD Marlow”. He sends me images of his quite impressive collection. You’re a collecting fiend, JD! Everyone, enjoy the images! Don’t forget, once a week I’ll be highlighting a collection, so mail the images to me. Just remember, keep them at a minimum, about 80k or less each. Thanks!



Second Chance At $20 12″ Dewback — Maybe
July 12, 2001 | 8:52 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Rebelscum and Collect Star Wars are reporting that SOME TRU stores are matching the price of $20.00 on the 12″ Dewback and Sandtrooper. They also point out that some other TRU stores have refused to match the price. Those stores who have been willing to match the price have required a printout of the page from showing the price on the 12″ Dewback and Sandtrooper. So don’t count on your local store agreeing to sell dewies for $20, but if you need a Dewie it might be worth asking.



12″ Dewback: Discounted And Gone!
July 12, 2001 | 5:47 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Amazon/Toys “R” Us offered the 12″ Dewback/Sandtrooper set on its online site for a paltry $20, shipping included, yesterday. Sadly, this sold out before the news got posted. While it isn’t likely that it will show up in Amazon‘s discount section again soon, they do have some other nifty cheap items from a sub-$10 shipped Naboo Fighter to a Beast Machines Supreme Cheetor for only $10.

Keep checking your local Toys “R” Us stores for discounts on the Dewback– it could happen at any time!



Cheaper POTJ In Canada
July 12, 2001 | 5:42 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Chris writes in with this…

“I found the Sandtrooper wave (Sandtrooper, Qui-Gon in Jedi Training Gear and
Obi-wan in Cold Weather Gear) at my local Walmart in Bathurst, New
Brunswick, about two weeks ago. In fact, there are still some there right now! They’re just $8.79; paying $11.99 at Toys ‘R Us is a real rip-off.”

There ya go. Make capitalism work for you and check all your local stores!



Episode I DVD Commercial Online
July 11, 2001 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The has posted a copy of the Episode I DVD Commericial on their site. It is a rather large file, but if you have a fast connection, or have the time it is definitely worth the download. Click here to go there and download a copy.



Vintage prices are dropping!
July 11, 2001 | 1:51 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Man, I can’t believe it. I was over looking around on e-Bay, and I just can’t believe how much prices are dropping over the past couple years. I saw loose EV-9D9’s going for $30-$40, Loose Amanaman’s for around $50, and Lando General loose/complete going for a record $10.50!!! Amazingly, a few years ago before the reissue, the A-Wing (the actual ship now, NOT the pilot), loose and complete would fetch $400-$600. Now, it’s lucky to bring $100. My whole point to this article? If you are interested in vintage and have holes that need filling in your collection, check over on e-Bay. You may be pleasantly surprised!



12″ Luke Dagobah & Yoda Information
July 11, 2001 | 1:17 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

One of my reliable sources is telling me that this awesome piece, the 12″ Luke Dagobah with Yoda in the backpack, will be a Walmart exclusive and retail for $28.96. We probably won’t see this thing until Christmas 2001, or perhaps early 2002, however.



New POTJ Hits Canada
July 11, 2001 | 6:30 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Reader Mark L. chimes in with the following news…

“I found three of the new POTJ in my local Toys “R” Us in Belleville Ontario Canada. I found Sandtrooper (Grey shoulderboard), Obi Wan Kenobi in snow gear, Qui Jon Jinn in Jedi Armour. They were $11.99 CDN each.”

Thanks, Mark!



eBay: Anakin Statue
July 11, 2001 | 4:28 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Fans of large collectibles might be interested in checking out Auction #1445449441 for a life-size Anakin statue, the same type that was on display at JC Penny. We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.



Q&A Update
July 11, 2001 | 4:26 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A column, tackles the tough questions– like “Will Hasbro ever do anything with the Jedi Points?” and info of where to send your Interactive Yoda for repairs. What more could you ask for? Quite a bit, but for free With Every Question For Justice isn’t that bad.



Star Wars: The 1985 Line
July 11, 2001 | 4:23 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Frequently alluded to but rarely seen, the unreleased Star Wars for 1985 have been unearthed by The Star Wars Collectors Archive via a rare binder of sketches and photos. Fans of big toys would be worth checking out the feature, entitled Star Wars Is Forever as it includes a gigantic (and mind-bogglingly cool) Imperial Outpost playset along with several vehicles that were never released.



Plano Convention This Weekend (July 14-15) 
July 10, 2001 | 10:09 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Science Fact meets Science Fiction at the…

Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
July 14-15 Plano Center: Plano, Tx
2000 E Spring Creek Parkway

Over 200 tables of old and new collectibles, movies, toys, comics, cards and

Star Wars highlights include:
Kenny Baker – R2-D2

For details check out:



Star Wars Galaxies Site Opens
July 10, 2001 | 1:51 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

The new site, has finally opened giving you the best in all information pertinent to the Star Wars universe as a whole! I’ve been looking around this site, and it is AWESOME! It’s been in the works for a long time, but it was most definitely worth the wait. Stop over and check it out!



New Image Shots!!!
July 10, 2001 | 11:07 AM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Here are some great images of stuff for auction.

BOBA FETT Palm Talker
R2D2 Palm Talker



Sabe, Ketwol, Bespin Guard and Duro!
July 10, 2001 | 11:00 AM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Entertainment Earth is now filling backorders for Star Wars Power of the Jedi Wave 12 4-Pack (Item# 84455GG, $39.99) This set includes 1x Sabe – Queen’s Decoy, 1x Ketwol, 1x Bespin Guard – Cloud City Security, 1x Ellorrs Madak – Duro – Fan’s Choice Figure #1.



FFURG Site Redesign
July 10, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

FFURG (Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide)has a brand-new
design and layout for the site, the Custom Recipes section has an all-new look, and now comes complete with a ratings guide!

It’s still a little “under construction,” you should still stop by and check it out!



Episode One DVD: Cut Scenes
July 10, 2001 | 8:38 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

In case you have yet to hear about them, TheForce.Net has posted the titles of the seven deleted scenes that will appear on the DVD this Fall.

Of note to the toy fans of the world is “The Air Taxi Sequence.” According to Toy Junkie Lore, Hasbro had an Air Taxi toy in development and it was axed when they found out the scene was cut. Interesting, no? (Or “Interesting? No.” Choose one.)



Store Reports Contest IV
July 9, 2001 | 11:46 PM EST | Brandon | Talk About This Post

WOW! It’s the only word I can really say right at this moment! I can’t believe how successfull you guys are really making these contests! Our past contest was bigger then ever! You guys are really outdoing yourselves and I am finding myself with less and less free time lol! Anyways our contest is sponsored once again by the very nice and friendly! This time we are going to give away once again prizes to two winners! One lucky Store Reporter will win a POTJ Biker Scout & POTJ Han Solo Bespin, while another will win a POTJ Battle Droid W/ Boomer Damage & POTJ Darth Maul Sith Apprentice W/ Armor! Talk about amazing huh! Once again Kebco is really outdoing themselves! So please, as a favor to and myself, please visit! They have been so friendly and generous to us so we all need to make sure to thank them by supporting them! Every purchase you make helps keep our contests going on strong, free, and better each time! If we can get some great sales I can only promise you some way cool prizes in the future! So visit their site they have 300th Fetts still in stock for only $10.49 and some really cool POTJ Figs for as low as $2.99! They also have pre-orders available now for the upcoming Fall POTJ Figures and Deluxe Figures as well (Note: Please make sure to tell them sent ya!)! The Contest will begin starting with entries recieved as of Saturday, July 7th and end with the last qualified entries being recieved on Saturday, July 21st! Any person who submits a store report is automatically entered to win one of the cool sets! So get those Store Reports sent in today and May The Force Be With You!

P.S. Please make sure when sending in entries that you try to send them in the standard format:
City, State
What You Found
Where Found
Submitted By First Name then Last Name initial (or nickname)
Thanks! This just helps me to post the reports faster and ensures entries are legitimate.



KB Sale Update
July 9, 2001 | 10:48 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader John wrote in with this update on the KB buy one get one sale:

I just wanted to let people know some details about
the KB Toys BOGO sale. As far as I can tell, they ARE
honoring it on all items (including the POTJ figures).
In fact, the sign just says “Buy one, get one free,
All Star Wars Merchandise”. However, one little tricky
part is if you buy more than 2 items at a time they
are not going But One Get One tit for tat. In other
words, if you get two items that are $4.99 and two
that are $7.99, it would seem that they would do the
sale on the same items. But they will charge you for
both $7.99 items and you will get the $4.99 ones free.
Maybe this is perfectly logical to everyone else, I
guess I was just expecting them to go item-for-item.
Just thought I’d let everyone know. Thanks!



B-Wing Sighting
July 9, 2001 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Don wrote in to say that he found 4 B-wings at his local Target in Cerritos, California. The price was $39.99.



Robert Martin in ToyFare
July 9, 2001 | 8:50 PM EST | Tim | Talk About This Post

I am very pleased that our own Robert Martin has had his custom LEGO work published in the September issue of “ToyFare” magazine – in an article entitled “Appetite for Construction” Robert builds several sets that “ToyFare” believes should be made – The Matrix, GI Joe and Superheroes, Star Trek, Anime and even some Star Wars sets they should consider! (Note to the writer of the article, Tom Root – where did you come up with that *original* header for the Star Wars feature, Tom?) To see scans from the article, as well as more of Robert’s Star Wars work exclusively at FBTB, click here



12″ Max Rebo Sets Confirmed
July 9, 2001 | 8:38 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Eureka! is reporting that they had a conversation with Hasbro Direct today, and lo and behold… the 12″ Max Rebo Band sets are in development! They are reporting that these will hit Wal-mart in 2002 sometime, (being an exclusive to that store), and will consist of Max Rebo/Keyboard, (that’s one “pair”), and the other one probablybeing Sy Snootles/Joh Yowza. To read the entire article and some other tidbits about the “Dagobah” X-Wing with Yoda and the “12” Tusken Raider/Bantha 2-pack”, click on over to I think these band pairs are going to be on every 12″ collectors’ list. I know they’re on mine!



TRU Sale Clarification – Yak Reader Feedback
July 9, 2001 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

A number of Yak Readers have written in to clarify what IS and what IS NOT included in the TRU 25% off clearance sale. They key is looking at the price itself, since some items which are “clearance” may not have a “red” tag.

A TRU Employee writes:

The TRU 25% off clearance merchandise is on all merchandise that is on clearance. Basically the easy way to tell if it’s on clearance is if the price ends in a 97, 98, or 90. All clearance merchandise will only end in those three numbers. Also, some stuff might have a big red sticker with a UPC on it, which is called a director markdown…that merchandise is on sale, too. Today, we noticed that some merchandise has not been put in the computer as clearance(very few items are like this…mostly stuff like clearance Playstation 2 games) so it won’t give the 25% off. This is supposed to be corrected soon, but in the meantime if an item ends in 97, 98, or 90 and you don’t get 25% off tell them and they should price guarantee it down to that value.

patisyck writes: The discount is taken off at the register. So scanning an item on a price checker will not tell you anything, except to show you if it is a clearance item or not. $1.97 figures will be $1.50 after discount.

PETENLIZ9 writes in to point out that at TRU a price which ends in “9” as in 2.99 is not a clearance price.



Q&A: Get Your Justice
July 9, 2001 | 3:57 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, the Yak Q&A Page, has been updated yet again with answers to questions like “What’s the name of the other alien made with Ketwol’s mask?” Curious? Then click here.



Kay-Bee Closeouts Redux
July 9, 2001 | 3:01 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

In a bit of a surprise, brick and mortar Kay-Bee stores are starting to received overstock from the KBKids website at greatly reduced prices. These items have the Kay-Bee price tag with the logo in green and the store I visited (Arizona Mills) had signs up touting the discounts.

Items included in the sale were a Lite Brite kit ($2), the CommTech reader ($3), Battle Bags ($1), and the Lego Naboo Swamp ($5). If you haven’t been at your Kay-Bees lately, it might be time for a quick poke around.



TRU Clearance Sale Clarification
July 8, 2001 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Several Yak Readers have written in with questions regarding what is supposed to be on sale at TRU. It is our understanding that the TRU clearance sale involves 25% off of “red tagged” merchandise only. This means that any items which are on the sale will have a red price tag. The sale DOES NOT include “current” items like POTJ figures, the 12″ Sith Lords set, and the 12″ Sandtrooper and Dewback (which in most cases will have a regular orange price tag at TRU).

If anyone has anymore information, please send it in.



TRU to get Star Wars Fan Club overstock exclusive figures
July 8, 2001 | 1:16 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yes, it’s true, or should I say TRU. “NovaHolly” writes us here at Yak to inform us that Toys R’ Us will be receiving the fan club exclusive figures that were overproduced, and putting them out for sale. The price will run about $3.00 per figure, and will include Pote Snitkin, Hoth Princess Leia, AT-AT Driver, Wuher, & the Death Star Droid. SKN numbers are being reported as 368787, 368771, 368728, 368744, and 368767. Not sure which would be which figure, but it appears that these are supposed to ship in solid cases like Wuher did earlier. If anybody sees these, let us know.
Exclusives. What’s next at retail that was originally exclusive, the Bespin Gantry Playset? Exclusives are coming down to one thing. It’s not where you buy it, but how soon you can get it and through who.



