November 2005

Posted by: dustrho | 30 November 2005 | 23:34 EST
Dewback Patrol: Updates to CSO and Little Friends Parade Pages
Asajj VentressHey Troopers! I recently acquired new photos from Mark Berry, who was present at both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Little Friends Parade. You'll have to check out those pages for all the new photos that we received from him. We also received additional photos from Darth Sohn. Lastly, I have written my own report of the CSO event, and you can check that out here. Hope you enjoy the photos and the report!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 November 2005 | 23:03 EST
Sandtrooper Darth Graburn a.k.a. TD4549 Reports:
“Good Eve, TD4549 reporting in from Columbus, IN. Wal-Mart has received the Unleashed Battle packs – Battle of Utapau – all 4 sets. Price was $9 and change. It looks like they blew through the Twins exclusive pack. Target and Kmart had nothing new to report. Still no sign of the last figures…. Argh. Off to get dirty! Happy Trooping!”

cgraburn@comcast.net


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 November 2005 | 22:58 EST
Sandtrooper Scalperhunter 1 Reports:
“Buffing up the ole costume seems to be a trend. So I decided to leap into the fray. Here are three new additions to my Jedi costume craze. The boots are the "Outlander" style from an online retail outlet. They are similar in design to Qui-Gon Jinn's with a couple of subtle differences. The front straps are sewn onto the boots instead of being Velcro adjustable and they zipper up the side. A sturdy yet relaxed calfskin leather gives your feet and legs a very comfortable fit. The lightsabers are my first and second attempts to come up with my own designs and test my creative abilities. The saber on the right was my first. It consists of a sink drain fit inside a drainpipe extender. The handle was made by removing the flexible rubber blade from windshield wipers and cutting the hard plastic backing to the necessary length. They were attached to the hilt with double-sided tape. The pommel is the rubber end of a Turkey baster painted black. The activation switch is a doorbell button. The saber on the left was made by connecting two adjustable white PVC pipe kits. I used 1/4" gray/black window weather stripping to cover the grips and other exterior areas. The weather stripping was then covered with black electricians tape. The pommel again is the end of a Turkey baster painted black. A brass hose coupler was used for the blade emitter at the tip of the lightsaber. Once again the activation switch is a doorbell button. I'll post more pictures of my complete costume on the site in the near future when I get it all together.”

rrl1125@ccr.net


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 November 2005 | 21:48 EST
Images Reloaded: Covert Ops Clone Trooper
Get yours today!Before you had a chance to order another cup of Jawa Juice at the Cantina, Boba Binks has once again served up another new Star Wars figure for your viewing pleasure. The hype was incredible leading up to the Covert Ops Clone Trooper which features unique packaging to celebrate the release of Revenge of the Sith on DVD and VHS. Is the Covert Ops Clone Trooper on your Christmas lists? Thanks again to our Images sponsor Action-HQ where you will find this figure in stock and shipping! Get yours first at Action-HQ.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 November 2005 | 21:40 EST
Update to Gentle Giant Mini-Bust Guide: Yoda & Darth Vader
2 YES 2 new mini-busts added!We have had the opportunity to update our Gentle Giant Mini-Bust guide. Boba Binks has added both Yoda and Darth Vader. Stay tuned to the this page for the Sandtrooper set that will be coming very soon. Special thanks to Andrew's Toys for these pieces. Visit Andrew's Toys today for all your Gentle Giant Collectibles!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 November 2005 | 19:51 EST
The lucky Troopette is...
The winner is forum member Lisa Wetzel from the great lakes state of Minnesota! Sideshow has selected the winner and have updated the contest page. Congrats on one of the greatest giveaways in Sandtroopers.com history! For those of you who were not so lucky, stay in your foxholes and be ready for the next attack. It could be your number called next time! United We Find and thanks again to Sideshow Collectibles for making this happen.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 November 2005 | 18:17 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you FIRST with the New Star Wars Saga Collection & Star Wars Transformers!

In Stock: Star Wars The Saga Collection!
Leia Boushh
Han Solo with Carbonite
Bib Fortuna
Skiff Guard
Chewbacca
Boba Fett

Now Available: Star Wars Transformers
Transformable TIE Fighter into Darth Vader
Transformable Wheel Bike into Grievous
Transformable Starfighter into Obi-Wan
1/6 Medicom RAH Stormtrooper
Series 5 Star Wars Kubricks Set of 6

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Posted by: dustrho | 28 November 2005 | 19:26 EST
Dewback Patrol: Naperville “Little Friends” Parade
Dewback Patrol: Naperville “Little Friends” ParadeHey Troopers! Even though it was cold, windy and rainy in the western suburbs of Chicago, it didn’t stop the members of the Midwest Garrison from marching through downtown Naperville. I saddled up my dewback yesterday morning, and traveled to Naperville to march in the “Friends of Little Friends” parade. As described on the Little Friends Inc.’s website, “the parade is held in downtown Naperville on Thanksgiving weekend, as part of the Hometown Holidays celebration. With floats, costumed characters, the arrival of Santa and much more, it's a colorful celebration for all ages.” Check out my full report with pictures here, and don't forget to talk about it in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 28 November 2005 | 19:07 EST
Thoughts on the 501st Clone Trooper
Thoughts on the 501st Clone TrooperWell, he sure is one hard figure to find, but those of you who have been lucky enough to find the elusive 501st Clone Trooper might not be all that ecstatic about it after you get it out of its package. You might have heard about it in our forums, but this figure is a rehash of the AT-TE Gunner that came out several months ago. It’s not a new sculpt, but was anyone here even expecting to get something new from Hasbro? I would have thought they would use the #41 Clone Trooper body, which is the best clone trooper body they could have used. But, they decided to go a different route.

For those who do have the new figure, what are your thoughts about it? Are you happy with it? Does having a clone trooper who can remove his helmet please you? If you haven’t read Darth Spice’s review yet, you should know that he wasn’t too thrilled with it. And, I would have to say that I’m a little bit disappointed myself with this figure, as I was really hoping it was going to be either something new or made from the #41 Clone Trooper body. If you haven’t done so already, please share your thoughts and opinions over in our forums.



Posted by: dustrho | 28 November 2005 | 18:58 EST
Saga 2006 in Stock & Shipping at r2dtoys.com
FIRST AGAIN we have started shipping the following brand new items!

Gentle Giant Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker Maquette for £59. This piece is fantastic! Limited to 3000 pieces worldwide.

2006 Hasbro Saga Collection - includes exclusive Hologram Figure!

Boba Fett £8 pre-release
Princes Leia in Boushh Disguise £8 pre-release
Han Solo in Carbonite £8 pre-release
Bib Fortuna £8 pre-release
Chewbacca £9 pre-release
Barada £9 pre-release

This collection of figures DOES NOT fit in Star Cases! Regular prices of £6 per figure will be apply when this line is offered for general availability in Europe, early 2006. These figures are very exciting and are numbered on the reverse as '001, '002 etc. indicating that there will be over 100 figures in the entire collection. Reminiscent of the OTC line from last year the 2006 Saga Collection offers re-sculpted figures to the best standards and likeness we have seen of Hasbro to date. The packaging is truly excellent as well! For more info please click here.

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Posted by: dustrho | 28 November 2005 | 18:54 EST
Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
Hey Troopers! It’s been an awful long time since I posted an update on our front page, but I do have something to report about. My family and I traveled down to Paris, IL (which is about four hours south of Chicago) for Thanksgiving, and while we were down there I was able to make it out to their local Wal-Mart to search for Star Wars toys. The last time I was out there they had quite a good amount of newer merchandise, and this time it proved to be a successful trip for me. I was able to finish my basic ROTS figure lineup by acquiring the following figures: Holographic Aayla Secura, Holographic Plo Koon, R4-P17 and a couple 501st clone troopers. Unfortunately they didn’t have doubles of these, so I was extra lucky in finding these. If there had been additional figures, I would have definitely picked up extras to trade with other loyal Troopers. I also picked up a bunch of the Titanium Series vehicles which included the following: ARC-170 Starfighter, Landspeeder, Swamp Speeder and a TIE Bomber (which I might have already but I can’t remember at the moment). I think these little diecast vehicles are well worth the Wal-Mart price of $4.97 each, so now I’m only missing a few of these instead of a large amount. So, in the end, it was a great Thanksgiving. Not only because of the incredible haul I came away with, but more importantly that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. United We Find!




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 November 2005 | 16:20 EST
Update from K & C Collectibles: Holiday Ornaments
K & C Collectibles has received the following new items. Pre-Order deadline is today November 27th. Update 11-28: We have the Separtion of Twins sets in stock as well as Tarkin #45!

New Star Wars Holiday Ornaments:
Yoda glass
Darth Vader glass
C-3PO glass
Boba Fett glass
Darth Vader Porcelain
Yoda Porcelain
R2-D2 Porcelain
R2-D2 Porcelain
Darth Vader M & M's
R2-D2 M & M's
C-3PO M & M's
Emperor M & M's
Darth Maul M & M's
Boba Fett M & M's
Queen Amidala M & M's
General Grivious M & M's
Anakin Skywalker M & M's
Stormtrooper M & M's
Chewbacca M & M's
Luke Skywalker M & M's
Han Solo M & M's
Princess Leia M & M's
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker M & M's
Luke and Leia M & M's
R2-D2 and C-3PO M & M's
Darth Vader and Emperor M & M's
New Collection II:
R4-P17 #68 - Corrected version
Aayla Secura Hologram #67
Wookiee Heavy Gunner - #64 - RARE Version
Wookiee Heavy Gunner - #68 - Corrected Version
Plo Koon Hologram - #66
Meena Tills #47

Special Figures:
Utapau Shadow Trooper
Covert Ops Trooper

Restock Collection I:
Red Shock Trooper #6

Evolution Figures:
Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Ver. I

Pre-Order Ends Today:
Emperor Palpatine Mini Bust
Titanium Figure Assortment
Titanium Ultra Vehicle Assortment
Titanium Vehicles Case Assortment
2006 Basic Action Figures
Unleashed 4 pack Case Assortment


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 November 2005 | 15:46 EST
Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
“We are taking pre-orders on the Tusken Raider Attakus & Vader #2 Kotobukiya model. Code 3 X-Wing signature; Anakin, Vader & Mace F/X sabers, 6 Rawcliffe 35mm water globe ornaments, ROTS basic lightsaber, 18 Burger King series 2 toy premiums & watches in stock. For more info click here.”

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 November 2005 | 14:41 EST
Update on Forum Exclusive: Tic Tic Tic...
We have less than 24 hours left in our promotion with Sideshow Collectibles and a winner will be selected tomorrow! If you were not at Celebration III and have not had a chance to see this amazing work in person, you just might have a new favorite piece. We’d like to thank the people at Sideshow for offering this exclusively to our forum members and look forward to doing future work with them to promote such fantastic quality and craftsmanship. United We Find Troopers, the sand is almost run out on this fantastic promotion so if you are not a registered member, the clock is ticking.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 November 2005 | 13:16 EST
Sandtrooper Mitsu Reports: New Kubricks!
I've sent images New Release series 5 of Star Wars Kubricks in Japan. Entering by one box 12 pieces,The following character exists. Yoda, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, Slave Leia, Admiral Ackbar, Death Star Gunner, Snaggletooth. This time it's a confirmed the "Secret" item is Han Solo, Snaggletooth blue Version, Ponda Baba. For more on this and to see the photos, visit Hyperspace Japan.com!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 November 2005 | 13:10 EST
Tim Dry Reports: J' Quille Speaks!
This is Tim Dry who played 'J'Quille' in Episode VI 'ROTJ'. I've just published my autobiography entitled Falling Upwards: Scenes from a life. In here you can read the inside story of what it was like to actually be in the movie and also about my adventures appearing at Star Wars Conventions all over the world. Plus a whole load more!

