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September 2003

Saga Leia Variant

Up on eBay right now is a new Saga Leia Variant provided by overlord307. The variant lies in the gun packaged with Leia, instead of the original gun shown on the left, Leia is packaged with a normal Imperial Blaster shown on the right. Sounds like this was done early in the production. JediDefender is always interested in hearing about new variants so we can update our Checklists.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Jeremy Bulloch TN Appearance

JD faithful Rod checks in with the following news...

Adventure Con 2.5 will be held Oct. 3-5 at the convention center in Gatlinburg, TN. Guests include:

Jeremy Bulloch
Danielle Harris - Halloween 4 & 5
George Lazenby - James Bond
Dawn Wells - Gilligan's Island
Yvonne Craig - Batgirl on Batman (TV series)

Go to www.adventurecon.com for more information or e-mail info@toyshow.org with any questions.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | Scott Pearson

New Unleashed!

Hasbro announced today that Chewbacca, Luke Hoth and a Clone Trooper will be the next Unleashed wave!

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | Scott Pearson

New "Animated" Clone Wars Action Figures!

Ebay super seller mimidog4428 comes through with the first ever pix of the new "Animated/Cartoon" Clone Wars action figures! Included in the first batch of figures for this Target exclusive line appears to be Anakin, Asajj Ventress, Mace and Obi-Wan. No word yet on which, if any, other figures might follow. Definitely a different look than Hasbro's standard line of Clone Wars figures we've already seen at retail, but a pretty spiffy looking one at that... Take a gander at the pictures, and head on into the JD forums to discuss your thoughts on these cute little buggers!

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 | Matt Colman

That Other LFL Trilogy

IndianaJones.com was relaunched by LucasFilm last week with little fanfare. With the DVD's coming in a few short weeks (finally) and a new movie said to be in the works Indy-mania seems to be bubbling slightly. This new site looks to be very similar to the Official Star Wars Site. Now back to our regular SW news.

Monday, September 29, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Figure Release List

With the Holiday season fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to recap what is coming when so you can start saving and looking at the appropriate times. Coming soon, as witnessed by the overseas auctions popping up, is Wave 2 of the Clone Wars and some new Saga figures. Click the Full Story for the complete list!

Monday, September 29, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Action-Hq.com News

Action-HQ brings it to you FIRST again with Durge/Swoop Bike, Clone Trooper/Speeder Bike & Clone Trooper 3-Pack w/RED Trooper!

Sunday, September 28, 2003 | Chris Berry

Clone Wars Wave 2 & Imperial Dignitary Carded Images

We present to you, carded images and details of the wave 2 Clone Wars items, along with an images of Janus Greejatus (Imperial Dignitary). Images are courtesy of overlord307.

Saturday, September 27, 2003 | Chris Berry

Tatooine and Jabba Palace Figures!

Hasbro has updated their site with the most awesome news of the year! Pictures of the above figures (Jedi Luke, Bar2-D2 and R1-G4), as well as the announcement of:

Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise
Shawda Ubb (Rappertunie)
Holographic Luke Skywalker
Jabba the Hutt
B’Ommar Monk/Bubo/Wol Cabbashite Deluxe 3-pack

Exciting is hardly the word! These figures will be previewed next month and should be out early in 2004.

Check our forums for some pictures of the aliens and to discuss this great news!

Friday, September 26, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Code 3 Diecast Millennium Falcon Shipping!

For those of you who have been patiently waiting for your Code 3 Millenium Falcon that you pre-ordered a couple months ago, it looks like the wait is finally over! Code 3 began e-mailing billing confirmation to all of it's customers yesterday who ordered this ship, and the Order Status/Tracking link on Code 3's customer service page confirms that most people's Falcons are now en route. So swing on by Code 3's site to see if a Falcon is headed YOUR way! If not, there's still time to order one...

Friday, September 26, 2003 | Matt Colman

Latest Star Wars Insider Coming to a Mailbox Near You!

...If you have a subscription at least anyway. So keep your eyes peeled because it's an exciting issue for Collectors, as noted at the Official Star Wars Site.

And keep your eyes peeled because not only are the first images of the new Jabba the Hutt going to be shown in this issue of Insider, but we're getting a surprise bonus! The first official images of the new Clone Wars Clone Trooper are included too! Sporting his nifty 14 points of articulation, he can be seen in a pack-in poster for the Clone Wars toy line!

