Category Archives: Collecting News

August 2000 Archive

Marmit TIE Pilot
August 31, 2000 | 5:50 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

ToyManiacs have this new item in stock NOW for $94.99 + shipping! Thanks to all those who wrote in about this.

 


 

KBkids.com surprise of the day!
August 31, 2000 | 5:22 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

 

KBkids.com has the Power FX X-Wing for a low low low price of only $12.99! If you passed on this when it was $25 at TRU, now is your chance!

Thanks to Chris @ Rebelscum.com for pointing this out!

 


 

Marmit TIE Fighter Pilot
August 31, 2000 | 4:14 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Pre-orders @ Entertainment Earth: The latest officially licensed Star Wars Classic item from Japan’s Marmit is scheduled to arrive soon. The Marmit 12in. TIE Fighter Pilot is an action figure kit that features fantastic detail, armor and accessories. Pre-order this very limited Japanese exclusive today!

 


 

News From Hasbro
August 30, 2000 | 2:44 PM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Here is some news on the release date for the Bespin Luke with CD, and the Lightsaber with color change saber.

I spoke with Andy and he has graciously given us this info to share. Please remember that these are not definate dates, however they are pretty close.

Luke Bespin CD/ROM is planned for 8/2001
Lightsaber is planned for 2002, closer to the release of Ep2.

 


 

Bye Bye Brian
August 30, 2000 | 2:24 PM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

Sorry to see you leave. The people that have been here since Josh Poley ran the site have known of Brian. Heck I remember his original site before he came to yakface. That was one of the reasons I started a website. It was fun and we will miss you. Good luck in your future. Sincerely, The YAK STAFF!

Update (Greg): C ya dude!!! 
Update (Dustin): Peace, Love & Whales……

 


 

Carded Qui-Gon (Mos Espa)
August 30, 2000 | 1:39 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Click here for a carded Hasbro image of the Mos Espa POTJ Qui-Gon figure – they’ve updated their product index with this and other previously seen POTJ figures. Thanks to JD for the tip!

 


 

Clubs updated
August 30, 2000 | 12:42 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Added a new club, based in Kansas City MO, to the Clubs page. Also addedSandtroopers.com & Coruscant Toys to the Links page.

 


 

New UK Website
August 30, 2000 | 12:40 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

A notice of a new site for UK readers: “I am trying to make a list of Star Wars Fans in the UK and have a little on what star wars means to them. The idea is so that fans can arrange meetings, trades, and general chats about the greatest films to ever be made and just so that we can prove to our loved ones that we are not mad and that there are others like us!! Whether you collect figures, read the books, play the games or just simply love to watch the films, please let everyone know who you are and where you are from.”

Check out Rob Colwell’s site @ ukstarwarsfans.co.uk!

 


 

FIA.com for sale
August 30, 2000 | 12:38 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

As you will have read in another recent news post, former Star Wars news site and online store figuresinaction.com is for sale. It has been put up for auction over oneBay – item #423680597. Only for serious buyers.

 


 

GOODBYE
August 30, 2000 | 12:28 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Well this has been something I’ve been thinking about for awhile but now is the time to do it. As of now I am officially retired from Yakface. I’m afraid I’m too busy and distracted with other things going on in my life to put my full effort into this anymore. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years doing this considering I’ve been wokring at Yakface since its beginning all those many years ago.

I’m not sure what I will miss since it’s been so long since I wasn’t working on this webpage. So goodbye everyone. I’ve made some good friends over the years and had a lot of fun doing this but it’s time to go. If for some reason you need to reach me you can e-mail me here. Bye.

 


 

EE News Feed
August 29, 2000 | 9:59 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Excellent news! Entertainment Earth’s first shipment of SW 2000 Collection 2 (Wave 2) (Item #84455A, $89.99) arrived minutes ago, along with the Mega Action Figure: Darth Maul (Item #84529, $11.99).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first people who placed pre-orders for SW 2000 Collection 2 (Wave 2) months ago will be filled first. As more units arrive, more orders will be filled. We expect continuous shipments over the next few weeks.

All orders for Mega Action Figure: Darth Maul placed through yesterday will be filled immediately only at Entertainment Earth.

 


 

New on location 
August 29, 2000 | 8:40 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

On location prt. 5 has been posted tonight. Ahmed Best interviews second assistant director Paul Sullivan. Stop by StarWars.com and see it for yourself!

 


 

Dewback Sandtrooper Vs. Marmit Sandtrooper
August 29, 2000 | 8:31 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Rebelscum.com has posted a nice comparision picture of the 12″ Sandtrooper that comes with the Dewback and the Marmit Sandtrooper. The Marmit is SOOOOO much nicer! Stop by to check it out for yourself.

 


 

Official word from Lucasflim on trilogy coming this fall
August 29, 2000 | 6:18 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

The limited time release will be available in both Pan and Scan and Widescreen. It features an exclusive, ten-minute sneak peak of the next installment in the Star Wars saga, Episode II.

For more of this story visit StarWars.com!

 


 

Duros prototype up at Hasbro website
August 29, 2000 | 6:14 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Click here to see the prototype of Duros and read some news on the Target 12″ Speeder Bike Exclusive.

 


 

Kmart news
August 29, 2000 | 6:08 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Dan reports:

 Hi I work as a Hardlines Manager for K-Mart. As you may know they just relayed out the toy dept getting ready for Christmas. Just got an e-mail from corp that new Star Wars figures are arriving in store Sept. 5th and Sept. 10th. Just thought you’d like to know. Thanks.

Thanks Dan!

 


 

12″ loose Dewback review
August 29, 2000 | 6:03 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Ivan Machado sent us this nice review……

Ok guys since I am probably one of the few people that actually opened it here is a review of the 12 inch dewback with sandtrooper. Let me start by saying that I love the toy it is massive fully extended it is just shy of 3 feet long. It looks deceptively short because its tail is folded up in the box.

First the positives, It’s size is a big plus because it looks very
impressive on display. For those of you who keep it sealed the cellophane top with star wars emblazoned on it is nice because it allows light to shine in the box. The skin of the dewback is very nice and detailed with wrinkles throughout and a real skin feel similar to the rancor. The detail extends down to its toenails and eyes which look great, almost looks like it can move. The trooper is fully articulated and has very nice armor.

The negative, The trooper is quite simply too clean I am going to dirty up his costume a bit. This is just personal preference but I would have preferred and orange shoulder board since I like the contrast. The paint is rather finicky on the dewback. Not that we collectors play much with our toys but be warned that any slight scuff will result in the green coming off of the creature. Just as with the small version the trooper seems to have a hard time hanging on any amount of jostling and he will lean forward like a drunken cowboy. My final complaint is the tail it has some kind of flexible
rod inside of the plastic skin. Because of the lack of filler in the tail it comes out looking like a pencil in a sock. Also because the tail is folded up in the box the skin ends up with a few bends that are hard to get out.

Overall I consider the toy to be a wonderfull display piece. It is
definitely for the collector. It is not a toy that is very playable. Butit does look great on your shelf. I know you all think I am insane but I strongly suggest taking it out of the box. The box display does not do it justice. I have contacted hasbro about the paint problem and am now waiting for a reply.

 


 

Two new forums
August 29, 2000 | 6:00 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

The Star Wars Collectors Archive has opened up a new web forum as well as Chuck R. who has created Romba’s Tree House.

 


 

New Force Comics newsfeed
August 29, 2000 | 5:47 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

“We just secured more of the wave 28 POTF2 cases with the R2D2/Holo Leia (12 figures, 1 R2D2/Holo Leia, 3 Stormtroopers, 3 Vaders, 2 Han, 1 each Luke, Greedo, Jawa)…we are taking preorders/reserves for a 9/15 estimated delivery at $78 a case + $6 UPS insured, double boxed shipping. In that same shipment, we will receive more cinema scene sets of Watto’s Box/Tatooine Showdown for $37.99 a pair + shipping.”

Stop on over to http://www.newforcecomics.com if you are interested.

 


 

D&S Toys Newsfeed
August 29, 2000 | 6:32 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

We just got in the POTJ Mega Action Darth Maul 6″ Figure with Battle Action for $10.99!

We still have some of the Death Star Cinema Scene Ver.0000 (TRU version) $21.99 – Special Yak Face Price so mention that when ordering!http://www.dnstoys.com

 


 

Maul Vs Vader 2-Pack Review
August 28, 2000 | 10:50 PM EST | Mark | Talk About This Post

I am sorry to say this, but if I were to suggest what to spend your money on, I would say this is not it. For as many items that Hasbro has produced over the years that were excellent, this is not one of them. I would say the only thing that this 2-Pack is worth is the base, so you can take the Bespin Luke and the Vader and make a cool scene from Empire. Vader has a cloth neck cape, the waist cape is plastic. The helmet has a nice redish color tint to the eyes, other than that, he is a plain figure. This is a hodge podge of other mauls, an arm here, a leg here with a new snarl. For the price I would say forget it and buy something else. I would say hold off for Shmi, but, Hasbro has yet to confirm anything on her, other than to say she has not been cancelled. Too bad they give us junk like this rather than real figures that would sell.
**HERE IS AN UPDATE:
1. The Maul head is a new sculpt. Finally we get a 4″ Maul with a the
patented “Maul evil grin” previously sculpted on the 12″ and 6″ figures.
2. Maul is articulated with a swivel in then right elbow, like in Tatooine Maul. He also has ball & socket joints in the shoulders like the CT Stormtrooper.
3. The Vader is articulated in the left elbow like Maul and as such he can hold his lightsaber 2-handed in a way that doesn’t look lame, like the Classic 8 Vader.
4. Yes, Vader’s bottom cape is plastic, but it is molded with the codpiece and they sit atop his legs almost like in the movie. A vast improvement in sculpting technique that makes him look more realistic.
5. The Helmet on Vader is also larger and he is taller.
Thanks to Peter for the additions. I will say I am still very disappointed in this set.

 


 

Hasbro products delayed
August 28, 2000 | 8:31 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

According to Rebelscum the Color Change Lightsaber has been delayed and might not be out until 2002 as part of the Ep II line. And the Bespin Luke w CD-ROM will not be out until 2001.

 


 

Toyzz.com newsfeed
August 28, 2000 | 6:11 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

If you reference coupon code yakfacespecial1 when placing your order, you will be eligible to receive the following specials this week at Toyzz.com . These low prices do not appear on their Web site, so remember to reference the special Yakface coupon on their order form.

Episode I MicroMachines Darth Maul/Theed Generator Inside Action Set – $7.99
Episode I “Soft Goods” 3-Pack – Darth Maul Sith Lord, Anakin Pilot, and Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight – All 3 MOC for $18.50
Episode I TC-14 + R2-B1 – Both droids MOC for $25.99
POTF Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene MIB – $11.99
POTF Rancor w/ Jedi Luke Deluxe Beast Pack $23.99
POTF Freeze Frame Ree-Yees and Death Star Trooper – Both for $24.99
POTF Electronic Vader’s Lightsaber – $16.99
POTF Complete Galaxy Tatooine Luke + Endor Ewok .00 – Both for $17.99
POTF 12″ Princess Leia in Chains – $15.99

Also, mention Yakface when placing your order of $50 or more and receive a POTF or Episode I figure absolutely free.

 


 

Collectors’ Clubs update
August 27, 2000 | 6:39 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

The Clubs page has been updated and a St Louis club has been added – if you live in the area and are interested, check out the clubs page for more.

 


 

Sith attack speeders & Skiff Guards $9.99 ea.
August 27, 2000 | 6:06 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Tired of confusing websites that are not user friendly? Check outhttp://www.planetactionfigure.com. We keep it simple and fun to shop online! 12″ Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, Battle Droid Commander Sets $69.99, Sith Attack Speeders w/Darth Maul $9.99, Ammo Wagons $17.99, Jabba The Hutt w/2 Headed Announcer/Opee with Qui Gon Jinn Beast Sets $30.99, Jabba’s Skiff Guards $9.99, Maul Vs. Kenobi 2Packs $13.99 & More! Now taking presell orders for all the hot, new upcoming releases.

 


 

Walmart figs ringing up at $6.19
August 27, 2000 | 6:04 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Matt Kregor reports:

“My local walmart had about 16 pegs for POTJ collection 1 and 2 figures priced at $6.19 each.”

Perhaps this will be the official Walmart price after all? It’s not a $1 drop but it’s better than what we’ve been seeeing!

 


 

New Marmit Fett Pics
August 27, 2000 | 9:56 AM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Click here to see some new pics of the upcoming Marmit Boba Fett. Thanks to Jeff for the news.

 


 

Weekly winner…….
August 26, 2000 | 11:42 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Glenn P. Winkler of Auburn, AL won the free Ammo Wagon set from Toyzz.com. Next weeks drawing is for Cloth Maul, Cloth Obi Wan, & Anakin Pilot! Enter Today!

 


 

Banzaitoys.com has Eopies…..
August 26, 2000 | 10:08 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Banzaitoys.com, located in Tokyo, Japan has the Eopie for those willing to go the distance so to speak 🙂 Stop by their site to check it out!

 


 

TOY HUNT: The Online Comic Adventure!
August 26, 2000 | 10:01 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Toy Hunt the online toy humor comic presents… Episode 3: Return Of The Toy! The final chapter in the quest for R2 w/holo Leia. You’ll find out the truth behind the scarcity of this toy, the real story behind Anakins turn to the dark side… and a revelation about Vaders true identity guaranteed to shock! All this and more in true Toy Hunt style!

TOY HUNT: The Online Comic Adventure! http://toyhunt.cjb.net

 


 

Toyzz.com has TC-14 plus…..
August 26, 2000 | 8:16 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

We just got TC-14, R2-B1, and the Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid back in stock! Also, we are giving away a free POTF Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene this week! Stop by today at http://www.toyzz.com

 


 

Brian’s Toys newsletter
August 26, 2000 | 7:20 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Click here to read the latest issue of Brian’s Toys newsletter. Brian’s Toys have redone their website, making it faster and easier to use. As a bonus to mark the new site, they are doing free domestic shipping on all orders of $20 or more, and a free gift with every order over $20! Check their site out at brianstoys.com, and enter for their latest giveaway – a Target exclusive Y-Wing Fighter!

In other giveaways, Sandtroopers.com are holding a draw for an Invasion Force Gungan Scout Sub – head over there to enter your name!

 


 

Entertainment Earth newsfeed
August 26, 2000 | 10:45 AM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Watto is #2

Rated #2 on the Top 10 Hottest Action Figures listed in ToyFare Magazine #38 is Watto’s Box – sold with Tatooine Showdown 2-Pack (Item #84115C, $49.99). We have this set in stock now. Each shipment sells out quickly. Order now @Entertainment Earth!

 


 

More on color change lightsaber
August 26, 2000 | 10:45 AM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Kevin wrote in to say that his local Wal Mart have shelf tags up for the color change lightsaber, priced at $19.99. It could be that this item will be released sooner than expected.

 


 

Ray Park auction
August 26, 2000 | 9:14 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Not 5000 made, not even 500….

The Sci-Fi Expo has created a serious Maul collectible for the serious
Maul fan! Only 5 cement Ray Park hand impressions were cast, and now #1 of 5 is available on ebay. For details, follow this link , and do a search for item #420002326

We hope to continue the tradition at the next Sci-Fi Expo with Dave
Prowse and others. Thanks for your continued patronage and support of
the Sci-Fi Expo through the years. Next year is going to be a fun ride!

 


 

EE News Feed
August 25, 2000 | 11:01 PM EST | Brian | Talk About This Post

Rated #2 on the Top 10 Hottest Action Figures listed in ToyFare Magazine #38 is Watto’s Box – sold with Tatooine Showdown 2-Pack (Item #84115C, $49.99). We have this set in stock now. Each shipment sells out quickly. Order now atEntertainment Earth.

 


 

Marmit TIE Fighter Pilot
August 25, 2000 | 8:01 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Banzai Toys have the Marmit TIE Fighter Pilot! They posted boxed front and back pictures which you can see below:
Box Front | Box Back

 


 

Hasbro color change lightsaber
August 25, 2000 | 7:32 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

The Hasbro color change ligthsaber is to be released in Japan (by distributors TOMY) in October, and so will probably appear in the USA very soon after. This lightsaber has the Mace Windu hilt, and comes with a series of colored filters to make the blade change color.

 


 

Massive Speeder Bike shipment
August 25, 2000 | 7:30 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Bob Shmeldom wrote in to say that his Target store on the east coast has received a big delivery of 12″ Speeder Bikes in preparation for the September advert we mentioned a couple of days back. They have received a total of 23 cases in the last 2 days, making 46 individual Bikes. That’s sure to be plenty to go around that one store. If things are similar elsewhere, there’ll be no trouble finding this item soon!

 


 

Oola and Salacious Crumb retiring
August 25, 2000 | 12:14 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

This from the Star Wars Fan Club: “Oola and Salacious are retiring! This exclusive Fan Club 2 Pack will no longer be available after this inventory is gone. Oola comes with cloth leggings and chain accessories. The pair comes in a four color window box that is great for display, so be sure to buy a couple for your collection and couple to play with. You have to hurry, since quantities are limited.”
To place your order, call the Fan Club on 1-800-TRUE-FAN or order online @Mosespa.com!

 


 

Interactive Yoda online
August 25, 2000 | 12:12 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Target.com have the Interactive Yoda in stock for $34.99. They also have the LEGO Sith Infiltrator set for just $7. Head over if you need either of these items. Thanks to Giancarlo for the info!

 


 

Homing Beacon # 17
August 25, 2000 | 5:32 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Homing Beacon # 17 hit mail boxes today. Not a subscriber? View the newsletterhere.

 


 

August archives missing
August 24, 2000 | 10:04 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

With the recent re-tooling of the news script we lost part of August’s news archives. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks to all who wrote in to make us aware of the situation.

 


 

George Lucas select image #7
August 24, 2000 | 10:02 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

StarWars.com has posted select image # 7. Due to complaints from individuals about posting the images here in our main news section & whether they are spoilers or not we have decided to take a ” no spoiler” stance.

Seriously though, if you don’t want spoilers, you need to log off the internet for the next 21 months because sooner or later you will run in to them. I say bring ’em on! I can’t get enough!

 


 

Rebelscum.com has Q&A with Galoob
August 24, 2000 | 6:05 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Mark from Rebelscum.com posted a pretty long and revealing Q&A with Galoob today. Sadly there will be no more Galoob product until EP2!

“Q: The number one question on Galoob collectors’ minds now has to be if the reports out of Gen Con are true. Will Galoob be taking a break from Star Wars toys until Episode II?

A: Regrettably, this is true. There will be no further Micro Machine or Action Fleet items before EP II. The Galoob Star Wars team is now part of Hasbro Star Wars, and we will be working closely with the Cincinnati-based Group on 2001 product, based on the existing four movies.”

Visit Rebelscum.com for the entire Q&A session!

 


 

Marmit TIE fighter pilot out now!
August 24, 2000 | 5:57 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

The Marmit TIE Fighter Pilot has been spotted on sale now in Japan. Watch for these to make their way elsewhere through dealers very shortly.

 


 

Dewbacks galore
August 24, 2000 | 5:56 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

 

Quigon8@aol.com sent us this great pic today of his 12″ Dewback he picked up. To view a larger image click here!

Thanks to the many others wrote in with reports of finding the Dewback today as well!

 


 

Canadian Screening
August 24, 2000 | 5:43 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Jeff Cioletti writes in:

“Just wanted to give you the heads up on my screening this weekend in Canada. It’s the Canadian premiere! It’s at the Canadian National Sci-Fi Expo in Toronto. The screening is 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug 26, immediately following the masquerade in the main theater.”

For more info visit http://www.fadproductions.com

 


 

Master of the Darkside 2 packs out!
August 24, 2000 | 5:34 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Dnstoys.com got these in today and the are available on their website for order now!

Darth Maul & Darth Vader 2-Pack $15.99, or Darth Maul & Darth Vader 2-Pack for $14.99 with slight damage to package.

Also, Dnstoys.com has the R2-D2 with Leia Holo Case and Motti Cases in stock for great prices.

Back in stock also is the Death Star Cinema Scene Ver.0000 (TRU version) $21.99 – Special Yak Face Price so mention that when ordering.

 


 

Entertainment Earth newsfeed
August 24, 2000 | 3:06 PM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

R2-D2 with Holo Leia Back In Stock!

Rated #4 on the Top 10 Hottest Action Figures listed in ToyFare Magazine #38 is the R2-D2 with Hologram Leia. Well, we’ve got this figure in stock when you purchase the full case assortment – SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $114.99). This is, was and will always be the only case that this action figure ships in. Order today @ Entertainment Earth!

 


 

Need TC-14 and R2-B1?
August 24, 2000 | 7:42 AM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

Coruscant Toys are giving away a pair of the above-mentioned droids in their latest draw – head over for info on how to enter!

 


 

The toys you’re looking for…
August 24, 2000 | 7:38 AM EST | Greg | Talk About This Post

If you’re still looking for any of these items, follow the links to pick them up at Amazon.com:
Sith Attack Speeder – $9.99.
Trade Federation Tank – $19.99.
Final Lightsaber Duel – $14.99
Masterpiece Edition Aurra Sing – $60 [pre-order]
Secrets of the Sith movie scrapbook – $5.39 [pre-order]
Episode I: Obi-Wan CD-ROM game – $39.99 [pre-order – release March 15th 2001]

 


 

More Skiffs showing up
August 24, 2000 | 6:09 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

More reports of Skiffs being found at local TARGETS. This time a good handfull from the east coast. Looks like they are getting back out there. Keep your eyes open if you missed this great piece the first time around!

 


 

The price drop that never happened
August 24, 2000 | 6:07 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

A source of ours sent in this tidbit recently-

…..I can also look at the price TRU pays for toys and
then the retail price we charge. I looked up the POTJ
Skns and found they cost 4.99 and we will be charging
6.99. However upon looking at the COMMTECH figs, I
noticed the cost was 5.53. Not much of a savings on
our part but I agree the price should have dropped.

I heard about this price drop rumor as early as last fall/winter and have been REALLY looking forward to saving a few bucks. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we will get any. Guess I will just wait a few months and buy all my figs when they go on clearance 🙂

 


 

Obi Wan w/ cloak carded images at EE
August 23, 2000 | 11:03 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Entertainmenteearth.com has pics up of the soon to be released Obi Wan w/ cloak loose and carded here. They also show Darth Maul, R2-D2 & Anakin Mechanic as well.

 


 

Close up shots of Obi Wan mega fig boxed
August 23, 2000 | 8:05 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Our sources have sent in some nice scans of the soon to be shipping nationwideMega Obi Wan!

 


 

Dewbacks showing up 
August 23, 2000 | 7:52 PM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

Dewback sighting are being reported at Rebelscum.com. Keep your eyes open!

 


 

Back to the old style
August 23, 2000 | 6:09 AM EST | Dustin | Talk About This Post

We have re-tooled our news scripts here so that the date and time are appropriately displayed as so many people like. Also, has this re-tooling made the page load any faster? Let me know-

May 2000 Archives

AMMO WAGONS & TANKS IN STOCK
05.31.00 | 5:35pm EST | posted by Dustin
 |  More discussion…

PlanetActionFigure.com has in stock and is offering Ammo Wagon & Falumpaset $24.99 , Gungan Scout Subs $15.99, Watto’s Box & Tatooine Showdown Sets $49.99 per set, Trade Federation Tanks $22.99…..also Sio Bibble, Queen Amidala, Pit Droids 2-Pack ($8.99 each) And MUCH More!! DON’T LIKE PAYPAL?? WE NOW ALSO ACCEPT VISA AND M/C DIRECT AND SECURELY!!

Update: Ammo Wagons all gone…thanks to George Collazo for the update.

NEED THE NEW 12″ FIGURES?
05.31.00 | 4:05pm EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

TNC Universe has the latest 12″ figure wave – Battle Droid commander, Mace Windu and Qui-Gon w/poncho. Head over if you’re interested in ordering.

UPDATE: Mace Windu is already OUT OF STOCK.

12″ BIKER SCOUT
05.31.00 | 11:20am EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

Here are a couple of new pics of the 12″ Biker Scout sans speeder bike:
Front
Back
Thanks go to praji for the images! He’s selling the toy over on eBay at the moment, starting at under $20 with no reserve. Item number 346331713.


WAL-MART PASSES ON AMMO WAGON
05.30.00 | 11:35pm EST | posted by Brian
 |  More discussion…

We’ve been hearing rumblings that Wal-mart turned down the Ammo Wagon with Falupasett and now we have been able to confirm it. This is why the Ammo Wagon has been showing up at many online stores.

Update: To clear up any confusion, the Ammo Wagon has NOT been cancelled – it just won’t be a Wal*Mart exclusive. It will continue to show up, because now that it’s no an exclusive, I’d suppose anyone could order them. If we get any more info, we’ll let you know.

M&M NEWSFEED
05.30.00 | 11:35pm EST | posted by Brian
 |  More discussion…

It was supposed to be a Walmart Exclusive! They ended up turning it down…now your chance to own the… AMMO WAGON AND FALUPASETT with GUNGAN WARRIOR!!! Stock is limited! Order Today!!!!

DEATH STAR LEGO PLAYSET
05.30.00 | 10:58pm EST | posted by Tim
 |  More discussion…

Our LEGO section, FBTB, is running a poll for a Death Star playscene. If you’re into LEGO, check out the concept and vote!

MORE SALES
05.30.00 | 10:58pm EST | posted by Brian
 |  More discussion…

Joel wrote in and let us know that at Service Merchandise most of the remaining Star Wars toys are now 50% off, and, all the Legos are 40% off.

EE NEWSFEED
05.30.00 | 8:15pm EST | posted by Dustin
 |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off is…

69650F, Jedi Duel / Purchase of Droids, Regular Price $39.99, Half Price: $19.99 Includes two Star Wars Power of the Force Cinema Scenes: 1x Purchase of the Droids (Uncle Owen Lars, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker) and 1x Final Jedi Duel (Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker). This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Tuesday May 30 until 11:59am Wednesday May 31. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time. VisitEntertainmentearth.com today!

GUNGAN SUB VARIATION
05.30.00 | 8:15pm EST | posted by Dustin
 |  More discussion…

John from Madison, Wi writes in-

“I thought I’d mail you folks at Yakface about a packaging change I noticed on some Gungan Scout Subs I received recently thru mail order. On both versions (.0000 & .0100) there are pictures on the top and bottom of the box showcasing the snapping claw play feature. On the .0000 box, to demonstrate graphically the claws snapping open there are white zigzagging lines on either side of the claws. And on the .0100 version instead of the lines there is a time lapse picture of the claws opening with 3-4 semi-transparent pictures of the claws themselves from shut to open. Yet another lame packaging variation again, however I think that the .0100 does look slightly better – though why this gets changed and not the seemingly countless commtech line errors I don’t know.”

TESSEK PETITION 
05.30.00 | 8:15pm EST | posted by Dustin
 |  More discussion…

Please help Tyler live his life long dream of having a POTF2 Tessek made. Sign up by dropping him an email.

CUSTOMS/TOYGUIDE UPDATES 
05.30.00 | 3:00pm EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

I’ve updated the Toy Customs page – in case you hadn’t noticed, all Toyguide updates (that means customs, checklists and the movie toy pages) will be summarized in the ToyGuide updates box, which is at the bottom of the Quick Clicks bar at the left. Of course, big updates to sections will be posted here as well.

12″ BIKER SCOUT NEWS
05.30.00 | 11:45am EST | posted by Mark
 |  More discussion…

I have been on the phone to Target and got the following info:

The rep has told me that there is NO definite amount of the product (the 40,000 number was incorrect) at this time. Do not expect to see the item in the store until mid to late August. Which they consider fall. Even though we know August is Summer, that is when the fall line for Target starts shipping. The rep was very helpful and she will be calling me back with more definite information as she gets it. She looked up my last call and found out that the last person I spoke with did in fact tell me incorrect information that they shipped from the warehouse. Fact is, the warehouse does not even have them yet. Sorry for the mis-information, we will let you know more when she calls me back. She told me that she is working to get us the most current and official information so that we can post it on the web. Hopes this helps the people who’ve been writing with questions. So far, NO stores have received this item.

WUHER VARIATION 
05.30.00 | 8:25am EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

Added a scan of the .0100 Wuher card back to the ToyGuide, thanks to Alan Ford. The card front has no printed warning or black label, it’s just blank (like the Commtech Stormtrooper is).


ADC UPDATE
05.29.00 | 7:05pm EST | posted by Dustin
 |  More discussion…

AmericanDreamComics is having a “I Am A Jedi contest give-away” for a FREE NEW POTF2 12″ Biker Scout & Speeder Bike going between 5/30/00 and 7/4/00. See the site for details. Also if you haven’t already, please add your name to the petition for a new POTF2 B-Wing fighter.

.0100 WUHER SHIPPING
05.29.00 | 6:35am EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

Alan Ford wrote in to say that he received his Wuher from the Fan Club recently, and it was on the corrected (warning label is removed) .0100 card.


SUPER AMES DEALS
05.28.00 | 11:45a
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Thanks to Brian for the following news.
“I went to my local ames for the 75% off deal. to my surprise they took 75% off of the already discounted price. of course they had nothing new but i got some figures for customs for a $1.50 each, sneak preview staps for $2.50 and anakin’s pod racer for only $3.50.”

LOOKING TO BUY AND/OR SELL?
05.28.00 | 6:25a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I received this e-mail today from Bananapunk, from the Bounty Hunters Collective:
“I have added a new Classifieds section in the BHC Forums for anyone who would like to sell Star Wars related items. These Classifieds will have a strict policy for its postings. If you plan on selling items currently in retail, the price must be for actual costs plus shipping. The purpose of this forum is for collectors to help each other and not for overt profiteering. For older and vintage items, prices must reflect true market value. This means amounts must be based on references such as current price guides. I hope you find the Classifieds a useful tool to sell your items and for buyers to be able to fill holes in their collections. NO SCALPERS ALLOWED!”


NEW FIGURES HIT THE UK
05.27.00 | 7:25p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

New figures sighted in the UK (tri-logo cards) are: Captain Panaka, Naboo Royal Security, Naboo Royal Guard and Darth Sidious (Holograph). All ship in one C2 case. These are the first new figures to hit since the Tatooine Maul lot, which arrived in the UK only a few months after they hit US shores, so we’ve had quite a wait for new figures! They’re priced at £6.74, and still have only been found at TRU. They’re still running the 2 for 1 deal on figures, but it ends Tuesday. For more info, check out the related news posts on The Public Universe.

CHECKLISTS UPDATED AGAIN
05.27.00 | 3:45p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Updated the checklists again. Thanks go to NomadScout, Jeff and D. John Shultz who all managed to notice the missing Anakin Pilot figure from the Tiger game. NomadScout also spotted the lack of the red R2 unit and the Final Lightsaber Duel figures. These have all been added.
I’ve also added loose checklists for the POTF2 and E1 Action Collection lines. Head over to theToyguide for those.

YAK’S STORE 
05.27.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Stop on over to the Yak-Store! today to grab up a cool T-shirt or Cofee Mug. George Sent us thisgreat pic of himself sporting a Yak T at The Magic of the Myth tour.

SIO BIBBLE WAVE WINNER 
05.27.00 | 11:45a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

JOHN GIRONE from New Jersey won this weeks free stuff drawing. Next weeks loot is a Galoob Transforming Battle Droid Playset and a Galoob Pod Racer Hanger Bay Playset. Enter Today!

12″ SPEEDER BIKE DCP#
05.27.00 | 10:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The DCP# for the 12″ Speeder Bike and Biker Scout set is 087-06-0112 – if you quote this number when you contact Target custom services or ask in-store, they’ll be able to look up info on this set with it. Thanks to Scott for the info!

ANAKIN’S SPEEDWAY 
05.27.00 | 10:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

This announcement was sent out by Lucas Learning:

“If your kids loved the Podracing scene in Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace, they’ll love building and racing through their own tracks in Anakin’s Speedway! Here kids develop essential planning, decision making and critical thinking skills as they design their own Podrace course! It’s from Lucas Learning, where products always place value on freedom, self-discovery and choice. A force for young minds.
Race over to http://www.lucaslearning.com for more information about the entire line of award-winning Lucas Learning products. Race over to http://www.lucaslearning.com for more information about the entire line of award-winning Lucas Learning products.”

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.27.00 | 10:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

All Weekend Long at 50% @ Entertainment Earth
69705H, Star Wars Galactic Asst. (Wave 2),
Regular Price: $129.99, Half Price: $64.99

Out from the depths of the warehouse! Green card Collection 3 action figures… all the bad guys. Some with hologram sticker and some without it. Includes: 3x Darth Vader, 1x Boba Fett, 1x Grand Moff Tarkin, 2x Emperor’s Royal Guard, 1x Emperor Palpatine, 1x Garindan (Long Snoot), 1x Ponda Baba, 2x Snowtrooper, 3x Stormtrooper, 1x Sandtrooper.

This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Friday May 26 until 11:59am Tuesday May 30. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

LEGO COLLECTOR VEHICLES
05.27.00 | 10:40a
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Rebelscum is reporting that the LEGO Collector X-Wing and TIE Interceptor have been spotted at TRU for $149.99 and $99.99! Ouch.

MOTOR CITY COMIC CON ARTICLE 
05.27.00 | 8:45a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Dave “I love Sergei Federov” Philips from EchoStation.com has posted a good write up on last weekends Motor City Comic con. Check it out here.

CHECKLISTS UPDATED 
05.27.00 | 7:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve updated the POTF2 loose figure checklist, adding pretty much anything that wasn’t there already. It now goes beyond the standard figures and covers pack-ins, complete galaxy etc etc. Take a look, and if you find any errors or omissions, send them to toyguide@yakface.com.
I’ve also added a new checklist, for Episode One loose figures.

LEGO MINIFIG SET PHOTOS
05.27.00 | 6:10a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Photos of the two LEGO minifig sets that will be available from LEGO Shop@Home later this year have been posted over at our LEGO section, FBTB. These sets are: Chewbacca, 2 Biker Scouts and the other set is 2 Battle Droids plus a Battle Droid commander.

EE MARMITS 
05.27.00 | 6:10a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Brandon Elliot wrote again to say that his Marmit Sandtrooper from EE has arrived. If you ordered one too, it’ll be with you anytime around now.

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER
05.27.00 | 6:10a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The latest issue – #43 – of Brian’s Toys newsletter is available here – check it out for the latest specials list plus details on how to win this week’s giveaway, which is a 12″ Han & Luke Stormtrooper two-pack.


HASBRO FIG POLL UPDATE
05.26.00 | 9:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Here are the current standings for the figure poll at Hasbro.

Amanaman-25%
Duros-35%
Eeth Koth-11%
Teemto Pagalies-10%
Bom Vimdim-19%

C’mon people ! VOTE!

PMT 10% OFF!!
05.26.00 | 9:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Really easy one that everyone can use today (Friday May 26)! 10% off EVERYTHING!!! Also, if you have never ordered from us before…(and we know who you are…:)…), you will receive a FREE gift with every order over $35! See you all soon! http://www.phantommenacetoys.com

12″ DEWBACK PIC TOO!
05.26.00 | 7:10p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Just in case you thought not enough has happened today, the first pic of the upcoming 12″ Dewback with Sandtrooper has shown up. It’s true. It’s true. Go to Tomart’s homepage to check it out.

UK NEWS: CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND
05.26.00 | 6:35p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

If you’re able to get to the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday or Sunday, there will be a big show called Collectabilia on in hall 10. Some of the big UK dealers will be there, including Startoys & Collectables, so you will be able to get all the latest stuff, Skiffs etc. If you’re in the area, check it out!

12″ PORTRAIT EDITION 2-PACK AVAILABLE!!!
05.26.00 | 3:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The 2000 Portrait Edition Queen Amidala/Qui-Gon Jinn “Defense of Naboo” 2-pack (click here for pic) is now available to order from either Entertainment Earth or the Fan Club. The Fan Club offer a free set of trading cards, while EE are offering free shipping – you pick where to buy! This is a shared product between both companies, and you won’t get this one at TRU or any other store. Read below for the official announcements from both companies

Fan Club:
“The Official Fan Club has recently received the Qui-Gon Jinn and Queen Amidala Defense of Naboo figure set. These Beautiful 12 inch masterpieces are packaged together in a collector’s window box. Her Majesty’s battle fatigues are crafted of lush purple velvet and satin with gold piping and her holster deeply cradles her 2 position-barrel blaster. Qui-Gon Jinn is handsomely adorned in a muslin tunic, pants and woven Jedi robe. Both figures come with marbleized plastic stands for display. In addition, free with every Qui-Gon and Amidala Portrait edition two pack is a set of Hallmark Expressions collector cards. Hallmark has teamed up with Lucasfilm and Topps to bring you three limited edition, Widevision trading cards. With Episode I images on the front and classic trilogy images and trivia on the back, these cards connect the newest installment of the Star Wars saga to Episodes IV, V and VI. Available while supplies last.
The item number for the collection is WTY 0417 and they sell for $79.95. Collectors and fans alike can order their figures by calling The Fan Club at 1800-878-3326; Monday through Friday 5:45am to 10:15pm and Saturday and Sundays 9:00am to 6:00pm MST. Order online at Mos Espa

Entertainment Earth:
“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STAR WARS COLLECTORS! – Episode I Defense of Naboo – New from Hasbro!
Not available in any store!
Defense of Naboo (Item #61785, $79.49)
Qui-Gon Jinn & Queen Amidala – 2000 Portrait Edition Order this item now and receive FREE domestic U.S. shipping (UPS Ground only). Mint Condition Guaranteed!
Qui-Gon Jinn & Queen Amidala in the “Defense of Naboo” from the 2000 Portrait Edition. Hasbro has designed two beautiful and life-like 12 inch Portrait Edition action figures, one of Qui-Gon Jinn and one of Queen Amidala in her Padme disguise, and packaged them together in an attractive display. Qui-Gon and Queen Amidala stand on either side of a pillar in her palace, he with his green lightsaber and she with her pistol.
A must have for serious collectors. Only available at Entertainment Earth (www.entertainmentearth.com) and the Star Wars Fan Club! “

AMES SALE 
05.26.00 | 1:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Jeff Engelmann writes: “I live in central PA and just received the Ames sale paper for next week (May 28-June 3). In it they have all Star Wars toys 75% off (click here for ad scan). They haven’t been much of a source for new stuff (the last new fig I found there was Adi Gallia), but the sale should produce some decent bargains.”

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
05.26.00 | 11:50a
m EST | posted by Mark |  More discussion…

Hasbro is now running the first ever poll that lets you choose which figure you want to be in the 2001 lines up. Follow this LINK to the poll and place your vote. Thanks to Andy from Hasbro for the heads up.

12″ SPEEDER BIKE NEWS
05.26.00 | 8:30a
m EST | posted by Mark |  More discussion…

So you want the news on this? Well here it is. I just spoke with the manager of Customer service. There are 30,000 ordered and they have all been received at the warehouse. And they have ALL shipped to the stores. No stores are showing them in stock anywhere in the US as of this morning. So be on the lookout as they should be showing soon. Also the price is $49.99

12″ SPEEDER BIKE AND BIKER SCOUT PICS
05.26.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

For all you collectors who normally miss out on 12″ figures – it’s time to make an exception.
Taztaztaz sent me a few boxed shots of the upcoming Target exclusive 12″ Speeder Bike with Biker Scout. This thing rocks, definitely one of the coolest 12″ figures made! The box is 60cm long, 36cm tall and 19cm deep. check out the pics here:
Box Front
Box Back
Window view 
Character photo 
Taztaztaz is auctioning this item on 
eBay just now, at item number 339954231. If you want a chance to be one of the first to get hold of it, take a look!

Coruscant Toys have posted some interesting info on this set, along with a chance to win a free Target Skiff! Head over for more.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.26.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
69663, Luke’s T-16 Skyhopper, Regular Price $19.99, Half Price: $9.99
Luke Skywalker’s Classic Star Wars vehicle! This toy is actually two vehicles in one. Cockpit disengages for quick maneuvers. Pivoting blaster cannon attaches to main ship or cockpit. Multi-position wings can be attached to either vehicle. From the 1995+ Power of the Force Product line. This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Thursday May 25 until 11:59am Friday May 26. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.


 

THURSDAYS PMT SPECIALS
05.25.00 | 8:50p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

With each action figure purchase you can get 1 accessory set for $1! (Limit of 4 per customer). Choose from Tatooine, Naboo, Underwater or Sith. Tomorrow will be the final day of our daily specials! Look for something BIG! http://www.phantommenacetoys.com

SHMI NEWS!
05.25.00 | 8:00p
m EST | posted by Mark |  More discussion…

Thanks to Andy for talking to me today. I was able to get the entire low down on the Shmi Figure. Here is the whole story as I was told, so that this can be put to rest. The Petition was a good thing as it made this whole story come to life and that the fans out cry was heard by the people that mattered. Shmi is not cancelled, however there are NO definate plans to make her at this time. She has been put on hold indefinately. She will definately not be made this year (2000). The soonest she could be made would be sometime in 2001. At this time noone has been selected to have her as an exclusive either. I have talked with Dan Madsen from the Fan Club and they have been in negotiations to get her made. Nothing more can be said. At this point, they have the prototype (the one that we have all seen) and that is it. Hopefully the Fan Club can get something worked out with Hasbro and this very important figure can be made. Please check back as I plan on talking with Andy more about this, but also remember things can change overnight. On a side note I can say that I have been assured that there are many more R2 w/holo leias on the way!!!! Do not pay sclalpers prices. Please do not spend your hard earned money for one on EBAY, you are only keeping scalpers alive and breathing by doing this. I say don’t buy the toys from them. Let them choke on all the toys they have. YOU WILL SEE this figure on the shelves.

COMMTECH MEMORY CHIP
05.25.00 | 9:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Following yesterday evening’s news that the Commtech chips have indeed been discontinued, it is pretty clear now that the planned oval Commtech chips and the Commtech Reader 4.0 have indeed been cancelled and won’t be produced. But, it seems that the new generation of Commtech that had been planned, and indeed some chips and readers were made, had a few new gadgets. Robert Muscohas unearthed this Commtech Memory Chip which seems to have been planned to go with the new set. Hit that link for a photo of the memory chip, and for a little description of what it seems to have been planned for. Check out his main page for photos of loads of great prototypes including a shot of a few of the oval chips. Thanks to Robert for sharing this!

Update: Lococaca points out that this is a clear version of the red chip on the right hand side of the new reader. The red chip on the reader appears to be what stores the generic Commtech reader sounds, but the fact that it’s removable suggests to me that you would be able to store any Commtech sound you wish on these memory chips, then plug them into the reader. I’m trying to get more info on this, so I’ll update with the full story if I can.

LEGO PODRACING BUCKET AT MEIJER STORES
05.25.00 | 9:00a
m EST | posted by Tim |  More discussion…

The podracing bucket is starting to show up at retail, with an early find in Columbus, Ohio. This and more LEGO news can be found in our LEGO section, FBTB.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.25.00 | 9:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
697703, Landspeeder, Regular Price: $12.99, Half Price: $6.49
Discontinued Star Wars item!
The famous Landspeeder has real movie decorations and battle damage. Engage shifter to deploy ‘hovering’ gear. Pop-open hood action. Holds 2 STAR WARS action figures in cockpit (figures sold separately). From the 1995+ Power of the Force product line.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday May 24 until 11:59am Thursday May 25. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

MARMIT SANDTROOPERS SHIPPING
05.25.00 | 9:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

If you ordered a Marmit Sandtrooper from Entertainment Earth, it should be shipping, or already have shipped. Brandon Elliot reports that he was told his would arrive by tomorrow (5/26). If you still want to order, hit the Marmit button on the menu at the right.

TRU CLEARANCE SALE (PART II)
05.25.00 | 1:00a
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

The TRU Memorial Day Clearance sale is a nationwide event. However, what exactly will be included in the sale will depend on the store and what they have an excess of. Thanks to Ander for this news.

Also, Ander mentioned that they may be getting the new SW line in late June/July however he was not positive on the date and said it could also be sooner.


NEW FIGS ON THE WAY!! 
05.24.00 | 7:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Ryan reports that he received this in an email from actionace.com….

New Star Wars on the way! That’s right kids, we just got word that the new Star Wars line featuring characters from all four films is on its way to ActionAce.com. Say goodbye to the CommTech Chips and hello to new mini-books featuring bios of the characters with which they come. Can’t save you from the resculpts though. Be sure to check out the Star Wars shop in the next couple of weeks for their arrival.

PMT DAILY SPECIAL! 
05.24.00 | 7:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

The special of today at PhantomMenaceToys.com is the Mos Espa Encounter Cinema Scene for only $7.99! There are only two ways to get a figure of Sebulba (with his podracer and this cinema scene! and we know how hard it was to find Sebulba’s podracer since it was only one to a case….)

MORE COUPONS! 
05.24.00 | 7:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

KBKids.com

$10 off $30 (5-31) code: GB5B04C17F 
$10 off $40 (5-31) code: KB061 
$5 off $15 (5-31) code: FRIEND4 
$10 off $30 (8-31) code: INFANT 
$10 off $30 (8-31) code: FIRSTBD 

eToys

$10 off $30.00 (exp ?) code: C4428

Amazon.com

$10 off $75.00 (exp ?) code: TCNANNCEMENT

Thanks to Pete S. in NJ!!!!!

TRU MEMORIAL DAY SALE?
05.24.00 | 5:45p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Thanks to Charles for the following news. It is unknown however if this is happening in every TRU.
“I spoke with the director of my local Toys R Us and he said most of the Star Wars itmes will be included in the big Memorial Day Weekend Clearance Sale. It starts on the 26th and runs through the 29th. He said they are clearing the way for new items coming in soon.”

TARGET SALE 
05.24.00 | 1:05p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

David writes: “The Target in my town (Salinas, CA) has all their Star Wars figures on sale for $2.70. My Target had a bunch of Anakins(Tatooine), Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Duel), Rune Haako, Nute Gunray, Jar Jar Binks (of course), Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.”

CUSTOMS CARDS UPDATED
05.24.00 | 11:45a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a couple of cool new custom card submissions from Chris Maples – head over and check ’em out!

