June 2005

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 June 2005 | 22:44 EDT
Update from Action-HQ
Action-HQ.com -bringing the Best to you FIRST with a wholes slew of new items: Star Wars Walmart Exclusive Titanium Vehicles, Tomy Dioramas & Pez Keychains, AVP Microman, Aoshima Alien Dropship & APC, 12-inch Jin Roh, Marvel Capsule Series 3, Bandai Japan Batman Begins Vehicle Model and more!

Now Available:
- Star Wars Wal-Mart Exclusive Titanium Vehicles Set of 5 & Set of 2
- Tomy's Star Wars Box of 10 Dioramas
- Kabaya's Star Wars Set of 8 Mini-Pez Dispenser Keychains
- Takara's Alien vs Predator Microman
- Aoshima's Die-Cast Metal Alien Dropship and APC Vehicle
- 12-inch Jin Roh Figure with Armor Parts
- Bandai Japan's Marvel Capsule Series 3 (Blade, Spiderman, Black Cat, Wolverine, Psylocke and Electra)
- Bandai Japan's 1/35 Batman Begins Vehicle Model Kit

- Aoshima 1/48 Die-Cast Airwolf (Aug'05 release)
- Star Wars Kotobukiya 1/7 Clone Trooper Episode 3 version! (Sep'05 release)
-Final Fantasy VII : Cloud Stride on Febriru Bike Limited Edition (Sep'05 release)
- Macross CM's figure box of 12 set part 3 (Sep'05 release)
- Saint Seiya Dragon Shiryu Final Version with Metal Plate (Sep'05 release)
- Star Wars Kotobukiya 1/7 Anakin Skywalker Episode 3 version! (Oct'05 release)
- Evangelion Rei & Asuka figure set White X'mas UFO Catcher Prize
- Evangelion Set of 2 EX Ikusei (Nov'05 release)

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 30 June 2005 | 22:35 EDT
Sandtrooper Robbyfett Reports: Anarchy in the U.K.!
“Hi, just wanted to let my fellow U.K. collectors know, that Forbidden Planet in Liverpool city centre has got the Jedi vs. Sith battle packs. They have 2 left but will go soon at this price £24.99. And I have to say these are excellent especially Obi-Wan who can change in a Clone Trooper, it's just awesome.”


Posted by: dustrho | 30 June 2005 | 10:10 EDT
Buy 3 ROTS Tickets and Get 1 Free
Buy 3 ROTS Tickets and Get 1 FreeThis weekend and this weekend only, you will be able to get a free movie ticket when you see Revenge of the Sith in theaters. If you purchase three tickets you will receive the fourth one for free! So, if you don't have any plans for the weekend, now is a good chance to see it again. This offer is only good at participating theaters. Read more about this here.

Posted by: dustrho | 30 June 2005 | 8:56 EDT
The Lucasfilm Licensing Archives Revealed
There's NINE of these vintage shuttles here!  Wow!!!This morning I was checking my email when I noticed I had received my Star Wars Delta Source newsletter (Hyperspace members only). Normally when I see this I don't typcially get excited about what the content entails, but that all changed this morning when I noticed a smaller article in this HTML newsletter was titled "The Lucasfilm Licensing Archives Revealed." That sparked my interest a bit, and I decided to immediately check it out for myself.

This is a shot looking down an aisle in the storage unit.I logged into Hyperspace and was taken to the article's web page, and the article was a good read. Better yet though was the images that were photographed by Lucasfilm, and I couldn't believe what I was looking at. There were boxes and boxes of vintage 12-back figures, POTF figures, vintage vehicles, vintage toy weapons, arcade machines, Stormtrooper gear, and so much more. It was like heaven to any Star Wars collector, to just see all that in one location. It was truly amazing!

So, you will have to check out the images and read the article here. It's definitely something you don't want to pass up.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 June 2005 | 22:50 EDT
Update from Star Wars Shop: 4th of July Blowout Sale
Check out the new 4th of July Blowout Sale at StarWarsShop.com where you can find everything from action figures to posters! All for a price you will not believe! You can save up to 50% on certain items all of which are in stock now. Also if you are a Hyperspace member you can save an additional 10% on these already low prices. Be sure to visit the 4th of July Blowout sale section on StarWarsShop.com today!

StarWarsShop.com - More Product. More Exclusives.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 June 2005 | 21:51 EDT

Star Wars: A wide variety of new Star Wars Episode III items have just arrived - here is the list:

500th Darth Vader: This milestone in figure production is now in stock for $19.99 per figure. The 500th Vader comes with his famous meditation chamber where his menacing helmet is lowered onto him. The helmet can be lifted and lowered with a lever at the back of the chamber.

Evolution to Anakin Darth Vader: The first set from Hasbro's new Evolution series has just arrived. The Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader set features Anakin before during and after his transformation to Darth Vader. It also comes with a variety of weapons and accessories – this set is priced at $23.99 and we'll carry the future Evolution sets as well.

Star Wars M-PIRE: A fun double-licensed item from Hasbro - All your favorite Star Wars figures have been turned in to M&M figures. These two 2-packs are available for $7.99 to $9.99 each - very entertaining items.

Galactic Heroes: We've received a variety of Episode III packaged Galactic Hero figures including repackaged versions of previous releases as well as a few all new figure sets! Priced at $5.99 to $7.99.

Deluxe, Unleashed & 12-inch: We've restocked a variety of previously sold out figures including Unleashed Series 1 sets, The very popular Deluxe Clone Trooper with Green Trooper Set, Rebuilding Darth Vader, 12-inch Clone Trooper, and 12-inch General Grievous. Many other deluxe figures are also in stock - many in the reduced $9.99 to $10.99 price range!

Also this week: Transformers Cybertron, T2 Endoskeleton, Freddy Krueger, Medicom Real Action Heroes and much more!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 June 2005 | 21:28 EDT
Sandtrooper Darth Fish Reports:
“Just got my ROTS collectors plate in the mail today and I've got to say I'm quite disappointed! I got the one with the Lightsaber dividing the picture that was selling on StarWarsShop.com. The coloring is pretty bad. Has like a brownish tint to it, not bluish on one side and reddish on the other. Not nearly as vibrant as the picture shows. Did anyone else get this plate and have the same problem. If so please notify me so I know if I should return it for a refund or just exchange it. Thanks, until next time Troopers!”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 June 2005 | 21:15 EDT
Update from Federation Toys:
Sandtrooper Jim has sent word they have the Mustafar Playset in stock with a few other RotS items this week. We are taking Pre-orders on Master Replicas items coming soon. We will also be attending Wizard World 2005 Chicago, and Chicagoland Entertainment Expo, stay tuned to Sandtroopers.com for all the details. In stock and shipping are:

ROTS Battle Arena
Obi VS. Body Guard
Mace VS. Sidious
Anakin VS. Dooku
ROTS Deluxe
Vulture Droid
Darth Vader with Table

Posted by: dustrho | 29 June 2005 | 10:23 EDT
Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #2 Online Supplement
Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #2 originally published in Winter, 1988.The Official Site has added more content to their Hyperspace section, by adding the "Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #2 Online Supplement." This throwback is for those who want to go back to 1988. In this online issue you get to take a look at Lucasfilm and ILM, go behind the scenes of "Willow," read about the exclusive update to "Indiana Jones III," a tribute to the late director of "Return of the Jedi," Richard Marquand, and much more. You have to be a Hyperspace member in order to view this section, and if you are you don't want to miss out on this! Check it out here.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 June 2005 | 17:43 EDT
Sandtrooper Jesse Reports:
“I was able to finally get #50 Anakin on Friday at the Target in Murrieta, CA. The Murrieta Toys R Us got in some Wookiee flyers and I was able to pick up a blue clone 3-pack at my local Target in Menifee, CA.”


Posted by: dustrho | 28 June 2005 | 9:44 EDT
What Happened to the Other Jedi?
Quinlan Vos standing in the perch of a Turbo Tank, just seconds before getting blasted away by another Turbo Tank after Order 66 was ordered.If you're a Hyperspace member, you'll have a good read today after reading the latest Episode III Set Diary. The diary goes into detail about several Jedi that were originally scripted to be in Revenge of the Sith, but for whatever reasons they were not included in the final cuts of the film. Some of the Jedi mentioned are Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli, and Quinlan Vos. Yes, Quinlan Vos was supposed to have had a brief spot in the film, but unfortunately his scene was was never filmed. Read the full diary entry here.

Posted by: dustrho | 28 June 2005 | 9:08 EDT
Sandtroopers Tim and Amy in St. Louis Reports:
Sandtroopers Tim and Amy in St. Louis Reports:"Maybe we are behind the times a bit, but we found the Target Yoda collector's cup this past weekend at the Kirkwood Target. We passed on the Han Solo, but wished we hadn't later because the cups STILL aren't in the system! I thought the supervisor said it was $9.99, but we ended up only geting charged $5.24 for it. I'll admit I feel a little guilty about it, but I can't believe they haven't updated their systems in over a month to include these items."


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 June 2005 | 7:24 EDT
Update from Collectors Gallery Online
We are now taking Pre-orders on Master Replicas AT-AT Episode 5 signature edition 1399.00, Mace Wind F/X saber, Vader Empire F/X saber & Anakin Episode 3 F/X saber. MR Darth Sidious LE saber, Darth Sidious mini-saber, Anakin LE saber, Obi-Wan Episode 2 mini-saber, Obi-Wan Episode 3 mini-saber in stock.

Click Here

Posted by: dustrho | 27 June 2005 | 9:23 EDT
Lucas Opens New Headquarters
Lucas Opens New HeadquartersGeorge Lucas has recently opened up his new Lucasfilm, Ltd. headquaraters in San Francisco, CA, and employees of his empire will begin moving into the facility in early July. The 23-acre complex will house the entertainment industry's most sophisticated digital arts and entertainment center in the world. Read the full article here.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 June 2005 | 22:36 EDT
Sandtrooper Eli-Wan Kenobi Reports:
“Looks like you can order Meena Tills and Ask Aak from the Amazon.com site. Hopefully they'll be in stores soon, I've heard Amazon.com isn't very collector friendly when they ship these items out. They are there if anyone is looking however.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 June 2005 | 20:06 EDT
Sandtrooper SoCal Dom Reports:
One of SoCal's Finest!“Found the Wookiee Flyer at my local Toys R Us in Murrieta, Ca this past week. Not much else, however I do have an extra complete set of the Bacara wave, all in excellent C-9.5+ condition. Looking to trade for the Zett Jukassa wave if anyone finds an extra set, a blue or green Trooper 3-pack, or I will sell them at cost plus shipping. I would rather not return them if someone out there needs them. Drop me a line with offers.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 June 2005 | 14:11 EDT
Sandtrooper Hothchad Reports:
Cold as Ice“HothChad from Central Minnesota. After being pretty slow around here for a few weeks, some new stuff is starting to show up. Today and yesterday I did find the Wookiee Flyer and figures #48-50. Found these at two different Targets. Wal-Mart hasn’t had anything new for quite awhile. Have yet to see any figures #45-47 anywhere. Hopefully they are not passing over that wave. Have seen the 3 packs of clone troopers in the all white and the brown version. Until next time HothChad out.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 June 2005 | 14:08 EDT
Sandtrooper Darth Fish Reports:
“Darth Fish reporting in from the Elgin, IL area. TRU in Schaumburg had full pegs, but nothing new in the basic figures. Had plenty of unleashed and deluxe (no clone 3-packs). At TRU by Spring Hill mall had the same, but also had the arc fighter. Picked up another Tank gunner and two Deluxe Darth Vaders on operating table at the local Target stores. They had the Mustafaar playsets and deluxe figures. No 3-packs only single deluxe clones. The only sighting I have seen of new wave basic figures was at S.H. TRU. They had 2 different figures with beat up boxes. (Ask Aak and Meena Tills. An employee there said they are expecting a new shipment any day now. Meijer's in Elgin had BARC Speeders w/Wookiee figure and At-Rt w/ clone trooper figure. Nothing in the way of basic figures though. Wal-Mart on Randall Rd. only had some Unleashed figures, but in poor condition. No new figures! Why this area hasn't seen the new wave I'll never know. Target seems to be getting new stuff except basic figures! Still looking for a carded Unleashed Darth Maul and Lava Vader. Keep up the hunt! Darth Fish out!”


Posted by: dustrho | 26 June 2005 | 12:06 EDT
Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In:
Sandtrooper dustrho reporting here from the Chicagoland area. While running a few errands today with my family I ran into some new Force Battler figures at Wal-Mart, which included the new Clone Trooper, Mace Windu and Chewbacca figures. I did purchase the original wave of these back on April 2nd (Midnight Madness), but I decided to pass on these because I'm just not really into these anymore. As far as figures were concerned the only ones that were there were the Clone Pilots, Neimoidian Warriors and Chancellor Palpatines... nothing else! There were two Mustafar playsets there, but since they weren't on clearance yet I decided to pass on them again.

Also, while waiting in the car with my baby boy, my wife ran inside Target to get a couple of things and came back out with a #48 R2-D2 for me. This does look like the same one from the original Saga days, but I'll have to compare the two to check it out in better detail. United We Find!

