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March 2005


500th Figure - Darth Vader


The long rumored "500th" Star Wars Figure Darth Vader with Meditation Chamber base has finally been revealed! Head on over to EntertainmentEarth to pre-order yours today!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Holographic Yoda Listed on ToysRUs.com


A visit to ToysRUs.com revealed that the exclusive Holographic Yoda will indeed be available online. Reports in our forums have stated that the Jedi Master may in fact be available for purchase at Midnight Madness on April 2. But will he also be available online on April 2, or will we have to wait until April 10?

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Celebration 3 Deadline Approaching


Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to buy your tickets in advance for the biggest Star Wars event ever - Star Wars Celebration III. Join us in Indianapolis in April to celebrate the sixth and final movie in the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Image Database Update


Another update to our Image Database today. Head on in and check out some great high-res loose and carded photos of two of the Revenge of the Sith action figures you'll want to grab - III-13 Count Dooku and III-18 C-3PO!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Product Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a preview of the Episode III Toy Catalogue that is included with the larger vehicles and toys. Head on over to Hasbro to download the toy catalog now!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Reveals the Early Bird Set


Rumours have been flying fast and furious for days about Wal-Mart's exclusive for the April 2 release of the Revenge of the Sith toy line. Finally, Hasbro has provided us with some official information! The Early Bird Set will only be available from Wal-Mart stores involved in the 48 Hours of the Force tent event, as well as online at walmart.com. This package will provide a certificate to mail in and receive "classic reproductions of the first four original Star Wars action figures from 1977." Of course, what those figures really look like remains to be seen! Join the discussion in our forums now!

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Free Shipping at Code 3


Code 3 sent out a reminder today that Friday, April 1st will be their annual "April Fools No Fool'n FREE Shipping" event. On this one day of the year, you can order any in-stock item and receive free shipping. Orders must be placed between 12:00 AM PST April 1, 2005 and 11:59 PM PST April 1, 2005 to qualify.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro's Official 3 3/4" List


Hasbro provides another update today, this time by providing the newest version of their 3 3/4" Checklist. The most notable changes are #47 to Meena Tills and #52 to Zett Jukassa, as well as some rearranging of the numbering of figures #37 to #44.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | Jesse Wall

M&M's Feel The Dark Side


M&M's are among the many foods that are getting involved in the Star Wars excitement - check out the chocolate mpire! They've got a fun trailer to watch and pictures of the 16 individual figures and 2 plushes that will be available to collect.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Clone Wars Cartoon Continuing in Half-Hour Doses


It would certainly seem that way. "We have this other little thing we're doing," Lucas continues, "this Clone Wars cartoon on TV. It's so successful, we're going to put it out as half-hour shows, and all the main characters are in it."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | Rob Foster

JediDefender Image Database Retrospective


We here at JediDefender are pleased to bring you a brand new weekly feature - The JediDefender Image Database Retrospective! Each week, we'll bring you brand new, brilliant high-res photos of the older Kenner/Hasbro Power of the Force 2 figures. You probably haven't really looked at your old figures since you bought them, but after you see our pics you'll probably want to dig them out for another look.

Today, we kick it all off with the nine figures in the initial Power of the Force 2 assortment - Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and Stormtrooper!

Monday, March 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Pittsburgh Gets Novelization Autograph Session

My good buddy Bobafett14 brought it to my attention that on April 3rd at the Waterworks Mall Barnes & Noble (Freeport Road, Fox Chapel, PA) there will be an autograph session with Matt Stover, author of the Revenge of the Sith Novelization.

The signing will last from 2 P.M. - 4 P.M., and members of the 501st Garrison Carida as well as members of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society will be on-hand for this event.

Nice to see our great city get a little something extra on the April 2nd Toy Blitz weekend!

Monday, March 28, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Website Changes


Big changes to the Hasbro website today to celebrate upcoming release of the Revenge of the Sith toys. Head on over and check out the new layout! While you are there, be sure to check out the April 2nd updates for each of the big retailers - Wal-Mart, TRU, and Target - to get the lowdown on all the exclusives planned for April 2nd!

Monday, March 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Target Vader Sweepstakes!


Don't live near a Target? Well then, register to win a FREE Lava Darth Vader from Target! There are 5 Lava Vaders available to be won, but you must enter by April 16! Their website also has a few other fun activities, like a Battle Name Configurator, a Scene Maker, and the Jedi Mind Trick. A special thank you goes to forum member jadesfire for pointing this out!

Sunday, March 27, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Cuddle With A Clone


Hasbro updates once again today, introducing us to 4 plush buddies that will bring the Force closer to you than ever before! Choose from a Clonetrooper, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Even a clone needs hugs too...

