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December 2006


Lucas Marshalling The Troops


From Yahoo! News is a nice little article on George Lucas and his Grand Marshal role for the Tournament of Roses parade. The article features some video as well of the man behind it all, and the future of Star Wars in 2007 and beyond, as well as Indiana Jones news!

Saturday, December 30, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Stormtrooper in 2007


Yeah, that's right. Ever since Hasbro confirmed that the VOTC Stormtrooper was making a comeback in 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection with a removable helmet, folks have been anxiously awaiting his debut. Wait no more, for the first pics are here.

Friday, December 29, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

More Saleucami News


News of the Saleucami Clone pack has traveled pretty fast around the net, and JD.com has some spiffy new images of Neyo and his Trooper to share with you. Nice close-ups of both figures reveal the details, and are worth a look. Click on through to check it out!

Friday, December 29, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Saleucami Battlepack Revealed


The gang at 4-inches.de have again uncovered details on an upcoming battlepack, this time featuring figures and vehicles to match! Click the image above to check out the details on the new Treachery On Saleucami battlepack due in 2007! And stay tuned for some more details as well!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Master Replicas 2007 Prevew


Master Replicas has updated their blog with a list of some of the products they have planned for 2007. While most of these items have been on the rumor lists for some time, it's nice to see confirmation they are coming!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie - Update


Dreams and Visions Press has added a new The Art of Ralph McQuarrie production update page to their website! You'll find pictures of the initial binding samples for each edition, as well as a few examples of the illustrated pages for the signed editions that features art not available in the standard edition. In subsequent production updates, look for images of the finalized cover art as well as sample interior pages!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. Since the Hasbro Weekly Q&A is on hiatus until the new year, it's the perfect time to look back on what we learned in 2006. Check out the Hasbro Q&A Archive set up by JD Forum member Matt and review nearly all of the questions answered by Hasbro. After you absorb all those 2006 answers, head on over to the Questions for Hasbro thread and let us know if there are any new or follow-up questions you'd like to see asked in 2007!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Alliance and Empire Luke Skywalker


Over the Holiday weekend, Wizards of the Coast offered up a special sneak preview of one of the Star Wars minis from the upcoming Alliance & Empire expansion set coming in 2007! Head on over and check out the full preview picture of Luke Skywalker, Champion of the Force!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Target Post-Holiday Clearance Deals


It's that time of year again, time for Target to clear out the old stuff with great deals! JD Readers have found the Titanium Series 3.75 figure for as low as 50% off already ($7.48). Also, we've had a few reports of the Heroes and Villains and Greatest Battles basic figures being found for 30% off ($4.44). Keep your eyes peeled for these great deals the next time you're out and about!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

This Week at TRU


Just a reminder that Toys R Us is running a sale on new Star Wars LEGO items this week. Featured in the ad are the Imperial Landing Craft for $49.99 and both the AT-ST and General Grievous' Starfighter for $19.99! Might be worth a trip if you are still looking for these sets. Thanks to all who wrote in with the tip!

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse Today


Shipping to comic stores this week (a day late in most areas due to the holiday week) is latest issue of the hot series, Knights of the Old Republic #11. This issue kicks off a new two-part story arc to this instantly loved series.

Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Boxed 12" Bib Images


The gang at Sideshow Collectibles have updated with pictures of the packaging for the upcoming 12" Bib Fortuna, the first figure in the new Scum & Villainy line. Click on the thumbnail above to visit the gallery!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

RAH Fett Images


Images of the upcoming RAH Boba Fett have surfaced at the Medicom website and this import looks like a doozey! Fett fans have reason to be very merry right now for sure. Click on the thumbnails above for a look at this great detailed toy due to hit Japan in June 2007. No word yet on an official US source, but we'll let you know as soon as we have the info!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Happy Holiday Wishes


The staff here at JediDefender.com would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday Season, and a great New Year as we head into 2007! To help celebrate, we'd love to share the custom diorama made above by our forum member Sarge, who has the best reasons to be thankful and happy this season.

