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July 2006


Rancho Obi-Wan #4


The Official Site updates today with video #4 in their series touring Steve Sansweet's collection at Rancho Obi-Wan. This week they're looking at his extensive Star Wars Art Collection with commentary from the super collector himself of course to guide the tour. Go check out the video now at the link if you're a Hyperspace member.

Monday, July 31, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Review: Garindan


We're back in action with a new review this week. I took the old magnifying glass this time to Garindan, everyone's favorite snitch. While this figure's articulation isn't quite perfect either, I have to admit that my opinion once I got this one changed dramatically. Check out the full review for all the juicy details Garindan holds!

Of course when you're finished reading, feel free to stop by our Reviews Forum and share your thoughts on this review with us, or create your own critiques on Hasbro's wares.

Monday, July 31, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

The Force Gets An Upgrade


They say Lucasarts is going to revolutionize the gaming world with their latest project. It's tentatively titled Force Unleashed, and the trailer can be downloaded for a first look. Click the image above for it.

Friday, July 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Insider 89 Arriving


The latest issue of Star Wars Insider is hitting mailboxes starting today. It's always a nice surprise when this just shows up out of the blue in my mailbox.

This issue has a focus article on Han Solo, the new Lego Star Wars game, and the less than stellar OT DVD's. In collectible news they take an in-depth look at Sideshow's Scum & Villainy figures, Gentle Giant's Rancor Statue, Master Replica's Studio Scale Falcon, Hasbro's Force Action Sabers and a good bit more. That's a lot of Comic-Con recapping in this issue!

Friday, July 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Shadow Stormtroopers Arrive


We've gotten word in here at JD from several forum members that the StarWarsShop exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper is on his way to your mailbox (if you got your orders in for him). Keep your eyes peeled for those mailer boxes!

Friday, July 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

12" Leia Boussh Details


Sideshow Toys has the details for the new 12" Leia as Boussh figure up. The pre-order is set for August 4th so it's a busy time for fans of Sideshow's remarkable 12" line.

Friday, July 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Vinyl TIE Pilot Pre-Order


Sideshow Toys has the pre-order up for their new TIE Pilot Vinyl Figure. Head over to get your order in now for this new line.

Friday, July 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

UPDATE:Sideshow Bib Coming Soon


Shown at Comic Con this past weekend, Bib Fortuna is set to be up for pre-order at Sideshow's website this Friday. So get ready for another frantic day of clicking and waiting thanks to the stellar new 12" line!

UPDATE:
The pre-order is up for Bib at Sideshow Collectibles. Head on over and get your orders in now.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Details of Medicom's Upcoming Releases


The Medicom Exhibition that recently completed in Japan gave us a glimpse into what the future will bring from the company. Thanks to the above pictures from a Japanese toy catalog, we now have more complete information on these upcoming releases!

Thursday, July 27, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 6 Answers


On July 7th, we sent our sixth batch of questions to Hasbro as part of the new weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New "Greatest Battles" Figures & Titanium Hitting Shelves

Several JD SoCal'ers, including myself, have stumbled upon the initial wave of the Episode III "Greatest Battles" figures on Walmart shelves over the past day. Included in the initial mix are ROTS re-releases of the 501st Clone, Tank Gunner, 3PO, Dooku, (blue) Royal Guard, Prego Padme, Emperor, Kit, and the Wookiee Warrior.

Also hitting store shelves this week has been the new 3" Titanium A-Wing (blue), Super Star Destroyer, and Sandcrawler. Not to mention the 6" Falcon, Vader's TIE and AT-AT have also been trickling out this month as well. So good luck on the hunt for all this loot!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | Matt Colman

JediDefender Custom Challenge Update


There is only one more week left in the current Monthly Customizing Challenge! To check out the progress for Month 15, UGP Security Forces, or to learn how you can participate in the Monthly Customizing Challenge, just head on into our forums!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro SDCC Panel Audio


Now available at the Official Site exclusively for Hyperspace members is an Audiocast of the 2006 Hasbro Panel at SDCC. Head on over and check it out to see if you can't find something you may have missed over the weekend!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

UPDATE: Pittsburgh Toy Show


The Pittsburgh area braces once again for the return of the Pittsburgh Toy, Comic, & Childhood Collectibles Show at the Monroeville Expo Mart. The show runs from July 29th to the 30th, and is conveniently located just East of downtown Pittsburgh.