Posted by: dustrho | 26 June 2005 | 11:39 EDT
Evolutions Packs at r2dtoys.com
Star Wars Evolutions is a new type of action figure and accessory 3-pack that evolves characters through the Saga.

Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader features Anakin from Episode 2 as a Jedi hero, Episode 3 as Clone Wars Commander, and finally as the dreaded Darth Vader is Episode 4. These packs are in stock now priced at £22. This is a pre-release item and will sell very fast! Other evolution packs will be released this year: The Sith, and Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper (yet to be added to the site).

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Posted by: dustrho | 25 June 2005 | 18:15 EDT
Happy Birthday Darth Spice!
Well, our fearless leader has turned 32 years old today, and the staff here wanted to wish him a big happy birthday! It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun, isn't it? Hope you have a great day today Spice!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 June 2005 | 13:57 EDT
Sandtrooper Dom Reports: Who's Your Daddy?
Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Troops, on my hunt in east central Whiskey I found the Wookiee Flyer (the helicopter in the Kashyyyk scenes in ROTS). It was at Target and rang up for a reasonable $14.99. It comes with a Wookiee in a seated position. Doesn't look like he's articulated. There's room for another Wookiee in the rear-facing seat (Dackbacca?). And I hate to be picky, but a note to Tim and Amy from St. Louis: the line is not "Luke, I am your father." It's "No, I am your father." Not quite as memorable and maybe that's why it didn't make it into the top 100 movie quotes of all time. Just thought I'd pass that on. Good luck with the hunt.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 June 2005 | 13:57 EDT
Sandtrooper Scalperhuner1 Reports:
“Greetings fellow Troopers. Scalperhunter1 here. Today it was Toys R us, Wal-Mart and Target. I did pick up the Barriss Offee 12-inch at Target. Nothing but less space on the shelf at Wal-Mart. T.R.U. had even less on the shelf than my last visit. I asked them about their new exclusive figure and as usual no one knew anything about it. The other items I purchased were The Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker Playschool figures. I don't know if anyone else collects these but I think they are cool. Good hunting. Together we find!”


Posted by: dustrho | 25 June 2005 | 13:48 EDT
The Last C3 Diorama Workshop Postcard
Hot off the press is the last exclusive Celebration III Diorama Workshop
Postcard, featuring the completed Death Star that was on Exhibit on Sunday (April 24). A great souvenir for all who participated. If you were at Celebration III and picked up the four other cards, you can now obtain the LAST postcard and complete your set. You can obtain this postcard by clicking here.


Posted by: dustrho | 25 June 2005 | 12:41 EDT
Sandtrooper Robert Reports:
"Robert from Palm Bay, Florida. This is my first report on your site but I've been coming to the site for a few years and have to say it's one of my favorites. Just wanted to pass along that I was in our local Wal-Mart food stores and they had a few ROTS figures and actually had a Red Royal Guard. I passed on it. If you have these new Wal-Mart food marts in your area be sure to Take a look. You never know what you will find. The figures by the way were higher than the regular Wal-Mart prices, and I believe they were $5.88. Still no sign of the Tarkin wave but have score with #48-#50. Out for now."


Posted by: dustrho | 25 June 2005 | 12:33 EDT
Sandtroopers Tim and Amy in St. Louis Reports:
You can keep Rob and Amber we got Tim & Amy“There is not much happening here in St. Louis. We finally found the deluxe clone 2-pack this past week at the Kirkwood Target (the white "clean" version). And even though their pegs were full, they had no new waves - we still haven't even seen the Bacara wave anywhere! We found out yesterday how to order some of the Darth Mickey Star Wars Weekend exclusive plush online! Tim's brother works at DisneyWorld and he gave us the scoop - I can forward the website on to anyone who is interested. They retail for $12.99 (not $45 like on ebay!), and the orders won't ship until September. On a non-collecting related note, how ridiculous was it that "Luke, I am your father." didn't make it into the top 100 movie quotes of all time? We were shocked. That's about it for now - MTFBWY.”

UPDATE: "Just as we were grumping about not finding anything, we found a bunch today! Before I start on that though - no offense taken Dom. I (Amy) usually do most of the typing, and I am not NEARLY the Star Wars expert as Tim (probably because I'm so much younger ). He immediately pointed out my mistake as well. Perhaps you are right - but they did put in "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'" from Casablanca, even though everyone thinks its "Play it again Sam." (including me!). Sorry, I digress, but I still think it was an injustice.

Today, we ventured out to Target in Fenton and we found the Bacara wave - they had probably at least 5 of each (Bacara, R2D2, and Mustafar Anakin). We also snagged another clone deluxe 3 pack - they had several of those too. Lots of other of waves 2 and 3 deluxe figures - even a Vader on the table. They also had the newest Playskool Jedi Force figures - we passed on them for now, but we're already contemplating another trip out there. They had Vader, Mace Windu, Yoda, and the new Luke. They also had 2 of the newer MicroMachines playsets that look like ships - we really like those, but $19.99 seems a little steep."


Posted by: Jimsjedi | 25 June 2005 | 8:09 EDT
Area Report from Massachusetts
Area Report from MassachusettsWhat's going on Troops? It's been sometime since I last checked in. I hope all is well. In the metro west area of Massachusetts (Franklin, Milford, Oxford, Worcester, etc.) it has been pretty slow. Some toys have started to show up in the last few weeks, but as soon as they are put out they disappear. Last week I was able to find all 3 figures in the Crispy Anakin wave at the Westborough Wal-Mart. The Tarkin wave has only showed up once, and Tarkin is the last figure I need to be caught up with. Still haven't seen the 500th Vader or any of the new Unleashed yet. That's all for now. Take care everyone.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 June 2005 | 18:40 EDT
Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's a store report for 6/24/05. I went to see Batman Begins which by the way is a great flick. After the film, I decided to check out the stores for any new SW items.

Wal-Mart (Gurnee, IL) “has the new Mace Windu, Chewbacca, & Clone Trooper Force Battlers. However, no new basic figures. They also have Darth Tater in stock.

The rest of the stores were also lacking of newer figures. That's all for now. The scalpers are pretty think up here, if the Bacara wave is showing I'm not finding it.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 June 2005 | 18:36 EDT
Sandtrooper Tampa Sal Reports: 1st Time Trooper on the Line!
“I've never written before (primarily because I never seem to find anything worth reporting in my area) but this morning I found what I guesstimate to be) at least 8 cases of the Bacara wave at the Wal-Mart on Dale Mabry highway and 1-275 in Tampa, FL. I picked up a #50 Anakin and a Bacara, and there were at least 10-15 of each when I left. Worth checking out! United We Find!”

Thanks for writing in Sal, we appreciate the details. This helps other Troopers who are looking! Sounds like you know the drill. Welcome.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 24 June 2005 | 18:33 EDT
Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:
The Pride of Boise!“Hey Troops! Sithryan reporting in! Found Bacara, R2 electronic, and Toasted Anakin at Wal-Mart today, but not in the quantities as mentioned in previous posts from other parts of the country. There were about 3 Bacaras, 6 R2's and 4 Anakins left. Also, they had 6 clone army packs. Had to pass due to financial constraints, or I'd have picked up extras for the troops. Keep looking for new swag, as it's slowly trickling out. MTFBWY ALL!”


Posted by: dustrho | 24 June 2005 | 14:21 EDT
Target Acquired: 500th Vader Found!
et Acquired: 500th Vader Found!Sandtrooper MasterJedi666 has reported finding the highly anticipated Toys 'R Us exclusive, the 500th Darth Vader, last night in New Jersey! This is our first official report of any of our Troopers finding this exciting piece, and we'd like to hear about your findings involving this by replying to this thread.

Posted by: dustrho | 24 June 2005 | 14:10 EDT
James Earl Jones in Poor Health
James Earl Jones in Poor HealthWord coming in from CNN is that James Earl Jones, the voice behind Darth Vader, is in very poor health. It is suspected that he has pneumonia. Jones, 74, was currently working in New York in a broadway play called "On Golden Pond," and the show has officially been closed due to his health. Read the full article here.

Posted by: dustrho | 24 June 2005 | 13:54 EDT
New Section in the Forums
We are proud to announce an entirely new section in our forums called Customs, Dioramas, Props & Costumes. I think the title speaks for itself, but I wanted everyone to be aware of it. Also included in the section is an area called Reference Pics, and this is where you can find & share pictures to help with the whole customizing, diorama building, prop/costume making process. Let us know what you think of this, and hopefully this will be beneficial to all of us creative Troopers!

Posted by: dustrho | 24 June 2005 | 9:06 EDT
LEGO Star Wars Coming to the Mac
LEGO Star Wars Coming to the MacThe hot video game, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, will be coming to the Macintosh platform on August 11th. Aspyr Media is the company that is going to make this happen, as they have helped bring other video game titles the Mac universe. The Mac Observer currently has a Beta version of this, and they will be sharing their thoughts about the game soon. It is speculated that this will be no different than the versions for Xbox and PS2.

Posted by: dustrho | 24 June 2005 | 8:23 EDT
StarWarsShop.com Exclusive .45 Lightsaber Coming Soon!
Master Replicas has announced a new .45 scaled lightsaber, and this one will be a StarWarsShop.com exclusive. A brief description of the lightsaber includes the following:

"The exclusive Master Replicas .45 scale black chrome Anakin Skywalker lightsaber replica is the latest of the highly collectible dark chrome class. The third in this series, the Anakin replica is the must have item and joins ranks with the Obi-Wan A New Hope edition and the Darth Sidious saber from Revenge of the Sith. This latest black chrome edition reproduces the lightsaber Anakin wields before succumbing to the dark side of the Force in the prequel trilogy's final chapter."

The lightsaber is scheduled to be available for online purchase sometime this coming September, and it will be limited to only 4,000 units. You won't want to miss out on this exciting new piece, so head on over to the StarWarsShop.com website to pre-order yourself one of these!

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 22:47 EDT
Images Reloaded: RotS Basic #48-50
Hey Troops, the time has come once again and we have reloaded the 2005 Hasbro Figures by adding the latest wave of figures from the Revenge of the Sith Collection. You can see all three entries in the 2005 Figure Images menu. You may also click any of the thumbnails below to enter the galleries. This Anakin Skywalker #50 may be the greatest figure of all time! United We Find Troops, enjoy!

                   R2-D2 - with Electronic Light and Sounds (RotS)
                   Commander Bacara - with Quick-draw Attack (RotS)
                   Anakin Skywalker - with Battle Damage (RotS)

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:48 EDT
Sandtrooper Aantmanntooine Reports:
“SW Virginia – After a couple of dry weeks, Target snuck out a case or two of new deluxe and I was able to pick up Red, Blue, and Green highlighted Clone Trooper 3-Packs. Green is by far the best paint job, as it resembles the blue highlighted troopers that sat outside the Jedi Temple. For those keeping score: red highlights are on the left trooper, blue highlights on the right trooper, and the green highlights are on the middle guy. Target also put out one case of character cups on Monday. I don’t see them over-ordering these guys like last year’s cups, so you may never see these guys make it to clearance. $12.99 is steep, however.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:40 EDT

Gentle Giant Pre-Orders: Star Wars Barriss Offee & Luminara Undula Animated Maquette - Now up for pre-order at $85.99. Also from Gentle Giant is the 12-inch Willy Wonka - Johnny Depp action figure.

Master Replicas & Code 3: The new AT-AT Signature Edition set with crashed snowspeeder is now up for pre-order with final images from Master Replicas - this set is limited to just 750 pieces worldwide and we have it listed at $1329.99. The Darth Sidious Limited Edition Saber and .45 Scaled sabers have each arrived and are in stock for $351.99 and $34.99 respectively. New from Code 3 Collectibles is the Die Cast 12-inch At-ST replica - this high quality piece is limited to 1550 pieces and is available for $324.99.

Sideshow 1/4 Scale Alien Queen: This monstrous bust will be arriving to us early next week, Sideshow has made only 1500 pieces of this item and we have it listed $95 under the MSRP at $849.99. Place your order now and we'll ship early next week after they arrive - the bust is nearly 22" x 24" x 24" so its a huge and very detailed high quality item.

Also shipping this week: Bandai Japan Gundam, Palisades, Buffy, Macross, Takara Transformers, Ninja Gaiden, Marvel Select, Iron Maiden and much more!

Huge Hasbro Shipments - Star Wars & Transformers - Hasbro has just shipped out our highest ever 1-week volume of new items, so be ready for literally TONS of great new items arriving in the next 3 - 10 days including:

Star Wars: 500th Darth Vader, New Ep3 basic assortments, Galactic Heroes, Evolution Figures, M-Pire figures, Ep3 deluxe assortments, Ep3 vehicles and more.

