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June 2004

OTC Slave 1

Hasbro has released the details on the upcoming Slave 1 which will be part of the Original Trilogy Collection this fall. Included is a Boba Fett figure. This bad boy will be a Target Exclusive.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

12" OTC Final Packaging Shots

Seller powerjedi999 has some great shots of the finalized packaging (including the protective outer shell) of the upcoming 12" Boba Fett. Look for the Bounty Hunter, Luke and Stormie sometime in the next 6 weeks on a shelf near you!

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Medicom RAH Jedi Luke

Debuting at the Parco Be@rbrick Show in Japan, and now appearing in an Asian Magazine is the Real Action Hero Jedi Luke Skywalker made by Medicom (the maker of Kubricks). He will retail for around $120 in Asia. Real Action Heroes are around 10"-12" tall and are vinyl preposed staues. Head on over to the Medicom site for more details on the RAH line including the recently announced Spider-Man!

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 | Scott Pearson

VOTC Lando Carded

Hasbro unveils the 7 figure in the VOTC line for this summer, the Scoundrel Lando Calrissian in Bespin Garb. They also tease the details on C-3PO so check back soon for the details on Goldenrod's Points of Articulation which has been the point of many debates in our Forums.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Unleashed Carded Pics

Here are some carded shots of the upcoming Unleashed Wave of Tusken Raider, Aayla Secura and Bossk. Look for these in the US in about a month. In other Unleashed news, there are rumblings that Count Dooku, Mace Windu and Darth Vader will all be rereleased on the new Unleashed cards in a Wave after the Bossk Wave. Many thanks to wai in our Forums for the images.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Playskool Jedi Force

Hasbro will be launching a new line this fall and JediDefender sponsor Entertainment Earth has the details. Sort of akin to the Spiderman and Friends line by Toy Biz, Hasbro is looking to aim this line at the preschoolers who are too big for the Galactic Heroes and perhaps a little too small for the Big Boy line of Action Figures. There looks to be at least three initial sets

  • Action Figures (Darth Vader, The Droids, Luke and Chewie)
  • Luke on Speeder Bike
  • X-Wing Fighter

    We'll keep an eye on Hasbro for more on this neat little line and report back as more details flesh out.

    Monday, June 28, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Free Comic Book Day Is July 3!

    The Third Annual Free Comic Book Day will be Saturday, July 3rd! The comic book industry will have a prime opportunity to promote itself the weekend that follows the opening of Spiderman 2. Comics from all the major publishers and some independents as well will be available to the public for the low, low price of ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

    Friday, June 25, 2004 | Thomas Grey

    Star Wars Kubricks Series 3...Confirmed!

    JediDefender, your home of all things Star Wars Kubrick once again is pleased to announce the Official lineup for Star Wars Kubricks Series 3.

  • C-3PO
  • Han Solo in Carbonite
  • AT-AT Driver
  • Jawa
  • Wicket
  • Lando Calrissian (Bespin)

    As always there will probably be one (maybe two) variants and a hidden chase that we won't know until Series 3 is released. Medicom has an October 2004 release date for these little guys. Stay tuned for the official word of the Box Set we told you about in our first report.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    2004 Exclusives...Cantina Set and More!!!

    Hasbro has updated with word on their 2004 OTC Exclusives. The report confirms that K-Mart will indeed be receiving the once canceled 3 pack of Kitik Keed'kak, Wuher and Dr. Evazan. Also coming are the previous shown DVD 3 Packs at Wal Mart, and the Endor Ambush 5 pack to TRU. Great news for those that have been waiting and waiting for the cantina figures!

    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    REAL Stands Half Price Sale

    The No.1 Action Figure Stands in the Universe are now on SALE. Act fast! REAL Stands supplies are limited and this sale will end soon and without notice. Don't forget to enter the current contest for a chance to win Star Tours Collections 1, 2 and 3 (all 9 carded figures). For more Info visit us at realstands.com, or call 1-888-618-REAL (7325) toll Free - 24 Hours. Be sure not to forget mentionting that JediDefender sent you over!

    Type 1 Stands for Hasbro's current line of 3-3/4" Star Wars Action Figure figures.
    Set of 5 - Sale price $1.49/Set + Shipping.

    Type 2 Stands for Kenner's original (vintage) line of Star Wars Action figures.
    Set of 5 - Sale Price $1.24/Set + Shipping.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2004 | Chris Berry

    VOTC Vader Carded & Yoda Spotlight Up At Hasbro!

