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March 2008


JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Revenge of the Sith


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Revenge of the Sith poll ends soon! You have until this Friday to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Monday, March 31, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Order 66 Now Arriving at a Target Near You


Over the weekend, a number of JediDefender forum members from around the country (including yours truly) reported finding the 2008 Order 66 2-Packs at their local Target store. Some were lucky enough to find the sets on the shelves, while others obtained them using the DPCI number (087-06-0884).

Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Star Wars Miniatures Updates


Wizards of the Coast has updated their website with a few new items for the Star Wars Miniatures line. Head on over to check out a brand new Scenario and Strategy Showcase to help you sharpen your Mini playing skills.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant NYCC Exclusives Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with new details about this year's New York Comic Con exclusives. while there is nothing for Star Wars, the con will have the exclusive Indiana Jones Artifact Crate Paperweight, the first in a series of Indy-themed desk accessories.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

An Annotated Look at R2-D2


The Official Site updated with another annotated sketch of R2-D2 and the details necessary for the Clone Wars 3D series. Get a look at all the details animators needed to get everyone's favorite trash can to act like his movie counterpart.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

New Clone Wars Battlepack


An interesting number turned up in the mail today from the Target computers. While details are sketchy, read on for what we heard so far and see what large item might be in store in for the Clone Wars line in 2008!

Friday, March 28, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Life-Size C-3PO and R2-D2 Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the product pages for the Life-Size C-3PO and R2-D2 figures with new prototype images and audio clips. Both figures are still available for pre-order and both feature a FLEXPay option.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Product Wait List Update


Sideshow Collectibles is now fulfilling Wait List reservations for the Premium Format Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper set and the 12" Commander Praji figure. If you missed out on either of these two, be sure to add your name to the Wait List for your chance at grabbing one.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 'Duel of the Fates' Diorama Update


Sideshow Collectibles has announced that they will be offering a limited edition Faux-Bronze version of their 'Duel of the Fates' diorama. Don't worry about missing a surprise pre-order announcement anytime soon though, as they will not be pre-ordering the diorama until May 2008 at the earliest.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Acme Clone Wars Character Key - Roron Corrob


Acme Archives has announced that the final Character Key in their Clone Wars line will be Roron Corrob. No details yet on the planned edition size or when the key will go up for sale. Watch for more details soon!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #4


Wizards of the Coast offers up their fourth preview of two new minis from the upcoming Legacy of the Force expansion set - Deena Shan and Han Solo (Galactic Hero). Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this month!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up some new Indiana Jones toy info. Head on over and download the episode to hear behind-the-scenes details about the making of their new 12" Indiana Jones figure!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

IndianaJonesShop.com Launches April 1st


It's not a joke! IndianaJonesShop.com will open it's virtual doors on Tuesday, April 1st. StarWars.com has all the details on some of the exclusive Indy products, discounts, and promotions you'll find when you shop on launch day.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Robot Chicken Comes to DVD


Mark July 22nd on your calendar for the day you can add the hilarious Robot Chicken: Star Wars to your collection! This show from the genius of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich spoofs the classic Star Wars scenes with their very unique comedic style. Check out the Official Site for all the great extras included!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Jesse Wall

Hasbro Titanium Series Update


Hasbro has updated their website today with some new images and details for a few upcoming Titanium Series ships - Obi-Wan's Starfighter with Hyperdrive Ring, Gungan Bongo, and Sebulba's Pod Racer. Head on over for all the details.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Indiana Jones Kubrick/Be@rbrick 2-Pack Revealed


Japanese e-tailers have started taking pre-orders for a new Indiana Jones & Golden Idol Kubrick/Be@rbrick set from Medicom Toy. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the set and watch for it to ship later this summer!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Animated Maquettes Up For Preorder


Gentle Giant's latest animated maquettes are now available for preorder! The mighty Sith Lord Darth Maul and the noble Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi will be released in October 2008, but you can reserve yours now. Gentle Giant has not decided on the edition sizes at this point, but they will be announced in the future.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Jesse Wall

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #26 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, March 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Jedi-Con Shadow Trooper 2-Pack @ StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now taking orders for the Jedi-Con 2008 Shadow Troopers figure set. If you don't have a friend in Germany sending you one, head on over and grab one for $16.99 plus shipping while supplies last!

Monday, March 24, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Steel City Con a Week Away


Pittsburgh's very own Steel City Con returns to the Expo-Mart on March 29th & 30th. The Toy & Collectible show is always a Star Wars haven and this time is no different. Read on for the details if you're planning to attend!

Monday, March 24, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

New Disney Exclusives Coming This Summer


There are a number of new exclusive Star Wars items being released at the Disney theme parks this summer. They are expanding on a few lines started last year, like the Star Wars Disney and Muppets figures, and the Star Wars Racers. There will also be some brand new dress up figures for girls!

