Order 66 Close-Up - Utapau AT-RT Driver
Now that the Target exclusive Order 66 2-Packs have been officially revealed by Hasbro, how about a closer look at one of the figures? Up today is a preview of the Clone included in Set #4, the Utapau AT-RT Driver.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Timothy Zahn and Star Wars: Allegiance
The Official Site has posted an interview with author Timothy Zahn discussing his new book, Star Wars: Allegiance. Set between Star Wars and Empire, the book (in stores now) focuses on Luke, Han, and Leia as they try to find their places in the growing Rebellion.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | Jeff SmentekShipping From Dark Horse This Week
Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #13 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait until tomorrow to read it? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek30th Anniversary Wave 1 Overseas
The 30th Anniversary Collection is out... at least in the United Kingdom anyway! Forum member AndyG was kind enough to share some photos with us of his recent score of the 30th Anniversary Wave 1 figures. Click the thumbnail above to see Obi-Wan carded. He also got R2 and the Super Battledroid that go together.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenNew Galactic Heroes for '07
Galactic Heroes fans can rejoice as Hasbro updates with images of new figures for 2007. Read on to check out Snaggletooth & Ponda Baba, Jedi Luke & Darth Vader, Boussh Leia & Skiff Han Solo, as well as the Death Star Gunner & Royal Guard.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | Jesse McCracken
Another Rumor List
Forumite Rune Haako posted a long rumor list containing figures we've already seen, figures we've already heard rumored, and a handful of new figure entries! Figures like Smuggler Lando, Han w/Torture Rack, shielded Destroyer Droid, Black Leather Padme, and Spirit of Anakin Skywalker are all now on the rumor block.
Check out the full (really full) list in our 2007 Rumors Thread on our forums. We've been keepting tabs from around the net, and it's going to be an expensive year if all these pan out!
Monday, January 29, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenFull Color Republic Commando Images
Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the new full color Republic Commando Maquette from Gentle Giant. Previously available as a bronze piece, this Maquette has been updated nicely. The maquette is still available at some e-tailers, so there is still time to grab one before it's gone!
Monday, January 29, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSneak Peek at Helmets and Deformed Figures
Check out the above pics to see what we can expect from two upcoming releases from the Japanese market. First off we have Series 2 of the Tomy Mini Helmets, expected to be released in April. Secondly, you can see a new series of Deformed Figures, planned for May. It looks like we can expect lots of interesting items in the future from Japan!
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Jesse WallGot Metal?
Since other companies have mastered the 3 3/4" and 12" Star Wars figure markets, it appears a company is going to tackle the 8" market. To make themselves really unique, the Hyper Hero Real Action Doll Collection will be composed of alloy metal! Based on a listing at Blister.jp for an upcoming Darth Vader figure, the body will be incredibly articulated to boot, as you can see in the images above. The Lord of the Sith is expected to be released around May, so we should have more info closer to that date.
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Jesse WallWal-Mart Exclusive Figures Arriving
Forum member Darth Slothus picked up the exclusive final wave of The Saga Collection at his local Wal-Mart store in California. He mentioned the figures are shipping in two styles: in a long endcap display case and in the regular Hasbro figure cases. Also it's sad to say that in both assortments all five exclusive figures were packed only one-to-a-case. Good luck tracking your set down!
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenJabba the Hutt Statue Revealed
Gentle Giant has updated their blog with a new image of the upcoming Jabba the Hutt statue. Though early prototype pictures of the statue surfaced earlier this month, this new image shows the final Lucasfilm approved version that will be offered this Fall. Also in the update is a bit of clarification on the upcoming FREE Bib Fortuna statue offer.
Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Star Wars Tees at StarWarsShop
StarWarsShop is now offering three new exclusive t-shirts from CHUNK. Each shirt sports a design in CHUNK's signature cheeky style. Choose from the Surfing Stormtrooper, Vader's "Your Empire Needs You", and Disco Yoda.
Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Jeff SmentekAttakus Dagobah Diorama
The Official Site has updated with a gallery of the upcoming Attakus Dagobah Diorama that will floor any collector of the Hasbro 3.75" line. Comprised of resin scenery and metal figures, the diorama is simply MASSIVE in scale. The diorama includes Luke's downed X-Wing, the mystical cave, and Yoda's complete hut/home amidst giant gnarled trees! With a couple Hasbro figures mixed into the gallery, collectors have to be in awe of this diorama!
Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenTitanium Pre-Order Update at EE
Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for 2007's third wave of 3" scale ships! Wave 3 (due in June) features five new ships: a V-Wing Fighter, a B-Wing Fighter (Orange Colors), an ARC-170 Starfighter (Green Colors), a Clone Turbo Tank (Snow Deco), and Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekQuestions for Hasbro? - Week 24
On January 12th, we sent our twenty-fourth batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Sideshow Collectibles Shipping Updates
A few new 12" scale items from Sideshow Collectibles are now shipping! First up, the Sith Probe Droid expansion packs have arrived at the warehouse and are now shipping. Also, Jabba the Hutt and his Throne Environment are expected to arrive in the warehouse in early February. Both Jabba items will ship in waves throughout the month of February. Keep an eye on your e-mail in-box to watch for your shipping notices! If you missed out on any or all of them, don't forget to sign up on the Wait List!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Sideshow Second Chance Offers
Another pair of Star Wars items from Sideshow Collectibles are making an appearance on the Second Chance list thanks to processing credit card declines and last minute cancellations. Now is your chance to grab the inclusive edition Salacious Crumb Creature Pack or the Premium Format Luke & Yoda figure set. Less than 75 Salacious Crumb creature packs and less than 30 Luke and Yoda sets remain so act fast if you want to order!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Sideshow Radio Podcast
The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more 12" Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the podcast today for details on the new packaging for the Star Wars 30th Anniversary, updated ship dates, and a few Toy Fair hints!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Acme Slave Leia Character Key Announced
Acme Archives has announced that the first Character Key from their new Original Trilogy line will be Slave Leia. She will debut at New York Comic-Con in February, but will also be offered via the Acme Archives Direct website as well. Slave Leia will be limited to 1000 pieces and will retail for $30. Click on the thumbnail above for a preview courtesy of Acme.
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekAcme Women Of The Clone Wars Giclee
Now up for pre-order at Acme Archives Direct is the new Women of the Clone Wars giclee. Set to ship in February, the giclee is limited to 500 pieces and is available for $89. There is also a framed option available for $229.
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekAcme Kit Fisto Character Key Coming Soon
Shipping soon from Sideshow Collectibles is the Kit Fisto Character Key from Acme Archives. This Clone Wars Key, which includes a $5 Sideshow Gift Card with purchase, is exclusive to Sideshow. If you haven't ordered your Key yet, grab yours today before they sell out!
Friday, January 26, 2007 | Jeff SmentekKotobukiya Luke & Vader Duel
Fans of Ralph McQuarrie's concept designs for Star Wars will certainly like the news out of the Official Site tonight. Kotobukiya is making a spectacular looking vinyl model kit of the concept art for Luke (or "Deak Starkiller") and Vader's Duel. This is the first concept art piece from Koto, but perhaps not the last!
Thursday, January 25, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenLoose 30th Anniversary Wave 1 Figures
We've got new loose shots of two of the 30th Anniversary Collection Wave 1 figures to share. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look at the Mustafar Lava Miner and the new Super Battle Droid. Thanks again to MarkX.
Thursday, January 25, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenNew Target Numbers
With all the breaking news yesterday, it was really overwhelming and took a while to digest! Tonight we bring to you the Target DPCI Numbers to a couple of the new products unveiled. Thanks to our Target spies for that little tidbit!
087-06-1856 Vintage 30th Anniversary Figures
087-06-1954 Death Star Deluxe Transformer ($49.99)
Thursday, January 25, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenRAH Fett from Sideshow Pre-Order Reminder
Just a reminder that Sideshow Collectibles will begin taking priority pre-orders for the Real Action Hero Boba Fett figure from Medicom Toy tomorrow at 10AM (Pacific)! Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) tonight to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!
