Archived News-July 2005
July 15, 2005
Wars Volume 2 Emmy Nomination
Star Wars Site has announced that Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume
2 scored an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding
Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or More). Chapters
21-25 were the episodes that led directly into the events of
Revenge of the Sith, featuring the capture of Chancellor Palpatine
and Anakin Skywalker's vision-quest on the planet of Nelvaan.
Volume 1 won its nomination, so we will keep our fingers crossed
for Volume 2.
July 14, 2005
Collectibles Resurrects 12-Inch Star Wars Action Figures
You may have noticed that there have not been any new 12-inch
figures released for Episode III since the first wave appeared.
Many fans have been complaining about the lack of quality in the
12-inch line for the past few years. Due to slipping sales, Hasbro
had decided to let the line go and be discontinued. I have always
preferred to get the 12-inch figures rather than the 3-inch
figures because they don't come out as fast, they are harder to
get, and they are fewer in number to collect. I was very
disappointed to see the line fade away. Now there is a new hope!
Westlake Village, CA - July 14th, 2005 - Sideshow Collectibles
announced today the acquisition of the license to manufacture and
distribute a line of 12-inch Star Wars action figures. Sideshow
plans to provide details of the product line later in 2005 via
www.SideshowCollectibles.com, but collectors can look forward to
the new 12-inch figures hitting store shelves (and online) in mid
"We are excited to expand our relationship with Lucasfilm,
and to begin working with Hasbro," said Greg Anzalone, CEO of
Sideshow Collectibles. "As dedicated fans of both the Star
Wars saga and the previous Hasbro product, we aspire to bring a
new level of detail and authenticity to the 12-inch figure
Kenner, a division of Hasbro, first introduced 12-inch Star Wars
figures in 1978. Hasbro reintroduced the format in 1996, producing
updated versions of classic characters like Luke Skywalker, Han
Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader. "Over the last 10
years, we've produced over 150 different 12-inch Star Wars
figures," said Derryl DePriest, Hasbro's Director of
Marketing for the Star Wars brand. "We have chosen Sideshow
to carry the torch because they have an unparalleled reputation
for producing quality limited edition 12-inch figures."
Sideshow Collectibles announced the 12-inch figure license on the
one-year anniversary of the premiere of Sideshow's first Star Wars
offerings. Sideshow began solicitations for a line of high-end
Premium Format 1/4 Scale Figures at the San Diego Comic-Con
International show in July of 2004. More recently, Sideshow
Collectibles announced a line of life-size Star Wars busts.
"The 12-inch Star Wars line really complements our previous
series of Star Wars collectibles. Our larger scale, high-end Star
Wars offerings are perfect as centerpieces in any collection.
They're museum quality representations of the most heroic and
villainous characters, and they're BIG," says Tom Gilliland,
Creative Director at Sideshow Collectibles. "The 12-inch line
packs the same quality & detail into a smaller and more
affordable package. This 12-inch series also enables us to go even
broader in our character selection than we have gone previously.
Fans of the previous Hasbro 12-inch figures will be excited by our
character choices - our goal is to enhance, expand, and update the
amazing collection that Hasbro has offered."
"The alliance between Sideshow and Hasbro grew out of mutual
respect within the two companies," said Casey Collins,
Director of Domestic Licensing & Retail Marketing at
Lucasfilm. "Designers at Sideshow were collecting Hasbro
product, designers at Hasbro were collecting Sideshow product.
Sideshow has a fresh and unique approach to the 12-inch
collectible figure category - we recognized the potential in the
July 14, 2005
Star Wars Site has provided information about upcoming comics.
As Comic-Con International begins in San Diego, Dark Horse Comics
has news of their upcoming titles hitting stores later this Fall.
Dissent in the ranks! Janek Sunber finds himself at odds -- and
at gunpoint -- with his fellow officers over the treatment of
Imperial prisoners. Hardly an auspicious start to his new
assignment, and made all the worse because the internal conflict
blinds the Imperials to the presence of Rebel infiltrators in
But the biggest shock to Sunber -- and the Rebels -- is yet to
come, from a most unexpected quarter! Allegiances are strained,
identities are revealed, and a major strike against the Empire is
in the offing. An issue that should not be missed!
