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October 2006


Building a Complete Visual Dictionary


The Official Site updates tonight with a new feature on DK's recently released Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary. Head on over for a closer look at this great compendium of all four volumes of Star Wars Visual Dictionaries!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Black & White Animated Leia and R2-D2


Blister.jp has revealed the second piece in the exclusive Black and White Maquette Series from Gentle Giant - Animated Leia and R2-D2. The edition size has once again been set at 500 pieces with 250 available in the USA (no details yet) and 250 exclusive to Blister.jp in Japan.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Acme Shaak Ti Character Key Delayed


The folks at Acme Archives have announced that their next Character Key, Shaak Ti, will be delayed. The new date for pre-orders will be November 10th at 11am (PST). The Shaak Ti Character Key will be priced at $30 and is limited to 1250 pieces worldwide.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Lucastrooper Give-Away Winner


Congratulations go out to forum member Madcow, the big winner in the recent Lucastrooper Give-Away here at JediDefender! As always, thanks to all who entered. Don't forget to check out our latest Give-Away for your chance to win!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at local comic book shops this week is Star Wars: Legacy #5 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait to read it tomorrow? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Remoted Controlled R2-D2


Japanese manufacturer Tomy's Remote Controlled Astromech Line has become very popular with collectors. Due out next February are two "new" additions to the line. The previously released R2-D2 will be repackaged in 30th Anniversary packaging, and there will also be a second version of everyone's favorite little droid as well. The second version will feature a dirty paint scheme as was seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Thanks to Blister.jp for the images!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

New Unleashed Battlepack Images


New images of the upcoming 2007 Wave 1 Unleashed Battlepacks have surfaced today. These are supposed to start hitting sometime in January. In the mean time click on through to check out the images!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the great topics from our forums. This past weekend, the once rumored "poster figures" from Hasbro were back on the minds of collectors thanks to the Q&A posted by GalacticHunter. While the idea was scrapped by the Big H in favor of the Collector Tins for 2007, many collectors would love to see this idea brought back in the future. Love it? Hate it? Head on into the forums to join in the discussion!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow Skywalker Whine Contest


Sideshow Collectibles is looking for whiners! More specifically, they're looking for Skywalker Whiners! Sideshow Collectors can call and leave a message with your best Skywalker whine for a chance to win some sold out 12" Luke Skywalker and 12" Anakin Skywalker figures.

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Spooktacular Halloween Live Chat


Tomorrow, Sideshow Collectibles will be hosting their Spooktacular Live Chat from 9AM to 3PM (PST). Members of the production team will be stopping in from 10AM to 12PM (PST) to participate in a live Q&A! If you have burning questions you'd like answered (that don't begin with "Are you guys making..."), then plan to hit the chat! Still need a reason to participate? How about a chance to win a few Star Wars items that will be given away to lucky chat participants!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Asajj Ventress Revealed


As part of the Spooktacular 2006 event, Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show production blog with a new image of the upcoming
12" Asajj Ventress! Head on over for your first full look at the figure!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Battle Pack Boxed Images


UK e-tailer R2-DToys.com has updated their site with boxed images of the new 2007 Battle Packs that were previewed over the weekend!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Celebration IV Registration Open


Registration for Star Wars Celebration IV is now open! Head on over between now and March 30th, 2007 to buy your tickets for the biggest event of 2007!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Battle Pack Found at Retail


A few lucky folks out there have found the exclusive Mace Windu's Attack Battalion battle pack (DPCI# 087-06-1797, $19.99) at their local Target stores. Time to get out there and start checking your local store! Thanks to forum member Kill_Solo for the tip!

Monday, October 30, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Give-Away - 12" Kit Fisto!


It's time for a new Give-Away! JediDefender and Sideshow Collectibles have teamed up to give you the chance to win one of Sideshow’s 12" Kit Fisto figures! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Sunday, October 29, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Battlepack News & Images


The folks at 4-Inches.de have uncovered early images of upcoming battlepacks. Click on the thumbnail to see shots of the Battle of Geonosis, Training on Dagobah, Capture of the Tantive IV, and the hightly anticipated Target exclusive Ambush on Illum Clone Wars pack (with spiffy new droid!).

Saturday, October 28, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 16 Answers


On October 20th, we sent our sixteenth batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, October 27, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Titanium Series Update


StarWars.com has also posted a great recap of upcoming Hasbro Titanium items for the fall and winter months, including both the die-cast forged figures and the 3" vehicle series. Lots of repacks and a few new things mixed in as well!