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:28 EDT
Update to Collections Page: Scalperhunter1
Hey Troopers we have added yet another magnificent collection to our Collections Page! This time we have gathered some Intel on Scalperhunter1 and his slick trophy room. It was a pleasure to stand in line at CIII with guys like Ron in front of you! Truly what collecting and unity is all about. I was happy to spread the word to him that day and I'm thrilled he seems to have found a new home with us. Thanks for sharing your treasure with us and hopefully we’ll get a few more of you hard-core S.C.A.L.P. Troopers to add to our gallery. Stand Proud Troopers, accept no imitations.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:20 EDT
Sandtrooper Jesse Reports:
“Hello Troopers. I was able to find the Clone Trooper 3- pack at my Target in Menifee, CA. It was the one with the brown spotted clone. Except for hunting down the different clone colors 3-packs I’m finished with deluxe for now.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:19 EDT
Sandtrooper Bobafred Reports:
Desert Warfare“Bobafred chiming in from the valley in So Cali With Some Lava Hot. Just wanted to drop some 411 on my latest bounty... I ran into 30 cases of Ani super crisp, Bacara, and R2-D2. It seems like Hasbro has really trying to get this out for every one! Wal-Mart Porter Ranch was the host store with a super bin, and pegs filled to the rim. After a little reconnaissance in the S.F.V., and greater Los Angeles I am very shocked to see all the empty/bone dry shelves of Hasbro Star Wars product. It’s so rough that it is really flying off the shelf in all stores! The hype is at its peak out here in So Cali, that some ones grandma was caught dashing through the aisles. As you all know Bobafred likes to keep the Troops smiling so here we go. I kind of had to hold back on this till I secured my Bounty so here we go. 500 Vader hitting Toys R Us. O.K. I guess you all knew that but did you know you could track it with DCPI 123778! For those troops who cant get out I have two extra sets of Ani, Bacara, R2D2, Emperor Palpatine Blue Saber variant, Red & Royal Guard, Target Exclusive Clone, 500 Vader. In need of Unleashed Anakin first issue, Padme, and Jedi Luke. Clone Wars Red Arc Trooper non-animated, and red clone animated. Saga R2-D2 in flight. Drop me a jingle so we can work it out!”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 June 2005 | 21:17 EDT
Sandtrooper ACPin Reports: Same Sith, New Station!
It's been a long time Troopers, I've recently switched webhost providers and the new site is up and running. The old site will die a natural death in a few days but things will get migrated to the new site as time goes by. Here are the latest works:

Mustafar MissionMustafar Mission: Anakin contemplates the impact of his mission amidst the apocalyptic landscape formed by the lava flow from the erupting volcanoes in the fiery world of Mustafar.

Lava DroidLava Droid: Build your own from the simple recipe provided.

Clone AssaultClone Assault: A couple of Jedi with an army of clones on a mission in the outer rim territories launch an assault in the palatial grounds of the separatist leaders.

For those of you who haven't been in awhile or have just heard of ACPin and his amazing Lego products, see more work from ACPin here.

Posted by: dustrho | 23 June 2005 | 15:56 EDT
Plo Koon's Ride
Plo Koon's RideThe vehicle that Plo Koon would die in, his blue and gray Jedi Starfighter, was recently announced that it would not be produced for sale in the United States. Target has now taken up the slack, and will be the exclusive retail chain to sell this vehicle. It seems to be the same one we saw in the Saga versions, but maybe Hasbro has added a new feature or two that would make purchasing this ship worth our while. For the moment, it doesn't appear to include a Plo Koon action figure, but it sure would have been nice to see a new Plo Koon for this rehashed ride.

Posted by: dustrho | 23 June 2005 | 9:07 EDT
Blogs by Dan Wallace
Blogs by Dan WallaceThe man behind such books as The Essential Chronology, The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons, The Essential Guide to Droids, and The New Essential Guide to Characters, author Dan Wallace his own blog over at the Official Site. Read more about this here, and be sure to check out his latest blogs here.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 June 2005 | 22:02 EDT
Update from Andrew's Toyz:
We at Andrew’s Toyz have been busy listing many new items on our website. New in stock items, tons of new pre-orders, sales, and winning a set of figures are what you will find at Andrew’s Toyz! Checkout the lists below of all our new stuff that is available for order.

Hot and in Stock:
E3 #45 Tarkin
E3 #46 Ask Aak
E3 #47 Meena Tills
E3 #48 R2-D2
E3 Mustafar Playset
E3 Deluxe Clone Trooper Army (Green)

Sales on great figures:
E3 Deluxe Crab Droid
E3 Deluxe Spider Droid
E3 Deluxe Stass Allie
E3 Deluxe Yoda with Can-Cell
Pre-Order Upcoming Items:
E3 #51 Captain Antilles
E3 #52 Zett Jukassa
E3 #53 Utapauan Warrior
E3 #54 Turbo Tank Driver
E3 #55 Mustafar Sentry
E3 #56 Obi-Wan (Red Leader Pilot)
Evolutions Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader
Unleashed Yoda vs. Sidious
Unleashed Darth Vader
Unleashed Asajj Ventress
Kotobukiya Anakin E3
Kotobukiya Clone Trooper E3

When you place an order at AndrewsToyz.com, you can enter to win a set of SIX E3 Revenge of the Sith figures! See site for details on this great offer. The New 500th Edition Figure Darth Vader will be in stock Friday (6/24/)! You can start shopping (and winning) today, at Andrew’s Toyz!

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 June 2005 | 19:27 EDT
Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
“Hi Troops! It’s been awhile but Brighton MI is strong in the Force tonight. Meijer still had a couple sets of the Tarkin wave. Target had at least 6 sets of the Bacara wave as of 6:00pm. Looked like they just finished filling the shelves, they were packed full. Here’s something else I found. The #48 R2 I found at Target 2 days ago had a solid bubble with just the button hole, the one I picked up tonight at Target had the cut outs on the outside bubble that look like sound waves. Another variant? Anyways, hurry over there if you’re in the area and pick them up while they are still there! United We Find!”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 June 2005 | 18:35 EDT
Sandtrooper Dead Hero Reports: Hot Lava Flowin' Through the Quarry!
Who's Dead?“Hey Troops! Big scores today at the Quarry shopping center in LaGrange, Illinois (Hodgkins/Countryside) on my lunchtime run. Wal-Mart had at least twenty, yes twenty of each of the new figures No. 48-50, each looking very good and they threw in the Jabba's dungeon sound effect on the R2-D2. Target in the same plaza had the same new wave, albeit in fewer numbers, and had deluxe no-shine table Vaders and both all-white and red-trim Clone three-packs. Thanks to Lord Darth Spice for the theatrical release Father's Day posters and for helping me abscond with a Tarkin on a north Illinois Knight Rider run. To the Troopers who have sent payment or trade booty for BK Darth Vaders: I'm sending parcels this weekend. If you haven't sent payment, I haven't run out, so drop me a line if interested. Looking for an animated blue-trim Clone for trade. Scalpers blow their engines fleeing from my pursuit!”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 June 2005 | 18:31 EDT
Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
“MR Darth Sidious LE Lightsaber & Mini Lightsaber, Don Post TIE Pilot fiberglass helmet & chestbox, 30 Burger King premium toys, Code 3 diecast AT-ST walker & signature X-wing Fighter, Episode 3 Rawcliffe pewter figures & diorama in stock. Hasbro MPire 2 pack sets & MR Luke Jedi mini saber Pre-order. Click Here for more.”

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Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 11:40 EDT
Order the Holographic Leia NOW!
Order the Holographic Leia NOW!Do you hate waiting in long lines just for one stinking exclusive action figure? Remember the days at Celebration III, where you waited for several hours, just to get your hands on the Talking Darth Vader? Well, at this year's San Diego Comic-Con you won't have to wait in line again, because this time you can pre-order the Comic-Con exclusive Holographic Leia figure on the StarWarsShop.com website. This will save you a lot of time and stress, and will give you the opportunity to enjoy the event that much more. The figure costs $14 and comes with its very own collector case. There is a limit of four per person.

Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 10:07 EDT
New Episode 3 Items In Stock at r2dtoys.com!
Today we started shipping the following Episode 3 figures:
  • Clone Trooper 3-pack (BLUE accents) £12
  • Ask Aak £6
  • Tarkin £6
  • Meena Tills £6

    We're still shipping 48, 49 & 50 (though 49 and 50 are almost sold out!)

    This week we will receive:
  • 12" Shaak Ti
  • 12" Barriss Offee/Luminara
  • 12" Emperor
  • and figures 41-45 plus more.....

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    Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 9:21 EDT
    Sandtrooper DarthPharaoh Reports:
    Sandtrooper DarthPharaoh Reports:"DarthPharaoh checking in NE of Hotlanta. It's been slow here lately but Targets around here are finally getting real amounts of the newest Deluxe figures. Last night I picked up the Crab Droid to go with my Spider Droid and Stass Allie. Still no luck on the Trooper pack but just a matter of timing I guess as three Targets had the other three. Still no sign at all of the Tarkin or Bacara wave, but if form holds true at Target they should start to show up in a week or so. Target has also had the new Blockade Runner and Grievous' Flagship sets and new cups though I don't collect those. Nothing new at all at our local Wal-Marts or TRU who are both getting low on any figures, except for the Neimoidian Warriors who seem to reproduce on the pegs (that must be a sight!). On a different note, is there anyone who is going to Comic-Con that can help me with a Holo Leia? Please let me know, you're my only hope! Death to all scalpers! I'm out."


    Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 9:00 EDT
    The Ultimate Visual Guide
    The Ultimate Visual GuideComing this October by DK Books will be "Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide." This new book will include fantastic illustrations, artwork and explanations of just about anything that relates to the Star Wars universe. Some areas include the expanded universe, the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, collecting, and more. To see what some of the pages look like click here. This will be a must-have book for any Star Wars enthusiast!

    Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 8:47 EDT
    Comic-Con 2005 Exclusive Announcement
    Yoda's Lightsaber in .45 Scale by Master ReplicasHere's some exciting news from Master Replicas: We're happy to bring you a first look at our exclusive .45 scaled replica of Yoda's lighsaber from Star Wars Episode III. This exclusive variant, or "chase" saber will have a dark chrome finish, be limited in number, and available ONLY at the MR booth at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con! And yes - 5 percent of the the allotment WILL BE random gold variants!

    Posted by: dustrho | 22 June 2005 | 8:37 EDT
    Anakin Skywalker Has... Evolved!
    He Has... Evolved!Anakin Skywalker was once a young Padawan learner under the close guidance of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He learned much from the great Jedi Master, and upon proving himself he was granted the rewarding title of Jedi Knight. Soon after, he was winning battle after battle for the Jedi Order, and sadly he was never promoted to the high ranking of Jedi Master. By not making that particular rank, it drove Anakin toward the path of the Dark Side of the Force. With the guidance from Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin turned into Darth Vader, and betrayed the Jedi.

    Hasbro is proud to announce a new line of Star Wars action figures, with the brand new concept called "Evolutions." In this exciting new 3-pack you will receive Anakin Skywalker from Episode II and III, and also the transformed Anakin Skywalker who is then only known as Darth Vader. Be sure to check out the exciting image of this set and read more about this here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 June 2005 | 20:29 EDT
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: Anakin Skywalker
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated with Revenge of the Sith figure #2 Anakin Skywalker with Lightsaber Atack. We have seen many Anakin Figures before, but what could make this different from the rest of the pack. What makes the fall of Darth Vader so interesting? Does the right arm have a Lightsaber jammed up inside of it? Or does the arm fall off everytime you touch it? Could they really do that bad again Troopers? See why Anakin Skywalker with Lightsaber Attack is the chosen one but could have a value cut from Costcutters! You can also find out why Sandwatch Action Figure review is the most brutally honest review online. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the RotS collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Nobody can write 'em like I can, I'll take a sucka bound rehash and put his head in the sand! I'm BAD!! Cool Spice

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 June 2005 | 16:38 EDT

    Star Wars: The latest wave of Deluxe Episode III figures has just arrived! New figures include Stass Allie & Barc Speeder, Crab Droid, Spider Droid, and Clone Troopers with Green Trooper. The sought after Rebuild Darth Vader figure is also back in stock along with Yoda on Can-cell, Vulture Droid, and Clone Trooper with Jet-Packpack. More Ultimate Villain 12-inch Darth Vader and AT-RT vehicles are also back in stock. More of the Clone Wars Animated figures have arrived including the new Yoda and Count Dooku. Galactic Heroes Backpack Buddies have also arrived for $2.99 each. More of the Millennium Falcon model kits have just arrived and they are in stock for $19.99.

    Transformers Cybertron: The Cybertron All-Stars set of 4 has just arrived and is available for $19.99 - all 4 of these mini-figures are fully transformable. We have a giant shipment of Cybertron Deluxe, Mega, Ultra, and Leader size figures arriving to us in about 7 - 10 days. So get ready for nearly the entire first wave of Cybertron figures to be available soon at BBTS (Basic and Supreme size figures should be shipping to us soon as well)

    HALO: Series 2 Mini figures have just arrived - we have 5-packs available for $9.99 and 2-packs for $4.99. More Tartarus figures have arrived and we also still have Halo 2 Series 2 and 3 sets in stock.

    Sideshow: A variety of items from Sideshow are now in stock. The 15-inch Popbot Statue is available for $129.99 ($20 under MSRP) and the Star Trek Seven of Nine bust has also arrived. From X-Files - Special Agent John Doggett is now in stock for $41.99. We have a huge variety of other sideshow items in stock including the 1:1 Predator Bust and hand signed H.R. Giger Alien Bust.