"The Wrong Side of the War" arc continues, with the
third installment of a five-part story in Star Wars: Empire
#38, featuring the talents of Welles Hartley, Davidé Fabbri,
Christian Dalla Vecchia, with a cover by David Michael Beck. It is
scheduled for release on October 5.
On Wedge Antilles' home planet, Corellia, he and the other
members of Rogue Squadron are all that stand between an unarmed
populace and a terrorist attack by remnants of Palpatine's
Even the budding Jedi powers of Luke Skywalker won't be enough
to tip the scales in the Rogues' favor, and to snatch victory from
the jaws of this defeat may cost the life of one of their own!
High-flying action with the most popular heroes of the Expanded
Universe, in Star Wars: X-wing -- Rogue Leader #2 (of 3).
This series features the work of writer Haden Blackman,
illustrator Tomás Giorello and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with
cover art by Gary Erskine. It is scheduled for release on October
A Clone Wars battle rages on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk.
Victory is in sight for the armies of the Republic, led by Jedi
Masters Yoda, Luminara Unduli, and Quinlan Vos, but none of them
are aware that victory will lead to a betrayal that will change
the galaxy forever. There is one chance to survive, and one course
remaining to any who survive ... The fate of the Jedi Order is
sealed, but a single Jedi may find a path to the future ... or to
Star Wars: Republic #83 chronicles the second part of
the three-part "The Hidden Enemy" storyline, covering
events during and after Revenge of the Sith. It features
the work of John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parson and Brad
Anderson. It is scheduled for release on October 26.
Many on both sides of the Clone Wars have been wounded or
killed. But the war has taken its toll on the survivors, too.
Consumed by the belief that the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress still
lives, Obi-Wan Kenobi has temporarily forsaken his duties and
recruited Anakin Skywalker in his desperate hunt for Ventress. But
Anakin believes that Obi-Wan is chasing a ghost -- because he
himself killed Ventress. And Anakin's doubts about his
former Master's quest are not assuaged when, following the trail
of the rumors of Ventress' existence, they walk into a trap set by
their old enemies, the bounty hunter Durge and Count Dooku!
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 7 -- When They Were
Brothers is a 144-page trade paperback collection of the
entire Star Wars: Obsession story arc, plus the 2005 Free
Comic Book Day comic. It is scheduled for release on November 30,
and features the work of Haden Blackman, Miles Lane, Brian Ching,
Nicola Scott and Tomás Giorello.
July 14, 2005
Buy From Holy “Crap” Toys!!
In May I registered with EBay to become a new user because I had
some money to spend for my birthday. I had always been weary of
the on-line auction, but may friends buy from the site daily with
a ton of success. I finally decided after several years of debate
to make the plunge. I had a horrible experience that I will share
with you after some background.
I decided to buy some 12”figures that I wanted. My first
successful purchase was a set of Pit Droids and R2-A6 from the
Episode I 12” collection. I was very pleased with the entire
process, so I went back for more.
My second purchase was for the 12" Star Wars Collector Series
Grand Moff Tarkin and Imperial Gunner, a FAO SCHAWRZ Exclusive.
Again, it was a great transaction and I was starting to enjoy
myself and build some confidence in the EBay process.
My third purchase was for the complete Star Wars Cantina Band (6
Band Members) from the 12" Star Wars Collector Series. This
Wal-Mart exclusive featured DOOIKK NA’TS with Fizzz, ICKABEL
with Fanfar, FIGRIN D’AN with Kloo Horn, TEDN with Fanfar, NALAN
with Bandfill, and TECH with Ommni Box. It was fantastic!
For my fourth experience on EBay, I purchased a 3” figure Star
Wars Previews Exclusive Sandcrawler from Holy Crap Toys. I will
come back to them in a minute.
My fifth and final EBay purchase with the last of the birthday
money was for a Chancellor Valorum & Coruscant Guard 12"
figure. This was from the Episode I collection and was a Fan Club
exclusive. I had another very pleasant experience.
Now back to Holy Crap Toys. Before purchasing the Sandcrawler, I
contacted the man in charge of Holy Crap Toys to see if this was a
mint item in a mint box since I am a collector. He responded and
said that it was a mint box or very close to mint. I purchased the
Sandcrawler on May 11th.
