Episode II Previews On Lego Site
January 31, 2002 | 11:15 AM EST | John
Lego’s Star Wars Page has posted two pretty nifty images of the upcoming (highlight to read spoilers) Jango Fett’s Slave I with Jango Fett and Boba Fett figures, and The Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan figure. They are presented in Shockwave, so you can spin these suckers around, zoom in, zoom out, eat them with apple-butter, etc. Pretty nice looking! Click on over to see them in all their colored-block glory.
Set of 8 Episode II Figures on e-Bay?!?
January 31, 2002 | 11:07 AM EST | John
Yes, it’s true… These two auction are based in Hong Kong, and it sounds like they’re actually “in hand”. Doesn’t make much difference now because they’re both sold, but they guy has posted images of all 8 figures carded! To see both of these, click here or here. Major spoilers lie ahead, so beware as usual.
January 31, 2002 | 12:00 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated with 10 questions and answers… want to know which Jedi Council members are returning for the prequel sequel? So do we. But we’ve got a complete-as-we-can-make-it answer for ya in today’s update, and more!
More “in-hand” Figures on e-Bay
January 30, 2002 | 1:21 PM EST | John
Droid figures Imperial “RM-49” and Episode II “R3-T7” (R3-T7 is an Episode II spoiler, folks, so beware!) have also appeared on e-Bay in the last 24 hours, so if you’re feeling plucky, click here to see them. These figures are claimed to be “in-hand”, so it seems like it should be Ok, but check out the location before bidding. These puppies would be coming from Singapore which will be more shipping for Air. And please people, just a footnote, but never accept Surfaceshipping from other countries. It can take up to 8-12 weeks.
Fan Club Figure Deals!
January 30, 2002 | 11:48 AM EST | John
“Jedichirp” alerts us to some deals happening over at the Star Wars Fan Club Site. They include;
Luke in Bacta Tank – $6.99
Deluxe Darth Maul – $6.99
Assorted various POTJ and POTF figures – $1.99-$3.99.
Not too shabby, especially for the 2 deluxe figures that were only released a couple of months ago. Get there before stock depletes!
Keep An Eye On K-Mart
January 30, 2002 | 11:41 AM EST | John
Yak-reader “Hurricane” makes an nice little find, and an astute assumption;
“The now-ancient R2-Q5 wave arrived at my local Kmart within the past few days, which leads me to believe that their distribution centers are probably scraping the bottom of the warehouse looking for something to send out in light of the recent Chapter 11 situation… looks like Kmart might yield some interesting finds in the weeks ahead…. thought you might find it interesting.”
We certainly did, and thanks for the input. He’s right, as they get to the bottom of the proverbial barrel, well, I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few odds-and-ends here and around. Also, if they’re overstocked on POTJ’s, watch for closeout on them. It’s funny to say, but K-Mart actually, (and I’ve been told this by higher-ups), starts stocking for Christmas around March. That means the old has to go to make place for the new, and in this case, Episode II items. Good luck!
Jedi Dex Unveiled On Hasbro.com
January 30, 2002 | 11:29 AM EST | John
Hasbro.com is highlighting another new Episode II toy on it’s site today, this time not being action figure oriented. It’s called the Jedi Dex, (being a word-play on index I guess), and it actually looks kind of snazzy. They claim that the Jedi Dex is a small electronic encyclopedia that contains information on characters, droids, alien species, vehicles, and weapons from Episode II. Also, it includes information and graphic images of over 60 characters and paraphenalia from the original Trilogy. Functions on this thing also include an organizer, an address book, alarm clock, scheduler, calculator, personal lists, trivia game. To read more on this little item Hasbro is putting out through Tiger Electronics, click here. Looks neat, but I have visions of this thing being $30+ when it comes out in late April, and by July it’ll be sitting with the Electronic Pod Race Game from Episode I… you know, the one with the “exclusive” Anakin figure? Uh-huh.
Sith Apprentice Maul (Armored) Returns
January 30, 2002 | 12:00 AM EST | Adam
A quartet of figures were “accidentally” shipped to stores as Episode II preview figures courtesy of a vendor screw-up or a way to unload old stock. As a result, comic shops and stores in the Media Play/Suncoast/Sam Goody family have received…
• Darth Maul (Sith Apprentice [armor])
• Obi-Wan Kenobi (Cold Weather Gear)
• Aurra Sing
• Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Training)
Since they’re coming through distributors like Diamond, they’re gonna cost a little more– around $9 where we’ve seen them– but they’re going to be around if you need them.
AOTC eBay Auctions: Buyer Beware!
January 29, 2002 | 8:22 PM EST | Adam
With all the auctions up on eBay lately advertising the AOTC preview figures as “in-hand,” take special care to look for the phrase “presell” hidden in the auction text. Many of the auctions I’ve seen claim to have the four figures available now, yet will not ship for a month or more and often do not have any images, meaning that your $50 bid might make you one of the first people to get these figures… after you had the chance to see them in Toys “R” Us.
With that in mind, people like this seller (the guy we mentioned earlier) has three of the four up now, with some very nice images of the figures in their packages.
Considering these should be widely available by the end of March, be sure to read the fine print of these auctions… there’s nothing worse than paying a premium to get something early only to have to end up waiting anyway.
Star Wars All-In-One Adventure Images
January 29, 2002 | 1:25 PM EST | John
Episode II Preview Toys Start To Leak
January 29, 2002 | 1:06 PM EST | John
I was casually browsing around e-Bay, and lo and behold I ran across these auctions. It seems that the Episode II Preview figures are starting to dribble out to the secondary market. If that’s the case, it’s only a matter of time before they hit the retail chains!
