April 2002

Posted by: George | 30 April 2002 | 21:58 EDT
Just in case about MASTER REPLICAS REPOST:
As for some readers asking about the Master replicas release date. I'm not here to bash MASTER REPLICAS or create doubts; But, my sugestion here is to pre-order or order from a second source i.e. Amazon.com or some other dealers; It was a big shame when ICONS REPLICAS left a few hundred collectors in the cold by selling products that they no longer had a licence to.
I did pay a few hundred$$ for the Icons Han Solo's Blaster and all I got was a post card with a picture of it by mail saying that my order was in process when in fact Lucasfilm turned the licence down and they were pre-selling a product that in their knowledge was not supposed to be sold. Order your prop replicas with credit cards and don't let delays go over 6 months or your credit card bank issuer will not be able to help. For those who own Icons products lets not forget that they also had ''The Vault''. This is the equivalent of the ''Collectors Society'' in MASTER REPLICAS. Icons was taken to the BBB in California but only a handful of collectors were able to get their money reinbursed while hundreds including myself were only satisfied with a postcard ''from the edge''; Ironically, ICONS REPLICAS were members of the BBB in California but still they (BBB) couldn't handle 100's of complaints. Any ????'s let me know.
george@sandtroopers.com


Posted by: Tracy | 30 April 2002 | 19:00 EDT
Trooper Rich has a question.
My very gracious fiancé purchased a pre-order of the Vader FX Lightsaber Master Replica and I was wondering if anybody knows anything good or bad about them? Any experiences? Any info?

Thanks,

Trooper Rfiger

You can email Rich at rff@sbstone.com if you have any info for him.


Posted by: Zack | 30 April 2002 | 18:51 EDT
Trooper Jedi James Reports:
I just wanted to know if anybody out there missed out on the Tie Interceptor exclusive at TRU? Slim pickin's up here in Wisconsin. I did and I had an idea to buy a case of six from yestertoys.com at $190 (approx $32 each). Not a bad price considering they were I think $30 at TRU. The only problem is that I only want 1 maybe 2 and I was wondering if anybody else wanted the extras. I would sell them to anyone for $32 +shipping so anywhere between $35-40 aint to bad. Please LMK if you are interested.

I was also thinking about getting a case of 10 Commtech for $95. That is unless someone is out there that has a bunch of them they would be willing to trade or sell for cost? And of course I can't make it to Celebration II so if anyone has a extra C2 figure they would be willing to trade or sell, I would appreciate it.
jtitus@powerweb.com


Posted by: Zack | 30 April 2002 | 18:50 EDT
Another Trooper List....
Here is another list of troopers that need the C2 figure. The community forums have been updated with a special thread to voice your needs or haves for the figure. Be sure to read the special rules to apply before you post though.

Trooper baldrik
baldrik747@aol.com

Trooper Rick
Solleks@peoplepc.com

Trooper Adam
AGacek@ropesgray.com



Posted by: Darth Crypt | 30 April 2002 | 17:09 EDT
Sandtrooper Roger reports:
"Hello All,
This is my first of hopefully many posts. I live in rural Eastern Kentucky and I was able to pick up most of the first wave of Ep 2 basic figures in early April at our local Wal-Mart. They now have all of the figures with the exception of the Count, Yoda, and Mace in the basic line. They also have the Tie Bomber and Snowspeeder, but very few 12 inch figs. However the K-Mart has Obi and Anakin in 12 inch. Happy hunting."

RDV


Posted by: Steve | 30 April 2002 | 16:35 EDT
Ishi Tib from The Bothan Spy points out another Dexter variation
I found a variation today with Dexter Jettster's knife. The knife can be found with a protruding end piece going all around the tip of the handle and having a cut or groove at the bottom part or just with a smooth all around handle. When I came back home and looked at my carded Dexter with backdrop, I noticed then, it is the protruding variant one. The one I have opened and is displaying on my shelf, to the contrary, has a smooth tip. This variation can be found on cards with or without a backdrop. I have posted a close up picture of this variation at The Bothan Spy as well as a Clone Trooper variation which I found with no rank markings (little red dots) on his chest.

Troops, Ishi Tib is a great source for variation knowledge. His guide at The Bothan Spy is comprehensive and down right amazing to see. Check it out for even more details about Dexter, the Clone Trooper and even more variations.


Posted by: Steve | 30 April 2002 | 16:15 EDT
Amazon.com amazing deal posted by Jason earlier
Hey Troops, Jason posted the news about ArtoosNews posting some great coupon codes for Amazon.com. Well I just went and looked up those codes and decided to order the Slave I, Reek Beast and an extra Geonosian Warrior so I could get my total over $50. After typing in all the codes and with shipping, my total for those three items was $38.39! If I tried to get these three at Wal-Mart I would have paid around $50, so I saved at least $11 by getting them online. I know that sometimes Amazon has packaging problems, but I am an opener, so I don't care what condition the boxes are in. Check out ArtoosNews for those codes. You will have to scroll down to news from April 29th.


Posted by: Steve | 30 April 2002 | 15:39 EDT
Yestertoys has some new deals
We have lowered our pricing on the non-mint Episode 2 figures to $6 a piece plus the vehicles and lightsabers have also been discounted. Check them out by clicking here.


Posted by: George | 30 April 2002 | 14:55 EDT
Target marks down:
Final call to get the 25 Anniversary 2-packs and DLX Amanaman/Leia at Target. Final price is $3.74 ea. SWEEEEET and POTJ went to a mere $1.54. Remember troops this is the FINAL markdown as their prices end up in ''4''.


Posted by: Tyler | 30 April 2002 | 12:26 EDT
News from R2Dtoys about C2 Jorg Sacul figure!
We now have our sample in hand ! at last, waited 10 days for it !!

We are also receiving a very small quantity in May ! Only 84 pcs and already 94 people have registered an interest, we also had a surprise with the cost of the toy (our supplier has increased his price, which is the first time he has ever done that).

So we estimated the price to be £25 each, but it looks like being closer to £33, unfortunately. (This would be approx $48 US)

Also, our website is having a few teething problems calculating shipping.

For clarification, our shipping is as follows:

UK orders £5 no matter how much is ordered
Foreign orders £7 no matter how much is ordered * valid until 17th MAY !! (approx $10 US)

After 17th May, shipping prices will be as per USPS rates (or thereabouts).



Thanks very much to all of you !!

John.






Posted by: Tyler | 30 April 2002 | 12:15 EDT
Deluxe and Slave I in Canada!
Hey Troopers,
I found the deluxe figures and Slave I at my walmart here in North Bay, Ontario. The Slave I was a little pricey at $39.92 CAN while the deluxe were $14.92 CAN. I also picked up the AOTC novel there for $30 CAN but I won't be reading it until after I see the movie. So far the only things walmart hasn't got in yet is the Reek, Jedi Starfighter and the last 7 figures released. Hopefully those will show up shortly. The only thing Zellers has here is the legos. What a waste of time that store is. Well take care and hope everyone is finding what they want.


Posted by: George | 30 April 2002 | 8:27 EDT
I'll be moving soon:
Well troops, I'll be moving soon to my Enchanted Island Puerto Rico. But don't worry, I'll be ''broadcasting'' for Sandtroopers from the Island. Its been a while since I don't post a picture for those who use to e-mail me asking for one of them every once in a while. Here I present a fish market shot taken last February on the East cost of the Island in the town of Fajardo; The inset picture was provided by NASA, picture taken with Kodak Slide Film E-100VS (very saturated) Nikon F5 and Nikkor 17-35 mm AF-S @ F/8 for an exposure of 1/500 sec. Desktop size for your PC available upon request Thanks for looking.




Posted by: Zack | 30 April 2002 | 8:16 EDT
Get multi-signed pics without standing in line all day!
If you want to get any autographs from the guests at Celebration 2, you have until midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, April 30th to place your order. Wattographs is pleased to be coordinating our efforts with C2 Ventures to obtain autographs for those people who care unable to attend Celebration 2. Our single-image prices are $18.00 each ($15.00 each for ten or more photos) -- this is only $3.00 over the cost of getting the autograph at the event! Convention-issued Certificates of Authenticity are also available for $3.25 -- only .25 over the cost of getting one at the show!

The autographs purchased will ONLY be on the photos offered at the convention. It will be in character and will have the special holographic Celebration 2 foil stamp on the picture. Don't forget there are also four special images for multi-signatures at the show. Items with multiple signatures are very popular among autograph collectors.

Multi-signature images include:

- Jabba, Salacious Crumb and Bib Fortuna (Mike Edmonds [Jabba's Tail], Tim Rose and Michael Carter)
- Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee <-----going to be a hot autograph! (Mary Oyaya and Nalani Krishan)
- Nien Nunb and Lando Calrissian (Michael Quinn and Billy Dee Williams)
- Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett (David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams and Jeremy Bulloch)

Check out the multi-sig items here:
http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer-multisigs.html


Posted by: Zack | 30 April 2002 | 8:13 EDT
Trooper Dan Reports:
Hi, Just wanted to let all the troopers know that E.E. has some cases of figures for only $29.99 Just go to the clearance section...I would love to get a C2 figure if someone would be kind enough to pick one up for me...Hope everyone that is able to go has a great time!!!
DJNeal111@msn.com


Posted by: Zack | 30 April 2002 | 8:11 EDT
Trooper JP Reports:
Hi everyone,I have a Fambaa with Gungan that I would like to sell for what I paid for it. ($47.00)It is in a very good box, not opened. I have the reciept. I will be driving to the Cellebration so if someone wants it and is going too you can save the postage. Has anyone thought of having a Sandtroopers swapmeet in the parking lot or something like that? See ya there!
sharonaloop@alltel.net


Posted by: Tracy | 30 April 2002 | 7:02 EDT
Trooper Rich needs some help....
I am still trying to lock in a trade for a CII fig. I have a Toy Fair
Vader to trade or a an Xbox game. I have a few to choose from and I am
trying to avoid the demon Ebay!!

Thanks,

Trooper Rfiger rff@sbstone.com

I HAVE MADE SEVERAL TRADES WITH RICH, HE IS AN EXCELLENT TRADER AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.



Posted by: Tracy | 30 April 2002 | 6:58 EDT
Fellow Trooper Brian is P.O.ed and writes...
Hi Troops,

Out of curiosity, I checked on eBay for the Jorg Sacul C2 figure and
guess what I found? 58 listings for this figure that NOBODY has their
grubby little claws on yet!!!!!! Some of these are in excess of $100
already. These jerks are selling something they don't even have!!! I
live in Indianapolis, and have had my tickets since the day they went on sale. I was planning on picking up a few extras for a very select few people, but now I'm going to buy all I can get my grubby little paws on!!!!! To sell to all of the real collectors for cost or trade! PLEASE do not bombard me with emails regarding this just yet... I will post again after this weekend to let everyone know just how many I am able to get ahold of. (It may be a few, it may be a lot. I don't know if they are placing a daily restriction on these at the convention.)
But I will say this: NOBODY comes into my town and gets away with crap like this! (Not without me trying to keep them from it anyway.) First thing friday morning, I'm making a bee line for 'em with cash in hand.(Can you tell I'm kinda bent out of shape over this?).
Anyway, just needed to vent a little. I will post again, probably on Sunday night or Monday morning to let everyone know how many I was able to score.

MTFBWM!!!! (May the force be with ME!)


Thanks,

Brian

NOTHING SURPRISES ME ANYMORE!!!!
GOOD LUCK BRIAN AND I KNOW THE ENTIRE SANDTROOPER COMMUNITY WILL BE PULLING FOR YOU AS WELL AS THE OTHERS ATTENDING C-II.


Posted by: Jason | 29 April 2002 | 22:20 EDT
Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
New AOTC toy commercials at StarWars.Hasbro.com - In MPEG format (45 sec is 7.95 MB, 30 sec is 5.41 MB); this is the same one that aired during the special episode of the Simpsons Sunday evening at 7pm on FOX.

Even more multimedia at the Hasbro site - Anakin Skywalker- Spinning Lightsaber dueling the Reek - Attack Sounds & Stomping Action AND Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter and Jango Fett's Slave I advertisement images in a humorous comic format.

Many good deals at Amazon.com - Thanks to ArtoosNews.com for these great leads on saving some cash!!! Two incredible deals when you order at Amazon: one is the use of a code to get $25 dollars off orders of $50 or more, and a free Collector's Edition of Episode I video. Go to ArtoosNews now for the details!

Bantha Tracks Newsletter No. 8 at ArtoosNews! - Another great issue of the original Fan Club Newsletter "Bantha Tracks," is up at ArtoosNews today - a great issue featuring sneak peek photos from "The Empire Strikes Back," "Revenge of the Jedi" anouncement, and Lucas's interview discussing 9- and 12- part Star Wars Sagas. The first eight issues are all archived at this link at ArtoosNews - take a look, you'll be glad you did!

New Updates online at StarWarsKids.com - The StarWarsKids.com newsletter is online and features Episode II locations, printable Episode II bookmarks and the fun "Which film is it?" game. Additionally, there is a tutorial on collecting featuring some funny quotes from collectors and some good points of view.

PinUSA brings you new Star Wars pins! - Check out the new collectible Star Wars pins , there are three full pages of new pins!

"Across the Stars" dialogue version MP3 at Episode-X - Hear the dialogue version of the love theme in MP3 format. Don't forget to say hello to staff member and my neighbor Ryan Guy while you're there!

Go-gurt commercial online, 143 minutes, and new AOTC images - Episode-X.com has the Go-gurt commercial featuring Obi and Mace, as well as some new image scans. They also report that Episode II will have a 143 minute runing time - making it the longest Star Wars film to-date!

C o n t e s t B r e a k d o w n r e a k d o w n e a k d o w n a k d o w n k d o w n d o w n
  • Post on AmericanDreamComics' forums and your name will be entered into a drawing awarding a $50.00 store credit at Sandtroopers.com's sponsor BigBadToyStore.com. Head over to BBTS right now and browse around to see what items you'd choose - plenty of HTF Episode II figures in stock, new Takara Transformers and much more!!
  • The Jawa is giving away either one or both AOTC Speeders (prize dependant on site poll results), ends 5/4.
  • Pegwarmer.com has an AOTC Yoda and Kit Fisto in their current giveaway, post in the PegWarmer.com Forums before 5/3 for your chance to win.
  • The Jawa has a new version of their "Diorama-rama" contest as well, including new "add your own caption" concept.
  • DeathStarPlans.com has the wildest giveaway yet with a Celebration 2 Jorj Sacul figure! To enter, you must be a registered DSP forum member with at least one post. Contest Ends Friday May, 17th at 12 AM.
  • Enter to win your choice of either a new Episode II AOTC Jango Fett's Slave I, AOTC Jango Fett & AOTC Boba Fett - all 3 items unopened -OR- a set of all 6 new Simpsons series 8 figures, all unopened. To enter, simply send an email to them!
  • JediChris is giving away the first 14 AOTC figures bundled lot - ends 4/29, hurry on over!
  • The Bothan Spy has up for grabs an AOTC Slave I!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: George | 29 April 2002 | 17:49 EDT
    Lucasfilm contest rules creates Fan Wars:
    This was posted by Amy Harmon at The New York Times for full story CLICK HERE!


    Posted by: George | 29 April 2002 | 17:34 EDT
    The Force Returns with CAUTION:
    This is an interesting article that our troops might want to read, I just got this in from the folks @ The New York Times. Check it out HERE!


    Posted by: Steve | 29 April 2002 | 16:49 EDT
    CSI one more time
    Hey Troops, I just did a quick search of ebay for the Saesee Tiin, Senator Jar Jar and Nikto Jedi to see if there were any auctions for figures with inserts. Not a single one for any of them. I then did a search for Dexter, and what a surprise, the scalping scum have posted at least a dozen of them. Of course they are spouting the usual rhetoric, hard to find, extremely rare, all the usual stuff. Many of them are even offering them using buy it now for the bargain price of at least $30! NO THANK YOU! I would rather not have one than buy one from a scalper. Anyway, if Jar Jar, Saesee and Nikto are out there, you would think some idiot would have put them on ebay by now. Until I see proof, I'm sticking with the original 16 list.


    Posted by: Zack | 29 April 2002 | 16:25 EDT
    More need for C2 figures...
    These guys have sent in request for C2 figures. Any help would be great.

    Trooper Jedi Dom
    chicanodom@yahoo.com

    Trooper Bob
    rhradek@comsys.com

    Trooper Dennis
    dennis_slater@hotmail.com

    Trooper Jenafer
    Stingcoldgame@aol.com

    Trooper Marks
    EugenFJR@aol.com

    To all the troopers that still need this figure, you might want to post at the trade section of our community forums as well as sending me a request. There you can specifically post what you have to trade or what you need. All our troops should be able to get one of these figures if they are released the way they're supposed to be..


    Posted by: Steve | 29 April 2002 | 15:03 EDT
    CSI info UPDATE
    Hey Troops, thanks go out to Lex-Wan and Ishi Tib from The Bothan Spy. They both wrote in to let me know the list of CSI figures I posted the other day was correct. Lex-Wan actually posted a similar list last week, I guess I missed that one somehow. Ishi Tib informed me that the figures with inserts are #1-16. If you go over to his site, you will find a variation guide. It is a complete guide covering the line from its inception in 1995 to the newest Saga figures. it is pretty cool, check it out.

    PegWarmer.com is reporting that Nikto Jedi Knight, Jar Jar and Saesee Tiin also are coming with inserts, but no pictures have been supplied as of yet. UGH!!!!!! I thought I was close to being done finding these.


    Posted by: vaughn | 29 April 2002 | 12:30 EDT
    "out of the office"
    Hey Troops,

    Im gonna be out of town on business all week, and I probably wont have access to email. Please direct all mail to one of the other reporters. Thanks!

    PS. I'll be at C2 starting sometime on friday. Im staying at the Days Inn with the PA star wars collectors society. The number there is 877-675-9330. My reservation is under Whisker if you want to get together or leave me a message there. Im there friday-sunday night.


    Posted by: Tyler | 29 April 2002 | 11:27 EDT
    Sandtrooper Madeus reports:
    OK, I new that I should not have done it but I went ahead and bought the EP II novelization thinking I could wait and not read it. Well, I am weak...and I read it. The yoda card is not a misprint if you have read it but if you want to understand then wait for the movie or get the book. If you do not want spoilers, then do not read the back of the cards. Anyways...it was well worth the read and I do not regret it considering I probably will see the movie a dozen times the first month or so...

    As is in many places, peg warmers are collecting some dust and Mace, Royal Guard, Limunira, and Dooku are becoming quite elusive but have patience fellow collectors. Just think a few short years ago how Darth Maul was quite a find and then he was everywhere. Refuse to go to ebay (well I admit I do buy vintage stuff there) but do not buy AOTC there yet. If you need help, ask a fellow trooper.

    Anyone going to the Sci Fair in Plano, TX the weekend of May 19th?
    Madeus


    May The Force Be With You!




    Posted by: Zack | 29 April 2002 | 9:30 EDT
    A new movie from Lord Z!


    Hey Troops! It's been a long, long time since I've posted, but I had some news to share with you all. Here's some info on my new film, a film that should touch very close to home for all of us...

    DEAL. "Vintage Baby, Vintage."

    Finely Made Films is pleased to announce the online Premiere of "DEAL.", a new short film written & directed by James Zahn. "DEAL." will be available for viewing at iFilm.com via the following URL: http://www.ifilm.com/ifilm/product/film_info/0,3699,2423867,00.html


    "DEAL." is a unique take on the fan-film genre, mixing the look and feel of film noir with a present-day scenario. "DEAL." is a comedic look at Collecting Star Wars, and the great extremes that people will go to just to for that one special figure...

    "DEAL." was filmed on location in Chicago, Illinois in December 2001, with post-production taking place throughout January and February. The film was shot on 16mm Black & White Film, and then transferred into the digital realm. Running Time: 3:14

    For more information, please visit www.finelymadefilms.com or www.jameszahn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 29 April 2002 | 8:38 EDT
    Troopette Donna Reports:
    Hi Troops, Donna from So. Cal. here. Went to K-mart and found the last two Playskool Sets of "Fast Through the Forest" and "The Stompin' Wampa". They were $7.88 per set. Also got 2 Promo Card coupons for the purchase which when scatched off revealed you could get $2 off the SW Lightsabers Twin Comforter on one and the other coupon revealed if you buy 3 basic figures, you get a deluxe figure for free. Then I took the K-mart sales ad that came out on Sunday and went to Target to get a price match. Target will only match an ad from either Wal-mart or K-mart. On 4/23, I purchased five 12" figures for $19.99 and 11 basic figures for $6.99. With the ad, I got the 12" for $16.99 and basic figures for $5.99 and received a credit refund for $26.00. So if you bought any figures from Target last week, bring the K-mart ad with you to get a refund. Lastly I stopped by a Walden Books and was able to get the last SW EP1 Artwork Lithograph Picture set for $7.99. Happy Hunting to all.
    Theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 29 April 2002 | 8:35 EDT
    Trooper Rodapel Reports:
    Just got back from my friendly neighborhood Hemet, California Target and saw all POTJ deluxe figures marked down to $7.90. They had Amanaman and Leia sail barge. They had a few POTJ figures marked down to $4.99 and the 25th Anniversary 2-packs for $7.99 as well. They had both Leia/Luke and Chewie/Han. No, vader/Kenobi.

    Also if anybody is interested I will trade a Toy Fair Vader for Celebration 2 fig. Also looking for a vintage 15" IG88 belt with the bombs, a shoe for the vintage 12" leia, and the lightsaber to the vintage 12" Ben Kenobi. This would complete my 12" vintage line. Will buy or trade
    rodapel@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Tracy | 29 April 2002 | 6:28 EDT
    Our overseas Brother David has an offer!!
    I need a little help, can you ask to your troopers if someone could get 1 or 2 celebration 2 figures for me!!!
    I still need too, the toy fair vader (1 or 2)...
    Or if you have some of them, please let me know...
    I will buy or trade for them...
    I have 2 C3PO 2001 german Jedicon exclusive...

    thank you my friend

    David

    Troops, I have made several trades with David and highly recommend him. If anyone can help him obtain a Toy Fair or Sacul fig, please email him at starwarsonline@hotmail.com



    Posted by: vaughn | 29 April 2002 | 0:00 EDT
    ACPin from ACPin Star Wars writes:
    A Jedi's training encompasses both physical and mental abilities which are dramatically increased by the use of the Force. Luke begins to understand and use the Force under Yoda's strict training methods. In this scene, Luke uses the Force Jump to leap from one tree to another which is just one of many skills that he'll need to survive someday.



    Check out more pictures of ACPin's latest diorama here


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 23:12 EDT
    2 troopers still need assistance...
    These guys still need help getting the C2 figure...

    Trooper Rodapel
    rodapel@hotmail.com

    Trooper Grant
    WPP3660@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 23:07 EDT
    Trooper Strmtrooper TK421 Reports:
    Good day fellow troopers! While making my daily rounds here in Tucson, AZ I stumbled upon what I think was a HUGE find at Walgreens. (22nd & Craycroft) I now can add Taun We, Luminara Unduli, and my favorite of the three a royal guard to my collection. No other store in my area (at least from what I've seen) has them. So keep your eyes open and MTFBWY.
    StrmtrooperTK421@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 23:05 EDT
    Trooper Jake Reports:
    I can confirm Zack's report about Dooku at Walgreens. I happen to be a Walgreens employee and everyone in the store is aware of my collecting habits. Well, the next morning after midnight madness, someone told me that a case had come in yesterday's order. Telling the guy that all I needed at that point was Count Dooku, I dismissed it. The case had been put aside for me anyway, so I opened it. Sure enough there were two Dooku's in there along with Anakin Hangar, Yoda, Zam, and the Clone Trooper. Get out there and check those Walgreens. Don't be afraid to ask the managers if they have any in the back!
    jake186@attbi.com


    Posted by: cheryl | 28 April 2002 | 21:18 EDT
    C2 Costume Contest
    Hey fellow Troopers!
    Just wanted to ask a huge favor for anyone who is going to C2... I entered the costume contest and recieved word today about the judging..the winners of the catagories are chosen by the judges..but the best of show is chosen by the audience...so if you think my costume (Xiyara Lynch)is that good (pictured on a previous post by vaughn) then come down and show your support at the Sagamore Ballroom at 1:30 pm Sunday May 5th. They are also having a Costume Parade that starts at the Reception area outside the 500 ballroom. Even if you are not entered in the contest..as long as you're dressed up you can march!
    THANX SO MUCH!! Hope to see some of you there!!


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 19:26 EDT
    Trooper Komix Reports:
    This is trooper "komix" reporting from Tenerife (Canary Islands -Spain- ).TRU in Tenerife have 12 differents AOTC figures with multi-lingual blisters. Some figures have backgrounds and some don't.
    Figures are:

    - C-3PO removable panels
    - R2-D2 Coruscant sentry (spanish R2D2 has the resculpted legs -not the R2D2 similar to POTF2 FX droid- )
    - Kit Fisto Jedi
    - Padme Amidala Arena
    - Anakin Skywalker Outland
    - Obi Wan Coruscant chase
    - Jango Fett Kamino escape
    - Boba Fett Kamino escape
    - Dexter Jettster
    - Plo Koon Jedi
    - Super Battle droid
    - Tusken female

    Here you will find a picture of the blister variation:
    http://www.swtenerife.com/index_home_eng.htm

    swtenerife@swtenerife.com



    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 19:23 EDT
    Trooper Rob Reports:
    Hey Troops in SO Florida, I did some major running this Sat morning. Hit 9 stores in three hours and about a 50 mile round trip! I did find the Obi-Wan lightsaber but just in the K-marts, there wern't many but almost every K-mart had them. I also have been looking for the figures with backgrounds. I found some Battle Droids and Plo Koons in one Target and a Geonasian Warrior and Dexter in another Target. This should complete my background list....unless there are any figures past Dexter #16 that have backgrounds. I have heard that Saesee, Nikto and Jar Jar are supposed to have backgrounds. Can someone please help me with this info. If you know of any please e-mail me or post it to the great Sandtrooper site.
    ocnbelow@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 28 April 2002 | 19:22 EDT
    comicon pics
    Hey Troops,

    In case you missed it, Bill, Cheryl, Pat (A.K.A. Darth Crypt), and I attended the Pittsburgh Comicon over the weekend. Check out the pictures below:


    Cheryl as her new alter-ego Xiyara Lynch
    with Michonne Bourraigue (Aurra Sing)


    Left to Right: Bill Varner, Cheryl Kilroy,
    Vaughn Whisker, Pat Carlucci


    Dave Dorman signing my sandtrooper print | Dave's sketch of a sandtrooper at the bottom



    Posted by: vaughn | 28 April 2002 | 18:50 EDT
    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Star Trek" Toy Review
    Hey Troops,

    Today's Sunday Cleveland Plain Dealer features a brief review of new "star trek" items (3 figures and the art of star wars coffee table book) with none other than our very own Sgt. Bill! Click on the links below to check it out!


    Page 2
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    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:26 EDT
    Trooper California Tim Reports:
    Just a quick report from the aftermath. I've been running around for work lately which has provided me the opportunity to check as many stores in the Bay Area as possible. TRU's have pretty much the same warming their pegs now other than Emeryville. They have a ton of ZWesells, CTroopers, and DJettsters. No variations on the DJ's though. CDooku, Luminara, and Yoda remain elusive. I read a post from a guy down in San Jose who says he found these three in a Walgreens. Go figure. I found 2 Anakin -hangar duel at KMart in Oakland. They are charging $8.19 per figure. Ouch! I bought them.....Everything is pretty much the same for WalMart and Target. Posters are starting to show up for $4.99. I also found 500 piece puzzles that come in tin containers that are shaped in the words "Star Wars". Kind of cool, four in all with focus on vehicles, heroes, villains, and bounty hunters. KMart and Target had them the cheapest at $8.99-$9.99. TRU wants $14.99 for them. That's it for now. Remember, UNIFY!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:22 EDT
    Trooper Young George Lucas Reports:
    Hey, folks. Young George Lucas reporting from the aftermath of Midnight Madness II in Kansas City. Just an FYI for those ordering the TR'U Exclusive Mace Windu from amazon.com. I received mine two days after I ordered it- but it arrived with the plastic window smashed in. I knew when I ordered it that this was very likely to happen, and sure enough it did. I'm sending it back and I'll just have to check the shelves at TR'U for this thing.
    Young G.L.


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:20 EDT
    Trooper Madeus Reports:
    Well it has been a long exhausting week hunting for the hard to find figures. I have yet to find a Mace Windu or a Luminara (however, I did find one at a comic store marked up to $16 and I am not that desperate yet). WalMart in Mansfield, TX had quite a few Count Dooku's but all were in bad shape with bent cards, etc...

    Now for some help. Anyone help me in getting a C2 figure from IA, it would be greatly appreciated! I dont have a Vader either if anyone has an extra...thanks!!
    madeus@fanforce.net


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:18 EDT
    Trooper Cplhritz Reports:
    On Thursday I was at Wisconsin Rapids WI and stopped at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and they had pretty much all the AOTC figs including Count Dooku, but the real find was the Tie-Bomber and Snowspeeder, the shelf was empty with a price tag for the speeder and I asked a clerk and he scanned it and said there's one in the back, well I'm waiting around and he came back with another clerk and they had one bomber and about six speeders, anyway the moral of this story is don't be shy to ask for stuff,and check the supercenters by the POTJ line and you might score. The Yoda I got says "Yoda assembles the Clone Army to subdue the rebellion",so I guess well just have to wait and see about this.thanks.MTFBWY
    cplhritz@netzero.net


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:10 EDT
    Trooper Jeffred5 Reports:
    I went to about 8 stores on Tuesday between 12:01am and 5:00pm they were 3 Wal-Marts, 3 TRUs, and 2 Kmarts. Something I started to notice was that certain figures were plentiful at one chain and "rare" at another. Like I found a lot of Clone Troopers, Battle Droids, and Super Battle Droids at all the Wal-Marts, but very few Dexter Jettsters, Taun Wes, or Geonosian Warriors. At TRUs I found lots of Dexter Jettsters, Taun Wes, or Geonosian Warriors, but few Clone Troopers, Battle Droids, and Super Battle Droids. Kmart just had about 20 of the exact same case. I also found that TRU had a lot more figures with the "background card" than Wal-mart had. After leaving the first store I went to, which was a Wal-Mart I was sure the R2-D2 variant with the solid disk on his shoulders was the one that was rare, but when I got to a TRU that's all they had and they had at least 20 on the pegs. Has anyone else noticed this sort of "segregation" or is this only happening in Phoenix?
    DOCJ45@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 28 April 2002 | 15:06 EDT
    Trooper Shawn Reports:
    On the subject of the Count Dookus post by George I just want to remind everyone of a little figure named Darth Maul Jedi Duel. When the figures came out in 99 he was nowhere to be found in any stores around here(thanks to scalpers). Now 3 years later he is still on the pegs in some stores (can you say heavyweight champion of pegwarmers) My point is don't get discouraged and don't overpay for a figure that may be abundant in the future. The more bids there are on eBay, the more scalpers taking the figures we want. DON'T GIVE IN !
    itzfitz@prodigy.net


    Posted by: Tyler | 28 April 2002 | 11:19 EDT
    Sandtrooper Danny Reports:
    This is trooper Danny B reporting from the west coast. Went to the TRU
    in Montebello, Ca and did not find the figures I needed but did find the
    Eeth Koth wave out so I picked up a Snaggletooth I needed. This case
    must have just been put out right before I got there because there was
    plenty of everything. Stopped at Walgreens in Whittier, Ca on the way
    home and found SW figures by accident. I did not even know they carried
    figures and I was able to pick up Count Dooku,Zam Wessel,Red Clone
    Trooper,Anakin Hanger Duel and the elusive Yoda. Kmart will be having a
    big sale on Sunday for their SW Toys so those of you who put your stuff
    on layaway get a price adjustment and save yourself some money. Finally,
    I would just like to say that if we stick together and help eachother
    find figures we need it will be easier for us to get what we want
    instead of paying scalper prices. It is still early as far as AOTC
    merchandise goes, don't give into the lies that the scalpers post on
    ebay or anywhere else. Remember the Nikto Jedi somebody bought for $200
    dollars a few weeks ago, that figure can be found on pegs today for
    retail. I think the buyer was foolish and now he is out a couple hundred
    bucks. STOP BUYING FROM SCALPERS!
    Danny B




    Posted by: Steve | 28 April 2002 | 10:21 EDT
    Cinema Scene Inserts (CSI)
    Hey Troops, I have been trying to figure out which figures come with the CSIs. I haven't seen a list anywhere else, so I wanted to make one, here it is:
    Anakin Outland
    Padme
    C-3PO
    R2-D2
    Obi-Wan
    Captain Typho
    Boba Fett
    Shaak Ti
    Tusken Raider Female W/Child
    Battle Droid
    Plo Koon
    Super Battle Droid
    Geonosian Warrior
    Jango Fett
    Kit Fisto
    Dexter Jettster
    If anyone has seen one that I haven't included on this list, please let me know. I have been trying to replace my non-CSI figures with CSI ones. I think I have all but one. If someone has access to a Dexter with CSI, please let me know, I have a MOC BoShek I would be willing to trade for it. Just email me here.


    Posted by: vaughn | 27 April 2002 | 23:34 EDT
    Pittsburgh Comicon Report
    Today I went to the Pittsburgh Comicon. (Comicon was my first sw show ever last year) This year it was less crowded as we all prepare for C2. I met up with Darth Crypt and Bill and Cheryl at the show. Cheryl's Xiyara Lynch costume turned a lot of heads...she looked great. Pictures will be posted soon. We had a nice time walking around looking at the various "artwork" and all of the toy dealers. There was a lot of nice stuff to be had if you had $$$$$.

    I picked up a dave dorman "Dewback Patrol" lithograph. If you guys arent familiar with Dave's work check it out at www.dormanart.com (or http://www.dormanart.com/Starwars/le_prints/swprints_menu.htm). Very nice stuff!

    There wasnt too much going on in the sw arena. Michonne was there, as was Jerome Blake, Kenny Baker, and Mike Quinn...also a jawa whose name I cant remember.

    Most of the dealers were selling ep2 stuff for 8-12 bucks a figure. They did have a few of the "rarer" things like the collection2 wave 2 stuff (taun we, coruscant guard, and luminara unduli). Apparently some had count dooku, but they sold out quickly. I traded a coruscant guard for a genosian with background. I was able to help Darth Crypt out with Taun We, Coruscant Guard, and Luminara Unduli. The Figs are out there...you just have to find them!

    All in all a nice small show...good preparation for next week!




    Posted by: George | 27 April 2002 | 18:11 EDT
    Yoda's carback:
    Looks to me like all Yodas are printed this way. So, don't go crazy over EPAY to bid on this ''RARE'' piece. The folks over at Rebelscum have detailed pictures of the figure, to save ya'll some clicks check the scan from Rebel Scum's archives HERE. For better resolution, AOL users I recommend to launch your Internet Explorer cuz AOL's browser sucks!


    Posted by: George | 27 April 2002 | 17:43 EDT
    More on Yoda's ERROR:
    Sandtrooper Giancarlo: Hey troopers, Well concerning Mike's question about Yoda and the clone army. I have no real basis, just pure speculation, so this is not a spoiler just MY thoughts. I think the clone army is made from Jango Fett, using him as a template and then led my the jedi council to combat the geonosians and battle droids. Since Yoda leads the council then perhaps he leads the army. The other Jedi cardbacks say that they led the battle of geonosis themselves. So who leads what will be answered on the 16th. That is what I think. It might be true maybe not, but I can speculate.
    Giancarlo Lopéz.

    Sandtrooper Lord Z: Hey George and troopers, I have no idea if Yoda had anything to do with the Clone Army, but I do know that my AOTC Yoda has the same line printed on it that Mike aka Mynockhunter was inquiring about. Perhaps all the Yoda's are printed the way?

    One other note is that I'd appreciate being added to the list of Troops that want a C2 figure. If you add me please use my email: info@jameszahn.com or Lord Z


    Posted by: Jason | 27 April 2002 | 16:39 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan reports and looking for help with R2 cooler:
    I have been out (Chicago area) recently to find the latest E2 pegwarmers. I also hit e-bay and found all the Count Dooku's that everone is looking for. It is sad that people can't get a real job and simply work for a living. It goes to simple economics supply/demand folks. If no one bids they get stuck with them. You will find these figures don't worry and most of all remember what master Yoda say "Patience" . Scalpers were a plenty and the only things they had in thier carts were the figs after number 14 . They know what's up . Unite , send these sellers an e-mail and let them know how you feel, I do this from time to time to vent frustration.
    On another note I need some Trooper help. I have a R2-D2 cooler from Ep 1 but the lid is cracked. Anyone know where to get a replacement? I've tried e-pay but they want 300 dollars for the whole thing and I don't want that. Anyone that can help write me at c.spice@att.net Thanks again troops.


    Posted by: Tracy | 27 April 2002 | 15:57 EDT
    Yoda Variation
    In reference to Mynochhunts post about the possible Yoda Variation, I also have the card that says "Yoda summons the Clone army" which I thought was kind of strange. I didn't think too much about it because I am one of those who avoids every kind of spoiler at all costs. Anyway, I went back to several Wal-Marts and K-Mart to check the remaining Yodas. Everyone I was able to find (about 7, at different stores) say the same thing. If this is a mistake, it seems all of them have it, kind of like the Imperial Droid misspelling from POTJ line. It's not worth anything if it is not corrected. If anyone else can find something different, let us know.
    Preciate it!!!


    Posted by: George | 27 April 2002 | 13:04 EDT
    Interesting ? from Trooper Mike A.K.A Mynockhunter:
    ''I noticed someone on ePay touting an AOTC Yoda printing error. I've been avoiding ALL spoilers so far, but this one I just have to know. The card reads "Yoda assembles the clone army...." Mine has this on it too. Is this a mistake or does this really happen? Please advise''
    Mynockhunter

    Because I rip appart my figures I don't pay attention to this but, obviously lotsa fans do. As far as I know Jango Fett is the one who assembles the clone army. If any of the troopers outhere have any clue, please let Mike and us know.


    Posted by: Zack | 27 April 2002 | 11:57 EDT
    More troops added to the list...
    Well we have had a surgence in request lately. My advice would be not to get worried you don't get connected with someone before C2. A lot of people don't know how many figs that they will be able to get. I'm sure that there will be lots available for trade or cost, by the time the eventis over. Don't lose hope guys! On to the list of who needs them..


    Trooper Tim (Needs TF Vader too)
    TB2@rebelscum.com

    Trooper John
    jjakab@msn.com

    Trooper Matthew
    misty@ca.catv.ne.jp

    Trooper Kevin (needs Dooku too)
    onebigk@aol.com

    Trooper Jimmy
    Jimmy1236@aol.com

    Trooper KFISH
    KFISHFWB@cs.com

    Trooper KFISH
    tsda@dallas.net


    Posted by: Zack | 27 April 2002 | 11:35 EDT
    Trooper George Reports:
    Qui-George from K.C. here. If any Sandtroopers are going to the Jedicon in the U.K. please e-mail me ASAP. I need a favor. thanks and UNIFY!!!!
    gfalls4@earthlink.net


    Posted by: Zack | 27 April 2002 | 11:27 EDT
    Trooper John Reports:
    Hey guys I live in Portland Oregon, and Im havin real trouble finding the snowspeeder and tie bomber, has any one else out here found them? and how should I go about looking for them? all help will be greatly appreciated! I dont want to miss out on these two!
    SGRUIS7@aol.com


    Posted by: George | 27 April 2002 | 9:20 EDT
    Count Dookus GALORE:
    Forget about what those filthy sellers at EPAY are saying about how HTF this figure is along with Yoda. As for this morning at 8:20 AM CT there were near 600 auctions running for this figure; If is so HARD TO FIND'' how come there are so many listings, from 4 to 15 bids on some listings. GIMME A BREAK, People, this is a free country but the more we feed the scalpers the hardest the time we'll have to find it for $5.88. If collectors keep feeding EPAY sellers and POWER SELLERS this hobby of ours will become a nightmare.


    Posted by: George | 27 April 2002 | 8:27 EDT
    Sandtrooper Giancarlo brought in a good observation:
    Troops, yesterday our Sandtrooper Giancarlo Lopéz brought in a nice observation that even myself overlooked. It was posted here last night but in less than 2 minutes I had to remove the post due to some e-mails from readers concerned about SPOILERS; The figure in question is Anakin Skywalker ''Hangar Duel'' which in the package has a sticker mentioning ''Special hiden feature''. I trully believe that this feature really throws out a Spoiler but we'll have to wait 'til May 16 to see if is true. For those who open their figures try to figure it out or if curiosity killed the cat feel free to e-mail Giancarlo @ gatillo9mm@yahoo.com

    UPDATE: Giancarlo informs that the ''hidden feature'' is clearly specified on the cardback. So, for the SPOILERS sensitives DO NOT READ the cardbacks 'til you watch the movie; This also applies to Zam Wessel and others.


    Posted by: Tyler | 26 April 2002 | 22:57 EDT
    Sandtrooper Ziggy needs some help
    I was wondering if any troopers out there could hook me up with any of the following:

    1. tie bomber and luke skywalker's snowspeeder
    2. Ep2 royal guard and count Dooku
    3. Jorg Sacul

    i'm in NYC and there's not a walmart for miles, and the episode2 figures have already been raided by the ebayers, so I'm stuck with mountains of super battle droids and not much else.
    Thanks,
    Ziggy


    Posted by: Jason | 26 April 2002 | 22:29 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    Action Figure Activism - The Jorg Sacul Availability Activism Page is now up and running. Nigel "Beedo Sookcool" Willis has set this page up in regard to the bulletin posted at RebelScum.com stating that the C2 Jorg Sacul will not be available anywhere else, ever again. Nigel says: "There are rather a lot of us out there who think that this is atrocious.
    "With so many options of further profit or good publicity (sold through the Fan Club with normal "Saga" packaging, mail-away offer to cash in proofs-of-purchase, by special order through comics shops, and the option of him being on an upcoming Fan Choice poll) -- and so many loyal fans who supportthese people's livelihoods -- LucasFilm, Hasbro, & co. should probably show a little more gratitude." Check out this essay and drop Nigel a line!

    Figure Image Galleries - RebelScum.com has some new galleries of the Celebration 2 figure and the next wave of Star Wars Saga figures. See Mace Windu - Geonosian Rescue, Jango Fett - Final Battle, Luke Skywalker - Bespin Duel , Darth Vader - Bespin Duel, and Jorg Sacul!

    The lighter side of E2 backdrop pack-ins - TheCreatureCantina takes a hard look at the madness surrounding the new figures and the backdrops.

    Fan Club E2 Figures - The Fan Club Store has the "hard-to-find" Dexter Jettster - Coruscant Informant and Geonosian Warrior for $6.49 each (member price, non-member price is $6.99).

    Teemto - Pod Racer Teemto Pagalies shows up in the SirSteve'sGuide.com Figure Archives; take a look at Teemto!

    Episode II in-store Promotions - Hasbro.com has a listing on in-store specials for Episode II!

