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February 2004

Trilogy DVD Collection Box Revealed?

French website KamuiWeb.com has some shots of what appears to be the art for the box - or should I say boxes - for the Original Trilogy DVDs to be released later on this year. Yes, you read correctly... boxes. Click on through for the rest of the details.

Sunday, February 29, 2004 | Dave Castle

New "Vintage" OTC Shots

Our good friend Nick over at TheJawa has uncovered some great new shots of the "Vintage" OTC figures, including the first ever shots of the ESB wave. These are premiering in the latest issue of Lee's Toy Review. The figures shown are: Luke, Obi-Wan, and Han, along with brand new pics of C-3PO, Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian and Yoda! So head on over and check them out!

Saturday, February 28, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Brian's Toys Newsletter #244

Brian's Toys weekly newsletter has been posted with many new items added. The Saga exclusive A-Wing and Code 2 Millenium Falcon with case are just a couple of the latest products, read on for a full listing.

Saturday, February 28, 2004 | Chris Berry

Hasbro Q & A

Hasbro has answered some burning questions about the OTC and Toy Fair that people want to know... among them:

  • Fan's Choice Poll #6 is not really Fan's Choice Poll #6. This was "a mistake". It's just a regular poll.

  • The ROTJ Han Solo listed on the back of the "Vintage" OTC Luke card was an error. The 4th figure is actually going to be a Stormtrooper.

  • Dagobah Luke will come with 2 separate heads and sets of arms in his card bubble, and Yoda will have a split-apart feature so he can fit in Luke's backpack.

    Head on over for some more details on the vehicles, 12" figures and packaging for the Original Trilogy Collection.

    Friday, February 27, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Cloud City News

    Cloud City now has the Star Destroyer Wave now available! Includes Bossk, Admiral Ozzel & Dengar. This assortment will be shipped next week (approximately March 1-3). The Saga Sandcrawler is also available for Pre-order - only $79.99 in C9 condition or $74.99 in C7/8 condition. The Jabba's Palace and Battle of Yavin assortments are still available for pre-order at amazing prices - $8.99 for C7/8 or $9.99 for C9 condition.  
    If you collect other lines, check out our Power of the Force 2, Power of the Jedi, Shadows of the Empire, and Episode I series items. We also have a huge assortment of vintage loose figures, carded figures, AFA graded figures, and Vehicles and Playsets. Visit www.cloudcity.com today to check out over 15,000 Star Wars products!

    Friday, February 27, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Episode III Spoiler Update

    The much talked about spoiler images posted yesterday afternoon/evening have been taken down at the mandate of Lucasfilm Ltd. The pictures have been taken off of our server and we encourage anyone that has taken the pictures from us to remove them in their own best interest. I apologize for the site being slow/down at certain parts of the day as our servers were pounded with vast amounts of traffic over these images. Further discussion on this set of spoilers can be posted in this thread.

    Thursday, February 26, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Aayla Secura Unleashed

    As we first reported a few weeks ago, the next wave of Unleashed will include Bossk (pictured in Insider #74), Tusken Raider and Aayla Secura. SSG has prototype pictures of Miss Secura up - looks great! Stay tuned for more, and head on in to our forums for all of your Unleashed discussion...

    UPDATE: A Little Birdie has written to say there are different versions of Aayla floating around and this may not be the final version. Interesting development to say the least. Stay tuned for more details!

    Thursday, February 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Collector's Gallery Online

    Anakin's Jedi Starfighter, Luke Skywalker Attakus statue, POTF Han Solo on Tauntaun 12", and many more are IN STOCK at Collector's Gallery Online. Star Wars Applause figures & mugs as well as thousands of POTF toys, figures, and vintage Star Wars toys carded & loose are also available.

    Thursday, February 26, 2004 | Chris Berry

    StarWarsShop.com announcement

    The Official Site has announced the opening of the "super secret e-tailer" that is going to be handling the online exclusives for this coming year. And it's none other than Lucasfilm themselves. Click through for the full story.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Star Wars Weekends at Disney/MGM Studios

    StarWars.com and Disney have announced that beginning May 14th, MGM Studios will once again host Star Wars Weekends. Visit The Official Site for all the details. Hope to see you there!!

