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August 2006


Sideshow Reveals 12" Plo Koon


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio is available for your listening pleasure! Head on over and download the enhanced podcast today to hear the early details on the next Sideshow 12" figure - Jedi Master Plo Koon!

Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Bounty Hunters Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up their fourth preview of the upcoming Bounty Hunters expansion set with a look at two more figures - Mandalore the Indomitable and a Mandalorian Warrior! Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Unproduced Empire Micro Collection Line


The Official Site has posted the latest edition of Kessel Mines. This edition of the Hyperspace exclusive article series features unproduced Kenner Micro Collection items from The Empire Strikes Back and was written by super-collector Gus Lopez!

Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Road Trip: Seattle Snapshots


Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Wicket the Ewok are on a multi-city road trip to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars DVDs. The latest stop on the tour brought the trio to Seattle! Head on over to StarWars.com for some snapshots of their trip to the Emerald City!

Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Mace Windu Now Shipping


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the 12" Mace Windu figure has arrived arrive in their warehouse and orders are now being processed and shipped! If you've got Mace pre-ordered, keep an eye on that mailbox!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

1980: The Empire Theatrical Experience


The Official Site also updates tonight with another trip back to 1980! Head on over and take a look back at the marketing frenzy that surrounded the theatrical release of The Empire Strikes Back!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Tracing Star Wars: Bloodlines


StarWars.com has posted a great new interview with Karen Traviss, author of the new Star Wars novel Bloodlines. The book, which debuted in paperback today, is the second in the Legacy of the Force series. Head on over for the story behind the story!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

DVD Menus for The Empire Strikes Back


The Official Site has updated tonight with another look at the disc menus created for the bonus discs bundled with the Original Trilogy DVD singles being released on September 12th. This week, check out the menus created for the "original" version of The Empire Strikes Back!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Fall Product Update


Hasbro has updated their website today with more details on a number of products that debuted at SDCC this summer! Head on over for some new pictures of the upcoming Original Trilogy Tin Sets, the Darth Vader Sith Starfighter, and the new Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

First Look - Star Wars: Exile


Author Aaron Allston is set to pen Exile, the fourth book in the Legacy of the Force series. The book isn't scheduled to hit bookstores until March 2007, but you can head on over to StarWars.com for a first look at the cover art.

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Highlights of Life in 1980


The Official Site updates tonight with a trip back to 1980! Head on over and take a look back at some of the highlights and events of the year that gave us The Empire Strikes Back!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop on Wednesday is the new Dark Empire II trade paperback. This second edition trade collects issues #1-#6 of the classic Dark Empire II series and also contains the long out-of-print and highly sought after Empire's End as well!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Road Trip: Weekend Snapshots


Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Wicket the Ewok are on a multi-city road trip to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars DVDs. This weekend brought them to three more stops - Charlotte, Columbus, and Portland! Head on over to StarWars.com for some snapshots of their weekend activities!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #89


Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars Insider Online Supplement. This edition features Star Wars Insider #89, which shipped to Hyperspace Fan Club subscribers earlier this month. Head on over to the Official Site to check it out!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Natalie Portman to Auction Signed Collectibles UPDATE


This Sunday, the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation will be auctioning off a handful of Star Wars collectibles donated and personally signed by Natalie Portman. The auction will launch immediately following the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards, so be sure to check it out!

UPDATE: The auctions are now underway at the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation website!

Monday, August 28, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

SW.com Continues the Time Travel


In anticipation of the September 12th release of the Original Trilogy on DVD and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy videogame, StarWars.com is turning back the clock! Starting tomorrow, look for special features and lots of new Original Trilogy content devoted to 1980's The Empire Strikes Back!

Sunday, August 27, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

ToysRUs.com = Collector-Friendly


There was an interesting article in Toy Shop magazine pertaining to ToysRUs.com and their recent split with Amazon. Read on for the potential positives for Star Wars fans.

Sunday, August 27, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Episode IV: What's Changed Since 1977?


The Official Site has posted shot-by-shot comparisons to show all of the visual differences between the original 1977 version of Star Wars and the 2004 DVD version. Head on over for the complete list of changes and test your OT knowledge!