Prototype Images From 2001 Collectors Guide!
January 29, 2002 | 2:11 AM EST | John
Just for a bit of eye-candy for all our faithful Yak-readers, I got permission from the creators of the 2001 Collectors Guide, (which is still available firstname.lastname@example.org for $13.99 shipped), to post some of their many cool prototype images in the book for all our Yakkers to see! Click here to see the full size of the image above along with a bit of a description of what might have been. I know it’s different, but it’s a bit of a deviation from all the Episode II news, and a little something different. Enjoy!
Toy Fair UK Report
January 28, 2002 | 12:30 PM EST | John
Faithful Yak-reader “MattYUK” has sent us a full report from the UK Toy Fair, happening from January 26th Through the 30th in England. His listing is as spoiler-ific (is that a word?) as you can get, so highlight to read. It fills in the holes that were sent in the report a few posts below from yesterday. Highlight to read;
Padme Amidala (Arena Escape)
Anakin Skywalker (Outland Peasant Disguise)
Super Battle Droid
Boba Fett (standard and deluxe)
Tusken Raider w/child
C-3PO (with attachable coverings)
Orn Free Ta
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase)
Vehicles for the 3-3/4″ figures included Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter, Slave 1 (with new paint job), Anakin’s speeder and Zam Wesell’s Speeder. The new Star Wars Unleashed series was present, as were a bunch of electronic games and toys. Both Anakin’s and Count Dooku’s full-size light sabres were there to be played with, along with 12″ figures of Anakin, Obi-Wan and Clone Trooper.
Most impressive (unbelievably) was the Episode II Monopoly set! Why? Well, the box, the board and the cards all featured real spoiler material I’d never seen before such as pics of the Jedi Library, Yoda brandishing a light sabre, Clone Troopers in action. Republic Gunships, Dooku’s Solar Sail and more.
Thank you “MattYUK”! Anyone else have anything to add, like images/pictures? If you do, don’t be afraid to send them in!
LEGO Preview: Jedi Starfighter
January 28, 2002 | 11:36 AM EST | John
The Official Site has images posted of the new 138-piece Jedi Starfighter from Episode II. They’re claiming that Lego fans “don’t have to wait too long for their first Episode II set”. Hmmm, does this mean that Legos are on a different release schedule from Hasbro’s stringent rules? Click on over to see this beauty!
eBay Prototype Round-Up
January 28, 2002 | 6:17 AM EST | Adam
Fans looking for nifty prototype Star Wares on eBay can be treated to the following this week…
Unproduced Rancor from Illusive Concepts
An alternate piece from Illusive, who did make a different Rancor maquette. Here, he’s seen bursting through a wall. Cool stuff.
Chewbacca (Dejarik) Unreleased CommTech Chip
This item is notable because it’s one of the unproduced chips that was to have “twice the speech.” This auction is especially cool because it has a .wav file with the chip’s sounds on it.
POTF2 Carbonite Prototype
This preproduction piece is actually different than the one released around the Shadows of the Empire era. Worth a look.
January 28, 2002 | 5:44 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated with new questions, answers, and information on how you can rescue the president from ninjas. Enjoy!
Not as clumsy or random as a blaster… Jedigear.com!
January 28, 2002 | 12:13 AM EST | John
Once in a while I find a page I like to highlight on Yakface. Whether it be a small homepage, or a big business. This one seems to fall somewhere in the middle.
We all like to go to conventions and toy shows, and we all know that some of us like to dress up as our favorite charachter. Well, if you ever tried to build your own lightsaber, you know how tedious it can be trying to find parts. Look no further!
Jedigear.com has a load of stuff for sale for the aspiring Jedi! All kinds of add-on parts are available for those of us who just start with a chrome pipe from Home Depot, or are lucky enough to secure a greyflex flash. These guys have decent prices, and are really impressive… most impressive. Check them out!
Episode II Figure List
January 27, 2002 | 11:47 PM EST | John
Coming from an aquaintence of mine known only as Jedifire, is a total list of Episode II figures that will be out on April 23. This is spoiler material, so highlight to read;
Zam Wesell – Jango Fett – Battle Droid – Super-Trooper – Captain Typho – Boba Fett – Tusken Raider – Battle Droid – Senator Segat – Geonosian – Plo Koon – Senator Jar Jar – Taua We – Nikto – Dexter Jettster – Sasee Tiin – Luminaria – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine – Cantina Alien – Qui-Gon Jinn – Rebel Officer – Mastiff Droid – Orn Free Ta – Fans Choice III (Ephant Mon) – Yellow Astromech – Pod Racer – Shaak Ti – Mace Windu – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Sounds like some classic stuff thrown in as well, but for the most part it’s all going to be Episode II. Complying with Lucas’ wishes, no images accompany this article, just text. Cool nonetheless.
Official AOTC Merchandise Release Dates
January 27, 2002 | 11:32 PM EST | John
According to SirSteve’s Guide, the official word from Hasbro is that the preview figures should not be on shelves until March 16th, no images for upcoming AOTC items should be shown until March 26th, and absolutely no AOTC merchandise, (sans the “preview” figures), should be on store shelves until April 23rd. For those of you following this in anticipation of the next midnight toy-blitz you’ll notice that the dates have changed from the original almost-official dates. For more in-depth information on this, check out Sirsteve’s article.
