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March 2003

Jedi Master Yoda Electronic Lightsaber

Our good friend David Syczylo (Boba Binks) sent us a picture of the new electronic Yoda lightsaber he bought from Target yesterday. Very Nice!

Monday, March 31, 2003 | Chris Berry

Collector's Gallery Online Pre-Orders

JediDefender sponsor, Collector's Gallery Online has many of the new 2003 Hasbro Star Wars toys available for pre-order. New items include action fleet, Yoda electronic lightsaber, Slave Leia and Darth Vader Unleashed, and the latest 12".

Monday, March 31, 2003 | Chris Berry

Brian's Toys: Over 360 Items Prices Lowered!

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #196. Over 360 lowered prices on our website!!!

Monday, March 31, 2003 | Chris Berry

Going Once... Going Twice... Sold!

Starting March 31st, Master Replicas will be holding their first Collectors Society exclusive auction. Up for bids is a set of three rare design prototypes for the lightsaber replica of the venerable Jedi Master Yoda. More details inside...

Saturday, March 29, 2003 | Adam Lowe

Hallmark's Star Wars Ornaments for 2003

Later this year, Hallmark will be releasing new Star Wars Keepsake Ornaments perfect for holiday or even year-round decoration. Ornaments include C3PO, an electronic TIE Fighter, a pair of clone troopers, Yoda, and Padme. Click inside for details and pictures.

Thursday, March 27, 2003 | Brad Soldato

New Server Installed

We are happy to be able to announce that the new server has been installed and JediDefender.com is now running on our brand new machines. The recent down time has been eliminated, along with the slow loading of pages from time to time. This was in no way the fault of us at JediDefender, but the data center and server we were on had problems that were internal and could only be dealt with by someone working on the machines "locally".

It may take up to 24 hours for our IP address to route to our domain name, thus some readers/users may not be able to log on the site site while others can. Along with this, some aspects of the site may look strange but as I said, everything will be back to normal within 24 hours. I want to personally thank you for your patience with us during this most frustrating time, our readers are the best!

Thursday, March 27, 2003 | Chris Berry

ESB Lightsabers From Master Replicas

The Official Site has a nice write up on the two classic Episode V lightsabers from Master Replicas due out this week - in both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker flavors. You can check out their full story right here, and for more information or to place an order you can visit the Master Replicas site.

Thursday, March 27, 2003 | Matt Colman

So a Wookiee Walks Into a Bar...

Pardon the title, but a fellow JediDefender Staffer already laid claim to my New Kids on the Block reference.

Having recently been recruited to the JediDefender team, I will be assisting in bringing you all of the latest and greatest Star Wars news and hopefully some really choice photography as well. You will probably recognize me as BigDumbWookiee of the Star Wars collecting communities, but what you may not know is that I was born under the name Adam Lowe. I am a die hard Star Wars fan and collector at heart, and will go to no ends to feed my Star Wars addiction. Hopefully my passion for all things Star Wars can flow into my work here at JediDefender!

He’s Supergeek, Supergeek, he’s Supergeeky…. Yeow…..

Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | Adam Lowe

Battle of Yavin has Begun!!!

The brand spanking new Star Wars TCG, ‘Battle of Yavin’ boosters are available in stores NOW!!! The new cards are produced by Wizards of the Coast and go at a suggested retail price of $3.29. Check out the full article for a full description and review of the latest Star Wars TCG release!

Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | Thomas Grey

Star Tours Collection 3 Revealed

The third wave of Disney Star Tours figures have been revealed today at the official site. Sometime this year R5-D4, SK-Z38, and G2-9T will be available at various Disney resorts around the country. Click on a droid of your choice for a larger image.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 | Chris Berry

Collectors Gallery Online: New Items

Collectors Gallery Online has received quite a few new items in this week. Many neat and unique items are available. Read through for the scoop!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 | Chris Berry

New JediDefender Poll: Vehicles!

We have a new JD poll up here on the main page regarding which vehicle you'd most like to see next in the 4" line (assuming the Sandcrawler is confirmed). So swing on by and cast your vote!

Our previous poll on which Jabba's Palace figure you want next has ended with Jabba's henchman Hermi Odle coming in as the champion, with 28% of the votes! In a distant second place was Jabba's lovely dancer Yarna d'al' Gargan. For complete results, click on the poll's archives.

