January 2013

Posted by: Dan Curto | 31 January 2013 | 12:07 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: News From The UK Toy Fair
So what do you think of this Disney thing?Join James and I as it's time to talk Toy Fair, and first up is our annual report and round-up from the U.K. Toy Fair that took place in London last week. We start the show by wishing Jason and Jimmy well as part of their new show called RebelForce Radio and then delve straight into analyzing and discussing all the news from the U.K. Toy Fair. Join us as we talk about the products on show at Amerang, Bladez, Cartamundi, Character Options, Gear4Games, Hornby, Kids at Play, LEGO, Re:creation, Revell, Star Images, Together Plus, Uncle Milton, Viewmaster, Winning Moves, Zeon and of course Hasbro. Follow along with all the images from the galleries at Jedi News here.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 January 2013 | 12:24 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Warwick Davis as Celebrity Guest Host!
If you were looking for another reason to make your journey to Essen, Germany for Star Wars Celebration Europe II, none other than Warwick Davis was named to guest host the event. We have no doubt he will do a wonderful job on the mic and stay tuned as the guest list will no doubt continue to grow. The have also revealed the exclusive t-shirt for CE2. Click below to see the press release and book your tickets!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 January 2013 | 12:08 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Episode II & III 3D Postponed
If you were one of the many fans enjoying Star Wars in 3D for the first time ever last year, it's looking like the wait for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith could be a long one. StarWars.com shocked the world this week when they announced that the latter prequel films have been postponed to foucs on Star Wars VII. For more, visit the official site for the

Posted by: Dan Curto | 29 January 2013 | 13:40 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Hasbro Star Wars Is Now "Back In Black"
Breaking news today comes from USAToday.com, as Hasbro has unveiled a new 6" line of action fully-articulated action figures that will sport a new "Black Series" packaging. Priced at $19.99 each, this line will include Luke Skywalker (see pics below), Darth Maul, R2-D2, and a Stormtrooper...and that's just the first wave!

There's an interesting comment in the article: "The current 'vintage'-style line of 3¾ figures will also continue under the Black Series banner."

While no further details on what this means are known yet...if I had to guess, I'd think the canceled "Droid Factory" lineup would be the most obvious contenders. We should find out in a few weeks at the New York Toy Fair.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2013 | 14:03 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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The Sideshow Sixth Scale Bossk and Gentle Giant Emperor ROTJ (Exclusive) mini bust are due to arrive next week at Brian's Toys! Lock in your pre-orders now so they ship right away. New from Hasbro are 12" Anakin and Clone Trooper action figures and are available for pre-order. In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, the Jocasta Nu is also in stock. Looking for mint and uncirculated? Pick up a sealed case of 12 Jocasta Nu's or one of the AFA-Graded ones offered by Brian's Toys. For more from this week's newsletter visit our website.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2013 | 13:47 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: "The Lawless" hits YouTube!
If you thought the last two weeks were jam-packed with action, click below for a small taste of what's going down this Saturday! Thanks to YouTuber SantiagoSkywalker98 for sharing, United We Find.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2013 | 14:13 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Keep Bringing it Troopers!
We wanted to once again remind the many of you who have yet to put your name on the Bring on the Barge fansite petition, we're asking all of you please do so A.S.A.P.! It is pretty certain this ever coming to fruition was a long-shot at best, but if you can please help by clicking below. United We Find.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2013 | 11:52 EST

Hasbro SW 12-Inch Figures: The new assortment of 12" figures includes Anakin Skywalker and a Clone Trooper, each from Episode II. They are listed singly at $13.99 each, or as a Set for $24.99.

Gentle Giant: The first release this month from Gentle Giant is Darth Malgus, the master of the Dark Side from the Old Republic MMORPG. He is depicted here with both of his lightsabers at the ready, and is listed at $71.99. Gentle Giant has also announced a new 12-inch Vintage Kenner replica - Bossk. This reptilian bounty hunter has had his mythology added to by the Clone Wars series, and now you can own this figure yourself and we have it listed at $71.99.

Hasbro F/X Lightsabers: A good-sized shipment of lightsabers has arrived at our warehouse. We have Force F/X Lightsabers of Anakin, Darth Vader and Darth Maul, Removable Blade F/X Lightsabers of Darth Vader, Anakin, Darth Maul and Luke (Blue), along with others - check out all of the available lightsabers.

