February 2001 - Archived <CENTER>EPI DVD is 8th Best Seller of 2001 02/25/02</CENTER> The Episode I DVD was the 8th best selling DVD of 2001 and the 6th biggest revenue grosser. The double disc sold 4.2m units which generated $96m. Top Selling DVDs for 2001. 1: Shrek (8m) 2: Pearl Harbor (7.4m) 3: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (5.5m) 4: The Mummy Returns (5.3m) 5: Planet of the Apes (4.4m) 6: Cast Away (4.4m) 7: Jurassic Park III (4.3m) 8: SW: EPI - The Phantom Menace (4.2m) 9: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (4m) 10: Rush Hour 2 (3m) <CENTER>___________________________________ LucasArts running Battlegrounds Expansion Competition 02/25/02</CENTER> LucasArts.com is running a competition for designing the best mission for the Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaign expansion upgrade. The contest runs from February 25, 2002 to April 3, 2002. The winner will have his Mission featured in the game and will receive a bunch of other goodies. <CENTER>___________________________________ Jango Fett and Darth Vader Vinyl Figures 02/25/02</CENTER> Vinyl figures are coming! You probably haven't seen them yet but there were two figures shown at New York Toy Fair that were vinyl. Applause had the US license to make vinyl figures from the classic and Episode I films but they no longer do. This is where Hasbro steps in (Kotobukiya has the Japanese license). Shown were Darth Vader and Jango Fett, both at 10'' tall. Won't be too far off being released and should make nice additions for the mantlepiece.... <CENTER>___________________________________ Toy Fair Vader GONE!!! 02/25/02</CENTER> The official site is saying that all preorders for the Toy Fair Vader are completely sold out. They MAY be getting more in the future, but at this point, they're gone. Keep checking the site, just in case they do decide to sell more. <CENTER>___________________________________ When a Jedi Dies 02/25/02</CENTER> <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/arena1.jpg></center><BR>"Lucas himself stated that the ability of a Jedi to disappear and transform at the moment of death was something that Yoda taught Obi-Wan how to do. Anakin also figured it out (as he obtained enlightenment just before death and disappeared, as now confirmed by the official site). As in the Hermetic, alchemical, and other ancient esoteric traditions, we can assume that this is perhaps the most esoteric of all Jedi secrets--a Holy Grail/Philosopher's Stone. Only the most highly initiated "high priests" would be allowed access to the knowledge of the greatest, most powerful (and perhaps most dangerous)."<BR>So what will happen to the Jedi in AOTC? <a href="http://www.cinescape.com/24/editorial.asp?aff_id=24&this_cat=Star+Words&action=page&obj_id=33077">Here</a> are some thoughts about what may happen. <CENTER>___________________________________ News from the Private Universe 02/24/02</CENTER> <a href="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</a> rings in twice....<BR><font color=lightblue>"So you've seen all the lists and pictures of the Episode II Attack of the Clones products due to hit the stores in a few months. But what will you be spending your money on? Will you be buying everything you can get your hands on or will you just stick to the 4" figures perhaps? You can now let us know in our new TPU poll over at </font><a href="http://members.lycos.co.uk/SWTPU/poll.html">The Senate</a>."<BR>and....<BR><font color=lightblue>"We have a competition to win 2 tickets to this event..."</font><BR><font color=orange>We are pleased to announce that Star Wars Day VI will be held on Sunday 3rd March 2002, at the Honiton Sports Centre, Honiton, Devon, UK. The event is a one day Star Wars convention in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and Honiton Hospiscare.<BR>Confirmed guests (subject to work commitments) include Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Brian Johnson (SFX), Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), Garrick Hagon (Biggs) and Jerome Blake (Rune Haako) ... more to be announced soon!<BR>On the day there will be guest talks, autograph sessions, costumed characters, dealers, fancy dress, competitions, a quiz, arcade machines, displays and lots, lots more!</font> <CENTER>___________________________________ Real Stands Winner 02/24/02</CENTER> <font color=yellow>Chuck Caldwell</font> is the winner of our latest contest, sponsored by <a href="http://www.realstands.com/">Real Stands</a>. Chuck, you have one week to contact <a href="mailto:email@example.com">ME</a> to claim your prize. look for a new contest to start tomorrow. <CENTER>___________________________________ The Shape Of A Bounty Hunter 02/24/02</CENTER> <center>Zam's Special Skill</center><BR><center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/zam.jpg></center><BR>Think you know everything there is to know about this mysterious beauty? <a href="http://www.episode-x.com/episode2/news.php?id=174">Here</a> is some spoiler info and if that's not enough, <a href="http://www.cinescape.com/24/Editorial.asp?aff_id=24&this_cat=Prequel+News&action=page&obj_id=33060">here</a> is some more. <CENTER>___________________________________ Sith Channel Updates 02/24/02</CENTER> It has been a while since there have been any updates on the <a href="http://www.sandtroopers.com/sith_channel.htm">Sith Channel</a> over at <a href="http://www.sandtroopers.com/sith_channel.htm">sandtroopers.com</a>. Vaughn has been very busy lately and there are many new updates as well as many new channels to go explore. So head over there and check them out. <CENTER>___________________________________ Real Stands Contest 02/23/02</CENTER> The current contest will end tomorrow, so if you have not already entered, be sure to do so. <CENTER>___________________________________ New Character Revealed 02/23/02</CENTER> <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/2X2.jpg></center><BR><font color=lightblue>"I received a report a short time ago from an old friend about Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod appearing in EPISODE II. Well, I'm going to have to post a little correction on that - but I think you'll like it." </font> <BR>Click <a href="http://www.cinescape.com/24/editorial.asp?aff_id=24&this_cat=Prequel+News&action=page&obj_id=33057">here</a> to find out. <CENTER>___________________________________ Updates at the Imperial Officers Club 02/22/02</CENTER> After a short break, the saga of Death Star 2 is back on track with two more stories. Check them out <a href="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">here</a>. <CENTER>___________________________________ Toy Fair Vader UPDATE 02/22/02</CENTER> <a href="http://thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> caught a glimpse of the Toy Fair Vader at the Fan Club today. They are reporting that the Vader <u>was</u> available as a pre order, $14.99 each and customers are limited to 2 per day and 4 per week. <BR><BR><CENTER><font color=red><b>*UPDATE*UPDATE*UPDATE*</B></font></CENTER><BR>They are now available. Head over to the <a href="http://swfan.wizards.com/product.asp?ProductID=7665</a>">The Fan Club</a> now!