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April 2008


Hasbro TRU Exclusive Battle Pack Update


Hasbro has updated their website with some new details on a pair of upcoming Toys R Us exclusive Battle Packs. The Hoth Patrol and STAP Attack sets are mainly repack sets, but there are some "new" repaints in the droid set.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Clone Wars Books Revealed


The Penguin Group will publish a series of books based on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series. The books will cover a wide range of topics and reading levels, and will hit bookstores on July 26th.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Mighty Muggs Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found Wave 3 of the Mighty Muggs at their local Wal-Mart and Target stores. Wave 3 includes Commander Cody, Jango, Lando, and Leia. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Rebellion #13 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, April 29, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Del Rey Offers Free Betrayal Download


Del Rey Books will be offering a free download of Star Wars: Betrayal, the first book in the Legacy of the Force series. The free download will be available here for two weeks, from 9:00 a.m. April 29th, until midnight on May 13th.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

First Look - Star Wars: Order 66


The Official Site has posted a first look at the cover to Star Wars: Order 66, the latest in Karen Traviss's Republic Commando series from Del Rey Books. Look for the hardcover to hit stores in September, 2008.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Legacy Millennium Falcon - Confirmed for 7/26!


Hasbro has finally officially confirmed it - it's real and it's coming on July 26th. Yes, the all-new, all-awesome Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon will hit store shelves for the massive 7/26 launch of the Clone Wars and Legacy lines. Click on through for the full scoop from Hasbro!

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 51


On April 11th, we sent another batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those three questions!

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: The Empire Strikes Back


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 Empire Strikes Back.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JD Wishlists 2008: A New Hope Results


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 Wishlist for A New Hope has been published in our forums with Mos Eisley Cantina patron Bom Vimdin leading the pack as the overall #1 selection. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Kubrick Star Wars Series 8 Case Ratios


Thanks to a few japanese sellers, we've got some early details on the Box and Master Case ratios for Kubrick Star Wars Series 8. Click on through for a quick summary of how many of each figure are in the boxes and the boxes in which you'll find the chase figures!

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Kubrick Star Wars Series 8 Boxed Images


Thanks once again to our friends at instinctoy, we've got our first looks at the box art for Kubrick Star Wars Series 8. Click on through for a look at the series' individual box pics.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

A Peek Inside Star Wars Insider #101


The Official Site has posted a few details on Star Wars Insider #101. The issue unveils several brand new features and will ship to subscribers soon. Not a subscriber? Insider #101 hits newstands on May 6th, 2008.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Premium Format Asajj Ventress Preorder


Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their Premium Format Asajj Ventress figure! The Sideshow Exclusive version of the figure includes a bonus alternate interchangable head sculpt.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Go Backstage with Sideshow's Palpatine Set


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a new Backstage Pass video, which covers some of the creative process that went into the creation of the 12" Palpatine Figure Set. Click on over and check it out if you're into that sort of thing.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up some new Star Wars and Indiana Jones info. Head on over and download the episode to hear behind-the-scenes details about the Premium Format Asajj Ventress figure and a look back at the history of Indiana Jones collecting.

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Medicom Kubrick Star Wars Series 8 Update


Kubrick Star Wars Series 8 was released in Japan today, and courtesy of our friends at instinctoy, we've got our first look at the three Series 8 chase figures. Click on the thumbnail above to check out Aurra Sing, Jar Jar Binks, and Saesee Tiin! No word on case ratios yet, but hopefully we'll know them soon!

Friday, April 25, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Target Exclusive Clearance


JD forumite artooconvoy spotted some clearance deals at his local Target. He scored an Assault on Kashyyyk Battle Pack for $13.98 and some Order 66 sets for $6.98. Is this nationwide or limited to one store that needed to clear a lot of products off the shelves quickly? We'll post more when we find out!

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Collecting Panel at Star Wars Film Exhibit


The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society will be making a collecting presentation at the Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit in Philadelphia this Thursday! Click the link above to get details on attending, and check out this very worthy exhibit.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro 2008 Order 66 2-Packs Update


You probably already have them in your collection by now, but Hasbro has finally updated their website with the details on the exclusive 2008 Order 66 sets. The sets are now available at Target stores across the country.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week are three new comic books from Dark Horse Comics - Dark Times #10, Knights of the Old Republic #27, and Legacy #22. Can't wait until tomorrow to read them? Well then follow the links for previews to tide you over!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Last of the Last Crusade Figure Pictures


Hasbro unveiled the last image from The Last Crusade wave of Indiana Jones basic figures. 1999 may have been the year of Maul, but 2008 is the year of Indy! Click the thumbnail and check out the little details like the necktie and sachel. Thanks to Matt for the tip.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Early Indiana Jones Figure Releases


Forumite evenflow came up big in the Indiana Jones department at a local big box retailer. The names and locations will be kept closed (for the retailer's sake), but it seems some basic figures got out early. Click the thumbnail above to check them out and remember May 1st is right around the corner, so save those dimes!

