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April 2007


Koto Yoda: Spirit of the Force


As previously shown in February at Wonder Festival in Japan, Kotobukiya is releasing a Spirit version of their Yoda ARTFX statue. It will only be available at Celebration IV and Celebration Europe and is limited to 1138 pieces! Yoda will feature a voice chip with lines from The Empire Strikes Back and an LED light to give him a spiritly glow. Check out all the info as reported by Figures.com.

Monday, April 30, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Master Replicas Stormtrooper Helmet Pre-Order


A reminder that the Episode 4 Stormtrooper Helmet Limited Edition from Master Replicas will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, April 30th, at 9am Pacific for members of the Master Replicas Collectors Society! Not a member? Fear not, as the helmet will be made available to the general public for pre-order the following day, May 1st, at 9am Pacific.

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Win a Private ILM Tour with NiubNiub


Frank "Niub Niub" D'Iorio has passed along word of a very unique contest he's hosting - a chance to win a private tour of ILM! That's right, a tour of ILM and a lunch to boot!

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Comic Packs Wave 2 Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found Wave 2 of the Star Wars Comic Packs from the 30th Anniversary Collection at their local Toys R Us. The new comic packs included in Wave 2 are a Quinlan Vos & Vilmarh Grahrk pack, a Marvel Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) & R2-D2 pack, and an Obi-Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper pack. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip.

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars 30 Years Ago - April 1977


The Official Site continues their look back at the relevant events surrounding the original release of Star Wars. This time the focus is on April 1977, one month prior to the film's May 25th release date. Head on over for a history lesson on your favorite Saga!

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Laser Tag at Celebration IV


Think you have what it takes to defeat the Empire's finest? Then be sure to check out Star Wars Laser Tag at Star Wars Celebration IV. Located in Hall B at the LA Convention Center, Star Wars Laser Tag will give players the option of two different scenarios, as well as an option for young Rebels who want to go into training. Each session will be approximately 15 minutes of fast-paced fun!

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Family Room at Celebration IV


The Official Site has posted some new details about the Family Room at Star Wars Celebration IV. Each day the Family Room will offer a variety of Star Wars arts and crafts classes, ranging from Star Wars origami to drawing lessons. In addition to special classes, the Family Room also will feature ongoing activities such as coloring, crafts, and free Star Wars face painting (kids only)!

Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 29


On April 20th, we sent our twenty-ninth batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

SDCC Exclusive VCD Black Hole Stormtrooper


Sideshow Collectibles has revealed plans for an exclusive VCD Black Hole Stormtrooper figure from Medicom Toy to be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2007! Priority Pre-Ordering for the VCD figure begins Thursday, May 31st at 10AM Pacific for SDCC Attendees and then Friday, June 1st at 10AM Pacific for non-Attendees. Watch for more details soon!

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

SDCC Holo Darth Sidious with Mechno-Chair


Sideshow Collectibles has also revealed plans for an exclusive 1/6 scale Holographic Darth Sidious with Mechno-Chair set to be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2007! Priority Pre-Ordering for Luke begins Thursday, June 14th at 10AM Pacific for SDCC Attendees and then Friday, June 15th at 10AM Pacific for non-Attendees. Watch for more details soon!

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

VCD Clone Trooper QTVR Feature


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the product page for the Vinyl Collectible Doll Episode 3 Clone Trooper figure with a new 360 QTVR turnaround feature. The QTVR feature lets you get up close and personal with a full 360 degree view of this great addition to the VCD line from Japanese toymaker Medicom Toy!

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Yavin Luke QTVR Feature


Sideshow Collectibles has also updated the product page for the Celebration IV exclusive 12" Yavin IV Luke Skywalker figure with one of their 360 QTVR turnaround features. The QTVR feature lets you get up close and personal with full 360 degree view of Luke. Check it out if you haven't already!

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Celebration IV Exclusives Update


If you have pre-ordered any of the Celebration IV Exclusives from Sideshow Colelctibles, you can expect your pre-orders to begin processing late next week (around May 3rd). Make sure your credit card info is up-to-date so you don't miss out! If you purchased one of the Non-Attendee editions, you can expect your loot to begin shipping around May 21st.

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping Update - 12" Plo Koon and 12" Boushh Leia


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along shipping updates for two 12" figures. The 12" Plo Koon figure is estimated to arrive at Sideshow's US warehouse during the last week of May and pre-order processing should start around the same time. The 12" Leia as Boushh figure however has been pushed back to 3rd Quarter 2007 to ensure the figure is the best that it can possibly be.

