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October 2004

TRU Naboo Final Conflict in Stores

Reports are filtering in from JD.com forum members that the TRU exclusive Naboo Final Conflict 4-pack is showing up in stores now! Priced at $19.99, it's the perfect new item to pick up to qualify for TRU's exclusive Silver Vader give-away, which officially started today as well!

Sunday, October 31, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

This Week In Retail Sales

Target and K-Mart are having some decent deals if your stores have the right stock. Read on for all the skinny on your local stores.

Sunday, October 31, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

Decisions, Decisions... Jedi Style

Knights of the Old Republic II: Sith Lords is possibly one of the most hotly anticipated (certainly for Star Wars fans) games of the season, and now Lucasarts has launched a website for the game.

Click the ominous image of a Jedi's choices above, and learn all about the game, view screen shots and concept art, or download wallpaper and screen savers. Also read about the new tweaks and changes to the KOTOR gaming experience!

Sunday, October 31, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

There Is Another!

Just posted in our forums is the true Chase figure of Series 3! Its the Ewok Medicine Man Logray. We're going to call Hibernation Sickness Han a Variant (ala the Cantina Band Member and Sandtroopers of Series 2) and Logray the Chase (ala Indiana Jones). No signs of them on eBay as of yet but they should start appearing very soon! Happy Hunting and keep checking JediDefender for all of your Kubricky News.

UPDATE: Looks like the final variation in this set is an accessory variation with the Jawa, who comes with either a blaster, or little droid control comlink gadget (ala the Band Member instrument variants in the last series). Thanks again to Simon for the scoop! So that's 9 "unique" figures altogether. Good luck!

Friday, October 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Kubrick Series 3 Boxed Images

As Matt has already pointed out, Kubrick Series 3 is now out in Asia! Here is a shot of the boxed images of the 6 figures. As far as we can tell, so far there is only one chase figure confirmed and that is a "Hibernation Sickness" Han Solo that is packed in the Carbon Freeze Han Box. As more auctions start to pop up perhaps a variant or another chase figure will also be revealed. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 29, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Series 3 Kubrick Chase Figure Revealed...

Our resident Kubrick King, Simon (Hes No Good to Me Dead), chimes in with news and a picture of the first upcoming Chase/variant figure for the Series 3 Star Wars Kubricks that were just released this week in Asia. It's none other than "Hibernation Sickness Han", which goes along nicely with the Carbonite Block that will be one of the "regular figures" in this series. No word yet on whether a second Chase figure will be coming, but stay tuned, as we promise to bring you any and all breaking Star Wars Kubrick news first, here at JD!

Friday, October 29, 2004 | Matt Colman

Revenge Teaser Poster Revealed

The Official Site has unveiled the Revenge of the Sith Teaser Poster. It depicts Anakin and his ultimate destiny Photoshopped into an ominous and rather striking image. You can order a poster at StarWarsShop.com.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 | Scott Pearson

John Lowry Interview

Apple.com has an interesting little article and interview with John Lowry, head of Lowry Digital Images - the people responsible for cleaning up the Original Trilogy DVD's. The article also has a few interesting before and after screenshots, as well. Personally, I think they did a great job on the transfer, and it's not their fault GL wanted a whole bunch of new crap added in.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | Dave Castle

Mos Eisley Scene 2, Y-Wing and OTC figures

K & C Collectibles has received the following new 3-Pack of Figures: Mos Eisley Cantina Scene 2 - Zutton (Blue Snaggletooth), Ponda Boba and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

New Trilogy Vehicle Collection: Y-Wing fighter with Pilot figure

Special Figure Sets: Emperor Palpatine Hologram figure - NEW, Yoda and Luke Mexico 2-pack - BACK IN STOCK, A New Hope contains Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO & R2-D2. Empire Strikes Back contains Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca. Return of the Jedi contains Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and Stormtrooper.

Vintage OTC Figures: Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Lando Calrissian.

