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March 2004

Ultra Give Away Winner

The winner of the JediDefender Ultra give away is Pat Dyer. Congratulations to Pat, and look forward to the next JD give away coming soon.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | Chris Berry

Silver Clonetrooper at TRU.com!!!

The TRU Exclusive Silver Clone Trooper is now up for order at TRU.com and in stock at the price of $5.99! These "officially" go on sale April 4th when they will be free with a $15 Star Wars purchase in stores. Some stores have put them out early and are selling them ahead of time. The Silver R2 was also sold on the TRU/Amazon site last year in a similar promotion.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | Scott Pearson

The Ultimate Diorama Piece

Want to recreate the climactic Death Star Battle from ANH in Diorama form? Well, here is the ultimate piece for you! An actual piece of the Death Star has shown up on eBay. Thanks to MisterPL for the heads up, good luck to those interested!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Miniature Preorders

Also at Amazon...the WOTC Miniatures are up for preorder. $13.99 for the Entry Pack and $10.99 for the Expansion Packs. Look for these to be released in September. Come join in on the Mini Discussion fun in our Forums!

Monday, March 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Amazon has Yavin Wave

Amazon has the Yavin Wave in stock for $7.99. Hurry up and order if you need them because the go fast!!!

  • General Dodonna
  • Antilles
  • Gold Leader
  • TIE Pilot

    Sadly, the 1 per case Tanus Spijek is not in stock.

    Monday, March 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Star Wars Shop Gift Certificates Arriving

    The $50 Gift Certificates from StarWarsShop.com are starting to arrive for those who's orders the first day were processed and then cancelled. Along with the gift certificate are the two patches and some Clone Wars cards. No word yet on when the shop will reopen.

    Monday, March 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    New Playskool Confirmed!

    Mousedroid.com has confirmed what we first reported a few weeks back. New Playskool sets are indeed coming in the form of two packs. Also of note is that the old sets are being rereleased in the new Galactic Heroes packaging. Hasbro only showed old figures and new packaging, however, you can check out the prototypes we first brought you here! The original trilogy 2 packs will be: Luke & R2, Han & Leia, Darth Vader & Obi-Wan and Chewie & C-3PO. New prequel figures appear on the back of the packaging as well: Yoda & Clonetrooper, Anakin & Padme and Obi-Wan & Jango Fett.

    Saturday, March 27, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Clone Wars TONIGHT!

    Just a reminder to tune in to Cartoon Network tonight for the return of the Clone Wars Animated Micro Series. Also head on over to the Official Site to check out the new Databank entries for the 2nd half of the series.

    Friday, March 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Sandcrawler, New Y-Wing, Slave I and Darth's TIE Confirmed

    Issue #75 of the Insider confirms a slew of Exclusive vehicles for later this year. The long awaited (and oft delayed) Sandcrawler will finally be coming and will be packed with RA-7 and 2 Jawas . The new Slave I will be an Empire Strikes Back decoed version of the AOTC ship. Also announced are a new ride for Dutch Vander and a Darth Vader's Prototype TIE Fighter to blast him out of the sky. No word on pack-in figures on the latter three ships. Stay tuned for more details as we get them! Since we respect the Insider's wish for this information to be exclusive, we will not post pictures of these vehicles. Head to your mailbox or out to the newstand to buy an issue ASAP!

    Friday, March 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    KEBco Toys News

    Join the KEBco Toys One of Every Figure Club and buy Saga and OTC Basic figures for only $6.49 each. OTC Vintage are $10.49, Ultra figures are $11.99, Unleashed, 12 Inch and Vehicles are also available. Never have to worry about finding your figures again. There is no charge to join the club, just sit back and your figures are added automatically.

    Visit www.kebcotoys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.

    Thursday, March 25, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Missing Figures: Episode I Padme Amidala

    One of the most overlooked figures in the 2 Prequel Lines has been the lead female, Queen/Senator Padme Amidala. Hasbro has done so so with cranking out a few Padme figures a year but there is still many left to do. Click on the full story for a look at what's missing for Episode I.

    Thursday, March 25, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Win Some Gentle Giant Animated Maquettes!

    Previews and Diamond Comics are giving away some Clone Wars Animated Maquettes. The Grand Prize is a set of all 5 Maquettes starting with Yoda. Check the site above for the Mail-In Order Form and make sure your entry is in by May 1st, 2004! Good Luck!