Sunday, March 27, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Gentle Giant's Second Yoda Bust


Slave1.jp has posted an image of the upcoming second Gentle Giant Yoda bust. Looking very solemn, this bust is based on his appearance in the Empire Strikes Back. The talented folks at Gentle Giant appear to have a real winner on their hands!

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Celebration 3 Schedule Announced!


StarWars.com has posted the finalized schedule for Celebration 3! Check out what has been organized for this exciting event - it's going to be a blast! Keep in mind, of course, that all events are still subject to change.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Hasbro Updates With Electronic Lightsabers



Hasbro continues to show off their latest releases today, showing us their electronic lightsabers. Bring out the kid in you by reliving your favourite duels with motion-activated battle sounds! Choose from Count Dooku, Darth Vader, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker and Jedi lightsabers.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Running The Numbers On Target

Word from an employee of Target, who has reportedly seen the Lava Chrome Vader Exclusive first-hand, is that they're labeled as being "1 of 50,000" giving us a potential glimpse at the production numbers on this particular item. At the same time it was also mentioned about the figure shipping in a clamshell not entirely dissimilar to the VOTC Clamshells. Good news for the carded collectors who will inevitably be clamoring to get this figure early in the morning of 4/2!

Target should prove one of the more interesting stores to visit during the blitz of '05.

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Hits Entertainment Earth


JD.com sponsor Entertainment Earth has updated their catalog with almost all of the expected Revenge of the Sith toys due by the summer of 2005! Head on over and start your pre-ordering today!

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Entertainment Weekly Covers Star Wars


The April 1st issue of Entertainment Weekly will celebrate Star Wars with six different covers commemorating the entire saga. Each cover features a signature character from one of the movies. Head on over to the Official Site for a sneak preview of all 6 covers!

Saturday, March 26, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Is With Kellogg's


So you want to order a Darth Vader cookie jar, but you're not sure how? Well check out Kellogg's Star Wars website, where you can see pictures of all of the upcoming Star Wars packaging and the cool freebies you can get your hands on. You can be sure I'll be buying lots of Kellogg's in the next while!

Friday, March 25, 2005 | Jesse Wall

JediDefender Image Database Update


Another quick update to our Image Database today! Head on in and check out some great high-res loose and carded photos of two Revenge of the Sith Jedi figures - III-29 Ki-Adi Mundi and III-32 Aayla Secura!

Friday, March 25, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Target Micro Vehicles Update at Hasbro


Another Hasbro update today brings us our first look at wave 2 of the Target exclusive Micro Vehicle Multi-Packs. Head on over to Hasbro's Star Wars Website to check out the pictures of 3 new sets - 1 set from each OT movie!

Friday, March 25, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS 12" Figure Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their upcoming Revenge of the Sith toys with another website update! Today's update is a closer look at Wave 2 of the 12" scale action figures! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website and check out all the details on Shaak Ti and Barriss Offee!

Thursday, March 24, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Cloud Car Pilot


And now one of my favorite figures from the OTC line, and one of the better army builders to-date, the Cloud Car Pilot gets a rundown by yours truly in my review column. A very well made figure, with good articulation, nice accessories, good features, and a great sculpt... What more can you ask for? Well I'll let you know just what all you could actually ask for with this guy, though I agree it's not a lot. This was definitely one of my favorites from last year, and now all he needs is a cloud car to take a cruise in!

Now go read the review, and when you're done reading the review we invite you to come discuss this (and many other) figure in our Reviews Forum!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Defender Wishlists II: Attack of the Clones


Some time ago we ran an informal poll with your 10 most wanted characters from the current 5 Star Wars films. With an OT heavy year in 2004 and most of the RotS plans done until the end of the year, we thought it would be a good time to revisit those lists. Here's how it works: You submit your Wish List for your 10 most wanted 3 3/4" figures, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases, and we'll tally the votes. After three weeks of list taking, the results will be published and we will move on to the next movie.

The second Prequel, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, is now open for voting. If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Site's Databank: Episode II. Entries will be taken by e-mail or you can post them in our forum!!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Art Display and Sale at Celebration 3


StarWars.com has announced that Room 105 will be the place to be at C3 for fans of the incredbile artwork that has been produced over the years. Not only will fans be able to view the art, but they will also be able to purchase limited reproductions! No word yet on the artists we should expect to see, but keep your browser tuned here and the official site to stay updated!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Hasbro Charity Auction Item


Hasbro has passed along word of an exciting opportunity for Star Wars fans - Hasbro Children's Hospital will be auctioning off an incredible Lucas Signed Darth Vader Helmet! Check out the Full Story for all the details.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Image Database Update


A quick update to our Image Database today! Head on in and check out some great high-res packaged photos of the Animated Clone Wars DVD 3-Packs - the Jedi Force Pack and the Sith Attack Pack!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Wave 2 Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues their barrage of updates today by showing us Wave 2 of the Titanium Series, which will be exclusive to Wal-Mart. This wave has 8 vehicles and mixes both original trilogy with Revenge of the Sith! Head over to Hasbro now and check out these highly detailed ships!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jesse Wall

FFURG Schedule Of Events At C3


My part-time gig with the guys at the Forgotten Force Ultimate Resource Guide (FFURG) beckons that I give you another update for those interested in seeing what we have going on at Celebration 3!