Image of Episode II Novelization
January 27, 2002 | 12:49 PM EST | John
Raging Dianoga has posted an excellent image of the upcoming Episode IInovelization by Ron Salvatore. Very basic look, not unlike Episode I’s original jacket. I wonder, is this one of a few different charachter covers, or is this all that will be offered? Only time will tell!
Luminous Being Are We, Not This… Lint?
January 26, 2002 | 11:27 PM EST | John
I guess I’ll thank Yoda72 for alerting us on this… auction. Folks, I’ve been around the Star Wars circuit for nigh on more years than I care to remember, but this has got to be one of the goofiest things I’ve ever seen. Barring the fact that this may be legit, it’s completely absurd. I think, moreover than the actual auction, the fact that bothers me the most is that someone actually BID on the item. But, I digress. Without further ado, click below to view an official auction for…
Okay, you’ve been warned.
UPDATE – As reader “Dewayne M.” points out, the location is bogus. I completely overlooked this when I first visited the auction page mainly because I was overwhelmed by the sheer unbelievability of the whole sorry situation. But, to sum up, look at the location once more. It reads “Stu Pedaso, USE”. Now, sound it all together. Got it? Good. If you can’t figure it out, please don’t write and ask…
January 26, 2002 | 10:12 AM EST | Mark
These are now in-stock over at http://www.kbkids.com, although they are not cheap at $19.99. But if you are having a hard time finding them, head on over and order them. They have all three sets.
Free Ultarama Winner
January 25, 2002 | 11:46 PM EST | Bill
Tonight’s winner is Alex LiPera. Congratulations Alex, and good luck to everyone on our next drawing in 2 weeks.
January 25, 2002 | 1:18 PM EST | John
The Ultimate Vintage Insert Resource, Gadders.com, has just been updated with the following vintage inserts:
Tri-Logo One Man Sail Skiff Instruction Sheet
Imperial Cruiser Instruction Sheet
Imperial Cruiser Sticker Sheet
If you haven’t seen this site, you should. They offer an unmatched archive of items/sheets you never thought you’d see again, all for your downloadin’ pleasure!
Free Ultarama Drawing Tonight
January 25, 2002 | 8:55 AM EST | Bill
Our next free Ultarama drawing will be tonight at 10 pm Eastern. Remember to include your name and shipping address to enter (only one entry per person, per drawing). Also remember that Ultarama is still has their trade up/trade in offer where you can save on an Ultarama display system by trading in your old figure stands!!!
The Flanneled One On Biography
January 24, 2002 | 9:49 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Stacy wrote in that A&E will have a biography on George Lucas on Sunday at 8 PM.
ET Story Follow Up
January 24, 2002 | 9:42 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader David wrote in with this summary of the ET story:
(Possible spoilers so highlight to read).
“I just watched the Entertainment Tonight footage and they reported that the images seen (the fight between Jango and Obi-Wan) can be seen tomorrow on the official website. Most of the images were new or shot at new angles (which haven’t been seen before) and it was pretty coooooool. After seeing it, my desire (which has been slipping lately) for the next movie has dramatically increased.”
Sounds good doesn’t it????!!!!
Preview Figure Image Of Mr. Fett
January 24, 2002 | 1:42 PM EST | John
No, it’s not Boba. Apparently someone got ahold of a preview figure that’s slated to hit retail in the next month or so. This could be considered a “spoiler”, so beware! But, if you want to gander at this baby, click on over to the e-Bay auction. Me? I’ll wait until I see them hit retail. When I went to this auction to report on it, it was already at $227.50! Wow! For a carded figure that’ll be out within weeks! But, still neat to look at. Just a small disclaimer; We at Yakface have nothing to do with this figure or auction, we are simply reporting it. ‘Nuff said.
Q&A Thursday Update
January 24, 2002 | 4:55 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated with more questions and answers, some of which may actually be entertaining and dare I say it, informative! Take a gander, and be back next week for our next update!
12″ Scale Custom Jabba On E-Bay
January 24, 2002 | 1:33 AM EST | John
This thing is huge, and it’s up for auction! It’s a full-on 12″ scale Jabba The Hutt, and it looks BAD! (Taking that I mean “BAD” in a good sense). This is definitely one of the nicer customs I’ve seen in a while, considering that we’ve only been after Hasbro to make one of these for about 5 years now. This creation was whipped up by Todd M., who sent me the information about this auction. Good luck with the auction, Todd, and for everyone else, be sure to check out this bad boy!
Attack Of The Clones On Entertainment Tonight–Tomorrow
January 23, 2002 | 9:09 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader Dave wrote in with this heads up: Spoiler warning so highlight to read.
“Tomorrow on Entertainment Tonight they are going to have “exclusive” behind the scenes from E2 AOTC. Some of the images that I saw included Jango Fett and Boba Fett, and Obi Wan giving a head butt to Jango in a massive fight sequence! It looks good!”
2001 Collectors Guide, Get It!
January 23, 2002 | 12:26 PM EST | John
I just received my copy of this collectors guide I highlighted last week, and I just have to say, if you didn’t order it yet, do it! This thing is incredible!!! It has loads of vintage and POTF post vintage era, including unproduced and never-before-seen toys. This guy did one heck of a bang-up job on compiling this information! It is so current that Zutton and Eeth Koth are pictured inside. How’s that for timely?
We here at Yak are getting no kick-back from this or profiting in any way, I am just that impressed by the setup of this book. Again, you can order one by writing to email@example.com and asking for information on where to send payment. The book, (and I still can’t believe the value for the meager price), is only 9.99 plus 4.00 shipping. It is worth EVERY CENT. So, when you order, tell them you saw it highlighted at Yakface!