    Long awaited carded shots are up at Hasbro of this fine Vader figure, alongside a great Spotlight Feature of VOTC Yoda as well! The Vintage Original Trilogy Collection (VOTC) is truly shaping up to be the best series of Star Wars figures ever, if not a tad pricey. Hope these aren't hard to find!

    Click the image above for vader, or the link for Yoda, to go check out Hasbro's details on them! It's worth a look!

    Tuesday, June 22, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    New Star Wars Trilogy DVD Trailers Up!

    The new trailer to the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy DVD is available in High Bandwith as well as Low Bandwith over at Amazon.com. Go ahead, check 'em out, and remember you read it first here at JediDefender.com!

    Monday, June 21, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    DVD Covers Revealed

    The Original Trilogy DVD covers have been revealed and are shown above in all of their glory. They follow the patterns established with the Prequel DVD's except the Silver highlights instead of the Gold. These will be released on September 21, 2004 at retailers everywhere!

    Saturday, June 19, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Brian's Toys Newsletter #260

    Just in this week at Brian's Toys! The newest Original Trilogy classic figures, Han, Leia and Ben. Each of these great figures comes on a retro card in their own protective plastic case similar to a Star Case. If you are a collector, these are a must-have!

    Original Trilogy basic figures 2nd shipment just arrived, if you missed the first round, get yours today! Includes C-3PO, Cloud Car Pilot, Princess Leia Bespin, Lobot, Luke Dagobah, Obi-Wan ANH, R2-D2 Dagobah, Wicket and Yoda Dagobah. Keep reading for the whole scoop!

    Saturday, June 19, 2004 | Chris Berry

    New Kubrick Pictures!

    JD member Padawan comes through with the first pix of the new Kubricks shown at Medicom's Toy Exhibit in Japan earlier this week. Included are the carded Droids Boba Fett, along with Bespin Han w/ Carbonite, C-3PO, Lando, Jawa, Ben Spirit, AT-AT Driver, and a couple astromechs and Ewoks. So stop by this post in our world-famous Kubrick thread here in our forums, and take a gander at 'em in all their glory! Thanks Jon!

    Friday, June 18, 2004 | Matt Colman

    New OTC Vader TIE Fighter... Out Now at TRU!

    We've received a couple reports that the Toys R Us exclusive OTC Darth Vader TIE Fighter has been spotted and purchased! Happy hunting, and May the OTC Be With You!

    Friday, June 18, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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

    Who doesn't love Star Wars Pinball?

    Thursday, June 17, 2004 | Dave Castle

    12" and Jedi Council Sets 5 & 6

    Hasbro has updated today with details on the 5th and 6th Jedi Council sets, as well as the fate of the 12" figure line.

  • Set 5 will include Stass Allie, Agen Kolar, and Shaak Ti.
  • Set 6 will include Saesee Tiin, Adi Gallia, and Anakin Skywalker.

    Wednesday, June 16, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    LucasArts Scout Trooper

    Reader Dan sends in this great new image of the upcoming LucasArts Scout Trooper that will come with the Star Wars Battlefront video game this fall. Word on the street is that it will also be available via StarWarsShop.com.

    Wednesday, June 16, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Action-HQ News!

    Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with Vintage Figures & Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3!

    Available NOW:
    -Vintage Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Princess Leia for just $15.95 each!
    -Tomy Japan Diorama Part 3 Set of 5 only $29.95!

    Also available:
    -OTC Dagobah & Bespin figures starting at $9.95 up!
    -OTC Darth Vader Tie Fighter, X-Wing & Tie Fighter at $25.95 up!
    -Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack at a Special price of $21.95!

    Get yours at Action-HQ.com!

    Wednesday, June 16, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Episode III Title... at SDCC???

    MisterPL, a fine member of the JediDefender forums, lets us know through his channels that there are rumblings that the Episode III title may be unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con next month. The event takes place July 22 through the 25th and has a significant Star Wars slant this year. We'll find out real soon, so for now, check out another rumor printed in USA Today. ROTS...not bad!

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    News On Upcoming Star Wars Minis Game

    More news on the upcoming Star Wars Collectible Miniatures Game from Wizards of the Coast is creeping up on StarWars.com for your reading pleasure. Click the direct link above, and see what you think of this new thing to drain our wallets and free time. Myself? I'm sticking with my old West End Games Miniatures Battles I think.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Original Trilogy In Stock @ Cloud City

    Cloud City now has IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP the Original Trilogy Collection IG-88, Bossk, Tie Fighter Pilot, and Luke Bespin. Visit www.cloudcity.com today to place your order.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2004 | Chris Berry

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

    Today while browsing eBay, I found an auction for the rare Rubies life size Darth Vader statue. Limited to 500 pieces, this was number 13. Read on...

