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September 2007


2008 Wave 1, New Figure Photos!


JediDefender.com sponsor Entertainment Earth has a new image up of the 2008 Wave 1 figures. Among the figures are some we've seen, but also several new figures pictured! Check out the Mustafar Mining Droid, Mustafar Anakin/Vader, Mustafar Obi-Wan, and a revelation that the 41st Elite Clone's visor should open up, all in the image above!

Saturday, September 29, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 39


On September 21st, we sent another batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those three questions!

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Saga Legends 2008 Fans' Choice Poll Results


The Saga Legends 2008 Fans' Choice Poll is over and Hasbro has tallied up the votes. Click on through for the winners!

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Mighty Muggs Packaged Shots


The fine folks at BigBadToyStore have posted a nice packaged sample of the new Mighty Mugg Boba Fett figure. Click on the thumbnail above to check out the boxed presentaion set for Hasbro's new line of 6" vinyl figures.

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Yoda Stamp Makes His Solo Debut in October


America has chosen Yoda as their favorite Star Wars stamp! The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the intergalactic Star Wars stamp poll results on October 25th at the Fall Postage Stamp Mega-Event in New York City.

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Q&A with Battlefront: Renegade Squadron Team


Video gamers, take note! The Official Site has posted a new Q&A with the Battlefront: Renegade Squadron development team. Renegade Squadron will hit store shelves everywhere next month, exclusively for the Sony PSP.

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Indiana Jones Coming to Del Rey Books


Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish tie-in books based on the new movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Head on over to StarWars.com for all the details.

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Sets More Edition Sizes


Sideshow Collectibles has announced the final edition sizes for a number of their Star Wars products. Click on through for the details.

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Obi-Wan VS Anakin Diorama Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the image gallery for the Obi-Wan VS Anakin Diorama with new final product and packaged photos. If you've got this set pre-ordered from Sideshow, keep an eye on your in-box as they are expected to start shipping soon!

Friday, September 28, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Topps 30th Anniversary Sketch Card Gallery Update


To help celebrate the Star Wars Saga, Topps has released the new Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Trading Card Set. Once again, this Topps series features randomly packed Artist Sketch cards. Head on over to the Official Site to get a look at the sketch cards from artist Tom Hodges.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Kubrick Star Wars Series 8 Announced


Medicom Toy has finally officially announced Kubrick Star Wars Series 8! The Phantom Menace based series first shown at the Medicom Toy Exhibition this summer will ship in March 2008. Click on through for the details.

Monday, September 24, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Medicom Darth Vader (KAWS Version) Coming Soon


Details have finally arrived for the Darth Vader (KAWS Version) that was shown at the Medicom Toy Exhibition this summer. KAWS Vader will go up for sale via lottery at the OriginalFake store in Tokyo on Saturday, September 29th. This item will not be released in the USA, so if you don't know anyone in Japan, eBay will be your best bet to get one.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sneak Peek at "Family Guy: Blue Harvest"


Can't wait for tomorrow's Star Wars themed season premiere of Family Guy on FOX? Well then, you're in luck. StarWars.com has posted a few promo and sneak preview clips from the episode to tide you over.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Update


StarWars.com has added a new video highlighting the five main characters from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. In the video, you'll meet Vader's Secret Apprentice, Juno Eclipse, General Kota, and others from the game.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


The Official Site has posted an update on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to read the latest blog entry which details what it's like for the team members to work at Skywalker Ranch!

Saturday, September 22, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Target DPCI's & Price Confirmation


While we brought you the first images of the Ultimate Hoth Battlepack recently, we now can give you the means of tracking it and some new Star Wars products down at your local Target stores! Read on for the details, and remember you found them at Jedi Defender first!

Saturday, September 22, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Acme Clone Wars Durge Character Key Update


Acme Archives has announced that the Clone Wars Durge Character Key will go up for order on Monday, September 24th at 11AM Pacific. Durge will be limited to 1000 pieces worldwide and is not slated to be an exculsive piece.

Friday, September 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

R4-P17 Trash Can Arrives at Gentle Giant


Gentle Giant is now taking orders for the exclusive R4-P17 Trash Can. Imported from Japan, this waste-receptacle is compatible with any bathroom-sized trash bags. R4-P17 is in-stock and can be yours for $125 plus shipping.

