January 2002 - Archived

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  1. The Bothan Spy

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    <CENTER>AOTC: What to Expect This Year
    01/30/02
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    Ishi Tib sends in this report:<BR><BR>Are you having a hard time trying to keep up with all the news popping up on Attack of the Clones future toy releases? Finding it difficult remembering dates, amount of product and its diversity?<BR><BR><CENTER>Rest you will....</CENTER><BR><BR>I have gathered, <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=897">here</A>, as much information as is available right now on most of what ATOC and the rest of the year will bring. The information has been organized in an effort to make things easier to remember and keep track of. Without further ado, check out the product list , description and possible release dates on what the very near future holds for us this "movie year"


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    One Last Reminder
    01/30/02
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    The DEADLINE is approaching for the Bothan Custom Figure Contest. No more entries will be accepted after February 1st and the judging will begin.


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    Carrie Fisher interviews George Lucas Oxygen 10pm
    01/30/02
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    Converstaions From The Edge <BR>Carrie Fisher interviews George Lucas tonight on the Oxygen network at 10pm EST.1 hour


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    Preview of upcoming 12" Luke and Tauntaun
    01/30/02
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    <BR>Over at <A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">rebelscum</A>, they have posted a pic of the upcoming 12" Luke with Tauntaun. This can easily look different when it gets released, but check it out so far <A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=toys2/12luketauntaunproto.jpg">here</A>.


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    12" Valorum/Coruscant Guard Uber-cheap at Fan Club
    01/30/02
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    <BR><BR>The <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com">official site</A> has the once expensive 12" set for a mere $10.99 right now. Click <A HREF="http://swfan.wizards.com/Product.asp?FromSearch=1&ProductID=7452">here </A>to go straight to the page.


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    Episode 2 Script Reviews
    01/29/02
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    <A HREF="http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com">Aint-It-Cool-News</A> has a script review that can be found by clicking <A HREF="http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=11364">here</A> and <A HREF="http://www.darkhorizons.com">Dark Horizons</A> has a script review that can be found by clicking <A HREF="http://www.darkhorizons.com/reviews/t020128a.htm">here</A>. Obviously, you should probably avoid reading <B>the script</B> if you're looking to avoid spoilers. Both reviews are positive.


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    AOTC Figure List
    01/28/02
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    <a href="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</a> has that much removed list of Hasbro's AOTC figures and releases for 2002 posted today, but this time it has come from a public source, the <I>Forbidden Planet home shopping catalogue</I>. It contains spoilers, so beware, but hurry <a href="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">over</a> as it still may not last long... "


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    A definitive list of upcoming Episode II toys
    01/28/02
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    Over at <A HREF="http://www.yakface.com">Yakface</A>, someone has sent in a list of figures from the UK Toy Fair. This list is quite impressive, and almost certainly won't stay for long, so you better hurry up and go <A HREF="http://collectibles.echostation.com/">here </A>to see it.


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    More Cover Pics
    01/27/02
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    <a href="http://www.ragingdianoga.co.uk/">Raging Dianoga</a> has added some cover pictures of R.A Salvatore’s Star Wars Episode 2 Attack Of The Clones Novel with some information. Head over and check them out.


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    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
    01/27/02
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    Star Wars has gotten into the hearts and minds of millions and millions of people like no other adventure of our time. The saga reveals to us as a story full of power and myth, rebirth and redemption and the triumph of good over evil.<BR>The line of toys and memorabilia brought up by the films has certainly been a powerful and present force for 25 years. The motivations leading us to collect it have been many but have you ever stopped and asked yourselves:<BR><BR>-What does it mean to me to be collecting Star Wars memorabilia?<BR>-What makes me want every figure from this incredible adventure in a galaxy far, far away?<BR>-What feelings do I get from collecting this line of toys?<BR><BR>Let's try to give answers to these questions and express our own feelings on the subject right <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=867">here</a> in my latest editorial<BR>... What does it mean to you?