    Wednesday, March 24, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Red Leader @ TRU.com...Free Shipping!!!

    TRU.com has free shipping available on their Exclusive Red-1 X-Wing w/ Red Leader. The retail price is $29.99 and the site has a ship date of 4/15/04 listed.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Back In Stock @ K & C Collectibles

    K & C Collectibles has received more of the 2004 Saga figures. Pre-Order the Stormtrooper watch this month. Save $25.00 over other
    on-lines stores. Deadline for ordering is March 28th. New items include Rappertunie, J'Quille, Lando Calrissian, and many more!

    Wednesday, March 24, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Silver Clones Out?

    Word from my local area would seem to indicate this. These have been spotted at a Pittsburgh area Toys R Us hanging on the pegs for $4.99. This is most likely a mistake by the store who just put them out like any other figure, so don't panic or scratch your noggin' going "huh!?", but it does let us know that these are indeed in the pipeline.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #247

    Brian's Toys has posted their latest newsletter #247. New in stock are the 2004 exclusive Blue Clonetrooper Pilot mini busts at $274.99 each and the Kubrick carded droids R2-D2 for $159.99.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | Chris Berry

    New Star Wars Trilogy DVD Packaging

    The Official Site has finally released pictures to the public of the new DVD boxset packaging for the Original Trilogy due out on September 21st. The embossed cover art comes in Silver for the Widescreen enthusiasts, and gold for the doofuses that still prefer the ol' pan-and-scan version, with artwork of Vader on one side, and the Rebel heroes on the other. Looks good!

    Monday, March 22, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Clone Wars Animated Micro Series...Friday!

    Just a friendly neighborhood reminder that the Clone Wars Animated Micro Series resumes this Friday on Cartoon Network in the United States. Head on over to the Clone Wars Website for show times in your area.

    Sunday, March 21, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Wizard World L.A. - Clone Pilot SOLD OUT

    Wizard World made it's West Coast debut this weekend, and as is often the case, handling of the convention exclusives, most notably the GG Clone Pilot bust, was far less than adequate. This hot collectible was completely sold out just 10 minutes after opening on Saturday morning. This was primarily due to Wizard's decision to allocate the bust at 2 per person throughout Friday's Preview Night, where the majority who scooped this item up were opportunistic investors, rather than Star Wars collectors unfortunately. So another major blow to Gentle Giant bust collectors. Looks like the usual trip to eBay for you, to fork your moolah over at about 400% of retail cost.

    As for the rest of the convention, Star Wars was very poorly represented. A couple dealer booths here and there with some figures, but that was about it. But if you were a fan of comic books, Kevin Smith, or the upcoming Punisher and Hellboy movies, I'm sure it was paradise! Hopefully with Ep. 3 hitting next year, Star Wars will play a much bigger part. We'll see you then!

    Sunday, March 21, 2004 | Matt Colman

    More "New" Footage On Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD's?

    The Digital Bits website has some interesting news on the Star Wars trilogy coming to DVD later this year. "We can say with some confidence now that when Lucasfilm and Fox release the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD in September, the films ARE going to include new footage. We've confirmed "unofficially" with three separate sources, each in positions to know, that at least SOME new footage is being added to the films, and that more special effects enhancements, tweaks and fixes are being done." Click the link above for the full story.

    Thursday, March 18, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Cloud City Spring Cleaning

    Cloud City is offering 20% off most Modern Star Wars, Vintage Star Wars (except prototypes), Kenner Photography, and Acrylic Cases. Visit the cloudcity.com website today to take advantage of these low sale prices.

    Also, donít forget to check out our eBay auctions for even better prices on cases, carded figures, and more.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | Chris Berry

    KEBco Toys News

    KEBco Toys has case assortments for the OTC Vintage and OTC Basic figures and Ultra figures. OTC Vintage cases $76.95, OTC Basic cases $64.95, Ultra cases $61.95.

    For those that do not buy cases they also have one of the best prices on the net for individual figures and don't forget to ask about their popular One of Every Figure Club. Visit www.kebcotoys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Toy Designer For A Day!

    Sick and tired of the recent trend of repacks? Want to get your pet project made as an action figure? Have a list of 50 pet projects? Cartoon Network has a contest where YOU can be a part of Hasbro's design team for a day! They even advertise that you have a chance to your own Star Wars toy from Hasbro. Thousands will play, few will win...oh man do I want to win this sucker! Unfortunately, the contest is only open for those between the ages of 6 and 18...Good Luck!

    Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C Collectibles News Listing

    K & C Collectibles has received the latest Star Wars Ultra Deluxe action figures as well as the re-packaged Saga figures including Anakin Skywalker (Geonosis Hanger Duel), Darth Maul (Theed Hanger Duel), and Yoda (Battle of Geonosis. Continue reading for a full listing of all new items now online!

    Tuesday, March 16, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Imperial Shuttle at KBtoys.com for Cheap!

    KBtoys.com just got some more Imperial Shuttles in stock and has them listed on their site for only $59.99 right here. So hustle on over if you still want one of these, and at a great bargain too!

    Monday, March 15, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Cantina 3 Packs

    Canceled, released in limited quantities, Saga Recards, everything under the sun has been said about the 2nd Wave of Cantina Sets (Kitik Keed'Kak, Wuher and Dr. Evazan) once scheduled for Wal-Mart. Galactic Hunter's Swami last week said that there were 2 new sets of 3 packs in the works for the line.

    This week Yakface has what looks to be a mock up of a possible 3 pack consiting of the very same Kitik, Wuher and Evazan. This will probably be an exclusive somewhere this summer/fall. Lets hope there is indeed a second 3 pack coming too! Rumored Cantina Figures include: Hem Dazon, Banniss Keeg, Bom Vimdin, Feltipern Trevagg and Elis Herlot. Stay tuned for more details as the arise!

    Sunday, March 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Ultra Kamino Figures Arriving Now

    For those of us (And there's a lot of us!) that missed out on the Deluxe/Ultra Kamino figures from some time ago, the repacks of them on the new Ultra cards are starting to ship. BomBadBoy, from my local Pittsburgh group, mentioned finding them at a local Target (Monroeville, PA) store today. Happy hunting for these. I know I still want a set since I hear the action feature actually works on these. How keen!

    Thursday, March 11, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    StarWarsShop.com - From Bad To Worse...

    Well, the highly anticipated launch of StarWarsShop.com was a complete and total bust. Things looked bad enough throughout most of their opening day, when their site was abruptly taken down after only a few hours, never to reappear. But to make matters far worse, they've just CANCELED everyone's orders placed during that time, due to some technical difficulties they were having. It really makes you wonder why the hell e-tailers can NEVER get it right when it comes to taking orders for Star Wars exclusives online... They never learn. Read on for the full, ugly scoop straight from the horse's mouth, or in this case, SWS.com's new main page...

    Thursday, March 11, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Code 3 Slave 1 (Almost) Available For Pre-Order

    The super Star Wars die-cast ship builders over at Code 3 are just about to put their newest vehicle up for pre-order - Boba Fett's Slave 1! There's been a slight delay while they work out some glitches in their "Loyalty Rewards" program. So get ready to hustle on over to Code 3's site, and order yourself some high end Bounty Hunter transportation, if you so desire... Plus, rumors continue to circulate that the AT-AT's next up for this line!

    Thursday, March 11, 2004 | Matt Colman

    New Review: Jedi Luke (Jabba's Palace), Forces Its Way Into JediDefender

    Well, it's been a while, huh? But I'm back with my latest review of the new Jedi Luke Skywalker figure from Jabba's Palace. Please feel free to click on the Review button off to your left to check him out.

    Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Carded Endor Rebel Generals

    Seller mimidog4428 has carded shots of the Endor wave up for bid. General Han Solo in AT-ST Driver disguise, General Crix Madine and General Lando Calrissian make up this wave of three figures. Look for these to hit the pegs in about 3-6 weeks time. In the mean time, keep your eyes peeled for the Star Destroyer wave due out any time now!

    Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    UPDATE: StarWarsShop.com Now Open

    One of the most anticipated website launches in some time opens up tomorrow. StarWarsShop.com will have loads of goodies when they go live (some time in the AM). Some of the highlights:

  • Green-striped Deluxe Clone Trooper Sergeant Mini-Bust
  • Kermit the Frog as Indiana Jones Palisade Con Exclusive
  • Cold-Cast Darth Vader Statue
  • Empire Strikes Back promotional kit w/ Ralph McQuarrie Prints
  • Original Return of the Jedi posters

    And much more, over 200 items of Star Warsy goodness, and as an added bonus, the first 500 customers will receive a set of Revenge/Return of the Jedi patches for free! Stay tuned for more updates and highlights throughout the next 24 hours.

