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January 2005

Celebration 3 Badges Revealed

Like the title reads, Celebration 3's badges have been displayed at StarWars.com for your viewing pleasure. Appears there will be two sets for collectors of such things to clamor over, so go check it out. Dang! I gotta get my set here pretty soon actually!

Sunday, January 30, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Art Of Republic Commando

I'd say this is one of the most highly anticipated video games to bless the Star Wars world in a long time, and the hype continues around it as StarWars.com updates with an article on the art involved in creating the game.

The shots are rather rugged and military looking, pulling off the premise of the game as a military/tactical first-person shooter. Very vivid images, and a good article too, so click the image and read on soldier!

Sunday, January 30, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Episode 3 Basic Figures - Let the Leaks Begin!

Word came into the JD news room today that the Episode 3 figures are not only shipping to stores, they're here! The first wave of Collection 2 figures hit a Minnesota Target store this morning. That's right, Figures III-13 to III-24 were spotted hanging on the pegs at a local Target store ($6.99 each). Click on through for the full story!

Friday, January 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Target Exclusive Micro Vehicles

Target picks up yet another exclusive, this time in the form of the newly dubbed Micro Vehicle line by Hasbro. This line appears to be two small scaled vehicles packed with two small figures (not the same scale), and sold on the new Revenge Of The Sith packaging style. Click the image above to read all about it at Hasbro's site.

Thursday, January 27, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Spaceballs The Cartoon... Seriously

A thanks to my buddy Blue_Harvester from my local collecting circle for pointing this one out, but if you dare to read on, there is an article at Yahoo about an animated Spaceballs project. Yes, more spaceballs! There goes the planet!

Click Right Here to get all the details learned so far. This sounds very interesting indeed!

Thursday, January 27, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Revenge Title Crawl

The Official Site has released the text for the opening crawl of Episode III! Click on through for the Spoilerish text.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 | Scott Pearson

Clone Wars DVD Packs

Our Aussie friends at Mousedroid.com have posted pictures of what appear to be 3-Packs to commemorate the release of the Clone Wars DVD which will be released this spring. Akin to the OT DVD 3-Packs that were Wal-Mart Exclusives this last fall, no word yet on where and when and if these will show up in the US.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 | Scott Pearson

More Rebo Band Kubrick Pics

Medicom has updated their site with a new picture of the upcoming Exclusive Max Rebo Band Kubrick Set. Limited to 2005 and sold only in Japan this set will be a hot one next month when it is released!

Monday, January 24, 2005 | Scott Pearson

Hallmark 2005 Ornaments

Hallmark unveils a few pictures of some upcoming Revenge of the Sith Ornaments for 2005. Head on over and check out the pictures of Anakin's Jedi Starfighter, an Ep3 Clone, as well as a few new items from the OT too!

Monday, January 24, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Brian's Toys Newsletter

Brian's Toys has posted their latest newsletter. Now in stock this week is the Toys'R'Us exclusive Kubrick 5-pack, get yours today for only $99.99. Also back in stock OTC basic Darth Vader ROTJ, Greedo, Gamorrean Guard and Sly Moore. The OTC Jedi Council packs 1-4 are also all back in stock from $29.99. Carded classic Boba Fett and 12" Boba Fett Blue Jumpsuit are also both back in stock.

Clone Wars Green Clone Trooper Army and the Gentle Giant ARC Trooper Maquette and Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette are all back in stock as well. Saga vehicles featured this week include the Imperial Shuttle, A-Wing and TIE Fighter. Also in stock the carded Toy Fair Darth Vader for $349.99 and an AFA 90 Toy Fair Darth for $549.99.

Sunday, January 23, 2005 | Chris Berry

Empire At War Now At Lucasarts Too

Lucasarts has put together their official announcement of the Star Wars: Empire At War Real-Time Strategy Game due out sometime in the somewhat distant future. As you know, we here at JediDefender.com have been giving you random articles on this upcoming title that have surfaced online, but now Lucasarts has thrown their news on the game up, including some screenshots and conceptual art.

I personally love flipping through a game's concept art because you can really get an idea of what the developers are going for while creating these games. So, guess what? Yes, go check it out by clicking the Empire At War image above! Keep in mind, the game's title is even still listed as "tentative" yet though, so this game is really still in early stages. Enjoy those screenshots though because they're really impressive. Too bad I don't see much for the Rebels on the field though besides their one new tank design.