What does your collection look like?
July 8, 2001 | 2:28 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


This past week I, (John), was on vacation, so my wife and I went to Maryland to stay with my virtual brother and his wife. He and I had met several years ago through a page I previously created and ran, The Star Wars Collector Circle, and have been the greatest of friends ever since. While there we raided collectible shops of all kinds, every retail outlet between lower PA and mid-state MD, and had a regular great time. Then, before we left, I took some Polaroids of his collection. That got me to thinking…

Everybody loves to drool over someone elses collection, seeing what they have, and wanting what they see. And others are proud to show off their collections for all to gander at. Unique displays to give others ideas on how to display their collection… basically it’s fun for everyone. So, every week or so, if our loyal readers would like to send me relatively small, (nothing over 80k per picture please!!!), images of their collection, I’ll post it here on Yak for the world to see! This week I will highlight these images I took of Jim B.’s collection. Nice setup, huh?

Send your images to me for the next weeks highlight by clicking here. Click on the above pics to see larger scans. If you’d like to talk to him about his collection, click here to e-mail Jim B. Enjoy!



New Topps Star Wars Cards Get Bold New Look!
July 8, 2001 | 1:59 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Topps has this up at their site. Sounds like a winner to me, and a nice looking new design to boot!

“Star Wars Evolution is an all-new, all-foil 90-card set featuring the most important characters from the Original Trilogy and The Phantom Menace.
This exciting series sports a totally fresh, new look… different from any other Star Wars cards Topps has ever published. The double-image designs, enhanced by silver foil stock, are bold and cutting-edge cool.
There’s yet another reason why Star Wars Evolution is a breakthrough card set: for the first time ever, cards featuring authentic autographs of Star Wars actors will be randomly inserted into packs. At the rate of one autograph card per display box, Star Wars aficionados will have the chance to get genuine signatures of some of their favorite performers.”

Click here to read the whole article and see some more of these buggers. Thanks to “Chuck” for the heads-up.



LEGO Mindstorms Kits closing out! 
July 8, 2001 | 1:39 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I’ve been having reports from around the country that the LEGO Mindstorms Darkside Developer Kit are on clearance atBest Buy for a mere fraction of the original price, now going for $49.50, and at Target, who now has it on clearance for $69.90. Thanks to “Ray”, and the others who gave us the tip on this! adds diorama section
July 8, 2001 | 1:25 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Darth Sinister writes me today to inform me that has just added a new diorama section to their page! Here’s what he has to say;

“Sandtrooper Brian is our new diorama guy. Brian does some incredible work and you can check out his very own section in the Sith Channel at Sandtroopers, Channel #2. His first piece is up and it is the Mos Eisley Cantina. The amount of detail in this dio is downright amazing. This has to be seen to be believed so stop by and check it out. Here is just one of the many pics that you can view of the wretched hive of scum and villainy, the Mos Eisley Cantina. Stop by Sith Channel 2 and check it out!”

Thanks D.S. Everyone make sure to take a trip over to see the good stuff! And while you’re at it, check out our own Diorama page here at Yak if you already haven’t. Bill, our own in-house “dioramist” (is that truly a word?) is one of the best out there!



Lucas sues costume maker
July 8, 2001 | 1:16 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

That’s correct. It seems that Ol’ Georgie is trying to make an example out of this person to try to stop further copywright infringments. A certain Mr. Fallano was in fact making and selling prop replicas through his dealership against Lucas’ wishes, and did not stop when asked so to do. The result in laymens terms? He’s being sued for a lot of cash. I’m not taking sides here, so I leave you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions and opinions.

The reason I’m reporting this is because today I got a letter from Jango Fett, who is rallying to get Lucas to drop this “harsh” lawsuit that will undoubtedly ruin this mans life. On one hand, the guy did wrong by making money on someone else’s intellectual property after Lucas’ warnings. On the other hand, Lucas is one of the top 100 richest men in the world, and a multi-million dollar suit is really uncalled for. I’m just giving you the facts, and both sides here.

If you are in support of this guy being let off the hook, go to The Rally Page and sign the petition in support of Mr. Fallano.



Deluxe Droid Mystery Solved!
July 8, 2001 | 1:02 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


With the onset of the new Deluxe Figure photos appearing, the question of “Who or what is the droid included with Darth Maul?”. Well, Yak reader “JediJef” writes in with the answer;

“The strange looking Droid that comes with the Deluxe Shirtless Darth Maul is featured in the 1st issue of the “Darth Maul” Comic Book published by Dark Horse Comics. It is shown in the comic book as being Darth Maul’s final trial before the Emperor takes him as his apprentice. Darth Maul destroys it as well as three other Droids. He destroys the Droid in the comic book with one blow from his lightsaber.
Darth Maul is in fact shirtless while fighting these four Droid’s in the the begining of the four part comic book. So, this Deluxe Figure is based off of this comic book!”

Thanks “JediJef”! That solves that. Now, what is it’s name?



Deluxe Figure Photos… FINALLY!
July 7, 2001 | 8:16 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Pete over at the Private Universe has just posted the first photos seen anywhere of three of the four deluxe figures. It shows Amanaman with Salacious Crumb (and yes, Amanaman appears to come with the skeleton!!), Shirtless Darth Maul which comes with a strange looking droid of some type, and bacta tank Luke, which comes with a bacta tank, hoses, and a control panel.

Click here to see them.



TRU Sales Start This Weekend
July 7, 2001 | 1:29 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The latest round of TRU clearance sales starts this weekend. This is yet another chance to fill some holes in your collection or get some custom and diorama fodder.



A Luke X-Wing error already?
July 6, 2001 | 11:54 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


“PackoM” from Spain writes me with this news;

“I don’t know if somebody has seen it, but I have found the first error in the next X-Wing Luke. As you can see in the Hasbro photo, the Rebel Alliance insignia is yellow but the actual color of it on Luke’s helmet is red.”

Considering that these are finished prototypes, it wouldn’t surprise me that these make it to retail with this small error. If it does, chalk it up for one more quality-control detail shortcoming from the big “H”.



Ultarama Invades England and the Continent
July 6, 2001 | 11:29 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Ultarama Arrives In The UK And EU; Now Available At!

EDISON, NJ–July 6, 2001—The power of displaying your collection with an Ultarama is now possible in the UK and EU! Ultarama is proud to announce that it has formed an alliance with The Paugus Toy Company to make the Ultarama available to all collectors throughout the UK and EU. Paugus, one of the EU’s largest Hasbro distributors, has the Ultarama in stock for immediate delivery. Just go to or call them at 44 19 0289 5214!

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.

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



Star Wars Insider #55 On Its’ Way
July 6, 2001 | 11:16 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Shipping on July 20th to members of the Star Wars fan club is the Insider #55, and it looks like another good one! This issue boasts an interview with Samuel L. Jackson, A.K.A. Mace Windu. Also in this ish is an interview with Silas Carson who we all know played numerous parts in Episode I such as Ki-Adi Mundi and baddie Nute Gunray. A DVD update is promised, an article on Frank Oz and the Muppets, and all the regular columns we love to read! Also, to top it all off, this issue will also come complete with a Topps exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi Evolution card! Sounds like a winner. It is slated to hit newsstands on August 7th. Click the above pic to see the full-size image.



Q&A Friday
July 6, 2001 | 7:50 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

After a brief break for the 4th, With Every Question For Justice is back on track with its Friday update. Check it out, and be sure to send in your questions for next week!



“Not so many promotions for Episode II” says Lucasfilm
July 6, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post is reporting that Lucasfilm has stated that there won’t be as many promotions and less licensees for the Episode II craze. This may mean less garbage, (I.E. Anakin in his Podracer on plastic cups ala K-Mart, or Jar Jar jigsaw puzzles), and more focus on Hasbro’s line of toys. It also states that there will be no soft-drink tie-ins this time around. I think licensees and retailers are still getting over the Episode I merchandise flop of certain brands. It goes to show you, just because it says “Star Wars” doesn’t mean it’ll sell. Jar Jar Koosh, anyone? 8^)



Star Wars Custom Page At Verdict
July 5, 2001 | 10:16 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Well, it seems that a LOAD of people are interested in seeing a custom page here at Yak, so I’m on it. While our dear leader Adam P. is busily cracking away at reformating the site, I’ll be typing away at a custom gallery. Maybe we’ll run some contests and the sort. I have to sort all of this out yet, and have a conference with the other Yak-staff members. Keep watching!



More Customs Coming Up!
July 5, 2001 | 10:13 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“JP4494” informs me that he is now in the process of listing some of his custom work on e-Bay! Amongst them will be a Spirit of Ben carded on a POTF blue/purple card. (Sounds neat!) Along with all this, he informs me that a lot of his collection is going up, including a huge lot of vintage figures and a huge lot of ships and parts, so go check ’em out. I don’t make it a habit to list auctions, but ol’ “JP4494” informs me that he’s got a little “Jedi” on the way and hates to part with some of these items, but wants to see them go to a good Star Wars collecting home, so it’s a good cause. See what he’s got, and check the customs out while you’re there too! To see these items, click here.



12″ Dagobah Luke and Yoda Appearing In Wal-Mart Computers
July 5, 2001 | 7:04 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Rebelscum is reporting that the Wal-mart exclusive 12″ Dagobah Luke with Yoda is appearing in Wal-mart’s computer system. The UPC code is 76930-32486. The best news is this looks to be an exclusive 12″ figure with a reasonable price point– $28.93. If Wal-mart sticks to that price point, it would actually be in line with, or below the cost of most Star Wars 12″ figures considering that this includes one 12″ figure, AND Yoda (remember the last 12″ scale Yoda was over $10 by himself.



Let The Latest Round Of TRU Sales Begin
July 4, 2001 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Marc from El Paso, Texas wrote in to say that TRU’s clearance sales are in full swing. He found and electronic Yoda for $9.73 and a Naboo Royal Starship (originally $100.00) for $37.43.

Let us know what deals you find in your area.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Jozabad wrote in to point out that TRU frequently picks a handfull of stores to start sales one week early to find any problems with promotions. The sale will not start in all stores for a few more days. Birthday Bash Give-Away!
July 4, 2001 | 1:27 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Happy Birthday goes to for congratulations on reaching their one-year mark! Usually you receivepresents on your birthday, right? Well, they’re giving stuff away, and good stuff at that! Here is a list of what is to be given away this month;
1 POTJ B-Wing Fighter
1 Sith Apprentice Darth Maul
1 Cold Weather Gear Obi-Wan
1 Jedi Armor Qui-Gon
1 Sandtrooper
1 Dirty Scout Trooper
All figures are MOMC in Hard shell Star Cases.
Weekly Giveaway: 12″ Wedge and Biggs 2-Pack. Ends 7/7
Ultarama Giveaway: Ends 7/15

So, get over there and register!



Happy Fourth of July
July 4, 2001 | 12:44 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

All of us at Yakface wish each of our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July and for some of you long Fourth of July weekend.



Vintage Figure Blueprints
July 4, 2001 | 12:31 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Adam at has just posted some scans of Vintage Star Wars figure blueprints that were found in an old magazine in a charity shop in the UK.

Click here to check them out.



Tarpals Clearance Continues
July 4, 2001 | 12:28 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Thanks to ORBLES3 from Spokane, SoCal Humanoid and everyone else who wrote in. It appears that the reduction to 24.90 is nationwide. So if you still need the 12″ Gungan and his trusty Kaadu, check your local Target.



New Episode II Fan-Made Trailer
July 4, 2001 | 12:12 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Over at they have posted a new fan-made Episode II teaser trailer. Now, guys and gals, this means it’s not official, it is homemade, (the reason I mention this so bluntly is because you would not believe the amount of mail I received on the first fan-made trailer being claimed that someone “discovered” the official trailer, and actually sent me 18 meg files through e-mail I had to drag in with my dumpy 56k). With that out of the way, here is a direct link to the trailer download page. It was created by “Maul316” using the bluescreen footage from, and I must say it’s a nice vision rendering of what probably will be. Spoiler sensative need not download for obvious reasons.



Kir Kanos “Crimson Empire” Custom!
July 4, 2001 | 4:06 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Well, that crazy customizer Spanky has done it again! He writes again tonight to tell me he has another custom figure on e-Bay. This guy, in my opinion, does great work. I wish I was as good, but I still love looking at them! I’m not telling you to go and bid on his stuff if you don’t want to, but just go take a gander at his work.

This particular figure is the famed “Kir Kanos” from the Crimson Empire series of comics by Dark Horse, and it’s dead-on. He even has the little blade-staff included in the package. Nice! Click here to see Kir Kanos. Also, if you missed it, the Episode II “Count Dooku” is also still up for anyone who wants to see it. Click here to see that one, but a remember for the spoiler-sensative to stay away from the pic!