    UPDATE: The Shop is now Open for business!

    Or not...

    Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Next Up From Gentle Giant: Bossk

    The Official Site has some news up about the latest mini bust offered by Gentle Giant: Bossk. Set to debut on July 28th, Bossk is limited to 5000 pieces. Click through for the rest of the details.

    Monday, March 8, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Playskool 2-Packs

    That kooky Galactic Hunter wizard the Swami has looked into his crystal ball and has seen the possibility of new Playskool 2-Packs for later this year. As we have recently reported, several new Playskool prototypes have popped up on eBay of late. So far, new or resculpted figures appear to include:

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Luke Skywalker (ANH)
  • Princess Leia
  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2

    Click the full story for some pictures and thoughts on what else might be coming.

    Monday, March 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Saga Ultra Repacks

    Hasbro will be re-releasing two of the harder to find Deluxe figures from last year in this year's Ultra line. This of course is Kamino Confrontation versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett. These will be released in the very near future and should be shipping with Jabba and the Ewok with Glider. Thanks to miyatoys for the images.

    Friday, March 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Red Leader Hi-Res Pic

    Seller miyatoys has a nice close up shot of the upcoming TRU Exclusive Red Leader figure which will be packed in with his X-Wing, Red-1. The figure has a new head/helmet and reuses the POTJ version of Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot. Look for this to hit the shelves stateside within the next month.

    Friday, March 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    UPDATE: The Winner Is... Scanning Technician

  • Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper: 28%
  • Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise: 23%
  • Admiral Motti: 17%
  • R2-D2 with holographic Princess Leia: 14%
  • Ree-Yees: 11%
  • Death Star Trooper: 6%

    Taking a look at ye olde results, the Scanning Technician won handily over the Garbage Pit Han and others. Released initially in a Millenium Falcon Carrying Case, this figure will be repacked into the OTC Line in late 2004. Hasbro has said in their last Q&A that Fan's Choice #6 will still happen later in time. Stay tuned for details!

    Friday, March 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Kermit - Indy Style!

    IndianaJones.com brings us the details on the upcoming Kermit the Frog dressed as Indiana Jones Summer Tour exclusive from Palisades. In addition to several conventions, the little green guy will also be sold at StarWarsShop.com starting March 10th!

    Thursday, March 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    New Playskool R2-D2 Prototype

    Seller mimidog4428 puts another possibly new prototype Playskool figure up for bid on eBay. This time its a brand new R2-D2 which has a third leg, unlike the first Playskool R2. Rumors of Playskool 2-packs have been floating around for some time and this is the 5th new figure to be shown in prototype form, following Obi-Wan, Luke, Princess Leia and C-3PO. Stay tuned for details as they come in to JD HQ.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Out Now... Target Exclusive "BK" Glasses

    JD reader Ken reports that he found the Obi-Wan and Darth Maul "Burger King styled" glasses at his local Wisconsin Target this morning. Looks like they are starting to hit the shelves. Happy Hunting!

    Tuesday, March 2, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C Collectibles: Cartoon Clone Wars Figures

    K & C Collectibles has received the latest Star Wars Cartoon Network Clone Wars figures. In-Stock Clone Wars Figures: Yoda, Clone Trooper, Count Dooku, Durge, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu and Asajj Ventress. In-Stock Unleashed Figure: Clone Trooper and Chewbacca. In-Stock Saga Ultra Deluxe Figure: Jabba the Hutt and Court Denizens In-Stock 12" Figures: Garindan, Jawas and Obi-Wan Kenobi - 12" Figure. Head on over for a bunch more!

    Monday, March 1, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Like Father, Like Son

    RoboChris, one of the Kings of bringing us new images first, scores another set of new pics. This time, its the upcoming Target exclusive retro styled "Burger King" glasses with exclusive figures. Shown are the AOTC glass with Hanger Duel Anakin and the ESB glass with Snowspeeder Pilot Luke Skywalker.

    At one time, it had looked like the Luke would be included with a removable helmet. This unfortunately no longer appears to be the case though. Another baffling move by the folks at Hasbro.

    Monday, March 1, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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