Pre-Order by October 31st: IG-88 Mini Bust.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | Chris Berry

More KB Toy Stores to Close

In a press release yesterday, KB Toys announced plans to close between 141 to 238 underperforming stores as part of their continuing reorganization. This is expected to be the final round of store closings for the company. You can find a list of the 141 confirmed store closings here and a list of the other 97 potential store closings here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Cantina Dudes Hi-Res

Check out these nice Hi-Res shots of Dannik Jerriko, Feltipern Trevagg and Myo part of the 2005 Cantina Wave coming soon to a store near you! Thanks to seller powerjedi999 for the shots.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Episode III Preview Wave

Seller powerjedi999 has posted the first pics of the Episode III Preview Wave. From right to left are the Wookiee Warrior Tarrful, the Alien Tion Meddon and the new main baddie, General Grievous. Not shown at this time is the 4th figure which is rumored to be an astromech droid. Go ahead and get a towel and mop up that drool!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Sandcrawler IN-STOCK at EE

If you haven't placed an order for the exclusive OTC Jawa Sandcrawler yet, then head on over to Entertainment Earth. They've got the Sandcrawler in-stock and ready to ship now!

Monday, October 25, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Hasbro Q&A

File this one under the "Don't believe everything you read" category. Hasbro has confirmed that the Rabe/Dorme packaging mystery was indeed an error that was caught before wide scale release. There will not be a Dorme figure released. Also of note, the Missle-less Boba Fett's packed in the OTC Slave 1 is also an error.

Monday, October 25, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Prepare to Hit Lightspeed

To all of you casual gamers out there, don't forget that the first major expansion for the SOE and LucasArts smash hit Star Wars Galaxies is due this week! The expansion Jump to Lightspeed is set to debut in stores on October 27th, at a retail price of $29.99 (on sale for less at most stores). Jump to Lightspeed will add the much anticipated space travel element to the MMORPG, allowing users from around the globe to interact while piloting their favorite vehicle from the Star Wars films. For more info on the JtL expansion, be sure to stop by the official Star Wars Galaxies website for more details!

Monday, October 25, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Hologram Leia Carded Kubrick

BearBrick.com updates with news of an upcoming exclusive Kubrick figure - Hologram Princess Leia! Leia will come carded and be available during WCC-19, a Japanese collecting show. The figure will also be made available to Medicom Club members in November!

Sunday, October 24, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

TRU Exclusive OTC Y-Wings Hitting Retail

JD member Master_Phruby chimes in from SoCal with the first report of the new Toys 'R' Us exclusive OTC Y-Wings hitting retail stores. So if you've passed on the ones available over at Amazon.com the past couple weeks, you're now safe to start scoping out your local TRUs instead, for some "alternative" Y-Wing fun at $30 a pop... Good luck, and happy hunting!

Thursday, October 21, 2004 | Matt Colman

Star Wars Supports The Troops?

Well, not our troops around the world currently, but it was brought to my attention how Star Wars figures are being used to whip up kitbashed prototypes for new figures in some of the military toy lines out there.

These particular figures are prototypes of BBI's new Elite Force figures, and are either rough prototypes of some sort, or some kind of new venture into a sci-fi military toy line. Either way, I thought you readers may find the way they're incorporating Star Wars figure parts into these "kitbashes" a little interesting.

Thanks to my buddy Harley for pointing these out to me, and click to read on for the rest of the story! They're something weird, for sure.

Thursday, October 21, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

Wave 2 Cantina Sets at K-Marts Now!

I just stumbled across literally 20 of the new Wave 2 Cantina sets at my local K-mart. This is the set that includes the new vintage-esque Blue Snaggletooth, along with the Ponda Baba and Obi-Wan Kenobi rehashes. So keep your eyes peeled, 'cause they're finally here! $20 a pop, as usual. Happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 | Matt Colman

Defender Wishlists II: The Empire Strikes Back

Last year we ran an informal poll with your 10 most wanted characters from the current 5 Star Wars films. With the recent DVD release, an OT heavy year in 2004, and most of the plans done until Episode III, I thought it would be a good time to revisit those lists. Here's how it works: You send your Wish List for your 10 most wanted 3 3/4" figures to me, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases, and I'll tally the votes. After three weeks of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is up this time. If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Site's Databank: Episode V. Entries will be taken by e-mail: spearson@jedidefender.com or you can post them in our forum!!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Defender Wishlists II: A New Hope RESULTS

The votes have been cast and the results are in! For the second straight year, the Arcona, Hem Dazon is the most requested figure from A New Hope. The first alien seen in the Cantina is certainly a worthy choice.

