|Click to enlarge. "Hey, Trooper Erich Fritz checking in from the soon to be great white tundra of Minnesota. Not much new going on out here. I've seen the occasional sighting of the waitress droid wave. I did however want to post my latest painting for feedback. I did this one for my son who will be two on thursday. Let me know what you think. Thanks."|
|Master Replicas is now offering the Cane and Clasp of Emporer Palpatine. Don't lose out on this chance to claim a limited edition prop replica of the cane and cloak clasp, symbols of the malefic Emperor Palpatine, who plays a prominent role in Star Wars: Episode III, the last installment of the Star Wars saga now in production! Our artisans painstakingly handcrafted this limited edition collectible of unparalleled precision and detail that will be the highlight of your Star Wars collection! We're talking about Emperor Palpatine's Cane and Cloak Clasp, originally from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. As warped and evil as the Emperor himself, this crooked cane has a shiny black glassine finish and is identical to the prop used in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.|
The set also includes the distinctive clasp with which Palpatine fastens his flowing black cape. Crudely shaped and molded in resin with the same glossy finish as the cane, the clasp is one of the very first pieces of Star Wars jewelry ever offered by Master Replicas.
The cane comes with a numbered metal plaque, plaque holder, certificate of authenticity, and on a wall plaque with a gunmetal texture and machined aluminum support posts covered in rubber coated silicon, to display the replica to its best advantage.
|"The R2 unit has wandered from the sand dunes into the rocky borders of the Jundland Wastes. Unaware of the danger that lurks in the rocky pass, every move that the R2 unit makes has been closely watched." Check it out at ACPin SW|
|Dateline - Sandtrooper Chris DAGOBAHCOOKIE "CWA" reporting: "Hello my fellow Sandtroopers! I have recently found a first of its kind Star Wars variant and I thought I would share it with all of the Sandtroopers out there. What I have found is a STAR WARS SAGA IMPERIAL OFFICER with THE LEFT SHOULDER IMPERIAL INSIGNIA MISSING. This is the first version head sculpt. The Imperial emblem is completely missing. I'm not a huge variation collector, so I'm parting with it on ebay under my user name DAGOBAHCOOKIE. I know there is someone out there that would appreciate this variant! The ebay item number is 3146815750 under my name 'dagobahcookie.' Thanks Jason for the e-mail, and, yes, I have already put the figure up (last Sunday night), but it doesn't end until this Sunday. Thanks again guys and you rock as always!"|
Use the tool that is ebay for what it was meant for. Remember Troops, you can do it the easy way, or the hard way, and the hard way will make you feel like that kid whose eyes were bigger than his stomach when he went in the candy store. So bid intelligently so you don't look like a chump at auction close.
|Dateline - Sandtrooper The Devil's Ewok reporting: "A Scalper saw my poem on the SANDTROOPER.COM site and sent me this little nugget of intelligence:|
(e-mail hidden to protect writer)
This person is obviously a freak. References to a microcosm lifestyle of toy collecting, getting a girlfriend, and Hot Wheels, all point to a maladjusted and desperate individual. Don't let this tragedy happen in YOUR home! That being said, a wood-paneled S.C.A.L.P. station wagon has been dispatched to suppress any similar rhetoric.
|Dateline - Fan Club EXCLUDES members from buying Holiday Yoda! "Sorry for the leading headline (ed note - to the contrary, a banner headline is half the battle). I found out when buying my Silver Fett's back on 9/2 that the Fan Club only accepts Visa or Mastercard. No American Express, no Discover. I know many collectors have multiple credit cards, but I only have Amex, and found my order came to a screeching halt. (Luckily a friend with a MC helped me out).|
"Rather unhappy with this news, I e-mailed customer service inquiring why the Fan Club would choose to exclude some members from buying its exclusives. They finally replied over two weeks later, stating that they had NO plans to accept anything other than Visa or MC.
"So anyone without those cards will not be able to purchase the upcoming Holiday Yoda, resubsribe online, nor make any other online Fan Club purchases. To add insult to injury, they then sent me a generic e-mail reply informing that they still had the Silver Fetts in stock and that I could still buy them now (unless, of course, you don't have Visa or MC!)."
