December 2001 - Archived

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    <CENTER>25th Anniversary Packs: Detailed Pictures and Review
    12/31/01
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    <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>


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    Anniversary 2-Packs showing up nationwide
    12/31/01
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    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!


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    Figure Of The Year
    12/31/01
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    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>


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    Giveaway at Sandtroopers
    12/30/01
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    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.


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    E2 Jango Fett Spoiler
    12/30/01
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    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.


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    One Shots, IOC Style
    12/30/01
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    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.


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    Decipher loses Star Wars liscense
    12/29/01
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    <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>.


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    The deathstarplans are not in the computer
    12/28/01
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    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.


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    Site Update
    12/28/01
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    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.


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    Jedi Aries
    12/28/01
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    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."


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    Snaggletooth wave sighted in Aus
    12/28/01
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    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.


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    Star Wars Wallpaper
    12/27/01
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    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.


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    Merry Christmas
    11/25/01
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    <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.


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    Happy Holidays
    11/25/01
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    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!
     
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    <CENTER>SOTE GameCube Petition
    12/24/01
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    To all who would like to sign up!! <BR><BR>Petition running for LucasArts Lmt. to remake the great SOTE N64 game for Game Cube. If YOU want to see this happen, Sign up right away!! <BR><BR><BR>Click <A HREF="http://www.petitiononline.com/db23dh/petition.html">here</A> to sign up.


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    Major Target Markdowns
    12/24/01
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    Bothan Spy Josh sends in the following information regarding markdowns on Star Wars product at your local Bullseye retailer.<BR><BR>"Hello Talon. I wanted to let you know that I was at my local Target store and was amazed at all of the items that were currently on clearance. These were 12", 3 3/4", and LEGO merchandise. Here is a list of what I found and what the prices were. I do not know if this is a nation wide markdown but it wouldn't hurt to check.<BR><BR>12 inch Luke & SpeederBike $27.90<BR>12 inch Figures $10.40<BR>POTJ $4.50<BR>LEGO Shuttle Tydirium $24.40<BR>LEGO Watto's Junk Yard $24.40<BR>LEGO TIE Fighter $13.90<BR>LEGO Slave 1 & Landspeeder Combo Pack $10.40<BR><BR>Good luck and thanks for putting out such a great site! Merry Xmas!"<BR><BR>Big thanks to Josh for the heads up and the kind words.


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    UK Star Wars Magazines
    12/24/01
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    Our good pals over at <A HREF="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</A> have some cool news and pics of three Star Wars mags that are available in the UK. Which magazines you say? Well, you will find the Titans Star Wars comic, the official Star Wars magazine, and the premier issue of the highly anticipated Star Wars Fact Files. Be sure to stop by TPU for more info and pics.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.theprivateuniverse.btinternet.co.uk/swmagdec01.gif><CENTER/>


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    Detention Block, Lego Style
    12/22/01
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    <center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/acpintroopers.jpg></center><BR><a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">ACPin's</a> sons are at it again using Legos for their version of the Detention Cell series. So head over and check it out.


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    Joe Kersavage
    12/22/01
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    The winner of the 12" Luke and Yoda, is Joe Kersavage. You have one week to claim your prize, by emailing me <a href="mailto:amshak@thebothanspy.com">HERE</a>.<BR><BR>We will start our next giveaway on Sunday, so be sure and check back.


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    POTJ Zutton and Eeth Koth: Detailed Pictures and Review
    12/21/01
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    Here they are, the last two POTJ figures for 2001. They are Zutton better known as "Snaggletooth," the Snivvian bounty hunter, and Eeth Koth the Iridonian Zabrak from Nar Shaddaa, a Council member and Jedi Master. These two incredibly detailed characters are about to hit retail stores nationwide, so keep your eyes wide opened, you might be able to score them before the year ends.<BR>Find a review and many detailed pictures on this latest addition to the POTJ line, right here in the <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=695">FORUMS</a>.<BR><BR>Ishi Tib<BR><center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/eeth.jpg></center>


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    JediChris Giveaway
    12/20/01
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    Our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">JediChris</A> have anounced a new weekly giveaway. This week you can win some of these great POTJ offerings: Deluxe Amanaman, Deluxe Princess Leia Sail Barge, Darth Maul Sith Apprentice, Scout Trooper, Boomer Damage Battle Droid and Han Solo Bespin Capture. So if you are in need of these figures or just want to try and pick up some extra be sure to stop by <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">JediChris</A> and enter for some free goods. Be sure to tell them The Bothan Spy sent ya!