Update: Added a new card from Richard Guere too, same page.

TROPHY MAUL AT KBKIDS
05.24.00 | 11:32a
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Kbkids.com has the new Trophy Assortment Darth Maul in stock for $12.95. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

EOPIE WITH QUI-GON
05.24.00 | 11:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

For those who have asked me about this item in the past, I can now say that is has not been cancelled. DollsKollekt are taking pre-orders for it now, @ $21.99. They also have Motti/Leia, Holo Sidious, Naboo Royal Guard, Pit Droids, Final Lightsaber Duel, and more items in stock. Thanks to Clint for the news!

MARMIT SANDTROOPER VARIATIONS
05.24.00 | 9:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Got an update on the differences between the 3 Marmit Sandtroopers, other than the shoulder pad colors. It seems that the white pad Sandtrooper will have different helmet detail than on the orange pad version. The black pad figure will have a new waist bag and a different blaster. A reminder that each one will be released separately, so don’t go out and buy 3 of these in hope you’ll get all three versions – it’s just the orange one out just now.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.24.00 | 9:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
27846, RC Imperial Speeder Bike, Regular Price: $39.99, Half Price: $19.99 The Radio Control Imperial Speeder Bike with large Imperial Scout Trooper figure. Authentically styled from Return of the Jedi. Enjoy radio control power with amazing speed! Requires one 9-volt and four “AA” batteries (not included). Radio frquency 27mhz.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Tuesday May 23 until 11:59am Wednesday May 24. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

EPISODE ONE DEALS
05.24.00 | 9:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Brian Levine reports that Netoy have a number of deals on Episode One toys, including the Theed Generator complex playset with Battle Droid for $6.25. Check it out!

MAGIC OF MYTH POSTER
05.24.00 | 9:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

George Collazo is selling a cool poster for The Magic of Myth exhibition in Minneapolis over on eBay – item number 340513076.


eTOYS COUPON 
05.23.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

I didn’t get any Amazon.com coupons but David sent us one for eToys. Use code C8246 to get 20% off at etoys.com. It expires 6/30/2000

UPDATE: good for first timers only 🙁

SPECIAL OF THE DAY 
05.23.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Free 5 Pack of Action Figure Stands with the purchase of ANY 5 Episode I Hasbro Action Figures! (Cinema Scenes count as 3 figures!) Some of the newest figures are still in stock! VisitPhantomMenaceToys.com for complete listing!

BWING PETITION 
05.23.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

American Dream Comics has started one and want your support. Check it out atAmericanDreamComics.com or email them your full name atBWingpetition@AmericanDreamComics.com

NEW CUSTOMS WEBSITE 
05.23.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Very nice, very well done! You must visit! Click here!


LOOK WHAT I FOUND 
05.22.00 | 9:45p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Found this website tonight – AnthonyDaniels.com!

OBIWAN / MAUL SPLIT 2 PACK 
05.22.00 | 9:45p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Star Wars Episode I Figures (2-pack): Obi-Wan Kenobi / Darth Maul

Available now @ Amazon.com for only $14.99. Anyone got any good coupons to use as well? Let us know…..

SPECIALS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK 
05.22.00 | 9:45p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Each day this week (week of May 22) PhantomMenaceToys.com will be featuring a different product on special. Check back each day for the special! Today (Monday May 22) we start with the Galoob Mini Action Scenes at 40% off! Normally $9.99, now you can pick them up for just $4.99 while supplies last! There are 4 different ones, choose from Gungan Assault, Sith Pursuit, Destroyer Droid Ambush, or Stap Invasion.

ADC NEWSFEED 
05.22.00 | 9:45p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

AmericanDreamComics.com has Back In Stock Trade Federation Tanks and Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Maul Final Duel 2-Packs. They are also are still taking Pre-Orders for Wato’s Box that are due to start shipping in about a week. Finally you still have a few days left to enter their drawing for a FREE R2-D2 w/Holo Leia.

INTERLACE 4D LENTICULARS
05.22.00 | 12:45p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I received an e-mail from Interlace 4D today about a new product heading our way soon:
If you head over to their website, and go to the Deep 3Ds section (inside Star Wars), you’ll see a preview pic of a 3D Anakin’s Podracer card. Although the picture on the site isn’t 3D, the actual item promises to have so much depth you’ll be able to pass your hand through parts of the image. This item is going to be big – 12″ x 14″ – and will be a limited edition of between 5– and 750. Which means, it’s going to be scarce!
I’ll post an update on this item when I get more info.

DARTH MAUL POSTER
05.22.00 | 12:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Eric B called the Fan Club about damaged Darth Maul posters: “I called the Fan Club last week to check on this item. They said that their shipment was damaged and they were sorting through them, so they may have sent out the damaged ones to fill the orders.”

CUSTOMS UPDATED 
05.22.00 | 9:40a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve updated all three customs pages with new submissions, and I’ve also added some more of Hans’ amazing 12″ customs – Ishi Tib, Nien Nunb and Prune Face. Head over to check ’em out! There’s a bit of a backlog on customs submission right now, so if you send something in, it might take a while for me to get it posted.

12″ SEBULBA PROTOTYPE
05.22.00 | 9:40a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Figures In Action have a photo of a 12″ Sebulba with chuba prototype which is for sale – head over there for the pic and details!
Don’t forget that we have finished, boxed pictures of this wave in our 12″ ToyGuide.

TOYGUIDE UPDATED 
05.22.00 | 9:40a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve updated the Return of the Jedi action figures section with some more character photos.


FREE STUFF WINNER
05.21.00 | 8:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

This weeks winner has been posted and the free stuff for next week is the Sio Bibble wave! Click hereto enter!

NEW CUSTOM SITE
05.21.00 | 8:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Revenge Of The Empire is a very cool new custom site. Check it out today!

PRICES REDUCED
05.21.00 | 8:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

DollsKollekt have reduced prices on selected POTF and EP 1 3 3/4″ figures from $8.99 to $3.99 while supplies last. Also, all in stock electronic figures are now $14.99 instead of $19.99.

TRI-LOGO VINTAGE FETT
05.21.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

One of the most obvious vintage variations is the change between the standard Boba Fett figure, and the tri-logo one. Startoys & Collectables are selling a loose Fett over on eBay – item number 337278645.

FOREIGN STICKERS… 
05.21.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Just as a final update to the information about the foreign stickers on cards, Hunter sent in some pics of the stickers found on the European cards that I mentioned:
Front (CommTalk sticker)
Back

12″ ELECTRONIC TC-14
05.21.00 | 5:45a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Minch00 found the 12″ electronic TC-14 at a local KB Toyworks in Orlando, FL. He says 5 phrases and the eyes light up. This is only a second sighting, but these will be showing up in greater numbers at KB stores very soon. Keep an eye open for the new wave of 12″ figures also – Mace Windu, Battle Droid Commander and Qui-Gon with poncho are all hitting stores.

Update: I’ve had about 10 more reports of TC-14 being found all over the country, so this one’s obviously hitting in numbers.

JAPANESE SD YODA
05.21.00 | 5:45a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

A while ago we posted boxed pictures of the Tomy Japanese super deformed Battle Droid and Darth Maul. Now, you can check out the boxed Yoda figure over at Coruscant Toys

BRIAN’S TOYS NEWSLETTER #42
05.21.00 | 5:45a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can read Brian’s Toys newsletter #42 right here – this week’s giveaway is a Revenge of the Jedi Dengar proof card!


 

UPDATE ON COMMTECH STICKERS
05.20.00 | 7:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Dax Riley reports with the full story on the Commtech sticker variation we posted yesterday:

“The sticker appears on all Australian released Commtech figures because Hasbro does not own the brand name Commtech in Australia. I believe there are similar changes to the cards released in Europe and countries where Hasbro also doesn’t hold the licensing agreement or name rights to ‘Commtech’.”

Well, I personally live here in Britain, and all the figures (apart from Collection 3 figures) hit stores on tri-logo cards. However, some dealer stores who import from places like Germany do receive US carded figures with stickers on the back, although the stickers are not the same as these ones.

DARTH MAUL POSTER
05.20.00 | 7:30a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

A number of people have reported receiving their large Darth Maul posters from the Fan Club. Unfortunately, it seems that some have been damaged en route – all I can suggest for anyone who has received a damaged poster is to contact the Fan Club’s customer service dept. and ask if they can help. Thanks to all those who wrote in.

QUEEN AMIDALA (HOLOGRAPH)
05.20.00 | 4:40a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Seems like the second wave of Hasbro’s light up Holograph figure series will go ahead. Three new figures have been rumored, some were first mentioned a long time ago. They were Sio Bibble, Queen Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Click here to see a prototype pic of the Queen Amidala (Holograph) figure. it’s non-articulated, so it’s definitely from the light-up subset and not a carded figure. Which, if any, of those other two rumored figures will be coming soon also remains to be soon. Thanks to tshead 1 for the use of the image! he is selling this proto over on eBay at item number #336802937. Check it out!

INTERACTIVE YODA 
05.20.00 | 4:40a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I received the following information in an e-mail newsletter from Tiger Toys:
THE FORCE FLOWS!
Coming soon to a store near you is Interactive Yoda, Tiger’s amazingly life-like toy. From his wise eyes to his twitching ears, this Yoda captures the spirit of the Star Wars films. Interactive Yoda will instruct you in the ways of the Force, teaching you proper use of the Light Saber (which is included with the product). Frank Oz, the original voice of Yoda in the movies, is also the voice of Interactive Yoda. To learn more about Interactive Yoda, go to: http://www.tigertoys.com


EE NEWS FEED
05.19.00 | 10:20p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

69570H, Star Wars Action Figure. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8, Regular Price: $99.99, Half Price: $49.99

Contains: 2x Princess Leia Organa as Jabba’s Prisoner, 2x Lando Calrissian in General’s Gear, 2x Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Gear, 2x Endor Rebel Soldier, 1x Han Solo in Carbonite Block, 1x Ben Kenobi, 1x Lando as Skiff Guard, 1x Luke Stormtrooper Disguise, 1x Bespin Han Solo, 1x Han Solo in Endor Gear, 2x Luke Skywalker in Bespin Gear with removable hand. From the 1995+ Power of the Force Product Line.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Friday May 19 until 11:59am Monday May 22. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time at Entertainment Earth.

NEW STUFF AT D&S TOYS
05.19.00 | 6:05p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

D&S Toys has gotten in a lot of new products. For example:
Sith Attack Speeder with new Darth Maul
Ammo Wagon and Falumpaset
12″ Electronic C-3PO
Obi-Wan Electronic Lightsaber
Gungan Mini Sub with Obi-Wan
Watto’s Box Package Deal, New EP1 Figures
Jabba & Hex, 2nd Series EP1 Accessory Packs
Large Federation Tank
Go over there and check it out.

HASBRO UPDATES
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Hasbro has updated with some news on the Skiff, Shmi, figure lists and the clearing out of figures at stores around the country. It seems they are indeed clearing out the shelves to make room for new figures like R2-D2 with Holographic Leia. Huh?? Now maybe this is just me but all the shelf space in the world isn’t going to make R2 any easier to find unless he’s actually in the cases that are shipping.

POTF2 STICKER VARIATION
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Andrew Coats from WA sent in this photo of two R2-D2 with holo Leias – the card on the left has a sticker over the bottom right of the card. The sticker appears to have extra copyright informtion about Commtech that isn’t present on the standard cards. So far, this is the first sighting of these stickers that I know of, but they may be appearing as standard on other figures too.

CHARITY TOY SHOW IN FLORIDA
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Sergio sent in this info on an upcoming charity toy show in Miami:

Miami Toy & Collectibles Show
Charity Auction
Sunday, MAY 21st at the Miami Park Plaza Hotel 7707 NW 103 St (Palmetto & 103rd behind BJ’s Wholesale Club)
10am to 4pm (9:30 early bird)
$4 adults /children 10 & under free
Radio Disney will be on hand playing music
F
or more info contact Sergio at 305.649.9504

**TONS OF “FREE” GREAT DOOR PRIZES RAFFLED EVERY 30 MIN**

“There will also be a special raffle that benefits the Analicia Fernandez Foundation which includes:
Pepsi Aluminum display case with ALL 24 Star Wars cans
Pepsi Destiny (Anakin) collector can W/display case
Set of all 6 DK Publishing Star Wars books
European exclusive Interlace 4-D mini movie lenticulars
DK Publishing life size droid 3-D display & much much more…
Tickets are $5 & benefit the Analicia Fernandez Foundation everyone who purchases a ticket will also recieve a chance to win a Disney vacation which will be givin away ON AIR!

This show is dedicated to the memory of fellow collector and dear friend Orlando Mayor.”

NEW SITES 
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

A couple of new websites have started up very recently:

JD Dolan has opened his new site coruscanttoys.com, where he has a few giveaways for free figures. His Amanaman petition is back up running with 601 names thus far, and the site also includes customs, a poll to see what is the most wanted SW Figures and more.

Jeff has an Australian site at http://www.ozemail.com.au/~figaalfa/faa.html and invites visitors to submit news or rumors.

Update: Another new site, this one for Canadian fans, opened: The Dark Side Collector is not just limited to Canadian news, but if you’re a fan up north, it’s well worth checking out.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

From Entertainment Earth:
“Marmit Sandtrooper Action Figure Kit In Stock Now shipping, the newest in a series of Officially Licensed Star Wars action figure kits from Marmit and Tomy, the Hasbro distributors in Japan. Order the Marmit 12 inch Sandtrooper (Item #MTS2, $104.99) now. All orders placed prior to today will be filled. New orders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Only 20 units left as of this writing. Hurry, this is a one time deal.”

MARMIT SANDTROOPER 
05.19.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Some more info on the different versions of this figure. This was sent in by Sandtrooper1:

“I don’t know how many different Marmit Sandtroopers will be released but in this pichttp://www.rebelscum.com/toys/marmitsandtroopers-2-2.jpg it shows 4 different guns. Only the Sandtrooper with a orange pauldron had a Lewis gun in the moviehttp://www.collectorsempire.com/parts/t21.htm My Marmit Sandrooper only came with the regular Stormtrooper gun.
The German MG-15 (spear like gun) was carried by Sandtroopers with both white and black pauldrons. I don’t remember which all colored pauldrons had a German MG-34http://www.collectorsempire.com/parts/dlt19.htm

AURRA SING BOOK UP FOR PRE ORDER
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

The Aurra Sing Book is available for pre order atAmazon.com. You can go directly to the page byclicking here!

ARTWORK CENTRAL
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Check out Trevor Groves Star Wars Artwork Central!

http://members.xoom.com/starparkfan/starwars.html

IMPERIAL OFFICERS CLUB
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

The Imperial Officers’ Club. Episode 1: Meeting the New Boss is where we get to see the Imperials meeting Anakin for the first time. Fun stuff…….

http://www.fortunecity.com/tattooine/gargoyle/401/impoc1.html

DRAGON CON MILLENNIUM’S END
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Dragon*Con (Atlanta, Ga., June 29-July 2) has announced the dates and times of the screenings of the documentary Millennium’s End: The Fandom Menace. Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. in the Matters of the Force room Friday, June 30 at 9 p.m. in the main video room Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m. in the main video room Producer/director Jeff Cioletti will be on hand at the screenings. For more information, go to the Far Away Discourse Productions Web site (www.fadproductions.com).

FAN CLUB YODA
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Darrell received this e-mail from the Fan Club regarding the lifesize Yoda he recently ordered:

“Thank you for your recent Life Size Yoda Replica order. Unfortunately, this item does not include the same display stand as advertised on page 37 of issue number 49 in the Star Wars Insider due to the manufacturer’s decision. The stand you will receive is similar to the Life Size Watto Replica (black color with the Star Wars Episode I plate) but does not include the pole attachment also advertised on page 37. We apologize for any confusion or disappointment this may have created. If you decide to cancel your order, please contact our Company at 800.878.3326 or 303.856.2205 and we will be more than happy to assist you. Once again, we would like to extend our apologies and as always….”

GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

JT chimes in with this helpful info:

“Just letting you know that you can still see George Lucas in Love on the internet. Helps to have a fast connection. People might want to check it out before buying a copy.”

http://www.mediatrip.com/per/Short_Films/George_Lucas_In_Love.html

NEW 12″ SHOWING UP
05.19.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Charles reports:

“THE FAO SCHWARTZ HAD THE MACE WINDU , OOM-9 , AND QUI GON 12” ACTION COLLECTION . THEY WERE $29.99 EACH .THIS WAS IN GLENDALE CA “


YODA FURBY IN JUNE??
05.18.00 | 11:40p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

The Action Figure Times is reporting that the Yoda Furby will be introduced in NYC on June 14th and will start shipping in late June.

LEGO: SETS AT ETOYS
05.18.00 | 6:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

“Fozzy” dropped a line that the AAT and MTT can now be found online at etoys.com MTT and AAT legos are at Etoys, here are the links:
MTT – $49.99
AAT – $19.99

LEGO NEWS: PODRACE BUCKET
05.18.00 | 3:40p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Tim at our LEGO section, From Bricks to Bothans, has posted a nice, clear photo of the 3rd minifig from the upcoming Podrace Bucket! He’s a strange looking character – definitely doesn’t resemble any podracer from the movie, and goes unnamed in the instruction manual. Head over to check him out!

$4 TARGET FIGURES
05.18.00 | 3:35pm EST | posted by Greg
 |  More discussion…

GarGarBnks found Star Wars E1 figures marked down to $4 at a local Target (Northern California). The figures included the Sio Bibble wave.
In the same area, at TRU, he found the Trade Federation Tank for $17.99.

LENTICULAR CARDS @ THE FAN CLUB
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Amazing considering that I only mentioned these yesterday, but I received this e-mail today from the Fan Club:
“The cards are available right now – we have only 50 sets, and will be on shop.starwars.com hopefully by Friday.
Sku for the cards – WCG 2024 – Star Wars Episode I Mini Movie 8 Card Set. Retail price of the cards is $59.95.
Please call 1-800-TRUE-FAN and refer to the SKU listed.”

As it says, only 50 sets available. See Interlace 4D’s website for pics (you’re looking for the Star Wars mini movies, not the other sub-sets).

In other Fan Club news, their exclusive poster, which features every vintage Star Wars figure, including variations plus Droids/Ewoks figures, is printing now and should be shipping in around 2 weeks!

Update: Here is the full official announcement from the Fan Club:
“Now available at the Official Fan Club, 24 frame, mini-movie, 3D lenticular cards! This set of 8 cards is imported from the UK and is available in the U.S. through the Official Fan Club only. In addition the mini-cards come with three free flip-image, lenticular character cards! Sorry, no choice on character cards. To view these lenticular cards please visit this link (requires that you have flash to view the cards.)
Call 1-800-TRUE-FAN or visit shop.starwars.com to purchase these Domestic Exclusive cards. Quantities are limited.
WCG 2024 Retailing for $59.95″

LUCAS IN LOVE
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Dan Rose pointed out this article which talks about the popularity of the video edition of the Star Wars spoof “George Lucas in Love”, which went on sale recently. Check it out, it’s an interesting read.

MARMIT SANDTROOPER NEWS
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Contrary to earlier news, there are not to be four versions of the Marmit Sandtrooper, but 3. The three will be slightly modified – there is an orange, black or white. There will also be other differences, I’ll post what they are when I find out. The second two Sandtroopers are due out in Fall.

Update: Going by this photo over at Rebelscum, David Downey sent in his idea of what the differences between the 3 ‘troopers are. Says David: “Either the black or white pauldron trooper is carrying a unique weapon that was only used by stormtroopers on Tatooine. It is a rife that looks like a spear gun. A trigger & grip with a long barrel and not much else.”

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
69805A, Complete Galaxy 2-Pack, Regular Price: $29.99, Half Price: $14.99 Includes: Dagobah with Yoda, Death Star with exclusive Darth Vader with Removable Helmet Dome figure. Dagobah has detailed planet markings, a flying creature (permanently attached) and a thumbwheel that rotates the figure. The Death Star includes an apparatus to hold Darth Vader’s Helmet Dome.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday May 17 until 11:59am Thursday May 18. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

CUSTOM IMPERIAL HANGAR
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Dan Sparks sent this in:
“I’ve built an (to scale with POTF2 figures) Imperial Hangar with Custom TIE Bomber in storage rack. Here is the link to the pics. I hope to expand the hangar in the near future. The dimensions are: 4 ft long, 4 ft high, 3 feet deep (the actual hanger stands 6 1/2 feet tall with support legs)”
Check Dan’s Hangar out, it’s damn cool!

BRIANS’ TOYS EWOKS NEWSLETTER
05.18.00 | 12:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Check out the latest issue of Brian’s Toys newsletter right here! It’s a special Ewoks issue, with loads of items related to – yup, you guessed it, the Ewoks. The latest giveaway is a Marmit Sandtrooper – read the newsletter for details.

CUSTOM CARDED AWING PILOT 
05.18.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Here’s a pretty neat item up for grabs on ebay!Auction # #333370891. Check it out today!

CONVENTION REMINDER 
05.18.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Just a reminder that the Motor City Comic Con starts tomorrow and runs through this weekend. Just added to the guest list is Richard leParmentier – Admiral Motti from Star Wars. See you there!

NEW FIGS ON FRI
05.18.00 | 6:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Dolls Kollekt is expecting TC-14, R2-B1, Admiral Motti, Hooded Leia, another Sio Bibble wave, Hooded Obi-Wan, Stormtroopers with battle damage and Obi-Wan vs. Darth maul 2 pack to be in stock this friday!


WATTO’S BOXES & AMMO WAGONS
05.17.00 | 8:15p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

AmericanDreamComics.com is taking pre-orders for Watto’s Box’s and Ammo Wagons. These items are due to start shipping in 1-2 weeks. Also it’s not too late to enter for a chance to win a FREE R2-D2 w/Holo Leia.

NEED A MARMIT STORMTROOPER?
05.17.00 | 5:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

My buddy Joe has a limited number of Marmit Stormtroopers for sale @ $95 each plus shipping. If you’re interested, contact him here.

STAR WARS MINI-MOVIES
05.17.00 | 3:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I just received this e-mail from Sergio:
One of the companies involved in the Radio Disney Star Wars “Anakin April” month is giving us Americans a great deal. Interlace 4D, who makes the worlds greatest lenticulars (you know, the trading card sized objects that you move and they play like a movie), have the exclusive rights to make Mini Movies for Star Wars in Europe. They are giving $10 off their Star Wars sets at the moment! Each Mini Movie uses 24 frames of film to create incredible movement, and these are only sold in Europe. Mention Radio Disney to get the savings over the standard price (around $80). Just wanted to pass along the info because they’re AWESOME & we’ll never get the chance to see them here in the states.”

My thanks go out to Serg who sent a set of these over to me, and I am with him – they’re fantastic! 8 in the set – they feature Darth Maul spinning his lightsaber, a Naboo Fighter exploding, Anakin’s Podracer flying out of the cave, Obi-Wan using Force Push to repel Battle Droids, and of course there are four others too. Can’t recommend ’em much more 🙂 If you check out Interlace 4D’s website (linked above) you can watch a small animation of each lenticular so you can see what you’re getting.

SCANNING CREW MEMBERS
05.17.00 | 3:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

A reminder that, among their other sale items, KB stores have been getting some Millenium Falcon carry cases with the Scanning Crew Member pack-in. They’re priced at only $7.99, so you might want to look out for those. Eric Leavitt found four of them this morning at KB in Lincoln Mall, IL.

SITH ATTACK SPEEDER W DARTH MAUL
05.17.00 | 3:10p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

TNC Universe has the Sith Attack Speeder with Darth Maul in stock for only $11.95. Thanks to JediJason for the news.

12″ ELECTRONIC TC-14 OUT
05.17.00 | 12:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

‘E’ found a case of this 12″ exclusive at a KB Toyworks store in Lynnwood, Wa on Tuesday morning. Price tag was $30. Time to start hunting again!

SHOPKO SALE 
05.17.00 | 12:25p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Par Ousia reports finding about 50 Commtech POTF2 figures on sale for $1.97 at a local ShopKo – let me know if you find similar deals.

Update: This is happening at other ShopKos. Also, the Jar Jar and Kaadu, and Qui-Gon with Opee are $4.99, so if you use your coupon that came with the video, the beast packs are free!!

CUSTOMS UPDATE 
05.17.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a couple of new custom cards by Richard Guere and also a bunch of cool Rebel Pilots and Hoth soldiers, as well as a couple of Twi’Leks, by Richard Grimshaw – check ’em out!

LATEST FIGURES AT TOYMANIACS
05.17.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Toymaniacs have posted the following for sale on their site:
Sio Bibble wave, Qui-Gon Jedi Master wave (sans Jar Jar), Skiff Guards, Rebel Pilots, Watto’s Box/Tatooine Showdown 2-pack, Trade Federation Tank, accessory packs wave 2, Gungan Scout Sub and the Marmit Sandtrooper. If you’re looking for any of these items, head over and check ’em out!

VINTAGE FOR SALE
05.17.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Justin Lowe is selling a few of his carded vintage figures over on eBay – he has a couple of of cool Power of the Force cards as well as an ESB Obi-Wan. Vintage fans, take a look! Seller id is jedibricklayer
Another auction worth a look is item #331106871 – Brant is selling a 24kt gold Boba Fett card, limited edition of 1,000. Worth a look for Fett or just card fans!


NEW JEDI @ YAKFACE.COM 
05.16.00 | 8:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

We are proud to annouce the birth of Brady Alexander, a son born yesterday to Tim and his wife Nicole. [Tim runs the Lego Page!] Brady joined the world at 6:45pm yesterday, 20″ long, 6lbs7oz.Congratulations to the whole family!

CUSTOMS UPDATE 
05.16.00 | 6:40p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a few new custom figures by Kevin Watts and Scott Centofanti to the Toy Customs page. I’ve also added a link to a site created by German fan Markus Gerlach, which displays a load of great looking dioramas with custom-built backdrops – fantastic! Check it out!

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.16.00 | 6:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
697758, Tie Fighter, Regular Price $29.99, Half Price: $14.99
The most distinctive Imperial ship ever. Ejector buttons blast off solar panel wings. Figure (sold separately) fits inside cockpit. From the 1995+ Power of the Force product line.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Tuesday May 16 until 11:59am Wednesday May 17. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

ONLINE STORES SUMMARY
05.16.00 | 1:55p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Here is a nice summary of some of the current deals out there at online stores.
“TRU.com lowered the gunner stations from 4.97 to 2.97 and they have all three in stock. They also have Amidala’s ship for 49.98. Kbkids.com has 12″ Emperor Palpatine and Luke in Hoth gear for 9.95 each and thei in stock. Etoys.com has the Naboo Fighter for 6.99, that is good to build up your squadron. Etoys also has the Episode 1 Armored scout tank with battle droid for 4.99. Amazon.com has most Episode 1 figures for 3.49 (sorry, none from the newer waves). Amazon also has the Final Duel 2 pack for 14.99.” Thanks to Giancarlo for the news.

CHEAP FX-WING
05.16.00 | 1:55p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Kbkids.com has the FX-Wing in stock today for only $14.95. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.


SHMI SUPPORT FROM GERMANY
05.15.00 | 7:05p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

The guys over at 4-inches have created this nifty petition button to be used by whoever wants to! Make it link back here to support the petition!

I want to comment on the whole petition issue here real quick as well. Rumor has it the Fan Club is in pursuit of Shmi as an exclusive for next year much like Wuher was this year. She was supposed to go to retail, but due to the merger of the two lines some things have been cut. The figure sculpt is done we have seen images of prototypes. This petition is to show some support for what looks to be a very nice figure. If you don’t want her that’s cool, if you do then sign up!

AMMO WAGON – GUNGAN SCOUT SUB – TANKS
05.15.00 | 6:35p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

PlanetActionFigure.com has just received a large shipment and is offering Watto’s Box & Tatooine Showdown Sets $49.99 per set, Ammo Wagon & Falumpaset $24.99 , Trade Federation Tanks $24.99, Gungan Scout Subs $15.99…..and MUCH More!

MAUL POSTERS SHIPPING
05.15.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Clint wrote in to say that his order status on the Fan Club’s Darth Maul subway poster has changed to “shipped” – watch for these soon!

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE?
05.15.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

BP is asking readers what they want to see from the current Star Wars line over at Collect Star Wars – take the poll and give your opinion!

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.15.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off is…
69786, Expanded Universe Cloud Car, Normally: $19.99, Half Price: $9.99 Comes with exclusive Cloud Car Pilot action figure. This offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Monday May 15 until 11:59am Tuesday May 16.
We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

NEW AT THE FAN CLUB
05.15.00 | 2:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I received this product update from the Fan Club:
“Pinball enters the new millennium with the Episode I Pinball Game and the Official Fan Club’s got it! Williams and Bally bring you Pinball 2000 a new, innovative twist on the pinball theme.
The Episode I Pinball Game features a modular design and virtual imaging. The modular system allows for easy maintenance and software upgrades. Virtual imaging allows the ball to interact with video images and traditional 3-D targets.
The Fan Club now has the Episode I Pinball Game at $4,000 down from $6,000! Price includes shipping and setup. For more information on this cutting edge technology visit the Williams site atwww.pinballwms.com

Update: This item is avaiable on MosEspa.com, and is actually priced at $4995. Thanks to Damon for the info.


NEW POLL
05.14.00 | 10:35a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

We have launched a new poll after hearing the bad news on Shmi. Please stop by the poll page and cast your vote today. Don’t forget to sign the petition as well !

HAPPY EVERYTHING
05.14.00 | 9:20a
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Happy Birthday to George Lucas and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.


“WILL I EVER SEE YOU AGAIN?” NO!
05.13.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

This in from our toy source – Hasbro’s Shmi Skywalker figure has been CANCELLED! She will not be out this year, and it does not look good that she will be out unless someone can talk Hasbro into an exclusive. How can Hasbro CANCEL Vader’s Mother???

TRU CINEMA SCENE DEALS!
05.13.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Steve reports spotting these amazing prices at a local TRU – and they aren’t mistakes!
Jabba’s Dancers – $0.90
Cantina Aliens – $1.99
All beast packs – $1.97
Definitely worth a look if you’re going to be at TRU! If you find similar deals, let me know so I can determine if these are nationwide prices, or just this store because of excess stock.

Update: Sadly, it seems that these prices are not nationwide…doh.

THIS WEEKS WINNER 
05.13.00 | 4:15p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Chuck C. is this weeks winner for the free stuff drawing! Next weeks drawing is for two Galoob playsets! Click here for more!

TARGET MARKDOWNS 
05.13.00 | 2:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

George Collazo found the following deals at a local Target store:

Naboo Fighter: $11.90
POTF2 and Ep1 Commtech figures: $4
Series Alpha Action Fleet: $8.90
Commtech Reader: $5.90
Gungan Assault Cannon: $5.90
Armored Scout Tank: $5.90

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.13.00 | 2:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Invasion Force – Gungan Scout Sub
We now have the EP1 Invasion Force 3-Pack (Item #84205C, $34.99) in stock. This set includes the newest invasion force set, the Gungan Scout Sub with exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi with breathing device figure, 1x Gungan Assault Cannon with Jar Jar Binks action figure and 1x Armored Scout Tank with Battle Droid action figure. Order now @ Entertainment Earth!

All Weekend Long!
69605G, SW Asst. Coll. 2 Wave 17+18, Normally: $89.99, Half Price: $44.99

Contains these figures with freeze frame action slide, and are shipped to you in mint-condition: 2x Ugnaught 2-pack with Tool Kit, 3x 8-D8 with Droid Branding Device, 1x Biggs Darklighter, 1x Admiral Ackbar, 2x Logray the Ewok / Wicket the Ewok 2-pack, 1x Gamorrean Guard, 1x Lak Sivrak, 1x EV-9D9.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Friday May 12 until 11:59am Monday May 15. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

JEDI KNIGHT CARD
05.13.00 | 2:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a new Qui-Gon Jinn/Jedi Knight series custom card by Richard Guere to the Customs page.


ARTIST RENDITION OF NEW ANAKIN 
05.12.00 | 10:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Countingdown.com has posted this very cool pic of what the newly announced Anakin may look like in the next film. Check it out!

COOL CUSTOMS 
05.12.00 | 8:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve updated the Customs section again with some great customs by Harry Toor (check these out, they rule!), along with some more cool new card customs by Richard Guere. Check ’em out – Custom Cardsand Toy Customs.

FREE SKIFF REMINDER 
05.12.00 | 7:15p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

AmericanDreamComics.com will be having a drawing during the month of May for a FREE POTF2 Tatooine Skiff w/Jedi Luke and R2-D2 w/holo Leia. See site for details.

FIGURE DISCOUNTS 
05.12.00 | 7:05p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Jim sent this in: “My local Christmas Tree Shops in Warwick, RI, had a number of Star Wars deals:
AT-AT Walkers $19.99
Darth’s TIE $7.99
T-16 $7.99
A-Wing $7.99
Millenium Falcon $16.99”

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN *IS* ANAKIN SKYWALKER
05.12.00 | 5:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

It’s official this time – StarWars.com have confirmed that Hayden Christensen will portray the older Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode Two! The official site have also launched their new Episode Two site with this information. Head over there now to read all the latest info!

NEW JAPANESE PEPSI PROMOS
05.12.00 | 5:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Wow, I’m sure many of you have been considering holidays to Japan with their offers for cool mail-away Star Wars promos, and yet again, Pepsi Japan have launched yet another! This time, you get a holographic Star Wars magnet (featured a photo of one of the character bottle cap toys), in a package similar to that of the standard bottle caps. Take a look at a few pictures here:

Queen AmidalaAnakin SkywalkerBattle DroidBoss NassC-3PODarth MaulJar Jar BinksMace WinduNute GunrayR2-D2SebulbaCaptain TarpalsDarth VaderWattoYoda.
Episode One Logo.

These aren’t available for sale at a retail price, but it’s worth checking out this eBay auction – #331052543 – which contains a whole stack of these magnets.

MAC FRUGALS DEALS
05.12.00 | 5:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Darth Visicious reported finding a small selection of E1 figures, containing Sidious, Watto and the Pit Droids 2-pack, for $3.99 at a local Mac Frugals – worth a look!

CUSTOM CARDS UPDATE
05.12.00 | 5:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added some great new custom cards by Richard Guere to the Custom Cards page! Check ’em out!

DVD NEWS 
05.12.00 | 12:10p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

DVDFile.com have posted an update on their DVD/Lucsafilm letter and petition, which is worth reading. Thanks to Richard Guere for pointing it out!

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.12.00 | 12:10p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Sorry about the lack of updates yesterday, not a big day in the collecting world! Here’s Entertainment Earth‘s newsfeed for their 50% off sale:

Today’s product at 50% off is…
69615A, Power F/X Figures Assortment, Regular Price: $79.99, Half Price: $39.99
Case assortment includes: 2x Luke Skywalker, 2x Darth Vader, 2x Emperor Palpatine, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi, and 1x R2-D2. These are fantastic electronic action figures. Includes background scenery, display stands and remote action for each action figure. The R2-D2 action figure in is the only one ever made that has lights and sounds.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Thursday May 11 until 11:59am Friday May 12. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.


MORE LUCASARTS PREVIEWS
05.10.00 | 11:15p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

LucasArts has posted previews of their upcoming Starfighter, Obi-Wan, Super Bombad Racing, and a few more on their site. Go check it out. Obi-Wan and Starfighter look very good.

NEW 12″ PHOTOS
05.10.00 | 5:45p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can now check out boxed photos of the upcoming 12″ Anakin (with Theed Hangar Droid), Boss Nass and Sebulba over in the ToyGuide! Once you’ve seen ’em, why not post your first impressions over in the Forums?

VINTAGE POSTER ON FAN CLUB WEBSITE
05.10.00 | 5:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can now pre-order the Fan Club exclusive vintage Star Wars figure poster from Mosespa – search for “action figure poster”. Priced at $14.95, it shows all the figures from 1978-1985, including all major variations, plus Droids and Ewoks figures – even Vlix! Check it out!

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.10.00 | 5:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off @ Entertainment Earth is…
6956594, Slave 1 SOTE Box, Regular Price: $34.99, Half Price: $17.49 Shadows of the Empire (Purple) Box! Boba Fett’s specialized vehicle with adjustable cockpit seat. Twin, rotating guns ratchet into firing position. Kids pull trigger in flight handle to adjust wings for launch or cruise modes. Includes Han Solo in Carbonite accessory (not the action figure). From the Shadows of the Empire product line.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday May 10 until 11:59am Thursday May 11. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

SKIFF SCALPING 
05.10.00 | 1:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Something that is definitely to be avoided is buying a Skiff from a scalper at an inflated price. BigEOz from JediParadise sent in this:

“I recently attended the Sci-Fi Expo here in Austin, TX and came across many interesting things. Of them had to be this one private vendor who was selling the Skiff w/ Luke… and a lot of them!!!! There were pallets full of Skiffs, AT-ATs, Tanks..etc. The interesting thing is these were going for nearly $40 a pop. Wasn’t the Skiff a Target exclusive that you could pick up for $15??? As you can see in this picture they didn’t sell many at that price. Is this wise business making or downright scalping??? You be the judge.”

I think that picture tells a big story. So many of us went out on fruitless trips to Target for this thing, and if you live near this guy, you obviously didn’t stand a chance. That is more than an entire store’s stock he has there. Remember – scalping has and always will SUCK!

TARGET LEGO R2
05.10.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Bryan is selling the cool Target LEGO R2-D2 prize over on eBay at item #328937223 – if you’re interested, head over for a look!

PLO KOON CUSTOM CARD
05.10.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a custom Plo Koon card by Richard Guere to the Toyguide.


INSIDER #49 SHOWING UP
05.09.00 | 8:50p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

The new Star Wars INSIDER is out [#49]. This issue is a anniversary tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. Also to our surprise, Yakface.com is mentioned again! Thankss to the guys at ArtoosNews.comfor the scans!

12″ VALORUM/GUARD PROTO
05.09.00 | 3:10p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Check out this sweet prototype of the upcoming Fan Club exclusive 12″ Chancellor Valorum/Senate Guard 2-pack! This item’s for sale at the moment on eBay – item #328077543, head over and take a look!

LEGO NEWS 
05.09.00 | 2:20p
m EST | posted by Tim |  More discussion…

I’m receiving reports from all over the Midwest that both the AAT and MTT LEGO sets are to be found at Meijer Stores. The Millennium Falcon set is shipping from LEGO Shop@Home, and news is now available on how to order the new Minifig Sets in the UK. Check out our LEGO section, FBTB, for more news!

KB PRICES UP AGAIN…
05.09.00 | 2:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

KB seem to have increased prices on their “sale” items again. Alex Sleder in Indiana noted that the Millenium Falcon is up to $39.99 and the 12″ figures up to $12.99. At $40, the Falcon is almost back to its original RRP. Even at $3.99, the figures aren’t that great a deal when you consider that they originally retailed for just $2 more. Thanks to George Collazo for forwarding the message.

Update: Scott notes that at his KB in Columbus, GA, the newest delivery of AT-ATs are priced at $39.99. Still better than the original retail, but we’re getting a bit expensive again.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.09.00 | 2:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Today’s product at 50% off is…
69774, Expanded Universe Airspeeder, Usually $19.99, Half Price: $9.99.
Includes 1 Airspeeder with Airspeeder Pilot from The Art of Star Wars. This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Monday May 8 until 11:59am Tuesday May 9. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time. Check it out @ Entertainment Earth!

TARGET R2-D2 SECOND PRIZE
05.09.00 | 2:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Angela sent in a photo of the R2-D2 Cooler – this was the second place prize in the recent Target “Guess how many bricks…” R2 competition.


ACTION FLEET POLL
05.08.00 | 7:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

If you’ve not already voted, please head over to Rebelscum and vote on the next Action Fleet vehicle you’d like to see! There’s a chance that the winner of the poll could so production, so head over and tell Hasbro/Galoob what you want!

Y-WING
05.08.00 | 7:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Check out this nice boxed pic of the Y-Wing Fighter thanks to Startoys & Collectables! This item is for sale just now over on eBay at item #327979648 , so if you’re interested, head over for a look!

TARGET STRIKES BACK!
05.08.00 | 3:45p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

A namless employee at Target sent in this info. All this stuff appeared today in the Target computer system:

“DPC# 087-06-0112 12” Biker Scout with Speeder Bike #26295 $49.99
(Only 30,000 of these are on order)

DPC# 087-06-0126 Collection 1 figure asst #84445 $6.79
DPC# 087-06-0133 Collection 2 figure asst #84455 $6.79
(These are, as expected, the new [mixed] figure assortments)

DPC# 087-06-1714 Jedi Power figure asst #84355
DPC# 087-06-1715 2-Pack figure asst #84385
DPC# 087-06-1716 Trade Federation Tank #84101
DPC# 087-06-1728 12″ asst
(These are the new 12″ figures)

The employee writes: “The fact that the Biker Scout is shown on order to the warehouse means that it could be in stores within 2-3 weeks! The other items did not orders yet so they could be a ways off.”

Interesting news. Where oh where are the Skiff and Y-Wing Fighter??
The figures are appearing at the standard price – is Commtech really dead? We’ll soon see.

FAN CLUB NEWS
05.08.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I just received this news on new products available for pre-order from the Fan Club:

“The Official Fan Club is pleased to announce that the following are now available!
Take a trip down memory lane or double check your vintage figure collection with the Star Wars Action Figure Poster. Measuring 24″ x 36″, this poster shows the Kenner line from 1978-1985 and is brought to you by the Official Fan Club and Tomart’s Star Wars Action Figure Guide. From the original Star Wars line to the Ewoks cartoon, all 136 figures are represented. This poster is only available through the Official fan Club.
Once you could only view the massive Darth Maul Subway Poster from speeding public transit overseas. Now the Sith apprentice can dominate your bedroom or meditation chamber. Printed on heavy duty stock, this poster measures 46″ x 60″! This is a domestic exclusive through the Official Fan Club!
Need a Toydarian junk dealer or wizened Jedi Master? The Fan Club now has a limited number of these life size, Pepsi collectibles! Exquisitely detailed from Watto’s stubble to Yoda’s cloth robes, Pepsi’s replicas will add a pint-sized touch to your décor!”

If you want to place a pre-order for any of these items, at the moment you will have to call them at 1-800-TRUE-FAN. These items should be available in the Fan Club website later today. And that vintage figure poster is too cool to miss!!!

On another Fan Club note, Royalguard received his new Star Wars Insider magazine today, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. The vintage figure poster is shown in their Jawa Trader section.

NEED A SLAVE I?
05.08.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

KBKids.com have the slave I available on their website for $12.99. Thanks to Chris for the news!

Update: A few people who have ordered and received these wrote to say that it is the SOTE box. Although it does seem that they’re not quite mint. And when I say not quite…I mean wrecked. Squashed, beaten, you name it. If you want a mint one, don’t order here.

ANAKIN UNOFFICIALLY NAMED
05.08.00 | 11:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

While there has yet to be an official announcement from Lucasfilm through starwars.com, sites all over the Internet are reporting that Hayden Christensen has been picked by George Lucas to play Anakin Skywalker in Episode Two of the prequel trilogy. Fernando Prado pointed out this Yahoo! news articlewhich supports this information.
Remember, it’s not official until Lucas says so, but this strongly seems to be his choice.

CUSTOMS
05.08.00 | 11:50a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a custom carded Rebel Fleet trooper by Walrusman to Custom Cards.


TOYGUIDE UPDATES 
05.07.00 | 7:05p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The Toyguide has been updated with a few new figures from Empire and Jedi, plus two new customs from Dean Plantamura and Skott Centofanti/Kevin Watts. Check it out!

KEBCO 2000 PRE ORDERS
05.07.00 | 6:15p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Ken from Kebcotoys.com writes in to let everyone know that they are extending the pre-order special till May 25th. Stop on over and see if you want to go this route.

SABE PROTO ON EBAY
05.07.00 | 3:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Here is a sabe proto up for grabs on EBAY!! Auction #324259173 [click pic for larger image]

TRU EP1 MARKDOWN
05.07.00 | 3:40p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Steve reports that his local TRU have marked Episode One figures down to the great price of $2.97! TRU’s prices are usually nationwide, so it might be worth a look at your TRU too.

BOXED Y-WING PICS
05.07.00 | 3:25p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Bounty Hunter’s Collective have posted some scans of the new Y-Wing Fighter, including some boxed shots. The item was bought over in Singapore. It’s worth noting that Hasbro have dropped their metal detector. Such a shame…

WATTO’S BOX AND MORE!
05.07.00 | 12:55p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

D&S Toys have package deals for Watto’s Box, along with the E1 Jabba beast pack, the Gungan Scout Sub, Trade Federation Tank, Obi-Wan’s lightsaber and the wave 2 accessory sets. Check it out!

CUSTOMS UPDATED
05.07.00 | 12:55p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Another customs update. This time I’ve added new custom cards and carded figures from Dan Sparks and Scott Skerchock to the card customs page, and also added new customs by Skott Skerchock and Darren Martin to toy customs.
If you like Dan Spark’s cards, check out his website, where he has posted pre-made cards for specific characters. You might also want to check out Michael Collin’s customs page, where he has some great customs including Hermi Odle, Yarna D’al Gargan, Ketwol, Fixer, and a whole load more!

Update: Added a couple more custom cards by Richard Guere, and also Richard’s Weequay Drummer figure.


BIG CUSTOMS UPDATE
05.06.00 | 10:30p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve been working away for hours to get a whole load of new customs up. I’ve updated the custom cards, figure improvements and toy customs galleries with new items from new customizers. Some highlights include some great new custom cards, how to improve your Vader’s TIE Fighter and Death Star Trooper, a 6″ Yoda Claus figure, and a superb, must-see 12″ scale Dewback!

CUSTOMS…
05.06.00 | 3:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Yep, more customs added. This time a couple more custom “Rebel Scum” (generic Rebel figures) by Skott Centofanti. Check them out at Toy Customs. We’ll have more customs to show very soon!

