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March 2007


JediDefender Give-Away Reminder - Everything Vader!


Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for your chance to win three great Darth Vader items with our new "Everything Vader" prize package! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can enter to win!

Saturday, March 31, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Unleashed Production Diary Update


StarWars.com has updated with the latest entry in the Production Diary for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Head on over and check out the behind the scenes details on a few more of game's concept art pieces.

Saturday, March 31, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The New Hyperspace Is Underway


Just a reminder that effective April 1, 2007, Hyperspace: The Official Star Wars Fan Club and Star Wars Insider will become two separate products. To get all the Fan Club membership benefits at Celebration IV this May, you must be a member of Hyperspace. Not a member yet? Head on over and join today!

Saturday, March 31, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Inside Star Wars Insider #93


The Official Site has updated with a look at the latest Star Wars Insider #93. Under new management, the Fan Club Magazine is on a new journey under Titan Publishing. The highlight of #93 is The Force Unleashed, but with all the other Star Wars news you want too. Look for this issue to hit in late April!

Saturday, March 31, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 27


On March 23rd, we sent our twenty-seventh batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, March 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Comic Packs Wave 2 Update


Hasbro has updated their website today with the official announcement for the second wave of 2007 Star Wars Comic Packs! Head on over to check out the new pics and descriptions for the upcoming Quinlan Vos & Vilmarh Grahrk pack, Marvel Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) & R2-D2 pack, and Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Alpha pack.

Friday, March 30, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Support the German Exclusive Figure Request


Star Wars collectors in Germany are working to join other European countries that have received a national exclusive action figure. Click through to find out more info!

Friday, March 30, 2007 | Jesse Wall

‘This is no Cave’ Space Slug Enviorama Preview


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a preview image of the Celebration IV Exclusive ‘This is no Cave’ Space Slug Enviorama! Priority Pre-Ordering for this piece begins Thursday, April 5th at 10AM Pacific for Celebration IV Attendees and begins Friday, April 6th at 10AM Pacific for non-Attendees. Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) the night before to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!

Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Medicom's RAH Jango Fett Coming to Sideshow


The recently announced Real Action Heroes Jango Fett from Medicom Toy is heading to Sideshow Collectibles! No pre-order details just yet, but stay tuned to the weekly Sideshow Newsletters for further updates!

Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Announces "Extras and Ancillaries" Line?


Is there a brand new Star Wars 12" figure line on the horizon from Sideshow Collectibles? According to a website update today, Sideshow is planning a new Extras and Ancillaries line of Star Wars 12-inch figures with the premier character in this new category being Kal'Falnl C'ndros. Wait, Kal'Falnl C'ndros? A giant chicken-lady? Hmmm... perhaps our friends at Sideshow are getting a jump on the weekend?

Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Premium Format Darth Maul Edition Size Set


Sideshow Collectibles has announced the edition size for the Darth Maul Premium Format figure. To commemorate the year that The Phantom Menace was released, the edition size has been set at 1999 pieces worldwide. If you missed out on Maul, don't forget you can still sign up for the wait list!

Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

U.S. Postal Service Previews 15 Star Wars Stamps


StarWars.com updates today with all the details on the 15 new Star Wars 30th Anniversary 41-cent postage stamps from the US Postal Service! The commemorative stamps feature images from all six movies in the Star Wars saga and will be released on Friday, May 25, at Star Wars Celebration IV. Head on over for all the details on the stamps, as well as news of a fan-favorite stamp poll and details on how you can enter to win a free trip to Celebration IV!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Official Celebration IV Program Revealed


The Official Site has revealed details on the official Star Wars Celebration IV Program. The program will sell for $5 in the Celebration Store, and will be available throughout the show, while supplies last. In addition, the cover artwork, which was illustrated by Star Wars artist Randy Martinez, will be sold as a poster in the Celebration Store as well.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Collecting Panels Announced for Celebration IV


Star Wars collector Gus Lopez is hard at work bringing even more collectors from all over the world together to present their very interesting Collecting Panels to the fans at Star Wars Celebration IV this May! Whether you are just starting your collection or are a seasoned pro, there will be something for everyone!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

