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April 2011


UPDATE: Target Is Back


It's been a while but we got a number of reports that Target stores are getting a healthy restock of The Vintage Collection. Most reports indicate a good number of Wave 6, including a helmet variation for the Stormtrooper (plus no discoloring)! Happy hunting at Target this weekend.

UPDATE: Unfortunately it seems many Targets, including mine, are getting the underwhelming Wave 5 and the original poor quality Stormtrooper helmet. Your mileage will apparantly vary.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Wal-Mart Rolls Prices Back Up


So much for Wal-Mart's mark-down on Legends and Clone Wars. Both lines are back up to $7.88 it would seem, and the pegs are back to piling up as well. It was fun while it lasted, I guess.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Blu-Ray News Coming Soon


"All will be revealed..." on May 4th at the Official Site, regarding the upcoming Complete Saga on Blu-Ray. What does this mean? Heck if we know, but it sure sounds interesting at least. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

12" Musicians Making Big Noise


Sideshow Collectibles teased us via their Facebook Page to keep our eyes open for upcoming 12" Figure news. It seems 12" Bith Musicans, Figrin D'an & The Modal Nodes, will be playing at a bar near you!

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Target Is Back


It's been a while but we got a number of reports that Target stores are getting a healthy restock of The Vintage Collection. Most reports indicate a good number of Wave 6, including a helmet variation for the Stormtrooper (plus no discoloring)! Happy hunting at Target this weekend.

Friday, April 29, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Exclusive Kenobi Bust At Entertainment Earth


Site sponsor Entertainment Earth landed a limited edition (only 1100) ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi Mini-Bust. Get ready for this little gem to hit in July!

Friday, April 29, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro G.I. Joe Q&A - Round 8


We recently sent in our questions, and Hasbro's G.I. Joe Team returned them! Read on for our latest installment of the G.I. Joe Q&A! When you're done, head into our Joe Defender Forums, and sound off on the latest scuttle butt!

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Lego Shop Deals, May 3rd & 4th


Thanks to our astute forumites, we got word to keep an eye on Shop.Lego.com on May 3rd & 4th for a sale! It seems like you may land a free Black ARF Trooper with a total purchase, as well as a poster, and more deals! Stay tuned for more.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Savage Oppress Revealed


The gang at Sandtroopers.com have a nice loose gallery of images confirming Savage Oppress is coming soon. Click the link to check him out. This one is sure to spark some conversation in Our Forums, so stop by and share what you think!

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

A Fleet Trooper Heads Up


Some collectors have possibly been curious if the new Vintage Rebel Fleet Trooper can swap heads with various other Star Wars figures. The answer is yes, and quite a few actually! Read on for an at least partial list.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

More Sergeant Bric Delays


If you ordered a Clone Wars Sergeant Bric mail-away figure at the deadline, you'll have a little wait to get him. Numerous reports (including myself) have come in where people were given a postcard saying he won't ship till July 17th. If you waited till the deadline though, you can wait a little longer to get him.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Storm Commando Bust


Gentle Giant posted a picture of the Storm Commando Mini-Bust, for Premiere Guild Members. The Trooper features the armor from the Expanded Universe design (not just a black Scout Trooper), and has an unfolded stock on his blaster.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Star Wars Q&A Returns This Week


Hasbro gave us an update today on the return of the Star Wars Q&A. Starting Friday, we'll be back to submitting our 2 questions to the Star Wars Team. If you've got anything to ask, you can email us or visit and submit your question in our Q&A Thread in our forums.

Monday, April 25, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Got Your Fett Yet?


A gentle reminder to our readers that the deadline for mailing in your Vintage Rocket Firing Fett order is this Saturday, April 30th. Time to get off the pot on this one! If you need a form, you can print one out Right Here.

Monday, April 25, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Weequay Skiffmaster Neck Variation


Proof of a Vintage Wave 6 Weequay Skiff Master neck variation turned up recently on Rebelscum's Forums. As the image above proves, it seems Hasbro wanted to shorten the character's neck a little bit.

