Archive for July, 2008

Win a lifesized Clone Wars figurine!

July 23, 2008

H/T celosia:

Toys R Us will hold drawings to win lifesized Clone Wars figures of your favorite characters: Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Rex, etc.. More details here.

Clone Wars sneak peek on FX during “Planet of The Apes”

July 23, 2008

Spotted on Clone Wars Insider: Tune into cable channel FX tomorrow night (8 p.m.) during its broadcast of Planet of the Apes and catch a “sneak preview” of Clone Wars. Check your local listings!

Star Wars Aficionado interviews Shaak-Ti

July 22, 2008

Star Wars Aficionado interviews Orli “Shaak-Ti” Shoshonan in two downloadable PDF files.

Wrap up from Celebration Japan

July 22, 2008

There’s plenty more that went on, of course, but of interest to this site in particular are an interview with Japanese artist Atsushi Takeuchi, who did design work for Clone Wars; Anthony Daniels’s retrospective of his 32 years as Threepio (some PT stuff is in there); and all kinds of other cool stuff on Rebelscum.

New Stuff On Star Wars.com’s Clone Wars site

July 22, 2008

I guess they’re slowly uploading new material now that Celebration Japan is over. Now there’s information on the different planets featured in the film, a widget you can download, a new game, and stuff you can print up for your younglings (puzzles, drawing sheets, pictures to color). Head over to starwars.com and check it out!

Clone Wars at Space Center Houston

July 22, 2008

Fans in the Houston area or within driving distance have the opportunity to check out a nifty new exhibit to celebrate Clone Wars:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Takes Space Center Houston By Storm!

The Force is with you as Star Wars: The Clone Wars makes history by taking Space Center Houston – no, make that the World by storm! It’s the most thrilling Star Wars experience ever presented.

Be in the epicenter of Star Wars history and the first to see, feel and hear the next chapter in the most powerful science fiction saga in history. You’ll be stunned by the comprehensive collection of sights and sounds from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the all-new feature-length animated film – Lucasfilm’s first animated feature film, to be released in theaters this Summer.

It’s the definitive Star Wars experience where you’ll experience the past, present and the future of The Star Wars Saga. This one-of-a-kind collection will feature impressive pieces throughout the Star Wars legend: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsabers; a full-sized Starfighter used in filming Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; original sketches, digital prints and 3-D models of legendary Star Wars characters including Yoda, Padmé Amidala, C-3PO and R2-D2 used in the creation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including many items and scenes never seen by the public before – anywhere…

Experience Star Wars: the Clone Wars right now. Space Center Houston is the only venue in the world to host this collection!

Read more at spacecenter.org. You might be able to download a coupon offering buy one-get one-free admissions Monday through Friday until September 30, 2008.

Clone Wars t.v. spots, fan review

July 21, 2008

A lucky fan in Taiwan got to see a screening of CW for the local 501st and posted his thoughts here. Scroll down to Ashoka’s (sic) posts.

TFN has also uploaded two new t.v. spots and some short videos here.

Where’s the header?

July 21, 2008

There’s a technical problem with Word Press so the SWPAS banner is missing for now. Hopefully it will be resolved soon!

New toys & stuff at Celebration Japan

July 21, 2008

I’ll probably see a lot of this on display next week at Comic Con, but Kotobukiya previewed several ArtFX figures from Clone Wars and the SW films at Celebration Japan. Check out the pix of these and other goodies at Rebelscum.com

The stuff you find on eBay

July 20, 2008

Over the past week, I received via eBay a “confidential” notebook with a paper SW logo on the cover, an “Episode I” lanyard, and one of those STAP figures given out at some licensee meeting pre-TPM about 10 years ago. I live for this sort of collectible, because not only is it something not very many other collectors would have, but also because it’s an interesting look into how Lucasfilm marketed SW to those outside of fandom. I have a promotional packet for the TPM video release in 2000 and it has all kinds of marketing information, including the demographics of SW fandom. This particular notebook was apparently from some sort of pitch for inflatable stuff, because it only mentions pool toys, inflatable chairs, etc.. There’s a rundown of who all of the main characters are from TPM with illustrations and some story details, who are all of the actors in the movie, some key vehicles and stuff that might make for good toys, a products strategies & timing schedule, a copy of a SW Insider, a glossy color Lucas Licensing newsletter, and a glossy color brochure with all kinds of marketing and demographic information.

There are all kinds of gems in this lovely notebook.

On the podrace scene: “In a major set-piece in the film, a new high-speed adrenaline-packed form of racing creates a contest that transforms lives.”

Products: “Inflatable snow tubes…downhill inflatables with cold-crack addictive themed to Star Wars vehicles.” Huh? In any case, I don’t think I ever saw those in the store.

Factoids: They apparently estimated the consumer base to switch from majority Gen-Xers in 1996 to majority 8-12 year olds by 1999. The number of people in the official fan club skyrocketed from 13,100 in 1993 to 155,000 in 1997. Sales of SW toys went up 282% between 1995 and 1996.

Uh oh: On one page of the TPM Power Point-style presentation it states thus: “In 1977, Star Wars filled more theaters than any movie since then…including Titanic (true…ANH is the biggest ticket seller since WWII). We expect Episode I, The Phantom Menace to gross more than any movie in history. (Emphasis mine.) No wonder licensees and retailers went ape you-know-what. Talk about setting waaaay too high a bar.

If there was ever any doubt: “Some additional cast members include Samuel L. Jackson in a cameo appearance and Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine. McDiarmid played the role of the evil Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.”

Get your facts straight: “The noble Jedis (sic) are sent to a distant planet to help a newly elected young (16-year-old) (sic) queen who is facing terrible danger.”

Fun stuff. Maybe I can corner Sansweet at Comic Con and find out more about it.