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May 2012

Sideshow - Hunt For The Jedi Diorama

Sideshow Collectibles teased their new Hunt For The Jedi Diorama today, and it captures a battle between Shaak Ti and General Grievous. This brings about thoughts of the infamous cut-scene from Revenge of the Sith where Shaak Ti was originally to meet her end. Check it out!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Hallmark - SDCC 2012 Exclusive Ornaments

Hallmark.com revealed their 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Ornaments today! Click the image above for a hi-res looks at Zuckuss & 4-LOM. These two are joined at the hip, and could be another elusive exclusive. They do look fantastic though!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Collect All 92! Biker Scout

Collect All 92 returns this week with another figure from the Return of the Jedi cards. Click through and check out the incredible Vintage to Modern comparison series, as it takes a look at the Biker Scout!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - BBTS Pre-Order Updates!

Site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store passed along new word to us of upcoming Star Wars Pre-Orders! Clone Wars gets a new Commander Fox, and fans already seem to be happy to see the New Vintage Assortment! Read on for the details and get your orders in for your Pile O' Loot!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Mythos Boba Fett - A Glimpse At The Future?

I received a thought-provoking email from reader DarthTubby. You may recall that Spike TV will reveal a New Star Wars Gaming Project tomorrow, but do we have a sneak preview already? The game has a lot of speculation that it's about Boba Fett. Could the Mythos: Boba Fett be tied to it? Maybe just a coincidence if it pans out? This is just speculation, but that's sometimes fun, and we'll know more tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - Brian's Toys Buying List Update

Site sponsor Brian's Toys passed word onto us that they've made a Buylist Update! Read on to check out the details if you're thinking of selling some of your collection.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Yet Another Mythos Boba Preview

Sideshow Collectibles released another preview for their Mythos: Boba Fett statue! Fans are going to love the rifle he's holding I think. A really impressive hybrid bridge of past and future weaponry. These statues are simply incredible creations!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

UPDATE: DTF Sales And Price-Hikes?

UPDATE: We wanted to update this story to let our readers know that, as always with Wal-Mart, your mileage can (and likely will) vary. We received reports, both in Our Forums and email, that the Discover The Force battlepack clearance isn't nationwide. Scan them before you go to check out if you're able to! It may save you some time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - Nerd Rage Toys

Our latest sponsor, Nerd Rage Toys, has been running a 15% Off Everything sale this weekend, and it ends today! Get your orders in while you can, and make sure you get in on the limited number of G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys they have available, and which obviously won't be around for very long!

Monday, May 28, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Target Sale - 5/27 to 6/2

We teased it last Monday, and our Anonymous Target Source came through again with early word on a sale! Their Buy-1-Get-1 50% Off sale is in full swing. We've even gotten some reports that new Star Wars toys were found in some locations. Happy hunting!

Sunday, May 27, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

DTF Sales And Price-Hikes?

Jedi Temple Archives had given early word that the Discover The Force Battlepacks would soon be hitting clearance at Wal-Mart. Well this weekend the prices have dropped to a low $15 (not bad for 4 astromechs!), but there was a surprise. At my local Pittsburgh stores, I noticed their exclusive wave of figures are all now up to $9.96 a figure! They weren't moving for a dollar less, so this is a bit of a surprise.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Toys R Us Sale - 5/27 to 6/2

Not to be outdone, Toys R Us is running a Buy-1-Get-1 50% Off sale as well, on all Star Wars, G.I. Joe, & Marvel! It's a great weekend to try a toy run. Pop into Our Forums and let us know what you're finding out there!

Sunday, May 27, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Memorial Day

Everyone at Jedi Defender would like to wish our readers a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. We would also like to thank all those who have served in the military, for the sacrifices they have made for the rest of us. Thank you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - Brian's Toys

Brian's Toys passed along word to us that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys are in-stock as of right now! Also you can pick up a number of restocked Sideshow 1/6 Star Wars Figures that just came in.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Hasbro Press Release

Hasbro released a statement regarding the G.I. Joe: Retaliation release date change, and the film's accompanying toy line. Click through to read the brief statement.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

New Star Wars Game - Details Soon

With E3 looming, Spike TV will be exclusively revealing a New Star Wars Gaming Project this Thursday, May 31st, as part of their Pre-E3 Coverage! Early speculation is this may be tied to the mysterious Star Wars 1313 project, and Lucasarts signing an Unreal Engine 3 licensing agreement a year ago. Thanks to, him, for the tip!

