February 2005

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 February 2005 | 21:34 EST
Update from Cloud City:
There are a few new items to report which have just been added to the site. First we have added the Sneak Preview Anakin's Starfighter to go with the 4 Sneak Preview figures.

In addition, we have added over 200 AFA-graded vintage items over the weekend. Included are Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, and Masters of the Universe items. Some highlights include an AFA 80 ESB AT-AT and an AFA 85 Unpunched 12-back Luke Skywalker. We plan to add about 150 additional AFA-graded items by the end of the week. Visit Cloud City today so you don't miss out on these great, high grade items.

For G1 Transformer collectors, we have also added many new boxed items including a Piranacon Giftset, the rarest of all Giftsets, and an Omega Supreme. We plan to add about 50 more MIB G1 transformers this week as well. This batch will not be AFA-graded, as the toys have been opened. However, most of these are NM or MINT toys with decent boxes and will be offered at great prices. Please check back later in the week to view these great new items.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 February 2005 | 21:27 EST
Sandtrooper Darth Dallas Reports: Down, but Far from Out!
One of SoCal's Finest!“Troops, I just wanted to touch base and let the world know I am still hunting figures, chewing bubble gum and kicking a$%, unfortunately I am all out of gum! Seriously, I had yet another surgery on my foot Feb 03, 2005. That now is the 3rd foot operation to go along with the 5 knee operations, 3 back operations and hip surgery. See kids what a head on car crash (1998) and football can do to a Sith Lord! It doesn't matter.... Since I have been on leave from work I have been driving around with the crutches and hunting figs. Customer service is amazing when they see the crutches! Hell I am saving them to use again when (EP III-ROTS) midnight madness rolls along.

South Florida PLEASE move over the 6'6 injured man needs to be let in first to check out the fresh, minty, new merchandise! Get the job done, whatever it takes! I did want to pass along the info that Wal-Mart out at Sawgrass (Sunrise, FL.) had the Sneak Preview Anakin's Jedi Starfighter in stock. Eight to be exact. I am still caught up figure wise and getting ready for the onslaught around the corner. Hey Troops? Why hasn't anyone EVER emailed me back concerning the Insider being mailed without a bag? Has anyone talked to them? Have a working phone number, etc? Hey I remember when Sandtrooper's started you guys would "give away" some neat things donated by people. I still like that. In fact I have some extra figs lying around and would like to donate them to give away. Troops what do you think? I am not talking a vinyl-caped Jawa here but something to look forward to in your mailbox. I think everyone should donate a fig here and there, it's fun and we all have a lot to be Thankful for. I am thankful for the Original Trilogy Collection! Good job Hasbro! Well take care Darth Spice and friends. If the trace is correct I will find those figures quickly my Master! Troops MTFBWY! Dallas Cowboys 2005-Attention Philly fans. I have 5 Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl Championships DVD's to view. Let me know if you?re interested.”


Dallas888@msn.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 February 2005 | 20:01 EST
George Lucas Cameo in EIII?
George LucasRumor is running wild about whether or not founding father George Lucas will have a cameo appearance in the upcoming Revenge of the Sith. Sandtrooper Dom tipped us off to a website called Row M.com that has a photo of George in some rather strange looking wardrobe. Here is an excerpt from the story. George Lucas will be seen on screen as an extra in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith this May. Lucas will finally be visible as an extra in a crowd scene this time. Mild spoiler warning applies!



Posted by: dustrho | 28 February 2005 | 9:27 EST
The Future of Star Wars Gaming
LucasArtsAddict 3D has written up a very interesting article about the future of Star Wars gaming. It's mainly interesting because Jim Ward, president of LucasArts and Lucasfilm advertising, has mentioned that his company needs to start making much better video games than what they have recently been producing. He was quoted as saying, "We clearly had gotten to a point at LucasArts where, very honestly, the quality of our product was not at the level it should have been. We were managing too many STAR WARS games. Too many mediocre STAR WARS games." Sadly, I have to agree with him with what he has said here, but Ward does mention on how they're going to tackle and overcome the situation. Read the article in its entirety here.



Posted by: dustrho | 28 February 2005 | 9:18 EST
R2-D2 Got Himself Into Trouble
Kenny BakerHollywood.com has posted some shocking yet depressing news on their site, in that Kenny Baker, the man who played R2-D2, was found guilty of drunk driving and will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle for one entire year. Read the full story here.



Posted by: dustrho | 28 February 2005 | 9:10 EST
Images of Episode III Vehicles on Hasbro's Website!
Episode III VehiclesHasbro has updated their website with some new images of Episode III vehicles. The vehicles shown here are the following: Anakin Skywalker?s Jedi Starfighter, Obi-Wan?s Jedi Starfighter, Droid Tri-fighter and Grievous? Wheel Bike. Check out the all the images here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 February 2005 | 14:15 EST
Sandtrooper Pete Reports: New Cantina in the U.K.
“Hey Troops, we have decided to add a Forum to the Private Universe. With the success of the Sandtroopers.com Forums a little less than a year ago, we figured our site has grown into something that could support something as basic as a community forum. We?d like to invite you all to stop by our Cantina and Unite with some of your United Kingdom Collecting brothers. United We Find!”

theprivateuniverse@btinternet.com




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 February 2005 | 12:04 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #296
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We have posted our latest Newsletter #296. Now in stock, the Attakus Darth Vader II for $999.99. A huge selection of Vintage AFA carded figures also just arrived this week. The latest wave of Unleashed should be arriving this coming week, pre-order yours today. The Gentle Giant Han Stormtrooper Mini-Bust is now in stock along with the Kotobukiya Darth Vader. We also have a limited supply of the Encuentros Mexican 2004 Exclusive featuring Luke Skywalker and Yoda. Make sure to keep an eye on our Ebay Auctions as we will be adding many items in the upcoming weeks leading up the the release of Revenge of the Sith.


Posted by: dustrho | 27 February 2005 | 9:08 EST
PC Version of Republic Commando Reviewed
GameSpot.com has written a new review for the upcoming video game Star Wars: Republic Commando, and this review happens to be for the PC version of the game. They state there were only a few minor flaws that could have been improved or fixed, so they gave it a fairly decent rating of 8.7 out of 10. The game is scheduled to be released on March 1st. You can read the full review and see several screenshots by clicking here.




Posted by: dustrho | 27 February 2005 | 8:27 EST
r2dtoys.com: Episode III Yoda Training Lightsaber IN STOCK!
We have added the very first physical Episode III product to our website today: Yoda Training Lightsaber. We have the item IN HAND NOW! It has already been passed on to our largest customer so we can't offer this item for sale BUT it is a great piece!

We have over 120 Episode III items on our site today and adding more all the time! Please checkout the list and add your names to the waiting list, we will get items first! And our prices are going to be the lowest in all of Europe! We also added the Celebration III figure to our site, we will get them soon along with the Holographic Yoda, Target Darth Vader, Silver Yoda and all other exclusives!

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Posted by: dustrho | 27 February 2005 | 1:39 EST
Images Reloaded: Two New Images Added!
Hot off the presses!Two new images have just been added to our Revenge of the Sith section. Unfortunately this isn't a major update since there are only two new images, but these are ones I haven't seen anywhere online yet and they're still worth checking out. Thanks to other members of the S.C.A.L.P. Intelligence Network for the new images! Spoiler material does apply!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 February 2005 | 15:51 EST
Captian Typho to host CIII:
It's coverd m'lady!Stage and screen star Jay Laga'aia will command the Sagamore Ballroom stage as Celebrity Host for Star Wars Celebration III this April 21-24 in Indianapolis. For more on this vist the Official Site. It's good to see we'll have high security at CIII, we look forward to the continued guest list as well. Thanks to Sandtroopette Boushh for the tip.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 February 2005 | 15:26 EST
Update from Federation Toys: Cpl. Jim Reports
We are clearing out some older Master Replicas items check our site for details. This is going to be a busy year, and Master Replicas has a lot of new amazing items coming out. Make sure to check back for details. We will email as soon as we get the information. We will be at Celebration III April 21-24th at booth #132. We look Forward to seeing everyone there, and we will try to get as many Celebration III Exclusive Figures as we can to help out all our collectors! We will also have a lot of Figures at Celebration III that are not on the Site we will update the Site after CE3, PotF green/red cards PotJ, Saga, vintage and 12-inch figures, make sure to stop by our booth at CE3 to check out all the great items we have been stocking up on! We?re pretty sure you could run into some of your fellow Sandtroopers there as well. United We Find Troops, hope to see you all there.




Posted by: dustrho | 26 February 2005 | 9:13 EST
Dewback Patrol: Celebration III Page is Now Live!
The staff of Sandtroopers.com will be attending Celebration III in full force, and our mission is to bring you all the latest news and photos of the event. In order to better service our Troopers we have made a special section which contains all the information you'll need for preparing your trip to Celebration III.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 February 2005 | 17:35 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
For Club Members at Action-HQ we have a special offer. Take advantage of our Star Wars distributors overstock sale where you can get Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview figures at a super discount! Offer expires March 7, 2005 or while supplies last.

Set of 4 - General Grevious, Tion Medon, R4-G9 and Wookie Warrior for just $26+shipping!

Set of 2 - General Grevious and Wookiee Warrior for just $13+shipping!

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Posted by: Jimsjedi | 25 February 2005 | 9:35 EST
Star Wars Celebrities in Full "Force" at CIII
C3Are you going to Celebration III? Are you planning on buying anything and everything in sight? Well, you better save your money. The long list of Celebrities from all six of the Star Wars films will be there in full "Force." The list grows bigger everyday with more and more names being added. This could be your last chance to get some of these autographs. You could have the chance to ask each character their experience in the films, and be able to treasure that moment for the rest of your life. You can ask Ray Park aka "Darth Maul" how cool was it to be a "Sith" with the first double lightsaber in the Star Wars Saga, to asking Garrick Hagon aka "Biggs Darklighter" what was it like working in the first film, when there was no backstory at that time. The questions are endless. So make sure you ask the ones that you've been dying to ask all of these years, your destiny awaits, I have forseen it. Stay tuned for more names to be added. MTFBWY at CIII!

To see the list in its entirety read the lists that were made Wednesday and Thursday.



Posted by: dustrho | 25 February 2005 | 9:08 EST
Republic Commando Reviewed by Eurogamer.net
Republic CommandoYes, I know I just posted about Star Wars: Republic Commando, but this is going to be one of the hottest games of the year and I just found yet another review of the game. Kristan Reed from Eurogamer.net has given Republic Commando the look over, and seems to be quite thrilled with it even though he gave it a lower than expected score. Read the full review here.



