January 2005

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 23:30 EST
Dewback Patrol: One Man Star Wars Show
Hey Troopers, we have updated the Dewback Patrol Menu once again. This time I had the opportunity to attend the One Man Star Wars Show last night. With the upcoming show at Celebration III, I thought it would be nice to give the Troopers a sneak preview of this very humorous rendition of the Star Wars Trilogy. For weeks dustrho has updated us on this show and when he couldn't make it, I decided to take the Midwest Garrison on their offer to attend and interview Mr. Ross. Hopefully our enlisted men and women will pencil in a show time when Charlie performs in Indiana this spring. Until then check out the coverage and Keep on Sandtroopin'! United We Find.



Special thanks to Kathy Van Beuningen TK9989 and John "Sleepin' in the Dominicks Parking Lot" Duffy TK737 of the Midwest Garrison for any and all assistance.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 11:23 EST
Sandtrooper Dean Reports:
A Super Door PrizeThe Superhero Celebration will be held this weekend February 4-6th in Hillside, IL just outside of Chicago. As a Special Door prize for the attendee's they will be giving away one of these Limited Edition Busts of Christopher Reeves each day of the convention 1 entry per admission. Prize Donated By Dullam/Causey the creators of our Exclusive Christopher Reeve Tribute Statue. These will be Limited to a Total of 5 with each one signed and numbered by the Sculptors. Perhaps if any of you are in the area you may want to check out the show. Thanks to Sandtrooper Dean for the info.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 11:21 EST
Sandtrooper Scott Reports:
“Hi, this is Scott Horne a former member of The Tusken Trader. I am trying to find all the other former members of this now defunct site in an attempt to reestablish it. Former members can drop me an email if interested. Thanks!”

niktom@gmail.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 11:07 EST
Sandtrooper Jedi-Daxter Reports:
“JediDaxter here with a few updates to my site, Shelfwarmers. First, I have added a guest book to the site. My site needs your input, so feel free to visit and sign. Second, the giveaway winner has been announced on the site. Winner has 1 week to contact me for the prize. I will starting a third giveaway soon (TBA). I will also be updating my personal collection gallery within a day with more from my collection with several images.”

WEBDESIGN19@aol.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 10:57 EST
Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal. The preview figs have hit early at both Target and Wal-mart. Wal-mart only had Grievous and Wookie but Target had all four of the wave. I was also able to pick up all four of the Titanium die cast vehicles at Wal-mart. Lastly, a couple of weeks ago, I posted finding the Target Leia cups for $2.48. Well, they are now going for the final price of $1.24. Happy Hunting to all!”

Theloneswlady@aol.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 10:43 EST
Sandtrooper Pierre Reports: Mintinbox - First Birthday!
Mintinbox is now one year old and is about to launch a really tremendous contest for this event. From February 2nd and running eleven days, a fantastic gift will be offered for the winner. This contest is opened for everyone around the globe, you just need to answer to the questions asked everyday (it will be in an easy French so don't worry) to enter the contest and YES you can try to win each day of the contest. So if you speak French, or have the programs to translate, you may want to take a chance at winning!




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2005 | 0:00 EST
Sandtrooper X Reports:
“Hey Troops, Toys R Us and Target in Mayfield, OH have the Revenge of the Sith preview figures out. Most of the other reports I?ve read have been at Wal-Mart, so if you are out looking you might want to expand your search a bit. Good luck.”

SnychMogar@aol.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 January 2005 | 14:59 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #292
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We have posted our latest Newsletter #292. Just in stock, an exceptional piece that will make a great and rare addition to any collection, a AFA 80 12-Back Luke Double Telescoping available now for $7,000.00.

Other featured Star Wars this week includes OTC Jedi Councils #2, #3, and #4, Darth Vader?s TIE Fighter, carded POTJ figures, packaged EP1 Beast Assortments, select POTF2 boxed vehicles, Clone Wars carded figures and Saga Unleashed, Prototypes and Mini-Busts.

Featured Vintage this week includes 3 carded Droids figures including Kez Iban C-9+ for $110.00, Sise Fromm C-7 for $240.00 and a Tig Fromm C-9 for $179.99. Also in stock, over 25 Boxed Vintage Vehicles, everything from AT-ATs to Y-Wings. If you still need that one boxed vehicle to complete your collection be sure to check out all these great vintage vehicles today.

Plus G.I. Joe Valor VS. Venom Comic Book sets 6, 7, and 8. Simpsons Radioactive Homer and Treehouse of Horror 2 Alien Spaceship. Transfomers MyClones and More!


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 January 2005 | 14:27 EST
Trigger Finger Itchy?
The crew at Jedi Temple Archives has put together a mock-up of the opening scroll for Revenge of the Sith. Using the information provided by the Official Site, the Jedi have assembled a nice little tease for those of us with buckets to catch the drool under our mouths. Spoiler Warning does apply. Thanks to Sith Mikeximus for the information.


Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 10:28 EST
Artwork of Republic Commando
Artwork of Republic CommandoStunning new artwork for the upcoming video game Republic Commando was recently unveiled on the Official Site. Read how concept artist Greg Knight put together some of the fascinating artwork for this squad-based first-person shooter, and see some of the wonderful artwork he has come up with here.



Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 9:07 EST
Celebration III Badges
Celebration III BadgesAttending Celebration III requires you to be wearing a badge at all times, but that really isn't so bad with the new style of Celebration III badges. There will be a total of five badges with the following characters on them: Darth Vader, Padme Amidala, Mace Windu, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. If you are an adult you will have a badge with a realistic photo of one the five characters just mentioned (depending on what day you will be attending the show), but if you're a child you'll be wearing a badge with the Clone Wars Cartoon version of those characters. Not only will wearing a badge let staff know you've paid admission to the event, but it will also be used for hole-punching for exclusive items like the talking Darth Vader figure. And if you think these are cool enough to collect you can purchase the entire set at the Celebration Store. For more information go to the Star Wars Celebration III site and read the full article here.



Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 8:50 EST
Worldwide Release Dates for Episode III
EP3 Release DatesThe Official Site has announced the worldwide release dates for the upcoming Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The movie will be released on May 19th in the United States and Canada, but some of the countries will be releasing the movie on a different day. Something that personally bothered me is that the movie will be released on May 18th in France, Switzerland and Uruguay. Don't you think it would be released earlier in the US and Canada? See the entire list here.



Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 8:44 EST
Cover Art for Clone Wars DVD Revealed
Cover Art for Clone Wars DVD RevealedThe highly successful cartoon mini-series from Cartoon Network, Star Wars Clone Wars, will be coming out on DVD on March 22nd. The Official Site has released the cover art for this highly anticipated DVD, which is just as stunning in detail as the cartoon itself. Even the DVD itself is has the stunning artwork of two major one-on-one battles... Anakin Skywalker verus Asajj Ventress and Obi-Wan Kenobi versus Durge. Read the full news release and see more detailed images of this DVD cover art here, and share your opinions about it in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 8:33 EST
New EP3 PEZ Dispensers!
Emperor Palpatine PEZComing this Spring will be nine new PEZ dispensers to collect, all packaged in the same ROTS theme with Darth Vader and lava lurking in the background. The nine that will be produced are Boba Fett, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, the Death Star, Emperor Palpatine, General Grievous, R2-D2 and Yoda. There will also be a special edition Emperor Palpatine dispenser, which will have a glow in the dark face and will be limited to 50,000 pieces. That piece will also be a Wal-Mart exclusive. Read more about this here, and be sure to talk about these in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2005 | 0:17 EST
Republic Commando Developer Diary #3
Republic CommandoThe mastermind behind the artificial intelligence of the Republic Commando squad, John A. Hancock (Senior Engineer), has written up the third diary entry for the game that is scheduled to be released March 1st. His primary objective was to make sure it wasn't too difficult to control or manage your squad of commandos, but at the same time to make the leadership role that you'll play as close to real combat strategy as possible. Read the full journal entry here.



Posted by: Julian | 28 January 2005 | 23:59 EST
Update from K&C Collectibles:
K&C Collectibles now has the new Revenge of the Sith Preview Figures in stock.

In Stock Revenge of the Sith Preview Figures:
General Grevious
Tion Medon
Wookiee Warrior
R4-G9

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Posted by: dustrho | 28 January 2005 | 22:29 EST
Jedi Force Visual Guide: Now Live!
Jedi Force GuideIs the Force strong with you? Are you ready to fly to another galaxy far, far away? Ready to make the jump to hyperspace? Well, if you said yes to any of those questions then you're ready to check out the new Jedi Force visual guide, brought to you by fellow staff member Boba Binks. Hope you enjoy!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2005 | 18:38 EST
Update from Star Wars Shop.com: Silver Sandtrooper BACK in Stock
Hey Troopers StarWarsShop.com has the Exclusive Silver Sandtrooper in stock for those of you who missed it last year at Comic-Con or when it was previously for sale. There is also more and more Revenge of the Sith Merchandise being added weekly so check back often for new arrivals!


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2005 | 18:32 EST

Star Wars: Sandtrooper & Dewback Statue by Gentle Giant & Toys R Us Japan Exclusive Kubrick Boxed Set of 5.

Master Replicas: The Men In Black II Neuralyzer and Stormtrooper Blaster prop replicas have just arrived! We have just a few of each available and Master Replicas has already sold out of both of them. We also still have 1 AT-AT in stock - this is also sold out on the wholesale level.

Transformers Energon: The latest wave of Energon basic figures has arrived - new figures include: A3 Terradive, A4 Windrazor, D1 Stormcloud, D4 Kickback and we've restocked C1 Sledge and C2 Duststorm. The Super sized Energon Galvatron is also back in stock.

Robotech: Alpha Masterpiece volume 3 has just arrived - VFA-6I Lancer is the green version of the Alpha Valkyrie and comes packaged in Toynami's very high end book style box. Volume 2 Rook Bartley is back in stock as well.

Also this week: Takara Transformers, Stikfas, Evangelion, Alias, Fist of Northstar, Lord of the Rings, and much more!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2005 | 18:22 EST
Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a quick report for today from Lake County, IL:

Wal-Mart (Gurnee, IL) “has the new Clone Wars Anakin, Grievous, & ARC Troopers. The Clone Troopers were sold out.

KB Toys (Gurnee, IL) “also has the Clone Wars Anakin, Grievous, & ARC Troopers. They too were sold out of Clone Troopers. That's all for now. Later Troopers.”

wrightcombo@juno.com



Posted by: dustrho | 28 January 2005 | 9:06 EST
Target Exclusive: Hasbro Micro Vehicles
NEW Star Wars Micro VehiclesHasbro has recently announced another new toy lineup called the Micro Vehicles series. The packaging is incredibly detailed, with a picture of Darth Vader looming in the background, holding the toys in his hands, and molten lava is launching in the background. The packaging is very similar to the Revenge of the Sith action figure packaging, except this isn't in the same "bullet" shaped blister. Each package will come with two micro figures and two micro vehicles. These will be a Target exclusive, and are expected to be released in April. Read more about this here, and be sure to talk about these in our forums.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2005 | 19:59 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
[Click to Enter Action-HQ]Action-HQ is bringing the best to you first with RotS and RAH Medicom 12-inch Luke Skywalker. New this week is Anakin's Jedi Fighter for $29! Shipping out tomorrow are collection 1 of Revenge of the Sith and on Monday 31st is super-realistic 1/6 scale Luke w/accessories. Also shipping tomorrow is Transformers Alternator ShockWave, Energon Deluxe Barricade, Road-block & Redeco Starscream, and Universe Deluxe LongHorn, Cheetor & FrostBite. Other new items this week: Godzilla, Microman, Saint Seiya, Evangelion and much more!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2005 | 19:59 EST
Sandtrooper Jedi-Hawk Reports:
Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border PatrolWell just when I open my mouth and let my fingers do the typing...I was able to score a full set of the ROTS Preview figures this morning at one of my local Wal-Mart stores. They broke the street date and put out 2 cases of figures. I picked up a full set and then an extra Grevious and Wookie. Not much else to report. No one else has added anything new since my report 2 days ago. But now I am just waiting on the Preview Ship and the ROTS stuff. Still have a few OTC needs: Cantina #2 and Darth TIE Fighter. Drop me an email. Hunt'em Down Troops.”

swfan_bcs@hotmail.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2005 | 19:55 EST
Update from TOYFELLAS:
New In Stock, from Gentle Giant Studios C-3PO Mini Bust only $42.99. 6 1/4 inches tall, fully painted, package in a full color box with certificate of authenticity. Also New In Stock is Palisades Toys Grimlock Transformers 6-inch Polystone Statue only $49.99. Coming Soon G.I. Joe Valor vs. Venom Wave 7, Cooperstown Series 2 and more of your favorites.

