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May 2005

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 | Chris Berry

Medicom Vinyl Vader

Medicom continues to impress as images of their new Vinyl Darth Vader have surfaced at Slave1.jp. The anime style certainly creates a new way of seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith, and the removable dome is a nice touch.

It will be a Parco exclusive from June 30 through July 4 in Japan. If you've got any buddies in Japan, you'd better get them to grab one, as it will certainly be a hot item!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Episode III Continues To Dominate

For the second weekend in a row, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith topped the box office with a whopping $70.75 million. Taking the long Memorial Day weekend is big news for Lucas's wallet, especially since it beat two new films expected to generate quite a bit themselves (Madagascar, and The Longest Yard).

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Stitching Up Star Wars

In movie years, we are really overwhelmed by Star Wars merchandise, and this time around is no different. The latest wares with the Star Wars logo slapped all over it are of the fabric variety. Themed fabrics from Springs Creative Product Group are here for your crafty sewing pleasure!

I saw the fleece material in person (with the Anakin/Obi-Wan Duel logo on it), and it really would make a nice warm blanket for any Star Wars fan. Click the pattern logo above to go to the Springs Creative Product Group website for more details and images.

Monday, May 30, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Defender Wish Lists 2005: Revenge of the Sith

So you've seen the movie, but realized that Hasbro has so far missed immortalizing a few characters in 3 3/4" plastic? Well, head in to our Forums and join in the brainstorming with your Top 10 needed figures for the new movie! Our Wish List guru Scott will keep a tally and announce the results after 4 weeks. Come on in!

Sunday, May 29, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Review: General Grievous (Sneak Preview)

A new JediDefender.com Review is up and running for your reading pleasure. We jump to the "Preview Wave" this time around, and kick it off with General Grievous since he's a bit of an icon from the recently released Revenge of the Sith.

Grievous is a figure that a lot of hype has surrounded leading into the film, so does the figure match up? Well, I'll let you read all about him by just clicking the button above. And as always, when you're done reading the review you're welcome to come share your opinions on this figure in our Reviews Forum!

Friday, May 27, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Watch For These Easter Eggs

The action is intense, so it can be difficult to really take in everything you see while watching Revenge of the Sith. StarWars.com provides a few tidbits to watch for the next you head to the theater. Come on, you know you're going to go see it again anyway, so here's some fun stuff to watch for!

Friday, May 27, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Anakin Evolves At Amazon

A great new shot of the upcoming Anakin Skywalker: Evolutions Assortment has surfaced on Amazon.com. Click the image above to take a closer look at it. These Evolutions figures appear to be taking the VOTC Concept to a whole new level, supplying a ton of accessories and articulation for a good price too. No Action Figure Fan can argue with that!

If you're interested in picking this up, which I can't imagine who isn't, pre-order your Anakin Skywalker: Evolution Assortment at Amazon today! These are sure to be hot items.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Chocolate Mpire Update at Hasbro

Hasbro updates their website today with a preview of the upcoming Chocolate Mpire figures. This new line features the colorful M&Ms characters starring as classic Star Wars characters. Click on over to the Hasbro website for a closer look at all eight of the upcoming 2-packs!

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Another Prequel On The Horizon?

Several reports have George Lucas discussing the possibilities!

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | Rob Foster

Caught With Your Hand In The Cookie Jar?

StarWars.com brings us a glimpse of the upcoming Ceramic Cookie Jar series from Cards Inc. of England. Darth Vader is the first in a 14 piece series. Click the image of the man of the hour, and read all about the new Cookie Jars coming our way!

Thursday, May 26, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Darth Vader is Legal Tender

You know Star Wars has universal appeal when a country decides to make a coin set based on its characters. The Heroes and Villains Coin Set will be issued by Goldquest under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands. 4 coins will be issued displaying the faces of your favourite characters, ranging from $1 to $10 coins.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Darth Vader Carry Case

Hasbro returns us to our childhood with the Wal-Mart exclusive Darth Vader Carry Case! Molded just like the one you had as a kid, this release comes with Anakin Skywalker and a Clone Trooper. Join the Dark Side and grab yours today!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New JediDefender Give Away - Holo Yoda!

JediDefender is proud to offer you a chance to win your very own Toys R Us exclusive Holographic Yoda figure from Revenge of the Sith! Check out our new Give Away page for all the details on how you can win!

