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May 2010


Rumors Galore at Yakface


The guys at Yakface have posted some pretty juicy rumors that sound pretty legit based on past rumor lists and Q&A. We'll find out at Comic Con for sure, but for now head on over and take a peek!

Monday, May 31, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Star Wars & Transformers Savings Program


We received a press release from Hasbro regarding a great "Summer Savings" program to buy more stuff, and get some free loot in the process! This applies to Hasbro's Star Wars and Transformers properties only (so far). Click on through to read the full details!

Friday, May 28, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

Defender Wishlists 2010: The Empire Strikes Back


Unlike some other Johnny Come Latelies, for the last 7 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. 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, May 28, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Defender Wishlists 2010: A New Hope


Somewhere Jesse James is smiling! Collectors have taken the ongoing bane of his existence, the lack of a resculpt for the Rebel Fleet Trooper to heart and voted him to the top of the A New Hope Wishlist. Check out the rest of the results in our forums.

Friday, May 28, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Vintage Collection Wave 2 Revealed


Jedi Defender sponsor Entertainment Earth are the first to post images of the Vintage Collection Wave 2 figures! Click the link or image above to check out all the upcoming Revenge of the Sith figures, as well as a welcome Sandtrooper repack and more.

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

Kotobukiya Real Mask Magnets at Target


Kotobukiya has released a series of Magnets under the Real Mask line since 2004 exclusive to Asian retail. These have recently shown up at Target in a blind packaging style in the Sports Card section of the store. They come in a case of 24 and are selling for $3.99 each. More info can be found in our forums!

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Clone Wars Season 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray


The Official Site updated today with the details on The Clone Wars: Season 2 coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 26th! Check out the link for all the details, and remember that The Force Unleashed II is, well, unleashed the same day. It could be a big Star Wars day this Fall!

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

New GG Pre-Orders at Entertainment Earth


Entertainment Earth has updated their website with pre-orders for two new Star Wars items from Gentle Giant. The Figrin D'an Mini-Bust retails for $59.99 and is expected to ship in January 2011. The Bantha and Tusken Raider statue retails for $249.99 and is, yep you guessed it, expected to ship in January 2011.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Jeff Smentek

Williams-Sonoma Star Wars Pancake Molds


Following up on the popular cookie cutters, Williams-Sonoma is now offering a set of Star Wars Pancake Molds. For $19.95, you get a set of three molds - Darth Vader, Yoda, and Stormtrooper. Nothing says breakfast fun like Star Wars!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Jeff Smentek

2010 Clone Wars Anakin's Starfighter


We received an image of the repacked Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Fighter from the 2010 Mid-Size Vehicle line. For the variant hounds, they can scratch this one off as it doesn't appear to have any deco variation from the previous release. For others, this relatively tough-to-find fighter getting repacked is a blessing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

UPDATE: AT-AT Comparison Image


An image popped up today in our forums of a great comparison of the old AT-AT with the new upcoming Vintage Collection AT-AT. If you thought it wasn't that much larger, you're in for a change of opinion I think! Click the image above if you haven't seen this yet, and thanks to iFett for sharing the image.

UPDATE: The scale comparison shot of the old and new AT-AT's came from ToplessRobot.com, which was a bit of a mystery till now. An excellent early picture of their sample for sure.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

Collect All 92! Boba Fett


Dreams of a secret mail away Star Wars figure kept many a kid awake at night, wondering when he would show up in the mailbox. Turns out that he was well worth the wait! Vintage Boba holds many fond memories for many people and his modern counterpart is pretty swell too...read on in Collect All 92!: Boba Fett!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Lego Sale at Target


Good news for Lego fans this week at Target. They're running a sale on a number of sets. Fans of the Star Wars sets will want to get their hands on the Hoth Echo Base set though, which is ringing up at a cheap $15! Sale ends 5/29, so act fast.

Monday, May 24, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

Defender Wishlists 2010: A New Hope


Last Week to Vote! Unlike some other Johnny Come Latelies, for the last 7 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. 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!

Monday, May 24, 2010 | Scott Pearson

Kubrick Series 3 Carded


Medicom, maker of Kubricks, will be releasing Series 3 again in a carded collection. They are being released at the Medicom Toy Expo on June 19th, 2010. eBay will be your best bet to track down a set. Just a reminder that Series 3 contains:
  • C-3PO
  • Han Solo in Carbonite
  • AT-AT Driver
  • Lando Calrissian
  • Wicket
  • Jawa
    Check out more details in our ever popular Kubrick Forum!

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Empire's 30th Anniversary Celebration


    It's a very happy 30th birthday to perhaps the most beloved episode of the Star Wars Saga, The Empire Strikes Back this weekend. And what better way to celebrate than with Spike TV's Original Trilogy Marathon starting at 1p.m. EST Saturday afternoon? Enjoy nerding out all weekend long in celebration!

