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May 2004

Look What I Found... On eBay!!!

After a short hiatus, I'm back with more eBay goodness. Most people know that MOMC Vintage Star Wars figures usually sell for good money, but AFA graded figures always go for more. Ever wonder how much AFA grading affects modern figures? I found some AFA graded sales that might surprise you.

Monday, May 31, 2004 | Dave Castle

OTC Visual Carded Checklist

We've put together a visual Carded Checklist of the first 20 Figures of the OTC Line of figures. From Dagobah Luke to Lobot, they're all shown in our forums. These are by far the best packages ever produced by Hasbro. Check it out:

The OTC Visual Carded Checklist

Monday, May 31, 2004 | Scott Pearson

OTC Figure DVD Packs

Showing up on eBay is a new multipack of figures not seen or announced before. It appears to be a 4-pack of Luke, Ben, R2-D2 and C-3PO in DVD Commerative packaging. Shown on the back of the package are two other sets for ESB (Bespin Han, Leia and Chewie) and ROTJ (Emperor, Stormtrooper and Darth Vader). Might the respective DVD be included with each set of these figures? Who knows, but one thing's for sure - the repacks continue!

Sunday, May 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

OTC Bespin Leia

Also appearing on eBay is the first look at a carded Bespin Leia. One of the most needed resculpts of the POTF2 era, Leia looks gorgeous in this new packaging. Look for these and the rest of the Bespin Wave in about a month.

Sunday, May 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

TRU Endor 5 Pack

Seller hotreals has put up for bid the upcoming TRU Endor 5 Pack. This set sports POTF2 repacks Endor Han, Wicket, Logray, Endor Rebel Soldier and a Scout Trooper on Speeder Bike. For some odd reason most of these are POTF2 repacks. Join in on the griping in our forums.

Sunday, May 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Cloud City Memorial Day Sale

Cloud City is having a 20-30% off sale on most items through Tuesday,
June 1. Visit www.cloudcity.com to take advantage of our lower Memorial Day prices. Also, keep in mind that the second wave of OTC figures, the Bespin wave, is expected to arrive next week. Place your pre-orders now to reserve these figures.

Saturday, May 29, 2004 | Chris Berry

Slave Leia and Obi-Wan Unleashed...OUT NOW!

JD forum member jadesfire has found the latest repackaged Unleashed figures, Slave Leia and Obi-Wan at her local Wal-Mart. Happy Hunting!

Friday, May 28, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Original Trilogy Vintage Figures Wave 2

Entertainment Earth now has the Original Trilogy Vintage figures Wave 2 for pre-order! The set includes 2x Darth Vader - Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 2x Yoda - Empire Strikes Back (NEW), 2x Lando Calrissian - Empire Strikes Back (NEW) 1x Han Solo, 1x Luke Skywalker. Click here to order!

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | Chris Berry

VOTC Han and Luke Update

Hasbro has updated today with pictures of the upcoming "Vintage" OTC figures, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Han and Luke are part of Wave 1 and will be out some time in the next month.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Lobot and Cloud Car Pilot Carded

Seller gtr430s once again brings us some new images, this time it is carded shots of the 2 out of 3 Bespin Wave figures, Lobot and Cloud Car Pilot!

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Nice New OTC Images

The Official Site's Cargo Bay has some very nice loose images of most of the upcoming Original Trilogy Collection figures. Solves a few mysteries, especially if Bespin Luke will look so beat up. Thanks to Vicki and all others who wrote in!

Monday, May 24, 2004 | Scott Pearson

K & C Newsletter

K & C Collectibles has received the new 4 pack - Skirmish at Carkoon. We have just a few of the Saga repack figures left in-stock. Pre-order Episode 2 pewter ships and figures from Rawcliffe.

Monday, May 24, 2004 | Chris Berry

Medicom Vinyl Boba Fett

Medicom of Japan, makers of the uber popular Kubricks, have announced a new exclusive Vinyl figure, Boba Fett! Limited to only 2004 pieces and available only in Japan (500 at the WCC18 and 1504 via the Japanese Collector Club) this is sure to be a hot one! Head on in to our forums to see some more pics and discuss.