Upcoming Toys R Us Clearance Sale
July 3, 2001 | 10:01 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader and Toys R Us employee Jozabad wrote in to let us know that next week (July 8-14) TRU will have a clearance sale on their clearance items. According to him all all red-tagged clearance items an additional 25% off of the lowest marked price. Commtech and POTF2 figures will only be $1.48! Looks like a great chance to fill some holes in your collection or pick up some diorama builders and custom fodder. It appears that this sale is supposed to be nationwide.



12″ Tarpals and Kaadu Price Drops Again!!
July 3, 2001 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Dexter from San Diego wrote in to let us know that the Target exclusive 12″ Captain Tarpals and Kaadu price is falling again. Two different Targets in San Diego have reduced the price to $24.90— about half of the original retail. If you find any other price reductions on Tarpals, let us know.



Philly’s Star Wars Collector Club doing great!
July 3, 2001 | 12:25 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Chuck writes me to let me know that just after 1 month that the Philadelphia, PA Star Wars Collector Club is doing superb! They have 25 members, and would like me to extend a welcome to anyone in the surrounding areas that would like to join. Click here for their webpage, or e-mail Chuck here. Great work, fellas!



Nintendo’s “Rogue Squadron II” Preview!
July 3, 2001 | 12:06 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post has an EXCELLENT new preview of Rogue Leader; Rogue Squadron II up on their page. If you ever wondered what it was like to take a joy-flight over Bespin, hop over and check it out! This game, for those who don’t know, is in the up-and-coming for the Nintendo Game Cube which is due for release this fall. Looks pretty snazzy!



A.I. slides past Phantom Menace
July 3, 2001 | 11:57 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Steven Speilberg’s A.I. took a record in Japan last weekend for ticket sales, beating out the previous record-holder, The Phantom Menace. Yahoo News has the entire article up, but you can read an partial excerpt here;

Score A1 for “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” which smashed various box office records in Japan last weekend. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy amassed $11.6 million on 524 screens, including previews – the widest release ever in the territory.
The Haley Joel Osment-Jude Law starrer sold 1,037,879 tickets – an all-time record, beating the 916,540 ducats clocked by “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in 1999. It fell just 7% short of the ultimate prize – the biggest debut ever, including sneaks – held by “”Phantom Menace.”



Star Wars Official Site Coverage of Shereveport Convention
July 3, 2001 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Official Star Wars site has posted an article covering the Shereveport convention, including some very nice close-up photos of the new figures and vehicles.

Click here to read it.



DVD Price Search
July 3, 2001 | 3:56 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

While not entirely Star Wars, DVD Price Search is a page that allows users to search several stores for the lowest priced DVDs. With Star Wars Episode One coming out, it’ll be worth watching to find the lowest prices leading up to the set’s release this Fall. Right now, the lowest listed price is roughly $19.



WOW! More on 12″ Maul & Speeder
July 3, 2001 | 12:53 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

It’s not so much the price of the Maul/Speeder 12″, but the latter. I almost fell over when I read this. “Duke”, to whom I thank for this informative e-mail, writes;

“This is probably just a fluke but regarding your price drop on the 12″ Darth Maul & Speeder. My friend and I were at a Wal-Mart in Anaheim, California about two weeks ago and got the 12″ Darth Maul for $10 as well as the 300th Boba Fett for $1.50. We were pretty jacked and it didn’t actually cross my mind until seeing your post here. I have a receipt I can get scanned for you if you want proof.”

Wow is all I can say. I wish THAT were a trend, but it was more than likely a major screw-up on that Wal-Mart’s part. Geesh!



Star Wars Celebration II Announced
July 3, 2001 | 12:46 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Over the weekend at the Shreveport convention, it was announced that there will be a second Star Wars Celebration coming! A flyer that was handed out at the convention, and it reads the following;

“Starwars Celebration II, the biggest SW fan event ever.
Join us in Indianapolis to celebrate 25 years of the Force and the highly anticipated Episode II. Star Wars fans from around the world will converge on the Indianapolis convention center, May 3rd through 5th, 2002, and meet SW Celebrities, view never before seen footage, purchase rare collectibles, exclusive Celebration II merchandise, play games, share memories, attend special presentations and so much more. Everyone present will be part of the ultimate SW fan experience.
SW Fan club members will enjoy special benefits. To become a member register at”

So if you want to go, it may be a good idea to start planning now! It sounds a far way off, but these dates seem to sneak up on you, (I should know…). It sounds like it’s gonna be a biggee, without the mistakes made the last time, (save the rain, THAT couldn’t have been helped). So get over there and register!



WotC holds auctions through e-Bay
July 2, 2001 | 10:16 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Wizards of the Coast will be holding the first ever Star Wars online auction sponsored by the official Star Wars Fan Club. The auction will begin on July 2 and run for four weeks. New auctions will appear July 12th and again July 22nd ending finally on July 31st, making 900 auctions in all. I’ve checked this out, and they are up, all of them starting at a measily $1.00. Click here to check them out on e-Bay.



Autographed Collectible Giveaway
July 2, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yak Reader Nathan gave us a heads-up on a Star Wars giveaway from Bella Online. The prizes include: a Star Wars mini promo poster autographed by Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Kenny Baker, and Mr. Fett himself Jeremy Bulloch; a Boba Fett trading card signed by Jeremy Bulloch;and a Darth Vader trading card signed by Dave Prowse.

Click here for more info.



Hasbro Star Wars Site Updated with Shreveport Coverage
July 2, 2001 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Hasbro has updated their official Star Wars site with more photos of the new members of the Power of the Jedi line which were unveiled at the Shereveport Con. Among the photos are some pictures we haven’t seen before of the tie bomber showing the cockpit hatch. Click here to check them out then go to the Republic News section.

UPDATE: Rebelscumis pointing out Republic News section is also announcing that a third fan’s choice poll will start later this month!!!!



Phanton Menace DVD Price Wars Continue
July 2, 2001 | 8:44 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

QPROD writes in that Best Buy has entered the Phanton Meanace presell price wars. Best Buy is taking preorders for $22.99 at Best



Awesome Episode II Carded Figure!
July 2, 2001 | 7:46 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Well, we knew it’d start eventually, but I really don’t mind! I was browsing ol’ e-Bay today, and found a custom Count Dooku figure, (the charachter played by Christopher Lee; and no, I don’t consider this a spoiler considering lists his name openly, as does the official site If you’re spoiler sensitive, I’d stay away from the actual pic, but those who have been following the whole Episode II thing, you HAVE to see this thing. It’s on a vintage style card, excellent artwork, and the figure looks great! Man, I just hope Hasbro does as well when the toys are released! To take a look at this figure, click here! If this link doesn’t work with your browser, the auction number is “1613391115”. I’m really getting excited for next May!



B-Wing Give Away
July 2, 2001 | 8:47 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Jawa has yet another contest going — this time giving away a POTJ B-wing. Those little scavangers already have it in hand and ready to ship



Additional Shreveport Coverage at CollectStarWars, Rebelscum
July 2, 2001 | 6:56 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

If you haven’t yet, visit Rebelscum and for shots of the new Snowspeeder and more images than you could possibly want to go through– TIE Bomber box from all angles, prototypes, the works. also posted the Hasbro Q&A session, cryptic and in some cases a little unusual…



Q&A Monday
July 2, 2001 | 6:53 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, the bad Q&A column with a far worse name, has been updated again to start of a week’s worth of wonderful whimsy. Or 10 more questions with 10 more answers. Take a look, send in your questions, and have a nice day.



12″ Maul & Sith Speeder price drop?
July 2, 2001 | 3:07 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

A few people have written myself and our news e-mail to inform us that, at some Walmart’s, the 12″ Darth Maul with the Sith Speeder has dropped to a closeout price. Some are reporting $20, some are saying $15. Is this happening anywhere else? E-mail me to let me know!



Shreveport Coverage!
July 1, 2001 | 9:56 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Yes, folks! Due to the fact that “RM Rodrigue” was gracious enough to take some pics for us, we have some images for your Star Wars Viewing pleasure directly from the Shreveport, LA Convention Hasbro Star Wars booth this past weekend. They are as follows;

Carded 2001 figures
More Carded 2001 figures/Palm Talkers
More 2001 Loose figures/More Palm Talkers
Amanaman Prototype/2001 12″ Figures
TIE Bomber Boxed
TIE Interceptor Boxed and Loose!
B-Wing Boxed
12″ Luke with Speederbike – Target Exclusive

A big “May The Force Be With You!!!!!” goes to RM again for capturing these awesome photo’s for all of our loyal Yakkers. Thanks again, and enjoy!



Jawa Mystery Giveaway
July 1, 2001 | 6:10 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Jawa has a mystery prize giveaway. For more information click here.



Store Reports Contest III Winner
July 1, 2001 | 2:03 PM EST | Brandon | Talk About This Post

Well unfortunetly our third Store Reports Contest as came to an end! This time around entries were even stronger! You guys are just amazing! You must really want to keep me busy! LOL! Anyways it’s time to announce our two winners! The winner of the POTJ Bespin Leia & POTJ Chewie Mechanic is JediBeagle of Gainesville, FL! The winner of the POTJ Aurra Sing & POTJ Darth Maul Sith Apprentice W/ Armor is Sithlord Kerns of Parma/Brooklyn, OH! Congrats you two! If you guys could e-mail me asap KebCoToys will make sure to get those out to you asap! Have a great week Yak-ers and I’ll see ya again next Saturday for the start of our forth Store Reports Contest! This one will hopefully be BIG!
P.S. Don’t forget to visit our sponsor, for some great deals going on right now. They are already taking pre-orders for the upcoming figs and they have tons of 300th Boba Fetts in stock for just $9.99! So head over now and tell them sent ya!



Shreveport Expo — Vader, X-wing Luke, Death Star Han, Shimi, Snowspeeder, B-wing, Tie Interceptor, and Tie Bomber Shown. Only Few Development Photos Of Deluxe figures
July 1, 2001 | 1:28 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Collect Star Wars has posted their coverage of the Shereveport Expo this morning. They have more photos of the standard figures, including some nice close ups of each figure’s head and face. Also included are photos of the exlcusive vehicles for this year, including the Target exclusive 12″ Luke on Speeder Bike, Toys R Us Exclusive Tie Interceptor, and Walmart Exclusive Tie Bomber and “crashed” Snowspeeder.

There were no figures from the deluxe line shown. The only information about the deluxe line were a small group of photos showing the development of the Amanman deluxe figure. Also Deluxe figures are now supposed to be packaged on an 8 inch card instead of the previously reported window box.

June 2001 Archive

General Madine Petition Going Strong
June 30, 2001 | 12:14 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The petition to get Crix Madine into POTJ plastic has almost doubled — it’s up to 160 names and growing. If you want to see one of the Rebel’s imperial defectors made into a figure, go to General Crix Madine Petition go to JediSiths and sign in their guestbook. They are periodically archiving the names in their guestbook, so remember there a lot more people on the petition than you will see in the guestbook



B-Wings Invade London!
June 29, 2001 | 10:56 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

B-Wings are available NOW in a shop in London for £49 (That’s POUNDS”.
There are at least 50 of them available in mint condition.
The number is 020-83405566.



Need Real Stands
June 29, 2001 | 10:56 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Real Stands has extended their 25% off sale:

We’re back from vacation and the shipping department is well rested. So just for fun, we’ve decided to continue our 25% off sale for a little while longer. Act fast, supplies are limited and the sale will end soon and without notice. If you’ve already taken advantage of this great offer, thank you for your patience. Normal shipping has resumed and your order should arrive within the next 2 to 7 business days.

The REAL Action Stand ™ is a high quality clear polycarbonate display stand designed specifically for Hasbro’s (formerly Kenner) current line (Type I) and vintage (Type II) 3-3/4 inch Star Wars action figures. For more information go to

Order online right now at, or call or fax us anytime toll free at 1 -8 8 8 – 6 1 8 – R E A L (7325). Most major credit cards are accepted and International orders are welcomed.

Be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



Deluxe Figure Case Assortment Change
June 29, 2001 | 9:33 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

It appears that Hasbro has decided to make a major departure from their earlier plans for the deluxe figure assortment due late this August and September. Collect Star Wars is reporting that Hasbro has decided that the second wave with Amanaman (and Salacious Crumb) and Princess Leia and the Cannon from Jabba’s sail barge will not include any of the preivously released deluxe figures. In other words, it looks like the bacta tank Luke and Crusade Maul will ship only in the one wave and will not be included in the cases with Amanaman and Leia. Giveaway!
June 29, 2001 | 5:11 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post is giving away a Mara Jade and 300th Boba Fett, but it ends on Friday the 13th, so get over there and register! Also, while you’re there, e-mail them a “Most Wanted” list of your favorite figures you’d like to see made!



Phantom Edit Apology?
June 29, 2001 | 6:32 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Those of you following The Phantom Edit controversy might be interested in this article at which has what they claim to be an apology from the anonymous editor. While not eye-opening, it might be worth checking out.



Q&A Weekend Update
June 29, 2001 | 4:54 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice has been updated for the weekend, and this time the link works. If you missed Wednesday’s update, just click here and you’ll be all caught up. For Monday and Wednesday. You still need to go herefor today.