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    Don't Forget
    01/27/02
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    George Lucas Biography will be on A&E 8pm EST tonight. Duration:2 hours


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    Talon...Signing Off
    01/26/02
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    With a sad heart, I post here to say goodbye to everyone. I have had a great time working on this awesome site in the few short months that we have been around. However, due to personal reasons I will be taking some time off from the site and Star Wars collecting in general. I am still and will always remain a loyal Star Wars fan, but at this time I have other things that just take priority. I may still pop up here and there to throw in a report or two and see how things are going.<BR>I would like to take a moment to thank all of the TBS staff. You guys are great and I wish you all nothing but the best of luck and success with the site. There is something special here and I hope that it continues to grow. I know how hard we have worked to get everything to were it is right now!<BR>A big thanks goes to all the readers who made us a regular stop and continue to visit daily. I have made quite a few friends and that is what it is all about. Star Wars transcends race, religion, age, etc., and so should Star Wars fans and collectors. It was an honor to get to report news to all of you. <BR>I hope that my situation changes and allows me to once again be a part in such a great site.<BR><BR>May the Force be with you!



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    We Have a Winner
    01/26/02
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    The winner of our 2-Pack giveaway, sponsored by <a href="http://www.galaxy-toys.com/">Galaxy-Toys</a>, is Jose M. Argibay. You have one week to contact <a Href="mailto:amshak@thebothanspy.com">ME</a> to claim your prize. Look for our next giveaway to start later this evening.


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    Off the Subject
    01/26/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/zzgijoe/joefront></center><BR>I know a lot of you out there collect G.I. Joe. Well, the folks over at <a href="http://www.action-figures.net/">actionfigures.net </a> sent these images over.<BR>In the spring they will begin releasing Resin Mini Busts based on the characters of G.I.Joe. Wave one will include: Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Roadblock, Baroness, Flint, Destro, Scarlett & Cobra Commander. Each bust will have a limited production run and carry an S.R.P. of $44.99. They will begin showing prototypes at the Toy Fair in February but I thought you all may enjoy getting a sneak peek at at some of the concept art. <BR>Click <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=3995&t=4088#post3995">HERE</a> to see more.


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    Just a Reminder
    01/25/02
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    This is the last weekend you have to work on those custom "Bothans". The winner gets a case of POTJ 300th Edition Boba Fetts.


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    Attack of the Clones Posters: Home-made recipe
    01/25/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/poster></center><BR>Twenty years ago production began on "Return of the Jedi." Twenty years ago Star Wars came out on videocassette becoming the best selling video of its time. Twenty years ago the THX Sound System was introduced. Today, twenty years after, another world event by Lucasfilm will make history, "Attack of the Clones," Star Wars Episode II. The excitement of such event getting so close has inspired me into creating three different posters/ads which I'd like to share with you and you can see them <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=861">here</a>. This is my small contribution as a fan and collector to that galaxy far away, our Star Wars world.


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    Approaching Storm
    01/25/02
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    The Approaching Storm is a episode 2 based book which serves as a prologue to the events of Attack Of The Clones, very few details about this book are known at the moment, but you can find out more and see the cover art over at <a href="http://www.ragingdianoga.co.uk/">Raging Dianoga</a>
     
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    <CENTER>Star Wars Kids reveals two new Ewoks for 2002 release
    01/25/02
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    <A HREF="http://www.starwarskids.com">Star Wars Kids</A> has revealed two new figures to be released this year to interact with their backdrops that will be available soon. In the Endor section of the backdrops, it lists both Teebo and Paploo as coming in 2002. To see for yourself, and to get a look at the three backdrops (Death Star, Endor, and Millenium Falcon) click <A HREF="http://www.starwarskids.com/fun_features/action_backgrounds/action_figures.html">here</A>.


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    AOTC Featured on Access Hollywood and E! Today
    01/25/02
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    Both Access Hollywood and E!'s Daily News will be showing a segment on Attack of the Clones today. Check your local listings to see when they are on, and then we can all discuss it <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=857">here</A>.


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    ET Video of Jango Fett Online
    01/24/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/jango></center><BR><a href="http://theforce.net/">theforce.net</a> has the ET video, click <a href="http://www.theforce.net/episode2/index.html#14018">HERE</a> to go see.


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    Episode 2 Trailer
    01/24/02
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    <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">TheForce.net</A> is reporting that the AOTC trailer will be attached to the 20th Century Fox film <B>Ice Age</B>. This movie is set to be released on March 15th. Click <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net/episode2/index.html#14004">here</A> to read the full story.