UPDATE:
It isn't San Diego Comic-Con but it'll have to do! The Pittsburgh Toy Show is this weekend. If you're within driving distance it's certainly worth a trip out. This session for the show they will have Billy Dee Williams signing autographs as well, who is sure to be swarmed by fans. This is a great show for the folks back East though, so check it out if you have the chance.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

JD Chats with Hasbro at Comic Con...


JD had a chance to hang out with several Hasbro reps during SDCC, and picked their brain on a number of topics. So read on for info about your soon-to-be updated Cantina bars, the lack of playsets and the Cloud Car, the rumored Yavin wave, a scaled Grievous, Jango Snowtroopers, Concept Vaders, and more!

Sunday, July 23, 2006 | Matt Colman

UPDATE: Master Replicas Comic-Con Coverage


Our team at Comic-Con updated with the rest of the Master Replicas shots from Comic-Con. Check out our Comic-Con 2006 Coverage for this update plus some additions to other galleries.

Sunday, July 23, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Kubricks Pics


New shots of the Kubrick Biker Scout with Speederbike are here for your viewing. Read on to check them out.

Sunday, July 23, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Remainder of Cantina Bar Is On the Way!


Though Hasbro has privately confirmed this for the past year or two, they told me yesterday morning that the U-shaped portion of the Cantina bar is finally, officially, on the way as part of 2007's 30th Anniversary line next year, no doubt about it! They continued, "...and as for your next question, yes, if all goes as planned, you should be getting the Distillery portion of the bar as well, the following year, in 2008" (with a proud grin). So there ya' go, hopefully Wuher and our Cantina denizens, will be a happy and drunk bunch in the not-so-distant future!

Sunday, July 23, 2006 | Matt Colman

Hasbro Gallery Update


JediDefender.com continues its coverage of San Diego Comic-Con as the Hasbro Image Gallery gets an update tonight. Look for a number of new, clear, high-resolution shots from our team.

Saturday, July 22, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Comic Con '06 Star Wars Spectacular


The Official Site updates yet again with the details regarding the Star Wars Spectacular hosted by Steve Sansweet. Nothing major seems to have been revealed, other than the Cartoon in 2008 will take place during the Clone Wars after Anakin is made a Jedi Knight.

Europeans also can rejoice as an official SW Celebration will be taking place in London. There are also details about the Original DVD's, Star Wars at the Rose Bowl Parade and some Video Game news.

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Scott Pearson

Sculpting A Galaxy In-Depth


The Official Site updates with some of their con coverage again, this time looking at Lorne Peterson's Sculpting A Galaxy. This book is certainly high up there on my want list. Click the image to check out the story!

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Official Pictures of New Swag


The Official Site has uploaded pictures of all of the new figures shown during Hasbro's Q&A Session earlier today. This includes all of the "new" 3-3/4" figures set for later this year.

Also posted in the story is the great joke Hasbro pulled on everyone, saying that Yarna D'al Gargan and Willrow Hood were coming. This reporter found the "joke" not so funny.

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Scott Pearson

Republic Commando Set At StarWarsShop


And just like that, we bring you the news of the Republic Commando 7-pack, and StarWarsShop has them up for pre-order with a delivery date in January. Go to the link and get your pre-order in now.

UPDATE:
The Republic Commando set is also going to be available at Entertainment Earth, so if that's your etailer of choice, click the link and get your order in. The price on this set at both sites seems very reasonable.

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Update: Hasbro Q&A Images & Wrap-Up


The guys in San Diego are giving us the news straight from the source, at Hasbro's Q & A panel. There's a lot to digest here, so read on for the full story, and some of the first images.

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Fan Film Awards At Comic-Con


The Official Site updated with the winners of the Fan Film Awards out at Comic-Con. The film "Pitching Lucas" seemed to take the cake at the show not just for the Audience Choice, but also the George Lucas Selects category.