COMMLINK ISSUE #1 
05.06.00 | 1:30p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Remember those blue cards that were shipping on the backs of figures not too long ago? They were for joining the Jedi Quest club. Well, my daughter recieved her first issue of the Jedi Quest club newsletter called COMMLINK. See the scan of the cover here. Of course she shared with daddy and my overall opinion is “pretty cool stuff for being free!”.

NEED E1 JABBA THE HUTT…?
05.06.00 | 11:15a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can pick up this hard to find Episode One beast pack over at Starshow Collectibles for $24.99. They also have the Trade Federation Tank for $24.99, Vader Stormtrooper Motti and Leia for $8.99, Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots for $24.99 and all four wave 2 accessory sets for $7.99 each.

GALOOB GIVE AWAY WINNER! 
05.06.00 | 8:30a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Frank Rhodes is our winner this week! Next week’s drawing is for another set of ERTL model kits!Click here for more!

ACRYLIC CASE CLOSEOUT SALE! 
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Defender Collectible Cases, Inc. has just posted a SUPER-COLOSSAL final inventory clearance sale on the hard-acrylic display cases for Star Wars, Star Trek & NASCAR collectibles! These cases are being sold at dealer cost! You will not find these cases at this low price again, EVER! Limited quantities are available, once they’re gone, they won’t be restocked again! Order yours NOW while supplies last at www.defendercases.com!! Orders will be filled on a first ordered first filled basis.

HOLO FIGS ALREADY ON SALE 
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Brian Sunday reports:

My friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart (in Houston) has the E1 hologram figures on clearance already, for $5.00 each. I realize that Wal-Mart doesn’t usually have a nationwide clearance policy, but it’s possible that other stores are starting to do this as well.

PMT NEWSFEED
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Back in stock now at PhantomMenaceToys.com is the Trade Federation Battle Tank and it includes a free OOM9 Figure!

AMMO WAGON + TROPHY MAUL
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Looking for either of these items? American Dream Comics & Collectibles has them in right now as well as the Falumpaset!

IF YOU SENT IN CUSTOM PICS
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Please be patient as we dig through what we already have. Please do not re-send the images. Thanks!

STILL NEED ANY OF THESE?
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Pitdroid 2 – packs, Hologram Darth Sideous, Naboo Royal Guard, Anakin – Naboo Pilot, Darth Maul Tatooine, Darth Maul sith lord (and the rest of the cloth goods), Destroyer Droid (Battle Damage), Naboo Foot Soldier (Royal Security) or the 1st release of Darth Maul Ep 1? Then you need to click on over to Dolls Kollekt!

FALUMPASET’S & WATTO’S BOX
05.06.00 | 8:00a
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

PlanetActionFigure.com has just received another large Hasbro shipment and are offering the following: Watto’s Box & Tatooine Showdown Sets $49.99 per set, Ammo Wagon & Falumpaset $24.99 each, also Sio Bibble, Queen Amidala, Pit Droids 2-Pack ($9.99 each) And MUCH More! Head over and check them out today!


HOMING BEACON #9
05.05.00 | 8:35p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can read the latest issue of the starwars.com newsletter right here.

LEGO FIGURE SETS
05.05.00 | 8:25p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

You can now place pre-orders (for July shipment) for Star Wars Lego figure sets!! Head over to our Lego collecting section, From Bricks to Bothans, for more info, pricing and images.

NEW ZEALAND COLLECTORS CLUB
05.05.00 | 8:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added details of a New Zealand Star Wars Collector Club to the Clubs page – check it out for the details.

MARA & KYLE
05.05.00 | 7:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The Fan Club have posted their Mara Jade and Kyle Katarn pre-order on the front page of theirwebsite, along with a photo. You can see the Vader pass too – coool! Don’t forget that if you want to order from outside North America, you can place phone/fax orders but can’t order online. Take a look if you’re still thinking of ordering.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.05.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

From Entertainment Earth: Today’s product at 50% off is…

69570K, SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 16, Regular Price $119.99, Half price ALL WEEKEND LONG: $49.99. Includes 2x Princess Leia with all new likeness (w/ blaster and long-barreled pistol), 2x R2-D2 (w/ spring-loaded pop-up scanner, remote-action retractable scomp link, grasper arm, circular saw), 2x C-3P0 (w/ pull-apart feature, realistic metalized body and cargo net), 2x Luke Skywalker with all new likeness (w/ blast shield helmet and lightsaber), 1x Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Outfit, 1x Princess Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner, 2x Bespin Luke Skywalker (w/detachable hand), 1x Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit, 1x Han Solo, 1x Lando Calrissian in General’s Gear, 1x Endor Rebel Soldier.
This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Friday May 5 until 11:59am Monday May 8. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered or modify this promotion at any time.

STILL MORE CUSTOMS 
05.05.00 | 7:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Yet another update to the customs gallery. This time I’ve added a diorama by George Collazo to thetoy customs page. The diorama is of the Millenium Falcon and Imperial troops. The Falcon is an MPC model kit, and the figures are Micro Machines. Check it out!

COMMTECH GONE??
05.05.00 | 6:25p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Rebelscum has posted some interesting news. It seems that the Commtech chips are gone when the new combo line starts. Also, the price of figures will be dropping and this is all expected to start in July. WOW!

NEW LEGO ITEMS
05.05.00 | 4:17p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Mos Espa has some new LEGO items available for pre order. The have the Millenium Falcon, Ultimate Collector X-Wing and TIE Interceptor and also two sets of Lego figures one set is Luke Jedi, Boba Fett and Han. While the other set is Vader, Maul and Emperor Palaptine. Click here to see the figure sets. VERY COOL! Thanks to Kevin for the news.

MORE CUSTOMS 
05.05.00 | 12:25p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Another customs update:
Toy Customs: Ishi Tib, Luke Carbonite, Imperial Stormtrooper Officer, Heavy Labor Droid
Figure Improvements: Rebel Fleet Trooper
Thanks to Kevin Watts for the images!

TRU.COM UPDATE 
05.05.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

TRU have updated their website with a totall revamped Star Wars toy section. Finally, their action figures link is back! They have in stock the soft goods Maul, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and also have Holo Sidious. Thanks to Giancarlo Lopez for the news. I noticed that they also have some Flashback figures for $2.97, including Anakin and C-3PO (no Beru).

CONTEST REMINDER! 
05.05.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Don’t forget that this week’s giveaway is for the Galoob Jar Jar Binks and Battle Droid transforming head playsets! Don’t miss out on your change to pick up these cool items free! Just head over to the “Free Stuff!” page and follow the instructions.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.05.00 | 12:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

From Entertainment Earth: Today’s product at 50% off is… 27754A, SW 12in. Series 2 4-Pack, Regular Price: $99.99, Half Price Today Only: $49.99. Includes: 1x 12inch Tusken Raider with Gaderffi Stick, 1x 12inch Tusken Raider with Blaster and Binoculars, 1x 12inch Luke Skywalker in Bespin Attire, 1x 12inch Lando Calrissian. This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Thursday May 4 until 11:59am Friday May 5. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered.


TRU PREPARES FOR NEW SW LINE??
05.04.00 | 10:25p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

It appears TRU is now preparing for the new POTF2/Ep I combo line. This info is thanks to DarthCloud an actual TRU manager.

“DEAR GOD it was a terrible day at TRU. It seems as though the Target virus has swept into the TRU system. Today Hasbro came into our store and wiped out almost every figure except for darth maul. We then had to reset the entire star wars section. The new section only includes 2′ of space for Episode one figures. With only 2 feet of space there are only 4 peg hooks of figures going down. This is a drastic change from the previous 16 feet. Also we were told we will not be getting Episode one figures until further notice. So perhaps the rumor of discontinuing the old wave is true and the new cards/assortments are due out soon.”

UPDATE:The removal of figures has also happened at other TRU’s all over the country. However, most were not told they would not be getting any Ep I items in. Thanks to everyone who wrote in.

TRU.COM HAS MAUL GALOOB HEAD
05.04.00 | 10:25p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

TRU.com has the new Galoob transforming Darth Maul/Theed Generator in stock. Click here to go there.

TARGET STAR WARS TOYS
05.04.00 | 6:40p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Scott, a Target employee, sent in this info:

“As was reported before around the web, the Skiff was revised off of the planogram today. The sad thing is that ALL Star Wars toys were taken off. There are now no SW toys at all in the Target toy departments, or at least won’t be when the stores that are behind get the new planogram (aisle layout) set. This is just like what was reported about Wal-Mart where they’re doing the same thing. Maybe getting rid of the stuff for the new packaging to roll in perhaps? Seems a bit soon…

Also, a strange note. The computer shows that there are 10,103 Skiffs ON ORDER to the warehouse. So we may be seeing more showing up. But how the heck are they going to get to the floor when there is no spot on the shelf for them??? Note, with the lack of SW product on the new layout, there is also no spot for the Y-Wing. This really makes me think that there will be another revision soon and the Y-Wing and Skiff will be added back on along with new product.”

So – it seems that Target are no longer carrying any Star Wars toys, at least for the time being. But there is always a chance that they could bring them back. The big question is, if they don’t, what will happen with their exclusive Y-Wing and 12″ Kaadu? I think it’s safe to say that if these two don’t show up at Target, we’ll see them elsewhere as exclusives, or even as a general release. Same with the Skiff.

CUSTOMS UPDATE 
05.04.00 | 6:40p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Added a custom carded Anthony Daniels/C-3PO figure by George Collazo to the Toy Customs page! Check it out, looks cool!

YAK STORE! 
05.04.00 | 6:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

If you haven’t already, check out our Yak Store! You can pick up official Yakface.com T-Shirts and mugs for reasonable prices, with the Yakface logo and title on ’em. Ideal for…everything! 🙂 Take a look!

BIBBLE WAVE
05.04.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

DollsKollekt has the Sio Bibble wave and the 12″ Han Endor in stock. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

POSSIBLE DOWNTIME 
05.04.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Tomorrow, Friday, we will be switching servers. As a result, there could possibly be some downtime. Hopefully not, but if we won’t load, you know why.

ATTENTION GALOOB FANS
05.04.00 | 12:20p
m EST | posted by Mark |  More discussion…

Are you a Galoob/Micro Machines fan? Able to take pics of their Star Wars lines? If so, how would you like to own your own section here at the Realm? E-mail me if interested.

12″ C3PO 
05.04.00 | 10:00a
m EST | posted by Mark |  More discussion…

Etoys has in the 12″ Electronic C3PO from Episode 1 $29.99


NEW PICS
05.03.00 | 11:15p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

Rebelscum has posted pics of the upcoming Trophy Assortment OOM-9 and Obi-Wan. Also, they have a pic from the new issue of Tomart’s of the Bespin Security Guard.

BATTLE FOR NABOO
05.03.00 | 7:45p
m EST | posted by Brian |  More discussion…

LucasArts has released info and pics of another new game for Fall of this year. This new game is Battle for Naboo for the N64. It appears to be very similiar in style to Rogue Squadron. So go check it out.

FAN CLUB NEWS
05.03.00 | 2:55p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

The Official Fan Club‘s exclusive figures Kyle and Mara are back. This time, they’re accompanied by the newest collectible badge, featuring Darth Vader. Kyle Katarn, the Rebel Agent and Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, are from the Expanded Universe collection of Hasbro’s action figures. Mara originated from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy while Kyle is straight from the Lucasarts Dark Forces and Jedi Knight/MotS games. The Vader badge, like the others in the series, has a holographic backing to ensure its authenticity..
In addition, the Fan Club is offering a limited, hardcover edition of Star Wars: Episode I Rogue Planet signed by the author Greg Bear. In this story, the nefarious ship designer, Raith Sienar, plans to steal the secret of the superfast ships from the planet Zonama Sekot. It’s up to Obi-Wan and his new apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, to overcome their own differences and stop Raith. These books are very limited and come with an autographed book plate.

Update: For those who have asked – they are taking pre-orders now for shipment nearer the end of the month/beginning of next.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.03.00 | 2:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi Back In Stock… @ Entertainment Earth
A new shipment of the popular Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Item #84385A, $17.99) set just arrived. You can reenact the final lightsaber battle between good and evil! Includes the break-apart Darth Maul action figure.

DAY 3 of our 50% Off Promotion:

Today’s product at 50% off is… 69784, Power F/X X-Wing Fighter, Regular Price: $49.99, Half Price Today Only: $24.99 This Half Price offer is valid from 12:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday May 3 until 11:59am Thursday May 4. We reserve the right to limit quantities ordered.

CUSTOMS UPDATES 
05.03.00 | 1:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve updated the customs galleries again – Figure Improvements and Toy Customs now show more new submissions from Skott Centofanti. Check ’em out!

E1 TOY ANNIVERSARY OFFERS!!
05.03.00 | 11:15a
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

May 3rd only!
Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Episode I toys! All Episode I regular Figures in stock $3.79 each!!!
And for Yakface readers only, take an additional 15% off ALL other Hasbro/Galoob Toys in stock (you must mention this post to get discount). Internet orders only! http://www.phantommenacetoys.com


EXCLUSIVE RESIN MAUL
05.02.00 | 2:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

George Collazo sent in a few pics of a resin Darth Maul in a box labelled “Exclusive” that was obtained from a video store in Puerto Rico. It was given away with a pre-ordered video, and made by Applause. Check out the pics in our Toyguide.

Update: I think I got more response to this than the recent Skiff stuff!! Here’s the deal – this is a Suncoast (or related companies) owned chain exclusive, and is available in the US too. You should be able to get it for $14.99 in any Suncoast, Sam Goody or Mediaplay store, or you got it for half price when you ordered the vido along with it. You can buy it online at www.suncoast.com or the websites of either of the other two stores mentioned. Thanks to all 30+ of you who wrote in…phew.

BIG CUSTOMS UPDATE
05.02.00 | 2:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

I’ve been working on our customs page and added a bunch of new Toy Customs, some custom cards, and a new Figure Improvement. Contributors are George Collazo, Skott Centofanti, Kevin Watts and Richard Guere.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
05.02.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Watto’s Boxes Are Back! @ Entertainment Earth
The most popular Episode I Cinema Scene is back in stock. Order Watto’s Box / Showdown 2-Pack (Item #84115C, $49.99) today! This set includes 1x Watto’s Box (Watto, Graxol Kelvyyn, Shakka) and 1x Tatooine Showdown (Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker). We also stock the Tatooine Showdown alone (Item #84158, $24.99).

CUSTOM ALLIANCE 
05.02.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

From Dan Curto:
“I just wanted to let you know that my STAR WARS customs page “Curto’s Custom Alliance” is continuing the “Daily Custom Updates” for one more BONUS WEEK, with a grand finale this weekend. I may continue it until May 19th, to celebrate the anniversary of the EPISODE 1 release last year…we shall see.”

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE NEWS
05.02.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Jay Crawley reports that Action Figure Times have posted a load of info on Australian releases that will not receive a local release. Here is part of the list:
Anakin Naboo Pilot
Darth Maul Sith Lord
Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight
Jar Jar Binks Swamp
Qui-Gon Jinn Jedi Master
Destroyer Droid Battle Damaged
Queen Amidala Battle
Darth Sidious Holograph
Naboo Royal Guard
Sio Bibble
Pit Droids 2-pack
Admiral Motti and Princess Leia Hood Up are also unlikely to see a local > release but that could change.
Head over to AFT for the rest of the news.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH – 50% OFF CLASSICS
05.02.00 | 1:00p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

From Entertainment Earth:
Each business day in May we will select a specific Star Wars Power of the Force 2 Hasbro item and offer it to you for 50% off our regular price. Beginning Monday, May 1, 2000 at 12:00pm Pacific Time, our first item goes on sale. Come back each business day after 12:00pm Pacific Time to find out what the next 1/2 price item will be! For example, you’ll find some of the best and rarest Star War Classic action figures for sale at around $3.00 each when you buy a full case. You’ll get a complete case in mint condition, with no price stickers or stamps. Just come back to our website everyday to find out what the daily sale item is. We’ve even designed a special “Get Back to the Classics” section to celebrate this promotion. Click the button on our main page or visithttp://www.entertainmentearth.com/classic.asp to view a large variety of Star Wars Classic Items. Not all of the items listed on that page will go on sale.”

The current half-priced item is the Expanded Universe Speeder Bike, on sale for $4.99.


WAVE 2 ACCESSORY SETS @ EE
05.01.00 | 5:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

That’s right! Wave 2 accessory sets are now available atEntertainmentEarth.com! $34.99 + S&H for all 4 delivered to your door.

Update: If you search for accessory you might turn up more items than you are looking for. To make finding these easier, type in 26207B or 26207C into the Quick Search box.

SIO BIBBLE VARIATION?
05.01.00 | 4:15p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

Laser sent in this scan of two Sio Bibbles that seem to have the “Han Hoth” variation of open and closed hands. At the moment, consider it an error, but if you also have seen this, write in. The more that are seen, the more likely it is to be a legit variation.

Update: So far, everyone has a closed hand Sio.

Update 2: Ed reports he has an open hand Bibble. So…this is beginning to sound like a legit variation.

MARMIT SANDTROOPER 
05.01.00 | 2:50p
m EST | posted by Greg |  More discussion…

This time, the Marmit Sandtrooper IS out 🙂 It’s the first version, which comes with an orange shoulder pad. It sounds as if it’s even more detailed than the Stormtrooper kit – the Sandtrooper backpack alone is made up of 17 parts! It will be available in more places through the week, so if you’ve ordered one already from Entertainment Earth or elsewhere, it should be shipping soon.

ADDED MORE PICS TO THE DENVER-CON PAGE 
05.01.00 | 2:00p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Thanks to Chris and Maureen for sending in some pics to share! Check it all out here! [ahhhh memories….]

POSSIBLE REASON FOR DISCONTINUATION 
05.01.00 | 12:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

Rich writes in with this…..

The other day, I was at a Wal-Mart in Michigan, and they had yanked ALL of their “Kenner” SW toys, the figures, ships, all of it. When asked, a store employee said that they recieved a notice from Hasbro, and all their toys had been recalled. The store had packed up all of it and sent it back. (They did leave plush toys, Tiger toys, and other non “toy” toys. They did leave the holo figures) All POTFII/E1 toys were recalled, and the employee wasn’t sure if they’d get new figures to replace them, just that they were gone for now.

So what does this mean? Well Jason sent us this thought.

Do you think that since POWER OF THE FORCE and EPISODE ONE figures are coming up as discontinued because of the Package change? Both lines are one now, so maybe thats why they are considered discontinued.

This totally makes sense to me. Perhaps we all have jumped the gun in wanting to hang TARGET? Maybe not 🙂 But this does sound like a very good reason for massive send backs that we have been receiving from all parts of the country.

REAL STANDS NEWSFEED 
05.01.00 | 12:55p
m EST | posted by Dustin |  More discussion…

We’re still giving away the free bonus stands, but time and supplies are running out fast. It’s look’s like the offer will only be available for the remainder of this week – so you better hurry! Here’s how it works, place your order for 1 to 4 sets (each set contains 5 stands) and receive 1 additional set free; order from 5 to 9 sets, and get 2 sets free; 10 to 19 sets, get 3 sets free; 20 or more sets, get 4 sets free. Act fast, supplies are limited and the bonus program will end soon and without notice. Order online atwww.realstands.com or call toll free 1-888-618-REAL.

March 2000 Archive

WAVE 2 ACCESSORY SETS PLUS. . . 
03.31.00 | 10:42pm EST | posted by Dustin

Toymaniacs.com has them right now as well as the new Leia, Motti, Swimming Jar-Jar, new Qui-Gon, and the new Destroyer Droid with battle damage!

POLL UPDATE 
03.31.00 | 7:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Due to vote fraud, the multiple, illegal votes on our current figure poll have been removed. Please, when you are voting, do so only once. All illegal votes will be removed.
If you’ve not yet voted in the current Yak Poll, please take a moment to add your choice to the tally. Your vote counts!

PLO KOON COMING
03.31.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Rebelscum have confirmed that Plo Koon will be released to stores in November 2000 – head over there for more info!

EPISODE ONE VIDEO
03.31.00 | 6:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Won got his copy of TPM on video (collectors edition) today from Buy.com – seems like they have shipped at least some of their orders before release date.

TRADE FEDERATION TANK
03.31.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

rogue_12 reports: “I was informed by a Toys R Us employee that they are getting the AAT in this weekend!!! A limited number of stores in each district are receiving them.”
This new vehicle should be available at more stores in the near future too. There is a possibility that more could arrive tomorrow, or even Monday, just in time for the video release.

Update: Space Pirate found a Tank at a TRU store in Cincinnati, Ohio today, so these are around now!

HASBRO UPDATE 
03.31.00 | 6:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro have updated their site with some new information. Nothing new really, but at least they’re trying to keep the site up to date. They mention the upcoming Carbon Freeze playset will be a Fan Club exclusive, and emphasize the fact that the Toy Fair cards were mock ups, and not finished cards. Nothing on R2-D2 with Holo Leia in this update. It is worth reading, so head over and take a look. Thanks to Scott for the news.

TARGET SALE 
03.31.00 | 3:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Target are holding a sale which includes 12″ electronic figures for $5 and masks for $6, among other items. Thanks to all who reported this, and thanks to Matt Stone for the link.

LIVE IN JAPAN?
03.31.00 | 8:00am EST | posted by watto

Please email me. I am looking for some assistance in tracking some items down. I can trade american items or we can work out a deal. Thanks.


OBI WAN w MINI SUB BOXED & MORE
03.30.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Gonk

Here are some great new pics. Thanks to Mr Nice Guy for the pics.
Obi-Wan w Mini Sub Boxed
Trophy Assortment Darth Maul Boxed
Mini Rig Darth Maul

FAN CLUB WILL GET WATTO’S BOX
03.30.00 | 2:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from the Star Wars Fan Club:
“Denver, Colorado, March 30, 2000- Due to customer demand, The Official Star Wars Fan Club announces that it will start taking pre-orders for the Tatooine Showdown and Watto’s Box Cinema Scene set. The Tatooine Showdown consists of Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and Anakin Skywalker. Watto’s Box features Watto, Graxol Kelvyyn and the twi’lek, Shakka. Both Cinema Scenes come with appropriate backdrops and COMMTECH chips. Cinema Scenes are sold only as a set and will ship in June. The set will retail for $46.00.” 

Pre-orders are being taken right now over the phone, and it should be available for online pre-order tomorrow.

UPDATE! The Watto’s Box has already been sold out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙁

JAPANESE C-3PO PROMO
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I just received this awesome promotional item in the mail. It’s an electronic C-3PO bottle topper – and as you might have guessed, it’s one of those great Japanese Pepsi promos. I understand this one was an instant win item, and it coincides with the release of new cans and bottles bearing C-3PO’s face towards the end of last year over in Japan. The cap is sized so that it fits over a standard 500ml bottle, and it features movable arms and electronic sound. It plays the Star Wars theme tune when you press the button on his back (and the quality of sound is excellent – 20 times better than Commtech). Best of all, it comes packaged inside a great window box. It features a front flap with a small window on it, and then it is open inside so you can touch the toy. It is positioned in the box on top of a dummy bottle, which contains a print of the bottle label. It’s very similar to earlier POTF2 12″ boxes, in that it also features a character bio on the inside of the front flap. The box back shows all 40 Japanese bottle caps, the 12 instant win special caps, the display stage and the R2-D2 can holder.
Box front
Box back

UK VIDEO RELEASE NEWS
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news on the UK video release, which of course takes place a day earlier than in the States. Jer wrote in to say that Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) will be making an appearace at Choices video shop in St Ives, Cambridgeshire on April 3rd at 11:30pm to mark the sale of TPM. The shop is running a E1,E4-6 costume competition and the prizes sound pretty decent – plus the chance to get stuff signed by the Green Cross Code man himself! I have found that quite a few stores around the country are running costume competitions, so have a look around this weekend to see what’s going on. I also understand that Ray Park (Darth Maul) will be present at the launch at the Oxford Street HMV store in London.

On a side note, the Big Breakfast TV show will be doing something to mark the launch on Monday, and Jer has been asked to appear on the show, along with other fans, as “Star Wars Obsessives”. Might be worth watching!

UK VIDEO RELEASE NEWS
03.30.00 | 2:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Delaton found POTF2 Snowspeeders – 2 cases of them – at a TRU in Bellingham, MA, for $9.97 each. Keep a look out!

VIDEO FOR *LESS* THAN $6!
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Just when I thought yesterday’s $5.95 shipped price was a great bargain, here comes somethng about 6 times as good! If you’ve never purchased anything before at Buy.com, you get get $15 off your first purchase by using this link – with their video selling for $15.99, you’ll get it for the awesome price of $0.99 plus shipping! But hurry, the buy.com coupon expires today!!

And for UK readers – Ian reports that Blackstar.co.uk have both videos at a reasonable price, with a free poster offer on. Which pretty much equals/beats all the other UK offers. Check it out!

LOOKING FOR MOTTI?
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Starshow have updated with Motti, Leia, Vader and Stormtrooper for $8.99, plus wave 2 accessory sets for $7.99. Thanks to Clint for the news!

LEGO SURVEY 
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Our Lego collecting section, From Bricks to Bothans, have updated with a Star Wars Lego survey. The results will be sent to Lego and WILL be looked at – you tell lego what you want! Please take the time to fill it out.

KB MARK UP AGAIN!
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Danny sent in this news. Seems that where other stores mark down prices, KB are going up!

AT-AT or ELCTRONIC X-WING
(2 weeks ago was 19.99)
(1 week ago was 24.99)
(This weeks new price 29.99)

CINEMA SCENE asst.
(was 4.99)
(new price 5.99)

coming soon to most K*B stores: ELECTRONIC MILLENNIUM FALCON
(2 weeks ago was 54.99)
(1 week ago was 24.99)
(This weeks new price 29.99)

Oh well. I suppose these are still good prices, just not as great as they’ve been recently.

Update: Nick bought a Final Jedi Duel cinema scene for $5.99 recently, and the next day the price was $6.99. Maybe the cinema scenes have risen an extra $1 above the price I mentioned earlier.

Update 2: Doug sent in this: “I’ve been told by employees (one of them a manager) at 2 different KB toy stores in the North Virginia region that we should all hold onto our receipts, because the prices will go down again. I guess they hope to pull all the money they can out of the early-birds and then sell the leftovers cheap. But some very helpful employees said that if we bring in the receipts, they will refund the difference. This goes for $24.99 AT-ATs all the way down to the $2.97 action figures. Keep your eyes open for lower price stickers or newspaper inserts and don’t be afraid to chat up the hired help, especially the managers. While they didn’t say WHEN the prices would drop, I would suspect very soon, probably starting on a Sunday.”

$5 FIGURES COMING TO KMART
03.30.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mr Anonymous reports that KMart stores will be selling figures for $5 this weekend, and should have the Sio Bibble wave available. This report is from California, but might be nationwide.

Update: Windu reports this sale in Florida too, so it seems to be nationwide.

GALOOB COLLECTION FOR SALE
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Deeceman is selling a huge collection of Star Wars Galoob items – classic ships, playsets and battle packs – over on eBay – item number 296442166.


INTERNATIONAL YAKFACE READERS!
03.29.00 | 8:20pm EST | posted by Gonk

Hey you guys and girls outside of North America. You wanna order from the SW Fan Club??? Call the Fan Club at this number (303) 574-0907 and tell the Fan Club you’d like to make an international order and they will ship to you. Yes, this is true and no it’s not a joke.

WATTO’S BOX 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bryan George reports that D&S Toys have the Watto’s Box cinema scene in stock now in a few different packages. Check it out!

DOES IT GET ANY CHEAPER??
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

ma_t_gus wrote to say that a store called Mobshop.com have the Episode One VHS up for pre-order @ $5.95 – shipped! They’re starting to give it away now….click here for the direct product link.

STAR WARS PHONE CARDS
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Taz sent in this pic of some classic Star Wars phone cards available in Singapore.

E1 VIDEO AD AIRING IN UK
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jer spotted the Episode One video advert on Sky One at 5:45pm. Be on the lookout for all sort of advertising this weekend.

UK NEWS 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This was sent in by Darth Paul: “I picked up [The Trade Federation Tank] at the Forbidden Planet store in Manchester for £16.99. They also had the Theed Hanger playset for £27.99, Jabba with Hex & Rex for £12.99 and quite a few of the double packs with bonus battle droids for £9.99-£11.99. hey have all 3 episode 1 cinema scenes in (including Watto’s Box) and both the Rebel Pilots/Skiff Guards for £34.99 (ep1) and £29.99 respectively”

KB SALE 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jeditrainee pointed me towards KBKids.com for a Star Wars sale – not just toys. Go check it out! Sort by price to see the cheapeset stuff.

TARGET MARKDOWNS 
03.29.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Chaps let me know that his local Target have marked down the Kaadu & Opee to $3.24 and the Action Fleet Droid Fighter for $2.44. Target prices ending in a 4 are their final markdown price, so be on the lookout!

INVASION FORCE DARTH MAUL
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Oliver wrote to say that he’s posted a new scan of the Invasion Force Sith Probe Droid with Darth Maul from a Hasbro catalogue. Click here to head over to the site. It’s in German, but just click the link under “Hasbro Pics”.

AMAZON LOWER VIDEO PRICE
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Scott wrote to say that Amazon have dropped their pre-order price for the Ep1 widescreen video to $29.99 from $34.99, which is 25% off the RRP.Check it out it you’ve still to order.

TRADE FEDERATION TANK COMING
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news on the Hasbro Trade Federation Tank vehicle. Peter managed to find one of these at Forbidden Planet in Glasgow (UK) for £21.99 (that’s approx $35). Andrew reports that he pre-ordered the Tank fromEntertainment Earth a while ago and his order status has changed to “shipped”. Seems they only managed to fill some/all pre-orders though, since the item is listed as having April availablilty on their site.

SKIFF INFO 
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

George Collazo picked up a Skiff today, and sent in this picture of the bottom of the box, which shows the actual toy carrying Jabba’s Guards (among others). A very nice touch! George adds, for those who didn’t know this, that the Luke Skywalker figure has a charred blast-mark on his hand, from where he was shot on board.

TRU FALCONS 
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Justin sent in this great news:

“I went into my local TRU (Minnetonka, MN) yesterday and they ahd signs up and down the action figure aisle stating that a large shipment of falcons would be coming in at $19.99 a piece. The sign also stated that a waiting list for falcons had been started at the service desk. This morning, I received a call stating that the 2 falcons I wanted were in. When I got to the store, the employees were setting up a huge Falcon floor display out of all the falcons they got it. There were 20+ cases (x4 = 80 Falcons) available, so if people missed out on the website, it looks like stores will be getting a lot of them. I missed out on getting any low priced AT-AT’s, so I would be willing to pick one of these up for anyone who could get me an AT-AT.”
If you think you have a spare AT-AT you’d trade, contact Justin here.

RE: WATTO’S BOX @ ANOTHER UNIVERSE
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Sad to say that if you ordered this item yesterday, it’s not going to get to you. Another Universe seemingly did a Big E style “We haven’t got it in stock but we’ll post it anyway” move yesterday, and the item is now listed as out of stock. Sorry to those who ordered, but they never had the item in stock.
Bret wrote in to say that he received this set in the mail from D&S Toyson Monday.

MORE AT KB
03.29.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pat: “At the KB Toyworks in Bowie, MD, I found the Cox Radio Controlled Luke Skywalker SuroSuub (sp?) X-34 Landspeeder marked down from $79.99 to $19.99. They had at least 40 of these things. The box included the fuel and starter kit as well.”


HELLO????? 
03.28.00 | 7:35pm EST | posted by Dustin

Hey ! We are having a banner contest here! I haven’t exactly been drowning in entries so let’s get going! Time is running out!!!!

AMERICAN DREAM COMICS 
03.28.00 | 7:15pm EST | posted by Dustin

We welcome American Dream Comics & Collectibles as a new sponsor of Yakface.com and with it a small listing of what they have to offer! Stop by and check them out today!

Watto’s Box & Jabba’s Skiff Guards [sold together]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Maul Final Duel 2-Pack
Darth Maul Hologram 
Jabba W/2 Headed Anouncer,Gungan Assault Cannon, & Armored Scout Tank [sold together]
Pit Droid 2-Pack

JEDI QUEST CHAPTER 1
03.28.00 | 4:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro’s site have updated their Jedi Quest section with chapter one. This replaces the preview that was linked to from the front page. Worth a look, go download it and check it out!

REEL.COM STAR WARS TRIVIA WEEK
03.28.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Reel.com are holding Star Wars trivia this week, to win points towards money off purchases at their site. Click here to go straight to their trivia page. You’ll need to register before you can enter. The question today is ‘Who spoke the last line in Episode One?’ Think you know? Go enter! Thanks to SWLegoManiac for the news!

WATTO’S BOX @ ANOTHER UNIVERSE
03.28.00 | 4:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Lee H reports that AnotherUniverse have Watto’s Box in stock for $29.95. It comes to $37.90 with shipping, which could be worse, could be better. Don’t forget that D&S Toys are expecting this in soon as part of a package deal (visit their site for more info).

TRU FALCON PROBLEMS
03.28.00 | 4:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from Abel:

“I just contacted TRU at 888-869-7932 to ask about my Falcon order. They told me that it will not be filled because they only had 20 of them and they didn’t think it would be that popular”

Might be worth a call to check this out…

Update: Oh oh, here come more. This is from Jeff Richards:
“I ordered the Falcon and some figures from TRU.com, unfortunately some weren’t shipped although listed in stock. I called to complain and was informed that their in stock information does not correspond to a physical number of items in stock. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE. This is load of total rubbish and not good business (I was charged a bundle for shipping and DIDN’T even get what I wanted). In addition, they charge sales tax from out of state when they shouldn’t. I will not order from TRU.com again.” If you want to make a complaint, you can call the number Abel sent, or write to: Toysrus.com, 155 Tice Blvd., Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675.

TOYGUIDE UPDATE 
03.28.00 | 2:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Our Episode One ToyGuide has been updated with MP3 recordings of the Commtech lines for Sio Bibble, Pit Droids and Queen Amidala (Battle) thanks to Jedi Jed. Check ’em out!

PRE-ORDER YOUR INTERACTIVE YODA
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jeditrainee reports that Suncoast.com has the Interactive Yoda from Tiger for pre-order. It’s priced at $32.99 with a release date of June 15th quoted. Jeditrainee adds: “When I filled the form I got a $5 discount for some reason, so it came up to less that $32 shipped”. Worth a look if you want to be sure you’ll get your Jedi Master!
Update: Here’s a direct link. Total is $33.30 inc shipping. Thanks to Jman for that info!

FREEZE FRAME SET ON EBAY
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Ben in Australia is selling off some of his POTF2 items to make way for Episode One. One auction he has up just now on eBay is for a set of 58 loose Freeze Frames, which all come inside the mail-away slide holders, complete with the Macrobinocular viewer. This is the first of Ben’s 3 auctions (the others are coming shortly and include an FF Fett with no shoulder emblem, and a set of 56 carded US Freeze Frame figures). All his auctions include free airmail shipping and low reserves. Check out the current one at item number 293905945!

Update: Brian is selling a 12″ vintage IG-88 figure over on eBay. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that this is one of the toughest to find pieces (excluding variations like vinyl caped Jawas and telescoping sabers) in the vintage line. Starting at $9.99 with no reserve, it’s worth a look! Item number 293338936.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWS FEED 
03.28.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Wave 28 In Stock Once Again!
The only case of Star Wars Action Figures that contains the elusive R2-D2 with Holographic Princess Leia is once again back in stock! Order SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99) now while supplies last.
Only at Entertainment Earth


EPISODE I VIDEO COMMERCIALS
03.27.00 | 10:56pm EST | posted by Gonk

Commericals for Episode I on video started today. I personally saw one on the USA Network tonight. Here’s a short description.
“This commericial showed clips from the movie with a black screens showing up at times with words such as “One Master” “One Apprentice”. The highlight of the commericial had to be when a scene with Anakin was shown the screen then went black. With the words “One Beginning” shown with VADER’S BREATHING in the back. Very cool.

12″ COLLECTION ON EBAY
03.27.00 | 10:35pm EST | posted by Dustin

Hey there is a 12″ collection up for auction on ebay. Reserve is 500$ and the collection boasts more than 60 12″ dolls from 1996 to present! Auction # 294656487.

12″ AURRA SING MASTERPIECE!!!!!!
03.27.00 | 10:05pm EST | posted by Dustin

OH MY GOD!!! Check out who is next in line for the 12″ Masterpiece Collection!!!! The Story ishere at The official Star Wars website!

AT-AT @ TRU.COM
03.27.00 | 4:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Lee H:

“TRU.com has the AT-AT in stock right now for only $19.97. This is a great deal for those who missed them at TRU stores. Search for at-at or 631434 to find it. 631434 is the item# of the AT-AT and also the SKN number at TRU stores for the AT-AT, so if you go to a TRU store ask the employee to look up SKN#631434 in the computer and he’ll be able to tell if they have any AT-ATs”

Update: This item sold out very quickly. Thanks to all those who wrote in to mention it was in stock, and those who reported it was gone. Please note for the future, since I had a LOT of mail about this – if something has been posted like this, you search for it, and the search finds no items, that is because the item is sold out. When TRU.com sell out of an item, it is automatically removed from their site, so you can’t find it with an “out of stock” notice on it. It simply vanishes.

TPM VIDEO RELEASE RADIO EVENT
03.27.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this press release for a video launch event in South Florida:

To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace on home video, Radio Disney AM 990 is turning the month of April into “Anakin April”. Radio Disney & Aventura Mall are also teaming up to bring a STELLAR event to South FL on April 4th from 6 – 8 pm. Lucasfilm affiliates such as Fox Home Video, Pepsi, Hasbro, Applause, DK Publishing, Interlace 4-D, Intex, Lego, The Star Wars Fan Club & many more have given Radio Disney AM 990 the cream of their crops to give out as prizes. We will be showing the movie with both trailers, SW commercials & have different forms of Star Wars music playing. There will be a costume contest with grand prizes & an exclusive “Jedi Jam” at Rain (Endor) forest Café for all who come dressed as their favorite character. There will also be a dance contest, trivia & games for the whole family. This promises to be a memorable event & should not be missed! Aventura Mall is located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd & their info # is 305.937.0187. We’ll see you there & “May The Force Be With You”.

CLUBS UPDATE 
03.27.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve updated our Collector Clubs page – check it out!

EE NEWS FEED 
03.27.00 | 1:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Collection 1 Freeze Frame In Stock
In a final effort to stock some of the most popular Hasbro Star Wars classic action figures ever produced, we are proud to be able to supply you with 1998 Freeze Frame carded action figures. All cases are new and guaranteed to be in mint condition with no price stickers or stamps.
Choose from (newest to oldest)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 20 (Item #69570J, $119.99)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 16 (Item #69570K, $119.99)
SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8 (Item #69570H, $99.99)
Only at Entertainment Earth

CHEAP FORCE COMMANDER
03.27.00 | 1:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Force Commander is on sale at all Best Buy stores at 29.99! That’s a wonderful price for an awesome came! Almost half off! Also note that you can bring the advertisement in to local EB stores and they will price match it! So if you don’t live near a best buy or best buy is all sold out you can go to EB too! Thanks to Brandon for the news.

TRU.COM SALE 
03.27.00 | 1:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Trevor Groves wrote in to say that TRU.com have a number of tough to find POTF2 figures and beast packs on sale now. Figures start at $2.97 each and beasts start at $4.97. They’ve got figures like Lobot, Prune Face and Luke Blast Shield, plus most of the beast packs (No Han Taun Taun or Wampa). They’ve discounted many other things too, such as the electronic Episode One accessory sets, so it’s definitely worth a look!

SKIFF AND Y-WING
03.27.00 | 12:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve heard a few reports of the Tatooine Skiff being found at TRU and other stores besides Target. So I contacted Hasbro and they confirmed that the Tatooine Skiff, and the Y-Wing Fighter, are Target store exclusives, and they are not showing up anywhere else.


SIO WAVE SIGHTINGS
03.26.00 | 9:17am EST | posted by Tarpals

This is from toypirate:

“Bi-Mart stores in Oregon and Washington are receiving the Sio Bibble wave and the Final Lightsaber Duel 2-packs. I found these on Friday, 3/24/00. Also I found OOM-9 and the Classic Han Solo with the white background picture in the Comtech Chip.”

TOYGUIDE UPDATE 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve updated our ToyGuide with some new variation pictures, thanks to Darren. Look in the Episode One section for Amidala (Corusant) with light/dark brown hair, Jar Jar (Naboo Swamp) with no peg holes, and in the Star Wars section, Wuher with and without ring (although the picture of the figure with no ring has a blob of paint spilled on his hand). Variation hunters, check them out!

KB NEWS 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

Jim T. went into a couple of local (Sacramento, CA) KB stores and found not only Epic Force Fett for $3.99, but 3 R2-D2s with Imperial slides! Keep your eyes open!

POLL UPDATE 
03.26.00 | 7:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

I just had a quick glance at the poll, and Amanaman is currently leading the pack. If you haven’t already, please take the time to vote, since the winner will go down for our new petition in the coming few weeks. We can get this figure – whoever it is!! – made!
A few people have written to ask when we had this error with the poll. To answer, it was within an hour or so of posting it. So if you’re not sure if your vote has been counted, just vote again, and you will be told if you already voted.

EPISODE ONE BOXED SET COUPONS
03.26.00 | 12:30am EST | posted by dlr

Got this interesting email from Matt tonight-

“Hey guys. . . Cracked open a Widescreen Collector’s Set today at work (we’ve already gotten our shipment in), and thought I’d let you guys know what coupons were included. Here goes:

1. $2 off a CommTech reader and any 3 3/4 figure (don’t know if you have to buy both the reader and a figure to get the $2 off, though)

2. $5 off a Naboo Fighter, Trade Federation Droid Fighters, Anakin and Sebulba Pod Racers, Opee, Kaadu, and Jabba the Hutt

3. $3 off a 12″ Electronic Figure C-3PO, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Jar Jar Binks

4. $3 off Star Wars Episode I Trivial Pursuit

5. $2 off any Star Wars MicroMachines (includes Action Fleet)

6. $3 off Tiger Toys’ Darth Maul or Obi-Wan Power Fighter

7. $20 gift coupon for merchandise from Lucasarts Company Store with purchase of either The Phantom Menace or Jedi Power Battles for Sony Playstation

8. $5 off any Lucas Learning software title

9. Buy the book “Star Wars: Rogue Planet”, and get the book “The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace” for $7.99

10. Buy any 3 Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice books, and get a free copy of “Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #8”

11. $5 cash back when you purchase over $29/$39 (U.S./Canada) worth of Star Wars Lego products

12. $3 rebate with purchase of Pepsi and Tostitos products.

Well, that’s it. Some pretty good deals to be had there, to be sure. Interesting that the book has coupons for the Jabba beast pack and 12″ Electronic C-3PO toys, which have barely shown up at retail so far. Also, with some things like the Opee and Kaadu already under $5 at some stores, a $5 coupon means you could possibly pick those up for free. The Power Fighters, for those who don’t know what they are, are (I think they’re) 12″ non-articulated figures with an LCD game/display in their chest. I don’t believe these have hit retail yet, but there are some similar wrestling characters that have been out for a while. The Lego coupon also shows a few things, like the X-Wing Collector’s Set and the AAT, which aren’t out yet. They say the AAT should be out in May, and the X-Wing should be out in June or July.”


BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #34
03.25.00 | 8:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #34 is now available for you to read. This issue’s specials include a POTF2 tri-lingual AT-ST for $50, and the latest giveaway is for a vintage ESB carded Yoda. Check it out for details plus the usual great deals!

AMAZON DEALS 
03.25.00 | 7:25pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I noticed a few good deals over at Amazon.com on the Ep1 6″ figures, 12″ Ceremonial Leia, and the 4 scarce wave 2 Action Fleet sets:
6″ Pit Droids – $4.49
6″ R2-A6 – $4.49
6″ Anakin – $4.99
12″ Ceremonial Leia – $16.90
Action Fleet scene – #8 – Melting Pit – $4.99
Action Fleet scene – #7 – Watto’s Trading – $4.99
Action Fleet scene – #6 – Throne Room Encounter – $1.49
Action Fleet scene – #5 – Federation Raid – $1.49

EPISODE ONE VIDEO HITTING STORES ALREADY
03.25.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Kevin Goddard bought Episode One on video today at a Walgreens in Memphis, TN. Check out a scan at http://www.draddog.com/swvideo.jpg. Seems that if you hunt around, you might strike lucky! It’s like April ’99 all over again, with stock being put out early.

KFC PROMO TO RETURN?
03.25.00 | 6:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Rader noticed that in a newspaper supplement today, a KFC advert had “get your Star Wars Episode One kids meal toys now!” written on it – perhaps they’ll be clearing out old stock with the release of TPM on video.

Update: Bill writes in to say that this probably isn’t anything special, just clearing out stock.

WOOHOO! CHECK IT OUT!
03.25.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Get yer behind over to Rebelscum.com to vote on your favorite custom card in the create a card contest! They’ve narrowed it down to 8 and they are all AWESOME!

STORE REPORTS
03.25.00 | 3:40pm EST | posted by dlr

Store reports section here has closed, however in our new Forums there is a specific section dedicated to just this subject! Please stop by to register and use the forums!

REMINDER
03.25.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Don’t forget about the Yakface.com Banner / button contest going on here! Great prizes and rules can be viewed if you click here!

CINEMA SCENES
03.25.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I mentioned a while ago that Hasbro had confirmed that the cinema scenes were indeed finished. Well, HunterESB asked Andy @ Hasbro, and got this:

Q: Will there be more Movie Scene 3pks this year?

A: “There are no current plans for any more Movie Scene 3 packs this year; we would love to create new ones (and have some great ideas for them), but unfortunately the current state at retail just does not warrant it. We will monitor the situation closely, and could potentially develop new cinema scenes for Episode 2 and/or Episodes 4-6 in the near future.”

So, perhaps we will see cinema scenes return in the future, but they’re certainly gone for now.

