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February 2005


ROTS Trailer Announced!


StarWars.com has announced that the trailer will be shown on March 10th! The first chance will be at 9pm on FOX during an episode of "The O.C." For members of the Fan Club, check it out on Hyperspace after the show.

To see it in all it's full size beauty, head to the theatres on March 11th when it will be shown with Robots. Mark this date on your calendar kids!

Monday, February 28, 2005 | Jesse Wall

R2-D2 Loses His Wheels

The man responsible for bringing our favourite Astromech Droid to life, Kenny Baker, has been suspended from driving for one year across the pond in Great Britain. He admitted to drinking two glasses of wine after a rehearsal for a play, which put him over the legal limit.

However, this was likely easier on him than being entered into the police computer as C-3PO while being held! Check out the full story at Reality TV World.com.

Monday, February 28, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Gentle Giant Bust-Ups Series 3 Chase Info


Over on the Yahoo! Japan Auctions website, seller linlin123456789 offered up a set of Gentle Giant Series 3 Bust-Ups, including the chase Silver Boba Fett Bust-Up! Click on the thumbnail above for the first pictures of the Silver Fett piece and then head on into the JD.com forums for the latest details!

Monday, February 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Even Lucas Needs a Vacation


So you're a big time movie director and you need a little stress relief before the approaching storm of your blockbuster release - where are you going to go? Walt Disney World of course! Lucas was spotted around all 4 of Disney's major Orlando theme parks this past weekend as he vacations with his family. Head on over to WDW Magic for all the details on his trip!

Sunday, February 27, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Mid-Size Vehicles Update at Hasbro


Another day, another update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features an official look at 3 new items in the upcoming Mid-Size Vehicle Assortment from Revenge of the Sith. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Sunday, February 27, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Unleashed Aurra & Friends


The latest from the Unleashed line are here! IG-88, Aurra Sing, and Stormtrooper are now available at Entertainment Earth. These powerful and meticulously designed sculptures capture some of the most compelling Star Wars characters in their rawest and most electrifying moments! Click here to order!

Saturday, February 26, 2005 | Chris Berry

Lucasarts Bonanza


Just a little recap of some happenings at Lucasarts.com. They have done a lot of updating lately, so make sure you read up on all the latest news out about upcoming games like Empire At War, Republic Commando, and the hit sequal Knights of the Old Republic 2: Sith Lords. Read on for more!

Saturday, February 26, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Deluxe Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their Revenge of the Sith action figures with a weekend website update. This time, it's a closer look at the first batch of Deluxe figures which are due in stores April 2nd! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more!

Saturday, February 26, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Kotobukiya Real Mask Magnets Series 2


New pictures of the second series of Kotobukiya's Real Mask Magnets have surfaced on eBay. The second series is set to include Yoda, Chewie, Maul, Clone Trooper, Greedo, Royal Guard, Biker Scout, and a mystery "chase" magnet. If you haven't started your Real Mask Magnet collection yet, Series 1 is still in stock at
StarWarsShop.com!

Friday, February 25, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Battle Vehicles Update at Hasbro


Another day, another update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features an official look at two of the upcoming sets in the Battle Vehicle Assortment from Revenge of the Sith - Boga with Obi-Wan Kenobi and BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Friday, February 25, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

JD Welcomes 3 New Staff Members!

With a plethora of major Star Wars events and collectible news on the near horizon, JediDefender is proud to announce the addition of three new Staff Members to it's crew, to assist in keeping our friends and readers up to speed on everything related to your favorite Saga. So we're very excited to welcome aboard Rob (KneelBeforeZod), Jared (Tydirium), and Jesse (JesseVader08)! We'd also like to thank the rest of you who applied, for your interest in helping make JD the #1 place on the net for SW collecting news and discussion.

These three guys have big shoes to fill, with the recent retirement of JD's favorite son - Scott 'OCB' Pearson. The entire JediDefender staff and community can't thank Scott enough for all of his contributions here over the past 2 1/2 years. We're gonna miss you, OCB...