Good to hear from you Tim and thanks for letting the Troopers know!


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 November 2005 | 13:34 EST
Dewback Patrol: CSO - Not the Windy, but a Frozen City
Cold is not bad enough to stop ST's!Last night we had an opportunity to attend the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, IL. A platoon of the Midwest Garrison patrolled the event to make sure Star Wars fans and Mr. John Williams were secure. While the mercury dipped to 15 degrees, we still managed to hold the Jedi to Michigan Avenue, and had them turning tail from the event before midnight. This one was for the Republic! For more check out the full story.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 November 2005 | 12:42 EST
Sandtrooper Jay Reports:
“Due to Kmart’s error in the most recent circular, I was able to pick up the new Battlefront II for $12.99. I brought the circular to Wal-Mart and they matched the price. Good luck to all who want to give this a try.”

jlenehan_24@yahoo.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 November 2005 | 12:09 EST
Update from KB Toys.com: Holiday Sale
Let the shopping begin! At KBtoys.com they are offering free shipping on thousands of items. Up to 60% off regular prices as well as some older Star Wars items you may have missed for dirt cheap! We are told the items are changing weekly and they will be adding several items to their Star Wars, G.I. Joe and other sections!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 November 2005 | 11:57 EST
Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a little detail from my mission today.

Target (Waukegan, IL) “has the second version of Clone Trooper Evolutions sets along with the Sith Lords sets.”

“The stores in Gurnee, IL had nothing new in terms of figures. They mostly stocked up on lightsabers & other items that were advertised for Black Friday. Hopefully newer product shows up between now & Christmas. That's all for now. Later.”

Update 11/27 “I picked up the Jedi Temple Assault pack at SEARS in Gurnee Mills. There were two left when I went to check out. No sign of the Separation of the Twins figures at Wal-mart.”

wrightcombo@juno.com



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 November 2005 | 11:56 EST
Sandtrooper Darth Graburn Reports:
“Good morning Troopers, reporting in from Columbus, IN. Only item of notice was Wal-Mart set up a nice display this morning that included the Separation of the Twins Figures (Wally World exclusives) in along with R4-P17 that appears to have been packed in with older figs as there were no 65~68. Target is looking pretty bare, as was K-mart after Black Friday. Happy hunting.”

cgraburn@comcast.net


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 November 2005 | 10:27 EST
Happy Thanksgiving:
As we all prepare for yet another winter and the Holiday Season is officially upon us, take time to remember what you have to be thankful for. While spending time with loved ones don't forget about those who are less fortunate than us. The Staff at Sandtroopers.com would like to give thanks to all of our ground forces out there. Without all of the Troopers, we would be nothing. Thanks again for your loyal support and readership. God Bless the United States of America and be with our armed forces in the continuing mission! March over those stores this Black Friday and report your finds back here to us. United We Find!


Posted by: dustrho | 23 November 2005 | 23:22 EST
Unleashed Battle Packs… Why?
Unleashed Battle Packs… Why?Just because they’re only about two inches in height, doesn’t mean that they’re not Unleashed! Hasbro made an announcement earlier this year about these new Unleashed Battle Packs, and they’re due to be out in stores fairly soon. They’ve been added to online retailers’ websites, they’re being shown in magazines, and Hasbro has lots of pictures of them on their website. But, who’s going to buy them? Are you happy that Hasbro switched from the bigger Unleashed line to these Battle Packs? I’ve written up my own little article about this, and you can check it out here.



Posted by: dustrho | 23 November 2005 | 20:51 EST
Darth Spice in the “Star Wars Insider” Magazine!
Our fearless leader, Darth SpiceOur fearless leader, Darth Spice, is now officially famous, as he has been spotted in the latest issue of “Star Wars Insider” magazine (Issue 85). He is actually in two separate photos on page 85, and his full name is printed in the caption of the uppermost photo. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, but I immediately recognized the paintjob on that sandtrooper armor. As soon as I saw it I called him up, and he wasn’t even aware that he would end up in the “Insider.” So, if you don’t have a copy of it yet (you should have gotten it by now if you’re a subscriber) go out and get yourself one. This is one issue you do not want to miss out on! Check out the pictures of him here, and don't forget to share your comments about this over in our forums. Congratulations to the Midwest Garrison for making an another appearance in the magazine!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 November 2005 | 20:39 EST

15% Off Sale Note: Our 15% Off Sale is scheduled to end early Friday Morning on November 25th - be sure to take advantage of the sale prices on all in stock items (excluding preorders and 'new arrivals').

Star Wars Lightsabers: We now have more sabers in stock to fit into any price range. Hasbro's basic plastic lightsabers are back in stock for $8.49 to $9.99. Electronic Deluxe sabers from Hasbro have also arrived. We have the Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda saber - each with electronics, priced at $23.99 to $25.99. For the big spenders we have Anakin, Darth Vader, and Mace Windu F/X Lightsabers by Master Replicas. Each with sequential LED lights that power up and down, and sound effects that react to how you move the saber. We opened one up last week and it truly is an amazing item for the price.

Code 3: We've received our first shipment from Code 3, they produce some very cool items! Most of the new arrivals are from their movie poster sculpture series. These sculptures bring the movie posters to life in 3-D with the characters' faces and bodies extending out of the poster towards you. We have a variety of mini and full size posters from Star Wars, also Lord of the Rings Fellowship and Animal House - Legendary Casts. The Republic Gunship and Slave 1 die cast replicas are also in stock. View all the Code 3 items here.

Gentle Giant: The brand new Anakin Maquette from the Clone Wars Animated series has arrived. This statue is limited to only 3000 pieces and is available for $72.99. Also just in is the Grand Moff Tarkin Bust - priced at $44.99.

G.I. Joe: The H.I.S.S. Tanks and B.A.T. 6-Pack have just arrived! Both items are ideal for building large Cobra armies. The H.I.S.S. is priced at $16.99 and BAT 6-pack is priced at $21.99. We also have new pictures uploaded for the second wave of Sigma 6 Commando figures and the 3rd wave of 3-packs with comics.

Also this week: Willie Wonka, Robotech, NFL Sportspicks, Kong and much more! Make sure to vist the Pre-Order Menu for Star Wars Transformers and other upcoming releases.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 November 2005 | 20:15 EST
Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
The First Lady of ST.com!“Hi Troops, Donna from So Cal. During the last couple of days, I went by 4 Targets and all still have Lava Figs. But I did find Shadow Troopers on the shelf at 2 of the 4 stores. I do not collect the WOTC Miniatures but I wanted the AT-AT Walker and found it in a local games store called "Game Castle". This is a really nice looking piece. Lastly, wanted to give "thanks" to Master Frank for our recent trade. Happy Hunting and Happy Thanksgiving to all!”

theloneswlady@adelphia.net



Posted by: dustrho | 22 November 2005 | 21:34 EST
No Star Wars Games for Xbox 360?
Xbox 360I think it would be pretty fair to say that most people here have heard of Microsoft’s latest invention… the Xbox 360. I also think it’s fair to say that everyone knows that it was released to the public last night at midnight, but if you were one of the lucky ones who did walk away from the store with one in your hands, that doesn’t mean you’re the happiest that you could possibly be.

Now, I did not go out last night to purchase an Xbox 360, mainly because I want to hear people’s first-hand reviews of the new hardware and software. I’m also not totally ready to lay out well more than $500 for the console and one game, but with the incredible advancement in its technology it’s hard to pass up. To those of you who did purchase an Xbox 360, I would like to be one of the first to congratulate you on such an exciting purchase.

However, most people who read this site are Star Wars fans, and the one question should be running through your heads… “Why are there no Star Wars games for my new gaming system?” If there were some Star Wars video games for sale during the console’s initial release, I think more people would have battled the elements to purchase those games and the Xbox 360. It does make one wonder, though, why Lucasarts didn’t push Microsoft to have at least one Star Wars video game available for the first day.

Why do you think there aren’t any Star Wars games available right now for the Xbox 360? What are your initial thoughts about the new gaming system from Microsoft? Voice your opinions over in our forums now.



Posted by: dustrho | 22 November 2005 | 20:21 EST
The Latest & Greatest from r2dtoys.com
We have received the brand new Kotobukiys CLONE TROOPER statue! Priced at just £45 the Blue Clone Trooper (looks like a 501st) is among the nicest statues in the Koto range. We have also had shipping advise of the Anakin Maquette from Gentle Giant, this should arrive next week or sooner! We have the rare Red Shock Trooper Kotobukiya statue also arriving this week, limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide this Asian exclusive will sell out very fast due to limited numbers (product to be added to our website when it lands here - it`s still not live in our system yet - please check back in a couple of days).

Due to arrive imminently:
Republic Gunship Ep2 AOTC re-stocks £39 (Ep3 version sold out)
Spud Trooper £9
Episode 3 figures 57-68
Costco exclusive vehicle 2-pack OTC X-Wing & TIE Fighter
OTC Slave 1 re-stocks
OTC Y-Wing re-stocks
OTC Millennium Falcon re-stocks
Plus we have the widest variety of vehicles & ships in the UK shipping now in time for Christmas!

Gentle Giant still shipping:
General Grievous maquette
Han Solo bust
C-3PO convention exclusive bust
Darth Vader bust
Sandtrooper busts (orange pauldron & white pauldron)
Yoda bust
Added to site for pre-order now: Boba Fett Statue, Darth Maul statue, Luke on Tauntaun statue, Biker Scout on speeder bike statue (ships again soon).

We have the following exclusive .45 lightsabers in stock: Darth Sidious pristine CHROME lightsaber and Yoda pristine CHROME lightsaber. We also have limited supply of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Yoda .45 mini lightsaber priced at £50. For more info click here.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 November 2005 | 12:52 EST
Sandtrooper Bossk 31 Reports:
“Hi, this is Bossk 31. Here is a small list about my collection. To my regret it all has to go. Please forgive me, my collection is extensive. The list is as follows: All carded POTF, SOTE, POTJ, and Episode I figures a dollar. Episode II carded figures $1.00 (Or Best Offer) Figures with STAR CASE $1.25, Master Piece Editions $5.00, All loose figures .75 cents (except Episode III -.50 cents). Palm Talkers .75 cents. All ships MIB $10-15.00, I have 3 autographs remaining $5.00 each, Cinema Scenes $5.00 each, 12 inch figures-Best Offer, Clone Wars figures (cartoon) .75 cents each -o.b.o. Please contact me about a specific figure /item, I will let you know if I have it or not. Thanks in advance if you can help me out!”

hughes@sssnet.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 November 2005 | 12:48 EST
Sandtrooper Tsunamimtb Reports:
“Patience has finally paid off. I found the Utapau Shadow Trooper at Target Gateway here in Brooklyn, NY. Of course, I got a little help. They weren't out on the shelf and only available on request. They are fully aware of the popularity of this exclusive and keeping tabs on the remaining stock that was left. Happy Thanksgiving!”

tsunamimtb@yahoo.com


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 November 2005 | 9:10 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you first with the New 12" Aliens Apone & Hicks, New Binaltech Scion xB,Advent Children Pre-Painted Figures, Evangelion Winter Collection, New Gundam Seed Destiny Voice I-Dolls & More! Visit our Pre-Order menu for all new Star Wars figures. Choose from Bib Fortuna, Boba Fett, Scorch (Republic Commando) or any figure from waves 1,2 or 3!