After several weeks of the item not coming, I e-mailed several
times to try and get a status report. Nothing! After almost a
month, I sent an e-mail that I was going to file a complaint and
take it to the next level. Magically he contacts me to say he has
been staring in a movie and been away. Yeah…whatever. I get the
item a week later and it is very dirty as if it has been in a sand
storm and the box is pretty well beat up! I would not call that
mint or near mint!
I tried to contact Holy Crap Toys again to let him know that I was
completely dissatisfied and I had paid for insurance to prevent
any damage. After asking what he was going to do to resolve the
problem, I get nothing. Yet he is still selling other Previews
Exclusive Sandcrawlers. All I wanted was a better one and not
Yesterday, after more than 60 days trying to resolve this purchase
I finally gave him negative feedback on EBay about my experience.
He had never given me feedback on my immediate Pay Pal payment,
and that should have been a clue. After he saw my negative
feedback, he turns around and within 30 minutes posts negative
feedback about me being a new EBay buyer that doesn’t know what
to do and calls me a jerk! I now have a totally bad taste for the
EBay thing. My recommendation to you is this… Never buy from
Holy Crap Toys on EBay and never visit their lame website at http://www.holycraptoys.com.
You will get “Crap” in merchandise, communication and service,
hence the name! I should have known better than to use them or
EBay. Don’t be fooled!
If you have comments or a similar situation, please send me an
July 13, 2005
Burt's Purge Scourge
Craig Burt has provided a new outstanding painting to the Featured
Artist section! It has been a while since he has done a
painting, so we are excited to see the new piece. It features an
Episode III collage of the Jedi Purge. Thanks Craig! Also, be sure
to see his outstanding gallery of work with Craig
Burt's Paintings and also Craig
Burt's Cartoons! You can find other great work at the Featured
Artists section. Enjoy!
July 12, 2005
Courier Issue #7
The seventh issue of Galactic Voyage's Coruscant
Courier has arrived! In this latest fictional feature by
Arianaeirlys aka Jedi Jin Su we have:
NEW LOOK AND LAYOUT TO THE COURIER
JEDI: FRIEND OR FOE?
GALACTIC SENATE TO IMPERIAL
WHERE IN THE GALAXY?
EYES ON THE STARZ-SPECIAL
WHAT DOES THE FORCE HAVE IN MIND FOR YOU?
Arianaeirlys has done an outstanding job with Issue
#7, and I think you all will really enjoy it! So go have look
at the latest Coruscant
July 12, 2005
Unseen Queen and Tatooine Ghost-Revisited
I talked a bit about some of the great new novels coming our way
in the wake of Episode III, notably the new adventures of our
classic heroes Luke, Han and Leia and their friends and family in
the new Dark Nest trilogy. Here is a first look at the cover art
for the second installment of the trilogy coming out September 27th.
From what I have read of the plot, it appears that may be a new
Sith Lord involved in this storyline, but what is more interesting
to me is the NAME of this new alien threat...they are Killik.
For those of you up on the expanded universe, the Killik are the
mysterious and ancient insectoid aliens that once called Alderaan
home before it was populated by Humans. In the novel Tatooine
Ghost, which takes place shortly after Han and Leia have been
married, these ancient insectoids are named (the first time to my
knowledge, but I could be wrong) and are represented in an old moss
painting called Killik Twilight. The painting had hung upon the
halls of the Royal Palace of Alderaan all Leia's life. Shortly after the destruction of Alderaan it was found that the painting
had in fact been on lone to a museum on Coruscant, but
mysteriously became missing. That is until it turns up at an
auction on Tatooine.
So we come full circle again, the mysterious Killik are very well
alive and are threatened, and look to the Jedi as the traitor in
this second installment of the Dark Nest Trilogy...
July 11, 2005
The latest Homing Beacon has arrived and today's topic is
Comic-Con. San Diego Comic-Con International is coming July
13-17, to the San Diego Convention Center. The con is referred to
as the biggest comic and pop culture gathering in North America.
It can be a little daunting, especially for first-timers, with its
acres of exhibits and days and evenings of shows and panels.