Friday, October 27, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

"Weird Al" - Nerdy Something Star Wars Fan


The Official Site updates tonight with a new feature on everyone's favorite accordionist, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Known for his classic pop song parodies, Weird Al always manages to work in a Star Wars reference and has even gone all out with Star Wars themed songs. Head on over for a great interview!

Friday, October 27, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Give-Away - Lucastrooper!


Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter our latest Give-Away! JediDefender.com is giving you the chance to win the ultimate "Ultimate Galactic Hunt" figure from 2006 - George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Friday, October 27, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Tricks and Treats


StarWars.com is your guide to all things Star Wars this Halloween! From scary Star Wars themed Halloween music to Sith-O-Lantern and Star Wars paper mask patterns, they've got everything you need for that Star Wars Halloween party!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shadows of the Empire: A Decade Later


It's been ten years since Lucasfilm foisted the EU marketing glut known as Shadows of the Empire upon the Star Wars fans. If you dare to remember, then head on over to the Official Site to check out a Snoova-free (thankfully) 10th Anniversary story on all things SOTE!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


Today's edition of Sideshow Radio offers up more 12" Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the podcast today for details on when you can expect to see more images of the recently revealed 12" Asajj Ventress figure!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Starship Battles Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up their second preview of two starships from the upcoming Starship Battles expansion set - the Naboo Starfighter and Luke Skywalker's X-Wing. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: C-3PO (With Ewok Throne)


The Endor Wave reviews keep on rolling at JediDefender.com as we take a look at a figure fans have wanted done for some time now. This week we're picking apart C-3PO (With Ewok Throne). Is he the kind of figure you can pass on? Well, given the spiffy accessory and that this may be the best version of 3PO yet, I don't think so, but read the full review to see if you agree or not.

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, October 26, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

New Unleashed Battle Packs & GH Hitting Shelves


The new Order 66 Unleashed Battle Packs have been found at a couple of SoCal Target stores this week. The latest wave includes two Jedi vs. Sith sets and two Clone Trooper sets (Shocktroopers and 501st).

Also arriving in stores this week is the ESB wave of Galactic Heroes 2-Packs featuring the Snowtrooper & Hoth Rebel, Bespin Luke & Lando, Bespin Leia & Vader, and Chewie & C-3PO. In addition, some much needed refresher cases of the recent ANH sets are arriving as well. Thanks to MetalJedi for the tip!

Last, but not least, the Greatest Battles #14 Clone Commander is now shipping in both Lime and Cherry flavors. Happy hunting!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Matt Colman

New Saga Wave 8 Clone Photos


Everyone loves clones! OK, maybe there are some folks out there getting sick of seeing all of the endless clone repaints. For those who love the Clone Troopers though, we've got some new loose photos of the two #41 Clone Trooper sculpt repaints from Saga Wave 8!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Comic Packs Wave 1 Photos


Another Hasbro 2007 offering (which is actually set to debut this Fall) is the brand new Star Wars Comic Packs! Each pack comes with two figures and a reprint of the classic Star Wars comic that inspired them! Who wants to see new loose photos of four of the figures from the first wave?

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Chewbacca Mimobot at StarWarsShop.com


The second Series 1 mimobot from Mimoco is is now available for pre-order at StarWarsShop! The Chewbacca mimobot Designer USB Flash Drive is available in two sizes, 1GB or 2GB, and comes preloaded with bonus Star Wars mimobot content including trailers, soundbites, avatars, and more!

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Coming Soon: The Making of Star Wars


For the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, Del Rey Books is releasing The Making of Star Wars, a brand new book that details the creation of the first Star Wars film. Due on April 24th of next year, there will be both hardcover (372 pages) and trade paperback (324 pages) editions. The hardcover includes 48 pages of bonus material that wil not be available elsewhere.

