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December 2007


Koto and Fine Molds X-Wing Diorama


Kotobukiya and Fine Molds are working together to produce this impressive looking diorama style model of the X-Wing Fighter. It appears to be in 1/35 scale and is expected to be released in May 2008. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look at the superior detail in their work.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Sideshow Premium Format Anakin Skywalker Update


Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their Premium Format Anakin Skywalker figure! The Sideshow Exclusive version of the figure includes a bonus alternate interchangable "Anakin as Sith Apprentice" portrait.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Offering the W-Size VCD Vader


Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will be able to offer US sales for the W-Size VCD Darth Vader figure that popped up earlier this week from Japanese toymaker Medicom! No pre-order details just yet, but we'll pass them along when we have them!

Thursday, December 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Poll - Favorite Book Series?


In our last poll, the EU source from which the majorty of you wanted to see more figures was the overlooked Star Wars books. With that in mind, a new JD Front Page Poll has been posted asking which popular book series would you most like to see get more figures? We can't list them all, so we picked a few favorites from which to choose. Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Thursday, December 27, 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 Matt, one of the lighting concept artists hard at work on the show!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Best of 2007


The Official Site has put together a Best of 2007 list, celebrating the Star Wars highlights of the past year. From postage stamps to celebrations, head on over to check out the top ten Star Wars items of 2007.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

2008 Order 66 Sets - More Evidence Arrives


Rumors hinting at the possible return of the Order 66 sets have been swirling for a while, and a bit of new evidence to support those rumors surfaced earlier this week. New pictures of a pile of Clone and ARC Troopers connected to the sets surfaced at both 4-inches.de and in the Chinese-StarWars forums. Remember, still just a rumor until they are officially confirmed by Hasbro!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Blister Exclusive VCD Darth Vader


Japanese e-tailer Blister.jp is taking pre-orders for a new VCD Darth Vader figure from Medicom Toy. This "w-size" Vader is larger than the standard VCD figures and is limited to 1000 pieces. No word yet on whether this piece will see distribution in the US.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Bounty Hunters Assembled in Star Wars Insider #99


The Official Site has posted a few details on Star Wars Insider #99. The issue is dedicated to the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back in all their villainous glory and is set to ship to subscribers on January 15, 2008.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Complete Making of Indiana Jones Cover Revealed


StarWars.com has revealed the cover to the upcoming The Complete Making of Indiana Jones from Del Rey. The book will cover the making of all four Indy movies and is due to hit bookstores on May 22, 2008, the same day the fourth Indy adventure is set to hit theaters!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Star Wars Kubricks Officially Confirmed


Medicom Toy has officially announced the details for a few more of the Kubrick Star Wars items that were first shown at the Medicom Toy Exhibition this past summer. The Snowtrooper (Blue Stars version) figure and the Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set will both be sold excluisvely through the Medicom Collector Club in Japan. Both sets will ship in May 2008.

Monday, December 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Evolutions Sets & Mighty Muggs Out Now


I ran into a bunch of the "new" Evolutions sets tonight at my local SoCal Walmart ($20 each), including the Clone to Stormtrooper set, and the Sith set. I also saw a handful of the new Mighty Muggs figures, including Han, Boba, and Chewie, for $10 a pop. More new swag to chase down, so hop to it!

Sunday, December 23, 2007 | Matt Colman

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 44


On December 14th, 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, December 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Weekend at Toys R Us


Here's a tip for all the LEGO collectors out there! Tomorrow and Saturday, you'll find the Ultimate Collector Series AT-ST set on sale at Toys R Us for $44.99, 50% off the regular price! In addition, the weekend TRU ad also highlights a few of the new 2008 Star Wars and Indy LEGO sets. Thanks to forum member iFett for the heads-up!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Premium Format Anakin Skywalker Announced


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a teaser image to announce their upcoming Premium Format Anakin Skywalker figure. Priority Pre-Ordering is set to begin soon, so be sure to watch for the ordering announcement!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sith Rules: An Interview with Drew Karpyshyn


StarWars.com has posted a new interview with Drew Karpyshyn, author of the new novel, Darth Bane: Rule of Two from Del Ray Books. The book is his second Darth Bane story and is due to hit bookstores next week.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Cancels R2-D2 Statue


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with the news that all orders for the R2-D2 Statue have been cancelled. The statue will be resolicited at a later date.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New TFU Stormtrooper Commander Image


A new picture of the Stormtrooper Commander figure from The Force Unleashed has surfaced in the Chinese-StarWars forums. Still no exact word yet on when and where he'll make his debut, but you can click on the thumbnail above to check him out!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Vehicles 2008 Wave 2 @ EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for a new wave of 3" scale ships! 2008 Wave 2 (due in March) features the new Rogue Shadow (The Force Unleashed), X-Wing Fighter, Anakin's Pod Racer, Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, Slave I, and a BSG Mark II Viper.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30 Years of Star Wars Holiday Cards from Lucasfilm


The Official Site has posted a new feature on the past 30 years of Star Wars Holiday Cards from Lucasfilm. Head on over to check out some of the great Star Wars themed cards from years past, culled from the personal collections of various LFL employees!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Force Unleashed Evolutions Sets?