    Wednesday, February 25, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Clone Wars Postcard Set Coming Soon

    Bothan spies have uncovered more goods on their way from a top-secret online source. Click on through for more details.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Fan Choice #6... There Is Another

    The idiocy just keeps on coming! After half a day of voting, Hasbro has decided to add the Imperial Scanning Crew Technician (from the Millenium Falcon carrying case) to the voting pool. So what happens to all of those people who have already voted? Good question...

    Tuesday, February 24, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Fan's Choice Poll #6 Up Now

    Hasbro gives us The Power To Choose... for release this fall in the OTC line - it's Fan Choice Poll #6. The sad thing is, all the choices are straight re-issues. Head on over and read for yourself. Here are the choices:

  • R2-D2 with holographic Princess Leia
  • Admiral Motti
  • Ree-Yees
  • Death Star Trooper
  • Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise (from 2001 Trash Compactor Scene Pack)


    Monday, February 23, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Kubrick "Droids" R2-D2 Carded Shot

    This ultra cool, ultra exclusive little guy is showing up on eBay as we speak. The Tokyo Toy Fair is currently in progress, where this R2 is limited to 500 pieces. An additional 1,504 R2's will be sold online in the near future to Japanese residents only. With only 2,004 of these being made, and in similar fashion to the carded Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker of last year, the "Droids" R2-D2 is sure to be a hot collectible for years to come.

    Sunday, February 22, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    In Stores Now!

    2004 basic and Ultra figures up through the Yavin wave continue to pop up at Targets and Wal-Marts around the country. The Chewbacca Unleashed wave is hitting the pegs at TRU, and don't forget that the 2nd Wave of the Animated Clone Wars figures are growing more abundant at various Target stores.

    Coming Soon: Star Destroyer Wave, Target figures w/ Burger King glasses, and TRU Red Leader w/ X-Wing!

    Friday, February 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    New Episode III Bad Guy


    The Official Site also brings us the first glimpse of the new Bad Guy for Episode III. He is the military head of the Separtist Army and will make his debut in the final episode of the Clone Wars Micro Series in April. Big spoilers for those trying to avoid all things Ep. III, so beware!

    Friday, February 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Clone Wars Q&A

    The Official Site has a nice Q&A posted with Genndy Tartakovsky, the artist behind the highly succesful Clone Wars Micro Series, which is set to return to the Cartoon Network late next month. Head on over for some cool tidbits! Some Episode III and Clone Wars spoilers are present, so be warned!!!

    Friday, February 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Playskool Obi-Wan and Luke Prototypes

    JD Forum mod DSJ makes a cool discovery on eBay today, seller mimidog4428 has what appears to be Playskool prototypes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker up for bid. Perhaps the rumors of more Playskool 2-packs is true!

    Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Unleashed Wave 8 @ Action-HQ

    Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with Unleashed Wave 8 and Admiral Ozzel asst at the end of the month!

    Available now at AHQ on limited quantity is Unleashed Wave 8 figures:
    Luke X-Wing, Chewbacca & Clone Trooper. Price start at $19.95 each
    or the set for $55.95!

    And at the end of the month, the Star Wars 3.75" asst will be available including Gold Leader, Tie Fighter Pilot, General Dodonna, Antilles, Admiral Ozzel, Dengar and Bossk! Figures starting at just $9.95!

    Click here!

    Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | Chris Berry

    K & C Collectibles Newest Products!

    K and C Colllectibles has received the latest Star Wars 3 ¾” ,Ultra and Unleashed figures. This month we have the Clone Wars Trading Cards for pre-order. Items such as Gold Leader Dutch and General Jan Dodonna are included in the newest waves, read on for more!

    Monday, February 16, 2004 | Chris Berry

    New Lines From Gentle Giant

    Gentle Giant updates their website today with some information and pictures on two new lines of Star Wars collectibles - Bust-Ups and Armory Collection. Click through for the full story.

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Master Replicas 2004 Release List

    Based on an e-mail I received today, there's a whole lot that we have to look forward to from Master Replicas in 2004, including lightsaber and blaster replicas, and their first official Star Wars vehicle - the AT-AT. Read on for the full list!

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Dave Castle

    OTC: Packaging

    New packaging will highlight the OTC with a great homage to the vintage cardbacks and boxes of yesteryear. The modern figures will continue to have the large size bubble on a new black card and a Rebel or Empire affiliation symbol in the upper left hand corner of the card. The vehicles will come in boxes very similar to the vintage vehicle boxes, right down to the black and silver Star Wars logo. Whew, what a morning!