Posted by: dustrho | 25 February 2005 | 8:52 EST
Republic Commando Designer Diary #7: The Write Stuff
Republic CommandoGameSpot.com has recently posted the Designer Diary #7 for the upcoming video game, Star Wars: Republic Commando, and this will be their final designer diary entry since the game will be released on March 1st. Writer Ryan Kaufman discusses his involvement in the development of this Star Wars shooters central characters, which happens to be the Delta Squad. Kaufman compares the story of Republic Commando to Band of Brothers, where the individual missions and battles play out in the context of a larger, off-screen conflict.

Republic CommandoIt is apparent after reading this diary that writing Republic Commando was not an easy task. Kaufman stated, "I think the end result is a tough, scrappy game that gives you a look at a Star Wars no one has really seen before." To read the seventh and final diary entry click here, and don't forget to talk about this in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 24 February 2005 | 23:03 EST
Sandtrooper Jimsjedi Reporting In!
Jimsjedi"What's going on everyone? Found the latest and last of what will be new in stores until the new Revenge of the Sith toys hit on or around April 2nd. I found the three new Unleashed at the Worcester, MA Target on Lincoln St. I picked up IG-88 and the Stormtrooper. I couldn't afford all three, so I'll have to go back for Aurra Sing.

With less than two months to go until Celebration III, everyday the smile on my face gets bigger just thinking what lies ahead. Memebers of the staff, myself included will be on hand, and would like to know who else plans on heading to Indy. All I can say is lets try to meet. I would like to meet as many members of this site as possible, shoot the s*$t, take some pictures and enjoy the surroundings. If you are planning on attending give me a shout at Jimsjedi@aol.com and lets get the Sandtroopers party rolling. Later Troops and Troopettes."



Posted by: dustrho | 24 February 2005 | 21:30 EST
Gentle Giant Busts Guide Updated
Hans Solo as StormtrooperFellow staff member Boba Binks has added another image to our Gentle Giants visual guide section, which happens to be Han Solo as Stormtrooper. The detail on this bust is amazing! We look to expand on our Gentle Giant Guide in the very near future. We hope 2005 brings in a larger audience to one of the fastest growing lines in Star Wars collectibles.



Posted by: dustrho | 24 February 2005 | 16:27 EST
Total Film Celebrates Their 100th Issue Using the Force
Anakin & Darth VaderTo celebrate the 100th issue of the Total Film's movie magazine (based out of the UK), they have decided to have their front cover feature Anakin Skywalker morphing into Darth Vader. The 172-page issue will feature a preview of Revenge of the Sith. Total Film goes on sale today. Read the full story here.



Posted by: dustrho | 24 February 2005 | 8:30 EST
Becoming Obi-Wan
Obi-WanThe Official Site has a great video clip of how Ewan McGregor becomes Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor has played the role of a much younger version of Obi-Wan in the first two Star Wars films, but for Revenge of the Sith this will be the closest he'll be to portraying the Obi-Wan Kenobi the late Sir Alec Guiness played back in the original trilogy. This outstanding movie is free to all (not specific only to Hyperspace members), and I would encourage everyone here to view this movie. It's very well done, and is a great way to start the early working day too! Read more about this and see the video here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 20:30 EST
Images Reloaded: Episode III Figures & More!
Hot off the presses!I have finished adding yet another page to our Revenge of the Sith section. I've added some new action figures that we haven't seen yet, Micro Vehicles, and I even threw in a bunch of pictures of those plush figures. If it weren't for the fact that our website was down yesterday, I would have had these images posted sooner for your viewing pleasure. Hope you enjoy all the new pictures! Spoiler Material does apply!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 February 2005 | 20:26 EST

10% Off All In-Stock Items ? Orders Over $25: This sale ends Saturday 2/26 at 12:00 Noon Central time. (This sale won't be extended and the discounts will not be raised at any point) Please see the sale details, this is an easy way to save some money on any in-stock items we are offering -orders $25.00 or more! Pre-Order items are not included

Star Wars Model Kits: A variety of Star Wars model kits from AMT Ertl have just arrived. These kits all require glue for completion and paint for true completion. They are priced between $11.99 and $21.99 and there are a number of cool kits including the Star Destroyer, AT-AT, Vader's TIE and more.

Transformers: The awesome Lazerbeak Statue from Palisades is back in stock for $20.99. We have a few of the companion piece Soundwave Statue in stock as well. A few more OTFCC 2004 Exlusive Megazarak have arrived and we've opened short term pre-orders on these items: #11 Astrotrain, #12 Minicars, #17 Blitzwing, and the First Series Complete Transformers Book - all these short term pre-order items will be here in 7 - 10 days.

Sports Picks/NBA 8: The latest NBA wave has just arrived - the normal figures are each available for $10.99 - including Carmelo Anthony, Shaq, Iverson, Odom, Marbury, Marion, and Kidd. We have variants of Shaq, Odom, Anthony and Marbury in stock in limited quantities.

Sideshow: The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow figure has arrived - complete with cheesy outfit and rat. The new James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies Wai Lin figure is also in stock. Each figure is $34.99.

Pre-Order Items: Masters of the Universe Busts, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sin City, Iron Maiden, Sideshow Lord of the Rings, Robotech and much more!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 February 2005 | 20:06 EST
Sandtrooper Curt Reports:
“Taking Pre-Order on the following items: Code 3 AT-ST walker; Riddell Darth Vader & C-3PO mini helmets; Sandtrooper & Scout Trooper Kotobukiya models. OTC Luke electronic saber, vintage Bantha puzzle, Lego X-Wing fighter, Clone Wars Durge & more in stock.”

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 February 2005 | 19:55 EST
Sandtrooper Keith Reports:
“Hello fellow troops, I am forced to clean house and have a load of Micro Machine toys and more available for sale or trade. I NEED to move this stuff due to lack of space. Whatever I do not sell will go to charity so don't be afraid to make an offer. I have not posted any prices for anything, as no reasonable offer will be refused. Will be more generous towards trades so check my wants list. I will be adding items over the next couple weeks so keep checking. All items are in their boxes or carded etc unless specified. Check out my sales and wants lists in the Forums section. Take advantage now as I have limited amount of time I can keep this stuff in my house. Hope you can help.”

Francisstaff@touchfam.ca


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 February 2005 | 19:47 EST
Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
One of SoCal's Finest!“Well, it has been quite a while since I have posted, as well as shopped around, and I felt I needed to get back out there and look. Despite the rampaging streets, now considered rivers, the tornadoes, yes, tornadoes in So Cal, and the high winds, I managed to venture out into the wet wide open in search of things I have yet to possess. So far, and mainly at Toys R Us, I have picked up the Sneak Preview figs, all the Animated, save the blue Clone Trooper, and the Cantina wave. I have even seen the new Sneak Preview Starfighter. Nothing else! Whatever happened to the post OTC wave that included the Sandtrooper, Stormtrooper, etc? I have yet to see a Pablo Jill, or even the newest Unleashed figures, which include IG-88, Stormtrooper and Aurra Sing. Better yet, what happened to the Vader Tie Fighter TRU exclusive? Where did that go? Hopefully someone out there has these items collecting dust on their store shelves in some other section of the country. Otherwise, not much else to report.

If there is anyone out there that can help, I am looking for a Pablo Jill, Blue Clone Trooper, OTC Sandtrooper, Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper, and any of the Unleashed figures from the newest wave. I have extra Silver Vader, Sandtroopers that I would be willing to trade, or even send over a wants list to see if I can help. Drop me a line. Hope everyone is finding what they need. Less than 3 months to go, it will be here before we know it!”


chicanodom@msn.com



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 11:17 EST
Earn Free Autographs by Volunteering at Celebration III
CIII VolunteerOfficial Pix, the company in charge of autographs for Celebration III, has posted the following information on their site:

"With the huge autograph program we will have at Celebration III, we need many volunteers. If you will be 18 years old by the time Celebration III starts and you would like to get involved, please join the volunteer mailing list by completing the form below. Volunteers who work a minimum of 2 shifts will be compensated with Celebration III autographed photos from the attending guests. The more hours you volunteer, the more you will receive."

To sign up for this click here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 11:06 EST
Star Wars Saga Films at Celebration III
Celebration IIIWhat's a better way to get yourselves ready for the upcoming and final Star Wars movie Revenge of the Sith? Well, Star Wars fans at Celebration III are going to be treated to some free popcorn, when you choose to watch any of CIII's free nightly showings of the five Star Wars films on their big screens. The place is going to be jam-packed with Star Wars fanatics, and should be a great time for everyone. To see the times and dates when these films will be shown click here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 10:05 EST
LucasArts Wins Top Video Game Spot in the UK... Again
LucasArtsWith their new game Mercenaries now topping the video game charts in the UK, LucasArts' Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords moves from the number one spot to second place. It's somewhat humerous to hear that they knocked themselves out of first place with another one of their own video games, but that's not bad news for them since they now own the top two spots for best video game in the UK. Read the full article here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 9:46 EST
Ewan McGregor Not Happy with George Lucas' Work?
Ewan McGregorYou heard it right... Ewan McGregor hasn't necessarily been all that thrilled with George Lucas' work on his Star Wars prequel films. McGregor was quoted as saying that Attack of the Clones was "unsatisfactory" in regards to the fighting that was done in the movie. He was also stated that The Phantom Menace was a "disappointing" movie. However, he's very pleased with all the fighting that takes place in Revenge of the Sith. Read everything he has to say about this here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 February 2005 | 9:33 EST
Site Downtime
Troopers, I would like to personally apologize for the downtime our site and forums experienced yesterday. With all the hype regarding the images we posted about Hasbro's Episode III products, our server could not handle the huge growth in traffic that we have been experiencing within the last week. We have corrected the problem in hopes that this doesn't happen again anytime soon. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. With that said it's back to business as usual. United We Find!


Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 12:26 EST
Clone Wars Cartoon DVD Reviewed
Clone Wars CartoonThe staff over at The Man Room have written up an excellent review on the upcoming DVD, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and this is going to make you wish this was out in stores now! TMR goes into detail about the DVD's video and audio quality, extra features included on the DVD, and of course about the movie itself. The DVD is scheduled to be released on March 22nd. Read the full review in its entirety here, and be sure to talk about this in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 12:06 EST
New Star Wars Branded Video Game Controllers
Intec LogoIntec, the leading manufacturer of cross-platform video game accessories, has recently announced its new lineup of "Star Wars" branded high-performance video game controllers. There will be three new controllers made and they consist of the following: The Jedi Hunter 2.4GHz Wireless Controller, The Jedi Hunter Controller, and Sith vs. Jedi 2-Pack. These controllers feature embedded video game technologies like programmable combination moves and a secret pre-programmed weapon... the lightsaber button (wireless controllers only). All three controllers will be made to work with both Sony's PS2 and Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles, and are scheduled to start shipping in April this year. Read the full article and detailed controller descriptions here.



Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 10:18 EST
UPDATED! r2dtoys.com Newsletter
At last we got the brand new IG-88 mini bust for just ?35 (49 euro or $65). We also have the correct packages with C-3PO inside, also at ?35. Re-stock of the Dewback with Sandtrooper statue arrives next week along with Chewbacca also. We will be adding a very full and comprehensive list of new Episode III items for 2005 tomorrow also, this includes the Plo Koon Starfighter! We also just received the animated Clone Wars Red ARC Trooper for ?10 each!

Sideshow Statues In Stock:
Luke Skywalker ?189
Han Solo ?189
Darth Vader ?199 (unconfirmed price)

Coming Soon:
500th Figure Darth Vader ?10
Silver Yoda Figure ?12

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Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 9:08 EST
ROTS Book Now for Pre-Order at StarWarsShop.com!
ROTS BookStarWarsShop.com now has the exclusive hardcover book, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, available for pre-order on their website. What makes this book so special is that Warren Fu, the man who helped design General Grievous, has created an exclusive comic-style artwork cover for the book. This striking limited edition hardcover will contain the full comic series adaptation by artist Doug Wheatley and writer Miles Lane. The book is scheduled to start shipping on April 2nd, which is over a month before the movie is released in theaters, and is only available for StarWarsShop.com shoppers! To pre-order your copy of this exclusive book click here.



Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 8:47 EST
Sporting a New Look
Darth Vader Voice ChangerHasbro has decided to throw their Darth Vader Voice Changer into the new packaging based on their Revenge of the Sith toyline, but will this increase the sales of this particular item? Whether I'm at Target or Toys 'R Us, I always see a good handful of these warming the shelves, and I'm not so sure that a change in its packaging is going to help sell more of these. But, I could be wrong. With everyone so incredibly excited about the final movie coming out soon, people might actually want to go out and pick up one of these for themselves, because of the new Episode III look it's sporting. See closeup images and read more about this here.



Posted by: dustrho | 22 February 2005 | 8:33 EST
Too Much Revealed on the Net?
ROTSThe threat of revealing too much content for the upcoming movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, has gotten ROTS film producers so concerned that they're threatening legal action toward internet websites that do reveal too much material. These producers had sent warnings to various websites last year, but they are now renewing their threat to take legal action if necessary. Read more about this here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 February 2005 | 21:11 EST
Sandwatch Review: Expanded Coverage of Clone Wars
Hey Troops, with Season III of Clone Wars the Animated Series on the horizon, we felt it would be good to have a review section of the first two blockbuster seasons. Were the episodes too short? Absolutely, and it wasn?t until months later we got the privilege of watching them back-to-back. Season III will bring us right up to the beginning of Revenge of the Sith, something never before done in the Star Wars trilogy. Let?s see if the hype Mr. Sansweet put on this last summer lives up to expectations of our legions. Until then let?s look back at Season I, the first episode. Our own S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier, dustrho, has documented some ill screen shots and reviewed every installment. United We Find Troops.




Posted by: dustrho | 21 February 2005 | 10:53 EST
Free Galactic Figure from Toys 'R Us
TRU AdToys 'R Us has an advertisement in the Sunday paper, saying that you can receive a free Star Wars Galactic Figure ($5.99 value) with the purchase of any Star Wars Galactic purchase of $19.99 or more. This special seems to be for in-store purchases only. To see a larger image of this ad click here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 February 2005 | 19:22 EST
Sandtrooper Obiray Reports:
“I just have a question about the Toy Fair SW Darth Vader Press Kit figure. Is it going to be offered for sale in a near future by StarWarsShop.com or a big dept store? Of course with the regular packaging. It would be a cool addition to our collections having a figure that turns around when you open the box converting it from Anakin to Darth Vader.”
ray@caribe.net

We have no word at this time, my guess would be it's possible they would give collectors an item like or similar. I would doubt that the press kit would be offered, time will tell.


Posted by: dustrho | 20 February 2005 | 17:59 EST
New Video Game Review!
Fellow Sandtrooper staff members Sand Snipe and WedgeWannaBe take to the skies once again as part of Rogue Squadron?s efforts to free the galaxy from the Empire?s evil rule. Whether in X, B, or A-wing Fighters or some fresh new craft, check out how Nintendo?s latest effort, Rebel Strike, measures up against our expectations. In the end, we?ll let you know whether it?s worth the big cash or you?d be better off giving the money to Blockbuster for a week rental. Either way Sand Snipe and WedgeWannaBe will give you the pluses and minuses for Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike. Be sure to share your opinions about this game in our forums.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 February 2005 | 13:06 EST
Force of the Bay: Truth, Justice and the Sandtrooper Way
Hey Troopers, if it isn't broke don't fix it. When looking for a monster of a deal, you can always turn to ebay. It has become the model for finding things from the past you once had in your collections. There is anything you desire, whether it's from days past or the distant future, you will find whatever it is that eludes you. Just keep searching from the thousands of Star Wars listings, it will leave your appetite satisfied. Whether you were to start from the beginning or seek out something from the very end. So if you are a skeptic of the largest auction site in the world, take my advice and give it a shot, I guarantee you won't be let down. Maybe if you look hard enough you can find the most reputable seller to do business with. Much like the Original Sandtroopers, if you keep searching you will find your target. The trick is having everything play to your advantage. Whatever vintage crown jewel you are searching for will come up. If you have a large enough wallet, you could even get your hands on modern treasures that have eluded everyone. You just have to keep in mind to watch out for the Jag-Bag who has spent fifty dollars, but needs your twenty just because. However for the true Jag-Bag of the week we may have found a month long winnner here. Thanks to Trooper J Loud for the submission!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 | 20 February 2005 | 12:30 EST
Update from K&C Collectibles:
K&C Collectibles has received the next Revenge of the Sith preview item ? Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter.

New Revenge of the Sith Preview Vehicle: Anakin's Jedi Starfighter


New Unleashed Figures:
Stormtrooper
IG-88
Aurra Sing
Chewbacca
Luke Skywalker - X-Wing
Clone Trooper - Red Commander
Pre-Order: (Deadline 2-27-05)
Darth Vader Desktop Antique Gumball Machine
Sandtrooper Orange Model Kit - Kotobukiya
Darth Vader Statue - Gentle Giant
Darth Vader Bobble Head
Yoda - Bobble Head
Darth Vader Ceramic Bank
Yoda Ceramic Bank
Darth Vader Bobble Pen
Yoda Bobble Pen

RotS Sneak Preview
General Grevious
Tion Medon
Wookiee Warrior
R4-G9


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 February 2005 | 12:23 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #295
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We have posted our latest Newsletter #295. Attakus Yoda from AOTC now in stock. Anakin's Jedi Starfighter from ROTS will be shipping next week. AFA Graded Unleashed figures now in stock. Holiday Jawas and Medicon 12-inch Luke Jedi still available. Just in, a POTF2 loose Action Fleet E-Wing. Lots of Vintage Vehicles and Playsets still in stock with lots of AFA carded figures to be added soon. Family Guy series 2 is now available for pre-order. G.I. JOE 40th Anniversary Wave to now back in stock, the set of 4 is available for $149.99.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 February 2005 | 21:39 EST
Toy Fair NY Reports:
Toyfair is underway in NYC this weekend and due to the fact so many of the things on display weren't that big of a surprise, I elected not to send a member of Sandtroopers.com to cover this event. Our friends from Galactic Hunter, The Jawa and Jedi Temple Archives have all covered this show. With so few surprises and no fun with the Troopers, much like the Chicaco Cubs, maybe next year. For full coverage on the event see any of the above sites and you will not have to look anywhere else.


Posted by: dustrho | 19 February 2005 | 19:26 EST
It's a Boy!
It's a Boy!I would like to take a quick moment away from Star Wars life, and congratulate Sandtrooper Darth Berger on the birth of his first child! Him and his wife had a healthy boy today, weighing in at 4 pounds and 13 ounces, and they have named him Jackson Allan Sengenberger. Congratulations Jeff & Julie!!!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 February 2005 | 14:09 EST
Sandtrooper Steve Reports:
“Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I was reading Entertainment Weekly last week I think and they had two release dates for Ep.3 one said May 18th and May 19th, which is the correct date. If I remember Ep2 was released on a Wednesday at 12:01 am. Thanks for you help, Steve.”
STEVESOPRANO@aol.com

Steve, the official date is May 19th, 2005. The only thing I can think of regarding the other date is that could possibly be an international relesase date.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 February 2005 | 14:01 EST
Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“There is not much to report except that the TRU in East Central Whiskey has the OTC Millennium Falcons on sale for $45.00. No sign of the new Jedi Starfighter, the Super Soaker, or the new Unleashed wave. Hang in there. Only 3 more months. Jedi Dom out!”

dsollitto@new.rr.com



Posted by: dustrho | 18 February 2005 | 23:19 EST
Republic Commando Designer Diary #6
Star Wars: Republic CommandoGameSpot.com has recently posted the Designer Diary #6 for the upcoming video game, Star Wars: Republic Commando, which is about "Artificial Combat." Programmer Nathan Martz discusses the trials and tribulations of crafting the Star Wars shooters enemy AI. To read the sixth diary entry click here, and don't forget to talk about this in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 18 February 2005 | 20:26 EST
Episode III Movie Theater Posters Revealed!
EP3 PostersStar Wars: Revenge of the Sith will be here in only three months, but now it seems even closer with the release of several different movie theater posters from Lucasfilm Ltd. These posters include individual shots of some of the key characters in the final Star Wars movie, so be sure to check them all out here. A big thanks goes out to the anonymous Trooper who sent these to us!



Posted by: dustrho | 18 February 2005 | 9:52 EST
ROTS Too Violent for Kids?
George LucasGeorge Lucas has recently spoken about his final installment to the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, saying that this is one Star Wars movie that might be too violent for kids. Lucas told the Vanity Fair, "I think children, young children especially, should be warned that this is not your average Star Wars. It's a lot darker. There's a lot more scary stuff in it. It's brutal in places and they should be aware of that. The parents are warned to be careful of bringing tiny little kids, like five and six years old, because it might be too much." Read the full article here.