First Star Wars Stamp Unveiled


StarWars.com has posted a picture of the first 30th Anniversary Star Wars Stamp coming soon from the US Postal Service. Check out the site for more details and click the stamp above to check out a larger image of it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Classic Busts Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with details on the upcoming Star Wars Classics Busts line. The Classics will be released in waves of 3, with each limited edition bust being made from resin. Head on over for all the details!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Sandtrooper Gallery


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with images of the upcoming 30th Anniversary Exclusive Medicom Toy Sandtrooper RAH figure! The Priority Pre-Order for the Attendee edition of the Sandtrooper begins Thursday, March 29th at 10AM Pacific. Be sure not to miss this one. Head on over and check out the great new images!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Steel City Con Wrap-Up


This past weekend, the Steel City Con rolled through Pittsburgh. The biggest Toy Show in the city, and a growing convention, I thought it would be fun to bring a little of the show to the readers here at JediDefender.com. Read on for the details from the weekend, as it is always a Star Wars haven!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

30th Anniversary Wave 3 Carded Images


Wave 3 of Hasbro's 30th Anniversary Collection features six new 3.75" figures from Star Wars: A New Hope. Click on through to check out the new carded images of Wave 3.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JD Poll: Favorite 30AC "Vintage" Figure?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure from the 30th Anniversary Vintage Assortment is your favorite? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll below and then feel free to share your thoughts on the 30AC Vintage wave in our forums!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Legacy #10 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, March 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: The Return of the Jedi


For the last couple of years, JediDefender has run an informal fan poll asking for your ten most wanted characters from the various Star Wars films. All you have to do to take part in our latest poll is come up with your Wish List for your top ten 3-3/4" figures for Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.

Monday, March 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: The Empire Strikes Back


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 wishlist for The Empire Strikes Back has been published in our forums with Snowspeeder Pilot Luke Skywalker leading the pack as the #1 vote getter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Monday, March 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Official Celebration IV Poster Revealed


In addition to the badges (see below), the Official Site has also revealed the artwork for the Official Celebration IV Poster! Created by John Alvin, this poster features one of the most iconic scenes in the Star Wars saga - Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, peering at the twin setting suns!

Saturday, March 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration IV Admission Badges Revealed


The Official Site has revealed the designs for the Celebration IV admission badges. There are different designs for both the adult and kid badges, as well as different designs for each day the show is open plus a 4-day badge that covers the whole weekend. Click the thumbnail above to check them out!

Saturday, March 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Collector Cards with Classic Busts at StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now taking pre-orders on the new Gentle Giant Classic Busts line. As a bonus, when you buy the busts from StarWarsShop, you will recieve an exclusive Topps Collector Series card featuring the movie character on the front and a prototype image of the Gentle Giant Classic Bust on the reverse! Check out StarWars.com for the details.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Carded Pics of Upcoming Vintage Figures


Thanks to JD sponsor Brian's Toys, we are able to get a look at the upcoming 2007 Vintage style figures in their carded glory. Click through to check them out.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Hasbro 30th Anniversary Wave 3 Update


Hasbro updates their website today with new images and details for the figures from Wave 3 of the 30th Anniversary Collection. While we've all seen the Wave 3 figures before, the update does provide the first good look at the upcoming #17 Biggs Darklighter (Academy) figure shown with his cape.

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

March Medicom Toy Website Update


Medicom Toy updates their website today with two new Star Wars products. First up is the next addition to the Real Action Heroes line - the RAH Jango Fett. Jango will sell for around 18900 Yen and will make his retail debut in October. Second, Medicom updates with a bit more information on the upcoming Blister exclusive 400% Shadow Stormtrooper figure.

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

MouseDroid Covers Australian Toy Fair


The gang at MouseDroid.com have started their coverage of the Australian Toy, Hobby & Nursery Fair. Head on over and check out the pics from the first day of the show, including new carded pics of the upcoming Quinlon Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk Comic Pack!