Monday, May 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode III Rolls Through The Weekend

Star Wars (of course) dominated the box office totals this weekend with a whopping $158.5 million, totally crushing 3 and 4-day weekend box office records.

Monday, May 23, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Force Battle Figures Update

A few new photos of upcoming Force Battler figures have popped up. Click on the thumbnails above for a sneak peek at the upcoming Emperor and Yoda figures!

Monday, May 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Vinyl Boba Fett

Medicom updates their website today with info on a new vinyl Boba Fett figure. This vinyl version of Fett, styled after his Empire Strikes Back costume, will be available at WCC 20 in June and later through the Medicom Collector's Club. Fett will be limited to 2005 pieces and retail for 6090 Yen.

Monday, May 23, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Taminar Wins the Lava Vader Giveaway!

Congratulations to JD member Taminar on winning our Target exclusive Lava Vader figure giveaway! We'll be contacting you shortly Auriette... Stay tuned, everyone, for our next ROTS exclusive giveaway coming soon!

Monday, May 23, 2005 | Matt Colman

Sideshow Collectibles Announces Bust Series

Sideshow continues to expand into the realm of Star Wars collectibles with their announcement of a new line -- 1:1 Scale Busts! A number of materials will be involved in the production, including metal, plastic, resin, polystone and more.

But which character will be the first to be immortalized into a bust? The San Diego Comic-Con will bring us the answer, where Sideshow Collectibles will reveal the answer July 14-17th.

Saturday, May 21, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Episode III Sets The Bar

Our beloved Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is already breaking box office records by taking over the one-day record (set by Shrek 2). Read on for the full story.

Friday, May 20, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

So What's the Verdict?

If you've seen Revenge of the Sith, we want to hear about it! Register your opinion of the final installment of the Star Wars saga in our new poll at the lower right part of your screen. Then head on in to our forums and share your opinions and emotions on Episode III!

Thursday, May 19, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Fine Molds Falcon Photos

Some exciting news has surfaced from the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan -- a 1:72 scale Millennium Falcon will be produced by Fine Molds! The detailing on the over 800 parts looks simply amazing. No word yet on the price or edition run, but head over to the photos presented by Hobbylink Japan for a preview of things to come. Thanks to forum member Bob Crane for the heads up!

Thursday, May 19, 2005 | Jesse Wall

M&M's Strike Back

The Star Wars marketing juggernaught rolls right along with the latest offering from M&M's now up for grabs. I'm not one to jump on all these promotional items, but this one sounds interesting to me since you can customize it to your liking (somewhat). Read on to find out more!

Thursday, May 19, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Collection 2 Update at Hasbro

Hasbro updates their website today with a preview of a few more Collection 2 basic figures. Click on over to the Hasbro website for a closer look at Utapaun Warrior, Captian Antilles, and Zett Jukassa!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Episode 3 Is Here!

We here at JediDefender.com just want to wish every Star Wars fan a good evening as the majority will make the journey out to see the last installment in the Star Wars Saga: Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. We hope you have a great time shared with good friends and loved ones. As a wise man said in our forums, "Enjoy the Next Few Days", as they certainly are our time to enjoy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Preorder Anakin Maquette at StarWarsShop.com

Gentle Giant continues their beautiful Clone Wars line with their seventh piece, Anakin Skywalker. He is now available for preorder at StarWarsShop.com for $79.00, and will ship in October, 2005. You can see the anger building that will eventually draw him to the dark side...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Attakus Attacks Paris

As we mentioned earlier, Attakus had some teasing glimpses of their new line of (incredibly) large dioramas, but StarWars.com takes the cake with a gallery of new images of both the Death Star Hangar and Dagobah dioramas. Click that incredible Yoda Hutt image for the whole article.

As was reported here earlier, these dioramas are supposed to be at least near to-scale with the 3.75" Hasbro figures. With that in mind, the sets (each diorama sold in 2 parts) are bound to be hot among action figure collectors.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

The Science Of Star Wars

Take a look at The Discovery Channel online to see what Star Wars goodness they are dishing up with their new series, The Science Of Star Wars. It sounds interesting, and you can get Schedule of Air Times/Dates right here as well. Thanks to our Forum member Matt Fury for pointing this out!

