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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.

Win a LEGO Episode I 3D Mural

StarWars.com Team | February 16, 2012

Southern California fans (Update: see below) have a chance to win one of the stunning Star Wars: Episode I 3D murals comprised completely of LEGO bricks spotted at select theaters across the country. ArcLight Hollywood has just posted a contest to their Facebook page asking fans who see The Phantom Menace 3D at the Hollywood venue to snap a photo of themselves in front of the mural with a caption explaining what makes them the biggest Star Wars fan!

The entry that receives the most votes by Wednesday, February 22 will take the LEGO mural home! Click here to enter.

There’s a good chance that more of these murals will become available in similar contests across the country, so stay tuned as we’ll update this entry with any new contests that are announced!

Go to the official ArcLight site for more info.

UPDATE: It appears that Harkins Theatres of Scottsdale, Arizona has launched their own mural giveaway contest, requiring only that you “Like” them on Facebook to enter! Check it out here!

Celebs Share Phantom Menace Memories

StarWars.com Team | February 10, 2012

To celebrate the 3D release of Jar Jar, Queen Amidala, Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn and little Anakin Skywalker hitting the big screen in glorious 3D, here are some of our favorite quotes from celebrities and bands interviewed in our past Star Wars Rocks section (no longer available on StarWars.com) who shared their favorite memories of The Phantom Menace.

Kyle Newman — Fanboys director: I remember lining up at the Union Square theater in New York City over a day and a half in advance. I was mesmerized by the already massive turnout, and thought, “Is this going to be the last movie to ever have a line like this?” In many ways it was. We didn’t need to line up, we wanted to! I had reserved my tickets online two weeks before. My seat at the midnight screening was secure, but I needed to be in that line because the movie is only part of the Star Wars experience!

After sixteen years without a film, I not only wanted a piece of that magic again — I wanted to celebrate the past too; to stand amongst anxious fellow fans and wonder and laugh and debate about what we were about to see; and discuss how it would change the face of what we knew and loved forever. It was exciting and nerve-racking. I was actually nervous! The hours leading up to the screening were electric. As soon as the usher dropped that velvet rope, the race for the perfect seat was on. But by that point it didn’t matter where I was sitting. I think I saw The Phantom Menace nine more times that week! And I waited in line every time. That sense of community and camaraderie and nostalgia are what makes Star Wars so very special!

Seth Green — Robot Chicken co-creator, actor: Impossibly, I got to go to Skywalker Ranch, and see The Phantom Menace for the first time in the Stag Theater with George just 10 rows behind me. There was so much excitement around the movie, and being there was really overwhelming. Such a great day.

Matthew Senreich — Robot Chicken co-creator: I remember standing outside the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City for a super-late night showing. It was a long, long wait. I interacted with way too many people who dressed in costume. It was quite fascinating actually.

Bill Hader — Saturday Night Live player: When I was going to college in Phoenix, my friends and I took turns waiting in a line at the mall to see The Phantom Menace. One friend would be there at 6 in the morning; then I took over at noon. People kept asking us what we were in line for, and we thought it was so obvious since there was a dude dressed as Yoda behind me. But for a laugh we bought this cheap Backstreet Boys poster and made a sign saying “In line for Backstreet Boys” and told all these kids we were so excited to see them play.

Weird Al Yankovic — comedian/singer: I actually wrote “The Saga Begins” before I ever saw the movie [The Phantom Menace]. I wanted to get the parody out absolutely as soon as possible after the movie premiered in theaters, so I scanned the Internet for leaks and rumors, pieced together the plot as best as I could, and then wrote and recorded the song based on that. I actually did wait until I was able to go to the charity screening of The Phantom Menace before I actually mastered the album — just in case all those Internet leaks were completely bogus. I certainly expected the song to do well, just based on the fact that it was based on Episode I, which I think was the most heavily-anticipated film of my lifetime.

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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Roundup!

StarWars.com Team | February 9, 2012


MTV star Liz Lee smooches a Gamorrean GuardGet in the Valentine’s Day spirit with this list of fun Star Wars-related romantic sites.