Posted by: dustrho | 18 February 2005 | 9:07 EST
Toy Fair Shows Off New Hasbro Products!
Toy FairWhat better way to start off a Friday than to be able to walk through New York's Toy Fair showroom and get to see all of the exciting new Episode III products!? Hasbro has put up their display signs, opened up their toys, and have put together a presentation that is so massive, that you're going to have to start saving your money for all the Episode III products that will be coming out on April 2nd. In some of the photos we get to see all the new figures, vehicles, and even playsets! You'll have to check out all the pictures for yourself by clicking here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 February 2005 | 19:32 EST
Images Reloaded: Episode III Games and more!
Gettin' Sithy Wiff it!S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier dustrho has added yet another page to our Revenge of the Sith section. We have added some new product like the Republic Gunship. We also have a wide variety of board games like Risk and a Episode III Chess set. It seems like April is just around the corner and the goods just keep coming!. Spoiler Material does apply!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 February 2005 | 19:25 EST
Sandtrooper Milwaukee Mike Reports:
“I wanted to let everyone know that the TRU in Brookfield, WI restocked the EPIII Preview wave including Anakin's Jedi Starfighter. Only thing else of interest would be the Target in Waukesha, WI had the IG-88 Unleashed if anyone is looking for it.”

PeachIV@wmconnect.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 February 2005 | 19:23 EST
Sandtrooper Jedimaster Eric Reports:
“Hello Troops, Western NY (Niagara Falls) has finally started getting new product. In the last week I have found TRU and Target full of the preview figures. Target also has Anakin's Starfighter for $19.99. Wal-Mart had the Unleashed Stormtrooper wave, I got lucky and got all 3 the other day, IG-88 is sweet! The Animated figures are hitting hard too, but for some reason I can't find a blue Clonetrooper. Can anyone help? Thanks and good hunting!”

ericgensler2000@yahoo.com


Posted by: dustrho | 17 February 2005 | 8:36 EST
Possible New ROTS Spoiler!
Revenge of the SithSpoiler Warnings Apply! You have been warned! There is another possible spoiler that I just read about on the Net for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and if you want to read about it click here. I'm not sure if this is actually going to happen in the movie, but it's good to even hear about the possibility. When you're done reading this talk about it in our ROTS thread in the forums.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 19:07 EST
Sandtrooper Pete Reports:
We have just posted some images of yet more RotS products and wanted to let the Troops know. All the items are available in the UK from Cards Inc, and the images are taken from their catalogue. We are just amazed with the addtions of our new staff members who helped contribute to this story.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 19:02 EST

Star Wars: The latest wave of Unleashed figures has just arrived and sets of 3 are now available for immediate shipment. This wave features IG-88, Stormtrooper, and Aurra Sing - each figure is very well done and is packaged in the standard unleashed style packaging. Also in stock are Animated Clone Wars Season III. Choose from Clone Trooper, Red ARC Trooper, Anakin, and more!

Master Replicas: Limited stock of AT-AT, Snowspeeder and 8 new Pre-Orders.

Transformers: We've restocked the Soundwave and Arcee 6" Statues from Palisades as well as a few Lazerbeak Statues (more of those are in transit as well) The Transmanual Series 1 and Series 2 books have been restocked at $25.99 and $29.99 respectively (these are located towards the bottom of the main Transformers menu.

Yamato U.S.A. Anime: We've restocked the Cowboy Bebob Faye and Julia PVC Statues at $26.99. The new Noir resin statues of Mireille and Kirika have arrived - each is priced at $99.99 - available on the various items menu.

Sleepy Hollow: The hefty 'Axe of the Headless Horseman' has just arrived, this prop replica is basically a real axe, the box weighs at least 15 ? 20 pounds! The axe is priced at $169.99 and listed on the Palisades Menu.

Pre-Order Items: Choose from Street Fighter, Sideshow Bond (Brosnan), Halo 2, McFarlane Dragons and NBA 8, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 17:33 EST
Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
Are they still making these?“I picked up the preview Jedi Starfighter at Target here in Huntsville Alabama. I find it amazing that people are finding the RotS Lightsabers already. I thought they weren't supposed to come out until April 2nd? Like I saw with the Preview wave. If the case that hold the ROTS stuff says, "Do not display until April 2nd" our stores usually honor it. That stuff is not put out until that day. Yes, our stores are that strict.”

c-ryan@mchsi.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 17:01 EST
New Items at StarWarsShop.com!
Star Wars: EmpireStarWarsShop.com has a bunch of new additions including the following: an 8-piece refridgerator magnet set, framed artwork by James Berkey, Code 3's AT-ST, Kotobukiya's Scout Trooper and Sandtroopers, and the new Star Wars: Episode III video game for XBOX or PS2 (scheduled to be released on May 5th this year). Click here to see all what's available!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 16:57 EST
New "Empire at War" Screenshots!
LucasArts has released 46 new screenshots for the upcoming PC videogame Star Wars: Empire at War, which is scheduled to be released in the Fall of this year. We get to see AT-ATs, TIE Tanks, Star Destroyers, X-Wing Fighters, Y-Wing Bombers, and many other vehicles go after one another in this exciting new game. Plus, we're taken to several different planets that we've already seen in the movies, and many others we haven't. To learn more about the game and to see all the new screenshots click here.




Posted by: dustrho | 16 February 2005 | 14:39 EST
Sandtrooper Allan Reports:
“Just got back from my local Target store (90807 Long Beach, CA). Picked up the Sneak Preview Anakin's Jedi Starfighter. There were about 5 left on the shelves. Looks like it's starting to hit everywhere. Sorry no photos of item and receipt. FYI: Plenty of Sneak Preview and Clone Wars figures in stock. Sadly enough, no Galactic Heroes. I guess my hunt for a Jawa and Tusken Raider army has to wait. Happy Hunting!”

asemira@gmail.com


Posted by: dustrho | 16 February 2005 | 9:31 EST
Sandtrooper Lin Que Reports:
Aisle Kingdom“Lin Que here with an Omaha report. Found the ROTS Lightsabers today at Wal-mart. They had Mace (pass) and Obi-wan which I picked up. I'm getting more and more pumped about April 2nd! Take care troops. Scalpers only see my back because I'm three steps ahead of them...Lin Que out.”

washingtonss@cox.net



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 February 2005 | 1:18 EST
Celebration III Diorama help:
Hello fellow troopers out there, a Diorama comes to life when you start populating it with figures. Many if not all of you know by now that at Celebration III the Diorama area has the theme of Death Star. You cannot have an impressive diorama without the figures to populate it with. That is why we need your help. Celebration III is just a parsec away and we hardly have any figures to populate the Death Star dioramas with. If you will please read what Frank D. (niubniub) and I have to ask of you, you will see we are in need. If you can help out some fellow troopers to make this the best diorama scene ever please do so. We cannot do this without the help of fellow troopers like you. Thank you with all of your generosity and we will see you at Celebration III.



For further information please contact me David (Boba Binks) Syczylo or click here to learn more.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 February 2005 | 21:38 EST
Hasbro to Unveil New ROTS Items
HasbroHasbro has made the news again, this time in regards to their toy line-up for the upcoming movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Hasbro will unveil the newest and most diverse line of Star Wars toys and games ever, at this year's International Toy Fair in New York City. Read more about this here.



Posted by: Boba Binks | 15 February 2005 | 16:55 EST
Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
“Taking Pre-Order on the Master Replicas Revenge of the Sith Lightsabers with free shipping. Yoda, Anakin & Obi-Wan Kenobi. Also the ROTS Anakin F/X Lightsaber available for Pre-Order also.”

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Posted by: dustrho | 15 February 2005 | 8:37 EST
KOTOR2 Receives Two Nominations
KOTOR2 Receives Two NominationsThe International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced nominees for the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was nominated for New Studio and Writing. Recipients will be awarded on March 9, 2005 at a ceremony during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Read the full story here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 February 2005 | 16:59 EST
ST. Valentines Day Massacre: More Photos - Potential Spoliers Apply 
Gettin' Sithy Wiff it!S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier dustrho has just reconfigured our new Revenge of the Sith section. AT-TE Gunner, General Grievous 4 Lightsaber Attack, Bail Organa, Anakin and many more! We have added most of the figures from the Basic Assortments that will be available in a couple months. We have also added some weapons, vehicles, and a few other miscellaneous toys. I can foresee a long line outside of stores who participate in midnight madness this year! United We Find. Thanks to other members of the S.C.A.L.P. Intelligence Network for the new photos. Spoiler Material does apply!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 February 2005 | 15:56 EST
Update from K&C Collectibles:
K&C Collectibles is offering a set of the new Revenge of the Sith Preview figures for only $29.99. Sale ends Saturday February 19th. We will not replenish our stock once they are gone.

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

New Unleashed Figures:
Stormtrooper
IG-88
Aurra Sing
Pre-Order February 2005:
Darth Vader Desktop Antique Gumball Machine
Sandtrooper Orange Model Kit - Kotobukiya
Darth Vader Statue - Gentle Giant
Darth Vader Bobble Head
Yoda - Bobble Head
Darth Vader Ceramic Bank
Yoda Ceramic Bank
Darth Vader Bobble Pen
Yoda Bobble Pen


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 February 2005 | 12:59 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #294
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We have posted our latest Newsletter #294. We have select Master Replicas Products in stock. Choose from Stormtrooper Blaster, Obi-Wan Kenobi (As First Built, no display case), or an ebay Exclusive Luke Jedi .45 Scale Lightsaber. We are also accepting Pre-Order on the Revenge of the Sith Lightsabers: Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan. The Han Solo Blaster is also available for Pre-Order. F/X Darth Vader and Anakin and the .45 Scale Obi-Wan and Anakin.

Also featured this week are Revenge of the Sith Sneak Preview figures, OTC Basic and have many sale items from Clone Wars, Saga, EI, PotJ and Power of the Force assortments.

We also have the Gentle Giant Dewback and Sandtrooper and the Holographic Sith Lords Bust-ups. For those who Pre-Ordered the Shepperton Stormtrooper Helmet Replica, they will ship out in 2 weeks. We've just received a large amount of Vintage carded Items. Here is a sample of what we now have in stock. We also received a large amount of Vintage vehicles, beast assortment, micro collections 12-inch dolls and much more.

Plus: G.I. Joe valor VS Venom Wave 7 set of 6, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Mini-mates and Legends, Transfomers and much more. Don't forget to check out our Ebay Auctions!