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    R4-M9
    12/19/01
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    <A HREF="http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnewscontent.cfm?id=305">Hasbro</A> has released information concerning an upcoming figure, R4-M9.<BR><BR>"For the first time ever produced, R4-M9 Astromech Droid with hexagonal head was used to scan the Rebel Blockade Runner Tantive IV™ for the Death Star plans in A New Hope. R4-M9 has a light pipe in his head that glows when held up to light. He also has a clicker in his head. R4-M9 is articulated at the head, legs and ankles and comes with a Death Star mouse droid."<BR><BR><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.thebothanspy.com/r4m9.jpg></CENTER>


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    FX 7 and Deluxe waves appearing Down Under
    12/19/01
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    Thats right. anyone with Aussie trading partners and are in need of the FX 7 figure wave and Deluxe figures (Bacta Luke and Maul bare chest through to the new Amanaman and Leia with cannon) should get in touch with them .Also heaps of Darth Vader emperors wrath and shmi waves still around.....


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    New Deluxe Variations
    12/19/01
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    Ishi Tib sends us this information:<BR><BR>I have just found a variation dealing with the second wave of deluxe figure. This variation applies for both: Amanaman and Princess Leia with sail barge cannon. <BR><B><font color="silver">FIRST</font></B>: The text "Some poses pictured above may require additional support" has been added to the back of both cards. <BR><B><font color="silver">SECOND</font></B>: The *TM sign under the phrase "product and colors may vary" has been taken out on both figures. <BR><B><font color="silver">THIRD</font></B>: The card numbers have changed as follows: <BR><BR>Amanaman: first issue <font color="silver">6080250300</font> <BR>Amanaman: second issue <font color="silver">6080250600</font> <BR><BR>Princess Leia: first issue <font color="silver">6080250200</font><BR>Princess Leia: second issue <font color="silver">6080250700</font> <BR><BR>For detailed pictures and information on this variant visit the <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=692">forums</A>.


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    This just in......
    12/18/01
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    <a href="http://www.thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> has sent this news over.....<BR><BR> "I just wanted to announce that TheJawa.com and "Anakin And His Angel" have merged sites. Anakin And His Angel (AAHA) is a site dedicated to the SW Prequel Episodes II-III. They have News, Spoilers, the Latest Pictures plus much more. Anakin And His Angel is still a site of its own for the most part, but "hosted" and supported by TheJawa.com."<BR> <BR>The direct URL to AAHA is :<BR><a href="http://www.aaha.thejawa.com/">http://www.aaha.thejawa.com/ </a>


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    Say It Ain't So Pt.2
    12/18/01
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    Well now that I was able to settle down upon learning that that vicious Celine Dion story was just a rumor, something even more horrendous is going around. According to <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">The Force</A>, they have it on good word through an unnamed source that the wildly popular boy band N'Sync will be portraying Jedi during a pivotal scene in E2. <BR>This could be even worse than the Dion rumor! I can only hope that this will be debunked as well.


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    FX-7 Wave At Fan Club
    12/18/01
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    The <A HREF="http://swfan.wizards.com/">Fan Club</A> has the FX-7 wave in stock and ready to ship. If you are in need of this killer wave then head over there now. If you are a member of the FC they are only $6.99, or $7.99 if you aren't a member. These will sell out fast so get on over.


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    IOC-Christmas Style
    12/18/01
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    The Imperial Officers' Club, Episode 27: How The Sith Stole Christmas, is now up and running for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to visit <BR><A HREF="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">The Imperial Officers' Club</A> for this and all of the other cool episodes, just in case you aren't up to date.