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Target Clearance Deals Abound


Many folks have reported some nice clearance finds as Target makes room for the new 30th Anniversary Collection items. Most clearance finds range from 30% to 50% off selected items - exclusive Ilum and Felucia Battle Packs, 30AC Tins sets, Wave 1 Comic Packs and more! Be sure to keep your eyes open this weekend for deals near you!

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Black and White Animated C-3PO and Jawa Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the new Black and White Animated C-3PO and Jawa maquette. While already released in Japan, there are still no official details yet on how this available in the USA.

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Wave 3 for Pre-Order at EE


30th Anniversary Wave 3 is now up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth. Based on the original A New Hope, this case has it all - Clones, a droid, Imperials, and farmboys. An alternate revision case is also available for those looking for more Death Star Troopers. Head on over and grab yours today!

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Force Unleashed: From Concept To Console


The Official Site updated this evening with a look at a new feature on The Force Unleashed video game. The feature looks at the game from its earliest development to post-production bug-hunting in the game's engine. Click the image above to see just who you play in the game (Vader's apprentice), and click the link to read the feature on "the next chapter in Star Wars"!

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Collectibles Celebration IV Updates


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their site tonight with a look at two of their Celebration IV exclusives. First, the latest edition of Sideshow Radio features a sneak peek at the new 12" Luke Skywalker Yavin Ceremony. Second, check out the preview page for pre-order details and your first look at the Real Action Heroes Sandtrooper. Click the thumbnails above to check both of them out!

Friday, March 23, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Endor Troopers Deploying From SideShow


A dispatch from Sideshow Toys says the Endor Rebel Trooper 12" Set I ordered is heading to a shuttle for my house before long. Hopefully these seemingly long-awaited soldiers will be in our collections in the next few weeks!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant News Galore


Gentle Giant updated their site today with many new products. Mini-Busts, Classic Busts, Statues... it's all there! Click on through to read the full story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Target Exclusive Order 66 2-Packs on Shelves


The TAC release party continues, as several SoCal JD'ers have chimed in with their finds of the new Target exclusive Order 66 2-packs today. Priced at $9.99 each, and with a cool army-building Clone in each set, these are sure to move pretty quick, so get 'em while they're hot!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Matt Colman

Titanium Wave 2 Spotted


Tonight at Wal-Mart, yours truly spotted Wave 2 of the 3" Titanium ships for 2007. Included are the Imperial Attack Ship, EU Firespray Ship, Luke's Snowspeeder, and Jabba's Sail Barge. All were the new $5.88 price since Wal-Mart decided to jack up the cost of these things too. There's a lot out at retail, now and in the coming weeks, so get ready to go broke fast!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Premium Format Boba Fett Arriving


Sideshow Collectibles' Premium Format Boba Fett is now arriving at buyer's homes, and forum member DualSaberMaster has provided a great looking gallery of the Mandalorian. Click through to check out the pics!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Reminder - Sideshow 12" Princess Leia Pre-Order


Just a reminder that the 12" A New Hope Princess Leia from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-ordering this Friday at 10AM Pacific! As a special treat, Sideshow has posted the product gallery a bit early! Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) tomorrow to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Have You Tracked Down an R2-D2 Mailbox?


Last Friday, the US Postal Service deployed their R2-D2-themed collection boxes to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. Have you found one near you yet? If so, take a picture of you and R2 and send it in to Bantha Tracks and it might just be featured on the Official Site!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

WM Exclusive Treachery on Saleucami BP Hitting


I came across several cases of the new Wal-Mart exclusive Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack at my local (SoCal) store tonight, priced at $19.76 each. The manager told me their TAC items weren't allowed to be out until this Saturday, but he let me buy a couple anyway. So keep an eye out for these, 'cause Walmart's definitely rolling them out now!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | Matt Colman

New 30AC Star Wars Comic Packs Carded Pics


UK e-tailer R2-Dtoys has updated their website with new carded pics for two of the Star Wars Comic Packs from Wave 2. The Marvel Star Wars #4 pack includes a new Stormtrooper Luke & R2-D2 and the Star Wars Republic #55 pack includes a new Obi-Wan Kenobi & Alpha ARC Trooper.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Two New 30AC Battle Packs Revealed at EE?