"Their first e-mail is as follows: 'Hi, We have no plans to accept any cards but VISA and MasterCard in the near future. The other cards are just too expensive for a small business like us to accept. Sorry. : ( Thanks,'- Jeff Alvarez, email@example.com, Customer Service, Paizo Publishing, LLC"
|Dateline - Strange Things at Amazon "Hey Jason, I wanted to show you something that I found on Amazon.com. Check these out. A company called Distibutoys have these 'vintage Star Wars sets.' I wanted to pass it on. Also, check out this latest find. Take care."|
|"The crash site of the escape pod has been spotted by the Imperial forces. A unit of sandtroopers scours the site looking for the survivors or any evidence of their existence." Check it out at ACPin SW|
Can you dig it? If you look really hard, you can see some of the legacy Troopers.
|"Jason, I did manage to stop at another Wal-Mart & Kay-Bee, but didn't see anything newer than Boba Fett Carkoon, and no more value packs.|
"I have a question for you. I've seen reports of the Wal-Mart Cantina sets hitting the clearance racks (one report has them at $1 each). I've never even seen these on the shelf, possibly due to my hiatus from the hobby. If you, or any Troopers you may know can pick up a set for me, I'd REALLY appreciate it! Thanks!" - Joe
I haven't seen these at clearance at Whitehall Wal-Mart on Seventh Street, can anyone out in Trooplerland locate the 'Baba Bunch' for a dollar a pack and help Joe catch up?
|"You will find now inserts for all Star Wars figures of the vintage series in our download-area. On this insert you will find a picture of the figure on card and all infos about variations of this figure. Just print it, fold it, ready to go! We hope to improve your collection with this little gimmick! Best wishes." - Markus|
|"Hey Jason, I know it's well after September 11, but what gets me are the people that don't think we should be in Iraq or Afganastan. I spent three (3) Months working at Ground Zero. If these people could have seen what I did every day they would know what it's all for !!! Right now a bunch of my friends are over in Iraq. How do you think all this B.S. plays with them? I know this is not the place for this I just had to get it off my chest. Thanks for letting me rant. P.S. the site is great, keep up the good work."|
What is more frustrating? Driving around aimlessly looking for toys, or cleaning up the debris of fallen skyscrapers? Of course we can relate!
|"Jason, I'd just like to say that this site works. It's been great dealing with these guys posting finds and helping me out, a poor Canadian collector, that just wants to keep his collection going. John C. in Western NY was able to snag me a new Emperor Throne room. Sith Lord let me know that I am the proud owner of 2 blue Clone Trooper packs today (ed. note: I hope his apprentice didn't leave a BEND on the cards. And, before I get any phone calls - I'm kidding of course! I wouldn't want to be like Starscream and shoot myself in the foot - a Sandtrooper SALUTE will go out to anyone in Trooperland who can tell me where that reference is from!). And, another person just let me know that he got me 1 each of the Clone Wars value pack. All I gotta say is that these guys are great, they go out of their way to help others in need, not asking for anything else but what they paid. I just wish there was some way to return the favour but I am not sure that people understand the problem Canadians have had with the Star Wars line. We have actually not seen any of the regular figs since the Chewie Bespin wave for 2002, and, for 2003 we have only gotten 6 out of now released 28 figs to date, and that's only due to Toys 'R' Us shipping some stuff from the U.S. No deluxe, no nothing! Now that's really bad. Once again, a big THANKS!!!!!! to all." - Marc Boyd aka Marboba firstname.lastname@example.org|
|"Through the darkness of the night, the rescue workers have fanned out in long lines and incessantly move the buckets filled with debris hand to hand from one person to another. A special tribute to the heroes and their families of September 11, 2001. God bless America!" Check it out at ACPin SW|
And, now, a Sandtroopers and Legacy Troopers moment of silence ...
|DREAMWAVE: The Transformers & GI Joe first issue is now in stock on the Dreamwave menu|
GI JOE: 40th Anniversary Timeless collection has arrived. Remakes of the classic GI Joes - Action Sailor, Marine, Pilot, and Sailor. More Spytroops wave 3 have arrived as well.