Monday, May 16, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Force Battler Update at Hasbro

Hasbro updates their website today with a closer look at the next wave in the Force Battlers line. This wave showcases classic Original Trilogy characters with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and a new Darth Vader. Click on over to the Hasbro website for all the details!

Monday, May 16, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Star Wars In The Ads

This weeks Target ad has a full 2 pages dedicated just to Star Wars! Most notable in this ad is the sale price of $4.99 for basic action figures.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 | Chris Berry

Kotobukiya Yoda & More

Kotobukiya Yoda is now in stock for $49.99 at Brian's Toys! EP3 12" back in stock including Barris Offee & Shaak Ti. EP3 4" prices now reduced on select figures. The exclusive Holographic Emperor and Jedi-Con Holocron Adventure figures are also back in stock. Watch for the new Clone Trooper 4-packs arriving this week.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 | Chris Berry

A New Hope Style D Poster Pics

Code 3 allowed their Guild members to see some exciting new pictures for their next sculpted poster. The Style D A New Hope poster looks quite impressive, so check out our forums for what to expect!

Sunday, May 15, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Reminder - Lava Vader Give Away!

JediDefender is offering you a chance to win your very own Revenge of the Sith prize-pack composed of both Target exclusives from the April 2nd toy launch - one Lava Darth Vader and one $5.00 Darth Vader Light-Up Gift Card! The contest ends Sunday, May 15th, so there's still time to check out our Give Away page and enter if you haven't already!

Saturday, May 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Latest From Attakus

Want to see the latest wares from Attakus? Well simply click the image above to check out some teasing glimpses of their latest Resin figures, as well as their new Metal Collection figures and 3 Foot Long Millenium Falcon! Whoa Mama! That Falcon could turn into the centerpiece for any Star Wars figure collection I do believe.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Save At Toys R Us You Will

Everyone likes to save money, right? Especially when buying Star Wars loot. So head to these links that will allow you to print coupons to save $10 on a purchase over $50 and get 20% off any one item at Toys R Us. Thanks to forum member JayDouble for the heads up!

Friday, May 13, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Unleashed Update at Hasbro

Hasbro updates their website today with a closer look at the next wave in the Unleashed line. This wave showcases the dark side with a new Darth Vader, Asajj Ventress, and a Sidious & Yoda piece. Click on over to the Hasbro website for all the details!

Friday, May 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Burger King Toys

Burger King's Star Wars promotion was pushed up to yesterday, May 11th, in most locations, and is quickly getting a lot of attention! Everyone wants these it seems -- after all, they are the coolest toys to hit a fast food chain in a long time. Head on over to Burger King's website to check out the 31 upcoming toys and download their checklist, or just click the thumbnail above.

The toys are being released in waves of 5 toys at a time, and this week we are seeing Wicket, Han Solo in Carbonite, Jabba the Hutt, Luke Skywalker and the Millennium Falcon. Also available is the hottest item out there: the chase Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker. Good luck!

Thursday, May 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Lucas' Cameo on The O.C.

The O.C. is well known for its off the wall plots between teens, but a certain character has gathered a cult following. Seth Cohen is a big comic book and Star Wars fan, so naturally meeting George Lucas would be a highlight for him. Check out the clip on StarWars.com for some background on his cameo!

Thursday, May 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Review: Feltipern Trevagg

I love fuzzy aliens with big frowny faces, don't you? And that is why I'm loving the latest Jedi Defender.com Review! This time we take a close look at Feltipern Trevagg from the Cantina. A worthy subject for sure, and a great figure all around. So click the mugshot above and read the full review already!

As always, when you're done reading the review we invite you to come discuss this figure (and many others) in our Reviews Forum!

Thursday, May 12, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Collectibles Edition Size Clarification

Some confusion has developed around the edition sizes for the General Grievous and Darth Vader Premium Format Figures from Sideshow Collectibles, so we’re here to clear it up…

Thursday, May 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Target Clone Trooper Case Variations

As if you didn't already have a reason to want multiple Target exclusive Clone Troopers, here's another: there is a confirmed packaging variation in the Clone Trooper clamshell. Two different style 'lock nubs' have been found. Click on the thumbnail above for a closer look at the two types!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Another #43 Wookiee Warrior

It seems like Hasbro has decided to make Revenge of the Sith army builder friendly! Another intentional color variant has popped up in the basic figure line. This time it's the #43 Wookiee Warrior who is available in two colors - tan and brown. Click on the thumbnail above for a comparison shot of the two Wookiee colors!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Celebration 3 Darth Vader - The Winner!

