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The Holographic craze continues... first The Emperor, then Yoda, now Princess Leia?

According to the Official Site Holographic Princess Leia is this year's Comic Con Exclusive figure!

Though will not be offering items to purchase at Celebration III, fans will get to preview some of items featured or soon to be available at the site:
- Hasbro Holographic Leia Prototype (Comic-Con 2005 Figure) ( exclusive)

Look for Leia to show up at after the convention season is over.


Watto's Junk Yard / Hyperspace Membership Kit 2005
« on: April 6, 2005, 11:54 AM »
Anyone else get this yet?

It showed up in my mailbox yesterday, but I didn't get around to opening it until today...  :-[

While the "Ewok Animation Cel" I got last year sucked (mine was just 3-4 blue and pink bubbles  ::)), at least it was a great idea to give us a unique collectible that you weren't going to get any place else.  This year's pack is full of "free stuff" aka advertisements and is pretty boring IMHO.

I got this "free stuff":
- Form Letter from GL (thanks for all the money, sucker!  :P)
- Hasbro "dangler" - aka a paper mobile like you made in 3rd grade arts and crafts
- Episode III LEGO poster - actually pretty cool poster
- Code 3 T-shirt iron-on - would be nicer if it didn't say across the front of it  ::)
- WotC Mon Cal mini - already have him...
- Vader window decal - ok, I guess
- Official 2005 Star Wars Fan Club membership card

And then these advertisements:
- GG Bust-Ups trading card - lame
- Sony Ep3 Soundtrack trading card - lame
- $50 coupon for Code 3 - lame
- 20% off coupon for SW Blinds - lame
- Darth Vader Check advertisement - lame

OK, so I did like the LEGO poster, that was kinda cool.  Also, the free WotC mini was nice, but I already have the Mon Cal guy. 

Other than the window decal and the membership card, everything else was a direct tie/advertisement to some licensee - Hasbro, LEGO, GG, WotC, Code 3, etc - and was trying to sell me something SW.

It would have been nice if they could have passed out "Droids" Animation Cels or something else lost in those vacuous LFL vaults.  I mean, it's nice they gave us something, but it just would have been nice if it was more than just ads for SW stuff...  :(


The Prequel Trilogy / RotS TV Commercials at the OS!
« on: April 1, 2005, 09:49 PM »
Check out the 3 new RotS TV Commercials at the Official Site!




Dark Side Unleashed

Power of the Force 2 / JediDefender Image Database Retrospective
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:41 PM »

We here at JediDefender are pleased to bring you a brand new weekly feature - The JediDefender Image Database Retrospective

Each week, we'll bring you brand new, brilliant high-res photos of the older Kenner/Hasbro Power of the Force 2 figures.  You probably haven't really looked at your old figures since you bought them, but after you see our pics you'll probably want to dig them out for another look. 

Today, we kick it all off with the nine figures in the initial Power of the Force 2 assortment - Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and Stormtrooper!

Hope you enjoy these great high res photos!


Revenge of the Sith / Can You Break the Emperor's Code?
« on: March 28, 2005, 04:22 PM »
Yet another thing to complain about this weekend...  ::)

From Hasbro:

Can You Break the Emperor's Code? 

The Emperor's Code is hidden on each of the 3 STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH Exclusives available at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys "R" Us stores.

Locate the hidden code on each toy, figure out what it means, enter the code into the vault website and you could win an Emperor's Code Breaker T-shirt.  But more importantly, figure out The Emperoro's Code and you'll reveal the evil plan to take over the galaxy...

Does Hasbro actually expect any kids to get their hands on these 3 exclusives from Wal-Mart, Target, and TRU?  Seriously?

What the hell?  Whoopee!  I'm a giant nerd identified by my Emperor's codebreaker T-shirt!   :P

This totally rings of B-E-S-U-R-E-T-O-D-R-I-N-K-Y-O-U-R-O-V-A-L-T-I-N-E...  ::)


Revenge of the Sith / RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 26, 2005, 12:38 AM »

RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter

No pictures yet, but it's another re-hash of the same ship with new colors...  :-\


Revenge of the Sith / RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: March 26, 2005, 12:35 AM »
Pre-order yours today at EE!

RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee:

No pictures yet, but stay tuned...