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    ET Attack of the Clones Preview
    01/24/02
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    Entertainment Tonight will be airing an ATOC preview this evening. This features behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming movie. Check you local listings for times.


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    Lego Endor Imperial Shuttle Landing Pad
    01/23/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/acpin1.jpg></center><BR>"Another diorama that my sons and I did during the holiday break. The forest moon of Endor Imperial Shuttle Landing Pad complete with a custom AT-AT to guard the perimeter."<BR>That's the latest from ACPin, head over and <a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">check it out</a>.


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    Hasbro.com
    01/22/02
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    "Lightsabers™<BR>Coming soon are (2) versions of the authentic Star Wars™ lightsaber. Our basic lightsaber has an extendable blade and will be offered in a variety of colors. The electronic version will feature a light-up blade, authentic sounds and feature signature handles. Each lightsaber sold separately."<BR>To see more, head over to <a href="http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnews_content.cfm?id=36">Hasbro</a>.


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    Preview Figure
    01/22/02
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    <a href="http://www.rebelscum.com/">Rebel Scum</a> has put up some pics of the Sneak Preview Figure. Head over to check them out or discuss them <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=844">HERE</a>.


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    Star Wars Personality Test
    01/22/02
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    Have you ever wondered who in the Star Wars universe you would be the most comparable to? Answer this little survey <A HREF="http://www.vista-ray.net/~matt/personality/index.htm">here</A>, and it will tell you.<BR><BR>Once you find out who you are most like, post your answer in the forum thread <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=843">here</A>.


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    News From Jedi Aries
    01/21/02
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    Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina is pleased to announce the debut of two new hot sections. First, the "Custom Figure MUSEUM" features showrooms of various custom figures by loose and carded custom artists and collectors. The MUSEUM has many vacant rooms available for those who are interested in <BR>showcasing their customs. You can get to the MUSEUM by visiting the site <a href="http://www.jediaries.themonthlypost.com">HERE</a>.<BR>Also, the "New Figure Review Board" is now up and running as well. The board features reviews and grades for many of the latest action figures and toys by Hasbro. You can get your latest toy reviews via the Alien Cantina Forum <a href="http://jediaries.proboards.com/index.cgi?pbuser=jediaries&board=Review">HERE</a>.


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    On a Different Note...
    01/21/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/enquirer.jpg></center><BR>The latest issue of the Mos Eisley Enquirer is out. Click <a href="http://www.swccm.net/swccm/zuttons/enquirer/moseisley_enquirer.asp">HERE</a> to check it out.


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    Boussh Leia Dumped
    01/21/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/leia></center><BR>The 12" Leia in Boussh Disguise has been cut from the 2nd wave of bounty hunters and replaced by an Imperial Officer. Although I have nothing against a 12" Imperial Officer, I was really looking forward to the Boussh Leia. Let me know your thoughts, VOTE in the poll.


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    New Look at Death Star Plans
    01/20/02
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    I was just talking to Death Star Droid and he let me know that they had just given their front page a new look. Head over <a href="http://www.deathstarplans.com/">THERE</a>, check it out and let them know what you think.


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    Flaws in a Good Heart
    01/19/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/lucas></center> <BR> Leave it to Yoda, "Star Wars" resident sage, to articulate the moral descent experienced by villainous Darth Vader. "Fear leads to anger, anger to hate, hate to suffering."<BR> "That's the path," says "Star Wars" creator George Lucas. "Without that, there wouldn't be any prequel, because there wouldn't be any story to tell."<BR>Read the rest of this story <a href="http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Search-X!ArticleDetail-50283,00.html">HERE</a>


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    Hallmark Ornaments
    01/19/02
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    Hallmark.com has a preview of the 2002 ornaments. Click <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=768">HERE</a> for more info.