    C o n t e s t B r e a k d o w n r e a k d o w n e a k d o w n a k d o w n k d o w n d o w n
  • Chris at The Jundland Wastes is currently giving away an AOTC Yoda to someone that posts in their forums from now until midnight Saturday (4/28). Head on over and do some posting and maybe even win!
  • The Jawa.com has an Episode I Battle-Damaged Destroyer Droid figure up for grabs! With the droidekas making a comeback in AOTC, now's your chance to build your army, brick by brick! (ends 4/29).
  • Powercollectibles lets you enter to win your choice of either a new Episode II AOTC Jango Fett's Slave I, AOTC Jango Fett & AOTC Boba Fett - all 3 items unopened -OR- a set of all 6 new Simpsons series 8 figures, all unopened, ends 4/30.
  • JediChris.net is giving away a set of AOTC figures. Just register in their forums to win, ends 4/28.
  • JediAries has up for grabs a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin (thanks to r2dtoys.com).
  • TheJawa.com is holding Diorama-Rama (my favorite event after Hearing Test Thursday), play today (Royal Decoy), prize this week is an Episode II Reek Beast pack!, ends 4-27.
  • Vintage Figure Giveaway - DeathStarPlans.com serves up a Klaatu (Palace Guard) vintage figure! (ends 4/26).
  • Pegwarmer is giving away a new Jango Fett - Kamino Escape and Kit Fisto figures, just post in their Forums! ends 4/26.
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: George | 26 April 2002 | 12:09 EDT
    More card inserts in AOTC figures:
    While shooting some pics in Northfield, MN I stopped by their local Target for some slide film and I was amazed to see that 90% of the new AOTC figures are coming with the back inserts. I'm starting to believe that this is like some kind of pack-in bonus kinda Freeze Frames and Force Files. From C-3PO, R2-D2, Anakin Peasant, Dexter, Geonosian Warrior etc, etc, etc,... Even the cards are different; Variation collectors, be prepared to spend a load of $$$ on these cuz they are a lot.


    Posted by: George | 26 April 2002 | 12:04 EDT
    Check This link troops!!!
    From Movie stills, to AOTC ''SECRETS'', 10th Anniversary posters and other cool stuff hit the link below, bewary of some SPOILERS.

    http://www.hollywood.com/movies/detail/movie/416350


    Posted by: Zack | 26 April 2002 | 8:44 EDT
    More C2 Figures needed for Troopers:
    A couple of more troops need help....

    Trooper Sergio
    compuzar@yahoo.com


    Trooper Tony (Lives in Scotland)
    Acrampshee@aol.com

    Sergio has some great things to trade and Tony lives where they'll never get the figure. I'm getting more word of troops getting hooked up. Thanks for the help Guys!


    Posted by: Zack | 26 April 2002 | 8:36 EDT
    Gary from Wattographs Reports:
    If you're not able to go Celebration 2, but would like to have autographs from any of the 35 autograph guests at the show, you can have signatures picked up from the convention and mailed to you! Wattographs and Johnson's Collectibles will be obtaining autographs from Celebration II for anyone who wants them. We will be getting *ONLY* the specially-marked, convention-offered photos. Since those photos will be kept under the control of the convention until actually purchased for signing, this should provide an extra measure of safety and security for authenticity. For this reason, we're not able to take personal items for signing. Pictures of each image available from the guests are shown on the site, so you know what you'll get.

    Our cost for each photo is only $3 over the convention price ($18 each for less than ten photos, $15 each if you order more than ten) -- there are people on eBay that are charging $35-$45+ for this very same autograph "service." Additionally, we're offering to pick up the convention-issued Certificates of Authenticity. Details on the site. All photos will be shipped out within 72 hours of the convention's end.

    We're not affiliated with Celebration II, Lucasfilm or any of their entities. We're Star Wars autograph fans who want to try and help out other collectors without any price-gouging as your typical "dealer" would do.

    Anyone that's interested in getting their autographs via our service, are invited to visit http://www.autographcentral.com/wattographs/special-offer.html


    Posted by: Tyler | 25 April 2002 | 23:54 EDT
    R2Dtoys webstore ready to take orders
    After working out a few bugs since their grand opening last weekend, R2Dtoys is pleased to announce that they are now ready to take your orders online. Also, they have a cool ALERT ME feature that will e-mail you when that HOT figure that you want will be back in stock. Maybe like the TF Vader or say the C2 figure! Want to know more? Hit their link on the left margin or use the link below. Enjoy and good luck finding those exclusives! www.r2dtoys.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 25 April 2002 | 22:30 EDT
    More from Midnite Madness
    Hey Troops,

    Bill and Cheryl passed me this picture of their haul (and boy do I mean HAUL) from monday night...Id be surprised if anything were left on the shelf! Enjoy!




    Posted by: vaughn | 25 April 2002 | 22:15 EDT
    Trooper Mike reports:
    Hey Troops!
    This is Michael Coszalter, the move is finally complete! I wanted to thank everyone who helped me come up with enough $ to make it happen. I was able to go out and layaway most of all the new EP2 Figs. Thanks to Wal Mart for Layaway! or else I wouldn't be able to collect right now.

    I found all but three figs (Luminara Unduli, Count Dooku, Royal Guard). I really didn't know how many there were til yesterday. I did pick up a couple of extra Yoda's and Anakin hanger duels if anyone is interested in making a trade for what I need. I also did find a bunch of Tie Bombers and Snowspeeders. I have two extra Tie Bombers on Layaway as well and would like to work out trades for those when I get them out. As most of you know I have a lot of figs I need to reacquire. If anyone want to trade or sell the three figs I am looking for please email coszalter@msn.com. If I can help out another trooper, please also email. Thanks again Troops! YOU GUYS RULE!!!


    Posted by: George | 25 April 2002 | 21:48 EDT
    Just in case about MASTER REPLICAS:
    As for some readers asking about the Master replicas release date. I'm not here to bash MASTER REPLICAS or create doubts; But, my sugestion here is to pre-order or order from a second source i.e. Amazon.com or some other dealers; It was a big shame when ICONS REPLICAS left a few hundred collectors in the cold by selling products that they no longer had a licence to.
    I did pay a few hundred$$ for the Icons Han Solo's Blaster and all I got was a post card with a picture of it by mail saying that my order was in process when in fact Lucasfilm turned the licence down and they were pre-selling a product that in their knowledge was not supposed to be sold. Order your prop replicas with credit cards and don't let delays go over 6 months or your credit card bank issuer will not be able to help. For those who own Icons products lets not forget that they also had ''The Vault''. This is the equivalent of the ''Collectors Society'' in MASTER REPLICAS. Icons was taken to the BBB in California but only a handful of collectors were able to get their money reinbursed while hundreds including myself were only satisfied with a postcard ''from the edge''; Ironically, ICONS REPLICAS were members of the BBB in California but still they (BBB) couldn't handle 100's of complaints. Any ????'s let me know.
    george@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 20:49 EDT
    Trooper Dennis Reports:
    I need some help. My mother is going to Europe and I need to know where she can look for the Qui Gon and Eopie for me. Do they carry them in regular toy stores? If so, what are the names of the stores or will she have to check at collectable stores? Also are there any other cool European stuff I should have her look for? Any help from a European Trooper or anyone else who knows would be helpful. She is going to Naples, Italy; Sigonella, Italy; and Rota, Spain in June, and London,England and Keflavik, Iceland in July.
    dennis_slater@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 20:48 EDT
    Trooper Chad Reports:
    I am having trouble finding Count Dukoo,Yoda and the Royal guard,I am only going to pay what the person paid for it.Dennis Slater,If you are reading this?I tried to send you my mailing address and got a delivery notification said that the address did not exist.My apologizes.Thanks.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 20:46 EDT
    Trooper Phil Reports:
    There seems to be a fair amount of confusion in regard to Master Replicas products, and I haven't seen anyone report on it, so I thought I would ask.
    1) Yesterday, I saw that Amazon.com is selling the Yoda Lightsaber Replica for $199.00. However, the Master Replicas web-site is selling it for $250.00. The Luke ROTJ and Obi-Wan lightsabers are also $50.00 more expensive on the MR web-site. Is this information correct?

    2) If it is correct, is Amazon.com selling the exact same product?

    3) If it is correct, why are Amazon.com release dates so much later then the MR web-site. I believe all products on the MR web-site are to be shipped any day now. On Amazon.com, it stated that the Yoda lightsaber would be sent after May 25, and the Luke ROTJ after June 25 (June 25??? doesn't that seem weird?)
    Any information someone can help with would be great.
    PShahbaz@apu.edu


    You are correct about the first two questions. The stores (including Master Replica's) sell the props for retail or a few dollars cheaper, but they have some kind of bonus that you get with it whether it be free SW toys or membership into their prop club. Amazon sells them for cheaper but doesnt throw in any extras.

    This whole Master Replica thing is weird, and for a few reasons. The release date for the Luke saber and Solo blaster was April 3rd. Then for some reason the date was pushed back and I got word that they were going to ship the week of the 14th. Fastforward yet another week and still no saber. The Amazon dates seems more correct when you look at the pattern so far that the company has done with the first two props. I would be suprised if they started shipping the AOTC stuff before or at the same time as the OT stuff.



    Posted by: vaughn | 25 April 2002 | 19:21 EDT
    Kevin from K&C Collectibles writes:
    Dear Star Wars Collectors,

    We have been experiencing server problems with the web site since the below e-mail was sent 2 days ago.

    Those problem have now been resolved. Please re-try your orders today.

    Our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused.



    Posted by: Jason | 25 April 2002 | 16:15 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan with more E2 figure variations:
    I found a paint variation on the SBD the 1st release with CSI (cinema scene insert) has a very glossy finish on head and chest with a large red dot, the older version w/ no CSI (cinema scene insert) has a flat almost different color tint with a small red dot it is a very noticeable variation so if you got 1 of each check them out you'll defiantly see it. Wanted to know if everyone knows that it's just not the large flat circle in R2-D2's shoulder but almost the entire arm is completely different take a look and you'll see everything is 100% different except for his foot they are the same has anyone else noticed this.debalus@worldnet.att.net
    Yes, Lex, I've noticed the difference in the silver shape on the arm as well! I also see that on the R2 with the grey plastic semi-pierce rivet at the shoulde, the blue paint on the lower left of the body had silver accents in the middle of each rectangle. These are solid blue on the other version. I've found some additional variants too, Troops. Deluxe Mace Windu can either have holes in feet or not (without them seems more rear), Zam Wessel's arm magnets can either be metal or painted to match the purple sleeve. - J.


    Posted by: Jason | 25 April 2002 | 16:04 EDT
    Some of the hard to find E2 figures in stock at

    Hi, Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about some new arrivals!
  • STAR WARS EPISODE 2: We have received 8 more collection 2 figures - including: Dexter Jettster, Geonosian Warrior, Tusken Raider, Captain Typho, Ploo Koon, Shaak Ti, Battle Droid, Boba Fett. The 12" Figures have also arrived - Obi-Wan, Clone Trooper, Anakin. Most of the other figures are also in stock - both singly and in sets!
  • MACROSS : Bandai's VF-1S has arrived, and we have restocked the extremely popular VF-1J as well - both $74.99. Yamato's VF-1A, VF-1S, VF-1A Max Are also in stock as well as a nice selection of Robotech items from Toynami - including the super poseable figures.
  • TRANSFORMERS : New Year Prime, Black & Clear Hot Rod, Laser Optimus Prime - are all back in stock. We've also received a few Black C-16 Leo Convoy, a few Trailbreaker & Hoist sets & Ironhide & Ratchet Sets. My sources in Japan said that most of the exclusive sets should be available again in May in limited quantities!
  • SOUL OF CHOGOKIN : We have restocked the GX-10 Boss Borot ($46.99) the GX-07 Mazinger Z - $49.99 - and the price has been reduced on the GX-05 Black Gaiking - to $93.99!
  • POWER RANGERS : - We have received the following Rangerst Items: Black Gao King, Blue DX Gao Hunter, Small Soul Bird, Hurricane Ranger Winger Sets, Gao Lion and more!
  • GUNDAM KITS AND FIGURES: Endless Waltz ReStock: Nataku, Tallgeese III, Heavy Arms, Sandrock, Serpent & More. Master Grade Re-Stock: GP02A, NU, Sazabi, MS-09 Dom. New Action Figures: Gallop & Zaku I, Gunperry & GM, Price for Jumbo Grade Red Zaku II - Reduced to $139.99!
  • INGRAM : Patlabor 1, 2, and 3 are in stock as well as the new Griffon Labor Kit!
  • MEGATRON LITHOGRAPH : We have received some of the exclusive Megatron Lithographs - $24.99 each - we will carry Transformers #2 and future issues as well. We will try to pick up the other exclusive lithos as well.
  • LORD OF THE RINGS : We have recieved a few more of the Aragorn/Elrond/Orc Warrior Sets of 3. We also have updated our stock on a few of the Toy Vault Middle Earth Figures.
  • GI JOE : Jimmy Doolittle and Pointe du Hoc Army Ranger 12" figures have just arrived - $28.99 each. We have received a few more Chinese GI Joe figrues and still have a large selection of Funskool Joes!

    Thanks for your interest and take a look at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com to see the new items
    Thanks!

    Joel Boblit bigbadtoystore.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 25 April 2002 | 14:34 EDT
    MAY THE FARCE BE WITH THEM...
    "Fed up with Star Wars fan sites revealing plot secrets of his upcoming films, George Lucas dispatches two stormtroopers to take care of a list of unscrupulous webmasters...."

    Sound interesting? Check out the rest of this article from WIRED!"
    WIRED: Star Wars article


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 25 April 2002 | 12:49 EDT
    Presells at PlanetActionFigure.com
    Planet Action Figure (Presells are about 3/4 down the page)




    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 25 April 2002 | 12:33 EDT
    ESB on FOX tonight!
    Troops,
    Don't forget to check out FOX (8 P.M.)tonight for the broadcast of The Empire Strikes Back. There is talk of AOTC material being shown as well.


    Posted by: George | 25 April 2002 | 11:56 EDT
    Trooper Gerald needs some help:
    Hi I need some Trooper help again. I collect autographs from Star Wars actors and need about 4 or 5 from Celebration. If any Trooper going can help me please email me @ gschilljr@datastar.net . if you would like to see my collection so far check out my site at

    http://gerald_schill.tripod.com/mystarwarsautographcollection



    Posted by: vaughn | 25 April 2002 | 11:31 EDT
    FOXNEWS Article
    Hey Troops,

    I was surfing FOXNEWS this morning and came across this article...thought it might interest you.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,51105,00.html


    Posted by: Steve | 25 April 2002 | 10:59 EDT
    Another Variation - Padme Arena Battle
    I just wanted to add another variation that I found today.

    Padme with insert no mole on cheek
    Padme without insert no mole on cheek
    Padme with insert with mole on left cheek

    I stopped at Walmart this morning and they had only one Padme with insert and it looked as if she had a mole on her left cheek. At first I thought the mole was nothing more than a paint error. I looked at at least 2 dozen Padme's without insert and none of them had a mole/paint error. I bought the Padme with insert because I wanted to exchange for one I bought somewhere else without the insert. I then went to Meijer and they had about 10 Padmes with inserts. None of these had a mole, so I became even more convinced that the mole was a paint error. My next stop was Kaybee. They had about a dozen Padmes with inserts and every one had a mole, so maybe it wasn't a paint error. Finally I stopped at Toys R Us and they had about 6 Padmes with inserts and none of these had moles. So what does this leave me believing? I think the mole is a true variation that perhaps is due to being produced in different factories or perhaps it was an earlier run and was later corrected. The bottom line is, I looked at around 50 Padmes today and only a few with the inserts had a mole. None of the non-insert Padmes had a mole.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 25 April 2002 | 10:49 EDT
    Pittsburgh Comicon starts tomorrow and runs till Sunday
    Any Troops going? Let me know!!!


    Posted by: George | 25 April 2002 | 10:03 EDT
    Not this time Hasbro, NOT THIS TIME:
    Wandering around the toy stores WE can see already the bunch of pegwarmers that will be bugging us within a month preventing from new assts. to hit the pegs. Hopefully after May 16th kids will help to clean them up, this time I'll be more careful; No more resculpts I'll buy. 1 Anakin is enough, 1 Obi-One is enough. I want to see inmortalized in plastic the transition of the characters ''within the films''. No more 12 x $6.99+ Mauls most of them non-existent within the film. E-2 Anakin soft goods? I don't care I already have 1 from April 23rd. My collecting behavior has changed during the drought; Now I'm after new characters, I don't need an E-2 Plo-Koon cuz I already have 1 from E-1, Am I still a completist? Ya!! I'll have every single character from the saga by E-3 not 12 of each. I'll take very seriously though it was joke the words from Mel Brooks I'll be back in Space Balls-2, ''The search for more money''.


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 8:09 EDT
    More troopers need your help...
    Two more troopers have reported in with a need for the C2 figure...

    Trooper Jimmy
    Jimmy1236@aol.com

    Trooper Rodapel
    rodapel@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 8:05 EDT
    Trooper Rick Reports:
    What's the deal with the Qui-Gonn, Vader-Bespin & Luke-Bespin figures?? Are they out yet?? Also, quick report from 23-Apr, if you don't mind another one.

    Took the family with me (wife & daughter) & hit Super Wally that's "in zone" for me. Got there with about 10 minutes to spare. There was only about 10, maybe 15, people there. I could not believe that there was so few!! Once the plastic tarp was dropped, it was pure hysteria at first. There was an initial grab-n-chuck spree goin' on, but it soon settled down. Scored a few TIE Bomber's & Snowspeeders along with most, if not all, of the AOTC characters. The only ones that I could not find here was Mace Windu, Dexter Jettseter, & Genosian Warrior.

    What's up with Obi-Wan & Anakin having the same color (blue) sabers?? Thought that Obi's was green?? Anyhow. Put it all in layaway as I did not have THAT much cash on hand. Stopped at a Super Broke (K-Mart) on the way home. Scored Dexter & the Genosian here. Still did have not found Mace (where the hell is he!?!?!)It seems that (to me anyhow) Count Dooku, Dexter, Genosian, Yoda & Anakin-Hanger Duel were in short supply on this night.

    Didn't notice the movie scene backgrounds until after most had already been scarfed up. But did manage to land most of them. Also noticed that the Royal Guard, Jar Jar Binks & Genosian Warrior do NOT have warning tags on the packages. Don't know if they are all like that, but the few that I did bring home later on in the day did not have them. Does anyone know if there is a sticker variant around?? The Super Battle Droid has a sticker on back showing how to put him together. Are there ones without this sticker? Saw some characters with severe bends to the card back. Looks as though it was done by Hasbro, not by Wally World people. Those that I saw were:
    Royal Guard
    Taun We
    Jar Jar Binks
    Nikto

    That's all for now. Keep up the good work!!!
    Solleks@peoplepc.com


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 7:58 EDT
    Troopette Donna Reports:
    Hi, Donna from So. Cal. reporting again. Went to KB at lunch and finally found the Playskool sets. They only had the "Duel w/Darth Maul" and "X-Wing Adventure" at $14.99 ea. Also as I was looking thru the rest of the SW section, I found POTJ Sandtroopers and Dirty Biker Scouts for $2.99. So check out your KB's if you are looking for any of the above.
    Theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 25 April 2002 | 7:56 EDT
    Trooper Mike Reports
    I thought this variation list might help some collectors and you guys out since it is so early in the release of the AOTC figs.

    -Three to four R2 variants:
    -Flat circle leg with backing.
    -Flat circle leg without backing (so far I've only seen them at one place)
    -Imprinted circle leg without backing.
    -Imprinted circle leg with backing. ( I'm not sure on this one cause I've yet to see it.)

    -Yoda without TM marking by Lightsaber. (on the side where it lists the accesories) # 2900 on the liningcard inside bubble
    -Yoda with TM marking. # 5000. I think this is the corrected version and its a later number.

    -Luminara Unduli with "Removable" word shown. (on the side of lining card in the bubble where it lists accesories.
    -Luminara Unduli with "Removable" word covered by a sticker. ( I saw these two on Ebay which also means there should be a new corrected version either out or coming. I only have the covered, but didn't know about this until after I was out to the stores.) The set that i saw are still on Ebay also.

    -Jengo Fett with thick lines on helmet. I noticed these at Fred Meyer only.
    -Jengo Fett with thin lines on helmet. (This is not a big variation whatsoever, but the difference is pretty obvious so I decided to add it in.) :()

    The background inserts have pretty much been covered so if I hear anymore on these I will let you guys know. By the way you guys have a very helpful site, which has helped me out greatly.
    MFD2000@aol.com

    Thanks for the compliments Mike. Vaughn, Jason and I have discoved yet another variation. There are 2 different deluxe Mace Windus, one with peg holes in his feet and one without. Lokks like the one with holes may be a tad harder to find than the ones without.


    Posted by: Tracy | 25 April 2002 | 6:59 EDT
    Trooper Figer needs some help!!
    I need a Celebration II Sucul figure and would like to be added to the list. I have a Toy Fair Vader to trade. If anyone can help, Please contact me, Thanks.


    http://www.sbstone.com">


    Posted by: vaughn | 25 April 2002 | 0:23 EDT
    a little fun
    Hey Troops,

    In the midst of everything going on, I had a little fun with the digital camera... check it out. I will be updating my section of the gallery (sith channel 6). If you have any pictures of your collection that you would like to be posted, send them to me.




    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 23:34 EDT
    Fill in the gaps or get all you can at:

    Here is a quick update from BigBadToyStore.com - Our Episode 2 figures are 'live' on the website! We have 16 basic figures in stock from collection 1 and collection 2 - all for $7.99 Each. Some figures will sell out quickly, but we will do our best to quickly restock all of them and more.

    All 4 Deluxe Figures are in stock for $11.99 each.
    We also have the 2 Speeders (Zam's & Anakin's) in stock for $13.99 each.
    The Playskool sets: X-Wing Adventure and Duel with Darth Maul are both in stock for $15.99.
    We have a fairly large shipment of more Episode 2 figures on the way - the shipment should arrive late in the week or possibly on the weekend.
    A few older Star Wars figures also are in stock: Coruscant Guard, Gungan Warrior, Battle Droid, and Y-Wing Fighter!

    We will be working late for the next few nights to ensure all the Episode 2 orders and other orders go out in a timely manner, but we may be a day behind in shipping due to the huge order quantities.
    Thanks for your interest and check out all the great figures on
    www.bigbadtoystore.com - we'll carry all the upcoming Ep 2 items as well, with flat-rate $4.99 shipping for all orders!

    Thanks! - Joel Boblit BigBadToyStore.com


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 23:04 EDT
    Trooper brn603 with a Luminara Unduli question... answered!:
    I don't know if anyone has noticed this yet, but on the right hand side of the Luminara Undali figure where it mentions what the figure includes, there is a sticker over a third accessory?! Since I don't open I was wondering if anyone else noticed this and what is said underneath? brn603@fidnet.com

    The third accessory is listed as "Cloak," but has a sticker covering a preceeding word. I just peeled it away and that word is "Removable." Looks like the cloak was meant to be removable so they had to cover that description up since it is not removable! Thanks for the keen observation and the question! - J.


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 23:00 EDT
    There is help!
    Trooper Monkey Ambassador may be able to get up to four C2 figures for the troops. If you need one let him know..
    monkeyambassador@yahoo.com

    Thanks for the help M.A.!


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 22:53 EDT
    Trooper
    I have a few Count Dooku's , i dont mind trading them ..
    im in need of the Jango Fett Final Battle wave .. email me if u want to trade.
    kmoirkne@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 22:51 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    Hello fellow troops. I have an extra Tie Bomber / Snow Speeder to sell or trade. I am in desperate need for 2 of the C2 figures. HELP!!!
    resistance001@mail.com


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 22:50 EDT
    Win an AOTC Yoda at The JundlandWastes.com:
    Chris at The Jundland Wastes is currently giving away an AOTC Yoda to someone that posts in their forums from now until midnight Saturday (4/28). Head on over and do some posting and maybe even win! Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 22:12 EDT
    Trooper Eric B. from WNY reports in:
    Just reporting in, found all the fig. except Mace Windu,Palpatine, Qui-Gon,Jango(final battle), Darth and Luke, Target in Amherst had a ton of the Royal Trooper,Taun We and Luminara. TRU had 1 isle full of figs. and 4 flat carts full of unopened cases. Wal-Mart in Amherst had the basic figs, but the one on walden had totally different figs. they had Yoda,Dooku,Wesell and more, an employee told my mother that different stores got different figs. They also had 3 snowspeeders and tie bombers but the boxes were damaged. Also does anyone know what this ultimate Yoda is that Wal-Mart had I didn't see any but I saw the price 99 dollars? I'll report more later, hope everyone found what they were looking for, Eric eric_bar@msn.com
    Thanks for the updates Eric, I do believe that "Ultimate Yoda" is the LEGO large scale Yoda! (Thanks to Trooper Mike Harris for the answer to this!!) - J.


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 21:46 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan (Allentown Chase) with a 4/23 summation:
    Wal-mart definitely took the taco today with all 4 stores in a 35 min radius (3 open 24hrs) stocked to the brim with EP2 merchandise. I got all 27 figs at my first Wal-mart and for $5.88 per fig. All these figs are great in their own way and all extra merch was out and properly labeled. Once I got all my figs home I started to take a closer look at what I bought, since I didn't have too much time to look at them in the store. All at once 35 people rushed a 20ft section! Needless to say all figs were wiped of the shelf in 60 seconds and the Wal-mart people were soooo nice! They filled it right back up again with different figs. Anyway looking at these figs I noticed right off the bat the R2-D2 shoulder peg variation, also the sticker on the back of the super battle droid, missing paint from C-3PO's left arm, the blonde hair - brown hair Obi-wan, and the most intriguing one is the cinema scene card in the bubble behind the figure depicting a scene from the AOTC movie. Well, I thought at first this was just going to be on a couple figs like boba, shaak, tusken, and Typho so I decided to make the rounds in the morning. And it seems these cards are only with the 1st 16 figs and then I believe Hasbro stopped putting them in. I went to 2 KB's, 1 TRU, 4 Wal-marts, and 3 Kmarts; between them all I found this cinema scene insert variation. They all seemed to be on early cards and the stuff made later (Unduli, Count Dooku, royal guard ), everything from #17 (clone trooper) to #27 ( Count Dooku) did not. So if anyone has run into the same thing I'd appreciate any feedback. These figs with inserts seem to be the EXACT same figs people were shelling out big bucks for on ebay A while back. So that's it I think. I just hope a lot of
    the troopers out there had as good a time I did with all these fantabulous toys. Also I'd like to say ahoy ahoy to a righteous trooper, Jason D. Meyers, hey doood. Till next time - smell ya later
    Lex-wan Kenobi debalus@worldnet.att.net
    Ahoy there back at ya Lex! Keep the lively reports coming!


    Posted by: George | 24 April 2002 | 21:40 EDT
    Sandtrooper BOBB has a Tie-Bomber for trade:
    I have an extra one and am looking to trade it for a Target Y-Wing or Skiff. LMK if interested @ froelich@y-city.net




    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 21:15 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan (Allentown Chase) reports:
    man am I tired but it was well worth picking up all 27 AOTC figs in one shot. My Wal-mart had 1 and a half billion figures there there was about 35 people there at midnight I new about 5 from seeing them around town some good guys too the first lot of about 400 figs went in about 60 seconds, poor Wally world associates all that work for nothing. I even found some cards that have the cinema scene insert behind the fig in the bubble here's the list of those with inserts C-3PO, Boba fett, tusken raider, shaak ti, and captain Typho. All of these figs that had inserts were also there with out them to the date stamp on all the ones with inserts are earlier than the ones without. As soon as everyone was done the associates got 2 more pallets of figures and filled it up again and they still had 11 cases of figs on thefloor they also had 12" figs Anakin, clone trooper black, and Obi-wan, both speeders , starfighter, slave 1, all legos obi-wan dressup and Jango fetts nerf guns adult size all in all it was a great night good job to Hasbro on all the sculpts and there accessories and may the forks be with you. Lex-wan debalus@worldnet.att.net
    See Lex-Wan's post regarding Cinema Scene Inserts below!


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 21:02 EDT
    Trooper Nick from California reports:
    Here's a tip for those still searching - check the clearance aisles! My wife was told (in the Antioch CA Walmart I believe) that because of the green boxes it was assumed to be 'old' stuff and separated from the other SW items. She finally found them in a brand new Walmart (Martinez, CA) and they were on display at the FRONT of the store. Also, try to talk to the store manager. Seems these are sometimes the only ones to know whether or not the store has them or had them. Good luck! - Nick Turner Nick.Turner@jud.ca.gov


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 20:55 EDT
    Trooper Jeff in Wyoming reports with a trade idea:
    Hi troops, This is probably a shot in the dark, but does anyone have an extra mint unopened skiff or Y wing they would be willing to trade for a mint unopened POTJ Tie Bomber or Snowspeeder? Please let me know and thanks - Jeff Butikofer butikoferj@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 20:52 EDT
    Words from the Master - Trooper Jedi Master Harry Perez reports:
    Toms River NJ. Greetings Fellow Sandtroopers. I will get right to the point! Are you interested in any of the MASTER REPLICAS items? (IE. Luke's Lightsaber, Han Solo's Blaster & future items) Well, have I found a deal for you! How would you like any of their items for the regular price plus get the CASE (Priced at $50) for FREE. That's right FREE! For the past 12 years I have purchased my Star Wars comics from COMICS PLUS, which is located in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Ron & Chris are the men in charge at COMICS PLUS and they have made this offer to me and anyone else that I can steer their way. These guys are awesome and have taken good care of me & my Star Wars needs. My collection consists mainly of 3 ¾ inch figures and for the first time ever I am going to make a big $$$ purchase (Luke's Lightsaber). But I need the help of at least 5 other Sandtroopers in order to make my dream come true. They need to order at least 6 items in order to make this offer to me and anyone else that is interested. I am the first to order so they only need five more. If interested please contact me or better yet contact the guys at COMICS PLUS . Remember to mention that Jedi Master Harry Perez sent you in order to get the FREE case with your MASTER REPLICAS order. I issue a call to arms to all my fellow Jedi!!! We must be armed with our Lightsabers and Blasters in order to properly defend The Republic! Enjoy the hunt on 4/23! Feel The Force!
    jedi05@aol.com
    Master Perez is one of sandtroopers.com's finest and valuable allies, I encourage anybody looking to get these great pieces give Harry a holler! Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 24 April 2002 | 20:47 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan (Allentown Chase) reports:
    I have found all the below mentioned figs with the cinema scene insert
    that is behind the fig in the bubble I come to a total of 16 the first 16 to be exact.
    #1 Anakin OPD - walmart; #2 Padme - walmart; #3 Obi-wan chase - walmart; #4 C-3po - walmart; #5 Kit Fisto - walmart; #6 Super Battle droid - walmart; #7 Boba Fett - walmart; #8 Tuskin female w/ child - walmart; #9 Captain Typho - walmart; #10 Shaak Ti - walmart; #11 Battle droid arena - only TRU; #12 Plo Koon - TRU & KB's; #13 Jango Fett - walmart; #14 R2-D2 - only at TRU; #15 Geonesian warrior - only at KB's; #16 Dexter Jetster - only at KB's;
    All of the above mentioned figs all have the cinema scene insert. I've been to 40 stores since 12:00 midnight the 23rd , many repeats but a total of about 22 different stores. boscov's has very little but the price is now $6.99, Ames kinda sucks because I went to an Ames at 2:00 pm on the 23rd and they never put anything out; I asked where the Star Wars stuff was and she said "Was that for today? I'm sorry I'll go in the back & bring u out a case." I just left since I had gotten all 27 figs from Wal-Mart 14 hrs previous and paid a $1.11 less PER FIG of course at that time I didn't have all the CSI figs ( cinema scene inserts) he he he he he I just love saying that any hoodly doodly my 24hr Wal-Mart had about 30 to 40 people there (I didn't get an accurate count) to busy drooling over the 2 count Dooku's (the only ones on the shelf) with the rest of the 500 figs that disappeared in 60 secs needless to say I scored 1 to make my coll complete with all 27 figs and besides the cards there seem to be many true variations, R2-D2, different shoulder, Anakin OPD with indented puddle at end of gun tray, I have a blonde haired Obi-wan chase and a brown hared Obi-wan chase, Padme has a different gun handle - the first was small and Hasbro rubber banded it to her hand then they made a larger handle for the tiny hand. I'll tell you one thing the cards with the CSI's have so much more character than without. Smell ya later. debalus@worldnet.att.net

    Lex-Wan is a good friend and he really has an eye for the variations! Thanks Lex for all the hard leg-work running around all day and the nice narrative. I agree with you - I like the acronym that you've constructed "CSI," and I've found 8 of them and have 7; I think they do add to the value of the products. This would be a good topic for the Forums, I think I'll head over now! - J.


    Posted by: George | 24 April 2002 | 18:13 EDT
    The ? still remains:
    Why these backgrounds in some figures and not in others? IF YOU have a concrete answer for this, shed your light and let us know.


    Padme/Amidala ''Battle Arena''

    Boba Fett '' Kamino Escape'' backgrounds.


    Posted by: Bill | 24 April 2002 | 17:11 EDT
    4/23/02
    Hey Troops. Looks like everyone had some fun on the 23rd. Cheryl and I ended up driving from Cleveland up to Erie PA with ObiwanJay and his his better half. We met up with Dark Steve in Ashtabulla Ohio and went to Erie from there. We hit the 24hr Wal-Mart off of Peech rd. They were setting up the AOTC Isle when we got there at 10:30 with Rubbermaid storage totes surrounding the Isle. I was really surprised that when we got there we were the first in line. As 12:00am got closer people started showing up more and more there was an average of about 40 people when they let us in. After all the chaos and the mad rush alot of us where pulling everything out of our carts and going through it setting all the figs out on the big umbrella tables by Home and Garden as people started noticing who they were missing the trading began which was the best part of the whole thing as far as i could see there were only 6 Count Dooku's out of all the figs they put out and not to many Royal Guards,Dexter's,Luminara's and Geonosian warrior's. I had heard about some of the Varients like the Backdrops on the first 16 and the 2 different leg sculps on R2-D2 but Jay noticed 2 different stickers on Kit Fisto's bubble one says "with force action!" and the other says "with slashing lightsaber attack!" I did manage to find both without backdrop but only found "with force attack!" sticker on the backdrop card.I ended up finding the Geonosian Warrior w/backdrop at K-Mart along with Dexter w/backdrop. I must have hit 2 other K-Marts, TRU, 2 more Wal-Marts and a Kay Bee before I found the Battle Droid with Backdrop and when I did find him there was only one.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 24 April 2002 | 17:08 EDT
    Awesome Tie Fighter model kit!
    Hobby Link Japan Has this awesome model for preorder. If you are a Tiefighter fan, this is a must have!



    Posted by: Tyler | 24 April 2002 | 15:17 EDT
    R2Dtoys Tie Interceptor Winner!
    I think this post kind of got lost yesterday with all the AOTC reports :) So here it is again.

    And the winner is.....

    BRETT MILKS

    Please contact me within 7 days to claim your prize. here it is again.


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 13:49 EDT
    Trooper Larry Reports:
    Did I misunderstand what was happening with the 12" TRU exclusive Mace Windu? I thought it would be at the stores April 23rd, but none of them had it, and none even knew about it. is it only available at Amazon.com?

    Also, does anyone know when the KB Clone Trooper 12" will be out?

    I'm having alot of trouble with the Walmart Tie Bomber & Snowspeeder too. Still haven't found them in the Chicago area, but did just miss the last ones at one store by minutes!
    larry.wauchop@harrisbank.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 13:46 EDT
    Trooper Andrew Reports:
    I've seen the smaller Playskool Sets, Stompin' Wampa and Fast through the Forest, in only one place here in Portland, Maine. Newbury Comics had them Monday but they are asking $11.99, which is several dollars more than what the big stores will carry them for. Newbury also had the two larger sets for $19.99. I found those at MM at Wal-mart, happily.
    apruette@maine.rr.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 13:45 EDT
    Trooper Brian Reports:
    More good news from the Southwest! As stated the last time I reported in, I wasn't able to find any of the Coll. 2 Wave 1 assortment here in the Tucson WalMart I went to, so I called my mom up back home (Abq, NM) and asked if she wouldn't mind having a look around the WalMart there. Well, not only did she go to WalMart, she looked in Target too, and was able to get me Boba Fett, Female Tusken Raider, Plo Koon, Shaak Ti, Captain Typho and the Battle Droid! Thanks Mom!!!!
    bgmunkel@email.arizona.edu



    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 13:44 EDT
    Trooper SithJohn Reports:
    Hey all, Kebco Toys is offering sealed, but damaged figures, for $3.50 a pop. After all our pocketbooks took a hit today, I think that is a pretty good deal especially for all of us who open the figures. Check the website and drop Scott a line, he's a great salesman and will be happy to assist you. I've been using Kebco for almost a year now and it's awesome. Just thought some of you might like to know.

    I picked up 14 figures from him with that deal earlier this week. They even had the Boshek wave!


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 10:32 EDT
    More Troops need your help...
    A couple of troopers have written in with a need for the C2 figure.

    Trooper Eric
    e9olson@wmich.edu

    Trooper Rod
    Rodapel@aol.com

    Several Troopers have been hooked up through Ultimate Networking, so you still have a chance!


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 10:27 EDT
    Trooper Cailfornia Tim Reports:
    What a NIGHT! What a day! I show up at TRU Geary St., San Francisco and there's about a half a dozen people in line. Everyone one was chatting each other up about something to do with Star Wars. Then the media showed up and there was a collective "Oh no, the media.." The overbearing reporter wanted to do a live newscast about the release of the toys. I happened to have two bags full of figures from shopping earlier and became the focal point of the broadcast. I was going to attempt to shamelessly plug this website, however the reporter changed the questions on me which didn't allow me do it. Anyway, we finally got in at midnight and I have to say I was a little disappointed. They only had a few more of the figures I needed, the twelve inch figures and that was about it. Don't get me wrong, they had the starships, Reek, lightsabers, trading cards, etc. but I was out of there fairly quickly. And to those who I met in line, thanks for the good conversation and making it fun, even though it was cold. Today is another story. Again, to those of you who were in line last night, we were duped! I went to the San Mateo TRU and they had a bunch of the figures they did not have at Geary St. Nikto Jedi, Saesse Tiin, Geonosis Warrior, Dexter Jettster, and others. It was 12 AM all over again! I then went to KB-Toys in Tanforan Mall and found the Clonetrooper, Taun We (cool!), and the Royal Guard. Still missing Yoda, Mace Windu (Geonosis Rescue), Zam Wesell, Luminara, Count Dooku, did anyone else experience this?

    Books and Music - Managed to get all four sound track albums - great pictures in the sleeve but don't look if you don't want to know. Picked up the scrapbook and moviebook, Time Zine with Yoda, and received my on line orders from WallyWart. What a great Stars Wars day. Keep unified! MTFBWY.
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 24 April 2002 | 10:27 EDT
    Available now at Brian's Toys.com


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    Brian's Toys


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 9:17 EDT
    Troopette Donna Reports:
    Donna from So. Cal. reporting in. Between Midnight Madness at TRU and Wal-mart that morning, I was able to find 26 of the 27 reported figures. The only one I could not get my hands on was Luminara. Hopefully, I will find her within the next two weeks. Arrived at TRU about 11:30 p.m. and there was about 75 people lined up but everybody was pretty courteous once the store opened. When I went to Wal-mart at 8:00 a.m., there was about 8 other collectors there. Again no fist fights. Has anyone found the Playschool toys yet? Haven't seen any reports on these. Hope everyone finds what they are looking for. Happy Hunting!
    Theloneswlady@aol.com

    I picked up both the x-wing and naboo fighter playschool sets. I dont believe the smaller sets are out yet. If anybody has scored the smaller sets (the stompin' wampa etc..) let us know!
    Now I just need to have some kids.........



    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 9:06 EDT
    Trooper Raja Reports:
    Troops on the Jango Fett Kamino Escape there are three variations with his beard that I have seen. There is the full beard, A not so full beard with a patch of hair missing on the right hand side of the face and finally the mustache is not so full on some of them. Now this is the thing as I was at TRU Today I examined this and noticed that on some of the figures the mustache varied. Some times the mustache would not have hair on the right side of the lip or it would be a light mustache. Please tell me some one else notice this also I not going crazy.
    rajabakshi@attbi.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 9:03 EDT
    Trooper Kevin Reports:
    found a few extra figures with the back ground cards today

    have
    #7 boba fett
    #8 tuskan raider with child
    #9 captain typho
    #10 shakki ti
    #11 battle droid
    #12 plo koon
    #13 jango fett

    looking for trade or will sell

    anyone going to c2 - i need the exclusive figure
    onebigk@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 9:02 EDT
    Trooper Keith Reports:
    I was at my local Wal-Mart in Gastonia, NC Monday night and witnessed
    the pushiest and greediest display of frenzy in history. Well maybe not of all time, but this one rather large woman was determined to get each and every figure and you'd think she was missing a meal or something. She and the other local "collectors" scoffed at the Wal-Mart associate saying, "you're not allowed to cut open those boxes" and proceeded to attack a whole pallet of Collection 1, 2, and the ratio case. It was like a feeding frenzy and this was only about 10 people with me watching things.

    I learned the meaning of torture as I held in my hands the new Yoda, Royal Guard, Jango Fett, and others with only $18.00 to my name. I ended up buying the Yoda and Jango and leaving the others behind. I got home at around 1:00 am and I'm still exhausted even now (Tues at 11:40 pm). I went to work this morning and was haunted all day with the images of the figures I put back and decided to do something! I got off work and went home and got the wife's checkbook and did some begging. I explained the idea of layaway and within minutes was heading back to the scene of my despair...Wally World. I proceeded to see what was left after the scalper/collector barage and actually got almost all the figures. Troops, if you don't have the money for the new figures I HIGHLY suggest laying them away! Wal-Mart gives you 60 days to pay your balance off and you only have to pay 10% of your total. Having scored I'd say about 20 or so figures I layed them all away and went home. I then got greedy and went to the Gaffney, SC Wal-Mart where I had made some killer finds before. I drove the 30 miles and man was it worth it! I found all the 12" figures (Obi, Ani, and CloneTrooper) and also found tons of Royal Guard, Luminara, Taun We, and Yoda! That's not all though...I got to go through an entire 6 foot tall pallet and pull out sealed cases and not a soul said anything to me. I had about 6 sealed cases on the floor and the only thing a stocker said to me was, "you want a buggy?" How cool is that! The only bad thing was the layaway dept. closed at 9:00 pm on minutes after I got there. I wasn't gonna let that defeat me though so I took my buggy full of cases, 12", and figures to the service desk. I begged them to let me put them on layaway but they said that the registers in that dept. were closed for the night. I then asked them to hold my entire cart in the back and she said she would and put it back there for me tomorrow. She and I had a little chat about keeping the cases sealed when I get them layed away and I told her that I did not want them opened period. We'll see how big a fuss I have to make tomorrow to keep them sealed. If they tick me off I'll ask for the District Mgrs number to complain. All they have to do is ring up $5.88 x however many figure per case. Well troops it's back to that store tomorrow after work...we'll see what happens!
    masterjedi@carolina.rr.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 8:59 EDT
    Trooper Sean Reports:
    Went to my local Wal-Mart at midnight last night and searched all over today...no Dooku! Also couldn't find any Anakin (Hangar Duel) or Geonosian Warrior in C9 condition. Even got to open a couple cases at K-Mart myself and figures straight from the case were completely bent up. If anyone can get me C9 condition of those three (Dooku, Hangar Anakin, Geonosian) I have a C9 TRU AT-ST w/Paploo for trade. If this doesn't interest you, e-mail me and we'll see if we can work something out.
    freakynutty@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 8:56 EDT
    Trooper M Reports:
    Well it looks like we are running in to the same thing as everyone else. Just too let people know KB in Ann Arbor is getting a large shippment Wed to be put out at opening. Its been said that, the store has gotten the most stuff in MI as far as KB's go.