Sunday, May 23, 2004 | Scott Pearson

OTC @ Cloud City

Cloud City is now shipping all orders for Original Trilogy Collection Dagobah wave! In addition we received the Princess Leia Organa and Biker Scout for immediate shipment. The Bespin Wave is now available for Pre-order and will ship the first days of June. Click HERE to browse these new products.

Saturday, May 22, 2004 | Chris Berry

OTC Scout Trooper and Leia

Carded shots of the OTC Scout Trooper and Prnicess Leia recards have shown up on the net at a Japanese retailer. Look for these in the second Wave of OTC figures (the Bespin Wave). Good to see a clean Scout on the pegs again!

Friday, May 21, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Brian's Toys Newsletter

Brian's Toys has just received back in stock Saga 12" ROTJ Figures. This includes the Hard to Find Biker Scout and Ewoks figures as well as Luke Jedi and Yoda!

Kotobukiya Luke Stormtrooper and Darth Maul also back in stock this week. Original Trilogy Figures will be arriving on Monday so be sure to check our website or better yet Pre-Order your items right away.

We have some new lower prices on a few Clone Wars Items. Riddell Helmets from POTF line are back in including Boba Fett and X-Wing Pilot. Also Legends in 3-Dimesion items back in. Boba Fett, Emperor and Greedo.

Friday, May 21, 2004 | Chris Berry

Collector's Gallery Online News

Collector's Gallery Online now has the Darth Vader & Darth Maul Master Replicas lightsabers in stock. 66 Vintage, POTF and Episode 1 Star Wars toys have been added to the sites. Thousands of vintage & classic Star Wars toys are available now!

Friday, May 21, 2004 | Chris Berry

Last Of Saga @ KEBco Toys (Cheap!)

Limited supplies remain on the last run of Saga figures at KEBco Toys.

Luke Jedi, R2D2, Luke Hoth, Hoth Trooper, R3PO, Lando Skiff, Hologram Luke, Rappertunie, Dutch Vander, Tie Fighter Pilot, General Jan Dodonna, Captain Antilles, Ozzel, Bossk, Dengar, Ultra Wampa, Ultra General Rieekan, Ultra C-3PO, Ultra Jabba the Hutt, Ultra Ewok Warrior, Ultra Obi-Wan, Unleashed figures, 12 Inch figures and more.

All In-Stock and available at very reasonable prices.

Friday, May 21, 2004 | Chris Berry

New From K & C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has received the new Ewok Glider and Saga figures. Enter our $100.00 shopping spree (see rules on full story page). New this week are Han Solo AT-ST Driver, General Madine, General Lando Calrissian, and many more. Read on for full details as well as the contest rules.

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Chris Berry

VOTC Leia and Obi-Wan

Hasbro has updated with shots of their upcoming retro "Vintage" carded Original Trilogy Collection Figures including a look at the final packaging. Presented are Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia. Awesome job on these Hasbro!

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Return of the Buddies

Star Wars Plush toys were originally released around the time of Episode I. They appear to be making a comeback as part of the Original Trilogy Collection as shown above. Hasbro has not announced these yet but they look like the real deal. Thanks to gtr430s for the images.

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

OTC Cards

Anyone else notice that the symbol colors on the Original Trilogy Packaging have been reversed. For years the Rebel Alliance symbol and colors have been red while the Empire symbols were blue (with the exception of the Imperial Navy). Hasbro has decided to switch that and make the Rebels blue and the Empire Red. To quote a Jedi Master... "Curious".

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Silver Sandtrooper

2 for 2 for new images for seller gtr430s as the carded Convention Exclusive Sandtrooper makes its first appearance. Looks for these this summer at Conventions near you and ShopStarWars.com!

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

TRU Exclusive Jedi Council Sets Coming Soon...

New eBay seller gtr430s has some nice shots of the upcoming TRU exclusive Jedi Council Screen Scene sets, including Ki-Adi Mundi, Yoda, and Qui-Gon Jinn in Set 1, and Eeth Koth, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Plo-Koon in Set 2. You can check out his auction right here. The highlight of this is that it appears the center flooring section of the Jedi Council will now be included! Look for these sets to start hitting retail in the next month or so...