Now is a great time for you veteran customizers to learn some new tricks, or for you bashful rookies to finally venture into the hobby by learning first-hand about our craft! Click on through to read more details on all the things FFURG.com has in store for you at C3!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Image Database Update


Another quick update to our Image Database today! Head on in and check out some great high-res loose and packaged photos of III-15 Bail Organa and Sneak Preview Tion Medon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Clone Wars 3-Pack Update at Hasbro


Another Hasbro Star Wars update confirms that today is the day for the Animated Clone Wars box sets! As Jesse reported last night, these Wal-Mart exclusive three-packs commemorate the release of the Clone Wars DVD collection (DVD sold separately). Be sure to swing by Wal-Mart today to grab yours!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

AT-RT Walker Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at the AT-RT with Driver from the Battle Vehicles assortment! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for all the details!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Clone Wars DVD 3-Packs Found In US

The Clone Wars DVD Cartoon Figure 3-Packs that have been out overseas for a time now were spotted just tonight by a local buddy of mine at a Pittsburgh area store (A Wal-Mart if I'm not mistaken). Good news for Clone Wars Animated fans who were dreading the thought of tracking these down, and a little something to tide the masses over till 4/2!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Temuera Morrison at Celebration 3


The man who will be forever immortalized as Jango Fett, Temuera Morrison, will be appearing at Celebration 3! He will sign autographs and be on stage to discuss his career and answer questions. The official announcement was made by StarWars.com.

Monday, March 21, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Episode 3 Upgrade at the Official Site

The Official Site undergoes a massive transformation tonight to prepare for the days ahead! Take some time to click around on the new main page to check out character bios and details from the upcoming Revenge of the Sith!

Monday, March 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Lobot


Coming back at you with another review, Jedi Defender proudly unveils Lobot for your reading and viewing pleasure. A much-needed resculpt of a character who is a tad less than exciting, I am pleased to say Hasbro took some extra efforts to make him a bit more interesting! And who is that asking Lobot for his favorite flavor of ice cream?

OK, enough of that... Go read the review, and when you're done reading the review we invite you to come discuss this (and many other) figure in our Reviews Forum!

Monday, March 21, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Clone Wars: Volume 2, Starts Tonight


Just a reminder to the faithful that Clone Wars: Volume II arrives tonight, and airs all week on Cartoon Network. Check your listings or click the snarling Gunship above to see Cartoon Network's schedule on the series.

The commercial spots for these just floor you, so I have big hopes for the new episodes!

Monday, March 21, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Deluxe Figure Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their upcoming Revenge of the Sith toys with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at Wave 2 of the deluxe figures! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website and check out all the details on Yoda with Can-cell, Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, and Vulture Droid!

Monday, March 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated today with some great high-res loose photos of figures from 2005's Post-OTC Coruscant wave! Head on in to check out 05-01 Pablo Jill, 05-02 Yarua, and 05-03 Sly Moore!

Sunday, March 20, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Attacktix Update at Hasbro


Another day, another update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features yet another item in Hasbro's new Attacktix line - the Revenge of the Sith Attacktix Battle Case with exclusive Clone Sergeant figure. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for all the details!

Sunday, March 20, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Code 3 Sculpted Posters Available for Preorder


StarWarsShop.com has added the beautiful new Code 3 Sculpted 3D Posters that are based on the original Style "A" Posters. These preorders are to ship in August 2005 and are limited to 3000 pieces each. Check them out here: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Sunday, March 20, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Billy Dee Williams at Celebration 3


The man we all know as Lando Calrissian will be appearing at Celebration 3 to sign autographs! Check out the news at StarWars.com and learn what the Smooth one himself has been up to.

Saturday, March 19, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Battle Masters Attacktix!


Hasbro has two new additions to their Attacktix line - the Battle Masters. Lead your attacks with these larger figures straight from Revenge of the Sith and defeat your enemies!