Unleashed Figure Images Unleashed!
January 23, 2002 | 12:16 PM EST | John
Hasbro has the next wave of previews up, this time being the Unleashed figures we spoke of here at Yak some months back. Pictured are Darth Maul in a blaze of red-lightsaber fury, and Jango Fett with Boba Fett. Looks like Todd McFarlane fell into the Hasbro factory and had his way with the sculpts. Check them out, it’s well worth it!
Indiana Jones IV News
January 22, 2002 | 11:39 PM EST | Adam
While not our usual focus here at Yak’s, this story at FoxNews.com was too good to pass up. Some comments from Steven Spielberg about what is presumably the final Indy movie (and the final push for merchandising) were included, most notably info on one of the returning characters. Indy fans, check it out!
Unproduced POTF2 Toy Prototypes on eBay
January 22, 2002 | 9:11 PM EST | Adam
Checking eBay this afternoon, a few notable items were discovered that might interest you.
POTF2 Remote Control Landspeeder
Originally shown in 1998, the item was given the axe along with several other products that year. This prototype has a packaging test, a painted sample of what the toy would have looked like, and of course the remote control modeled after the Special Edition Imperial Landing Craft. Well worth a look.
POTF2 Millennium Falcon Flight Controller
A follow-up to the poor selling X-Wing-On-A-Stick, this toy has surfaced a few times in various stages of production, including one alleged final packaged sample. Today, a shot of the toy only is available with a less than fully accurate description of why it was cancelled.
Star Wars Jr./Playskool Sets
Unpainted/Preproduction samples of the upcoming preschool toy sets that include the X-Wing and the Naboo Fighter. Especially nifty is the Naboo Fighter since it was cast in grey plastic.
LucasArts Games News Round-Up
January 22, 2002 | 8:57 PM EST | Adam
Some interesting announcements and news of note for all of you game fans… hope you like Jedi in your games.
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Taking place in a post-Return of the Jedi New Republic, this upcoming PC title hopes to continue in the grand tradition of Jedi Knight this April.
The Attack of the Clones inspired follow-up to the Xbox and PS2 gameStarfighter is coming along in development and IGN.com has a few new shots for your amusement. The title is due on the PlayStation 2 at some point in the spring. One of the neater things mentioned in the brief feature was a playable Toydarian pilot.
Knights of the Old Republic
From the people behind Baldur’s Gate comes this new PC role-playing game late this year.
The PlayStation 2 sequel to the 1999 racing game (coincidentally, the 1999 original is widely available for $19.99 or less) is due out in just a few weeks. Play as an Episode 2-era Anakin, a vengeful Sebulba, or someone else. Expect the title in your local stores on or around February 12 for around $49.99.
The Xbox and Playstation 2 title has just been released for the PC today. Check your favorite software store for the game, which should be around $39.99.
Indiana Jones ’02
GameSpot.com reports that developer The Collective will be developing the next Indy game on the PC and various home game consoles.
Entertainment Earth Newsfeed: 25th Anniversary Sets
January 22, 2002 | 5:52 PM EST | Adam
From Entertainment Earth:
“25th Anniversary Sets Arrived!
Both waves of Star Wars 25th Anniversary assortments have arrived. SW 25th Anniversary Asst. 2 (Item# HS84485C, $104.99) includes 4x Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader Final Duel, 1x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, 1x Han Solo and Chewbacca. SW 25th Anniversary Asst. 1 (Item# 84485A, $99.99) inlcudes 3x Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and 3x Han Solo and Chewbacca.”
Hasbro Strikes Again: AOTC Lightsabers
January 22, 2002 | 5:37 PM EST | Adam
For everybody wondering if there’s a new batch of role-play toys on the horizon, Hasbro’s answered your question right here with two new weapons. One looks quite familliar, and we’re sure many of you will be pleasantly surprised with it…
January 22, 2002 | 1:05 PM EST | Mark
Star Wars Luke Skywalker 100th figure
Star Wars Sith Lords
now $12.44 at target.com
Use code SORRY222 for 10% off.
Thanks to JediTrainee for the tip!!
Jedi Aries Announces New Page Features!
January 21, 2002 | 7:14 PM EST | John
Jedi Aries’ Tatooine Alien Cantina is pleased to announce the debut of two new hot sections. First, the “Custom Figure MUSEUM” features showrooms of various custom figures by loose and carded custom artists and collectors. The MUSEUM has many vacant rooms available for those who are interested in showcasing their customs. You can get to the MUSEUM by visiting the site here.
Also, the “New Figure Review Board” is now up and running as well. The board features reviews and grades for many of the latest action figures and toys by Hasbro. You can get your latest toy reviews via The Alien Cantina Forum here
Hasbro.com Has The 12″ Goods
January 21, 2002 | 12:22 PM EST | John
Hasbro.com has another preview of the upcoming Hasbro Episode II toys, this time being the first wave of 12″ figures! The first images of this threesome include Obi-Wan, Anakin, and a Clonetrooper. Spoiler alert applies for all 3 of you who are still hell-bent on not knowing anything. But for the non-spoiler-sensative, check out that Clonetrooper! And, I might add that these are done with that new Real-Scan technology, so check out the detail on the Master and Padawan’s faces! Click here to see these guys!
