March 2005

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 March 2005 | 22:53 EST
Update: Episode III Galactic Heroes and Jedi Force
How far off is May?S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier dustrho has just obtained some hot new shots from the new Galactic Heroes 2-packs. Choose from Clone Trooper & Chewbacca, Kit Fisto and Mace Windu or R2-D2 and Super Battle Droid. Also featured are some of the new Jedi Force mini-sabers. The .45 scale for the lil' toothless diapered Troopers if you will! Thanks to S.C.A.L.P. Intel for the photos, United We Find Troops!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 March 2005 | 21:17 EST
Sandtrooper Bobafred Reports:
S.C.A.L.P. Demolition Expert, Columbus,OH“Bobafred chiming in from the Valley in So. Cal. Just wanted to give all the Troops a big what up! I know right about now every one seems to be gearing down for 4/2/05 weekend madness. I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on the Target $1.00 off coupon, I contacted Target Visa at 1-888-755-5856 inquiring about such a promo...had them take care of the leg work for it turns out they referred me back to my local Target's as I confirmed with my local Manager's that on 4/2/05 only! Will all stores hold this coupon in hand for those who never received one? I am one of many Visa cardholders who will never receive it. So Troopers to make a long story short, hit them digits, and holler at your locals, to assure they don't drop the ball as they have already. I picked up all Episode III 12-inch and I must say that General Grievous and Palpatine are the chase after all exclusives. Wal-Mart has the best price at $18.86, while Target comes in at $19.99, and K-B's at 24.99. The 12-inch Anakin/Vader comes in at $48.86, but seems to be getting passed on already. Wishing you all the best on your hunt...Bobafred signing out!”

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 March 2005 | 17:44 EST
Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
S.C.A.L.P. Ranger“Check out for an article the amount of money uncle George has made. Also for any one finding figures early and not able to buy them. First ask to speak to the District Manager. It is bad business to pack the floor only to say ?sorry?. If that fails...hide them. Try lifting up the base deck in another isle. You could also try to take them to another area, say furniture and put them in a drawer. While I don't condone this type of behavior under normal circumstances, like when I am looking for something. When retailers do this it is only fair. Coming from a retailer myself. Good luck this weekend. If any one is in the Burlington, NJ area Saturday, I'll be the one with the red hair and the limp. I broke two toes last Thursday. So if you see me limping and getting run over please grab a Deluxe Vader and me a #11 Vader. That's all I want. And I'll grab some stuff for you.”

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 March 2005 | 15:47 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ -bringing the Best to you FIRST with tons of Episode III Revenge of the Sith collectibles and merchandise! Stock will be limited and we do expect to sell out of certain assortments so put in your order early.

  • 3.75" figures
  • Deluxe figures (3 styles)
  • Battle Vehicles (3 styles)
  • Assault Vehicles (4 styles)
  • Forece Battler Figures (4 styles)
  • Unleashed (3 styles)
  • Galactic Heroes (8 styles)
  • Battle Arenas (5 styles)
  • Micro Battle Sets (2 styles)
  • Deluxe Gunship
  • Action Assortment (4 styles)
  • Lego (11 styles)

  • visit Action-HQ below

    Posted by: dustrho | 31 March 2005 | 15:34 EST
    Ewan McGregor Turns 34 Today
    Ewan McGregorThe Staff here at would like to give a big "Happy Birthday" to the one known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel movies, Ewan McGregor, who turned 34 years old today. Happy Birthday and May the Force Be With You!

    Posted by: dustrho | 31 March 2005 | 10:15 EST
    Live Internet Broadcast of Fans Lining Up
    Todd HarrellStar Wars fans who plan on lining up for the world premiere of Revenge of the Sith at Hollywood's Grauman Chinese Theatre will be broadcast live on the Internet for all to see. Continental Vista and will team up together to make this happen. Starting April 3rd about 200 people will begin lining up so they can be among the 1,250 fans watching the midnight premiere of the film, which opens May 19, 2005. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 31 March 2005 | 9:10 EST
    3 Doors Down Musician is a Huge Star Wars Fan
    Todd HarrellStar Wars fans come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Todd Harrell, the bassist to the popular rock 'n roll band 3 Doors Down, has informed Net Music Countdown that he is a huge Star Wars fan. He states Star Wars was the first movie he had ever seen in theaters, and it's also one of his favorite movies. He saw it seven times with his dad when it first came out, and also states that he prefers the original film over any of the other films including the prequels. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 31 March 2005 | 8:38 EST
    Exclusive Interview with Author Matt Stover
    Matt StoverMatt Stover, who happens to be the author of the "Revenge of the Sith" novel (to be released on April 2nd), sat down in an exclusive interview with the folks at The Official Site, and talked about several different topics relating to the final movie in the Star Wars saga. Some of the topics discussed were tying together the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, whether or not he wrote the book in conjunction with the final script to ROTS, and what he talked about with the big man himself, George Lucas. Read the exciting interview in its entirety here. Also, be sure to check out Matt Stover's book tour schedule, so you can hopefully have him sign this book in person.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 30 March 2005 | 23:47 EST
    The Men Behind the Magic at Celebration III
    CIIIILM Visual Effects guru's that bring to life the visual effects of Revenge of the Sith will be on hand in Indy to answer some questions and to show some of their own images from behind the scenes. Roger Guyett and John Knoll are very well known to Star Wars fans. Knoll earned Academy Award nominations for Episodes I and II, as well as for his ground-breaking work on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Guyett's breakthroughs are visual effects wizardry in the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. For his visual effects work on Azkaban Guyett earned an Academy Award Nomination. He has been with ILM since 1994 and has worked on Casper, Dragonheart, and countless others. Make sure all of you "Tech Geeks," myself included, check these two out at CIII. Read the official announcement here.

    My Thoughts: By the looks of it, it seems that the whole gang that works under Mr.Lucas will be on hand for autographs, demonstrations, parties, and everything else under the Tatooine Suns. Makes you think if the man himself "Darth Flanel" will make an appearence as well. How cool would that be!

    Posted by: Julian | 30 March 2005 | 23:34 EST
    Star Wars Wind Up Walkers: A Ride Into the Illicit
    Wind Up Walkers - StormtrooperFor the collecting toy community, bootlegging is easily associated to almost anything illegitimately involved in the manufacturing of a non licensed toy. As such, the number of toy lines and characters that have been bootlegged is incredible.

    On the Guide you are about to see, I suspend judgment and present without romanticizing the obviously illegal practice of intellectual property theft, Bootleg Wind Up Walkers as simple pieces of Star Wars memorabilia offered without a license. Without any discriminatory intentions, this is pure documentation for a special brand of hard-core fanatics and a special kind of merchandise, which in this case, sports a very peculiar style. Enjoy!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:34 EST

    BBTS Shipping Policy Update: We've decided to cease using the USPS Parcel Select program after monitoring delivery times - the delivery times were not up to our expectations and our main concern is a satisfactory delivery time for all customers. Due to ever increasing shipping expenses and multiple rate increases from UPS over the past few years, we need to raise our flat rate shipping to $6.99 per order. All orders placed using the $6.99 rate will ship by either UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail. Packages will on average arrive in 2 - 4 business days after we ship. This is an attractive delivery time for a reasonable shipping fee that is still one of the lowest in the industry. (All pre-orders placed in the past at the $4.99 & $5.99 rates will be honored at the $4.99 & $5.99 rate.)

    Master Replicas: Darth Vader - A New Hope - F/X Saber. This very popular F/X saber is back in stock for $113.99. It comes with a display stand and full size saber blade. Many other Master Replicas items are in stock and all the new Star Wars items are available for pre-order as well.

    Lord of the Rings: Two new gift packs have just arrived. The Pelennor Fields set includes the Mumakil Rider and Morannon Orc figures which are only available in this set. The Lothlorien Gift Pack has also arrived and contains the Haldir and Celeborn figures that are only available in this giftset.

    Spiderman: A nice variety of new Spiderman items has arrived. Highlights include the Spider-Man Classic Villains set. Here is a chance to pick up all the short-packed chase figures from previous Classic waves at a fraction of the price. The set of 5 figures includes one each of: Green Goblin, Ultimate Rhino, Ultimate Lizard, Tail-Strike Scorpion, and Carnage. These sold for $15 to $25 each in the past and are now available for $9.99 to $10.99 each or $49.99 for the set of 5! The very popular Sinister Six boxed set is back in stock for $44.99. Spider-Man Classic Wave 12 sets of 6 are in stock for $64.99 and these other new items have also arrived: Stunt System Expansion Sets, Web Power Gloves & Mask, Motorized Webble Shooter, Floor Crawling Spider-Man and More!

    WWE Classic Superstars: We've received Jakks WWE Classic Superstar figures from Series 3, 4, and 5. These waves contain tons of 80's and 90's wrestlers including: King Kong Bundy, Jake the Snake Roberts, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, Hacksaw Jum Duggan, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, The Million Dollar Man and More!

    Check out our latest Pre-Order Iems from Weta/Sideshow.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:33 EST
    Sandtrooper Mike Reports:
    “Hey Troopers, I realize the big day is right around the corner but if you are out hunting you might want to look in a few places you might normally wouldn't. Today I found the new 12-inch Clone Trooper at Suncoast at Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge. I snapped a front and back shot for S.C.A.L.P. Verivication. Hope any and all fellow Troopers will join some of the Midwest Garrison members at the Toys R Us store in Niles, Il this Friday night! Hope to see some of you there. Good luck and if you just can't wait look in odd places would be my advice.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:32 EST
    Update from Cloud City:
    March has been an exiting month at Cloud City. We are still in the process of developing the new website based on ASP.NET technology. We are also preparing for our journey to Star Wars Celebration 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana April 21-24, where we will be setting up a very large showcase of Star Wars toys from 1977-Present, all of which will be available for sale. There are very few chances to see a selection as large as we will be bringing in person, so please consider traveling to Indianapolis in April. This Star Wars Celebration will be the greatest one ever!

    Cloud City has just added over 150 new AFA graded products to the website. We also have several hundred ebay auctions posted right now. They include many true rarities such as an original double-telescoping Ben Kenobi with original card and bubble, an unproduced Admiral Screed, several rare displays, and many high grade items from Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. We also plan to add about 200 additional AFA-graded products next week, as well as about 100 ungraded carded figures, boxed vehicles and playsets. We have also just acquired approx. 150 sealed G.I. Joe vehicles from 1987-1990 which we have submitted to AFA for grading. We are working hard to purchase several other Transformers and G.I. Joe collections with early 80's sealed products. Please check back often.

    Coming Soon: A complete selection of Episode 3 merchandise will also go on sale this Saturday. Please check back at that time to purchase the full line of Revenge of the Sith toys for great prices. Our new website should be finished shortly and we promise the changes will be fantastic. Please visit Cloud City today to browse our new and existing selection of over 20,000 great toys and collectibles!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:31 EST
    Sandtrooper Pete Reports:
    “The New Private Universe is now fully armed and ready for battle. We hope a few of the Sandtroopers stop by to interact with some of your fellow Star Wars fans from the UK. Good luck to you all this weekend”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:30 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth25 Reports:
    “Darth25 here from Central Wisconsin. I am in total agreement with Sand trooper Dan of the Northwood?s of Wisconsin. I recommend placing a blockade around the Kmart store in Wausau. The Wal-Mart stores in Point and Rapids should also be boycotted due to clerks who know nothing of Star Wars. Yesterday all 32 of the Episode III figures were on the store shelves at the Stevens Point store. Knowing that I would be buzzed at the checkout if I tried to purchase them, I flagged down a worker in the toy department and asked if these figures could be purchased today. He said sure, on I proceeded to load my cart with all 32. When I went to checkout, all scanned up as not for sale. The clerk calls back to toys and the same person from toys that I had just talked to, comes up, takes all of the figures back and says someone else must have put these out by mistake. Talk about morons on your team. On three other occasions in the past week I have called the store in Wisconsin Rapids to ask about the upcoming April 2nd release date and at what time the merchandise would be out for sale and also if they would have any of the Early Bird Coupons. I have been told the merchandise would be out at midnight, 5am and 7am, respectfully, and that no stores in our area would have the Early Bird Coupons. Which means I too will be at Target to spend my money.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 19:30 EST
    Sandtrooper Darkjedi29 Reports:
    “Hey, just thought I would warn all of you who have pre-order or pending orders with be careful! I had 2 separate pre-orders each for approximately 135.00. They charged my card which was no problem, but when I was able to pick the items up locally before they were removed, I canceled the orders. I even offered to pay a restock charge. It has been over 2 weeks now, no refund, no return emails, nothing! Just wanted to send out this warning that you may have a tough time getting refund if you are entitled to one. The weird thing is he sent some of my items, I don't get it? Anyways, sorry for the vent but I thought I?d give you fellow Troops a heads up.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 30 March 2005 | 15:44 EST Has Episode III Toys in Stock Now!
    We have received our shipment of 47 different Episode III items and we are adding them to our site now ready for you to order tonight. We start shipping tomorrow on March 31st for your receipt in time for the April 2nd shelf date. Next week we also receive the other items that will not show as in-stock (like the BARC speeder, Republic Gunship, etc).

    Also, we will be at the Memorabilia at the Birmingham NEC this
    weekend (April 2-3), which is Europe's largest collection event! We will have all different types of merchandise there for sale. We hope to see you there!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 30 March 2005 | 14:38 EST
    Hasbro's Episode III Checklist Has Been Updated!
    Hasbro's ChecklistHasbro has recently updated their Episode III 3.75" action figure checklist, and you can download the entire checklist in PDF format here (but you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view this).

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 30 March 2005 | 8:18 EST
    Several Celebration III Updates
    Celebration IIIWe are three weeks away from four days of nothing but Star Wars in Indianapolis. The official Celebration III site has announced more events that have been recently added to the table. Please check the links below for the official releases.

    Celebration at Celebration III is SOLD OUT!
    The masquerade party (if you want to dress up) will be hosted by Jay Laga'aia and he will take part with the crowd to vote on the best costume. The Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Jazz Ensemble of California will open up the event and will also play our favorite Star Wars Themes. A Punk/Hard Rock band from my area of Massachusetts, Springfield to be exact, will also take the stage to rock the cantina. Pallet will be on hand for those who would like a little moshing on Tatooine.

    Fan Film Awards
    Lucasfilm and AtomFilms have announced the 16 finalists for this year's Fan Film Awards. You can checkout all 16 of the submitted films here, and make sure you vote because every vote counts! Voting will end on April 5th, so hurry and pick the winner. The awards ceremony will be held on April 22nd and will be hosted by Warrick Davis.

    Two More MCs Announced
    Tom Berg and Doug Steves take the stage once again at CIII. Both appeared at CII and were a blast for all. Tom Berg is a traffic reporter and morning show sidekick for WRTV Channel 6 and WZPL-FM (99.5) in Indianapolis. His easy-going and talkative manner, coupled with his profound love of all things Star Wars, make him an ideal host for the CIII stages. Doug Steves has worked for Wizards of the Coast, and he was often called upon to host many Gen Con gaming conventions With his growing knowledge of Star Wars material, it seems natural to blend these abilities together. He will be the main host for the Behind-the-Scenes stage, and will spend some time in the 500 Ballroom as well.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 7:41 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    One of SoCal's Finest!“Hello fellow troopers. Just wanted to know if anyone had answers to a couple of the questions I am about to ask. It appears that there may be some confusion about certain exclusives and their release dates.

    First, be aware that the Holographic Yoda will not be released during Midnight Madness. It will not be released until April 10. The only exclusive that will be released at Midnight will be the Wal-Mart exclusive gift pack. Target will have the Lava Vader the morning of April 2nd. My question is, does anyone know which figures will be released on April 2nd? For AOTC, they released the 1st 27 figures, with a few deluxe figs, a few vehicles, etc. Specifically, how many, or which of the individual 3 ? figures will be released?

    Second, I am unable to make a trip out to Celebration III. Being in Southern California, it is just a bit too far. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to pick me up an exclusive Vader figure? I know this may be much to ask, however I will make this vow: If there is anyone who would be willing to send me one (I will pay cost and shipping of course), I will gladly reciprocate by picking up whatever exclusive figure that will be released at the Comic Con in San Diego this summer (to pay cost plus shipping of course). I am sure Darth Spice will vouch for me on this one. I know how hard it is for people to fly across country to pick up a figure that costs $10, but hey, there has to be someone who might be interested. Please send me an email. Good luck this weekend!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 March 2005 | 7:41 EST
    Sandtrooper Ray Reports:
    “I was looking at the TRU web site and according to their schedule I believe the special Yoda figure will not be released until around April 10. And to get this figure you must spent $25.00. I had gotten the impression that this Yoda figure would be available on April 2. What is the correct story?”

    Posted by: Dan | 29 March 2005 | 20:08 EST
    Twice bitten, NEVER going back!
    A couple weeks ago I reported that our local K-Mart in the Wausau WI area had all the new ROTS figures and Deluxe sets hanging on the pegs, and I was left hanging at the register when I tried to check out. Since then all the stuff has been removed from the shelfs and pegs until today.

    I stopped by the same K-Mart with my wife to look for some new G.I. Joes and low and behold I see a bunch of new ROTS stuff. This time there were no figures at all but they did have all the new 12 inch figures (including Ultimate Villain Anakin), Palm Talkers, and Lightsabers. I grabbed a 12 inch Grevious and threw it in the cart just to see what would happen at checkout. Well I got the shaft again! I knew it was a long shot but I was curious to see if the Employees at my local K-Mart were complete morons. They are! After having all the ROTS merchandise in the back room after the first screw up why would they put even more out on the floor?

    I've had it with this K-Mart and I don't plan on spending a dime on ROTS toys in that store. I'm asking everybody in the vicinity to boy cot this K-Mart and we'll let them sit on all that merchandise for years to come. Now that would make a Sandtrooper happy!

    On a happier note, it's finaly starting to warm up here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin just in time for the best toy release of the new Millenium. Revenge Of The Sith! And i'm doing my shopping at TARGET. Good luck in your neck of the woods!

    Posted by: dustrho | 29 March 2005 | 11:54 EST
    Think You Know It All?
    Star Wars LEGOThe online version of Entertainment Weekly has three "Pop Culture" quizzes based on the Star Wars universe to test your knowledge of The Force. First you're asked five questions about Episodes IV-VI, then five questions about Episodes I-II, and then five more questions about spin-off television shows. There were a couple questions that you'll probably get incorrect, but overall the questions are not that difficult. It's great trivia to use with your friends who think they know everything there is to know about Star Wars. Take the three quizzes here, and read more Star Wars news on their site.