Saturday, March 19, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Review: Bespin Leia


Thanks to some hard work (not mine) the new reviews are rolling out faster than I can keep up with them it seems! That trend continues today with The Original Trilogy Collection's Bespin Leia, the first from the famed Bespin Wave for your reading pleasure. And let the Leia fans rejoice at getting a sorta new version of her! This one was probably one of the top-rated resculpts as far as fan-demand goes, so I'm sure many people were happy, but how does she rate in the realm of Star Wars action figures? Well, click the image above, read my review, and see what all I have to say on that issue. Try not to yawn too much though, incase you find her as dull as I did.

When you're done reading the review, we invite you to come discuss these (and many other) figures in our Reviews Forum!

Saturday, March 19, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Attacktix Booster Packs Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at the first wave of Attacktix Booster Packs, as well as a checklist of figures! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for all the details!

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

When Is Anything Ever Truly Finished?


For George Lucas, the Star Wars films will never truly be finished. In fact, he'll probably keep fiddling with them until he dies. So, what can we expect from him after Revenge of the Sith? How about Star Wars in 3-D. Yesterday at Showest in Las Vegas, Lucas discussed taking all 6 Star Wars movies to the 3-D format. You can click here and read all the details.

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

George Lucas to Direct Action Man?


According to British newspaper "The Sun," George Lucas is in talks to direct a live-action, Action Man movie. Nothing is confirmed yet, so this one has to go in the rumors category.

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Rob Foster

ROTS Jedi Force at Entertainment Earth


So your 3 year old loves Star Wars, but the regular 3 3/4" line of figures are too small? Well, get your kids involved by checking out the pictures of the latest Jedi Force line at Entertainment Earth. Grab a set today!

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Spring Lego Promotions


The current LEGO club magazine, Brickmaster, is advertising some great promotions that will be coming up this spring...

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Celebration 3 Collector Panels and Exclusive Cards


Celebration 3 is going to be an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the foremost experts in our hobby! StarWars.com has announced that Gus Lopez has put together a number of collector panels to educate us in areas ranging from preserving your collection to obtaining autographs. As well, 21 exclusive collector cards will be available to commemorate these panels.

Friday, March 18, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Gentle Giant Sandtrooper Bust Trio Coming!


Gentle Giant has updated their site today with big news for Sandtrooper fans. GG will be offering Sandtrooper busts this year in all assorted flavors - Orange, Black and White! They'll be starting things off with the black-pauldroned Sandtrooper Corporal as a C3 exclusive, limited to 2,500 pieces, with a fixed daily allotment. Then, in the Fall, the white-pauldroned Sandtrooper Sergeant and orange-pauldroned Sandtrooper Squad Leader will be available. Good news indeed, for all the GG Bust fans out there!

As an added bonus, GG has also updated with a nice slideshow of their upcoming ANH Han Solo bust...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Matt Colman

JediDefender Image Database Update


Another quick update to our Image Database today! Head on in and check out some great high-res loose photos of Post-OTC 05-04 Queen Amidala and Post-OTC 05-05 Rabe from 2005's Naboo Wave!

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS "Call Upon Yoda" at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their Revenge of the Sith goodies with another website update! Today, it's a closer look at the interactive "Call Upon" Yoda! Have you ever wanted to challenge the diminutive Jedi Master to a trivia contest? Now is your chance! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars ToyFare Spectacular


ToyFare #93 hit newstands today and it features an incredible 20 pages of Star Wars goodness! Featuring a photo price guide and pictures of the upcoming ROTS figures, this issue is sure to be popular. Check out a sample page here.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jesse Wall

ROTS Trailer Available for Everyone!


Are you one of those poor souls who has not seen the full trailer for the biggest movie of the year? Well, head on over to the Official Site and check out what so many people are talking about!

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Attacktix Starter Set Giveaway


Want to get started with Hasbro's new Attactix game the easy way? Head on over and enter their contest to win a Starter Set and begin knocking down your enemies!

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jesse Wall

2005 Fan Club Membership Kits


Current and future members, your fan club kits are now being previewed at StarWars.com! A number of freebies and coupons have been added this year, so be on the lookout in your mailbox as they have already started to ship! If you are interested in joining Hyperspace, click here.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Something Mini This Way Comes


What's that image of? Oh, a little something Miniatures Gaming/Collecting fans will drool a bucketload over when they get the full images of it!

The site Gaming Report.com has the scoop on everyone this time with the first pictures of the HOTLY anticipated Star Wars Miniatures AT-AT that is in-scale with the Star Wars miniatures game from Wizards of the Coast. Whoa mama!