Monday, April 25, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Star Tours 2011 Reboot Merchandise


Official Site ran a story highlighting some of the Star Tours 2011 Relanch Merchandise, including the boxed sets of Hasbro figures, mini-Star Speeders, and more. Also check out the Disney Parks Blog for more images, including boxed shots of the figures!

Monday, April 25, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

JD Review: Vintage Rebel Fleet Trooper


It's been a while since we had a Hasbro review on the front page (though I'm still posting them in Our Review Forums when I'm able), but I couldn't resist doing one on my latest acquisition. Read on for our review of the new Vintage Collection Rebel Fleet Trooper!

Saturday, April 23, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Defender Wishlists 2011: The Clone Wars


We're baaaack! JediDefender is proud to continue the 8th Annual Wishlists with a look at The Clone Wars. All you have to do to take part in our latest poll is come up with your Wishlist for your top ten 3-3/4" figures. Either submit via our forums or via e-mail. Results will again be hand delivered to Hasbro at Comic Con, so let the fun continue!

Friday, April 22, 2011 | Scott Pearson

Defender Wishlists 2011: Attack of the Clones


For the 7th straight year, uniped Cliegg Lars has won the Attack of the Clones wishlist. Padme also dominates this list taking 4 of the 10 spots. Head on into our forums for the complete list!

Friday, April 22, 2011 | Scott Pearson

UPDATE: Toys R Us Sale 4/22 - 4/23


There is a 2 Day Price Buster Easter sale going on at Toys R Us. All Star Wars (and other action figures) figures are on sale 2-For-$11.99! So head on out and grab some deals. Also, select Lego Star Wars sets are also 33% Off, so look for those too.

UPDATE: Toys R Us.com apparantly has the Buy-2 deal for $10.99 instead of $11.99. Your price may vary with your local store as well. And of course, Vintage Collection seems to not be included.

Friday, April 22, 2011 | Jim Ristway

UPDATE: Toys R Us Sale 4/17 - 4/23


Toys R Us is having a 50% OFF sale this week on Battle Packs and Deluxe Vehicles. Head on over to your local TRU to check it out.

UPDATE: We got word today that a store would only honor the 50% off on the items pictured in the ad, such as the Hoth Speederbike Battlepack, and nothing else. Hopefully this was an isolated incident.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

TOR Update - Environment Polish


The Old Republic site updated with a story on "Environment Polish", or how an environment evolves into a final fixture. Click the link, and check it out! Sometimes those in-game images look like cut shots from the films themselves.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Surprise Exclusive Deluxe Figure w/Vehicle Sets


POTF2.com posted some interesting images recently. They're upcoming Wal-Mart Deluxe Figure w/Vehicle sets. Click the link to check out a repainted BARC w/Buzz & AT-RT w/ARF Trooper. When you're done checking them out, hop into our Clone Wars Forums where the scuttlebutt has begun!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Pittsburgh Comic-Con: Sam Witwer Interview


Pittsburgh Comic-Con took place this past weekend, and Jedi Defender was there, along with Star Wars voice-actor Sam Witwer. We were able to get some time with him, so read on for our brief chat we had with Mr. Witwer, including his future Star Wars work!

Monday, April 18, 2011 | Jim Ristway

Target and K-Mart Sales 4/17 - 4/23


K-Mart and Target are both having sales on figures this week. $6.99 for Legends/Clone Wars figures at Target. Also $6.99 on Legends/Clone Wars Figures and Lightsabers at K-Mart. Head on over to both stores to see what deals you can find. So far, it looks like Vintage is not included.

Sunday, April 17, 2011 | Jim Ristway

Toys R Us Sale 4/17 - 4/23


Toys R Us is having a 50% OFF sale this week on Battle Packs and Deluxe Vehicles. Head on over to your local TRU to check it out.