Wednesday, October 25, 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, October 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration IV - Registration Information


It seems like it's been awhile since we'd heard anything about Celebration IV, but StarWars.com has added new registration information for the convention. In addition to the convention passes, discount hotel rooms will be available. Registration starts October 30th at noon PST. Hotel codes for those that purchase tickets will be e-mailed on November 2nd. Head on over for complete details!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Target Exclusive Imperial Shuttle


New information on the Target Exclusive Imperial Shuttle has surfaced on Target.com today. It appears that the shuttle will only be available in stores, so don't expect to pick this one up online. The price is still listed at $59.99 and it will come with two figures, Darth Vader and a Royal Guard.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Hasbro Update - Vehicle Repaints


Hasbro updates their website today with new information on Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter and the Vintage-Deco TIE Fighter! These are due out sometime in January. Head on over to check them out.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

JD Affiliate Announcement - ToyTraderz


JediDefender expands our toy network once again by adding ToyTraderz as a JediDefender Affiliate. The hard working gang at ToyTraderz are building a toy resource center that will fulfill all of your non-Star Wars collecting needs, from Aliens to Indiana Jones to Transformers (and more)! Be sure to check them out and get entered in their contest for a chance to win a $50 eBay gift certificate!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Spooktacular 2006 at Sideshow Collectibles


Starting tomorrow, look for six days of fun, product news, cool savings, giveaways, and more at Sideshow Collectibles’ Spooktacular 2006 event! Collectors will see sales of 10% up to 50% on some of Sideshow's most popular collectibles and figures as well as the chance to snag FREE collectibles during the event. The Spooktacular 2006 festivities begin tomorrow, October 26th, with the launch of the weekly Sideshow Newsletter and run until Tuesday, October 31st at midnight PT!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

French TRU Exclusive Clone Trooper - Update


Many folks have e-mailed to ask about the U.S. availablity of the exclusive Clone Trooper that appeared as a promo item at French Toys R Us stores earlier this month. While the figure is nothing more than last year's Target Exclusive Clone Trooper, he's got carded collectors clamoring for him on his new 2006 Saga Card. We've been able to confirm that European TRU stores in Germany and the UK will eventually see this figure, but unfortunately there are still no details on if he'll be available in the USA.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at local comic book shops this week is Knights of the Old Republic #9 from Dark Horse Comics. Can't wait to read it tomorrow? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Target Rogue Two Snowspeeder Sale


A few folks (including me) have been lucky enough to find the exclusive Rogue Two Snowspeeder on sale for $22.49 at their local Target store. The price does not appear to be a chain-wide sale but rather a "New Store Special" only available at selected new Target stores (like the new SuperTarget in Fridley for all you MN readers). Be sure to check your local Target to see if your store is included in the sale!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Republic Commando Box Revealed


The gang over at 4-inches.de have uncovered a few new images of upcoming Hasbro goodies! Head on over for a look at boxed images of the Republic Commando Box Set and a carded image of the Combat Engineer Trooper.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the great topics from our forums. This past weekend, it was revealed that Hasbro is planning to re-issue the VOTC Stormtrooper sculpt with a new removable helmet feature in the 2007 30th Anniversary Collection! Some fans are excited at the chance to grab more of arguably the best Stormtrooper figure yet. Others are disappointed at Hasbro's decision to stick Jango's head underneath yet another OT Imperial trooper's helmet. Have an opinion? Head on into the forums to join in the discussion!

Monday, October 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

EaW: Forces of Corruption Update


StarWars.com has updated with the latest entry in the Forces of Corruption Diary! Head on over for more details on the planned expansion to the hit Empire at War video game due in stores tomorrow, October 24th!

Monday, October 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

More 30th Anniversary Tins Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found the second wave of 30th Anniversary Commemorative Tins at their local Toys R Us stores! Priced at $29.99, the second wave includes tins for the three Original Trilogy movies! These should be available everywhere soon, so keep your eyes open the next time you're out and about!

Monday, October 23, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro 2006 Q3 Report


The folks at Hasbro put out their 3rd Quarter Reports today and the news is good, though Star Wars is still declining in sales. You can check out the Market Watch Report on the matter.

It may seem like sales are fine for Star Wars to Joe Collector out there, but they're still basing the decline this year against the sales of last year's movie year tie-in, so bear that in mind. There is a definite difference between the two years in terms of the amount of product available on the shelves of course.

Monday, October 23, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

More Star Wars Chubby News


Boba from Slave1.jp comes through with an update on the Star Wars Chubby figurines from Hot Toys. The line looks pretty cool and seems like a weird take on the "Evolutions" concept. These should be out in December, though there is no news of them being imported to the U.S. yet. Big thanks to Boba for the update!