Posted by: dustrho | 13 February 2005 | 9:51 EST
r2dtoys.com Newsletter
Master Replicas on Sale:
Luke ESB FX Lightsaber ?69 (was ?85)
Anakin LE Lightsaber ?159 (was ?239)
Leia Blaster ?209 (was ?249)
Sting Sword of Frodo ?45
.45 Ebay Exclusive MINI Luke Lightsaber ?59
Snowspeeder ARRIVING SOON ?385 pre-order price!

Hasbro Items on Sale:
OTC 15" Chewbacca ?39
OTC Ask Yoda ?19
OTC Yoda Buddy ?7
Animated Clone Wars wave 3 ?6 each

Other Items On Sale:
ALSO REDUCED Code 3 and Attakus!
Code 3 Gunship arrives soon!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 February 2005 | 23:34 EST
Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: VOTC Darth Vader - Greatest Ever?!?
Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. We continue with our first review from The Empire Strikes Back, continuing further into the VOTC Collection, Darth Vader. With the many Darth Vader figures that are on the way with the release of Revenge of the Sith, did they already have the greatest Darth vader figure ever? Feel free to offer your own feedback about the VOTC collection. Until then enter if you dare!




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 February 2005 | 23:13 EST
Update from Star Wars Shop: New Mugs, Yoda Snow Globe and More!
Some of the most powerful Star Wars characters are wonderfully captured in 3-D style on these stunning new mugs, including the newest Star Wars character General Grievous. Act quickly to get this exclusive Comic-Con International 2004 branded image of Lando with authentic signature of Billy Dee Williams, only from StarWarsShop.com. Quantity is limited.


StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.



Posted by: dustrho | 12 February 2005 | 21:14 EST
Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
Well, I stopped at one lone place tonight which happened to be the Toys 'R Us over by Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, and unfortunately there wasn't anything new that I was in need of. They did have quite a bit of fairly decent Star Wars toys, but the majority of it were things most people already have. For instance, there were lots of VOTC figures (no Stormtroopers of course), plush Star Wars characters (not sure what they're called), Darth Vader talking masks, new animated Clone Wars figures (tons of General Greivous, Anakin Skywalker and ARC Troopers but no Clone Troopers), about 20 different Saga Jedi Council 3-packs (not clearanced), and still the same pyramid of OTC Millennium Falcons for $54 each. I walked over to the LEGO aisle, and they had close to twenty of LEGO Anakin's Jedi Starfighter and also the new LEGO TIE Fighter with special Darth Vader (with the light-up lightsaber). That's all I have to report on Troopers. United We Find!




Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 23:05 EST
Celebration III Fan Club Guide
Celebration III Fan Club GuideThe Official Site has released some exciting information regarding Celebration III. If you're a member of the Official Star Wars Fan Club you can look forward to unique benefits at Celebration III. To see the full list of benefits click here. Celebration III will be hosted at the Indiana Convention Center between April 21-24.



Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 22:50 EST
Republic Commando Developer Diary #5
GameSpot.com has recently posted the Designer Diary #5 for the upcoming video game, Star Wars: Republic Commando, which is about "Combat Audio." Sound designer David Collins and composer Jesse Harlin discuss the process of creating the Star Wars shooters soundscape. They go into detail about sound effects for weapons, machines, radio chatter, creatures, and even new astromech sounds. To read the fifth diary entry click here.




Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 22:18 EST
LEGO Star Wars Previewed
DescriptionCBSNEWS.com has written up a nice preview of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars video game. The game covers Episodes I through III and has 30 different characters, each with their own unique moves and special powers. LEGO Star Wars is scheduled to be realeased this April. Read the full preview here.



Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 19:51 EST
Anakin's Jedi Starfighter Reviewed
Anakin's Jedi Starfighter ReviewedAnakin Skywalker is not only a strong Jedi but also a great pilot. In Episode III Anakin Skywalker flies through the galaxy in his Jedi Starfighter. Hasbro has made this ship into a toy for the Sneak Preview assortment of Revenge of the Sith items. Fellow Staff member Boba Binks has done a great review on this new item, so be sure to check out his review here and to see images of this fine vehicle. Afterward head on over to the forums to talk about it.



Posted by: Boba Binks | 11 February 2005 | 11:46 EST
Lightsabers with Bonus DVD now at Target!
This is just an update of a previous story about the Lightsabers with the Bonus DVD packed inside. This morning at the Target store in Greenwood, IN. I saw these Lightsabers with the Bonus DVD packed inside on the shelf. You can see the DVD inside the package. So it looks like stores may not wait until the posted shelf date. Hopefully this means they will stock some Episode III figures early as well.


Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 9:26 EST
Republic Commando Interview
Republic Commando InterviewIn a recent interview between Chris Williams of LucasArts and Computer Games Magazine, questions were asked about LucasArts' upcoming video game Star Wars: Republic Commando. Williams states they have heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from people who have played the demo version of this game, and they've also taken some of the feedback to improve certain aspects of the game. He also states that the Xbox and PC demo discs are very different from each other, in that the PC demo disc has some Episode III material in it because you do get to see General Grievous in it. That's all I'm going to reveal to you, but if you want to read the full interview click here. Don't forget to talk about this in our forums .



Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 9:02 EST
It's No Moon... or Is It?
Death Star MoonUniverse Today wrote an article yesterday about one of Saturn's moon, Mimas, and commented on how this image looks very similar to the Death Star from Star Wars. The crater seen in this image is named Herschel, and scientists believe that the impact that created this crater almost destroyed the moon. The image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on January 16, 2005. Read the full story here.



Posted by: dustrho | 11 February 2005 | 8:53 EST
Star Wars Battlefront Coming to the Mac!
Star Wars BattlefrontAspyr Media Inc. announced yesterday that they will be selling their forthcoming Mac conversion of Star Wars Battlefront. Aspyr is now taking pre-orders for the game, which is expected to be released for the Mac in June 2005. Battlefront has been out in stores for quite some time now, and was recently only available to PS2, Xbox and PC. Mac enthusiasts must be excited to be able to finally play this on their Mac computers. To pre-order this for click here.



Posted by: Dan | 11 February 2005 | 8:02 EST
Wausau, WI Shop-Ko Find:
I don't know if these are supposed to be out just yet but our local Shop-Ko on Wausau's West side had four Wookie Water Blasters in stock. This was the first time i've seen these anywhere in town. So if this is something you just need to have, now they're avalible for $19.99. They were also in the process of reseting the Star Wars figures section so hopefully they'll have some new product soon in that department. This is Sandtrooper Dan signing out, GOOD LUCK in your neck of the woods!




Posted by: Snipe | 10 February 2005 | 21:23 EST
Area Report: Simi Valley Desert Recon
Not your average 13 year-old!Yo, Snipe here with some more store reports! Our Target is full of Sneak Peek figures, but that?s it. Lately we have been getting nothing but Jedi Force and now, nothing but Sneak Peek figs! Another cool thing we have is Anakin?s Starfighter in the Lego sets. I am not much of a Lego fanatic but this is a good find for all you Lego collectors out there. Besides that, there is nothing else, no, Galactic Heroes, no Jedi Force no nothing, I guess they are making way for E3 stuff. That?s it from So Cal, Snipe signing off?

snipe@sandtroopers.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 February 2005 | 20:10 EST

Star Wars: Marmit Sandtrooper Sergeant and AT-AT Driver Model Kits are back in stock. An overseas exclusive 'Battle Buddy' Darth Vader 18-inch Plush figure that speaks 2 phrases has just arrived and the exclusive Silver Clonetrooper figure is also in stock. A few more Y-Wings have also arrived.

Master Replicas: We were able to get one more AT-AT from Master Replicas and it's now available for $1199.99 (Only $4.99 shipping in the U.S. on this huge item) More Snowspeeders will be arriving to us shortly so we've restocked the website at $569.99. We have a few Stormtrooper Blasters remaining and pre-orders are up from all the upcoming Master Replica items.

Final Fantasy: More of the Heretic Bahamut winged figure have arrived - these are available on the 'various figures' menu for $34.99. We've restocked a few other Final Fantasy items in small numbers as well.

Joyride Die-Cast Christine: The 1:18 Scale Die Cast Metal 1958 Plymouth Fury 'Christine' car is now in stock. This evil car is priced at $41.99 and is a great item for Stephen King Fans.

Trigun: The latest Trigun figure from Kaiyodo has just arrived and its an amazing item. Gazelle the Peacemaker features a gigantic pistol that is nearly as large as the figure. The figure and weapons are each highly detailed and its truly an impressive figure - available now on the 'various items' menu for $41.99.

Also check out some of the new items on the Pre-Order menu this week.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 February 2005 | 20:03 EST
S.C.A.L.P. Intelligence: MORE Revenge of the Sith Images
How far off is May?S.C.A.L.P. Intelligence has just procured several more images of new Revenge of the Sith Products. From quick-change Darth Vader and Grievous Deluxe Figures and a few of the basic figures, and a Ultimate 12-inch figure that will be on every Troopers wanted list. I am looking forward to the upcoming year of Sandwatch Figure Review. The leaks just keep coming, and I'm sure more will certainly follow. Thanks to the "Sandtrooper with no-name" for the Photos. United We Find.



Posted by: rob | 10 February 2005 | 17:29 EST
Sandtrooper Jetfire reports:
Deep recon from the Great Lakes state!“Troopers, persistence paid off once again as I finally found the E3 Sneak Preview Anakin?s Starfighter at my local Meijers store (Holland, MI.) The nice thing is that it was on sale for $16.99 and ended up saving me a few bucks. If you are looking to build a Wookie Warrior army, the Preview figures are also on sale for $5.97. I'm still looking for some Gentle Giant busts if anyone's got some to sell/trade. Sandtrooper Jetfire out!”

rob@sandtroopers.com



Posted by: dustrho | 10 February 2005 | 12:33 EST
New Books Announced
ROTS BooksThe Official Site has announced several new books that will be coming out in April, all in relevance to the upcoming movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. For more information and to see the entire list click here.



Posted by: dustrho | 10 February 2005 | 11:48 EST
New LEGO Imperial Inspection Set!
Imperial InspectionLEGO has released a new Star Wars LEGO set called Imperial Inspection (#7264). In this set you will get the Imperial Shuttle and ten LEGO mini-figures. Figures included in this set are the following: The Emperor, Darth Vader, 2 Royal Guards, 2 Imperial Officers and 4 Stormtroopers. The set is retailing at $49.99 and is now available for purchase on LEGO's ShopAtHome website, and be sure to talk about it in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 10 February 2005 | 10:12 EST
KOTOR2 Ranked 6th in Top Video Game Rentals
KOTOR2 Ranked 6th in Top Video Game RentalsGameFly has recently shared their Top 10 list of video game rentals, and ranking in at number one was Mercenaries for Xbox. The only Star Wars video game that made the Top 10 list was Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which came in at 6th place. That's still pretty good when you think about it, when GameFly has over 2,000 video games you can choose from. Read more about this here.