More New POTJ Figure Pictures
June 28, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Official site has just updated bringing us even more photos of this summer’s new Power of the Jedi Figures. This time the photos are of Obi Wan in Jedi Armor and Luke in his X-Wing pilot flightsuit. Click here to check it out.



Yak Reader Dioramas Updated
June 28, 2001 | 11:24 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post


Yak Reader Christopher Rogers sent in a number of his dioramas, we’ll be posting new ones every day or two, so keep checking back to see the latest.

Today’s diorama is a 3 3/4 scale Echo Station based with Ion Cannon, and all the extras. Click here to check out the diorama section. Christopher’s are in the Yak Reader section, then click on Christopher Rogers.



Hasbro Updates Website, New Images
June 28, 2001 | 10:04 PM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Astounding fans worldwide, Hasbro updated their official Star Wars site today, and included some news and some new information on convention appearances, as well as a shot of an exclusive pin available only at an upcoming, in-person Q&A session!

Click the image to go directly to Hasbro’s latest update!



Custom figures anyone?
June 28, 2001 | 2:15 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post


I just completed another custom carded figure, a hobby which I, (John), love. If you click on the photo above, (which I obscured because I consider it to be SPOILER MATERIAL for Episode II), you will be able to see this “bounty hunter” figure in all its’ glory. It is one of my best so far, in my humble opinion, and it’s going to the best friend another Star Wars fan could ask for who really deserves it, since he’s a big fan of this particular part of the new trilogy.

That brings me to the real reason for this post! (No, it wasn’t to just show off my work!) We have our awesome Diorama section headed by our own “Bill” here at Yak. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a custom carded figure section? E-mail me if you would like to see this section up here at Yak!



Kay-Bee bummer on sale with POTJ
June 28, 2001 | 2:02 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

This time ol’ Kay-Bee is getting smart. ALL Star Wars items will be buy-one-get-one-free once again, except for two case lot numbers, and they happen to be collection 1 & 2 of the POTJ assortment. Oh well, at least we can get a second crack at some really good deals… on what’s left.



TRU Price Increase – Part II
June 28, 2001 | 1:54 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yes, it seems that the news I posted last night was, in fact, older news. Already across the nation TRU’s are implementing the 10% price increase all around the store. I received many e-mails on this subject, from consumers all the way up to general managers, and unfortunately, it’s true. Geez, and I thought TRU was one of the biggest bulk toy buyers in America, and they need to up the price of everything? Wal-Mart, here we come…



Episode I DVD Images!
June 28, 2001 | 1:48 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Credit goes to for this one. It seems that has images from some sort of promotional commercial posted on his/her website. Check it out!



Latest 12″ News
June 28, 2001 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Collect Star Wars has just posted new photos of the new 12″ wave (Legacy II) which is due out soon. There is a major change in the Death Star Trooper. Instead of the modified pith helment which he has been wearing in previous photos (like the 3 3/4″ Death Star Trooper), the photo shows the 12″ Death Star Trooper to be wearing a cap like the vintage Imperial Commander. Click here to see the photos.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Tony wrote in to point out that some Toy Fair photos showed both the military cap and the helment. Hopefully Hasbro will include both with the final figure.

They are also reporting that the price point for the 12″ Luke on Speeder Bike at Target will be $49.99.



Hasbro Jedi Braid with Starship Available Again
June 28, 2001 | 2:33 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

D & S Sci-Fi Toy World wrote in to say that the Hasbro Australia Jedi Braid with Holographic Royal Starship set is back in stock.



Kay-Bee “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” Part II
June 28, 2001 | 1:36 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Hmmm, I was wondering when this was going to happen again! Thanks goes to Nick Z. for alerting us to the fact that on July 9th, Kay-Bee will be starting the buy-one-get-one-free sale on Star Wars merchandise again. Thing is, if you buy anything now, (I.E. POTJ figures!), and save your receipt, they will do a price adjustment when the sale starts! More deals coming! Of course most Kay-Bee’s only have pegwarmers and garbage left in the Star Wars section after the last sale, but on the off chance you find the new wave of POTJ’s…



TRU, are you insane?!?
June 28, 2001 | 1:25 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I got this black-shadow of an e-mail today from “morvos”. It’s still unconfirmed, but from what he says, if it turns out to be more than just a test, it means more out of our pockets. It reads;

“Just thought that it might be of interest to you guys that the TRU I
work at in Redwood City, California has raised the prices on almost
every item in the store 10% or more! Depending on how well this works,more and more stores could also end up raising their prices.”

I know 10% doesn’t seem too bad, but for those of us that find most of our figures at TRU, over a year’s time, it can be a costly little sum. Stay tuned for more on this.



Are You a Marmit Fan?
June 27, 2001 | 10:00 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Collect Star Wars is reporting that Marmit is in the process of developing a new Stormtrooper kit, with slightly different sculpting and painting as well as a third Sandtrooper kit, this time with a black shoulder pauldron. (Remember the second Sandtrooper kit is supposed to be released next month with the white shoulder pauldron.

It would appear that these are in addition to the Darth Vader kit which is slated for October of this year, and the Emperor’s Royal Guard and AT-AT driver which have been reported as part of Marmit’s 2002 line



Q&A Wednesday
June 27, 2001 | 6:20 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

Today’s installment of With Every Question For Justice was particularly fun to write, hopefully it’ll be as fun to read as well. Feel free to check it out and send in your questions!

Link fixed.



Awesome Diorama at NiubNiub’s
June 27, 2001 | 1:00 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Frank of writes to me tonight to let me know that he’s just finished another diorama, and I think he’s outdone himself! It’s properly entitled “Princess Leia’s Plans from the Tantive IV”, and it looks like the scene from Episode IV! Above is a taste, but check out his page to see it in a larger form and in comparison to the film. Also while you’re there, check out his other areas. It’s a great page that I, (John), utilize when doing my own dioramas for the neat download textures section he offers.



Another B-Wing Pic
June 27, 2001 | 12:16 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Kurt, also of our page, sent me this scan from one of our faithful readers. It seems it has been sold in small quantities in certain areas. Keep patience, young Jedi, they will show up… EXCEPT IN MY AREA!!!! 8^) Click here to see the B-Wing in all its’ classic-reissue glory! online survey
June 27, 2001 | 12:08 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post has just put up a survey asking about all general things on their website. I think the most disturbing question, to me, was one of the “priority” questions, where you choose 1 for lowest priority of importance to you, and 5 being the highest Well, one of those questions was “Star Wars product price comparison”. Does this mean what I think it does? Any ideas, loyal Yak readers?



More B-Wing News
June 26, 2001 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Jawa has posted more information on the B-Wings. It appears that some may have already escaped from their hangers at Target, if this exclusive follows the same pattern as previous Target exclusives. If you have any information, B-wing sightings, or insights please send it in.



B-Wing Info
June 26, 2001 | 8:33 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

DPCI# 087-06-1954
here’s the dcpi. Thanks to Julian



Meet Other Collectors And Get Their Views On The Hobby, Expanded Universe, And See Their Collections
June 26, 2001 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post has just posted their first “Featured Fan” collumn. This one showcases the winners of their Scavanger Hunt Contest and includes photos of the collectors, their collections, AND a brief question and answer with each discussing the contest, their collecting philosophy, and more. Click here to see the featured fans.



June 26, 2001 | 2:16 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

I couldn’t believe it. It is here. Target should have the new B-wing now, while they “can’t” put them out on the floor yet, they are in the store. A stock-boy looking to make some cash let me see the case of them. He wanted money for his trouble and I of course refused. But be on the lookout for these to be on the shelves very, very soon or already there as are the reports from some other areas.



Fan Club 4-Pack
June 26, 2001 | 2:50 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post


Here’s a nifty little item. Available over at, this was supposed to be an exclusive through the Star Wars Fan Club. When the buyout with WotC took place, this set kind of fell through the cracks. But now has them directly from the Fan Club, and is offering them to the general public. This set includes Break Apart Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Naboo, Anakin Mechanic, and R2 Naboo Escape, all in a nice little mailer box with “Star Wars Figure 4-Pack” stamped on the side. Not a load of hot figures, but nice for variation hunters who like something different.



NICE Cantina display!!!
June 25, 2001 | 11:18 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post


You have to see this thing to appreciate it! This gentleman who does work for a neon-sign company put together this great little display box that fits your entire Cantina pop-up display from the POTF2 collection. It’s made of high-quality plastic and lighting below utilizing a 12mm neon light. Click below for a bigger look at this excellent piece;
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If interested in one of these cool pieces, e-mail, and he’ll give you more information. These are very reasonably priced for the quality you’re getting, so check ’em out, and let him know sent you! givaway!
June 25, 2001 | 10:45 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yea, those crazy kids donning white armor over at are having another give-away, this time for a carded Return Of The Jedi-Princess Leia-Endor Poncho-C-8.5, and 2 Utarama display systems! They also have some excellent interviews on their Sith Channel under “subculture” with Make-up artist, customizer and director Tony Colucci, the other with 3D artist Jon Anderson. And while you’re there, check out their new “Make A Trooper Happy” section in the PM News section. You have to see it to understand. These guys are fabulous, so head over and check them out!



Duros wave and “army builders” hitting east coast!
June 25, 2001 | 9:19 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I’ve had a lot of e-mail in the past couple days that the new mutated “army builder” cases are hitting the east coast of the U.S.A., as well as the Duros wave. Keep your eyes towards Target for the Duros, and your local Wal-Mart for the “army builders”, as that seems to be the going trend at the moment. Good luck!



Tarpals Price Reduction Updated Yet Again
June 25, 2001 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Last week I posted the advice of my local Target Manager, that you can purchase the Tarpals and Kaadu now, and if the price drops, that they will refund the difference for 14 days. Several Yakreaders have written in to say that Target’s corporate policy does not include “clearance prices” in the 14 day price guarantee. If you are planning on trying to get the refund, check with your local Target before you purchase so you get caught by this policy.



Interesting Experiment…
June 25, 2001 | 2:21 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Well, most of the tallies are in, and I was actually going to post a few of the more interesting letters. I’ve had from the inspirational to the downright nasty, (calling us “fan-boys”…sing along, you know the words…), but I will actually list the more popular opinions below because alot of the letters of the same opinion were almost carbon copies of each other. So, on we go…
1. George will hand over the reigns for Episode 7 through 9 to Rick McCallum, but just stay on as a consultant and story “framework”, although detached from the actual production.
2. George will never do another Star Wars movie EVER.
3. It will only continue in comics, novels, and action figures.
4. Lucas will take to TV hiring on writers he sees fit to do “short story” excerpts about minor charachters during the entire 2 trilogies. (I.E. Tales of Mos Eisley, Tales from Jabba’s Palace, etc.)
I’ve had alot of people write saying “George said this, George said that…”, but that was just my point. George said “No DVD’s until after the whole 2nd trilogy is finished, and George also “said” that he’d never work on another set of Star Wars movies after 4-6. Just an experiment to be taken with a grain of salt, nothing more. But, we will actually have to wait and see until 2006 or so.



Q&A Monday
June 25, 2001 | 3:41 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A page, has been updated for Monday. See if you can discover the secret that lies within before the Wednesday update!



Jabba’s Sail Barge At the Sarlac Pit Diorama
June 24, 2001 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yes, that’s right, Jabba’s Sail Barge at the Sarlac Pit.

The Tatooine dioramas have been updated with the updated Sarlac Pit Scene including a 3 3/4″ Sail Barge.

Click here to go to the dioramas page. It is in Bill Cox’ collection.



Excerpt from Rebirth, The Next Novel In The New Jedi Order
June 24, 2001 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The has found an excerpt from Rebirth, the next novel in the New Jedi Order series at the Random House website. This is the second and final novel in the Edge of Victory Duology.

Click here to read the excerpt.



Something wicked this way comes…
June 24, 2001 | 6:57 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

Several sources have indicated that LARGE shipments will be sent out from Hasbro within the next few weeks. This was backed up by several stores (Target, K-Mart) making room and putting up pegs for many many rows of SW figs. If any one has any information as to what in fact is going on, please send it our way.



Episode 7,8, and 9 or other options?
June 24, 2001 | 1:41 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

With the onset of the forthcoming Phantom Menace DVD, it gives me pause for thought on how close can we hold the “Flanneled-One” to his word. After my previous post this morning, I got to thinking about what Lucas has told us as not to get our, (the fans), hopes too high. He said there would be no DVD’s until after all 6 movies were released in theaters, and now we have a DVD on the way?!?
Now, before I continue, I do not have any insider knowlege, this is just an editorial type general question. What do you, our beloved faithful Yak-readers think? E-mail me, John, and let me know your thoughts. A few of the best considered options I’ll post on the page at a later date. Do you think he’s giving us a line, and is considering Episode’s 7-9, or will provide an outline and pass it over to Rick? Do you think there’ll be TV support after Episode III, not unlike Star Trek that actually started on TV? Do you think Star Wars will drop into obscurity forever as a pop-culture icon? Let’s hear what you have to say!



