January 2004 Archive

Making of Episode III Webcam Update
January 31, 2004 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated its Hyperspace section with the next chapter of the Episode III webcam feature. If you’re a Hyperspace member, Click here to check it out.



Code 3 Making Slave 1!
January 31, 2004 | 9:03 PM EST | Mark B

I read through a wholesaler website tonight about the next collectible coming from Code 3 and as a Boba Fett Collecter, I am totally stoked! Shipping sometime in April, and retailing for around $295 will be the Slave 1 Starship. Edition size has not yet been determined. For those unfamiliar with Code 3, click on the link above to check out their Die Cast Millennium Falcon and X-Wing.

***UPDATE*** Code 3 has recently updated their website with preproduction photos of this new model. Follow the link above and click on the “Docking Bay” section.



New Clone Wars Cartoon Wave Found – UPDATE!
January 31, 2004 | 12:05 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Vader4Life adds this report from his Target- Framingham, MA:

“Had 6 compete sets of Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Wave 2. Very cool figures as well. $6.99 a piece as well. (Yoda, Dooku, Durge, Clone Trooper)”

Looks as though these figures are hitting nationwide…while you make a run to Target for some chips for the Super Bowl tonite, stop on by the toys, you could be pleasantly suprised by what you find!

This great find of the second wave of the new Clone Wars Figures is being reported by Yakreader moonbase7:

“Wave 2 is hitting all over California of the animated figures Durge/Clonetrooper/Dooku and a very cool Yoda $6.99 each pricey but worth it, this is a nice set”

Looks like it may be time to hit a Target near you to pick up these latest figures. If your Target is anything like mine with empty pegs, this is a sure sign of great new waves to fill them back up again!



Pics of the Stolen Yoda
January 31, 2004 | 12:01 PM EST | Keri

Thanks to Robert, here is a picture of the stolen bronze Yoda as well as an in depth story with more photos here at www.iesb.net

Lately it seems like a growing trend to have statues stolen around Oscar time, first it was the Oscars themselves, now the wise Jedi Master Yoda. Hopefully, Yoda will soon be returned to his rightful place.



Need Army Builders?
January 30, 2004 | 9:06 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock at Amazon…

Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto



Bounty Hunting Today: You Sunk my Battleship!
January 30, 2004 | 6:40 PM EST | Keri

Battleship is a classic game of strategy and lucky guessing, of victory and defeat which has recently been adapted and slightly altered to be sold with Star Wars starships we know and love so well.

The Star Wars game of Battleship is also electronic providing sound effects which were only made by the game players with non-electronic versions. If you’re looking for something fun to play with or without the kids, this game is just the ticket!

Today’s auction also serves as a reminder to be patient and look to the secondary market for deals that are often times well below retail prices, but in first class unopened condition.

Star Wars Electronic Battleship



The Ultimate Tie Fighter Resource Page
January 29, 2004 | 9:44 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has just updated the databank with images of almost every kind of TIE fighter imaginable– even the TIE crawler. It’s definitely worth a look, and customizers will be getting lots of idea. Click here to see it!



TRU Red Leader X-Wing
January 29, 2004 | 9:27 PM EST | Mark

Here is a very nice shot of the new TRU Exclusive. You can check out more images HERE, you can also pre-order this now, it is scheduled for March 1, 2004



Return Me You Will
January 29, 2004 | 5:28 PM EST | Mark B

The AP is reporting that some has Stolen a Bronze Statue of Yoda off a flatbed truck last weekend in Southern California. This 170lb statue is valued at around $20,000. The owner is offering a $1000 reward for its return. Click the link above to read the entire story.



Anakin Signature Almost Sold Out
January 29, 2004 | 5:15 PM EST | Mark B

Don’t wait too much longer to head on over to Master Replicas and get your Episode II Anakin Skywalker Signature Edition Lightsaber before it is sold out. Look for it to hit “Last Call” stage over the next couple of days.

If you have been holding out for a Master Replicas Signature Thermal Detonator or Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber – Sorry, they are now sold out. In fact, if you have been waiting to order any of the Limited Edition lightsabers, you’ll want to get one ordered soon – the Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, and Weathered Obi-Wan sabers are nearly gone!



Silver Clone Trooper Official 
January 29, 2004 | 4:08 PM EST | Mark B

Hasbro’s Website has posted information today making the Silver Clone Trooper Figure official. Starting April 4, 2004, you get a Silver Clone Trooper with purchase of $19.99 or more of Star Wars Toys. The offer will also be valid atToys R Us Online. Offer good while supplies last – mark your calendars!



New Action Fleet? Well Sort Of…….
January 28, 2004 | 10:17 PM EST | Mark

I know these were hard to find. So if you are looking for them, head over and get them before they sell out.

Action Fleet: AT-TE
Action Fleet: Naboo N-1 Starfighter
Action Fleet: AT-AT
Action Fleet: Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder
Action Fleet: Republic Gunship
Action Fleet: Republic Assault Ship
Action Fleet: Slave 1



Clone Trooper Evolution Part 2
January 28, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Bill

Dark Horse comics will be revealing a little more of the Clone Trooper evolution in one of their upcoming comics. An interview with a Dark Horse exec posted over at The Force.net has the details– the big part is that the “goggles” on the Clone on the cover of Insider #74 are just some some Clones. Check it out here.



Falcon Favorite
January 28, 2004 | 9:39 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite comes from YakReader Marc who shares a character which is instantly identifiable though he had only a few lines in two films of the original trilogy:

My most precious collectible is the Marmit Boba Fett I purchased a few years ago that has since then undergone some thorough customizing (after all, it is a model kit). Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to have a movie accurate 12″ version of the infamous bounty hunter from his Empire Strikes Back appearance. When it was first announced as being in production, I scoured every known corner of the internet and extending galaxy to uncover prototype photos and such. I was able to pre-order from an on-line company and to my luck, it arrived in stock a few weeks before Christmas. I did not hesitate to tear him open when it arrived on my doorstep. Although he was not easily assembled, I persevered and when finished, gazed in amazement at his incredible sculpt, detail, and accessories. I have been a collector for over 25 years strong and a customizer for about ten. When my (then) future wife learned I was a collector, she was not completely enthused, but to my surprise and delight she purchased a gorgeous collectible dome for Boba on my following birthday. He sits atop of my bureau with gun poised to deter
anyone (especially my toddler) from disturbing any piece in my expanding collection.

As it stands this is currently the last Falcon Favorite I have recieved…so unless I get emails about Your favorite item, this feature will cease to exist. Email mehere if you would like an item from your collection showcased for everyone to enjoy.



New Luke Holo Wave Found
January 28, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ghost reports in from K.C. with this:

“Quick note, Jangofly and I both found the Holographic Luke wave( Luke, Lando, J’Quille, and Rappertunie) wave at several Wal-Mart’s in the Kansas City area tonight.”

Looks like it might be time for a figure run everyone! I know that a few of my local Targets have just started recieving the Luke Hoth wave and that some stores have cleared their pegs empty, perhaps awaiting new waves ( I hope! ) Just like any store report, it depends on your stores and locations as to whether or not you’re in luck to find the latest and greatest figures.



Attention Timothy Zahn Fans
January 27, 2004 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Timothy Zahn fans will be thrilled to learn that in addition to his upcoming novel Survivor’s Quest, his new E book, Fool’s Bargain, will be out soon as well. Fool’s Bargain will be released February 3rd with Survivor’s Quest. Click here to check out the details on the Official Site.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album
January 27, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

I really enjoy collecting items from overseas, especially vintage items which are very different in art or content from domestic release items available here. Fortunately for collectors of overseas material, Ebay has opened up the market to a large audience which constantly provides interesting and unusual finds.

Today’s Bounty Hunting find on Ebay is for a nice vintage Japanese released Vinyl Album of the soundtrack from A New Hope. The cover art is breathtaking, featuring the classic Hildebrandt art of Luke, Leia and Vader, different from the plain black and white logo cover here in the US. The album is a really neat addition, something inexpensive, different and pleasing to look at on a bookshelf display.

Vintage Japanese Vinyl Album



New Figs Back In Stock
January 26, 2004 | 9:33 PM EST | Mark

Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2

Also in stock
Spider Droid



Clone Trooper Evolution… The Missing Link
January 26, 2004 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a spoiler fan, or just can’t wait to see what the drones in white will look like in E3, you’re in luck. The Official Site has added a photo of the cover of the next insider which has, you guessed it, a large photo of the new Clone Trooper.Click here to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Today: Custom 12″ Padme
January 26, 2004 | 8:23 PM EST | Keri

Today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings with it a nicely made custom 12″ Padme in a non-Hasbro version of her white Geonosian Arena outfit, after the Nexu gave her a little scratch.

Custom figures, especially the large 12″ dolls make great displays on bookshelves and although Hasbro has extended the 12″ line much further than Kenner ever did back in the vintage days, there are still a virtual universe of characters and multiple outfits which have yet to be produced for retail sale. This is where custom 12″ dolls made by fans offer collectors unique often one of a kind items to add to their collection.

Click on the link below to see Padme in her torn white outfit and add her to your collection today!

Custom 12″ Padme



Mark Hamill on DVD Tomorrow
January 26, 2004 | 4:52 PM EST | Mark B

Comic Book: The Movie is released on DVD tomorrow. This is a great new “documentary” about making a famous comic book into a movie. Its also loaded with guest stars like Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Peter David, Matt Groening and more.



Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 25, 2004 | 10:09 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a unique item, but one that was also used on the set of ROTJ. As we all know, movie used props are difficult to find and more often than not quite pricey as well. Jordan Hofer shares the prize of his collection:

When I was nine years old (in 1982) “Return of the Jedi” had just been filmed in Crescent City, California. When Lucasfilm was finished filming all the Endor scenes they left a huge foam redwood tree at the Crescent City dump. I remember my grandma taking me out there and hacking off a three-foot-high chunk of Lucas’s junk. At the time it was like a sliver of the holy cross to me. Today I still have it, a piece of Lucas trash, and the old foam thing reminds me of my grandma and when I was a happy little boy who could like Ewoks.

It’s still ok to like Ewoks, and we have Jar Jar to thank for making Ewok-liking more popular than ever! If you would like the prize of your collection featured here on the world wide web for everyone to see, you know what to do…send it right here.



Carded Ultra And Unleashed Figures
January 25, 2004 | 8:10 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our 2004 Product Guide with carded images of the upcoming Ultra Jabba the Hutt and Jabba’s Court Denizens packs, as well as the upcoming Unleashed Chewbacca and Clone Trooper. Check them out here.

These images came from desktopcharger’s auctions on Ebay which you can find here



The Winner Is…
January 25, 2004 | 4:58 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama drawing. The newest winner is Brent McCracken. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama by sending us your name and address to winners@yakface.com here.



Star Wars Musical
January 24, 2004 | 11:12 PM EST | Keri

This shining and entertaining example of a Broadway style Star Wars Musical was sent in by YakReader glim999. If you have the time to check it out in its MP3 form and could use a good laugh for the day, click on the link below for a nice chuckle.

Star Wars Musical



Celebration III Back in Indy
January 24, 2004 | 9:08 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has the official announcement about Celebration III! So, we can all start making our plans now! Clear off your calendars for April 21 to April 24, 2005. More info as it becomes available….



Ewok Air Is Official
January 23, 2004 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro ‘s webpage was updated today confirming the ewok glider for the Ultra assortment this year (due late spring)! Also they announced that we’ll see a Bossk unleashed in Insider #74. Read the full story here.



Disturbance in the force at MasterReplicas.com
January 23, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Jason

The last time I spoke with Scott Vogel, CEO and President of Masterreplicas, I voiced my concern about the Anakin FX Lightsabers because of the e-mails I received from many readers. One of my close friends returned his Anakin FX Lightsaber twice. His response was that he was unaware of any issues related to the FX Lightsabers and the sound mechanism and that those cases were probably isolated.

A month goes by and we have posted more stories regarding quality and issues surrounding Masterreplicas and we have yet again, received even more e-mails from people who have the same or similiar issues, but one e-mail message stands out…

Marc Draven wrote to me to let me know about the Ebay auction seller
or rock_bottom_auctions You will notice that if you go to this link, they have current auctions and past auctions for the past 30 days for 62 Anakin FX Lightsabers. If you look at their feedback, they have been listing even more than that for the previous months. Marc bought one from this buyer and guess whose name was listed as the seller when he paid via paypal… MASTERREPLICAS.

It appears they are selling off all the defective Anakin Lightsabers as is. Take a look for yourself using the above link. I don’t know how I feel at this point or what to make of this. I will probably post a follow up after I have time to formulate some questions for Scott Vogel and see if he will respond to my questions.



Air Wicket Prototype Pics
January 22, 2004 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Well OK it’s not Wicket, but it is photos of the upcoming Ultra Ewok glider with figure. The team over at POTF2.com has scored some really nice images. Click here to check them out.



Master Replicas Quality – Different perspective
January 22, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to follow up the Keri’s story regarding other people who
have purchased the Darth Vader FX Lightsaber. A good friend of mine
order 2 Anakin FX Lightsabers from Masterreplicas.com and returned both.
On both occasions, the sound stopped working shortly after they were
turned on. He was not even swinging it like others claim to have, just on display.

I think there is a trend here, and every time we post a story about
Masterreplicas, we get a few e-mails from readers. I tried to address
this with the CEO when I was going through my order problems, if you read my posting regarding my issues with their customer service. The CEO was un-aware of issues with the sound of their FX Lightsabers. Perhaps he is also unaware of the other issues we have been posting.

So, if you still have issues that you would like to express, I suggest contacting me as I have the CEO’s Phone number and you can personally call him to talk about it. I would post it here for everyone, but I don’t want just anyone calling him. Please only inquire if you plan to act professionally.

On the topic of the Thermal Detonator made by Master Replicas, I finally got it… and it is VERY Nice… Just one problem. You would think for $200 that they would have included the special size
batteries with the detonator… NOPE. I had to run to Radio Shack
to get the right size batteries before I could turn on the bad boy 🙁



MR Vader Saber Quality Pt. 2
January 22, 2004 | 2:18 PM EST | Keri

As one collector found his MR Vader F/X Lightsaber coming apart, others who have picked up the item at reduced prices share their thoughts on the quality of this particular MR Product.

YakReader Jason writes in with this comment on his experience:
“I received my Master Replicas Darth Vader Light Saber today. I purchased it off that FAO sale they had the other day. I put the batteries into the lightsaber and it works great. I swung it around a few times and examined it for about an hour. So far nothing has fallen apart and it seems to be a real quality product. For the few people who have had them fall apart, it may just be they got a faulty one or were a bit too aggressive with their new Sith powers.”

YakReader douglasmcc notes also that:
“This item seems very nicely made– sturdy metal, etc. My black plastic handle grips are on tight. I took it outside tonight for a little mild play in the open air. I wasn’t that impressed this morning when it arrived, but its a completely different effect in the dark of night.. all I can say is Wow! But I had no problems what so ever.”

I personally have not had any problems with the MR Items I have purchased, yet I try my best to report all sides to a news story. I personally always wait for discount prices from either altenate websites or the secondary market on Ebay as I am a ruthless bargain/bounty hunter looking for the best deal possible.



Master Replicas Anakin Now Available
January 22, 2004 | 9:35 AM EST | Mark B

Collectors Society Members of Master Replicas can now order the Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber. Everyone else can order from Master Replicastomorrow. The Limited Edition version is limited to 1500 pieces and sells for $349 (and includes display case). The Signature Edition is limited to only 750 pieces and sells for $499. One thing to note, the LE version ships in February, the Signature Edition doesn’t ship until May (You too busy working on “outer space” films to sign some lightsabers Hayden?!?!?!) 🙂

***Update – Lightsaber is now available for everyone to order at Master Replicas.***



New Amazon Figures
January 21, 2004 | 11:15 PM EST | Mark

Star Wars Multi Pack: Clone Trooper 3-Pack BACK IN STOCK
Jabba’s Palace Luke Skywalker
Tatooine Transaction R1-G4
Jabba’s Sail Barge R2-D2
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee
Coruscant Outlander Club Achk Med-Beq
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Jedi Warrior 4-pack



Holograms Old and New, or is it New and Old
January 21, 2004 | 11:02 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has posted a new article on the development of Episode III for Hyperspace members. This one focuses on holograms. It not only talks about how elements of the movies tie the prequel trilogy into the original trilogy but also the similarities and differences of holograms in the two. Check it out here.



Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite!
January 21, 2004 | 9:13 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is not only a super cool item, but also has a great story behind it, courtesy of the owner YakReader decadentdave:

I am submitting what I feel is without a doubt the “Prize” of my collection: Life-Size Han Solo in Carbonite by Illusive Originals. My friends have asked me “If your place was on fire and you could only save one item from your collection, what would it be?” The answer of course, is Han. Yes, I would carry this relatively lightweight fiberglass piece in my arms through a burning door (assuming he doesn’t melt first). He currently stands on display in the corner of my living room and I “like Captain Solo where he is,” as Jabba would say.
When I was 11 years old and my friend Jason and I were eating at Burger King after seeing The Empire Strikes Back one Saturday afternoon and we talked about how cool it would be to have Han Solo in Carbonite… well 20 years later, that childhood dream has become a reality!

Remember to submit that one favorite item of your collection with the story behind it and be featured here on Yakface…think of all the fortune and glory you will attain! Well, maybe not exactly, but come on and submit, show off your very own Falcon Favorite by emailing me here.



Attention Autograph Collectors…
January 21, 2004 | 4:44 PM EST | Jair

Personally I’ve always liked getting my Star Wars Autographs in person. First of all YOU KNOW that the autograph is an original and second you get to meet in person a SW Celebrity.

If you are into Collecting SW Autographs, a must have on your list has to be Mr. Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bulloch at the Celebration II, and a couple of months later he accepted an invitation we made from the Guatemalan SW Fan Club and came down here for about a week for the first ever Central American SW Convention. I’ll tell you something, he has to be one of the most likable persons on the Planet. Today I got an e-mail from Mr. Bulloch, where he tells that although he’ll still be going to Conventions, he will reduce the number of events because he plans to spend much more time in England.

So, if you still don’t have his autograph and he is attending a Convention in your area, don’t let the opportunity pass you. You might not have another chance any time soon.



MR Vader Saber Coming Apart?
January 21, 2004 | 4:34 PM EST | Keri

This latest report about the MR Vader F/X lightsaber purchased at the FAO Bargain Price comes from YakReader Michael regarding the quality (or lack there of) of the Saber itself:

Package arrived yesterday afternoon, opened the puppy up last night, threw in some batteries and started swinging the saber around.

Two of the plastic grips on the bottom came off in my hand. Nice. Had the thing 2 minutes and it’s falling apart. On a similar note, I purchased the Han Solo Blaster a couple of years ago, the plastic handle piece broke and fell off on that to.

So long story short, MR stuff is great to look at on a shelf, but don’t expect to handle it to long with out it falling apart. Hope that helps some of your readers if they are having similar problems or questions.



Darth Vader’s TIE Coming to TRU
January 21, 2004 | 11:11 AM EST | Mark B

While no image is yet available, and you can’t place an order for it yet, Amazon (and Toys R Us) has a page up for Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter from Hasbro. This is believe to be a new TRU exclusive ship that will retail for $29.99. While you can’t order this yet, you can sign up for emails from Amazon when the item becomes available (and you can add it to your wish list so you don’t have to go find it again when it becomes available!)



Bounty Hunting Today: Topps Evolution Signed Cards
January 20, 2004 | 6:11 PM EST | Keri

With the advent of the new Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards, with all of the subset, promo and chase cards, I serached Ebay and present to you the autographed chase cards from the 2001 Topps Star Wars Evolution Trading Card set.

The Evolution set was a way to bridge Episode I and the classic trilogy, with photos of original characters and the new characters. The cards themselves are foil, with nice large photos and cool info on the back. Along with 2 character subsets, there were autographed cards, which 1 could be found in every 37 packs. The autograph cards are really great looking and some are very very rare and expensive. I have included a few auctions featuring some of the cooler autograph cards as well as a large lot of cards to get your Evolution collection started today!

Lot of Evolution Cards with Greedo Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Chewbacca Autograph Card

Star Wars Evolution Vader Autograph Card



EPII Anakin Lightsaber Update
January 20, 2004 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark B

A small update on the new Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Lightsaber replica. The ordering date of the 22nd is only for Master Replicas Collectors Society Members, it will be available for everyone to order on Friday the 23rd. And, in the email I received this morning announcing the product, there is also going to be a signature edition of the Anakin Lightsaber available that will be autographed by Hayden Christensen. It was my understanding that the entire run would be only 1500 pieces, so I don’t know how many will be signature. More details on Thursday!



More Great Customs Reference At The Official Site
January 20, 2004 | 8:49 AM EST | Bill

The Hyperspace section of The Official Site has added another great reference photo for customizers. This time it’s of a H’nemthe (alien from the Cantina). This particular shot comes from the Holiday Special, however this alien was in the ANH Cantina scene as well.
Click here to check it out.



Clone Wars Topps Trading Cards
January 19, 2004 | 10:15 PM EST | Keri

As reported by the official site, Topps will be releasing a set of Clone Wars Cartoon trading cards to include some pretty secret and crazy chase cards. The chase cards include 10 stickers, reminiscent of the vintage sets, 10 battle motion cards, and 2 widevision autograph cards that didn’t make it into the AOTC set: Jack Thompson (Cliegg Lars) and Anthony Phelan (Lama Su). That’s not counting the character cards nor the 3 Promo cards, one will be available at the retail level, one at hobby shops and one at a uber-secret online location.

You may read more about the story and see the pictures of cards P1 and P2here.



Now Arriving FAO MR Lightsabers
January 19, 2004 | 5:19 PM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers who were ordered early enough to have their MR Vader’s saber order fulfilled. These readers wanted to let us know that their sabers were sitting on their doorsteps today. Thanks to everyone who wronte in.



Jabba’s Palace Wave Carded Photos
January 19, 2004 | 3:22 PM EST | Bill

Carded photos of the Jabba’s Palace wave have surfaced on Ebay.

We’ve updated the 2004 Product Guide with all the new images, even card backs, here. If you want to browse the seller Mimidog4428’s auctions Click here.



Official Release of MR EII Anakin
January 19, 2004 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark B



Well, now that you spent your hard earned dollars over the weekend at theMaster Replicas Winter Clearance Sale, Master Replicas is announcing an all new Anakin Skywalker Episode II Lightsaber Replica! The Official Star Wars Website has some new details on this amazing replica. Its my understanding that this saber is going to be quite a bit heavier than previous replicas due to it being made out of machined brass rather than aluminum. And although it looks very similar to the Darth Vader lightsaber in its style, the Anakin Lightsaber is actually quite a bit smaller than the Vader replicas.

The Anakin EPII Lightsaber goes on sale on Thursday the 22nd of January for $349.99. Its a limited edition of only 1500 pieces, so it is sure to sell out quickly! Make sure you head on over to Master Replicas on Thursday of this week to get one of these ordered for February delivery.



Sunday’s Falcon Favorite
January 18, 2004 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Falcon Favorite is a custom masterpiece courtesy of loyal YakReader Luann, as she describes her creation:

My favorite is my maul, I did him myself and he is the best fully articulated piece around. He been my favorite first time I saw him on Episode1, everything about him just makes your heart thump. So I decided to make a full scale maul, he can do everything but talk,but hopefully one day have that fixed too.

Remember to email your Falcon Favorite item from your collection to mehere.



How Did The Mon Calamari Cruiser Get Its Look?
January 18, 2004 | 8:24 PM EST | Bill

There’s a new feature for members of the Hyperspace section of The Official Site. The newest story there has a series of conceptual designs for the republic’s ship in Return of the Jedi which would eventually become known to fans as the organic looking Mon Calamari Cruiser. Check it out here.



Wal-Mart The Finale!
January 18, 2004 | 12:42 AM EST | Keri

The Final word on the Wal-Mart set-ups or lack there of from an anonymous employee of the store itself:

as far as the star wars section, each wal-mart in differnet regions will get different sections based on the star wars product sold. so if the store in your area did not do so well selling star wars product then there section got smaller to only 3 pegs of figures and a section for the lightsabers. now on the other side of the fence if your store in your area did well then your star wars section would have 6 to 8 pegs for figures ,section for unleased, section for sabers and a section for the ultra wave. I have one more thing for you guys to if your store did not get the new sections you will still get the unleased and ultra waves but only a few cases to those stores, so meaning once they sell they sell and they wont get it back in till a new wave comes out….these would not be regular items. i hope this helps you guys out!



Master Replicas Winter Sale Update
January 17, 2004 | 3:05 PM EST | Mark B

The “Cursed One” tells me that there is some additional savings to be had on the Master Replicas Winter Clearance Sale. The FX Luke and FX Vader sabers are currently on sale for $97.30….BUT, at the final checkout point on your order, if you choose to pay in full (rather than their payment plan), they take an additional $25 off your order, bringing the total to $72.30 (and shipping is free!). This is also the model WITH display stand!



FAO Update Part 2
January 17, 2004 | 11:53 AM EST | Bill

We’ve gotten a number of Emails from Yak Readers on the FAO MR Vader’s light saber issue. It seems that some people’s orders have already shipped, due for delivery in the next few days, so there was apparently some stock at FAO after all. It sounds like the issue was their webpage failing to immediately update when they sold out.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in!



Wal-Mart Finds Pt. 2
January 17, 2004 | 1:45 AM EST | Keri

As many readers have written in to me, not every Wal-Mart is resetting their shelves to include the Star Wars goodness that some readers’ stores have been lucky enough to acquire.

I would like to add that none of my local Wal-Marts are even getting in new figs, much less adding any extra space for Unleashed etc. The best suggestion I can offer is talking to your Wal-Mart manager, or avoid the process altogether and shop at a friendly online store as I personally have no control over the stocking or arrival of new figs at any store anywhere.



FAO MR Vader Sabers Update
January 16, 2004 | 9:08 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Randy wrote in with this update:

“Just an FYI that I don’t think anyone will be getting this.

I just got of the phone with their Customer Service Dept. (had to resolve a billing address problem) and I was told that they didn’t have the lightsaber (I had also ordered the SW Chess set). In fact, they never had them and they are “trying to get them off the website”. I asked if they would be able to get them and she said no.

Another bad sign was that my MC had a temp charge of only $17.73 (the chess set + s/h) not the $52.73 of my order.

Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along.”

We also got a report from Yak Reader Keith:

“All 3 of your sites reported on this deal so I figured I’d drop you all a line. I went to fao.com today to track my FX Saber order and was shocked to see that they had increased my order total to $139.95. I called their 800 number asking about the increase. I was told that I didn’t need to worry about it because my order was cancelled because the FX Sabers were never available in the first place. I smell something fishy here. I bet they realized their error on the pricing in the checkout process and are now cancelling all orders. If this shows up on their website again, they’re gonna have some explaining to do.”

Let us know if you hear different from FAO.



Huge Winter Sale at Master Replicas
January 16, 2004 | 1:23 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is having a huge “private” (available to everyone!) winter sale on Star Wars Prop Replicas. All are discounted 30%, and quantities are limited.

Thermal Detonator Signature Ed: $209.30
Thermal Detonator As First Built: $174.30
Thermal Detonator Limited Ed: $139.30
Jango Fett Blaster Set: $314.30
Luke or Darth Vader FX Lightsaber: $97.30

And if you have any interest in Star Trek replicas:
First Contact Phaser: $209.30
First Contact Phaser Signature Edition: $279.30

These are some great deals, so head on over today! Offer is good only through Monday at 9am EST or while supplies last.



New Wal-Mart Discoveries
January 16, 2004 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Damon writes in to share his latest findings at his local Wal-Mart in VA:

just thought I’d let you know that my local Wal-Mart here in VA has just about finished its post-Christmas reset – and dear sweet mother it’s great news! They have added 2 pegs for basic figures (total of 8), there are now 3 pegs for ultra figures, and….THREE PEGS FOR UNLEASHED!!! But that’s not all! On the bottom shelf, below the pegs, there is space for 12″ figures! Last night I found the new Unleashed wave (Han, Yoda, Boba) and the new 12″ wave (Garindan, Obi-Wan, and Jawas). The Unleashed figs sell for $14.96 and the 12″ for $24.96. They’ve also kept space for the lightsabers, though now the electronic ones are lying down again (no vertical packaging) and the basic ones are all in a pile on the bottom shelf next to the 12″ guys. In addition to the expanded shelf space, they are also really stocking up – 2 cases of the Hoth wave and another case of the first Ultra wave.

Damon also notes extra space for LOTR figs, new Spawn Series 24 assortment, Second Matrix assortment and some Spiderman 2 figs as well. Get thee to a local Wal-Mart pronto for a figure run this weekend!



New Koto Kits
January 16, 2004 | 11:16 AM EST | Mark B



While not really new news – Star Wars.com has a new story this morning about the next two Koto Vinyl Figure kits coming to the US from Dark Horse Comics. The two new ones will feature Anakin from EPII sporting 2 lightsabers, and Darth Maul. Both are scheduled to ship in May and will retail for just under $100. Check with your local comic book store to order.



E3 Ship Photo On Line
January 16, 2004 | 8:56 AM EST | Bill

Members of the Official Site’s hyperspace section have a new spoiler image– this time it’s a ship from a certain planet in E3. Check it out here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Theatrical Standees
January 15, 2004 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Going to the movies is a great experience, and the theater lobbies are no exception to that. The lobbies are filled with eye candy from floor to ceiling promoting all of the films soon to be released.

Besides posters, there are many different types of advertising from theaters that can be collected today. Although most items are supposed to be sent back to the company from which the theater “rents” the material, often items slip through the cracks and make it out onto the secondary market.

Today’s featured auction is for a standee, made of heavy cardboard, large and colorful displaying the artwork for Empire Strikes Back. These standees are difficult to come by, due to their imposing size, as well as the fact that not all theaters had them, unlike posters. Standees look great in any room and complement a collection very well.

ESB Theater Standee



New Star Wars SEQUEL Rumor
January 15, 2004 | 5:40 PM EST | Mark B

While this subject has been denied by Lucas MANY times, occassionally a rumor hits the internet about a Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. As most of you know, George Lucas originally intended Star Wars to be a Trilogy of Trilogies (that’s right, 9 movies). But as he has gotten up in years, and realized how much of his life has been spent on these 6 movies, he supposedly has scrapped movies 7, 8 and 9. However, as reported on TheForce.net a British Magazine, Hotdog, has information that Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca) contract not only includes Episode III, but that he is also required to be in 7, 8, and 9. Take it with a grain of salt, but we can always hope!



E3 Taking Shape
January 15, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated on the status of E3. The opening scene (no we won’t tell you here as some people may see it as a spoiler) has had enough of the wizards at ILM’s work that weekly status meetings are now held in a theater to review the footage! If you’re a Hyperspace member, check it here.



Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
January 15, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

If you did not pre-order the Jedi Warrior 4-pack from Amazon, you can click over and order them. They are in stock and shipping.



Detailed New LEGO Falcon Photos
January 14, 2004 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated the Toyguide with detailed photos of the new LEGO Falcon.Check them out here Thanks to LEGO for the outstanding pics!



What’s Next From Hasbro
January 14, 2004 | 9:32 PM EST | Bill

The latest things to surface on potential Hasbro products for this year come to us from Jimmy over at The Trade Federation. We already know that TRU will have a series of exclusive Screen Scenes based on the Jedi Council, however the buzz is that Target may be getting an exclusive scene as well (no word yet on which scene or figures). He also reports that the next figures up for the Unleashed line may include Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider, and Bossk, with Aayla’s name surfacing very frequently.

It looks like a great year.



Vader FX Saber CHEAP
January 14, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Chris wrote in with what may well be the buy of the year– the Master Replicas Vaders FX Saber at the unbelieveable price of $35.00. It seems FAO’s web page has decided to mark it way way way down! Although when you pull up the saber on the webpage it shows $139.99, after you put in your card, complete the info and get to payment method, the total drops to under 60 bux (shipping is stiff at $18.95 but hey with this big a discount…) To order click here.

UPDATE: Sold out.



Wednesday’s Falcon Favorite 
January 14, 2004 | 8:51 PM EST | Keri

The very First Falcon Favorite comes courtesy of YakReader Adam Garrett, and provides a story many of us can relate to.

My favorite item in my entire collection is my Emperor’s Royal Guard (or the Red Guard as we called it) from the vintage ROTJ line. Here’s the story as to why I love this figure so much:

When I was 3, growing up in Toronto, Canada, we went to see the original showing of ROTJ in the theatre. This was a big deal for me, going downtown and riding on the subway. We got to the movie, me with my red guard clenched in my hand, and sat down to see the show. During the climactic Death Star father/son duel, my dad got paged and we had to leave the theatre – I watched the end of the film peeking through the crack in the theatre door while my dad was on the phone. On the ride home, disappointed from missing the end, I loosened my grip on my toy and at a busy stop exchange got bumped and dropped my figure to his horrible demise on the subway tracks. My parents never replaced him. As soon as I took up collecting again, he was the first thing I bought – to remind me of my earliest childhood memory and a simpler time.

I want to thank everyone for their responses so far, and I ask everyone to be patient as I WILL post each story one at a time on Wednesday and Sunday every week.



A New Feature – Falcon Favorite!
January 14, 2004 | 4:49 PM EST | Keri

It’s a brand new year, time for a brand new feature here at Yakface called Falcon Favorite!

Han Solo happens to be my favorite character in the Holy Trilogy, and of course as we all know, Han’s favorite item was the Falcon herself, which is what this new feature is based upon.

In every collection, there is ONE favorite item, whether based on rarity, childhood memories, or straight out one of a kind coolness…everyone has ONE favorite that shines above all other items in their collection. This whole feature is about ONE Item, not the amount of items that make up your collection, not a wall of figures, not shelves of toys…ONE ITEM!

So Here are the Rules:
1. If you would like your favorite item from your collection featured here with a brief description of why it is your favorite then please email me here. You may send a photo, but are not obligated to send one if you don’t have a camera.
2. The picture Must be of the ONE Favorite Item BY ITSELF! If you send me a picture of your entire collection, I will NOT Post It…This is strictly about ONE Item and ITS Relevance to You!
3. If you wish to send a photo – Please send one that is a reasonable size, not the size of a postage stamp, and not Giant Sized 10 megs either, which causes my mailbox to explode upon impact!
4. Please also send a brief explanation, NOT NOVEL length description of Why this particular item is YOUR Favorite.
5. Any Item may be sent in as long as it is Star Wars related…Vintage, Modern, Custom, Bootleg, Common, Rare, ANYTHING STAR WARS!

Twice a week, on Wednesday and on Sunday I will post a Falcon Favorite. Again, send your Falcon Favorite in here to share with everyone!



Figures Go Even Lower at Target
January 14, 2004 | 2:26 PM EST | Mark B

Looks like Target is dropping their clearance prices even further. In the North Dallas area Targets, prices have been reduced to $1.18! Clone Troopers with Speeder Bikes were also found for $2.50. Thanks to Jeremy for the info! (This price may not be nationwide, check with your local Target for additional info).



Master Replicas EII Anakin Saber
January 14, 2004 | 11:24 AM EST | Mark B


Today I found a new photo of the upcoming Master Replicas Episode II Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber. Look for this item to be announced “officially” on Master Replicas website soon. It is scheduled to ship sometime in April. Master Replicas currently has quite a few items on “Last Call” (less than 10% of edition remaining) – including the brand new Battle Damaged Darth Maul Lightsaber, the Signature Edition Thermal Detonator, and the Ultra Cool Mace Windu Lightsaber. So, if you’ve been waiting to get these (or any other MR Replica) head on over there today!



KB Toys Files for Bankrupcy
January 14, 2004 | 10:44 AM EST | Jair

Following FAO Schwartz, another mayor toy retailer files for Bankrupcy. This time is KB Toys. Click here to read the article.



How Do Figures Evolve?
January 13, 2004 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation gives us a little insight into the process with an early prototype Arena Mace Windu. Check out the pics here.



Star Wars: Battlefront
January 13, 2004 | 7:15 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has some great new info on the upcoming online multiplayer game called Star Wars: Battlefront. The game will be available for PC, X-Box, and Playstation 2. Unlike the current online Star Wars game, this one will also have single player modes (but will be coolest when you are playing with a group of your friends – or enemies!). You’ll get to visit 10 different planets and use 15 different vehicles. Follow the link above for more details.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder
January 13, 2004 | 6:04 PM EST | Keri

As many collectors know, the Kenner division in the UK was known as Palitoy. For the completist searching for every Palitoy vehicle, or those simply wishing for an interesting variaiton on a classic vehicle need not look any further than the auction featured today.

The Landspeeder was among the first Kenner vehicles introduced in 1978 after the popularity of the original movie. The Landspeeder offered a simplistic design, molded in orange plastic with stickers to apply inside the cockpit and under the hood. Luke and Obi-Wan could sit in front, with the droids in the rear. The Landspeeder could appear to hover as in the film, courtesy of 3 wheels which would also allow it to “float” over the desert to the Mos Eisley Cantina playset across the room. The interesting thing about the Palitoy version is the vehicle itself, and the photo on the box being different from the US Version. Click on through below to compare to the US Version box photo and begin your vintage foreign collection today!

UPDATE: YakReader Todd points out also that the Palitoy Landspeeder has no button on the front to open the hood, therefore the hood does not open at all, as the US Version has the opening hood. So, the Palitoy version is a true variant.

Vintage Palitoy Landspeeder

Vintage US Kenner Landspeeder



LEGO Falcon
January 13, 2004 | 12:08 PM EST | Mark

The new falcon is on show at the French Toy-Fair. You can read the whole article at Action-Figures.com. Stop by and check out the article and the images. Many loose shots of the ship and figures. The site is running a little slow. Thanks to Matt Booker for the info.



Pre-Order New Figure Sets…
January 13, 2004 | 8:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth you can pre-order 3 new case assortments coming this year…

The Hall Of Fame Assortment
Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Hall of Fame (HOF) action figure assortment Wave 3. This assortment features previously released figures with all-new packaging. Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca Mechanic (NEW), 1x HOF R2-D2 (NEW), 1x HOF C-3P0 (NEW), 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant (NEW), 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x HOF Yoda (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive (NEW), 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan (NEW), 1x HOF Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room (NEW)

Basic Figures Wave 4
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 4, loosely based on the Jabba’s Palace theme. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 2x Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise (NEW), 2x J’ Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Holographic Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight (NEW), 2x Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 1x R1-G4, 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x Luke Skywalker – Hoth, 1x Luke Skywalker – Return of the Jedi

Basic Figures Wave 5
New for 2004! Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Basic Figure Assortment Wave 5. Includes 12 individually packaged action figures: 1x Elom (Tanus Spijek) – Jabba’s Palace Alien (NEW), 2x Dutch Vander – Gold Leader (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x General Jan Dodonna – Battle of Yavin (NEW), 2x Captain Antilles – Fans Choice #5 (NEW), 1x Lando in Skiff Guard Disguise, 1x J Quille – Jabba’s Palace Alien, 1x Hologram Luke Skywalker – Jedi Knight



You Had Questions… John Has Answers…
January 13, 2004 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

John has updated with his 1st QNA of the year. CLICK on over to read it. Then send in your own questions and he will get you those answers….



The End Is Not Near…
January 13, 2004 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

After reading all the info about LEGO and the troubles they had, Jacob McKee from LEGO has answered the bell on FBTB.net, click here to read his entire posting and his explaination of what LEGO intends to do with the Star Wars and Harry Potter lines. Good news for both.



Do Ya Feel Lucky?
January 13, 2004 | 6:55 AM EST | Mark

There is only one Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (58% off) left at the low price of $124.98. Click on over if you would like to pick one up.



Attention UK Fans
January 12, 2004 | 9:12 PM EST | Bill

The Private Universe is reporting that the Official UK Star Wars Fan Club (UKSWFC) is planning to revamp itself. This is where you UK and Eire TPU’ers come in. The UKSWFC has asked TPU to provide some feedback, which could help them to improve the FC. So TPU has put together two surveys for you all to fill in. So if you have never joined, please fill out the Non Members survey. If you were once a member or are currently a member, then fill out the Members survey. This is your chance to give some positive feedback, ideas, suggestions and to tell them what they are doing wrong and what they should do to make it right.

However, it doesn’t stop there! Do you have some questions you would like passed on to the UKSWFC? If so you can now send them in via TPU’s Ask the UK Star Wars Fan Club section. Just fill Email Pete at TPU.



Bounty Hunting Today: Commerative Jackets
January 12, 2004 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

The two jackets featured in Ebay auctions that I have chosen today are not only very warm but also very stylish and collectible.

The jackets both commemerate milestones in the history of the Star Wars Films, one the 20th Anniversary of A New Hope, the other The Release of the Special Edition. One of the things common to both jackets is the year commemerated is the same: 1997. Both jackets are made in the High School/Letterman style, in other words, the body of the jacket is wool with embroidery on the front and rear, while the sleeves are made of leather and both are bargain priced. The Special Edition Jacket has a large Vader Helmet on the back, which is very cool. The 20th Anniversary jacket has the simple Logo in gold with the large Rebel symbol behind it.

These jackets will definetely keep out the cold air of the winter while keeping you in Star Wars style!

20th Anniversary Jacket

Special Edition Vader Jacket



ROTJ Generals in Plastic
January 12, 2004 | 3:45 PM EST | Mark B



Hasbro and StarWars.com have just released new photos of some upcoming figures from Return of the Jedi featuring 3 of the Generals from that movie. We’ve got Han Solo as AT-ST Commander, New Lando General, and (one of the few vintage figures that hadn’t been redone in the current line) General Madine. Follow the link above for more details.



What’s Out? What Is Still Coming?
January 12, 2004 | 8:54 AM EST | Bill

If you’re trying to figure out which toys are in stores now, and what is still on the way check out our 2004 Product List. We’ve updated to let you know which items are in stores now to aide you in your hunt for new toys. We’ll continue to update it as new items are announced, rumored, and surface at retail.



Brians Toys @ Amazon?
January 11, 2004 | 7:01 PM EST | Mark

This is interesting. While searching for new toys… You can now buy OLD toys at Amazon.com from Brians Toys….

These are the offerings that he has at this point.

Star Wars Saga Beast Acklay
Luke Skywalker in Jedi Knight Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983)
Tri-Pod Laser Cannon Mint in Sealed Original Package (1983)
Power of the Force: Darth Vader (Removable Helmet) with Freeze Frame Action Slide
Power of the Force 12″” Han Solo Endor with Magnetic Detonators
Darth Vader Mint in Original Return of the Jedi Package (1983



Target Exclusive Glasses Packaged Photos
January 11, 2004 | 6:01 PM EST | Bill

You know product will be hitting the shelves before long when packaged samples start to surface. This time Boba_JP has come through with packed photos of the Obi Wan and Darth Maul Target Exclusive figure/glass sets.

Check them out in our 2004 Product Guide here.



Hall Of Fame Photos Revealed
January 11, 2004 | 11:36 AM EST | Bill

The Hall Of Fame Assortment was originally announced as a reissue wave, of figures which have seen the pegs before on new cards. While long time collectors may not be thrilled with this wave, newer collectors may be happy to see some old figures re-released again. Check out the pics in our 2004 product guide here. Thanks to Boba_JPBoba_JP for the pics!



Continues The Clone Wars Will
January 10, 2004 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

The second half of the very popular Cartoon Network Clone Wars Animates Series will appear in March! Check out the full story at The Force.net



The End of Star Wars Legos?
January 10, 2004 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B

This Article at Yahoo! News talks about the HORRIBLE year Lego had in 2003. Two of their top executives were fired over the results – and one of them was responsible for the movie tie-in lines (Harry Potter and Star Wars). The article also mentions that while these lines have increased sales, they have not earned that high of a margin for Lego due to the increased cost of manufacturing. The story eludes seems to say that these tie-in lines will be coming to an end while Lego will be focusing on its core business of making regular building blocks.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Spoons!
January 9, 2004 | 6:27 PM EST | Keri

You probably would not use these spoons to eat with, but they sure look great with any vintage display of oddities!

Produced around the time of A New Hope’s Original release back in ’77 these unliscened spoons provide a unique conversation piece to a collection. The spoons are patterned after the small souvenir spoons of the 1940s-60s that were popular tourist items to buy at such places as Niagra Falls, etc. The Star Wars spoons have small laminated pictures, taken from the Topps trading card stickers and are colorful and cool as all get out!

Click on through below to get the utensil section of your Star Wars collection complete today for a bargain price!

Vintage Set of 7 Star Wars Photo Spoons



Amazon Rings In The Cold Weather…….
January 9, 2004 | 8:55 AM EST | Mark

New in stock are these figs:
Hoth Evacuation Hoth Trooper
Hoth Evacuation R-3 PO
Death Star Procession Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee

Also in stock:
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon)
Unleashed Han Solo
Unleashed Yoda
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike
Droid 3-Pack
Durge with Swoop Bike

If you have some cash, the following Sabers are still on sale…

Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) (40% off) $299.99
Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber $99.99



Attention Customizers, Senatorial Aide Photo
January 9, 2004 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site‘s Hyperspace section has updated its Beneath The Helment feature with a photo of photo of one of Bail Organa’s Aides. If you’re into customizing senators and their staffs, this is for you. Click here to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Today: Hidden Treasures
January 8, 2004 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay on a daily basis, sometimes we are lucky enough to run across an elusive item that a seller may not realize as something hard to find. Other times, items may be listed incorrectly. The happy result is a bargain find delighting any collector.

Today’s feature is not really a rarity, but if it is a piece you have been searching for to complete a display then it is a real find indeed! The featured auction below is for the simple, yet wonderful cardboard backdrop from the 1980 Kenner ESB Sears Cloud City Playset. Though not as detailed as any backdrop produced today, it still looks great in its familiar vintage surroundings.

ESB Cloud City Playset Backdrop



Target Clearances Pt. 2
January 8, 2004 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

I went to my local Super Target here in Dallas, TX and was able to pick up a 12″ Leia Speederbike for $12.48 as well. Also on clearances were some selected AOTC figures for $2.38, Lego Hailfire Droid for $24.44, Lego AT-AT for $49.99, 1st Series Lego Mini Ships for $1.48, and Lego Jabba’s Prize for $3.42. This was all found down multiple clearance aisles at the beginning of the toy aisles. Please keep in mind not all Targets are clearancing this low, my fiance went to a Target located in Carrollton this morning where the 12″ Leia was still ringing up $49.99. However, with some persistence I am sure the clearance bargains will be found throughout the US.

UPDATE: More Reports are coming in from Chino Hills, San Bernadino and Sacramento, CA of the $12.84 12″ Leia Speederbike Clearance Madness! I would suggest making a toy run to your local Target ASAP…these Leia’s are flying out the doors quick!



The Art Of Star Wars Continues… In Japan
January 8, 2004 | 8:38 AM EST | Bill

Lucasfilm has assembled a second traveling exhibit focused on the Art of Star Wars. This show focuses on the prequels and is opening in Kyoto, Japan, and will tour the country over 2004. Check out the full story on The Official Site here



More Target Clearances
January 7, 2004 | 6:39 PM EST | Mark B

We are getting quite a few emails about Target clearances and the great finds people are getting – from Hasbro Figures to Legos. Keep checking your Target stores for some great after-holiday sales! Our latest report comes from NY where 12″ Leia with Speederbikes have been found for $12.48!

**Update** I am hearing that quite a few people are snagging the $12.48 Leia with Speederbike including the Plano, TX Target (thanks Jeremy), and I picked one up this morning at the Eagle, ID store where they probably had a dozen of them left. The clearances are not the same at every store – the store I went to had 8 of the Lego AT-AT and they were still coming up at $99.99 (not the $49.99 that we have been hearing people get them at).



Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Thimble!?
January 7, 2004 | 4:38 PM EST | Keri

As a collector, you thought you had it all…the lunchboxes, the prop replicas, the statues, the coins, the steins, the underoos, and the suncatchers, just to name a few items. The focus of today’s article proves just how far reaching the Star Wars films have gone in terms of items produced.

Today’s auction brings a liscened Bone China thimble (yes like the ones used for sewing) with the Episode I Logo handpainted on it. This is more of a collectible thimble, and one you would not want to use while sewing your Jedi Robes. The thimble was made in England, specifically in Stoke-On-Trent. I know there were many more designs available of characters, but I am unsure of how many were exactly produced.

This is a great piece for the collector who seemingly has everything and a great way to kick off the Star Wars thimble portion of your collection!

Episode I Logo Bone China Thimble



Clearance Clones
January 7, 2004 | 8:48 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Paul wrote in to let us know that his Wal-Mart in Wisconsin had marked their remining Clone Wars figures (mostly Anakin), down to just a buck. Wal-marts clearances are frequently left up to individual store managers, but it still might be worth checking your local store. Good hunting!



LEGO Hailfire Droid
January 7, 2004 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark


Do you still need this? Check out your local Target stores. They have almost all the LEGO’s on sale. I picked one up yesterday for just over $24.00



Want To Be The First To Read Survivor’s Quest
January 6, 2004 | 9:26 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has a drawing for expanded universe fans. If you want to be one of the first 14 to read Survivor’s Quest, be sure to go over to The Official Site and sign up for the drawing. Good luck!



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Lot of Ep. I Figures MOC
January 6, 2004 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave sends in this auction for 54 Episode I Commtech figures all MOC, along with a few POTJ included. This is a nice lot at a reasonable price, especially considering how difficult some of the Ep. I were to find, like Swimming Jar-Jar, TC-14, Sio Bibble and Hologram Sidious. Click on through to the link below to check out this great auction!

Lot of 54 Episode I Figures MOC



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Premiums Pt. 2 
January 6, 2004 | 5:02 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of yesterday’s auctions, I focus again on Burger King sponsored premiums. Today’s focus will be on one of my personal favorite items, the ESB Super Scene Collection Book.