Sunday, April 17, 2011 | Jim Ristway

New Vintage Barriss Offee Image


Another new image tonight. Check out the upcoming Vintage Wave 7 Barriss Offee figure. Personally I still wish they'd gone with a softgoods robe, but the overall figure is looking outstanding!

Saturday, April 16, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Fleet Trooper's Cap Discovered


It's been something of a mystery as to why the new Rebel Fleet Trooper figure is coming with a cap accessory, and Jayson over at Yakface.com has uncovered why. A trooper in a tiny background frame can be seen wearing one, albeit a tan colored. The new figure's cap is grey, similar to some worn in the EU, but this one's still rooted in the film. Check it out!

Friday, April 15, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Comic-Con Exclusive Revealed


Sideshow Collectibles revealed their San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive tonight. It will be a Phase-I Clone Commander 12" Figure! Attendee pre-orders will 10 a.m. 6/2, and Non-Attendee pre-orders will be 10 a.m. 6/3.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Uncle Milton - Mood Sabers


Uncle Milton, a great company with incredibly creative Star Wars products, passed along word of their latest item. Read on for the Dark Side Detector Mini-Saber details!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Toys R Us Star Wars Sale 4/15 & 4/16


Toys R Us is actually having a decent 2-day sale on Star Wars items. Buy-1-Get-1 50% Off all Star Wars Figures, Vehicles, & Role-Play. Thanks to forumite scockery for the tip!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

K-Mart Clearance + 50% Off


K-Mart is running an additional 50% off Clearance Prices sale, and it may be worth stopping by. We got reports of some Build-A-Droid Figures as well as various Lego Sets such as the TIE Defender being found for pretty low prices!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Lego Super Star Destroyer Arriving


From Bricks To Bothans posted a pretty interesting image they got from Lego.com. It's a Super Star Destroyer kit! This will be a day long remembered for the Lego Star Wars fans since this ship has been on many wishlists.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Kids Really Do Like Darth Vader


A friend sent in this video from the Jedi Training Academy feature at Disneyland. It seems Darth Vader got himself a new apprentice. I don't think this is how they expect the kids to react. You really have to see The Video to appreciate it though.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

New Images From Gentle Giant


Gentle Giant released a slew of new images for upcoming product. It's available for pre-order now for Premiere Guild Members. Check out the Kit Fisto Bust, 12" Retro Death Squad Commander, & Female Stormtrooper Statue & Variant Head by reading on!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Ask Sideshow Update - 12" Star Wars Teaser


Sideshow Collectibles updated their Ask Sideshow blog with a teaser about upcoming 1/6 Star Wars figures. It sounds like a certain coughing general, and his mindless metal minions, will get some attention from Sideshow in the near future!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Playsaver Coupon Returns


Hasbro has put up a new Play Saver Coupon good for $2 Off any $10 Hasbro Star Wars purchase. You're limited to two coupon print-outs per customer however, and they expire 5/1, but these days it's really easy to find a use for $2 off coupons.

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Star Tours 2 Launch Merchandise


One of the Project Managers at Disney Parks Blog posted some new Star Tours 2 items that will be available in May at Disney World and Disneyland. Head on over to check out the new collectibles and for more details.

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Jim Ristway

Lego Sales 4/10 - 4/16


We got word that Lego Star Wars sets like the Hoth Rebel, Hoth Imperial, Clone Trooper and Mandalorian Warrior packs are on sale at Target for $8 each. The same sets are also 20% Off at Toys R Us this week. Time to stock up on mini-figure army builders!

Monday, April 11, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

New Hasbro Images


Hasbro passed along a pile of new images this evening. Check out the Grievous & Clonetrooper Roleplay Helmets, as well as the upcoming Republic Attack Shuttle. Click on through for the details!

Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Facebook


If you haven't done so already, make sure you Like and then follow one of your favorite Star Wars Collecting sites over on Facebook!