Friday, September 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Collecting Star Wars (with a Pointy W) Souvenirs


The Official Site has posted a new feature on collecting certain early Star Wars early marketing materials. What makes these early pieces unique is the use of a funky "W" in the word "Wars". It's an interesting look at some collectibles you may have never seen or heard of before!

Friday, September 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

"Family Guy" Writer Channels the Force


StarWars.com has posted an interview with Alec Sulkin, one of the writers from the upcoming "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" special. Head on over to check out the interview and be sure to catch the one-hour special on September 23rd!

Friday, September 21, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Premium Format Speeder Bike Update


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that Wait List reservations for the Premium Format Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper set are being rolled over into orders thanks to cancellations. So, if you're on the Wait List, keep an eye on your e-mail inbox to see if you're one of the lucky ones!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Wallpapers Feature Asajj and Leia


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a series of new wallpapers for your computer desktop featuring their 12" Asajj Ventress and 12" Leia as Boushh figures. Head on over and download your favorite today.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Saga Legends 2008 Fans' Choice Poll Reminder


Just a reminder that the voting in Phase 2 of Hasbro's Saga Legends 2008 Fans' Choice Poll is scheduled to end tomorrow. Don't forget to head on over and place your votes if you haven't already!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Animated Princess Leia Monument


A number of on-line retailers have begun taking pre-orders for an Animated Princess Leia Monument from Gentle Giant. This life-size piece is based on the Animated Leia Maquette and is around 5 feet tall. Leia should retail for around $800 and will ship in May 2008.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Out Now: TRU's Arena Encounter Battle Pack


We've received word that Toys'R'Us has finally put out their exclusive Arena Encounter Battle Pack. For a whopping $60, you get a nicely window-boxed bunch of repacks, including Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padme doing battle with the Reek, Acklay and Nexu. Thanks to Paul for the head's up!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Matt Colman

George Lucas Interviewed by TV Guide


TV Guide has posted a pair of new interviews with the main man himself, George Lucas. In Part 1 of the interview, Lucas discusses Fog City Mavericks (a documentary about the history of San Francisco-based filmmakers) and Indy 4. In Part 2, Lucas talks about the two upcoming Star Wars TV shows!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

StarWarsShop "Family Guy" Giclees for Pre-Order


StarWarsShop is now taking pre-orders for a pair of exclusive giclees of scenes from "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" - Stolen Plans and Trash Compactor. The versions of the two prints that are being sold exclusively by StarWarsShop feature a gold matte and hand numbering (#1 to #77) in gold ink.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Battle of Hoth Battle Pack


We first told you of this upcoming set weeks ago, now forum user Reid has posted pictures of the upcoming Battle of Hoth Battle Pack which will be a Target Exclusive. It contains an AT-ST, Hoth Turret, Kitbashed Luke Skywalker, not 1 but 2 Hoth Soldiers, Snowtroopers galore, and an incorrectly colored Han Solo Vintage repaint. Whew, thats a lot of stuff in one ultra "cool" set.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | Scott Pearson

The Force Unleashed on the Nintendo Wii


LucasArts announced today that Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will come to the Nintendo Wii video game system next spring. The game will feature an exclusive duel mode that allows players to compete head-to-head to determine who is the ultimate Jedi Master. Check out the press release for all the details.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Unleashed Production Diary Update


Also in The Force Unleashed news, StarWars.com has posted a new entry in the game's Production Diary. Head on over and check out the process for capturing the performances from the actors behind the game's characters.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Dark Horse Comics For December 2007 and Beyond


The Official Site has posted a summary of the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for this December as well as a few trade paperbacks and graphic novels planned for February 2008. Head on over for all the details!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #20 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait until tomorrow to read it? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Target & TRU Sales Next Week


A Target source wrote in tonight with news of a sale at their store, and the rumor mill is swirling about a Toys R Us sale as well! Could be a good time to stock up on figures this Sunday though, so read on for the details.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

New JediDefender Poll - OT Vehicle Resculpts?


A new JD Front Page Poll has been posted asking which Original Trilogy vehicle needs a resculpt the most? Think the new guns on the front of the Y-Wing weren't enough? Think we need a better speederbike? Think they need to skip resculpts for new ships? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Monday, September 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

"Family Guy" Director Talks Star Wars


StarWars.com has posted an interview with Dominic Polcino, the director of the upcoming "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" special. Head on over to check out the interview and be sure to catch the one-hour special on September 23rd!