To watch all the films, head on over to AtomFilms.com and enjoy.

Friday, July 21, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Impresses at Comic Con


JD's roving photographer Jared has just uploaded a great collection of images of product being presented by Gentle Giant in San Diego. Click through to see a number of items not previously seen, such as an animated C-3PO and Jawa maquette and a Slave Leia statue!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Droids For Sale


The folks at Sideshow's booth have a photo opportunity for the people out at Comic-Con, but did you know those Droids are also for sale? That's right, the 1:1 scale C-3PO and R2-D2 that people are taking photos with are going to also be sold through Sideshow's website.

Check out the Full Story at Sideshow Toys, and check out the images above to get a look at the droids you can now own for your very own. I bet many of us will have had cars that cost less than these two will!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Miniatures In Space


Hasbro.com updated amidst all the chaos of Comic-Con. They're showing off the new Miniatures Battles game we told you about first some months ago, Starship Battles. The game focuses on space combat with miniatures of varying size and scale. Read on for the details on this latest venture in the realm of mini.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow 12" Jabba and Friends at SDCC...


Sideshow's blowing away the competition for Star Wars collectors down at Comic Con this week, with the display of their amazing new 12" latex Jabba the Hutt, as well as several of his Palace denizens, among other things. If you missed it, the pre-order information for this "Scum and Villainy" line-up is several news posts down from this one. Click on the Sideshow button above to check out all the pictorial goodness of what 12" wares, busts, and statues Sideshow's got on tap for the near future...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Matt Colman

SDCC Exclusives Up


The Hasbro Exclusives at the Con are up for order, but sales will be surely going at a rapid pace. Get your orders in right away!

501st Imperial Stormtrooper
Gold Titanium TIE Advanced X1

UPDATE:
Stormtrooper is SOLD OUT! And I missed it too. However the gold TIE Advanced X1 is still available for order.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

More Hasbro At The Show


Our team updates with a plethora of new shots from Hasbro's booth during preview night. A big thumb's up to Jared for the nice "up-skirt" shots of Hasbro's hidden wares too! Read on for the tasty details on those.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow 12" Jabba's Palace


Sideshow Toys has gone off the deep end. Yes, that title is not a glitch with your monitor, Jabba's Palace, and Jabba himself, are up next from the new 12" Licensee. Read on for the details and pre-order information!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro's Vehicle Assortment


Nothing that we didn't know about already, but Hasbro has the following ships on display at their booth as well: Starfighters for Kit, Mace, and Vader, and repainted versions of the Hailfire Droid and Trade Fed Tank, along with the Endor AT-AT, Vader's TIE, Dagobah X-Wing, Zev's Snowspeeder, and the re-decoed (light grey, not white) TIE Fighter. Pics are up now, so check 'em out.

There also appear to be a couple larger ships still under wraps at Hasbro's booth right now. Sith Infiltrator, anyone...?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Matt Colman

Hasbro's Commemorative Tin Collection


Hasbro is putting out a new collection of Commemorative Tins for the 30th Anniversary line next year, including what appears (so far) to be one tin with two sets of two figures each, in the style of the old Vintage 2-pack cards, for all six movies in the Saga. Click through to the "Full Story" below for the breakdowns on the Prequel sets that we know about so far, all of which are just fancy rehashes. Jared just sent the pix in as well, so click the button above to go to our Hasbro photo archive (in progress). There's some nice detailed shots of the upcoming AT-AT pack-in Scouttrooper in there as well.

Also, regarding Hasbro's free Saga Collection figure poster, fans get to reach into a life-sized Gonk Droid to retrieve their freebie. Pretty cool! Now if only we can have the Gonk as a freebie...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Matt Colman

San Diego Comic Con Coverage Coming Soon!


Our intrepid photographer Jared is now on scene at Comic Con, so stay tuned for JD's photo coverage of all the exciting new Star Wars swag being shown down in San Diego tonight, and throughout the rest of the week. Word on the street is that another JD staffer, of the more obnoxious variety, will be arriving shortly thereafter, to harrass all the Hasbro reps on behalf of our JD members. So stick around for all the fireworks!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Matt Colman

Ralph McQuarrie's New Official Website...

