May 2003

Posted by: Jason | 31 May 2003 | 18:01 EDT
Sandtrooper HotJeep reports:
"Still no new 3 3/4" here in lower MI but did find Imperial 4 packs at Toys 'R' Us in Toledo Ohio. They had about 10 sets. MTFBWY."

Posted by: Jason | 31 May 2003 | 17:58 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedichirp reports from the House of Mouse:
"What's up troops? Jedichirp here from Indy. I just got back from a week long trip to Orlando with the family and had a great time. We did the "Disney Thing" and just happened to be there at MGM during Star Wars Weekends. We loved it. We took lots of pics with characters and of course we rode Star Tours. The Tatooine Gift Shop was overflowing with Star Tours figs from all 3 waves. They had EVERY ONE OF THEM. I also saw the Star Tours figs at the gift shop at Animal Kingdom after the Dinosaur ride. But I just couldn't get myself to purchase these for some reason. I am I die hard completist, but these figs don't excite me for various reasons.

"I did pick up the Landspeeder with Luke that was supposedly a TRU exclusive at the Tatooine Shop. I also grabbed a Star Wars Weekends poster with Yoda yielding a lightsaber. Good to be back home. I am anxious to go SW "hunting" tomorrow to see if anything new has popped up in the Indianapolis, Indiana area."

Posted by: Count Matchew | 30 May 2003 | 21:04 EDT
News from Cloud City:
Clone Wars Deluxe Figures are now available at! These figures can be shipped immediately from Cloud City. Supplies are limited. Don't miss this chance to get these figures long before they are available in the stores.

Here is a link to take you directly to the Clone Wars Deluxe Figures:Deluxe Figures
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Posted by: Jason | 30 May 2003 | 19:02 EDT
Sandtrooper THE CHAD reports:
"Well guys, the Imperial 4-pack has been found here in good old Huntsville, Alabama. They had at least 9 of them. The only new thing that I found within a 3 month period. I apologize for the nasty stuff that I sent you guys but don't take it personally. Here is a scan of both the item and receipt. Oh, a little request, if anyone is going to any of the conventions that are offering the Silver Boba Fett, can you pick one up for me? I will only pay COST AND SHIPPING."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 30 May 2003 | 5:50 EDT
Sandtroopette Donna reports:
"Hi Troops, Donna from So Cal again. KB ALERT!!!! Decided to go by KB even though they haven't had anything new in months. To my pleasant surprise, I found the new 12" Gamorrean Guard for $29.99. What an awesome piece. The only odd thing about this piece is that the face color looks tan instead of green. A "must have" piece for everyone's collection. Happy Hunting!"

Posted by: Jason | 29 May 2003 | 16:51 EDT
Sandtrooper SithKnight reports:
"At Queens, NY Targets, the Hoth Han Solo w/blue coat, 'Bacca w/Mynock and Flying Artoo wave are showing up."

Posted by: Jason | 29 May 2003 | 16:45 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Vacation reports:
"I found Anakin Skywalker's Swoop and the Darth Tyranus Speeder Bike at Toys 'R' Us in National City, CA. The price was $14.99 each. Been looking for these for THREE MONTHS. Thank the MAKER!! They still had TWO of EACH left at 11:00 am TODAY. Good luck hunting, and MTFBWY Always!"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 29 May 2003 | 14:57 EDT
This came in from Sandtroopin' Rai.
Rai sent me this VERY cool comparison site for Star Wars, Star Trek and other Sci Fi star ships that are to scale. See whose ships were the biggest and smallest in relation to each other. You can even drag and drop for side by side comparison. The only thing I would dispute on the site is the size difference between King Kong & Godzilla.
AnyHoo - Here is the link! Thanks Rai!

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 29 May 2003 | 14:04 EDT
Sandtroopette Roguejediprincess reports:
"Hey Troops, I found new figures in California! Ashla and Jempa, Aayla Secura and Bariss Offee all mint! Looking to trade for Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon), new Leia, Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt) and more. Please see my wants list in the forum. Thanks"

Posted by: Steve | 28 May 2003 | 22:19 EDT
Yestertoys has new troop builder
Hey Troops, Tom from Yestertoys has the new Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack builder set in-stock. Go to the Star Wars exclusives section and you will find it there. These troop builder sets have been really nice exclusives. Let's hope they continue.
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Posted by: Jason | 28 May 2003 | 16:59 EDT
Sandtrooper Lin Que with Mutual of Omaha's AISLE KINGDOM:
"Once again it's Lin Que from Omaha, NE with the Midwest report. It appears the big drought of '03 continues its stranglehold hold on my patch of dirt. One Target was bare of all figs (hopefully a good sign) but everywhere else seems choked with peggies. On a positive note, the new wave of Masters of the Universe figs have made their appearance and I managed to snag a Prince Adam. As of today though most places are infested with left overs (Fire something or other Skeletor).

"Are any troops out there looking to go to any conventions this summer? If someone is, please contact me. I'd like to snag a Boba Fett and some exclusive Minimates. Shoot me an e-mail and we'll make arrangements. Thanks and congrats to all the Troops who are scoring stuff. I wish I could be there! For now I wait, the motherload should be here soon."

Posted by: Jason | 28 May 2003 | 16:40 EDT
Sandtrooper Sith Lord reports:
"Sith Lord here reporting from Southern Calfornia. Greetings to all my fellow troopers It has been a while but things were slow in southeast L.A. County, but here's the scoop. I went out to Wal-Mart in La Habra today and they had lots of new figures: Obi-Wan Acklay Attack, R2-D2 Droid factory, Darth Tyrranus Geonosian escape, and Mace Windu Arena Confrontation.

"La Mirada Toys 'R' Us has the Imperial Forces 4 pack. They had about 9 of them but Target in Cerritos South St. location had nothing. Target Long Beach South St., nothing. Wal-Mart Paramount, nothing. The same in Santa Fe Springs. So that's the report from L.A. County until next time happy Hunting and MTFBWY."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 28 May 2003 | 15:55 EDT
Sandtrooper THE CHAD reports:
"While everyone is finding the Imperial 4-pack with unbelievable ease, our TRU will NEVER get this thing in. Our TRU just got in the unleashed Leia and Vader. That's it. I still don't get it. evidently won't get the 4-pack until July. Are the 4-packs going to be released at all TRU or just special ones in CA, OH, NYand so on? I have only seen the Speeder bikes with Dooku and Anakin one time and that was March 20th. I haven't seen them since then. At least 2 TRU employees told me that they won't get any Star Wars stuff until Episode III.

"I am about to give up. While Donna the "Lone Star Wars Lady" can find all the new stuff at Toys ain't us and Walfart (ours will not get rid of old stock to put anything new out) in CA, we in Huntsville, Alabama are being screwed over once again. Back in 2000 when people out west and up north were treated to the Fan Club 4, Wuher and so on, we were stuck with all the common Episode 1 sh!+. I know the imperial 4-pack just came out but why are people finding it so easily? Thanks."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 28 May 2003 | 15:52 EDT
Sandtrooper RH2 reports:
"Hey troops, I did my normal toy run here in Jacksonville, Florida and didn't find any new Star Wars items that I needed. One out of ten Wal-Marts had the new figures of Mace, Boba Fett and R2-D2, but no Secret Ceremony Anakins. The cards were severely bent. The six Targets were as bare as they have been for weeks now. No new figures or deluxe figures. I know the new Spider Droid and Battle Droid Builder have shown up here because I have seen a few on ebay over the last few weeks from Jacksonville, Florida. I did find the new He-man figures at a Kmart here as well as at one Wal-Mart, plus the first Iron man variant (gold armor) from series one Marvel Legends at the same Wal-Mart store. What a surprise. I guess the older cases are trickling out again in between series'. Toys 'R' Us didn't have any of the Imperial packs but did have the new Unleashed maskless Darth Vader, no Princess Leias though. On another note, I am still looking for the new Aayla Secura, Barriss Offe, Yoda/Chien, Ashla/Jempa and the new Red Battle Droid to become current on the figures. I need two of each of these for my collection. If anyone has a spare MOC set of these figures I have 2 of each MOC Mace Windu, Flying R2-D2, Secret Ceremony Anakin, Boba Fett, Han Solo Hoth, and Chewbacca Mynock that I picked up a few weeks ago to trade for them. I am also looking to trade for a C2 Jorg Sacul figure if someone has a spare. Thanks and MTFBWY! Keep Hunting."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 28 May 2003 | 12:45 EDT
Sandtroopette Donna reports:
"Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal here. I did some hunting on Memorial Day and scored some new figs. I found the Yoda and Chien/Ashla and Jempa wave at Wal-mart. It looked as if they only put out one case. Unfortunately, none of the bubbles were mint. Some had bubbles crushed on the top and the others had bubble dings on the top and bottom edges. The Imperial Officer I found with this wave was the blonde version. My other score was an Imperial Forces 4-pack at TRU. Someone had a case on hold but a very nice associate sold me one because I frequent that store regularly. Happy Hunting to all."

Posted by: Spiceowan | 27 May 2003 | 22:20 EDT
Force of the Bay:
Hey Troops, after a much needed vacation I have returned from the realm of ebay with some excellent fills for your collections. For years now this has been sought after by many after slipping through many of our fingers. Some collectors feel a seal of approval drastically increases the value of action figures. The clock is almost spent on these next two. If I didn't have this astromech, I'd certainly pay a hair over $10.38 for him. I also need a little help on this one Troopers, was this really a green variant or did it get moldy with their spelling? Now I really like the Darth Maul version of this, but I'm afraid to ask what the reserve price is. Possibly the most hated character in Star Wars, could anyone really want to pay crazy amounts of money for it? Good luck in your searches Troopers, Kick A$% and take names! Remember Sandtroopers does not endorse any of the above sellers, even though they all have solid feedback many do not. Exercise caution and try to research who you are buying from!

Posted by: Jason | 27 May 2003 | 20:46 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Dom reports:
"Hi Troops, I wish I had more to report, unfortunately east central Wisconsin is as dry as everywhere else. And with the local Kame-apart closing, it's even worse. On the bright side, Waldenbooks is selling the Masterpiece Edition 12" C-3PO for $9.99. This comes with the net Chewie carried 3PO in in ESB. The limbs are removable and it looks great with the 13" plastic, tree-like Chewie. The book that comes with it is called Tales of the Golden Droid and makes for an interesting read. Definitely worth the money if you missed it the first time around. That's all. MTFBWY."

I also have heard of this deal in Northern Ohio, so nationally, check your Waldenbooks so old Goldenrod doesn't become a permanent resident on those shelves with the likes of Gore Vidal's latest outing.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 27 May 2003 | 16:40 EDT
Sandtrooper Sean asks:
"This is totally unrelated to Star Wars but I don't know who else to ask. Has anybody out there ever purchased any of the Cygirl figures, and if you have do you know if the head can easily be taken off for customizing? Any help would be great. Thanks!"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 27 May 2003 | 11:51 EDT
Sandtrooper OneBigK reports:
"Not much new to report her in columbus Ohio. Some of the new wave of figures are showing up at a few of the MEIJERS stores here in the area. I found the Mynock Hunt Chewy and the Hoth Han Solo at Target - the Deluxe Spider droid and battle droid factory a lot of the old figures still at Toys 'R' Us and Wal-Mart.

