If you missed the retweets on Saturday from the Clone Wars panel, the starwars.com blog has a full summary here. Jedi News has noted that in the new Insider (which just arrived via Pony Express), the premiere episode is now going to be “Revival,” starring Darth Maul.
Maybe it was because I went only on Thursday and Sunday, but it seemed like while there were plenty of attendees in costume of all kinds, there weren’t nearly as many overall this year. Still, I did see Jedi and clone troopers on duty. At the Course of the Force post-race gathering, there were some SoCal cosplayers as Anakin, Obi-Wan, et al..
In terms of merchandise, I got a gander of the upcoming Obi-Wan padawan 1/6 figure at Sideshow Collectibles booth. Aside from the figure’s lip gloss (!), it’s a very nice piece and I look forward to pre-ordering it. It’s due to come out next year. I also saw the Jango Fett life-sized bust and some nice clonetrooper 1/6 figures.
Gentle Giant though has some interesting upcoming offerings. I got a peek at the Wald mini bust (no Kitster?) as well as the Jar Jar mini bust. For Gentle Giant Premium Collectors, you can get the holiday exclusive Jar Jar, which is the same Jar Jar mini bust but with a Santa hat and flashing Christmas lights. Yep, they work! Everything is pending licensing approval. I didn’t see the Sebulba and Anakin mini bust that’s supposed to be coming out too, but maybe we’ll see it at Celebration.
Hasbro’s Star Wars exclusive consisted of figures from each of the movies, including Jar Jar from TPM and a special Jar Jar in carbonite figure. The set eventually sold out and I saw plenty of people lugging those things around. One guy and his girlfriend were in line at the coat check lugging three boxes of them (there were probably two sets in each box). Hasbro has consistently produced toys from all of the movies and the prequels were well-represented. But they still can’t get Anakin right and the only Padmé is the “battle damage” i.e. Crop Top Padmé (the Slave Leia outfit of the prequel trilogy). I did see Jocasta Nu from some special Vintage line. She comes with a bust of Count Dooku, making this figure a must for Old People of Star Wars aficionados. But it comes in a big honkin’ box. I can’t figure out why.
Darth Maul seems to be real popular these days with licensees. He was everywhere this year. Hallmark still isn’t producing a lot of PT stuff aside from some nice ornaments. We’ll have to bug them about that at Celebration.
The biggest surprise though was at the Stylin’ booth. They had a couple of new Maul shirts of course but then I saw a green tee featuring a shot of Theed with the caption “Greetings From Naboo” like one of those vintage postcards. Sold! I’m sure it’ll be for sale at Celebration.
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