EBAY UPDATE 
03.25.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A couple of auctions you might want to check out on eBay. Darth Cloud is selling off some of his collection, which includes a mint TRU Droid Fighter display. The Fighter is item number 292053412, and he has a number of other auctions up too.
LiLaZnB0ie wrote in to mention a vintage sample Landspeeder, at item number 287055225.
Don’t forget about that cool Qui-Gon Jinn banner, signed by George Lucas, that we mentioned a few days back. It comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Dan Madsen, and it’s still at a price under the $400 retail. Item number 287679657.
Another Droid Fighter display, item number 289192213.


PIT DROIDS WAVE CASES IN STOCK
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Entertainment Earth have the new collection 2 case in stock now. This case breaks down as follows: 4x Pit Droid (2-Pack), 3x Sio Bibble, 3x Queen Amidala (Battle) with Ascension Gun, 2x Naboo Royal Guard, 2x Darth Sidious Hologram, 1x Captain Panaka, 1x R2-D2. Check it out! Thanks to Andrew for the news.

OBI-WAN WITH GUNGAN SUB
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Hasbro have posted a pic of the Gungan Sub/Obi-Wan Invasion Force set on their website. You can go directly to the picture here. It looks like a painted prototype, and the finished figure won’t have such obvious joints. Thansk to IkabelGont for the news!

Update: I found a few more pictures over there. Loose shots of Sio BibblePit Droids and Queen Amidala (Battle).

GERMAN NEWS – PRODUCT RELEASE INFO
03.24.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some news for our German readers, sent in by Sven Hussock. The following Episode One items are due for release in Germany:

Obi-Wan Jedi Knight, Anakin Naboo Pilot, Darth Sidious (Holograph), Captain Panaka, Naboo Royal Security, Naboo Royal Guard, Final Lightsaber Duel 2-pack, Lott Dodd.
“Bonus Pit Droid” two packs.
All 4 Invasion Force vehicles (Armored Scout Tank, Gungan Assault Cannon, Gungan Sub, Sith Probe Droid).
Trade Federation Tank, Gungan Ammo Wagon with Falumpaset.
Qui-Gon Jinn with Eopie
12″ electronic Qui-Gon Jinn and C-3PO

The following POTF2 toys are also coming:

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, R2-D2 with holo Leia, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi (all Commtech)

Hasbro Germany say that TPM will be released on video in April, and the original trilogy plus Episode One on video in November. Hasbro will offer a lot of items around the time of the video releases.

Please note that all information is subject to change by Hasbro Germany, and this information is purely for Germany, and not America or anywhere else.

LEGO TARGET R2-D2 GIVEAWAY
03.24.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out these scans from an upcoming Target ad for a video release promotion. When you go in for the video on April 4th, you can enter the draw for a permanently assembled special edition R2-D2. To win, you have to guess the number of bricks used to build the 11″ R2. Thanks to Scott for the info!
Whole advert
R2-D2 closeup
Terms and conditions

STARWARS.COM UPDATES 
03.24.00 | 3:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Starwars.com has updated with a new poll (the same one featured in the latest Insider) that asks what background character you’d like to see as a figure. They’ve also updated with some info on a new game from Lucas Learning called Anakin’s Speedway. Thanks to Geoff Wojtulewicz for the news.

FALCON FOR UNDER $20
03.24.00 | 1:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Qprod and Jim Sanches wrote in to say that ToysRUs.com have the Millenium Falcon marked down to $19.97!

Update: Sold out. Jeff mentions that if you search for “Star Wars figures” or “starwars figures” you’ll find other items, such as FF luke Blast Shield and Lobot. Worth a try!

MORE KB SALE ITEMS
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

Shtarth Maul reports finding classic Epic Force figures for $3.99 as well as AT-ATs and Power F/X X-Wings, which were both marked up to $25.

Update: godspeed, who puts out SW items at a KB in Downey, CA. They put out today 42 AT-ATs ($24.99), about 40 cinema scenes including 20 JAbba’s Dancers – $5.99. Also they have lots of Collection 1 2 and 3 figures for $2.99 and 20 Epic Force for $3.99. If you live around there, head over and beat the scalpers!

Update: Godspeed (aka Felix) wrote in again to say that if you’re in-store, you can ask him about product info etc etc and he’ll help you. And he left a tip for you – there are a couple of R2-D2s with Imperial slides in among those figures!

HOMING BEACON ISSUE 6
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

You can now read the latest issue of the Star Wars newsletter right here. This issue mentions the Episode II script – which is still not finished.

WIN THE FALCON
03.24.00 | 7:30am EST | posted by Tarpals

Patrick, an employee at a TRU store in Springdale, Ohio, wrote in to say that the store are holding a draw for their huge Millenium Falcon display, which they no longer need. This isn’t a promotion, it’s the decision of this particular store. When you pre-order the TPM video with your $5, you are eligbile for the draw. When you pay the rest of the money on April 4th, you are entered into the draw. Check this page out for photos of the Falcon, and details of entering. Remember that this is just at one store.

Patrick also adds that TRU have marked down a lot of Episode One items, with 50-60% off. Might be worth a visit to check it out.


COMMTECH ERRORS / CHANGES 
03.23.00 | 8:32pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A couple of Commtech variations/errors for you. Firstly, Ghost Man reports that there are two mis-spellings on the back of the Admiral Motti Commtech Chip. The words “original” and “operation” are wrongly spelled.

Darth Eddie found a Jedi Duel Darth Maul with a white-background Commtech Chip. Add that to the pile of these changes.

LOOKING FOR SIO?
03.23.00 | 7:17pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego Oregon has the Sio Bibble wave in now. Not many left. Call them 503-675-8548. Thanks to Lindsey Howell for the news.

Update: As of 7:55pm EST, they have just 4 each of Amidala and Pit Droids left. Thanks to sHa for the update.

POWER BATTLES PRE-ORDER
03.23.00 | 7:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Christopher Epps sent in this pic of the box he got when he ordered Jedi Power Battles at Babbages today. The gold box contains – as it says – a pewter Qui-Gon and pewter Obi-Wan lightsaber.

LASERDISC UPDATE 
03.23.00 | 6:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I received this information from Tina from the Fan Club regarding the Episode One laserdisc. Rumors had been going around that they wouldn’t be getting this item at all, but this kinda destroys that idea:

“The Fan Club WILL be offering the Star Wars The Phantom Menace Japanese Laser Disk for sale. We are in the process of negotiating approval for pre-selling rights. Once we have been approved to pre-sell the Japanese Laser Disk I will make it available for sale on shop.starwars.com. The Laser Disk will also be available in the Star Wars Insider Issue 49. To further clarify the Japanese Laser Disk is in the English language with Japanese Subtitles – believed to be in the black “letter box”. (We have not received confirmation on this factor)”

WAL-MART PULLING OLD FIGS 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Gonk

Reports are coming in that Hasbro reps have been spotted at Wal-marts across the country pulling old figures off the shelves in order to make room. ABOUT TIME! Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

NEW FORUMS 
03.23.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

You wanted a forum. We decided that the one we currently have is a little strange and tough to use, so we’ve upgraded and the all-new Yakface Forums are now open! You’re required to register before you post. Check it out now at http://collectibles.echostation.com/forums

SKIFF UPDATE 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more reports of the Skiff being sighted. It was found in San Diego, CA at a Target store. Thanks to SanDiegoTrooper and Dark Stasher for the news.

Update: A number of readers have written asking for the UPC code of the Skiff so that it can be checked on the Target computers. With the code, you can tell where the item has been shipped to. If anyone has a Skiff, please e-mail me with the UPC, and when I get it, I’ll post it here for those who asked.

Update 2: Darren, who found his Skiff at a Target in La Mesa, San Diego, sent in the UPC code for those who asked. it is: 76930 26458. If anyone digs up any interesting info on the computers from this, send it over!

D&S TOYS NEWS
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

D&S Toys have the 4 wave 2 accessory sets in stock for $34.99, and the Final Lightsaber Duel pack for $14.99. They expect the Watto’s Box package deals in stock soon. Thanks to Clint for the news.

KB AND TRU INFO 
03.23.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Michael Kiesewetter wrote in with this info:

“Kay Bee Toys are marking their clearance figures up from $2.50 to $2.99.

Toys R Us has the Millennium Falcon CD ROM game with Han figure for $9.99. (I know that it’s been cheaper in the past, but I thought I’d mention it since I have not seen it listed with the other clearance stuff on the site and people might not see it because these are usually located in the video game section of the store.)”


TATOOINE SKIFF COMING SOON OUT
03.22.00 | 5:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Tatooine Skiff will be on its way to US stores soon! David, who lives in Madrid in Spain, send along a couple of boxed pictures of the vehicle, which hit TRU over there today. It retails there for approximately $20.
Box Front
Box Back
Yet another Yakface petition item that’ll be a reality for collectors very soon!

Update: This toy is out in the States! It was found today for $19.99 at a Target store! The hunt is on.

THE PHANTOM LASERDISC
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club apparently has the Episode One Japanese Laserdisc avaialble for $89.95. Reports told me that the item was posted on their website, but I don’t see it there just now…if you’re interested in this item, call the Fan Club to check if it’s still available.

Update: Yep, it’s there. Thanks to Todd and Frank for writing. You can pre-order now for shipment in May. Shipping comes to $14. The numbers are limited, so if you want one, call.

Update 2: Looks like the quantities were very limited. Paul wrote just now (5:10pm EST) to say that he had called to order, but was told it was sold out. Seems they must have taken their maximum number of pre-orders already.

Update 3: Strange. It now isn’t even certain if the Fan Club are going to have this item at all! That would account for it not being online, and for it being “sold out”. I’ll look into it and try to get an answer. Thanks to Paul for the update.

NABOO FIGHTER CAN FLY OVERSEAS
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I apologize for the pathetic title. But the M&M Collectibles prize draw for the 6′ Naboo Fighter has been extended to take International orders now. There are less than 100 tickets left now, so hurry if you want a chance to win this great piece! Don’t forget that Episode One figures are buy 1 get 1 free at PhantomMenaceToys through the end of this week, so check it out!

WUHER UPDATE 
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Many people have reported receiving their Wuher figures from the Fan Club today, all still .0000 cards. If your order status changed in the last few days, expect your Wuher very soon.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Entertainment EarthStar Wars 12″ Classic Wave 2 Still In Stock

The newest assortment of Star Wars Classic 12inch Figures is still available. 12in. Classic Wave 2 Case (Item #57135A, $13999) includes 6 Star Wars Collector Series Classic 12 inch action figures. Contains: 3x Chewbacca, 2x Princess Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner, 1x Han Solo in Endor Gear. Very limited supply in stock.

TOYS R US HAS ANAKIN PILOT
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toys R Us’ website has the Anakin Naboo Pilot figure in stock for $6.99. They’ve still got Sith Lord Mauls left too. Thanks to Trevor Grove for the news.

BRIAN’S TOYS NEWSLETTER #33
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out Brian’s Toys newsletter #33 for some Yoda deals, Star Wars trivia, a character poll, plus news on their latest giveaway!

ETOYS PRICE RISES
03.22.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

It seems that some of the prices mentioned in yesterday’s eToys report have been put up a bit. Please do check the price before you order, just in case it is one of these newly-priced items.

Update: Marv wrote in to say that although the prices aren’t the same on the item pages, when you actually add the item to your cart, it comes up with the sale price. I checked this out: I went to the Theed Hanger page (it said $29.99) and when I added it, it came up as $14.99. So, worth a look.


FORCE COMMANDER POSTERS
03.21.00 | 7:00pm EST | posted by dlr

The official website “Lucasarts.com” has an animated gif down on the right hand side of their page which rotates through all 6 of the posters you can get. Thanks to Jesse James for the info.

NEW LEGO SETS
03.21.00 | 2:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Lego site has posted boxed images of the upcoming AAT, MTT and Millenium Falcon sets. Check out From Bricks to Bothans for the full story and direct links.

MARMIT FETT 
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this picture collage of the upcoming Marmit Boba Fett figure!

ETOYS SALE 
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

eToys has marked down their prices on a number of Star Wars items:

Queen’s Ship – $49.95
Ceremonial Leia (12″) – $16.99
Tatooine Showdown – $9.99
Slave Leia (12″) – $19.99

Obi-Wan Kenobi (12″) – $11.99
Power Annex playset – $8.99
Theed Hanger – $14.99
12″ Chewbacca – $11.99
Adi Gallia – $3.99
Cox Landspeeder – $49.99
Cox Snowspeeder – $34.99

KB PRICE RISE?
03.21.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pete S:

“Last Friday I picked up a few AT-AT’s at KB Toys for $19.99 as well as a few other items. Today I went to a different KB store and found a few more. To my surprise they had already raised the price from $19.99 to $24.99. Still a great deal but $19.99 was pretty good too. I don’t know if this is happening for all of the other Star Wars items they have been getting but they too could be raised depending on how well they sell.”

Update: Thanks to all the readers who have written in to confirm this change in price.


FORCE COMMANDER AROUND NOW
03.20.00 | 5:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Clint sent in this info:

“Just wanted to LYK that I preorder my Force Commander game from LucasArts awhile back and it arrived today. I haven’t had a chance to open it, but I guess the bonus CD w/ the music from the game is actually in the box since it didn’t come separately. I also noticed a sticker on the outside of the box that says a recruitment poster is inside. It shows a picture of Darth Vader with his figure pointing outward and the word “You will join us” printed on it. It says that there are six of them. So if your a millionaire and want all six poster you can buy a whole bunch of the games or take the more sensible way look at some websites for someone selling one of the ones you need.”

UPDATE!!!!! – – Tony tells us- “I received my game today from LucasArts as well. There is a coupon inside which allows you to obtain the 5 additional posters “Free”, paying only $6.95 for Shipping and Handling. It requires you to mail in the completed coupon, a copy of the receipt showing the purchase between 3/1/2000 and 9/30/2000, the original Proof-of-Purchase seal, and the $6.95 check made payable to The Express Group.”

STORE REPORTS 
03.20.00 | 5:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Store Reports section has been updated with a whole bunch of area reports. Check it out – the tip you’ve been looking for might be there!

WATTO’S BOX 
03.20.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bad news. The Fan Club will no longer be getting the Watto’s Box set, due to a problem with the case assortments. They won’t be able to get the assortment they asked for, and so will not be getting these in. So…the hunt continues. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the confirmation.

SITH LORD MAUL
03.20.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toys R Us’ website has the Sith Lord Darth Maul figure in stock for $6.99. Just search for Maul.


POTF2 CINEMA SCENES
03.19.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The FIA store has some new items in stock. Cases of the Aunt Beru wave ($79.99), Motti wave cases ($99.99), plus Rebel Pilots ($25) and Skiff Guards ($27). Check it out! Case breakdowns are given on the page.

Update: Motti cases, and the Skiff Guards, are sold out.

PODRACE REFUEL SET
03.19.00 | 6:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This wave two accessoy set is back in stock at ToyTime for $4.99. Type “Refuel” into the search box to find it. Go grab one if you need this!

NEW SPEAK UP! 
03.19.00 | 3:55pm EST | posted by dlr

Bob asks, ” Are Star Wars fans the biggest complainers?” Check it ou in the Speak Up! section.

G.L. AUTOGRAPHED BANNER ON EBAY 
03.19.00 | 3:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Here’s a very nice item if you collect autographs. . . heck, this is a great deal period! No reserve and the bidding starts at only $1! These banners were sold through the fan club last fall. Only 40 George Lucas signed banners exist and at a cost of originally $400! This auction has NO RESERVE! Bidding starts at $1 What are you waiting for? Go to Ebaynow and punch in a search for item #287679657!!!

NEW CUSTOMS ADDED 
03.19.00 | 2:45pm EST | posted by dlr

I have updated the customs section with some beautiful 12″ pieces by Han. If you are interested in posting your collection online via yakface.com please contact me.

ANOTHER INSIDER MENTION! 
03.19.00 | 2:35pm EST | posted by dlr

The latest issue of The Insider is hitting mailboxes accross the land and our good friend Philip Wise sent in this scan with another mention of our website, yakface.com!

TRU INFO 
03.19.00 | 1:15pm EST | posted by dlr

A little birdie recently sent us this info from the TRU mainframe computer. Some very interesting stuff here- Please note not all TRU’s will have these items.These will take effect March 21:
POTF fig with coin….4.98
POTF commtech fig….3.98
POTF buddies……2.98
POTF diorama……7.98
POTF cinema scenes(newer ones)…..9.98
POTF classic 12″…..9.98 Micro double takes…..9.98
Ep1 cinema scenes……9.98
Ep1 buddies……2.98
Ep1 Electronic accessory……4.98
Ep1 Podracers……7.98
Ep1 epic force…..7.98
Ep1 deluxe figs…..3.98
Ep1 12″ electronic figs……9.98
Ep1 beast w/fig…..4.99
Ep1 small vehicles…….4.98
Ep1 royal starship…….49.98
Ep1 commtech reader…..6.99
Ep1 flash speeder…..4.98
Ep1 accessories…..0.98
Ep1 12″…..9.98
Ep1 large playset (theed)…..14.98
Ep1 small playset (theed)…..9.98
Ep1 blaster…..4.98
Absolutely tons more, all micro merch, as well as shampoo, umbrellas, battle bags, lightsabers, SW Trivial Pursuit, basically anything Star Wars.
Also, on March 23: MILLENNIUM FALCON…..19.97


YAK’S POLL RETURNS
03.18.00 | 11:15pm EST | posted by dlr

Yak’s Poll is now back and operational! Check it out today and give us your input!

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #32
03.18.00 | 8:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #32 is now available for you to read. This issue’s specials include the 14″ electronic Darth Vader for $30. Check it out for more cool POTF2/Ep1 and the usual great vintage deals!

CUSTOM CARD CONTEST
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

Here’s just a reminder that tonight at midnite is the deadline for Rebelscum’s custom card contest! Good Luck!

NEW MENU
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

I’ve had a lot of people asking where things are on the site and feel the pop down menu wasn’t quite doing it’s job so give me some feed back on the new text menu idea to the side. Does it look ok and make things easier to find? LMK!

PHANTOM MENACE TOYS NEWSFEED
03.18.00 | 11:00am EST | posted by dlr

We have had a lot of excitement over our Naboo Fighter Giveway! There are still some entries left…so act quickly. (There was some confusion in our last email – There will only be 250 TOTAL entries sold!).

This is to announce the extra prizes that will be given away –

2nd Prize: Autographed Darth Maul 8×10 
3rd Prize: Luke in Bacta Tank Statue 
4th Prize: Hasbro Naboo Fighter
5th Prize: 6″ Anakin Skywalker Figure 

Special on the website this week! – All Hasbro Episode I Action Figures are Buy One, Get one Free! (Great chance to build up those droid armies, or get some extras to open!). – ALL Currently IN STOCK figures are listed on the website – if it isn’t listed we do not have them! – Thanks and good luck!

Visit PhantomMenaceToys.com today!

TRADE FEDERATION TANK OUT!
03.18.00 | 8:10am EST | posted by Tarpals

Starshow Collectibles have the new Trade Federation Tank in stock now. Priced at $24.99. This is sure to sell out quickly, so hurry if you want to order. Thanks to Bruce McGregor for the news.

Update: All gone.

SKIFF GUARDS AND REBEL PILOTS
03.18.00 | 5:50am EST | posted by Tarpals

D&S Toys have both of these sets in stock for $24.99 each. They also mention they are getting Watto’s Box in soon, inquire for details. Check it out! Thanks to Lee for the news.

NEW FIGURES ONLINE
03.18.00 | 5:50am EST | posted by Tarpals

ActionAce have the Qui-Gon (Jedi Master) and Destroyer Droid (Battle Damaged) figures in stock for $9.99. Jar Jar is sold out. They are holding an offer just now that gives you $10 off a $20 order, so if you can find something else you want there (these 2 add up to $19.98) you’ll get a discount. Thanks to J for the news.

Update: Sold out.


TRU SALE STRIKES BACK
03.17.00 | 7:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This good -and bad – news was sent in by Jedeyeben. The info came from the TRU computers in Indiana:

“The good news is that the TRU computer shows much more classic stuff coming back in again!! yes more figures ships, including AT- AT’s! Now the bad news is that all the prices have gone up. Leave it to TRU to ruin a good thing. Don’t get me wrong – the prices are still cheap but not as cheap. 19.97 for the AT-AT and pretty much anything that was only 9.97 all went up. Same for the figures, someone may have already noticed if their store still has any of them left, but the classic figures that were 1.97 are all now 2.97! same for all the new ones coming back in.”

MARMIT BOBA FETT PICS
03.17.00 | 6:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Star Wars website has updated with a short feature on the Tokyo Toy Fair, which includes a couple of pictures of the upcoming Marmit Boba Fett! Head over and check it out!

NEW COLLECTION 2 WAVE
03.17.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Sio Bibble wave has been in very short supply since it was first spotted a week or so ago. Yakface reader Dylan McDermond wrote in having found a full case of the wave, ready to go out on the pegs. The case breaks down as follows: 1 x R2-D2 (slim bubble), 1 x Captain Panaka, 2 x Darth Sidious (Holograph), 2 x Naboo Royal Guard, 3 x Queen Amidala (Battle), 3 x Sio Bibble, 4 x Pit Droids. As previously reported, the Pit Droids and Sio Bibble are .0000 while Amidala is .0100, if that is of interest to you. This case was spotted at a Bi-Mart in Oregon.

WUHER – TAKE 2
03.17.00 | 1:53pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Bunkaroo wrote in to say that his Wuher order status had changed from backordered to processing. I contacted the Fan Club and they have received a new shipment from Hasbro, and more Wuher orders are now being filled. So, check your status and see if you’ll be getting one!

SABE FIGURE PIC
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toyfare magazine’s website posted this pic of 3 upcoming figures – Sabé, Nute Gunray (Holograph) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (with plastic, hooded cloak) – the pic comes from Toy Fair in Japan. Thanks to BP for the info!

TRU NEWS 
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Cloud sent in some TRU info. The TRU he works at in Virginia just got in an extra large shipment of the 3D video cases, obviously gearing up for the release in a few weeks. These are also being given away to those who reserve the Playstation “Jedi Power Battles” game ($10 down to reserve). The store just took down their Episode One display and are raffling off the 6′ Naboo Starfighter – raffle tickets cost $3 each, with no ticket limit.

KB SALE UPDATE
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Blaze, who works at a KB store, wrote in to say that on a shipment they got in today, the truck printout said the Millenium Falcon was to be marked down to $9.99. When they receive these it will be confirmed.

HOMING BEACON #5
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Click here to read the latest (issue #5) copy of the Star Wars.com newsletter.

FAN CLUB WATTO
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Seems that Watto didn’t sell out at the Fan Club at all. I got this e-mail today from a Fan Club rep: “I just wanted to let you know that the Watto Life Size Replica is not sold out. We are currently dealing with difficulties outside our own company that prevent us from offering the Life Size Watto Replica for sale at this time.”
So there we have it. Perhaps it’ll be available in the near future.

ITEMS SHIPPING 
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

I’ve had quite a few reports of items ordered recently from both Star Show collectibles and Wishbook shipping now, in great condition. Thanks to those who wrote in.

BLOCKBUSTER YODA AGAIN
03.17.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Two more pieces of info on this item:

This is from Jay: “There is a Yoda up on display at my local BlockBuster 67th street and Greenfield ave. in WestAllis Wisconsin. It has all the info plain as day plastered right on front of the cardboard display that Yoda is placed upon. It states “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY”. The promo is suppose to start April 4th and run until April 9th. It is suppose to be a free raffle. My blockbuster is already taking names down on a piece of paper. All they ask for is your name, phone, and address. There were about 20 people on the list so far (yes it was a list..not individual slips)“.

And this is from Toyman4408: “I called a few of the blockbusters in my area this morning. Just to make sure the stories were the same. Seems the promo will start the day that TPM is released 4/4/00 and the drawing will be on the morning of 4/10/00. There will be no rental requirements or nothing to buy just fill out the entry form and hope for the best. I stopped by the Blockbuster up the street from me and the manager let me sneak a peek. This is a VERY cool piece. I can see I’ll be spending the week of the release hitting every Blockbuster in a 50 mile radius.”


UPDATE RE: EP 1 INSIDERS GUIDE @ BEST BUY
03.16.00 | 8:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Jay Shepard write in with this info-

“The boxed Ep1 Insider’s Guide _is_ compatible with Macs, but the promo one handed out with the pre-order of the video is only Win 95/98 compatible. So us Mac fans are basically screwed. FYI –Jay Shepard Hanover, MD”

UPDATE! [LAST ONE, I PROMISE…..]

Jason Reynolds informs us –

“Mac users aren’t necessarily “screwed.” LucasArts is very good about replacing PC versions with Mac if necessary. Usually it involves sending the software back to them. Two possible contact numbers: 1 800 LEC GAME (Company Store) 1-415-448-8000 (Tech Support)”

CARBON FREEZE CHAMBER INFO + R2 UPDATE
03.16.00 | 8:20pm EST | posted by dlr

I just got this email from Dan Madsen-

“We are still waiting to hear on R2 – hoping to know something next week. No pricing on Carbon Freeze just yet but I have seen it and it is awesome!! it comes with an exclusive action figure by the way! “

Sounds pretty cool eh? Now we just have to wait to see how much $$$$ !

KB SALE NEWS
03.16.00 | 6:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

KB are due to have a sale similar to the recent Toys R Us sale! Check out this price list sent in by Danny H, who works at a KB store. They unloaded a first shipment today, and the items are due on sale at the beginning of April. All items are POTF2:

Action Figures $2.50 (coll.3 & flash-back)
AT-AT $19.99
X-Wing $9.99
Mid-Size ( A-wing asst.) $9.99
Gunner asst. $3.99
Deluxe asst. $3.99
Beast asst. $5.99
Electronic Figures $3.99
Electronic X-Wing $19.99

Update: Lou wrote in with this:

“I thought that I would let you know that the local KBs in my area (Baltimore) already have the POTF2 merchandise on sale and have been restocking the shelves with new and improved prices. Unfortunately the amount of merchandise at my stores are nowhere near what TRU got. But I did get (this was last Friday): two AT-ATs for $19.99, Electronic X-Wing for $19.99, and loads and loads of FF figures and older! I just built an army of Sandtroopers and Hoth Soldiers (Green Card with Holosticker). Unfortunately, when I asked about the stack of Millennium Falcons they informed me that those would not be marked down. Sad. SO DON’T WAIT UNTIL APRIL … HIT KB NOW!!!”

NEW ITEMS AT THE FAN CLUB
03.16.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club has added some new items to their site, including the Pepsi life size Watto and a STAP Scooter! To check them out, go to their main page and hit the “new” link. Thanks to Bill for the tip!

Update: Watto is sold out.

NEW RELEASES AND PHOTOGRAPHS
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Episode One Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber toy is hitting stores now. A few reports of these being found at Wal Mart stores. George Collazo sent in a few photographs, including one of the new lightsaber, one of the Hungry Hero plush Jar Jar, and a couple of the new Holograph figures, which are starting to get a bit easier to find.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber
Hungry Hero Jar Jar Binks
Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul Holographs (box front)
Darth Maul Holograph (box back)

It is quite difficult to get the holo figures in mint packages, due to the bubble shape. But I’m sure it’ll be no harder than it was with Epic Force. Thanks again to George for the photos!

Update: George mentions that the Holograph figures are indeed rotatable, like the Epic Force figures. There is a knob on the site of the holoprojector stand that moves them.

ENTERTAINMENT EARTH NEWSFEED
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards – Too Hot To Handle (Entertainment Earth)

We are one of the last stores on the planet to receive a shipment of these popular Movie Scenes from Hasbro’s Star Wars Classic line. Rebel Pilots (Item #84035D, $29.99) and Jabba’s Skiff Guards (Item #84035C, $29.99) will not ship to stores again (we’ve tried to order more but can’t). Order these now. We still guarantee mint condition on the items that are in stock. Once these are gone, they’re gone for good.

DEFENDER NEWSFEED 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Defender Collectible Cases, Inc. is having a SUPER March madness sale on the Star Wars 12″ cases. We are selling them at the previously unheard of price of $9.95 each. That’s only 95 cents over the 3.75″ figure case and $3.00 off the regular 12″ case price!!! This is an inventory reduction sale and will last for a limited time only! These are hard acrylic display cases with sliding bottom doors and hangers on the back for wall display. They are a must have for your 12″ Star Wars figures. Designed specifically to protect your figures from dust and damage and to provide an excellent means of display. Act now and order yours today at www.defendercases.com and don’t forget to check out our many other Star Wars cases!

CUSTOM SNOWTROOPER 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Check out this cool custom Snowtrooper on a speeder bike! The recipe for this custom is available on FFURG.

ONLINE STAR WARS RPG
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

“SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 16, 2000– LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC announced today it will partner with Verant Interactive Inc. and Sony Online Entertainment to create the first massively multiplayer Star Wars online role-playing game. Expected to release in 2001, the title will immerse thousands of game players into the classic Star Wars universe. Gameplay will feature a unique combination of combat, specialized missions, and daring quests.”
Click here for full article. Thanks to Koda for the news.

QUEEN’S STARSHIP FOR UNDER $30!
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Quite a few people have reported finding the Royal Starship vehicle at Target stores for under $30. Some say $29.94, some say $24.94. I expect it’s probably $29.94, but either way, that’s a great deal!

BLOCKBUSTER YODAS 
03.16.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Scott:

“They are the same as the Pepsi Yodas from this summer, but with no grey base. According to my local manager, expect 6000 of these to be on the market (6000 Blockbuster stores) I think the number is high, but who knows…he could be right.”

Update: More info, this time from Doug: “Spoke w/a Blockbuster employee last night. They are a raffle prize, as in tickets must be purchased. No word on how much for each raffle ticket, nor what the proceeds benefit.”

Update: Scott writes again with some more info – “This could be only what the one manager I talked to is saying, but I was told: The Yodas will be raffled among buyers of the EPI video. That makes some sense, as otherwise many people would buy tickets w/o an instore purchase. Pricey raffle, eh? He does not come with a grey base, only the black metal base with the brass plaque.”


FAN HOMEPAGES PROTEST
03.15.00 | 8:50pm EST | posted by dlr

I found this little bit of info at TheForce.net-

“The official Star Wars website, www.starwars.com, began offering free homepages on its site on Wednesday, March 8. Most fans were elated, but others were severely disillusioned by a couple troublesome clauses in Star Wars Fan Homepages’ Terms of Service, which specifies explicitly that any “derivative works” based on Star Wars that fans publish on the service become the property of Lucasfilm, Ltd., which owns Star Wars, “in perpetuity.” A protest and information website has been started atwww.miscellanies.net.

Past incidents involving Apple’s iTools homepage service and Yahoo’s takeover of homepage provider Geocities saw these companies swiftly make changes to the pertinent portions of their Terms of Service agreements (similarly worded to the one Starwars.com uses) after users protested what they regarded as the theft of their intellectual property rights.”

WIN THE 6′ NABOO FIGHTER!
03.15.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Phantom Menace Toys are holding a prize draw which gives you the chance to win this fantastic piece! The 6′ Naboo Fighter was a store display promo that hung (and maybe is still there in your local TRU) above the Star Wars toy aisle. This is one great looking thing! Each entry costs $5, and the grand prize winner will get the Naboo Fighter. Other prizes to be announced soon. You must enter online, and only a limited number of entries are available, so head over to their site now!

FOLD-UP DESTROYER DROID
03.15.00 | 4:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

According to Tomart’s, the upcoming Jedi Powers 6″ Destroyer Droid figure will fold up like they do in the movie. That might even make me buy one of these! Thanks to IkabelGont for the news.

VINTAGE FIGURES AT FIA
03.15.00 | 3:17pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Figures in Action store has a limited supply of vintage toys in stock now. The items include vehicles and playsets. If you’re looking for vintage stuff, check it out, and don’t forget to check out our own vintage figure store.

ETOYS SHIP PILOTS
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Varad Mehta actually received the Rebel Pilots set he ordered from eToys. It seems that the correct information was that eToys had only limited stocks of the item, and the first few orders were filled.

MORE FROM WISHBOOK
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Yesterday I mentioned that wishbook had the CG Endor and Tatooine for $9.98 – let me stress that that price is for the pair, not singly (thanks to Adrian for pointing this out). Ramesh reports that they also have a 3-pack of Star Wars buddies – Yoda, Wampa and Figrin D’An for $19.97. Check it out of you’re missing those.

Update: The buddy set is sold out. Thanks to Lee for the news.

EBAY SALES 
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A TRU exclusive large Droid Fighter can be found on eBay at item number 282405171. Also, Scott Houseman is selling off his FF collection, which includes Weequay and Sandtrooper – item 279930799.

INSIDER’S GUIDE 
03.15.00 | 3:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Shad in Pheonix, AZ:

“I just went to Best Buy this weekend to finally reserve my copy of Ep 1 Widescreen there, and get the free Insiders guide. It took so long to decide because while I think this is the best deal, I have a Mac and therefore the CDs are useless to me. Well, I was checking out with the free CD packet and told the sales clerk I wanted to make sure that it was the Widescreen version I was reserving a copy of, and that there were no tickets with the give-away packet. He went and asked his manager what to do. He came back and said that the promotion was over since it comes out in a few weeks, and that they had ordered plenty of copies -so not to worry about getting a copy. Then he went ahead and rang everything up. I ended up getting the Ep 1 Insiders Guide packet for $.01 and didn’t even have to reserve a copy at Best Buy. NOW THAT’s a DEAL!! Perhaps this is worth trying at other Best Buy stores?”

Update: Jeff reports that the Insider’s guide is compatible with Macs. Oh well.


EPISODE ONE – NOW SHOWING AT SUNCOAST
03.14.00 | 5:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

IkabelGont reports that today he saw Episode One showing on TV screens at a Suncoast in a local mall.

CARBON FREEZE CHAMBER – EXCLUSIVE
03.14.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The much requested Carbon Freeze Playset is definitely coming this year. It’s going to be a Fan Club exclusive, which is their third of the year, behind Wuher, and the 12″ Senate Guard/Chancellor Valorum set. The playset is currently scheduled to be available around October/November, so there’s a while to wait yet. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the info!

WAVE 2 ACCESSORY SETS
03.14.00 | 3:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Toymaniacs have 2 of the wave 2 accessory sets in stock – as usual, they cost $12.98 and come with a wave 1 accessory pack. The pairs are Rappel Line/Naboo and Tatooine Disguise/Tatooine. If you still need these, check it out! They tend to sell out very fast, so hurry.

Update: Tatooine Disguise pair is gone.

RARE FF COLLECTION SALE
03.14.00 | 2:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jediwheels is selling his collection of 28 Freeze Frame figures, including rare items such as the Sandtrooper, AT-ST Driver, and more. Check it out on eBay at item number 283566343.

FRED MEYER SALE
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

JD found the following deals at a local Fred Meyer store:
Accessory packs – $.99
Electronic Accessory packs – $1.99
Epic Force (Maul and Obi-Wan) – $4.99
Comm Tech Reader – $4.99
Naboo Fighter – $5.99
Pod Racers (Anakin) – $5.99
Droid Fighters – $5.99
Beasts (Kaadu and Opee) – $5.99
Electronic 12″ Figures – $5.99
Naboo Fighter game with Anakin – $5.99

DOWNLOAD FORCE COMMANDER MUSIC
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Lucasarts website have posted MP3 versions of three pieces of Star Wars music from the upcoming Force Commander title for PC. You’ll need a program such as Winamp to play MP3 files. Thanks to Koda for the news.

CLASSIC DEALS 
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Paul Ybarra reports that Wishbook have the Complete Galaxy Endor and Tatooine sets for $9.88. They also have other items such as the ROTJ 12″ assortment. Check them out!

TROPHY ASSORTMENT MAUL
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

One of these can be found on eBay at item number 283527945.

3D DARTH MAUL STANDEES
03.14.00 | 1:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Chris Deans:

“I was at my local video store in Oakville Ontario Canada today called Mammoth Movies. They were putting together a promotional standee for Episode 1. It was a very cool 6 foot tall 3 dimensional cardboard darth maul. They said they would most likely but raffling it off to kids who rent the video.”


HALLMARK 2000 PICS
03.13.00 | 7:30pm EST | posted by Gonk

Big Red’s Dejarik Board has posted pics of the upcoming 2000 Ornaments from Hallmark.

LIFE-SIZED YODA @ BLOCKBUSTER
03.13.00 | 6:45pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info was sent in by Jason:

“I work at a Blockbuster in Nashville, TN and last night the Manager unpacked her Phantom Menace Promo. It is life size Yoda. Looks awesome. She said that there were no instructions as to when to put it out only a memo that it was to be raffled off and that if lost the store will be hit for $300.”

EE NEWS FEED
03.13.00 | 4:50am EST | posted by Gonk

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The following items are no longer available from Hasbro. Although Hasbro hasn’t officially discontinued these items, no more inventory is available. We have removed the following items from our website:
Millenium Falcon Carry Case with Scanning Trooper Figure Electronic Snowspeeder
14inch Darth Vader
Complete Galaxy Ewok and Luke Skywalker
Bantha and Rancor Deluxe Creatures
Electronic X-Wing Fighter

What’s next to go?
AT-AT Walker with Figures (Item #69733, $99.99), Rebel Pilots (Item #84035D, $29.99), Jabba’s Skiff Guards (Item #84035C, $29.99), Landspeeder (Item #697703, $12.99) and practically anything else related to Star Wars Classic products.
Any or all of the above may be sold out by the time you read this. We cannot guarantee availability of any 1995-1999 Star Wars Classic Products. Once they say “Temp Out Of Stock”, backorders will most likely never be filled. Only at Entertainment Earth.

MOTTI WAVE AROUND
03.13.00 | 12:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This news is from Jer:

“Forbidden Planet has the new wave of POTF2 figures in stock (Darth Vader & Interrogation Droid, Princess Leia, Admiral Motti and Stromtrooper (articulated)) for £12.99. They also have limited numbers of the Millennium Falcon carry case with Imperial Scanning Technician (£19.95).”

Pricey – but if that’s your only option for these new figures, I guess you’re kinda stuck. I always recommend online buying (where possible of course) for UK fans, because the items are really too expensive here. £12.99 (more than $20!!!) for just one figure is not my idea of fun. You see people all the time saying that $11.99 for new figures at some online and comic stores is too expensive, but when you live abroad, that’s cheap!

Update: Jer wrote in again with a correction – the figures were priced at £10.99 (still expensive!!). They had foreign “Bonus Droid” twin packs for £12.99.

THE TUSKEN TRADER RETURNS
03.13.00 | 8:15am EST | posted by dlr

Our very own Tusken Trader section has gone through a bit of an overhaul and is some what ready for the masses! Check em’ out today!

CONGRATULATIONS TO FBTB!!! 
03.13.00 | 8:15am EST | posted by dlr

Our very own From Bricks to Bothans LEGO section has won Cool Site of the Week! over at Lugnet! Congrats guys! PS- Check out their cool new look!


2 EXCLUSIVE DESKTOPS FROM GRZESIEK 
03.12.00 | 6:00pm EST | posted by dlr

The well know desktop / wallpaper artist Grzesiek has bestowed two lovely desktops featuring toys to us as Yakface.com exclusives! Choose your desktop size below the images!

UPDATE: You can find many more great GRZESIEK desktops over atCountdown’s Multimedia section!

HARD TO FIND & NEW ITEMS IN STOCK (?)
03.12.00 | 5:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Clint:

“According to Star Show collectibles they have some of the harder to find new items back in stock such as the New Leia, Admiral Motti, Stormtrooper, Vader, R2-B1, and TC-14 for $8.99. Unfortunately, no R2-D2 w/ holo Leia. They also have the Jabba the Hutt w/ 2 Headed announcer in for $24.99 and all of the second wave of accessory packs for $7.99 each. It’s happened a few times before that I’ve placed an order and they didn’t have any of the items in stock even though at the time of the order the website said they did. Unfortunately. they didn’t write to me to let me know that they were out of stock so some of the items may actually gone and the website hasn’t been updated to reflect that. However, if anybody still looking for these items and I’m sure they are, it’s worth it to at least try.”

I had a quick look, and they also have Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots ($24.99 each). Worth a try, as Clint says.

DARK FORCES 3: OBI-WAN SCREENSHOTS
03.12.00 | 5:05pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here are a few screen shots from the upcoming Lucasarts title Dark Forces III: Obi-Wan. This game is, in case you don’t know, the sequel to the extremely popular Jedi Knight game. Obi-Wan is currently scheduled for release in the 4th quarter of this year. The scans come from the UK edition of PC Gamer magazine. The same issue contains a review of Force Commander, which scored 90% and is Game of the Month.
Obi-Wan Screen Shot 1
Obi-Wan Screen Shots
Obi-Wan Screen Shots
And no, I didn’t write any of the captions 🙂


STORE REPORTS UPDATED
03.11.00 | 8:41pm EST | posted by Gonk

The Store Reports have been updated. HURRAH!

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #31
03.11.00 | 6:55pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys newsletter #31 is now available for you to read here. This issue’s specials include the Jabba’s dancers cinema scene for $10, and this week’s giveaway is a vintage ROTJ Darth Vader. Check it out for this and the usual deals!

CUSTOM 12″ LANDSPEEDER
03.11.00 | 11:30am EST | posted by dlr

Here is a very nice custom 12″ scaled Remote Controlled Landspeeder up for auction on ebay! [#278411495]

NEW SPEAK UP!
03.11.00 | 10:55am EST | posted by dlr

Sean T. Drinkwater voices his opinion this week as he try’s to figure out what all the complaining is about!? Check it out here!


EE NEWS FEED
03.10.00 | 8:10pm EST | posted by Gonk

It’s not Hasbro. What is it? It’s a Marmit 12in. Stormtrooper (Item #MTS1, $99.99)! This Japanese Exclusive contains a Stormtrooper costume the same way it was created in Star Wars, only for an action figure. Highly detailed armor and accessories fit onto a 12inch highly poseable action figure’s skeleton. This kit includes a hyper-articulate 12inch figure, Black body stocking, armor, helmet and blaster. Some assembly is required. Very limited supply. Once these are sold out, no further units will be available. Only at Entertainment Earth.

BARNES & NOBLE 75% OFF SALE
03.10.00 | 5:33pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Stef McCarter:

“I have been to a few Barnes & Nobles with this sale going on. The have the Young Jedi card game starter decks marked at 75% off or 2.50. and the best buy. The limited Edition Complete unabridged Phantom Menace cd box set. With holographic cover for 75% off also. It is normally $150 but with the discount it comes out to $37.50 plus tax. It is a great deal.”

HOMING BEACON #4
03.10.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Star Wars newsletter issue 4 was sent out last night – click here to read it

BIGSTAR CONTEST 
03.10.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Pete S received this from bigstar.com:

“Enter our Star Wars Sweepstakes and you could win a Darth Maul leather embroidered Jacket, Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Collectors Edition, “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” VHS Widescreen Edition Boxed Set, and the “Star Wars” Trilogy Special Edition on VHS.”


FAN CLUB UPDATE
03.09.00 | 7:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club are expecting to get both Watto’s Box…and R2-D2 with Holographic Leia in stock in the near future – possibly as early as next week, or the week after. They’re on the way! Thanks as always to Dan Madsen for the update!

JC PENNY UPDATE
03.09.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Skott sent in more info from a new JCPenny book:

“I got a different JC Penny clearence book in the mail today! They have a few E1 items on pages 73-75, a lot of bedding & bathroom stuff like towels and waste baskets. They also have some toys:
1)small figure pack-12” scale(anakin, pit droids & r2-a6) for $15.99
item #hd 655-0628 A.

2) naboo fighters for $11.99 item#hd 655-0057 A

3)action figure pack(anakin-naboo,qui-gon-naboo, ben-naboo & maul-tat.) for $19.99 item# hd 655-0735 A.

4) deluxe maul & qui-gon set for $8.99 item# hd 655-0107 A

5) comm tech reader for $9.99 item# hd 652-0076 A

I you wish to order call 1-800-222-6161 and you must tell them the price and that you saw them in the clearence book!”

Also, the catalog number for the 12″ 3 pack mentioned yesterday is: HD 655-9454 A. Thanks to Doom2k for that info.

SHRINK-WRAPPED SABER 2 PACK
03.09.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Clint:

“I just wanted to LYK that I was at Sams today looking for their 2-packs, which they didn’t have any and as I was rounding the corner I noticed that they had a display of lightsabers. They have both the Darth Maul and Qui-Gon wrapped together for $14.07. The only bad thing is that they are shrink-wrapped and who ever did it did a really good job because both boxes are pushed against each other. Unfortunately, this causes the boxes to bow, usually in the middle of each of them. I was lucky enough to find one where the Qui-Gon one was only slightly bowed. Since Sams doesn’t do the shrink-wrapping themselves, this is probably going to be a universal problem. Anyway, I still think it’s a great deal 2 lightsabers for one low price, can’t beat that”

EE NEWS FEED
03.09.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Gonk

Thursday, March 9 – 12inch Action Figures with Mace Windu Reserve the next wave of 12inch Episode I action figures now. Choose from these three assortments: EP1 12in. Wave 3 3-Pack (Item #26277A, $74.99), EP1 12in. Wave 2+3 6-Pack (Item #26277B, $139.99) or EP1 12in. Wave 3 Case (Item #26277C, $139.99) only ast Entertainment Earth.

UK VIDEO RELEASE INFO
03.09.00 | 1:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

My buddy Ian got an e-mail from Amazon UK, who just opened a video and DVD section and are offering a £3 discount using this code:
Gift Certificate details:
Claim Code : VLP4-46QUND-59V5ET
Value : GBP 3.00
Expiry Date : April 7, 2000
Of course you can now pre-order TPM from them. On Widescreen it’s £15.99 (discounted from £17.99 RRP), with postage added and the discount total is £15.34.
(Amazon are also hosting a daily DVD player giveaway competition, you can enter once each day until the comp runs out. Pretty sweet deal!!)

This news comes from Simon Winter : I’ve been told by someone who is working on behalf of Fox video, that the official world wide retail launch for the Phantom Menace will take place at HMV, Trocadero London. They are opening the store at midnight on Sunday 2nd April, and there is going to be a big opening event with loads of media and special effects. USA won’t get the video until 4th April, so if you buy it at midnight from HMV in London you’ll be the first in the world to own the video, how cool would that be?!!!