Entertainment Earth has updated their website with new pre-orders for two 30th Anniversary Collection Battle Packs. Listed are a Clone Attack Battle Pack and a Jedi Vs. Sith Battle Pack. Will these be new figure sets, repack figure sets, or simply repackaged older Battle Packs? While no details are available yet, the names are very similar to a pair of Battle Packs released in 2005. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Reminder - JD Wishlists 2007: The Empire Strikes Back


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2007: The Empire Strikes Back poll will end this weekend. You have until Sunday, March 25th to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas Celebration IV Exclusive Announced


Master Replicas has announced their plans for a Celebration IV exclusive Wedge Antilles X-Wing Helmet Scaled Replica! Wedge's Helmet will be limited to just 1500 units and will be the first piece released in the Master Replicas scaled helmet line. No details yet on whether or not the helmet will be made available to non-Attendees of Celebration IV.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas Force FX Combat Trials


Think you have what it takes to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight? You can find out by entering the Master Replicas Force FX Combat Trials at Celebration IV in Los Angeles this May!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Pittsburgh's Steel City Con


Steel City Con, Pittsburgh's largest toy show, returns to the Monroeville Expo Mart this weekend (March 24th & 25th). Always a hit with Star Wars Collectors, the show is filled with modern and vintage finds! People travel from all parts of Pennsylvania and surrounding states for this show every time it returns, so stop on by this weekend and check out the best toy show in Pittsburgh!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New 30th Anniversary Vehicles Found at Retail


A few lucky West Coast folks have found the latest entries in the Mid-Size Starfighter assortment at their local Target stores. The Sith Infiltrator and the V-Wing Starfighter sport the new 30th Anniversary collection packaging and retail for around $20. Time to get out there and start checking your local store! Thanks to forum member spacejunker for the pic!

Monday, March 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary "Vintage" Wave for Pre-Order at EE


The 30th Anniversary Collection "Vintage" Wave is now up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth. Six new figures in the retro-vintage packaging, evenly packed in this new 12-figure case. Grab yours today!

Monday, March 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at Toys R Us


This week at Toys R Us, you can get a free $5 gift card with any Star Wars purchase of $20 or more. Sounds like the perfect time to visit TRU to hunt for the new 30th Anniversary Collection! Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Monday, March 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Give-Away - Everything Vader!


Starting today, JediDefender.com is giving you the chance to win three great Darth Vader items with our new "Everything Vader" prize package! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can enter to win!

Sunday, March 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

GG Premiere Guild Raffle for B&W Vader Maquette


Just a reminder that Gentle Giant is offering their Premiere Guild members the chance to enter an exclusive raffle for the Animated Darth Vader Black and White Maquette previously only available to Blister in Japan. Premiere Guild members can log on to Gentle Giant's website for the full raffle details!

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Gentle Giant Edition Sizes Announced


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with a few more Star Wars product edition size announcements for upcoming Summer and Fall releases!

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Unleashed Production Diary Update


The Official Site has updated with the latest entry in the Production Diary for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Head on over and check out the behind the scenes details on a few of game's concept art pieces.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Collectible Medallions at C-IV Collecting Panels


One dozen different collectible medallions based on classic Kenner action figures will be given away at random times during the collecting panels at Star Wars Celebration IV. Head on over to StarWars.com for all the details, including a preview of four of the twelve medallions!

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 26


On March 9th, we sent our twenty-sixth batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, March 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Black and White Animated C-3PO and Jawa


Blister.jp has revealed their fourth exclusive Black and White Maquette from Gentle Giant - Animated C-3PO and Jawa. The edition size has once again been set at 500 pieces with 250 available in the USA (no details yet) and 250 exclusive to Blister in Japan.

Friday, March 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Picture of Biggs with Cape Surfaces


Our friends at 4-Inches.de have uncovered the first picture of the upcoming 30th Anniversary Collection #17 Biggs Darklighter wearing his cape! It's nice to see that Hasbro was able to find the cape after misplacing it at Toy Fair...

Friday, March 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of another new item shipping to distributors and retailers this month. Look for the Han Solo on Tauntaun statue to hit stores soon!