    Posted by: Zack | 24 April 2002 | 8:53 EDT
    Trooper Spaceboy69 Reports:
    I have not posted in a long, long time, but I I got caught up in up in the "madness" last night, well locally, anyway. It started at 9p.m. pst, on the "Official Star Wars Fan Club" store, where I happily walked away with purchase order for three figures that I want. :o) And when I was browsing through the web pages, as they were adding figures, along comes the ever elusive Toy Fair Darth Vader. My blood pressure went through the roof. Only to get to the checkout to be told this product was no longer in stock. There I sat in front of my computer feeling like a kid who just got his candy stolen from a big bad man. So went the walmart "madness" at midnight. They drew about 20 or 30 people, 3 screaming girls(the cheerleader squad) and 2 cops(whre are your crowd control shields?), just to keep "argumentitive" people at bay. So groups of 4 went into the aisle for 5 minutes and grabbed all they could in the time alloted. I went through the line twice. It was a really a fun night. And the hunt continues.
    Rob@redeyemail.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 24 April 2002 | 8:47 EDT
    AOTC in Maryland???? SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!
    Boy is this news!
    Well MD troopers, AOTC figures have come to the Bowie MD. Target! Don't tell me, you guys knew this the whole time and didn't tell the Ole' Cryptster! Considering how "picked through" the figs were...looks like the jokes on me! I get jokes!
    Here is the basics of what was left as of last night:
    Super Battle droids
    Anakin
    OB1
    Dexter Jettsetter
    Padme' (Arena escape)
    C-3PO
    R2D2
    Pretty much all the "common" figures (more than I am listing here).
    Reek - Arena Battle Beast
    Slave 1
    Jedi Starfighter
    Anakins speeder
    Zam Wessel speeder
    All the deluxe figures.
    AOTC card game
    AOTC Blasters
    AOTC Lightsabers



    Posted by: Tracy | 24 April 2002 | 8:47 EDT
    SWAMPTROOPER REPORT
    What a great time to be a collector!!!
    As I read all the posts from my brothers and sisters, I can't help but get excited. It appears everyone is finding what they need and want, when was the last time that happened? I tell you guys, to be able to walk in Wal-Mart, K-Mart, TRU and KB Toys and see these HUGE Star Wars displays with countless toy variations from action figures to puzzles to cards, you cant help but smile like a child on Christmas morning. Well, here is my story....I went to TRU on Monday night with two fellow collectors because we were told the ATOC figs would be put out before the store closed at 2130 hrs. That did not happen. So, we went to Wal-Mart closest to TRU at Cortana Mall and we were fortuneate enough to run into a very, very, nice lady (I will keep her name annonymous) who was in the process of bringing out the pallets of ATOC toys. She allowed us to "assist her" in opening the boxs and picking out the toys we wanted. I was able to get all of the 3 3/4 inch figs released. I chose not to get the deluxe figs and vehicles for lack of funds...heck, I spent $180.00 as it was. I still need to pick up the 12" though. Anyway, the "Star Wars" display that was to be put on top of the Isle where the Star Wars ATOC figs were hanging was still in the box it was shipped to Wal-Mart in. In a joking tone, I told this nice lady she really didn't need the display and I would take it off her hands...she said "OK, I really did not want to put that up and I dont have room anyway"...so she GAVE it to me!! I told her I was only joking but she insisted I would be helping her if I took it, less work for her!! How cool is that? Well, for those Swamptroopers still looking for ATOC stuff, you shouldn't have any probs at any of the local Wal-Marts or K-Mart finding most of the stuff. Wal-Mart is about $1.11 a fig cheaper and when you add that up with all the figs released, thats a bunch of savings. Remeber, Wal-Mart offers Layaway for 10% down and two months to pay, it sure helps to get everything if your short on money right now. Thats It!! Good times troops, good times. Oh yeah, I am not going to Celebration 2 so if anyone could pick up the exclusive Sacul fig, I would be happy to trade or buy it from you.
    Thanks


    Posted by: vaughn | 24 April 2002 | 8:40 EDT
    Kevin from K&C Collectibles writes:
    Dear Star Wars Collector,

    The newest Episode 2 Attack of the Clones product has arrived. We also have the RARE versions of the Collection 1 and Collection 2 figures with the Insert back drops in-stock.

    Now In-Stock:
    BEAST:
    Reek - Arena Battle Beast
    Deluxe Figures:
    Obi-Wan Kenobi w/Force-Flipping
    Mace Windu w/Blast-Apart Droid
    Jango Fett w/Electronic Jetpack
    Darth Tyranus w/ Force-Flipping
    Figures:
    Yoda - Jedi Master
    Anakin Skywalker Hanger Duel
    Zam Wesell Bounty Hunter
    Clone Trooper
    Geonosian Warrior
    Dexter Jettster - Coruscant Informant
    Saesee Tiin - Jedi Master
    Nikto - Jedi Knight
    Jar Jar Binks Gungan Senator
    R2-D2 Coruscant Sentry
    Super Battle Droid
    Jango Fett Kamino Escape
    Kit Fisto - Jedi Master
    C-3PO Protocol Droid
    Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase
    Padme Amidala Arena Escape
    Anakin Skywalker Outland Peasant
    Shaak Ti - Jedi Master
    Captain Typho Head of Security
    Tusken Raider Female with Child
    Boba Fett - Kamino Escape
    Plo Koon - Arena Battle
    Battle Droid - Arena Battle
    Obi-Wan Kenobi w/Force-Flipping
    Mace Windu w/Blast-Apart Droid
    Jango Fett w/Electronic Jetpack
    Darth Tyranus w/ Force-Flipping

    Back In-Stock:
    Tie Bomber - with imperial pilot figure
    Snowspeeder - with Luke & Dack figures

    Come visit our site at http://www.kandccollectibles.com and get the latest Star Wars collectibles


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 24 April 2002 | 8:28 EDT
    Trooper Adam need a little help:
    "I found only 14 backdrop figures last night. I am missing the G Warrior and the Dexter. Please let me know if any of you troopers come across any extras. I have tons of stuff to trade. I trade alot overseas as well and have lots of overseas stuff. Thanks,..."
    Adam


    Posted by: Steve | 23 April 2002 | 23:37 EDT
    Yestertoys has Episode II
    Hey Troops, if you are having trouble finding any figures, or are like me and don't like to go to evey store to look for that 'hard to find' figure, head over to Yestertoys. They have plenty of Episode II figures in stock.


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 21:09 EDT
    Trooper Donna Reports:
    Hello...we were wondering if others have found any of these variations .#1 Jango Fett- on the figure with the background card on the piece attached to the top of the antenna on his helmet it is blue in color. On the Jango Fett with no background card the same piece is silver. #2Padme-on the figure with background card she has a band holding the gun to her hand and what appears to be a mole on her right cheek. On the Padme with no background card there is no band holding gun to her hand..it's simply placed inside her hand..also no mole appears. #3 Anakin (outland peasant) on the interior packaging where the gun is placed the indention in the tray is straight on the background card package. On the Anakin with no card the interior gun tray is straight then turns into a circular (ball type) shape at the end. Also I noticed several variations in the coverings of the Cpo.....If you can varify any of these please let me know!

    Have you all noticed the 3 3/4 " super battle droid variations??? Some have a sticker replacing the entire top portion of the figure action disciption on the back....some have this sticker with the background card...some without the card. Some have no sticker and no background card. ALSO!!!!! Whats up with background cards??? Are the figures with the background cards more rare?? Whats the print run? I only found a dozen give or take a few with the background cards...can you PLEASE give me some info? THANKS!!!
    Donna


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 21:07 EDT
    Trooper Jawajo Reports:
    I just got back from Wal-Mart and was able to get the Tie Bomber and Snow Speeder. I stopped at this same Wal-Mart on my way to work about 5:30 this morning (skipped the madness in lew of sleep) they had tons of E2 stuff but no Bomber or Speeder. They must have restocked this afternoon because they had 3 sets when I returned at 4 p.m. So don't give up if you missed them earlier. Also noticed that almost all the figures were collection 1 without the background card. However, on my way out a happened to notice a cart of returns in the garden center and found a Dexter with the background card so they must have been there. Good luck everyone.
    Jawajo@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 21:06 EDT
    Trooper Brian Reports:
    Went to Wal Mart in Tucson this morning, right when they opened at 6:30. 95% of the 3 3/4" Figures were the Coll. 1 Wave 1 assortment. More Anakin OPD, Obi-Wan, and Jango Fett than you can possibly imagine. I managed to walk away with: Padm? Amidala, R2-D2, Super Battle Droid, Kit Fisto, Jango Fett, Saesee Tiin, Royal Guard, Luminara Unduli, Taun We, Jar Jar Binks, Nikto Jedi, Zam Wesell, Red Clonetrooper, & Anakin Hanger Duel. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to grab a Yoda, which was the only figure present that I didn't get. They had only 2 of them. No sign of the Coll. 2 Wave 1 that Hasbro pushed back a couple of months. While there were two Hanger Anakins and two Yodas on the racks, I didn't see Count Dooku anywhere. Also no sign of Dexter or the Geonosian Warrior. I'm sure I'll find everything else I need in a couple of weeks. All in all, a lot of fun!
    bgmunkel@email.arizona.edu


    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 20:24 EDT
    Trooper Giancarlo reports:
    Hello again troopers,
    Well I made it to work on time yet decided to do a 10:30 break/Target run across the street. They only had 12 figures there (did have Dexter and Geonosian) and not too many of them. Still no Taun, Royal Guard or Luminara. I did see puzzles (like 8 different, some in metal tins), role playing things and electronic vehicles/guns/lightsaber keychains. But the best part was the 12" Bounty Hunters (IG88, Bossk and 4-Lom) for only $3.74 each. Talk about a nice day, good luck troops. If anyone needs helps getting certain figures (except the 3 I'm missing), email me.
    gatillo9mm@yahoo.com


    Posted by: George | 23 April 2002 | 19:56 EDT
    In stands now!!!!!
    This is a TIME issue that our troopers will not want to miss. Check it out troops for an inside on AOTC, That Twi'lek Jedi is really awesome ENJOY!!!!!





    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:51 EDT
    Trooper David Reports:
    I really don't have any thing to post like "what I found" and "what a deal I got" and all that put I just wanted to say this is what it's all about! I haven't felt this excited sence OUR last great toy hunt of "99". This is it, until that GREAT day in MAY. It's just so wonderfull to go to a store and see us helping each other. Like I said this is what it's all about!
    darthdave@attbi.com


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:48 EDT
    Trooper Jedichirp Reports:
    I will be purchasing as many of the C2 figure as I can afford and am allowed to buy. 2 per day for 3 days plus my daughter and my girlfriend. I should have a good amount. I had posted about this issue a few weeks ago and had quite a few responses. The troopers that I have already contacted need not worry. They have first dibs. Everyone else(Trooper Lee), keep watching this site. I will let you guys know after the C2 what I have to sell/trade.
    chad.mcdonald@IWCR.com

    Do you smell Ultimate Networking?


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:46 EDT
    Trooper Jeditree needs your help...
    My homie Jeditree needs help getting the C2 figure. Could somebody help him out?
    jeditree@hotmail.com



    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:41 EDT
    Trooper Ross Reports:
    I always thought the name of this character was Plo Kloon, and it seems that everything I read from USA sources shows it this way, but I notice today on the new Tri-logo packages released in Canada his name is now Plo Koon...both on the front of packages and on the backs and printed inserts as well. Any idea why the difference?
    ross0058@rogers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:40 EDT
    Trooper Danny Reports:
    This is Danny B from So. Cal reporting on 8:00 a.m. calmness. I actually work for a retailer and got to go in and set up the Star Wars merchandise at 4 a.m. which was quite exciting. My Target here got in the wave everybody else got but no Dooku,Yoda,etc. When we opened the doors at 8:00 a.m I have to admit I was disappointed with the turn out because there was no more than 3 people. A few people trickled in as the day went on but atleast everybody got what they needed, that is what really counts. Ofcourse a few scalpers were there but they will have a hard time selling the figures they bought if everybody has them. Good to hear more reports from the troopers here in So. Cal.
    BIG-LITTLES@webtv.net


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:31 EDT
    New giveaway at Pegwarmers
    Pegwarmer.com is currently giving away a Kit Fisto and Jango Fett (Kamino Escape). Both are ready to ship! Head over there and enter!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 17:17 EDT
    Sandtrooper Arnold reporting on the AOTC video:
    "Well the Video for "Across the stars" was much like the one for "Duel of the Fates"

    It showed scenes of John Williams and Geroge Lucas laying down the soundtrack intertwined with scenes (Many of them New) from Episode 2. John Williams music is brilliant as usual. Seeing tantalizing Jedi fight scenes accompanied by brand new Star Wars music is enough to make me want to Super fast forward straight to May 19th.

    You can see it online at the Official Website Star Wars: Episode II | Episode II Music Video: Across the Stars Music Video

    Last but certainly not least, Master Replicas just sent me an Email announcing thier unveiling of new Episode 2 props. I've taken a big chunk of my Star Wars budjet and invested in a Han Solo Balster (Can't wait!) But yodas saber may prove too cute to resist!!!!!!!!! They also have Anakins, (Lukes Future) Lightsaber, with sound effects and a glowing blade Master Replicas..."

    Arnold



    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:07 EDT
    Trooper John Reports:
    Sandtrooper John from Riverside, Ca. here and I was wondering if a fellow trooper can help me out. TRU out here only got 15 of the 27 that came out. I was able to find some more, like Jango Fett at Wal Mart. I am in need of a Count Dooku, Royal Guard, Taun We, and Luminara Unduli. Not sure if Vader and Luke are out, But I need them as well. I have a extra Jango Fett and C-3P0 that I will trade, or I will pay cost plus shipping. Thanks for the help.
    L0rd0fthunder72@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 17:01 EDT
    Trooper Cplhritz Reports:
    HEY TROOPS!
    Went to make my rounds this morning here in NW Indiana, and there's plenty of AOTC stuff to go around,I went to 4 walmarts,the one in Porter IN had lots of figs, yoda,dexter jettster,luminara,and everything in between,only three other guys were there,helping each other out(really cool) none heard of sandtroopers so I locked them on, Anyway I really was on the lookout for the Tie Bomber or Snow Speeder, the Wal-Mart in valpo was sold out of the speeder(there was a price for it on the shelf none in the back) and the Hammond Wal-Mart sold out of bombers and I did score the last speeder.I only bought 8 of the new figs.and they are pretty cool, The Zam Wessel and Anakin hangar duel have really cool scene re-enactments(spoiler if you buy the figs). Be sure to check out MTV's TRL today,the AOTC video is supposed to air. Sorry to have made this so long, but I'm really excited. MTFBWY.
    cplhritz@netzero.net

    Caught the video on TRL. It's much like the Duel of the Fates one. If you missed it you can catch the rerun!


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 16:57 EDT
    Trooper Young George Lucas Reports:
    What is the deal with TR'U? Even K-Mart and Kay-Bee had a better selection of figures. If you're in the Kansas City area and are looking for Dooku, Taun We, Luminara, Royal Guard, Geonosian, Dexter, Yoda, yadda, yadda, yadda- check K-Mart or better yet, Kay-Bee. Except for their exclusives, I'm done with TR'U. Other than wasting an hour at Toys R' Us, Midnight Madness II was pretty fun- there were many nice people and it was much less chaotic than it was in '99. These new toys rock, and that upcoming Ultimate 12" Jango looks awesome! Also, be sure to pick-up the "AOTC Visual Dictionary"- it's awesome! Mighty blasters! This movie will rule!
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 23 April 2002 | 16:51 EDT
    Trooper Shawn Reports:
    Hi folks, went to two different Wal-Marts today. One in Lakewood and the other in Fredonia NY. They had tons of figures it looked like nobody had even looked at them yet. I was the only one there. Found almost all but no Royal Guard, Luminara Undull, or Qui-Gonn Jinn figures to speak of. They also had a few Tie Bombers, Snowspeeders, and 12" figures.
    shawnstriplel@webtv.net


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:44 EDT
    Sandtrooper Chad reports:
    Well,

    I got back from my toy run this morning (April 23) and found a good portion of stuff.I thought I wouldn't.I always make a rule just to buy the main players.I am trying to save my money for Celebration 2 after all.I have not seen the basic Dukoo figure yet.If he has been released,will Hasbro still produce him as will as the royal guard?Oh,At least 2 Walmarts in Huntsville AL had the TIE Bomber,both only had one left.I would suspect that they put out one of them.So,that's it.It a good time to be alive.


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:43 EDT
    Sandtrooper Spiceowan reports:
    Spiceowan here again,
    I almost forgot there were no I repeat no Snowspeeders or Bombers and the same clerk was there that I got mine from and she said there were none there and that she had recieved any since i got mine 2 weeks ago! So if you didn't get them Wow looks like these are the hard ones to me. Good Night for real this time, see ya'll tomorrow


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:42 EDT
    Sandtrooper Lee reports:
    Hey troops,

    Last night nowhere in Flint MI was open at midnight to sell episode II swag, except for Meijers. It just so happens I work there (3rd shift), and while we had nothing but legos last night, according to our ordering database, we should be getting the new figures sometime today. I had last night off, and spent it waiting for Toys r us to open at six this morning. Well turns out an entire assortment was M.I.A. no taun wee, no Luminara or anything else which may have been in this assortment. I was the first one in the door, so I know that it wasn’t a case of too little, too late. However, there were large quantities of Jango, Boba, C-3PO, R2-D2, Padme’ (arena escape), Ploo Kloon, and many others including both speeders, and all deluxe figures except C-3PO. So there you go. I hope that more fans/collectors from Flint or even surrounding areas will start sending posts.



    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:41 EDT
    Sandtrooper John reports:
    Sandtrooper John from Riverside, Ca. here, and I just got back from TRU out here and they only had 15 figures. NO JANGO FETT! they only had Anakin (outland), Padme, Obi-Wan, Super B.D., Battle droid, Kit Fisto, Shakk Ti, Boba Fett, Clone Trooper, Plo Koon, C-3P0, R2-D2, Tuskin Raider, Zam Wesell, and Captain Typho. Very small amount of 12" line. they had the Reek, all deluxe line, and the 4 vehicals. Did this happen everywhere, or were we just short changed. I was 39th in line, so I know they didnt sell out (like Jar Jar would sell out) Hopefully we will be getting the rest soon. Before I go, I wanted to thank Ozziehihorse for hooking me up with a Bo Shek, and Michael Coszalter for hooking me up with a Leia fig that I needed. Happy Hunting!


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:40 EDT
    Sandtrooper Marks reports:
    Wal-Mart in Marietta, Ga. had ALMOST everything from EP2, there were about 8 of us there waiting for the employees to finish putting the figs on the pegs, everyone there helped each other find what we needed, there were no scalpers, just collectors. The only thing they did not have was the TIE Bomber or Speeder, I also did not find the following: Yoda, Count Dooku, Uduli, Royal Guard, Taun We, and Zam Wesell, but I'm sure that I'll find them soon... I'm only $230.00 poorer... not TOO bad...-Sandtrooper Marks ( EugenFJR@aol.com )


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:39 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan reports:
    I just got back from Midnight madness. I picked up Anakin (hanger duel) , Coruscant Sentry, Yoda , Taun We, Zam Wessel, Clone Trooper, Luminara Unduli. These seem to be the hard ones! They also had Count Doukuu but that was the only one I didn't get. I already had the rest of them, thanks to Kohl's putting them out early. The 12 inch went fast and everything else was in great abundance. It's 2:05 am CST and It's time for this Troop to hit the hay . Good luck Troops I found these at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Racine Wisconsin. MTFBWY Good night and again good luck .


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:38 EDT
    Sandtrooper Daytrip reports:
    I got back from the TRU midnight madness here in Kansas City. It was rather disappointing. They had it set up where people were blocked in and others couldn't get in. C'est la vie. But I found the places to go were on-line got most of the figures there. Especially since we only saw the first waves of coll. 1 and 2. :(


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 16:36 EDT
    Sandtrooper YGL reports:
    Hey, folks. Young George Lucas reporting from the Kansas City area. I wasted a hour by going to the Overland Park TRU's Midnight Madness. They had Wave I of both collections and that's it! Peeyousa! After that I went to both area 24 hour Wal-Marts and found tons of Yoda, Dooku, Taun We, Luminara, Royal Guard, Dexter, etc. They had it all but no Vader or Luke.
    For Midnight Madness III I'm going to totally skip TRU- it's Wally World all the way from now on! TRU sucks!



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 16:27 EDT
    Sandtrooper Dennis' night of MADNESS!
    Troops, this is a long one, ENJOY!

    "I am putting this at the top of this post in case you do not want to read me rambling on about my little Toy Hunt. I apologize but I am very tired. Any way, has anyone found any other back drop variations other than the first 14 figures, the Geonosian and Dexter Jettster? If so E-mail me and let me know. Also If you have or can pick up an extra Dexter Jettster w/ back drop. That is the only one I need. Thanks. Now here is the...rest of the story.
    O.K., headed out last night at about 10:30 and picked up my friend to go down to Super Wal-Mart on Lem Turner Rd. in Jacksonville, Fl. I was very surprised that there was only us and two other collectors there at 11:30 when we got there, but that is why we picked that store, because it's north of the main Jacksonville area. Anyway, had to wait to get to the stuff until 12:01 because they had the isles blocked off by pallets. But the guy guarding the area was nice enough to give us all Star Wars pins. So at 12:01ish they moved the pallet and we were off. There were no problems. We all helped each other find what we needed. I even gave one of the guys a Royal guard since he was only getting one of each (unlike me who gets 2 or more) and that was the only on he was missing. I could have gotten all 27 figures (x2) but decided to only get 8 (2-Taun we, 2-Count Dooko, 2-Luminara Unduli, 1-Royal Guard, and 1-Anakin Hanger Duel) because I already had the first 14 (x2) and I had some Geoffrey money I wanted to spend at Toys R Us the next morning (which we'll get to later) and because of my financial situation. But there was enough for everybody except the ones I picked up.
    Next I came home, worked on my checklists and surfed the net until about 3:00 then went to bed.
    Woke up at 6:30 and got to Wal-Mart here in Fernandina Beach, Fl. At
    exactly 7:00. No one was there but me. No one even showed up in the 45
    min I spent looking thru the figures. Put one of every figure except,
    Yoda, Dooko, Royal Guard, Anakin Hanger Duel, Taun We and Luminara all
    ships, beast and 12" figures in Layaway ($300.00+). Had all the first
    waves of collection 1 and 2 with the backdrops except Plo Kloon and
    Battle Droid (and Dexter which I just found out when I got home). Left
    at about 8:00 and headed down to Toys R Us at the Avenues Mall in
    Jacksonville. They weren't opening until 10:00 but I stopped at a
    friends house, did a return at Wal-Mart and got gas and was still there
    by 9:30.
    Only 3 collectors there waiting. I guess there is not as much excitement this time around. They actually opened the doors 10 min. early. What a disappointment!!! The only figures they had were the first wave of collection 1 and 2 the first 14 figures). And they had plenty of them. Two sides full and shopping carts full. They were well organized. Each peg was front to back the same figure and the figures in each cart were all the same. But only the first 14 figures. I had those a month ago. But they did have a little stand with 4 boxes of the Topps trading cards so I bought 6 packs with some Geoffrey money.
    Next I went to the Toys R' Us at the Orange Park Mall in Jacksonville
    Fl. Not any different there except they didn't have the Trading cards
    but they did have the Plo Kloon and Battle Droid with the back drops. I had almost convinced myself they didn't exist. So I picked those up and headed for the Orange Park Wal-Mart. They were actually just finishing setting their counter when I arrived at 11:00. so Me, another collector and two notorious Scalpers were standing there watching this poor girl as she put out each case and would grab what we wanted off the peg when she was done with each case. Finally after trying to snatch up all the
    Dooku's they could the Scalpers left. And the toy dept. mgr. said,
    "thank god. There ought to be a law against that" and we all heartily
    agreed. So I picked up Yoda, Royal Guard and a Clone Trooper (Red).
    Back to the home land, Fernandina. Went by my friends K-Mart and picked up the few remaining figures I needed and now I have all 27 figures to open and all 27 figures to keep on the card plus every ship, beast and 12" figure that was released. I have all the carded figures to open and everything else is in Layaway due to my current situation. So I hope every on found or finds what they are looking for. If any one needs anything in particular E-Mail me and I'll keep my eye out for it. May the Force be with you."

    Dennis J. Slater


    That was a serious story Dennis! Sounds like you are up for some ULTIMATE NETWORKING!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 16:09 EDT
    EMPIRE STRIKES BACK on FOX this Thursday.
    A little bird told me that THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is on Channel 5 Thursday (Apr 25)in Washington DC and a special look at AOTC will follow the movie. I just got bare bones detail on this...sorry for the lack of it. Check it out.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 16:00 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jedidad reports:
    "GREETINGS,
    I AM WRITING TO YOU FROM RIALTO, CA. SOUTHERN CAL. I JUST WENT TO THE LOCAL RIALTO WALMART AND PICKED UP EVERY ACTION FIGURE THAT WAS AVAILABLE IN THE COLLECTION. I AM NOT SURE HOW MANY THERE ARE BUT I GOT 25 ALL TOGETHER. I ALSO SCORED THE SNOWSPEEDER, AND TIE BOMBER. AWSOME TOYS. I HOPE THAT ANY ONE IN MY AREA READING THIS IS AS LUCKY AS I AM RIGHT NOW. I COULD ALMOST CRY. BLAH, BLAH
    GOOD LUCK TROOPERS...HAPPY TOY HUNTING."

    JEDIDAD

    P.S. I ONLY PAID $5.88 PER ACTION FIGURE!!!!!!



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:35 EDT
    Sandtrooper Shawn Lepley reports:
    "Hi folks, went to two different Wal-Marts today. One in Lakewood and the other in Fredonia NY. They had tons of figures it looked like nobody had even looked at them yet. I was the only one there. Found almost all but no Royal Guard, Luminara Undull, or Qui-Gonn Jinn figures to speak of. They also had a few Tie Bombers, Snowspeeders, and 12" figures."
    Good Luck,
    Shawn Lepley
    Mayville, NY


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:33 EDT
    Sandtrooper cplhritz reports:
    "HEY TROOPS!
    Went to make my rounds this morning here in NW Indiana, and there's plenty of AOTC stuff to go around,I went to 4 walmarts,the one in Porter IN had lots of figs, yoda,dexter jettster,luminara,and everything in between,only three other guys were there,helping each other out(really cool) none heard of sandtroopers so I locked them on, Anyway I really was on the lookout for the Tie Bomber or Snow Speeder, the Wal-Mart in valpo was sold out of the speeder(there was a price for it on the shelf none in the back) and the Hammond Wal-Mart sold out of bombers and I did score the last speeder.I only bought 8 of the new figs.and they are pretty cool, The Zam Wessel and Anakin hangar duel have really cool scene re-enactments(spoiler if you buy the figs). Be sure to check out MTV's TRL today,the AOTC video is supposed to air. Sorry to have made this so long, but I'm really excited. MTFBWY..."

    cplhritz


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:30 EDT
    Sandtrooper Ryan the Hutt reports:
    "I have been reading about several reports of frustrated
    people not being able to find these two exclusives at Wal-Mart last night or this morning. I just wanted to drop you guys a tip about these. When I went to my local Wal-Mart this morning at seven they were no where to be found in the newly created Star Wars aisle or in the regular toy section.
    However, for some reason there was a little Star Wars display off on the opposite side of the store near the cash registers that had these along with more Saga ships. So if you are having problems finding these ask somebody or go for a walk because they may not be in the toy department. BTW, my Wal-Mart did not get any Dexter Jexsters or Geonosian Warriors but my TRU had tons of them so it might not be a
    bad idea to shop around. I counted 27 new figures this morning not including the deluxe figures. Hope that helps!!"

    -Ryan the Hutt



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:26 EDT
    Sandtrooper Dave "YGL" Grate reports:
    "What is the deal with TR'U? Even K-Mart and Kay-Bee had a better selection of figures. If you're in the Kansas City area and are looking for Dooku, Taun We, Luminara, Royal Guard, Geonosian, Dexter, Yoda, yadda, yadda, yadda- check K-Mart or better yet, Kay-Bee. Except for their exclusives, I'm done with TR'U. Other than wasting an hour at Toys R' Us, Midnight Madness II was pretty fun- there were many nice people and it was much less chaotic than it was in '99. These new toys rock, and that upcoming Ultimate 12" Jango looks awesome! Also, be sure to pick-up the "AOTC Visual Dictionary"- it's awesome! Mighty blasters! This movie will rule!"
    Dave "YGL" Grate



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:24 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jedi Dom reports:
    "Sandtrooper Jedi Dom from So Cal reporting. Just thought I would drop a line to let everyone know that patience will pay off. I was one of the many who waited hours prior to midnight for a TRU to open when Menace was released. In that mad rush, I was almost goured to death by empty shelf pegs, as well as being trampled. This time, I decided to wait til this morning to look. At 7am, Walmart opened it's doors, and a small handful of collectors were with me. Everyone was able to get what they wanted, especially me. I was the only one who was hoping to score everything, and I did. I was able to get all 27 basic figures known to be released, including Taun We, Luminara, Royal Guard, Jettster, Dooku, Anakin Duel, and Yoda. Not only was I able to get all of them, but I was able to do so without the rushing, the fighting, and the mayhem. We were all able to help each other find what the other was looking for, and one collector was nice enough to give me his extra Dooku since it was the only one I was missing from my lot. I was just curious if anyone was able to get a battle droid variation, and I heard possibly a clone trooper variation as well. Also, has anyone found any of the 6 yet to be released figs (Vader, Solo, Luke, Qui Gon, Jango final battle, or Massif.) Let me know what came about!"
    Jedi Dom

    Way to go Jedi Dom! Hell, with all this news coming in and excitement from Midnight Madness, I decided to head over to the Bowie Walmart at lunch and see what new figures I could get....Silly me, They not only had no idea about what AOTC was, they told me that there was no STAR TREK movie coming out this year.
    I'm moving out of Maryland...anyone need a room mate?



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 14:16 EDT
    Sandtrooper Ian reports:
    "DS2 is almost to its end, although it has fallen behind schedule.
    There is a new batch of Episode 2 One Shots as well.

    See it HERE!
    Ian Brazee-Cannon


    Posted by: George | 23 April 2002 | 14:00 EDT
    Some figures here some others aren't
    Ok here is the deal uphere in MN, Plenty of Dexter Jesters and Geonosian Warriors at TRU in Burnsville. I ran like crazy after Yoda which seems to be hiding in Dagobah but finally appeared at Target in Eagan; They had some more and I left 3 of them hiding in another spot so, if someone is still looking for Yoda give me a holler and I'll let you know where they are before the night crew or scalpers finds them. Target Greatland in Apple Valley was caught up with their pants down this morning, they were just removing toys like crazy from the pegs to make room for the AOTC (lack of organization hum!!!) My good buddy trooper Tony Chouch reported over the phone finding the Royal Guard. WM in Apple Valley had the Snowpeeder and Tie-Bomber. Plenty of cool stuff but not as many as E-1. As for those hard to find, patience troops, patience. The hunt for Yoda was well worth it, it has cool features as well as accesories.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 11:33 EDT
    Sandtrooper kwikkik6 reports:
    "Hey troops,
    Last night nowhere in Flint MI was open at midnight to sell episode II swag, except for Meijers. It just so happens I work there (3rd shift), and while we had nothing but legos last night, according to our ordering database, we should be getting the new figures sometime today. I had last night off, and spent it waiting for Toys r us to open at six this morning. Well turns out an entire assortment was M.I.A. no taun wee, no Luminara or anything else which may have been in this assortment. I was the first one in the door, so I know that it wasn’t a case of too little, too late. However, there were large quantities of Jango, Boba, C-3PO, R2-D2, Padme’ (arena escape), Ploo Kloon, and many others including both speeders, and all deluxe figures except C-3PO. So there you go. I hope that more fans/collectors from Flint or even surrounding areas will start sending posts."

    kwikkik6

    Seems to me that we are in the same ole' scenario. Areas of high distribution and areas of low distribution...at least you guys are not in Maryland...we have NO distribution. We are 15 minutes from the nations capital and NEVER have squat as far as Star Wars goes and when we do, if is wave's that were out like 4 months ago. Sorry for the rant troops....I get a little peeved!
    Support ULTIMATE NETWORKING!!!!




    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 10:59 EDT
    Trooper Giancarlo reports:
    Hi troopers:
    Went this morning to Walmart in Tuttle Crossing in Columbus, OH at 7am. First off, I met some pretty nice collectors there and we helped each other out digging through the hundreds of figures. Except for trooper Kevin, I have never encounter another collector in Columbus, although I know they are here by the lack of figures, lol. So it was nice to see that the troops here are the best. I found 22 AOTC figures,and all the stuff Walmart had (sabers, vehicles, legos, games, keychains, etc etc etc). NO Tie bombers or snowspeeders, kinda donwn about that. I did not see Dexter Jettster or the Geonosian warrior, even though Family Toy in the same strip had
    them since Tuesday and I did not buy them (why pay 6.99 a week before you can get them for 5.88). Also no Royal Guard, Taun We or Luminara Unduli (not sure if those are out or not). Have a great one and remember patience always pays off.
    gatillo9mm@yahoo.com

    Glad to hear you had a good time. Royal Guard, Taun We, and Luminara were pretty hard to find last night, but they are out.


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 10:04 EDT
    Canadian Report
    Hey Troopers,
    Well I was up at the crack of dawn today to fight my way to the AOTC figures at Walmart only to find out I was the only one there who wanted them! Thank goodness though as there was only about a quarter of what they had for TPM. They had maybe a hundred figures and Anakin's and Zam's Speeder's but only 3 of each! No Reek, Slave 1, Jedi Starfighter or deluxe figures. The rest of the display was full of lightsabers and tons of legos which I don't collect. Well I hope the rest of my Canadian comrades got what they wanted. Give me a shout and LMK how you did. Take care troops.


    Posted by: Tyler | 23 April 2002 | 9:47 EDT
    R2Dtoys Tie Interceptor Winner!
    And the winner is.....

    BRETT MILKS

    Please contact me within 7 days to claim your prize.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 9:36 EDT
    Any troops going to the Pittsburgh Comicon?
    Troopers going to this Comicon this weekend, drop me a line so we can hook up there! Sandtroopers Vaughn and Bill & Cheryl will be there attending as well as myself. Looks like this one is going to be a blast!

    April 26, 27 and 28, 2002
    Pittsburgh Expomart, Monroeville, PA
    $15.00 per Day - $35.00 3-Day Pass - Under 8 Free
    "FREE Parking"

    Larger Convention Area
    More Booths
    More Guests
    Longer Convention Hours
    Retailer Expo Moves to Thursday
    (for more publisher/retailer interaction)



    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 9:04 EDT
    Trooper Bruce reports:
    I know that with the release of the AOTC Figs there will be TONS of news, so I apologise for the timing of this. But...I think it is worth it.
    Have you ever said to yourself, "I wish I hadn't opened that Figure or Vehicle."? Well, here is your chance to go back in time. I have recently decieded to enjoy all my stuff in another way...by opening it ALL! BUT...the thought of tearing into the packages...well, I couldn't do it. That is where you Troopers benefit. I will trade straight up any of your loose figs for any of my carded ones!!! If you have a loose(or bent up card/bubble) figure and want a MOC Carded one of the same, I will Trade. You have a loose Boba Fett and want one with a FF Slide, I will Trade! I will only trade for the same figure to avoid multiples of the same one. The Figs I will trade are as follows: Red Cards, Green with and without Holo stickers, Green FF, Flashbacks, CT Figs, EP1, POTJ. I have at least one of every figure! I want all emails to be sent to: tatooinetrader@hotmail.com. In the subject put the the # of figures. I will start with the highest # of figs and work down from there to keep things easier for me. All that I ask is that you pay the shipping costs for the figures that you are RECEIVING from me. I think that is fair enough to ask. After all figs are traded, I will then move on to vehicles, beast packs and playsets. I also have at least one of everything in these catagories. So everyone has a fair chance of reading this, I will wait until Friday of this week to go through the emails, and respond next Monday, after sorting it all over the weekend. If you want, you may send cash, check, M.O. with your loose figs to pay for the shipping. I have a Scale from the Post Office so I can tell you the amount for shipping ahead of time. I would like for the loose figs to be complete. Even if they are not complete, just list what is missing and I still may trade. I hope I can be of help to some of you Troopers out there. It would be easier for me to just open them all, But this way, I'll get what I want and a lot of you will too!! That's part of the UNIFICATION!! I just hope if you already have a MOC fig that you will let someone who doesn't have one, benefit from this. Thanks all!!!!


    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 9:02 EDT
    Curto from thecustomalliance.com writes:
    I'm on the official site!! Whoo-Hoo!!

    I'll be at Celebration 2 and I'm going to be part of a special panel
    focusing on,yep, you guessed it, Star Wars Customs! Maureen Kuppe, Bill Cory, and Peter Crone will be with me and we'll discuss all things customs, which should be lots of fun!

    I'm excited! :)

    Sounds like fun... we're looking for a customizer to join the sandtroopers staff...any takers?



    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 9:00 EDT
    Trooper Jeff reports:

    Hi Troops
    After a sleepless night my girlfriend and I were at the Laramie Wal Mart for the 5 AM opening. I was really impressed-I think they literally had hundreds of figures-at least 4 of each. And I was very happy to see six each of the Tie Bomber and Crashed Snowspeeder. There were about six of us there and everyone was very nice. The stocking people had even left some of the shipping cases out for us to take if we wanted. I hope everyone has had about the same luck.
    butikoferj@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 8:45 EDT
    Our friends at Pegwarmer.com have a cool contest going!
    "Pegwarmer.com is currently giving away a Kit Fisto and Jango Fett (Kamino Escape). Both are ready to ship!"
    Be sure to hop on over there and enter today!
    Pegwarmer


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 8:28 EDT
    POST Midnight MADNESS
    Troops,
    Now that Midnight madness is over, if anyone has any extra figures from last nights hunt and want to offer them to other troops here...let us know! Be a part of ULTIMATE NETWORKING!!!!!! It ALL starts with YOU! Thanks everyone...


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 8:17 EDT
    Available NOW at Brian's Toys!


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    Brian's Toys


    Posted by: vaughn | 23 April 2002 | 1:46 EDT
    The General Speaks:
    Hey troops,

    Just got back from my walmart. It was quiet...too quiet... until right about midnite. There were about 10 of us there...much different than the zoo that preceded the ep1 figure release. It was very orderly...and everyone was helping each other find everything...precisely what this hobby is about. It was a lot of fun. I gotta say thanks to Lois from toys...She really helped a lot of us out tonite. She made a special trip to the back to find a Taun We for me and a coruscant guard and luminara unduli for another guy. Above and Beyond. In the end I got 28 figures (already had 5), so there were a few doubles in there. I got one of each of everyone up to taun we. No mace windu, luke, or vader... I did notice a fair amount of figures with backgrounds...i'll talk about this later, but I need to get to bed! Hope everyone had as much fun and as much luck as I did. Below are some pictures from this evening for your enjoyment...





    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 1:21 EDT
    DNSTOYS.COM reports:
    "We have limited amounts of Episode II toys left in stock, but going fast. New waves for pre-order also, coming in May. Come by and see what we have..."
    Dave Roberts
    D & S Sci-fi Toy World
    dnstoys


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 1:11 EDT
    A word from our Sponsor!
    "Here is a quick update from bigbadtoystore -
    Our Episode 2 figures are 'live' on the website! We have 16 basic figures in stock from collection 1 and collection 2 - all for $7.99 Each. Some figures will sell out quickly, but we will do our best to quickly restock all of them and more. All 4 Deluxe Figures are in stock for $11.99 each. We also have 2 Speeders in stock for $13.99 each.
    The Playskool sets: X-Wing Adventure and Duel with Darth Maul are both in stock for $15.99. We have a fairly large shipment of more Episode 2 figures on the way - the shipment should arrive late in the week or possibly on the weekend. A few older Star Wars figures also are in stock: Coruscant Guard, Gungan Warrior, and Battle Droid.
    We will be working late for the next few nights to ensure all the Episode 2 orders and other orders go out in a timely manner, but we may be a day behind in shipping due to the huge order quantities.
    Thanks for your interest and check out all the great figures on
    www.bigbadtoystore.com - we'll carry all the upcoming Ep 2 items as well. Thanks!

    Joel Boblit
    bigbadtoystore


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 1:07 EDT
    Sandtrooper Chris Kelso reports:
    "Walmart in decatur IL is not putting out figures until the stock guys get there after 4am..."
    BOGUS!



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 1:02 EDT
    VARIANTS and more VARIANTS...
    Bill, Cheryl and Dark Steve are reporting a good amount of variants and low distribution figure numbers among the first AOTC wave releases. Sandtrooper Vaughn just called in with the same news. The are stating that some figs come with a curved background that is inside the bubble with the figure and some of the figures are coming without this background. Interesting....
    Vaughn and Bill will be giving more details of their finds later today.
    My shift is almost over and it has been a wacky night and I never left the house! BIG thanks to everyone that took the time to call in. This was an experimental event and we hope that the troops that hung out for this had as much fun as we did.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 0:44 EDT
    Columbus Ohio
    Sandtrooper Jeff reports that the Wally World in Columbus Ohio had like 30-40 people (who knew about Sandtroopers, YEAH!) had ZILCH. They had NO Snowspeeders, Tie bombers....nuffin'! He went to 2 Wal Marts in that area and the same story. NADA. That sux!
    Sorry Jeff, I'm SURE with our NEW ULTIMATE NETWORKING program..you will get everything that you are missing from your collection!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 0:39 EDT
    JimsJedi reporting from Auburn MA. TRU.
    JimsJedi tells us that things are crazy out in Auburn MA tonight! Over 100 people are there all talking about theForce.net.......some about Sandtroopers! BOGUS JIM!!!!!!!!! Jim used his JEDI-POWER and told them to become Sandtroopers....Good job Jim!
    He reports that this Toys R Us will have plenty of AOTC Figs/ vehicles for the next few months, so head over troops (since you probably have had plenty of rest!).
    Jim said that when they opened, they were pawning off EP1 stuff with little EP2 gear....BOGUS, then they changed their tune and stated "Oh yeah, we have EP2 stuff".....then a near riot broke out! Jim, being a Sandtrooper..you know the ELITE group of bretheren that we are, got all the AOTC stuff he was looking for first.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 0:31 EDT
    Bryant Arkansas
    Sandtrooper Zack reports that NO ONE is out in Bryant Arkansas tonight, it is after Midnight and they (Walmart) are just starting to put AOTC stuff out. Zack is going to move on to the next Walmart...more to come.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 April 2002 | 0:05 EDT
    ERIE PA. and Arkansas reports.
    Bill, Cheryl and Dark Steve report that at the Walmart there (Erie PA.) is a considerable amount of people that have now shown up, but "it isn't crazy or anything".