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

B-Wing Prices Crashing

It turns out K-Mart is the surprise place to be this weekend. Their exclusive Vintage B-Wing Fighter, which was already reduced to $29.99, is now down to an incredibly low $14.99! With reports of Wave 4 hitting there as well, now is a good time to check K-Mart out.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Light Up Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Also Available

Our friends at Hobbystock.cn have updated their Ebay store with the difficult to obtain Movie Heroes Light-Up Obi-Wan Kenobi & Movie Heroes Light-Up Qui-Gon Jinn! These have had a hard time making their way to retail in any quantity, but here's a good way to avoid the hastle of looking for them.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Delayed To 2013 For 3-D

A billion nerds cried out, and won't be silent anytime soon. The word is out, and Hasbro has confirmed that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is pushed to 2013, so Paramount can release the film in 3-D. Our Joe Defender Forums are abuzz over this failure. We can only imagine what the Joe team at Hasbro is thinking right now, since the toys are already hitting retail.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Fighter Pod Toy Design Details

A good friend pointed us towards a blog called, The Bad Flip Productions Blog. It's run by Conceptual Artist Ken Christiansen, who does work for Hasbro. His latest post gives some nice insight to readers on the design process for the new Fighter Pods line! Check it out, as it's well worth your time. And a big thanks to our friend for the tip.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Mythos - Boba Fett Teaser

Sideshow Collectibles, you're such teases! They released a Production Peek video today giving brief glimpses of a Star Wars Mythos: Boba Fett Statue! Check it out, and dream of the final product.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Early Target Sale Heads Up

We've got an early tip for our readers! Target will be running a Buy-One-Get-One 50% Off sale, running May 27th - June 2nd! The sale is on all Star Wars action and pre-school toys. Lego is not included in the sale. Thanks to our Anonymous Target Source once again for sending us this tip!

Monday, May 21, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Full Season 5 Clone Wars Trailer

It's not high quality, but a full-length trailer for Clone Wars Season 5, shown at Star Wars Weekends, has made its way to Youtube. Check it out while you can!

Monday, May 21, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Collect All 92! Admiral Ackbar

No, it's not a trap. Collect All 92 returns with a new comparison! This round, check out Admiral Ackbar, then and now.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Ganch Full Reveal

Sideshow Collectibles is a little later to the party for their own Clone Commander Ganch figure, but you'll want to check it out! Their extensive gallery will make you really frustrated that this trooper could be elusive.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Target Lego Sale

Target has all their Star Wars Lego Sets on sale this week! A great day to stock up on those sets you've been waiting on, plus it doesn't hurt that new Hasbro product is hitting there as well.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Double Your Efforts To Attend C6!

The Official Site broke the news that Ian McDiarmid will make a rare convention appearance at this year's Celebration VI in Orlando! While he'll be signing autographs, I think fans will be much more interested in hearing his thoughts on the Saga's production from his perspective.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Light-Up Vader Available NOW

Friend of the site Hobbystock.cn has posted the new Movie Heroes Light-Up Darth Vader for sale on their Ebay store! This is the light-up figure to own, and now you can easily get one even though store pegs are filled with old Movie Heroes! Even better is you can save on shipping with some other great figures in their store. Thanks to Hobbystock.cn for the heads up.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Happy Tuesday Morning!

Yeah, it's already Thursday, but we've gotten in several reports of figures from the Revenge of the Jedi assortment last year, including the Rebel Fleet Trooper, Yoda, and more, are surfacing for low prices at discounter Tuesday Morning! The best part is they're a low $5 too. Beware though, as this store's stock can vary greatly.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

TRU Sale Today Only!

Toys R Us is running a Buy-One-Get-One 50% Off sale today only! It says it's on all Star Wars figures, playsets, and roleplay, so good luck and happy hunting! Thanks to forumite iFett for the tip.

