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July 2005

New Review: Governor Tarkin

Jedi Defender.com comes out swinging again at yet another of Hasbro's figures from Revenge of the Sith. A character I debated whether or not I really wanted to see him in Episode 3, Governor Tarkin had the briefest of cameos and it worked out really well as a tie-in to the classic trilogy. Did his figure turn out so great? He's not too shabby, but no figure is perfect it seems and Tarkin is no exception.

Read the Full Review Right Here on everyone's favorite creepy old Imperial Officer for all his good and bad points I dredge up. And as always, come visit our Review Forum Section to talk about this figure or give your own reviews!

Sunday, July 31, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

A Galaxy Torn Apart...

...An Empire At War. This hotly anticipated Real-Time Strategy Game is shaping up to be a nice improvement upon a gaming format that Star Wars hasn't exactly excelled at in the past.

The Empire At War Official Site has the game's first trailer up already, complete with a rampaging Rancor eating someone (Tastes like Fleet Trooper!) right off the battlefield... It could happen I guess? Make sure to head over and check it out, as the game certainly looks pretty good so far.

Friday, July 29, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Diamond Bounty Hunter 7-Pack at StarWarsShop

StarWarsShop.com is now taking orders for the Diamond Comics Bounty Hunter 7-Pack! Due in September at a price of $34.99, this set of 7 figures is limited to 10,000 pieces. Head on over and pre-order yours today!

Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

2005 Hallmark Ornaments

StarWars.com brings us offical news from Hallmark that 5 ornaments will be joining their Keepsake Ornaments line this year. You can choose from a Jedi Starfighter, Darth Vader, Clone Trooper Lieutenant, Slave Leia and TIE x1 / Millennium Falcon, or just grab them all! Head to StarWars.com where you can get a little more info on the sculptor, Kris Kline, and even hear the sounds that a couple of these can make.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Non-Mint Holo Leia at SWShop.com

StarWarsShop.com is now taking orders for the leftover Holographic Leia figures from San Diego Comic Con! This time, The Leias are in non-mint condition and are lacking the Star Case, but for only $11 it's a much better deal for the openers out there. Head on over and grab yours before they are gone for good!

Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

Tomy Helmet Series 1 Released

The first series of Star Wars minature replica helmets has been released in Japan by Tomy! Included in the first series are helmets for Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, X-Wing Luke, C-3PO, TIE Pilot, Rebel Fleet Trooper, and one chase helmet - X-Wing Biggs! These mini helmets are blind boxed and retail for 504yen each (about $4.50 US). Check your favorite Asian e-tailer to order a set today!

Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

More mPire Resin Figures

The mPire continues to grow as three new figures are added to the line-up of 6" resin figures! Added are Luke Crispy, Leia Green and Boba Fett Blue, each with a limited edition of 2500 pieces worldwide as a shared exclusive with StarWarsShop.com. The first figures were Darth Vader Yellow and Darth Maul Red.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Entertainment Earth Promotions

Entertainment Earth is currently running a promotion for $10 off a purchase of $25 or more. Enter the code 705AF1 to receive the discount. To receive a free kit of Stikfas action figures on any sized purchase, enter code 705AF2.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | Chris Berry

JediDefender Give Away - Plug and Play!

There are still a few days left to enter to win a Revenge of the Sith Plug and Play Video Game system from Jakks Pacific! Check out our Give Away page for all the details on how you can win! The Give Away ends on Friday, July 29th, so get those entries sent!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

New Review: Agen Kolar (Jedi Master)

Jedi Defender.com unveils another review, kicking off the Revenge of the Sith line with Agen Kolar (Jedi Master). The collection 2 Jedi shows that the action figure line for ROTS was going to be pretty special compared to what we were used to in past movie years. Articulation galore, cloth/softgoods, and lots of accessories all make for a pretty special figure for your hard-earned $6!

Read the Full Review Right Here on the good Jedi Master. And as always, come visit our Review Forum Section to talk about this figure or give your own reviews!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

Sith and Battlefront Arrive on November 1

Some very big news comes from StarWars.com today - Revenge of the Sith will make it's debut on DVD and Battlefront II will be released on November 1! The DVD will be packed with features including a documentary, two featurettes and a 15-part Making Episode III. Let's hope we hear more from StarWars.com soon about the expected release of the prequel trilogy boxset and even the entire 6-part Star Wars Saga!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Changes To Hasbro's Current Wave...