Saturday, March 22, 2008 | Jesse Wall

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Revenge of the Sith


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: Revenge of the Sith.

Friday, March 21, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JD Wishlists 2008: Attack of the Clones Results


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 Wishlist for Attack of the Clones has been published in our forums and once again this year Cliegg Lars was the overall #1 selection. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Friday, March 21, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Weekend at TRU


This afternoon at Toys R Us, you'll find the Star Wars Transformers Millennium Falcon set on sale for just $19.99, 50% off the regular price. The weekend sale runs from 3pm to close today and continues from 7am to 1pm tomorrow.

Friday, March 21, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #3


Wizards of the Coast offers up their third preview of two new minis from the upcoming Legacy of the Force expansion set - Dug Fringer and Mandalorian Trooper. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this month!

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 'Padme VS Nexu' Diorama Update


Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their 'Padme VS Nexu' Polystone Diorama. The Attack of the Clones based diorama is sculpted in approximately 1:9 scale (over 19 inches tall) and should ship this Fall.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Galactic Hero Sets Found at Retail


JD forum member Brian let us know that he found the latest wave of Galactic Heroes at his local Gordmans store. This wave includes four new 2-packs - Saesee Tiin & Agen Kolar, Aayla Secura & Commander Bly, Ki-Adi Mundi & Commander Bacara, and Commander Gree & Tarfful. Never heard of Gordmans? Click here to find one near you.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

An Annotated Look at C-3PO


The Official Site has updated with more on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A new annotated picture of C-3PO has been unveiled, giving us a look at the detailed notes used to create the fussy protocol droid's look in the new show!

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 49


On March 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!

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Collectibles Site Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website with a new look and layout! Head on over and check it out early so you can familiarize yourself with an old friend! It's looking pretty good over there.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Attack of the Clones


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Attack of the Clones poll ends soon! You have until this Friday to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Monday, March 17, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

George Lucas Talks Star Wars: The Clone Wars


StarWars.com has posted a new interview with George Lucas. Lucas took a few minutes out of his busy ShoWest 2008 schedule to answer some questions about the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over for all the details.

Monday, March 17, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at Target


As we mentioned last week, you'll find a variety of Hasbro and LEGO Star Wars toys on sale this week at Target. The Force Unleashed Lightsaber, LEGO Hailfire Droid set, and LEGO Anakin's Starfighter set are all on sale for $15, while other selected Hasbro and LEGO Star Wars toys are on sale as well.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #2


Wizards of the Coast offers up their second preview of two new minis from the upcoming Legacy of the Force expansion set - Cade Skywalker (Bounty Hunter) and Deliah Blue. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this month!

Friday, March 14, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Padme VS Nexu Polystone Diorama


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a brand new teaser image to announce the Attack of the Clones based Padme VS Nexu polystone diorama. Watch for further updates with the pre-ordering information soon!

Friday, March 14, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more Sideshow Star Wars news! Head on over and download the episode to hear behind-the-scenes info on the making of the Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper Premium Format figure!

Friday, March 14, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 48


On February 29th, 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!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

SW.com Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #2


StarWars.com offers up another preview of the upcoming Legacy of the Force minatures expansion set with a look at Wolf Sazen. Head on over for all the details on this new mini from Wizards of the Coast!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Drawing Manga Princess Leia


All you aspiring artists out there can head on over to the Official Site for a lesson in how to draw a manga-style Princess Leia. Star Wars illustrator Matt Busch explains how with an easy-to-follow step by step process.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Live-Action Series Rumors


With all the hoopla for The Clone Wars animated series, the Force Unleashed media blitz, and Indy IV, the upcoming Live-Action series seems to have been lost in the shuffle. Finally though, some new rumors have popped up. There is a possibility the show will air on either HBO or Showtime and be similar in format to the Sopranos or Deadwood, meaning it should be nice and dark.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Ryan Phipps

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week are two new comic books from Dark Horse Comics - Legacy #21 and Rebellion #12. Can't wait until tomorrow to read them? Well then follow the links for previews to tide you over!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Target Sale Next Week


The folks at Target will be running a Star Wars sale from March 16th to the 22nd on "select Star Wars toys". Pictured in the upcoming ad are the Force Unleashed Lightsaber for $15 and the Lego Hailfire Droid is also $15. Sunday will be a good time to stop at Target and see what else is included!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Dark Horse Titles for June 2008 and Beyond


StarWars.com has posted a summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for June 2008 as well as a trade paperback planned for August. Head on over for all the details!

Monday, March 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Indy IV Release Poster Revealed


Lucasfilm has revealed the official theatrical release poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the poster and then head on over to StarWarsShop to buy one!

Monday, March 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Chubby Series 2 Jumbo Revealed


Hot Toys has finally confirmed a Star Wars Chubby Jumbo Jango Fett figure for Series 2. Gentle Giant, who sold the Series 1 Jumbo Chubby Darth Vader figure in the US, indicated during Toy Fair that they are still in talks to secure a US release of the Jumbo Chubby Jango.