UPDATE: To get the deal you have to have This Coupon! Sorry for any confusion.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - Brian's Toys Price Slashing!

Brian's Toys has slashed prices on tons of Star Wars and G.I. Joe product! Look for figures as low as $4.99 and more! Are you a customizer or army builder? This is the sale for you!

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

A "New" AT-ST Coming Soon!

The guys at Sandtroopers.com have gotten some early images of a K-Mart Exclusive Return of the Jedi AT-ST! Boxed "Vintage Style", the walker uses the new mold and appears to recreate the walker which Chewbacca and some furry clingers commandeer! Collectors may have this vehicle, but I bet they'll want this repaint exclusive too.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sponsor News - Welcome Nerd Rage Toys!

Jedi Defender is excited to welcome aboard our newest sponsor, Nerd Rage Toys! They've got a wide selection of vintage collectibles, as well as modern toys such as Marvel, G.I. Joe, & T.M.N.T.. Check them out at the link provided or on our sponsor list to your right, and let them know Jedi Defender sent you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Wal-Mart Wave 4 Sightings Increasing

We've gotten reports in Our Forums, and noticed around the web as well, that the floodgates may be opening. We've gotten reports of 2012 Vintage Wave 4 being found at Wal-Mart in greater numbers, the latest Clone Wars Deluxe Figure w/Vehicle being found at Target, and we noticed at other sites now, reports of Target getting 2012 Vintage Wave 3 as well! Rejoice, collectors!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Disney Droid Factory Experience - A Review!

JediDefender forum member Pete_Fett was lucky enough to take a trip to Disney this past weekend to check out Disney's new Droid Factory Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Click on through for a quick review and some pictures from his trip that he was willing to share with us!

Monday, May 14, 2012 | Jeff Smentek

Big Gentle Giant Update!

Gentle Giant posted a big update, revealing a Deluxe Clone Statue & Ree Yees Mini-Bust! They also revealed the next Jumbo Vintage figure to be Yoda w/Orange Snake, while Premium Guild Members get a crack at a Yoda w/Brown Snake variation! Check it out and you can pre-order these now as well.

Monday, May 14, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Early Disney Droid Factory Look

Courtesy of Ultimate Orlando Blog, we've gotten an early look at the Disney Droid Factory that just opened this weekend! Check it out, and thanks to our friend Master_Phruby for posting about this in Our Forums!

Saturday, May 12, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Proto Boba Delayed

Forumite Sprry75 let us know he was one of many who received the delay notices on receiving his Mail-Away Prototype Boba Fett figure. Fear not though, as they will be getting out there, just later. I too have several now on hold as well I guess! Read all about it in Our Forums.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

More Disney Build-A-Droid Details!

Forumite smashwitdaclub posted a link in Our Forums that gives a number of details on the Disney Droid Factory! You build your figure(s) in the park, and you can get them in either a single or double-pack (yes, you get to package them too!), rumored to be $12.95 or $18.95 respectively. The article notes 3 domes were made exclusively for the park, and this was being planned for over 3 years!

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Collect All 92! General Madine

The latest installment of Collect All 92 has been posted, and it's your company's computer guy! Oh wait, no it isn't. This round is actually for the mastermind of the Endor Raid, General Madine! Check it out, and share your thoughts on his action figures, both past and present.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

New Build Your Own Astromech Group Shot

New images of the Build Your Own Astromech feature from the Disney Parks were revealed via the Star Tours Facebook Page this afternoon! Click above and check it out! Yes, these are bound to be a pain to get, but collectors will want them.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

New Maul Battlepack Revealed

The guys at Sandtroopers.com have a pretty sweet scoop! Early Hasbro images of an unannounced Darth Maul Returns Battlepack. The set features Darth Maul, a generic "Night Sister"/Mother Talzin, and armored Savage Oppress! The kind of set fans can get behind? It seems pretty popular in Our Clone Wars Forums already!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

What Is Star Wars 1313?