Yes, the AT-AT's in-scale, and it's a monster compared to the figures! Click the image above to go to the gallery that Gaming Report.com has up at their site, and check out those AT-AT pictures.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

New Review: Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi


Well, up next we have Dagobah Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi to round out the Original Trilogy Collection's Dagobah Wave. The good news is he is a pretty good spirit figure, but there's bad news too. He tends to make your old spirit figures look like knock-offs at a dollar store. Hopefully we can see some new spirit figures of Anakin (both versions?) and Yoda to match this fantastic Ben! But, enough wishing, and go read the review by clicking the image above.

When you're done we invite you to come discuss these (and many other) figures in our Reviews Forum

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Chat with Mary Franklin


To help fans plan for Celebration 3, StarWars.com has set up a chat with Mary Franklin, infamous for her role as Lucasfilm Fan Event Specialist. Members of Hyperspace can have all of their questions answered on Friday, March 18 at 5:30pm ET. Don't miss your chance to find out the latest!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Jesse Wall

JediDefender Image Database Update


A few more updates to our Image Database today! Head on in and check out loose and packaged photos of Sneak Preview General Grievous and Deluxe Obi-Wan Kenobi with Super Battle Droid!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Use The Force Bart!


StarWarsShop.com has added a fun new DVD to their site: Bart Wars! It contains 4 episodes of the Simpsons that focused on Star Wars, as well as a "Making of Bart Wars" featurette. Don't have a cow man, and order yours today!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Brian's Toys News

Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Corporal & Sergeant are both now in stock at Brian's Toys for $199.99 each! Original Trilogy Bust Ups Series 3 now in stock and many Clone Wars Vehicles back in stock! GIJOE Japanese AFA collection also just in stock.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Chris Berry

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated again today with the more new photos of the Revenge of the Sith action figures! Head on in and check out loose and packaged photos of Sneak Preview R4-G9, Sneak Preview Wookiee Warrior, and #26 Yoda. Also added is the new RotS Product insert, Product Catalog A!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Role Play Update at Hasbro


Another day, another update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features a closer look at a few more role play items from Revenge of the Sith. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for all the details on General Grievous' Blaster, Chewbacca's Bowcaster, and the Clone Trooper Blaster!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Dagobah R2-D2


Another one bites the dust today, as the Original Trilogy Collection's Dagobah R2-D2 makes its way to the review catacombs! A repaint many wanted, but does it live up? That depends on the person doing the review I guess. Click the image above though to go read all the low-down on him, and find out what everyone's favorite astromech has been wallowing in to get so brown... blech!

When you're done we invite you to come discuss these (and many other) figures in our Reviews Forum where all opinions are welcome!

Monday, March 14, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Electronic Lightsaber Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at the upcoming role play Electronic Lightsabers! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website and check out all the details on Anakin's lightsaber, Obi-Wan's lightsaber, and Yoda's lightsaber!

Monday, March 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode III Basic Lightsabers


Hasbro provides an update today by introducing us to the line of basic lightsabers. Available in four colours, pick up a couple and begin your own personal Star Wars!

Sunday, March 13, 2005 | Jesse Wall

ROTS Trailer on Canadian TV


Excellent news for my fellow Canucks that were unable to view the trailer for Revenge of the Sith on TV! The Space Channel will be airing it on March 13th at 5pm ET on Hypaspace Weekly. Don't miss it!

Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Episode III Galactic Heroes


Hasbro has posted official pictures of their first Galactic Heroes wave for Revenge of the Sith. Check out these pics so you know exactly what to look for when you are searching the toy aisles - but are they for you, or your kids?

Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated again today with the more new photos of the upcoming Revenge of the Sith action figures! Head on in and check out loose and packaged photos of #04 Super Battle Droid, #07 R2-D2, #25 Tarfful, #27 Obi-Wan Kenobi, #28 Anakin Skywalker, and Deluxe General Grievous!

Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Weekends 2005 Collectibles


Headed to Disney World or MGM Studios between May 20 and June 12? If so, be sure to check out Star Wars Weekends and pick up some of the great memorabilia that will be available! Who could pass up on Darth Mickey?

Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Clone Wars Volume II Poster Revealed


The third in the series of posters illustrating the Animated Clone Wars series has been announced by StarWars.com! This poster will be available only from StarWarsShop.com starting on Monday, March 14. Pick one up and then enjoy the action when the final 5 episodes begin on March 21!

Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Review: Dagobah Luke & Yoda


So you say you want more reviews? Well we're working away on those for you then. Up now is the somewhat dated but still worthy review for Dagobah Luke & Yoda from the Original Trilogy Collection. Resculpts much needed for the line, and ready for your viewing pleasure. I break them down, analyze them, and give you the low-down on these two, so click the button above and read the whole thing.

When you're done we invite you to come discuss these (and many other) figures in our Reviews Forum where all opinions are welcome!