The Prequel Trilogy / Official Site Episode 3 Make Over
« on: March 21, 2005, 09:46 PM »

Wow!  I love the new main page skins!  Vader and the Imperial March - ooooh.   :)  Gen Grievous and the Droid Army music is groovy too!

Lotsa new pictures in there hidden amongst the character bios and story and planets descriptions.

Definately worth checking out, especially the new backgrounds taken from the upcoming Movie theater posters and such...


For those that may have missed it on the main page last week, we've updated the JediDefender Image Database with some fantastic high-res loose and packaged photos of the Vintage Original Trilogy Collection figures.  Click on a figure below to access the Image Database Entry for that figure!

JD Sports Forum! / Steroids in Sports
« on: March 10, 2005, 11:53 AM »
OK, since this is bigger than just NFL or MLB or the Olympics, I thought I'd get us rolling on this topic in our new Sports Forum!

So, in recent 'Roids news, the US Congress is trying to get baseball players to testify on the subject:

MLB leaders plan to fight subpoenas

Do you think these guys should have to testify on the subject?

Is it in baseball's best interest to never find out if Bonds or McGwire or Sosa were on steroids?   :-\

I don't know how I feel about it.  If the players did it, it kinda sucks, but then again there was no testing for it - who knows what the right answer is?


JD Sports Forum! / MLB 2005
« on: March 10, 2005, 10:40 AM »
Well, with the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues well underway, I guess it's time to abandon the old thread and start up a new one for 2005!

I've been watching a few games on ESPN and listening to the Twins on the AM radio when I get a chance, really starting to get into Baseball again.  I've got my tickets for the Dome Opener, should be another great year for the Twins - Santana and BRadke at the top of the rotation and a re-stocked infield.  Ready to go for that 4th-in-a-row AL Central title!

Aaaah, Baseball.  :)

I no longer miss the NHL.   :P


Jocasta's Reading Room / SW - Labyrinth of Evil (Ep3 Precursor)
« on: March 7, 2005, 03:59 PM »
Anyone started reading this one yet?

I don't normally enjoy the made-up EU stuff, but I do tend to enjoy the filler "prequel" books they've done.  I liked the "Approaching Storm" which explained the events leading up to Episode 2, and I really liked the "Cloak of Deception", the Episode 1 prequel book.  Both did a great job of dropping you off at the starting point of the films.

Anyway, I had a chance to page through the book at B-n-N this weekend, and it loooked pretty good.  I have really enjoyed other SW books that Luceno has done (The NJO Agents of Chaos Duology as well as the aforementioned Cloak of Deception) and after previewing it in the store, I'm definately picking this one up. 

I couldn't bring myself to pay full price for a hard cover, so I passed on it at the store and just ordered it from today (can't beat 35% off cover price and free shipping since I picked up a few other books  ;)).

Anyone else considering reading this book?


Revenge of the Sith / Droid Tri-Fighter
« on: March 7, 2005, 11:49 AM »
With a bunch of people finding this wave of vehicles this weekend, I thought we better start up a thread for this vehicle too...

I managed to find this one this weekend and I love the design.  I like the little buzz droids too, should be cool to see them in action in the movie!


Other Collectibles / Exclusive Republic Commando Maquette
« on: March 3, 2005, 04:15 PM »

NOTE: Image shown is a 3-D rendered model of the maquette. The final product is subject to change.

Now available for pre-order at is an exclusive Republic Commando Maquette!  Previously planned as an exclusive to LucasArts employees, this limited maquette by Gentle Giant features a detailed sculpt based on the new Republic Commando video game and will be limited to 400 pieces worldwide. 

Head on over to to grab yours before they are gone!

LEGO / TRU Exclusive "Imperial Inspection" LEGO Set
« on: March 1, 2005, 01:24 PM »

When the Official Site said "coming in March", they meant it!

The Toys R Us exclusive Imperial Inspection LEGO Set was spotted by yours truly in Minnesota today!

For $49.99 plus tax you get: 
the Imperial Shuttle, four all-new stormtroopers, two Imperial Guards, two Imperial Officers, the Emperor, and Darth Vader.

I like the new-look for the Stormies, very nice!  Too bad the rest of the set is re-hashed stuff...  :(


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