SW Collecting NEWS:
5/20/06: The SWcollecting.com forums are now a
read-only archive. And I'd like to close with this simple statement
that is never the less from the heart: Thank you for being a part of
our special community, and in all your Star Wars collecting
endeavours... may the Force be with you! - JT
has acquired his site SirStevesGuide.com
and has reopened the site and its forums. As they are where most of us
came from, including myself, SWC will become a read-only archive on
has photos of the Original
OT DVD box art, done in a similar style to the previous OT DVD box
art, but with different photo montages meant to suggest the movies'
original theatrical posters. Also, this time around, the widescreen is
gold rather than silver.
has photos of 3 upcoming OT
DVD commemorative figure sets. Like some other previous DVD
commemorative sets, these are all repacked figures.
points out that the WM-wave-1
Titanium Series I mentioned yesterday are reshipping in mass-retail
wave #8 along with Anakin's green Jedi Starfighter, the regular
Republic Gunship, and AT-RT (the latter 2 were previously
exclusive to WM's 2nd wave).
an image in the forums of the first advertisement for the Original
Trilogy DVDs. The ad appears to be for trade publication use rather
than for consumers as it makes mention of brand sales and unit pricing.
The ad says the MSRP on each movie will be $29.98, and the Sept 12th
street date will coincide with the release of not only the LEGO Star
Wars II: OT game but also all-new toys.
first 4 Titanium Series 3" vehicles
started showing up again at Wal-mart stores this past weekend, several
sightings (Southern California, New Jersey, Montana, and Nevada). The original Titanium Series 3" line was exclusive to Wal-mart and
out in early '05, its first wave had the die-cast X-wing, Millennium
Falcon, TIE Fighter, and Boba Fett's Slave I - these WM-exclusives all
have the Star Wars logo above the Titanium Series logo unlike the
newer, mass-release TS vehicles. The recently-found WM-wave 1 vehicles
had the original packaging.
UPDATE: LTBasker points out that these
recently-found versions are
different from the originals in that these have a black choke-hazard
warning sticker and a black "Die Cast" sticker under the SW logo.
Figrin bran reports in that the LEGO store in
Glendale, CA, has the Imperial Star Destroyer and Jabba's Sail Barge
sets in stock on their shelves now, along with the new Royal Guard
LusiferSam reports in that LEGO's shop-at-home website has the 2 summer
SW LEGO sets - 6211 Star
Destroyer $99.99, and 6210
Jabba's Sail Barge $74.99 - available now at MSRP. These are not
exclusives, but if you want to get them now rather than later, this is
a good option.
Rebelscum has posted carded photos of the upcoming Endor
wave, including a separate post of the Ewok-throne
C-3PO with articulated knees.
Hasbro has plans to release 3
this fall, including the AAT battle tank in Geonosis-red, the Hailfire
Droid in Separatist-blue, and Darth Vader's Sith Starfighter - a black
repaint of the Ep 3 Jedi Starfighter. (There are no photos of Vader's
Sith Starfighter yet, the one seen on EE is not of the actual item.)
Sideshow's previews their newest 1/4-scale Premium Format figure, Dagobah
Luke with Yoda.
Sideshow has set aside some of their SDCC-exclusive Medicom Vinyl Super
Deformed 501st Clone Troopers for non-attendees, these will go on priority-preorder
tomorrow, Friday, May 12th, from 10am to noon PST. Sideshow has also
of this exclusive VSD 501st Clone.
Planning to get Sideshow's SDCC-exclusive Medicom Vinyl Super Deformed
501st Clone Trooper at Comic-Con? Priority-preorders for Comic-Con
attendees are tomorrow, Thursday the 11th, at 10am to noon PST.
Sideshow warns that there are no pictures available at this time, but
preorders can always be canceled.
Sideshow has sent out the first alert emails about 12" ROTS Anakin
shipping in the next 20-25 days, if you haven't double-checked all your
shipping info (proper address, credit card #, expiration date) now is
the time to do it.