MARMIT PICS AND INFO
03.09.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

An update over on Figuresinaction – they’ve posted boxed shots of the new Marmit Sandtrooper figure, well worth checking out! They also sent in this store update:

A large e-store is claiming they are the only ones who have Marmit Sandtroopers and TIE Pilots available. Contrary to their reports, Figures In Action is selling the Marmit Sandtrooper and TIE Fighter Pilot for $89.99 and $79.99 each respectively. That’s $20 less then those other guys. Don’t get fooled into paying more ElsewherE!

And I promise that I’ve got the site right this time 🙂


12″ KAADU PROTO
03.08.00 | 11:45pm EST | posted by Gonk

Outer Rim posted some pics of the prototype of the upcoming 12″ Kaadu.

STARWARS.COM WEBSITE CONTEST!
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Are you the biggest Han Solo fan? Want to challenge others with your Star Wars trivia? Do you have a plastic army of Luke Skywalker action figures? Want to share your Star Wars top ten lists? Show us your stuff and win! Build a free fan site and automatically get entered in theStarWars.com Fan Site Sweepstakes! On or around March 23, 2000, we’ll randomly select winners for the following cool Star Wars prizes:

One Grand Prize: Winner gets a choice of either a life-size statue of Darth Maul(approximate value $600) OR a life-sized statue of Yoda(approximate value $400).

Twenty-five Runners-up: 25 people will get one copy each of the soon-to-be-released LucasArts Jedi Power Battles video game(approximate value $39.95).

WATTOS BOX IN @ TOYMANIACS
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Anthony reports-

“TOYMANIACS.COM HAS THE JABBA w/2-HEADDED ANNOUNCER and OPEE w/ QUI-GON JINN SET …….for 31.98 per set……breakdown = $16.00 ea …… “FANTASTIC”!!!!! ALSO, WATTO’S BOX and MOS ESPA ENCOUNTER SET …..FOR 49.95 per set ….. “

DESTINY CAN & FAN CLUB
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

I have recieved several reports about people recieving Destiny cans in poor condition. Rather than fill this space with negative posts [which seems to be too often these days] I am instead going to post one from David Cordes-

“I received my Destiny can today from the Fan Club (which I purchased with my Debit card, btw). Unfortunately, the corner base of the display was cracked, the wood splintered and bent up with flakes of black paint everywhere. I immediately called the Fan Club. Since I live in Denver, I drove to their offices only 30 minutes away. They were very helpful and went to check to see if they had a replacement, even though they are currently out of stock. While I waited in the lobby, I had a chance to observe their cool life-size statues of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Han in Carbonite and C-3PO and R2-D2. They returned from their wherehouse with a replacement which was in excellent condition. In spite of the bad rap that the Fan Club has gotten lately, and the fact that it was a slight inconvenience for me to drive out of my way to get a replacement, the Fan Club provided me with outstanding customer service. I hope this will be encouraging news to many frustrated fans. The Force is still with the Fan Club”

EBAY PLUGS
03.08.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

Here are two auctions from some friends of ours that are currently going on. One is for a TRU display Millenium Falcon [#277613408]. The other is for a Grafex Flash Luke Skywalker Lightsaber [277931237].

JC PENNY 12″ DISCOUNT
03.08.00 | 5:32pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Skott:

“Today I got a JC Penny clearence book. On page 242 they have a 12″ Hasbro E1 figure set MIB for $19.99 (Watto, Obi-Wan, Battle Droid). The item number is HD 655-9454 A. To order you must call 1-800-222-6161 and tell them you saw them in a clearance catalog, otherwise they’ll charge you the normal $99.99!”

EE NEWS FEED
03.08.00 | 4:00pm EST | posted by Gonk

Coming soon from Marmit, the all new Marmit 12in. Sandtrooper (Item #MTS2, $104.99) and Marmit 12in. TIE Fighter Pilot (Item #MTS3, $99.99). Both figures are Japanese Exclusives! They come with Highly armor and accessories that fit onto a 12inch highly poseable figure’s skeleton. These kits includes a hyper-articulate 12inch figure, body stockings, armor, and a helmet. Some assembly is required. Only atEntertainment Earth.

DARTH MAUL: TROPHY ASSORTMENT
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here we go with a new Episode One subset. This is the upcoming Darth Maul from the “Trophy” assortment. It was previewed loose a while ago, and now here is is carded. Darth Maul comes with binoculars, and stands on a base with a protruding Sith Infiltrator mini-vehicle. Thanks go to Droideka for the use of the photos. He is selling this item on eBay just now – check it out at item number 277845766.
Card front
Card back

KBKIDS SALES CONTINUE
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more sale items on KBKids.com:
Royal Starship – $59.95
Epic Force Qui-Gon – $9.95

Update: This came from Peter Bateman about the Epic Force Qui-Gon:

Regarding this item it is definitely “Buyer Beware”. I ordered this item 2 weeks ago to be sent the “Deluxe Qui Gon” (with light saber handle). I called and complained, and they shipped the “correct” item by 2 day air at no charge, which was, another “Deluxe Qui Gon” (oh joy). They finally stopped sending me those deluxe figures and are now supposedly checking with the warehouse to find out whats up. I do get to keep both the Deluxe Qui Gons however 🙁

Looks like it’s an “order at your own risk” item.

Update 2: Many more people writing with the same info. Certainly seems like thu’ve got their code numbers mixed up.

BRIANS TOYS NEWSLETTER #30
03.08.00 | 1:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brians Toys newsletter number 30 is now available for you to read here. This issue’s specials include the Purchase of the Droids set ($8) and some very rare vintage figures. Check it out!


VEHICLE POLL 
03.07.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

BP from collectstarwars.com wrote in about a new poll on his site, to see which classic vehicle – or playset – would you like to see next. Check it out!

JAPANESE DEFORMED FIGURES
03.07.00 | 1:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Some more info on those “deformed” Japanese Episode One figures shown previously. These are actually talking figures – when you put them on your hand, they speak 5-6 words. In Japanese, of course. They retail in Japan for the equivalent of about $15.
They are due for release on 23rd March.

HUNGRY HERO JAR JAR
03.07.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info on this upcoming now released item is from Chris:
“It’s about 15-16 inches tall.
The 8 phrases are: “Icky icky goo”, “How wude”, “Mesa called Jar Jar Binks”, “Yousa Jedi cawazy”, “Maxi big, da force”, “We dude it!”, “Yahoo!” and “Oyi, mooie-mooie! I luv yous!”.
You squeeze the stomach and the tounge unrolls like a party favor and makes a slurping sound. Stop squeezing and he makes another noise. His tounge also catches the 2 chubas he comes with. It’s a pretty cool toy. I’ve only seen it at 1 Walmart. The price is $17.97!”

Chris picked this toy up over a month ago. So, look out for it at Wal Marts. If you want to, I guess 🙂

EPISODE ONE STORY DISPLAY
03.07.00 | 1:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

My friend Noor Razzak is selling a cool Episode One store display bin from New Zealand on eBay. It was using the promotion for BlueBird snack foods, who did the Ep1 promotions in NZ, similar to Lays. Item number 277842742.


THE NEWS YOU WANTED TO HEAR!
03.06.00 | 4:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Oh yeah, we’ve been waiting years for this! It seems that the Carbon Freezing Chamber playset might well make it to retail after all! The official Hasbro Star Wars site at http://starwars.hasbro.com have posted some news today, in what seems the start of an attempt to use their website more (about time too). One of the things they address is the feedback they’ve gotten from fans on three main subjects – this playset, R2-D2 with hologram Leia, and the new 2000 cards.
They say that the Carbon Freeze playset was delayed rather than cancelled; they decided to wait until after Episode One was released to do the set. They are hard at work on this, and the chances of being able to buy this toy soon look pretty good!
They mention that R2-D2 with holo Leia was pulled from assortments to correct a mistake. That doesn’t really answer anything, because the mistake was corrected ages ago, and the corrected figure has been shipping 1 per case for months. So I don’t know what they’re talking about on that one.
As for the new cards, they say that they’re “thrilled” about having Obi-Wan and Vader on the new cards (I personally think they’d be 10 times better without the Obi pic). They do mention however, that they’re not finalized yet, and they will post pictures of the finished cards in the near future.
That’s the main points from their news update, head over there for the full post!

Update: According to the Hasbro site, there are 2 new Wal Mart exclusive items due out this month. The Falumpaset with Ammo Wagon (noo!) is a Wa Mart exclusive, which accounts for why it wasn’t shown at Toy Fair. The second exclusive item is called “Hungry Hero Jar Jar” – squeeze belly to see tongue extend – speaks 8 movie phrases. Sounds like another Hasbro bestseller.

PLANO CONVENTION 
03.06.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The next Sci-Fi Expo in Plano, Texas is on the 18-19th March. Star Wars guests include: Shannon Baksa (portrays Mara Jade – customers will be able to win a date with her at the show!), Timothy Zahn (Star Wars author who created Jade), Richard Le Parmentier (Admiral Motti), Mike Quinn (played Nien Numb and Ree-Yees – first ever convention appearance!).
Also appearing Linda Harrison (Planet of the Apes) and Richard Herd (V the Final Batle, Seaquest and more).
Check out the Sci Fi Expo website for more details!

HOLOGRAM UPDATE 
03.06.00 | 2:00pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The holo figures found at Wal Mart this weekend retailed for $9.96. Thanks again to Darth Menace for the info!


CREATE A CARD CONTEST 
03.05.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by dlr

This pertains to the Rebelscum.com contest for creating a new card back for the figures after seeing what HASBRO is planning to launch down our throats later this year. I found this very well done card through a link over at The Bounty Hunter’s Collective. If you are planning on entering be ready cause some of these are going to look so professional that you will not be able to tell a difference!

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- Hey guys, I didn’t do these cards- They were done by ENGLEHAST. I found the link to them at Bounty Hunter’s Collective.

HOLO MAUL CARDED 
03.05.00 | 2:52pm EST | posted by Gonk

Here are pics of the new Hologram Darth Maul carded. The pics are kinda small though. Thanks to Jeff for the pics.
Front
Back

CARDBACKS FOR SALE
03.05.00 | 2:44pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Watto has over 200 figure card backs for sale – orange, green, green holo, green flashback, green commtech. Prices are negotiable – if you’re interested in these for customizing, contact watto@yakface.com. All the cards are in excellent condition with the bubbles sliced off.

HOLO MAUL AND QUI-GON HIT SHELVES
03.05.00 | 6:15am EST | posted by Tarpals

Darth Menace reports finding the new Hologram Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn figures in a local Wal Mart. Darth Menace mentions that packaging is similar to Epic Force – you can press the button to light up the figure, but you can’t rotate it. The same store – in Richland center, WI – had TC-14, R2-B1, and R2-D2 with hologram Leia too. This definitely seems to be a big push from Hasbro for the release of the Episode One video next month.

TOYS R US SALE STARTS TODAY
03.05.00 | 6:15am EST | posted by Tarpals

Patrick sent in some info on the new TRU sale, which does start today. There are two offers, buy one get one free, and also if you spend $20 on Hasbro, Parker Brothers or Milton Bradley board games, you get the Star Wars Episode One Monopoly set free! The supplies on the E1 Monopoly are short (Patrick’s store got 50). So, check out TRU today if you get a chance!


NEW AT FBTB – YOU ASK LEGO! 
03.04.00 | 10:15pm EST | posted by swlegomaniac

A new regular feature at FBTB is a monthly Q&A with LEGO! Check out the Yak’s LEGO section in our Menu Selection to the right!

12″ QUI-GON & AMIDALA LOOSE
03.04.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Here is a new loose picture of the upcoming 12″ Portrait Edition Qui-Gon Jinn/Queen Amidala 2 pack. In case you missed it when it was posted a whle back, here is the boxed picture.

BRIAN’S TOYS NEWSLETTER #29
03.04.00 | 7:42pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brian’s Toys newsletter #29 is now available for you to read. This month’s specials include the Purchase of the Droids for $8, and this week’s giveaway is a 12″ vintage Han Solo. Check it out!

TIGER 2000 
03.04.00 | 12:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

RTM have posted info and pics of Tiger’s 2000 line, which includes some new Star Wars stuff. Go direct to the page here – thanks to Jim Abell for the news!

COLLECTING ARTICLE 
03.04.00 | 11:40am EST | posted by Tarpals

George Collazo sent in an article for you to check out. In it, he looks at the choice of buying the many standard, common figures, or saving your money for those limited edition items, such as a Yoda Limoge. He also gives you tips on how to photograph your items! Check it out, and please send your feedback to George – his e-mail address is at the foot of the article.

MORE TWO FOR ONE
03.04.00 | 11:40am EST | posted by Tarpals

Jer reports that the 2 for 1 deal that is available on TheToyShop is also available in the Entertainer stores (that’s their website). This was at his local store in Milton Keynes. £7 for two figures. They’re not optional though, there are certain “two packs” avaiable.
The store also got a pile of Italian Action Fleet vessels (TIE Bomber, Interceptor, Fighter & Vader’s TIE, Slave 1, Sandcrawler and Rancor) for £7 each, the Star Destroyer and Rebel Blockade Runner from the Collector’s Fleet at £16.


HASBRO’S WHITE KNIGHT 
03.03.00 | 9:30pm EST | posted by dlr

David Gayler writes in for a new SpeakUp! & actually takes Hasbro’s side. Will the insanity ever stop? 🙂

WATTO’S BOX COMING SOON 
03.03.00 | 9:15pm EST | posted by dlr

Many people have inquired to the yakstaff about any knowledge concerning the cinema scene “Watto’s Box” and when if ever the fan club will get this item in stock. Well this email landed in my bin today from fan club pres. Dan Madsen-

“hey there – we are already working on it – we are scheduled to bring in several hundred Watto’s Box Cinema Scenes in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned….”

VIDEO OFFERS! 
03.03.00 | 7:15pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jedivalkyrie sent in this info on the video promotions at TRU and WalMart in Jackson, TN:
Toys R Us: There is a sign on the door proclaiming that for every Ep 1 video you reserve, your name is entered in a raffle for the huge Millennium Falcon display hanging in the action figure aisle. Basically, you get one chance for $5. The sign also says that the offer is only good at stores which still have the ship on display. Worth checking into at your local store, even if you pre-order from another place.
Wal Mart: The Wal Mart display is a 10 foot long Anakin’s Podracer hanging from the ceiling, where the pod and cables are inflatable, and the engines are cardboard. I didn’t see that you could pre-order the video there, but they will have it for sale (obviously). It would be a cool item to get ahold of after the video comes out.”

CREATE A CARD CONTEST
03.03.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by dlr

The folks over at Rebelscum are holding a contest to design what you think would be a cool new Star Wars card! head over there for the details.

REBEL PILOTS 
03.03.00 | 5:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Ok, I don’t want to fill up the news with Rebel Pilots posts, so I’ll make this the last, unless you hear that eToys will actually be shipping your Pilots set.
This info on eToys comes from Matt:

“I called customer service and they told me I should have been informed by now that they don’t have any and will not have any either. They cancelled my order and made sure no charges were made to my card. I then called D & S toys and they still have the Rebel pilots so I ordered on from there. It cost $24.00 plus shipping but I also got the Commtech Leia, Motti, Vader and Jawa and the shipping on the whole package was only $4.50!! I got a personal email about the motti wave so not sure if they have many, and they have a waiting list for commtech stormtroopers.”

ON EBAY TODAY…
03.03.00 | 5:20pm EST | posted by Tarpals

A quick mention of a couple of interesting items over on eBay.
Brant is selling off quite a few items from his collection, including some very cool and tough to find foreign Star Wars cans from as far away as Thailand. Look for seller id samtheq@aol.com
Rob is selling a 12″ Lili Ledy Tusken Raider figure, MIB – item number 274574049.

ETOYS UPDATE 
03.03.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Stacks of mail about the Rebel Pilots sets. Some people haven’t been informed of any problem, some have received mail from eToys saying the item has been discontinued! I have confirmation that the cinema scene line is definitely finished, but I don’t know if Hasbro are still shipping them. I think it’s probably just an error on eToys part, and if you’ve not been contacted at all about your order, it might be a good idea to contact them and check it out.

DESTINY CAN
03.03.00 | 1:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mos Espa have the “Destiny” can – not figures in action! I apoligize about that, just getting a little “copy and paste” happy! Thanks to the puzzled people who wrote in.


TOPPS EP1 3-D CARDS 
03.02.00 | 10:00pm EST | posted by dlr

News on these cards- Each pack only contains 2 cards! One case has 36 packs. Each pack will retail for $2.95! The complete basic set contains 46 cards! There are also insert cards that are motion cards showing different movie scenes! $2.95 for two cards? Nooooooooo!

CASE ASSORTMENTS 
03.02.00 | 9:00pm EST | posted by dlr

I recently placed an order with anotheruniverse.com for a case of MATRIX figures and in the package they sent me some nifty catalogs which list future case breakdowns for Star Wars figures. Now there are no case numbers listed, only SKU’s for their ordering system. I will however list the cases and there is only one case with dates they expect them to be shipping-

Case ? – Shipping late April – [12 figures] – includes – 1 Darth Vader, 1 Princess Leia, 3 Chewbacca’s, 3 Jek Porkins, & 4 Obi-Wan’s.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 2 Capt Tarpals, 2 Pod Pilot #2?, 2 TC-14, 2 Astromech droid, 3 Mas Amedda, 3 Coruscant Guard, & 3 Tusken Raider.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 1 Yoda, 1 Naboo Foot Soldier, 2 Darth Sidiois HOLO, 2 Naboo Royal Guard, 3 Queen Amidala, 3 Sio Bibble, 4 Pit Droid two packs.

Case ? – [16 figures] – includes – 1 Amidala (Coruscant), 2 Darth Maul (sith), 1 Obi Wan (hood up), 1 Jar Jar (swamp), 2 Qui-Gon Jinn, 1 Destroyer Droid, 2 R2-D2, 3 Obi Wan, 3 Queen Decoy.

Now there were other cases listed that had items that are currently shipping and there might have been another case or two that was just a rehash of one above with different numbers in it. Still I just wanted to pass along what seems to be coming- Hopefully these will all hit the end of april 🙂

TRU SALE MEMO 
03.02.00 | 9:00pm EST | posted by dlr

Jason reports-

Just thought I’d pass this along. I was at the downtown Chicago TRU today at lunch and saw a couple of cases in the back. A helpful employee opened one up and it was full of Ki Adi Mundi. I thought it was just a repacked box and figured the other cases were too and left the store. After I got home I went to the TRU in my suburb and the Star Wars pegs were covered with Ki Adi Mundis and Captain Tarpals. I wonder if they are shipping solid cases of figures for their sale or if these were overstock just waiting to be put out for their sale. I don’t know, but it was strange.”

DESTINY BACK IN STOCK
03.02.00 | 5:50pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Mos Espa have the “Destiny” can back in stock. This is a really cool can…wish I could afford one 🙂 If you missed it last time, they’ve got a few more, so check it out! Thanks to Robert C for the info.

SHMI SKYWALKER & HOLO NUTE
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Figuresinaction have posted pics of the upcoming Shmi Skywalker and Nute Gunray (Holograph) figures – go see!

WUHER COMMTECH 
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Jed sent in Commtech chip sounds for the new Wuher figure in MP3 format. Check ’em out!
Droid Alarm
“Hey, we don’t serve their kind here.”
“Your droids, they’ll have to wait outside.”
“No blasters!”

ETOYS UPDATE 
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Scooby ordered the Rebel Pilots set from eToys, and was told it was shipped. Then 2 days later, he got an e-mail to say that the item was out of stock! So, it appears this item hasn’t shipped. If you ordered and have not been told it it out of stock, or have even received it, please let me know.

Wampa points out that eToys have a sale on just now, and you can pick up the electronic Naboo Fighter for just $6.99!

Update: More on the Rebel Pilots. I’ve heard from a few more people who didn’t get the item, and Jim Kerr sent in a copy of the e-mail he got from eToys. It’s too long to copy out here, but basically, they took orders then discovered that the item wasn’t actually available. They expect more in soon, and – if you choose – they will put it on backorder for you, for when they do get them in stock.

JAPANESE JEDI SPIRITS
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Paul is selling his set of Japanese bootleg Jedi Spirits, made a few years back. Check em out on eBay – item number 273968484.

GET EP1 DISPLAYS!
03.02.00 | 4:35pm EST | posted by Tarpals

This info is from Pete S:
“Just thought I’d let you know, now is the time to go to Toys R Us for Star Wars displays. I noticed the other day my local TRU was reconfiguring their Star Wars displays to separate regular priced items from sale items. In doing so they are disposing of a lot of the panoramic movies scene cardboard displays in order to accommodate the new arrangements. Seizing the opportunity I inquired what their plans were for the now dismantled displays.Their solution, give them to me. : ) I am assuming that this is probably taking place or soon will be at TRU’s everywhere. If so, now is certainly the time to check your local TRU for some cool freebies.”

EE NEWS FEED
03.02.00 | 9:20am EST | posted by Gonk

The waves keep coming! The latest from Hasbro is now in stock. E1 Asst. Coll. 1 (Wave 11) (Item #84085K, $149.99) contains 3x Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master with cloth accessories) 3x Destroyer Droid with Battle Damage, 1x Jar Jar Binks – Naboo Swamp with Fish, 2x Anakin Naboo Pilot, 2x Obi Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight), 3x Darth Maul (Sith Lord), 2x Darth Maul Tatooine only at Entertainment Earth.


NEW DEFORMED JAPANESE FIGURES
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

There is a new series of cool looking “deformed” Episode One figures to be distributed in Japan by TOMY. Not sure if these’ll come to the States…these things haven’t really appeared before. Check them out!
Battle Droid
R2-D2
Yoda
Jar Jar Binks
Darth Maul

COMMTECH DISPLAY 
03.01.00 | 6:10pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Brad pointed out an unused Episode One Commtech Reader display unit on eBay – item number 272551114. These units make great display pieces.

COLLECTORS CLUBS 
03.01.00 | 1:40pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Collectors’ Clubs page has been updated, so check it out if you’re looking for clubs in your area!

TIMELESS TOYS 
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

Quite a few items have been found recently at Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Items include the new Destroyer Droid wave (all gone…), Maul/Obi-Wan Final Lightsaber Duel pack, Mynock Hunts and Rebel Pilots. Thanks to all those who’ve written in about them, and you can call them on (503) 675-8548.

VIDEO WITH EXCLUSIVE POSTER
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The official Fox site is offering an exclusive free poster with pre-orders for TPM on video. Check it out here – thanks to Pete S for the news. Looks like the same one starwars.com are offering…

FAN CLUB BATTLE DROIDS
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

The Fan Club “bonus battle droid” pairs are hitting mailboxes now, with the holo-backed passes. Thanks to CIRE111 for the news!

COLLECTION SALE 
03.01.00 | 1:30pm EST | posted by Tarpals

“Deeceman” is selling off his collection over on eBay – search for item number 273163015.

TRU 2 FOR 1 SALE
03.01.00 | 12:55pm EST | posted by Gonk

Just a reminder then TRU 2 for 1 Ep I figure sale starts on Sunday. The sale also applys to figures sold on their website as well. Thanks to Darren for the news.

OUTPOST COLLECTIBLES SALE
03.01.00 | 7:00am EST | posted by dlr

An old friend of mine is trying to clear out what he has left of his Star Wars stock and prices seem pretty good. There’s not much there but it is worth a look. Check it all out here.

January 2000 Archive

Custom Holo Maul and Sidious
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

If anyone is interested in a custom Holo Maul and Sidious it is $40 plus shipping for the pair of figs. Here is a pic of the figures. E-mail Watto if interested.

Giant Naboo Fighter Raffle
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

It seems that Wal-marts nationwide are now raffling off the giant Naboo Fighters that they had on hanging in their toy aisles. I can confirm this since both Wal-marts near me are doing the samething. Thanks to Brent and Becky for the news.

12″ Darth Maul at Kbkids.com
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (1/31)

Kbkids.com has the 12″ Darth Maul in stock. Thanks to Eric for the news.

Fix your Hyperdrive
posted by Tarpals @ 2:05 pm (1/31)

If you are stuck on Tatooine with a leaking Hyperdrive unit, give Timeless Toys a call on (503) 675 8548. They have the Hyperdrive Repair Kit accessory set in stock for $5. Thanks to David Harrell for the info!

Update: Looks like you’d better head for the local junk shop, Timeless Toys are sold out. They are trying to get more in…but as you know that might prove difficult. Thanks to Brian for the update.

Battle-Damaged Destroyer Droid – Card Back
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/31)

Check out this scan of the back of the new Destroyer Droid’s card. As you can see, no Commtech lines, and bigger text on the movie summary. Many thanks to Kenneth for the use of his scan – he is selling this figure over on eBay – check out item number 250008040!

Cinema Scene Update
posted by Tarpals @ 12:10 pm (1/31)

As we get closer to Toy Fair 2000, it seems even more likely, if not almost certain, that the classic Star Wars cinema scenes are indeed dead, as reported recently by figuresinaction.com. Darthcloud, who works at a TRU store, wrote in to say that they cannot reorder the Classic Cinema Scenes (Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards). Episode One, however, seem to be available to them, and so we might see more of them at Toy Fair. Be patient just a little longer 🙂

MORE Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 5:20 pm (1/30)

You can pre-order the collectors widescreen edition of the video now at Amazon.com – their price is 25% off retail.
Sax1panam wrote in to say that his Best Buy store in South Texas told him that you get the Insider’s Guide CD-ROM when you pick up the video rather than when you reserve it.

Update: I got two reports, from Brad and A.J., who both got the Insider’s Guide when they pre-ordered the video. It doesn’t come in the normal retail box, but comes in a sleeve. Click here to see a scan Brad sent in.

Update: Here’s what is definitely the best price around just now for the Collector’s Edition of the video: BUY.com have it in for $24.99, but you can use this coupon to get $10 off, and the total is $18.94 including shipping. Great deal – thanks to sHa for the news!
Jedi Joe sent in this bit of info on buy.com:
“Just a note to let you know about buy.com. I have a dvd player and have ordered dvds from them. Buy.com can be cheap but they are very slow, I wouldn’t expect to get EP1 on the April 4 street date from buy.com; sometimes it takes up to 3 weeks to get your order. What I have done is order fromreel.com. The collectors edition is $33 but if you use a $10 off coupon it would only be 23 plus 1.95 shipping.”
You can use this $10 code: REELWEST – Matt Stone contributed this recently, but that news item seems to have vanished!

Update 2: sHa sent in this about Buy.com, against what’s said above:
“I too have a DVD player and have used both BUY.COM and REEL.COM to order DVD’s – this guy’s report is completely untrue – I have noticed NO difference in speed or expedition of delivery between the two. In fact last month I ordered the South Park DVD on a Monday morning and had it Thursday morning via Priority Mail (standard Buy.com shipping). Sure, his orders might have taken awhile but don’t brand BUY.COM as taking forever to ship because of one guys order, because with at least 10 DVD and computer game purchases from BUY, I have had ZERO delays or hassles.
Besides that – can anyone ordering online expect to receive their item on the street date of the 4th ? My understanding is that they will not be able to ship UNTIL the street date, although I could be mistaken here.”

Update 2: OK, more e-mail from others who now disagree with sHa. Let’s just say that it’s a great price, but there is a chance it might not get to you as instantly as you might like. If that bothers you – there are many many other places to order.

New Waves in at New Singapore Store
posted by Tarpals @ 1:10 pm (1/30)

Peter from Singapore sent in this address of a new toy store over there called Toys U1 which stocks Star Wars and Japanese toys. They have Motti wave, Jar Jar Naboo Swamp wave and the Faamba in stock NOW. If you live around there, you might wanna check it out:
Toys UI
35, Selegie Road #03-19
Parklane Shopping Mall
Singapore 188307
Phone #: (+65) 3384300
They are closed Sundays, and do remember that Singapore are 12 hours ahead of EST. This store does not export overseas, but if you want to buy something, e-mail hktoys@hotmail.com to arrange shipping. Store hours are from 12pm – 8:30 pm.

M & M Collectibles newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 1:10 pm (1/30)

We want your business. For two days ONLY!!! January 30th and 31st, 2000.
All NEW Customers ONLY will receive 30% off all orders. That’s right EVERYTHING in stock (except 6′ Naboo Fighter) for new customers is 30% off.
Mark and Megan
M and M Collectibles
http://www.mandmcollectibles.com
http://www.phantommenacetoys.com

Jar Jar (Naboo Swamp) Commtech Lines
posted by Tarpals @ 11:15 am (1/30)

Taztaztaz sent in the Commtech lines for Jar Jar, to follow on from the Qui-Gon and Destroyer Droid lines posted earlier. Since the lines are not printed on the card back, you can appreciate that trying to understand Jar Jar’s lines is no easy task!! So this is certainly what is sounded like to Taztaztaz:
“HaWu”
“Have you Ta Bu Visir Val”
“Me sir Jar Ha (or Hug)”
“Exqueeze me….. We should go into the water O Key Day”
As I say, this really must have been hard to understand!! If any readers speak good Gungan (!!) and think they could decipher this, please drop me a line!

Update: Attempt number one (and it looks pretty good to me) comes from Scumdog45. Possibilities for these lines are:
HaWu= How Wude
Have you Ta Bu Visar Val= Mesa take you to da bosses now (?)
Me sir Jar Ha= Mesa Jar Jar
And the last one is pretty self-explanitory.
If you think you can improve on that, write in!

Update 2: We’ve established that “HaWu” is “How Wude”. And John Steede sent in this idea: “The “Have you Ta Bu Visir Val” might have been a yell like when the jedi and the pathetic lifeform go to Ohta Gunga. That really high pitched yell Jar Jar makes when entering the water? Maybe it is a sound the fish makes?” Ok, so we’ve got everything here, even fish Commtech lines 🙂 Will we ever find out what these are?

New Wave: Commtech Lines
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

As of the new Classic Motti wave, Star Wars figures are not going to have their Commtech lines printed on their card backs. The Fan Club Wuher figure (at least the first version) does have this printed. There is a piece of black tape, presumably covering an unnecessary warning label, on the Wuher preview photo card front, which means there’s an error on the card. If they changed it during production it is possible that they could remove the chip lines as well. But don’t count on it.
Anyway, here are the Commtech lines for the new Battle-Damaged Destroyer Droid and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (that’s the name of the soft goods Qui-Gon):

Battle Damaged Destroyer Droid:
“Master, Destroyers…<laser fire and lightsaber sounds>…They have shield generators!”
Sound of Destroyer Droid rolling, opening then firing

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn:
“You over estimate your skills.”
“Obi-Wan he will bring balance…train him.”
“Obi-Wan, wait, we must attack in on force.”

I think it’s quite sad that they have to make up lines for Qui-Gon since he has so many lines in the movie itself.

Update: This is the case assortment that has been getting ready to ship over to the States. This is a real case assortment and not an indication given out for advance orders (the listings posted recently came from an online source that sells figures by the case). This breakdown was sent in by Taztaztaz:
1x Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp) with Fish, 3x Destroyer Droid (Battle Damage), 2x Darth Maul (Tatooine), 2x Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Knight), 2x Anakin Skywalker (Naboo Pilot), 3x Darth Maul (Sith Lord), 3x Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master).
The following case is the Motti wave. This has been confirmed by a few sources, Entertainment Earth, Dave Ross of Startoys and Collectables and now Taztaztaz too. Again, this case has been found in the Far East:
2x Luke Skywalker, 2x Darth Vader, 1x StormTrooper, 1x Han Solo, 3x Princess Leia, 3x Admiral Motti

Update: The following figures are shown on the backs of the new Collection 1 cards: Anakin Naboo Pilot, battle Droid, Obi-Wan Jedi Knight, Jar Jar Naboo Swamp, Maul Tatooine, Maul Sith Lord, Battle Damaged Destroyer and Jedi Master Qui-Gon. And they’re all .0000 cards.

Final Lightsaber Duel Out
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

Jed picked up the Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul “Final Lightsaber Duel” 2 pack at Timeless Toys in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They had a few cases of them, and for the variation collectors, it was a .0100 card.

Update: It seems that this is priced at $14.99 retail. Thanks to Jed for the update.

Free Lithograph
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 am (1/30)

If you reserve the Ep1 video at a book chain called Hasting, you get a free limited edition (10,000) lithograph of Maul fighting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon and also a gift card. You get them when you receive the video. Thanks to Sax1panam for the info.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #23
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 pm (1/29)

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #23 is available for you to read now. This issue’s special is the 12″ Slave Leia and R2-D2 twin pack for $45. Check it out for more great deals!

Chronicle Books Postcard
posted by Boba Faid @ 3:45 pm (1/29)

I received a post card in the mail yesterday from Chronicle Books. Written on it is: “Visit us often athttp://www.chroniclebooks.com/starwars.html. Through March 31st, with every Star Wars order over for $25.00 or more, recieve a FREE Star Wars Log Book, a $12.95 blank journal with Star Wars quotes to inspire fans everywhere.”

Thing is, I have no idea how I got this, as I havent solicited my address to any Star Wars related company.

12″ Electronic C-3PO
posted by Tarpals @ 3:25 pm (1/29)

Muftak found the 12″ Electronic C-3PO figure at a Wal-Mart in Lake Zurich, IL. It was $21.96.

Target.com deals
posted by Tarpals @ 3:25 pm (1/29)

Target.com have the Jabba the Hutt beast pack for $12.99, Gungan Sub (Lego) for $12, Maul mask for $6 and Jar Jar mask for $5. Thanks to Shawn and Justin for the news.

Update: Jabba is gone, thanks to all who wrote in. And so’s the Sub, thanks to Keith for the news.

Update 2: Horse_Head pointed me towards this link where you can see the Star Wars sale items. Note that although some items appear on that page, when you click them they are out of stock.

Gungan Assault Cannon
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

I’m have many reports of people finding the Jar Jar Binks and Gungan Assault Cannon set. These are coming 3 per case, along with 3 Armored Scout Tanks. Rob adds that the Jar Jar has no leg articulation. They are all being found at Toys R Us stores at the moment, but they should spread very soon.

Great TRU deals!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Lots of people wrote in to say that some TRU stores are putting ut the following vehicles, all at $9.97 each: AT-AT, A-Wing, Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, Slave I, T-16 Skyhopper. Fantastic deals there, especially on the AT-AT, where you’re getting the great vehicle plus 2 cool figures for under $10.

Holographic Maul and Qui-Gon
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Toymaniacs have updated their site again with close-ups of the holographic Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul figures. I as hoping that their image would be big enough to see if the Maul had been improved since we saw the prototype in Action Figure News recently, but the image is broken at the moment. I’m sure it will be available again later, so check back soon. Thanks to David for the info.

Update: They’ve fixed their link. And no, Maul’s not improved.

Pre-Sell Giveaways
posted by Tarpals @ 1:15 pm (1/29)

Some news on pre-sells. Matt, who works at Best Buy, wrote in to say that they are giving away the FULL version of the Episode One: Insider’s Guide CD-ROM from Lucasarts when you reserve either video at their store! That’s a great deal, it retails for $20. Their pre-sell begins tomorrow (30th Jan) and goes on until the last week of February. Darth Mazza also wrote in backing up this info. Thanks!

TRU, in case you didn’t know, are giving away a special plastic foil video case. Thanks to “Brutal” for the info.

K-Mart pre-sell
posted by Tarpals @ 8:25 pm (1/28)

The K-Mart video pre-sell is due to begin on Sunday. In case you’re wondering why we’ve got so much on these pre-sells today, it’s because almost all the pre-sells start in the next few days, and since some places are giving away better free gifts than others, we think it’s cool to be able to decide what you want 🙂

Gary’s Collection Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:00 pm (1/28)

If you wrote to Gary Weaver II about his collection sale, please hold on until the end of the week/Monday. Gary’s been hit with a family emergency, and he’s had to run for a few days. If you haven’t already, please do read the update I added to last night’s post, which regards the list of items for sale I posted.

Video Pre-sell info
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/28)

Some info on the pre-sell of Episode One on video. This first info comes from DarthMazza:
“I work at Best Buy and everyweek a newsletter comes out for employees called, “Retail Weekly”. In the latest, it talks of the Episode 1 presell. Best Buy will be taking two kinds of presells, the first one being the normal movie, the other is the “Collector’s Edition Presell”. The normal movie will presell for $15.99 – $19.99, I can’t remember which. The collector’s edition will presell at $29.99 including extras not found elsewhere. Each presell will go for $5.”

This next piece of info is from “wolves21”:
“I called up my local Suncoast video store to order the collectible widescreen version. I received more information from the store manager. The collectible widescreen version will not be sold in the store (Suncoast,anyway) you can only get it through the preorder. Apparently there is a very limited quantity of this collectible version made. The collectible card you get with the preorder is an unusable gift card with Darth Maul. The first 100 (not 200 as was reported) receive a pewter key chain of a light saber and you pick it up when you pick up the video.”

Also note that Starwars.com have the video up for pre-order now too, as I reported earlier today. It comes with a free poster, that is pictured on the site.

Update: Christopher Epps also wrote in about Suncoast, while he says that the Maul gift card you receive is in the value of your deposit on the video. When you come back to get the video in April, you can keep the card and you can add money to it and give it away as a gift/use it again. So, two comflicting stories on this Maul card – does anyone know for sure the real story?

Update 2: Christopher Epps sent in a scan of the card, which you can check out here. The writing is a little small, so here’s what it says:
CAN ONLY BE REDEEMED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE VIDEO.
STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE AVAILABLE APRIL 4, 2000.
NOT REDEEMABLE BEFORE APRIL 4, 2000
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THIS COLLECTIBLE GIFT CARD AFTER VIDEO PURCHASE. ADDITIONAL VALUE MAY BE LOADED ON TO CARD.
CARD MAY BE USED ONLINE OR IN OVER 1300 SAM GOODY, MUSICLAND, MEDIA PLAY, ON CUE, AND SUNCOAST STORES.
TREAT THIS CARD LIKE CASH; NOT REPLACED IF STOLEN OR LOST.

Update 3: Pete S reserved his copy, and he was given a 1996 Applause Yoda figure as well. Don’t know if this is happening everywhere. (Matt Newman adds that this is the Yoda figure that was given away when you pre-ordered the Special Edition videos).

Gungan Assault Cannon pics
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/28)

My thanks go to my buddy Dave Ross from Startoys and Collectables for these images of the upcoming Gungan Assault Cannon with Jar Jar Binks. This ships next month:

Box front
Window detail
Box back
Assault cannon info
Missle firing action.

Invasion Force Gungan Sub
posted by Tarpals @ 1:55 pm (1/28)

The Outer Rim have posted some pics of the prototype Invasion Force Gungan Sub vehicle. The finished version will come with an Obi-Wan figure too, and will be packaged similarly to the Gungan Shield Generator in the post above. Anyway, head over and check it out! I think those colors are nicer than the final one will be.

Case assortments
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

Here’s a whole run-down of upcoming case assortments thanks to Paul! It gives release dates for items as well, and it does confirm that the Gungan Sub with Obi-Wan and the Darth Maul with Sith Infiltrator are Invasion Force toys 🙁 Enjoy the rest of the list.

Col 1.
Darth Maul (Tatooine)X3
Darth Maul (Sith Lord)X2
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Hood Up)X2
Anakin Naboo Pilot X1
Jar Jar Naboo Swamp x3
Qui-Gon Jinn x3
Destroyer Droid 2
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Col 2
R2-D2 x1
Captain Panaka x1
Darth Sidious (Hologram)x2
Naboo Royal Guard x2
Queen Amidala x3
Sio Bibble x3
Pit Droid 2-Pack x4
Estimated ship date: March 2000

Naboo Royal Guard x2
Queen Amidala x2
Sio Bibble x1
Pit Droid 2-Pack x3
Nute Gunray (holograph) x2
Gungan Warrior x3
Boss Nass (Naboo Temple)x3
Estimated ship date: June 2000

Naboo Royal Guard x1
Queen Amidala x1
Sio Bibble x2
Pit Droid 2-Pack x2
Nute Gunray (holograph) x2
Gungan Warrior x3
Boss Nass (Naboo Temple) x2
Battle Droid (Red Security) x3
Estimated ship date: July 2000

Col. 3
Captain Tarpals x1
Ody Mandrell w/ Pit Droid x2
TC-14 x2
Astromech Droid x2
Mas Amedda x3
Tusken Raider x3
Coruscant Guard x3
Estimated ship date: April 2000

Invasion Force
Battle Droid Laser Pod x3
Gungan Shield Generator x3
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Battle Droid Laser Pod x1
Gungan Shield Generator x1
Gungan Mini Sub x4
Estimated ship date: April 2000

Battle Droid Laser Pod x1
Gungan Shield Generator x1
Gungan Mini Sub x1
Sith Infiltrator x3
Estimated ship date: May 2000

Jedi Power Figures
Obi-Wan Kenobi x3
Darth Maul x3
Estimated ship date: August 2000

Darth Maul x6
Estimated ship date: August 2000

2 pack figures
Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi x6
Estimated ship date: February 2000

Darth Maul and Darth Vader x6
Estimated ship date: August 2000

Carded Soft Goods Qui-Gon and more
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

Toy Maniacs have posted more (small) pictures of new figures. This time it’s Soft Goods Qui-Gon, Naboo Swamp Jar Jar, and Exploding Droideka. This seems to be the next wave of Episode One figures you’ll see in stores. Thanks to David for the info.

Motti and Leia images
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

The Toyguide has been updated again, with the promised Admiral Motti and Princess Leia figure pictures. Check them out.

Star Wars Homing Beacon #1
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

The Star Wars Homing Beacon #1 hit mailboxes last night, and it includes some great info. Startingtoday you’ll be able to pre-order your Episode One video on starwars.com, and get a free exclusive poster! If you forgot to subscribe, you can read the newsletter here.

K-Mart Pre-Sell
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

K-Mart have a give-away offer when you pre-order their Ep1 video. You can see the offer on the presell ticket. Thanks to Randy for the scan.

PhantomMenaceToys newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

New Products/Specials – Phantommenacetoys.com:

Just in today! The new Armored Scout Tank (Like the vintage Mini-Rigs) with exclusive Battle Droid (Blue Pilot Droid) – $12.99

This weeks web special is a 3 pack of Gungan Figures for $9.99. You get Jar Jar, Captain Tarpals and Boss Nass.

This weeks mailing list special is an Accessory Set 4-Pack – Naboo, Underwater, Tatooine and Sith for only $9.99!

Skiff for sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

There’s a cool auction up now on eBay for a painted Tatooine Skiff salesman sample. Item number 247782113.

QVC Star Wars
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 am (1/28)

There is a QVC Star Wars show tonight at 9pm (not sure which time zone, check your local listings). Thanks to John for the info.

Gary’s “I Give Up” Collection sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 6:40 pm (1/27)

Gary Weaver II, whom I’m sure many of you will have heard of, has – just like hfsolo – become a little distressed about the state of the hobby just now, and he’s decided to sell of some of his collection. You can bid on parts of it over on eBay. Just hit search, and look for seller id: gw2@ix.netcom.com.

Gary sent in this info for all who’ve got in touch:

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and response. many have had genuine concerns that I am dropping Star Wars altogether. Please let me say that this in not the case. I still love Star Wars and will still continue to do custom figures and accessories (as well as a bunch of other neat things 🙂 Bottom line, I’ll still be around, don’t worry.

The demand to the sale thus far has been overwhelming to say the least 🙂 Sadly, I have not been able to respond as quickly as I might like. My printer failed last night so I was unable to cordinate everything as originaly planned. I will have th problem repaired tonight and hopefully you will hear confirmation late Friday evening. I may not be able to respond to everyone who sent a request (200-300 plus e-mails will do that to you). However, I will strive to do my best. As of right now I have requested the list pulled so I can update everything current and make the addition of some Episode 1 items. There will also, be some E1 Store displays and promo items added as well 🙂

Again, thanks for the response and I’ll seeing you soon,
Gary Weaver II”

IMPORTANT Update: Gary wrote in to say that he’s had a major family emergency and he’s not going to be available until Sunday or Monday at the earliest. Please hold on, and he will be back shortly.

Goodbye
posted by Hfsolo @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Well I will say this. These past 5 years have been fun. I am leaving Yakface and moving on. I have had a great time with this page. I have enjoyed the friendships that I have made through the site. I will stay in contact and you can still email me. If you have any questions about the site feel free to drop a line to the group email above. I want to thank everyone that I have made deals with over the past 5 years. You have all helped my collecting experience in Star Wars be the best it could. It is a sad state that Star Wars collecting is in now. I have heard many repsonses from the real fans and the real fan sites that they are selling their collections as they are burnt out. The site here is staying and you can always count on the news here being trust worthy and the updates will continue to be as often as they are now.

Have a great time collecting, good luck finding what you are looking for.

Sincerely,

Hfsolo

Jedi Power Battles
posted by Tarpals @ 5:45 pm (1/27)

Gameinformer.com have posted a lot of info and new screenshots of “Jedi Power Battles”, including looks at Maul and Adi Gallia and info on ability to pilot STAPs and AATs! Thanks to Andy for the info!

Big K-Mart Grabs
posted by Boba Faid @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Darth Eddie from Roanoke, Virginia, found some old figures (and I mean old – HoloFoil Luke, Monkey Faced Leia, Bespin Han, Ceremonial Luke) at his Big K-Mart for – get this – 29 cents each! Apparently, their old stock of toys had to be liquidated to make room for new 2000 merchandise. Not all were 29 cents though, some other old figures rang up to close to $6.00. This is likely not at every K-Mart, but it can never hurt to ask.

Y-Wing in stock at FIA
posted by Boba Faid @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Figures in Action has obtained the new Target exclusive Y-Wing months before it is to be released in the U.S. $70 shipped for the Y-Wing Boxed, which includes a Rebel Pilot and the built-in R2 Unit. Scans of the box, says Rich, will be added this weekend.

Rebel Pilots in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 4:10 pm (1/27)

Starshow.com have this set in stock (!) for $24.99. Thanks to Don for the info.