Friday, April 27, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Alliance and Empire Preview #3


Wizards of the Coast offers up their third official preview of two new minis from the upcoming Alliance and Empire expansion set - Human Force Adept and Stormtrooper on Repulsor Sled. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way this May!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Han Solo Month


Gentle Giant will make this November "the month of Han Solo" with the release of two new Han Solo products. First up is the Animated Han Solo Maquette, which is designed to pair up with the yet-to-be-revealed Animated Chewbacca Maquette. Second is the Han Solo Statue, the latest edition to the Gentle Giant 12" statue line. No images of the Han statue just yet, but stay tuned!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Star Wars Kustomz


Gentle Giant has revealed the first piece in their new Star Wars Kustomz line. The Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike Kustomz piece will be made out of rotocast/vinyl and stands about 7" tall. The piece will retail for around $69.99 and is scheduled to hit stores this November. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Making of Star Wars On-line Preview


Over at the Random House website, you can now flip through the pages of a virtual copy of the new Del Ray book, The Making of Star Wars. Head on over and take a peek at some of the many interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Topps 30th Anniversary Sketch Card Gallery Update


To help celebrate the Star Wars Saga, Topps will release the new Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Trading Card Set this June. Once again, the series will feature randomly packed Artist Sketch cards. Head on over to the Official Site to get a first look at the sketch cards from artist Otis Frampton.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Star Wars Pins at Disney


Coming this May are a pile of new Star Wars Disney pins! Choose from Darth Goofy, Mickey Skywalker, Princess Minnie, Emperor Stitch, X-Wing Mickey and more! These open edition pins should be available at both Walt Disney World and DisneyLand. Thanks to forum member Darthshader for the tip!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

GG Premiere Guild Raffle for B&W C-3PO Maquette


Just a reminder that Gentle Giant is offering their Premiere Guild members the chance to enter an exclusive raffle for the Animated C-3PO and Jawa 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!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Target 30AC Clearance Deals


While it may be hard to believe, Target is already clearancing out some of the 30th Anniversary Collection Star Wars items. Many folks across the country have reported finding both the Darth Vader with Coin Folder and the Battle Packs for 30% off the regular price. A few more people, (including myself) have found them for 50% already! Time to hit your local store and see what you can find!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars - Great To Be Nominated Review


This past Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screened Star Wars as part of their "Great to Be Nominated" series. Head on over to the Official Site for the complete transcript of the panel discussion that occurred after the showing, where several key cast and crew members discussed their early involvement in the film.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Pre-Order Your Star Wars Stamps Today!


Don't forget that you can now pre-order the Star Wars Stamps from the US Post Office! The sheet includes fifteen first-class stamps with characters and vehicles from the six movies, while the back sheet includes text describing each's role in the Star Wars Saga. The stamps will be officially released on May 25th.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Comic Packs In Lee's Toy Review


Scans from the latest Lee's Toy Review show the latest in comic 2-packs! The images from the magazine have turned up on the internet now, so click the thumbnails above to visit our forums and check them out. New characters pictured include Mara Jade/Luke Skywalker, A'Sharad Hett/Dark Woman, and Infinities Leia/Vader.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Family Guy Creator At Celebration IV


StarWars.com updates with another form of Star Wars animation tonight as well. Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated Fox series Family Guy will appear at Celebration IV with a sneak peak of a special Family Guy episode devoted to Star Wars! Family Guy is full of Star Wars nods all the time, but a full episode devoted to it will be outstanding for fans, so check the link provided for all the details!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Robot Chicken Star Wars Style


The Official Site has updated with news of an all-Star Wars theme for the Cartoon Network program, Robot Chicken. Set to air June 17th, the show uses stop-motion animation and toys to bring some unique humor to CN's late night programming. Star Wars is no stranger to the show, but this show will be all Star Wars. Click the link for the full story!

Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

$1 Star Wars Loot at Target


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know they found an assortment of Star Wars items in the $1 section at the entrance of their local Target store. Items include a set of colored pencils, pens, notepads, jumbo markers, dry erase boards, water bottles, and a gift bag. All of the items are available in either a Yoda/Jedi theme or a Sith/Vader theme. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More "Ask Sideshow" Answers


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with a new round of Ask Sideshow, which offers answers to questions submitted by Sideshow collectors. There are plenty of Star Wars related questions, so head on over for a few hints on things to come from Sideshow!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars - Great to Be Nominated Update


This past Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screened Star Wars as part of their "Great to Be Nominated" series. Before the movie, a special clip was shown as a warning to the members in the audience. Head on over to StarWars.com to check out the clip!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Funko Star Wars Wacky Wobblers Update