"I have and extra Unleashed Leia and a Saga TIE Bomber for sale or trade. A couple of deals with other traders didn't happen so I am offering them up for other fellow troopers. If no interest I am going to return while I still can. Check out my wants and haves in the forums under onebigk. I am looking for the new Star Tours Figures, the latest wave of 3-3/4" figures and the 12" Lando."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 27 May 2003 | 10:16 EDT
Sandtroopin' Rai has a massive Maryland toy report:
"In case the troops are interested, I went around looking for toys in the past several days in many places.

I went to TRU in Annapolis and Columbia: No new SW, Annapolis has McFarlane Movie Maniacs series 6 (Alien / Predator) with some series 5 leftover, and Spawn Reborn (the rehashes only line -- though Redeemer's been unavailable for years -- my original Redeemer toy broke within about a week, so let's hope this new version has been made sturdier). Also a delight was to find 1:18 Scale Diecast(my latest craze) James Bond cars (though now I feel dumb for paying $28 for these online when Die Another Day first came out, since TRU now has them for $20). Columbia didn't seem to have anything to pique my interest.
Target Bowie and Columbia: No new SW, in fact, the Bowie Target has had not a single single carded SW fig (as opposed to Deluxe figs) on the pegs for over a week now. Columbia's not looking much better. Very sparse, y'all...
KB Toys Annapolis and Columbia: No new SW (starting to see a pattern?). I'm starting to see Spawn Series 20 showing up on clearance though (bloody versions, not the G-rated ones).
KB Toy Works Bowie MD: No new SW, but they seem to have gotten in some older LoTR:FoTR toys in. Lots of good clearance stuff (still have some 25th Ann. SW two packs: Han / Chewie, and Luke / Leia for $4.99), including a bunch of McFarlane stuff. I checked out some clearanced Resident Evil based toys. Nice crisp sculpts, some good accessories. A veritable bargain at $4.99.
KB Toy Outlet Bowie: No new SW (obviously), but I did find a couple 1:18 scale Ferraris (which doesn't happen too often these days) for either $13, or $10 (if they were following other KBs' Hot Wheels clearances). 360 Spiders (Yellow) in case anyone cares. If only they were slightly larger. They seem to suffer from the same curse as many SW ships, which is that SW figures can't realistically
fit inside, alas, though if they were a bit smaller, then they might actually be as advertised (1:18 scale, that is). They're okay for Stikfas at their present size though.
EB Games Annapolis, Columbia, Bowie: All seem to have McFarlane Movie Maniacs series 6, Spawn Reborn, and the recently released The Matrix toys (which are strangely casepacked, in my opinion -- more later). Bowie seems to have received a fresh case as of Friday (Annapolis, by the way, is the only one that seems to have any SW figs but they are really old ones).
Wal-Mart Bowie: Two words "yeah right." Nada, zip, zero, zilch, well, okay, they did have a bunch of neat looking toys based on the upcoming Pixar film "Finding Nemo" (looks cute).
Babbage's Annapolis Mall / GameStop Annapolis, Columbia: Little of interest, though the GameStop at Annapolis (near Trader Joe's on Jennifer Road) had a fresh case of the Matrix toys (probably had a bunch of McFarlane MM6 too).
Sam Goody Annapolis Mall: Requisite Incredible Hulk toys that everyone seems to have. It's also sad to me to still see those really nice Art Asylum Star Trek figures languishing away on the pegs. Some older McFarlane and other toys on half-off clearance, and two fresh cases of The Matrix.
All or most of the above: McFarlane Sports Picks aplenty. Star Trek Enterprise (Broken Bow and Away Team series, also some Borg Assimilation series), and Star Trek Nemesis. Many on clearance, but some not. I hope the Star Trek toy line survives, there's an awful lot of product clogging the shelves.
Based on extensive research, case breakdowns of The Matrix seems to be 10x Neo / Trinity (either 8x Neos and 2x Trinities, or 7x & 3x -- and I've heard a report of 6x and 4x), 1x Morpheus, and 1x Twin #1. Of all the places I've seen The Matrix toys fresh out of the case, no one had Twin #2 which leads me to believe that he is either not shipping at this time, or to this area (he'll show up eventually though, I'm sure). Why they would ship cases with only one twin must
be beyond me, since it seems (to me) only logical that people would want to buy them together. But perhaps the objective was achieved. I did go everywhere looking for ol' #2, maybe picking up some other little things along the way. Dang! Manipulated by clever marketing again.
Anyway, that's all from me for now. Take care!"


Posted by: Spiceowan | 26 May 2003 | 21:22 EDT
K&C Collectibles New Arrivals
K&C Collectibles has some new arrivals this week:

Imperial Forces 4-pack
Commerce Guild Spider Droid (limited supply)
Super Battle Droid Builder (limited supply)

Back in stock:
AT-AT- Action Fleet
Luke Skywalker Snowspeeder- Action Fleet
Princess Leia Unleashed
Han Solo Hoth Rescue
Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon
Anakin Skywalker Secret Ceremony
Mace Windu Arena Confrontation
R2-D2 Droid Factory Flight

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Posted by: Jason | 26 May 2003 | 21:03 EDT

STAR WARS: New basic figures have arrived: Chewbacca - Mynock Hunt, Han - Hoth Rescue, Boba Fett Carkoon, Flying R2-D2, Mace, Anakin, Obi-wan and more. Four new Deluxe figures have arrived: Spider Droid, Battle Droid Builder, Kamino Showdown Jango and Obi-Wan. Unleashed Leia and Vader have arrived - the next wave of Unleashed figures is in transit to us - pre-orders are available now.

TRANSFORMERS: A small quantity of a wide variety of re-issues and re-issue exclusives have been restocked - many have not been in stock for quite a while. New Years Special 2002 Optimus Prime is available, Takara and Hasbro re-issue Starscreams are now available and we still have some Series IV Hasbro Red Alert, Skywarp and Prowl. The vintage Japanese Scourge and Cyclonus figures have been restocked, King Exkaiser and Supreme Cheetor are also back in stock.

LORD OF THE RINGS: We've done an inventory count of our remaining stock and restocked previously sold out Two Towers figures. A wide selection of LotR items are now in stock.

Read even more news for this week.
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Posted by: Jason | 26 May 2003 | 20:37 EDT
Lando's Marked Deck:
Supplier problems of every kind!  What?!?!?  No Colt 45?  I ordered a DOUBLE SHIPMENT last week!Lando is here with his own deck, it's a stacked and marked deck to help you get in the latest Star Wars and toy contests ...

05/26: Pegwarmer has re-launced its trivia contest 'Primary Targets' this week and you can win new figures - Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt), Han Solo (Hoth Rescue) and Mace Windu (Arena Confrontration), ends 6/1.

05/25: At, win an Ephant Mon in 'Who's the Mon', ends 6/1.

05/24: The Spy is giving away an Imperial Forces 4-pack, ends soon. And don't go loosin' your head now baby, find Jango's decapitated noggin and win a Playskool Falcon, ends soon.

5/20: The Spy has Watto's Lotto as well, in which you can win 35 figures, ends 5/28.

5/1: Win a $50 shopping spree from BigBadToyStore this month at AmericanDreamComics, ends 5/30.

Please visit these sites for details. Lando will be back soon with more contests from the Internet.

Posted by: Jason | 26 May 2003 | 11:15 EDT
Collectors Gallery Online Vintage MIB Additions:
Bespin Freeze Chamber $74.95
Bespin Control Room $39.95
Bespin Gantry $39.95
Hoth Ion Cannon $49.95
Hoth Generator Attack $39.95
Hoth Turrent Defense $39.95
Hoth Wampa Cave $29.95
Death Star Escape sealed $65
Death Star World $119.95
TIE Fighter $125
X-Wing Fighter $44.95

Darth Maul Signature Lightsaber $499
Darth Maul Lightsaber $449
Jedi Training Remote $249
Darth Vader Lightsaber $199.95
Darth Vader Lightsaber with case $344.95
Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber FX $139.95

26 Episode I Taco Bell/KFC toy premiums $9.95 each
13 Hulk items added
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Posted by: Jason | 26 May 2003 | 11:00 EDT
Sandtrooper OKC reports:
"Make me an offer: TC-14, R2-B1, NABOO ROYAL SECURITY GUARDS, R2-Q5, K-3PO, and ADMIRAL MOTTI. I would like to sell all as a set. I had a post earlier in the month and I think I was greedy with my quotes, so all reasonable offers accepted. Don't forget the moment of silence Monday at 3:00 pm for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Posted by: Dan | 26 May 2003 | 9:29 EDT
Memorial Day
My family and I would like to say thanks to ALL the Soldiers out there who have fought, and still are fighting, for freedom. We would not have it so well in this country without all the things you have done. Thanks, and keep up the good work on the war on terrorism.

Posted by: Jason | 25 May 2003 | 20:15 EDT
Sandtrooper 'Code Name: BIG BOA' reports:
"Hey guys, it's Big Mike here in Cincy. Could anyone give me a hand with an Imperial Forces pack? If you could please let me know. Thanks."

Posted by: Jason | 25 May 2003 | 16:38 EDT
Sandtrooper jadesfire reports:
"The Super Target in St. Charles, Illinois on Rt. 64 had two of the new Super Battle Droid Deluxe packs Wednesday night around 4:00. Both were in pretty dinged up shape. I didn't need these so both are probably still there. If you want them, go get 'em!

"And what do I find at the Toys 'R' Us in Fox Valley today around 1:00 on this glorious Sunday? The Imperial 4 pack! There are 6 left so go get 'em! I like this set. I really like the new sculpt for the AT-ST driver, but there is more! The Wal-Mart on Rt. 59 in Naperville had one lone flying R2-D2 with a somewhat crushed bubble. I picked it up for an opener.

"I also found Unleashed Leia at the Toys 'R' Us in Downers Grove on 75th street. There was only one and I got it. Some guy did pick her up before I did but when he saw the look on my face he put it back on the pegs for me. I want to thank this guy, he really made my day!!!!! That is all for now!!! NO MORE NEW TOYS EXIST!!!! I AM TIRED OF THIS GAME!!!!! BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH SAYS THE WALMART, Target, and Toys 'R' Us toys Manager."