Interactive Yoda
posted by Tarpals @ 1:27 pm (1/27)

Pete S wrote in with this: “Here is a photo of the new interactive Yoda that was taken from a mini catalogue I received in the mail along with my Darth Maul phone from Frito Lay. Interestingly the photo shows the Yoda posed next to a blue lightsaber and states, ” Learn the ways of the force from the Jedi Master.”, and “Hone your lightsaber skills with interactive training.” Sounds pretty cool to me.”

Update: Andy sent in this scan of an article from the latest SW Galaxy Collector magazine. It tells you all about what the Yoda’s features are. This is a cool magazine, and it’s worth picking up if you see it.

Custom site
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

Quinnarama.com – head over now to see some of the most unusual custom ESB figures you’ve seen in a long time!

Cinema Scenes
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

TNC Magic list Rebel Pilots, Jabba’s Skiff Guards and the Ep1 Jabba beast pack on their site. Thanks to David for the info.

Update: Rebel Pilots are gone. Thanks James! So are Skiff Guards, thansk Zeke.

Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 11:25 am (1/27)

Chris is selling off his collection in a huge number of no reserve auctions over on eBay. Search for seller id: 2000diamonds.

Motti and Leia Commtech Lines
posted by Gonk @ 9:40 pm (1/26)

Here are the Commtech Lines for the upcoming POTF figs.
New Leia:

– “I recognized your foul stench when i was brought on board”
– “Would somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way”

Admiral Motti:

– “your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebel’s hidden fortress”

Interesting Ebay Auction
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (1/26)

Just an interesting auction I found in case anyone is interested. Auction #245359151 (Salesman Sample of the NEW Wuher) and #245354070 (Carded Admiral Motti and Hooded Princess Leia) oneBay.

 Interactive Yoda in Argos catalog(ue)
posted by Tarpals @ 4:45 pm (1/26)

Steve W wrote in to say that the Yoda Furby is scheduled for mid-Feb in the new Argos catalogue – which has nothing else in it 🙂 It’s priced at £35. The uk news hasn’t been forgotten – there just isn’t much of it 😉

UPDATE: Philip Ayres sent in more info on the new Argos, and Index catalogues. Argos picture Soft Goods Qui-Gon and Index sho Anakin Naboo Pilot, but as far as I’m aware, they have neither just now (definitely not the Qui-Gon, it’s not out). They will, perhaps, get them in in the future. Index have Maul sabers @ £29.99 and Qui-Gon sabers for £19.99. And the figure prices have been reduced by £1 – that’s something at least – but they are tri-logos…

Battle Droid and Pit Droid packs
posted by Tarpals @ 2:20 pm (1/26)

If you pre-ordered the battle droid 2 packs from the Fan Club, you’re probably expecting them now. Sadly, these have been slightly delayed and we’re looking at early February now. The Fan Club will soon be getting in some of the new Pit Droid 2 packs as well. In case you don’t know already, for 2000 the bonus Battle Droid has been replaced with a Pit Droid. 3 different colors of droid are available – red, orange and white. Each figure that is available comes with each color of droid – so far, the only 3 figures released in these packs are the soft goods wave. That’s 3 figures, but since each figure comes with one of 3 different colored Pit Droids, that makes 9 different sets. Sadly, it seems that these Pit Droid packs won’t be coming with one of the exclusive passes, which is a shame, because they’re really cool. Thanks to Dan Madsen for the info!

New Figure images
posted by Tarpals @ 8:40 am (1/26)

Check out this nice pic of the carded Final Lightsaber Duel 2 pack. The box back features three new figures – Exploding Destroyer Droid, Battle Worn Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks (Swamp version).
ToyManiacs have posted clean, but pretty small pictures of a bi-logo version of this same 2 pack, plus carded Admiral Motti, Princess Leia and the Tatooine Skiff. They’ve also got a loose Wuher pic.

R2-D2 with hologram Leia
posted by Tarpals @ 8:40 am (1/26)

Hope you’re not as sick of hearing about this figure as I am.
Anyway, sHa pre-ordered this figure at ToyTime.com in September. Last night, he received a message that said his order would not be filled because the manufacturer had cancelled their order for the figure. R2-D2 is still shipping in some Stormtrooper cases, so if you’ve not got one yet, Hasbro have not cancelled it, and it is out there.

Update: I spoke to Dan Madsen from the Star Wars Fan Club today about this situation. he told me that the Fan Club were working on getting these in, and it’s looking quite hopeful! So don’t despair – the Fan Club may save us again – hooray!

More on Wal-Mart
posted by Tarpals @ 5:30 pm (1/25)

Mike wrote in to say that he found more Naboo Fighters at $8, Droid Fighters at $3, Ponda Baba 12″ wave for $5 each, both podracers at $6 each, and some older 12″ – Tarkin, Luke Hoth, Snowtrooper and Barquin D’an at $5 each, but in badly damaged boxes. Keep checking Wal-Mart stores, Mike’s prices dropped again yesterday. He bought a Naboo Fighter 2 days before for $11.

Update: Jedeyeben found the Theed Hanger playset – which we reported was on sale for $14 just 3 days ago – for only $5 at a Wal-Mart in Indiana.

Update 2: Sebulbadoug got the 12″ Pit Droid 2 pack for $5, even though the price on it was $9!

Target Temporary Price Cut
posted by Tarpals @ 1:50 pm (1/25)

This in from HunterESB: “I was in one of my local Target stores this morning and noticed something new. On one of the pegs was a “Temporary Price Cut” tag that lists an Episode I figure price of $4.99. The special is said to run from 1/16 to 2/5. However, when I checked a hand full of figures at the bar code scanner, only collection 1 figures kicked out the new price, all the rest (collections 2 & 3) came up at the regular price. Not the best price going, but at least it’s something.”

Update: Nathan Boyd saw this sale as well, and when the figures came up higher, he just asked and they put them in manually at $4.99. Just ask!

Rebel Pilots in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 12:15 pm (1/25)

D & S Sci-Fi World Toy World have this cool, but tough to find set in stock now at $24.99. You can visit their website to order or e-mail them at orders@dnstoys.com.

Ray Park.com opens
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

The Official Ray Park site has now opened, featuring many different sections, and a store where you can buy autographed pics of Ray. Check it out!

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

An interesting observation thanks to Nalan. The Jedi Knight Obi-Wan figure has a braid in his hair…but aren’t Jedi meant to lose the braid when they become Jedi Knights? Not as if Hasbro are going to give all their figures a hair cut or anything, but interesting.

Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

Richard Ellis is selling off his collection over on eBay – item number 242062610.

Collectors Collections
posted by Tarpals @ 8:35 am (1/25)

TheJawa.com has opened a section for collectors to display their collections. Thanks to George Collazo for the info.

 Hasbro Canada petition
posted by Boba Faid @ 8:25 pm (1/24)

Fed up with Hasbro putting out figures in Canada months after they’re out in the States? Head over toThe Collector Connector, and sign the petition! We can make a difference!

New Wuher images and Classic C-3PO to come
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 pm (1/24)

Here are some new images of the Wuher figure:
Bubble close-up
Commtech Chip lines
Our thanks go to Droideka for the use of the images! As you can see, the Wuher Commtech chip interacts with C-3PO, so we can expect a new C-3PO this year. As for what he’ll be, who knows…we’ve had clean, dirty, removable limbs. Dirty twice! I hope it’s a new sculpt of a clean C-3PO, we could do with one. And as Boba Faid mentioned to me, it’s likely to follow in the current trend and be from A New Hope. Will he come with an Oil Bath?

UPDATE: Scott wrote in to say that a toy store owner in Atlanta recently showed him a list of upcoming toys for this year, and among them was a C-3PO – with removable limbs. Not ANH…so it doesn’t really tie in with the pattern and the Wuher interaction…but it’s a thought.

UPDATE 2: Jeffrey and Daniel wrote in to point out that in ANH 3PO loses one arm in the Sand People scene. I must have overlooked that since I was thinking about a 3PO that comes to bits. So, is this simply a Shop Worn C-3PO resulpt? I have also been told, by both Scott and Jeffrey, that this figure is on a couple of store product lists, but listed under Episode One. I don’t seem to remember 3PO with removable arm in Episode One…but hey, R2-D2 with booster rockets was cut and the Pod Race Announcer was changed… Current rumors I’m hearing are that it will have knee and elbow articulation, but these are only rumors.

A DVD Petition
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/24)

David Snedigar pointed out this petition to get the Star Wars DVD made NOW. Before you groan and skip to the next post, this petition seems that it will get quite a bit of exposure to the public. It is being held jointly by 3 websites, thedigitalbits.com, dvdfile.com and askdigitalman.com, and it involves an online petition, plus an open letter addressed to George Lucas in today’s Daily Variety magazine. If we all sign this there’s a chance! Head over to show your support.

UPDATE: There are certainly plenty of names going up on this. The chances of its success aren’t high, considering what George has told the media, but hey – it’s worth a go.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/24)

Dan Rose wrote in with this little piece of news. Last night on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, the $500,000 question was “What planet does Luke Skywalker come from?”. The person who was asked the question phoned someone and got the answer in the end. If you don’t know the answer…oh dear 😉

Forums Up
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

You asked for them, now you’ve got them! The Collectibles category in the Echostation forums is now up, so you can post messages about your latest finds and moans about the latest resculpts! Head over to http://collectibles.echostation.com:8080/~1, or you can use the link on our Bookmarks menu. Have fun!

Custom Tarpals on Kaadu
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Here’s one you won’t find on the shelves! Mind you the way things are going you might. Anyway, this is a custom Captain tarpals on Kaadu by George Collazo. The Tarpals figure has been modified so that he can sit on the beast, and the Kaadu has been re-decoed slightly. Check it out: Shot 1Shot 2. And one last customs list: Ashley Prester also did a custom Tarpals on Kaadu, which you can see over athis site

UPDATE: A couple of friends of mine sent in pics of the Ertl STAP/Battle Droid kit, which is pretty cool, so here they are. It’s under this post since it’s also a creative sort of thing, like customs. The first one is from George Collazo as well as his Kaadu: shot 1shot 2shot 3. The second is from Jon: shot 1shot 2shot 3. This is a 1:6 scale kit, and it’s pretty nice! You can pick it up now at Wal-Mart for $5 if you’d like to try it. Skill level 2. The paint and glue isn’t included with the kit.

Wal-Mart deals…more!
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Some cool prices here from John, who says while he was in store he heard an announcement about the SW clearanace aisle:
Tatooine Showdown and Mos Espa Encounter – $2.50 each
R2-D2 Carry Case – $6
A Hologram Weequay – $1
Remember that your local Wal-Mart might not reduce items to the same price. Be warned.

How to get the Cinema Scenes
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

Recently we reported the Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots were in stock at…well, loads of places really. Lord Helmutt, who missed them at the time, decided to put an order in anyway and hope that they’d get in touch with him before they listed more on the site. And that’s exactly what happened. Might be worth ordering items like these even if they’re not in stock, it could save you some time and effort.

Electronics Boutique markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/24)

“Shoogypie” (I honestly don’t make ’em up!) saw Mos Espa Encounter for $4.99, plus Han, Greedo, Luke and some Ep1 figures for $1.99-$4.99 at an EB store in NC recently.

UPDATE: Josh Clow found Senate and Travel Amidala dolls for $9.99 each at an EB store in Washington.

PORKINS Prototype pics!
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (1/22)

Porkins pic #1 | Pokins pic #2 | Porkins Head shot

Special Thanks goes to our good buddy Dick from TheOuterRim.com

TC-14 and R2-B1 in STORES NOW!
posted by Gonk @ 5:20 pm (1/22)

TC-14 and R2-B1 have started showing up in retail stores across the country. They have mainly been found at Wal-mart so far. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

Phantommenacetoys.com Deals! 
posted by dlr @ 3:45 pm (1/23)

For this first week, we are offering a great way for you to build up your droid army! Get the Carded Episode I battle droids for only $3.49 each! (No limits, get as many as you want!) This offer is open to everyone…

For readers of Yakface.com! – Get 4 Classic Figures for only $9.99! You’ll get on flashback cards – Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Leia and Luke. You must mention that you saw it at Yakface.com to get this pricing! GO NOW TO Phantommenacetoys.com!

More on Obiwan & Fan Club
posted by dlr @ 3:45 pm (1/23)

Tony writes in with thsi info-

I called the Fan Club Friday to inquire about exectly what Obi Wan figure they were pre-selling. I was told it was the Obi Wan figure pictured in the most recent Insider with the green lightsaber and the removable cloak. I asked if the figure was exclusive to the Fan Club and I was told “No.” All pre-sales are finished (as of about 3:00 PM Mountain Time Friday afternoon) BUT more will be expected in the coming weeks. I was told the figures that were pre-sold are currently in stock and that they will begin shipping next week. The rep said Friday was a strange day as about 1:00 PM Mountain Time they (the reps) were suddenly told by Admin. … we have ’em… sell ’em.

Yakchat now open!
posted by dlr @ 2:48 pm (1/23)

Check it out here! –> Yakchat!

Wal-Mart deals
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 am (1/23)

Some good deals at Wal-Mart stores just now. Here’s a list of a few items, thanks to JD Dolan and Ikabel Gont:
Anakin with Pod Racer – $9.00
Theed Genarator Complex – $8.00
Beasts – $6.00
6″ Action Collection – $6.00
Epic Force figures – $5.00
Sith Speeder w/Darth Maul – $5.00
Accesory sets – $2.00
Theed Hangar – $14.00
Mos Espa Encounter – $6.00

UPDATE: Wookie sent in these prices to add to the list:
Model Kits – $5
Droid Fighters – $5
Naboo Fighter – $6
Deluxe figures – $2
6″ Action Collection only $5 at this store
12″ figures – $15
Accessory sets only $1 at this store.

As you can see, the prices can change from store to store.

Fan Club info
posted by Tarpals @ 5:15 am (1/23)

Gasgano called the Fan Club and was told that they’d have Holo Sidious in stock around February, and Darth Maul (Sith Lord) in late Feb.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #22
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 pm (1/22)

This issue’s special gives you a FREE green carded Greedo figure with all orders when you mention the latest newsletter! Read it here for more great deals!

TRU Update
posted by Tarpals @ 2:30 pm (1/22)

Here are a couple of new TRU prices found by JD Dolan: Rancor Keeper and Flashback figures – $1.97, Epic Force Luke Bespin – $4.97.
JD Dolan has started taking names for his petition we recently mentioned. It’s to be sent to Hasbro in hope that they will make Amanaman and Plo-Koon. To sign it, head over to JD’s Cantina.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 9:50 am (1/22)

We have them now! Available for immediate shipment, E1 Coll. 3 (Wave 10) Case (Item #84105D, $144.99) or get E1 Coll. 3 (Wave 10) Half Case (Item #84105E, $75.99). Both cases contain the newest action figures, TC-14 and R2-D1 Astromech Droid.

There has been many questions about the R2-D2 with Holographic Leia action figure. It is true that it is only available in SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99). Based on Hasbro’s release list for 2000, this action figure will only appear in this case. Of course, Hasbro has a right to update and change this information. Until then, however, Wave 28 remains the only case that this Star Wars classic action figure will ever appear in. Only at Entertainment Earth

Fan Club Kenobi
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/22)

One of the more interesting points about yesterday’s Fan Club happenings was the Obi-Wan figure. It certainly seems that they did mean the new Obi-Wan with cloak. Jedi Patrick sent in the name of the figure from his order form:
EP1 OBI-WAN W/HOOD UP FIGURE W/COMMTECH CHIP
So, it seems as if it is the new figure after all. I’m still not certain if they can keep to their quoted 2 weeks before they ship it though.

UPDATE: Paul wrote in to say that he remembers seeing this same name (Obi-Wan with hood up) used recently to describe the Obi-Wan “Jedi Knight” figure. I personally think it’s more likely that this figure is the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan, although since phone reps were describing the cloaked Obi-Wan, we may have to wait a little while before we can say for sure.

TRU Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 5:20 am (1/22)

Pilot Corran Horn, who works at TRU, sent in this directive that was sent to TRU District Managers and Store Directors today:

“DMs and Store Directors are requested to personally ensure that their stores: DO NOT START THIS (Star Wars Episode 1) RESERVE PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 1st. Lucas Entertainment will hold our chainwide order for the April 4th release date and we will NOT have goods to sell for the street date. This is Lucas’ policy with all retailers and e-tailers. Please ensure that your store is in compliance with this directive, as I’m sure none of you want to be responsible for Lucas taking this course of action”

Slightly strange since other places allow you to pre-order, but there you go.

Robert Carlyle for Episode 2
posted by Boba Faid @ 9:40 pm (1/21)

A Canadian newspaper, The Calgary Herald, recently interviewed Robert Caryle, best known for roles in The Full Monty and The World is not Enough. Episode 2 casting rumors came up in the interview:

“He also co-starred in Trainspotting with Ewan McGregor, which is interesting because Robert’s name is being tossed around for a role in the next Star Wars prequel. He says he’s delighted by the rumor.
‘No one has said anything to me about that, but I do hear this as well and the more people like you who put it out, the happier I’ll be. I think it would be fun… If Mr. Lucas is reading: I’m your man!'”

Carded Wuher with Droid Detector
posted by Tarpals @ 11:30 am (1/21)

Check out these carded pics of the upcoming Fan Club exclusive Wuher figure:
Card Front
Card Back
Thanks to Michael Chan for the use of his images. Michael is selling this item over on eBay, item number 242713125. Starting price only $9.90.

Fan Club New Items
posted by Tarpals @ 1:20 pm (1/21)

Dan Rose and Jeff Richards both wrote in to say that the Fan Club have R2-B1, TC-14 and Obi-Wan Kenobi in stock NOW. If you want them, order now. TC-14 and R2-B1 are bound to sell out quick, and despite lack of articulation on the astromech droid, these are cool figures.

UPDATE: Unless I hear any differently, the Fan Club were taking pre-orders for these 3 figures. The Obi-Wan figure seems to be the removable cloak version. They are meant to ship in 2 weeks, but if this is indeed the Obi-Wan they mean, I’m not so sure. No more orders are being taken – all gone.

New 2000 Figure Info
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Rich from Figures in Action wrote in to say that he’s posted some new info on the Hasbro 2000 figure line, including some new two-packs, and some nasty looking cancellations. Head over there to check it out.

Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots…
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

…are in stock now at Entertainment Earth. They come to just over $31 including shipping. Thanks to Bryan George and William for the info.

UPDATE: Surprise! Sold out. I am told by Trouz that they do have Watto’s Box – but with a catch! In a 2 pack with Mos Espa Encounter. Now there’s a clever marketing scheme! If you’ve not bought this yet (I’m sure that many of you are wisely waiting for it to be reduced), then you might at least want to consider this.

EB World Amidala sale
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Electronics Boutique have the 12″ Amidala in Senate dress and Black travel dress for $9.99 each, and they come to under $25 including shipping. Thanks to Brad for the info.

UPDATE: For those who’ve written in unable to find these. Go to their main page and type “swe1” in the search box. You’ll get a small list of stuff – that’s all they have. Prices look good, but some stuff has been sold out.

Internet Discounts
posted by Tarpals @ 12:00 pm (1/21)

Before you order the 12″ C-3PO from Barnes and Noble (see yesterday’s post) you might want to check out Thatscheap.com, who have discount codes for another $10 off. In addition, they have codes for Amazon, eToys, KBKids and more. Thanks to Mablt for the info.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 1:50 am (1/21)

Jedi Knight Braid Discontinued
According to Hasbro’s current master price list, item 26272, the Jedi Knight Braid with an Anakin action figure has been removed. Entertainment Earth has had this item on order since January 1999. It did not ship in 1999, and it doesn’t look like it will ship in 2000. All orders for this have been placed on hold, but not cancelled, in case Hasbro changes their mind.

Classic Cases still missing R2-D2?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Over at Wizardworld they have an “Advance Order” section. Brew pointed out the following pre-order items – these have a stated shipping date of April 15th onwards:
“all-new” Amidala, Sio Bibble, Pit Droid 2-pack – $29.95 (picture here isn’t quite correct, since pics aren’t available)
Trade Federation Tank – $34.95

While I was checking out these, I noticed that they listed the next Classic case (after Motti) for pre-order, priced at $119.95. According to them, the case breaks down as follows: 2 x Chewbacca (Dejarik Board), 2 x Princess Leia (hood up), 1 x Admiral Motti, 3 x Darth Vader, 2 x Stormtrooper, 2 x Luke with T-16. That’s yet another case with seemingly no R2-D2. This figure is getting slighly easier to find as more and more people get theirs, but it’s not common yet.
They also list the next Episode One case assortment ($139.95): 3 new Amidalas, 3 Sio Bibble, 4 Pit Droid 2-packs, 2 Holo Sidious, 2 Naboo Royal Guards, 1 R2-D2 and 1 Captain Panaka. Let me stress now that these case assortments are always subject to change. I expect that the new Amidala in these is the Naboo version resulpt. I just don’t get why it should be in a Collection 2 case.

Jedi Braid NOT Cancelled
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

OK, here’s the deal with this set. It has been released and has been around for at least one month. The picture on the Outer Rim (see last post on this subject) is a prototype, and I am informed that the actual set is quite different. The packaging is more like the cinema scene box, but bigger and flatter. The actual toys inside are the same as the picture shows. Thanks to Gary for the info.

Toys R Us Vehicles
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Seems like the earlier post about TRU getting in the X-Wing today for $9.97 was true. I’ve been swamped with reports about this. As for the question of which X-Wing, the answer is both. The 1995 X-Wing and the Power F/X X-Wing are available for $9.97. Great deal on the electronic ship! Other items on sale are the Landspeeder, plus the Endor and Hoth playsets – all these items are $4.97 each. Thanks to all those who wrote in.

UPDATE: I’ve heard of some TRUs haveing the Purchase of the Droids cinema scene for $9.97 too.

Star Wars Auction site
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/20)

Check out Star Wars Auctions.com, which is, just as the title suggests, a Star Wars auction site!

Wizard World Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/19)

Mulder8737 reports that Wizard World have 20% off all toys until tomorrow the 20th. Check it out!

Jedi Braid Cancelled?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/19)

Seems like we may be seeing another hasbro accessory pack cutdown here. A few months back, the Jedi Braid with holoprojector set appeared on the Amazon.com site, out of stock of course. I requested to be notified when it came back in. I just got an e-mail – as did a few others who’ve written in – to say that this item will not be available in the forseeable future. Since this never appeared anywhere, it’s likely it was cancelled. You can still see a picture of this set at The Outer Rim – there’s a small link at the top of the page.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 7:30 pm (1/18)

Marmit 12inch Stormtrooper
We are now taking orders for an officially licensed Star Wars item imported from Japan. The popular Marmit 12inch Stormtrooper (Item #MTS1, $99.99) is highly articulated and highly collectible. We have a very limited quantity available. These are scheduled to arrive in mid-February only at Entertainment Earth.

TRU to get in Older POTF2 Toys?
posted by Tarpals @ 5:45 pm (1/18)

JedeyeBen found some interesting items on the Toys R US computers. This relates back to my earlier, mysterious post about the X-Wing. JedeyeBen found that TRU are getting in shipments of older figures, as part of a deal with Hasbro. This includes older vehicles and figures at lower prices….$1.97 for a figure. The AT-AT was priced around $50 still, but most vehicles are about $9.97. Watch out for these things coming in soon.

More on Video Pre-Orders
posted by Tarpals @ 4:35 pm (1/18)

Mike McGowan, who works at Best Buy, wrote in to let us know that The Phantom Menace will be available for pre-order on 31st January. Best Buy are supposedly giving away something for every pre-sell; when I find out what it is I’ll post it.

Fan Club still here!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

For all those who have been writing in about the Fan Club website and their phone number being disconnected – Dan Madsen, Fan Club President, wrote in saying that it’s due to their relocation to a new building, which will offer better service. The line was being redirected and it will be back up shortly, as with the website.

TRU Ticket Date
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

For those of you wondering about the date on the TRU Episode One video reserve ticket, here’s the story courtesy of the manager of the R-Zone at a TRU in Virginia. The tickets are made up freehand using a DOS-based computer program. These tickets that we’ve seen were either done by a misinformed employee, or they’re just a typing error…it happens 🙂 So, TRU DO know the official release date, and they won’t be – nor anyone else – selling it early.
Interesting though – the store manager adds that if you reserve your copy of TPM at TRU, and pay the $5 deposit, you will receive a TRU exclusive special gift when the video is released.

Bradlee’s SW Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Pete S in NJ wrote in to say that Bradlee’s department stores are running a sale of 50% off all Star Wars toys, from 16th Jan to 22nd Jan. Pete says that the last time that he checked, they didn’t have a great assortment if items, but the prices on what’s there are good. If you have any reports on your findings at any sales, send them in to Store Reports.

Fan Club 4 – $7.99 each
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Many of you wrote in with the news that Toymaniacs have the Fan Club four for sale separately for $7.99 each. They are listed under collection 3. Head over to their site if you want to order them.

Action Fleet and Micro Machines E-Mail List
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Now that Galoob’s Buzz Board is gone, you’re all invited to join this mailing list. You can read it either as separate e-mails, as a daily e-mail digest, or you can read it on the Web. The list has multiple purposes and aims, head over to the website for more details and to join: www.topica.com/lists/sfmm.

X-Wing under $10
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

As of this Thursday 20th, TRU are going to mark down the X-Wing Fighter to $9.97. Thanks to Patrick for the info.

UPDATE: A few people have written in asking if this is the original X-Wing, or the Power F/X X-Wing, and the truth is that I don’t know. Patrick, could you please get in touch and let me know which it is?

Anakin OK in Belgium
posted by Tarpals @ 1:30 pm (1/18)

Gregory Caberis sent in a story from Belgium. Apparently a Star wars fan wanted to call his son Anakin, but it wasn’t permitted – too ridiculous apparently. Anyway, the guy went on TV etc and asked why not, and they eventually let him call the child Anakin. Now that one child is called Anakin, they can’t stop others doing the same, so Anakin is now an official name in Belgium!

Target and KBkids exclusives for 2000
posted by Gonk @ 10:00 pm (1/17)

The new POTF2 Desert Skiff and Y-Wing will be exclusive items for Target and the 12″ Electronic TC-14 will be exclusive to Kbkids. Thanks to an anonymous source for the news.

Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/17)

Popular Epic Force Figures at Entertainment Earth

For those of you who are looking to add to your Epic Force figure collection, be sure to check out two smaller sets we are now offering: Epic Force Leia/Luke (Item #69700E, $29.99) and Epic Force Stormtrooper/Vader (Item #69700F, $29.99). These figures are individually boxed.

Money Off at EB
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/17)

This news is from Keith:
“Electronics Boutique has some more sales to look for.
Some figures are as low as $2.99 and as high as $4.99. They had both POTF and Ep.1 figures. The Ep.1 figures were usually lower in price. I also got a copy of the Star Wars Monopoly PC game for $9.99. That had a few on the shelves here in Richmond, VA.”

Petitions
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

JD Dolan is running a poll to see what popular character you’d like to see as a figure. The choices are Gargan, Amanaman, Plo-Koon, and Queen Amidala (in red outfit). You can vote over at JD’s Cantina. The winner will be put in a petition to be sent to Hasbro. He has not included Aurra Sing because – in case you’re wondering – he rates it quite likely that Hasbro will do this figure either this year or next anyway.

Pete Hoccom is putting together a petition for Great Britain and Ireland residents to be allowed to join the Fan Club again. I have to agree on this one…if we are allowed to buy from the Jawa Trader and we don’t have our own Fan Club, why not? If you want to know more about this, head over tohttp://discserver.snap.com/Indices/58837.html. Britain and Ireland only.

TC-14 and R2-B1 pics
posted by Gonk @ 1:20 pm (1/16)

Here are some new pics of the new TC-14 and R2-B1 figures.

Brians’s Toys Newsletter #21
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #21 is available now to read – this month’s specials include the R2-D2 carry case with exclusive Destroyer Droid for $12 – limit 2. Check it out for more great deals!

Shopko Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

Ian sent in this info:
Cinema Scenes- $3.99
Pod Racers – $5.99
Jabba Glob – $2.49
12″ Episode One – $8.69
12″ POTF2 – $5.99

Shopko Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 6:30 am (1/16)

This report of this weekend’s show comes from Brian Levine. The show is on in Orlando, and still on today if you want to go. The official show website is at www.fxshow.com, head over there if you need details.

“The Star Wars cast was well represented at the show. Jerome Blake (Rune Haako), Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti), Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett), Garrick Hagan (Biggs Darklighter) and Bill Hootkins (Jek Porkins). Got me a deluxe Boba Fett autographed by Jeremy Bullock, but I must admit that the thought that Richard LeParmentier was there and the Admiral Motti figures are still only couple of weeks away had me kinda depressed.

Got to meet the infamous [Orlando scalper, name withheld], who was charging (and getting) $45 bucks for R2 w/Holo Leia.

‘Course, half of the cast of Star Trek Voyager was there, signing away. Boy does that show suffer from 24th century political correctness. Give me the good ole 23rd century when we were saving the galaxy every episode, instead of worrying about some characters dating life. Sigh…

Really disappointed with the amount and quality of Star Wars items this year. Seemed like there was a lot more last year. I did manage to find out where all the missing Watto’s Box Cinema Scenes were…seemed like everyone had them for $35. I did find a POTF Amanaman, unpunched, but it had a tear where the price tag was, and I couldn’t talk the guy down from his $100 asking price so I passed. Then I found a mint ‘Droids’ Boba Fett, but they wanted $700 for it. All in all, not much in the way of vintage carded figures. As expected, this year’s show belonged to Pokemon, which was everywhere in abundance.

Finally, I’ve now gotten a chance to meet and talk to almost every actor from the original trilogy (except for Harrison Ford and Peter Cushing), and I have to say that overall, the Empire guys are nicer than the Rebel guys.”

CommTech Reader 2
posted by hfsolo @ 1:00 pm (1/15)

Well we know what happened to the first commtech reader (shall we say clearence for $2.00). Well with the new design of the new commtech chips, they need a new reader. Well Yakface is pleased to bring you the FIRST look at the new reader. Here it is. Do not use this image ANYWHERE else!

ToyTime Deals
posted by Tarpals @ 2:45 pm (1/15)

Keith sent in this info:
“Order $75 worth of toys at toytime.com and you’ll earn a $20 coupon on your next purchase.Coupons must be redeemed by 2/15/00.

All of their 4″ action figures are $4.99, including POTF figures of Cantina Han Solo and Greedo which are currently in stock.

You can also be notified when the Jabba w/ Hex & Rex are available, as well as when the Tatooine Disguise Accessory pack, and Watto’s Box are in stock.”

Save the Cinema Scenes!
posted by Boba Faid @ 1:45 pm (1/15)

I wanted to alert you to a poll that’s being run to rally collector support for the Star Wars Cinema Scenes. If you get a chance, please vote!

Accessory Packs Wave 2
posted by Tarpals @ 10:00 am (1/15)

Mike wrote in to tell us that Starshow.com have some of the wave 2 accessory packs in stock for $7.99.

UPDATE: Gone. Isn’t it amazing how when you try to get it yourself, it’s sold?

Hear Watto’s Box
posted by Tarpals @ 8:00 am (1/15)

I’ve updated our Toy Guide Cinema Scenes page with recordings of the Watto’s Box Commtech chip sounds.

Pre-Order Interactive Yoda
posted by Tarpals @ 7:45 am (1/15)

You can now pre-order the Interactive Yoda at FAO Schwartz. Priced at $49.99. Thanks to Patrick for the info.

Wal*Mart Sale prices
posted by Tarpals @ 7:45 am (1/15)

This list was sent in by Matt Hedgecock. They were found at a Wal Mart store in Tampa, FL. Wal*Mart prices are the same in some stores, but can be full price at others, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find the same deals..but you might.
Naboo Fighter- $8
TF Droid fighters-$5
Mini-AAT- $4
Podracers-$8
Beast Packs-$5
Epic Force-$5
Cinema Scenes- $6
Accesory packs-$2
Deluxe Figures- $4
R2-D2 Carry Case- $16 dollars (Not too impressive – the Target across the street has ’em for $6)
750 piece two-sided puzzles-$2

Store Reports Updated – January 14th
posted by Boba Faid @ 11:00 pm (1/14)

The Store Reports section has been updated today with a TON of new reports from the last week or so. Remember, when in doubt, submit as a Store Report, not an email. It should also be noted thatCollector’s Clubs should be submitted to ME, not Tarpals.

Pre-Order Episode One at Electronics Boutique
posted by Tarpals @ 3:45 pm (1/14)

Ep1 Pan and Scan VHS – $16.99
Ep1 Widescreen – $29.99
Thanks to jeditrainee for the info!

Commtech Changes – Trouble!
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/14)

BearcatCC wrote in to say Watto’s Box now ships with both holographic…and non-holographic Commtech chips. Yeah, there’s one tough change to track down. As you may have guessed, the holographic chip is the earlier version.
I myself found some changes on classic figures – Han Solo, Stormtrooper and Darth Vader are available with white chips now. And it also ocurred to me that since Vader and Stormtrooper have been changed…R2-D2 will be changed as well. So I’d say it’s safe to assume that soon if you find an R2-D2 with hologram Leia figure…it will be a third version. A variation collector’s nightmare.
On the subject of R2-D2, here’s some news. So far nobody has reported an R2-D2 with a date stamp higher than 92841. In other words, nobody has reported any R2-D2s that were produced later than mid-October. If you have an R2 with a date stamp higher (ie the 3 middle digits are higher than 284) please write in, so we can try to identify if Hasbro have been shipping these out at all recently.

UPDATE: I’ve had quite a lot of e-mails overnight about this. The latest date stamp we’ve come up with is 93211 – that means 321st day in 1999, which is in November. That seems to be the latest lot that have come out of the factory, since R2-D2s found recently have this stamp. Thanks to all who wrote in.

 

KBKids Coupon Codes
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/14)

Keith contributed these KBKids.com coupon codes:
$10 off your first purchase (min order – $30): G21ff23fbe
20% off: Gbc34ef8ba
Both Keith and Jeter reported that KBKids have the cinemacast Vader statue in stock, but on the item page it says out of stock. Blair called KB Kids to order his, and he got them…so it’s worth trying.

TRU.com Lawsuit
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/13)

A lawsuit has been launched against Toysrus.com, because of their realization in December that they would not be able to ship out all orders for Christmas, despite guarantees that they would. You can read the press release here. Thanks to Jason from Texas for the info.

Wal*Mart news
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/13)

A couple of pieces of information on Wal*Mart for you.
Firstly, the sale found yesterday doesn’t appear to be nationwide…some stores have it, some don’t. And some have figures as low as $3 – Niko picked up a Battle Droid and Destroyer Droid army at Wal*Mart in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Justin Cook reports that a Wal*Mart near him has had figures for $5.68 since May 3rd! When it comes to reductions like this, every store can vary. Thanks to Michael Kiesewetter for some of this info.

Now, some info on R2-D2 with Holographic Princess Leia. Firstly, Brian Levine reports that he saw 9 cases of the Vader/Stormtrooper case that should contain an R2-D2, and each one he checked (they were on a palette) had the R2-D2 figure removed. Seems like, as Brian says, an inside job. And that’s for sure, Brian saw the employees wheel the cases out just before he looked at them. That’s in Orlando, FL.
Also, I’ve heard rumors from various places including our own store reports section that tell of a full case of R2-D2 figures that is around. Possible…as Shawn Brander mentioned to me, it’s possible the Action Ace load of R2s was from a full case – since they didn’t have the Vader/Trooper in stock at the same time. However, my R2 that I got from them is date-stamped from mid-October 1999 – meaning it had been around for a while before Action Ace sold it. Staying on the subject of date stamps…if you have an R2-D2 with holo Leia, check its stamp…the 5 digit number that is impressed onto the card back somewhere. It will begin with 9 and end in 1. If you have one that has the middle 3 digits (9-xxx-1) higher than 330, let me know. And if you find a full case of these figures, please send in the case number…so it can be confirmed.

UPDATE: Interesting news. I’ve been contacted by reps from Action Ace AND Hasbro, and both say that R2-D2 has not shipped in a solid case, and Hasbro say it will not. As for the figures being removed from the Orlando cases, it’s the work of a local scalper who apparently does it all the time… If you’re in Florida, or close, there’s a big show on there this weekend, the FX-2000 show. You can find details about it on their website.

Jedi Power Battles
posted by Boba Faid @ 12:30 am (1/13)

Lucasarts has released brand new screenshots from the upcoming Playstation and PC release Jedi Power Battles. So far the game looks promising, and destined to be a top seller. However, I must say I was expecting a Soul Calibur style 3-D fighting game, weren’t you?

New Wave of Japanese carded Galoob Figures
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

I’m sure you all know the miniature carded Galoob figures, a set of 5, which were shown in detail a while ago on Rebelscum.com. Well, a new wave of these has surfaced. This wave has 5 figure packs in it – Maul/Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon/Jar Jar, Anakin/Sebulba, Anakin/Watto, and Nute Gunray/Sio Bibble.Click here for a scan of the whole wave (this is a scan of the leaflet that comes with each figure), andhere you can view a close up of the Nute Gunray/Sio Bibble two pack. And before I get lots of e-mail, I only have the one.

Episode One Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

To begin with, Wes J. Elskamp let us know that VideoFlicks.com now has Ep1 available for pre-order.
Here’s something interesting. Ray T sent in this scan of the TRU Ep1 video reserve ticket…which interestingly enough says that the item will be available on March 1st 2000 at 1pm. We all know it’s meant to be 4th April…so I’m pretty sure this is just a mistake on TRU’s part, but interesting none the less.

Price Markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

JD Dolan found figures on sale for $5.68 at Wal*Mart and $5.99 at Fred Meyers. Not sure if these sales are nationwide or just a store clearance.

UPDATE: JD Dolan wrote in again to say that he was at a different Wal*Mart a couple of days ago and their figures were still usual price. And the $5.68 figures did not have clearance tags on them. If you see Wal*Mart selling figures reduced, let me know so I can confirm that this IS nationwide rather than just one store.

 

Collection 3 Wave 1 text variations
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

If you can’t stand reading about tiny tiny changes to cards that are called “variations” then skip this post.
Just to clarify, this is from Mike. All Collection 3 wave 1 figures (Mace Windu, Gasgano, Boss Nass, Chancellor Valorum, Ki-Adi Mundi) originally shipped with the word “Electronic” (above Commtech Reader on box back) in a thin font. They were changed to the usual bold font. However, for whatever reason, the number on the card (.0x00) only changed too if another card error was corrected at the same time. The only figure that has the bold font and thin font both on the same card number – .0100 – is Mace Windu. Chancellor Valorum is not known to have been changed at all.

New Figure Images
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

The Outer Rim have posted some nice new pics of upcoming figures, including Wuher, Mas Amedda, and Holographic Qui-Gon Jinn. Head over to check them out.

Jabba’s Guards and Rebel Pilots at Fan Club
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

“Quark’s Waiter” (I don’t make these up…) wrote in to say that The Fan Club has the Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards in stock for $23.95 each. I’m not sure if they’re on their site or not, you’re best to just call and order rather than trying online.

UPDATE: The Skiff Guards – the cooler of these 2 sets in my opinion, sold out…pretty instantly. The Rebel Pilots supplies are low…I expect that by the time the majority of readers see this in the evening in their time zone, these’ll be gone too. So act NOW if you want to order. Thanks to both Horse_Head and Dan Emmons for the info.
Also, the Luke Bespin figure they had in cheap is gone too…thanks to Keith for the info.

 

$10 off Another Universe
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Keith from The Moisture Farm wrote in with a code for Another Universe – spend $20, get $10 off with this: 16PR3C. You’ll need the code to combat prices like: Flash Cannon – was $24.99, now $12.98. Anyone got bigger AU coupons…?
UPDATE: $15 off a $35 order: EAACH1. Thanks to Dark Helmet.

Watto’s Box at EE
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Entertainment Earth have the Watto’s Box cinema scene in stock now for $24.99 each. Thanks to Mark Jeter for the news.

UPDATE: Try not to be too shocked…but this is now sold out.

 

Custom Imperial Hanger
posted by Tarpals @ 4:00 pm (1/12)

Dan Sparks wrote in to show us his custom built POTF2 scale Imperial Hanger – a massive project at almost 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide! You can check it out over atwww.geocities.com/sith_lord_zekk/HANGERPG3.html. If you look closely you’ll see a custom TIE Bomber vehicle in the hanger bay!

TC-14 and R2-B1 in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 5:50 pm (1/11)

Steve let me know that Action Ace now have TC-14 (Sold out…) and R2-B1 (Sold out…) available to buy on their site. Priced at $9.99 each. It said Limit 1 per customer, order more and your order will be cancelled. I’d guess that has something to do with the POTF2 R2-D2’s …

New Obi Wan with Cloak
posted by Gonk @ 2:50 pm (1/11)

Rebelscum has posted a pic of the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi w removable cloak. It appears that Hasbro may be reusing parts of figures now, since there is very little difference between this figure and the first Obi Wan.

 

Collectors Clubs
posted by Tarpals @ 2:40 pm (1/11)

I’ve started up a page for all these Collectors Clubs that have been writing in. If you’ve been missed…write in! Collecting Clubs

Episode One Video News
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/11)

For those who don’t already know, Starwars.com have posted info that the Episode One video will be released worldwide during the week of April 4th. Ray T wrote in to say that he found $5 reserve coupons for the video at his TRU store. The total price quoted on the coupon is $16.99.

Mos Espa Sale items
posted by Tarpals @ 1:20 pm (1/10)

This news is from Andy: “I was shocked to find 63 action figures at Mos Espa this morning. They have tons of old freeze frames like Lando Skiff Guard, Lando General, and Endor Rebel Soldier for $7.95. I found Bespin Luke and that Expanded Universe or Dark Empire Leia for only $3.99. They also had the new commtech Stormtrooper for $8.95 (Sold out…thanks Laser!), and tons more that I can’t remember. Check it out quick, because I’m sure this won’t last.”

Jon reminds us that they have the Applause Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi mega-collectibles for $7.99 each, and Brad wrote in to say they have the Jeff Gordon Episode One car for $9.99 (usually $39.99).

UPDATE: Glenn called the Fan Club and was told that EU Leia ($3.99) and Kyle Katarn ($7.95) were limited to 1 per customer, and are sold out. They have Clone Emperor in stock, but not on the site…call if you want him – $7.95. Luke Bespin is in stock at $3.99 and there’s no limit on him.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 7:30 pm (1/9)

We blew through our first shipment. This second shipment is already halfway sold out. Get the current assortment of Star Wars classic action figures here right now. Order SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 28) (Item #84185B, $109.99) that includes the awesome Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid, Stormtrooper with battle damage and blaster rifle rack, R2 with Holo Leia and more. Hear these figures talk using the COMMTech Chip and COMMTech Reader (Item #84151, $17.99). In stock while supplies last atEntertainment Earth.

Mace Windu changes
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

Mike sent in some info on new variations to the Collection 3 Mace Windu card. The .0000 and .0100 figures have the word “Electronic” in a thin font, on the back of the card (in the little box with Commtech Reader info in it). same goes for the .0100 card. Mike found a .0100 card yesterday that has this same text in a bold font, like on all other cards. However, the card is still .0100 for whatever reason. Hasbro has really messed up with these numbers lately – I saw yesterday a .0000 Qui-Gon Jinn lightsaber, but the box had the red stripe on the bottom, typical of Hasbro items released recently. This was definitely not the rare .0000 saber.
Mike also mentioned a Commtech chip variations. The new .0100 with the bold Electronic text was date stamped 92681 (268th day of ’99). The figure came with a Commtech chip that has a white photo background rather than the normal holographic background. However he also found a Mace date stamped 928** – meaning it was stamped later than the first one – and it had the usual holographic chip.
Basically, this is Hasbro annoying us all by firstly releasing old toys in .0000 boxes that have been changed 3 or 4 times (and should really be .0200 or even .0300), and also reissuing figures with new commtech chips, without the holographic background on the photos. Obviously not all figures that are out now will be released with white chips because many don’t ship anymore, but older figures that still ship in newver cases will now come with new chips.

UPDATE: Sope wrote in to say that the bold font variation is also available on the Ki-Adi Mundi and Gasgano figures, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was on Valorum and Nass too.

 

Boxed Technic Destroyer Droid
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

Jason Fritch sent in a picture of the Lego Technic Destroyer Droid box. You can check it out here. This retails for about $50.

Utah Collectors’ Club
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/9)

If you’d be interested in joining a Collectors’ Club based in Utah, e-mail Tyler.

12 Inch Darth Maul with Sith Speeder
posted by Boba Faid @ 3:00 am (1/9)

Here’s some pics of the upcoming 12 Inch Maul with Sith Speeder:

Main Shot
Combined Views

Methinks this is gonna be one cool item. Looks so freakin’ mean! Thanks to Figures in Action for the images!

The Last on Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots
posted by Tarpals @ 7:50 pm (1/8)

Okay, more Skiff Guards info. If I ever see one of these sets, I’ll beat it up 
From Mr. Mulder: “KB in Richmond mall (Cleveland, Ohio Area) just got a new Hasbro shipment, I picked up a skiff guards and Rebel Pilots for only 19.99! my friend, who works there says that they got more of them and he’ll be putting them on the shelves tonight! They close at 10 PM, but they won’t go no the shelves till after they close so look tomorrow morning when they open at 9:00 AM”

To put a lid on this before we rename this site SKIFFGUARDS.COM (it doesnt exist; just so you know…), these are not gone completely, but it seems that they may be very soon. No cinema scenes are known to be coming out this year, and we’ve had a lot of info to suggest they’re cancelled altogether, although a source close to Hasbro denies this. This sighting here could be KB finally putting them out, or the warehouse being cleared. Unless these are found in excess all over the place, we can’t tell.

Found anything? Send it to the Store Reports!
If you’re really searching hard for these sets, you have to try lesser places for them. Josh remembers seeing 3 shelves full of the Rebel Pilots at New Year in the Tatooine Traders store at MGM Studios in FL. Derek, also in Orlando FL (seems a good place for these), has seen a lot of them at computer game stores in malls, but not in TRU etc. Keep checking this sort of place, you might find what you’re looking for.