Sunday, April 20, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Animated Clones on the March


With a leaked theatrical trailer for the Clone Wars series out there, it's hard not to be excited about 2008 Clone Wars stuff. That's why it's sure to interest people to see one of the animated Clone Wars figures showed up on Ebay this evening. Click the thumbnail above to check out the Clone Trooper in all his 3-D glory.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: A New Hope


Just a reminder that your chance to vote in the JediDefender Wishlists 2008: A New Hope poll ends next week! You have until Friday, April 25th to submit your wish-list, so get those lists in if you haven't already!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


StarWars.com has updated with more on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A new video has been posted featuring Supervising Director Dave Filoni as he talks about constructing epic battles worthy of the name Star Wars for the new show.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Disney Star Wars Muppets Update


The Official Site has posted a new feature on the soon-to-be-released set of Disney exclusive Star Wars Muppet figures. Click on over for a brief look at the history of the relationship between the Muppets and Star Wars.

Friday, April 18, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

TIE Fighter Pilot Busted by Gentle Giant


The latest mini-bust from Gentle Giant has been revealed - the TIE Fighter Pilot, thanks to the preorder now available at StarWarsShop.com. This great looking Original Trilogy trooper will be released in November, but there's no word on the edition size as of yet.

Friday, April 18, 2008 | Jesse Wall

Sideshow Premium Format Asajj Ventress Revealed


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a brand new teaser image to announce the upcoming Premium Format Asajj Ventress figure. Be sure to catch next Tuesday's edition of Sideshow Radio for more info!

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Premium Format Indiana Jones Reminder


Just a reminder that the Premium Format Indiana Jones figure from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-ordering tomorrow at 10AM Pacific! To whet your appetite, Sideshow has posted the product image gallery a bit early!

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Coming in May: Threats of the Galaxy


The Official Site has updated with a look at Threats of the Galaxy, the newest sourcebook for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game from Wizards of the Coast. Head on over for a peek at the book, which will be released on May 20th.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Target TFU Battle Rancor Update


Hasbro has updated their Star Wars site with a new feature on the upcoming Target exclusive Battle Rancor from The Force Unleashed. The Rancor was due in stores this month, but hasn't popped up yet. Hopefully we'll see him soon!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Indiana Jones Deluxe Wave 1 Update


Hasbro has updated their Indiana Jones site with a new feature on the first wave of Indiana Jones Deluxe Figures. The wave is made up of seven sets from Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, and should hit stores May 1st.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Evolutions Female Pilot Photos Surface


We received a new image of Dorovio Bold from the upcoming Rebellion Pilots Legacy set! Click the thumbnail above to check out the pic. Note there are some re-used parts, as well as new ones in the sculpt. Thanks to our friends at Black Sheep Toys for sharing the image with us!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Get 'The Clone Wars' Countdown Widget


Looking for a way to keep track of the upcoming The Clone Wars animated show? Well head to SpringWidget.com to download this handy widget now! You can customize it to your own liking, then download it to your desktop and keep track of the arrival of The Clone Wars in theatres on Friday, August 15.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | Jesse Wall

More Force Unleashed Videos


The Official Site updated with two new videos spotlighting the Force Unleashed, just incase you missed the footage on Spike TV over this past weekend. Check out the Wii Force Unleashed video, as well as video Unleashing The Force on large enemies in the game. Each video features new footage of vehicles and characters in-game as well!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Last Crusade Figure Pictures


Hasbro Toy Shop surprised everyone with a look at the latest wave of figures from the Indiana Jones line! The figures are all fom The Last Crusade film, but the rumored Indy for this wave is oddly missing. However, Hasbro has chosen wisely. Read on to check them out!

Monday, April 14, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

An Annotated Look at a Battle Droid


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

Friday, April 11, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Disney Star Wars Weekends 2008 Guest List


StarWars.com has announced the guest list for Disney Star Wars Weekends 2008. Head on over for all the details on which Star Wars celebrity you'll find in attendance during each weekend of the 2008 event.

Friday, April 11, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Toys That Could Have Been


With the recent talk around the net of new big-ticket products we're going to see this year, sometimes it's interesting to take a look at what Hasbro once had on their radar, drawing board, or even on the table. Our trusted sources recently revealed some items Hasbro mocked up in one form or another, and some of the items may surprise you. Read on if you're curious!

Friday, April 11, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Indiana Jones Premium Format Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated with the priority pre-order information for the Premium Format Indiana Jones figure. Dr. Jones will go up for priority pre-ordering Friday, April 18th at 10AM Pacific. In addition to the PPO info, they've also posted a look at the cover to the latest issue of ToyFare magazine, which features the Premium Format figure!

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio offers up some new toy info. Head on over and download the episode for new details on a number of Sideshow lines!