Saturday, August 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 9 Answers


On August 11th, we sent our ninth 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, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Naboo Wave Photos


Sure, 2006 is going to end with a pile of repaints and repacks, but there's still one more wave left with new figure sculpts - The Naboo Wave. Click on through for a closer look at loose samples of four of those new figures!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

More Star Wars DVDs in 2007?


TheDigitalBits.com has updated their Rumor Mill section with news that an ultimate 30th Anniversary DVD box set featuring all six Star Wars films is currently planned for 2007. Nothing is officialy confirmed of course, but head on over for all the juicy rumor details!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Mara Jade Mini-Bust Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the GenCon exclusive Mara Jade Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant. No news yet on when the convention left-overs will be offered to the GG Collector Club members, but we'll have the details when the announcement is made!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Ollie's Racking Up Overstock


They're not the most common outlet in the U.S. but the Ollie's outlet stores are coming up with some stunning Star Wars deals. They're mostly in the Eastern part of the U.S. though so for once there's something good happening out here.

A short list of items being found at these stores includes 12" OTC figures, 12" Endor Hasbro figures, and even Imperial Shuttles for $39. Keep your eyes peeled on these little stores if you have one in your area.

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

WOTC Bounty Hunters Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up their third preview of the upcoming Bounty Hunters expansion set with a look at two more figures - IG-88 and Dark Hellion Swoop Gang Member! Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Natalie Portman to Auction Signed Collectibles


This Sunday, the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation will be auctioning off a handful of Star Wars collectibles donated and personally signed by Natalie Portman. The auction will launch immediately following the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards, so be sure to check it out!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

More Wall-to-Wall Star Wars


The Official Site updates with news from ID-Wall.com, makers of Star Wars wallcoverings and canvas prints. The UK company has just revealed their second series of Star Wars Giclée canvas fine art prints, which include the Vader/Obi-Wan duel from A New Hope, the probot on Hoth, and much more.

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New JD Feature - Kubrick Series 6


As many here at JediDefender will attest, one of the best things to hit Star Wars collecting in the last few years has been the ever expanding line of Star Wars Kubricks from Medicom of Japan. Check out our new Kubrick Series 6 feature for a closer look at the latest batch figures!

Friday, August 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Imperial Box Set Pre-Order at EE


EntertainmentEarth is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Previews exclusive Imperial Death Star Briefing Action Figure Set! This 7-pack of Imperial Officers was announced at SDCC and features a combo of new figures, repaints, and repacks! Thanks to forum member Jediknight760071 for the tip.

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shooting Star Wars Backstage in 1976


Hyperspace members can check out a new feature on the "behind the scenes" Star Wars footage shot by Mike Dodd at Elstree and Shepperton Studios in 1976. Head on over to StarWars.com to check it out!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Road Trip: Snapshots from Louisville


Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Wicket the Ewok are on their multi-city road trip to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars DVDs. The second stop on the road was Louisville on Thursday, August 24th. Head on over to the Official Site for some snapshots of their visit to the Kentucky State Fair!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Crimson Empire 2-Pack Update


EntertainmentEarth has updated their exclusive Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax 2-Pack pre-order page with a new carded photo. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the Star Wars Comic Packs packaging!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Playskool Items at HasbroToyShop


Over at HasbroToyShop.com, you'll find all four sets from the latest wave of Galactic Heroes 2-Packs back in-stock! While you're there, why not pick up an Artoo-Potatoo too? Thanks to forum member DaBigKahuna for the tip!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

First Look at Ilum Padme


For the first time ever, Sideshow Collectibles is giving us a behind the scenes look at the development of a 12" figure! Click on over and check out the first look at Ilum Padme, the winner of the first Star Wars EU character poll at Sideshow!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

1977: The Star Wars Theatrical Experience


StarWars.com updates tonight with a trip back to 1977! Head on over and take a look back at the frenzy surrounding the film that started it all, Star Wars!