New and in Stock:
Wedge Antilles Internet Exclusive
Colonial Marines Sgt Apone
Colonial Marines Cpl Hicks
Shadow Creeper
Bahamut Sin
Sierra
Evangelion Rei & Asuka
Seed Destiny Voice I-Doll Meyrin Hawke
Seed Destiny Voice I-Doll Meer Campbell
Transformers Skids
Transformers Broadblast
Coming Soon December 2005:
Apocalypse Series 12
The Fantastic Four
Venom Statue
TF Darth Vader & TIE Fighter
TF Obi-Wan & Jedi Starfighter
TF Grievous & Wheel Bike
Titanium Vehicles Wave 5
12" RAH StormTrooper
12" RAH Episode 3 Darth Vader
Batman Begins 12" RAH Batman
TF Re-issue Galvatron
TF Re-issue Pepsi Prime


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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 November 2005 | 23:42 EST
Area Report: In the Shadow of many Troopers
Is that Candy A$% I smell?It’s been a literal crapshoot in the Northern IL, area. Shadow Troopers are now filling up nearly every Target store end cap. I think it’s great they are letting the DCPI #’s get out there and these things can wind up in collector’s hands early but a bigger sigh of relief to see them out available for anyone. I’d like to thank Sandtrooper Dead Hero for the recent trade and helping me finish off the RotS collection. I’ve noticed a lot of Cat Miin and Passel Argente taking up the space next to the Neimoidians and AT-RT Drivers. However I have yet to see the final five all at once. Kmart stores have been stocking the Jedi Temple Assault Battlepacks in Zion, Round Lake Beach IL, and Kenosha, WI. I have yet to see any of the Battlepacks on clearance, but I will be looking. It is nice having a comfortable network of reliable Troopers in the area, it seems like we pick up a new recruit every week! Keep pounding the brick and mortar locations and together we will win the war against scalpers. United We Find!



Posted by: Jimsjedi | 21 November 2005 | 23:32 EST
Black Friday Deals on Star Wars Merchandise:
Do you plan on fueling up the Dewback at 3:00am this Friday to start your Christmas shopping? We're all familar with the Black Friday ritual. The day after Turkey day starts the holiday shopping, and most stores try to basically lure you in any way they possible can for deals until 10-11 am, or some even all day long. Here is a "rumored" list of what Star Wars items will be available. All items/stores are subject to change. Please let us know if any stores in you area are advertising differently. Enjoy the holiday rush.

KB Toys: Darth Vader Voice Changer-$24.99

Wal-Mart: Electronic Lightsaber-$8.00

Toys R Us: Lego X-Wing-$24.97
  • ROTS Lightsaber 2-Pack-$39.99

    Target -Star Wars Lego Video Game (XBox+PS2)-$19.98
  • Lego Millenium Falcon-$49.99
  • Ultimate Lightsabers with Darth Vader Cape-$22.00


    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 20 November 2005 | 19:43 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Boston Supermegafest 2005
    Jimsjedi with a strangle-hold on the Mission!Hey Troopers I was able to attend the Boston Supermegafest this weekend and managed to get a few photos and a small summary of the event put together. I met some pretty cool people from the New England Garrison who have some pages together for additional photos from this event. It was a great time with the 501st and the other guests who helped make this event even stronger than in years past. We'd like to thank John's Toys for allowing us access to the event.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 November 2005 | 13:56 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Vegas Reports:
    If you roll with ST, you're guaranteed 7 or 11 EVERYTIME!“Hey Sandtroopers! After continuous patrols to Target, I finally acquired the elusive Exclusive Target Shadow Trooper this morning. I walked down the long isle to the back and when I rounded the corner I just had a feeling they were there and sure enough there were 5 sitting on the end cap shelf. I helped myself to 3 and left thoroughly happy with the morning’s mission. I purchased a Shadow online a while back, but getting figures that way takes the fun out of it. The hunt is what makes this Trooper happy! Hey that Tactical Ops Trooper figure that is so hard to find ended up at Wal-Mart's out West. I sort of like that figure so when I walked into my favorite Wally World a few weeks ago and saw the pegs loaded with them I picked up a Squad of them. They are one of my favorites because of the Vader's Fist designation and they were on sale! If they are good enough for our Dark Lord they are good enough for me! Be sure to check out those "miniature" AT-AT's that are out for the Star Wars game. I thought they were going to be small but when I opened the box these things were impressive. They look great as book ends on my bookshelf! That's all I have for now! Happy Hunting and May the Force be with You!”

    tpinney2@cox.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 November 2005 | 3:20 EST
    Sandtrooper the Vinyl Jawa Reports: Got Trooper?
    Ring of Collectors.com is offering Star Wars fans a chance to win either a Target Exclusive Utapau Shadow Trooper or a Tactical Ops Trooper (Basic Figure #65) in their Trivia Contest Giveaway. For Rules and Details, please visit their forum.”

    rjdroll@mchsi.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 November 2005 | 2:37 EST
    Force of the Bay: Built to Last
    The world of Star Wars has no limits as far as what you could blow your money on, so why not stroll down memory lane while your at it with the help of ebay? You could find yourself cracked up at the things a random search will turn. Set your scopes toward the largest online auction in the world to find maybe not Jimmy Walker but still close to Dynomite! Late nights on the bay could light the way to the many things from your old collection. Make sure you find a stand up guy, there is a lot of what drops behind the Dewback out there so watch your step Troopers! Maybe you weren’t the early bird, but you were one of the many who caught the late worm. Find it again Troopers, no matter what you have your eyes on. You might find if your wallet can handle it, your stomach will certainly handle those last second bids. Snipe at will and you may find yourself riding in style! 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 | 18 November 2005 | 23:38 EST
    Update from Sandtrooper Dennis: Star Cases for Unleashed Figures!
    Good news, collectors have been asking for Star Cases for the Unleashed figures for a long, long time, and they're now on the way to Wholesalecases.com. There is pricing information, and they can be ordered now if anybody wants to get them early. They expect them to arrive on November 28th, and we'll be shipping on a first come, first served basis. So if any of you collectors have Unleashed figures that were lucky and the packages were not beat to hell, now is your chance to protect your stuff with their stuff!


    Protective Display Cases at WholesaleCases.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 18 November 2005 | 22:26 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Boston Supermegafest this Weekend
    JimjediHey Troopers! Only one day left until SuperMegaFest 2005 arrives in Massachusetts once again. Two days of celebrities and toy vendors, and hopefully some hard to find items as well. Fellow staff member Jimsjedi has been really sick for the last week, but he's expecting to attend the event and hopes to meet up with the local Sandtroopers. Last year was a blast, especially since he was able to meet Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) you can read last years story here.

    Where: Framingham, Ma-Sheraton Hotel
    Dates: November 19th + 20th
    Scheduled Star Wars Guests: Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), and Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett & Clonetrooper).
    Other Guests: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Joyce Dewitt (Three's Company's Janet), Pricilla Barnes (Three's Company's Terri), Richard Kiel (Famous Bad Guy), Ricou Browning (Creature from the Black Lagoon), and Jasmine St. Claire (ECW Wrestling).



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 19:00 EST
    Update from Star Wars Shop.com: Remote R4-P17
    Pre-order your Remote Control R4-P17 Action Figure today only from StarWarsShop! R4-P17, the astromech droid that serves Obi-Wan and received a full-body upgrade after being attacked by the Geonosians in Episode II, is the second in a new series based on the popular remote-controlled mini R2-D2 recently offered by StarWarsShop.com. With the mini-lightsaber remote, R4-P17 will move forward or turn on command, rotate his dome as he rolls, beep and whistle, and illuminate his photoreceptor "eye".

    For fans and collectors who like to make a big impact with their Star Wars collection, StarWarsShop has got the ultimate Sith exclusive for you. StarWarsShop has arranged to be the exclusive distributor of Burger King's limited remainder of enormous inflatable Darth Vader displays -- the same giant Vaders that were used on rooftops of BK restaurants participating in their extremely successful Episode III summer promotion. Order yours today!


    StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 18:49 EST
    Sandtrooper SW Seller Reports:
    “I hope all the Massachusetts Troopers are going to make it out to the Boston Super Megafest at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA this weekend. We will be set up the whole weekend. We promise to offer the lowest prices at the show on both old and new Star Wars. We have a huge inventory ranging from busts to figures to vehicles (and everything in-between). This is the last big show for the Boston area for 2005, so be sure to not misss out! We've been told we might be in one of the smaller rooms just off the main area. Look for us and expect great items at great prices! Don't forget father and son Jango and Boba Fett actors will be present - Temuera Morrison and Jeremy Bulloch. Also our favorite Wookiee Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will also be present. Check out Supermegafest.com for even more info!”

    swseller1@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 18:49 EST
    Sandtrooper Sean V Reports:
    Canadian S.C.A.L.P. Divison!“Just wanted to let anyone out there who bought the ROTS gunship to pay attention to the decals falling off. I was surprised as the arc-170 decals are fine. I'm thinking of contacting Hasbro about this, just wanted to let other's know to keep an eye out on their own.”

    verestiuk@golden.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 18:48 EST
    Update from Andrew's Toys:
    We have just received our supply of Gentle Giant Sandtrooper busts. Both Orange and White Pauldron are in stock and shipping. Back in stock at Andrew’s Toyz just in time for Christmas and the holidays are the Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers! Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker are ready for immediate shipment! These always make the best gifts for any Star Wars fan. They will for sure be at the top of everyone's list this year. We have them in stock, each at a great low price! Make sure to order soon.

    - Click to Enter Andrew's Toyz -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 18:48 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    “Just an F.Y.I. some of the Battle Packs a have been marked clearance at Target for $ 17.48. If you were waiting to pick them up now may be the best time! Keep your eyes peeled for the clearance racks!”

    kmclark14@comcast.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 November 2005 | 18:48 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharoah Reports:
    Goes down Souf!“DarthPharaoh checking in and here’s what I’ve found the last week or so. Two different Targets in the NE Atlanta area have put out their Utapau troopers. So if you live in the area start looking hard. You know the scalpers will. Also have found the final 5 at a K-Mart and at KB Toys. Both slightly more expensive but still nice to get them, even if the 501st Troopers are a bit on the disappointing side. Nothing new at Wally World, though if you need a #11 Vader.... each store has 100 or so of him! I’m out. United we find and Death to all scalpers!”

    djohnson@internap.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 November 2005 | 18:41 EST
    Update from Master Replicas: F/X Sabers now in stock!
    We know you’ve watched Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith enough times to memorize the lightsaber moves, so now’s your chance to hone your skills. F/Xs have taken over our warehouse! Anakin Skywalker F/Xs and Darth Vader FXs are ready to ship NOW! So place your order today and you’ll be ready to show off at Thanksgiving dinner!


