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February 2007


New Unleashed Sets Hit Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found new Unleashed items, both large and small, at their local Wal-Mart stores. New to the Unleashed Battle Packs are the Battle for Tantive IV and Trouble on Tatooine waves. New to the 7" Unleashed line are the Wal-Mart exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper repaint and the RotS Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker pieces, all with the new tubular packaging. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

GG Premiere Guild Raffle for B&W Fett Maquette


Gentle Giant is offering their Premiere Guild members the chance to enter an exclusive raffle for the Animated Boba Fett Black and White Maquette previously only available to Blister in Japan. Premiere Guild members can log on to Gentle Giant's website for the full raffle details. Look for similar raffles for the Princess Leia and Darth Vader Black and White Maquettes in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Infiltrator Listed at EE


The highly anticipated Sith Infiltrator is now available for preorder at Entertainment Earth! Loaded with play features like spring-open wings, Darth Maul's ship is slated to arrive in May. So get your order in now!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #14 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, February 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Exile Interview with Aaron Allston


Out in paperback this week is the fourth installment in the Legacy of the Force series, Exile. Check out StarWars.com for a new interview with Exile's author, Aaron Allston, along with a few exerpt chapters from the book.

Monday, February 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Acme's Keys to the Star Wars Galaxy


The Official Site has updated with a feature on the new line of Original Trilogy Character Keys from Acme Archives. Head on over for a few details on the line and some hints at who we may be seeing next!

Monday, February 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

TRU Exclusive Gold Squadron Y-Wing Fighter


It looks like ToysRUs.com has confirmed yet another upcoming exclusive, the Gold Squadron Y-Wing Fighter! No images yet, but it is now up for pre-order for $29.99 with an estimated mid-June ship date. I would expect to see these in the retail Toys R Us stores along a similar timeframe.

Monday, February 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Upcoming Kotobukiya Figures


Wonder Festival in Japan has brought us a lot of interesting news of upcoming Kubrick releases, but this time we get a glimpse at a few items coming from Kotobukiya. There will be a Revenge of the Sith version of Obi-Wan Kenobi (unpainted version shown) and a Spirit version of Yoda (which will light up and have a voice chip). Check out the images at Slave1.jp, including the McQuarrie versions of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Monday, February 26, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up


After a brief hiatus due to Toy Fair, the Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up returns this week. There have been some fantastic customs done in the past few weeks. This week we get to highlight one of my favorite customizers and sculptors, Jedi_Master_Ben. He has done some phenomenal work on his scratch made Jabba’s Palace guards. We also have some interesting UGP updates as well. Click on through for the latest in the customizing world!

Sunday, February 25, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #92


Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars
Insider Online Supplement
. This edition features Star Wars Insider #92,
which shipped to Hyperspace Fan Club subscribers this month. Head on over
to the Official Site to check it out!

Sunday, February 25, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

400% Shadow Stormtrooper Kubrick @ Blister.jp


Blister.jp has updated their website with a preview of an upcoming Kubrick 400% Shadow Stormtrooper figure. Full details have yet to be revealed on the availability, but we do know that it will be limited to 1000 pieces. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

Saturday, February 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the latest Sideshow podcast today for a Toy Fair recap and a hint at the next item in the Star Wars VS diorama series!

Saturday, February 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Winter 2007 WonderFest Exclusive 400% Fett


Medicom Toy has updated their website today, giving us the official details on the upcoming Return of the Jedi deco 400% Boba Fett figure. As we reported last week, Fett will be limited to just 2007 pieces. 500 pieces will be sold at this Sunday's Winter Wonder Festival 2007 with the remaining 1507 pieces offered through the Medicom Collector Club.

Friday, February 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Acme Character Key - Slave Leia


Acme Archives is now taking pre-orders for the Slave Leia Character Key, the first in their new Original Trilogy line. The Slave Leia Character Key is priced at $30 and is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.