Thursday, August 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Road Trip: Snapshots from Miami


Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Wicket the Ewok are on a multi-city road trip to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars DVDs. The first stop on the road was Miami on Monday, August 22. Head on over to the Official Site for some snapshots of their visit to sunny Florida!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

RAH Clone Trooper Update


Another Medicom website update today offers official details on the upcoming Real Action Hero Clone Trooper from Revenge of the Sith. You can expect to see this Clone in January with a 17,640 Yen retail price. Once again, there is no official word on pre-orders yet, but these should be available in the USA from Sideshow Collectibles thanks to their distribution agreement with Medicom!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

VCD Yoda Update


Medicom has updated their website today with the official details on the upcoming VCD Yoda that debuted at the Parco show this summer. You can expect to see Yoda join the line in December with a 7,140 Yen retail price. No official word on pre-orders yet, but Yoda should be available in the USA from Sideshow Collectibles thanks to their distribution agreement with Medicom!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


It's been a slow month for Star Wars comics, but that's about to change! Arriving at your local comic book shop today is Clone Wars Adventures Vol.6 featuring four tales from the Clone Wars era!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Code 3 Vader’s TIE Fighter - $99.99 with FREE Shipping


The Dubbs Shop, which specializes in high-end, limited edition collectibles, is offering a special sale that’s exclusive to JediDefender readers. Get the new Code 3 die-cast metal Darth Vader TIE Fighter for only $99.99 with FREE shipping anywhere in the United States. Limited to just 5,000 pieces, this replica was molded based on the original model from Lucasfilm and includes a custom-designed display base, stand and nameplate.

The Dubbs Shop website is still under development, so in order to take advantage of this special offer, e-mail them at lecollectibles@comcast.net with the subject heading “TIE Fighter at JediDefender.” Include your name, shipping address, and desired quantity. You will then receive payment instructions. They are currently set up to accept credit card payments via PayPal, as well as money orders or personal checks. Contact them for all the details, and don’t forget to check out their new Web site – www.LimitedEditionCollectibles.com – when it launches soon!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Chris Berry

Stephen Colbert Jedi Video Edit Contest


Earlier in the month we reported on Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, after he put Star Wars on notice. Colbert has Star Wars in his sights again. During Tuesday’s episode he aired a clip of himself fighting an imaginary space monster, with a lightsaber, in front of a green-screen. Darth Maul had better watch himself, Steven Colbert knows how to handle a lightsaber. Following the airing of the bit, Colbert announced a video editing contest revolving around the clip. At this point it is unknown whether or not the winner will actually receive any sort of prize, but knowing Colbert, they will probably get a little something.

Check out the video clip and the rest of the contest details at ColbertNation.com. The Colbert Report airs Monday-Thursday nights at 11:30p / 10:30c on Comedy Central.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Boba Fett Blaster Scaled Replica


Attention fans of Master Replicas' scaled replicas line! Pre-orders for the Boba Fett Blaster scaled replica start tomorrow (August 23rd) at 9:00am Pacific for Collector Society Members. Pre-orders for the general public start Thursday (August 24th) at 9:00am Pacific. The blaster will go for $45 and is expected to ship this winter.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

ROTS Clone Trooper Mini-Bust Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the new Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant. Prepare to build those Clone Armies as these are currently shipping from a number of retailers!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Bonus DVD Menus - A New Hope


StarWars.com has updated tonight with a look at the disc menus created for the bonus discs bundled with the Original Trilogy DVD singles being released on September 12th. No matter which side of the anamorphic debate you're on, it's still worth checking out.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

More Titanium Pre-Orders at EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for the next wave of 3" scale ships! Wave 13 (due in November) features repaints of the X-Wing, Slave I, Imperial Star Destroyer, and the ARC-170.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO Star Wars II Update


The Official Site updates with another new feature on the upcoming LEGO Star Wars II:The Original Trilogy video game. Head on over and learn what makes this game so darn fun!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Bespin Han Now Shipping


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the 12" Bespin Han Solo figure has arrived arrive in their warehouse and orders are now being processed and shipped! If you've got Han pre-ordered, keep an eye on that inbox for your shipping notice!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Saga Figure Sale at TRU


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know about a great sale on figures at Toys R Us. This week, the Episode 3 Heroes and Villains and Greatest Battles figures are on sale for $5.99, saving you $1 each over the regular price ($6.99).

