Open Thread: Ep VIII Title Suddenly Drops

January 23, 2017

Perhaps against my better judgment, here’s an open thread on the suddenly revealed title of Ep VIII, “The Last Jedi.”  (I’m not linking this on the FB page because it’ll get too crazy there.)

My only thing is this, it’s obviously not Lucas’s style of nomenclature nor is there the same sense of rhyme as there was with his movies:

A New Hope <–> The Phantom Menace

The Empire Strikes Back <–> Attack Of The Clones

Return Of The Jedi <–> Revenge Of The Sith

I know this is nitpick theater but if I pay attention to those kinds of details, I don’t know why no one else can.  But of course, what ultimately matters is how the film turns out…

Prequel Goodies News

January 19, 2017

I wish I’d jumped on this quickly but due to distractions such as work, I missed out on these exclusive prints by Eric Tan and sold by Bottleneck Gallery.  They went on sale Thursday at noon EST/9 a.m. PST for $50 apiece or $140 for the set and were gone in 10 minutes.  Sad face.  But it goes to show you, the prequels ARE popular and I hope licensees take note.

Bandai is going to release a Yoda figure this year.  You can switch out OT and PT heads and give him a cane or a lightsaber, depending upon your mood.

The Padmé Amidala (AOTC) figure from SH Figuarts is due out in June; pre-orders begin tomorrow.  (This one is MINE.)

H/T Star Wars:  The Prequel Trilogy Facebook Page 

Gentle Giant is taking pre-orders for a Jango Fett mini bust due out later this year.

Essay: “Star Wars Mysteries”

January 16, 2017

Power To The Prequels at Retrozap is back with a new piece, “The Wonder of Wondering:  Star Wars Mysteries In The Prequels.”  It’s a look at the answers and many questions the prequels presented:

As fans we should be able to make up our own minds about these things. Lucas created Star Wars in part to teach children about empathy and values, but also to encourage their imaginations and inspire them. We must be willing to at least tolerate different interpretations of the saga and different theories on the parts of our fellow fans. Doggedly pursuing one incontrovertible record about the sequence of events and history of the Star Wars galaxy misses the larger point of these stories and the lessons they are trying to impart.

The fun of Star Wars is ultimately the opportunity to use our own imaginations to fill in the blanks. But what happens when there are no more blanks to fill in, when there is no room in the galaxy for our imagination because all these stories have been told?

“The Prequels Strike Back” Available On DVD

January 13, 2017

“The Prequels Strike Back,” the recent prequel documentary, is finally available on DVD.

You can order it directly from the filmmakers or from Amazon.  Yours for $25!

Independent Geek Girl Designer Seeks Feedback on Padmé Designs

January 9, 2017

Elhoffer Design tweeted sketches for fashion items based on Padmé’s costumes and is asking which three we prefer, assuming those are the ones that will actually get made.  (I picked 3-5.)

More Funko Prequel Pops

January 9, 2017

In another episode of “Good News, Bad News,” Funko will produce four new Pops from the prequels but they are all store and/or convention exclusives.

First, this three-pack of Palpatine, Tarfful, and Utapau clone trooper exclusive to Walmart:

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Photo from Yakface.com

This should be out by the end of this month.

The fourth Funko Pop is a 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper .  I don’t know when it’s coming out but collector Twitter account @MayTheFunkoBWY says it’s an exclusive for FYE and Emerald City Comic Con.

Hey, how about some prequel Pops that I can easily buy online or in any store?

 

Oh Look, There’s Coruscant

January 5, 2017

Rogue One had a sneaky cameo by everyone’s favorite metroplanet, Coruscant, in one flashback scene. Here’s the capture posted by Jack Manuel on Twitter:

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Nick Gillard On Alternate “Dismemberment” Scene in ROTS

January 5, 2017

Prequels stunt coordinator Nick Gillard tells Australia’s Sci Fi Central on an alternate way he was going to have Anakin sliced and diced in ROTS:

In Case You Haven’t Seen It…

January 5, 2017

Sure, you’ve probably seen it already if you halfway care about “Rebels” but the mid-season trailer promises some PT/CW-era familiar faces…first of which is Saw Gererra this Saturday.

Darth Maul Comic Variant Covers, Interview

January 5, 2017

star wars.com posted an interview with the writer of the upcoming “Darth Maul” comic Cullen Bunn and introduced several variant covers:

This series takes place shortly before the events of The Phantom Menace. We’re following Darth Maul at a point when his anxiousness, his impatience, and his thirst for vengeance against the Jedi is at an all-time high.

He’s growing frustrated. He’s been taught to hate the Jedi. He’s been trained to kill them. But his master, Darth Sidious, has told him to bide his time, to keep himself hidden. This is driving Maul crazy, so we see him venting his anger by testing his skills against some of the nastiest creatures and cutthroats in the galaxy. During one of his missions, though, he learns something of interest. A powerful crime lord has captured a Jedi Padawan, and only a few people know about it.

Maul sees this as an opportunity to test his mettle against those he hates, so he sets out to find this Jedi. He has to operate in secret, though, because his master would not approve.

#1 hits February 1.