Monday, September 17, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


The Official Site has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to read the latest blog entry which details the cooperation between the Lucasfilm animation studios in California and Singapore.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Session 38


On September 7th, we sent another batch of questions to Hasbro for their Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those three questions!

Friday, September 14, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow QTVR Feature Posted


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the product page for the 12" Palpatine Figure Set with a new 360 QTVR turnaround feature. The QTVR feature offers a 360 degree view of the figure, so go check it out!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Second Chance List Update


Sideshow Collectibles still has a few regular edition 12" Asajj Ventress figures lingering on the Second Chance list thanks to credit card declines and cancellations. If you haven't grabbed yours yet, you still have time to grab one!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Collectibles Items Shipping Soon


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that two new items will be arriving at their warehouse soon! Both the Buboicullaar Creature Pack and the RAH Boba Fett figure from Medicom Toy will be shipping soon so watch those email in-boxes for updates from Sideshow!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

"Family Guy: Blue Harvest" Concept Art


StarWars.com has posted a first look at concept art from the Star Wars themed episode of Family Guy entitled "Blue Harvest". Head on over to check out the sketches and be sure to catch the one-hour special on September 23rd!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

The Force Unleashed Production Diary Update


The Official Site has updated with the latest entry in the Production Diary for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. This entry features details on the big summer push to polish the game for it's Spring 2008 release.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Legacy of the Force Interview Video


StarWars.com has posted a new inteview video featuring the Legacy of the Force series. Head on over to check out authors Aaron Allston and Troy Denning discuss their vision for the future of the Legacy of the Force books and watch as they put their Jedi skills to work.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Hasbro Vehicle Images @ BBTS


BigBadToyStore has posted new images for two of the upcoming Hasbro vehicles. Click on the thumbnails above to check out the AT-AP Walker and General Grievous' Starfighter. Both are now up for pre-order as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Shipping Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with news of another item shipping to distributors and retailers this week. Look for the Dengar Mini-Bust to arrive in stores soon! Dengar will retail for around $50 and stands 8.75 inches tall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

StarWarsShop's New "Sith Circus" One-Sheet


StarWarsShop is now taking orders for the new "Sith Circus" one-sheet by artist Matt Busch. If you are one of the first 500 Hyperspace members to order the poster, you will recieve a free concept sketch of the artwork as well!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at your local comic book shop this week are two new books from Dark Horse Comics - Star Wars: Legacy #16 and Star Wars: Rebellion #10. Can't wait until tomorrow to read them? Well then follow the links to Dark Horse's website for previews to tide you over!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

StarWarsShop Concept Grievous Update


StarWarsShop has added the exclusive Concept General Grievous figure to their website. Unlike the previous McQuarrie concept figures, this one is based on the artwork of Warren Fu. If you're willing to brave the crazy $16.99 price tag, head on over and place your order.

Monday, September 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

30AC Wave 5 Found at Retail


A number of JediDefender forum members have reported finding Wave 5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection at their local SoCal Wal-Mart stores. Wave 5 has a few Jabba's Palace figures and a pile of Expanded Universe favorites. Thanks to all those who wrote in with the tip!

Monday, September 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Indy 4 = Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Indy 4 has a title - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! The title was announced by Shia Labeouf at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. Head on over to the Official Indy Site to check out the press release.

Monday, September 10, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Sets Animated Maquette Edition Sizes


Gentle Giant has announced edition sizes for two upcoming Star Wars Animated Maquettes. Both the Animated Chewbacca and the Animated Han Solo maquettes will be limited to 3000 pieces worldwide.

Sunday, September 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Tusken Raider Mini-Bust Update


Gentle Giant has updated their site with final approved product images for the upcoming Tusken Raider Mini-Bust. Due in January 2008, the mini-bust includes interchangeable arms and weapons to create two different poses.

Sunday, September 9, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

A Look Inside Star Wars Insider #96


Star Wars Insider #96 has been arriving in subscriber mailboxes across the country this past week. If you aren't a subscriber, you can head on over to StarWars.com for a look inside the magazine.

Friday, September 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


The Official Site has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to check out a new video introducing Darren, one of the sculptors hard at work on the show!

