A historic week in some quarters, and a busy week too on StarWars.com as Clone Wars returns to the air after taking the previous Friday off to trick or treat. Is this now a regular running weekly recap of content? We’ll see. But without further ado, here’s what the last week on the site looked like.
- CLONE WARS: In a teaser article about “Downfall of a Droid,” writer George Krstic describes his fondness for R2-D2.
- BOOKS / KIDS: Scholastic is launching a new book series in January, Rebel Force, which takes place in the 10 previously unexplored minutes immediately after the Battle of Yavin. Luke, Han and Leia return to the spotlight, for a new generation of kids to discover what their parents keep going on and on about.
- MOVIES: Someone at StarWars.com realizes that Monday’s date is 11/3/08 (We was apparently asleep at the wheel on 1/13/08) and digs up an old fossil from 2004 about finding THX easter eggs in Star Wars. It’s been updated with the long-missing Return of the Jedi reference.
- COLLECTING: StarWarsShop is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the abominable Star Wars Holiday Special by offering exclusive trading cards of the show’s redeeming feature: the animated segment that introduced everyone to Boba Fett.
- FANS / BOOKS: The latest Star Wars Insider – issue #105 — comes out, and StarWars.com has a feature excerpt, an interview with Adrienne Wilkinson, who plays the moody Maris Brood in The Force Unleashed.
- BLOG: The blog feigns bipartisanship on Election Day (we’re based in San Francisco; who are we kidding?) and digs up a year’s worth of Star Wars political links. Related:Star Wars political cartoons.
- COLLECTING: Poster expert Pete Vilmur digs through the Lucasfilm Archives and uncovers some rare gems in the poster gallery, including one with an Ewok riding a skateboard. Score!
- KIDS / CLONE WARS: Artist Grant Gould provides step-by-step instructions on drawing a clone trooper, but leaves the last touches up to you so you can customize your clone. If we don’t see a KISS clone army out of this, we’ll be sorely disappointed.
- FANS / COLLECTING: Pete interviews Nick Macarty, an awesomely talented customizer who specializes in creating vintage Star Wars toys that were never made, including retro-styled (and scuffed!) packaging.
- CLONE WARS: This week’s Homing Beacon newsletter recaps the last few web comics and teases what’s to come.
- KIDS / COLLECTING: Bonnie Burton’s toasty brainchild is finally available at StarWarsShop: a Darth Vader toaster. Celebrate the toasty goodness with some custom recipes. We can’t believe it’s not Mustafar lava.
- CLONE WARS / BOOKS: The latest web comic finally arrives, The Fall of Falleen. What’s this? The Separatists actually win something?
- BOOKS: A look ahead at February and April comics as Dark Horse posts their monthly previews. Star Wars Adventures has us stoked.
- CLONE WARS: An interview with Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano. Find out how blowing an audition may be good for your career.
- GAMES / VIDEO: Producer Feargus Caroll walks through the Nintendo DS Jedi Alliance game, (and his reference to a Pathe newreader soars over the heads of State-side kids). And there’s a second part too.
- GAMES / VIDEO: A commercial for The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance, the only Clone Wars adventure you’ll be able to play on the bus.
- BLOG: Our unabashed love for Tina Fey continues. Seriously, Tina. Call us.
- KIDS / BOOKS: Editor (and friend of the site) Jonathan Bresmen talks about the latest MAD Kids issue, that pokes at The Clone Wars.
- BLOG / GAMES: There’s a new Flash game on StarWars.com: Clones vs. Droids.
- CLONE WARS: The full episode guide for “Downfall of a Droid” goes up, including over 30 widescreen shots from the episode (including, evidently, stuff cut from the final broadcast), behind-the-scenes art, and trivia. That ATTE RUL3Z! callout totally makes sense now.
- VIDEO / CLONE WARS: In this week’s video commentary, Dave Filoni talks about the pungent trader Trandoshan, Gha Nachkt, and why he doesn’t look (or smell) a thing like Bossk.
- CLONE WARS / BOOKS: Wait. We publish on Saturdays now? Target will be carrying an exclusive edition of the Clone Wars DVD next week that comes bundled with Shipyards of Doom with a unique cover, featuring their red “Target” clone.