Archive for February, 2008

Sideshow Collectibles announce first “armored” character: CW Obi-Wan

February 19, 2008

Since Sideshow Collectibles got the license to produce SW 12″ figures a few years ago, it hadn’t figured out how to produce armor. That’s why we haven’t seen popular characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, clonetroopers, or stormtroopers yet.

That looks like it’s about to change with the announcementthat armored Obi-Wan (from CW fame) will be on pre-order Feb. 22, 10 a.m. PST.

Ahsoka voice actress cast already?

February 18, 2008

TFN has posted an unconfirmed report (popularly known as a rumor) that actress Ashley Drane Eckstein (wife of pro ball player David Eckstein) has been cast to voice Ahsoka in the CW series. Lucasfilm has yet to confirm this but TFN claims that someone did a little poking around and verified through Ashley Drane Eckstein’s agency that she is involved with the series.

Read TFN’s report here, along with a link to the actress’s IMDB page.

Loads of new toys/collectibles at ToyFair 2008

February 18, 2008

Rebelscum has loads of photos from ToyFair, featuring all of the SW goodies coming our way in 2008. PT fans/collectors can look forward to toys and collectibles based on the movies and of course on The Clone Wars. I can’t wait for the Padmé Evolutions set!

Clone Wars Pictures & Article

February 15, 2008

Check out the cool pix and TVGuide.com gets into the act with this short article. (Warning: slight Jar Jar jab, but what did you expect?)

Clone Wars Toys & Games

February 15, 2008

Hasbro is ready to take our money for new Clone Wars-related goodies like games, toys, and even an action figure special offer. Captain Rex by the way is going to be Anakin’s right hand clone.

Incredible art by the late John Alvin

February 14, 2008

starwars.com posted a nice tribute to artist John Alvin, who passed away last week. The tribute included some artwork he’d created called “The Force of Influence” which features important pairs.

Check it out here.

SW alumni willing to come back for CW?

February 14, 2008

Samuel L. Jackson tells MTV.com that he would be happy to voice Mace Windu for the new CW series.

Then Hayden Christensen tells MTV.com pretty much the same thing.

We’ll see! I think it would be money well-spent.

Clone Wars T.V. Watch: In Theaters August 15, Series to remain on Cartoon Network

February 12, 2008

Check it the official announcement on starwars.com here.

TNT, which has the same parent company as CN, will also air the program.

Interviews and signings at Wattographs

February 11, 2008

Wattographs, a resource and a dealer for personalized SW autographs, just finished a signing session with Sandi “Sly Moore” Findlay and while it’s too late to request any personal items for her to sign, there’s a short and interesting interview with her conducted while she was signing away.

However, you can sign up to have items signed by Rohan “Captain Antilles” Nichol from ROTS (and Mike Quinn from ROTJ). Go to the above link to check it all out!

H/t Celosia.

Darth Media on the move again

February 7, 2008

When I started SWPAS, I wanted to focus on the positive things about the movies than dwell on what critics had to say about it.

After almost 10 years of unfair and mean-spirited slams against the PT, there are two things you can count on:

1. Entertainment Weekly finding every excuse to knock them. If they came up with The 18 Worst Christian Films of all time, they will find a way to somehow beat up on Jar Jar on that list.

2. Any article about SW will somehow find ink to bring up a completely irrelevant dig at TPM and AOTC.

First of all, EW comes up with a random list of films with the “worst dialogue” of all time and it decided to target ROTS. Yes, ROTS. You know, the one the cognosceti said was the “good” or “acceptable” PT film. It’s par for the course with EW, but I was terribly disappointed to see it highlighted on The Official Star Wars blog. Just as I’d been reassured privately that Lucasfilm treats the PT with respect and love, stuff like this makes me wonder again.

Then there is an article in the current “Hollywood” issue of Vanity Fair about the upcoming video game, The Force Unleashed. It had this line: Full of action and epic Force wielding, and largely free of the plot convolutions that made parts of Episode I and Episode II go down like big bowls of bran flakes, The Force Unleashed sounds like a video game that could easily have been a movie. It was completely unnecessary to slam the films in this context. Take out the phrase about plot convolusions and the sentence still makes the point that it’s as good as a movie. (Of course, we know that SW is much more than action and tossing characters.) It’s disappointing to say the least, given VF’s positive coverage of the PT and the fact that those PT covers made VF loads of money.