Thank you all for your participation in our polls. We will be forwarding the results directly to Hasbro, so your voices WILL be heard! Now get on over and pick yourself out a nice rig for your figures!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 | Matt Colman

Defender Downtime

We would like to apologize to all of our readers for the recent site downtime. We are having hardware problems on our server and our current datacenter is not performing up to our standards. We will be getting a brand new server with Pentium 4 processor tommorrow as well as a new datacenter. All of this will occur within the next 24 hours and these problems will stop once and for all. Again, we apologize for the inconvienience and know that it is being taken care of. Thank you for your continued support!

Monday, March 24, 2003 | Chris Berry

Sponsor News: K and C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has received new Star Wars figures this week. You
can also Pre-Order the limited edition Clone Trooper Deluxe Mini-Bust.

Monday, March 24, 2003 | Chris Berry

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

LucasArts has given their Knights of the Old Republic site a real nice makeover. There are now a number of added features, including "ability descriptions, weapon and item profiles, playable vehicle features, and downloadable music from the game!"

There's also a very cool game trailer available for download now, as well as a number of preview write-ups on the game. So swing on over to LucasArts to give the new KOTOR site a test run!

Saturday, March 22, 2003 | Matt Colman

JediDefender Give Away

JediDefender is giving away a set of Padme Amidala (Droid Factory Chase),
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Flight), and SP-4 & JN-66 (Research Droids) Saga action figures. All the details can be seen here.

Last week's winner is forum member Mikey D, congratulations!

Saturday, March 22, 2003 | Chris Berry

Update Sponsor News: Brian's Toys

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #195. All of the new Saga figures are now available at reduced prices! Read on for all the details.

Imperial Shuttle In Stock
Domestic Shipping $15 by UPS/FedEx Ground
Price: $149.99

Saga Vehicle TIE Bomber C-9
Domestic Shipping $8 by UPS/FedEx Ground
Price: $44.99

Saturday, March 22, 2003 | Chris Berry

New Essential Guide to Vehicles & Vessels

Del Rey Books is updating their Essential Guides of Vehicles and Vessels to keep them up to date with the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

Friday, March 21, 2003 | Brad Soldato

Update: Defender Wish Lists: Episode IV: ANH

Just a quick reminder to send your Wish List for 10 of your most wanted 3 3/4" Figures to me, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases and I'll tally the votes. After another week of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie. This time around is the real first movie in the Saga, Star Wars (A New Hope). If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Sites Databank: Episode IV. Entries will be taken by e-mail: spearson@jedidefender.com or you can post on our Forums !!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

Thanks to all of those who have particpated so far and for sending in your lists!

Thursday, March 20, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Imperial Officer: Three Heads are Better Than One

I took some loose shots of the three different Imperial Officer head variations for you to compare. The one on the left (red hair) and right (blonde hair) are shipping now in Saga cases. The one in the middle is the POTJ figure. Note the cap difference in the Blonde Officer to the other two. Hasbro recently stated that the two variant Saga officers will continue to ship throughout the year. Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Scott Pearson

DarkHorse Clone Trooper Busts

DarkHorse has put up a new feature where you can swap out the arms and such to see exactly what your bust will look like. Unfortunately, the feature requires Flash 9, which many of us don't have, so I've provided images of the feature inside! If you've got Flash 9, then check out the feature here!
Come on inside for pictures to see what you're missing.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Brad Soldato

Star Wars and Playmates Toys... It Might Have Been

Jimmy over at the Trade Federation recently interview Shawn Crosby who sculpted the above Bespin Luke Skywalker in 1993. At the time Kenner, Playmates, Mattel and other toy companies were all vying for the Star Wars license and the above was the result of the efforts of Playmates (the current maker of Simpsons and TMNT toys). Click on over to read the full interview and thanks to the Trade Fed for a look at Modern Star Wars history!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Sponsor News: KEBco Toys

KEBco Toys is still taking Pre-Orders on the 15 newest EP2 Saga 2003 figures. Included are: Chewbacca Mynock Hunt, Yoda & Chian, Ashla & Jempa, Luke Throne Room Duel, Darth Vader Throne Room Duel, Snowtrooper The Battle of the Hoth, Padme Amidala Wedding Dress, Wat Tambor, Coleman Trebor and more. Three new Unleashed figures of Luke, Darth Sidious and Obi-Wan have been added. A second shipment of Speeder's is also on the way. Pre-Order the Speeder's to guarantee your order today.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Chris Berry