The Official Site has updated with a bit more information on the upcoming Wacky Wobblers from Funko that were revealed a few weeks ago. In addition, the first batch of Wobblers are now available for pre-order at StarWarsShop.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Q1 Performance Posted


Hasbro posted their first quarter report for 2007, and things are looking up for the folks out in Pawtucket. Hasbro expects big things from movie toy lines this year, and the CEO even noted that they're expecting big things from Star Wars in 2007 for the 30th Anniversary celebration. Click the link to read the full story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: Expanded Universe


We're half way through the voting for the first ever Expanded Universe Wishlists. There have already been close to 150 unique characters named on the lists. Keep those wishes coming either by listing 10 choices in our forums or via e-mail!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 | Scott Pearson

JD Poll: Which Vehicle Needs a Comeback?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which neglected vehicle would you most like to see get re-released? While most of the Hasbro ships have been re-issued a number of times, these five have been neglected by Hasbro. Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll below and then feel free to share your thoughts on the modern era vehicles in our forums!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration IV Charity Auction


Star Wars fan groups and Lucasfilm alike have always had an outstanding relationship with the community and various charity groups. In true Star Wars tradition, Star Wars Celebration IV will play host to a charity auction to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event will take place on May 28th at Noon in Petree Hall in the convention center.

Monday, April 23, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

J.W. Rinzler: Making The Making of Star Wars


Hitting bookshelves this week is the highly anticipated The Making of Star Wars, by J.W. Rinzler. The book contains interviews with Lucas prior to when Star Wars was originally released. StarWars.com has posted an interesting interview with J.W. Rinzler on the making of The Making of Star Wars. It makes for an interesting read, head on over a check it out!

Monday, April 23, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Star Wars Invades Newsstands


Star Wars fans are a diverse group and there are fans in every corner of the galaxy. This year many different magazines are paying their own tribute to the 30th Anniversary of the greatest saga ever. Head on over to the Official Site for a round-up of the latest magazines to feature the Saga.

Monday, April 23, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

Preorder the First Wave of Scaled Helmets


Master Replicas' newest line of scaled replicas are on their way this summer! Priced at $49.99, the first three scaled helmets are Boba Fett, Luke X-Wing and Stormtrooper. Collectors Society members can begin preordering on Monday, April 23 at 9am Pacific Time, while preordering for the general public will open 24 hours later.

Monday, April 23, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Celebration IV Costume Pageants


The Official Site updates with another event for Celebration IV. This year, Celebration IV will host not one, but two Costume Pageants! Follow the link to find out all the rules, times, and registration information. Don't wait, because space in the contests will be limited!

Saturday, April 21, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

VCD Royal Guard Almost Sold Out


The Vinyl Collectible Doll Imperial Royal Guard figure from Japanese toymaker Medicom Toy is almost sold out at Sideshow Collectibles! If you haven't grabbed your VCD Guard yet, act fast as there are less than 100 pieces left!

Friday, April 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Second Chance Offer Update


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that there are still a few more inclusive edition 12" Jabba the Hutt figures on the second chance list. Don't forget that you can now use your Sideshow Collectibles Gift Card or Rewards points toward Jabba, so grab him while you still can!

Friday, April 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Princess Leia 360 QTVR Feature


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the product page for the 12" Princess Leia figure from A New Hope with a new 360 QTVR turnaround feature. The QTVR feature lets you get up close and personal with full 360 degree view of Leia. Check it out if you haven't already!

Friday, April 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow to Present Panel at Celebration IV


Sideshow Collectibles has announced plans to host a panel at Star Wars Celebration IV! On Saturday, May 26th, Sideshow will present From Concept to Creation of a Sideshow Collectible highlighting the development of one of their Star Wars products. Keep an eye on their Celebration IV homepage for the exact time and location of the panel!

Friday, April 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Alliance and Empire Preview


Wizards of the Coast offers up their second official preview of two new minis from the upcoming Alliance and Empire expansion set - Trandoshan Mercenary and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Spirit). Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way this May!

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Celebration IV: Tatooine Game Parlor


The Official Site updates tonight with details on the Tatooine Game Parlor planned for the Star Wars Celebration IV Fan Club Lounge. Set in the fictional city of "Mos Angeles," the game parlor will allow Star Wars Fan Club members the chance to participate in a number of games and activities.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Remember to Vote for Your Favorite Stamp


Since its launch, the votes have been pouring in at www.uspsjedimaster.com as fans vote for their favorite Star Wars Stamp. So far, Yoda is in the lead, but voting continues through May 23rd. Be sure to check out StarWars.com for all the details on how and when you'll be able to get your hands on the Star Wars stamps this May.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Exhibition in London This May


To kick-off the Star Wars 30th Anniversary festivities in Europe this spring, Star Wars: The Exhibition will open May 5th in London at the historic County Hall in Westminster. The exhibit gives visitors a rare glimpse inside the making of the epic Star Wars movies and runs through September 1st.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Clone Color Variations?