Saturday, January 22, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Celebration 3 Exclusive Figure: Talking Darth Vader

The Official Site has announced the Exclusive Action Figure for Celebration 3 and it sounds down right evil. It's Darth Vader with a base from which some lines that were recorded by none other than James Earl Jones himself will emenate. Included are the following phrases:

  • "The dark side of the Force is strong with you"
  • "Your journey to the dark side is now complete"
  • "Prepare to experience the Revenge of the Sith. It is your destiny"
  • "Welcome to Star Wars Celebration III. Never will you find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

    Celebration 3 is this April in Indianapolis. It sounds like Hasbro and the Con will allow for wider distribution and make the figure easier to obtain than the George Lucas figure was at Celebration 2.

    Friday, January 21, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Max Rebo Band Kubrick Set!

    Medicom has just announced yet another uber cool Kubrick exclusive: The Max Rebo Band! A four-pack with Max, Sly, Droopy and the SE's Doda Bodonawieedo will be released next month, with a total production run of 2,005. This set is exclusive to Japan, with 500 pieces being released at the Wonder Festival there on February 20th, and an additional 1,505 being distributed through the Medicom Collector's Club on February 21st. Keep your eyes peeled to your home for Star Wars Kubrick information, JediDefender.com!

    Friday, January 21, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Episode 3 Preview Merchandise Release Date

    Were you looking for official confirmation that February 1st is the official LFL street date for Episode 3 preview product? Look no further than the Official Site, which updates tonight with news that StarWarsShop.com will begin to offer up their Episode III Exclusives starting, you guessed it - February 1st!

    Thursday, January 20, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    More Sneak Preview Shots

    Another batch of JD.com readers have reported finding the Sneak Preview wave at their local southern California Wal-Mart at the low price of $5.88 plus tax. Loaded with articulation, these figures are a great way to tease the fans to prepare for the Episode 3 onslaught! JD.com forum member Tydirium was kind enough to send along some pictures of the preview figures free from their plastic prisons, so click on through to the full story and check them out!

    Thursday, January 20, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    New Force Battle Figures

    Seller powerjedi999 has a few new Revenge of the Sith based figure prototypes for sale on eBay. Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look at 2 new figures - Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. These figures are from the yet-to-be announced Force Battle line-up. Standing about 7" tall, these look to be similar to the current Jedi Force line of figures.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Sneak Preview Figures Hitting the Pegs!

    Whether by mistake, or not, it appears as if some of the Sneak Preview wave figures are starting to hit retail pegs ahead of their officially scheduled Feb. 1 street date. JD member Robb writes in (with a picture) that he found General Grievous and the Wookiee Warrior at a SoCal Walmart today, for a tolerable $5.88 each. Since these aren't technically "allowed" to hit the pegs for another couple weeks, this may just be a lucky find for now (though I'm sure there will be more). Regardless, congrats Robb. Nice find!

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Empire At War... Yeah, It Still Is

    Remember my news article on the upcoming Real-Time Strategy Game, Empire At War due out on PC some time down the road? Well, I found another article on the subject here recently from 1 Up.com. It's a much more civil and informed article than the previous one as far as its "bashing" of previous RTS games for Star Wars.

    Check these very preliminary screen shots and articles on the game out though, and start forming early opinions and hopes. I for one am still already a little irked they changed the TIE Crawler's design completely rather than using its original design from West End Games... But what do I know?

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    C3 Collector Panels

    StarWars.com has given a lot of the details on the collector panels being pulled together for you by Gus Lopez, aka Star Wars Super Collector! He's pulling out all the stops it seems with panels on Unproduced Items, Props/Costumes, and lots more.

    Click the logo above to learn all about these panels, and hope to see you at some (or all) of them out in Indy!

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    More Republic Commando Goodness

    Two more videos in addition to two which we reported that were posted on Yahoo Games have now all surfaced on Republic Commando's Official Website. Click and enjoy. The two new videos are pretty interesting, covering "Squad Revive", and "Squad Movement". The game's shaping up to be good, and praise is coming in for it.

    Also in Republic Commando News, click the image/link provided above of a Thermal Detonator "Stress Ball", and learn how to receive that FREE when you pre-order Republic Commando from Lucasarts. I rarely pre-order myself, but that little extra may just make me cave in on this one.

    Monday, January 17, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Sneak Preview Wave Arriving?

    Word on the street is they are arriving at stores (Target at least), but not making it to the shelves just yet. The boxes are dated 2/1/05 and not allowed to hit the shelves till that date.

    Will they slip up and go out early? Anything is possible, but these are arriving to stores and just not making it to the floor I guess, so keep your eyes open for new figures on that date. It's coming up right quick folks!

    Monday, January 17, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Collector's Gallery News

    Click through for a brand new product listing from Collector's Gallery Online.

    Monday, January 17, 2005 | Chris Berry

    Gentle Giant Chrome Stormtrooper Busts Arrive!