Friday, April 8, 2011 | Scott Pearson

Defender Wishlists 2011: Attack of the Clones


We're baaaack! JediDefender is proud to continue the 8th Annual Wishlists with a look at Attack of the Clones. All you have to do to take part in our latest poll is come up with your Wishlist for your top ten 3-3/4" figures. Either submit via our forums or via e-mail. Results will again be hand delivered to Hasbro at Comic Con, so let the fun begin!

Friday, April 8, 2011 | Scott Pearson

Sideshow Comic-Con Exclusive Teaser


Sideshow Collectibles posted a teaser image highlighting their 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives. If the silhouette image is an actual indication, there is clearly a Phase-1 Clone running around in there. Sideshow will most certainly impress as they always do though!

Thursday, April 7, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Sound Mixer Bill Varney Passes Away


The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sound-Mixer Bill Varney passed away recently. He worked on more than 80 films, and Lucasfilm fans best remember him for his work on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He was 77 years old.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

DK Publishing East Coast Tour


The Official Site announced the Attack of the Authors East Coast Tour, by DK Publishing. Starting in May, DK authors, Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano), and a host of Star Wars enthusiasts will be on-hand at various locations. Check the link for full details!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Creature Cantina: 10 Years Of Suck


Our friends at Creature Cantina are celebrating their 10th Anniversary on the internet. Sure, they suck, but feel free to visit them anyway. Celebrate a site that probably shouldn't be here, yet somehow is still here 10 years later. Read on for the details.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

UPDATE: Hasbro "Supercharge" Items Shipping


Remember the Supercharge Your Giftcards & Cash Too promotion Hasbro ran at the start of the year? Well the first freebies are shipping. I received a Deluxe Mandalorian w/Bike today! Hope your luck is as good. Let us know in our Forums!

UPDATE: Just a heads up that people are still getting these in the mail. Some reports of G.I. Joe items not shipping anymore, however the Star Wars Deluxe sets seem to keep showing up.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Force Unleashed II Collector's Edition Clearance


We've gotten a report that people are finding the Force Unleashed II: Collector's Edition on clearance at Target stores for just over $19. This is a good price if you wanted to pick up the special set and were waiting on it to hit bottom!

Monday, April 4, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Fantastic Anthony Daniels Interview


X-Box Live's Podcaster Major Nelson recently did a show including an extensive interview with Anthony Daniels! It's a great listen, and Mr. Daniels covers everything from his work in Pittsburgh at CMU, to his time working on the production of the Star Wars Saga. The interview starts at the 50:22 mark, but the rest of the show is fun too. Thanks to Matt for the tip.

Monday, April 4, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Steve Sansweet Speaks On His Future


Steve Sansweet posted an announcement via his Facebook Page that while he has retired from Lucasfilm, he'll still be working with them in the capacity of Fan Relations Advisor. Check it out for his full statement, and we look forward to his continued work with the fan community.

Monday, April 4, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

More Clone Wars Season 4 Teaser Video


You're greedy and want even more teaser footage of The Clone Wars: Season 4? Well the Official Site is granting your wish with some footage revealed at Wondercon. Check it out! It's even better than the first teaser!

Sunday, April 3, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Clone Wars 3-D: Season 4 Teaser


While most of the fan community has finished watching the Season 3 Finale, the Official Site has already posted the teaser trailer for The Clone Wars: Season 4. Click the link, and get anxious for Fall to get here.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

Wave 7 Fleet Trooper Loose Images


Tonight we're excited to post the first loose images to turn up of the upcoming Vintage Wave 7 Rebel Fleet Trooper! The figure looks sharp, and it's no secret that this reporter has waited for this to finally happen. A decent Rebel Fleet Trooper has arrived. Stop by Our Forums and share your thoughts!

Friday, April 1, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

New Utai Baggage Handler Image


We received a loose image from Hobby Stock CN, of the upcoming Star Tours Utai Baggage Handler figure. He will be debuting soon at a Disney park near you! Click the image above to check him out, and join us in Our Forums as we discuss these boxed sets.

Friday, April 1, 2011 | Jesse McCracken

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