    Posted by: dustrho | 29 March 2005 | 9:49 EST
    Sequel to Battlefront?
    Star Wars: BattlefrontRumors have started flying around on the Internet, in that there could be a sequel to last year's popular multiplayer shooter Star Wars: Battlefront. It has been mentioned that there will be new levels and new AI to the sequel, but that's all we currently know about this. It is unknown when the sequel is due to be released. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 29 March 2005 | 9:34 EST
    LEGO Star Wars Reviewed at IGN
    Star Wars LEGOIGN has recently reviewed the video game LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, and from the score they gave it looks like they thoroughly enjoyed the game. The reviewer from IGN, Jeremy Dunham, said, "LEGO Star Wars is probably one of the best children's titles on the market today." Funny he calls it a "children's game," because we all know the majority of people playing the game will be grown adults who simply love Star Wars. IGN has 69 screenshots and 18 video clips for your enjoyment. Read the full review here, and talk about it in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 29 March 2005 | 9:04 EST
    Princess Leia Will Share Star Wars Secrets
    Carrie FisherThe once beautiful Carrie Fisher, who of course played the dramatic role of Princess Leia, has publicly announced that she is going to be write a book that will take you behind-the-scenes of Star Wars, and she is going to voluntarily do this without the need of Interrogation Droids. She said she used to keep diaries of all that took place during the making of the films, and plans on publishing them in the near future. Are they going to be worth the read? Who knows, but in her ripe age of 48 it could actually be interesting reading material. It is currently unknown when these will be published, because she hasn't even started the project yet. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 28 March 2005 | 21:13 EST
    Sandtroopette Boushh Reports: All Hell is Breaking Loose
    Things are not always what they seem!“Hasbro has released the list of Wal-Mart stores that will feature the 48 hours of the Force celebration on April 2nd and 3rd. Also listed is the info on the Target exclusive (Red Vader) and the Toys R Us midnight openings and exclusives (Holographic Yoda). It's going to be bigger than the other two put together!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 March 2005 | 19:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“Hey all, Jedimaster-C here. Check this out. It amazes me they are giving three retailers exclusives, how are you supposed to choose and or be at three places at once? Now before I get my mailbox full of Bantha Poodo, think how frustrated you will be if you miss one or two of these new exclusives. I'm trying not to buy into the rumored 50k production numbers. They said the same thing about the Imperial Shuttle a few years ago and we all know how hard that was to get. Good luck to all of you this weekend!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 March 2005 | 18:58 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal hoping everyone had a great Easter. Well, a few Sith items have slipped through at TRU. Went by on Friday and to my delight there were two Ultimate 12-inch Anakins on the shelf. Also five new Lego sets were there. I only picked up the Darth Vader Transformation set but they also had Grievous Chase, Ultimate Light Saber Duel, Wookie Attack, and Wookie Catamaran. By the way, TRU was having a buy one Lego, get one 50% off sale too. During the week, picked up at Wal-Mart, the Clone Wars Cartoon DVD, both 3-pack DVD figure sets, and the new Pez including the glow-in-the-dark emperor. At Target, I was lucky enough to nab the two new Jedi Force of Anakin w/Glider and Yoda w/Stomper. Lastly, I got a nice surprise in the mail on Sat. I received the Target Mailer with the $1 off coupon for next Sat. I don't have a Target credit card but still got one. The Mailer is pretty big (6 x 8.5). Happy Hunting To All Next Weekend!”

    Posted by: dustrho | 28 March 2005 | 11:45 EST
    Halo 2 Expansion Coming Out Soon!
    Halo 2 ExpansionYes, I know this has nothing to do with Star Wars, but it's still incredible news for all the Troopers out there who loved Halo 2 and wanted more out of it! has just announced that an expansion pack to Halo 2 will be available soon for the Xbox. The addtional gaming content, known as Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack, will feature nine new multiplayer battlegrounds, and Live users will get first shot at four maps beginning in April; retail version hits shelves June 28. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 28 March 2005 | 9:35 EST
    LEGO Star Wars Designer Diary #3
    Star Wars has just released their LEGO Star Wars Designer Diary #3, which happens to be titled "Feel the Force." Jonathan Smith, Development Director for the game, reveals more of the quirky development process behind the endearing action platformer. He mentions, "We decide up front to go for a third-person perspective on the player characters to make the most of our planned character variety." He also mentions, "Focusing on our goals for 'a world full of rewards and surprises,' though, as well as the ability to 'play out movie scenes in your own way,' we do develop quite specifically the idea of 'free play,' which goes on to become one of our key original features and the source of our major technical challenges." One other great thing that was mentioned was the ability to drive LEGO vehicles! This looks like it will be a great Star Wars video game for all to play, even those who are not very much attracted to the world of LEGO. Read the entire diary entry here, and be sure to share your thoughts about this game in our forums.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 27 March 2005 | 21:46 EST
    Star Wars in 30 Minutes
    Patrick GormanIn case you missed it at Celebration II, Patrick Gorman brings back this fast paced, highly motivated roller coaster ride that re-inacts the Original Trilogy in 30 minutes, that's right one half hour dedicated to all three films. George Lucas commented that he was impressed they were able to find a way to make Star Wars faster and more intense." Please check out the official announcement here, and also for the various performance times.

    Posted by: dustrho | 27 March 2005 | 21:38 EST
    The Force is With Target!
    Target's New LookTarget has added a little bit of Star Wars flavor to their website, in preparation of the April 2nd release date for all the Episode III toys from Hasbro. On their site you can find out what your Battle Name would be, perform a little Jedi Mind Trick, and also create a short film using their Screen Maker. But best of all, is that you have the chance of winning your very own Target Exclusive Lava Darth Vader Figure! All-in-all it's a pretty cool little touch to the site, but what would be even better is if they had the toys out on shelves and pegs right now! Until then Troopers, United We Find!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 March 2005 | 20:51 EST
    Sandtrooper Rogue Jedi TJ Reports:
    Guy Smiley!“I am in need of help from one of the many Troops. I very much want a Target Exclusive Lava Vader, my dilemma is that I do not have a Target store near me and fear I may miss out on this one. If any of the Troops get lucky and can pick up an extra one please keep me in mind. I will throw in a couple extra bucks for the Troopers time. I just wish #1 that they would make enough for everyone to have one, and #2 I had a Target store near me.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 March 2005 | 20:37 EST
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has received the Clone Wars DVD Commemorative collections 3-packs this week.

    New ? Clone Wars Multi-Packs
    Jedi Forces 3-Pack
    Sith Attack 3-Pack

    Revenge of the Sith Vehicle:
    Droid TRI - Fighter
    Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
    Grievous Wheel Bike
    Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 March 2005 | 20:32 EST
    Sandtrooper Izzy Yoda with a Request:
    “With the new Star Wars ROTS figures coming out next week, I am sure their will be variants, but haven't found any info about them. Does anyone know about what the variants are? Please e-mail I?d be happy to hear anything a fellow Trooper could have to offer.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 March 2005 | 10:27 EST
    Happy Easter
    Hey Troopers, from the entire Staff of to all of you and your entire families we wish you a very Happy Easter. For me Easter is one of my favorite Holidays due to the fact that over 27 years ago was the first morning I received my first Star Wars figures. My brother and I got Luke, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3P0. Although I swindled him out of the Dark Lord and the Professor in the early months that followed, I could have never imagined my love for Star Wars could last all these years and decades later. I understand this isn't the reason we celebrate Easter, but some fond memories I'd like to share with you, again Happy Easter!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 March 2005 | 10:22 EST
    Sandtrooper Mike Reports:
    “Hey Troopers, I have been working at a fever pitch to try to construct my Clone Trooper Armor for Celebration III. It's one of those things that is a lot of work but when completed you feel so good. I snapped a front and couple of shots from the sides for your viewing pleasure. I'm glad I have a Darth Vader & Stormtrooper costume to fall back on in case I can't finish the armor! On the toy front the only thing I found this week was the Saga Trivial Pursuit Friday morning at the Miejers in Arlington Heights, IL!”

    Impressive, most impressive. From one Darth to another Mike! That is the slickest helmet I have ever seen, great work!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 22:16 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #300

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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #300. We have the brand New Star Cases for EPIII Revenge of the Sith figures, $2.00 each or $1.40 each when you order 100 or more. We have the Attakus Yoda from AotC in stock as well as the new IG-88 Mini-bust. Also new in stock the 12" Giant Pez Dispensers have arrived. OTC Millenium Falcon is now back in stock at a reduced price. Master Replicas Sting F/X has also been reduced to $49.99. G.I.Joe 40th Anniversary Wave 2 and 3 are both now back in stock with sets available. Don?t forget to sign up for our email newsletter before April 1st and you?ll instantly be emailed a coupon code for $10 off your next order of $50 or more. After you sign up, you?ll instantly receive an email, which will provide you with the coupon code as well as specific instructions on how to redeem your $10 discount.

    Posted by: dustrho | 26 March 2005 | 19:24 EST
    Images Reloaded: Episode III Force Battlers & More!
    The General is ready to kick some major @SS!!!We have just finished adding several new images to our Revenge of the Sith section. Some of the images that have been uploaded are a carded and loose shot of the Red Emperor's Royal Guard and also some new images of Force Battlers (Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi). A big "thanks" goes out to the members of the S.C.A.L.P. Intelligence Network for the new images! Spoiler material does apply!

    Posted by: dustrho | 26 March 2005 | 16:45 EST
    Two New Collections Added!
    Jeff's CollectionWe have just finished adding two new collections to our Collections page. First up is Jeff Grant's collection. It appears that Jeff likes to keeps his figures in the cards, and you can tell that he's displayed them quite nicely. Two items that jump right out at you are the Interactive R2-D2 and the Star Wars: A New Hope poster.

    Peter's CollectionNext up we have Peter's collection! Peter focuses much of his collecting attention toward large figures (12-inch) and ships, but he obviously collects other items. Two great pieces in his collection are the 12-inch vintage Darth Vader and Boba Fett figures, which look great displayed in his collection.

    Check out everyone else's collections here. If you would like us to host pictures of your collections simply send us an email, and we'd be happy to make your own page for your collection.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 13:39 EST
    Section Update: POTC Collection - Mission Accomplished!
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. In the calm before the storm I have completed the review of the Post-OTC collection. Some of the rehashes were linked to the OTC releases due to the fact my mind didn't change about the figures in such a short amount of time. Some of these figures will be lucky to waste space in our 2005 images section. Although I do think it's rather low-class to kick out the same figure with different inserts and very subtle card changes. Do you agree? If so why don't you step inside and find out why Sandwatch Action Figure review is the most brutally honest review online. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the VOTC collection. Until then enter if you dare! We do more before noon than most suckers do all day!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 13:29 EST
    Clearance Sale at
    Sale on select 12-Inch Figures:
    Geonosian Warrior Figure

    Boushh Figure

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Jawa 2-pack

    Other Items:
    Skirmish at Carkoon 4-pack

    Jedi Warriors 4-pack

    Jedi VS Sith Hover Disc

    Saga Edition Chess Set

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 13:16 EST
    Sandtrooper Jeremy Reports:
    “Hey troopers, as we are gearing up for the EIII figures to be available, you may want to hit your local mall and check out Suncoast and Sam Goody stores. Today I was able to score the IG-88 bust (only $40), the Yellow animated clone Trooper (saw the red and blue ones as well), and the Series 3 Bust-Ups, with all 6 figures. If in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, both Mayfair Mall and Brookfield Square had the above mentioned items. Also, if interested, Suncoast has the new Interactive Yoda and the Republic Gunship in EIII packaging.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 13:15 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a store report for the final Saturday of March:

    Toys R Us (Gurnee, IL) “has flyers promoting the midnight sale for ROTS toys which are posted on their entrance & exit doors. They also have the new G.I. Joe exclusive 6-pack with Xamot & Crimson Guards.

    Wal-Mart (Gurnee, IL) “had the Clone Wars DVD display with the commemorative 3-packs in their electronics department. They even had the new Batman Begins figures sans Scarecrow.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 March 2005 | 13:14 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedi Master Pavo Reports: Anarchy in the UK!
    “For those in the South East London area - Woolworths in Addiscombe (current home town of Dave Prowse) are now selling Wave 2 ROTS figures. They had all 12 of them available today at ?5.99 each. Happy shopping Londoners! Just an observation, it looks like all Royal Guard figures in the UK are the Red ones (so far I've seen 3-4) and it's the blue cloaked Royal Guard which could most likely be the hard one to find over here.” (email withheld by request)

    Posted by: dustrho | 25 March 2005 | 22:11 EST
    Clone Wars: The End?
    Clone Trooper CommanderThis past Monday was the first of five nights this week where we would be entertained by Genndy Tartakovsky's animated Star Wars micro-series known as Clone Wars. Each evening most of us spent twelve minutes with our eyes glued to our TV sets, watching the Jedi and Republic Army fighting against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

    Anakin and his smoking arm!Sadly, tonight was the final chapter of this cartoon series, but it ended in a great way because it leads right up to where Episode III begins (in the film). If you missed tonight's episode and you're a Hyperspace member you can view it here. If you did get a chance to see it stop over in our forums and share your feedback with the rest of the Troops here.

    On a final note, when you sit back and think about what the future looks like for Star Wars fans, it could be a TV show just like this cartoon micro-series that keeps us all wanting more and more Star Wars. I would be ecstatic if George Lucas asked Tartakovsky to make a weekly 30-minute animated Star Wars show for TV, because these 25 chapters have impressd the hell out of me. So, if you're reading this Mr. Lucas, please bring Tartakovsky's talent back for more Star Wars action.

    Posted by: dustrho | 25 March 2005 | 14:51 EST Has New Items in Stock!
    Now in Stock:
    C-3PO Gentle Giant Statue ?119
    Zam Wesell Gentle Giant Bust ?29 (available later today)
    FX Lightsaber Master Replicas FX Lightsaber Master Replicas ?79
    Darth Vader FX Lightsaber ESB Master Replicas ?79
    Padme Amidala Unleashed Figure ?22

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    Posted by: dustrho | 25 March 2005 | 14:32 EST
    Pepsi and 7-Eleven Team Up for ROTS
    Yoda on the cover of a Diet Pepsi box.Pepsi-Cola North America and 7-Eleven, Inc. have joined forces in an effort to make a lot of money off of the upcoming movie, Revenge of the Sith. Cases of Diet Pepsi will have Yoda plastered on them, and will be running an instant-win sweepstakes where you can win one of ten $100,000 grand prizes by playing three different ways: online, by phone, or by text messaging. Also, Yoda and Chewbacca will be in a TV commercial, where Yoda will use the Force to get himself a Pepsi, but of course there will be a bit of humor in the commercial to make it more interesting to watch. And lastly, 7-Eleven will have a special slurpee called "Darth Dew," which is basically Mountain Dew Pitch Black (last summer's popular limited-edition soda that combines Mountain Dew and black grape flavor) and will come in four different Episode III collectible 3-D cups with lids shaped like the head of Darth Vader. Read the full press release here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 25 March 2005 | 11:29 EST
    Sandtrooper Jimsjedi Reporting: Beat the System
    JimsjediMore new figures at Wal-Mart, and this time I was able to purchase them. Thanks goes out to my Star Wars collecting buddy BosskMR (who still needs to join the forums). At the Westborough, MA location there were stocked pegs with all of the new figures, but to beat the system I brought up a preview figure, not to a checkout, but to the self checkout that various stores now have. I simply scanned the preview figure eight times, and was able to purchse them. I know there is only 1 week left, but to get a jump on these is better than nothing. The others I was able to purchase were Count Dooku, Mace, Greivious, Shaak Ti, Plo Koon, Yoda, Emperor Palpatine. Hope others can learn from this as well. Good luck!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 March 2005 | 19:16 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys:
    We are offering a rare promotion for anyone who isn?t currently a member of our free weekly Newsletter. Sign up for our email newsletter before April 1st and you?ll instantly be emailed a coupon code for $10 off your next order of $50 or more. After you sign up, you?ll instantly receive an email which will provide you with the coupon code as well as specific instructions on how to redeem your $10 discount.

    Our weekly email newsletter contains detailed information about our newest items, special offers only available to our newsletter members, as well as instant access to all of our featured items.

    Take advantage of this special offer soon as it is only good until April 1st! It?s just one of our ways of thanking you for doing business with Brian's Toys!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 March 2005 | 18:20 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports: Got Padawan?
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Troopers, Help me out and we all walk away happy. Here's the situation: I purchased a 4-day child's badge for my daughter to attend CIII with me. Unfortunately, she didn't inform me of the dates of a play in which she will be performing. The dates are, you guessed it, April 21 - April 24. Needless to say, she won't be using the badge. So, if you wanted to bring a son or daughter with you to CIII, but didn't purchase a badge, here's your opportunity. The badge cost me $40.00, but maybe we could work something out. C'mon, troops, you're my only hope. P.S. I'm fairly certain that Darth Spice will vouch for my reputation.”

    Any guy who'd ditch his family at Great America for a War-Room Tour is a stand up Trooper in my book! Let's see if we can help out Dom!

    Posted by: Julian | 24 March 2005 | 14:13 EST
    Desert Rat War Journal: Operation Numbskull
    What the f@*$ ???What is the best way for retailers that don't know a "jack's rear end" about Star Wars merchandise not to create anymore mess and avoid early product spills? Well, the answer is simple: Take ALL Star Wars product back to the stock room ... and I mean ALL!

    This is exactly what is going on at most retailers in my area, and according to reports coming in, it seems it is happening in many areas of the country.

    It isn't anymore the I-think-you're-stupid answer we were getting when trying to purchase ROTS on the pegs: "Sir, Star Wars cannot be bought because it has been recalled" Now, in an attempt to avoid collectors claiming to buy early product and avoid further hassle, retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target have gone to an extreme and have made the entire Star Wars area totally disappear.

    Click Here for the rest of the Editorial!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 March 2005 | 14:00 EST
    Section Update: The Land of the Amanaman
    There is probably not as strange a character in the Star Wars universe as the Bounty Hunter Amanaman. You could say our own Amanaman Dan is just as strange. Since being discovered in the Forums years ago, he has constructed a number of dioramas and graphic work for We have reconstructed some of his first works to a new section for your viewing pleasure. While his latest work will be on display at Celebration III in the Diorama room. We hope the thousands of you will stop by and check out the Coruscant Outlander Club at CIII. Until then enter the strange and interesting world of Amanaman Dan.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 March 2005 | 13:55 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedi Master Pavo Reports:
    “I today bought 8 wave 2 ROTS figures from a Woolworth Store in Streatham (South East London). I saw the cases in a cage of toys to be displayed, asked whether I could buy them and was told I could. I still thought that I would be prevented from doing so at the checkout, but no, they scanned through and I grinned all the way back home! These figures are quality! Lots were left there, but when I sent my wife to another Woolworth branch later in the day to try and buy some wave 1 figures, they refused to let her buy them and said she could only do so from April 2nd. I had bought the rest of wave 2 on ebay already. I wasn't passing up an opportunity! Also, bought tickets for two showings of ROTS in London's Leicester Square on the opening day. Man, what a start to our Easter break. It will be a day long remembered!” (email withheld by request)

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 March 2005 | 13:51 EST

    U.S.A. Flat Shipping Rate Update: Please note that orders placed using our $4.99 or $5.99 classic flat rate shipping will now be shipped through the US Post Office as part of their Parcel Select program. Boxes will be delivered by your normal mail carrier as part of their daily delivery route. Average delivery time is 3 - 6 days. Boxes will be delivered Monday through Saturday, and this shipping method is now valid for PO Boxes! You can still select UPS Ground, 2nd Day or Next Day, or Priority Mail if you prefer those shipping methods. Please see the full info about this minor change on our shipping policy.