Thursday, January 25, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew 30th Anniversary Vehicles Found
A few lucky folks have found the latest entries in the Mid-Size Starfighter assortment at their local Target stores. Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter and the new white repaint of the Classic TIE Fighter sport the new 30th Anniversary collection packaging and retail for around $20. Time to get out there and start checking your local store! Thanks to Darth Anton for the tip!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Jeff SmentekTime Capsule: Darth Vader in 1980
The Official Site updates tonight with a look at Darth Vader as he was in 1980. Head on over for a look at the Dark Lord of the Sith as fans knew him back at the start of the 1980s - before Jedi, before the EU, and before the prequels!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek30th Anniversary Wave 4 Revealed
The Hasbro updates continue with another batch of new images! Thanks once again to the e-tailer website, we've got our first look at four new figures in the fourth wave of the 2007 30th Anniversary Collection!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
30th Anniversary Wave 3 Revealed
The Hasbro updates continue with another batch of new images! Thanks once again to a leaky e-tailer website, we've got our first look at the seven new figures in the third wave of the 2007 30th Anniversary Collection!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
"Vintage" 30th Anniversary Collection Revealed
Hang on to your hats as we've got a pile of Hasbro updates today! Thanks to a leaky e-tailer website, we've got our first look at the six figures in the 2007 Vintage 30th Anniversary Collection!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Execute Order 66 at Target
The Official Site has updated with the details on the upcoming Target exclusive Order 66 2-Packs. The six sets in the line will feature both repaints and resculpts and will have the cylindrical packaging last seen in the 7" Unleashed line. Look for these at your local Target in the next few months!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Jeff SmentekDarth Who? Vote For Jacen's Sith Name!
In the fifth book of the new Legacy of the Force series, Sacrifice by Karen Traviss, Jacen Solo will reveal his Sith name - one chosen by the fans! Head on over and vote for your favorite Sith moniker today!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow Bubo Creature Pack Update
Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with new photos to give collectors a better perspective on the relative size of the 1:6 scale Bubo. Head on over and check out the high-res images to see how Bubo stacks up against a Sideshow 12" Bib Fortuna figure!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Jeff SmentekJediDefender Forum Spotlight
Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. Wave 9, the second portion of the "Final 22" Saga Collection figures, has started to arrive at online shops across the net. Think it's lame to have to buy even more repaints? Can't find them at retail thanks to seasonal inventory? Have an opinion and want to share? Then just head on into the forums and join in the discussion!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Jeff SmentekShipping From Dark Horse This Week
Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Dark Times #2 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait until tomorrow to read it? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Jeff SmentekAnother Visit to Utapau in 2007?
Everyone loves rumors, right? Details are still a bit fuzzy, but whether it's in a yet-to-be-announced Battle Pack or perhaps the rumored Order 66 line, our loyal spies have passed along word that the Airborne Trooper won't be the only Clone we see repainted in the Utapau Orange colors in 2007. You know Hasbro - no clone is left unturned, even those pesky AT-RT Drivers. Commander Cody must have had a few of those in his command... don't you think?
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Directions for Hyperspace in 2007
The Official Site updates tonight with big news for Fan Club members. Effective April 1, 2007, Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club and Star Wars Insider will become two separate products. Head on over for all the details on the switch and how it affects your membership benefits for Celebration IV.
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Jeff SmentekGentle Giant Production Delays
Gentle Giant has announced that there will be production delays for four of their upcoming Star Wars Mini-Busts - Jedi Luke Skywalker, Jango Fett, Zuckuss, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope).
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Inside the New You Can Draw: Star Wars
The Official Site has posted a review of the new book, You Can Draw: Star Wars, available at your local bookseller now from DK Books. The book features tutorials on how to draw many of the major Star Wars characters from the entire saga, as well as other droids, characters, creatures weapons, ships, and more!
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNew Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up
Another week and another installment of JediDefender.com's Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up. The feature where we take a look at the latest in custom figures, vehicles, and the community at large.
Click on through to see what's highlighted this week.
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken
Star Wars Comic Packs Wave 2 Revealed
Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the second wave of the popular Star Wars Comic Packs. The new comic packs included in Wave 2 are a Quinlan Vos & Vilmarh Grahrk pack, a Marvel Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) & R2-D2 pack, and an Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Alpha pack. Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekFather's Day Holiday Figure
Rumours of a Holiday figure appear to be confirmed by a listing at R2Dtoys.com for an I Am Your Father's Day Figure 2-pack. It could make sense to choose this date for a "holiday" figure since the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars is in May, and Father's Day is right around the corner. No picture yet, but we'll have one for you as soon as possible! Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the heads up.