Here were the results:

#1 Hem Dazon (Arcona)
#2 CZ-3
#3 R5-D4 (Resculpt)
#4 Bom Vimdin (Advose)
#5 Grand Moff Tarkin (Resculpt)
#6 Tonnika Sisters Two Pack
#7 General Tagge
#8 Owen Lars
#9 Wioslea
#10 Biggs Darklighter (Academy Cut Scene)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Defender Wishlists II: A New Hope

Last year we ran an informal poll with your 10 most wanted characters from the current 5 Star Wars films. With the recent DVD release, an OT heavy year in 2004, and most of the plans done until Episode III, I thought it would be a good time to revisit those lists. Here's how it works: You send your Wish List for your 10 most wanted 3 3/4" figures to me, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases, and I'll tally the votes. After three weeks of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie. Starting off the cycle is Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Site's Databank: Episode IV. Entries will be taken by e-mail: spearson@jedidefender.com or you can post them in our forum!!! Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

UPDATE: Voting will end next Wednesday October 20th. Get those lists in!

Friday, October 15, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Staying on Target, Post-OTC Style

As shipments of the Post-OTC 2005 waves start to hit retail, we thought we'd put together a little cheat sheet to help you find the stuff you need at Target:

Post-OTC/2005 Basic Figure Assortments ($6.99 each)
Assortment #: 85172
DPCI #: 087-06-1244
* Use this number to help you score the Coruscant, Naboo, Cantina, and Episode 3 preview waves!

Post-OTC/2005 Vehicle Assortment ($19.99 each)
Assortment #: 85196
DPCI#: 087-06-1246
* Use this number to help you score the Episode 3 Sneak Preview vehicle

2005 Clone Wars Animated Figure Assortments ($6.99 each)
Assortment #: 85661
DPCI #: 087-06-1282
* Use this number to help you score wave 3 of the Cartoon Network animated style figures!

Remember, most of these items haven't hit Target yet, but this info should give you an edge once they arrive!

A special thanks to our Target spies out there! If you don't know how to use Target DPCI #s to help you find stuff, then head on into the JD.com Forums and you may find the answers you seek!

Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

2005 Cantina Wave v2

So, you'd really like to pre-order the 2005 Cantina wave, but you're tired of buying Cantina Han Solo, right?

Well, you're in luck! JD.com sponsor Entertainment Earth has a new case listing for the Cantina Wave, 2005 Wave 2, Revision 2. This case differs from 2005 Wave 2, Revision 1 by dumping the 2005 carded versions of Han, Chewie, and Yoda and replacing them with 2005 carded versions of Dagobah Luke, Darth Vader, and an extra Felitpern. Head on over to pre-order your case today (or just head on over for a sneak peek at the 2005 carded re-hash figures)!

Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Episode 3 Preview Figures

It appears that most of our favorite e-tailers have received new 2005 product info from Hasbro this week! Here's a look at the case assortment for the Episode 3 Preview wave, due first quarter of 2005:

Case Assortment: 85172000B
4x Figure #1 - 85362
4x Figure #2 - 85365
2x Figure #3 - 85363
2x Figure #4 - 85361

Why are there no figures named directly? Once again, Hasbro and Lucas are trying to keep a lid on things for spoiler reasons. For Episode 3, retailers will be working under advertising restrictions very similar to the big Episode 2 launch. None of the big box retailers will be able to advertise ANY Episode 3 products before the official street date (April 2nd, 2005). Of course, that won't stop us from bringing you the news as soon as we have it!

Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Bustin' Out

Entertainment Earth has Series 1 of Bust-Ups In Stock and ready to ship! EE is the exclusive home of the Clear Yoda Bust-Up and you can get the full set of Series 1 (Han, Luke, Leia, 3PO, Chewie and Yoda) and the Exclusive Yoda for the low, low price of $32.99 plus shipping!

Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Entertainment Earth Galactic Heroes

Entertainment Earth has put up the Galactic Heroes Wave 3 up for Pre-Order. They also present some new pics of the upcoming Tatooine Figures. Head on over and take a look at the cute Jedi Luke and Nikto coming soon!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 | Scott Pearson

SWG - Jump to Lightspeed Update

A recent update to the SW Galaxies official website shines a bit more light on the Veteran's Reward Spaceship - The SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 3000! The ship will only be offered to players who have been with SWG for 6 or more consecutive months and will be included when you buy the upcoming Jump to Lightspeed Space Expansion, due October 27th! Head on over to read more about your new fly ride if you're a long time Galaxies player!

Monday, October 11, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Silver Vader Listed at Amazon.com

Amazon.com has listed this fall's exclusive figure, Silver Darth Vader (2.0) on their website. While not up for pre-order yet, it's a good sign that this figure will be arriving soon! Keep an eye out for your chance to pre-order one and avoid the mad Holiday shopping rush!