    Takara #18 Sound Blaster: The latest release from Takara has just arrived from Japan - Sound Blaster comes with very nice Ravage and Lazerbeak re-issues and is in the standard Dreamwave art box. Sound Blaster comes with a double deep cassette door so two tapes can be stored at once! Pre-Orders are being shipped today and tomorrow, and we have stock available now for new orders - this set is priced at $63.99.

    Galaxy Force: The new Micron Booster Wave 3 set has just arrived. This set of 12 figures is an add-on set for the Galaxy Force figure line. The micron figures transform into a variety of items and the box is priced at $44.99. Also in stock is the GD-08 Dino Shout for $13.99 and the GC-14 Fang Wolf. Pre-Orders for these items will be processed shortly.

    Street Fighter: The second series of SOTA Toy's hit Street Fighter line has just arrived. This wave includes Blanka, Cammy, Ken, Vega, and T. Hawk. We have a very limited number of sets remaining at $64.99 and the Vega figure and variant White Ken figure are available for $14.99 each.

    Robotech: We've restocked the Alpha Masterpiece #1 Scott Bernard, #2 Rook Bartley and #3 Lancer. Each is available for $79.99.

    Other items in stock: Star Wars Stormtrooper Blaster - back in stock.
    Star Destroyer Model Kit: A big kit for $21.99!
    Sideshow-Weta: We've re-opened the Eowyn as Dernhelm Statue Pre-Order

    The Masterpiece Ultra Magnus and BT-12 Overcharge are due to arrive in about 10 - 14 days!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 24 March 2005 | 11:52 EST
    ROTS for Nintendo Gameboy Advance
    ROTS for GBAYou will soon be able to play Revenge of the Sith anywhere you go, because sometime in May it will be available on the Nintendo Gameboy Advance system. The game will feature 2-D sideways scrolling action gameplay, and will include all the big-name characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Emperor Palpatine, General Grievous, and many more. It is currently unknown how many levels you will be able to play, but it was stated that it will be faithful to the film. To read more about this and to see screenshots of this click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 24 March 2005 | 11:35 EST
    Hasbro Update: 12" Shaak Ti and Barriss Offee
    Shaak TiHasbro has recently announced two new 12" action figures for the Episode III lineup, which happen to be Jedi Knights Shaak Ti and Barriss Offee. These two 12" figures show incredible detail, and each features multiple points of articulation, authentically styled Jedi clothing and a lightsaber. With these two incredibly well-made figures, this should spark an interest to Star Wars collectors and help propel the 12" action figure line. To see images of these click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 24 March 2005 | 10:57 EST
    Clone Wars, Chapter 23: Action Galore!
    Last night?s episode of Clone Wars, Chapter 23, was one of the best Clone Wars episodes yet! It was filled with some of the best fighting scenes, from Mace Windu doing his E. Honda punching technique (from the old-time video game Street Fighter) on a bunch of Super Battle Droids, to Yoda riding his horse-like creature into a huge flock of Super Battle Droids with his lightsaber blazing, and Saesee Tiin leading a swarm of ARC-170 Fighters up into a space battle above Coruscant. Yes, there was the scene with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet Nelvaan that was kind of slow, but overall this was an episode I had to watch several times because it was that good. If you?re a Hyperspace member and you happened to miss this episode you can view it here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 24 March 2005 | 10:52 EST
    Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees Preview
    TIE has recently written a preview for the expansion pack Rage of the Wookiees, which is an addition to the online game, Star Wars Galaxies. This preview goes into great detail in regards to the new and improved spaceships you will encounter in Rage of the Wookiees. Several Imperial fighters have been modified for improved performance, such as Darth Vader?s TIE Advanced, the TIE Fighter, and the new TIE Interceptor (specifically designed for the Emperor?s Royal Guards and is painted crimson red in color). The Rebellion is sporting new vehicles in the game as well, such as the Z95, X-Wing , ARC-170, and lastly new Jedi Starfighter (as scene in Revenge of the Sith). We even get the chance to see General Grievous? spaceship, the Belbullab-22. For those Troopers out there who already have Star Wars Galaxies, this expansion pack looks like a must-have. This is expected to be released on May 5th, which is two weeks before the release of ROTS.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 24 March 2005 | 10:27 EST
    Several News Stories About Celebration III
    Celebration IIISince we've been down for a short while we have had a few news stories relating to Celebration III sitting on the back burner, and here they are...

    Vendors at CIII
    Looking around on the main page of CIII I noticed a detailed listing of what vendors will be on hand at CIII and their booth location numbers. Some of the ones listed, and in no order are Brian's Toys, Burger King, Hasbro, Federation Toys Dark Horse, 3-Day Blinds, Gentle Giant Studios, Jakks Pacific, The Topps Company and many others. It seems like your whole one-stop Star Wars shopping center will be available for four days. Also, there is a blueprint of the layout to help you find your way around (Exhibitors and Exhibit Hall Layout). There are going to be so many areas you will go insane. Man, is my money going to be gone quick!

    CIII Art Show
    Exclusive Star Wars Art for your viewing pleasure, as well as for sale. You will have the opportunity to purchase art from main Star Wars artists that will have reproductions of various pieces. You will also have the chance to have custom art work done by request. You will see the art from cartoon images to our favorite characters from all six of the movies. Get your Star Wars artwork/pictures done the right way... by the experts. This is no stinking "Glamour Shots" or beach free hand artist you will be dealing with. Check out the official release here. There will be various times that the art shows will be opened.

    Mug Shots for CIII
    OfficialPix, the company that is in charge of the autographs for CIII, have released some of the official pictures that will be available for purchase for you to get signed by the actors and actresses of Star Wars. These will be exclusive for CIII only, but if you can not attend they are also offering a binder full of non-signed pictures that will be available in the future as well. There are many photos to chose from, with the actors shown out of character or in full blown action. There are some really cool looking photos.

    Posted by: dustrho | 24 March 2005 | 10:12 EST
    TOYFELLAS Has New G.I. Joe Items in Stock
    We received 2 cases of G.I. Joe Valor vs. Venom wave 7 & 2 more should arrive towards the end of April. We also just received 1 case of G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Comic Book #21, #24 & #49, 2 more cases should arrive soon.

    G.I.Joe 3-Packs Now In Stock:
    Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, & Red Ninja 3-Pack with Comic Book #21 for $19.99

    Serpentor, Scrap Iron, & Firefly 3-Pack with Comic Book #49 for $19.99

    Duke, Gung Ho, & Roadblock 3-Pack with Comic Book #24 for $19.99

    - Click to Enter TOYFELLAS -

    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 24 March 2005 | 10:12 EST
    Sandtroopers BACK ON LINE!
    As you can see ST is back on line, sorry for the inconvenience troops. Growing has it's pains. Thanks for all your support!

    Posted by: dustrho | 22 March 2005 | 12:19 EST
    Next Up for Lucasfilm: Star Wars on TV
    Steve SansweetSteve Sansweet, Lucasfilm?s Director of Content Management and Fan Relations, recently told Now Playing Magazine that Lucasfilm is most certainly going to bring the Star Wars universe to television in the not so distant future. Sansweet was quoted by saying the following: "We are looking into all kinds of things for the future. We?re looking for television clearly: animation [and] we are looking into live action television.". Obviously this is great news to all Star Wars fans, because we've been curious to know what will happen after Revenge of the Sith comes out in theaters on May 19th. There were rumors about Star Wars coming to television, but just as I mentioned they were simply rumors and are now truly factual. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 22 March 2005 | 11:01 EST
    The Dark Side of the Force Flows Through
    New Look at StarWars.comThe web developers over at Lucasfilm must have been putting in extra hours at the office, because they have re-designed the look of the Official Site's front page in honor of Revenge of the Sith. The background is primarily black and red in color with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi dueling with their lightsabers on the fiery lava planet of Mustafar, and in the foreground we have several rotating images of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, General Grievous, and many more. You can now download ROTS desktop wallpaper and AOL Buddy Icons, learn more about the characters and planets in ROTS, go behind the scenes of ROTS, and even view the pictures in the ROTS Gallery. The main chunk of the Star Wars website hasn't changed, but just the front page and pages relating to ROTS. Go to the Official Site to see the new look for yourself, and cast your vote over in our forums if you like the new look or if you hate it.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must have the latest version of Macromedia Flash installed on your computer in order to navigate throughout the main Star Wars front page.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 22 March 2005 | 9:34 EST
    Do You Still Need a Room at Celebration III?
    CIIIThe official Celebration III site has opened up a limited amount of premium hotel rooms for today only. Hop on your Speeder Bike and try to get yourself a room, if you don't want to sleep on someone else's floor, or your even in the backseat of your car. Please check out the official announcment here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 22 March 2005 | 9:03 EST
    Reactions Toward Chapter 21 of Clone Wars
    Anakin Becoming a JediLast night millions of Star Wars fans had their eyes and ears glued to their TVs, waiting to watch the highly anticipated 21st chapter of the animated Clone Wars on Cartoon Network. I didn't watch it live because I wasn't home, but it certainly was recorded by my trusty Tivo box. The second I made it home I turned on my TV, brought up the Tivo menu and started up Chapter 21.

    General GrievousRight off the bat you're on board one of the Republic Gunships, this time it resembles an old World War II bomber with that shark's grin on the front of it, and the heroic ARC Troopers are prepping up for a major battle with General Grievous. What is their mission? Their mission is to rescue all the Jedi who haven't already been slaughtered by General Grievous. Several Jedi and a few ARC Troopers died on the battle field, but that wasn't going to put a damper on their rescue mission.

    C-3PO Goes Gold!The rest of Chapter 21 seemed a little weak to me, but now that these episodes are twelve minutes long Genndy Tartakovsky and his team of artists don't have to cram so much action in each episode just to make it a successful show. We learn about Anakin's encounter with the tree on what looks to be Dagobah, just as Luke Skywalker had his encounter with the cave in the Empire Srikes Back. We also get to see C-3PO for the very first time in his gold-plated body, but I think Tartakovsky should have made that scene a little serious than what we saw last night. We witnessed Anakin and Padme's love for each other grow stronger, and best of all we saw Anakin become a Jedi Knight of the Republic.

    Anakin speaking with Obi-WanIf you happened to miss last night's episode and you're a Hyperspace member you can view it here. If you did get a chance to see it stop over in our forums and share your feedback with the rest of the Troops here. And as a reminder do not forget that Chapter 22 will air tonight at 7:00pm (ET) on the Cartoon Network.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 21 March 2005 | 22:58 EST
    Temuera Morrison at Celebration III
    Jango FettThe man who brought Jango Fett to all of us in AOTC will now be heading to Celebration III in Indianapolis to sign autographs as well as a question and answer session. Temuera who will be playing not only Commander Cody in the Revenge of the Sith but will also be playing various Clone Troopers throughout the new film as well is Boba Fett's father. Make sure your are able to get Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett in AOTC) and Jeremy Bulloch's (Boba Fett in TESB and ROTJ) autographs at CIII as well to make the Fett Family Circle complete. Check out the official announcement here.

    Posted by: Snipe | 21 March 2005 | 22:15 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Wizard World Long Beach - Coastal Espionage
    Ah Wizard World, that familar old paper smell of comic books in the air. Anyway, RJP and I went to Wizard World LA, located in Long Beach. There we saw various artists, three of which are Star Wars artists. The artists were the things that really stole the show. You can tell they love their work and the fans. There were no Star Wars guest appearances though, probably because of the upcoming C3. We also got a free tour of a WW2 ship out of it, but there really wasn?t too much as far as Show Exclusives are concerned. If you?d like to saddle up and check out what you missed, by all means let?s ride!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 March 2005 | 18:27 EST
    Sandtrooper Mike Reports:
    “Hey Troopers, chalk one up for the good guys, I ordered the Ultimate 12-inch Anakin on Friday at Toys R and it showed up at my door today! I snapped a front and back shot for S.C.A.L.P. verification. I hear they have already yanked the plug and are now holding these until April 2nd with the rest of the world. I see today they have some RotS figures and the ARC-170 listed in stock, maybe these will slip through their fingers too. Good luck Troops.”

    Update: All items for RotS are shown as not available.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 March 2005 | 18:17 EST
    Sandtrooper Jimsjedi Reports: 30 days and Counting!
    Jimsjedi“That?s right only 30 days left until Celebration 3 rolls into Indianapolis for another Star Wars convention. I, along with you have been counting down the days since I ordered my badge, hotel, and airfare back in September. Yesterday marked the first day of spring and here in New England it?s been one rough winter. In my area of Massachusetts we have had over 105 inches of snow this winter season. I am so sick of shoveling it, driving in it, and even looking at it. CIII has been my motivation through this, not to mention the championships of the Red Sox and the Patriots. Sorry, I just had to say it once again.

    Now on to CIII. How are you going to spend all of that hard earned money you have been saving up? Are you going to look for all of the older products or just focus on the new stuff? Will you spend it all on 40+ celebrities that will be on hand signing autographs? Or will you drink it all away in the endless party atmosphere of Indianapolis? As you all head to and from Indy, try to capture your experience on what is was like for you, your family or your friends. Were you treated well? Were the lines frustrating? Were you able to get all of the CIII exclusives? Did you miss me buying the first rounds? I along with the other staff members here will be documenting our experiences of this event and would like to view yours as well. So, when you find time on that long car ride, or flight home try to capture what your life was like for the time spent in Indianapolis and send it in to us here. Thanks, and I hope to meet all of the Troops at CIII.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 March 2005 | 18:10 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Taking Pre-orders on the Han Solo Gentle Giant mini-bust. Master Replicas Snowspeeder, Vintage battle-damaged TIE Fighter, PotF Yoda 12-inch, B-Wing alpha series, Y-Wing Action Fleet, George Lucas Creative Impulse book, Darth Vader AM/FM clock radio & much more in stock.”

    Click Here

    Posted by: dustrho | 21 March 2005 | 11:12 EST
    New ROTS Deluxe Items at Hasbro!
    New ROTS Items at Hasbro!POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING: Hasbro has just released new images of their Revenge of the Sith deluxe lineup, and I was blown away at how cool some of these are. The items that were released today were the following: Yoda on Can-Cell, Darth Vader on Operating Table, Clone Trooper with Winged Jet Backpack, and the Vulture Droid. The best of these has got to be Darth Vader on Operating Table. From the looks of it, you get to be the surgeon by applying the chest place, feet (if you look closely enough he doesn't have any feet), his right gauntlet, and of course his infamous helmet! To see all the incredible images click here, and be sure to talk about these new items over in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 21 March 2005 | 11:01 EST
    "Clone Wars, Volume II" on TV All This Week!
    This is a friendly reminder to all the Troopers out there, that the Clone Wars, Volume II will be on at 7:00pm (ET) every night this week on Cartoon Network. Airing each night will be a 12-minute episode and will include chapters 21-25. Be sure to have your VCRs and Tivo boxes ready to record this, because you don't want to miss this!

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 21 March 2005 | 10:49 EST
    Four weeks and counting, we still need your help.
    We are now at four weeks and counting until Celebration III. That is why I am again reminding everyone that we still need your help. Celebration III is just one month away and we still need many figures to populate the Death Star dioramas. If you will please again read what Frank D. (niubniub) and I have to ask of you, you will see we are still in dire need. If you can help out some fellow troopers to make this the best diorama scene ever please do so. We cannot do this without the generosity of fellow troopers like you. Thank you with all of your generosity and we will see you at Celebration III.

    - Click for more info -

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 21 March 2005 | 10:46 EST
    Edible Sith
    Today I made a stop into K-Mart and noticed in the grocery side that they stocked lots of editable Sith items. On an end cap I saw the Revenge of the Sith cereal with two box covers. One was Yoda and the other Darth Vader. Above that they had the Lava Berry Burst Pop Tarts with Darth Vader on the box. And on top of that was the Sith Fruit Snacks. All three of theses items are two for $5.00.

    In the cereal aisle I saw many different cereal boxes with Star Wars printed on them. Some had Jedi Mind Games, Light-Up Lightsaber Spoon, Free Episode 1 DVD, and more. Also found were Kudos, which have box covers from all six Star Wars movies, Rice Krispies, Pop Tarts, and more. So it looks like the edible Star Wars items are now hitting stores with great Force.

    Posted by: dustrho | 21 March 2005 | 9:15 EST
    Republic Commando: Reviewed Again
    Republic CommandoRepublic Commando, one of the hottest Star Wars games to ever make it to a gaming console, has been reviewed by another online source, this time by The Electric New Paper. The author of this review, Ian Tan, gave the game a good 8/10 score, but from the tone in his writing you can tell he's not much of a Star Wars fan. That's good though, because we're able to read a very unbiased review of the game. He believes this will be an incredible game for novices, but could be rather boring for advanced gamers. Read the full review here.

    Posted by: Julian | 20 March 2005 | 13:18 EST
    Update from K&C Collectibles:
    New Revenge of the Sith - Col. 1:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi #1
    Anakin Skywalker #2
    Super Battle Droid #4
    Chewbacca #5
    R2-D2 #7
    Darth Vader #11
    Tarfful #25
    Yoda #26
    Obi-Wan Kenobi #27
    Anakin Skywalker #29

    New Force Battlers:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Anakin Skywalker
    Darth Vader
    General Grievous

    Pre-Order: Deadline March, 27th
    Scout Trooper - kotobukiya
    Topps RotS 90 card set
    Star Wars RotS 12x18 Lenticular Posters
    Star Wars RotS 10x8 Lenticular Posters
    PEZ RotS - 24 count display
    Star Wars TV Game
    New Revenge of the Sith - Col. 2:
    Count Dooku #13
    Chancellor Palpatine #14
    Bail Organa # 15
    Plo Koon #16
    Battle Droid #17
    C-3PO #18
    Padme #19
    Agen Kolar #20
    Shaak Ti #21
    Kit Fisto #22
    Royal Guard #23
    Mon Mothma #24

    New RotS Vehicles:
    Droid TRI-Fighter
    Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
    Grievous Wheel Bike
    Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter

    Unleashed Figures:
    Aurra Sing

    click to enter

    Posted by: dustrho | 20 March 2005 | 13:16 EST
    Star Wars DVDs on Sale
    Clone Wars, Volume II noticed in the Sunday ads of our Chicago Tribune today that there are a few Star Wars DVDs on sale. The first DVD I noticed that was on sale is the animated Clone Wars, Volume 1 DVD, which will be available this coming Tuesday and will only cost $12.99 at Best Buy. This DVD contains the first twenty chapters, and will also include a sneak peek at Revenge of the Sith.