Own A Peice Of History

The original Vintage Kenner Star Wars Photography Collection is now online at Cloud City with prices starting at only $14.99. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind and represent the original material taken straight from the camera. This is the basis for all Star Wars packaging and catalog images. You will find virtually every image from the vintage Star Wars toy line available here. Rush to Cloud City and reserve your piece of Star Wars history today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Chris Berry

DarkHorse Summer Sneak Peak

Here's a sneak peak at some Comics coming soon! From the Clone Wars to the backstory of the brilliant Jan Dodonna, your sure to love what's in store from DarkHorse this summer!

Sunday, March 16, 2003 | Brad Soldato

K and C Collectibles: Saga Speeders Now On-Line

K & C Collectibles has received the new Speeder Bikes from Episode 2. We recently finished inventory and found a few items that we did not have on our web site. These items have now been added to the site. Check out the newly added items section of our web site. Also many older comic books have been added.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 | Chris Berry

Sponsor News: Brian's Toys Newsletter #194

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #194. The Saga exclusive Stormtroopers 4-Pack are now in stock for $24.99. New 12 inch and Saga are now back in stock.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 | Chris Berry

Imperial Shuttle Contest

Sandtroopers.com is holding a charity contest to benefit the the Sturge-Weber Foundation. By donating $3.00 to this worthy cause you are entered into a contest to win an Imperial Shuttle. Visit Sandtroopers for all of the details.

Sunday, March 16, 2003 | Chris Berry

Hasbro Collector's Media Day Coverage!

The Official Site and Hasbro have updated with pictures and news from Hasbro's recent Collector's Media Day in Rhode Island. Beyond some of the newly pictured items, other news from the frontline includes official confirmation of TWO new Imperial Dignitaries, a new ROTJ Jabba, and a Bail Organa figure, all most likely due out in 2004. There is also a new Unleashed Boba Fett on tap. Head over to the sites above for many more pictures, including images of vehicles, new packaging and Action Fleet, among others. Click through to our Full Story for more great images of all-new figures!

Friday, March 14, 2003 | Matt Colman

Hoth Han's Coat... Brown or Blue? How About Both!

Hasbro updates yet again, this time showing that they really do care about what people think about their product. They will release two versions of the upcoming Hoth Han! One with the incorrect blue color and one with the correct brown color. Looks like Hasbro is listening which warms this reporter's heart!

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Sponsor News: Toy Fellas

Toy Fellas has received their shipment of many new and some older items. They are all listed in the full story, be sure to check out what is new!

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | Chris Berry

SPOILER: Official Episode III News

The Official Site updates with some cool Episode III news. Click on the full story for some small spoilers...

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | Scott Pearson

New Clone Wars Figures: Durge and Anakin

The Official Site and Hasbro have both just released some sneak preview pictures of the new bounty hunter Durge and Anakin figures from the upcoming Clone Wars line, due out this fall. Click here for StarWars.com's report, or here for Hasbro's report.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | Matt Colman

Sponsor News: Brian's Toys Newsletter #178

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #178. Ashla & Jempa, Chewbacaa (Mynock Hunt), Han Solo (Hoth), and Yoda & Chien are all available for Pre-order (Price: $19.99 each).

Sunday, March 9, 2003 | Chris Berry

Mexican Convention Poster Revealed

The Mexican Star Wars Collector's Convention official promotion poster has been released by Star Wars.com. Displayed on the poster is the vintage Darth Vader figure case. For more information on the Mexican convention please click here.

Friday, March 7, 2003 | Chris Berry

Interview With SW Fan Club President Lisa Stevens

Galactic Hunter has posted a great interview they recently conducted with Lisa Stevens, who is not only one of the top Star Wars collectors on the planet, but is also President of the Star Wars Fan Club. You can check out GH's full interview with Lisa right here.

Friday, March 7, 2003 | Matt Colman

Defender Wish Lists: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The most requested Phantom Menace character is: Swokes Swokes, the Gragra food merchant who chews out Jar Jar after he tries to get a freebie! The following is the rest of the top 10. Thanks for the lists and look for SW:ANH Wislists to start next week!