Posted by: dustrho | 10 February 2005 | 9:59 EST
Life of a Star Wars Collector
Doug CitizenTroopers, I would say it's fair to assume that we are all Star Wars collectors of some type, whether we collects Star Wars toys, memorabilia, clothing, movies, video games, and anything else that has the infamous Star Wars logo on it. How many times do you read about a Star Wars collector in the news? You don't see it too often, but when we're in the news most of the time we're ridiculed and picked on by the press and public. But, when I hear that a Star Wars collector was in the news, I want to share that story with everyone I know.

Doug Citizen from the Las Vegas area was recently interviewed by the Las Vegas Mercury, and Doug goes into detail about the Star Wars collection that is setup in his bedroom. He has all of his items displayed loose, so nothing is left in their packaging. He does that because he likes to play with his toys, instead of having his bedroom look like a museum. Read the full story here.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 February 2005 | 9:57 EST
Sandtrooper SoCal Dude Reports:
Just to hold you over!“Hey there Troops! Been some time since I've checked in, but if you can't wait for EP3 to come out, here's something to hold you over. Funny stuff! Hope it's not a repost.”

triple.a@sbcglobal.net



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 February 2005 | 9:55 EST
Sandtrooper Elguille Reports:
“Tonight while doing a round at Wal-Mart I came across 2 boxes of Electronic Lightsabers that had on them a stickers that read "Not On Floor Before April 2, 2005", so, of course I opened them, only to find that it contained 4 Lightsabers, 1 Obi-wan, 1 Anakin and 2 Darth Vader, they are all in the same OTC black package with a sticker in front that reads " BONUS LIGHTSABER ACTION DVD!!" I bought one to see what was it and when I played it this is what it contains:

  • Chapter 1 and 8 of the first season of the animated clone wars
  • A mini documentary " the legend of the Lightsaber" which includes some spoilers for Episode III, (highlight to read) it shows some storyboards and the actual weapons of Grievous Bodyguards which they explain are the only weapons that CAN NOT be destroyed by a Lightsaber!
  • Star Wars Trilogy DVD TV ad.
  • 2 TV ads for the Star Wars Original Trilogy collection figures and Lightsabers.

    Clearly is something that will come out on April along with the new stuff, the package of the DVD has a 2005 date. I hope some more stuff comes out soon, I will keep you posted on any new finds.”


    elguille1965@yahoo.com


    Posted by: dustrho | 10 February 2005 | 9:18 EST
    Music for Sith Lords
    Gamespot.com has recently posted the 5th installment of their Designer Diary for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and this time they go into detail about the music behind the Sith Lords. LucasArts composer Mark Griskey is the man behind making it all come together. The music in the game is very well written, and it makes you feel as if you're truly part of the Star Wars universe. Read the full article here.




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 February 2005 | 23:21 EST
    S.C.A.L.P. Patrol: Hi-Res Photos of Boxed and Carded RotS Products
    Spolier Material: Do NOT click the link if you are trying to remain spolier free!  An anonymous S.C.A.L.P. Operative has beamed some images of Revenge of the Sith boxed and carded products. You?ll find the new deluxe figures to be very enticing. We will also see Force Battlers make their way to the shelves this spring. If General Grievous leads the new 12-inch line, maybe I?ll start collecting them again. The Emperor?s Royal had nothing on the guys watching out for Grievous. While posted at other places, we have an image is just a little sharper of your next new favorite deluxe figure. Things just keep looking up for Star Wars collectors, the days ahead are to be hectic. Since breaking the news of the Chopper Droid yesterday, the onslaught of new product is on! United We Find Troops.




    Posted by: Boba Binks | 9 February 2005 | 21:04 EST
    Use the Force Bart! D'oh!
    TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that FOX has announced plans to release "Bart Wars," a Star Wars themed DVD release. The DVD will be released on May 17, 2005. This DVD has already been released a couple of years ago overseas in VHS format. The episodes included are "Mayored To the Mob," "Dog of Death," "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson," and "Marge Not Be Proud." Bonus features rounds out the set: "The Making of Bart Wars: The Simpsons Strike Back." The cover art will be different for this new U.S. DVD release.


    Posted by: dustrho | 9 February 2005 | 20:56 EST
    Palm Talkers Visual Guide: Now Live!
    Palm TalkersFellow staff member Boba Binks has outdone himself once again by creating a new & exciting visual guide based on the Palm Talkers toy line. In this guide are eleven highly detailed images, including Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda and more. So, be sure to check out the Palm Talkers guide here and talk about it in our forums.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 February 2005 | 17:29 EST

    Star Wars: A variety of older figures have just arrived from one of our secondary suppliers. The items include: AT-ST & Speeder bike set, Endor Troop Builder Set, Ghost of Obi-Wan Mail-away, Han Solo and Chewbacca 25th Anniversary Escape from the Deathstar 2-pack. We also re-stocked Star Tours R3-D3 and RX-24 Rex. These are listed at the top of the Star Wars menu under the Various Older Items heading.

    G.I. Joe: Valor Vs. Venom wave 7 has just arrived. We have a limited number of sets remaining after reserving sets for those who pre-ordered. More will be shipping soon from Hasbro so if the regular listing lists as sold out we have also re-opened the pre-order listing. Two more 12-inch Joes have arrived - the State Trooper and Desert Marine figures, each available in several ethnic varieties.

    Lord of the Rings: Sideshow-Weta's latest Statue has just arrived. The Mace of Sauron statue is available for $69.99 and is limited to 3500 pieces. Sideshow has sold out of this item and this will be our only shipment.

    Sideshow: The 1/4 Scale James Bond figure has just arrived, this item is limited to 2500 pieces and Sideshow has sold out of them. We have them listed below the MSRP at $199.99. The next figure from Planet of the Apes has arrived - Astronaut Taylor comes with his white astronaut suit and Sideshow is also sold out of this figure.

    Also in stock: Transformers, NBA Sportspicks, Yamato U.S.A. Anime & Misc Figures. Also check out some of the new items on the Pre-Order menu this week.

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    Posted by: dustrho | 9 February 2005 | 9:36 EST
    New Star Wars TCG and Miniatures Coming Out Soon!
    New Star Wars TCG and Miniatures from WizardsThe Official Site has recently announced there will be new Trading Card Games and Miniatures from Wizards of the Coast, that will be based on the upcoming movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. The tenth expansion set for the Star Wars TCG, Revenge of the Sith, is scheduled to be released on April 2, and will contain 110 new cards based on ROTS characters and equipment. Also coming out in April will be 60 new ROTS Minitaure figures. Read the full article here, and be sure to discuss this in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 9 February 2005 | 9:19 EST
    Final Call for Film Submissions!
    AtomFilms and Lucasfilm Ltd Announce the 4th Annual Star Wars Fan Film AwardsFilm-makers have only one month left to submit entries into 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.

    Read more about this here, and feel free to talk about this event in our forums.



  • Posted by: dustrho | 9 February 2005 | 9:09 EST
    Contest by Chef Boyardee
    Chef BoyardeeChef Boyardee has been running a contest to help promote Cartoon Network's animated micro-series Star Wars Clone Wars, where you have a chance of winning one of several different prizes. Prizes include a big screen high-definition TV, the DVDs of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and also a Hasbro Star Wars toy prize pack. So, if you like Chef Boyardee products make sure you check under the label to see if you're a winner. The contest started on 2/15/04 and will end on 3/31/05. Read more about this contest and its ruls here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 9 February 2005 | 8:37 EST
    Going Back In Time!
    ILM Chicago 2004It?s that time again we?re we go "Back in Time" to visit one of our older Dewback Patrol missions. Last time we took you back to Wizard World Chicago 2004, and this time we?re going back to visit one of my earlier missions here at Sandtroopers.com? the ILM Chicago experience. Darth Spice and I saddled up his old broken-down Dewback, and headed off toward Chicago?s Museum of Science & Industry. Upon arrival we met up with members from the Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion , where we helped spread the word about this great event. The mission was a complete success, and our alliance with the Midwest Garrison grew to immense proportions. So sit back, grab yourself something to eat and drink, and prepare yourselves for the ride of a lifetime.




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 February 2005 | 22:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Just thought I'd pass some info along to procrastinating troopers like myself. I'll be attending Celebration III with my 10-year-old padawan daughter and I just purchased our badges yesterday. When I tried to book a room, I found out that there is virtually no vacancy in Indy from 4/21 through 4/24. Hmmm ... wonder why? Anyway, I was put on a waiting list and was told that it is very likely that I'll get a room, but it will be near the airport (about a 12 minute drive to the RCA Dome). So, if you've been holding off registering to attend CIII, now is the time to act. I hope to meet some Sandtrooper.com folks there. Wear your T-shirts! That's all from East Central Whiskey. Jedi Dom out”

    dsollitto@new.rr.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 February 2005 | 20:24 EST
    Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:
    The Pride of Boise, Idaho!“Hey Troops! I am in need of the 3 Animated Clone trooper variants. Red blue and yellow I believe they are. I do not open so as mint as possible please! Can anyone help? I've hooked up some troopers in the past with Sandcrawlers, maybe those troops can help me out this trip. A million thanks in advance to the soldier that can help me!”
    sithryan@msn.com

    Sithryan is a Troop worth helping, I'll make sure to keep my eyes sharp if I come across the Clones.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 February 2005 | 19:20 EST
    Not 2-1B but a Dr. none the less: Spolier Warning
    Your doing fine, got the Hi-Res on the Binoculars!With weeks until the initial wave of Episode III merchandise overflowing the aisles, ebay just keeps giving us all a sneak preview of what is to come. Astromech, Protocol now this! From what I've seen, we are all going to be happy we hung in there. Sandtroopers.com is not saying bid on this item, it's just kind of pretty to look at.



    Posted by: dustrho | 8 February 2005 | 16:35 EST
    KOTOR2 for PC Reviewed
    KOTOR2GameSpot.com has recently done a review for the PC version of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. KOTO2 for Xbox has been out for a while now, but the PC version was just released today. Did GameSpot.com rate KOTOR2 as good as its predecessor? Go read the review for yourself, and share your thoughts about it in our forums.