    The Phantom MenaceCircuit City has both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Cloneson sale for only $11.99. Most of us probably already own TPM and AOTC on DVD, but for those who don't own it already them those are pretty good prices.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 March 2005 | 20:55 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #299
    - click above to enter -

    We have posted our latest Newsletter #299. Featured Item now in stock is Illusive Concepts Darth Vader Revealed for $1,999.99. Also this week we have the Master Replicas Obi-Wan ANH weathered Lightsaber. Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Corporal & Sergeant both now in stock for $199.99 each. We have on clearance Action Fleet Republic Gunship, Republic Assault Ship and the Slave I. Clone Trooper Multi-Packs, OTC, and POTJ also on sale. In addition we have over 100 Vintage G.I.Joe vehicles, Saga Action Fleet, Family Guy Series 2 and DC Direct Green Lantern Figures.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 March 2005 | 20:45 EST
    LEGO Competition at CIII-Jedi Vs. Sith
    If you want in you better hurry. It's the first-ever tournament style LEGO Star Destroyer building contest.

    Is their an entry fee to sign a team up for the tournament? No. However, you will need to make sure that everyone on your team is able to pay for their entrance into Star Wars Celebration III in Indianapolis, IN.

    Who can sign up?
    The first EIGHT teams who respond

    How do I sign up?
    Call or e-mail Melinda Carter at the LEGO Company:
    Phone: (860) 763-6696
    Please check out the official site for all of the details.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 March 2005 | 20:42 EST
    The Scoundrel from Cloud City:
    Billy Dee Williams-(Lando Calrissian) will be heading to Indy for CIII. Mr. Williams played everyones favorite villian/goodguy in The Empire Strikes Back, and the General that took the Millenium Falcon through the 2nd Death Star in Return of the Jedi. He will not only charm the audience from the stage, but will also be part of the 40+ Star Wars Celebrities already announced for CIII. Please check out the official word.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 March 2005 | 19:37 EST

    Master Replicas: The full size Alien Vs. Predator statue has arrived, this nice piece is available for $189.99. More of the .45 Scale Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsabers have arrived and the boxed version of the Pirates of the Caribbean Aztec Gold Necklace is now in stock.

    Transformers: The Galaxy Force GD-03 Starscream and GC-03 Vector Prime are now in stock. More of the BT-08 Meister both red and white versions are in stock. The Hasbro re-issue Ricochet is now in stock for $29.99.

    Macross: We've restocked the Queadluun Rau Max version as well as the YF-21 with Fast Pack and the VF-11B with Fast Pack.

    Sideshow-Weta Lord of the Rings: The brand new Attack Troll Maquette has just arrived, a very nice piece priced at $64.99. We've restocked a variety of other items as well: Legolas Statue, Nazgul Steed Bust, Isildur Bust, Golden Hall Environment, Khazad Dum Environment, Cave Troll Bust, Grishnakh Bust, You Shall Not Pass Plaque and A Meeting of Old Friends Plaque.

    DC Direct: We have a few sets of Green Lantern Series 1 left after reserving the rest for those who pre-ordered. We've also restocked a few Batman Hush sets, DC First Appearances, Batman Dark Knight Returns, and 3 of the previously sold out DC Silver Age boxed sets.

    Other items in stock: Halloween, Metal Gear Solid, Kubricks, Pink Floyd, Bandai, Sota Toys and much more!

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 March 2005 | 19:17 EST
    Sandtrooper Stan Reports:
    “In response to the story posted earlier, our toy dept. employees are being extremely tight-lipped about those days. Our store has only gotten 6-7 cases of figures in the last year because our store manager is very vocal about not liking Star Wars. We usually have the spaces allotted for the figures but it's just sitting there empty. I usually have to go to other stores in our area to get figures. We are getting 11 pallets of Star Wars toys, some are in already. I've also been able to find out that we'll have someone in a Vader costume on hand both days in the photo area to do pictures with the kids. If it's anything like the Spider-Man promo we had like that, it'll be someone in a pathetic Halloween costume but we can hope I guess.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 March 2005 | 19:16 EST
    Sandtrooper Larry Reports:
    The Pride of Mentor, Ohio!“Hey Troops! My Wife was at our local Wally World last night, and found the first wave of EPIII figures. Of course, being at home, I was excited to here this. Apparently, as she was checking out, the cashier and a manger wouldn't allow her to purchase the new figures. They told my Wife they were recalled, and gave my Wife a hard time when she asked why they would be put out on the store floor. I want to drop a thermal detonator in the middle of the place. The local Mentor Wal-mart is worthless any more. Anyway, here's a list of the figures they had. 2 Anakin, 2 Obi-wan, Yoda, R2, Vader, Chewy, Tarful, and 2 others I cant remember. Good luck troops. They are coming.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 18 March 2005 | 19:15 EST
    Update from Action-HQ
    Action-HQ -bringing the Best to you First with Marvel Legends 9, Transformer Reissue Soundblaster, SIC Hakaider, RC Tank and more!

    -Star Wars Episode III - 4.75" figures, Deluxe figures, Battle Vehicles, Assault Vehicles, Battlers, Unleashed, Galactic Heroes, Battle Arenas, Micro Battle Sets, Deluxe Gunship and Action Assortments will be available on April 2nd!
    -McFarlane's Conan 2 (March 24th)
    -Transformer MP-02 Ultra Magus (end of March)
    -Battlestar Galactica Set of 5 Trading figures (end of March/beginning of April)
    -Microman Alien Vs Predator figures (end of March/beginning of April)

    -Marvel Legends 9 featuring Grey Hulk, Deathlock, Dr. Strange, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Bullseye and War Machine. Get them all to form a huge Galactus.
    -Transformer Re-issue 18 Soundblaster! The long awaited figure is available now.
    -Microman Material Force
    -Ultraman Salaryman Set of 6 Trading Figures.
    -SIC super-detailed Hakaider with Motorbike set.
    -Takara Remote Control Tank with real moving treads.

    visit Action-HQ below

    Posted by: dustrho | 18 March 2005 | 17:16 EST
    Star Wars in the Third Dimension
    George LucasGeorge Lucas told people at the Las Vegas convention, ShoWest, yesterday that he wants to re-release his all of his Star Wars films in 3-D, beginning in the year 2007. He would release one film in 3-D each year, until all six movies were released in that 3-D format. I can't wait to see "A New Hope" in 3-D, with that massive Star Destroyer chasing the Tantive IV just about Tatooine. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: Dan | 18 March 2005 | 16:49 EST
    Shafted in the Northwoods:
    Sandtrooper Dan here to let everyone in my area of Wausau, Wisconsin know that K-Mart does have the new ROTS figures hanging on the pegs already, but don't attempt to buy them. I tried and got the Hasbro SHAFT! Why are these K-Marts doing this to us? Is it a feeble attempt by Hasbro to get us excited only to leave us hanging at the register? I have reason to suspect that somebody in the industry isn't playing with a full deck. Whether it be the big wigs at Hasbro or K-Mart, somebody is screwing up, and I don't like it.

    Oh I will wait, and I will be buying them on April 2nd, and I suppose it was kinda cool to get an early look at the new stuff in person, but I certainly don't like having to leave it all behind for another day. Kaman retailers, get your acts together! That's all from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, good luck in your neck of the woods.

    Posted by: dustrho | 18 March 2005 | 16:17 EST
    ROTS Similar to the Titanic?
    George LucasGeorge Lucas recently compared his soon-to-be released movie, Revenge of the Sith, with the 1997 movie Titanic. Lucas was quoted by saying the following: "I describe it as a 'Titanic' in space. It's a real tearjerker, and it will be received in a way that none of us can expect." Read the full story here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 March 2005 | 21:48 EST
    Sandtroopette Boushh Reports:
    Things are not always what they seem!“Just wanted to let you know that on Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd selected Wal-Mart stores will be unveiling the new figures with a large bash under the Tent! Each selected Wal-Mart (400 in all) will feature a 30 x 60 tent in the parking lot to display and sell all the new figures and merchandise. Tent opens when the store does so check your local store hours. If your store has a large display near the entryway that reads Come celebrate the Star Wars saga with Wal-Mart April 2nd and 3rd then you are in luck. So far our local SoCal Wal-Mart has said there are no special promotions or flyers to be handed out but they'll let me know if they do get more information or someting new in for the event. Let's go shopping!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 17 March 2005 | 20:59 EST
    Sandtrooper Matt Reports:
    Labyrinth of Evil, "the must-read prequel to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith". That's marketing claim contributed to my reasons for reading of this book - but having enjoyed it thoroughly, I'd have to endorse the boast. I have just published a brief, favourable review of Labyrinth of Evil on the SWNZ website.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 17 March 2005 | 15:55 EST
    Gentle Giant to Release Three Sandtrooper Busts
    Sandtrooper BustGentle Giant has recently announced that they will be producing three different Sandtrooper busts for this year. The Sandtrooper Corporal will be a Celebration III exclusive, and the others Sandtrooper busts will be availble for purchase online. Read the full story here.

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 17 March 2005 | 15:00 EST
    Wal-Mart back slaps those who try to buy Sith.
    This morning I stopped in at Wal-Mart to find Collection 1 Wave 2 of basic Sith action figures (Tarfful, Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anakin) and the Electronic Lightsaber assortment (Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anakin) on the shelf along with the Force Battlers. I thought I would try to beat the system knowing that the store would not sell me the items. I brought a Sneak Preview figure up to the register with me and placed it in front of the new figs. It rang up with no problem and the other figures would not ring up. I knew this was going to happen. So I told the cashier just to scan the figure that rang up. She was going to but the register said NOT FOR SALE. She called for help and at the end the manager said sorry the items are not for sale until April 2, 2005. The items were once again taken from me. So now at this point I have decided to stop looking for any more early scores of Sith Items since it seems that all stores and their computer systems have locked out the sale of all Sith items until April 2, 2005. Just have to wait fifteen more days until Star Wars fans run rampant at their store of choice.

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 17 March 2005 | 14:50 EST
    CIII Badge in the mail today.
    Just wanted to let you all know that I received my CIII 4-day badge with Vader Topper in the mail today. Also in the non-sealed envelope was my orange CIII / Hyperspace lanyard, X3 friends and family coupons, and a reminder letter of specific Fan Club events.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 17 March 2005 | 12:42 EST
    2005 Hyperspace Membership Kits
    Membership PackageStart looking in that mailbox if your are an official member of this exclusive Hyperspace membership club. Don't be left out because you still have a chance to sign up. New kits will be sent out in May, but you if you want to receive one of these kits you better hurry. To learn more about what's included in this package please click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 17 March 2005 | 12:24 EST
    New Collection Added!
    DescriptionA new collection has just been added to our Collections section. The newest addition comes from Sandtrooper Ryan Miller. As you can probably tell, this Trooper keeps most of his toys in their boxes and on their cards, but he's done a great job displaying them in his Star Wars room. To check out his collection click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 17 March 2005 | 11:26 EST
    This Yoda Has Something to Tell You
    Talking YodaHasbro has just announced a new interactive toy for their Episode III product line, and the newest addition is the Call Upon Yoda! figure. This is a similar toy to the one that was released when the Saga and OTC Talking Yodas were out in stores, but this one has many more features. This Yoda says more than 500 different phrases, and has activities such as storytelling, trivia and wisdom. He's 12" inches in height, and has many animated features including eyes, ears, eyelids and mouth. This Yoda is the closest thing to the real deal. I owned the original Talking Yoda figure, but was unimpressed with it and traded it away, but this new Yoda seems to be such a huge improvement that might just have to pick up one for myself.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 16 March 2005 | 22:56 EST
    CIII Passes in the Mail Everyone!
    Start checking those mailboxes!!!. For those of you that bought your passes/toppers for Celebration III and choose for them to be sent to your doorstep, the official word is that they were sent out last week and should be arriving NOW. Please make sure that all of the information is correct, if not make sure you contact the right people through the official CIII site. Please let us know when yours arrive, so others can be checking that mailbox every 5 minutes.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 16 March 2005 | 22:22 EST
    Mr. Producer at Celebration III
    CIIIRick McCallum will appear on stage at Celebration III for interviews and a question and answer format, as well as a special surprise for all in attendance. Rick surprised everyone at C2 with exlusive footage from Attack of the Clones, so one would only hope that he would do the same this time around. Make sure you bring your best questions with you, for Rick loves being at these events and enjoys talking about the producing duties he performs for our favorite Star Wars movies. He will be located in the 500 Ballroom and the Sagamore Ballroom. Please check back as the times he will be appearing are not yet set, and check out the official announcment here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 March 2005 | 22:13 EST
    Force of the Bay: Itchy Trigger Finger, Hot Concussion Cannon
    Hey Troopers, with the days dwindling down until all Star Wars hell literally breaks loose, I thought I would do some last minute patrol on the bay. This could be a good time to go shopping; perhaps everyone is saving for the Celebration. This could make it easy to swoop in for the kill. There isn?t much time left if you are planning to suit up, if you?re going to die, die with your boots on. I thought it would be hot in the armor, these guys must really be nuts to go indoors with these outfits! I see much pain in their future, suffering. There is just no limit to the sweet deals that are one after another. Like anything in life you must exercise caution. You could find a way to replicate those items you thought you could never afford. At least this guy is honest and is up front about his motives, there are some who are not so kind. Sometimes when you think you got number one, it can really be number two. I found some examples of fine craftsmanship, or the guy who took care of his things much better than you did. Another favorite S.C.A.L.P. Tactic is to find a target days ahead, and if it?s within reason with seconds to go, fire away Trooper! I have so little money and so many things to completely blow my budget to hell. Think about that one on your next company golf outing! Something tells me the Droids I?m looking for are not in there. Remember neither endorses nor authenticates any of the items featured here. Good luck to you Troopers in your searches, Kick A#$ and take names!

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 March 2005 | 0:57 EST
    Coming Soon: "Star Wars: Visionaries"
    DescriptionIf you're a fan of work that comes from Dark Horse Comics, then you're going to be in for a big surprise come this April 2nd. Dark Horse will be releasing their latest and great graphical novel titled Star Wars: Visionaries. Included in this work are illustrations by the concept artists who helped envision the worlds, characters and story of Episode III.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 15 March 2005 | 23:36 EST
    Celebration III Chat with Mary Franklin
    Celebration IIIThis Friday (March 18th) at 5:30pm (ET) Mary Franklin, the woman that is getting everything, and I mean everything from the bottom up together for Celebration III, will be available for an exclusive chat for Hyperspace members only. Mary will also be the one in charge of all of the fan kits as well. If you have any questions regarding CIII, Mary will more than likely be able to answer them for you. If you are not a Hyperspace member make sure to sign up and not miss this one (you can purchase Hyperspace membership at We are only six weeks away from CIII and any inside tips on catching it all will help out in the end. Please check out the official announcement here.

    Posted by: Julian | 15 March 2005 | 19:46 EST
    Visual Guides Updated: Unleashed, Wave 12
    Unleashed StormtrooperAlmost a month before the massive attack of Episode III merchandise hits us, Unleashed presented us again with another amazing wave of fantastically sculpted figures.

    Making up Wave 12 as the first three figures of the Line for 2005 are two Original Trilogy characters and one PT/Expanded Universe female bounty hunter surely to please every one.

    Although the characters are definitely well rendered in their plastic incarnations, this Wave offers a tad more. A bit of frustration, a mini surprise and a bit of intrigue! Read all about it and see the detailed pictures. An all new Unleashed update is up. Enjoy!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 March 2005 | 19:39 EST
    Sandtrooper Starfox Reports:
    Bleeds Armor“Finally some ROTS news from Central Texas! The Wal-Mart in Killeen finally broke down and broke the street date for new stuff. This morning my eyes sparkled as I was dazzled by all of the RotS stuff hanging around! There were pegs full of basic figures to include: Plo Koon, Obi-Wan, R2-D2, Tarful, Chewbacca, Super Battle Droid, etc. Also available were the Battling figures, Vader, Obi-Wan, Grievous & Anakin and these were very sweet looking! Also available were the new lightsabers. All in all a very nice and palatable find, but they were missing the Unleashed figures, but that's because there was over 15 Pilot Luke's Unleashed choking the pegs. All the other local stores are almost bare, with Target having basic & cartoon figures on clearance, K-Mart still wanting $7+ per basic fig, TRU has some of the POTC Cantina wave left and a lot of old SAGA still hanging around. That's all the news from Central Texas, Starfox signing off...”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 March 2005 | 19:35 EST
    Sandtrooper Forcehunter Reports:
    “Forcehunter back after a long hiatus and getting ready to re-emerge with the last SW movie toy line. I have some cool info for my fellow Troops here in Jacksonville, Fl. Toys R Us will have midnight madness! It will be Toys R Us at the Avenues Mall, 11:59 pm. April 1st- 2am April 2nd. Forcehunter signing off.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 15 March 2005 | 19:33 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharaoh Reports:
    “At a Wal-Mart in Buford, GA I picked up the new Yoda with spinning attack and Tarfful. They also had the Anakin and Obi-Wan force Battlers, which frankly I don?t like and a couple of the new Lightsabers including the training mode Yoda saber and the E III Vader voice changers.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 March 2005 | 9:57 EST
    New Star Wars Guides Revealed
    The Ultimate in Star Wars GuidesThink you know everything there is to know about the Star Wars universe? I'm sure you know an awful lot about it, but there's so much more to learn. That's why publishing comapny Dorling Kindersley will be releasing two new Star Wars guides later this Fall. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide and Star Wars: Complete Locations -- Inside the Worlds of Episode I to VI will contain hundreds of highly detailed images and tons of informative content that will blow your mind away. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 March 2005 | 22:45 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: VOTC Yoda
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. We continue with our review of Yoda from the VOTC Collection, While we agreed to disagree, why don't you step inside and find out why Sandwatch Action Figure review is the most brutally honest review online. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the VOTC collection. Until then enter if you dare! We do more before noon than most suckers do all day!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 March 2005 | 20:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Parkay Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Desert Recon“I was just wondering if anyone out there knows what?s going on with the guys at Kebco Toys? I had joined their one on every figure club, and things were good at first. But then in December I had an invoice for 13 figures which have been paid for (shipping included) and they never even changed the status. They still show on my acct as pending. I've been sending numerous emails only to never get a reply, and when I try calling the phone number on their site it rings twice then disconnects. Anyone else out there been having a problem with these guys or at least heard from then recently? I'll never order from them again even if I do ever get my figures that I paid for.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 March 2005 | 20:03 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    “One of our Wal-Mart stores in Huntsville Alabama out some RotS figures and role-play Lightsabers .I was psyched but then I looked at them and though ummmmm no. The only one liked and purchased without incident was the Royal Guard. The one that sports a cloth cloak. Where was this guy back in 1998 when Hasbro made their non-moveable figure? That Royal card as well the blue one from the PotJ line didn't was like a statue. I went to a Kmart and found the deluxe figures. I was really interested in the Anakin-Vader set. Again, I took it up to the register only to have it come up Item not for sale. Spice, how did you get around the red tape with the Boga and the other stuff you found? I went to KB later and talked to a lady that I occasionally talk to and she told me that stores that put out this stuff early hurt themselves. If they sell the items early they won't get any new freight for a while. That?s about it.”