    Also this week: Energon, Sin City and much more!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 June 2005 | 16:37 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jesse Reports:
    “Hello troopers. Just wanted to let everyone know I was able to find some new figures. I went to the Wal-Mart in Murrieta on Friday and they had one Tarkin left. I left him though because the mold on his chest had 2 really big scratches on it. Hoping they would put out more I went the next day and got lucky with the Bacara wave. I scored an R2-D2 #48 and Comm. Bacara. #50 Anakin was sold out so I went on Sunday again to see if they put him out and they did have more of the Bacara wave but only the R2 was left. It seems Wal-Mart is the place to be since they're restocking every day. That’s it for now.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 21 June 2005 | 11:50 EDT
    Sandtrooper Kevin Clark Reports:
    Sandtrooper Kevin Clark Reports:"It's getting "HOT" again in Jersey and not just the figures. Today I saw the Crispy Anakin, Bakara and R2 at Wal-Mart in Marlton and also the Green Clone Three pack. My Target in Cherry Hill has the new ROTS cup sets. I am tring to find out when the toy transition or revision will be set to make way for the Evolution and 500th figures. If I find out I'll pass it along. Just remember the dates are not written in stone. So remember if a reset is July 2nd, don't expect to walk in July 3rd to new figures."


    Posted by: dustrho | 21 June 2005 | 8:37 EDT
    What Happened to Shaak Ti?
    What Happened to Shaak Ti?We've all seen Revenge of the Sith, and many of us have wondered what happened to Shaak Ti. Did she die in battle? Did she survive the Jedi massacre brought on by the clone troopers? Did she end up fighting Count Dooku or the military leader of the Separatist Army, General Grievous? If you're a Hyperspace member you'll be able to learn the true story behind Shaak Ti, and why she wasn't seen in the film. Read what really happened to her here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 June 2005 | 2:28 EDT
    Update from Action-HQ
    Action-HQ is bringing the Best to you FIRST with new Star Wars Unleashed and Fantastic Special Deals & Pre-orders.

    In Stock now: 500th Darth Vader IN STOCKStar Wars Unleashed Darth Vader, Assajj Ventress and Darth Sidious VS Yoda.

    Super Promo Star Wars: 1/7 Pre-Painted Vinyl Figure Luke Skywalker
    Stormtrooper now at just $35. Save $65 now!

    - Star Wars: 1/7 Pre-Painted Vinyl Figure Ep.3 ROTS Darth Vader at $95.95
    - Macross: 1/72 Macross Zero SV-51 Twin Booster Model Kit just $27.95
    - Final Fantasy: Set of 3 Advent Children Sephiroth, Tifa and Vincent Figures just $119.95

    Specials this Week:
    - Takara Microman Batman & Batgirl figures - $14.95
    - Takara Microman Catwoman figure - $8.95
    - Medicom Kubrick Batman the Animated Series - $5.45 each
    - Transformers Energon selected designs from $5.95
    - Transformers Robot Masters from $4.95 each
    - Transformers Collection 15 Stepper $19.95

    Arriving this week
    - Transformers BinalTech BT-15 Prowl

    Arriving June/July
    - Star Wars Target Exclusives, Die-Cast vehicles assortment, Clone ARC-170 Fighter, Land Speeder, TIE Bomber, Clone Swamp Speeder and Naboo Fighter
    - Star Wars Remote Control Droid by Tomy Japan
    - Star Wars Kubrick series 4 figures
    - Star Wars Real Action Heroes 12 inch Darth Vader Medicom
    - Aoshima Die-Cast Alien Dropship with Alien Queen
    - Aoshima Die-Cast APC with Marines/Alien Queen
    - Batman Begins BanDai 1/35 Batmobile Model Kit
    - Saint Seiya Gold Saint Aries with metal plate
    - Transformers Hyper Galaxy set of 3 figures from Kabaya
    - Transformers Universe Cybertron edition

    visit Action-HQ below

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 June 2005 | 2:14 EDT
    Sandtrooper SoCal Dom Reports:
    One of SoCal's Finest!“It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything, so I thought I would let everyone know that things are beginning to hit out here in So Cal. Inland Empire troopers, be on the lookout; I found the Bacara wave today and purchased a second set from the Wal-Mart in Murrieta. I showed up just as they were being placed on the shelves (about 4:30 pm) right after I got off work. That, by the way, is an extremely unusual time to do so. They had 4 cases, each containing 2 each of the 3 new figures. The extra set I have came straight from the case. I would like to trade these 3 for the Tarkin wave if someone has an extra set or can get an extra set. In addition, I also found the clone trooper 3-pack in red-brown color at the Target in Menifee and was also able to pick up an extra one in excellent C-9 to C-9.5 condition. I would like to trade my extra one for one of the other 3-pack color variants that are out there. There was also the Crab Droid, Spider Droid, Stass Allie, an entire village of Neimoidian Warriors (about 30 or so) and what appeared to be the remnants of the Bacara wave, which I left behind. Any troopers want to help? Send me an email with your offers. I also wanted to shout out to a fellow trooper named Kirk Black from Maryland. If nobody has dealt with him before, he is trustworthy and will come through for you. Trooper Sithryan has also helped out in more ways than one. Thanks guys!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 20 June 2005 | 23:00 EDT
    Update from TOYFELLAS:
    We have received new products from Hasbro & Toybiz.

    Star Wars RotS EP III Deluxe Only 6 of each in Stock!
    3 Pack of White Clone Troopers Deluxe $18.99
    Crab Droid Deluxe $16.99
    Darth Vader on operating table Deluxe $16.99
    Spider Droid Deluxe $15.99
    Stass Allie Deluxe $15.99
    Yoda with Can-Cell Deluxe $15.99

    Lord of the Rings
    TFOTR Trilogy Carded Series 5 Complete Set $45.00
    Weathertop Strider with Light-Up Torch, Fiery Ringwraith with Light-Up Flame, Talking Super Poseable Boromir, Legolas Council of Elrond, Light-Up Galadriel Entranced & Frodo with Sword Attack Action.

    G.I. Joe
    New Lower Price on G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Comic Book

    G.I. Joe 3-Pack with Comic Book #24 $15.99
    Duke, Gung Ho, & Roadblock
    3-Pack with Comic Book #49 $15.99
    Serpentor, Scrap Iron, & Firefly
    3-Pack with Comic Book #21 $15.99
    Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, & Red Ninja


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    Posted by: dustrho | 20 June 2005 | 22:15 EDT
    Sandtrooper rogueclone0915 Reports:
    "Things here are pretty bad. There have been no Clone Trooper 3-packs in sight, the stores here are only up to 45 or so on the releases. Now that the "other prequel" is out, shelf space is really limited. Target and Wal-Mart both are cutting back, and figures are really hard to find. I do not hold out hope of ever seeing a Commander Bacara or an Anakin Mustafar, let alone a Tarkin. Any help would be appreciated."


    Posted by: Boba Binks | 20 June 2005 | 12:06 EDT
    New Figures in Indy!
    Hey Troopers! Just wanted to let you know that this morning I picked up a few new figures at Target (Avon & Plainfield, IN.). I purchased #49 Commander Bacara and #50 Anakin Skywalker. Also picked up the Clone Trooper 3-pack with the reddish colored clone. Target also had other figures filling the pegs.

    Posted by: Julian | 19 June 2005 | 19:24 EDT
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has received the latest figure with glasses, Micro Playsets and Deluxe figures.

    New RotS Deluxe Figures:
    Clone Troopers – Green
    Clone Troopers - Red
    Crab Droid
    Spider Droid
    Stass Allie
    Darth Vader on Table

    Titanium vehicles:
    Droid TRI-fighter
    Star Destroyer
    Snow Speeder
    Republic Gunship
    Jedi Starfighter
    Slave 1
    TIE Fighter
    Millennium Falcon

    New RotS Micro Playsets:
    Mustafar Duel Battle Set
    Sith Attack Battle Set
    New RotS Collection 1:
    Super Articulation #41
    Neimoidian Warrior #42
    Wookiee Warrior #43 – Blond
    Wookiee Warrior #43 – Brown
    Destroyer Droid #44
    Anakin - #2 w/Dooku saber

    New Figure with Glass Set:
    Boba Fett
    Han Solo

    Pre-Order June 2005:
    General Grievous Maquette
    Speeder Bike & Scout Trooper
    Yoda Mini Bust
    Darth Vader Mini Bust
    Yoda .45 mini lightsaber
    Deluxe Action Figure Display
    Darth Vader Door Poster
    Return of the Jedi 3-D Poster

    New 12-inch Figures:
    Barriss Offee
    Shaak Ti

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    Posted by: dustrho | 19 June 2005 | 11:52 EDT
    Sandtrooper Kaper Reports:
    Sandtrooper Kaper Reports:"Hi Troopers. The Crab Droid and Clone Trooper 3-Pack are back in stock at Walmart.com. They didn't last long earlier in the week. Unfortunately, I don't have any news from the retail stores in my area. Things are pretty slow around here. I'm waiting for news from Comic-Con and hoping that there's going to be some sweet new product for the fall/holiday season. Trooper Jon out."


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 June 2005 | 10:59 EDT
    Happy Fathers Day:
    Can we go see Revenge of the Sith again Dad?I’d like to wish each and every Trooper out there a Happy Fathers Day. We hope our enlisted officers take time out and enjoy their families. It’s been quite a year and hopefully we’ll all be rewarded. So whether it’s just another great Fathers Day or it’s your very first one, try to get out and do something special with your loved one. I’d especially like to say thanks for my own children Tyler, Caleb and Kaitlin. While some days are better than others, some days I laugh and some I cry. I don’t think I would even be alive today if I didn’t step up to the plate and be a Father to the three of you. For many of us, our kids helped us make the decison to get away from our self-destructive life styles and forced us to settle down and find hobbies like Star Wars Collecting. Happy Fathers Day Troopers! United We Find...

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 June 2005 | 10:46 EDT
    Sandtrooper Vindicator Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Foreign Legion“Collecting has been going well (mind you a little full tilt lately due to all the new product coming out, ^#&$%^#$ U.S. Exclusives really tick off this Canucklehead but I've kept up to speed thanks to some really good people south of the border). Canada-wise we've seen every basic figure through 44 and deluxe 1-8 except for variants - No blue guards, No dark Wookiee Warriors, No blue Vulture Droids. The only exclusive that we've had the chance to buy at retail was Holo Yoda. We've had the chance to get all the vehicles and the Mustafar set - No TRU variant Ani fighters with figures though. They might still show up. No Evolution sets up here yet, but I haven't read that they're down there either. I was really happy with the movie, I managed to stay about 90% spoiler free and was really surprised with how most of the stuff came about. My first impression was great, and now that I've seen it a few more times I'm still satisfied. Sorry for not writing for such a long time, but I’ve been very busy. Congrats to Darth Spice and his new cyber Galactic Empire! Until next time Troops!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 June 2005 | 10:45 EDT
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #310

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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #310. Happy Father’s Day Troopers! In stock and new this week: ROTS 3 3/4-inch Meena Tills, Ask Aak and Tarkin. The OTC Emperor Holographic is back in stock along with the ROTS AT-RT w/ pilot and Kotobukiya Darth Vader. We are adding to our huge vintage inventory every week and are looking forward to adding more AFA Graded figures as well. We also have the G.I. Joe 2005 Toy Show Exclusive General Mayhem M.A.R.S. Invades 15 Figure Set, very limited supply. These will not last long so if you didn’t make the show take advantage of our limited stock.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 June 2005 | 10:45 EDT
    Sandtrooper Scalperhunter1 Reports:
    “I picked up 3 Who’s Your Daddy Posters at the local Carmike theater. If the employees do not know anything about the promotion (like the ones here) contact the theater manager. This is a great poster. Get yours before the theaters run out.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 19 June 2005 | 10:44 EDT
    Sandtrooper Dennis Reports:
    24/7 S.C.A.L.P. Trooper“Here's yet another small store report during this slow summer.

    Target (Gurnee, IL) “had the same Micro playsets as the Waukegan Target. They also had only one Stass Allie from the deluxe line & 3 Boba Fett glasses.

    Target:(Waukegan, IL) “had the Tantive IV & Federation Cruiser Micro Machines playsets. That's all the new stuff I saw this morning. Everything else consists of figures up to #44, & lots of Vader Helmets. No sign of the Tarkin wave or newer 12-inch figures. That's all for now. Later.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 23:39 EDT
    Sandtrooper Mike Hodge Reports:
    Sandtrooper Mike Hodge Reports:"Hey guys, bigmikehodge here in Cincy, Ohio, with a long overdue store report. Went out yesterday and found plenty of the Tarkin wave at two different Wal-Mart stores. Target and Toys 'R Us were both busts. I went out this morning and to my surprise I found 3 of the green Clone Trooper 3 packs at the same Wal-Marts as yesterday. If anyone can help me out with a red Clone Trooper pack I would really be grateful. Thanks a lot."


