Archive for ‘The Clone Wars’

Fan-made Crocheted Tooka Dolls

Bonnie Burton | April 13, 2009

During The Clone Wars episode “Innocents of Ryloth” the clone trooper Waxer finds Numa’s tooka doll and returns it to her. So I made a felt Tooka Doll Craft tutorial of the same doll in the episode. Now fans are taking the pattern and making their own variations of the doll.

Check out these faboulous Tooka dolls here:
Meet Bin Bin and Ube — Crocheted Tooka Dolls
(via Star Wars Crafts Livejournal Community)

Cartoon Network Profiles Katie Cook Team | March 23, 2009

Cartoon Network interviews Star Wars artist Katie Cook about her work on The Clone Wars webcomic, her style, how to draw Chewbacca, why Grievious likes kittens and why Katie loves R2-D2.

WATCH VIDEO: Cartoon Network Spotlight: Katie Cook

Be sure to read our profile with Katie Cook on here.

The Happiest Little Frigate

Pablo Hidalgo | March 18, 2009

Once you see this happy little ship, you can’t unsee it.


Report from WonderCon 2009: Lucasfilm Presentation (Part III: The Ryloth Trilogy)

Pablo Hidalgo | February 28, 2009

You’ll excuse me if this next blog post gets a little meta and breaks a fourth wall or something. See, for better or for worse, I volunteered to go head-to-head against Steve Sansweet with the new Uncle Milton Force Trainer. It’s the much buzzed about toy that scans brainwaves to activate a fan within an acrylic tube, that then levitates a Force remote (or, ping pong ball to you terrestrial laymen) to various heights. I tried it out on Friday and, after some practice, got the hang of it.


Not nearly enough practice for the big show on Saturday, though, as I went up against a venerable Jedi Master like Sansweet. He had perfected its performance, launching the remote into the stratosphere while I apparently failed to unlearn whatever it was I had learned. My Force remote barely budged. It’s as if I had a pocket full of ysalamiri jerky or something. And if you get that, you’re as big a geek as I.

Anyway, this was really a lead-in to showcase some of the online Clone Wars comics we have been doing since the launch of the show. I introduced Tom Hodges and Katie Cook, who were in attendance in the audience, and also was able to give a sneak peek (note, correct spelling of peek – you’re welcome) into next week’s webcomic, “Curfew,” by Katie, which introduces the Twi’lek girl character of Numa.


We then segued into discussing the Ryloth Trilogy — the series of episodes that we’re now in the thick of. “Storm Over Ryloth” debuted yesterday. “Innocents of Ryloth” and “Liberty on Ryloth” are still to come.


Report from WonderCon 2009: Lucasfilm Presentation (Part II: Meet Cad Bane)

Pablo Hidalgo | February 28, 2009

Sansweet next moved the subject to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The smash hit series is now running in 166 countries, and translated into nearly 30 different languages. Sansweet reminded the audience that, in addition to a compilation of four episodes being released on DVD in March, this year will bring the entire season in a deluxe boxed set complete with value-added bonus material (and a Blu-Ray release!). Sansweet explained that the audience at New York Comic-Con selected, via their applause, some of the bonus material that ended up on the DVD, and screened the winning piece — a “Show Reel” made very early from rough concept art and paintings that helped explain what The Clone Wars could be.


But that was the past. Fast-forward to the present — and future — of the series. An edgy preview of the March 20th season finale then screened — clips of a bounty hunter-filled episode called “Hostage Crisis,” which introduces a new character — Cad Bane. Supervising Director Dave Filoni took to the stage next to discuss the evolution of Bane.





Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro Showroom Composite Image Team | February 17, 2009


We composited several photos to try and give fans an idea of the scope of Hasbro’s Toy Fair showroom presence this year. Since the showroom was accessible by invitation only, few at Toy Fair may be aware of the great new Star Wars offerings coming out in 2009. Go here to download a high-resolution version of the composite image above (click “original” at top).

To check out individual items, make sure to see the other Hasbro sets in our photo series here!

Toy Fair 2009: Kotobukiya

Pete Vilmur | February 16, 2009


Kotobukiya will be expanding their ARTFX Clone Wars series this year with at least one new addition: Commander Fox. This series of ultra-detailed Clone Wars figures look incredible and feature magnetic feet and other accessories for easy display. We’re still looking forward to those lightsaber chopsticks to get released as well.

Check out some pics from Koto’s Toy Fair showroom here, and make sure to check out our continuing photo coverage of Toy Fair here.

Toy Fair 2009: LEGO Star Wars and Clone Wars

Pete Vilmur | February 16, 2009


There was a lot to soak in at LEGO’s booth this year with both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones LEGO properties going strong, and we snapped a few pics of some of the great pieces you’ll be seeing later this year.

Easy stand-outs were the Venator-class Republic Cruiser, which had so many moving-opening-separating parts that it made our heads spin — and of course Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter, the coolest ship (in my opinion) to emerge from The Clone Wars series. A close second is the new Republic Attack Shuttle, which should be reaching store shelves now. You can check out these and more in our Flickr series here.

Stay tuned for an update on LEGO Indy merch, and be sure to check out our continuing photo coverage of this year’s Toy Fair!

Toy Fair 2009: Uncle Milton Loves Star Wars

Pete Vilmur | February 16, 2009


One of the booths we were anxious to check out at Toy Fair this year was Uncle Milton’s, due in no small part to the Force Trainer toy we reported on a few weeks ago with a follow up interview last week.

I actually got to test The Force Trainer for myself, and have to admit it does take some mental concentration — or perhaps lack thereof — to make the ball float. The key is to clear your mind to let the (Alpha? Beta? Gamma?) waves build up and register on the headset. So, actually thinking of nothing is the way to go. Not as easy as it sounds, it is. But great fun — and a great way to compare your Force ability to that of your busy-minded friends (who would perform poorly without turning down the mental processing a notch).

In addition to the Force Trainer, we found a bunch of other cool Star Wars toys heading our way from Uncle Milton, and were lucky to get our hands on their press release for some descriptions. Check out the images and descriptions after the jump!


Toy Fair 2009: New Star Wars Galactic Heroes Team | February 15, 2009


You didn’t think we could pass up Hasbro’s booth without mentioning these irresistible little guys, did you?

Hasbro again delivers on the line that just aims to please with at least seven new 2-packs on deck, including some Clone Wars entries (the Clone Wars look translates very well to these little guys!). Head on over to our Flickr series to check these out!

Don’t miss our continuing photo coverage of all the Star Wars goodness appearing at New York’s Toy Fair this year!