Trade Paperbacks: A number of new books and trade paperbacks are up for pre-order. These include the Star Trek: How To Speak Klingon Hardcover, the Absolute Superman / Batman Hardcover Volume 01, a number of new Star Wars, Transformers and GI Joe books, and even four new Doctor Who trade paperbacks. Check out the list at the link for all of the new offerings.

G.I. Joe Subscription Exclusives: The next figures in the Subscription assortment have arrived at our warehouse. Quarrel is listed at $44.99, while the Nano B.A.T. is listed at $49.99.

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Posted by: Dan Curto | 26 January 2013 | 13:50 EST
Sandwatch Guide: The Clone Wars Basic Figures 2012
The Clone Wars basic figures 2012

For your viewing pleasure, the Sandwatch Guide flashes back to the 2012 basic figure in Hasbro's The Clone Wars lineup. There were a total of 18 figures in the animated-style line, but nearly half of the line was made up of repackaged figures from the past. (A 19th figure--Darth Maul with mechanical legs--was originally planned for the line, but that figure was shifted over to an exclusive Battle Pack).

For today's update, only the 11 new figures are spotlighted with full loose galleries, but there are carded pics of them all. Enjoy!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2013 | 13:06 EST
Sandtrooper Spotlight: ACPin brings us Yoda's Legacy
More in the Legacy of ACPin!The LEGO diorama can be quite a challenge in terms of the next big thing, but our good friend ACPin has managed to put the wow on us once again with Yoda's Legacy. "Several decades after the destruction of the second Death Star and the annihilation of the Imperial regime, Luke has finally found the location of an old Jedi temple which has been rebuilt to further the learnings on the ways of the force and the life of a Jedi. As he himself was once an apprentice to Jedi master Yoda in the lush swamp planet of Dagobah, he has made sure that Yoda's legacy lives on by paying tribute to his beginnings in the inner sanctum of the temple." For more, check out the forums for the

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2013 | 1:02 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: It's Official!
The Saga Continues!The Internet began swirling late Thursday with the rumor that director J.J. Abrams will be at the helm to direct Star Wars Episode VII. We understand many news outlets were reporting this early and we were fairly certain this was true, but I wanted to see it confirmed at StarWars.com. It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan, again! For more on this awesome news, visit the official site for the

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 January 2013 | 23:05 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: U.K. Toy Fair Coverage at Jedinews
Great work James!Our allies at Jedinews have posted their first photo galleries from the U.K. Toy Fair that got underway today. There was quite a stir regarding the award winning "Rise of Darth Vader" Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader figure, a new look for the 2013 line and a couple other surprises that might interest the average Star Wars collector. I wouldn't get too excited, as they are saving whatever 3 3/4 offerings for the New York Toy Fair in just a few weeks. Until then, visit Jedinews for the

Posted by: Dan Curto | 22 January 2013 | 11:14 EST
RebelForce Radio Presents...Clone Wars: Declassified
A New Era Of Podcasting Begins With RebelForce RadioRebelForce Radio presents Clone Wars: Declassified, a weekly roundtable discussion about Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In this first episode, we take a look at "Missing in Action" and "Point of No Return" with special guests--old friends--Dan Curto (Curto/Burns Collector's Cast) and artist Paul Bateman. Listen in as we dig deep into the final two episodes of the "Droids" arc featuring Colonel Meebur Gascon and his D-Squad. iTunes, RSS feed, direct download,

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 January 2013 | 7:37 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: MWG Year in Review
After the annual Midwest Garrison Formal last weekend an outstanding video was uploaded to demonstrate of the highlights from 2012 and the hard work they do. It has been an honor to be a part of this group for what will be my eighth anniversary in 2013. If you ever wondered how much is put in by the members of the fighting 501st, click below to party with my friends!

Posted by: Dan Curto | 20 January 2013 | 12:15 EST
Sandwatch Guide: Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack
Darth Maul Returns Battle PackIn honor of the Sith brothers return to the small screen in the latest episode of The Clone Wars, today marks the return of the Sandwatch Guide updates as well. What better way to kick off a new series of guides than with the Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack? This set includes 3 action figures, numerous accessories, pieces for the Galactic Battle Game, and a lot of attitude!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 January 2013 | 11:30 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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This week's Brian's Toys newsletter features brand new mini busts from new additions such as the Imperial Gunner and Rebel Fleet Trooper to the pre-order of the Darth Malgus bust. Also, several busts have been restocked as well. Besides Gentle Giant, there have been fresh restocks of Kotobukiya and Medicom Toy RAH figures. Also new for pre-orders are the Kotobukiya Jaina Solo ArtFX and Gentle Giant 12" Vintage Bossk. For more from this week's newsletter visit our website.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 January 2013 | 11:29 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Rebel Force Radio is on the Air!
For those of you who have been living on the other side of Tatooine, Rebel Force Radio has hit the airwaves as of this morning! Click below for the preview and make sure to check out the debut episode from Jason Swank & Jimmy Mac as they embark on a brand new journey.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 January 2013 | 11:23 EST
Dewback Preview: The next Steel City Con!
The next Steel City Con has announced 12 guests for the upcoming April show. The Star Wars guest that will be attending is none other than Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse. He will be joined by Kevin Sorbo, Ernie Hudson, the Honky Tonk Man and many more! For ticket and hotel information visit their website for the