Sunday, December 24, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New GG Mini-Bust Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted new image galleries for a pair of Mini-Busts from Gentle Giant. Head on over and check out the pics of the recently released Darth Maul Mini-Bust and General Grievous Mini-Bust!

Saturday, December 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars - A Look Back at 2006


The Official Site has updated with a look back at the biggest and brightest Star Wars events of 2006. Head on over and re-live your favorite moments or possibly see what you missed!

Saturday, December 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New GentleGiantLtd.com Website


Gentle Giant have unveiled their new website in time for the Holidays! Head on over and check out the new site with an updated Collector's Club and a brand new pre-order system!

Saturday, December 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Interview with Derryl DePriest of Hasbro


Lee's Toy Review updates today with an interview with Hasbro's Derryl DePriest. DePriest had some interesting things to say regarding the future of the 3 3/4" line for 2007. He confirmed that there will be an Academy Biggs scheduled for Wave 3. And perhaps more interesting, the VOTC/VTSC line will live on next year with a new wave made up of six figures. Bespin Luke is the only figure he would confirm so far, the rest will likely be revealed at Toy Fair. Head on over for the full article!

Saturday, December 23, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Hasbro Unleashed Battle Packs Update


Another Hasbro update today and once again it's Unleashed Battle Packs news. Head on over for some new info on the second wave of battle packs planned for 2007. Look for this wave, which features a Trouble on Tatooine theme, to hit in March!

Friday, December 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

VCD Clone Trooper at Sideshow Again


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that they are offering collectors a "second chance" to grab the Revenge of the Sith VCD Clone Trooper figure from Medicom! This Clone is limited to just 2006 pieces worldwide, so head on over and grab yours before they are gone!

Friday, December 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


Today's edition of Sideshow Radio offers up a look back at the year that was 2006, as well as mixing in a bit of 12" Star Wars figure info! Head on over and download the podcast today!

Friday, December 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Gragra


Reviews are back, a little later this week than normal, but better late than never! This week we're picking apart the latest and greatest in alien obscurity, Gragra. Besides podracers, this is the one alien fans seemingly rallied behind for a figure from Episode 1... Did Hasbro live up though? Read on to find out.

Of course when you're finished reading, feel free to stop by our Reviews Forum and share your thoughts on this review with us, or create your own critiques on Hasbro's wares.

Friday, December 22, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

A Closer Look at Sideshow's Yoda Bust


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a new restropective video to their Behind the Show Production Blog! Narrated by Heath Hammond, 3-D Creative Manager at Sideshow, the video features an up close and personal look at the paint work and fabrication of our the upcoming Yoda Life-Size Bust!

Thursday, December 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Ewoks and Twi'leks and More


In addition to two floats packed with Ewoks and prequel Queens, the Grambling State University marching band, and over 200 stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, fans at this year's Rose Parade will also be entertained by dancing Twi'leks. Head on over to StarWars.com for a great little feature on how they maganged to get all those costumes ready in time!

Thursday, December 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Unleashed Battle Packs Update


Another Hasbro update today, this time it's Unleashed Battle Packs news. Head on over for some new info on the first wave of 4-packs planned for 2007. Based on the Battle for Tantive IV, look for this wave to hit in February!

Thursday, December 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

VSD Fett on Sale at StarWarsShop


Fans of Medicom's Vinyl Super Deformed figure series, take note! Over at StarWarsShop you'll find the exclusive Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure on sale for just $29.99! Needless to say, that is a heck of a lot cheaper than the current eBay prices for this figure!

UPDATE: Looks like the holiday "Daily Special" sale has run it's course as it's now back to the regular $49.99 price.