JD pal Deanpaul sends word along that everyone's favorite Star Wars conceptual designer and artist, Ralph McQuarrie, has just launched a brand spankin' new "official" website, with all of his amazing work from Star Wars and elsewhere on it, including some never before seen images. Check it out right here! It appears that there's also the early makings of a McQuarrie eBay store as well. Now let's hope this will finally inspire Hasbro to pimp us a few more concept figures based on his early ANH designs...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Matt Colman

Huge Ambitions In Miniature


My buddy MikeW recently ran a Star Wars Miniatures Game of epic proportions at the Origins Gaming Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The game's goal? Recreate the Battle of Hoth in full detail using the a mix of the new Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Miniatures as well as to-scale vehicles, terrain, and even an Echo Base hangar setting as well as a full scale Ion Cannon.

You can check out Mike's amazing Gallery Of Images from the game to see just how big a miniatures game this turned out to be. Congratulations to the gang that put this together!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Those Lucky French (And Americans It Seems)


Subscribers to the French Star Wars Fan Club Lucasfilm Magazine get a nice surprise in their next issue. They’ll get an exclusive Saga Collection 2006 Checklist Poster displaying all the figures in the basic line up till the Endor and Naboo Waves. Click the image above to see a better look. Could this poster show up at Hasbro’s booth out at San Diego Comic-Con? US fans can only hope.

UPDATE:
It seems our guesses came true on this one. The Hasbro Star Wars site updated tonight with a look at their Comic-Con exclusives available at the show and online during the show. Not only that, it shows the French Fan Club poster is now a give-away at the con as well! Pretty sweet that we're not left out in the cold on this. Click the image above now for a larger view of the poster.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Essential Guide Final Look


The Official Site updated with the final look at the new Essential Guide to Alien Species book. You can look for this new edition out in the fall, and it should be the most complete guide to-date encompassing the entire film saga as well as the completed New Jedi Order series and other expanded universe materials.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

SideShow Pre-Con Page


Sideshow Toys have started some of their pre-Comic-Con coverage with just a little tease. Their 12" Star Wars figure line has been one of the hottest things to hit collecting in a while though, so check out the pre-coverage Right Here and get ready for a whole lot more. As always keep your eyes on JediDefender.com as our tribe pull in the news out in San Diego!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

2006 Comic-Con Insider's Guide


The Official Site has an Insider's Guide to Comic-Con just in time for the event itself. Highlighting the best in Star Wars events from the show, this is a little preview of what we have to look forward to in the coming days, so go check it out.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive


The gang at Action-Figure.com have an interesting story up about a new toyline from a new toy company. The first of this line will be exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con, and they're called Smart-Bombs.

Read the full article to get what the deal is with these, and other future endeavours by this budding toy company, and check out the thumb above for the Star Wars offering in this new line. Limited to 269 pieces, this one will give you some greys.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Tokyo International Toy Show 2006


A gallery of goodies from across the sea are up at HyperspaceJapan.com. New stuff from Kotobukiya, GentleGiant, Fine Molds, Medicom and more are up for your viewing. Check out the thumbnails above to visit the galleries.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Titanium Lava Vader


Rumored for a while, and now pictured, the guys over at 4-inches.de come up with first images again. I'm thinking one Lava Vader is enough for me though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant Qui-Gon Bust


Slave1.jp comes up big again with great shots of the new Gentle Giant Qui-Gon Jinn Mini-Bust. Click the thumbnail above to check out the gallery.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Lightsabers Now Spring Activated


For those kids, big and small, that like to relive the lightsaber battles from the saga, the only thing better than having your own saber is having one that extends its own blade. That day has come with the new spring-activated blades that are up for preorder at SWS.com -- you can choose from Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, or Obi-Wan Kenobi. They will ship in the new style of packaging as soon as September! Thanks to forum member Darth Jaxx for the heads up.

Monday, July 17, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Xbox 'Lego Star Wars II' ScreenCaps


The first Lego Star Wars video game was a surprise hit, but the sequel has high expectations from many for September. And so far, things are looking good based on the screencaps shown by 1up.com which show how you'll be able to relive the original trilogy Lego style! Click here to see some great images.