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 January 2013 | 12:59 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Clone Wars Eminence Preview
The official site has unveiled the first preview of the upcoming episode Eminence. It appears things are starting to pick up this Saturday for those of us who were growing a bit tired of the last arc.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 January 2013 | 12:08 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: CE2 Tickets now on Sale!
If you were planning on attending the upcoming Star Wars Celebration II Europe, tickets are now on sale. They have also announced the first celebrity guest with Dave Filoni headed out for the show. Click below to purchase tickets for this upcoming July 26th - 28th and get all of the latest updates!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 January 2013 | 14:50 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Mark sits in with BBC
Our friend Mark Newbold of Jedinews recently sat down with BBC to discuss the rejection of the official petition to create a fully functioning Death Star by the White House. Click below for the report and huge congrats to Mark!

Posted by: Dan Curto | 14 January 2013 | 15:14 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: A New Era Of Podcasting - RebelForce Radio
A New Era Of Podcasting Begins With RebelForce Radio"Always in motion, the future is". Wiser words were never spoken, as news spreads that Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac are ending their long run as the hosts on the ForceCast and forging ahead with their own new creation, RebelForce Radio. It's been an exciting run with many great podcast shows over the years with convention coverage, live events, insightful commentaries, and a lot of laughs. The Force is strong with this award-winning duo, and there's little doubt the fan community will continue to support them. The first new show is set to debut this Saturday, but you can show your support now by keeping up with them on Facebook and Twitter, and also get in the mood with a special teaser audio!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 January 2013 | 12:54 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Do you want Battlefront III?
We all enjoyed the Star Wars Battlefront games and I'm quite sure there are more than a few that have hope it will someday be completed and released. There has been a Facebook campaign launched and if you'd like to help them "like" their way to the goal please visit their Facebook page. Thanks again to Connor Heggie for the heads up and this one is for the Republic Troopers!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 January 2013 | 12:18 EST

2013 Star Wars Vehicles: A number of new vehicles have been announced by Hasbro. The 2013 Series 01 Class II Attack Vehicle assortment includes a Clone Wars Republic Fighter Tank, Episode II Jango's Slave I and Episode II Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter, and they are listed as a Case of three for $69.99. The new Class I Fleet Vehicle Sets each include a mini-vehicle and two figures; the Case of four (some names/items subject to change)includes the Clone Wars AT-RT with 501st Legion Trooper & Tactic Droid, Episode I MTT Droid Fighter with Battle Droid & Obi-Wan Kenobi, Episode II Republic Clone Dropship with Clone Pilot & Droid and Episode II Yoda's Cruiser with Yoda & Super Battle Droid, and is priced at $89.99. We also have these sets listed singly at $29.99 each.

eFX Collectibles: This piece is a resin duplicate of the on-screen lightsaber used by Obi-Wan in "The Phantom Menace". It comes with a display stand and is listed at $114.99.

Kotobukiya: This snap-fit kit shows Boba Fett with his blaster out, wearing his jetpack. It stands nearly 7-inches tall and is listed at $44.99.

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Posted by: David_D | 8 January 2013 | 17:17 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Upcoming Facebook giveaway!
Follow Sandtroopers on Facebook!Be sure to check out and like our official Facebook page if you haven't already done so! When the page hits 1,500 likes (we're less than 150 away!) we will be starting a great giveaway for all our followers, featuring some awesome autographed items from the exclusive private signing we completed back in November with Star Wars: The Clone Wars Eeth Koth voice actor Chris Edgerly! Click here to visit our Facebook page for all the exciting details, and remember to tell all your friends "this is the page you're looking for!"