Posted by: Jason | 25 May 2003 | 15:03 EDT
Sandtrooper 'Code Name: DUSTY' reports:
"The Toys 'R' Us in Bloomington, IL now has the Imperial Forces 4-pack in stock. Well, they did as of last night at least. When I went there they had 4 of them on the bottom shelf so they could be easily missed. They had lots of peg warmers, especially Wattos. They had one Watto where his head was completely turned around backwards in the package, which looked pretty funny."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 25 May 2003 | 8:01 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
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Commander Jorg Sacul Back In Stock!
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Saga Action Fleet AT-AT Walker and Luke Skywalker's Snow Speeder In Stock Now!
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Episode I Battle Droid and Pit Droid 2-Packs Back in Stock!
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Captain Panaka and Battle Droid$39.99
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R2-D2 and Battle Droid$14.99
Rune Haako and Battle Droid
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SW 20/21 Back Luke X-Wing C-6 $180.00
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Vintage Carded SW 12-Back Darth Vader C8.5 $550.00

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Masters of the Universe Vintage Carded Stratos C-8
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Carded Blue Haired Lawyer$9.99
Carded Gil
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Night Attack Mini-Con Team MOC C-8/9 $10.99
Street Speed Mini-Con Team MOC C-8/9 $7.99
Sea Team Mini-Con MOC C-8/9 $10.99
Transformers Collector's Edition Dirge MISB C-9 $140.00
Transformers Commemorative Series Starscream MISB C-9 $70.00
Transformers Commemorative Series Thundercracker MISB C-9 $70.00

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with Estrela marking on back. Cobra de Aco C-9 loose
Cobra de Aco C-8 loose
Cobra de Aco C-7 loose
G.I. Joe Palisades Mini Busts Storm Shadow
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G.I. Joe Palisades Mini Busts Scarlett $39.99
Will be arriving this week!
G.I. Joe Palisades Mini Busts Roadblock
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G.I. Joe Palisade Resin Statues Cobra Commander
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G.I. Joe Adventures (1969) Loose Aquanaut C-9
Price: $799.99
G.I. Joe Action Soldier 12" (1964-1976) Loose
Crash Crew C-9 for $449.99 or Green Beret C-9 #1 for $349.99

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Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Simpsons, Stikfas, and others toys available on our website Brian's Toys."

Posted by: Jason | 24 May 2003 | 16:14 EDT
Sandtrooper DP reports:
"New figs in Southern California!!! Went by Target in Ventura, Ca and found Barriss, Aayla, Yoda and Chian, the Jedi padawans wave. I go by at least once a week and this is the first I have seen of this wave or anything new for that matter in months. I opened the case and all were a bit crushed but not too bad so I picked them up but left a few behind. Everything else has been older waves. Collectors keep trying and may the Force be with you."

Posted by: Spiceowan | 23 May 2003 | 21:37 EDT
Area Findings...Or lack of
Hey Troopers, After a week of taking a stab here and there I have found only the newer deluxe figures (Spider Droid/Super Battle Droid) at Target Stores in N. Illinois. Gurnee and Vernon Hills both have them. Toys 'R' Us is certainly not Star Wars 'R' Us, pegs have been wiped clean but yet to be replaced with new goods. I am glad they are starting to filter in on the coasts but N. Illinois and S. Wisconsin seem to all share this never ending Saga of Retail Impotence! It is a shame. I see every other brand with new product, He-Man, G.I. Joe etc. all seem to get newer product while I stare at Ki-Adi Mundi and Teemto and Jango Pilot. The only place I have found new 3-3/4 inch figures has been Wal-Mart and every one beat "Beyond Belief!" When will it end? I am patient and have of the new figures but this is silly. It is just like before the Power of the Jedi were released. Maybe this "new" package that is coming will help jump start the greatest Action Figure line ever produced. Have Patience and don't loose focus, they're coming. Slowly but surely. Good luck to all of you, Kick A#$ and take Names!

Posted by: Jason | 23 May 2003 | 19:34 EDT
Sandtrooper Tex Mex reports:
"Houston, Texas Toys 'R' Us at Kirby-Old Spanish Trail has 5 Imperial 4-packs left after I picked one up myself, $19.99 + tax. Target in that area has nothing new. I checked 2 Wal-Marts at the I-10 east, nothing new."

Posted by: Jason | 23 May 2003 | 18:57 EDT
Extensive Poll # 4 Results ( 11 March - 22 May 2003 )
With all of the hoopla surrounding the Imperial Shuttle we decided to take a look back into the hype that surrounded this particular exclusive. Back when people were trying to get their names on the list at F.A.O. and worried to death that this would be the prize that slipped through their collective fingers this year.

The month of truth arrived and the Shuttles began to filter in to happy collectors across the globe. Some were happy, only a few were sad about the shipping process. Our Extensive Poll here at Sandtroopers helped us back this up. The interesting thing happened several weeks ago when we were flooded with reports of Troops receiving extras, yes, extras of this coveted prize. Many claiming they were, yes, billed, but F.A.O. sent more than they wished to purchase! You don't have to believe in Ronald Reagan's 'Trickle Down Economics' to see that they are now indeed even trickling into K-B Toys Online for under $100. So really Troops did they only make five thousand or are they cooking our goose?

The one Sandtrooper Jason got had a big hole punched through the box
Here is what you said:
Shuttle Shivers - Overall, were you satisfied during the Shuttle Debacle?
Yes - Everything was fine 13%
No - Availability, hard to get from FAO or anywhere 10%
Yes - Price, it was worth it 2%
No - Price, no toy is worth that 25%
No - Quality/Value, no pack-in? 13%
No - FAO was just plain sloppy (Debacle) 6%
Yes - Shipping & Handling, perfect and double boxed 4%
No - Shipping, it was smashed and creased 3%
Yes - but got it from another source 5%
Can't say - haven't tried to get it yet 20%

Listen up FAO and Hasbro, three times the number of people that were either satified or hadn't gotten this yet, were NOT SATISFIED. Some Troopers wrote in telling me they had gotten a case of the "Shuttle Shivers" from the dizzying ups and downs of this wild ride. This is just like when this toy store took a bath on the Episode I Fambaa back in 1999.

Next up is Star Tours, a joint venture of Hasbro and Disney. Is the Mouse in your House? Or do you simply have no use for a box with an arm on it? Vote on this topic above in Extensive Poll No. 5. If you need some help to get your pencil moving, view Sandtrooper Nexu's Attack's detailed Gallery of the latest Star Tours releases.

Posted by: Jason | 23 May 2003 | 17:03 EDT
Sandtrooper Raja reports:
"There are 3 Imperial 4-packs left (12:30pm PDT on 5/23/03) in TRU in Redwood City, California. I'm not into these except for the Droid. The price is $19.99. I had no cash, so I did not buy any. Good Luck."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 May 2003 | 15:27 EDT
Sandtrooper Scott reports:
"Hello Sandtroopers: The Meijer stores in SouthEast Michigan are probably starting to get the current wave of figures. I found 2-3 each of Han (Hoth), Chewbacca (Mynock hunt), Boba Fett (Carkoon), Anakin (Secret Ceremony), R2-D2 (flight), Padme (factory chase), and Eeth Koth at the Flint/East store on Thursday morning. However, I returned to the store in late afternoon/early evening and they were all gone! Check your Meijer stores quickly and frequently! I still have not seen Aayla Secura or Barriss Offee."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 23 May 2003 | 10:55 EDT
Sandtrooper "THE CHAD" rants:
"Anyone who placed an order for the Imperial 4-pack at, listen up. It has been pushed back to July. I read the reports of people finding this set. The way our Toys 'R' Us is, we will never see this thing. Our store employees are the dumbest people on the face of this planet. They told me that they won't get any Star Wars figures until Episode 3. I know it has just been found but if we do see it at all, our TRU will only get one shipment of them and that's it. TRU Sucks. I also need three R5-D2's from Disney if anyone who lives near there can get them for me."

Posted by: Dan | 22 May 2003 | 21:37 EDT
Store Report:
I just got back from my trip around town, and I am sad to say that there is nothing new in Wausau, Wisconsin. Shop-Ko had first run figures and C-3PO Droid Factory deluxe sets, Target had NO figures, but had the Death Star and Hoth accessory sets. Wal-Mart had three Jango pilots, and an Endor Soldier with beard. That's the report from Central Wisconsin. Good luck and happy hunting in your neck of the woods.

Posted by: Jason | 22 May 2003 | 20:29 EDT
Sandtrooper Danny B. reports:
"This is Danny B from So. Cal. It has been a while but there has been nothing to report. The answer to Scott's question is yes, some of us have colleted LOTR figures and even Simpsons figures. I don't know what's up with Hasbro not sending out enough product, it's not for a lack of interest like they want you to believe, it's just laziness. You would think that working in retail I would be able to find new figures but that has not been the case, Hasbro just is not sending out the stuff.

"It really bugs me that retailers don't care whether they put out new stuff and Hasbro could care even less. I have yet to see any 2003 figures and the year is almost half over. Scalpers waiting at TRU''s door when it opens to buy the one case they send does not help either. I was at TRU the other day and it looked like they had just stocked the shelf with more April 23rd stuff from last year. What do we do and what is the official word from Hasbro?"

Posted by: Jason | 22 May 2003 | 19:44 EDT
Play this Transformer in the Hi-Bias Metal Position:
BigBadToyStore has today opened up pre-orders for the rerelease of SOUNDWAVE from the classic Transformers line. Just this morning Takara Co. Japan announced this September release. Soundwave will come packaged in the awesome book-style packaging with a Dreamwave illustration on the cover and page entries in the TF Collection Universe inside. He will also be packaged along with Golden Condor BUZZSAW. Read about more BigBadToyStore news, or click on Soundwave to go to their site.

Posted by: Jason | 22 May 2003 | 17:39 EDT
Sandtrooper starfox reports:
"Finally something new in Killeen, Texas. Our Toys 'R' Us received today the new Imperial 4 pack. Looks cool, there are 3 left. Target, Wal-Mart & KMart have nothing new and it's been that while for a few months now."

Posted by: Jason | 22 May 2003 | 17:19 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Vacation reports:
"I found the Saga Imperial Forces Four-Pack at the National City, California Toys 'R' Us, there were more and they were $19.99. Also, at the Morena TRU Store by Mission Bay, they had Sith Attack Speeder with Darth Maul in an Episode 1 box for $1.97. I never saw them the first time around, its the one they didn't use on the movie. All in all, a pretty good day. Good luck."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 May 2003 | 8:23 EDT
Sandtrooper WKIRBY reports:
"Hi to all! I have an extra tc-14 mint on a mint card up for trade! I'm looking for any of these European bonus battle droid packs foreign Darth Mauls and Vaders, C-3PO with Droid, Ric Olie with Droid, Capt. Panaka with Droid, Naboo Royal Security with Droid, and Watto with Droid. ALSO FOR TRADE IS A BILLY DEE WILLIAMS AUTO FROM THE EVOLUTION SET. THANKS TROOPS! If anyone has the JLA Burger King set, please let me know"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 May 2003 | 8:20 EDT
Sandtrooper Scott reports:
"Hello Sandtroopers. I know this is supposed to be a faithful Star Wars site, but I am wondering about the interest level and popularity of the current Lord of the Rings on the market made by ToyBiz. These are wonderfully detailed and present a side alternative to the many discouraged SW collectors. I am thinking of branching out. Has nyone else out there already started with these LOTR figures?"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 22 May 2003 | 8:17 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys:
"Brian's Toys is offering FREE Domestic Shipping for orders $100 and up for May 22 (Thursday) and May 23 (Friday) only.
-This special only applies to Continental United States Orders over $100. UPS and Fed Ex ground only. Free shipping will not apply for orders to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, APO AE addresses, or addresses with PO Boxes. These orders will be charged actual shipping costs by Priority Mail.
Free shipping is automatically included for website orders. For fax or phone orders please notify customer rep at time or order you would like free shipping.
A handling charge of $2 will still apply to all orders.
--Free shipping does not apply to any large items with special shipping costs in the description or for Pre-Orders. For example, POTF2 AT-AT's are $15.00, a case of 100 Star Cases is $12.00, etc. These items will still be charged normal shipping charges."