I can remember going down the street to Burger King, begging for an ESB Luke glass, (which my father kindly bought for me!) and getting as a bonus the Super Scene Collection Book and one set of stickers. I was thrilled beyond belief and I remember looking at that album while listening to my ESB Story LP Record, thinking of all the cool scenes in the movie. I never completed the album, and eventually through moves it was thrown away. I was able to purchase the entire set of stickers and the album shortly after I began collecting over 15 years ago and it was really great to see an old friend again and relive those memories.

This is a really cool item to add to your food premiums collection that won’t break the bank either!

ESB Super Scene Book & Complete Set of Stickers



DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Meet
January 6, 2004 | 4:53 PM EST | Keri

If you are in the DC Area and would like to find out more about the Star Wars Collecting Club, you may attend their Monthly Meeting Saturday January 10th, 2004 from 1pm-5pm for more information on the group and the meeting location please check www.dcswcc.com



Target Glasses
January 6, 2004 | 3:43 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has a new story about the collectors glasses/figures coming to Target this spring. The photo shown has been seen before, but not quite as clear as the one at the official site. Click the link above to see all 5 of the Target exclusive glasses.



Clone Wars Animated Figures
January 6, 2004 | 3:41 PM EST | Mark B

Just a heads up to those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the new Clone Wars Animated Figures that are a Target Stores exclusive. These are now starting to hit retail. I found the first wave today (along with the new deluxe figures – Riekkan, Wampa and C3PO) at one of my local Targets. Happy Hunting!



New Star Wars Hardback by Timothy Zahn
January 6, 2004 | 1:34 PM EST | Keri

Survivor’s Quest ($18.17) a new Expanded Universe Novel by Timothy Zahn is due to hit bookstores as well as online stores in Hardback on February 3rd. The story looks to be an interesting one, following the further adventures of married Jedi couple Luke and Mara Skywalker. You may read a brief synopsis of the story from the inside cover and preorder the book from Amazon.com here.

Other Pre-Orders:
Star Wars: Medstar 1: Battle Surgeons June 29th (PB)
Star Wars Galaxies: Space Expansion : Prima’s Official Strategy Guide June 3rd (PB)
Star Wars Boba Fett : A New Threat April 2004 (PB)
Star Wars Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds March 2004 (HC)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 3: Last Stand on Jabim March 2004 (PB)



Classic Trilolgy on DVD will be Extra Special Editions
January 6, 2004 | 8:41 AM EST | Bill

Someone has finally found Lucas describing this fall’s release of the Classic Trilogy on DVD. The Force.net has posted a report that Lucas says he will finally be able to release the Classic Trilogy as he wanted released originally when they come out on DVD. So it looks like the DVD release will be versions 1.3 for A New Home, Empire, and Jedi. Click here for their full report.



Natalie Portman Talks E3 Details
January 5, 2004 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

A few more details are slipping out on E3, This time The Force.net found an interview with Natalie Portman on MTV with a few tidbits. If you’re a spoiler fan,Click here to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Burger King Glasses
January 5, 2004 | 4:31 PM EST | Keri

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! I return to my Bounty Hunting series today with not only great looking, but functional vintage glasses brought to you by Burger King.

Back before endless refills were free and a large drink was the size today’s medium, Burger King offered a set of 4 vintage glasses for each film in the original Trilogy. For only 25 cents you could purchase a Star Wars glass featured that week and relive the film through your own hero or villian glass. The glasses have great bold artwork, done in the unmistakable 70s & 80s style. If you are looking for complete sets to go with the upcoming Target glasses and figures, search no further than the auctions below for some great deals!

Set of 4 A New Hope Glasses

Set of 4 ESB Glasses

Set of 4 ROTJ Glasses



Looks Like Geonosis to Me!
January 5, 2004 | 11:52 AM EST | Mark B


I know with the holidays some people may have been too busy to catch up on some real world news stories. One in particular that I’m sure is of interest to our readers is the successful landing of the new Mars Rover by NASA over the weekend. Color Photos are due from NASA today. Given what they have released so far in black and white, we are due for some impressive new views of the Red Planet. Additional information about the mission and the best site for new photos that are released is Mars Rover NASA website.



E3 Character News Update
January 4, 2004 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill

Because it’s a potential spoiler, we won’t go into it here, however The Force.netis reporting an interesting tidbit from the Jedi Council Forums regarding Wayne Pygram playing a chracter in Epside III. Click here for the spoiler and speculation.



Target Exclusive Glass and Skirmish At Carkoon Pictures
January 3, 2004 | 9:15 PM EST | Bill

We now know a lot more about some upcoming exclusives. First the Target glasses, so far the only figure/glass whose image has surfaced is Obi-Wan from A New Hope. Now, more images have surfaced, Luke in his snowspeeder flight suit with what appears to be a removable helmet for Empire, and slave Leia for Jedi. Darth Maul Tatooine, and Anakin hanger duel for The Phantom Menace and Clones respectively. On the Carkoon 4 pack, we get a reissue of the sail barge canon from the Deluxe Leia; Klaatu, Barada, and Nitko from the Skiff Guards Cinema Scene, and a revised Han Solo. Kudos to the scavengers atThe Jawa who scored the pix. Check them out here.



New 12″ At Meijers
January 3, 2004 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yodatmaster wrote in to let us know that he found the new 12″ Garindan/Obi-Wan/Jawa wave at his local Meijers store this morning. Good hunting everyone!



2004 Product List Updated
January 3, 2004 | 7:49 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated our comprehensive list of confirmed and rumored 2004 product.Click here to check out the revised list. 2004 is certainly looking like a great year with lots of figures which have never seen plastic before as well as producing even more of the characters from the vintage line in the modern POTF2/Saga packaging.



Wanna Buy An All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) ???
January 3, 2004 | 12:55 AM EST | Joseph

While doing my daily surfing on the internet I came across a very unusual Ebay auction for an All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) that is over 4 meters tall!!! You’ve got to see it to believe it. Click here to see it.



Gotten Your Dose Of E3 Spoilers Lately?
January 2, 2004 | 11:09 PM EST | Bill

The crew over at The Private Universe has come up with some minor, but very interesting spoilers from E3 which supposedly came from George Lucas himself while looking at lightsaber hilt props. Click here to check it out.

UPDATE: Yak Reader Mike wrote in to point out that these spoilers are direct quotes from the second Episode III web documentary that is available to download for Hyperspace members.



Q’s needed for A’s
January 2, 2004 | 3:04 AM EST | Muse

First, let me wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year.

After a long delay due to some crazy work deadlines, I am putting together the first Q&A of the New Year.

If you have any questions you need answers for, I am anxious to hear them. I plan to be more regular with the columns in the new year and to do that, I will need your help. It’s the whole symbiotic circle blah blah thing…

Send in your questions here .



Kotobukiya Darth Maul !!! 
January 1, 2004 | 1:15 PM EST | Joseph

For fans that have been eagerly awaiting the Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Maul model kit, several have started showing up on Ebay. You can get there by clicking here



12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set 
January 1, 2004 | 12:51 PM EST | Joseph

For those of you who are looking for the new 12″ Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Set dnstoys.com has them in stock right now for $73.99.



Amazon Unleashed
January 1, 2004 | 11:48 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick up the…
Unleashed Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) and the Unleashed Han Solo if you still need them.



2004 Star Wars Wishlist
January 1, 2004 | 9:41 AM EST | Jason

Happy New Year to everyone. I was thinking this morning of what
I would like to see in 2004 and came up with a top 10 list. You
can check it out Here. Let me know if you agree
or not.

December 2003 Archive

Luke FX Master Replicas
December 22, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark

You can now pick this bad boy up for the LOW LOW price of $77.99 over atSears.com



2004 Product List Updated
December 22, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Once again, we’ve compiled all the latest news, rumors, and confirmed reports to provide you the most comprehensive 2004 product list possible. We’ve updated the 2004 product guide here.



Kubrick Fan?? Have They Got A Secret For You!
December 22, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

Medicom seems very happy to push out surprises as they release cases of figures. From the Star Wars case for series #2 they had the White Shoulder Sandtrooper, the different instruments for the Cantina Band Member, and the Ultimate Indiana Jones. Now comes the rarest.
From the Be@rbrick series 7 assortment, one of the hidden characters is Wicket. Thanks to Boba_jp, we get some awesome shots of it.



Got The Latest E3 Rumors/Spoilers?
December 22, 2003 | 8:29 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net has updated their Episode 3 coverage with more news rumors and speculation, including the 411 on a new character. Click here to check it out.



LEGO Mini’s In Stock & Unleashed Yoda
December 20, 2003 | 9:53 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for these….

Unleashed Yoda
Mini Vehicle: The Imperial Shuttle
Mini Vehicle: Star Destroyer
Mini Vehicle: Sith Infiltrator
Mini Vehicle: All-Terrain Tactical Enforcer

Only One left of these…
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) $174.98 (50% off)



Bounty Hunting Today: Pop-Up Comic Book
December 18, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Keri

The mating of a pop-up book and a comic seems like a match made in Heaven to me, especially since I love both forms of books. Today’s auction is also a big plus since the book is about my all time favorites, the Bounty Hunters.

Released by Dark Horse in 1996, titled Star Wars Battle of the Bounty Hunters, this is a hardcover book with comic artwork, including 3-D pop-ups to illustrate the story further. This book is long out of print and tells the story of Boba Fett after ESB on his perilous trek to Jabba’s Palace with the precious cargo of Solo in Carbonite on Slave I.

If you are looking for a great book to add to your collection, or a super last minute gift, click on through below.

Battle of the Bounty Hunters Pop-Up Book



Headless Asajj Ventress?!
December 18, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris sends along this, to say the least interesting example of Asajj Ventress he picked up in a Knoxville, TN TRU. As he puts it “Hasbro kwality kontrol at its best”. Enjoy!



Lars Homestead Padme Cloak Variation
December 18, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

YakReader scoobacca reports in with this interesting variation on a new Padme:

I stumbled across an interesting variant of the Padme Amidala Lars Homestead action figure. Her outer cloak is all BLACK with some minor silver accents. There’s no hint of blue to be seen anywhere. I’m attaching some pics so you can see for yourself which shows a comparison with my loose Padme figure I personally own.



Master Replicas Customer Service is BomBad!
December 18, 2003 | 12:39 PM EST | Jason

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of Master Replicas Items.
I consider the Han Blaster one of my favorite items in my collection,
but I wanted to share my experience with Master Replicas Customer

After 5 Customer Service Tickets, 8 phone calls, and 4 e-mails, I still do not have my Thermal Detonator which I ordered almost 3 weeks ago. I have found customer service really is nothing more than an answering service. They have absolutely no control over decisions that need to be made regarding resolving issues related to updating your order with certificates issued after you place the order, cancelling an order, or processing your card again if it is declined for some reason. All issues are forwarded to the corporate office.

I was even given a personal call from someone named Amy from the corporate office after writing a lengthy e-mail explaining my frustration to purchase a Thermal Detonator. I asked her to simply cancel my order since my current order can’t be processed for some reason. She said she would do this and it is now Thursday and the order is still open. It has been almost 3 weeks since I place my order and I told them I would write a story of my experience with them… and they really did a bang up job of showing how good their customer service is if you have problems with your order.

Great items, but HORRIBLE customer service. This is what you get when you have no competition.



Amazon Items
December 18, 2003 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

New in stock and coming soon….
Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Saesee Tiin
Durge (Clone Wars)
Star Wars 3 3/4″ Jedi Warriors 4-Pack Release date Dec 26th.



Bounty Hunting Today: Skateboard 
December 17, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

While surfing Ebay for a bargain basement price on a nice item, to be given as a Christmas gift, I found many surpises, along with today’s featured auction.

If you are one of the famous last-minute shoppers, or if you may be on a continual hunt for deals to add to your own collection today’s auction is a great example. Most of the Star Wars themed Skateboards are modern designs, of both the original trilogy as well as the prequels. While Skateboards are usually a seasonal item and only available at most toy stores/dept. stores during the spring/summer months Ebay is a store with virtually no seasons.

Click on through below to view a great deal on an unused Skateboard to give as a gift anytime of the year!

Ep. II Heroes Unused Skateboard



Off Topic – Return Of The King
December 17, 2003 | 9:12 PM EST | Mark

Well, yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Trilogy Tuesday at our local theater. After taking the time to look back at the very long day yesterday, we arrived at 7am to get in line and got home at 2:00am, is WOW! While I do like the original movie Fellowship, the extended version of Two Towers will just blow your mind away. After viewing it on screen, it makes me wonder why they didnt just release this version first. It was in a word AWESOME. If you have not seen the extended version, do so. You will be awed! Today is the official opening of Return of the King. In comparison to the first two, it is just as striking, ringing in at just over 3:20 minutes running time (the extended is supposed to be over 4 hours), it was extremely well done! I have read these books over and over since my teenage years. I have waited twenty years for these movies, and all I can say is, ONLY IF LUCAS could have made his movies after twenty years be a third of what these are…..

Please send in your comments on this third installment and if you attended the Trilogy Tuesday and have images or stories, I will put together a page for this. I know it is not Star Wars, however, I know there are a lot of us fans that loved these movies as well. Send them in to me at hfsolo@yakface.com.



Newest 12″ Wave Found
December 17, 2003 | 4:52 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Sergio has this promising new report of his latest findings:

Today at a TRU in El Paso, TX, I found the new 12″ Yoda with Council chair and the new 12″ Luke Skywalker. According to the employee I talked to the box comes with 2 Yodas, 2 Lukes, 1 Ewoks, and 1 Scout Trooper. I had given up any hope of finding these figures at stores, but they are out there.




Possible Target Clearance?
December 17, 2003 | 4:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mike writes in with his latest clearance finds at his local Target:

I was just at my local Target store in Downtown Minneapolis, and they had all of their Star Wars figures on clearance for about $2.83. This included newer waves such as the Super Articulated Clone Trooper and Shirtless Kit Fisto. I do not know if this is at all Targets or not.

This may be a hit or miss clearance, as not all stores in all regions clearance out exactly the same. It is worth going on a figure run to check it out if you have the time.



McQuarrie Stormtrooper Tray Variation
December 17, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

Remember all the variation fun we all had with the whole long saber/long tray or short saber/long tray etc. etc. with the Red Card POTF2 figs? Well, it appears that some of that variation fun and goodness has made a comeback with the new McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper. Check out the images below provided by boba_jp and let the hunt begin!



New Figures @ Amazon.com
December 17, 2003 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark

New instock if you are looking, You can also still use standard shipping today to get these before X-mas.

Army of the Republic: Kit Fisto
Army of the Republic: Clone Trooper (super articulated)



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 16, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

Entertainment Earth is now taking preorders for the Jabba’s Palace and Yavin figure waves due to ship in March and February ’04. These have been designated waves 4 and 5 respectively by EE.

Darth Vader Lightsaber FX
This FX lightsaber features a permanently attached polypropylene blade which encases an electro-luminescent (EL) core. Once activated, the blade glows brightly and the replica plays back digitally recorded sound effects take directly form the film including power-up, idle-hum, swing, clash and power-down. Integrated sensor switches control the pitch and playback of the lightsaber sounds, including an impact sound when the blade encounters an obstacle.Click here for more.

In Stock!
Item Number: MRSW202
Price: $138.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas



Don’t Have Room for the Replica Sabers?
December 16, 2003 | 9:53 PM EST | Mark B

An interesting item that I ran across today as well. Based on the part number of this item, I am going to assume it is from Master Replicas since it matches their product numbering scheme. How about a 1/2 scale Lightsaber Replica??? How about for $37!!!

Here’s the Details:
First in the Series! This 1:2 scaled Lightsaber replica is composed of the same premium material as the full-sized replicas, including machined aircraft-grade aluminum, brass, steel, and durable die-cast metals. Some tiny details are reproduced in injection-molded plastic to ensure razor-sharp reproduction. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom stand with nameplate. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.

****Please note, that this item has not “officially” been announced. I hope to have a photo of it for you the middle of next week.



Anakin Skywalker Episode III Lightsaber
December 16, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Mark B

Look for Master Replicas to announce a new replica lightsaber in their lineup over the next few weeks. They’ll be announcing the Anakin Skywalker Limited Edition Lightsaber (and probably a signature edition as well) – Studio-authorized, the hilt of the lightsaber is constructed from durable die-cast metal components and is an exacting replica of the lightsaber used by Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars Saga (the same blade eventually given to his son by Obi-Wan in Episode IV). Measures approximately 11″ in length. Scheduled to ship in April 2004.



Would You Like Batteries With Your Jacket Sir?
December 16, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, this definitely falls under “what do I get for the Star Wars Fan who has everything?” – The new Diamond Comics Previews Magazine will be shipped to Retailers next week – but our Bothan Spies have given us a “Preview” of our own. This is probably the most notable item: STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE FIBER OPTICS JACKET:
Truly a Star Wars collector’s dream — an actual scene from the movie recreated on a luxurious wool letterman’s jacket! The first in a series, this jacket of surprisingly soft Melton wool, contains tiny fiber optic cables that illuminate a fighter sequence taken directly from Star War Episode IV: A New Hope. Beads of light re-create a space battle between a Tie Fighter and an X-Wing, as the Death Star looms ominously in the background. Along with the fighter sequence, the Star Wars logo is revealed in a lighting sequence that can be seen in the darkest of spaces. Inside, the label verifies this is a “Master Replicas” collectible jacket, approved by Lucasfilm Ltd. The jacket itself is made of the finest quality wool and leather, perfectly weighted for cool weather. A battery pack is concealed in the jacket pocket, and is easily removable. – The downside? $399
Watch for Photos here next week when Previews is shipped.



Do It Yourself… On The Official Site
December 16, 2003 | 8:50 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with do it yourself instructions for making a TIE fighter to go on your Imperial, err Christmas Tree. Click here to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Today: Bicycle
December 15, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Keri

As a 7 year old kid, I remember wanting a bicycle more than anything, it was at the very top of my Christmas list. I will never forget seeing it in the morning when I woke up and then riding it all around the neighborhood that afternoon.

It wasn’t a Star Wars bike that I got that year, but it was a beauty of a blue Schwinn with banana seat ( yes I was born in the 70s! )
With all this said, today’s auction featured is for a Star Wars themed bicycle, specifically one of Darth Maul. Although Huffy produced 2 vintage bikes for ROTJ, one of the Driods for the boys and Ewoks for the girls, they are very difficult to find now in just about any condition and are more for a collector rather than a child to use. Which brings me to the modern bikes produced for Episode I which are very attainable, even if somewhat used.

Today’s auction for a wonderfully inexpensive lightly used Darth Maul bike is great for that special little Sith child in your life, or even the older Sith among us. Click on through below to make someone’s Christmas memories that will last a lifetime!

Darth Maul Boys Bicycle



Red ARC Troopers at Suncoast & Media Play
December 15, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Dave writes in to report that Red Arc Troopers galore are hitting Suncoast Video and Media Play in Denver, Colorado.

I went to my local Suncoast at the mall and found Durge w/Speeder Bike, as well as Jedi 3 packs and the Red ARC Trooper here in Dallas, TX. Suncoast is a good place to check for Star Wars figures, the prices are slightly more than Wal-Mart, Target or TRU, but if you are really searching for a specific figure, try a store near you.



TRU Battle of Hoth Tauntaun Head Correction
December 15, 2003 | 5:05 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tim sends in this latest finding regarding the TRU Battle of Hoth set:

I was at the TRU in Westland, MI yesterday and I saw
the Tauntaun in the Battle of Hoth set had the head
with the full horns not the partially broken one like
before, wich is makes sense since Han’s Tauntaun’s
horns were not broken at all, glad I waited to buy it
till now! Oh btw, the new hoth Han fits perfectly on
that Tauntaun.



Amazon Vintage Bespin Collectors Set Update
December 15, 2003 | 5:00 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Tony sends in this email from Amazon regarding his preorder:

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’ve recently learned from our supplier that the item you requested to be notified about, Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set, will not be available in the foreseeable future.

It’s possible that someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item.



Last Day for Christmas Delivery
December 15, 2003 | 8:52 AM EST | Mark B

Just a reminder, if you are a last minute gift shopper. Today is the last day to order from Master Replicas and get your order delivered by Christmas. Head on over today and pick up one of the great new Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker FX lightsabers for only $99!



Star Construx Updates
December 14, 2003 | 9:48 PM EST | Bill

Today, StarconstruX had the last update for this year.

There are 20 new figures made by Lars Intemann and Harald Flügge, for example Klatuu, Fozek and Danz Borin.
StarconstruX wishes to all our fans “Merry Christmas and a happy new year!Check them out here.



Master Replica Lightsabers…
December 14, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Mark

Do you have a few extra bucks for the holiday shopping lists? The Master Replicas Count Dooku Lightsaber (Signature Edition) is at Amazon for $299.99, which is 40% off. Also this has free shipping.

And the Master Replicas FX Edition Darth Vader Lightsaber is on sale for $99.99, which is 23% off with free shipping.



Bounty Hunting Today: Neck Ties
December 13, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Keri

Long a staple of traditional Christmas gift-giving, the neck tie remains a classic item to wrap up and give to Dad. However, with a Star Wars neck tie you can make Dad the most stylish and best dressed at work this upcoming New Year.

Most of the Star Wars neck ties produced were made by Ralph Marlin in the early to mid 1990s when the trilogy saw a resurgance in popularity. The ties feature classic artwork we have all come to love, and also immediately recognize. Star Wars themed neck ties were also made with Episode I characters, but the classic images are among the most colorful and beautiful.

Click on through below to get some ties that Dad will thank you for!

McQuarrie Bounty Hunters Neck Tie

McQuarrie Classic Star Wars Art Neck Tie

Ep I Darth Maul Neck Tie



Durge Back In Stock
December 13, 2003 | 10:43 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock if you are still looking for him, is Durge at Amazon.

Also in stock is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97



Bounty Hunting Today: Custom Star Wars Muppet Figure 
December 12, 2003 | 5:30 PM EST | Keri

When thinking of custom made items, whether 12″ dolls or smaller action figures, the possibilites are limited only to one’s imagination. The proof of this is today’s feautured auction for a custom Star Wars themed figure of Miss Piggy.

If you remember the original Muppet Show from the 80’s, you will most likely recall the Pigs In Space skit where Mark Hamill in full Luke ESB attire is desired by Miss Piggy as Princess Leia. Today’s auction is for a custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia on the card, complete with blonde buns and white gown with hood. This is truly a wonderful and unique item for any Star Wars collector!

Custom Miss Piggy as Princess Leia



Real Stands Holiday Half Price Sale And Giveaway
December 12, 2003 | 8:18 AM EST | Bill

Now through December 24, 2003, Real Stands is running their Holiday half price sale – save 50% on all orders. In addition, they have a contest going for a Silver Boba Fett – 2003 Star Wars Convention Figure! Click here to check them out!



Red ARC Trooper Variation 
December 11, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

Variation hunters to your local stores! YakReader Damon reports and shares a photo of this variation amongst the Red ARC Troopers:

I just wanted to share what I believe to be ANOTHER new variation for the ARC Trooper. I went to Wal-Mart as usual looking for new figures and was pleased to find 3 new cases. After having an employee open them, I was disappointed to see that they were all wave 1 Clone Wars figures, but was pleased to see the new red ARC Trooper. As I was looking through the red ARC’s trying to find the best paint job, I noticed a difference in the figures from one of the cases. Two of the cases had what I think is the regular version of the figure with a dark grey/black skirt and dark grey pouches. The skirt and pouches are also shiny. However, the third case had a light blue/grey skirt and lighter grey front pouches – the same coloring as the first version ARC Trooper with blue armor. These guys have a matte skirt and pouches, again like the orginal blue ARC. What I was most surprised by is that all of the figures, no matter the variation, have the same date stamp: 32651. Weird stuff, huh?

These pictures show the color differences much better than I thought they would. They’re not true side-by-side shots, each was photographed separately, but I think you can see pretty clearly the differences.



TRU 12″ Luke Tauntaun Markdown
December 11, 2003 | 9:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Don in Killeen, TX reports in with his savings on the 12″ TRU Luke on Tauntaun:

I went into my local TRU and saw the large pile of Luke with Taun Taun and thought I should scan one since I hadn’t in a while. The tag on the shelf still said $59.99. When I went to the scanner I found that it came up $30.98! Plus, they are having the 20% off any one item sale, so I got it, well actually 5 of them for $24.78 + Tax each! You have to have them ring the figures up individually to take advantage of this!

This offer is also good at toysrus.com where the Luke on Tauntaun is showing a markdown there of $39.98. Use promotional code RK3SAVEGRUPG when checking out to recieve the 20% discount. Please note the 20% coupons are only good in stores through this Saturday 12/13, I am unsure how long the offer is good in the online store.



Bounty Hunting Today: Christopher Radko Glass Ornaments
December 11, 2003 | 4:22 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices as far as the different Star Wars ormanents produced, ranging from the Hallmark ornaments to today’s feature the hand blown glass ornaments designed by Christopher Radko.

Blown glass ornaments have been made in one form or another primarily in Germany and eastern Europe since the 1800s. Christopher Radko sells ornaments made from “Old World” designs and original molds to be bought at the retail level in today’s marketplace. Radko has also produced a rather impressive line of Star Wars ornaments, including Yoda, Chewie, Vader, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Ewoks, Vader and Luke dueling.

The ornaments were not cheap when they originally sold, but thanks to the secondary market of Ebay, the ornaments can be found at bargain prices. Click on through to the links below to add to your Star Wars tree decorations!

Yoda Ornament

Vader Ornament

Ewoks Ornament



Gentle Giant News
December 11, 2003 | 3:50 PM EST | Mark B

Gentle Giant, the maker of these really cool RealScan busts, has some announcements that have come up the past couple of days. You can read all about the details over at their website. But, to give you a brief rundown – new busts are officially announced: Clone Trooper Sergeant which will be an online exclusive in the US through a yet to be named retailer, Clone Trooper Pilotwhich will be a Wizard World LA exclusive. The coolest part of their news is the new line of Star Wars Statues! The first is going to be a 15″ Chewbacca which will be an exclusive to Gentle Giant’s Collectors Club (which I have not yet figured out how to join! I’ve checked a couple of the boxes from previous busts and there is no information about this club, and I can’t find any info on their website – more details as I find out!).

***Update – I have received more details from Gentle Giant on the “Collectors Club”. In order to join, all you have to do is join their mailing list. And, the 12″ Statues WILL NOT be exclusive to members. (My guess is that they will be available through Dark Horse Comics like the other Gentle Giant Busts – again, more info when available).



X-Wing Red Leader Pre-Order
December 11, 2003 | 7:33 AM EST | Mark

You can now head over to Amazon.com and Pre-Order the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Red Leader This TRU Exclusive is $29.99



There May Be Another… Chance For FAO
December 10, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Bill

A number of news outlets are reporting that Ken Hakuta, who brought the Wacky WallWalker to the United States, has expressed an interest is buying FAO Schwartz, he specifically wanted to save FAO before Christmas. Sounds interesting.



SA Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 3 
December 10, 2003 | 9:01 PM EST | Keri

In the ongoing discussion regarding the new SA (Super Articulated) Clonetrooper, YakReader Oliver writes in with a new discovery as well as a picture:

I just wanted to point out that the new shirtless Kit Fisto has the
EXACT same ankle articulation as the Clone Trooper.

The new Kit Fisto has footpegs, so for whatever reason Hasbro has simply not put them on the new SA Clonetrooper. Perhaps, they may change this in the future, but at this time, all SA Clonetroopers have no foot pegs.



Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars Chess Sets
December 10, 2003 | 5:10 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars board games have been produced since the initial film’s release in 1977 and are continually being made for the new prequels today. Of the many board games with characters from the films, I am spotlighting auctions for Star Wars Chess Sets today.

Chess is a game of strategy and thought, one that a person may play for a lifetime. Though some people do not know how to play chess, they may be inspired to learn quickly if the pieces are familiar Star Wars creatures, Jedi and villians. The auctions featured today include Chess encompassing the original trilogy as well as Ep. I and II. Though the original trilogy is a virtual game of Chess that may be played on your PC and not a physical board game, you may play the computer and watch the battles between the pieces take place. The other sets are physical board games from Ep. I and II, with molded PVC pieces to resemble pewter.

The prices are all very reasonable to get you started playing chess, or to give as a gift to that special someone.

Trilogy PC Chess Software

Ep. I Chess Set

Ep. II Chess Set



Last Call Already!!
December 10, 2003 | 10:24 AM EST | Mark B

I just received an email from Master Replicas announcing that the Darth Maul Battle Damaged Lightsaber is now on LAST CALL (this means that less than 75 of them are left). This is sure to be one of the sabers that will go up in value (take a look at what the “As Built By” Obi Wan sabers are currently selling for!).

If the replica sabers are out of your price range, you can still pick up the FX Vader or Skywalker for a nice holiday gift for yourself or someone you love (Email me here for my shipping address) for $99 delivered! You can also get them with display stand for $139. Order direct from Master Replicas by December 15th and they will get an FX Lightsaber to you before Christmas.



Minor E3 Spoilers
December 10, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

A couple of actors from E3 appeared at the Cold Mountain premier recently and discussed some of E3. While these aren’t major spoilers by any means, we do learn the name of another E3 character. Check out the full story over at The Private Universe.



Star Wars: Jedi Warriors 4-Pack!!! 
December 10, 2003 | 1:48 AM EST | Joseph

Action-Hq.com has the new upcoming Jedi Warriors 4-pack in stock for $29.95. To get there you can click here



Bounty Hunting Today: Droids Animation Cel
December 9, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

With the latest release of the Cartoon Network animated series of the Clone Wars, I was reminded of the first animated Star Wars series called Droids. First premeired in 1985, the series told of the adventures of 3PO and R2 before they came into Master Luke’s service. Of course, this was all before the backstory that is being told in the prequels.

The Droids cartoon series spawned quite a bit of merchandising material, especially a large amount overseas. Here in the US, Kenner produced a small line of figures with an animation style 3PO and R2, as well as new characters and old ones such as Boba Fett and A-Wing Pilot. Also produced were some vehicles and a lightsaber that resembled Luke’s from ROTJ.

If you wish to own however a piece of the series itself, you may do so with an animation cel, captured as one frame in an episode. The cels are no more than acetate which are painted on from behind with a background placed behind them. Most cels were thrown away or destroyed, but some survived or were sold by the studio itself. Actual production cels are difficult to find, not the mass produced limited seri-cels which are less expensive.

Today’s auction features a production cel of the main characters, the droids themselves, framed with COA and original background. This would be a wonderful gift for the holidays for the Star Wars collector in your life.

Droids Animation Cel



Clonetrooper Foot Pegs Pt. 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:42 PM EST | Keri

There have been many developments in the unfolding information regarding the new Super Articulated Clonetrooper. There are indeed two packaging poses to choose from, if you wish to keep your figure sealed in his plastic grave.

Regarding the lack of foot pegs, YakReader Adam offers this insight:

If you look on the back of the heel of the new clone trooper figure, you’ll see that the ankle has a large round joint inside of the foot. There aren’t peg holes on the feet because there isn’t room. The peg hole couldn’t possibly be deep enough as the tolerances allow.
The engineering on the jointed ankles actually works really well. They have a good range of motion and are stiff enough to hold their
position. Not having peg holes is a worthy sacrifice. You can
position the foot and stand the figure any way you like, so the peg holes aren’t necessary anyway.



Clone Wars Figs Wave 2
December 9, 2003 | 4:05 PM EST | Mark B


Hasbro has posted images of the second wave of animated Clone Wars figureshere. Included in the second wave are Yoda, Clonetrooper, Durge, and Dooku. These are slated to be a Target exclusive and will be available in the Spring of 2004.



Customized Stuff Now With Santa Yoda
December 9, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’re a fan of the Official Site’s customized merchandise (mouse pads, mugs, etc.), or you’re just the ultimate completist, there’s some new items you may want to check out. Now you can get the Ralph McQuarrie Santa Yoda image on their products. Click here to check it out.



Entertainment Earth Clearance
December 9, 2003 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Check out the list of toys that they have up on clearance. Quite a large list, just scroll down to the Star Wars sections.



Super Posable Clonetrooper Bubble Variation
December 9, 2003 | 1:36 AM EST | Jason

Here you go, I found both versions at Wal-mart and Target:

And Yes, both do NOT have foot holes… which is really the only
bad thing about this figure. How could hasbro miss this?



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
December 8, 2003 | 7:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Dear Friends,

The holidays are upon us and it seems like everyone is out there shopping! If you are getting tired of fighting the mall crowds, sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and browse www.entertainmentearth.com for your holiday gifts.

Place your order for any IN-STOCK item by December 10, 2003 (using standard shipping) and your packages will arrive in time for Christmas. Last minute shoppers can take advantage of 2nd Day Air delivery and order IN-STOCK items as late as December 19, 2003!

Our domestic shipping rates start at a super-affordable $3.95, and we’ve added a great new FREE shopping feature for your convenience–Gift Messages! You can save time by including a personalized message with your gifts, and prices will never be displayed on the special gift packing slip.

You can order online, or call toll-free 1-800-370-2320. Our extended Customer Service Holiday Hours are: Monday though Friday 7am – 7 pm Pacific Time.

Have a wonderful holiday season!



On a Quick Side Note…
December 8, 2003 | 5:49 PM EST | Keri

Although not exactly Star Wars related, the new Battlestar Galactica Mini-Series premieres tonight on the Sci-Fi channel at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central time. Looks to be pretty cool, especially if you loved the original series with its dazzling special effects designed by John Dykstra who worked on A New Hope.
You can visit the Sci-Fi Channel’s website here for all the Battlestar Galactica program info on both the new and old series.



Super Articulated Clonetrooper Error?
December 8, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: YakReader Chad reports in with yet another variation, this time having to do with the poses in packaging :

I just found the Super articulated Clone Trooper.The thing I noticed is that Target(which is where I found them).I bought 3 of the clones and noticed that there is one packaged in a crouched position and one standing.

YakReader moonbase7 writes in with a possible error/variation on the brand new super posable Clonetrooper ( which I have yet to see in stores ) Time will tell whether this is a variation/error or something that will be changed quickly by Hasbro.

well, it looks as though we have yet another error on the clone troopers the new super posable clones have no peg holes on the feet i found five today like that.
you would think they need the pegs as all the figures do



Bounty Hunting Today: Clone Wars Banner
December 8, 2003 | 3:18 PM EST | Keri

Although the Clone Wars Micro-series is not airing any new episodes on Cartoon Network, the well-animated and well-written cartoon has so far spawned very few promotional items. The action figures and vehicles are trickling out to retail stores, but other items are practically non existent at this time.

Having said that, if you are looking for something Clone Wars that is not a figure or ship, then the auction featured today is right up your alley so to speak.

Banners always look great hanging in any Star Wars room and this Clone Wars banner is no exception. It was originally intended to be placed on top of a taxi cab as an advertisement for the series, but this one was never used. The art looks great on it and the colors are very vibrant. The price is also very reasonable if you wish to pick this up as a Holiday gift. Click on through to the link below to add this unusual banner to your collection today!

Clone Wars Banner



Deep Discount At TRU
December 8, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Bill

If you’ve been waiting to pick up that new Republic Gunship or something else at TRU, now may be the time. The Sunday paper has a coupon for 20% off of any one item — there is no limit on whether it is a full price or sale item. Happy shopping!



Shuttle Now Even Lower
December 7, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark

Correct me if I am wrong, but soon this awesome toy will actually be down to an almost realistic retail price. You can now pick up the shuttle over atKBToys.com for the lower price of $59.99 now 40% off.
Here are some codes to make it even better…
$10 off a $49 purchase! Use coupon code SEARSKBTOY
$5 off a $40 purchase! Use coupon code KBSUBSCRIBE
$5 off your first purchase of $40 or more! Use coupon code DISCOKIDS
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDECTEN
Save 10% off ANY purchase! Use coupon code KBDEC10
The sales have increased, here are more items:
12″ Gamorrean Guard $9.99
LEGO Blockade Runner $134.99
Master Replicas Vader Lightsaber $199.99 (43% off)
Action Figures $1.99



2004 Hasbro Star Wars List 
December 6, 2003 | 10:34 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you a list of both the confirmed and rumored figures, ships, and exclusives for 2004. This time around the list includes all of the images we’ve been able to find of upcoming items, and links to the original reports of rumored additions. Click here to check it out. There’s also a link on in our features section on the right side of the page.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Cereal Cards
December 6, 2003 | 12:20 PM EST | Keri

If you enjoy collecting Star Wars trading cards, you know that there are many different cards that came from almost everything around the world.

Today’s feature will focus on vintage cereal cards from Count Chocula, Boo-Berry and Franken Berry. The cards were found inside the boxes as a free premium, with the hope of completing the 18 card set. However, you could also mail away with a little money for the infamous shipping and handling fees, and receive all the cards in a fold out brown vinyl wallet with the Star Wars logo embossed in gold on the front.

The cards look really cool and unmistakeably show their age from their release in 1978. Click on through below to start your cereal card collection now!

Complete Set of 18 Cereal Cards



Durge In Stock
December 6, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can now pick up Durge

Also on sale is the Star Wars: Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition)$174.98 (50% off) Normally $349.99 only one left.



How to Build Your Own Bot
December 5, 2003 | 5:42 PM EST | Keri

At the official site, there is a very interesting article regarding a new book that happens to be written by an ILM Model Maker named Grant Imahara. It is called Kickin’ ‘Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots from Wiley Publishing and is now for sale on book shelves as well as websites everywhere.

The book provides advice and instruction on how to build your very own bot, whether a battle bot, or a less agressive droid.
You may read the rest of the article here



Bounty Hunting Today: Vintage Kenner Shelf Talkers
December 5, 2003 | 5:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a small finishing touch to your display of vintage Kenner figures and playsets a shelf talker is just the thing!

Made of a thin plastic, with strong adhesive on the back, shelf talkers were glued to the edge of a shelf where the advertised toys were sold. Included in store display packages, most of these were simply thrown away after the promotion was over. These vintage shelf talkers, although plain with only the logo of the specific film of the trilogy look amazing to complete a vintage collection.

There are 3 different shelf talkers up for auction that I am featuring today. They are all reasonably priced with Buy-it-now’s and will no doubt go quickly. Click on through below for some affordable vintage store display items.

ESB Kenner Shelf Talker

Micro Collection Kenner Shelf Talker

ROTJ Kenner Shelf Talker



Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave
December 5, 2003 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

In stock now at EntertainmentEarth is the Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack Wave, this wave includes the following:
12 individually packaged figures: 1x Hoth Trooper, 1x R-3P0 with display stand, 2x Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack with part of the Wampa’s cave, 2x Aayla Secura, 2x Barriss Offee, 2x Yoda and Chian, 2x Ashla and Jempa.



Master Replica Sabers On Sale
December 5, 2003 | 7:08 AM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com you can pick up the following two Lightsabers on sale. They are $99 each on sale with free shipping. If you can afford one of these, I would pick up the Darth Vader as it is by far superior to the Luke. But they are both very nice additions to any collection.

Star Wars FX Luke Skywalker Green Lightsaber (23% off)

Star Wars FX Darth Vader Red Lightsaber (23% off)



Morphing The Clones
December 4, 2003 | 7:12 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has a very intersting story about post production work on the Clones in Episode III. Without mentioning spoilers, this promises some very intersting aspects for E3 which continue some of E2’s diversions from the Original Trilogy. Check it out here.



December 4, 2003 | 6:03 PM EST | Mark B


Master Replicas has the new Battle Damaged Darth Maul lightsaber available for order now! It is limited to only 750 pieces, and sells for $299. This one is sure to sell out FAST!!!



DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Winter Social 2003
December 4, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

The DCSWCC will be hosting their Winter Social on Satruday December 6th, 2003 from 1pm – 5pm at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA. Any Star Wars collectors in the DC Metro Area that arent already members are welcome to stop by. Please check out www.dcswcc.com for more information or emailJediNerdz@dcswcc.com for more information.



Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Mock-up Card
December 4, 2003 | 5:19 PM EST | Keri

Following the theme of prototypes for the week, I have found yet another vintage treasure while surfing good ol’ Ebay.

For all of you that love the vintage Kenner line, today’s auction is something that doesn’t come up for sale too often. Like all other toy companies, past and present, Kenner prepared figures onto proof cards with hand cut bubbles to display new packaging at shows like Toy Fair, or at internal meetings. The cards have sqaured edges, the holes are usually unpunched and the figure is held onto the card by a hand cut and hand glued plastic bubble. The finished product is then called a Mock-Up. Mock-ups are rather difficult to come by as most were either thrown away (GASP!) or were kept by Kenner employees.

If you are looking for something to add to your Kenner figure collection, then this ROTJ mock-up of a Hoth Rebel Commander is just what you have been searching for!

ROTJ Hoth Rebel Commander Mock-up



Jedi Knights 3 Pack Variation
December 3, 2003 | 10:49 PM EST | Keri

UPDATE: The 3 Pack that YakReader Charlie found was the variation with no Clonetrooper side art. However, these additional pictures illustrate the other differences besides the addition of side art found on later packaging.

I found a Clone Wars Jedi Knight 3 pack today and was happy to find it in good shape so I could replace the one that I currently have, and when I was comparing the two of them, I started to notice differences. I have included 3 pictures of the differences. The first is that they removed the small parts warning in the upper right corner. The small print on the back is different as well, and is completely rearranged. Last, and in this case probably least, the distribution info and ink color on the bottom of the bubble are different as well. The one starts out “Distributed in the United Kingdom. . .” and the other starts out “Please keep company details. . .” I just thought I would share this variation.



Bounty Hunting Today: Han 12″ Prototype
December 3, 2003 | 10:11 PM EST | Keri

Following yesterday’s feature of Hardcopy Prototype POTF Coins, comes today’s auction of a modern Hasbro 12″ Han Solo.

Easily one of the favorite human characters in the trilogy, the Corellian smuggler, gambler, and scoundrel who captured a Princess’ heart has been immortalized into small and large plastic action figures since the 1978. When Kenner reintroduced a line of Star Wars toys in 1995, they again produced 12″ figures that were more movie realistic, posable and looked pretty cool as well.

Today’s auction brings a hardcopy proof sculpted by an artist that would be mass produced as Han’s head. The sculpt is very interesting to see, the details are crisp and it certainly provides a unique addition to any collection. Click on through to add this prototype to your 12″ collection today!

Hardcopy Han 12″ Prototype



TFN Discount on Thermal Detonator
December 3, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Mark B

Thanks to the fine group over at The Force.net for setting up a discount withMaster Replicas on their very cool Thermal Detonator replica. By using the code “TFN-4532” during checkout, you can get $44.95 off the normally $199 Thermal Detonator Replica!



Yoda Santa Figure.
December 3, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Jair

Hi everyone. Are you still waiting for your Yoda Santa figure? Well, you shouldn’t wait that much longer, I got mine this week.

If you still want to order the figure head on to the fanclub’s website. I keep getting e-mails from them telling me that they still have plenty available.

Good luck!!!



12″ Wave 6 In Stock
December 3, 2003 | 7:47 AM EST | Mark

The 12″ Wave 6 is now in stock at Entertainment Earth. Head on over and pick yours up.



LEGO Shop@home Sale
December 3, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | Mark

Here are some Star Wars items on sale:
Final Duel 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 1 $3.50
Jedi Defense 2 $3.50
Jedi Starfighter $9.99
Darth Vader $20.00
There are many other LEGO’s on sale, these are just the Star Wars ones.



More New Figures May Be On The Way
December 2, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Bill

Jimmy over at The Trade Federation has come through with a list of more upcoming figures for ’04. His sources have been very accurrate in the past, so here’s the list:

Luke Endor
Cloud Car pilot
Bespin Leia
Ewok (we assume Chief Chirpa as mentioned before)
Death Star Trooper (although listed as “officer”)
C3-P0 with knee articulation
Luke in robes from medical frigate



Ultra Figure Assortment Starting To Appear At Retail
December 2, 2003 | 11:05 PM EST | Bill

The new Ultra figure assortment (which is the current incarnation of the Deluxe line) is starting to appear at TRU and Walmart stores- this wave includes C-3PO with the Escape Pod. Good luck.



Clone Wars Posters And More On Points Auctions– For 24 HOURS
December 2, 2003 | 11:01 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has been sending out this notice to registered members of their auction site:

December 2, 2003


Including 200 Cartoon Network Clone Wars Posters only
available for twenty-four hours, and a Boba Fett Bust, this
week the Star Wars Jedi Master Points Auction adds new
auction items each day–for Bounty Hunters like you.

To get more information on this week’s new auction items and
to log-in to the auction, please click here.

To participate in the auction all you need are your Jedi
Master Points from Hasbro Star Wars products. Participation
is open only to registered users of starwars.hasbro.com
(and other Hasbro U.S. Web sites).

Interesting to say the least. Click here to check out their page.



Star Wars Gamer?
December 2, 2003 | 7:26 PM EST | Mark

Are you a Star Wars gamer (PC, XBOX, PS2, Game Cube)? Play all the games? Want to do a Star Wars section? Email me.



Silver Clone Dec 26th???
December 2, 2003 | 6:30 PM EST | Mark

Over at POTF2.com, Aaron has learned that the Japan TRU’s will be getting mister Silver Clone on December 26th. Could it be then for the US also???



Slightly Off Topic…
December 2, 2003 | 5:33 PM EST | Keri

Going slightly off topic here, but being the huge Alien fan that I am I had to share this new release DVD Box set with everyone! Released today was the Alien Quadrilogy to DVD, with a Director’s Cut of each film, yes that includes both Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, as well as a bonus disc, bringing the total set of discs to 9. This is the real definitive Alien boxed set I know I have been waiting for!

You may purchase the set at Amazon here with free shipping for $69.99, retail is around $74.99-79.99 depending on where you go to buy it. Now that’s something that I will give to myself as a present this holiday!



Bounty Hunting Bonus: 113 12″ Figures 
December 2, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking to give someone an instant 12″ Collection for a gift this Holiday, then this is the auction for you! Click on through below to pick up a huge chunk of modern Star Wars collecting!

113 12″ Figures



Bounty Hunting Today: POTF Coin Prototypes
December 2, 2003 | 5:20 PM EST | Keri

In 1984, interest in the line of Star Wars toys was beginning to go downhill. Kenner was still producing figures and playsets and came up with new packaging as well as new figures from the entire trilogy which was called The Power of the Force. Each figure came with a coin and proofs-of-purchase could be sent away to receive special mail-away coins. At the time, the figures didn’t sell that well, and the coin promotion left many consumers frustrated that were trying to get a complete set of coins, unless they contacted Kenner directly and were one of the lucky few able to purchase an entire set of coins.

The POTF coins are widely collected today and the art looks great next to the figure itself. The coins are split into Catagories, as to the level of difficulty obtaining them from Cat I (easiest) to Cat V (most difficult & expensive). The auctions I have featured today are prototypes of the POTF Coins. If you have ever spent anytime at all drooling over the rarities pictured atwww.toysrugus.com then you know exactly what i am talking about – Hardcopy coins. Hardcopy coins were made of each coin, with the art of the character sculpted into a resin material to be duplicated onto the small aluminum coins. These are extremely hard to find, and it is a real treat to see one offered for sale on Ebay at this time. The other prototype coin featured today is a coin with art only on the front, with nothing on the back. I personally have never seen a prototype like this before, but it appears to be genuine.

Click on the links below to view some rare and exciting POTF Coin Prototypes!

POTF Logray Hardcopy Prototype Coin

POTF Hoth Snowtrooper Prototype Coin



KBToys.com LEGO Sale
December 2, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Mark

KBToys.com has a LEGO sale right now. Check it out as they have many sets on sale. Including the UCS Rebel Blockade Runner for $143.00.



Gamers Spotlight: Star Wars: Battlefront
December 2, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Confirmed – Gamespot.com has news on the new Star Wars game titled “Battlefront”.

“A LucasArts representative confirmed today that the studio is working on a new Star Wars title which it will unveil early next year. Currently called Star Wars: Battlefront, the game will feature online multiplayer war action a la Battlefield 1942 set in the Star Wars universe.” Gamespot.com

Click the link above to read the rest of the article.



Target Glasses & Figures
December 2, 2003 | 11:33 AM EST | Mark


Check out POTF2.com for the full size picture and log in to the forums and talk about it. These are going to be a series of glasses retro style to the Burger King glasses offered in the ’80s. These are the firt two.

Thanks to POTF2 and Robochris for the image.



New Master Replica Announcement
December 2, 2003 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has just officially announced a new collectible lightsaber that we reported on a few weeks ago. The new Darth Maul “Battle Damaged” Lightsaber! Modeled after the lightsaber used in The Phantom Menace that was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. This replica is half of Maul’s saber with a scorched end, and ruby red crystals and wiring that we imagine could be inside a “real” lightsaber. Comes with display case and numbered plaque. While the release doesn’t mention the edition number, we initially reported that there are only going to be 750 of these made. The item will be available to order fromMaster Replicas on Friday December 5.



December 2, 2003 | 8:20 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon.com is the LEGO Republic Gunship for $49.97 (44% off)



Germany Jedi-Con 2004
December 1, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Mark

The Germany Jedi-Con website is now up and running. The show runs from April 9 – April 11, 2004. Guests stars are:
Rick McCallum, Billy Dee Williams, and Amy Allen as well as others.

To read the news in English CLICK HERE

Rebelscum.com is also reporting that there will also be a special two-pack of figures (names not announced yet) that will be exclusive to this show.



Bounty Hunting Today: Original Art
December 1, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

After a nice holiday, I have returned to give all you readers some one of a kind gifts in the form of auctions on Ebay.

All of the Star Wars films have inspired many artists to create beautiful works depicting characters, vehicles and pivotal scenes as posters, plates, and paintings. Orignal artwork is something that is not mass produced – it is one person’s efforts to capture emotions and images from the mind’s eye onto a piece of canvas or paper. Therefore, the works are not the cheapest items to collect, but they are among the most unique and certainly eye-catching.