Friday, February 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Premium Format Boba Fett Shipping Soon


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the upcoming Premium Format Boba Fett figure is on his way to their U.S. warehouse! Watch for a shipping notice in March if you've got Fett pre-ordered. If you missed out on Fett, don't forget to sign up on the Wait List!

Friday, February 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Hoth Han 2nd Head Mock-Up


You may recall from our Toy Fair coverage the exclusive news we brought to you of the Vintage Hoth Han Solo figure having a second head (hood up) that got removed, but only after our crew got some photos first. Well JD reader John Dunivant sent a photo-shopped MOCK-UP of what the 2nd head would look like on the figure! (Note: The picture is altered to only show what the 2nd head would look like on the Vintage Hoth Han body)

Hasbro you just have to give us this extra headsculpt, it's fantastic! Click the thumbnail to check out the mock-up image!

Friday, February 23, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Art of the Game


This October, Insight Editions will produce an illustration-loaded trade paperback celebrating the art of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Co-authored by Haden Blackman and Brett Rector, the 224-page book chronicles the 3 year development of the game, from concept to completion, and includes concept artwork, three-dimensional renders and behind-the-scenes photos. Check out StarWars.com for all the details.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Fan Club Perks at Celebration Europe


Celebration Europe will bring days of fun, events, entertainment, and exhibits to London's ExCeL Exhibition Centre this July. Fan Club members will have exclusive benefits, ranging from early admission to exclusive exhibits. Check out a few of the Fan Club benefits here and don't forget to renew your membership if you're planning on attending!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Video Game Posters


The Official Site updates tonight with a feature on Star Wars video game promotional posters through the years. Star Wars video game posters present a diverse range of collectible art that is both displayable and affordable, and virtually ignored by film poster enthusiasts.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

StarWarsShop Sale This Weekend


Starting tonight, StarWarsShop will be running a 3-day sale on over 60 in-stock items ranging across all categories and licensees. You'll find items from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Master Replicas, Kotobukiya, and more! The sale ends at 10am (Pacific) on Monday, so head on over and check out the deals while they last!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

LucasTrooper Reminder - Only 1 Week Left!


Just a reminder that there is only one week left to send away for your George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise vintage figure from last Spring's Ultimate Galactic Hunt promotion. Certificates must be postmarked by February 28, 2007 and received by March 8, 2007. All you procrastinators better get moving before it's too late! Thanks to all who e-mailed with the tip.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

SW Transformers on Sale at HasbroToyShop


HasbroToyShop is currently running a sale on the Star Wars Transformers. Head on over while supplies last and save up to 33% on selected items. Nothing too new, but good deals for those looking to backfill a collection.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Tantive IV Battlepack Variations


JD forum member Darth Gamboa wrote in with word on variations on the Fleet Troopers in the new Tantive IV Battlepack. It appears the two trooper headsculpts are shipping with unique hair colors of brown and black hair, and in different combinations. Sometimes 2 brown haired, sometimes 2 black haired, and sometimes a mix of the two colors even.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Collector Panels Set for Celebration IV


Coming to Star Wars Celebration IV this May in Los Angeles is a dedicated track of panels designed just for collectors! The panels will not only feature hours of detailed info, but they will also offer random give-aways of extremely rare Celebration IV Star Wars collectibles. Check out StarWars.com for a preview of some of the planned panels.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Stover To Pen New Luke Skywalker Novel


The Official Site has updated tonight with news of a new Star Wars novel. Matthew Stover is tackling the Battle of Mindor in the new Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Set shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star, the book tells the tale of the Alliance's efforts to stop Lord Shadowspawn and his black-clad legions of shadow stormtroopers. Look for the hardcover in February 2008 from Del Rey Books.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JD Feature - Kubrick Star Wars Series 7


As many here at JediDefender will attest, one of the best things to hit Star Wars collecting in the last few years has been the ever expanding line of Star Wars Kubricks from Medicom of Japan. While the Kubrick faithful sit back and anxiously await a Kubrick Series 8 announcement, we thought it'd be a good time to review the last series, Kubrick Series 7. Check out the feature for a look back and then stop by the forums to post your Series 8 wish list!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Goes Global


