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Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro Vehicles, Role Play and Games

StarWars.com Team | February 15, 2009

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While vehicles usually top the list of wants for Star Wars toy fans and collectors (did you see our previous post for the new Turbo Tank — wow!!), the item that really impressed us this turn from Hasbro was actually a new role play toy — the Clone Commander Blaster. Hasbro took the idea of “Build Your Own Lightsaber” and translated it into a pretty nifty (and sizeable at 2.5 feet long!) blaster rifle that can come apart, be reconfigured, and includes light and sound effects when your re-attach the parts! Some pretty cool features that are new to the Star Wars toy galaxy that should please a lot of younger fans (and older — we couldn’t get enough of it!)

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Also pretty nifty was a remote-controlled Clone Wars Artoo that sports many of the same features as the small Japanese version released a few years ago but now much bigger — more on the scale of the 12-inch figure line, actually (although this is a Clone Wars deco’d version of the fiesty astromech). Finally, a new lightsaber, called “Duel Action”, actually might as well be called “Dual Action” — a second saber is hidden in the hilt and can be pulled out and attached to the end for a double-bladed saber. Pretty sneaky sis!

There are also two new additions to the Star Wars Transformers line (actually, these are Clone Wars entries), as well as a bunch of new games and 3D puzzles. Be sure to check these out, as well as Hasbro’s new vehicles plus all the rest of our photo coverage of the 2009 Toy Fair!

Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro’s Clone Wars Turbo Tank

StarWars.com Team | February 15, 2009

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We just got an eyeful of the new Turbo Tank from Hasbro, and man, this thing easily rivals the recent AT-TE in terms of sheer size and play value. There are lights, sounds, removeable parts, and even a speeder bike that fires out the front! Make sure check out our photo coverage of the new Turbo Tank, one of the first Star Wars vehicles with wheels!

For our full photo coverage of this year’s Toy Fair, click here!

Toy Fair 2009: Hasbro Action Figures

Pete Vilmur | February 15, 2009

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We start our Toy Fair coverage today with a peek inside Hasbro’s showroom at New York’s Toy Fair, currently underway beneath brilliant blue skies and near freezing temperatures!!

We’ll start by sharing the new Star Wars action figures they’ve got lined up for this year, which include several characters new and old from both the filmed saga and The Clone Wars. Some great additions here, especially from The Clone Wars line — Jabba the Hutt, Padme, Jar Jar, and Goldie the notorious astromech droid, to name a few. As for the classic, we were happy to see a little Ugnaught love coming from the Hasbro galaxy this year!

For Expanded Universe fans, check out the fantastic Lumiya complete with changeable head and lightwhip! A lot to look forward to from Hasbro this year, especially with new episodes of the Clone Wars adding fantastic new characters and vehicles to the line with each episode. Speaking of new vehicles, stay tuned for Hasbro’s big BIG release for this year with one of the few Star Wars vehicles that actually uses, yes, wheels (gasp!!).

Click here for our full photo coverage of the 2009 New York Toy Fair!

Clone Wars Kid Graffiti

Bonnie Burton | February 9, 2009


(photo by David Pescovitz)

Move over Bansky, there’s some new graffiti artists in town and they want you to watch The Clone Wars.

BoingBoing blogger David Pescovitz writes:

There’s construction happening behind my neighborhood playground, so kids have been drawing on the barricade wall with chalk. I like this particular bit of graffiti: “Watch Star Wars the Clone Wars.”

Check it out here:
Child’s Star Wars graffiti (via BoingBoing.net)

George Takei Talks Clone Wars

Bonnie Burton | January 20, 2009

Starting this Friday, George Takei will be the voice of a new villain, Lok Durd, on Star Wars: Clone Wars. Takei recently chatted with Newsarama about his role on the animated series and how his voice hold some serious weight.

“They seem to think my voice is ‘fat.’ That it sounds ‘obese.’ In fact, grotesquely obese,” Takei laughed. “They showed me a drawing of the character I was supposed to voice and the first thing I thought was ‘Oh no! Not again!’ because I had done the voice of the First Ancestor in Disney’s Mulan. That was also a huge, enormously obese character. Lok Durd is also immensely obese.”

“Then when I saw the finished product I couldn’t help but realize it was amazingly well done. He’s just extremely flabby and loose he is. It made me wonder why I do all the sit ups, push ups and other exercises I really do when they think of that kind of character for my voice. I mean when Lok Durd moves, you can see his stomach, arms and legs, all his flesh, just jiggle. The animation is just amazing! Oh, the vanity of an actor!”

Read full interview here:
From ‘Trek’ to ‘Wars’: George Takei on Clone Wars (via Newsarama)

Ahsoka Amigurumi

Bonnie Burton | January 18, 2009

Craftster Sammi Resendes from Geekcentralstation.blogspot.com has done it again with more Star Wars Amigurumi! This time Sammi made an awesome Amigurumi doll of Clone Wars Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

Be sure to check it out here:
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Jaime King Shows Off Her Clone Cred

Bonnie Burton | January 14, 2009

While promoting her new horror film My Bloody Valentine 3-D, actress Jaime King is quick to point out to the press that she’s not only a real geek, but she’s a big Star Wars fan as well. Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview she gave FEAR.net.

I heard you are a Star Wars geek.
I am. I am actually doing the new Clone Wars animated series right now. I’m excited about that.

Which voice are you?
I can’t tell you yet, but I play a few voices. I harassed [Clone Wars director] Dave Filoni until he gave me a part. I sent him emails, and I followed him around Comic-Con saying “Hire me. Hire me. Hire me. Hire me.”

You have been to Skywalker Ranch, right?
Yes, I have. That was the best. I have gone a few times – every excuse I can find to go there, I use. And then I cry when I have to go. It’s utopia for me. The idea of being out in nature, then having all these guys there, doing what they do creatively… being in that environment…. I feel like George Lucas has created something so universal, that speaks everyone’s language, that transcends time and age. It’s something everyone can relate to. I just think George Lucas is awesome.

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Staff of Ra on The Clone Wars

Bonnie Burton | January 12, 2009

If you caught The Clone Wars episode “The Gungan General” and thought you spotted a glimpse of the Staff of Ra, you weren’t going mad.

Director Dave Filoni talks about why the Staff of Ra is there, and why we could be seeing an upcoming episode that includes none other than the Ark of the Covenant!

VIDEO: Episode Commentary #12: The Gungan General
(via Starwars.com)

Matt Wood Talks Clone Wars

StarWars.com Team | January 9, 2009

IF Film chatted recently with supervising sound editor and voice actor Matthew Wood about his sound design work on The Clone Wars TV series.

Talk about the process, who does what for sound?
We still divide the labor: One persona does dialogue. Another does foley, which is all the sound effects which as too specific to be found in our library, like footsteps and clothing movement and utensils and things like that. And then we have a sound effects person and a music editor. I think you have a lot more opportunities to create better sound design with the computers, ’cause you have everything data-based at your fingertips and also the manipulation of the process.

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For Those Hours in the Day When You’re Not Playing Live Fire

StarWars.com Team | November 7, 2008

You’ve conquered Sharpshooter. You’ve trounced Live Fire. StarWars.com has another Flash game based on The Clone Wars sure to put a dent in your productivity. Clones vs. Droids was originally produced for international websites during the whole Clone Wars movie campaign, but it’s now found a cozy home on StarWars.com under the Kids and Games section.

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Play it now! Your boss isn’t looking.