Archive for January, 2013

New Links!

January 25, 2013

If you take a peek under “Blogroll” over on the right side of the page, you’ll see I’ve added a bunch of new links to various prequel/saga-friendly sites. And I’ll keep adding them over the coming days.

If you notice a link’s not working, the site’s kaput, or site posts an epic rant against the prequels, let me know stat.

Anakin and Obi-Wan CW Banks

January 25, 2013

Rebelscum has posted pix of the upcoming Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker bust bank and about a week ago, posted pix of the Obi-Wan version. Obi-Wan’s due out in June, so I’m guessing we’ll see Anakin sometime this year as well.

You Have Your Mother’s Eyes

January 24, 2013

Another fun column from Adam at Jedi News focuses on casting the parents of Luke and Leia and making the family connection believable:

Often in fiction, especially fiction aimed at younger audiences, when two characters have a son and a daughter together the children will end up being carbon copies of the same-gendered parent. Lucas was smart in that it seems this is where it’s heading when we first meet Anakin and Padmé in The Phantom Menace, but as Clones and Sith went on you could really see how mixed – and sometimes opposite – the twins would turn out.

Matt Lanter On Rebel Force Radio

January 24, 2013

Tomorrow, Matt Lanter will be on the second episode of Rebel Force Radio, brought to you by the guys who used to do the Forcecast. Find out whether he’ll have more to do in Season Six ;).

Get Ready For The “Lockdown”

January 24, 2013

Horror author Joe Schreiber, who gave the world “Death Troopers” and “Red Harvest,” is penning a Darth Maul novel called “Maul: Lockdown.” It takes place after the events of “Darth Plageuis,” where Sidious and Maul get to work on securing galactic domination. It’s due out the latter part of the year.

Click here for more info and a screencap of the book cover!

UK Toy Fair

January 22, 2013

Jedi News’s coverage of London’s UK Toy Fair has some interesting previews of what’s to come this year, including new packaging (two different styles for most products) and this winner of the Best New Action Figure award, the Rise Of Darth Vader where you can transform Anakin into Vader. It features the packaging set for the latter half of 2013, which looks a little like the packaging style used for ROTS in 2005.

Rebelscum has additional coverage.

Update: I don’t know if it will be in the U.S. market, but welcome back the Viewmaster, kicking off with 3D scenes from AOTC.

Clone Wars Preview: “Shades Of Reason”

January 21, 2013

Up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure, the continuing adventures of Maul and Co..

Update: Hollywood.com has an exclusive clip too.

Clone Wars USO Visit To Miramar

January 21, 2013

Both TFN and Big Shiny Robot have the rundown of events from last Friday, complete with pictures and Tweets, when the Clone Wars crew came to visit Miramar MCAS. All in all it sounds like it was a huge success and I hope we’ll see more cooperation between Lucasfilm and the USO in the future.

Update: Club Jade has a video interview with James Arnold Taylor at the event.

Prequel Reference On 1600 Penn

January 21, 2013

Adam pointed out there was a fun prequel reference on the 1/17 episode of NBC’s “1600 Penn.” As it turns out I found the entire episode online at NBC.com. The reference starts at around 10:46 and lasts about ten seconds.

Clone Wars Debriefing: “Eminence”

January 20, 2013

Wow, that was a lot to absorb, wasn’t it?

Fans who like their Clone Wars full of awesome sure got their wish. It was almost as though the writers sat around and said to themselves, “What would make our viewers act just like ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com fellow when he’s talking about the ‘frying the Coke’ scene from ‘Double Team?'” (Go look it up…it involves Mickey Rourke, a massive explosion/fireball, a leaping tiger, Dennis Rodman, and Coke machines.) The answer is to pack a single episode with Darth Maul, Savage Opress, Death Watch, Black Sun along with several Falleen vigos, Hutts, and bounty hunters!

In what has to be the biggest coincidence in a galaxy filled with coincidences, Death Watch just happens to find an escape pod with Darth Maul and Savage Opress. Both are kind of frosty and in some sort of stasis. Intrigued, the Mandalorians take them aboard and nurse them back to health. It doesn’t take long for Maul to make an alliance with Pre Vizsla. Vizsla would like Maul’s help in taking out Duchess Satine. Maul realizes he and Vizla have a common enemy in Obi-Wan. Big plans are made and soon the pair are out to recruit every bad guy they can find.

First they chat with Black Sun, making its debut outside of the expanded universe. If you might recall, Darth Maul already kicked a little Black Sun heinie in 2000’s Darth Maul comics. So I’m not sure why that one Falleen guy even bothered telling off the gruesome twosome. Savage responds with flinging his lightsaber and chopping off several heads, though that scene was apparently “censored” by Cartoon Network (here we go again). The full scene will be on the home video release. That convinces Black Sun and so off they go to recruit the Hutts. After they kill a Hutt, fight a bunch of your favorite bounty hunters (Embo and Sugi among them), and have a little talk with Jabba, Jabba backs the group. Of course Maul and Vizsla secretly plan to kill each other off once they attain their goals. It’s about to get real!

What’s funny is how Maul and Savage size up their allies (Death Watch’s sense of honor is their weakness) while Pre Vizsla and Bo Katan do the same thing (hmm, that Maul guy is driven by revenge). Vizsla is a determined enough guy and a decent warrior but as is often the case in Star Wars, he doesn’t know who he’s dealing with. Maul is not only a trained Sith, a killing machine, and infused with black magic, he’s also pretty darn smart. He learned a thing or two from Sidious.

All I can say is Duchess Satine is in BIG trouble.