December 2012

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 December 2012 | 23:02 EST
Sandwatch Live: 2012 The Year in Photos
It was another great year for us at Sandtroopers.com and once again I've put together some of my favorite moments of our Troops, our scoops and the many missions we traveled over this year. I want to personally thank my staff, sponsors and most of all, you Troopers who make my job here the greatest in the world. We're looking forward to 2013 as Star Wars fans and collectors, but click below to see how I crammed a year in less than 10 minutes! United We Find.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 December 2012 | 12:21 EST
Sandtrooper Spotlight: Sandtroopers from Far, Far Away!
Got photos? Send them in!We have another Sandtrooper Spotlight to share that features the collection of Andres Rodriguez and Diana Trujillo collectors from way down in Colombia, South America. It's great to see our ground forces are expanding with your collections every day. If you have updated collection photos you'd like to share, please contact darthspiceATsandtoropers.com and we'll get them into a gallery for you A.S.A.P.! United We Find.



Posted by: Dan Curto | 28 December 2012 | 22:53 EST
Sandwatch Guide: 2013 Starts A Little Early!
Star Wars 501st Legion AT-RT (with ARF Trooper & TX-21 Tactical Droid)Here's a late Christmas present for collectors! Hasbro's 2013 Star Wars line stars a little bit early with a fresh new look and a new batch of toys. Merging the "Deluxe mini-rig" and "Battle Packs" lines into one, this new series includes 2 figures and a small vehicle, all in one affordable set where kids can make up the "story" of the battle between these two enemies. Although the figures and vehicle are only repaints, there's enough newness here for fans to get excited about. It's interesting to point out that although these are repaints from toys in The Clone Wars line, that name is not used anywhere on the packaging. I was surprised to find this set today at my local Toys "R" Us store, so I just had to buy it and shoot an all-new gallery for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 December 2012 | 11:45 EST
Sandwatch Live: Jocasta Nu under review!
How fitting we would review the "last" vintage figure in one of our last reviews of the year? In this episode we take a look at Jocasta Nu from the Vintage Collection and she is a first ever exclusive for our sponsor Brians Toys. We have been waiting for this figure for a long time but we still have to ask is this figure worth adding to your collection?




Posted by: Dan Curto | 26 December 2012 | 12:44 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection Interview
The Ultimate Action Figure CollectionIt's time for December's action-figure packed edition of the Curto Burns Collectors Cast featuring all the latest news from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. We catch up with all four authors of Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection - Steve Sansweet, Anne Neumann, Paul Harrison and even yours truly. As promised last month, Kyle Newman is back to review the last wave of The Vintage Collection, discuss the latest news from Hasbro and finally pick out the winner for our signed Ben Quadinaros figure. Happy Holidays!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 December 2012 | 10:50 EST
Merry Christmas!
We would like to wish all of our ground forces a Merry Christmas and hopefully you all found something new to add to your Star Wars collections under your tree this morning. Thanks again to one and all who helped make this year a very special one, United We Find!




Posted by: David_D | 22 December 2012 | 20:12 EST
Sandtrooper Spotlight: Jeff Fischer Interview Live!
As the thrilling "Young Jedi" arc came to its incredible conclusion a couple weeks ago, I got an exciting chance to interview voice actor Jeff Fischer. Jeff plays the headstrong human youngling Petro in the four episode arc. He is also known for his hilarious role as Hayley Smith's husband Jeff Fischer in American Dad! (who was named after him by his friend Seth MacFarlane), in addition to a long and varied career in TV, movies, video games, and hundreds of commercials. Outside the studio Jeff is an experienced vintner who in 2007 founded the Habit Winery in Santa Barbara, California. Click below to head into the forums and hear from one of the latest talents to join the Star Wars universe!




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 December 2012 | 18:31 EST

Sideshow Collectibles: The blue-skinned Twi'Lek Jedi is shown in a battle outfit, lightsaber at the ready. The statue stands 18-inches tall and is priced at $344.99.

