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November 2007


Gentle Giant 2008 Premier Guild Gift Revealed


With the 2007 Premier Guild Membership Gifts in the mail (see below), Gentle Giant has already announced their plans for 2008! The 2008 Premier Guild Membership Gift will be a Star Wars Clone Trooper Lieutenant Classics Bust. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


StarWars.com has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to check out a pair of new videos introducing Catherine, the producer, and Steward, a story artist, working on the series.

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant 2007 Premier Guild Gift Shipping


Gentle Giant has begun shipping their 2007 Premier Guild Membership gift to all GGPG members. The gift includes a number of goodies (click on the thumbnail above to check out the loot), but most notable to Star Wars collectors is the exclusive AotC Clone Trooper Sergeant Bust-Up.

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Stormtrooper Helmet Scaled Replica In-Stock @ MR


Now in-stock at Master Replicas is the EpIV Stormtrooper Helmet Scaled Replica. The Helmet includes a display stand and was based on references from Lucasfilm Ltd. Head on over to grab yours if you haven't already!

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

RAH 501st Clone Trooper @ Sideshow Collectibles


Sideshow Collectibles has announced plans to import a limited number of the recently announced Real Action Heroes 501st Clone Trooper figure from Medicom Toy. Priority Pre-Ordering is set to begin soon, so be sure to watch for the ordering announcement!

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Sweepstakes


The Official Site has updated with details on a new contest from Xbox LIVE and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Enter and you could win the unreleased LEGO Rogue Shadow set, which features a brand new ship from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed! For more information about the contest, visit the official Xbox Play & Win site .

Friday, November 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Starships of the Galaxy RPG Sourcebook Preview


Wizards of the Coast has posted the first official preview of one of the ships from Starships of the Galaxy, the new sourcebook for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Head over to download the stats, summary, and deckplan for the Ghtroc 720 Freighter! Look for the sourcebook to hit stores in December!

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Tauntaun Bundle On Sale @ Gentle Giant


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with a special offer. Premier Guild Members can purchase the TaunTaun Bundle, which includes both the Luke on Tauntaun Statue and the Han on Tauntaun Statue at a $75 savings from the original prices. Regular Club Members can purchase both pieces and get $50 off.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Vehicles 2008 Wave 1 @ EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for a new wave of 3" scale ships! 2008 Wave 1 (due in January) features the new All Terrain Open Transport (AT-OT), RotS Clone Scout on Speeder Bike, Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter, Millennium Falcon, Tatooine Skiff, and a classic deco Battlestar Galactica.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars mimobot Series 2 Announced


Mimoco has formally announced Star Wars mimobot Series 2. These officially licensed USB Flash Drives are available in 3 different sizes (1GB, 2GB, and 4GB) and each is preloaded bonus Star Wars content. Series 2 includes Han Solo, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, and X-Wing Pilot Luke.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

A Look Inside Star Wars Insider #98


Star Wars Insider #98 has been arriving in subscriber mailboxes across the country this past week. If you haven't recieved yours yet, you can head on over to StarWars.com for a summary of what you'll find inside this issue. If you're not a subscriber, you can still pick one up at your local newstand around December 4th.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Vote for the 2008 Hyperspace Shirt Design


StarWarsShop and Hyperspace are offering you the chance to vote for one of five distinctive designs. The winning design will be produced as a T-shirt to be made available only to Hyperspace members as the first in a new series of Fan Club shirts made especially for members. Follow this link to cast your vote.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

George Lucas DreamForce Interview @ SW.com


The Official Site has posted the rest of the Hyperspace videos featuring an interview with George Lucas. Lucas was a special guest at the 2007 DreamForce event to discuss his George Lucas Educational Foundation. Follow the links to check out Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of the six-part, hour-long interview.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #23 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait to read it? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Stormtrooper Repaint - Your Thoughts?


4inches.de has posted an image of a repainted Stormtrooper of unproven origin, which has quickly sparked debate in our forums. Do you like the idea of painted Stormtroopers? Think they look sharp? Or do you hate the idea of the Original Trilogy troopers receiving the multi-color treatment? Join the debate!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Galactic Heroes 2008 Wave 2


The Galactic Heroes line shows no signs of slowing down as Entertainment Earth has just listed the second wave of 2008! It will focus on Revenge of the Sith and include the following:

  • Saesee Tiin and Agen Kolar
  • Aayla Secura and Commander Bly
  • Ki Adi Mundi and Commander Bacara
  • Commander Gree and Tarfful

    These figures are planned for a February release. Thanks go to forum member Brian for the heads up!

