I saw an ebay auction yesterday morning for the Ep .II painted C-3PO bust that had been previously shown at Celebration III and again at San Diego Comic con earlier this year. The auction claimed that it was an exclusive at the Art of Star Wars Exhibition on November 19th at the Singapore Science Center and was limited to 2500. Not having heard even a rumor about this I checked the usual websites for validation and found that Scum had the story on their front page and indeed this was legit. After some more digging I found out that the 2500 was going to be split into 3 allocations- 1500 for the exhibit, 500 for UK website and the last 500 was going to be split to the U.S.
On Scum's recommendation everybody hearded over to UK retailor Forbiddenplanet.com for preorders at 67.99$ a pop plus shipping to be 20-25$ fearing a shortage, but at around 3 pm Shopstarwars.com put it up at thier website very unannounced @ 49.99$ plus shipping. Everyone then hearded back to forbiddenplanet to cancel thier preorders! (I would have hated to be thier customer service yesterday)
Sorry about the rant! was anybody else able to get an order in? I got mine in at around 3:30 yesterday without a problem.