    Snowspeeder Sweepstakes - Master Replicas



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 November 2005 | 18:40 EST
    Sandtrooper MSE-6 Reports:
    “The First Galactic Empire is now in power, and its second order is to get rid of those nasty disposable plastic shopping bags. Executed Order 67 – "Throw away your plastic bags, run to Kmart and buy your Star Wars Enviro Shopping Bags". These bags may be Black but they are all green for the environment. Choose from Yoda or Darth Vader. For more on this story visit Mousedroid.com.”

    mselas@bigpond.net.au


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 November 2005 | 23:35 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Review: Tactical Ops Trooper #65
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated with Revenge of the Sith figure #65 Tactical Ops Trooper - "Vader's Fist". The hunt is on to find the final five and perhaps the most elusive may be the Tactical Ops Trooper, but did the ball get dropped on what could be the most sought after figure of the line? I think Hasbro should send the Legion a hand written apology, find out why! Feel free to offer your own feedback about the RotS collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Go to the Jedi Temple, you will catch them off balance, for they are truly suckers!



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 November 2005 | 21:22 EST
    Sandwatch Guide Update: Boba Binks on the Move
    You have done well, Lord VaderHey Troopers we have two updates to our Sandwatch Guides. First up from fellow Super-Trooper Boba Binks is the new Exclusive Holographic Emperor. Is it worth a thirty dollar Toys R Us shopping spree? It just pains me to see already six other "Exclusives" since CIII, three of which are pretty worthless, does this one make four?

    Catch the worm or ankles?Our next update is the newer Early Bird Kit. We were in a nostalgic awe when the RotS line was released back in April and some of the anticpation surrounding these figures was simply off the charts, however months later the truth comes out. There is something very familar about a couple of these new figures!



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 November 2005 | 21:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Soprano Man Reports: Stay on Target!
    “Be sure to check out Target the week of 11/20 for the Utapaun Shadow Troopers. They are to be set for an end cap salesplanner to last for several weeks. I guess you could infer there will be a large supply, but with Scalpers what is large enough?”


    Posted by: dustrho | 15 November 2005 | 20:48 EST
    r2dtoys.com Has C-3PO & AT-AT in Stock!
    Yes we have received both of these amazing pieces in very limited supply!

    Gentle Giant`s The Art of Star Wars AOTC C-3PO Exclusive mini bust (2500 worldwide) is £49 ($85 / 70 Euro approx).

    AT-AT Signature Edition from Master Replicas featuring a crashed Snowspeeder and including display case is £949.

    More News:
    The Master Replicas SNOWSPEEDER Studio Scale replica is on CLOSEOUT with r2dtoys.com! Priced to sell out this amazing piece, £409 originally, is now available for just £279! This is an amazing piece at an incredible price, not to be beaten!

    - Click to Enter r2dtoys -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 November 2005 | 23:13 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Graburn Reports:
    “Good Eve from Columbus, IN. Target has finally put the Utapau Troopers out onto the end cap display. Still no sign of 64~68 at any of the 3 local stores. As mentioned below, Target is seriously kicking the pants off the other retailers. Until the next time.”

    cgraburn@comcast.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 November 2005 | 19:34 EST

    Sale - 10% to 35% Off Selected Items: Our new system is much more advanced and allows us to offer you a varied level of discounts on different product lines. The discounts are listed on the individual product pages and our new system applies all discounts immediately (items that are new are not included) Here are the highlights of our current sale items, many more are not listed here, but shown on our site. Check out the entire sales list, which is quite large.

    New Arrivals:
    Star Wars Bust-Ups Series 4
    : The latest release in the Bust-Ups line by Gentle Giant. All figures are now available singly instead of by the bulky case of 24. They are priced between $4.99 and $5.49 each and figures include: Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Clone Trooper, Grievous, and Palpatine.

    Wallace & Grommit: Fun new figures from McFarlane based on the quirky stop-motion 'Were Rabbit' movie recently released. We have 8 different figures in stock, each available separately and priced between $10.99 and $11.49. Figures include 2 versions of Gromit, 2 versions of Wallace, and the other surrounding characters.

    The Beatles: McFarlane's new Animated Beatles boxed set has arrived, this set comes with the 4 band members and instruments, including full drum set, and also includes a green crocodile.

    Sports Picks: We have listed cases of 24 figures of the 3-inch Sports Picks at $79.99 per case. MLB, NFL, and NBA cases are each available. Each case will contain duplicates of some figures, but should include the full set.

    Also this week: Buffy, Galaxy Force Exclusives, and much more. Visit the Pre-Order menu where we are offering the awesome 1/4 Premium Scale Princess Leia and the first figure from Sideshow's new 12-inch figure license. Leia is priced at $239.99 and the new Luke is $46.99 - both good looking releases.

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 November 2005 | 19:34 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“Hey Troops, Jedimaster-C here form the Rocket City (Huntsville AL). Target is kicking Wal-Mart’s a$$ in terms of Star Wars figures. I found 6 Tac Ops Troopers, more Shadow Troopers (which were on the pegs) and 6 Corascunt sets. Wal-Mart is getting its collective butt kicked by the bulls eye. The latest wave Wal-Mart had was the Gree and Bly wave. It's good seeing new things though!”

    c-ryan@mchsi.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 November 2005 | 17:45 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Luke Jedi Sideshow 12-inch & ROTS Clone Trooper Koto model Pre-order. Mace Windu F/X lightsaber, Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter exclusive, Holographic Emperor, large scale TIE Fighter, Obi-Wan & Anakin lava figures, Plo Koons Jedi Starfighter; Battlepacks Assault on Hoth, Throne Room & Assault on Coruscant & more in stock. For more info click here.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 November 2005 | 19:02 EST
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has received the new Shadow and Covert Ops Troop figures. We have also received and additional shipment of the Clone Trooper Evolutions Version II.

    New Special Figures:
    Utapau Shadow Trooper
    Covert Ops Trooper

    Restock Collection I:
    Red Shock Trooper #6

    Pre-Order November 27th:
    Emperor Palpatine Mini Bust
    Titanium Figure Case Assortment
    Titanium Ultra Vehicle Case Assortment
    Titanium Vehicles Case Assortment
    2006 Basic Action Figures
    Unleashed 4 pack Case Assortment
    Restock Collection II:
    R4-P17 #68 - Corrected version
    Aayla Secura Hologram #67
    Wookiee Heavy Gunner - #64 - RARE Version
    Wookiee Heavy Gunner - #68 - Corrected Version
    Plo Koon Hologram - #66
    Meena Tills #47

    New Posters:
    Code 3 – RotS 3-D poster
    Code 3 – RotJ 3-D mini poster


    click to enter



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 November 2005 | 15:54 EST
    Holiday Jawa: More photos Added!
    More Christmas, More JawaWe have had some communitcation gaps and it appears we left out several frames of our Holiday Jawa review. Desert Rat was able to retransmit the frames and dustrho has added them to the guide for your viewing pleasure. With the Holiday Vader on the horizon and if the blast of cold weather has you feeling nostolgic about the holidays, click the icon on the right for a view of what's new.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 November 2005 | 15:30 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Racine Holiday Parade with the Midwest Garrison
    TD1043 Reporting for Duty!He may be a little short but he’s still a pretty good addition to the Midwest Garrison. Our very own S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier and latest 501st member TD1043 made his very first assignment. I showed up for escort duty as ordered and we had a great time Troopin’ the streets of Racine. After using some powerful “force” we were able to help Darth Vader get to his armor and lead the way through the cold and dark rainy night. For further details of our mission and briefing check out our recon page of the trip.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 November 2005 | 13:14 EST
    Sandtooper Bossk 31 Reports:
    “Hi everyone, this is Bossk 31. Due to situations beyond my control, I have to sell off a majority of my collection. I have carded and loose figures, vehicles, Masterpiece Editions, Autographs, Cinema Scenes and various other items being sold at reasonable prices. Any help would be appreciated.”

    hughes@sssnet.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 November 2005 | 13:13 EST
    Sandtrooper Eric Reports:
    “The Target in Sunset Hills, MO this morning had 5-6 of the Target Exclusive Clone Trooper and 3-4 of the version 4 all-white Clone Evolutions pack. I was not interested in these items because of cash flow issues. The Wal-Mart stores in South County, St. Louis, MO and Sunset Hills had nothing. Likewise, the Target in South County, St. Louis, MO had nothing worthwhile. My Wal-Mart in Waterloo, IL still has cases of the Gree and Bly waves minus the Separatists.”

    knox-leavitt1@charter.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 November 2005 | 0:15 EST
    And the Winner Is:
    I got a Quinlan Vos Pieface!The winner of the EU Poll at Sideshow Collectibles is up and I can say I'm a little sad with the results. If you'd like to take a look at the winners you can view the results. I was told by people at Sideshow there is always the possibility of them making every figure in this vote, but we can only demand they create Master Vos at a later date! I'm not too thrilled with the first installment, but hopefully our cries will be heard! Also feel free to sound off if you'd like to.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 November 2005 | 0:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    “Greetings fellow Troopers. There is nothing new to report from North central Kansas. The shelves are barren, and I am not having much luck. There are legions of Jedi Knights and Senators, but NONE of the Clone troopers or Commanders. If anyone out there can hook me up with Gree, Cody, and a squad of 501st troopers, I would greatly appreciate it. I fear that they will not make it here prior to them being no longer available! Thanks!”

    osso915@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 November 2005 | 0:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Scarbrs Reports:
    “I hope this gets to you Lake County, IL Troopers in time. The Target on Lewis Ave Waukegan I left 2 exclusive Clones today. They didn't have anything else new. Thursday afternoon I was in Vernon Hills and hit the stores out there, nothing. I did read on an other board that VH Target had gotten the Shadow Trooper but they where gone. Super Target in Mundelein didn't have them out yet either. Lave Obi-Wan and Anakin were found at every Target I hit.”

    scarbrs@yahoo.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 November 2005 | 20:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Scalperhunter 1 Reports:
    “Greetings from Americas Heartland. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. K-Mart and Target have the Holographic Plo Koon and Aylla Secura. Target seems to have quite a few Lava Anakin and Obi-Wan as well as Plo Koons Starfighter. They also have the new R4 and Wookiee Heavy Gunner. All of the Clone Commanders are now warming the shelves everywhere. C-3PO actually showed up at K-Mart. I picked up Targets Episode III w/collectors coin and the Best Buy exclusive Unleashed Darth Vader. That's it for today. United we Find and beware all scalpers. The HUNTER does not have school today and is on the prowl.”

    rrl1125@ccr.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 November 2005 | 20:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    “I put out the Target Clones today as well as the 2nd Evolutions and the Sith Evolutions at The Cherry Hill, NJ target. GO GET EM!”

    kmclark14@comcast.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 November 2005 | 20:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Forcehunter Reports:
    Gator Trooper“Greetings to all my pals from Sandtroopers. First, I would like to apologize to the fellow Troopers for not staying in touch, but I have had some problems keeping me away from the computer. Second, I need to call upon the support of the Imperial legion. My folks are in some financial binds, and I have fallen to selling off some portions of my collection. Thanks to all the Troopers who have helped me out in the past and to the site for the spy reports. Hopefully, after this little fiasco I will be back on the patrol. Thanks again.”

    patriotspride2003@yahoo.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 11 November 2005 | 10:29 EST
    Customs Section: One More Figure Added
    DescriptionHey Troopers, our Customs section has been updated once again with one more figure from fellow member Jedi Scholar 8. This time, instead of customizing a clone trooper or other miscellaneous clone soldiers, he has done a female Rodian Jedi named J'ss Ca'lba. One of his techniques that he used on this particular figure was that he used sewing thread to make the braided hair. Talk about some great talent there! Be sure to check out the pics of this Jedi on his customs page, and don't forget to leave him feedback about his recent customizing work here in our forums.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 November 2005 | 23:12 EST

    New Arrivals:
    Star Wars: A variety of older star wars items and a few new ones have arrived. New figures include the Star Wars Battlefront Scout Trooper, and exclusive Covert Ops Clone Trooper. Older items in stock include a variety of Micromachine sets and various 12-inch figures.