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Posted by: Jason | 21 May 2003 | 23:50 EDT
Star Tours Wave 3 Detailed Pics from Sandtrooper Nexu's Attack:
Fifteen mini-galleries featuring the Starspeeder 3000 Vehicle and R5-D2 and G2-9T Wave 3 exclusive figures from the Star Tours segment of toys. Click any of the three thumbnails below to enter the main gallery. Photography and layouts by Sandtrooper Nexu's Attack.

Good Will Work Good Will Work Good Will Work

Posted by: Jason | 21 May 2003 | 21:11 EDT
Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Nevermore. Why you little RAVEN!!! Yarrrggghh!
Sandtrooper Lin-Que with Mutual of Omaha's AISLE KINGDOM:
'Lin Que once again from Omaha, NE. I gotta agree with Keith ... Hasbro SUX!!!! So far since my last post all I have been able to snag was a Spider Droid and a Boba Fett. I am thankful for the dumb luck I had in finding them (I should have played the lottery that day) but that's all I've seen. This past weekend I finally broke down and wrote two NASTY letters to Hasbro and Wal-Mart about the state of affairs for Star Wars collectors. Hasbro was pretty decent in their answer, while I got nothing from Wal-Mart.

"On a side note, after going to my local Wal-Mart for the 15th billion time I decided to take matters into my own hands. I found a site called and upon inspection decided that if I could not find anything I'll make my own. And so I did. What you do is send a figure of your choice Star Wars or otherwise and a pic of you and in a few days...a MOSC figure of you!!! Go to the website and check out the galleries and see whether you can spot mine!!! For 60-100 bucks I think it's worth the investment. I figured I've wasted that much in gas looking for stuff, at least this way I have something to show. I'm still looking for Bariss Offee, Aayla Secura, and Secret Ceremony Anakin, if anyone has a spare, please speak up!!!"
Lin-Que Droma

Posted by: Jason | 21 May 2003 | 19:50 EDT
Sandtrooper Keith with Canada COAST TO COAST report:
"A quick update from Vancouver, B.C. Well, it appears official, Toys 'R' Us will no longer be getting anymore SW items. What they have (Jar Jar's and Zams) has been relegated to a little used or known section of the store and the once former grand Star Wars display now holds Power Rangers. Zellers no longer has anything SW in it's stores and Wal-Mart has been completely hopeless for as long as I can remember. I would like to thank Hasbro for keeping their Canadian neighbours in mind.

"Collecting used to be fun and exciting. I enjoyed, as many of you do, finding new items in the stores myself and coveting them as I bring them up to the cash register. I have not been able to do that in this city since the first initial wave of AOTC figures came out. Just like E1, the initial run of toys looked promising but soon fizzled to nothing.

"As much as I enjoy Sandtroopers and have benefited greatly form the people I have met through this site I do not feel it is fair that I am forced to rely on their generosity, time and help in order to complete my own collection. Hey Hasbro, I want to give you my hard earned money, do me the courtesy and stock the friggin shelves. Hoping the Force will come this way."

Posted by: Jason | 20 May 2003 | 19:02 EDT
Sandtrooper NEXU'S ATTACK reports:
"Hi all, I just got back from Star Wars Weekends at MGM Studios here in Orlando, Florida and I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to get some brand new merchandise.

"At the Tatooine Trader store inside the park, which is the official store for the Star Tours ride, they had just received brand new cases of the last (third wave) of Star Tours figures.

"Each case brings a total of 24 figures of the same character. I was given the chance to open some of these cases as they were being brought out from their stockroom. What a thrill !!

"The first case I opened was packed with R5-D2's (nice weathered effect) while a second case with the sku # 22776400 had all G2-T9's figures; these are exactly as G2-T4 droid previously released but, having blue highlights around the head and feet instead of red.

"The boxes were carton # 132 and 133 out of 150, as it is printed on their side. Given the fact each case has 24 figures x 150 cases, that is a total of 3,600 figures for each of the characters.

"The store still hasn't received the SK-Z38 (bird-looking droid), and according to their computers, there is no shipment tracking available for it; in other words, the figure hasn't been shipped. I was told by the gentleman managing the Tatooine Trader store to expect this droid to show up within the next two weeks.

"There were plenty of Starspeeder 3000 shuttles. These are just a bit bigger in scale than an Action Fleet vehicle yet smaller than a regular ship for the 3 3/4" scale.

"Despite its small size and practically "unknown" status, the vehicle is well constructed, packed with features such as lights and sounds and it even includes a small figure (removable) of Captain Rex. This tiny droid can be attached to a peg provided, inside the ship. The roof of the vehicle can be taken out, revealing three rows of orange seats. Here are the specifications:"

    R2-D2 Sound Effects (pressing down on R2)
    Captain Rex Voice
    Shuttle Engine Sounds
    Light Speed Sound Effects
    Working Cabin Lights and Door
    Removable Roof
    Removable Captain Rex

    The vehicle requires 3 "AA" batteries which are included.

"The Starspeeder 3000 was present in such an abundance that boxes were piled up almost as high as the ceiling and it was being sold outside of the store right next to the Star Tours ride.

"As of today, "Once Upon a Toy" the Hasbro operated toy store located in Downtown Disney's west side had 0 (Zero) Wave 3, zero Starspeeders. Only within the MGM Studios these items are available at the time.

"Admission to the park is $50.00 a day, while Florida residents can get a $109.00 four parks/four day pass, which allows them to go in and out of the park as many times as they please.

"I was able to get some 2 extra Starspeeder 3000 and 2 extra droids. I'll be willing to trade them (accordingly) for the ONLY figures I need which are: 2x Yoda & Chian and 2x Ashla & Jempa. Keep in mind each Star Tours figure costs $10.00 and the Starspeeder goes for $20.00 plus tax. Give me a holler if you're interested in a trade. Thanks!"

Thanks much for the report of the latest at the House of Mouse!

Posted by: Jason | 19 May 2003 | 21:40 EDT
Episode 37 at "The Imperial Officers' Club"
"It's been over a month, but I finally got around to doing a new episode. 'Episode 37: Dream a Little Dream' is up at the Imperial Officers' Club.

Posted by: Steve | 19 May 2003 | 15:08 EDT
Latest NJO review posted
Hey Troops, my review of the newest NJO novel by Sean Williams and Shane Dix was just posted. This is the middle book in the Force Heretic trilogy, also marking the 4th to final book in the entire NJO run. This one has a little bit of everything from the galacticly overlooked Ryn to everyone's favorite guys of blue, the Chiss. The Ssi-ruuk even are back for more entechment fun. Click here to read more.

Posted by: Jason | 19 May 2003 | 14:57 EDT
Collectors Gallery Update:
Collectors Gallery has added some new items this week.

Death star space station mib $249.95
Loose death star space station $149.95
Droids awing fighter mib $299.95
Empire darth vader star destroyer playset mib $125.00
Empire slave 1 mib $149.95
Jedi ewok village mib $125.00
Jabba throne room model $19.95
Takara windup R2D2 loose $350.00
Wampa ice creature mib $49.95
Ewok toothbrush preschool sealed 124.95

POTF items
Jedi read along cassette with applause figures sealed 14.95
Empire read along cassette with applause figures sealed 14.95
POTF A-Wing sealed 34.95
Star Wars Sam's club 3" 3 pack 29.95
Empire Sam's club 3" pack 29.95
Jedi Sam's club 3" 3 pack 29.95
POTF electronic atat walker sealed mib 124.95
Falcon carry case sealed with wedge antilles rebel symbol helmet 49.95
loose ceremonial leia flashback photo 4.95
loose slave leia 3.95
loose wicket 5.95
loose logray 5.95

Tron 2.0 figures set of 4 - 47.95

Matrix items
Morpheus mini bust 44.95
agent smith mini bust 44.95
neo mini bust 44.95
trinity mini bust 44.95
twin #1 mini bust 44.95
twin #2 mini bust 44.95
mcfarlane series 1 set of 5 figures 59.95
Neo in chateau boxed set 29.95

Bond and sanchez 12" figures in stock 67.95
Hulk roto 13" figure IN STOCK 34.95

Loose episode 1 figures
Padme 4.50
ric olie 4.50
yoda 4.50
destroyer droid 4.50
clean battle droid 4.50
brown battle droid 4.50

GI Joe 3" figures sealed 9.95 each
star brigade payload
star brigade countdown
star brigade duke
star brigade rock n roll

GI Joe watch 7.95
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Posted by: Jason | 19 May 2003 | 14:21 EDT

KEBco Toys has added 5 new basic EP2 figures for Pre-Order. Included are : Waitress Droid, Night Club Alien, Darth Sidious, Luke New Hope and Vader New Hope. Three new Unleashed figures of Yoda, Han Solo and Boba Fett have also been added for Pre-Order.

Latest Collection 2 Case Assortment 84861-A004 available for $64.95 or 2 cases for $61.95 each. Factory Cases of Cinema Scenes, Unleashed, Army Builders and Vehicles also available.

A limited supply of the four new Deluxe figures is back In-Stock.

Ask about the "One of Every Figure" Club, in which you can receive one, two, even ten of each figure - $5.99 per figure. Visit today for more details!

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 19 May 2003 | 11:28 EDT
Sandtroopette Donna reports:
"Hi Troops, Donna from So. Cal here. The Hoth Han and Chewie wave are now showing up at Target. No sign here yet of the new Deluxe figures at Target probably because they have so many Accessory Packs still on the pegs. Other than Wal-mart getting the Han and Chewie wave, TRU, K-mart, and KB still have nothing new. Happy Hunting!"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 19 May 2003 | 11:26 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
"Brian's Toys has just posted Newsletter #203.
We are now accepting Pre-Orders for the Silver Boba Fett and 12" Leia with Speeder Bike.
Rebel Trooper Builder Set available now for $17.99 or 3 for $49.99.
POTF2 Super Star Destroyer - Back in stock
Check out our New DISCOUNTED COMBOS section, with over 50 new sets
and combos at great deals!!
-POTF2 Max and Doda and 12" Han Endor $19.99
-POTJ Factory Sealed Case of 8 Palm Talkers and set of 6 Kubricks
-Master Replicas Jedi Training Remote and Anakin F/X Saber $299.99
-Saga 12" Ki Adi Mundi and 12" Obi-Wan $39.99
Click HERE for details.