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS Unleashed Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their Revenge of the Sith goodies with another website update! Today, it's a closer look at the first two upcoming items in the Unleashed line - Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated again today with the first of many new photos of the upcoming Revenge of the Sith action figures! Head on in and check out loose and packaged photos of #01 Obi-Wan Kenobi, #02 Anakin Skywalker, #05 Chewbacca, #11 Darth Vader, and #20 Agen Kolar!

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Bust-Ups Series 3 - In Stock at EE


The latest from Gentle Giant's Bust-Up line have arrived! Series 3, the Bounty Hunter wave, is now in stock at EntertainmentEarth. Click here to order!

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode 3 Trailer On Hyperspace


OK, so you have your hyperspace access, your log-in and password, and you think you're ready to watch the new Revenge of the Sith Trailer again, again, and again? Think again bubba because you're going to need a drool rag too!

Head over to StarWars.com and watch the trailer if you've got the access to do so. Mine's just on a constant loop at this point. There's no hope for me at this point I suppose.

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Wookiee Homeworld Arrives in SWG


Not to be left out of the Episode 3 buzz, the hit MMORP video game Star Wars Galaxies has plans for a brand new expansion in May. Rage of the Wookiees, the second expansion for the game, is based on events seen in Episode 3 and set to debut May 5th, two weeks prior to the film's release. Head on over to LucasArts to get all the details on the content they'll be adding!

Friday, March 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

George Lucas To Appear On 60 Minutes


StarWars.com has announced that the plaid-shirted one himself will be appearing on 60 Minutes on Sunday, March 13. Expect to see a few clips of Revenge of the Sith and learn a bit about some of the technology going into its production!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Kubrick Feature Added


One of the best new things to hit Star Wars collecting in the last few years has been the ever expanding Kubrick line from Medicom of Japan. Head on in to our new Feature for all the details on the exclusive carded Kubricks!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Medicom 12" Vader Available for Pre-Order at BBTS


Medicom will be producing what looks to be one of the highest quality 12" figures ever made, the Real Action Heroes Darth Vader! Check out the pictures of this highly poseable and incredibly detailed figure in our forums and then head over to Big Bad Toy Store to pre-order it.

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Forget April 2nd. Can you say March 9th?!


Let the early ROTS figure leaks continue! JD staffer Tydirium happened upon four fresh cases of brand new ROTS figures last night at a SoCal Walmart, including three Collection 1 cases, and one Collection 2 case. That's a grand total of 22 of the first 28 figures for those looking closely at Jared's new ROTS collection here. I was even fortunate enough to witness said event, and pick through Jared's leftovers... So keep your eyes peeled for those early leaks folks, 'cause they're out there!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Matt Colman

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated with great new photos of the twelve Vintage Original Trilogy Figures. Head on in and check out loose and packaged photos of arguably Hasbro's greatest line-up ever!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Galactic Heroes Update at StarWars.com


An interesting update to the Official Site's Cargo Bay has been brought to our attention by JD.com reader Scott! Entries for new Revenge of the Sith Galactic Hero 2-packs have been added, including a Chewbacca and Clone Trooper pack, a Mace Windu and Kit Fisto pack, and a R2-D2 and Super Battle Droid pack. No pictures yet, but stay tuned for more news as it becomes available!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Force Battlers Update at Hasbro


A new day brings us yet another Revenge of the Sith toy update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features an official look at four of the upcoming figures in Hasbro's new Force Battlers line. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Code 3 "Sculpted" 3-D Star Wars Posters


As originally rumored in our Comic Con coverage from last year, Code 3 has just announced it's official plans to produce three beautifully "sculpted" 3-dimensional Star Wars 'Style A' posters - one from each Original Trilogy movie. The set of all three will cost $273, will be limited to 3,000 pieces each, and will go on sale tomorrow to Code 3 Guild Members and a week later to the general public. Stay tuned for more details as they arise...

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Matt Colman

C3's "Official" Party Announced...


Though our resident JD'ers have many an "unofficial" party planned during their C3 stay, JD lady Shannon alerts us to the news that StarWars.com has just announced plans for the "official" Celebration 3 party in Indianapolis next month. So if you're interested in a Star Wars style "street carnival and masquerade", then you best show up in Hall B on Saturday night, April 23, from 7 to 11pm. Live bands, cocktails, games, contests and other amusements await you! Not to mention, so does Captain Typho, the host. So read on for the full details, and maybe we'll see you there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Matt Colman

Target Exclusive Darth Vader Cardback


The Darth Vader figure that will be exclusive to Target has received a lot of attention as the official release of the 3 3/4 line approaches. Now, it's time to see what the back of this carded figure will look like! Mousedroid.com has the image - check it out!