1. Swokes Swokes (Gragra)
2. Queen's Handmaiden
3. Yaddle (Jedi Master)
4. Tey How (Neimoidian Controller)
5. Yarael Poof (Jedi Master)
6. Queen Amidala Celebration Gown
7. Daultay Dofine (Neimoidian)
8. Kister/Wald (Anakin's Buddies)
9. Oppo Ranciscis (Jedi Master)
10. Ratts Tyrell (Pod Racer)

Check out our Forums for more pictures!

Friday, March 7, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Star Wars Homing Beacon #80

Just received in my inbox Star Wars Homing Beacon #80 which features a behind the scenes look at the new Clone Wars Cartoon with creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Click on through for the whole story!

Thursday, March 6, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Star Wars Give Away

Our newest give away includes the latest in Star Wars Saga action figures. Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony), Boba Fett (The Pit Of Carkoon), and Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation) can be yours. For details on entering, click here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 | Chris Berry

Checklists Revamp and Staff Openings

JediDefender.com is proud to announce the revamp of our Star Wars Saga basic and variation checklists. The lists have been totally reformatted and extensive new listings have been added. These lists are much easier to navigate through and are extremely informative. The basic Saga lists have also been added to, they now reflect all known and to-be-released 2003 toys. Kudos to senior variation expert Thomas Grey for all of his hard work on our lists. Our checklists page can be found by clicking here.

On another note, JediDefender is looking for new staff to accommodate the growing needs of the site. We are looking for anyone with expertise in any area of Star Wars, daily news reporters (contacts are very welcome, but not necessary) or technical knowledge. Any individual willing to assist in the photo archives are also needed. Please e-mail me for more information, I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 | Chris Berry

Cantina Alien of the Week: Danz Borin

Danz Borin is one of the three or four "spacers" seen wandering in the background of the Cantina. Notice the guy seated next to him is the man often referred to as "Cantina Dude" wears the exact flight suit of Bossk in Empire. Danz is described as a Bounty Hunter from Nal Hutta.

Tuesday, March 4, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Boba Fett Autographs

Gary from Wattographs.com contacted me so he could let everyone know that they have a limited edition of both Boba Fett's (Jeremy Bulloch and Jason Wingreen) autographs available at their site. They also will be covering a convention soon with many of the big Star Wars actors signing.

Monday, March 3, 2003 | Chris Berry

Defender Wish Lists: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

UPDATE: The deadline for Wishlists will be on Friday with results posted next week! Keep those lists coming!

A new feature on JediDefender is the Defender Wish Lists. You send your Wish List for 10 of your most wanted 3 3/4" Figures to me, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases and I'll tally the votes. After two weeks of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie. Starting off the cycle is the "first" movie in the Saga, The Phantom Menace. If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Sites Databank: Episode I. Entries will be taken by e-mail: spearson@jedidefender.com or you can post on our Forums !!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

Monday, March 3, 2003 | Scott Pearson

New Saga Figure 4-Packs Coming...?

The recently rumored 4-pack figure sets of both the Imperial Forces and Bounty Hunters appear to be coming, based on some mock-up sample pictures obtained by American Dream Comics. With four (generally rehashed) figures and a handful of nice accessories, these sets are sure to be a hit when they finally arrive. Highlights from these two sets include a new Imperial (black) R4 droid, a revised AT-ST Driver, an all-new swoop bike, and the hard to find 300th Boba Fett. Click on through to read ADC's full story and view the pictures.

Monday, March 3, 2003 | Matt Colman

Sponsor News: Reduced Prices At K & C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has reduced its prices 10, 25 and up to 50 percent
off its older remaining action figure stock. Read through for the full scoop!

Monday, March 3, 2003 | Chris Berry

Sponsor News: Brian's Toys Newsletter

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #192. New items include Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony), Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon), R2-D2 (Droid Factory Escape), and many more.

Sunday, March 2, 2003 | Chris Berry

Hasbro's Ultimate Star Wars Collector

The Ultimate Star Wars collector has been announced by Hasbro. Colin Skowronski of Plano, Texas is the winner! His prizes include a 3.75 inch figure in his likeness, a trip for himself and a companion to Hasbro, a Jorg Sacul action figure (Celebration 2 Exclusive), and a set of all 2003 3.75 inch basic action figures.

Saturday, March 1, 2003 | Chris Berry

DarkHorse This March

A quick run-through of all of the stuff coming from DarkHorse this month. Pictures included!

Saturday, March 1, 2003 | Brad Soldato

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