Friday, March 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Order 66 Packaging Artwork


Artwork for the Target Exclusive Order 66 2-packs turned up recently. Pretty colorful looking, and from the rumors on our forums these Order 66 figures may be here sooner rather than later. Word is they may already be in the stockrooms of some Target stores on the West Coast! Click on through to check out all 6 of the images.

Friday, March 16, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow 12" Princess Leia (A New Hope) Announced


Sideshow Collectibles has also announced their next 12" figure - A New Hope Princess Leia! The Princess goes up for priority pre-order on Friday, March 23rd at 10AM (Pacific)! Remember, you must be a registered Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM (Pacific) on Thursday, March 22nd to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Celebration IV Exclusives Announced


Sideshow Collectibles has announced their three Celebration IV exclusives - a 12" Yavin IV Luke Skywalker, a 'This is no Cave' Space Slug Enviorama, and the Real Action Hero Sandtrooper from Medicom Toy. Each exclusive will be made available to both attendees and non-attendees of the convention, check out Sideshow's Celebration IV website for all the details on priority pre-ordering!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Second Chance Offers Still Available


Four of the 1:6 scale Jabba's Palace items from Sideshow Collectibles are still available on Sideshow's Second Chance list! You still have a chance to grab the 12" Jabba the Hutt figure, his Throne Environment, the Salacious Crumb Creature Pack, and the 12" Bib Fortuna. Quantities are limited, so act fast if you are interested!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 1:1 Yoda Bust Coming Soon


Sideshow has updated the product page for the 1:1 scale Yoda bust with new pics of the final production piece. Look for Yoda to ship soon, so if you have him pre-ordered, now would be a good time to verify your order information to ensure proper delivery.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

R2-D2 Mailboxes Coming Tomorrow!


The Official Site has updated with a bit more info on the upcoming US Postal Service's Star Wars promotion. Look for the R2-D2 mailboxes to begin appearing starting tomorrow and look for more USPS Star Wars announcements later this month!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Six-Movie Star Wars Marathon at Celebration IV


Fans at Celebration IV in Los Angeles this May will have the opportunity to kick-start their Star Wars weekend with a U.S. first: a free Star Wars 6-movie marathon event. All six films on the big screen, beginning with Episode I and ending with Return of the Jedi. Check out StarWars.com for all the details, including info on an exclusive button for attending!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Wave 1 At Wal-Mart


Forumite Diddly reports in that he found the first wave of the 30th Anniversary Collection at a newly opened Wal-Mart in his area. This is the first report of these showing up at Wal-Mart stores, so the hunt is broadening even further. Feel free to jump in on the talk of the new collection of figures in our 30th Anniversary Collection Forum, as the new figures are a hot topic at the moment!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

TIE Fighter Surround


Gizmodo.com unveiled some more technology goodness from Nikko America. This time, TIE Fighter speakers are on the menu and they look sharp, however their sound quality is yet to be determined.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

The Vault Is Open


Super collector and Lucasfilm Rep Steven Sansweet is back in the book scene. StarWars.com has a first look at The Star Wars Vault, a book that takes a look inside Star Wars world and lets you "relive the Star Wars saga as insiders". Click on through to check out this book that's sure to be a must for all fans!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

2007 Easter Egg Kit


The Official Site updated with a look at the 2007 Star Wars Easter Egg Dying Kit. This year we can all have our own Dark Embryo of the Sith in our baskets, as the kit includes a little foam Vader helmet for our eggs!