A rumor is swirling that color variations for the Galactic Marine and Airborne Clone figures could be in the mix with Wave 3. For now it's just a rumor, and there's no images, but stay tuned for more as Wave 3 can't be too far off.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Investigating the Death Star


There are very few things more intimidating in the Star Wars universe than the sight of the Death Star, just ask the residents of Yavin IV. But how did this behemoth come to be? All will be revealed in the upcoming book Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reeves and Steve Perry. Look for it to hit your local bookshelves this Fall.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Jesse Wall

More Artists for Celebration IV


The number of impressive art prints available for purchase at Celebration IV continues to grow! The Official Site showcases 11 more artists, bringing the current total to 39 of the nearly 50 that will be present at the Celebration Art Show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Insider 93 Arrives


A big day for Star Wars in my mail, Insider #93 arrived. And this is the first issue under, yet again, new management for the fan club rag. Inside are some nice crisp shots of Hasbro's Wave Four and Vintage figures, as well as Lego's UCS Vader's TIE and more! Look for it in your mailbox or on stands.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

The Troops Are Deployed


Got a nice surprise on my doorstep today. The set of 3 12" Endor Rebels I ordered from Sideshow arrived at my house this afternoon, and yours should be on the way too! If Hasbro did Rebel Figures this nice in the 3.75" line, well you'd hear a lot less complaining out of me!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Jawas Mini-Bust Edition Size Announced


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with an edition size announcement. The Jawas Mini-Bust 2-Pack will be limited to 7000 pieces worldwide. The Jawas will retail for around $60 and are set to ship in September 2007.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Offers Bust-Ups On-Line Individually


Gentle Giant is now offering their popular Star Wars Bust-Ups individually or in bundles on their website. The first series to be offered is Bust-Ups Series Four: Revenge of the Sith. No word yet on whether or not there are plans to offer up any of the chase bust-ups through the website.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New 30AC Comic Pack Wave 2 Images


Wave 2 of the 30th Anniversary Collection Star Wars Comic Packs will be here soon. Click on through for a closer look at two of the sets from Wave 2, Marvel Star Wars #4 and Star Wars Republic #55!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Celebration Exclusive Concept C-3PO Images


Headed your way this Spring is the Star Wars Celebration Exclusive McQuarrie Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO Droid Set. We were able to uncover a few mega-sized pictures of the Concept C-3PO to tide you over until May.

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Topps Star Wars 30AC Trading Card Set


Celebrate Star Wars's 30th Birthday with the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Trading Card Set from Topps! Dude to hit stores this June, the set consists of 120 base cards spanning all six movies, TV movies, deleted scenes, fan films, and more! Check out StarWars.com for a preview of a few of the Artist Sketch Cards that will be randomly inserted into the packs.

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

A Visit to Rancho Obi-Wan - Part 6


The Official Site updates tonight with the sixth episode of their Hyperspace exclusive Visit to Rancho Obi-Wan series highlighting the collection of Steve Sansweet. In this epsiode, school's back in session at Rancho Obi-Wan!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Hasbro Figure Stand 40-Pack


Hasbro updates today with new details on the upcoming Hasbro Figure Stand 40-Pack. Each 40-pack of stands comes with a label sheet with 200 character names that can be applied to the front of the stands. If you look carefully, you'll notice a few unconfirmed figures are on the list shown! Look for these to go on sale at the end of May, starting at Celebration IV!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2007: Expanded Universe


For the last couple of years, JediDefender has run an informal fan poll asking for your ten most wanted 3-3/4" figures for characters from the six Star Wars films, but this time, it’s more! We’re introducing our first ever Star Wars Expanded Universe poll!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JD Wishlists 2007: Return of the Jedi Results


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 Wishlist for Return of the Jedi has been published in our forums with Yarna D'al Gargan from Jabba's Palace leading the pack as the #1 vote getter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Hasbro Collector Survey


Hasbro is currently sponsoring another Collector Survey. The survey seems to be focused on packaging, AFA, and grading collectibles, but there are places to write comments if you wish. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Monday, April 16, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More RC Astro Droids From Tomy


Blister.jp updated their site with images of new Remote Controlled R5 Units. Click the image above to get a look at R5-D4 and R5-X2 (Red Leader's Droid?). These are exclusive in Japan for now but all the other RC droids have been imported to the U.S. so it's likely these two will as well.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Fixes the Snowtrooper


One of the most anticipated 30th Anniversary figures this year is the "Vintage" super-articulated Snowtrooper, but it has been criticized for its incorrectly styled kama as previously shown at Toy Fair. However, Hasbro has claimed it would be changed by the time of its release, and they come through as shown at swCollector.com which has received an image of the corrected Snowtrooper, also showcasing its helmetless Jango face.