    Transformers Galaxy Force: Five new exclusives have just arrived including the awesome Sonic Convoy EX-02 Giftset. This set features a crystal version of Galaxy Convoy along with repainted versions of Sonic Bomber and Ramble - limited stock available at $199.99. Other exclusives in stock include Dark Nitro Convoy, Police Type Gasket, Dark Fang Wolf, and the EZ Collection Master Galvatron.

    Street Fighter III Variants: Cool repaints of all the Round 3 characters have just arrived and are now available singly. We have the regular set of 5 Round 3 figures for $49.99 and 14 variants in stock for $14.99. Each variant is limited to only 500 pieces so there isn't too much of a supply out there - check out some of the cool repaints.

    Marvel Legends 10: We've received a small shipment (and likely our last) of Toy Biz's Marvel Legends 10. We now have all figures in stock and listed singly including Mystique, Mr. Sinister, Variant Angel, Variant Cyclops and the rest!

    Also this week: Gundam, Family Guy, Invader Zim, Guyver, Microman, The Warriors, Power Rangers and much more!

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 November 2005 | 18:57 EST
    Sandtrooper Milwaukee Mike Reports:
    “Greetings Troopers, I have a quick update from Milwaukee. Found four of the final five at Hwy100 Target (no clones!). Also using the DPCI number, I was able to walk out with Shadow Trooper. That figure is sweet. Also, found the Spud trooper at Hwy 100 Wal-Mart. Death to scalpers.”

    peachiv@wi.rr.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 November 2005 | 18:51 EST
    Update from Andrew's Toyz:
    New arrivals at Andrew’s Toyz! We have been very busy shipping and receiving new products. We have the new Kotobukiya Clone Trooper (Blue), Yoda and Darth Maul Model kits. Take a look at the list below to see what else is new:

    New Code III:
    Revenge of the Sith mini sculpted poster
    Return of the Jedi mini sculpted poster
    Revenge of the Jedi mini sculpted poster (EXCLUSIVE)

    New Gentle Giant:
    Yoda ESB mini bust
    Darth Vader RotS mini bust
    General Grievous Maquette
    Bust-Ups Series 4 (coming very soon)
    Emperor mini bust (pre-order and save!)
    New Exclusives:
    Lava Darth Vader "Anakin"
    Lava Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Covert Ops Clone Trooper
    Holographic Emperor
    Unleashed Darth Vader (Best Buy)

    New Master Replicas:
    Darth Vader LE Lightsaber
    Obi-Wan Kenobi LE Lightsaber
    Darth Vader .45 lightsaber


    Special Offer: Get $10 of Andrew’s Toyz store credit for FREE! Stop by our site for complete details. We are always the first to bring you new and popular Star Wars collectibles at great prices. Make sure to visit our site regularly, we are receiving shipments daily! Don’t forget to sign up for our free newsletter …there will be a very big promotion coming soon only to newsletter members.

    - Click to Enter Andrew's Toyz -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 November 2005 | 17:56 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedihawk Reports:
    Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border Patrol“Well Troops it has been a while. But it has been quite around here also. So no real need to report. But I will do some anyway. Target - Got plenty of the Clone Attack 5 packs. Still a few on the shelves. Also plenty of the Lava Duel Figures. They also put out the Shadow Troopers and sold through in a day. Everybody loves clones! But they have not re-stocked a basic figure in at least 2 months (or more). Lots of everything else to go around. But the pegs are still full of Bail, Mas, Aayla, Luminara and Tarful. Wal-Mart - Seems to be doing OK. They put out some new stuff every once in a while. They have had up to the Gree/Bly wave. Lots of Clone Evo packs of the yellow variety. Not many basic figures here either though. Still plenty of ships, playsets, Vader heads, Force Battlers and basically all other product. They had plenty (and still do) of the DVD 3 packs. Also they still have Star Wars in 2 Location in the toy Dept.

    Super Wal-Mart - Well about the same as the other. Except they put out a large aisle set with one side being the $20 ships and the other boxes of basic figures when the DVD hit. Figures were only up to Gree/Bly (at least that I saw) but that was the first real re-stock in quite some time. They still have the SW section in the main aisle and in the toy aisle. But not a whole lot to be excited about. They seemed to have less of the DVD 3 packs. TRU - you have got to be kidding. That is about all I can say about them. They did get in some of the Holographic Emperors, but were requiring the $30 purchase and not selling them for $9.99 but for me they didn't have $30 worth of stuff to buy. Well that is about all for here. Hopefully Christmas will bring in some good stuff. Granted my wallet can use a break! The only way I am keeping up is because of fellow collectors who hook me up. And hey I just posted a trade list in the Forums. Check it out and drop me a PM if you want to deal.”


    swfan_bcs@hotmail.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 November 2005 | 17:50 EST
    Update from Action-HQ:
    Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you FIRST with the Star Wars Internet Exclusive Wedge Antilles, New Transformers Alternators, Cybertron Deluxe, Scout & Mini-Cons, Specials on Star Convoy, Saint Seiya DX Figures & More!

    Pre-Order
    - Star Wars Kotobukiya 1/7 SnowTrooper
    - AHQ Star Wars Special Kotobukiya SandTrooper
    - DOOM Hell Knight Limited Edition Statue
    - DOOM BFG Bio Force Gun 12 inch Replica Limited Edition
    - G.I.Joe Storm Shadow 1/4 Bust Limited Edition
    - Kotobukiya Robocop One Coin Series 1 Set of 5
    - Marvel Legends 12 Set of 6 Figures
    - Marvel Saga Series 8 Venom Statue

    visit Action-HQ below



    Posted by: dustrho | 10 November 2005 | 8:59 EST
    Going Back in Time!
    Sandtroopers know how to kick a lot of a@@!Hey Troopers, it’s that time again we’re we go “Back in Time” to visit one of our older Dewback Patrol missions. 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 (who was on its last leg), 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 do some volunteer work for them. 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: dustrho | 10 November 2005 | 8:47 EST
    Top Five Best/Worst Moments in All Six Films?
    The HUB (Michigan's entertainment resource) recently wrote up a good article, where they declare what they believe to be the top moments in all the Star Wars films. Funny thing about this article though, is that they state, "This list will, as you'll see, skew heavily toward the first three films in the saga, but if you're a fan of the more recent movies, don't worry. They'll get their time in the spotlight next week, when we present part 2: five Awful Star Wars moments." On this list the top five moments don't mention one scene from any of the prequel films. So, what were YOUR top five best moments in all the Star Wars films? What were your five worst moments? Read their top moment selections here, and state your top five best/worst five moments here in our forums.




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 November 2005 | 18:59 EST
    Sandtrooper Tim Reports:
    “I went to 2 Target stores here in Memphis (Winchester & Spottswood) using the DCPI # that you posted for the Exclusive Shadow Trooper…same thing at both store none on the shelves and no barcode stickers. I had written the # down and at both stores had someone working there to check the numbers and low and behold both stores had them in the stockroom. I got 2 at each store and I noticed something strange, they each brought out several figures to get what I wanted, but instead of them putting them on the shelves they took them back to the stockroom, so I’m not sure if this means they are saving them for a promo or what but I thought it was odd.”

    Movieguy11a@aol.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 November 2005 | 18:35 EST
    Update from Star Wars Shop.com: New Darkhorse Products!
    I know that dude man!Dark Horse has two new titles available at StarWarsShop.com. Star Wars Tales Volume 6 TPB features ten new tales -thrilling adventures that traverse and illuminate every era in the Star Wars mythos. From the life-affirming lessons of the Force to the moral and emotional fallout that comes with giving oneself over to the ways of the Sith, these exhilarating stories will change the way you see that galaxy far, far away...

    In Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 8--The Last Siege, The Final Truth TPB a betrayal will be revealed and the ultimate sacrifice made. This volume of Star Wars: Clone Wars, chronicles events that tie directly into Revenge of the Sith!



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 November 2005 | 18:14 EST
    Sandtrooper Scott Reports: Contest at Yakface.com
    Yakface.com and the Star Wars Action News Podcast have teamed up to give away the following prizes:

  • 1 set of Target Exclusive Mustafar Duel Figures
  • 1 Celebration III Darth Vader Action Figure
  • 2 TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor Action Figures

    All the info on how to enter can be found here. We will collect entries until November 26th and the winners will be announced on Arnie & Marjorie's
    podcast on November 27th.


    Posted by: dustrho | 9 November 2005 | 12:40 EST
    Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu Reunite!
    Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu Reunite!The BBC News has recently reported that Star Wars actors Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson are reuniting for a new movie called "Poker Night." The film will be directed by Nick Gillard, who was the stunt co-ordinator for the Star Wars prequels. BBC News said, "Christensen will play a detective who is kidnapped by a serial killer, said industry newspaper Daily Variety." Read more about this here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 9 November 2005 | 11:19 EST
    New Arrivals and Great Prices from r2dtoys.com
    We have received the 2nd variant of the Evolutions Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper action figure set ! Priced at £25 these are HOT and selling very fast ! They are also totally different to the first Evo pack. We still have stocks of the first 3 sets of Evolution packs.

    We have also received our Wedge Antilles internet exclusive figures very early ! Priced at £12 this is the lowest price in Europe ! Hurry because this special price will expire on 30 November !

    Deal of the Week:
    Last week we offered the Kotobokiya Han Solo for just £39 !

    NEW FOR THIS WEEK is the Clone Wars action figure DURGE for just £6 (9 Euro/$10). This week`s offer expires next Wednesday.

    Still in stock and shipping:
    Covert Ops Clone Trooper £13
    Separation of the Twins £25 (for both)
    Early Bird mailaway kit £20
    Attack on Coruscant Battle Pack £25
    Holographic Emperor Palpatine £18
    Holographic Princess Leia £10 - Special Price expires on 30 November !
    Clone Trooper 3-pack (Green and Blue versions in stock)
    Darth Vader on operating table £11
    Sandtrooper Collectible Bust by Gentle Giant (both types) £35
    Darth Vader Collectible Bust by Gentle Giant £30
    Yoda Collectible Bust by Gentle Giant £30
    Rebel vs Empire Ballte Pack £22
    Plus nearly all Episode 3 items including ships !

    We are temporarily sold out of Star Cases.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 November 2005 | 9:46 EST
    Sandtrooper Michael Reports: Thanks Troopers!
    Goes down Souf!“This is Sandtrooper Michael from Tampa Bay reporting in! First let me say that thanks to the help from my fellow collectors, and my own patience and determination, I was able to almost completely restore my collection from what had been lost in the fire. So thank you again. I'd like to report that the exclusive Plo Koon starfighter is in stock at the Super Target in Clearwater and also let you know that the final 6 figures were in abundance at the Super Wal-Mart in Oldsmar. Also, one last request for help... Please, please tell me one of you has a ROTS Tarkin and Ask Aak that you could sell or trade for, it would be most appreciated! Thanks, and good luck!”