Friday, September 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Saga Legends "2008 Fans' Choice" Poll Update


Hasbro has opened the voting for Phase 2 of the Saga Legends "2008 Fans' Choice" Poll. It looks like there were a few tweaks to the Top 20 list released last week - VOTC Han Solo has been replaced by R3-A2 and the Bespin Guard is now just the standard PotJ figure. Head on over and place your votes today!

Friday, September 7, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow QTVR Feature Posted


Sideshow Collectibles has updated the product page for the VCD Wicket figure from Medicom Toy with a new 360 QTVR turnaround feature. The QTVR feature offers a 360 degree view of the figure, so go check it out!

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Ilum Padme Edition Size Set


Sideshow Collectibles has set the edition size for the Clone Wars 12" Ilum Padme Amidala figure. Padme will be limited to 3500 pieces worldwide. If you missed out on pre-ordering, don't forget you can still sign up for the wait list!

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Dejarik Holochess Set Now Shipping


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the Dejarik Holochess Set has started shipping to US customers. If you've got one pre-ordered, keep an eye on your in-box for your shipping notice.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Chubby Series 2 Revealed


Cards, Inc. has updated their site with the first look at Star Wars Chubby Series 2. Scheduled for January 2008, Series 2 features six new Chubby sets - Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Rebel Pilots, Ewoks, Troopers, and the Fetts.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Miniatures - The Force Unleashed Booster Pack


Diamond Comics has updated the Previews website with a new picture of the upcoming The Force Unleashed booster pack for the Star Wars Minaitures game from Wizards of the Coast. This new expansion set features minis from the Force Unleashed game as well as from Star Wars comics and novels.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Medallion Give-Away at Reunion II


The Official Site has updated with news of another exclusive medallion! Similar to the medallions given out at Celebration IV and Celebration Europe, this one will be handed out at Reunion II in October and is limited to 500 pieces.

Thursday, September 6, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Palpatine Figure Set Reminder


Just a reminder that the 12" Palpatine Figure Set from Sideshow Collectibles will go up for priority pre-ordering this Thursday, September 6th at 10AM Pacific! As a special treat, Sideshow has posted the product image gallery a bit early! Remember, you must be a Sideshow newsletter subscriber and account holder by 11:59PM Pacific tomorrow to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Koto Unveils ARTFX Yoda vs. Palpatine Statue


The Official Site has updated with details on the next ARTFX vinyl model kit from Kotobukiya - Yoda Vs. Palpatine. Neither figure is attached to the base, which allows you to position the characters however you would like!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

New JD Poll - OT Figure Needs?


A new JediDefender Front Page Poll has been posted asking which of the Original Trilogy movie locations needs new figures the most? Think we need more Cantina Aliens? More Hoth Rebels? More Denizens of Jabba's Palace? More from Endor? Make your selection in our JD Front Page Poll today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Boxed AT-RT Squad Pictures


A couple production images surfaced of the upcoming Target Exclusive AT-RT Assault Squad Battlepack. Love or hate the new paintjob, the $30 for the set isn't a bad deal! Thanks to our friends at Black Sheep Toys for the images.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Jesse McCracken

Topps 30th Anniversary Sketch Card Gallery Update


To help celebrate the Star Wars Saga, Topps has released the new Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Trading Card Set. Once again, this latest Topps series features randomly packed Artist Sketch cards. Head on over to the Official Site to get a look at the sketch cards from artist Allison Sohn.

Saturday, September 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Update


The Official Site has posted another update on the upcoming The Clone Wars animated series. Head on over to check out a new blog entry detailing how George Lucas has become increasingly involved with the series!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Rick McCallum at Star Wars Reunion II


StarWars.com has updated with a bit of news about the Official French Fan Club's Star Wars Reunion II. Producer Rick McCallum will attend the show to share his insights and experiences on Star Wars and other Lucasfilm endeavors!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 | Jeff Smentek

Toys'R'Us Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes Out


A number of SoCal Toys'R'Us stores finally put out their new exclusive Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes yesterday, at $24.99 a pop. So if "your kids" (you) want to relive the Battle for Naboo and the Battle for Hoth, and get several all-new GH figures while you're at it, ya' better hit your local TRU!

Saturday, September 1, 2007 | Matt Colman

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