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jesse WallSaga Legends at BigBadToyStore
BigBadToyStore is now taking pre-orders for the first wave of 2007 Saga Legends figures! While the first wave is made up of mostly repacks, there are a few new Battle Droid repaints you'll want to grab. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the figures and then head on over and pre-order your case today!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekRAH Fett Coming to Sideshow Collectibles
Sideshow Collectibles has announced that the Real Action Hero Boba Fett from Medicom Toy will go up for priority pre-order on Friday, January 26th at 10AM (Pacific)! Remember, you must be a registered newsletter subscriber and Sideshow account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) on Thursday, January 25th to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekPremium format Dagobah Luke and Yoda Shipping
The Premium Format Dagobah Luke and Yoda figure set from Sideshow Collectibles is now shipping. If you have this set pre-ordered, be sure to watch your mailbox! If you missed out, don't forget to sign up on the Wait List!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow Second Chance Offers
A pair of 12" figures from Sideshow Collectibles are making an appearance on the Second Chance list thanks to processing credit card declines and last minute cancellations. Now is your chance to grab the 12" Bib Fortuna exclusive edition figure or the 12" Darth Maul inclusive edition figure. Less than 75 of each figure remain, so head on over and grab yours today!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekPremium Format Fett Arriving in March
Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the Premium Format Boba Fett figure is now expected around it's original arrival date in late March 2007, rather than the previously delayed date in May! All Boba Fett collectors should take this opportunity to verify their order information and prepare their wallets!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekTitanium Pre-Order Update at EE
Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for 2007's second wave of 3" scale ships! Wave 2 (due in March) features four new Star Wars ships: Jabba's Sail Barge, Luke Skywalker's Snowspeeder, the Imperial Attack Cruiser, and the Firespray Interceptor (from Star Wars Galaxies). Also included in the wave are a pair of new ships from Battlestar Galactica: the Classic Cylon Raider and Battlestar Pegasus.
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekInside Star Wars Insider #92
The Official Site has updated with a sneak preview of Star Wars Insider #92. The first Insider of 2007 is packed with little-known facts about the development of A New Hope, vintage collectibles, and more. Also of note, look for a special variant Indiana Jones cover to celebrate the official confirmation of Indy IV!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekDark Horse Comics For April 2007 and Beyond
StarWars.com has posted a nice summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for April 2007 and a few trade paperbacks for June 2007. Head on over for all the details on your favorite Star Wars comics!
Friday, January 19, 2007 | Jeff SmentekClone Wars Yoda On Kybuck Pre-Order
StarWarsShop.com has the new Gentle Giant Clone Wars Yoda On Kybuck Maquette up for pre-order. The cost is $89.99, and should ship out in July! Get your orders in!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenGentle Giant Clone Wars Bust-Ups Box Set
Looks like Gentle Giant isn't quite done with Clone Wars Bust-Ups just yet. Revealed today is the new Clone Wars Clone Trooper Box Set. The set is expected to retail for around $25 and contains 5 new figures - four different Clone Troopers and Saesee Tiin in his nifty Jedi Armor from the Clone Wars cartoon series. Click on the thumbnail above for a better look!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff SmentekGentle Giant Dengar Mini-Bust Revealed
The next entry in the Star Wars Mini-Bust line from Gentle Giant will be the Bounty Hunter Dengar. Rounding out Empire's most notorious bad boys, Dengar will retail for around $50 and stands 8.75 inches tall thanks to his rifle.