The above image was cropped off the cardback of the ROTS III-54 AT-RT Driver. That's right, the III-54 figure has had its name changed from the Turbo Tank Driver to the AT-RT Driver. You'll also notice that the names of the next two figures have been swapped -- III-55 is now Obi-Wan Kenobi and III-56 is now the Mustafar Sentry. Hasbro's always keeping us on our toes!

Monday, July 25, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Medicom Vinyl Stormtrooper Surfaces

The third figure in Medicom's line of Vinyl figures has finally been officially announced - the Stormtrooper. It joins both Boba Fett and Darth Vader in this line of uniquely styled figures. Thanks to Slave1.jp for the picture.

Monday, July 25, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Holo Figures Going Down Under

Some great news for Australian collectors today - both the Holographic Leia (exclusive to the San Diego Comic-Con) and the new Holographic Emperor (exclusive to Toys R Us) will be arriving in Oz! The Holo Leia should be hitting K-Marts as soon as Monday and the Holo Emperor is expected at Aussie Toys R Us stores in October or November. Thanks to Mousedroid.com for the heads up.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 | Jesse Wall

Use The Force To Strike

The Strike Force Bowling League will be starting up this fall in the both the US and UK as a way to get families out to enjoy some time together with a Star Wars theme. One of the perks of joining the league is the option to purchase a number of Star Wars themed bowling balls! StarWars.com discusses the details for those interested. Be sure to check out the graphics on those bowling balls!

Sunday, July 24, 2005 | Jesse Wall

New Kubrick Box Set at Toy R Us Japan

Our friends to the east at Slave1 have posted pictures of a new Kubrick Box Set that will again be exclusive to Toys R Us. This set will feature:

  • Luke Ceremonial
  • K-3PO
  • R5-A1 (Imperial Astromech)
  • Ten Nunb
  • Romba

    This is the second box set that has been an exclusive to Toys R Us Japan. The first was a quick seller and still commands top dollar on the secondary market. Head on in to our forums to join in on THE place for Kubrick discussion on the net.

    Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Scott Pearson

    Darth Maul 1:1 Bust Available For Preorder

    Sideshow Collectibles blew everyone away when they revealed their 1:1 Scale Darth Maul Bust at the San Diego Comic-Con -- the detailing is absolutely amazing, right down to his rotten teeth. It's now available for preorder at $600, but to help buyers out, you can use FLEX Payments, which allows you to make three $200 payments. When it's this easy to buy, it's way too hard to pass up! Click here to get your preorder in now.

    Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    400% Boba Fett, Take 2

    The changes are subtle, but Medicom has released a second version of the 400% Kubrick Boba Fett, this time in the Empire Strikes Back styling. This version has two green gauntlets and the "vintage" version has one red and one yellow gauntlet, which parallels the regular size Kubricks! It will be a Medicom Collectors Club exclusive with an edition run of 2005 pieces. Thanks to Slave1.jp for the new picture.

    This second version is bound throw our resident Kubrickaholics into a frenzy, so come on into our forums and discuss!

    Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Obi-Wan Starfighter and Clone Repaints Found!

    JD staff member Tydirium stumbled upon the new TRU exclusive Obi-Wan Starfighter this evening, which rang up for $24.99. He apologizes for the camera phone picture, by the way. JD member Deanpaul also reports in that he found all three of the repainted Clones: #6 (red) Shocktrooper, #33 green Clone Commander, and the black Clone Pilot. Looks like it's time to start hunting again!

    Saturday, July 23, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Miniatures Universe Previews

    Wizards of the Coast has begun to release previews of a few upcoming figures in the Universe expansion set - the first set to encompass all six movies. Sixty new miniatures are on the way! As well, the Boosters include one Huge figure and six medium/large figures. Can't wait? They'll be here soon - August 19!

    Friday, July 22, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Yoda and Mickey Team Up

    We finally have proof that Mickey knows the ways of The Force -- pictures of the new Star Tours Yoda and Mickey 2-pack have arrived! This cute set will only be found in Disney's parks, so if you're in the land of Mickey, be sure to grab it! Thanks to JoeToy.com for the pictures.