How's that for "Fan Appreciation"?

Thursday, September 25, 2003 | Jesse McCracken

Reminder! Official Star Wars Fan Club Contact Info!

Trying to get in touch with the Fan Club with a subscription question, customer service question, complaint, or "good job?" The direct email addresses are customer.service@paizo.com and subscriptions@paizo.com.
Our telephone number is 425-289-0060. Our customer service staff is in the office from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

We've been busy working on the silver-painted Boba Fett orders, and we're working to catch up as quickly as we can, and stay on top of customer service. Our subscribers are important to us!

Mary Franklin
Director of Marketing, Public & Fan Relations
Paizo Publishing

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 | Chris Berry

Collector's Gallery Online News

Collector's Gallery Online now as the KotoBukiya Darth Vader and Clone Trooper statues in stock fro $99.95 each. They also have the Saga Screen Scene sets $22.95 each. Many more ahead...

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 | Chris Berry

New UCS Lego Snowspeeder Pictures

The brickhounds over at FBTB have come up with a slew of great new pictures of the UCS Lego Snowspeeder, due out next month. Head on over there for all the details and pix of this great looking set!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | Matt Colman

Last Call for Master Replicas Jedi Training Remote!

Master Replicas sent out e-mails to it's customers today, informing them that their stock of Jedi Training Remotes has dropped below 10%, so you'd better get a move on if you still want one! Good opportunity to try out their new "Test Drive" program that we reported on several days ago. Read on for their full announcement...

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | Matt Colman

Clone Wars Spoilers!

ToonZone.net, a site which follows all thing Toon, has gotten their mitts on the plot points of each mini-segment of the Clone Wars arc. Check out the Toon Zone forums for details, but beware of Spoilers!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Update: Vintage Sets @ Amazon

Many people have written in to Amazon to receive a clarification on the Vintage sets available at their online store. Cory H. sent in his e-mail from Amazon, so read on for a much more detailed description along with the figures included in the Bounty Hunter set.

Monday, September 22, 2003 | Chris Berry

K & C Collectibles: Star Wars 3-Pack and 4-Pack arrive

K & C Collectibles has received the following new Star Wars items this week.

Geonsian War Chamber (#2 of 2)
Jedi High Council (#2 of 2)
The Battle of Hoth 4 Pack
Clone Trooper Army 3-pack - includes Yellow trooper

And many more! Click the full story for more details

Monday, September 22, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Jabba the Hutt

Our friends at Galactic Hunter posted a picture this weekend of the upcoming Saga Jabba the Hutt here. This picture looks like it is a repaint of the Jabba Glob version and fits in with what JD forum member Jimmy said a few months back in our Saga forums. A detailed picture of the new Jabba will debut in the Insider Issue #71, which should be out within the next week or two. So stay tuned for further information.

Monday, September 22, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Spoiler Junkies Unite!

Episode III filming has wrapped, the set diaries have all been written, and many on line chats have dropped clue after clue. So, now is the time when heavy speculation can begin! I've thrown together my own personal take on what the rough plot of Episode III will be in the JediDefender forums. Why not head on in and guess for yourself?!?!

Monday, September 22, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Mysterious Vintage @ Amazon

Reader "Jedimaster-c" informs JediDefender of a very strange assortment of item listings at Amazon.com. It seems as if Amazon has listed 3 different sets of vintage figures, the first assortment being called Bespin Set including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, and Stormtrooper. Next up, we have the Good Guys Collection. This set includes Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2, and Hoth Soldier. The last of these interesting listings is the Bounty Hunter set, with no description of the items in the set being given. We will be sure to keep you updated on this strange event.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 | Chris Berry

Screen Scenes @ Collector's Gallery

The Saga Screen Scenes are now available at Collector's Gallery Online. They also have a wide array of miscellaneous vintage items in stock.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 | Chris Berry

Brian's Toys Update

There are many new and exciting Unleashed action figures available in the latest shipment at Brian's Toys. Also for all of our customers with Leia unleashed Backorders, your orders shipped out on September 16th and will arrive at domestic locations within 3 to 4 days. The Darth Vader Unmasked is now in stock. The Han Hoth Rescue, Obi-Wan Acklay battle, and others are now in stock as well.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 | Chris Berry

Lisa Stevens Live on Star Wars Direct Radio!