    Monday, June 14, 2004 | Dave Castle

    New OTC Carded Pics

    Thanks to JD.com sponsor Cloud City Collectibles, we have updated the OTC Visual Carded Checklist in our forums with Bespin Luke, TIE Pilot, Bossk and IG-88. Come take a gander!

    Monday, June 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    FFURG.com Presents FForums!
    "Where Customizers Come To Talk"

    Yup, it's true. A forum for customizers has probably been a long time coming, but FFURG.com has finally officially announced their new FForums, "Where Customizers Come To Talk", to the public. If you're into customizing, or want to learn something about the hobby, then this is the place to stop in, sign up, and open up your collecting world to a whole new level of fun.

    So stop by and say "hi", and that Jedi Defender sent you too! You should see me moonlighting there, so long as the boss here doesn't find out. :P

    Monday, June 14, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Collector's Gallery News

    Collector's Gallery Online is taking preorders on Star Wars unleashed wave 10 set of 3 figures. Unleashed wave 7 & the Interactive R2-D2 are now in stock.

    Monday, June 14, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Brian's Toys News

    New reduced prices on Unleashed figures, R1-G4 and Stormtrooper Death Star Chase are at Brian's Toys. New Saga wholesale case available, check it out! Acklays still available, wholesale pricing is also available. Lots of Saga exclusives in stock now, different sets are available to fit any collectors need and budget. Keep reading for all of the info!

    Sunday, June 13, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Ultra Assortment $6.98 @ Target Stores

    Word has just come in from Jedirhino in Brandon, Florida that he was able to pick up an Ewok Attack Glider for a mere $6.98 at his local Target, and that all Ultra figures are on sale. Be sure to head over to your local Target and check it out. Don't forget to let us know what you find!

    Saturday, June 12, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Kubrick Series 3 and More!!!

    Here's at least a partial lineup for Series 3

    Series 3
  • C-3PO
  • Lando Calrissian
  • AT-AT Driver
  • Ewok (Wicket)
  • Jawa
  • Han Solo in Carbonite

    Read on for more news on a possible Box Set and another carded figure from the Droids series! Thanks to Padawan and Hes No good To me Dead in our forums for the juicy Kubrick details!

    Saturday, June 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    UPDATE Episode III Card

    Based on some modifications suggested by MisterPL to the prototype cards we threw together a few days ago, we've nailed down a pretty close approximation of what you may likely see hanging on the pegs come next Spring at stores everywhere. Click the pic above!

    Saturday, June 12, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    StarWarsShop.com Emperor???

    UPDATE: As we first reported earlier this week, SWS.com will be offering an exclusive Emperor figure this fall. Well, that crazy old Galactic Hunter wizard The Swami has forseen a Holographic Emperor... Stay tuned!

    Friday, June 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Exclusive Carded KUBRICK Sandtrooper!

    JediDefender, your SW home for Kubricks on the net, courtesy of forum member boba_jp of the Japanese Website Slave_1, brings you pics of another upcoming exclusive carded Kubrick figure. This time its a black pauldroned Sandtrooper! He joins Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Droids R2-D2 in the carded Kubrick club. He will be available this weekend at the Medicom Toy Exhibit (where hopefully they will announce Series 3!) but not to the general public. No word on a production run so we have no idea how rare this little guy will be, but it seems to be a pretty limited deal. Stay tuned for all your Kubricky goodness here at JD!

    Friday, June 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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

    Kind of a follow up to Jesse's post about getting 2 weeks free to try Star Wars Galaxies - what do you do if you try it for two weeks and get hooked? Starting from scratch this late in the game is going to be tough. How about buying a pre-made character?

    Thursday, June 10, 2004 | Dave Castle

    OTC Falcon and Jedi Screen Scenes

    Hasbro updates this morning with details on the upcoming OTC Millennium Falcon and the previously seen Jedi Council Screen Scene sets.

    Thursday, June 10, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Wanna Play Galaxies For Free?

    Well you can, as Sony Online and Lucasarts are allowing a 14 day trial membership for you to give it a go in a recent announcement on StarWars.com. Click on through for some of the details and a link to get going!