Monday, August 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

SW.com Prepares for the Big Day


In anticipation of the September 12th release of the Original Trilogy on DVD and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy videogame, StarWars.com is turning back the clock! Starting next week, look for special features and lots of new Original Trilogy content devoted to 1977's Star Wars, before it was known as A New Hope, with the following weeks devoted to Empire and Jedi.

Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Pictures Surface of Medicom's VCD TIE Fighter Pilot


Our friend Boba from Slave1.jp has posted pictures of Medicom's newest Vinyl Collectible Doll, the TIE Fighter Pilot. The first 500 pieces (out of 2006 total) were released at the Wonderfest show this weekend in Japan. Click on the thumbnail above to head on over and check them out!

Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

TRU Exclusive TIE Fighter Found


A few of our West Coast readers have e-mailed to let us know that they found the new Toys R Us Exclusive Saga TIE Fighter this weekend. This exclusive ship is basically just a repaint of last year's Target exclusive TIE Fighter, complete with the larger scaled wings. Might be time to check your local TRU, and don't forget to watch for those Endor AT-ATs and Dagobah X-Wings too!

Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Imperial Briefing Room Pre-Order at BBTS


BigBadToyStore is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Previews exclusive Imperial Briefing Room Exclusive Boxed Set! This 7-pack of Imperial Officers was announced at SDCC and features 5 new figures!

Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New GG Mini-Bust Pre-Orders at EE


Yeah, even more new items up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth. This time, it's the next two pieces in Gentle Giant's highly popular Mini-Bust line - Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and Jango Fett. Both Mini-Busts aren't expected until next spring, but it can't hurt to get those pre-orders in now!

Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New GG Maquette Pre-Orders at EE


Also up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth are the next two pieces in Gentle Giant's Animated Maquette series - Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot) and C-3PO with Jawa. These maquettes have been a huge hit with collectors, so be sure to grab your while you can!

Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New GG Statue Pre-Order at EE


New at EntertainmentEarth is the Han Solo on Tauntaun Statue from Gentle Giant. This fantastic rendition of the Hoth beast of burden stands 13-inches tall and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Pre-order today for a March 2007 delivery!

Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? Weeks 1 - 8 Recap


Due to a holiday-shortened work week for our friends at Hasbro, the Star Wars Weekly Q&A feature will be on hiatus this week. Since there are no new answers to review, it’s the perfect time to check out The Categorized Hasbro Q&A Archive! This massive archive, maintained by forum member Matthew, features nearly all of the Hasbro questions answered from weeks 1 through 8. Head on in and marvel at how many repeat questions there have been!

Friday, August 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Radio Update


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio features a first look at the early prototype head sculpt for the Fan Choice 12" Snowbunny Padme figure! Head on over and download the podcast today for your sneak peek!

Friday, August 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Edition Sizes Set


Sideshow Collectibles has set the edition sizes on the regular editions of their 12" Darth Maul figure and Sith Probe Droids expansion pack. Maul will weigh in at a hefty 9000 pieces, while the Probe Droids will be limited to 4000 pieces.

Friday, August 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Target Unleashed Arrive


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found the new Target Exclusive 7" Unleashed figures (DPCI# 087-06-0963) - Boba Fett and General Grievous! With the new packaging and exclusivity, expect to see a bit of a price hike as these are now retailing around $20 each.

Friday, August 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant updates their blog tonight with some shipping news. Shipping out to distributors and retailers this week are the Bounty Hunters Bust-Ups Box Set and the trio of Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper Mini-Busts! If you've got these pre-ordered, they should be headed your way soon!

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance Announced


Ubisoft announced today the launch of a brand new Star Wars video game,
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance! The action-adventure game is set for a worldwide launch in December 2006 for both the PSP and Nintendo DS.

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Bounty Hunters Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up their second preview of the upcoming Bounty Hunters expansion set with a look at two more figures - Basilisk War Droid and Quarren Bounty Hunter! Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Pre-Orders at EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth has pre-orders up for the next two waves of 3" scale ships!

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Says Any 5 Will Do UPDATE


Hasbro has updated their website to announce a change in the redemption policy for the George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise figure offer.