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

ACME Archives: Acme has announced a number of new items. These include Power Rangers Limited Ediiton Giclees and Lithographs of the Red Ranger, and Star Wars items such as Limited Edition SpecPlates of the Star Destroyer and Millennium Falcon, Sketchplates of many ships and a Sandtrooper Giclee.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 December 2012 | 14:25 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Let's Keep her in First Troops!
Give it a Like!The daughter of our good friend and Force United partners at Yodasnews is a finalist in the Gentle Giant LTD Facebook contest. Thanks to the support of many Star Wars fans, not only is she in first place but also sporting a Boba Helmet with a Santa hat on! Please click "LIKE" on the photo of her, as one with the most likes wins. Please note the link goes to Facebook and you have to click the photo first, then click Like on the photo to make it count.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 December 2012 | 12:33 EST
Dewback Patrol: Star Wars Reads Day Video
We have been alerted via Twitter to a short clip from YouTuber SFVAfilms that features extended footage from one of the many Star Wars Reads Day events back in October. Click below to see the Midwest Garrison in action at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, IL. In fact, you just might see why I wasn't able to shoot any video myself! United We Find.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 December 2012 | 13:40 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Full Scale Falcon Underway!
Book my Tour NOW!An article at singularityhub.com directed my attention to an update regarding Star Wars superfan Chris Lee who is constructing a full-scale Millennium Falcon just outside of Nashville, TN. I have to say the photos from FullScaleFalcon.com of the cockpit controls and cannons look like the piece of junk I know, but see what other challenges they've faced bringing the Falcon to life in the



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 December 2012 | 15:07 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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Brian's Toys features a wide range of new products in this week's newsletter! The new Prime 1st Edition Transformers have hit their shelves and are ready to ship. Star Wars Angry Birds Early Bird Packs are available as well. The Life-Size R2-D2 Clone Wars Edition statue has arrived from Gentle Giant, but act quickly as there are only a few in their inventory. Restocks this week include toy vehicles, Hasbro FX Lightsabers, and Sideshow Premium Format General Grievous and Darth Maul. Finally, check out a new Luke Skywalker double telescoping figure and an AFA-Graded Snowspeeder (Blue Box) over at our website.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 December 2012 | 14:59 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Gentle Giant Pre Vizsla Inspection!
Our friends and Force United partners at Yodasnews have posted a quick inspection of the Gentle Giant Pre Vizsla maquette that is arriving this week. If you were looking for just one more thing to blow before the holidays engage, click below to be tempted by the short, but sweet review!




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 December 2012 | 14:48 EST
Dewback Preview: Orlando Megacon this March!
We wanted to alert our Troopers stationed in the Flordia area to start planning for the upcoming Orlando Megacon. Lock in the dates of March 15-17, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall D. There are several Star Wars guest scheduled to attend including Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Paul Blake (Greedo). For ticket and hotel information visit their website for the




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 December 2012 | 14:16 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Get Well Dave!
Get well Double-D!We would like to express a heartfelt get well to our good ally and friend Dave Dorman. This past Thanksgiving Dave was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy, and he's been having a time fighting off an infection as a result of the anitbiotics. We hope all of you take take a moment to drop Dave a line and wish him the best via his personal Facebook or Twitter pages. We're looking forward to a great convention season this year and it will be great to see Dave in action during 2013! United We Find.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 December 2012 | 12:54 EST
Christmas & Party Sale this Saturday!
We here at Acme have always prided ourselves on having a pretty Epic Star Wars Aisle. But it just wasn't enough... how's, say.... two aisles? As we speak, Acme techs are hard at work prepping over $35,000 worth of modern product, ranging from 2007-2 weeks ago, enough new Star Wars to necessitate... a second Star Wars aisle! Gentle Giant, Action Figures, Vehicles, Playsets, Clone Wars, Legacy, Vintage Collection, Convention and Website exclusives! Just in time for the Holidays! Speaking of Holidays, Acme's Christmas Party & Sale is this Saturday. We are featuring all-day, Storewide Savings! Swing by this week for a sneak peek at this incredible haul and for the all-important (FIRST DIBS!)