    Friday, July 22, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Internet Exclusive Carded Wedge Antilles UPDATE

    A new photo of the upcoming Internet Exclusive Wedge Antilles has surfaced at Entertainment Earth! This time, Wedge appears to be a kit-bash of the Saga Dutch Vander and the Cinema Scene Wedge figure instead of the 1997 PotF2 Wedge rehash pictured earlier. Definitely an improvement! You can pre-order the new Wedge with a Star Case at StarWarsShop.com or without a case at EntertainmentEarth!

    Thursday, July 21, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    The Creatures of Episode III

    Revenge of the Sith is full of amazing looking creatures and aliens - the wide variety adds to the realism of our favourite universe. To learn a little more about how these creatures are created for the big screen, check out StarWars.com's video, The Creatures of Episode III. It's a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of animatronics and character development.

    Thursday, July 21, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Holo Leia In Stock at StarWarsShop.com

    StarWarsShop.com is now taking orders for the leftover Holographic Leia figures from last weekend's San Diego Comic Con! Head on over and grab yours before they are gone!

    UPDATE: Out of stock once again.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Upcoming Dark Horse Titles

    Now that Revenge of the Sith has completed the final chapter of the Star Wars saga, has every story really been told? Of course not. Dark Horse has produced a huge number of enjoyable comic series over the years and they plan to continue that tradition.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    ROTS Helps Hasbro In Q2

    Hasbro reports a hefty rise in profits, thanks mostly in part to high sales in the Star Wars license (duh! ;) ). The telling words of Hasbro officials though are that toys based around the Revenge of the Sith film have done much better than those for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Not really a surprise to those of us staring down bare pegs and shelf-space at retail! Click on through for the whole story.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Red Leader Reports In

    Hasbro.com updates their Action Toy Arena with fantastic new images of upcoming ROTS figures like Obi-Wan Kenobi (Red Leader Pilot), AT-RT Pilot (AKA Turbo Tank Driver), and the Mustafar Sentry. Click through for a couple images or check out the Hasbro link to their Action Arena for all the interactive shots.

    Monday, July 18, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    New JediDefender Give Away - Plug and Play!

    JediDefender is proud to offer you a chance to win your very own Revenge of the Sith Plug and Play Video Game system from Jakks Pacific! Check out our new Give Away page for all the details on how you can win!

    Sunday, July 17, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    FFURG.com Casting Call

    FFURG.com is going to be holding another of their famed Casting Calls for customizers. This time around the theme is Masters & Apprentices from the Star Wars universe. To submit your custom for the Casting Call just click the link provided and turn your customs duo in to the staff. Submissions are due by 8/14 when all the works will be debuted.

    Sunday, July 17, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Battlepacks & Evolutions At K-Mart

    We're getting word that the first Battlepacks and Evolutions sets are starting to show up at retail. It seems as though K-Mart is the first to strike this time around (as they were when they broke the 4/2 streetdate for ROTS figures). So start hitting those K-Mart stores you've been avoiding, the hunt is back on.


    I found the Jedi Vs. Sith battlepack tonight myself at K-Mart, and word from more than a couple of my local collecting friends say the Anakin Evolutions set was found for around $18. Not a bad price on a nice set, but prices vary at K-Mart stores so your mileage may as well.

    Saturday, July 16, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Master Replicas Update

    Master Replicas held a presentation in room 9 at Comic Con International detailing the company’s creative direction, development process, and a sneak peak at what’s in store for 2006. Learn what's in store for collectors inside.

    Saturday, July 16, 2005 | Jared Brinkley

    The Saga Collection, 2" Unleashed & More Exclusives!

    Yes, it's true - Hasbro's upcoming line for 2006 will be called The Saga Collection. Click the thumbnail for a great look at the packaging that we'll be seeing on the shelves next year! Thanks to staff members Jared Brinkley (Tydirium) and JediMAC (Matt Colman) who attended Hasbro's presentation at Comic-Con.

    We've got tons more pictures of the upcoming toys, er, collectibles, so hit that Full Story button to see some pictures!

    Friday, July 15, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    SDDC Image Database Update

    The 2005 San Diego Comic Con image database has once again been updated. Take a look at the latest from Hasbro, Code 3, SideShow Collectibles and more!