    Thursday, June 10, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

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

    Trying to start a Vintage Star Wars figure collection from scratch? Then you should have bid on this auction.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Episode III Figure Card Details

    Forum member MisterPL was at the Trade Licensing Show in New York City this week and has spotted the Episode III Figure Card on display by Hasbro. Using some of the clues provided, we've thrown together some rather crude samples of what the card might look like. Head on in to our forums to take a peek, and feel free to contribute your own ideas!

    Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Battlefront Scout Trooper

    The Chinese website Starwars-Force.com seems to have uncovered a new exclusive figure. It appears to be a POTJ Scout Trooper on a new Green Card and will ship with copies of the upcoming Battlefront PC game. Notice the LucasArts logo and not for Resale markings. Thanks to wai for the image and for posting it in our forums!

    Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Clone Wars Animated Micro Series...It Lives On!

    The Official Site announces that there will indeed be more Clone Wars shorts next Spring (March 21-25) and will lead up to the events of Episode III in May. Look for Five New 12 Minute episodes chock full of Animated goodness!

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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

    Miss out on the Green Clone Trooper Exclusive Bust from StarWarsShop.com? Well, if you did, and you want one, your best bet is eBay. I took a look at eBay today to see how much this guy will set you back.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Dave Castle

    Jawa Rumor List

    Nick at TheJawa has received word from a little birdy in regards to more possible figures for some time in the future. Not necessarily this year, and many of which have been rumored for some time.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    VOTC ESB Loose Shots

    JD.com forum member Nataku alerts us to some new shots of the upcoming VOTC Empire Strikes Back figures, C-3PO, Lando and Yoda. Head on in to our forums to join in on the discussion!

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    StarWarsShop.com Emperor???

    As we reported yesterday StarWarsShop.com will have an Exclusive Figure this fall. The word on the street is that this will be an OTC Emperor Palpatine. Not sure if this will be a recarded Saga figure or a new sculpt at this time. Experience from the OTC line indicates a recard. Keep tuned for more info as we receive it.

    UPDATE: Reader Ed points out that OTC could mean a "Vintage" styled Emperor in the same vein as the other 12 VOTC figures.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    K & C Collectibles News Feed

    The winner of our $100.00 shopping spree at K & C Collectibles has been contacted but has not claimed his prize. They have received some older Power of the Jedi items this week. Pre-order the Jawa Sandcrawler. New this week is the Jedi-Con 2004 2 Pack. Pre-order the Gamorrean Guard mini bust, Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquetee, and Jawa Sandcrawler.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004 | Chris Berry

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

    Like Marmit figures? Like Jango Fett? Ever wanted a Jango Marmit figure? Well, they didn't make one, but this guy did. And he did a great job.

    Monday, June 7, 2004 | Dave Castle

    StarWarsShop.com Exclusive Figure

    The Official Site has announced that StarWarsShop.com will be home to an Exclusive Figure this Fall and it is NOT the Silver Sandtrooper. Details are sketchy...stay tuned for info as it arrives!

    Monday, June 7, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    OTC Floor Display

    Entertainment Earth is selling a pretty cool piece. Its a Floor Display/Sidekick chock full of OTC figures (24 to be exact). Selling for $150 plus shipping, it would make a great addition to your collection display! Click the full story for all of the details.

    Monday, June 7, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Medicom Vinyl Boba Fett Boxed

    JD.com forum member boba_jp posted some pics of the Medicom Exclusive Vinyl Boba Fett at his site Slave1. This was handed out at today's World Character Convention in Japan. Head on over for some more pictures and thanks to boba_jp for the shot!

    Sunday, June 6, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Official Star Wars Fan Club Breakfast

    StarWarsShop.com sent us an e-mail letting us know of the Star Wars Fan Club breakfast on Saturday, July 24, 2004. All the details ahead!

    Saturday, June 5, 2004 | Chris Berry

    VOTC Vader

    Hasbro has created the Ultimate Dark Lord of the Sith in 3-3/4" form and has unveiled it at their Official Site this morning. Ball-jointed knees, shoulders, and angled biceps, Oh My!

    Friday, June 4, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Bespin Assortment @ Cloud City

    Cloud City now has the Original Trilogy Collection Bespin Assortment in stock and ready to ship! This assortment includes the following figures on the new vintage style cardbacks - Leia Bespin, Cloud Car Pilot, Lobot, R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, and Wicket.