    Morley2020@aol.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 November 2005 | 20:26 EST
    Sandtrooper Jeffred5 Reports:
    “Yippee-Ky-ay, I would like very much to thank the Trooper that supplied the DCPI# 087-06-0516 for the Target Excl Utapau Shadow Trooper. I had been checking my local Target for weeks for the figure and all they kept telling me is "if it's not on the shelf we don't have it, but new stuff comes in and the shelves get restocked every night so we don't know what will come in." Well when I first got the DCPI# I tried calling all the local Targets and they didn't even want to hear the DCPI# the just asked what the name of the figure was, and then told me sorry we haven't seen that one yet. Well I got tired of the run around and went down to the store late in the evening when they were slow and sweet talked a Customer Service Worker into looking up the figure with the DCPI# I gave her and after a few minutes searching she said they had them in back and if I didn't mind waiting a little while she would go find them. The catch was her manager wouldn’t let her go all the way back and search for just one figure so I Had to buy the Whole Case I said that wouldn’t be a problem. So, I have a few Utapau Shadow Troopers for those of you that would like to trade for them I Have a list of what I'm looking for So, if you are interested E-mail me and I'll sent you my wish list whatever I can't trade I'll sell at a fair price I'm no scalper and after a month I will return whatever I have left.”

    jlj1971@sbcglobal.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 November 2005 | 20:26 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharoah Reports:
    Goes down Souf!“DarthPharaoh with just a couple quick items today. I’ve found the repainted Clone Evolution pack at a Wal-Mart in Lawrenceville, Ga. Only one left and was beat to snot but I was going to open it anyway. So they are hitting shelves in the Atlanta area. The interesting thing I saw was a Star Wars Foosball table. ROTS deco with Clone Troopers vs. Super Battle Droids. Very cool and a bit shorter than normal for kids but still easily playable for adults and priced nicely I thought at just about $55. Hadn’t heard of this coming so look for them at Wally World. I’m out and...Death to all scalpers! Update 11-9: Shadow Troopers have landed and made it to the shelf here in Hotlanta!”

    djohnson@internap.com



    Posted by: dustrho | 8 November 2005 | 15:00 EST
    The Apprentice - Blame Game
    The Official Site now has a video clip (one of four TV spots) of Donald Trump chewing out Darth Vader and some stormtroopers in his conference room, and it's worth watching because there's some good humor in it. Coming up on NBC's "The Apprentice," the candidates square off in the glitzy film business and work with one of the biggest movie franchises of all time: Star Wars. The episode will be on the air November 10th at 9:00pm (ET) on NBC, so you won't want to miss out on this! Check out the video clip here.




    Posted by: dustrho | 8 November 2005 | 13:57 EST
    Chewbacca on Ice
    Chewbacca on IcePeter Mayhew, the man who has played the role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, will be present at this weekend's USHL hockey matchup between the Green Bay Gamblers and Indiana Ice. Mayhew is expected to be signing autographs throughout the evening. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday (November 12) at 7:00pm (CT) at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis. Read the full story here, and if you happen to attend the show feel free to shoot us an email with your pictures and report of the event.



    Posted by: dustrho | 8 November 2005 | 12:26 EST
    New Figures for 2006... Including a Republic Commando Character!
    Scorch, Republic CommandoHasbro has announced today several new figures that will be released in early 2006, and the most exciting one of them all will be a character from the video game Republic Commando! The figure lineup will include the following: Scorch (Republic Commando), Sora Bulq, Sun Fac, Poggle the Lesser, C-3PO with Battle Droid Head (rehashed figures), Jango Fett (another rehash), and finally Yoda (yet another rehash). The detail on Scorch is quite amazing, but it's hard to tell if he has much articulation from the one image on Hasbro's website. Nonetheless, I feel pretty good because Hasbro has finally listened to their customers... the loyal Star Wars fans. Read more about this here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 8 November 2005 | 12:08 EST
    ROTS & Battlefront II Generate $210M
    ROTS & Battlefront II Generate $210MWe all knew that the recent sales of the Revenge of the Sith DVD and Battlefront II video game would bring in a lot of money, but I didn't think they would sell that well! It was reported on Comingsoon.net's website that they both took in more than $210 million in total sales across the globe, which is an unbelievable number! Be sure to read the full report of this here.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 November 2005 | 18:14 EST
    Update from Sideshow Collectibles: Sandtroopers Forum Members ONLY!
    Sideshow Collectibles and Sandtroopers.com are joining forces to help promote the new Premium Format line! From now until November 28th forum members that access this page and sign up for the Sideshow newsletter will be put into a drawing for a Premium Format Luke Skywalker. The winner will be selected by Sideshow on November 29th 2005. This is available to Sandtroopers.com Forum members ONLY, so if you are already registered you are automatically in the selection process!


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 November 2005 | 15:38 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Taking Pre-Orders on OTC Bounty Hunters 6 pack. Gentle Giant Darth Vader, Yoda & Sandtrooper set of 2 mini busts; 13 Rawcliffe ROTS snowglobes, waterglobes & ornaments; Darth Maul & Boba Fett Kotobukiya models, 6 ROTS Hasbro lightsabers, 4 Kurt Adler ornaments in stock. For more info click here.”

    Click Here



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 November 2005 | 15:38 EST
    Sandtroopette Stephanie Reports:
    “Hello from So Cal. I finally found the holographic Aayla Secura and Plo Koon today. I stopped by Kmart for something else and was surprised to see a huge selection of the newer figures -- 10+ each of the new R4 and Tactical Ops troopers as well as a few of the holographic figures and Wookiee Commanders. They also had a good selection of the Kmart exclusive deformed figures (which are on sale for $7.99 this week as well as $17.99 for the electronic lightsabers and regular battlepack sets). Everything Star Wars was 10% off, so the normally higher prices were a bit lower than usual on the figures. They also had some neat M&M Star Wars character mugs. Wal-Mart and Target didn't have much new. Thanks for the posting on the Target exclusive clone DCPI #. None of the stores here have received them yet, but at least with the number, I can keep asking! Take care.”

    Teffie1@aol.com


    Posted by: dustrho | 7 November 2005 | 11:59 EST
    Ian McDiarmid Interviewed
    Ian McDiarmid InterviewedGuardian Unlimited recently sat down with Ian McDiarmid for a one-on-one interview regarding him running London's Almeida theatre and why the Dark Side resembles the Oval office. In regards to the Oval office comparison he mentions the following: "I remember when I sat there in the Evil Emperor's swivel chair and George [Lucas] said things like 'does it remind you of the Oval office?' And I realised that at that time Richard Nixon was in his mind." Read the full article here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 7 November 2005 | 11:48 EST
    Opening Scene in ANH Rated Number One
    Opening Scene in ANH Rated Number OneIn a recent poll by Sky Movies, it was discovered that a lot of people were completely blown away by the opening scene to Star Wars: A New Hope. In the poll that they're currently running on their website, you are able to choose from such movies as Star Wars, Jaws, Speed, Reservoir Dogs, and several others. The results of the poll show that Star Wars has been rated number one with thirty percent of the votes, and Jaws is rated second with twenty-two percent of the votes. Be sure to cast your vote now!



    Posted by: dustrho | 7 November 2005 | 9:54 EST
    The Reviews Keep Piling Up for Battlefront II
    The Reviews Keep Piling Up for Battlefront III can't begin to tell you how many different reviews I've ready about Battlefront II in the last week, but I can tell you one thing about them... they're all great reviews about this sequel to an already great video game. The most recent review is from the Washington Examiner, which goes into detail about the different missions you can play. They were quoted at saying, "If you liked the first game, there's no way you should consider passing this up. And even if you've never played the first game or you don't like Star Wars (sacrilege!), Battlefront II is so fantastic that it is a must-own." Read their full review here.



    Posted by: Julian | 6 November 2005 | 12:41 EST
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has added this month’s pre-order items to our site. Pre-Order deadline is November 27th, 2005. We have also received more of the Episode 3 12-inch figures. Update 11-9: Collection II is now back in stock and shipping!

    Pre-Order November 27th, 2005:
    Emperor Palpatine Mini Bust
    Titanium Figure Case Assortment
    Titanium Ultra Vehicle Case Assortment
    Titanium Vehicles Case Assortment
    2006 Basic Action Figures
    Unleashed 4 pack Case Assortment

    New Evolution Figures:
    Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Version 2

    New Posters:
    Code 3 – RotS 3-D poster
    Code 3 – RotJ 3-D mini poster

    Restock Episode 3 12-inch Figures:
    Shaak Ti
    Barriss Offee
    Chewbacca
    Clone Trooper
    Darth Sidious
    Anakin Skywalker - Darth Vader
    New Collection I:
    Commander Bly #57
    Wookiee Commando #58
    Commander Gree #59
    Grievous Bodyguard #60
    Passel Argente #61
    Cat Miin #62
    Neimoidian Commander #63
    Clone Commander #33 - Green
    Clone Pilot #34 – Black

    Back in Stock Special Figures:
    DVD E3 Collection Multi-Packs
    Holographic Emperor
    Darth Vader Lava Reflection
    Obi-Wan Kenobi Lava Reflection

    Back in Stock Titianum:
    Gift Set #2
    X-Wing Fighter – Ultra
    Republic Gunship – Ultra


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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 November 2005 | 4:48 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    The First Lady of ST.com!“Hi Troops, Donna from So Cal. The second set of the Titanium Gift set w/raw metal TIE Bomber has hit Wal-Mart. I also found the fourth variation #2 Anakin with transparent red Dooku saber at the same store. At Target, the new Galactic Heroes (Holo Emperor wave) have shown up and the corrected version of R4-P17 with #64. Also I found a Complete Mini Bust Collection in the Trading Card area by a company called Excell Marketing. It is a box of 8 mini figs about one inch tall made of plastic. Figs included are Vader, Maul, Trooper, Yoda, C-3PO, Anakin, Amidala, and Binks. With the help of a local collector, he picked me up the second version of the Clone Evolution (gray) at Target. No luck yet in finding the Shadow Trooper. Either they show up as "no location" or "shelf date of 11/20". Was able to pick up a Deformed Yoda at K-mart but no sign of Darth Maul. Lastly, received my Covert Ops Troopers to end the week. Happy Hunting to all!”

    theloneswlady@adelphia.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 November 2005 | 3:48 EST
    Images Reloaded: End Transmission
    All good things must come to an end, and unfortunatley I just finished up adding the last two Revenge of the Sith Basic figures to our 2005 Hasbro Figures Images section. You can see both holographic rehashes from the Images menu. Just added to the list are Holographic Plo Koon and Aayla Secura. I'm very sad they are going back to pushing OTC so soon. Do you agree? You may also click any of the thumbnails below to enter the galleries. United We Find Troops, enjoy!