JediDefender is proud to announce that the winner of the Celebration 3 Darth Vader with Star Case is forum member Diddly! Congratulations Travis! Thanks to all those who entered. Don't forget to check out our Give Away page for all the details on our next drawing - Lava Vader!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Download Revenge Of The Brick

Lego.com has the Revenge of the Brick mini-movie available for download incase you missed it Sunday night. It's one of the weirder things I have seen tacked onto the ROTS media blitz, ammounting to basically a really elaborate (and humorous) Lego commercial. Check it out by clicking the image above, or head on over to Lego.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Collector's Gallery Online

Collector's Gallery Online has a number of new and exciting items now in stock. Continue reading for a full listing!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Chris Berry

New JediDefender Give Away - Lava Vader!

JediDefender is proud to offer you a chance to win your very own Revenge of the Sith prize-pack composed of both Target exclusives from the April 2nd toy launch - one Lava Darth Vader and one $5.00 Darth Vader Light-Up Gift Card! Check out our new Give Away page for all the details!

Monday, May 9, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Update - Target Exclusive Collector Cases

Hasbro updates their website today with info on the recently recalled Collector Case 5-packs. The Target Collector Cases are being reworked based on initial collector feedback to ensure every Episode III action figure fits properly within each case. Watch for info on the availability of an improved case at a later date.

Monday, May 9, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Update - TRU Anakin's Jedi Starfighter

Hasbro updates today with more info on the TRU exclusive Episode 3 Anakin Jedi Starfighter with figure. Yeah, it's a rehashed vehicle with a rehashed figure, but it's still something you might want to check out!

Monday, May 9, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Dannik Jerriko

Jedi Defender.com's latest review is everyone's favorite Hookah Smoker from the Cantina, Dannik Jerriko (Cantina Encounter). A tough figure for me to give a final judgment on, Dannik has been one of the Cantina Aliens I've always wanted to see done, yet Hasbro made a couple fatal errors on his already ugly face. My review still remains a bit positive on him, but I can't possibly have overlooked those gaping holes Hasbro included (and which simply weren't needed).

Click his smiling mugshot above, and read the whole review for yourself. When you're done reading the review we invite you to come discuss this figure (and many others) in our Reviews Forum!

Monday, May 9, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Star Wars Insider #82

The Official Site has an update on issue #82 of the Star Wars Insider! The latest issue of the Official Fan Club magazine leads us to the dark side, featuring interviews with the Sith Lords - Hayden Christensen and Ian McDiarmid. Star Wars Insider #82 starts shipping to subscribers on May 17th and begins shipping to newsstands on May 30th.

Sunday, May 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Activa Pin Set Also Available in UK

The Activa Pin Set that we previously reported as being exclusive to Canadian markets is also showing up in the UK. However, there are a couple minor differences - most importantly, the UK set has 26 pins, whereas the Canadian set only has 20 pins.

Sunday, May 8, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Revenge of the Brick Tonight

Don't forget that tonight at 7pm, Cartoon Network will air Revenge of the Brick! This short animated movie promises to be very entertaining, based on the impressive trailer available at Lego.com. You’ve still got a chance to set your VCR if you’ll be away from home at 7pm, so plan ahead now!

Sunday, May 8, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Code 3 ESB Mini-Poster Available...

...But only to Guild Members. Code 3 saved 285 of the sculpted mini-posters that were exclusive to Celebration III and will make them available on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:00 am PT. The best news? They will still sell them for their original retail price of $20! Thanks to forum member DaBigKahuna for the info!

Saturday, May 7, 2005 | Jesse Wall

General Grievous Edition Size Announced

Sideshow Collectibles has announced that the edition size for their General Grievous Premium Format Figure will be only 1500! That's smaller than both the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo edition sizes of 2500, and the Darth Vader size of 2000. This beautiful 1/4 scale statue is available for preorder and will definitely sell out fast, head on over now. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!

Friday, May 6, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New JD Poll: Next "Evolutions" Set

Now that we've seen the absolute brilliance of the new "Evolutions" assortment with Hasbro's first three offerings on display at C3, we'd like to hear what our JD readers want to see next in this line. So head on over to our poll here on the main page and place your vote. As always, we'll be forwarding our poll results directly to Hasbro, so be sure to chime in and let your voice be heard!