    Sandtrooper Zack informs us that he is headed to 2 Wally Worlds in Bryant and Benton, Arkansas.....a report to follow shortly.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 April 2002 | 23:49 EDT
    Walmart in State College PA.
    Walmart in State College PA. Sandtrooper Vaughn reports in a tone much like a kid on christmas, that this Walmart has everything! 12 inch AOTC figs, Tiebomber, Snowspeeder and peg after peg of AOTC figs! He is hoping for a Vader Bespin Dual, but he can't see if they have it from where he is standing. He also reports that NO ONE else is there for the "MADNESS". Imagine...all alone with all the new AOTC stuff...
    For those of you that held off on e-bay, be happy! This is good news!!!



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 April 2002 | 23:38 EDT
    Report from Auburn Ma.
    Trooper Jim from Arbor MA is at the TRU there and states that there are around 35 people (so far)waiting for the store to open and the word is they are stocked with everything for AOTC! Thanks Jim!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 April 2002 | 23:28 EDT
    MIDNIGHT MADNESS live report!
    Sandtroopers Bill & Cheryl as well as trooper Dark Steve are currently out Erie PA at the Walmart there. They are reporting that not too many people are there yet and they have a TON of stuff including the Slave 1, Tie Bomber, Snowspeeder and all of the AOTC action figures....pegs and pegs of them!

    Sandtroopers Vaughn and Zack are in route to their destinations as this post is being put up.....stay tuned!


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 23:07 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    Can't wait 'til midnight? Then hit your Colma K-Mart for some of the figures. They are all to the right once you walk in. I managed to walk out with ten. Also I wasn't sure if this was posted but there is a difference in the packaging. Some of the carded figures have just the cloud swirl behind them where others have a "drop in" paper back ground. For instance one Tusken Raider female had the cloud swirl and another had the background of a hut. If this is already a repeat, sorry, however I wanted to let everyone know there is a difference. The hunt is on! MTFBWY
    awingace@email.msn.com


    Posted by: Jason | 22 April 2002 | 21:39 EDT
    Episode II toys available at Midnight Tonight at

    Be sure to stop by bigbadtoystore.com any time starting at midnight eastern time tonight to find Episode II figures, vehicles, attack beasts and more. Great low prices, flat $4.99 shipping for all orders and some of the best customer service anywhere out there! While you're over there, check out the new re-issue Micronauts, re-issue Transformers, Dreamwave TF comics and FunSkool G.I.Joes too!


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 20:58 EDT
    Trooper Kevin Reports:
    Family Toy In Vorhees N.J. has AOTC 3/4, Deluxe,Reeks,and Ships,so if Wal-Mart andTarget are too much head there
    kmclark14@comcast.net


    Posted by: Jason | 22 April 2002 | 20:54 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "Hurry up golden rod, or you're gonna be a permanent resident." - RebelScum.com has an image of the upcoming Deluxe C-3PO (Spoiler). If you want to avoid spoiler material, I want to tell you that this figure is rather unique.

    Wal*Mart floor plan - Sirsteve's Guide has a text rundown of what to find and in what location at your Wal*Mart's Episode II toy aisle.

    "Always open, always Wal*Mart." - Some Wal*Marts will be open at midnight tonight, but not many. See this report at SirSteve's.

    Six newest figures from Episode II poster - DeathStarPlans has a portion of the new poster showing the six newest additions to the figure line! See it now at DSP.

    C o n t e s t B r e a k d o w n r e a k d o w n e a k d o w n a k d o w n k d o w n d o w n
  • The Darkside Collector is giving away an Attack of the Clones Plo Koon, ends 4/22.
  • Powercollectibles lets you enter to win your choice of either a new Episode II AOTC Jango Fett's Slave I, AOTC Jango Fett & AOTC Boba Fett - all 3 items unopened -OR- a set of all 6 new Simpsons series 8 figures, all unopened, ends 4/30.
  • JediChris.net is giving away a set of AOTC figures. Just register in their forums to win, ends 4/28.
  • The Bothan Spy is giving away Kubrick Speederbike with Bikerscout (thanks to r2dtoys.com) and a Jedi Starfighter.
  • JediAries has up for grabs a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin (thanks to r2dtoys.com).
  • TheJawa.com is holding Diorama-Rama (my favorite event after Hearing Test Thursday), play today (Royal Decoy), prize this week is an Episode II Reek Beast pack!, ends 4-27.
  • Vintage Figure Giveaway - DeathStarPlans.com serves up a Klaatu (Palace Guard) vintage figure! (ends 4/26).
  • Pegwarmer is giving away a new Jango Fett - Kamino Escape and Kit Fisto figures, just post in their Forums! ends 4/26.

    Attack of the Shopping Lists - UPDATED I've added the next fourteen Episode II figures to my listings, if you need a list for your 4/23 shopping (includes case packs and more) just e-mail me!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 20:15 EDT
    Trooper Dave Reports:
    Hey, folks. Here's some last minute pre-"AOTC" news from Kansas City. My local Borders book store (in Overland Park) has quite a few of the clearance priced Aurra Sing Masterpiece Book/12" figure and the very cool "STAR WARS" Scrapbook.
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 April 2002 | 20:01 EDT
    Sandtrooper Tim (from Memphis) reports:
    "Just wanted to let you know that we have 3 TRU stores here in Memphis, TN and not a single one of them are opening at midnight!!!..This SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! They were open for the Episode 1 stuff but none are participating for this one....
    Thought you might wanna let the collectors around here know.I called the stores today and sure enough they arent doing it. And i have no idea how Wal-Mart will be doing their stuff..."

    Tim in Memphis

    Tim, that does suck bro! I hope that you will be hanging out with us tonight...I am also "taking one for the team" (staying home)and will be posting trooper finds as well as "extras" the troops pick up for those who can't get stuff yet.
    Troops going out tonight, be sure to let us know what you find and what Tuesday will look like for those troops that can't make it out tonight. Give us a call: 301.218.5833



    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 April 2002 | 16:56 EDT
    Be sure to call Sandtroopers tonight!
    Going to MIDNIGHT MADNESS tonight and have a cell phone? CALL SANDTROOPERS with a report tonight while you are out!


    O-YES! ...We are going there!
    Tonight is the night troops! For those that are braving THE MADNESS on the east coast and have cell phones, call Sandtroopers with a live report of where you are, what the atmosphere is (crowd wise), what is out and where you are finding it...we will be posting REAL TIME and LIVE! Here is the number to call tonight for any reason!
    301.218.5833
    Call up with your live reports from 11:30P.M. E.S.T. till 1:00A.M E.S.T. tonight!
    OPERATORS WILL BE STANDING BY!

    For those not going out and who may also be on the west coast, find out what is at the stores tonight! Sandtroopers own Zack and Bill & Cheryl will start the show at 11:30...Be at Sandtroopers.com TONIGHT!
    11:30P.M.-1:00A.M.
    Be sure to refresh your screens every ten minutes...!



    Posted by: Steve | 22 April 2002 | 16:35 EDT
    Exclusive R.A. Salvatore AOTC book at C2!
    Dear Star Wars Collector,

    Troops, I received this email from Wizards:


    Tune up your Podracer and get ready to speed your way to Suncoast Booth #500, the only place in the galaxy that will have 500 exclusive, leather-bound and autographed Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novels by best-selling author R. A. Salvatore. You won't find this exclusive collectible anywhere else and they won't last long.

    So, remember: The number: 500. The place: Star Wars Celebration II. The booth: Suncoast #500.
    Good luck!


    There was also a link to an exclusive interview with Salvatore. I can't wait to read his take on AOTC, Salvatore is one of my favorite authors, however I will wait to read it until after I see the movie.


    Posted by: George | 22 April 2002 | 16:23 EDT
    Another IDIOT bites the hook:
    Very sad when I hyperjumped to our folks over Death Star Plans to check out the comic strip, and saw a post at their site regarding a DA (you know what this mean) bidded so much for the C2 figure. People, patience is a virtue and seems like some people think they wont be able to find the famous figure; It is simple math here, Hasbro will not cast a mold for a limited ammount of figures;

    Remember, this is the Fan Club and lets not forget what happened with the infamous FAN CLUB four, they all ended in TRU's mesh bins. Casting a mold is not cheap even though Mr. Jorg Sacul is made out of spare parts. The same moral goes to the Shuttle, they'll be available as well from other sources and who knows if cheaper than FAO. Running a retooled mold for just 5000 pcs. Simply makes no sense; Once again, casting or retooling a mold either for extrusion or injection is not cheap. Price for the Oil of Olay 2oz. bottles mold? 12 cavities mold, a mere $750,000. Yes I did worked with them along with Lubriderm and others. You can see the cavity # sometimes in your action figures accs. i.e. helmets, 3-PO's (removable panels) chest and even inside the deathstar mouse droid included with the Fan Club DST droid and the newest R2 unit from the Teebo wave. Why these #'s? I don't want to make this post longer. Lets be patient troops, we will all get help one way or another to get our Sacul.


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 16:04 EDT
    A change in the way you get those toys...

    Today is the day that we change the way we get our toys. It's a philosophy and idea that will work only if we as a community work together. Are you ready for this? Here we go....

    The idea is a simple one, We'll use trooper Lee as an example. He's looking for a C2 figure. Now I don't have the figure, but I check people's haves and wants lists looking for things I need. With Ultimate Networking, I also start to look through the list not only for my needs, but other people's needs as well. If I find a guy that has a extra C2 figure, I drop Lee a line and give him the person's name and contact info of who has it. The same thing is applied to anybody that is looking for something. Sounds easy? This will be the first time something like this has been attempted on a large scale.

    Imagine having a 1000+ sets of eyes looking on the net to help you find the figure you need! It makes getting your toys easier and quicker. We here at the site have tried this with some of the people who have sent in requests for figures and have only had good results. Now it's time for the all the troopers to take an active role in gettign you and your comrades the toys! Unify!

    We also have a program in the works that will help you search all those trade lists faster and easier...This is just the beginning, more on the way!

    Questions? Send them in to me at zack@sandtroopers.com
    My bro, Trooper Croft 237 hooked us up with the banner.


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 15:45 EDT
    Another trooper needs some help.
    My good friend Trooper Lee needs help with getting the C2 figure. He has helped out alot of the troops, so I'm hoping someone out there can give him a hand.
    Leonpeake@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 15:41 EDT
    News from Deathstarplans.com
    BACK TO A NEW HOPE: EPISODE II

    Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

    Now playing in the Deathstarplans Outhouse Theater, Coheteboy's first full-length comic strip, BACK TO A NEW HOPE: EPISODE II. Over two years in the making, this tale revolves around Admiral Ackbar and the young Obi-Wan Kenobi two weeks following The Phantom Menace. With the aid of a time machine, Ackbar brings Obi-Wan to the future(35 years to be approximate) in attempts to save his future self from being killed by the evil Darth Vader. Do they succeed? Find out for yourself!
    deathstarplans.com


    Posted by: George | 22 April 2002 | 14:11 EDT
    FAO @ The Mall taking pre-orders:
    I just stopped by my local FAO @ The Mall of America this morning, and indeed they are taking pre-orders for the Shuttle Tydirium. Price tag is $125.00 as we all know, they are asking for a credit card (which wont be charged until the toy arrive) and all the personal mumbo jumbo. I'm number 33 on the list and they asked if I wanted more than one, at this price point one is enough :o).


    Posted by: George | 22 April 2002 | 14:06 EDT
    Trooper Jedijaybird with a nice observation:
    ''I went to the Time Magazine website to look at there feature of Episode II and noticed something about one of the photos. Anakin is holding 2lightsabers but the wrong color blades have been applied to the hilts he is holding.(Obi-Wan's hilt is on the right but it has a green blade!)''

    Here is the link troops!!
    http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020429/gallery/2.html


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 11:44 EDT
    News on R2Dtoys grand opening
    Trooper Neal73:
    Hi guys, Neal73 here with new from over the water on the opening of London's newest sci-fi store R2Dtoys, click the link to read up and have a look for yourself: http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=157067&article=1450

    I'll be over in your part of the world next week, and I'm hoping to pick up some more stuff.
    neal.p@lineone.net

    Trooper Gareth:
    Hello Troops!!

    Well I went to the opening day of the R2Dtoys on Saturday and had a great time (well I queued for 1.5 hours) and I had the honour of being the first person who didn't get a Signed 300th Boba Fett figure, 51st person that sucks! Still picked up some top stuff including the TIE bomber for £29 and the Jedi Fighter for £15! Just like to say to anyone who was there Hi! and thanks to the R2Dtoys.com guys for the day out. I spoke to Jeremy Bulloch for about 5 minutes and he was a really nice guy I just wish I had got one of the Free figures, Oh well life is good enough without it. Keep on searching! gareth.blinkhorn@system-software.co.uk


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 10:35 EDT
    It's almost here...
    Ultimate Networking will be unveiled today at 3p.m. central time. Be here!


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 8:14 EDT
    Trooper Doug Reports:
    I need help. I was able to pick up the old Return of the Jedi Arcade game roughly a year ago and have not been able to get it running. I had a repair man look it over and he told me if I could find the schematics he could get it running. Well I can't find the schematics anywhere on the net and am hoping someone can help me out. Thanks
    wkolmodin@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 22 April 2002 | 8:12 EDT
    Trooper John Reports:
    I hope you guys can help me out I'm still in need of a toyfair vader it can be on a damaged card as I plan on taking mine out I am willing to pay cost plus shipping I might even be willing to pay a little more for it for your trouble I want to buy it outright as I have nothing to trade.Thanx
    stingray35_98@hotmail.com



    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 23:52 EDT
    Help more troopers out!
    These guys need C2 figures too...
    Update
    Trooper Dr. Feelgood:
    generationswine@fuqme.com

    Trooper Rodapel
    rodapel@hotmail.com

    Trooper Kevin
    onebigk@aol.com

    Trooper Cplhritz
    cplhritz@netzero.net

    Trooper JimsJedi
    jimsjedi@aol.com

    Trooper Jimmy1236
    jimmy1236@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 23:39 EDT
    Trooper Kevin Reports:
    found 17 of the new aotc figures at family toy warehouse here in westerville ohio they were 6.99 each
    Onebigk@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 23:37 EDT
    Trooper Tom Reports:
    Just a note that Family Toy Warehouses started to put their stuff out early. Also any help in getting me a C2 figure would be appreciated since I can't attend.
    THOMAS00709@CS.COM


    Posted by: Jason | 21 April 2002 | 22:25 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    2002 Star Wars Collection Poster - Yakface.com has a great look at the TRU Australia exclusive poster, showcasing this year's forty-six basic action figures. Poor Artoo's leg looks slightly askew tho. Take a look, a nice teaser to this year's product reminiscent of the 1999 poster that was in Star Wars Galaxy Collector for Episode I figures (thanks to fellow Trooper Spiceowan for the info!).

    Simpsons "Roast" Star Wars - Tonight's episode of 'The Simpsons' on FOX (8p edt) was supposed to feature a celbrity roast of Homer, but instead served up two Star Wars references: after Homer was nearly arrested for impersonating Forrest Gump, a deep-voiced black man was seen in the paddy wagon in a Darth Vader costume with helmet in hand (not James Earl Jones, but rather Dr. Hibbert who said "Moe, I am your father (chuckle)." And a power play marking the third time John Williams' Imperial March was used to introduce the tyrannical Mr. Burns, well done writers!

    More 2002 Star Wars product listings Rebelscum.com has a text rundown of future 2002 figures, some with UPC's.

    C o n t e s t B r e a k d o w n r e a k d o w n e a k d o w n a k d o w n k d o w n d o w n
  • The Darkside Collector is giving away an Attack of the Clones Plo Koon, ends 4/22.
  • Powercollectibles lets you enter to win your choice of either a new Episode II AOTC Jango Fett's Slave I, AOTC Jango Fett & AOTC Boba Fett - all 3 items unopened -OR- a set of all 6 new Simpsons series 8 figures, all unopened, ends 4/30.
  • JediChris.net is giving away a set of AOTC figures. Just register in their forums to win, ends 4/28.
  • The Bothan Spy is giving away Kubrick Speederbike with Bikerscout (thanks to r2dtoys.com) and a Jedi Starfighter.
  • JediAries has up for grabs a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin (thanks to r2dtoys.com).
  • TheJawa.com is holding Diorama-Rama (my favorite event after Hearing Test Thursday), play today (Royal Decoy), prize this week is an Episode II Reek Beast pack!, ends 4-27.
  • Vintage Figure Giveaway - DeathStarPlans.com serves up a Klaatu (Palace Guard) vintage figure! (ends 4/26).
  • Pegwarmer is giving away a new Jango Fett - Kamino Escape and Kit Fisto figures, just post in their Forums! ends 4/26.

    Attack of the Shopping Lists - UPDATED I've added the next fourteen Episode II figures to my listings, if you need a list for your 4/23 shopping (includes case packs and more) just e-mail me!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 21 April 2002 | 22:15 EDT
    Jim from Federation Toys writes:
    On our website tomorrow night, at midnight, we will have all the new pictures of AOTC and other new figures up tomorrow midnight APRIL 23rd. Thanks. All AOTC 4 inch figures are $7.00 each, SLAVE 1 $30.00, REEK BEAST, $20.00, JEDI STARFIGHTER $24.00, DELUXE FIGURES $10.00 each, 12 INCH FIGURES $24.00 each. We also have SNOW SPEEDERS and AT-STs in stock, and have more AOTC PREVIEW figures on the way, along with more AOTC items. Thanks and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

    Check them out at www.federationtoys.com.


    Posted by: Steve | 21 April 2002 | 22:05 EDT
    Trooper Lee reports
    Hello to all,
    Its been sometime since my last post, but I have some news of note. Stopped by the TRU in Biloxi and finally found Eeth Koth and Zutton and there was still a few left on the pegs. They also had 6 of the AT-ST's setting on the shelf. The clerk said they cleaned out what was left of the old stock to prep for the new EP II items. Thats all for this transmission.
    Lee


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 20:58 EDT
    Help your troops out!
    These people need help with getting the C2 figure....
    Update
    Trooper Sergio de la Cruz
    chabibby@hotmail.com

    Trooper Monkey Ambassador (Spelled the name wrong earlier. Sorry!)
    monkeyambassador@yahoo.com

    Trooper Madeus (also needs a Ep1 MOC Clean Battle Droid)
    madeus@fanforce.net

    Trooper Eric (has TF Vader to trade)
    ejhalsted@netzero.net

    Trooper Dave
    davegrate@msn.com

    I'm sure some of the troops will help you out!


    Posted by: Jason | 21 April 2002 | 20:43 EDT
    New Star Wars items from our new sponsor:

    Here is an update on new items in stock at http://www.bigbadtoystore.com
    EPISODE 2 UPDATE: 75% of our Ep. 2 shipments have arrived and are being organized for the big 4/23 release - starting at midnight eastern time on monday night they will be available! The remaining 25% of our shipment will arrive around tuesday or wednesday, so check back in for more new items then.

    Other great stuff:
    TRANSFORMERS (Laser Optimus Prime, Primal Prime from Beast Machines)
    FUNSKOOL GI JOE (great selection of older figures for $5.99 each)
    SPAWN 21
    MARMIT STAR WARS AT-AT DRIVER
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 20:39 EDT
    Welcome John's Toys!!!


    We are happy to announce John's Toys as our newest sponsor! It's just another part of the exciting things that we are unveiling here at the site for the troops!

    John's toys covers everything from Star Wars stuff, to military figures, DC universe, anime and props! They are a great store with a very good reputation. Stop by and visit our new friends!
    JOHN's TOYS


    Posted by: Jason | 21 April 2002 | 19:54 EDT
    Beedo Sookcool with some ideas on the C2 Figure:
    Greetings! Yes, I'm sorry for annoying you once again about the irritating nature of exclusives. It's no secret that exclusive toys are REALLY cheesing people off nowadays. I know there are a lot of people out there who'd like the C2 Jorg Sacul figure, but won't be getting it. This isn't a rant, though. This is more in the nature of a request that I hope will benefit collectors everywhere. Two requests, actually.
    First, this link to The Official Site's bulletin boards concerns ideas for the upcoming Jorg Sacul figure, and how to better make it available: click here.

    Yes, it's a bit of shameless site-whoring, but I really AM doing it for the benefit of collectors who will be unable to make it to C2 and want to get a Jorg Sacul but simply can't. If you would be so kind as to post a link to it on your sites, I'd be most appreciative.

    Secondly, for those of you who run polls on their sites, I would like to suggest this as a poll:
    HOW ELSE SHOULD THE JORG SACUL FIGURE BE MADE
    AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS?
    * Through the Fan Club after C2 is over
    * By cashing in Jedi Master Points as a mail-away
    * By special order through comic shops, etc.
    * All of the above

    Troops, email me with your choice: Jason@sandtroopers.com

    Thank you for your time. Let's try to get these people to remember who pays their wages! Yours sincerely, Nigel "Beedo Sookcool" Willis



    Posted by: Jason | 21 April 2002 | 19:25 EDT
    Trooper Jimsjedi with a request:
    This is a follow up to my post below about someone helping me out, by picking up a Celebration 2 X-Wing figure for me. The official site says that these will be $10.00 each, and a limit of 2 per day. I will pay for mine plus shipping and will pay for yours also. This is the least I could offer, so who can help me out. I'm begging anybody!!!! Thanks Jimsjedi@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 21 April 2002 | 19:15 EDT
    Trooper Jimmy with a request:
    I wanted to know if anyone going to the Celebration 2 would be able to pick me up one of the figures and I would pay up to $15 for it, as I cannot go. It would be greatly appreciated, this is my first post, but I've visited the site for a long time, and its a great site, nice job. Thanks, Jimmy Jimmy1236@aol.com


    Posted by: Bill | 21 April 2002 | 12:55 EDT
    Trooper Mike reports:
    I live in Parma Heights and I've been a huge Star Wars fan ever since I saw A New Hope in theaters when I was 7 way back in 1977. I've been happily married for a year and 1/2 and she's supportive of my love for Star Wars and the pile of action figure containers and comic book boxes in the basement. I work at the Ohio Brooklyn Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library. I'm going to be having a fun Episode II program on Saturday May 18th. It's geared for teens and family, so feel free to come along. I'll give you guys more details about it closer to the day. I'm sure I will be putting together a nice display of collectibles around the library. :) As for Star Wars collecting, I'm a moderate SW action figure collector and pick up not everything - just the special figures that catch my eye. I'm not too big on large ships, but if I see a good deal I might pick one up. I once found a B-Wing at Target for $9 and picked it up immediately. I love getting the Action Fleet ships. I'm also tending to focus on Darth Vader toys/vinyl models/etc - nothing substantial, but I love Vader. I'm really excited about the upcoming vinyl figures from Hasbro and Japan. I'm also a big comic book collector, so I naturally get the SW comics. My favorite comics were Dark Horse's "Dark Empire" series and I've been always hoping to begin a Star Wars original art/illustration collection by some of my favorite SW artists like Jan Duursema and Chris Sprouse. I haven't gotten too far with it, but here's hoping I'll begin soon. :) Also, I'm looking at possibly attending Celebration II now. Most likely not for all three days, but at least for a day. It's my Orthodox Easter that weekend, so I might be getting little sleep around then. Most likely I might be there on Saturday May 4th.

    And yes, I'll probably be checking the aisles on Tuesday. :)
    Mike
    Nice to hear from you Mike. Sounds like alot of fun. I would love to go but I am Bestman at a Wedding that day.


    Posted by: cheryl | 21 April 2002 | 12:36 EDT
    Yoda Strikes Back!
    Hey Troopers. Looks like Yoda will be on the new issue of Time Magazine's cover due out on Magazine stands 4/23/02 along with all the other goodies. Here is the link. Time


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 8:47 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan Reports:
    I followed a fellow Troops advice and went to a Big K today and scored 2 Slave 1's .This ship looks great. Why couldn't they release the original one this cool? I also have obtained a list of the 32 figures that are offically made (besides #31TBA) I have 19 of 32 right now I was wondering how many will be released Monday night when we all will KICK A*& and take names. Thanks again Trooper Reyes for the tip in the Big K in Lincolnwood Illinois. They only had 1 Slave 1 left and a lot of deluxe figs and they were on the highest shelf (Had to use a handy step ladder that was right in the aisle) No problem checking out so take that Wal-Mart! United we find!!Peace out Lord Spiceowan
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: Zack | 21 April 2002 | 8:40 EDT
    Troopette Donna Reports:
    Donna from So. Cal. here. Went to Target today and found 2 new Lego sets. They were Jedi Duel for $9.99 and Bounty Hunter Pursuit for $29.99. Also while I was passing the chip section, some buckets caught my attention. There are 3 different buckets with SW pictures all around the outside of the bucket and inside are 4 Big Grab Bags of Frito Lays Chips. #1 bucket is titled "The Life of Anakin". #2 is titled "Jedi Heroes" and #3 is titled "Droids and Clones". Very nice looking pictures. I am not attending C2 and was wondering if a fellow trooper could pick me up the exclusive C2 figure for cost plus shipping or I have a Toy Fair Vadar to trade. Lastly, if Steve Vyfvinkel is reading this, please contact me. I have been trying to get a hold of you to finalize our trade. E-mail me at theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 23:25 EDT
    Troopers Chris and Melissa Report:
    Just a little note for all those interested in the Aotc action figures. They are for sale right now in both Wal Mart and Toys 'R' Us here in Edmonton, Alberta. I was shocked to say the least because I had seen on the official Hasbro Star Wars sight that they would be available until the 23 of April. The Toys 'R' Us here in Edmonton has both collection one and two for sale. Of course with a one figure (ie: one jango fett as a opposed to two jango fett's) per customer limit in place. They finally wised up to things. However Wal Mart had no limit sign in place and they also didn't have any prices. Toys 'R' US finally got it right by selling them for $9.99 cdn as to there Episode 1 and POTJ prices of $11.99 cdn. So any one want there AOTC now they are now out here
    chris_melissa@powersurfr.com


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 23:23 EDT
    More shuttle news...
    Trooper John...
    This is John again. After sending e-mails and phone calls to FAO.com and several stores all day yesterday and getting no where, I had some success today. I called FAO in Boston this morning and reserved a Shuttle. It seems that overnight the word was finally spread from the top and now at least all the stores are aware of the Shuttle pre-order. I'm sure FAO.com won't be far behind.
    K9fish@aol.com

    Trooper Philly Dave...
    Yo whats up Philly Dave here. Called my local FAO about the shuttle(called around 5:30 Sat. Aft king of prussia mall) and placed my order. I was #79. They will be getting only 100 so if you want one guys give them a holler. That's all for now. Peace!
    NICHOLASD928@AOL.COM


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 20 April 2002 | 20:46 EDT
    Sandtrooper jeditree reports:
    "Hey fellow troopers,
    On my weekly runs here in reno, I found that KB (northtown) is opening at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning for EPII sales. Super Walmart is hosting the jedi training on may 18th. Super K-mart has SW Life, Walmart off S.McCarren has SW statego and Jedi Duels game, For around $20 No new finds other than that. MTFBWY..."

    jeditree


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 20 April 2002 | 17:49 EDT
    GET READY!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S MADNESS.......This Monday night

    O-YES! ...We are going there! Sandtroopers will be providing LIVE reports this Monday night, starting at 11:30 P.M. E.S.T. and ending at 1:00 A.M. E.S.T.
    A Sandtroopers HOTLINE will open up that night for you troops who have cell phones and want to call in area reports to have them posted LIVE at Sandtroopers!! For those at home, plan on refreshing your screen every 5 minutes for UP TO THE MINUTE reports!!!!! Stay up late with Sandtroopers.com and see if the madness is deserving of the hype.....MORE TO COME...



    Posted by: George | 20 April 2002 | 17:19 EDT
    KB morning madness:
    I just got confirmation that KB at the Burnsville Center as well as the branch @ The Mall of America, will be opening @ 8:00 on the 23rd for the new AOTC merchandise. Check 'em out in case you miss those 1 per case figures.


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 15:49 EDT
    It's almost here......
    Ultimate Networking!!!!! You thought I forgot? Check back Monday morning to find out what it's all about!


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 15:42 EDT
    Trooper Dennis Reports:
    Just thought I'd let everyone know that after seeing the news on the Exclusive Celebration II Jorg Sacul figure I immediately e-mailed the Official Fan Club on the availability thru them. Surprisingly I received a response very quickly. I would post the actual letter but I guess in my despair I deleted it prematurely. The summary of theletter said that as far as they know the figure will only be available at the Celebration II convention. Now seeing that I can not go I am very disappointed. I am in the process of going back to school the receive my MCSE certification and have had to move back in with my parents (at the age of 29 with a wife and two kids) after a failed career as a manager for KAME-APART (K-Mart) and am having a hard enough time keeping my collection going. Well the point of this sob story is if anyone is able to pick me up one of these figures at Celebration II I would be most grateful. Happy Hunting. And May the Force be with You.
    dennis_slater@hotmail.com



    Posted by: Jason | 20 April 2002 | 14:52 EDT
    Trooper Jimsjedi with a request:
    Hey fellow troopers, Let the begging begin!!!!!!! I would like to know if someone could pick me up a Celebration 2 exclusive X-Wing figure. I can not attend this due to the fact that my wife gave birth to our 2nd child a month ago, and would be to much for her to leave for the weekend. I plan on taking my son to Celebration 3 in 2005, at least he'll be almost 6. I will pay for this or will trade. Please let me know. I refuse to pay on E-Bay when the time comes around, this will be going for way to much. I know there are a lot of generous troopers out there, and hope someone can help me out. You can reach me at Jimsjedi@aol.com. Talk to you all soon.


    Posted by: Jason | 20 April 2002 | 14:50 EDT
    Trooper Eric Barraclough reports with E2 figure news:
    The Ames in depew and West Seneca (New York) both had ep2 figs. They also had several slave1 and obi-wans starfigher,and they were all 10% off. The 3 3/4 figs were 6.29 each after the discount. Hope this helps you out. Good luck, Eric. eric_bar@msn.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 20 April 2002 | 14:50 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jason Howell requests:
    "Troopers: If you know of anyone that could pick me up one of these figures (Celebration 2 figure) I would give them $15 dollars plus shipping costs. If anyone could help me out, it would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank You..."
    Jason Howell


    Posted by: Tyler | 20 April 2002 | 13:33 EDT
    Last Day for a Free Tie Interceptor!
    Hey Troopers,
    Today is your last day to enter your name for the fee POTJ Tie Interceptor courtesy of R2Dtoys. To enter send ME your name and use the link in the post below to subscribe to R2Dtoy's news letter. You have to do both to qualify. Good luck to all who entered! Be sure to check back soon for next week's giveaway. Again sponsered by R2Dtoys.
    The winner of the Interceptor will be announced shortly.


    Posted by: Tyler | 20 April 2002 | 13:26 EDT
    R2Dtoys Open for Business!
    Hey Troopers,
    Today is the day. R2Dtoys's Grand Opening! Hit the this link to check them out. You'll be glad you did. www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 8:01 EDT
    Plo Koon giveaway ends soon!
    My boys at The Dark Side Collector Are wrapping up thier give way for the POTJ version Plo Koon. Great figure and free? Drop in and throw your name in the hat! Contest ends on the 22nd.


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 7:40 EDT
    Trooper Dustin Reports:
    Hey this is Dustin from Temple City, CA and there is a local toy store that has a ton of AOTC figures out. They had them out for a while. The regular figures go for $7.99 and the Deluxe for $11.99. I scored most of the 1st wave figures and a Red Clone Trooper.:-) Their number is 626.292.1468 and their fax number is 626.292.1994. Their web site is www.echobasetoys.com, but their SW page isn't up yet. Later!
    UltamiteSpider01@cs.com


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 7:37 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    I would like to express my thanks to Eric Barraclough in Lancaster New York. He was kind enough to pick up the 3PO and Aurra Figure books from Bordersand ship them across the country to me in California. That's a good person there. If I can ever return the favor let me know.
    TWoods@associatedbond.com


    Posted by: Zack | 20 April 2002 | 7:35 EDT
    Trooper Raja Reports:
    Trooper Raja, I called the San Francisco FAO Shwartz and they reserved my preorder for the shuttle. It is to be released in December.
    rajabakshi@attbi.com


    Posted by: Pat | 20 April 2002 | 2:19 EDT
    Star Wars Celebration II count down is in effect.......
    Brian's Toys reports:

    "Online ticket sales end April 19th at midnight, log on to
    starwarscelebration to purchase yours now. Don't miss out on 3 days of pure Star Wars. The Celebration II sponsors are contributing with interactive displays, special bonuses and giveaways to fans.
    Star Wars Celebration II is Brought to You By Suncoast Motion Picture
    Company. They will provide special opportunities for fans not only
    throughout the show, but before and after Celebration II as well. Meet Anthony Daniels, Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    Hasbro in conjunction with Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Trading Card Game will delight fans at Celebration II with a huge area in the Exhibit Hall dedicated to helping fans have more fun with Star Wars. Some of the activities planned are: The Flipping Jedi contest, become an action figure by getting your picture taken in a life size blister card, demonstrations of the interactive R2D2, and much more. Thanks to Hasbro's sponsorship of the Star Wars Toy Museum at Celebration II, you can stroll through the Toy Museum and relive the early days of the saga through the eyes of a collector - action figures, vehicles, creatures, and vessels from Star Wars A New Hope to The Phantom Menace.
    LucasArts will showcase its world-renowned games at Celebration II. They are the electronic game sponsor and you will be able to try your hand in the LAN area with Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars:
    Episode I Racer and win game prizes. Visit their interactive booth to
    see demos of the yet to be released Star Wars Galaxies and Star Wars:
    The Clone Wars. For more information on LucasArts, go to lucasarts.com . Master Replicas is the proud sponsor of the collectibles programming at Celebration II. Go to masterreplicas to get a sneak peek at the new prop replicas that Master Replicas will have for sale at Celebration II. On April 23rd Master Replicas will unveil their Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones lightsaber replicas. Early buzz is that they will preview a collection of highly detailed and authentic hilts from new lightsabers in Episode II, and also introduce one lightsaber featuring technological breakthroughs in light and sound effects for collectibles."



    Posted by: vaughn | 20 April 2002 | 1:02 EDT
    ACPin from ACPin Star Wars writes:
    Luke convinced Han to try to save Princess Leia with the unwilling Chewbacca as they devise a plan to reach the detention cells where she has been kept a prisoner. Check out the pictures here.




    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 20 April 2002 | 0:51 EDT
    Sandtrooper JediJeffintraining reports:
    "Hello fellow United Troopers,
    Nothing new here in San Diego. Hit several Big K-marts but found no EP II figs unlike some troopers had been reporting. Have not found any snowspeeders or tie bombers either. Did find a lot of the preview figs at TRU in Chula Vista off of L street. Also I have a 12" Biker Scout w/speeder MIB that I would like to trade for the new snowspeeder and tie bomber. If interested LMK.
    Thanks..."

    JediJeffintraining


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 20 April 2002 | 0:02 EDT
    Here is the exclusive fig for C2!
    Thanks to Jason and our Sponsor: R2DToys!


    Update:
    A High-res picture is available now at StarWars.com


    Posted by: George | 19 April 2002 | 19:39 EDT
    Sacul Jorg
    Regarding my buddy Jason post below, not only Lucas is spelled backwards but also George's name is nothing but my name in Spanish with a missing character; Jorge is Spanish for George. So that's my real name, Jorg Collazo or Jorg ozalloc , hee,hee,hee......


    Posted by: Zack | 19 April 2002 | 19:33 EDT
    Trooper Dennis Reports:
    I'm getting ready for the 23rd so I actually went on my usual toy run to take back some misc. things to Toys R Us to get some extra Geoffrey money for the big day. Went to Albertsons in my travels (I don't usually go there) because I'd heard on the net that some people were finding AOTC figures there. No AOTC found but I did find the LOTR 2-packs for reg. price $9.99. I'm still missing Strider and Sam if anyone can help me out. I've heard people are finding them at Targets on clearance but not here. Anyway, back to a Galaxy Far, Far, Away.

    Took back $68.00 worth of GI Joe 2-Packs to the TRU in Orange Park and low and behold they had $65.00 worth of Imperial Commanders and Rebel Fleet troopers for me to buy. Didn't get any extra money for the 23rd there. Found the Deluxe figures on clearance at Target on San Jose and one Luke and Leia 25th 2-pack. All the other Targets only had the Deluxe figures.

    Anyway on to the TRU at the Avenues, there I took back $58.00 worth of GI Joe 2-packs and low and behold they had $54.00 worth of Rebel Fleet Troopers and Imperial Officers. I can't win. I need them to make my Imperial Shuttle Diorama. So no help there either. Nothing else really of interest to be had.


    He also lets us know that thejawa.com has a full list of FAO Swartzs that are taking preorders for the Shuttle. Here's what he had to say about that...

    I called the on in Orlando and I was number 43. I was a pre-order. I had to give him my Credit Card number but the guy said it will not be charged until they ship the merchandise. And he also told me they were limited to 5000 (because of the Fuumba fiasco) and that each store would probably only get about 200. So I'd be careful Preordering from online dealers. They may not be able to get them either (and if they do that means they are sucking up ones that regular collectors could have got from FAO for the Regular price). Well good luck and May the Force be with You.

    P.S. if anyone can help me with The Lord of the Rings Strider and Sam
    Wise Gamgee it would be most appreciated
    dennis_slater@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 19:10 EDT
    We are proud to bring you the CELEBRATION 2 FIGURE:
    That's right troops! Here it is - 25th Anniversary Commander Jorg Sacul (Rebel Pilot)! Our sponsor r2dtoys has an image of the figure, packaged on the new Episode II-style blue card. Here is a direct link to the large picture. If you haven't figured it out yet, "Sacul" is "Lucas" spelled backwards; that's all I'm saying for now, except that, yes, it IS what you think!! Go over to r2dtoys now and check it out. Customizers, take heart: in order to create an accurate version of Lucas, you'll need to "boil and pop" a Porkins body and add the Sacul head for consumate realism - that's what I'll be doing anyway!Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Steve | 19 April 2002 | 14:46 EDT
    *Warning - Bad Trader*
    I've just posted in the Forums about this very nasty trader, J&M Toys. He's burned quite a number of SSG members and hopefully this warning will save the other troopers some grief.

    Regards,
    ACPin


    Posted by: George | 19 April 2002 | 13:44 EDT
    Can't wait for AOTC figures? Go to Kohls!
    I was able to find this morning @ Kohls in Eagan, MN some AOTC figures. The price is a bit hefty ($8.99) but at least I got the ones I wanted. Jango (Kamino Escape) is really cool, R2-D2 is very nice (kinda of the POTF-2 DLX version but clean) I love the R2 units and 3-P0 with removable panels. This one has a great level of playabilty for kids, but for us collectors it looks kinda hefty with the panels attached to it. They had also the DLX Jango but I passed on it not for the price but simply the figure SUCKS with CAPITAL LETTERS; Also available they had Anakin and Zam Wezzel speeders along with mini puzzles. Honestly I was not impressed with the DLX line of AOTC figures, so my $$$ remained in my pockets!!!


    Posted by: George | 19 April 2002 | 13:13 EDT
    Trooper Jeffrey shares some interesting pics and info:
    Hi George, I finally got around to using the digital camera I bought from you. I absolutely love it and its fast becoming my new hobby! (not that I'm any good at it yet!)Anyway, I thought the Troops might enjoy some pictures of a recent addition to my collection-a vintage POTF Yak Face and the tri logo counterpart. The POTF Yak Face was a Canadian exclusive (hence the French language on the card). He came with the collectors coin and staff. The US version was due to be released but never was and now exists only as a POTF Proof Card. Unfortunately, this figure almost always has the typical yellowed bubble that plagued the later Kenner lines. The tri logo Yak Face is slightly more common and came without the coin and staff (although some have turned up packaged with Luke Jedi guns). The tri logo figures have their own bubble problems in that they were extremely flimsy and are almost always dented, especially at the corners. I hope everyone enjoys the pictures. Take care George and thanks again for the camera!-Jeffrey Butikofer
    butikoferj@hotmail.com




    Posted by: Zack | 19 April 2002 | 12:35 EDT
    The Plot Thickens....Reported by Trooper John:
    Like many of you I was excited to see the posts about the Shuttle being confirmed. Since I have no FAO nearby I tried calling the mail order number 1-800-876-7867, where I was told that there were no pre-orders being taken. After reading again this morning that other people had order from local stores I decided to e-mail FAO costumer service. I sent them a link to the article on Rebelscum.com confirming the Shuttle and this is the response I recieved today 4/19:
    Dear Interested Customer,

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Unfortunately at the present time the details for the Imperial Shuttle are still under consideration. As of today, there has been no official decision made concerning the status of the shuttle. Therefore, no sign up lists or pre-orders are available at this time. FAO Schwarz did not provide the information located on www.rebelscum.com. We hope to have more information as soon it becomes available.
    Anytime you have questions about FAO items, please contact us. Do not depend on rumors from other websites, as they are not an authorized source of information in regards to our products. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at fao@your-eservice.com. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

    Sincerely,
    FAO Schwarz Customer Service

    I don't doubt that some people have been able to pre-order these at local stores, but I'd be interested in hearing from them to see if they have an item number or something that the rest of us could refer to when we try to order.
    Also, if they can post the phone number to the FAO they ordered at.

    Later,
    John
    k9fish@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 11:44 EDT
    Trooper Jeff from Phoenix, AZ reports:
    Regarding FAO Schwartz and the Imperial Shuttle: Most of the stores will ship anything they have at the store which helps a lot when all of stuff on clearance is not available at the website because all that is left is in the stores. But, since this is not a clearance item and won't be for quite a while we should be able to get the Imperial Shuttle from the website. So I thought this might help Click here: FAO Schwarz | Main | Homepage. If that doesn't work you can call the information of most major cities and get the number of an FAO Schwarts near that city. I am also giving you the customer service number and they might be able to help. I hope this helps:
    To place an order by phone, or for Customer Service, call toll free
    1 800-876-7867. DOCJ45@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 11:21 EDT
    Target -Exclusive Trooper Assortment revealed:
    Star Wars Target exclusive No. 32532 - Trooper Set (6 pcs in sealed case) Will include the following:
  • Death Star set with Trooper
  • Hoth Invasion with Rebel Soldier
  • Endor Patrol set with Scout Trooper
  • Jedi Arena set with Battle Droid


    Posted by: Steve | 19 April 2002 | 9:42 EDT
    New review up at the review page
    Hey Troops, I just posted a review of Starfighter - Crossbones from Dark Horse Comics. I talk about the entire 3 issues series. Click here to check it out. Coming sometime soon will be my review of Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston. I am half way through the book.