January 21, 2002 | 3:13 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice, our long-named and sporadically updated Q&A column, has been updated with 10 all- (or mostly-) new questions and answers! Read, enjoy, and feel the love that is Star Wars flavored yogurts.
Need Army Builders???
January 20, 2002 | 8:49 PM EST | Bill
Yak Reader JediJones wrote this in about his local Wal-Mart:
“My local Wal-Mart Supercenter had one section of a 4-way shelf filled with a new army builder case assortment. There were tons of dirty Biker Scouts (no clean ones, sorry guys) and Sandtroopers, and also Boomer Droids, Leia Generals, and Dagobah Vaders. This is what the assortment contains exactly according to newforcecomics.com e-mail updates:
DAGOBAH DV 2
LEIA MILITARY DRESS 2
BOOMER DAN 2
BIKER SCOUT 3
SAND TROOPER 3
That checks out with what I saw on the shelf, which was about 5 cases worth of this. Now I only wish if they can get 5 cases of these repack assortments that they would have gotten more than 1 case of the Rebel Trooper assortment, where all the army builders sold out before I got there in the morning 2 weeks ago.”
12″ Line Announced for 2002 Also Kid Play Line
January 20, 2002 | 12:33 PM EST | Bill
Rebelscum is reporting the figures which will be released for Episode 2 in the 12″ playline from the Dallas Import Show. Spoiler Warning Applies. Click here to see the list of E2 12″ figures. They are also announcing that Dengar and Zuckuss with a NEW IMPERIAL OFFICER. Hasbro appears to have listened and cut the reissue of Leia disguised as Boussh!!!!
More good news. There will be a number of playsets from the kids line by playschool. Including a Millennium Falcon playset with “damaged” hyperdrive!!!Click here for more.
Hallmark Unveils 2002 Star Wars Ornaments
January 19, 2002 | 12:53 AM EST | John
The official Hallmark Site has posted three ornaments that will be joining the Star Wars Hallmark ornaments of past years, and although basic, look pretty snazzy. This coming years highligted tree-trimmers appear to all be taken fromReturn Of The Jedi, (my favorite of the four incidentally), and include Luke in black Jedi garb, Vader, (looking as menacing as ever), and the Death Star II.Click here to check them on out in all their holiday glory!
Acklay Image at StarWars.com
January 18, 2002 | 11:54 AM EST | John
Free Theed Hanger Battle Droids
January 17, 2002 | 10:57 PM EST | Bill
The Jawa has scavanged up yet another giveaway. This time they are giving away 10 Theed Hangar Playset Break Apart Battle Droids. They also have added a new section devoted to video games. Click here for more.
D&S Toys Has 25th Anniversary 2-Packs
January 17, 2002 | 4:27 PM EST | John
D&S Toys has just gotten a fresh new batch of all three 25th Anniversary 2-packs for your purchasing pleasure! Click here to visit these guys for these awesome new sets!
Attack Of The Clones Deluxe Figure Images
January 17, 2002 | 11:15 AM EST | John
StarWars.com has again posted something new coming from Hasbro for the new film. This time it’s in the form of four new deluxe figures. Click here to see these new puppies, but remember, these are firmly entrenched in spoiler-country.
StarWarsKids.com Action Figure Backdrops!
January 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | John
Yak-reader “Kilrobroy19” alerts us that StarWarsKids.com, under their “Fun Features” section of the page, is now offering some cool backdrops for displaying your collections against. Some nice, if not basic, artwork. The three being offered are The Millenium Falcon interior, Endor Ewok Village, and The Death Star interior. Not to be mistaken as an official download for this, but they’d make excellent backdrops for the Ultaramas that we endorse as the best darned display units available in the known universe. To check out these backdrops, click here!
New Lego Images
January 17, 2002 | 2:39 AM EST | Adam
Looking for shots of the box for the Ultimate Collector Series Yoda, the displays for some Episode 2 sets, or maybe shots of the new Bionicle Bohrok packaging or even the upcoming Monster studio sets?
Well, Marz Distribution has a lot of images for your perusal. Not too much in the way of previously unseen Star Wars images, but surely enough to interest any Lego fan… or the truly ravenous Star Wars news junkie. Take a look, there’s some nice images to see.
Episode II Comic Adaptation Covers
January 16, 2002 | 1:19 PM EST | John
Comicon.com has images posted of the covers that will be used for the Dark Horse comic adaptation of Episode II – Attack Of The Clones. If you want to see both in high-quality, click here. Nice art… Kinda reminds you of the Special Edition posters in a way.
Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast Site Premiere
January 16, 2002 | 12:54 PM EST | John
LucasArts has officially unveiled an official site highlighting the upcoming gameJedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast that will be making it’s debut on PC’s across America in Spring of this year. It’s looking to be quite the title, and the screenshots are absolutely mouth-watering! Check out the goodies here.
A Beast That “Reeks”
January 16, 2002 | 12:37 PM EST | John
The Official Star Wars Site has posted an official Hasbro image of a beast that will be making an appearance in Episode II! Another as-of-yet unseen photo/toy! This one is pretty cool, but, as always, a mega-spoiler tag comes firmly attached to this image!!!
2001 Collector’s Guide Available
January 16, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | John
Harald Niedermeyer of Germany has completed his 2001 Collector’s Guide, but this book is available exclusively in the USA only through his firstname.lastname@example.org If interested please e-mail him for information on where to order. The price? A meager 9.99 + $4.00 Shipping. Not too bad considering the quality! If you order, tell them Yakface sent you!
