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April 2004

Look What I Found... On eBay!

Today I found an awesome lightsaber made by ILM in a serious limited edition - 1 of 1!! And to top it off, it's signed by George Lucas himself.

Friday, April 30, 2004 | Dave Castle

New Figure Rumors

The always reliable Galactic Hunter Swami has dug up some new info on some possible new figures for late 2004. They include:

  • General Veers
  • Darth Vader (Hoth)
  • Bib Fortuna
  • Gamorrean Guard

    Fortuna has been rumored for some time and nice to see a resculpt possibly coming of Jabba's majordomo. Stay tuned for more news as it comes in!

    Friday, April 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Fridge "Real Magnets"... OUT NOW!!!

    Released in Asia today are the set of 8 Kotobukiya Star Wars "Real Magnets". The set are sold in Blind Boxes (like Kubricks) and consist of: Darth Vader, TIE Pilot, Jawa, Tusken Raider, R2-D2, C-3PO, Stormtrooper and a chase Boba Fett. They look to be selling for $30-$40 per set of 8. eBay is you best bet on these for right now...ActionHQ and other American etailers may have them soon.

    Friday, April 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    TRU Naboo 4 Pack

    Amazon has the Naboo 4 Pack up for preorder. It lists the figures as:

  • Captain Tarpals w/ Kaadu
  • Battle Droid
  • Naboo Royal Guard
  • Gungan Soldier

    Sounds a lot better than some of the latest 4 pack ideas. Look for this set this fall at a TRU near you!

    Friday, April 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    2004 Hallmark Ornaments

    The Official Site also updated with the release list of 2004 Hallmark Holiday Ornaments. Featured are a Star Destoyer, Chewbacca w/ C-3PO, Anakin Skywalker and a ANH Poster.

    Thursday, April 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Disney Weekends Swag

    The Official Site has info on some cool items that will be sold at the 2004 Star Wars Weekends at Disney/MGM in Florida. The weekends start next month and have available such things as pins, magnets, coins and other cool Star Wars/Disney hybrid memorabilia.

    Thursday, April 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    In keeping with the news about the Sandcrawler, todays eBay find will show you a rare first shot prototype of the Vintage Sandcrawler. Click on for the details.

    Thursday, April 29, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Target Drops the Sandcrawler... Who's Next Up?

    Well, the ugly rumors were just made official by the folks over at Hasbro. Target has indeed dropped the Sandcrawler as an exclusive for later this year. I'm sure it'll get picked up by someone else though, so don't panic just yet. Question is, who? Rumors are suggesting you might have to pay a few extra bucks when it potentially winds up as an e-tailer exclusive. Stay tuned...

    Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Matt Colman

    Look What I Found... On Ebay!

    Today I'm looking at the Comic Con exclusive Blue Clone Trooper Bust from Gentle Giant. Another of those dreaded exclusives. Read on...

    Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Hyperspace and The Official Fan Club - Together as One?

    The Official Site has some news today that Hyperspace and the Official Star Wars Fan Club are merging. $40 for the whole shebang (Insider subscription with Fan Club and Hyperspace membership), with possibly no other alternatives... Good news or bad?

    Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Dave Castle

    New Kotobukiya Boba Fett Revealed

    Kotobukiya reveals the newest addition to it's line of pre-painted Model Kits, the notorious Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. Scheduled to be released in July, Boba Fett will cost around 7800 Yen (roughly $71 USD).

    Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    Starting today, I am going to be doing a new daily (hopefully) story on some interesting items I find on ebay. Click through for all the details, including how you can submit your own finds for tomorrow's story!

    Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Galactic Heroes Confirmed!

    Confirming news we first broke a few months ago, new Playskool (now known as Galactic Heroes) sets were confirmed by Hasbro today. Looks like there will be three waves of 2 Packs, a new Bounty Hunter Set, A New Hope set and figures from Attack of the Clones. Also look for a rerelease of the Millenium Falcon.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    New Pre-Orders at KEBco Toys

    Unleashed figures - Choose from Aayla Secura, Tusken Raider and Bossk.

    Galactic Heroes - Choose from Luke & R2-D2, Leia & Han Solo, Padme & Anakin, Yoda & Clone Trooper, Bossk & 4LOM and more.

    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.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Brian's Toys Newsletter

    Just arrived Saga Exclusives at Brian's Toys include ANH Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ Glass and TPM Darth Maul w/ Glass both at $19.99 each.