    Friday, July 15, 2005 | Chris Berry

    Running The Numbers

    Amidst all the Comic-Con turmoil, it's maybe a good idea to have some Target DCPI Numbers handy for your coming searches. Thanks to our own super staffer Jeff some of those numbers are here for you to hound Target employees with! Click on through for the information you may need to find some upcoming items at your local Target stores.

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Clone Repaints in Asia

    While they haven't been shown at San Diego Comic Con yet, the repainted #6 Clone Trooper (Red) and repainted #33 Clone Commander (Green) have started surfacing at the overseas e-tailers. It shouldn't be much longer before they appear on this side of the Pacific!

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Details on Sideshow's Upcoming 12" Line

    Jared's dug up some details on the upcoming 12" figure line from Sideshow. Click through to get a glimpse of what's in store for the line...

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Official Lineup for ROTS Final 12...

    Jared reports in from Comic Con again, this time with the official names, numbers, collection numbers, and release date for the twelve "new" figures on display at SDCC, which will supposedly be the last figures in the ROTS line. Click on through to the Full Story for all the gory details...

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Holographic Princess Leia Carded & Loose Images

    Brand new hi-res shots of the Comic Con 2005 exclusive action figure, Holographic Princess Leia, have just been added to the Image Database.

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Jared Brinkley

    No Blasters! No Blasters!

    In a surprisingly impressive move, Hasbro (or SWS.com) apparently nixed the two ridiculous holographic blasters in the exclusive Holo Leia figure being sold down at Comic Con tonight. The bubble still has slots for the blasters, but both guns have definitely been removed from the final product. Chalk one up for the good guys!

    In unrelated news, the "freebie" poster is the same ROTS figure poster that was given away at C3 in Indy.

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Han Solo Bust at Comic-Con?

    As we speak, our intrepid reporter Jared Brinkley, known to his fans as Tydirium, is in a line-up at the Gentle Giant booth for a reported Han Solo Bust. Is this simply a preorder for the already announced upcoming Han bust, or an exclusive version specific to Comic-Con? We'll let you know as soon as we find out!

    UPDATE: Jared chimes in to let us know that he's purchased the bust for $50, but hasn't opened it up yet. As best he can tell, it's the regular (upcoming) Han bust, in exclusive SDCC packaging, with a notation on the box saying "Early Bird Edition" (first 1,000 in edition). More soon, including pix!

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Hasbro's Next Figures

    The action is fast and furious at Comic-Con - a mixture of excitement, indifference, frustration and even anger towards Hasbro's plans for the future! To help decide what your feelings are, we present you with the next figures to hit shelves in the 3 3/4" line. Check out our Image Database and forums as well for all the latest!

    UPDATE: We've separated the list into 2 sections - the "next 12" and 3 recently identified variations from the existing first 56 figures.

    Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Sideshow Does 12" Figures!

    Have you been mourning the apparent end of the 12" line from Hasbro? Well, then Sideshow Collectibles has some great news for you! They are bringing a new 12" line of figures to retailers' shelves about mid 2006. More details are expected at Comic-Con, but you can read Sideshow's press release here.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Code 3 Revenge of the Jedi Mini Poster

    Code 3 has started taking pre-orders for the Revenge of the Jedi Mini Poster from their very popular 3D Poster line! Due in November and limited to 1,983 pieces, this 4" x 6.25" poster can be yours for $24.95 plus shipping!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    SideShow 1:1 Scale Bust - Darth Maul

    Promo images of the first SideShow 1:1 scale Star Wars Bust have surfaced! Head on into our forums for more photos of the 1:1 scale Darth Maul Bust!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Star Tours Wave 4 Close Ups

    The recently released Disney exclusive Star Tours wave 4 has made it's way into this reporter's hands! Click on through to the Full Story for some high-res carded and loose photos of 3T-RNA, G3-5LE, and MSE-1T!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    SDCC 2005 Coverage

    Today's the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2005! Stay tuned this week as we kick off our coverage to bring you pictures and more from the event!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Gentle Giant Bust Ups Series 5 - Hoth

    Gentle Giant updates their on-line catalog today with a preview of Bust Ups Series 5 - Hoth! Included in this wave are a Wampa, Hoth Luke, Snowtrooper, Hoth Han, AT-AT Driver, and Darth Vader! Click the thumbnail above for a preview!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Internet Exclusive Carded Wedge Antilles

    Now available for pre-order at StarWarsShop.com is the very first carded Wedge Antilles figure! A repaint of the 1997 Millennium Falcon Carry Case pack-in figure, this Wedge is set to be an internet shared exclusive. The StarWarsShop set comes with a Star Case and limited edition Topps card. Head on over and pre-order yours today!