Thursday, December 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Battle Pack Update


Hasbro updates today with the official announcement on the three Battle Packs that leaked earlier this year. Head on over for the rundown on the Jedi Training on Dagobah, Battle of Geonosis, and Capture of Tantive IV battle packs. Sure, it's not exactly new news, but it is nice to see the improved Tantive IV set with clean Stormtroopers!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Titanium Figures Update


Hasbro has updated their Product Database with a few more 3.75" Titanium Figures! Click on the thumbnails above to check out the new Snowtrooper and yes, another Darth Vader. No word yet on if or when these will see release with so many other figures set to ship in waves before them.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Collectible Rose Parade Pins


The Official Site updates tonight with news of a pair of Collectible Rose Parade Pins from Milestone Products. One pin features Grand Marshall George Lucas, while the other features a Stormtrooper. Both pins are in-stock now, so head over and grab them before they are gone!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant 2006 Holiday Gift


Gentle Giant has sent out their annual Holiday Gift. This year, it's a small statue of Max Rebo from Jabba's Palace! As a special holiday treat, Max plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as the string of Christmas lights that adorn his red ball organ blink on and off! There is no word yet on whether GG will offer up a non-holiday variant for sale to the general public as they have in years past.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Star Wars Transformers Update


Hasbro updates today with a bit of old news. Head on over for a look at the first wave of Star Wars Transformers for 2007, which is actually in stores now. Both ships may just be simple repaints, but they are pretty sharp looking repaints.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas Edition Sizes Announced


Master Replicas has announced edition sizes for a few upcoming products! The Darth Vader Limited Edition Helmet production run has been set at 2500 units and the Clone Trooper Limited Edition Helmet has been officially verified at 2500 units as well. A limited number of both helmets remain available for sale, so head on over to Master Replicas to grab yours today!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the topics from our forums. Wave 8, the first portion of the "Final 22" 2006 Saga figures, has hit across the USA. Have a favorite repaint? Think it's lame to end a line as successful as this one with a bunch of repaints? Can't find them at retail thanks to all those Christmas shoppers in stores? Have an opinion and want to share? Then just head on into the forums and join in the discussion!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Premium Format Dagobah Luke and Yoda Set for January


Sideshow has confirmed that the Premium Format Dagobah Luke and Yoda figure is en route to Sideshow's US warehouse and should ship as scheduled in January 2007! With 12" Bib Fortuna already announced for January shipping as well, it looks like 2007 is definitely off to a busy start for Sideshow collectors!

Monday, December 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie - Update


Details for pre-ordering the upcoming The Art of Ralph McQuarrie have been released! Orders will be accepted beginning on January 1, 2007 exclusively through Dreams and Visions Press! The 400-page book is currently set to ship in April of 2007.

Monday, December 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider Survey


Looking for a way to win $500? Well then, head on over and fill out the 2007 Star Wars Insider Reader Survey. Share your opinions on what makes the Insider great and what you don't like. All completed entries will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Best Buy gift card!

Monday, December 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Republic Commando Box Set In-Stock at EE


Now in-stock at EntertainmentEarth is the internet exclusive Republic Commando Delta Squad box set. Featuring all four members of Delta Squad and three Geonosians for them to squish, this set is sure to be a treat for the Republic Commando video game series fans out there!

Monday, December 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Code 3 Revenge of the Sith Poster Going Cheap


If you haven't picked up the Revenge of the Sith 3D Poster from Code 3 yet, your procrastination has paid off. BestBuy.com is now offering this great poster for the super-low price of $16.99, over 75% off the original price from 2005! Head on over and grab yours today!

Monday, December 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up


We here at JediDefender.com are continuing our new feature, the Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up tonight. We are going to take a look at the highlighted projects and topics from all the talented customizers on our Customizing Forums.

From figures, to ships, to playsets, to photonovels, we’ll be covering the highlights and invite you to check it out. Click on through for the latest installment!

Sunday, December 17, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Scholastic's Secret Weapon Revealed


StarWars.com has posted a preview of the cover to the upcoming Secret Weapon, book seven in the Last of the Jedi series from Scholastic. Head on over to check out the cover and look for the book in April 2007.

Saturday, December 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #91


Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars Insider Online Supplement. This edition features Star Wars Insider #91, which shipped to Hyperspace Fan Club subscribers this month. Head on over to the Official Site to check it out!