    Six Unleashed figures now back in stock. Now being offered a new assortment of 6 for only $129.99 including the Standard Darth Vader!

    Monday, April 26, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Kubrick Speeder Bike Sets

    JD Forum member He's No Good to Me Dead brings us our first look at the boxed pics of the Asian exclusive Luke and Leia Endor Speeder Bike Sets. These were just released and are sure to be hot on the auction sites. Head on in to our forums for all your Kubrick answers!

    Sunday, April 25, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    TRU Endor 4 Pack!!!

    TRU.com has a new listing for the Endor 4 Pack coming this fall to TRU and Amazon/TRU.com. Looks like it includes:

  • Speeder Bike w/ Biker Scout
  • Han Solo in Endor Trenchcoat
  • Endor Rebel Soldier
  • Wicket and Logray (Ewoks)
  • Assorted Accesories

    Yub Yub!

    Tuesday, April 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC Stormtrooper Mock Up

    Here is a mock up for OTC Stormtrooper Card. This is not the "vintage" style version but a recard of the COMMTech/HOF version of the Stormtrooper. These cards are making even loose collectors drool with excitement!

    Tuesday, April 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OT DVD News

    The Official Site has the details up for what extras will be included on the Original Trilogy Star Wars DVD's. They include:

  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
  • Episode III Behind the Scenes Preview: The Return of Darth Vader
  • The Birth of the Lightsaber (Dcoumentary on how it was created)
  • The Characters of Star Wars
  • The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars
  • Original Trailers and TV Spots
  • Never-Before-Seen Production Gallery (LFL Archives)
  • Posters and Print Campaigns

    Tuesday, April 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C Collectibles Newsfeed

    K & C Collectibles has the new X-Wing fighter and the following items
    for Pre-Order this week: Yoda Maquette (Clone Wars - Gentle Giant) and Bossk (Mini-bust). New Saga 2004 vehicles and figures including the Red Leader's X-Wing fighter and Admiral Ozzel, Bossk, Dengar, and many more figures are in stock!

    Monday, April 19, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Endor Generals... OUT NOW

    Reader Matt writes in to say that he picked up the Endor General Wave of Madine, Solo and Calrissian at his Phoenix Area Wal-Mart today. Happy Hunting!!!

    Monday, April 19, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Missing Figures Part 4: Episode I Pod Racers

    George Lucas has been fascinated with racing and speed since his youth. He got to take that fascination up a notch in Episode I when he brought us the Pod Race where young Anakin wins his freedom from the clutches of Watto by winning the race. So far 5 Pod Racers have been made: Anakin, Sebulba, Gasgano, Ody Mandrell and Teemto Pagalies. Presented here left to right are the first 5 missing figures...R1: Aldar Beedo, Dud Bolt and Clegg Holdfast and R2: Ebe Endecott and Mars Guo. Read on for more details on these wacky little dudes.

    Sunday, April 18, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #251

    Just arriving at Brian's Toys is the exclusive 4-pack Skirmish at Carkoon! The new Ultra assortment also just came in, it includes the Ewok with Glider, Jango and more Jabbas!

    Saturday, April 17, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Clone Wars Maquettes

    The Official Site gives us some info on the upcoming Clone Wars maquettes from Gentle Giant. These will be highly stylized porcelain/resin maquettes. There are 5 announced so far: Yoda, Asajj Ventress, Obi-Wan in clone armor, ARC Trooper and Snow Bunny Padme. Look for Yoda and Asajj in August and the rest sometime later this year.

    Friday, April 16, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Collector's Gallery Online News

    Collector's Gallery Online is now taking pre-orders on the Luke Skwalker X-Wing Pilot & Stormtrooper Deluxe Mini Busts. Pre-orders on Rubies Darth Vader, Jango Fett, Clone Trooper, Boba Fett, & Darth Vader special edition helmets are now also online. The helmets are fiberglass, limited and come with a base. Thousands of Vintage & Classic Star Wars toys are at Collector's Gallery Online!

    Friday, April 16, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Target Figures w/ Glasses Wave 2... OUT NOW!!!

    Forum member Nataku reports in to JD HQ to say that Wave 2 of the old school Burger King Glasses w/ Figures which are exclusive to Target have been found in Wisconsin. Wave 2 consists of Luke in Snowspeeder Gear from ESB and Anakin Hangar Duel from AOTC. Slave Leia will be shipping later this year. Happy Hunting!