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    25th Anniversary Set "Death Star Escape" Variations and Error Found
    01/19/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/0005></center><BR>More from Ishi Tib...<BR>I wanted to let our readers know I have just found two variations and an error dealing with "DEATH STAR ESCAPE," the 25th Anniversary set, which I'm certain haven't been talked about yet. The variations apply specifically for Han Solo, the error is given to our big hairy carpet, Chewbacca.<BR><BR>FIRST: Han Solo's vest could now be found with a glossy black color. I saw 6 of these sets yesterday and all their vests were glossy black. Almost a month ago, I purchased two of this same and they both sported flat black color vests, leading me to believe the flat black version was issued first.<BR><BR>SECOND: The sets with Solo sporting the glossy black vest all have this figure's right hand, the one holding the gun, with his index finger pointing away from it; the grip on Solo's hand is also much wider than the flat black color version and the gun does not fit tightly in it as it does with the non glossy one. <BR><BR>THIRD: There's an error with Chewbacca's eyes. I saw 3 sets yesterday with the same problem. Chewbacca's eyes are painted black with no white around the wookiee's pupils.<BR><BR>Both variants an error can be found having the same package number. No changes have been made to the package as of yet. For those wanting to know the number, it is: PN 6124500100 and the code number below it C-00IB is a sticker. <BR><BR>I have posted detailed pictures of these variations and error in the forums, follow this <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=816">LINK</a> to check them out.
     
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    <CENTER>Analyze This
    01/19/02
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    This in from Ishi Tib...<BR>Have you ever felt at a certain point your collecting habits have turned more into an addiction than a hobby?... How many times your collecting area has seemed to have shrank and you've found yourself running out of room again?.. Have you ever almost fainted after realizing how much you have spent buying your collection? The answers to these questions and my own story could be found here at the forums. Come on over and discuss it with us.....Is collecting really an addiction or an overwhelming feeling of happiness?<BR>Click <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=814">HERE</a> to read more and discuss.


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    Darth and Hansom
    01/19/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/hayden></center><BR>This Hayden article appeared in a Singapore paper.<BR>Click <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=726">HERE</a> to read.


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    This time, the Force wasn't with George Lucas
    01/19/02
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    The Jedi mastermind's Lucasfilm empire has struck out in the first round of its legal battle with some upstart pornographers. At issue: the X-rated Star Ballz cartoon. <BR>Read more <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=810">HERE</a>


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    Eeth Koth, Zutton and Queen for FREE
    01/18/02
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    <a href="http://www.jedichris.net/">Jedi Chris</a> sent over some news...<BR>This week they are giving away Eeth Koth, Zutton and Queen Amidala Travel. So head over there and enter for your chance to win.


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    Custom Figure Contest UPDATE
    01/16/02
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    <center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/bothanFFURG></center><BR>Our friends over at <a href="http://www.ffurg.com/">FFURG</a> have decided to help build our army of Bothan Custom Figures. After this contest is over, all entries will be sent over to the folks at <a href="http://www.ffurg.com/">FFURG</a>, to be featured in their March Casting Call. So a bonus for all who enter. If you haven't completed your custom figure yet, or you're just getting started, they are working on a reference gallery with lots of pictures to help you along. So head over <a href="http://www.ffurg.com/">there</a> and check it out.<BR><BR>Don't forget to <A HREF="http://www.thebothanspy.com/contest2.html">register</A> for the contest. It ends February 1st.


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    Need Some Battle Droids?
    01/16/02
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    <a href="http://thejawa.com/">TheJawa.com</a> is giving away 10 Theed Hangar Playset Break Apart Battle Droids this week. In addition, they have opened up a new Video Games section. Head over, check out their new section and enter their latest contest.


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    New Episode II toys
    01/15/02
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    The <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com">official site</A> has posted two new pics of upcoming Speeders from Episode II. Those spoiler sensitive stay away. Check out the pics <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/2002/01/news20020115.html">here</A>.


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    Insider subscriptions now available again to Australia
    01/14/02
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    As from last week The Star Wars Insider magazine has apparently become available again to Australian enthusiasts. Also the Jawa Trader is also open for taking orders.<BR>I'm not totally sure on pricing just yet and can't say whether this applies to other foreign countries as well but as EP 2 approaches i'd say more than likely it would...


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    New Pics At Hasbro
    01/14/02
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    Well, not entirely new. However, the pics do confirm the E2 pics that we have in the forums. Only four Collection 2 figures are showcased and they are Shaak Ti, Captain Typho, Boba Fett and Tusken Raider. It looks like they are progressing wonderfully and can be viewed with a quick <A HREF="http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnewscontent.cfm?id=316">click</A>.