    Posted by: George | 19 April 2002 | 8:34 EDT
    For some FAO help:
    Here is the main customer service # for Fao Schwarz 1-800-876-7867. Also you can visit their site and request a catalogue. If my coordinates aren't wrong, we are likely to see the Shuttle and drool over the calatogue's page by next Fall. www.fao.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 19 April 2002 | 8:19 EDT
    PRE-ORDER the Imperial Shuttle from Brian's Toys.
    Troops,
    If you do not have an FAO near you, you can preorder the Shuttle from Brian's Toys. That's what I did, I'm NOT taking any chances! When you get to their main page, look for the preorder link (towards the bottom, in the middle).
    Brian's Toys Shuttle Preorder


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 0:50 EDT
    Trooper Spice-O-Wan with Kohl's update & BoShek siting:
    Went into Kohl's on a fellow trooper's tips and found about 20 EP2 figs I've attached a pic to show you my loot. The lady to me to hurry up and get the heck out of there because the manager was waiting to get a e-mail back to see if they had to pull them until tuesday. I've
    also been finding the Boshek and Fx-7 wave in major quanities throughout the suburbs of Chicago. No Teebo there though. c.spice@att.net


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 0:42 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan (Allentown Chase) reports:
    Thursdays news it's a mix of Star Wars & Simpson's. The Ames in Phillipsburg, NJ had a whole end cap of slave 1, reek, about 40 light sabers (20 anakin and 20 count dooku) for 24.99 per saber, 30 deluxe figs mostly jango and obi, 20 Jedi starfighters, they only had about 20 figs on the pegs left (it was picked through pretty good) I figured I leave all the over priced stuff (slave 1, sabers, reek, I'll get'em all at Wal-mart and save a few bucks. For the figs they had 3 red clone troopers, 5 R2-D2's, 1 Dexter that was damaged, 1 3-PO, 4, anakin, 2 obi chase, 1 nikto,1 jarjar senator, 1 battle droid white, and 1 geonasion warrior which is pretty cool can't wait till Monday night. My TRU today had about 20 Colonel Homer and lorleen exclusives and pegs full of wave 8 and 16 Selma and Lunch Lady Doris playsets.Seeing all that over priced merchandise that to me seemed a small amount of stuff is nothing compared to the mega-lo-marts version, I foresee Wal-mart becoming a Huge Star Wars dispensing tool with stores telling me they have many pallet's of stuff in the back, my local Wal-mart said they will fill an aisle with merchandise an it will be cornered off till 12:01 and then it's up for grabs so here's what we've waited for lets do what we set out to do and just have a lot fun with our hobby see ya at the premier. debalus@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 0:16 EDT
    Troper Jimsjedi reports:
    Hey Troops, Jimsjedi here from Auburn, Mass counting down the hours till Monday 12:01am. My wife is sick of hearing me talk about this, and can't wait till I finally get the toys in hand so I'll shut up. Anyway, I found the 25th anniversary figures at Target today for $7.90 and snagged 2 up. They also have most peg warmers there for only $3.20. Not bad at all. I have a couple of post on the trade page and hope someone can help me find a 25th Toy Fair Vader. I have a good amount to trade and will be very generous. My trade name of course is Jimsjedi and I am somewhere on the first page. I tried for a long time for a clean biker scout and finally got it a few weeks back. I know I can count on my fellow troopers for help. Thanks for your time and I hope to run into some fellow troopers on Monday night. JIMSJEDI@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 19 April 2002 | 0:04 EDT
    Trooper Shawn with a query:
    FAO Schwartz is taking pre-orders for the Imperial Shuttle. However, I don't live anywhere near an FAO. Could someone please send me a phone number for one of their local stores to fitzgerald69@peoplepc.com ? Thanks, Shawn
    Troops, any help here would be great. Maybe we can come up with a way to make sure we all get one of these...


    Posted by: Jason | 18 April 2002 | 23:53 EDT
    Beedo Sookcool with the FAO Imperial Shuttle update:
    Hot on the heels of the last dire e-mail I sent about the FAO Schwartz Imperial Shuttles, comes THIS: I just pre-ordered my Shuttles (one for me, one for my pal "Wildman") from the Orlando FAO Schwartz outlet, which is now taking pre-orders. Kind, courteous, professional, friendly, and helpful people are waiting to take your calls. And they say they are looking to take pre-orders into JUNE.
    Hear that? That may mean they will make enough Shuttles to fill the pre-orders! Of course, pre-orders will take precedence when it comes to shipping and so forth, but it's a bit more heartening than hearing that there are only going to be 5,000 Shuttles to distribute throughout the entire world, isn't it? - Beedo Sookcool
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 18 April 2002 | 22:32 EDT
    TRU Midnight Madness @ Times Sq TRU (UPDATED)
    Toys "R" Us Times Square in New York will open early on Tuesday, April 23-at 12:01am to sell Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones merchandise to collectors and Star Wars fans. The international flagship store will also have a feature shop dedicated to the merchandise complete with one-of-a-kind life-size mannequins of characters and a light saber from the movie and authentic visual displays. Also, Toys "R" Us Times Square will offer the following gift with purchase offer: With every $50 Hasbro purchase, guests will receive Star Wars, The Action Figure Archive (edited by Stephen J. Sansweet with Josh Ling)--a great collector book. AND the first 35 customers (with $50 Hasbro purchase)--will receive an authentic signed copy of the book.


    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 22:16 EDT
    Trooper Raja Reports:
    Troops the TRU in Redwood City is full of Sneak Preview figures I mean tons enough for everybody and they have at least 15 AT-ST.
    rajabakshi@attbi.com


    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 22:13 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan Reports:
    Reporting from the great mid-west and home of the great White Sox. I would like to thank Trooper Shawn for a great flawless transaction on picking up my Tie Interceptor. I do still have 2 B-wings for sale @43.00 plus 8 for shipping so if anyone is looking please let me know at c.spice@att.net Also a big thanks to trooper larry on hitting Kohls...Booo-Yaa baby they had about 20 different figs and I got them at 8.10 a piece, I know its a little pricey but would you rather get them days early and pay a little more or go through the stampede at the other places.Pick your poison. Sandtroopers for life!!!Peace out United we Find!
    c.spice@att.net


    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 21:40 EDT
    Star Wars Reference on Just Shoot Me.....
    On tonight's episode, Finch (David Spade), writes a movie for his film class. It's a story about how divorce affects the family, with the parents sharing the same names as a famous SW couple...Han and Leia! They also had a cat named Chewy.

    "You know these names came from another movie....(looks around and whispers) Star Wars..."

    To get inspired one of Finch's coworkers told him that George Lucas used to get nervous and throw up all the time while shooting American Graffiti. Finch became inspired and swore that he would throw up before each shoot just like his mentor!


    Posted by: vaughn | 18 April 2002 | 19:47 EDT
    Markus from www.StarconstruX.de writes:
    The german based internet site www.StarconstruX.de has updated their site. You will find there more than 20 new 360 degree turn of our custom made figures. You have now the possibility to view the figures as an animated gif from all sides and of course you will find some new figures for example Jabba's Sail Barque Guard, Cap. Antilles and Dr. Evazan.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 18 April 2002 | 16:59 EDT
    This just in from Brian's Toys:
    "We now have the latest release of Playskool Jedi Force Action packs "Fast through the Forest" and "The Stompin' Wampa". These action packs are selling for $14.99 ea. Great gifts for children of all ages. Recently we acquired a complete set of 62 POTF coins which we are selling individually.
    Brian's Toys


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 18 April 2002 | 16:53 EDT
    This just in from Hasbro:
    "Updated with new information on 4/18/02:
    Toys "R" Us Times Square in New York will open early on Tuesday, April 23-at 12:01am to sell Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones merchandise to collectors and Star Wars fans. The international flagship store will also have a feature shop dedicated to the merchandise complete with one-of-a-kind life-size mannequins of characters and a light saber from the movie and authentic visual displays. Also, Toys "R" Us Times Square will offer the following gift with purchase offer: With every $50 Hasbro purchase, guests will receive Star Wars, The Action Figure Archive (edited by Stephen J. Sansweet with Josh Ling)--a great collector book. AND the first 35
    customers (with $50 Hasbro purchase)--will receive an authentic signed copy of the book..."



    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 16:20 EDT
    Trooper Jedifitz Reports:
    Hey everyone, Trooper Spiceowan posted some things he had for sale the other day in the news section and I wanted to give him a big thank you. So here it is:
    THANK YOU !
    Troops this guy is awesome to deal with. Not only did I receive the Tie Interceptor very quickly it was also packed better than anything I've ever received in the mail. (I should have sent him a few extra dollars for all the bubble wrap used to protect it) Nothing new to report in my neck of the woods (Virginia Beach)
    itzfitz@prodigy.net

    Trooper Spiceowan is one of the valued collectors in the community. Thanks for helping out the fellow collectors Spice!


    Posted by: Jason | 18 April 2002 | 15:54 EDT
    Ultra-detailed Deluxe figure pictures at The Bothan Spy:
    Ishi Tib over at The Bothan Spy has posted extreme detailed pictures and a review of the upcoming Star Wars Saga, Attack of the Clones Deluxe figures. I'm sure you guys will enjoy these great pics from Ishi! Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 18 April 2002 | 15:48 EDT
    Ole Ben reports from "Out in L.A." -
    If you're in LA, the Kmart on 3rd and Fairfax has got a basement full o' deluxe figures. Went there yesterday and they had about twenty of each character set out, I grabbed a couple jangos and a couple mace and battle droids, then one each of Obi and Darth Tyranus...all of them are fantastic! They also had pretty much every LEGO set available there too and a bunch of them, I don't get into the legos, so I left those untouched for you all. Finally, I stopped by my local Long Beach Kmart and found collection one wave sitting out! Needless to say, I picked those up and went home an extremely happy trooper. Moral of the story is that if you can't wait until Monday, Kmart is doing us all a huge favor early, so if you can stand the smell, go check out your local Big K! By the way, they were selling the collection 1 wave for $6.99 each and the deluxe for $10.99 each. Best of luck to you all! apexbus@email.msn.com


    Posted by: Jason | 18 April 2002 | 15:42 EDT
    Words from the Master - Jedi Master Perez reports:
    Toms River NJ. Greetings Fellow Sandtroopers. I will get right to the point! Are you interested in any of the MASTER REPLICAS items? (IE. Luke's Lightsaber, Han Solo's Blaster & future items) Well, have I found a deal for you! How would you like any of their items for the regular price plus get the CASE (Priced at $50) for FREE. That's right FREE! For the past 12 years I have purchased my Star Wars comics from COMICS PLUS, which is located in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Ron & Chris are the men in charge at COMICS PLUS and they have made this offer to me and anyone else that I can steer their way. These guys are awesome and have taken good care of me & my Star Wars needs. My collection consists mainly of 3 ¾ inch figures and for the first time ever I am going to make a big $$$ purchase (Luke's Lightsaber). But I need the help of at least 5 other Sandtroopers in order to make my dream come true. They need to order at least 6 items in order to make this offer to me and anyone else that is interested. I am the first to order so they only need five more. If interested please contact me or better yet contact the guys at COMICS PLUS . Remember to mention that Jedi Master Harry Perez sent you in order to get the FREE case with your MASTER REPLICAS order. I issue a call to arms to all my fellow Jedi!!! We must be armed with our Lightsabers and Blasters in order to properly defend The Republic! Enjoy the hunt on 4/23! Feel The Force!
    jedi05@aol.com
    Master Perez is one of sandtroopers.com's finest and valuable allies, I encourage anybody looking to get these great pieces give Harry a holler! Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 14:00 EDT
    Trooper Chad Reports:
    I was able to get a glimpse of the AOTC 12" line today at a Huntsville Alabama Wal-Mart.All I have to say is,they look awesome.Now,I am not just saying that.Yeah,I attempted to purchase one but the dreaded sale not allow came up on the register but I did see them and I sure glad I did.Just a little something to look forward to until April 23rd.Peace out.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 18 April 2002 | 12:17 EDT
    To add to Tyler's post...below.
    I agree with Tyler's questioning here. Seems to me that McFarlane doesn't have to get as much money for his figures because he owns Spawn and doesn't need to pay licensing fees and incentives. I REALLY wished McFarlane could produce at least one branch of the Star Wars line, even if it was only the Beast assortments. How cool would that be? I think the point here is that Star Wars collectors love Star Wars, period. Spawn never really impacted our culture from a film standpoint (Star Wars is an anomaly), therefore...Spawn only seems to reach "X" amount of people that love the comic and or the detail of the toys themselves (as works of art..or just plain cool). Considering all this and other hidden costs, are we paying to much for these Star Wars toys? Anyone else have an opinion?


    Posted by: Tyler | 18 April 2002 | 11:18 EDT
    The Cost of Our Hobby
    Hey Troopers,
    I just have to take this opportunity to state a point. So for all of you who don't want to listen to a little complaining, please scroll down to the next post. I promise to make this short.
    Last night I stopped by my local walmart to see if they had put out any more EP 2 stuff prematurely (or the preview figures which I still haven't seen!). Anyhow no luck. But beside where the Star Wars figures usually are were a bunch of new Spawn figures. I've always liked these but never thought I could afford to collect both SW and them so I never have bought any. Well while checking them out I happened to notice the price. They were half as much as the Star Wars figures usually are and twice their size! Not to mention the incredible detail and accessories they have. I've always liked the detail Todd puts into his figures and wish he'd gotten the licenseing to do the prequel figures.
    So my question is this. How is it possible that McFarlane Toys, who is probably not even half the size of Hasbro, can sell their toys for half as much (even though their twice the size) and still make a profit? And obviously they are making a profit so who is making all the money off the Star Wars line? Is it Hasbro, the retailers or Lucasfilm?
    Just something to think about. And for all of you who read this, thanks for listening (or reading):)


    Posted by: Tyler | 18 April 2002 | 10:53 EDT
    Tie Interceptor Giveaway! (only 3 days left to enter)
    Hey Troopers,
    This weeks giveaway is for a POTJ Tie Interceptor! To enter send ME your name and register yourself at R2Dtoys for their news letter (click on the link below to do so). You have to do both to qualify. Contest closing date will be Saturday, April 20th. Good luck to everyone and remeber to only enter once. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
    www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl

    Don't forget to check R2Dtoys.com for their Grand Opening specials this Saturday! Click on their link in the left hand margin to learn more.


    Posted by: Cheryl | 18 April 2002 | 8:10 EDT
    3 Day C2 pass for sale.
    If anyone needs a 3 day pass i have one for sale at $65.00 Cheryl


    Posted by: Zack | 18 April 2002 | 7:45 EDT
    Young George Lucas Reports:
    Hey, folks. This is the calm before the storm, but tonight at my local Wal-Mart (in Overland Park, Kansas) I found the Topps "AOTC" Widevision Movie cards! They are very cool, and they has tons of 'em. And yes, they did ring up at the register.
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: Jason | 18 April 2002 | 0:43 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    New Star Wars Saga figure images -Check out Rebelscum.com today and catch carded pictures of one of this Summer's upcoming wave assortments: Darth Vader - Bespin Duel, Luke Skywalker - Bespin Duel, Mace Windu - Geonosian Rescue, and Jango Fett - Final Battle.

    "Shasta negotiates for Episode II softdrink tie-in" - This and more hilarity over at CreatureCantina.com, with all new updates as usual on Wednesdays!

    Loose Figure shots at TradeFederation - TradeFederation.net has nice loose shots of Anakin Skywalker - Hangar Duel, Yoda, and Clonetrooper (red trim), and the complete Collection 2, Wave 2 assortment, with their great humorous observationalism! Check them out!

    JediAries happenings - New Alien Cantina GIVEAWAY! Kubrick 300th Fett in Tin! The Aliens at Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their latest free drawing for a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin. To enter the drawing, visit the site now at http://jediaries.themonthlypost.com

    For all the current contests around the internet, see yesterday's Daily News.
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 17 April 2002 | 23:20 EDT
    More and MORE deluxe AOTC figures at K-Marts:
    This from our Trooper Ben - I hit a K-Mart today and found a jackpot of deluxe figures...nothing but deluxe figures. Just the Obi Wan, Tyranus, Jango Fett and Mace, but there were a bunch of them!
    apexbus@email.msn.com


    Posted by: Jason | 17 April 2002 | 22:23 EDT
    Trooper Eric B. reports:
    News for Troopers in the Western New York area - I called the TRU in Clarance today and they're not going to be open for the midnight madness. I heard that other TRU are also going to be closed, so it looks like wal-mart and target are the only places to go, pass it on!
    eric_bar@msn.com


    Posted by: Cheryl | 17 April 2002 | 21:47 EDT
    Other LFL sites?
    Rumor has it these three sites are some sort of way for LFL to advertise for AOTC and to get college students and fans by using very strange and unusual advertising.The three sites are purplelightsaber kaminorentals useekyoda


    Posted by: George | 17 April 2002 | 20:16 EDT
    Bosheks galore!!!!!!
    Area report for my fellow troopers around the Twin City area, Teebo and Co. arrived at the local TRU in Burnsville across the Bursville Center. As for this afternoon 3:45 CT they had enough to satisfy us collectors as well as our lovely scalpers. Get 'em before they're history.


    Posted by: Tyler | 17 April 2002 | 18:21 EDT
    News from R2Dtoys Grand Opening
    To celebrate our opening, r2dtoys.com has invited Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who plays Boba Fett, to our retail store in North London. He will be here from 11am - 5pm on Saturday 20th April 2002 to meet his fans. You are welcome to come too.

    We will be the first retailer to sell Episode 2 figures....and at the fantastic price of just £5 (this is around $7) ! So far, we have not had slapped wrists and expect a good turn-out, to see details of our offers and open day specials, please visit www.r2dtoys.com today ! We have stocks of 25th anniversary packs, Tie Bomber, Snowspeeder, ATST, Tie Interceptor, 12" Speeder w/ scout, plus Teebo wave, Eeth Koth wave, Jedi Starfighter........

    We have lots of other specials, and as our website grows over the coming weeks we are going to add many other products too.

    As a bonus, we are giving away a FREE signed 300th Boba Fett figure, to our first 50 customers who spend £25 or more. On top of that, every customer will receive a free Star Wars figure and every order over £15 will get another free figure ! (free figures will be of our choice)

    10% discount off ALL non-special items in store and 5% off all website orders, low shipping charges (so don't let that put you off ordering from overseas) and rare/hard to find toys aswell.

    For more information, and to keep up to date about specials and membership discounts, please add your name to our maiing list at www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl (please remember, we are unable to take any website orders until 20th April !!!).

    We will be deleting the TEST products on the site and adding LIVE products within the next 48 hours.....

    Please remember to check the website OR if you can make it down, meet Boba Fett himself !


    Sincerely,

    r2dtoys.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 17 April 2002 | 15:53 EDT
    The HOT figs from EP1....Need em'?
    This just in from Brian's Toys:
    "We have recieved the following American EPI figures in stock.
    TC-14, R2B1, Sio Bibble, and Queen Battle are all available at Brian's Toys.

    Brian's Toys


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 17 April 2002 | 14:47 EDT
    The "DARTHS" have it!
    AOTC Darth Tyrannus:



    Posted by: Jason | 17 April 2002 | 13:59 EDT
    Trooper John C. reports:
    Target is at it again. The Niagara Falls (New York) store has discounted remaining Staw Wars stuff again. Basic figures are now $3.20 and deluxe figures are $7.20. Load up while they last. Can't wait for the 23rd. Hope I saved enough money! - John
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 17 April 2002 | 12:20 EDT
    If you are willing to give a little, you will gain a lot!
    Trooper RWTinTX reports:
    "Hello, I am in need of some assistance here. I had originally planned on attending the Celebration 2 but now work issues are going to prevent it. I do collect Star Wars autographs but only autographed action figures. Anyone who is going to attend the C2 and can help me obtain some autographed figures (which I will provide) I will give them a MINT Toy Fair Vader (along with autograph fees and shipping, of course!) Is there anyone out there who can help?"
    RWTinTX


    Posted by: George | 17 April 2002 | 8:59 EDT
    Your eyes can deceive you????? Oh yeah!!!
    While watching the images of the loose Reek at Yakface, I noticed a slight optical illusion on the second loose picture. If you all check that image for a second time, it looks like the Reek has 2 mouths instead of 1; The angle in which the picture was taken creates that illusion, the second horn on the left side looks like a tounge, go ahead again, see it for yourself and have fun. yakface.com


    Posted by: Zack | 17 April 2002 | 8:04 EDT
    Young George Lucas Reports:
    Hey, folks. Here's my opinion on the new AOTC figures. I think, on average, that they are really awesome. The Collection 2 figures look a little better than the Collection 1 though. The future gets brighter, the figures from the second and third waves of both collections look even better still! The Mace Windu (Geonosian Rescue), Bespin Duel Vader, Bespin Duel Luke and Endor Bunker Han Solo look to be among the best ever! Well, it's now only 1 week 'til the merchandise hits- and only one month 'til "ATTACK OF THE CLONES"! It seems like only yesterday I was waiting in line to get tickets for "The Phantom Menace". The Force is with us! This movie will rule!
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 17 April 2002 | 8:01 EDT
    Kubrick Fett giveaway at JediAries!
    New Alien Cantina GIVEAWAY! Kubrick 300th Fett in Tin! The Aliens at Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their latest free drawing for a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin. To enter the drawing, visit the site now at http://jediaries.themonthlypost.com


    Posted by: Jason | 16 April 2002 | 23:18 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    AOTC Deluxe figures - Pegwarmer.com has seven nice detailed photos and examines the hollowed-out back present on the Deluxe Jango Fett to accomodate the electronic backpack.

    Lays AOTC Potato chips - On Monday 4/15 my local variety store had the large-size bags of Lay's chips with nice AOTC imagery on the bags. KC Masterpice BBQ is gorgeous with a dark, rainy image of Jango Fett and Obi-Wan; Sour Cream & Onion feature a green motif with (who else?) Yoda and Obi-Wan (Yoda appears to be Episode V Yoda); and Wavy Lay's depicts R2-D2 and silver C-3P0 with a maroon color scheme. The back panel has an article about droid and human friendships. There are no game-pieces or such within, my store had buy 1 get 1 free offer to boot! Check out TheForce.net or your local grocer to see these!

    TV Article on AOTC - Tomorrow night, Entertainment Tonight will be airing a short article about Episode 2.

    Qui-Gon vs. Battle Droid - Opportunity to see an example of just how far along the unproduced Episode One two packs were into production.

    What Reeks?! - YakFace.com has some realy ripping boxed images of the Reek!

    SirSteve's - He's added a boxed pic of Ki-Adi-Mundi 12-incher.

    Attack of the Shopping Lists - Anyone who hasn't requested the latest compilation of April 23 and beyond Star Wars Saga & AOTC toys list, just e-mail me for a copy! (use e-mail link at end of news)

    C o n t e s t B r e a k d o w n - BIGGER and better
  • The Darkside Collector is giving away an Attack of the Clones Plo Koon, ends 4/22.
  • Powercollectibles lets you enter to win your choice of either a new Episode II AOTC Jango Fett's Slave I, AOTC Jango Fett & AOTC Boba Fett - all 3 items unopened -OR- a set of all 6 new Simpsons series 8 figures, all unopened, ends 4/30.
  • JediChris.net is giving away a set of AOTC figures. Just register in their forums to win, ends 4/28.
  • The Private Universe is giving away a Power of the Jedi AT-ST, ends 4/21.
  • The Bothan Spy is giving away Kubrick Speederbike with Bikerscout (thanks to r2dtoys.com) and a Jedi Starfighter.
  • JediAries has up for grabs a Kubrick 300th Boba Fett in a special Fett-labeled Aluminum Tin (thanks to r2dtoys.com).
  • TheJawa.com has a 2002 ToyFair Darth Vader giveaway, ends 4/18.
  • TheJawa.com also is holding Diorama-Rama (my favorite event after Hearing Test Thursday), the prize is a POTJ FX-7 and Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy), ends 4/20.
  • In conjunction with r2dtoys, The Jawa offers you a POTJ Snowspeeder, ends 4/20.
  • Vintage Figure Giveaway - DeathStarPlans.com serves up a Klaatu (Palace Guard) vintage figure! (ends 4/26)
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 22:15 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    Got to spend the afternoon in lovely Sunnyvale and took a side trip to their Biggy K-Mart at Lawrence and El Camino. Talk about stuff all over the place! If you hurry you may be able to pick up the following:

    Speeders - Zams and Anakins. They are in the action figure aisle, look on the top bottom shelf two steps to your left from the SW figs on the pegs. These items are definately openers because folks have been really mistreating the packaging. Bummer.

    Reeks!: Keep going down the aisle (left) go around the corner to the next aisle and look to the top shelf. There were seven when I left. Cool.

    They also had the Jedi Dex, for $29.97. They are located in the puzzle/electronic hand held toys aisle. It looked kinda cool but I'm gonna spend my hundreds on the other stuff. There were a couple of Jedi Starfighters but they had been opened up and I would assume parts are missing. In the game board aisle they had Life, Stratego, and Jedi Duels. Happy Hunting!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 16 April 2002 | 16:19 EDT
    Wut'z WHAT in Maryland.....
    I managed to stop by the TRU in Clinton after the final episode of "I WAS A ROOT CANAL RECIPIENT BASKETCASE". Needless to say after my performance in the chair today, my dentist left without so much as an "F" you or a goodbye... I REALLY hate going to the dentist.....Hmmm....Oh yeah..The news I was getting to:
    The TRU in Clinton Maryland has plenty of the EP2 Preview figs and ATST galore....If you need these, this TRU is a sure thing. Good hunting troops!


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 13:56 EDT
    Trooper Larry Reports:
    Hi,I've managed to get many of the new figures from Kohl's in Chicagoland, and in comparing them to other figures, even those done in the last regular wave, does anybody else think the new toys look.......different somehow? Isit the sculpt? The plastic? The paint job? Past figures seem much better. More detailed? Fuller somehow? I can' t really explain it other than to say past figures look like finely sculpted and painted statues, whereas the new batch look like toys! Anyone else notice anything?
    larry.wauchop@harrisbank.com


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 13:53 EDT
    Trooper Philly Dave Reports:
    Yo whats up everyone philly dave. Its true what everyone is saying k-mart is the spot to be they had slave- 1, jedi starfighters, deluxe figures and lightsabers but make sure you look at the whole isle these items were scattered. If anyone is interested in a slave-1 in a trade let me know I am in need of a loose y-wing from target. Please let me know thanks.
    NICHOLASD928@AOL.COM


    Posted by: Tyler | 16 April 2002 | 9:25 EDT
    R2Dtoys Tie Interceptor Giveaway! (repost)
    Hey Troopers,
    This weeks giveaway is for a POTJ Tie Interceptor! To enter send ME your name and register yourself at R2Dtoys for their news letter (click on the link below to do so). You have to do both to qualify. Contest closing date will be Saturday, April 20th. Good luck to everyone and remeber to only enter once. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
    www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl

    Congratulations to Michael Coszalter who won the Eopie. Also don't forget to check R2Dtoys.com this Saturday for their grand opening. They will have plenty of specials and EP2 figures for only $7 US!


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 8:31 EDT
    Want to know more about one of the few female Jedi in Ep2?
    Here's part of an email I got from the people involved in her newest project....

    Mindshadow Entertainment LLC, is pleased to announce the addition of NALINI KRISHAN to our project 'Area 23' in the lead role of 'Perceptor'.
    Nalini will be featured in the new Star Wars movie 'Attack Of the Clones' as 'Jedi apprentice Barriss Offee' premiering in May.

    Her character doesn't have a databank entry at starwars.com, but she is mentioned in some of the other characters' entries. You can find out more about the actress or her movie at http://www.area23movie.com/krishan.htm.


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 8:20 EDT
    Trooper Kent Reports:
    I was checking out some of the latest posts on sirstevesguide.com and here's what I came up with as a rough estimate on what we will be spending on April 23rd.

    Note: All prices listed as Hasbro MSRP (NYC Toy Fair).

    Action Figures Basic (Collection 1 & 2) x 29 (includes 2 battle droids,
    white & brown) $6.99 each = $202.71

    Action Figures Deluxe x 4 $9.99 each = $39.96

    12" Action Collection x 3 $24.99 each = $74.97

    Vehicles x 4 Slave 1 $24.99 each, Speeders $11.99 each x 2 $23.98, Jedi
    Starfighter each $19.99

    Attack Beast Assortment x 1 $15.99 each

    WalMart Exclusives (Tiebomber & Snowspeeder) x 2 $59.98

    Role-Playing Items Electronic Lightsabers $19.99 x 3 = $59.97, Basic
    Lightsabers $7.99 x 2 $15.98, Action Sets $14.99 x 2 =$29.98, and Electronic
    Blasters $19.99 x 2 = $39.98

    Add it all up and it comes to $608.48 plus local sales tax!
    Kent.Marlatte@vandenberg.af.mil

    The prices are MSRP so, they are a little higher than what you'll see at a Walmart, but rest assured, you're gonna pay alot!


    Posted by: Zack | 16 April 2002 | 8:11 EDT
    Theloneswlady Reports:
    Hi, Donna from So. Cal. reporting in. Took a road trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit family. While I was there, I stopped by a TRU in Colma and found 9 AT-STs and a whole end cap full of Preview Figures including Jango Fett. Then on my way home, I stopped by a TRU in Valencia near Magic Mountain and found the whole Teebo wave there. Stopped by a couple of Wal-Marts but they all seem to be following the policy of not putting anything out until 4/23. Hey Troops, just one more week before the madness begins. Hunting Hunting.
    theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 16 April 2002 | 0:13 EDT
    An Update from our Newest Sponsor:

    STAR WARS: We have 6 of the Episode 1 Two-Packs with Battle Droids in
    stock. Marmit Boba Fett Kit, Boba Fett life size helmet, Y-Wing Fighter, More Green Card Figures, Vintage R2-D2 Coca Cola Keychain, and More are in stock!
    Bigbadtoystore

    Be sure to visit BBTS at Midnight Eastern time the night of 4/22 - morning of 4/23 - we'll have a large selection of Episode 2 items for $7.99 each!

    Thanks for your interest and take a look at www.bigbadtoystore.com (use the banner link in our sponsor area on the left side) to see the new items! - Joel Boblit

  • BBTS has also just received the gorgeous Generation 1 Transformers DREAMWAVE COMICS & POSTERS. If you're a big TF fan like me, then DO NOT miss these! Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 15 April 2002 | 23:52 EDT
    Trade Federation Control Ship Bridge Doorway Diorama:
    My bud JediJayBird in Minnesota has sent in some great pics of his diorama in-progress. It's looking great so far, read on:
    I just wanted to send you a couple pics showing my progress. I have been working on it for a month or so a couple nights a week. You can't really tell from the images, but the walls are foamcore with a layer of plastic on the outside that is etched to give the illusion of individual panels. You can also see my attempt on creating a sheild for the destroyer droid and I also added the blaster effects from the Sneak Preview Jango Fett to the destroyer droids' arms. I butchered up a few battle droids to add to the scene and painted them to look like they are still glowing from the lightsaber cuts. Very Fun! When completed, it will have flashing lights, a floor and ceiling. e-mail JediJayBird
    Use the links to view the full-size images - Vanquished battle droids and Droidekas




    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 23:15 EDT
    A tale of a dismembered battle droid....
    A trooper needs your help! Darthsmozers at The Community Forums needs some assistance. He has one of the 3-D cardboard battledroids, but it has sustained heavy damage (perhaps from deflected blaster fire). He needs some ideas on how to put him back in standing condition. Are you an expert in battle droid reconstruction? Got an idea that is crazy enough that it just might work? Drop the guy a line a help him out! Jsmo2283@cs.com




    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 23:13 EDT
    New stuff at K&C Collectibles!
    The newest Episode 2 Attack of the Clones product has arrived.

    Now In-Stock:
    Jango Fett's Slave 1

    Back In-Stock:
    Tie Bomber - with imperial pilot figure
    Snowspeeder - with Luke & Dack figures

    Still Available:
    Collection 1 set 2 of 4
    Padme Amidala
    Jango Fett - Kamino Escape
    C-3PO - Protocol Droid
    Kit Fisto - Jedi Master
    Collection 2 set of 6
    Boba Fett - Kamino Escape
    Tusken Raider mother with child
    Captain Typho - Padme's Security
    Shaak Ti - Jedi Master
    Battle Droid - Arena Battle
    Plo Koon - Arena Battle

    Come visit our site at http://www.kandccollectibles.com and get the latest Star Wars collectibles.


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 21:40 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    Hey Troops, Just got My case of Collection I Wave I. Anyone out there thatneeds Jango Fett, Obi Wan or Anikin I'll let them go for 6.00 a piece. You pay for shipping of course. I would be willing to trade straight across for any figure in the second wave.

    TWoods@associatedbond.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 15 April 2002 | 19:20 EDT
    EP 2 Anakin and Obi-wan Figures
    Hey Troopers,
    I still have 3 EP2 Obi-wan's and 4 Anakin's on tri-logo cards available at cost of $6.50 US plus shipping. If anyone wants em LMK. tyler@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 15 April 2002 | 17:20 EDT
    R2Dtoys Eopie Giveaway Winner!
    And the winner is.......

    MICHAEL COSZALTER

    Please contact me within 7 days to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered and don't forget to enter this weeks contest for a POTJ Tie Interceptor. See yesterdays post for details.


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 17:14 EDT
    Trooper Baldrik Reports:
    For all the troops in the Tucson AZ area, don't waste your time at the toy and discount stores looking for AOTC figures. Instead go to your local grocery store. I found 12 different collection 1 and 2 figures at Frys on West Ina Rd. and Albertsons on La Cholla.
    Baldrik747@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 15:38 EDT
    Trooper Starfox Reports:
    Two things....1st, over the past week or two, the Super WalMart in Killeen, TX has been receiving alot of AOTC figures. I have seen boxes upon boxes with nothing but AOTC figures and other items brought onto the floor, left for a little while and then wheeled back to the back storage room....no shortage here for these on 23Apr02(must have been at least 30 cases so far if not more. I was told they would take up an entire wall. Nothing new any where else....

    2nd, I was talking to a Hot Wheel collector and he said that another Star Wars collector in town told him that ToysRUs will be getting an Exclusive AOTC figure....I've never heard of this, any ideas?? Or have I just been lost in a black hole lately and missed this tidbit of info??? That's all from Central Texas....
    ddemel@hotfcu.org

    There is word of a 12in. Mace Windu that is supposed to be a TRU exclusive. Maybe that's what he was referring to.


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 14:35 EDT
    Trooper Erik Reports:
    Man, what a month its been for me. I have no modem so I have to do this on my in-laws PC. Plus I got my foot run over by a forktruck at work, breaking 4 out of five toes, plus the parts that attach to the toes. The moron driving wasn't paying attention to where he was going. Its ok though because i'm out of work for a while. But do I have some serious cabin fever. No driving for me ANYWHERE!

    Hey BOBB F. I didn't blow you off. Thanks for the e-mail, it was very righteous of you to offer to help me out. But I ended up getting the Boshek wave at Wal-mart for ........50 cents a piece! It seems that at this particular store, whenever they get a new wave in it scans out for that price for a couple of days. I got the last 3 waves like that. For note its the Hadley, mass. Wal-mart. Shhhhh keep it a secret. I won't be able to go out next Tuesday to get the new stuff, so you people BE KIND and have fun. I'm patient. There will be more when I finally am able to go. Although I am kind of jealous. Good luck. PEACE!
    Onyxisfat@aol.com

    Lesson learned: crazy coworker + rampaging forklift + your foot = Trouble


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 14:23 EDT
    Trooper Sean Reports:
    Hi I was wondering if anybody can hook me up with the new walmart snowspeeder. I can only pay cost plus shipping. I live in Canada and don't think they will be showing up here.
    verestiuk@golden.net


    Posted by: Jason | 15 April 2002 | 13:43 EDT
    Bothan Spy GIVEAWAY and new SLAVE 1 PICS
    Hey Troops, My good buddy Amshak at the Bothan Spy has some cool news for you regarding some new stuff at The Bothan! Pay them a visit!

    "Thanks to r2dtoys, we have a Kubrick Speederbike with Bikerscout to giveaway in addition to the Jedi Starfighter. We have also added detailed PICS of the new Slave I and we have reopened Ishi Tib's Variation Guide."


    Posted by: Zack | 15 April 2002 | 8:30 EDT
    From the guys at The Dark Side Collector.....
    We are giving away a AOTC Plo Koon. The contest starts April 15th and ends April 22. All people have to do is send in an e-mail with their name and address. (one entry per person/per day). Check out the web site for details.
    The Dark Side Collector


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 23:50 EDT
    Darth Skotto Reports:
    Just got back from my local TRU and much to my dismay found out that none of the TRU in Tucson are participating in the midnight madness....... Just thought I would pass the sad news on...... Thank God for Wally World!!!!
    StrmtrooperTK421@aol.com

    The collecting section at theforce.net has a full list of what TRUs will be having a Midnight Madness. Don't forget to ask those Walmarts too!


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 23:43 EDT
    Trooper Danzigking Reports:
    Today my beautiful girl friend went shopping at Khols. Then I remembered reading about someone finding AOTC figures at Khols.So I told her to check to see if there was any and she brought home the new Anakin Skywalker(Outland Peasant Disguise) and a Obi-WanKenobi(Coruscant Chase)They were both $8.99 but she new I'd want them anyway.Atta Girl.....
    danzigking@sbcglobal.net


    Posted by: Tyler | 14 April 2002 | 23:32 EDT
    R2Dtoys Grand Opening!
    Hey Troopers,
    R2Dtoys is having their grand opening this coming weekend Saturday, April 20th in London England. As you've probably already heard, Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) will be attending. It is also rumoured that Ray Park (Darth Maul) may also pay a visit! So for those of you lucky enough to live in the UK, be sure to visit them on opening day. And for those of us who are not lucky enough to live there, they will be offering EP2 figures for order on their website on opening day! Price is $7 US per figure. For more information click on the link at the left or this www.r2dtoys.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 14 April 2002 | 23:22 EDT
    R2Dtoys Tie Interceptor Giveaway!
    Hey Troopers,
    This weeks giveaway is for a POTJ Tie Interceptor! To enter send ME your name and register yourself at R2Dtoys for their news letter (click on the link below to do so). You have to do both to qualify. Contest closing date will be Saturday, April 20th. Good luck to everyone and remeber to only enter once. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

    BTW, the winner of the Eopie will be announced tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who entered. www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl



    Posted by: Tyler | 14 April 2002 | 22:39 EDT
    Trooper Ben Reports
    Hello there.....have loved your guys site for many months now....you guys got me going to Wal Marts and I lucked out with a couple ep II battle droids a couple weeks ago. Really, I've been checking your site daily for a long time now and love every second of it. On top of it giveaways! Very cool....thanks a bunch and keep up the great work! Very very much appreciated

    Glad we could help Ben. Stay tuned to Sandtroopers for more exciting giveaways soon!


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 21:47 EDT
    News from our friends at JediChris......
    JediChris.net is having a huge Attack Of The Clones giveaway! We are giving away 14 Episode II figures. These include Wave 1 Collection 1 and Wave 1 Collection 2. The only catch is that you must be a registered forum member! Good Luck!

    Wow, that's a great giveaway! Drop by and check them out.


    Posted by: Jason | 14 April 2002 | 20:38 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    Bender - Jedi Training - Tonight on Futurama, the writers were able to spoof two great movies at once: Karate Kid and Star Wars . Bender the robot has become a hobo and wants to get out of his rut and become a famous chef. In a scene reminiscent of the lightsaber training aboard the Millenium Falcon, Bender must peel a "floating" potato with his blue lightsaber (there's a 5 lb. bag of floating potatoes on the ground too), all the while "You're the best (around)" theme from the Karate Kid is played while Bender does this and other forms of training to hone his culinary skills.

    r2dtoys Giveaways
  • Our sponsor r2dtoys is giving away a Toys 'R' Us AT-ST at The Private Universe. Post on TPU's Cantina Forums, send the folks at TPU an email, and make sure you're registered at r2dtoys as a newsletter subscriber (use this link)!
  • Gadders has a POTJ Zutton and FX-7 to giveaway, you'll have to answer a trivia question correctly to qualify.
  • Check out the following sites for all the giveaways being furnished by r2dtoys: 1/ sandtroopers.com Giveaway Tie Interceptor & Eopie, 2/ thejawa.com Giveaway Crashed Snowspeeder, 3/ artoosnews.com Giveaway Tie Bomber, 4/ theprivateuniverse Giveaway AT-ST Walker, 5/ gadders.com Giveaway POTJ FX7 and Zutton, 6/ pegwarmer.com Giveaway Jedi Starfighter, 7/ thebothanspy.com Giveaway Complete POTJ Teebo Wave & trilogo unreleased battle damaged destroyer droid, 8/ jundlandwastes Giveaway POTJ eeth koth, 9/ jediaries.com Giveaway kubrick 300th boba fett, 10/ galactic senate Giveaway signed 300th boba fett.

    Current Internet Star Wars Contest Breakdown - See yesterday's Daily News from Around the Web for all the latest and greatest contests; note that some end SOON, with a couple having just ended yesterday.
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 19:12 EDT
    Trooper Awingace Reports:
    Alright, alright, alright, I made myself the biggest liar from yesterdays report. I went to the Redwood City Biggy K-Mart and found the deluxe Count Dooku, Zams speeder, Anakins speeder, and the Reek. I couldn't help myself! If you are going there, go to the action figure section, look to where the pegged figures and look to the left top shelf. There were two Reeks, about six speeders (each) and one CDooku deluxe left. MTFBWY!!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 19:10 EDT
    Trooper Tim Reports:
    Hi, I am running out of room and i need to sell quite a bit of my extra Star Wars stuff..its either sell it or buy a bigger house..as you can see this is the easier choice. Please note that the price DOES INCLUDE SHIPPING.....US ONLY

    I have a ...B-Wing for $45, Tie Interceptor for $40....100th Edition Luke for $40....12" Darth Maul and Sith Speeder for $35....12" Biker Scout and Speeder Bike for $55....Dewback and Sandtrooper for $45...Kaadu and Captain Tarpals for $45....Carbon Freezing Playset...$25....JC Penney Hoth 4 Pack for $55....Electronic Darth Vader for $25....Chewbacca in chains for $25.....Hoth Leia for $25...12" Death Star Trooper for $25....TONS of other stuff...email me your want lists I probably have it...Thanks for any and all help you guys.
    Movieguy11a@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 15:35 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan Reports:
    In light of Celebration 2 and the onslaught of figures coming out I am selling off my extras that the scalpers couldn't have. I have 2 B-wing fighters (Target exclusives) and 1 Tie interceptor. I will sell them @ cost $43.00 for the B-Wing and $30.00 for the Interceptor all are in good condition and have been taking up space in this Master War room for too long. If anyone is interested e-mail me @ c.spice@att.net Please add shipping and handling. I do not imagine that they would be more than $8.00 for shipping, however I'm not sure. If it's more I guess I can cover the rest. U.S.A. only for that though. Let me know if I can help


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 15:33 EDT
    Trooper Danzigking Reports:
    I went to a local K-mart and found the new Slave I, Its pretty cool. It shoots 4 missiles and drops 4 sonic charges out the tail.The cockpit opens and can hold 3 figures, also hold jangos jet pack.very cool!! Also I found the new Star Wars Life game ,very cool ,much different from the normal Life game.You start off in courasant then go through jedi challenges and pick a master to teach you and buld a lightsaber and in the end you must face the jedi council.Lots of
    fun for 4 people.
    danzigking@sbcglobal.net


    Posted by: Bill | 14 April 2002 | 14:07 EDT
    Celebration II Pass for Sale!
    Hello Troops. I have an Extra Cellebration II pass for sale if anyone is interested. I will gladly sell it for $65.00 due to one of my collector friends is unable to go (Expensive car problems). Its a 3 day Pass (Anakin) minus the Lanyard. Email me Bill


    Posted by: Zack | 14 April 2002 | 9:56 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan Reports:
    I went into a local Electronic Boutique, not looking but talking to one of the clerks about the Starfighter game PS2, that I suck at. He asked me if I'd seen the new T-shirt that they were giving away with the purchase of the game. I of course said no, so old dude dropped one on me for tipping him off on the new starfighter that was at KB toys (right across the hall from his store). I was also at another KB toys where they had the FX-7 wave and Eeth Koth wave minus the imperial officer... scalpers must have been there before me. I have read a lot of places people fearing we have another Sio Bibble/ Hologram sidious upon us, I have to think that is not true. I'm sure people ranted and raved about those enough where the good ol' boys at hasbro won't let that happen again. So if ya don't have em' KEEP LOOKIN, there out there.
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: Jason | 14 April 2002 | 0:54 EDT
    Slick new Custom Cards at The Bothan Spy:
    Our good buddy AmShak at TheBothanSpy.com sends us this:
    We have Reopened our Custom Card Section in an all new format with numerous new cards. We have also added detail PICS of the Collection 2, Wave 1, AOTC figures. So, stop by and have a look around and while you're there, register for your chance to win an AOTC Jedi Starfighter.