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Jesse Wall

    Sideshow Immortalizes Salacious Crumb


    Sideshow Collectibles has revealed the newest item in their full size figure line, Salacious Crumb! Jabba's noisy sidekick is captured in amazing detail using fiberglass and polystone, and includes a pillow and display base. He will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2008, but you can preorder yours now!

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Jesse Wall

    Target Exclusives On Amazon


    Target exclusives are about to pour into your local stores, but why wait? Through Amazon.com, Target is selling a number of its exclusives for regular retail prices! Read on for the details, and a little trick that can help you get them for cheap as well.

    Monday, November 26, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    Steel City Con Around The Corner


    Pittsburgh's largest toy and collectible convention is back next weekend (December 1st & 2nd), as the Steel City Con returns! With the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society, 501st Legion, and Star Wars galore, the show is going to be big as always! Read on for the details you need to know to attend.

    Monday, November 26, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    Wow or Never Officially Begins


    Target's Wow or Never promotion officially begins today, which means all stores should have their Battle of Endor and Battle of Hoth Ultimate Battle Packs available! Check out the aisle endcaps for your local display.

    Sunday, November 25, 2007 | Jesse Wall

    TC-14 Goes Vinyl


    Sideshow Collectibles continues their affiliation with Medicom Toys from Japan by importing their newest piece, the TC-14 Vinyl Collectible Doll. This 8" figure is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2008 and is available for preorder now!

    Saturday, November 24, 2007 | Jesse Wall

    Exclusive Animated Maquette Revealed


    Gentle Giant has teamed up with Action Figure Express to bring the next Animated Maquette to life - Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise! Luke has his hands full with the fiesty dianoga, resulting in one of the most unique statues you'll likely ever see. It is now up for preorder and will ship in January, but it's limited to only 1500 pieces.

    Saturday, November 24, 2007 | Jesse Wall

    Koto Bounty Hunters Boba Fett Preview


    StarWars.com has posted a preview of the Bounty Hunter Boba Fett ARTFX statue from Kotobukiya. This version of Fett is part of the new Bounty Hunter Series, which will feature all six of the Empire Strikes Back Bounty Hunters. Fett will be available at comic book or specialty shops near you next April.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    George Lucas DreamForce Interview @ SW.com


    The Official Site has posted a pair of Hyperspace videos featuring an interview with George Lucas. Lucas was a special guest at the 2007 DreamForce event to discuss his George Lucas Educational Foundation. Follow the links to check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the six-part, hour-long interview.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Target Winter Exclusives Leaking Out at Retail


    In addition to the Hoth and Endor Ultimate Battle Packs (see below), a number of folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found many of the other Target Winter Exclusives at their local stores. Click on through for the full list of just what is being found across the country.

    Monday, November 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    30AC Wave 7.5 Found at Retail


    A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found Wave 7.5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection at their local West Coast Target stores. This wave is the "repaints" wave, featuring seven new figures created simply by repainting part seven old figures. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

    Monday, November 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    The Essential Darth Vader Databank Update


    StarWars.com has posted a new databank update featuring Darth Vader. Learn more about everyone's favorite Dark Lord of the Sith with this assortment of essential entries built from 30 years of Vader history.

    Monday, November 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    A Look Back at Marvel Star Wars Comic Covers


    The Official Site has posted a feature on ten favorite Star Wars Marvel Comics Covers and why they deserve a second look. Click on over to check out the Star Wars comics and their covers.

    Monday, November 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Ultimate Endor & Hoth Battle Packs Are Out


    The Ultimate Battle Packs have been spotted at Target stores across the country! While the promotion behind these doesn't start until next week, some are being put out on the top of shelving units or being pulled from the stock room using the DPCI (087-06-0112). A little early, but they are indeed out!

    Monday, November 19, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    New JediDefender Poll - Wave 7 Favorite?


    A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure is your favorite from Wave 7 of the 30th Anniversary Collection. Yet another McQuarrie triumph in Han? Finally glad to get more Ewoks? Love the new A-Wing Pilot? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

    Saturday, November 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    WotC The Force Unleashed Miniatures Preview #7


    Wizards of the Coast offers up their seventh official preview of two more new minis from the upcoming The Force Unleashed expansion set - Amanin Scout and 2-1B. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this week!

    Friday, November 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Acme Tie Fighter Pilot Character Key at Sideshow


    Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that they will soon be taking orders for a very limited number of the TIE Fighter Pilot Character Key from Acme Archives. Be sure to check out future Sideshow Newsletters for the ordering announcement!

    Friday, November 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Sideshow Duel with Dooku Diorama Edition Size Set


    Sideshow Collectibles has set the edition size for the Duel with Dooku Diorama. The set will be limited to 1500 pieces worldwide. If you missed out on pre-ordering, don't forget you can still sign up for the wait list!