                       Plo Koon - Holographic Transmission
                       Aayla Secura - Holographic Transmission




    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 November 2005 | 1:39 EST
    Sandtrooper Mark Reports:
    “It has been a year or more since I posted last so I thought that I would send one from the north side of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Target is the place to go up here. Most of the Targets I have been to have plenty of Lava Anakins, Lava Obi-wans, and Clone Trooper Battlepacks. I have not seen the Shadow Trooper yet. Every wave of figures has made an appearance however I have not been lucky enough to get to the store in time get a Tarkin, 501st Clone Trooper, Holographic Plo Koon or holo Aayla Secura. If anyone can help with the Tarkin that would be great. Also, if anyone is looking for Power of the Jedi figures I have a bunch of them mint on card (they are out of cases that I purchased) that I would like to sell. Many of them have the more valuable numbering on the back of the card as well. I also have some EP1 figures (unfortunately none of the rare one! s but some Darth Maul Sith Lords, Obi-wan and Qui-Gonn w/soft goods etc.) if anyone is interested in those. Send me your needs at drop me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible. A special thanks to the others who have posted from the Minnesota area. Your reports have been helpful. Sandtrooper Mark signing off for now.”
    andersonmarkd@netscape.net

    Welcome back! For any of you Troopers like Mark who haven't written in lately, drop US a line. It's always good to hear from the seasoned veterans!


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 November 2005 | 1:33 EST
    Update from Sideshow Collectibles: Princess Leia NOW Available!
    We were all dazzled with the sneak preview last week, and now she is available for pre-order! Perhaps the best likeness of Princess Leia ever. Sideshow sets the standard for the 12-inch line of the future and with products like this, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to in the future. Click the banner below to get what is sure to go very fast!

    Princess Leia Premium Format Figure



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 November 2005 | 20:43 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Randrew reports: 1-6 but not Dead in Packerland!
    “Both the east side and west-side Target have the Lava Obi-Wan and Anakin on the shelf (only a few left though). I picked up an exclusive Shadow Trooper at the east side Target. The people at the east side Target are VERY nice -- I have got the last 4 Target exclusive figures there. The toy manager at the east side is great. The manager of toys at the west side Target is NOT nice at all. She put up signs that said they would not help customers find collectible toys... very poor customer service. Go to the east side to find your toys.”

    rlucassen@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 November 2005 | 15:16 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #331

    - click above to enter -


    We have posted our latest Newsletter #331. Brian's Toys is now selling the Best Buy Exclusive Unleashed Darth Vader for only $34.99! Get this item while it is still available! Their featured item this week is the Evolution Clone Trooper #2 (white version) for $29.99 so pick one up today! Limited quantities are available.

    They are also slashing prices on many of their Episode III 4-inch carded action figures. Tons of new discounted prices - check out the great savings! Brian's Toys has also discounted many products from the Original Trilogy Collection, Clone Wars, Episode 1, and a few select figures from their Vintage toy line. It's an exciting week at brianstoys.com so come and save on new items before they're gone!


    Posted by: dustrho | 5 November 2005 | 10:17 EST
    New Titanium Series Figures and Vehicles for 2006
    New Titanium Series Figures and Vehicles for 2006Another announcement was made yesterday by Hasbro, and this time it involves new Titanium Series figures and vehicles. Did I just say "figures?" Yes, Hasbro has decided to make two Titanium Series figures, and the two that were chosen are Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Those were good characters to choose, since they're probably the most liked characters of all the films. The vehicles include the following: Speeder Bike, Republic Attack Cruiser, Clone Turbo Tank, and the TIE Fighter (limited white edition). There are also two Ultra vehicles that will be produced, and those are the ARC-170 Starfighter and the Droid Tri-Fighter. These should all become available in early 2006. Check out all the pictures of these here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 5 November 2005 | 10:05 EST
    Hasbro Announces Hoth Wave of Figure for 2006
    Major Bren DerlinHasbro announced yesterday the latest wave of figures that will be hitting store shelves in early 2006, and this wave will be themed around those who participated in the Battle of Hoth. A total of eight figures will be released in this wave, and they include the following: General Veers, Major Bren Derlin, AT-AT Driver, R2-D2 (another one!?), Snowtrooper, General Rieekan, Power Droid and Darth Vader (how many do we have now!?). The only new character out of this wave that has never been done before is Maror Bren Derlin, who looks very well done. The AT-AT Driver, General Veers and the Power Droid look to be new sculpts, but is it me or does that AT-AT Driver look just a bit odd? He reminds me of the body style that the animate Clone Wars figures have to them. Nonetheless, Hasbro isn't ashamed of these, and I know we'll all be running out to the stores when these are released. Check them all out here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 5 November 2005 | 9:28 EST
    Exclusive Covert Ops Clone Trooper IN STOCK at SWS.com!
    Exclusive Covert Ops Clone Trooper IN STOCK at SWS.com!One of the coolest exclusive figures in recent years to come out is now back in stock at StarWarsShop.com. The SWS.com exclusive Covert Ops clone trooper action figure is now in stock, and comes in its very own collector case. This piece is partially covered in vac-metallized finish, with camouflaged patterning on select sections of its armor, and only a limited number were produced. Head on over to
    StarWarsShop.com to order yours now!



    Posted by: dustrho | 5 November 2005 | 6:57 EST
    Customs Section: Two More Figures Added
    Commander Appo of the 501stHey Troopers, our Customs Section has just been updated. Fellow staff member Jedi Scholar 8 has brought to us two more custom clone troopers... Commander Dyre (FanFic) and Commander Appo of the 501st. As much as I like the Commander Dyre figure, I was much more amazed at how well Commander Appo turned out! I really like the removable helmet on this guy, and I think Hasbro should have made more figures this way. Check out his customs page here.



    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 4 November 2005 | 19:06 EST
    Area Report: Boston, MA
    Baahstaan's favorite faarhmmaar!“Ok, I know I haven't had a store report for a while now, but that is because the Massachusetts population of Sandtroopers have increased drastically, and we are trying hard to help each other out. All 68 have been released, and the new clones are not sticking around for long. The new Target Shadow Trooper arrived here this morning to a lot of the area Targets, and they seem to be hit or miss. I was able to score 2 from the Worcester Target, by securing them over the phone. A big thanks goes out to Bosskmr for the phone call at work this afternoon. Remember, these are not supposed to hit the shelves until 11/20, but if you're nice about it, you might be in luck. The DPCI# is 087-06-0516. It maybe easier to just call it in like I did. You'll save a lot of useless driving around this way. Hope everyone can score at least 1 this weekend.”

    jimsjedi@sandtroopers.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 November 2005 | 19:02 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a little detail from my mission today.

    Target (Gurnee & Waukegan, IL) “still has the Lava Figures & Clone Trooper battle pack exclusive in stock. No sign of the Shadow Trooper though.”

    Kmart (Waukegan, IL) “has the less desirable Imperial Throne Room exclusive in stock. The Jedi Temple Assault pack is long gone.”

    TRU (Gurnee, IL) “has their Holographic Emperor in stock. That's all for now. Later.”

    wrightcombo@juno.com



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 November 2005 | 19:01 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Vegas Reports:
    “Hey Troopers, Just a quick note on the new Covert Ops Clone Trooper from StarWarsShop.com. Mine arrived and they are beautiful. Another great looking clone figure to add to the previous multitudes. They come protected in their own Collectors case. If you were able to get them ordered back in August, they were a pretty sweet deal. Now the price is getting up there! I wanted to add my review of the new Movie Episode 3 and I will be short...freakin awesome...amen!”

    tpinney2@cox.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 November 2005 | 18:53 EST
    Update from Action-HQ
    Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with the new Star Wars Unleashed Darth Vader, Clone Battle Pack Target Exclusive Collector's Case, Saint Seiya Grand Pope, RAH Comic Version Spiderman, S.I.C Vol 30 2-Pack & More!

    In Stock Now
    Battle Pack Clone Attack on Coruscant 5-pack box set
    EP3 DVD Release Exclusive Unleashed Darth Vader
    Target Exclusive Collector's Figure Protect Case
    Saint Seiya Japan Exclusive Grand Pope
    Medicom 1/6 RAH Spiderman Comic Version
    S.I.C Vol 30 Kaiza & Delta 2-Pack

    Pre-Order Available - Arriving November
    Medicom 1/6 RAH StormTrooper
    Transformers BT-16 Skids
    Transformers BTA-03 BroadBlast
    Saint Seiya Unicorn
    Saint Seiya Hydra
    Marvel Story Image Figure Trading Figures

    More items available for December 2005.

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    Posted by: dustrho | 4 November 2005 | 10:20 EST
    Battlefront II Getting Great Reviews
    Battlefront II Getting Great ReviewsThe latest Star Wars video game by Lucasarts, Battlefront II, has been getting rave reviews all across the country. I think it's fair to say that this game could have only gotten better, as the first one was pretty damn good to begin with. Hell, it was rated the best-ever Star Wars video game when it was originally released! After playing the game myself, I can definitely say this is easily one of the most fun Star Wars games I've played in a while. Read the full review here.



    Posted by: dustrho | 4 November 2005 | 9:44 EST
    The Force is with Trump
    The Force is with TrumpIn a recent news article from Forbes.com, it was revealed that the highly successful and powerful Donald Trump will be working with the Emperor of the galaxy (I mean George Lucas), by bringing Star Wars into his successful TV show, "The Apprentice." He will be helping Lucas with the launch of the "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" DVD and the "Star Wars: Battlefront II" video game. This particular episode will be on the air November 10th at 9:00pm (ET) on NBC, so you won't want to miss out on this!. Read the full story here.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 November 2005 | 21:03 EST
    Update to Collection Page: North of Chicago, way South of Heaven!
    Here's a little game we play called the Spice is right, SUCKAS!Tonight we update our Collections Page with one near and dear to my heart, my very own. From a slammin’ new set of battle gear, tons of new autographs and a present from my very dear wife, I decided it was time to update with some pictures. This all was done of course after I spent 7 hours cleaning, dusting and moving cases of 12-inch figures into a storage facility! All in a days work, and for you Troopers next birthday, tell your loved ones nothing says I love you like Master Replicas! United We Find Troops.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 November 2005 | 20:48 EST

    New Star Wars in Stock:

    Evolutions: The repainted version of the very popular Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper set has just arrived and is available for $23.99 - this set features a dust/dirt covered Sandtrooper and repainted versions of both Clone Troopers - a great looking set.

    Attacktix Wave II: Our first shipment sold out immediately and we have a much larger restock on hand now! The second wave of Attacktix features a new mix of figures in each booster box. If you order 6 booster boxes we'll ship you the full contents of a single case so you'll receive the best possible mix of figures! In stock now for $7.99 per booster box.

    RotS Basic: #33 Clone Commander with green paint has just arrived, also more #26 Yoda, #41 Clone Trooper, #9 Grievous Bodyguard, #54 AT-RT Drive, and a variety of other figures are also in stock.

    Mace Windu F/X Saber: Master Replicas has finally starting shipping this desirable saber again. We have limited stock on hand for $113.99 each, and more are arriving soon!

    RotS Deluxe: Rebuild Darth Vader - $10.99, Red Clone Trooper 3-Pack - $10.99, and the Anakin changes to Vader deluxe figure for $12.99.

    Spudtrooper: A big batch of Spudtroopers has just arrived and they are now available for $8.99 each! Darth Tater is also in stock for $8.99 each.

    G.I. Joe: Four new items have just arrived from the ARAH 2005 lineup. The R.O.C.C. (Rolling Operation Command Center) and R.H.I.N.O. (Rapid Heli-Integrated Neutralizing Offensive) vehicles are now in stock for $42.99 and $32.99 respectively. These vehicles are fairly realistic looking, which is a nice tribute to the early 80's vehicles. Also in stock are the two new 3-packs with comic - each set is priced at $11.49 and the figures include: Buzzer, Ripper & Thrasher; and Scarlett, Breaker, Cobra Commander.