Monday, October 23, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 15 Answers


On October 13th, we sent our fifteenth batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Sunday, October 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Black Friday Shopping Update - K-Mart


Is it too early for Black Friday shopping rumors? Star Wars is always a hot item for the big day-after-Thankgiving savings and this year is no exception! The crew at GotADeal.com have already uncovered some of the Black Friday deals from K-Mart: Buy One, Get One Free on all Star Wars Basic Figures!

Sunday, October 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Sale at Toys R Us


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know about the current Star Wars sale at Toys R Us. This week, you can get a free basic figure when you purchase $19.99 or more in Star Wars products! Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Sunday, October 22, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sponsor News - ToyRocket


Hot off the truck, new Saga 2006 vehicles have arrived at ToyRocket! Darth
Vader's Sith Starfighter, the Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank, and the Hailfire Droid are all In-Stock and ready to ship! There are also many Code 3 and Master Replica items listed at below wholesale, as well as all Kotobukiya's on sale! Take advantage of the World's Largest Selection of Action Figures, and as always, flat-rate shipping is only $5.95!

Saturday, October 21, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Insider Online Supplement - Insider #90


Now available exclusively to Hyperspace members is the latest Star Wars Insider Online Supplement. This edition features Star Wars Insider #90, which shipped to Hyperspace Fan Club subscribers earlier this month. Head on over to the Official Site to check it out!

Friday, October 20, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

WOTC Starship Battles Update


Wizards of the Coast offers up the first official preview of two starships from the upcoming Starship Battles expansion set - the Mon Calamari Star Defender Viscount and the Super Star Destroyer Executor. Head on over for all the details on these two new minis!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow 12" Asajj Ventress Update


Sideshow Collectibles has updated their Behind the Show production blog with the first official preview image of the upcoming 12" Asajj Ventress figure! No pre-order details yet, but hopefully we'll know soon!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Proto-Fett: The Birth of Boba


StarWars.com has also posted a new "behind the scenes" feature from The Empire Strikes Back. Head on over to check out the history behind the creation of Boba Fett with Proto-Fett: The Birth of Boba!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

First Look - Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections


The Official Site has posted a new first look at the upcoming Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections from DK Books. This hardcover collects of all four of the previously released Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections titles and is due for release in April 2007.

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Titanium 3" Vehicles Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know about a new wave of 3" Scale Titanium Series found at their local Toys R Us and Wal-Mart stores! Wave 12 includes repaints of the Naboo Starfighter, TIE Bomber, Republic Gunship, and Rebel Snowspeeder. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Acme Character Key - Shaak Ti


The folks at Acme Archives have announced that their next Character Key, Shaak Ti, will go up for pre-order on November 1st at 11am (PST). The Shaak Ti Character Key will be priced at $30 and is limited to 1250 pieces worldwide.

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Millennium Falcon & Death Star Resin Set at EE


EntertainmentEarth is now taking pre-orders for the often discussed Millennium Falcon & Death Star Resin Set from Attakus. Due in December, this mammoth diorama was designed for Attakus' line of 4" metal figures, but it should also serve as a beautiful home for all of your Hasbro 3.75" figures as well!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

12" Rebel Commando Sergeant Reminder


Just a reminder that priority pre-ordering for the 12" Rebel Commando Sergeant figure from Sideshow Collectibles starts tomorrow at 10AM (PDT)! Remember, you must be a registered newsletter subscriber and Sideshow account holder by 11:59PM (PDT) tonight to be eligible for priority pre-ordering!

Thursday, October 19, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Death Star Gunner


We continue the Endor Wave reviews this week with quite possibly one of the best made figures in the basic line this year. I certainly got the army building fever with the new Death Star Gunner. With the figure becoming pretty common on the pegs in recent weeks, fans will maybe want to check out this week's review if they're on the fence about owning a couple of this well made resculpt. $7 figures have been tough pills to swallow this year, but this kind of quality makes it a bit easier.

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, October 19, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

EaW: Forces of Corruption Update


StarWars.com has posted another new gaming video featuring the Zann Consortium and their campaign for galactic domination! Head on over for another sneak peek at some new weaponry from Forces of Corruption, the upcoming expansion to Star Wars: Empire at War.