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Posted by: dustrho | 27 January 2005 | 14:23 EST
Opening Crawl to ROTS Revealed!
ROTSThe Official Site has revealed on their website the opening crawl to the most anticipated movie of all time, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. If you would like to read it you're more than welcome to by clicking here. This could be SPOILER material, so click at your own risk! To read the full article click here.



Posted by: rob | 26 January 2005 | 20:42 EST
Sandtrooper Jetfire reports:
Deep recon from the Great Lakes state!“Troopers, I took to the streets once again in my determination to find all four Episode III Sneak Preview figures. My persistence served me well as I not only found the four figures, but multiples of the R4-G9 droid and an Animated Yellow Clone Trooper. While it took me stopping at several Wal-Marts and Toys R Us stores, I did prevail! No luck on spotting any Anakin Starfighters yet though. Looking for some Gentle Giant busts if anyone's got some to sell/trade. Sandtrooper Jetfire out!”

jetfire_99@yahoo.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2005 | 17:21 EST
Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
“We are now taking Pre-Order for Darth Tader Mr. Potato head. Shipping this week: OTC Darth Vader, Yoda & Obi- Wan electronic lightsabers, OTC basic lightsaber. Vintage POTF Luke Jedi Knight C-10. We also have 3-inch figures, Clone Wars Clone Trooper & Kit Fisto figures. PotJ R4-M9, Teebo & Boshek figures in stock.”

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2005 | 17:16 EST
Update from Cloud City Collectibles:
This newsletter is long overdue as the holidays created a very busy time for Cloud City. We would like to take a moment to announce some of the recent news pertaining to Cloud City. We will be having a sale over the next week which will include all modern Star Wars items discounted between 20-50%, all Lord of the Rings items discounted 20%, and all original one-of-a-kind Star Wars Kenner photography discounted 30%. We have just added over 200 vintage AFA-graded items from Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, and Superheroes and we plan to add hundreds more in the coming weeks.

We have just added many modern items and we will begin selling the new Episode 3 sneak preview figures on February 1st. We are working to make major changes to the website which will allow collector's to enter requests for almost any toy ever made into an automated system which can help locate rare and hard to find toys from dozens of sources throughout the world. We plan to make announcements which better describe all the planned features which will be added to our network of websites in late February.

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Posted by: dustrho | 26 January 2005 | 14:43 EST
Star Wars Fan "Forced" to Leave
Star Wars fanatic Jeff Tweiten, who had been camping out for several months so he could be the first one in line for the upcoming Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, was asked to leave his encampment by law-enforcement officials. Tweiten was camping out on the sidewalk in front of the Cinerama Theatre in downtown Seattle, and unbelievably only one complaint filed against Tweiten. It wasn't a complaint saying anything bad about Tweiten, but he was in violation of the "no sit/no lay" city ordinance. He did inform the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that he would be coming back to wait in line, but this time he will be doing so on his two feet (standing). You can read the whole article here.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 January 2005 | 19:01 EST
Sandtrooper Jedihawk Reports:
Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border PatrolHey there Troops. The anticipation is growing. I have read some reports of fellow troopers finding the ROTS Preview wave at retail. No such luck here in Central TX yet. But today as I was leaving my local TRU, the store manager pulled me aside. She wanted to show me some new Star Wars items she had in her office. Well of course it was the ROTS Preview wave. Nice looking stuff. The packaging is not as unpleasant as I was expecting. It?s actually OK. The figures looked pretty nice too. Excitement! Anyway she told me that she could not put them out until Feb 1st. So it seems TRU (mine at least) is holding to the Street Date. It seems that some Wal-Mart stores are not. But I think these guys will be pretty easy to get once they hit. So it begins... Now for the rest of the lot.

TRU - Other than my sneek peak, not much. A few of the POTC Cantina wave. Also a few VOTC and OTC 12-inch left among the stock. Lots of Jedi Council scenes. Falcons, TIE and X-Wings still there also.

Target - Remnants of POTC Canitna and Naboo. A few Unleashed. Lots of peg space. New Tatooine Galactic Heroes waves.

Wal-Mart #1 - POTC Canitna Wave. New Animated wave. A few stragglers from the clearance of OTC & SAGA figs. Galactic Heroes Tatooine wave. Unleashed Rehash Mace, Dooku & Vader.

Wal-Mart #2 - No basic figures. Some Animated Wave. Some Unleashed. Mainly empty peg space. They have lots of the Titanium Die Cast here.(those are a lot smaller than I thought.)

So that about sums it up Troops. The tension is growing for all of the new ROTS toys. I am still in need of a few items if any can help out. Cantina Set 2, OTC DV TIE Fighter.I have some things for trade. Drop me a email. Hunt'em Down Troops.”

swfan_bcs@hotmail.com



Posted by: dustrho | 25 January 2005 | 9:12 EST
r2dtoys.com Quick Update
Sneak Preview Episode III figures are in stock and shipping in full quantity. The new Jedi Starfighter is en route and due here within the next 2 weeks. Don't forget you can still get 50% off all Saga figures and toys until February 4th. We have already placed all 56 Episode III figures on our site so that you can add your name to the waiting list.

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Posted by: dustrho | 25 January 2005 | 8:50 EST
New Banners at Sandtroopers.com!
In respect of the upcoming movie, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the Staff at Sandtroopers.com felt it was necessary to change up the banners to something a little more... DARK and EVIL. Of course you can see the one that is on our front page with General Grievous standing on the planet Mustafar, and then we have a totally different banner in our forums (for members' eyes only). I'd like to personally thank fellow Staff Member Julian (aka Desert Rat in the forums) for creating these great pieces of artwork. Your work is most impressive!


Posted by: dustrho | 25 January 2005 | 8:42 EST
Republic Commando Demo Disc for 99 Cents!
I received an email today from IGN.com saying you can get the demo game of Star Wars Republic Commando for only 99 cents! Of course there is a catch to this. They state that if you join IGN Insider today for only $19.95, you can purchase the Xbox Exhibition Volume 7 demo disc for only 99 cents! This disc includes Xbox game demos, interviews, music, and more! Here's are some of the games that are included on the disc: Star Wars Republic Commando, Burnout 3: Takedown, Dead or Alive Ultimate, ESPN NHL 2K5, Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, and also a two month trial of Xbox Live. If you're interested in this click here to subscribe to the Insider.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 January 2005 | 21:43 EST
Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: Yarua - Coruscant Senate
I need a little more than a purse!Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. Well we have TWO, YES TWO brand new, never before made figures kicking off the new Star Wars year. Yarua is the second surprise in 2005. I feel like there should have been a Luke, Han or Darth Vader somewhere. I realize it's almost a Chewie but it's not. See if this walking carpet passes your inspection. Did it pass mine? Feel free to offer your own feedback about the POTC collection. Until then enter if you dare!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 January 2005 | 21:34 EST
Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:
The Pride of Boise, Idaho!“Hey Troops, I still have 2 Vintage Original Trilogy Boba Fett figures available, and 1 Vintage Original Trilogy Yoda available for cost plus shipping. There HAS to be someone out there who needs these! They are C 8.5 to C-9 I'd say. Email me and we can work something out.”

sithryan@msn.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 January 2005 | 20:12 EST
Update from Big Bad Toy Store
20% Off All In-Stock Merchandise: BBTS is going through a transitional phase as we build our all-new website and reorganize our warehouse. This is a unique situation in the history of BBTS, we'll be implementing a new ordering philosophy and system with our new site that will help us to generate much less overstock and help us to pre-sell nearly every item that we plan to offer! Given this new philosophy and our upcoming improvements, we are looking to move out our current overstocked products and move towards a much larger selection and scope of items in the future! Take advantage of the savings we are offering during this special time - it won't last much longer and discounts will not go higher than the current 20% Off! We appreciate your business and thanks for helping us clear out excess inventory in preparation for big improvements in the future! For more on this great savings click here. We've also listed a few new pre-orders from Palisades including the Transformers 6-inch Shockwave Statue, Dog Alien Mini Bust from Alien 3, and Army of Darkness Wave 2 Set of 8.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 January 2005 | 20:05 EST
Sandtrooper Darth25 Reports:
“Darth25 reporting in after spending 3 hours digging out from the latest snow storm to hit Central Wisconsin. The Wal-Mart in Wisconsin Rapids had full pegs of the Episode III Sneak Preview figures this morning. After purchasing my four there was still ten of each figure left for those in the area. The Teon Medon and Wookie Warrior figures are very nice. Disappointed in the packaging though. The plastic bubble is designed to clip around the cardboard and is affixed on the back of the cardboard with a lot of tape. The tape is of not very good quality and is peeling up at the corners and has air pockets under it. I sure hope this quality issue is fixed before April 2nd. Seeing these figures in the store also confirms my other fear that the OTC figures from #29 and up never made it to this Wal-Mart. Does anyone know why Hasbro/Wal-Mart suck at equal distribution of their product?”

Todd.Weiler@storaenso.com


Posted by: dustrho | 24 January 2005 | 11:20 EST
Republic Commando Update
Republic CommandoVisit the Republic Commando's official website and explore new sections dedicated to Enemies, Weapons, Vehicles and the elite Delta Squad! You can also grab desktops, buddy icons and a screensaver in the Downloads section. Members Exclusive: Visit the site on Friday and be among the first to download original music from the game! Five of the fifteen tracks include English lyric translations that expose the cryptic, Ancient Mandalorian text.

Text taken from the LucasArts Newsletter, Issue #52.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 January 2005 | 20:13 EST
Sandtrooper Marcus Reports:
“I missed the boat at Star Wars shop but was fortunate enough to pick up the Holographic Emperor at Federation Toys. It was nice to check off another Exclusive. Anyway, can anyone hook me up with some Clone Troopers? I?m aiming for 10, enough for a small task force- ARC and colored troopers need to in there, at least 1 arc and 2 colored, and they can be loose, but not played with very much or damaged with all their original guns and accessories. I don't know what I can trade you, but maybe an animated Arc Trooper (red) and an animated blue Clone Trooper (opened but not played with, only been on my shelf for a week or two) combined with an Unleashed Red clone trooper variant. Also, the Clone Troopers all have their original guns (the unleashed red one still has gun attached with original band). I am also looking for a Republic Gunship, if we can arrange something. This would help me very much, so please email if you have any Clones or an extra Gunship. Thank you!”

massoh2@yahoo.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 January 2005 | 15:44 EST
Sandtrooper Master Fett Reports:
They are having a contest for all you east coasters who are gettin snow at Before the Dark Times.com.

"Your Tauntaun Will Freeze Before You Reach The First Marker.." For those of you not on the East Coast, we thought we'd share that this part of the country is bracing for a snowstorm that will make our region look like Hoth itself. Local forecasts are boasting anywhere from 10-20 inch accumulations, depending on location. Should make for a pretty white weekend.. So what's the good news about this? It's a great time to break out those AT-AT's and do up some dioramas! As a matter of fact, we'll run a contest off of this.. Set up your best diorama in the snow, take a pic, and email it to us here at BTDT. The person who creates the best outdoor diorama will receive 20 FREE Real action stands for their '95 and up action figures. Along with your pic, be sure to include your name and zip code for us to verify. Good luck, and let it SNOW! Contest only applies to the East Coast of the U.S.!