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    E2 Picture Debate
    01/14/02
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    Pete over at <A HREF="http://books.dreambook.com/tpu/probenews.html">The Private Universe</A> has started a debate centered upon all the recent E2 pics and their appearances and removals. Here is a little blurb...<BR><BR>"Is Hasbro being a killjoy with the response to those unofficial toy pictures that have fallen off the back of a lorry and found their way onto various sites, or our they rightfully protecting their copyright? If you want to vent your fumes or side with them, you are invited to join the debate at <A HREF="http://pub8.ezboard.com/fthecantina90039extendednews.showMessage?topicID=143.topic"> The Cantina</A>... but please no blasters!"<BR> <BR>Pete also assures that this is not an anti-Hasbro issue but more of a way to gauge the opinions of us collectors.


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    New IOC Feature
    01/14/02
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    Ian of the Imperial Officers' Club writes in to inform us that he has started a new Star Wars action figure web ring crossover event entitled Death Star 2 which you can view by clicking <A HREF="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">here</A>.<BR>The Dream is the name of the first episode and Ian promises that many more will follow. Stop by and check out the cool things going on at the IOC.


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    Emperor's Bust Winner
    01/13/02
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    Jeff Hunter is the winner of the Emperor's Bust givaway, sponsored by <a href="http://www.johns-toys.com/">John's Toys</a>. You have one week to contact <a href="mailto:amshak@thebothanspy.com">ME</a> to claim your prize.<BR><BR>Look for a new contest to start later tonight.


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    Back in Business
    01/12/02
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    I just wanted to remind everyone with short memory spans, like myself, that <a href="http://www.alderaanonline.com/">alderaanonline</a> is up and running again, as of today. Stop by and welcome them back.


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    Star Wars vs. LOTR
    01/11/02
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    <A HREF="http://www.salon.com">Salon</A> has an interesting article that compares Star Wars: A New Hope to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Click <A HREF="http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/2002/01/09/lotr_starwars/index.html">here</A> to read the article. Lord of the Rings better than Star Wars?! Naw...


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    Insider #58 Update
    01/11/02
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    The latest issue of the Star Wars Insider, issue #58, will be shipping very soon. Here are some of the features that you can expect.<BR><BR>* Fan reactions to the E2 trailers<BR>* Interviews with Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars) and Bonnie Piesse (Beru Whitesun)<BR>* Rick McCallum's E2 Updates<BR>* ILM's Rob Coleman on how they bring CGI characters to life<BR>* Interview with Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)<BR>* Interview with author Elaine Cunningham<BR>* First look at the NEW Star Wars trading card game<BR>* Plus much, much more<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.starwars.com/community/news/2002/01/img/insider58_sm.jpg></CENTER>


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    E2 Celebration Exclusive Luke??
    01/11/02
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    Accoridng to Mike over at <A HREF="http://www.rebelscum.com">RebelScum</A>, the E2 Celebration figure looks like it may be a bit of a disappointment...at least to me it is. It is rumored to be the POTJ X-Wing Luke which may feature a new head sculpt and it will be packed with a MicroMachine X-Wing. Now I don't know about you but this doesn't sound to exciting to me. I would much rather have a George Lucas figure. However, in a recent radio transcript Mr. Steve Sansweet remarked about the exclusive figure and stated something to the effect that collectors would be very happy with this figure. I don't know how many of us would be happy with yet another Luke, but maybe it is just me.<BR>Click <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=778">here</A> to discuss this in our forums.
     
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    Jedi Starfighter At Hasbro
    01/11/02
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    Maybe due to all the pics of the E2 line surfacing the various collecting sites as of late (hit our forums now to check em out for yourself), Hasbro has been on a tear placing the images up on their site. The latest feature is the awesome looking Jedi Starfighter. With its cool wedge shape (which is very reminiscent of the A-Wing Fighter), amazing transformation abilities, and the side mounted astromech droid, this looks like one of the hot E2 items and surely at the top of my priority list. Head on over to <A HREF="http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnewscontent.cfm?id=313">Hasbro</A> to view it for yourself.