We received word from Mary Franklin at the Star Wars fan club today that Lisa Stevens, president of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, will be live on the air on the Star Wars en Direct radio show this Sunday, September 21 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Friday, September 19, 2003 | Chris Berry

Huge Episode III Spoiler

Star Wars fans around the world are abuzz with the leak of a cool confirmation of a returning OT character which was first leaked to theforce.net. It will be very hard to avoid this spoiler because the buzz will be huge. If you want to know, click on this link to our forums to be utterly spoiled.

Friday, September 19, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Master Replicas Test Drive Program

Master Replicas just sent out a newsletter about their new Test Drive program. They will send you the collectible of your choice, and you get 30 days to inspect it before you have to decide if you want to keep it or not. You don't pay for anything until your 30 days have expired. For further details read here.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 | Chris Rhoads

"Clone Wars Volume 2: Victories and Sacrifices" TPB Is Out Now!

Dark Horse Comics released this TPB yesterday. It contains three separate, yet linked stories of heroism and sacrifice set during the time between Episode II and Episode III! Read more about it at Dark Horse's site, right here.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 | Chris Rhoads

Silver Fetts Arriving

JediDefender faithful rebeltrader checks in to let us know he received his two Silver Boba Fetts today from the Fan Club. Head on in to our forums to check in if you have received yours, and to see what he has to say about Mr. Fett.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Episode III: It's a Wrap

The Official Site has updated again this morning to tell us that principle filming of the last Star Wars movie ever wrapped up production in Sydney last night. We are T-Minus 20 months and counting until May 2005. It can't come soon enough!

Thursday, September 18, 2003 | Scott Pearson

OT DVD Rumor

JD forum member Virex alerts us to this rather intriguing rumor concerning the Original Trilogy on DVD. TheDigitalBits.com is reporting that a late 2004 release of the Trilogy may be in the works to coincide with the hype surrounding the Episode III release in 2005. Will this rumor, one of thousands already uttered, pan out? One can only hope. Head on over for the details or click on the full story for all the juicy gossip.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Update: Han Solo Unleashed Wave @ KEBco Toys

The new Unleashed wave with Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett are now in stock at KEBco Toys. Order yours today. Limited quantities remaining.

Visit www.kebcotoys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.

We have a limited supply of the wave 1 and wave 2 Jedi High Council and Geonosian War Room Cinema Scenes in stock.

Also, we have a few non-mint packs if you like to open them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 | Chris Berry

Clone Wars Teaser

TheForce.net, which is the best source for all things Star Wars, has a copy of the Clone Wars teaser commercial. This has been airing on the Cartoon Network since yesterday. Right click and save here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Hasbro Jedi Master Points Auctions

Hasbro updated today with news of the upcoming Jedi Master Points auctions. Basically, it says to stay tuned for further details, hopefully by the beginning of October.

Monday, September 15, 2003 | Scott Pearson

First DC Metro Collection Meeting Held

Mike, founder of the DC Metro Star Wars Collectors wrote in to let readers of JediDefender know that their first meeting was held today and it produced great success with a total of 19 members present. Anyone living in the DC Metro area that is interested in joining can send Mike an e-mail requesting information.

Sunday, September 14, 2003 | Chris Berry

News From K and C Collectibles

K & C Collectibles has received 3 new value pack Clone Wars figures. The items include Yoda and Clone Trooper Commander, ARC Trooper and Clone Trooper, and Anakin Skywalker and Clone Trooper Lieutenant. New pre-orders include Darth Vader Vinyl figure by Koto, Greedo mini bust, and Jango Fett Master Replica blasters. Many autographs are now available as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2003 | Chris Berry

Hailfire Droid and Geonosian Fighter Out Now!

JD.com reader and forum member chuckles spotted the Hailfire Droid and Geonosian Fighter vehicles at numerous Targets this morning. Also out are Screen Scenes Wave 2, the Faytonni Wave and the Clone Wars Value 2 Packs which have been seen at Wal-Mart. Happy Hunting!

Saturday, September 13, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Faytonni Wave and Speeder Bikes in Stock at Amazon!