Monday, July 17, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Endor Wave Hitting Retail...

I came across the Endor wave tonight at two different Walmarts in the Los Angeles area, so apparently this wave is finally rolling out to retail. I didn't catch the specific case ratios, but saw nearly 20 of both C-3PO on Throne and Moff Jerjerrod, and about half that many of the Imperial Gunner, Chief Chirpa, and the Emperor, along with a bunch of Hoth R2-D2s, who's apparently along for the ride with the Endor gang as well... Happy hunting!

Sunday, July 16, 2006 | Matt Colman

Defender Wishlists 2006 Summary


With the San Diego Comic Con only days away, we have completed tallying the votes for your most wanted figures for 2007! Using the information listed in the Defender Wishlist thread, our staff will present the results to Hasbro at Comic Con so they can see what we the fans want. Many thanks go to all for participating and to Scott for organizing it.

Friday, July 14, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Mace Windu's Attack Battalion Packaging


One of the most anticipated Battle Packs can finally be seen in its packaged form! Many thanks go to 4inches.de for the images.

Friday, July 14, 2006 | Jesse Wall

400% Kubrick Vader Details


Thanks to the picture on the left supplied by forum member Sithbaker, we now have confirmation of the upcoming 400% Kubrick Darth Vader. As you can see, it will include the removable helmet detailing that we first saw with the 100% Vader Kubrick from Series 4 and was alluded to in the ad on the right.

Friday, July 14, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 5 Answers


On June 30th, we sent our fifth batch of questions to Hasbro as part of the new weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, July 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Dark Horse Adds Another to its Stable


Dark Horse is adding another Star Wars comic to its line, this one entitled "Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere". This comic will focus on the time just following Revenge of the Sith and even draw elements from the Dark Lord novel. It should be interesting to see Dark Horse expand on Darth Vader's rise to power...

Friday, July 14, 2006 | Jesse Wall

Sideshow Boba Fett Available for Preorder


Everyone's favourite Mandalorian has finally been immortalized by Sideshow Collectibles and now is your chance to preorder him! The Exclusive Edition of Boba Fett includes a "Mandalorian Artifact" which will be wall-mountable and around 7" in size. If you'd prefer, you can also order it with FLEX payments to make it a little easier to budget for. Either way, this one is just too good to pass on!

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse Wall

A New Look for 2007


The Official Site has revealed the new style for packaging of Star Wars products from Hasbro and Lego for next year. If you thought the ROTS action figure cards were different, you ain't seen nothin' yet! As you all know, the 30th Anniversary arrives next year; Lucas Licensing seems to be looking for a bold new style instead of the more subtle salute to the vintage line they used in 2006. Check out all the details at StarWars.com.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse Wall

New Secrets Of Star Wars '07


The official site continues to tease fans about what is doing for 2007 in the Star Wars universe. If you're a member of Hyperspace head on over to check out their latest Secrets of Star Wars '07 feature. This week's is especially interesting, as it shows that not all Jedi, even those we know from the big screen, may have met their demise during "Order 66". Very interesting news indeed.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Has The Exclusives


Hasbro's reminding people at their HasbroToyShop.com store that the exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con will be available for purchase on 7-20-06. Of course fans will want to be on the ball that day for the 501st Stormtrooper before it sells out.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Empire At War: Forces of Corruption Updates


GameSpot.com has some updates on the highly anticipated expansion game Empire At War: Forces of Corruption up on their site right now. First up is the Designer Diary #2 that looks at why this expansion is an improvement over the initial game's release overall from new units to new tactics. Also at Gamespot is their Updated Impressions, which takes a closer look at gaming improvements, story details, and the game's underworld elements. Check out both updates to this highly anticipated expansion!

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Gentle Giant Wares


The gang at mousedroid.com have come up with images of new Gentle Giant items. Click the images above to head on over and check out the new General Kenobi statue from the Clone Wars, and the new Plo Koon Bust.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Demise of General Grievous Give-Away Winner


Congratulations go out to forum member Darth Broem for winning the Demise of General Grievous Give-Away here at JediDefender.com. As always we thank all those who entered, and keep your eyes peeled for our next give-away soon!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Kenner Employees: Where Are They Now?