Saturday, December 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration Europe Tickets On Sale


Tickets are now on sale for Celebration Europe! The show will run from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, 2007 at London's ExCeL exhibition center. Head on over and grab your tickets now!

Saturday, December 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Coruscant Clone Trooper Mini-Bust


AFX is now taking pre-orders for their exclusive Coruscant Clone Trooper Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant! This new Mini-Bust variant is the Coruscant Clone paint scheme and based on the popular Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper sculpt, but with an interchangeable unmasked Jango Fett clone head, never before offered with any previous Clone Trooper Mini-Bust! Due in May 2007, the Mini-Bust is priced at $54.99 and limited to 2500 pieces!

Friday, December 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 22


On December 8th, we sent our twenty-second batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, December 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Collection Delayed


If you were hoping to find 30th Anniversary figures at your local stores shortly after the first of the year, you're in for a disappointment. Hasbro has sent along word that the first few waves of figures for 2007 have encountered unavoidable production delays.

Friday, December 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Wave 1 Cardbacks


Images of the 30th Anniversary Collection Wave 1 card backs have surfaced over at the German collecting site, 4-inches.de. Head on over and check them out!

Friday, December 15, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Gentle Giant Blog Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news that a trio of new Mini-Busts are currently shipping to distributors and retailers this week! If you've got pre-orders out there, keep an eye out for shipping notices for these three new Mini-Busts:

  • Chewbacca Mini-Bust
  • General Grievous Mini Bust
  • Darth Maul Mini Bust

    Thursday, December 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


    The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Sideshow 12" Bib Fortuna Coming Soon


    Sideshow Collectibles passes along word that the 12" Bib Fortuna figure from their "Scum and Villainy" line is due in the warehouse in the next 10-15 days! Looks like the new year will be off to a good start for Sideshow collectors!

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    More 7" Unleashed in 2007


    The Official Site updates tonight with a look at the first wave of 7" Unleashed planned for 2007! Yeah, it's just two repacks and one repaint, but at least it's a bit of hope that the line might continue past these. Look for them exclusively at Wal-Mart in Spring 2007.

    Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Master Replicas Cancels Product Line


    Master Replicas has announced that it will no longer offer Collectors Edition prop replicas. The decision was primarily based on the poor sales seen in the product line. As a result, the Qui Gon Jinn Collectors Edition Lightsaber will be the only CE product released.

    Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    JediDefender Forum Spotlight


    Once again, it's time to highlight one of the great topics from our forums. In last week's Q&A with Hasbro, they confirmed that the 3" scale Titanium Series is going strong with many new and re-paint vehicles planned for 2007 and beyond. Have a favorite ship you'd like to see added to the line? Think they should stick to the movies and skip the EU? To share your thoughts, just head on into the forums and join in the discussion!

    Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    On Sale This Week at K-Mart


    This week at K-Mart, you'll find a few Star Wars items on sale! Basic Star Wars Transformers are on sale for just $12.99 and in case you missed out on the earlier deals, the Millennium Falcon Transformer set is on sale for $27.99! Also on sale this week are the electronic Star Wars Role Play Lightsabers.
    At just $14.99, they make a nice gift for that little padawan you know!

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Comic Packs Wave 1 Hit Retail


    A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found the first wave of the 2007 Star Wars Comic Packs at their local Toys R Us stores! Wave 1 includes three new 2-packs: Darth Vader & Rebel Officer, Tarkin & Stormtrooper, and Chewbacca & Han Solo. Retail price is $10.99 at TRU. These should be available everywhere soon, so keep your eyes open the next time you're out and about on your Holiday shopping trips. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    LEGO Star Wars Maquettes: First Images


    The Official Site has updated with information and images of the new LEGO Star Wars Maquettes from Gentle Giant Studios. The edition sizes for both the Stormtrooper and Darth Vader have been set at 1000. The Vader is scheduled to ship sometime in February, and the Stormie should follow in March. Head on over for the full story as well as prototype images of both maquettes. If you haven't yet, head on over and pre-order these StarWarsShop exclusives!