    Saturday, May 22, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    G.I. Joe Q&A - Round 4


    Jedi Defender has the latest round of answers for the G.I. Joe Q&A ready for deployment. Read on for the details, and feel free to jump into the discussion in our new Joe Defender forum section, for all the G.I. Joe radio chatter this side of the U.S.S. Flagg!

    Saturday, May 22, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    What's A Diorama?


    In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Empire, Customizer and Diorama Creator extraordinaire Greg "Daigo-Bah" Reeves has created one of the greatest dioramas this reporter has ever laid his eyes upon. Greg has captured the greatest scene in the Star Wars saga in all of its glory, the first appearance of the Ice Cream Maker Guy, Willrow Hood. Check it out in our Customs forum.

    Friday, May 21, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Sideshow Sneak Peek - Yoda


    Sideshow Collectibles is celebrating the Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary in grand style. Check out their site for how you can win a lifesize Vader Bust, and a Production Peek at the upcoming 1:6 scale Yoda figure!

    Friday, May 21, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    New Packaging 2010 Vehicles


    A coupler more packaged shots of upcoming Clone Wars items turned up in our in-box today. Click the images above to get a nice look at the Republic Fighter Tank (blue deco) and the repackaged Obi-Wan Kenobi's Clone Wars Fighter. The fold-out packaging continues with the new packaging look, and is a fantastic way to minimize waste on Hasbro's part, I believe.


    Thursday, May 20, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! Power Droid


    Gonk Gonk Gonk! That is all I need to say introducing our next Collect All 92! feature participant, the Power Droid!

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Rewards R Us Coupons


    If you're a member of the Toys R Us Rewards R Us program, check your email you signed up with. They sent out a number of coupons including BOGO 50% Off on Star Wars, Transformers, and G.I. Joe products. The catch though is that the coupons are only good for Thursday, May 20th.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Target Fires Back


    The war of the price drop goes on as Target ups the ante. We've gotten word that their basic figures have hit $4.99, and they've also dropped the prices of battlepacks, vehicles, and Galactic Heroes. The red dot is back on the list of places to stop!

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Hasbro Comics Headed to iPad


    Have an iPad and thinking how cool it would be to read your favorite Hasbro-brand comics on it? Well you're in luck. Hasbro has teamed with IDW Publishing to release G.I. Joe & Transformers comics on the new technology! Click through for the full story.

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    New Loose Clone Wars Figure Images


    A couple loose images of 2010 Clone Wars figures surfaced. Click the images above to check out Aura Sing and the Mandalorian Guard!

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    More Eopie & Qui Gon Jinn Delays


    A number of us (myself included) received another delay notice in the mail today for our Qui-Gon Jinn & Eopie mail-in figures. The new date of delivery is estimated to be July 15th. So, if you're waiting for some sets you sent in for yet, you may have a little longer to wait than you thought.

    Monday, May 17, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Hallmark 2010 Ornaments Debut


    The Hallmark Dreambook is up and features the 2010 Star Wars (and other licensed) holiday ornaments. Fans of Empire Strikes Back will be very happy with what is on tap for this year's assortment!

    Monday, May 17, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! Death Star Droid


    Of all the vintage figures that Kenner could have possibly made, Death Star Droid is one of the weirdest inclusions to the line. It took a long time to get a modern counterpart, check it out in our forums!

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Defender Wishlists 2010: A New Hope


    Unlike some other Johnny Come Latelies, for the last 7 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. 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!

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Tale of Two Leia Decoes


    This past week two distinct paintjobs on the Vintage Collection Hoth Leia surfaced, and raised the question whether this is just a factory flub or if both versions (one clean, one very grimey/dirty) will be out at retail. Our carded sample suggests we're getting the cleaner figure for sure, so this one's still a slight mystery for variation fanatics.

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! R5-D4


    R5-D4, the faulty Astromech is the latest Collect All 92 in which we do side by side comparison of vintage figures and their modern counterparts.

    Friday, May 14, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Carded Vintage Collection Wave 1 Images


    We received a number of production images of the Vintage Collection Wave 1 figures recently. Click the thumbnails above to check out Boba Fett, Hoth Leia, AT-AT Commander, and 4-LOM by clicking the images above! This also seems to answer whether the holes will be punched or not on these figures.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    New Hoth Leia Image


    With the images of Dengar, Dak, and the AT-AT Commander, it was inevitable that the new Hoth Leia would turn up as well. She's a noticeably more dirty deco than prototypes first showed though, but this is likely how the final production figure is going to appear.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Star Wars Cookie Cutters


    This one almost slipped past me, but a cool set of Star Wars Cookie Cutters was featured on the Official Site. For some reason this is something I've always thought they should make, and now they're here! Click the link to check them out.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot


    After only 17 figures, Kenner had already figured out one of the whole keys of their long standing toy line success...the costume variant. Kids had to have a 2nd Luke in his snazzy orange flight suit. So today in Collect All 92 we give you, Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot!