My good friend efranks tipped me off to this interesting article in a Cincinnati Newspaper. The article isn't about Star Wars per se, but it does feature where a number of the axed Kenner/Hasbro employees (some who worked as far back as the original vintage line) are working today in the action figure industry. It seems many have found a home working on the latest Pirates of the Carribean film's action figure line!

You can read the full article Right Here. It's a fairly interesting article and gives some insight into the toy industry at the same time, as well as insight into some of the talented minds from the Star Wars golden years.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Kit's Ride Gets Pimped


The online shop Toyzandgamez.com have surfaced early images of the Kit Fisto Jedi Starfighter. It seems old Kit kicks it old school with the Episode II style Jedi Fighter ala Plo Koon. Click the image for a larger view and if you're in the buying mood you can even pre-order.

You'll find this ship at Target here in the states, so hop over to our forum thread for Target DPCI's to see this ship's number as well as other Target items you can look up on your toy runs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Fan's Choice Is....


The votes are in, and since the magazine is surfacing it seems the winner of Fan's Choice 2006 is the talk of the Star Wars Community right now. Read on to see who makes the cut.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Comic-Con Schedule Up


The Complete Schedule of Events at this year's San Diego Comic-Con have been posted. Of course the JD team will be "in the field" for all the latest and greatest from the LFL Licensees. Stay tuned, and be envious of those getting to attend!

Monday, July 10, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Vintage George Lucas Stormtrooper Figure Arriving

JD forum member Ook has reported receiving his Vintage George Lucas as Stormtrooper figures in the mail today (he's in SoCal, and sent away back on May 1st). They're arriving in white mailer boxes, similar to the Early Bird kits from last year, so keep an eye on your mail boxes for those of you who have expeditiously sent your offers in... Click the link above for a shot of Ook's loot!

Monday, July 10, 2006 | Matt Colman

Sith Takes A Backseat

Well it was fun while it lasted I guess. Revenge of the Sith, last year's grand Star Wars finale, got bumped in one-day total take at the box office according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. What could possibly have caused this? None other than Pirates of the Carribean 2: Dead Man's Chest, which also managed to sneak past ROTS for the largest 3-day opening total as well. Oh well, at least it was a decent film that took the top spot!

Monday, July 10, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Hallmark Ornaments 2006


The new Star Wars (and other collectable) Hallmark Ornaments for 2006 have been put up for order and should be surfacing at your nearest Hallmark store soon too. Read on for images and the full story.

Monday, July 10, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Episode III Giftpack Images


JediDefender.com has more new images of upcoming product. This time we are bringing you boxed front and back shots of the upcoming Episode III Gift Pack with Exclusive Silver R2-D2 Figure. Read on for the full story.

Sunday, July 9, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Those Lucky French


Subscribers to the French Star Wars Fan Club Lucasfilm Magazine get a nice surprise in their next issue. They’ll get an exclusive Saga Collection 2006 Checklist Poster displaying all the figures in the basic line up till the Endor and Naboo Waves. Click the image above to see a better look. Could this poster show up at Hasbro’s booth out at San Diego Comic-Con? US fans can only hope.

Saturday, July 8, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Vehicles Landing

Forumite Darth Anton lets the folks here at JediDefender.com know that he recently picked up some of the new repaint fighters while on a trip east. Seems that he found Vader's Fighter and the new purple Mace Windu's Jedi Fighter. Nice score on those, and time to keep our eyes peeled on the shelves for more goodies.

Update:
Forumite Bob Dylan Star Wars Fan also spotted these ships in Minnesota recently, and our friends at Galactichunter.com are reporting that they spotted the Endor Wave as well as the new fighters. Looks like it's a busy week at retail!

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Republic Commando Maquette


StarWarsShop.com is offering up a twist on their exclusive Republic Clone Commando Maquette. The original version was released in limited quantities in a bronze finish but now a fully painted version, limited to only 500 pieces, is available for $299.99.