    Slash – G & R: McFarlane brings you a very nicely sculpted Slash figure with guitar & amps, even the top hat and cigarette. In stock now for $12.99.

    Also this week: Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Transformers Cybertron, and much more!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 November 2005 | 19:51 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Recon Patrol“I was out and about today and I saw TONS of the 3 pack figures at Wal-Mart in Burlington N.J. they also had a pallet of light sabers and Wave 2 deluxe figures. Toys R Us is a Joke. I do not have info on the revision for The Target Troopers but as soon as I do I'll pass it along, Heck I’ll even let you know when I set it. I picked up the Hallmark Vader. It is a very nice piece.”

    kmclark14@comcast.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 November 2005 | 19:51 EST
    Sandtrooper Anthony Reports:
    “Hey Troopers, it has been a very good week here in Eden Praire Minnesota. On Saturday I was able to find the ever-elusive Republic Gunship; it was hiding up in the back corner of a Toys R Us store. Yesterday, I was able to locate the Utapau Shadow Trooper, at two separate Targets, I also checked two Super Targets and neither had them in stock. Finally, last night at yet another Target I found the Clone Evolution repaint this was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Good luck to all you troopers in your hunts. As always thanks for the great site.”

    gran0297@umn.edu


    Posted by: dustrho | 3 November 2005 | 8:58 EST
    Newsletter & DVD Release Special Promotion at r2dtoys.com
    Gentle Giant - in stock & shipping now!
    Darth Vader Bust £30
    Yoda Bust £30
    Han Solo Bust £27
    General Grievous Maquette £59
    Han Solo Stormtrooper Exclusive £49
    Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Exclusive £89
    Chrome Stormtrooper Exclusive £49
    Biker Scout on Speeder Bike (sold out - more stock arrives soon)

    Gentle Giant - arriving this week
    Sandtrooper Bust (black pauldron)
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    To read the newsletter in its entirety click here.

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    Posted by: dustrho | 2 November 2005 | 22:28 EST
    ROTS Reviewed in Boston
    DescriptionNow that "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" is finally out on DVD, everyone out there will be reviewing this DVD for weeks. Hell, it wouldn't surprise me if someone here wanted to do a review of it for all our loyal Troopers, but when you read review after review are they really worth reading anymore? Well, one review caught my eye today, when BostonHerald.com wrote a negative review of the new DVD. The author sounds like he had way too much fun with all the ripping toward George Lucas and the DVD, but we all know he doesn't have a clue as to what he's talking about. I'd tell you to write him an email with your thoughts about his review, but he's too chicken to share it with us. Check out his full review here.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 November 2005 | 22:16 EST
    Sideshow EU Vote: 2 days left!
    Don’t forget Troopers the voting will end soon and we need your help in choosing the next Expanded Universe 12-inch figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Choose Kir Kanos, Mara Jade, Padme Amidala (Artic), Grand Admiral Thrawn, Asajj Ventress or Quinlan Vos. Our good friend Doug Wangler emailed us and asked again for our last minute push for his character to be immortalized in plastic! United We Find, only two days left to get your vote in, and don’t forget to make your vote count through the confirmation process! Click the image below to cast your vote.

    - We need EVERY Trooper to help Quin win -



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 November 2005 | 22:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Vegas Reports:
    If you roll with ST, you're guaranteed 7 or 11 EVERYTIME!“Hey Troops, I picked up the E3 DVD's. Full screen at Target and Wide screen at Wal-Mart just to cover the bases. I was able to pick up the DVD 3 pack collection as well. The clones are pretty cool! Hey Sam's Club had these exclusive playsets out last weekend. One was the ARC-170 Fighter with four action figures and then they had this Mustafar Playset that had six action figures that came with it. I haven't seen these before and they sold out in about 30 seconds. I picked up one of each, as they were under 30.00 credits. Just a side note, the stores are selling collectors display case sets of 5 to protect some of the favorite figures. My clones look great! That's about it from the Southwestern Sector! May the Force be with you!”

    tpinney2@cox.net



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 November 2005 | 22:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Hothchad Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Elite Forces“HothChad from Central Minnesota. It’s been awhile since I reported last. Here is what is happening up here. Wal-Mart- found the final 5 at 2 different stores, also the DVD packs. Targets-Been kind of slow lately, but I did find the Shadow Trooper today, had to ask for it. Kmart-not much going on there, I did pick-up 2 Jedi Temple Assault Battlepacks for trade or will sell for cost-plus shipping. Will be out of town for 5 days, but will get back to you next week. Picked up the movie yesterday and watch it and it just gets better each time. HothChad Out!”

    chadbarb@sherbtel.net



    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 2 November 2005 | 22:03 EST
    2 Events on the Horizon: Supermegafest and Big Apple Con
    Here is a list of 2 upcoming toy shows hopefully close to you. If you have one coming to your area soon and want us to post it please let the staff know, and make sure to check out our conventions/toy show thread in our forums. Thanks.

    Boston Supermegafest
    Where: Framingham, Ma-Sheraton Hotel
    Dates: November 19th + 20th
    Scheduled Star Wars Guest - Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett), and Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett & Clonetrooper) Other Guests: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Joyce Dewitt (Three's Company's Janet), Pricilla Barnes (Three's Company's Terri), Richard Kiel (Famous Bad Guy), Ricou Browning (Creature from the Black Lagoon), and Jasmine St. Claire (ECW Wrestling).

    Big Apple Con
    Where: Penn Plaza Pavillion, NYC
    Dates: November 18th-20th
    Scheduled Star Wars Guests: Guest of Honor Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett), and Ray Park (Darth Maul) Other Guests: Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan-Harry Potter Films), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom -Harry Potter Films), Jamie Walett (Vincent Crabee-Harry Potter Films), Peter Tork (The Monkees), and Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever) Plus other celebrities.


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 23:51 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Matt Stover Autograph Signing
    Spice enjoys making loud noise in libraries!The Dewback Patrol continued this past weekend at the Warren Newport Library where Matt Stover was doing a presentation and book signing. Since it’s become one of my favorite outfits, I had a chance to provide escort service for Matt and enjoy some photo opportunities with the rather long line. I had a great time and really appreciate the signed book, and especially the inscription he gave to me. With an event so close to some of my favorite Cantina's how could I resist not stopping by.



    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 20:26 EST
    Sandtrooper Jeffred5 Reports:
    “I need some help, I was able to get some one to get me a copy of the EpIII DVD but my local Wal-Mart is so bad they didn't get any DVD figures and didn't even know about them when I called them. Do to a health problem I can't get out and search for them. Any help getting the three DVD figure sets or even just the clone set would be greatly appreciated. I do have some of the Tarken wave and A few other hard to find figs to trade. I am also looking for figs # 60,61,62.”

    jlj1971@sbcglobal.net


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 20:21 EST
    Sandtroopette Stephanie Reports:
    “Update from S. California. Got up early this morning so I could get the DVDs before work and also check out Wal-Mart as they were supposed to get the DVD figure 3 packs in last night. They did but someone got there slightly before me and bought up pretty much the entire shipment. Another nice collector did hand me the Sith set he managed to get before they were all gone, which was nice. I had Wal-Mart customer service call another store and they said the same thing happened there this morning - someone came in and picked up the entire shipment of the DVD 3 packs. It irked me a bit in the checkout line (hardly any customers so early) to wait while the clerk rang up the customer in front of me who had virtually the entire shipment. Of course, I saw that same customer when I went up the street to Target. Since I have 2 different TVs, on occasion I do buy both the! Wide and the full screen formats. I did this morning so I could get the Target coin and the Wal-Mart 2 pack. Best Buy has the "exclusive" Vader Unleashed figure on their website. I ordered it this morning and am picking it up at the store this evening. Thanks also to Donna who posted about the interactive R2 at Costco. I picked one up over the weekend. I have the original but it is quite worn, as it's one of my son's favorite toys. Don't know if I'll ever see the clone Wal-Mart set, but here's to hoping someday....”

    Teffie1@aol.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 20:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Scarbrs Reports:
    “A buddy and myself headed out at 12am to Antioch Super Wal-Mart for the DVD. Nothing exciting to report. They had a display in the toy isle and another one of just figs in sporting goods section (by the Bikes). I picked up Bly and Gree. They had the Sith evolution set the empire in that set looks great. Then we headed to the electronic section to wait till they brought out the DVD. There was maybe 15 other people there waiting. At first they only brought out the DVD no 2 pack or figures. Then they tell us that it’s on a display in the front so we head up there. No display at all. Just then they come out of up the isle with a skid mover pulling a display cube of the 2 pack and the figure sets. I only got the 2 figs and the DVD 2pack. My buddy got DVD plus the Clone 3pack. We ran into a fellow trooper Rick new to the area he was just getting the DVD too. Like i said nothing exciting. On the way home we stopped at Super K-mart in Round Lake Beach. No new figs and one lonely half cube up front the DVD by the registers. The K-mart in Waukegan had the new Anakin evolution pack and some more of the Temple assault sets.”
    scarbrs@yahoo.com

    I can't thank you enough for the tip on the Jedi Temple Assault, my Dewback is headed south!


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 15:55 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    “Last night I was at my local Wal-Mart (Ottawa, Kansas) at midnight to get the Revenge of the Sith and the Commemorative figures. At 3 am when I left, I was finally able to get the movie. No figures (they had no clue as to what I was talking about, even though I had the flyer)! A family member went to the store in Leavenworth, Kansas and was told that they were put out last Friday and too bad. I really want to find the Clone Troopers Commemorative Edition from Wal-Mart from last night. Any help would be appreciated. Additionally, no sightings of the 501st Clones in my area. Any help there would be great as well. Thanks!”

    osso915@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 November 2005 | 15:52 EST
    PSWCS annual Toy Drive!
    The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society, in association with Toy Cave, is holding its annual Star Wars toy drive to benefit Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion. Garrison Carida encompasses much of the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. They are a truly service-oriented chapter of the 501st, dedicating the majority of their efforts to helping children. They visit children's hospitals throughout the year where they pose for photos with the patients and hand out Star Wars toys. The toys collected through this drive will be given to the children during these visits.

    PSWCS will accept donations until December 10th, 2005. This year we are holding two live collection events. First, look for our booth at the Pittsburgh Toy Show on December 3rd and 4th at the Pittsburgh Expo Mart in Monroeville, PA. Then, on December 10th PSWCS will hand the toys over to representatives of Garrison Carida at a special celebration that will be held at Toy Cave. We're expecting many fully-armored members of Garrison Carida to be on-hand for both events, so bring your cameras!

    If you would like to contribute to this toy drive, you can mail your donations to the address below or attend one of the two collection events mentioned above. We can accept Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and games. However, Garrison Carida does not hand out role-playing toys or weapons.

    We hope you will join PSWCS in supporting this fine organization and their efforts to brighten the days of children who need it most. With this being a great year for Star Wars, help bring a smile to a sick or needy child this holiday season. Take a minute to look around your vast collections and then think of the children who can't make weekly toy runs, or even afford a few new toys because of medical bills. It’s amazing what even a few small toys can do to the spirit of a child stuck in the hospital! So if you can, please donate! Thank you for the support!