    JD member DualSaberMaster sends along word that his Gentle Giant Chrome Stormtrooper Mini-Bust already arrived today from SWS.com. Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like? Then click on through to the full story to check it out, as he was kind enough to forward a few pictures to us!

    Friday, January 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Taters and Wookiees

    StarWars.com updates with a look at a few new upcoming items from Hasbro. First up is the ominous Darth Tater, a very strange meeting between Darth Vader and Mr. Potato Head. The second is a closer look at the Wookiee Water Blaster, a Star Wars variation of the classic pump-action Super Soaker.

    Head on over to StarWars.com for all the details!

    Friday, January 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    EE: JAKKS Darth Vader Plug and Play

    Sponsor Entertainment Earth has the JAKKS Plug and Play Star Wars Video Game up for preorder for $29.99. The controller will come with 3 Episode III games as well as 2 Classic Atari games. No further word on what these games will exactly be, more updates as they occur.

    Thursday, January 13, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Chrome Stormtrooper Busts Are Up

    Check ShopStarWars.com now if you're wanting to place your order for the chrome Stormtrooper Bust, as it's just become available online. Just Click Right Here and that will take you to the ordering page for it.


    Hope you got your order in... My buddy Bobafett14 just said he clicked the ad he got in email today and they were gone (real speedy with those email ads huh?). I now notice this too, so those went mighty fast.

    Thursday, January 13, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Dark Horse Comics for April

    StarWars.com updates with a look at the upcoming Star Wars comics planned for April 2005, including the latest news about the comic adaptation of Episode 3. SW.com also gives us the lowdown on an exclusive new Bust Up from Gentle Giant! Packaged with a new printing of Dark Horse's Star Wars graphic novel, Crimson Empire, will be two Gentle Giant bust ups - an exclusive blue holographic Darth Sidious figure and a standard Royal Guard. Head on over to check out the details on the comics and check out the picture of the Holo-Sidious Bust-Up above!

    Thursday, January 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Chrome Stormtrooper Busts Are Up

    Check ShopStarWars.com now if you're wanting to place your order for the chrome Stormtrooper Bust, as it's just become available online. Just Click Right Here and that will take you to the ordering page for it.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Attacktix in the Insider

    UPDATE: The lastest issue of the Insider has a nice picture of several Episode III Gamepieces. Out of respect for the Insider's Wishes, we're not going to show you pictures of the figures. Head on out to a newstand or mailbox near you for more!

    However, as a follow up to our Attacktix report last month, we now know who is in and how many there will be of the first wave of Figure/Game pieces. Click on through for the list of 29 figures. Including one rather remarkable bit about Anakin Skywalker. Beware of SPOILERS!

    Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    First RotS Toy Lands at KB!

    KBToys.com is first to offer the first of what will surely be many Episode 3 toys! In stock now and ready to ship is LEGO's Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid for $19.99 plus shipping!

    Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards Announced

    The 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards were officially announced today by AtomFilms and Lucasfilm Ltd. Submissions are being accepted until March 8th, 2005. Click on through for the full press release!

    Tuesday, January 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Deep Discounts at Amazon/TRU

    As we head into the Episode 3 onslaught, Amazon/TRU appear to be clearing some things out cheap! If you've been putting off buying some of this stuff, perhaps now is the time?

    Jedi Warriors 4-Pack - just $7.98
    Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack - just $7.98
    TRU Jedi Scene #1 - just $7.98
    Geonosian War Room Scene #1 - just $13.98

    Tuesday, January 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Topps' Revenge of the Sith Cards

    StarWars.com has updated with a new feature story on the upcoming Topps Revenge of the Sith. Head on over for the latest news on where you can find the Episode 3 promo cards and start your collection early!

    Tuesday, January 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Wars Insider Arriving

    Insider #80 is making its way to a mailbox near you, so keep those peepers peeled for your favorite dose of Star Wars via the way us old-geezers used to get our information.

    Besides this issue having some good info on Clone Wars Season 2, they also have a plethora of collecting news. Included is information on the Attacktix line, which Jedi Defender has been keeping you up to date with. There's also information on our beloved 3.75" line including confirmation of a Mustafar Playset, and an all new line called Action Assortment. The article boasts three vehicle assortments as well! Sounds to me like the blitz for Episode III is on, so save that loose change, 'cause you're gonna need it.

    So check your mailbox or newsstand and read up folks!

    Monday, January 10, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Strategy Gaming Gets A Facelift

    At least Star Wars Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games are getting a facelift, as per the scans of PC-Zones upcoming article on the new Star Wars RTS: "Star Wars: Empire At War". These are first looks at a genre of gaming that Star Wars fans have really needed an upgrade in.