Wednesday, October 18, 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, October 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Previews Death Star Briefing Update


Diamond Comics has released some new info on the upcoming Previews Exclusive Death Star Briefing Action Figure Set!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Webstrip - Evasive Action: End Game


Coming in November exclusively to Hyperspace is the fourth installment of the Evasive Action webstrip - End Game! In this installment, the young Padawans are forced out of hiding only to have to face the new Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sculpting a Galaxy Update


The Official Site updates tonight with a great new feature on the upcoming book Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. Due next month, the book will be available in both a standard edition and a limited edition that comes packed with goodies!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Obi-Wan Kenobi Mini-Bust - It's Official


Yeah, pictures were leaked a week ago, but Gentle Giant has updated their website today with the official announcement of the classic Obi-Wan Kenobi Mini-Bust! To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars, the release date for this new Mini-Bust has been set for May 2007!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Scorch Give-Away Winner


Congratulations go out to forum member Darth Nirvana for winning the Scorch Give-Away here at JediDefender! As always, thanks to all who entered.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Asajj Ventress Character Key Now Shipping


Razor's Edge has begun shipping their exclusive Asajj Ventress Character Key from Acme Archives! If you have this key pre-ordered, keep an eye on that e-mail inbox for your ship notice!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

EaW: Forces of Corruption Update


StarWars.com has updated with the latest entry in the Forces of Corruption Diary! Head on over for more details on the planned expansion to the hit Empire at War video game due in stores this month!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New JediDefender Give-Away - Lucastrooper!


Starting today, JediDefender.com is giving you the chance to win the ultimate "Ultimate Galactic Hunt" figure from 2006 - George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Sunday, October 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Role Play Sale at Target


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know about some Star Wars items that are on sale at Target this week. Electronic Lightsabers are on sale for $17.99 and selected other role play items are on sale for 10% off regular price. Thanks to all those who e-mailed with the tip!

Sunday, October 15, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Exclusive Black and White Animated Boba Fett


According to Blister.jp, there is an Exclusive Black & White Boba Fett Maquette due out sometime around November 2006. It appears to be a repaint of the previous Boba Fett maquette. The edition has been set at 500, with 250 available in the US and 250 in Japan. We will continue to update you as more details become available. Check out the rest of the pictures over at Blister.jp!

Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

WOTC Starship Battles Update


Wizards of the Coast has updated their website with a new overview of the upcoming Star Wars Miniatures expansion set - Starship Battles! Head on over to check out the contents of the Starter Set and Booster Packs, as well as a look at the Starship Battles Rulebook!

Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New from Hot Toys - Star Wars Chubby!


Heading your way in early 2007 will be a brand new line of Star Wars collectibles from Hot Toys - the Star Wars Chubby (think traditional Russian Matryoshka stacking dolls). Click on the thumbnail above for a preview picture and look for the official reveal of the first figure later this month at Hot Toys website!

Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Give-Away - Saga-021 Scorch


Don't forget - today is the last day to enter our latest Give-Away! JediDefender is giving you the chance to win one of the most popular army builders from the 2006 Saga Collection - Saga-021 Scorch! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Saturday, October 14, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Titanium 3" Vehicles Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know that they found a new wave of 3" Scale Titanium Series at their local Toys R Us stores! Wave 11 includes repaints of the TIE Fighter, Y-Wing, Droid Tri-Fighter, and Swamp Speeder. Thanks to reader bigEboi01 and JD staffer JediMAC for the heads-up!

Friday, October 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

UPDATE: Imperial Box Set Pre-Order at EE


EntertainmentEarth has updated the pre-order page for the upcoming Previews exclusive Imperial Death Star Briefing Action Figure Set with a new picture! Click on the thumbnail above for a look at the planned packaging!

Friday, October 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Sideshow Radio Podcast


The latest edition of Sideshow Radio once again features more 12" Star Wars figure news! Head on over and download the podcast today for details on when you can expect to see the first images of the recently confirmed 12" Asajj Ventress figure!

Friday, October 13, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Target Clearance Deals


A few folks have e-mailed to let us know about some great 50% off clearance deals going on at Target. Readers have found the exclusive Titanium Series Lava Vader for as low as $7.48 and Unleashed Boba Fett and General Grievous for as low as $9.88 at their local stores! Keep your eyes peeled for these great deals the next time you're out and about at Target!

