In a video interview with Vulture, Mark Hamill sounds off on prequel bashing, sticks up for Jake Lloyd and for George Lucas, and refuses to say a word about “The Last Jedi.”
Archive for January, 2017
The HerUniverse.com site relaunched two days ago (and if you sign up for their new mailing list, you get a 25% off coupon) and to commemorate the occasion, Ashley Eckstein did a live chat on Facebook. The video is available on the Her Universe Facebook page (with plans to eventually put it up on YouTube). It’s an hour long and lots of topics are discussed but to narrow it down–thanks to a summary from The Kessel Runway–here’s what is relevant to prequel fans:
*There’s a Naboo-themed cardigan and skirt coming out this summer. Woo hoo!
*More Ahsoka stuff is on the way. A sweatshirt for adults (plus and regular) and a long-sleeved tee for kids are available now. A new tee will debut for Celebration. They’d really like to do an entire Ahsoka collection.
This wasn’t mentioned in the video but the Naboo hoodie is due out in March; Midtown Comics’ web site had a placeholder for it.
There’s a new channel of pro-PT videos on YouTube called The Star Wars Prequels Channel. These are new, original videos discussing different aspects of the prequel films. There’s also a link on the blogroll.
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…
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.
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?
Doing a poll, as I can’t make all these pieces at once. Which do you like the most? Your responses are going to help me pic the 2-3 to do!
— Elhoffer Design (@elhofferdesign) 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.)
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:
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?
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:
this is pretty cool. the shot of coruscant from rogue one is a matte painting from ROTS. it's also the same view from padme's apartment. pic.twitter.com/KzlIpF7Kx7
— Jack Manuel (@manyymedia) January 4, 2017