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC: Vehicles

    Three vehicles have been shown for the Original Trilogy Collection. Look for the Millenium Falcon, Luke's Red 5 X-Wing and a TIE Fighter on the shelves sometime in 2004! Note that the Falcon's cockpit has been redesigned as well to better fit the 3-3/4" figures, and will come with some all new electronics, including rear thrusters!

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC: 12" Figures

    Hasbro also has plans for the 12" line in the latter part of 2004. Again going with the Vintage theme, three 12" figures, Luke Skywalker, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett (not shown) will be released in their original (reproduction) vintage boxes!

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC: Vintage Style Figures

    One of the hottest rumors of the Winter comes to fruition as Hasbro has decided to celebrate the Kenner figures we all grew up with! These all new figures will be released on their respective "repro" Vintage cards, with an outer clamshell for protection (akin to the MOTU rereleases of 2000). There will be 12 total figures, with 4 figures from each movie. The full lineup is has not been confirmed yet, but so far we do know that Luke, Obi-Wan, and Han Solo will make up 3 of the 4 A New Hope Figures. Stay tuned for more info!

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC: Bespin Wave

    The last themed wave for 2004 will be the Bespin wave! Consisting of the never before released in the modern line Cloud Car Pilot and a nicely resculpted Lobot and Leia in her dinner gown.

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC: Dagobah Wave

    Hasbro brings us a HUGE update today, debuting the Original Trilogy Collection. We'll preview each assortment separately to give each their due, and first up is the Dagobah wave. Featured above is Dagobah Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan, and R2-D2. These will be released after the Star Destroyer wave.

    Friday, February 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Art That Doesn't Suck

    The ultra talented MisterPL has shared with the world some of his artwork. Check out his idea for a Concept McQuarrie Darth Vader figure and a nice drawing of ole Squidhead in our Forums.

    Thursday, February 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Episode III Villain Revealed???


    The next Boba Fett kids novel is titled "A New Threat" and takes place between Episodes II and III. Amazon (SPOILER) has a picture of the cover which might include a drawing of the new villain for Episode III. Click on over for a look (Be warned of spoilers though!)

    Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Dodonna, Antilles and Vander Loose Shots

    Here are some really nice loose shots of three of the Yavin Wave figures. Thanks to mimidog for the images. Enjoy!

    Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Star Destroyer Wave Carded

    Seller overlord also has some premiere carded shots of the Star Destroyer wave! Included in this wave is Admiral Ozzel, Dengar and Bossk. Look for these to hit within a month from now!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Battle of Yavin Wave Carded

    Seller overlord has some nice carded shots of the soon to be released Yavin wave (L to R above: Antilles, Dodonna, Gold Leader, TIE Pilot). These have been seen in one location in the U.S. so far, but they should hit widespread soon!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Original Trilogy Collection Part 2

    Hasbro issued the following press release concerning the OTC and Toy Fair. Inlcuded are highlights of the packaging change, the retooled Falcon and some hints as to what we will see next week. Read on for more.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OT DVDs Announced!

    The Official Site announces that the Original Trilogy will FINALLY be released in a 4-disc set on September 21, 2004. The bonus disc will include a feature length Making-Of documentary of the OT with some never before seen scenes! Also note that while it specifically does not say, most rumors say that these will be the Special Editions from 1997. Stay tuned for more details as they come in!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Star Wars Miniatures Defined!

    Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) has finally released more details on the Star Wars Collectible Miniatures Game (CMG) which is slated to be released in August/September of this year. A display at the UK Toy Fair previewed some demo packaging for the miniatures. Unfortunately, WOTC has not released any preview images of what the miniatures will actually look like. In a recent interview in Inquest Gamer magazine (#107/March 2004), WOTC's Miniature Category Manager Chris Toepker unveiled some of the details we have all been eagerly awaiting...

    Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | Thomas Grey

    K & C Collectibles 2004 Figures!

    K & C Collectibles has received the latest Star Wars 3 ¾” and 12” action figures.  This month you can pre-order the Clone Wars Trading Cards, Anakin and Darth Maul Kotobukiya figures. In stock 2004 figures include: Rappertunie - Jabba's Palace, J'Quille - Jabba's Sail Barge, Lando Calrissian – Jabba’s Sail Barge, Holographic Luke Skywalker, and many more!