Today’s auctions feature the original artowrk that was used to create the plates from the Hamilton Collection, by the artist Keith Birdsong. The art is not only colorful, but really captures the action and adventure in the films.

Yoda Art

Han Solo Art

Luke Skywalker Art



Clone Wars Quality Control 
December 1, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jedii2 in Chicago sends in this interesting packaging error he found in a Clone Wars case ordered from Kebco. The picture says it all, check out this oddity of Obi-Wan in Durge packaging below.

November 2003 Archive

Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
November 30, 2003 | 10:14 AM EST | Mark


Now on sale at 
Amazon.com for $124.98, normally $299..99 (58% off)

Also on sale:
Imperial 4-pack $16.98
12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite $19.98
12″ Taun Taun with Luke $39.98
Advanced Mission Battleship $19.97 (56% off)



Medicom Series Two
November 29, 2003 | 11:19 PM EST | Mark

Now we have all seen what the set will include:
Han Solo, Cantina Band Member, Sandtrooper, Ben, Greedo, Tusken Raider. There are TWO secret figures in this set. Now look closely at the set. That’s right – There is a Indiana Jones hidden figure in the Han Solo box. Now THAT is a secret figure!!! Thanks to Boba JP for the images and the news!!!!



Ultarama Newsfeed
November 29, 2003 | 9:21 PM EST | Bill

Ultarama Celebrates The Holidays With Free Shipping From Thanksgiving Through Christmas!

EDISON, NJ–Nov. 27, 2003—Collectible Display Systems, Inc. today announced it is celebrating the holidays by offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. on all www.ultarama.com purchases from November 27th through December 25th. Simply enter your order and, when it is processed, your free shipping will be applied!

The Ultarama is a complete action figure display system that is both flexible and customizable. With the use of the Ultarama’s molded plastic platforms that contain 80 pre-molded peg holes and its proprietary pegging system, collectors can display their collections in three totally unique ways: stacked two levels high in the shape of a semicircle, clipped back-to-back in the shape of a circle, or configured as two separate and complete one level displays. With the purchase of additional Ultaramas, collectors can build their display many stories high! The Ultarama also includes four unique 8 X 10 background scenes, 48 pegs for 3 3/4″ figures, and 24 pegs for 6″ figures. The 6″ pegs also fit most 4 3/4″ figures and most vintage 3 3/4″ figures.

The Ultarama is available for immediate shipping and can be ordered from the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com or by calling 1-212-634-3660.

Collectible Display Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary display systems that provide visually enhancing environments for displaying collectible action figures. Both internationally and in the U.S., its fully patented and modularly designed Ultarama action figure display system provides the highest quality display experience in the world. For additional information, please visit the Ultarama web site at www.ultarama.com.



Anthony Daniels In Person
November 28, 2003 | 6:41 PM EST | Mark

Jose Cabello writes in that you can catch Anthony Daniels at eworld today through Sunday in Mexico City at the Centro Banamex Convention Center. There are some more details at Endorsystem.com.



Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2003 | 10:07 PM EST | Keri

I will be leaving to be with my family this long Thanksgiving weekend and will be resume my posting and email correspondence on Monday December 1st.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones!



Bounty Hunting Today: Stamps!
November 26, 2003 | 10:03 PM EST | Keri

Stamps have been collected for most of the 20th century, by people of all ages who dreamed about other countries in the world they would like to visit, or they just liked the artowrk on the tiny little pieces of paper. Some stamps are exceedingly rare and expensive, due to many factors such as age, rarity, etc. while some stamps are made to collect and never use, like the Star Wars stamps featured in today’s auction.

Made by H.E. Harris after A New Hope was released in 1977, the Stamp Collecting Kit included an album, 24 Star Wars stamps, space stamps, hinges to keep the stamps in place and a magnifying glass. The set provided stamps with characters from the film and the booklet illustrated space exploration. Extra Star Wars stamp envelopes could also be bought.

These albums were mass produced and purchased, therefore it is very easy to find sealed stamp kits and stamp envelopes in unused mint condition for very reasonable prices. The auctions below will get you started with your very own vintage Star Wars stamps!

Star Wars Sealed Stamp Kit in Box

Death Star Stamp Envelope



McQuarrie Stormtrooper Variation
November 26, 2003 | 9:45 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Grayhank writes in with this news regarding the newest Fan Choice Figure:

I picked up two McQuarrie Stormies today and noticed that they were packaged differently. One is holding the lightsaber up which is taped into a notch in the upper tray (date stamped 32451). The other has the saber pointing down and is held in place through a hole in the notch (date stamped 32681).

Variation Hunters now you have something to look forward to while shopping amongst the masses on Friday!



Rebelscum Hits The Exclusive JackPot!
November 26, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Mark

Head on over to Rebelscum.com to check out the images (Mock-up) of the newest exclusives for 2004:
Exclusive Jedi Council Scene
Exclusive Darth Vader Tie Fighter
Exclusive Jabba’s Palace 4pack
Exclusive C-Wing fighter Red Leader

While these are not confirmed, sounds interesting….



Are You A Galaxy Gamer?
November 26, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | Mark

Over at IGN.com you can check out the new article about Lucas Arts adding Vehicles…

Although LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment have done a great job of capturing the Star Wars license in their recent MMO, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, having a Star Wars game without any landspeeders or speeder bikes is kind of like a Mother Goose game without any tuffets.

All that’s going to change this December when player-driven vehicles are added to the game. Accordingly, we hit up LucasArts’ producer Haden Blackman for some more information on the vehicles. He provided a nice overview of the vehicles that will be added and, nice guy that he is, also provided us with a snazzy new video clip of the vehicles in action.



Additional Holiday Offers from Master Replicas
November 26, 2003 | 10:55 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is now offering FREE SHIPPING on select Star Wars and Star Trek items in addition to the $99 special on Vader and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers. Order from Master Replicas before December 15 and you can get free shipping on – Mace Windu, Darth Maul or Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsabers, and Jango Fett Blaster Set.



Two Versions Of The Sleaze Bag
November 25, 2003 | 7:06 PM EST | Mark

There are two versions of Elan Sleazebaggano, check out POTF2.com for an image. One has ears and one does not.



Bounty Hunting Today: Varsity Jacket
November 25, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

If you are looking for a cool as well as fashionable way to keep warm in the upcoming winter months, there is a Star Wars jacket made just for you!

There have been only a handful of liscened Star Wars themed jackets available throughout the years since 1977, with most of those in child’s sizes that sadly most of us cannot wear today ( even though the 70s designs rock & roll all nite long!!! )
Anyway, there are a few modern designs in adult sizes with styles reflecting vintage designs that are still popular and look good today.
This modern varsity jacket featured today is made of a combination of wool and leather, with a nice large embriodered logo and X-Wing on the back, as well as a small Rebel symbol on the front chest.
Click on through below to look cool but keep warm while supporting the Rebels!

Star Wars Rebel Varsity Jacket



New Carded Images!
November 25, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

Boba_jp was kind enough to send in these brand new carded images of Luke Jedi Knight, R1-G4, and R2-D2 with drink tray from Jabba’s Sail Barge. Actually, the Luke Jedi looks pretty cool, with cloth robe and the droids look fantastic, especially the brand new R1.



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Profiles in History Auction
November 24, 2003 | 10:06 PM EST | Keri

The items for sale through Ebay Live Auctions, namely the Profiles in History Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia are one of a kind, rarest of the rare movie prop and behind the scenes material. Not for the faint of pocket book or credit card mind you, but some of the coolest Star Wars stuff you could ever own is just a click away below!

Star Wars Ebay Live Auctions



Bounty Hunting Today: Test Shot Bib Fortuna
November 24, 2003 | 9:57 PM EST | Keri

Just about everyone is aware of the vintage vinyl cape/cloth cape Jawa vintage figure variation, and likewise many collectors are aware of the red caped Bib Fortuna. Today’s featured auction is something more unusual and less seen, a black caped Bib Fortuna test shot figure.

Kenner, like any other toy company when developing a toy went through a series of test shots for one character design. Everything from plastic coloring to fabric color was tested, and even got so far as to be pictured on cardbacks and in catalogs. While many test shots were either lost or destroyed, the ones that remain today are eagerly bought by collectors as interesting additions in the development of the Star Wars line of toys.

Test Shot Black Robe Bib Fortuna



Ozzel in Chicago
November 24, 2003 | 11:31 AM EST | Mark B

Michael Sheard, the actor that played Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back will be appearing this weekend at Chicago TARDIS Dr. Who convention. The convention is being held at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights. Additional information can be found at the Chicago TARDIS website.



New Sale at Master Replicas
November 24, 2003 | 10:45 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has announced this morning a sale for the holiday season on 2 of their most popular lightsabers – The Darth Vader FX Saber and the Luke Skywalker FX Saber – Only $99 each. This is a savings of $40 off the normal price. This offer is good atMaster Replicas only through December 15th. Also, you must order by December 15th for guaranteed Christmas delivery (USA only!).



Bounty Hunting Today: Arcade Games!
November 24, 2003 | 12:09 AM EST | Keri

Before the advent of home video game consoles, like the popular hit Atari 2600, there were the beautiful arcades I dearly loved as a child. In those arcades were all the classic games that can never be replicated, unless one is fortunate enough to own their own arcade video game at home!

Made by Atari in 1982, Star Wars was released as both a stand-up version and in a sit down cockpit style video game. The gameplay was in the vector style and featured vocals from Luke, Obi-Wan, Vader and R2. The game was a blast and is still the greatest to play to this day (in my opinion)!

Here are 2 rare cockpit versions of these beloved arcade classics, both Star Wars and the very hard to find Empire Strikes Back. Though the pictures provided in the auctions are dark, they can easily be lightened in any photo editing software.

Star Wars Arcade Cockpit

Empire Strikes Back Cockpit Game



Mid-Ohio-Con Coming Soon!
November 23, 2003 | 11:56 PM EST | Keri

The Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club (www.oswcc.com) is proud to sponsor Amy Allen and Michonne Bourriague at this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con.
The Comic Book and Pop Culture event takes place on November 29-30 in Columbus, Ohio.
The actresses who portrayed Aayla Secura and Aurra Sing in the Star
Wars films will be signing autographs all weekend long at the convention courtesy of OSWCC. Here’s your chance to meet the lovely ladies of Star Wars in person, and take home an autograph to commemorate the occasion.
While you are at the convention, don’t forget to stop by the OSWCC
booth at the show to see lots of different Star Wars collectibles and learn about all the exciting events the club is involved in.

For more information on the show visit www.midohiocon.com



Interesting Auctions
November 23, 2003 | 11:50 PM EST | Keri

Although not Ebay related auctions, YakReader Tom sends in this interesting info fromautographs.com

I thought I would let you know that actress Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mother) is auctioning off a large number of pieces from her collection through autographs.com and among the offerings are several Star Wars related auctions. There are several auctions for Star Wars posters that Carrie will sign, an auction to receive a phone call from Carrie, and several auctions to attend screenings of The Empire Strikes Back with Carrie Fisher. The starting bids for everything is rather reasonable and the proceeds go to Debbie Reynolds’ museum. There are many other great classic movie costumes and props for auction too.

You can bid to see ESB with Leia herself or even talk to the Princess on the telephone…sounds pretty cool to me! Click the link above to see the many lots of items up for grabs.



Outland Bar Obi-wan and Elan review!
November 23, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Michael

You never know what sleaze bag you’ll run into at the bar – for Obi-wan, it was Elan Sleazebaggano! Check out the review of both figures tonight by clicking here.



LEGO Mini’s
November 22, 2003 | 10:38 PM EST | Mark

The new wave of LEGO Mini’s are online at Shop.lego.com, so if you want to pick them up, head on over.



Bounty Hunting Today: Kenner Laser Rifle Display
November 21, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Keri

While not among the most inexpensive things to collect, original vintage Kenner displays certainly are some of the best looking and coolest items to own in a collection.

Today’s feature is for a 1978 Kenner Laser Rifle display header card, which is in virtually mint condition. Store displays were more often that not thrown away after use, or were continued to be used well after they were torn up by eager little kids wanting to play with the toys displayed. Kenner displays are coveted by many collectors and competition can be fierce when searching for them, as they are not offered in great regularity.

Don’t let the price scare you away, just because you may not be able to afford a certain item, its always nice (in my opinion) to see it for educational purposes. It can give you a point of reference if you happen to run across the item at a show or for sale on a website. Although the word rare is overused heavily on Ebay, some items deserve the description, especially in regards to condition in this case. Click on through to the link below to enjoy this great vintage find today!

Kenner Laser Rifle Store Display



Kotobukiya Luke Stormtrooper 
November 21, 2003 | 5:12 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Edward sends in this link to a hobby shop in Japan, where you may purchase the Kotobukiya Luke in Stormtrooper disguise. These models are very high quality, are very realistic and are well worth the money. If you would like to get this model before Dark Horse releases it for sale here in the US, follow this link to grab your own Luke now.



Last Chance for Mace Windu Lightsaber
November 21, 2003 | 4:30 PM EST | Mark B


As a followup to Mark’s posting a couple days ago about the great deals on Dooku and Vader’s lightsabers over at Amazon, be sure to check out Master Replicas as well, they have placed 3 lightsabers on “Last Call”, which means they have less than 10% of them left. In the case of the Mace Windu (which is by far the coolest looking lightsaber in the Star Wars universe), that is less than 175 of them left. The Darth Vader (ESB) and Luke Skywalker (ANH) sabers are also included in “Last Call”. All of the above mentioned sabers include the lucite display cases. The Vader and Skywalker are both also on sale for $199.96 each. And if you need my address to send me my Christmas present, simply email me HERE.



Fossil Stormtrooper Watch
November 21, 2003 | 3:36 PM EST | Mark B


I have been watching Fossil’s website waiting for the new Stormtrooper watch that was supposed to be coming out for the holidays, but have been disappointed that it had not been released. Well, I happened to run across the
Fossil Stormtrooper Watch today while searching Google. If you want a really cool timepiece, jump on this one today! I have the Boba Fett watch that has almost the exact same band to it, and I have to say that it is the most comfortable, best looking watch I own (and I actually have all of the Fossil Star Wars watches that have been made!)

UPDATE: The link above should have taken you directly to the Stormtrooper watch, but does not so –
Click here for updated link.



Bounty Hunting Today: Hallmark Ornaments
November 20, 2003 | 10:57 PM EST | Keri

If you are already getting into the holiday spirit and have started to think about trimming the Christmas tree in a Star Wars theme, Hallmark ornaments are just the ticket for you!

Hallmark started producing Star Wars ornaments in 1997, beginning with small miniature vehicles as well as a numbered set of classic characters. The line has since expanded to include ornaments that have sound effects as well as light and motion. There are different classic characters and vehicles still being made each year, in addition to those from Episode I and II.

Hallmark ornaments are very collectible, not only by Star Wars fans but by Hallmark collectors themselves. Each design produced in a specific year is not repeated, and is only available for a short amount of time. These ornaments not only look great on a tree, but make for an interesting collection in themselves. The auctions featured today are large lots of ornaments to get your collection started in a big way!

Lot of 11 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 6 Ornaments in boxes

Lot of 13 Ornaments in boxes



TRU Jedi 4-Pack
November 20, 2003 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Over at Rebelscum, you can check out pictures of the latest TRU Exclusive Jedi 4-Pack, so check out the pic and head on over to Amazon.com and pre-order it now for $19.99.



November 20, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

The Droids over at Artoosnews found a very interesting bit of news on The Digital Bitsabout next years DVD release of the original trilogy. If true, simply put the “Special Editions” are NOT the FINAL editions. Check it out here.



More Enhancements & Changes to the Original Trilogy?
November 20, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Keri

Courtesy of theforce.net, comes this report on added footage and more digital enhancements to the Original Trilogy coming soon to DVD from The Digital Bits rumor mill.

We’ve heard from a number of interesting (and we believe reliable) inside sources that Lucasfilm is currently making major new changes to the original Star Wars films – the kind of changes he began a few years ago with the theatrical “Special Edition” releases. These changes include new special effects, revised and updated shots and scenes, and new footage shot with actors Hayden Christensen (Anakin) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would flesh out moments with their characters in the original films. For example, an aged and scarred Hayden now appears as Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke removes Vader’s helmet. Among the other changes reportedly being made are the restoration of the original “Han shoots first” moment from Star Wars and a revamped lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader.

We did already hear reports of the Obi-Wan/Vader lightsaber duel being digitally cleaned up from those who were saw the film at the LA showing a few months back, so it seems these rumors may have some credibilty to them. Perhaps Mr. Lucas has seen the error of his ways and will reinstate the Han shoots first moment, and keep the integrity of the film in place while adding and enhancing, making the entire 6 films one continuous story.

You can read more on this story here at The Digital Bits site.



On Line Chapter 10 Is
November 20, 2003 | 8:41 PM EST | Bill

Tonight we see Anakin’s Starfighter in action on the Official Site. If you’re a Hyperspace member tune into check out Chapter 10!



Clone Wars Ep. 1 -10 Marathon Reminder Update
November 20, 2003 | 11:52 AM EST | Keri

If you have missed any episodes of the most excellent Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, watch Friday, November 21 to see all ten episodes beginning at 7:30 p.m. (e/p)!

UPDATE: The 10 episodes will not be shown back to back. They
are airing Ep. 1 – 5 at 7:30pm and Ep. 6 – 10 at
9:30pm (e/p) with 2 short breaks in each half. Thanks to YakReader Rod for the Update!

We just have to wait until the spring to see the remaining 10 episodes, but with such high quality storytelling told in a very compressed time of 3 minutes, these episodes are definetly worth the wait! Now, if only Episode III will be half as good as the micro series…then we have something to really look forward to!



Star Destroyer Assortment?
November 20, 2003 | 11:45 AM EST | Keri

YakReader Derek points out that in the last paragraph after the preview of the new article on Dodonna, Gold Leader, Tie Pilot, and
Antilles it says:

“Come back soon for previews of a Star Destroyer assortment including
Admiral Ozzel, Dengar and Bossk.”

Perhaps these are more new figures slated for us to feast upon very soon…I would venture to guess that Dengar and Bossk are newly resculpted, but at least Ozzel is a character we have yet to see.



Obi Wan v. Durge Round II
November 19, 2003 | 11:28 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section now has Chapter 9 up for viewing. If you thought the fight between Obi Wan and Durge was good in Chapter 8, well, round 2 is twice as good.



LEGO 2004
November 19, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Mark


LEGO set 4500: Although this is a remake, this is definately worth the $19.99.
The set includes one Snowspeeder, one Laser Canon, and three figures. The snowspeeder is modeled in white this time, compared to the original gray. Also included on this model is the tow rope. The wings also have more definition.

LEGO set 4501: This set is not what I expected. First we have the remake of the landspeeder. While this is a very nice remake, I would guess if sold alone it would be a $10 set. Next is the Cantina, in a word NEAT! Nice setting, table and side bar, with an entrance door. Without the Dewback, I would venture by the pieces, probably a $7 set, add the Dewback, make it $10. The set does include five figures: Luke, Sandtrooper, Greedo, Ben, and Han Solo. I do not agree with the $30 price tag, LEGO overpriced this set.



Bounty Hunting Today: UK Playmat Rug
November 19, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Keri

In my quest for the unusual Star Wars items for auction on Ebay everyday, I ran across this vintage UK Playmat Rug to be featured for those who may have never seen it or knew of its existence.

Produced in 1983 by Recticel Sutfield Ltd., just at the time of ROTJ’s release exclusively in the UK, this Playmat Rug is a colorful rendition of the many exciting adventures experienced in the trilogy. This is a hard to find item, the price is almost a giveaway, not only that, it would be a great floor decoration in any collection room!
Click on through to bid on this great Playmat Rug and treat yourself to some truly inspired and unique Star Wars graphics and color!

Star Wars UK Playmat Rug



New New Hope Figures
November 19, 2003 | 11:02 AM EST | Mark B


Four new images of Hasbro Star Wars figures have appeared this morning at Star Wars.com. These are all new figures from Star Wars: A New Hope. Included are General Jan Dodonna, Gold Leader, New Tie Pilot, and Captain Antilles. Follow this linkfor more information!



KBToys.com Sale
November 19, 2003 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

Here are a list of items on sale at KBToys.com

*12″ Red and Yellow Clone Troppers $9.99
*12″ Electronic Talking Obi-Wan $9.99
*Gamorrean Guard 12″ $14.99
LEGO AT-AT $79.99
LEGO Hailfire Droid $39.99
LEGO AT-TE $59.99
Hasbro Imperial Shuttle $69.99
Tie Fighter with Tie Pilot $14.99
Playskol Millennium Falcon $19.99
Playskol X-Wing $9.99
Playskol Duel with Darth Maul $9.99
Interactive R2-D2 $49.99

WOW, what a list!!!!

UPDATE: Thanks to Crazy4Toys for the tip.

You can also save $10 with code SEARSKBTOY plus free shipping for over $99 is still in effect.



12″ Leia Bounty Hunter
November 19, 2003 | 6:56 AM EST | Mark

The TRU Exclusive 12″ Figure: Leia Boushh with Carbonite is now on sale at 50% off for $19.98

Also on sale:
Master Replicas Count Dooko’s Lightsaber @ $124.98 (58% off)
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber (Collectors Edition) @ $174.98 (58% off)



With Chapter 8, Continues The Clone Wars Does
November 18, 2003 | 9:35 PM EST | Bill

Yet again the Official Site has updated with the latest installment of the animated Clone Wars Sage. Click here to check it out.



Bounty Hunting Bonus: 12″ Collection on Ebay
November 18, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Keri

A YakReader sent in this auction currently on Ebay for every 12″ doll Mint in Sealed Boxes from the Modern Kenner/Hasbro Line, which totals up to 137 items! If you want an instant 12″ Collection complete with brand new additions click on through below and get busy bidding!

Entire 12″ Collection



Bounty Hunting Today: Star Wars 10 Years Items
November 18, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

In 1987, to commemerate the 10 year anniversary of A New Hope, a select few items were produced bearing a unique logo decalring the First Ten Years of Star Wars.

At that time, collecting Star Wars toys and other items was not the hobby it is today, with many rare items up for grabs at prices we all wish and dream about now. However, fans continued to collect what was available, no matter how small that selection seemed to be. Among the “new” items were 10 year hats, t-shirts, mugs, pennants, patches and notepads.

Today, the 10 Year items are becoming increasingly hard to find, and thus more expensive. Items can still be found at decent prices, but with more anniversaries of the film to come, bargains may be few and far between in years ahead. The auctions below feature some of the most memorable and interesting merchandise, including a really cool Vader Felt Pennant that is quite hard to find.

1st 10 Years Vader Pennant

1st Ten Years Logo Patch

1st 10 Years Black & Gold Mug



Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars On-Line
November 18, 2003 | 4:38 PM EST | Mark B

Chapter 7 of the Clone Wars Cartoon is now on-line for your viewing pleasure over atStar Wars.com. Today we get some Sith Action with Count Dooku against Asajj Ventress. And she is given a new assignment….



Bounty Hunting Emails
November 17, 2003 | 4:59 PM EST | Keri

Unfortunately, all of my emails got deleted today and I did not have a chance to read a message someone sent me regarding Bounty Hunting. If you could please email me the message again here I would really appreciate it.

Also, if any readers would like to see a certain item featured in one of my Bounty Hunting articles, please email me here as well.



Bounty Hunting Today: Worldwide Stickers 
November 17, 2003 | 4:54 PM EST | Keri

Collecting Stickers was at its absolute height of popularity in the 80s, when stores had nothing but rolls upon rolls of stickers in absoultely every shape, size, color, smell, glitter and gel.

Star Wars stickers are still being made today in likenesses of our favorite characters and vehicles in holographic, transparent and glitter forms. Today I have chosen to spotlight stickers that were sold worldwide, namely 2 auctions including modern Panini transparent stickers from Italy and vintage Topps stickers from the UK. Of course, this is only a tiny sampling of the variety and scope of stickers from around the world, as virtually every country sold some sort of sticker, or had a promo tie-in for a sticker.

Click on the links below to start your Star Wars sticker search!

1996 Italian Panini Sticker Set

Vintage ESB Topps UK Sticker Set



Grand Moff Tarkin Bust Delayed
November 17, 2003 | 4:18 PM EST | Mark B

Those of you hoping for one of the Grand Moff Tarkin Busts from Gentle Giant under your Christmas tree will be disappointed! The Tarkin bust which was originally scheduled for release the second week of November has now been moved to December 31st. This shouldn’t come as too big of surprise given Gentle Giant’s release history, but a disappointment nonetheless for those like me who were excited to get this newest mini-bust.



KOTOR for PC in Stores Tomorrow!
November 17, 2003 | 4:11 PM EST | Mark B

Knights of the Old Republic for Windows PCs will be in stores tomorrow. X-Box owners have been able to get this game that takes place 4000 years before the Galactic Empire for some time now. Your mission is to lead a band of Jedi against the ruthless Sith and through the mission you can either save the Republic or fall to the Dark Side. Buy it here and get a free Knights of the Old Republic Pewter Lightsaber as a bonus!



Playskool Sets
November 17, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Mark B



I’ve had several people ask me where to find the Star Wars Playskool sets for their kids and if any of my old contacts were still able to get them. Well, I found a bunch of them today over at KBtoys.com.
Browse on over there and look for Star Wars items. Under the Best Sellers you will find all 6 of the Star Wars Playskool sets. These are a great holiday gift for the younger Star Wars fans who aren’t quite ready for the regular size action figures and ships.



Super Articulated Clone Trooper
November 17, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark

Here are some sweet images, thanks to Amidala Anakin for the images and POTF2 for the heads-up. These will be shipping together in the same case, even assortment.



Announced The Winners Of The Clone Wars Contest Have!
November 16, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Brandon

Without Further Ado (And A Little Delay! Sorry About That!) The Winners Of The Yakface.com Store Reports Contest Have Been Announced! Go To The Store ReportsPage Now To Check Them Out! Congrats Again To The Lucky Winners!



The Winner Is…
November 16, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Jose Ybarra, winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to send in your entry for the next drawing to us here. Remember, your entry must include your name as well address. Good luck!



Holiday Yoda Arrives!
November 16, 2003 | 7:51 PM EST | Steve

Delivered by UPS on Friday, the second Star Wars Holiday Edition features Yoda as Santa. The figure was well-packed and arrived in excellent condition. The edges of the card back were flat (no bends) and the bubble was perfect, no dents.

The reproduction card is inserted between two pieces of the backer card, and is easily removed (if you wish to do so) by slitting the tape on either side.

I was surprised by the detail the figure holds to the original art, right down to the ball and block in the snow and the toys in Yoda’s sack.

An excellent addition to any Star Wars collection and a great companion piece to last year’s edition with C-3PO and R2-D2.



What’s The Best Toy Line Of 2003?
November 16, 2003 | 1:31 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Rod let us know that Wizard is running a poll for the best toy line of 2003. With Hasbro’s outstanding efforts on Star Wars, let’s support our favorite toy line!



New Insider Insights
November 16, 2003 | 1:28 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bryan sent in this quick overview of the new Insider he received yesterday:

“I got the new SW Insider #72 in the mail today. At first glance there isn’t much that earth shattering but there is a cool Landspeeder bed toward the back.”



Bounty Hunting Today: Paper Dolls!
November 15, 2003 | 6:49 PM EST | Keri

Continuing on yesterday’s theme of dolls, today’s edition of Bounty Hunting brings you Star Wars Amidala Paper Dolls!

Paper dolls have been enjoyed by children throughout the centuries, something that could easily be bought or even home made. In the 1930s – 1950s paper dolls resembling movie stars, and the golden epics they starred in were a staple of movie tie-in liscening. That liscening continues on to this day with the Star Wars Amidala paper dolls that were produced for Episode I and Episode II. These books are very inexpensive and provide something different for the collector looking for anything Star Wars.

Ep. I Queen Amidala Paper Dolls Book

Ep. II Padme Paper Dolls Book



Arc Trooper & LEGO Cantina
November 15, 2003 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark

New in stock at Amazon.
ARC Trooper (Clone Wars)
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Light)
LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina



Bounty Hunting Today: Dolls!
November 14, 2003 | 5:15 PM EST | Keri

You read right, today’s focus will be on dolls! Although the word “doll” usually conjures images of a baby doll wetting itself, or Barbies, there are dolls in the Star Wars Universe of liscened products that are not revolting at all.

Of course there are the Kenner/Hasbro 12″ figures, which some people call dolls (i know i do), but since they are mainly targeted at boys, they are large action figures. I will not discuss the Kenner dolls at length today, but instead spotlight a modern cross-collectible Star Wars doll set made by Madame Alexander. Sold through FAO Schwarz in a small limited edition box set, these dolls in the childhood likeness of Luke, Leia and Han were on the expensive side when bought brand new. Though the set is popular with doll collectors as well as Star Wars collectors it can still be found on Ebay at a decent price, as seen in the auction link below.

Set of 3 Madame Alexander Star Wars Dolls MIB



New Lego Mini Sets & Cantina Set Found!
November 14, 2003 | 3:47 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Ugmo writes in with his latest Lego finds:

This morning at a Toy’R’Us in Burbank, Ca (SoCal) they had the 4 new Lego Mini Sets (the Imperial Shuttle, the Sith Infiltrator, the AT-TE and the Star Destroyer, $6.99 each) plus they had the new Mos Eisley Cantina set ($29.99).
And if there’s anyone whose near a Lego Store, the one here in the Glendale Galleria (SoCal) has the Bespin ($99.99) and the UCS Snowspeeder sets (I think $129.99?). Thought you’d like to know seeing that I didn’t know some of these were coming out yet.

Looks like it may be time for a Lego/Toy run this weekend!



Chrome Vader Mini-Busts Still Available
November 13, 2003 | 11:03 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Steve wrote in to report that he received a Star Wars credit card offer in the mail from MBNA. They’re giving away more of the Chrome Vader Mini Busts. The offer is available on-line here.



On Mon Calamari, Continues The Clone Wars Does
November 13, 2003 | 10:23 PM EST | Bill

Once again, the Official Site’s hyperspace site has uploaded even more eye candy for Clone Wars fans. This time it’s Kitt Fisto, using his lightsaber under water with aquatrooper clones! Check it out here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Pillows!
November 13, 2003 | 5:09 PM EST | Keri

If you need some decorations to spruce up your bed, and don’t want to do it using stuffed Ewoks, then these pillows are just the thing!

Today’s feature focuses on pillows featuring well-known Star Wars characters, meant to complement sheets, bedspreads or any collection. Although vintage pillows were produced for ROTJ, with the likenesses of Vader, R2, and Jabba with Salacious Crumb, the auctions today deal with modern pillows from Episode I and II. The modern pillows are easy to locate in unused condition, while the vintage pillows provide much more of a challenge in locating.

The auctions below include favorite characters at very reasonable prices, which can also be given as gifts for the upcoming holidays!

Obi-Wan Pillow 

Darth Maul Pillow

Ep. II Anakin Pillow



Anakin disses Hasbro’s Real Scan Technology
November 13, 2003 | 2:49 PM EST | Ben

theforce.net had this cute little tidbit from Hayden Christensen…

Q: Do you have your own doll?

A: I do have the doll! They send you one of everyone that’s made. But mine is going to stay in the box for a very long time (laugh). I got my own action figure – I was like: This is the coolest thing. But I have to say, the doll doesn’t look like me at all.



Do You Feel Lucky?
November 13, 2003 | 7:46 AM EST | Mark

Ephant Mon – Only one left in stock!

Also, here is something new.. or is it old?? Which is it? Not sure if this is the old snowspeeder or a new one.
LEGO: Rebel Snowspeeder $19.99

Back in stock:
Wat Tambor
Coleman Trebor



On-Line Chapter 4 Is
November 12, 2003 | 9:30 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site Official Site‘s Hyperspace section is now live with Chapter 4 of the Clone Wars animated shorts. Durge finally debuts. Enough said.



Bounty Hunting Today: Han Blaster Prop Replicas
November 12, 2003 | 5:07 PM EST | Keri

In keeping with yesterday’s feature dealing with Master Replicas lightsabers, today’s focus is on blaster prop replicas, specifically the broom handled Mauser that Han shot first and effectively crisped Greedo in the Cantina.

Master Replicas was not the first company to produce Han Blasters. In the days before Ebay, before the Internet, when collectors bought and sold through magazines like Starlog there was Marco Enterprises out of Anaheim, California. Though Lucas tried to shut down the production of these very accurate and beautifully made blasters, which were sold with the holster and droid caller as a set, the attempt was unsuccessful. The company no longer produces these blasters, and most are in the hands of collectors today. It is a real treat indeed to have found this on my Ebay search.

I have auctions below for both the Marco Enterprises Han Blaster with leather holster and droid caller, as well as an auction for the current, but sold out Master Replicas Han Blaster with case. The Master Replicas Han Blaster is gorgeous and rare, due to the small number produced, as well as the large price tag when bought new at the retail level. Both of these blasters make great additions to any collection which includes props.

Marco Enterprises Han Blaster & Holster

Master Replicas Han Blaster with Box & Display Case



On-line Clone Wars Chapter 3 Is
November 12, 2003 | 8:32 AM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace members can now view Chapter 3 of the Clone Wars Cartoon on-line. This chapter is titled Urban Warfare and continues the outstanding quality we’ve seen in the first 2 episodes.



New Photos of Master Replicas Items
November 11, 2003 | 5:56 PM EST | Mark B

I found these photos while searching through a wholesalers page today of the upcomingMaster Replicas releases. These are not yet available for order from Master Replicas, but keep checking here and we’ll let you know when they are “officially available” –
Until then enjoy these new photos:
Darth Maul Battle Damaged Lightsaber
Medal of Yavin



Bounty Hunting Today: Lightsaber Prop Replicas
November 11, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Keri

Master Replicas has released many lightsaber prop replicas during a relatively short time. Collectors have been treated with high quality, movie accurate fully liscened props which can be displayed in boxes and/or cases.

The only complaint may be that the prices are too expensive for some collectors to afford. Never fear! Ebay is here with some great deals on these beautiful props. It seems to me, that more often than not, with modern collecting, there is a large feeding frenzy for the newest item, then interest drops to almost nonexistent. This is where patience plays a huge part in getting the items you dream of at bargain prices. Loyal readers, you will see me preach this many times, but the majority of my modern collection has either been bought at clearance prices or through Ebay dealer closeouts. This is the way I have been able to add these prop replicas to my collection without breaking the bank or going into debt.

As we are all watching the Clone Wars Cartoon, eagerly awaiting Ep. 3, these lightsabers are at all time low prices…though perhaps after Ep. 3 the bargains will not be this plentiful. If you are looking for great Christmas gifts or wish to treat yourself, check out the bargain prices these auctions have to offer today!

Darth Maul MR Lightsaber

Count Dooku MR Lightsaber

ROTJ Luke F/X MR Lightsaber

Darth Vader A New Hope MR Lightsaber



Dark Horse Distributing Kotobukiya Obi-Wan
November 11, 2003 | 12:23 PM EST | Keri

This breaking news comes courtesy of the official site. Dark Horse Comics will distribute the young Obi-Wan in March 2004 at a suggested retail price of $94.99. The image below shows the likeness of the Jedi Master to be outstanding, along with his nice action pose, making this a must-have item!



Clone Wars Wave 3 Carded
November 11, 2003 | 12:22 PM EST | Bill

It looks like we’re going to be seeing lots of new figures of the next couple of months:

These carded samples are up on Ebay here, and will probably hit retail and Etailers in the near future.



Clone Wars Wave Three
November 11, 2003 | 11:07 AM EST | Mark

You can bid on these figures by going HERE!



Amazon Gets More Figs..
November 11, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | Mark

Here are some more figures back in stock at Amazon.com:
Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress
Princess Leia – Imperial Captain
Darth Vader – A New Hope
Darth Maul
Han Solo – A New Hope
Padma Amidala – Wedding Dress
Lt. Faytonni
Wat Tambor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)



Bounty Hunting Today: 3-D Droideka Standup
November 10, 2003 | 12:42 AM EST | Keri

There’s nothing like a lifesize standup of a favorite Star Wars character in 3-D form guarding your collection!
Most standups are 2-Dimensional and are merely large glossy printed paper pasted onto a thick cardboard backing. While these are cool in their own right, there is a 3-D option made of cardboard which can also be found at a very affordable price.

Released amongst the deluge of Ep.1 items at the retail level, DK Books produced lifesize 3-D droid standups. The characters were all droids and included R2, Battle Droid, and the Destroyer Droid (Droideka). The pricing point was around $100 at the time and was bought by some collectors, but was generally looked over for less expensive items or was not widely known due to little advertising.

Patience is truly a virtue when collecting modern items, and patience can pay off in great money savings. A great example of this is the auction for the Droideka Standup featured today at a price much lower than retail in an unopened box.

Droideka Lifesize 3-D Standup



Bail Organa Report Pt. 2 
November 10, 2003 | 12:24 AM EST | Keri

It appears that the newest wave including Bail Organa, the Mcquarrie Concept Stormtrooper and the Imperial Dignitary were found by YakReader Chad in Hunstville, Alabama. Keep your eyes peeled for the newest figures and Good Luck on your toy runs this week!



Animated Clone Wars Carded
November 9, 2003 | 10:30 PM EST | Mark

You can go HERE and bid on these….



Figures Back In Stock
November 9, 2003 | 4:12 PM EST | Mark

These are back in stock at Amazon:
Lt. Faytonni
Wat Tambor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)
Coleman Trebor



Bounty Hunting Today: Model Vehicles
November 9, 2003 | 2:37 AM EST | Keri

The Star Wars universe is filled with a plethora of different vehicles, both fast and nimble as well as large and lumbering. The designs were and are still unique, and make great companions to the multitude of figures most collectors acquire.

Today’s feature takes a moment to spotlight auctions for some of the coolest and most memorable ships and speeders from the entire Star Wars body of films. Most of the vintage models were distributed by MPC/Ertl in the 70’s and 80’s and the same models were reissued in the same packaging in 1992 with a commerative sticker on the cellophane wrapping. Many exceptional models have been made in Japan and remain among the most accurate of any models available for general purchase.

Click on these auctions below to get glueing, painting and creating your own vehicles to add to your displays and/or dioramas!

X-Wing & Tie Interceptor Model

AT-AT Model

Shuttle Tydirium Model

Japanese X-Wing FIghter Model



New SA Clone Trooper Image
November 8, 2003 | 9:49 PM EST | Joseph

GalacticHunter.com has a pic of the the highly anticipated New Super Articulated Clone Trooper. You can get there by clicking here



Clone Wars 2 In Stock
November 8, 2003 | 3:18 PM EST | Mark

Over at Entertainment Earth, you can now pick up the Clone Wars Wave 2 as they just got them in stock.



Holiday Yoda on the Way!
November 8, 2003 | 2:53 PM EST | Steve

Just received an e-mail from Paizo with the tracking number for my Holiday Yoda figure. The e-mail lists the scheduled delivery date as 11-14. Looks like Christmas is coming a little early…



Yoda Clone Wars In Stock
November 8, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon.com, they have the following in stock:
Yoda (Clone Wars)
Arc Trooper (Clone Wars)
Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars)
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi



Clone Wars Episode 1
November 7, 2003 | 10:01 PM EST | Mark

Are you a Hyperspace member? You can download episode one with exlusive commentary right now at Starwars.com



Bounty Hunting Today: Kubrick Toys
November 7, 2003 | 5:54 PM EST | Keri

Kubrick Toys are neat and interesting additions to any collection, as they are highly detailed and as the slogan says “unbreakable”. Made in Japan for the Japanese Market, these are also great foreign collectible items.

The figures are Lego-esque upon a first glance, but with some further inspection it is easy to see that these are not Lego’s. The simple way in which the figures are presented is refreshing as well as entertaining.

Today’s auctions below feature a special carded Luke reminiscent of the original Kenner 12 backs, exclusive to The Art of Star Wars Exhibit at the Kyoto National Museum, as well as an unopened 12 pack of the Series 1 Figure Set of Bounty Hunters. Click the links below to check out these great little items!

Kubrick Carded Luke

Box of 12 Sealed Kubrick Series 1 Bounty Hunters



New Attakus Website is Online!
November 7, 2003 | 3:35 PM EST | Mark B

The new Attakus website is now online. They have some great photos of all of their past, current, and upcoming Star Wars statues. Visit Attakus today!



New Unleashed Images….
November 7, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Check them out at StarWars.com

Click on Each to see the larger image….




Playskool UNRELEASED Protos
November 6, 2003 | 11:53 PM EST | Bill

It looks like there are more figures which have been developed for the now dormant Playskool line. Whether these figures were developed for the line originally and put on hold, or were developed for a new set of releases is unknown, but they do look very cool. Kudos to Yak Reader Michael for finding them.

If you are interested in seeing the auction, click here.



I Love This Cantina
November 6, 2003 | 11:47 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Barry:

Not collecting news but still cool news. Hey just wanted to post that i was watching the country music awards show on wednesday night and toby keith was performing his new song “I love this bar”. In the back ground on large screen was the mos eisley cantina bar scene from a new hope. It ran about a 30 second clip. It was the one that scans the bar and introduces you to all the aliens. I about fell out and laughed out loud. Neat stuff. My hats off to Toby Keith.



Chewie Gets Really Unleashed, And More
November 6, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

A photo has just surfaced on one of From Bricks to Bothans forums of the next wave of unleashed figures. To say the least they are outstanding– Chewie, Clone Trooper, and Luke X-Wing. Click here to check out the photo!



New Review Feature
November 6, 2003 | 6:41 PM EST | Mark B


I’m starting up a new feature here at Yakface, hopefully I will be able to add one article a week – it will be a review/product highlights of Prop Replicas. Obviously I will be starting with some of the newer Master Replicas items, as they seem to be the most common. As I get through the items in my personal collection, I’ll ask you as our readers to help me out with some of the reviews. To order any of the replicas I will feature, visit Master Replicas.

For my look at the Weathered Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber – CLICK HERE!



Holy Trilogy on DVD 9/2004
November 6, 2003 | 4:21 PM EST | Ben

thedigitalbits.com also reports:

Well, we’ve finally heard from our sources on that meeting that Lucasfilm held yesterday at the Presidio with their retail partners… Star Wars: Episodes IV, V & VI are coming to DVD in September of 2004. The animated series of Clone Wars shorts appearing soon on the Cartoon Network will also be released on DVD, possibly before the end of this year. The teaser campaign for Episode III will begin in January of 2005, leading up to the May theatrical release. Finally… Episode III will hit DVD in November of 2005. …Keep in mind that none of this is official until Lucasfilm publicaly announces it… but this is certainly, at long last, the real deal.

Commentary: One wonders why Mr. Lucas changed his mind. He seemed dead set on a nice six-film boxed set. Perhaps, like the Indy Trilogy there aren’t enough extras to do a bonus disc per film. My bet is the Star Wars set will resemble the Indy set in many ways.



Vader’s Assault
November 6, 2003 | 3:44 PM EST | Mark B

Aint It Cool News has the first report I have seen from the Marketing Summit held yesterday at Lucasfilms. Obviously they discussed the Clone Wars cartoon, but it looks like we may finally see the Originally Trilogy on DVD in Sept ’04!!! May ’05 will be Episode III in theaters, and then it will be on DVD around November of ’05. There are some spoilers mentioned, but I will say that Episode III footage was shown to those in attendance. The Aint It Cool News website seems to be running REALLY SLOW right now. Probably from all of us trying to read this story!



Bounty Hunting Today: Beer Steins
November 6, 2003 | 12:22 PM EST | Keri

Steins have been around in one shape or form for many centuries, used as vessels to drink primarily beer and other beverages. The far reaching licsences of the Star Wars universe did indeed include the large ceramic mugs which were beautifully decorated with characters and themes from a galaxy far, far away.

The Steins featured in today’s auctions are limited and numbered editions with excellent craftsmanship. The first stein features the most feared and well-liked Bounty Hunter in the world, Boba Fett. The figural pewter detail, as well as art by Dave Dorman make this Stein a real treasure. The other auction I have chosen today is a bargain basement price for a Stein which displays the Special Edition artwork from A New Hope.

Both of these Steins were quite expensive when they were first released, but with time and patience these items can sometimes be found at decent and even bargain prices. Click on the links below to get your Stein collection started!

Boba Fett Stein

Star Wars Special Edition Stein



PSWCS Toy Drive
November 6, 2003 | 12:06 PM EST | Keri

The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society , www.PSWCS.com
in association with Toy Heaven www.thetoyheaven.com, is holding a Star Wars toy drive to benefit Garrison Carida www.garrisoncarida.com of the 501st Legionwww.501st.com.
Garrison Carida encompasses much of the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. They are a truly
service-oriented chapter of the 501st, dedicating the majority of their efforts to helping children. They visit children’s hospitals 6 or 7 times a year where they pose for photos with the patients and hand out Star Wars toys. The toys collected through this drive will be given to the children during these visits. If you would like to donate a toy to the drive, please visit www.pswcs.com/toydrive. Please join PSWCS in
supporting this fine organization and their efforts to brighten the
days of children who need it most.



Clone Wars 2-Packs at Kay-Bee
November 6, 2003 | 11:57 AM EST | Keri

If you are still having a tough time finding the Clone Wars 2 Packs at your local Wal-mart, or have never even seen them on the pegs at your Wal-mart (which I yet to see!) YakReader Steven in Nashville sends in this news:

i have hoped for months to find those clone wars two packs at my wal-marts (with the bonus clone trooper). with no luck.
my local Kay-Bee had all three (Anakin, Yoda, and Clonetrooper) today for $5.99 each.



Please Excuse My Absence…
November 6, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | Keri

Although a bit off topic, yesterday, I had the treat of seeing The Matrix Revolutions as well as the remastered Alien: The Director’s Cut.
If you have not had a chance to see Alien yet, I highly recommend it, especially if you have a digital theater in your city. I saw it in digital format and I must say the picture quality never ceases to amaze me. The deleted scenes that were added back in to the film were wonderful to see where they belonged again. As a special bonus before the film, I was surprised and pleased to see that Alien Vs. Predator will finally be a movie on theaters on August 6th, 2004 – see ya’ll in line for that one!



Toby Keith in Star Wars?
November 6, 2003 | 9:41 AM EST | Mark B

No, but it looks like he might be a Star Wars Fan. During the Country Music awards show last night, Toby Keith was performing his new song “I Love This Bar” while scenes from A New Hope and the Cantina Scene played in the background. Thanks to Barry for the info.



DC Metro Area Star Wars Club
November 6, 2003 | 9:39 AM EST | Mark B

DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club Monthly Meeting November 8th (That’s this Saturday!) The DCSWCC will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday November 8th at the Dolley Madison Library in McLean, VA from 1pm-5pm (location information is on our website). If anyone in the DC Metro Area is interested in joining the group or attending the meeting please check out their website at www.dcswcc.com. They will be collecting canned food items this weekend for the Great DC Metro Area Food Bank this weekend. If you are interested in contributing please bring 1 or more canned items. They will also be having their monthly raffle, a Star Wars Weekend Presentation, Star Wars Comedy Theater show and discussing their upcoming Winter Social Event on Dec 6th. – Thanks to JediNerdz for the info!



Kubricks Wave 2
November 6, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Jedi Defender has posted all the 411 and a photo of the upcoming Kubricks Wave2. Yes, there will be another chase figure– this time it will be Sandtroopers with different colored pauldroons. The second wave will include: ANH Han Solo, Greedo, Cantina Band Member (Bith), ANH Obi Wan, and a Tusken Raider. Click here for more.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
November 6, 2003 | 8:24 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Low Priced Shipping Starts at $3.95!

See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon at Entertainment Earth!

Living Dead Dolls (Series 666)
The First Series with Living Dead Pets!
Set of 6 individually packaged dolls includes: 1x Isaac with crow, 1x Jinx with Kitty, 1x Calico with Muzzy, 1x Hush with rat, 1x RevenanT with vulture, and 1x Dottie Rose with poodle. Each doll is 10 inches tall and fully poseable, with rooted hair. Each doll comes in its own coffin with a death certificate.
In Stock!
Item Number: MZ99980A
Price: $139.99

Return Of The King Ser. 1 Set
Prepare for the Return of The King!
This set of 4 individually packaged action figures includes: 1x Crossbow Uruk-Hai with real crossbow firing action and removable helmet, 1x Frodo with removable Goblin helmet and Goblin weapon; 1x Samwise with removable helmet and Sting Sword with Sheath, and 1x Eomer with sword-slashing action.
In Stock!
Item Number: TB81300A
Price: $49.99

Hellraiser Series 2 Set
With or Without Skin?
Collect all 6 figures to build the Pillar of Souls! This set of 7 individually packaged action figures includes: 2x Hellbound Pinhead, 1x Butterball with alternate head and apron with removable tools, 1x Skinless Julia with removable bandages, 1x Angelique, 1x Barbie with alternate head with flame, 1x Surgeon.
In Stock!
Item Number: NC33022AA
Price: $79.99

SW Hall of Fame Assortment
All-New Packaging!
Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca Mechanic, 1x HOF R2-D2, 1x HOF C-3P0, 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant, 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel, 1x HOF Stormtrooper, 1x HOF Yoda, 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel, 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive, 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan, 1x HOF Luke Skywalker, and 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84715E
Price: $64.99

Star Trek Original Phaser
The Most Accurate Phaser Ever Produced!
Recreated from a prop used for the original series, this Phaser replica is two weapons in one: the small, clamshell-shaped Type 1 Phaser and the pistol-style Type 2 Phaser. This electronic Phaser replica features authentic, digital sound effects recorded from the original studio tapes. Also available Autographed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: MRST103
Price: $399.99

Order Today!
Questions? Try reading our F.A.Q. or email customer service at cs@entertainmentearth.com.