    Thursday, April 15, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    KEBco Toys Latest

    KEBco Toys has added new cases for OTC Vintage and Basic. Two new OTC Vintage cases for $76.95 each and three new OTC Basic cases for $64.95 each. Discounts do apply when buying 2 or more cases. For those that don't buy cases they also offer individual figures at a great price. 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.

    Thursday, April 15, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Action-HQ News

    Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon! Get Ultra Ewok & Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack available now starting at $20.95! Also still available are 2004:Lando as Skiff Guard, Admiral Ozzel, Bossk, Captain Antilles, Dengar, Dutch Vander Gold Leader, General Dodonna, Tie Fighter Pilot, Ultra Jabba, Ultra Jango Fett & lots more starting at just $9.95!

    Thursday, April 15, 2004 | Chris Berry

    StarWarsShop.com Re-opens

    OK, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. StarWarsShop.com opened its doors again this morning and has been not without its fair share of problems. Lost passwords, overbilling and a not so slick way of recovering your March 10th Order. Way to go .

    Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Kotobukiya Boba Fett

    JD forum member wai brings us a sneak peek at a collectible sure to be a hit...Kotobukiya Boba Fett! Information and pics are sketchy right now, only that it will retail in Japan for 7800 Yen and will be released in Mid-July. As with other Kotobukiya figures, Boba will probably be released in the States through Dark Horse. Anakin and Darth Maul will be released through Dark Horse next month as we had previously reported.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Tattoos & Toys 2nd Anniversary

    Shane Turgeon wrote in today to let everyone know that his Tattoos & Toys website is celebrating its two year anniversary. Several new images have been added in every section of the site to make note of today.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Alamo City Star Wars Collectors Meeting

    The Alamo City Star Wars Collectors will be holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Alien Worlds. The store is located at 3333, Wurzbach Rd. (across from Ingram Park Mall in the same shopping center with American Craft Mall). ACSWC is a Star Wars collecting club for folks in and around the San Antonio TX area.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #250

    Hasbro's Latest figures are now in stock at Brian's Toys! General Madine Imperial Shuttle Capture, Han Endor Strike (AT-ST Driver Outfit), and Lando Death Star Attack (General) are all in stock and available immediately for $19.99 each. Many Saga discounts are online, check it out.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Collector's Gallery Online

    Collector's Gallery Online is taking preorders on the Clone Wars Asajj maquette & Star Wars Busts Ups Asst #1 (set of 6). Ultra figures wave 2, Code 3 Diecast Millenium Falcon, Darth Maul Master Replicas signature lightsaber, Vintage Droids Side Gunner, and much more are all now in stock.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Chris Berry

    StarWarsShop.com To Re-Open Doors Wednesday

    According to StarWarsShop.com, they are back on track and set to re-open on Wednesday, April 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Let's hope all their issues are straightened out and we can get some good exclusives delivered to us this time!

    Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Ultra Ewok With Glider... OUT NOW

    Starting to see reports pop up that the Ultra Ewok with Glider set is being scooped up at retail around the U.S. Keep on sending those store reports in, and check out our forums for collectors in your area!

    Monday, April 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    New Review: R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction)

    Back in the saddle again, as I bring you yet another review to check out. This installment is the nicely done R1-G4 from A New Hope. Click the link, and read on! Feel free to discuss and share your thoughts in our forum with me as well.

    Monday, April 12, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Missing Figures Part 3: Episode II Padme Amidala

    Part 3 of our continuing series of Missing Figures we finish up with Episode II Padme Amidala and detail the remaining 4 gowns not yet made by Hasbro. Continue reading to learn more.

    Friday, April 9, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Silver Sandtrooper Confirmed!

    The Official Site has confirmed that this year's Convention Exclusive will indeed be a Silver Sandtrooper. Looks for these at the San Diego Comic-Con or at StarWarsShop.com!!!

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    CreatureCantina.com 3 Year Anniversary

    CreatureCantina.com is celebrating its three year anniversary. To commemorate this event, CC will be opening several new sections including a news archive, staff bios, GPD archive, and new multimedia content. Drop by and check it out!

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Chris Berry

    VOTC Stormtrooper

    The next issue of the toy magazine Tomart's Action Figure Digest features the upcoming "Vintage" OTC Stormtrooper and Yoda on the cover. Look for this issue on newstands soon and keep checking back for further images of the new OTC figures as we get them.