    Chad, I purchased my items on Saturday before they realized they made a mistake. They didn't stop selling the merchandise until Sunday. I reported earlier I passed, but after not finding jack at my other K-mart stores I gave in and did score the Boga and Obi, and BARC Trooper w/ Speeder!

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 14 March 2005 | 19:23 EST
    Celebration III Diorama help - Part 2
    All of you know by now that at Celebration III the Diorama area has the theme of Death Star. You cannot have an impressive diorama without the figures to populate it with. That is why I am again reminding everyone that we need your help. Celebration III is just around the corner and we hardly have any figures to populate the Death Star dioramas with. If you will please again read what Frank D. (niubniub) and I have to ask of you, you will see we are still in need. If you can help out some fellow troopers to make this the best diorama scene ever please do so. We cannot do this without the generosity of fellow troopers like you. Thank you with all of your generosity and we will see you at Celebration III.

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

    Posted by: dustrho | 14 March 2005 | 9:14 EST
    Your Reaction to the George Lucas Interview on "60 Minutes"
    Last night CBS had an exclusive interview with George Lucas on their show "60 Minutes," and I can only imagine how many millions of Star Wars fans tuned into that particular show. Hopefully you got the chance of seeing it, because it was much better than I was expexting.

    Lucas showed us many new images of Revenge of the Sith, and one part in particular that stands out is how they incoprated CGI into the dueling scene between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. If you missed the show last night you'll never know where they did this, but in real time it only lasts two seconds at most.

    Something else worth mentioning (if you did miss it), was that Lucas says there will never be an Episode VII film. There might not be an Episode VII film produced and directed by HIM, but it doesn't mean someone other than himself could take over the reigns and make Episodes VII through VIX. If Lucas keeps his promise that ROTS will be the final Star Wars movie ever produced, he will definitely be going out with a bang!

    Share your thoughts with us over in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 14 March 2005 | 8:40 EST
    Will the Real Vader Please Stand Up?
    DescriptionGot a taste for the Dark Side? Want to kick some Jedi butt? Want to rule the Galaxy on board your favorite Star Destroyer? Well, in Newsweek's March 21st issue you will learn more about becoming the baddest Sith in the Galaxy... Darth Vader! They talk about a number of items for sale that are related to Darth Vader, and one item you might find interesting is the Master Replica's Darth Vader helmet from Revenge of the Sith. Go check it out for yourself!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 March 2005 | 8:39 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    We are now taking Pre-Order on Han Solo & Luke Skywalker 1:4 scale Sideshow statues. We also have 5 different waves of Episode 2 sealed cases of 12 figures; singles bust-ups from series 1 & 2; Bendems 10-piece gift set; Don Post C-3PO & Nien Numb masks in stock.

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    Posted by: dustrho | 13 March 2005 | 21:42 EST
    Sandwatch TV Review: Clone Wars Season I, Chapter 3
    The battle continues on the ground between the Clone Army and the Separatist Forces. We really get a close look at the ARC Trooper and their ability to lead the somewhat brainless Clones to victory. While this Episode didn't focus too much on core characters and further backstory, I'd just as soon see a lot of shooting and things exploding, Schwartzenegger made a twenty year career of it and look where he's at! Continue to tune in for the continued summary of the Clone Wars mini-series that will be out on DVD.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 March 2005 | 20:14 EST
    Sandtrooper Marcus Reports:
    “I saw the RotS Lightsabers at K-mart yesterday, including a preview Anakin Starfighter, and some old OTC figures. I'm going to check again today. My Wal-Mart has nothing. The local K-Mart said they would have their RotS merchandise on the pegs March 20th? I?m not sure if he knows what he was talking about. This was in Westminster, CA. Hopefully you Troopers will have better luck than I am! United We Find.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 March 2005 | 20:03 EST
    Update from K&C Collectibles:
    K&C Collectibles has received the Revenge of the Sith Collection 1 & 2 figures, Force Battle figures and Vehicles. We are only offering the action figures as sets at this time.

    New Revenge of the Sith - Col. 1:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi #1
    Anakin Skywalker #2
    Super Battle Droid #4
    Chewbacca #5
    R2-D2 #7
    Darth Vader #11
    Tarfful #25
    Yoda #26
    Obi-Wan Kenobi #27
    Anakin Skywalker #29

    New Force Battlers:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Anakin Skywalker
    Darth Vader
    General Grievous

    Pre-Order: Deadline March, 27th
    Scout Trooper - kotobukiya
    Topps RotS 90 card set
    Star Wars RotS 12x18 Lenticular Posters
    Star Wars RotS 10x8 Lenticular Posters
    PEZ RotS - 24 count display
    Star Wars TV Game
    New Revenge of the Sith - Col. 2:
    Count Dooku #13
    Chancellor Palpatine #14
    Bail Organa # 15
    Plo Koon #16
    Battle Droid #17
    C-3PO #18
    Padme #19
    Agen Kolar #20
    Shaak Ti #21
    Kit Fisto #22
    Royal Guard #23
    Mon Mothma #24

    New RotS Vehicles:
    Droid TRI-Fighter
    Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
    Grievous Wheel Bike
    Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter

    Unleashed Figures:
    Aurra Sing

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    Posted by: dustrho | 13 March 2005 | 19:14 EST
    George Lucas to Appear on "60 Minutes" TONIGHT!
    Geoge LucasGeorge Lucas will be on 60 Minutes later this very hour, and will talk about his final movie Revenge of the Sith. It is rumored that his interview will be on near the end of the show, so you should have plenty of time to either tape it or record it on your Tivo. Lucas was quoted at saying, "[The film] is much more dark... more emotional. It's much more of a tragedy. My feeling is that it will probably be a PG-13, so it will be the first 'Star Wars' that's a PG-13." Read the full scoop here, and when you're finished watching this feel free to express your opinions over in this thread.

    Posted by: dustrho | 13 March 2005 | 12:30 EST
    Unleashed Figures for Trade
    Unleashed for TradeTroops, I wanted to let everyone know that I have three Unleashed figures available for immediate trade, and the ones I'm referring to are Darth Sidious, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi (all repack versions). If you are in need of these please check out my trade list, and perhaps we could work something out. Send me an email if you're interested.

    Thank you for looking, and United We Find!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 March 2005 | 12:24 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    “I went to Kmart this morning and to my surprise I found Collections 1 and 2. I took 2 of the figures up to the register and had the cashier scan them. They would not scan and came up Item not for sale. It looks like Hasbro is cracking down on selling the items early. Where did you find the deluxe figures and do you think Hasbro will still make them even after the April 3rd release? I know its a stupid question but I may not be able to go the any of my stores on April 3rd.I may have to go out of town to a civil war re-enactment with my brother and will not be able to get to a store.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 March 2005 | 12:20 EST
    Sandtrooper J Loud Reports:
    “Do what must be done. Hey Troops, I found about 20 of the Coll. 1 & 2 fig's at a couple of different Wal-Mart stores yesterday, yahoo! Vader, 2 different Anakin, 2 different Obi-Wan, Red Guard, Padme, Agen Kolar, R2. C-3P0, Yoda, and several others! They are very nice, no doubt there. I'm definitely looking forward to April 2nd for the rest of the bounty. I think what I have so far will tide me over. Take care and good luck Troopers.”

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 13 March 2005 | 10:25 EST
    K-Mart is full of Sith!
    Hey troopers! If you were lucky and were able to purchase any ROTS at K-Mart this weekend consider yourself extremely lucky. This morning I stopped in at a local K-Mart to pick up items for fellow troopers both Collection 1 and Collection 2 of the figures, Deluxe, Unleashed, etc. I have yet to get the Collection 2 wave of figures for myself so I was happy to be finding and getting them today. I loaded up the cart for those who asked for help. When I got to the register the figures would not ring up. This is the same K-Mart that I purchased the figures and other items I picked up earlier this weekend. So the cashier called the manager and she tried to ring the figures up. The register said ?Item Not For Sale? and the manager called the toys person. She said they should ring up. After a few minutes the toy person came back up and said the boxes are marked not to be on the shelf earlier than April 2, 2005. They took the figures away from me and I could not make any purchase. The manager told the toy person to remove all Star Wars items off the shelf. The Royal Guard in the Collection 2 was the Red Version the first time I have seen this. All the images that I have seen have been the Blue version. After leaving the store in disgust I went to three other K-Mart stores. The same thing happened at two of the K-Marts and the other did not even have anything. So it looks like the K-Mart corporate big wigs have put a stop to the early sale of ROTS items.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 March 2005 | 1:36 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #298
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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #298. Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Corporal & Sergeant both now in stock for $199.99 each. Original Trilogy Bust-Ups Series 3 now in stock and many Clone Wars Vehicles back in stock! G.I. JOE Japanese AFA collection also just arrived.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 23:22 EST

    We've implemented a search function on our site, so you can now either search directly for a specific item or product line, or browse our menus normally. This function is sure to be very helpful for finding specific figures out of the thousands of items listed on our site.

    Star Wars: The Super Soaker Wookiee Water Blaster has just arrived and is available for $19.99. More Playskool Jedi Force figures have arrived including Yoda, Anakin, and Darth Vader. A variety of Playskool Jedi Force and Galactic Hero items are in stock. A small restock of the Unleashed Stormtrooper, IG-88 and Aurra Sing sets has arrived.

    We've just listed the Clone Trooper - Troop Builder 4-pack for $32.99. This boxed set comes in 4 different variations: solid white Clone Troopers in clean and battle damaged sets, and white figures with red, blue, green, and yellow highlight colors showing rank - also available in clean and battle damaged sets. A new pre-order for Star Wars items imported from Japan - a fun set of SW Helmet Magnets will be arriving in spring. We have pre-orders up for wave 1 and wave 2 boxes of 8 - each box contains a semi-random assortment of cool helmets and heads with a magnet on the back. For more visit the Pre-Order menu.

    Hasbro has just sent me a list of all the EpIII items that we'll have in stock by the April 2nd worldwide product release date. Items we'll be listing for April 2nd include: Episode III Unleashed, Collection 1 figures, Collection 2 figures, Attacktix Boosters, Starters & Battlemasters, Force Battlers, Plush Figures, 12-inch Figures, Action Assortment, Blasters, Battle Vehicles and Assault Vehicles. Be sure to stop by late on April 1st when the listings go live!

    Also this week: G.I. Joe, Transformers Energon, House of 1000 Corpses, The Crow and More!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 23:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Ranger“Holy smokes Troopers! Martha gets out and the Sith hits the fan at K-mart. I saw collection 2 minus any clones...DRAT... no collection 1. Double drat. No deluxe well you get the idea. I will gladly pick up any if someone has Vader, Deluxe Anakin. and Troopers. I have to hand it to Hasbro the sculpts are great! Can't wait for the Vintage Prequel Collection. In two years. By the way the way the trailer is incredible. This one will pass empire for sure. K-dog the South-Central- Jersey-close to Philly Trooper out.”

    10-4 Trooper, we'll get your transfer information recorded and update your files soon!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 23:20 EST
    Sandtrooper Jon Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. RangerToledo, OH: “If you didn't know, the Super Soaker Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Wookiee Water Blaster is available at Toys R for $14.99 which is 25% off. Myself, I'm waiting for an ARC-170 Fighter. Keep on Sandtroopin'. Trooper Jon out.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 12 March 2005 | 19:38 EST
    Jedi Force Guide Updated
    YodaStaff member Boba Binks has added two new images to the Jedi Force guide, and the newest additions are Anakin Skywalker and Yoda. The Anakin figure looks pretty cool, but I'm not so sure about the Yoda figure. Yoda looks like he spent too much time with Homer Simpson at the Springfield power plant!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 19:37 EST
    Give me Fuel, Give me Fire, Gimme that which I Desire!
    Operation Armored: Spice, perhaps better than remaking Vince Neil!Hey Troopers, following YOUR leads I saddled my Dewbacks and set out with the Padawans. We headed out with the letter K marked on our maps. A search of the Kmart Store on Belevidere Rd. in Waukegan, IL turned up all three new Unleashed figures and the new Deluxe sets, at $18.99 price tags I took the Zero! I am on my way out to the surrounding areas of Southern Wisconsin too see if the Cheese aims to please. Keep the reports coming in, let's continue to March our way to completing our colletions. Good luck to you Troopers, take no Prisoners, Show No Mercy.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 12 March 2005 | 18:23 EST
    Obi-Wan Gets "Cloned"
    Obi-Wan Gets Not in the Star Wars Universe though. He just can't get away from this theme. Ewan McGregor the actor who portrays Obi-Wan Kenobi has another film due out on July 22nd, just 2 months after The Return of the Sith is released. His new movie is called "The Island" which is directed by Michael Bay and is from Dreamwork Films. This movie though is no trip in a tropical paradise. McGregor plays 2 characters in this movie that is based around "Human Clonning" His character Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a carefully controlled enviroment. He soon discovers that everything he knows is a lie, and that he is actually a human clone that will be used as "spare" parts for his human counterpart (the other character he plays in the movie) Tom Lincoln, who is a highly regarded boat designer who is sick and is dying from liver disease. Lincoln Six-Echo escapes this slaughter house with a fellow cloner Jordan Two-Delta, played by the ever sexy Scarlett Johansson. Both race for their lives to literally meet there makers face to face. The cast will also include Steve Buscemi, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, and Michael Clark Duncan. To learn more about this upcoming movie click here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 12 March 2005 | 18:18 EST
    Sandtrooper Jimsjedi Reporting!
    JimsjediI too have finally found some new ROTS figures at my local Wal-Mart-Oxford, MA. These however were not on the pegs. It's still winter in New England so the garden center in Wal-Mart is being used as a stockroom, as well as an area for items to be sold. There was a whole section of new Star Wars toys on atleast 2 skids way in the corner. I made my way to these with a crew of workers out there as well. I managed to open the boxes to get 10 new figures before stockers were nearby. I wanted to get in and out with no one noticing me and I did. I hope to stop back in tomorrow to get some more. The all rang in at $5.24 each. The ones I was able to get my hands on were: Obi Wan, Chancellor Palpatine, Bail Organa, Plo Koon, C-3P0, Padme', Kit Fisto, Mon Mothma, Tarfful, and Yoda.

    Posted by: dustrho | 12 March 2005 | 17:01 EST
    Gentle Giant Busts Guide Updated
    IG-88Staff member Boba Binks has added a new image to the Gentle Giant Busts guide, and that newest addition is IG-88. I, too, just recently acquired this bust and the level of detail is amazing! He comes with his blaster and blaster rifle, and looks like he's ready to kick some major butt! Click here to see a larger image of the IG-88 bust from Gentle Giant.

    Posted by: dustrho | 12 March 2005 | 15:49 EST
    Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting!
    Well Troops, I made a few runs today, and unfortunately I didn't find a single new toy from the Revenge of the Sith line. I stopped at a local Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Toys 'R Us and even Target, and there wasn't anything new out. It's really frustrating hearing so many people finding new ROTS items, but there's NOTHING out here. Oh well, I'll just keep trying I suppose.

    Congratulations to all those loyal Troops who were much luckier than me. Feel free to send in all your reports and photos of your findings to us. We'd be happy to share your stories here on our front page.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 14:10 EST
    Sandtrooper Jay Reports:
    “Found Episode 3 figures at the K-Mart in Milford, CT. They had all three Unleashed figures and the force battlers. I picked up an Unleashed Grievous, a force battler Grievous, the Anakin that changes to Vader and 8 of the new figures including Chewbacca, Vader and Yoda. Looks like they were just put out because they have not been picked over yet at all. Happy hunting.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 13:29 EST
    Sean Crawford drops a line: Yakface Reports!
    “Hi my old buddy! How's the only cement trucker in the galaxy I have the pleasure of knowing. I trust a platoon of Sandtroopers will be at Celebration III and if you make it down there do come and say hello. Tim and I had a great time last summer and we?re hoping you would again, pick up the pizza!”

    Thanks Sean, and yes we will be there in full force next month, and you can bet the white on Yakky's mustache that well stop by and say hello! Maybe we can surround your bunker and help with crowd control.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 13:15 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal here. ROTS have hit K-mart. Went by on Friday and to my surprise, I found the Deluxe figs (Anakin, Obi-wan, and Grievous but no Palpatine). They also had the repackaged Vader voice changer. Then went by TRU and found Darth Tater. Also like most troopers, I found the mid-size vehicles and ROTS galactic heroes at Target. Wal-mart had the voice changer and the new light sabers. Haven't had any luck yet in finding basic figs. Happy Hunting!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 13:08 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“Hey all, Jedimaster-C here. Hey check this out. I went to KB last Monday and happened on a VOTC 12-inch Boba Fett for a mere 16 bucks. It was just looking for a home. I am going to liberate it from its box. Check these KB's you never know. While RotS merchandise is leaking all over, I have learned to be content with what I have! Thank You Sandtroopers!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 March 2005 | 13:05 EST
    Staff Member and Forum Moderator Boba Binks Reports:
    Hey fellow troopers. Just wanted to share (make you all drool about) some more Sith items that I picked up this morning at K-Mart and Wal-Mart. Since I had a great find last night I thought I would try another K-Mart. Glad I did. I picked up the Boga with Obi-Wan Kenobi, BARC Speeder with Trooper, Force Battlers wave 1 (Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, & General Grievous.) Then I made a quick stop at Wal-Mart and picked up the second series of Jedi Force. I got Anakin Skywalker and Yoda. Let me say that I spent a lot of money on Star Wars toys in the past 24-hours. I am now wondering how much more will be spent on April 2, 2005 when the rest of the Sith comes out. Lets just say it will put a hurt on your wallet or purse. Happy Hunting.