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    Deluxe Figures at the Jawa?
    12/17/01
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    <a href="http://www.thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> has a new giveaway going on right now. They are giving away a Deluxe Amanaman and Leia Sail Barge Cannon Set. The contest is open to their forum members and all you have to do, is post in a special section that they have created for this. So what are you waiting for? Head over there and enter.
     
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    <CENTER>Celine Dion Song In E2?
    12/17/01
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    Say It Ain't So!!<BR><BR>According to <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">The Force</A> it appears that Celine Dion may be teaming up with Lara Fabian to record a song that will appear in Attack Of The Clones entitled "That Man In My Life". Lara Fabian has previously worked with John Williams on the A.I. soundtrack so anything is possible. Head on over to <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">The Force</A> for the full scoop. <BR>I for one hope that this is proven to be just a horrific, nightmare like rumor. Please???<BR><font color="lightblue"><CENTER>_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _<BR><BR>UPDATE</CENTER><BR><A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">The Force.net</A> has followed up on this story with information that will ease Talon's nightmares. Celine Dion is contributing a song to a soap opera entitled "O Clone" (The Clone). Thankfully, this has absolutely nothing to do with E2.</font>


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    EPISODE 2 Floor Plan
    12/17/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.yakface.com">Yak Face</A> have added a neat little floor plan showcasing the possibilities of what the product placement for AOTC may look like. Spoiler sensitive view at your own risk as there may be things that you would object to. Who knows how long these will be up, so if you want to see them head there now.

    Monday's Contest Update
    12/17/01
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    Yup it is that time of the week again. It's nice knowing that after a hard day of work or school that you can lounge out on the computer and enter for free Star Wars items! So without further ado, here is what is being offered.<BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">Rebel Scum</A>: Ultarama display system with backgrounds. Ends 12/23<BR><A HREF="http://www.sandtroopers.com">Sandtroopers</A>: Custom Carded Sandtrooper<BR><A HREF="http://www.thejawa.com">The Jawa</A> are running two contests. 1) FX-7 Ends 12/26 2) Deluxe Amanaman & Leia also ending 12/26<BR><A HREF="http://www.pegwarmer.com">Pegwarmer</A>: 12" Han Solo Stormtrooper. Ends 12/21<BR><A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">Jedi Chris</A>: Emperor's Wrath Vader, Death Star Escape Han, and X-Wing Luke<BR><BR>Quite a few cool items up for the taking. As always, make sure you visit the site in question for all the specific details when entering. Good Luck!


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    ACPin's Hoth Escape Diorama
    12/17/01
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    Diorama maker extraordinare <A HREF="http://www.acpin.homestead.com">ACPin</A> has once again created another winner. This time he went on a suggestion made by his eldest son. Here's the deal...the remaining Rogue Squadron pilots ditch their Snowspeeders and prepare to take off in their X-Wings.<BR>Another great job by ACPin. Be sure to stop by his site and tell him that The Bothan Spy sent ya!<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.acpin.homestead.com/files/HothEscape_thumb.jpg></CENTER>


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    12" Luke & Yoda
    12/17/01
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    Ishi Tib has sent in pictures of the new 12" Luke Skywallker with Yoda. You will find detailed pictures and a review in our <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=680">forums</A>.<BR><BR><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.thebothanspy.com/lukeyoda.jpg></CENTER>


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    DeathStar, Contact Me
    12/16/01
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    The original winner of the <a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">ACPin</a> giveaway, failed to claim his prize. So, we have selected another winner. The new winner of the Theed Hanger Playset is DeathStar. Deathstar, please contact <a href="mailto:amshak@thebothanspy.com">ME</a> to claim your prize.


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    Blizzard-1
    12/16/01
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    The guys over at <A HREF="http://blizzardone.cjb.net">Blizzard-1</A> write in with three new updates to their arsenal of custom figs. It consists of the Dark Forces 2 Gran Bounty Hunter, SOTE Melan, and Sariss from DF2. They look good. Head over <A HREF="http://blizzardone.cjb.net">there</A> to check them out.


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    Imperial Officer Variation Found
    12/16/01
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    Our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">Jedi Chris</A> have added some interesting pics of a newly found variant pertaining to the Imperial Officer figure. One version has the officer with a glossy black paint job while the other has a flat black paint to it. Head on over to the <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">Jedi Chris</A> site and take a look for yourself.