Jedi Defender sponsor Brian's Toys has an interesting pre-order up for a Evolutions Force Unleashed Pack. There is no product image or details listed, as of yet. Could this be how we get our "Vader's Apprentice" figures? Stay tuned for more news as it comes in!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Dark Times #7 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!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Drawing Sy Snootles


All you aspiring artists out there can now head on over to the Official Site for a lesson in how to draw Sy Snootles. Star Wars illustrator Cynthia Cummens explains how with an easy-to-follow step by step process.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Poll - Favorite EU?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which EU source would you most like to see get more figures? Think we need more Dark Horse or Marvel figures? More KotOR or Jedi Knight figures? Ewoks or Droids? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Monday, December 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at K-Mart


Just a reminder that all Hasbro Star Wars toys are on sale this week at K-Mart. Buy any two Hasbro Star Wars toys and you'll receive a third one (of equal or lesser value) for free! Sounds like the perfect time to pick up those three new exclusive Collector Tin sets.

Monday, December 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at Toys R Us


Just a reminder that a trio of items are on sale at Toys R Us this week. You'll find the Millenium Falcon Transformer set on sale for $19.99 (50% off the regular price), the Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet for $24.99, and the Master Replicas FX Lightsabers for $99.99 ($20 off the regular price).

Monday, December 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

UPDATE: Something Huge This Way Comes


We've gotten a couple new DPCI numbers from the Target computers to share. You're going to want to check this one out though, even if you don't shop at Target ever. Trust me on this people, just click through.

Saturday, December 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

First Look - Star Wars: Jedi Twilight


The Official Site has posted the cover art for Star Wars: Jedi Twilight, the first book in the new Coruscant Nights series from Del Rey Books. Written by Michael Reaves, the book features cover art by Glen Orbik. Look for the book to hit stores next summer.

Friday, December 14, 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 Andrew, one of the CG and lighting supervisors hard at work on the show!

Friday, December 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Topps Indiana Jones Heritage Autograph Cards


As part of the Indiana Jones Heritage Trading Cards series, Topps is releasing a number of new limited-edition cards featuring autographs from past Indy actors and actresses. The Heritage trading cards will be available only at hobby market and comic stores.

Friday, December 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Indiana Jones Product Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with some Indiana Jones news. Coming in July will be the Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones Mini-Bust, the first in a new line from Gentle Giant. Along with the Mini-Bust comes the first release in the Indy statue line, Indiana Jones on Horse.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Indy IV Teaser Poster Revealed


In case you missed it, the first teaser poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was unveived at IndianaJones.com this week. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the poster, which should be in a theater lobby near you soon!

Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Starships of the Galaxy RPG Sourcebook Preview #2


Wizards of the Coast has posted the second 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 Rebel Assault Frigate! Look for the sourcebook to hit stores this month!

Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

A Look at Lucasfilm's 2007 Holiday Card


The Official Site has posted a look at the Lucasfilm 2007 Holiday Card. This year's card features caroling stormtroopers and was designed by Lorraine LeBer, an ILM Production Assistant. Head on over for the story behind this year's card!

Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) Update


Sideshow has posted another preview of the 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) figure! This time, they've revealed the whole product gallery. Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM Pacific tonight to be eligible for the Priority Pre-Order tomorrow!

Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

TRU Hyperspace Ring Starfighter Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found the exclusive Obi-Wan's Starfighter & Hyperspace Ring set at their local West Coast Toys R Us stores. Yet another exclusive arrives at the busiest shopping time of the year. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Wal-Mart Holiday Exclusives Finally Surfacing


Over the last few days, we've recieved a number of reports that the latest round of Wal-Mart exclusives have finally started to hit retail. While there have been no signs of the exclusive Comic Packs yet, both of the Galactic Heroes Cantina Scenes and both of the Jabba's Band multipacks have been found across the US.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas Star Wars Products Shipping Update


Master Replicas has sent out updated shipping information for their remaining Star Wars items. As you know, Master Replicas' Star Wars license ends on 12/31/07, but they do have until March 2008 to ship items. Click on through for the updated shipping list.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more Sideshow Star Wars product news! Head on over and download the latest podcast episode for news on the Salacious Crumb life-size replica, contests, and much more!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) Update


Just a reminder that the 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) figure from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-ordering this Friday, December 14th at 10AM Pacific! As a special treat, Sideshow has posted some early preview pics of the figure's unpainted head sculpt!

Wednesday, December 12, 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 Pouchon, one of the assistant technical directors hard at work on the show!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Drawing an Imperial Scout Trooper


All you aspiring artists out there can now head on over to the Official Site for a lesson in how to draw an Imperial Scout Trooper. Star Wars illustrator Cat Staggs explains how with an easy-to-follow step by step process.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Wal-Mart Exclusive The Force Unleashed Box Sets


A pair of exclusive The Force Unleashed box sets have popped up on eBay! The Darth Vader with Incinerator Troopers and Emperor Palpatine with Shadow Stormtroopers sets appear to be Wal-Mart exclusives. No confirmed price yet, but look for them next year with the rest of the Force Unleashed loot!