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    Why Do We Collect?
    01/11/02
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    Bothan Spy reader Rogueace2000 sent me a link to a pretty neat article pertaining to why men still collect action figures. It is a cool read and fairly short and references Star Wars a bit. I found myself relating to what much aof the article stated and got a good laugh or two out of it. Click <A HREF="http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/1016914.html">here</A> to read it for yourself. Thanks Rogueace2000!


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    LEGO Endor Shield Generator
    01/11/02
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    What do you do on a holiday break? Well, if you are diorama master ACPin you get your sons together and construct a LEGO diorama. Their latest offering is the Endor Shield Generator & Bunker. As always this diorama is well constructed and very creative. Great job guys! Be sure to stop by <A HREF="http://www.acpin.homestead.com">ACPin's</A> site for more great dios and other cool stuff.<BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://acpin.homestead.com/files/EndorShield_thumb.jpg></CENTER>


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    DeathStarPlans Update
    01/10/02
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    News sent over from <a href="http://www.deathstarplans.com/">DSP</a>.....<BR><BR>SW Reference Guide have been added!!<BR><BR>We have added a brand new section to DSP called "SW References". A special thanks to Wntermute for its creation. Through this section you will be able to check out [ Eras ][ Sentient Races ][ Ship Registry-coming soon ][ Who's Who ][ Source Library ][ Guide Progress ] along with many more features. After viewing through the pages, stop by our forums for discussion.<BR>-DeathStarDroid


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    George Lucas reunites with 'Princess Leia'
    01/10/02
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    Wookiee_Cookiee sends this in:<BR><BR> "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has reunited with Princess Leia -- for a talk-show appearance, anyway. <BR><BR>Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Leia in Lucas' opening "Star Wars" trilogy, landed a rare interview with Lucas for her cable interview series "Conversations From The Edge With Carrie Fisher," which airs on the<BR>Oxygen network in the U.S. <BR><BR>The interview, which airs Jan. 30, was conducted at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, and features the director<BR>explaining his casting of "Star Wars" and the creation of Leia's double-bun hairstyle. <BR><BR>Lucas also surprises Fisher by showing her audition tape for the part, and he confirms the story that, had Fisher not worked out, his second choice was Terri Nunn, who later found fame as the lead singer of the pop group Berlin. <BR><BR>Other interview subjects lined up for Fisher include Melanie Griffith and Courtney Love.<BR><BR>Click <A HREF="http://www.canoe.ca/Television/jan10_lucas-can.html">here</A> for the article.


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    Alderaan Online is Coming Back
    01/10/02
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    Many of you may have noticed that Alderaan Online has been OFFline since just before the end of the year. Vader, from Alderaan Online, sent in some news that he has found a new host and they will have their Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, January 12th. Be sure to stop by and welcome them back.


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    HUGE NEWS!!!!!!!!! N'SYNC GOES 'BYE BYE BYE!
    01/10/02
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    That's right. <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">Theforce.net</A> has added a transcript of an interview with N'Sync band member Joey Fatone on the Carson Radio Show confirming that the boy band has been DROPPED from AOTC! Read the transcript <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net/episode2/index.html#13803">here</A>.


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    E2 preview figures soon?
    01/09/02
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    According to a report at SSG Episode 2 preview figures could be here sooner than we think. a email sent to TRU stores in the northeast of the US has them possibly in by the end of the month.


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    Official News & Pics
    01/09/02
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    <a href="http://starwars.hasbro.com/">Hasbro</a> has some news about the EP2 line. Click <a href="http://starwars.hasbro.com/bountyhunter/repnewscontent.cfm?id=309">HERE</a> for the news and a pic.


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    Cantina Poll
    01/09/02
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    The Aliens at Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina are pleased to announce their debut of the first ever cantina POLL. The POLL is regarding Episode II and how you think it will compare to the other Star Wars films. To cast your vote, please visit the site at <a href="http://jediaries.themonthlypost.com">HERE</a><BR>Remember, you don't have to be 21 to enter this Cantina!


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    Explanation of the change from Decipher to WOTC for CCG
    01/09/02
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    Over at <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">theforce.net</A>, there has been an article posted containing an answer from Lucas Licensing President Howard Roffman concerning the decision to switch the CCG game to WOTC. I know this has upset many CCG collectors, and at least an attempt has been made to answer the question, "Why?". Go directly to the article <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net/ccg/index.html#13777">here</A>.