Posted by: Julian | 23 January 2005 | 15:37 EST
Update from K&C Collectibles:
New Titanium Die Cast Metal Vehicles:
Slave I
TIE Fighter
X-Wing Fighter
Millennium Falcon

New 2005 figures:
Sandtrooper #12
Scout Trooper #13
Stormtrooper # 11
Feltipern Trevagg Cantina Encounter #6
Myo Cantina Encounter #7
Dannik Jerriko Cantina Encounter #8
Luke Skywalker Dagobah Training #9
Darth Vader - Death Star Hanger #10
Han Solo Mos Eisley Escape #14
Yoda Dagobah Training #16
New Clone Wars Season III:
General Grievous
ARC Trooper
Durge
Asajj Ventress
Anakin Skywalker
Mace Windu
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Pre-Order Revenge of the Sith Preview Figures:
General Grevious
Tion Medon
Wookiee Warrior
R4-G9

50% Off Freeze Frame Figures


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 January 2005 | 15:34 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #291
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We have posted our latest Newsletter #291. New in stock this week the Toys?R?Us exclusive Kubrick 5-pack. Get yours today for only $99.99. Also back in stock OTC basic Darth Vader ROTJ, Greedo, Gamorrean Guard and Sly Moore. The OTC Jedi Council packs 1-4 are also all back in stock from $29.99. Carded classic Boba Fett and 12-inch Boba Fett Blue Jumpsuit are also both back in stock. Clone Wars Green Clone Trooper Army and the Gentle Giant ARC Trooper Maquette and Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette are all back in stock as well. Saga vehicles featured this week include the Imperial Shuttle, A-Wing and TIE Fighter. Also in stock the carded Toy Fair Darth Vader for $349.99 and an AFA 90 Toy Fair Darth for $549.99. Other featured Star Wars this week includes POTJ carded figures and the AT-ST with Speeder Bike. EP1 items include the Darth Sidous Holographic, Ammo Wagon & Falumpaset (Euro) C-9 and the Trade Federation Droid Fighters. POTF2 featured includes the exclusive Cantina Band Members Set of 6 for $79.99, and other featured Red Cards.

Featured vintage this week includes AFA 85 ESB Luke Hoth Palitoy for $799.99, an AFA 90 POTF Romba for $249.99 and a packaged Darth Vader's Star Destroyer C-8 with C-7+ Box for only $105.00.

Over 30 new AFA Graded G.I. Joe figures just in stock from 1987- 1992! Also back in stock, Valor vs. Venom 12-inch Cobra Commander, Wild Bill, Spirit Iron Knife and Coil Crusher ranging in price from $14.99 - $39.99.

Indiana Jones Disney Figure German Mechanic C-8/9 is featured this week for only $21.99. Marvel Legends Apocalypse C-7/8, Hawkeye, Vision and Phasing Vision are the featured Super Heroes items for this week. The next in a series of statues for NECA in the Masters of the Universe line has been announced and you can now place your pre-order for the Clawful Statue slated to come out in summer of 2005.

Featured Simpsons this week includes loose playsets like Treehouse of Horror 4 for $50.00 and Treehouse of Horror 1 for $80.00. Also in stock the loose mail-in B- Sharps Apu, Barney and Homer all for $40.00 each. The exclusive Boxing Homer is also in stock for $30.00.


Posted by: dustrho | 23 January 2005 | 12:26 EST
Gentle Giant Busts Guide Updated
Chrome StormtrooperFellow Staff Member Boba Binks has added another wonderful image to the Gentle Giants Busts guide, and the new addition is the United Kingdom Exclusive Edition Chrome Stormtrooper. Feel free to view all the other busts here, and talk about them in our forums.



Posted by: rob | 22 January 2005 | 20:35 EST
Sandtrooper Jetfire reports:
Deep recon from the Great Lakes state!“Troopers, after digging myself out of 12" of white powder, I braved the winter weather to make a toy run to some local stores in search of the new EIII Preview figs. After hitting a few Targets, Wal-Marts, and Meijers, I came up empty. Only things new out there were the new LEGO sets at my Toys R Us. Speaking of LEGOs, I did find the minatures AT-AT and gunship sets, which I had passed on when they first came out. That's it, but be assured I'll continue hitting the stores daily until I find those preview figs. On a side note, I'm looking for some Gentle Giant busts to trade for. Sandtrooper Jetfire out!”

jetfire_99@yahoo.com



Posted by: Boba Binks | 22 January 2005 | 13:56 EST
Toys-R-Us and Legos
What's wrong with Jar Jar?Today I made a stop in at Toys-R-Us and saw two new Lego sets. Set 7263 which is the OTC TIE Fighter with Darth Vader for $19.99. When you push down on Darth Vader's head his lightsaber glows red. The other is set 7256 which is the Episode III Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid for $19.99. Also besides the Legos Toys-R-Us did stock the OTC Cantina wave of figures and The Clone Wars Animated figures. Keep your eyes open and Happy Hunting.

david@sandtroopers.com



Posted by: Julian | 22 January 2005 | 13:42 EST
Sandcrawler Visual Guide: Now Live!
Sandcrawler: That was Then, This is Now 

Weathered and rusted by hundreds of sandstorms, slowly moving through desert dunes and dusty rocks, beaten down by twin scorching suns, the nearly twenty meters high, ancient Sandcrawler approaches. It carries within its huge interior, salvaged junk of all kinds, spare parts and metal processors. But most importantly, the vehicle holds prisons for hundreds of lost and thrown out droids.

Come take a look at Hasbro's latest rendition of the Jawa Sandcrawler and read all about the ups and downs this updated version of an old mold has to offer. Enjoy!




Posted by: rob | 22 January 2005 | 9:26 EST
Sandtrooper Steve Reports:
“Just to let all the Troops know that I picked up the whole set of sneak preview figures at Foothills (Tucson, AZ) Wal-Mart this morning. They were on the basic figure pegs and about 24 strong. Be patient they are coming. United We Find.”

SHeim@byronmedical.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2005 | 18:52 EST
Exclusive Celebration III Action Figure Revealed!
CIII Exclusive FigureLucasfilm and Hasbro finally let the cat out of the bag and announced the identity of the Celebration III exclusive action figure. It should be no surprise that with the creation of Darth Vader in the Revenge of the Sith movie, that we would get an exclusive Vader figure. Lucasfilm and Hasbro take it to a whole new level by adding a special feature with a new dimension. Not only will Vader's physical appearance cast a shadow, but so will his voice. James Earl Jones takes to the mic again as the legendary voice of Darth Vader to record new phrases exclusively for this special CIII figure. Read more about this here.



Posted by: dustrho | 21 January 2005 | 9:31 EST
Star Wars: Empire at War
The exciting new PC game from LucasArts, Star Wars: Empire at War, is expected to be out sometime in the Fall of this year. Even though LucasArts' website has released 13 screenshots of this game, the website gamesradar.com has released a total of 22 screenshots (some are the same as what's on LucasArts' website). You might want to Take a look, because this looks like the game we've all been waiting for. In some of the screenshots you can see some new vehicles that haven't been used in previous Star Wars games, such as the TIE-Tank. Hope you enjoy these screenshots as much as I did, and feel free to express your opinions in our forums.





Posted by: dustrho | 21 January 2005 | 9:10 EST
City Year to Host ROTS Charity Screening
ROTSThe Boston-based town known as City Year was one of ten cities selected to host a special charity screening of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The movie will be shown on May 12th, which is exactly one week from the release date of ROTS. It has yet to be determined as to which theater will host the event, and ticket prices have also not yet been determined. Read more about this here.



Posted by: dustrho | 21 January 2005 | 8:55 EST
Going Back in Time
Hey Troops, this is the start of a new section for me called "Going Back in Time." In this new section I will recollect something that happened here in the past, and what better way then to go back to Wizard World Chicago 2004? It was the first time that a lot of the staff members met face-to-face, and it was sort of the beginning point to a whole new experience here at Sandtroopers.com. Check out the photos, read the journal entries, and feel free to express your thoughts in our forums.




Posted by: dustrho | 21 January 2005 | 8:34 EST
The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy"The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy has returned to Chicago, where last year his show was sold out throughout its duration. The man behind the show, 30-year-old Charles Ross (a Canadian actor), does a performance in which he squeezes George Lucas' original trilogy movies into 55 minutes, and the show comes complete with character impressions, key dialogue, sound effects and battle re-enactments. He is performing at Chicago's Apollo Theater through February 14 (Fridays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6pm). For more information call (773) 935-6100 or go to his website.

Yours truly, dustrho, will be covering the show this Sunday night at 6pm, and I am hoping to bring back some great material to share with everyone here. I've been told picture-taking is not allowed, so I am not anticipating having any pictures of the event to share with people here.

So, stay tuned for more on this event.



Posted by: Snipe | 20 January 2005 | 22:12 EST
Sandwatch Video Game Reviews: Rogue Squadron II, Rogue Leader
Trigger finger itchy? Maybe you'd like to read our latest review and scratch that finger on your controller. WedgeWannabe and I have finished Rogue Leader for the Nintendo GameCube. Not too sure if you want buy Rogue Leader? We can help. The review will tell you more than the basics, focusing on overall game play. We tried as hard as we could to remain spoiler free. This game has been out for quite awhile but we thought it was worth inspection. Already have the game, are you thinking about trashing it? We have lots of info that may persuade you not to trash it but to pick up that controller and play it again. Flying an X-Wing has never felt so good.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 January 2005 | 18:21 EST
Update from Action-HQ: Pre-Order for RotS Preview Figures
Action-HQ is bringing the best in Star Wars to you first with Episode III, Revenge of the Sith.

Action-HQ is going BIG in 2005 with ROTS. This means you will be getting yours first and at only $10 per figure! Yes, months ahead of all others and at our lowest price ever on newly released figures.

Schedule to be released the 1st week of February are Collection 1 figures sold in sets:
  • Set of 4 General Grievous, Tion Medon, R4-G9 and Wookie Warrior for only $39.95
  • Set of 2 General Grievous and Wookie Warrior for $19.95

    Action-HQ.com wants your business. Plain and simple. We are going to keep it too with a retroactive Loyalty Program. More to come next month! Pre-Order yours now while they last at Action-HQ. The Medicom RAH Luke Skywalker 12-inch figure will also be in stock next week. Very limited supply.

    visit Action-HQ below



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 January 2005 | 18:15 EST
    Sandtrooper William Reports:
    “Hello to all the troops. It?s been a long time since I have posted here and this site has been a great help to me in the past. I was looking for some help from some trooper out there to try and find a Meijer Store G.I. Joe adventure team radioactive satellite (sea adventurer) 12-inch figure. I don't know if they are still in stores or not but maybe someone has an extra they would like to sell. Thank you very much, Sandtroopers are the best!”

    william_b28212@yahoo.com


    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2005 | 11:55 EST
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    Gentle Giant Items In Stock:
    Dewback and Sandtrooper Statue ?179
    Luke on Tauntaun Statue ?TBC
    Chewbacca Statue ?139
    Darth Vader Statue ?139
    C-3PO gold-plated Statue ?139
    Sandtrooper Chrome Mini Bust
    Han as Stormtrooper Mini Bust
    Stormtrooper Chrome Mini Bust
    IG-88 Mini Bust ?35
    C-3PO gold-plated Mini Bust ?35
    Princess Leia Boushh Mini Bust ?35
    Padme Amidala Clone Wars Maquette ?69
    Yoda clear Bust-Ups exclusive ?3 each

    Coming Soon:
    Unleashed wave with Aurra Sing, Stormtrooper and IG-88 ?19
    Tomy mini statues series 3
    Sneak Preview figures Ep3
    Animated figures wave 3
    New & Recent Arrivals:
    Yoda Lifesize Bust by Rubies ?159
    Kubrick wave 3 ?59 set of 6
    Holiday Jawas ?15
    Galacic Heroes Stormtrooper 2-pack ?8 each
    Galactic Heroes wave 4 ?7 each
    Galactic Heroes Padme/Anakin ?3
    Luke Stormtrooper bust ?89
    Count Dooku bust Gentle Giant ?39
    Action Fleet wave 3 ?10 each
    Kotobuliya Boba Fett ?59
    Kotobukiya Han Solo ?59

