<CENTER>25th Anniversary Packs: Detailed Pictures and Review 12/31/01</CENTER> <center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/han></center><BR>Soon to hit retail market, Hasbro celebrates 25 years of Star Wars with this unique line of 2-packs, beautifully encased in an all new window box design. The detail and likeness to real life characters of these sets surely will please everyone. Find over 15 detailed pictures an a review of two of the three sets scheduled for release this first month of 2002<BR>"DEATH STAR ESCAPE" featuring two brand new sculpts of Han Solo and Chewbacca and "SWING TO FREEDOM" also featuring two new sculpts of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.<BR>I will have detailed pictures and a review this weekend on the third set "FINAL DUEL" featuring an all new Darth Vader and Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. <BR>Feast your eyes now <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=732">HERE</a> and make sure to keep visiting THE BOTHAN SPY, we bring you detailed pictures and news like no one else does. Enjoy!<BR> <BR><center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/luke></center> <CENTER>___________________________________ Anniversary 2-Packs showing up nationwide 12/31/01</CENTER> Yakface.com is reporting that the anniversary 2-packs are showing up across the States, and mostly at Wal-Mart. Both the Han/Chewie and Luke/Leia sets seem to be available, and in decent numbers. Do not pay the scalpers! <CENTER>___________________________________ Figure Of The Year 12/31/01</CENTER> Our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.artoosnews.com">Artoo's News</A> have announced their selections for the Figure Of The Year. They have also covered practically every category here including vehicles, twelve inchers, Palm Talkers, etc. Plus, you may even catch a few letdowns in there. They are also encouraging that you cast your vote as well. Sounds like a bit of fun so stop by and cast your vote as well as check the results.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.artoosnews.com/images/fotyiheader.gif></CENTER> <CENTER>___________________________________ Giveaway at Sandtroopers 12/30/01</CENTER> Our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.sandtroopers.com">Sandtroopers</A> are giving away the super cool Fine Molds' 1/72 scale X-Wing model kit. Here are some of the great features for this sweet looking ship.<BR>*Wings open and close after completion<BR>*Landing gear can be removed and replaced after completion<BR>*Canopy can be completed open or closed<BR>*Parts included for Red 1, Red 2, Red 3, or Red 5 (Red leader, Wedge, Biggs and Luke, respectively -- the engines differ slightly!)<BR>*Fuselage and wings can be mated after all painting is completed!<BR>*Includes standing and seated pilot and droid figures, plus multiple droid heads for the fuselage - with proper painting instructions<BR>*Decals included for the canopy frame, both weathered and clean red wing and fuselage markings, and the droids<BR>*Includes display stand and boarding ladder parts, too<BR><BR>This really is an incredible lloking piece and definitely something you may want in your collection. Stop by Sandtroopers and submit your entry. <CENTER>___________________________________ E2 Jango Fett Spoiler 12/30/01</CENTER> George, over at <a href="http://www.sandtroopers.com/">Sandtroopers</a>, sent over some info, that they have a spoiler pic of a Jango Fett 4" figure. Head over and check it out, before it's gone. <CENTER>___________________________________ One Shots, IOC Style 12/30/01</CENTER> The <A HREF="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">Imperial Officers' Club</A> has added some new one shots for your viewing pleasure. So, make sure you stop by and give a shout out to Ian at the IOC. <CENTER>___________________________________ Decipher loses Star Wars liscense 12/29/01</CENTER> <A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">RebelScum.com</A> has reported that Lucasfilm has not renewed the liscense to decipher for the popular Star Wars CCG. The current liscense expires in April of next year, and it appears that Hasbro's Wizards of the Coast gaming section will pick up the CCG liscense. Furthermore, the games produced by WotC will not be compatible with any of the Decipher Star Wars games. For more on the story, there is an interview with the Decipher CEO <A HREF="http://www.decipher.com/starwars/announcement122801.html">here</A>. <CENTER>___________________________________ The deathstarplans are not in the computer 12/28/01</CENTER> Here's a new site to check out........<BR><a href="http://www.deathstarplans.com/">Deathstarplans.com</a> features star wars figure guides, forums, a chatroom, and many more fun sections. This site was started on Nov 24th 2001 and is still undergoing many new pages and images. The guides feature carded and loose figure images from both vintage and modern lines. Remember the SWTrade Zones? Well its back within our new forums. Anyone wanna trade? So head over and check them out. <CENTER>___________________________________ Site Update 12/28/01</CENTER> The front page has undergone a bit of a facelift. Everything is exactly where it was before, so don't worry about getting lost. The changes are entirely cosmetic. Hopefully, everyone will like the change.<BR><BR>Also, we are starting a long running contest that will be held concurrently with our regular contests. Click <A HREF="http://www.thebothanspy.com/contest2.html">here</A> for details on that. If you have questions about this contest, you may find answers in our forum.<BR><BR>However, the biggest news is that we are welcoming Ian Cowley (better known as Barada) to the site as a staff member. He's been a great contributer in the forums and will continue doing a wonderful job by helping us out with the rest of the site. So, congratulations go out to him. We all look forward to his contributions. <CENTER>___________________________________ Jedi Aries 12/28/01</CENTER> We would like to welcome <A HREF="http://www.jediaries.themonthlypost.com">Jedi Aries</A> to the site as one of our affiliates.<BR><BR>He sends in this information:<BR><BR>"A few Aliens from the Outer Realm Terratories have gotten together and decided to hold a Free Drawing at Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina. The giveaway is for a MOMC POTF2 Red Card Long Saber Ben Kenobi. To enter the drawing just stop in the Cantina at <A HREF="http://www.jediaries.themonthlypost.com">http://www.jediaries.themonthlypost.com</A> <BR>--While you're there, Jedi Aries would like to remind you to visit and join his new ad-free Star Wars discussions forum." <CENTER>___________________________________ Snaggletooth wave sighted in Aus 12/28/01</CENTER> Snaggletooth and Eeth Koth have started to appear in certain Toyworld stores. Also TRU are having their end of year sale with most SW product 50% off mainly 12''stock and other lines. <CENTER>___________________________________ Star Wars Wallpaper 12/27/01</CENTER> The official site <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com/community/downloads/wallpaper/index.html">StarWars.com</A> wants to know if you ever get the feeling your being watched! Check it out now and see an amazing collection of "eyes" from the Star Wars saga titled: Desktop Wallpaper: The Eyes Have it. <CENTER>___________________________________ Merry Christmas 11/25/01</CENTER> <center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/xmasyoda1.1.jpg></center><BR>From everyone at the Bothan Spy, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. <CENTER>___________________________________ Happy Holidays 11/25/01</CENTER> Like the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Even with all the craziness of the stores and traffic, plus the unbearable heat in Florida...it still hasn't dampened my holiday spirits. For me this is a time to spend with family and loved ones, to realize everything we have and to be thankful. So to keep this short I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to the staff and readers of The Bothan Spy. Also, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the great men and women who are serving in the military. They are many miles from home and away from family to ensure that we all have the freedoms that we do. Last but not least, my family....<BR><BR>Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!