    Posted by: Jason | 13 April 2002 | 23:51 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "I've never heard of Imperial Troops hitting anything this big." - No, we at Sandtroopers are instead going to tell you about Sandcrawler Workshop. These folks are constructing a site to help you refurbish your Star Wars vehicles with restoration and repainting instructions, as well as detailed images. They are just getting started and are holding a contest if you enter to be on their mailing list! As an entrant you'll have a chance to win The 2002 Toy Fair Silver Darth Vader figure.

    B r e a k d o w n - C u r r e n t C o n t e s t s
  • To help Celebrate the launch of R2DToys, the staff at TheJawa.com offers you a chance at the New Crashed Snowspeeder!
  • TIE Bomber at Artoo'sNews.com, compliments of r2dtoys!
  • JediChris.net is giving away the POTJ Teebo wave; contest ends Sunday night! You have to register in their forums to win.
  • AOTC Jedi Starfighter at thebothanspy.com.
  • AOTC Jedi Starfighter at PegWarmer.com, from r2dtoys!
  • PowerCollectibles.com has up for grabs a set of 4 Episode II Attack of the Clones carded figures including Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, and Plo Koon -- all in unopened mint condition -OR- a mint condition unopened Simpsons exclusive Pin Pal Burns.
  • Just a reminder that the giveaway for the Episode 2 Jango Fett at JundlandWastes.com ends tonight at midnight EST. If you haven't registered and posted in the forums yet, you still have a couple of hours to do so. Good luck!
  • Snowtroopers.ca : stop by to post on their forums for the CELEBRATION OF EII FREE GIVEAWAY CONTEST featuring a ton of great toys!
  • Each weekday starting Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 25, go to TechTV.com and take the trivia quiz to enter the Ultimate "Star Wars" Fan Challenge. Daily prize: One winner each day will receive a prize pack from LucasArts. Grand Prize: One winner will win a trip for two to Celebration II. You must be registered with TechTV (it's free) in order to enter, so be sure to register here.
  • More Giveaways at TheJawa.com; First up is a 12" Death Star Trooper , and try your look at their Diorama-rama contest, and enter the drawing for an AOTC movie poster, all at TheJawa.com.

    Collectors Schedule at Celebration II - Breakdown of the events such as collecting, displaying, preserving, even making action figures and a Q&A with Hasbro reps at Celebration II.

    Today's Fan Site - The Bounty Hunter's Cantina is today's fan site, don't let the sound of Vader's breathing freak you out. Thanks to our own Sergeant Zack for showing me this one!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 23:45 EDT
    Sandtrooper John Reports:
    Sandtrooper John from Riverside, Ca. here wanting to know if any body out there wants a AT-ST with the speeder bike. I bought it for the Paploo figure, but everything else is still in original package. It would be great for a diorama. If any body wants this I will let go for $10.00 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.

    I have a interesting story to tell. I went to the Kmart out here and bought some sneak peek figs. When I got to the checkstand, the cashier was wearing a button with the Star Wars logo on it with two hands holding a lightsaber (from Return of the Jedi) and it said "Coming April 23" She saw what I was buying, and asked if I collected. I said I did, and told here how I was preparing for the release of Episode 2 figs, She then offered me the button she was wearing. I said "Yes, that would be cool" She took it off her vest,and gave it to me. I am totaly stoked about it. It pays to ask questions, or just talk to store employees. Before I go, I wanted to thank Ozziehihorse for hooking me up with both Teebo and Bo Shek. I highly recommend him. If anybody wants the AT-St email me at L0rd0fthunder72@aol.com. Thanks again Sandtroopers!


    Posted by: Jason | 13 April 2002 | 18:59 EDT
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    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 17:56 EDT
    Trooper Dan Reports:
    Hi, Just went to a few Wal-Mart's in Tampa... The toy dept. managers. said they will not be stocking any Star Wars items until April 23rd, and most added that they will not stock them until that night when the stock crew comes in... Looks like April 24th at Wal-Mart...If anyone has seen the bombers or speeders in the Central FL area please post some news.
    djneal111@msn.com

    Dan brings up a good point. When in doubt about a stores release time, ask a toy dept. rep. It would suck to stay up till midnight just to roll up in your local Walmart and all you see are child-abused Ketwal's hanging on the pegs...


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 16:23 EDT
    Trooper Awingace Reports:
    A'right, lot's of you have been posting that Biggy K-Mart has been putting their EPII stuff so I thought I would check out mine. At first I saw sticker books and four different puzzles and there right in front of me was sitting deluxe Mace Windu. If it had teeth it would have bitten me. Of course I scooped it up and made my way to the check out where I had no problem purchasing it. It was a rush being able to find it, however I think I'm just gonna wait for M.M., since this will be my first one. Good luck all, MTFBWY!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 16:21 EDT
    Trooper DDDMax Reports:
    I went to Wal-Mart early this morning. While waiting for an oil change, I decided to use "The Force" on an unexpecting victim. I saw a girl working in the toy section and I went up to her and ... said "You will bring me 3 Bombers, 3 Snowspeeders, and 3 Slave-1!" She went to the back and brought me 3 Slave-1. She said the other two are deep under other boxes and pallets and couldn't get to it. I asked her if it rang up back there in the stock room and it did. I was VERY happy! I took it to the register and guess what? "No Sales Allowed". Darn! Two positive things came from this though. 1, My "Force" worked, 2, the price of the Slave-1 rang up @ $24.98, that's cheap!
    dddmax@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 16:19 EDT
    Trooper Robert Reports:
    Another Walmart score last night...picked up the Zam Wessel and the Red Clonetrooper. "Sale Not Allowed"...ha! Whatever. $5.88 each. That now brings the pre-April 23rd haul to 21 different aotc carded figures and the Slave 1. Saw both waves of electronic lightsabers, but left them on the pallet.
    RWTinTX@aol.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 13 April 2002 | 11:29 EDT
    Not Star Wars, but they are from the stars!
    Be still my beating heart...
    Looks like my second favorite toys from childhood (am I showing my age...) are making a "classic" comeback. MICRONAUGHTS! Holy smoke this is GREAT news! Seems that Palisades are making the new line based on the classic originals. The Micronaughts arrive from inner space, starting this summer... Personally I can't wait!

    If you are into Micronaughts, you can pre-order them from our new sponsor Big Bad Toy Store


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 8:44 EDT
    A note from our friends at Pegwarmer...
    PegWarmer.com is currently giving away a Jedi Starfighter as well in another contest Primary Targets, an AT-ST, Deluxe POTF2 Luke, Cold Weather Obi-Wan and Preview Zam Wesell! And if the same result happens last time in Primary Targets, the jackpot will grow even larger!


    Posted by: Zack | 13 April 2002 | 8:21 EDT
    Trooper Dsoll reports:
    Hi Troops, Dsoll here from Hoth, Wisconsin. I want to thank the great crew over at Power Collectibles. I won their bi-monthly drawing and received an AT-ST in mint condition. I've been entering internet contests for awhile and was beginning to believe they weren't real, but they are, so keep entering. Ya never know.

    Also, I have all four sneak prev figs (Jango, Wessel, Clone, and R3-T7) that I want to trade for a Tie Bomber. BUT WAIT: I'll also throw in an R2-Q5! That's five figs for 1 ship. Any takers?
    dsoll@execpc.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 13 April 2002 | 4:02 EDT
    "If I could turn back time..." -Raspy Cher impersonation.
    Troops,
    Let's head back to those days of yester-year and find ourselves in 1978, were we find Bill & Cheryl (in Bell-Bottoms and tiedyed T's no less...) showing the newest Star Wars toy offer of the day: A 1978 VINTAGE Creature Cantina! A Sears exclusive with a BLUE SNAGGLETOOTH. Zip over to the HOLOCRON with your "Feather" haircut, "Platform" shoes and "Zepplin" records and relive a moment of history......Please check your "dubage" at the front counter though..Thanks!
    ENTER THR HOLOCRON.


    Posted by: Jason | 13 April 2002 | 0:45 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "Prepare your troops for a ground assault." - Snowtroopers.ca is the new url domain name for Power of the North Side, so Canadian collectors should certainly stop by! Everybody should stop by to post on their forums for the CELEBRATION OF EII FREE GIVEAWAY CONTEST featuring a ton of great toys! Head over today!

    Food product tie-ins - Check out Artoosnews for info on the following items:
  • Lays brand potato chips in Episode II packaging featuring C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • Lucky Charms and Trix cereals containing a free kids movie ticket for Attack Of The Clones, and a coupon to order collectible bowl and cup sets available in two designs: "The Force" and "The Dark Side".

    "The irony is, well, ironic." - The crack force at CreatureCantina.com have the Episode II script available for your viewing if you're so inclined, and check out the irony of how their last week's spoof report of Star Wars site takeovers was taken seriously in a delicious pun (see it all on their main news page).

    Listen to THIS - For an early listen to the AOTC soundtrack, in QuickTime format, check out this link.

    R2Dtoys and Artoosnews offer free Star Wars toys around the 'Net - Our new sponsor R2Dtoys.com is serving up giveaways all over the net right now
  • TIE Bomber at Artoo's
  • TheBothanSpy.com's r2dtoys giveaway for a set of Teebo Wave POTJ figures!
  • Post on PegWarmer.com's Forums for a chance to win an Episode II Jedi Starfighter, again, compliments of r2dtoys!

    "Utinni!!!" - Giveaways at TheJawa.com; First up is a 12" Death Star Trooper , and try your look at their Diorama-rama contest, and enter the drawing for an AOTC movie poster, all at TheJawa.com.


    Posted by: Zack | 12 April 2002 | 23:01 EDT
    Sandtrooper John Reports:
    Hello folks, I need some information if you can help. First does anyone know if the Tie Bomber is going to be released in Canadian Walmart stores? Second has anyone have an idea what the Commtech store display from Episode 1 is valued at? This one is perfect,no cracks and complete,also it has an adapter so no need for batteries. Thanks for any help.
    eddielise@sympatico.ca


    Posted by: Zack | 12 April 2002 | 19:16 EDT
    Trooper R4_M9 Reports:
    I went to my local Walmart this morning asking for a POTJ Snowspeeder and Tie Bomber, They looked the UPC/SKU up in the computer and told me that they are still on order. The nice lady asked if I would like a rain check for these items and they would call me when they got them in. I asked what would happen if they didn't call me, she told me that the Managers are personally responsible for all rain checks, so they always get called. Moral of the story: Ask for a raincheck!!! r4_m9@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Zack | 12 April 2002 | 13:32 EDT
    Trooper Gareth Reports:
    Hi Gang, First post here but thought I should let you know that I have just found the first wave of the AOTC figures in a local Toy Shop. I picked up Anakin(Outland Peasant Disguise), Obi Wan (Coruscant Chase) and Jango Fett (Kamino Escape). They were priced at £5.99 each (UKP). If anyone in the Birmingham area wants some you need to get to Rubery and a little store called "Roy's Hobbies and Toys". The Sales guy also advised me that the new wave is due out some time this month and will include the Amidala. This outlet has ordered the second wave, ships, sabres and blasters too. Good Hunting.
    gareth.blinkhorn@system-software.co.uk


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 12 April 2002 | 13:05 EDT
    NEWEST EP2 FIGURE IMAGES!!!!!













    Thanks to Emperor Tai-Pan for the pics!



    Posted by: George | 12 April 2002 | 9:12 EDT
    Help please:
    If any of the troopers have available the SKU # from the upcoming 12'' Luke/Tauntaun from TRU, I will be very greatful. This number will be given to a troopette in Puerto Rico over the phone cuz she has no PC. Thanks. george@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 12 April 2002 | 8:57 EDT
    Just over one month left till EP2!




    Posted by: Zack | 12 April 2002 | 8:05 EDT
    Troopette Donna Reports:
    Hi Troopette Donna from So. Cal. here. Decided to stop by Big K tonight since I have read people finding Deluxe EPII figures there. scored again. They must have just put out a case. There were 2 Mace, 2 Count Dooku, 1 Jango, and 1 Obi-Wan. Bought all of them. They also had EPII puzzles, games, and lightsabers but I don't collect any of those. So check out those K-Marts and Happy Hunting.
    theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: Zack | 12 April 2002 | 0:26 EDT
    Trooper Michael M. Reports:
    I was Kohl's department store in Tulsa, OK tonight and saw several new AOTC figures including an R2D2 that lit up and made a sound when you pressed his front, a C3P0 that was partially disassembled with panels to place on him, the new Obi Wan, and the new Anakin, also a Clonetrooper with red details and a blaster cannon. They were priced at $8.99
    Michael

    That's one of the first times that I have heard of the red clonetrooper on shelves early. Michael further proves that Walmart isn't always the place to go to get the early score!


    Posted by: Jason | 12 April 2002 | 0:05 EDT
    3 More ATTACK OF THE CLONES Collection 2 Reviews here at Sandtroopers
    Sith Channel 2 has been updated once again to complete the review area for Collection 2, Wave 1 Episode II Basic Figures. As promised, here are Shaak Ti - Jedi Master, Battle Droid - Arena Battle, and my number one pick of the wave: Plo Koon - Arena Battle. Check out these reviews along with Boba Fett - Kamino Escape, Tusken Raider - Female with Child, and Captain Typho - Padme's Head of Security. Loose images coming soon, alongside the Carded Images. Detailed pictures and in-depth reviews of the Episode II Sneak Preview Wave are here, or just browse through Sith Channel 1 for them, in addition to Vaughn's awesome image galleries for the WalMart exclusive TIE Bomber and Snowspeeder. Check 'em out and get interactive by throwing in your own two-cents about the new Episode II figures to me here at the site:
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Zack | 11 April 2002 | 23:41 EDT
    Trooper Mitb'ret'turuodo Reports:
    I sent an e-mail to Master Replicas asking how long it would take for the Han blaster and Luke lightsaber to ship. Their reply was 4-6 weeks from the release date. There was no mention of the release date being moved back. Just to watch your e-mail for a UPS tracking number, or to watch for a transaction on your credit card.
    brn603@fidnet.com

    I got an email from Action Figure Xpress stating that they will be shipped after the 15th. We'll get our props soon enough!


    Posted by: Tyler | 11 April 2002 | 23:19 EDT
    Tri-logo EP2 Figures Still Available
    Hey Troopers,
    As I posted earlier this week, I found the first wave of EP2 Col 1 figures on tri-logo cards up here in Canada. I still have 3 Obi-wan's and 4 Anakin's for anyone who wants em. Cost is $6.50 US per figure plus shipping. LMK.


    Posted by: vaughn | 11 April 2002 | 21:04 EDT
    Jason from FFURG.com writes:
    Hi everybody,

    I'd like to take a moment of your time to let you know of an exciting feature coming to FFURG in May to celebrate Star Wars' 25th Anniversary.

    The 25th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope is in May and to celebrate this momentous occassion, FFURG's May Casting Call will honor the vintage era of Star Wars figures. For the May Casting Call, customizers are asked to submit their renditions of characters
    from A New Hope created in the vintage medium. What this means is that submissions of ANH characters should be made of primarily vintage Kenner parts or vintage-like parts. Customs using few modern parts will be accepted, but we ask that you not submit customs that are made primarily from figures from the modern line.

    So to submit your vintage ANH customs to FFURG's "Star Wars: ANH 25th Anniversary Casting Call", send your images to dan@ffurg.com. Then check back with FFURG on May 25th to see the premiere of this auspicious Casting Call and celebrate the adventure that is Star
    Wars.

    As a member of FFURG, I hope that you will help support, in any way you can, our part in the celebration of the silver anniversary of the greatest movie saga of all time.


    Posted by: vaughn | 11 April 2002 | 21:02 EDT
    Trooper jedichirp reports:
    Yesterday I stopped at the Greenwood, Indiana TRU and found something that I never even thought about being there. They had 6 Jango Fett Slave 1 ships on the shelf for $29.99. I bought one and so they still had 6 left as of 5:15p.m. Wednesday night. I haven't opened it, but the packaging is great.
    chad.mcdonald@IWCR.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 11 April 2002 | 21:01 EDT
    Trooper Sean reports:
    Hi i was wondering if anybody out there has an extra carbon chamber from the fanclub that they want to sell.
    verestiuk@golden.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 11 April 2002 | 21:01 EDT
    Trooper Steve reports:
    Hi Troops,
    I have an extra MOC R2-Q5 that I'd like to trade for a clean Scout Trooper (MOC or opend in Mint). E-mail me if you are interested at grifter999@aol.com
    Thanks.


    Posted by: vaughn | 11 April 2002 | 20:55 EDT
    TRU Midnight Madness @ Times Sq TRU
    STAR WARS MIDNIGHT MADNESS EVENT Toys "R" Us Times Square 1514 Broadway (at 44th Street) For more information call the Toys "R" Us Times Square Special Events Hotline: 646-366-8855 Toys "R" Us Times Square will open at 12:01am on Tuesday, April 23 (early morning Tuesday/late night Monday) to begin selling the latest merchandise for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. This will be the first opportunity that Star Wars collectors will be able to purchase the new Star Wars merchandise. Be the first to pick it up at Toys "R" Us Times Square. From Action Figures to Legos---Toys "R" Us Times Square is the place to be on Tuesday, April 23--don't miss your spot on line! Special Offers from Hasbro and Lego on the night of the event.




    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 11 April 2002 | 19:51 EDT
    Sandtrooper Ian Brazee-Cannon reports:
    "I just got a Mace Windu out of a bag a Cheetos. These are so cool. At first they do not look like much, but when you hold them up to light the image really does look like Sammy in all his a glory. These are going to be fun to collect, especially since it looks like there are at least five colors that each one can come in, although it looks like the rare Clone Troopers one may one come in Yellow."
    Ian Brazee-Cannon


    Posted by: Tyler | 11 April 2002 | 17:14 EDT
    Only 2 Days Left to Enter for a Free Eopie!
    Hey Troopers,
    Any of you still need the elusive EOPIE? Well you're in luck. Sandtroopers along with R2Dtoys is giving away an EOPIE as part of their Grand Opening on April 20th. There'll also be a Tie Interceptor and the Euro exclusive Luke and Han 12" figures up for grabs in the coming weeks.
    To enter, simply send ME your name. Entry deadline is Friday, April 12th. However you MUST also register online at R2Dtoys.com for their news letter to qualify. Here's the link to do so www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl. Anyone not registered at R2Dtoys will be disqualified as will multiple entries. So only enter once. BTW, if anyone is wondering how the winner will be picked, my 5 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter will be taking turns picking the winner. Good luck to all that enter.




    Posted by: Jason | 11 April 2002 | 16:06 EDT
    Trooper Lex-Wan reports:
    I got some news too I found the snowspeeder and tie bomber at my wal-mart today (Allentown, PA) as I walked to get one out of the box the toy manager said not till 4-23 and I said but there's no shelf date on the box and these are part of a discontinued line, sorry I think I'll put them out on the 23rd she said to me.I can get her in trouble and call her boss which I probably still will do. I just went to another megalomart 10 mins away and picked up my set I'd like to buy some to get out to troopers but there're 30 bucks each and my wallets a little thin today. Some other news if u want these u have to act soon go pick up a recent box of golden grahams all you need is a $1.25 and a upc from golden grahams and u can get a 1/64 size which is the size of a hot wheels car and they will u send u a EP2 #43 die cast car they have a set of 3, #1=EP2 car, #2=EP1 car, #3 a trilogy car from the first 3 movies it ends 4-31-03 so hurray if u want them its only a few bucks a car too I think that's real reasonable far as I know these are all new car collectables unlike Hasbro putting a red card x-wing luke in the new snowspeeder package but they have been doing that for years even in the late 70's with the vintage line. it is while supplies last and can take up to 16 weeks before u get them we can do 16 weeks standing on our head, remember we're sandtroopers and are used long waits (almost 20 years from ROTJ to EP1 hello). Hope this news helps out someone LMK what u think.
    debalus@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: Zack | 11 April 2002 | 15:11 EDT
    Mater Replicas props delayed
    In case you were wondering why you haven't heard much about the new Han Solo blaster and Luke saber hitting people's doorsteps, it's because the release date has been moved. They were originally scheduled to ship April 2nd, but now are scheduled to ship on the 15th. The Episode 2 sabers should still be available on the 23rd for people to order.

    Sgt. Zack


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 11 April 2002 | 12:30 EDT
    UPDATE on SITH CHANNEL 11
    I am posting this for Erik, he has not been set up in our new system yet. My apologies Erik!

    Posted by:Erik
    "The Imperial Gallery is back with a slew of updates. New scanned images include the Coruscant cityscape background from the carded Episode II Captain Typho figure, Vintage Snowspeeder stickers, POTF2 AT-ST stickers, and Episode II Jedi Starfighter stickers. New Guest Customizers Brent Montague and Eddie Kossa have contributed customized figures, dioramas, and a very cool revamped Millennium Falcon with custom electronics. Please visit Sith Channel 11 to check it out."
    SEE IT HERE!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 11 April 2002 | 8:33 EDT
    A boy and his...uh....Sail BARGE!
    The custom master Michael Fright is at it again! See his latest and HUGE: Jabba's Sail Barge! Zip on over to Pegwarmer to see this wild custom vehicle.......Hey Michael, I think you're gonna' need a bigger house.

    Project Sail Barge!


    Posted by: Jason | 10 April 2002 | 23:29 EDT
    ATTACK OF THE CLONES Collection 2 Images & Reviews here at Sandtroopers.com
    Our Attack of the Clones action figure Image Gallery is on the grow, with Collection 2 Boba Fett - Kamino Escape, Tusken Raider - Female with Child, Captain Typho - Padme's Head of Security, Shaak Ti - Jedi Master, Battle Droid - Arena Battle, and Plo Koon - Arena Battle images by Vaughn and I, and in-depth reviews by yours truly. We're working hard to bring you the first looks and first reads on the Episode II figures. Rest of the pics coming real soon and the remainder of the reviews coming tomorrow! Tune into our Sith Channel 2 and check it out!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 10 April 2002 | 22:13 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "Not to be traveled lightly." - Two contests running at Jundland Wastes right now. First up is a chance to win a new Jango Fett - Kamino Escape AOTC figure by posting in their forums. They also, in concert with r2dtoys.com, are holding a giveaway for a POTJ Eeth Koth.

    R2Dtoys and Artoosnews offer free TIE Bomber - Our new sponsor R2Dtoys.com is serving up giveaways all over the net right now - here's one of 'em for a TIE Bomber at Artoo's
    Want More? - Try TheBothanSpy.com's r2dtoys giveaway for a set of Teebo Wave POTJ figures!
    Even More! - See our past transmissions for a comprehensive rundown of all the great items they are giving away, compiled by our own Tyler! Enter Sandtroopers.com r2dtoys contest for an Episode I Eopie with Qui-Gon in European box and Just send Tyler an e-mail with your name, and register at r2dtoys for their newsletter for a chance to win! It's that easy!!!

    Power of the North Side - Canada's Star Wars Community, post to their Forums and you could win an ever-growing prize purse including Clean Scout Trooper and many more figures. Check 'em out!

    "Utinni!!!" - That can only mean one thing - new giveaways at TheJawa.com. A 12" Death Star Trooper up for grabs right now!

    Post to PegWarmer's Forums for a shot at a Sneak Preview R3-T7, Imperial Officer and Cold Weather Obi-Wan (Contest ends 4/12)

    Post to American Dream Comics Forums for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at one of the online toy retailers!

    Enter at PowerCollectibles.com to win your choice of either a set of 4 Episode II Attack of the Clones carded figures including Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, and Plo Koon -OR- a mint condition unopened Simpsons exclusive Pin Pal Burns (contest ends 4/14).

    Remember to look up the Jawa for another shot at a Toy Fair 2002 Silver Darth Vader.

    Clear some wall real estate and enter The Jawa's contest for an Episode II poster.

    "Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold." - The crew at Death Star Plans have written a brief review of the new Slave 1 (new mold by the way) and have put up some killer pics to boot! Go see the ship that looks like a basketball sneaker.

    More 2002 Carded Images - Sir Steve has added many new carded images like Clone Trooper, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin (Hangar Duel), and Yoda. I must say I'm dissappointed that Hasbro has gone back to the "saucer-eyed," poor likeness Qui-Gon (think Jedi Duel and Jedi Training versions) after the great Jedi Master and Mos Espa Disguise versions (sigh).

    Super Market Sweep - The official site presents a collage of al the forthcoming Episode II food products from General Mills- take a look!

    Tangled Web - Homing Spider Droid, Dwarf Spider Droid, Hailfire Droid, Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, Trade Federation Core Ship, Super battle droids all featured in a nice summation at JediNet.com, below image also courtesy of JediNet.com

    Star Wars Mad-Lib - Submit a quote over at the Official Site for the latest shot featuring Anakin and Padme.

    Attack of the Shopping Lists - I've updated my Figure checklist with all the April 23rd characters, Case breakdowns and figure-numbering system. If you'd like a copy of the latest, just e-mail me: Jason@sandtroopers.com and I'd be more than happy to send one YOUR WAY!




    Posted by: vaughn | 10 April 2002 | 21:18 EDT
    Trooper Chad reports:
    This one goes out to Jeff Cain. He agreed to trade me the TIE Bomber for an extra Interceptor I had. Thanks a lot.You are a life saver. Take care.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 10 April 2002 | 21:17 EDT
    Trooper TWoods reports:
    Hey troops, Just cruzing the net and found some pretty cool presale items over at http://planetactionfigure.com/ They are a little too pricey for me,but it gives us a little more of an idea for what is coming out. Like a Luke with Land speeder, A cantina alien Deluxe Scene or something, a Twenty Fifth Anniversary X-wing which looks like it has a removable R2, Check it out.
    TWoods@associatedbond.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 10 April 2002 | 21:16 EDT
    Trooper jedichirp reports:
    jedichirp here in Indy
    I just talked to the manager at the Greenwood, Indiana TRU and they are not doing the midnight opening for the new Star Wars toys. He said that the regional manager decided that none of the TRU stores in his region were going to open at midnight because he doesn't think that it will be lucrative enough(my purchase alone will pay to keep their lights on all night!). I guess that we will have to wait until 9 a.m. to pick up these toys.
    chad.mcdonald@IWCR.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 10 April 2002 | 21:15 EDT
    Trooper jeffred5 reports:
    Hey Star Warriors,
    I have something very cool for those of you who can't or won't wait
    until April 23. A friend of mine works at a store, I could tell you who & where, but then I'd have to Kill you, just kidding, but I can't tell you because he could get fired. He was able to get me one case (4) of EP II AOTC Jango Fett's Starship "Slave I." I only need one, so I am willing to let you troopers have the other three for my cost plus shipping. I never got one of the POTF2/SOTE Boba Fett's "Slave I", but I do have an original ESB "Slave I" and as they say "This is not your father"s Starship." It has hidden missile launchers, a mine (Sonic Charge) bay/launcher, and room for three figures in the cockpit. This is one sweet ship. My cost with tax was $40 and then whatever exact postage will be to you. He said he can also get me some TIE Bombers and Snowspeeders and he wants $35 each for them. He said he should be able to get 3 or 4 of each, so if someone wants those let me know and I will get them first before you send any money. Hope this will help some of you out. If any gamers are interested I can also get the new AOTC CCG booster packs for $2.50.
    Jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 10 April 2002 | 21:12 EDT
    Trooper John reports:
    I am selling( 2) R4-M9 , Teebo and Imperial Officer for $6.50 each.Shipping is $3.50 for a figure. LMK at Ozziehihorse@aol.com


    Posted by: Jason | 10 April 2002 | 19:25 EDT
    Early Leak Blow-back & Damage Control at Wal-Marts:
    In what appears to be desperate attempts at damage control at Wal-Marts across the country, Sneak Preview figures are being pulled from the shelves, taking their place alongside official Episode II products, exclusive POTJ vehicles, and Jedi Starfighters in the stock room until April 23. Both Zack and I have witnessed it first-hand (New York and Arkansas stores) and this is further confirmed by Romba79 over at deathstarplans.com. It's rather interesting to know that at least two of the stores pulling these had earlier leaked blue-card Episode II merchandise, looks like they're trying to implement an "idiot-proof" system to ensure an end to these early leaks!
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Bill | 10 April 2002 | 15:47 EDT
    Ohio's Dark Steve reports:
    My Super K-Mart put up only 1 case of Deluxe Figures Assortment # 84859005 containing 1- Mace Windu, 1- Count Dooku, 2- Jango Fett, 2- Obi-Wan Kenobi at 10.99 each "COOL FIGURES" But the Cards Are only In C-8 condition.They only had that 1 case nothing else.I picked up 1 of each & hid the rest.
    I talked to my Toy contact at Super K He said what ever they get in he will put it all out to increase sales. COOL Huh! I guess K-MART is not worried about a fine from LFL. TROOPS HIT YOUR K-MARTS!
    See Steve I told you that when you left my house you would find Stuff. To bad all my K-Marts are closing!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 10 April 2002 | 15:29 EDT
    Sandtrooper jeditree reports:
    "Just to let fellow troopers Know eonline.com has a special segment for EP2. you will need to click on the features menu then choose Massive attack. Can't miss it, there is a picture of Hayden at top. MTFBWY..."
    jeditree


    Posted by: Zack | 10 April 2002 | 9:52 EDT
    Looking for EP2 trading cards?
    I went to Waldens Books yesterday and picked up some of the Star Wars books that were on clearence. The manager was working behind the counter and saw what I had. He then reached under the counter and pulled out a box of Ep2 cards asking if I wanted any. He said that he just got them in and that they were from the new movie. (Like I didn't know. LOL!) I passed because I don't collect them, but for the troopers out there that do, this may be a place to get those cards early!
    Sgt. Zack


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 10 April 2002 | 8:23 EDT
    HUGE Jabba's Sail Barge at Pegwarmer!
    This just in from Pegwarmer:,

    "pegwarmer.com has posted several images of Michael Fright's massive 1:1 scaled Jabba's Sailbarge Custom Vehicle. Goes right up there with his AT-AT and Sandcrawler!
    Pegwarmer:,


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 23:39 EDT
    Tie Bomber Pictures
    Hey Troops,

    Tonight I posted boxed and loose pictures of the Walmart Exclusive Tie Bomber. This is our first "new" vehicle...one that has not been produced before. Check it out at here. If you missed yesterday's coverage of the Snowspeeder, you can check out those pictures here.




    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 23:30 EDT
    Trooper YGL reports:
    Hey, folks. Young George Lucas reporting from the Kansas City area. Sunday my local K-Mart (here in Overland Park) had a bunch of "AOTC" stuff out on the shelves- but as of today it was all pulled to the back. Oh, well. Fear not- there will be plenty of stuff to go around in less than two weeks! To help pass the time just go have a big heaping bowl of "Clone Crunch" cereal!
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 23:29 EDT
    Trooper R4M9 reports:
    Trooper R4_m9 here,
    Just let you troopers know I have a 3 or 4 sets of of AMANAMAN with Salacious Crumb and Leia with Sail Barge for trade. I can get more a store in my area finally got some in after months of waiting. If anyone is interested let me know.
    R4_m9@hotmail.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 23:23 EDT
    Trooper MAC reports:
    Hello troopers:
    Today was my lucky day in Albuquerque, NM. I went to the Walmart in the Northern Heights area and to my surprise I found a pot of gold, TWO shelves filled with Snowspeeders and Tie Bombers. I went to the register and the speeder came up in the register, then the bomber was rung up with the infamous "No sale allowed" or whatever comes up with the AOTC figures. Luckily the cashier quickly called over a manager that told her to sell it by using the Dept. code and description with a price. The interesting part was when the cashier asked me how much I wanted to pay for the item. But, I'm a little too honest to say $5, so I told her it was the same price as the other one. Anyway, the moral of the story, it seems stores are starting to clear up the AOTC release date with the items that are suppose to sold now. Good hunting my fellow collectors.
    MACIIJAZZ@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 23:22 EDT
    Trooper Brain reports:
    Hey,
    I saw the post about the DVD Easter eggs. There is a bloopers clip
    hidden on there. I found out how to get it at theforce.net. The link to the story about the codes is:

    http://cgi.theforce.net/theforce/tfn.cgi?storyID=12770

    You may have to play around with these directions, as every DVD player is a little different. (At least mine was. Like hitting the 10+ key before entering a four digit code..)

    There is also a story on dvd.starwars.com about getting these. Here's that link:

    http://www.starwars.com/episode-i/news/2002/02/news20020228.html



    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 19:08 EDT
    Trooper William reports:
    Everyone be on the lookout in all Toys R Us stores that are being remodeled. After searching all the clearence bins I came across a 12" Chewy in Chains for 7.90. The box was bad but for that price...
    Also if anyone is interested I have a Luke with Wampa Beastpack unopened in C8+ box for trade for the new Snowspeeder.
    william_b28212@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 9 April 2002 | 17:17 EDT
    Trooper Sean Reports
    Hi Troops, I picked up collection 1 and 2 EP2 figures at Sears here in London, Ontario, Canada.

    So there you have it Snowtroopers. These things are starting to hit Canada and with no problems at the cash register unlike our US neighbours. So be sure to do a toy run today if you have the time. Who knows how long this'll last. Be sure to email me if you have similar luck.


    Posted by: Tyler | 9 April 2002 | 16:51 EDT
    EP2 figures in CANADA!
    Hey Troopers,
    "I've found them. Repeat. I've found them". And now I got 48 of them. Here's my story (cause everyone got to tell theirs). I walked into my local Walmart today (somewhere in Canada) around 2 pm to see if they had the preview figures yet. Which they didn't. But the toy lady there said she just finished putting out a bunch of SW figures and asked if these were the ones I'm looking for. I said YES they are! She had just finished putting all 4 cases they had of EP2 Col 1 figures on the pegs! I asked if she still had the cases so I could use them but she said she had already crushed them. Instead she gave me her cart and I filled it with every last one. Now I know what you're thinking. But I'm from a small town and honestly I'm the only collector here. The movie hasn't come out yet so the kids don't know who or what they are. Plus the lady told me a local scalper apparently came in a few minutes before me and was going to buy some but decided not to as they were too much. On top of that I told her if anyone else wanted the figs to tell them to give me a call (as she has my number) and I would sell them to them at cost. Anyhow I proceeded to the cash register and thought for sure that they would ring up as "not for sale" as I've heard too many times already from other troopers. But they scanned fine. Only problem was they were $8.82 as opposed to the $8.44 we used to pay for POTJ figures. But they're worth it. Now, the 4 full sets are already spoken for. However I do have 4 of each of the following extra up for grabs for cost plus shipping. They are Jango, Anakin, Obi and Super Battle Droid. They are tri-logo cards and the cost would be $6.50 US per figure with the current exchange. Hope I can help somebody.


    Posted by: Tyler | 9 April 2002 | 16:03 EDT
    R2Dtoys Grand Opening and Giveaway! (repost)
    Hey Troopers,
    Any of you still need the elusive EOPIE? Well you're in luck. Sandtroopers along with R2Dtoys is giving away an EOPIE as part of their Grand Opening on April 20th. There'll also be a Tie Interceptor and the Euro exclusive Luke and Han 12" figures up for grabs in the coming weeks.
    To enter, simply send ME your name. Entry deadline is Friday, April 12th. However you MUST also register online at R2Dtoys.com for their news letter to qualify. Here's the link to do so www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl. Anyone not registered at R2Dtoys will be disqualified as will multiple entries. So only enter once. BTW, if anyone is wondering how the winner will be picked, my 5 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter will be taking turns picking the winner. Good luck to all that enter.

    Also we are only one of 10 SW sites in total having giveaways sponsered by R2Dtoys. Here is a list of the giveaways and where you can find them:

    1/ sandtroopers.com eopie, tie interceptor and 12" euro han & luke
    2/ thejawa.com ********* (its a secret)
    3/ artoosnews.com tie bomber
    4/ theprivateuniverse at-st walker
    5/ gadders.com potj fx-7 & zutton
    6/ pegwarmer.com jedi starfighter
    7/ thebothanspy.com potj teebo wave & unreleased tri-logo bd.ddroid
    8/ jundlandwastes potj eeth koth
    9/ jediaries.com kubrick 300th fett
    0/ galactic senate signed 300th fett

    Again good luck to everyone. Looks as though it'll be a good month for those who like free stuff! And who doesn't.



    Posted by: Steve | 9 April 2002 | 15:53 EDT
    DVD Easter Eggs
    Hey Troops, I noticed the post about finding the DVD easter eggs on TPM. There is a web site out there that lists how to find easter eggs on all kinds of DVDs. The Digital Bits is the name, it is pretty cool, check it out.


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:31 EDT
    Trooper Monkeyambassador reports:
    Hi,
    It's the Monkey Ambassador again. GA just keeps getting better and better! I was at the Toys R Us in Athens today and they had lots. They had the POTJ AT-ST for 29.99, lots of POTJ figures deluxe and FX-7 wave and some more. They also had the Episode ONE action fleet preview set $4.95! (only two left). They also had a few EP I items and 2 Jedi Starfighters (not lego). If anybody wants anything, I can pick one up and trade it. Happy hunting and MTFBWY!
    monkeyambassador@yahoo.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:25 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan reports:
    Trooper Spiceowan here,
    I'd like to know if any of my fellow troops can help me out. I remember seeing a thing about the Episode 1 Dvd . Is there a code to punch that gives you more bonus footage or bloopers ?? Not sure I just thought I saw something on here or one of the other collectors but this one is the best so maybe the good ol' Troops can help me out.
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net

    Head out on the web and do a search for EP1 DVD Easter Eggs (I recommend www.google.com). That should help you figure out the proper sequence to unlock the bloopers


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:24 EDT
    Trooper Robert reports:
    Good morning!
    Another great find and another great "Sale Not Allowed" bypass. Got the Hasbro Slave 1 last night - same situation as the wave 2 Col. 2 figs the other night...items wouldn't scan, so they manually keyed in a name, dept. #, and price!

    That makes 19 different regular carded figures, 4 deluxe, the Jedi Starfighter, and the Slave 1. Will there be anything left to buy on April 23rd? :-)
    RWTinTX@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:23 EDT
    Trooper Chad reports:
    Hey guys,
    I was at Wally World this morning and saw 4 Slave ones on the self as well as 4 in a case.I attempted to buy one of them but the register said sale not allowed. I also saw case clearly labeled: Collection 1, collection2, and deluxe figures. Not a TIE Bomber in sight. Oh,one more thing,I saw the new light sabers. They had Anakin's,Obi-wan's and Dooku's. That's all.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:22 EDT
    Trooper Baldrik reports:
    Well, here in the desert we came across a K-Mart that had Jedi Starfighters, Slave 1, and electronic lightsabres. No figures but lots of other stuff like cereal boxes and Jedi fruit roll ups with 3-D cards. I have extra TRU AT-ST to trade for Wally World Snowspeeder if anyone wants to trade.
    Baldrik747@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:20 EDT
    Trooper Jeff reports:
    To fellow Star Wars collectors,
    I am also a fellow Sandtrooper looking for some POTJ figures for my
    personal Star Wars collection. I am curious if anyone can help me “trade” for these figures? I live in Columbus, Ohio – and I can’t find these figures anywhere! I am looking to obtain (3) POTJ Imperial Officers, (1) POTJ Teebo, and (1) POTJ Boshek. I have to trade is (2) MOC Amanaman with Salacious Crumbs, and (“3”) LOOSE/COMPLETE Commtech Stormtroopers. If there is any interest in trading please let me know by email at: jbirney9@juno.com. I would like to thank you all in advance and may the force be with us all!

    Jeff, You can also post your list in the Jawa-Sandtroopers Joint forums (here). A lot of people read these when they're looking for deals.



    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:17 EDT
    JediDaxter writes:
    Here's something small to ponder for those who may be religious. If you looked up Anak in the Greek, it means "SOMEONE WHO CHOKES."
    I believe this is where George Lucas got the name Anakin from. Anak was a giant and was the father of this race of people. The giant Goliath who fought David in the Bible was a son of Anak. Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) is tall. Darth Vader chokes people through the force. Sounds familiar??


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:16 EDT
    Trooper Jeffred5 reports:
    Hey troopers,
    I when to the Wal-Mart in Phoenix on E. Bell near 3rd St on Sunday morning and they had one case (6 in a case) of TIE Bombers. There were Still 3 left when I last looked, but a lot of people, including employees were asking where I found them even before I could get out of the store. They also had about 10 - 12 Snowspeeders. You have to really look for them both. I found them in the same isle as the action figures, but they were almost at the back of the isle on a shelf near the bottom and several more way up on the top shelf you will have to get someone with a ladder because I'm 6' 1" and I could reach them (barely) but I couldn't get them down because the are stacked pretty high. I have been calling every store in the Phoenix Metro Yellow Pages every day for two weeks and this was the first store to get them, but several other stores said they expected them any day. I also found that as soon as you say Star Wars to most employees the immediately start to say we can't sell any of the new stuff until the end of April. So, you have to tell them that these are not part of the AOTC stuff and that these were supposed to come out 6 months ago. Then usually most employees become a little nicer (I guess they are tired of all the AOTC calls already) and then they will go check for you. The TIE Bombers and Snowspeeders are finally in Phoenix. Good luck.
    jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 9 April 2002 | 13:13 EDT
    Trooper Spiceowan reports:
    Trooper Spiceowan here
    I did something a little unorthodox today but fellow speeder/bomber hunters give this a shot. I wore my celebration 2 badge and went into one of my local wa-mart's . I told the lady I was a Hasbro represenative , carring some bogus printout I had from work in a manilla envelope. Anyways I told her I was there to confirm they hadn't violated the agreement to sell the product for the 23rd!!HA ha ha , she fell for it hook line and sinker. She took me in the back , where they had all the product locked up in a secure room, allowed me to view all of their shipping manifests and proved to me they hadn't violated the agreement!I was really looking for the speeder /bomber from hearing reports that they are stashing these too until the 23rd. Needless to say they had none and hadn't sold any figures . I thanked her for her valueable time and left! She did ask where her regular rep was and I explained that my job was going to store to store and I do not coordinate with the local reps. So if you can lay it on thick as me , have the celebration 2 badge , give it a whirl, you may find something I didn't. Can anyone tell how bored I was today Thanks for listening Troops ! United we find , BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!!!!
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net

    Shady...way shady. Be patient...wait til 4/23 when you can spend a whole month's pay in one night. Until then, you can tide yourself over with some of our pictures here...