UPDATE: Hasbro has passed along a change in the requirements for the Lucas redemption certificate as well.

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Hem Dazon


We're going to polish off the "Tatooine Wave" this week when we take an in-depth look at Hem Dazon. This is a Cantina Alien that has been high on my want list for a while and I'm sure he's made many of your lists too for some years. He is the first alien we see from the Cantina afterall... but is he worth picking up? Hasbro has a chance at greatness with this one, so check out my review for how close they came.

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.

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

WOTC Miniatures Update


Think you know everything about the Bounty Hunters expansion set? Dying for some tidbits about what's next in the world of Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Miniatures? Then head on over to check out the latest SW.com blog entry from freelance game designer Sterling Hershey. There you'll find a pile of info on the upcoming Starship Battles and Empire and Alliance expansions!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Damaged Evolution Update Autograph Cards


Topps has asked us to pass along some info to folks out there who may have received Star Wars Evolution Update autograph cards that were damaged while being inserted into packs.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

FX RotS Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber Shipping


Obi-Wan Kenobi's Revenge of the Sith FX Lightsaber is now shipping from from Master Replicas! A few lucky folks have already reported receiving theirs, so if you've got this one pre-ordered be sure to watch for the mail carrier!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Kotobukiya Slave Leia Images


Our friends at Slave1.jp have posted an image gallery of the new Slave Leia from Kotobukiya. Head on over and have a gander at yet another fantastic vinyl piece from Japan!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Shipping Update


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the 12" Qui-Gon Jinn figure is due to arrive in their warehouse in the next 20-25 days, so look for this one to ship sometime in September!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

ACME Dooku Character Key


The folks at Sideshow Collectibles have announced the pre-order date for the first ACME Character Key to be released via Sideshow - Count Dooku. This exclusive Key will be limited to 1250 pieces worldwide and will go up for priority pre-order on Thursday, August 17th.

Monday, August 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Dark Horse Comics for November 2006


The Official Site updates tonight with a run-down on the upcoming Dark Horse comics for November 2006. Head on over for all the details on your favorite Star Wars comics!

Monday, August 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Damned Pirates!


Revenge of the Sith's time in the number seven spot all time for domestic box office earnings has come to an end. With $16,495,896 in ticket sales last week Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is now up to a $385,193,854 total gross, which bumps it past Revenge of the Sith by $12,129,423 into the number seven spot all-time.

Thanks to Box Office MoJo for the statistics!

Monday, August 14, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

WOTC Bounty Hunters Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up the first official preview of two figures from the upcoming Bounty Hunters expansion - Bossk and Mistryl Shadow Guard. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Sunday, August 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 8 Answers


On August 4th, we sent our eighth 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, August 11, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Says Any 5 Will Do


Hasbro has updated their website today to announce a change in the redemption policy for the George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise figure offer.

Friday, August 11, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO UCS Vader's TIE Advanced


Thanks to Target.com, we've got our first look at the next set in LEGO's Ultimate Collector Series - Vader's TIE Advanced. The set isn't in-stock yet, but it is expected to arrive this fall!

Friday, August 11, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Colbert Puts Star Wars On Notice


Comedy Central's Colbert Report had some pretty funny Star Wars spoofing on tonight's show. The fun stuff (for us nerds) came during Mr. Colbert's "Better Know A District" segment, this time looking at the district Skywalker Ranch is in.

The show re-airs at 8:30 a.m., and 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time incase you missed tonight's 11:00 p.m. show. The show's always worth a great laugh, but tonight's was a little special just for the small Star Wars cracks.

Friday, August 11, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Post-SDCC Update


Hasbro updates their website today with a post-SDCC recap of the upcoming Battle Packs, Prequel Tin 4-packs, and Unleashed Battle Packs. Nothing we haven't already seen, but nice to get some official confirmation and dates associated with these items.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Shipping Update


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that both the 12" Obi-Wan Kenobi figure and the 12" Mace Windu figure are due to arrive in their warehouse soon! Look for Obi-Wan to start shipping in the next 18-20 days and Mace to start shipping in the next 20-25 days.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

TF Falcon with Titanium Bonus


Titanium fans take note - an upcoming packaging variant of the Star Wars Transformers Deluxe Millennium Falcon includes two exclusive gold Titanium ships - a TIE Fighter and the Millennium Falcon! No solid details on where this one will surface yet, but we'll keep you posted!

