Archive for 2010



Mondo Bantha Print

StarWars.com Team | December 13, 2010


“Ten Banthas” by Jay Ryan.

Collectors and fans who’d like to add something a little different to their Star Wars art collection should check out this new series of art prints from Mondo.

Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters.

These prints are VERY limited in run and are snatched up by collectors quickly, selling out in mere minutes. So if you want to know which prints are on sale and when, follow MondoNews on Twitter!

Here’s the most recent print “Ten Banthas” by Jay Ryan — 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Edition of 175. This print goes on sale Tues, Dec. 14, 2010.

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“May The Force Be With Katie” Day

StarWars.com Team | December 10, 2010


Katie “Star Wars” Girl shows off her Jedi skills.

When we reported about a little girl named Katie being bullied at school liking Star Wars, we knew that our fans would rally to her cause.

Not only did Katie get hundreds of positive comments on her mom’s blog entry about the incident, we got over 500 comments (and they’re still coming) from fans on our own blog entry about why Star Wars is for everyone, not just the fellas.

We asked fans to show support of Katie liking Star Wars with the hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie on Twitter, and thousands of both male and female fans did just that. #MayTheForceBeWithKatie went viral, showing that sometimes the best part of social networking sites is the positive outcome that develops from millions of fans showing a little girl why it’s cool for her to dig Jedi, stormtroopers, droids and everything else awesome from a galaxy far, far away.


Katie w/ Yoda voice actor Tom Kane and a few Star Wars friends.

The fans took it a step further and decided to turn Dec. 10, 2010 into “Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie Day” on Facebook. On this day, fans (both guys and girls) vowed to wear a Star Wars shirt in support of Katie and other little girls who love Star Wars. In addition to the T-shirt support, Katie’s mom also asked that, in light of the season, those with the means donate a Star Wars toy to needy children.

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Clone Wars Screening Recap: Seattle, NYC, Philly, Dallas & Chicago

StarWars.com Team | December 9, 2010


Young fan at Chicago screening.

This week fans flocked to digital theaters for a very exclusive screening on the big screen of an all-new Clone Wars villain –- the monstrous Savage Opress!

The Clone Wars screenings began in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre with the voice actors, director Dave Filoni and writer Katie Lucas in attendance, along with celeb Clone Wars fans.

Screenings continued this week in Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York, Phoenix, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, and San Francisco, among others.

Here’s a selection of some of our favorite fan-submitted photos from the Seattle, New York, Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago screenings!

If you have photos and blog reviews of your own, please feel free to link to them in our comments section!


Savage Opress posters at the NYC screening.


Katie Star Wars Girl with Yoda voice actor Tom Kane & more new friends at Chicago screening!


Woodsy from MTV Geek at the New York screening!


Fans gather in “Force” in Seattle

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Clone Wars Screening Recap: Los Angeles

StarWars.com Team | December 9, 2010


Clone Wars actors: Cat Taber, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor

Back in November Lucasfilm Ltd. and Cartoon Network invited fans to sign up for a special, limited theatrical screening in selected areas of a big screen sneak peek at an all-new Clone Wars villain – the monstrous Savage Opress! This week The Clone Wars screenings began in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre.

Cast and crew alike came out in full Force to entertain and meet the fans, which also included a few celebrities in the mix. The 501st, Rebel Legion and R2 builders attended as well, giving fans a chance to have their photos taken with clone troopers, Jedi and droids.

StarWars.com was there to report and live tweet the event. Check out the article below for quotes from Supervising Director Dave Filoni, voice actors Cat Taber, Ashley Eckstein, Nika Futterman and Clancy Brown, as well as Clone Wars writer Katie Lucas.


Aurra Sing voice actor Jaime King & Director Dave Filoni

Why do you think theatrical screenings of The Clone Wars for fans are important?

Dave Filoni: It’s just fun. Part of being a fan is seeing stuff like this together. Star Wars has always been on a big screen. I think that George wanting to put this on a big screen for fans to see is really great. It shows how much he actually cares about the fans. And it’s another great opportunity for fans to get together to watch it.


Supervising Director of The Clone Wars Dave Filoni with a young Jedi

What are you most excited about this story arc for fans to see?

Dave Filoni: I’m excited for them to see this. I know this is what they want. It’s action and adventure and dark. I have a lot of friends that I worked with in the animation industry in Los Angeles and they’re all here to see it, and that makes it extra-special for me. I’m also excited for Katie [Lucas] to be here and see the fan reaction probably for the first time ever for something she’s created. So there’s a lot of positive things about this screening.

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Star Wars Family Portraits

StarWars.com Team | December 9, 2010

These unusual family portraits of Star Wars characters by artist Steven Quinn make us wish we were invited to their holiday gatherings. Check out more of Quinn’s art here.

Mondo “Sanctuary Moon” Print

StarWars.com Team | December 9, 2010


“Sanctuary Moon” by Daniel Danger.

Collectors and fans who’d like to add something a little different to their Star Wars art collection should check out this new series of art prints from Mondo.

Mondo is the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, featuring designs from world famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek and Universal Monsters.

These prints are VERY limited in run and are snatched up by collectors quickly, selling out in mere minutes. So if you want to know which prints are on sale and when, follow MondoNews on Twitter!