Posted by: David_D | 8 January 2013 | 16:41 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Echo Trooper reporting in for the SWU Live Podcast!
Check out the SWU podcast!Tomorrow at 9 PM EST I'll be joining the hosts of The Star Wars Underworld podcast for an exciting LIVE discussion about "Missing in Action" and the future of Hasbro's Star Wars action figure line with yesterday's official confirmation of Droid Factory's cancellation! Fans are also encouraged to call in and contribute their own thoughts during the show. Be sure to listen live tomorrow and join in the fun, and click here to follow the SWU's great Facebook updates!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 January 2013 | 14:53 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Break the Walls Down!
It was recently revealed via Twitter that George Lucas paid a visit to former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho on the set of the Spike TV reality show Robot Combat League. Set your DVR for February and click below to see the trailer, but more important visit showrenity.com to find out the other Lucas that will guest star on the show!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 January 2013 | 13:38 EST
Sandtrooper Spotlight: Behold Darth Morel!
Our Troopers have usually sent us photos in the past of their collections, however Peter Morel went the video route and there's no question he's put together a very impressive display. Click below to see another incredible Star Wars collection! United We Find.

Posted by: Dan Curto | 7 January 2013 | 9:41 EST
Official Hasbro Star Wars Droid Factory Action Figure Line Update
The following is an official statement on the 2013 Star Wars toy line from the Hasbro Star Wars team.

Star Wars fans,

The Droid Factory line which was slated for spring 2013 has been canceled. We were very excited about this line at its inception and wanted to give fans an early sneak peek when we unveiled it at Star Wars Celebration this past summer. Unfortunately since then, through the course of development, we realized that the price would have to be increased and we felt that the value we were adding with the droid parts was no longer substantiated.

As a result, we have decided to rework our 3.75" figure program to create a line that is on-par with the quality and pricing of the Vintage Collection. Many of the figures intended for the Droid Factory will become available in this new line in the fall. We'll be able to share more news on this at Toy Fair.

We also recognize that there were many hard-to-find Vintage Collection figures in 2012. So, as we shared last December, we will re-release many of these figures this spring before the Vintage Collection goes on hiatus, making way for some of the most exciting new initiatives for SW collectors in years.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.

The Hasbro Star Wars Team

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 January 2013 | 13:18 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Premium Format Chewbacca Sneak Peek!
The team at Sideshow Collectibes have finally gotten around to adding Chewbacca the Wookiee to their Premium Format collection. Click below to see the clip that just hit YouTube!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 January 2013 | 13:11 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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Pre-Order the new 2013 Star Wars Class I & II vehicles at Brian's Toys! The new deluxe vehicles come packaged with two action figures along with a vehicle. Also recently announced is the Episode I Obi-Wan stunt saber from eFX. This stunt saber is available for pre-order at $119.99. Also brand new this week is the Marvel Legends Hit Monkey Series! Pick up the Wave at Brian's Toys and you can earn each piece to build Hit Monkey. From Matty Collector, Brian's Toys has received the new Mosquitor figures from the Masters of the Universe Classics Line. For more form this week's newsletter,visit our website.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 January 2013 | 11:04 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: George makes it Official!
The Diamond is real, no CGI!We could only guess family would be one of the many reasons George Lucas would sell Lucasfilm to Disney last year, as it was announced yesterday he will tie the knot with longtime partner Mellody Hobson. It's great to see Mr. Lucas is finally putting the rumors to rest, as they have been dating for seven years! In any case, we offer huge congrats and best wishes to the couple and as of right now no date has been set. For more visit the Huffington Post for the

Posted by: Dan Curto | 3 January 2013 | 21:49 EST
B-A-D News From Target?
2013 Droid Factory Line Discontinued?A very interesting bit of news has been sliced from the Target holonet. Although finding new DPCI numbers in the computer system is nothing new, there are several confirmations that have been revealed today, including one that reveals some BAD news for this year's B-A-D line. Check out Jedi News for the full scoop.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 January 2013 | 15:56 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Clone Wars Resumes this Saturday!
We have been waiting a couple of weeks for the next installment of Clone Wars, click below for a preview from "Missing in Action"! United We Find.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 January 2013 | 14:26 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Dorman is having a Sale!
Our friends at Rolling Thunder Art are kicking off 2013 with a massive sale since Dave was in the hospital last month during the holidays. If you were looking for a way to add to your Star Wars collection and stop visitors dead in their tracks, click below to see if there's anything you like! The sale will only go until midnight Jan. 5, and Dave will send out the prints the week of January 7.