Posted by: Dan Curto | 11 December 2012 | 11:58 EST
Hasbro Announces "Greatest Hits" Vintage Wave For 2013
Thank you!Starting in early February 2013, Hasbro will be re-releasing another round of repacks for The Vintage Collection. These figures include the following: Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Contruction), Anakin Skywalker (The Clone Wars), Darth Vader (Episode IV), Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit), Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, Clone Trooper (501st Legion), Kithaba, Dr. Evazan, Wedge Antilles, Barriss Offee, Han Solo (Bespin Outfit), Bom Vindin, ARC Trooper Commander, Logray, Gamorrean Guard, Rebel Fleet Trooper, Odd Ball, Grand Moff Tarkin, Nikto, Starkiller, and Shae Vizla. International releases vary, but include the 6 figures from the Lost Line look. Cool if you missed these in their previous releases (or their CURRENT releases), but most of the in-demand army builders are missing. A shame for trooper builder collectors.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 December 2012 | 12:43 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!
And help a good cause you will! The P.S.W.C.S. offers a great deal on the perfect stocking stuffer! Are you looking for that ideal gift for the Star Wars fan on your list? Would you like an opportunity to support a fantastic charitable organization this holiday season? P.S.W.C.S. is offering a special deal for U.S. customers on their charity medallion this week only! P.S.W.C.S. is selling a limited-edition medallion to benefit Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp. This medallion, approved by Lucasfilm and featuring the likeness of Yoda, is limited to 1000 pieces. The price is $10.29 per medallion. As part of a special holiday offer, all domestic orders placed between Monday December 10th and Saturday December 15th will receive FREE SHIPPING. This offer will save you up to $2.50 per medallion! All orders place by December 15th will ship via First Class mail on December 17th - so you'll receive your order in plenty of time for the holidays. Fewer than 150 of these medallions are available. For more details about the charity and to order your medallions, please visit our website.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 December 2012 | 14:56 EST
Sandwatch Sneak Peek: We read you Loud & Clear Commander!
They're headed our way!Last week an image surfaced of the four new Class I vehicle assortment we first got a preview of at Celebration VI. Once again commanderphoenix has sent four more photos that gives a much better look of what's headed our way early next year. Stay tuned as we hope to secure loose photos in the upcoming days, and don't forget to sound off your thoughts in our forums! United We Find.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 December 2012 | 14:44 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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Yak Face makes a couple appearances on this week’s Brian’s Toys Newsletter. Along with a vintage Yak Face figure on Tri-Logo card, he also is available as a Gentle Giant mini bust from their 2009 gift to premier guild club members. Looking for more vintage? Several rare prototype coins have arrived from a Bronze Lando and Imperial Dignitary to 1996 blank back coins. Fresh on the plate from Sideshow and Gentle Giant are a Sixth Scale Utapau Airborne Trooper and Pre Vizsla animated maquette. Angry Birds fans can also pick up the latest Strikes Back Packs and Koosh Jedi Slingshot. For more from this week’s newsletter, visit our website.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 December 2012 | 11:04 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Update for P.M.P. Members
Just for you Troopers!We have great news for those of you enlisted in our Premium Membership Program as our next raffle will prize will be a Kit Fisto F/X Lightsaber from our friends at Brians Toys. We will conduct the raffle and select the winner on December 23, 2012. Any donations raised during that time will be used for our next ground invasion as we are looking to deploy our Battle Station nationwide in 2013. For those of you awaiting our shipment of Jocasta Nu figures, we are told the order is processing and the figures will ship soon. We thank the many of you who have given your support to the program and stay tuned, as we'll be dropping word on the next raffle prize in the next couple weeks. United We Find.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 December 2012 | 13:21 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Clone Wars Preview
For the second week in a row, the Droids continue to steal the show, click below to see a sneak preview of the action that airs tomorrow morning. Don't forget to head for the Sandtroopers.com forums to discuss your thoughts on this story arc! United We Find.




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 December 2012 | 13:11 EST

Holiday Sale: We've aggregated all remaining sale items from the last 6 months into a giant sales list. Nearly 4000 items are priced 20% or more off list price, and over 1400 of those are priced at 50% or more off list price!

Gentle Giant: Gentle Giant has just released a new of an unmasked female Stormtrooper, her red hair pulled back in braids. The statue is listed at $199.99.

G.I. Joe & Transformers Skate Board Decks: The Loyal Subjects has announced a new line of skate board decks with G.I. Joe and Transformers artwork. These includes Storm Shadow "Cobra Assassin", Grimlock, Megatron, Megatron Vs. Prime, Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Snake Eyes "Blind Sword", Cobra Commander, Destro and Snake Eyes. Each deck is listed at $54.99.

B.B.T.S. Exclusive Dark Energon: The first of our two waves of Dark Energon figures has arrived. The Deluxe assortment includes Defender Bumblebee, Defender Wheeljack, Knockout and Starscream, and they are available individually at $12.99 - $19.99 each, or as a set of 4 at $59.99. Each set also comes with a DVD of Transformers Prime Season 02 Episode 06, "Loose Cannons".