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    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 23:31 EST
    We Now Top 40!
    C3That's right. A whopping 40 Star Wars celebrity guests are now confirmed for Celebration III in Indy. The latest to the addition is none other than the boy who is gifted, and will give balance to the force. Jake Lloyd (Young Anakin Skywalker) from "The Phantom Menanace" will be on hand to answer the question of what was it like to play the boy that would later turn into Darth Vader! Please check out the Official Site for more information.

    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 23:23 EST
    Sandwatch Update: Shadow of the Empire Reviewed!
    SOTESandtrooper staff members Sand Snipe and WedgeWannaBe get scruffy looking as they don their mercenary gear and help the Rebel Alliance take on both the evil Empire as well as the Black Sun criminal organization. In this latest installment of our video games review section, Snipe and Wedge dissect another game from days gone past with Shadows of the Empire. One of the original releases for the Nintendo N-64 platform, Shadows of the Empire gave a new spin on both the Star Wars universe as well as the future of gaming consoles. Check out the review to see if that future was bright or one that truly lurked in the Shadows of the Empire. Be sure to share your opinions about this game in our forums.

    Posted by: Snipe | 11 March 2005 | 23:14 EST
    Not old Enough to go In, but YOU could Win
    Star Wars has turned to the Dark side once again, and this time it's gambling in Star Wars scratchers! There are twelve in all, each bearing an image of Episode III. I could not find any photos of the sratchers but I know one will be Anakin and Obi-Wan dueling it out. Each scratcher is two dollars and one lucky person will get up to $10,000 dollars in winnings. Too bad they are only exclusive to California. While I am not old enough to by these, they are still something cool to look at. These scatchers will be available in two weeks and like I said, exclusive to California. You can find them at any local Liquor Store, but kids ask Mom and Dad permission before you go in! So, are you feeling lucky Troopers?

    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 22:24 EST
    Sandtrooper Boba Binks Reporting!
    Oh Sith! Tonight I went on a late toy hunt since I had nothing better to do this Friday night. Yeah, I am lame. Nothing to do on a Friday night. I made several stops on my toy hunt with no luck. On my way home there was a car accident so I took a side road down to the next main street. I decided to make one last stop at K-Mart (West Washington St.) that never has anything good. When I came to the aisle that has the Star Wars I saw a sight that was amazing. Three pegs full of Collection 1 Wave 1 of Revenge of the Sith action figures, a peg full of the first wave of deluxe figures, the three ships (Obi-Wan's Star Fighter, General Grievous Wheel Bike, & Tri Droid Fighter) and Anakin's Star Fighter, and the new Unleashed. Sure the basic action figures are a dollar more than other stores but I did not care. The deluxe figures are a dollar cheaper than the other store as well. Anyways I ran back to the front grabbed a cart and filled it up with the items that I wanted. This is indeed a good birthday week for the Bink's! Happy Hunting!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 March 2005 | 17:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's another small report for today:

    Toys R Us (Gurnee, IL) “had 1 Unleashed IG-88 & 1 Unleashed Aurra Sing.

    Target (Gurnee, IL) “has no Star Wars section in their action figure aisle, at least until 4/2/05. They did have the new G.I. Joe 3-packs that come with a reprinted comic book. One set comes with Duke, Destro, & Roadblock. The second one comes with Snake Eyes, Red Ninja, & Storm Shadow, which look identical to the original version back in '84. The third one has Serpentor, Firefly, & Scrap Iron. That's all for now. Later.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 March 2005 | 17:17 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Troops, I had a previous engagement last night so, like any true fan, I set the 'ole VCR to record The OC. When I got home, I found that the show had been preempted by a womens' college basketball game. AAHHHH! But that's okay because I was just now able to view the trailer on and it is killer. I don't know which image is my favorite, but right up there has to be when Mace Windu, Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto walk in on bad-boy Palpatine and arrest him with light sabers locked and loaded! Anyway who isn't totally jazzed by this trailer can go watch reruns of Oprah and The View. CU @ C3.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 14:54 EST
    Even CBS Likes KOTOR2
    Even CBS Likes KOTOR2CBS News recently announced their "Top 5 Xbox Picks" for the year, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was one of the lucky contenders to have made that list. It's not a surprise to anyone that KOTOR2 ranks high like this, since the game turned out to be a great and successful sequel to the original KOTOR. Read more about this and see what other games ranked high in CBS's "Top 5 Xbox Picks" here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 14:36 EST
    New Unleashed Figures Unveiled!
    New UnleashedHasbro has recently unveiled two images of the new Unleashed figures, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The amount of detail has dramatically increased since the original Unleashed figures (Jango Fett, Darth Maul, etc), and a new feature for the Unleashed line is that you can connect these two to make a great-looking lightsaber duel. Head on over to their site to check out the loose and carded images in greater detail.

    Posted by: dustrho | 11 March 2005 | 11:19 EST
    ROTS LEGO Images
    We are proud to present you with ten exciting new high-resolution images of the front of Revenge of the Sith LEGO sets, which are all to be released in stores soon (Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter is already out in stores now). LEGO has put together quite an unbelievable assortment of LEGO sets for the upcoming movie, and hopefully they?ll throw out even more LEGO sets after the movie is released in theaters. If you?re not the biggest fan of LEGO, you might change your mind about that, and even start collecting a few of these for yourself. Check out the images for yourself, and don?t forget to voice your thoughts and opinions in our forums.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 11 March 2005 | 8:45 EST
    More Money Spent at Celebration III
    C3The folks in charge of the autographs for Celebration III (Official Pix) have announced the costs involved with the coupons you have to purchase to get an autograph. As of right now there are 39 celebrity guests announced which should top well over 40 in the next few days. Coupons will cost $10.00 each. 12 out of the 39 celebrities are 2 coupons each which will cost you $20.00, while 27 out of 39 will cost you $10.00 each. Both costs will be for items you bring to get signed. An additional cost of $5.00 will get you an official CIII logo photo for you to purchase to get signed as well.

    With everyting added up, if you were to purchase every autograph at CIII including the purchase of the $5.00 photo, this would cost you $705.00 dollars. If you brought your own item to get signed it only would cost you $510.00 dollars. Bringing your own item would be the way to go, but lugging everything with you would be another issue.

    Please check out the Official Pix website for all of the information.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 March 2005 | 0:29 EST
    Sandtrooper Matt Reports:
    “The latest Star Wars Insider online supplement includes an interview with costume designer Trisha Biggar. In it, the name of Keisha Castle-Hughes' Episode 3 character is revealed: Queen Apailana. Fans of New Zealand film Whale Rider will notice the relationship to the name of her character in that hit movie, Pai Apirana. Read more about New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes on the SWNZ website.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 March 2005 | 20:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Pete Windu Reports: Jedi with a Cause!
    The Jedi Temple Archives has updated the Revenge of the Sith Visual Guide with images of Anakin Skywalker?s Jedi Starfighter with more to come from ROTS later this week, so keep checking back! Also, while your there, check out the main news page to download the latest in TV Commercials for the upcoming animated Clone Wars series on the Cartoon Network?it?ll make you wish March 22 was right now.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 10 March 2005 | 16:16 EST
    Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees
    Wookiees Gone Mad!Lucasarts has just announced the newest expansion to the Star Wars Galaxies online gaming envirnoment, Episode III Rage of the Wookiees, and this will be available for digital download on May 5th but you can pre-order this in early April. A few of the exciting highlights of this expansion are the following: pilot new craft from Revenge of the Sith, adventure through over 100 story-driven quests, explore Kashyyyk, and much more. On their site you can view several screenshots and conceptual art, to help you with your craving for this game. You must own Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided in order to play this, and this is available for PC only. Head on over to our forums to talk about this.

    Posted by: dustrho | 10 March 2005 | 15:49 EST Newsletter
    We now have the Mace Windu F/X Lightsaber in stock for ?79! Order now please before we sell out! The items are shipping to us in May so secure your saber now in order to avoid disappointment. This is the last shipment ever for the Mace F/X Saber, so if you don't get it now you may never get it for a great price. Pre-orders for the Mace F/X are being charged now. We will bill 50% to your card now and the balance, including shipping, in May when we ship. We still have the Darth Vader F/X saber in stock also!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 10 March 2005 | 12:53 EST
    George Lucas to Appear on "60 Minutes"
    Geoge LucasGeorge Lucas will be on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and will talk about his final movie Revenge of the Sith. Lucas was quoted at saying, "[The film] is much more dark... more emotional. It's much more of a tragedy. My feeling is that it will probably be a PG-13, so it will be the first 'Star Wars' that's a PG-13." Read the full scoop here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 10 March 2005 | 12:08 EST
    Did it All for the Wookie!!!
    Wookiees at Celebration III, Plus More Autograph Stars!The giant-soft hearted man behind Chewbacca will be heading to Indy for Celebration III. Peter Mayhew brings back this loveable character into the Star Wars universe once again in Revenge of the Sith. Joining Peter will be Australian actor/basketball player, Michael Kingma, who plays the part of Wookie General Tarrfull. Both will be part of the autograph section as well as a question and answer format.

    In regards to both actors playing Wookiees in the movie, Dave and Lou Elsey (Creature Shop Creative Supervisor and Creature Shop Fabrication Supervisor) will be on hand as well to reveal the magic behind the creations of the cosutmes.

    There are also more celebrity guests added as well, and all will be available throughout the event. The extra guests include the following: Caroline Blakiston (Mon Mothma), Sandi Finlay (Sly Moore), Christine Hewitt (Tonnika Sisters) Richard LeParmentier (Admiral Motti), Bai Ling (Senator Bana Breemu), Alan Ruscoe (Plo Koon/Lott Dod/Bib Fortuna), Bodie Taylor (Clone Trooper), Leeanna Walsman (Zam Wessell), and Simon Williamson (Max Rebo/Gamorrean Guard/Mon Calimari Officer).

    Please check out the official announcement here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 10 March 2005 | 12:00 EST
    On TV Tonight: Obi-Wan Kenobi on the "Tonight Show"
    Ewan McGregorThis is for all of you night owls out there. On the "Tonight Show" at 11:30pm tonight, Jay welcomes Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) to the show to plug his role in the new animation "Robots" that open up nation wide tomorrow. Could there be a chance he makes a small comment on Revenge of the Sith? Who knows for sure, but should be interesting regardless.

    Posted by: dustrho | 10 March 2005 | 11:36 EST
    Celebration III: Are You Attending?
    Celebration IIICelebration III is more than a month away, and that means many people are taking out second mortgages, cashing in on their 401k?s, and are working a second job so they could have some play money for the big event. Unfortunately I have never attended a Star Wars Celebration event, and I will be unable to attend this year?s grand event because I have another prior engagement. However, the staff at Sandtroopers would like to know if you plan on attending Celebration III, and if so we?d like to know about it. Let us know by simply replying to this thread in the forums, and hopefully we can all get together to enjoy the moment as a whole. For more information about C3 please check out our special section of the site, devoted entirely to everything concerning it. Hope to see you there!

    Posted by: dustrho | 10 March 2005 | 10:59 EST
    Going Back In Time!
    DescriptionIt?s that time again we?re we go "Back in Time" to visit one of our older Dewback Patrol missions. Last time we took you back to our Wizard World Chicago 2004 experience, and this time we?re going to a much smaller avenue? the Kane County Toy Show.

    This specific outing means a lot to me, because this was the first day I started working for I met up with Darth Spice and the now retired Jason D. Myers for the very first time. Even though I had gotten to the toy show at 7:00am and was finished by 10:00am, I still waited around for those two to show up (they were running late and weren?t at the show yet). Once they arrived, I walked around with them sharing my ideas on where the site could go, what we could do to improve ourselves, and how to make us the best Star Wars collecting site on the Internet. To remind me of this outing, I purchased a POTF2 12? Sandtrooper (loose) for $10, which stands at attention in my collection. Every time I see that in my collection I think about me enlisting in the Sandtrooper army.

    So, without boring you any further, fasten your seatbelt and prepare to go back in time to visit the Kane County Toy Show!

    Posted by: Julian | 9 March 2005 | 23:45 EST
    The Holocaust Continues: Star Wars Miniatures Guide - LIVE!
    In September of 2004, Wizards of the Coast released a much anticipated game, Star Wars Miniatures. Although not unfamiliar to Star Wars miniatures, it became the first sci-fi entry by Wizards of the Coast into the pre painted miniatures rage. For those not aware about them, think of them as the newest version of the highly successful Dungeons and Dragons ... with a Star Wars twist.

    Join us now for an in depth look into a very small realm with a huge success. Check out our huge Star Wars Miniatures Guide and feast your eyes on more than 250 detailed pictures. Enjoy!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 March 2005 | 23:43 EST
    Sandtrooper Mike Reports:
    “It has been a good week for me. I have my Darth Vader costume ready for CIII! Make sure you get your travel plans arranged early so we can go from having fun in Chi-town, all the way to Indy! On the action figure front, earlier this week I finally scored the Unleashed Stormtrooper and just today I was able to find the RotS Galactic Heroes in the Chicago area. Found them in Plainfield, IL. They also had them in Rosemont, IL along with the new RotS vehicles everyone else is reporting. Literally counting down the days Troopers, United We Find!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 March 2005 | 23:39 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Hey Troops, News from East Central Whiskey: Did a late run to Target and found Gen. Grevious' Wheel Bike and Anakin's Starfighter.I already had Anakin's ride, but was happy to pick up the General's. Also they had Unleashed IG-88 and Aura on clearance (???) for $10.00! But I didn't stop there. I asked a red shirt if she would check in the back for Obi's Starfighter. When she did, the little guy who lives in her walkie-talkie said that they only had Droid Tri-fighters. I said I'll take it and she ran back and got it for me. I left with a happier heart and a lighter wallet. Target's been coming through for me lately. This is the place to watch. Jedi Dom, out!”

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 23:07 EST
    Darth Tater Reviewed!
    Last time fellow staff member Boba Binks had written a review about Anakin's Jedi Starfighter, and tonight he would like to share some pictures and thoughts about the new Dark Lord on the Block... Darth Tater. In a nutshell it looks just like the original Mr. Potato Head, but this time he's obviously sporting the Darth Vader apparel. Check out his review here, and be sure to talk about this over in our forums!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 March 2005 | 18:48 EST

    Star Wars: Kubrick Wave 4 and Medicom Real Action Heroes Darth Vader are available for Pre-Order. The Marmit Sandtrooper Sargeant, Holiday Jawas,and the new Unleashed figures are in stock. We also have a small supply of Silver Sandtroopers and Clones back in stock. For more visit our Star Wars section.

    G.I. Joe: A few Valor VS. Venom adventure packs have arrived. Figures include Depthcharge with Wave Crusher, Sand Viper with Air Assault, and Kamakura with Ninja Lightning Cycle.

    Transformers Energon: We've received the final Energon Ultra figure - Quickstrike, a nice repaint of the Bulkhead helicopter figure. We've also opened short term pre-orders for an Energon basic shipment arriving on Monday. These hard to find combiners are now available to pre-order. We will have another shipment arriving in about 10 days if these sell out quickly. Cool new energon megas are also still in stock.

    Sports Picks Cooperstown Series 2: The second set of Hall of Fame players has just arrived. All 6 standard figures are available for $10.99 each - including Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Cal Ripken Jr., Catfish Hunter and Mike Schmidt. We also have the Newsprint variant of Babe Ruth. Tons of other Sports Picks are also in stock.

    Also in stock: Takara Transformers, Stikfas, Yamato U.S.A.and much more!

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 15:48 EST
    Site for ROTS Video Game Updated
    ROTS Video GameLucasarts has done a major update to the upcoming Revenge of the Sith video game, which will be available March 5th for PS2 and Xbox. With the update to the site you can view 26 new Xbox screenshots, 16 new PS2 screenshots, 16 images of concept art, and lastly the one video trailer that has been online for well over a month now. You can also download desktop wallpaper, icons and a screensaver to your computer! You can pre-order this game for $49.99 at Check out all the screenshots, trailer and more by going to the official ROTS video game website.

    Spoiler Warning: Please be warned that spoilers do apply, since this is a video game based on the upcoming Revenge of the Sith movie.

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 15:25 EST
    LEGO Star Wars Will Also Be Mac Friendly
    Check out the mini-LEGO sets in the background, and in front we have Palpatine and Dooku.There's some exciting news for all you Mac fans out there... LEGO Star Wars is coming to the Mac! The company that's going to help make this happen, Aspyr Media, has made an official announcement regarding this and they anticipate this being ready for purchase in August 2005. The Windows version of the title is retailing for $39.99 at, but Aspyr has not yet announced pricing for the Mac. Check out all the system requirements and learn more about this here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 11:46 EST
    Website for Clone Wars Volume II is Now Open!
    Clone Wars Volume IICartoon Network has opened up the doors to the official Clone Wars Volume II website. There really isn't a whole lot of features on the site right now, but you'll definitely want to bookmark this. Soon you'll be able to watch the chapters online the day after they premiere on TV, and we all know we'll be running to our computers to see them over and over again after we see them on TV. The animated series will run March 21-25 at 7pm (ET), and each episode will last twelve minutes compared to Volume I's 3-minute episodes. Check out the new site here, and talk about this in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 11:19 EST
    George Lucas Receiving Achievement Award
    George LucasThe Dark Lord himself, George Lucas, will be receiving a "galactic-achievement award" next week at ShoWest, an annual convention of theater owners in Las Vegas. The award will be presented to Lucas on March 17th, one month before the release date of Revenge of the Sith. Mitch Neuhauser, co-manager of ShoWest, said the following statement: "This unique award celebrates the enduring popularity of the Star Wars movies and the enormous impact and influence they have had on audiences and popular culture." Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 10:54 EST
    LEGO Star Wars Coming Soon!
    LEGO Star Wars StyleComing out in April will be the highly anticipated LEGO Star Wars video game for PS2, Xbox and PC. Gaming Target's Troy Matsumiya describes part of the gameplay as such: "The familiar LEGO characters move as you would expect if they were alive, something that is best described as a quirky, stiff-limbed fluidity. It sounds strange, but it looks great." Read his entire preview of the game here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 9 March 2005 | 10:32 EST
    Episode III Poster Revealed!
    Episode III Poster!What a great time to be into Star Wars! With less than six weeks to go until Celebration III and two months until Revenge of the Sith the gods are announcing anything and everything to push these spectacular events our way.

    Today is no different. The Saga is now complete. Own the final theatrical Star Wars movie poster ever, this time for ROTS. Add this to the other five you already own, have it framed and hang it in that empty space on the wall. Or better yet, order your own from, bring it with you to CIII and get it autographed. These posters will be arriving at your local movie theater shortly. Get your hands on this today because after ROTS is released and the buzz dies down, you might be kicking yourself for not getting it.