TRANSFORMERS: The Korean Big Convoy has been restocked (on the JBW menu) and the TF2000 Black Convoy is also back in stock
UNICRON: We expect Unicron to arrive around 9/22 give or take a few days. We'll be processing pre-orders in the next few days - let me know asap if you need to cancel
NEW ARMADA: More new Armada has arrived - 4 new Supercons: Powerlinx Cyclonus, Hot Shot, Thrust and the new Cheetor. Also new Gigacons and Maxcons: Powerlinx Red Alert, Predacon, Powerlinx Jetfire, Tidal Wave and Overload (Tidal Wave and Powerlinx Jetfires will ship soon)
PRE-ORDER PERFECT GRADE GUNDAM RX-78 GP01/FB: A brand new 1/60 perfect grade kit coming out this November or December comes packed in the largest box released so far by Bandai - about 1/2 again as big as the Zeta box! The kit comes with parts to make the GP01 or the GP01fB as well as parts for a hangar. Pre-Order available for $234.99
SPORTS PICKS: MLB 7 - Another new wave of nice looking figures from McFarlane. All the standard figures are in stock as well as several variants!
STIKFAS: More of the K-9 Unit, Mechana Segmented Robot, Delta Boy Extreme and Beta Dragon have arrived.
|Sandtrooper DannyB reports: "This is DannyB in So. Cal with some news. The Walmart in Pico Rivera had, had Clone Trooper two packs for $4.77 today. I was lucky enough to get Anakin with Blue Clone, ARC Trooper with White Clone and Yoda with Yellow Clone. I was lucky to get these that they had put away because the girl said two guys came in just before I did and bought like fifty of these and filled up their shopping cart. They were scalpers no doubt. I was so happy that I got mine but enraged that these two guys bought everything and now nobody else will get these. If it is your intention to stand up against the Anti-heroes of our time, then I ask all of you to stand with me and combat scalping. Always good to hear from Donna and the Sith Lord in So. Cal."|
Actually, here he is now:
"Thank you for concern on what I have said. My Apprentice and I wanted to express and wanted to send a message to all scalpers that there are other people out there trying to find that special figure, and all what we are asking is to leave some for the little Troopers out there. But i WILL NOT TAKE ANY ACTION ON BENDING ANY CARD'S Nor WILL MY APPRENTICE like all of my fellow troopers. I LIKE MY CARDS MINT. SCALPERS LEAVE SOME ON THE PEGS ! I will continue to support my fellow Troopers in the war on SCALPERS, because I said it once and I'll say it again, I will NOT pay $19.99 on any figures (new ones) but I WILL help my Troopers." - Sith Lord
And there you have it!
|Follow-Up to Sith Lord's Story: "I have not seen any new figs yet and I bet those danm scalpers are getting them, this angers the Sith Lord, so for those scalpers, don't expect to find any mint cards, for my apprentice will leave a bend on the cards so scalpers leave some figs on the pegs for the little Troopers because the sith lord REFUSES TO PAY $19.00 for a fig" - Sith Lord|
Dear Sith Lord, please, allow us to give a reply to you. Us, the Flikhicubano Mountaineers from the Snowy Florida Mountains would love to pull your ears on this one! After our nice black beans and rice meal last night and relaxing on our recliners, Sony laptops on our laps, of course, we decided it was time to read Sandtroopers, our daily feed of Star Wars information.
Much to our dismay, we were stroke by this incredibly selfish comment you made! Why in God's world will you bend the cards??? Ahhhhhhhh, 'cause you are so upset 'cause you can't find any new figures???!!! What about the REST OF THE FRIKKIN' COUNTRY? Do you think it is any easier for others to find new figures? YET! we do not go around bending cards and saying it is done to stop the scalpers from getting mint ones? Sir, PLEEEEEEEEEASE! you are stressing us out! If you want to keep the scalpers away from getting something you could help by doing this:
B) Why not putting them on lay-away, if you already have them, and offer them to others?
C) Why not buy those figures you're willing to BEND! and bring them here and offer them to others?
On another note, Where in God's world is THE CHAD? Dood, us Flikhincubanos Mountaineers miss all your crying, desperate notes and so forth. Did you get upset at us due to our last post mentioning you? Dood, we even made you honorary member of our local club and have made a few dart boards having THE CHAD at the bull's eye. You are famous within our mountain community!