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Hasbro Celebration V Promotion


    A sticker promoting Hasbro's Celebration V Contest is appearing on Star Wars product, but beware! While the sticker says specially marked product will have a chance to win inside, people are reporting this sticker is turning up on items that have been out a year or longer. It's not known if/how your chance at winning could be inside something that old, and that this should apply to some newly stocked toys before July. Thanks to smashwitdaclub for supplying the scan of the sticker he found.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    New 2010 Product Images Surface


    Once again Gorkoracing over at Sandtroopers turned up a couple pretty interesting images of the Wal-Mart Jabba the Hutt w/Oola pack, and the rumored Tul Keska figure, exclusive to Toys R Us. Come share your thoughts with us in our Forums as this latest news gets dissected!

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! Walrus Man


    Walrus Man is the latest figure to be featured in our forums Collect All 92. Try saying that 5 times fast!

    Sunday, May 9, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    EU Wave on ToysRUs.com


    Having trouble finding the EU Wave locally? ToysRUs.com has them posted (scroll down about half way) for $7.49 each. A little more money, but you avoid driving around. Thanks to evilanimation for the tip!

    Saturday, May 8, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Wal-Mart Won't Be Ignored


    OK, so I was mistaken and Toys R Us is running $4.99 figures till July. Well Wal-Mart can't be left out then right? I see Jayson at Yakface noticed this as well, and basic figures at Wal-Mart stores have dropped to an impressively low $4.50. It's like 1995 all over again!

    Saturday, May 8, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Defender Wishlists 2010: A New Hope


    Unlike some other Johnny Come Latelies, for the last 7 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. 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, May 7, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    Defender Wishlists 2010: Revenge of the Sith


    After many years of winning the ROTS Wishlist polls, Hasbro is finally making a Senate Duel Palpatine. Proving our love for the evil Emperor shows no bounds, Office Duel Palpatine is out latest winner of the poll. Head on in to our forums for the rest of the top 10!

    Friday, May 7, 2010 | Scott Pearson

    UPDATE: Toys R Us Sale Winding Down


    The Expanded Universe wave sightings have been rampant, and even on sale, but those sales end soon. The wave keeps reappearing at stores which were cleared out just the day before though, so don't give up hope for finding a deal. They just showed locally for me even!

    UPDATE: Due to some misinformation on my part, the sales do NOT end as soon as I thought they did. Apologies for the confusion, however it's still probably a good idea to buy sooner rather than later. The end date for the $4.99 sale is said to be 7/3/10 so again, my apologies.

    Friday, May 7, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    K-Mart Exclusive Jodo Kast Figure


    Jayson at Yak Face posted a rumor in January, and Gorkoracing at Sandtroopers confirmed a new Jodo Kast with removable helmet with a snazzy picture last night! This figure appears that it will be a K-Mart exclusive, but no firm details on when its release are known yet.

    Thursday, May 6, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Star Wars Visions Update


    We've updated on the front page about the Star Wars Visions art book project, but Today's Update kind of tugs at the collector's heart a bit. Click through to check it out.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    New Dengar & 4-LOM Image


    A new image turned up of the Vintage Collection's Dengar and his bounty buddy 4-LOM. Both look like great figures but I think Dengar takes the cake for sure! Click the image and check them out.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Sales at Hasbro Toy Shop


    Curious what you can spend money on till the Vintage Collection starts later in the year? Well Hasbro Toy Shop has the answer with a number of Legacy and Clone Wars toys on sale. Figures for $4.99, Vehicles for $19.99, and more!

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Hasbro Transformers - Hall of Fame Voting


    Hasbro's Transformers team has announced their first Fan's Choice Hall of Fame vote. The team will announce one new nominee each day this week, and they're kicking off the event with probably one of the most popular robots from either side of Cybertron, Soundwave! Click the link for all the details on this feature.

    Monday, May 3, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    G.I. Joe Con 2010 Continues


    The coverage of G.I. Joe Con ran all weekend at Imperial Holocron.com, and April 30th was even declared G.I. Joe Day in Rhode Island! Click the link to check out tons of new coverage of the show from forumite efranks, including lots of 2010 G.I. Joe product images. Don't forget to jump into our Joe Defender Forums to post your thoughts on the show's highlights!

    Monday, May 3, 2010 | Jesse McCracken

    Collect All 92! Snaggletooth


    Collect All 92 continues with our third carded Cantina Monster. And also the first figure to ever be based on the dreaded Holiday Special! It's time for Snaggletooth!

    Sunday, May 2, 2010 | Scott Pearson

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