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with some great news for all the collectors outside the USA. Gentle Giant Ltd is in the final stages of negotiation to acquire worldwide distribution for their Star Wars products! Additional details on shipping terms and conditions will be posted once the details are final.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Toy Fair 2007 Wrap-Up


Toy Fair 2007 is a wrap, and our own newest staffer Paul was in attendance doing coverage for us this year. Not only did he do a bang-up job but he's written a nice wrap-up to share with our readers. Click on through to read the whole thing and experience Toy Fair as Paul did!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Coming Soon: The Making of Star Wars


The Official Site has posted a new feature on the upcoming The Making of Star Wars. In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, Del Rey Books is releasing this brand new book to detail the creation of the first Star Wars film. Due on April 24th, there will be both hardcover (372 pages) and trade paperback (324 pages) editions. The hardcover includes 48 pages of bonus material that wil not be available elsewhere.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Star Wars Tees at StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now offering five more new exclusive t-shirts from CHUNK. Each shirt sports a design in CHUNK's signature cheeky style. Choose from Tatooine Leia, Metal Trooper, Metal Vader and more! Head on over and check out the selection today!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Hermie Odle & 3PO w/Salacious Crumb Confirmed


A scan of the product catalogue for the 30th Anniversary Collection shows two previously unconfirmed figures that are definitely rolling out in 2007. Look for #29 Hermie Odle from Jabba's Palace as well as #30 C-3PO with Salacious Crumb. Odle has been demanded by the fans for years, as one of the oversized characters of Jabba's Palace with one of the freakier character designs. The 3PO figure could be almost anything. Perhaps with a dangling removed eye?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New Comic 2-Pack Listings


An online retail listing turns up a number of new Star Wars Comic Packs out of Hasbro. Some were announced, some rumored, and some pictured (like the Obi-Wan & Alpha), but when you're seeing comics like Rogue Squadron listed it's certainly worth a look at all the new comic sets making the rumor mill! Click on through for the full list.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Capture of Tantive IV Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found the Capture of Tantive IV Battle Pack at their local Wal-Mart stores. The pack has been spotted all across the country with reports coming in from both the West Coast and the Midwest. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Monday, February 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

TRU "Buy One, Get One Free" Sale


Today and tomorrow at Toys R Us, you'll find selected Star Wars action figures, accessories, and role play items on sale! Buy any one item and get a second item (of equal or lesser price) for free. Now's the time to hit your local TRU store to check out the deals! Thanks to all who wrote in with the tip.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Winter 2007 WonderFest Exclusive 400% Fett


Ever since the Return of the Jedi deco Kubrick 400% Boba Fett was shown at last July's 2006 Medicom Parco Toy Exhibition, collectors have been wondering where and when he'd show up. Looks like the wait is over! Forum member mondocoyote sends word from Japan that the Kubrick 400% RotJ Fett will be offered at the Winter 2007 WonderFest next weekend (Feb 25th). Limited to just 2007 pieces, 500 pieces will be sold at the show with the remaining 1507 pieces offered through the Medicom Collector Club at a later date.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Plo Koon Mini-Bust Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the new Plo Koon Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant. Look for Plo Koon to begin shipping this month.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

These Are The Droids You're Looking For


Well, it looks like LEGO is joining the "chase figure" craze in 2007. To celebrate the Saga's 30th Anniversary, LEGO will be randomly inserting 10,000 vac-metal gold C-3PO mini-figures into the 2007 LEGO sets. In addition, five lucky folks will wind up with a solid gold C-3PO mini-fig. Keep your eye on the LEGO Star Wars website for the official launch of the promotion soon!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

USC Profiles George Lucas


The University of Southern California profiles one of their most famous alumni, George Lucas, in the latest issue of USC Trojan Family Magazine. In the article, you'll find information about the Lucas Foundation's unprecedented $175 million donation to rename, rebuild and help endow USC's School of Cinema-Television, as well as the eventful groundbreaking ceremony.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New DK Readers for the Fall


The Official Site updates with a preview of the latest in the DK Readers series. The DK Readers series provide age-appropriate stories in a multilevel reading program for kids of all ages. Head on over to check out what the 'lil Padawans will be reading this Fall!

