Archive for February, 2014

Update On Hasbro & PT Stuff

February 20, 2014

This was relayed to me on Twitter just a short time ago regarding the Toy Fair news on Hasbro and the future of PT goodies on the pegs and shelves. I’ve compressed the tweets into a single statement:

I can confirm this (re my original post) to be true. I asked my supervisor where I work at (can’t say over the TL) what happened to all the Ultimate FX Lightsabers like Maul’s, Windu’s etc, etc. He said they’ve been slowly discontinued and the current Anakin to Vader saber will most like be as well or repackaged and the figures that are still available (PT Figures) are to be the last of them. About the fate of the Force FX Lightsabers (the metal handle ones), I do not know (since we don’t carry them).

So there you go. If anybody else out there knows anything, either about Hasbro or other licensees, let me know!

AOTC Done In LEGO

February 20, 2014

The Legoland Trafford Centre near Manchester (England) has an amazing display of several key scenes from AOTC done entirely in LEGOs and the cute little figures that go with them. This is why Master Builders rock:

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If you happen to be in or near Manchester, go check it out. If not, the Daily Mail has more pictures.

H/T Jedi News

Throwback Thursday: Jay Laga’aia In “Xena The Warrior Princess”

February 20, 2014

In his pre-prequel days, Jay Laga’aia appeared occasionally on “Xena: The Warrior Princess” as the warlord Draco. Here’s a clip of him in action from the episode “Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire,” where Gabrielle appears to be trapped in a strip club or something and Draco is jamming on a guitar that spits out flames.

Follow Up On Last Post

February 19, 2014

I’ve been reading some of the posts about New York Toy Fair on Rebelscum and back at the Jedi Temple Archives site. From the pix, I can tell that a huge chunk of what’s coming out this year across the board is centered around “Rebels” and the usual mainstays like Vader, Yoda, and Artoo. There’s some PT-era stuff, but not very much.

If you poke around Jedi Temple Archives, the various Q&As with Hasbro clarify the earlier statement about staying away from the prequels. It seems that there’s definitely an end to expanded universe-related merchandise while there’s a big draw-down but not quite an outright ban on prequel stuff.

Again, it’s not really unexpected they’re going to shift focus to “Rebels” and eventually to Ep. VII. I don’t expect to see anything PT-related at all 2015-2016. But Hasbro is one of the few companies out there that embraced the saga as a whole. Not very many do. I don’t get these collector dudes who act as though there’s been a desert of OT stuff for years: with the exception of 1986-1995 and the months surrounding releases of new movies, they’ve produced stuff from Eps IV-VI pretty consistently. (Now do not get me started on the perennial one-per-packer, Princes Leia.)

But for now, check out this sweet Captain Rex Phase II armor figure from Sideshow!

Update: Also, these Geonosis Infantry Battle Droids.

Hasbro Ordered To Dump The PT?

February 16, 2014

Eddie found this New York Toy Fair-related post at Jedi Temple Archives:

R5-X2 is unlikely to ever come because Hasbro has been instructed to avoid the Prequel Trilogy as we move into Star Wars: Rebels. Even sadder is that Hasbro has been forbidden to release characters from the Expanded Universe. Repacks and carry-forwards are OK, but there will be no new figures made for this property.

Yeah, crappy news for Expanded Universe fans too.

I poked around Rebelscum to see if there’s anything along the same lines being reported there, but I didn’t see any corroboration. But if there’s any truth to the Jedi Temple Archives post, it has implications across every licensee. It’s expected that as we get closer to “Rebels” and to new films, the bulk of new Star Wars merchandise will focus on them. From that first Midnight Madness in May 1999 until well into 2000, almost everything was from TPM. Okay, that’s fine. I get it. But as time went on, there was stuff from the Expanded Universe and first set of Star Wars films again, especially on the toy front.

If Hasbro is being told to “avoid” the prequels, I’m sure Sideshow, Gentle Giant, efX, JAKKS Pacific, Topps, Petco, and whoever else is printing up t-shirts, posters, and other ephemera are being told the exact same thing. And with a constant barrage of new movies and animated shows, you’ll probably never see a single licensed collectible from the prequels (or Clone Wars) again. Hell, I think over time you won’t see anything from the OT either. Until someone at Disney figures out they’ll lose their trademarks on the various characters and stuff if they don’t use them anymore. But who knows after how many decades before they figure that out.

Saga Coming To Theaters…

February 13, 2014

In Australia and New Zealand May 3-4. I know, psyche! This is the only not-quite officially-confirmed info thus far. No word if they’ll use the 3D versions of TPM and AOTC.

In Case You’ve Been Hiding Under A Rock

February 13, 2014

Here’s Lucasfilm’s presser on releasing all of Clone Wars, Seasons 1-5 plus the final 13 episodes, on Netflix on March 7.

This only covers the U.S. and Canada. It’s still undetermined when or where the show will be available for viewers in the UK, the rest of Europe not called “Germany,” Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

I am not at all familiar with how Netflix streaming works, so don’t ask me! My initial reaction to the news was, “Great, I don’t have Netflix.” I have AppleTV, so I guess I’m able to get it to stream if I get a Netflix account. The downside is for those who can’t get access to Netflix for whatever reason, this makes it unlikely there will be future releases of Clone Wars on DVD/Blu-Ray. Netflix takes the issue of distribution out of the equation: Disney doesn’t have to share Star Wars bucks with Warners, which had been the show’s original distributor and the owner of Cartoon Network.

Here’s the Netflix clip from the new material:

All I Can Say Is This Better Be True

February 11, 2014

From Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobio:

Clone Wars Musical Cues Available Online

February 10, 2014

Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner has posted a bunch of musical cues from his various projects, including Clone Wars. It’s been a while since I listened to the 2008 score but it appears to me these cues came from various episodes over its five-year run, and therefore aren’t available anywhere else.

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Anakin Reunites With Padmé

February 10, 2014

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This week’s Valentine’s Day, so of course I have to pick a scene with Anakin and Padmé. Here is where they reunite for the first time in ROTS. I’m an A/P shipper bar none, but even beyond that, the scene is executed flawlessly. There’s something poignant about Padmé practically hiding in the background, trying not to be noticed by the other politicians greeting Anakin, just as he notices her but can’t acknowledge her in front of anybody. (Though I have wondered if Bail Organa suspected anything, given he was right there as Anakin decided to abruptly excuse himself.)

When they are finally alone, they’re allowed to express their feelings, first with joy as Anakin lifts up Padmé and spins her around. Then with passion as they kiss and Anakin starts acting as though he’s not going to wait until they get home to do a little “catching up.” (It’s been a while, so I don’t really blame him.) Then with apprehension as Padmé has to tell Anakin that she is pregnant with his baby(ies). And then finally with happiness as Anakin realizes he’s pleased to be a father and Padmé is well, happy that he’s happy. All of that in just a couple of minutes. It’s sweet, sexy, and poignant because we all know it’s going downhill and whatever hopes they had will be dashed. The revelation of the pregnancy rings realistically: Natalie’s Padmé having to tell someone she’s unexpectedly pregnant and Hayden’s Anakin going through the gamut of emotions as he absorbs the implication of that bit of news. (I’ve seen some guys on a well-known Star Wars fan forum who have had this happen to them say Hayden’s reaction was very realistic.) The way the scene is shot is interesting too: the secretly married couple meets in shadow, hiding among columns (the walls closing in on them?). Williams’s “Across the Stars” is just icing on the cake. Beautiful scene.