    Sale Items:
    50% off all Saga items
    OTC Jedi High Council Scene 1&2 as a set for ?25
    VOTC Figures (set of 12) ?109
    12-inch VOTC 3-pack ?79
    Battlefront Scout Trooper ?11


    Buy any 3 OTC figures & get a 4th free!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2005 | 10:51 EST
    Silver and Jade Darth Vader Lightsaber Pendant
    Silver and Jade Darth Vader Lightsaber PendantFor fans looking to display a bit of Force fashion,
    StarWarsShop.com is excited to offer the new jade and silver Darth Vader lightsaber pendant from Noble Wealth. Hewn from solid jade, the pendant features a silver lightsaber hilt plated with platinum Electroplate, sturdily suspended from a 24-inch necklace. The saber is fashioned distinctly after that carried by Darth Vader, and measures 60mm. Lending a measure of distinction worthy of Darth Vader's force-wielding skill, the pendant adds a pair of beautiful ruby gemstones to the hilt. The price on these are $199 each, and they will start shipping in March of this year. Also available are Mace Windu, Yoda, Luke Skywalker. To order yourself one click
    StarWarsShop.com.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 January 2005 | 22:25 EST
    Sandtrooper Sithfather Reports:
    “Hello everybody Sithfather here from NC. I have been outta touch lately due to working conditions but I did manage to find something of interest. I have an extra Unleashed Clone Trooper Captain (the red one) if anyone is interested in a trade or to buy it for price. Let me know guys, drop me a line. Good Hunting. MTFBWY!”

    sithfather91899@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 January 2005 | 20:08 EST

    15% Off All In-Stock Items: Just order $50.00 or more of in stock non-pre-order items between now and Sunday January 23rd at 7:00 PM Central time and we'll deduct 15% from your order when we process it! Please see important details about the sale.

    Master Replicas: The awesome new Rebel Snowspeeder has just arrived and we have a few left after filling pre-orders. Also just in from M.R. is the Pirates of the Caribbean Cursed Aztec Gold Coin and Necklace - modeled after the coins used in the movie. We have one AT-AT left in stock. Our shipment of Stormtrooper Blasters is on the way and will be arriving next week!

    Transformer Statues: Our shared exclusive Metallic Bumblebee statue has just arrived. I thought this version looked even better than the normal 'cartoon' paint version - we have only 125 pieces available of the 250 piece total production run. Also in stock is the new Grimlock Statue from Palisades. This is the first statue made in 'vehicle' mode - it features Grimlock in T-Rex mode and is a very nice item. Pre-Orders will be processed & shipped on Thursday for these items.

    Alien: The very cool Alien Chestburster Plush toy has just arrived and is listed on the Palisades Menu. The figure is about 3 feet long from head to tail! Also just in from Palisades is the Alien Facehugger Micro Bust.

    Other Items:
    Beatles: The animated Beatles sets of 4 have been restocked
    Dusty Trail 1: Just $26.99 per set of 6 - MSRP of $59.99!
    Street Fighter: Evil Ryu, and the Evil Ryu & Bison 2-Pack in stock
    Ren & Stimpy: Powdered Toast Man Micro Bust - Palisades Menu
    Blues Brothers: Blues Brothers Connection - Jake & Elwood

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -



    Posted by: dustrho | 19 January 2005 | 16:25 EST
    Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
    I stopped at the Toys 'R Us over by the Fox Valley Mall today, and they had quite a bit of stuff. Unfortunately it wasn't anything that I was really dying to get my hands on. They had lots of the OTC Millennium Falcons on sale for $54, Talking Darth Vader helmets, VOTC figures (Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, etc), Galactic Heroes (none from the latest Tatooine wave), all three of the OTC Cantina figures (Myo, Feltipern Trevagg and Dannik Jerriko), and lots of the OTC lightsabers. One thing that sparked my interest was this brand new item... it was a Talking Darth Vader bank! It was very cool, but the $29 price tag made me not purchase it. I'm sure it will be on sale one of these days, so I'll try to remember to pick it up then. That's all I have to report on, but until next time... United We Find!




    Posted by: dustrho | 19 January 2005 | 16:14 EST
    George Lucas Afraid?
    George LucasThe man behind it all, George Lucas, is supposedly afraid that the upcoming Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith won't do as well as previous Star Wars movies, because ROTS will be so much darker and much more evil. Rick McCallum told the British movie magazine Empire, "When it comes to predicting grosses, George is absolutely mad. That's probably his way of dealing with the anticipation that any film can fail. But I think, really, truly, this film won't." Read the full article here.



    Posted by: Boba Binks | 19 January 2005 | 16:03 EST
    Sam Jackson in the News. SPOILER WARNING!
    In The Indianapolis Star Newspaper (Tuesday, January 18, 2005) on page B3 there is a small article with Sam Jackson about his role in Star Wars- Revenge of the Sith.

    WARNING!! CONTAINS SPOILERS. To read this article please click here.



    Posted by: Boba Binks | 19 January 2005 | 15:57 EST
    K-Mart is ready for Episode 3.
    Just wanted to inform all the troopers out there that it looks like K-Mart is the first store to actually be set up and ready for Star Wars Episode 3 preview merchandise. At one of the K-Marts on the south side of Indy I saw the following tags. SW Figures $6.99, SW E3 Preview $6.99, SW Clone Figs $6.99 (Clone Wars Cartoon), SW Preview Veh. $24.99, Unleashed $16.99, Mos Eisley Cantina $29.99, Rebel Speeder $19.99 (I believe this is the Lego Snowspeeder).

    There was a Target near me that had all the shelf tags out about two weeks ago. As they were resetting toys for the second time the tags were taken down.

    david@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 January 2005 | 23:27 EST
    Sandtrooper Lin Que Reports: Marvel Legends wasteland
    Aisle KingdomDateline: Scalper's heads are flying faster than Ronald serves two all beef patties with a sesame seed bun. “Went by the local TRU on Friday and saw that a truck came in. I ran inside and let out a sigh of pity, as the Marvel Legends rack was bare. I go to the customer service area and find out that the boxes will be put out Saturday. I call at 10:15 Saturday morning and inquire about ML 8. Yes we have them is the reply...but only 1 Captain America and 1 Storm. I got them both but the fact that ONE case came in and was either scooped or scalped in 15 minutes is frightening and frustrating. At least there are only 3 months until Episode III figs occupy my time. Not much in the Omaha area to report. Post-OTC wave sprinkled here and there, remnants of Clone Wars (the same figs from last year no ARCs, or Greivous and #$%^ where's my Obi Wan in Clone Armor). I have two favors to ask. I am looking for a VOTC 12-inch Boba Fett and the Transformer Energon Dinobot 2-pack. Any help would be appreciated cost plus shipping, trade, etc. If someone could hook me up I really appreciate it. Take care troops! On the Highlander tip cuz there can only be one; and scalper's heads are flying faster than Ronald serves two all beef patties with a sesame seed bun. Lin Que out.

    washingtonss@cox.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 January 2005 | 23:18 EST
    Sandtrooper Snipe Reports:
    Revenge of the Sith Lego GameI found out some more about the Lego Star Wars game. As you may know, the game takes place in Episode one all the way to Revenge of the Sith. In the game you take the roles of roughly thirty characters and you can switch characters in the middle of the game. Each character has special abilties too. Like Amidala, for instance, has a grappling hook to get to otherwise unreachable places and R2-D2 can hack into computers. Bad part though, there is no talking, only strong facial features and body language. This looks like a really fun game.

    snipe@sandtroopers.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 January 2005 | 23:11 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedi-Daxter Reports:
    “I have my Reviews web site up now with a new review that I finished. The site's name has changed from From Coffins to Blisters to ShelfWarmers. I am running a new giveaway which is for a MOC Saga Luke Skywalker Holograph action figure. I am also spotlighting several items in my personal collection. Thank you and MTFBWY!”

    WEBDESIGN19@aol.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 January 2005 | 21:01 EST
    Sandtrooper Tessek Reports: Squidhead.com and Darth Pizza...
    Your affiliate at Star Wars New Zealand - Matt Glasgow - is a genius I reckon and such a big help. He is totally responsible for my site. I'm meeting the most amazing people in this Star Wars Universe. Mind you, the first thing that comes into my head when I think of Chris (Darth) Spice isn't Star Wars, I'm afraid...oh no. It's those fabulous double-decker Chicago pizzas he bought us SW guests, my mouth is watering at the thought!

    Glad to see your personal website up and running. It will be a great way for the Sandtroopers to keep up on your convention appearances. In the mean time we'll keep the pizza warm here in the Windy City, until you return.


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 January 2005 | 20:52 EST
    Update from Cloud City Collectibles:
    Hey Troops, Cloud City will have the Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview Figures available on February 1st, 2005. In stock and shipping are Post-OTC figures, Clone Wars Season III. Don't forget to take advantage of their OTC 50% Off Sale, and they are also taking 10% Off all Modern AFA Graded Figures. Cloud City is also accepting Pre-Orders on Unleashed IG-88, Stormtrooper and Aurra Sing. Remember if it's Star Wars and you are searching for it, make Cloud City your one stop shop.

    - click to enter -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2005 | 23:20 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Superhero Celebration
    A Super Door PrizeHey Troopers, we have word on a non-Star Wars related show in the upcoming months. The Superhero Celebration will be held February 4-6th in Hillside, IL just outside of Chicago. As a Special Door prize for the attendee's they will be giving away one of these Limited Edition Busts of Christopher Reeves each day of the convention 1 entry per admission. Prize Donated By Dullam/Causey the creators of our Exclusive Christopher Reeve Tribute Statue. These will be Limited to a Total of 5 with each one signed and numbered by the Sculptors. Perhaps if any of you are in the area you may want to check out the show. Thanks to Sandtrooper Dean for the info.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2005 | 21:36 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: Post OTC - Pablo Jill
    Why does it look like a load is in his pants?Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. It is a brand new year and we have the wonderful surprise of a brand new figure to add to our collections. Pablo Jill is the first figure released in 2005 and Hasbro didn't drop the ball this year. With something like this it may be possible to look forward to what is to come. Revenge of the Sith will also help fight rehashing. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the OTC collection. Until then enter if you dare!





    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2005 | 14:24 EST
    Cover Art for ROTS Book Revealed!
    Cover Art for ROTS Book Revealed!The Official Site has just released the cover art for the upcoming movie, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The image is so incredibly detailed, and seeing Darth Vader standing there is very powerful. The book is scheduled to be released on April 2nd, and there will be three other books released at the same time (The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Graphic Novel Adaptation). To read the full article click here, and be sure to express your thoughts in our forums .



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2005 | 13:40 EST
    Update from K&C Collectibles:
    New Titanium Die Cast Metal Vehicles:
    Slave I
    TIE Fighter
    X-Wing Fighter
    Millennium Falcon

    New 2005 figures:
    Sandtrooper #12
    Scout Trooper #13
    Stormtrooper # 11
    Feltipern Trevagg Cantina Encounter #6
    Myo Cantina Encounter #7
    Dannik Jerriko Cantina Encounter #8
    Luke Skywalker Dagobah Training #9
    Darth Vader - Death Star Hanger #10
    Han Solo Mos Eisley Escape #14
    Yoda Dagobah Training #16

    Unleashed Re-stock:
    Darth Vader
    New Clone Wars Season III:
    General Grievous
    ARC Trooper
    Durge
    Asajj Ventress
    Anakin Skywalker
    Mace Windu
    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    OTC Figures:
    Imperial Trooper #38
    Darth Vader #29
    Gamorrean Guard #30
    Bib Fortuna #31
    Lando Calrissian #32
    Princess Leia #33
    Darth Vader #34
    Lando Calrissian #37

    50% Off Freeze Frame Figures


    click to enter



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2005 | 12:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Collector Galllery Kurt Reports:
    “We have just received OTC Darth Vader & C-3PO carry cases, Titanium series die-cast Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighter & Slave I. Some older items this week are; PotF Chewbacca bowcaster, Episode 1 Mos Espa market, Naboo Temple ruins & Podrace arena micro machines playsets, Star Destroyer & movie poster ornaments and more just added.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2005 | 12:18 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys Newsletter #290
    - click above to enter -


    We have posted our latest Newsletter #290. Just arrived the Gentle Giant Chewbacca Statue. With the popularity of their mini-bust line and their reputation of quality, this collectable statue is sure to not disappoint. Get yours today for $199.99. Also back in stock the fun Darth Vader voice changer and loads of carded OTC and Saga figures.