Now in Stock at Amazon/TRU are a bunch of new figures and the Speeder Bikes which were a little elusive for most collectors. Go get them before they are gone!

Lt. Faytonni
Waitress Droid (WA-7)
Luke Skywalker (ANH)
Darth Vader (ANH)
Darth Tyranus Speeder Bike
Anakin Skywalker Speeder Bike

Saturday, September 13, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Collector's Gallery Online News

Many Star Wars and Star Trek items have been added to Collector's Gallery Online. Read on for a full list of items.

Friday, September 12, 2003 | Chris Berry

Unleashed Wave 6 @ Action-HQ

Action-HQ.com brings it to you FIRST this week with Unleashed Wave 6 & many more on Pre-Order this month for $20.95 and up!

Thursday, September 11, 2003 | Chris Berry

Koto Clone and Scout Trooper Bust

The Official Site updates with news and photos of the upcoming Gentle Giants Scout Trooper Bust and Koto Clone Trooper. These both have release dates of January 2004.

Thursday, September 11, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Santa Yoda Pics

Seller mimidog4428 has some very nice loose photos of the upcoming Fan Club Exclusive Santa Yoda. These should be released very soon, stay tuned for details!

Thursday, September 11, 2003 | Scott Pearson

We Remember

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were touched by the tragic events 2 years ago today. Thanks to all who have kept the victims memories alive and to our Armed Forces around the globe who contiue to protect the free world. We will never forget.

Thursday, September 11, 2003 | Scott Pearson

"Empire #11" Comes Out Tomorrow

Dark Horse Comics will have the comic book "Empire #11" available for sale tomorrow (September 10th). There's a lot brewing behind the scenes in the Rebel Alliance, and the Empire is right there knocking on their doors. To read more about it click here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 | Chris Rhoads

"The Battle of Hoth" 4-Pack Found at TRU

My wife called me today saying she had found "The Battle of Hoth" 4-pack at our local Toys 'R Us, and asked me if I wanted her to buy it for me. Of course I said, "Yeah, get it!" I was so excited about her coming home with this. She came home, I took it out of the bag, and I can tell you this is one cool 4-pack well worth the money. However, make sure you check out Princess Leia... she doesn't look quite right to me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 | Chris Rhoads

Fettish Says Farewell

Defenders, Jargonites, and Apartment visitors. It's with a heavy heart I announce my resignation from the almighty JediDefender.com staff. I have decided that it's time for me to move on to greener pastures with my new hobby, being DVD's. I'd like to thank all of those who supported JangosApt.com and religiously followed Jango's Jargon for 12 weeks straight. MTFBWY and continue to support the Cheers of Star Wars collecting communities, JediDefender.com!

Monday, September 8, 2003 | Cory Hyman

K and C Collectibles News Feed

K & C Collectibles is taking pre-orders for the following new Star Wars items: Darth Vader Vinyl figure, Greedo Mini Bust, Jango Fett Master Replica prop set, Anakin Skywalker Mini Bust and more.

Monday, September 8, 2003 | Chris Berry

Brian's Toys Newsletter #219

Brian's Toys has just posted their latest newsletter #219. Many discounts and new items have been posted, including the new Hoth 4 Pack.

Monday, September 8, 2003 | Chris Berry

Jango Fett Blasters Master Replicas Prop

The official site announces today, the Jango Fett Blasters Master Replicas prop. The item is to have a 1,500 production run, so as with all other Master Replicas items, these will be a hot commodity.

Saturday, September 6, 2003 | Chris Berry

KEBco Toys Latest Saga Pre-Orders

KEBco Toys has added 12 new Saga 2003 figures for Pre-Order. Items includes: Obi Wan Night Club, Elan Sleezbaggano, McQuarrie Stormtrooper, Bail Organa, Padme Tatooine, Ay Vida Night Club, Hoth Trooper and more.

Be sure to ask about their popular "One of Every Figure" Club.

Also, take advantage of their FREE shipping on $40.00 In-Stock orders. Pre-Orders do not qualify for the FREE shipping.

Visit www.kebcotoys.com today and the entire year for all of your action figures.