Thursday, August 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO Star Wars II Site Launches


With less than a month until the release of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, fans can download a demo of the game, watch a trailer, and mix and match their favorite characters at the game's brand new website! Head on over and check out all the latest news and previews on this upcoming LEGO adventure!

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

TRU Exclusive Dagobah X-Wing Found


Keep your eyes peeled on Toys'R'Us for the exclusive Dagobah X-Wing, as it has apparently been sighted in Arizona this evening. Thanks to forum member MetalJedi for the tip!

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

New Battle Packs - Update


As promised the other day, here's a look at the upcoming Jedi vs. Darth Sidious Battle Pack. Look for these Battle Packs sometime this fall.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars - Shortened!


In celebration of the Sky Movies airing of the Star Wars saga this summer, Sky has commissioned a comedic performance of all six films in just 20 minutes called Star Wars - Shortened ! Head on over to the Official Site for all the details on where and when you can catch this show.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Comic-Con 2006 Chat Log


1:4 Premium Format Troopers on the way? 12" Snowbunny Padme update?
Want some more teases about upcoming Sideshow Collectibles products?
Then head on over and check out the Sideshow Comic-Con 2006 Chat Log to find out what Brant Bridges, Sideshow’s Operations Manager, had to say when he answered on-line questions live from SDCC!

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Sandtrooper


The reviews keep moving ahead this week as we look closely at one of this year's hottest army builder figures. Could it be the articulation? The accessories? Whatever your tastes, the Sandtrooper seems to be a hit at retail and rightly so. This figure has it all and then some, so you may have to sit down while you read on for this one.

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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Building Felucia


The Official Site updates tonight with a new feature on the planet Felucia from Revenge of the Sith. Go behind the scenes and discover the inspiration behind the art, animatics, models, and animation of the site of Aayla Secura's demise!

Monday, August 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Star Wars Miniatures


We first told you about this particular miniature months ago and now Wizards of the Coast has showed off the first of the new Bounty Hunters series of miniatures. The AT-AT can now squish squadrons of Rebel Snowspeeders!

The piece will be an "uncommon" so building up a sizeable force shouldn't be too hard for those wanting to use perhaps the older style rules of the miniatures game.

Monday, August 7, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

JD Welcomes A New Staff Member!

We at JediDefender are proud to announce the addition of Ryan (Sith Lord Chaos) to our staff! Most of you know Ryan already, he's been a member of our community for quite some time. We hope you all join us in welcoming him to the News Reporting team!

Sunday, August 6, 2006 | Brad Smith

New Battle Packs


This fall will bring an assortment of three new battle packs from Hasbro. We've got boxed pics of the first two sets - Sith Lord Attack, which features 5 repacks from Episode 1, and Battle Above the Sarlaac, which features 5 repacks from Return of the Jedi. Look for pictures of the third set, Jedi vs. Darth Sidious, soon!

Sunday, August 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Ultimate Group Project


For the past month and a half or so, the customizers here at JediDefender have been brainstorming on a new type of Group Project. The plan is to create an ENTIRE STAR WARS WORLD and then to display it at Celebration IV. As of right now this Ultimate Group Project is still in the planning stages, so it is not too late to join in on the fun. Even if you feel you can’t customize, there are still plenty of other ways you can contribute. Click on the thumbnail above to learn more the UGP in our Custom forums!

Saturday, August 5, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Saga Wave 8 for Pre-Order at EE


The repaint and repack loaded Saga Wave 8 is now up for pre-order at EntertainmentEarth. An assortment full of Clones and Droids, it's one you Army Builders won't want to miss. Head on over and grab yours today!

Saturday, August 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 7 Answers


On July 28th, we sent our seventh 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, August 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Summertime Road Trip


The Official Site updates with news of a Star Wars Summertime Road Trip! From August 22 to September 11, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Wicket will visit 11 cities throughout the USA to meet fans, see the sights, and celebrate the September 12th Star Wars releases. Head on over for all the details!