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff SmentekGentle Giant Statues Update
Gentle Giant has confirmed three new Star Wars statue offerings based on Jabba's Palace! Click on through for the details!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
12" Buboicullaar Creature Pack Pre-Order Reminder
Just a reminder that the 12" Buboicullaar Creature Pack from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-order tomorrow at 10AM Pacific! Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM Pacific tonight to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff SmentekDecorating the Star Wars Spectacular
The Official Site has posted a nice feature on the incredible effort it took to decorate the two Star Wars Spectacular floats used in the 2007 Rose Parade. Head on over to find out how beans, split peas, mushrooms, rice, potatoes, and more can help build an amazing float!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff SmentekMore Gentle Giant Edition Sizes Announced
Gentle Giant has updated their blog with a few more Star Wars product edition size announcements for upcoming Spring and Summer releases!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Helmetless Rebel Fleet Trooper
The upcoming Capture of the Tantive IV battlepack is bound for retailer shelves in the near future. While the clean Stormtroopers have many fans anticipating this pack, many are forgetting the Rebel Troopers. The Rebels get a slight upgrade in sculpt with the addition of removable helmets. Read on to check out a close-up of the trooper without his brain bucket on!
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jesse McCracken
Hasbro Wants To See Your Saber
The Official Site has updated with a new contest from Hasbro. The folks at the big H want to see your creative and funny videos using your new Force Action Lightsaber. Turning on the TV? Flushing the toilet? Check out the link to get the early rules (complete rules are set for 2/2/07), and see what you need to do to get your video in the running for some great prizes.
Thursday, January 18, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenBattlepack Finds
Two new exclusive Battle Packs have surfaced at Target in California! Keep your eyes open for both the Betrayal On Felucia Battle Pack (DPCI # 087-06-1070) and the Ambush On Illum Battle Pack (DPCI # 087-06-0835) as they make their way across the country! Thanks to jedipurge for the report!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenHasbro Titanium Series Update
Hasbro has updated their site with a nice recap of recently announced Titanium Series ships. Included in the update are the ships from the final wave of 2006 (Wave 15, in stores now) and the ships from the first two waves of 2007.
UPDATE: JD staffer JediMAC has just found the first 2007 wave at a SoCal TRU this morning, including the Royal Guard TIE Interceptor, Dewback, Invisible Hand, AT-TE and Dagobah X-Wing.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | Jeff SmentekJediDefender Forum Spotlight
Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. The latest round of Hasbro Q&A revealed that the upcoming Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack will be a Wal-Mart exclusive. As you can imagine, reaction is mixed. Everyone has a favorite store where their local luck is better and for most, it's not Wal-Mart. Do you love Wal-Mart Exclusives? Hate them with a passion? Head on into the forums and join in the discussion to share your opinion!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekThe Art of Ralph McQuarrie - Update
Dreams and Visions Press has added a new The Art of Ralph McQuarrie production update page to their website! To whet everyone's McQuarrie appetite, they have added nine full size sample pages to the site. Pre-orders are still being accepted online for all three editions of the book, so grab yours today!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek12" Bespin Han Solo Contest
ToyTraderz is giving you the chance to win the very cool 12" Bespin Han Solo from Sideshow Collectibles. Be sure to check out their contest page for all the details on how to enter and win!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekLuke Skywalker Episode V Blaster On Sale Soon
A reminder that the Luke Skywalker Episode V Blaster Limited Edition from Master Replicas will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow at 9am PST for members of the 2006 and 2007 Master Replicas Collectors Society! Not a member? Fear not, as the blaster will be made available to the general public for pre-order the following day, January 18th, at 9am PST. The blaster will retail for $499 and will be strictly limited to 1,500 units worldwide.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow 30th Anniversary Packaging Designs
Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with a bit of packaging news. Beginning with the 12" scale Jabba the Hutt, Sideshow’s packaging will reflect Lucasfilm's vision for the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. The new 12" figure packaging retains the popular collector-friendly double window design and has been wrapped with the new 30th Anniversary artwork.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekLeia Mini-Bust Edition Size Announced
Gentle Giant has updated their blog with an edition size announcement. The Princess Leia (A New Hope) Mini-Bust will be limited to 6000 pieces. Leia will retail for around $50 and is set to ship in June 2007.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekWhere Science Meets Imagination Meets LA
The Official Site has updated with a great little preview of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the California Science Center. Since its October 2005 debut, the exhibit has attracted nearly 700,000 visitors at museums in Boston, MA; Columbus, OH; and Portland, OR. The exhibit runs in LA from February 11th through April 29th, 2007.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | Jeff SmentekBattlepacks And Value Packs At Retail
We've gotten word of multiple new items hitting the shelves right now. First are two new battlepacks being found at Target stores. The Jedi Training on Dagobah and Battle of Geonosis were both found. Also we've gotten some reports of Wal-Mart Value 2-packs of older Saga Collection figures for $9.98 as well. Thanks to Robo-Quack and SmarmyMcSmarmyson for the head's up!