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Jesse Wall

JediDefender Image Database Update


Our Image Database has been updated with great new photos of the three recent additions to the Revenge of the Sith Assault Vehicle Assortment. Head on into the Image Database and check out loose and packaged photos of the Droid Tri-Fighter, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter, and Grievous' Wheel Bike.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS 12" Deluxe Figure Update at Hasbro


Another day, another update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features an official look at the upcoming Ultimate Villian Darth Vader! This deluxe 12" action figure includes everything you need to change Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader from Revenge of the Sith. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode 3 Poster Revealed


Welp, StarWars.com dazzles us tonight with the Episode III poster, and that's not all! You too can own this lovely collage of our favorite characters from the last installment of the Star Wars series.

Be sure to head over to StarWars.com and read all about it... or look at it at least. And if you'd like to own your own, go to Shop.StarWars.com and check that out too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

RotS 12" Figure Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at the upcoming 12" basic figure line-up! Included in the first batch of 12" figures for 2005 are General Grievous, Clone Trooper, and Darth Sidious! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for all the details!

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Collectors Gallery Newsletter

Collector's Gallery Online is taking pre-orders on the Darth Vader Sideshow 1:4 scale figure. In stock items include Saga 12" ANH figures with Garindan, Jawas & Obi Wan Kenobi; POTF & POTJ 12" figures with speeder bikes include Luke Skywalker, Leia & biker scout. C-3PO Attakus is also now in stock.

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 | Chris Berry

Collection 2, Wave 3 Update At Hasbro


Hasbro dazzles once again with yet another update! Today we get a gander at Wave 3 of Collection 2, and some incredible looking figures. Dare I say that ROTS may have better figures in its opening line-up than Episode 1 and 2 combined? Yes I dare!

Be sure to head over to Hasbro Star Wars and check out all the images. Nobody can deny that the AT-TE gunner there is one of the finest looking figures in the new line I think, and one of the greatest army builders ever. Thanks Hasbro!

Monday, March 7, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Collection 1, Wave 3 Update At Hasbro


Hasbro cranks out yet another update, this time including shots of some of the best looking figures from the upcoming line. My personal favorite is the Clone Commander which obviously pulls a lot of its look from the ARC Troopers in Clone Wars. Papa Lucas must have been pretty impressed by that cartoon, just like the rest of us! Be sure to head on over to Hasbro Star Wars and check it out folks!

Sunday, March 6, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant IG-88 Bust & More

The Gentle Giant IG-88 mini bust is now in stock at Brian's Toys for $49.99. The latest wave of Unleashed figures including Aurra Sing, IG-88 and Stormtrooper are now in stock for $29.99 each or the set of 3 for $69.99. Also in stock an Interactive R2-D2 sealed in factory box, Kotobukiya Clonetroopers and lots more vintage AFA figures. New collection of AFA GIJOE figures also just in stock. Family Guy series 2 and 3 is now available for pre-order.

Sunday, March 6, 2005 | Chris Berry

Hasbro Updates with Wave 2 Of Collection 2


Another day, and yet another update at Hasbro, as they whip up Wave 2 of Collection 2 for our viewing pleasure. Be sure to head on over to Hasbro Star Wars to read all about it.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm loving these "apology" Jedi we're getting for the statues we got in the Saga line-up!

Saturday, March 5, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

The Clone Wars Strike Back


Boy, those Clone Wars sure do know how to entice the Star Wars fans! That beautifully decorated Republic Gunship (World War II-ish, and very nicely done) is also a handy-dandy link for you to click to find out all about Clone Wars: Season 2 on StarWars.com. The hit series rolls on with what seems like another eye-popping installment!

Can your Star Wars senses take much more? Yeah, me either!

Saturday, March 5, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

JAKKS Is Back


StarWars.com updates today with a little information on the JAKKS Pacific plug-and-play controllers newly announced feature called "Gamekeys". Basically, you plug in a little cartridge and get more games instantly! Read All About It though, and find yet another way to become a zombie in front of your TV with Star Wars blaring on it!

Saturday, March 5, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Early ROTS Leaks: Vehicles & Galactic Heroes

We've gotten several reports in today that there's been some serious early leakage on the ROTS vehicles and Galactic Heroes figures happening today at various Targets across the country. I can confirm the sitings, as I had similar luck today, finding the Obi-Wan Star Fighter and Droid Tri-Fighter (missed Grievous' Wheelbike) and the three new Galactic Heroes figures 2-packs (Obi-Wan/Grievous, Dooku/Anakin and Sidious/Yoda). So get your huntin' shoes on, and get these bulky items out of the way so there's more room for your figures at Midnight Madness! Good luck...