Saturday, September 6, 2003 | Chris Berry


Want to order that new Jedi 4 pack from Amazon? Wait a sec. Personal accounts from various collectors report that preorders filled by Amazon.com have been being denied.

I've recieved e mails from a couple of Jedi Defender forum members reporting Amazon.com has been cancelling preorders for the second wave of Cinema Scenes with little to no reason. Stay tuned as this mystery unfolds!

Friday, September 5, 2003 | Cory Hyman

Return of the Aunt

The Official Site updates with news of the return of Aunt Beru, Bonnie Piesse. Uncle Owen, Joel Edgerton, is also returning and was cast earlier. Also returning to the role of Padme's mother Jobal Naberrie, is Trisha Noble. Is it May 2005 yet?

Friday, September 5, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Another Color Debate Solved?

A question I brought up on our forums recently was concerning the Vintage Death Squad Commander. While recently watching A New Hope I did not see any versions of a Gray Tuniced Death Star Trooper. Thinking back to the Hoth Han debate I wondered if the folks at Kenner had taken some liberties. Well, Staff member Jesse James to the rescue with a picture from a recent Insider. Take a look above for the answer, sure looks like it to me!

Friday, September 5, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Nothing - The Reoccurring Story

Collectors seem to be having the same problem everywhere... "no product". I take a closer look at what was going on and look for your input.

Thursday, September 4, 2003 | Rob Gailor

LFL Webchats

The Official Site updates us with some announcements of upcoming Webchats. They are with Ryan Church (Conceptual Artist), Dan Gregoire (Pre-Visualization Supervisor) and Pablo Hildago (Set Diary Correspondent). These chats are Hyperspace exclusives. Check the link above for more details, times and dates.

Thursday, September 4, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Amazon.com Exclusive! Jedi Warriors 4-Pack

Something that Galactic Hunter had previewed a while back is apparently coming to fruition. A 4-pack of Obi-Wan, Plo-Koon, Saesee Tinn and a retooled Nikto Jedi will be packed together ala the Imperial, Bounty Hunter and Hoth 4-packs. Also to be included in this set will be the Detention device that was mysteriously excluded from the Arena playset at the last minute. This Jedi set will probably again be an Amazon/TRU exclusive, and you can preorder it here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Battle of Hoth 4 Pack @ Action-HQ

Action-HQ.com brings it to you FIRST this week for the long awaited and delayed Battle of Hoth 4-Pack. Available NOW at just $26.95!

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Chris Berry

K and C Collectibles News Feed

K & C Collectibles received a few of the new Clone Trooper Bust and Star Tours R5-D2 figures. Many new Saga are also in stock.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Chris Berry

Legos Still 50% Off At Select Retailers

Just a reminder to all you Lego fans. Star Wars Lego assortments are still up to 50% of at Toys R Us and KB Toys.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Rob Gailor

Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett Unleashed!

ROBOCHRIS also has some very nice carded shots of the upcoming Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett Unleashed. This troika will be making their way stateside very soon! Thanks for the images RoboChris! Check out more images in our forums!

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Carded Durge and Clonetrooper Speeder Pics

ROBOCHRIS again has some new carded Clone Wars pictures listed in his auctions. This time it is the repackaged Clone Trooper w/ Speeder Bike and Durge w/ Speeder Bike. Thanks to boba_jp for the tip!

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Silver Fett On Sale Now!!!

On Sale now at the Official Star Wars Fan CLub is the exclusive Silver Boba Fett! Go here now, limit two per fan club member. There will be plenty to go around!

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Scott Pearson

Cantina Wave 2 Sets

Wave 2 of the Cantina Sets are still in limbo even though some pieces were made. eBay seller overlord307 has some loose, carded and used to be carded sets up for auction. If you must have these, eBay may be the way to go. Hasbro has said they are working on bringing these to market, hopefully in 2004 but possibly 2005. Loose sets also show up from time to time.

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Scott Pearson

"The Action Figure Hunt"

With problem's finding the new assortments growing, let new JediDefender staff member Rob Gailor, take a look at the "Hunt" and all that goes with it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Rob Gailor

"Jango's Jargon" Update

Due to a late issue of this past weeks Jargon, be sure to check in next Monday for an all new edition of "Jango's Jargon". Take a look at the extensive archive of past Jargons for some oldies but goodies!

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Cory Hyman

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