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    E2 Tusken Raider & Child Pic
    12/15/01
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    Our good buddy Pete over at <A HREF="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</A> was kind enough to share this awesome pic he has of the EPISODE 2 Tusken Raider & Child. Due to the sensitivity some have towards spoilers I will not place the pic here. However, I have placed one in the <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=671">forums</A> to view and discuss.


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    2002 LEGO Pics
    12/14/01
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    We have added some set pics of the new 2002 LEGO to our <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=660">forums</A>. Thanks to <A HREF="http://www.acpin.homestead.com">ACPin</A> for giving us the permission to use these pictures.<BR>The sets that you can view are the Jedi Duel 1&2, Ewok Attack, and Jedi Defense.


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    New Giveaway At Jedi-Chris'
    11/13/01
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    Our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">Jedi Chris</A> are now holding a new giveaway. This week you can pick up some of the latest Power Of The Jedi figures. So, if you are looking for an Emperor's Wrath Darth Vader, Death Star Escape Han Solo, or X-Wing Luke then head on over. Be sure to tell them that The Bothan Spy sent ya!


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    Price Drop in CANADA
    12/12/01
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    Randy sends in this bit of news from up north........<BR><BR>"The local Toys R Us has just reduced it's price on 3 3/4" Star Wars POTJ<BR>figures from a whopping $11.99 to $7.98 each. This now means that TRU has a<BR>lower price than both Wal-Mart and Zellers. I've been informed that all TRU<BR>stores across Canada will be setting these new prices."


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    Christopher Lee Interview
    12/12/01
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    Your official source for the Force, <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com">Star Wars</A>, has added a great interview with none other than Christopher Lee. For those who are avoiding spoilers all I will say is that he plays a baddie! Mr. Lee has also appeared in films such as Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, and the upcoming Lord Of The Rings. To read the interview just click <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com/episode-ii/feature/20011211/index.html">here</A>.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.starwars.com/episode-ii/feature/20011211/img/20011211_silo.jpg></CENTER>


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    Lucas Bio on A&E
    12/12/01
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    Bothan regular Wookiee_Cookiee has kindly divulged the following info...<BR><BR>A&E will be airing a biography on the man himself, George Lucas! The air date will be January 6, 2002 at 8 PM EST. The run time will be 2 hours. More details as they are revealed. Thanks WC!


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    Teebo Revealed!
    12/12/01
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    The Hasbro site has dropped the curtains on the Teebo figure! Here is a blurb from the site...<BR><BR>"Announcing Teebo, the warrior Ewok that collectors have been asking to see for years. Teebo is one of the leaders of the Ewok tribe that befriended Princess Leia Organa and the Alliance strike team on Endor’s forest moon in Return of the Jedi. Teebo is a new sculpt that is articulated at the head, shoulders, thighs and wrists. He comes with an authentic battle headdress and horn and spear accessory. Teebo’s distinguishing stripes set him apart from the other Ewoks." <BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://starwars.hasbro.com/content_images/Teebo.jpg><P><CENTER/><BR><BR>As always you can discuss this on our <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=653">forums</A>.
     
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    <CENTER>Custom Update
    12/12/01
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    <A HREF="http://blizzardone.cjb.net">Blizzard-One Customs</A> writes in to say:<BR><BR>"Both our Mysteries of the Sith Mailoc and our Dark Forces 2 Ugnaught have been finished. Both were formed out of Sculpy by Jon."<BR><BR>Be sure to check out these new customs.


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    UPDATE: SOTE GameCube Petition
    12/12/01
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    Here is a quick reminder that names are still needed for the petition to get the Shadows Of The Empire game brought to the Nintendo GameCube! If you already have a GameCube or plan on getting one you should really stop by and sign your name to the list. We have seen what a Star Wars game can be on the GameCube with the awesome Rogue Squadron 2, so what have you got to lose?<BR>If you want to sign the petition click <A HREF="http://www.petitiononline.com/db23dh/petition.html">here</A>.