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars Artist Series: Steve Anderson


The Official Site has updated with the latest entry in the Star Wars Artist Series. Head on over for a profile on Star Wars illustrator/designer Steve Anderson.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Mills Fleet Farm Toyland Opening Soon


A heads-up for all our Midwestern readers - Mills Fleet Farm stores will be opening their annual Toyland section this weekend and Star Wars will be well represented! The Toyland Catalog this year shows both Basic Figures (as low as $5.60) and the "Vintage" Saga figures (as low as $7.49)! Hit your local Fleet Farm store Saturday @ 7am to check out the deals!

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Master Replicas FX Lightsaber Sale


Looking for a deal on FX Lightsabers? Well then head on over to Master Replicas! They are currently offering $20 off in-stock Force FX Lightsabers (excludes the Darth Maul Signature Edition). Just enter coupon code 20FX20 at checkout to receive the discount! Offer ends 11/22/06.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

UPDATE: Colbert to Announce Greenscreen Winner


UPDATE: Well tonight's episode of The Colbert Report was one for the Star Wars fans. The man himself, George Lucas, showed up on the show with his very own entry in the Green Screen Challenge... and he lost.

All in good fun, the entry from Lucas poked fun at Colbert and himself as well. The Green Screen Challenge was a blast and actually had some pretty well done entries you can check out at ColbertNation.com. I like the one where he fights the Rancor myself.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Lucasfilm Wins Infringement Lawsuit


Lucasfilm was awarded $20 million in damages after winning a copyright infringement and unfair competition case in U.S. District Court. Lucasfilm sued Shepperton Design Studios and its owner, Andrew Ainsworth, for illegally producing various pieces of replica Imperial Armor such as Stormtrooper and TIE Pilot gear. Head on over to the Official Site for all the details on the case!

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars mimobot Series 1


New from Mimoco is Star Wars mimobot Series 1. These officially licensed designer USB Flash Drives are available in three different sizes - 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB! Each drive comes with preloaded bonus Star Wars mimobot content including trailers, soundbites, avatars, and more! The first in the series, Darth Vader, is now available for pre-order.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

EaW: Forces of Corruption Update


StarWars.com has posted another new gaming video featuring the Zann Consortium and their campaign for galactic domination! Head on over for another sneak peek at Forces of Corruption, the upcoming expansion to Star Wars: Empire at War.

Wednesday, October 11, 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, October 11, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Blog Update


Gentle Giant has updated their blog with edition size announcements and a shipping update for a few upcoming products!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Colbert to Announce Greenscreen Edit Winner


We reported a few months back that Steven Colbert of The Colbert Report had announced a Jedi Edit Greenscreen Challenge. During the filming of one of his episodes Colbert rolled around in front of a greenscreen, with a lightsaber, fighting an imaginary space monster. While it was already pretty funny in its own right, he challenged any of his talented viewers to edit the clip so that he was no longer fighting an imaginary monster. He will announce a winner on tonight’s episode which airs at 11:30PM EDT/10:30PM CDT on Comedy Central.

Be sure to catch up on all the previous entries over at the #1 Colbert Report fan site, ColbertNation.com. There certainly are some really funny ones in there.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

Star Wars Comic Packs - Crimson Empire Update


EntertainmentEarth has begun shipping the first batch of the exclusive Star Wars Comic Pack: Crimson Empire #6! If you have this set pre-ordered, keep an eye on that e-mail inbox this month for your ship notice!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Shipping From Dark Horse This Week


Arriving at local comic book shops this week is Star Wars: Legacy #4. Can't wait to read it tomorrow? Well then check out Dark Horse's website for a preview to tide you over!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Costco Potato 3-Pack at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed this weekend to let us know that they found the Costco exclusive Tater Trio Set at their local stores! Priced at $16.99, this set includes all three of the Star Wars Potatos in exclusive Darth Tater packaging! These should be available at Costco everywhere soon, so keep your eyes open the next time you're out and about!

Monday, October 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Gentle Giant Ben Kenobi Mini-Bust?


The talk of the net this weekend was the appearance of a new photo showing a rumored Ben Kenobi Mini-Bust from Gentle Giant! We've got no official confirmation or details yet, but it looks like the original Jedi Master may be getting his due from GG soon!

Monday, October 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Forces Of Corruption Ready To Go


The Official Site updates tonight with a diary chronicling the making of Empire At War: Forces of Corrpution. With the game going gold and the anticipated release just around the corner, fans are anxious for the expansion to the hit game. We've been keeping tabs for you here at JD and it's shaping up to be an interesting experiment in Star Wars gaming! The game's Demo is available for download as well so click on through to test it out.