    Classic AFA U90 figures currently in stock are also featured, all at $99.99 including Lando, Yoda, Boba Fett and Stormtrooper. Over 20 OTC and Post OTC carded figures are now back in stock. The exclusive Emperor Holographic is still available for $29.99 and three featured vehicles this week includes Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, X-Wing, and the TIE Fighter all in stock now. All season 3 Animated Clone Wars figures are currently in stock! New low prices on our Anakin, ARC Trooper and General Grievous figures. Gentle Giant chrome busts of Darth Vader and Jango Fett are now back in stock. Toy Fair Exclusive Darth Vader C-8.5/9 is also back in for $349.99.

    Lots of great POTJ, EP1 and PotF2 featured this week including 12-inch dolls and vehicles from POTJ, seven 12-inch dolls from EP1 including select Queen Amidala collection figures and Beast Assortments and Exclusives from PotF2. Featured Vintage this week includes an ESB Palitoy Cloud Car Pilot AFA 85 45 Back #6525760 for $249.99, an ESB Han Hoth AFA 85 - 45 Back #4732171 for $299.99, an Original Hoth Survival Pack in Sealed Kenner Baggie for $19.99 and our Repro Parts AT-AT Chin Guns (Sold as pair) are now in stock for $20.00 per pair.

    Plus Simpsons, G.I. Joe, Lord of the Rings and More!


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 January 2005 | 23:50 EST
    Force of the Bay: Right down to the last Second and Fire!
    Hey Troopers, it may be cold in my neck of the woods but it?d have to freeze over completely before I gave up searching the world of ebay. The things you can find with patience and a mouse click. We thought it was an ankle grab for the Diamond Exclusive Sandcrawler? The original model is fetching a pretty penny these days. You thought grabbing that 12-inch OTC Boba Fett on clearance was the greatest deal? Perhaps you?d rather have the Six-Million Dollar Man eyehole instead! Whatever it is you desire, you?ll find whatever you need to weather the storm. Stand next to your fellow Trooper and we?ll help you make the transition together. United We Find, lace up your combat boots and we will take it directly to the enemy. The time for the kid gloves to come off has arrived and we?re not playing games anymore. Whatever the piece is you are searching the galaxy for, even ones that have evolved dramatically over the years. Maybe you are searching for some great custom work to add a little flavor to your collection, look no further. You can find the first issue or a true gem but always be weary of the jag-bag who is trying to sell something for three times what it?s worth. Check the feedback on each and every person you conduct business with and always be cautious. Remember Sandtroopers.com neither endorses nor authenticates any of the items featured here. Good luck to you Troopers in your searches, Kick A#$ and take names!




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 January 2005 | 23:47 EST
    Sandtrooper Don Reports:
    “Hello troops.... as I was (gasp) liberating my new Cartoon Network Clone Wars figures from their plastic prisons, I noticed that my ARC trooper only had one gun, in his right hand. I was curious if any other troops had seen this, or if all of them are one-gun only. Can anyone advise? I found these figs at Meijer in Flint based on Jetfire's hot tip. By the way, belated farewell to Sandtrooper Jon. Michigan's loss is Boston's gain. Good luck out there.”
    Swnut928@aol.com

    Jon is a great Trooper, and Jimsjedi is doing a fine job of setting up our East Coast S.C.A.L.P. Coastal Patrol! They will be just fine in Bean-town! Strength in numbers.


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 January 2005 | 23:45 EST
    Area Report: It takes more than Sub-Zero to keep a Trooper down
    Like Clint Eastwood, UnforgivenIt was an interesting search around Lake County, IL the last couple days. Target in Waukegan, IL had the Post-OTC wave one and the re-hashed Cartoon figures. I didn?t see the Darth Vader Sprinklers anywhere, although were there on my last trip through. The scalpers are way too thick around here, no $12 dollar Falcons as reported in Wausau, WI earlier in the week. In fact there were no Star Wars items left on the clearance racks. Toys R Us also had Post OTC, both waves minus the three new Cantina Aliens. Toys R Us in Gurnee did a good job of pushing their inventory out the door as well. I?m really looking forward to the onslaught of new product seeing it?s been kind of slow since just before the Holidays. Hopefully some of you are running into some new items and having better luck than I! Good luck to you all, United We Find.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2005 | 21:45 EST

    10% Off Sale: Order over $50.00 of non-pre-order items and receive 10% Off your order! This sale will end Monday January 17th at 2:00 PM Central Time. The sale is valid on all in-stock items! Here is another chance for you to pick up items at very attractive sale pricing, we still have a bit too much inventory on hand so my error is your gain! Please read the full sales details page.

    New Pre-Orders:
  • Stikfas- Fairy, Red Dragon, Yellow Mechana, Blue Samurai
  • Transformers - Black Robotmaster Victory Saber Exclusive - $54.99
  • Street Fighter - Series 3 Sets of 6 up for pre-order - $64.99
  • Capcom vs. SNK - Complete set: Ryu, Ken, Iori, Kyo - $59.99
  • Little Apple Dolls - Series 2 Sets of 4 - $119.99
  • Galaxy Force GD-03 Starscream - $39.99 - Arriving early February
  • G.I. Joe - Valor vs Venom Wave 7 set of 6 - $46.99

    New Arrivals:

    Star Wars: Unleashed Wave of Vader, Mace Windu, Count Dooku

    Sideshow Toy:
  • Star Trek: 1/4 Scale Kirk and Spock - $199.99
  • Planet of the Apes: Gorilla Warrior - $34.99
  • Wes Craven: New Nightmare Freddy Krueger - $34.99
  • Monsters: The Hunchback of Notre Dame - $36.99

    Plus DC, Marvel, Transformers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Spawn and much more!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 14 January 2005 | 12:14 EST
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    New Items:
    Dewback on Sandtrooper statue by Gentle Giant
    Kubrick wave 3
    Imperial Trooper re-stock

    Coming Next Week:
    Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview figures (4 types) ?7 each
    Clone Wars Animated Wave 3 from ?6
    Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview Jedi Starfighter ?19
    Rubies full-size Yoda Bust

    Re-Stocks:
    Lightsabers: Count Dooku, Obi-Wan, Jedi and Yoda (all AOTC)
    Darth Vader voice changer mask
    Darth Vader F/X Lightsaber
    Luke ESB blue F/X Lightsaber
    Stormtrooper blaster Master Replicas

    We are attending Celebration III as an Exhibitor!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 January 2005 | 23:50 EST
    Sandtrooper Marcus Reports:
    “Nice site troopers! I noticed the "most wanted" list and saw that I have an unopened Star Wars Battlefront Scout Trooper figure. I will gladly trade it for some Clone Troopers (ARC-red or blue, 3-packs, or the unreleased 4-pack super poseable Entertainment Earth exclusive Clone Trooper army builder set are all fine) because I love Clone Troopers, but I will accept General Grievous or a Dark Trooper once you get it. Basically, any groups of armored troopers will do, except Jango/Boba Fett. Willing to work out a deal for whatever is fair for both parites.”

    massoh2@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 13 January 2005 | 20:17 EST
    Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:
    The Pride of Boise, Idaho!“Greetings troops! Can anyone hook me up with 2 Animated General Grievous? I need one for myself to keep carded, and one opener. Can anyone help? Also- Kmart has up 12 pegs labeled episode 3 preview figs, so be watching those Kmart stores!”

    sithryan@msn.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 13 January 2005 | 20:15 EST
    Update from Action-HQ: Kotobukiya Han Solo
    Action-HQ has a number of Star Wars items this week. Star Wars: 1/7 Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl Han Solo! Han Solo is poised to take on the Empire in this pre-painted figure by Kotobukiya Japan. Comes with base recreated in the docking. Also Animated Clone Wars Season III figures are available. Action-HQ is still running their sale on OTC Basic figures. Kubrick Series III figures are in stock as well. Other new items this week include Transformers, Star Trek, Microman, Saint Seiya and much more!

    visit Action-HQ below



    Posted by: Dan | 13 January 2005 | 15:41 EST
    Wausau, WI. Target Bargain:
    Hey Troops, I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know that I found a great deal on the Millennium Falcon at our local Target hear in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. They were selling for $12.88 a piece on clearance and they had plenty to go around. So if you've been wanting to get this item but didn't want to pay the $40.00 dollar price tag now's the time to Stay on Target, it's the only way to go. Good luck in your neck of the woods!




    Posted by: Darth Spice | 12 January 2005 | 23:54 EST
    Dewback Patrol: From the U.K. to St. Paul, we're lookin' to cover it all!
    Hey Troops we have word on a couple shows in the upcoming months. First off in March in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area is proud to have Jeremy Bulloch at Marscon! Author Timothy Zahn is also scheduled to appear. Perhaps some of our S.C.A.L.P border patrol would like to attend this event. Please contact me if interested in covering for ST.com.

    Sandtrooper Mr. Smith has reported a show in April that will host a number of Star Wars guests. A Galaxy of Stars will host Davis Prowse, Kenny Baker, Jeremy Bulloch, Caroline Blakiston (Mon Mothma RotJ), Richard Bonehill (Ree Yees) and our friends Tim Dry (J'Quille) and Shawn Crawford (Yakface). Members of the U.k. Garrison will be at the event as well. We have also added these topics to our forums to help any Troopers who would like to unite and find at either of these events.


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 12 January 2005 | 19:39 EST
    Chrome Plated Stormtrooper Mini-Bust: Now Available
    StarWarsShop.com is the only store to bring Star Wars fans all three Gentle Giant chrome mini-busts, Jango Fett, Darth Vader and now this Exclusive Chrome Plated Stormtrooper Mini-Bust, exclusively available in the U.S. at StarWarsShop.com (worldwide edition size is 2,500).The military soldiers unswervingly loyal to the Emperor, stormtroopers represented the most visible extension of Imperial might. They were shock troopers meant to strike with speed and accuracy, putting down insurrections and maintaining order on the far flung worlds of the Empire. Limit of three per order.


    StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.



    Posted by: rob | 12 January 2005 | 19:27 EST
    Sandtrooper Jetfire reports:
    Deep recon from the Great Lakes state!“Troopers, after a long drought of empty pegs and VOTC Kenobi's, I finally have something worth reporting. The Holland Meijers filled 10 pegs with the new Animated Figures today! There were more than enough ARC Troopers and Clone Troopers to go around. They also had the Playskool Luke/Speederbike and the Galactic Heroes X-wing on the shelves. That's about it from my area as stores have been very slow since the holidays. Looking for some Gentle Giant busts or army builders to trade for if anyone's got some to spare. Thanks to those working on hooking me up with some of the POTJ vehicles. Sandtrooper Jetfire out!”

    jetfire_99@yahoo.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 12 January 2005 | 9:19 EST
    ROTS Update
    USA Today has recently and subtly made an announcement in regards to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. To read what they have written highlight the text below. This is spoiler material.

    Liam Neeson will be back in the final installment to the Star Wars saga, , as Qui-Gon Jinn's ghost. Neeson jokingly said to USA Today, "I can't speak about it. Jedi code of ethics."

    If you want to read the full article click here, and talk about this in our forums.