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Unleashed Chase Figures??

    Hasbro's own Cargo Bay shows a picture of a Red Clone Trooper Unleashed figure. Since it's already the 8th of the month, I don't think it's an April Fool's joke. No real details have been released yet, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens with this, how rare they are, or if they are even released at all.

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Great Resource Coming for Diorama Builders (and regular fans too)

    Inside the Worlds of the Star Wars Trilogy is the next book scheduled to be published by DK Publishing, coinciding with the release of the Original Trilogy on DVD later this fall. Clilck on through for some more details.

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Celebration 3 Logo Revealed

    The Official Site shows off the new logo created for Celebration 3 next year. "The new logo for Star Wars Celebration III harkens back to the patch that was originally designed for the cast and crew of The Empire Strikes Back. "Vader in Flames," as the design was called, was later modified and made available to members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club.

    As the emblem of Celebration III, the image speaks to the enduring nature of the Star Wars saga." Check the Official Site for more information about this logo creation, as well as more information about Celebration 3... then, check out our forums for some conversation on the topic.

    Thursday, April 8, 2004 | Dave Castle

    R2DC Event

    The droid building "R2DC" event that includes discussions, demonstrations, displays, as well as completed droids will be held on Sunday, April 25th, 2004. Members of the DC Star Wars Collectors Club and members of the 501st will be present as well. To learn more about this exciting event, visit the R2DC.com site.

    Wednesday, April 7, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Figure Release List 4/6/04

    We've updated the release list through the end of September of this year. Also check out the rumor list for possible figures coming in late 2004.

    Tuesday, April 6, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Episode III Release Date

    The Official Site has announced that the final Star Wars film of all time will be released on Thursday May 19, 2005. No word on if theaters will allow you to camp for the next 13 months.

    Tuesday, April 6, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    KEBco Toys Newsletter

    KEBco Toys has added 14 more OTC Basic figures for Pre-Order. Choose from Leia Death Star, Cloud Car Pilot, Lobot, Leia Bespin, Biker Scout, R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Ben Kenobi, Stormtrooper, Wicket, Tie Fighter, Luke Bespin and Greedo.

    Tuesday, April 6, 2004 | Chris Berry

    "Vintage" Original Trilogy Collection Leia

    Presenting a rather nice image of the upcoming Leia from the first wave of the Vintage Original Trilogy Figures. Look for the first set (Luke, Han Leia and Obi-Wan from ANH) in June-July of 2004. The figures will be packed on retro Vintage Cards with a protective outer clamshell.

    Monday, April 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C Collectibles

    K & C Collectibles has received the latest 2004 Saga figures. In addition we have the Silver Clone Trooper. New 2004 figures include Admiral Ozzel, Bossk, Dengar, Captain Antilles, Gold Leader, and Dodonna.

    Monday, April 5, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Out Now...Red Leader w/ X-Wing

    Forum Moderator Dale Justus has reported finding the TRU Exclusive Red-1 with Red Leader at his local Edmonton, Alberta Canada TRU. Looks like the Canadians got something before us here in the States! Should be any day now here. Happy Hunting!

    Sunday, April 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Action-HQ News!

    Action-HQ.com; Bringing the Best to you FIRST this week with the newest 2004 figures! Available now are: Han Solo as AT-ST Driver, General Lando Calrissian-Death Star Attack, and General Madine-Imperial Shuttle Capture. Each are just $12.95!

    Saturday, April 3, 2004 | Chris Berry

    2004 Fan Club Membership Kits Arriving

    I received my 2004 Star Wars Fan Club membership kit today, and to my surprise, it included an authentic, one of a kind animation cell from the 1985 cartoon series Ewoks. Oh yeah, and some other stuff too... click through for the full list.

    Friday, April 2, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Missing Figures 2: Episode II Padme Amidala

    I'll state right off that with Hasbro focusing on the OTC and the fact that only a couple of Episode I Padme's have been rumored, Episode II Padme figures all seem like long shots for the time being. Read on for Part 2 of our continuing series of Missing Figures: Episode II Padme Amidala!

    Friday, April 2, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Out Now...Star Destroyer Wave!

    I can personally confirm that the Star Destoryer Wave is indeed shipping to stores all over the USA as I was able to find them at a local Target. In fact the pegs were finally chock full of Yavin, Jabba and Star Destroyer Wave figures. Happy Hunting!

    Thursday, April 1, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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