Friday, February 25, 2005 | Matt Colman

Cingular Has Star Wars Downloads!


Cingular is offering up a Darth Vader breathing ringtone, Yoda wallpaper, and an animated Death Star Explosion screeensaver. Check it out here! Cingular is also going to offer up some Episode 3 downloads soon. Thanks to our birthday buddy DeanPaul for the heads up!

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Brad Smith

Republic Commando Goes Gold


LucasArts has announced that their newest game Star Wars Republic Commando has gone gold for Xbox and PC and is scheduled to ship next Tuesday, March 1st! Head on over to the Republic Commando website for all the details on this great new game!

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Collection 2 Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their Revenge of the Sith action figures with another website update. Today, it's a closer look at the first batch of Collection 2 figures which are due in stores April 2nd! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more!

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Popcorn Machines


StarWars.com gives us the low-down on a series of all new Star Wars popcorn machines coming this April. Head on over for a pictures of the different makes and models headed your way this spring!

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Collection 1 Update at Hasbro


With Toy Fair behind us, Hasbro's veil of secrecy has been lifted. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for a closer look at the first batch of Revenge of the Sith figures scheduled for Collection 1 (the Action Feature Figures) and due in stores April 2nd!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

UPDATE: Another Exclusive Darth Vader for 2005


Think we've seen the last of vac-metallized figures? Think again. Hasbro wasn't lying when they said that the era of silver figures was over, but apparently they haven't given up on the vacuum-metallized exclusive figure concept just yet. The JediDefender News Room has dug up some dirt on a planned Target exclusive for 2005 - a 3.75" scale Red Metallic Darth Vader. No details yet on the how or when, but you can expect to add this guy to your collection sometime in 2005! As always, things are subject to change until you hear it from Hasbro, but watch for more details on this figure as we get closer to April 2nd!

UPDATE: Looks like the crew over at MouseDroid.com was just able to score a picture of the upcoming Target exclusive Vader which we first announced on February 15th, as well as a TRU exclusive Holographic Yoda. Head on over for a look at the carded figures!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Kubrick Series 4 Announced & 12" Medicom Vader!


Word just into JD headquarters is that Series 4 of the highly coveted Star Wars Kubrick line will contain the following Original Trilogy figures: Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Emperor, Bespin Luke, Hoth Han, and Nien Nunb. Great news for Kubrick fans across the land, for sure! Check out the pic, and discuss this in our forums, right here.

Also just announced by Medicom is an absolutely stunning new 12" Darth Vader figure. Click through to this thread to take gaze on in amazement.

Estimated release date on both of these is expected to be in June.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | Matt Colman

Lego Drops The Bomb


Lego unloads an impressive new item for their UCS with this Death Star II kit, and in mid-fire at that! Look out Alliance!

Quite the hefty looking model, and complete with a mini Destroyer floating around it too. Very sweet. Thanks to Mike from out my way for the heads up on this.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Vader Gumball Machine


I was pointed in the direction of this by my local PSWCS buddy Dave, and I thought it was one of the nicer looking random Vader items we're sure to be seeing in coming days. It's a Darth Vader Gumball Machine!

Click the image to see it more closely. This is one of those random other collectibles I actually may pick up at some point, breaking my 3.75" figure only rule.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

MMMMmmmm Cereal

And thus it begins!

We got a report from this guy that loafs around our forums named Scott that his local grocery stores have put out Episode III food tie-in items already. Apparantly Cheez-Its and Kellog's Cereal bearing images of characters from Episode III were out and about, so get ready for a deluge of this stuff folks!