    Update: EntertainmentEarth is now taking pre-orders for Carded Wedge as well (minus the SWShop.com Star Case and Topps card, of course)!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    More on Hasbro at SDCC 2005

    Hasbro updates today with a quick run-down of what you'll find at their 2005 San Diego Comic Con booth! If you are headed to SDCC, be sure to swing by the Hasbro booth and grab a free 3.75" Action Figure Poster, a free Attacktix figure, and a free Galactic Hero figure (while supplies last). Also, be sure to check out the preview of new Star Wars toys including exclusives coming this Fall!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Upcoming Battle Packs Details

    TheJawa.com follows through on their previous story about the upcoming Battle Packs by providing both pictures and details of two upcoming sets. The Jedi Temple Assault and Assault on Hoth sets look to be very promising for both fans of the prequels and original trilogy!

    Tuesday, July 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Obi-Wan's Blue Starfighter Pictured!

    A picture of the upcoming Blue version of Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has surfaced from a Japanese auction, which includes an Obi-Wan figure. An upcoming release has been listed on Amazon.com for months, but without a picture. Listed arrival date is September 5 for $24.99.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    SA Clone Army Giveaway Winner Is... Morgbug!

    Congratulations goes out to JD member Morgbug for being the lucky winner (and I do mean LUCKY) of the SA Clone Army Giveaway here at JD! We'll be in touch soon, Brent. Stay tuned everybody for our next JD giveaway to be announced shortly...

    Tuesday, July 12, 2005 | Matt Colman

    Anakin's Starfighter at ToysRUs.com

    Some great news for those of you who missed this hard to find ship the first time - the green Toys R Us Exclusive Anakin's Starfighter is available online! Grab it while you can, because this one won't last long...

    Tuesday, July 12, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    MultiPack News!

    The OTC continues to make its comeback, this time in the form of a Bounty Hunter 7-Pack, called the Hunt for the Millennium Falcon. This set will include repacks of Darth Vader, Dengar, IG-88, Boba Fett, Bossk, Zuckuss and 4-LOM, and is to arrive sometime later this year.

    As well, expect to see 2 more Battle Packs on the way, which will also contain repackaged figures. The Imperial Force Hoth Battle Pack will include General Veers, 3 Snowtroopers and a Probot. It will be interesting to see if this set arrives in the OTC packaging. The Jedi Temple Attack set will include Anakin Skywalker, a Clone Pilot and 3 Blue Clone Troopers (repaints of the #6 Quick-Draw Clone). Thanks to TheJawa.com for the heads up.

    Monday, July 11, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Master Replicas Sale at SDCC

    Here's another great reason to hit the Master Replicas booth at Comic-Con - a sale! They will have a number of Star Wars and other replicas at prices with significant savings, including the Stormtrooper blaster. So be sure to check them out!

    Monday, July 11, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Comic-Con Exclusives!

    The San Diego Comic-Con is approaching! It will be held July 14th to 17th, so we decided to summarize some of the exclusives that will be available. We'll cover what you'll see from Hasbro, Gentle Giant, Master Replicas and Sideshow Collectibles, so hit that Full Story button!

    Monday, July 11, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Japanese Darth Vader Statue?

    Slave1.jp is reporting that there will be a 1/2 Scale Darth Vader Statue released sometime in July, but details are sketchy at this time. Apparently it will list for 64,000 Yen, which is approximately $570 US, and will include breathing sounds and an electronic lightsaber. At a scale of 1/2, Darth Vader would be nearly 3 1/2 feet tall!

    Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Star Tours Wave 4 Found!

    Forum member darthshader has brought us a picture of the new fourth wave of Star Tours figures - on OTC style cards! The 3 figures are G3-5LE, MSE-1T, and 3T-RNE.

    Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Sideshow Exclusive Obi-Wan Up For Preorder

    Sideshow Collectibles continues to make news today by offering their new Premium Format Obi-Wan Kenobi for preorder! There are new pictures as well on the ordering page, and they certainly will not disappoint - the sculpting of Sir Alec Guinness is amazing.