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenInterview With KOTOR Writer Miller
Comic News International posted a nice interview with the writer for the Knights of the Old Republic series of comics, John Jackson Miller. The article reveals some of the future of the KOTOR universe, but it also is a nice read if you're just a little curious about what the KOTOR comics are about.
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenConcept Vader Revealed... Sort Of
Adam May of GalacticHunter.com fame posted a description of what the new McQuarrie Concept Darth Vader figure is going to be like in his blogger column. Head over to check out the details on what sounds like a very well articulated and detailed figure. The articulation alone made this reviewer happy!
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenMore Lego '07 Images
New images surfaced of the 2007 Lego sets courtesy of French site, Freelug.org! Check out the Lego 2007 news by clicking the image above for all the photos. Images are of ships already revealed for next year. They include the impressively large MTT, N1 Starfighter, and Obi-Wan's Fighter with Hyperspace Ring.
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenAttacktix Galore
Hasbro.com's official website for the Attacktix Game got a hefty update showing off new characters for gamers to enjoy. Pictured above is a spirit Yoda figure, but there are many more including R5-D4, Dengar, Imperial Cadet, and more! Click the cool Yoda above to check them all out.
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenDisney Maquette News
The Official Site updated with images of four new Character Maquettes of Disney characters in Star Wars garb! They'll be available at Star Wars Weekends this year if you're making the trip. Click the images above for the story.
Monday, January 15, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenSideshow Premium Luke and Yoda Update
Sideshow Collectibles passes along word that people on the wait list for the Sideshow Exclusive version of the Premium Format Dagobah Luke an Yoda figure have a very good chance of getting the figure due to cancellations and credit cards being declined. If you're not on the wait list yet, head on over and get on it before it's too late!
Friday, January 12, 2007 | Ryan PhippsQuestions for Hasbro? - Week 23
With the Holiday season behind us, it's time to start the Q&A machine once again. On January 5th, we sent our twenty-third batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!
Friday, January 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
Sideshow 12" Buboicullaar Creature Pack Announced
Sideshow Collectibles has announced the date for priority pre-ordering of their next entry in the Scum & Villainy line! The 12" Buboicullaar Creature Pack will go up for priority pre-order on Friday, January 19th at 10AM (Pacific)! Remember, you must be a registered newsletter subscriber and Sideshow account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) on Thursday, January 18th to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!
Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Jeff SmentekDeath Star Briefing Sets Ship
Word on our forums is that the Imperial Death Star Briefing set has shipped to some who pre-ordered theirs from our sponsor Entertainment Earth. Not got your order in on these yet? Well you can put one in now by clicking here! Thanks to Jim and Jon for the head's up.
Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenNikko R2-D2 Product Updates
The R2-D2 Mobile Entertainment System and R2-D2 Communication System from Nikko Home Electronics were two of the hot items shown at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We’ve got a bit more information on these two along with some new pics and video of R2 in action!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
First Look - Star Wars: Sacrifice
The Official Site updates tonight with the first look at the cover to the upcoming Star Wars: Sacrifice, the fifth book in the new Legacy of the Force series from Del Rey Books. Due in May 2007, this novel continues the saga of Jacen Solo, compelete with Jacen's Sith name, which fans will help determine through an online poll later this month!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Jeff SmentekOfficial 12" Jabba Pics at Sideshow
A little late to the party perhaps, but Sideshow Collectibles has posted some official pictures of the 12" Jabba the Hutt packaging. Also, 12" fans take note - this week’s Sideshow Newsletter will have an official preview of the next release in the Star Wars 12-inch line! Could it be the much rumored Bubo creature pack perhaps? We'll find out tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Jeff SmentekHappy 20th Star Tours!