There is a lot planned for Star Wars fans at Comic-Con
International, too. Here are a few inside tips to help you get the
most out of your weekend. For a more detailed list, including
times for specific prize drawings, check The Insider's Guide to Star
Wars at Comic-Con International on starwars.com starting
Start your weekend in the Star Wars Pavilion on the huge
Exhibit Hall floor, and come back often. There will be fifteen Star
Wars licensees exhibiting in the pavilion, plus Hyperspace:
The Official Star Wars Fan Club, and StarWarsShop.com.
Here's just a taste of what they will have to offer:
All give-aways and sale items available while supplies last.
- The webcam will be set up in the Pavilion, and Hyperspace
members can send live, virtual greeting cards to their friends
online by posing in front of the cam with their messages.
- StarWarsShop.com -- Comic-Con has the world debute of three
cool new products at StarWarsShop.com: the Holographic
Princess Leia action figure, a new Comic-Con T-shirt, and Vader:
The Ultimate Guide souvenir magazine.
- LucasArts -- Preview Star Wars Battlefront II and
Empire at War; Play Star Wars Galaxies: The Total
Experience. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the
Sith tournaments start daily at 11:00 AM.
- 3-Day Blinds and Dan River -- Sign up to win the Star
Wars Dream Bedroom.
- Alienware -- Check out their "light side" and
"dark side" ultimate Star Wars PCs.
- Anthony Grandio -- Comic-Con limited editions: Path to the
Dark Side Premiere Pack & Commemorative Cache; Darth Vader
checkbook covers. Plus Clone Wars leather checkbook covers;
Celebrity autograph sessions.
- Cingular -- Comic-Con exclusive Darth Vader wallpaper, plus Star
Wars ringtones and more.
- Code 3 Collectibles -- Silent auction for the #1 X-wing
starfighter. Proceeds to Artists for New South Africa.
- Dorling Kindersley Books -- Publishers of beautiful Star
Wars books, including Revenge of the Sith Visual
Dictionary and Incredible Cross Sections.
- Fossil -- Star Wars watches and collectibles.
- Kurt S. Adler -- It's the holidays in July! Four holiday
trees, including Star Wars decorations.
- LEGO -- "Guess the Number of Bricks" contests
- Master Replicas -- Sign up for the "Live the
Dream" Star Wars Sweepstakes; Celebrity autograph
- Official Pix - Stars of the Star Wars saga
autographing daily; official photos. Check with Official Pix
for specific days, hours, and locations for each star. Amy
Allen (Aayla Secura); Kenny Baker (R2-D2); Michonne Bourriague
(Aurra Sing); Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett); Peter Mayhew
(Chewbacca); Rena Owen (Taun We, Nee Alavar) Ray Park (Darth
Maul); Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian); Matthew Wood
(Voice of General Grievous); All autograph appearances are
subject to last-minute changes due to professional or other
- Rubie's Costumes -- Sign up to win high-end, limited-edition
Star Wars collectibles.
There are a host of Star Wars events planned outside the
Friday -- Star Wars Day at Comic-Con International:
Great Star Wars Books on the Horizon. Authors Jonathan
Rinzler and Steve Sansweet. 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM; Room 9
Star Wars Trivia Game Show. San Diego Star Wars
Society. 12:30 PM -- 1:30 PM; Room 9
Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars: Past, Present, and Future.
Editors Randy Stradley and Jeremy Barlow. 1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM; Room
Master Replicas -- Star Wars Props. Stephen Dymszo,
Vice-President of Product Design. 2:30 PM -- 3:30 PM; Room 9
What's New, and What's Coming at Hasbro. Hasbro's Star Wars
Marketing and Design teams. 3:30 PM -- 4:30 PM; Room 9
Star Wars Spectacular from Lucasfilm. Steve Sansweet,
the company's Head of Fan Relations, will cap Star Wars Day
with peeks and previews into what's on the horizon. 4:45 -- 6:15
PM; Hall H
Saturday -- Star Wars Category at the Comic-Con
Star Wars Category at the Comic-Con Masquerade. The
individual or group judged to have the best Star Wars
costume will receive a special limited-edition prize from the
Lucas Licensing archives. 8:30 PM; Ballroom 20
Sunday -- Kids' Day:
How to Draw Star Wars. Cartoonist Randy Martinez will teach
a class especially for kids on how to draw favorite Star Wars
characters. Parents should be prepared to have fun, too! 11:30 AM
-- 12:30 PM; Room 1 AB