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 23:33 EDT
    Sandtrooper Darth Fish Reports:
    "Been pounding the streets hard in the Elgin, IL area and it's been pretty grim! Did find 2 blue Royal Guards (bought them)and found 2 Vaders(#11), but gave them to some kids looking through the bin at TRU in Schaumburg. They actually had the best selection of most stores. Anyone looking for Clone Commanders that's the place to go. Hit Randall Rd. from St. Charles to Crystal Lake and found General Grievous and Boba Fett cups at Super Target. They also had Han Solo and Yoda cups along with the new wave of deluxe figures (except Clone 3-pack). All Meijer's are totally bare. Can't seem to find the new wave of basic figures anywhere either. Hit K-Marts in Downers Grove, Crystal Lake and Bloomingdale. Only decent finds were at Bloomingdale store. SP Anakin fighter, 12" Clone Trooper and Unleashed General Grievace (bought 2 of each). Oh, also found 12" Barris Offee at Crystal Lake TRU and at Super Target in Algonquin. Picked up a 12" General Grievace at Super Target in St.Charles. Where ever I went Clone Pilots and Wookie Warriors (both colors) were plentiful. Now maybe someone out there might be able to help me out! I'm looking for a carded Unleashed Darth Maul, blue saber Palpatine, Target Clone Trooper, TRU Yoda and of course Lava Vader. Well I hope this helps out some fellow Troopers!!! Darth Fish out!"


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 17:55 EDT
    In Search of Darth Vader on Operating Table
    "Hey Troops, Tucson here. I have an extra Target Clone I would like to trade a fellow trooper for Deluxe Darth on table. I just can't seem to find one of those."


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 14:00 EDT
    Question from Sandtrooper Darth Knotty
    "What's up Troops! Gotta quick question that I think I know the answer to already. Are the ROTS figures moving from West to East? Out here in North Carolina, it's been the same old thing for the last few weeks. From the posts that I've read off of Sandtroopers.com, it would appear that those on the west coast seem to be catching all the newest waves before anyone else. Just curious... Darth Knotty."


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 13:57 EDT
    Sandtrooper Chad Ryan Reports:
    "Hello Sandtrooper faithful! I have 2 Clone Wars Clone Trooper 3-packs (yellow and red), that I would like to trade for Commander Bacara and the "KFC extra crispy" Anakin Skywalker. Please let me know if anyone is interested. Thanks."


    Posted by: dustrho | 18 June 2005 | 13:54 EDT
    Sandtrooper Manny Needs a Lava Vader
    "Hey this is Manny. I need your guy's help. I need a Lava Vader. I have a few extra items that might be of interest. Any help is appreciated."


    Posted by: dustrho | 17 June 2005 | 9:51 EDT
    r2dtoys.com Has Unleashed In Stock
    Yes we have received a surprise today! Unleashed figures aplenty.

    ALL 1st ISSUES FROM AOTC 2002!
    Jango & Boba Fett £25
    Anakin £35
    Padme £40
    Darth Tyranus £22
    Mace Windu £19
    Darth Sidious £19
    Obi Wan Kenobi £22
    plus more... Stormtrooper, Aurra Sing etc we have the largest stocks in the WORLD of unleashed!

    We also have FULL STOCK on almost every animated AND non-animated CLONE WARS figure, vehicle and ship! Please check the site for sull details. Lastly, we are able to offer you a complete Jedi Council 'circle' of all six scenes. Two from Saga and four from OTC, the set is £99 and makes a complete Jedi High Councli diorama!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 17 June 2005 | 9:03 EDT
    Happy Holidays Everyone!
    Happy Holidays Everyone!Just kidding Troops! It's not the holiday season quite yet, but it sure will be here in a hurry. The Official Site has recently announced a huge lineup of new Star Wars collectibles that will be here just in time for the holidays. Coming to the StarWarsShop.com website will be a whole slew of goodies, ranging from blown glass and porcelain ornaments, snow globes, pewter items (vehicles, helmets and figures), and ornaments made out of polyresin (M&M M-Pire figures and miniature vehicles). All of this will be readily available starting today. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 June 2005 | 23:26 EDT

    Master Replicas: The Anakin and Obi-Wan LE Lightsabers are both back in stock for the low price of $351.99 each. We've also received more Cinderella Glass Slippers, Mouseketeer Hat Replica, and LotR One Ring on Sauron's Finger.

    Takara Transformers: The #19 Perceptor figure has just arrived! Perceptor comes in the Dreamwave art box that is about twice as wide as the standard size and overall it’s a great looking re-issue - in stock now for $44.99. We've also restocked a variety of other Transformer items: #18 Soundblaster, #11 Astrotrain, Overcharge (Blitzwing Repaint), Fire Guts God Ginrai Exclusive, #16 Insecticons, Robotmasters Black Victory Saber Set.

    WWE Classic Superstars: Wave 6 of the WWE wrestling figures have just arrived. We have the full set of 9 available for the very competitive price of $89.99 and singles of Shawn Michaels, Doink the Clown, and Earthquake are also available.

    Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings and Return of the King wave 5 sets are available for $44.99 and $39.99 per set respectively and we also have some single figures available starting at $6.99 each. A few new LOTR Arrivals from Sideshow-Weta are also now in stock. The very cool Helm of Sauron is $64.99 and we have 5 of the Weapons Sets in stock for $38.99 each. Sets include: Hobbits, Nazgul, Moria Orcs, Fellowship 2, and Gimli.

    Toy Biz Spiderman & Fantastic Four: A wide variety of items from Toy Biz for all age groups. The new Fantastic 4 movie figures have arrived; we now have Mr. Fantastic, Thing, and Human Torch in stock for $8.99 each. The very fun electronic Thing Hands are also in stock - a cool role-playing item. Spider-Man items include 12-inch Classic Spider-Man and Venom, 4 different Stunt System sets, 3 Bump & Go Spider-Man vehicles, Spider-Man and Friends figures, the 3-Stream Mega Blast Web shooter, and aerosol web shooter refills. All these items are near the top of this menu.

    Also in stock this week: Scarface, Transformers Energon, Street Fighter 2, Microman, Soul of Chogokin, Bandai Japan Power Rangers, Stikfas and more!

    Make sure to check out the Pre-Order Menu for Simpsons, South Park, Sin City and many other products that will be arriving soon. Pre-Order to guarantee yours!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 June 2005 | 23:25 EDT
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Costal Defender“Hi Troops, Donna from So Cal with a long overdue report. Finally getting back into the swing of things after a 10-day vacation in Orlando, FL, which included the first SW Weekend at the MGM Studios. I would like to thank Dustrho for setting up the link to my report and pictures from that event. As to store reports, here is what I have found in the last two weeks. At Target, scored the Sith Attack and Mustafar Duel Battle Sets, Han Solo and Yoda cup sets, and the third wave of deluxe figs except for the Clonetrooper 3-pack. At TRU, I was able to find one set of the Tarkin wave and the #2 Anakin w/pink saber. At Wal-Mart, I was only able to find #48 R2D2. Next, I would like to shout "Thanks" to two fellow troopers, Robert Amid and Danilo Rose, for our recent trades. Lastly, I have another trade offer. I was able to snag a couple of extra exclusive pins from the SW Weekend. They are the Opening Day Pin and the Logo Pin. I am looking for Clone Wars Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and Clone Troopers (facing right and left), Unleashed Stormtrooper, Post-OTC Sandtrooper, and any of the ROTS Clonetrooper 3-packs. Please email me if interested in trading. Happy Hunting!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 June 2005 | 23:24 EDT
    Sandtrooper Tucson Reports:
    “Just wanted to know if anyone who sent off for the Early bird figures ever received them. They were supposed to ship in May but myself and others I know that sent in have not seen them yet. E-mails to Hasbro go unanswered. Any input would be appreciated.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 16 June 2005 | 23:24 EDT
    Sandtrooper Tony Reports:
    “I have an extra Lava Vader up for grabs. I'm looking for a Toys R Us Silver Vader, a Battlefront Scout Trooper, & a Target Exclusive Clone Trooper. Let me know if you wanna trade.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 16 June 2005 | 8:50 EDT
    So Tell Me... Who's Your Daddy?
    So Tell Me... Who's Your Daddy?If you don't have plans for this Father's Day weekend you might want to visit to your local movie theater to see Revenge of the Sith again. Why? Well, participating movie theaters will be giving away a free "Who's Your Daddy?" movie poster. The post has Darth Vader holding his left hand up as if he were just about to choke you to death, and in the background you see the firey molten planet of Mustafar. This is one poster you don't want to miss out on! Read the full story here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 June 2005 | 8:44 EDT
    Sandtrooper Clonetroopertamer Reports:
    "Wanted to say I really liked your site, and I signed up today as a matter of fact. Wanted to let your group know that if they are looking for R4-G9, they can find it online at Toys 'R Us. I sent the one Sandtrooper the message about it, but wanted to let the rest of your forum know. Guess the site is really Amazon.com, but who cares. I believe they also have Tion Medon if anyone is interested. I also wanted some advice on a recent find at a Wal-Mart I came across. They were selling what I assume were Star Wars Trilogy figures of Anakin beside some type of screen. They were only 50 cents and also had Jango Fett, package was shot, but figure was complete. Is it worth it to buy the rest of the Anakin’s, they had about 20. They also had some Cantina Encounter figures and I was wondering about the values of those too. Would appreciate any information Sandtroopers.com could provide. Thanks."

    First off I'd like to welcome you to the site. Secondly, thank you for sharing your store report with us, because these reports from our members do help other members fill in the gaps of their collections. Thirdly, I'm not entirely sure what the Star Wars Trilogy figure set is like, but the only thing I can think of are those three separate 3-pack sets when the Star Wars Trilogy came out on DVD. Are the boxes black and a light silver color? You might want to ask that same question over in our forums. Again, welcome to the site!

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 12:33 EDT
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    Shipping now are the very early released figures Commander Bacara, R2-D2 with sound and Anakin Battle Damaged (Mustafar). These items are shipping NOW! We are still shipping limited and almost final stocks of the superb Animated Commemorative DVD Packs from Clone Wars! Both sets of 3 figures (6 figures in total) is still just £29 and by far the cheapest in Europe! Anakin Skywalker .45 mini lightsaber also in stock and tomorrow we will receive the FX Anakin from Episode 3 at just £69! This price will last for just 7 days so hurry!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 12:06 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jon Reports:
    Sandtrooper Jon Reports:"Hi Troopers. If you want a Clone Trooper 3 Pack or a Crab Droid, you'll definitely want to visit to Walmart.com ASAP. Trooper Jon out."

    Thanks for the tip Jon! These are two items I haven't seen in any store in the Chicagoland area yet, and I know they're just as hard to find anywhere else in the country! United We Find!

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 11:52 EDT
    I Think I'm Going to Get Sick!
    Barf Bags Promoting ROTS?!?"You've got to be kidding me, right?" That was the immediate reaction I had when I read this article over at the Official Site this morning. In a nutshell, Virgina Airlines will be offering four differently designed barf bags on their Virgin Atlantic flights. Head of Media of Virgin Atlantic Lysette Gauna says, "The reaction has been really positive. Some crew will make passengers aware of them, others allow them to discover them themselves -- and of course there are also some people who, from the press reports, are aware of them already and eager to get their collection going." I can tell you right now that this is something I will NOT be adding to my collection.

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 10:22 EDT
    Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #1 Online Supplement
    DescriptionThe Official Site has added more content to their Hyperspace section, by adding the "Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine #1 Online Supplement." This throwback is for those who want to go back to 1987, which was the ten year anniversary of the original Star Wars film (now titled "A New Hope"). Some of the features included in this online supplement are: "Welcome Back" letter, letter from George Lucas, Looking at Lucasfilm, inside look at the films "Willow" and "Tucker," the 10th Anniversary Convention, Inside ILM: The Art of Special Effects, Collections, and more. You have to be a Hyperspace member in order to view this section, and if you are you don't want to miss out on this! Check it out here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 9:59 EDT
    ROTS Video Game Reviewed... Again
    ROTS Video Game Reviewed... AgainThe Revenge of the Sith video game has been reveiewed again, and this time it's by online media source Timesleader.com (northeastern Pennsylvania's home page). Their writer, Mat Giordano, gave the game a pathetic 2 out of 5 star rating, but did a pretty good job at explaining his rating. He was quoted by saying, "With compromised graphics, a loosely-wound storyline which only vaguely follows the plot of the film and less than desirable voice acting, this may be one of Star Wars' biggest merchandising debacles ever." Read his full review here, and don't forget to voice your opinions about the game in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 8:47 EDT
    More Force Battlers Coming Soon
    More Force Battlers Coming SoonHasbro will be releasing this Fall will be the addition of two more Force Battlers figures... Emperor Palpatine and Yoda. Yoda's features include a whirling lightsaber attack and a launcher that fires a projectile. Emperor Palpatine includes launching Force lightning and Force ball projectiles. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 15 June 2005 | 8:39 EDT
    Pretending to Be Evil is Good!
    Ultimate Darth Vader KitHasbro has recently announced something for those who want to be the terrorizing menace on the block, and a great way to accomplish that is to pretend you're the Dark Lord of the Sith... Darth Vader! The Ultimate Darth Vader Kit comes with the already released talking helmet (makes electronic breathing sounds and changes your voice to sound just Vader), a cape and of course a red lightsaber. This is scheduled to be released sometime this Fall. Read more about this here.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 June 2005 | 23:42 EDT
    Sandtrooper Scalperhunter1 Reports:
    “On a recent run to Target I found the Tantive 4 and Federation Cruiser Micro Machine playsets. No sign of the Kashyyk playset. Wal-Mart has the usual. Zip, Zilch, Nada. That's it for now. United We Find.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 June 2005 | 23:20 EDT
    Sandtrooper Observation: Bail Carlucci!?!
    Who bailed on Us?Has it already been one month since our resident Sith Lord resigned and left the prison and all the inmates to me? To honor our one month Anti-Crypt, Sandtrooper Dan prepared an Observation to commeorate this event! We are looking forward to this summer and the pre-production of Sandblast is under way. For our fifth birthday party we are planning a month long celebration for all the Troopers who are not going to bail. Real Troopers who Stand Proud and are in it for the long haul. We will move along and hopefully things will continue to run smooth. When the stakes are low and the chips are high, always remember to cash in, but until then United We Find. For those with smaller screens you may click the image to enlarge.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 June 2005 | 22:16 EDT
    Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:
    Sandtrooper Sithryan Reports:"Hey Troops! There is not much to be found these days at ANY local Target, Wal-Mart, or Toys R Us stores. It seems that product is shipping at a slower rate now, so the hunt really begins now. I am in need of the Sneak Preview R4-G9 in C 8.5 or better condition. Can anyone help? Let me know. I missed out on this one. Thanks, and MTFBWY all."