    A big "thanks" goes out to Trooper masterfett for informing us about this!


    Posted by: Boba Binks | 11 January 2005 | 21:37 EST
    Released - Episode III Legos
    Hey everyone just wanted to let you know that KBToys has Star Wars Episode III Legos on the shelf. Though I do not collect Legos these sets are neat. Makes me even more excited about the new movie.

    I saw the following today (highlight to read the spoilers below):

    Clone Scout Walker Anakin Skywalker Starfighter with Vulture Droid General Grievous Chase Darth Vader's Transformation or Transconfiguration (do not remember what the exact words). Wookiee Ambush or Attack (do not remember what the exact words).

    The lady at KB Toys told me that they just came in today. I do not know the prices since I did not see any price tags or Shelf Stickers. Happy Hunting if you are a Lego Collector.


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 11 January 2005 | 17:17 EST
    Update from TOYFELLAS:
    We have reduced our prices on Star Wars Mini Bust & Maquettes:
    ARC Trooper Captain Maquette $59.99
    Asajj Ventress Maquette $59.99
    Obi-Wan Kenobi Maquette $59.99

    Deluxe Stormtrooper $37.99
    Gamorrean Guard Mini Bust $34.99
    Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot Mini Bust $34.99

    TOYFELLAS.com
    1-888-273-5663

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    Posted by: dustrho | 11 January 2005 | 9:31 EST
    4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards
    AtomFilms and Lucasfilm Ltd Announce the 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film AwardsHave you ever dreamed of filming your own Star Wars related movies, pretending that perhaps someone out there will discover your talents, and offer you a job producing films in Hollywood? If you think you have what it takes, then you should enter the 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards, which will be hosted by AtomFilms and Lucasfilm Ltd here.

    Here's the timeline for this event:
  • Deadline for submission is March 8, 2005. Visit http://starwars.atomfilms.com for submission guidelines.
  • All 2005 finalists will be announced on March 29, 2005 for viewing and online voting to determine the Audience Choice award.
  • Winners will be announced at Star Wars Celebration III on Friday night, April 22 2005.

    People who enter this year?s Fan Film Awards will compete for the George Lucas Selects Award, which comes with a cash prize of $2,000 and the recognition of George Lucas, who selects the competition?s best film.

    Feel free to talk about this event in our forums.



  • Posted by: dustrho | 11 January 2005 | 9:16 EST
    What's the Best Special Effect in Cinema History?
    Star DestroyerSome people have asked, "What is the best special effect in cinema history?" With so many movies using digital technology to make special effects, it would be hard to narrow it down to one, as being the best special effect in cinema history. SFX Magazine recently ran a poll asking this question, and the winner of that poll was the opening scene from the very first Star Wars movie, Star Wars: A New Hope. The scene had the Imperial Star Destroyer racing to capture the Rebellion's Tantive IV. Read the full article here and share your comments in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 11 January 2005 | 8:47 EST
    Republic Commando Preview at Gamespot
    Republic CommandoGamespot has recently written up a preview for the upcoming video game Star Wars: Republic Commando, which is due to be released on March 1st. In this preview, Gamespot talks about Factor H, armor paint, and the variety of personalities amongst the different Commandos. Basically all clones are suppose to have the same personalities, but the Commandos started to show their own individual characteristics. Where the Kaminoans happy about this? Not at all. In fact, they were going to recondition the entire batch, but Jango Fett wouldn't allow the reconditioning of these "different" Commandos. If you want to learn more about Jango Fett's decision, read the full preview here and talk about this in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 10 January 2005 | 11:07 EST
    Tartakovsky Speaks about "Clone Wars"
    Clone WarsThe man behind the popular and successful animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, Genndy Tartakovsky, has been doing some exclusive interviewing with Now Playing Magazine. Of course Tartakovsky can only reveal so much about the next season without upsetting the folks at Lucasfilm, but he was able to reveal just enough to whet our appetites. If you're interested feel free to read part 1 and part 2 of the interview, and then you can express your feelings in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 10 January 2005 | 9:54 EST
    The Wait Has Begun!
    Long Wait for this GuyIn May of this year the final installment into the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, will be shown in theaters across the country. Of course the wait in these lines will be long, just like it was for the previous prequel films, but one Star Wars fan is determined to be the first in line for ROTS. Jeff Twieden has setup camp out in front of the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle, and he isn't afraid of the freezing cold weather. He made the news back in 1999 when he and another fan camped out for months in the very same spot to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Read more about this here.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 9 January 2005 | 21:51 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Deep in the Woods of Wisconsin Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Hey Troops, Jedi Dom from East Central Wisconsin reporting the latest. Somehow, the Vikings beat the Packers. Either way, Randy Moss proved to be a creepy low-life. I think even Minnesota fans would agree with that. The Pack will be back next year, just watch. Anyway, Wal-Mart had the Sly Moore wave and almost all of the latest Galactic Heroes. They were only missing the Stormtroopers and the Fett/ Dengar heroes. Every other store, NADA! I'm staying on Target, but to no avail. Same with TRU.”

    dsollitto@new.rr.com



    Posted by: Julian | 9 January 2005 | 16:34 EST
    This week at K&C Collectibles
    New 2005 Figures:
    Feltipern Trevagg Cantina Encounter #6
    Myo Cantina Encounter #7
    Dannik Jerriko Cantina Encounter #8
    Luke Skywalker Dagobah Training #9
    Darth Vader - Death Star Hanger #10
    Han Solo Mos Eisley Escape #14
    Chewbacca Hoth Escape #15
    Yoda Dagobah Training #16

    OTC Figures:
    Scanning Crew Trooper #38
    Darth Vader #29
    Gamorrean Guard #30
    Bib Fortuna #31
    Lando Calrissian Skiff Guard #32
    Princess Leia #33
    Darth Vader #34
    General Madine #36
    Lando Calrissian #37
    New Clone Wars Season III:
    General Grievous
    ARC Trooper
    Clone Trooper (Blue)
    Clone Trooper (Yellow)
    Durge
    Asajj Ventress
    Anakin Skywalker
    Mace Windu
    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    50% Off Freeze Frame Figures:
    Ugnaught
    Luke Skywalker Bespin
    Princess Leia Ewok Celbration
    Endor Rebel Soldier
    Lando Calrissian General
    Princess Leia Slave
    Han Solo Bespin


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    Posted by: Darth Spice | 9 January 2005 | 15:18 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal with a long overdue report. Spent the X-mas holiday in S.F. and Sacramento. While in Sac, I was able to do alittle hunting. Went to Target and found the new animated figs there for $6.99. Found all except Yellow Trooper and Anakin. Then stopped by a Wal-mart and found the Jedi Force X-wing and Luke w/speederbike. During the past week back in So Cal, I have found the Post Cantina wave at both KB and Wal-mart. They were $7.99 at KB and $5.55 at Wal-mart. Was able to pick up the packaging variants on both Myo and Feltipern but not the straight proboscises on Dannik. The animated figs are also showing up now at Target and TRU. Picked up Anakin at TRU for $5.99. I was wondering why I never saw the Target excl Leia cup last year because they have all been sitting in the warehouse somewhere until now. I went to two Targets and each one had about 50 of the cups now on clearance at $2.48. Lastly, the second wave of bust-ups is showing up at Hot Topic. Happy Hunting and Happy New Year to all.”

    Theloneswlady@aol.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 8 January 2005 | 23:58 EST
    Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports: It hasn't Froze over Yet!
    The Pride of Boise, Idaho!“Greetings Troopers! Here's the store report for the frozen wasteland of Hoth, uhhhh... I mean Idaho! It just FEELS like Hoth. Were supposed to have temps below zero in the next few days. Great fun. Maybe it'll freeze some scalpers! Anyhow, Target has had the new wave of animated figures twice, and I have missed them both times. Wal-Mart has had these as well, with a price of $5.55 each. A reasonable price tag considering TRU and Target's prices of $6.99. Kmart here had had nothing new for months. We no longer have KB toys as they all closed. I also have some VOTC figures for cost plus shipping. I have 4 Boba Fett, and one Yoda, all in good shape. They'd be $10.00 each plus shipping. Buy 2 and I will throw in a bonus, not a figure but better! Let me know ASAP.”

    sithryan@msn.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 8 January 2005 | 23:55 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    “This is amazing. One Target had the Animated Clone figures. I picked up Gen Grevious. Nice figure though. TRU even had these as well. So, I don't think there is going to be a problem getting the figure that fans want.”

    c-ryan@mchsi.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 8 January 2005 | 23:55 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    “Here's a tiny store report for today: KB Toys (Gurnee, IL) had the post OTC figures from the (Queen Amidala/Sly Moore) wave. The rest of the stores in the area didn't have anything or worth rambling on for. That's all for now. United We Find!”

    wrightcombo@juno.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 8 January 2005 | 23:55 EST

    Here is a quick weekend update from Big Bad Toy Store about a huge new sale we are running.

    BBTS 100+ Item Clearance Sale: After analyzing our inventory levels we've determined that we need to clear out some product! We have a whopping 9,500+ total pieces of the 100+ sale & clearance items in stock now. Be sure to check out the entire list for great savings on a variety of discounted items.

    This sale is scheduled to end on Wednesday January 12th - we may extend the sale date on some items at that point, but many will then go back to their normal pricing.

    Some items have had more modest price reductions while others have had $50 or more slashed from the price! There are a ton of Takara and Hasbro Transformers, DC Direct, McFarlane, Star Wars, Sideshow-Weta, Bandai Japan, Microman & many more figures on sale.

    Also listed on the clearance menu is a picture of part of the interior of our warehouse - I though you might enjoy seeing a photo from inside the BBTS warehouse.

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    Posted by: Darth Spice | 8 January 2005 | 23:55 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys Newsletter #289
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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #289. New this week, the Master Replicas AT-AT has finally arrived and available for $1,499.99. Feature OTC this week includes basic carded figures back in stock and the latest in Star Wars accessories. The Darth Vader Voice Changer is now in stock for $59.99, the Darth Vader Battle Buddy is available for $79.99, and the new Darth Vader Carrying Case is only $59.99. Our young Jedi hero is also available in the OTC Playskool line, the Luke and Speeder Bike is priced at $19.99 and the X-Wing is $39.99.

    Other featured Star Wars this week include a selection of Carded and Deluxe Clone Wars figures. Select items from EP1, POTF2 and POTJ include carded figures, 12-inch Dolls, Deluxe, Unleashed and Multi-figure packs. Three Gentle Giant mini-busts are now back in stock including the Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Gamorrean Guard.

    Lots of Vintage Loose figures with Repro Weapons in stock. (This is great way to get good condition figures for a cheaper price.) Also featured a Rebo Band Loose C-9 complete, 12-inch Vintage IG-88 AFA 85 and a Leia 12-Back AFA 80 for $699.99.

    G.I. Joe Valor vs. Venom waves 5 and 6 are still in stock and wave 7 is available for pre-order. Now in stock the 2001 Comic Con exclusive MotU Cold Cast He-Man statue. Very limited item, be sure to check it out.

    New Superhero items in stock from The Batman series, Penguin and Firefly are both available now for only $14.99


    Posted by: dustrho | 8 January 2005 | 0:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Ryan the Hutt Needs Help!
    "Hey guys, I was just wondering if there were any troopers out there that had an extra set of the ROTJ VOTC wave that they would be willing to sell. I passed on them in the stores a couple of times thinking that a certain online retailer would come through and send them to me since I paid for them last summer. Since they have no intention of ever shipping them, I'm hoping now that I'm not outta luck. Thanks!"

    ryanthehutt@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 7 January 2005 | 23:48 EST
    Sandtrooper Snipe Reports:
    “Hey, I just went to my TRU and they had some old figures! They had the POTJ there, a lot were dusty, but in good condition, I forgot who they had but I know one was IG-88. The OTC figures were nothing new, just C-3PO and Obi-Wan. Some of the Clone Wars season 3 figures were there: Mace Windu, Obi-Wan, Red Clone Trooper and Durge. The Jawa 2-packs were also there and they had a ton of Darth Vader voice changers. Last but not least they had the Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon. That's it, Snipe signing off...”

    snipe@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 7 January 2005 | 23:47 EST
    Sandtrooper Rod Reports:
    “Hello, Kmart in Springfield, VA has Clone Wars Animated figures $6.45 each. So you may want to check your local area stores if you like. A little steep for one figure. Hopefully they?ll drop back down.”