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 9 April 2002 | 12:52 EDT
    Want a FREE POTJ Eeth Koth ??
    Our buddy Chris from jundlandwastes reports:

    "We are giving away a POTJ Eeth Koth in conjunction
    with R2DToys.com"


    Zip on over and enter today!



    Posted by: vaughn | 8 April 2002 | 23:42 EDT
    SNOWSPEEDER PICS
    Hey Troops,

    For your viewing pleasure, I have posted pictures of the new Wal*mart exclusive Crashed Snowspeeder. Enjoy. Click here to see them.




    Posted by: Jason | 8 April 2002 | 16:16 EDT
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "He'szz aftah szzchome-won called, uhh,nughh.. Szzhkywalker!" - The great staff over at DeathStarPlans.com have assembled a nice mini-gallery of the upcoming Luke Skywalker - Bespin Duel. Their images showcase the nice variety of accessories Luke comes packaged with: new-sculpt detachable lightsaber, pistol, bacta emergency tank, and the piece de resistance - the Cloud City weather vane (by which Luke can dangle precariously with the aid of knee joints!). Go to DeathStarPlans.com and enjoy these pics (contained in their main news page).

    Carded Shots - Han Solo-Endor Raid, Luke Skywalker-Bespin Duel, Darth Vader-Bespin Duel, Qui-Gon Jinn-Jedi Master, Jango Fett-Final Battle, Massiff with Geonosian, Senate Guard, Count Dooku, Taun We... 9 in all, all at DeathStarPlans (scroll down 1/4 of the way on the news page).

    Episode II Hasbro pack-in Catalogue: First Look. - Thanks to the folks at Rebelscum.com, you can check out scans of the Hasbro pack-in catalogue that will be included with many of the vehicles and larger accessories. First time since early 1999 that Hasbro has printed such catalogues, so enjoy! Scum has also added photos of the two new AOTC Speeders and the Collection 2, Wave 2 figures.

    "He's worth a lot to me." - Boba said it, but Jango does it again. The fourth version of Jango to date, Jango - Final Battle comes our way this summer and has wrist gauntlet flame thrower effects and that ginchy "other" jet pack. This time more in scale than the one featured with the deluxe version. See a nice pic at Phil Wise's RebelScum.com.

    R2Dtoys and Artoosnews offer free TIE Bomber - Our new sponsor R2Dtoys.com is serving up giveaways all over the net right now - here's one of 'em for a TIE Bomber at Artoo's
    Want More? - Try TheBothanSpy.com's r2dtoys giveaway for a set of Teebo Wave POTJ figures!

    "It's not my place to disagree with you..." - This at CNN - the interview excerpts from Ewan MacGregor dubbing The Phantom Menace as "a bit flat."

    "Utinni!!!" - That can only mean one thing - new giveaways at TheJawa.com. First up is a 12" Death Star Trooper , and...

    "It's my favorite event after 'Hearing Test Thursday." - Diorama-Rama at the Jawa and DarkSide diorama's. Name that quote! Win a free lot of REAL stands and 3.75" Imperial Officer !

    Card Backings may contain spoilers - If the Tusken Raider - Female with Tusken Child figure card backing story didn't spoil this one for you, this link will! - SPOILERS - proceed at own risk!


    Posted by: vaughn | 8 April 2002 | 13:35 EDT
    Obi speaks...
    Hey Troops,

    I found this while checking the news at lunch...
    http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/08/starwars.mcgregor/index.html

    Ewan talks about his feelings on EP1 and EP2...briefly.


    Posted by: Jason | 8 April 2002 | 11:52 EDT
    Reminder on WOTC Toy Fair Vader availability
    Hey Troops, my good bud John C. from Niagara Falls, NY passes this along:

    On another note, it has been confirmed, through the fan club, that they will be offering the Toy Fair Vader again. However, these will be classified as "non-collector grade". The fan club is in the process of recieving any damaged figures from fans. Once all returns have been processed, these figures will be made to fan club members only, alledgedly at a discounted price. This is supposed to happen in 2-3 weeks time. So, for any openers out there, here's a final chance to get this figure. I'm assuming that these will be in extemely limited quantities.
    Jason@sandtoopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 8 April 2002 | 11:47 EDT
    Finds at TRU in Waldorf MD.
    The Toys R Us in Waldorf Maryland has PLENTY of all the POTJ AOTC preview figs as well as the NEW POTJ ATST and Ewok speederbike combo! They also have a few 12" Sandtrooper/Dewbacks for $29.95 and the Naboo Starship with exclusive R2 unit for $49.95 (these are the clearance prices).
    Enjoy!


    Posted by: vaughn | 8 April 2002 | 9:34 EDT
    Dan Curto from The Custom Alliance writes:
    Announcing the debut of "The Custom Alliance!"
    Last week, I shut down my old site, in order to make way for the new one! With hundreds of customs by over 100 members, The Custom Alliance is truly "The largest online gallery of Star Wars customs."

    Happy Customizing!
    http://www.thecustomalliance.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 23:37 EDT
    Trooper Flip55 reports:
    FOUND THE DELUXE FIGURES, OBI-WAN KENOBI, MACE WINDU, JANGO FETT, AND DARTH TYRANUS. ALSO OBI-WAN AND DARTH TYRANUS ELECTONIC LIGHT SABERS AT MY LOCAL K-MART. TRUS HAD AT-ST`S ABOUT THREE LEFT. TARGET HAD SNEAK PREVIEWS MARK DOWN. NO JANGOES. WALMART SEEMS TO BE KEEPING EVERY THING OFF THE SHELF TIL THE 23RD. HAVE A GOOD ONE.

    This morning I went back to that K-MART and on a high shelf found the Jango Fett`s Slave 1. Its like they're putting some stuff up but not all they have. The price was 29.99.
    ptsm66@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 23:12 EDT
    Jim from Federation Toys writes:
    I just wanted to let you know that we will have Episode 2 items ready for April 23rd release date. We have new prices and items also. We also have back ordered items on the way from Hasbro now.


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 22:16 EDT
    Trooper Darth Skotto reports:
    I have been looking everywhere for any kind of Star Wars trading site!!!! I know they have to exist somewhere. Can any of you recommend at least two sites? I am close to completing my episode I collection and in need of a clean battle droid and a Queen Amidala w/ ascension gun. Can anyone help a fellow collector?? HELP!!!!!
    StrmtrooperTK421@aol.com

    Well, you can start at the trading area in the ST-Jawa joint forum.. http://thejawa.com/YaBBse/index.php. From there, there are many more out there...just about every site has one!


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 22:04 EDT
    Trooper monkeyambassador reports:
    We finally have something in GA! The super wal-mart in Athens is loaded with preview figures. Anybody want one? I'll get one and trade it. They have all four. I like the new pictures at the top of the site!
    monkeyambassador@yahoo.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 7 April 2002 | 20:47 EDT
    R2Dtoys Grand Opening and Giveaway (repost)
    Hey Troopers,
    Any of you still need the elusive EOPIE? Well you're in luck. Sandtroopers along with R2Dtoys is giving away an EOPIE as part of their Grand Opening on April 20th. There'll also be a Tie Interceptor and the Euro exclusive Luke and Han 12" figures up for grabs in the coming weeks.
    To enter, simply send ME your name. Entry deadline is Friday, April 12th. However you MUST also register online at R2Dtoys.com for their news letter to qualify. Here's the link to do so www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl. Anyone not registered at R2Dtoys will be disqualified as will multiple entries. So only enter once. BTW, if anyone is wondering how the winner will be picked, my 5 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter will be taking turns picking the winner. Good luck to all that enter.

    Also we are only one of 10 SW sites in total having giveaways sponsered by R2Dtoys. Here is a list of the giveaways and where you can find them:

    1/ sandtroopers.com eopie, tie interceptor and 12" euro han & luke
    2/ thejawa.com ********* (its a secret)
    3/ artoosnews.com tie bomber
    4/ theprivateuniverse at-st walker
    5/ gadders.com potj fx-7 & zutton
    6/ pegwarmer.com jedi starfighter
    7/ thebothanspy.com potj teebo wave & unreleased tri-logo bd.ddroid
    8/ jundlandwastes potj eeth koth
    9/ jediaries.com kubrick 300th fett
    0/ galactic senate signed 300th fett

    Again good luck to everyone. Looks as though it'll be a good month for those who like free stuff! And who doesn't.



    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 20:11 EDT
    Trooper Madeus reports:
    Went toy hunting today and things are looking slim in ft worth. WalMart on Cherry Ln, once a good find, realized they were putting out things prematurely and there was not a hint of new figures or ships. I nicely asked a sales associate about them and he said they were put up until April 23rd. Pretty much the other stores in the area were luke warm. Starting to see many of the Episode II preview figures are becoming peg warmers in all locations. Happy hunting people!!
    Madeus@fanforce.net if I can help any of you out!

    OK, I do need some help to finish out my TPM collection. I need a 'clean' battle droid if any troopers have an extra. My last figure! Whew! May The Force Be With You!


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 20:09 EDT
    Trooper Tim reports:
    Hey Troopers,

    Finished another tour of duty and there isn't anything new out there. Two previews are beginning to really warm the pegs, R3-T7 and ZWessel. AT-ST's are also beginning to warm the shelves. I have a few double items I would like to sell, no trades please, and they are:
    1 B-Wing, $40.00 +SH
    1 AT-ST, $30.00 +SH
    1 TIE Bomber, $30.00 +SH
    1 Like Snowspeeder, $30.00 +SH

    I'm not looking for a profit on these because this is what I paid for them, so if anybody wants any of these drop me a line. They are all still in their boxes and in good shape. Thanks!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 19:23 EDT
    AOTC Collection 2
    Hey Troops,
    I got my hands on the Collection 2 AOTC figures thanks to my new "local" friends Jawie Bob and Darth Celt. Check out the picture of the fine "figures" with Darth Celt (left) and I (right), below. Pictures in the image guide will follow soon.


    Thanks to the ladies from HOOTERS for playing along...


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 17:52 EDT
    Kevin from K&C Collectibles writes:
    Dear Star Wars Collector,

    The newest Episode 2 Attack of the Clones product has arrived.

    Now In-Stock:
    Tie Bomber - with imperial pilot figure
    Snowspeeder - with Luke & Dack figures
    Collection 1 set 1 of 4
    Anakin Skywalker - Outland Peasant Disguise
    Obi-Wan Kenobi - Coruscant Chase
    Super Battle Droid
    R2-D2 - Coruscant Sentry
    Collection 1 set 2 of 4
    Padme Amidala
    Jango Fett - Kamino Escape
    C-3PO - Protocol Droid
    Kit Fisto - Jedi Master
    Collection 2 set of 6
    Boba Fett - Kamino Escape
    Tusken Raider mother with child
    Captain Typho - Padme's Security
    Shaak Ti - Jedi Master
    Battle Droid - Arena Battle
    Plo Koon - Arena Battle

    Still Available:

    Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter

    The set of 3 New POTJ figures include:
    Teebo
    R4-M9
    Bo Shek

    The set of four Episode 2 preview figures include:
    Jango Fett
    Clone Trooper
    Zam Wesell
    R3-T7

    Come visit our site at http://www.kandccollectibles.com and get the latest Star Wars collectibles.



    Posted by: Cheryl | 7 April 2002 | 16:07 EDT
    Sale at Walden Book stores!
    Hey Troopers!
    Walden Books has this Star Wars Episode 1 Artwork Portfolio by Doug Chiang.It comes in a steel case. It was Origianlly $55.00 and is currently on sale for $7.99!!! Quite an amazing discount for such stunning artwork!!




    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 13:56 EDT
    New Pics!
    The guys over at http://www.deathstarplans.com have posted some carded and loose pics of some of the upcoming figures including the REALLY SWEET bespin luke. Head on over and check them out.


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 13:17 EDT
    Trooper YGL reports:
    Hey, folks. Young George Lucas reporting again from the Kansas City area. The "Attack" begins in only 38 days and the arrival of "AOTC" stuff starts to pick-up steam: last night at a local grocery store I found a whole pallet(!) full of "Episode II" cereal (aka "Clone Crunch"). Also, specially marked boxes of Trix and Lucky Charms have offers for various "Episode II" stuff. Remember though, Trix are for kids.
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:32 EDT
    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...
    Hey Troops,
    Just a friendly reminder to "SPRING FORWARD"(unless you live in indiana)...set your clocks an hour ahead or else you'll be really early for stuff tomorrow morning. Its not REALLY 330 is it???


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:30 EDT
    Trooper spiceowan reports:
    Trooper Spiceowan here,
    Yes yes yes I finally found the bomber and Speeder @ the Wal-mart Supercenter in Racine Wisconsin. I had to beg the lady to look in the back. She said they had 2 trucks so I drove home went back and waited to hear from her . She never called went back , she told me they didn't come . Then about 11 p.m. the phone rang and she told me mine would be in the Managers office . I guess she found them. Thanks Troops for the Supercenter tips , I guess that is where they are to be found. They didn't have any others on the shelf, damn scalpers. Be patient Troops and if necessary kiss a little tail!! It will pay offf!! They also had some kind of trading card Ep 2 wizard trading card game for those of you who get into those.Hooked on Sandtroopers for life
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:30 EDT
    Trooper Mike reports:
    First of all I'd like to thank all of you for your help and support in my time of need. It's just amazing how many good people there are out there! Thanks Troops! YOU GUYS RULE!!! For all those who inquired about my collection and items that I was selling, I tried to reply to all but for a while there it got pretty crazy. So if for some reason I didn't reply to your email I apologize. A lot of the good stuff went fast. Most of it went to one guy in particular, but there were several who bought big quantities of stuff and really helped out my cause greatly. You guys don't even know how hard it was to part with this stuff. I spent so much time, money, and energy trying to make my collection as complete as possible. Actually I guess most of you could imagine how it feels. I have gone through the remainder of my stuff and below is a list of other things I have for sale with prices. I am willing to listen to reasonable offers. I also still have a lot of loose figs if you are looking for anything in particular.
    Any Questions please email: coszalter@msn.com

    1) 25th Anniversary Final Duel 2pk Obi Wan & Vader good shape $8
    2) Commtech Stormtrooper w/white chip non-mint card good to open $5
    3) Sandtrooper GC Foil sticker non-mint good for an opener$4
    4) Death Star Droid card wavy but in good shape $5
    5) FF Ree Yees non mint one corner is bent $7
    6) Naboo Royal Guard card non mint but in good shape $7
    7) Rorwarr figure from invasion of theed game $8 mint
    8) Pote Snitkin not mint $4
    9) Flashback Figures non mint set of 10 missing Aunt Beru $4ea
    10) Cantina at Mos Eisley with Sandtrooper sealed mint box $6
    11) Oola with Salacious Crumb sealed in mint box $7
    12) Imperial Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper sealed not mint box $5
    13) Jabba's Palace with Han in Carbonite sealed mint box $6
    14) POTJ Ig-88 with open had variation $8
    15) EP 1 R2D2 Small bubble variation $10
    16) Carded POTJ FX 7, R2Q5, Rebel Trooper, Imperial Officer, $5ea
    17) Deluxe Bacta Luke, Shirtless Maul, Leia with Sail Barge $6ea
    18) EP2 Jedi Starfighter $15
    19) loose Fambaa $20
    20) loose Tie Interceptor $20
    21) loose Tie Fighter $15
    22) Kabe and Muftak $10



    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:17 EDT
    Trooper Eric reports:
    I'd like to make an offer to any reasonable sellers out there. If someone can sell (+ S&H) me two of each of the 4" AOTC figures that are to be released on 4/23 at a reasonable price (ie. $6-$7 each) I'll give them a FREE TOY FAIR DARTH VADER in a PROTECH CASE DOUBLE BOXED. email me at ejhalsted@netzero.net or ehalsted@hotmail.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:16 EDT
    Trooper Chad reports:
    Hello,
    I am in desperate need of a TIE Bomber. I have an extra POTJ TIE Interceptor that has never been opened. I would gladly trade it for the bomber.Drop me a line if interested. Thanks.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:16 EDT
    Trooper RWT reports:
    The Episode II toy buzz has heated up in the last few weeks. First the early WalMart finds - of which I myself was lucky to score 14 different AOTC figs this past Monday night...Next came the WalMart Backlash - with reports ranging from rude employees to just being too slow to move boxes or figures from the pallets to the register, from the Corporate email that went out stringently reminding WalMart employees that these items were not to be sold until April 23rd to the Electronic Blocking at the point of purchase itself with the "Sale Not Allowed" beeping across the screen, from reports of people being threatened with being banned from WalMart to a report of an employee actually putting their hands on a would-be figure buyer...
    It has certainly gotten crazy. I, for one, do not mind being told that I can't buy the figures early. I do not, however, think that it has been necessary for some of these employees or managers to have been as rude as they have been portrayed in some of these reports. Just doesn't seem like good business to me. Well, tack on a point for the "good guys" if you will. Maybe it's a game, and maybe it's not, but it certainly has been interesting. Tonight I stopped at a local WalMart SOMEWHERE in America...just a casual stop looking for the TIE Bomber and Snowspeeder, when a walk by the pallets for today's shipment revealed something NEW. In fact, it revealed TWO
    "something new"s. A case of AOTC Deluxe figures and the second ollection 2 assortment. Now while my excitement was high at running across these items, I had pretty much reserved to myself that I would never get them past the register, even if no one stopped me between the toy aisle and the checkout line.
    Well, I did make it the register, and as she began to scan the first figure I waited for the beep and the "Sale Not Allowed" to pop up on the screen. And it did. She tried a couple more figures, and they all did the same thing. The bounty had been found, but would not make it back to the ship. Behind me, a couple shopping for groceries noticed my intended purchase and asked if those were figures from the new movie, to which I answered a calm yes. The gentleman remarked that his brother collected those, and after asking if there were any more left, said he was going to call his brother right then to see if he wanted him to get them for him. Just what I needed - someone else drawing attention to the situation.) Off he went to the toy aisle.
    The young lady checking me out, in the meantime, had given up being able to solve this puzzling "Sale Not Allowed" situation on her own, and had flicked the help-me-walmart-light at her register to call for a manager. Well, it's over now, I thought.
    A nice guy in a red vest with a tag that identified him as a support manager came up to help solve the problem. He couldn't understand why the toys wouldn't ring up. After asking the employee several routine questions (have you tried this, have you tried that, etc.) he finally told her to key them in as STAR*WARS and price the regular figs at 5.88 and the deluxe at 9.98. Which she did.
    Unfortunately, she had to key them in individually. Nine figures. With a couple of misspellings and start-overs, it seemed to take forever. Especially with the guy in line behind me gone looking for more figures. By the time she totaled up the last figure, I had my card swiped and was homefree. To the parking lot I went, feeling as much like a criminal as I would ever want to.
    Now the Deluxe Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, Darth Tyranus, and Mace Windu as well as Col. 2 figs Senator JarJar, Geonosian Warrior, Nikto Jedi, Dexter Jettster, Saesee Tinn have a same home among my collection. Whew! Anybody need to borrow some adrenaline?
    RWTinTX@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:11 EDT
    Trooper Josh reports:
    Hello, my name is Josh B and I live in Blue Springs MO and I went to a local antique store this morning and I found 5 AOTC figures, they were Plo Koon,Shaak Ti,Battle Driod, Tusken Raider and Captain Typho. They cost 10 bucks a piece but it was worth it.
    danzigking@sbcglobal.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 7 April 2002 | 3:10 EDT
    Trooper YGL reports:
    Hey, folks. Young George Lucas reporting once again from the Overland Park/Kansas City area. No Hasbro "Episode II" leaks around here, that I know of-but at my local K-Mart I did find the new Wizards of the Coast "AOTC" starter set, "STAR WARS" Stratego and a new game called "STAR WARS" Epic Duels. Also, I did score the Snowspeeder and TIE Bomber and I must say that those are pretty well done and very cool! Only about 2 weeks 'til Midnight Madness II! Yippee! I'll be broke for a long time, a long time...
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: Jason | 6 April 2002 | 23:28 EST
    Vote for your favorite Star Wars character - It will help!
    The ultimate wishlist for Hasbro Star Wars toys! This massive, very comprehensive list is the brainchild of Star Wars Collector Nigel "Beedo Sookcool" Willis and legions of fans who have sent suggestions his way. If Hasbro were to keep on producing figures forever, I'm not entirely sure that the folks there would be able to exhaust this tome. Head over and Take a look and add your own suggestions. Nigel is looking for YOUR input and encourages all of us to send this listing to Hasbro, and influential publications in the industry like ToyFare Magazine. Shoot Nigel an e-mail of what figures you's like to see made, and he'll get back with you and mention you in his credits!


    Posted by: Jason | 6 April 2002 | 21:29 EST
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "Three's company" - SPOILERS aplenty!!! Go to Episode-X and see: a breakdown of the Final AOTC saber duel, a slew of new Star Wars Puzzles (nice motifs), and Obi-Wan's adventure on Geonosis. If you're anti-spoiler, at least look at the awesome puzzle boxes that depict character collages from all four Star Wars films!

    "I've got your number!" - SKU Numbers for upcoming Toys'R'Us exclusives!
    549943 SW 12" Tauntaun w/ Luke $59.99
    560850 3 ¾ Landspeeder w/ Luke $19.99
    560858 X-Wing w/ R2D2 $39.99,
    Thanks to Germany's 4-INCHES for the story.

    "Hey... It's ME!" - Han Solo (Endor Raid) and Chewbacca with Disassembled C-3PO Star Wars Saga Collection 1 Figures due this summer revealed at RebelScum.

    Mergers and hostile take-overs. - SirSteve's has an article and an online poll regarding some surreptitious activity in the world of Star Wars Fan Sites that could really "clear the playing field." For a slightly jilted and more light-hearted take on this, head on over to Creature Cantina News and scroll about 1/3 the way down the page and look for the headline "(...)plans to dominate Star Wars Internet!"

    Attack of the Shopping Lists - I've updated my Figure checklist with all the April 23rd characters, Case breakdowns and figure-numbering system. If you'd like a copy of the latest, just e-mail me: Jason@sandtroopers.com and I'd be more than happy to send one YOUR WAY!

    "Ten-finger discount, dude!" - Nope, not thieving, but the next-best thing! Here are the latest Contests around the Web, many are brand NEW! Read on.

    Post to PegWarmer's Forums for a shot at a Sneak Preview R3-T7, Imperial Officer and Cold Weather Obi-Wan (Contest ends 4/12)

    Post to American Dream Comics Forums for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at one of the online toy retailers!

    Enter at PowerCollectibles.com to win your choice of either a set of 4 Episode II Attack of the Clones carded figures including Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, and Plo Koon -OR- a mint condition unopened Simpsons exclusive Pin Pal Burns (contest ends 4/14).

    Remember to look up the Jawa for another shot at a Toy Fair 2002 Silver Darth Vader.

    Clear some wall real estate and enter The Jawa's contest for an Episode II poster.

    Post to the Jawa/Sandtrooopers Community Forums and you may win a set of AOTC Sneak Preview Figures (see the hyperlink "Forums" on our left margin).

    Power of the North Side - Canada's Star Wars Community, post to their Forums and you could win an ever-growing prize purse including Clean Scout Trooper and many more figures. Check 'em out!

    Post in the JundlandWastes forums for a chance to win an Episode II AOTC Jango Fett action figure! This is NOT a preview Jango, it is the real deal!

    Enter the Creature Cantina's One-Year Anniversary Contest for a shot at four different great prizes. Entering is simple - scroll down 1/5 the way down their main page and fill in the online form!

    UPDATE: - The Access Hollywood Weekend Edition was reportedly scheduled to have an article on the AOTC soundtrack, but instead reprised the Padme Costumes article from earlier in the week.

    "Only the fightahzzsch are attacking. I wondah what thozzsch Szzchtar Dezzschtroyahs are waitin for. ...Thaht blazzscht came from the Death Szzchtahhr. That thingzzsch's opahhraytzzchional" - Happy Birthday Billy Dee Williams! 65 years young today (April 6th). Celebrate with a "double-deuce" and watching either ESB or ROTJ!



    Posted by: Jason | 6 April 2002 | 14:59 EST
    MEGATOYSHOW news and Red Card Hammerhead - MYSTERY SOLVED!!
    From Trooper Lex-Wan: I got a question; how is it the red carded hammer (head) is worth $250.00? it's booking higher than that and today 4-6-02 I saw a guy selling it for $250.00 wow is it because he's ugly? Well I went last night to MEGATOYSHOW had a great time it took me 1 & 1/2 hrs to get there! I got a pic of Kenny baker signing a red carded R2 of mine and I got a pic of me and him together cooool! Anthony Daniel's wont show till Sunday, and this is the best part Eddie Munster tried to get in for free and they wouldn't let him hahahaha (but I'm soposta be here boo hoo).oh yea I caught Billy Dee on 1 episode of the squares he said 2 words and I was happy.
    debalus@worldnet.att.net

    So if you're in the tri-State area, Sunday is the day to see Sir Anthony Daniels; and, yes, Happy Birthday Billy Dee Williams (4/6/37). Anyone else see this skyrocketing red card Hammer Head?

    Trooper JIMSJEDI adds:
    Hey Troopers, I said this earlier in the week, about the red carded Hammerhead figure. Uncle George posted it for me and replied that he knew of no reasons why this figure could be going for crazy prices. I have seen prices go anywhere from $20-$320. There are no known variations with this figure and am shocked at the attention this has received, At least I have the red carded one in case there is a variation.(ha,ha) Have a great weekend everyone JIMSJEDI@aol.com

    Thanks Jimsjedi,
    These high prices really don't add up, ya know? To my knowledge, the whole series of early green card figs on the orange cards should be going for around the same price, checking my most recent guides, I find $15 - $25 all around - like Unca George said - variation other than the sake of the card isn't an issue, any more takers on this one?



    Our very own Trooper Treg sheds light on this once and for all - thanks for the insight:
    Jason, In the last two editions of Lee's Toy Review They've redone their Star Wars listings and had a typo on the Red Card Hammerhead. They list a loose price ($3) and a carded price($20). When they did the new typeset, the two got put together. Since there are no dollar signs, the value of the figure looks like it is $320!!!! Someone will be kicking themselves for buying this at an overinflated price!!! Kudos to you, too on finding all the wonderfully insignificant information. It rocks. - Tregferd@fastband.com


    Posted by: Jason | 6 April 2002 | 14:16 EST
    Trooper Juan reports:
    This is Juan reporting from El Paso again. I went to my local walmart and asked my friend that what had happened to all the other tie bombers and snowspeeders and she told me that the managers told them not to put out anymore star wars toys until 04/23. I told her that those vehicles were not aotc she said that if she put any star wars toys at all that she would get in big trouble. She did show me the new lightsabers for ep 2. Well thats all for now. Ill keep everybody updated. In regards to the lego ep 2 toys. My local walmart has most of them from jango fett to the slave 1 to yoda if anybody needs them then I will get them for you for cost plus shipping thanks. brandonarath@aol.com
    brandonarath@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 6 April 2002 | 12:06 EST
    Trooper TJ reports:
    Im looking for the Elusive Snowspeeder and Tie Bomber. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated...may be able to reciprocate... with my connection in K Mart toy department ( sinking ship ) Me....they will have exclusive cards .....can search variations when cases arrive for fellow troops as well...You know Bothan spies kind of stuff...Starfighters are waiting as well......
    PLMK if you can help lots of Goodies to trade or send $$$
    TandJ914@webtv.net

    patience... Ive read that these are considered ep2 stuff by the management and are being held to the 4/23 release date. This release date has caused so many problems...


    Posted by: Tyler | 6 April 2002 | 11:46 EST
    Sandtrooper Andy VW reports
    Hey Troops,
    For those in Northern Alabama, just came back from Super Walmart on Madison and they have pegs full of the preview figs at the 5.88 price! Still no sign of snowspeeder or TIE Bomber yet :-( MTFBWY

    Sandtrooper Andy VW


    Posted by: vaughn | 6 April 2002 | 0:55 EST
    ACPin writes:
    Obi-Wan's mission to disarm the tractor beam controls did not sit well with Luke. The start of a new month and thus I've updated the homepage with five dioramas from the archives.




    Posted by: Jason | 5 April 2002 | 21:43 EST
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    "Sand People always ride single file" - ArtoosNews.com is bringing back the LFL Bantha Tracks newsletter in .pdf format. They're currently showcasing a compilation of original Issues 1-4, with subsequent Issues following once a week. Head over for some nostalgia during the wait for Episode II.

    Kaminoan Action Figure - Loose shot of Episode II Taun We figure at RebelScum.

    Full Wardrobe - Starwars.com has posted the next "Making of Episode II" video installment. If you missed the article shown on Access Hollywood this week, then go to the official site to see Padme's army of outfits for Episode II. There will be a new article staring at you from Entertainment Weekly next week too!

    AOTC Soundtrack Bonus Track - TheForce.net reports that the upcoming AOTC soundtrack may contain a bonus track, and that this track may be exclusive to one of the retailers.

    CONTESTS - The Jawa offers another chance to win the Toyfair 2002 Darth Vader (ends April 18, 2002. The Jawa is also giving away an AOTC movie poster and a set of Sneak Preview figures!
    The Jundland Wastes.com contest will run until midnight EST Friday, April 12th and features Jango Fett (Kamino Escape), this is the removable helmet Jango that will be released on 4/23.
    ArtoosNews Caption Contest - 1st Place Submission will recieve a copy of the Star Wars Action Figure Archive; 2nd Place Submission will recieve a Carded Clone Trooper Preview Figure.
    Win a Final Duel Silver Anniversary Set at The Bothan Spy.
    YakFace.com is holding a giveaway for an ULTARAMA display system AND you may win a Toy Fair Darth Vader by posting at their "Yak Bak" Forums.
    "Only a Master of evil..." - Head on over to PegWarmer.com before April 5th for a chance to win the 25th Anniversary Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader.
    R2DToys - check out Tyler's post from earlier today for the details - nice stuff from our new sponsor!

    "Luck be a Lady" - How appropriate. JediNet.com has screenshots of Lando's ship "The Lady Luck" from "Jedi Outcast."

    "Leave that to the Baron and me" - Billy Dee was 0 for 3 tonight, this last night, on Hollywood Squares. One response was "Uggh, Gjiant Ahhcgtopuzzzsch." That makes 0 for 12 for the entire week. His overcoat/cape was ridiculed by the other stars, and he did the closing credits tonight as well, alongside Whoppee. And, finish up "Lando Week" by saying...

    Happy Birthday Lando - Finish up Lando Week in style by celebrating Billy Dee Williams' birthday tomorrow, he's 65!!! (Saturday, April 6).
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 21:24 EST
    Trooper frederic reports:
    hello
    i just found all episode 2 lego set.i have them for sale or trade. i need a potj b-wing.
    jango fett slave 1 65$
    anakin and zam speeder50$
    jedi starfighter25$
    tusken encounter15$
    jedi duel 15$

    lmk if interested
    fredg@globetrotter.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 21:23 EST
    Trooper jeffred5 reports:
    Hey Troopers,
    I need a little help from someone who has a TIE Bomber and/or a Snowspeeder. I need the UPC code, from a TIE Bomber, or whatever kind of stock number Wal-Mart uses in their computers so I can ask an employee to check if they have any in stock. From the Snowspeeder I want to know if anyone else has opened theirs and looked at the front landing gear. On the original the landing gear was under spring tension so when you push the button it would pop out quickly. On my new one it has no spring so when you push the button gravity lets it fall down and it just dangles and swings around. Does anyone know if it is supposed to be like that or is mine defective?
    Jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 21:22 EST
    Trooper Juan reports:
    I went to my local walmart and they had a couple of cases of ep 2 figures. When I was about to grab one a manager told me that if he saw me getting one of the boxes off the pallet then he would have security escort me and have trespassing charges brought against me. He also stated that he would ban me from ever coming in to the store again. After that he took all the star wars boxes and took them to the back. I found the tie bomber and snowspeeder but when I went to purchase them they rang up as not for sale. This is not right. These vehicles are potj and not aotc. Well thats all for now. I have some extra ep 2 figures for trade or sale. lmk My email address is brandonarath@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 21:20 EST
    Sgt Bill found new AOTC food!
    These were found at Marcs in Sagamore Hills Ohio by Jedi Jay and Padawan Cheryl. cereal was $2.48 and Roll ups were $1.88

    As always, click for larger images...









    Posted by: Tyler | 5 April 2002 | 20:08 EST
    Commtech Chip Variants?
    Hey Troops,
    This may be old news but I was wondering if anyone noticed any variants in the commtech chip line. A friend of mine from Australia sent me a box full of them today and I noticed most of them have a mirrored finish. However there is a Vader and 4 Stormtrooper chips that have a white finish. I thought that maybe all the "classic" figures came with white finishes but I also have a Stormtrooper with a mirrored finish. So which is the variant. If anyone can shed some light on this subject, please email me. Thanks.


    Posted by: Tyler | 5 April 2002 | 18:52 EST
    R2Dtoys Grand Opening and Giveaway!
    Hey Troopers,
    Any of you still need the elusive EOPIE? Well you're in luck. Sandtroopers along with R2Dtoys is giving away an EOPIE as part of their Grand Opening on April 20th. There'll also be a Tie Interceptor and the Euro exclusive Luke and Han 12" figures up for grabs in the coming weeks.
    To enter, simply send ME your name. Entry deadline is Friday, April 12th. However you MUST also register online at R2Dtoys.com for their news letter to qualify. Here's the link to do so www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl . Anyone not registered at R2Dtoys will be disqualified as will multiple entries. So only enter once. BTW, if anyone is wondering how the winner will be picked, my 5 yr old son and 3 yr old daughter will be taking turns picking the winner. Good luck to all that enter.

    Also we are only one of 10 SW sites in total having giveaways sponsered by R2Dtoys. Here is a list of the giveaways and where you can find them:

    1/ sandtroopers.com eopie, tie interceptor and 12" euro han & luke
    2/ thejawa.com ********* (its a secret)
    3/ artoosnews.com tie bomber
    4/ theprivateuniverse at-st walker
    5/ gadders.com potj fx-7 & zutton
    6/ pegwarmer.com jedi starfighter
    7/ thebothanspy.com potj teebo wave & unreleased tri-logo bd.ddroid
    8/ jundlandwastes potj eeth koth
    9/ jediaries.com kubrick 300th fett
    0/ galactic senate signed 300th fett

    Again good luck to everyone. Looks as though it'll be a good month for those who like free stuff! And who doesn't.

    And for those of you aren't lucky enough to win, here are some specials from R2Dtoys:

    POTJ Teebo wave $7.05 each
    Tie Bomber $41
    Snowspeeder $41
    AT-ST $35.25
    25th Anniversary $35.25 for all 3
    Jedi Starfighter $21.15
    Slave I $41
    12" EP2 figures $28.20 each
    12" Bounty Hunters $22.56 each
    POTJ Eeth Koth wave $7.05 each
    12" Speeder Bike w/Luke $70.50
    Eopie $35.25
    Jabba w/announcer $11.28
    Falumpaset $17
    12" Luke Euro Excl. $21.15
    many other items/toys too including EP2 figures available April 20th!

    NOTE: Their website will NOT be ready to accept orders until April 20th. Any orders received before this date will be refused. And although they are located in the UK, their shipping prices are just as good or sometimes even less than placing orders within the US. So go ahead and give them a try! You'll be glad you did.



    www.r2dtoys.com/store/store.pl


    Posted by: Jason | 5 April 2002 | 18:23 EST
    Trooper Jedi Reta reports:
    I found 2 Tie Bombers at the local Wal-mart and a Speeder. Kind of a steep price at $29.99 but I guess it is better than we-pay. I only could only afford one tie at this time but If anyone is interested in the TIE I will go back and buy it. Better respond quick before they are gone!
    dreta@kscable.com
    Give Jedi Reta here a holler if you need the TIE Bomber, I can personally recommend him! - J


    Posted by: George | 5 April 2002 | 17:49 EST
    Sandtrooper Jeff asks:
    Hi George, I am hoping you can help me or know someone who can. With the way they are making "action figures" now where they have more joints some times but more often they are posed in an action stance. You can only set them one way. At least with old figures you could have a bunch of Stormtroopers in a formation or guarding prisoners or the could sit in a vehicle or something like that. Now you just get one position. Do you know a good way to heat and bend arms and legs so I can make some different positions. I realize you can't do this a bunch of times with the same figure, and I don't want to move
    them like they had more points of articulation. I just want to make 5 or 10 clone troopers in different positions. Any help or advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


    Hi Jeff!! I think there is little you can do in terms of different poses with new figures. Hasbro nowadays is trying to showcase a particular movie scene with figures, BUT there is still hope and we have to give 'em more time. It wont take long 'til we see more clone troopers in different positions including a possible DLX version; Once we get more re-issues you'll be able to swap legs, arms. I did this myself with the Dewback/Sandtrooper beast pack by either changing articulated legs, pauldrons, helmets etc. A nice and more accurate Grand Moff was created by sawing a Motti in half, yes you read right Mottis warmed the pegs for a while uphere in MN. As for heating and bending the figures it wont work. We can put the figure in boiling water and make a different pose but plastic will find its way back to its original molding and by next morning they'll be staring at you in the same original position. If somebody has 2 cents more on this topic feel free to e-mail Jeff.
    Jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: Tyler | 5 April 2002 | 16:14 EST
    Walmart raises prices
    Hey Troopers,
    Just a quick store report here for any troopers in Canada. In recent weeks my local walmart in North Bay, Ontario had put their POTJ figures on clearance. Col 2 was put down to $5 and Col 1 were only $1! However when I went there today (to see if they had the preview figs yet!) they had the Col 2 figures back up to the regular price of $8.44! All the Col 1 figs are sold out. Anyhow I asked the toy lady there if she knew why they went back up in price but she didn't know. My only guess is that they put the price back up as they are expecting the preview figs soon as well as the EP 2 toys.
    I also noticed they had about 50 copies of the Insider #59 on their magazine rack. So for those of you who aren't subscribers, you might want to check your local walmart. It's the 25th anniversary issue and it's a good read.
    BTW, I still have 4 POTJ Bespin Leia's that I got on clearance for a buck each ($3 US total). Thought one of you customizers out there might want the stormtrooper guns that came with this figure (2 per pack). If you do, just LMK. That's all. Take care.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 5 April 2002 | 9:29 EST
    HOLOCRON update: Sith channel 9.
    Troops,
    Be sure to check out this weeks HOLOCRON, Sith Channel 9(...see numbers at the top of the main page). Bill & Cheryl are doing a bang-up job bringing the BEST in rare and "not widely available" Star Wars collectibles!
    Check it out HERE


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 5 April 2002 | 8:55 EST
    WIN an EP2 Jango Fett (NOT the preview fig).
    This just in from jundlandwastes.com

    "We currently giving away an Episode II Jango Fett (not a preview figure) for a random person that posts in our forums. The contest runs until next Friday (April 12th).
    jundlandwastes


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 8:22 EST
    Trooper Jeffred5 reports:
    Hey troopers,
    I have some great news from Phoenix, AZ. In response to Wal-Mart lowering their price on figures to $5.88, Toys'R'Us has just lowered their price on figures to $5.99. Target has put all POTJ stuff on clearance so figures are $4.50 25th Anniversary 2pks like Luke and Leia "Swing to Freedom" and Han and Chewy "Death Star Escape" are $11.10 and Deluxe Figures like Amanaman and Princess Leia on the Sail Barge are $10.99 so if you've waited, go get them fast. They won't last long and the stores won't get any more because they are waiting for the EP II stuff as much as we are.
    jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 8:21 EST
    Trooper Frederic reports:
    hello fellow clonetrooper,
    in my last post i said i've found episode 2 figures. i have a extra set of 14 figures and 1 jango more on tri-logo card for trade or sale.
    i need a b-wing, y-wing, skiff, tie bomber and new snowspeeder.
    fredg@globetrotter.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 8:20 EST
    Trooper Spiceowan reports:
    Trooper Spiceowan here,
    I uncovered the new Jedi Starfighter and the Sneak Preview figs at the local TRU in Gurnee Ill. I also have B-Wings , 1 Tie interceptor, and 2 At-St's and 1 Jedi Starfighter. In return I'd like to get the new Snow speeder or the Tie Bomber if anyone is interested . I also have a Admiral Motti , Captain Piett FF and a Darth Vader w/ Removable Helmet and Battle Damaged Battle Droids for trade too . Not sure what I'd want in return for those. If anyone would like to help e-mail me and let me know. Thanks
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 8:20 EST
    Trooper Eric reports:
    Hey, just thought I would pass my "exciting" experience at my local Wal-Mart tonight in MI. I was in the toy department and the stockers were bringing out freight and to my surprise one pallet had twelve boxes with the not before April 23 stamps on them. So, being the curios person I am,:) I immediatly grabbed a box off the pallet and looked at it (of course I was going to open it!!!). No sooner had I grabbed the box, than a hand grabbed my shoulder and a Wal-mart associate yelled "Hey no opening the sealed boxes!!" So i turned to
    her and said I wasnt opening it I was just looking at it and she
    said "Bull@#$&" and I put the box back on the pallet. Then she went on some rant about how these are not supposed to be on the floor
    and so forth... So,I asked if they were getting or had they gotten the snowspeeder and tie bomber and she pointed to the aisle and said in a rude tone "if it aint there, we aint got it!" Then I got followed around until I left the store. What a night!! So, be carefull if you find these things at Walmart and make sure nobody sees you grab a box. :)
    e9olson@wmich.edu


    Posted by: vaughn | 5 April 2002 | 8:18 EST
    Trooper Jay reports:
    Hey Sandtroopers,
    So far, things have been pretty dry in NE Ohio, I am still looking for the Teebo wave, Walmart exclusives, not to mention Episode II stuff. I wanted to let everyone know that I got my Toyfair Vaders and they were in bad shape. They were bent in a 45 degree angle and the corners were also a little bent. I checked my order slip and they were listed as collector grade-HA!!! Anyway, I sent a email to the FC customer service and they were not able to send my replacements, but were going to credit my account $4.00 per figure. Every little bit helps.
    tdjaybird@msn.com


    Posted by: Tracy | 5 April 2002 | 8:00 EST
    Swamptrooper Report
    Greetings People!! There sure is a lot of hype surrounding these EP2 figs that are not supposed to be released until the end of the month huh? well, they have shown up here in Baton Rouge, at the Perkins road Wal-Mart and the price has now been adjusted to $5.88. They had at least 10 cases on the pallet so if you don't see them, ask someone to get them out of the back. The Damaged Snowspeeder and Tie Bomber also made it down here and also at the same Wal-mart. Both are priced at $30.00. Target still has some 25th anniversary figs and only a couple of older POTJ figs left. KB Toys has nadda, as does Super K-Mart. TRU is remodeling and I am lost when I go in there now. Thats about all the news from the boot! I have a request though, I am looking for a loose but complete 12" Stormtrooper and a star case for a 3 3/4 inch fig. I know I can order one online but I wanted to see if any of you had an extra to sell or trade. If any one can help, email me Thanks and Keep the Faith!!