Saturday, February 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Jawa Mini-Bust 2-Pack Pre-Order at EE


EntertainmentEarth.com is now taking pre-orders for the upcoming Jawas Mini-Bust 2-Pack from Gentle Giant. The two Jawas stand 4.75" and 4.25" tall and are made of poly-resin. The set retails for approximately $59.99 and should ship in October 2007.

Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars at Burger Chef


The Official Site has posted a new feature with video on Burger Chef and their Star Wars promos that were part of the original marketing blitz in 1977. Head on over and take a look back at the groovy scene of the 70s, man.

Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Force Unleashed Video


To see more Force Unleashed footage, check out a video demonstrating the simply amazing AI technology in the upcoming game at GameDrift.com. It's stunning stuff to say the least. Who would have thought throwing around mindless Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, or whatever troopers could look like so much fun? The dolts in white get some serious abuse in this game it appears!

Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Exclusive Lego Boba Fett Maquette


StarWarsShop.com unveils a new Lego Maquette. A prototype image and pre-order for an Exclusive Lego Boba Fett Maquette have been posted! Priced at $64.99, the Fett Maquette is in the style of the other Lego Maquettes, based on the Lego Star Wars video game series.

Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Dejarik Holochess Pre-Order Reminder


Just a reminder that the 1:6 scale Dejarik Holochess Set Expansion Pack from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-ordering starting tomorrow, February 16th, 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, February 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: A New Hope


For the last couple of years, JediDefender has run an informal poll asking for your 10 most wanted characters from the various Star Wars films. All you have to do is come up with your Wish List for your top 10 3-3/4" figures, starting with the original Star Wars: A New Hope.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Galactic Hero Sets Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found the first wave of the 2007 Galactic Heroes 2-Packs at their local Wal-Mart stores. This wave includes four new 2-packs - Obi-Wan & Durge, Anakin & Clone Trooper, Figrin D'an & Hammerhead, and Darth Maul with Sith Speeder. These should be available everywhere soon, so keep your eyes open the next time you're out and about. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Obi-Wan VS Anakin Diorama Now Up for Order


Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for the Obi-Wan VS Anakin Diorama. Announced at Toy Fair 2007, this new line of Star Wars 'Versus' polystone dioramas will showcase the most dynamic and dramatic confrontations in the Star Wars saga. The Obi-Wan VS Anakin diorama retails for $280 and should ship in Fall 2007.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Mars Guo & Dud Bolt


With Toy Fair preparations in the works, reviews went by the wayside a little bit, but we're back with the last of the Naboo figures. Everyone loves a 2-pack and this week we cover the Mars Guo & Dud Bolt 2-pack! Bright and colorful, lots of accessories... What's not to love? Read the full review to get the details.

Of course when you're finished, stop by our Reviews Forum and share your opinion on this figure review or give your own reviews!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Exclusives at Celebration IV


Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will be attending Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles! Not only will they be there to show off their future products, they will be offering at least two exciting Convention Exclusives for Celebration IV. No details on the exclusives yet, but stay tuned to the Sideshow Newsletter in the coming weeks for hints!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Sideshow Dejarik Holochess Info


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with more info on the upcoming 1:6 Dejarik Holochess Set! Head on over for the details on the creation of the set and a closer look at the holochess pieces, including a look at the extra piece found only in the exclusive edition.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Official Site


You've seen the figures, now check out the game! LucasArts has launched the official site for their brand new game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Set during the period between Episodes III and IV, players hunt Jedi in the role of Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice. Head on over to check out new game images and the first entry in the Production Diary.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Kotobukiya Concept McQuarrie Duel Pre-Order


StarWarsShop is now taking pre-orders for the Concept McQuarrie Duel from Kotobukiya. The two figures can be displayed separately or locked in the iconic pose made famous by McQuarrie's classic 1975 illustration. Set to ship in July 2007, this amazing piece will set you back $199.99 plus shipping.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