    RDSTSMITH25@aol.com


    Posted by: dustrho | 6 January 2005 | 18:34 EST
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    We just received our newest Gentle Giant shipment, the first statue so far: Sandtrooper on Dewback. A very cool piece and we have very few left in hand. please hurry. We have added the new Leia Boussh bust, Vader statue and C-3PO statue.

    In Stock:
    Jawas Holiday 2-pack ?15
    Kotobukiya Boba Fett ?59
    Kotobukiya Han Solo ?59
    OTC Myo, Feltipern and Dannik wave ?7 each
    Stormtrooper Blaster from Master Replicas (check site for price)

    Coming Next Week:
    Kubrick series 3
    Galactic Heroes wave 4 with Stormtrooper, Gamorrean Guard etc
    Tomy mini statues series 3
    F/X Vader Lightsaber (at last)
    PLUS more....

    Information - New Shop Open Now:
    Over the Christmas period as well as the problems we encountered online, we also acquired a brand new retail store in London. This added to our time constraints but the store is open and trading and does have some Star Wars stock in there. As the customer base improves in the store, so will the variety. This is a major leap forward for us, we are hoping to bracnh-out into national retail in the coming years. This is store #1 so if you are in Wood Green (North London) why not pop in and have a look around.

    The Movie Store
    The Mall,
    Wood Green Shopping City (upstairs next door to cinema),
    High Road,
    Wood Green,
    London N22 6YQ
    Tel: 020-8888 2292
    Open 10am - 6pm 7 days a week.

    Selling movie film cells and limited edition prints, autographs, action figures, ststues, gold discs (beatles/U2/Elvis etc), prop replicas and many other items.

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    Posted by: Boba Binks | 6 January 2005 | 13:28 EST
    Stay on Target.
    Hey fellow troopers. I just got back from a toy run in this wet weather we are having. I noticed that the Target I stopped in has redone most of the toy section. What caught my eye was this. There are about twenty or more empty pegs for the following: Star Wars Basic Figures $4.99, Star Wars Animatied Figures $6.99, Star Wars Episode 3 Figures $7.99, Star Wars Deluxe Figures $12.99. There were also some shelf tags for the Darth Vader Helmet, Millennium Falcon, Mid-Size Vehicle Assortment, and Electronic Lightsabers. There were no Star Wars toys to be found today just empty space. The group of people who were setting up toys did say to check back in about two weeks for the Star Wars section to be stocked.
    Keep your eyes open at your local Target store.

    david@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 6 January 2005 | 11:11 EST
    Update from Star Wars Shop.com: Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Sgt. and Cpl.
    Limited to 500 pieces, can you get with that? Sucka??StarWarsShop.com delivers two more rare exclusives for U.S. collectors! The Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Corporal and Sergeant vinyl statues with StarWarsShop.com exclusive stickers, each limited to 500 units. Limited to 500 units, this exclusive sandtrooper corporal is a must have for the avid collector. Also Code 3 Collectibles has meticulously recreated the Republic attack gunship as a limited edition die cast model. As a first for Code 3, this model includes miniature figures -- a clone trooper pilot and co-pilot sit in the cockpit and a squad of clone troopers led by Jedi Master Yoda occupies the interior on a removable plate. For these and many other exclusive items visit StarWarsShop.com today.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 6 January 2005 | 10:48 EST
    Update from Action-HQ: OTC Basic Sale
    visit Action-HQ below
    Star Wars Figures starting from $4. 2004 figures starting at just $4 and up. Time to fill up those gaps in your collection with recently released figures at an unforgiveable price! Also this week, Transformers: Alternator Dead End is now 25% off. Just $19.95 and you will get your sweaty hands on super-detailed Dodge Viper version of this devious Decepticon. New Holiday Specials are up with items up to 50% off. Choose Aliens, Transformers, Star Wars, Batman, Microman, Justice League and lots more! Please don't forget about our disaster relief auction. Thanks to all who have helped out this noble cause.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 6 January 2005 | 10:32 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“I received my 12-inch Stormtrooper that I ordered from Wal-mart.com. I paid 20 bucks with shipping. I decided to take it out of the box. I must say that this is the best Stormtrooper that Hasbro has ever done. It beats the crap out of the one that came out in 1996. I am just wishing I would have caught this thing on clearance! New figures are trickling in slowly but they are coming as said before.”

    c-ryan@mchsi.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 6 January 2005 | 9:39 EST
    Natalie Portman Keeping Busy
    Natalie PortmanThe Variety has reported that Natalie Portman, who played Queen and Senator Amidala in the first two prequels, is in final talks to star in the Wachowski brothers' film based on Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta, which will be made by Warner Brothers and producer Joel Silver. Before the shooting of Vendetta can begin, Portman will first need to finish working on her other movie, Free Zone. Read the full article here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 6 January 2005 | 9:27 EST
    Battle of Hoth: Revisited
    Timponobi's CollectionAfter receiving an Apple iPod for Christmas, I immediately ripped all my Star Wars soundtracks into MP3 files, and imported them onto my new iPod (which is the coolest thing!). I turned the iPod on and started listening to the song, "The Battle Of Hoth" (from the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack), which is one of my favorite songs from all the movie soundtracks. While I was listening to it I remembered making a Collection page for fellow Trooper Timponobi, who has one of the best Hoth Battle dioramas I have ever seen. I know I brought this collection to everyone's attention in early December when it was first added to our site, but with the massive snow storm that's rolled through the country I felt it was appropriate to revisit the Battle of Hoth once again. I hope you enjoy his collection as much as I do.



    Posted by: dustrho | 6 January 2005 | 9:01 EST
    A Happy Reunion
    Harrison FordThe magazine Vanity Fair has recently reunited 22 of the major performers from all the Star Wars movies for a new Vanity Fair photospread. Some of the actors who were reunited were the following: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Mark Hamill, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson, Hayden Christensen, and even the almighty George Lucas. Read more about this here.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 6 January 2005 | 0:28 EST
    Episode III Sneak-Preview Figures and Vehicle: Available in February 2005
    In Revenge of the Sith, as the Clone Wars rage across the galaxy, young Jedi hero Anakin Skywalker falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes the most powerful enemy ever faced by the Jedi. Take a sneak peek into the scenes of Star Wars Episode III with these fantastic ALL NEW figures!

    General GrievousGeneral Grievous is a brilliant military fighter and commander of the separatist droid armies. He was trained in lightsaber combat by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, making him a particularly deadly opponent for the Jedi.
    Includes:
  • Lightsabers
  • Blaster
  • Base
  • Packaged Photo (Large)

  • Tion MedonTion Medon is the local administrator on the remote sanctuary of Utapau, a planet pitted with enormous sinkholes. He meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has arrived in search of the droid army leader, General Grievous.
    Includes:
  • Blaster
  • Staff
  • Base
  • Packaged Photo (Large)

  • R4-G9R4-G9 is an astromech droid that accompanies Obi-Wan Kenobi on a mission to the sinkhole planet of Utapau, where Obi-Wan hopes to destroy General Grievous, the supreme commander of the Separatist droid armies.
    Includes:
  • Planet hologram
  • Base
  • Packaged Photo (Large)

  • Wookie WarriorThe towering, fur-covered Wookies defend their home planet of Kashyyyk when the Clone Wars shatter their peaceful jungle world. Intelligent, fiercely loyal and exceedingly strong, the Wookiees are led into battle by Jedi Master Yoda.
    Includes:
  • Blaster
  • Bandolier
  • Helmet
  • Base
  • Packaged Photo (Large)

  • Thanks to Jim from Federation Toys for the images. I am told these will be in stock in a few short weeks!


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 5 January 2005 | 16:16 EST

    Pre-Orders for all the items listed below will be processed later today and ship out on Thursday or Friday.

    Star Wars: One more Master Replicas AT-AT is available for $1199.99! Just in from Japan - the ArtFX vinyl snap together 1/7 Scale model kits have just arrived. These kits are fairly pricy, but we put a few together and the detail and quality is very impressive! Figures include: Yoda, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Stormtrooper, Jango Fett, Boba Fett, and Han Solo ? on the main Star Wars Menu.

    Transformer Statues: The Hard Hero Bumblebee Statue, Palisades Arcee Statue and Palisades Paradron Medic (Arcee Repaint) Statues have all arrived. The Bumblebee statue is limited to 2000 pieces and Hard Hero has already sold out. Our exclusive metallic Bumblebee Statue is a nice companion piece to the G1 paint scheme statue.

    Godzilla & Microman: A variety of new Godzilla items have arrived including the KM-01 First Godzilla & Microman, and KM-02 Final Wars Godzilla & Microman. The very nice GD-76 Gaigan from Bandai has arrived along with the Kaiteigunk Angotengo 2005 Ship. A few new vinyl figures have arrived including the Power Up version of Gaigan 2005 with huge chainsaw hands, and the three headed Kaiser Ghidora figure.

    Gundam Figures & Models: The FIX 0022 ZZ Gundam and FIX 0023 Hyaku-Shiki figures have just arrived, they are priced at $44.99 and $59.99 respectively. Also in stock is the Zeonography #3005A and #3005B Zaku II F2 figures - available in Tan or Green for $44.99 each. The Master Grade Mobile Ball Pod Ver.Ka has arrived and is available for $33.99.

    Sideshow: The third figure from the popular X-Files series has just arrived - "Cigarette Smoking Man" is priced at $34.99. From Brotherhood of Arms - Legendary Icons: President Abraham Lincoln. Also just in is the Sean Connery as James Bond set from Thunderball.

    Make sure to check out some of the new items on the Other Menu. Items like Soul of Chogokin, Street Fighter, Toy Presidents, Palisades, Battlestar Galactica and much more!

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    Posted by: Darth Spice | 5 January 2005 | 16:01 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedi-Hawk Reports:
    Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border PatrolDateline: You know, hesitation kills. “Hey Troops! Happy 2005 to all of you. So here is some news from the south center of TX. Here is a rundown from my local area. Target: Falcon $35, a few Saga Figs $3.88 and Cup sets (Anakin & Luke) $2.88. New stuff is only one case of the Coruscant Wave this morning. Still have some Galactic Heroes on the pegs too. They have already reset the toy aisles and there is lots of peg space for SW merchandise. Good news if they get in some figs. Mostly empty pegs right now. Wal-Mart:Still has lots of Falcons left for $35. Not many figs at all but what they have are $4. It?s a mix of Saga and OTC. A few Han VOTC for $5. But not much else. They have not reset their toy section yet. Wal-Mart #2 : Same deal basically, but they have reset their toy section and have quite a bit of space for SW. Good news, if they ever get anything. TRU: Does not have anything worth mentioning. Has to be the worst TRU in the state. I went to a few in Dallas over the holidays and found quite a few items on my want list. But not here, no sir, these ARE not the toys you are looking for! Now my call for help from the fellow Troopers. I am looking for a few items that I managed to miss altogether or hesitate to purchase and now they are gone. You know, hesitation kills. Anyway, I am looking to get these guys in as near mint condition as possible for cost plus shipping. Thanks for any help.