Monday, October 9, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the great topics from our forums. This past week, the Target computers revealed a slew of new upcoming 2007 products from Hasbro. One of the highlights was the mention of new Order 66 2-Packs (DPCI# 087-06-0884)! Two new figures? Two repaints? We don't know yet, but everyone seems to have an opinion on what they should be! Head on into the forums to join in the discussion!

Monday, October 9, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

JediDefender Give-Away - Saga-021 Scorch


Don't forget to enter our latest Give-Away! JediDefender is giving you the chance to win one of the most popular army builders from the 2006 Saga Collection - Saga-021 Scorch! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Sunday, October 8, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Figure Pre-Order Update at EE


EntertainmentEarth is now taking pre-orders for the very first wave of 2007 Titanium Series Die-Cast figures! 2007 Wave 1 (due in late December) features the 3.75" Die-Cast debut of Jango Fett!

Saturday, October 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Dark Horse Comics For January 2007


The Official Site updates with a run-down on the upcoming Dark Horse comics scheduled for January 2007 and graphic novels for March 2007 . Head on over for all the details on your favorite Star Wars comics!

Saturday, October 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

LEGO Star Wars Maquettes @ StarWarsShop


StarWarsShop is now offering pre-orders for two brand new maquettes done
in the LEGO Star Wars universe style - Darth Vader and Stormtrooper! Both maquettes were designed by the folks at Gentle Giant Studios and each measures in at 6-inches.

Saturday, October 7, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Questions for Hasbro? - Week 14 Answers


On September 29th, we sent our fourteenth batch of questions to Hasbro for their weekly Star Wars Question and Answer feature. Today, we've got the answers to those questions!

Friday, October 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Kubrick Series 7 Update


With the 400% Darth Vader figure making his way into the hands of the Kubrick faithful this month, it's time to start anticipating the next big Medicom release - Kubrick Star Wars Series 7! Are you ready?

Friday, October 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

The Stars of Star Wars: Lethal Alliance


The Official Site has updated with a feature on Lethal Alliance, the upcoming video game for the PSP and DS! Head on over to check out character artwork for two new Star Wars characters - Rianna and Zeeo!

Friday, October 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Series Figure Pre-Order Update at EE


Fans of the Titanium Series Die-Cast figures take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for the next wave of 3.75" scale Die-Cast figures! Wave 5 (due in November) features Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker (Hoth Pilot Gear), and a Cylon Centurion from Battlestar Galactica!

Friday, October 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Dagobah Premium Format Figure Set Delayed


Sideshow Collectibles has passed along word that the Premium Format Dagobah Training Luke Skywalker & Yoda Figure Set has been delayed just a bit. The set will now ship in January 2007. Now you have something else to look forward to during the post-Holiday doldrums!

Friday, October 6, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

12" Endor Rebels Are Deployed


Sideshow Toys have their pre-order up for the 12" Endor Rebel Infantry Soldier (Single) as well as the Endor Strike Force Bundle that includes all three 12" Rebel Troopers. Head on over to get your orders in on these great army builders!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Update - 30th Anniversary Wave 1


Hasbro has updated their website today with the official announcement of the first wave of figures in the 30th Anniversary Collection, due January 2007!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Lucasfilm Shifts From the Big to the Small Screen


George Lucas has decided that it is time to take Lucasfilm in a new direction. After his recent donation of $175 million to USC, Lucas has announced that Lucasfilm will now be moving away from the big screen for good, and will be taking up TV and animation full time, because he sees it as the future of the industry. Lucas says not to worry that Indy IV and his film about the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII are still in the works for the future. But they will be the last time we see Lucasfilm pictures on the big screen.

Check out Davis S. Cohen's article on Variety.com for the full story. It is a very interesting read.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 | Ryan Phipps

New Review: Moff Jerjerrod


Our reviews are back for another week polishing off another figure from the "Endor Wave". This week's fun-fest picks the new Moff Jerjerrod figure apart. If you read the Q&A's Hasbro have with collecting sites then you'll know that some of this figure was creative license from the Hasbro designers. Is that what you want in your toy, or do you want a more boring look to Jerjerrod, and ultimately a more accurate figure? Count me in for the latter, as you read my review and disappointment.