Thursday, May 20, 2004 | Matt Colman

The Wait Is Almost Over

A little birdie (also called an "e-mail" to some) told me that the exclusive Gentle Giant Green Clone bust from StarWarsShop.com is supposed to be in stock and start shipping at the end of this week. Let's see what happens, 'cause with SWS.com you just never know!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | Dave Castle

Dagobah Wave Carded

JediDefender sponsor Action-HQ has posted carded pics of the Dagobah wave on their website. We've brought them here for your viewing pleasure. Look for these Stateside in a few weeks, and to be released in Asia this week!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | Scott Pearson

OTC Dagobah Luke Variant?

Action-HQ has posted some carded shots of the first wave of Original Trilogy Collection figures. Note the carded Dagobah Luke figure which first showed up at Lee's a week or so ago (shown above) is different than the Luke shown at Action-HQ. Could we have our first OTC variant? Read on for more speculation!

UPDATE: Both sets of limbs and heads will be included with each carded version of Luke.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | Scott Pearson

525,600 Minutes To Go!

Episode III will be debuting at a theater near you one year from Today. The Official Site has some details on where production is at on the film which you can read about here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Original Trilogy IN STOCK @ Cloud City

Original Trilogy Collection will be READY TO SHIP BEGINNING FRIDAY MAY 21st at Cloud City! Get your figures before major U.S. Retailers! Original Trilogy basic figures include Dagobah Luke, Dagobah Yoda, Dagobah Obi-Wan, Dagobah R2-D2, Luke X-Wing, Luke Jedi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader.

Visit www.cloudcity.com today to place your order!

Also, we will have additional quantities of the hard to find Saga Collection 12" Ewoks, Biker Scout and Yoda. These are available for preorder now. We don't expect to find quantities of these again in the future so don't miss your chance!

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | Chris Berry

Collector's Gallery Online News!

Collector's Gallery Online is now taking pre-orders on the Clone Wars Obi Wan Maquette, Skywalker Ranch Pierce Pumper, Star Wars Hasbro Chess set and monopoly game. Vintage items just added include the Bespin World Micro Collection, Jedi trash can, Slave 1 model kit, POTF Falcon, Boba Fett Applause mug, and much more. Click here for more collectibles!

Monday, May 17, 2004 | Chris Berry

OTC Bespin Luke

JD.com sponsor Entertainment Earth has some new, somewhat larger pictures of the upcoming OTC re-releases. It looks like the Saga Bespin Luke may indeed be a new "clean", non-bloodied version with a somewhat cleaner jumpsuit as well.

Monday, May 17, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Adventure Con 3.0 Contest

Rod from the Tennessee Star Wars Collectors Group passes along this info for their Adventure Con 3.0 contest...

Monday, May 17, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Here We Go Again...

Well, it looks like the folks at Gentle Giant must really love getting hate mail. First, the Blue Clone Trooper Convention fiasco, then the Clone Pilot... and now, Luke Stormtrooper. Will they ever learn?

Sunday, May 16, 2004 | Dave Castle

Brian's Toys Free Shipping!

Brian's Toys is offering free shipping this week for items over $50! Be sure to take advantage of this great offer.

Just arrived, the re-release of Unleashed Leia and Obi-Wan! Lots of 3 3/4" Saga back in this week, many at newly reduced prices including some of the most recent releases like Han AT-ST Driver and Lando General. All 12 of the Hall of Fame figures are also back in stock and now available as a set. Don't miss out on other new wholesale assortments just added to the Saga section.

Saturday, May 15, 2004 | Chris Berry

Fate of the Coruscant Wave

Once strongly rumored for the middle of 2004, the Coruscant wave of Sly Moore, Wookiee Senator Yarua and Jedi Pablo Jill was put in limbo due to the Original Trilogy Collection. We have received word from a fairly reliable source that these three figures are still in the works for later this year. Stay tuned for any further updates we can get on them.

Friday, May 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Action-HQ Update

Pre-order the newest Star War Trilogy figures & Starships at Action-HQ.com! New for May are the Dagobah figures including Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan, and R2-D2.

Friday, May 14, 2004 | Chris Berry

OTC Lineup Poster

Hasbro has updated their site again showing which figures will be re-released as part of the OTC line this fall. Doesn't look too promising for new figures.

Thursday, May 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Ephant Mon... The Return?