TFormers.com has put up a photo of
the Star Wars
Transformers boxed Han
and Chewie/Millennium Falcon deluxe set. The 2pack is in try-me
packaging as it has electronic lights and sounds - the sticker is in
front of Han but the actual hole is above Chewie.
Hasbro's role-play Stormtrooper Blaster gets a new
gunmetal paintjob, still complete with lights and sounds. This
role-play blaster has been around since '96 when it was the white
BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle, later repainted in camo, and is currently
painted black available now in ROTS packaging as the Clone Trooper
Blaster - brings new meaning to the phrase "long live the Empire".
official SW site has added
an article with the following phrase - "In response to overwhelming
demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
will release..." (ooh, I'm all atwitter, aren't you?)
The fans have spoken, the ORIGINAL Original Trilogy
released on DVD September 12th!!!(The same day as the LEGO SW II:OT
video game) This is the pre-Special Edition theatrical version of the
classic SW trilogy, but it'll only be available from September to the
end of December so don't miss it.
KBtoys.com has finally got the VTSC
Tusken Raider available for order, and still just $9.99, only a
week after the other 4 VTSC, better late than never? They've also still
Pilot, and Greedo
as well, but
the Biker Scout sold out in the first day. Anyway, thanks again to
speck2001 for reporting this listing.
Forumite dr_evazan22 has received an email from Master Replicas letting
him know his Qui-Gon Jinn Limited Edition Lightsaber has
arrived in MR's US distribution warehouse and is ready to ship. The Qui-Gon
LE Saber listing on MR's website has also changed to "in stock!"
The video game "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy" has
been hotly anticipated even before it was announced, the first LEGO
Star Wars game based around the Prequels has been a smash hit and
looks to spawn an amazing sequel. StarWars.com has a full-length
trailer for LEGO SW II:OT full of great visuals, amazing
gameplay, and lots of fun - this game looks like it's gonna be
fantastic, look for it September 12th.
One month ago today,
April 4th, SWcollecting.com opened its doors and welcomed its first
visitors to the newest site about Star Wars collecting. With
over 100 forum users and 10,000 posts, we've made this a fun place to
hang out, and I cannot thank you all enough for making that possible.
Mayday, Mayday!It's the first of May, making this the second month for
good ol' SWC (the actual 1-month anniversary is on the 4th) - we've
existed in April and now we exist in May. Today should also see the
forums reach their 10,000th post! Congratulations gang, and
thanks to all of you for making SWcollecting.com a fun place to visit.
- On the 24th, I reported spotting 3 of the "Ep III Greatest Hits"
figures at a Wal-mart in CA, the sighting was accurate, I just didn't
close enough attention to their cards to notice that they weren't
called that anymore, they are actually "The Episode III Heroes and
Villains Collection", of which you can see in this
auction for all 12.
Looking for 4 of the 5 VTSC (Vintage-style The Saga Collection)
figures? Looking for remarkably cheap shipping (I paid $4.84
for standard shipping from 3000 miles away) and no sales tax
except in Massachusetts,
Virginia, and Colorado? Speck2001 found all the VTSC - except for the
Tusken Raider - at KBtoys.com and they're really in-stock (at least at
1:10pm PST they are), so pick up VTSC Biker
Pilot, and Greedo
before they sell out.
UPDATE: El Chuxter points out that the Biker
Scout sold out at 4:30pm PST, but the other 3 are still available.
SDCC-exclusive 'Anakin as Vader Sith Apprentice' 12" figure
is now available for priority preorder to non-attendees, and in an
unsual twist, the attendee version is $54.99 while the non-attendee
version is $59.99 (and of course, non-attendees have to pay
shipping & handling on top of that).
ones are available after noon PST, they'll be made available for
UPDATE: It's 11:15am PST and the non-attendee
allotment for SDCC Anakin as Vader 12" figure is now sold out, you can
sign up for the waiting list by clicking
Tomorrow, Friday morning at 10am PST, Sideshow will be making the
SDCC-exclusive 'Anakin as Vader Sith Apprentice' 12" figure
available for preorder to those who are NOT attending the convention,
instead having the figure shipped to them.