Saga Master Replica Darth Vader's ESB Lightsaber - Display Case
Included IN STOCK NOW! - Be the first to have one!$349.99
Tron - All items reduced 15%-50%!!
G.I. Joe- Joe vs. Cobra prices lowered!
-All Dream Visions prices reduced - Set of 5 Sgt. Rock $229.99!!
Masters of the Universe - Chase Mekaneck - in Stock
Visit our Newsletter for these listed toys at
Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe,
Simpsons, Stikfas, and others toys available on our website
Brian's Toys!"

Posted by: Tyler | 18 May 2003 | 16:22 EDT
r2dtoys Newsletter #18
Anakin Swoop Bike �14
Tyranus Geonosian Speeder Bike �14
Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon �6
Anakin Secret Ceremony �6
Mace Windu �6
R2-D2 flying �6
Padme Amidala Droid Factory �6
SP4 & JN66 �6
Tusken Raider Camp Ambush �6
Obi Wan Acklay Battle �6
Tyranus Geo Escape �6
Rebel Trooper �6
12" Zuckuss, Dengar & Imperial Officer
12" Zam Wesell, Super Battle Droid & Count Dooku
Lightsabers: Orange, blue and green

To read the remainder of this newsletter click here.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 18 May 2003 | 9:08 EDT
Sandtrooper Southern Cali Rod reports:
"Hi Troops, Could someone please help me? I am looking for both versions of the Saga Imperial Officer (brown and blonde hair). These are to fill holes in my collection. If anyone can help me I will reward you handsomely."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 18 May 2003 | 9:06 EDT
Sandtrooper Tom reports:
"Hey Troopers, for those of you who did not get the FAO Shuttle Tyderium, now you have a chance to get it from K-B Toys online. It lists the following as a pre-order, Available 8/15/03, Price $99.99. This report from a friendly Bounty Hunter in Westchester, NY. Long Live the Empire"

Posted by: Spiceowan | 17 May 2003 | 0:04 EDT
Force of the Bay - Giving Props
Hey Troopers, not only is ebay a great place to clean house and fill in holes in your collection, it is a great place to look for Replica or Movie Props. I discovered many interesting items for your viewing pleasure. First up is an amazing view of Bossk's head. It really doesn't have to be a Master Replica to be cool to look at. I also discovered an Overseas rarity and I can say the first time I have encountered this particular item. Here is a perfect example of why you must always read the listing Troops! I realize that this is a Rubies and is very inflated but the mask is bone crushin'. There are many items that are fan made. As I mentioned, Master Replicas are cool but some Fan creations give them guys a run for their money. It also probably won't run into the hundreds of dollars either. Good luck Troops, excercise caution when using ebay and research the sellers you decide to bid on. Kick A$% and take names, until next time!

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 16 May 2003 | 23:47 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
"Rebel Trooper Builder Set - In Stock Now $17.99
Saga Deluxe Back in Stock - Commerce Builder Droid $14.99, Super Battle Droid Builder $14.99, Jango Fett Flying $16.99, Obi-Wan Force Power $12.99

Also, check out our new "Discounted Combos" section with over 50 great combo deals, some examples are:
Max and Doda 2-Pack and 12" Han Endor $19.99
Master Replicas Anakin F/X Saber and Jedi Training Remote $299.99
Rubies Yoda and Master Replicas Darth Vader Saber with Case $774.99
Saga 12" Ki Adi Mundi and 12" Obi-Wan $39.99
Saga Army Builder Assortment - under $4.50 per figure - 20 Clone Trooper Pilot C-7/8 and 20 Destroyer Droid C-7/8 $179.99"

Brian's Toys!

Posted by: Jason | 16 May 2003 | 21:50 EDT
Sandtrooper SithKnight reports:
"Deluxes - Spider Droid and Super Battle Droid Builder at Target in College Point, Queens, NY."

Posted by: Jason | 16 May 2003 | 20:08 EDT

Here's the latest from, featuring some dope new Transformers items like the Hasbro Commemorative Series 4 of Skywarp, Red Alert and Prowl (weeks before TRU will get them), and a pre-order for Hasbro's series of PVC Transformers line (Bumblebee, Jazz and more). This and much more from BigBadToyStore. You may also browse their Star Wars section, or view a complete listing of all the latest arrivals.
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Posted by: Jason | 16 May 2003 | 18:54 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Hitch reports:
"Hi Troops! Time to chime in from the Spokane, Washington area. I thought I'd make a toy run on my way to see 'The Matrix Reloaded' and it paid off. Wal-Mart had the new Han, Chewie, Mace, and Boba Fett figures. Han and Chewie were on beat up cards but Fett and Mace were in good shape. Target had the new deluxe figs (Spider Droid and Super Battledroid maker) and the older 2003 figures of Obi-Wan, Tyranus, and Tusken Raider.

"Toys 'R' Us STILL hasn't gotten in any new 4" figs but they did get the 12" Han, Lando, and AT-ST Driver. Also, Toys R Us put out some more Series 3 Lord of the Rings figures, which include Galadriel and the Prologue Elf. I know that's not Star Wars but I get several e-mails from Troops regarding LOTR figures. Good luck and happy hunting to all Troops!"

That's good news. We appreciate the LotR figure update at TRU as well. Has anyone out there in Trooperland seen the TRU exclusive Commemorative Series II and III Transformers Reissues (Starscream, God Ginrai - aka Powermaster Optimus Prime with Apex Armor, Jazz, Silverstreak et. al.)?

Sandtrooper Brian in Monroe, Louisiana said - "Yeah, my TRU has the Jazz, Silverstreak, and Prowl. They got 2 cases of Starscreams last month but they are gone."

Posted by: Spiceowan | 16 May 2003 | 16:27 EDT
Collectors Gallery Update:
Collectors Gallery has updated specials this week. They have added a few items for this week.

Star Wars Unleashed Figures waves 5 & 6 Preorder $44.95 per set
Anakin F/X Saber (Master Replica) $139.95 w/ Free Shipping
Saga Preorder Clone Wars Yoda, Anakin, and Durge $7.95 each
Stormtrooper Lifesized Replica Sale Priced at $4200.00
ESB TIE Bomber on Sale at $59.95
click to enter

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 16 May 2003 | 9:01 EDT
Troops, I saw it last night, and for those that want to see this... get ready for effects that will FREE YOUR MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS: One last thing - MAKE sure you stay till the end of the credits, they play a trailer for the next one!

Posted by: Jason | 15 May 2003 | 20:02 EDT
Sandtrooper Songwrtr reports:
"The Ithaca, NY area continues to be as barren as the rest of the country seems to be, so all I can say is thank goodness for internet shops keeping me up to date (more or less). I'd like to give a big shout-out to Trooper Alex who hooked me up with one of the POTJ Mexico-exclusive 4-packs at cost + shipping. He was great to deal with in the spirit of "United We Find." Thanks, Alex! Maybe someday something will show up here and I'll be able to return the favor."

Trooper Songwrtr

Posted by: Jason | 15 May 2003 | 17:17 EDT
Sandtrooper 'Trooper Larry' reports:
"Hey Troops! Trooper Larry with an area report. There has been some movement in my area of Ohio. No sign of the Aayla Secura wave or up, but I have been seeing small amounts of the new Padme, Dooku, Obi waves. I finally found a Tantive Rebel trooper last week in Strongsville. It looks as though they did have newer figs, cause the pegs were kind of bare. Not much movement in the Mentor area though. TRU has the 12" Padme and Geonosian soldier, but thats about it. K-B has 50% off its stock off SW's figs and vehicles. Thats about it. I want to thank Spice and The Sturge-Weber Foundation for a great contest, and troops that helped support the cause. The shuttle is awesome, but the awareness of these diseases is by far, more important. Especially when its one of our own. Happy hunting troops!"

Posted by: Jason | 15 May 2003 | 17:14 EDT
Sandtrooper bigjp reports:
"Hi everybody, I have a Deluxe Clone Trooper w / Speederbike that I picked up for someone. He ended up not taking it so I'm offering it here for cost, $11.60 plus shipping. But I have to take it back to the store next week if I don't find a home for it. The only thing new I've found here in north east Ohio was a Deluxe Spider droid and Deluxe Super Battle Droid maker. Both were on beat up cards at Target. Happy hunting troopers."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 15 May 2003 | 16:55 EDT
Hasbro Press Release:
"A first Official look at the Silver-Painted Boba Fett in exclusive packaging."

Read full details

Posted by: Spiceowan | 15 May 2003 | 14:49 EDT
And the Winner Is . . .
The Winner of our Imperial Shuttle Contest is Trooper Larry Carol! Congratulations, your prize will be mailed to you tomorrow. The Staff at Sandtroopers, as well as myself personally would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and benefit this worthy cause. We are all winners today Troops. God Bless each and everyone of you who helped spread the word and help promote Sturge-Weber Awareness Day.

Posted by: Jason | 14 May 2003 | 21:51 EDT
Sandtrooper SJediMstr reports:
"While shopping with my wife at the Barberton K-mart (Akron, Ohio), I spotted the Jango Slave 1 Lego set for $12 (originally $49.99), and could not pass it up. They had 5 left and he boxes aren't mint. Happy hunting!"

Posted by: Jason | 14 May 2003 | 21:46 EDT
Sandtrooper 'Codename: DUSTY' reports:
"The new Han and Chewie were at the "old" Wal-Mart here in Bloomington, Illinois. Unfortunately, there were only one of each and he. They were in very good condition, so maybe there is hope that not everything headed our way is going to be crushed."

Posted by: Jason | 14 May 2003 | 21:43 EDT
Sandtrooper Kelsith reports:
"Decatur, Illinois has updated with damaged merchandise. I found Hoth Han and Mynock Chewy and Saga Eeth Koth (cards look like someone squeezed the Charmin HARD). Two Saga TIE Bombers (windows kicked in) still 30 bucks. I actually decided to pass on these. You know it's bad when an opener doesn't buy the figures because the cards are so damaged."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 14 May 2003 | 12:37 EDT
CRAZY Star Wars art.
Troops, if you want to own/see some wild (and sometimes off color) Star Wars art, take a look at my buddy's art being offered on ebay. I can't post this art here - Tip O' the hat to Spiceowan.

The artist is Darrell O'Riley and I can honestly recommend his work! He also takes commissions, should you have a wacky idea you want brought to life artistically. Without further spoodging, see it HERE!