Not a confirmation that he's reshipping, but a possibility. In my local area, the big ugly lug has been spotted at Toys R Us stores no less than 3 times at 3 separate stores.

Could it be a reship, or old warehouse stock? Likely the latter, but it's good news irregardless for those who've searched for him (I know one local guy didn't have him yet and lucked into finding him). So all hope may not be lost, and check those Toys R Us stores near you. It may be worth your while.

Thursday, May 13, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

12" OTC Boba Fett

Hasbro officially unveils the 12" OTC Boba Fett at their site. This figure will be packaged in a retro vintage style and will come in a wave with Luke Skywalker and Stormtrooper. Look for these in late summer '04.

Thursday, May 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

LucasArts and E3... Worth A Look

Check out Lucasarts.com website for a doozy of a showing from the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). LA unveiled some nice eyecandy with screenshots and trailers for Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxies, Jump to Light Speed, Republic Commando, and Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords.

Check out the trailer for Republic Commando in particular. That's something new to Star Wars!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

OTC Checklist

StarWars.com confirms our report from Monday! There will indeed be a bunch more Repacks coming for later this year as part of the OTC collection. Looks like a bunch of early 2004 figures will be recarded as part of the Original Trilogy Collection.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

12" Lobot and 2-1B Rumor

Last rumor of the week here. We've received word at JD HQ that there may be a 12" 2-1B and Lobot at least in the planning stages. The 12" line in general seems to be in a ton of trouble, so these might not ever see the light of retail shelves near you. Stay tuned for all details concerning late 2004 especially with the Summer Convention season fast approaching!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Watch The History Channel Much?

If you do, and watch their show called "Tactical to Practical", then tonight you were in for a real treat as they covered Gentle Giant Studios. Read on for some of the details!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

Insider #76 Shipping Out

Keep your peepers peeled for the latest Insider to be hitting your local store racks, or your very own mailbox.

This issue includes unique looks at Ralph McQuarrie's sketches, as well as those from the team designing Episode III, an in-depth look at the trenches of Hoth (some great info there), and of course lots of Episode III goodness!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

Target Figures w/ Collector Cups Wave 2???

Depending on sales of Wave 1, we might be seeing a second wave of Collector Cups later this year. Look for some of the following:

  • Darth Vader
  • Yoda
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Han Solo
  • Boba Fett
  • Greedo

    Stay Tuned for details and pics as they happen! And as always, nothing is confirmed until Hasbro says so.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    2004 Unleashed

    Hasbro and the Official Site bring us some cool shots of this years upcoming Unleashed figures: Bossk, Aayla Secura and Tusken Raider. Also announced are the new Unleashed figures: IG-88, Aurra Sing and a Stormtrooper.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C News Feed

    K & C Collectibles has received the new Anakin and
    Luke Skywalker Collector Glasses. Don't' forget to enter our $100.00 shopping spree (see rules on full story page). Also new this week are the Tanus Spijek and Captain Antilles wave.

    Monday, May 10, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Another Week, Another Episode III Title Rumor

    Click on in to our forums for the juicy details. The real title will not be announced until possibly August, this one seems as plausible as the rest though.

    Monday, May 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    More Possible OTC Repacks

    We've received word that a few more figures are being planned for repacking in the Original Trilogy Collection this fall. Look for these figures on Original Trilogy cards:

  • IG-88
  • Bossk
  • Tusken Raider
  • Jawas
  • Snowtrooper

    Which versions of the figures are unlcear at this time. Stay tuned for details as the clouds begin to lift.

    Monday, May 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #254

    Lots of Saga back in stock this week at Brian's Toys, just a few of the hot item you won't want to miss out on: Unleashed Yoda, Darth Vader Death Star Clash, C-3PO Tatooine Ambush, Tanus Spijek, McQuarrie Stormtrooper and a combo with General Madine, Han AT-ST Driver and Lando General!

    Exclusives combo also now available with a Silver Clone Trooper, Silver Boba Fett and Jorg Sacul. The re-release on Unleashed Luke Jedi and Darth Sidious are also now in stock. Many more items ahead!

    Sunday, May 9, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Original Trilogy @ Cloud City

    Cloud City now has many of the new Original Trilogy figures in stock. Newest items include Dagobah Luke, Dagobah Yoda, Dagobah Obi-Wan, Dagobah R2-D2, and many more!