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 June 2005 | 22:13 EDT
    Legacy Trooper Steve Hart Reports:
    “Hey Troops, this is Steve, former Sandtroopers staff member. I used to write the book reviews, but it has been over a year since I have posted. I was pretty much out of the Star Wars galaxy until ROTS merchandise started hitting the shelves. Now I am back in the collecting world and have actually started reading the books again (the last book I read was the final NJO book). Anyway, here in the Indianapolis/Lafayette area, I have found everything up to #47. Today at the Wal-Mart in Lafayette I found the newest deluxe wave (minus the Spider Droid). I only picked up the Clone Trooper 3-pack (it was the one with one brown marked trooper and two all white ones). The Crab Droid was totally trashed and the Stass Allie had a horrible paint job. All of the vehicles have shown up and I found the Mustafar playset at Toys R Us in Lafayette. I have only seen the Han Solo Target Cup, no sign of Boba Fett and Yoda when I was there. Anyway, I am looking for a trade. My son has all of the Galactic Hero figures, but his favorite was the Darth Vader and Obi-Wan set. Unfortunately, as kids are prone to do with their favorite toys, he took them somewhere and lost them. I am looking for the set. I would like to work out a trade. I have a #23 Red Royal Guard or an AT-TE Gunner to offer. I also have some other stuff, just email me and let me know.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 14 June 2005 | 21:34 EDT
    Spudtrooper's coming soon, but what happened with Darth Tater?
    Darth TaterI think it's fair to say that most of us have heard that Hasbro will be releasing another Mr. Potato Head figure in the successful Star Wars style, and this time it will be known as Spudtrooper. However, there are a lot of Troopers out there who haven't been lucky enough to find the original Star Wars Mr. Potato Head... Darth Tater. A few months ago fellow staff member Boba Binks had written a review with several pictures about the Dark Lord on the Block, and if you haven't seen it yet click here. There's now a rumor that there will be another Star Wars Mr. Potato Head figure after Spudtrooper, and it's supposedly going to be called Boba Fett Potato. Only time will tell if this does, in fact, become a reality.

    Posted by: dustrho | 14 June 2005 | 21:18 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?“Hello Sandtrooper faithful. I didn't find a lot but I did find a few things. At Target I found the remains of the 3rd Deluxe wave minus the Clone Trooper (of course). At Wal-Mart I tripped over a Blue Saber Palpy. Yes, a blue Saber Palpy. I really didn't need him but I got him for a friend of mine. I do have a little request. I am looking for Commander Bacara and the Turbo Tank driver. Our Wal-Marts and our only TRU are jammed with April 2 stuff and need some help. Our stores will never clearance this stuff and I am afraid that our stores will miss out on these. Target takes their sweet time to put their stuff out. I don't know if these guys are out yet but these are the ones I am looing for. Thanks.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 June 2005 | 23:12 EDT
    Sandtrooper DarthPharoah Reports:
    From the depths of Dixie to my Northern Spots, You know it's all good when Scalpers Drop!“DarthPharaoh here, been busy and here’s what I have. Las Vegas trip was a bust at the tables and at the stores. Didn’t find anything new while I was there at Target or TRU, did however find some OTC figures at a KB Toys Outlet including the Imperial Scanning Trooper I’d missed out on and only paid 3.88 for it. Absolutely nothing new here in Atlanta as far as the Tarkin wave or new Deluxe wave, though I did find a couple AT-TE Gunners to troop build with during an early run at Target on Fri. morning just seconds ahead of a pair of scalpers working the place. One saw what I had in my hand and I could hear him calling me dirty names to his partner as I headed to the register. Made the heart feel good! I sent my wife on a run to Disney while she was there on Sat. and got nothing but bad news. The only Star Tours figure they still had was the "Captain Rex" figure, which she did get 2 for me, and when she asked about the others she was told not only have the old ones been discontinued but the new ones they were supposed to get for the Star Wars weekends never showed up and they have no clue when they’re coming. If you live near Disney and find out anything more about this please let me know. I’m out for now and as always, death to all scalpers!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 June 2005 | 23:11 EDT
    Sandtrooper Manny Reports: 1st Time Trooper on the Line!
    “Hello Troopers! My name is Manny Amaya. I’m 16 years old and a huge fan of Star Wars and collecting. I found this site accidentally when I was looking for ROTS figures images and this site popped up. I’m glad that I found this site because you guys provide a lot of useful information. Sandtroopers.com is now my #1 source for Star Wars. I just want to thank you guys for providing us collectors with news and updates. Thanks to you guys I also got the Target Exclusive Clone Trooper, but I came short of the Lava Vader and the Holographic Yoda due to some inconvenience. Just keep doing what you’re doing cause you do it well. Oh and by the way, I went to my Wal-Mart in Monrovia, CA at 7:30 this morning and I found Figures #48-50.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 June 2005 | 23:09 EDT
    Sandtrooper Pete Reports:
    Well, we took a little break at JTA, let’s call if life calling for all of us at the same time, and, well, we needed time off to go see Revenge of the Sith a few, um, countless, times…but The Jedi Temple Archives are back on track and have a bunch of great stuff lined up…starting today (with Anakin Skywalker with Battle Damage) and continuing on every day until we complete them all we’ll be adding over 30 new guides to the ROTS Visual Guide! We’ve also added over 30 new guides in the ROTS Visual Guide exclusive section, Vehicles and Beasts not to mention a bunch of Gentle Giant bust-up guides including all the exclusives and pack-ins that were released this year! Also, beginning in July we’ll have some cool new monthly contests…you won’t want to miss out on those!


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 June 2005 | 20:06 EDT
    Force of the Bay: Target Acquired Moving in for the Kill
    Hey Troops, after seeing Revenge of the Sith for the fifth time, I decided it was time to start searching for another fix for my Star Wars addiction. One of my most favorite places to do this is on Ebay. Maybe it is the thrill of waiting until the last second to blast someone and intercept a great prize. I know there is more than one of you who have my back on this, it doesn’t matter what the significant other may think, you really needed it! No matter what she says, you may have to come clean with your latest score, even it you paid much more than it’s really worth. Someday they will see the light and realize there are worse fates than being a Star Wars collector. So whether you are seeking that loose vehicle you missed out on because you “outgrew” the hobby or you’d like to find one of the first package/sticker variants ever offered from the golden age of collecting. You may have to take one on the chin or you might just be looking to spend an arm and a leg to find that missing piece of your collection from childhood. It doesn’t matter if it’s a foreign exclusive, first of it’s kind or a crown jewel to any collector, you will find plenty of whatever your looking for at ebay. Give it a try you just might be in pure shock as to what you find. Remember Sandtroopers.com neither endorses nor authenticates any of the items featured here. Good luck to you Troopers in your searches, Kick A$% and take names!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 June 2005 | 12:12 EDT
    Sandtrooper Hothchad Reports:
    Cold as Ice“HothChad from Central Minnesota. Went on a toy run yesterday and in our area things are looking pretty bleak. Wal-Mart and Target didn’t have anything new past figure #44. They are shrinking their Star Wars display area. Stopped by a Toys R US and did find the Mustafar playset. If there are any troopers still in need of a Target Clone Trooper I had a couple of deals fall through. I'm looking to sell them at cost plus shipping.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 June 2005 | 12:12 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jesse Reports:
    “Hey Troops. Went to my Target in Menifee, CA and found a lone Stass Allie with speeder. I missed the Clone Trooper 3-pack again. No sign of the Tarkin wave yet. That’s all for now.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 June 2005 | 12:11 EDT
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #309

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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #309. The Gentle Giant Darth Vader Statue, New ROTS Deluxe Yoda, Crab Droid, Spider Droid, Vader Rebuild and Clone Trooper 4-packs. Revenge of the Sith CIII Vader and Target Exclusive Clone Trooper, Mustafar Playset and much more! Lots of new ROTS Pre-Orders now available. G.I. Joe 2005 Toy Show Exclusive General Mayhem M.A.R.S. Invades 15 Figure Set, very limited supply.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 June 2005 | 12:10 EDT
    Sandtrooper & Troopette Tim & Amy Report:
    You can keep Rob and Amber we got Tim & Amy“Tim and Amy from St. Louis here - not much has been going on in our direction lately, but had a couple of things to report. First, we were really excited to see the Target exclusive figure cases at a store in Arnold, MO today. However, when we took them to the register, they wouldn't let us buy them - they came up as being recalled. We try to keep on top of the news about things like this, but this one surprised us. No luck in finding the new wave of Target exclusive cup/figure sets, but we're on the lookout. We still have never seen any figure above #44 at any store we regularly haunt, but we did see a couple of Spider Droids and a Crab Droid at the Kirkwood Wal-Mart yesterday. The same story here on the decreased shelf space, but at our stores it’s being split with Fantastic Four merchandise. And finally, anyone who is into the Star Wars miniatures probably knows that the Rebel Storm re-release was pushed back to July. There is also another line slated to be released in August called Star Wars Universe Huge packs.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 June 2005 | 13:55 EDT
    Sandtrooper Don Reports:
    “Hey Troops, Don from Tampa, Fl reporting. Found the early bird packs at Wal-Mart in the discount aisle for $7.50. They had about 20 there. Other than that, they had some Chopper Droids and Polis Massans but that’s about it. They don't seem to have as much as they had a few weeks ago. I think we are starting to see the decline of shelf space for Star Wars merchandise. Hope everyone has a great weekend.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 June 2005 | 13:53 EDT
    Sandtrooper Carella Reports:
    “Saw the post by Kilroy and had a similar experience at the Target on Ina Road in Tucson. Found the new Boba/Han/Yoda glass's and took one of each up to register. They did not ring up. After about 10 minutes of trying to ring them up (and quite a line behind me) They gave them to me for the five and change regular figure price. Get them early and you might get a deal.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 June 2005 | 13:50 EDT
    Sandtrooper Scalperhunter1 Reports:
    “Greetings fellow troopers. A quick toy run to the east side Wal-Mart produced the last in stock Crab Droid. Nothing else new on the shelves. I'm not sure how dedicated to Star Wars this Wal-Mart is going to be. One half of the 16 foot section was removed to display Fantastic Four merchandise. I'll check Target this weekend and file a report then.”


    Posted by: Dan | 11 June 2005 | 11:17 EDT
    Wausau, WI Wal-Mart Update:
    I did some early exploring this morning for some new figures and found the new ROTS deluxe sets at our local Wally-World. They had 1 Stass Allie, 2 Clone three pack w/brown spots, three Crab Droids, and two Spider droids. I picked up the Stass Allie and 1 Clone pack, and left the rest. I didn't spot the Tarkin wave, and they completely got rid of all there G.I. Joe figures all together. Which is really buming me out. Well that's the newest news from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, good luck in your neck of the woods!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 June 2005 | 20:59 EDT
    Sandtrooper Sebulba Reports:
    “Sandtrooper Sebulba here with an odd store report from Northeast Ohio. I went on my normal Star Wars toy run this morning and the second Target I hit in Bedford Ohio had the 3 new Target Exclusive Cups with Boba, Han, and Yoda. When I went to the register to pay they would not ring up, so the cashier called the manager. The manager took one of them all the way to the back of the store and about 15 minutes of waiting she came back and asked me how much they were. I wasn't sure so I said "I think $9.99" and I explained they were Exclusive to Targets only. About ten minutes later she came back again and told the cashier to type in a special number that made them ring up at...Are you ready for this? $2.79 each! I wasn't going to argue with them but I did notice that the number they used made the screen on the register say Lego. Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else? Later Troops.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 June 2005 | 20:58 EDT
    Sandtrooper Darth2525 Reports: Fill my Eyes, with that Sith Vision!
    “Darth2525 here from Central Wisconsin. I found three new figures with glass sets at Target in Stevens Point this morning. All were priced at $12.99. They included Han from ANH, Yoda from ESB, and Boba from RoTJ. There was still one of each left. All of the figures appear to be OTC repackages but the glasses are awesome. I do remember some time back seeing pictures of these sets on one of the Internet sites but in OTC packaging. On a different note: If there is any Trooper out there that would like to trade a OTC #24 Jawas in C8 or better package for a Ephant Mon or OTC #38 Imperial Scanning Trooper, send me an email.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 June 2005 | 20:54 EDT
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Demolition Expert, Columbus,OH“Stores around here are starting to shrink there displays with Batman Begins taking over the huge display area with the giant display like Star Wars had at the Morse rd Toys R Us. We have plenty of figures all the way up to #44 at most of the bigger retailers except the harder to find. Lewis center Wal-Mart had 24 giant falcon ship display pieces - only $249.99 each! Have yet to see anything past #44 yet. If anyone has any extra or can get me any or all of the burger king toys - I have lots of stuff listed the forums for trade - even vintage Burger King glasses or would buy at cost-plus shipping.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 10 June 2005 | 10:25 EDT
    Toyfellas.com Newsletter
    We received 2 Cases of Family Guy Series 2; we should receive 2 more soon. We also have confirmation that our order of The Lord of the Rings Asst 5 of Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & Return of the King will arrive next week. We have many exciting items in stock now; please have a good look around.