Petitions, petitions, petitions….
June 24, 2001 | 11:52 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Here’s another one. This particular one is for the “only-saw-the-light-of-day-as-a-prototype-in-1985” Yarna d’al’Gargan. Steven writes me with this info;

“I am putting together a petiton for a POTJ Yarna d’al’Gargan. A prototype was made of her in the 80’s for the original line but it never saw the light of stores. If you want to see a Yarna d’al’Gargan produced, E-Mail Steven with your full name.”

So, once again, if you’d like to support this figure being made, drop Steven an e-mail. Keep in mind that a petition itself does not mean that the figure will definitely be made, but sometimes it does get Hasbro listening.

UPDATE – Just to clarify as to who Yarna d’al’Gargan is, she is in Return Of The Jedi, most noticably during the Max Rebo Band scene. While Oola is dancing in Jabba’s court, Yarna is also there dancing. She is, in fact, the heavy-set dancer that has, I believe, 4 breasts. Maybe that’s why Hasbro never produced this figure. It was also at a time right before the great Star Wars famine that lasted between 1986 and 1991 when interest was low.



Lucas starting to Script Episode III
June 24, 2001 | 1:34 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yes folks, come July, which is only a few days away, Lucas will still be working on Episode II tweaks and the sort in the afternoons, but he will start researching in the mornings and start writing what will be one of the most depressing things to hit us and our Star Wars fandom… the end of all Star Wars films forever, the starting of the finish, Episode III. Then again, he also said that there would be no DVD’s until all 6 films were completed, and isn’t The Phantom Menace being released in October? Hmmm…. A bit of food for thought. Anyway, you can catch this entire article over



Army builder’s cases becoming plentiful!
June 24, 2001 | 12:58 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Finally, Hasbro’s doing something that is impressing the HECK out of me. I keep getting e-mail, especially this weekend, from all over the USA about how everyone is starting to be able to track down the new mutated “army builder” cases of POTJ figures. I’ve had e-mail from California to Pennsylvania (surprising), of people finding these all over. I’ve also had reports that the Ketwol wave is becoming more prominent across the nation. So, army builders, keep those eyes open!
UPDATE – “munewastr193” sends me a description of exactly what’s in these new “army builder” cases. Aside from the case I listed last week with the 6 dirty Bikers/6 apprentice Maul, there is also the following;

3 – Boomer Damage Battle Droid
4 – Clean Biker Scout
3 – Bespin Capture Han
2 – Darth Maul Sith Apprentice

3 – Coruscant Guard
3 – Gungan Warrior
2 – Mon Calamari Officer
2 – K-3PO
1 – Queen Amidala Theed Invasion
1 – Saesee Tiin



Incurable Collector’s Son
June 24, 2001 | 12:54 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

The son of the instant appraiser on the show I reported on below writes to me today to tell me of his shop, and how they are celebrating the show! He writes;

“My father Niles Grace is the Instant Appraiser on the Incurable Collector. I believe Steve Sansweet’s Collection will be featured as well which may be of interest to you. I am really looking forward to this as I am a Star Wars reseller in San Bernardino, CA. On July 1, the day of the broadcast, I will be in-store at our California location having a 25 % off all Star Wars merchandise in lieu of the show and will be doing verbal spot appraisals myself for Star Wars collectors. If you want to sell or have a value for your stuff – I will be here to assist you. We are located at 1520 South “E” Street in San Bernardino, CA 909-888-3377. Ask for Richard Grace”

Thanks Richard, and if you’re in the area, stop in and tell you heard about it on!



12″ Captain Tarpals Closeout at $7.94 updated
June 23, 2001 | 7:57 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

A number of you have written saying that your stores were reducing Tarpals and his Kaadu to about 30 bux, and asked if the report the Jawa posted that it was clearanced at $7.94 could have been an error or yet another closeout myth. The Jawa has just posted a scan of the receipt backing up their news!!!

Click here to see proof of a 12″ Kaadu and Tarpals for almost the price of a regular 3 3/4″ figure!!!!



Star Wars for your Christmas Tree
June 23, 2001 | 7:52 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Yes, I know it’s not even July yet, but Christmas in July will be here soon, July 21 to be exact. Hallmark has unveiled their 2001 ornaments. You can see them here at This year’s line includes:

Regular size ornaments of Anakin (podracing) for $14.95; R2-D2 for $14.95; and the Naboo Royal Starship for $18.95. There is also a set of 3 miniature ornaments– naboo fighter, droid starfighter, and the trade federation droid control ship for $14.95.

If you want to add these to your collection, check with your local Hallmark, most will take a pre-order and reserve them for you for free so you can be out looking for figures, or sleeping in when they open at 9:00 AM



B-Wings Warp Into the Land Down Under
June 22, 2001 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post is reporting that B-wings have started arriving at Australian On-line Stores warehouses from Hong Kong. With this in mind and the August time frame announced for US release, it looks like we should start seeing B-wings in the US before long.



12″ Tarpals and Kaadu Final Clearance Price — UPDATED
June 22, 2001 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

A number of Yak Readers have written in to say that they are finding the 12″ Tarpals and Kaadu on clearance, but at $34.90 and $30.90, which is the first markdown (from the $49.99 “full” price Target has had for the last month or so). Also, if you pick up a Tarpals and Kaadu, remember to keep your receipts– Target will adjust the price and refund the difference if they reduce an item again (and you request it) within 14 days of the original purchase.

Thanks to Chris from Atlanta, Phillip from St. Louis, and Brian. Keep the reports coming.



The Incurable Collector Star Wars Special
June 22, 2001 | 1:32 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

On July 1, 2001 at 12PM Eastern the show “The Incurable Collector” will be having an hour-long special on our favourite topic, collecting Star Wars toys, of course! This is on the A&E station, and times may differ from state to state, so check your local airtimes if you want to catch this show. Thanks to Will M. of Syracuse, NY for the tip!



Barnes & Noble Book Deals 
June 22, 2001 | 1:09 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Obi-Wan BRENTobi sends me an e-mail alert to let us all know that his brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble has some excellent deals running on Star Wars books! This is what he picked up, and the prices;
STAR WARS: THE NEW REBELLION by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – $5.98
STAR WARS: VISIONS OF THE FUTURE by Timothy Zahn – $5.98
Great prices, considering that Cross-Sections book alone originally was more that what all 3 of these cost together now. Thanks for the tip, Obi-Wan BRENTobi!



Dave Prowse Getting Better
June 22, 2001 | 12:56 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post has this official press release posted about the condition and illness that struck Dave Prowse earlier this year. He seems to be doing better! It starts like this;

“Four months after debilitating, flu-like symptoms sent Dave Prowse to the hospital, he is finally well on the road to recovery. But the actor admits things were touch-and-go for awhile. “I was at death’s door,” Dave says of his initial hospitalization in February. But he also emphasized that at no time were his legs paralyzed, despite persistent rumors to the contrary.”

Click here to read the rest of this article.



Trek Expo 2001, Tulsa OK
June 22, 2001 | 12:51 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I know, I know, we’re not a Star Trek site! The only reason I mention this Expo is because Mr. Boba Fett himself is slated to be there! Yes, in Tulsa, OK from June 22-24, Jeremy Bulloch is going to be at this Trek convention. June 22 means it starts today, so check out for more details and information on tickets if you’re interested in going. Thanks goes to Ron C. for the heads-up!



Ketwol Finds Target
June 22, 2001 | 12:44 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

A few reports have been making their way to me that the newest wave in the POTJ saga is now reaching Target stores here & there across the USA, in decent quantities. So, to coin a phrase, “…stay on Target!” Thanks to everyone who wrote to me about this!



Palm Talkers Detailed Pictures
June 22, 2001 | 12:40 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post now has detailed scans of all five of the up and coming Hasbro Palm Talkers. These are due in July sometime, and will be followed by a sixth Palm Talker later this summer which is slated to be R2-D2.



New Army Builder Case Assortment Hitting Stores Now
June 22, 2001 | 8:59 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Artoosnews is reporting that a new case assortment is starting to hit across the country. The new assortment contains:

3 Gungan Warriors
3 Courscant Guards
2 K-3PO
2 Colonel Calamari
1 SeaSee Tinn
1 Amidala Courscant

With cases like this, the new half dirty Biker Scout and half Maul Apprentice, and the upcoming Rebel Trooper/Imperial Officer case it looks like Hasbro is listening to Collectors and releasing army builders in greater numbers.



Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show in Shreveport, LA 
June 22, 2001 | 2:14 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Here’s the information for the last time! It’s just over a week away now! If any of our loyal Yakface readers are going, drop me a line by clicking here.

Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show
June 30-July 01 Shreveport Expo Hall: Shreveport, LA
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Special Star Wars guests attending all weekend:
1) Michonne Bourriague – Aurra Sing.
2) Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett, and Imerial officer.
3) Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca.
4) Mike Quinn – Nien Numb, Sy Snootles, and lead puppeteer,
and introducing…
5) Alan Ruscoe* in his first US appearance.
*Alan Ruscoe played several characters in Episode I, including Jedi council member Plo Koon, Jabaa’s right hand man – Bib Fortuna, and the Nimodian Daultay Dofine. Alan has also finished work as Plo Koon in Episode II.. Help us welcome Alan to the good ol USA!

At the show be sure you check out the HASBRO booth. Hasbro is bringing a free limited edition exclusive Star Wars Commemorative pin only available at the Sci-Fi Expo in Shreveport! They will also be at hand to display their upcoming Star Wars toy line!

While you’re there, be sure to check out Ultrarama, N2Toys, Yestertoys, and over hundred other exhibit tables loaded with old and new collectibles. You can also play Decipher’s CCG games, hear our celebrity guests talk about their careers, grab soem free movie posters (while supplies last), and much more. For details check



General Madine Petition Goin’ Strong
June 22, 2001 | 1:58 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

If you missed my previous post, JediSith’s is holding a petition for a Hasbro remake of General Crix Madine. It’s an obvious figure that probably should be redone, and could hold some nice potential. I mean, what Rebel Conference Room is complete without him? They have over 80 on the petition, and it looks like they’re really going to try to push this one over the top. So, hop on over and check the petition out. It’s running until Dec.31st, 2001, so they just may get enough to grab Hasbro’s attention. Hey, it never hurts to try!



12″ Tarples and Kaadu Final Clearance Price
June 22, 2001 | 12:18 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

The Jawa is reporting that Atlanta Targets have reduced the 12″ Captain Tarples and Kaadu to $7.94– almost the price of a 3 3/4″ figure. Remember when a Target price ends in “4” that means that it has been lowered as far as it is going to go!!

If you find other Targets going to final clearance, or other levels of clearance on Captian Tarples, let us know.



New Force Taking Pre-Orders for Rebel Trooper, Snaggletooth, and X-Wing Luke Cases
June 22, 2001 | 12:05 AM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

New Force Comics is now taking preorders for the following cases:

84455 001 0:(1) Queen Amidala Travel, (1)Rebel Trooper, (1)Imperial Officer,(1) FX-7, (4)Snaggletooth, (4)Eeth Koth

84455 000 Z:(3) Queen Amidala Travel, (3)Rebel Trooper, (3)Imperial Officer, (3) FX-7

84445 000 U(4) Luke Skywalker X-Wing Gear, (3) Han Solo-Death Star Escape, (4) Darth Vader “Emperors Wrath”, (1)Sandtrooper

Click here to go to New Force Comics site. and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



POTJ at Rite Aid?!?
June 21, 2001 | 11:27 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yes, that is what one person I got an e-mail from today is saying. Joseph C. writes;

“I went into a Rite Aid in Portland, Oregon about 3 weeks ago and found a Sandtrooper and an Aurra Sing and I thought it was a fluke. The next week they had Chewbacca Mechanic and Bespin Leia. This week was 3 Darth Maul Sith Apprentice. They are not getting whole cases…just 2 or 3 figures that trickle in. I have checked 3 other Rite Aids and they have had nothing but pegs full of 8D8’s. The bad news is that they cost $7.99, but it is better than the price of gas for finding nothing. The receipt rings up saying “HAS STAR WARS FIG ASST I” instead of the old “KEN STARWARS MILLENIUM
FI” that the 8D8’s ring up with.”

Great, and thanks for the info, Joe! Anything that helps us complete our ever-growing collections is good news.



Time to Go
June 21, 2001 | 7:53 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Well I knew this was coming. I’m afraid I have too much going on in my life anymore to continue updating here at I’ve lost my desire to update and I have to push other things back just to make room. So I am now retiring from and from the world of SW news. It’s been a long ride but now it’s over and time to move on.
UPDATE: I do not run or own and it will be staying even though I am leaving.
UPDATE II: Brian, let me be the first to say, and I’m sure I speak for everyone, that you will be missed here at, and especially by me, John. I’ve been reading and enjoying your reports and posts, which were always done with utmost professionalism, since long before I, myself, was a reporter here. C’mon everyone, a large round of applause for Brian! “May the Force be with You!”