Saturday, April 14, 2007 | Jesse Wall

TRU Exclusive Ultra Titanium Ships Released


I spotted the new Toys'R'Us exclusive Ultra Titanium ships today on the shelves of a SoCal TRU. Priced at a nauseating $24.99 each, this exclusive wave consists of the Tie Fighter, Red 3 X-Wing, Clone Wars Gunship, and Anakin's ROTS Jedi Starfighter. Check out the images of these ships as reported earlier here. Happy hunting, Titanium collectors!

Saturday, April 14, 2007 | Matt Colman

Wizard Star Wars 30th Anniversary Poll Results Posted


Wizard has posted the results of their Star Wars 30th Anniversary Poll. Click on over to check out the results and find out where all of your favorites moments from the Star Wars Saga ranked!

Saturday, April 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Exclusives Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with some answers to frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming Gentle Giant summer exclusives. Head on over for all the details on how you can improve your chances at securing these summer convention and tour exclusives for your collection!

Saturday, April 14, 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 some of the behind the scenes details on integrating new technologies into the game engine.

Saturday, April 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 28


On April 5th, we sent our twenty-eighth batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Darth Revan at ToyFare


ToyFare has posted a new high-res image of the upcoming Darth Revan figure, official winner of the 2006 Star Wars Fan Choice Poll. Revan is currently planned for Wave 5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection and should hit stores this summer. Click on over to have a super-sized look at the Sith Lord from Knights of the Old Republic in all his glory.

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Alliance and Empire Preview


Wizards of the Coast offers up the first official preview of two new minis from the upcoming Alliance and Empire expansion set - Death Star Trooper and Han Solo in Stormtrooper Armor. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis heading your way this May!

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more Sideshow Star Wars product news! Head on over and download the latest podcast episode for news on Star Wars Celebration IV, Comic-Con 2007, and much, much more!

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Grab Star Wars stuff with Your Sideshow Gift Card


Have a Sideshow Gift Card that's burning a hole in your pocket? Good news, a few more in-stock Star Wars products have been added to the Gift Card eligible list! Now eligible to purchase with Sideshow Gift Cards are the exclusive edition 12" Bib Fortuna figure, the inclusive edition 12" Jabba the Hutt figure, and the Premium Format Luke & Yoda set.

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Premium Format Boba Fett Wait List Reminder


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the Sideshow Exclusive edition Premium Format Boba Fett figure with wall-mountable Mandolorian artifact will soon become available again due to last-minute cancellations and credit card declines. If you sign up for the Wait List now, you might have a pretty good chance of securing one for your collection!

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Star Wars Artists Added to Celebration IV


The Celebration Art Show at Celebration IV will let fans browse the works of nearly 50 talented artists, most of whom have contributed to the Star Wars galaxy through their work on the movies, books, and comics. A third list of artists attending the show has been posted at StarWars.com. Head on over to check out the limited edition prints that only will be for sale at Celebration IV!

Friday, April 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Endor Rebel Soldiers


Reviews return to JediDefender.com as we take an in-depth look at the last of the Saga Collection. Originally I was going to jump right into the 30AC figures, however I felt stepping back to review a still flawed Endor Rebel would be a better idea. Afterall, when will we ever get definitive Rebel Troopers? Click on through to read why the Saga Collection Endor Rebel Soldier is still far from Hasbro's best army builder work.

As always, stop by our Toy Reviews section of our forums when you're finished reading our latest, and share your thoughts on this figure or write your own reviews!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Funko Star Wars Wacky Wobblers


Funko has announced plans for a new line of Star Wars Wacky Wobblers bobblehead products scheduled to start in July 2007. In addition to the standard 7" Wacky Wobblers, there are plans for 12" Bobble Banks, Bobble Ships, Mini Wobblers, and much more! Click on the thumbnail above for a preview.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Reminder - JD Wishlists 2007: Return of the Jedi


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2007: Return of the Jedi poll will end this weekend. You have until Sunday, April 15th to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Darth Revan in ToyFare


The latest issue of ToyFare has a new image of the upcoming Darth Revan figure, official winner of the 2006 Star Wars Fan Choice Poll. Revan is currently planned for Wave 5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection and should hit stores this summer. Want to check out the new image now? Our friends at TheJawa have posted a scan of the magazine for all to enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Wave 4 for Pre-Order at EE