    Star Wars:
    Kotobukiya Yoda Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl $38.24 & only 3 left.
    ROTS Clone Commander Battle Gear $10.00 very limited.
    Clone Trooper Super Articulation very limited.

    Mezco Toys:
    Family Guy Series 2 Figures $10.99 & Up.
    Nighttime Peter & Lois 2-Pack $24.99


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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 June 2005 | 23:58 EDT
    Dewback Patrol: Star Wars Weekends at Disney
    With the excitement of Disney's Star Wars Weekends, we were honored to have one of our own infiltrate the event to add to our Dewback Patrol Menu. You can find out why the Sith crossed the road and check out some of the photos from our very own SoCal Donna. You can check out the details of her mission here. I’d like to thank Donna for her effort and taking time out for the Troopers on her vacation. I’m glad you were thinking of us!

    Posted by: dustrho | 9 June 2005 | 20:52 EDT
    r2dtoys.com Newsletter
    Added to the site and shipping now - Japan exclusive Kotobukiya 1/7 scale statues:
  • Stormtrooper / Luke Stormtrooper £59
  • Sandtrooper £59
  • Biker Scot Trooper £59
  • Chewbacca £59
  • Jango Fett (coming soon)
  • Mace Windu (coming soon)

    Still Shipping: Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, Darth Maul, Boba Fett and Han Solo

  • Master Replicas Darth Sidious Lightsaber sold out in under 1 hour! We WILL GET MORE SOON!
  • Yoda Ep3 lightsaber IN STOCK
  • Mini .45 Yoda SOLD OUT - ships again soon
  • Mini .45 Darth Sidious GOLD CHASE VERSION in stock now
  • Mini .45 Obi Wan Ep3 IN STOCK

    We still have a fantastic array of other rare and hard to find Star Wars action figures and sets from OTC, Clone Wars, Saga, POTF2, Ep1 etc... over 1600 items online now! This includes vehicles such as TIE Bomber, Armored Asault Tank, Geonosian Starfihgter, and figures such as Saga Padme Lars Homestead and Han AT-ST driver, Clone Wars Asajj Ventress and ARC trooper, OTC Imperial Trooper and Holographic Emperor, Ep1 Gungan Sub and Falumpasets, POTF2 Freeze Frame vader w/ removeable helmet and Zuckuss + much much more!

    We also have the lowest prices for Gentle Giant in the UK!

    Episode 3: We are due to recive figures 41-47 any time now and re-stocks of all deluxe waves to date.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 June 2005 | 23:58 EDT
    Images Reloaded: RotS Basic #45-47
    Hey Troops, I have once again reloaded the 2005 Hasbro Figures by adding the latest wave of figures from the Revenge of the Sith Collection. You can see all three entries in the 2005 Figure Images menu. You may also click any of the thumbnails below to enter the galleries. We are looking forward to the future if we continue to see quality products that have nothing to do with Han Solo in his ANH Cantina outfit! United We Find Troops, enjoy!

                       Tarkin - Governor (RotS)
                       Ask Aak - Senator (RotS)
                       Meena Tills - Senator (RotS)

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 June 2005 | 23:27 EDT

    Star Wars Gentle Giant Darth Vader Statue: The 15-inch Gentle Giant Darth Vader has just arrived and we have them in stock for $189.99. We'll be carrying all the future Gentle Giant releases as well so be sure to pre-order the upcoming statues and busts you'd like.

    Master Replicas A new pre-order for the most expensive Master Replicas release to date. The AT-AT Imperial Walker Signature edition will feature a new pose for the AT-AT, a snow-covered base with a crashed Snowspeeder, and a signature plaque from Phil Tippet, the creator of the original AT-AT filming model for Industrial Light & Magic. We have it listed at the lowest price Master Replicas will allow - $1329.99. More of the EpIII Obi-Wan LE Lightsabers are back in stock for $351.99 and more Anakin LE sabers will be arriving this week.

    Palisades: Special Edition Predator Bust Another nice Predator release from Palisades - this mini-bust is priced below MSRP at $62.99 and it features Predator ripping the skull & spine out of an unlucky victim.

    Stikfas: The latest Stikfas figures have just arrived and each is now in stock for $8.99 each. New arrivals include Beta Female Nurse, Beta Female Windsurfer, Glowing Omega Phantom, and Red Chinese Warrior Monk. We've also restocked the previously sold out and popular Beta Female Fairy, Green Omega Military, Black & Blue Ninja Set, Teal & Blue Hockey Players, 14-inch Stikfa, Superhero and Super villian.

    Takara Re-issue Star Convoy: Takara announced just hours ago that the next re-issue will be Star Convoy with mini Hot Rod. The Japanese vintage version of this item is very hard to find, the vintage department only came across a few last year and they sold for around $400. This new item will be arriving in September and we have it priced very competitively at $92.99. (The Japanese retail price is 8000 yen - about $75 to $80 before expensive shipping fees for this bulky item) This figure will not be part of the 'TF Collection' series with Dreamwave art box, but will instead be a standalone re-issue similar to how Predaking was released. Pre-Orders
    are now available here for $92.99.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 June 2005 | 23:21 EDT
    Sandwatch Action Figure Review: Back in the Saddle
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have finally been updated. It has been one hell of a eight weeks. Due to the festivities of CIII, EIII and everything that has happened since, our regular sections updates to both 2005 images and Sandwatch Action Figure Review were put on the back-burner. We leave the OTC Collection in the shambles it was and forge onward to a new era of Star Wars Collecting. See why Obi-Wan with Slashing Attack is the chosen one to spearhead the Revenge of the Sith line, also find out why Sandwatch Action Figure review is the most brutally honest review online. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the RotS collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Nobody can write 'em like I can, I'll take a sucka bound rehash and put his head in the sand! I'm BAD!! Cool Spice

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 June 2005 | 23:15 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster Eric Reports:
    “Hello Troops Jedimaster Eric reporting from the Western NY great lakes region again. I'm moving across town so I have not been able to post in about a month. But, because I'm finding so much lately, I thought I'd take a moment to send in my overall report. Since April 2nd, I have been able to find everything on the midnight madness checklist and all figures up to #47. Thursday I scored all 4 deluxe wave 2 and the variation brown vulture at KB in Amherst. I picked up the Mustafar playset at TRU and found plenty of clones #41 at Wal-Mart. Then I went to Kohls, which still has the exclusive AT-RT and BARC speeder w/ bonus figures. I also found #45-47 at Target, and Obi-wan vs. Bodyguard at TRU in NF Monday. Then last week I got hooked up with a Target clone trooper from a buddy. I'm still on the look out for deluxe wave 3, C3 Vader, C2 Sacul, and Unleashed Leia. Also, John C, if your out there, give me an email. I seem to have lost yours and I wanted to keep you posted on my finds and hoping you had the same luck.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 June 2005 | 23:14 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jedi Hawk Reports:
    Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border Patrol“Well Troops things have slowed down quite a bit around here. Fantastic Four and Batman Begins have crept their way in to Star Wars shelf space. Granted everyone still has lots of ROTS stuff on the floor, but it’s tightened up quite a bit. Not much to note here lately. Inventory is pretty full but nothing past #44. So here goes the Texas 4-step:

    Target: Still a strong source for the Force!! They seem to be the most up to date of my local retailers. They now have the battle arenas; Mustafar Playset and the Larger scale Micro Playsets. Basic figures are still up to #44, so kinda weak here. Deluxe has slowed a little also. Have not seen Wave 3 since my last post several weeks ago. Basic figs went back up to $5.99 each.

    TRU: Well they still have a large section for ROTS. AND still have the same inventory since 04-02. They have not gotten any ANY new figures since that date. NONE. The pegs are getting empty and hopefully soon they might have something new. Lots of ships to choose from here also.

    Wal-Mart #1 & #2: These guys have lots of stock, but they have both downsized the SW section some to make room for other summer fodder. Both got the Mustafar Playset and have a plenty of the mid sized ships. Nothing large scale. Also they have TONS of the Wave 2 deluxe figures. So not sure if they will get Wave 3 any time soon. I was hoping to find them there since I missed them at Target twice. Lets hope those clone 3 packs are not going to be too hard to track down. On another note...I have two figures I would like to trade. Non-SW related but maybe some are looking for them. They are Fantastic Four Invisible Woman, 1 x All Clear & 1x Phasing. I would like to trade them for some of my SW wants. Drop me and email if you are interested. As always...Hunt'em Down Troops.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 8 June 2005 | 21:59 EDT
    San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Revealed!
    San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Revealed!From Gentle Giant Ltd: "Spring is almost over, and that means that the summer convention season is about to begin. Starting off with the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Gentle Giant will once again have a huge presence at the show, exhibiting new items for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Death Jr, Simpsons, Corpse Bride and more. Since Bust-Ups were launched in 2004, they’ve grown quite a following and at San Diego Comic-Con you will be able to add to your collection with the debut of the 2005 Exclusive Silver Jango Fett Bust-Up. During Comic-Con the quantity of Silver Jango Fett Bust-Ups for purchase will be allocated on a per day basis."

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 June 2005 | 18:22 EDT
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Clone Trooper exclusive 4-pack sets and now in stock. We have all four versions in stock. Vintage Droids red Lightsaber, ATL interceptor, Adam Joseph R2-D2 bank, Snowspeeder & A-Wing model, 3-D Droids clock sealed; Stormtrooper flag, audio clips, POTF Hoth & Endor playsets set of 2 & more in stock.”

    Click Here

    Posted by: dustrho | 7 June 2005 | 17:25 EDT
    Sandtrooper Boba Binks Reports:
    Sandtrooper Boba Binks Reports:"At Target in Greenwood, IN. I picked up the only two of the Micro Vehicles Ship / Playset packs. They are the Sith Attack Battle Set where the Separatist Cruiser converts to the inside of the ship and the Mustafar Duel Battle Set where the Blockade Runner converts to Mustafar. Each set rang up $21.99. The SKU# on the receipt is 087061315. The packages also shows three upcoming micro sets for Revenge of the Sith and another converting vehicle / playset the Kashyyyk Assault Battle Set."

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 June 2005 | 23:37 EDT
    Area Report: With a little Help from my Friends
    Hotter than Tabasco, you know dat A#$Ho!It has been hit and miss here in Northern Lake County. There are mostly the remains of #41-44 with the usual fodder in between. On the local front it seems like all the prices are back on the rise, as I confirmed with another Trooper earlier this evening. I was very happy to get my Clone Trooper builder packs today, they will make a great addition to my army. I was happy to see we were blessed to get more than a white mailer box. I’d really like to take some time out to thank a few of the Elite S.C.A.L.P. Troopers for some recent trades. Sandtrooper Dennis from Waukegan, SoCal Jedi Dom, Sithryan Matthews, Darth Soprano, Jedi Master-C, Trooper Larry and Dead Hero. Every one of you are prime examples of what this website is about and it was a pleasure to work with you all. With the insane prices of fuel, just another reason to unite! Load up a little extra for the Troopers you know are in need.

    I’d also like to say a big thank you to Sandtrooper Shade for the reconnaissance work he conducted this weekend at Wizard World Philly. Going in with only his standard issue gear and the gift of gab to make his way past the enemy, he was able to pull this mission off single handedly. I’m anxiously awaiting figures 45-50 that I will add to our 2005 Images Guide as soon as they arrive. I was also able to help put a major blow to a local scalpers warehouse in Racine, IL this past weekend. I accompanied Jim from Federation Toys and another Trooper from Carpentersville, IL named Vince to clean out boxes of Star Wars toys mostly from 1997-2001. There was some Vintage boxed vehicles and many other toy lines as well. I also spotted many of the Expanded Universe line, including Dark Trooper and Space Trooper. I would keep an eye on the website in the future for deals after the 24 footer gets unloaded and sorted out. Trust me, it looked like a lot of work. Until next time Troopers, keep doing what we’re doing. We’re Winning! United We Find.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 June 2005 | 23:10 EDT
    Sandtrooper Dom Reports:
    Anyone have a 12-inch Plo Koon?“Hi Troops, Jedi Dom from East Central Wisconsin reporting in. Unfortunately not much news to report on the collecting front. Same as everywhere else: Wal-Mart greatly reduced their Star Wars section in favor of pool toys and TRU did the same except with Batman toys. I'm on the lookout for Stass on bike, Mustafar playset, the elusive Red Guard, and any numbers over 44. The good news is that I received my R2-D2 snack bowl from Kellogg's today and it's pretty cool. It actually seems bigger than what was pictured on the back of the cereal box and the base has a small red light that blinks when the sound effects are enabled. It's one small light, but I wasn't expecting any. And I wouldn't classify it as an "amazing replica" as the box advertises. Still, all in all, I'm quite happy with it. Also, I believe I'm up to date with the Burger King toys, as I only need the last 10. Wish I had more news. Keep up the hunt.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 June 2005 | 23:07 EDT
    Sandtrooper Darth Soprano Reports:
    “Finally found the Operating Room Vader, Yoda Deluxe, Clone Trooper Deluxe and Vulture Droid, they had plenty except for the Vader, which I bought. This was at Target in Hackensack, New Jersey. I also saw pegs for the Elusive Exclusive Target Clone Trooper, but no Troopers...United We Find!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 6 June 2005 | 16:58 EDT
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #308

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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #308. New Kotobukiya Chewbacca and Scout Trooper are now in stock for $99.99 each. New Lego sets are also in stock. We have new low prices on many ROTS items. Clonetrooper 4-packs are now in stock and shipping. Check out our latest arrivals and remember if you do not see what you are looking for, please drop us an email so we can give you a price quote and backorder the item. New Revenge of the Sith Figures are scheduled to arrive later this week. Please keep checking back.