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Release Event


Wizards of the Coast has announced plans to celebrate the official release of Legacy of the Force, the latest expansion set for the Star Wars Miniatures Game. Numerous locations around the US and Canada will host tournaments on April 11th, 12th, and 13th. Click on over for the full list of venues.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Full Koto Bounty Hunter Set Unveiled


StarWars.com has posted a new image of Kotobukiya's Bounty Hunter Series. The series consists of all six bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back, along with a bonus Darth Vader that can only be completed when pieces from all six bounty hunter kits are collected and built.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Hyperspace Exclusive Video: Introducing Ahsoka


The Official Site has posted a new Hyperspace exclusive video focusing on The Clone Wars padawan Ahsoka Tano. Head on over to get the scoop on why the Jedi Council gave Anakin Skywalker his new apprentice.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Robot Hall Of Fame Made Permanent


Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center recently announced the new Roboworld, a permanent robotics exhibit featured at the center. The exhibit's announcement was kicked off with actor Anthony Daniels in town for the ceremonies. The exhibit features real-world robotic demonstrations, as well as a robot "Hall of Fame" that includes R2-D2, C-3PO, and Star Trek's Data! The exhibit is set to open in Spring 2009.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

ALL-NEW Millennium Falcon Update?


Our friends at GalacticHunter have posted something that everyone has been waiting to see - the first unofficial image of the rumored Millennium Falcon resculpt for 2008/09. It's big, it's chocked full o' features, and it's beautiful. Click now to see it before it disappears!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Takes the Deal


The Official Site's blog posted news of a special Star Wars Deal Or No Deal set to air on NBC later this month! Models in Slave Leia bikinis, Stormtroopers, and more will make the specially themed episode. It is set to air on April 28th at 8pm.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Spike's First Force Unleashed Extra Video


The Official Site updated with a video of Spike TV's special Force Unleashed video shown Sunday evening before Episode III's premiere. The video has some new footage from the game and new details, so check it out at the link!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

On Sale This Week at TRU


This week, Toys R Us is running a "Clearance Blowout" sale. One of the items featured in the sales ad is the LEGO Luke Skywalker Maquette, priced at $27.98 (60% off the original price). Time to hit TRU to grab one before they're gone!

Sunday, April 6, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

George Lucas: The Clone Wars Q&A


The Official Site has updated with a new Clone Wars Q&A with George Lucas. Head on over to check out what Lucas has to say about the new animated series and Anakin's new Jedi Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro at the Aussie Toy Fair


Australia's 2008 Toy Fair is currently taking place and Mousedroid.com is there providing some pics for all to enjoy. Hasbro is there of course, showcasing a few more items for the upcoming year.

Saturday, April 5, 2008 | Jesse Wall

Sucky Number 7 For CC.com

It defies logic, but CreatureCantina has managed to survive yet another year on the Web, entertaining and educating the Star Wars collectors of the world with their unique brand of Star Wars satire! Stop on by to celebrate and maybe even win something cool. Jedi Defender still thinks CC.com sucks though!

Saturday, April 5, 2008 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 50


On March 28th, we sent another batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those three questions!

Friday, April 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Wishlists 2008: A New Hope


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: A New Hope.

Friday, April 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

JD Wishlists 2008: Revenge of the Sith Results


All the votes have been tallied and the results are in! The top 10 Wishlist for Revenge of the Sith has been published in our forums with a correctly-scaled, super-articulated General Grievous leading the pack as the overall #1 selection. Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting process!

Friday, April 4, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Star Wars Comic Packs Update


Hasbro has updated their website with some new Star Wars Comic Packs details. Head on over to check out some new images of two upcoming 2-packs - Asajj Ventress & Tol Skorr and Anakin Skywalker & Durge. Look for both Comic Packs to hit retail in late spring 2008.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Clone Wars: Y-Evolution


The Official Site has updated with more on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the show, fans will find many design elements that bridge the entire Star Wars saga, like the early Republic "Y-Wing" type fighter that appears in the series.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Scoop on Sideshow Painting Process


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their website with a look at the painting processes they use to create their prototype and production pieces. Click on over to check out the photos that highlight the various paint types and applications.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

WotC Legacy of the Force Miniatures Preview #5


Wizards of the Coast offers up their fifth preview of two new minis from the upcoming Legacy of the Force expansion set - Darth Krayt and Kyle Katarn (Jedi Battlemaster). Head on over for all the details!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Will Be Unleashed on September 16


LucasArts has issued a press release today to finally announce a release date for the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game - September 16th, 2008 in the United States!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

New Disney Star Tours Box Set Revealed


The gang at EndorExpress have uncovered the first image of a Disney exclusive Star Tours Droid Pack box set. The set will retail for around $25 and should hit the Disney parks in time for Star Wars Weekends this year.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

Ever Had Star Wars Sushi?


The Official Site has posted a fun new feature on Star Wars sushi written by Steve Sansweet. Click on over for all the details on this unique mixture of raw fish, culinary skills, and Star Wars.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

The Greatest Toy Auction on Earth?


Premier Collectible Auctions will begin hosting the world's largest action figure auction this July. The first live auction will be held July 24-26,2008 in San Diego (within walking distance of Comic-Con). If you're not headed to SDCC, you some bidding will also be conducted online and by phone.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Jeff Smentek

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