UPDATE: Wow, an update to this saga that I found interesting myself! Brian “Laser” Cowdrey has been in contact with the KB in the Richmond Mall, that is posted above. He was informed that the store have never had Jabba’s Guards or Rebel Pilots in at all, only figures from Episode One. And the rep sounded as if they’d been dealing with a lot of similar calls. This certainly is odd…

Brian’s Newsletter #20
posted by dlr @ 6:15 pm (1/8)

Brian’s Toys has Boba Fett on a red card for $6. All that plus more can be seen here.

Carded Final Lightsaber Duel
posted by Tarpals @ 1:45 pm (1/8)

Figures In Action have posted images of carded Final Lightsaber Duel 2 pack – Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. This is the one that splits in half. Head over to their site to check it out!

Hasbro Cinema Scene info
posted by Tarpals @ 1:35 pm (1/8)

OK, this is the story on cinema scenes according to the reliable source mentioned in a recent update. As far as Orlando Hasbro reps know, the 2 cinema scenes all this mess has been about will be coming back, and movie scenes haven’t been cancelled either. It seems that Toy Fair, in about 1 month, will bring the answers. As for these cinema scenes not being available at retail, WalMart nor Target have these on their resets for aisles, but they always “flex” stuff in when the DC ships it to them. These things are, according to this Hasbro rep, shipping to all locations in Florida, if stores don’t have them, they are “in transit”. In Orlando, EB had them for $9.99 before the local scalpers grabbed them all. Same goes for R2-D2 with hologram Leia…Wal Mart in Orlando had these, but scalpers took them all. In my own opinion, if we don’t see any new Cinema scenes at Toy Fair, we may have seen the last of them. There have been none in upcoming product lists, and all these stores not having them seems a little bit strange to me. But thanks go to ChuckMc for sending in the official Hasbro word. If you find Skiff Guards, send it in to Store Reports, making sure you tell us where you found it.

Star Wars Collectibles in your House
posted by Tarpals @ 1:35 pm (1/8)

This info is from travis: “I’m not sure if PAX is a national channel or only local, but anyway, last night I saw an advertisement for their next ‘collectibles in your house’ show, and it’s Star Wars. I checked the newspaper and it doesn’t come on again until Monday, so I’m guessing that the commercial meant Monday’s show is Star Wars? I’m close to Louisville Ky, so anyone who wants to watch out for it, the channel is called PAX.”

UPDATE: Thanks to Yakface staffer Havok for this update. PAX is a cable channel, and the program title is “Treasures in your Home”. This particular Star Wars episode is actually a repeat of one previously shown in November.

Order Rebel Pilots
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Scott wrote in to say that a local store has Rebel Pilots, but not Skiff Guards. You can order the Rebel Pilots online for $22.49 + shipping at www.dollskollekt.com.

Soft Goods with Pit Droids
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Toy Maniacs has the soft goods wave with the bonus Pit Droid in stock now…for $29.99. You might wanna wait a bit for those… They also have the Mynock Hunt cinema scene for $34.99. Head over to the “What’s New” section oftheir site for the product links. Thanks to Brad for the heads-up!

Phantom Menace Toys Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Just in the door! – New Carded Hasbro figures with Commtechs

Sith Lord Darth Maul
Obi-Wan Jedi Knight
Anakin Pilot

Back in stock –
Tatooine Darth Maul
Naboo Obi-Wan

Get ’em quick! At www.phantommenacetoys.com!

UPDATE: The soft goods wave are now SOLD OUT.

Series Alpha Naboo Fighter Found
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 am (1/8)

Steve Moore found all four Series Alpha toys at a Target store in the Seattle area. Keep an eye open for the Naboo Fighter, it’s out there!

E1 Available in Widescreen Box Set
posted by Ob1k @ 11:26pm (1/7)

The Official Star Wars Site has updated with info on the new THX Video releases of Episode I. A special Widescreen Video Collectors Edition will be available in the United States and Canada only. It comes with a bunch of cool stuff for only $39.98!

More on Wuher
posted by hfsolo @ 10:55 pm (1/7)

Here is the final word on the Wuher figure. I spoke with Dan Madsen today and he gave me this exclusive info. Wuher originated as you may recall a petition here on Yakface.com and we were successful with this to get him made. Well the Fan Club was going to get an exclusive window to sell him carded for about 2 months before he was available in the stores. Then he would hit regular retail outlet distribution. Well, that has changed and Wuher will ONLY be available at the Fan Club. He should be available in late February. Thanks to Dan for the news. I believe and this is only speculation, that this happened due to the LACK of sales nationwide on the Star Wars line. This happened with the Leia Hoth Wave if you remember.

Series Alpha Sketches
posted by Boba Faid @ 9:05 pm (1/7)

Head over to the Hunter’s Guild Image Bank for some great shots of the upcoming Galoob Series Alpha Sketchbook Designs.

What’s up with Rebel Pilots and Skiff Guards?
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/7)

Chris Yuhas wrote in with this: “According to a very reliable source, who spoke to a Hasbro Rep. The Skiff Guards and Pilots are still in production, and are shipping for sure to Retail stores in the Orlando area. Plus the rep said that there are plenty of interesting items in store for this year…….?”

UPDATE: Oh dear. Now Brian Levine from Orlando wrote in to say that he hasn’t seen these anywhere locally. Nothing at FAO Schwartz or a nearby Wal*Mart Super Center just now…although the Wal Mark did have 1 case 2 months ago. Nothing at TRU, and there’s been nothing at Target for over a month. I think the best way to handle this is this: if you see the Rebel Pilots or Skiff Guards in a NEW SHIPMENT – not finding one set hidden in the doll section – write in.

Series Alpha Info
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/7)

Robert Carlton sent in some info on the new Galoob Series Alpha toys:
“The prototype ship is the larger of the 2, which to me makes a lot more sense. The Droid Fighter comes with a prototype Battle Droid, and the Sith Infiltrator has a Darth Maul figure in white. The Royal Starship comes with a Ric Olie figure.”

UPDATE: Although it is shown on the back of the box, it seems as if the series Alpha Naboo Fighter is NOT currently shipping.

TC-14 and R2-B1 Commtech Lines Added
posted by Tarpals @ 9:00 am (1/7)

I’ve updated the Episode One Toy Guide with bubble views and commtech chip recordings for TC-14 and R2-B1. Follow this link to get the the Toy Guide. These two figures are listed under the Collection 3 heading.
I also thought I’d point out an absolutely tiny thing on the TC-14 card. After doing my usual variation check on the figures, I noticed that, on the UPC code, the name “TC-14 Protocol Droid” is in bold type, whereas on all other cards, including R2-B1, it’s not. As I say, an extremely minor point, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Mos Espa News
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 am (1/7)

An update on Mos Espa. It seems that yesterday, I posted that they had the Fan Club 4 in stock for $12.99 a pair, but Clint wrote in to say that they only have the Snitkin/AT-AT pair, for $14.99. Clint also pointed out that they’re taking orders for the damn cool Muftak and Kabe two pack, for $12.95. Limit 2 per customer.
Chris Yuhas pointed out that they also have clear Star Wars action figure stands, with the SW logo on them. Pretty cool. They have 2 pegs, one for each foot, and are priced at 12 for $6.

UPDATE: A few people wrote in to say that although they quote $14.99 on their site, the price you are charged is $12.99. Complicated…

Watto’s Box and R2-D2 with holo Leia
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 am (1/7)

Paul Sehgal wrote in to let us know that Big K toys in New York has the Watto’s Box cinema scene for $29.99 and the whole set of 7 Commtech classic figures, including R2-D2, for $75. If you’re interested in buying either of these, Big K accept phone orders to: (516)-243-4566. If you’re still absolutely desperate for R2-D2, this might not be such a bad buy, since you’re lucky to get the figure for less than $60 on eBay, and it’s doesn’t seem to be going into the Admiral Motti wave, which means it’s not going to get any commoner until one of the current case assortments changes.

UPDATE: Neil called Big K and was quoted $90 plus shipping. That must be the new price since they realized everyone wanted the R2-D2 🙂

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 12:47 am (1/7)

Hasbro doesn’t stop. The newest assortment of classic Star Wars action figures is about to be released. SW Fig. Asst. (Wave 29) (Item #84185D, $109.99) is scheduled to contain the following figures with COMMTech Chips included (subject to change): 3x Princess Leia with Hood Up, 3x Admiral Motti, 2x Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid, 1x Stormtrooper with battle damage and blaster rifle rack, 1x Han Solo from Cantina, 2x Luke Skywalker with T-16. Pre-order yours today atEntertainment Earth!

Bonus Pit Droid packs added to Toy Guide
posted by Tarpals @ 7:15 pm (1/6)

I’ve added carded images of the new Darth Maul (Sith Lord), Obi-Wan (Jedi Knight) and Anakin (Naboo Pilot) foreign 2 packs to the Toy Guide, which, this year, come with Pit Droids rather than Battle Droids. Each figure is available with all 3 different colored Pit Droids: white, orange, or red. You can see all 9 carded images over at the Toy Guide.

Upcoming Hasbro items
posted by Tarpals @ 5:55 pm (1/6)

I received a new Hasbro product list today, that confirms some items we announced a short while ago, including Padme in the orange outfit, Quarrens, and Kitster. Interestingly enough, these 2 items were llisted together, alongside the Fambaa:
“Darth Maul w/Sith Infiltrator
Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ Gungan Sub”
At the moment, I’m not sure if these are 3 3/4″ scale vehicles with figures, or if this is the Darth Maul with mini Sith Infilatrator we have already seen, and an Obi-Wan with a mini Gungan Sub. If I find out, I’ll post the info.
Other interesting items on the list are 12″ items. Here is a list of 2000 Episode One and POTF2 12″ figures, many of which are new:

Episode One 12″

Battle Droid Commander
Boss Nass
Mace Windu
Ody Mandrell with Pit droid
Sebulba with Otoga 222
Nute Gunray
Qui-gon Jinn (Poncho)
Senator Palpatine
Gungan on Kaadu
Blue Senate Guard with Chancellor Valorum
Darth Maul on Sith Speeder
Aurra Sing
Shmi Skywalker
Electronic Darth Sidious
Electronic TC-14 Protocol Droid
Fode and Beed

Power of the Force 12″

Bounty Hunter 5-pack
Sandtrooper with Dewback
Biker Scout

The first 2 POTF items stand out as big and expensive, but certainly possible if you consider the Taun Taun and the JCPenny ESB 4 pack.

R2-D2 arrives from Action Ace
posted by Tarpals @ 3:05 pm (1/6)

Chris Yuhas wrote in to say that he got his R2-D2 with hologram Leia and R2-B1 today from Action Ace, in mint condition. I myself received a FedEx tracking number from them, which gives very detailed info about exactly where your item is. Looks like ActionAce have done well with the huge number of orders.

UPDATE (7/Jan): I got my order today. Seems like they put a lot of effort into ensuring I get it, because they sent it from CA to Britain in 3 days – that’s expensive. Great condition toys. If you haven’t received your R2 from Action Ace, it’s coming in the next day or so.

Hasbro Discontining Items?
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

Since I posted that notice about Amazon not restocking Skiff Guards, I’ve had a couple more reports. One, from Utinni, says that eToys have dropped the Skiff Guards, AND the Rebel Pilots. Don’t forget that Hasbro have stopped Cinema Scenes, presumably due to low sales, so this is certainly very possible.
Then I got this e-mail from Tia about accessory packs:
“The Accessory sets line for the Star Wars 3 3/4” figures has been DISCONTINUED!

Although I have no way to confirm this directly through Kenner, I have confirmed it several other ways, see below:

CONFIRMATIONS:
1. PER WALMART – Toys Manager here in Lima, Ohio, reports that the 2nd wave was on their ordering lists, but that Walmart ordered NONE, do to poor sales of the first wave. First wave now clearanced at .99 in all Walmart’s around here. Manager states 2nd wave no longer appears on ordering list.

2. PER TOYS R US – First wave clearanced 1.99. 2nd wave has SKU # in computer, but states 0 in warehouse and DISCONTINUED.

3. PER RITE AID – Acc Sets not on ordering list, period, anymore.

4. AMAZON.COM – Received response to inquiry I emailed, stating that there would be no more Accessory Sets, they are DISCONTINUED.

5. BIG-E.COM – Received reponse to email and via telephone stating that they are sold out of the new 2nd wave accessory sets. I then called and inquired about backordering (like I did the Watto Box Seat CS). When the employee tried to do so, the computer would not allow it. After several days of trying to find out, employee told me he had contacted their warehouse and that these items had been discontinued, and that BigE was not able to order any more of them.”
Pretty conclusive evidence. Keep a look out for the second wave of accessory packs…I know that these haven’t been around at all in Glasgow, or anywhere I know of in Britain, so these seem quite hard to find – to me anyway 🙂

Dan Emmons sent in a copy of the e-mail he received about the Skiff Guards from Amazon.com. It’s a bit long to post, but the basic idea is that it will not be in stock in the “forseeable future”.

UPDATE: Mike wrote in to say that he received similar e-mails concerning Adi Gallia and the Jabba the Hutt beast pack. As Mike states, I doubt that Hasbro would discontinue these items, because there is certainly still demand for them. Maybe the Skiff Guards and Rebel Pilots aren’t dead yet?

Armored Scout Tank at eToys
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

eToys have the new Battle Droid and Armored Scout Tank in stock now, priceed at $9.99. Thanks to Athin Syrd for the info.

New Fambaa Pics
posted by Tarpals @ 2:00 pm (1/6)

Here are a couple of new pics of the Fambaa, for those who don’t have it yet. This image is a close-up of the photo of the upcoming Ammo Wagon with Falumpaset, and this image is a size comparison of the Fambaa with the Kaadu. Thanks to George Collazo for the pics!

Skiff Variations
posted by Gonk @ 12:35 pm (1/6)

It seems that the upcoming Skiff w Luke (Jedi) figure will have a variation. Hasbro plans on releasing a skiff that is “sandy” along with the clean version that has been pictured on the web already. No information on when the “sandy” version will be released is available at this time. Thanks to Mr Anonymous for the info.

Lego prices
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Amanin69 sent in these prices from K’s Merchandise for upcoming Lego sets:
Armored Assault Tank (AAT) – $19.97
Multi Troop Transport (MTT) – $47.97
TIE Interceptor – $96.97
Millenium Falcon – $96.97
I just hope these items are big and cool enough to make up for these prices.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95
If you’re still after the new Lego or Naboo Royal Guard, now’s your chance.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95

one last Target sales post
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Ok, this is the last post with Target sales prices. If you find anything else, please send it in to Store Reports.
Mos Espa Podrace – $22.44
Sith Infiltrator – $7.44
Gungan Sub – $11.54
Y-wing and TIE Fighter – $29.90
Droid fighter – $1.34
Mindstorms R2-D2 – $59.90
Thanks to both JMcallaste and James K. Rossiter for that info.

UPDATE: Lee H picked up the AST with Battle Droid for $2.50, and the Technic Destroyer Droid for $12.50 today at his Target, because the checkout operator had some idea that all SW items were 75% off! Lucky Lee – either that, or target will be reducing items further.

Amazon Drop Skiff Guards
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

maul25 wrote in to say that he received a reply to a query he sent to Amazon asking when the Skiff Guards set would be back in stock. Amazon’s reply was that it will not be back in the distant future.

TC-14 12″
posted by hfsolo @ 11:55 pm (1/5)

Here is another Yakface first look for you. Click here to see the TC-14 12″ figure Boxed. Thanks to Tom R for the scan. Please do not use this scan as it was sent to us, and I do not have permission to give it out.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95
If you’re still after the new Lego or Naboo Royal Guard, now’s your chance.

Mos Espa Update
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Chris Yuhas sent in the following prices from Mos Espa:
4 set of Battle Droids $19.99
Fan Club Four $12.99 a pair
Slave 1 Lego $15.99
B-Wing and Rebel Center Lego $30.00
A-Wing fighter Lego $15.00
Naboo Royal Guard $8.95

one last Target sales post
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

Ok, this is the last post with Target sales prices. If you find anything else, please send it in to Store Reports.
Mos Espa Podrace – $22.44
Sith Infiltrator – $7.44
Gungan Sub – $11.54
Y-wing and TIE Fighter – $29.90
Droid fighter – $1.34
Mindstorms R2-D2 – $59.90
Thanks to both JMcallaste and James K. Rossiter for that info.

UPDATE: Lee H picked up the AST with Battle Droid for $2.50, and the Technic Destroyer Droid for $12.50 today at his Target, because the checkout operator had some idea that all SW items were 75% off! Lucky Lee – either that, or target will be reducing items further.

Amazon Drop Skiff Guards
posted by Tarpals @ 6:15 am (1/6)

maul25 wrote in to say that he received a reply to a query he sent to Amazon asking when the Skiff Guards set would be back in stock. Amazon’s reply was that it will not be back in the distant future.

TC-14 12″
posted by hfsolo @ 11:55 pm (1/5)

Here is another Yakface first look for you. Click here to see the TC-14 12″ figure Boxed. Thanks to Tom R for the scan. Please do not use this scan as it was sent to us, and I do not have permission to give it out.

Store Reports Updated – January 5th
posted by Boba Faid @ 8:55 pm (1/5)
Store Reports has again been updated today, for even more reading. More please .

Wuher is a Fan Club Exclusive!
posted by Tarpals @ 6:45 pm (1/5)

The upcoming Classic Wuher figure is a Fan Club exclusive (despite earlier rumors of a store release). He will be available to order in February this year. He will be carded with a Commtech Chip, as normal, rather than in an Oola-style box. Thanks go to Dan Madsen for this info!

Rebel Pilots and Jabba’s Guard in stock
posted by Tarpals @ 6:55 pm (1/5)

DNS Toys have the Jabba’s Guards and Rebel Pilots cinema scenes, for $24.99 each. Shipping is around $5. Thanks to Chris for the news.

12″ TC-14 to come this year
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

Matt picked up the new issue of Lee’s Action Figure News and Toy Review magazine today, and he says that there was a picture of a boxed 12″ TC-14 inside. He mentions it looks like a simple repaint of the C-3PO figure, but it speaks 5 phrases and comes with the serving tray and cup. If anyone can send in a scan of this it would be appreciated.

Another 12″ Chewbacca Variation?
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

John Phillips writes: “I’ve recently noticed a variation to the new 12″ Chewbacca’s ammo strap relating to how it attaches to his side pouch at the pouches top. The ammo straps are attached to the pouch either on the front of the pouch or to the rear of the pouch. In both cases the straps are attached to the top of the pouch – with the straps attached in front you can see the v-shaped bases of the straps, and with the straps attached to the backside of the pouch these bases are obscured and instead you see his ammo clips. As for date stamps I’ve seen the straps in the front with date stamps of 254 and 305, and with the straps in the rear 270 and 305; so my guess is that this accessory might be made on two different lines and/or factories.”

Target Sale – More Info
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

This list of price reductions was sent in by Joshua D:
Gungan Catapult & Flash Cannon – $1.94
Jabba Glob – $2.44
Clash of the Lightsabers Card Game – $2.74
Interactive Banks – $8
R2-D2 Carryall Playset – $6.24
Thanks also go to “e” who mentioned the new price for the R2-D2 carry case, and he also said that when Target mark down an item, their final, lowest price always ends in a 4. This certainly works for all items I can think of that’ve been on sale recently, apart from the Interactive Banks. Will they get even cheaper? Who knows.
Ross Jarvis sent in a bit of extra info. He says an employee once told him “If it ends in 4, its next stop is out the door”! So it seems the little tip posted earlier is true. Also, Ross found the Naboo LAser Tag game for only $13.74 down from $59.99. Good deal – and its next stop is out the door, so hurry 🙂

UPDATE: Timstar29 found Battle Droid Blaster Rifles for $2.44 at his local Target, and also he found Lego items on clearance, but didn’t remember prices.

Jerome Blake to attend Plano Convention
posted by Tarpals @ 3:10 pm (1/5)

I just recevied a message from Ben Stevens, from SciFiExpo.com to say that, as a late announcement, Jerome Blake, who plays Rune Haako, Mas Amedda, Oppo Rancisis and MORE characters in Episode One, will be attending the Plano Expo THIS Sunday 9th. Also attending this show, is Benedict Taylor, who played Bravo 2 in The Phantom Menace. Stop by their site for more details on this show!

Ep I on video officially announced
posted by Gonk @ 12:30 pm (1/5)

The Official Site has finally announced the release date of Episode I on video, which is April 4th. On the page are pics of the video cover and details about the normal and widescreen version.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 12:30 pm (1/5)

The newest vehicle from Hasbro’s Episode I toy line is now shipping. This item, formerly called the Laser Pod with Battle Droid, has been renamed and is now shipping as the Armored Scout Tank w/Battle Droid (Item #84205A, $11.99). We had a very limited supply in stock, which sold out immediately. More units should arrive in a few weeks. Reserve yours today at Entertainment Earth.

Darth Vader with Interrogation Droid for $4.99
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

EB World has the Commtech Darth Vader figure on sale now for $4.99! Thanks to Gregg for the news.

Naboo Fighter Skittles Dispenser Reduced
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

Target has the Skittles Naboo Fighter dispenser – which really is pretty cool – at 75% off. Now down to $3.24, you have no excuse not to get one! Thanks to Bob Carlton for the info.

Phantom Menace Toys sale!
posted by Tarpals @ 9:20 am (1/5)

Phantommenacetoys.com News:
Collection 1 Episode I Action Figures are on sale for $3.99 each. Sale lasts through Thursday Jan 6.

Choose from:
Darth Maul (Duel), Jar Jar, Obi-Wan (Duel), Qui-Gon (Duel), Battle Droids (all 4 variations), Amidala (Naboo), Qui-Gon (Naboo), or Anakin (Tatooine).

NO LIMITS!!!

Received last week (late) – Episode I Plush Buddies – 6 to choose from.

Store Reports and Rumor Mill Updated – January 4th
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Store Reports and Rumor Mill have both been updated today, for some long reading. Keep them coming!

Special Request
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Eric has a special request for all you Americans, so go check it out HERE

Canada News Anakin Naboo Carded
posted by Boba Faid @ 7:20 pm (1/4)

Frank from Quebec sent in this great scan of the newly released Anakin Naboo. So far they’ve only been sighted in Quebec, plus an inconclusive report from Ontario. Hopefully they won’t be like Vader with Removable Helmet: only a few cases in Montreal and Toronto and that’s it…

Amazon Prices Back Up!
posted by Tarpals @ 7:00 pm (1/4)

Mike wrote in about the recent Amazon deals: “I saw on Rebelscum.com that the Amazon deals had stopped. I used the links that you posted to get back to the figures and see what the deal was. Seems that all the items are still in stock at Amazon, but have gone back up to full price. I ordered Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo) for $1.75, now he’s $6.99 again.” Pretty wierd if you ask me. I’d have thought that the point of reducing items is to clear them… Ah well. If you’ve not bought yet – you’re too late!

Target and Walgreens Price Markdowns
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/4)

Joel found the Gungan Catapult and Flash Cannon accessory sets for $4 each, plus the Lego Droid Fighter for $3.50 at a Target store in Baltimore. JD Dolan found the R2-DF2 Carry Case for $14.90, and the interactive banks for $20/21, also at Target.
JD Dolan found the Jabba Glob toy for $5 and the Commtech Reader for $11 at Walgreens, and Matt Hedgecock got the Opee and Kaadu for $10 each at Walgreens in Tampa, Florida. Matt’s Walgreens store had 50% off all Star Wars items!

UPDATE: Target in New Albany, Indiana, has the interactive banks for $8, and the Sith Probe Droid game for $9! Thanks to Travis for the news.

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 11:10 am (1/4)

Hope you had a wonderful New Year! Now that the world is still here, we are proud once again to stock a product from the last century…SW Fig. Asst. Coll. 1 Wave 8 (Item #69570H, $119.99). This set of Freeze Frame action figures contains 2x Princess Leia Organa as Jabba’s Prisoner, 2x Lando Calrissian in General’s Gear, 2x Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Gear, 2x Endor Rebel Soldier, 1x Han Solo in Carbonite Block, 1x Ben Kenobi, 1x Lando as Skiff Guard, 1x Luke Stormtrooper Disguise, 1x Bespin Han Solo, 1x Han Solo in Endor Gear, and 2x Luke Skywalker in Bespin Gear with removable hand. Very limited supply available. Order now at Entertainment Earth!

R2-D2s shipping
posted by Tarpals @ 3:15 pm (1/3)

I just got an e-mail from Action Ace to say that my order of R2-D2 with hologram Leia, TC-14, and 2 R2-B1s shipped on 30th December. That’s pretty good considering that I just found out I was getting TC-14s and R2-B1s in place of R2-D2s that same day at 3pm PST.

UPDATE: ActionAce are having technical troubles on their site. If your order status is still unprocessed, give them a call to make sure it’s not been shipped. If you want to know, of course 🙂

Australian news site
posted by Tarpals @ 1:55 pm (1/3)

Pete from The Public Universe has set up a news page for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and other countries. You can check it out at http://216.35.120.23/Indices/91702.html.
Pete also sent in a reminder about the Price Petition. Don’t forget that all over the world, and even in some parts of America, figures are very hard to find, some don’t get distributed, and prices are incredibly high (here in Britain where I live, retail price is more than $12 – for tri-stinking-logos!). Please sign his petition, if you haven’t already, by visiting his page at http://server.com/WebApps/byo.cgi?id=19334.

Vintage Collection for sale
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/3)

My friend Noor Razzak is selling his vintage collection over on eBay. It is item number 229632177, and Noor is offering free shipping anywhere in the world if his reserve price is met.

Fake Prototype Info Page
posted by Tarpals @ 1:00 pm (1/3)

If you are, like me, into collecting the rarest Star Wars variations – prototype figures – you may be aware of a recent attack of fake figures hitting eBay, and other places. My friend Allen Hayden has updated his page with information about these so that you don’t get caught out. You can get to his page HERE. The situation with these fakes it getting quite serious – I have a couple of them myself – so make sure you read the page if you do buy these items.

Brian’s Toys Newsletter #19
posted by Tarpals @ 8:20 pm (1/2)

Click here to read the Brian’s Toys Newsletter #19. This issue’s special offer is a Greedo on the green card for $4. Read the newsletter for more great deals!

12″ Padmé Box Scans
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

The Episode One Toyguide has been updated. I’ve added boxed back and front scans of the 12″ Queen Amidala Colecltion “Beautiful Braids Padmé”, plus insert tray and head close-up images, thanks to Jon. Head over to the Toyguide to check them out.

Factory Sample figures at ToyManiacs
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

AzNike877 wrote in to say that Toy Maniacs have listed on their site, 2 factory sample figures. The new Episode One Tusken Raider, and Mas Amedda. Mas is already out of stock (if he was ever in stock) but the Tusken Raider is there now. These are loose figures, and from experience these are usually the same as the final production figures, although there are sometimes color variations in the paintwork. Priced at $19.99, this isn’t bad if you’re desperate for the new Tusken Raider now and you’re opening it anyway. Figure has his rifle, but no Commtech chip. This figure should be released with the new chip design in March. If you go to the site, these are listed in the “Loose Figures” section of their Star Wars category. The site also has the soft goods wave in stock for $11.99 each, including Darth Maul.
UPDATE: Typical. Just when I go to get a Tusken Raider…sold out.

Fantom Meanies at ActionAce
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Mark Jeter wrote in to say that ActionAce have the E1 Fantom Meanie Babies set of 6 in stock now for the special price of $14.99, down from $49.95. These are apparently limited to 25,000 sets produced.

Target Lego Markdown
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Target have marked down the price of the Mos Espa Podrace LEGO set – down to $54.00.

Stormtrooper Armor For Sale
posted by Tarpals @ 9:30 am (1/2)

Mike is selling off a set of full size Stormtrooper armor over on eBay. Item number 228995565.

M & M Collectibles Newsfeed
posted by Tarpals @ 7:30 pm (1/1)

Thanks to all of you for a GREAT 1999!
As a thank you for the good year, we’re having a sale to end the year….This is good for Yakface readers only, and until January 1st ONLY!!

20% OFF ANY PURCHASE!!

The only thing that is not included in this sale are normal sized Star Wars Action Figures…Everything else IS included.

Thanks again and hope you had a happy and safe New Year!
M & M Collectibles

UK News 12″ Sale at TRU
posted by Tarpals @ 11:00 am (1/1)

Kris wrote in to say that TRU stores have a sale on all 6 12″ Episode One figures – down to £9.99 each. That’s Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Battle Droid and Watto. I picked up a Darth Maul in the US box for this price, but they had both US and Euro boxes for most figures. I saw Euro boxed Battle Droid, Watto and Obi-Wan, which was the first time I’d seen them. Most TRUs have a large stock of them, but if you want a Darth Maul I suggest you try to get there this week.

November 1999 Archive

Darth Sidious Holo is out!
posted by dlr @ 5:40 pm (11/30)

I have recieved several reports from various parts of the country that Darth Sidious and the Naboo Royal Guard are showing up. All reports have them surfacing at Toys ‘R’ Us stores.

Boxed Fambaa and Eopie Pics
posted by gonk @ 12:10 pm (11/30)

Outer Rim has posted some pics of the Fambaa and Eopie boxed.

Maul Jackets!
posted by hfsolo @ 10:55 pm (11/29)

Once again we here at Yakface are able to offer you the fans a special price on a cool item. Readers of Echostation and Yakface’s Realm are able to purchase these jackets at the same price that they were available at the Fan Club sale in Denver. The normal price on these was $295 at the show in Denver back in May, they have been available on the Fan Club site for the same price. Now, Yakface and Echostation has worked with the Fan Club to get these Jackets at a cost of $150, you the readers can get them for cost plus shipping. The sizes that are available are XL and XXL, If you are interested email me. We make no money on these, and you get all the benefits. This is something we plan on doing for the fans for sometime to come.

4th fig for 1 penny!
posted by dlr @ 5:15 pm (11/29)

K&C has an offer going now as follows:
K & C Collectibles has a buy 3 Episode 1 figures get the 4 one for 1 penny until December 3, 1999. All other specials are null and void under this offer.

M&M Newsfeed:::::
posted by dlr @ 5:15 pm (11/29)

M&M Collectibles has some great deals! Check out their list here!

New Fig News
posted by hfsolo @ 10:40 pm (11/28)

From Dick D over at The Outer Rim:

Maul from the Obi-Wan / Maul 2-pack splits in half. he has a magnet in his waist, allowing him to split.
The Exploding Destroyer Droid is triggered from the hind leg- you jolt it back and the whole droid flies apart from the waist up.
JarJar with Fish has several NEW points of articulation- including pivoting ankles, and an a pivoting neck that lets his his neck and head move straight up, and straight down.

More Toys ‘R’ Us
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

I went to McDonald’s today and they’re offering a Toys ‘R Us certificate on their twenty piece McNuggets. It states that if you have a purchace of over $9.00 at Toys ‘R Us you get $3 off. If you have a purchase over $9.00 at Toysrus.com then you get $9.00 off. This is a good way to get the $50 Han Solo Keyboard Playset (marked down to $9.99) for $0.99 with free shipping. For the McDonald’s discount, go to http://www.toysrus.com/mcdonalds.

Free Figure in Sundays Adds.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

This add was placed in the Sunday paper. Here are the details:
“Hasbro Ad/Coupon.
It’s located in with all of the coupons that come packed with the Sunday paper. There are two items of interest. One is a form to fill out to sign your kid up for the Star Wars Jedi Quest Kids Club. You receive a free subscription to COMMLINK (the official Jedi newsletter), find out about the newest toys first, and get e-mails of what’s hot in your part of the universe. Second, there is a coupon for a free figure (up to $7.00 value) with the purchase of $20 in Hasbro or Galoob Star Wars toys. It expires on 12/31/99. It also states that it is good only for assortments 84085, 84095, 84105, and 84185.”

Thanks to all that sent in the info.

Cheap Figs in Canada.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/28)

Thanks to Boba Faid for this news. In Canada you can pick up figures for 5.97 which works out to about 3.80 to 4.00 in US funds. Not a bad price.

Merry Christmas from Toys ‘R’ Us Online.
posted by hfsolo @ 6:00 pm (11/27)

Head over to Toysrus.com These are the type of deals they have. All I did was do a search on Star Wars in the search box “by Keyword“. You will get 41 pages of items. There are so many other deals as well. Don’t forget Toys ‘R’ Us Online now lets you return any item to the store if it is damaged. There is also FREE shipping.

Die Cast Vehicles – Naboo Starfighter Model $9.98
All Galoob/Hasbro Diecast Ships are $2.98
All Galoob/Hasbro Action Fleet Mini-Scenes are $4.99
Episode 1 Electronic Talking Figure – Darth Maul 12″ $14.99
Electronic Talking 12″ Jar Jar $14.99
All 4 Battle Bags Episode 1 are $3.98
Naboo Defense Game $19.99 normally $29.99
Gungan Frontier Win or Mac $9.99
Episode 1 Galactic Battle Strategy Game $29.99
Hasbro Anakin Podracer $13.99 (normally $24.99)
Lego Mos Espa Podrace $66.99
Lego Droid Fighter $3.99
Lego Naboo Fighter $14.99
Lego Anakin’s Podracer $10.99
Lego Light saber Duel $3.99
Lego Tie Fighter and Y-Wing $36.99
Lego X-Wing $21.99 Lego Snowspeeder $14.99
Lego Sith Inifiltrator $21.99
Lego Gungan Swamp $36.99
Monopoly Star Wars for Windows $9.99
Ep1 Monopoly Board Game $29.99
SNES Return of the jedi and The Empire Strikes Back for $14.97 each
Sith Droid Atack Game $29.99
Sebulba’s Podracer $13.99 normally $24.99
Episode 1 Action Fleet are $9.99

Etoys has good stuff instock
posted by hfsolo @ 4:55 am (11/27)

Looking for toys and deals? eToys has 50% off certain Star Wars items. Here are some good deals. The Jabbas Palace pop-up $7.49, Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene in stock, Tatooine Showdown Cinema Scene in stock, Electronic Qui-Gon, Jar Jar, and Darth Maul $19.99 each, Kaadu and Jar Jar 3 3/4″ $12.99, OOM-9 $3.49, Action Fleet mini-scenes are $4.99. Many other deals. Stop in and save some cash for the holidays!

Cool new game for Playstation.
posted by Ob1k @ 4:30pm (11/26)

Lucasarts will be releasing a new game for the Playstation this Spring called
Episode I: Jedi Power Battles. It’s supposed to be a fast action, arcade style game along the lines of Super Star Wars for the SNES! You can choose from 5 different E1 characters including Qui-Gonn, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, Plo Koon and Adi Galia! Each has special moves and Force Powers!

JC Penney Outlet Stores 
posted by Ob1k @ 4:30pm (11/26)

Still no sign out here of the reported Anakin, Pit Droid, and R2-A6 12″ 3 packs for $14.99, but they did have the Thinkway Darth Maul and Qui-Gonn banks for $17.99. Droid Fighters and Anakin’s pod racer $9.99 each, older POTF II playsets Endor Bunker and Hoth Battle only $6.99!

Yakface’s Realm Toyguide updated regularly!

posted by Ob1k @ 10:35 pm (11/25)

Hi, everyone. This is Ob1 and I’m back on board to help with the Toyguide! I’ve started with an update to the Star Wars Action Figure Page. There are 15 new figures online with vintage comparison images, POTF II carded images, and even wav.files for Commtech Figs! It’s a great reference and we hope you enjoy it. LMK what you think, and have a nice long weekend!

Shop Amazon!

posted by dlr @ 10:25 pm (11/25)

Here’s a few good deals I found this morning at Amazon.com!

Mos Espa Encounter Cinema Scene $9.99
Jabba Glob $4.99
Action Fleet remote control Fambaa $9.49
CommTech Reader $6.49
Action Fleet Naboo Fighter $5.99
Sebulba’s Pod Racer [for the 3.75″ line] $12.49
Pop-up Jabba’s playset with Han in Carbonite $7.49
Flash Speeder $7.49

Use the following coupons during checkout to receive $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Amazon.com

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Yak Poll
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Hey! I want you all to vote for the Yak Poll on teh right side here on which figure you want to see resculpted! It’s pretty much a tie right now between Boba Fett and the Biker Scout!

Re-release of EPISODE ONE
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE TO RETURN TO THEATRES FOR ONE WEEK TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES

The Phantom Menace will return to motion picture theatres across the U.S. and Canada for a one week run beginning December 3, 1999. One hundred percent of the box-office proceeds from this encore charity release will be contributed to local charities selected by theatre owners. This is the first time in history that total revenues generated from the exhibition of a film in movie theatres across the U.S. and Canada will be contributed to charitable causes.

When Star Wars: Episode I was initially released in May, it did not have celebrity premieres. Instead, the film premiered in 11 cities as a benefit for local children’s charities, raising a total of $5.3 million. Now, in the spirit of the holiday season, Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox and local theatre owners are coming together in about 350 cities in the U.S. and Canada to create this unique release to benefit 174 different charities.

Said Gordon Radley, President of Lucasfilm Ltd., “We’re delighted that so many companies have gotten behind an event that will bring attention and financial support to deserving causes in our communities. The project has gotten the enthusiastic backing of our colleagues at Twentieth Century Fox; theatre owners across the U.S. and Canada; Hasbro and LEGO Systems, which are helping to advertise the release; local newspapers, which are providing movie listings; and many others whom we also want to thank.”

For further information, including a complete list of cities, theaters and charities, see http://www.starwars.com

Thanks,
Jen Donahoe

Darth Maul….. Chick Magnet.
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Here’s Darth Maul with his 67 Camaro Z28!

THANKS TO PETE FOR THE SCAN!

Entertainment Earth’s Automated News Feed:
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

It’s here, and it’s amazing. The new Naboo Royal Starship Blockade Cruiser and Playset (Item #84146, $119.99) includes 3 vehicles, an exclusive red R2 unit and has 15 distinct movie sounds. A Trade Federation Droid Fighter with infrared technology remotely blasts off panels, sets off alarms, lights and explosion sounds. A removable Escape Vessel seats 1 figure and an R2 unit. The starship is 3 feet long.Order yours today!

Different Mauls?
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Nick writes….
“I found this Jedi Duel Maul on a .0000 card at KB toys. They redid the paint mask on the face. You can clearly see the differences. The new one has no pink chin and is technically more accurate. But, I still like the old pink chin better.” Check the scans here.

THANKS TO NICK FOR THE SCAN!

Target sale this weekend
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

TARGET is having a pretty decent sale on some items this upcoming “shop till you drop” weekend. How’s $88 for the Queen’s ship sound? Or how about a $17 Naboo Fighter? Fig for $5? Yes…… check the ad here!

THANKS TO SCOTT FOR THE SCAN!

99 cent figs?!
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Check out the local CVS/Revco stores. I stopped there tonight and found the Royal Security Guards. All of their Star Wars Figures were only $0.99, thats right 99 cents!

THANKS TO Matt G from Dayton, OH

Brians Toys #13
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Brian’s Newsletter #13 can be read right here -> Click me!

Qui-Gon Lightsaber in a new box
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

I noticed a new packaging variation on the Qui-Gon Jinn lightsaber. It is now available in a red box as opposed to the familiar black. The product number is still .0000 on the back. This change is reminiscent of the Darth Vader lightsaber packaging change from red to green.
THANKS TO DAVID CORDES FOR THE INFO!

Custom Costumes!
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Brian writes in with this-

My wife, Jedi Master of the sewing machine, created these from scratch! she beaded, sewed, dyed, and hot-glued all of her costume, and all but my helmet, too (which was store-bought). (my boots were sanded and dyed — she made the “spats” also.)

Check out the pics here! –>>http://members.aol.com/afpi/costumes/

FIA Newsfeed
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Check out what Figuresinaction.com has to offer!

AMAZON.COM COUPONS
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Here are some $10 off coupons for Amazon.com that can be used by anybody. Although they can only be used once per person.

Use the following coupons during checkout to receive $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at Amazon.com

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THANKS TO Pete S. in NJ

M&M + PMT Newsfeed
posted by dlr @ 7:25 pm (11/24)

Hot Deals at M&M plus PMT!

E1 Buddies hit TRU 
posted by Ob1k @ 10:05pm (11/23)

The Buddies are back! A little smaller and a little cheaper. Found them at TRU this afternoon for $5.99 each. The Jar Jar and Watto are especially nice.

Kbkids.com
posted by Gonk @ 12:25 am (11/23)

Kbkids.com is now offering a 5.00 coupon for the inconvinience, plus free shipping after $30.00. Thanks to Andy for the news.

Sale @ Amazon.com!
posted by dlr @ 6:15 am (11/22)

Amazon.com has a bunch of figures, including Episode 1 R2-D2, OMM-9, Captain Tarpels, Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, and Naboo Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, for $3.49, plus both Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Pod Racers are $9.99. I received a $10.00 gift certificate from ordering in the past, so I received 5 figures for $20.95, best deal I’ve found on figures in quite a while.

Thanks to Echutta for the tip!

The 9.99 podracers are the Action Fleet size, not the larger ones with the 3 3/4″ figures.

JC PENNY- ROYAL SHIP
posted by dlr @ 6:15 am (11/22)

A fellow collector writes in:
I ORDERED THE ROYAL SHIP & WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP AT THE LOCAL JCPENNY I WAS AMAZED AT THE STUPIDITY OF THEIR SHIPPING DEPT. INSTEAD OF PLACING THE PRODUCT IN A FULL BOX WHEN SHIPPED, THEY PLACED IT IN A SLEEVE AND USED PACKAGING TAPE ON THE EXPOSED ENDS. I REFUSED TO PURCHASE THIS ITEM BECAUSE WHEN I TRIED TO CAREFULLY REMOVE THE TAPE IT REMOVED THE GRAPHICS FROM THE BOX. A FRIEND OF MINE ALSO ORDERED THE SHIP THROUGH JCPENNY & HIS WASN’T EVEN SHIPPED IN ANYTHING. THE SHIPPING INFORMATION WAS ADHERED TO THE BOX ITSELF.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

About 20 NEW Reviews have been posted including first ever reviews of the Battle Droid from the foreign two-packs, Ronto Beast Pack, Complete Galaxy Tatooine, and a TON of Galoob Action Fleet reviews. Too many to list here! Go check it out for yourself.

eToys War Wagon Info
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

“Kgirl” recently spoke to a manager at etoys and it seems they never even got the War Wagon in stock in the first place. Here is some more info: “When they received their shipment, they labeled a common item with the Gungan War Wagon info. The hold up in shipping was that the item labeled was not matching the info. Why it took them two weeks to figure that out, I’ll never know? I also learned that the customer service reps DO NOT contact the warehouse until their 10 day shipping period is over. In other words, the reps will keep telling us that an item is on its way when in fact they never have the item in the first place. They do not call the warehouse to see why an item has not shipped until their customary 10 shipping days have passed and the item has still not shipped. So, if you had this item on order I would call Etoys at 1-800-GO-ETOYS and have them explain the situation. But, this is the info I was given.” Thanks for the info!

Vader and Stormtrooper Quantity Change
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

Just a quick note that Mos Espa.com has changed the limit of Vader and Stormtrooper COMMtech from 1 each per customer to 2 each per customer. Thanks to Andrew for the update.

Episode I Send Backs
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

John noted on a recent visit to Toys ‘R’ Us and Wal*Mart that they were preparing to send back a lot of Episode I figures to Hasbro. About seven cases were packed and ready to be sent back to Hasbro at Toys ‘R’ Us. Looks like stores can’t sell the May 3rd figures, and in order to put out the newer figures they have to send them back to Hasbro. I knew Hasbro was going to over produce Episode I toys!

New Prototype Pics Posted
posted by starforce @ 11:30 pm (11/20)

Head on over to The Outer Rim to see prototype pics of Qui-Gon Jinn with Soft Goods and Swimming Jar Jar Binks w/ Fish.

M&M Newsfeed::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:00 pm (11/19)

M&M, Star Wars toys, and free shipping? More here!

Maul (Sith Lord) Wave carded
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Toymaniacs has pics of the upcoming Maul (Sith Lord) wave.

Defective R2 letter
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Thanks to Qui Gon Jimm for the following news.
“Just wanted to pass along the letter I received in the mail today from Hasbro regarding the defective R2 unit that comes with the Queen’s Starship. It also came with a return label that is postage due to Hasbro.”
Here is a pic of the letter.

Hasbro getting figs back again?
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Thanks to John for the following news.
“Today I was in the Fond du lac area and found that Shopko has marked down the Jabbas Skiff Guards cinema scene to $7.99. I also noticed that TRU and Walmart are starting to send back a majority of the Coll 1 Ep 1 figures. TRU had no less than 7 cases packed and ready to go back to Hasbro. Walmart had a list of send back figures that the clerks were filling shopping carts with.”

EE News Feed
posted by Gonk @ 6:20 pm (11/19)

Theed Generator Complex In stock
“We now have two different Star Wars Episode I playsets from Hasbro in stock. The new Theed Generator Complex (Item #26220A, $24.99) can connect to the Theed Hangar Playset (Item #84055, $38.99) to create the entire generator complex. Order today!” Now at Entertainment Earth

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
Posted by HFSOLO

If you were notified as a winner of the STAR WARS INSIDER MAGAZINE, email me ASAP!!! hfsolo@yakface.com. I still need two people to reply!

Defender Newsfeed ::::
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

See what Defender has to offer right here!

Meijer Price cuts
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

PAGEWOOD writes in with this-
I work in the toy department at a Meijers store and the following Hasbro Star Wars items have just been put on clearance:
Classic Trilogy 12″ (Luke Stormtrooper, Lightsaber Training Obi-Wan, and Panda Baba) for $9.99
Phantom Menace Epic Force figures for $9.99
Phantom Menace Tatooine Blaster for $6.49
Phantom Menace Battle Droid Blaster for $9.99
Phantom Menace Podracers with figures for $16.99
Phantom Menace Beast Packs for $9.99
Phantom Menace Cinema Scene 3-Packs for $9.99
Plus Phantom Menace 3 3/4″ figures are on sale this week for $5.49

FIA Newsfeed::::
posted by dlr @ 8:20 pm (11/17)

Check out what they have to offer here!

Vader and Stormtrooper at Mos Espa
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

The new Vader and Stormtrooper figures are back in stock at Mos Espa. Thanks to everyone who wrote in about it.