Friday, August 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

2006 ToyFare Fan Choice Poll -The Results


ToyFare has posted a great article that reveals the final results from the 2006 Fan Choice Poll! How did your favorite character fare?

Friday, August 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

SDCC 501st Stormtrooper Back In-Stock


The 2006 SDCC exclusive 501st Stormtrooper is once again in-stock at HasbroToyShop! Head on over and grab yours before they sell out again!

UPDATE:
Using the code COMIC2006 should save you an extra 10% on your puchase too. Thanks to our good friend efranks for that tip.

Thursday, August 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Artist Series: Jason Felix


The Official Site updates tonight with the latest entry in the Star Wars Artist Series. Head on over for a profile on Star Wars illustrator Jason Felix!

Thursday, August 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Heroes & Villains Grievous Variant


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that there is a new variant Heroes & Villains General Grievous figure out there on the pegs.

Thursday, August 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Leia Priority Pre-Order Tomorrow


Don't forget that Priority Pre-Ordering for Sideshow Collectibles' 12" Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) figure starts tomorrow! You must be a registered newsletter subscriber and sideshow account holder by 11:59PM (PDT) tonight to be eligible for the Priority Pre-Orders, so go register if you haven't already!

Thursday, August 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Titanium Figures Hitting the Shelves


JD member Darth Anton alerts us to the fact that the brand new 4" Titanium figures are hitting store shelves now (at Target, at least). Included in this wave are IG-88 and the 501st Clonetrooper. So if you're digging this line, better hit the pavement, 'cause it's time to play "catch up" again! Good luck...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 | Matt Colman

Secrets of Star Wars 07 Update


The Official Site updates with another new photo in the Hyperspace exclusive Secrets of Star Wars 07 feature. Head on over for the latest sneak peek at the concept art for what will be the biggest multi-media event of 2007!

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Bespin Han Shipping This Month


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the 12" Bespin Han Solo figure is due to arrive in their warehouse in the next 15-20 days. If you've got Han pre-ordered, look for him to ship to you later this month!

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New LEGO X-Wing Photos


The folks at LEGO have passed along a few new pictures of the 6212 X-Wing Fighter set scheduled for this Fall. This set features 6 mini-figures including the new Wedge Antilles figure! Click on the thumbnails above to check out the pics!

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

GG Gen Con Mara Jade Pre-Orders


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with the convention pre-order details on the Gen Con exclusive Mara Jade Mini-Bust. If you are a member of the GG Collector's Club, watch your e-mail for the link to pre-order the Gen Con Indy exclusives!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan


JD Forum Member, Shannon Reynolds (Princess), passed away last month after a brave battle with cancer and left behind a young son, Aidan. In memory of Shannon, the JediDefender community has joined forces with GalacticHunter and the Dallas/Fort Worth Fan Force to take up a collection in order to purchase a savings bond for Aidan. Every penny is appreciated and will go to a good cause; no amount is too small. Donations are accepted via paypal or snailmail for checks or money orders. Click here for all the details on how you can contribute.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Custom Challenge 15 Complete


With August upon us, it's time to close the Customizing Challenge for Month 15 - UGP Security Forces. Check out the final results of this challenge in the Monthly Customizing Challenge 15 thread!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Update


The Official Site updates tonight with a look at both recent and upcoming offerings in Hasbro's Titanium Series lines. Head on over for a quick review of what's headed your way later this summer!

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Customs Forum Group Project #13 Complete


The end of July brings an end to the latest Customs Forum Group Project. Over the past two months, the participants have been hard at work creating their ultimate versions of the Bounty Hunter Jango Fett. Check out the final results in the Group Project 13 thread.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Forces Of Corruption Update


One of the hotly anticipated works from Lucasarts this year is the expansion Empire At War: Forces of Corruption. The smash hit gets a new twist this time with a 3rd faction we've heard some about, the underworld.

These games don't just write themselves though,and you can get a first-hand look at how the new characters and storyline were developed for this seedier side of the Galactic Civil War. Check out the full story at Gamespot.com's "Designer Diary #3" where you'll get introduced to the new crime lord Tyber Zann and his crew.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

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