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    Show & Tell At TPU
    12/11/01
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    Our good pal Pete from <A HREF="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</A> has informed me that they have added a new feature to their site entitled "Show & Tell". Show & Tell allows the creative Star Wars fans to display their masterpieces and tell how they made them. It's not just focussed on custom figures, but whatever form your creative skills take such as props, costumes, PC art etc., they are all welcome to participate in Show & Tell. <BR> <BR>Their first Show & Tell features Paul of <A HREF="http://www.imperialtroopers.com">Imperial Troopers</A> with his Death Star Trooper, so please head over to TPU to check it out. As always, let them know that The Bothan Spy sent ya!


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    New Deluxe Figures
    12/11/01
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    Ishi Tib sends this in:<BR><BR>"Here is the second wave of Hasbro's POTJ Deluxe figures. This wave consists of Princess Leia with sail barge cannon and force pike plus the Fan's Choice figure number 2: Amanaman with Salacious Crumb and skeleton. In the <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=643">forums</A> there are more than 10 detailed pictures of both characters and an explanation for why Amanaman and Salacious Crumb are not built as well as you'd had expected. Head to the forums and enjoy!"<BR><BR><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.thebothanspy.com/leia.jpg><P><IMG SRC=http://www.thebothanspy.com/amana.jpg></CENTER>


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    Fan Club Exclusive Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set
    12/10/01
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    Once again <A HREF="http://www.collectstarwars.com">Collect Star Wars</A> scores some very cool news regarding the upcoming FC exclusive Stormtrooper set. While it was previously reported that this would be a two-pack, the CSW has now reported that this will not be the case. Instead we will be treated to not two, not three, but FOUR Stormtroopers!! These will be identical to the POTF2 CT Stormtroopers except for the fact that they will not have the battle damage feature. Two Stormtroopers will come with the blaster rifles that were included in the CT version. However the other two Stormies will come packed with a POTF2 style blaster. Each figure will come in its individual baggie too. You can stop by <A HREF="http://www.collectstarwars.com">Collect Star Wars</A> and view some pictures of this highly anticipated exclusive.


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    Monday's Contest Report
    12/10/01
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    Another Monday means another update on which sites are giving away FREE goodies. <BR><BR><A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">Rebel Scum</A>: One Ultarama with backgrounds. Also, a second winner will win POTJ Emperor's Wrath Darth Vader, Death Star Escape Han Solo, and X-Wing Luke Skywalker. Drawing ends 12/16<BR><A HREF="http://www.thejawa.com">The Jawa</A>: 100th Edition 12" Luke Skywalker. Drawing ends 12/17<BR><A HREF="http://www.sandtroopers.com">Sandtroopers</A>: Custom Carded POTJ Sandtrooper. Drawing ends ??<BR><A HREF="http://www.pegwarmer.com">Pegwarmer</A>: COMM-Tech Darth Vader & Stormtrooper. Contest ends 12/14<BR><A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">Jedi Chris</A>: Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper, and Bespin Guard. Contest ends TONIGHT so get over there now!<BR><BR>Also, don't forget about our contest. You could win a free 12" Dagobah Luke and Yoda. All you have to do is enter.


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    Jawa Chat, Round 2
    12/10/01
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    I have been informed by our friends over at <A HREF="http://www.thejawa.com">The Jawa</A> that they have scheduled another installment of Jawa Chat for this Friday, December 14th. The chat will start about 7 PM EST. The last chat was a success from what I heard. I hope that this time I will be able to make it!


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    Lego 2002 Sets Opened
    12/09/01
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    <a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">ACPin</a> has something new to take a look at. See what he has to say below, then head over and check it out.<BR><BR>"My kids and I found the new Lego 2002 sets today at TRU. After they opened and assembled them, I've taken pics of the sets and uploaded them to my site to share with the other spies who collect them too!"


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    E2 Figure Scans
    12/08/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.collectstarwars.com">Collect Star Wars</A> has managed to obtain some scans of upcoming EPISODE 2 products. There are some cool things that have been brought to light here. Especially of interest is the Gen-Y items. These items were designed for the older collector and have some pretty interesting designs. Please be advised that there are some things that you might consider spoiler material, so if you are avoiding anything to do with spoilers you may want to leave this alone. Also, the pics aren't of the best quality as they are a bit fuzzy, but still well worth a look.