Click the thumbnail above to check out the piece, and head on over to StarWarsShop.com to order yours now.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New AT-AT Boxed Images Abound


While it's been shown already, the AT-AT's packaged shots have been a bit fuzzy so far. We've got a gallery of some spick and span clear shots showing the new Endor AT-AT in all its glory, as well as a nice close-up of the pack-in figures for your viewing pleasure. Fans will have to wait for that Rebel in Scout disguise though. Read on for the full story.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Next 12" Collection From SideShow


So you want 12" figure GREATNESS out of the new line? Well Sideshow Collectibles is about to delve into the seedier side of Star Wars with their new "Scum & Villainy collection of 12" figures. Check out the full story and get ready for your wallets to thin out again.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Toy Fare Inbound With Info


With issue #109 of Toy Fare magazine just around the bend for subscribers, Star Wars fans are anxiously anticipating news on the latest Fan's Choice poll run by the magazine. Will it be good news for you, or will your choice lose out? Only time will tell, but visit our friends at The Jawa.com, as they seem to have some inside hints that sounds as though fans of film figures won't be happy while fans of Expanded Universe may have reason to cheer. Either way, we will know very soon which figure(s) Hasbro will be dishing our way from the poll!

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Premium Format Fett


Sideshow Toys brings joy to many-a-fan with the announcement of their latest Premium Format figure. These high-end figures have proven to be some desireable pieces in any collection, and who could be more in-demand already than Boba Fett. Click the image above to check out the sneak preview, and make sure to visit Sideshow Toys for the latest news on this piece.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Unleashed Exclusives


New images of the Target Exclusive Unleashed Figures have surfaced in the spiffy new tube-shaped packaging.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Visit To Rancho Obi-Wan Part 3


The official site updated again with part 3 of the ongoing Visit to Rancho Obi-Wan series. Feel free to click on through to see Steven Sansweet's extensive collection of Star Wars games in this edition, but remember you have to be a Hyperspace Member to see the series. It's definitely been one of the more beneficial exclusives for being a fan club member though, I must say.

Friday, July 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

ToysRUs.com Is Live


Toy retailer Toys R Us was in a nasty battle with their online sales partner Amazon.com and recently won a split with them in court. As such it is definitely of interest to Star Wars collectors to know that the new ToysRUs.com website is up and running. Yet another site to bookmark it seems, and hopefully find some nice prices in the future too.

Thursday, July 6, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Unleashed News In All Sizes


The UK website The Mandalorian District has some nice new images up of the 2 upcoming 6" Unleashed figures in the new "tube style" packaging, ala the Best Buy Darth Vader figure last year. Also make sure and check out their package sample for the next wave of Unleashed 2" figures, depicting an "Order 66" wave including Anakin/Palpatine, 501st Legion Troops, 41st Legion Troops, and Mace Windu's Jedi Team.

Thursday, July 6, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Review: R5-D4


Hasbro makes many-a-collector giddy with their latest resculpt. This one's been on the fan radar since it was first released and everyone scratched their head at just why this figure would have a rocket firing out of its body. I speak of none other than R5-D4. But does Hasbro deliver the goods with this little astromech? Check out the full review, but I think most of you will like what you see despite a few shortcomings.

Of course when you're finished reading, feel free to stop by our Reviews Forum and share your thoughts on this review with us, or create your own critiques on Hasbro's wares.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Give-Away - Demise of Grievous


Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter our latest Give-Away! JediDefender.com is giving you the chance to win the Target exclusive Demise of Grievous premium figure from the 2006 Saga Collection! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Return of the Pittsburgh Toy Show


The Pittsburgh area braces once again for the return of the Pittsburgh Toy, Comic, & Childhood Collectibles Show at the Monroeville Expo Mart. The show runs from July 29th to the 30th, and is conveniently located just East of downtown Pittsburgh.

This year the show steps it up a notch for Star Wars fans with the original intergalactic pimp, Billy Dee Williams. Everyone's favorite scoundrel will be live signing autographs at the show for the first time in Pittsburgh. The show usually draws a lot of Star Wars both old and new. You can also get snapshots with the local 501st Legion members in costume, and yours truly will be among the crowds opening day as well.

Monday, July 3, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

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