Darrell's email address is:

Posted by: Steve | 14 May 2003 | 0:22 EDT
Newest Insider
Hey Troops, the newest copy of the Insider showed up today. Issue 68 has a great cover of Carrie Fisher, with the obligatory interview enclosed within. I am looking forward to reading that. One part I read quickly was her talking about the infamous bikini from Jedi. For those of you who are fans of Timothy Zahn, the first of a three part series appears in this issue. It takes place during the Clone Wars and the word spaarti tubes should pique your interest. There is a lot more interesting stuff including an Episode III update and a Hasbro Preview. If you're a Fan Club member, your issue should be arriving any day, if not, look for it in stores soon.

Posted by: Jason | 13 May 2003 | 19:45 EDT
New Items at D & S Sci-Fi Toy World :
Rebel Fleet Trooper Army Builder Set
Sandtrooper Army Builder Set
Death Star Trash Compactor Sets

Deluxe Jango and Force Power Obi-Wan
Deluxe Super Battle Droid & Commerce Guild Spider Droid
Unleashed Vader & Slave Leia
New Tomy Japan Plush Yoda, Ewok, Jawa

Jango, Stormtrooper, Vader, Boba fett & Clone Trooper Hard Vinyl Masks

Ashla & Jempa / Yoda & Chian / Pamde Wedding Dress Wave Coming in late May

New August Figure Pre-Orders and Unleashed Pre-Order

3 3/4" G.I Joe Figures with Mission Disks
New Joe vs Cobra 2-Packs & Vehicles

Aliens vs Predator Figure - Re-Stocks
Rare Queen Hive Playset
Battle Damaged Enterprise NX-01

All at

Posted by: Jason | 13 May 2003 | 18:39 EDT
Easter Eggs - One Good Turn Deserves Another:
Now, this is strange. Anyone who dug E.T. showing up in the Episode I Senate scene will appreciate these bizarre happenings. First, it looks like there is More than meets the eye on my very own Pennsylvania Turnpike. A Transformers freak must work as their web developer, because Optimus Prime and Bumblebee can be seen cruising the Penna Turnpike at their site, doing laps around a 'Keystone' which itself is revolving just like the Autobot symbol in the Eighties' cartoon.
Real or Fake? You Decide.

More 'Beyond Belief' madness can be found at Hasbro's own site! In their Transformers Armada toy checklist, Cheetos Spokesfeline Chester Cheetah himself is shown instead of the actual toy. Thanks to Benson Yee and his site for bringing this to our attention. YVAN EHT NIOJ!
Promoting Transformers at the Penna Turnpike Website??  IT HAPPENED!

Posted by: Tyler | 13 May 2003 | 8:52 EDT
Silver Boba Fett Official
The Silver Boba Fett that we mentioned here a month ago has finally been made official. It will be based on the POTJ 300th Boba Fett but will have a silvery finish and new packaging. Also, it will not be exclusive to the Mexicon convention in Mexico City this summer as previously reported. It will instead be a fan club exclusive and also be available at the following conventions this summer:

Jun 26 -- 29: Origins; Columbus OH
Jul 17 -- 20: Comic-Con International; San Diego, CA
Jul 24 -- 27: Gen Con; Indianapolis, IN
Aug 8 -- 10: Wizard World Chicago; Rosemont, IL

Cost of the figure will be $10 each plus tax and will be limited to 2 per person. After the convention season ends the figure will then be available through the official fan club.
For more information click here. Thanks to Sandtrooper Lone Clone for information.

Posted by: Jason | 12 May 2003 | 19:26 EDT
K & C Collectibles News:
K & C Collectibles has received some new Star Wars action figures this week, and have reduced some 12” figures.

New Items:
Han Solo – Hoth Rescue #13
Chewbacca – Mynock Hunt #14

Clearance Sale on 12”:
Count Dooku - Dark Lord
Super Battle Droid
Zam Wesell
Imperial Officer

Back In-Stock:
Ephant Mon Jabba’s Head of Security
Trash Compactor Set
Eeth Koth - Jedi Master
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Posted by: Jason | 12 May 2003 | 11:56 EDT
Collectors Gallery Online Information:
Troops, Collectors Gallery has added some Vintage toys and Episode I & II Movie Posters this week.

Vintage Star Wars items IN STOCK:
  Empire Rebel Command Center Playset MIB $350
  Empire Hoth Ice Planet Playset MIB $175
  Empire Millenium Falcon MIB $199.95
  MPC Vader TIE Fighter model kit boxed $19.95
  MPC Luke's X-Wing Fighter model kit mint sealed $44.95
  MPC AT-AT model kit mint $29.95
  Star Wars 'Destroy the Death Star' board game mint $34.95
  Estes R2-D2 flying model rocket sealed mint $39.95
  Estes TIE Fighter flying model rocket sealed mint $49.95

POTF2 Rancor beast mint sealed 39.95

Episode I The Phantom Menace original movie poster $39
Episode II Attack of the Clones original movie poster $39

Rubies Darth Maul latex mask $9.95
Enterprise NX-01 battle damaged Starship sealed mint $39.95

click to enter:

Posted by: Jason | 12 May 2003 | 11:19 EDT
Sandtrooper Drizzit reports:
"I finally found new figures at Wal-Mart this Sunday. I found the new Boba Fett, Hoth Han and the Flying R2, and about ten Jango pilots. The rest were one of each and the Boba had a crushed bubble. These were found in Wisconsin."

Posted by: Tyler | 12 May 2003 | 8:51 EDT
Yoda & Padawans Giveaway Winner
This is just a reminder for that you have 3 more days in which to claim your prize. If you do not respond by Wednesday another winner will be chosen. Please e-mail me asap to claim your prize.

Posted by: Jason | 11 May 2003 | 20:41 EDT
Sandtrooper Lin Que with Mutual of Omaha's AISLE KINGDOM:
"Hey folks, Lin Que with the Midwest report again from Omaha, Nebraska. As usual, nothing to report. I have reached the end of my rope. I have seen that a good amount of Troopers are coming into new stuff. I ask that if someone gets ahold of the below figures, pleases buy two and I'll pay for cost and shipping. Here's what I need: Anakin Secret Ceremony, Boba Fett, Aalya Secura, and Bariss Offee. I know somebody out there can get the goods!!! Thanks"
Stalkin' the Aisles like Marlin Perkins steps around monkey feces

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 11 May 2003 | 16:13 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
"AOTC Vehicles - In Stock Now!
Anakin's Swoop Bike - Price: $29.99, Domestic Shipping $6
Darth Tyranus's Speeder Bike Price: $29.99, Domestic Shipping $6

Boba Fett Mini Bust IN STOCK!! By Dark Horse Comics and Gentle Giant Studios, Price: $79.99

Kubrick Early Bird Kit, Price $149.99
Vintage Replica Pack of 41 Weapons, Available in individual and wholesale prices!
$25 each
5 or more - $18 each
10 or more - $14 each
20 or more - $12 each

Danbury Mint Pewter Chess Set MIB, Price: $999.99
Franklin Mint AT-AT Walker MIB, Price: $194.99
Franklin Mint Millennium Falcon MIB, Price: $194.99

Saga Master Replica Darth Vader's ESB Lightsaber - Display Case Included, IN STOCK NOW! Pre-Release Imported ahead of our regular shipment. This saber is Limited to 2,500. Our regular shipment will arrive in several weeks at a reduced price. Domestic Shipping $12, Price: $349.99

Visit our POTF2 Action Fleet & micro machines sections today! We have updated over 100 items! Back In Stock! Items never sold by us before added to the website!

Visit our Newsletter for these listed toys at Newsletter Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and HeMan Toys at our Webstore. Visit our Webstore at Brian's Toys!"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 11 May 2003 | 16:10 EDT
Happy Mother's Day
... To all the mother Sandtroopettes 'round the world, from the crew!

Posted by: Jason | 10 May 2003 | 21:59 EDT
These Guys Look Like Old-school Overhead Projectors on Crack:

General Jason and Lord Spiceowan pull no punches

Many other significant figures should have been made first. We can't believe they made these before Coleman Trebor, Bail Organa. Even the idea of these being released prior to Wat Tambor is simply ludicrous. Nonetheless, Sandwatch Figure Reviews features these Episode II cut-scene characters in tonight's review.

Not one, but two, YES TWO figures!. SP-4 and JN-66 were packaged together on a single blister card; another way Hasbro is giving you more bang for your buck these days. These cutting room floor guys were the last thing I really expected in the Saga line-up, considering you have so many others to chose from to make yet. I think the fat drunk Episode IV Jabba would have made a better candidate to release to the public. But, as far as accurate plastic character depiction salvos go from Hasbro, they 'drop da bomb.' Hit the books in the latest installment of Sandwatch.

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Book Mobile - Looking for books to BURN, Ray Bradbury must be spinning in his grave.

Posted by: Jason | 9 May 2003 | 22:10 EDT has issued a pre-order for Star Wars Unleashed Wave 5 (Jedi Luke, Emperor, and Obi-Wan from Episode II), and has in-stock the Palisades mini-bust of everyone's favorite heavy machine-gunner and rhyming fool - Roadblock. You may also read about more arrivals and pre-orders!

Gettin mad like Trooper THE CHAD!

Posted by: Jason | 9 May 2003 | 21:41 EDT

KEBco Toys has the new 12 inch figures of Yoda, Luke Jedi, Biker Scout and the Ewok 2-pack available for Pre-Order. Basic figures, Cinema Scenes, Clone Wars Army Builders and Clone Wars Vehicles are still listed for Pre-Order too.

Unleashed Slave Leia back In-Stock for $16.99

New Specials 25% OFF Section

Basic Figure Factory Cases for $64.95 or $61.95 for 2 or more

Ask about the "One of Every Figure" Club where you may reserve one, two, even ten of each new figure as soon as its available - $5.99 per figure

Congratulations to all of the winners in the Figure A Day Giveaway
A New Giveaway Coming Soon - Stay Tuned


Posted by: Jason | 9 May 2003 | 20:34 EDT
Sandtrooper Freddy G. reports:
"Hello Troopers, I have an extra Trade Federation Tank and some minor stuff for trade. This is time for The Matrix so I want to trade for McFarlanes Matrix figure and Movie Maniacs Series 6. Let me know what you have and I'll do the same! Thanks!"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 9 May 2003 | 15:11 EDT
Sandtrooper Scott K. reports:
"Wouldn't you know it! The minute I contribute a complaint about no new figures (yesterday), some show up at Target (Flint, Michigan). They had R2-D2 (Flight), Han Hoth, Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt), Boba Fett (Carkoon), Anakin (Secret Ceremony), Obi Wan (Acklay Battle), and that wacky Mace! Granted though, there were only 1-2 of each there. I still havn't seen the likes of Barriss Offee or Aayla Secura. You guys need to check your local Targets!. Thanks."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 9 May 2003 | 10:38 EDT
Sandtroopin' Rai reports:
"Had a nice score yesterday at TRU Annapolis (Maryland) and Babbage's at the Mall. Picked up McFarlane Movie Maniacs 6 with its all Alien / Predator lineup. These toys are pretty cool. My neighbor Dave was able to pick up Boba Fett, Hoth Han, and Mynock Hunt Chewie at Target in Columbia (Maryland). It does seem the general trend has been for these new toys to show up at Target first? I haven't seen them anywhere else as of yet."