    Sunday, May 9, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Action-HQ.com Specials

    Action-HQ.com is bringing the best to you First with Japanese Star Wars, restock JQuille & others. Pre-order Boba Fett Kotobukiya & lots more!

    - Set of 8 Star Wars Figure Magnets from Japan! Highly detailed and
    2" tall; includes all your old favorites from Ep 3. Just $54.95!

    - Restock Rappertunie, Hologram Luke, JQuille & more!

    - PreOrder your 1/7 scale pre-painted vinyl Boba Fett from Kotobukiya
    for $89.95!

    - Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack on Special for $24.95!

    Click here to enter!

    Saturday, May 8, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Missing Figures Part 5: 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: Neva Kee, Elan Mak and Mawhonic and R2: Boles Roor and Ark "Bumpy" Roose. Read on for pictures and more details on these wacky little dudes.

    Friday, May 7, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    We've all seen the MBNA Chrome Darth Vader and Jango busts, but have you seen the chrome Boba Fett? I found it on eBay!!

    Thursday, May 6, 2004 | Dave Castle

    OTC Carded Images

    Here are some small carded images of the Upcoming Dagobah and Recarded figures coming soon to the Original Trilogy Collection courtesy of Lee's Toy Review. These should be hitting the shelves in about a month.

    Thursday, May 6, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Sandcrawler Update

    Rumors are swirling right now that the often talked and stuck in limbo Sandcrawler may yet be coming to the market. The possibility of Diamond Comics making available the Sandcrawler to most etailers might be happening. This is what happened to Shuttle after FAO bit the dust. Keep on eye on this one, we will.

    Thursday, May 6, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    12" OTC Boba Fett

    Our good friend Nick at TheJawa was able to score some cool pics from the upcoming Lee's Toy Review picturing the infamous Boba Fett in all of his 12" OTC Glory. Cool stuff, look for him later this year.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Animated Clone Wars Figures Wave 3???

    Our friends across the pond at The Private Universe have an interesting tidbit concerning the rumored 3rd Wave of Animated Clone Wars figures. It sounds like General Grievous is for sure one of the figures while their poll lists the other three. Which three will it be??? Stay Tuned

    Tuesday, May 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #253

    New this week at Brian's Toys are the Saga Exclusive Jedi-Con 2004 The Holocron-Adventure Set which includes a Red Clonetrooper and Super Battle Droid. Also new, an extremely rare and high quality piece, the FAO Schwarz Porcelain Queen Amidala.

    More Unleashed back in stock this week including Boba Fett and Mace Windu! Saga Ephant Mon, the Emperor and loose Interactive R2-D2 are also back in. The full set of EP1 Carded figures and set of POTJ Carded figures are also featured this week.

    Tuesday, May 4, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    Looking for the Variant Red Unleashed Clone Trooper? You're not alone. I found a few on eBay today.

    Monday, May 3, 2004 | Dave Castle

    $100 Shopping Spree @ K & C Collectibles

    K & C Collectibles is offering a $100.00 shopping spree (see rules
    below). Be sure to mention JediDefender.com when you enter! Items for pre-order are ahead, read on!

    Monday, May 3, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Latest Master Replicas @ Collector's Gallery

    Collector's Gallery Online is now taking pre-orders for the Stormtrooper blaster and Princess Leia blaster. Shipping is free on these items if you order now!

    Monday, May 3, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Unleashed Red Clonetrooper

    Showing up at online auctions right now is the Red decoed Unleashed Clonetrooper. Case packouts are supposedly 3x Red Clonetrooper, 2x Chewbacca and 1x Luke Skywalker. These will be hot for a while, Happy Hunting!

    Monday, May 3, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    Today I went looking for some of the new Topps Clone Wars Sketch Insert cards. And I found some nice ones!!

    Sunday, May 2, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Look What I Found... On eBay!

    Today I'm going to show you some original artwork from the Star Wars comics, both modern and vintage.

    Saturday, May 1, 2004 | Dave Castle

    DarkHorse This Month

    Check out the titles coming from DarkHorse this May!

    Saturday, May 1, 2004 | Brad Smith

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