    This is the Sideshow Exclusive version, which includes the training remote used to introduce Luke to The Force. And as expected, Obi-Wan is a perfect match for battle with Darth Vader. Head over to the preorder page now!

    Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    New Sideshow Collectibles Pictures

    Sideshow Collectibles has released some exciting new images of the upcoming Star Wars Premium Format Figures. The new Darth Vader images show how they worked to improve the helmet and suit for this final prototype. And for General Grievous, we finally see the cape that is included in the Sideshow Exclusive version. Enjoy!

    Saturday, July 9, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    LEGO News at SW.com

    The Official Site updates with great news for LEGO collectors! Head on over and read up on the brand new Target exclusive "Ultimate Space Battle" Set that features the first release of Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter from Revenge of the Sith! Also announced is LEGO's line-up for early 2006! Look for these new vehicles sets from both the classic and prequel lines - V-Wing Fighter, TIE Interceptor, A-Wing Fighter, B-wing Fighter, and Boba Fett's Slave I!

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Darth Vader Lives T-Shirt

    The Official Site updates tonight with news of a "Darth Vader Lives" T-shirt that will debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2005. Be sure to grab your "Darth Vader Lives" exclusive T-shirt when you stop by the StarWarsShop.com booth at SDCC next week. For those who can't make it to SDCC this year, the t-shirt will also soon be available for sale at StarWarsShop.com!

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    The Dark Chocolate Invasion Continues

    M&M's Dark Chocolate marketing campaign has led to some very unique collectibles. The newest items to show up are now at StarWarsShop.com -- resin sculptures that are approximately 6" tall. Darth Vader and Darth Maul have been captured in their M&M forms, and will prove to be quite the conversation pieces!

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Titanium Series Wave 3

    Hasbro updates their website today with a look at Wave 3 of the Wal-Mart exclusive Titanium Series. Included in this wave is a mix of Original and Prequel Trilogy ships - Naboo Fighter, RotS Swamp Speeder, TIE Bomber, ARC-170, and Landspeeder. Stay tuned as Wave 4 will be revealed at Comic-Con next week!

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Insider's Guide to Comic Con

    July 13th to 17th will finally bring us the San Diego Comic Convention, and Star Wars fans will undoubtedly be there in huge numbers. To find out what to expect at the Star Wars Pavilion and beyond, check out StarWars.com's Insider's Guide to the big event. Then tune in to JediDefender regularly for updates on all the action!

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Sideshow Luke Skywalker Now Arriving

    Sideshow Collectibles’ amazing 1/4 scale Luke Skywalker is now shipping. The finished product delivers on every detail and quality promise of the prototype. Check out our new packaged and loose photos inside.

    Friday, July 8, 2005 | Jared Brinkley

    Attakus General Grievous Prototype

    Attakus America has posted some images of the upcoming General Grievous statue. This prototype is sculpted in wax and showcases the amazing talents of the Attakus sculptors! Check out the amazing pictures in their forums.

    Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    ROTS DVD Release For Nov 8th

    USA Today is reporting that the Revenge of the Sith DVD is expected to be released on November 8th. This will be a very competitive time of year for DVD releases, as War of the Worlds, Madagascar, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, and Batman Begins are also expected to be released during that same time frame. Mark it on your calendar!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Topps' Episode III Widevision Card Set

    The Official Site updates tonight with a closer look at the upcoming Revenge of the Sith Widevision Card Set from Topps. Head on over and check out all the details on the 80-card set due in September!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Gold Plated Dueling Lightsaber Contest

    The Official Site updates today with news of a new Master Replicas Contest for Hyperspace Members! The winner will receive an 18K Gold Plated Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi Commemorative Edition Dueling Lightsaber Set, one of only three sets in the world. To enter, visit the Battle of the Heroes Sweepstakes website and fill out the entry form by July 30, 2005!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Jeff Smentek

    Gary Kurtz Sheds Some Weight

    No, Gary Kurtz isn't on Slim Fast to lose this weight. He's instead trimming the fat on his personal collection of production items from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back (among other films) by putting them up for auction on July 29th, 2005!