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    Fact Files Interview At TPU
    12/08/01
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    This just in from Pete at TPU....<BR><BR>"<A HREF="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</A> is doing an exclusive interview with the men behind the Star Wars Fact Files, and you can put your questions to them! They also have full details of official release dates of the returning magazine. So don't miss out on this opportunity to ask your questions, head over to TPU for more information." <BR> <BR>If you don't know what Fact Files are then please check out <A HREF="http://www.deagostini.co.uk/starwarsfactfile">this</A> site for details.


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    Maintenance
    12/08/01
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    The server will be undergoing a RAM upgrade today. This will occur sometime after 1:00 pm and will last for approximately 20 minutes.


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    Theed Hanger Winner
    12/07/01
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    The winner of the Theed Hanger Playset is Mark Sibilla. You have one week to contact me <a href="mailto:amshak@thebothanspy.com">HERE</a>.<BR>We would like to thank <a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">ACPin</a> for sponsoring this giveaway.
     
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    12/07/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.ragingdianoga.co.uk/index.htm">Raging Dianoga</A> has informed us that he has placed some cool info regarding the return of the Star Wars Fact Files on his site. Apparently the latest SW UK comic has an inserted leaflet which tells you about upcoming magazines and the like. Visit the <A HREF="http://www.ragingdianoga.co.uk/index.htm">Raging Dianoga</A> to view scans of the leaflet.<BR><BR>Thanks Dianoga!


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    New Poll At The IOC
    12/07/01
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    There is a new Poll up at The Imperial Officers' Club, which means new poll results as well.<BR>Visit <A HREF="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">The Imperial Officers' Club</A> for this and lots of other cool stuff as well.<BR>Plus, you can expect the Christmas Episode soon.


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    New Dio At ACPin's
    12/06/01
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    <A HREF="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">ACPin</A> has once again updated his site with a new diorama. In a continuation of the Death Star Hallway series, Old Ben "Obi=Wan" Kenobi eludes capture from the Imperial Troops. As always, ACPin has done a tremendous job! Stop by and check this piece out and there are many other dios to view while you are there.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://acpin.homestead.com/files/DSHObiR3C_thumb.jpg></CENTER>


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    An evening with Michael Fright
    12/05/01
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    Steve, over at <a href="http://www.thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> wanted me to let everyone know that you should stop by their Chat Room on Friday night. At 9pm, they will be having a special event with the Tantive IV creator Michael Fright. So be sure to stop by and see what they have going.


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    EPISODE 2 Figures (and more)
    12/05/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.aboveandbeyonddirect.com">Above & Beyond Direct</A> have posted a list featuring a slew of EPISODE 2 figures. Also, there are quite a few Classic Trilogy figures listed as well. Due to the nature of the list I have decided to place a copy of it in the <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=619">forums</A> so those avoiding spoilers won't be subjected to any suprises.


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    BoShek Revealed!
    12/05/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnewscontent.cfm?id=298">Hasbro</A> has revealed the newest addition to the POTJ line with the inclusion of BoShek. For those who may be unaware of who this is, he is a smuggler/pilot who brought Ben and Luke to the services of Han Solo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Hasbro also included this brief statement regarding the figure...."Introducing BoShek, the latest addition to our Power of the Jedi line. BoShek is a smuggler and starship technician who flew hot ships for a Tatooine order of monks. It was BoShek who referred Ben Kenobi to Chewbacca in the cantina scene in A New Hope. BoShek comes with a removable helmet that he can hold in his right arm while he aims with blaster in his left hand. His blaster can also be put into his holster on his leg. BoShek is articulated at the neck, shoulders, right bicep, waist and legs. Here’s another great addition to your cantina dioramas!" <BR>The figure is looking pretty good in my opinon. You can make your feelings known about BoShek by visiting our <A HREF="http://www.forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?hreadid=618">forums</A>.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://starwars.hasbro.com/content_images/BoShek_1.jpg></CENTER><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://starwars.hasbro.com/content_images/BoShek_2.jpg></CENTER>


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    thejawa.com Custom Card
    12/05/01
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    The misc. section of the custom cards has been updated with two versions of a custom "thejawa.com" card. Here's a <a href="http://www.thebothanspy.com/mcc.html">link<a/>. More updates to this section will be coming soon.