Wave 4 of the 30th Anniversary Collection basic figure assortment is now up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth. Wave 4 contains seven new figures, along with a few army builder figures from previous waves. Grab yours today!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Wave 2 Unleashed Battle Packs On Pegs


The second wave of the 30AC Unleashed Battle Packs has hit Target store pegs in Southern California. Sets included in this ANH themed wave are Sandtrooper Search (4x Sandtroopers), Jawas & Droids (3x Jawas, R1-G4, R5-D4), Tusken Raiders (4x Sandpeople), and Cantina Encounter (Greedo, Han, Chewie, Garindan). Click on through for pics...

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Matt Colman

Battlefront Boxed Sets?


Online retailer ToyWiz has listed two new 6-packs of figures for the game Battlefront. A Battle Droid Set and Clone Trooper Set are both pictured (though the images are small) with descriptions of the figures included. These appear to be mostly repaints of droids and clones with possibly new accessories included with a few of them.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Celebration Exclusive Droids Fett Maquette


Yes, it's yet another Star Wars Celebration exclusive. StarWarsShop will be selling a Droids-themed repaint of the Animated Boba Fett Maquette from Gentle Giant. Limited to just 1000 pieces, 700 will be sold at Celebration IV and the remaining 300 will be sold at Celebration Europe. Stay tuned for more details as the show draws closer.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Exhibit Hall Floor Plan for Celebration IV


GenCon has provided the official floor plan for the various demonstrators and dealers in the Exhibit Hall of the LA Convention Center for Celebration IV. It is provided in pdf format, so feel free to print it out and "plan your attack"!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Jesse Wall

New 30AC Darth Vader's TIE Fighter Revealed


UK e-tailer R2DToys.com has posted a pre-order for a new 30th Anniversary Collection version of Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1 Starfighter! Based on the image and text on the box, it appears that Hasbro has retooled the wings on the Sith Lord's ride to allow a new "ejecting wings" feature.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New TRU Listing - Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes


Once again, new Star Wars toy listings have popped up at ToysRUs.com. This time, it's two new Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes, the Battle for Hoth and the Battle for Naboo. While there are no official details yet, both sets are now up for pre-order for $24.99 with an estimated August ship date.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

JD Poll: Favorite 30AC Wave 2 Figure?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which figure from Wave 2 of the 30th Anniversary Collection is your favorite? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll below and then feel free to share your thoughts on Wave 2 in our forums!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

More Art Prints for Celebration IV


The Official Site updates with more of the art prints available for purchase at the Celebration Art Show. There will be nearly 50 prints to choose from, including fan favourite Ralph McQuarrie! Check out StarWars.com for a look at the artists and the works they have prepared, and if you missed the previous pieces, check them out here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Celebration IV Exclusive 12" Yavin IV Luke Reminder


Just a friendly reminder that the Celebration IV Attendee edition of the exclusive 12" Yavin IV Luke Skywalker figure from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for Priority Pre-Order Thusrday, April 12th at 10AM Pacific, with the Non-Attendee edition following on Friday, April 13th at 10AM Pacific. For those who can't wait to get a better look at Luke, Sideshow has posted the product gallery a bit early so head on over and check out the new pics!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #15 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, April 10, 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!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

There Is Another Skywalker...CIV Exclusive!


The Official Site has confirmed another 3-3/4" Exclusive Figure for Celebration IV. It is none other than Luke Skywalker based on the iconic McQuarrie Concept Art of yesteryear! Luke joins his faithful droids as an exclusive at both the North American and European conventions. Unlike the droids, there appears to be no daily limit and will be available at the Hasbro Toy Shop Booth (and maybe/hopefully on-line?).

Monday, April 9, 2007 | Scott Pearson

TRU 181st TIE Interceptor Exclusive Details


ToysRUs.com has posted a description of their Exclusive TIE Interceptor as well as a price of $34.99. It seems we'll be getting a 181st Squadron deco of the Interceptor which is from the EU, and is the squad of Baron Fel. This fighter/character came from a storyline in the X-Wing: Rogue Squadron series for those not aware of the background. A big thanks to our forum members for the images to help identify everything!

Monday, April 9, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Dark Horse Comics For July 2007 and Beyond


StarWars.com has posted a nice summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for July 2007 as well as another Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection hardcover planned for September. Head on over for all the details!

Sunday, April 8, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Get Your Art at Celebration IV


The Official Site updates with some of the art prints that will be available for purchase at Celebration IV in May. There will be nearly 50 prints to choose from and this first update gives an idea of the wide variety of art to be seen. Check out StarWars.com for a look at the artists and the works they have prepared!