January 16, 2002 | 3:47 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice has been updated with ten more additional questions, followed by tirades and trivia on everything from knock-offs to those little hexagon-shaped holes on the top some Action Fleet ships. Enjoy!
Episode II Hasbro “Speeders” At Official Site!
January 15, 2002 | 12:41 PM EST | John
25th Anniversary Sets
January 13, 2002 | 12:41 AM EST | Mark
You can now pre-order all three sets… Han and Chewy, Luke and Leia, and Vader and Ben at KBKids.com. They are $19.99 each. They also have some good images of them if you want to check them out.
Sale at Walmart.com
January 13, 2002 | 12:37 AM EST | Mark
Check out http://www.walmart.com for these sales.
LEGO Star Wars: Droid Developer Kit
Clearance! Was $54.83 Now $25.00
4-Lom Bounty Hunter With Concussion Rifle
Clearance! Was $21.96 Now $8.00
More E2 Pics Officially Released
January 11, 2002 | 10:21 PM EST | Bill
Hasbro has posted photos of the Jedi Starfighter from Episode 2.
Click here to see it!!! Thanks to dkd for the heads up.
Cold Gear Obi-Wan: Origin Finale?
January 11, 2002 | 4:20 AM EST | Adam
Over the past few months, popular consensus was that Hasbro’s snow gear Obi-Wan figure was to have come from Dark Horse Comics’ four-issue series Jedi Quest. It turns out that the design did not appear in the comic after all, confirming what Hasbro originally said about the figure being from a comic that didn’t quite make it.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled news.
Clearances Continue… Final Markdowns to Follow?
January 11, 2002 | 4:09 AM EST | Adam
In case you’re not of the toy store haunting persuasion, now’s a great time to peruse your local clearance bins.
Wal-Mart has marked down several items in several areas. I spotted a Lego Trade Federation MTT for a paltry $20 tonight as well as many other items, including a few Harry Potter sets for half price and one of the Jurassic Park Jr. sets marked down to $5. This is notable because the line will be compatible with this year’s Star Wars Jr. offerings.
Targets are starting their 50% off reduction, meaning Collection 1 Power of the Jedi figures are around $3.50 and any of the clearance Star Wars Lego (which varies by location) will be reduced accordingly.
Keep your peepers peeled for bargains alongside the new releases!
Q&A Friday Update
January 11, 2002 | 4:03 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question For Justice, our Q&A pages, have been updated with questions, answers, and a tangent on this yesterday’s big announcement.
Given enough questions, the column will be updated next on Monday. See you then!
AOTC Collection 1 Wave 1: Official Images
January 10, 2002 | 4:51 PM EST | Adam
To see the images, surf on over. These figures are the same ones shown in some of the collections of images that have shown up in recent weeks.
The shot itself isn’t very high-res, so making out the quality of faces on the characters– one of the high points of the line with its much ballyhooed use of RealScan Technology– isn’t possible.
NSync Dropped From AOTC… For Good!
January 10, 2002 | 11:26 AM EST | John
I picked this tidbit up from TheForce.net. NSync will NOT be appearing in Episode II – They have officially been cut from the film because of the “big deal” everyone made about it. (Maybe George saw our poll results?) Considering the 97-percentile of “No’s”, this is good news indeed! The news comes from none other than NSync band member Joey Fatone himself on The Carson Radio Show, station 93.3 FLZ. To listen to the actual MP3 of the show, click here. TheForce.net also has it mirrored, which is reachable from their site. HOORAY!!!
Star Wars Insider #58 Coming Soon!
January 10, 2002 | 3:00 AM EST | John
Watch your mailboxes, folks! StarWars.com is currently highlighting the newest Insider scheduled to hit post very soon. Looks to be a winner, with loads of juicy Episode II information. Click here for a better look.
Power Of The Force Deluxe Figures At New Force Comics
January 9, 2002 | 10:05 PM EST | Bill
You mean you still need the second wave of Deluxe Power of the Jedi figures??? New Force Comics has a great deal on the Leia and Amanaman Deluxe figures! They have opener sets for $16.98— thats HALF of what you’d pay at Target, Wal-Mart, etc), and MOMC sets for $19.99 (which is STILL LESS than Target and others!!!!!!).
Amanaman is one of the most requested figures in the Power of the Jedi line, and Slave Leia just rocks. If you haven’t bought this pair already, what are you waiting for?
Episode II Sneak Peak Figures Coming Soon?
January 9, 2002 | 9:54 PM EST | John
An anonymous Yak-reader, (he would like to keep his identity obscured for obvious reasons), sends us a copy of this e-mail that was shipped off to all the stores in the northeast, apparently today. It addresses the Sneak Peak figures from Episode II. It reads;
“STAR WARS EPISODE II FIGURES
SW-E2 Sneak Peak figures will be shipped under SKN 127623 [This SKN is the same as POTJ basic assortment]. The NEW figures should be arriving IN STORES around the end of this month and will be split according to sales of the old figures. At this time the names of the new figures can not be revealed.”
If this can be confirmed by any other TRU worker/manager, we here at Yak would be much obliged. If it is kosher, well, soon the hunt will be on! We’re looking into the validity of this e-mail, more on this as it comes in…
Episode II Pez Images?
January 9, 2002 | 7:43 PM EST | John
Thanks to Yak-reader “gilbord16” who alerted us to this posting on a page calledPezHead, we get a chance to have a glimpse at what some of the non-HasbroAttack Of The Clones merchandise is going to look like! It looks like there’s going to be six Pez dispensers to start out with, and depending on how well these go, (hopefully not like the “Wicket” Pez dispensers that are still collecting dust…), we’ll probably see more. Thanks again for the alert, “gilbord16”!