Monday, March 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Chubby Series 2 Shipping Soon


Hot Toys has passed along word that Star Wars Chubby Series 2 should be shipping soon! Originally scheduled for January, Series 2 features six new sets - Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Rebel Pilots, Ewoks, Troopers, and the Fetts.

Monday, March 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Target Exclusives Found


Reports came earlier in the week that the Target Exclusive Aayla Secura fighter was spotted in California, and this afternoon I was able to find an endcap of her fighter as well as the Force Unleashed Assault on Kashyyyk battlepacks as well. Time to start scouring your local red dot for these items!

Sunday, March 9, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

On Sale This Week at K-Mart


This week at K-Mart, you'll find a "Buy One, Get One at 50% Off" promotion on all Hasbro Star Wars and Transformers toys. I guess this week it might be worth a trip to that K-Mart you've been ignoring!

Sunday, March 9, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

A Friend Remembered

The staff at Jedi Defender would like to extend their sympathies to the family and friends of a long standing site visitor who recently passed away. Forum member Bikeridetony passed after a lengthy battle with his health, and he will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

Saturday, March 8, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

More DPCI News


More numbers have turned up new items in the Target computer system. Clone Wars is big, but not all may be from the new cartoon line. Read on for the list and happy hunting to everyone!

Saturday, March 8, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: Attack of the Clones


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: Attack of the Clones.

Friday, March 7, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JD Wishlists 2008: The Phantom Menace Results


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 Wishlist for The Phantom Menace has been published in our forums and once again this year, a super-articulated resculpt of Obi-Wan Kenobi was the #1 vote getter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Friday, March 7, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

A Sneak Peek at Entertainment Weekly's Indy 4 Cover


Entertainment Weekly has posted a preview of the cover of this week's issue. In addition to having Dr. Jones on the cover, the magazine contains exclusive info on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! The issue hits newsstands on Friday, March 7th.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

GG Holo Maul Mini-Bust Open to Collector's Club


Just a reminder that the light-up Holographic Darth Maul Mini-Bust is now available to all members of the Gentle Giant Collector's Club. Quantities are available on a first come, first order basis so grab yours if you haven't already!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

SW.com Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview


StarWars.com offers up another preview of the upcoming Legacy of the Force minatures expansion set with a look at Canderous Ordo. Head on over for all the details on this new mini from Wizards of the coast!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: The Phantom Menace


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2008: The Phantom Menace poll ends this weekend. You have until Friday to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #1


Wizards of the Coast offers up their first official preview of two new minis from the upcoming Legacy of the Force expansion set - Republic Commando Training Sergeant and Shado Vao. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way later this month!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

An Annotated Look at Master Yoda


The Official Site has updated with more on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A new annotated picture of Master Yoda has been unveiled, giving us a look at the detailed notes used to create the diminutive Jedi's appearance in the new show!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Edition Sizes Set


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with an edition size announcement for two upcoming Star Wars products. The Animated Emperor Maquette edition size has been set at 2000 pieces worldwide while the Asajj Ventress and Count Dooku Statue will be limited to 1700 pieces worldwide.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Statue Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has also updated their blog with news of an item shipping to distributors and retailers this week. Look for the Han Solo Statue to arrive in stores soon! Captain Solo retails for around $175 and is limited to 2000 pieces.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Clearout on Non-Mint Collectibles


StarWarsShop.com has got some great deals on items that are less than mint, from action figures to costumes and helmets to lightsabers. So if you've been waiting for a deal, here's your chance. Most items have damaged packaging, but be sure to read the fine print for complete details on condition.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Jesse Wall

Exclusive Galactic Heroes Sets Hitting Retail


Reports have been coming in to JD HQ with sightings of the latest exclusive Galactic Hero sets. These are the Wal-Mart exclusive Millenium Falcon and the Target exclusive Mustafar and Endor sets. Keep checking those stores as there many more Hasbro exclusives hitting in the next few weeks!

Monday, March 3, 2008 | Scott Pearson

Classic Indy Rides Again On DVD


StarWars.com is reporting that Special Editions of the classic Indiana Jones trilogy will be released on DVD May 13th. The DVDs include some new extras and will be available as a box set or individually. Head on over for all the details!

Monday, March 3, 2008 | Ryan Phipps

Titanium Series Vehicles 2008 Wave 4 @ EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for a new wave of 3" scale ships! 2008 Wave 4 (due in June) features the new Gungan Bongo, Sebulba's Pod Racer, Ep3 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring, TIE Fighter, Death Star, and a BSG Cylon Base Star.

Monday, March 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

On Sale This Week at Toys R Us


This week at Toys R Us, you'll find a "Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free" promotion on all Star Wars action figures priced $10.99 or less. Sounds like the perfect time to hit your local TRU to do some army building!

Sunday, March 2, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

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