    Check out the official announcement here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 March 2005 | 9:00 EST
    Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
    This report goes out specifically to those who hate it when I report how lucky my wife is finding me new stuff, so I hope you enjoy this report I?m about to present to you. Well, my wife has the best luck when it comes to finding new Star Wars toys for me, and if it weren?t for her my collection wouldn?t be as big as it is today. She knows everything that I own, and knows what to keep an eye out for. I don?t even have to ask her to help look for me? she just goes out and looks for me.

    So, in the last week she has found me some great stuff. She found me the new Unleashed Aurra Sing and IG-88 figures. Finding these two Unleashed figures is what encouraged me to open all my Unleashed figures, and those who know me know that I was one of the few Star Wars collectors that still had all my Unleashed figures carded. That?s not the case anymore, and I must say that I love my Unleashed displayed loose in my collection.

    Next up she found me two new Revenge of the Sith vehicles, which were Anakin?s Jedi Starfighter and Grievous? Wheel Bike. These look so cool, that I think these are also going to help encourage me to open up these up. My wife was like, ?That Wheel Bike includes a General Grievous figure. How cool is that!??

    So, how many Troopers here have spouses that help find them new Star Wars booty? I know I?m not the only one out there that has a great wife who helps me out. I?d like to hear your stories about your spouse helping find new items for you, and all you have to do is reply to this thread in our forums.

    Until next time? United We Find!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 March 2005 | 0:53 EST
    Sandtroopette TK9989 Reports:
    “Troopers, in the past your website has done some charity work and we thought once again the loyal Sandtroopers could make a difference in a life of a little Troopette. Katie is a 6 year-old girl from Columbia, SC who recently was diagnosed with a glioma brain tumor located in the pons of the brain stem. It is virtually unreachable surgically. This makes the tumor much more threatening than a tumor found on the cortex, where it can be cut out with relative ease. This has cast a pall over the prognosis of the cancer, but we are not giving up. Katie and family needs your help. Take a minute to donate, a small financial donation would go far in helping Katie have a happier time. For more information on this please visit the website set up for her benefit.”

    Thank you for the information, I'd like to ask any Trooper out there to give what they can. It was no surprise Jim from Federation Toys stepped up to the plate big time. Many of us are trying to save for CIII and the release of new figures. Take a moment to realize there are things bigger than all of us and we as a group can help. will be exploring ways to assist. United We Find.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 23:59 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Smithious Reports:
    “Just thought I would let you guys know I picked up Grevious's Wheel Bike at Target tonight in Fort Collins; Colorado. Probably nothing new to you since stuff is rolling out like crazy but I thought I would tell you anyway. Thanks Troopers.”

    We welcome any information that you think may help another Trooper in need, thanks for the submission!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 23:59 EST
    Update from Action-HQ
    Only at Action-HQWe have a special exclusive offer for you die-hard fans this week which expires this Sunday March 13th. Available end of next week will be the Star Wars Lightsaber Pendents! These pendents are made of high-quality silver electroplated with platinum and semi-precious stones. The length is approximately 6 cm. There are currently 2 versions available to us right now: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Vader lightsaber pendent has red jade and contains 2 small rubies while the Luke lightsaber pendent has green jade. Comes with cord, sachel and display box as shown. This Japanese release retails for 23,100yen and AHQ is offering them for $200 each, $20 below the yen price!

    We will be purchasing them based on order only directly from Japan and will not have any overages. Please note that we cannot guarantee how many of each we will receive so we suggest you order yours NOW as first come, first serve. More information will be updated within 24 hours on our website. It is mandatory you choose Express Mail for this order for the security of AHQ and you. If you do not select this, we will automatically upgrade the shipping and charge you the difference. Sorry, but no exceptions.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 8 March 2005 | 21:12 EST
    Celebration at Celebration III
    C3Get ready Troops! The official site announces another oppurtunity to spend your hard earned money. For $15.00 you can spend over 4 hours Set for Saturday night, April 23, from 7-11pm in Hall B, meet Star Wars fans from all over the world, participate in a masquerade. live music, entertainment, games, prizes, exclusive souvenirs, plus the opportunity to purchase edgy commemorative "Celebration at Celebration III" ringer T-shirts and iron-ons exclusive to the event. Check out the official announcement here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 18:49 EST
    Legacy Trooper Bobafred Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Demolition Expert, Columbus,OH“Bobafred chiming in from So. Cal. Just wanted to give all my Troops a big what?s happening! It?s been a while since I posted on here, I have been taking in a lot of me time, I do keep in touch with all the area reports! So if you don?t know then here we go. Targets have been dropping four of the mid-size ships, & Galactic Heroes. Shipments vary for store but out here in Southern Cali Thursday & Friday arrivals, have them hitting shelves Friday-Saturdays. The big scoop is that all Wal-Mart?s in the S.F.V. seem to be getting daily shipments of EIII figs, which since Monday have joined the company of EIII Lightsabers, Force Battlers, Unleashed, and 3 ? figures on minimum shelf time. Since this will all be in abundance. It?s every retailer for them selves. Midnight madness Friday night at Toys R Us, and April 2-3 should also be a very big Star Wars weekend tent extravaganza! For your select Wal-Mart?s. I wish I had more info in regards to the Yoda & Vader exclusives, hopefully in time. I have found Col. 1 wave 2, And Col 2 wave 1, so remember the early bird gets the worm, if you can?t wait! On the hunt.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 18:23 EST
    Sandtrooper J Loud Reports:
    “Just wanted to give a heads up that I actually got lucky on the new mid-size RotS vehicles from a Target in Bethel Conn. yesterday. Keep your eyes focused Troops because the excitement of new product may blur your vision.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 18:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Curt Reports:
    “Taking Pre-orders on the Darth Vader Sideshow 1:4 scale figure. In stock items include Saga 12-inch ANH figures with Garindan, Jawas & Obi-Wan Kenobi. PotF & PotJ 12-inch figures with Speeder Bike include Luke Skywalker, Leia & Biker Scout. C-3PO Attakus in stock.”

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 March 2005 | 18:18 EST
    Sandtrooper UpUpDownDown Reports:
    “Greetings Troopers, I know everybody is probably sick of reading about the lucky handful that was able to pick up RotS items early. I know I was, although the search is not near from over, I finally found a few that would temporarily satisfy the quest. I only managed to get 2 of 3 RotS Galactic Heroes (Anakin/Dooku & Emperor/Yoda). I also picked up the Obi-Wan Starfighter. I left 2 on the shelf along with a Grievous Wheelbike that I wasn't too interested in. Hope the remaining falls into the hands of the worthy and not the scalpers. Still hoping to find Grievous/Obi-Wan Galactic Heroes, Droid Fighter, and maybe even a Darth Force Battler. The store that I found this was in Cerritos, CA (Southern Cali). Just want to share the hope to those who are not having much luck in finding early releases. Keep hope alive and good luck Troopers!”

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 8 March 2005 | 15:06 EST
    Sith Items a Plenty at Target
    Boba BinksWow! Four days without internet access and all Sith breaks loose. After seeing all the posts of people finding items at Target I went out on a hunt for my birthday. I stopped at several Target stores here in Indy and like many of you picked up the new Galactic Heroes, Obi-Wan's Starfighter, Tri Droid Fighter, and Grievous's Wheel Bike. While hunting for new toys at Target I notice two Target stores reset the Star Wars area. Items to be on the look out for are as follows:

  • Deluxe Figure 07144 $12.99 (None in stock, stocker told me they sold out in one day.)
  • Episode III Medium Vehicle 85196 $19.99 (Ships that are now out.)
  • X-Wing Fighter with Luke Fig 07152 $24.99 (Not sure if this is new or what!?! Any ideas please let us know.)

    They also had the basic figures, Clone Wars Figures, and Unleashed on reduced price. One last thing. I picked up at Target two new Sith Items. They are the Spin Pops. The two are Darth Vader and Chewbacca. When you push on the button the characters arm moves up and down and the lolly pop spins above their head. They are $3.00 each in the candy area. Happy Hunting!

  • Posted by: dustrho | 8 March 2005 | 12:02 EST
    The Force is Strong with "The O.C."
    Seth CohenAdam Brody, who plays the role of Seth Cohen on FOX's hot show " The O.C.," is a huge fan of Star Wars, couldn't be more excited with the Episode III trailer being aired during their show this Thursday night (March 10, 8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Believe it or not, there were several instances where Star Wars quotes were used in previous episodes of "The O.C." Read all of them and more here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 8 March 2005 | 9:23 EST
    More Celebrities Coming to Celebration III
    C3Troops, more Star Wars celebrities have been announced for Celebration III. This latest announcement includes Matt Wood, the voice of General Grevious. Matt has worked as the Supervising Sound Editor in TPM and AOTC. His other credits include work on films such as Titan A.E., The 13th Warrior, Armageddon, Con Air, and Mission Impossible. Other guests announced are: Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing), Nalini Krishan (Bariss Offee) David Barclay/Toby Philpott (Jabba Puppeteers), Sean Crawford (Yak Face), Ian Liston (Wes Janson), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), and Femi Taylor (Oola). Please check out the Official Site for all of the details.

    Posted by: dustrho | 7 March 2005 | 15:35 EST
    Clone Wars DVD Reviewed
    Clone Wars DVDDVD Talk has written up a great review about the soon-to-be-released animated Star Wars: Clone Wars DVD. They gave this DVD a fairly decent review, but they do have one major complaint about it. What is that complaint, when most of us thought the animated series as a whole was great? They state, "it doesn't really bridge the films, as it sorta promises." However, one great plus about this DVD is that it includes the 2-minute Episode III Teaser Trailer, presented in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Surround. Read the full review here, and be sure to pre-order yourself one over at

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 March 2005 | 12:51 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Review: 3 Alien men and a Lady
    Hey Troopers, in a push to get some of the needed figures reviewed I have added Rabė, Feltipern Trevagg, Myo and Dannik Jerriko to our Reviews section. We are in complete awe as Hasbro has continued to crank out new figures. Rabė was a great way to round out revisiting Episode I. Feltipern Trevagg, Myo and Dannik Jerriko? If I can borrow a quote from the great Stu Scott, "Trifecta- YOU betcha"! Feel free to offer your own feedback about the POTC collection. Find out why Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews are the most brutal and honest on the internet. Until then enter if you dare! We do more before noon than most suckers do all day!

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 7 March 2005 | 11:01 EST
    Star Wars in a "Musical" Format?
    C3Troops, have you ever been "forced" to take the wife/girlfriend to something other than a Star Wars movie or some kind of "guy" thing. Has she asked you for tickets to a play or musical? Well, here's your chance to make it up to her... sort of. If you're attending Celebration III you will be able to witness the musical version of Star Wars. It will be available for your viewing pleasure various times throughout the event. Please check out the Official Site for all of the details.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 7 March 2005 | 10:55 EST
    Volunteering at Celebration III
    C3Troops, a couple of weeks ago I posted on how "Official Pix", the company that will be the group in charge of autographs for Celebration III, sent out a request for anyone attending to be a volunteer. They have been filtering through the lists of people interested in giving up some of their valuable time to be a part of what will be a crazy area. I was selected as one of the volunteers for this event. I don't know my official part yet, but could be sitting right next to one of the Star Wars celebs at CIII. I will keep you posted as to what I will be doing. If you happen to come across a bald headed guy that looks like Mr. Clean, stop by and say hi. I will give an update as soon as I get more info. Thanks.

    Posted by: dustrho | 7 March 2005 | 9:30 EST
    Republic Commando in the News Again
    Republic CommandoIn case you haven't heard, Republic Commando has been out in stores for almost a week now, and it's also one of the most talked about video games out there. This time it was the Marin Independent Journal's turn to talk about this exciting new game from LucasArts. They make a lot of great points, but what really hit the nail on the head was their following statement: "What sets this game apart isn't its equipment, but the squad itself."

    Luckily, I was able to pick up this game over the weekend, I put in about four hours so far, and I must say the game is simply amazing. Until I read this article, I hadn't even thought about the fact that there are no Jedi running around with lightsabers, you don't fly any fancy ships, and you don't get to drive any combat vehicles. You're a Clone Commando in the Republic army, and your job is to kick some major Separatist butt!

    You can read the full news article here, and be sure to talk about this in our forums.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 March 2005 | 7:30 EST
    Update from K&C Collectibles:
    K&C Collectibles is offering 10% off on all in-stock merchandise from now until Wednesday March 9th, 2005 at 6:00pm central time. To receive the 10% off you must key the word spring in the discount field upon check out. The discount does not apply to previous orders or Pre-Order items. Don?t miss out on these unique Star Wars collectibles. Pre-Order yours today before the March 27th deadline.

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

    Unleashed Figures:
    Aurra Sing
    Luke Skywalker - X-Wing
    Clone Trooper - Red Commander
    Pre-Order ? March 2005:
    Scout Trooper - Kotobukiya
    Topps Episode III 90 card set
    Star Wars Episode III 12x18 Lenticular Posters
    Star Wars Episode III 10x8 Lenticular Posters
    PEZ 2005 Star Wars Episode III - 24 count display
    Star Wars TV Game

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 March 2005 | 7:24 EST
    Sandtrooper J-Loud Reports:
    “Jay Loud here. My wife and I just adopted a new member to the family. Jean Claude-Qui-Gon Jinn. He's one of the most adorable little Himalayan Kittens I've seen. I don't know if you want to pop the picture up but I thought some Troopers would dig the name. Hope all is well. Waiting anxiously for the release or for a Scalper to leave the car running!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 March 2005 | 7:15 EST
    Sandtrooper Pete Windu Reports: Live from a Real Jedi Outpost
    “Did you catch all that was going on this week at the Jedi Temple Archives? We just completed our first full week of many where we will present Visual Guide Updates on a daily basis. Not only do we have the ROTS guide rolling, but we added an complete new section with the Revenge theme?the Revenge of the Jedi Vintage MOC featuring the 50 Revenge proof cards made by Kenner before the name change! Next week will prove to be another exciting week at the Jedi Temple Archives with more variety, more ROTS and more new guides?not to mention that the whole ROTS guide will be exploding with images in the near future to help you prepare for April 2! We have just added Wheelbike today and look only to the future. Thanks Troopers and May the Force Be With You!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 March 2005 | 7:12 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Demolition Expert, Columbus,OH“Heads up Troopers. Found the Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head at the Morse Road Toys R Us. Also the Unleashed IG-88 and Aurra Sing figures. If any Trooper can get me the Celebration 3 exclusive Darth Vader figure I would be grateful - will buy or trade for it.”

    Posted by: dustrho | 5 March 2005 | 23:23 EST
    New Galactic Heroes Found!
    Galactic HeroesTroopers, I have some great news! I made a quick stop at one of the Target stores by my house, and was successful in finding something new... all three of the new Galactic Heroes Episode III sets (Obi-Wan Kenobi & General Grievous, Emperor Palpatine & Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker & Count Dooku). The funny part is that I wasn't even looking for these, and I happened to literally stumble upon them. I was there in hopes of finding some new Episode III basic figures and vehicles, but instead finding these Galactic Herores was a very nice surprise. Check out the pictures of them here!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 22:02 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Trick or Treat? In March?
    Hey Troopers, I had a chance to slither my Dewback through the corruption of Rosemont, IL once again and infiltrated the Transworld's 21st National Halloween, Costume and Party Show. What an amazing event this was, although not open to the public it was really exciting to see some of the new things that will be arriving next year for Halloween. There was also an abundant supply of Revenge of the Sith Merchandise, for more check out the full report. United We Find Troops!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 21:07 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #297
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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #297. Gentle Giant IG-88 mini bust now in stock for $49.99. The latest wave of Unleashed figures including Aurra Sing, IG-88 and Stormtrooper are now in stock for $29.99 each or the set of 3 for $69.99. Also in stock an Interactive R2-D2 sealed in factory box, Kotobukiya Clonetroopers and lots more vintage AFA figures. New collection of AFA GIJOE figures also just in stock. Family Guy series 2 and 3 is now available for pre-order.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 21:05 EST
    Sandtrooper SoCal Dom Reports:
    One of SoCal's Finest!“Just thought I would let everyone know that I also found all 4 of the newly released vehicles at the Target in Murrieta, Ca yesterday. The Tri-Droid fighter, wheel bike, Anakin's and Obi-Wan's Starfighters. I left all 4 of them on the shelf as I really did not feel justified paying $80 plus. I did want everyone to know that they are out there, just be patient. It would appear that they are stocked one each to a case, meaning more than likely, one or two of them will be more popular than others, leaving overstock of the others. Still looking for the Post OTC wave, including the Sandtrooper, Scout Trooper and Stormtrooper. Anyone have access to these? Send me an email.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 21:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Jon B. Kaper Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Ranger“Hi Troopers. Sorry I haven't posted for while. I moved to Boston, and it is a major pain to make any real toy runs here. I did find the Sneak Preview Anakin's Jedi Starfighter at the Target in Everett, MA this afternoon. It's a nice toy. I didn't see any evidence of the April 2nd releases though. I'm getting ready for a midnight toy run with the hopes of snagging an ARC-170 Fighter. To all the lucky Troopers heading to C-III, I'll see you there on the 21st. Trooper Jon out.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 21:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Marcus Reports:
    “Hello again troopers. I found all of the new ROTS galactic heroes filling up every last nook and cranny on the pegs at my Target. It's a 2 minute walk away, lucky me! I don't like the Galactic Heroes. There was also 1 last Preview Anakin Jedi Starfighter for $20. I also found a few Preview Wookiees (no other preview figures) for $4.88, proving that Target in a heck of a lotta places are making way for collection 1 and 2. I also believe I missed the collection 1 and 2 figs for RotS by a handful of minutes too; the Star Wars section was a disaster, with nothing but Mace and Dooku Unleashed that have been there for almost since they came out.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 March 2005 | 11:23 EST
    Sandtrooper Milwaukee Mike Reports:
    “Greetings from WI fellow Troopers, I wanted everyone to know to keep an eye on your local Target stores. I just came back and was able to pick up Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter. It looks great. United We find!”

    Posted by: dustrho | 5 March 2005 | 11:21 EST
    Clone Wars Volume II Coming to Hyperspace
    Coming soon to the Cartoon Network is Star Wars: Clone Wars the animated micro-series that was a complete hit last year. If you're a Hypserspace member you will be able to download the the first chapter in a large movie format, while the following day non-Hyperspace members will be able to download a much smaller version for free. Here's a brief description of where we left off with Volume I, and where we will begin with the first chapter in Volume II:

    The five episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume II picks up right where Volume I left off -- with a team of Jedi trapped in a wrecked starship on Hypori, being hunted maliciously by General Grievous. As the series progresses, it jumps forward in time, to see Anakin Skywalker as a heroic Jedi Knight, fighting alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi on different battlefronts of the Clone Wars.