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS & CRAFTS:

VALENTINE’S DAY FUN:

The Clone Wars Magazine #10 Now Available

StarWars.com Team | February 9, 2012

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine issue 10 is on sale now! This tie-in issue celebrates the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D by showing readers how the characters from The Clone Wars began their sagas in the movie itself! It is also revealed how the fearsome Darth Maul ties into brand-new episodes of The Clone Wars!

Issue highlights include:

Phantom Menace to Clone Wars!
Many heroes and villains of The Clone Wars first appeared in Phantom Menace. This feature explores their recent histories.

The Return of Darth Maul
In perhaps the most shocking return since Obi-Wan Kenobi came back from the Force in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Maul is back in the Star Wars saga — and he’s more deadly than ever!

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Week 5: Exclusive Queen Amidala T-shirt Now Available

StarWars.com Team | February 6, 2012

We’re in the final week’s stretch to the release of Episode I 3D, which means the fifth and final Episode I-themed exclusive t-shirt is now available at welovefine.com!

This striking Queen Amidala tee, designed by Lucasfilm’s Craig Drake, is available through midnight Sunday (February 12) in a womens fitted, mens, and hoodie. In addition to the exclusive tee, StarWars.com is devoting their Episode I 3D page to Queen Amidala this week, with exclusive videos, a soundboard, a drawing tutorial, and more!

You can also browse back through the previous weeks of content by clicking the tabbed dates, which will take you to pages featuring the Racer Rush game, the Maul Me feature, exclusive video, downloadable prints, craft and drawing tutorials, and much more!

Head on over to welovefine.com now to pick up this week’s Queen Amidala t-shirt – the last in this exclusive series!

Darth Maul Puck for Tampa Bay Lightning Fans

StarWars.com Team | February 3, 2012

It’s Star Wars Episode I 3D night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, February 16, when the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team takes on the San Jose Sharks! Select ticket-holders will sit in a special Star Wars seating section, have photo-ops with costumed characters from the 501st Legion, and receive a limited edition Phantom Menace Lightning puck (pictured above)!

The puck comes as part of a “Star Wars Prequel VIP Pack,” which also includes a terrace endzone seat, a “stadium favorites” menu, and a selection of beverages. Click the image below for an expanded view of the event flyer and ticket information.

Exclusive Darth Maul 3D Glasses at RealD Theaters

StarWars.com Team | January 30, 2012

Fans have the chance to feel the Force like never before with an exclusive pair of Darth Maul 3D glasses at all RealD theaters across the country! The glasses, tattooed like the sinister Sith, are available while supplies last at day-one 3D screenings of Episode I at all RealD theaters. Check your local RealD theater for additional details!

Additionally, 10 AMC theaters across the U.S. will be hosting special event screenings of Episode I, which will offer activities, interactive experiences, and giveaways (including a pair of exclusive Podracer 3D glasses!). Click here to find out if your city’s AMC theater is hosting an Episode I special event screening!

Vader Vs. Maul in Star Wars Galaxy Comic #17

StarWars.com Team | January 27, 2012

Titan sends us an update for its UK/Ireland readers today with release information for Star Wars Galaxy #17, which hit the newsstands on January 26. Here’s the update plus several sample pages from the issue:

Star Wars Galaxy celebrates the release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D with an all-action story featuring the big, bad Sith, Darth Maul, as he takes on Lord Vader in a high-octane battle for survival! “Resurrection” is a Star Wars tale that you won’t want to miss – and you can check out preview artwork below! Also included in this issue is a fantastic Darth Maul poster – again, check it out on this page.

Elsewhere in the issue there’s the grand finale of Republic spy Theron Shan’s adventure in “The Lost Suns”! Will it be a happily ever after for Shan and his unlikely comrades? After taking a break in the last issue, we return to the Dark Times as Darth Vader and an unknown assassin continue to stalk their prey: Jedi Dass Jennir.

Star Wars Galaxy comic #17 is now on sale in the UK and Ireland. To subscribe to Star Wars Galaxy, save money on the cover price, and never miss an issue, click here.

Preview pages:

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