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LEGO Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2

StarWars.com Team | March 22, 2012

Everyone’s favorite droid from the Star Wars galaxy is now part of LEGO’s Ultimate Collector Series! The new 2,127-piece set features fantastic detailing, such as retractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, rotating head and two fold-out front spacecraft linkage control arms. With the included fact plaque and R2-D2 minifigure, this diminutive model is the perfect addition to your LEGO Star Wars collection!

The Ultimate Collector Series R2-D2 measures over 12” (31 cm) high and 7” (18 cm) wide, and will be available for sale (US $179.99) beginning May 2012 only at shop.LEGO.com.

View a short video about the designers responsible for the new UCS R2-D2 here.

Star Wars Insider 24-Hour Subscription Sale

StarWars.com Team | March 13, 2012

Save 35% on the cover price!

Get eight issues of Star Wars Insider at a bargain price for one day only! Subscribe to Star Wars Insider today and save 35% off the cover price. This exclusive subscription offer is available all over the world for 24 hours only – so act now to avoid disappointment! Click here

Need to know more? Read on to find out about the fantastic content coming up in Star Wars Insider over the next few issues and the benefits of subscribing!

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Koto Shock Trooper 2-Pack a WonderCon Exclusive

StarWars.com Team | March 7, 2012

Sold exclusively at next week’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, Kotobukiya will be offering an exclusive Shock Trooper 2-pack pre-painted snap-fit kit through Action Figure Xpress (booth #457)!

The 1/10 scale statue stands over 7 inches tall and is limited to just 1,000 pieces. From Kotobukiya:

Outfitted in standard Clone Trooper armor, these elite security forces were immediately recognizable by their bold red markings, the same that differentiate these ARTFX+ statues from the clones that came before them! Perfect miniature versions of the onscreen characters, these dynamic Clone Trooper repaints have fully detailed armor and weapons. Both included Shock Troopers come with multiple arm and leg parts giving you a variety of poses to choose from, and they’re ready for battle with both DC-15S blaster carbines and DC-15A blaster rifles! Finally, like the other ARTFX+ Star Wars figures the elite units have magnets in their feet for display on included bases.

If you’ll be attending WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center March 16-18, stop by Action Figure Xpress (booth #457) to add this stunning pair to your collection! There are also a limited number of pre-orders available at Action Figure Xpress.

New Star Wars Identities Exhibit Portraits

StarWars.com Team | March 6, 2012

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The Star Wars Identities exhibit, which opens in Montreal, Canada on April 19 and comes to Edmonton, Canada on October 27, will explore the theme of personal identity both in ourselves and in the characters that inhabit the Star Wars universe. The exhibit’s marquee image – the inkblot Darth Vader – quickly captivated our readers when it was first revealed last November. Canadian ad agency Bleublancrouge, who created the inkblot Vader video and is one of three companies that make up X3 Productions (the exhibit’s licensee), has created several new character portraits for the campaign, which we’ve showcased below.

Rather than offer an explanation of each, we are leaving it to our readers to decipher the meaning inherent in the portraits. Given the exhibit’s theme of identity, or “the forces that shape us,” the illustrations draw inspiration from each character’s individuality — what it is that makes them unique or the things and events that shaped them along the way.

Check out the expanded images, and offer your interpretations in the comments below!

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Celeb Fans Remember Artist Ralph McQuarrie

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

This week marks the sad passing of conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. The legendary conceptual artist not only inspired filmmaker George Lucas making Star Wars possible, but also other future directors, actors, screenwriters and more, not to mention millions of fans worldwide.

We asked some of our favorite celebrity fans what McQuarrie meant to them, as well as gathered the best celebs tweets that celebrated this one-of-a-kind artist.

Read more about Ralph McQuarrie and his work on Ralph McQuarrie.com.

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Star Wars Prequels Producer Rick McCallum writes:

Ralph was the very first person I went to when we started prep on The Phantom Menace. When Ralph came to visit at the Ranch, he told me he just didn’t feel strong enough to take charge of the picture, but I felt sure I could convince him to change his mind. George and I were willing to work in any way that would make it possible for him to be part of the creation of the new trilogy. We had a great few days going over everything and finally when he told me he simply couldn’t take on the challenge because of his health, we took him into our conference room.

I showed him artwork from young artists from schools and visual effects companies throughout the world. We must have had at least 35 seriously talented artists work positioned throughout this big room. He walked around in total silence for nearly three hours, meticulously looking at everyone’s work and then he gathered Eric Tiemens, Ryan Church and Doug Chaing’s work and put them all together — then he sat down and looked at their work for what seemed like another hour and then suddenly he pointed at Doug Chaing’s samples and he exclaimed with urgency and a huge smile, “Yes, he’s the one!” And that’s how we hired Doug to become the Concept Designer on Episode I. And on Episode II and III, Ryan and Eric became the concept designers!

Ralph was a constant source of inspiration. We always had his art work hanging all over the art departments in the hallways and offices in London, Sydney and at Skywalker Ranch. There was never a single moment that I can remember not seeing someone looking, staring, or studying the beautiful and stirring images that Ralph created.

He was kind and decent — a consummate gentleman with a unique and beautiful perspective on our own world and those beyond. He will be sorely missed from our hearts but never ever forgotten.

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New Disney Star Wars Action Figures Coming to Disney Parks

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

DisneyParksBlog recently updated with several photos of their 2012 Star Wars Weekends figure series which will give Star Wars favorites Cad Bane, Commander Cody, Aurra Sing, General Grievous, and Jawas that magical Disney spin!