Monday, December 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Poll - Wave 8 Favorite?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure is your favorite from Wave 8 of the 30th Anniversary Collection. Yet another McQuarrie triumph with the Rebel? Love that new Jango? How about a new Padme? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Monday, December 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at K-Mart


Just a reminder that the basic Star Wars Transformers figures are on sale for $12.99 this week at selected K-Mart stores. You'll also find the basic Battle Packs on sale at selected stores for $17.99 as well! It's not much, but it might give you a reason to finally check your local store if you haven't been there in a while.

Monday, December 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at Target


Just a reminder that the AT-RT Assault Squad Battle Pack is on sale this week at Target for $24.99, $5 off the regular price. You'll also find a few other selected items (like Battle Packs and the 3" Titaniums) on sale for 10% off as well!

Monday, December 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Lee's Covers the New Evolutions Packs


The latest issue of Lee's Toy Review features new photos of the upcoming 2008 Evolutions sets including the Sith set, which made the cover. The issue (#182) also features a photo guide on the Star Wars Unleashed line. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

Monday, December 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars & Indiana Jones On Target


More DPCI numbers have arrived in the Target Computer System, and not just for Star Wars. We've got a listing of Indiana Jones DPCI's as well! Click on through to check them all out, and get ready for 2008!

Saturday, December 8, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 43


On November 30th, 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, December 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) Announced


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a teaser image to announce their upcoming 12" Han Solo (Smuggler) figure! Priority Pre-Ordering is set to begin on Friday, December 14th at 10AM Pacific! Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM Pacific on December 13th to be eligible for Priority Pre-Order!

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

RAH 501st Clone Trooper @ Sideshow Collectibles


Now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles is the Real Action Heroes 501st Clone Trooper from Medicom Toy! Limited to just 1000 pieces for the US Market, this 501st Trooper includes interchangeable hands and a display base.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

First Look- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Novel


The Official Site has posted a look at the cover to the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed novel from Del Rey Books. Written by Sean Williams and based on the story by Haden Blackman, the book will cover the events of the game and provide the one true "canon" path of events that will affect the Star Wars saga.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Holiday Fett Character Key @ StarWarsShop


The Holiday Special Boba Fett Character Key from Acme Archives is now up for pre-order at StarWarsShop! The Key is available exclusively to Hyperspace Fan Club members and is limited to 750 pieces worldwide. Head on over and grabs your while you can!

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Tomy Star Wars Helmets Series 2 Now Shipping


After a long delay, Series 2 of the Star Wars Mini Helmet Collection by Japanese toymaker Tomy has finally been released. Included in Series 2 are Death Star Gunner, Boba Fett, AT-AT Driver, Skiff Lando, Boushh, Biker Scout, and two chase helmets - Jango Fett and Kashyyyk Clone Trooper. Thanks to our friends at instinctoy for the image!

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Maquette Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with the news that the Animated Chewbacca and Animated Han Solo Maquettes will be shipping to retailers and distributors at end of this week and early next week. Both Maquettes retail for around $80 and each is limited to 3000 pieces worldwide.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

A Monumental Offer at Gentle Giant


Gentle Giant is now offering FREE U.S. Domestic Shipping & Handling on all three Gentle Giant Monuments - Life-Size Yoda, Clone Wars Yoda, and Animated Princess Leia. In addition, Premier Guild Members will recieve an additional 20% off the retail price when they order through Gentle Giant!

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

First Look- Star Wars: Invincible


StarWars.com has posted a first look at the cover to Star Wars: Invincible, the final book of the Legacy of the Force series from Del Rey Books. Written by Troy Denning, the book features cover art by Jason Felix. Look for the book to hit stores in June 2008.

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider #98 Excerpt: Roger Christian


The Official Site has posted an excerpt of a Star Wars Insider interview with filmmaker and Star Wars set designer Roger Christian. You can read the full interview in Star Wars Insider #98, which hits newsstands starting today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #97


Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars Insider Online Supplement. This edition features Star Wars Insider #97, which shipped to subscribers in November 2007.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Target Star Wars Sale On 12/9


We got word in about a pending Target sale starting December 9th. Pictured in the ad is the exclusive AT-RT Assault Squad for only $24.99. The ad also states that other select Star Wars items will be on sale. Might be a good idea to hold off on that AT-RT set for now, and plan to stock up on some items for the holidays during the sale. A big thanks to our anonymous Target source for the tip!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New JediDefender Poll - Wave 7.5 Favorite?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure is your favorite from Wave 7.5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection. Sure they're all repaints, but you must like one better than the others, right? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Monday, December 3, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of another item shipping to distributors and retailers this week. Look for the Darth Vader ESB statue to arrive in stores soon! Vader retails for around $200 and is limited to 5000 pieces.

Monday, December 3, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Tooth Tunes Toothbrush


Everyone's favorite movie saga has been added to the popular Tooth Tunes line from Tiger Electronics. When you brush your teeth with this toothbrush, you'll hear sound effects and phrases from the Star Wars saga! Might make a great stocking stuffer for those kids (big or small) on your holiday shopping list!

Monday, December 3, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

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