    The article is quite good and revealing, though I'm noticing that they're scrapping some previously established EU designs and redesigning things themselves. They're also incredibly harsh towards Force Commander, a game that was admittedly flawed but was innovative in many ways as well, especially since 3-D RTS gaming was something new when Force Commander came out.

    Anyway,Read on to catch all the details on this that are surfacing.

    Monday, January 10, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Clone Wars Interview

    A nice little article with Genndy Tartakovsky has surfaced at Now Playing Magazine pertaining to the upcoming episodes of the Clone Wars. Getting five 12-minute episodes sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

    Click the image above and read it all. Says to stay tuned for Part 2 of the interview as well, on Monday. Jedi Defender will keep you updated on that of course.

    Sunday, January 9, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Defender Wishlists II: The Phantom Menace

    Some time ago we ran an informal poll with your 10 most wanted characters from the current 5 Star Wars films. With the recent DVD release, an OT heavy year in 2004, and most of the plans done until Episode III, I thought it would be a good time to revisit those lists. Here's how it works: You send your Wish List for your 10 most wanted 3 3/4" figures to me, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases, and I'll tally the votes. After three weeks of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie.

    The first Prequel Episode I:The Phantom Menace is on the clock. If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Site's Databank: Episode I. Entries will be taken by e-mail: spearson@jedidefender.com or you can post them in our forum!!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

    Friday, January 7, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Episode III Attacktix Figure Release List

    As a follow up to our Attacktix report last month, we now know who is in and how many there will be of the first wave of Figure/Game pieces.

    Click on through for the list of 29 figures. Including one rather remarkable bit about Anakin Skywalker. Beware of SPOILERS!

    Thursday, January 6, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Collector's Gallery Online News

    The Galactic Heroes Millenium Falcon is now IN STOCK at Collector's Gallery Online. Yoda & Chewbacca Kotobukiya models are available for preorder, as well as the 2005 Star Wars models including the Millenium Falcon, AT-AT, AT-ST, X-Wing fighter, Snowspeeder, Darth Vader Tie Fighter, Speeder Bike, Slave 1 and Death Star.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2005 | Chris Berry

    RotS 12" Figures Revealed!

    Seller PowerJedi999 has a few new Revenge of the Sith based 12" figures up for sale on eBay. Click on the links to check out the pictures of Barriss Offee and Shaak Ti.

    UPDATE - The auctions have been removed, but you can still check out the pictures in our forums.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Entertainment Earth Exclusive Clone Troopers

    JediDefender sponsor Entertainment Earth has one of the cooler Exclsuives of recent memory up for preorder. Due in May, 4 Different Super Articulated Clone Trooper 4 Packs will be available:
  • Clean White 4 Pack
  • Battle Damaged White 4 Pack
  • Color Clone 4 Pack
  • Battle Damage Color Clone 4 Pack

    You can also order a set of all 4 Variants OR a case of 12 total 4-Packs:
  • Set of 4 Variant 4 Packs
  • Case of 12 (3 of Each) 4 Packs

    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Clone Trooper 4 Packs!

    Today Hasbro has announced a new Exclusive that will have Army Builders squealing with delight. Four different 4 Packs of Super Articulated Clone Troopers in a variety of varients and colors.

    Variation 1: 1x Red, 1x Green, 1x Blue, and 1x Yellow Clone Trooper, each with battle damage
    Variation 2: 1x Red, 1x Green, 1x Blue, and 1x Yellow Clone Trooper
    Variation 3: 4x All-White Clone Troopers, each with battle damage
    Variation 4: 4x All-White Clone Troopers

    These will be an Entertainment Earth exclusive. Look for more word and where to order soon!

    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    ShopStarWars.com Koto Sandtrooper

    Keep your sights set on ShopStarWars.com if you're wanting the Kotobukiya Sandtrooper. They're laying claim to be the exclusive U.S. carrier of this dandy looking Imperial grunt with the black pauldron, and his non-commissioned officer buddy in the white pauldron, while the orange pauldroned trooper is already being made available in the states via other sources.

    Check it out by clicking Right Here to get all the skinny on these items.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Republic Commando Videos On Yahoo!

    Posted at Yahoo Games are two REALLY incredible videos that you guys have to check out if you're a gaming fan. These things really pimp Republic Commando to the fullest, so Click Right Here and start downloading.

    The first video highlights the characters, while the second highlights tactics. Watching the combat take place shows a pretty intense experience. This looks like Ghost Recon in Star Wars, with a little bit of flare and enhancement. You can't argue with that folks!

    I have to say if this game really takes off, and if we're lucky little Star Wars fans, a Classic Trilogy version of this game would blow gamers away I believe. This is looking real nice.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    A Year New, Has Arrived

    Saturday, January 1, 2005 | Chris Berry

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