    Posted by: dustrho | 8 February 2005 | 16:23 EST
    Hasbro Has Disappointing 4Q Results
    HasbroHasbro recently posted disappointing fourth-quarter profits and revenue results yesterday, and they are hoping that the Revenge of the Sith toy line will boost their sales. Hasbro owns the exclusive rights to continue making and selling Star Wars toys until 2018, but will the final Star Wars movie help revive their sales? Read the full story here.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 February 2005 | 19:29 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Now taking Pre-Orders for Revenge of the Sith Master Replicas Limited Edition Lightsabers which include Yoda, Anakin & Obi-Wan with free shipping. Also F/X Lightsabers, which include ROTS Anakin. Empire & A New Hope Darth Vader F/X & Luke Empire F/X Lightsabers. Empire Han Solo blaster Pre-Order.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: dustrho | 7 February 2005 | 9:24 EST
    Two Republic Commando Updates!
    I know we have been covering a lot of great news regarding the soon-to-be released video game, Republic Commando, but we have two more great news stories to bring to your attention (brought to you by GameSpot.com.

    Tearing things up!The first story is in regards to the Designer Diary #4, which is about "Squad Communication." John A. Hancock, Senior Engineer, goes into great detail about how important it was to give these Commandos "a large suite of dialogue lines to help the characters feel alive, intelligent, and entertaining." By the end of his project he had compiled thousands of lines written for more than 180 different cues. Quite an amazing feat that he accomplished.

    Battle Droid about to get whacked!The second story is a preview for the PC version of Republic Commando. GameSpot goes into detail about about the basic concepts of this game, how you have total control of your squad of Commandos, and how the rich graphics and incredible sound effects will make you feel like you are really in this game.

    Republic Commando is scheduled to be released on March 1st, and will be available for Xbox and PC.


    Posted by: dustrho | 7 February 2005 | 8:49 EST
    Charlie Ross in the News Again
    One Man Star Wars TrilogyThe Chicago Sun-Times has recently written up an article about Charlie Ross, who not only does the One Man Star Wars Trilogy but also does the One Man Lord of the Rings. Ross crams all three Lord of the Rings movies into a 60-minute show, and does the show using no props, costumes or special effects. He simply comes out on stage wearing a black T-shirt and pants. Ross will be performing at the Apollo Theater in Chicago, and for more information about times and dates please call (773) 935-6100. Ticket prices range from $15 to $19.

    Read the full newspaper article here, and be sure to check out our recent coverage of Ross' One Man Star Wars Trilogy show.



    Posted by: dustrho | 7 February 2005 | 8:29 EST
    Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
    Fridays are always great days since their the last day of the working week (at least for the majority of us), but it was even better because I came home to three Sneak Preview figures (General Grievous, R4-G9) and Tion Medon. My wife had made a quick run earlier that day, and managed to snag these at the Target in Aurora on Route 59. She also picked me up an extra animated Clone Wars ARC Trooper, which I immediately opened up and displayed in my collection.

    Saturday morning I had to run a few errands, and stopped at the Target in Oswego. There were only four Preview figures on the pegs? General Grievous (x2) and Wookiee Warrior (x2). There were about six of the talking Darth Vader helmets, lots of the OTC lightsabers, and some of the later Post OTC figures (Sly Moore, Padme, etc). Also on the pegs were the older rehashed Unleashed figures (Count Dooku and Mace Windu), but no signs of the new Unleashed figures. I have yet to see those new Unleashed figures anywhere in my area.

    When I saw all those lightsabers sitting there at Target I thought to myself, do those things ever sell well? Why does Target and other stores like Toys ?R Us try selling so many of them? Why can?t they sell more figures instead of lightsabers? I don?t think I?ll ever understand that concept.

    On a similar note, I would like to learn is how these retailers determine what products would be best sellers, because someone has been dropping the ball over the last couple of years with the decisions they?ve made. For example, there is a pyramid of OTC Millennium Falcons stacked five feet high in my local Toys ?R Us, and of course these are still near the original retail price of $60 each. What "child" is going to dish out that kind of money for these? Parents surely aren?t going to just jump on that and start buying them up for their kids. Parents are more likely to dish out the $5-7 for one figure to make their child happy, instead of dishing out $60. It just doesn?t make much sense to me.

    Well Troopers, the Preview figures are out there and there have been reports of the newest Unleashed figures hitting shelves, so things are looking pretty good for us collectors. Remember we?re here to help each other. United We Find!




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 February 2005 | 16:17 EST
    Update from K&C Collectibles:
    K&C Collectibles has received the latest Unleashed figures this week.

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

    Titanium Die Cast Metal Vehicles
    Slave I
    TIE Fighter
    X-Wing Fighter
    Millennium Falcon
    Pre-Order February 2005:
    Darth Vader Desktop Antique Gumball Machine
    Sandtrooper Orange Model Kit - Kotobukiya
    Darth Vader Statue - Gentle Giant
    Darth Vader Bobble Head
    Yoda - Bobble Head
    Darth Vader Ceramic Bank
    Yoda Ceramic Bank
    Darth Vader Bobble Pen
    Yoda Bobble Pen

    New Unleashed Figures:
    Stormtrooper
    IG-88
    Aurra Sing


    click to enter



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 February 2005 | 16:11 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #293
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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #293. Now in stock, the first figures for Epidsode III! The Sneak Preview General, R4-G9, Tion Medon and Wookiee Warrior are all now in stock for $9.99 or you can get the set of 4 for only $34.99. Also new in stock the Bust-Ups Series 2 Count Dooku, Darth Maul , Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Royal Guard and Stormtrooper. The set of 6 is available for $39.99 and wholesale quantities are also available. The new Stormtrooper Army Builder Set Bust-Ups are also in stock for $29.99. The new Medicom 12-inch Luke Jedi is in for $249.99.

    Other featured Star Wars this week includes new low prices on Animated Clone Wars, the C-3PO Mini Bust and Chewbacca Statue are both still in stock, the Kubrick Carded Droids Boba Fett is now available for only $249.99 and Saga Bobble Heads of Darth Vader and Boba Fett are back in stock. A set of Master Replicas Jango Fett Blasters with No Original Shipping Carton just came in as well as the 2004 Convention Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi (ANH As First Built) Scaled Saber. POTJ featured includes carded figures, this week?s featured EP1 are in stock multi-figure packs and vehicles including the Queen?s Royal Starship. Also in for POTF2, a R2-D2 Cooler in Shipping Carton for $199.99 along with some select 3 ?" figures, the Illusive Concepts Yoda C-8, and packaged AT-AT.

    We've just received a large amount of Vintage items in stock. We have a full text list of everything we received in from carded Droids, Ewoks, Star Wars 12 & 20-21 Back, ESB, ROTJ, POTF, playsets, vehicles, beast assortments, all kinds of new stuff. Link to the text list or see a select list on our newsletter page.

    Plus G.I. Joe, Simpsons, Transfomers and More!


    Posted by: dustrho | 6 February 2005 | 12:55 EST
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    New Unleashed IN STOCK NOW:
    Stormtrooper ?19
    Aurra Sing ?19
    IG-88 ?19

    Also in Stock:
    All preview figures

    Coming Soon:
    Anakin's Starfighter
    C-3PO Gentle Giant busts

    50% SAGA SALE ENDS TOMORROW!

    If you want to get 50% Off all stock Saga items please hurry, this heavy promotion will not be repeated on the Saga line ever again!

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    Posted by: Boba Binks | 6 February 2005 | 7:35 EST
    Want a FREE lightsaber?
    Hey troopers! Want a Free lightsaber? For a limited time, you can get one of the many basic Star Wars lightsabers for free when you purchase $30.00 or more of qualifying Star Wars toys offered by Toys R Us. All you have to do to receive your FREE lightsaber is purchase $30.00 or more in qualifying Star Wars toys and add the Star Wars lightsaber to your cart. The free lightsaber will not appear in your Shopping Cart unless you add it. There are many colors to choose from. Then finally enter promotional code RTASTARLTSBR at checkout. While supplies last. Offer expires on February 12, 2005.


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 February 2005 | 23:53 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: Nothing compares 2 Nu
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. It is 3 for 3 as Hasbro unloads Post-OTC figure #3 Sly Moore. Nothing compares to nu Troops, and after you read this review I'm sure many of you will agree. Most of us would much rather have new figures vs. a retooled core character we've seen before. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the POTC collection. Until then enter if you dare!





    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 February 2005 | 23:52 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports: From the Deep Woods of Wisconsin
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Just wanted to let all the troopers know that both the TRU and Target at the Fox River Mall in East Central Whiskey has the preview figs. The Target also had all the season III Clone Wars figs. Anybody spot the Playskool Darth Tater, the Wookiee super soaker, or the new Jedi Starfighter?”

    dsollitto@new.rr.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 February 2005 | 23:52 EST
    Sandtrooper Jeremy Reports:
    “I am raffling off my MBNA Chrome Darth Vader Bust from Gentle Giant Studios on ebay for only .99 a ticket. I thought that some Troopers might like to participate. Plus, if this goes well, I have many other rare items to list (F/X Sabers, 7 foot Naboo Display Fighter from Toys R Us, Vintage POTF figs and much more.) Thanks for providing one of the best Star Wars sites on the net! Keep up the good work!”

    jeremynelsonak@hotmail.com


    Posted by: dustrho | 4 February 2005 | 23:37 EST
    Dining with Darth Vader
    Dining with Darth VaderHave you ever had the problem of having friends and family over for a gathering of some sort, only to find out that you don't have any clean dishes to put your food on? Well, you're in luck, because Zak Designs will have Revenge of the Sith plates, glasses and more available this April. You'll be sporting the finest dinnerware your friends and family have ever seen.



    Posted by: dustrho | 4 February 2005 | 23:24 EST
    Han Solo in the Video Game "Mercenaries?"
    Han SoloThose of you who already own the recently released video game, Mercenaries, are going to be in for a big treat when you finish reading this news post. It has been revealed on the Official Site that you can unlock a skin that will make your character appear to be Han Solo, and then you can play as him in the game. The only bad thing about this is that you can't fly the Millennium Falcon, but I suppose you can't ask for everything, right? This will work on both the PS2 and Xbox versions of the game. Read all the details about this here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 4 February 2005 | 23:09 EST
    New Star Wars Calendars Revealed
    New Star Wars Calendars RevealedThe Official Site revealed some photos of what the new line of Star Wars calendars will look like, which will be available for purchase in July. Of course the most interesting one of them all is for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, with a large image of Darth Vader over-looking Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi dueling with their lightsabers. Read more about this here.