Hasbro Really Does Care
November 5, 2003 | 7:42 PM EST | Bill

Interesting news for skeptics of the Jedi Master Points Auction. Hasbro sent out Emails asking registered members (it appears of starwars.hasbro.com) to complete a survey about the Jedi Master Points Auctions. Questions range from auction closing values to auction item selections, and more. It looks like this program could continue beyond its current December end date.



UPDATE Jango Fett Blasters
November 5, 2003 | 6:02 PM EST | Jason


I’m very happy to report, that the Neon Orange inserts in the
barrel of the blaster are REMOVABLE! Here is the low-down from
Dave Cordes who discovered how to remove it and was nice enough
to share detailed information with us:

“You will need a 1/16 alan wrench to remove the screw just under the barrel flash. Once removed, unscrew the flash by holding onto the opposite end of the barrel. Once the flash is removed, simply push the orange plug out. You can turn it over and reinsert it back into the flash with the silver side facing outward and the orange side facing inward or if you prefer to have a more realistic gun, leave the barrel hollow without reinserting the plug cap. Screw the flash back onto the barrel and reinsert the pin using the alan wrench. Voila!”

Thanks again to Dave. My thoughts on why they would not indicate
this to me on the phone are probably related in some legal manner that
would prevent them from sharing this information with patrons.



Custom Made Star Wars Goodies!
November 5, 2003 | 10:06 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has just posted information about their new Custom Star Wars items. You can now pick up mugs, mousepads, coasters, and calendars – all customized with your favorite Star Wars Character or Scene! They are even offering items from the new Clone Wars Cartoon series. Oh, and since you are in the process of making your Christmas lists – I’ll take anything that has Boba Fett on it. 🙂



Shu Mai Prototype
November 5, 2003 | 7:49 AM EST | Mark

Click here to see the Shu Mai prototype, you can even bid on it if you want.



R-3PO Wave Carded
November 4, 2003 | 10:28 PM EST | Joseph

GalacticHunter.com has pics of the R-3P0 wave. Saga Wave 16 featuring Luke Skywalker Hoth, Protocol Droid R-3PO, and the Hoth Rebel Trooper. The wave also includes the second Imperial Diginitary Kren Blista-Vanee),and Achk Med-Beq. You can get there by clicking here



Online Shopping
November 4, 2003 | 5:59 PM EST | Mark

Still looking for some of the newer items? Amazon has these back in stock.
Anakin Swoop Bike
and the…
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike

Geonosian War Room 2
Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter



Bounty Hunting Today: Sigma Figural Mugs
November 4, 2003 | 5:46 PM EST | Keri

Today’s Bounty Hunting feature focuses on the wonderfully designed ceramic figural mugs produced by Sigma in 1983 to coincide with the release of ROTJ.

Today’s auctions represent another cardinal rule of Ebay shopping and surfing: the most simplistic descriptions can yield excellent results. Some sellers are not always aware of an items value, age etc. and therefore often give their auction a simple, nondescriptive title. No matter how non assuming something appears to be, it may be a treasure of an auction waiting to be discovered at a very reasonable price.

If you are looking for a stylish way to drink your coffee in the morning, or simply a great mug of your favorite character, the auctions below will give you a great start.

Sigma Gammorrean Guard Mug

Sigma Lando Skiff Mug



Last but not Least…
November 4, 2003 | 5:39 PM EST | Keri

Last, but certainly not least, I have one more Star Wars themed pumpkin for everyone to enjoy.
This pumpkin was carved by a YakReader’s wife, who’s name I was not provided with unfortunately. The pumpkin, as you can see, is a very faithful rendition of the saga’s defining character who is the driving Force behind every character’s story.



Bail Organa Wave Found!
November 4, 2003 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Jeffery reports in from Southern California that he found the Bail Organa wave at his local Target. Since Target has a sale on figures this week, its never been a better time to make a toy run and look for the newest wave!



Pre-Order 2004 Star Wars Hall of Fame Assortment
November 4, 2003 | 10:05 AM EST | Mark

From Entertainment Earth

We are proud to be the first to accept pre-orders on the upcoming
(February 2004) 3 3/4 inch Star Wars Hall of Fame action figure
assortment. This case contains 12 different figures. We don’t have
any additional information on figure details or packaging – that’s your job to speculate on right now. As soon as we know more information (or you do and tell us), we will post it.

SW Hall of Fame Assortment (Item# HS84715E, $64.99)

Star Wars 3 3/4 inch Hall of Fame action figure assortment. No
additional information about this assortment is available at this time.
Contains 12 individually packaged figures: 1x HOF Chewbacca (NEW),
1x HOF R2-D2 (NEW), 1x HOF C-3P0 (NEW), 1x HOF Obi-Wan, Coruscant (NEW), 1x HOF Anakin Skywalker Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Stormtrooper (NEW), 1x HOF Yoda (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Maul, Theed Hangar Duel (NEW), 1x HOF Princess Leia, Imperial Captive (NEW), 1x HOF Hans Solo, Flight To Alderaan (NEW), 1x HOF Luke Skywalker (NEW), 1x HOF Darth Vader Throne Room (NEW) (subject to change)



More Variations…
November 4, 2003 | 8:14 AM EST | Mark

Keep em coming Hasbro….

You can bid on these if you wish, right here



Bounty Hunting Today: Weechee Prototype
November 3, 2003 | 3:24 PM EST | Keri

After being out of town all weekend as well as celebrating a special Halloween, I return to my normal Bounty Hunting duties and present you with a very interesting prototype auction today.

Other than pictures in Toy Fair Catalogs, opportunities for concrete prototypes do not often turn up everyday. Most internal copies stayed within the company or were destroyed, but some made it out with employees to find a very interested mass of collectors on Ebay today.

Near the end of the Kenner production line, in the seeming end of Star Wars figure popularity, the Droids and Ewoks lines of toys were all that was left after nearly a decade of unstoppable Kenner Star Wars toys sales. The Ewoks cartoon was short lived and the toy line was no exception. There were many plans to expand the line to include more figures, repackaged vehicles and plush Ewoks, all of which never made it to toy shelves.

Today’s auction is for an Ewoks internal painted hardcopy of the character Weechee. This is indeed a rare item, with only 10 or fewer known to be in existence, this is just the item for a collector looking for every item in the Kenner realm.

Weechee Prototype



More Star Wars Pumpkins!
November 3, 2003 | 3:14 PM EST | Keri

Though Halloween has come and gone, I still have some wonderful Star Wars themed Pumpkins that were carved to share with all of you! I have one other pumpkin to share with you that I will post later.

This nice pumpkin was created and sent in by YakReader Jason. It is an excellent intrepretation of our favorite and most powerful Jedi Master Yoda. The design has a beautiful life-like quality and really shines when lit up!

Here are the pictures for you to enjoy!



Lego On Sale
November 2, 2003 | 10:34 AM EST | Mark B

The new Toys R Us ad arrived in the Sunday Newspaper today and was almost completely void of Star Wars items. The one exception was in the Lego section. Both items advertised are available online and you can find them here:

Lego AT-AT – On Sale $79.99

New Lego Dagobah X-Wing – $49.99

Also, the final book in the New Jedi Order Series: The Unifying Force is being released this coming Tuesday (Nov 4). I don’t know if this is an exclusive item to Amazon or not, but the version they are selling claims to include a Bonus CD-ROM, which I had not heard of before and didn’t see mentioned in any other ads today!



Attakus Prototype Photos
November 2, 2003 | 10:26 AM EST | Mark B

The French website “Mint In Box” has some new photos of 2 upcoming Attakus Statue releases. They have prototype images of both the new Yoda and new Darth Vader.Check them out here! Thanks to Ulrich for the heads up on these!



Kotobukiya Darth Maul
November 1, 2003 | 6:08 PM EST | Mark B


Thanks to boba_jp for the new image of the upcoming Kotobukiya Darth Maul figure coming out in Japan. Believed to be coming out in December in Japan (Look for it to ship to the USA sometime next year through Dark Horse Comics). The Lightsaber splits into two and the base is the floor of the Theed Generator.

October 2003 Archive

Star Wars Hyperspace Pumpkin!
October 31, 2003 | 6:06 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris Helke, who lives in New Carlisle, Ohio and is a member of the Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club has sent in a few pictures of his submission to this years OSWCC pumpkin carving contest.
Chris describes the design as “a Hyperspace theme with the “Before The Helmet” Vader logo on the front and a slightly modified hyperspace “H” logo on the back.”

Here are the pictures below where we may all enjoy Chris’ talented artwork. In the lit picture the modified “H” design glows through to the back wall, looking very cool.



Jango Blasters and ToysRUs Big Book Comments
October 31, 2003 | 1:51 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to comment for a second on two items of interest.

The Masterreplicas.com Jango Blasters are ready to ship, but some
are probably not aware that they will ship with PERMANENT Orange
inserts in the barrels of the guns. Masterreplicas insist that they
can’t be seen when displayed… but unless you are looking dead
straight at the guns at eye level, you will indeed see them. I’m
saddened by the fact that they could not make the inserts removable
and have cancelled my order. I am protesting the fact that they
have altered a prop replica and made the change permanent. I also
question whether or not this will continue with future blasters they
might make as I will not be buying ANY that have a permanent orange
insert/tip. If you would like to comment or voice your concerns, please send a message to customerservice@masterreplicas.com

I also got an advance copy of the Big Book from ToysRus and for those
speculating that it might have a promotion for the Silver Clone Trooper, you will be disappointed to learn that there are basically NO star Wars items in the book, except for a few Lego items. Just
when will this promotion become available, we will have to wait and



Bounty Hunting Today: Trick or Treat! 
October 31, 2003 | 12:40 PM EST | Keri

Happy Halloween everyone! The big day is finally here, the costumes are made and when darkness falls tonite, all the ghosts and goblins may appear for tricks and treats!

Today is a special feature…a bit of a trick as well as a treat (i hope!) Instead of the usual Ebay auctions spotlighting interesting Star Wars items, I have for today a totally unique item!

I personally carve Star Wars themed pumpkins every year, and I have pictures of my latest creation to share with everyone today. Below you may see my interpretation of the slimy gangster himself Jabba the Hutt, both unlit and lit up.

If anyone else has any pictures of Star Wars pumpkins you have carved please send them in to me and I will be more than happy to post them here so that everyone may enjoy these non-fat low-cal Halloween treats!



Holiday Yoda Update Part 2
October 31, 2003 | 12:15 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Farscape-1 writes in to let everyone know that you may now order a maximum quantity of 4 Holiday Yodas per customer instead of the 3 per customer that was stated earlier.



Holiday Santa Yoda Update
October 30, 2003 | 9:44 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chad sends in this update on ordering info for the Holiday Yoda:

If you signed up for the Lightspeed Pass to get the Holiday Yoda. Keep your eyes open for an email like this. I got mine last night.

It’s time!

We are ready to take your order for Hasbro Holiday Yoda figures, brought to you exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club. Go to http://starwars.paizo.com/holidayyoda and place your order now for up to 4 of these collectible figures.

As a member of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, a Lightspeed Pass holder, and a recipient of this important email from Paizo.com, you may now purchase your Yoda figures online. Only those who have received this Lightspeed Pass email will be able to order at this time.

You may order starting now or any time after this, while supplies last. If you do not order immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock — more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of 4 figures per person.

After our subscribers with Lightspeed Passes have had sufficient time to order their figures, we will open up sales to subscribers who are not holding Lightspeed Passes. Finally, if we have any Holiday Yoda figures left in stock, we will open up ordering to everyone.

If you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure or the ordering process, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com.

“Santa Yoda” is the second of the Holiday Edition commemorative figures produced by Hasbro – a 3-3/4” scale Yoda dressed in Santa garb and shipped in a plastic case that’s suitable for display. Included with each figure is a full-sized greeting card featuring a reproduction of the 1980’s Lucasfilm holiday card art by Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist responsible for much of the look of the originalStar Wars trilogy.

Enjoy! And Happy Holidays from the folks at Paizo.

The Official Star Wars Fan Club



Bounty Hunting Today: Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet!
October 30, 2003 | 9:38 PM EST | Keri

Today’s late breaking Bounty Hunting edition is a spotlight close to my heart…and yes I feel I have saved the best for last!
Although it is too close to Halloween to put together a Royal Guard outfit, this wonderful helmet is the start of your own personal journey of elite service to the Emperor himself.
It is unclear as to exactly how many Royal Guards the Emperor had indebted in his service, it could have been as few as 25 or as many as a 100. It is known, however that Royal Guards were the best of the best, cunning and shrewd, showing abilities that far outreached the other Stormtroopers. The Royal Guards stood cloaked in crimson, holding their deadly Force Pikes silently and looked cool as all get out doing it!
The Don Post Royal Guard Helmet featured today was produced in 1996 and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. The helmet is becoming tougher to find, especially in good condition, and prices are getting higher as a result. If you wish to dress as one of the few, the proud, the Royal Guard the auction below is just what you are looking for!

Emperor’s Royal Guard Helmet



D&S Newsfeed
October 30, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

New Items:

New 2003/2004 SW & Trek Pre-Orders on the site!

Clone Wars – Durge, Asajj , Mace, Obi-Wan Wave
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Clone Wars Durge with Swoop & Clone Trooper with Speeder
Clone Wars Clone Trooper 3-Pack – Red

Back in Stock!
Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Slave I & Troop Transport
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious, Leia & Vader Unmasked
Anakin & Dooku Speeders
Star Tours Parade Vehicle

Indiana Jones Ser. 2 Figures:
Indy with Idol
Cairo Swordsman
German Soldier

Transformers Universe Autobot Ratchet – Machine Robot Rescue
Transformers Universe Inferno – Machine Robot Rescue

Spawn 10th Anniversary Figures
12″ Terminator and Deluxe T3 Playset

G.I. Joe Crimson Cobra Vehicles and Desert Blitz
G.I. Joe Army Builder Wave
G.I. Joe Conquest of Cobra Mountain Playset
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank

Gold Shirt Exclusive Kirk Trek Figure
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack



Swoops Away…
October 30, 2003 | 6:46 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon are the…
Anakin Swoop Bike
and the…
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike

Also, the LEGO AT-AT is on sale for $79.99 (20% off) and the Lego Tiebomberis on sale for $24.99 (17% off) with free shipping.



New Master Replicas Images
October 29, 2003 | 4:17 PM EST | Mark B


The new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazines hits comic book stores today. Page 412 highlights 2 new Master Replicas items (reported here last week). First up is the Medal of Yavin replica – limited to 1500 peices worldwide for $100, and then the Severed Darth Maul Lightsaber limited to only 750 pieces and retailing for around $300. These items are not yet available on the Master Replicas website but look for them to be “officially” announced over the next couple of weeks.



Entertainment Earth Pre-Orders
October 29, 2003 | 3:59 PM EST | Mark

Just a reminder that Entertainment Earth is taking pre-orders for all of the new Ultra action figures:

Jabba the Hutt, Jabba’s Court Denizens Three Pack (B’omarr Monk, Bubo, Wol Cabasshite) (NEW), Wampa, C-3PO with Pod: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 2 (Item# HS84716B, $74.99)

Wampa, C-3P0 with Pod, General Rieekan: SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 (Item# HS84716A, $74.99)

SW Ultra Figure Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84716AA, $39.99)



Bounty Hunting Today: Jar Jar Costume
October 29, 2003 | 12:31 PM EST | Keri

You want this don’t you…Take your Jedi weapon…Strike Jar Jar down with all of your hatred and your journey towards ultimate gratification from every Star Wars fan will be complete!
Ok, so I am not a big fan of Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy Gungan that was introduced to the Star Wars universe in Episode I and had a slimmed down role in Episode II. (thankfully!)
However, some kids did enjoy his bungling nature and clowning around, so having said that, today’s feature is for a child’s complete Jar Jar costume with head mask and suit. I have also included an adult Jar Jar mask made my Don Post if you wish to put together a very quick outfit at a discount price.

Complete Child’s Jar Jar Costume

Don Post Jar Jar Adult Mask



Official Photos of Clone Wars Animated Figs!
October 29, 2003 | 11:51 AM EST | Mark B




The official Star Wars website has posted photos of the first wave of Clone Wars Cartoon action figures. As you can see, there is Obi Wan, Anakin, Mace Windu and Asajj Ventress. Wave 2 photos will be coming soon and will include Dooku, Durge, Yoda and a Clone Trooper. Click Here for the full story.



Red ARCTrooper VARIATION Found!
October 29, 2003 | 9:10 AM EST | Jason


I don’t remember reading about this one, but I was actually
looking for the second series of clone wars figures from the
cartoon this morning and ran accross a couple of cases of
the series 1 that had all the Arc Troopers repainted in red.

Click here to see a side by side comparison between the first
release and the second.



New ’04 Figure Photos
October 28, 2003 | 6:22 PM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has just posted photos of several new figures that will debut in 2004. Probably the most anticipated one is the new Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi!!! There are also 4 new aliens from Jabba’s Palace along with a new Jedi Luke and Lando in Skiff Guard disguise.

WOOHOO!!! The year is complete already! Another Luke Jedi!!!!



Canadian TRU Exclusive?
October 28, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

This just in from Yak reader Torrynn who has been in contact with a Canadian TRU employee who has found item #957089 which the description shows as a new X-Wing Fighter “Red Leader”. This item is showing up as an exclusive item retailing for around $45. No details to tell how this is different from the “Red Five” exclusive previously at TRU.



Bounty Hunting Today: Darth Maul Costume!
October 28, 2003 | 1:27 PM EST | Keri

Dressing as a Dark Lord of the Sith is always a great idea for Halloween, or any other time for that matter!
For today’s feature I have chosen the mysterious apprentice of Darth Sidious, Darth Maul. Maul was by far the coolest character of Ep. I, with his horns, rotten teeth, elaborate black and red tattoos, and of course his double-bladed lightsaber. Maul was a Zabrac of few words, but got his point across to Qui-Gon very effectively. Maul was no more than an instrument of evil, carrying out the carefully constructed plans of Sidious.
Today’s auctions are for a complete child’s Maul outfit, including mask, robes, and plastic lightsaber, and an Adult costume without the lightsaber. These are great costumes for anyone looking to dress as the sinister sith apprentice!

Complete Child’s Maul Costume

Adult Maul Costume



Lucasfilm Working On Fixes For ANH?
October 28, 2003 | 8:21 AM EST | Bill

The Force.net is reporting that a copy of Star Wars:A New Hope that was shown at the City of Angels film fest appeared to have been enhanced from the Special Edition version. In this one Obi Wan and Darth Vader’s lightsabers had been significantly enhanced to the quality of image we are used to from the rest of the series. Click here to check out the full story.



New Clone Wars Figures Found!
October 27, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

It appears that the newest wave of Clone Wars figures are hitting the shelves as we speak!

YakReader Niko sends in this breaking news on his latest figure run:

I picked up the single carded Durge at the Canton Walmart this afternoon, they also had Mace Windu, Asajj Ventress and Obiwan. I’m not positive, but it looks like Mace’s torso is originally from a Quigon figure, and Obiwan appears to be the Ep2 Obiwan with a few additions (cargo pockets, brown trim).
Anywho, they had 1 more Durge, 2 Asajj, a few of both Obiwan and Mace, as well as a couple of Anakin and 1 Yoda, without an Arc trooper to be seen.

Interesting observations on the Mace Windu and Obi-Wan…if anyone has any pics to substantiate please feel free to send them in so we may unravel this mystery.



Bounty Hunting Today: C-3PO Costume!
October 27, 2003 | 12:54 PM EST | Keri

Friday is fast approaching, meaning Halloween is nearly upon us! I will have costume ideas here for the rest of the week, helping those who have yet to decide what to dress up as.
Today’s feature is for those who secretly wish to be the annoyingly charming ettiquette and protocol droid C-3PO. Little did we know that his maker was young Anakin, aka Vader…but this droid thanks to memory erasing was loyal to the Rebellion. Although we have seen 3PO in many incarnations: without coverings, with dirty mismatched coverings, without an arm, without a leg, blown to pieces, and how could we forget his days as an Ewok deity!!!
Though the costume below is made of soft fabric and not metal coverings, it is still a fun representation of our one and only Goldenrod.

Complete C-3PO Adult Costume



Unproduced CTC2 Supplemental Guide
October 26, 2003 | 3:44 PM EST | Robert

After much rebuilding I finally have completed putting together an updated version of the unproduced second generation of COMMtech chips definitive guide. A big thanks goes to Hunter from the German 4 inches star wars website, as Hunter saved the original article before a server and computer crash lost the originally posted article at theJawa.com website. Thanks also goes out to Steve at theJawa.com for hosting the original article! Look for another update to this article soon as Innis will be adding more information as well. You can check out the updated article by going here.



Another Hint At The Saga On DVD
October 26, 2003 | 1:43 PM EST | Bill

This month’s issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly reports in an aside that one of Lucas Arts latest releases sets up each level with DVD quality shots from the original trilogy! Rebelscum’s report on the article goes on to point out that the article says the this is the closest fans will get to the trilogy on DVD before NEXT FALL!



Bounty Hunting Today: Yoda Costumes!
October 26, 2003 | 11:46 AM EST | Keri

MMmmmm…Wish to dress as Yoda do you? Come to the right place you have, my young Padawans!
Today’s feature is for fully liscened costumes of the dimuntive Jedi Master who could either levitate an X-wing, deflect Sith Lightning or even battle his own Padawan with a lightsaber. Ever since Yoda’s introduction in puppet form in ESB, his teachings have proved to be an integral part of the entire Star Wars Universe.
So, if you are a little short for a Stormtrooper and wish to follow the Light Side of The Force, then the costumes below are just the thing for you! A timeless Halloween favorite, a child dressed as Yoda reminded E.T. of Home…and may help you win a costume contest yourself!
Bid you must, if these costumes before Friday you want!

Complete Adult Yoda Costume

Child’s Complete Yoda Costume



Yoda Variation Confirmed!
October 26, 2003 | 12:33 AM EST | Jason

I told you back when I reported from San Diego at the
Comic-con that there were two production errors to keep
an eye out for, today I confirmed that one of the errors
has been fixed. The Clone Wars Yoda Lightsaber hilt is
showing up painted fully now. I found the corrected
version at Target. Note that the error hilt that is
painted half way was pretty abundant and was also the version
that showed up in the Value Pack if you are wondering. The
corrected version is shown on the bottom of the picture.

If you want to see the carded figure side by side comparison,
click HERE



Bounty Hunting Today: Chewbacca Costumes!
October 25, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Keri

If you are playing as a Wookie in Star Wars Galaxies, or just can’t get enough of that famous walking piece of carpet, then the Chewbacca costumes featured today should give you your fuzzball fix!
Much like a giant walking dog, the loyal and lovable Wookie Chewbacca from the planet Kashyyk stood tall by Han’s side at all times. The original fur costume worn by Peter Mayhew in the films was made of real yak fur, woven into a suit which was perfectly groomed for the cameras.
Although the costumes below are made from synthetic fur, everyone will still recognize you as the heroic Chewbacca!

Deluxe Liscened Chewie Costume

Fan Made Chewie Costume



Don’t Have Cartoon Network? Not to Fear!
October 25, 2003 | 10:11 AM EST | Mark B

I know there are a lot of people who do not get the Cartoon Network on their cable plans or don’t have cable. Well, up until now, that was the only way you were going to be able to see the new Clone Wars Cartoon. The Official Star Wars Website has just announced that the Clone Wars Cartoon will be available at both cartoonnetwork.com and starwars.com following the broadcast on TV. Hyperspace members will only have to wait about 20 minutes for it to be online, the rest of us will have to wait until the next day. Personally, I’m still hoping for a DVD of the entire series!



Bounty Hunting Bonus: Rare Rocket Firing Fett 
October 24, 2003 | 12:25 PM EST | Keri

I have a Bounty Hunting Bonus Auction for all of you loyal readers today. Chances are you may have seen this auction on Ebay, but if you haven’t you are in for a real treat.
Although the word “rare” is overused in high regularity on Ebay, this is an auction where the word Rare is truly necessary.
So without further digression, below is the Holy Grail for Star Wars collectors:

Rare L-Slot Rocket Firing Fett



Bounty Hunting Today: Snowtrooper Costume!
October 24, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Since I have featured just about every costume to help you become a member of the 501st, I couldn’t leave out the Snowtroopers!
Battling on the frozen plains of Hoth, the Snowtroopers’ armor and outfits protect them from the bitter cold of icy planets. Though the armor is light and does not protect well against laser blasts, the heavy coat and helmet do their job warding off the cold.
The auctions I have featured below consist of an entire Snowtrooper outfit, including accurate muckluck boots, or if you are only in need of the duster jumpsuit a high quality fan-made example can be found in the links as well.

Complete Snowtrooper Costume

Snowtrooper Duster Jumpsuit



New Test Drive Items
October 24, 2003 | 10:44 AM EST | Mark B

I got an email this morning from Master Replicas announcing that they have added 2 new items to their “Test Drive” program. Now you can get the Mace Windu and Obi Wan Kenobi lightsabers on this program. For those that haven’t heard about the Test Drive program – this allows you to “try before you buy”. You get the replica for 30 days and then decide if you want to keep it or not. If you do, you can either pay all at once, or make installment payments (details at website), or send it back and all it costs you is a buck (they have a $1 processing fee). If you haven’t gotten one of the Master Replicas replicas before, this is a great opportunity. These are two of my favorite replicas from them.



Attention Jabba’s Palace Fans
October 23, 2003 | 7:18 PM EST | Bill

No, it’s not the pictures of the Jabba’s Palace figure wave that Hasbro announced will be released later this month, but if you are a member of The Official Site’s Hyperspace section, there’s a particularly nice production still of a certain droid playing electronic slots Click here to go check it out.



Exclusive Darth Vader Bust Arriving
October 23, 2003 | 3:37 PM EST | Mark B


If you are an MBNA Star Wars Credit Card holder that signed up for your credit card during the free Darth Vader Bust promotion, watch your mail! I just got a visit from my friendly postal worker with a much anticipated box! The bust is identical to the original Gentle Giant Darth Vader bust, except the finish. Instead of the solid gloss black, this one is covered with a metallic finish. You can see from the photo of mine, it is almost a copper color. The Edition size on these is 4000 pieces, so even though it is exclusive to MBNA Credit Card holders, it is more common than the original Darth Vader which was an edition of only 2500 pieces if I remember correctly, and much more common than the Comic Con Blue Clone Trooper Bust at 1000 pieces.



Bounty Hunting Today: Vader Costume!
October 23, 2003 | 12:12 PM EST | Keri

Probably the most recognizable villian in screen history, known to just about everyone even if they have never seen any of the Star Wars films (gasp!) is the original man in black Darth Vader.
As with any costume, you may choose how accurate you wish to appear, and therefore dictates how much money you wish to spend. I have included auctions below for a range of pocket books, from inexpensive 1997 Don Post helmets to limited number signed Fiberglass Don Post Helmets and from beautifully fan-made fiberglass armor pieces to liscened polyester material ready made Rubies outfits. The choice is all yours and you may always build a costume well after Halloween, budgeting for each piece necessary for your own ensemble.

1997 Don Post Inexpensive Helmet

Don Post Fiberglass Signed & Numbered Helmet

Vader Fiberglass Chest Armor Pieces

Vader Fiberglass Shin Guard Armor

Vader Electronic Belt

Complete Rubies Vader Costume



Bounty Hunting Today: Jedi Costumes!
October 22, 2003 | 6:16 PM EST | Keri

It’s getting ever closer to Halloween…the costume selection is getting picked over at your local stores and it seems as though you will never find the one outfit for this year!
Have no fear ebay is here! Today I have featured some liscened Jedi costumes, one of Qui-Gon Jinn and the other more of an Obi-Wan style outfit with no cloak. Why not be a hero and grab up these great costumes and have them express mailed to you, so you can make a smash at that Halloween party and impress the ladies with your Jedi robes and Lightsaber!

Qui-Gon Costume

Obi-Wan Costume



Clone Wars Website Updates
October 22, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has updated the Clone Wars website. Mainly some new graphics, but still fun to check out!



2 New Master Replicas Items
October 22, 2003 | 8:04 AM EST | Mark B

While these have not been “officially” announced by Master Replicas, they are in the new issue of Diamond Comics Previews Magazine (will be in Comic book stores next Wednesday – we’ll have a scan of the photos then!).

First Up – Medal of Yavin Replica – limited to 1500 pieces and retailing for about $100. Replica of the medals given to Han and Luke after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Second – Darth Maul “Battle Worn” Lightsaber Replica – Limited to only 750 pieces. Right before Darth Maul was defeated by Obi Wan, his lightsaber was cut in half. This replica is a recreation of one half of that damaged saber. Comes with Display Case. Retail is going to be around $300.

Both of these items should be announced soon from Master Replicas and are scheduled to ship in February of 2004.



The Final Trilogy???
October 21, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Yep, we all have read the articles from the vintage era about George Lucas saying that he envisioned Star Wars as a trilogy or trilogies— 9 movies, and that he was starting with the middle trilogy. As the prequels began to appear, Lucas said that he would be finished after the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Well, it seems that fans wishes and hopes could come true, if one ofThe Force.net’s sources is correct. That’s right, it appears there may be talk of making Episodes 7, 8, and 9. While this is still rumor, if it should prove to be true, Hasbro’s deal extending their exclusive rights to produce Star Wars toys until the twenty-teens, could well have been related to this. IF you want to read all the info Click here.



What??? What Did You Say? I Don’t Believe It!
October 21, 2003 | 6:00 PM EST | Mark

QNA TIME!! Grab a cup of something you like to drink best, pull up a chair, and click on over. Read for a while, and when you are done, send in a question or two of your own.



Home Theater Buffs…
October 21, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark

Thanks to DarthJin for this tip.

By clicking HERE you can visit Dillonworks.com and check out one of the most fascinating home theater setups complete with THX sound….



Bounty Hunting Today: Biker Scout Costume!
October 21, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Keri

It’s getting very close to Halloween now…do you have your costume ready to go yet, or are you still trying to decide what to choose?
Why not join the Empire as a sleek Biker Scout and stand out from all the Stormtroopers? Seen on the Forest Moon of Endor, the Biker Scouts rode fast and cool looking speeder bikes while on patrol. Their helmets are unique and their armor is light, not cumbersome so they may travel at lightning speeds on the speeder bikes.
Featured below are auctions including a complete armor setup, a modified helmet and a vintage Kenner toy pistol to get you all geared up to hunt down Rebels, Ewoks and avoid hitting large trees!

Complete Biker Scout Armor 

Modified Don Post Biker Scout Helmet

Kenner Toy Biker Scout Pistol



Jedi Master Points Update
October 21, 2003 | 8:51 AM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Republic News has updated with a sneak peak at two of the new items going on the block this week. One is the Endor Playskool Playset, the other is another shot at the elusive Toy Fair Vader. Click here for their full story.



Variation Hunters, Rejoice!
October 21, 2003 | 7:11 AM EST | Mark

Below are items that have been released in the new Clone Wars packaging.

Star Wars Separatist Forces: Count Dooku’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Yoda’s Lightsaber
Star Wars Army of the Republic: Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber

Episode II Attack of the Clones Figure: Luke Skywalker – A New Hope

There are many other excellent sales, along with free shiping on all LEGO items as well as some other sale toys. Good time to start that X-Mas shopping.



Lightspeed Pass You Want?
October 20, 2003 | 8:04 PM EST | Bill

Attention Fan Club Members, if you have signed up for a lightspeed pass from the Official Fan Club, watch your Email. The Fan Club has started activating the lightspeed passes. As soon as yours is active you can order.



Bounty Hunting Today: Han Solo Costume!
October 20, 2003 | 1:11 PM EST | Keri

You already have your very own Princess dressed as Leia, and where would the Princess be without her one and only scroundrel?
Featured today in seperate auctions are pieces to put together a not only cool, but movie authentic looking Han Solo ESB outfit. The only thing I could not find on Ebay was the white shirt, but I know there are many fan-made shirts on websites to finish off the outfit, one has only to search the internet to find them easily. The prices so far are very low, but the auctions have just started, and as we who follow Ebay closely know a ton of the bidding is always done in the last few minutes of any auction.
If you are looking for just one item like the boots or blaster to complete your outfit, or close to the whole costume, then the auctions below will get you pointed in the famous smuggler’s direction!

Han ESB Blue Jacket

Han ESB Brown Pants

Han German Riding Boots

Han Mauser Prop Blaster



The Winner Is….
October 19, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Daniel A. Peck. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama. Click right here to enter.Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



Bounty Hunting Today: Padme Costumes!
October 19, 2003 | 12:26 PM EST | Keri

Today I have chosen to feature costumes of the other dominant female hero of the Star Wars films, Leia’s own mother Padme.
Though Padme wore a virtual cornucopia of outfits in Episode I and especially Episode II, the costume choices are slim and limited to only one key outfit from each movie. The costumes produced are the Theed Invasion Gown, White Jumpsuit Arena Battle, and only in a child’s size, Naboo Meadow Picnic Dress. The costumes are made by Rubies and can be found for great prices.
Nevertheless, if you wish to dress as the strong and willful queen/senator there are some liscened outfits for you to peruse below. I have also included auctions for child sized costumes, for assured trick-or-treating success!

Episode I Queen Amidala Adult Costume

Child’s Queen Amidala Costume

Padme Ep.II Adult Costume

Child’s Padme Ep.II Costume

Child’s Padme Naboo Meadow Costume



Bounty Hunting Today: Princess Leia Costumes!
October 18, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

For all the women out there who, as little girls thought Leia and her world-famous cinnamon bun hair-do was the coolest thing ever ( i know i did! ), come these Leia costumes!
Though I have never dressed as Leia as an adult ( i had the vinyl costume dress as a girl ) the costumes featured today are rather tempting, even for an Imperial such as myself!
The white costume below comes complete with poly-material dress, wig and belt for a great and affordable price. Also, I have included an auction for just a cinnamon bun wig, if you would prefer to make your own white gown.
You’ll feel like a princess yourself in this great costume and maybe even capture your own scoundrel in the process!

Princess Leia Wig

Complete Leia Costume



Small Holiday Yoda Update
October 18, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Faithful YakReader Dave comes through again with a small update for those of you looking to get a Holiday Yoda through the Fan Club:

Pazio is now selling the Holiday Yoda to people who have gotten their lightspeed passes. I havent gotten my invitation yet, but Im sure its coming. They also say on thier website, that you can still request a lightspeed pass – if you havent already done so.

The link is here for anyone looking to pick up this great figure.



Stay on Target! 
October 18, 2003 | 12:16 PM EST | Keri

Even more reports continue to come on regarding the Target exclusives and their ready availability for everyone to get one seemingly easily without the headaches some of us are used to concerning modern collecting.
YakReader Dave who is located in South Florida reports that one Target store in Boynton Beach had 20 A Wings on its shelves!
YakReader Moonbase7 lets us know that there are “four cases at the Target in Monterey, Ca $19.99 all boxes in fairly mint condition.”
YakReader TheReverend also reports that the A-Wing AND Leia w/ Speeder Bike have made their way to a local target in Casper, Wyoming.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new Leia Speeder Bike as well and make your way to a Target this weekend!



Ultra Wampa, Rieekan, & 3PO
October 18, 2003 | 10:57 AM EST | Mark

Here are some nice images, thanks to RobChris.

C3PO Front
C3PO Close-up
C3PO Back

Rieekan Front
Rieekan Close-up
Rieekan Back

Wampa Front
Wampa Close-up
Wampa Back



And Speaking of Auctions….
October 18, 2003 | 1:00 AM EST | Mark B

Keri usually posts our auction of the day, but a friend of mine pointed out this auction for an INCREDIBLE Jabba’s Sail Barge replica on Ebay. Perfect item for displaying all your Jabba’s Palace action figures. Now if I only had $700!



Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auction Update
October 17, 2003 | 8:08 PM EST | Bill

Today’s addition to the auctions on Hasbro’s web page is a Shadows of the Empire Chewbacca. Click here to check it out.



Spoilers, Spoilers, and MORE Spoilers
October 17, 2003 | 8:02 PM EST | Bill

If you are looking for the inside story on EIII, then you need to check out The Force.net’s Episode III section, but be warned, once you turn down the spoiler path…

Click here to check it out.



Return of the Target A-Wing Update 
October 17, 2003 | 2:12 PM EST | Keri

Although collectors are not having much luck online, I have recieved various reports from faithful YakReaders: Xizlo Fett in Riversides, CA – Dave (location unknown) – Matthew in Allen, TX – and Ron in North Port, Fl. all stating that A-Wings are indeed available and in abundant supplies!
All reports indicate that the shelves are full of A-Wings, with more expected to come in when those sell out. YakReader Dave reports that there were about 20 A-Wings at one Target store and another location had an even dozen.
Looks like it’s time to make a Toy Run out to your local Target and pick up the exclusive A-Wing, as they seem to be available from coast to coast in the USA!



Bounty Hunting Today: Fett Costumes!
October 17, 2003 | 2:01 PM EST | Keri

Bounty Hunters are your kind of scum…fearless and inventive. Why not go for the gold…er armor and dress up as a member of the notorious Fett family!
There are many pieces that make up the intricate costume worn by Jango and Boba Fett, but once assembled, you will definetly get noticed quickly at any party or contest. Although there are currently no liscened armor or fully accurate complete costumes, fans have solved that problem by producing all the accessories and armor you need to replicate your bounty hunting idols.
The auctions below range from unpainted armor pieces, jetpacks and leather belts, to fully complete costumes that are must sees and well worth every penny. Again, the prices are not for the faint of pocket book, but nobody said it would be cheap to look so cool!

Unpainted Armor Pieces

Fiberglass Boba Fett Helmet

Rocket Jetpack

Complete Jango Costume

Boba Complete Costume



Some Good Deals At Toys R Us
October 17, 2003 | 10:59 AM EST | Mark B

While shopping for the new Dune Novel this morning, I ran across some pretty good deals on some 12″ Star Wars figures over at Toys R Us’ website.

Leia Boushh with Carbonite – $24.98

Imperial Officer – $9.98

Dengar – $9.98

Zuckuss – $9.98

Taun Taun with Luke – Now $39.98

Most also have free shipping. Some good deals if you haven’t picked these up yet!



Target A-Wing Update
October 16, 2003 | 10:12 PM EST | Keri

This update on the Target exclusive A-Wing sent in by YakReader James is not the best news for those hoping to purchase online:

Got this in my email tonight, might want to share for those thinking of ordering the Target Exclusive Green A-Wing

Thank you for shopping at target.direct, your direct link to
target.com, fields.com and mervyns.com.

Unfortunately, the following item is not currently available
from any of our sources.

“Star Wars A-wing Fighter”

We have cancelled this item from your order.

Because you only pay for items when we ship them to you, your credit
card has not been charged for this item.

Therefore, we regret we will not be able to process your order. Your
order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this
If you have further questions, please visit our online Help department.

Thank you for being a valued Guest. We hope you visit us again.


Customer Service Department

Hopefully there will not be a shortage of these vehicles, further disappointing and dismaying already disgruntled collectors.



Bounty Hunting Today: Stormtrooper Costumes!
October 16, 2003 | 12:04 PM EST | Keri

Have you got what it takes to be a part of the Empire’s own shock troops, serving Vader and the Emperor faithfully, proudly wearing your white armor which will not shield you from any blaster in the galaxy? Well, if you want to be a part of the 501st, and look cool doing it then a Stormtrooper costume replica is just the thing for you!
If you’re looking to keep your costume, that is the helmet, armor, and accessories like blasters and monoculars down to a specific budget, then the auctions featured today probably are not for you. It is not a cheap endeavor to put together a replica Stormtrooper costume, but if it is what you truly want to dress up as, the compliments and looks are well worth any money it might cost to purchase.
The auctions below spotlight fan made armor and suits and allow you to choose between the well-worn Sandtrooper, or the shiny white Stormtrooper stationed on the Death Star.

Clean Stromtrooper Armor, Helmet, Gloves and Voice Amp

Weathered Sandtrooper Armor



Additional Update on Thermal Detonator
October 16, 2003 | 9:51 AM EST | Mark B

I apologize for the mistake yesterday. I had stated that the Thermal Detonator over at Master Replicas was available for everyone to order, when in fact it was limited to Collectors Society Members only. But, Master Replicas now OFFICIALLY has the 3 versions of the Thermal Detonator available for everyone to order. If you’re only going to get one, jump on the Signature Edition that is over half sold out already….



Interview with Hayden Christensen
October 16, 2003 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark B

The Latino Review has a nice little interview with Anakin Skywalker himself – Hayden Christensen. The interview was supposed to be about Hayden’s new movie – Shattered Glass, but they got on the subject of Star Wars – and more specifically, Episode III. There are some minor spoilers present.



Cartoon Network: Planetary Forces
October 16, 2003 | 7:20 AM EST | Mark

Monday October 20th:

Head over to Cartoon Network to play the new Clone Wars online game Planetary Forces.

“The galaxy is divided. Jedi Knights stand united to prevent the collapse of the Republic. Meanwhile, the Dark Side grows stronger by Count Dooku’s hand. Choose your path: play as a powerful Jedi or as one of Dooku’s followers. Next week, you must decide!”



Luke Unleashed Wave
October 16, 2003 | 7:12 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for this wave (Luke, Sidious, Obi-Wan), stop over toKBtoys.com and pick them up.



12″ Ploo Update
October 15, 2003 | 7:23 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Womprat sent in this report:

“I called hasbro today and inquired about the availablilty of the 12″ Plo Koon and the person on the line told me Plo was listed as still being in production. He also said that may not mean he’s being produced right now but is scheduled for further production and it should be a signifigant. He says production may be stopped but as long as it isn”t listed as cancelled the product will be produced again or continued whichever way you want to look at it. Anyway, stop bidding on those Plo Koons people I see people paying way too much for them. I am in the process of e-mailing Hasbro (but the site gives me the run around) to get the same answer in writing.”

UPDATE: Yak Reader Dgerbing received an answer from Hasbro 180 degrees reversed:

“I personally spoke with the sales department manager at Hasbro, this was around a month ago and she stated no more Plo Koons. Reason I was able to talk with someone higher up, I stated I was a small store trying to start up and spoke with her about opening an account. Thanks, just wanted to give you a heads up.”

When we receive more information we’ll bring it to you.



Dallas Comic Con Oct. 25th – 26th
October 15, 2003 | 5:35 PM EST | Keri

Coming to Dallas Saturday Oct. 25th and Sunday the 26th is the Comic Con!
There will be an impressive line-up of stars to get autographs from including Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen
(Star Wars EP2: Tuan We & Star Wars EP3: Senator), Michonne Bourriague
(Star Wars E1: Aurra Sing, Amy Allen (Star Wars E2: Aayla Secura),
John Rhys-Davies (Sallah from 2 Indy Films)and many more actors and comic artists!
Also, there will be an exclusive screening of the 1st Episode of Clone Wars Cartoon on Oct. 25th!!!
And that’s not all….there will be over 200 tables filled with comics and great sci-fi memorabilia!

Check out the link below for tickets, and more info. I know I’ll be there, since I live here in Dallas, so see ya’ll there Oct. 25th!

Dallas Comic Con Website



Bounty Hunting Today: Don Post Creature Masks
October 15, 2003 | 1:20 PM EST | Keri

If you’re still trying to decide what to be for Halloween, then keep your eyes peeled to my Bounty Hunting posts everyday! I will be featuring some type of costume, mask, or something Halloween related to get you in the spirit, and hopefully give you some ideas and pointers on where to start that great costume.
Today I have chosen a small group of over the head Don Post Latex Creature Masks. Don Post held the liscence for Star Wars masks since A New Hope in 1978, up until the late 90’s when the company was bought out. In fact, many of the Rubies masks being produced today use the old Don Post molds, so in a way the company’s legacy lives on.
The creatures I have chosen today are off the beaten path of most costume choices. There are no Vaders or Stormtroopers here, just some great cretures to make you stand out in a crowd of vampires and witches.
Why not dare to be different and dress up as an Ugnaught, a Gamorrean Guard, or a Bith Cantina Band Member like Figrin D’An or Nien Numb? These masks are a great start to that different costume choice and with some simple jumpsuits and tunics, you are well on your way to winning that costume party 1st Prize and the adoration of your friends and family!
Even if you just desire these masks for great displays with fully costumed mannequins, check out the auctions below to enjoy their realistic appearance and bargain prices!

1980s ESB Ugnaught Mask

Cantina Band Member Mask

Gamorrean Guard Mask

Nien Numb Mask



Update on Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 12:49 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the Thermal Detonator available on their website for EVERYONE to order. Once again, they offer it a day early! The signature edition and the as first built by have already sold about 1/3 of the editions. Don’t wait on these! Head on over to Master Replicas today!

My apologies, the Thermal Detonator actually doesn’t go on sale for everyone until the 16th. I thought since it was on their website, everyone could order it. If you’re not in their collectors society, check back with them tomorrow.



Two Weeks Left…
October 15, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | Brandon

Just A Quick Reminder That There Is Only Two Weeks Left Until The Yakface.com Store Reports Clone Wars Contest Ends! We’re Already Getting Flooded With Great Reports And We Are FINALLY Recieving Some Great Pictures Of Your Finds! Thanks For All Your Support And Keep The Reports And ESPECIALLY The Pictures Coming! You Guys Rock!



KEBco Toys Newsfeed
October 15, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Brandon

Hey Guys! Here’s the latest newsfeed from KEBcoToys:

KEBco Toys has added several new Case assortments for Pre-Order.

Including : Kit Fisto Clone Wars wave, McQuarrie Storm Trooper wave, Luke Hoth wave, Luke Jedi wave, both new Ultra waves, more Army Builder waves, Chewbacca Unleashed wave and Garindan 12 inch wave.

You can find all of these cases and more on their site. When buying 2 or more cases please be sure to select the discount price.

More individual figures will be listed this coming week.

Visit www.KEBcoToys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.



New Carded Pics
October 15, 2003 | 11:30 AM EST | Mark

You can head over to these auctions and see these images of the new wave of carded images….

Don’t forget you can pre-order these figures at Entertainment Earth, they are due in this month.






Master Replicas Thermal Detonator
October 15, 2003 | 8:10 AM EST | Mark B


Master Replicas has now officially announced the New Thermal Detonator prop. If you are a member of the Master Replicas Collectors Society, you can order this replica today. If not, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Get them at theMaster Replicas website. You variation collectors better have your credit cards paid up! There are 3 versions of this one as well – a “standard” weathered version (edition of 1000) for $199, and then a “as built by” – clean version (edition of 750) for $299, and finally a “signature weathered” version (edition of 750)signed by Carrie Fisher for $299. These are sure to go FAST, head on over to Master Replicas today.



Saga Scene Packs Wave 2
October 14, 2003 | 10:52 PM EST | Mark

Now back in stock if you are still looking for them…

Geonosian War Room 2
Jedi Council 2

Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter



New Limited Edition Fossil Watch
October 14, 2003 | 4:39 PM EST | Keri

It seems that Fossil has created yet another nifty collectible watch for us to tell time with in a Force-ful Fashion!
The watch is limited to only 3,000 pieces worldwide and comes with a very cool looking frame box with each of the 5 movie poster artwork inside.
Click the link below to check it out and maybe even add it to your Christmas List!

New Fossil Star Wars Watch



Bounty Hunting Today: Costume Patterns!
October 14, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Halloween is almost here, and in honor of this great holiday I will be featuring a theme-appropriate auction to get you all in the spirit and hopefully help give you some costume ideas as well!
Although today’s items may not fit you, if you have a child or simply wish to collect these awesome vintage patterns, you’ve come to the right place!
Made by McCalls in 1981, these costume patterns allowed mothers everywhere to handmake Halloween outfits of their child’s favorite Star Wars characters. The patterns were mainly ESB themed characters including Leia, Chewie, Yoda, Vader, and a Jawa. Though the picture on the front is straight out of the 80s, the costume designs are timeless and would make any child stand out today in a great way!
Here are the patterns below to get your costumes started!

McCalls ESB Patterns



Hasbro Never Told You What Happened To…..
October 14, 2003 | 11:34 AM EST | Robert

One of the questions modern prototype collectors ask me is what toy concepts and prototypes do you know about that didn’t get made. While I only know of some of the concept items I recently asked a creator of some of the modern era Star Wars toys if they would answer some questions, which they were happy to do. You can read about some modern stuff that didn’t get made by going here



Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003–Links Updated
October 14, 2003 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:






This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!



X-Wing…Code 3
October 14, 2003 | 8:35 AM EST | Bill

Code 3 has unveileled the second in their series of hyperdetailed Star Wars die-cast vehicles. This time it’s Luke’s Red 5 X-Wing. Kudos to team Galactic Hunter for finding the update. Click here to check out the X-Wing.



Ultra Figures Pre-Order
October 14, 2003 | 7:58 AM EST | Mark

Hop on over to Entertainment Earth to be able to pre-order the new Ultra Wave 1that has: 1x Wampa, 1x General Rieekan – The “coolest” General comes with a tactical display map, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2.

And Ultra Wave 2 that has: 2x Jabba the Hutt (NEW), 2x B’omar Monk (NEW), 1x Wampa, 1x C-3PO – Features an escape pod that can fit him and R2-D2 (sold separately).



A Blast From The Past About The Future
October 13, 2003 | 8:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Face Alum Jimmy (AKA Sidster) sent in a major report on the 2004 line. No matter how you look at it, 2004 is looking like a great year for Star Wars Collectors:

Here’s his report on what we may see in 2004:


Cloud Car
It’s still on tap as an exclusive– it just needs a retailer to pick it up.

These will be different colors from their POTF2 incarnations. If what I’ve heard is true, we might see a Y-Wing that can hold an astromech like the vintage version. If that happens, look to see a Y-Wing with 2 pack in figures– pilot and R2 unit.

The X-Wing will be another big one– like the TRU Saga edition. It will also hold an R2, but no word on pack-ins (if any) yet.

Basic Figures:

First, it looks like the second of the canceled CD-rom figures will finally be released. Last year we got the super articulated Luke Bespin, in 04, we should see the Darth Vader from the Bespin Dinner scene.