    If you've got deep pockets, or just want to know a little more about some of the stuff going up for auction, then just click on through to read some more about these pieces of Star Wars history being put on the market.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Latest Unleashed Unveiled

    Click on over to Star Wars.com to get a look at the latest Unleashed figures like the Episode 3 Clonetrooper above. Also included in this wave of Unleashed are a Han in Stormtrooper Disguise and an Episode 3 Chewbacca.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2005 | Jesse McCracken

    Kubrick Chase Figure #3: Luke Stormtrooper Disguise!

    The excitement continues as more information is revealed about Series 4 of the Star Wars Kubricks. Thanks to forum member nilito, we have tracked down an eBay auction that shows the third Kubrick chase figure to be Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise! He will display very nicely next to his cohort in disguise, Han Solo. Head to our forums for all the discussion!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Holo Leia Will Visit Oz

    The Holographic Leia that is an exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con may not be so exclusive after all. Australians will be happy to hear that Leia will be showing up in K-Marts in the Land of Oz, as reported by Mousedroid.com.

    Will any U.S. retailers be carrying Holo Leia? StarWars.com previously mentioned that she may show up on StarWarsShop.com if supplies are available after Comic Con. Cross your fingers!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Ms. Portman To Visit SDCC

    Natalie Portman will be visiting the San Diego Comic Con, but not in a Star Wars capacity. She will be promoting her new movie, V For Vendetta on Friday, July 15th. Anyone think a few Star Wars fans will be showing up for that presentation?

    Monday, July 4, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Happy Independence Day!

    JediDefender would like to wish a Happy Fourth of July to all of the great collectors out there! We hope everyone enjoys the holiday, whether it is visiting with family, partying with friends or simply relaxing. Enjoy and be safe!

    Monday, July 4, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    The Dark Side is Strong...

    Looking for a unique piece to add to your collection? Well, this 18.5" Darth Vader Nutcracker should fit the bill! This handmade piece is designed by Steinbach of Germany and limited to only 7500. Head over to StarWarsShop.com to preorder yours today for shipment in September.

    Monday, July 4, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    TOMY RC R2 Available to All

    Just a quick reminder that the TOMY Remote Control R2-D2 is now available to the general public for preorder. It was initially an exclusive to Hyperspace members, but now we can all get our hands on it at StarWarsShop.com.

    Saturday, July 2, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    The Circle is Now Complete

    Sideshow Collectibles continues to amaze with the 5th piece in their 1/4 scale Star Wars line: Obi-Wan Kenobi! Based on his pose in the above picture, it appears he will be a perfect match with the Darth Vader statue for their final duel in A New Hope. Head on over to Sideshow Collectibles to sign up for their e-mail to be notified when Obi-Wan is available for preorder.

    Saturday, July 2, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    Kubrick Chase Figure #2: Han Solo Stormtrooper!

    Our good Aussie pal Simon chimes in with the heads up on another chase figure for the Series 4 Kubrick lineup, and it's none other than Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise! More cool stuff from Medicom, as always. Stop on by our forums to yap about all things Kubrick with the rest of the JD Kubrickheads...

    Friday, July 1, 2005 | Matt Colman

    May The Fourth Be With You!

    Not that you needed an excuse to go see Revenge of the Sith again, but StarWars.com has a great deal for you and your friends. Buy 3 tickets and the fourth one is free! As well, StarWarsShop.com is having a 4th of July Blowout Sale -- so head over and check out the latest deals.

    Friday, July 1, 2005 | Jesse Wall

    500th Vader In Stock

    Now available at Entertainment Earth is the 500th Action Figure - Darth Vader! Celebrate a very special moment in Star Wars history with the introduction of the 500th figure in this legendary collection of action figures. Designed with incredible detail and superior articulation, Vader comes with his famous meditation chamber where his menacing helmet is lowered onto him. The helmet can be lifted and lowered with a lever at the back of the chamber. Get yours now!

    Friday, July 1, 2005 | Chris Berry

    Vinyl Darth Vader Packaging

    The action at the Medicom Toy Exhibition 2005 has not only brought us exciting news about the Kubricks, it has also showcased the Darth Vader Vinyl Figure that will soon be released. According to the promo "poster", 500 will be sold directly at the Exhibition, while another 1505 will be made available for future purchase. As it seems to be the case with anything exclusively Japanese, getting your hands on the Lord of the Sith will not be cheap, as shown by this eBay auction. Thanks to forum member He's No Good To Me Dead for the great packaging picture.

    Friday, July 1, 2005 | Jesse Wall

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