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Star Wars Academy Screening in April


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be showing the original Star Wars as part of it's "Great To Be Nominated" series on Monday, April 23 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. As a special treat, George Lucas and a few of his fellow filmmakers will be present for a post-film panel discussion. Check out the press release for all the details on ticket pricing and availability.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Fan Film Awards Return To C4


StarWars.com updated again with more Celebration IV news. Making a return to the show will be the Fan Film Awards, partnered with Atom Films. Always a hit with the crowd, the Fan Films have shown some incredible creativity in Star Wars fans at past Celebrations!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Kotobukiya Available at Master Replicas


Japanese designer Kotobukiya has long been admired for its Star Wars ARTFX Statues and Master Replicas has acknowledged this by importing these for North American buyers! Starting tomorrow March 14th at 9am Pacific Time for Collector's Society members, you can preorder both the McQuarrie Darth Vader vs Luke Skywalker and Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi. The general public can then order on March 15 at 9am Pacific Time. These great pieces are expected to ship this summer!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | Jesse Wall

More Price Hikes


We've gotten word that people are starting to spot a price hike across the board for the Titanium 3" line of ships. Part of the charm for these was the $5-ish price, but it seems Toys R Us and Target are following Wal-Mart's $1 price-hike from 2006, and new tags are emerging at these two retailers for around $6. As if $7 figures aren't bad enough, now Titaniums are going up!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Dark Horse Comics For June 2007 and Beyond


StarWars.com has posted a nice summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for June 2007 as well as a few trade paperbacks and graphic novels planned for August 2007. Head on over for all the details!

Monday, March 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2007 Guest List


The Official Site updates tonight with a first look at the guest list for Disney Star Wars Weekends 2007. Star Wars Weekends 2007 at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida will run from June 1 to June 24, 2007 so there is still plenty of time to plan your trip!

Monday, March 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Quick Path Shopping at Celebration IV


If you are headed to Star Wars Celebration IV in May, you'll defintely want to check out the new Quick Path Shopping option. The Quick Path allows you to choose a shopping time to minimize or eliminate your time in line for the Celebration Store. Sounds like a nice option if you're planning on picking up any of the more than 50 highly-collectible Star Wars items at the show, including a soon-to-be-announced Celebration IV exclusive action figure from Hasbro.

Monday, March 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Blasters Found


We've gotten a number of reports around the country that the new Role-Play Blasters are out at retail, and I saw them myself at a Wal-Mart near Pittsburgh this afternoon. The Rebel Blaster seemed to be packed less to a case with more Clone Blasters lingering on the shelf. Happy hunting!

Monday, March 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

More Star Wars USPS News


Along with the stamps planned by the USPS to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, it appears there will be R2-D2 Decorated Full Size Mailboxes to also celebrate the year! Click the thumbnail above to check them out.

While we can't own a full size box like that, JD forum member efranks mentions that collectible 1:6-ish scaled mailbox replicas are sold by the USPS including seasonal ones. Perhaps an R2-D2 collectible mini-mailbox will come our way?

Saturday, March 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Lucas Talks TV


StarWars.com has the audio to the interview Lucas did recently where he discusses his television ventures. The interview was already out in print but hearing the audio gives an interesting impression of how Mr. Lucas plans on expanding Star Wars beyond the Skywalker Story himself. It's also interesting how the live-action series is "complex" and is described as a "single story that breaks off into 4 separate stories". It's also years away it seems.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of another new item shipping to distributors and retailers this week. Look for the Star Wars Animated Luke Skywalker Maquette in stores soon!

Friday, March 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Update - Galactic Heroes 2-Packs


Hasbro updates their website today with a new look at the previously announced third wave of Galactic Heroes 2-packs in the 30th Anniversary Collection packaging. Look for these to arrive at a retail store near you this spring!

Friday, March 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Collectibles Celebration IV Exclusives Update


The latest newsletter from Sideshow Collectibles featured a few new details on the three exclusive items they will be offering at Star Wars Celebration IV in May. Yep, three different exclusives.

Friday, March 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Asajj and Bubo QTVR Turnarounds Posted


Sideshow has updated the product pages for the upcoming 12" Asajj Ventress figure and the Buboicullaar Creature Pack with new QTVR turnarounds. These QTVR features let you get up close and personal with these two popular 1:6th scale Star Wars items so check them out if you haven't already!

Friday, March 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Darth Maul Premium Format Light-Up Update


Sideshow Collectibles has passed on a bit on new information about the upcoming Darth Maul Premium Format figure. The light-up saber feature can be operated by battery OR by using the power cord supplied, similar to the Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi Premium Format figures. If you missed out on the chance to order Maul, don't forget that you can sign up on the wait lists for a second chance to grab one!