    Friday, November 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Holiday Special Boba Fett Key at StarWarsShop


    Acme Archives has announced that the next Character Key from their Original Trilogy line will be Holiday Special Boba Fett. Holiday Fett will be sold through StarWarsShop and should go up for pre-order sometime in early December. The Key will be limited to 750 pieces worldwide and will be available exclusively to Hyperspace fan club members.

    Friday, November 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    WotC The Force Unleashed Miniatures Preview #6


    Wizards of the Coast offers up their sixth official preview of two new minis from the upcoming The Force Unleashed expansion set - Luke Skywalker (Hoth Pilot) and his Snowspeeder. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this week!

    Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Target "Wow or Never" Website Goes Live


    Target has launched the website for their Holiday Wow or Never promotion. The site finally officially confirms those Target exclusive Ultimate Battle Packs and the contest that goes along with them. It is important to note that the promotion starts on November 25th, which is after Black Friday (November 23rd).

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    30AC Wave 8 Found at Retail


    A number of JediDefender forum members have reported finding Wave 8 of the 30th Anniversary Collection at their local West Coast Wal-Mart stores. This wave focuses on Attack of the Clones, as well as adding another McQuarrie Concept figure to the line. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Dark Horse Comics For January 2008 and Beyond


    StarWars.com has posted a summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for early 2008 as well as a few trade paperbacks and graphic novels planned for March and April of next year. Head on over for all the details!

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Jedi vs Sith - The Essential Guide to the Force Update


    The Official Site has posted a new feature on the upcoming Jedi vs Sith - The Essential Guide to the Force from Del Ray Books. The article previews of some of the illustrations from the book, which hits bookstores later this month.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Return Of The Order 66 2-Pack


    The rumor started circulating earlier this week of more Order 66 2-Packs in the works over at POTF2.com. Well we've got something that possibly adds to the story tonight! Read on for the details.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    New Comic Pack Commander Keller Images


    We have also received some new high-res images of the upcoming Commander Keller figure from the Republic #79 Comic 2-pack. With a softgoods skirt and poncho, this figure's poseability will be outstanding it appears, and one of the EU Clones collectors are greatly anticipating. Click on through for all the images!

    Monday, November 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    New Comic Pack Lt. Jundland Image


    A new picture of Luke as Imperial Officer (Lt. Jundland) from the upcoming Empire #39 Comic 2-Pack is posted. Click the thumbnail above to check out the high-res image! Thanks to our friends at Black Sheep Toys for the picture.

    Monday, November 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    Target Exclusives... Where Are They?


    We got word from our Target sources about just where all the exclusives are. Various exclusives (TIE Bomber, ARC-170, Battlepacks, and more!) are set for release shortly after the Black Friday Wow Or Never promotion tied to the Ultimate Battle Pack assortment and contest. A word of warning though that November could get really expensive at the red dot, as a lot of items hit quickly!

    Monday, November 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    StarWarsShop's Black Friday Deals


    StarWarsShop will be having their biggest sale ever on Friday, November 23rd (aka Black Friday). How big? Every item will be on sale! All prices will be reduced by 10% for regular visitors or 20% for Hyperspace members!

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


    StarWars.com has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to check out a new video introducing Gary, one of the production coordinators hard at work on the show!

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Questions for Hasbro? - Session 42


    On November 2nd, we sent another batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those three questions!

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Wars Figure Price Cut At Wal-Mart


    Prices on Star Wars figures have been a whopping $7 (give or take) for quite some time at all the major retailers. It seems though that Wal-Mart is starting to roll the price back on Star Wars basic figures starting now, to $5.88! We've gotten reports on the price change, but also it's listed in Wal-Mart's 2007 Holiday Wish Book arriving in mailboxes now.

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    K-Mart Exclusive Commemorative Tin Sets


    Hasbro has updated their site with details on the new wave of K-Mart exclusive Commemorative Tin Sets. The three new exclusive sets are composed of repackaged figures and tins for Episodes II, III, and VI.

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Gentle Giant Senate Guard Statue Update


    The Senate Guard Statue from Gentle Giant is now available for pre-order for all members of the Gentle Giant Collector Club! The statue costs $165 and is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide.

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Website Downtime


    I want to apologize profusely for the unacceptable downtime we experienced this week. The problem was host based, meaning that the issue was out of our control. Please be assured that we are taking the appropriate action with the hosting company for this event. Let's hope that we can continue forward with the previous record of minimal downtime that we have achieved in the past. Thanks for your patience and support.