2007 Saga Legends Wave 2 Revealed


Entertainment Earth is now taking pre-orders for the second wave of 2007 Saga Legends figures. Wave 2 features more classic figures repackaged on the new 30th Anniversary style cards along with a few new repaints - another Battle Droid 2-Pack and the highly prized 501st Clone Trooper. Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Japanese Sith Lord Samurai Armor


The Official Site updates with a feature on an amazing "Samurai Vader" quarter-scale costume. The armor, created by Japan's Yoshitoku Company, will be offered to Japanese fans celebrating Tango no Sekku, or Japan's "Boy's Day" festival, on May 5th. Head on over and check out this incredibly unique collectible, a must-have for those Vader collectors out there.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Droid Builders Return for Celebration IV


Prepare for another Celebration Droid invasion! The R2-D2 Builders, a group of fans who construct droids from the Star Wars saga, are planning a spectacular display for Celebration IV! The droid builders have even greater things in store for fans, including panels, a parade, and the XXtreme Droid Challenge. Look for all the droid details in future Star Wars Celebration updates.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2007 Dates Announced


Once again the popular Star Wars Weekends are returning to Disney-MGM Studios in Florida! The 2007 event will take place over four consecutive weekends (Friday - Sunday) starting June 1 and running through June 24, 2007. Star Wars fans of all ages will converge on the park to celebrate with Star Wars celebrities, costumed characters, activities, exclusive merchandise and the famous Star Tours thrill ride. Might be time to start planning that summer get-away!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Enter the 2007 Star Wars Fan Film Awards


Calling all aspiring movie-makers! Enter your film in the 2007 Star Wars Fan Film Awards for the chance to spotlight your short movie at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles. All finalists in the competition will be played at Celebration IV in a dedicated track each day of the show and the best movies of the competition will be recognized at the Sixth Annual Star Wars Fan Film Award Ceremony. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for further details on entry guidelines.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Legacy #8 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, February 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. Hasbro's big reveal at Toy Fair 2007 was the Force Unleashed line of toys based on the upcoming video game of the same name. Love it? Hate it? Haven't seen it? Check out the pics of the figures in our Hasbro Toy Fair Gallery and then head on into the forums to share your opininon!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Darth Vader and Coin Folder Coming Soon


Heading to US retail soon is the first basic figure of the new 30th Anniversary Collection. #01 Darth Vader comes packed with the 30th Anniversary Coin Folder which features slots for all 60 of the basic coins as well as 20 slots for the upcoming chase and convention coins. Click the thumbnail above to check out a new high-res image of the set and keep an eye out at your local retailers as they should be here soon!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Image Gallery Update - Gentle Giant


As Toy Fair winds down, before our guys in New York get a chance to enjoy themselves in the city that never sleeps, they finished uploading some photos for our Gentle Giant Image Gallery. Check them out and see everything Gentle Giant has in store for 2007!

Monday, February 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Premium Format Maul Pre-Order Reminder


Just a reminder that the Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Darth Maul will go up for priority pre-order tomorrow! Only collectors who purchased a Star Wars Premium Format figure directly from Sideshow prior to February 7th will be qualified to place a pre-order for the excusive edition starting at 10am (Pacific) tomorrow. The left-over exclusive edition Premium Format Mauls will go up for regular pre-order along with the standard edition at noon (Pacific).

Monday, February 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Offers Medicom VCD Royal Guard


More news from Toy Fair! Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for the new Imperial Royal Guard Vinyl Collectible Doll from Japanese toymaker Medicom! The Guard retails for $59.99 plus shipping and should ship in the Fall.