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

    Sideshow 12" Darth Maul Now Shipping


    Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the 12" Darth Maul figure has arrived in their warehouse and orders are now being processed and shipped! If you've got Darth Maul pre-ordered, keep an eye on that mailbox!

    Saturday, December 9, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

    Questions for Hasbro? - Week 21


    On December 1st, we sent our twenty-first batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

    Friday, December 8, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    New Sideshow Radio Podcast


    Today's edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more 12" Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the podcast today for details on the currently shipping 12" Darth Maul figure, a bit of Jabba Wait List news, and feedback from the fans on the 12" Asajj Ventress figure!

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Build Your Own Lightsaber at Walt Disney World


    The Official Site updates tonight with news of a new Disney Star Wars attraction! Starting Friday, visitors to Walt Disney World in Florida will have the chance to visit the Build Your Own Lightsaber experience at the park's Once Upon A Toy Store! Kids of all ages are invited to "choose their destiny" and construct a saber with parts from a dazzling display offering scores of different design possibilities. The Build Your Own Lightsaber attraction will set you back $19.95, no matter how elaborate the saber design.

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    12" Kit Fisto Give-Away Winner


    Congratulations go out to forum member Kill_Solo, the big winner of our recent 12" Kit Fisto Give-Away, courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles! As always, thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned for more give-aways in 2007!

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    New Review: Rep Been


    The reviews keep on truckin' here at JD, and this week we have the latest in plastic boredom with Rep Been. This Gungan falls into the category of "Senators" from Hasbro. Basically he's a little dull and did nothing on film. Hasbro didn't go elaborate on him either, so is he worth $7? Being a Gungan is already a strike against him so click through to the full review to see if there is redemption!

    Of course when you're finished reading, feel free to stop by our Reviews Forum and share your thoughts on this review with us, or create your own critiques on Hasbro's wares.

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

    Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


    The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    VCD TIE Pilot Holiday Lottery


    Sideshow Collectibles is giving away five of the Medicom VCD TIE Pilot figures in their Holiday Lottery! Head on over and enter by 11:59 PM (Pacific) today, Wednesday, December 6th, for your chance to win!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    New 30th Anniversary Wave 2 Photos


    2007 brings us to the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars and Hasbro is planning on celebrating! Click on through to check out some new, larger photos of the second wave of figures from 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    RISK: The Original Trilogy Edition


    Hasbro Games has now brought the entire Star Wars saga into the RISK universe by releasing Star Wars RISK: The Original Trilogy Edition! Check out the Official Site for all the details on this great new strategy game now available at a store near you!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Dark Horse Comics For March 2007


    StarWars.com updates with a run-down on the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for March 2007 and graphic novels for May 2007. Head on over for all the details on your favorite Star Wars comics!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    2007 Saga Legends Revealed


    Rebelscum and Hasbro have officially revealed the line-up for the 2007 Saga Legends figure assortment. Made up of 18 "greatest hits" figures and 10 "fan choice" figures, this line will run alongside the 30th Anniversary basic figure assortment in 2007. Head on over to the Official Site for the complete break-down of the figures included in the Saga Legends line!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Hasbro Unleashed Battle Packs Update


    Hasbro has once again updated their website with new product images! This time, it's the latest wave of Unleashed Battle Packs, based on the "Trouble on Tatooine". Click on through to check out the new pics!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Darth Revan Prototype Revealed


    ToyFare #114 features plenty o' Star Wars toys, but the best bit of news included in this month's mag is the first look at the Fan Choice Poll Winner, Darth Revan! Head on over for a look at the prototype of the fan-favorite Sith Lord from the Knights of the Old Republic video game!