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 December 2012 | 13:02 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Original Trilogy Items up for Auction!
Stand up Troops!The website Profiles in History has unveiled Drama, Action, and Romance: The Hollywood Auction. This is an incredible auction of movie memorabilia, including many items from the Original Trilogy. There is a screen used RotJ Royal Guard helmet, X-Wing Fighter, the small creature eaten outside of Jabba's Palace, an Empire Strikes Back Rebel helmet, RotJ Biker Scout pistol and much, much more! If you are very wealthy or looking for that perfect gift for George Lucas this holiday season, download the auction to see for yourself. United We Find.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 December 2012 | 12:59 EST
Dewback Preview: Steel City Con starts Today!
We just wanted to remind you Troopers the Steel City Con kicks off today at 2 p.m. eastern. They have an incredible guest list featuring Peter Mayhew and Robert Remus (Sgt. Slaughter) for the December show. Don't forget to mention Use Special: CODE SC9 when making your reservations at the Doubletree Monroeville. For ticket and hotel information visit their website for the




Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 December 2012 | 14:34 EST
Sandtroopette Carrie Reports: Stand up Troopers!
Stand up Troops!We have received an invite for all you Troopers to join Carrie Goldman in the 3rd Annual Wear Star Wars / Share Star Wars anti-bullying Toy Drive. "This amazing event began in 2010 when first-grader Katie Goldman was repeatedly taunted for being a girl who loved Star Wars, and the Internet rallied around her." To see how you can take part, visit the official Facebook page for details on the event and big thanks to Carrie for the heads up! United we Find.



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 December 2012 | 13:05 EST
Happy Holidays Troopers!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 December 2012 | 13:02 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Auction to Benefit Rancho Obi-Wan has 4 days Left!
Bid now!"An auction of one of the most complete collections of loose Star Wars action figures was launched on eBay (Nov. 29) for the benefit of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan, which houses the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia. The auction is in conjunction with the anniversary of the northern California museum and the release of the new book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection (Chronicle Books, $40). The action figure collection was built over more than 30 years by Fon Davis, a long-time ILM model maker and now owner of FonCoCreative Services, Lagunitas, CA.“Fon’s generosity in donating this collection is mind-blowing, but it was done in the true spirit of Star Wars fandom,” said Steve Sansweet, chief executive of Rancho Obi Wan Inc. and principal author of the new action figure book." For the entire article visit our forums for the complete and



Posted by: Dan Curto | 2 December 2012 | 20:58 EST
Sandwatch Sneak Peek: New Class I Vehicles on the Way
What a desolate place this is!For your viewing pleasure, our overseas allies have sent us an image of the new Class I vehicle assortment that's coming next year or maybe sooner. Jump into the forums to see the what's on the way. Hey wait a minute, what am I doing here!?! I'll be filling in some of the holes that need attention to free Spice up to handle some "personal matters". What does that mean for Sandtroopers.com? Stay tuned Troops!



Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 December 2012 | 22:12 EST
This Just in from Brian's Toys:

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation pre-orders have returned! Place your pre-orders now for the upcoming Wave 2 action figures and vehicles. GI Joe Wave 1 is still available now at Brian's Toys. Also, the next Marvel Universe and Legends waves are now available for pre-orders. Brian's Toys has also found a few more eFX Darth Vader Helmet replicas available for $799.99. Several Vintage AFA Graded Vehicles have also been added to the site. Swing on over to Brian's Toys to complete your collection today! For this week's newsletter visit our website.


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 December 2012 | 22:08 EST
Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“With the holiday shopping season in full force, I saw the Toys R Us exclusive Big Millennium Falcon in the Vintage style box in Gurnee, IL. My next sighting was at the Sears in the Gurnee Mills mall where they had their At-St Driver & Ewoks 2-packs in stock. Then it was on to the Gurnee Target where I saw the Darth Maul Returns battle pack on the shelves. Also available at the Gurnee Target was the Angry Bird Star Wars toys. The last stop was at the Gurnee Walmart where they had a few of the 8 figure value packs which mostly consisted of blue carded Clone Wars figures. That's it for now, later Troopers!”


Update: Get out there and start looking Troopers, I picked up the Jedi Turbo Speeder at a Gurnee, IL TRU outlet last night. (In Gurnee Mills mall) You never know what you'll find this time of year!


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 December 2012 | 10:38 EST
Mos Eisley News Brief: Yousa gonna like This!
Coolwaters is pleased to announce a private signing with our client Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks). Ahmed is a RARE signer and at this time does not make convention appearances, so this is a sure fire way to complete your autograph collection. Ahmed will personalize any item at no additional cost, please be sure to tell us what name you want signed in the COMMENTS section during check out! You can send in your own personal item(s) to be signed or buy an 8x10 signed photo from our pre-order section on line! Order today!