Friday, March 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Jedi vs. Sith - The Essential Guide to the Force


The Official Site updates tonight with a first look at the cover to the next entry in the Essential Guide series from Del Ray Books. Jedi Vs. Sith - The Essential Guide to the Force will explore the most famous aspect of Star Wars story with insightful narratives supplied from some of the foremost Sith and Jedi scholars from a galaxy far, far away. Look for this one at bookstores in November 2007.

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

First Look Teaser - Star Wars: Inferno


On August 28, 2007, all hell breaks loose in the Legacy of the Force series with the release of Star Wars: Inferno by Troy Denning. The galaxy has exploded into another civil war, and casualties are mounting on both sides. Check out StarWars.com for a teaser image and stay tuned for more details as we move closer to the release date.

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Obi's Cloak Sells At Auction


The cloak worn by Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars film went up for auction in London recently and fetched $104,000! It was the centerpiece in an array of costumes that went up for sale. The winning bidder won via telephone and remains anonymous. Could Sansweet have added yet another amazing artifact to his collection? Or even Lucas himself? Maybe we'll find out soon.

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Star Wars Stamps?


The folks at Rebelscum.com are reporting that a set of Star Wars Postage Stamps are going be for up for sale from the US Postal Service in several months. An interesting story for sure, and something unique to have a small set of to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars.

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Force NOT Unleashed


According to This Article over at gamespot.com, the upcoming Star Wars game, Force Unleashed is delayed till Spring '08. Collectors are already curious how this will impact the Force Unleashed Toy Line from Hasbro. Stay tuned as news comes in.

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New 100th Review: Rebel Fleet Trooper


This week's review is special, as it's the 100th Review I have done for JediDefender! Our reviews are a bit of work for myself and others, so I felt it would be fitting for our 100th Review to focus on the PotJ: Rebel Fleet Trooper! An older figure of course, but anyone that knows me knows it's one I see a lot of flaw, despite being an improvement over the POTF2 figure. So click the link and find out why Hasbro still has a ways to go till we get a truly great army builder for the Rebel Fleet.

As always, stop by our Review Section of our forums to share your thoughts on this review, or add a review of your own!

Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk


The Official Site updates tonight with another obscure Star Wars public service announcement. This time, head on over to check out how friends don't let friends drive drunk, even in a galaxy far, far away. While you're watching, be sure to check out those classic Original Trilogy alien costumes!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: The Empire Strikes Back


For the last couple of years, JediDefender has run an informal poll asking for your 10 most wanted characters from the various Star Wars films. All you have to do to take part in our latest poll is come up with your Wish List for your top ten
3-3/4" figures for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Star Wars Transformers Wave 2


Headed to a store near you this Spring is the second wave of Star Wars Transformers in the 30th Anniversary Collection packaging. Check out StarWars.com for new carded and loose pics of the new ships, including the very slick Saesee Tiin Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Smoking is Bad, Mkay.


The Official Site updates tonight with probably the most obscure Star Wars public service announcement ever made. Head on over to check out the ad from the '70s which features R2-D2 stealing a smoke on the sly behind Threepio's back. Remember kids, smoking is bad!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Handheld Clone Wars


The cartoon mini-series Clone Wars might be headed to a handheld gaming system soon. Word is that Lucasfilm is developing a game for one of the handheld systems based on, and styled like, the Clone Wars Cartoon series. Stay tuned for more news on this if it pans out, and thanks to Matt for the heads up!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Legacy #9 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, March 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Collection Finds


The 30th Anniversary Collection have started to trickle out to U.S. retail finally, just as Hasbro said. So far Sears Grand seems the place to be, as tonight I was able to find a lone Obi-Wan and Galactic Marine on the pegs. None of the others, but all in good time. Happy hunting guys, these are superb figures.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Blog Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of two new items shipping to distributors and retailers this week. Look for the Obi-Wan in Clone Armor Statue and the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker mini-bust in stores soon!