Jabba beast pack at Target.com
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

Target.com has the Jabba beast pack in stock for only $12.99. They also have Anakin (Naboo) and Adi Gallia if anyone still needs them. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the news.

Marmit Sandtrooper
posted by Gonk @ 7:25 pm (11/16)

If anyone is interested in the Marmit Sandtrooper you may want to e-mailhktoys. He is taking orders for them now.

Ton Of New Reviews Added!
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

A ton of new Reviews have been added today including new ones on Queen Amidala Senate Gown Doll, Anakin’s Podracer, Watto’s Box cinema scene, Kaadu, Stormtrooper COMMtech, and much more!!!

Just a quick question – the index page of the reviews is getting near 100k in size which means a longer loading time. My question is would you rather have the reviews section divided into seperate pages like click on POTF2 and you will be taken to a list of POTF2 reviews, or would you rather have a long loading time on the page (probably 15 seconds or more) and keep all the reviews listed on one page. Please let me know what you want me to do!

Episode I On T.V! (Sort Of…)
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

Several reports have come in of Episode I now playing in several hotels in the pan and scan version. Word is the pan and scan version is horrible, one person said during several scenes of the final battle, Darth Maul was often out of the picture and it looked like the Jedi’s were fighting the invisible man! Look for it on video around March 2000, hopefully a widescreen version will be available on video.

Jar Jar’s Journey Released
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

This in from the official site: “Lucas Learning Releases Jar Jar’s Journey. An interactive tale with fourteen animated pages, Jar Jar’s Journey is a CD-ROM designed to immerse children ages 4 and up in the exciting story of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. In this adventure book, children will read along with Jar Jar, Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, and Qui-Gon Jinn as they follow Jar Jar on his exciting adventure from the Naboo swamp to Tatooine.” Go to the official site for more info!

Royal Starship Astromech Droid Possibly Corrected
posted by starforce @ 10:45 pm (11/15)

David wrote in that he found a Royal Starship playset at Toys ‘R’ Us with the corrected Astromech droid. For tons of info and pics of the defective Astromech droid, head on over to rebelscum.com!

TPM playing in Hotels
posted by dlr @10:20 pm (11/15)

We had some people write in today saying that The Phantom Menace was a movie option in recent hotel stays @ $9 per view. Then I learned from a trip over to TheForce.Net That they too have had several reports on this and mentioned that maybe a video release is coming sooner that we thought? TFN also mentioned that they had recieved reports of bootlegs from the hotel pan-and-scan already hitting the convention circuit for $15 a pop!

Special Request
posted by dlr @3:30 pm (11/14)

HFSOLO is requesting that anyone who can help him obtain one each of those pit droid packs. He has a Tattoine Showdown, and other figures to trade or I will buy them outright. Drop him and email @hfsolo@yakface.com

Electronic Naboo Fighter CHEAP
posted by hfsolo @7:40 pm (11/14)

An early Christmas from us at Yakface. We have the ability to sell the Electronic Naboo Fighters (This is the $30 dollar one) for $14 BRAND NEW. If you are interested please let me know. We have these in unlimited quantity. If you order you can get one of the Exclusive Denver Celebration T-Shirts included for free. Email me if interested.

More on Pitdroids [sigh]
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Here is some very interesting news on the yet to be released Pitdroids plus some comparisons on the new R2-D2 w/ holo Leia, thanks to Darth Bane for this report:

“Just to let you know I have one of each of the 2-packs and you info is partly incorrect. All three Pit Droids are quite different. Yes one is close to the same color as the Gasgano one but all three have fixed bent arms and knees. The body is much thicker than the Gasgano Pit Droid. The eyes are solid black and the antennas are not painted.The head and waist piece may be the same but everything else is different. They all come with the same tool trunk. I’m not sure if these are going to be in the Droid 2-pack since it would’t look good with two sittin Pit Droids. Maybe one but not two. Also that 3-pack Pit Droids we have seen that was thought to be the same thing is also different. The accessory in that pic is different than the tool trunk these come with. Just some news on that.

My second bit of news is R2-D2 w/holo Leia. I have seen the revised R2 and it is different. First off you will notice the internal bubble shell has changed to deeper cut in square towards the center. The head is now flush with the body. There is a sticker on R2 right hand side on his head that is either smaller or bigger. I don’t remember which but I will have one this week to get a full description. The other thing is the legs. On the side you can see a silver part that is thin and on the new one it is inverted. Why they would change the legs I don’t know. The body is exactly the same. The Leia is the same also. The head looks strange. The center piece on top of his head sticks out more and I think the color is a more bland silver. I will have more news when I have my own. I did when I saw them have them side by side to make the comparison.”

Order some comics and save
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Carmody writes in with this:
Hey guys. No news about any big sausage sales, but here’s a good one for Star Wars comics. Go to NextPlanetOver.com for your first order free up to $15! Not much for toys, but they’ve got plenty of Star Wars comics. i just ordered and only paid $5.95 shipping for my $15 order. later….

K&C Newsfeed::::
posted by dlr @2:40 pm (11/14)

Check out their pre-order list here

New Stormtrooper in Solid Cases!
posted by dlr @11:15 am (11/14)

This report comes from my new best friend Eric 🙂
“I wanted to send you this note about a really wierd find I had today at Meijer. I bought a WHOLE CASE of the new Stormtrooper! Yes, it was a full case of just the Stormtrooper. This Meijer also had the new vader and the whole last wave of flash-back figures also. I was thinking that might be a tid-bit to put on the page. Also the local Target is carrying the Naboo Fighter candy dispenser. It is a very nice sculpt of the fighter that comes with a really cool stand and happens to poop out skittles like limp proton torpedos.”
NOTE*** I have recieved several other reports confirming this today….

New Mexico toy show
posted by dlr @11:15 am (11/14)

Andrew Green sends in this great news for Albuquerque Collectors!
Albuquerque Collectors Show
November 28th, 1999
9:00AM-3:00PM
At the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel
2101 Louisiana Blvd. N.E. 87110 (Across from Winrock Center)
Admission $1.00 Children Under 10 Free w/Paying Adult
“Special Drawings” throughout the day

This is the only show of its kind for the whole year and will feature Star Wars, Anime, Japanimation, Comic Books, Posters Portfolios, Pokemon, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Spawn, ACTION FIGURES and Much Much Much More!

Pit Droid 2 Packs
posted by dlr @ 9:15 pm (11/13)

An old friend dropped this info on me recently while on AOL IM…..
These droids will not be exclusive to those Taiwan 2packs and people WILL be able to get them in the U.S. in a different way. Right now the pics and reports on many sites are leading people to believe otherwise and making them panic or get angry because they think they will have a hard time getting these little repainted pit droids.
Since only 2 are repaints, it is most likely to be a pit droid 2pack with toolbox. Plus on the 2000 product list is a Collection 2 figure “Droids 2 Pack (#84129)”

Shop Target.com!
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/13)

Go now, check it out! Target.com

Brian’s Toys News letter #12
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/13)

Brian’s Toy’s Newsletter #12 is here for you!

SW Celebration 2
posted by Gonk @ 6:30 pm (11/13)

Thanks to Ander for the following news he got while at the Fan Club sale in Denver today.
“The BIG News is that there WILL BE ANOTHER STAR WARS CELEBRATION IN DENVER in 2002!!!! THe Tentive Title is Called Celebration2. Thought I would pass this on so we can save even more money for the next event. I asked about where it would be at here in the Denver area and they didn’t know where yet. But there will be one!”

Q&A with Dan Madsen!!
A Yakface.com Exclusive

With recent news of the Fan Club getting Wuher first, fans wrote in with quite a bit of attitude. Click here to find out what Mr. Madsen has to say plus much more!

Lego 2000 Catalog Scanned and Posted
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Check out this site, Brickshelf.com for what looks to be scans of EVERY page of the Lego 2000 catalog! A lot of interesting Star Wars scans are here including pics of the Millennium Falcon, Battle Tank, Slave 1, Desert Skiff, B-Wing, A-Wing, and much more!!

Fan Club Warehouse Sale This Weekend!
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Just a quick reminder the Star Wars Fan Club will be holding a warehouse sale in Colorado. VERY good deals can be had at the warehouse sale! Here are the directions to get there from Denver – From Denver, take Interstate 70 east to the Chambers St. exit. Go south on Chambers to 33rd st. The building is 15250 33rd place. The sale will be in the back of the building.

Naboo Fighter From 2″ Line In U.S.?
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Clavius recently found Naboo Fighter candy despensers with a bag of Skittles to fill it with at Target. The interesting thing he noticed about it is that it appears to the same as the mini Naboo Fighter found overseas which is to scale with the 2″ figures. The only difference is that it has a silver vac-metallized finish and a slot added to the bottom of the fighter for the candy to come out. Thanks to Clavius for the report.

Qui-Gon Lightsaber Variation
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

Clavius also noticed a new variation in the packaging of the Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber – “The disclaimer “Now With Battery Protector” is no longer a sticker, rather it is printed directly on the packaging. The package number is .300 plus there is a red stripe on the bottom of the front of the package that wasn’t there before on older versions.” Once again, thanks to Clavius for the report!

Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine Demo
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

The demo for Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for the PC is now available at Lucasart’s website. Click here to check out the product spotlight and download the demo for the game which is due out the week of November 15.

New Pics Of Taiwan Pit Droid Two-Packs
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/13)

This years Taiwan exclusive two-packs featured a Episode I figure packaged with a cheap Battle Droid figure, next years two-packs will feature a Episode I figure packaged with a Pit Droid figure. Carded pics of Obi-Wan (Soft Goods)/Pit Droid, Darth Maul (Skirt)/Pit Droid and Anakin (Pilot)/Pit Droid have been posted at Toy ManiacsClick here to check them out. Thanks to Chris for the heads up.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

15+ new reviews have been posted including good ones on the Electronic F/X X-Wing, Anakin’s Podracer, Sebulba’s Podracer, Tatooine Showdown, Slave I, and much more!

Help A Guy Out!
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

Andrew Viloria will be running a marathon in December as part of the Leukemia Society’s Team in Training to help raise funds for Leukemia research. Leukemia is the number one cause of death of children between the ages of one and fourteen, and takes the lives of 50,000 people each year.

To help him in his cause, he is selling a good portion of his collection on eBay. Also, if people would like more information, or would like to send separate donations, which they are more than welcome to, they can contact him at aviloria@jps.net. Here are the item #’s of his auctions: #198170352, 198194140, 198216172, 198138409, 198146359, 198158158, 198184864, 198209976. Visit eBay and do a search via item number.

Official Site Update
posted by starforce @ 1:30 am (11/12)

The Official Star Wars site has added a new “Females in the Star Wars Universe” profile of Rystall, one of Jabba’s back-up singers.

New Skiff/Old Skiff Comparison pics
posted by Gonk@ 4:55 pm (11/11)

Here are some new comparison pics.
Skiff Back
Skiff Left
Skiff LeftBack
Skiff Right
Skiff RightFront

FIA NEWSFEED::::
posted by dlr@ 4:55 pm (11/11)

“Head over to figures in action. Their online store action figures is now taking preorders on the Stormtrooper wave, which they expect in any day. In stock at @ction figures are: Captain Panka, Naboo Royal Security Guard, Destroyer Droid, Naboo Anakin/ Obi Wan and Tatooine Darth Maul/ Battledroid Sam’s exclusive 2 packs and much more. While you’re there play Figure It Out, their monthly contest where this month’s prize is an Aunt Beru Assortment Case. Why pay more ElsewherE? Get into the @ction!”

November 11th
posted by dlr@ 6:30 am (11/11)

Today, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Take the time to thank a vet today if you can. Today is also my birthday, so Happy BIrthday to me! Woohoo! Send me some email today!

TC-14 Carded Image
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/10)

Here is the image of the TC-14 Carded, looks to be coming with a tray and drink.

Pit Droids three pack
posted by dlr @ 10:00 pm (11/10)

Posted on TheOuterRim.com some totally new info regarding the PitDroids w/ toolset.. here’s the lowdown:
“Remember the PitDroid w/ tools pics we saw a while back on Teekay 421? Turns out those aren’t a cinema scene. or an accessory pack.they are infact, the new generation of taiwan 2-packs, being shipped with “Soft Goods” wave figures (ani, ben, maul) in europe in a few weeks. Pics coming soon! ” Not only is the old rumor of it being a cinema scene debunked, but the correct info has been posted 🙂 With pics on the way!”

Ever Build an AT-AT?
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

Shaun Sullivan has. The exclusive interview with the student who built a minifig scale, 2 ft. tall Lego AT-AT can now be found at From Bricks to Bothans.

Just how tall can we make 3+3/4″ Figures?
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

We have a nice Comparison Picture of Vader next to that big headed alien from Watto’s box cinema scene. You have to see it to believe it.

Auction House
posted by dlr @ 6:00 pm (11/10)

TheJawa.com has a new auction service they’d like everyone to check out.

Episode I Silver Rings!
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

Click here to check out pics of a very cool Japanese sterling silver ring of Darth Maul! This looks to be one of many rings as the packaging says “Episode I Silver Collection.”

Episode I Monopoly In Stock At Entertainment Earth
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

The newest edition of the classic property trading game from Parker Brothers is here! In stock now is the Collector Edition Episode 1 Monopoly Game (Item #41018, $45.99). It includes a 3-D gameboard and 8 collectible tokens of Episode I characters. Great Holiday Gift! And don’t forget, we still have the classic Star Wars Trilogy Monopoly (Item #40809, $32.99) in stock too. Check out Entertainment Earth today!

Brand New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

Today’s update features new reviews of non-Hasbro products! New reviews of Lego Landspeeder, X-Wing, and TIE Fighter/Y-Wing two pack have been posted. Also the first review of a Galoob product has been posted (Action Fleet Millennium Falcon) and a review on Rubie’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber has been included. Click here to check them out.

Official Site Updates
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/10)

The Official Star Wars site has updated with a new snapshot, an interesting article on the mockup work that was done during pre-production of Episode I and a quick news bite on some actors of Episode II clearing their summer schedule to film the next chapter in the prequel trilogy. They mention Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar) have cleared their schedule for Episode II.

Etoys has Micro Machines on Sale
posted by hfsolo @ 11:15 pm (11/9)

Are you looking for the Electronic Pod Racing Playset Boonta Eve Challenge or the Trade Federation MTT/Naboo Battlefield? Normally they are $39.99 now $29.99 on sale. Many other good things there. Check outeToys. They also have the Sith Probe Droid Attack for $29.99, normally $39.99, Pit Droid 6″ $12.99

New JC Penny Coupons
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Darren writes in with info on two new coupons from this years JC PennyChristmas catalog. Both coupons are for 15% off and below are the codes:
#1: ask for operator IN99 expires 12/1/99
#2: ask for operator TE99 expires 12/3/99

Toys ‘R’ Us Site Overloaded!
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Due to the major promotions and the release of the Big Book of savings, the Toys ‘R’ Us website has been down since Sunday morning. It seems they made a major mistake and under estimated the number of hits they would get! This won’t help much in TRUs battle to dominate toy sales on the web. Thanks to Gene for the alert!
UPDATE!: The site is back online!

Spencer Gifts Halloween Sales!
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Spencer Gifts are currently having a 75% off on Halloween stuff sale. Any Don Post Star Wars helmet/mask can now be had for less than $20! Not all Spencer stores will have the sale or have the helmets in stock, so it varies from store to store. Thanks to Deak Starkiller for the info!

FREE Shipping @ Entertainment Earth
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

Oh, if shipping were free…. It’s rare in the toy industry. But we’ve decided to try it out this month. We’ve decided to eliminate shipping costs on all continental USA UPS Ground shipments for orders placed beginning November 8th, 1999. It’s just that simple. And it’s Free, with no strings attached. Happy Holidays! VISIT Entertainment Earth!

Action-Figure.com Re-Opens 
posted by starforce @ 2:00 am (11/9)

The toy site Action-Figure.com has relaunched with a new look and many new features including news, reviews, articles, and much more! Visit them today for everything happening in the world of toys!

Yakface EXCLUSIVE WUHER news!
posted by Gonk @ 5:10 pm (11/8)

Dan Madsen informed Yakface’s Realm exclusively today that the Fan Club has an exclusive window to offer the Wuher action figure. Collectors will be able to purchase Wuher from the Fan Club exclusively beginning in February. It will not be available at retail for many months after that but the Fan Club will have it to offer to collectors shortly after the new year.

New Reviews Posted!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

A ton of new reviews have been posted today including new reviews on the Naboo Starfighter, 12″ Obi-Wan Doll, Sebulba’s Podracer, Cruisemissile Trooper, Vader & Stormtrooper COMMtech, and many more! Also since the Fan Club is once again receiving the Darktrooper and Spacetrooper Expanded Universe figures, I have posted reviews on these two figures!

Boscov’s Blowout!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

WOW! Check out these great prices on some cool Star Wars toys at Boscovs Department Stores: Millennium Falcon (electronic by Hasbro) $10.00, Electronic X-Wing Fighter $7.95, Ughnaught wave figures $1.50, Various POTF cinema scenes $4.00, 12″ POTF Admiral Ackbar, Jedi Luke, Ben Kenobi, C-3P0 – $5.00 each. Thanks to Pete for the info!
UPDATE: I forgot to mention this earlier, but to find out where stores are located, go to their website and check out the store locator. Also some stores may or may not have it, it all depends on how much stock they had.

Attention New Zealand Star Wars Collectors!
posted by starforce @ 1:15 pm (11/8)

The Outerrim.com has officially opened their new collecting section for New Zealand Star Wars collectors, this section will feature collecting news and new finds, sales, etc. If anyone out there is from New Zealand and wish to contribute please e-mail Noor Razzak atbinks182@swmail.com.

Aurra Sing Doll Is From Applause
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (11/7)

We are sure that the new Aurra Sing vinyl doll coming out is from Applause. Brad just ordered his from K & C Collectibles and the confirmation mail lists her as from Applause. Plus who else makes Episode 1 vinyl dolls but Applause.

More great skiff pics
posted by dlr @ 7:30 am (11/7)

 

You can bid on this Skiff now over at Ebay, item #195202084.

Obi-Wan Vs. Darth Maul Two-Pack
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/7)

The new issue of Previews magazine has info and a pic of a new two-pack from Hasbro featuring Darth Maul with a half-lit Lightsaber and Obi-Wan with Qui-Gon’s Lightsaber. Good Ol’ Hasbro trying to make a quick buck. Thanks to Phil for this info.

Even Cheaper Action Collection Dolls
posted by starforce @ 12:30 pm (11/7)

Steve pointed out he went to a Toys ‘R’ Us in Dover Delaware and found the R2-A6, Pit Droids and Anakin Skywalker dolls on sale for only $7.98! This was not a sale, but the regular marked down price. Wow what a great deal! It has been confirmed the sale is now nationwide. Thanks to all who sent in about it!

Star Wars Electronic Fighting Figures
posted by starforce @ 12:30 am (11/7)

Another new toy from Hasbro has been announced, Electronic Fighting Figures featuring Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul. No info is given, but this looks to be a game like Rock em’ Sock em’ robots. You can now pre-order this set from Amazon.com for $21.99. Click here to order. Thanks to BigEOz for the heads up. Click image to enlarge. UPDATE: The toy has actually been out for a couple months and judging by everyone that wrote in, it is pretty lame.

More on Aurra Sing
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/6)

Our good buddy Chuck Mutch has contacted and gotten a reply from Applause about the Aurra Sing Doll:
“Thank you for your inquiry to our company. We appreciate you taking time to contact us. Unfortunately, we will not be manufacturing the Aura Sing Doll.
Consumer Service Department”
Interesting huh?

Gungan War Wagon in stock at Etoys.
posted by hfsolo @ 10:00 pm (11/6)

Check it out. Go to this section, click on Action figures and seperate by Hasbro. It is right there for $19.99Etoys. Or do a search on gungan. Here is a pic!

Aurra Sing
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

The Latest Previews Magazine lists a Aurra Sing Vinyl Doll to be released sometime in the future. Thanks to TheForce.Net’s collecting section.

Custom Falcon
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Everyone must go check out Ben’s Lego Falcon! Very cool stuff! I doubt the Actual Lego version will be this cool! Thanks to TheForce.Net’scollecting section.

Blue Harvest CD’s
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Blue Harvest CD’s are back with #3 for your multimedia enjoyment. Go check em out!

Brian’s Toy’s Newsletter #11
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

Read it here!

Lightsaber Club
posted by dlr @ 3:59 pm (11/6)

The first rule of lightsaber Club, You do not talk about Lightsaber Club! [well we just had to!] Go check this out- pretty neat stuff!

Wuher @ Amazon Update
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

If you chose to be notified by email as to when Amazon.com is going to be getting the Wuher figure, you probably are going to get this reply: “We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Power of the Force Basic Figure with COMMtech Chip: Wuher, will not be available in the foreseeable future.” Has the Wuher figure been cancelled? Probably not, this could just mean Amazon isn’t going to be receiving Wuher. Hopefully more info will be available soon! Thanks to Lee for sending us the letter!

Sales At Kay-Bee Stores
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

12″ Pit Droids and R2-A6 are now on sale at most KB Toy Stores for only $9.99 each! Also Jabba Glob is only $6, Micro Machines Transforming Heads are $10 each and Action Fleet vehicles were $10 each. Look for more stores to have sales as we get closer to Christmas. Thanks to “Mandalore” for the heads up!

Hate Jar Jar Binks?
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

If you hate Jar Jar Binks, you must go to this page, Kill Jar Jar Binks Now. With humor, pics, songs, sounds and even animations on hating Jar Jar, this is a VERY funny site! Give it a look! Warning: Not for the squeamish!

Cool Can Idea
posted by starforce @ 2:00 pm (11/6)

“MrDCBlack” sent in this cool idea for creating stuff from the Pepsi Star Wars cans: “For those chaps that collect cans, I have an interesting way to display them. Most of those that have taken a chemisty course have probably seen the old trick of the “smashed can.” The can has been prepared by a strong base (lye or bleach) being put in the can. This absorbs the aluminum, but leaves the paint as a shell. When doing the trick, one just “smashes” the leftover paint husk, looking abnormally strong as the can crumples into shards.

However, if you first spray the outside of the can with a clear laminate (several coats would be good), or even painted it with a layer of clear resin, then disolved the aluminum, you have preserved the paint shell but taken away the can. This is useful for several different projects. My favorite is to install a small lamp inside. After the aluminum is gone, the light shines through the can quite nicely, and makes for an impressive display.” Cool idea, the cans are useful for something afterall!

Like Legos?
posted by dlr @ 7:20 pm (11/5)

Be sure to check out From Bricks to Bothans.

DEFENDER NEWSFEED:::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:20 pm (11/5)

Are you waiting to make an awesome display out of your Star Wars collection and make your friends green with envy, but your budget has been limiting your options? If your answer is yes then Defender cases is the answer to your prayers. We are over-stocked on the Star Wars deluxe acrylic case, the best case available on the market today. We have to make room in our warehouse before the Christmas rush, and these cases have to go! Take advantage of the lowest price you will ever find on these awesome cases. These cases will turn your Star Wars collection into the immaculate display you’ve always wanted. Available for a limited time only so get yours now!!! Check out this hot deal athttp://www.defendercases.com.

Vader & Stormtrooper EB World Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper COMMtech figures are now sold out at Ebworld.com. Also some bad news for some who ordered, apparantly Ebworld took more orders than they were supposed to and have cancelled some of the orders. So don’t be surprised if your backordered order is cancelled. Thanks to everyone that wrote in.

Cinema Secrets Reminder
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

Just a reminder that the new AMC show “Cinema Secrets” premieres tonight at 10pm Est. The show takes you behind the scenes of some of the greatest SFX films and gives you a peek on how these amazing effects are created. Tonights show will feature behind the scenes footage from the final Gungan/Battle Droid battle in Episode I. Should be interesting to see ILM at work creating the spectacular battle.

Sarlacc Pit Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

I meant to post this earlier but forgot! Just a quick note that sarlaccpit.com is down temporarily and a new version will be up soon!

Official Site Update
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

The Official Star Wars site has updated with a new snapshot of Qui-Gon and Anakin and a article about the last major international opening for Episode I which takes place today in China.

New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 5:20 pm (11/5)

A bunch of new reviews have been posted today including new ones on Watto’s Box Cinema Scene, Qui-Gon Jinn Naboo, Stormtrooper (COMMtech), AT-ST Walker and more!

Just a quick note – when you submit reviews, they MUST be written by you. Please do not copy reviews from other sites/forums/newsgroups and submit them to me without the authors permission!

Phantom-Menace toys
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Phantom-Menace toys has the following…..
For a limited time we are proud to offer free shipping on all US orders over $25. We’ve had a great year so far and this is our way of saying thank you to all of you who have made this year great. Think of it as our holiday gift to you. Take this opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping! Offer does apply to sale merchandise also! Again, this applies to ALL US orders with merchandise totaling $25 and over. Orders will be shipped by Priority Mail. Sorry to our customers outside the US that we can’t extend this offer to you.
Arriving Thursday:
Gamorrean Guard Resin Statue – $129.99.
Star Cases (soft shell cases for carded Star Wars Action Figures). Get a case of them (25) for $45.
Also, masks go back to our supplier on Friday. So, if you want one, order it NOW. I’d rather sell them than send them back, and I’ll let them go for $19.99 each. See site for selection.

EE News Feed
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

EE’s News feed:
Autographed Greedo Action Figure
Last month we sold all of our autographed Greedo action figures in 24 hours. Now, we have more. We just had Maria De Aragon (the actress who portrayed Greedo in Star Wars) autograph and number the new Cantina Greedo action figure from Wave 27. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and includes a protective Soft Shell Case. The 4-Pack contains: 1x Autographed Cantina Greedo inside a Soft Shell Case, 1x Jawa with Gonk Droid, 1x Luke Skywalker with T-16, 1x Han Solo from Cantina. Limited quantities are available, so order now.
84185C, Wave 27 Autographed 4-Pack, $49.99

More EE
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

EE also has the 3 12″ Episode 1 figures in stock.
57129B, EP1 12inch Wave 1 3-Pack, $74.99
1x Darth Maul, 1x Jar-Jar Binks, 1x Qui-Gon Jinn.
EP1 12inch Wave 1 3-Pack
26227A, E1 Small Scale Asst. 1, $109.99
3x Anakin Skywalker, 2x Pit Droids, 1x R2-A6.
E1 Small Scale Asst. 1
84075B, EP1 Electronic 12inch 2-pack, $84.99
1x Darth Maul with Power Sith moves and sounds and 1x Jar-Jar Binks with launching energy ball and sounds. Individually Boxed.
EP1 Electronic 12inch 2-pack

BigE offers 40% off
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Big E is now offering 40% off ALL Star Wars merchandise!! This is everything and anything. Go look for excellent deals.

Gungan War Wagon in stock at Etoys.
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 pm (11/4)

Check it out. Go to this section, click on Action figures and seperate by Hasbro. It is right there for $19.99Etoys. Or do a search on gungan

A TON of New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 5:55 pm (11/3)

About 20 new Reviews have been added and some very good ones are among them including the first review of a Lego toy, the X-Wing Fighter. Other new reviews include new ones of Obi-Wan Kenobi Epic Force, Stormtrooper (COMMtech), Darth Vader (COMMtech) and many more!

The reviews section now contains 204 reviews and 98 different products reviewed with at least 25 more coming! Thanks to all for making this a great section so people can find out the dirt on a product before they spend their hard earned cash on it!

Stormtrooper & Vader COMMtech @ Ebworld
posted by starforce @ 5:55 pm (11/3)

Ebworld.com now has the Darth Vader w/ Interrogator Droid and Stormtrooper (COMMtech) in stock for $7.99 each. Just do a search for “Vader” or “Stormtrooper” and they should show up.

Naboo Royal Guard carded
posted by hfsolo @ 4:15 pm (11/03)

Here is a nice scan of the Royal Guard carded. Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the image. He has this available for auction at Ebay, item #193368581

12″ Darth Maul in stock
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

eToys has many items in stock including the Regular 12″ Darth Maul. ** This is now out of stock, check out www.kbkids.com as they have it in stock.

Wuher at amazon, NOT!
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

Wuher at Amazon.com, he is not available but you can click on the link and have them email you when he will comes in. Thanks to J Wesson for the news.

May The Force Be with You! #1 Movie Quote!
posted by hfsolo @ 12:55 pm (11/03)

E! Online Top ten quotes of the past 100 years. May The Force Be with You!

OSWCC
posted by dlr @ 9:30 pm (11/2)

If you live in Ohio [Like me!] Join the The Ohio Star Wars Collector’s Club!

Target poster sale
posted by dlr @ 9:30 pm (11/2)

Chris submits this report:
“I was just in a target store in Knoxville, TN today and they had the 24×36 episode I posters on clearance for $1.04…this is a golden time to pick up the whole set.”
Thanks for the tip Chris!

Action Enterprises Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:30 pm (11/1)

In the never-ending quest to bring you an all-in-one Star Wars site,Figures In Action is proud to announce the grand opening of its secure online store, Action Figures. Due to a hold up on the Hasbro side, right now they’re only offering Asian Exclusive mini figures [starting at $9.90], but hope to get the rest of their stock up later this week.

K&C Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

Visit K & C Collectibles web site during the month of November and get 10% off every in-stock item. All you have to do when ordering is put “10% OFF Please” in the NOTE field on the order form. It’s that easy. We have all of the new Star Wars figures including Anakin Naboo, Adi Gallia, Captain Panaka, and Naboo Security Guard. 12″ figures – Darth Maul, Battle Droid, Watto and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Cinema Scene 3-Packs – Tatooine Showdown. We also have a large amount of Vintage Star Wars merchandise.

K & C also has the Episode 1 Press Pass to the SNEAK Preview Showing for sale that is featured in the Star Wars Insider #46 on page 77.

M&M Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

Free shipping (US ONLY) on all orders over $25 until November 15th, forYakfacesrealm readers only!!! Must mention the posting to get free shipping!!! Go now to M&M Collectibles!

Real Stands Newsfeed :::::::::::::::
posted by dlr @ 7:10 pm (11/1)

“Lots of people have received email from Tim at REAL,www.realstands.com , makers of The REAL Action Stand, explaining the delays in shipping out orders this month. Well, they announced today that they’re going include bonus stands in all the delayed orders and they’ve promising to add the bonus stands to every order placed up to the date normal shipping begins again, in about 2 weeks or so. You can take advantage of this by placing your order now, there’s still going to be a wait to receive the stands, but the free bonus stands make it worth it. Here’s how the bonus program’s going to work, all orders of 1 to 4 sets = 1 set free; 5 to 9 sets = 2 sets free; 10 to 19 sets = 3 sets free; 20+ sets = 4 sets free. I’m told the delay is being caused by some problems at the factory and they’re trying to catch up on a sizable order placed by the Star Wars Fan Club. But don’t worry the stands are coming and they won’t charge your credit card until the orders are shipped. Also, If you ordered by check or money order and your just tired of waiting, you can get a refund anytime by calling 1-888-618-REAL, of course you won’t get any bonus stands that way.”

KB Toys.com Maul Refunds
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

If you ordered a 12″ Darth Maul from KB Toys.com and you were sent the 3 3/4″ Maul, just call them up and they will refund your money AND let you keep the 3 3/4″ Maul! Thanks to everyone that notified me.

Maul Mix Up @ Mos Espa
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

Clavius sent in this heads up about a Maul mixup at Mos Espa. “If you click on “New Items” and scroll down to the “Darth Maul with CommTech Chip” entry on the list, clicking on the entry brings up a description of the figure, including a photo. However, the photo is of the upcoming Darth Maul resculpt with removable blade and cloth “skirt”, but the description of the chip is of the original Darth Maul “Jedi Duel” version and is priced at $5.98.”

Hasbro Site Is Partially Working
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

It seems the Hasbro site is still not fully operational. You cannot login, re-register or login as a guest. Thanks to Chad for the tip.

New Reviews Posted
posted by starforce @ 4:55 pm (11/1)

A big update today with a ton of brand new reviews including Flash Speeder, Obi-Wan Kenobi Doll, R2-D2 Carry Case, Jawa w/ Gonk Droid, Oola, Skiff Guards Cinema Scene and more!! As always,comments/suggestions are welcome.

October 1999 Archive

Hologram figure news
posted by Gonk @ 10:40 pm (10/31)

Here is some news on the upcoming Hologram figures from the Ep I line.
Maul and Qui-Gon are being made into hologram figures. Supposedly they will come on a base of some kind which would think is the holoprojector. Qui-Gon is a deep blue with his hands on his belt. Maul has his arms crossed with a greenish blue color. Both have no articulation at all. Thanks to Darth Bane for the news.

12″ monster
posted by dlr @ 11:15 am (10/30)

Our good friend Philip Wise has posted scans from the new Lee’s Magazine of the most hideous 12″ doll ever created to date. That’s right, Chewbacca. Go to Rebelscum.com and cringe away! Also check out Gary Weavers custom Passes he did up for the recent SCI-FI EXPO. Very nice Stuff! Since we are on the subject of passes, here is the one Gary made for us some time ago!

Watto’s Box plus more….
posted by dlr @ 10:50 am (10/30)

I have received a few reports all from around the country this AM on people finding stores stocked with Watto’s Box cinema scenes, the new Vader + Stormtrooper as well as Holo Sideous. Keep your eyes open this upcoming week!

New pics
posted by dlr @ 10:50 am (10/30)

This in from DickDrecy
I’ve added boxed pic of the 12″ purple gown escape from naboo Amidala to http://www.TheOuterRim.Com… The front of the box says “2000” portrait edition instead of 1999, so that pretty much proves TOMY’S date they gave out about it incorrect 🙁

Spacetrooper/Darktrooper at mos espa
posted by Gonk @ 9:45 pm (10/29)

Mos Espa is now taking preorders for a Darktrooper/Spacetrooper 2 pack with exclusive Mara jade pass. It will ship in Nov.
NOTE* The total with shipping is $26.45

Painted Skiff and Luke pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:45 pm (10/28)

Here are three brand new pics of the Skiff w Luke (Jedi).
Pic #1
Pic #2
Pic #3

The Hasbro Site Is UP
posted by starforce @ 12:55 pm (10/28)

If you still get the technical difficulties page or can’t get into the site, try these tips:
1. When you get to the mainpage at starwars.hasbro.com, Hit “Reload” or “Refresh” to update your cache.
2. Try going to this direct link –http://starwars.hasbro.com/starwars/home.cfm?CFID=27365&CFTOKEN=48099719

I am writing this due to the emails I get saying it is still down, when it is indeed up as I have visited it many times since yesterday.

Mini Figs In Mexico
posted by starforce @ 12:55 pm (10/28)

The Hasbro Episode 1 mini figs are available in almost every supermarket and toystore in Mexico and the cost of each figure is about $5.50 usd, there is also a Naboo Fighter available for this scale of figures. Thanks to Leon for the report.

Whats Up Next?
posted by starforce @ 6:15 pm (10/27)

According to the Hasbro site, the next POTF2 figures due out are Admiral Motti, Leia with Hood Up and Tatooine Skiff in January 2000! Look for more figures to be added to that list.

Theed Hanger Playset, WHOOPS!
posted by starforce @ 6:30 pm (10/26)

According to a phone rep at Hasbro, the Theed Hanger Playset hasaccidentally been released. They had a production problem and accidentally released the ALMOST completed hangers. They were finishing the flaws (I. E. Doors, playset base). Note the CORRECTED hangers will be plentiful before THANKSGIVING.

Holo Sidious and Naboo Royal Guard
posted by Gonk @ 1:55 pm (10/26)

Here are some pics of Hologram Sidious and Naboo Royal Guard loose. Thanks to Captain Pikachu for the pics.
Holo Sidious (Front)
Holo Sidious (Back)
Naboo Royal Guard (Firing Position)
Naboo Royal Guard (Front)
Naboo Royal Guard (No Helmet)

Queen’s Ship OUT NOW!!
posted by Gonk @ 4:20 pm (10/25)

The Queen’s Ship is now out in stores. It was found today at a KB toys in LA for $109.99. It is in a box approx the size of the AT-AT box and the red R2 unit is in a window in the front of the box. Thanks to Steve for the news.

Addition:Here is a scan of the box Thanks to Toymaniacs for the pic.

Jedi Hair Braid with Micro Machine?
posted by starforce @ 11:55 am (10/25)

Check out The Outer Rim for info and a pic of a proposed Hasbro toy that features a Jedi Hair Braid accessory and a Micro Machines vehicle. This toy appears to be from the same line of the Darth Maul w/ Sith Infiltrator pic we saw awhile ago.

More LEGO Pics 
posted by Gonk @ 1:10 pm (10/23)

Outer Rim posted some new pics of SW LEGO’s for 2000 from a UK catalog. Included are pics of:
Technic TIE Interceptor, and X-Wing (Limited Edition) (July release)
Millenium Falcon, AAT, MTT (July release)
Also Slave I, B-wing, A-wing, Skiff, Kaadu and Flash Speeder have a January release date.

Vader wave OUT?? 
posted by Gonk @ 10:10 am (10/23)

Thanks to Forrest for the following news. This new case of POTF2 figs has been found in Oregon this week. But there is NO R2 in the case! Weird.
Case number #8415000D
3 Vader
3 Stormtrooper
2 Han
2 Greedo
1 Jawa
1 Luke

12″ Han and Leia 
posted by dlr @ 9:10 am (10/23)

Thanks to Vader 99 for the pics.
Leia (Slave)
Han (Endor)

NEW LEGO Pics
posted by Gonk @ 4:30 pm (10/21)

Rebelscum has posted pics of some upcoming LEGO’s like the Skiff, A-Wing, Slave I and more.

Vader and Stormtrooper pics
posted by Gonk @ 12:00 pm (10/21)

Here are some pics of the upcoming Vader and Stormtrooper. Thanks to Captain Pikachu for the pics.
Vader (Front)
Vader (Back)
Vader (Cape off)
Vader (Bubble)
Stormtrooper (Front)
Stormtrooper (Back)
Stormtrooper (Bubble)

Episode I On Video
posted by starforce @ 10:45 am (10/21)

According to theforce.net, April 2000 looks to be the confirmed release date for the Episode I VHS video. Look for the video to be released in widescreen and pan & scan versions. The DVD on the other hand…

NEW and BETTER Hasbro catalog pics
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (10/20)

Here are some larger scans and a few new ones.
12″ Han (Endor) and Chewie
Inside of AAT
Jar Jar w shield generator
Skeeto w Obi Wan
Skiff and Y-Wing

Corrected Yoda for REAL??
posted by Gonk @ 5:50 pm (10/20)

Looks like the Ep I corrected Yoda may actually exist. This was found just recently in Hong Kong. Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.
Yoda (carded Front)
Yoda (carded Back)
Yoda (UPC and number)

LEGO Slave I and Kaadu pics 
posted by Gonk @ 5:00 pm (10/18)

Here is the first ever pic of the LEGO Slave I w Boba Fett and Carbonite Block and Kaadu’s w Gungan Warriors. Thanks to Huw’s LEGO Page for the pics.

New Obi-wan, and Anakin pics 
posted by Gonk @ 5:00 pm (10/18)

Outer Rim has posted pics of the upcoming Obi-Wan (Jedi Knight) and Anakin (Pilot).

R2-D2 and Destroyer Droid Creature Handlers 
posted by Gonk @ 12:45 pm (10/18)

Thanks to Dan for the following news.
“Many people have been wondering about the R2-D2 and Destroyer Droid Creature Handlers Hasbro has posted on their site. Well yesterday I found them by accident. I was on the candy aisle at Target in Vegas when I saw them. They are candy dispensers about 4-5″ big and go for $7.99 each. The candy that came with them were mini M&Ms. You press a button and the candy comes out.”

Carded Darth Sidious Holo!
posted by dlr @ 9:35 pm (10/17)

Thanks to NOZ for the images!!!
Darth Sidious holo carded
Naboo Royal guard carded

NEW Ep I Lego Technic
posted by Gonk @ 6:50 pm (10/16)

Huw’s LEGO pages has posted a great pic of the upcoming LEGO Techic Destroyer Droid, Battle Droid and Pit Droid. Really cool stuff. Click here to see the pic.

More Chewie Pics
posted by Gonk @ 10:40 am (10/16)

Box #1
Box #2

Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.

NEW 12″ Chewie Boxed
posted by Gonk @ 11:00 pm (10/15)

Here are some pics of the upcoming 12″ Chewie.
Boxed (Front)
Boxed (Back)
Closeup

Thanks to Amidala-Anakin for the pics.

Space Trooper and Dark Trooper
posted by hfsolo @ 8:30 am (10/15)

Thanks to Dan Madsen for this news. The Fan Club will be getting in more of these 2 figures as Hasbro is making a special run for them. Look for them to be on the site in the future.

Toys ‘R’ Us time again!!
posted by hfsolo @ 8:30 am (10/15)

Well if you ordered your queens ship you know that today is the first date on the pre-order stub. Guaranteed in-stock: 10/15/99 – 10/28/99. But we all know how the Toys ‘R’ Us Guarantee works. Special note, Etoys has moved their expected date from 10/20 to 11/15 if this is any indicator.

Hasbro Q & A
posted by starforce @ 11:45 am (10/14)

If you haven’t done so already, you should go to rebelscum.com and read Adam Pawlus’s very informative Q & A session with Hasbro! Look for more Q & A’s with Hasbro to be posted tomorrow!

Playdate 99
posted by Gonk @ 12:05 am (10/13)

Hasbro will show off some SW items at Playdate 99 in NYC this Wednesday. They are scheduled to have the Royal Starship playset, and the Ep I Monopoly. It is not known what else will be there. Thanks to Denis for the news.

LEGO for 2000
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (10/11)

According to Outerrim this what we should expect from LEGO in 2000.
Technic X-Wing
Technic Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter
Battle Droid Minstorms kit
Destroyer Droid Minstorms kit
AT-AT Mindstorms kit
Pit Droid Mindstorms kit
Slave I (with Fett removable helmet and Han in carbonite!)
B-Wing Fighter
A-Wing Fighter
Tatooine Skiff
AAT
MTT
Two Kaadus with Qui-Gon Jinn
Millenium Falcon (with Han, Luke, Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and Obi-Wan)

Theed Hanger playset
posted by Gonk @ 10:30 pm (10/11)

Here is a pic of the Theed Hanger playset Boxed. Thanks to James Dolan.

Cool Customs
posted by dlr @ 4:45 pm (10/10)

Here are two really cool customs sent in by Chuck Lucero:
Maulakili
Maulbria

Dai Shan Reports from The ILM show in NYC
posted by dlr @ 10:45 am (10/10)

It was pretty damn cool. We were in a small theater and they had a digital projector showing footage that the ILM guys brought with them.

Dennis Muren and Rob Coleman were there, but due to illness and a family emergency, Scott Squires and John Knoll were not there. Dennis presented Scott’s portion while Rob presented Johns video.

Basically what we saw was how they made different scenes and characters digitally step-by-step. It was really fascinating to watch them explain everything. Here’s some interesting highlights from it:

-We got to see scenes half done or crudely done and how they took shape into the final scene.

-Rob mentioned that George had EVERYTHING planned out. He told a story that when one of the ILM guys asked who an alien was, George told him his name, what planet he came from, that he was a good Pod Racer, had won the race 3 times previously but was a Challenger in the Boonta Race, etc… etc… Rob said they were amazed at how much back story everything has.

-Rob also mentioned when they met with George initially he would run over everything he wanted from storyboards…there were literally thousands of story boards mounted on 4ft. x 5ft. squares of foam core………there were 10 rows and 10 columns of the foam core squares…..and the ILM guys would have to gather as much info. as they could. One story he had was an ILM guy asking him..”Uh George, it looks like those aliens on the battlefield with the robots look different.” and George would say, “Oh yeah there’s 26 differnet Gungan races” and the ILM guy would have to furiously scribble, “26 races….”

-The hardest part for ILM to create was clothing for the digital characters and how to create physics for the Pod Race.

-To better understand the physics of the Pod Racing scene, George sent ILM a video full of car racing accidents and crashs.

-ILM used SoftImage to create the animation and Maya for other things, but had to write their own program for doing realistic digital clothing.

-After meeting with George, Rob said that ILM had 2 lists. One list of things they knew they could do (which he showed by holding his two fingers apart an inch)…and a list of things they had no idea how they were going to do..(which he showed by holding his hands about 3 feet apart).

-We saw the deleted scene of Brian Blessed (the actual guy) saying the line, “He will be puuunished. Pummeled unto death.” Quite a bit more graphic fate for Jar Jar. By the way I’m not sure if Pummeled was the actual word he said, but it was close to that.

-They showed footage of Ewan McGregor slowly turning his head around 360 degrees with a stern Jedi expression on which they used as source material for replaceing the stunt doubles faces with the actual actors. They showed the same for Liam Neeson. What was funny is that Ewan 3/4 of the way through the turn lost his composure and started laughing and had to visably regain composure. That didn’t happen to Liam. 🙂

-They also showed some sketch art they used as reference.

-I managed to take a dozen or so pictures, but with the presentation being on video it was hard to capture some of the images as they went by to quickly. Also there was just too many images i’ve never seen before and I had to pick and choose which ones to photograph and which ones to pass up. Made me wish I had a video camera. 🙂

-Rob also mentioned that they did not receive a script from George yet on Episode 2 but should be soon.

-ILM is currently reading scripts and talking with Directors on new products while they wait for Episode 2.

-Dennis Muren says he’s really looking forward to his next project which will be the next Jurassic Park movie. He said a script is being finished.

-They estimated that if they tried to make Episode I 3 years ago (1997) with the lack of technology they have now, it would’ve cost about 1 Billion to make.

Well that’s about it. I should have some of the pictures back to me by the end of the week with the rest 2 or 3 weeks later.

Galoob Transforming Maul
posted by hfsolo @ 9:55 am (10/9)

Galoob Transforming Maul is at Toytime.com.

Star Wars Effects Show
posted by starforce @ 2:15 pm (10/8)

On Saturday, October 9, the Director’s Guild of America Theater (110 West 57th Street) will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects for the Phantom Me