    Posted by: Julian | 4 February 2005 | 22:09 EST
    Kotobukiya Guide: First Internet In-Depth Look
    Originally a simple retail hobby shop, the Japanese model maker Kotobukiya has grown quickly, becoming one of Japan's main garage kit manufacturers and ranking high in popularity among Star Wars collectors worldwide. After Lucasfilm gave the maker the license to carry on with the manufacturing of 1/7 scale soft vinyl/snap fit kits based on the Star Wars films, Koto has been putting out an incredible line which has already awaken the attention of model builders and fans alike. We invite you now to read the reviews, and check out the detailed pictures of Kotobukiya's rendition of the Clone Trooper and Darth Vader, as well as other kits based on the films and produced by this maker. It is all happening here, in the all new Kotobukiya Guide. Enjoy!




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 February 2005 | 21:08 EST
    Update from Cloud City Collectibles:
  • Over 2,000 loose Star Wars figures have just come into Cloud City. We will be adding these to the site over the next week. Hundreds of different loose figures which have been out of stock for quite some time will now be available. We expect several hundred new choices to be available for order on our website beginning tomorrow (Saturday February 5th).

  • We have also received over 400 carded action figures from both GI Joe and Star Wars. These will be available for order on our website by the end of next week. Check our site regularly for these updates. The front page will contain links after each carded update.

  • Cloud City would also like to announce that will be setting up at the Great Atlanta Toy Show on February 6th!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 February 2005 | 21:02 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Ranger“The Preview wave is starting to show up in Jersey, minus The General and the Wookie. I like the new packaging you can get your figures out with an exacto knife and keep the card and blister neat. The cartoon wave has also showed up. I have not gotten any figures since the VOTC Boba, Stormtrooper. I am just anticipating the new Vader and Clone. But I always am on the hunt for Troopers. Let me know if I can help out. Also E-A-G-L-E-S?FLY TO VICTORY.”

    kmclark14@comcast.net



    Posted by: dustrho | 4 February 2005 | 9:55 EST
    starwars.com Homing Beacon #128
    The Official Site has sent out their email newsletter Homing Beacon #128, and the main topic of discussion is of the voice of General Grievous. Matthew Wood will be providing the voice of General Grievous. Feel free to read the entire article and comment about it here.




    Posted by: Snipe | 3 February 2005 | 23:43 EST
    Update: Video Games Section- Rogue Squadron
    We kicked it old school, WedgeWannabe and I wrote a review on Rogue Squadron for N64. We took out our dusty systems and put them to good use, we all need to give our old systems love too, and that?s just what we did. Rogue Squadron is the first game in the amazing series leading up to Rogue Leader and Rebel Strike. We always try to remain spoiler free, and we tried our best, but like all our other reviews, we thought this older game needed some added information. So check it out, we got S.C.A.L.P. perspective on all the ships, and anything else you may want to know or haven?t heard of yet. Already have it, this review may persuade you to take out that dusty N64 of yours and play Rogue Squadron again.




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 February 2005 | 20:10 EST

    Star Wars Episode III: We've just opened pre-orders for the only items Hasbro and Lucas are allowing to be pre-sold for now. The Sneak Preview Set of 4 figures includes General Grievous, Wookie Warrior, Tion Medon, and R4-G9 - the set is available for pre-ordering for $32.99. Also up for pre-order is the very funny Mr. Potato Head 'Darth Tater' figure for $9.99. The first vehicle of the Episode III lineup is Anakin's Jedi Starfighter for $24.99 and the Super Soaker branded Wookie Water Blaster for $19.99. We've put our orders in with Hasbro for nearly 100 different Episode III figures and collectibles! BBTS will carry the full lineup of EPIII products and they will all be available for ordering on the April 2nd - the first day Hasbro & Lucas allow sales and pre-sales of these items. One other new arrival - the ArtFX Sandtrooper 1/7 Scale Model Kit - $109.99.

    Master Replicas/Star Wars: Master Replicas has just announced 8 new prop replicas and we've listed pre-orders for all of them at the lowest pricing M.R. allows. Four new Limited Edition 'LE' items have been listed including the Episode III Yoda Lightsaber, Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber, Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber for $351.99 each and Episode V Han Solo Blaster for $474.99. More new Force FX edition Lightsabers are also available - both Anakin and Darth Vader models for $94.99 each. Two new .45 Scaled sabers are $33.99 each - Obi-Wan and Anakin. Master Replicas will be releasing a bunch of great new items later this year and BBTS will carry all of them - including: Darth Sidious Saber, Darth Vader Saber, and Stormtrooper Blaster LE items, and 4 exciting new helmet replicas: Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, Shock Troop, and Special Ops Troop helmets.

    Also this week: Transformers - Energon, Takara, Sideshow/Weta Lord of the Rings, Bandai Japan Gundam, Macross, Microman, Robotech and much more!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 February 2005 | 20:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Ian-Brazee Cannon Reports:
    “The Secrets of Episode 3 one shots are up at The Imperial Officers' Club. If all goes as planned there will be a new episode of IOC very soon as well.”

    ian51@comcast.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 February 2005 | 20:06 EST
    Force of the Bay: A Proper History Lesson
    ?United We Find, to Collect and Serve? These were the words of the founding Fathers of Sandtroopers.com. When a collector cries out for help, we are here to lend a hand. If any of you can help, please drop a line. The world of ebay isn?t free from people who aren?t smart enough to appreciate honor. The best we can do as a unit is stand guard and watch out for each other. The S.C.A.L.P. Code of Honor, you got my back, I got yours. If you stand alone, you barely stand a chance. United, you will get the raw materials to help you fight the war against scalpers. We can help erase your fears, and with our allies you could bet the enemy will cower beneath our feet. You can bet if things get hairy in a foxhole around here, there will always be a hero to come to your rescue. United We Find, no matter what stands in your path. Sandtroopers.com neither endorses nor authenticates any of the items featured here. Good luck to you Troops in your searches. Kick A$# and take names!




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 February 2005 | 19:45 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Happy Ground Hogs' Day, Troops! I was amazed to see that the Appleton Wal-Mart in East Central Whiskey had all 4 preview figs.The figs were hung on the pegs at about 5pm CST and I got there about 5:05, just as the Wally World worker was destroying the preview fig display.He tore it up a bit, but let me walk away with it.There were only three R4-G9?s of which I took one.Got my Tion, Wookiee, and the nasty Gen. Grevious. Oh yes, I agree, he is a wicked looking figure.Happy hunting and stay warm - we have six more weeks of winter, but only 3 1/2 months till the Sith get their Revenge!”

    dsollitto@new.rr.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 2 February 2005 | 19:28 EST
    Gentle Giant Busts Guide Updated
    Hey all you Mini Bust fans! Just wanted to inform you that fellow staff member Boba Binks created two more images for the Mini Bust Visual Guide. The Visual Guide now includes the C-3PO and Chrome Sandtrooper (thanks to GalacticHunter.com for the use of the images for the Chrome Sandtrooper). If you want to check out the two new images of the Mini Busts please click here.




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 February 2005 | 19:17 EST
    Update from StarWarsShop.com
    StarWarsShop.com fires up its Episode III engines with a blast of hot new Revenge of the Sith items burning to get into the hands of fans and collectors. Shoppers can grab our exclusive 3-D lenticular Episode III poster card for half price with select purchase (limited to 2500 worldwide), and all orders will receive a free Topps Revenge of the Sith promo card available nowhere else!


    StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 February 2005 | 18:59 EST
    Sandtrooper Starfox Reports:
    Bleeds Armor“News from Central Texas. On this second day of February 2005, we are to see the first of the ROTS preview items.... you know what? In Killeen, TX we have nothing! Target-nothing (empty pegs), Wal-Mart-nothing (empty pegs), Kmart-nothing (empty pegs) and TRU-nothing (empty pegs and old SAGA stuff! Yuck! That's all from Central Texas, Starfox signing off.”

    starfox@hot.rr.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 February 2005 | 18:55 EST
    Sandtrooper The Devils Ewok Reports:
    The Devil’s Ewok aka Satan’s TeddybearIt?s the Devils Ewok reporting in, sorry its been a while, but first you have to kill the scalper, and then get rid of the scalper and I'm running out of places to hide the bodies. Revenge of the Sith Sneak Peeks are out in full force! Tons of Grievous, Wookie Warriors, Tion, and R4. Hit Target, TRU, and Wal-Mart?s to go from Zero to GEEK in 2.5 seconds. I'm sure I'll see my MN Sandtrooper brothers and sisters on April 2 outside of TRU! I won't pay scalper prices due to my Anal Glaucoma, in other words I can't see my a#$ paying $25 for a $6 figure.

    TheDevilsEwok666@comcast.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 February 2005 | 21:00 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“The Preview wave has hit Alabama. All 4 of the Preview figures were at Wal-Mart. I must say Grevious is a mean looking cuss. I also got the R4-G9. I have not seen the new Jedi Star Fighter yet. It?s good to see they finally made it down here to Huntsville!”

    c-ryan@mchsi.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 February 2005 | 20:51 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a store report for 2/1/05:

    Target (Gurnee, IL) “had the ROTS preview figs. They only had Wookie Warriors & Grievous figures available.

    The rest of the stores in the Gurnee/Waukegan area had no ROTS figs this morning. Maybe they'll get their shipments later today. That's all for now.”


    wrightcombo@juno.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 February 2005 | 20:48 EST
    Sandtrooper Collector Gallery Kurt Reports:
    “Now taking preorders for Episode 3 sneak preview figures set of 4, Wookie super soaker, Anakin Jedi Starfighter; Darth Tater & Code 3 Episode 2 Republic gunship. 2005 Star Wars Ertl models in stock include Snowspeeder, Millennium Falcon, Star Destroyer, X-wing & AT-AT.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 February 2005 | 20:45 EST
    Sandtrooper One Big K Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Demolition Expert, Columbus,OH“Preview figures found at the Easton Wal-Mart and target on Morse rd, also the Meijers at the corner of 161 and Cleveland Avenue. I was also able to snag the preview figure wave displayer at Wal-Mart - I just asked for it when I seen them putting them out on the pegs and they said I could have it! Sometime retail pans out that way. Good luck to you Troops! It's good to finally be back in the trenches.”

    Onebigk@aol.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 1 February 2005 | 18:43 EST
    Voices of the Sith Lords
    Gamespot.com has recently posted the 4th installment of their Designer Diary for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and this time they go into detail about the voices of the Sith Lords. The audio crew spent an entire Summer working on the voice-overs for the game, and from playing the game I would say they did a great job doing it. Read the full article here.