In addition to the Jabba’s Palace figures that have been announced, a Cantina wave is under consideration. Possible figures include Hem Dazon and Banniss Keeg (which have been on rumor lists for some time) and new entries–Bom Vindim, Gotal, and the Givin.– Oh and if the second wave of Cantina sections sell well we may finally see the “U” shaped end piece.

There will also be a new Jawa this year, but no word on how it will ship.

It also appears that Hermie Odle and a new Bib Fortuna could appear, but no word on when, or what type of packaging/release.


Toys R Us Exclusives:
We could see 4 sets next year, but the current ones will have to sell well for these to materialize.

Screen Scenes are being considered for more releases, again the sales of the current wave will determine if we see more of them.

We may also see more Fan Club Exclusives

Army Builders:

Hasbro is still looking at producing more army builder three packs. The sales so far this year look good, so hopefully we will see even more entries in this line.



More Clone Wars Figures This Year
October 13, 2003 | 7:53 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe is reporting from his sources that there will be even more Clone Wars Figures this year than have been announced so far— and these are NOT animated Clone Wars figures! Click here for their post.



New Saga/Clone Wars Figures!!!
October 13, 2003 | 7:35 PM EST | Joseph

www.cloudcity.com will be receiving 7 new Saga Figures this week! They are:

Ayy Vida Twilek
Bail Organa
Elan Sleazebaggano
Imperial Dignitary #1
McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper
Obi-Wan Courscant Nightclub
Padme w/ cloak & Tatooine base

In addition, we have added the following 12″ dolls to www.cloudcity.com for pre-order in limited quantities. They are expected to ship in late November…this is months before most other dealers will receive these 12″ dolls.

2 Jawas

Also, Cloud City has received confirmation from Hasbro of our second shipment of the following 12″ dolls. Most of these dolls are sold out with other retailers so reserve yours today! These dolls are expected to arrive from Hasbro in early December.

Biker Scout
Ewok 2-Pack
Lando Skiff
AT-ST Driver
Han Solo

Visit www.cloudcity.com today!



Latest 2003 Saga Figures at K & C Collectibles
October 13, 2003 | 7:28 PM EST | Joseph

K & C Collectibles has received the following new Star Wars items this week. Don’t forget we have non-mint figures at a reduced price. New this week in the Saga collection are: WA-7 – Dexter’s Diner, The Emperor – Throne Room, and Lt. Dannl Faytonni. All are very limited in supply..



1 Week Until the Trilogy on DVD
October 13, 2003 | 3:55 PM EST | Mark B

No, No, No, not THAT Trilogy. The Indiana Jones Trilogy is released next Tuesday (October 21st). And the reviews and events are starting to come in. The Digital Bits has a great photo of Harrison Ford with the leading ladies from each movie on their website along with a packed review with all the details about the box set. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see my postman next week!



WA-7 reviewed
October 13, 2003 | 2:20 PM EST | Michael

They are the great unappreciated – the waiters and waitresses that take care of us at the local diner. WA-7 does the deed for Dex, but does she do it for you?Check out the review!



Bounty Hunting Today: It’s All Sugar Free!
October 13, 2003 | 12:32 PM EST | Keri

Yes, you read right kiddies, no sugar today, but I promise it’s still a treat for all!
At the request of Mr. George Lucas, a diabetic himself, Topps produced Sugar Free gum with its own distinct trading cards and movie photos. The Sugar Free gum with movie photo wrappers were available only in certain regions as a test and are therefore tougher to find than the regular sugar gum that was for sale everywhere.
Even if you don’t collect trading cards or wrappers, the Sugar Free packaging and cards offer eye-catching photos and graphics that may tempt you to add to your collection today!
Here are two auctions below to get your mouth watering for some sugar free goodness!

2 Sugar Free Unopened Packs

Sugar Free Card Lot



Koto Jango Coming to USA!
October 13, 2003 | 10:15 AM EST | Mark B

March 2004 is going to bring the incredible Koto Jango Fett to the USA thanks to Dark Horse Comics. Read the whole story over at Star Wars.com (Dark Horse will also be offering the Koto Darth Vader and Clone Trooper which will be released over the next couple of months – check with your local comic book store for details).



Low In Stock
October 13, 2003 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark

Get them if you need them….

Coleman Trebor
Anakin’s Swoop Bike



Next Q&A – spots available
October 12, 2003 | 11:07 PM EST | Muse

I have a couple of open spots for the next Q&A update.

If you have questions, send them here



Imperial Shuttles Now Available From Sears Christmas Catalog
October 12, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

One of the easiest ways to stay current on your Star Wars collection back in the 70s was the Sears Christmas Catalog. Well, it looks like Sears is coming through again, this time with the Imperial Shuttle (formerly a FAO exclusive). This year’s Sears Wishbook has the Shuttle listed on page 73 for 99 bucks.

Click here for the Wishbook Cover
Click here for page 73 with the Shuttle

Thanks to WompRat94 for the report and the images!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Pete wrote in to let us know you can go to www.sears.com/toys and order the Imperial Shuttle online as well for $99.99. (They just closed the sale that ended on 8/11/03, when it was only $89.99)



Vergere Revealed
October 12, 2003 | 8:48 PM EST | Bill

While an addition of new avitars is usually far from newsworthy, the latest update at The Official site is notable beacuse of some of the images. The new update has nearly 40 new avitars, one of which is the first time an image has appeared for a significant EU characters, Vergere. Vergere has appeared in EU from just after the Phantom Menace, upto a major role in the New Jedi Order!Click here to check it out!

UPDATE: Yak Reader Jason pointed out that all of the new avitar images are from the newest Essential Guide to Characters.



The Geonosian Arena… Plus A Story
October 12, 2003 | 6:40 PM EST | Bill

The Ultimate Geonosian Areana has surfaced on the Continent. The Entertainer, a UK toy chain has included it as part of their new store in England. TeamRebelscum out did themselves with this catch! Check it out here.



Bounty Hunting Today: Candy Heads!
October 12, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

How cool would it be to receive a Star Wars candy head as a treat on Halloween!? Well, nobody is stopping you from treating yourself to some of the vintage Topps candy head goodness that awaits you in today’s feature!
Topps produced the main bulk of Star Wars trading cards and stickers throughout the 1970s-80s and still produces wonderful card sets today for the Prequels as well as the Classic Trilogy. Topps also produced plastic candy heads, molded in the shapes of memorable Star Wars characters. The boxes featured colorful photos and the candy heads were molded in one color plastic to resemble heroes, villians and creatures from ESB and ROTJ. The candy heads look great with displays, especially the Bounty Hunters. However, I would not recommend eating the 20+ year old candy/dust if still inside.
In the mid 1990s Topps was back in the Star Wars candy head business for a short time once again. This time in England, fans not only received a candy head, but a collectible trading card as well. Only 4 designs were produced: Chewie, Yoda, Vader and 3PO. The heads are still molded in one color plastic, but the characters are a bit more realistic than the 1980s counterparts.
The auctions listed below provide a sampling of both vintage and modern candy heads you can treat yourself to!

5 ESB Candy Heads

ROTJ Box and Candy Head Set

1990s Chewie Candy Head with Card



Lord Vader’s Secret Plan – Nov. 5, 2003
October 12, 2003 | 1:01 AM EST | Muse

Just because I am the “Q&A guy”, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do news.

A few days ago, my friend Scott dropped me a note. Besides sharing the “Star Wars freak” label, my pal also shares a fondness of things Vader and knew I would appreciate this one.

Scott works at a place (that shall remain nameless) that sometimes gets cool Star Wars perks and this might be the coolest. Apparently, Lucasfilm is holding an event at the Presidio on November 5th and they sent out invitations to companies that they have done business with. His boss, knowing that he was a Star Wars fan, was gracious enough to just GIVE him the invitation and this isn’t your normal paper invitation. It’s a Saga Throne Room Vader glued to a glossy black acrylic block with a brushed metal plate attached which reads:






This raises a big question: What assault does Lucasfilm have planned here? It seems a tad early to reveal marketing plans for Episode 3, which is still 1.5 years away. Could this event be tied to the recent rumors about the Original Trilogy coming to DVD???

We’ll have to wait until 11/5 to find out but you can see the invitation and plaque by clicking on these links:

The Plaque

The Invitation

Big thanks to Scott for sharing his news with us!



Bounty Hunting Today: Cookie Jars
October 11, 2003 | 12:09 PM EST | Keri

Since you have all those yummy Star Wars cookies, now you need a place to keep them nice and fresh, which brings about today’s feature Cookie Jars!
Star Wars cookie jars have been sold since A New Hope in 1978, courtesy of Roman Ceramics. The classic designs offered included C-3PO and R2-D2 only. Sigma produced only one design that was a hexagonal shape featuring Vader on one side and R2 and 3PO on the other side. The vintage cookie jars are getting harder to find, especially in mint condition with no chips or cracks, complete with the plastic liner inside. Therefore the prices are not necessarily for an entry-level collector.
A bit more affordable are the Star Jars cookie jars which produced classic character designs in limited numbers in the mid 1990s. Though the jars originally retailed for over $250, today some characters can be found for $30 and under. Patience can truly be a virtue and a huge money savings in regards to Modern Star Wars collecting today.
Here is a sampling of auctions below of both vintage and modern jars to help keep your cookies staying fresh and your kitchen looking cool!

1978 C-3PO Roman Ceramics Cookie Jar

Star Jars Leia Cookie Jar

Star Jars Chewie Cookie Jar

Star Jars Wicket Cookie Jar



War Room Scene #2
October 11, 2003 | 12:21 AM EST | Mark

the following have limited availability at Amazon…

Geonosian War Room 2
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike
Anakin’s Swoop Bike
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)

Also the ships are in stock…
Hailfire Droid
Geonosian Star Fighter



KBToys Additional 30% Off Sale Info
October 10, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Keri

Just to clarify any questions that you may have…
The sale is only in retail stores, that is the physical brick and mortar establishments.
The discount is not applicable towards video game software (games) or hardware (systems).
Although I first learned of this news through another source, the original information was provided by Lee Pierce, a faithful YakReader in the Store Reports section.



KB Toys 30% Off Sale!
October 10, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Keri

This Just in:
KBToys – 30% off $30+ Orders from October 8-14!
Apparently, there was a class action lawsuit against them and so they have to give you a 30% discount off a $30+ purchase from October 8-14th of 2003.

Defendants will distribute the Net Settlement Fund by providing a discount at the cash registers of all KB Toys, KB Toy Works, KB Toy Outlet, Toy Liquidator and KB Toys Express stores nationwide, including Guam and Puerto Rico, equal to 30% off all qualifying purchases of $30 or more during October 8-14, 2003. This distribution (the “In-store Distribution”) will be done without requiring a request of any store customer and will be separate and apart from, and in addition to, any previously planned promotional events for 2003. Defendants will not advertise or otherwise promote the distribution in advance of the In-store Distribution. Signs detailing the terms of the In-store Distribution, however, may be displayed in or around the stores during the In-store Distribution and up to 48 hours in advance of the In-store Distribution.

The 30% off is available in physical stores only! The discount however is not applicable to video game software or hardware in stores. This is still a great opporuntity to get a discount on some higher priced items that normally do not go on sale, such as Lego Items.



Bounty Hunting Today: Cookies!
October 10, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Keri

With Halloween fast approaching, today’s feature will concentrate on Treats, rather than Tricks, although I doubt you would want to eat these cookies since they are 20 years old!
Pepperidge Farm treated fans of Return of the Jedi to 3 different flavor cookies, including Chocolate, Vanilla and Peanut Butter back in 1983. The cookies tasted much better than the C-3POs Cereal (trust me here) and not only that each flavor had its own unique character shapes. Pepperidge Farm sweetened the deal and offered small plastic cups with a cookie purchase, as well as a mail-away offer for the complete set of cups.
The auctions spotlighted today feature Sealed Boxes of cookies, which is quite unusual, as 90% of most boxes found today are empty. If you are a true completist searching for unopened boxes, then your search is over. Also you may view the in-store promo cup, as well as a lot containing 2 of the 4 mail-away cups.
Here are the Treats to get your cookie collection underway!

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Peanut Butter Cookies 

Pepperidge Farm Sealed Vanilla Cookies

Pepperidge Farm In-Store Promo Cup

Lot including 2 Mail-away cups



LucasArts President Abruptly Resigns
October 10, 2003 | 11:47 AM EST | Mark

Simon Jeffery quits the company in a surprise announcement.

October 09, 2003 – LucasArts reported today that Simon Jeffery has resigned from his position of President of the company. Very little is known about his reasons at this time, though it does appear as though his announcement came as a surprise.

As President of LucasArts, Jeffery oversaw releases of such high-profile titles as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Galaxies.

When contacted, LucasArts declined comment.



Get an FX Lightsaber for Halloween!
October 10, 2003 | 10:46 AM EST | Mark B

I just got word from Master Replicas that the new Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader FX lightsabers will be shipping in time to make Halloween delivery. This is definitely one COOL addition to any Star Wars Costume. Plus, right now if you buy both FX sabers, you’ll get them BOTH for only $250 (normally $139 each), plus you get Free Shipping (another savings of $39!). Head on over toMaster Replicas and order before October 14th for Halloween delivery.



D&S Newsfeed
October 10, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

This just from D & S Toys:

If you live in the Portland, OR area, see the comic book show notice
that we will be attending below…..

New Items:

Unleashed Boba Fett, Yoda & Han
Clone Wars Arc Trooper, Yoda & Anakin
Battle of Hoth 4-Pack
Saga Luke & Vader Lightsabers
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Desert Coyote with Double Clutch
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Crimson Command Copter
G.I. Joe 3 3/4″ Patriot Grizzly Tank
Wave 2 of Joe Mission Disks with Figures
BTR: Smokescreen
Saga Screen Scenes War Room 2 of 2
Saga Screen Scenes Jedi Council 2 of 2
Clone Wars – White Clone Trooper Multi Packs
Unleashed Luke, Obi & Sidious – Back in Stock
Anakin & Dooku Speeders – Back in Stock
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack – Back in Stock

We will be set up at:

Portland Comic Book Show
Sunday October 12th, at the Rose Quarter (Memorial Colliseum)
10:00am – 5:00pm

We are Booths 177-178 (Northeast corner of the room as you enter North
into the hall)
Come check us out for lots of great stuff and say hi!



More Hasbro Jedi Master Auction Updates
October 9, 2003 | 9:33 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Todd points out that it appears Hasbro has been checking into some of the bids on the auctions, as Jedi Master Point bids have been lowered, as has been the case on the Kitik Keek’kak auction: high bid is now down to 17,840 JMP’s.

In other Hasbro Auction News, “A Loyal Reader” sends in the following tidbits:

After doing some research here are all the prizes that are in the Jedi Master Points promotion:

Coll Research Droids
Quantity: 16
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Coleman Trebor
Quantity: 12
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Arena Playset
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Geonosian Fighter:
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/15/03 8:00 PM EDT

Role Play Basic Lightsaber:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Hailfire Droid:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

SW AOTC – I am A Jedi Apprentice
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Darth Tyranus – With force lightning
Quantity: 24
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

POTF Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Unleashed Mace Windu:
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

TIE Bombers:
Quantity: 2
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

Dark Empire (Full Set)
Quantity: 4
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/22/03 8:00 PM EDT

WOTC Cards Battle Of Yavin
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Playschool Millennium Falcon
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SW Attack of the Clones Scrapbook
Quantity: 5
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Aayla Secura
Quantity: 48 (A lot!!!!)
Opening Bid: 10 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SOTE Chewbacca
Quantity: 1
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Silver R2D2
Quantity: 3
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

Cinemascape Vader
Quantity: 6
Opening Bid: 30 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST

SAGA:- Jorg Sacul
Quantity: 10
Opening Bid: 50 Jedi Master Points
End Date: 10/29/03 8:00 PM EST



Special Edition Back on the Big Screen!
October 9, 2003 | 5:45 PM EST | Keri

If you live in the LA area, or anywhere near there you may view George Lucas’ Special Edition version of A New Hope.

Unfortunately, at Ain’t It Cool News, they are reporting that is the Original version of A New Hope. However when you visit the link below for tickets, it clearly states that viewers will be treated to the Special Edition Version, where a digitally altered Greedo fires a shot at Han…when we all know that Han really shot first.
The movie will be screening at the Directors Guild on Sunday, Oct. 26 and is part of the City of the Angels Film Festival. You can buy tickets on their website.

The link to the website for tickets can be found here



Legacy of the Jedi Review
October 9, 2003 | 5:23 PM EST | Mark B


A short review of a short book. Follow this link for my review of the Clone Wars Novel – “Legacy of the Jedi”.



Bounty Hunting Today: Necklaces!
October 9, 2003 | 12:29 PM EST | Keri

In keeping with the jewelry theme of yesterday’s feature, today I will be looking at necklaces, more specifically the pendants of Star Wars characters.
As with the rings, Weingeroff Enterprises produced unique pendants for A New Hope. The designs included Chewie, Vader’s Head, X-Wing, Stormtrooper Head, C-3PO, and R2-D2. The pendants could be bought in large or small sizes and 3-PO’s and Chewie’s arms move together up and down. The necklaces were sold in bags with the classic logo on them, and also came with a paper tag attached on the necklace itself, giving some detailed information regarding the specific character. Collectors looking for a complete necklace should search for the sometimes elusive bag and paper tag.
The ESB necklaces were again produced by W. Berrie, and were sold in blue cardboard window boxes, with the ESB logo on them. The designs were colorful enamel like the rings and featured Chewie, R2, R2 and 3PO, and Vader.
All of these necklaces listed below are a great way to add a little Star Wars flair to your otherwise drab work uniform during the week!

1977 C-3PO Necklace

1977 Complete X-Wing Necklace

1980 ESB Chewie Necklace



Planet Action Figure News
October 9, 2003 | 1:38 AM EST | Joseph

Planet Action Figure News
We just received the following which are now In Stock

Durge w/ Swoop Bike
Clone Trooper w/ Speeder Bike
Clone Trooper Army (Red Variation)
Clone Trooper Army (Green Variation)
Destroyer Droid Battle Launcher
Jedi Knight Army

All presells for the Durge and Clone Trooper Speeder Bike Asst are currently being processed/shipped. Unleashed Asst 6 will be arriving next Monday which is when we will begin honoring all presells. Since these are on route to us, we can no longer accept cancellations at this point.

Thanks all



And The Auctions Continue….
October 9, 2003 | 12:16 AM EST | Mark

Here are this weeks auctions….

Mos Eisley Cantina Set-Wuher 14 bids 5200 Jedi Master Points
Interactive R2D2 35 bids 1800 Jedi Master Points
Silver R2D2 51 bids 800 Jedi Master Points
Ephant Mon 49 bids 550 Jedi Master Points

Good Luck



A Working Title?
October 8, 2003 | 9:50 PM EST | Mark B

The Force.Net currently has a rumor about the possibility of a working title about Star Wars Episode III. You have been warned that spoilers may exist, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know. But, those of you that know the original title for Return of the Jedi will understand how this title could come about.



Kay Bee Clones
October 8, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Bill

While Wal-Mart may not be getting more of the Clone Wars value packs, Toy Stores are now getting them in. The price is slightly higher than Wal-Mart, but still a great value! Good hunting!



Bounty Hunting Today: Rings
October 8, 2003 | 12:11 PM EST | Keri

There are many choices when it comes to which Star Wars jewelry – such as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Although mainly targeted at the female Star Wars audience, who’s to say that a stylin guy can’t wear a hip old school adjustable ring and turn his finger green too?!
Today’s feature is devoted to vintage Star Wars rings. In 1977 for A New Hope the rings were produced by Weingeroff Enterprises and 2 sets of 3 designs you could buy, 1 Rebel Set – Chewie, R2, and C-3PO and the other set had Vader, Stormtrooper, and X-Wing. These rings are frequently found by themselves as single items without the original box, mainly bought for display purposes or to be worn.
W. Berrie & Co. held the liscence for all the ESB jewelry, and the rings they produced were quite distinct, as well as very colorful. The designs included: Vader, X-Wing, May the Force be with You, R2 & 3PO, R2, and Yoda. The rings come in blue boxes with the prominent ESB logo behind them. These rings have not only a great deal of charm, but also look awesome to wear!
Here are some auctions below to start your jewelry collection today!

1977 R2-D2 Ring

ESB X-Wing Ring MIB

ESB Yoda Ring MIB

ESB R2-D2 Ring MIB



Vader and Skywalker Almost Sold Out
October 8, 2003 | 11:20 AM EST | Mark B

I’ve been checking Master Replicas every day watching for the new Thermal Detonator to go on sale and noticed today that the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (ESB) lightsabers are nearly sold out. Don’t wait if you have been holding off ordering these items. And to make it even better, both are on sale for only $199.96! That’s $150 off the list price. ***Note, the price on the website still shows the list price, but when you add them to your basket, the sale price shows up*** Head on over to Master Replicas today and pick them up before they are gone.

UPDATE!! – Robert C. sends this in “If you pay in full rather than making the 4 installment payments, for the ESB lightsabers, you get another $25 off, making the total only $174.96”. Also note, this is for the Lightsaber Replicas, not the FX lightsabers.



Final Prophecy Out Now
October 8, 2003 | 11:15 AM EST | Mark B



Sorry I missed this yesterday! The newest New Jedi Order book The Final Prophecy was released yesterday. This is the next to the last book in the New Jedi Order series (and the last Paperback). The final book The Unifying Force is currently available for preorder and will ship the 4th of November.



Doug Chiang Appearance in San Fransisco
October 7, 2003 | 2:51 PM EST | Keri

YakReader and member of the South Bay Star Wars Fan Club Mikk sent in this information for anyone in the San Fransisco/Bay Area that would like to meet Star Wars Prequel conceptual artist/designer Doug Chiang.

“Doug Chiang will be appearing at the Metreon Festival of Anime on
October 11th in San Francisco promoting his new book Robota.
Mr. Chiang will be speaking from 3 to 4pm in the Action Theater at
Metreon about his creative process, art techniques and training. There will also be a special screening of the animated Robota teaser. Afterwards he will sign books for an hour at the Chronicle Books store in the Metreon complex.
The Metreon is located at 101 Fourth St. in downtown San Francisco.
Tickets to the Metreon Festival of Anime are $15 and can be purchased online at www.acteva.com/go/metreon
Should be a great opportunity to get a look “behind the scenes” of an
extremely talented & influential artist. Hope everyone can make it out.”



Bounty Hunting Today: Foreign Plush Items
October 7, 2003 | 2:42 PM EST | Keri

Today I would like to spotlight some obscure Plush dolls and a plush backpack from countries overseas.
Here in the US, Kenner was the one and only source for plush Star Wars dolls, the most prolific being the Ewoks from ROTJ. Also offered was a Chewie and R2 that squeaked. The Buddies line debuted during the height of Beanie Baby mania, and once again was brought to us by Hasbro. For the collector looking for alternative plush Star Wars items, there are many foreign examples that are fun and unusual.
Starting with Japan, there are the Super-Deformed Plush toys that were available only in arcade machines called UFO’s in 1992. UFO machines are like the dragline/claw machines we have here, but the UFO’s have a 2 pronged hook, rather than a 3 pronged claw making it tougher to grab an item. Therefore, the Star Wars UFO Plush dolls are collectible not only here, but in Japan as well. There are 5 dolls in the set, including Vader, Chewie, R2, 3PO, and Luke.
More recently, there were several plush backpacks, or rucksacks produced in England which are large and pretty realistic representations of popular characters. The backpack designs included Chewie and Yoda, and possibly more that I am not aware of at this time. The backpacks are really unusual and great for a collector specializing in one character items.
The auctions below offer a look at each plush to help you start a new area of collecting!

Japan Takara Vader Plush

Chewie England Backpack



Original Trilogy On DVD News Update…
October 7, 2003 | 10:47 AM EST | Jair

Yak Reader Ronnie sent this to follow up on the DVD article:

“I heard the same story on the dvds about a week ago at The Digital Bits(without any toy references) and they basicly said the rumor is that Fox and Lucasfilm liked so much the layout of the upcoming Indiana Jones trilogy on dvd (1 disc for each movie, then one disc full of extras from all 3 movies) that they would do the same next Oct/Nov for the Star Wars trilogy. No word yet on whether these would be the originals or the special editions. I’m personally hoping for the originals myself, that way George can release his Ultimate special editions after ep. 3. Just my speculation!”

So maybe after all we’ll have the original movies on DVD next year. Ronnie has a good point beacuse almost everyone whats the two versions of the movies, and this would be a good way of offering fans the chance.



Hailfire Droid In Stock
October 7, 2003 | 6:47 AM EST | Mark

Amazon now has the Star Wars Separatist Forces: Hailfire Droid back in stock if you are still looking for it.

Also here are some other things…
The Emperor
Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape)
Geonosian Star Fighter



Looking For Clone Wars???
October 6, 2003 | 8:54 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Clone Wars figures, hop on over to Entertainment Earth as they have a three pack of the figures MOC!



UCS Snowspeeder
October 6, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Mark

Now available over at the LEGO shop is the UCS Snowspeeder #10129, the price tag on this set is $129.99 with 1457 pieces.



Original Trilogy On DVD News…
October 6, 2003 | 4:28 PM EST | Jair

Here is something I was waiting to get more information about before I posted it, but haven’t, so here it is. A very good source told a friend of mine at Yavin IVthat in order to get toys for next year, suppliers and stores will have to order them with a bit more time in advance. The reason: the Star Wars Trilogy will finally be released on DVD, and with it, tons and tons of toys.

Now, this is not 100% confirmed, so don’t get your hopes too high. Remember that the official word is that it will be released after the prequels are done, but you never know… maybe by this time next year we’ll be enjoying our favorite films on DVD format.



Bounty Hunting Today: Telephones
October 6, 2003 | 3:31 PM EST | Keri

A Star Wars telephone not only looks great with your killer collection, but also allows you to cheerfully greet a friend or family member with a Force-ful character!
The only phone produced in the original trilogy days was in 1983 by Com-dial, which was an imposing full-figure Vader Speaker Telephone. The phone can still be found in working order today, sometimes even with the original box and instructions. The phone is a great likeness of our favorite Sith Lord, and is convenient for hands-free operation, or to be displayed anywhere.
As far as modern Star Wars phones go, an R2-D2 telephone was produced in the late 90’s by Telemania. The phone has many features, such as R2’s dome lights light up, his head turns as the phone rings and he can also be set to ring in familiar droid beeping. This phone really has it all, and the chirping and beeping is music to a fan’s ears!
Each phone is featured in an auction below to get your collection ringing!

Vader Speaker Telephone

R2-D2 Telephone



Target Exclusives
October 6, 2003 | 11:38 AM EST | Mark

While the have been listed on the Target.com website and web exclusives. I have received emails from PA, CA, and IL that the A-Wing and 12″ Leia with Speederbike have been found on the shelves. So if you need these, stop by a local Target, you make get lucky.



New Clone Wars Images
October 6, 2003 | 9:16 AM EST | Mark B

Animation Insider has 9 images of the upcoming Clone Wars Cartoon series on their website. Several are ones that I haven’t seen before. Check them out!



No Tricks… Just Treats
October 6, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

Real Stands has started a new giveaway– now through Halloween with two oustanding prizes– First Prize is a Silver Anniversary R2-D2, and second prize is Ephant Mon, Jabba’s Head of Security. Click here to check it out!



Bounty Hunting Today: Iron Ons!
October 5, 2003 | 11:47 PM EST | Keri

Along with your courdoroy bell bottom pants and your Star Wars belt buckle, no outfit is complete without your very own Star Wars Iron On T shirt!
Part of the fabric of the 1970s and early 1980s were Iron-on T-Shirt Shops, which usually featured Iron on transfer designs of everything you could possibly imagine and more pasted on the walls from floor to ceiling! ( at least the shop I remember going to!)
Star Wars themed designs were no exception, featuring an extensive selection of characters, artwork, with and without glitter accents. The vinyl transfers were on heavy waxy paper, and they were pressed with very high heat onto your t-shirt, then the paper was allowed to cool, and the vinyl transfer was left on your shirt.
Factors Inc. held the liscence for all of the Original Trilogy designs, which range vastly, from Han & Chewie, to Boba Fett, and Lando, Yoda, Luke, Jawas, and even Ugnaughts. The Iron-ons can be found fairly easily today, and some existing T-shirt shops can iron them on to brand new t-shirts for you to enjoy the now popular retro stylings of the 70s & 80s.
Below are some auctions to satisfy your need for Star Wars Iron-ons in your life!

Yoda Iron-On

Han & Chewie Iron-On



The Winner Is…
October 5, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Luke Shu-Hao Hu. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



Bounty Hunting Today: Belt Buckles!
October 4, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Keri

Star Wars belt buckles have been with us, just as the Force has been with us, since 1977. Among the some of the earliest liscened and unliscened items available, there was not a more stylish way to hold up your courdoroy bell bottom pants!
The first belt buckles were produced by The LeatherShop Inc. and were heavy brass with really gorgeous, bold raised 3-D designs, including the Star Wars Logo, 3PO & R2, R2 by himself, Vader, and a TIE chasing an X-Wing with a stylized McQuarrie Logo beneath.
Also in 1977, apparently without a liscence, Basic Tool & Supply Co. produced virtual duplicates of the Leathershop buckles. The Basic Tool buckles are marked on the back, and there are slight differences between those and the Leathershop buckles. The Leathershop buckles have a more dull, flat finish, while the Basic Tool buckles are polished and shiny. The Basic Tool Buckles also tend to be a bit smoother, with the details sharper and clearer than the Leathershop buckles.
Lee also had a liscence for A New Hope, ESB and continued through with Jedi themed belts with buckles. Most of the Lee buckles found today are seperated from their original belts, and collectors looking for complete examples should keep this in mind when purchasing loose buckles. There are countless variations of Lee buckle designs, with different color enamel backgrounds for each character as well as nylon and leather belts.
The small sampling below offers an illustration of the differences between Leathershop & Basic Tool buckles, as well as some Lee ESB offerings.

Leathershop Logo Belt Buckle

Basic Tool Logo Buckle

Lee Vader Belt & Buckle

Lee C-3PO & R2 Buckle



New Legos!
October 4, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Keri

Yak Reader TCJedi sent in the following links to pics of the new Lego items we have to look forward to in January from the Toys News International website:

New Lego Mini Vehicles

New Tatooine Sets

It appears that the new Mini Vehicles will not have a speicified bonus vehicle to be built from the spare parts in each package…builders will instead be required to use The Force and create their own design.
The new tatooine sets look great, including a new Landspeeder, Sandtrooper on a dewback and the cantina showdown between Greedo and Han. Lego continues to produce wonderful products for everyone, kids and adults alike to enjoy and build.



Bounty Hunting Friday: Plastic Banks
October 4, 2003 | 11:41 AM EST | Keri

After a slight weapons malfunction, as well as a large reactor leak that was very dangerous was locked down Friday, I once again have access to my computer and bring you all a belated Bounty Hunting Edition for Friday Oct. 3rd.
Continuing on with the theme of Star Wars banks, the auctions below feature interesting and harder to find examples of vintage plastic banks. Though not as common, nor as well known as the ceramic counterparts, the plastic banks provide an unbreakable alternative to the collector who also searches out overseas/foreign Star Wars items.
From the land down under, Austrailia, we have two vintage plastic banks that were given out from the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Sydney. A Darth Vader head/bust, and R2 in white, light blue and dark blue were given to children in 1978, encouraging them to save their money wisely. The designs may be slightly crude to today’s collector of modern, detailed movie prop accurate items, but these banks are great items in their own right!

R2-D2 Plastic Bank

Vader Plastic Bank



Win a Trip to San Francisco 
October 4, 2003 | 10:16 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas is giving away a trip to San Francisco. Contest includes roundtrip airfare, 3 days/2 nights in Bay Area, tour of Master Replicas design area, preview of upcoming products, and a chance to give input on future products! Plus, each month Master Replicas is giving away 2 limited edition replicas worth over $200. You can enter once a day at their website, no purchase is necessary but when you purchase Master Replicas items, you get an additional entry for each dollar you spend! Looks like the contest runs through the end of the year.



Chrome Vader Update
October 3, 2003 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Michael sent in this report:

I don’t know if this is been reported, but I got a letter in the mail yesterday from MBNA saying that the exclusive chrome Vader bust is on back order and won’t be shipped until November 30! Looks like we have more wait to do.



New Saga and Clone Wars Items in Stock!!!
October 3, 2003 | 6:26 PM EST | Joseph

CloudCityCollectibles has new Saga and Clone Wars items in stock. Asajj Ventress Sith Apprentice, Durge Commander of the Separatist Forces, Mace Windu Republic General, and Obi-Wan Republic General. They even have the NEW UNLEASHED Boba Fett, Han Solo, and
Yoda. Also in stock is the new Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Yoda!!! To get there click here



Fan Club Santa Yoda Update
October 2, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Bill

The Official Fan Club sent the following Email out to lightspeed pass holders. It looks like Santa is going to be closer to Halloween:

Thank you for signing up for the Lightspeed Pass for Hasbro’s Holiday Yoda figure, presented exclusively by the Official Star Wars Fan Club! Here’s the latest news on how you can order this holiday season’s most-wanted collectible:

As a Lightspeed Pass holder, you’ll be notified via email at the earliest time at which you can order your Holiday Yoda figures. In the first weeks, only those who receive their order notice will be able to purchase the Holiday Yoda online.

Please note that you can order any time after your receive your Lightspeed order notice, but not before. If you cannot get online immediately please rest assured that there are many Holiday Yoda figures in stock – more than enough for all current Lightspeed Pass holders, even if everyone orders the maximum of three figures per person.

We learned some lessons from the rush of orders we received for the silver-painted Boba Fett action figure, and we have worked hard to make the ordering process smoother and more frustration-free. The Lightspeed Pass system should help you order your Holiday Yoda figures with less hassle, and help us better manage the traffic to our website.

Heres the intended schedule:

Lightspeed Pass holders will receive invitations over a two week period in mid to late October. Active subscribers may order the figure any time after receiving their invitation.
Fear not! There are lots and lots of Holiday Yoda figures for our members, so dont fret if you are not in one of the first batches invited to order.
Active subscribers who did not sign-up for Lightspeed Passes will be able to order starting near the end of October.
Lightspeed Pass holders without a currently active subscription toStar Wars Insider will be able to order starting in early November, provided there are Holiday Yoda figures left in stock.
Here’s how you can get ready:

If you have a currently active subscription to Star Wars Insider then we may need you to associate your subscription with your online account if you havent already. To do this, sign in at http://starwars.paizo.com/mysubs
If you ordered or renewed a Star Wars Insider subscription on paizo.com since August 1st, or if you ordered the silver-painted Boba Fett, you wont need to associate your subscription with your account again.
If you have problems associating your subscription with your account, or if you have specific questions about the Holiday Yoda figure, please email us at holiday.yoda@paizo.com
If you are not currently a subscriber or have an expired subscription and want to order with your Lightspeed Pass, then subscribe to Insider now athttp://starwars.paizo.com/swinsider
Thank you for your enthusiasm and let us be the first to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Best regards,
The Official Star Wars Fan Club



Bounty Hunting Today: Ceramic Banks
October 2, 2003 | 1:22 PM EST | Keri

Looking for a place to store your pennies, or perhaps even your Jedi Master points? Well, if its a ceramic Star Wars bank you desire, then you’ve come to the right place!
The first banks produced were ceramic 3-D figural representations of C-3PO, R2-D2, and Vader made by Roman Ceramics in 1978. These wonderful banks are large, detailed and look phenomonal on a bookshelf. They are getting more difficult to find in undamaged condition, with the rubber stopper in the bottom, and of course complete with the original plain cardboard printed box.
Sigma Industries also produced many ceramic items for ROTJ, such as cups, frames, music boxes, and also banks. Among the Sigma banks available are Yoda, Chewie, Jabba the Hutt, and a rare full figure anodized silver Vader. Again, the primary concern with these banks is damage and repair, as well as finding an example with the original paper tag and box.
There are also many fan-made unliscened ceramic banks on the market today. While these banks are not listed in any official price guides, they hold a certain charm and provide something unique for a special display, which is unique to a particular collection.

Check out the links below to start saving your spare change in style!

1978 Roman Ceramics R2-D2 Bank

Sigma Chewie Bank

Sigma Jabba Bank

Jawa Sandcrawler Unliscened Bank



Hasbro Fixes Auctions….
October 2, 2003 | 8:33 AM EST | Mark

Hasbro has fixed the auctions for the time being.

Latest totals are:
Sacul 10,000
Jango 20,000
Kitik 30,000
Falcon 10,000

I am not sure how they are going to keep this under control. Also, they have updated their website with a whole new spiffy design.



First Come First Served!
October 2, 2003 | 8:00 AM EST | Mark

Very short supply….
Geonosian War Room Scene 2 1 Left
Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike 1 Left
Lt. Faytonni 3 Left
Waitress Droid (WA-7) 1 Left



A Call For Sanity
October 1, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Anyone who has logged into the Hasbro Auction site in the last couple of hours as seen the bids for all the items available go from high to impossibly obscene. While many of us may not have had the foresight to save the points from figures, playsets, and ships since the E1 line started, some did, and I applaud their foresight (if they choose to open their toys). However those with foresight, and/or those who army build could have easily amassed 10,000 points or even double that.

With that said, whether you’ve been saving points since day one, or just started, there is no possible excuse for what we have seen on the Hasbro Auction site in the last few hours. While I would have liked to see another concept chosen for the Jedi Master Points, I urge all collectors to keep up the reputation of our hobby. The bidding of truely impossible numbers of points– millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, even hundreds of billions and hundreds of trillions of points is inexcuasable. Do not give Hasbro and others a negative view of collectors with your conduct.

If you have the points, by all means bid them, and good luck in the auctions, if you do not have the points, then please do not give the hobby a black eye, trying to make a mockery of this promotion and ruin it for your fellow collectors.



Short Stories Collection
October 1, 2003 | 9:23 PM EST | Keri

New from the official site comes Star Wars: Short Stories Collection which can be downloaded in PDF form. The short stories written by Expanded Universe favorites Timothy Zahn, Jude Watson, and Matthew Stover were only available in booklet form and could be found in Clone Wars lightsabers and vehicles. The booklet was also a give-away item at the Hasbro booth at San Diego Comic-Con and Wizard World Chicago.
For those of you who either do not open your toys, or did not get the booklet by attending the 2 Cons, this is a great read from some very talented authors.

Here is a link to the download below:

Short Story Collection



More Info on MR Thermal Detonator
October 1, 2003 | 4:56 PM EST | Mark B

Well, it hasn’t officially been announced by Master Replicas yet, but I’m finding out some additional information about the new Thermal Detonator (that should be announced any day now). There are actually going to be 3 (yep, count ’em THREE) different versions of this new prop replica. The regular edition (identical to the movie prop) is going to be limited to 1000 pieces worldwide, and in the tradition of Obi-Wan’s Episode IV saber, there will be an edition of 750 pieces of “As Built By”, and finally an edition of 750 pieces of a signature edition which will be signed by Carrie Fisher!

In addition – the prop is actually going to be die cast (rather than the lightweight material used in the Jedi Remote), it will have digital sound effects from Skywalker Sound, and finally flashing lights to duplicate the effects from Return of the Jedi. This is going to be one COOL replica – and the basic version is going to sell for around $200! Watch for the “official” announcement here soon!



Clone Wars Website
October 1, 2003 | 4:43 PM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network’s Official Clone Wars Website has been updated! There is now a countdown clock until the premier (November 7), and a new Screensaver that you can download (the screensaver includes the countdown clock).



Bounty Hunting Today: Toothbrushes!
October 1, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

After eating the Darth Vader cake, and topping it off with Chewie chocolates, its time to be a good Jedi and brush your teeth!
Star Wars toothbrushes were among the earliest items available, encouraging children to keep their teeth clean and healthy with their heroes from a galaxy far, far away.
Kenner produced the first motorized toothbrush in 1977 for A New Hope, which came on a large card in a blister. The toothbrush resembled a lightsaber hilt and had artwork of all the main characters inside the plastic housing of the handle. Kenner followed up with the same toothbrush, but with different designs inside for ESB, ROTJ ( a JCPenney catalog exclusive ) and Wicket from the Ewoks cartoon.
Also for ROTJ Oral-B introduced inexpensive toothbrushes which could be bought at Target, or any local grocery store. The packaging was brightly colored and featured great depictions of new and familiar characters. The designs included Vader, Luke Jedi outfit, Leia ewok outfit, Chewie and Han, R2 and 3PO, and Paploo and Wicket. Also available in a special 3 pack was a Jedi Masters toothbrush featuring Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda all in spirit form. The Jedi Masters is by far the most difficult toothbrush to find.
Colgate has held the modern liscence today, and has produced classic images as well as Ep.I toothbrushes and toothpaste. There are many, many designs to choose from, both in the US and overseas.
The auctions spotlighted today allow to you to view both the classic vintage Kenner & Oral-B, as well as modern items that are equally interesting.

Kenner Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B Paploo & Wicket Toothbrush

Colgate Ep.I Canadian Toothbrushes

Ep.II British Toothbrush



LEGO 2004
October 1, 2003 | 12:07 PM EST | Mark

Here is a list of the early 2004 Product from LEGO, images can be seen atHttp://www.fbtb.net so head on over and check out the images.

4492 MINI Star Destroyer
4493 MINI Sith Infiltrator
4494 MINI Imperial Shuttle

4500 Rebel Snowspeeder
213pcs $19.99
The newly designed speeder appears to come with the same minifigs as the original set; Luke and Dak are listed and I’m trying to verify the Hoth Trooper.

4501 Mos Eisley Cantina
193pcs $29.99
The cantina itself is nothing more than the alcove where the Rodian meets his fate; set includes Luke, Ben, Han, Greedo and a Sandtrooper. But that’s not what gets you excited over this set – there’s a dewback that ROCKS . . .
and a newly designed Landspeeder in here too . . .

*** SIDE NOTE ***
Do you collect other LEGO’s? Email me at hfsolo@yakface.com and let me know what you collect. I have something else brewing….



TheToys Go On The Block Today
October 1, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Today is supposed to the start of Hasbro’s Jedi Master Points Auction promotion. According to the Official Site, the auctions will start at 9:00 am Eastern time. Although there will probably be a link to it off the Hasbro Star Wars page, Hasbro has also set up a new domain Jedi Master Points.com for the auctions. Good Luck!

September 2003 Archive

Action-HQ: Santa Yoda Now IN STOCK!!!
September 30, 2003 | 7:36 PM EST | Joseph

The holidays have come early this year at Action-HQ as the Fan Club Exclusive Holiday Edition Yoda is now IN STOCK for $17.95 each! Get one now because these will be sure to sell out fast. To get there click here



Begun The Bid Wars Have!
September 30, 2003 | 2:46 PM EST | Mark

So says Yoda, the bidding wars have begun. Hasbro has launched the Jedi Master Points website.

Up for auction this week are the following….
+ 12″ Ultimate Jango Fett 360 points
+ Jorg Sacul 1,200 points
+ Kitik Keek’Kak -Mos Eisley Cantina Set 13,000 points
+ Playskool Millennium Falcon 1,000 points

The current totals are listed with each.



Bounty Hunting Today: Candy Molds!
September 30, 2003 | 12:42 PM EST | Keri

So, you thought that Star Wars cake pans were a little unusual…how about some Star Wars candy molds!
Again produced by Wilton in 1981 featuring ESB characters, the plastic candy molds allowed Moms everywhere to magically create chocolate lollipops and candy pieces in their child’s favorite Star Wars heroes and villians, like Vader and Yoda.
Many other candy molds were and have been made, which are unliscened items. They provide alternate character designs and are still interesting to collect, and even more fun to use to make Star Wars candy!
The Wilton molds, as well as some unliscened examples can be found in the links below, for you to begin your Star Wars candy experience!

Wilton ESB Candy Molds

Chewie and Vader Unliscened Molds

R2-D2 Unliscened Molds



2004 Unleashed
September 30, 2003 | 12:17 PM EST | Mark

From the official Hasbro site.

Sep 30, 2003
Republic News
New Unleashed Figures for 2004!

Good news! More Unleashed figures are coming soon. Available early next year are Unleashed Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker from Hoth and a Clone Trooper.

Images of these incredible new sculpts will be posted in a few weeks.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
September 30, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Halloween Is Almost Here!
Check Out Our Collection Of Costumes!

Order by October 16 to Guarantee Halloween Delivery!

Jango Fett Collector Helmet
The Collector’s Edition of the Jango Fett Helmet. Made of high quality, injected plastic. One Size Fits All. (Will fit most adults, too large for children.)
Item Number: RU65001
Price: $59.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Costumes

Matrix: Morpheus Costume
From the hit movie Matrix and Matrix 2 – The Matrix: Reloaded, comes the Morpheus costume. The 100% PVC costume includes Coat and Glasses. One size fits all (fits up to 44 jacket size)
Item Number: RU15037
Price: $29.99
See Matrix Costumes

Adult Arwen Deluxe Costume
From the amazing film – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Adult Arwen Deluxe Costume from The Lord of the Rings. Includes the dress only. Made of 100% polyester, exclusive of trim. One size fits all adults.
Item Number: RU16375
Price: $59.99
See Lord of the Rings Costumes

Jango Fett Blasters & Holster
Complete your Jango Fett costume! The Star Wars Episode 2 Jango Fett Blasters with Holster. Blasters make authentic movie sound! Requires 2 “AA” batteries (not included).
Item Number: RU5089
Price: $19.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Costumes

Order Today!



Animated Clone Wars Figures!!!
September 30, 2003 | 3:06 AM EST | Joseph

The guys over at Rebelscum.com have pics of the upcoming Animated Clone Wars Figures. You can get there by clicking here



Have Your Jedi Master Points Ready
September 29, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Mark B

We’ve received word from Hasbro that you should check out The Hasbro Star Wars Website on Wednesday October 1 for the launch of their new Jedi Master Points program! More details to come….



Clone Wars Cartoon on DVD?
September 29, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Jair

Not any time soon…

The premiere of the Clone Wars Cartoon is less that two months away, and many people have been asking if it’s going to be available on DVD, like the Animatrix Cartoon. Well, a very good source has told me that so far there are no plans to release the series on DVD, but the episodes will run continuously on Cartoon Network and will also be available to see online. So if you miss one, don’t kick yourself for that, eventually you’ll be able to see it. And I can bet my Star Wars Collection that that sooner or later it’ll come out on DVD. (Ok, just in case it doesn’t, the thing about betting my collection is not true).



Palpatine’s Cane a Day Early
September 29, 2003 | 3:49 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the Emperor Palpatine Cane available for order on their website. (Which is one day earlier than reported from the email sent to me by Master Replicas). Looks like this one is going to go quick, it is limited to only 1500 pieces and looks like around 40% of them have already been sold! Head on over to Master Replicas now if you want to pick one up!



About a Month Until Halloween
September 29, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Mark B

Hey, its just over a month until one of my favorite holidays – Halloween. With that in mind, I’m going to be building a page here of Halloween costumes that YOU send me. So, EMAIL ME photos of your costumes, both past and present and I’ll get them posted. Got your costume for this Halloween??? Check out the offerings this year from Rubies! You can find them at Toys R Us online. Here’s a link to Adult Costumes and Children’s Costumes.



Bounty Hunting Today: Cake Pans!
September 29, 2003 | 11:28 AM EST | Keri

Every class has a recess, so today I will take a break from school supply items and spotlight a real treat, vintage cake pans!
Wilton cake pans from Empire Strikes Back are interesting collectibles that look wonderful hanging on a wall, or are functional too, in that they make the best looking cakes you have ever seen! The characters included C-3PO, R2-D2, Vader, and my favorite Boba Fett. The cake pans came with a paper insert that showed what a complete decorated cake should look like and instructions on icings. The reverse of the insert also had pictures from the movie.
The cake pans are great treasures to make your collection really stand out! To get you started, an example of each character can be found in the auctions below.

C-3PO Cake Pan

R2-D2 Cake Pan

Vader Cake Pan

Boba Fett Cake Pan



Jedi Knight Army & Cinema Scenes
September 28, 2003 | 10:39 PM EST | Joseph

Still looking for the Jedi Knight Army & Cinema Scenes? Planetactionfigure.comhas them on sale for only $16.99. They also have the Cinema Scenes 1 & 2 as a set for $49.99. To get there click here



Bounty Hunting Today: Spiral Notebooks
September 28, 2003 | 12:16 PM EST | Keri

Alright class…you have your Star Wars Pencils and erasers, now all you need are some snappy Star Wars Spiral Notebooks to write down your collection Wish List!
Like most anything in the Star Wars collecting universe, there are many choices, both vintage and modern. Mead held the liscence in 1977 for A New Hope and produced different photo collage designs for their notebooks. Stuart Hall had the liscence for Empire Strikes Back and produced single photo designs of new characters and old favorites from the movie, and also designed the notebooks for Return of the Jedi using artwork for those designs. Modern Classic Trilogy notebooks were again available in the 1996, around the time of the Special Edition releases and were again produced by Mead, so the liscening came full circle and provided us with photos and graphic designs encompassing all films in the Original Trilogy.
The auctions below provide a small sampling of the spiral notebooks available for purchase.

1980 ESB Boba Fett Notebook

1983 5 ROTJ Notebooks

1996 12 Mead Classic Trilogy Notebooks



More Info on Emperor’s Cane
September 28, 2003 | 11:49 AM EST | Mark B

I received an email from Master Replicas this morning outlining details of the new Emperor Palpatine Cane. Highlights include – shiny black finish (identical to prop in Return of the Jedi), clasp used by Palpatine to attach cane to robe, wall mounted display with gunmetal finish and aluminum support posts which are covered with silicon to protect the finish. Item will be available for order fromMaster Replicas on Tuesday, Sept 30th.