Truly, are you finding all your little plastic men , o.k? Are you realizing everything is still in production? No, no, no ... Hasbro hasn't stopped making Clone Wars!
We bet that Target store you work at is hooking you up with some juicy deals! Right? RIGHT! How about picking up some extras and sharing your good fortunate. Remember the motto here is: United we Find! it isn't United we cry! We rather hear from you saying you are ready to hookup someone than seeing your tears fill up buckets! Keep that in mind, CHATTY CHAT!
Well, as a final note we have a quick Florida update on the state of the hobby. The Flikhincubano Mountaineers have found squat! That is correct, stores are packed with vast amounts of nothing. Peg hooks are falling down from the dust accumulation, shelves are caving in due to so much air circulation BUT, we do not cry. We fight the good fight, never letting our pants down!
Cigars in hand, sling shots ready, residue of our last meal still sticking to our teeth we attack! Deep in the night we get what we want, our figures! We, the toy liberators! We the Flikhincubanos!
And as for our good bye now, here is our pray:
Mismo di ahora dei juguetes di nuestros di queremos! Fretta in su! uniamo in modo da possiamo ottenere di che cosa abbiamo bisogno!
|Reach Out and Crush Someone: "Hey guys, if you are having trouble ordering the Silver Fett from their site, the easiest way to order the silver fett is by phone (unfortunately it's not toll free). The number is 1-425-289-0060. I had a problem with my order and I called them and they fixed me right up. Just want to pass it on."|
|"The three leading podracers negotiate Deadman's Pass through the rugged desert wilderness. Exposed to the elements, each racer fights off not only themselves but also the hidden dangers beyond the rocks." Check it out at ACPin SW|
|Bad News: "Hey guys, I want to let you know that Amazon.com canceled my order for the Jedi Council Cinema Scene 2. Do you guys know when these are supposed to hit retail? Is this set even out yet? Is Hasbro still making this? I have only seen the first too, once at Target (they had one of each). Also, what did you think of that 12-inch Chewie that I sent you a pic of. Take care. Thanks."|
This one is Amazon-related Chad, check your other retailers for availability third-quater. Hasbro is still making this. And, yes, that vintage Chewbacca 12-inch was downright decent!
|"Boba-Brett reporting in. NEWSFLASH! Spotted TWO Clonetroopers w/ blue trim, BOTH Cinema Scenes (2 each), 12" Lando, AT-ST & Han (ed. note: where?). Also, Can anyone help me get a silver Fett for cost plus shipping. I do not have an Insider Subscription and this is my favorite character. By the way, got my Sandtroopers T-shirt and want to say THANKS SPICE! It's awesome! MTFBWY!"|
Thanks for sporting the Sandtroopers "Armor," now THAT is awesome!
|"StarconstruX is back in business. After a break of 1/2 year we present a page update and a new strategy. There are new figures made by Lars Intemann and Harald Fl�gge for example 3 different Rancor Keeper, AT-AT Driver, Ewok and Clonetrooper. Markus Gerlach made Jabbas Throne Room and the Arena from Episode2 and there are new "Visitors Customs" (for example "Arrival of the Emperor"). And, finally, our new strategy: After a rest period of 1/2 of a year the StarconstruX team created a new concept for the internet appearance of StarconstruX.|
"Finally, after a lot of requests, we will open the "Material" section of our site. This part of the site will introduce to you the materials that we use for our dioramas and we will try to answer the most frequently asked questions on the basis of samples.
"The biggest change is the fact that you won't be able to order dioramas anymore! We know that some of you will be pissed about that, but we would like to create dioramas that we want to build (not the 16th Executor XXL diorama nor the 12th Mos Eislay diorama). Of course all open orders and confirmed request retain their validity.
"All single steps of the building phase of our new dioramas will be shown weekly (update every Sunday) on our site. Of course you will be able to buy all finished dioramas. You will find more info about that with every new diorama on our site. We think that this new concept is going to be an add-on because we will have the time for completely new dioramas and we will be able to answer your questions, solve your problems and take care of your wishes. Thanks for your help!"