The new The Saga Collection boxes for the Ep 3 Obi-Wan and
Anakin Jedi Starfighter vehicles have been spotted at Toys R Us in Los
Angeles, CA, by me, JT.
ToyNewsInternational has posted a photo of 2
upcoming Titanium Forged die-cast metal 3.75" figures, IG-88
and a Clone Trooper. Thanks to Beast for pointing it out.
Tomorrow, Thursday morning at 10am PST, Sideshow will be making the San
Diego Comic Con 'Anakin as Vader Sith Apparentice' exclusive 12" figure
available for priority preorder to ONLY those who are planning
to attend the convention - if you are not planning to attend the
convention, the priority preorder for non-attendees will be Friday
Sideshow has started sending out "2 weeks to shipping" notification
emails about their Premium Format General Grievous to those who
preordered it. Warstar and Hellboy both received those emails
yesterday. The $450
premium Grievous is limited to 4,000 pieces total (2,500 regular
edition, 1,500 Sideshow Exclusive edition), stands 25" tall, is made of
metal, plastic, and resin, ships at a whopping 15 pounds, and the SE
version comes with his cloth cape.
Tformers.com, a Transformers fan site, has put up carded photos of
the wave 3 Star Wars Transformers - Emperor Palpatine/Imperial Shuttle,
Jango Fett/AOTC Slave I, and Clone Pilot/ARC-170. Palpatine comes "some
assembly required" with the center wing disconnected.
Wal-mart in Duarte, CA today had 3 of the Star Wars "Episode III
Greatest Hits" figures, specifically Mace Windu, Chewbacca, and
"Jedi-kick" Obi-Wan (I didn't see any signs of the other 9 case-mates
tho'). These Ep 3 Greatest Hits figures are repacks from last year's
ROTS line now in TSC-style packaging, including TSC hologram minifigs.
Banthaholic has found several new Star Wars holiday items on the Kurt
S. Adler company's website which were not among last year's releases.
The new sets include a 6-piece
mPire ornament set, 2 different 8-piece mPire ornament sets ("The
Force" and "The
Dark Side"), a new resin mPire Boba
Fett with Clonetrooper
pairs ornament, and - most surprisingly - a new Steinbach
Yoda Nutcracker (which appears to be an in-progress
photo). I believe also the 2 sets of 3 resin Star Wars movie
poster ornaments (Prequels
Trilogy) are new as well. Althought not yet confirmed as such,
these are believed to be
part of Adler's '06 Star Wars holiday lineup.
On NBC tonight at 11:30pm EST/PST, Saturday Night Live is a
rerun. "Why is that at all interesting or Star Wars-related?" you ask?
Because it's a rerun of Natalie Portman hosting the show from
this past February, which includes a Star Wars-themed opening monologue
and Natalie's infamous rap video, both of which will no doubt look a
heck of a lot better on actual TV than downloaded off YouTube.
Update - Pegger's earlier report of Canadian UGH figures now has photos
of the ones Pegger himself bought. Check out the photos in the forums,
madness I tell you!
Hasbro has 2 exclusive Stormtroopers in the news today - first up, the
StarWarsShop.com-exclusive Shadow Stormtrooper was opened
for preorder today, the all-black VOTC-body Stormtrooper is $15
each plus shipping, limit 5, and ship date is August 1st.
Also, Rebelscum has news
and a photo of a San Diego Comic Con-exclusive VOTC-body 501st
Legion Stormtrooper who comes with a special display and banner. (I
can't say I'm too keen on the Roman-character text on this thing's
chest, should be Aurebesh characters.)
Some Gentle Giant news, Turbowars has posted
news and a photo
of GG's upcoming Cantina Band Bust-Up 5pack, due this September. Also,
the animated-style ANH Leia with R2 statue is now available for order,
BlueSnaggletooth has posted
a photo of it in the forums.