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    Blastshield Training
    01/08/02
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    <center><img src=http://www.thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/niub></center><BR><BR>Our good friend, <a href="http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/home/home.html/HOME.ASP">Niub Niub</a>, has just updated his site with his latest creation. He has spent the last four months working to bring you one of the best dioramas that I have seen. The "Millennium Falcon...Blastshield Training." Everyone needs to head over and check it out, you won't be disapointed. And let him know that everyone here at the Bothan Spy, says "hello". Here's a direct <a href="http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/diorama/ep4/ep4.html/blastfront.asp">LINK</a>.


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    E2 Figure And Ship Images
    01/07/02
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    We have obtained, through various sources, pictures of some of the soon to be released E2 merchandise. For figures click <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=763">here</A> and for a vehicle image click <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=763">here</A>. More to come soon!


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    Boxed E2 Slave 1 Pics
    01/06/02
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    Apparently all sorts of neat items are starting to appear. We have already seen a good ten or so figure pics, the Reek, Jedi Starfighter, and now the Slave 1. These pics are being forced off the internet by Hasbro so head over <A HREF="http://www.photo.net/photodb/presentation.tcl?presentation_id=135229">here</A> now to view them.<BR><BR>Big thanks to SecretJedi911 for the tip


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    Final Duel: 25th Anniversary Set
    01/06/02
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    Ishi Tib sends in a review and some detailed pictures:<BR><BR>As promised, <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=756">here</A> are the pictures of the third installment of the Silver Anniversary sets, celebrating 25 years of Star Wars. This particular set has yet to make an appearance at retail stores, but it is indeed coming out very soon. As with the previous two sets "Swing to Freedom" and "Death Star Escape," Hasbro recaptures one more time the essence of Star Wars, this time around giving us the confrontation between the forces of Good an Evil as they are clearly channeled through the battle between Ben "Obi Wan" Kenobi and his former padawan, Darth Vader. Check out the forums for a review of this set and plenty of detailed pics. Enjoy!<BR><BR>Ishi Tib<BR><BR><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.thebothanspy.com/vader.jpg></CENTER>
     
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    <CENTER>New Poll At IOC
    01/05/02
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    This comes in from Ian-Brazee:<BR><BR>"There is a new Poll at <A HREF="http://members.fortunecity.com/the_ian/impofficersclub.html">The Imperial Officers' Club</A> , and as always that means a new Poll Result. This poll will be running for a while, so that there will be time to work on the big WebRing event that will be starting soon."<BR><BR>Be sure to check out some of the other great features they have over there too. As always, let them know who sent ya!


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    Vote for the Most Anticipated Movie of 2002
    01/05/02
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    There is a vote right now over at <A HREF="http://www.ign.com/">IGN.com</A> for the most anticipated movie of 2002. Episode II is lagging behind the next chapter of LOTR, so everybody get over there and cast your vote!


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    Spoiler Pics
    01/05/02
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    I'm not sure how long these will be available, but if you would like to see some pics of some upcoming figures, click <a href="http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder.tcl?folder_id=173871">HERE</a>.<BR>Also, we have posted several more in our forums, <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=671">HERE</a> and <a href="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=746">HERE</a>.


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    E2 Pictures
    01/04/02
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    There are quite a few new Episode 2 pictures in our <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=746">forums</A>. Go check them out! These shots can be found at several sites around the net - including <A HREF="http://www.episode-x.com/">episode-x.com</A>.


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    News from ACPin
    01/03/02
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    <center><img src=http://thebothanspy.com/bothanusers/news/acpin1></center><BR>I've just finished updating my homepage with the Death Star Escape (my version of the CS plus more), Lego Bespin Docking Bay and the new Cloud Car set has been added to the opened sets. <BR>Click <a href="http://acpin.homestead.com/home.html">HERE</a> to go see.