    Currently in our eBay store (eBay ID "wwwcloudcitycom") we have the Original Trilogy Collection Bespin figures AFA Graded for auction as well. Also in stock are the New Original Trilogy Collection Vehicles Electronic X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Visit www.cloudcity.com to purchase these items!

    Friday, June 4, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Collector's Gallery Release

    Star Wars Unleashed Wave 7 is in stock now at Collector's Gallery Online. The Star Wars Trilogy DVD set is now available for pre-order. 50 Vintage & Classic items have been added including the loose Imperial shuttle, boxed Tie Interceptor, Imperial Attack Base (MIB), POTF Tatooine Skiff (MIB), Vintage buttons, plush Ewoks, and much more!

    Friday, June 4, 2004 | Chris Berry

    Sandcrawler Official Announcement

    Hasbro has confirmed that the Sandcrawler will indeed be coming through Diamond this fall. We'll keep you posted as to which JD Sponsor will be offering this long awaited item.

    Thursday, June 3, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    DVD Multipacks: Going to Wal Mart!

    We've learned at JD HQ that the upcoming DVD Commemorative multipacks will be Exclusives to Wal-Mart and will be shipping in July of 2004. Doesn't make much sense to have the same figures hanging on the pegs in two different packages does it???

    Thursday, June 3, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    12" Boxed Shots

    Seller gtr430s brings us a first look at what the VOTC 12" Figure packaging will look like in the Luke and Boba Fett shown above. Look for these this summer at a retailer near you and hop into our forums for all of your 12" discussion!

    Thursday, June 3, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Original Trilogy Wave 2 @ Brians Toys

    Brian's Toys has Wave 2 of the Original Trilogy Figures are now in Stock! This wave includes, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Cloud Car Pilot, R2-D2, Leia Bespin, Lobot, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi (ANH), Stormtrooper and Wicket (all $19.99).

    Thursday, June 3, 2004 | Chris Berry


    Action-Figure.com is reporting that the Sandcrawler is indeed coming through Diamond Comic Distributors this fall. Retailing for $60, look for the 'Crawler to be sold via many of the fine JD.com Sponsors soon!

    Wednesday, June 2, 2004 | Scott Pearson

    Republic Commando On TV?

    You bet it was! In a somewhat brief (maybe it just felt that way because what I saw was pretty cool?) segment of G4 (Television for Gamers) TV's program "Cheat!", Prima games showcased the upcoming Star Wars title for X-Box and PC, Republic Commando.

    Wednesday, June 2, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

    Action-HQ News

    Action-HQ.com -Bringing the Best to you FIRST with OTC Bespin figures & lots more!

    Available FIRST are:
    -OTC Bespin Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot & Lobot for $13.95 each!
    -OTC R2D2, C-3PO, boba Fett, Obi Wan, Stormtrooper & Wicket only
    $9.95 each!

    Also availabe are:
    -OTC Dagobah Luke, Yoda, Spirit of Obi-Wan & R2D2 for $13.95!
    -OTC Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Jedi & Luke X-Wing
    Pilot only $9.95 each!

    And another assortment also coming this week. VINTAGE? Check back with us daily as lots of new Star Wars are just showing up on our doorsteps!

    Click here to get yours FIRST!

    Wednesday, June 2, 2004 | Chris Berry

    OT Wave 8.75 @ Entertainment Earth

    Entertainment Earth now has the Original Trilogy wave 8.75 available now for pre-order! The set includes 2x Tusken Raider, 2x Jawas, 2x Snowtrooper, 1x Luke Skywalker Jedi, 1x Han Solo, 1x Princess Leia, 1x Boba Fett, 1x Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x TIE Fighter Pilot. Estimated delivery is July, order now!

    Tuesday, June 1, 2004 | Chris Berry

    DarkHorse This Month

    Is it June already? Wow! Check out the titles coming from DarkHorse this month!

    Tuesday, June 1, 2004 | Brad Smith

    Jedi Council Screen Scenes Boxed

    Japanese etailers RoboChris brings us the first look at the Packaged Jedi Council Screen Scenes. All SW product this fall up until Episode III will be adopting the new Black and Silver retro look. Scene 1 will include Yoda, Qui-Gon and Ki Adi Mundi, while Scene 2 has Plo Koon, Obi-Wan and Eeth Koth. All 4 JC sets are TRU exclusives and will be released in the June/July time frame.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2004 | Scott Pearson


    With enough acronyms to match the amount of repacks, the Boxed image of the Empire Strikes Back DVD Commerative Set hits eBay. Thanks to hotreals for the image.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2004 | Scott Pearson

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