Behind cereal there's always much, much more waiting to flood your local stores!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Exclusive Darth Vader


Sideshow Collectibles’ Premium Format Darth Vader Figure is a museum quality 1/4 scale reproduction of the Dark Lord’s appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope. The multi-layered costume combines expertly tailored clothing with a body and armor cast in heavy-weight polystone and other mediums, each chosen to best represent the original costume. The lightsaber, chest and belt panels feature electronic light function. Each figure is painted, costumed, and assembled by hand, and held to the highest quality standards. This piece was shown at this years Toy Fair and can be seen in detail in our gallery. Darth Vader is a Sideshow exclusive (limited to 2000) and will not be sold anywhere else, get yours now!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Chris Berry

Free Stuff at TRU This Week


TRU's President's Day Sale advertisment (found in yesterday's newspaper) featured a Star Wars freebie offer: 1 free Galactic Heroes 2-pack ($5.99 value) with any purchase of Galactic Heroes merchandise totalling $19.99 or more. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the TRU ad if you missed it in your local paper!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Max Rebo Makes His Kubrick Debut


Yesterday was the day for Japan's WonderFest 2005 and the first day that the exclusive Kubrick Max Rebo Band 4-piece set was offered. The first 500 sets were sold yesterday and they are already showing up on eBay! If the current price is a bit too high for you, another 1,505 sets will be released via the Medicom Collectors Club in Japan in the upcoming months. Don't know much about Kubricks? Well then, just head on into the JD.com forums to find out more about this great toy line!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

2005 Star Wars Weekends at Disney


The Official Site sheds some light on the upcoming Star Wars Weekends at Disney MGM Studios this May. Scheduled to run from May 20 to June 12, the SW Weekends will center around the recently remodeled Star Tours ride as well as featuring fans and celebrities alike in a host of events. Head on over to the Official Site for all the details and start planning your vacation today!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO at Toy Fair 2005


Looking for more Toy Fair info? Well, the Official Site updates today with some great new pictures of the upcoming Revenge of the Sith LEGO sets for 2005, as well as confirming the TRU exclusive OT Imperial Inspection LEGO Set! Head on over for the details!

Monday, February 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Brian's Toys Newsletter

Attakus Yoda from AOTC now in stock at Brian's Toys. Anakin's Jedi Starfighter from ROTS will be shipping next week. AFA Graded Unleashed figures now in stock. Holiday Jawas and Medicon 12" Luke Jedi still available. Just in, a POTF2 loose Action Fleet E-Wing. Lots of Vintage Vehicles and Playsets still in stock with lots of AFA carded figures to be added soon. Family Guy series 2 is now available for pre-order. GIJOE 40th Anniversary Wave to now back in stock, the set of 4 is available for $149.99.

Sunday, February 20, 2005 | Chris Berry

2005 Hasbro Press Kit

There's a huge buzz in the collecting world going on about the Hasbro Press Kit given out at Toy Fair today. I was lucky enough to snag one, and snapped a few pics of it. Click on through for the shots.

Saturday, February 19, 2005 | Dave Castle

Toy Fair 2005 Coverage Begins


I was the lucky staff member who attended Toy Fair on behalf of JediDefender.com starting today with an exclusive look at Hasbro's upcoming products. While I have to say I was a little underwhelmed at what was shown (since most of it has already been seen, with the exception of a few items) it was a fun time. You can check out the pictures I took here. And don't forget to stop back tomorrow, when the rest of the show opens up. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots of new products from the likes of Gentle Giant, Dark Horse, Master Replicas, and hopefully many more.

Saturday, February 19, 2005 | Dave Castle

Sideshow Vader for Pre-Order


The Official Site updates today with more info on the upcoming 1/4 scale Darth Vader from Sideshow. At 20" tall, this premium Darth Vader is based on his classic Star Wars look and packed full of amazing details. Head on over to StarWarsShop.com to pre-order yours and you'll receive a FREE 1/4 scale mouse droid!

UPDATE: - It appears that Vader is already SOLD OUT!

Friday, February 18, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Got FFURG?


Have you got FFURG? Or are you just afraid of catching it from someone you know? Well beat them to the punch by clicking the image above to learn how you can get the official T-Shirt for FFURG.com at Celebration III! Pre-order yours today!

Friday, February 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Ready To Go To Toy Fair?