20 years ago today Disney theme park goers and Star Wars fans alike were treated to a brand new ride, Star Tours. The gang over at StarTours.net has a special greeting from C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels, to celebrate Star Tours' 20th Anniversary. Click on the thumbnail above to head over and check it out!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Ryan PhippsSideshow Jabba Images
The forums at Chinese-StarWars.com have a nice gallery of images of the upcoming 12" Jabba the Hutt from Sideshow Collectibles. The figure is in-hand and sports some incredible details such as the gangster's tattoo and scar on his tail! Check out the gallery at Chinese-StarWars.com by clicking the thumbnail above, and thanks to brucepan for taking the photos!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenClone Wars Yoda Maquette
It looks like the folks at Gentle Giant are at it again with another beautiful Clone Wars item. This time fans can look forward to the announcement of a new Clone Wars Yoda with Mount Maquette they can purchase! Click the image above to check out the full size shot of this beauty!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenFord Snubs Star Wars?
An Entertainment Report to a British Newspaper says Harrison Ford was propositioned on the idea of a spinoff Star Wars film by George Lucas prior to the Indiana Jones IV offer. The report says Ford was "horrified" at the concept of it. If true, that's not surprising considering Ford was vocal about wishing his character to have been killed off in Return of the Jedi. Check out the link above to read the full article. Fans hoping for more movies maybe have a little more hope now if this story is indeed true.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken2007 Utapau Airborne Trooper Update
Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look at the upcoming #07 Airborne Trooper from the first wave of 30th Anniversary Collection figures. While the sculpt is the same as the one used in the 2006 Mace Windu Attack Battalion Battle Pack, this time we get a movie accurate "Utapau Orange" paint scheme. Watch for the first wave of 30th Anniversary figures to arrive in late February or early March. Thanks to Mark X for the image.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jeff SmentekShipping From Dark Horse This Week
Arriving at your local comic book shop this week are a couple of new Star Wars comics from Dark Horse: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #12 and
Star Wars: Legacy #7. In addition, you'll find a new trade paperback book too, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 7. Can't wait until tomorrow to read them? Well then follow the links to Dark Horse's website for a few previews to tide you over!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow Salacious Crumb Creature Pack Shipping
The Salacious B. Crumb Creature Pack from Sideshow Collectible is now shipping! The latest entry in the Scum and Villainy line features an assortment of critters from Jabba's Palace and is sure to look great next to the big Hutt! If you pre-ordered Crumb and friends, keep an eye out for yours to arrive soon!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | Jeff SmentekJediDefender Forum Spotlight
Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. When it comes to new figure sculpts, one area of the Original Trilogy that has been ignored by Hasbro over the last few years is Jabba's Palace. There is a big old pile of characters just waiting to be made. Want to see a nice list of exactly who you're missing? Of course you do. Just head on into the forums, check out the list of Who Is Left From Jabba's Palace and join in the discussion!
Monday, January 8, 2007 | Jeff SmentekStar Wars Rose Parade Wrap-Up
The Official Site updates tonight with a nice little recap of the Star Wars floats, 501st, and more from the 118th Tournament of Roses Parade last week. From Lucas to Ewoks to Twi'leks, the Star Wars Spectacular was fun for everyone! Head on over to check out the images.
Monday, January 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek212th Attack Battalion Helmet On Sale Soon
A reminder that the 212th Attack Battalion Helmet from Master Replicas will be available for pre-order beginning on January 10, 2007 at 9am PST for members of the 2006 and 2007 Master Replicas Collectors Society! Not a member? Fear not, as the helmet will be made available to the general public for pre-order the following day, Janauary 11, 2007 at 9am PST. The helmet will retail for $399 and will be strictly limited to 1,000 units worldwide.
Monday, January 8, 2007 | Jeff SmentekNikko Home Electronic R2-D2's
Nikko Home Electronics are jumping into the Star Wars brand with their own license of Home Electronic Systems. The first two systems are the R2-D2 Communication System and the R2-D2 Mobile Entertainment System. Check out their website for the details on each product, but each one is intended to put "original designs and functionality" back into home electronics. Must haves for Star Wars fans!