January 9, 2002 | 7:27 PM EST | Bill
FFURG has a chat tonight on customizing. The main subject of this chat will be to share any tips or techniques you would like to share with your fellow customizers. Sub-topics for the chat will include figure accuracy and sculpting (always a hot topic). To join the chat, goto FFURG.com and click on the Chat link on the top of the page. If you are an experienced chatter using mIRC, use the server named
linkline.ca.us.webchat.org and enter the room named #ffurg.
2002 Hallmark Ornaments On The Web… Sort Of
January 9, 2002 | 2:16 PM EST | Adam
Reader Jesse informs us that Hallmark.com has posted information on the 2002 Star Wars ornaments– this year, expect new versions of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as well as an electronic Death Star.
While no images of their new Star Wars ornaments have been posted, much of the 2002 “Dreambook” is posted, complete with images. As of yet, nothing fromClones has been spotted, but then again LucasFilm and friends are doing their best to keep it all under wraps this time, and Hallmark is notorious for trickling out some releases a little late.
Episode II Slave I from Hasbro: Official Image
January 9, 2002 | 2:12 PM EST | Adam
The toy has features unseen in the previous models, and the description makes it seem as if it could be an all-new toy, much like the Lego version of the vehicle.
In case you missed them the Official Site also has images of BoShek, R4-M9, and Teebo.
Episode II Poll At Jediaries.com
January 9, 2002 | 12:29 AM EST | John
The Aliens at Jedi Aries’ Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their debut of the first ever Cantina POLL. The POLL is regarding Episode II and how you think it will compare to the other Star Wars films. To cast your vote, click here! Remember, you don’t have to be 21 to enter this Cantina!
25th Anniversary Han & Chewie 2-Pack – The Answer
January 8, 2002 | 9:38 PM EST | John
Thank you to all our “free-them-from-their-plastic-prison” figure collectors out there, (who are also known as “those sacreligeous openers“), as to all the e-mail addressing the state of this alleged crack in Han’s neck on 99% of the figures spotted in various retail chains.
The fact-of-the-matter is that these are not cracks, but where a seperate piece of plastic fits in to keep the head/neck in place. This should put to rest any rumors of a massive recall, scalpers selling “undamaged” units, etc. They areall like this. Thanks again to all those who wrote in so quickly. Now, if I ever find one of these, I too can open mine up, (just like the rest of my collection…GASP!), and see this “crack”. Good luck on the hunt, folks.
CCG From Decipher To WOTC… Why?
January 8, 2002 | 9:28 PM EST | John
With the recent move of the Customizable Card Game from Decipher, (who seemed to be doing a fantastic job), to WotC, (for what may appear to be “obivious reasons”), Lucas marketing has had a lot of e-mail with the simple question, “Why?”. Harold Roffman has addressed this issue by sending a letter of explaination to TheForce.net as to the decision that seemed to come from nowhere. Check it out!
25th Anniversary 2-Pack Warning…
January 8, 2002 | 8:31 PM EST | John
We got this letter from a collector called Walrusman with this disturbing news concerning the new Han & Chewbacca 25th Anniversary 2-Pack.
I just wanted to write & ask if you could pass a question onto your readers? I have been finding the new 25th anniversary 2-packs at both Walmart & Target in the last few days. At both stores, every single Han/Chewbacca 2-pack has a flaw! Every Han Solo I saw had a cracked neck. About 1/8 of an inch below the line where the head meets the neck there is a horizontal crack.
On some figures, it was visible, but slightly. Others were so bad, you could see the shaft of Han’s head inside. Every 2-pack was like this at all stores. Needless to say, we have an over abundance of them. Did Hasbro make the chest with too thin of plastic? Please feel free to warn your readers. Thanks & keep up the best site on the net!
Anyone else notice this, or does Hasbro just have the notion that all collectors keep their items MIB and carded, therefor not caring too much what’s going into the box, as long as the box is mint? Is this a quality control issue? If anyone has opened one of these puppies, drop us a line to let us know if you experienced the same problem as described above. Thanks again, Walrusman!
Niubniub’s Newest Diorama Lookin’ Smooth!
January 8, 2002 | 1:07 PM EST | John
Across the ‘net at Niubniub’s Universe, Niubniub has been slaving away! Now, after 4 months, he’s finally finished, and man does it look great! Above you can see a sneak-peak image of his latest diorama, the “Millennium Falcon – Blastshield Training”. Click here to hop over and see the whole incarnation. What a super-customizer this guy is! Kudo’s, Niubniub!
