Episode 139: Fit to be TIE'd
April 21, 2008

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They're coming in too fast!

The collecting community has been watching the progress of new Star Wars collectibles licensee eFX with great interest, and we were rewarded this week with the announcement of the first product from eFX--a full scale Stormtrooper helmet. Given how sought after the Master Replicas version of this helmet is, and with only 500 being released by eFX, this is sure to be a very hot seller. eFX CEO Bryan Ono sat down with us this week to talk about the Stormtrooper helmet, what's the same as the MR version, what's different, and how both domestic and international collectors can get their hands on it.

Also this week, for years Star Wars collectors complained that the Hasbro and Kenner TIE Fighters had wings that were too small, too out of scale with the cockpit to be movie accurate. Then in 2005 Hasbro responded by giving us a Target exclusive "big wing" TIE Fighter. For years, Star Wars collectors complained that the Hasbro and Kenner TIE Fighters were blue, not at all the color they appeared to be on screen. In 2005 Hasbro responded by giving us a gray TIE fighter. From there things can only get worse... Hasbro started to mix and match wing size and colors. Toys R Us recently got in the third exclusive release of the "big wing" TIE Fighter, this time in "whitish gray". How different is it from the previous Toys R Us gray fighter, and from the Target blue fighter? We discussion those issues this week.

Also this week we look at the latest Target exclusives in both 3.75" scale and for the Galactic Heroes. From Mustufar to Kashyyyk to Endor, there are battle packs galore, and with a new Jedi starfighter to boot! Which of these items are worth the money and which should you wait to get red tagged? We tell you on this week's Star Wars Action News.

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Star Wars Utapau Mini Helmet

100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to help Team Cassiebug and the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk.

There is a fund raising event going on for Cystic Fibrosis One of SWAN's forum admins daughter is affected by CF and Red5's family is doing a walk in Dallas in a few weeks. Please check out the message below:

I wanted to take a moment and let my extended Star Wars family know that in May my daughter Cassidy is turning 4 and we are participating in the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on May 17th, 2008 here in Dallas. We have organized a group, Team Cassiebug, that is raising funds and would greatly appreciate any help anyone is willing to give. Our team goal is to raise $1,000 for our efforts and I wanted to make it fun by throwing a little Star Wars into the mix. If we can raise $500 I will wear my Stormtrooper Armor in the walk, but if we hit our goal of $1,000 I will wear my Darth Vader Costume.

If anyone would like more information, please visit the following link: http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/JenniferRacek5585 or you can visit my wife's bolg on livejournal at http://tapestrymlp.livejournal.com/395008.html We greatly appreciat any help you all can give. Thank you for your time.

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