Posted by: Tyler | 9 May 2003 | 8:55 EDT
R2Dtoys Newsletter #17

Master Replicas LUKE SKYWALKER Lightsaber from ESB
Master Replicas DARTH VADER Lightsaber from ESB
KUBRICK Bounty Hunters Series 1
Tomy Japanese mini-busts (classic with Saga packaging)
Anakin`s Swoop Speeder
Count Dooku Speeder
Cantina Bar Packs Wave 2 PRE-RELEASE
Saga special KB collectors figure 4-pack
plus much more!

To read more click here.

Posted by: Jason | 8 May 2003 | 22:06 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Dom reports:
"I read that Hasbro has decided to donate 25,000 toys to children in Iraq. Now, there is absolutely no doubt that it is for a good cause, although others may disagree. The point I am trying to make isnot to be be surprised to see Lama Su, Yoda & Chian or Aayla on ebay from Iraq!

"And there you have it. There my fellow collectors is the reason for your shortage in figures. See what kinds of things you think about when you are driving an hour or so between stores and coming up empty? By the way, I am just making a joke. I hope you all can forgive my facetious implications, for even I would give before receive, as I have done so many times on this site. But, if they do donate Star Wars, take them from the current overstock in my area of the country. I am sure there is enough old stuff to give every child at least 2 figures each!"

Posted by: Jason | 8 May 2003 | 20:44 EDT
Sandtrooper JediDaxter reports:
"For those who do know and don't know about my two sites, here is some info on what's new on them:

"New weapons link from KOTOR now listed at JediDaxter's Project Sith. Sign your name to the Project Sith online petition and sign your entry in the PS Guest book.

"New Saga 3-3/4" Figure Guide complete at JediDaxter's Special Realm. I am still working on previous series 3-3/4" Figure Guides. Sign your name to the Special Realm Cinema Scene online petition and sign your entry in the new SR Guest book. A new poll has been added and new online link entries. Register today in the Banner Contest and Drawing."

Enter Project Sith

Posted by: Jason | 8 May 2003 | 20:18 EDT
Beyond Belief?
"Look at what I found on KB's website. I knew this was going to happen."

I've felt it too Master Chad! Troops, just search for Item Number: 121999, Pre-order: Available 08/15/03.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 8 May 2003 | 14:30 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
"Brian's Toys now has Master Replicas ESB Darth Vader Sabers in stock!!! This is an import Pre-release of the Vader Sabers. The sabers are for sale at our site for $349.99. These sabers have been shipped ahead of our regular Master Replicas shipment. We are also taking pre-orders for our Domestic release for the regular price of $329.99 (shipping in several weeks). Limited quantity, first come first serve. Visit our website today!"

Posted by: Jason | 8 May 2003 | 13:43 EDT
Sandtrooper Scott J. reports:
"Hello Troopers! I have been hearing several of you talk about how scarce and slow the figures are appearing in stores. Well, it is the same around here too (Flint/SE Michigan). I too have asked clerks in the stores like Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us, and they just don't get the newer figures in. It is the same old stuff hanging there for months. It does seem that Target is the only spot where new figures have appeared lately, but these too have been few and far between! I don't know what is going on with distrubution in the retail pipeline!"

Posted by: Jason | 8 May 2003 | 13:31 EDT
Sandtrooper Southern Cali Rod reports:
"Troopers, I thought I had hit the mother load. My local Wal-Mart in Hemet, California had an unopened case of Star Wars figures sitting on a pallet near the toy department. I abruptly and secretly took the case to a secret location to open its contents. I envisioned a case full of just released figures (e.g. Fett Pit of Carkoon, Chewie Mynock Hunt, Han Hoth). To my dismay the case was full of last year's stock. It included clean shaven Rebel Trooper, Massiff and Overstock Massiff and Sandperson plus a few other figures I got sick of seeing last November. What gives?"

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 8 May 2003 | 12:14 EDT
Sandtrooper THE CHAD reports:
"Hi guys, The Chad here with an interesting find at K-B. I found the bloody stump Luke Bespin in one of the 4 packs. Here is the interesting part. Some of the 4 packs include the first Yoda, Dooku, the "strawberry flavored" clone trooper and the Anakin with the removable arm. So, if you need the bloody Luke keep checking your KB's. And K-B lowered the price to $7.99. Take care all."

... And there you have it! Thanks for the report Chad!

Posted by: Jason | 7 May 2003 | 19:09 EDT
Sandtrooper THE CHAD reports:
"It seems that Target is our only hope and the only place here in north Alabama getting the New figures like Boba Fett (Carkoon), Han Hoth, and Mynock Chewbacca. Toys 'R' Us has drastically cut their Star Wars section down and Wal-Mart still has the old figures from last year. My Wal-Mart will not move these. A TRU employee told me that they won't get any new figures until the next movie. It sounds like Star Wars figures will get the axe. Well, Hasbro can you explain yourself? Take care."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 7 May 2003 | 16:48 EDT
Jive talkin' Palm Talker blowout at Brian's Toys!
"We just received a large shipment of closeout POTJ Palm Talkers. A set of 6 is only $59.99, and a factory sealed case is only $79.99 (which includes a complete set plus an extra Boba Fett and Darth Vader)!"
Visit Brian's Toys to get 'em ... !

Posted by: Tyler | 7 May 2003 | 8:39 EDT
Yoda & Padawans Giveaway
And the winner is....

Please e-mail me within 7 days to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered and to r2dtoys for supplying the prize. Also thanks to General Jay for helping pick the winner.

Posted by: Spiceowan | 7 May 2003 | 0:35 EDT
Collectors Gallery Online Information:
Hey Troops we have recieved word on the specials running at Collectors Gallery this week. In stock and shipping: Luke Skywalker Master Replica Training Remote $249.00 w/ Free Shipping.
Reduced Prices on the following POTF Orange card mint on sealed card:
Tie Pilot $9.95
Luke X-Wing (short saber variant) $11.95
Darth Vader (short saber variant) $11.95
R2-D2 $11.95
Leia (3-bands) $19.95
Han Hoth (open-hand) $24.95
Lando $9.95
Chewbacca $11.95
Han Solo $11.95
Obi-Wan Kenobi (short saber variant) $11.95
C-3P0 $9.95
Stormtrooper $9.95

click to enter

Posted by: Steve | 6 May 2003 | 21:17 EDT
Yestertoys having a sale
Hey Troops, Tom from Yestertoys contacted me to let me know he has lowered prices on a lot of items, ie, $10 for an ammo wagon, tri-logo Star Wars figures $3-4 each. Take a look for some good deals.

Posted by: Jason | 6 May 2003 | 17:40 EDT
Sandtrooper Scott J. reports:
"Hello Sandtroopers! I haven't seen very many new figures in Flint, Michigan area for a while, but do have a couple Ephant Mons, Blonde-hair version of Imperial officer and red-haired Rebel Defender Trooper up for trade if anyone is interested. My current needs include Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon), Aayla Secura, and Barriss Offee. Thanks."

Posted by: Jason | 6 May 2003 | 17:10 EDT
Sandtrooper Toesmcgurk reports:
"Hiya Troops, nothing new yet here on the Gulf Coast, but K-B has lowered the price on some of there sales stuff even more. Not much new to report as far as new figs, but if you check your local K-B Toys you will find that they have lowered the price on the Value 4 Packs from $9.99 to $7.99. Not too shabby. Take care and be safe."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 6 May 2003 | 14:22 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys:
"Brian's Toys just received another shipment of Darth Tyranus with Speeder Bike and Anakin with Swoop Bike. Go to HERE to take a look."
Brian's Toys

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 6 May 2003 | 8:42 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Dom reports:
"Jedi Dom here, well the Temecula/Murrieta/Hemet areas of So. Cal have come through again ... to disappoint every collector within a 30 mile radius! Nothing new anywhere, and where they are putting out figures, the figures are all from last year. Times like these, you get the feeling that maybe it is time to hang it up on the whole collecting scale. You get tired of trying to go before work to beat scalpers, after work to hope that maybe there will be something left if you missed it in the mornings, and spending all your money on gas getting to one place after another, especially when it is $1.90 a gallon!

"I am extending an invitation to anyone out there who would be willing to help out a fellow trooper. I have helped many people on this site and hope that someone can do the same for me. I am looking for any of the new figures which include the following: #8 Boba Fett, # 10 Lama Su, #11 Aayla Secura, #13 Han Solo, #12 Barriss Offee, #14 Chewy, #15 Yoda & Chian, or #16 Ashla & Jempa. My buddy So Cali Rod who also lives a mile or so from me is looking for the Imperial Officer re-sculpt, Han & Chewy as well. Remeber, we are here for each other's needs, and I hope someone out there can help. Good luck everyone."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 5 May 2003 | 12:27 EDT
Still need an Imperial Shuttle cheap?
Here is one with no reserve and a $1 starting price. SEE IT HERE.

Troops: Keep in mind that Sandtroopers does NOT endorse particular sellers on ebay, buyer beware and use ebay's feedback system to gauge how solid a seller you may be dealing with really is. Good luck!

Posted by: Jason | 5 May 2003 | 8:48 EDT
Sandtroopette Donna reports:
"Hi Troops, Donna from So Cal here. Went by Wal-mart Sunday afternoon and found Hoth Han, Mynock Chewie, Obi Battle, Mace Arena, Flying R2D2, Anakin Ceremony and Boba Fett Pit. I was able to pick up an extra Boba Fett (C8.5) to trade. I also have an extra Ephant Mon (C-7/8) and Mint Saga Teebo. I am looking for Yoda and Chian, Ashla and Jempa, Unleashed Unmasked Vader, Unleashed Leia, or Action Fleet AT-AT. E-mail me if interested. Happy Hunting."

Posted by: Tyler | 4 May 2003 | 22:49 EDT
Last Chance!
Hey Troopers, Tomorrow is your last chance to enter our contest for a free carded Yoda w/Chian and Ashla & Jempa courtesy of r2dtoys. Here are the details one last time on how to enter: Go to r2dtoys and figure out how much it would cost to buy the above mentioned figures from their site (without shipping). Once you have the correct total send it along with your name and e-mail address to Contest closes May 5th at midnight EDT. A winner will be chosen from the entries with the correct answer. One entry per person only please. Good luck to all who enter.