Attention Tennessee Area Readers
September 28, 2003 | 11:24 AM EST | Bill

Adventure Con 2.5 will be held Oct 3-5 at the convention center in Gatlinburg, TN. Guest include:

Jeremy Bulloch
Danielle Harris – Halloween 4 & 5
George Lazenby – James Bond
Dawn Wells – Gilligan’s Island
Yvonne Craig – Batgirl on Batman (TV series)
For more information click here.



Lisghtsaber Sale
September 28, 2003 | 9:12 AM EST | Mark

This is an interesting sale at Amazon. They have the Lightsabers with three Star Wars figures on sale. They are %57 off at the low price of $9.97 for a lightsaber and three figures.

Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Obi Wan Kenobi Lightsaber – Blue now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber – Blue now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Jedi Lightsaber – Green now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Jedi Lightsaber – Orange now $9.97
Lightsaber Bonus Pack with 3 Star Wars Figures: Mace Windu Lightsaber – Purple now $9.97



There’s Another Clone Color Variation… Silver
September 27, 2003 | 11:31 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated to bring you carded pictures of the upcoming Silver Clone Trooper Figure as well as the upcoming Imperial Dignitary #1! Click here to check them out.



Bounty Hunting Today: Pencils
September 27, 2003 | 12:46 PM EST | Keri

Following yesterday’s feature of erasers, the next school supply item discussed will be pencils!
Most of the Star Wars pencils had ROTJ themes and characters and were made in the US by Butterfly originals. From 80s fads like Pop-A-Point pencils, to 3-D character topped pencils, children could choose either to use for their dreaded homework. There is also a ROTJ pencil bag to carry everything in, with the classic image of Luke and Vader dueling aboard Death Star II.
Take a look at the auctions below to add these pencils to your collection!

ROTJ Pop-A-Point Pencils

ROTJ C-3PO Pencil Topper

ROTJ Pencil Bag



Star Wars Gamer You Are???
September 26, 2003 | 1:07 PM EST | Mark

If you are a gamer and have been waiting for the sale of the GameCube, well, the price has finally dropped.

GameCube Jet Black now $99.99
GameCube Limited Edition Platinum now $99.99
GameCube Indigo now $99.99

Star Wars Games:
Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II now $18.88
Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike $49.99
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast $49.99
Star Wars: The Clone Wars now $19.98
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter $29.98



Bounty Hunting Today: Erasers
September 26, 2003 | 12:34 PM EST | Keri

Around the world, children had a myriad of choices when it came to Star Wars school supplies. Today, I will concentrate on erasers, with future installments featuring other school supplies like rulers, folders, pencils, pencil bags etc.
Erasers were mainly produced with ROTJ characters and themes in the US, but overseas saw a completely different variety. In Japan, for A New Hope, Maruka produced figural erasers of vehicles, like the x-wing, falcon, y-wing, and landspeeder and of the droids. They were made in multiple colors, and for the ultimate completist finding every color is a must for each individual eraser.
In Australia, different types of erasers were made by H.C. Ford. One variety were perfumed rectangles that featured little printed bands of paper around the eraser itself of favorite ROTJ characters. The scent is grape, and although 20 years old, still smell, as I can personally attest to. Other erasers were two-dimensional cut-outs that had printed characters on them, some of which glowed in the dark.
Below are auctions for US, Japanese, and Austrailian erasers to get your school supply collection growing!

Japanese SW Maruka R2 Eraser

US ROTJ Erasers

Box of H.C. Ford Perfumed Erasers

H.C. Ford Flat Character Erasers



Hasbro Update!
September 26, 2003 | 11:19 AM EST | Mark

Over at the Official Hasbro site, they have updated with all new figures and images. There is a LOT to look at. I must say, the best thing about this list…..


sorry for the sarcasm, but….. another one??

Among the list are:
Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi
R2-D2 with Drink Tray
12″ Jawa 2-Pack
12″ Garindan
12″ Obi-Wan Kenobi (all sarcasm aside, the new Obi-Wan is a TRUE tribute to the late Alec Guiness!)

Head on over and check it out.



Jedi Master Points
September 26, 2003 | 10:32 AM EST | Jason

One auction on ebay just recently close for $130 for 2500
Jedi Points. It looks like people are speculating that something
special will be available for your points. Just want to point out
that someone has 12,000 points available HERE… Now that is a lot of points.



Boba Fett Convention Figure…
September 26, 2003 | 10:23 AM EST | Jair

Hello Yakface loyal readers. I wanted to post this 2 days ago but my internet server was down.

If you are still waiting for your Convention Boba Fett Silver Edition from the Fan Club, be just a little patient. I got mine yesterday (this past Tuesday) and it arrived in perfect condition, unpunched, and very well protected.

Keep an eye out the window because pretty soon you’ll see the big brown truck parked in front of your house!

If you didn’t order your figure, you can still do it according to Paizo, but remember that you have to be subscribed to the Insider in order to do it.

Enjoy your figure!



Ultra C-3PO With Pod Carded
September 26, 2003 | 2:54 AM EST | Joseph

Galactic Hunter.com has pics of the new upcoming Ultra C-3PO With Pod Carded. To get there click here



Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auction Update
September 25, 2003 | 9:14 PM EST | Keri

If you were wondering just how much 2,400 Jedi Master Points sold for on Ebay, the answer can be found below in the completed auction. There will probably be some stiff competition in the upcoming Hasbro auctions, with some big point holders gathering up thousands of the valuable little UPC Codes.

Completed Jedi Master Points Auction



First Look at New Master Replicas
September 25, 2003 | 4:48 PM EST | Mark B


Here’s a first look at the new items coming from Master Replicas. These low resolution images are from the new Diamond Comics Previews Catalog. These items are not yet available for order from Master Replicas, but expect them to show up in the next few days (which is what happened last month with the Jango Fett Blasters). Until then, enjoy this look at the Emperor’s Cane and a Weathered Thermal Detonator.



Bounty Hunting Today: Underoos!
September 25, 2003 | 12:44 PM EST | Keri

As a kid growing up in the 70’s, I would’ve probably died for a pair of Underoos, which I never had, and now that I am an adult I have just about every Star Wars themed Underoos that was made! Of course I do not wear them, but they make a most interesting addition to a well-rounded collection.
Underoos were the “Underwear that was fun to wear”, and were made by Union Underwear in the 70’s and 80’s. The sets consisted of a top and bottom that recreated a character’s costume. There were Underoos for boys and girls alike, in Superhero designs like Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Superman, and there were Star Wars characters from ESB and ROTJ to choose from as well.
Of the many Star Wars characters, Boba Fett underoos are by far the most difficult to find, most expensive to buy, and the coolest ones that were made, I think. The ESB motifs included Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke X-Wing, Princess Leia Hoth, C-3PO, and today’s feature R2-D2. The ROTJ motifs include Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Wicket. Thermal Underoos also exist for Vader, Yoda, Han, Wicket and R2.
Today’s R2-D2 auction is a prime example of the condition most collectors search for: sealed in original shrink wrap and crisp corners on the envelope. Click on through to start your Underoos collection today!

R2-D2 Underoos



Jedi Knight Army
September 25, 2003 | 1:55 AM EST | Joseph

Still looking for the Jedi Knight Army? Jamstoys.com has them on sale for only $21.95. They also have the Clone Wars 2 Pack
Army of the Republic. To get there click here



Coming Soon!!!!
September 24, 2003 | 11:55 PM EST | Eddie K. AKA E2K13

Keep your eyes open because Yakface will soon be adding a Star Wars Lego Section…Oh yea! You heard me right! Star Wars Legos!!!
Coming Soon!!!!!



Clone Wars Cartoon Update
September 24, 2003 | 10:22 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Chris points out that in the promotional portfolio for the upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, there is a sketch for a certain assassin droid that appears to be IG-88 !!! This is an interesting development, and would be very cool if more of our beloved bounty hunters came back into the fray of the Clone Wars.

Click on through to the link below at iesb.com and look at the portfolio page with Count Dooku and Assaji Ventress to see IG-88:

Clone Wars Cartoon Portfolio



Geonosian War Room 2
September 24, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for the Geonosian War Room Scene 2, they are now in stock at Amazon.



Bounty Hunting Today: Bed Sheets
September 24, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Keri

Not only can you decorate your entire room with Star Wars, have Star Wars wallpaper and wear a Star Wars shirt and Star Wars boxers, but you can go to sleep on colorful bed sheets, snuggling up to your favorite trilogy & prequel characters.
Vintage sheets are quite easy to come by that have been gently used and still have a great fabric quality. It is much more difficult however to find vintage sheets sealed in a package, and these examples tend to fetch premium prices.
Many different and interesting designs were made for A New Hope, ESB, and ROTJ and it is fun and affordable to try to aqcuire every design.
Modern examples of classic trilogy characters were also made, and provide a more linear, graphic motif that actually fits in with the vintage sheets well. The sheets made for Ep.I are in my opinion the least colorful and exciting, but are still great to use for practical purposes. The Ep.II AOTC sheets were hard to find in stores, I personally never saw them until I saw them offered for auction on Ebay. The designs are more like the upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, with the Jedi seeming to be cel-shaded, bold and very colorful.
The sheets can be used for many different purposes, as tablecloths, wallhangings, curtains, slipcovers on furniture…the only limit to their use is your own imagination. Most sheets are Twin Sized, some are Full Sized so keep this in mind when buying. Below are examples from each film.

1977 Star Wars sheets

1979 Empire Strikes Back sheets

1983 Return of the Jedi sheets

Ep.I Sheets

Ep.II AOTC Sheets



Last Call on Jedi Training Remote
September 23, 2003 | 9:40 PM EST | Mark B

I just got an email tonight from Master Replicas announcing that the Jedi Training Remote is now down to less than 250 pieces left. If you’ve been waiting for this replica, don’t wait any longer, visit Master Replicas today. Several other items are also nearly sold out as well: Mace Windu Saber, Luke Skywalker Saber, Count Dooku, Darth Vader Empire Strikes Back, and Episode IV Obi Wan Kenobi. Don’t forget that Master Replicas is now offering a “Try before you buy” program where you can receive any of their fine collectibles and take 30 days to decide if you want to keep it. Details are on their website.

***Update – I just tried to order one of the Jedi Training Remotes myself, and it actually shows up in the cart as $139.96, which is over $100 off the normal price!



New Lego Snowspeeder Photos
September 23, 2003 | 8:37 PM EST | Bill

Team From Bricks to Bothans has posted a number of images and all the details about the upcoming Lego Snowspeeder. Click here to check it out.



Insider #72 Hitting Mailboxes
September 23, 2003 | 4:00 PM EST | Mark B

Brent in Alabama let us know that the Star Wars Insider Magazine issue #72 arrived in his mailbox today. Be on the lookout for it!



Clone Wars Cartoon News
September 23, 2003 | 3:58 PM EST | Keri

The upcoming Clone Wars cartoon, or “epic micro-series” not only looks cool, but bridges the gap between Ep. II and Ep. III, meaning that we may not see the Clone Wars in the film version of Ep. III. However, in November when the cartoon series airs we will at least be able to get some sort of Star Wars fix while waiting until the final film installment to be released in 2005.
Over at theforce.net you can download the full Clone Wars cartoon trailer as well as look at Plot Summaries for each episode. It is unclear at this time whether the cartoon will be a continuous series like Dexter’s Lab, etc. only ratings, time and Mr. George Lucas will tell.

Here are links to the downloads below in Quicktime format:

Trailer 240×180 (0.6 mb)

Trailer 320×240(1.5 mb)



Still Need the Imperial Shuttle?
September 23, 2003 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark B

Yakface Reader Larry kindly pointed out that the Imperial Shuttle is now available in the Sears Holiday Wishbook. Cost is still $99.99.



Bounty Hunting Today: Towels
September 23, 2003 | 12:37 PM EST | Keri

Even though the summer season is coming to a close, Star Wars beach towels never go out of season! The bright eye-catching, colorfully brilliant graphic designs provide a unique backdrop to a collection or look great just hanging in a bathroom.
Star Wars towels have been available throughout the original trilogy all the way up to today. Classic characters like Vader and Boba Fett still dominate, but other favorites like Maul and Amidala can easily be found. The vintage towels have a certain charm to their striking 70s-80s predominately bold blue and gold coloring, while the modern designs provide images that are just as pleasing in a more computer generated manner. Below are examples of each to add to your collection.

ROTJ Heroes Towel

Boba Fett Towel



Lightspeed Passes Activating Soon
September 23, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Bill

Lisa Stevens, President of the Fan Club, gave an on-line radio interview on Sunday. Among the highlights, lightspeed passes (to purchase the upcoming Fan Club Exclusive Santa Yoda) will be “activating” in late September.

Also the 2004 Fan Club kits will include something (other than a figure) from Hasbro— sounds interesting. Artoosnews has the highlights from the interview.



D & S Newsfeed
September 23, 2003 | 8:26 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World :

New Items:

Armada Unicron
Transformers Universe Striker & Blackarachnia
Saga Screen Scenes War Room 1 & 2
Saga Screen Scenes Jedi Council 1 & 2
G.I. Joe Spy Troops Wave 8
Clone Wars Wave 1 – Figures Shipping Monday
Clone Wars Tank & Jedi Starfighter – Back in Stock
Anakin & Dooku Speeders – Back in Stock
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack – Back in Stock
Enterprise Trip Tucker

Click here to visit their site.



Unleashed In-Stock
September 22, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Mark

Here is the last wave of Unleashed, back in stock if you are looking for them…

Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi
Unleashed Luke Skywalker



A Peek at Hasbro 2004
September 22, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Mark B

I was able to get a peek at the late 2003, early 2004 price lists today from Hasbro. Nothing really exciting to announce and not much that we haven’t heard of before. There were only a couple of new items that I saw on the list that I haven’t heard of coming yet. Under the 12″ Assortments, they list a Jawa 2-Pack, Garindan, and Classic Obi-Wan. Under Unleashed Figures, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker X-Wing, and Clone Trooper are all listed. There are several other items that are listed as numbers with no names, so there is no telling what those are. The Wampa and Jabba the Hutt that have been seen earlier are part of a “3.75 inch Ultra Figure Assortment”. There are 2 other figures that will be part of that assortment, but have not been listed by name yet. As always, until you see an official announcement from Hasbro on these items, they are NOT official. Assortments and release dates can change at any time.



Distributoys Follow-up
September 22, 2003 | 2:31 PM EST | Jason

Just wanted to point out a few things as I just talked with
Ronnie Goldfinger from Distributoys. The vintage figures that
are being released on Amazon are indeed vintage figures, not
recasted vintage figures like the 1995 Exclusive ToysRus
Classic 4-pack. The Sets range from 10-20 sets of each, and
you should see the status on these sets go from pre-order status
to unavailable shortly as they have oversold their available

If you do not have any of these vintage figures, the prices are
pretty good for complete figures in collectors condition. They will
come in clear cases with stands on the bottom for the figure. Apparently, TRU is interested in items to draw more collectors to the
site, and this is one of the reasons that led to the idea by
Distributoys to make these figures available on Amazon. They will
be making more sets available in the future, so keep checking back
is you need vintage figures.



Snowspeeder UCS
September 22, 2003 | 1:20 PM EST | Mark

Over at Rebelscum they have a nice image of the boxed LEGO UCS Snowspeeder due in 2004. Head on over to check it out.



Distributoys Info
September 22, 2003 | 1:14 PM EST | Mark

Over at Amazon as we pointed out a few days ago, they are taking orders for the product listed below. These are limited. Well I contact the company to find out more info. In a reply this is what we are able to learn.
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bounty Hunters Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $39.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Good Guys Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $29.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) $39.99

Thank you for your interest in the Vintage Star Wars figures available at ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com. We have had many emails regarding these items and we are very excited to be able to bring something special to Star Wars collectors everywhere.

These limited edition sets are made up of Star Wars figures that were
released in the late 1970¹s and early 1980¹s. The figures in these
sets are “loose”², that¹s is to say, they are out of their original packaging but are still original, “collectible condition” action figures.

Kenner released many Star Wars action figures and many different action figures of the same characters. The following action figures are contained in each Limited Edition Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Set:

Good Guys Set-
Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Outfit
Hoth Soldier

Bounty Hunters Set-
Boba Fett

Bespin Set-
Han Solo in Bespin Gear
Lando Calrissian
Storm Trooper

All sets come with the correct assortment of weapons and accessories.

We hope that you are as excited about these Limited Edition Vintage
Star Wars Action Figure Sets as we are. Please make sure that you check back with ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com often as we will be adding new sets all the time.

Thanks again.



Bounty Hunting Today: Calendars
September 22, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Keri

The New Year is fast approaching and of course a new calendar goes along with the resolutions. There have always been Star Wars calendars available since 1978 spanning the trilogy and more currently the prequels. While the vintage and outdated calendars are no longer useful for practical purposes, they are great to use for backdrops to displays. The artwork and dynamic photos make calendars yet another unique subset to the Star Wars collecting universe.

1978 Star Wars Calendar

2004 Classic Star Wars Calendar



Bounty Hunting Today: Frisbees!
September 21, 2003 | 12:54 PM EST | Keri

If you have ever asked the question “Did they ever make Star Wars Frisbees?” you’ve come to the right place! The fabulous flying discs were indeed adorned with Star Wars imagery, both vintage and modern. The classic vintage designs are simple, yet effective line-art which can provide a striking display when combined with other character collectibles.
Today’s feature is a vintage Pine-Sol Frisbee of the best co-pilot in the galaxy, the Wookie Chewbacca. If your mom bought Pine-Sol in the 1978, then chances are the label held the promise of mailing away for a Star Wars Frisbee. The Frisbees in the set include R2-D2, C-3PO, Stormtroopers, X-Wing Fighters, Chewbacca, and my personal favorite a McQuarrie-esque Darth Vader. The Pine-Sol Frisbees can be a little difficult to find, but with patience the entire set of 6 can be acquired. Click on through to start your Frisbee collection today!

Chewbacca Pine-Sol Frisbee



September 21, 2003 | 4:10 AM EST | Brandon

The Yakface.com Store Reports Clone Wars Contest Has Begun! To Find Out More Information Please Check Out Our Store Reports Page! Good Luck & Let The Hunting Begin!



Bounty Hunting Today: Retailers’ Mercahandise Catalogs
September 20, 2003 | 1:00 PM EST | Keri

The world of Ebay truly is a wonderous place where never before seen items are listed with seeming regularity. Retailers’ catalogs were given to stores to choose what product to order and to even get a sneak peek at new toys from movies not yet released. The US Versions were and are still handed out at Toy Fair in New York, and though hard to come by, are still attainable items to purchase. The most interesting aspect of Retailers’ catalogs are the photos of our favorite Star Wars toys, most in prototype form, and some items that were never even produced. Today’s featured auctions uncover another look into the world of Kenner’s Star Wars Merchandising power in its glory days.
Foreign items, often so unique and different from the US counterparts are always welcomed additions to any well-rounded collection. Toltoys was the Austrailian division of Kenner and produced the Cardboard (Chipboard) Death Star Playset which we never saw in the US. The auctions spotlighted today are Toltoys retailers catalogs from 1978, 1979 and 1980. Not only are the photos and layout unique, these catalogs offer the Kenner/Toltoys Lineup in the 1970s-80s, which included Stretch Armstrong, Strawberry Shortcake, Dr. Who and the infamous 18″ doll from the movie Alien.

1978 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog

1979 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog

1980 Toltoys Retailers’ Catalog



More New Items…
September 20, 2003 | 9:26 AM EST | Mark

Here is a list of new items in stock at Amazon…

Han Solo (Hoth Rescue)
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bounty Hunters Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Anyone have any ideas what this is??? It is $39.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Good Guys Collection (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Same thing $29.99
Star Wars Vintage Collectible Action Figures: Bespin Set (by DISTRIBUTOYS, INC) Same thing $39.99



Reminder regarding Star Wars Fan Club
September 19, 2003 | 3:01 PM EST | Jason

As one patron of Yakface has pointed out to us, the only form of
payment of credit cards has to be Visa or Mastercard. If you
try to use any other kind of credit card, your order will be
cancelled. Best to try and find someone you know who might order
those exclusives for you, if you don’t have a Visa or MC.



Bounty Hunting Today: Funmeal Trays
September 19, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Keri

Back in 1978, Burger Chef produced some of the earliest and now hardest to find classic Star Wars kids meal items. Before the onslaught of Special Edition and Episode I plastic toys, kids were more than happy to punch out and make their very own Droid, TIE, or X-Wing. The Funmeals Trays are brightly colored cardstock and have great artwork photos, and an overall cool 70s design. There are 7 different trays with various games and activities which include a Flight Game with Spinner, Darth Vader Card Game, Landspeeder, R2 Droid Puppet, TIE Fighter, C-3PO Droid Puppet and today’s featured auction of an X-Wing Fighter. The X-Wing Fighter Tray is an excellent representation of the mint/unfolded condition collectors dream of finding.

X-Wing Burger Chef Funmeal Tray

Always be sure to view a seller’s other items on Ebay, they may have many more auctions and possibly a website where similar items may easily be found.



Episode III Character Revealed!!!
September 19, 2003 | 1:49 AM EST | Joseph

The Force.Net has posted pics of an Episode III character that will be in the latest Star Wars movie.. WARNING heavy spoilers apply. If you do not want to know do not click the above link.



Test Drive a New Lightsaber
September 18, 2003 | 10:16 PM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas has a new program they just announced today. It is the 30 day test drive. Pretty easy program, they will send you a Star Wars collectible, you try it out for 30 days, if you don’t like it, you send it back – your charge – $1 for processing. Very cool if you wanted to buy one of these items but wanted to see or handle one first. Head on over and pick one up at Master Replicas



Hasbro Jedi Master Points on Ebay
September 18, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Keri

YakReader Mark sent in an interesting auction on ebay for 2,400 Hasbro Jedi Master Points. 2,400 is a lot of points that could be very useful for Hasbro’s upcoming auctions, especially if you collect unopened action figures and vehicles. Be warned this large amount of points has a rather high bounty.

2,400 Hasbro Jedi Master Points



Bounty Hunting Today: Prototypes
September 18, 2003 | 12:23 PM EST | Keri

Prototypes offer a fascinating look into the pre-production phases of items before they are completed, packaged and on store shelves. Some collectors specialize in prototypes of one particular area, such as Original Kenner artwork, or other collectors that wish to seek out the infamous Kenner Rocket-Firing Boba Fett. Prototypes, while often expensive, with some patience and perserverance can be attained for reasonable amounts at Ebay auctions. Spotlighted today are two interesting examples of affordable prototypes.
Before Attakus and Gentle Giant produced detailed busts of our favorite Star Wars characters, a company called Illusive Concepts produced several Maquettes. Maquettes, from the French word meaning puppet, are used in the pre-production of films to create a representation in 3-D of a creature/alien on a small scale before it is made in latex or now CGI form. Illusive Concepts created a line of Star Wars Maquettes in limited numbers for sale in 1995, which included Yoda, Boba Fett, Chewbacca bust, Jabba the Hutt, Han in Carbonite and today’s featured auction of Admiral Ackbar. If you already own the production Admiral Ackbar Maquette, you can see the prototype version here:

Admiral Ackbar Maquette

Also currently on listed on Ebay is a C-3PO Prototype from the recent Hasbro Playskool line. C-3PO is cast in a milky-white plastic, common to most action figure prototypes, and is great for the collector just beginning a prototype collection.

Playskool C-3PO Prototype

As with any item on Ebay, it is always a good idea to check the seller’s feedback and to ask the seller any questions you may have regarding the origins of an item.



Episode III: It’s A Wrap!!!
September 18, 2003 | 12:51 AM EST | Joseph

Principal photography wraps on Episode III at 6:42pm on Wednesday September 17, 2003. Click here for the latest update.



New Unleashed Wave!!! 
September 18, 2003 | 12:48 AM EST | Joseph

The Unleashed Wave with Boba Fett, Han Solo, and Yoda. Are now available atKebco Toys. You can get there by clicking here.



Hailfire Droid In Stock!
September 17, 2003 | 10:19 PM EST | Mark

New in stock at Amazon is the Hasbro Hailfire Droid at $21.99
and the Geonosian Starfighter with Pilot at $21.99



Episode III Images
September 17, 2003 | 9:15 PM EST | Joseph

artoosnews.com has a link to new Episode III pics. Be warned for spoilers if you don’t want to know what Anakin looks like in EP III.



New Master Replicas Items Confirmed
September 17, 2003 | 3:54 PM EST | Mark B

Next week, comic book shops will receive the Previews Catalog from Diamond Comics. Like last month with the set of Jango Fett blasters , this month there are 2 new Master Replicas items available. Both will retail for around $210. These have both been rumored for some time, but it looks like they will ship late in January – get ready for: Emperor Palpatine’s Cane, and (ohhhh, I gotta have one of these!) a Weathered Thermal Detonator!



Rare Items on Ebay
September 17, 2003 | 1:43 PM EST | Jason

I don’t normally do this but if you ever wanted to complete your
collection with the Rare Long Picture Carded figures or just have a look at something really rare, someone on Ebay has the entire set on auction. This person also has some other really rare pieces as well, but I think this is the highlight. Click here to see it.



Bounty Hunting Today: Trilogy Wallpaper
September 17, 2003 | 12:19 PM EST | Keri

What better way to provide a beautiful backdrop for your prized collection than to cover the walls with your favorite heroes, villians and scroundrels? Star Wars Wallpaper has been made since 1977 with gorgeous artwork, capturing key moments of each of the three films. Featured today however is a modern example of Classic Trilogy Wallpaper that was available only in England, made by the company Vymura in 1997 to coincide with the release of the Special Edition Trilogy in theaters. This wallpaper is quite hard to come by, especially unused, and has a unique design, making it a perfect counterpart to the POTF2 line we enjoy today.

Star Wars Trilogy Wallpaper



Star Wars in ’04?
September 17, 2003 | 12:03 PM EST | Mark B

No George Lucas isn’t running for President, but the rumor mill is heating up again about the classic Star Wars Trilogy coming to DVD in 2004. The Digital Bits seems to have the original story about Lucasfilms being very pleased with the format that the Indiana Jones movies have for DVD (One disc for each movie, One disc for extras). Lucas has said that there isn’t a lot of bonus material available for the original movies, so maybe throw it all together in one disc and make a 4 disc set? Again, this is only a rumor, but one we could all hope for!! What better way to start the hype for Episode III than to release the classic trilogy on DVD in time for the holidays 2004?



More Clones
September 17, 2003 | 11:13 AM EST | Mark B

The Cartoon Network has a teaser page up for the new Star Wars Clone Wars series coming soon! You’ll find it here! Kind of a cool image of Anakin and the text “The Epic Micro-Series – Coming this Fall”. Get those Tivos ready!!!!



LEGO Dagobah X-Wing
September 17, 2003 | 7:05 AM EST | Mark

If you ordered the NEW Dagobah X-Wing, it is now shipping. So watch your doorsteps…



Arena Playset on Sale @ Amazon
September 16, 2003 | 7:31 PM EST | Steve

Amazon has the Star Wars Arena Playset on sale for $39.98. Probably a good time to pick this item up …



Force Heretic III: Reunion
September 16, 2003 | 5:25 PM EST | Mark B

I was just about to sit down and write my review for Yakface on the last book in the Force Heretic Trilogy: Force Heretic III: Reunion when I changed my mind. I can sum it up for you pretty quick here. WHAT!?!?!?! Nothing, I mean nothing frustrates me more than finishing a book and saying “what was the point of that?”. Ok, I understand capitalizing on the Star Wars name, but come on, what happened to the quality George? I wasted 1200 pages and countless hours reading this stuff? Hey guys, I can sum it up to you in a couple of sentences. “Let’s go find Zenoma Secot and see if it will help us fight the Yuzhaan Vong while everyone else is busy actually fighting them. Great we found it, will it help us? Yes!” END OF STORY.



Jedi Academy Released Today
September 16, 2003 | 5:16 PM EST | Mark B

Just a heads up that the newest Star Wars video game was released today for Windows based PCs. Jedi Academy is a must have if you are a fan of the Star Wars video games. Its a new first person game along the storyline of the previous Jedi Knight games. Some of the new highlights include being able to customize your character, and customize your lightsaber. Can’t wait to get mine!



Bounty Hunting Today: ROTJ Stormtrooper
September 16, 2003 | 11:53 AM EST | Keri

What can be so unusual about a Kenner 1983 ROTJ Stormtrooper MOC you ask? While this toy is well-known and a favorite to most collectors, this particular specimen stands out as a one of a kind item which would complement AFA Professionally Graded carded figures. Also, by purchasing this item, you can help out a great cause The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society. Please note the unique “silver” seal and grading system on the figure.
ROTJ Stormtrooper MOC



Back In Stock
September 16, 2003 | 6:06 AM EST | Mark

These two figures have shown up back in stock…
Wat Tambor
Coleman Trebor



Dawn of the Bounty Hunting…
September 15, 2003 | 11:04 PM EST | Keri

Please allow myself to introduce myself. My name is Keri and I have been collecting Star Wars for over 10 years now, with my main concentration on vintage misc. items such as suncatchers, socks, underpants, anything and everything that is unusual and/or offbeat which illustrate just how deeply that amazing galaxy far, far away is embedded in our pop culture pysche as a whole. My earliest memory is of watching Star Wars back in ’77 sitting on my Father’s lap in the theater when i was 2 years old, and the impact of the film has never left me.
I will be writing a daily feature entitled Bounty Hunting spotlighting an interesting Star Wars item up for auction on Ebay.
Please stay tuned for something out of the ordinary everyday!



New LEGO Items
September 15, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Mark

Here are a couple of new LEGO items for 2004. Thanks to FBTB.net for the update.

“First up we have a new UCS Snowspeeder – due in November from LEGO Direct. I’m working on gathering final details, so stay tuned on that one. Also, for those of you who are getting your Cloud City sets (and Marty sends word they are shipping in Australia) you’ll find a surprise on the back – an image of another redesigned set for July of 2004…

A new Millennium Falcon.”

Click here to see the Millennium Falcon



Geonosian Fighter
September 15, 2003 | 9:55 AM EST | Mark

The Clone Wars Geonosian Fighter has been found at several retail outlet stores. So if you going to pick one of these up, the hunt is now on.



Jedi Master Points
September 15, 2003 | 9:54 AM EST | Mark

Here is the latest update from today on Hasbro’s site.

Sep 15, 2003
Republic News
Jedi Master Points Update

The final details for our Jedi Master Points program are almost in place! We expect the program to launch the beginning of October and we will get back to you shortly as to when the information will be posted on our website www.starwars.hasbro.com.

Stay tuned!



Interesting Amazon Response…
September 14, 2003 | 8:55 PM EST | Mark

I emailed Amazon and asked about the 4-packs that say they are in stock and will ship within 24 hours, yet I ordered mine back when they first came available for pre-order. This was their response…..

Greetings from Amazon.com.

I’ve checked your order, and I can confirm that we still expect to
ship it by the date listed in Your Account: September 22.

The estimated date of shipment was calculated at the time you placed
your order and is based on the proximity of inventory to the
delivery address you provided, as well as how quickly we can obtain
and assemble items for shipment.

We will send you an e-mail at the time of shipment. Please contact
us again if you do not receive a shipment confirmation by September

Please note, we are not able to ship it to you until its official
release date, September 20. Many manufacturers, publishers, and
record labels restrict retailers from selling or shipping their
products until the official release date.



Musing Around In September…
September 14, 2003 | 8:46 PM EST | Mark

John has finally been able to find some time to help out some fellow collectors. Stop in and check what he has to answer, and when you are done, send in your own question..

September 14 QNA



Clone Wars ARC Trooper review!
September 14, 2003 | 7:58 PM EST | Michael

The new value packs of Clone Wars figures are now hitting Wal-marts! Check out this review of the new ARC Trooper from one of these packs.



Deluxe C3PO And Pod Prototypes
September 14, 2003 | 5:22 PM EST | Bill

Photos have surfaced on Ebay of the upcoming Deluxe C-3PO and Escape Pod Prototypes. You can see the photos, including a comparison between the “finished” version shown by Hasbro earlier this summer, and the proto, here.

The auction can be found here.



The Winner Is…
September 14, 2003 | 3:06 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Jeff Guille. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry needs to include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



New IVintage Fact Sheets At StarConstrux
September 14, 2003 | 1:13 PM EST | Bill

This just in from StarConstrux :

You will find now iserts for all Star Wars figures of the vintage series in our download-area. On this insert you will find a picture of the figure on card and all infos about variations of this figure.

Just print it ….. fold it ….. ready to go! We hope to improve your collection with this little gimmick!

Click here to check it out!



Attention DC Collectors
September 13, 2003 | 10:38 PM EST | Bill

The DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club held just had its first meeting today and reports that it was a great success, with 19 members present. The group is off to a great start. If you are interested in joining the group Email them at JediNerdz@yahoo.com.



Screen Scenes Wave 1 Sold Out
September 13, 2003 | 9:29 PM EST | Bill

New Force Comics has posted that Hasbro is reporting they have SOLD OUT of Wave 1 of the Screen Scenes. There will be a third wave shipping soon, along with Wave 2. Don’t resort to Ebay yet! The third wave will have 1 of each of the 4 scenes (Geonosian War Room I and II and Jedi High Council I and II).



Amazon Gets More…..
September 13, 2003 | 9:06 AM EST | Mark

Here are even more items including the speeder bikes I never thought I would find..

Darth Tyranus’s Speeder Bike
Anakin’s Swoop Bike
Wat Tambor
SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids)
Coleman Trebor
Waitress Droid (WA-7)
Lt. Faytonni
Darth Sidious
Ashla and Jempa
Luke Skywalker – A New Hope
Darth Vader – A New Hope



More Value Pack Details
September 12, 2003 | 7:22 PM EST | Bill

As the Wal-Mart value packs hit more and more stores, we’re getting more details to aid you in your search. The value packs come in their own display, so it is very likely that you will not see these on the usual Star Wars pegs, but rather on an endcap or middle of the aisle display. Also the prices from across the county vary by a few cents, but they are all under 5 bux— the same price as a single figure. Be sure to Email our store reports section with your finds!



FX Master Replicas Discounts
September 12, 2003 | 7:16 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section is offering some nice discounts to members on the upcoming FX Master Replicas Luke and Vader’s lightsabers. Members can save $10.00 on each saber plus get free shipping.



Amazon Update
September 12, 2003 | 6:59 AM EST | Mark

Here are some new Items at Amazon.com….

Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation) (NEW)
Star Wars 3.75″ Hoth 4 Pack Now IN STOCK
Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel)
Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Acklay Battle)
Chewbacca (Munock Hunt)
Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape)
Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon)
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth)



Think E3
September 11, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

Interesting… very interesting. From time to time a surprise appears in our “news” box. We got this one tonight. It is an awsome logo–which is also an official E3 logo…our benefactor could not say which company produced it. It certainly makes you wonder what’s to come.



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 9
September 11, 2003 | 4:15 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Released: 1978

Type of Cardbacks: SW 12 Back, SW 21 Back, ESB, ROTJ (two cards).

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$430.00, SW 21 Back=$170.00, ESB=$110.00, ROTJ=$53.00, LOOSE=$22.00

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

Even though Obi Wan appears only in A New Hope in human form, the figure was released that way in all other Cardbacks.

There is a variation of color for this figure, you can find it with white or grey hair.

Just as the Vader and Luke figures, this one was available with Telescoping lightsaber in the very beginig.



First Look – Biker Scout Bust
September 11, 2003 | 3:11 PM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website has a story today about the new Biker Scout Bust that will be out in January from Gentle Giant. The story also has information about the second of the Koto Clone Trooper that will now be released in the USA thanks to Dark Horse comics.



When They Say Value, They Mean VALUE!!!!
September 10, 2003 | 8:32 PM EST | Bill

The best Star Wars deal of the year, maybe in several years is at Wal-Mart. The figure value packs (with 1 clone wars figure, and 1 clone color variation) are really $4.77 at Wal-Mart– that’s right 2 figures for $4.77 at REGULAR retail!



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 8
September 10, 2003 | 11:44 AM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Han Solo

Released: 1978

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

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$690.00, SW 21 Back=$580.00, ESB=$350.00, ROTJ=$175.00, LOOSE=$38.00

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

This figure has an important variation. It was first made with a small head, which was later replaced for the larger, George Harrison like head. A few small head Solos made it to Empire cards, this because of unsold figures in Star Wars cards that were returned to Kenner. You can view the variation in the bottom-left corner of the picture.

This figure came out with two different Jedi cards.



Jango Fett Blasters Now on Sale!
September 10, 2003 | 11:05 AM EST | Mark B

Master Replicas now has the set of Jango Fett Blasters on sale. Order Now from Master Replicas, there are only 1500 available and over half have already been ordered.



Clone Wars Value Packs Really $4.77 at Wal-Mart
September 10, 2003 | 8:28 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Toymaster scored the new Clone Wars Value Packs. Here’s his report:

“Just picked up all three Clone Wars Value Packs at my local Wal-Mart in Nashville, Tennessee. The ARC Trooper is packed with a Clone Trooper; Anakin comes with a Clone Trooper Lieutenant; and Yoda comes with a Clone Trooper Commander. These figures are all on double-wide cards, not in clam shells like the K-Mart packs from last year. The card backs are all the same. The best part is the two-packs are only $4.77 each.”



Now Arriving YELLOW Clone Pack
September 10, 2003 | 12:27 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Moonbase7 contacted us tonight to report finding the Yellow Clone variant of the Clone Trooper 3 packs at his local Target in Northern California. Remember there’s still a red variant after this one.



Cheap Figures At KB
September 9, 2003 | 10:18 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Shannon:

“We have the Saga line of figures here in Columbus, Ohio at KB Toys for $1.99 and the Saga value 4-packs for 9.99. Not bad!”



Pre-Order From Entertainment Earth
September 9, 2003 | 1:44 PM EST | Mark

Be sure to check our our Star Wars Super-Section for an always
up-to-date and comprehensive list of the newest Hasbro Star Wars items:http://www.entertainmentearth.com/spotlight.asp?themename=Star+Wars+Super%2DSection%21

More new Hasbro Star Wars items have just been posted and are available for pre-order now:

Clone Wars Assortment 4 (Item# HS84845D, $77.99)
Star Wars Clone Wars Multi-Pack Assortment 3. Case of 6 figure packs includes: 2x Spider Droid (NEW), 1x Durge with Speeder Bike, 1x Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, 1x Army of the Republic Clone Trooper 3-Pack, 1x Separatist Forces Droid Army 3-Pack (subject to change). Note: The color of Clone Troopers in the Clone Trooper Army sets are shipped at random. Colors pictured may or may not be available and are subject to change without notice. We do not accept orders for color variations.

Yoda & Anakin Lightsabers (Item# HS84751AB, $53.99)
New for 2003! Star Wars Electronic Lightsabers Assortment with new
vertical packaging! Includes two individually packaged lightsabers. 1x Yoda – Clone Wars and 1x Anakin – Clone Wars (subject to change).



KBToys Sale
September 9, 2003 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Action Figures are $2.49 each plus here are some other deals..
Jedi StarFighter with Obi-Wan $14.99
12″ Clone Trooper (Red and Yellow) $12.99 each
Jedi Starfighter $9.99
25th Anniversary Sets $4.99
Plus more…

Here is a nice coupon for KBToys.com

$10 off $50
coupon code SEARSKBTOY – expires December 31

Here are a couple of things that you may be interested in….
LEGO Star Wars: AT-AT Walker $99.99
R2-D2 Interactive Astrometric Droid $69.99



Want To See Separatists Costumes In E3?
September 8, 2003 | 8:20 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site’s Hyperspace section has updated with some very nice pics as part of today’s set diary. If you haven’t subscribed to Hyperspace, this might be the time to do it, especially if you’re a customizer and would like to “have” some E3 figures early!



The NZ Connexion
September 7, 2003 | 1:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from This just in from SWNZ:
We have a growing, permanent section, within the SWNZ website, called “the NZ Connexion”, which tells the stories of New Zealand contributors to the Star Wars Universe (actors and artists). Amongst the New Zealand actors to appear in the Star Wars films is Bodie Taylor, who played the maturing clones in Episode 2, and who has just recently returned to New Zealand, having completed filming in Sydney for Episode 3. StarWars.com confirms that he returns in the role of “a clone”. Despite the fact that his Star Wars career spans two films, not much information is available about Bodie on the internet (even the official SW website itself has a fairly lightweight biography).

Well, we found a pretty reliable source of information from which to generate Bodie’s biography: the article on the man behind the clonetrooper mask is written by a guest contributor, Bodie Taylor himself.

Click here to check out SWNZ or here to check out the Bodie Taylor article



Heads Up
September 5, 2003 | 8:26 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Iceburgh sent in this report:

Just to let people know who had problems trying to get the bounty hunter on Tuesday. If you got kicked off, at the last step of ordering, when you confirm you payment, and didn’t get confirmation screen. There is a chance you credit card has gotten billed. Mine got billed twice, because I retried it since I did not get confirmation screen. Just a heads up!


Yak Reader Dave had the same experience:

Same thing happened with mine – double billing and two orders. I am hoping I get 4 of them instead of the 2 (limit) I tried to order again the next day and it said I had ordered my limit. I will let you know what happens ie: charge reversal ( refund ) or whether I get the 4 Fetts.



Action Figure Collector’s Guide… Part 7 (Finally)
September 5, 2003 | 6:47 PM EST | Jair

Figure’s Name: Stormtrooper

Released: 1978

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

Estimated Price: SW 12 Back=$330.00, SW 21 Back=$170.00, ESB=$98.00, ROTJ=$60.00, POTF=$275.00 LOOSE=$18.00

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

The Stormtrooper is a fan favorite action figure, and it was available almost everywhere and anytime during the Star Wars hype of the late 70’s and early 80’s.



Update from Master Replicas
September 4, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark B

I received an email this morning from Master Replicas with an update on a couple of their products. The signature edition Luke Skywalker saber is now SOLD OUT. The Mace Windu Limited Edition (without signature) is down to only about 10% left (roughly 175 of them). The Mace Windu is definitely on my MUST HAVE list. Visit Master Replicas to order today!



D & S Newsfeed
September 4, 2003 | 8:46 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Toys.com!
New Items In Stock!

New Armada Powerlinx, Overload, Tidal Wave, Hot Shot, more…
Bounty Hunter 4-Pack with Swoop
Classic Star Wars T-Shirts
Indiana Jones Toys
Trek Exclusive 3-Pack
Gold Shirt Kirk Exclusive
Enterprise Trip Tucker
Classic Enterprise
Classic Phaser
Jango Fett, Clone Trooper, Boba Fett, Biker Scout Masks for Halloween
Star Tours G2-9T, Disney Star Wars Parade Vehicle
Throne Room Vader & Luke
12″ Leia & Speeder Bike, A-Wing
Unleashed Padme, Tryanus, Luke
Simpsons Series 13
Tie Fighter with Figure Exclusive



Dutch Star Wars Con
September 3, 2003 | 8:19 PM EST | Bill

Unique public appearance by Star Wars producer and director

Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, September 3 2003 – On Saturday, September 27 2003 the Dutch Star Wars Fan Club presents in association with eBay.nl the ECHO BASE CHARITY CON 2003. All proceeds of this event will be donated to the Dutch branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

To make this event as successful as possible, a large number of cast- and crew members of the five Star Wars films will travel to The Netherlands, amongst which two absolute legends in Star Wars history: two-time Oscar nominated producer GARY KURTZ (producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) and Saturn Award winning director IRVIN KERSHNER (The Empire Strikes Back, and other blockbusters such as Bond-film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2). Mr. Kershner has never attended such an event before making this a world premiere!

Next to these very special guests, the following people will also attend the Echo Base Charity Con 2003:

PETER DIAMOND (stunt coordinator on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), PAUL BLAKE (Greedo in Star Wars), RUSTY GOFFE (various roles in Star Wars), JOHN HOLLIS (Lobot in The Empire Strikes Back), KENNETH COLLEY (Admiral Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), MICHAEL CARTER (Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi), JEROME BLAKE (performed no less than six parts in The Phantom Menace and can also be seen in Attack of the Clones), ALAN RUSCOE (multiple parts in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones), and JOHN COPPINGER (worked behind and in front of the camera in Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace).

These guests have not only appeared in the Star Wars films but can also be seen in films like The Fifth Element, The Mummy and the James Bond-, Indiana Jones- and Harry Potter movies.

Fans can meet the guests, ask them questions, pose for photos and get their autographs. There will also be a wide variety of merchandise for sale, a charity auction with lots of exclusive items, a costume contest and lots more.

The exclusive Convention poster was made by official Star Wars artists Joe Corroney and Jeff Carlisle.

The event will be held on September 27, 2003 at the “NBC Blokhoeve” in Nieuwegein (near Utrecht), and is opened from 10.00 to 17.00. The location is within a short distance of Amsterdam. For more info, the latest news, travel directions etc. please visit www.echobase.nl/con/english or e-mail info@swfanclub.nl



The Fan Club Phone Number
September 3, 2003 | 8:17 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Bill found the phone number for the Fan Club to order your Silver Fetts if you’re having technical difficulties on the net:

“I just wanted to let everyone know that, it might be easier to order the Silver Fett’s by calling 1-425-289-0060. This is the new Star Wars Insider hotline. It only took me a couple of minutes to order my 2 Fett’s.”



Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
September 3, 2003 | 8:47 AM EST | Mark

You can now pre-order the 3 3/4″ Jedi Warriors 4-Pack at Amazon.com. Price is $19.99



Deluxe Durge With Speederbike
September 3, 2003 | 12:31 AM EST | Joseph

POTF2.com has pics of the upcoming Deluxe Durge with Speederbike. You can check them out by clicking here



Not All Amazon Screen Scene Orders Canceled
September 2, 2003 | 9:11 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Nick sent in this report:

I e-mailed Amazon about my screen scene 2 order and this was their response. A bit different from what other people have run into. I placed my initial order on 8/21 so maybe it’s only more recent orders that have been screwed.
Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.

First, let me apologize for any frustration that may have resulted
from this order.

After reviewing your order, I see that we still expect to receive
these items. If we are notified by our supplier that these items are
no longer available, we will contact you via e-mail. Due to the
delay in shipping these orders, I have upgraded your shipping to Two-
Day Delivery at no additional charge.

I hope this information is helpful. We appreciate your business and
thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.

Best regards,



Silver Fett Day
September 2, 2003 | 9:07 PM EST | Bill

Today’s the day to order your Silver Fett from the Fan Club. Yak Reader FHD sent in this report about his efforts:

They opened ordering for the Silver Boba Fett today. I started trying to get one at 12:00 PST, and it took me an hour and a half, but I finally got Pazio to take my order for 2 Boba Fett figures. The system is infuriating to use. You have to log in, and then go back to the main page. Then 3 times it booted me off at the last step. Anyhow – keep trying, you will get in.

From the reports we’ve been getting the site is running a little slow with the initial rush, but they are still taking orders. Here’s the link to order. Remember you have to be a fan club member and there is a limit of 2.



Carded Silver Clone Trooper
September 2, 2003 | 8:32 AM EST | Mark

Check out this thread over at POTF2.com for some nice carded shots of the upcoming Silver edition of the Clone Trooper.



New Yoda Carded Images
September 2, 2003 | 8:30 AM EST | Mark

Check out This thread over at POTF2.com for great images of the holiday Yoda carded.



They’re Back!
September 1, 2003 | 11:33 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Star Construx:

StarconstruX is back in business ….. after a break of 1/2 year we present a page update and a new strategy. There are new figures made by Lars Intemann and Harald Flügge for example 3 different Rancor Keeper, AT-AT Driver, Ewok and Clonetrooper. Markus Gerlach made Jabbas Throne Room and the Arena from Episode2 and there are new
“Visitors Customs” for example “Arrival of the Emperor” and finally our new strategy: After a rest period of 1/2 of a year the StarconstruX team created a new concept for the internet appearance of StarconstruX.

Finally, after a lot of requests we will open the “Material” section of our site. This part of the site will introduce to you the materials that we use for our dioramas and we will try to answer the most frequently asked questions on the basis of samples. The biggest change is the fact that you won`t be able to order dioramas anymore !

We know that some of you will be pissed about that ……… but we would like create dioramas that we want to build ………. not the 16th Executer XXL diorama and not the 12th Mos Eislay diorama. Of course all open orders and confirmed request retain their validity.

All single steps of the building phase of our new dioramas will be shown weekly (update every Sunday) on our site. Of course you will be able to buy all finished dioramas ….. you will find more infos about that with every new diorama on our site.

We think that this new concept is going to be an add-on because we will have the time for completely new dioramas and we will be able to answer your questions, solve your problems and take care of your wishes.

Check their site out here! Also we have some of their dioramas, including the new Jabba’s Palace in our diorama section here.

August 2003 Archive

The Winner Is…
August 31, 2003 | 8:52 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our free Ultarama contest, Phil Schorr. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama right here. Remember your entry should include not only your name, but also your address. Good luck!



New review – Coleman Trebor
August 31, 2003 | 6:18 PM EST | Michael

The product of his mom and a drunken night with Barney, Coleman Trebor overcame his genes to become a great Jedi. But is he a great figure? Check out the review here!



Lucas Gives Details on E3 and E7-9… 20+ Years Ago
August 31, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Bill


The following is an excerpt from Time Magazine’s May 23, 1983 edition (describing Lucas’ plans after Jedi had been completed. The “spoilers” spoilers about E1 and E2 are not “hidden”, however to stay spoiler free, details about E3 and E7-9 are hidden. Highlight to read the spolers:

“He will also read and write, retreating to what Marcia [his wife] calls his “tree-house environment,” a little suite in a former carriage house a few steps away from the rest of their Victorian-style home in San Anselmo. There, near his Mickey Mouse phone, his Wookie pencil holder and his telescope, he has books on mythology, like Jose Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and five three-ring notebooks, in which he has written notes on the history of Star Wars,past, present, and future.