Clone Wars?
June 21, 2001 | 3:44 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

No, this isn’t a spoiler, and it’s not about Hasbro, but The had this topic listed, and I had to check it out for all our readers.
Ben Kenobi spoke of the “Clone Wars” in Episode IV, but did any of us ever think that life would imitate art in this fashion? The article starts like this;

Leading British scientists called for an international ban on human cloning yesterday but said the moratorium should not stop scientific research into cloning for therapeutic reasons.
The Royal Society, an academy of top scientists, warned that the dangers of human cloning included the risk of creating severely handicapped individuals.
“We think that a ban on reproductive cloning would have public support and is currently justified on scientific grounds. It would also help to improve the public’s confidence in science”, Prof Richard Gardner of the Royal Society said in a statement.
Britain became the first country to propose laws banning human reproductive cloning in April, aiming to ease public concern about the new technology and fears scientists could create Frankenstein-type monsters or a genetic underclass.

Incredible! I know this is really out of context here at Yak, but an interesting story nonetheless, and it does have bearing to our Star Wars interests, it’s just mind-boggling. To check out the entire article, click here



Pre-Order Dengar, Zuckuss & Boushh!
June 21, 2001 | 12:32 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Entertainment Earth is offering Pre-order for the all-new Star Wars 12inch Bounty Hunter Assortment 2 (Item# 26482A, $139.99) featuring Dengar, Zuckuss and Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise! These new 12 inch Star Wars action figures are scheduled for release late this year. Order today!



Q&A Thursday
June 21, 2001 | 5:13 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

In the second and final update this week, With Every Question For Justice gets its typical ten question increase. If you have a question for the column, please don’t hesitate to send it on in!



Detailed scans of Ketwol wave
June 21, 2001 | 4:21 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Darth “Rob” Sinister from has informed me that they have uploaded some very detailed scans of the Ketwol wave over at their site. Hop over and take a look if you haven’t found them yet… like me.



POTJ case confirmation
June 21, 2001 | 4:18 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yea, it’s official. Hasbro has definitely heard the cries of the collectors and started shipping cases of 1/2 Darth Maul Sith Apprentice, and 1/2 Dirty Biker Scouts! Since I originally posted, I’ve been getting loads of mail from people around the country that this is indeed the truth. Again, that case assortment is;

6 Dirty Biker Scouts
6 Darth Maul Sith Apprentice

HOORAY! Score for our side!



News we can use
June 20, 2001 | 11:57 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

A lot of rumors have been floating around lately, as to the future of the Hasbro line. Any information or pictures you have would be greatly appreciated, so send them along with the sources that you received them from (so I can give credit where credit is due)
Thank you – kurt



Star Wars Galaxies 2
June 20, 2001 | 11:39 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

I have recieved a lot of mail concerning the beta test for SW Galaxies. To sign up for the beta you need to go to and then near the bottom of the page, there will be info about registering (for free) a game account. Follow the links/instructions there.



Yak Reader Diorama Section Added
June 20, 2001 | 9:56 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

We’ve added a Yak Reader diorama section to the Dioramas page. Click here to check it out!. If you would like to see your dioramas posted on Yak, send them to us at and we’ll post them!!

Check in tomorrow for an update to the dioramas page, including a 3 3/4″ scale Jabba’s Sail Barge at the Sarlac Pit.



Star Wars Galaxies On-Line?
June 20, 2001 | 9:15 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

The new Star Wars RPG is now in Beta Testing, so if you haven’t already, go to the link below to sign up for play testing. Star Wars Galaxies On-Line



Mr. Lando goes to Cleveland
June 20, 2001 | 9:11 PM EST | Kurt | Talk About This Post

At long last the Lando wave has hit Cleveland. It has been sited at K-mart, Target and K-B Toys across North-East Ohio



Odd POTJ case assortment…
June 20, 2001 | 1:56 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Harry P. writes to tell us this;
“Yesterday, June 19th, my local store had just opened a case of SW figrues and had dumped them in a cart. But to my surprise, these assortment was six Darth Maul Sith Apprentice and six dirty scoutroopers, no other new figures. Maybe Hasbro is listening to us about the shortpacked figured.”
I wonder which store it was, in fact? Well, maybe you’re right, Harry. Is anyone else seeing this? If they are listening to us, that kind of assortment would make sense. Sith Apprentice was hard to find, and Biker Scouts are army builders. More on this as we get it…



Episode I DVD sleeve picture 
June 20, 2001 | 1:52 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

For all of us who have preordered this thing now, I’ll bet you’ll want to know what it looks like, right? Click here to view the actual sleeve of The Phantom Menace DVD. Nice artwork! Thanks go to Jeremy C. for sending it to us!



Amazon offers Episode I DVD preorder!
June 20, 2001 | 2:48 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

If you’d like to preorder The Phantom Menace in all it’s upcoming DVD glory, click here. Not only will you be able to preorder this cool item, but also get it at a savings of 23%!
UPDATE – DVD Empire also has this for preorder, and for only $20.99! Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.
UPDATE II – It seems that Deep Discount DVD has them all beat so far! They’re charging, for preorder, $21.96, but thatincludes shipping! Thanks again to all those who wrote in about it!



What is the deal with the 12″ Tarpals?!?
June 20, 2001 | 2:34 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I’m getting e-mail recently from all over the USA about this crazy item. Some are saying it’s been marked back up to its’ original price, some are saying it’s been marked back down to the $35 price range, and I even had one person write to say it’s been marked down to around $15. Go figure! I guess it’s up to the discresion of the general manager of the department. So keep your eyes open, and my advice is, if you want it and see it at the $35 price range, grab it. That sounds about as good as it’s going to get, being realistic. has great figure giveaway!
June 19, 2001 | 11:52 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post has gotten a new look, and they’re so proud of it that they’re holding a giveaway for a free Ellorrs Madak and Ketwol! Stop on over to check out their great work on the site, and to check out the details for the free figures!



Star Wars OKC Collector’s Club
June 19, 2001 | 11:44 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“xwing25” writes to me today to have me let you know that the Star Wars collecting club in Oklahoma city has a name now, they are known as the “Jedi OKC Collectors Club”. Even more, they now have a website you can go to and check out by clicking here! They are currently looking to increase their ranks of collectors, so if you’re in their area, check out the page and contact them, or write to for more information.



Star Wars Metallic Sculptures 
June 19, 2001 | 7:09 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

The set of Star Wars Metallic Sculptures (Item# CGSW004A, $3,499.99) at
Entertainment Earth features four museum quality sculptures of Classic Star Wars characters. Includes Darth Vader, Boba Fett, R2-D2, and C-3PO — each sculpture stands between 2 and 3 feet tall and weighs between 25 and 40 lbs!



June 19, 2001 | 11:48 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Okay folks, she’s on her way now! This morning, officially announced the release of The Phantom Menace on DVD on October 16, 2001! The DVD will boast the following;
– The Phantom Menace, mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality, presented in Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby 5.1 Surround EX (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English and Spanish), and Dolby 2.0 Surround (French, for Canadian release).
– Audio commentary by Writer-Director George Lucas; Producer Rick McCallum; Co-Editor and Sound Designer Ben Burtt; Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Squires, John Knoll and Dennis Muren; and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman, offering personal insights into the making of the film.
– Seven never-before-seen deleted scenes with full visual effects completed just for the DVD release.
– “The Beginning” — an all-new hour-long documentary culled from over 600 hours of footage offering unprecedented access inside Lucasfilm and ILM during the making of Episode I.
– Multi-angle storyboard to animatic to finished film feature, that lets you flip through the various phases of development of key action sequences.
– Five behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring The Phantom Menace’s storyline, designs, costumes, visual effects and fight scenes
The popular “Duel of the Fates” music video that debuted in 1999
– All 12 parts of the Lynne’s Diaries, the web documentaries that first appeared at
– Galleries of theatrical posters, print campaign, and never before scene production photos.
– Downloaded by millions from, the original theatrical teaser and launch trailers, plus seven TV spots including the “tone poems”.



Q&A Returns
June 19, 2001 | 4:41 AM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A column, is scheduled for two updates this week– this one and another to be posted on Thursday. Next week will see the normal thrice-weekly updates.



Re-Edited Empire Strikes Back?!?
June 19, 2001 | 3:14 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

really hope these guys are kidding. For a good laugh, head over to this article at Someone has written into the fine people at Cinescape with this laughable story about how one of their friends “edited” The Empire Strikes Back, not unlike all the hype over the Phantom Edit’s. It’s kind of a humor-relief… I HOPE



Interview with Rouge Squadron II director
June 19, 2001 | 12:44 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Waiting with bated breath for the new Gamecube game “Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II”? Well, to whet your appetite a bit more, has an interview with Mr.Brett Tosti, the man responsible for directing the whole game, and all the action! The interview also delves into some of the juicy specifics of the game itself. Great stuff! Click here to check out this informative talk.



New POTJ Figure Review!
June 18, 2001 | 11:51 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Now that we can see the figures over at here are some comments on these very tasty images of the last five figures that will be released in 2001, and the 12″ scale Target Luke & Speeder Bike exclusive! They, again, will include;
Darth Vader – Emperor’s Wrath
This figure appears to have a tranclucent head that you can see his skull image through. Maybe I’m just seeing things, but it looks great. Nice sculpt as well!
Luke – X-Wing Pilot
Nice overall looking figure! Seems more proportioned and a better pose than the original. Will probably be a peg-warmer from overdistribution of a core charachter, unfortunately.
Han – Death Star Escape
Another nice job. Nice pose, great sculpt, but probably another peg-warmer.
Shmi Skywalker
Looks great! Seems to be modeled after the scene that she tells Anakin, “Don’t look back…” This is one I’m really looking forward to, and has been a long time coming. What is that little accessory she has next to her?
Obi-Wan – Jedi Training Gear
This sucker deserves merit. I wish, if they’re going to do Expanded Universe stuff, they’d do a charachter that’s never been done, but hey, anything is something. I like the sculpt, and the suit compliments the respective Qui-Gon counterpart. This will make a nice display piece. People are saying that he comes with a helmet, but isn’t that a remote sitting there?
12″ Luke Endor with Speeder Bike
Okay. It’s Luke. He’s wearing a Poncho. He comes with a Speeder Bike. Period. Taking for granted that, with their horrible track record, that you’ll actually find this thing at Target with nasty ol’ Mr. Scalpy Scalperton sleeping in his car waiting for the door to the store to open so he can fly in to nab all of these things for his daily e-Bay listing and porn hunt…. Sorry, I get a little worked up about scalpers, and scalper bait such as this. The only benefit to this exclusive is, it’ll look nice next to the Han/Trench 12″. To me, it looks nice, but not worth shelling out $50 for the same bike we got last year with a redressed Luke.



New POTJ Pics– 12″ Luke Speeder, Han Death Star Escape, Vader Emperor’s Wrath…
June 18, 2001 | 11:38 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

You read that right. Team Jawa has come up with some photos of the upcoming Power of the Jedi released including Target’s exclusive 12″ Luke Speeder Bike, and 3 3/4″ Shimi, Vader Emperor’s Wrath, Shimi, Another EU Obi Wan (Jedi Training), and more. Click here to see them!!!



Fan Club 4 to TRU?
June 18, 2001 | 5:28 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Collectstarwars is reporting that the Fan Club 4 figures will be showing up in solid cases on sale for $1.97 a figure at TRU.



Episode II Toy Trademarks
June 18, 2001 | 12:54 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“J.Mike H.” sends me this interesting information this afternoon;
“Hey guys. Prompted by the post earlier today where someone dug up an abandoned trademark application for some new Episode II products, I checked the Saegis online trademark database operated by Thomson & Thomson (to which my firm has a subscription) and turned up a bunch of stuff. Lucas always files TM applications for his character names. The trick is to search under “Lucasfilm” as the owner name, not “Hasbro,” because Lucas licenses the names to the toy companies to use after registering them. Anyway, here are the pending trademarks I turned up (none of which are registered because all the names must be used in commerce first in order to merit registration – plus, just because the applications have been filed, doesn’t mean any of these are actual names – he may just be stockpiling possible names). Anyway, cheers and enjoy!

**Spoilers** CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIST **Spoilers**

(Note: EPISODE III is has already been filed and is pending, so its possible that some of these names are Episode III characters, although not likely, since an applicant is only given three years after the issuance of a Notice of Allowance to show use in order to prevent the trademark application from being abandonded. Schedule-wise, that would mean all these names are likely Episode II names because the Statement of Use filings couldn’t take place in time before Episode III opens in 2005).”
Thanks “J.Mike H.” for the detective work!



Dirty Troopers Showing Up All Over
June 18, 2001 | 12:03 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I’ve had several reports that the Scout Trooper with the new dirt-detailing are showing up all around the country in limited numbers, but they are finally showing up. I think this ploy from Hasbro to only make 5 more figures by year end is to actually put them on the shelves to make them more readily available to the general market instead of tossing out 17 more, and having them be so scarcely distributed that all the kids and collectors complain that they can’t find them all. So keep looking for the new Ketwol wave and whatever else you need from the past year. With the cycling of the case assortments, eventually you’ll find what you’re after. Giveaway!
June 17, 2001 | 6:15 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post is pleased to announce the following giveaways.
1 EPISODE 1 12″ Boss Nass. Winner will be announced on June 23.
Also, we are giving away 2 Ultaramas per month courtesy of Ultarama.
Registering is easy. Just visit and click on the respective links. Good Luck!!