Well, Hasbro can take you there, for right now they've got a little sneak preview up at Hasbro.com to give just a taste of what you're going to see in the coming days. Stay Tuned to Jedi Defender.com for more on Toy Fair as it truly lets the floodgates of Episode III open!

Friday, February 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Clone Wars Watch from Fossil


Another Official Site update, this time featuring the new Clone Wars Animated Series watch from Fossil. This unique timepiece features the animated versions of Mace, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda, as well as a brushed metal finish and an adjustable leather band. Click on over to StarWarsShop.com to pre-order yours today!

Thursday, February 17, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Code 3 AT-ST Update


The Official Site updates with a closer look at the upcoming AT-ST from Code 3. This 12" tall, highly detailed replica features rotating cannons, a swiveling head, and viewports that open and close. The right side panel and top hatch are removable, offering a better view of the cockpit and two AT-ST pilots. Head on over to StarWarsShop.com to reserve yours now!

Thursday, February 17, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Downtime

Due to hardware failure JediDefender went down last night at around 10:30 PM EST and is just now back up at 11:30 AM EST. Please accept my personal apology and know that we did everything in our power to get back online, hopefully everything is back at 100%. Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, February 17, 2005 | Chris Berry

Help Wanted Update

We are still accepting applications for new staff members. Please do not be alarmed if you have sent your application and have not heard back. Applicants are still being reviewed by myself and the staff.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 | Chris Berry

Another Exclusive Darth Vader for 2005


Think we've seen the last of vac-metallized figures? Think again. Hasbro wasn't lying when they said that the era of silver figures was over, but apparently they haven't given up on the vacuum-metallized exclusive figure concept just yet. The JediDefender News Room has dug up some dirt on a planned Target exclusive for 2005 - a 3.75" scale Red Metallic Darth Vader. No details yet on the how or when, but you can expect to add this guy to your collection sometime in 2005! As always, things are subject to change until you hear it from Hasbro, but watch for more details on this figure as we get closer to April 2nd!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: Visionaries


A new comic due out takes an interesting approach to comic art when they actually recruit conceptual artists from Revenge of the Sith to ink and tell the work this time around. It's worth a look so click the little red Greivous to read all about it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro at Toy Fair 2005


Hasbro sent along a little info on three items they plan on showing off at Toy Fair 2005, which starts this upcoming weekend. Click on through for a bit info on three upcoming items!

Monday, February 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

All They Need Now Is A Micro-Bus


Via StarWars.com, the company Idea Nuova displays their wares of home items like Bean Bag Chairs, Lava Lamps, and other psychodelic styles for your swingin' bachelor pad... Or that nook of your house that your wife says you can keep all your Star Wars stuff in at least.

I was actually just thinking how neat a beaded curtain would be with a Star Wars theme, but the Lava Lamp is a must have in my book! Click the Image above for all the skinny.

Monday, February 14, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

A Guide To Having Fun At C3?


Well, apparantly StarWars.com thinks you need a guide to know how to have fun! Read it though by clicking the image above because it does give a checklist on what you need to do to make C3 the most enjoyable experience you can! It covers everything from where Fan Club members will stand in line (with a map even) right down to the date you should be registered by to get your badges shipped to you (March 4th).

This is definitely helpful for people not used to the Celebration experience, such as myself.

Saturday, February 12, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Looking For Some Help


If you've ever wanted to actually work for one of these sites that consume your life, now is your chance. I'm looking to bring a new person on to help out the team here with various daily tasks to maintain the site/forums. If you have experience, that's great, if not- don't worry. Past having reporting/site maintenance experience, knowledge of basic html is quite handy. Those interested should simply send me an e-mail me with your prior knowledge/experience (if any) and any questions you have. Thanks to all who are interested!

Saturday, February 12, 2005 | Chris Berry

Geek Chic


StarWars.com also updates today with an article on upcoming Star Wars apparel to deck out your favorite fanboy (or girl) in the hottest geek fashions! The company Freeze, who produced T-Shirts back in '97 for the Special Editions, have whipped these new shirts up for Return of the Sith and Original Trilogy items.