Monday, October 11, 2004 | Jeff Smentek

Entertainment Earth Cantina Wave Pre-Order

Entertainment Earth has put up the Cantina Wave Case up for Pre-Order. This case breaks down as the following:

2x Myo
2x Feltipern Trevagg
2x Dannik Jerriko
1x Stormtrooper (OTC #16)
1x Han Solo
1x Chewbacca (OTC #8)
1x Yoda (OTC #2)
1x Scout Trooper (OTC #11)
1x Sandtrooper

Some of these figures have OTC cards listed after them, but the Sandtrooper is once again confirmed as coming, perhaps on an OTC Card! Stay tuned for more details as we get them.

Monday, October 11, 2004 | Scott Pearson

K & C Collectibles News Feed

K & C Collectibles has received a few of the special Mexico Yoda and Luke 2-packs this week. Vintage OTC figures are back in-stock. We also have received more Luke X-Wing and Anakin Skywalker Figure with glasses. Pre-Order the IG-88 Mini Bust this month.

Sunday, October 10, 2004 | Chris Berry

A More Wretched Hive...2005 Cantina Figs

Hasbro has unveiled the next Wave of 2005, the Cantina Dudes! Myo, Feltipern Trevagg and Dannik Jerriko will be hitting stores near you in Spring of 2005. Although, with the Naboo wave showing up already, perhaps those plans have been accelerated!

Thursday, October 7, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Fight For The Cure

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the fine ladies at StarWarsChicks.com are doing their part to Fight For The Cure. Support Breast Cancer Research by donating $10 to their cause. In return you receive a neat little enamel pin with the StarWarsChicks.com logo on it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Holo Emperor Arrives

Reports are pouring in the JD HQ concerning the shipment of a see through despot. The Holographic Emperor has started to be shipped from StarWarsShop.com and should be arriving on a doorstep near you fairly soon!

UPDATE: Forum member Tydirium has received his Holo Emperor and it came packed in tons of bubble wrap and some Star Cases. Keep looking for that Fed Ex Person!

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Feast for Famine

How many people out there have been on National TV? Well, JediDefender.com forum member Famine is set to become one of the lucky ones as his "adventures" at his High School Prom will be chronicled on the MTV show Highschool Stories: Pranks, Scandals, and Controversies. Look for Kevin next week on Wednesday October 13th at 4PM Eastern. Congrats on becoming a star, Kevin!

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Galactic Heroes Wave 3: Bounty Hunting!

Forum member Jack lets us now that he found the latest wave of Galactic Heroes (The Bounty Hunter Wave of Boba Fett, IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, Bossk and Dengar). These were at a K-Mart in Saint Paul, MN. Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Y-Wing Shipped for Free at TRU.com

Amazon/TRU.com is having a sale right now on where Free Shipping is being offered on all Star Wars Orders. Might be a good time to pre-order the OTC Y-Wing. Click the head shot above for a close up look at the pilot!

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Costco Exclusive X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter Out

This is actually late notice here, but Costco's exclusive X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter vehicle 2-pack, with Luke and Tie Pilot figures, has been arriving at local Costco stores for the past week now. These are the same vintage rehash vehicles that recently saw a re-release in the OTC packaging. So for you packaging completists, best to hustle up and nab yours today for the relatively low price of $30. Grab the free Star Wars display box that they come in while you're at it!

Saturday, October 2, 2004 | Matt Colman

Naboo Wave Loose Shots

Showing up rather unexpectedly at e-tail this week were the Naboo and Coruscant waves. These figures were supposed to be out in the November time frame and lucky for every one, they're here already! Enjoy a look at some loose shots of the two ladies of Naboo, Rabe and Padme!

Saturday, October 2, 2004 | Scott Pearson

Spaceballs 2? There Goes The Planet

Not Star Wars, but close to it in a way, is the Spaceballs film by Mel Brooks. Well, Brooks recently leaked in an interview that he's actually working on a script to Spaceballs 2, and may reappear in the series.

In the interview Brooks says the best case scenario would be that it'd see release just before Episode 3, and worst case would be about a year after Episode 3. Pretty good news since the spoof Spaceballs was a very funny look at our shared favorite film series! Can't wait for the return of Lord Helmet, and here's to hoping this project sees the big screen!

Friday, October 1, 2004 | Jesse McCracken

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