Monday, March 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - The Novel


The Official Site updates tonight with a new Star Wars novel announcement. This November, the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game will be adapted into a new novel by Sean Williams. The book will cover the events of the game, as well as provide fans with a more in-depth story than the game alone.

Monday, March 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: A New Hope


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 has been published in our forums with Uncle Owen Lars leading the pack as the #1 vote getter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process and look for information regarding the next phase of voting very soon!

Monday, March 5, 2007 | Scott Pearson

Pittsburgh's Steel City Con Returns


The big toy show in my hometown of Pittsburgh is rolling around again, March 24th & 25th. Read on for the full scoop on Steel City Con, the ever expanding Pittsburgh Toy Show!

Monday, March 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 25


Prior to Toy Fair, we sent our twenty-fifth batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Ultra Series Returns to TRU


The larger scaled Titanium Ultra Series line appears to be making a comeback. Four ships, two new sculpts and two new repaints, are headed to a Toys R Us store near you this spring. Click on through for a preview.

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Reminder - JediDefender Wishlists 2007: A New Hope


Just a reminder that the voting in our JediDefender Wishlists 2007: A New Hope poll will end this weekend. You have until Sunday, March 4th to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars VCD Figures Back In-Stock


Fans of Medicom's VCD figures, take note! The VCD Episode 3 Clone Trooper and the VCD TIE Pilot are back in-stock at Sideshow Collectibles! While the Clone is still regular price, you'll find a bit of a sale running on the TIE Pilot.

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Boba Fett Premium Format Figure Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show production blog with a behind-the-scenes look at the Boba Fett Premium Format figure, including a peek at his articulation! Head on over to check out the new Flash animation and get the lowdown on this upcoming bounty hunter!

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Second Chance Offers on Jabba's Palace Figures


Four of the 1:6 scale Jabba's Palace items from Sideshow Collectibles are available again on the Second Chance list thanks to credit card declines and last minute cancellations. Now is your chance to grab the 12" Jabba the Hutt figure, his Throne Environment, the Salacious Crumb Creature Pack, and the 12" Bib Fortuna. Quantities are limited, so act fast if you are interested!

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Free T-Shirt with Purchase of Sideshow Luke/Yoda


For a limited time, collectors who purchase an in-stock Dagobah Luke and Yoda Premium Format figure set from Sideshow Collectibles will receive a FREE Darth Vader 'Lack of Sideshow Collectibles' t-shirt! This offer is only good for new orders of the set placed before March 9th, 2007 or while supplies last!

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Comic 2-Pack Rumors


Another pre-order listing at R2-DToys has people's curiosity piqued. The listing is for a Stormtrooper Disguise Mouse & Able. Early speculation is that this is yet another EU Comic 2-Pack set. The two images above picture both characters. One a Duros Rebel Agent (Mouse), and the other an aging Jango Clone (Able), who don the Stormtrooper armor in the Star Wars Empire: The Wrong Side of the War comic series.

Friday, March 2, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

400% Shadow Stormtrooper Kubrick @ Blister Japan


Blister.jp has released new details about their upcoming exclusive Kubrick 400% Shadow Stormtrooper figure. This 400% figure will be available exclusively at an in-store event to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Blister "World Characters Store" in Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan). The Shadow Stormtrooper will sell for 7140 Yen (around $60 US) and is limited to 1000 pieces.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Super-Deformed ESB Fett VCD Figure at SWShop


StarWarsShop.com is now taking pre-orders for the super-deformed Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett VCD figure from Medicom. Previously only available in Japan, the ESB Fett is now being offered again exclusively through StarWarsShop and is expected to arrive in June 2007.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Time Capsule: Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1979


The Official Site updates with a look at Obi-Wan Kenobi as he was in 1979. Head on over for a look at the Old Hermit as fans knew him back at the end of the 1970s - before Empire, before Jedi, before the EU, and before the prequels!

Thursday, March 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Jedi Starfighters Return


The highly popular Jedi Starfighters will return once again, this time as part of the 30th Anniversary Collection. Both the Mace Windu and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighters are planned for repackaging and can be expected on shelves in May. Check out the high res images of their impressive packaging by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Thursday, March 1, 2007 | Jesse Wall

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