Ultarama Midnight Deadline
June 17, 2001 | 11:57 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

If you have not ordered one of these yet, trust ol’ John here, do it! These are just the absolute best displays on the market, and are very reminicent of the old Death Star playset, amongst other vintage Star Wars playsets.
My point? Well,, the makers of these fine displays, have been offering a deal where you will get FREE SHIPPING on all CU orders from June 11 through June 17! The practical upshot? Well, from my posting time right now, you basically only have 12 hours to take advantage of this great deal!
When I first purchased mine, I thought I was taking a chance, but when the thing arrived, I honestly don’t think I was ever so impressed with quality for the price I paid as I was with this thing, and I even paid my own shipping! So click here to hop over there now and grab one of these!



More detailed B-Wing MIB pics
June 17, 2001 | 11:04 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Over at e-Bay someone has a boxed B-Wing up for sale. This is the same one that will be available as a Target exclusive in the third-quarter of this year, and retail for about $35. For images of this fine toy, along with the pilot, click here



Episode II toy descriptions
June 17, 2001 | 10:58 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post has a listing of possible descriptions from that list of Episode II toys posted earlier this week. WARNING – This list is FILLED with SPOILERS!!! Click here for a direct link to the list, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!



Realscan Technology/Episode II Figure
June 17, 2001 | 10:51 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Fimforce.IGN has posted an image of a certain charachter from Episode II! Yes folks, this is our first glimpse of a “charachter” from the toy-line that’ll be sitting on our shelves in a little under a year. Myself, I am flabberghasted by how incredibly lifelike this thing looks, it has to be seen to be believed. I will not post who this is for spoiler reasons, but I will mention that it’s a “bounty hunter”. Credit goes to for being the first to dig this story up.



Store Reports Contest III
June 17, 2001 | 12:49 AM EST | Brandon | Talk About This Post

Hey there fellow viewers. It’s that time once again to have yet another fun and easy to win Store Reports Contest! Sponsored by non other than! As you may not know these contest have been doing very well with over 100’s of reports/entries being sent in! You guys are really keeping me busy! This time around we are gonna do something a little different! LOL! This time we are going to give away prizes to two winners! One lucky Store Reporter will win a POTJ Bespin Leia & POTJ Chewie Mechanic, while another will win a POTJ Aura Sing & POTJ Darth Maul Sith Apprentice W/ Armor! Talk about cool huh! has been so friendly and generous to us so we all need to make sure to thank them! So visit their site! I will post later this week with some cool specials they will have and some new stuff coming in that Yak-ers will have a hopefull first crack at getting! The Contest will begin starting with entries recieved as of Saturday, June 16th and end with the last qualified entries being recieved on Saturday, June 30th! Any person who submits a store report is automatically entered to win one of the cool sets! So get those Store Reports sent in today. And please don’t forget to visit our sponsor, the very friendly and!

UPDATE Please make sure when sending in entries that you try to send them in the standard format:
City, State
What You Found
Where Found
Submitted By First Name then Last Name initial (or nickname)
Thanks! This just helps me to post the reports faster and ensures entries are legitimate.



Ketwol showing up at Wal-Mart
June 16, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Bob writes in with a picture as well, to say he has found the Ketwol wave at a Wal-Mart near him in Ohio. So if you still need the wave you might want to start looking at Wal-Mart as well.



Free Giveaway
June 16, 2001 | 11:35 AM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Pegwarmer is giving away a Commtech Stormtrooper and a POTJ Han Bespin again this week.



New 12″ Wave Pics
June 16, 2001 | 11:19 AM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post has boxed images of the new 12″ DS Trooper wave. Also, they are taking preorders for the figures as well but they are expensive. See the images by clicking the following links:
DS Droid
DS Trooper
Han (Stormtrooper).



One more to go for 2001???
June 15, 2001 | 9:13 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post has posted an article that the next wave of 3 3/4″ figures, is the FINAL WAVE for 2001, is slated for around September and will include:
Shmi Skywalker
Luke Skywalker (X-wing) – anticipated version of the young hero
Han Solo (Death Star Escape) – brand new head sculpt with greater movie-accurate likeness
Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath) – recreating the effects of the Emperor’s force-lightning
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Armor) – the Padawan in training based on Episode I concept art

Does this mean the Imperial Officer, FX-7 and Rebel Fleet Trooper won’t make it out this year or is Hasbro just pulling our leg? Having no new product for Christmas seems really odd.



Update on EE Sale
June 15, 2001 | 7:20 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

EE has selected over thirty pallets of merchandise from a wide variety of manufacturers for this exciting day. New, mint and not-mint items will be available. Cash and credit cards accepted (no personal checks). Various quantity limits on each item do apply (see details tomorrow). Please no lineups prior to 8am. The event will be held in our warehouse and parking lot near our loading door.
Saturday, June 16, 2001
10:00 AM ­ 5:00 PM
Entertainment Earth
12730 Raymer Street, Suite #1
North Hollywood, California 91605



Bubbles for sale
June 15, 2001 | 1:10 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I don’t know about all of our readers, but alot of us are really into the figure cusomizing game. The problem? I know when I customize a card, especially putting a post 1995 figure on a custom vintage card, I hate that I always had to use a post 1995 blister-bubble, and not an original style bubble. Not any more! TJ’s Toys has custom molds of original styled bubbles for all your Star Wars customizing needs! Man, what will they think of next? Custom POTF84/85 coins? Hey, we can dream….



Vintage Kenner Commercials For Download!
June 15, 2001 | 1:03 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post has a link posted to a certain page, Konas2002, who just happens to have some really nifty old vintage Star Wars commercials encoded in .avi format! What a memory jog to those of us, (ahem), who actually remember these. I’m feeling older and older… click here to hop over to Konas2002 to download these awesome pieces of toy-history!



Hasbro’s late 2001/early 2002 product list!
June 15, 2001 | 12:44 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Adam, from over at writes to me this morning with this incredible information. It seems has confirmed this official Hasbro price list for late 2001/early 2002, and this includes alot of the new Episode II toys! Below is a list of what is to come. Sincere thanks goes to Adam for alerting and providing us with this information, and thanks to for scouting this out! And, while you’re at it, head over and check out! Some good news there! On to the list;

Episode II Preview Figure Assortment
5 figures are listed as TBD (to be determined).
No release date or specifics at this time.
Figures will retail for $5.99 -$7.99.

25th Anniversary Celebration Multi-Pack Assortment
Lists 3 sets:
Luke and Leia
Han and Chewie
Obi Wan and Darth Vader
Retail price will be $12.99-14.99 each.

12″ Bounty Hunter II Assortment
Leia Boush
Retail price will be $19.99-$24.99

Episode II Basic Figures Assortment
Collection 1 lists 13 TBD UPCs
Collection 2 lists 13 TBD UPCs
$5.99-$7.99 retail.

Deluxe Figure Assortment
$9.99 to $11.99 retail.

Attack Beast Assortment
$14.99-$17.99 retail.

Gen-Y figure Assortment
$14.99 retail.

Electronic Super Figure Assortment
$29.99-$34.99 retail.

2 Episode II 12″ Figure Assortments
Each with 3 TBD UPCs
$19.99-$24.99 retail.

12″ Ultimate Villian Figure Assortment
$39.99-$49.99 retail.

Episode II Vehicles
Speeder Vehicle figure Assortment
$14.99 retail
Star Fighter $19.99-$24.99 retail.
Villian Vehicle $24.99-$29.99 retail.
Republic Ship $39.99 retail.

Episode II Role Play
Basic Lightsaber assortment…$7.99-$9.99
Green Lightsaber
Blue Lightsaber
Red Lightsaber
Purple Lightsaber

Electronic Lightsaber Assortment
$19.99-$24.99 retail.

Jedi RolePlay Set Assortment

3.75″ Arena Playset
$14.99-$34.99 retail.

Episode II Interactive
My own Robot
$59.99-$89.99 retail.

As always, don’t take this as “etched in stone”. All items are subject to change. But this is a pretty good idea of what we can expect. There are no spoilers present above, I was careful of that. Also, please don’t e-mail me asking what this is, and what that is, because I honestly don’t know either. You guys are seeing this the same as I am. All I know is what’s listed above. So, enjoy!



Phantom Editing gets Lucas’ attention
June 15, 2001 | 12:02 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Another article, this time being one of contradiction from the last that stated Lucas didn’t mind most activities involving Star Wars, as long as no one was making money on it, has now seemed to change;
“Fans who think Lucasfilm has an easy-going attitude about copyright infringement are about to get a rude awakening. Since the existence of two new, unauthorized re-edited versions of George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace were made widely public last week, fans from around the world have been clamoring to get their hands on a copy.”
For more on this story, visit



Problems with NGToys? Part 2
June 15, 2001 | 11:52 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Well, in the past 3 days or so I’ve received about 70 e-mails about, not one in the positive, all saying basically the same thing. One person even claims that upon pre-ordering a certain item, that they were billed immediately for the $600+, and never, to date, received anything in the mail. I sent this company an e-mail describing our vexations, and in response a bulk letter was sent to all NGToys customers. The e-mail stated that you could get a refund if you so request, or if you’re patient, (something I think alot of us are wearing thin upon), you can wait for the replacement windups to arrive and then you will be refunded for whatever shipping you paid initially & get a free extra windup of your choice.
I hate to be negative about this, but I will believe this when I see it. Everyone that has written to me, please keep in contact. I am giving this about 2 to 3 weeks to straighten out, then, if nothing else occurs to “right” this situation, I will take further action.



12″ Dewback finally dropping?
June 14, 2001 | 10:03 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Mike from Dallas writes in to say he just picked up the Toys R Us 12 inch Dewback/Stormtrooper set and it was marked down to 29.99. This could just be a local event. Has anyone else found the 12″ Dewback at this price?



Ketwol’s Transformation into Melas
June 14, 2001 | 9:54 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Most fans are aware that Lucas turned Ketwol’s mask around to make another character… Melas.
Here is the plastic Ketwol’s appearance as Melas (softgoods).

Click here to see Melas in more detail!!!



Episode One DVD to be Announced Soon?
June 14, 2001 | 8:37 PM EST | Tim | Talk About This Post

Checking out my fave dvd site, The Digital Bits, and their Rumor Mill makes note that FOX might be announcing the long awaited dvd next week at a retailers conference. While I typically stay away from rumor, their page has an uncanny track record of being on the mark – so stay tuned . . .



Vader Palm Talker
June 14, 2001 | 5:55 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post feature this week is a nice close up picture of the Vader Palm Talker.



New Marmit Trooper Pics
June 14, 2001 | 5:48 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Marmit has released two new pictures of the white pauldron Sandtrooper.



12″ Max Rebo Band in 2002?
June 14, 2001 | 5:39 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

CollectStarWars and 4-inches are reporting that a 12″ Max Rebo Band is planned for 2002. The assortment will include 3 figures: Max Rebo and two others.

Also, several release dates for products upcoming this year.
“Crashed” Snowspeeder and TIE-Bomber – December
AT-ST – end of January
12″ Luke Endor and Speederbike – August



“Wizard World Convention 2001” in Chicago, Illinois
June 14, 2001 | 12:33 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

AUGUST 17-19, 2001
At the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Advance Tickets Available April 15, 2001
Friday – 8/17 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – 8/18 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 8/19 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Guests include; David Prowse – Darth Vader (a possible cancel),
Kenny Baker – R2D2, Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca, Phil Brown – Uncle Owen
Advance Ticket holders get in on Saturday/Sunday at 9:30 am
For more information, click here.



Just a quickie…
June 14, 2001 | 12:27 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Ok, no big news here, just for a chuckle, click here. Thanks for the link, Jim R.!



12″ Tarpals/Kaadu on the rise?
June 14, 2001 | 12:24 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

I got this slightly disturbing letter from “maul_sb”;
“I stopped by Target today to see if they had finally marked down the Captain Tarpals and Kaadu 12″ set. I left the store dissappointed, because the sets were actually marked up from $41.90 to $49.99. That’s right, a price increase!”
Hmmmm, you’d think they’d want to actually clear the shelves for the impending exclusives. Is this an isolated incident, or going on across the country?
UPDATE – This seems to be a nationwide trend! I’ve had several e-mails from all the corners of the country, all telling me that this 12″ exclusive has, in fact, been jacked up in price to the $49.99 price point.



Dirty Biker Scout in Stock
June 13, 2001 | 7:20 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Entertainment Earth just received a new shipment of Star Wars Power of

SW POTJ Collection 1 (Wave 9) (Item# 84445D, $89.99)

Includes 1x Dirty Scout Trooper – Imperial Patrol (Biker Scout), 2x Darth Maul Sith Apprentice, 3x Chewbacca Mechanic, 2x Aurra Sing, 2x Leia Bespin, 1x Han Solo Bespin , 1x Battle Droid Boomer Damage (Subject to change.)



Win the Sandtrooper Wave
June 13, 2001 | 5:25 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post is holding a giveaway for the entire sandtrooper wave. Hurry and go sign up.