Posted by: Jason | 4 May 2003 | 19:30 EDT
15 % Off with Order Code at K & C Collecibles:
K & C Collectibles is offering a special 15% off discount code to our readers. This code is valid starting today May 4th through 6:00pm CDT May 8th, 2003. This discount code is not valid on previous orders. After you have added your items to the shopping cart click 'Check Out.' Enter the word 'maysale' in the discount code field along with your address and payment information. The discount will show in the next page. Finish the order by clicking 'process order' at the bottom of the page. Visit for some of the latest Star Wars collectibles.
click to enter:

Posted by: Jason | 4 May 2003 | 19:11 EDT
Troops, I've posted BigBadToyStore's latest newsletter which includes some dope new Dreamwave comics for Transformers Generation 1, the Dreamwave 'More Than Meets the Eye' Transformers Guide to characters in a 64-page comic art format, and Mark Kimmel's 'Transmanual' complete visual Guide to every Transformer produced during the years 1984 - 86. The 'Transmanual' is very much like the Star Wars Action Figure Archive that many of you out there in Trooperland already own. Star Wars and Transformer freaks like me will want both of these books displayed on the coffee table as a conversation piece.

BigBadToyStore also still has Saga Rebel Fleet Troopers and Queen's Royal Starship - Price Reduced.
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Wait. I still function! ~ Wanna bet? ~  Starscreeeeeeeeeeeam

Posted by: Jason | 4 May 2003 | 17:14 EDT
Sandtrooper THE CHAD reports:
"This is strange. I found the Speeder Bikes with Anakin and Dooku at Toys 'R' Us. I have only seen these one time here in Huntsville, Alabama. I did pick them up but they haven't gotten any of them sense then. Also, my TRU sent back a lot of figures, unfortunately they completely shrank the Star Wars section. What gives with the fear and Star Wars at TRU? Here we go again. Take care."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 4 May 2003 | 9:13 EDT
Sandtrooper So. Cali Rod reports:
"Troopers, I need your help. I am in dire need of a resculpt Iimperial Officer. I have looked and looked and now I give up. Without your help I will be forced to partake in aiding and supporting the scalper trade. Please help me Troopers, you're my only hope."

Posted by: Jason | 3 May 2003 | 21:32 EDT
They Should Give These to Us for Free:

General Jason and Lord Spiceowan pull no punches

For months Hasbro boasted this 'Total Control' gimmick to try to draw attention from the fact that they were hitting us with yet another Mace. Sandwatch Figure Reviews hits this one with a brick bat in the latest installment.

Mace Windu's Grotesquely swollen Jaw, Steve Sax and his Run-in with the Law ...

Mace is back with his umphteenth figure in the Saga line, and to make matters worse there is a wand sticking out of his back with a big plastic button at the end of it. What's going on here? Grab a bat and play some 'Maceball' in tonight's Sandwatch.

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I decapitated the foo'. And it FEELS SO GOOD.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 3 May 2003 | 20:19 EDT
Sandtrooper Dom reports:
"I agree with Sandtrooper HotJeep360 concerning the price of the new Star Wars Pez dispensers. At $24.99 these babies better shoot little gold nuggets out of their necks before I buy them."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 3 May 2003 | 20:12 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys:
"Brian's Toys has just posted their latest Newsletter #201 at
Saga ROTJ 12" Boxed Gamorrean Guard C-9 IN STOCK NOW!!! Price: $59.99
Saga Exclusives Sandtrooper 4 Pack IN STOCK!! Price: $24.99
Saga Master Replica Darth Maul Saber [Signature Edition], Limited to 1,500 World Wide, Price: $549.99

TOMY Plush Dolls, Japanese exclusive, IN STOCK NOW!
14" Jawa, Price: $49.99
14" Wicket, Price: $49.99
14" Yoda, Price: $49.99
Tomy Plush 14" Set of all 3, Price: $134.99
Kubrick Bounty Hunters - Don't forget to check our new Kubrick Selection, a Japanese Exclusive!

Saga Imperial 4 Pack In Stock!!!, Domestic Shipping $6, Price: $39.99
Vintage 1960's and 1970's GIJOE in stock.
MOTU Price Adam and Sy-Klone in stock!
Martial Arts He-Man only $4.99
Simpsons Lemon C.C. Water Bottle Set of 5, extremely rare Japanese exclusive promotion never available for purchase, Price: $249.99

Visit our Newsletter for these listed toys at
Many More Star Wars, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and HeMan Toys at our Webstore. Visit our Webstore at Brian's Toys"

Posted by: Jason | 3 May 2003 | 19:02 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Vacation reports:
"I found Chewbacca - Mynock Hunt, Han Solo - Hoth Rescue, and R2-D2 - Droid Factory Flight at the WAL-MART on Palm Ave in southern San Diego, CA @ $4.77 each. That was all that I found. One Chewie and Han left. Somebody was there before I was. Get out to Wal-Mart today and see what they are putting up on pegs. Needless to say, I was surprised this morning after almost two months of NO NEW SAGA figures. Good Luck Hunting and MTFBWY, All."

Posted by: Jason | 3 May 2003 | 17:11 EDT
Sandtrooper 'Alamo City Collector' reports:
"I'm reporting from San Antonio, TX where the Hoth Han wave, along with the newer deluxe sets (Super Battle Droid builder & Spider Droid), have shown up at Target. If you have a Target closeby, it might be worth checking."

Posted by: Steve | 3 May 2003 | 14:20 EDT
Free Comic Book Day
Hey Troops, today, May 3, is Free Comic Book Day. Stop by your local comic shop and pick up some free books. There are no Star Wars comics this year, but how can you go wrong with free? Here is a run-down of what you can walk out with for free.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 3 May 2003 | 8:55 EDT
Sandtrooper Hotjeep360 reports:
"What do people think of the price of the new Star Wars Pez ($24.99)? Is Pez just putting the screws to the collectors or what? Pez groups are boycotting buying it at that price. How about it then? Should people then boycott Pez's new Star Wars too? As for anything new in lower MI will let's just say ARID. And I have given up hope."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 2 May 2003 | 22:55 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi Dom reports:
"Hey Troops, I finally found a couple of things worth writing about. Two Targets in the east central Wisconsin area had all four accessory packs on the pegs. I missed these the first time around, so I was glad to see they were back. Also, the big book, INSIDE THE WORLDS OF STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES is out. This book is a beauty and it's done in the style of the visual dictionaries. Wish I had more to report. Take care and MTFBWY."

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 2 May 2003 | 22:44 EDT
Troops, sorry this is not Star Wars news, but if you are Fans of the X-Men I would RUN out and see the new movie. I just got back from a sold out show. This one is Bryan Singer's EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! Meaning X-Men 2 is better than X-Men one! If any of you are fans of the Claremont, Byrne & Terry Austin X-Men era, then be ready for one of the BEST storylines ever!!! That is all I'm gonna say.... WOW, This movie ROCKED!!!!! Another sequel after this one? YOU BET!

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 2 May 2003 | 9:40 EDT
Sandtrooper Jedi-Hitch reports:
"Hi Troops! Finally!!! New figures at Target! I went to the Target in Spokane, WA today and picked up several new figures including Boba Fett, R2-D2, Anakin, Aayla and Barriss Offee. I grabbed the last Fett but they still had all of the above figures as well as Obi-Wan, Lama Su, Library Droid, and Tyranus. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Targets around the country. Still no sign of the new Han or Chewie, or the Yoda Wave yet. Toys 'R' Us pulled a bunch of old figures a couple of weeks ago but still nothing new. If it wasn't for the new Lord of the Rings figures they keep getting I'd stop going there. That's it for now."

Posted by: Tyler | 2 May 2003 | 8:37 EDT
Just In at R2Dtoys

12" Gamorrean Guard - AWESOME !! only 1 left already !
Imperial Forces 4-pack
Rebel Trooper Builder 4-pack
Deluxe Spider Droid
Deluxe Super Battle Droid Builder

Be sure to visit R2Dtoys for all your Star Wars needs and this weeks birthday specials and giveaways. And don't forget to enter our contest here at Sandtroopers for a carded Yoda w/Chian and Ashla & Jempa courtesy of R2Dtoys in celebration of their 1st birthday.

Posted by: Steve | 1 May 2003 | 23:05 EDT
New NJO novel
Hey Troops, the latest NJO novel, Force Heretic: Refugee was released on Tuesday. The novel is written by coauthors, Sean Williams and Shane Dix. If the second book is half as good as the first, we should be in for another great story. Refugee should be on the best sellers list by next week which means Barnes & Noble will be selling it for 30% off. I'll be picking it up then.

Posted by: Steve | 1 May 2003 | 22:54 EDT
New comic this week
Hey Troops, I did a toy run and stopped by the comic store today. The toy run turned up the same thing it has for the last several months, nothing. However, after a several week hiatus, Dark Horse released a new comic this week, the latest issue of Star Wars: Republic # 53. The cover art is intriguing, depicting Obi-Wan versus Ventress, the Dark Jedi introduced in the last several issues. This story continues the storyline from the last couple of issues and should be an interesting tale. Once I read it, I will have to let you know.

Posted by: Spiceowan | 1 May 2003 | 21:51 EDT
Sandtrooper Sithknight reports:
"TRU at White Plains Road, Bronx has zippo, however, they did have Legos on clearance if anyone is looking. For only $5.90 were the Republic Gunship, TIE Interceptor, and X-Wing fighter. Boxes were a little ratty but they were complete."

Posted by: Spiceowan | 1 May 2003 | 19:39 EDT
Lando's Marked Deck:
Lando is here with his own deck, it's a stacked and marked deck to help you get in the latest Star Wars and toy contests ...

5/01: Win one of three contests at The The first is for Deluxe Jango Fett sponsored by Kebco Toys, ends 5/05. Also at is an Ultarama, ends 5/18.

05/01: r2dtoysoys has a multi-site contest here at Sandtroopers for Ashla & Jempa and Yoda & Chian and at the Jawa they are giving away a Rebel Troop Builder set, ends 5/07.

05/01: Jundland Wastes has the Wal-Mart Holiday Set, ends 5/04.

05/01: At the prize is a POTJ Clean Biker Scout, ends soon.

5/03: Artoosnews is giving away an Imperial Forces 4-pack, ends 5/5/03.

4/30: The Spy has Wookiee Cookiees Double Puzzle and Watto's Lotto.

3/15: Our own Contest to win an Imperial Shuttle for a $3.00 Donation to the Sturge-Weber Foundation .nds 5/14/03

All winners for the r2dtoys Birthday contest will be notified via Newsletter #20. Please visit these sites for details. Lando will be back soon with more contests from the Internet.

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 1 May 2003 | 8:24 EDT
Check these out!
Troops, Check out the newest work from master model builder Michael Fright! GREAT work Mike!!!!

If you would like to contact Michael about his work, you can do so here:

Posted by: Darth Crypt | 1 May 2003 | 6:53 EDT
This just in from Brian's Toys!
"Brian's Toys has the new 12" Gamorrean Guard in stock for $59.99 and the Darth Maul Signature Edition Lightsaber for $549.99.
Click below to go to our Featured Items section and view these items:
Brian's Toys"