    Kmart Cantina #2 - w/ Blue Snag, Clearance deals on 12-inch OTC Stormtrooper and VOTC figs Chewie, Stormtrooper, and Vader (I have read that Target has some good ones) OTC Vader TIE Fighter and a long lost item, A Clone Wars Command Gunship. If you can help out, hit me up. Hunt 'em down in '05 Troops!”


    swfan_bcs@hotmail.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 5 January 2005 | 9:34 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Galactic heroes Millennium Falcon in stock. Yoda & Chewbacca Kotobukiya models preorder. 2005 Star Wars models preorder include Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, AT-ST, X-wing fighter, Snowspeeder, Darth Vader TIE Fighter, Speeder Bike, Slave I & Death Star. Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 5 January 2005 | 9:34 EST
    Sandtrooper Mark Reports:
    “Greetings from frigid Minnesota. Many thanks to Tom K in Omaha for hooking me up with a few items. Tom if you see this please send me an email. I have been trying to email you for a couple of weeks and the messages keep getting returned saying sender unknown. I was in the Target in Shoreview, MN and they were just completing the resetting of their toy section. There was some post OTC figures on the shelves for 6.99 each. They still had OTC Millennium Falcons for 34.99 and Slave Is for 20.99 as of yesterday morning. A few days ago the K-mart off 35E on Maryland Ave. in St. Paul had an abundance of post OTC figures for 7.39 each. That is all for now.”

    AndersonMarkD@netscape.net


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 5 January 2005 | 9:33 EST
    Sandtrooper Starfox Reports:
    Bleeds Armor“New news from the big city of Killeen, TX. First off though, Happy New Year to all the Troopers out there! Target has reset their toy department and has appeared to clearance all of their old stuff, Falcons on clearance for $35 and 12-inch figures for $14. They now have 8 pegs all holding the Pablo Jill wave at the new $6.99 price, plus the new animated wave, Unleashed figs and a bunch of the Playskool figures and ships. Wal-Mart has cleared out their old figures too, OTC down to $3 and VOTC down to $7 plus they put out more of the animated wave also. Kmart is slow to react and catch up, but their new wave of figures are priced at $7.49...OUCH! TRU has received the new Cantina wave, but they went very fast! Suncoast still has a bunch of Sandcrawlers at $60 and the GG mini-bust Stormtrooper & X-Wing Luke plus some T-shirts, that's all from Central Texas, Starfox signing out....”

    starfox@hot.rr.com



    Posted by: Snipe | 4 January 2005 | 23:37 EST
    Area Report: Live from Simi Valley, CA
    Not your average 15 year-old!At my Target there really isn't too much. They have Unleashed Red Clone Troopers, Obi-Wan and Bossk. They are pretty much cleaned out figure wise, but they got 12-inch OTC Luke for $7, not bad at all. Well that's it, Snipe signing off...

    snipe@sandtroopers.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 4 January 2005 | 19:29 EST
    Sandtrooper Mat-Large Reports: Calling it Quits!
    Sellin' Out“Hey Troops, I have a few exclusives left to sell off due to recent financial burdens. I still have a Jorg Sacul, Star Tours Waves I and II, Animated Clone Wars (old waves) and the Wal-Mart exclusive 2-packs from Clone Wars. I'll post whatever I have left in a few days. I am moving right now so perhaps contacting Darth Spice would be a faster route of communitcation since I am not near the computer too much. He has my phone number and can reach me easily. I'd like to thank all of the Troopers over the last couple years. I've never wanted or wondered for anything by trading with fellow Troopers. If I ever get back into collecting I will be sure to stop here daily!”

    mvandenbranden@msn.com



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 4 January 2005 | 19:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports: Following up
    It's all good in Huntsville!“I have some great news about our Wal-Mart stores (2 of them). I saw the lay out of the toy section and Star Wars is indeed on the list. They had 8 rows of pegs for Basic figures 3 for Unleashed, 4 for the animated figures. Very good news. I don't take stock in what employees say.”

    c-ryan@mchsi.com

    That's great news Chad! I was thinking what Boba Binks reported was an isolated incident. I have found over the years that the most unreliable people are the ones you meet in the aisles. Don't believe the hype when it comes to what a store employee is saying to you.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 4 January 2005 | 17:59 EST
    New Exclusive at Entertainment Earth: Clone Trooper Builder Pack
    How much is too much?Hasbro announced today there will be an Exclusive Clone Trooper builder pack available only at Entertainment Earth which also comes with a poster. While it is subject to change this is what is included in the pack:
  • Variation 1: 1x red, 1x green, 1x blue, and 1x yellow Clone Trooper each w/ battle damage
  • Variation 2: 1x red, 1x green, 1x blue, and 1x yellow Clone Trooper
  • Variation 3: 4x all-white Clone Troopers each with battle damage
  • Variation 4: 4x all-white Clone Troopers

    There is a total of 16 in the set for roughly $125, although all are supposed to be the same mold as the Super Articulated Clone Trooper. Nobody said army building was cheap. Let us know what you think of this latest exclusive in our forums.



  • Posted by: Darth Spice | 3 January 2005 | 18:19 EST
    Update from Action-HQ: Disaster Relief Auction
    One of the 4th largest earthquake this century, rated around 9.0 on the Richter scale, struck Indonesia on Monday December 27th. It created 30 ft. Tsunami (tidal waves) that swept through South East Asia and even as far reaching Africa, totaling 11 countries, causing the death of over 100,000 people. This does not include the many whom have lost their homes and livelihood, and the probable outbreak of disease due to poor sanitation. You can read more about this on any news website.

    Action-HQ and Tak Li/Hyperchild would like to assist in this disaster relief by auctioning off 2 Hong Kong limited edition gold Spiderman statuettes. Only 200 pieces were made and they are "not for sale" and available only through promotion. Each is numbered on the bottom of the base. Perhaps this is of interest of a Trooper out there who would like to help.


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 3 January 2005 | 18:12 EST
    Sandtrooper Jon Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. RangerToledo, OH: “Hi Troopers. I hope everyone had a great Holiday season and received some great Star Wars gifts. In the past week, I moved from Ann Arbor, MI to Boston, MA. I went on my first toy run today and hit three Target stores in the area. There was mostly just left over stuff on sale, but the Everett Greatland Target had plenty of the ANH Cantina aliens. I've never seen these on shelves before. No Sandtroopers at any of the stores though. I'll send you all some more updates once I learn my way around. Keep on Sandtroopin'!”

    KaperJB@aol.com



    Posted by: Dan | 3 January 2005 | 12:03 EST
    Wausau, WI Target Report:
    Staying on "Target" is starting to pay off. I swung by our local Target today to pick up some more figures on sale but found out they were all gone. However, they did redo the entire Star Wars and G.I. Joe section which were stocked with some new products. For Star Wars they finally got the 05 figures including the the 3 Cantina guys, Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts and more. They also had the brand new Clone Wars Cartoon figures which really surprised me. All these figures were $6.99.

    They also had a very cool G.I. Joe Ninja Battles 5 pack which included 5 Ninja's, a Ninja Temple looking plastic base and backround, a DVD, and a comic book for $20.00. I did'nt even know this one was coming, so once again I was very surprised. If you live in the Wausau area you better get down to Target before all the goods are gone. Otherwise good luck in your neck of the woods.


    Posted by: dustrho | 3 January 2005 | 10:42 EST
    KOTOR2 Ranked Low on XBOX365's Top 10 of 2004 List
    XBOX365XBOX365 has recently announced their top ten Xbox video games of 2004, and the all mighty Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords came in 8th place, which is something I would have to strongly disagree with. This site ranked Halo 2 as the best game of 2004, but that's something I'll have to disagree with as well. But, everyone is entitled to voice their own opinions. Check out their top ten list here, and then feel free to voice YOUR opinion in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 3 January 2005 | 9:56 EST
    Original Trilogy DVD in the News... Again
    Original Trilogy DVDIt's been over three months since the Original Trilogy DVD set was released to the hungriest of Star Wars fans, and it's made the news one more time. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the Original Trilogy DVD set has made their list the 10 best DVDs they have reviewed. This shouldn't be a shock to anyone here, since this is probably one of the best DVDs to date. Read the complete article here.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 2 January 2005 | 14:33 EST
    Sandtrooper Jorge Reports:
    “Hey Troops, Jorge reporting from Boston. I was able to find some VOTC and Saga figures on clearance at Target around the area. The prices vary from store to store. Also I've seen a very disturbing pattern of figure swapping in the TRU and Target stores in the area. Some guy is "cleverly" putting old (even yellowed) POTF2 figures in the new VOTC cards. Very lame. In the end all debts got to be paid... On the other hand, I have a VOTC 12-inch Stormtrooper and Fett that I'm looking to trade for VOTC Stormtroopers (3 ?). 3 VOTC small for one 12-inch figure. Looking for 6 or more Troopers. Thanks and my best wishes for a better, peaceful 2005!”

    Jorgepalbela@aol.com


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 2 January 2005 | 14:29 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedi-Master-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“I read some disturbing news from Boba Binks in Indianapolis, IN. Wal-Mart is deleting the Star Wars section from their stores? This is according to a post I saw on your site. Ok, I thought Wally World had the Titanium series of ships (redoes from the Micro Machines Die Cast line). Is Wal-Mart insane? Thanks.”
    c-ryan@mchsi.com

    Actually Chad, what they are doing in Indy (probably) is down-sizing the section on a temporary basis. This has happend at chain stores in the past. It would be crazy to think Wal-Mart wouldn't have RotS merchandise on the shelf in April.



    Posted by: Darth Spice | 2 January 2005 | 14:20 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys Newsletter #288
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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #288. The latest Clone Wars Animated Maquette is now in stock for only $149.99. The Padme has arrived and looks great! New reduced prices on OTC Basic carded figures. Plus 2 new basic figures just in stock! Luke Dagobah Training and Darth Vader Death Star Hangar join the line-up of great collectible figures. More reduced prices on the OTC Galactic Heroes, and the set of 13 can be yours for only $89.99, you save over $20.00!

    Other featured Star Wars this week includes the back in stock Attakus Padme for $399.99. The Saga exclusive Jedi-Con 2004 The Holocron Adventure and the 12-inch Count Dooku, Ki-Adi Mundi, Mace Windu, Zam Wessel are all back in stock. The PotJ 12-inch 4-Lom, Death Star Trooper, Death Star Droid, IG-88, the EP1 Sio Bibble and Sith Attack Speeder w/ Darth Maul are also still available. POTF2 featured includes the carded w/ slide Ewoks, Lak Sivrak and Biggs Darklighter, the boxed Bantha & Tusken Raider for $69.99 and the boxed Jedi Spirits for only $19.99. This week?s featured vintage includes more 12-inch Boxed Dolls just in stock as well as a MIB Early Bird Kit, a MISB Talking R2-D2 and a MIB Millenium Falcon ESB decals unapplied and new contents.

    The latest in the G.I.Joe Valor vs. Venom wave is now in. The boxed Ninja Battles w/ DVD & Comic is available for immediate shipping for only $24.99. Also still in stock is the new Dreams & Visions Unknown Soldier for $49.99. Now available for pre-order, the latest guide to G.I. Joe Collection, the Lee?s Guide to G.I. Joe Vehicles & Accessories Volume 1 (1982-1985) for only $19.99.

    New Transformers Alternators now in stock. Swindle and Windcharger are both only $34.99 and Grimlock and Meister are both $29.99 each. All four are available for immediate shipping.

    New MOTU Statue available for Pre-order. The next in the NECA Statue series for MOTU is Clawful. Order yours today for the Pre-Order price of only $199.99. New superheroes this week includes the Marvel Legends Phasing Vision and Phasing Ghost Rider both only $69.99

    This week?s featured Simpson?s include the boxed New Year's Eve Playset for $50.00 and the Exclusive Moe's Tavern Playset for $20.00. Also back in stock, the Series 15 Set of 6 available for only $60.00.


    Posted by: Darth Spice | 1 January 2005 | 0:00 EST
    Happy New Year: 2004 the Year in Review
    This is it Troops, 2004 is done and we want to thank you for your readership and involvement over the last twelve months once again. We still have the memories from the past year and I have assembled a golden disk of 2004 Highlights at the site. 2004 - The Year in Review. It was one hell of a ride and we'd like to thank everyone who made Sandtroopers.com one of the premier Star Wars collector sites in the Galaxy. United, We Find!