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    'NSync Confirmed In E2
    01/02/02
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    Bothan reader JennaBenna sends in the following bit on "super band" 'NSync and their involvement in Attack Of The Clones.<BR><BR>Now that they've taken over planet Earth, 'NSYNC are prepared to blow up in a galaxy far, far away.<BR>A few of the 'NSYNC guys will appear in "Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones," according to a spokesperson from Lucasfilm.<BR>The spokesperson didn't know specifically which members have cameos in the movie, which will be the fifth "Star Wars" release from creator George Lucas. The guys will be seen for a fleeting moment in a "big scene with lots of extras."<BR>The roles materialized after the group members, who are all fans of the sci-fi saga, asked the new film's producer, Rick McCallum, for bit parts.<BR>"Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones," which stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen, hits theaters May 16.


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    WOTC To Create Star Wars Trading Card Game
    01/02/02
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    <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com">Star Wars</A> has revealed the following information regarding the new Star Wars trading card game by Wizards Of The Coast.<BR> <BR>"Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded an exclusive multi-year worldwide license for trading card games (TCG) based on the entire Star Wars saga. This deal represents a long-term partnership between Lucasfilm and Wizards of the Coast that will give fans high-quality Star Wars TCG releases for many years to come. <BR>The game's innovative game mechanic enhances the rich Star Wars experience by allowing players to plan and execute the high-stakes gambits and intense action of a climactic Star Wars battle. Star Wars TCG releases will draw content from every Star Wars era including the movies and the expanded universe. The first Star Wars TCG release, which includes content from Attack of the Clones, will be available in stores in April 2002." <BR><BR>You can read the rest of the press release by visiting <A HREF="http://forums.thebothanspy.com/showthread.php?threadid=738">our forums</A>.<BR><BR><P><CENTER><IMG SRC=http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2002/01/img/20020102_silo.jpg></CENTER>


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    Box Office Comparisons - Episode I, LOTR, Harry Potter, Titanic
    01/02/02
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    This was just posted at <A HREF="http://www.theforce.net">theforce.net</A>.<BR><BR>For those of you that love numbers, Box Office Mojo has set up a page that tracks the weekend box office of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Phantom Menace & Titanic since their respective releases. The page includes their grosses and ranks in the North American & Overseas markets, as well as Worldwide. You can check out the page by clicking <A HREF="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/data/lordoftherings/versus.htm">here</A>.


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    Jedi Aries
    01/01/02
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    Some news from Jedi Aries.....<BR><BR>"The aliens at Jedi Aries' Tattoine Alien Cantina have just completed the final phase of the site's face-lift! Jedi Aries would like you to take a trip on over and check it out! You don't need to be 21 to enter this Cantina! While you are there, don't forget that there is still ample time remaining to enter the free drawing for POTF2 Red Card Long Saber MOMC Ben Kenobi!" <BR>Click <a href="http://www.jediaries.themonthlypost.com">HERE</a> to visit the site.


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    R2-Q5
    01/01/02
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    <a href="http://www.thejawa.com/">thejawa.com</a> is giving away a POTJ R2-Q5. So head over for your chance to win.


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    Artoo & Threepio Float
    01/01/02
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    I was just watching the Rose Bowl Parade and happened to see a float that featured our two favorite droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, in all of their float like glory! It was definately a very cool site to behold and just another sign of how much Star Wars is a part of every day life.<BR>If anyone has managed to snag a pic could you please send it in?


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    Happy New Year!
    01/01/02
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    I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2002! As I sit here this morning I have been reflecting upon the previous year and all of the good and bad that it brought us, the Star Wars collector. We were given a line in Power Of The Jedi that only grew stronger as each subsequent wave was released, with newer figures consisting of more detail and articulation. We have had two vehicles, a playset, a killer Deluxe line of figures, Palm Talkers, and a whole load of incredible collecting news. We were also treated to some amazing trailers of the soon to be released Attack Of The Clones. In a few months we will be bombarded with an insane amount of merchandise and, of course, Star Wars: EPISODE II - Attack Of The Clones!<BR>2002 is going to be a phenomenal year for us all. We have all of these great things in place and we will once again reap all the benefits of being fans of the greatest saga ever told. I am proud to be a part of such a fantastic community and I look forward with eager anticipation to not only living all these exciting events, but to report about them too.<BR>In closing I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the four short months of our existence; the staff of TBS, the sponsors, site affiliates, and most importantly you. The readers are what makes all of this possible and I thank you for welcoming us into your collecting habits.<BR><BR>Happy 2002: Year Of The Darth
     
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