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, October 5, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow 12" Endor Rebel Q&A


Sideshow Collectibles has posted a great new FAQ revealing a pile of details for tomorrow's 12" Endor Rebel Strike Force priority pre-ordering. Head on over for all the details you need to be sure to secure your bundle tomorrow!

Thursday, October 5, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

EaW: Forces of Corruption Update


StarWars.com has posted a great new gaming video that introduces Tyber Zann, a new character from Forces of Corruption, the upcoming expansion to Star Wars: Empire at War. Head on over for a peek at Zann's campaign for galactic domination!

Wednesday, October 4, 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, October 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Wal-Mart 30th Anniversary Cantina Band Photos


Headed your way in December is the exclusive Wal-Mart 30th Anniversary Commemorative Cantina Band Tin! This exclusive tin comes packed with five members of the Modal Nodes, aka the Mos Eisley Cantina Band, complete with unique instruments for each member.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Name the Newest Sith Lord!


StarWars.com is hosting a brand new contest that lets YOU choose the name of the next Sith Lord! In the fifth book of the new Legacy of the Force series, Sacrifice by Karen Traviss, Jacen Solo will reveal his Sith name - one chosen by the fans! Head on over and submit your Sith suggestion today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

StarWarsChicks.com Fight for the Cure


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we thought we'd pass along word that the Star Wars Chicks are once again hard at work raising money for the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Head on over and grab yourself a Star Wars Chick lapel pin and help the cause!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Unleashed Battle Packs Update


The next wave of Unleashed Battle Packs features 4 new sets inspired by Order 66! We've managed to secure a few new loose photos for one last preview before they hit retail!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

30th Anniversary Tin Photos - RotJ Biker Scout


The Original Trilogy wave of 30th Anniversary Commemorative Tins will be here soon. Tired of waiting to see some new pics of the loose figures? Well, we've got a pair of new images to tide you over!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Target DPCIs And New Items


We've got some Target news in here at JD.com. The rumors were floating about Target battlepacks, but there is more. We've got the items and the DPCI's so click on through for the full story and let the wishes begin!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | Jesse McCracken

JediDefender Forum Spotlight


Once again, it's time to highlight one of the great topics from our forums. This past week, Hasbro's weekly Q&A with JediDefender revealed that fans might have some input on future "greatest hits" waves. Great idea to give the fans a voice? Terrible idea to even consider repacking anything more? Head on into the forums to join in the discussion!

Monday, October 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Sideshow VCD TIE Pilots Now Shipping


Sideshow Collectibles sends along word that the VCD TIE Fighter Pilot figure from Medicom has arrived in their warehouse and orders are now being processed and shipped! If you've got the TIE Pilot pre-ordered, keep an eye on that mailbox!

Monday, October 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New Battle Packs for Pre-Order


BigBadToyStore is now offering pre-orders for three new Star Wars Battle Packs - Battle of Geonosis, Capture of Tantive IV, and Jedi Training on Dagobah! No details on figures yet, but you'll know as soon as we do! Thanks to our man OCB for the heads-up!

Monday, October 2, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Walmart 7" Unleashed Figures Hitting Retail


JD staffers stumbled upon Walmart's new exclusive 7" Unleashed figures this weekend in both Pittsburgh and SoCal, including Darth Vader (Bespin Gantry) and Jedi Luke. As a reminder, these are both just re-issues of prior Unleashed figures, but in fancy new cylindrical packaging. So if you missed either of these last time 'round, or are a packaged Unleashed completist, it's time to hit your local WM. Happy hunting!

Monday, October 2, 2006 | Matt Colman

30th Anniversary Tins Found at Retail


A few folks have e-mailed this weekend to let us know that they found the first wave of 30th Anniversary Commemorative Tins at their local Toys R Us stores! Priced at $29.99, the first wave includes tins for the three prequel movies! These should be available everywhere soon, so keep your eyes open the next time you're out and about!

Sunday, October 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

Titanium Pre-Order Update at EE


Fans of the Titanium Series take note! EntertainmentEarth is taking pre-orders for a new wave of 3" scale ships! Wave 15 (due in December) features new Star Wars vehicles and a few more classic Battlestar Galactica ships as well!

Sunday, October 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

New JD Give-Away - Saga-021 Scorch


It's time for a new Give-Away! JediDefender is giving you the chance to win one of the most popular army builders from the 2006 Saga Collection - Saga-021 Scorch! Check out our Give-Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Sunday, October 1, 2006 | Jeff Smentek

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