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    Clones Of Coruscant Opens
    11/30/01
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    The <A HREF="www.geocities.com/clonesofcoruscant"> Clones Of Coruscant</A> custom site is now open and ready to take your custom figures and showcase them. If you have anything that you would like to share with the Star Wars Collecting world, stop by Clones Of Coruscant and send in your customs.


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    100th 12" Luke Skywalker for Free?
    12/03/01
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    Remember when EB was clearing out the 100th 12" Luke skywalkers for $15? You wouldn't think that you could find a better deal than that. Well, if you head over to <a href="http://www.thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> you can enter for your chance to win one for FREE. Just to get all of the cool stuff that comes with the figure makes the trip worth while, not to mention the figure itself. Let them know that everyone here at The Bothan Spy says "Hello".


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    Site Update, Part 2
    12/02/01
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    The <A HREF="http://www.thebothanspy.com/mcl.html">Figure List Section</A> has been revamped and now includes the lists in PDF format. With a PDF file you can do several interesting things, such as make notes or "check off" areas of the document.<BR><BR>You'll find all the previous lists (Checklists, Case Assortments, and Wave Reviews) as well as <A HREF="mailto:ishitib@thebothanspy.com">Ishi Tib's</A> new variation guide, <B>Altered States</B>.


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    More Blizzard-1 News
    12/02/01
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    Jon sends this in:<BR><BR>"We have posted several new customs at our site which include: Mara Jade, Episode 2 Anakin Skywalker, and our newest custom, Pic."<BR><BR><FONT color="skyblue">Also check out DF2 Rahn.</FONT><BR><BR>Head over to <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/blizzard_walker/index.html">Blizzard-1 Customs</A> to see the new custom figures.


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    Site Updates
    12/02/01
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    The interview section has been updated with Talon's interview with the creator of <A HREF="http://www.naturesguard.com">Nature's Guard</A>, Jonathan Bryans. The cast of the upcoming tv series features the voice talents of none other than: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Jerome Blake (Rune Haako, Mas Amedda, Oppo Rancisis, Graxol Kelvyyn, Orn Free Taa, and Horox Ryder), and Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel). The force is strong with this one.<BR><BR>The staff bio page has been updated to include our newest member: SEBULBA. We're happy to have him on board and look forward to working together.<BR><BR>We'd also like to say hello to our newest affiliate: <A HREF="http://www.jedichris.net">JEDICHRIS.NET</A>.


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    Cancelled 2-Packs At The Trade Federation
    12/02/01
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    Our friends over at the <A HREF="http://www.thetradefederation.net">Trade Federation</A> have added some new, high quality pictures of the two cancelled EPISODE 1 2-Packs that featured Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Battle Droid and also a Jar Jar Binks vs. Destroyer Droid set to their End Of The Line series. Unfortunately these weren't released due to the fact that the E1 merchandise was so overproduced that retailers couldn't get rid of the older E1 stuff. Too bad because the pics sure look good. Stop by and check out the Trade Federation.


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    Nameless E2 List
    12/01/01
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    <A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">Rebel Scum</A> has added a list of E2 SKU's that were found in the Wal-Mart computer. Some very cool stuff. Click <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=600">here</A> to visit the forums and view it.


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    Update: Fan Club Exclusive Stormtrooper??
    12/01/01
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    Once again <A HREF="http://www.collectstarwars.com">Collect Star Wars</A> has dug up some more dirt regarding the rumored FC exclusive Stormtrooper. Now it appears that this will be a two-pack as opposed to a single figure. They are reporting that the Stormies will be similar to the POTF2 CT Stormtroopers with the only difference being that they will come with a blaster instead of that awful rifle. No word as of yet if they will also include the blaster rack. There is also an image of the mailer box at the CSW so stop by and check them out.
     
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