    Monday, February 9, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Holiday C-3PO and R2-D2 Set at Paizo

    Paizo is bringing back a Holiday collecting classic and only for Insider Subscribers! Once sold as a Wal-Mart exclusive in 2002, this hard to find item is now available through Paizo at their Website. Click the full story for details.

    Sunday, February 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Target Price Hike

    One of the Big 3 Retailers, Target, has taken a shot at your pocket book with a price hike for Basic Figures. The price has been at $4.99 for a long time and over the weekend has jumped 20% to $5.99. Dwindling competition is the biggest push for higher prices as discount chains continue to rule the toy selling roost.

    Sunday, February 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #241

    Brian's Toys has just posted their newsletter #214. Items back in stock on the site include the Saga exclusive Silver Clonetrooper C-9 $34.99, the Saga exclusives Sandtrooper (4 Pack) $24.99, and Saga Exclusives Stormtrooper 4-Pack $24.99.

    Sunday, February 8, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Collector's Gallery Online News Release

    Pre-order the Code 3 diecast X-Wing Fighter, Millenium Falcon & X-Wing signature series at Collector's Gallery Online. Clone Wars animated figures, Episode 1 Fambaa w/Gungan, vintage Star Wars bedding, classic Aliens toys; Space Battle, Leia, Solo, Walkers, Luke & Yoda Hamilton plated have all been added. Thousands of Star Wars toys are in stock!

    Sunday, February 8, 2004 | Chris Berry

    TheJawa.com Face Lift

    TheJawa.com has undergone a major face lift and has an all new and fresh look. Give our friends over there a visit!

    Thursday, February 5, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Master Replicas Reveals the Medal Of Yavin

    Master Replicas has just announced it's latest Star Wars prop replica - the Medal of Yavin. This item is limited to just 1,500 pieces, and will be shipping in March with a price tag of $99. So head on over to their site to reserve your place as a Rebel hero next to Luke, Han, and the eternally "medal-less" Chewbacca! Read on for more details...

    Thursday, February 5, 2004 | Matt Colman

    More Jedi Master Points Auctions Coming?

    Several JediDefender readers have alerted us to an e-mail survey that Hasbro has been sending out this afternoon to some of it's members regarding the Jedi Master Points. Seems those auctions MAY not have been the last chance to use our JMPs after all. Hopefully Hasbro will get some positive and constructive feedback from its members, and continue on with the JMP rewards program in some respect. Click the Full Story for a complete list of the survey questions courtesy of JD'er extraordinaire - Morgbug, and drop by this thread in our forums to discuss the issue!

    Thursday, February 5, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Indianapolis Braces For Imperial Forces

    JD member and alum David (Boba Binks) Syczylo points out this article in his local "Indy Star" newspaper from this past weekend. Seems they're warning the locals of the Imperial Forces impending arrival! Click the link above, or read on for the Full Story...

    Thursday, February 5, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Code 3 's New Slave 1!

    Code 3 has just announced the third vehicle in their line of Diecast Star Wars ships, and it's none other than Boba Fett's Slave 1! Head on over to Code 3's site to check out all of their pre-production prototype pictures of this cool piece...

    Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Ultra Jabba and Friends Out Now!

    Reports from the West Coast seem to indicate that the Ultra Jabba and his Denizens are starting to hit retail! Look for these as well as the Jabba's Palace wave at Targets and Wal-Marts near you!

    Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Attack Of The Rumor List (Plus AT-TE?)

    With Toy Fair starting next week, it's a good time to review the rumor list for 2004 and we can check later what was right and what was a bunch of hot air (for now). Click the full story for details.

    Also note that our friends at Rebelscum have pictures of what appears to be a 3-3/4" AT-TE (and accompanying Dropship) from AOTC. Looks cool, we'll find out more next week!

    Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    2004 Fan Film Awards

    The Official Site has the details on the 2004 Fan Film Awards. You can also visit the Atom Films website and check out the past winners including my personal favorite, Figure Club .

    Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Action-HQ.com - Star Wars Mega-Sale Extravaganza

    Available now at Action-HQ are Animated series Wave 2 figures featuring Dooku, Yoda, Clone Trooper & Durge! Each just $15.95 up! Limited supply. Get a set of 8 wave 1 & 2 figures for just $79.95!

    Monday, February 2, 2004 | Chris Berry

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