Saturday, April 7, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Everything Vader Give-Away Winner


Congratulations go out to forum member Darth Kenobi, the big winner of our recent Everything Vader Give-Away. As always, thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned for more great give-aways from JediDefender in 2007!

Friday, April 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Yavin IV Luke Skywalker Update


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a new preview image of the Celebration IV Exclusive 12" Yavin IV Luke Skywalker figure! Priority Pre-Ordering for Luke begins Thursday, April 12th at 10AM Pacific for Celebration IV Attendees and Friday, April 13th 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, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

RAH Jango Fett Pre-Order Open at Sideshow


Now available for pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles is the Real Action Heroes Jango Fett from Medicom Toy! Limited to just 1000 pieces for the US Market, the RAH Jango Fett figure includes interchangeable hands, a display base, a removable helmet, and comes packaged in a window display box.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Second Chance Offer - VCD 501st Legion Trooper


If you missed out on last year's San Diego Comic Con exclusive 501st Clone Trooper Vinyl Collectible Doll from Medicom Toy, this is for you! During the physical inventory of their U.S. warehouse, Sideshow Collectibles stumbled across a few of the 501st Clone Trooper VCD figures and they are offering you a Second Chance at them! Grab one while you still can!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Obi-Wan VS Anakin Edition Size Announced


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the Obi-Wan VS Anakin diorama edition size has been set at 1250 pieces worldwide. If you missed out on ordering this first piece in Sideshow's new VS line, be sure to sign up on the Wait List ASAP, as reservations are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis when items become available due to cancellations or credit card declines.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Endor Trooper Preview


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show blog with new images of the final production samples of the 12" Endor Troopers from Sideshow's Militaries of Star Wars line! Head on over to check out a nifty hi-res image of the Troopers testing out a new set-up in the Sideshow Photography department along with a couple of ‘behind-the-scenes’ pics too. If you've got these troopers on order, keep an eye out for your shipping notice soon!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Blog Update - More on Exclusives


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with new info on the 2007 Gentle Giant World Tour. Head on over for all the details on how and where each World Tour exclusive Mini-Bust will be sold. In addition, Gentle Giant has also posted info on the Rules and Guidelines for the various purchasing options for the exclusives.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has passed along word that the Animated Stormtrooper Maquette is shipping to distributors and retailers this week. If you've got this Stormtrooper pre-ordered, keep an eye out for your shipping notice soon!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie - Update


Dreams and Visions Press has added a new The Art of Ralph McQuarrie Production Update to their website! To whet everyone's McQuarrie appetite, they have added new images of the final finished copies of each edition of the book. Pre-orders are still being accepted online for all three editions of the book, but numbers are limited so grab yours today!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

"These Are The Droids You're Looking For" Update


StarWars.com has posted an update on the Lego These Are the Droids You're Looking For promotion! The 10,000 vac-metal gold C-3PO mini-figures are being randomly inserted into various Star Wars Lego sets starting this June. Also, 5 solid gold (real gold) 3POs will be made available via a contest yet to be announced! Click the thumbnail above to check out the 3PO figure you'll be hunting and check out StarWars.com for all the details!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

‘This is no Cave’ Space Slug Enviorama Reminder


Just a reminder that the Celebration IV Attendee edition of the ‘This is no Cave’ Space Slug Enviorama exclusive from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for Priority Pre-Order tomorrow, April 5th at 10AM Pacific, with the Non-Attendee edition following on Friday, April 6th at 10AM Pacific. As a special treat, Sideshow has posted the product gallery a bit early!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Sets 2007 Summer Exclusives Edition Sizes


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with product edition size announcements for the upcoming 2007 Summer Convention exlcusives!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Six Years Of Sucking At CC.com


Sure they suck, but do their give-aways? Not if you're a vintage collector! Our pals at CreatureCantina.com are celebrating their 6th birthday by giving away a Mint On Card Vintage 77 Back Darth Vader. Entering is easy too. Just head over to find out how and see just how badly CreatureCantina.com sucks, but feel free to take their stuff if you can win.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Darth Plagueis Novel Cancelled

According to this LFL Employee Blog, folks looking forward to the fleshing out of the Darth Plagueis character will have to wait a while. The novel covering the character's background is apparantly in the can for the time being as Lucasfilm just feels it's not the time to delve into this mystery. Thanks to Qui-George for the head's up!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Han's Old Haunt For Sale