Monday, February 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New TRU Bantha Battle Pack Image


Our friends at MouseDroid.com have uncovered the first pics of the recently announced Toys R Us exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raiders Battle Pack. This new Battle Pack will set you back $45 and is set to arrive in late March.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Order 66 Sets Revealed


A break from Toy Fair news to let you know that UK e-tailer R2-DToys has posted new images of the remaining three Target Order 66 2-Packs. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the pics of Palpatine & Shocktrooper Commander, Darth Vader & 501st Commander Bow, and Yoda & Kashyyyk Clone Trooper.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Image Gallery Update - Master Replicas


Toy Fair continues with our image gallery updates. Now you can check out the Master Replicas Gallery with their scaled props, lightsabers, and much more. The guided tour was pretty much a washout, but that just left our guys in the field free reign to wander and take photographs. Even better!

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Image Gallery Update - Lego


The fun at Toy Fair 2007 just keeps on rolling along! You can now check out our Lego Image Gallery to see all the great Lego sets for 2007. Brick-a-holics have a banner year to collect!

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Image Gallery Update - Attakus


We are all pretty excited about this update. Rob and Paul got a bunch of great photos of one of the year's most highly anticipated collectibles, the Attakus Millennium Falcon/Death Star diorama. Head on in and check out all the great images. And check back soon as we will be updating with more Attakus and Sideshow images.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Image Gallery Update - Sideshow Collectibles


More images have arrvived from our reporters in the field, Rob and Paul. This time they are from Sideshow Collectibles. The images include new shots of the prievously annouced new 'Versus' line and new images of the Dejarik Table. Check out the Image Database gallery for all the latest photos. Keep checking back as we will continue to update over the next hour or so with more images, including some interesting Non-Star Wars items as well.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Entertainment Earth Shows off at Toy Fair


JediDefender's Toy Fair coverage rolls on in full force today. Rob and Paul continue their fantastic coverage of the convention this afternoon. First up we have images of Entertainment Earth's offerings at Toy Fair this year. Click on through to see the latest. And stay tuned later as images from Sideshow Collectibles shouldn’t be far behind!

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Sideshow Introduces New 'Diorama' Line


Sideshow Collectibles has announced they will be adding a new series to their Star Wars license. In addition to their, Premium Format Figures, 12" Figures, and Life-Size collectibles, Sideshow will be creating a new 'Diorama' line. The line will depict the great lightsaber battles of the Star Wars Saga. The 'Versus' line will be in approximately 1:9 scale and will retail between $50 and $350. Head on over to Sideshow's Behind the Show for more on this great new line!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

There Is Another... Hoth Han Head


The Vintage 30th Anniversary Collection Han Solo (Hoth Gear) is sure to be a hit with collectors. It seems Hasbro got the coat color exactly right (brown) even! But did you know there could be more to the figure? Read on to see what we're talking about.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Giant Lego Millenium Falcon


Lego Shop At Home gives us a first glimpse at a massive kit fans will go nuts over. A full size, to-scale (to the Lego Mini-Figures) Millenium Falcon!

At over 3 feet long and 5000 pieces, it is the largest kit Lego has ever offered. Do you have the $500 to lay down on this "hunk of junk"?

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Images Uploading


Toy Fair is in its first blitz of images and our Hasbro gallery is coming together. Click the Hasbro Toy Fair logo above to start checking out the detailed photography the JD team has brought you! Keep your eyes peeled on our photo gallery as more images get uploaded through the evening.

Also be sure to visit our 30th Anniversary Collection Forums and share your thoughts on all the breaking news today. It's a lot to digest!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Toy Fair News Rolls In!


Big, big, Hasbro news from Toy Fair is rolling in to JediDefender.com. You want the details? We've got them folks! Read on for some of the scoops, as images are soon to follow.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Toy Fair Early Report


The early word from the Toy Fair Hasbro booth is that we get our first look at the Force Unleashed video game figures that hit the rumor mill a couple weeks back. Photos will be pouring in soon from the JediDefender.com team!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant '07 Exclusive Bust Tour


This year Gentle Giant Ltd. will be taking a five-city worldwide tour, with a different exclusive Clone Commander Mini-Bust in each city. In addition to the clone commander busts, there are more exclusives that will be available in every city on the tour. These include a Yoda/R2-D2 Animated-style maquette, a special Bust-Ups 2-pack of Han and Luke in Stormtrooper armor, and a few more exclusives that will be announced soon. Click on through for a complete list of cities and their corresponding clone busts!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the latest Sideshow podcast today for details on the recently announced Premium Format Darth Maul and a few Toy Fair hints!

Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New StarWarsShop.com Exclusive Character Keys


StarWarsShop.com is now taking pre-orders for two new Star Wars Clone Wars Character Keys from Acme Archive. R2-D2 and C-3PO both retail for $29.99 and both are limited to 1000 pieces. Look for these to ship in late March!

Friday, February 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration 4 Exclusive Malak Bust


The Official Site updates tonight with a first look at Gentle Giant's exclusive offerings to those attending Celebration IV out in Los Angeles! The exclusive is none other than Darth Malak from the Knights of the Old Republic video game. Click the link to check out a gallery of the mini bust.

Friday, February 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Republic Commando Returns


StarWars.com offers a glimpse at the latest in EU goodness. Karen Traviss again helms the latest Republic Commando title, True Colors. With the war raging on and lines being blurred between friend and foe, the Commandos face new tests. Look for this new novel to be out in bookstores in August.

Friday, February 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

TRU.com Lets the Bantha Out of the Bag


While it's been hinted at for a while now, it looks like ToysRUs.com has finally confirmed the upcoming exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raider! Now up for pre-order with an estimated late March ship date, this Bantha can be yours for $44.99 plus shipping. I would expect to see these in the retail Toys R Us stores along a similar timeframe.

Friday, February 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender @ Toy Fair 2007


It's the second weekend in February and you know what that means - Toy Fair! JediDefender's Toy Fair 2007 coverage begins on Saturday, February 10th and continues thru the weekend. Keep it here all weekend as Rob and Paul bring you the latest in news and images straight from New York!

Friday, February 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Premium Format Maul Pre-Order Info


Sideshow Collectibles has announced that the Premium Format Darth Maul exclusive edition will go up for priority pre-order on Tuesday, February 13th! Only collectors who have purchased a Star Wars Premium Format figure directly from Sideshow prior to February 7th will be qualified to place a pre-order for the excusive edition starting at 10am (Pacific) on the 13th. The left-over exclusive edition Premium Format Mauls will go up for regular pre-order along with the standard edition at noon (Pacific) on the 13th.

Thursday, February 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars PocketModel Trading Card Game


WizKids has announced plans for a brand new Star Wars PocketModel trading card game. The Star Wars PocketModel trading card game combines the best features of classic card games with constructible strategy games and features content from all six Star Wars movies. The card game is expected to be released in June 2007, with a preview and samples available at Celebration IV.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Lando Calrissian Gets LOST?


A litte bit of "Star Wars meets LOST" news for you fans of the show out there. According to TV fansite BuddyTV, everyone's favorite smuggler turned Tibanna gas miner, Billy Dee Williams, will be joining the cast in episode 14 as a charismatic 'other'. Thanks to forum member Deanpaul for the news.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Dark Horse Comics For May 2007 and Beyond


StarWars.com has posted a nice summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for May 2007 as well as a trade paperback for July 2007. Head on over for all the details on your favorite Star Wars comics!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Original Trilogy Games from JAKKS Pacific


The Official Site has updated tonight with a preview of a new Original Trilogy themed Plug-and-Play game controller from JAKKS Pacific. Star Wars: Original Trilogy TV Games is the second controller in the Star Wars TV Games series and is slated to hit retailers nationwide in February.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. One of the many collector gripes about the upcoming Target exclusive Order 66 2-Packs was the price of the sets. Well, at many Target stores across the USA this weekend the scanners were showing that the price of the 2-packs has been lowered from the original listed price of $12.99 to $9.99 plus tax. Are you rejoicing at saving $3 on each set? Don't care because you're still not buying any lame repacks? Have an opinion and want to share? Then just head on into the forums and join in the discussion!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Celebrating The Art of Ralph McQuarrie