The films that record what went on in the beginning-if they are ever made- will be altogether different in look and tone from the existing trilogy, says Lucas. They will be more melodramatic, showing the political intrigue and Machiavelian plotting that led to the downfall of the once noble Republic. They will have only enough outward action to keep the plot moving. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the elderly Jedi was played by Alec Guinness in the Star Wars series, and Darth Vader will be seen as younger men, while Luke Skywalker may make a brief appearance as a baby in Episode III

The sequels, the three movies that would follow Jedi, are considerably vaguer. Their man theme will be the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong. There was never any doubt in the films already made; in those the lines were sharply drawn, comic-book-style. Luke, who will then be the age of Obi-Wan Kenobi is now, some place in his 60’s, will reappear and so will his friends, assuming that the creator decides to carry the epic further. Hamill and the others will get first crack at the roles-if they look old enough.

The abundant fantasy on the screen is a mere sliver of Lucas’ imaginary universe. Behind any creature may be a little volume of fable or cultural anthropology. Chewbacca is a favorite of Lucas’, and he can go on and on about the Wookie tribe. They come from a damp jungle planet where they reside in tree houses and live to be 350 years old. The six-breasted females deliver their offspring in littlers. After an invasion by Imperial forces, which may be alluded to in the “prequel,” the Wookies were rounded up by slave traders and sold throughout the Empire. Chewy was rescued by Han Solo and installed as his copilot. Got that?”End Spoilers.



Second Wave Of Screen Scenes Delayed?
August 31, 2003 | 11:40 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Antillesrogue just send in this report:

“Amazon has cancelled the order I placed for the second wave of saga scenes claiming they can’t get them from of their sources. has anybody else had this happen?”

This is the first report we’ve gotten, let us know if you’ve had the same experience here.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who has written in to let us know they received the same message. Here’s a copy of what it appears Amazon is sending:

“Greetings from Amazon.com.

We are sorry to report that we will not be able to obtain the following
items from your order:

“Star Wars Saga Scene Pack: Jedi Council 2”

“Star Wars Saga Scene Pack: Geonosian War Room 2″

Though we had expected to be able to send these items to you, we’ve
since found that they are not available from any of our sources at
this time. We realize this is disappointing news to hear, and we
apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you.

These unavailable items have been cancelled from your order.

Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED for these items because you only
pay for items when we ship them to you.

Your order is now closed.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com, and we hope to see you again.


Customer Service Department



New Doug Chang Book
August 31, 2003 | 10:34 AM EST | Mark B


I ran across a really cool new book today that people who enjoy the “Art of Star Wars” Books should really enjoy. It is a new hardcover that was co-written by the Art Designer for Star Wars Episode I – Doug Chang. Robota by Doug Changis about a world that is being taken over by the Robot population (sounds like a cross between The Matrix, Terminator, and Blade Runner from what I have read about it so far). Check out Robota by Doug Chang today!



Pre-Order the New Lego X-Wing
August 30, 2003 | 1:19 PM EST | Mark B

Lego Shop at Home now has the new X-Wing (Dagobah version) available for Pre-Order. Cost is $49.99 and is expected to ship September 23rd.



New Master Replicas FX Lightsabers
August 27, 2003 | 9:54 AM EST | Mark B

In case you haven’t heard, Master Replicas has announced two new FX Lightsabers. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker FX Sabers are available for order now!



A Bunch of Episode III Spoilers
August 27, 2003 | 9:49 AM EST | Mark B

Overall, I’m trying to avoid hearing and seeing too much about Episode III (I’d like some of it to be a surprise!), but every now and then I can’t help but read some juicy little tidbits about the movie. I won’t post any of them here, but over at The Force.Net they have a great Episode III section that includes a bunch of reports about some details of the last Star Wars movie. For example, you can learn a little more about Anakin’s transformation to Darth Vader, a character we haven’t seen since “A New Hope”, and even the colors of Anakin’s lightsabers. If you are trying to stay completely spoiler free – you have been warned.



Deal on Lego Republic Gunship
August 27, 2003 | 9:43 AM EST | Mark B

Want to save $40 on the Lego Republic Gunship? This was one of the really cool Lego items I have always wanted, but never was able to dish out $90 for it. Amazon/Toys R Us has it on sale for $49.97. Here’s a link straight to the Lego Republic Gunship



If You Think It Couldn’t Happen To You
August 26, 2003 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader J sent this in:

“Thanks for posting the story about Hasbro’s Toy Chest being open again. I don’t check in on the Hasbro website as often as I should. Well, I checked in yesterday and was one of the winners! Not sure what comes in the ‘up to $100 worth of merchandise’ package picked out by Hasbro, but I’ll be sure to let you know.”

We’ll look forward to hearing about your winnings when they arrive!



The Force Is Back… In Me!
August 26, 2003 | 4:12 PM EST | Jair

Hello great Yakface community. For those who have no idea who I am, my name is Jair Monsanto, I was part of the Yakface News Team a couple of months ago. A lot of things happened that made me lose touch with the Force, but now I’m ready to strike back and give it all for you, the greatest fans in the World, the STAR WARS Fans!!!
I’ll continue where I left of, giving detailed information of each Vintage Action Figure (cards, year of release, etc.), and then move on to the POTF2 line and so on.

For our Latin American readers, I’ll be more than glad to answer all of your questions in Spanish. Just e-mail me at yavin4@intelnet.net.gt.¡Espero sus preguntas y comentarios!

OK fellow collectors, May The Force Be With You!!! And good luck with everything that will be hitting shelves soon.



New LEGO X-Wing
August 26, 2003 | 9:52 AM EST | Mark

Over at FBTB.net, Tim has posted this nice looking set. Which includes the X-Wing from Dagobah, a new Luke, and Yoda’s Hut. Should retail for $49.99 and is due in early 2004.



20% off LEGO’s
August 26, 2003 | 9:47 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com they are having a 20% off sale on LEGO’s, and they do have the Hailfire in stock as well as many others.



Master Replicas Anakin Skywalker FX Light Saber
August 26, 2003 | 12:49 AM EST | Joseph

Do you still need that Master Replicas Anakin Skywalker FX Light Saber?Aislesniper.com has it on clearance for $79.99. Not a bad price when it was originally $129.99. With the upcoming MR Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker FX Lightsabers coming out this price won’t last for long..You can get there by clicking here



Here The Clone Wars Figures Are
August 25, 2003 | 9:16 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Corran Horn sent in this report– along with a pic of his purchases and receipt!:

Found clone wars single carded figs (Anakin, yoda and ARC) at TRU in Huntington, WV on Saturday.



Hasbro’s Toy Chest Is Back
August 24, 2003 | 6:45 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has brought back their Toychest contest– with 5 winners a day now through mid September. Click here to check it out.



Store Finds
August 24, 2003 | 6:03 PM EST | Steve

My wife and I just got back from vacation, and I was able to hit quite a few stores.

First, I snagged the Count Dooku Geonosian Escape for $1.99 at KayBee here in Cumberland, Maryland.

A KayBee outlet store in Gettysburg had some newer figures for $2.99, including Anakin Tatooine Attack, Darth Maul Sith Training, and Dooku Geonosian Escape. They had the 4-packs for $7.99, and a few Darth Maul Unleashed for $7.99.

Wal-Mart had a few of the Ponda Baba Cantina sets for $1.00, but the cards were very, very non-mint.

At Toys R Us, I found the Clone Wars Gunship and ONE carded Destroyer Droid with launcher. I didn’t buy the DD because I was really interested in finding the other 3-packs.

Just when I thought the trip was a loss, I found all four Clone War multi-packs, the Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter, and the new C-3PO and Jango Fett re-issues. They had about four empty pegs where the new figures should have been, and there was only one each of 3PO and Fett. But, at $4.79 each it’s no surprise they had all but disappeared.



New In Stock!!!
August 24, 2003 | 4:41 PM EST | Joseph

Toymaniacs has the Jedi Knight Army and the Ultimate Bounty Hunter set in stock on sale. You can get there by clicking here



Walmart Clearance Sales
August 23, 2003 | 11:06 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader FHDavid:

“I’ve found the Tie Bomber on clearance at Wal-mart for prices ranging from $22 to $15. I found that Cantina packs on clearance for $2 and the 12 inch figures on clearance for $7.”

As always with Wal-Mart each store has discretion how far to discount clearance items, but it might be worth checking your local store.



Sith Lightsaber Blueprints!
August 21, 2003 | 4:38 PM EST | Mark B

New from Master Replicas is a set of Sith Lightsaber Blueprints. Count Dooku, Darth Vader and Darth Maul’s lightsabers are included for $69.99. Follow this link for more details.



D & S Newsfeed
August 21, 2003 | 8:33 AM EST | Bill

This just in from D & S Sci-fi Toy World:

New Items In Stock!

Enterprise Trip Exclusive
G.I. Joe Spy Troops & New Mission Disk Figures
A-Wing, Tie Fighter Exclusives
Wat Tambor, Coleman Trebor, Ashla & Jempa, Yoda & Chien, Library
Droids, Tusken Tatooine Ambush
Anakin Secret Ceremony, Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon, Han Hoth, Chewy
Mynock, Throne Room Vader & Luke
Simpsons Ser. 13
New Armada Mini-Cons, Unicron
Transformers Universe: Snarl, Reptilion & Silverbolt
Bounty Hunter 4-Pack with New Swoop
Star Tours Figures



Federation Toys Newsfeed
August 20, 2003 | 10:36 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

Hi just wanted to let you know we just received in more SAGA 4 INCH AND DELUXE SAGA, ( THESE WILL GO VERY FAST) and some older SAGA figures back in stock very cool. ALSO WE HAVE SOME OLDER POTJ AND PREVIEW FIGURES. We also just received more of the DARTH VADER MASTER REPLICAS Signature Edition Light Saber, (500 world wide) AND COLLECTOR EDITION and the LUKE SKYWALKER Signature Edition and Limited Edition Lightsaber, the MACE WINDU Limited and Signature on order, also have the Anakin FX sabers back in stock. All of our Master Replicas now include FREE S/H with the price listed, (USA ONLY ! ) , We have the DARTH VADER FX and LUKE SKYWALKER (Green Blade from ROTJ) ordered they are shipping some time in October we are taking pre orders thanks for your understanding, and SAGA Tie Bombers back in stock. Also have the new A-WINGS on the way and new TIE FIGHTERS. We also will now be carrying ACTION FLEET lines, thanks to all for the great feedback and requests. We have a lot of new pictures and info for all the new CLONE WARS Figures and ships, check it out under the new category CLONE WARS! Thanks MTFBWY ALL! We will be updating our site weekly we have a lot of new items on the way from Hasbro. We are trying to keep up with demand so please be patient we will fill all orders and we also take requests. Last but not least wanted to say Thanks to everyone for stopping by our booth and WIZARDS WORLD, it was a great time and a big thanks goes to the guys from SANDTROOPERS.com they were a great help. We also have some SILVER BOBA FETT’S in stock!



Win a Boba Fett Mini-Bust
August 20, 2003 | 4:32 PM EST | Mark B


Gentle Giant is holding a contest to win a Boba Fett Mini-Bust. This has been one of the harder to find mini-busts. They are giving away #10 of 7500. Follow this link for complete details.



New Master Replicas Item?
August 20, 2003 | 12:38 PM EST | Mark B

I was just browsing through the new order form from Diamond Comics when I noticed a Star Wars Attack of the Clones Jango Fett Blaster Set. The description is as follows “This replica set replicates the stunt versions of the WESTAR-23 blaster as seen in Attack of the Clones, and includes a numbered plaque, Certificate of Authenticity, and a custom crafted base. Limited to 1,500 sets. Scheduled to ship in November 2003.” Retails for $405. Is this the next prop coming from Master Replicas???



Major E3 Update
August 20, 2003 | 9:05 AM EST | Bill

One of the actors from Episode 3 gave an interview to Empire Online, revealing some major details about E3. In keeping with our spoiler free policy, we won’t post either the actor’s name or the details here, but you can read the whole story on Empire Online here.



Mystery Of The Other Yellow Clone Partially Solved
August 20, 2003 | 8:45 AM EST | Bill

It looks like the Far East has once again provided the answer to the mysterious other Yellow Clone Trooper. Galactic Hunter has found an auction which explains the mystery. This fall “select retailers” (still unknown at this point) will have a series of 3 Clone Wars “Value Packs”, each of which will have 2 Clone Wars Figures. One of the two figures in each set will be a Clone Trooper color variation– Yellow, Blue, or White. The other figure will be the Clone Wars Yoda, Anakin or ARC Trooper. Click here for the photos.



Cinema Scenes Now In Stock
August 20, 2003 | 7:16 AM EST | Mark

These are all now in stock. Head over and pick yours up.
Ultimate Bounty Hunter 4-pack
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 2
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 1
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 2
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 1



A must-buy book for Vintage toy fans
August 19, 2003 | 11:21 PM EST | Muse

If you are a fan of Vintage Star Wars toys, this one is automatic. John Kellerman has put together what might be one of the best resource books for the Vintage Kenner toys ever. We’re talking 268 pages of information and color photos – 900+ color photos, in fact. The book is now available for pre-order. For general information on “Star Wars Vintage Action Figures”, go to Frontback Books.



Greedo’s Busted
August 19, 2003 | 9:37 PM EST | Mark B

The Dark Horse Website has a new photo of the upcoming Greedo Resin Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant. Looks like the date it is to be released is December 10. It will probably be in the Diamond Comics Previews Catalog this coming month and you will be able to place your order for it with your local comic book shop.



More Episode III News
August 19, 2003 | 3:48 PM EST | Mark B

IGN.com has a great article with more spoilers about Star Wars Episode III. It even has a part about the space battle that will be taking place and how it is filmed. Cool stuff!



New Cinema Scenes!
August 18, 2003 | 3:06 PM EST | Joseph

Amoktime.com has the new cinema scenes: Jedi High Council #2
Includes: Yarel, Depa Billaba, and Yaddle with display base.
Geonosis War Chamber #2 Includes: Nute Gunray, Shu Mai, and Passel Argente with display base. IN STOCK NOW!



Want Some Episode III Spoilers?
August 18, 2003 | 12:15 PM EST | Mark B

Dark Horizons has some Episode III spoilers posted in their Friday news postings. These are some items that were revealed by Rick McCallum recently. Including some information about Palpatine, Anakin, Obi Wan, and other characters.



The Winner Is…
August 17, 2003 | 10:13 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to the winner of our latest free Ultarama drawing Chad Ryan. Be sure to enter our next free Ultarama drawing here. Good luck!!!



New Exclusive… Sort Of
August 17, 2003 | 12:09 PM EST | Bill

For the last few weeks, there has been some buzz in the internet that there might be a second version of the Yellow Clone Trooper in the Clone Trooper 3 Packs, as a different version appears on the back of the box for the new version of the Gunship for the Clone Wars line. It seems that it is destined to be sort of an exclusive. Rebelscum is reporting that Hasbro is planning the Yellow Clone for release to “select retailers” this fall. No word yet on who the select retailers are.



Insider #70 Now Arriving
August 17, 2003 | 12:07 PM EST | Bill

The newest installment of the Star Wars Insider is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes now. Among other things, this edition includes a nice report on the upcoming Fan Club exclusive Santa Yoda, including his history.



Snag this Bounty a Little Early!
August 16, 2003 | 9:49 PM EST | Mark B

Looks like the Ultimate Bounty Set of Action Figures has been released a little earlier than expected. Toys R Us online originally had a ship date of Sept 1 on these, now they show “Ship in 24 hours”. Order your Ultimate Bounty now!



Nice Hoth 4-Pack Image
August 15, 2003 | 9:42 PM EST | Mark

Amazon has posted a few nice images of the Hoth 4-pack, check them out.



Target Update
August 15, 2003 | 9:40 PM EST | Mark

It looks like the 12″ Leia Speeder bike and Green A-Wing are going to be WEB ONLY sales. That is what the website states, and they are now both IN STOCK.



August 15, 2003 | 9:32 PM EST | Mark

Woohoo!! Well that was not a very fun 24 hours. We finally have power again here in MI, not all of us, but it is slowly coming back. To those that do not have power yet, we are thinking of you. To those that have not lost power, it was worse than a storm that knocks out a city, we could not go two blocks down and get anything, the nearest place with any power and gas was an hour away and they had two hour lines. Anyway, glad to be back and again, we hope those that do not have power get theirs back soon.



Back On Target
August 13, 2003 | 10:47 PM EST | Bill

Target.com is taking orders again for their exclusive 12″ Leia on Speeder Bike and A-Wing with Pilot. Both items show that they will be in stock soon, however Target is taking orders NOW. If you hate hitting the stores to find themTarget.com here’s your chance– just search on Star Wars!



Jedi Academy is GOLD!
August 13, 2003 | 9:39 PM EST | Mark B

The next Star Wars game coming out for the X-Box and PC has just gone Gold (that means it is done and released to manufacturing). Jedi Academy is the 3rd in the popular Dark Forces Series of games. It will be released on September 16th (For PCs, and Nov 6 for X-Box, but you can preorder now either forWindows PCs or X-Box

***Thanks to Andrew for correcting me, Jedi Academy is actually the 4th Dark Forces Game – Dark Forces, Dark Forces II Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight: Outcast.



Paizo Delivers Silver Fetts Starting September 2
August 13, 2003 | 8:23 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Scoobyonekenobi:

Here’s the news that just went up on www.paizo.com!

Exclusively for Fan Club Members…

Boba Fett Action Figure On Sale September 2nd!

August 13, 2003. Bellevue, Washington

Members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club can order Hasbro’s silver-painted Boba Fett action figure from the Fan Club website—starwars.paizo.com—starting Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.

The 3 ¾” likeness of the saga’s most infamous bounty hunter was created by Hasbro as a special thank you to Star Wars fans. The Official Fan Club sold the action figures at conventions this summer, and now will make them available to their members.

Members who are concerned that there are not enough Boba Fetts to go around should rest easy,” said Lisa Stevens, President of the Official Star Wars Fan Club. “We have a good number of the action figures, and we should be able to make most everyone happy.”

The figures will cost $10.00 each plus shipping, and will be sold to all members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, including Canadian and International members. Each member will be able to purchase up to two figures each. The figures will be sold while supplies last.

To join the Official Star Wars Fan Club, go to starwars.paizo.com and click on “Subscribe.”

Again, to order the silver-painted Boba Fett Action Figure:

Tuesday, September 2, 2003
12:00 noon, Pacific Standard Time
Plenty of figures available!”



How much are Jedi Points worth?
August 12, 2003 | 12:59 PM EST | Jason

Well, it seems that a few people are dumping their Jedi Points
now on Ebay. From the few auctions that have closed… prices
are averaging around $.15 to $.20 per 10 points. Only time will
tell if the prices people are willing to pay for points translates
to a good deal/decision in terms of what you will be able to buy with
points when the auction goes live in September.

Let us know how many points you have so far, if you bothered to
actually open some of your toys.



A Surprise Return!
August 12, 2003 | 9:05 AM EST | Mark B

Check out Star Wars.com for a new story about a actor from Episode II returning for Episode III. Nothing about a character that would be played, but you don’t have to think too long to figure it out.



Silver Boba Fett Announcement on WEDNESDAY!
August 12, 2003 | 1:24 AM EST | Joseph

JediDefender.com has posted information that the Fan Club will be making an announcement on Wednesday, August 13th, regarding the availabilty of the summer convention exclusive Silver Boba Fett to fan club members! You can read more about it here



Imperial Shuttles Abound….
August 11, 2003 | 1:12 PM EST | Mark

In case you missed the very nice Imperial Shuttle while it was an exsclusive to the needless markup (wonder why they went out of business) FAO, you can now take your pick as to where you can get it from. Both Entertainment Earthand KBtoys.com Have this awesome but still overpriced vehicle in stock.

In from Robert.. “Coupon Code: FAVORITE1KB is good for 20% off, just ordered the shuttle for $95 delivered.”



New LEGO Set!!!
August 11, 2003 | 7:56 AM EST | Mark

So, how about Vader waiting for our heros at the dinner table, what about Luke breaking through the window, or Han being Frozen??? Thanks to the guys over at FBTB.net. This is a set I cannot wait for. LEGO once again completely OUTSHINES Hasbro!

UPDATE!! You can now PRE-Order this set at Shop.lego.com, just follow THIS LINK to pre-order the set. Currently the page states it will ship by Oct 24th, this year.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
August 10, 2003 | 10:35 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

New Star Wars just posted at Entertainment Earth!

1) Anakin Skywalker’s Starfighter (Item# HS84847, $25.99)

2) Clone Wars Assortment 3 (Item# HS84845C, $77.99)
Clone Wars Assortment 3 Set (Item# HS84845CC, $40.99)
Speeder Bike with Durge
Speeder Bike with Clone Trooper
Army of the Republic Clone Trooper Army 3-pack

3) Clone Wars Col. 1 Wave 14 (Item# HS84851R, $64.99)
Clone Wars Col. 1 Wave 14 Set (Item# HS84851RR, $21.99)
Clone Wars Wave 14, Not Mint (Item# NMHS84851R, $59.99)
Clone Wars Clone Trooper
Clone Wars Kit Fisto
Clone Wars Saesee Tiin

4) Saga Collection 2 Wave 10 Alt. (Item# HS84861K5, $64.99)
Back by popular demand, Hasbro is re-releasing all of the figures from Saga Collection 2, Wave 10, originally released earlier in 2003. This assortment includes all of the figures from Wave 10, plus a few figures from other waves. Complete your collection today! Includes 12 action figures: 2x Battle Droid – Arena Battle, 1x Tusken Raider – Tatooine Camp Ambush, 1x Padme Amidala – Droid Factory Chase, 1x SP-4 & JN-66 – Research Droids, 2x Rebel Trooper – Tantive IV Defender, 2x Imperial Officer, 1x Eeth Koth – Jedi Master, 1x Teebo and 1x Lama Su – Kamino Prime Minister with clone youth (subject to change).

5) Saga Col. 2 Waves 13 & 14 Alt. (Item# HS84861NP, $64.99)
This alternate Star Wars Saga / Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the
Clones Collection 2 Figure Assortment includes characters from both
Wave 13 (HS84861N) and Wave 14 (HS84861P). Includes 12 action figures:
1x Darth Vader, 1x Luke Skywalker, 1x Lt. Dannl Faytonni (a.k.a.
Anthony Daniels who played C-3P0), 1x WA-7 Waitress Droid, 1x Han Solo – Flight to Alderaan, 1x Princess Leia Organa – Imperial Captive, 1x Darth Maul – Theed Hangar Duel, 1x Coleman Trebor, 1x Wat Tambor, 1x Padme Amidala – Secert Ceremony, 1x Ashla & Jempa – Jedi Padawans and 1x Yoda & Chian – Padawan Lightsaber Training (subject to change).



2004 List Update
August 10, 2003 | 10:33 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Eric sent in this report:

“Fellow Yakfacers,

I printed out the list from “The Private Universe” and personally discussed several of the items with the gentleman at the Hasbro Display at Wizard World Chicago. Here’s what they told me:

The next three Cantina Alien Scenes (Wuher, Kitik Keedlak and Dr. Evazan) were produced, and are waiting for a retailer to pick them up in the near future. Wal-Mart was the intended retailer, but that is no longer the case, and the reason for the delay.

The Yavin Hanger Accessory pack is in some stage of production, but the packaging format and content has not been determined yet. It could show up similar to the Imperial Forces or Ultimate Bounty Hunter Multi-packs, or in the old format accessory packs that Target received a while back. Nothing is definite yet, but it sounds as if the Multi-pack format is more realistic for all of these types of offerings. As far as the Jabba’s Dungeon and Gungun Defense sets go, they could fall in the same category, but even though there have been prototype pictures of all three of these on the internet recently, there are no guarantees that they will be produced. It sounds like a new 3 3/4″ Gammorean Guard figure is in the process of being produced from what I was told.

When I mentioned the Endor Celebration with C-3P0 and Death Star Station with Imperial Gunner, both of the Hasbro representatives had a good long laugh, both they said are not in production and no plans for these were ever in the works and are strictly fan-rumored.

The Droid Factory didn’t ring any bells with the designers either, but they both recalled that someone was designing the CZ-1 droid figure which they both referred to as the “clown Droid.”

Other items we discussed included why the Republic Gunship didn’t have the “gun bubbles” with figures in them. Basically the design of the ship at Lucasfilm was changed in the “eleventh hour” after the toy was produced in mass quantities. There will be a large deluxe version of Jabba the Hutt in 2004 – they couldn’t give me any specifics, but assured me that collectors will be happy. And lastly the Sandcrawler will be released at some point, but they made several distinct improvements on the old mold from the ’70’s.”



Musing Around
August 10, 2003 | 10:17 AM EST | Mark

John has stopped in with some more Questions and Answers for you to read and anjoy. Thank you to everyone who keeps submitting your questions. Remember, the more you submit, the more he will answer. So after you read today, send one in yourself.



Wizard World 2003 Update #1
August 9, 2003 | 1:13 AM EST | Jason

Hello Everyone,

Click HERE to go to my first update from Wizard World in Chicago, IL.
First update contains information related to:


  • Status of the Action Fleet


  • Status of the Toy Market and state of economy… more in line with availability of production and Wal-marts big decision.


  • Production of the action figures related to errors with figures, including TWO NEW ERRORS!




Jar Jar for Gov. of California?
August 8, 2003 | 1:14 PM EST | Mark B

With the recall election going on in California, it’s time for all the comedy shows to poke some fun at it. Star Wars got a mention last night on the Daily Show on Comedy Central. Their thought was California needs a candidate with a little more political experience. So why not Jar Jar Binks?? Come on! With $3500 and 65 signatures anyone can be on the ballot in California! Wouldn’t you love to see it come down to Jar Jar against Palpatine!?!?!?

editors note – this is all said in fun, I am in no way advocating that anyone try to get any Star Wars characters on the California ballot. – MB



Check Out The Latest Images!!
August 8, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Mark

Here are the latest images from Hasro, you can check them out at POTF2.com

Click HERE!



LEGO Sale!
August 8, 2003 | 7:40 AM EST | Mark

LEGO Republic Gunship (7163) $49.97 (44% off)
LEGO Jango Fett’s Slave I (7153) $29.98 (40% off)
Plus there are a few more on sale.

Also if you don’t want to hunt the stores? You can still pre-order these…
Ultimate Bounty Hunter 4-pack Sep. 1 due date
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 2 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 1 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 2 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 1 Aug. 20 due date
Hoth 4 Pack Sep. 20 due date



More Upcoming Toy News
August 7, 2003 | 10:02 PM EST | Bill

Pete over at The Private Universe has scored another coup on upcoming Star Wars Toys. He just updated with all of the following goodies. Note that the release info is for the UK, but it still bodes well on new toys for us in late 03 and 04!

Slave 1 with Jango Fett – 2004
3 3/4” Naboo Fighter – 2004
3 3/4 Cantina Alien Scene Assortment (Refresh) – 2004
Kitik Keedlak – 2004
Dr Evazan – 2004
Wuher – 2004
3 3/4 Naboo Fighter w/ Padme Pilot – 2004
3 3/4 Sandcrawler with droid and Jawas – 2004

3 3/4 Accessory Set w/ Figure Asst 1 – 11/03
Yavin Hangar Acc. Set w / Revel Technician – 11/03
Jabbas Dungeon Acc. Set w / Gammorean Guard – 11/03
Guangan Defense w / Guangan warrior – 11/03
Endor Celebration with C-3P0 – 11/03
Death Star Station with Imperial Gunner – 11/03
Droid Factory with CZ-1 – 11/03



New Statues from Dark Horse Comics
August 7, 2003 | 9:25 PM EST | Mark B

Read the whole story at Star Wars.com about Dark Horse Comics offering 2 new statues to Star Wars Fans – It looks like they are going to start offering the Kotobukiya kits in the US!!! And at $99.99 that’s a lot less than some online stores have been selling them for! The first one they are bringing is in the Darth Vader. Also new from Gentle Giant Studios (sold through Dark Horse Comics) is a new realscan bust of Greedo. Photos of the items are at the official site. (More than likely you will be able to preorder these items next month from a dealer who buys from Diamond Comics – but just a fair warning – the Clonetrooper Busts were seriously OVERSOLD and a lot of dealers are being shorted on them – so be careful with Presells).



Master Replicas Adds Another Line
August 7, 2003 | 9:40 AM EST | Mark B

I just received an email from Master Replicas announcing they have finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox to make replicas from both the Aliens and the Predator Movies. Great news for fans of these franchises. Personally, I’d love to have one of the Marine pulse rifles from Aliens – “Game over man, game over!”.



12″ Endor Leia with Speederbike
August 6, 2003 | 9:45 PM EST | Mark B

Target.com is currently showing the new exclusive 12″ Endor Leia with Speederbike as an in-stock item. Head on over to complete your 12″ Speederbike collection now!



In A Galaxy Not So Far Far Away
August 6, 2003 | 12:41 PM EST | Mark B

While not exactly Star Wars related, this is a must see for people everywhere. During August, the planet Mars is going to be closer to Earth than it has been in nearly 60,000 years (yeah, that’s right, 60 THOUSAND YEARS). So, pick a night to turn off that computer monitor and head outside with your family or friends and take a look at the red planet like you have never seen it before. I know I’m getting my telescope ready to check it out. Quite a bit of information is available about the event over at Space.com.



Boba has a mistake also…
August 6, 2003 | 8:57 AM EST | George

There is a Boba mistake also, loyal Yak reader Drew Kantorik pointed out an auntion over at eBay. POTF-2.com mentioned stamp dates 31491 but according to Drew there are also mistakes on 31581. Check the pictures of Boba’s auction here.



He’s Topless!
August 5, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

The Forbidden Planet has posted photos of the last 2 figures in the Clone Wars Assortment– Kit Fisto and Saesee Tin. Kit’s shirtless!!! They also announce that the hats and capes on the upcoming imperial dignitaries are interchangable!!! Click here to check them out.



Ultimate Bounty Variant/Error – Bossk
August 5, 2003 | 8:33 PM EST | George

Our good friend Aaron from POTF informing:
”POTF2.COM has posted pics of a major variant/error on Bossk from the Ultimate Bounty 4-Pack. He is missing both shoulder emblems. This was found on multiple 4-Packs so it may be an intentional change to the figure.

Check it out here -».

Thanks for the heads up Aaron, for those who asked I’m alive and kicking. I’ve been working on some non SW related side photo/web projects but I’m back!! Feel FREE to E-mail me.



Great Deals at Amazon
August 4, 2003 | 9:38 PM EST | Mark B

I was looking around Amazon.com today for a couple of books and ran across some really good deals on some Star Wars Toys. They are some older items, but GREAT deals if you are still holding out for some of them:
12″ Count Dooku – $6.98 ,
12″ Super Battle Droid – $6.98 ,
12″ Zam Wessel – $6.98 ,
Toys R Us Exclusive Landspeeder – $9.98 – plus you can get 35% off
The Indiana Jones Trilogy on DVD which is released in November!



Dark Horse Comics News
August 4, 2003 | 9:24 PM EST | Mark B

Although some of this is nothing more than recaps for some, I thought there may be some people that would be interested in the mailing I received from Dark Horse Comics today. They included links to 3 reports from the San Diego Comic Con – The Official Star Wars Website , Fanboy Planet , and our friends over at Rebelscum who have the entire Dark Horse slide presentation online! Go check them out.



Wat Tambor review!
August 3, 2003 | 7:25 PM EST | Michael

Wat Tambor found himself plotting with the wrong guys…and now you can find him hanging on the pegs. Is he all that? Check out the review!



Reader Review Of Jedi Council Screen Scene
August 3, 2003 | 6:49 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Macho Frijol sent in an outstanding review of the Jedi Council Screen Scene. Click here to check it out.



New Norwegian Star Wars Shop
August 3, 2003 | 6:33 PM EST | Bill

A new online toy store has opened to serve Norwegian fans. You can check it out here.



Attention Down Under
August 3, 2003 | 6:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from the New Zealand Fan Club:

SWNZ (Star Wars fans & collectors of New Zealand), Click here to check out, has been around for a few years now, but has recently undergone an extensive redesign, with new staff coming on board to fulfill a new focus. SWNZ is a website built by New Zealanders for New Zealanders (to support and encourage all Star Wars related hobbies), but has international appeal in that it highlights the unique contribution made by New Zealand and New Zealanders to the Star Wars Universe, and will chronicle regional events and collectibles not available elsewhere. One of our principal goals is to strive for original content (we see no need to mimic that which is already done well by the large, well-established SW sites such as Yakface), but we maintain tight links and affiliations to like-minded websites.



Yavin IV Open For Business
August 1, 2003 | 10:14 PM EST | Bill

Yavin IV has opened its digital doors for business. They’ve got a number of great features including outstanding displays of modern and vintage Star Wars. Because they are a South American page, the news is bilingual– Spanish is in black ink and English in blue. Check it out here.



Fan Based Japanese Website
August 1, 2003 | 10:02 PM EST | Joseph

Fellow Star Wars fan and Yakface reader Boba_jp has a website that is worth checking out. Slave 1.



Luke Jedi With Corrected Glove
August 1, 2003 | 9:55 PM EST | Joseph

Galactichunter.com has posted new photos of the new Luke Jedi With Corrected Glove. They also say that the corrected figure has been found. Better start checking those figures now..



Episode III 12″ Figure!
August 1, 2003 | 7:28 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, well this is just a custom job, but looks as nice as anything we have seen out of Hasbro! Toni Colucci over at sarlaccpit.net has photos of this great custom job right here! The figure was based off of recent webcam photos from the Episode III set.



A Traditional Wedding Outfit
August 1, 2003 | 3:23 PM EST | Mark B

Yakface reader Rich pointed out to us today that the Secret Ceremony Amidala is a VERY accurate Traditional Wedding Outfit. Complete down to the garter. Which brings 3 questions to my mind? 1. Does Anakin hang it from the rear view mirror of his speeder? 2. Does Anakin drag all the Jedi out together and see who can catch it when he tosses it? 3. Why was Rich looking?!?!?!? 🙂



Sam Jackson on SWAT and EPIII
August 1, 2003 | 10:33 AM EST | Mark B

USA Today has a story featuring interviews with the stars of the new SWAT movie which includes Samuel L Jackson. Along with talking about SWAT, SLJ also mentions some of his shooting and reveals a little bit about the end of Mace Windu in Episode III. Follow the link above for the whole story.

July 2003 Archive

Wanna Help Design Part of Episode III?
July 31, 2003 | 5:26 PM EST | Mark B

If you are a Hyperspace member at the Official Star Wars Website, you can vote for the design of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Astromech droid that will appear in Star Wars Episode III! The site has 4 designs to vote for. Follow this link to read all about it!



Pre-Order The Cinema Scenes
July 30, 2003 | 10:00 AM EST | Mark

Don’t want to hunt the stores? You can now pre-order these…
Ultimate Bounty Hunter 4-pack Sep. 1 due date
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 2 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Jedi Council 1 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 2 Aug. 20 due date
Saga Scene Pack Geonosian War Room 1 Aug. 20 due date
Hoth 4 Pack Sep. 20 due date



KBToys Sale
July 29, 2003 | 6:02 AM EST | Mark

Here are a list of items you can now find over at KBToys.com.
Red and Yellow 12″ Clone troopers $12.99 each, free shipping
Anakin Skywalker Interactive Jedi Training Lightsaber $19.97
25th Anniversary Han and Chewy $4.99 free shipping
25th Anniversary Luke and Leia $4.99 free shipping
LEGO Technic Pit Droid $12.99 free shipping
Game Value Set (Unleashed and Electronic battleship) $19.99 free shipping



San Diego Wrap-up FINALLY!
July 28, 2003 | 11:33 PM EST | Jason

Yes, its true… I finally got around to sum up a few things others
left out of their reports who were able to post nightly where I had to wait to get back home to post this report. Check it out by clicking HERE



Imperial Shuttle
July 28, 2003 | 8:19 PM EST | Joseph

Entertainment Earth has the Imperial Shuttle in stock right now for $109.99. If you passed on this vehicle before, now is the time to pick it up before they sell out.



July 28, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark

As promised, the Muse man has sent in another QNA column for your reading enjoyment. Please check it out and when you are done, send in your questions so he can answer them for you.



July 28, 2003 | 12:13 PM EST | Mark

Michael has posted another excellent review of the lastest EWOKS figures. These are from the new 6″ wave. Stop over and check it out.

On a side note, I have been emailed about older reviews, I am setting up and archive of his reviews, look for that to be online soon.



Playskool Imperial TIE Fighter
July 28, 2003 | 10:59 AM EST | Joseph

SirStevesGuide.com is running a letter writing campaign to get a Playskool Imperial TIE Fighter made. You can check out all the info right here.



Target Is the Place For New Stuff
July 27, 2003 | 8:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Edward:

Hey Yakface!Has anyone reported finding anything new at Target?Well yesterday(7/26)I found Clonetroopers 3 pack with BLUE clonetrooper and the Jedi Knight 3 pack.It looked like the breakdown was 3 Destroyer droids,2 clones,and one JK(All $9.99).And today(7/27)at the same Target I found the Jedi Council and Geonosian War Chamber scene!They rang up at $19.99.I should mention I found all of the above in South Gate,CA Target.



Want To Report On Star Wars For Your Fellow Fans?
July 27, 2003 | 1:45 PM EST | Bill

If you are a Star Wars fan, and would like to join our team reporting on Star Wars by the fans for the fans, then Email us here. We are looking for people to report on news, as well as cover conventions and shows. let us hear from you!



A to Z of Star Wars Ships
July 26, 2003 | 10:13 PM EST | Mark B

Ok, we have the A, B, X, and Y Wing fighters in the movies (and E Wings if I remember right in EU). So what about all the other letters? Well, over at From Bricks to Bothans is a cool set of custom lego ships that fill in the gaps. Too cool to miss! You’ll find photos of them all right here.



3D Photo Crystals
July 26, 2003 | 10:46 AM EST | Mark B

Its not very often we come across a truly unique Star Wars Collectible. But, these are really cool. They can even be customized with your name or whatever. The company Crystalix is making a series of Star Wars 3D Photo Crystals. Read all about them here!



Attention, Mr. Solo, Your Falcon Is Ready
July 25, 2003 | 8:59 PM EST | Bill

Code 3 is sending Emails out to everyone who placed “reservations” for their upcoming Milennium Falcon letting them know they time to finalize orders is here. If you placed a “reservation” to be eligible for the free case, 10% discount on next purchase, $50 off the Lucasfilm fire truck, etc., etc., etc., the you have until August 15 to go here and check out with your Falcon. Delivery shows to be September/October.



A Chair For Your Favorite Sith
July 25, 2003 | 12:42 PM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website has information about an auction for a one of a kind Darth Maul children’s chair. The chair, designed by Ian McCraig, is being auctioned off to benefit Habitot’s Family Outreach Program. Check it out here.



Got Aurra’s Swoop
July 24, 2003 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Joe dropped us a line with a pic to show his score at the Santa Monica, California Toys R Us– it looks like the Bounty Hunter 4 pack with Aurra, Bossk, IG-88, Boba Fett, and Aurra’s Swoop is starting to hit. Good hunting!



Are YOU In Japan?
July 24, 2003 | 3:05 PM EST | Mark

If so, please email me. I need to talk with a couple of people in Japan. Thank you in advance.



Jedi Council And Geonosian War Room. 
July 24, 2003 | 3:00 PM EST | Joseph

Amoktime.com has the new Star Wars Episode II Cinema Scenes: Jedi Council and Geonosian War Room. IN STOCK NOW!



KBToys Items
July 24, 2003 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBToys.com the Tie Fighter with pilot exclusive, is now in stock. They also have the new LEGO AT-AT and Hailfire sets in stock.

Also added are the three new unleashed (Luke, Emperor, and Obi-Wan) @ $14.99 a piece.

The R2 interactive is also on sale again at $69.99

Update** Thanks to Matt for the following.
You might want to let people know that they can use coupon code SEARSKBTOY to get $10 of of any order of $49 or more. I got the coupon code at HappyCoupons.com and just used it to order 2 TIEs. It more than covers the cost of shipping, so it’s easier and cheaper to order online than to go to the local KB!

If they only get one, I think the CEREALTOY code is still good to get $5 off a $20+ order.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 23, 2003 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Fresh from the display cases at Hasbro’s booth from Comic-Con comes the newest Star Wars 12inch assortment! Pre-order today…

Choose from a set or a full case:
Saga 12 inch Wave 6 Set (Item# HS84940DD, $59.99)
Star Wars Saga 12 inch scale figure assortment wave 6 (also known as
2003 wave 4). Set of 3 all-new figures includes 1x 5 inch Jawa 2-pack, 1x Classic Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x Garindan (subject to change). Each figure includes themed accessories.

Saga 12 inch Wave 6 Case (Item# HS84940D, $114.99)
Star Wars Saga 12 inch scale figure assortment wave 6 (also known as
2003 wave 4). Case of 6 all-new figures includes 2x 5 inch Jawa 2-pack, 2x Classic Obi-Wan Kenobi, 2x Garindan (subject to change). Each figure includes themed accessories.



Final Week of Business. ***UPDATE!***
July 23, 2003 | 11:26 AM EST | Mark B

July 24, 2003 UPDATE – Great News! We have found a buyer for M and M Collectibles. I’ll introduce them to you in the next couple of weeks. However, the store is currently closed to allow for the transition. Look for an announcement of the reopening right here!

Well, time is running out! Next Thursday will be our last day of business at M and M Collectibles. We’ve got some great deals for Yakface readers this final week. All remaining Star Wars Action Figures have been reduced to $1.00 each! 50% off remaining Master Replicas Items. 60% off any other item. No further discount applies to the Star Wars Figures. Just put “YAK” in the company name on the order form and we’ll give you the discount when we process your order.Stop by and see us our final week! And Thank You to everyone who has visited us and allowed us to serve them these past 6 years!



McCallum and Knoll Chat
July 23, 2003 | 9:17 AM EST | Mark B

Dark Horizons has some highlights of a chat held on the official Star Wars website with Rick McCallum and John Knoll. If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, don’t read it, but there were some interesting items that were said about Episode III!



D&S Toys Newsfeed
July 22, 2003 | 10:40 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S:

New Items: – Go to the website for prices and other new items… We have had a website facelift and made things, hopefully, easier to
navigate. We have had a massive inventory and added many, many items to the website. Come check your favorite category!. A lot of items added to the discount list, too. Please email us if you have any problems with the site, ordering, or other issues. We appreciate your input and help.

Spawn 23
Micronauts – Ser.2 & Red Falcon
Enterprise Trip Tucker – Coming next week
Anakin & Dooku with Speeders
New Han, Yoda & Boba Fett Unleashed – Pre-Order
New Waitress Droid & Sidious Wave -Pre-Order
New Spychanger G.I Joe Wave,Transformers & Other Beast Wars, R.I.D.
12″ Gamorrean Guard, Imperial Forces 4-Pack, Acklay Beast
Deluxe Super Battle Droid & Commerce Guild Spider Droid, Obi-Kamino
Showdown & Jango Deluxe
Rebel Fleet Trooper Army Builder Set
Enterprise Broken Bow Figures – Back in Stock

Click here to check it out!



Musing Around
July 22, 2003 | 9:03 PM EST | Mark

Mr Muse has stopped by to drop us another version of his great QNA Column, so click on over and read it. When you are done, email him your own questions so that we can get another QNA up soon.



Palpatine Arrives
July 22, 2003 | 8:31 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Frank @ Niubniub’s:

After 5 months, the docking bay is complete and i’ve just posted the final pictures in Niubniub’s Diorama Section. The 9 pics recreate the scene from Return of the Jedi. You can check it out here. I will have the Decals and Blueprints available for free download later this week.



New Carded Figures!!!
July 20, 2003 | 12:11 PM EST | Joseph

Galactichunter.com has posted new pics of the upcoming wave featuring The Emperor – Throne Room, Lt. Danni Faytonni – Coruscant Outlander Club, Luke Skywalker – Tatooine Encounter, Darth Vader – Death Star Clash, and WA-7 – Dexter’s Diner.

Is it me, or does the emperor look a lot like Uncle Fester… hmmmm…..HFSOLO



Next Q&A Update
July 19, 2003 | 11:54 AM EST | Muse

I am putting together the next Q&A and I still have a couple of spots open for your questions. I may (no promises!) go over the 10 question norm this week considering the SDCC news and the timeliness of questions that come from it. My deadline is Sunday evening so if you have something on your mind, send it in to me !



New Figures Revealed For 2003-2004
July 19, 2003 | 11:12 AM EST | Joseph

Galactichunter.com has posted some awesome pics of new figures that will be revealed later this year and early next year.



LEGO Mini’s
July 19, 2003 | 9:22 AM EST | Mark

You can get them here…
Mini Collector (4488) Falcon
Mini Collector (4489) ATAT
Mini Collector (4490) Republic Gun Ship
Mini Collector (4491) MTT



Happy Holidays From The Fan Club
July 18, 2003 | 11:19 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with the news that there will be another holiday Star Wars release this year– Santa Yoda!!!! From the information listed, it looks like it would be a very good idea to get a fan club membership to order your Jolly Green One. Click here for more.



Got a Ton of Jedi Master Points?
July 18, 2003 | 11:00 PM EST | Mark B

Well, Hasbro finally decided to do something with all those Jedi Master Points that we have all been saving up. Looks like they are going to hold online auctions for items and the money we use to bid are the points we all have.Check out the whole story here.



New Figure Photos
July 18, 2003 | 10:56 PM EST | Mark B

The guys over at Rebelscum.com have some photos that look like they are from a Japanese brochure of new figures that are coming out. Check them out over at their site! Included looks like a new Jabba the Hutt, and a C3PO with Escape Pod.



Sealed Case Of Silver Boba Fetts
July 18, 2003 | 12:05 PM EST | Joseph

I found this pretty amusing Ebay listing this morning while surfing the internet. If you have $3000.00 lying around, this could be yours!!! Click here



All Clone Wars Ships In Stock
July 18, 2003 | 8:02 AM EST | Mark

Republic Gun Ship (Clone Wars)
Episode II Vehicle Series I: Armored Assault Tank
Episode II Vehicle Series I: Jedi Starfighter
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi
Big Sale
LEGO Jango Fett’s Slave I (7153) $29.98 40% off
LEGO Bounty Hunter Pursuit (7133) $19.98 33% off
12″ Count Dooku $6.98 Free Shipping
12″ Super Battle Droid $6.98 Free Shipping
12″ Zam Wesell $6.98 Free Shipping



Action-HQ Newsfeed
July 17, 2003 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Action-HQ.com:

Action-HQ.com brings it to you first this week with Saga Scenes 3-
– Jedi High Council
– Genosian War Room
for just $25.95 each!
Supplies are limited so order NOW! Don’t be left out like last time.

Also available is New old-stock Episode I Holograph figures at a
Special price:
– Qui-Gon Jinn
– Darth Maul
for just $5.95 each!
These usually go for $7-10!

And for those who still have not got it already, on sale is the Destroyer
Droid Battle Launcher for just $12.95!

Stay tune for the launch of our NEW Star Wars Buyers Club coming
soon. Why scramble when you can get all your Star Wars goodies

For NEW customers only, join our mailing list and get $4 coupon off
your first order.



Early Photos from Comic Con
July 17, 2003 | 8:15 AM EST | Mark B

You wanted to see stuff early? HERE YOU GO! The Official Star Wars Website has posted 12 photos of vendors setting up at the Comic Con Show. Several shots of new items from Gentle Giant (including a new Greedo Bust), and Hasbro’s booth.



New Figures Debut At Conicom
July 16, 2003 | 9:01 PM EST | Bill

Hasbro has updated their site with images of a bunch of new figures:

Clone Wars:

Asajj Ventress

Bail Antilles
Padme Tatooine Travel Outfit (with cloak)
Imperial Dignitary
McQuarrie Stormtrooper

Check them out here.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 16, 2003 | 8:54 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth Is Now Offering
Amazing Prices On Star Wars Prop Replicas!
See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Luke Skywalker ESB Lightsaber
Limited To 3,000 Worldwide!
Master Replicas LLC brings you Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars Episode V, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. Recreated from original Lucasfilm archival materials, including a detailed examination of the original filming prop, this replica is identical in every respect to the lightsaber seen on-screen.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: MRSW110
Price: $349.99
See Star Wars Prop Replicas



Shatterpoint Review is Now Up
July 16, 2003 | 1:45 PM EST | Mark B


My review of the first Clone Wars Book: Shatterpoint, has now been posted. This is one of the best Star Wars books I have read since the original Thrawn Trilogy. I left out most of the details this time, but I did leave you something to think about in the review. Read the review here.



Headed to Comic Con Tomorrow?
July 16, 2003 | 9:40 AM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website has a schedule of Star Wars related events at the San Diego Comic Con which starts Thursday the 17th. Check out the schedule here!

And on a personal note, I can’t make it to the show, and I’m looking to pick up a couple of the Blue Clone Trooper Busts that Gentle Giant is going to be selling at the show. If anyone can help me out, please send me an email here!



KB Tie Fighter 411
July 15, 2003 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Jim:

“Just got 2 of the new TIE Fighter and wanted to fill you in. Other than the corrected back, the interior has new stickers (same as the Interceptor) and the two laser points in the front are a different color than the ’95 version. The cockpit does NOT match the TIE Interceptor, the color is different and the black, painted on, “wear” of the Interceptor is not on the TIE Fighter. Packaging is very nice.”



Look Sir, New Clones
July 15, 2003 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

It appears that the Clone Wars Clone 3 Packs may be even better than they first appeared. Jimmy Souza and Paul Tsong sent in this photo of a Yellow Clone in a new sculpt with binoculars in place of the prone Clone.



Begun the Clone Wars Have
July 14, 2003 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

Revised Hasbro’s Site is. That’s right, Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has gotten a make over for the Clone Wars. The new layout adds a button for Clone Wars merchandise, with links for the Clone Wars Cartoon Page! Click here to check it out.