Episode II Figure Images Return
January 7, 2002 | 7:35 PM EST | John
Again, someone has written me to inform our Yakkers that the Episode II Action Figure images are up for our viewing pleasure. As before, get there if you haven’t seen them. The others were taken down relatively quickly, so tarry not!Click here for a direct link to the contraversial pics. Rumor had it that Hasbro was really trying to keep these photos under wraps, but unfortunately now that fans around the ‘net have them safely in their hard-drives, it’s going to be more of a losing battle than it’s worth to the toy-monarchs to try to take every posting of these images down. For a change, I actually feel bad for the old company…
January 7, 2002 | 7:17 PM EST | John
Totalling all of our faithful Yak-reader votes, the verdict of what you thought ofNSync being in Attack Of The Clones, even for a brief cameo, turned out to be an overwhelming landslide. With over 1800 singular votes, the total percentage equals this;
NO, I don’t want to see them in the movie AT ALL! – 97%
YES, it’d be pretty cool to see them in the flick! – 3%
Incredible! Again, thanks for all of your opinions. I really got a kick out of some of the negatory venting, especially the venting comparing the welcome return of Jar Jar opposed to seeing this five-some in the movie. The poll was slightlythrown, considering the fact that a few of the “yes” votes were like this;
“Yes, because we will be seeing them being destroyed very quickly”
So, the vote was probably closer to 98% being for no, considering the implication of the “yes” votes that took that overtone. But, all in all, it’s almost a total landslide. Take heed George! And, no nasty sneaking Brittany Spears in Episode III as Obi-Wan’s little sister! I’d have just as soon seen Gary Coleman in Return Of The Jedi squeaking “Bo Shuda? What you talkin’ ’bout Jabba…”
January 7, 2002 | 2:09 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question for Justice, our Q&A page, has been updated with super-fun yum yum goodness, or questions, I can’t remember which. Read, and enjoy!
Free Ultarama Winner
January 6, 2002 | 10:07 PM EST | Bill
NSync Poll – One More Day…
January 5, 2002 | 1:47 PM EST | John
If you haven’t voted in the Yak-Interactive NSync poll, make sure your voice is heard! Remember, send your e-mail with your choice of YES or NO in the subject to John@Yakface.com, not the “news” mail address. Then, in about 24 hours, (cutoff time being midnight eastern-standard-time Sunday), I’ll tally things up once more and let you, our faithful Yak-readers, know exactly how everyone feels about the (in)famous boy-band making an appearance in Attack Of The Clones. Geesh.
AOTC Figures Images Posted!
January 5, 2002 | 1:08 AM EST | John
These are being hosted by someone else at Photo.net, and NOT by us Yakkers, we have nothing to do with these images. We are simply providing a link, so be sure to check out these images while they last! Included are images of 12 new Hasbro figures and 2 ships that will be in the up-and-comingAttack Of The Clones, so, as usual, a big spoiler warning applies. They look incredible, however, Hasbro has really outdone themselves for superior quality this time ’round. It seems that this real-scan technology works wonders! Click here before these copyright-infringing photos are removed! Thanks to FitKistofor the heads-up!
New Toys Online
January 4, 2002 | 10:10 PM EST | Mark
Yak-Interactive Poll – What do you think of NSync?
January 3, 2002 | 3:14 PM EST | John
Ok folks, time to speak out again. I’ve been getting some indifferent e-mail’s addressing the subject of boy-band NSync being in Episode II. I don’t need any long-winded e-mail defending or downing the band, I simply would like our Yak-readers to send me an e-mail with a YES or a NO in the subject. In other words;
YES – I think it’s cool that NSync will be making a cameo appearance in Episode II. They rock!
NO – I think they should stick to singing… if that’s what it’s called.
Got it guys and gals? Good. Not that this’ll make a bit of difference, because what the flanneled one says, goes. But let’s just do this as, shall we say, a “humanitarian interest” poll. Remember, don’t send the e-mail to the news section, send it to John@Yakface.com.
Eeth Koth & Zutton Being Found…
January 3, 2002 | 3:01 PM EST | John
We’ve been getting confirmation letters from across the nation that the newest wave of POTJ figures, Eeth Koth and Zutton, are in fact being found in K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and TRU’s. Yak-Reader Michael B. has been kind enough to send a pic from his own personal collection of these 2 new prized figures. Thanks for the pic, and to everyone who has been writing in!
NSync in Episode II?
January 3, 2002 | 2:28 PM EST | John
Yea, we here at Yak thought it was a rumor, but unfortunately it is not. Word has that popular boy-band NSync, will in fact be in Episode II as background charachters. Good news? They get blown up really fast. Bad news? Marketing galore. Can you see it now? NSync Jedi dolls, the NSync Cantina Revival Action figure multi-pack, NSync Underoos, NSync Lightsaber lip-gloss for pre-teens… “Will this madness ever end?”
Even though I’m sure they are fine singers, no, I am not really an NSync fan. However, I’m sure they will do fine as background charachters in the flick even though they have no speaking parts.
In other news… Justin Timberlake has just been commissioned to play Emperor Palpatine in Episode III. More on this as we get it….
WANTED Members for the TN Collectors Group!
January 3, 2002 | 2:15 PM EST | John
Another local in the “collectors group” catagory? You got it! Jeditn has written us here at Yak and wants us to let you know that, if you’re in the Tennessee area, to drop him a line or visit their new website if you’re interested in joining. These clubs are usually really fun, and helps to make loads of friendships for people that have a zeal for the same hobby.
January 3, 2002 | 8:53 AM EST | Bill
Ultarama’s trade up sale is still going. This is your chance to graduate from individual figure stands to an Ultarama figure display system. Remember that unlike traditional stands, Ultaramas have a peg system which uses pegs that fit both vintage and modern Star Wars Figures. Click here for more.
Q&A Thursday Update
January 3, 2002 | 5:31 AM EST | Adam
With Every Question for Justice, Yakface’s Q&A column, has started up again for 2002! Everything you need for an esoteric column on Star Wars is here, with more coming next week. Enjoy!
Q&A To Return This Week
January 2, 2002 | 3:48 AM EST | Adam
The regular column on all things Star Wars will return later this week. Feel free to send in questions for the upcoming Thursday morning update.
…and yes, I’ve got many a question on BoShek to answer… so stay tuned for the fun in 2002!