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 22:22 EST
    Trooper jeffred5 reports:
    Hey Troopers,
    I don't want to sound all moral or anything, but I think we should
    think twice before we sneak away buying the new AOTC stuff that is supposed to be released on April 23. Getting away with it because some stock boy or other Toy Dept. employee didn't know about or pay attention to the 4/23 release date. I know how tempting it is, and I would have done it too if I had the chance, until I thought about something. I know how cool it is to get something before anyone else. But, there may be a price to pay in the long run and we might be slitting our own throats. I'll explain why, if we keep buying these things from stores that don't know better, and they get caught they run the risk of a huge fine (which most of us couldn't care less about), but they also run the risk of Lucas or Hasbro not allowing them to sell Star Wars stuff anymore or at least for a while. And if the store gets a big fine they may decide that there isn't enough profit to justify the risk of it happening again, and just decide on their own to stop selling Star Wars stuff. So, next time you see an unmarked case with a 4/23 release date, think about weather or not it is worth getting these a few weeks early and running the risk of not being able to get Star Wars Stuff in the uture. And consider telling the manager or head of the toy department about the mistake and who knows buy saving him a potentially huge fine and headache and possibly even his job he might even be grateful enough to at least put some of it aside for you to get first pick.
    Jeffred5@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 21:19 EST
    Trooper Delta Source reports:
    Just a few tidbits regarding the Snowspeeders and Tie Bombers. I'm a Wal-Mart associate, and can tell you that every store will NOT be recieving them. They are not in our store's computer system...if you scan the UPC, they come up NOF (not on file), which means
    that I couldn't even use our Item Locator function to see which stores had them. I work at Beaver Dam, WI, and had to search 6 surounding stores to find them. I searched West Bend, Menomonie Falls, Brown Deer, East Capitol(Milwaukee), Delafield, and Watertown. West Bend, a Supercenter, has them, but wouldn't dig
    them out for me (They wouldn't believe a word I told them regarding them). They told me to come in a midnight on the 23rd. I finally found them at Watertown (another Supercenter), only because I know
    the Manager and one of the Assistant Managers. I had to wait 2 hours for them to finish unloading a truck to get to them, but they're mine. I bought 3 of each for myself, my brother, and a friend, but they have another 6 on the way. My advice is to definately hit Supercenters first before hitting regular Wal-Marts.
    Take in the UPC's and ask someone to check the Perpetual Inventory screen to see if they have any onhand. Of course, trying to persuade tham that they can be sold is another problem. Oh, and the case I got mine from said that it was one case out of 1500, which means that there will be only 4500 Snowspeeders and 4500 Tie Bombers available in the U.S. Keep the faith...they're out there. But don't dawdle! If you find one, DON'T pass it up! Later...

    P.S. I could have snagged a literal boatload of collection 1 E2 figures sitting out on pallets, but didn't want to risk angering the managers who were SO helpful ( or get my ass in a sling).

    I hope you are wrong about the # of tie bombers. I think that would be a BIG mistake on walmart's part. Especially when the tie bomber is one of THE FIRST all-new vehicles in the new star wars line. Its possible that this could just be the initial order...



    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 20:29 EST
    Trooper freudguy reports:
    My aunt works in a Wal-mart in SW VA. I asked her to be on the lookout for the Tie-Bombers & Snowspeeders because the scalpers are in a renaissance in my area due to the renewed interest in Star Wars toys. She got back to me and told me that they cannot sell the bombers and speeders until 4/23! I explained to her that these ships are not part of the Episode 2 stuff but she said the manager is being very strict with this. Oh well, she did tell me she would get me 1 of each when she was be able to.


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 20:28 EST
    Trooper frederic reports:
    hello
    just to say that i found many set of episode 2 figure in quebec,canada.many wal-mart store around got them. if you want them, scan a proof of purchase of wal-mart on the internet and show it to your local wal-mart manager and he probably put them on the peg.that trick work for me.good luck.
    fredg@globetrotter.net

    hmmm shady... another jedi mind trick


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 20:26 EST
    Trooper jedichirp reports:
    The Fan Club now has a Celebration T-shirt that they are giving away for free to anyone who is NOT a Fan Club member with any purchase. Just a little info on some easy freebies. Have your wife order a Celebration pin for just $1.49 and then you get the shirt. I'll just have to settle for purchasing a Celebration II shirt at the Indy Convention Center in person!!!
    chad.mcdonald@IWCR.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 20:26 EST
    Trooper Chad reports:
    Hey there,
    I was at Wal-Mart this morning and found at least ten cases of E2 collection one figures in Athens AL.The cases are not very well marked except for the "Do not open until April 23" printed on it.I almost past them by if not for one of the cases being opened.I was a little hesitant in taking the Super Battle Droid up to the check out counter.My guess is that the employee opened one case and saw the "Do not open until April 23rd" And didn't open the rest of them.They were all the same.That's all.
    cryan@ardmore.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 20:24 EST
    Trooper chabibby reports:
    Hey troops. I went to the walmart on North Mesa, in El Paso, at midnight after going to the movies. I checked the pegs to find nothing, but as I was leaving I saw two employees draging a pallet. They left it, and I watched them get another one. When they left I inspected the boxes on the pallet and I saw 5 boxes with the red "Do not shelf until April 23" stamp. I only grabed one, I opened it and found 2 Jango Kamino escape, 2 Anakin Peasant disguise, 2 super battle droids, 2 Obi-Wan's Coruscant chase, 1 Kit Fitso, 1 R2-D2 Coruscant sentry, 1-C-3PO, and 1 Padme. When I went back to the pallets to get another box, the employess had returned with another pallet. One of them looked at me funny with 8 figures in my hand (one of each). So I counted my blessings and left. The employee followed me for a while but he gave up when I left the toy department. Went back to that same walmart in the morning and there was nothing. My advice is to check for these elusive pallets late at night they are out there.
    chabibby@hotmail.com


    Posted by: Jason | 4 April 2002 | 18:01 EST
    Trooper Chad reports:
    I have read reports on Sandtroopers now that the TIE Bomber and the crashed snow speeder is slowly migrating eastward.One person said that he or she saw them in Missouri there are some reports from Texas as well as Colorado.I know I said this before but are you sure that ALL walmarts will get this.Alabama is the hind end of space when it comes to star wars stuff. We will never see it.I am not going to miss out in the awesome ship.I hope this won't end up like the Skiff and Y-wing mess with Target back in 2000.That is the reason why I am asking.I live in Alabama way down south in dixie and the last things I saw were one case,one case of the Teebo wave, 4 Jedi star fighters(Walmart)six more of them at TRU and the preview figures.I am starting to lose faith in finding these. This Sucks.
    cryan@ardmore.net

    Keep the faith Chad, like the AOTC merchadise, a lot of POTJ is being "stashed" in the stockroom until 4-23, so try to kill the time 'til then. Most, if not all, WalMarts should get these. Otherwise your buds here at Sandtroopers will pull through for ya, might end up being me !


    Posted by: vaughn | 4 April 2002 | 17:54 EST
    Trooper Mike reports:
    Hey Troops!
    It's me Mike again! My last post was filled with the joy and excitement of collecting Star Wars. Unfortunately today things have taken an unexpected turn. I am getting ready to move from Colorado to Oklahoma and we have come up a little short of $ to complete this move. So not only do I have to part with the new Tie Bomber and Snowspeeder that I just got yesterday, but I have to part with some of my collection. Not all just some! Mostly the more rare stuff. So what I'm doing is anyone looking for 3 3/4" stuff please email with your wants and I'll see what I have and what I'm willing to part with. I do have some good figs that might interest most of you. Some opened and some still carded in star cases.
    I hope that after I get moved and we are settled that I can start up again with the hobby that I love so much.
    Please only serious inquiries as I don't have much time left. I am scheduled to move on 4/22/02. If you are interested please email: coszalter@msn.com.
    Thanks Troops!


    Posted by: Jason | 4 April 2002 | 17:00 EST
    Trooper Lex-Wan (Allentown Chase) reports:
    Lex-wan is happy.I got some news I forget where I read it but somebody wrote in about the AOTC figure cases not being marked Star Wars but having the date stamp of 4-23-02 (like what else is coming out that needs a date stamp on the case). I took this bit of info and went shopping first 2 wal's I went to had nothing the next one I went to I had a good feeling about it cause I've talked to the dept magr before and let me tell u she's 1 sandwich 4 onion rings and 8 twizlers short of a healthy breakfast. So anyway I saw 1 case on the pallet that looked like a case of digimon figs with a Hasbro date stamp on (I know this stamp because I saw it on the Jedi star fighter case). I waited till she ducked down an isle to go merchandising I grabbed the case opened it and I finally lucked out a case of coll 1 anakin, obi, super battle droid, padme, c-3po, Kit fisto, Jango, and the new and improved R2-D2.Comments are anakin (peasant) has a telescoping light saber(ala 1977 vintage Jedi), weird, huh? And R2-D2 has electronic sounds and lights - by far the best R2-D2 ever. And the 3 Jedi in this assortment all have force action which means there are magnets in there hands and metal on weapons and accessories. Sorry I couldn't get any extras but half the case is 1 fig per case and the others that are 2. I just got open the 1, but I'm going out tomorrow early and any I find I'll let you know about. Toy clerks might have gotten them today for all I know "this AOTC war (on finding figs before release date) has begun". I want to be an airforce ranger with the snowspeeder or clip on tie bomber - none yet maybe tomorrow. See ya JJ Dyn-o-mite. P.S. watch out for that (associate) at your Wal-mart.
    E-mail: Lex-wan kenobi Allentown chase

    Thanks for the news, and I will steer clear of THAT guy! - J.


    Posted by: Cheryl | 4 April 2002 | 13:09 EST
    2002 Hallmark Ornaments
    Hey Troopers!
    I got a call from my mother today at work(she works at Hallmark) and she gave me the heads up on the ornaments that are coming out this year. They are:
    Jango Fett: $14.95 October realease
    Slave 1: $18.95 November release
    Episode 2 Obiwan: $14.95 October release
    Luke Skywalker: $14.95 no announced release
    Darth Vader: $14.95 no announced release
    Death Star:$24.00 October release
    (the Death Star is 3 3/8" x 3 1/8",lights up, and the Emporer talks.)
    The catalog that these are in is called the Hallmark 2002 Dreambook.



    Posted by: Jason | 4 April 2002 | 12:12 EST
    Trooper John C. from Niagara Falls, NY reports:
    Target is clearence pricing all Star Wars merchandise. Basic figures are $4.50 (from $6.99), deluxe figures are $11.10 (from $15.99) and 25th anniversary 2-packs are $11.10 (from $15.99. Still no Boshek wave & no Snowspeeders or Tie Bombers.



    Posted by: Steve | 4 April 2002 | 10:35 EST
    Wal-Mart exclusive news and Episode II figures
    Today I went on a Wal-Mart hunt looking for the new exclusive vehicles. First, a store in Grand Rapids, MI. They had nothing to be spotted anywhere.

    Second, I went to Charlotte, MI and saw nothing as well. However, I did something I haven't done since I was a 10 year-old kid back in 1983, I asked if they have had or knew when they would be getting the exclusive vehicles in stock, or if they had them in stock and were just holding them until the 23rd. I know this may seem like a shock, but that was the first time I have ever asked for a toy in 19 years, I have always been able to find what I was looking for since 1995 when this all started again. Well, the woman I asked was in charge of the toy department and she told me she had someone call her earlier that day asking about the same thing. She said she hasn't seen these exclusives yet and asked me if they were supposed to be on hold until the 23rd. I told her these were to be out now. She said that they had received some new Star Wars stuff this morning and would look in back. I walked back there with her and to my shock she invited me into the stock room to help her look. She showed me where all the Star Wars stuff was stored. I saw a ton of Episode II stuff all marked 4/23. She told me that they were given strict orders not to put this stuff on the shelf until 4/23 and that some had been put out on a pallet and a customer opened a box but was stopped at the check-out. Unfortunately, there was no sign of the two exclusives. She said that most likely they haven't had them yet, however they may have been on a pallet and someone could have grabbed them before she could put them on the shelf, but she doubted that. She did tell me that they would be setting the Star Wars aisle on the 23rd and if I wanted any of the new stuff to get there at noon because they aren't going to start putting it out until that morning. I found this interesting because I assumed that most stores would want the toys out by store opening.

    Third, I went to Lansing, MI and walked right by the figures looking for the vehicles. I didn't even look up at which pegwarmers were sitting on the shelf. I didn't see what I was looking for so I started to search the pallets. An employee asked me if I needed help and I told him what I was looking for. He said they didn't have those yet but he just put a bunch of Episode II stuff on the shelf despite the fact it said 4/23 release date. He knew what he was doing and didn't care. Well I grabbed one of each and headed toward the check-out lane fully expecting to be stopped at the register. The woman rang me up, $5.88/figure. So now I am the proud owner of Shaak Ti, Captain Typho, Boba Fett, Tusken Raider (don't read the back of this card if you are spoiler sensitive, I am so mad at myself right now!), Battle Droid and Plo Koon.

    Wow, this message is really long, sorry about that.


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 4 April 2002 | 10:25 EST
    C-3PO Masterpiece Edition for 20 samoleans!
    Maryland troops,
    The Borders in Bowie, MD. has the C-3PO and Aurra Sing Masterpiece Editions for $20. The had a few left in great shape. Call ahead if you want them to hold one for you.
    Here is the number: 301.352.5560



    Posted by: Zack | 4 April 2002 | 8:30 EST
    Master Replicas busts up on the scene......
    Hey Troops, I just got an email from Master Replicas that their site is now up and running! If you're interested in prop replicas you should deifnatley check it out. They are offfering free membership to thier replica club ($25 value) for every prop purchased. Our sponsor Action Figure Xpress is giving away a random Star Wars collectible with each order. It could be a Ep1 JarJar or a new TIE Bomber....who knows?

    If you have preordered a saber from the Master Replica site or one of the other e-stores, they should begin shipping anytime now. Now if I can just figure out how to convert it so I can cut through walls and stuff.....
    zack@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 3 April 2002 | 23:53 EST
    Sandtrooper J reports:
    Troops,
    I have about 9 Amanaman and Leia's (Deluxe) for sale at $5.25 apiece plus shipping, take all you want, but not anymore than you need! Mix 'n' match - whatever? UNIFY and keep watching Hollywood Squares this week. Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Jason | 3 April 2002 | 23:19 EST
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    The List - Extensive April 23rd and beyond listings for Hasbro case assortments at RebelScum, or The Bothan Spy's similar list, or e-mail me for a conglomeration of the most recent four lists Jason@sandtroopers.com.

    "...Full of surprises." - Luke Bespin Duel catalog scan (fuzzy).

    New Givaway opportunity - Jango Fett (Kamino Escape), this is the removable helmet Jango that will be released on 4/23. The contest will run until midnight EST Friday, April 12th.

    Vader on Tatooine? It happened. - At least it did at TheJawa's Dark Side dioramas. Nice "what if?" concept.

    ArtoosNews Caption Contest - "Trooper on the can" .1st Place Submission will recieve a copy of the Star Wars Action Figure Archive; 2nd Place Submission will recieve a Carded Clone Trooper Preview Figure.

    Kids only! Just for kids! - Like Fruity Trix cereal, the promotional Wal*Mart Jedi training is apparently just for youngsters.

    Jokes, uhh, actually on ALL of us - News on the FAO Imperial Shuttle, ironically, at SirSteve's looking at an end of the year release.

    "Apology accepted, Captain Needa." - Nope, not Needa, but four of the Star Wars Imperials to be at Celebration 2, including Kenneth Coley. The Official Star Wars site.

    Cinesape dishes the dirt on Dooku - SPOILERS ABOUND!

    "Your thoughts dwell on your mother" - Shmi and Sandpeople in AOTC over at Episode-X. SPOILERS!

    French Mag exclusive photos of AOTC - Check these out at EpizodeDeux.com.

    Billy Dee, Day Three - Night three for Billy Dee tonight on Hollywood Squares, this time in the top right square, and totally in character. His responses tonight? "Dahhhfth Vayhdahh?," "Jimmy Chatahhh?," and "Uhhhhgggghhh, Bohhn Jzohhvi?" He was 0 for 4 tonight. Check him out again tomorrow and Friday, and have a "double-deuce" on his birthday, Sat. 4-6-02. Here's Rictor's Cool Pimpin' Lando Custom.
    Jason@sandtroopers.com



    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:44 EST
    Trooper Kent reports:
    INTOYZ makes these great 12 inch Figure Stands! I decided to get some of these in order to make my "Jedi Apprentice" Luke do a head stand with Yoda balanced on his foot.

    Here's the link to INTOYZ. http://www.intoyz.com/xtras-actionstand.htm

    Here's where you can get them online for $3.99 each.
    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/outerl/varmiltoy.html

    Nice, I know Ive been looking for these for a while


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:42 EST
    Trooper R-type Jedi reports:
    Troopers,
    Just wanted to pass along some of my good fortunes in the last 2 days. I stopped in at Walmart on Tuesday the 2nd of April, and found a case of AOTC figs Collection 2. Needless to say, I opened it and found the Captain Typhoo wave of figs. Troopers the only reason I bothered opening this box was the date stamped on it , it read something to the affect of not to be put on shelves until 23 April, the actuall box had no clear markings of Star Wars of any kind(not that I throughly inspected the box)....pretty sneaky...
    I stopped in another Walmart today and saw about 20 cases of this familar box on a pallet in the back of the toy section, after pacing around a few minutes debating if I should open a case, I asked one of the clerks if he would mind opening a case for me(prayin' he wouldn't say "not until April 23rd"). Using the Jedi mind trick he agreed and this time I was able to score the Coll. 1 figs, Anakin wave...So, troops if you can find that one Wally world store clerk that looks like he/she does not have a clue, use the Force.Good Luck and Happy hunting...
    rfc83701@cox.net

    Jedi mind trick huh... nice work


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:40 EST
    Trooper brandon reports:
    I went to my local wal-mart today and as I entered the store this scalper was checking out with all the snowspeeders and tie bombers. He took all of them. I asked one of the associate that works in the toy department and she said that they were not going to put out anymore starwars toys till April 23rd. So I was really disappointed that the scalper took them all.
    BRANDONARATH@aol.com

    Patience... Im sure these will be readily available AFTER 4/23...see below


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:32 EST
    Trooper Baldrik reports:
    Trooper Baldrik here. On my daily unsuccessful trip to my local Wal-Mart to try and find all of these wonderful new Star Wars things that every one is finding everywhere else on the planet, I did manage to find the new McFarlane baseball Randy Johnson figure. So if there are any Arizona Diamondback fans who would maybe trade any of the new sneak preview figures or Zutton or Eeth Koth or Teebo please let me know. I know this is a atrech but what the heck. Thanks and good trooping.
    Baldrik747@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:26 EST
    Trooper Robert reports:
    I currently have 45 SW figures autographed by the actors and actresses who portrayed them in the films. While I was planning on attending the Celebration at the end of the month to expand my collection, work issues will not allow it.

    Any trooper who can help by getting autographed figures for me, please contact me at rwtintx@aol.com ! Any help is greatly appreciated!


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:25 EST
    Troooper Shawn reports:
    The Celebration II website posted a Master Schedule today(not very detailed, but a start) Also posted was news that Carrie Fisher will be in attendance and will be signing autographs. Anyway thought you guys that are going might want to know. Also, I posted my trade list on the forums and no one has inquired about the Sneak Previews or the AT-ST. If you think about that is awesome because it means there must be plenty all over the place. Either the scalpers are getting lazy or Hasbro is actually producing enough so everyone is finding them. When I had extra B-wings last year they went fast. Let's all hope this trend continues.
    itzfitz@prodigy.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:19 EST
    Trooper jeffred5 reports:
    I got the Snowspeeder on Monday and when I took it out and
    examined it I noticed the front landing gear just falls free by gravity when you push the button. The original Snowspeeder (circa 1980 ESB) was under spring tension, so when you pushed the button it would pop out quickly. Is the new one supposed to be like this or is mine defective?
    Jeffred5@aol.com

    I havent found this one yet...anyone got an answer?


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 22:10 EST
    Trooper Brian reports:
    Okay, maybe I'm getting just a little too geeky now. But has anyone
    seen the Jedi Starfighter ad on the back of the latest Star Wars
    Insider? It depicts the small Jedi ship with an odd ornament. The
    Galactic Empire Logo is printed just behind the cockpit canopy on the
    ship... Jedi with Empire Logos? Someone's fact checker was asleep at the wheel on this one!
    BrianLustig@mac.com

    Our friends at thebothanspy.com posted something a while back (I think from cinescape) about the logo. From what I remember, the logo for the republic was an ancient symbol, a wheel with EIGHT spokes. When the republic folded, the empire defaced the symbol by removing 2 spokes (very similar to what hitler did with the swastika which was originally a good luck symbol)


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 21:52 EST
    Trooper Madeus reports:
    Hello troopers! Went shopping today and found some good finds in the ft worth area. Actually found a rebel trooper at KB store at Ridgmar Mall and the guy said they were supposed to be getting a shipment in sometime in the next two weeks. Stopped at the wal-mart in stephenville and found rows of Episode II figures including the old style card of Jango Fett with his helmet removed along with the BoShek wave except Eeth Koth (probably 4 or 5 of the others). Wal-Mart in Granbury also had about the same. Wal Mart on Cherry St in Ft Worth held 4 each of Tie Bombers and Lukes Snow Speeder along with the Boshek wave (still no Eeth Koth) and Ep II figs. Its the first time I have seen them in this area! What a day, it was nice to see new things being stocked!!
    Madeus@fanforce.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 21:50 EST
    Trooper spiceowan reports:
    Trooper Spiceowan here
    I conducted a 4 county search yesterday. I covered Lake & Cook county Illinois and Kenosha & Racine Wisconsin. I went to Wal-mart , after walmart . Only to hear "Sorry we can't sell the new Star Wars until the 23rd" . What a crock . These things are all over the country now thanks to good ol' Wally world! How can some stores do it and others can't ? I know they can be fined and they should! For the simple fact THEY WOULDN'T SELL ANY OF THESE THINGS WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE US . I don't think many children are playing with this stuff .(Unless they have a parental influence like my kids!) I just had to sound off on Wal-Mart, This is totally unacceptable . Does anyone know who do you report the shelf violations to? The Hasbro police?? George Lucas' personal army? If anyone feels the same way I do tell the sales clerk/managers @ wal-mart they really suck. Thanks for listening
    c.spice@worldnet.att.net


    Along the same line, Trooper Kent writes:
    Santa Maria and Lompoc California WalMarts have the exclusive Tie Bombers and Snowspeeders in stock but refuse to stock them on the sales floor since they're marked as Star Wars Promo items! The district manager has forbidden sales until 23 April. I guess Hasbro or Lucasfilm must have threatened WalMart with legal action for breaking their sales agreement. Consider yourselves lucky for picking up those Jedi Starfighters, AOTC 12" figures, and AOTC role play items.


    Im starting to get a little worried with reports like this. Sounds like Hasbro confused the heck out of the retailers with the "hold til 4/23" order. I see this at my walmarts where after the preview figs hit, we've seen nothing. On 4/23 NOBODY will have enough money!!!


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 21:37 EST
    Trooper Tim reports:
    Hey Troops!
    I was up in the Sacramento area lat night and manged to grab two sets of the Tie Bomber and Snow speeder from WalMart in Rocklin, very cool vehicles. Made my way home this afternoon and stopped by the TRU in Pinole, they had a lot of the Zutton/Koth wave on the pegs along with a bunch of the preview figures. No JFett though. At the bottom of the shelves were about a half a dozen of the AT-ST. I then went to the TRU in Emeryville and found some more of the previews with four Jedi Starfighters and AT-ST's. That was about three o'clock pst. Things are really starting to pick up out here! MTFBWY!
    awingace@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 21:33 EST
    Trooper Raja reports:
    Raja from the Bay Area, the TRU in Redwood city has a separate section for POTJ figures. Go towards the right were the GI Joes and Spawn stuff are. They had many Rebel Troopers and Imperial Guards I've never seen these figures in the store down here as well as FX, Shimi, Obi wan Jedi Traing for $5.99. The had 2 AT-ST and some 25th anniversary figs.
    rajabakshi@attbi.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 9:27 EST
    Trooper Mike reports:
    Hey Troops!
    I talked myself into stopping by the Wal Mart on Hampden Ave. in Englewood, CO. I have been there a lot as of late and nothing! I kept saying to myself what am I thinking going here they never have anything. What a waste of time. I was just here 2 days ago. So when I came to the toy isle I kinda peeked around the corner slowly, saying to myself, please please please..... I looked in the general area where Star Wars stuff might be and I saw nothing, Man not ag... Yes! I saw a little piece of something on the very top shelf (hidden) that resembled something that I might want. So I went over and climbed up on another shelf so I could barely reach what was on top. And sure enough it was Luke Skywalker's Snowspeeder! Cool! At first I didn't see any Tie Bombers and then as I looked more I saw one! Stashed even further on that top shelf. Someone was hiding these. I barely saw them. As I looked a little more I did notice that they had one more Snowspeeder left. No signs of any more Tie Bombers. These ships are cool! Good luck to all.
    coszalter@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 9:26 EST
    Trooper jedijaybird reports:
    Good evening everyone, Jedijaybird here, today while "vacationing" in Iowa, I was able to pick up some more Episode II merchandise from the local Wally World (Wal-Mart). I was able to purchase the Jedi Starfighter and 12" figures of Anakin, Obi-Wan and the Clone Trooper! Anakin and Obi-Wan look great, but the Clonetrooper is only ok. His head suffers from the same swolleness that the standard stormtrooper suffered from and the weathering that was applyed to him was only applyed to the legs, so he is "dirty" from the waist down. They had 2 of the troopers there and they both had this weathering effect on them. All in all they are good pieces to start off the new line.
    jedijaybird@hotmail.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 9:23 EST
    Troopette Donna reports:
    Troopette Donna from So. Cal. here. Decided to stop by the local Wal-Mart at lunch today and scored both the Tie Bomber and Snowspeeder. I could only buy one of each since I didn't have a cart with me. They had about 4 left of each so I went back after work to see if I could pick up extras, but they were all gone. I really like the Snowspeeder with the Luke and Dack figures. So troops, keep your eyes out. Happy Hunting to all.
    Theloneswlady@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 3 April 2002 | 9:21 EST
    Bill Cable from creaturecantina.com writes:
    On April 1st, 2001, creaturecantina.com was created to mock the galaxy we hold so dear to our hearts. Today they commemorate their 1-year anniversary. Be sure to check out the celebration with this massive update... multiple pages of humorous original content, a new comic strip, headlines, and biting satire. To thank their faithful leaders, CreatureCantina.com is holding a give-away with over $125 in prizes! So go and see what everybody's laughing about!!

    Remember Troops, creaturecantina.com SUCKS so head on over and help them celebrate!


    Posted by: Jason | 2 April 2002 | 22:37 EST
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    Hasbro AOTC Carded pics - first look - Senate Guard, Taun We & Luminara carded pics at SirSteve'sGuide.com.

    One of the good ones - On this day in 1914, Alec Guinness was born. I will always remember him as Obi-Wan and General Yevgraf Zhivago. See his career work at The Internet Movie Database.

    Part of this complete breakfast." - Clone Cruch box back at TheForce.net.

    AOTC Magazine article - The UK's The Private Universe has scans and info from the recent SFX article "Darth Rising."

    A wish list - The ultimate wishlist for Hasbro Star Wars toys! This thing is HUGE!!! If they made figures for another 3000 years, there'd still be items left to make. Take a look and add your own suggestions. I still want a Klaatu Palace Guard!

    "Utini!" - That Jawa is at it again! Join the frenzy for a free AOTC poster (Contest ends 4/6)

    Giveaway - 2 minute drill - Take advantage of the latest and greatest stuff for free out there!
    Win a Final Duel Silver Anniversary Set at The Bothan Spy.
    YakFace.com is holding a giveaway for an ULTARAMA display system AND you may win a Toy Fair Darth Vader by posting at their "Yak Bak" Forums.
    Two giveaways at The Jawa.com right now! First up is the poster giveaway (see above in this news), then, of course, is the Jawa/Sandtroopers Forum giveaway for a set of Preview Figures
    "Only a Master of evil..." - Head on over to PegWarmer.com before April 5th for a chance to win the 25th Anniversary Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader. Then try to answer all 5 questions in the "Primary Target" challenge, also at PegWarmer.com. You'll need some knowledge, skill and a bit of luck here! Go NOW because the first question could disappear real soon and it WON'T be back - hurry! I think they're on the SECOND question now (wink) (wink).

    "Ya gotta lotta gutschz comin' back here. What afta the schtzunt dhet you puhhled" - Lando struck out again tonight on Hollywood squares. To top last night's tragic, tonight Billy Dee thought that the beaver was associated with the nation of Germany, not Canada. Last night they asked him: "There are exactly 296 ways you can do THIS with a dollar." Billy Dee responded "Szzchpend it?" The answer was "make change." Too much Colt45? Here's the custom Lando figure:
    jason@sandtroopers.com



    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 21:40 EST
    Trooper joweone reports:
    I, on a whim decided to stop at the annapolis tru this morning after finding the preview figures there last week and scored the last at-st , however I never saw the tie interceptor . A friend of mine in the randallstown area went into walmart and saw all the new episode 2 figures, however they were all already in the arms of a greedy scalper.I feel if they are fining stores for early sale if your trying to get thfigs. and you get beaten like this by a scalper tell a manager.If you cant get the figures now why should the scalper?Any way there will be plenty soon enough.Thanks for listening.
    joweone@comcast.net


    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 21:39 EST
    Trooper Ryan-the-hutt reports:
    Hi Everyone,
    I was wondering if anybody would be interested in doing a trade. My local TRU had several AT-ST's left as of a day or two ago and I need a Tie Bomber MIB. If anyone is interested in a trade LMK.
    HALLRC@student.gvsu.edu


    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 21:38 EST
    Trooper Dsoll reports:
    Hey Troops, Dsoll here. Been on vacation visiting relatives in NY. Today, 4/2, the Staten Island Mall TRU had loads of Jedi Starfighters, AT-STs, the FX-7 wave (all figs), and the elusive ATTs (the big ones but with bad boxes). The Wallkill, NY TRU had tons of sneak preview AOTC figs. Happy Hunting!
    dsoll@execpc.com


    Posted by: Jason | 2 April 2002 | 21:15 EST
    Trooper Eric B. reports and, for the record...
    The Lancaster/Depew area right outside of Buffalo, NY; checked out the local TRU this weekend and they all had the AT-ST in stock although many were damaged. Nothing new at Wal-Mart or Target. Maybe you can help me, I heard that the ep2 figures go on sale at midnight on mon. the 22 but I also heard they went on sale on tues. the 23 at midnight which one is the right date? Thanks for your help.
    eric_bar@msn.com

    I've noticed the conflicting reports, I guess it has to do with whether folks consider Midnite to be part of the day just ending or the new day just beginning. It is officially April 23rd 12:00am, so consider it as the time when Monday becomes Tuesday! - J


    Posted by: Jason | 2 April 2002 | 18:42 EST
    Sandtrooper J reports:
    Hi everybody! Wanted to pass along that the 844550016 Sneak Preview Wave re-pack case (4x Jango, 4x Clone Trooper, 2x R3-T7, 2x Zam Wessel) is showing up. My Walmart in Lockport, New York had a case on the pegs this morning, R3-T7's had 20281 date stamps while the other characters had 20351 stamps.
    Don't forget to tune-in to Hollywood Squares tonight to see Billy Dee Williams in the top-left corner square, let's hope he does better tonight ;)
    Jason@sandtroopers.com


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 2 April 2002 | 13:25 EST
    Sandtrooper William reports:
    "In todays edition of the LA TIMES
    in the business section there is an article on the new episode 2 items
    online there are no pics but in the actual paper. They have several figs that are really new even han solo with detanators..."

    william


    Posted by: Steve | 2 April 2002 | 13:08 EST
    New Summer Comics
    Hey Troops, the Official Site has just updated with some pics of covers for some new comics coming out in the summer. They also posted some information about the stories. Jango Fett: Open Seasons is the first one introduced, it looks really interesting, especially the guest appearance of a notorious Jedi. The other comic, Star Wars #44, the final issue of the four-part series "Rite of Passage", continues the story line of Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura. This series features original characters not from the films as well as some appearances of characters we know from the movies. I have really enjoyed the series and will continue to follow it. Click here to check out the covers and find out more information.


    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 10:44 EST
    Trooper Jim reports:
    I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on the orange carded Hammerhead from 95-96 line. In various price guides I have seen this figure going from $10-$320 dollars. I just happened to look at the prices the other day, and wondered why this figure could be going at this price. Any magazine I've looked through doesn't say any variations for this at all. I just thought this was a little crazy. Can anyone help? You can reach me at Jimsjedi@aol.com. Thanks.

    Wow...$320??? All I know is that he was part of the first series of figures that were released on the green cards, but they were released on orange cards first. I believe the orange cards in this series (which includes the TATOOINE STORMTROOPER) were much more rare. I dont know of any variations, though. If anyone can shed more light on this, I'll update the post



    UPDATE:
    Trooper Damon writes:
    Hello. I thought I would try and help out about this Hammerhead issue. Personally, I have never seen one sell for up to $320. The only main detail I noticed about the orange carded Hammerhead, is that there were some with no warnings and some with warning stickers. If I can recall correctly, I believe there was some dispute over the size of his gun and therefore some did not have warnings on the packages. Then, warning stickers starting showing up on the packages, and then the green card run hit and were all printed with warnings on them. So you figure rather than Kenner/Hasbro making a whole new run of orange cards that are later going to be converted to green anyway, just slap some of those goold ol' warning stickers on the card and no one will care. I hope this helps some. Thanks for the GREAT site and keep up the good work!!!

    P.S. I also noticed that Lee's Action Figure News and Toy Review has listed the orange carded Hammerhead at $320 (this is what Jim referenced as well). I also personally think that this is a misprint. I get Lee's ever month and they almost always mark a price increment with a pink highlight, and I have seen nothing so far for Mr. Momaw Nadon.



    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 8:33 EST
    Trooper John reports:
    hi there
    this might sound like a dumb queston but I'll ask anyway, can anybody get me a toy fair vader for cost plus shipping. I couldn't get though to the fan club because of all the ebay scapers and I shouldn't have to wait till somebody has a contest to get a chance to get one.
    stingray35_98@hotmail.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 8:14 EST
    Trooper Sean reports:
    Just wanted to say that I went up 59N from Houston to Nacogdoches this weekend and found 4 (of which I left 2) AT-ST's w/ Paploo at the TRU in Kingwood, TX. Then, at the Wal-Mart in Lufkin, TX, I found 3 Rebel Snowspeederd (1 left) and 2 Tie Bombers (sorry, guys). Not bad for a three-hour trip. Now if I could only find a Wal-Mart that doesn't know what a release date means...
    freakynutty@hotmail.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 2 April 2002 | 8:13 EST
    Trooper Jeffred5 reports:
    Hey troopers,
    I just wanted to let Phoenix troopers know that the Super Wal-Mart in N. Scottsdale has a few Snowspeeders, I think there were three left around 7:00 PM on Monday night. When I opened mine I thought the detail was very good and I think it's great that it came with Luke and Dack and I was surprised that it wasn't the same Luke (X-Wing Pilot) of the POTJ line. But, I was disappointed that they had no blasters, sabers, or even the ascension gun Luke used to climb up the Walker. I was also disappointed, but not surprised, that the electronics and tow cable were gone from the original ESB toy. One other thing I noticed was the landing gear that comes down when you pull back a little button just falls down by gravity. The old one was spring loaded. Does anyone know if it's supposed to be like that or is mine defective? Overall I feal it's a pretty good toy and would recommend it. Especially since it comes with two figures and one (Dack) has never been available before. I have noticed that all Star Wars toys are made a lot lighter that they used to be and so they seem kind of cheap compared to the old Kenner toys but I think that is just the way they make thing today. Also if anyone is looking for the Aurra Sing Masterpiece book w/12" figure for the $19.95 clearance price they have about a dozen at the Borders on W. Bell near 75 Ave. in Phoenix. They also had one C-3PO masterpiece book for $19.95 left. Has anyone in the Phoenix area seen the Wal-Mart TIE-Bomber yet? I'm looking for two if someone can help. But, I don't want to pay to ship it because I know they will get here sooner or later. I'm just wondering if someone local has found them.
    DOCJ45@aol.com

    sounds like they are slowly working their way east...I may find it by the 4th of July :)


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 2 April 2002 | 8:12 EST
    Happy (belated) Birthday Vaughn! ...was Sunday.
    I guess you got 42 candles on your Easter egg, eh?


    Posted by: Zack | 1 April 2002 | 23:49 EST
    First batch of TTG feedback has been moved....
    Well the first round of feedback transfer is complete. You can check it out here. I posted a list of all the user IDs I've gotten so far, so you can check it out and see if you are on the list. If you aren't on the list, email me and I'll get your feedback moved for you.(You have to be a member of the forums to have your feedback moved.) I'd like to thank Todd and everyone at the Jawa for helping make the transfer easy. I'd also like to thank all you troops for emailing me with the info! You guys rock!



    Also happy belated birthday to the general himself! Sunday was Vaughn's birthday. Happy birthday Vaughn!


    Posted by: Jason | 1 April 2002 | 22:28 EST
    Trooper Jedi Reta reports:
    I had Seen 6 of the Scout Walkers with the kewl looking Ewok at a TRU going for $29.99. In Wichita, KS. I also saw all of the ATOC sneak Preview Figs for 5.99.
    I thought about getting one but I'm going to save for some E2 stuff coming out since I have 4 vintage and 2 newer Scouts already. The only thing I really wanted was the new Ewok.
    dreta@kscable.com


    Posted by: Steve | 1 April 2002 | 21:34 EST
    Review of The Approaching Storm
    Hey Troops, I finally finished The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster. Check out my review by clicking here. Also, don't forget that Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston, the newest story in The New Jedi Order, came out last week.


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 21:21 EST
    Trooper supersid reports:
    the figs have landed!!!!!!!!! walmart in Dartmouth,mass has put out coll.2 assortment one, only about 2 cases, hurry this figures are amazing!!!!don't hesitate new englanders! also they had a few jedi star fighters laying around
    jor_supersid@yahoo.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 21:17 EST
    Trooper cplhritz reports:
    whats up troops,
    I got home today to find a box from the fan club waiting for me,anyway I'm all excited to check out the Darth Vader fig and I have to say I was quite disappointed, it's in good shape but just not cool like everyone claimed it to be, I'm glad I have one but more thought could have been put into it, did anybody else feel this way about it? Well there you have it, I made my rounds this weekend in NW Indiana, I went to three WM and two K-marts and one TRU and didn't find anything, that's ok, just 22 more days 'til new stuff hits the shelves. Happy Hunting
    cplhritz@netzero.net


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 1 April 2002 | 19:23 EST
    April Fools.
    "Who is crazier, the fool or the fool who follows him?"

    How many of you troops got fooled by news on the web today? The 25th answer I get wins a luxury highrise condo on Tatooine!


    Posted by: Darth Crypt | 1 April 2002 | 19:20 EST
    Different kind of contest at Pegwarmer.com
    "pegwarmer.com is giving away a 25th Anniversary Vader vs Obi-Wan 2-pack in 1 giveaway as well as a POTJ AT-ST in our new Primary Targets contest! The rules are simple, the first one to answer all 5 of the trivia questions correctly wins the AT-ST. THe thing is the questions appears and dis-appear at anytime."
    PEGWARMER.COM


    Posted by: Jason | 1 April 2002 | 18:49 EST
    Daily News from Around the Web... by J.
    Somewhere, Zam Wessel is one-fisting it - Exclusive images of Zam's action features at SirSteve'sGuide.com

    "This Reeks." - SirSteve serves up shots of the AOTC Attack Beast - The Reek!

    Old man with a lightsaber. - Offered up for your viewing pleasure is a sneak peak at the up-coming Deluxe Darth Tyranus figure from Hasbro set to hit shelves April 23rd

    "I'll take Billy Dee Williams to block." - TV fans, tune into Hollywood Squares tonight to see your favorite facility administrator, Lando (tonight and tomorrow night) Hollywood Squares tonight!!! Susan Sullivan, Debra Jo Rupp, Billy Dee Williams , Kevin Nealon and Elise Neal

    In observance of today's holiday... - No cruel pranks here at Sandtroopers.com on April Fools Day. We know you've been bombarded by hoaxes on all the other major sites (e.g. 4 head variants for the Imperial Trooper, 230 POTJ figures repackaged on the new blue cards this year, POTJ Imperial Shuttle images, the *N'SyncFanForce at The Force.net, and the cruelest joke yet - the retro Celebration 2 figures (now, come on, the "George Lucas" autograph embossed over the Star Wras logo on the cards; that's just overkill). Instead here's a twisted salute to, who else, but center-square Lando.
    Lando - Part I
    Lando - Part II

    "Now THIS is podracing." - A funny little LARP game at TheBothanSpy.com. Bet on your favorite midget and let the podrace begin. Just look for "Podrace Day 3" Forum Thread.




    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 10:48 EST
    Trooper Jedijaybird reports:
    Jedijaybird here, yesterday I was able to pickup a few of the new Episode II Lego sets from an Iowa Wal-Mart. I found the Slave I (which is about twice as big as the first Slave I that came out), Dooku and Yoda Duel, my set was missing Count Dooku cape : (, and the Bounty Hunter Pursuit sets. I was also able to grab the Tie Bomber (which is an awesome piece). This Wal-Mart also had plenty of the sneak preview figures.

    That's all for now - Unify!!
    rkm3257@rconnect.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 8:20 EST
    Trooper Garr reports:
    I went to my local Wal-Mart in St. Joseph MO tonight and picked up two Tie Bombers and one Hoth Peril WOW!!! I've waited so long for this to hit and they are toatally rulin! Keep your guard up troopers they are out there.
    Garrfett@aol.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 8:19 EST
    Dan Curto of www.curto-customs.com writes:
    All things come to an end...and today marks an end of an era for me.

    "Curto's Custom Alliance" is closing its doors today, ironically on the third anniversary of the site.

    AF


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 8:17 EST
    Trooper Keith reports:
    Hello,
    I'm looking for the 12" Obi Wan, Clone Trooper, and Anakin
    Skywalker figures. I know that someone mentioned on here that he had a K-Mart near him that had them.
    masterjedi@carolina.rr.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 8:16 EST
    Trooper YGL reports:
    Hey, folks. Just a quick FYI for those looking for the Hasbro Jedi Starfighter, check your local K-Mart (if it's not closing or already closed). The Kansas City stores received this very cool ship- and it is awesome!
    davegrate@msn.com


    Posted by: vaughn | 1 April 2002 | 8:15 EST
    Trooper Brandon reports:
    I went to my local Wal-Mart today and found the Teebo wave. I took the R4M9 to the scanner at the end of the aisle to see if the price had been reduced to $5.88, and it showed up as R5D4 in the scanner. I was surprised at this, but then thought about how Hasbro was going to rerelease a R5D4. Just something different.
    Darksidetoys1@aol.com

    Originally, everyone thought this figure was going to be a redone r5-d4 sans the lame missile launching feature, but it turned out to be r4-m9. Walmart probably had already entered the figure into the master computer and never updated the info.