Here’s the most recent print “Sanctuary Moon” by Daniel Danger — 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Edition of 230. This print goes on sale Fri., Dec. 10, 2010.

Artist Daniel Danger says of the print:

I grew up on Ewoks, not Star Wars. That’s a very odd statement to say, but until I was maybe eleven, I had no idea Ewoks were even related to Star Wars; the connection was just never made. Chalk that up to the fact that the majority of my TV entertainment consisted of things taped off television on VHS.

So I didn’t have Empire, I had Battle For Endor because NBC aired it, Mcdonalds commercials and all (“the hot stays hot and the cool stays cool”). My brother was the true enthusiast, his stock primary stuffed animals as a kid was Wicket and Paploo (he still has them at age 30), and they were worn into oblivion.

For the sake of trivia, I named my primary stuffed bear a descriptive phrase: “brown softy,” but it was not space related. But needless to say, there were a lot of cardboard spaceships and tree forts at our house. Little did seven year old me know there were a lot of other plots we could have pretended our way through. No regrets. Either way, when asked to do this print for Mondo, my decision was already made.

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Savage Opress Screening Locations! Seats Still Available!

StarWars.com Team | December 8, 2010

The BIG SCREEN sneak peek at an all-new Clone Wars villain – the monstrous SAVAGE OPRESS – has hit very select theaters this week.

Still want to see the special Clone Wars screenings of Savage Opress in action? Additional passes are now available in Seattle, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Also here’s the full list of locations of the remaining screenings for fans who have RSVPed and need addresses.

DC
REGAL Gallery Place
707 7th Street NW

Dallas/Ft. Worth
AMC North Park 15
8687 M. Central Expressway

Boston
Regal Fenway 13
201 Brookline Ave

Phoenix
Harkins Tempe Marketplace
200 E. Rio Salado Pkwy

Philly
Rave University City 6
4012 Walnut Street

Seattle
AMC Pacific Place
600 Pine Street

Atlanta
Regal Atlantic Station
Stadium 16
261 19th Street NW #1250

If you tweet photos or comments about the screenings on Twitter, be sure to label your tweets #CloneWarsScreening and @starwars so we see can retweet them!

Star Wars Paper Snowflakes

Bonnie Burton | December 3, 2010

Just in time for the holiday, now you can make your own Star Wars paper snowflakes thanks to this fan’s awesome wife who made them.

My wife is a genius. She made these little beauties while making paper snowflakes with the kids. She saw our son Ethan making one that somewhat looked like a stormtrooper. She then ran with the idea and made these masterpieces. The top one is Boba Fett and a Clone Trooper. The bottom is obviously Darth Vader. Notice the nice touch with the Galactic Empire logo in the middle.

Get instructions on how to make your own here.


Savage Opress Unleashed on Free Comic Book Day

StarWars.com Team | December 2, 2010

Every year participating comic book stores promote new comics to kids and adults alike by handing out free comics on Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, fans will be able to pick up a cool free Star Wars comic from Dark Horse Comics – STAR WARS: CLONE WARS FLIP BOOK with none other than the new villain Savage Opress!

Read more about Free Comic Day 2011 here.

Sithbot Vinyl Toy Art by Nathan Hamill

Bonnie Burton | December 2, 2010

Artist and urban vinyl designer Nathan Hamill recently made this one-of-a-kind tribute to Darth Vader with custom art piece called “Sithbot.”

Nathan writes:

This is Sithbot, my piece for the Sketchbot Custom Show at Munky King. The show runs until Christmas Eve so if you’re in LA, go check it out! It’s an incredible show!

Check out the rest of the customs from the show here.

We chatted with Nathan about his one-of-a-kind Sithbot!

How did you come up with the idea for SithBot? Why did you want to pay tribute to Darth Vader?

Still on a Star War kick from The Empire Strikes Back 30th I guess. And the ‘bot’ part lent nicely to Vader. The subjects just seemed to fit nicely together.

What is the SketchBot show all about?

It’s the second custom Sketchbot show, curated by the creator, Steve Talkowski. I went a few weeks back and it was incredible.
It’s easily one of the best shows I’ve been to. It runs until the end of December so if you’re in LA, go take a look.

Your urban vinyl art is incredibly cool, what made you decide to delve into that art genre?

Toys and art were both huge parts of my childhood and continued to be into my teens (and beyond). I became a huge fan of Frank Kozik’s silkscreen poster art in the early ’90s. He had a huge influence on my work at the time. But then it was seeing artists like Kozik, Pete Fowler, and Gary Baseman’s work being represented in toy form that really made me appreciate and love the world of designer toys. Last year, someone at U1 Toy Arts, who I’d worked with at a toy store years before, approached me about releasing a vinyl figure. Boris was born out of that. I’ve been keeping busy since…

When it comes to Star Wars art, which do you prefer doing tradition art prints or urban vinyl customs?

I’ve only done a couple Star Wars customs but I’ve been drawing 2-D Star Wars art for quite some time so I’ll have to go with the prints. However, I’d like to tackle a large custom. 20″ Dunny Tauntuan!

Where can fans see your work next? What are you working on now?

Just this week I added a couple new resin figures to my online store and am currently working with 3DRetro on a vinyl based on a new character to be released next year. Stay tuned!

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Also check out another custom Star Wars-themed art piece called “Super Sabacc Challenge” by Nathan Hamill

See more of Nathan’s work on his blog here.