Click the image above and read about the shirts which sound like they'll be a step in a new direction for Star Wars fashion fans!

Thursday, February 10, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Vader Is Gonna School You Fools!


Click the image above to read all about the Star Wars school items like backpacks, pens, pencils, rulers, etc., all laid out for you at StarWars.com. Let the E3 blitz continue!

Thursday, February 10, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

FFURG.com Invades Celebration 3


My home away from home, Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide has a spot at Celebration 3, and they want you to come join them and learn about customizing first-hand. Click the flashing FFURG image above to read all the details!

From Novices to Experts, we'll be welcoming everyone to the booth for demonstrations on a variety of customizing techniques, so the FFURG staff hopes to see you there broadening your collection through figure customizing!

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Minis from Wizards of the Coast


The Official Site updates tonight with a look at the upcoming Revenge of the Sith minatures from Wizards of the Coast. Head on over to check out the latest on the minis and be sure to pick up your set this April!

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Ani's Starfighter in the USA


Still looking for Anakin's Jedi Starfighter from Hasbro? Well, reports are coming in that the Sneak Preview vehicle has been found at a retailer on the East Coast - Meijer's! Not only are people finding this Episode 3 vehicle, but it's on sale too. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the picture from the Sunday ad.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Win a Trip To the TRL Episode 3 Premiere!

OK, perhaps "win" isn't the best choice of words there, but "buy" sure is, as MTV in conjuction with eBay, is currently serving up the chance to join the star-studded TRL celebrity (early) viewing of Episode 3! There's still six days left to bid, but you better have some serious moolah saved up to win these two tickets, 'cause this one's already sitting at a whopping $4,050 (with 50 bids). The good news is that 75% of the proceeds are going to UNICEF's Tsunami Relief Fund.

As an added bonus, you get to hang with the celebs at the after-party at Skywalker Ranch! So get your bidding shoes on, and hop to it! Thanks to JayDouble for the head's up...

Monday, February 7, 2005 | Matt Colman

Hasbro Unveils Gaming Line-Up


A great new article is up at StarWars.com, listing the upcoming games from Hasbro which will complement the impending Episode III onslaught. Click the image above to read about them all! The Trivial Pursuit DVD Star Wars Saga Edition game has already grabbed my attention for sure, and it looks like some other board games are getting updated to encompass the entire saga finally. How many Star Wars Monopolies can one person own?!

Saturday, February 5, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Pez Gets Super-Sized


Giant Pez dispensers? I guess so, if you consider 12 inches tall as "giant". For a Pez-Head, I suppose it is! Click the image above to learn all about them at StarWars.com. They sound interesting, featuring light and sound, as well as "limited edition" pieces. Now where in the world would I even put those? Hmmmm...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

More Attactix Details


Hasbro has some neat pictures of the Attacktix game pieces as well as more details on the actual game play. Check out our previous reports as well for a figure list and more!

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 | Scott Pearson

Republic Commando Demo Is Go

More Republic Commando news, as the game's PC demo is now available online at 3D Gamers. You can try to get a download by clicking right here. I tried mine some hours ago and it's pretty filled up as is to be expected. This download differs from the X-Box demo that has gone out with the Knights of the Old Republic II game already, and some magazines. You may want to check this one out then, just to see another aspect of the game, and to see the control differences between X-Box and PC.

Also, don't forget our earlier report that if you pre-order through Lucasarts.com, you get a free "stress ball" that looks like a Thermal Detonator. Pretty neat gift there!

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Han Stormtrooper Mini-Bust ON SALE!


Gentle Giant through their Collector's Club has put the long anticipated Han Solo in Stormtrooper Gear up for order at their site. Go here and go fast! Han is limited to 3500 pieces and only available to GG club members.

UPDATE: It appears there are problems with the ordering site (What else is new!) Stay tuned for details as we get them.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005 | Scott Pearson

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