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Chris Berry

    New '08 Legos Surface


    A German online retailer has a bunch of pre-orders up for new Lego Star Wars & Indiana Jones sets! Will the Rebel Fleet Trooper finally be cool, at least in some toy line? Check out the links, and thanks to "Brick Slayer" for the tip!

    Friday, November 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    WotC The Force Unleashed Miniatures Preview #5


    Wizards of the Coast offers up their fifth official preview of two new minis from the upcoming The Force Unleashed expansion set - Wookiee Warrior and Wedge Antilles (Red Two). Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this year!

    Thursday, November 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD Galaxy


    The Official Site has posted an interview with Dick DeBartolo, one of the writers for MAD Magazine. Head on over to check out what he had to say about the magazine's various Star Wars parodies over the past 30 years.

    Thursday, November 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Sideshow 12" Figure Shipping Update


    Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that they are expecting both the 12" Bespin Luke Skywalker figure and the 12" A New Hope Princess Leia figure to arrive at their warehouse in the next 30 days. If you have either of these on pre-order, keep an eye on your e-mail in-box for further updates!

    Thursday, November 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    New JediDefender Poll - Wave 6 Favorite?


    A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure is your favorite from Wave 6 of the 30th Anniversary Collection. Yet another McQuarrie triumph? Finally glad to get Smuggler Lando? Love the Torture Rack & Han? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #96


    Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars Insider Online Supplement. This edition features Star Wars Insider #96, which shipped to subscribers in September 2007.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    WotC The Force Unleashed Release Event


    Wizards of the Coast has announced plans to celebrate the official release of The Force Unleashed, the latest expansion set for the Star Wars Miniatures Game. Numerous locations around the US and Canada will host tournaments on November 16th, 17th, and 18th.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


    Arriving at your local comic book shop this week are three new books from Dark Horse Comics - Knights of the Old Republic #22, the Knights of the Old Republic Handbook, and Legacy #17. Can't wait until tomorrow to read them? Well then follow the links to Dark Horse's website for previews to tide you over!

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Gentle Giant Shipping Updates


    Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of more new items shipping to distributors and retailers. Look for the Emperor's Royal Guard and Senate Guard Mini-Busts, as well as the first wave of Star Wars Classics busts to hit stores this week. Then, watch for the Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader Statue to hit stores in the next few weeks!

    Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    First Look: Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection


    StarWars.com has posted a first look at Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection from DK Books. This new volume of technical illustrations by artist Chris Trevas is due to hit stores in Fall 2008.

    Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Family Guy's "Blue Harvest" On DVD


    The Official Site updated tonight showing off the Family Guy Star Wars DVD's. There will be both regular and special editions of the DVD as well. Click the link to check out the full story!

    Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    December '08 Steel City Con


    Pittsburgh's largest toy and collectible convention is back, as the Steel City Con returns! Running the weekend of December 1st & 2nd, read on for the details you need to know to attend this Star Wars filled event.

    Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


    StarWars.com has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to check out a new video introducing Ben, one of the lighting and compositing leads hard at work on the show!

    Sunday, November 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    New Gentle Giant Star Wars Statue Announced


    Gentle Giant has announced their next Star Wars statue. The Senate Guard Statue is available exclusively through GentleGiantLtd.com and Premier Guild members get a special one week purchasing window, starting today. Starting next Friday, November 9th, the staute will be made available to all Gentle Giant Collector Club members.

    Friday, November 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    WotC The Force Unleashed Miniatures Preview #4


    Wizards of the Coast offers up their fourth official preview of two new minis from the upcoming The Force Unleashed expansion set - Juno Eclipse and Star Destroyer Officer. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this year!

    Friday, November 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Sideshow Exclusive 12" Commander Praji


    Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for a new exclusive Imperial Officer figure - 12" Commander Praji. Follow the link to order and be sure to check out the QTVR feature, which offers a 360 degree view of the figure!

    UPDATE: It looks like Praji is now sold out. If you missed him, be sure to sign up for the wait list!

    Friday, November 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    First Look- Star Wars: Master of Deception


    StarWars.com has posted a first look at Master of Deception, book nine of the Last of the Jedi series from Scholastic. Written by Jude Watson, the book features cover art by Drew Struzan and should hit stores in February 2008.

    Friday, November 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Update


    The Official Site has updated with the latest entry in the Production Diary for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. This entry features a look at the evolution of three of the game's supporting characters.

    Friday, November 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

    Target Ultimate Battlepack News & Contest!


    The gang over at Rebelscum have pictures of an upcoming Target ad that features the upcoming Hoth & Endor Ultimate Battlepacks we first reported on some months back. There's also news of a contest tied with these two exclusives though! Read on, as we have uncovered some details on the contest and the sale of the battlepacks here at Jedi Defender.com!

    Thursday, November 1, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

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