Friday, March 4, 2005 | Matt Colman

Do the Darth Dew


7-Eleven has announced that it will produce the first ever black Slurpee as a tribute to Darth Vader and Revenge of the Sith. This will be a marriage between two of the greatest franchises ever - Star Wars and Slurpees - Yummm!

Friday, March 4, 2005 | Jesse Wall

FOX Episode III Promo Spot


The build up of excitement towards the release of the trailer for Revenge of the Sith continues! FOX is airing a promo to let everyone know that they've got the world premiere of the trailer, and StarWars.com is helping to spread the word. Check out this great little promo now!

Friday, March 4, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Collection 1 Update At Hasbro


Hasbro updates yet again with more of the Collection 1 (Wave 2) figures from the Revenge Of The Sith lineup! Lots of goodies to be seen, including what I think is (so far) the best looking Obi-Wan figure from the line. Head on over to Hasbro Star Wars to read all about it.

Friday, March 4, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Target Clearances Pre-Episode III?


Clearance time already? It seems like it may be the case in my neck of the woods at least! I lucked into Preview Wave figures and brand new Unleashed figures, both marked down a fair bit from Target's retail price.

Unleashed were $10.48 (regularly $14.99), and the Basic Preview Wave figures were $4.88 (regularly $6.99). That's some pretty good savings, and the kicker was the Unleashed figure I got was the new Stormtrooper, and I got an extra preview Wookie. Not a bad haul at all!

Thursday, March 3, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Exclusive Republic Commando Maquette


Now available for pre-order at StarWarsShop.com is an exclusive Republic Commando Maquette! Previously planned as an exclusive to LucasArts employees, this limited maquette by Gentle Giant features a detailed sculpt based on the new Republic Commando video game and will be limited to 400 pieces worldwide. Head on over to StarWarsShop.com to grab yours before they are gone!

Thursday, March 3, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Revenge of the Sith iPod Cover


Looking for a way to protect your iPod and let everyone know you love Star Wars? Well you're in luck! StarWarsShop.com is taking pre-orders for an exclusive Revenge of the Sith themed iPod cover. The cover is made from a thin, glossy, scratch and chemical resistant plastic and is designed for either the 20-GB or 40-GB 4th generation iPod with click wheel. Head on over to StarWarsShop.com to grab yours today!

Thursday, March 3, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Playset Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues the Revenge of the Sith toy parade today with yet another website update! Today's update is a closer look at the Mustafar Final Duel Playset! The Mustafar playset is packed with play features and includes two unique pack-in figures. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Thursday, March 3, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration 3 Breakfasts


StarWars.com has announced that 2 breakfasts will be held for Fan Club members at Celebration 3, where they will be able to meet the celebrity hosts! Jay Laga'aia and Warwick Davis, otherwise known as Captain Typho and Wicket respectively, will be out to meet the fans. An exciting perk to attending one of these breakfasts is a free exclusive C3 Darth Vader figure!

Wednesday, March 2, 2005 | Jesse Wall

RotS Large Vehicles Update at Hasbro


A new day brings us yet another Revenge of the Sith toy update at the Hasbro Star Wars website! Today's update features an official look at two of the upcoming items in the Large Vehicle Assortment - the re-hashed, repainted Republic Gunship and the all new ARC-170 Fighter. Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Wednesday, March 2, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

TRU Exclusive "Imperial Inspection" LEGO Set Found!


When the Official Site said "coming in March", they meant it! The Toys R Us exclusive Imperial Inspection LEGO Set was spotted today by yours truly at a local Minnesota TRU store (retail = $49.99 plus tax). This new LEGO set includes the Imperial Shuttle along with four all-new stormtroopers, two Imperial Guards, two Imperial Officers, the Emperor, and Darth Vader. If you're a LEGO collector, it's time to check your local TRU!

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode III Games from JAKKS Pacific


StarWars.com posts some new info on the upcoming Star Wars themed plug-and-play games from JAKKS Pacific! These lightweight, all-inclusive controllers contain five original games based on Revenge of the Sith. Head on over for all the details, including a rundown on the five different games included!

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

RotS Battle Arenas Update at Hasbro


Hasbro continues to officially show off their Revenge of the Sith goodies with another website update! Today, it's a closer look at the first two upcoming Battle Arena 2-packs - Obi-Wan vs. Grievous' Bodyguard and Anakin vs. Dooku! Both of these sets are due in stores April 2nd! Head on over to the Hasbro Star Wars website for more details!

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Collectors Gallery Newsletter

Collector's Gallery Online now has Holiday Yoda, 2005 X-wing fighter model, OTC Snowspeeder & X-Wing fighter LEGO, vintage loose R2-D2 am/fm radio, Empire promo posters & more.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005 | Chris Berry

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