    Read more about what's yet to come here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 5 March 2005 | 1:10 EST
    Sandtrooper Jetfire Reporting In!
    Grievous' Wheel Bike"Troopers, not only the Force, but also the luck of the Irish was with me today as I scored General Grievous? Wheel Bike and Obi-Wan?s Starfighter! I had to go out to my parents' to move furniture and figured that I should hit a nearby Target on the way there. I couldn?t believe my luck as I saw these gems sitting on the shelf next to a pair of Anakin Starfighters.

    Obi-Wan's StarfighterNo Episode III figures, but all other Star Wars figures were on clearance to make room for the upcoming onslaught of figures on April 2nd. So, if you are looking for the new Episode III vehicles or a cheap Sly Moore, head out to your! local Target with your four-leaf clover. Good luck! Sandtrooper Jetfire out!"

    Check out all the pictures of these two exciting vehicles here, and be sure to express your thoughts about them in our forums.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 21:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Larry Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Hey Troops! Trooper Larry reporting. Sorry it?s been so long, but I?ve been out scouting the universes outskirts. Not much of anything to report as far as new figures go. I haven?t been so lucky to find all of the animated figures. The Clones mainly, but at least I?ve found some. All the pre-view figs have been in the area with only the Wookiee Warrior hanging around. Other than that, just finding old OTC figs on clearance. I managed to score a second SA Bobba Fett for 5 bucks at Wal-mart. My final thought for the night, is its good to be home. I've missed all the Troops.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 19:15 EST

    Star Wars- Master Replicas: The Rebel Blaster Limited Edition has just arrived, this hefty blaster is priced at $439.99 and is a great companion piece to the Stormtrooper Blaster. A variety of other M.R. items are in stock and we have their full lineup available for pre-order as well.

    DC Direct & Marvel: The Contemporary Teen Titans wave 2 set has just arrived - another nice set of figures similar in style to series 1. More Marvel Select Black Widow has also arrived. Pre-Orders for all the upcoming DC sets are available.

    HR Giger: More of Giger's Li II sculpture are available on the McFarlane Spawn & More menu for $29.99.

    Star Trek: More of Bandai's high end Star Trek kits have arrived. The Enterprise E, Enterprise A and Voyager ships are all now in stock.

    Plus: Gundam, Takara Transformers & Energon, Galaxy Force, Microman, Xevoz, and MORE!

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 19:05 EST
    Sandtrooper Lin Que Reports:
    Aisle Kingdom“Lin Que here with a quick update.... went to K-mart this morning and saw more RotS lightsabers. They had Yoda, Anakin, Obi-wan, and Mace for 23.99. I wanted Anakin's but didn't want to pay K-mart prices. Hey does anyone know a good place to get Xevoz? I'm really interested in Wave 4, which won't be released here in the States. If anyone has an overseas contact (Asia) or knows a good person/place I can hit up please shoot me an email. Lin Que out!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 19:03 EST
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a tiny report during this slow period until 4/2/05.

    Target (Gurnee, IL) “has the OTC lightsabers with the bonus DVD. They also marked down the Preview figures as well. That's all for now. We're getting there Troops!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 19:01 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“Hey all, I don't want to rant but our stores are very good at obeying the April 2nd release date. I haven't seen much of anything. There are some reports of find RotS stuff early. Not in my area. Our stores are like Fort Knox right now concerning RotS.

    Update 3-5: I saw the Tri Droid and Obi-wan?s Starfighter at Target this morning. I didn't see the Wheelwbike. I thought that looked cool but I am more excited about the Clone Fighter.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 0:19 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports: From the Sunny Beaches of SoCal!
    S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal here with a long overdue report. The preview wave and Anakin's Starfighter has hit Target, Wal-Mart and TRU. The only pegwarmer is the Wookiee Warrior. The animated figs are also at all three stores with the three different colored Clone Troopers. The only new items I picked up recently were Lego items. Picked up the Vader TIE, Jedi Starfigher w/Droid and the very impressive Imperial Inspection. No sign yet of the new Unleashed figs nor early releases of the ROTS figs. Happy Hunting to all!”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 March 2005 | 0:19 EST
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports: From the Frozen Woods of Wisconsin
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Hey Troops, Just picked up the Preview Starfighter at the local Target in East Central Whiskey and it is sweet. One of the best features is the roomy cockpit. You'll have no trouble fitting Anakin in it, unlike the problems we had with Zam Wessel's speeder. No one can get in that thing. Also, the bottomless R2 isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It comes with stickers to replicate R2's front and back and the dome actually rotates like any R2 figure. Of course, if you're a stickler for accuracy you could stick an actual R2 figure in the droid socket. The ship clearly has TIE-fighter influences such as the "spider web" forward window and the pop-out wings, which seem to have solar panels on the insides. The stickers are okay. I like the fact that the battle damage sticker placement is left up to you. You can place them wherever you like or not at all. In short, a great ship. Now where in Kashyyyk is the Super Soaker? Jedi Dom out!”

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 22:22 EST
    Exclusive Republic Commando Maquette has another new item on their site that just might interest all fans of Republic Commando... the exclusive Republic Commando Maquette. This item will be limited to 400 pieces worldwide, was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, measures approximately 7.5" tall, and will be available in June. However, there's one downfall about ordering this piece... you must be a Hyperspace member if you plan on adding this to your collection. Add this item to your wishlist here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 March 2005 | 22:21 EST
    Sandtrooper Starfox Reports: Revenge of the Clearance!
    Bleeds Armor“Some big news from Central Texas today! I stopped at Target in Killeen today and they have their entire Star Wars section on clearance already. All POTC & ROTS Preview figures were marked down to $4.88, Unleashed figures marked down to $10.98 and Light Sabers w/ DVD down to $12.98, Cartoon figures down to $5. All the other local stores are kind of dry. That?s all from Central Texas, Starfox signing off....”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 March 2005 | 22:13 EST
    Sandwatch TV Review: Clone Wars Season I - Sparks and ARCs
    In our last Episode dustrho reviewed the ground breaking debut of Clone Wars the Animated Series. It's nice to see Obi-Wan and Anakin are shown having further troubles. We also got a look at ARC Troopers in action. It was simply amazing to see that much entertainment jammed into three minutes. For those of us who watched on the Cartoon Network, the show was just too short. The wait was on, and Star Wars fans couldn't wait to see the second chapter. Stay tuned as dustrho continues his summary of the Animated Series. United We Find Troops.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 22:05 EST
    Darth Vader on Your iPod!? has just revealed something so big that it will blow away all Apple iPod owners! Coming out in April will be the exclusive Episode III cover for your 4th Generation 20gb and 40gb iPod models, which will sport molten lava on the front and Darth Vader on the back. The cover will cost $29.99, but if you want to take Star Wars with you everywhere you and your iPod go then you won't want to miss out on this. Head on over to to order yourself this iPod cover.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 March 2005 | 20:31 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedihawk Reports:
    Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border Patrol“Hey there Troops. The time is closing in and there is not much going on around here. It is the quiet before the storm. Most everyone has the Preview wave (in abundance) and only one Wal-Mart and the TRU have the Preview Starfighter. So all is well. Been caught up for a while now and trying to save my cash for April 2nd and then C3. Just not a whole lot to report other wise. Got a great deal from Sandtrooper Starfox on a Cantina Set 2 (since I have no Kmart here) and also the Saga KB TIE. Thanks again for the great deal and great shipping! So lets all enjoy this moment of anticipation... Hunt'em Down Troops.”

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 3 March 2005 | 20:27 EST
    Sandtrooper JEFFRED5 Reports:
    “I have been out of touch with the world for a while due to illness and I don't know where to start getting back into things. I know Sandtroopers is a great place to get caught up on a lot of Star Wars stuff, but I need some gaming info as well (again mostly Star Wars I just got Rep Com) my problem is my X-box control pad is taking a crap on me and it's the third one I've replaced in a year. I don't play all that much and I never have had to replace a controller from any other system I've owned. I been using the Mad Catz MacroCON witch worked great when it worked. I know this isn't what Sandtroopers is about but you are one of the few Web Sites I visit and I figured that a lot of Star Wars fans that come to Sandtroopers also play Star Wars games so I thought you or someone at Sandtroopers would be able to help me find a more reliable X-Box Control Pad or at least give me some leads to where to go to find ratings on the different types and brands out there. Thanks for any help you can give me and keep up the great work keeping us Troopers informed, I can't tell you how many times I read something on your site that prompted me to go try to find something I didn't know was out yet and found out that if I had been only a few days or even hours later I would have missed it completely.”

    Jeff, glad to hear your doing okay, it's been awhile but I'm glad to see some of our oldest vets still come back to visit!

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 13:04 EST
    Hasbro Reveals Mustafar Playset!
    Mustafar Final Duel PlaysetJust when you thought things were cooling down for Star Wars collectors, Hasbro decides to throw us another image of an upcoming product... the Mustafar Final Duel Playset. The set includes two action figures: Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. To read more about this click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 12:45 EST
    George Lucas to Speak at SIGGRAPH Conference
    George LucasThe man behind it all, George Lucas, will be a keynote speaker at this year's 32nd Annual SIGGRAPH Conference, and will present the keynote address, "George Lucas: A Keynote Q&A with the Father of Digital Cinema." Lucas will be making his special appearance on August 1st, which will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH is a leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques. Read the full press release here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 10:13 EST
    "Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD" Game Coming Soon!
    Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVDThink you know everything there is to know about the Star Wars universe? Want to impress the hell out of your friends and family, by showing them you're down with the "Force?" Well, soon you'll be able to enjoy those kind of evenings, when Hasbro releases their new game in April called "Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD."

    The game will include over 700 video questions, 1,800 card questions, four brand new metallic pawn movers, game board, scoring wedges and instructions. The questions will cover all six Star Wars films, and will cover six different categores including the following: The Cantina, The Force, Heroes, Villains & Scoundrels, The Saga, A Galaxy Far, Far Away, and Hyperspace. The questions might be easy for some and difficult for others, but nonetheless it should be able to provide hours of fun for everyone.

    You can now see a video clip of this game in action, and it looks like this will be a "must-have" for all Star Wars fans. To read more about it click here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 9:32 EST
    The Force is Strong with "The O.C."
    The O.C.Anyone who is a Star Wars fan and watches Fox's biggest TV show, The O.C., on March 10th will be in for one hell of a treat when they get a sneak peak at the full movie trailer for Revenge of the Sith. The trailer is going to be released on March 11th in theaters, and the full movie will open in theaters on May 19th. Read the full article here.

    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 3 March 2005 | 9:04 EST
    Have Your Breakfest in Style at Celebration III
    C3If you like eating bacon and eggs, or would rather have a bowl of Lucky Charms, how about enjoying that food with two Star Wars Celebrities? On Friday, April 22nd, Jay Laga'aia (Captain Typho) will host the first event, and then on Sunday April 24th, sit down with host Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok). All guests will receive an autographed picture, a hot plate breakfast, a chance to win prizes form Lucasfilm, and one Celebration III exclusive talking Darth Vader figure. Each event costs $49.95 per person, and you will need to register in order to make the event. Please check out the official announcementfor all the details.

    UPDATE: Both events were completely sold out in less than eight hours. I guess you will just have to settle for a $3 Egg McMuffin from McDonalds.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 March 2005 | 8:47 EST
    Conquering the Galaxy
    ROTSOf course we all know that Revenge of the Sith will be the final Star Wars film ever, and George Lucas won't be laying his lightsaber down quietly. With only a couple months to spare, Lucas is building his own army to make ROTS his most successful movie ever. In an effort to bring in as much possible revenue, Lucas and his company (Lucasfilm) are teaming up with several different companies like Pepsi, Burger King, Kellogg's, Mars candies and others, and by doing this ROTS will be the most publicized and advertised Star Wars film of all. The last time Lucas engaged in this type of activity was with his first prequel film, The Phantom Menace. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 March 2005 | 23:37 EST
    Update from TOYFELLAS:
    We have some great new items in stock and ready to ship. Make sure to check our Star Wars Section as we will be adding stock frequently.

    New In Stock:
    Star Wars IG-88 Mini Bust $45.99.
    Transformers Starscream 6" Statue $55.99.
    LOTR Gandalf the White on Shadowfax 22" Tall Statue $289.00.

    We also have Plenty of other Star Wars Mini Bust and Transformers 6-inch Statues In Stock.
    C-3PO Mini Bust only $39.99
    Luke X-Wing Mini Bust only $39.99

    Other Transformers Statues in Stock:
    Soundwave only one left $55.99
    Grimlock $49.99
    Coming soon: G.I. Joe Valor vs. Venom Wave 7, McFarlane?s Sportspicks & Marvel Legends Series 9.

    - Click to Enter TOYFELLAS -

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 March 2005 | 16:13 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Review: Post-OTC Queen Amidala
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated. I am in complete shock, the Post-OTC collection continues with Queen Amidala. While most feel the Episode I line was cut short, it's good to see Hasbro make ammends for past mistakes. Too bad it couldn't have been after the OTC Dagobah Wave. Do you agree? Feel free to offer your own feedback about the POTC collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Posted by: dustrho | 2 March 2005 | 12:06 EST
    ROTS Vehicles at Hasbro!
    Republic GunshipHasbro has updated their web with two stunning images including the Republic Gunship and ARC-170 Fighter. This is the third re-hashing of the Republic Gunship, but I must say that this is the best-looking paintjob yet. Plus, this will give Star Wars collectors another opportunity to pick up more of these for your armies and/or dioramas.

    ARC-170 Fighter
    The ARC-170 Fighter is a completely new vehicle by Hasbro, and this is definitely going to be one of the hottestt Episode III products to come out this year. This ship is the predecessor to the Original Trilogy's X-wing Fighter, but this is slightly different in that it doesn't hold just one pilot but three PLUS an astromech droid!

    Check out the images and product descriptions here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 2 March 2005 | 11:34 EST Newsletter
    Anakin's Jedi Starfighter is now in stock for just ?19, which happens to be the first Episode 3 vehicle to be released. Master Replicas Snowspeeder and Rebel Blaster are also now in stock, and all pre-order are shipping this week.

    We have added a lot more Saga items that we discovered in our warehouse during the run-up to our open day last Sunday. These include:

    Eeth Koth
    Rebel Trooper
    Imperial Officer
    TIE Bomber
    Jedi High Council scenes 1 & 2
    Geonosian War Chamber scenes 1 & 2
    Trash Compactor sets
    ...and much more!

    We also found Admiral Motti, R2D2 with Holographic Leia, and around 30 other POTF2 & POTJ items have been added to the site including 12" Luke 100th Edition, 12" Sith Lords 2-pack, 12" Wampa with Luke plus more! We are adding 20 new items a week to complete the database of all EP1, POTJ and POTF2 products.

    - Click to Enter r2dtoys -

    Posted by: dustrho | 2 March 2005 | 8:57 EST
    Episode III Trailer Coming out in Full "Force!"
    Episode III Trailer Coming out in Full Get ready for the full trailer for Revenge of the Sith starting next Thursday, March 10th on FOX during their show The O.C., and then with the movie Robots on March 11th. Check out the official announcement and the other ways to view the trailer here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 2 March 2005 | 8:48 EST
    Republic Commando: In Stores Now!
    Republic CommandoIn case you haven't heard all the news, Republic Commando is out in stores now! However, we have heard some reports that people cannot find this game in their area, but that doesn't mean it's not out there now. Luckily though, you can order this on LucasArts' website if you want. After you've played it for a bit be sure to voice your opinion of the game in our forums.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 March 2005 | 20:01 EST

    Star Wars Galactic Heroes and more: The very cool Galactic Heroes versions of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter are now in stock for $35.99 and $24.99 respectively. The older Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader Final Duel 2-pack is now in stock for $14.99 and many other Star Wars items including the latest Unleashed figures are in stock.

    Sideshow/ Buffy: Another new Buffy TVS figure has just arrived ? Vampire Spike is available for $34.99. The first Spike figure sold out immediately and Sideshow has only produced about 6000 pieces of this figure. Willow, Vampire Willow, and The Master are all also in stock for $34.99 each.

    Power Rangers: Our supplier in Japan was able to come up with a few last cases of the DekaRangers Deka Base Robo. This huge figure is priced at $139.99 and we have a limited amount in stock.

    Takara Re-Issue Transformers: #17 Blitzwing, #11 Astrotrain, #12 Minicars, and #13 Targetmaster Hot Rod are all back in stock! Our secondary supplier was able to find more #11 through #13, but this is the end of his supply - limited stock available. We've opened a pre-order for the #16 Insecticon sets - more figures will be arriving in mid to late March.

    Macross: We've restocked Bandai's VF-1J and VF-1A Ichijo Hikaru 1/55 Scale figures. They are available for $69.99 and $64.99 respectively - which is at or below the original MSRP when they were first released about 3 years ago! The Transformers G1 Jetfire figure was a repainted version of the 1980's version of these figures.

    Also in stock this week: American Chopper, Transformers Energon and Universe and more. We have also added a few new items to the various items menu.

    - Click to Enter Big Bad Toy Store -

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 March 2005 | 19:50 EST
    Sandtrooper ACPin Reports:
    If you thought that kid Zack back in the 80's was a Lego Maniac, he had nothing on ACPin. We have his latest triple play which he didn't have to use Steroids to deliver a knockout.

    Echo Base EscapeEcho Base Escape: When the transports retreated, the Rebel ground forces and snowspeeder squadrons covered their escape by delaying the Imperials for as long as they could. As the Echo Base defenses collapsed, the ground assault of the base by the Imperial snowtroopers have penetrated the interior. The Millennium Falcon was the last ship to deploy barely escaping the Imperial assault.

    Echo Base DespairEcho Base Despair: The two droids keep watch just outside the hangar entrance as R2D2 scans the darkened snow banks for any sign of the two stragglers. Princess Leia has been briefed by Major Bren Derlin about the closing of the shield doors to Echo Base for the night. A stoic Leia complied, putting the safety of the Alliance base over her personal concerns for her friends.

    JuggernautJuggernaut: One of the many unused and abandoned concepts from the original trilogy, the wheeled tanks were first sketched by Joe Johnston. The so-called "turbo tank" (also known as a Juggernaut) forms the armored backbone of a clone trooper force in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

    If this has you Lego fans wondering how much you really can do with Lego products, see more work from ACPin here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 March 2005 | 19:24 EST
    Sandtrooper Curt Reports:
    “We have an overstock of Holiday Yoda, and the 2005 X-wing fighter model. Also this week: PotJ snowspeeder & X-wing fighter Lego, vintage loose R2-D2 am/fm radio, Empire promo posters & more added.”

    Click Here

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 March 2005 | 1:23 EST
    Operation Facelift: Complete
    Hey Troopers we have made some upgrades to our Forums for your continued support and readership. While our bunker is not quite a year old, S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier dustrho continues to make changes and help us in our struggle to Unite and Find. If you have any trouble with the new software please contact or reply to this thread.