From Disney:

“We’ve been working on the wave five figures for more than two years,” explained Cody [Hampton, developer for Toys and Games]. “We originally wanted to release them last year at Star Wars Weekends. With so much great new development for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at that time, we pushed out [the action figures] release date to spring 2012. I’m thrilled to see these figures arriving soon as they are some of my favorites.”

The new figures will be available exclusively at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort sometime this month (they will not be available at the Disney Parks Online Store) — sounds like a good reason to squeeze a Disney Park trip into your summer plans this year!

Check out the original DisneyParksBlog post for more details and images!

Free LEGO Mini TIE Fighter for International Shoppers

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

LEGO Star Wars fans and collectors from several European countries, as well as New Zealand and Australia, are eligible to receive a free Star Wars Mini TIE Fighter this month with qualifying purchases of LEGO Star Wars merchandise!

Shoppers of LEGO Catalogue or shop.LEGO.com in select European regions and NZ/Australia will receive a free Star Wars Mini TIE Fighter (while supplies last) when purchasing a selection of LEGO Star Wars merchandise amounting to:

  • 55€ (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal)
  • $90 AUD (Australia)
  • £50 (UK)
  • Sfr 85 (Switzerland)
  • Kč 1400 (Czech Republic)
  • Kr400 (Denmark)
  • Ft1400 (Hungary)
  • Kr500 (Norway)
  • $110 (New Zealand)
  • zł 200 (Poland)
  • kr550 (Sweden)

The offer is valid March 1 – 31, 2012, or while supplies last. Head on over to shop.LEGO.com for details!

Star Wars Tees from Mighty Fine and Super7

StarWars.com Team | March 2, 2012

Mighty Fine and Super7 recently launched some cool new Star Wars t-shirt designs for classic trilogy aficionados, sporting Death Star piñatas, AT-AT boomboxes, and ‘80s vector graphics arcade displays, among others. These are all available in various men’s sizes and are 100% cotton (click on the images below to order!).

From Mighty Fine with artwork by Chris Kawagiwa:

Death Piñata:

Hoth Playground:

Greedy Han:

From Super7 with artwork by Brian Flynn:

Star Wars Arcade:

AT-AT Boombox

Camo Walker

Yoda in 3D Glasses Goes 3D

StarWars.com Team | February 23, 2012

The ‘Yoda in 3D glasses’ design you may have spotted on t-shirts and elsewhere last year is now available – you guessed it — in 3D!

Gentle Giant Premier Guild Members and attendees of this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California have a chance to snag a nifty new Mini Bust of Yoda sporting classic ‘50s-style 3D glasses and a box of “Obi-Wan Cinemas” popcorn.

The description from Gentle Giant:

To celebrate the return of 1999′s Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3-D, Gentle Giant presents a special commemorative exclusive Yoda mini bust. This highly-detailed, film-accurate collectible puts the Jedi Master in the theater seat, with a box of “Obi-Wan Cinemas” popcorn and a removable pair of “3-D” styled glasses which sport real red and blue cellophane gel lenses. This hand-numbered limited edition is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.

Check out the pics of this cool convention exclusive below, and head on over to Gentle Giant for more details!

Filoni Answers Clone Wars Fans’ Questions

StarWars.com Team | February 21, 2012


Supervising Director Dave Filoni at his desk.

Recently, fans of The Clone Wars got a nice treat from Supervising Director Dave Filoni who answers questions on his Facebook page about the current season and things to come.

Here are some of the highlights. Be sure to follow Filoni on Facebook here.

Is there an endgame for the series in mind already? Do you know what the last episode or mini-series already is, it’s just a matter of how long will Cartoon Network let you take to get there? — Beej Powers

I always have an endgame in sight. George and I have discussed it, but we just keep writing more stories and finding new and exciting situations for the characters. New stories come along that change the end game, so it’s still evolving. We know we are on a collision course with Revenge of the Sith, but there are details surrounding the fate of certain characters that are still in discussion. This is an exciting time for the writing team, because big things are going to happen with significant characters.

Are to see a revolution on Mandalore. The Essential Atlas mentioned AWOL ARC trooper Alpha-02 “Spar” being the one who returns the Mandalorians to their warrior ways. Are we going to see this event AND more importantly Satine’s faction fate? — Pavel Klimes

What you saw in Season 4 with the Death Watch was just a small taste of what is to come. I think the Madalorians are involved in one of the best story arcs next season. A great deal is at stake and big things happen. As far as Spar, the clones and the Mandalorians go, you have to understand that in the film saga, and the TV series, clones don’t really identify with Mandalorians. The vast majority of clones never met Jango Fett, and the series has focused more on the clones having their own culture, rather than adopting a culture that they never really came in contact with. Satine will be returning and I promise you she will have bigger problems than tainted Moogan Tea this time.

Why wasn’t Cody at Obi’s funeral? Isn’t he is second in command? — Leonor Cardenas

In order to keep the nature of Obi-Wan’s mission as secret as possible, the Jedi Council assigned Cody to a mission so he could not attend. A fact that did not sit well with the Commander.

My question is simply weather Obi-Wan and Satine will be seeing each other, face-to-face once more. — Madison Sneddon

That’s a very thoughtful question Madison, so I will answer you. YES!

Are there any plans to convert General Grievous to Episode III, with his six fingered hands instead of four? — Bryce Martin

We have never updated Grievous since we did the original model but that’s overdue. Let me talk to Kilian and see what he says, but I think that’s a really good idea. The show has evolved, and maybe that should too.

Read more of Filoni’s fan question answers here on Facebook.