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Galatic Heroes Darth Maul and Sith Speeder


    Missing from the previous Galactic Heroes update, but available now at Hasbro, is the brand new Darth Maul with Sith Speeder. The addition of another (albeit small) vehicle is a nice treat for fans of the line! Click on the thumbnail above to check out Maul and his new ride.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


    Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Rebellion #5 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, December 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Sideshow Now Processing: 12" Darth Maul


    Sideshow Collectibles passes along word that the highly anticipated 12" Darth Maul Inclusive Edition should be arriving in the warehouse in the next 9-11 days! “Pre-authorizing” credit cards for this purchase will begin within the next 24 hours. A “pre-auth” is not a direct charge, but is a “hold” of funds pending the shipment of your order. Your credit card will be charged once the item is shipped from the Sideshow warehouse.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

    Lee's Toy Review Story


    Big figure news these days it seems, and really big news hit the forums as Lee's Toy Review hit the shelves and unveiled the fabled "Yavin Wave" of figures, including Death Star Gunner, Biggs, an incredible concept Boba Fett, and much more. Check out our 30th Anniversary Collection Forum to see all the hubub, and some pretty nice new figures to come next year. This is big stuff for collectors, especially as they reel from some of the repack choices we have coming next year, yikes!

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

    Pictures from WCC23


    As I'm sure you've heard, World Character Convention 23 took place in Japan on Sunday, December 3rd. Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted a new image gallery showing off some of the things they saw at the show, including new looks at recently announced Medicom and Hasbro products!

    Monday, December 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Chewbacca Mini-Bust Images


    Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted a new image gallery of the Chewbacca Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant. Head on over and check out the pics of this recently released wookiee!

    Monday, December 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    On Sale This Week at K-Mart


    This week at K-Mart, you'll find all LEGO sets, including Star Wars sets, on sale with a "Buy One, Get One 50% Off" mix-and-match offer. Good luck tracking down your missing LEGO sets!

    Monday, December 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Gentle Giant Blog Update


    Gentle Giant has updated their blog with Animated Darth Vader Maquette news. Thanks to a small error during the production process, the recently released Vader was incorrectly labeled on the underside as "Dath Vader". Click on through to learn what you need to do to get the error corrected.

    Monday, December 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up


    We here at JediDefender.com are starting something tonight that we’re hoping becomes a new feature on our front page. Our new Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up is going to take a look at the highlighted projects and topics from all the talented customizers on our Customizing Forums.

    From figures, to ships, to playsets, to photonovels, we’ll be covering the highlights and invite you to check it out. Click on through for this first installment!

    Monday, December 4, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

    Carded Kubrick Shadow Stormtrooper Exclusive


    Another carded Star Wars Kubrick figure has hit the Japanese convention circuit this weekend. This time around it's the Shadow Stormtrooper, exclusive to the World Character Convention (WCC23) and limited to 2006 pieces (1000 at the show, 1006 via the Medicom Collector Club). Many thanks to our good friend Simon for the head's up. Looks like it's time to bust open those wallets again, Kubrick fanatics!

    Sunday, December 3, 2006 | Matt Colman

    McQuarrie Concept Compilation


    Ralph McQuarrie fans can rejoice at the news of a new 400 page, limited edition book that chronicles the career of the artist responsible for shaping the Star Wars Galaxy. Check out the full story for all the details.

    Saturday, December 2, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

    Lucas Trooper Offer Extended


    Didn't get your Lucas figure? Well besides being lazy about sending off your tabs for one, you're also in luck. It seems Hasbro has once again extended the offer for the George Lucas (as Stormtrooper) figure to February 28th, 2007.

    The offer remains the same - 5 tabs from any 5 figures along with the official form, which you can download at Hasbro Star Wars. With all the random deals found on VTSC figures at retail, this is good news for the clearance seekers.

    Saturday, December 2, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

    Questions for Hasbro? - Week 20


    On November 24th, we sent our twentieth batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

    Friday, December 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

    New Review: Naboo Soldier (Flight Crew)


    Back on track with reviews, I kick off the first of the "Naboo Wave" of figures by taking an in-depth look at the Naboo Soldier. Is he a soldier? Is he flight crew? Is he dull? Well he's an army builder and articulated, but there were some hidden flaws on this one, and he's definitely not a figure on most people's list of demands. Read the review for all the good and bad, as always.

    Of course when you're finished reading, feel free to stop by our Reviews Forum and share your thoughts on this review with us, or create your own critiques on Hasbro's wares.

    Friday, December 1, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

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