In the mood to own Harrison Ford's old pad? Well a Beverly Hills Realtor has a place listed that was once owned by the actor! The listing cites that Ford did the woodworking in the house prior to Star Wars, but we have it on good authority that Ford actually did the wood working and owned the home as well. Thanks to Darth Anton for the story. The place seems relatively inexpensive for what one would think homes cost out there!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Acme Celebration IV Exclusive Revealed


Acme Archives has revealed their Celebration IV exclusive, the Grand Moff Tarkin Character Key! Tarkin will be limited to 1250 pieces and plans are in the works to pre-sell the Key for pick-up at the show. In addition, a small number will be offered via the Acme Archives Direct website for non-attendees. Click on the thumbnail above for a preview courtesy of Acme.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Upcoming Galactic Heroes Pics at BBTS


JD sponsor Big Bad Toy Store has Wave 4 of Galactic Heroes for 2007 up for preorder with pics of the loose figures in all their cuteness. Click through for a look at them and then check out their GH section for everything you need! Thanks go to forum member Spuffy for the heads up.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 | Jesse Wall

Celebration Exclusive Action Figure Set Revealed


Rumors have been swirling for the last few weeks (as evidenced below) and now it's official. StarWars.com has posted the first pics of the Celebration Exclusive McQuarrie Concept R2-D2 and C-3PO 2-Pack. The figure duo will be available at both Celebration IV in Los Angeles and Celebration Europe in London, with a variant coin for each show. Head on over for all the details!

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Wave Two Hits US Retail


Just when you thought you were all caught up... We have received several reports that 30AC Wave 2 has begun to hit Target stores in the Southern Califonia area. Be sure to be on the lookout for these as the rest of the US shouldn't be too far behind. Thanks goes out to spacejunker for the picture!

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

C4 Exclusive Figure News


European e-tailer R2DToys has a pre-order up for the rumored Celebration IV exclusive set of McQuarrie Concept Art C-3PO & R2-D2 figures. While nothing official has come from Hasbro on this set just yet, the rumor mill has pointed towards this duo for C4, and this does seem to be what we'll be getting. Hopefully images will follow soon!

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New TRU Listing - Battle of Geonosis Creatures


Another new listing has popped up at ToysRUs.com. The Battle of Geonosis Creatures pack is now up for pre-order with an estimated July ship date. While there are no official images just yet, the $59.99 price tag would suggest that at least a few of the Geonosis Arena beasties are involved.

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Kubrick 400% Shadow Stormtrooper Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp are back again, this time with a closer look at the 400% Shadow Stormtrooper Kubrick figure that was released at the big Blister Shibuya 2nd Anniversary event in Japan this past weekend. Limited to just 1000 pieces, the Shadow Stormtrooper sold out in no time at the show. No US release is planned, so it looks like eBay is your best option to grab one.

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas Collector Society Limited Edition Helmet


In the upcoming weeks, Master Replicas will hold a lottery reserved exclusively for 2007 Collectors Society members. The lottery prize? The opportunity to grab the smallest edition size item in Master Replicas history, the Shadow Stormtrooper Limited Edition Helmet. Only the 100 lucky Collectors Society members selected in the lottery will have the opportunity to add this LE Helmet to their collection, so join the Collectors Society today before you miss out!

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Gentle Giant Image Galleries


Our friends at Slave1.jp have added two new Gentle Giant items to their Image Galleries. Head on over to check out the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker Mini-Bust and the Animated Luke Skywalker Maquette image galleries. Both Luke pieces should be available at a retailer near you, if not now then soon!

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Clones & Commanders Gift Pack


A listing popped up on ToysRUs.com for a Clones & Commanders Gift Pack over the weekend. No picture accompanies the listing however, but a retail list rumor about this set is out there. The list claimed the set would be repacks of Obi-Wan, Utapau Clone, Vader, Silver Sandtrooper, Yoda, and an Elite Clone. Of course nothing is complete till Hasbro says so though.

Monday, April 2, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up


The Custom Chop Shop Wrap-Up returns tonight with all the latest happenings in the customizing world. Tonight we will be taking a look at two fantastic figures that have been shown off in our forums recently. The Ultimate Group Project is now in full swing, with only a month and a half until Celebration IV. Things are rapidly starting to come together. Click on through for all the juicy details in this week’s edition of the Chop Shop!

Sunday, April 1, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

More New LEGO for 2007


Images have surfaced from an upcoming Toys'R'Us catalog of some the new LEGO sets that will be offered in 2007. These sets include a new Hoth Rebel Base, An X-Wing Fighter and Luke Pilot Maquette Co-Pack, and an Episode I Republic Cruiser. Thanks go out to CountBlockula for the images. Click on through to check them out!

Sunday, April 1, 2007 | Ryan Phipps

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