Friday, May 6, 2005 | Matt Colman

ROTS SoundTrack Is Thumpin'

Just a little reminder that the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack is out and about at retail this week, and already on sale at Amazon.com. Click the cover of the soundtrack above and pick this up today, it's well worth it folks!

Friday, May 6, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Attakus Gives Your Figures A Home

StarWars.com has a nice little article up about the Attakus statues and dioramas with a couple preview pictures of a Wicket and Greivous, both due out some time down the road. What the kicker is, and 3.75" diorama fans rejoice, ist that the article confirms that the dioramas are "scaled to about the size of Hasbro's 3 3/4 inch figure line". It also sounds like they're going to be quite large dioramas as well, broken into two fair sized pieces for both the initial Dagobah and Death Star scenes.

Sounds like you don't need to necessarilly be an Attakus collector to want these for your 3.75" figure collection. Click the image of everyone's favorite funky general above, and read the story at StarWars.com.

Friday, May 6, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Revenge of the Brick Trailer

Lego.com has posted the trailer for Revenge of the Brick, a short animated show that will air on the Cartoon Network on Sunday, May 8. The animation is quite amazing, and incredibly entertaining!

Thursday, May 5, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Collector Cases Recalled?

The Target exclusive 5 pack of cases designed to hold the Revenge of the Sith figures may be headed back to the factory. Rumours have been running wild, and almost no one has been able to track these down in store. More interestingly, the Hasbro news report that initially announced these cases has been removed from their site. The rumours grow...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Reminder - C3 Darth Vader Give Away!

JediDefender is proud to offer you a chance to win your very own Celebration 3 Darth Vader with Celebration 3 Star Case! The contest ends Sunday, May 8th, so there's still time to check out our Give Away page and enter if you haven't already!

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Gentle Giant Busts at SWS.com

StarWarsShop.com has added 3 new Gentle Giants Busts for preorder. They continue the Sandtrooper invasion started by the black pauldron Sandtrooper Corporal which was an exclusive to Celebration III. Newly listed is the Sandtrooper Squad Leader, identified by his orange pauldron, and the Sandtrooper Sergeant with the white pauldron. Both Sandtroopers are to be available in September 2005. And finally, everyone's favourite Corellian, Han Solo, will be available in August. Preorder them now!

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Exclusive Clone Trooper 4-Pack

The Entertainment Earth Hasbro Star Wars exclusive all-white clone troopers 4-pack is now in stock! Re-create battle scenes with the most popular and coolest 3 3/4-inch clone trooper action figure ever made... the "super-poseable" clone trooper with 14 points of articulation! All orders include a Clone Wars 16 x 20 inch poster!

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 | Chris Berry

TIME Flies

Boy does it... Just around the corner and we will soon be wrapping up the saga (so George says). And right there to commemorate the latest and last installment, Revenge of the Sith, there as always is TIME Magazine with a fantastic cover of Darth Vader.

The issue, due out this week, is set to include lots of ROTS goodies, including reviews, interviews, and a Skywalker family tree. Click the image of the magazine above and read all about it, or better yet pick up the magazine while you're out buying the multitude of products with "Star Wars" on it in stores right now!

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

A Hero Falls Music Video

StarWars.com is playing host to a downloadable music video for Revenge of the Sith's theme, A Hero Falls. The video is a very nice mix of scenes from the films that many have already seen put together in a montage at Celebration 3 (The Episode III Spectacular, as it was called), but there's some dialogue, some new scenes, and of course the new song from John Williams. It's worth a look, but definitely riddled with spoilers, so beware!

If you dare though, click the image of everyone's favorite whiney timebomb ticking away, and check out a pretty nicely done music video sure to get your heart racing for Episode III!

Tuesday, May 3, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Life After Star Wars

George Lucas will always be known for Star Wars. But what is he going to do now that the (supposed) last film is complete? Get some insight into his future from an interesting article from Wired.

Monday, May 2, 2005 | Jesse Wall

The Celebration Store Is Open!

So you missed your chance to get some of the exclusive merchanidise available at Celebration III? Well here's your chance to get your hands on some pretty cool stuff, now available in the Celebration Store courtesy of StarWarsShop.com. Shirts, caps, patches and more will be available from May 2 to May 9, so get over there and grab yours!

Monday, May 2, 2005 | Jesse Wall

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