Rictor (aka gayjedi in the forums) reported in that he found the latest
Titanium Series 5pack - the one with the Raw Metal Death Star,
repainted Imperial Star Destroyer, Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, and
Imperial Shuttle - at a Wal-mart in Las Vegas a few days
ago, and Darth Michael found some at a WM in the Austin, TX area, so
the hunt is on yet again.
Slicker reports in that wave 2 of the Titanium Series Forged Figures
(Bossk and Sandtrooper) have been spotted at a Wal-mart in Virginia.
Sideshow has added photos
and preorder details for the SDCC-exclusive 12" Anakin as Darth
Vader Sith Apprentice.
El Chuxter reports in that the sought-after Kmart-exclusive ROTS battle pack "Jedi Temple Assault"
(Anakin, a Clone Pilot, and 3 quick-draw Clone Troopers with
501st blue paintjobs) from last year has been spotted by Slicker and Kidhuman (both in Virginia)
and himself (in California) in the last few days. Unfortunately, Chux
also points out that the set still ships with the other ROTS
K-mart battle pack, the "Imperial Throne Room" turkey.
Master Replicas today made the ROTJ Boba
Fett Blaster rifle prop replica available for preorder to the
general public. For only a hundred bucks extra, you can get the Jeremy
Bulloch Signature Edition, only 1000 will ever be available - that's
the way I'd go if I could afford this piece.
Pegger reports that he has been told by a Canadian e-tailer that there
are to be Canadian tri-lingo UGH figures complete with starfield
background (if you don't know, American cards have the movie
photo behind the figure, Canadian cards have a generic starfield).
If this is correct, it could become a debacle for completists worse
than POTF2 Boba Fett error-variants or R5-D4's 13 variants of doom, 60
different foreign UGH repacks (10 UGH figs times 6 random holos in
each). For more, check out the Canadian
UGH thread in the forums.
put together the site logo, and changed the look of the site's main
page as well - you should be staring at both right now.
having a sale until the 15th, Star Wars items include SW Hasbro - buy
any 2 action figures or accessories, get a 3rd free - and all LEGO -
buy 1, get 2nd half-off.
In other Master Replicas news, the MR blog reports that the Qui-Gon
Collectors Edition saber (the lower-priced full-sized lightsaber prop
replica) has been changed from resin to die-cast metal, an excellent
has reported receiving his Darth
Maul Force FX Lightsaber 2pack, creating the FX double-saber, so this
bad boy is apparently shipping now.
has found all 5 of the
VTSC (Vintage-style Saga2) figures at a Target store in Southern
California. The hunt, ladies and gentlemen, is officially "on".
has posted news and a photo in the
forums of Master Replicas' Boba Fett ROTJ rifle replica, available both
as a limited and a signature edition. Preorders for CS members on 4/11.
here to check it out. *(correction note, last night I
accidentially put "ESB")
announced their 2
Star War sexclusives
today, a Medicom Super Deformed figure (which
they describe as a "Brand New Character"), and 12" Anakin as Darth
Sith Apprentice - which is likely the "sith eyes" version everybody was
guessing it'd be. News of edition sizes and priority preordering coming
MY PRIDE!" SWC's
experienced an unusual glitch today,
apologies for the 2 hours of downtime. Am working on other hosting
Hunter has posted pictures of the next wave of Titanium
vehicles - Ep 3 Millennium Falcon, Luke on Speeder Bike, and the Ep 1
Republic Cruiser (originally released in the Ep 1 Micro
Machines line) - plus the latest 5-pack exclusive set with the
"Raw Metal" Death Star.
though Master Replica's Darth Maul Force FX
Lightsaber isn't due out until May, DarthQuack and Tycho have received
emails from MR about the Maul FX coming to US shores soon, Tycho's
account has even been charged for his.
| 4/5/06: The
official Star Wars Hasbro
updated with images
of the TSC
Endor wave - Chief Chirpa, Moff Jerjerrod, Death Star Gunner, Endor
C-3PO, and rehash Emperor Palpatine.
live now. SWC news coming soon. Thanks for
dropping by! - JT