2 Weeks to Go on Going Out of Business Sale
July 13, 2003 | 10:27 PM EST | Mark B

M and M Collectibles is now down to 2 weeks left in our going out of business sale. This week you will receive 50% off all the merchandise on your order if you place “YAK” in the company name on the order form. (Discount is done manually, shopping cart will not show discount). Discount applies to everything in stock! Nothing is held back. Order now at M and M Collectibles for best selection!



Aayla Secura review!
July 13, 2003 | 8:51 PM EST | Michael

It’s the Jedi Babe, Aayla Secura, in her first action figure appearance (and perhaps only). For a complete review, click here!



Mark Hamill At Comicon
July 13, 2003 | 5:14 PM EST | Bill

Well, Mark Hamill is going to Comicon, but not because of Star Wars. He’ll be there because of Batman. That’s right– this just in:

The following members of the Animated Batman team will be sigining autographs at comicon:
MARK HAMILL, voice of the Joker,
KEVIN CONROY, voice of Batman
ARLENE SORKIN, voice of Harley Quinn

Saturday, July 19, 2003, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the WWA art gallery booth. For more information contact: Kamaren Henson/Wonderful World of Animation Tel: 310-623-1833, Fax: 310-360-6270 or Email at Kamaren@WonderfulWorldofAnimation.com



July 13, 2003 | 9:31 AM EST | Mark

While these are no longer showing up in any of the searches at Amazon, they are still in stock, just click on the link below if you are looking for any of these.
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi
Unleashed Luke Skywalker
Episode II Vehicle Series I: Jedi Starfighter



The Winner Is…
July 12, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Patrick Carr, winner of our free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter our next drawing here. Be sure to include both your name AND your address to be eligible to win. Good Luck!



Store Reports
July 11, 2003 | 10:15 PM EST | Mark B

We’re receiving quite a few reports today of people finding the newest figures in several different stores (mainly mass merchants such as Target). So be on the lookout for these!

I also know that Diamond Comics shipped one of the newest cases to Comic Book stores this past week (most get their shipments on Wednesdays), so you may also find some new figures there.

Remember, when you find new figures out there, submit them on our Store Reports Page for chances to win some great prizes!



Mexico City Collectors Convention
July 11, 2003 | 10:11 PM EST | Mark B


Want all the info on the happenings at the Mexico City Collectors Convention? Check out www.endorsystem.com for updates every 15 minutes during the show! (It will help if you read Spanish or use one of the translating websites…..).



Think You’ve Got What it Takes?
July 11, 2003 | 5:01 PM EST | Mark B

Well, you might want to check out THIS STORY at Star Wars.com if you’ve always had the dream of working for Lucasfilm. They will be interviewing at the Siggraph Conference in San Diego at the end of July. Check out the story to see what they are looking for!



Return of the 70’s Hairstyles?
July 11, 2003 | 4:57 PM EST | Mark B

This has to be the best rumor I have heard so far about Star Wars Episode III. A Sydney newspaper is reporting that Lucas has hired a team of hairdressers that specialize in older hairstyles so that the transition from Episode III to IV will apprear natural! Check out the entire story over at Dark Horizons.com



A New One for Variation Hunters
July 10, 2003 | 9:27 AM EST | Mark B

Looks like there has been a big change to the Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon figure. The coloring has been changed from a “clean” blue to a kind of washed out green. You can see photos of the differences over at POTF2.com. Thanks to Aaron for the heads up!



Silver Boba Fett
July 9, 2003 | 10:31 PM EST | Joseph

There is an excellent article over at Jedi Defender about the Silver Boba Fett that will be making it’s rounds to all the major conventions this coming summer. There have been numerous mail order retailers charging over $100.00 for this figure when it will be available at the Star Wars Fan Club for $10.00. Be sure to check it out..



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 9, 2003 | 9:34 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth Is Now Offering
Amazing Prices On Star Wars Prop Replicas!
See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Clone Wars Col. 1 Wave 13 Set
Announcing The Latest Star Wars Figures!
Star Wars Clone Wars Collection 1 Figure Assortment, Wave 13. Includes 4 all-new Clone Wars action figures: 1x Durge, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi Pilot, 1x Asajj Ventress, 1x Mace Windu Clone Wars. We just learned about this new action figure assortment and wanted to get the information to you as soon as possible!
Coming Soon!
Item Number: HS84851QQ
Price: $29.99



New Toys At Amazon
July 9, 2003 | 3:53 PM EST | Mark

Here in stock now are the following:
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi
Unleashed Luke Skywalker
Episode II Vehicle Series I: Jedi Starfighter



Want A Crystal Ball??
July 8, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

Well, OK maybe not a crystal ball, but how about a crystal cube with the image of the Milennium Falcon? FREE???? Code 3 has announced a pre-order bonus for customers at the upcoming conventions. Place your preorder (not a reservation, a preorder) and in addition to the custom case, and all the other goodies previously announced for reserving their upcoming Falcon, you’ll also get a crystal cube with the image of the Falcon! Click here for Code 3’s site.



800 Mhz… What A Piece Of Junk
July 7, 2003 | 9:51 PM EST | Bill

You’ve obviously never heard of the Milennium Falcon… computer– that’s right a Star Wars 3 3/4 scale Falcon rebuilt as a PC! Check out the awsome article here at the Register. There’s even more photos here.



Warrior, Brawler, Hairdresser
July 7, 2003 | 8:51 PM EST | Mark B

Yeah, kind of an interesting title, but its one of the most interesting reviews of the new Star Wars Galaxies that I have read so far. Check it out here. and thanks to /. for pointing it out!



Ultimate Bounty Hunter Set
July 7, 2003 | 3:41 PM EST | Joseph

Amoktime.com has the Ultimate Bounty Hunter Gift Set in stock right now for 39.99



4 Weeks to Go ****Update 7/9
July 7, 2003 | 8:58 AM EST | Mark B

Only 4 weeks left in the M and M Collectibles going out of business sale. This week Yakface readers will get an additional 35% off their orders (good on all items except Master Replicas). Don’t miss out on these killer deals – Star Wars figures as low as $1.30 after discount! July 31st is our last day – so don’t delay, stop by M and M Collectibles today!

July 9 Update! – We just received a large shipment of newer Saga Action figures in today. These won’t last long at these prices! Check them out under the “NEW THIS WEEK” Section. Also, we received some of the 12″ Series 2 Bounty Hunter Figures which will be found under the 12″ Figures section of the site.



Mynock Hunt Chewbacca review!
July 6, 2003 | 2:01 PM EST | Michael

Just what you need – another Chewbacca! While he might not be the best version we’ve gotten, he’s a far sight better than the first Mynock Hunt version. Check out the review!



For the Star Wars Computer Geek
July 5, 2003 | 12:37 AM EST | Mark B

I ran across this story today at Artoo’s News. It is the coolest computer case mod I have personally seen. Someone took a Hasbro Millenium Falcon and used it for a computer case…seriously! Check out his website here.



Happy Fourth Of July
July 4, 2003 | 8:45 PM EST | Bill

All of us at Yakface would like to wish all you a happy and safe 4th of July. Enjoy the fireworks, b-b-q, and friendship!



Carrie Fisher signing for the first time ever in UK:
July 4, 2003 | 7:25 AM EST | George

Yak reader Steve from the other side of the pond wrote in to say:

” Carrie Fisher will be making here 1st EVER European Signing appearance in London UK on the 3rd August, this is a major coup as she has never been to Europe to make an appearance ever! Hopefully this will give fans from Europe a chance to meet Carrie as well as the Fans in the USA. The details are as follows”:

Sunday 3rd August
Jurys Hotel
16 – 22 Great Russell Street

For more information log on to London Expo.com.



Free goodies at Sandtroopers.com:
July 4, 2003 | 7:13 AM EST | George

Our good friend Spiceowan over at Sandtroopres.com, wrote in to alert all our Yak readers about their 3rd anniversary giveaway. Sandtroopers.com is giving away a bundle of prizes and the elusive Silver Boba Fett is among them. We at Yakface.com wish them a happy anniversary and in Castellano we will say,Enhora Buena! (Congratulations!) Keep up the good work. Now fellow Yak readers, head over to Sandtroopers.com for more details and for your chance to win. Now back to our news…



Clone Wars Vehicles Now At TRU
July 3, 2003 | 9:59 PM EST | Bill

Darth Midion sent in this report:

The new Clone Wars jedi starfighter and Clone Wars AAT is out. I found them today at my local TRU. They are basically just repaints of the originals.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 3, 2003 | 8:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

In Stock:
Saga 12 inch Wave 5 Case (Item# HS84940C, $109.99)
Case of 6 all-new figures includes 2x 5 inch Yoda, 2x Luke Skywalker
Jedi Knight, 1x Biker Scout, 1x 6 1/2 inch Ewok 2-Pack.

Pre-Order New Master Replicas:
Mace Windu Lightsaber Replica (Item# MRSW112, $399.99)
Mace Windu Lightsaber Signature Edition (Item# MRSWS112, $599.99)

First-Come Gets First Served!
We’ve received a small quantity of the all-new HS84851M assortment! If you were among to the first who pre-ordered this assortment a while back, you will be the first to receive these! We expect all backorders to be filled within 30 days. As with any item, ship dates are not guaranteed.

EII Collection 1 (Wave 11) (Item# HS84851M, $64.99)
Includes 12 action figures: 1x Jango Fett – Kamino Escape with
missile-firing backpack (NEW), 1x C3PO – Tatooine Ambush, includes
clear Star Wars stand and removable arm (NEW), 2x Luke Skywalker –
Throne Room Duel with lightsaber battling action (NEW), 2x Darth Vader – Throne Room Due with removable helmet and lightsaber throwing action (NEW), 2x Snowtrooper – The Battle of Hoth with firing cannon (NEW), 1x Han Solo – Hoth rescue with lightsaber slicing action, 1x Chewbacca – Mynock Hunt with firing bowcaster, 1x Boba Fett – Pit of Carkoon with quick-draw action, and 1x R2-D2 – Droid Factory Flight with flying action.



Disturbing Trend in the Force
July 3, 2003 | 9:49 AM EST | Jason

I don’t know if anyone has been paying attention to the on-line
retailers asking price for figures lately. Many retailers who
shall remain nameless, have shamelessly started gouging fans
by setting prices for new releases at $14.99 – $19.99 and above
for 1 new figure.

This is INSANE, and I have a tip for all of you. Don’t pay that
for a $5 figure. I have noticed that many of the new figures are
finding their way to Ebay, but through the magic of a competitive
open market, are not selling for these prices. You will pay more
than retail, but it is one alternative to not being patient and
getting these figures over time through TRU, KB, Wal-mart, or

Send a message to on-line retailers that we will not stand for
these exorbitant prices and be patient. You will save money in
the end and be much happier.



TRU Hoth 4-Pack 
July 3, 2003 | 1:59 AM EST | Joseph

Galactic Hunter has detailed pics of the upcoming TRU Hoth 4-Pack (complete with spilled tauntaun guts!) ARC Trooper, Clone Wars Yoda, and Geonosian War Room Screen Scene Set 1.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
July 2, 2003 | 9:31 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth Is Now Offering
Amazing Prices On Star Wars Prop Replicas!
See What’s In Stock and Coming Soon
at Entertainment Earth!

Saga 12 inch Wave 5 Case
The Newest Star Wars 12 Inch Figures!
Fresh off the boat! This case of 6 ALL-NEW figures includes 2x New Yoda, 2x New Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, 1x New Biker Scout, 1x New Ewok 2-Pack. In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS84940C
Price: $109.99
See Star Wars Action Figures: 12 inch



Target Online Discount
July 2, 2003 | 12:20 PM EST | Mark B

Hey, if you are ordering that discounted Luke on Speederbike at Target Onlineand spending $100 or more at the site, use the code “TDGREAT4JULY” to get 10% off your order. Valid through 7/8/03. Thanks to Shawn M for that coupon code!



New sale @ KB toys: 
July 1, 2003 | 10:40 PM EST | George

” Hi, I work for KB toys and late today got news of a Star Wars action figure sale for the weekend. A BIG POOL sale was already planed for the weekend, but at the last minute KB added more stuff to the sale, like Star Wars action figures for $1.99. at this time I’m not sure of all the new added sale items, (there maybe more Star Wars) so check KB toys (mall stores) tomorrow, for the details…”

Huge thanks to Yak reader Danny for the heads up!



Federation Toys Newsfeed
July 1, 2003 | 10:06 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

Hi just wanted to let you know we just received in more SAGA 4 INCH AND DELUXE SAGA, ( THESE WILL GO VERY FAST) and some older SAGA figures back in stock very cool. ALSO WE HAVE SOME OLDER POTJ AND PREVIEW FIGURES. We also just received more of the DARTH VADER MASTER REPLICAS Signature Edition Light Saber, (500 world wide) AND COLLECTOR EDITION and the LUKE SKYWALKER Signature Edition and Limited Edition Lightsaber also have the Anakin FX sabers back in stock. All of our Master Replicas now include FREE S/H with the price listed, (USA ONLY ! ) , We have the DARTH VADER FX ordered they are shipping some time in October we are taking pre orders thanks for your understanding, and SAGA Tie Bombers back in stock. We also will now be carrying UNLEASHED line and ACTION FLEET lines, thanks to all for the great feedback and requests. We have a lot of new pictures and info for all the new CLONE WARS Figures and ships, check it out under the new category CLONE WARS! Thanks MTFBWY We will be updating our site weekly we have a lot of new items on the way from Hasbro. We are trying to keep up with demand so please be patient we will fill all orders and we also take requests. Last but not least wanted to let everyone know we will be at the WIZARDS WORLD SHOW in CHICAGO here is a link for info http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/chicago.cfm We look forward to seeing all of our local friends and collectors there, AND THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SELLING THE SILVER BOBA FETT THERE !!!!!!!!



Out of This World Exit
July 1, 2003 | 4:27 PM EST | Mark B

The Boston Herald has a short interview with Samuel L Jackson about the demise of his character Mace Windu in the Star Wars series. Click on the link above for the details.



Stay On Target!!!
July 1, 2003 | 11:02 AM EST | Joseph

For those of you that may have passed on this, Target.com has the Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker on clearance for $19.99

June 2003 Archive

Insiders Shipping
June 30, 2003 | 8:34 PM EST | Bill

If you’re a Fan Club member, or you subscribe to the Insider, check your mailbox, issue 69 is arriving. Included in this one is some 411 on E3 preparations, more background on Clones, including the separatists, of course Clone Wars, and, a 2 page article with lots of photos on the McQuarrie Stormtrooper Figure.



The Saga Of The Hunt
June 30, 2003 | 8:58 AM EST | Bill

Been hunting lately? Well the team over at Off The Card has. Check out the story of their huge Toy Run. It chronicles their attempt to find 12 figures, 11 of them being to find newer, hot action figures, and the results of their efforts on a full day of action figure hunting. You can read the story here.



Where’s Niubniub???
June 30, 2003 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill

“Where’s Niubniub? 3” Contest.
This year Niubniub am giving away not 1, not 2 but 3 of hisdioramas…. Queen Amidala’s Throne Room, Mon Mothma’s Rebel Briefing or the Death Star Trash Compactor.

The contest is open to all ages and countries on the planet.
when a participant finds the ALL 3 correct answers, they become elligible for the Prize Drawings Friday August 4. Contest is open until July 31.

Complete details and rules can be found here!



12″ Luke And Biker Scout Boxed
June 30, 2003 | 12:18 AM EST | Joseph

Galactichunter.com is back up and running again.. They also have new photos of the soon to be released 12″ Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight and the Biker Scout Battle Endor.



The Winner Is…
June 29, 2003 | 12:30 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Daniel A. Peck, the winner of our Free Ultarama drawing. Be sure to enter our next drawing for a free Ultarama here! Remember to be eligible to win your entry must include your name AND your address (how else would we know where to send it). Good Luck!



Change of Address For Galactic Hunter
June 29, 2003 | 12:29 AM EST | Bill

The Team over at Galactic Hunter are in the process of changing servers this weekend. As part of the change over, most of GH will be offline until tomorrow or Monday. GH has set up a temporary page where you can access their forumshere.



Images, You Seek Images
June 28, 2003 | 10:53 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated with lots of new images from Tomy’s website— In addition to the Screen Scene Wave 2 and Clone Wars Geonosian Fighter and Hailfire droid, there are also pics of the upcoming 12″ Yoda with accessories which are impressive, to say the least, and the Target green A-wing! Click here to check them out.



Screen Scenes Refreshed
June 27, 2003 | 10:32 PM EST | Bill

The Sidster just pointed out that photos have surfaced of the second version of the upcoming screen scenes for the Jedi Council and the Geonosian War Room. Let me just say this– Jedi Council: Mr. Q-Tip (Yarel), the female Yoda (Yaddle), Mace’s co-star in Shatterpoint (Depa Billoba)! Geonosian War Room– Shu Mai, Passel, and Rune!!! Click to check them out at Sandtroopers

UPDATE: It appears that these pics were OFFICIALLY Released by TOMY–
Check out Tomy’s site here!



Shatterpoint ROCKS!
June 27, 2003 | 12:57 PM EST | Mark B


After my disappointment in Refugee, I am very happy to say that the newest Star Wars book – Shatterpoint is a BIG winner. I am only about halfway through it so my entire review is not yet ready, but I can tell you, that this is EXACTLY how I expected Mace Windu to be written. Imagine a cross between Yoda, Shaft, and Samuel L Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction. I keep expecting Mace to say something like “Do you know what divine intervention is?” or “Reach in there and pull out my Lightsaber, it’s the one that says Bad M….” anyway, you get the idea. If you haven’t bought this one yet, head on over to
Amazon.com and pick it up today!



Additional 25% Off This Weekend
June 27, 2003 | 12:33 PM EST | Mark B

Head on over to M and M Collectibles and get an additional 25% off everything this Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. All items have been reduced dramatically for their “Going Out of Business” Sale, and you can get an additional 25% off just by entering “YAK” in the company name on the order form. Head on over today!

UPDATE**** Due to overwhelming response, this sale has been extended through Thursday, July 3.



Big Casting Update for Episode III
June 27, 2003 | 12:24 PM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website has a big update today on casting for Star Wars Episode III. Check it out here! A really diverse group of cast members is shown (I wonder how many of them will actually appear as they are rather than being digital characters?)



You only get one chance to make a first impression.
June 27, 2003 | 10:02 AM EST | Ben

Star Wars Galaxies is off to a far less than stellar start. Launch on June 26th 2003 has been met with limited software availability (did you pre-purchase YOURS in January) and server outages. Many have had problems even subscribing at all. That has all culminated with a total server outage that occurred last night and is expected to last until Noon EST today.

Here’s hoping they get it up and operational for the weekend otherwise I can imagine there will be a lot of upset Jedi-wannabes.



Falcon Code 3… Falcon Code 3…
June 26, 2003 | 8:18 PM EST | Bill

Code 3 has unveiled more photos of their upcoming Milennium Falcon, this time showing the removable hatches, the hatch removal tool, hatch storage box, and Rebel logo patch. Click here to check them out!



Carded Jedi 3 Pack Photos
June 26, 2003 | 8:13 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just updated to add carded front and back photos of the upcoming Jedi army builder 3 pack. Click here to check it out!



New Sabers At Wal-Mart
June 26, 2003 | 8:00 PM EST | Bill

This report just in fro Jedi-Jones:

The Hazleton, PA Wal-Mart got the new repackaged Luke (ROTJ) and Vader Lightsabers today. These are in the brand new Saga packaging, so these are some of the first items to come out in that packaging. I believe the sabers are subtitled “Throne Room Duel” on the boxes. The toys themselves look exactly the same as the originals from what I could tell.

They had 1 of each of these along with Yoda sabers, a Mace Windu saber, and I believe an Anakin one. They had Yoda sabers before, but not the others, so these look to be only 1 per case in a case with other sabers.



Carded Clone Wars Jedi Army!!! 
June 26, 2003 | 12:51 PM EST | Joseph

An exclusive first look at the upcoming Jedi Army multipack from the Clone Wars line can be seen over at Action-HQ.com, who let’s us know that this set is limited to one per case, at least for now.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 25, 2003 | 9:28 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

In stock now…

SW Vehicle Asst. 1 Set (Item# HS84841AA, $51.99)

Army of the Republic Jedi Starfighter
Separatist Forces Armored Assault Tank (AAT)



SBD2 at AtomFilms
June 25, 2003 | 12:56 PM EST | Mark B

Check out one of the funniest fan films I have seen in a long time! Silent But Deadly 2 over at Atomfilms. While you are there, make sure you vote for it in the fan films contest! Our buddy T’bone over at StarWarz.com was a big part of getting this film made. Help him out by voting for his film in the fan films contest.



Master Replicas Mace Windu Artist Proof Auction
June 25, 2003 | 11:39 AM EST | Joseph

The Mace Windu Pre-Production Artist Proof available for auction on eBay: June 25 to June 28!

The first Master Replicas Collector Society Auction ended April 10, 2003 with the Yoda Developmental Prototype Set drawing a winning bid of more than $6,500.

Master Replicas is pleased to offer another exciting unique collectible: The Mace Windu Pre-Production Artist Proof. This is a Pre-Production Artist Proof of the most ornate lightsaber ever created for the Star Wars saga which will be soon available exclusively from Master Replicas. Not only that, it’s personally signed by Samuel L. Jackson!



Master Replicas Blowout
June 25, 2003 | 11:35 AM EST | Joseph

If you’re waiting for prices to drop on the Master Replicas prop lightsabers, now’s the time to shop at Entertainment Earth, who has vastly reduced prices on their remaining stock for a limited time. You can save up to a hundred bucks on a few of them, so head on over and shop!



Brining The Galaxies To You
June 24, 2003 | 9:58 PM EST | Bill

Please join me in welcoming Maso Tirag to our staff! Maso is our gaming master in residence, and he’s putting together your own guide to Star Wars Galaxies. He’s already set up his first report, and there will be MANY more to come with lots of screen shots. Click hear for the first gaming report!



Collectors Gallery Announcement
June 24, 2003 | 12:01 PM EST | Joseph

AOTC advance double sided & ds regular, vintage Jedi style A, Star Wars & Empire Special Edition double sided movie posters added. Vintage MIB toys added: Imperial Attack Base, loose Imperial Shuttle, Cantina playset, Twin Pod Car, Droids Bradley clock & POTF2 12″ Han and Tauntuan.collectors gallery online.com



Gamorrean Guard Update
June 23, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

Mint box collectors beware. If you ordered your Gamorrean Guards from KB Toys.com, you may be unhappy. The Gamorrean Guard arrives with a large white barcode sticker glued to the middle of the window on the front of the box.


Thanks to everyone who has written in with their experiences. The feedback we’ve gotten ranges from a number of people who have been able to successfully peel off the labels (and remove the residue), to crushed and damaged boxes. Seems like the packing may have been somewhat hit or miss.



Force Heretic II – Refugee – Review Online
June 23, 2003 | 12:28 PM EST | Mark B


My review of the most recent New Jedi Order book – Refugee, is now online. You can access it in our book review section. Did I like it, or hate it? Check out the review here!



Nave Imperial Interceptor?
June 23, 2003 | 11:49 AM EST | Mark B

Strange name for a common item. Our Ebay item of the day features a Glasslite TIE Interceptor . The language on the box lists it as a “Nave Imperial”. The seller has several other unique Star Wars items as well, including a German Episode II Lego Display.



12″ Gamorrean Guard review!
June 22, 2003 | 6:18 PM EST | Michael

He’s big, he’s bad, and he’s definitely a pig! Check out our review of the new 12″ Gamorrean Guard, hitting Kaybee stores as we speak!



“Muse”ing around….
June 22, 2003 | 5:14 PM EST | Mark

John has completed his latest QNA for us to read. So stop on over, grab a drink and read up. When you are done, let’s keep John busy and send him some of your questions.



Brians Toys Newsletter
June 22, 2003 | 1:28 AM EST | Joseph

Here’s the latest from Brians Toys:

Saga Vehicle TIE Fighter w/ Pilot C-9 IN STOCK – Price: $59.99

Featured Discount! Free Shipping on orders over $200.00!!! *see details on News Letter Page

Episode I Naboo Fighter – Includes Original Shipping Carton, This item is an Episode 1 store display piece. Exclusive to Toys R’ Us (ship is over 5′ long) Item will be shipped by Roadway or DHL. We will need to obtain a shipping quote for this item based on the customer’s shipping address. Price: $699.99

Saga Exclusives Vehicle Imperial Shuttle – Domestic Shipping $15 by UPS/FedEx Ground, Price: $149.99

Saga Exclusives Vehicle Saga Vehicle A-wing C-9 PRE-ORDER Shipping $6, shipping in July/August this standard release price – Price: $44.99

Saga Kotobukiya Clone Trooper Yellow C8/9 IN STOCK!!! 1/7 scale pre-painted soft vinyl kit – Price: $199.99

Saga Cards Back Instock!

Saga ESB Carded Chewy Mynock Hunt C-9- IN STOCK ! Price: $11.99 C-7/8 – Price: $7.99
Saga ESB Carded Han Hoth C-9- IN STOCK ! Price: $14.99 C-7/8 – Price: $9.99
Saga AOTC Carded Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) C-9 2nd Card Price: $19.99 C-7/8 – 2nd Card Price: $17.99
AOTC Carded R2D2 Droid Factory Flight C-9 Price: $7.99 C-7/8 Price: $3.99



TARGETing Newer Figures
June 21, 2003 | 8:31 PM EST | Bill

We’ve been getting lots of reports of the Yoda/Padawan wave appearing at Targets across the country. If you need them, stay on Target!



Imperial 4 Pack Sale
June 21, 2003 | 8:30 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Yodatmaster sent in this report:

“I went to my friend’s TRU store in Westland, MI and he pointed to me the 4packs that were marked down to $14.90. Might be a good time to pick up and extra set or 2, I did.”



Begun, This Clone Wars Has
June 21, 2003 | 7:04 PM EST | Bill

If you’re preparing to reinact the Clone Wars, TRU is the place to be. The Sidster just reported finding a slew of clone wars merchandise there including:

The Super Battle Droid, Destroyer Droid, and Red Battle Droid 3 pack
The Destroyer Droid launcher 3 pack
The Clone trooper 3 pack (all were white– no officers)

Price $10.99!!!



Extra 15% Off
June 21, 2003 | 10:38 AM EST | Mark B

Yakface readers can get an additional 15% off all purchases at the M and M Collectibles going out of business sale. This is good on all purchases and covers all items that are listed on the site. All you need to do is put “YAK” in the company name on the order form and they’ll take an additional 15% off your order. Everything is already marked below cost, so prices are too good to miss! Check it out here!



Another EIII Cast Announcement
June 20, 2003 | 9:20 AM EST | Mark B

Star Wars.com has announced that Genevieve O’Reilly has joined the cast of Star Wars Episode III. Her most recent appearance in film was in the Matrix: Reloaded as Officer Wirtz. Warning! If you are trying to avoid Episode III spoilers, you may want to avoid the article at the official site (and you may want to turn off your internet connection until May 2005! 😉 ).



Cloud City News Release!!!
June 19, 2003 | 11:37 PM EST | Joseph

Just in from CloudCity: “We have just received stock of virtually every new item from Saga Collection and Clone Wars.This includes the new Luke Jedi (Throne Room), New Darth Vader, New Snowtrooper, New C-3PO, and newly packaged Jango Fett.We also have the KB 12” Gamorrean Guard in stock as well as the new Unleashed Luke Jedi, Emperor Palpatine, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Early next week we expect to get Padme Wedding Dress, Wat Tambor, Coleman Trebor, New Darth Maul, New Princess Leia, and New Han Solo.All of these items are hot off the press. The newly packaged Jango Fett has a clear sticker with an arrow on the card back.This could easily be changed to print before the second manufacturer run of this card. Rush to CloudCity to purchase any of these items today while supplies last.”



Tie Fighter Flight Plan
June 19, 2003 | 9:10 PM EST | Bill

KB Toys.com has begun sending out Emails about a date change for the release of their exclusive Tie Fighter– when you log into their webpage to check the status of your order, it shows they are due in KB’s warehouse on 7/28/03!



Bruce Spence in Episode III
June 19, 2003 | 5:48 PM EST | Mark B

The Official Star Wars Website announced today that Bruce Spence has joined the cast of Star Wars Episode III. The name may not sound familiar but his list of credits will – The Trainman in the Matrix Reloaded, The Road Warrior, a little film coming out this Christmas about Hobbits and Elves or something like that, and several other major films. Check out the entire story here.



The New Carded Saga Figures Are Unleashed
June 18, 2003 | 10:54 PM EST | Bill

We’ve updated with carded images of a number of 3 3/4″ and Unleashed figures from the Saga line. Click here to check them out.


Yak Reader Roy sent in this report:

“Found five of the new carded figures at WalMart in
Gurnee, Illinois yesterday morning. They were also
found in Round Lake, Illinois. It appears that C-3PO
is the short pack of the bunch. Also, a little trivia:
on the card backs showing the figues to be released,
Jango Fett moves and replaces the figure packed on
each of the cards and does not appear on his own card.
The bubbles on the five found are not as flimsy as the
other 03 releases.”



Entertainment Earth Prop Replica Sale
June 18, 2003 | 9:43 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Entertainment Earth Is Now Offering Amazing Prices On Star Wars Prop Replicas! Click here for the details!



The Hunt Is On… AT LAST!!!
June 18, 2003 | 9:37 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Machofrijol sent in this report:

Hey, I just came from local Wal-mart in Cathedral City (Next Door to Palm Springs) and I found five of the new carded Saga Figures. They had Thrown Room Duel Vader and Luke, and the new Snowtrooper plus the re-carded versions of Jango Fett and POTF C-3PO. There were only these five so I don’t know if there was a sixth because these usually come in sixes. All I know is I am happy with my find. I haven’t heard of anyone else finding these so I thought I would let you know that they are out there!



KB.Com Gamorrean Guards Shipping
June 18, 2003 | 9:22 PM EST | Bill

KB Toys has begun shipping their exclusive 12″ Gamorrean Guards to customers, including those who preordered back in February. If you’ve got an order in the system with them, then those piggies should be on your door soon!



Free Standard Shipping at KBtoys!!!
June 18, 2003 | 4:11 PM EST | Joseph

For a limited time,KBtoys.com is offering FREE standard shipping when you spend $79 or more! This offer will last through July 7th so there’s plenty of time to shop wisely. Here’s also a perfect opportunity to order the KB exclusive 12″ Gamorrean Guard (and a few other items) if you haven’t done so already. Of course, this offer is not valid on previous purchases and also excludes video game consoles and gift cards



Star Wars Galaxies Official Release Date
June 18, 2003 | 12:05 PM EST | Mark B

The new online multiplayer Star Wars Game – Galaxies, now has an official release date. Click Here for the press release! Join with over 1/2 million members and start exploring the Star Wars Universe on June 26th.



Survivor’s Quest
June 18, 2003 | 11:46 AM EST | Mark B


The Official Star Wars Website has a preview of Timothy Zahn’s newest Star Wars Novel – Survivor’s Quest. This novel features Luke and Mara on the trail of the mysterious Outbound Flight of Jedi. Look for this novel in Feb. of 2004.



$75 off Master Replicas Items
June 18, 2003 | 9:52 AM EST | Mark B

The Star Wars Website has information about getting $75 off any in stock prop replica from Master Replicas. Check it out HERE.

UPDATE: Thanks to Ryan S. who alerted us that this offer does not include the FX Lightsabers. Apparently, Master Replicas is getting many complaints about this….



12″ Gamorrean Guard Available
June 17, 2003 | 2:22 PM EST | Mark

You can now order your 12″ Gamorrean Guard at KBToys.com. His price is set at $29.99, and remember, this is a KBToys Exclusive.

KB also has ALL of the Playskool sets available.



SK-Z38 Is Available
June 17, 2003 | 8:34 AM EST | Mark

Once deplayed because the blade was too pointy, it has now been approved and redesigned. It is also now available. You can see a real nice image of the two different designs right here. Thanks to Aaron at POTF2.com for the heads up.



Unleashed Leia In Stock
June 17, 2003 | 7:45 AM EST | Mark

Over at amazon.com you can order the Unleashed Leia, so if you are still looking for her, head on over.



Ups and Downs
June 17, 2003 | 7:44 AM EST | Mark

Seems there has been some contruction and some major lines were cut over the weekend. Thus we have been up and down. We apologize for the troubles and hope that things will stabalize of the next couple of days.





Lego At Home Ebay Auction
June 16, 2003 | 3:58 PM EST | Mark B

On my daily run through Ebay, I ran across THIS AUCTION from Lego At Home. It is a Lego Mini Model SCENE. They have put together a set to form the Death Star from Episode IV: A New Hope. The Death Star Section is 20″ Long and comes complete with Laser Turrets, and 4 Mini Models (X-Wing, Vader’s TIE and 2 TIE Fighters). Pretty cool item!



Star Wars Weekends #5 News And Photos
June 15, 2003 | 7:17 PM EST | Bill

The Official Site has updated with coverage of the fifth week of Star Wars Weekends at MGM/Disney Studios in Florida, Click here to check it out.



Friday The 13th Goes Silver
June 13, 2003 | 11:20 PM EST | Bill

Sharon over at the Trade Fed has all the 411 on the 5th weekend of Star Wars Weekends at Disney. Including the 4th coin– SILVER this time. Click here for more.



Friday the 13th Has Struck!
June 13, 2003 | 10:43 PM EST | Mark

Well a router went out and we have been down all day.

Anyway, if you are looking for the LEGO’s, you can stop in to Lego Shop at home and pick up all the new LEGO’s.

These include the:
The new 4 MINI sets (falcon, at-at, republic gunship, att)
Hailfire Droid



Back from Vacation….and Sale Update
June 12, 2003 | 10:50 PM EST | Mark B

Hey everyone, I just got back from vacation late last night and will be resuming my regular duties here in the morning. Just wanted to let you all know that I spent the past few hours reducing prices (that were already at or below cost) over at M and M Collectibles to continue our Going Out of Business Sale. I have reduced prices another 10-75% off of dealer cost on all items (excluding Master Replicas which I took $50 off each item). So, head on over to M and M Collectibles and help us move out our remaining inventory and save yourself some $$$.



D&S Toys Newsfeed
June 12, 2003 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

This just in from D&S Toys:

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

Imperial Forces 4-Pack
12″ Gamorrean Guard
Deluxe Super Battle Droid & Commerce Guild Spider Droid
Aayla Secura, Barriss Offee, and Lama Su
Jango Slave I, Republic Gunship & Troop Transport Action Fleet Wave
Mace & Tyranus Unleashed
Simpsons Series 12 & Other Simpson Re-Stocks
Matrix Reloaded Figures
New Spychanger Transformers & Other Beast Wars, R.I.D. Re-Stocked.
Rebel Fleet Trooper Army Builder Set
Battle Damaged Enterprise NX-01
Enterprise Phaser & Communicator – Back in Stock



Resurrecting A Jedi Assault: A Hyperspace Exclusive
June 12, 2003 | 11:26 AM EST | Joseph

Ok, you’ve been waiting a long time to see this: The deleted Jedi Assault on the Droid Control Ship scene that was part of Attack of the Clones.StarWars.comhas the clip and the details on why the cut never made the film. You must be a Hyperspace member to see the clip. The film is in it’s uncut form and you can check it out by clicking here



Pre-Order DVD’s
June 12, 2003 | 8:27 AM EST | Mark

While Lucas continues to stiff the movie fans across the world, good old Steven has finally come through. You can pre-order the Indiana Jones Trilogy now for the low price of $45.49, retail is $69.99. Rigth now, there is free shipping on this set as well.

In case you have not heard, this is a 4 DVD set, each movie one discs 1-3 and the 4th is all extras.



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 11, 2003 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

These will sell out VERY fast – and we may not receive another shipment for months. Order now!

Clone Wars Command Gunship (Item# HS84840, $37.99)



New Unleashed Figures & Packaging!!!
June 11, 2003 | 1:35 PM EST | Joseph

There’s a new look for the Unleashed line heading our way later this fall, and here’s a first look at what’s in store at Starwars.Hasbro.com



Federation Toys News
June 10, 2003 | 11:19 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Federation Toys:

“Hi just wanted to let you know we just received in the new TROOP BUILDER SET REBEL TROOPERS TANTIVE V SET, we also have ACTION FLEET in stock, and some older SAGA figures back in stock and we will have new SAGA AND DELUXE in Stock next week they are on the way now. We also just received more of the DARTH MAUL MASTER REPLICAS Signature Edition Light Saber, and the COUNT DOOKU, Limited Edition Lightsaber also have the Anakin FX sabers back in stock. All of our Master Replicas now include FREE S/H with the price listed, (USA ONLY ! ) We also have some older POTJ figures in stock, the SAGA FAO SHUTTLES are backordered we will email again when they ship out to us, thanks for your understanding, and SAGA Tie Bombers back in stock. Thanks to all for the great feedback and requests. We have a lot of new pictures and info for all the new CLONE WARS Figures and ships, check it out under the new category CLONE WARS! Thanks MTFBWY We will be updating our site weekly we have a lot of new items on the way from Hasbro.”



Luke and Vader 411
June 10, 2003 | 9:05 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Jon sent in this report:

“Just thought that I’d let you guys know that I got the new EE mag and it has pictures of both the “new” rumored Luke and Vader that was rumored to be shipping a few waves from now. These appear to be re-issues of the CommTech Luke and the Masters of the Darkside Vader, although the Luke comes with a new lightsaber (instead of the T-16 model and tools).”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 10, 2003 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

1) In Stock
Darth Maul Lightsaber Replica on Sale until Monday!
Price was $449.99, now just $324.99!

Darth Maul Signature Saber on Sale until Monday!
Price was $549.99, now just $399.99!

2) In Stock:
Boba Fett Retrocket Guitar, limited to just 75 in the United States.
All in-stock guitars have numbers below 10!

3) We are now taking pre-orders for:
Saga Scene Assortment 2

4) Pre-Order Grand Moff Tarkin Mini Bust:



Imperial Forces 4-Pack
June 10, 2003 | 8:08 AM EST | Mark

If you are still looking for this 4-pack you can head on over to Amazon as it is in stock now.
Imperial Forces 4-Pack $19.99.



New 12″ Figure Pictures
June 9, 2003 | 9:02 PM EST | Bill

The team at POTF2.com has updated with images of the next wave of 12″ Figures.Click here for the 12″ Luke and Ewoks and, there’s more pics of the upcoming 3 3/4″ firgures here.



Looking For Interviews You Are
June 9, 2003 | 8:56 PM EST | Bill

The Scavengers over at The Jawa have posted a number of interviews of Star Wars stars from Wizard World East. You can read tghe interviews of Amy Allen, Matt Sloan, Zach Jensen, Mercedes Ngoh and Daniel Logan here.



Hoth Han Reviewed
June 9, 2003 | 8:53 PM EST | Mark

Check out the latest review from Michael Crawford as he has reviewed thenewest Han Hoth, so head on over and read up on it.



New Saga ’03: Luke Jedi Wave
June 7, 2003 | 3:30 PM EST | Joseph

Galactichunter.com has the new exclusive carded photos of the upcoming Saga wave with Luke Skywalker-Throne Room Duel, C-3PO-Tatooine Ambush, Jango Fett-Kamino Escape, Snowtrooper-The Battle Of Hoth, and Darth Vader-Throne Room Duel.



PlaySkool @ Kbtoys
June 7, 2003 | 9:52 AM EST | Mark

Over at KBtoys.com they have the Duel with Darth Maul, X-Wing Adventure, and the Millennium Falcon Playset in stock.



Silver R2-D2
June 7, 2003 | 9:48 AM EST | Mark

Back in stock at Amazon is the Silver R2-D2 for $9.99.



AFI’s 100 Years – 100 Villians and Heroes
June 6, 2003 | 11:43 PM EST | Joseph

In case you missed AFI’s 100 Years: 100 Villians and Heroes the other night, you can find a list of the winners at their site. Here’s where some of the Star Wars characters ranked:

Hero – Han Solo #14 (ANH)
Hero – Obi-Wan Kenobi #37 (ANH)
Villian – Darth Vader #3 (ESB)



New At Toyfellas This Week!!!
June 5, 2003 | 9:54 PM EST | Joseph

This just in from toyfellas.com
Unleashed Wave 5
Unleashed Darth Sidious
Unleashed Obi-Wani Kenobi
Unleashed Luke Skywalker

Jango Fett Kamino Showdown $13.99
Obi-Wan Kenobi Kamino Showdown $13.99
Spider Droid $13.99
Super Battle Droid Builder $13.99
Not Mint Jango Fett Kamino Showdown $9.99
Not Mint Obi-Wan Kenobi Kamino Showdown $9.99
Not Mint Spider Droid $9.99
Not Mint Super Battle Droid Builder $9.99



Han Solo goes Contax
June 5, 2003 | 6:47 PM EST | George

The latest issue of Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine shows an ad for Contax Cameras, featuring Harrison Ford. The shot was made by photographer
Greg Gorman. Contax’s quality along with Carl Zeiss optics is clearly displayed on a full page photo; If you are a Han fan, get the latest issue of Popular Photography from your news stand. Don’t forget to frame it 8 x 10!.

To see the full frame click here -».



The Gamorreans Are Out There
June 5, 2003 | 8:44 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Yak Reader Drummer John:

“Just to let you know I found the new Kay-Bee 12″ Gamorrean Guard exclusive today here in Denver. The employee was nice enough to check the manifest for me, confirm that they had the exclusive in today’s shipment and then dig around in back to find it for me. It’s a great looking figure. I suggest folks start checking their local Kay-Bee’s for these.

Oh. FYI-The Kay-Bee I found it at (Southglen Mall) only got 1 case (4 Guards per case).

Keep up the great work!”



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
June 5, 2003 | 8:43 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Don’t Know What To Get Dad For Father’s Day?
Click Here For Really Cool Expensive Stuff for Dads!
Online Shipping Rates Now Starting At $3.95!

R2-D2 Astromech Droid
Get Your Dad An Electronic Butler!
Does your Dad like to be waited on? Don’t do it yourself, get him the R2-D2 Electronic Voice Command Astromech Droid. This easy-to-control functional droid walks, talks and responds to over 40 commands!
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS84895
Price: $124.99
See Star Wars Episode 2 Games

Grand Moff Tarkin Mini Bust
Darth Vader Took Orders From Him!
Grand Moff Tarkin, portrayed by legendary actor Peter Cushing in the original Star Wars film, has been captured with the ultra-realism and attention to detail that has become Gentle Giant’s hallmark. Standing 5 1/2 inches tall, numbered and limited to 7,500 pieces worldwide! Packaged in a full-color box.
Coming Soon!
Item Number: DH12888
Price: $49.99
See Star Wars Busts



New Unleashed Figures In Stock
June 4, 2003 | 7:55 PM EST | Bill

D & S Sci-fi Toy World has the new Unleashed Obi-Wan, Jedi Luke & Darth Sidious in stock! Click here to check them out.a>



Star Wars Weekends Update
June 4, 2003 | 7:41 PM EST | Bill

Sharon has updated the Trade Fed with even more details on Star Wars Weekends. Click here for the latest.



12″ Boushh and Han in Carbonite on Sale
June 4, 2003 | 12:11 PM EST | Mark B

If you haven’t picked one of these up yet, Amazon.com has the Leia as Boushh and Han in Carbonite set on sale for $29.98 and has free shipping on the set. Head on over and pick one up while they last!



Hasbro Kaybee Exclusives Update
June 4, 2003 | 11:45 AM EST | Mark B

The Official Hasbro Star Wars Website has an update this morning about the 3 Kaybee Toys exclusives for this year. Both boxed and loose photos are shown of the 12″ Gamorrean Guard, New TIE Fighter with Pilot, and the Imperial Shuttle.



The Washington Post Talks About EIII Webcam
June 3, 2003 | 1:05 PM EST | Mark B

I ran across THIS ARTICLE this morning that talks about the webcam that is going to be available during the shooting of Star Wars Episode III (you have to be a Star Wars.com subscriber to access the webcam). Sounds like the cam will be on for 12 hours a day during shooting and then they’ll loop the content for the other 12 hours. I’m pretty excited about this feature…may be worth the $20 a year!



Star Wars 25th Anniversary from FOSSIL:
June 3, 2003 | 6:27 AM EST | George

Fathers day is around the corner, here is a nice gift idea. Limited to 2,500 pcs.

Comes with a transluscent paperweight and Certificate of Authenticity included. FREE overnight shipping also available through June 11th. For more details on this collectible click here -».



Shatterpoint Released Tomorrow
June 2, 2003 | 12:25 PM EST | Mark B

The first Clone Wars Novel is going to be released tomorrow. Shatterpoint deals mainly with Mace Windu. Look for our review of this book coming soon. If you haven’t already, order your copy of Shatterpoint from
Amazon.com today.



Before There Was Master Replicas
June 2, 2003 | 11:50 AM EST | Mark B

Before Master Replicas there was another company making licensed Star Wars replicas. This company was Icons. They made some very nice lightsabers, but I think their best items were the replica ships. I ran across 2 of them today on my regular look through Ebay. Check out the Icons X-Wing and Icons TIE Fighter



Star Wars Figures for $1.50 each!
June 2, 2003 | 11:29 AM EST | Mark B

Pop on over to M and M Collectibles right now. Monday and Tuesday all regular carded Star Wars Figures are only $1.50 each. The website does not show this price, but if you put “YAK” in the company name on your order form, you’ll get the $1.50 price when your order is processed! Besides this you’ll get 50% off any other items ordered as well. Hurry on over to M and M Collectibles for the best selection now!



Make Preparations To Jump Into Hyperspace
June 1, 2003 | 2:43 PM EST | Joseph

The Official Star Wars website will be providing a new pay feature called Hyperspace for $19.95/year beginning on June 10th. Hyperspace will include many exclusive features like deleted scenes, expanded Cargo Bay features, Bantha Tracks, movie set web cam and more. A free preview will be available from June 5-June 9 so you can see if this is right for you. To top it all off, the StarWars.com that we all know and love will get a new look and continue to have the same great content for free.



Unleashed Luke, Obi-Wan, and Sidious In Stock
June 1, 2003 | 2:39 PM EST | Joseph

Action Figure Express has just received a shipment of the next Unleashed wave. This wave includes Luke Skywalker, Darth Sidious, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. To grab your set, be sure to check out Action Figure Express!!!



More Accessories For Your Arena
June 1, 2003 | 12:11 AM EST | Bill

When we first saw the Arena Playset at Toy Fair 2 years ago, it had several accessories which did not make it into the final product. One of those accessories is now scheduled for release– as one of the accessories in a four figure set. Galactic Hunter has just posted the 411 on this new exclusive set– the 4th (after the Imperial, Bounty Hunter, and Hoth sets which have already been announced). Click here for more.

May 2003 Archive

The Winner Is…
May 31, 2003 | 7:45 PM EST | Bill

Congratulations to Steve Corbin the winner of our free Ultarama Winner drawing. Be sure to enter our next drawing here. Remember your entry must include your name and mailing address to be eligible to win!



Has Your TRU Been Dry For A Long Time?
May 30, 2003 | 9:57 AM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Mark from Vancouver has this report:

“I’ve read your web site nearly everyday for about a year and a half, but this is the first time I’ve reported making a find. This morning at Toys R Us in Portland, OR (to be exact, the Jantzen Beach store just across the state line from my home in Vancouver, WA) I purchased the Imperial Forces 4-figure set. It was $19.99. There were four sets on the shelf when I found them about a half hour after the store had opened. There were a few dents and creases in the packaging on all of them, but I bought one anyway. The R4-I9 droid is new and very cool. The AT-ST driver is a little different from earlier version(s) I think. But I think the stormtrooper and Vader figures are nothing new. I was shocked to see these sets today because this Toys R Us store has gotten in NO Star Wars merchandise for MONTHS.”



QNA Today! Check Out The Latest QNA.
May 30, 2003 | 8:48 AM EST | Mark

John has dropped us another QNA today, so pull up a chair, grab a drink, and have a read. Hope you enjoy, and afterwards, if you have a questions, send it in. John will be more than happy to help you out.



New Master Replicas Installment Plan
May 30, 2003 | 1:56 AM EST | Joseph

The Master Replicas Installment Plan is a new way to build your Master Replicas collection through an interest-free payment plan that spreads the cost of your purchase over a four-month period. For more information click here



Entertainment Earth Newsfeed
May 29, 2003 | 8:42 AM EST | Bill

This just in from Entertainment Earth:

Endor Soldier Troop Builder
Start Troop Building! The Endor Rebel Soldier Troop Builder set includes four individually bagged (not carded) 3 3/4 inch Endor Rebel Soldiers from the classic Star Wars trilogy. These ship in a white box. Figures are similar to the previously released versions.
In Stock Now!
Item Number: HS26761
Price: $17.99
Click here for more.



Star Wars Weekends — Week 3 Pins Preview
May 28, 2003 | 8:14 PM EST | Bill

Yak Reader Scoobyonekenobi sent us in a very detailed update on the exclusive pins and more for Disney’s third week of Star Wars Weekends. Click here to check it all out.



More Star Tours Figure News
May 28, 2003 | 7:39 PM EST | Bill

We’ve just gotten some more information on the Star Tours figure line. The first two waves of Star Tours figures will be reissued on blue Saga cards over, at most, the next 4-8 months.



Toys R Us Exclusives Update
May 28, 2003 | 12:21 PM EST | Mark B

Hasbro’s Star Wars Page has an update to the Toys R Us Exclusive figures that are coming soon. There are photos of the Imperial Forces and Battle of Hoth Sets, and an official announcement of the Ultimate Bounty Set that will be available this fall.



Vintage Ebay Today
May 28, 2003 | 12:14 PM EST | Mark B

Today we are featuring an item from one of the vintage lines that I was always interested in (even though I don’t have