    Posted by: dustrho | 6 June 2005 | 12:57 EDT
    New Images: Action Figures, Playsets and Jedi Force Figures
    New Images: Action Figures, Playsets and Jedi Force FiguresHey Troops! Our secret agent has been busy today supplying us with more high-resolution images. Some images include the following: Commander Bacara, the Turbo Tank and Kashyyk playsets, and new Jedi Force figures (and even a vehicle!). Check out all the images here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 6 June 2005 | 11:57 EDT
    500th Darth Vader
    500th Darth VaderHey Troops! Wanted to let you know that we received another transmission from one of our secret agents, and this time we have received high-resolution images of the upcoming 500th Darth Vader figure! Included in this set is the meditation chamber with claw for lowering his helmet (as seen in "The Empire Strikes Back"), his red lightsaber, cloth cape and one gauntlet (which looks to be removable). This figure also comes with a great amount of articulation and detail, so be sure to read the full description and check out all nine images of this fascinating piece here. Also, be sure to share your thoughts about this in our forums.

    Posted by: dustrho | 5 June 2005 | 16:14 EDT
    Dewback Patrol: Wizard World Philadelphia
    Sandtrooper Shade was given the assignment of covering Wizard World Philadelphia this year, and he has arrived back to Sandtrooper headquarters with an incredible report with several photos for our viewing pleasure. It sounds like he had a decent time there, and was able to speak with a few Star Wars celebrities such as Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jerome Blake (Rune Hakko & a dozen other characters) and Jeremy Bulloch (the original Boba Fett). Click here to read Shade's full report.

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 4 June 2005 | 23:32 EDT
    Sandtroopers Special from Andrew's Toyz
    We have a special promotion for Sandtroopers.com readers. Get a FREE Revenge of the Sith figure with all online orders of $50 or more! All you need to do is fill up your cart with $50 of in stock items and enter coupon code SANDTROOPERS at checkout. Free figure will be chosen at random from figures #01-#44. New figures are arriving this week including; Tarkin, Meena Tills, and Ask Aak. The new R2-D2 #48 from Mustafar is in stock now. Deluxe figures including: Clone Trooper Army, Crab Droid! Stass Allie, Spider Droid, and Darth Vader are in stock now. Exclusive Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter is available for immediate delivery as well. Target Clone Troopers are low in stock, order soon!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 June 2005 | 23:01 EDT

    Star Wars: A variety of new items are now in stock. The Clone Trooper 4-Pack sets of White/Clean and White/Battle Damaged are now in stock for $34.99 and $32.99 each. Color versions and full sets of 16 are still pre-order items that will be arriving in late June. The imported helmet magnet set of 8 has just arrived and is priced at $42.99. We've restocked the model kits including AT-AT, X-Wing and the new Slave I. More of the Sandcrawler and AT-ST with Speeder bikes vehicle sets are also back in stock.

    G.I. Joe 3 3/4 Releases Coming 7/1: Hasbro has decided to release the new classic 3 ?" figure only to the specialty & online markets! We will be listing pre-orders for these items on July 2nd - the first day Hasbro will allow us to. The figures will be arriving in July and we've ordered a ton of them so be sure to stop back at BBTS then. The figures are packaged in retro style packaging and the figures themselves are retro-inspired in their style & characters yet have a more modern design. Figures released in July will be: Single Carded: Spirit, Sgt. Mutt, Major Barrage, Scrap Iron, Crimson Guard, Medi-Viper. Three-packs with comic: Hawk, Tunnel Rat, Flint & Zartan, Cobra Commander, Zarana - a Jeep similar to the Night Stinger and few new larger playsets along with a Cobra Night Watch 6-pack troop builder will also be released.

    New DC Direct Pre-Orders: We've just listed two brand new items from DC Direct. The Elseworlds Series 1 set of 5 is available to pre-order for $59.99 - it features Superman and Wonder Woman from the Superman: Red Son series. The Superman figure with Soviet Hammer and Sickle replacing his 'S' logo is especially cool. Three figures from Batman: Thrillkiller and Crimson Mist are also included. The 2nd set up for pre-order is Secret Files 2 - Unmasked. This set includes various figures that transform into their alter egos using alternate heads.

    Macross: We've received a small restock on a variety of Yamato Valkyries including: Elintseeker, Super Ostrich, 1/48 Super Millia, 1/48 VF-1J Hikaru, and a few others as well. The Toynami Sue Graham Shadow Fighter figure will be arriving in about 2 weeks!

    Takara Transformers: The BT-14 Wheeljack and RM-24 Reverse Convoy figures have just arrived. (Pre-Orders will ship Monday) Wheeljack is available for $54.99 and Reverse Convoy (which is one of the larger figures in the RobotMasters line) is $24.99. More of the Binaltech & TF Collection book has arrived - this book is priced at $47.99 and we also have the G1 book. We've also restocked the Re-Issue Hound, a few older Binaltechs and a variety of older Robotmasters including the RM-11 Beast Convoy and Victory Saber.

    Also this week: Neca, Takara Galaxy Force, Microman, Soul of Chogokin, Arcadia, and Gundam. Stop by and check out the other menu for new arrivals from several other toy lines.

    Items arriving Soon:
    -Gentle Giant Darth Vader 15-inch Statue - $189.99 6/9
    -#19 Re-issue Perceptor - Arriving around June 15th
    -20TH Prime Trailer - Arriving around June 15th - $79.99 each
    -Galaxy Force - GC-17 arrives about June 15th
    -Stikfas - Phantom, Windsurfer, Monk & Nurse - $8.99 each - June 14th
    -Inu-Yash - Collection 1 sets of 5 - Arrive about 6/10
    -Robotech - Alpha Masterpiece #4 Sue Graham Shadow Fighter - 6/17

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 June 2005 | 22:41 EDT
    Sandtrooper Darth Soprano Reports:
    “I saw the Tarkin wave at the Toys R Us in Paramus, New Jersey. They took down the big Star Wars display at that particular store and replaced it with a Batman Begins display, very disappointing. They moved it to where you first walk in to the right. No Operating Room Vader yet, but did pick up a Darth Tater for my girlfriend. I also saw Episode 3 for the 6th time today, going to see the digital version on Sunday, United We Find.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 4 June 2005 | 15:13 EDT
    Image Guide Reloaded: Gentle Giant's Darth Vader Statue
    Image Guide Reloaded: Gentle Giant's Darth Vader StatueFellow staff member Boba Binks has brought to us another exciting image guide for our entertaining pleasures, and this time it involves the Gentle Giant Darth Vader statue! This is an incdredibly well detailed and desigined piece, and with the pictures provided by Boba Binks the piece seems to have come alive! Be sure to check out all the pictures and write-up here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 3 June 2005 | 14:52 EDT
    LEGO Sandcrawler Coming SOON!
    LEGO Sandcrawler Coming SOON!Troops, if you're a Star Wars fan (which I think that's safe to say) and you love building LEGO sets, then you better mark on calendar the date of June 15th. Why should you do that? Well, LEGO is finally coming out with their very own LEGO Sandcrawler! This thing is going to be huge, with a whopping total of 1,669 pieces, and it will feature the introduction of the LEGO Jawa figure (three in fact). Other figures include Owen Lars, R2-D2, C-3PO, R5-D4, ASP droid, gonk droid, Treadwell droid, and R1-G4. The dimensions on this are 15" long x 8" tall x 7.5" wide, which are scaled nicely to the mini figures that accompany the set. Addition features include the following:

  • Functioning steering mechanism for the rear wheels
  • Treads on wheels for smooth motion
  • Removable crane for moving droids
  • Opening hatch revealing the inside of the sandcrawler
  • Opening cockpit for a driver
  • Removable center section to reveal a sandcrawler 'control room'

    It currently is not known at what the final retail price will be on this great piece, but I have a feeling whatever that ends up being will be well worth it! I can't wait to build this! Read the full story about this here, and share your thoughts about this in our forums.

  • Posted by: dustrho | 3 June 2005 | 8:57 EDT
    Happy Birthday Wayne!
    Happy Birthday Wayne!I'd like to wish a huge Sandtrooper birthday to Wayne (aka reconsgt)! Wayne is one of the many moderators of our forums, and he possesses a great wealth of knowledge for vintage Star Wars toys. He turns 32 years young today, so please wish him a great birthday today in our forums. Happy birthday Wayne!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 June 2005 | 23:45 EDT
    Sandtrooper Scalperhunter1 Reports: The Spice is Right
    “Hi fellow Troopers. Scalperhunter1 reporting in from the plains of Iowa. The Wal-Mart stores in Cedar Rapids are still displaying the same products for the past four weeks. The only exception is the articulated clone troopers I found last Friday. Target was a little better two weeks ago. I found the Target trooper, Vader on O.R. table, two of the battle playsets and an AT-TE Clone. Otherwise their shelves are empty and the 3" figures aren't changing. Target did take down one end cap to put up a Batman display. Last weekend I saw my first bargain bin for the 3" figures at T.R.U. They were selling for $3.00 each. That’s it from Iowa. Follow the advice of Spice. United We Find.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 June 2005 | 23:44 EDT
    Sandtrooper Ray Reports:
    “I received an email today from StarWarsShop.com about pre ordering the Exclusive Comiccon Holographic Princess Leia. The problem is you must pick it up at the show next month in San Diego with proof of purchase/ID. I am sure a lot of collectors would like to get this figure but will not be able to attend the show like myself. I am open for suggestion/help as I can see this figure as one more for ebay. You have a great web site with a lot of honest collectors. Thanks for any help I can get!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 June 2005 | 23:44 EDT
    Sandtrooper Jon Reports:
    “Hello fellow troopers! I need some info on the AOTC Count Dooku figure with the Sidious hologram-what is the significance of the green lightsaber on the side? Also, found Tarkin, Anakin Mustafar at my local Wal-Mart-so looks like they are showing up now-Any info on the AOTC Dooku figure would be helpful-Thanks and united we find!”


    Posted by: Jimsjedi | 2 June 2005 | 13:10 EDT
    Obi-Wan on Stage
    Obi-Wan on StageActor Ewan McGregor has taken the stage once again in London to play inveterate gambler Sky Masterson in a revival of the classic 1950s musical "Guys and Dolls." He is scheduled to appear for six months in this role, but don't compare him to the original role that was filled by Marlon Brando. Read the full article here at cnn.com

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 2 June 2005 | 12:25 EDT
    Mustafar Playset is Out
    Sandtrooper Boba Binks Reports:Just wanted to let anyone who is interested in picking up the Mustafar Palyset with Anakin (Darth Vader) Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to stop in at their local Toys-R-Us store. My Toys-R-Us just put out about 25 of this great set. It rings up for $29.99. Before you open it up though take a look at the Obi-Wan and Skywalker figures. Hasbro gave each figure the wrong lightsaber. When you open the toy up you can just switch the lightsabers so each figure has the correct lightsaber in their hand.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 June 2005 | 18:27 EDT
    Sandtrooper Todd Reports:
    “The only news to report in the Central Wisconsin area is the Wal-Mart in Marshfield has figures #45, #46, and #47. I purchased one of each and there was still about six of each left. The figures are in the walkway, not in the main star wars isle for anyone interested. I went and saw ROTS for the third time last weekend, each time I see it, I enjoy it more. One of my favorite things to do is guess which figures Hasbro will make next from the movie. There seams to be an endless amount of clone trooper variants that they could produce. My favorite is the camo-trooper who is standing by Yoda when he first arrives at the Wookiee planet. This trooper looked so cool I could not wait for Hasbro and decided to create one for myself.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 June 2005 | 18:17 EDT
    The NBA and Star Wars joining Forces?
    It seems the fever of Revenge of the Sith has even crossed over into Pro Basketball. Truly a match after my own heart, fans can now visit NBA.com for their new feature NBA Ultimate Battles. To honor the release of Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars and the NBA present Ultimate Battles. Who would have thought Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bill Walton would have something in common?