Uh, what? Well, it seems nobody is quite sure what Star Wars 1313 is, but this Entertainment Weekly story stirred up a hornet's nest about it! Apparantly Lucasfilm is in a domain buy-up of StarWars 1313, causing rampant speculation on what it is, including in Our Forums! Most popular right now seems to aim at it being something about Boba Fett.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Celebration Exclusive 1/6 Clone Comdr. Ganch

Via MediumAtLarge.net, it has been revealed that Star Wars Celebration VI will have an exclusive Sideshow 1/6 Clone Cmdr. Ganch! He'll be available at the Celebration Store the first day of the show, in limited numbers, and possibly no pre-orders. Yes, he could be frustrating to get folks! Check him out at the link.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Andrew's Toyz Hi-Res Lost Wave Images

Site friend Andrew's Toyz passed along some hi-res shots of the upcoming Vintage Collection Lost Wave figures! These will debut this year at SDCC as part of a boxed set revealed during Toy Fair. Read on to check them out!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Just Chill Out - More Carbon Freeze News

The Official Site is hot on the heels of the Carbon Freeze Experience news! They updated with full details for participation, and also an sample image of the Carbonite Block Figure. Click the image above, and check out the full story! I have to say, this is the kind of thing that is easy to pay $100 for since it's so personal for your collection.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Disney Star Wars Weekends Carbon Freeze Experience!

Big Disney Star Wars Weekends news was revealed by an anonymous source! Read on for the details you need to become immortalized in toy form. It's going to cost you though, and you'll need to plan ahead. Just click on through.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

TC-14 Minifigure At Your Service

Shop.Lego.com is offering a Free TC-14 Mini-Figure with a $75 purchase for today's festivities! Head over and pick up those sets you've been holding out on to get this special little servant!

Friday, May 4, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow Collectibles - May 4th Announcements!

Sideshow Collectibles has updated with a lot of news! First, check out their Ask Sideshow column for 1/6 Sith Lord news! Next though, check out their May The 4th Event Page for an early look at the Premium Format C-3PO & R2-D2 figures!

Friday, May 4, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

The Clone Wars Season 5 Teaser Trailer

To further celebrate May 4th, the Official Site has posted the first Clone Wars Season 5 Teaser Trailer! From Maul & Friends to Death Watch, baddies from last season are coming back!

Friday, May 4, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Hasbro Toy Shop May The 4th Special

Hasbro Toy Shop is getting in the May The 4th Be With You spirit by having a Star Wars sale today only! All Star Wars items are 20% Off today, using code SWFAN20! A great time to order something you've been keeping an eye on.

Friday, May 4, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow - New Pre-Orders Up

Sideshow Collectibles have updated with pre-order pages for the Mythos Darth Maul Statue & the 1/6 OOM-9 Figure! Get in and get yours now!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

"Lost Wave" Vintage Figure Images

The guys at Sandtroopers.com got an early image gallery of the Vintage "Lost Wave"! These figures will be part of a SDCC Exclusive set, but the figures will also make their way to regular retail. The card art is part of an abandoned concept from the original figures. It's quite vibrant and striking, and would make an interesting change of pace on retail pegs!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Gentle Giant - Jumbo Gammorean Guard Gallery

Gentle Giant updated with a full gallery of their Premiere Guild Jumbo Vintage Gammorean Guard! Check out the link for the full gallery of sweet pig guard action.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

UPDATE: Gentle Giant Jumbo Sneak Peaks

Thanks to keen eyes in Our Gentle Giant Forums, we've gotten some early looks at Jumbo Blue Snaggletooth, and Jumbo Yoda! The early looks were spotted on TV last night when G4 TV Visited Gentle Giant Studios! Check out the video and visit our forums for more.

UPDATE: GG is playing off the Jumbo sightings on Twitter. Are they hiding something? Is there a surprise? Could that be a different Jumbo figure, that just looks awfully blue? We'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow - OOM-9 Reveal & Pre-Order

Likewise, Sideshow Collectibles also did a full reveal of the 1/6 OOM-9 Battledroid Commander figure in their Production Blog! He too pre-orders tomorrow, May 3rd, for a low $64.99!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

Sideshow - Mythos Maul Reveal & Pre-Order

Sideshow Collectibles updated their Production Blog with an image gallery of the Mythos Darth Maul statue! The price of Maul will be $249.99 and he pre-orders on tomorrow, May 3rd!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | Jesse McCracken

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