Problems with NGToys?
June 13, 2001 | 1:32 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Just wondering if anyone else out there has been having the problems I’ve been having with I had ordered those wind-ups from them a couple months back, it took them forever to send the order although they had instant payment from me, then it was incomplete and damaged. I wrote to them, got a promise of replacement and completion of the order in cryptic responses, and now they won’t answer my e-mail. Has anyone else had this sort of experience with these folks? I’d rather, at the moment, think it was something else wrong other than me getting stiffed by these guys. If anyone else has had a similar experience, e-mail me. I hate to post anything negatory, but I don’t want any of our Yak-readers getting taken if that is, in fact what’s happening.



ANH 25th Anniversary Sets!
June 13, 2001 | 12:49 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

The Private Universe was actually the first to have this up this morning, but “Qui-Gon Paul” sends me this image of the new 25th Anniversary Star Wars Action Figure 2-Pack Cinema Scene. As you’ll be able to see, it is the scene when Luke takes a swing across the Death Star chasm with Leia. Nice classic look to the packaging as well, but it’ll probably change as this is just a prototype for publicity. Click here to see this nice little item! Also scheduled are a Han/Chewie and Vader/Kenobi set. Thanks goes to “Qui-Gon Paul” for sending the pic!



Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show, Grapevine, TX
June 13, 2001 | 12:45 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Ben S. writes with this information;
Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show June 15-16, Grapevine Convention Center:Grapevine, TX
Friday Sneak Peek 2pm-7pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Special Star Wars guests:
Shannon Baksa – Mara Jade
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Mike Quinn – Nien Numb (Saturday only)
At the show be sure you register for our post convention party at GAMEWORKS. Gameworks, our newest sponsor, promises lots of fun for Expo attendees. Planned activities include chances to race Boba-Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch, and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew on Gameworks $20,000 all new Star Wars Episode I Pod Racer arcade game! Other fun stuff includes a special photo opportunity with the celebrities, discounted game cards, prizes and much more! For all the details check out and make sure you attend the Grapevine Sci-Fi Expo just 3 minutes from the Dallas / Fort
Worth airport!



Madine Petition
June 13, 2001 | 12:41 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“David” writes this morning to let me know that there’s a petition started on his page for a remake of a General Crix Madine figure.
Click here to go check it out. Once you get to this page, “David” instructs you to “click on flashing words link”. Thanks for the information, “David”!



Store Reports Contest II Winner
June 12, 2001 | 11:37 PM EST | Brandon | Talk About This Post

Congratulations go out to Ryan Spires of Dubuque, Iowa. Our second winner of our Store Reports Contest II. If Ryan could please e-mail me with his address so our Contest Sponsor, KebCoToys can get that nice 12inch Darth Maul / Darth Vader Set out to you A.S.A.P.! Please look for information this weekend on our next 2-Week Store Reports Contest! It will be our third and definetly not our last! Have A Great Star-Wars Filled Week and check back this weekend for more Store Reports news!



Looking For A Close Up Of A Duros?
June 12, 2001 | 8:33 PM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Here is the latest image added to the toyguide. Duros – Ellorrs Madak



New TIE Interceptor Pics
June 12, 2001 | 5:25 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Collectstarwars has posted several new pictures of the TIE Interceptor boxed. The TIE now looks more like the pictures from the Official Site and is much darker than in earlier pictures.



Episode II FAN-MADE teaser trailer
June 12, 2001 | 12:28 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Over at they now have a new “fan-made” trailer available for download. Just to squelch rumors before they start, this is not an official release! This is fan-made, which means that one of us crazy Star Wars fans created this. I know I sound like I’m speaking like a kindergarten teacher, but a few people had a hard time grasping this fact last time around with the Episode II fan-made trailer some months back. It is in Quicktime format, and goes about 2.4 megs.Click here to download and enjoy this neat little item!



Conflicting Episode II Preview Figure News
June 12, 2001 | 12:19 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post is reporting this morning that, after a talk with Hasbro, there will be no Episode II preview figures in the fourth-quarter of 2001. This conflicts with the report that had posted yesterday, (news that was originally posted by American Dream Comics). Anybody want to chime in here? Any news that can be backed up with proof would be appreciated. We, as Star Wars fans, should really get to the bottom of this.



Bespin Gaurd missing?
June 12, 2001 | 12:03 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Todd R. writes today to give me this distressing news;

“At Kmart today (Chantilly, VA) – I saw a stock person opening a case of the Ketwol wave. Odd thing about this case is, there were no Bespin Guards. Otherwise, 4 of each of Ketwol, Duro, and Sabe.”

This may just be a fluke error. If it’s not there’s going to be alot of flipped-off fans out there, but I wouldn’t start getting too upset just yet. Maybe this is Hasbro’s way of saying “See, you should’ve ordered a Carbon Freeze Chamber when you had the chance!” 8^)



Don’t pay a scalper for Maul!
June 12, 2001 | 11:56 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Just got a note from Bruce M. of Orlando, FL. He tells me that the newest case breakdown for the collection 1 figures is now starting to include 4 Darth Maul-Sith Apprentices. Here is another case of “patience pays”. Thanks Bruce!



Episode II Preview Figures!
June 12, 2001 | 2:58 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post has confirmed that there will, in fact, be 4 Episode II preview figures as exclusives through TRU. Also showing up in the computers are a preview vehicle and a preview 12″ figure. For the entire scoop, hop on over to their page. Sounds good to this collector! Count Dooku, anyone?



New POTJ Ketwol wave detailed scan
June 11, 2001 | 11:57 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

“Obi-Wan BRENTobi” sends this incredibly up close scan of the newest wave of POTJ figures; The Ketwol wave. Click here to see this detailed image of these great figures! I can’t WAIT to find these guys, (and gal), in my local K-Mart. Thanks to “Obi-Wan BRENTobi” for the scan.



POTF2 Tatooine Skiff Give-away!
June 11, 2001 | 10:01 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

The Tatoone Trader is sponsoring another GREAT giveaway. This time, We are giving away a C9 MISB TATOOINE SKIFF! Head on over to The Tatoone Trader for details on how to enter!



CBS will air “100 Most Thrilling Movies”
June 11, 2001 | 1:11 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

CBS is holding a poll over at their site as to which are the 100 most thrilling movies of all time. Star Wars – A New Hope is on the list, as is TESB, and ROTJ. The Phantom Menace is missing from the list. I would have at least thought it’d be in the running for the EXCELLENT lightsaber battle, but I digress…
So click here, head over, and vote! Let’s see if we can shoot one of the films to number one! CBS will air their tally in a 3-hour special called “AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS” on Tuesday June 12 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. where the countdown of the 100 most thrilling movies will be revealed.



Different “details” are surfacing
June 11, 2001 | 1:00 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Okay, folks. I think I know what Hasbro’s up to. It’s very odd that we, here at Yakface, keep getting reports that there are differences in the current figures, mainly between the .0300 and .0400 series. So far, I’ve had reports on the Biker Scout, (this was announced and expected), the Cold Weather Obi-Wan, and now Aurra Sing, being repainted slightly to give an overall “dirty” appearance. Is this to continue? Are there any more figures out there that are appearing in stores that are of the .0400 series that are detailed differently? Can anyone send side-by-side scans? I’m starting to see Hasbro’s way of thinking of “sell more copies of the same tooled figure”. Brilliant from a marketing point of view, but expensive for variation hunters. Giveaway!
June 10, 2001 | 11:56 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Darth “Rob” Sinister from over at writes to me today to tell me that they’re holding a give-away for aJabba The Hutt with the 2-headed announcer on June 16th. All you have to do is head over there and click on the link to register for this cool elusive item. So, what are you waiting for? Get over there and start a’pointin’ & clickin’!



Free Shipping On Ultaramas… Just In Time To Display Your New Figures 
June 10, 2001 | 9:55 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Now is your chance to get the Ultarama with backgrounds and get free shipping. Perfect timing with the Ketwol wave hitting.

Mort from Ultarama writes:

Ultarama Celebrates Xizor’s View 100 on TheForce.Net, Saves Collectors Cash On Totally New Scenes With Free Shipping On All CU Orders From June 11th Through June 17th!

EDISON, NJ–June 11, 2001—We are proud and excited to help TheForce.Net celebrate Xizor’s View 100. As they have helped all of us get our daily dose of Star Wars and enriched our collecting experience, we want to show our appreciation by offering free shipping in the Continental U.S. on all CU Ultaramas purchased from June 11th through June 17th! Just tell us Xizor sent ya!

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 www.ultarama.comor by calling toll free at 1-888-269-4386.

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 .



More variation Information
June 10, 2001 | 9:53 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

It seems there is another difference between the .0300 Cold Weather Obi- Wan and the .0400 version. The backpack and helmet are ‘clean’ on the .0300 version and ‘dirty’ on the .0400 version.
Also, on the new Kewtol figure the force file reads “KEWTOL” and the sku sticker reads “KEWTAL”.
Thanks Starwolves and Marc for the news.



Still need a Fambaa?
June 10, 2001 | 10:32 AM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

FAOSchwartz now has the Fambaa for $37.50, if you still need one now would be a good time to pick one up. Thanks to JDV for the news.



Ultarama Space Station Diorama Photos Updated
June 9, 2001 | 9:47 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Mort from Ultarama has produced some awsome dioramas using the new Ultarama spacestation backdrops. Click hereto see the newest photos. Notice that these are designed so that you can create open doors from one hallway to the other. To order Ultaramas and/or backdrops Click here and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.

UPDATE: We have added even more photos Click here to see them.



2 Days Left
June 9, 2001 | 5:06 PM EST | Brandon | Talk About This Post

You guys have just 2 days left to get in those store reports! Remember only one lucky reporter will get the very cool 12inch Darth Maul / Darth Vader 2 Pack! So get them in now! Thanks to for being our proud Store Reports Contest sponsor. The contest will end next Monday, June 11th at 11:59 pm Mountain Standard time! Every store report submitted and posted gives you a chance to win! Please don’t forget to visit our sponsor,!



Ep II at TRU in Dec
June 9, 2001 | 10:25 AM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

American Dream Comics is reporting that in December 2001 at TRU there will be four exclusive Ep II preview figures with a SKN of 127623.



Obi-Wan Cold Weather Gear .0300/.0400 difference 
June 9, 2001 | 12:22 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Yea, it’s that old Force File error thing again. “Jedimastereric” writes with this information;

“During my last toy run, (this morning), I noticed a variation on the Obi-Wan cold weather gear figure. It seems that the Force File has a slight change to it. On the new .0400 cardback, Hasbro has increased the size of his head and less of the background can be seen than on the .0300 version. It is a small variation but very noticable.”

Thanks for the information, “Jedimastereric”.



Loose Dirty Scout Trooper Pics!
June 8, 2001 | 11:59 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Darth-Sinister-(A.K.A. Rob)-writes to me today to let me know that they’ve got some good pics of the “Dirty” Scout Trooper, that’s now showing up in the newest case assortment, loose for closer inspection. The pics are located in their PM section (in other words “Evening Edition”) of their newspage. Click here to hyperspace on over to their great page and take a gander! Thanks Rob, for the info!



New Ultarama Backdrop Photos
June 8, 2001 | 10:31 PM EST | Bill | Talk About This Post

Mort from Ultarama has produced some awsome dioramas using the new Ultarama spacestation backdrops. Click hereto see the newest photos. Notice that these are designed so that you can create open doors from one hallway to the other. To order Ultaramas and/or backdrops Click here and be sure to tell them Yakface sent you.



NEW TIE Interceptor Pics and More
June 8, 2001 | 10:02 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post has posted some new loose pictures of the TIE Interceptor and Pilot loose. I hope the actual product that we can buy in stores looks as good. Also, the Official Site confirmed several 12″ figures for later this for example the next wave of bounty hunters and 12″ Luke w Speeder Bike (Target exclusive).



Q&A: Friday (And Hiatus)
June 8, 2001 | 2:44 PM EST | Adam | Talk About This Post

With Every Question For Justice, the Yakface Q&A Column, will be going on break for a week after today’s freshly posted update. Tune in a week from Monday for a much better column.



Star Wars Collecting on HGTV
June 8, 2001 | 2:01 PM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Next week on June 12, 2001 on Home & Garden TV, they will be spending a half-hour with a Star Wars Collector, Steve Campbell, highlighting points of collecting through the last decades, and his collection. It should be at 1:30PM on June 12th, but to make sure, check your local airtimes for broadcast.



Comic-Con 2001 to debut “Star Wars: Connections”
June 8, 2001 | 11:58 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Star Wars: Connections, a film that will show overall how the entire 5 of 6 Star Wars films will fit together, will debut at the ComicCon this year, and this film will include information on Episode II, and how it fits in! This is scheduled to happen at the ComicCon in San Diego during July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center. For more information click here.



Setting the record straight on “TPE”
June 8, 2001 | 11:33 AM EST | John | Talk About This Post

Okay, I’ve been getting alot of e-mail on this “Phantom Edit” thing, and I want to set the record straight now. This is the story, and it is verified.
The “Edit” that is going around the comic shops and toy shows right now is, in fact, called “The Phantom Edit”. It changes the crawl text in the beginning, and basically just cuts Jar Jar out of the movie, and a few othe