Monday, January 8, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenYoda FX Lightsaber On Sale Soon
A reminder that the Yoda Force FX Lightsaber from Master Replicas will be available for pre-order beginning on January 10, 2007 at 9am PST for members of the 2006 and 2007 Master Replicas Collectors Society! Not a member? Fear not, as the saber will be made available to the general public for pre-order the following day, Janauary 11, 2007 at 9am PST.
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek2007 Master Replicas Collectors Society Details
Master Replicas has announced the details for their 2007 Collectors Society! This year's kit will include the new Qui-Gon Jinn Scaled Replica lightsaber (only available to members), a membership card and ID number, a 10% dicount on all items released by Master Replicas in 2007, a minimum of two exclusive Limited Edition products, and much more!
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow 12" Jabba the Hutt In Action
Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show production blog with a bit of news on the upcoming 12" Jabba the Hutt figure. Head on over and check out the new Flash animation that shows off the slug's arm articulation!
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jeff SmentekSideshow Premium Format Dagobah Duo
Sideshow Collectibles is preparing to begin processing preorders of the Dagobah Luke and Yoda Premium Format figure set in the next 10-12 days! If the holiday season has put a squeeze on your budget, there is a way to delay processing of your set until February 1st.
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek
New Lego Sets For '07
More new 2007 Lego Sets showed up on Lego fansite Europbricks.com. Check out their shots of a new N1 Starfighter, Obi-Wan's Jedi Fighter w/Hyperspace Ring, and a cool MTT w/battledroids galore!
Lego fans have a lot of great troop building to look forward to in '07! It seems maybe Lego is a little more free to put out large numbers of figures in their sets than in the past due to licensing issues.
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenNew Titanium At Hasbro
Hasbro.com updated today with four new 3" Star Wars Titanium die-cast vehicles and two new ships from Battlestar Galactica as well. Read on through for the details to look forward to!
Friday, January 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken
A More Adult Universe
No, I'm not talking about anything perverted, just good for the more mature fan of the Star Wars Universe. In an interview with GeekMonthly.com at the Rose Parade, Lucas said the new live-action television series he's planning for 2009 is to be "more adult" in nature, and as rumored it may be like current sci-fi television series.
Past rumors contributing to this story hinted at a story revolving around pilots. Perhaps Rogue Squad the TV series, but interesting for Star Wars fans without a film to wait for!
Thursday, January 4, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenWave 3 Card Back Information
The card back information for Wave 3 of this year's 30th Anniversary Collection has surfaced over at 4-Inches.de. While it isn't as interesting as pictures, it makes for an entertaining read. Head on over and check it out.
Thursday, January 4, 2007 | Ryan PhippsDisney Exclusive Die-Cast Cars
The crew over at GalacticHunter have uncovered a new set of Disney Exclusive die-cast Star Wars cars. The cars are molded in the shape of Star Wars Characters and are in 1/64 scale. Head on over to checkout the images!
Thursday, January 4, 2007 | Ryan PhippsFrom Collector To ILM Employee
It's not common you get to see one of the people involved in collecting make a huge leap into the Star Wars professional circle, but it appears that Frank "Niub Niub" D'Iorio, a staffer at GalacticHunter.com, has made a big leap to work at Industrial Light & Magic!
Frank's maybe best known in collecting circles for the Diorama Workshop he ran at Celebration III in 2005. Check out Frank's good news at his site, Niub Niub's Universe, and congratulations for the incredibly cool job!
Thursday, January 4, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenIndy Is On Track
The Official Site updated with a little more story on the upcoming Indiana Jones film. Lucas confirmed the script is done and filming is set to begin as early as June according to the article! With Indy being as beloved as Star Wars (and usually sharing the same fans), this is something big we can all look forward to!
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenMaster Replica's New Clothes
Master Replicas changes their duds for the new year with a new site design. With a forum and something called MRTV (FX Saber demonstrations? Design Process footage?) among other features, it's shaping up pretty nicely.
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 | Jesse McCrackenHappy New Year From JD
The year 2007 has begun and Star Wars collectors (and fans) have a lot to look forward to for sure. The staff here at JediDefender.com would like to wish all our readers a great start to this new year, both in the hobby and in your personal lives as well. Take care, and have a safe new year!
Monday, January 1, 2007 | Jesse McCracken
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