The Official Site has updated with a new feature on the art of Ralph McQuarrie. This April, McQuarrie's contributions to Star Wars will be celebrated in a massive 400-page book highlighting an artistic career that includes technical aviation illustration, movie poster design, book cover art, matte painting, and cinematic concept design. Don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

McQuarrie Artwork Prints at StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now offering many new McQuarrie Artwork Prints in their recently-launched custom print section. The prints are available in an enlarged format on a wide selection of different paper stocks. With books, prints, figures and more, 2007 is certainly shaping up to be the Year of McQuarrie!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO TIE Crawler Revealed


The Nuremberg Toy Fair is currently under way in Germany and the first new item for Star Wars to be revealed is the LEGO TIE Crawler. The vehicle will join the other Expanded Universe offerings and include a Shadow Stormtrooper minifig. Thanks to forum member Rune Haako for the heads up and Brickshelf for the image.

Monday, February 5, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Sith Infiltrator Prototype


It seems the Sith Infiltrator isn't something we'll have to wait to see. An Ebay seller from Hong Kong with many pre-production pieces listed for sale is auctioning what he calls a "cancelled Sith Infiltrator" prototype. Could Maul's ship have been a long hold-over from 1999 till 2007?

Click the image above to check out the auction's gallery of photos. The ship will have an opening cockpit and spring-open nose section to reveal weapons it seems. Maul fans should be quite happy!

Monday, February 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

"Show Us Your Lightsaber" Contest Now Open


Hasbro's Show Us Your Lightsaber contest is officially underway! Fans can now submit videos showcasing their creative uses for Hasbro's new spring-activated lightsabers for a chance to win a trip to Star Wars Celebration IV or other great prizes. Head on over to the StarWars.com to check out the complete rules for entering!

Monday, February 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Armored Figures?


Many collectors have been speculating that due to their deal with Medicom Toy, Sideshow Collectibles will not be making their own 1:6 scale versions of the various Japanese RAH figures they carry. To address these concerns, Sideshow issued a bit of clarification in their latest newsletter on their plans for creating their own 12" armored figures like Boba Fett.

Friday, February 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Interviews Ian McCaig


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with part one of a new interview with Star Wars conceptual artist Ian McCaig. Part two of the interview will be posted later this afternoon and will feature Sideshow's official sneak peek of the next Star Wars Premium Format figure, Darth Maul.

Friday, February 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Second Chance Offers


A pair of Star Wars items from Sideshow Collectibles are still lingering on the Second Chance list thanks to credit card declines and last minute cancellations. Now is your chance to grab the 12" Darth Maul inclusive edition figure or the Premium Format Luke & Yoda figure set. Less than 20 Darth Maul figures and less than 30 Luke and Yoda sets remain so act fast if you want to order!

Friday, February 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Dejarik Table Officially Announced


The folks at Sideshow Collectibles have given the green light on the news of a 1:6 scale Dejarik Holochess Table that was first spotted in a toy collecting magazine. The table is stirring some debate since it doesn't come with a figure, but collector interest in the Dejarik game has been out there for a while. Look for priority pre-ordering to begin on February 16th!

Friday, February 2, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Fan Club Member Benefits for CIV


Celebration IV is now less than 4 months away... Are you wondering what benefits you'll receive as a Star Wars Fan Club member? Click on through for some info from the official site.

Friday, February 2, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Exclusive Legacy Hardcover at StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now taking pre-orders for an exclusive hardcover edition of Star Wars: Legacy - Broken. This volume collects issues #1-3 and #5-7 of the ongoing Legacy series from Dark Horse comics and features cover art of Darth Talon by longtime Star Wars artist Jan Duursema.

Thursday, February 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

NiubNiub's Diorama Workshop At C4


Frank D'Iorio of NiubNiub'sUniverse.com is returning to Celebration IV with his massive Diorama Workshop! Want to help populate this year's Endor Diorama? All you need do is donate a figure or two to help out! Read on to find out how you can pitch in.

Thursday, February 1, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

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